The school day officially begins at 8:45 am. The first bell is at 8:35, signaling that it’s time to line up, followed by the second bell at 8:45 am. Students should line up in their assigned spots on the playground/blacktop (look for the numbers corresponding to the student’s classroom).
Recess will take place outdoors each day, unless the temperature is below freezing or the heat index is above 95°.
The school day ends at 3:15 pm. Parents/caregivers of Early Childhood students should pick up their children in the classroom. Parents/caregivers of K-5 students should pick up their children at their assigned location on the playground/blacktop (same as line up). Students attending aftercare will be escorted there by their teachers or picked up at their classrooms.
Brent participates in the DCPS early childhood and out-of-boundary lottery system to allocate available preschool and prekindergarten spots as well as for out-of-boundary new students.
Preference for Early Childhood and Out-of-Boundary Lottery
All returning Brent students in all grades will receive placement for the next academic year and need NOT apply through the lottery. Click here to apply.
It is the goal to ensure that every student achieves academic success by being present at school every day and on time. Students who have regular school attendance learn more and are more successful in school. DCPS has shifted focus from monitoring only unexcused absences to all absences by tracking In-Seat Attendance (ISA).
Some absences are unavoidable, but when children are frequently absent– excused or unexcused – they can fall behind.
When your child is absent from school, please provide a written note to the front office or email Denise Diggs.
Is Attending School Required?
Yes, attending school is required by law! All students who reach five years of age on or before September 30th of the current school year must attend school every day until they meet high school graduation requirements or reach their 18 birthday.
What Is Truancy?
Truancy is the unexcused absence from school by a minor (5-17 years of age) with or without approval, parent knowledge or consent.
Which Absences Are Excused vs. Unexcused?
Excused absences are when school-aged students are absent from school with a valid excuse and parental approval. Excused absences include: student illness (a doctor’s note is required if a student is absent for more than five days); death in the student’s immediate family; observance of a religious holiday; medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required); Unexcused absences are when school-aged students are absent from school without a valid excuse, with or without parental approval. Examples of unexcused absences include: family vacation, doing errands and parent’s illness.
School Lunch Information
The mission of the PTA is to foster connections between parents, enable parents to be of service to the school and build a community of parents, staff and administration committed to ensuring that Brent Elementary is a world high achieving educational environment for addressing the learning challenges of all students. We hope that you will help us facilitate our mission with your involvement. There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the school year to suit many schedules and skill sets.
Springboard provides before and after care at Brent. Before-care is available to all Brent students at no additional cost from 7:30-8:30 am, thanks to the Brent PTA. After-care is available from 3:15-6:30 pm and features inclusive and exclusive electives. Your child must be enrolled with Springboard to attend aftercare. More information click here.