School Handbook

Sunrise Policy References & Overview

School Expectations

At Sunrise Elementary, we expect all members of the Sunrise community to:

  • Be safe
  • Be kind 
  • Be responsible

To help us all understand what it means to be safe, kind, and responsible in a variety of settings we have devised a set of common expectations for behavior around the building.

Lunch Serving Area

Be Safe

  • Walking feet
  • Single file line
  • Hold tray with both hands
  • Pick up dropped food in walkway
  • Eat in classroom (not walkway)

Be Kind
Greet and thank kitchen staff Use polite words (please, thank you)
Follow adult directions

Be Responsible
Use level 1 voice while walking in line
Use level 0 voice in the serving hallway
Use level 1 voice to talk to the kitchen staff


Be Safe

  • Use level 0 or level 1 voice
  • Enter and exit assembly calmly
  • Keep center aisle clear

Be Kind

  • Listen quietly, level 0 voice
  • Eyes and ears on speaker/performer
  • Applaud the effort of the speaker/performer at the appropriate time

Be Responsible

  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Leave distractions in the classroom (no hats)
  • Use the restroom before going to the assembly
  • Sit flat on floor so others can see
  • Remember that the same expectations apply to evening events.


Be Safe
1. Stay where an adult can see you.
2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
3. Give each other room to move and play games.
4. Keep hands, feet, and personal belongings to yourself.
5. Problem solve by coming to a solution that works for everyone involved.
6. Follow the game’s rules unless everyone agrees to change the rules.

Be Kind
1. Take turns and share.
2. Help each other.
3. Include others. Look for students sitting on the buddy bench.
4. Be polite (please, excuse me, thank you, no thank you)
5. Be a good sport and encourage others.

Be Responsible
1. Immediately return to class when the bell rings.
2. Learn how to play games fairly and follow the rules. 3. Listen to adults.
4. Dress for the weather.

Arrival & Attendance



Daily Schedule

9:20  a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First bell rings; classrooms open
9:25 a.m.-3:55  pm.. . . . . . . . .K-5 M,T, Th, F
9:25 am – 2:25 pm . . . . . . .  Early release Wednesdays
9:25 a.m. -12:35. . . . . . . . . . . .Early dismissal/Conference day schedule
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. . . . . . . . .Office Hours

Children should not arrive at school before 9:10 a.m. School patrols and playground supervision are not
provided until that time, and we cannot assume responsibility for the children's safety. The first bell rings
at 9:20, and gives students five minutes to get to their classes on time. Please make every effort to have
your children in their classrooms by 9:25 a.m. Students arriving after the 9:25 bell are considered tardy.
School dismisses early most Wednesdays in order to provide instructional staff with opportunities for
professional development and collaboration to further extend and improve instructional practices. Please
refer to the district calendar for details.

Every day of school is important to your children. We encourage regular attendance. On the other hand, a child should not be sent to school if he/she shows any signs of illness. A temperature, taken orally, that
is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever. Children should be fever-free, without fever
reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school. All students well enough to come to
school will be considered well enough to go outside for recesses.

It is required by state law to send a written excuse for absences and/or tardiness. We will accept
phone calls or emails to the office as substitutes for written notes. Attendance calls should be made
directly to the main office line, 425.408.5300, as soon as circumstances permit, and in all cases within
two weeks of the absence. If no excuse is received within a two-week window, the absence will be
recorded as “unexcused.”

Sunrise uses an auto-dialer computerized call system to notify parents of their student’s absence, if the
office has not received a call, note, or email. Calls will be made starting mid-morning, based on
attendance entered from the classroom, and excuses/information received by the office. To excuse/verify
an absence, please call the main office at 425.408.5300. You may also email the office manager,, or office secretaries,  or, with attendance information or excuses.

Dismissal during School Hours
To ensure that a child is taken from school only by an authorized person, a note from home must be
cleared through the school office and presented to his/her teacher before the child is released. Any
student being dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time should be met in the office where the student
must be "signed out" by the parent or guardian.

