We are compiling a list of "FAQs" for new parents, whether you are new to the area or a have a kindergartener this year. We hope to add to these throughout the fall!
CAN I VISIT MY KIDS AT SCHOOL?
The answer ultimately is one for the school administrators and your child's teacher to answer. From at PTO perspective, we know that Terraset highly encourages parent involvement. Of course, we parents also need to avoid distrupting educational activities. Please check with your child's teacher before "dropping in!" Advanced notice is almost always required before parents can visit the classroom.
Volunteering at the school via the PTO is a great way to participate and interact with your child. We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year!
You must check-in at the office every time you are at the school during school hours, whether it is to pick your child up, drop something off, or volunteer. You also must check-out before leaving. Be prepared to have your driver's license or other valid ID.
The first time you check-in will take a bit longer because you need to register with the system. We recommend anticipating 10-15 minutes. Subsequent check-ins will be very quick.
CAN I WALK STRAIGHT TO THE PLAYGROUND DURING SCHOOL?
No! You must still check-in at the office when you arrive on school grounds.
WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT SCHOOL?
Fairfax County Public Schools take student safety very seriously. We will defer to the school to describe the various procedures in place for natural or other emergencies, but please keep in mind:
Discuss with your children the importance of following adult instructions during any drill or school event.
Never drive/walk/bike to the school because you learned of a lock-down, shelter-in-place, or other security event. They can not let you in!
Remember that the procedures practiced at Terraset are put in place by FCPS and are not specific to the school. If you disagree with a procedure, take it up with our school board members and not school administration!
In the unlikely event of an emergency, please look for updates from FCPS's official text messages and emails. The PTO is not a source of information during these situations.
WHO RUNS THE PTO?
The PTO is managed by an Executive Committee, comprised of five officers and the chairs of standing committtees. Officers are elected annually with terms beginning the day after the end of the school year. PTO members are needed to help operate programs, organize events and support in-school PTO activities.
Kiss & ride is the student drop-off / pick-up line, should you need to drive your student to/from school. It is very important you enter and exit following the posted signs, and stay in line at all times! It is against the rules (and dangerous) to pull out of line to drive around other waiting cars. Even if your child has entered/exited your vehicle, wait to pull through as directed.