Useful Information for Parents

Here is some basic information parents need to know for a typical school day. More detailed information is available in the Maury Parent Handbook, which is intended to serve as a guide to the school’s policies, programs, and procedures.

Uniform

uniformsAll Maury students are expected to come to school wearing a uniform daily (unless the administration suspends for a special occasion). Parents are responsible for ensuring their child adheres to the uniform policy.

The Maury uniform colors are navy and white. Students are expected to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and for recess and physical education.

Bottoms: Navy pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or dresses.

Tops: White or navy button-down collared shirt, polo shirt with collar, or Maury logo t-shirt. White or navy sweaters or cardigans are permitted. NO: Plain t-shirts and undershirts as uniform shirts.

Footwear and accessories: Casual shoes, sneakers, or sandals. Crocs are discouraged. NO: Open-toed sandals or flip-flops. Children may not wear hats in the building. Dangling earrings are not allowed for safety reasons.

Uniform Bank: Families of all income levels are encouraged to use the uniform bank and choose from the selection of “experienced” clothing. Outgrown uniforms can be dropped off. Inquire in the school office for the location.

Daily Schedule

7:15 AM
Polite Piggy’s opens for before care.

8:15 AM
School opens; breakfast is served. PK3/PK4 students report to their classroom; Kindergarten–Grade 5 students report to multipurpose room.

8:35 AM
Early Childhood aides pick up PK3/PK4 students from their designated breakfast classroom and escort to homerooms.

8:40 AM
Bell rings; the school day begins. Kindergarten–Grade 5 classroom teachers escort their students from the playground or multipurpose room. Instruction begins.

Students arriving after 8:55 AM must report to the security desk/office for a “tardy slip” before going to the classroom.

Lunch

PK3 and PK4: Varies by class (see teacher)
Kindergarten and Grade 1: 11:35 AM–12:05 PM
Grades 2 and 3: 12:35–1:05 PM
Grades 4 and 5: 11:50 AM–12:20 PM

During all lunch periods, staff supervision will be provided; approved parent and community volunteers are always appreciated!

Recess

PK3 and PK4: Before lunch
Kindergarten and Grade 1: 12:05–12:35 PM
Grades 2 and 3: 1:05–1:35 PM
Grades 4 and 5: 11:20–11:50 PM

3:15 PM
Bell rings; students are dismissed. Polite Piggy’s aftercare and afterschool activities begin.

6:00 PM
Polite Piggy’s closes.

6:30 PM
School closes. (Please note that the building is available for meetings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Monday–Friday, by arrangement with the main office.)

Lunch

For PK3 and PK4 students, lunch is served in the classroom; for Kindergarten–Grade 5, lunch is served in the multi-purpose room.

School Lunch. School lunch is $2.60 daily; payment can be made to the Food Service Manager in the cafeteria or by using the MySchoolBucks online service. Applications for free or reduced-price lunches are available in the main office or on the DCPS website. Meals must be paid in advance to the cafeteria staff; each student’s meal account is charged when he or she gets lunch.

Home lunch. For students who bring their lunch, please respect the following general rules: no sodas and no sweets/candy; also, a no nuts policy may be enacted based on classroom need. Please write your child’s name directly on the outside of the lunch box/bag.

School breakfast and lunch menus are on display in the cafeteria and are sent home with each child at the beginning of each month. They may also be downloaded from the DCPS website.

Recess

On days of good weather, your child will go outside with his or her class for a 30-minute recess, unless attending tutoring or club activities, or if retained inside by a teacher or school administrator for a specific reason. Outdoor recess is determined by the principal based on weather conditions; indoor recess will be held by a designated person in each classroom on days of rain, snow, or severe cold (below 32º F) or hot weather.

Illness

Children with fever (temperature over 100º F), sore throat, or nausea should not come to school. Children who have had episodes of vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours should be kept home. Children diagnosed with a contagious disease such as strep throat or pink eye should be kept home until completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics. Parents should report immediately any child’s infectious illness (e.g. strep throat, chicken pox, lice, etc.) to the nurse.

Absence

If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the main office at (202) 698-3838 or send an e-mail here by 8:30 AM.