Dozier Procedures and PBIS

Dozier Elementary School

The School Day (8:10 – 3:10)

7:30 a.m. -7:50 a.m. – Students can arrive at school and eat breakfast.

8:10 a.m. – The tardy bell will ring.

3:10 p.m. – Dismissal

Morning Arrival: For your child’s safety, DO NOT leave your child at school before 7:30 a.m. Teachers are not on duty until 7:30 and students should not be left alone and unsupervised.

*Teaching and learning at Dozier begins promptly at 8:10 a.m. Tardy students will be missing substantial portions of instruction which will adversely affect their education. To provide your child with the best opportunity to be successful, please make every effort to have your child at school before 8:10 a.m.

If you are using a private vehicle to drop-off your child in the morning, please go to the front parking lot to let your child(ren) out of the vehicle. The child(ren) should walk on the sidewalk around to the entrance of the school.

Afternoon Dismissal: Students must be picked up at 3:10 p.m. We ask that each parent place a sign on the passenger’s side dashboard or window, which displays the name(s) and grade(s) of student(s) to be picked up. Cars should stay in the back parking lot carpool line and wait for your child to be escorted to the car by a staff member.  We ask that parents remain in their vehicles. Students may not leave the pickup area to meet parents in the parking lot or on the street. Children will NOT be dismissed to parents who walk up to the carpool dismissal area until ALL cars in the carpool line are gone.  NO EXCEPTIONS!


Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. Therefore if your child’s dismissal routine is changing in any way, such as riding the bus vs. being a car rider, going home with another child or parent, etc. you MUST send a note to his/her teacher.  In the absence of this communication, we will be compelled to make certain that your child follows the usual routine.Transportation arrangements are not to be made over the phone. Please take care of this before your child leaves for school.


“Perfect Attendance” is achieved when a student arrives on time each day and does not leave school early.

Parents are asked to call the school on the day(s) their child is absent and give the reason the child is absent. Students, upon returning to school, must bring a note signed by a parent, which describes the reason for the absence. Please remember, without the required note within three school days, your child’s absence will be unexcused.

Excessive absences will require a doctor’s excuse. If a doctor’s excuse is not provided, the absences will be reported to Student Support Services for investigation.

A child will be counted tardy after 8:10 a.m. All tardy students must be signed in at the office by a parent or guardian. If the parent/guardian does not sign the child in at the office, the child will be marked as an unexcused tardy. A child who rides the bus is not counted tardy if the bus is late. Parents please check the MPS Code of Student Behavior book for list of excused absences/tardies.

Students have the opportunity to make-up work or tests which occur during an excused absence. Please refer to the MPS Code of Student Behavior for details.

Checking In/Out

A picture ID is required to check out a child, which is for the safety of your child. If for any reason a child needs to leave school during the day or comes in late, the parent must come into the office and sign him/her in or out. If for any reason you must send someone to get your child, that person’s name must be on the registration card or must have a signed note giving them permission to check out your child. Please do not check your child out unless it is for an appointment with the doctor, dentist or an emergency. Every minute of the instructional day is important.



Dozier Elementary is a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school.


What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a research-based approach to improving student behavior and creating a safe, positive school environment that enhances student learning. PBIS is a process that designs a behavior support plan based on a school's individual needs and behavioral data. PBIS initially focuses on school-wide (primary) behavioral data. Once the school-wide system is in place, the focus shifts to create systems of support for the individual classrooms (secondary) and for individuals (tertiary) who require more intensive interventions. PBIS is about implementing proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in order to create and sustain a positive school environment. PBIS is about creating educational learning environments that are safe, conducive to learning and most of all POSITIVE!

PBIS and RtI

PBIS fits well into MPS’s Response to Intervention (RtI) Model as a Tier I universal approach. Like RtI, PBIS is a collaborative, data-driven problem-solving model with a range of interventions that are applied based on the level of support needed. The program consists of specific school-wide expectations that are developed at each school, taught to the students, and reinforced in every setting. Progress monitoring by school-based PBIS teams will allow for the application of interventions through the RtI model.

Each 9 weeks, students with an A in Conduct in every area (including behavior during breakfast, arrival time and dismissal time) will be invited to a PBSI Celebration Party. Dozier Elementary is a Positive Behavior Support Initiative Banner School!


Students at Dozier Elementary are responsible for their own actions and are expected to:

  • Walk quietly in the halls without disturbing fellow students or classes.
  • Respect their classmates, teachers and themselves and cooperate with those in charge.
  • Use appropriate restroom behavior. This includes using the nearest or assigned facility, flushing the toilet when finished, washing hands when finished, and helping keep the restrooms clean and neat.
  • Keep language and gestures respectful and free of profanity or obscenities.
  • Use appropriate lunchroom manners. This includes talking quietly with permission, remaining seated until dismissed, not taking food from the lunchroom, having lunch money and keeping the area clean.
  • Follow the dress code as stated in this Handbook and the Code of Student Behavior.
  • Follow the classroom discipline plan.

Each teacher has an individual classroom discipline plan to encourage good behavior and a positive learning atmosphere. In addition to this plan, within each classroom Dozier Elementary students will:

  • Be responsible, respectful and resourceful
  • Come to school prepared for class.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Stay on task.
  • Enter and leave the room quietly.
  • Leave toys and/or valuable items at home.
  • Talk only at appropriate times.
  • Keep all areas neat and clean.
  • Treat others as they wish to be treated.
  • Try their best at all times.
  • Be a Leader!

Students are not permitted to use cell Phones or other telecommunication devices in school. Students are allowed to have cell phones but they must be kept in the student’s book bag and OFF. If a cell phone rings, vibrates or beeps in class/school, it is considered being in use. ALL iPods, iPads and other electronic tablets MAY NOT be brought to school. Consequences in the MPS Code of Student Behavior will be followed.

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