School Policies

Attendance Policies

Parents, please remind your child(ren) to continue completing their classwork and homework each night. Attendance is critical and students need to be present everyday.

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Office hours:  7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Absence Procedures

It is critical for students to attend school every day on time to be successful learners. It is important for students to learn at an early age the responsibility of being on time and daily attendance. The Ohio School Compulsory Attendance Law (Ohio Revised Code 3321.01) requires all students ages 6 to 18 to attend school on a regular basis. Students presenting attendance problems are referred to the court by the school Social Worker. Parents of children may be referred to the Department of Human Services or the Hamilton County Juvenile Court for failing to comply with the state Compulsory Attendance Law. 

A parent/guardian must report an absence by between 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. by:

Let us know if your child will be absent for a prolonged period of time or if your child is absent because of a communicable disease. Upon returning to school, the student must provide a note that must include the following:

  • Date the note is written
  • Student's homeroom
  • Date(s) student was absent
  • The specific reason for the absence
  • Parent/guardian's signature, and phone number where parent/guardian may be reached 

Tardy Procedures

Students are encouraged to develop the discipline of being on time every day. School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom once the 7:45 a.m. bell rings. Tardy slips will be issued in the main office beginning at 8:00 a.m. and for the remainder of the school day. A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives late or leaves early.

Dress Code

The purpose of having a dress code is to maintain a positive and safe school atmosphere that is conducive to a serious learning environment for all of our students. It is vital for students to "Dress for Success" and that parents support the above expectations by dressing their child in a school uniform daily. It is important that students take pride in presenting an acceptable appearance while at school. Students not dressed appropriately in uniform parent/guardians will be immediately notified by teacher teams. The following rules apply to define our dress code.

General Dress Code Requirements:

  1. Shirts and blouses will not come above the waistband of the pants or skirts when both arms are fully raised above the head.
  2. Shirts and blouses with spaghetti straps or tank tops may not be worn to school.
  3. Pants with belt loops shall be worn with a belt that is properly fastened. Pants shall be worn so that the waistband is worn at the waist and not below the waist. No underclothing may be exposed.
  4. Skirts, skorts, shorts and dresses shall be no shorter than mid-thigh in length.
  5. Shorts and capri's can be worn from August through September 30 and after May 1. Shorts must be hemmed to the length of walking shorts or Bermuda shorts. Female students may wear skorts, and Walking/Bermuda shorts that meet length requirements. 
  6. Appropriate sizes shall be worn by all students. Oversized or undersized clothing will not be permitted.
  7. Make up that is distracting to the learning environment may not be worn to school.

Unacceptable Attire:

Students may not wear clothing, jewelry, buttons, haircuts, tattoos, hats, scarves or other attire or markings that are offensive, suggestive, or indecent, such as:

  1. Clothing associated with gangs.
  2. Clothing encouraging the use of drugs, alcohol, or violence.
  3. Clothing associated with discrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, national origin, marital status, race, religion, or gender.
  4. Clothing exposing the torso or upper thighs such as see-through garments, mini-skirts or mini-dresses, halters, backless dresses, tube tops or tank tops without an over-blouse or shirt, bare midriff outfits, or shirts or blouses tied at the midriff.
  5. Clothing not properly fastened or with tears which are indecent. Torn, frayed or distressed jeans may not be worn. All pants must be worn properly on the waist.
  6. Clothing with outer garments traditionally designed as undergarments such as boxer shorts, bloomers, tights or hosiery or pajama bottoms.
  7. Clothing or footwear that is construed by the principal, assistant principal and/or school security as hazardous or dangerous to the health of the student or others, such as flip-flops, roller skates, Heeleys, high platform shoes, Croc shoes or open-toed shoes.
  8. Shorts that are spandex-style “bicycle” shorts, cut-off jeans, frayed jeans or pants, cut-off sweat pants, short shorts (not mid-thigh in length), running shorts, and see-through boxer-type shorts are not to be worn to school.
  9. Large pieces of jewelry such as thick chains and large pendants may not be worn around a student’s neck or hanging from their clothing. Large bracelets and long dangling earrings may not be worn to school.
  10. Purses may only be a certain size! (8 inches by 8 inches max.)
  11. Stockings or leggings under super short shorts, short dresses or miniskirts.
  12. Head gear such as hats, headbands, scarves, sunglasses or other distracting accessories.
  13. Outerwear: Items considered outerwear by a staff member or administrators are not to be worn during the school day. Outerwear is defined as an item that is longer than the wearer’s longest fingertip when his/her arms are resting at his/her sides. Outerwear includes, but is not limited to, oversized "hoodies," down vests, raincoats, ski jackets, and fur-lined items.


Please refer to the Student Handbook for how student dicipline is handled at Carson School. District policies on discipline and student expectations are covered in CPS' Code of Conduct.

Student Pick Up After School Hours

All students must be picked up promptly at 2:15 p.m. unless they are remaining at school for a scheduled detention or after-school program.


Carson Elementary welcomes all visitors to our building during school hours. All visitors are required to have a state I.D. in order to get a visitor badge from the Lobbyguard located in the front office.  In an effort to keep our students safe, any non-staff member seen in the building without a pass will be asked to report to the main office.