St. James Episcopal Day School


Parents’ FAQ

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St. James Episcopal Day School’s uniforms are available at Inka’s, School Time and Young Fashions.

School hours are 8:15 - 3:05. We offer free before care beginning at 7:30 a.m. (simply drop off your child at the front doors of the school and our receptionist will greet them), as well as monthly prepaid or drop-in extended care until 5:30 p.m.

  • Display your carpool number by HANGING it in the passenger side of your windshield. The St. James Spirit Store sells carpool clips, or, suction cup hooks from Office Depot, or a child’s clip-type clothes hanger works well.
  • Turn off ALL distractions! Send your child off in the morning and greet them in the afternoon with positive attention. Turn off the DVD player. It is difficult to get your child’s attention to get them in and out of the car if a show is playing. Please end your phone calls BEFORE you approach the school; Louisiana RS 32:300.8 prohibits the use of electronic communication devices in a school zone, with limited exceptions; violators are subject to a fine of $175.
  • Please STAY in your vehicle! Let the teachers load and unload your children. Also let your babysitters and grandparents know they need to remain in their cars when in line.
  • Pay attention and follow the deputy’s directions. It is a busy time of day and there are a lot of students to load and unload. The deputy is there to help us out and ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Do NOT cut in line! The front of the carpool line is on Fourth Street. The line wraps around to Convention and can go all the way to the Post Office in the afternoon. Please do not enter the line from Fourth or Fifth Street (or any other side streets). Approach the school on Convention Street.
  • Pedestrians: Please cross the street at the corners! It is the law and for the children’s safety.
  • The ‘walk up’ carpool line is in front of the school steps on Convention Street. A teacher will come by often to write down your carpool number and call your child. Please keep siblings with you (not running around); we do not want a child falling in front of a vehicle.
  • If you are in a carpool ‘pool’, display the other family’s number alongside yours.
  • Keep the floorboard of your car free of debris! Please make sure trash is secured in your car. Falling paper, flying tissues, rolling pencils, tumbling cups, jumping dogs, etc. create a hazard for the teachers and children.
  • This is an important time in your child’s school day. Help us make it a safe and happy time for everyone by helping us stay efficient and on time!

St. James Episcopal Day School and Church offers free parking in the lot facing 4th Street, directly across from the church.

  • The cafeteria fee is included in the yearly tuition. If a child has specific allergies or is under the care of a doctor, a note must be provided to allow that child to bring their own lunch to school.
  • It is the school's policy that all children eat their lunch within the confines of the school's cafeteria.  Regardless of the fact that your child may have a medical or religious reason for not eating the food prepared by the cafeteria staff, your child is required to eat in the cafeteria.  The operation of our cafeteria and the budget associated with it contemplates and considers that each child uses its resources even if bringing their own meals.  Accordingly, the cafeteria fee is charged to each and every child attending the school.  

Students are often allowed to bring snacks as part of a school project, classroom reward program, or other special event.

Parents should be aware of the following guidelines when sending snacks to school:

  • Students should be encouraged to bring nutritious snacks.
  • Snacks allowed prior to lunch may not include soda, candy, or any non-nutritious foods. Fruits and fruit juices are suggested.
  • Snack events are to be limited to no more than once a week.
  • Snack time should last no longer than 15 minutes.
  • St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment. Please do not send or bring food products to school or to any school-sanctioned event that contain or may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts. Check that food is labelled "Tree Nut and Peanut Free."

Regular class attendance is necessary for the student to gain the maximum benefit from classroom instruction. It is possible that a student who has 20 or more unexcused absences in a school year may not be given credit for that year’s work and may be retained. It is the parent’s responsibility to submit, in writing, an excuse for each absence.

The following are considered to be excused absences when accompanied by an appropriate note:

  • Illness of the student
  • Death in the family
  • Severe injury or illness in the family
  • Doctor or dentist appointment
  • Observance of religious holidays
  • Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Head of School.

A student with an excused absence will be required to make up missed work and tests. The teacher will save the student’s work and give it to the child upon returning to class, or work can be sent home if the parent calls the office before 10:00 a.m. Requested homework/missed work assignments may be picked up in the office after 3:00 p.m. For extended illnesses or unexcused absences, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that all assignments are completed.

  • Students are expected to arrive on time and should be on campus by or before 8:10 in order to line up with their class to start their day at 8:10. Unexcused arrival after 8:15 is considered to be tardy.
  • Excused tardies include: doctor’s visits documented by the doctor’s office (parents must have slip in hand), illness of the student verified by a written note signed by the parent, or extenuating circumstances as approved by the administration.
  • All students arriving after the 8:15 bell rings must be accompanied by a parent to check in on the office foyer computer. Administration will review these records to determine if multiple tardy arrivals have been excused (with documentation as described, above) or are unexcused.
  • If the student has three unexcused tardies during the same nine weeks, administration will contact the parent to bring awareness to the situation and request an explanation about the reason(s) for repeated tardiness.
  • If after parent contact, a student is again tardy within the same nine weeks, administration will schedule a meeting with the parent to discuss the situation and decide on next steps. This may include, but is not limited to, disciplinary actions.
  • A written note is required when checking out a student from school prior to the end of the day. This written note should be sent to school in the morning.
  • Students may not be checked out after 2:45 p.m.
  • Any carpool changes must be made prior to 2:30 p.m.
  • If your child is celebrating a birthday, a treat for the class may be sent to be served at morning snack time for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, or after lunch for grade school students. Please call ahead or send a note to schedule this with your child’s teacher. Children with summer birthdays may celebrate with a “substitute” birthday in the spring.
  • If you are planning a party outside of school, we ask that invitations be given out at school only if all your child’s classmates are invited. Also acceptable is the distribution of invitations to all girls or all boys if it is a single-sex party.
  • St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment. Please do not send or bring food products that contain or may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts. Check that food is labelled "Tree Nut and Peanut Free." This is also a good policy to follow in private birthday parties involving young children who may have difficulty identifying allergen-prone foods.
  • Parents and other school patrons are welcome and encouraged to visit the school. Special programs are planned throughout each year to provide opportunity for such visits. Visitors should not enter classrooms or detain teachers without first reporting to the school office and obtaining permission to enter the classroom.
  • All visitors must check in on the office computer and wear an issued visitor’s sticker before going on campus for any reason. All school rules apply to visitors.
  • All school gates will be locked during school hours. Anyone entering or leaving the campus during school hours must enter and exit through the school office.
  • The school office will deliver papers, books, homework etc. to students in their classroom. Please leave all such items to be delivered in the school office.
  • Parents should not enter classrooms during class unless previous arrangements have been made and approved by the teacher or the Head of School, and the teacher expects the parent.
  • The Head of School may ask a visitor or parent to leave the campus and prohibit the individual from visiting any or all areas of the school if felt to be in the best interest of St. James Episcopal Day School.

Many students come to St. James after attending Christ Covenant, ELC and First Step.

About 90% of our students attend Episcopal High School after St. James.

You can email Director of Enrollment, Lindsey Usrey or Head of School, Lauren Ray with any concerns or questions you may have. You can also call the school during business hours at 225-344-0805.

There are many ways for our Day School parents to get involved at St. James. You can join our active Parent’s Guild. The Parent’s Guild committee members coordinate regular events, like Orientation, Bingo Night, The Book Fair, Carnival, Teacher Appreciation and more. You can also become a grade level representative or a room mother / father. Contact Jennifer Whittington, Director of Development, to learn more!

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