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General School Questions

Where should I drop off my child on the first day of school?
The school administration typically sends out an email letting you know where your student can meet his/her teacher during the first few days of school. The teachers will show them the route they need to take to get to their classroom to avoid congestion in the hallways. 

What time can students be dropped off before school each day?
Students can be dropped off before school starting at 8:00 am.

What time does school start each day?

School starts at 8:15 am.

What time is dismissal on a normal school day?
Dismissal is at 2:41 pm. Kindergarten students are dismissed a few minutes before.

What time is dismissal on early release days?

Dismissal has been at 12:05 pm.

Volunteer Related Questions

Where can I find CORI forms? Do I need to submit one each year?

CORI checks are mandatory in order to volunteer/chaperone field trips at Ben Hem. You can request a CORI form from the main office. Please submit the completed form with a copy of your license to the main office. CORIs are processed by the town and may take 3-4 weeks. 

CORI forms are valid for two years. The main office will contact you to reapply before it expires.

Health Related Questions

How is Ben Hem being proactive about stopping the spread of germs?

All lunch tables are wiped down with a sanitizing spray at the end of each lunch and as needed. All water fountains and door handles are cleaned daily and as needed. As flu season approaches the custodial staff will increase their efforts- sanitizing door handles, bathrooms, and fountains multiple times during the school day, especially in high traffic areas. In the classroom frequent hand washing and good hygiene practices are encouraged throughout the year.

New to Kindergarten Questions
We've compiled advice from our Bobcat parents, here.