Welcome to Sunset Elementary

2020-2021 School Year

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Sunset Elementary

Mascot: Seahawks

School Colors: Navy and Gold

Theme: The JOURNEY Continues #seahawkstrong

Principal: Dr. Kartina McDaniel

Assistant Principal: Mr. James Pratt

Registrar: Ms. Erica Sanchez (bilingual)

Financial Secretary: Ms. Ashley Corbett

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Tammy Katzenberger


Safety and Civility

At Sunset, it is our top priority to ensure a PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY safe environment for ALL students and staff!

We utilize Safe and Civil Schools procedures and Conscious Discipline school-wide.


At Sunset, it is our goal is to raise ALL students' achievement in Reading, Writing, and Math!

We strive to create opportunities for ALL students to participate!

We utilize the district curriculum with instructional practices designed to increase student engagement.


Although this may not contain ALL the information you may need, we hope this gives you a great head start to being part of the Sunset Family. Please call the school office if you have any questions. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!! :)

This document and the student handbook are updated with COVID safety measures that EPS and Sunset will be taking. Please keep in mind that as COVID precaution protocols from our federal, state, and local governments change, our safety measures may change as well.

One thing we want to prioritize this year, of course student and staff safety, but we will focus on assuring the student experience remains fun and adventurous. "Perception and attitude make a huge difference in how kids handle things. For example, if we talk about masks as these cool new things we need to wear to keep others safe and look, mine has puppies on it and yours has Poke'mon on it and that is so awesome, the kids will respond better to that. If we talk about ourselves as teachers and how we are learning new things along with our students, we help build those bonds that make the school year go much more smoothly. If we as a team of parents and teachers do this right, we hope our students will see these safety measures as an adventure!"

Meet the Teacher Day - August 12th

The district is sending all enrolled families an email today, Monday, July 13 regarding Utility Bill Online Verification and Meet the Teacher information and a link for you to sign up for times. There will be virtual times (which is highly suggested for older returning students) and in person appointments (which is highly suggested for young and new students).

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Thursday, August 13th

First Day Procedures - August 13th

Due to COVID safety precautions, parents and guests may not enter the building. However, for the first several days there will be stations set up outside of the building for parents to "hand-off" their child. We hope this relieves those worries about just dropping off your little one to walk in alone. There will be an adult that will take your child and escort them directly to their classroom. These stations will be for PK (at the ECC), K, new students, and anyone else needing assistance getting to their classroom.

More information and details will be sent out closer to this day.


Early Start Schools (Sunset): 8:50 - 3:25

NEW HOURS! 8:50 am - 3:25 pm

Front doors and bus loop open at 8:20 for drop off. Teachers are on duty to provide supervision beginning at 8:20 am. Students are not to arrive before 8:20 and please do not leave students before this time. Boys and girls will go directly to their classrooms to allow for COVID safety measures. Students are allowed to eat breakfast in the cafeteria if parents wish. Students should arrive at the cafeteria before 8:40 in order to have time to eat and not to be late to class. Students are tardy at 8:50.

Office hours are held from 8:20-3:55


Morning Meetings begin at 8:50 (students should be in seats by this time)

Dismissal begins at 3:25

District Pre-K Times (early start schools)

Extended day Pre-K 8:50 to 2:55

Pre-K pickup will be at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) from 2:55-3:05


Please Make Sure We Have A Current Email On FIle

We email letters from the Principal and teachers, the weekly newsletters, updates on school and district events, activities, and much more to your number one contact's email address.


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Mandatory - Label your child's belongings

Label all lunch containers, backpacks, jackets, and other outerwear clothing with the name of the owner. If an item is found with a name, it will be returned to the owner. Due to COVID safety measures, unlabeled items will NOT be placed in Lost and Found but will be disposed of and/or given to a local charitable organization periodically during the year.

Valuable items will be located in the Main Office.

We STRONGLY recommend that all lunches from home be brought in disposable bags or containers to be disposed of immediately following lunch!

All school supplies should be labeled with student names as there will be no sharing of personal supplies due to COVID safety measures.

Lunch and Recess

Lunch and Recess procedures will change slightly due to COVID safety measures.

Lunch: As long as possible, lunch will still be in the cafeteria. District procedures also state no parents can have breakfast or lunch with their child in the cafeteria this year.

Recess: As long as possible, students will still have outside recess when weather permits. Classes will be assigned zones to remain in and the zones will rotate.


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Each child will need to bring a mask to school each day to wear when social distancing protocols cannot be followed. Students will not be required to wear their masks all day long, however. Wearing the mask is highly encouraged but not required in EPS elementary.

*Some times when masks should be worn in school- at the teacher table when social distancing to other students and teacher is not possible, at center time when social distancing is not possible, and any other small group time.

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Student Absences


Please call in all student absences to the attendance line at 405-726-3875 by 9:00 for EACH day your student will be sick or late. If your student is going to be late to school for any reason, please make sure and let our office know ahead of time (if possible) by calling our attendance line by 9:00 that morning.

EARLY CHECKOUT is discouraged.... and will count towards their total absences.

Students will not be called out of class until a parent is present to sign them out. Please plan ahead for appointments, as students are learning from bell to bell and miss valuable instructional class time when checked out.

Student Illness & Exclusion Policy



Parents need to have a plan ahead of time for picking up their child quickly when symptoms of COVID-19 occur at school.

Exclusion Policy

To prevent the spread of disease and to protect your student, please keep your student home for the following symptoms:

  • temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (must be fever free with no medication for 24 hours before return to school)
  • vomiting (must be vomit free for 24 hours before return to school)
  • diarrhea (must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before return to school)
  • head lice

If a student becomes ill during school, the parent/guardian of the student will be contacted and if student meets above criteria, student must be checked out to go home. It is important to provide your student's school with updated contact numbers so parents/guardians may be reached concerning illness, as well as emergencies.

Medication Policy

If your child requires medication to be given at school, please contact the office immediately. There are forms to fill out and specific procedures to follow. This is the EPS policy regarding medications: https://edmondschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Policy-5530-Medication-Dispensing.revised-07-01-19.pdf


Due to COVID safety measures, this year there will not be music programs, in person special events (however, we are working on methods to do those things through video), nor assemblies (Fanfare will be live video and shown in classrooms). We want the student experience to remain the same so all efforts will be made to make these events virtual when possible.

Class Parties:


Homeroom moms will still organize the food donations through a sign up for the parties and will assure the food is store-bought and pre-packaged for the safety of our students. The homeroom mom will assure the food gets delivered to the school for the teacher to give the students ahead of the party time.

Guests: There can be no guests in the building to protect our students and staff by minimizing possible exposures to COVID. District procedures also state no parents can have breakfast or lunch with their child in the cafeteria this year.

A small number of guest exceptions can be made by contacting the school principal for an appointment.

All approved guests must participate in a screening, including temperature check and symptom questions.

More Information to come regarding Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and the Parent Portal!