Parent Guide

School Hours

Seaton opens its main front doors to all students at 8:15 a.m. each school day. All students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn by 8:45 a.m.

  • Breakfast Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.
  • Core School Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Afterschool: (for students who are enrolled): 3:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade have breakfast with their classes in the cafeteria. At 8:40 a.m, the teachers come and bring them to their classrooms. PreK-3 and PreK-4 students have breakfast in their respective classrooms. Parents may choose to stay with their children during breakfast if they wish.

After Care

Afterschool Program

The afterschool program at Seaton is managed by DC Public Schools. The DCPS afterschool programs allow students to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities and to develop new hobbies and skills. DCPS teachers, paraprofessionals, and community-based organizations provide a variety of unique options to students. All students need to register to be able to participate in the afterschool program. Seats are available first-come, first-served. For more information, visit DCPS Afterschool and use this form to begin registration.

The afterschool program at Seaton is free and runs from 3:15 to 6 p.m. each day. The afterschool activities for the prekindergarten program include sports (such as T-ball and tennis), music, science, arts and crafts and time in the garden. Afterschool activities for kindergarten to fifth-grade students include Academic Power Hour, Girls on the Run, DC Scores and Chess Club.

Enrichment activities are offered periodically throughout the year and are available for a fee. Options include dance with Tippi Toes, gymnastics with Power Tots, yoga with YoKid and more.

For questions on the afterschool program, contact Seaton afterschool coordinator Lisa Kirkpatrick at lisa.kirkpatrick@dc.gov.

Uniform Policy

All Seaton students are expected to come to school daily wearing a uniform. Prekindergarten to fifth-grade students should come to school dressed in navy blue bottoms and a white top. Students are expected to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and for physical education.

  • Tops: White button-down collared shirt, polo shirt with collar or Seaton logo T-shirt.
  • Bottoms: Navy pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers (below the knee).
  • Footwear: Any closed-toe shoes. No open-toed sandals or flip-flops.

Attendance

At Seaton, we take attendance very seriously. If you know your child will be absent in advance, please inform your child’s teacher and bring a note to the front office.

Per DCPS guidelines, regular school attendance is required by DC law for children ages 5 to 18. Although not required by law, it is just as important for children ages 3 and 4 to have regular attendance as well. Attending school every day and on time is critically important and has a huge impact on learning from kindergarten through high school. Even as children grow older and become more independent, families play a key role in making sure regular attendance is a priority.

Some absences are unavoidable, but when a student misses too much school—excused or unexcused—they can fall behind academically. Students are much less likely to succeed when they are chronically absent and/or miss 18 or more days in a school year.

Students who miss more than 20% of their scheduled periods in a school day will, by law, be considered absent for the entire day.

If your child received a seat through the out-of-boundary lottery and has 10 unexcused absences or 20 unexcused tardies, they may be asked to return to their neighborhood school at the end of the school year.

For more information on the DCPS Attendance Policy, please refer to the DCPS Handbook.

Emergencies, Delays and Closures

All emergencies, delays and closures are designated by DCPS officials.

There are several options for staying informed about school emergencies, delays or closures:

  1. Listen to the local news on the TV and radio
  2. Check the DCPS homepage (dcps.dc.gov)
  3. Sign up to receive email alerts
  4. Follow DCPS on Twitter (twitter.com/dcpublicschools)
  5. Follow DCPS on Facebook (facebook.com/dcpublicschools)
  6. Sign up to receive text messages by texting NEWS to 91990

If an emergency occurs during the school day, know that the Seaton staff has been trained to evacuate, shelter in place or take the appropriate measures depending on the situation. The school will allow you to connect with your child as soon as it is safely possible.

Meals

Free breakfast, lunch, afterschool snack and afterschool supper meals are free for all Seaton students. For children who wish to bring their lunches from home, please let your teacher know so he or she can provide guidance on any allergies. Our meals are provided to us by SodexoMAGIC and Revolution Foods.

Facilities

When visiting and picking up your child(ren), please check in with the security guard prior to accessing the school hallways and grounds. All visitors must adhere to the posted visitor’s policy, which includes signing in, showing identification to the guard and then reporting to the main office.

Transportation

Street parking

Parents may park in front (Q Street) or along the side streets (9th, 10th, and P streets) of the school. The parking lot in the back is reserved for employee parking.

Biking

For parents and students who bike to school, there is a bike rack located in front of the main entrance.

Busing/Metro

DCPS does not provide yellow-bus transportation for students. However, through the Kids Ride Free Act, the District Department of Transportation offers students reduced Metrorail fares through the School Transit Subsidy and free Metrobus/DC Circulator access Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. only.

Students must use their active and registered DC One Card in order to ride the Metrobus/DC Circulator. They will only have to visit a Metro Sales Office once every school year to activate the DC One Card and will be able to renew their monthly pass at any Metro station—unless they let their pass expire. Students will also be able to enroll online and receive partial refunds for lost or stolen passes.

Fortunately, Seaton is located closely to the Shaw/Howard University metro stop on the yellow and green line. Since there are two exits from this station, be sure to exit from the Rhode Island Avenue exit.

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