School supervision of students at breakfast in the cafeteria begins at 7:30 a.m.
School supervision of students on the playground begins at 7:40 a.m.
A parent or guardian should accompany ECE students until they are signed into their classrooms at 8 a.m.
Students may be dropped off at our front door or on our playground after 7:40 a.m.
If you drive to school, please drop your child off at the curb at the front of our building, where they will be greeted by school staff.
If you prefer, you may park in the neighborhood and walk your student to the playground.
Students must be picked up on the playground at 3 p.m. unless they’re participating in our Discovery Link program or an after-school enrichment class. There is no after-school playground supervision. Students who are not picked up by 3:10 p.m. will be brought to our main office and their parents/guardians will be contacted.
A parent or guardian must sign their student out in their classrooms.
The Discovery Link program provides on-site after-school care for families. Visit Discovery Link for registration information and cost.
The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if schools are closed due to inclement weather.
In a serious emergency, our school administrators must decide to place our school in a lockout, lockdown, shelter-in-place, or evacuation. We regularly conduct practice drills to ensure our students and staff know what to do!
The Denver Public Schools Department of Security and our school will communicate with families through all available means, including text messages, robo-calls, robo-e-mails, Facebook, and our school app. We notify families ASAP when it is safe to pick up your child and the location for pick-up.
Threat is definitely away from the school.
School administration secures the building and safely shelters all students, staff, and visitors INSIDE the school. Our school will go on lockout if a threat is in our neighborhood but does not pose immediate danger to the occupants of the school.
When a threat is inside or very close to the school.School administration secures the building and safely shelters all students, staff and visitors INSIDE the school. Our school will go on lockdown if a threat is inside the building or neighborhood and endangers the occupants of the school.
Lockdown drills: parents/guardians will receive an e-mail notification that a lockdown drill has taken place.
Lockdown: parents/guardians will receive an e-mail and/or phone communication from the school as soon as feasibly possible at the end of a lockdown.
Severe weather is any weather condition that may cause injury to students and staff or damage to structures. Different types of weather call for different actions. Schools will go into shelter-in-place if the threat of severe weather is in the area. Examples of severe weather are:
School administration will monitor National Weather Service announcements and notify staff and students to move away from rooms on the perimeter and shelter in our designated Inside Safe Assembly Location (our lower hallway) as necessary. Site administration will direct students and staff to take a protective kneeling position.
If it is unsafe for students, staff, and visitors to remain inside our building, they will evacuate to designated evacuation locations either on-campus or off-site. The most common evacuation is a fire drill.
McKinley-Thatcher’s two off-site emergency evacuation locations are: