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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the student handbook for a comprehensive overview of our policies, procedures, grading system, and expectations for students and families.

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General Information

What grades does Bryden Elementary serve?
Bryden Elementary serves students in kindergarten through second grade.

What are the school hours for Bryden Elementary?
On regular days, Bryden Elementary opens to students at 8:25 a.m. Classes start at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. On Wednesdays during the 2023-2024 school year, the district is continuing a delayed start time for students to enable our staff to participate in professional development. The building opens at 9:00 a.m.,  and students are dismissed at 3:25 p.m.

How do I contact Bryden Elementary's main office?
Telephone: (216) 831-3933
Principal: Arianna DeGeorge, adegeorge@beachwoodschools.org, ext. 201
Secretary: Tyjuana Coles, thc@beachwoodschools.org, ext. 200

Where is Bryden Elementary located?
Bryden Elementary is located at 25501 Bryden Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.

Attendance Procedures

What is the school's attendance policy? 
Bryden Elementary places a strong emphasis on regular attendance, as it is vital for effective learning and mandated by the State of Ohio. If your child is going to be absent, please report the absence to the school's main office by calling (216) 831-3933 by 8 a.m. on the day of the absence. Students late to school are required to report to the office before joining their class. Additional details about Bryden's attendance polices are outlined in the student handbook.

Can I request a planned absence for my child? 
Yes. For family vacations during school days, parents should consult the principal. Assignments may be provided for the duration of absence. Provisions also exist for early dismissals for acceptable reasons, but proper notification and sign-in procedures must be followed.

What are the procedures for arrival and dismissal? 
Students should arrive on time. Latecomers must visit the office first. For early departure, the school needs prior notice, and students must follow sign-in/out procedures. Parents should adhere to Bryden Elementary's dismissal procedures for student safety.

Arrival & Dismissal

Does the District provide bus transportation? 
Yes, Beachwood Schools provides transportation for students. You can obtain the transportation schedule and routes by contacting the District's transportation office at (216) 464-6609.

What are the drop-off and pick-up procedures at Bryden?
Morning Drop-Off: The school doors open at 8:25 a.m., and all students are expected to be in their classrooms by 8:35 a.m. At this time, the doors are locked. Car riders must be dropped off at the front of the building along the sidewalk, where Bryden staff members will be present to greet and assist them. Bus riders will be directed to drop off students by the side doors, where they are greeted by staff members. If you arrive after 8:35 a.m., please park in the visitor lot and accompany your child to the main office to sign them in as tardy.

Afternoon Pick-Up: Dismissal for car riders begins at 3:10 p.m. Parents are required to park in the front parking lot and enter the building through the gym doors, where they will be greeted by staff members. Parents and guardians must show identification and sign their child out before they are released. Students will be called to the gym to meet their parents, and families will exit through the gym doors. Please ensure you send a note every day your child will be picked up by you or a family member unless you have submitted a note for the entire school year. In the event that the parking lot is full upon your arrival, please wait in your car until a parking spot becomes available. You may then park and walk to the main lobby to pick up your child.

Health and Well-Being

What should I do if my child requires medication during school hours?
If your child needs prescribed medication during the day, make sure you submit the required form to our school nurse and provide the medication in its original container. For non-prescribed medicines, a parental authorization is essential. Students can also carry specific emergency medications with the proper permissions in place. Check the student handbook for additional information on medication.

What is Hilltop's policy on colds, flu, and other illnesses?
We ask parents not to send their children to school if they are experiencing symptoms such as a fever of 100°F or more in the last 24 hours, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, or other specified symptoms. If a child exhibits these symptoms at school, we will contact parents or guardians for pick up. Please review the student handbook for more information about our policies on when to keep your child home.

What is the school’s approach to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Bryden Elementary emphasizes teaching and encouraging appropriate behavior through district-wide expectations. The behavior matrix located in the student handbook outlines expected behaviors in various school areas.

Lunch and Nutrition

Does Bryden Elementary have a lunch program?
Beachwood City Schools follows the National School Lunch Program, which consists of five components: 1) Meat/Meat Alternative; 2) Grain; 3) Fruit; 4) Vegetable; and 5) Milk. Students must take three of the five components, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. Fresh fruits and vegetable selections are offered daily at all schools. Items sold meet the United States Department of Agriculture Nutritional Standards for "All Foods Sold in Schools."

How do I apply for free or reduced lunch?
Information about how to apply for free or reduced lunch is available on the Beachwood Schools Nutrition Services website

Extracurricular Activities

Does Bryden offer after-school programs or clubs?
Bryden provides an array of after-school clubs that cater to diverse student interests. These clubs are designed to foster learning and growth in a supportive and stimulating setting. For detailed information on our clubs and activities, please refer to our Clubs & Activities webpage.

Are there opportunities for my child to join a youth sports team?
At Beachwood Schools, elementary students are encouraged to participate in youth sports teams available throughout the year. These programs are designed to promote physical fitness, team spirit, and healthy competition among young students. For comprehensive information on available sports, registration details, and schedules, please visit our Bison Athletics page.