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Intermediate School

Frequently Asked Questions

To answer some of your questions as quickly as possible, we’ve compiled a list of those most frequently asked by Ganado Intermediate School parents. Be sure to read more throughout this website and in our student handbook so that you’re well-informed and prepared to support your child through a successful educational journey. If we haven’t answered your question here, please contact us. We’re always happy to help.

What time does school start and end?

School begins daily at 8:00 a.m. We release all 3rd–5th grade students at 3:00 p.m. daily. Buses will depart from the main campus around 3:20 p.m. 

We schedule professional development days on the Wednesdays indicated on the school calendar. On these days, school will begin two hours later than usual, with classes starting at 10:00 a.m. sharp. 

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Can I drop off my child early/pick them up late?

Our staff begins playground supervision at 7:15 a.m., and there is no staff supervision on the playground after school. Intermediate school students must leave school grounds when school is over. Students must leave the school campus when school is over unless they obtain prior approval the principal.

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What should I do if my child has to miss school?

Classroom experiences and teacher-student interactions are essential components of learning. Therefore, as provided by law, students should attend school each day that school is in session unless they are ill.

Absences are either excused or unexcused. We will excuse an absence when the student is ill or if there’s an illness or death in the family. Severe weather, certain religious observances, and days of significant cultural importance can also result in an excused absence. If the student wishes to get credit for work missed as a result of an excused absence, the student must make up the work within two weeks of the last day of the absence. However, it’s important for parents and students to realize that the paper and pencil activity at school is only one aspect of education and that a student can never truly make up an absence.

All students must bring a note from home or contact the office after having been absent from school. Neglecting to bring a note or failing to contact the office after an absence will result in an unexcused absence.

Please be aware that we consider absences, excused or unexcused, in excess of 20 days excessive, which may result in an administrator or teacher recommending a student’s retention in that grade and/or referral to social services.

We do not penalize students who participate in school-sponsored activities for absences caused by those activities, but they are still required to make up all missed work.

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What if my child is late or has to leave in the middle of the school day?

Tardiness without satisfactory explanation shall be grounds for disciplinary action, and we will notify the student’s parents.

Our staff will not allow anyone other than parents and/or legal guardians to sign students out of school unless the other party presents a written parental statement that authorizes and describes a specific person to pick up the child and that includes the signature and contact number of the parent/guardian. We will only release the student to the person identified in that written statement. We ask parents who need to check out students during the school day to do so during recess, lunchtime, or other class breaks to minimize classroom interruptions. 

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Can my child have a cell phone at school?

Ganado Intermediate does not permit cell phone use during school hours. We will confiscate any devices if we find students using them, and we will only release the device to a parent/guardian after meeting with them. If a student uses a cell phone during school hours a second time, we will not allow him/her to bring a cell phone to school, and/or the student will be subject to school consequence for non-compliance.

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Is there a dress code at Ganado Intermediate?

Our governing board recognizes that appropriate clothing worn by students and healthy grooming practices contribute to the accomplishment of curriculum goals and the district's educational program. The board shall endeavor not to interfere with the rights of students and guardians to make decisions regarding personal dress and grooming practices, except when the choices affect the curriculum goals, the educational program of the district, or the health, safety, or general welfare of students and others.

We encourage students to take pride in their attire as it relates to the school setting. In general, the following dress conditions violate the district’s dress code:

  • Apparel that presents a hazard to the health, safety, or general welfare of students in the school—students must wear footwear at all times. Students should not wear jewelry that presents a safety hazard to self or others.  
  • Attire that materially interferes with the school environment or creates disorder, i.e. clothing that represents gang membership
  • Garments that cause disruption or are counterproductive to the learning process
  • Clothing and apparel that display obscene language or symbols
  • Clothing that exposes the chest, abdomen, genital area, or buttocks—no spaghetti strap tops or mini-skirts. Short cut-offs must be no more than five inches above the knee. 
  • Caps or hoods (hoodies) inside the school building—caps or hoods cannot be worn inside the buildings by any student or staff member unless it is part of treatment under the care of a doctor. 
  • Chains on clothing or chains worn loosely
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Does Ganado Intermediate provide transportation to and from school?

We are proud to provide safe, reliable transportation to and from school for students who need bus services. We ask students to remember that riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Students riding the bus are under the authority of the bus driver and shall observe the driver's instructions.

Students who choose to ride the bus must do so each day unless a parent/legal guardian contacts the office to arrange otherwise. Parents who request a change of bus assignment must contact the office in person or in writing. Please ensure that your child has instructions and that you have taken reasonable measures to arrange for supervision once the child gets off the bus. If the bus driver has doubts about the safety of letting a child off at a new stop, the driver will return the child to campus, and we will contact you to pick up your child at the school or from the district transportation office.

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Can my child eat breakfast and/or lunch at school?

We believe good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. We are proud to provide a variety of affordable, appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students at all Ganado Unified School District schools. The meals, foods, and beverages we serve meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Applications for free and reduced meal benefits are available on the district Food Services page.

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