How does drop-off and pick-up work at Ben Franklin? What if I have a student at both Riverside and Ben Franklin?
The drop-off and pickup times at Riverside are busy times and safety is our number one priority. Please watch this brief video outlining our procedures. (Click here to see the procedure at Riverside)
If you have students at both Riverside and Ben Franklin, we suggest that you pickup at Ben Franklin first and then go to Riverside. Please be patient the first few weeks of school as families and students get used to the routine. All students are typically picked up and busses were loaded and on their way home typically within 15 minutes of dismissal.
We require that all students be picked up by 4:00 pm. We understand that sometimes parents might be late, so just give us a call. However if the student is being picked up late more than just a few times, we will ask that you enroll them into an after school program.
Who do I contact if my child will be absent?
If the absence is scheduled in advance, please send an email to Attendancebf@sdmfschools.org. If your child is ill or going to be late to school, please leave an absence voicemail before 9:00 am by calling 262-255-8470
What is the difference between being tardy or leaving early vs being marked absent?
Students that arrive more than 30 minutes late, or leave more than 30 minutes early will be marked with a 1/2 day absence. If they arrive or leave within that 30 minute window, they will be marked Tardy or Left Early.
If a student leaves in the middle of the day for an appointment and then returns, they will be marked with a 1/2 day absence if they are gone longer than 30 minutes.
How do I let the school know that my child will be late, will be leaving early or there is change to their end of day routine?
Please send an email to Attendancebf@sdmfschools.org. If there is a change that needs to be made during the day, please call school at 262-255-8470 before 3pm if at all possible. Last minute requests can be disruptive to the classroom and should be avoided if possible. To minimize the loss of learning time for students and congestion in the office, we will call students to the office AFTER you arrive at the school to sign them out. Please plan accordingly and allow at least 5 minutes for students to arrive to the office after you arrive.
Is there after or before school care at Ben Franklin?
Students may be dropped off at school no earlier than 8:30 am and must be picked up by 4:00 pm. If students need before or after school care, the CE&Rec department runs the Kids Inc program on site. For more information and to sign up, please visit the CE&Rec website.
Many of the local area daycares also provide shuttle service for students to Ben Franklin.