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Parking and Student Drop Off/Pick Up
Visitor Tags
Student-Parent Handbooks
Cold Weather Reminders
Recess Periods During Cold Weather


Reporting Absences

Children are required by law to be in attendance at school, except that they may be excused for illness or a religious holiday. Parents whose children will not be in school should call 829-9050, and then dial number 6 for Sunset Ridge. Parents should be prepared to leave a message with the child's name, grade level, teacher, date of absence, reason for absence, parent's name and a phone number where the parent can be reached during the day. A message should be left by 8:00 a.m. for each day the child is absent. For your convenience, this service is available on a 24-hour basis. Absences without parent permission are considered to be unexcused.

Extended Absence Form

Returning to School After an Absence

Children or their parents are responsible for finding out what work needs to be made up due to absence. If you feel your child is well enough to return to school after an illness or injury, but would like to have him/her remain indoors during recess, a note from you is sufficient to keep your child inside for up to two days after an illness. If more than two days are required, a physician's statement would authorize the teacher to keep your child indoors or restrict activity for as long as necessary to recover from the illness.

Taking Children Out of School for Vacations

Although it is not recommended to take children out of school for an extended period of time, we will make reasonable attempts to supplement work missed. Advance assignments and sending classroom materials, etc., will be limited, and at the discretion of the teacher. Teachers will not be expected to reteach a lesson. If you are taking your child out of school for an extended period of time, please complete and sign the form available in school office. The completed form should be returned to the school office prior to the absence.

Doctor or Dentist Appointments

If possible, please make dental and doctor appointments for times other than during school hours. In cases where this is not possible, please inform the teacher of the time you will pick your child up and the approximate time he/she will return to school. In all cases, students should be picked up at the school office and signed out by a parent/guardian, and check in at the office when returning to school.


Parking and Student Drop Off/Pick Up

Student Drop Off/Pick Up and Parking procedures at Sunset Ridge:

  • The Drop Off/Pick Up area is entirely for parents who are dropping their child off and not leaving their vehicle. If you are planning to get out of your vehicle to wait for your child or going into the school, always park your vehicle and escort your child across the Parking Lot.
  • Always pull your vehicle as far forward as possible and close the gaps as other vehicles leave. This will allow other vehicles to access the Drop Off/Pick Up area.
  • Please do not park your vehicle in front of the established Parking and Handicap Parking stalls that are now in front of the new classroom addition.
  • As you drive around the outside of the Parking Lot, it may be necessary to wait before getting to the front of the school until there is room in Drop Off/Pick Up area for your vehicle.
  • Again, to make traffic flow as safely and efficiently as possible, it is very important that parents do not leave their vehicle unattended in the Drop Off/Pick Up area. Likewise, parents should always pull forward and close the gaps as other vehicles leave.

Thank you for your help and support in making Student Drop Off/Pick Up safe and efficient for all!

Parking Lot Safety


Front Office Procedures

Part of our safety program involves our procedures and practices in our main office. When families come in to drop off items for their student or classroom (snacks, a student's lunch, gym shoes, etc.), we will hold the item and bring it down to the classroom. Parents/guardians will not be able to walk to classrooms to drop off items. Along with it being a safety precaution, this also helps to reduce the number of disruptions to the learning environment. All visitors to Sunset Ridge will be required to have their identification verified as a proactive security measure for verification purposes.   If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please contact the teacher ahead of time to arrange a visit so we are aware you will be coming.

The district has a strong safety program and is constantly reevaluating the different features of our buildings and procedures in order to provide the safest environment possible for all of our students and staff. Thank you for your understanding, patience and partnership to keep your child(ren) safe.


Visitor Tags

Parents and visitors are always welcome at Sunset Ridge. Your help and involvement in your child's education is always appreciated. However, for the safety of everyone in our building, we ask that ALL visitors ALWAYS sign in at the office and wear a visitor tag while at school and on the playground. This is simply a way for our staff to quickly see and assess that all visitors have checked in at the office.


Student-Parent Handbooks

Please note that Student-Parent Handbooks are now accessible on the District/school website. The website address is www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us. This information was also included in the Back-to-School flyer provided by the Middleton Times.


Cold Weather Reminders

Children must be dressed adequately to be outdoors before school, during recess periods and after eating lunch. The use of snow pants and boots is encouraged so children may take advantage of the snow.

It is necessary that shoes be worn by children at all times when in the school buildings. When snow boots are worn, shoes should be carried or kept in school to be worn during the day.

Children should not arrive at school excessively early. Supervision before 7:30 a.m. is not provided. Children may come into the building and proceed to the classrooms at 7:40 a.m. If the wind chill is 10 degrees below zero, children will be allowed into the hallways by the entrances until the bell rings at 7:40 am.


Recess Periods During Cold Weather

All elementary schools in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District follow similar guidelines for requiring students to stay indoors due to cold weather. The wind chill and raw temperatures are the criteria used. When the wind chill factor is -10 degrees below zero or more and if the raw temperature is at zero degrees or below, children will remain inside for recess. Students will also line up inside the school during days of extreme cold.