Southside Elementary School
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Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of frequently asked questions features quick and easy information, right at your fingertips. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We encourage you to refer to our student handbook or contact us directly. We’re always happy to help!


What are your school and office hours?
Excluding holidays, the school office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while in session. Our regular schedule runs from 7:50 a.m. to 3:01 p.m. Please visit our School page for our delayed Wednesday schedule information and our Calendar page for school holidays. 
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How do I report my child absent? What is the school’s attendance policy?
Parents must notify the school of student absences no later than 8:30 a.m. on the day of the student’s absence. We will consider the absence unexcused if we do not receive notice within two school days of the child’s absence. If we do not hear from the student or family, we will attempt to contact the child’s parents to ensure there are no safety concerns. For more detailed information regarding our attendance policy, please consult the student handbook or the attendance policy print out.
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How can I get in touch with my child’s teacher?
Please visit our Teachers & Staff page for the appropriate teacher’s contact information.
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What method of communication do you use for emergencies and snow days?
Southside Elementary uses the SchoolMessenger system to alert parents of urgent matters such as emergencies, inclement weather schedule changes, and other events requiring immediate parent notification. Please confirm that your information is current with the school office to ensure you receive crucial messages, as we use the contact preferences listed on each student’s registration form. We also use the following media outlets for weather notifications:
  • WLBC - Muncie
  • WOWO - Fort Wayne
  • WWWO - Hartford City
  • WMDH - Muncie
  • WMRI - Marion
  • WBAT - Marion
  • WISH TV - Indianapolis
  • NPR 92.1 - Muncie
  • WPTA TV - Fort Wayne
  • WPGW - Portland
  • WRTV TV - Indianapolis
  • WFFT TV - Fort Wayne
  • WTHR TV - Indianapolis
  • WANE TV - Fort Wayne
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What are your student pick up/drop off procedures?
Students are to arrive no earlier than 7:40 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on Wednesdays). First grade students should enter and exit through the north doors, at the side of the building. Students in kindergarten, second grade, and third grade must enter and exit through the east doors, located at the back of the school. We encourage children to walk themselves to class, so as to better ingrain his/her routine; however, we do ask that parents escort their children to their vehicles after dismissal. Bus riders and students who walk to and from school must exit the school via the front doors.
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How much do school meals cost? How can I find out what’s on the menu or pay my remaining balance?
Meal prices are as follows:

  • Breakfast: $1.20
  • Reduced breakfast: $0.30
  • Lunch: $2.00
  • Reduced lunch: $0.40
You can monitor balances, view meal purchases, and schedule payments online or via smartphone app. Please refer to the district’s Food Services page for breakfast and lunch menus or to print out the free or reduced meals application.
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Where can I retrieve my child’s misplaced items?
The school lost and found is located in the front office. It is our policy to donate all unclaimed items to charity during school breaks.
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How can I volunteer for the school?
Southside is happy to accommodate any and all willing parent volunteers. Please visit our PTO page or contact our school office to see how you can benefit Team Southside!
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