New Family FAQs
Welcome to Julia Green! We are so glad that you are here! You probably have lots of questions as you look ahead to starting school in the Fall. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions within this document, but it is not exhaustive. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our New Families Coordinator, Kerry Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any PTO Representative as the start of school approaches.
Q: When does school start?
A: The first day of school is Tuesday, August 4. We will begin virtually and information from MNPS on how to get access to a computer, how to login, etc will be posted here. This will be a full day of school for grades 1-4. Kindergarten students will have a half day of school on August 4th and 5th, dismissing at 11:30. The first full day of school for Kindergarten will be Friday, August 7th. The full MNPS calendar can be found here, including all school holidays. A detailed calendar with school-specific events will be distributed as we have a better understanding of Covid-related guidelines.
Q: What are the hours of the school day?
A: For in-person learning, school starts at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Morning drop-off begins at 7:45 a.m. Your classroom teacher will give you more details about the virtual school hours.
Q: What are the attendance requirements?
A: It is important that all students attend school regularly. Please check the calendar now and plan your time off to maximize your child’s time in school. When your child does miss school please send a note and communicate with your child’s teacher.
Q: Are there extended care programs at Julia Green?
A: Extended Care is available with in-person learning and is operated by independent provider. If your family needs additional hours of childcare either before or after school, JGEC provides care from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. For more information about extended care, please contact JGEC director, Sandi Yarnall at (615) 975-6178 or email@example.com.
Q: How does drop-off and pick-up work for in-person learning?
A: Students generally come and go three different ways: by school bus, by car or by walking.
Bus: All Metro students who attend their zoned school, and who live more than 1.25 miles from school, are eligible for school bus transportation. To find your bus route, go to: www.mnps.org/transportation. If you live within the 1.25 mile radius (the “Parental Responsibility Zone”) please contact the Julia Green Office regarding potential school bus transportation.
Car: You may drop off and pick up your child by car. More detailed information on how the lines work will be provided at orientation and the first day of school.
Walk: Families that live within walking distance may choose to walk to school.
Q: What does my child need to wear to school when in-person?
A: All students must wear standard school attire (SSA) to school. The SSA requirements at Julia Green are:
Tops (or dresses): with collar in any solid color
Bottoms: pants, shorts or skirts in khaki, black or navy
Shoes: must have closed-toe shoes for daily recess
Q: Where do I buy standard school attire?
A: You can purchase SSA from any retailer that you choose. Target, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, GAP, Lands’ End and many more retailers have a large selection of SSA clothing. Clothes do not have to branded with the Julia Green logo. If you would like to purchase clothing with the Julia Green logo (shirts, vests, pull-overs) you may do so through the Lands’ End uniform shop. Go to landsend.com, click on the “SCHOOL” tab and then click on “Find Your School.” You can search for Julia Green by entering the school name and state or using the Preferred School Number: 900129818.
Q: Is it true that students can wear non-SSA on Fridays?
A: On Fridays, students are allowed to wear any Julia Green t-shirt in place of SSA tops. SSA bottoms and closed-toe shoes are still required on Fridays. Julia Green t-shirts and other gear may be purchased at the Julia Green Spirit Store, which is open on Friday mornings before school and at other school gatherings. There will also be opportunities to purchase JG t-shirts in connection with school events throughout the year (Carnival in the fall, Read-A-Thon in the winter and the Hornet Hustle in the spring).
Q: What about school supplies?
A: All students will be required to purchase school supplies before in-person learning begins. The school supply lists will be available on the school website.
Q: What else will my child need for in-person learning?
A: In addition to classroom supplies, students should have a backpack. For children that choose to bring their lunch, you may wish to have a lunch box. Most teachers also request that students bring a water bottle for use throughout the day.
Q: Speaking of lunch, how does that work?
A: Students may bring a lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria for $2.50. Funds can be put on your student’s account by visiting the cafeteria, or you can send money to school with your student.
For the last four years, Metro Schools has participated in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). CEP is the federal reimbursement program that allows school districts to offer lunch at no cost to students. District eligibility is based on poverty as measured by the direct certification numbers used for participants of government assistance programs; for the upcoming school year MNPS is ineligible to participate across the district. While some Metro Schools will remain eligible for CEP, we do not anticipate that Julia Green will be among those.
Q: May I come have lunch with my child?
A: This will depend on the Covid-related guidelines. When allowed, family and friends are welcome to come for lunch at Julia Green. Two days of the week are designated as student-only lunch days (currently Mondays and Thursdays) and having these days helps to create a sense of community for the students. We still love visitors and welcome parents, grandparents, siblings or special friends on the remaining three days of the week. Please note that MNPS food policy doesn’t allow for any outside food for visitors or students. All food brought to the cafeteria must be either a lunch from home or purchased in the cafeteria. When school begins in the fall, we will ask that you wait a few weeks before joining your child for lunch in order to give the students time to adjust into their new routines as a class. Your child’s teacher will let you know when they are ready for lunchtime visitors and what days are best.
Q: When do we find out my child’s teacher?
A: Prior to the first day of school you will receive a postcard in the mail providing you with your child’s class placement. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to predict the exact time that these letters will be mailed and a number of factors on the district level influence this timing.
Q: Can I sign up to receive Julia Green emails? How else can I get information?
A: Yes! There is a Julia Green listserv and information is pushed out through a number of different channels:
Email: Sign up for the listserv. During the school year there is a weekly newsletter called the “Hornet News” that includes pertinent information. There are additional informational emails as needed. You do not need to wait until the fall to sign up.
Call-Outs: You will receive phone call outs from the district and Julia Green administration using the phone number you use in your registration.
Social Media: Facebook follow “Julia Green PTO Parents“ & Instagram: @jghornets
Q: What if I have more questions?