Get ready for School Year

Families with questions regarding the upcoming 2017-2018 school year are encouraged to contact their child’s school directly or the Milford School District office at (302) 422-1600. Detailed information for each school site can be found at http://www.milfordschooldistrict.org. The following is information that may be useful for families as the school year gets ready to begin.

School Phone Numbers

Morris Early Childhood Center – (302) 422-1650
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School – (302) 422-1630
LuLu Ross Elementary School – (302) 422-1640
Mispillion Elementary School – (302) 424-5800
Milford Central Academy – (302) 430-7900
Milford High School – (302) 422-1610

School Start Times

School times have been adjusted slightly for the upcoming school year in an effort to infuse more student learning and instructional time. Morris will begin at 8:45 AM with student drop-off beginning at 8:25 AM. Buses depart the school at 3:25 PM, but if your child is picked up after school, plan to arrive between 3:10 and 3:25 PM. Banneker, Ross and Mispillion will begin at 7:35 AM with dismissal at 2:25 PM. Parents may drop children off at 7:15 AM while buses depart at the end of the day at 2:30 PM. The school day for Milford Central Academy begins at 8:30 AM and students dismiss at 3:20 PM, buses departing at 3:25 PM. Students may enter the building at 8:15 AM for breakfast. The first period at Milford High School begins at 7:35 AM with students able to enter as early as 7 AM. The day ends at 2:25 PM and buses depart at 2:30 PM.

Open Houses

For Benjamin Banneker, Lulu Ross and Mispillion Elementary students, their Meet the Teacher Day is August 30, where they will have the opportunity to explore the school, find their classroom, meet their teacher and other staff members as well as pick up class and school information. The Meet the Teacher event for first and second grades is from 1 PM until 2 PM and for third, fourth and fifth grades from 2 until 3 PM. Milford Central Academy’s (MCA) Open House is on August 30, beginning at 6 PM in the gymnasium. MCA student schedules will be sent home the week before school begins and families should bring the schedules with them to open house. Milford High School’s (MHS) Open House is August 29 starting at 6 PM in the school auditorium. Students and families will have an opportunity to pick up their student schedule at that time. Supply lists will be available at MCA and MHS open houses. Students will also have an opportunity to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers as they transition through the class schedule that evening.

Student Transportation

Bus route information has been mailed to all families with students in the district; if transportation information is needed, parents/guardians may call the school which their child attends or contact the transportation office at 422-1600.  In order to change a student’s transportation or address, the student’s parent/legal guardian should appear in person at their school or the transportation office (located at the district office).  For transportation changes, parents/guardians are asked to complete an application for student transportation (available online, at the school and at the transportation office) and show a valid state-issued photo ID.  Additionally, for an address change, proof of residence is required – mortgage or lease, or utility bill in the parent/guardian’s name.  Families may contact the transportation office or their child’s school with any questions.

School Dress Code

Milford School District is proud of the professional dress by its students. The district thanks its families for their support of the dress code and assisting schools to establish an educational environment. Please remember that all clothing is to be a solid color. Dress bottom styles include khaki pants, walking shorts, capris, skorts, skirts (no slits), jumpers or dresses that are at least knee length in either of the following colors:  black, white, navy, tan or grey.  Dress tops are to be polo shirt style with 2-5 buttons, bottom-down oxford shirts or crewneck sweatshirts in either of the following solid colors:  maroon, black, gold, yellow, navy, white or grey. Unacceptable clothing includes:  hooded sweatshirts, head coverings, garments that reveal skin underneath, denim, belt buckle embellishments, baggy or form fitting apparel, or chains and spikes.

Automated Calling and Email System

Milford School District employs the use of the automated call system.  The system communicates such events as weather delays and school emergencies, but also serve as a way for each individual school to relay important information.  Each call is also sent via email. Parents are encouraged to ensure that a valid phone number and email are on file with their child’s school. The phone number listed as primary will be the one that receives the calls. Please contact the individual school to update or change this information.

Parent/Guardian School Visitation

Parents/legal guardians are welcome to visit their child’s school at any time during regular school hours. In order to ensure safety of all students, parents/guardians must sign in at the front office and provide a valid ID that will be scanned through the Department of Justice database. If a parent/guardian wishes to speak with a school administrator or teacher, it is recommended that an appointment be made prior to visiting the school. This will ensure the staff member is available upon arrival and reduce the wait time.

Volunteers

Milford School District appreciates the work, dedication and support from its many outstanding volunteers.  For ensuring the safety and well-being of students, the following guidelines are followed by the district:

Each school has a volunteer application packet that includes the following required documentation for volunteers working with a student or a group of students, as well as for volunteers serving as overnight field trip chaperones:
      ▪           Information regarding a required Volunteer Criminal Background Check through the State Bureau of Identification, Delaware State Police.
      ▪           Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form.
      ▪           Delaware Department of Education Health Questionnaire For Volunteers.
      ▪           Volunteer Contact Information Form.

For all volunteers serving on a single-day, non-overnight field trip, a valid ID must be presented and scanned through the Department of Justice database prior to being approved as a chaperone for the trip.

Sports Physicals

Student-athletes must have a physical completed on the DIAA physical form prior to participating in any sport activity (including practice) and be academically eligible (if any questions with eligibility please contact the school). The physical form is located at www.Buccaneers-sports.com or www.Milfordmiddlesports.com. Physicals should be turned into the school’s main office or the school nurse.  Milford Central Academy practices begin August 28.  MCA students trying out for a fall sport (cheerleading, girls cross country, boys cross country, field hockey, football, boys soccer, girls volleyball or cheerleading) should report to the MCA gymnasium by 6 PM on August 28 in their appropriate athletic attire.  Milford High School practices begin on August 15: cross country – 6 PM, field hockey – 8 AM, football – 8 AM, boys soccer – 8 AM and girls volleyball – 10 AM.

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