Violet Elementary School At-a-Glance

Important contacts and other valuable information about Violet Elementary School.

Important Contacts

Dorethia (Dee) Copas
Dorethia (Dee) Copas
Principal
614.548.1500
Lisa Lowe
Lisa Lowe
School Counselor
614-548-1500
Donna Treneff
Donna Treneff
Building Secretary
614.548.1500

Principal's Message

Violet Elementary School has grown to accommodate and educate the many diverse families that make up our community. Our school has provided an exceptional education to many wonderful boys and girls over the years. Violet Elementary is a fine example of the quality education that is provided in Pickerington Local School District.

As we begin the 2020-2021 school year,  I know that we are all a little concerned about how school will play out. I just want to assure you that we will continue to have productive partnerships with all parents so that your children can be the most successful students, reaching their highest potential. We recognize that the end of the previous school year was abrupt in the change of structure for you and your family, however now is the time for patience, flexibility, and kindness. As partners, we share responsibility for our student’s success and we want you to know that we will continue to do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attend school daily and arrive on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all assignments and homework given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literary skills
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

I believe it to be critical to read over and understand our rules and expectations so that you and your child can be knowledgeable about them together. If you have any questions about school expectations, please feel free to contact me or to discuss them with your child’s teacher. It is very important that you and your child are fully aware of standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.

Please feel free to review the PLSD Student Handbook which can be accessed on our district website.

On behalf of all staff, we feel privileged to work with you and your child. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you.

Mrs. Dee Copas
Principal

Information at Your Fingertips

Important Phone Numbers

Main: 614.548-1500

Fax: 614-548-1511

Petermann Transportation: 614.837.8525

Food Services: 614.833.3645

Treasurer’s Office (school fees): 614.833.2112

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account: Go online or call 1-866-771-7341; Parent help line: 1-877-237-0946

 

Location
Violet Elementary School
8855 Education Dr
Pickerington, OH 43147
School Hours

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 11:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Kindergarten Hours

AM Kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 12:15 p.m.

 

Days with 2-hour delay

Start Time: 11:15 a.m.

Dismissal Time: 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 1:05 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

 

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 2:00 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Absence Reporting

When a child will be absent from or tardy to school, parents/guardians are required to notify the school by telephone the morning of the absence. Please call the Violet office at 614-548-1500 to report absences.

Revised Arrival and Dismissal Procedures for 2020-2021

Bus riders will be loading and unloading in the front of the building. No cars should be parked in this area during arrival (8:50-9:45am) and dismissal times (3:50-4:15pm). All students will remain on the bus upon arrival at the school building. The staff member on duty will dismiss one bus at a time to enter the building for students to go to breakfast or directly to class. At dismissal time, each bus will be called individually to ensure the students have a staggered release at the end of the day.

Parents dropping off or picking up students, please drive to the blacktop playground area, follow the serpentine pathway, and proceed around to entrance “L” for entering and exiting. Once you have pulled up on the serpentine, all students will wait in their cars until the bell rings at 9:05 a.mPlease note this change in time from previous years. We will have the cars parked along the curb, that’s usually about 5 cars, release their students and enter the building to go to breakfast or directly to class. We will continue to have students enter the building in this manner until all students have exited their cars. For the sake of safety, please pull all the way forward, listen to the directions of the staff, and do not release your children until directed by them. As you exit the school parking lot, turn right only and exit onto Education Drive. The right turn applies during school arrival and dismissal times only. Please do not park on the playground blacktop area. Children from daycare centers will be dropped off at this same location. For end of the day Parent Pickup, we will assign a last name card that corresponds to your child. We ask that you display these on the front passenger side. The traffic flow runs fairly smoothly, however, inclement weather conditions will certainly impact dismissal time.

In the morning, walkers will not have access to the building until the bell rings at 9:05 a.m. Please note this change in time from previous years. Please have students time their arrival to school so they can come directly into the building to go to breakfast or to their classroom. At dismissal time, walkers will be dismissed first, by grade level and neighborhood. If your child is a Melrose walker, they will exit in back and walk down the path. If your child is a Chevington walker, you or your adult designee may meet them in front by the light post. Your child must be an assigned walker in order to exit this way. All other students must be picked up in the Parent Pick Up Line, or ride a bus, or a daycare van. Do not park on Education Drive or Ravine Drive and ask your child to meet you. This increased traffic creates an unsafe condition for students. We would like to remind parents the safest crossing points are the crosswalks at Melrose Boulevard and Ravine Avenue.

