Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve all got them—questions! It’s nice to get the answers right when you need them, so check here for the answers to the most frequently asked questions of our office staff. Of course, you can always give us a call during office hours if you can’t find what you need. We’re happy to help!
- Inclement Weather - In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, how can I find out about school cancellations or delays?
After School Hours - Can my child remain on campus after school?
We do not permit students to stay after school unless involved in a scheduled activity, athletics practice, math tutoring, or after school homework help. Please be sure to pick up your child on time each day. Remember the early dismissal times on Mondays with respect to picking up your student(s).
Attendance - My child will be absent from school. What is the attendance procedure?
If your child will miss school for any reason, please call the respective attendance office before 10:00 a.m. Voice messaging is available after office hours to leave a message at any time.
If your child needs to leave school for an appointment, please call and notify us, or have him/her stop by the attendance office before school with a note from you. Our attendance clerk will provide your child with an early dismissal slip authorizing the teacher to let the student leave class at the designated time. High school students can meet you at a predetermined location or wait for you in the office. Middle school and elementary students should wait in the office.
Upon returning to school, we require all students to report to the main office before going to class. Please keep in mind that although parents report absences, only the school may legally excuse them.
We consider any tardy that is not a result of illness, injury, doctor, or family emergency as unexcused. In case of excessive absences or tardiness, we may require parents to provide documentation.
Students who become ill during the school day must check out through the health office before going home. We will call to notify you if your child is ill. If your child calls you directly, please instruct him/her to go to the health office.
Elementary Attendance Line (970) 506-7000, ext. 1
High School Attendance Line (970) 506-7000, ext. 1
Middle School Attendance Line (970) 576-3900, ext. 1
Drop Off/Pick Up - What are the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures?
We designed our drop-off and pick-up procedures with safety and efficiency in mind. We request your patience during this busy period of the day and ask all drivers to adhere to the following protocols in order to maintain a safe and orderly experience for all. Please check out our arrival and departure instructions/procedures.
- Elementary - 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
- Middle School - 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
- High School - 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Families may begin arriving for a wellness screening 30 minutes before their student's start time. Families with students at multiple levels may drop off at the most convenient location but no student can be here more than 30 minutes prior to their grade level's start time.
Pick up times:
- All grades - students must be picked up/leave within 30 minutes after school lets out (no later).
Early Monday Dismissal - What are the procedures?
The elementary school dismisses at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays. The middle school does not dismiss until 2:35 p.m. The high school does not have early dismissal and dismisses at 3:05 p.m. on Mondays. Please follow our regular pick up procedures.
H.S. Open Campus - Can my high schooler leave the campus for lunch or during other free periods?
Due to COVID-19, there have been some changes for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time, there is no open campus. High school students eat lunch in their advisor's room. High school students need to leave campus during free periods.
H.S. Parking - Where can my high school student park, and is there a parking fee?
Students have the privilege of parking in the south parking lot at no charge. In order to maintain this privilege, we expect students to drive cautiously in the lot and surrounding neighborhoods and to show respect to the other cars in the lot. To promote safety and security, we require students to provide information about the make and model of the car, the license plate number, proof of insurance, and to present a valid driver’s license. We require all students to register with us, including those who receive a license or decide to drive to school after the commencement of the school year.
Inclement Weather - In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, how can I find out about school cancellations or delays?
In the event of severe weather conditions or emergencies, we will announce school closings, delayed openings, or early closings on KFKA, TV channels 4, 7, 9, and 13. We will also place a message on the school voice messaging system (506.7000) and on this website informing of the closure.
In the event of a delayed start to the school day, we will impose a common start time for all grades (K-12). Students should report to the class they would normally attend at that time.
When district 6 is in session, University Schools will follow the district’s decision about school closure.
When district 6 is not in session and University Schools is in session, University makes the decision about the closure.
Lost & Found - Has your student lost something on campus?
Have your student look in the lost and found area regularly (each building has a lost and found). All items left in lost and found at the end of each month will be donated to a local charity. Common items found include:
- jackets, coats
- gloves, hats
- lunch boxes, water bottles
Valuables are kept in the office or Student Services in both buildings. Please check with the office if your student has lost:
- cell phone, electronics
- jewelry items
Please remember to put your child's name in his/her jackets and coats! Items with names will be returned to students.
Recess - Inside or Outside?
There will be inside recess when the temperature is 15 degrees and below (with wind chill).
Parents can find out if recess will be inside or outside by checking the wunderground website. There is also a free app available by wunderground for smart phones (use the location of Highland Hills Golf Course, CO - location code: KCOGREEL99).
Another way to find out if recess is inside or outside is to check the flag pole at the Main building. When the white and blue Bulldog flag is at half staff, there will be inside recess.
School Hours - What times does school begin and end?
For the daily hours of each of our schools, as well as detailed bell schedules for our high school and middle school, please stop by Our Campus page.
Support - What are some ways that I can help students and/or staff at University Schools?
There are various ways you can help University Schools. Please take a moment to read on our Support Us page about the different ways you can show your support for our school community.
Transportation - Does University Schools provide transportation to and from school for its students?
No, we do not. We require that parents transport their children to and from school if they are not of the legal age to drive themselves. We encourage carpooling.