Helpful Information


    Anyone wishing to volunteer at Sandy Ridge OR go on a field trip must be approved to volunteer through DPS. Applications may be completed online HERE.

    Students may enter the building no earlier than 7:15 am. School begins at 7:45 am. Children are considered tardy if they arrive to their classroom after this time. Therefore, if your child needs breakfast at school, they need to arrive in plenty of time to get breakfast, eat, and walk to the classroom. Students who arrive at school after 7:45 am must be signed in by a parent or guardian. 

    Students who leave prior to 11:00 am, or arrive after 11 am are considered absent for the day.

    If your child has any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home! Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. 


    • Symptomatic individuals should be tested for COVID prior to returning to school.
    • Symptomatic individuals who test positive must follow the DPS Isolation Protocols outlined below.
    • Symptomatic individuals who test negative or receive an alternative diagnosis, can return when symptoms have improved and have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.


    • When an individual tests positive for COVID, they must stay home and isolate for 5 days.  The date of the positive test collection or the date symptoms started (whichever came first) is day 0.
    • Individuals may return on Day 6 as long as symptoms are improving and the individual has been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Individuals must wear a mask 100% of the time around others until day 10 after coming out of isolation.
    • Individuals who are considered close contacts of someone who has tested positive must wear a mask for 10 days regardless of vaccination status (no isolation is needed for close contacts unless the individual is showing symptoms).

    When your child is absent for any reason, let us know! Send the teacher a message through Class Dojo or other preferred method of contact letting them know why your student missed school. Absences due to illness are considered excused, but you must send a note or email to your child's teacher or our data manager ( following any absence.

    To electronically send any testing results, alternative diagnosis, or other medical information, please send to our school nurse at:

    Absences are considered unexcused unless you send a note explaining the reason for your child's absence. Examples of excusable absences are sickness, medical/dental appointment, death in immediate family, quarantine, or educational opportunities (if approved in advance). When your child is absent for any reason, let us know! Send the teacher a message through Class Dojo or other preferred method of contact letting them know why your student missed school. You may send a note with your student upon return or email our school's data manager  Read more about the Durham Public Schools Attendance Policy and learn what types of absences are considered excused HERE.

    Car riders must be picked up promptly at 2:15 pm. Office hours are from 7:00 am-3:00 pm. Teachers and staff have meetings beginning at 2:30 pm and are unable to supervise any children. 

    Bus transportation is available for students who live in the following districts only: Mangum, Eno Valley, Little River, Glenn, Easley, Holt, and Hillandale. Families must register for transportation every school year.

    Transportation changes must be received no later than 11 am (9 am on Early Release days).

    Students may not be checked out after 1:45 pm (11:45 am on Early Release days) except in the event of an emergency.

    Students who leave early miss out on important instructional time. Students should not leave early on a regular basis without a valid reason.

    Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Early Release days.

    Please remember to notify the office if you have a change of address or phone number. Proof of residency is required to change your address.

    The DPS Wellness Policy states that student birthday celebrations shall be consolidated to no more than one per month per class. Non-food celebrations are encouraged, and ideas for suggested alternatives will be made available to staff and parents.

    Foods brought to school by students, parents, or community members to feed more than one child during school hours or at school-sponsored events must meet the requirements of Policy 3021.5 and may consist only of one or more of the following:

    A. Peelable whole fruits or vegetables;

    B. Unpeelable whole fruits or vegetables that are both pre-washed and washed on site;

    C. Bottled water;

    D. Pre-packaged foods or foods prepared by a restaurant or catering service that meets all applicable food safety and sanitation requirements;


    E. Any other foods approved in advance by the principal or principal’s designee.