Please remember students are not permitted to go to their classrooms until 9:05 am. Please do not drop off students early because supervision is not available before 9:05 am. Students are not permitted to be on the playground before school starts unless supervised by a parent. Students must be in their classrooms by the tardy bell at 9:15 am. Please drop them off in plenty of time to walk to their classroom. We appreciate all your help and cooperation in helping us keep your child safe while at school.

We ask for your patience and cooperation in helping us dismiss your student directly to you in a safe and timely manner.

Dismissal Changes

If there is a change in the student’s normal arrival and dismissal routine, please write a note to notify the school, otherwise normal procedure will be followed.

Visiting Our School

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, parents will primarily only be allowed in the building (main office) to pick up or drop off a student once school is in session. We ask that you please wear a mask when you come to the office.

Custody Counts

To serve to requirements of a child custody order, a parent should present an official order to be placed on record for the guidance, attendance and administrative offices. Ohio Revised Code 3313.673 states “…the custodial parent of the child shall notify the school of those custodial arrangements…”

Our primary concern is knowing the legal custodian, residential parent, and knowing the answer to the question, “Can your child be dismissed to a non-custodial parent?”

Schools are obligated to follow court documentation regarding the rights of a non-custodial parent.

Change of Address / Updating Student Information

All requests for changes of address on school records must be submitted to the Welcome Center for processing. Residential address changes cannot be processed by a child’s school office staff or by Petermann Transportation.

Any changes to a student’s home address must be requested on the district’s change of student information form. This form includes a standard authorization, to be signed by the parent, allowing for the release of residential and utility information to Pickerington Schools upon request, if necessary.

This release also includes an explanation, per Ohio Revised Code, as to how it is determined where your child is to receive his/her tuition-free, public school education. By signing this release, you are also verifying that you have been informed of your legal responsibility to withdraw a child from school if you ever move outside school district boundaries. It also informs you of your tuition obligations if you fail to withdraw.

If you do not have the capability to print the form, contact the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180. We will be happy to mail, email or fax the form to you for completion. You also may pick up or return the form directly to the Welcome Center, rather than turning it in at your school office for intra-office transfer to us. This expedites the address change process.

After a change of student information form is received at our Welcome Center, the request will be checked to verify that:

  • the request has been signed and dated by the parent of the student;
  • acceptable proof of the change in residence is attached to the request;
  • an open enrollment request has been completed, if applicable. This is necessary if a change of residence, made during the school year, causes a change in the student’s attendance area but the parent wishes to have the student finish the current school year at his/her current building. Such a request is only considered for the student’s continued attendance through the end of the current school year. Note that buses do not cross school boundary lines to accommodate open enrollment students. Parents are responsible for transportation.

If the move has caused a change in the building the student is to attend, the involved school buildings are notified and the electronic and physical transfer of records takes place. Arrangements for the official start date in the new school can be made between you and the office staff of your child’s new school.

Bus transportation after change of address

The Welcome Center will notify Petermann Transportation of your change of home address. If bus service is available in your new area for your child, we begin the steps needed to arrange a new bus stop location “from and to” your new residence. Petermann staff establish all bus stops and notify drivers as quickly as possible. Your school building office staff will obtain all bus stop information from Petermann Transportation.

If a new bus stop must be established at any point in the route where the driver does not currently make a stop, this process may take two to three days. If necessary, your child’s school office can issue a bus pass if your child must ride the bus before the change can be finalized by Petermann Transportation.

This change in address change procedure applies only to changes in the actual physical address where a parent and the student reside. A temporary change of bus stop location at a place other than the student’s home (for situations such as babysitting arrangements) may be accepted in the school office of the building where your child attends.

A form requesting a new bus stop location can be downloaded from Petermann Transportation. The Welcome Center does not handle these changes. The forms should be submitted to your child’s school office or faxed them directly to Petermann Transportation.

Attendance Boundary Maps

The following maps provide a general outline of school building boundaries at the elementary school level. For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the elementary school boundaries. For a complete set of attendance maps, visit the district website.

Note that these maps should not be used when purchasing a home in Pickerington Schools, particularly near the shown boundaries. To confirm the attendance area of any property in the district, call our Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.

Elementary school boundaries

Elementary school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)

 

Volunteer In Our Schools

Unfortunately, we are unable to have volunteers in our building at this time.