Leaving School Grounds
No one is to leave the school grounds without permission. All excused dismissals from school must be
cleared cleared through the office. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds while waiting for their
bus in the afternoon or after arriving at school in the morning.


Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


Be Safe

  • Arrive at the appropriate time (9:15-9:25)
  • Enter or exit cars at the flagpol
  • Cross only at the crosswalks
  • Respect the safety patrol and crossing guards
  • Walk on the sidewalks
  • Leave your backpack near the classroom then walk to the playground

Be Kind

  • Use polite words (hello, please, thank you, excuse me)
  • Include others in your play and conversation
  • Use appropriate greetings and farewells

Be Responsible

  • Use a Level 2 voice
  • Follow patrol and adult directions
  • Keep hands, feet, and belongings to yourself
  • Take care of our garden areas by staying on the walkways

Pre-Arranged Absences and Vacation Homework Policy


Vacation Homework Policy

Public schools are now held accountable for learning according to state and federal

guidelines. Our foremost job is to make sure all students are well served in an

appropriate and timely manner. The teaching schedule at Sunrise is tightly packed with

little room for alterations to accommodate extended student absences. Classroom

teachers are rarely able to supply make-up work that adequately replaces the missed

learning experiences.

In the Classroom. Elementary education today incorporates considerably more

interactive processes that cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom setting. These

include student-to-student collaboration, small group work, hands-on learning,

discovery/inquiry experiences, and classroom discussion, as well as, interaction with

teachers and specialists.

Requests for Missed Work. It is not possible for the teacher to give the child or the

parent all the information required for that child to understand the lesson and/or

participate in the learning. Without having participated in the classroom learning, the

student would have difficulty doing the related follow-up assignment or related

homework. Moreover, teachers adjust their plans, based on classroom progress,

individual student need, special events, and testing schedules.

We recognize that some families will still choose to take vacations outside our district’s

scheduled vacation dates. Please understand, however, that teachers will not be able to

provide lesson materials or homework in advance and should not be expected to provide

an alternative assignment for extended vacation absences. Students may make up work

when they return, at the teacher’s discretion, but they will not be able to recreate the

shared classroom experience.

For all the above reasons, we would like to encourage parents to limit extended

voluntary absences whenever possible to scheduled school breaks.

Parking & Transportation

Picking Up/Dropping Off Procedures

This procedure has been designed for the safety of our students when parent drop off or pick up children while ensuring a smooth traffic flow.

The curbside will be a moving lane only. No parking will be allowed from 9:00- 9:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 4:10 pm. We request that students be picked up by 4:10 pm. Students remaining past that time will be sent to the office.

• The flagpole area will be the ONLY loading/drop-off zone. This area will be marked by yellow lines and signs.

• In the morning, two to four designated patrol guards/valets will open car doors and assist children getting in or out of the vehicles. This will allow the driver to remain behind the wheel and ensure a timely traffic flow.

• For the safety of student patrol guards, only right turns are permitted when exiting the parking lot during peak traffic times when the safety patrol is on duty.

• If you are picking up more than one child, please make your child aware that if they are not by the flagpole area the first time, you will drive by again by use of the re-entry lane.

• Children will not be permitted to cross into the parking lot unattended. Parents will be asked to park in a proper parking spot, find their child, and cross with them to the parking lot in the marked crosswalk.

• Pedestrians should use the marked crosswalk to cross to and from the main building and parking lot. Safety patrol members will flag traffic at the office/parking lot crosswalk. Please follow their directions.

• Please do not use the bus loading/unloading zone adjacent to the upper floor for pick up/drop off of students. For the safety of students and necessary access for the busses this area is for bus transportation only.

School Expectations

  • At Sunrise Elementary, we expect all members of the Sunrise community to:

    • Be safe
    • Be kind 
    • Be responsible

    To help us all understand what it means to be safe, kind, and responsible in a variety of settings we have devised a set of common expectations for behavior around the building.