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Vision Statement
PRIDE - Partnerships, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence - is the foundation for the Homer Central School District.
Partnerships promote collaboration among students, staff, families, and the community to support student learning.
Respect grows through mutual kindess, compassion for others, and the development of strong moral character in a student-centered environment.
Integrity guides our actions so that they are honest, open, and fair.
Diversity enriches our opportunities to create multiple pathways for learning and to foster independent intellectual growth.
Excellence through rigorous learning experiences empowers students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and responsible citizens.

School Day
8:30..............................Students may enter building
8:55..............................Classes begin
3:20..............................Walkers and first bussers dismissed
3:30..............................Second bussers dismissed

Emergency School Closings

When schools are closed because of weather conditions or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over the following radio and television stations:
District Website:
Radio: WKRT (920 AM), WHEN (620 AM), WSYR (570 AM), WHCU (870 AM), WSEN (92.1 FM), WSKG (91.1 FM),
WXHC (101.5 FM), WTKO (1470 AM), WNTQ (93.1)

Television: WIXT (Channel 9), WSTM (Channel 3), WTVH (Channel 5), News Channel 10
Phone: School Messenger call

On certain rare occasions, emergency conditions such as impending storms, etc., may necessitate dismissal of students before regular school closing time. In such an event, efforts will be made to have the emergency closing announced on the radio and television stations listed above. In order to ensure that your child will be properly cared for if no one is at home, please make arrangements at the beginning of the school year so that your child will be assured of shelter when arriving home. Please be sure to carefully explain all of these arrangements to your child.
When dangerous road conditions exist, we will make every attempt to return the students as close to their regular bus stop as possible. Parents should be aware of what procedures their children would be following in the above events. We will use the information provided by you on the Early Pupil Dismissal Form sent home at the beginning of the school year.

If school is cancelled/delayed, the YWCA Child Care Program will also be cancelled/delayed.

Visitor Policy/Parent Sign In
Any person entering the building during school hours must report to the secure entrance to sign in, show appropriate identification, and receive a visitor's pass. All visitors must be prepared to show photo identification. It is expected that school personnel will question anyone seen in the building without a visitor's pass. To ensure the safety of students and staff, all doors to the building are locked once the school day begins (9:00).

Homework When You Are Absent
You are responsible to make up homework when you are absent from class due to illness, music lessons, or other activities. If you are absent for one day you may call a friend to get the assignments or see the teachers when you return. Call before 9:00am on the second day that your student is absent to have homework collected. Specific homework policy expectations will vary depending upon the teacher/grade level. Classroom teachers will outline their homework expectations with the children during the first week of school and for parents at Open House.

State law requires a written excuse when a child returns to school after being absent. The date of the absence, the child's full name, and the reason for the absence must be in the note. This note must be signed by the parent/guardian of the child. In accordance with NYS law, the following are legal reasons for absences:
1. Personal illness
2. Illness or death in family
3. Remedial health treatment (doctor, dentist, etc.)
4. Required court appearance
5. Religious observance
6. Approved music lessons
7. Impassable roads
Email and phone calls cannot be accepted as documentation for student absences.


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Homer Central School District
Mr. Thomas Turck, Superintendent

80 South West Road
Homer, NY 13077

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