Breakfast and Lunch Costs
Breakfast and lunch are provided free for all students of the Othello School District.
School Lunch OR Home Lunch: Not Both
Students may choose to either eat lunch made in the school kitchen or to bring lunch from home. However, due to state and federal regulations with the school lunch programs, students who get lunch from the school are not allowed to also bring “extra” food from home. Students who bring lunch from home are not allowed to purchase school lunch, with the exception of one carton of milk. Students are not allowed to give/share food to other students or trade food.
Students Going Home For Lunch
If a student plans to go home for lunch during the school year, we will need a note signed by the parents or guardians giving him/her permission to do so. If your child goes home every day you can send one note covering the entire school year, and we will keep it on file. Students will not be allowed to leave the school grounds without a permission slip. Students going home must sign out in the office before leaving the school grounds and sign in when they return to school.
If you need to make adjustments to how your child will be transported home (bus, walk, parent pick-up) please notify the office no later than one hour prior to school dismissal. This allows enough tme for the office to communicate clearly with students and teachers.
Please call us or stop by if you are willing to volunteer in our school. We always need parents, grandparents, and community members to assist our children in reading one-on-one, doing hands on activities, chaperoning field trips, assisting in fundraisers, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering at Hiawatha, please stop by the office to provide us with your name, what you are willing to assist with, the hours you can volunteer, the days that are best for you and complete the volunteer clearance form. For the safety of our children, all volunteers must be cleared by the Washington State Patrol before working with students. Prior to volunteering in a classroom parents must speak with teacher to discuss their role, length of visit, and any additional information that will empower the parent to support the teacher and students during instruction.
Computer/Internet and Network Use
The Othello School District provides students with computers and internet access for educational purposes. Each year as part of the registration process, students and parents must sign an agreement to use the computers and network in accordance with the OSD Acceptable Use of Technology Procedures, part of Board Policy 2022. Violation of these guidelines may result in a student losing the privilege of using the school computers or network. If you have any questions about this Policy or the Acceptable Use of Technology Procedures, the school office can provide you a copy.
Student Cell Phones
The Hiawatha Elementary policy on student cell phones is that if a student chooses to bring a cell phone to school, that phone must remain in his/her backpack and turned off while the student is at school. When the student leaves campus, he/she may turn the phone back on.
If a phone rings or a student is seen with a cell phone, a staff member may confiscate the cell phone and send it to the main office for safe keeping. An administrator will contact the student’s parent to come and get the phone.
Hiawatha Elementary will not be responsible for the loss of, or damages to any phone that is brought to school.