Late Arrival and Late Pickup Policy

(Also See Section 515 of the MCS Handbook)

Late Arrival

School doors open at 7:55 a.m.  All students are expected to be in their respective classrooms and ready for the school day to begin by 8:5 a.m.  Continued tardiness will require a meeting with an MCS administrator where further disciplinary action may be determined, including but not limited to the assessment of a $25 fee for additional tardies.

Late Afternoon Pickup

All children who are not part of the Mountain Christian Extended Care After School Program or after-school activities must be picked up by 3:20 pm. The office will immediately contact parents of those students who are not picked up on time. The parent/guardian must sign out the child at the office.

Upon the third occurrence of late pickup, a letter will be sent to the parent assessing a $25 late pickup fee to the family of the child for any future occurrences. Continued occurrences will require a meeting with an MCS administrator where further action will be determined.

Any child who is contracted for Extended Care for one hour after school must be picked up by 4:30 pm. If the child is picked up after 4:30 pm, the family will be assessed the penalty fee of $5.00 per each 5 minutes, or portion thereof. More than three occurrences in one marking period or five occurrences in one year will be cause for dismissal from the Extended Care Program, or require a contract for the second hour of Extended Care.

The State of Maryland requires the school to keep records of the number of children using the Extended Care Program. It is essential that we have staffing appropriate to the anticipated usage. Please return the Extended Care Application to the MCS office by July 15 prior to the start of school if you are in need of Extended Care before or after school. Staffing needs are determined by registrations received by July 15. Any applications received after July 15 will be placed on a waiting list.

Extended Care Program Late Pickup

The Mountain Christian School Extended Care Program will operate each school day morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am and each school day afternoon from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A parent or guardian must pick up all children by 5:30 pm. If parents do not meet this deadline, an additional penalty charge of $5.00 for each additional 5 minutes, or portion thereof, will be billed to the family for additional child care services. More than three occurrences in one marking period, or more than five occurrences in one year may be cause for dismissal from the Extended Care Program.

For students who are not part of the Extended Care Contract Program, the school doors will open at 7:55 am. If non–extended care children are dropped off before 7:55 am, they will have to wait outside until the school doors are opened. Only those students contracted for the Extended Care Program will be permitted in the Extended Care Program prior to 7:55 am.