Important Facts

Bret R. Tarver School

Every student doing homework will be given either an agenda (grades 1 – 5), or a homework envelope (Kindergarten). These materials will be used to provide constant feedback to parents as to what the students are doing in class and what their homework is each day. All homework will be listed in/on the student’s agenda, or envelope. Please feel free to correspond back and forth with the teacher about this material as well. The use of these materials is very important, and it is for this reason that the first set of materials will be provided at no cost to the student. These materials are considered a textbook. If the student loses, misplaces, or damages these materials, he/she will be responsible for buying replacement materials.

We hold high expectations for the students at Bret R. Tarver Elementary. In order for each student to reach their highest potential, it is very important that they practice and apply newly learned skills. It is for this reason that Bret R. Tarver Elementary students will have 20–40 minutes of homework Monday through Thursday. Every student is responsible for bringing their homework materials (and books) home and returning them completed to school by the due date. Please make time in your busy schedule to assist your children with their homework and sign their agenda book Monday through Thursday. Research repeatedly shows that children achieve at higher levels when their parents /guardians are actively involved in their education.

Uniform Policy
All Bret R. Tarver students are required to wear the designated school uniform. Please refer to the following dress code as you make your uniform purchases. It is also very important for students to come to school in a clean and well kept uniform. Please assist your child in having pride in him/herself by keeping him/her clean and neat.

  1. All students are required to wear the designated school uniform. The clothing may not be altered by slits, shredded hems, etc. The designated uniform for Bret R. Tarver Elementary School shall be:
    Boys:
    All white, light blue, or navy blue shirts with collars. Turtle necks or mock turtle neck shirts may be worn. No logos may be present on the shirt. Shirts must be short or long sleeved. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed. All shirts must be tucked in. Solid navy blue pants, or shorts. Denim, sweat, and slicker material are not allowed. Shorts may be a maximum of three inches above or below the knee. Pant/shorts are to be worn at the waist, not sagging. Sweaters and sweatshirts must be solid (no logos) white, light blue, or navy. Sweaters and sweatshirts are not required to be tucked in. When wearing a sweater or sweatshirt, the collar of the uniform shirt underneath must be showing. During hot weather, students will not be allowed to wear jackets, sweaters, or sweatshirts outdoors.

    Girls:
    All white, dark or light blue shirts with collars. Turtle necks or mock turtle neck shirts may be worn. No logos may be present on the shirt. Shirts must be short or long sleeved. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed. All shirts must be tucked in. Solid navy blue pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris, or jumpers. Denim, sweat, or slicker material is not acceptable. Shorts or skorts may be a maximum of three inches above or below the knee. Pants/shorts are to be worn at the waist, not sagging. Sweaters and sweat shirts must be solid white, light blue, or navy (no logos). Sweaters and sweatshirts are not required to be tucked in. When wearing a sweater or sweatshirt, the collar of the uniform shirt underneath must be showing. During warm weather, students will not be allowed to wear jackets, sweaters, or sweatshirts.

    Baggy or oversized uniforms are not acceptable. School uniforms must be no more than one size larger than what is appropriate for his/her size. Uniforms that are tight or form fitting are also not acceptable.
  2. Belts do not have to be worn. Belts must be navy, black, white, or brown and may not be more than one size larger than the student’s waist. Belts should have only one buckle. Belt buckles worn must be practical and non-distracting.
  3. Students are encouraged, for safety reasons, to wear covered shoes. Shoes worn must be practical and nondistracting. Student’s socks must be solid: light blue, navy, black, or white. Socks worn must be practical and non-distracting.
  4. Students are not allowed to have hair styles or hair colors that are distracting.
  5. Students are to refrain from having undergarments showing. This includes shirts that are worn under the uniform shirts. No colored shirts or T-shirts with designs may be worn under the uniform shirt.
  6. Expensive and/or excessive jewelry is often a distraction and does not belong at school. The school does not accept any distraction.
  7. No visible tattoos or writing on the hands or bodies is allowed.
  8. Uniforms are required on picture days, field trips, school events/performances, and school sponsored summer events.

Special Information
On occasion, the principal will allow an “out of school uniform day” where students may wear clothes other than the standard school uniform. This will be on special occasions only. The students and parents will be notified in writing prior to the “Out Of School Uniform Day.” No sleeveless shirts or exposed midriffs will be allowed. Skirts and shorts must be of uniform length. Bret R. Tarver Purple and Teal Days will be celebrated every Friday. On Fridays, students must wear the standard school uniform unless they own a Bret R. Tarver Dolphin Pride Shirt or their class has made Bret R. Tarver Dolphin Pride Shirts. If students own either of these items, they may wear them only on Fridays as part of the rest of their school uniform. Bret R. Tarver Dolphin Pride shirts and will be on sale in the front office for $8.25 beginning the first week of school and continue throughout the year, as supply permits. Cost of shirts may be subject to change. Many stores carry school uniforms. We have listed a few for your convenience: Clothing City, Collette’s, J.C. Penney, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart.

Student Pick-up
To provide safety for the children of Bret R. Tarver and improve traffic flow, please follow the following guidelines:

  1. When dropping students off in the front parking lot before school, please use the lane closest to the school building. It is important the children have all of their belongings soon as you stop. Please stop only long enough to drop off your child(ren) and then proceed south.
  2. When picking up students in he front parking lot, you will need to use the lane closest to the school building. This is the only lane students will be allowed to load into vehicles. PLEASE, NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNATTENDED IN THE DRIVING OR PICK- UP LANE.

Visitor Policy
All visitors on campus must come to the office to obtain a Visitor’s Pass before proceeding anywhere on campus. A Visitor’s Pass must be worn in plain view at all time. Badges are needed before school to enter the classroom areas, as well as the cafeteria area.

Early Release
If it is absolutely necessary to pick up your child during school hours, you will need to come to the front office. For your child’s protection, you will be asked to provide identification before being able to take your child. Any person wanting to take a student during school hours must be on the student’s Emergency Card. Students will not be released for early dismissal for the last 20 minutes of school, unless it is an emergency situation. Students are still engaging in lessons, reviewing information from the day, receiving homework assignments, and getting last minute instructions.