Welcome to Burroughs

2023-2024 School Year Welcome Packet

Welcome back for the 2023-2024 school year! This packet includes important information about Burroughs. Please read it carefully and ask any questions you may have!

August 21: Meet the Teacher Ice Cream Social!

Back to SCHOOL ’23-24

Meet the Teacher & Ice Cream Social

August 21st 2:45-3:45pm

Come meet your teacher on the school playground!

1st Day of School

Grades 1-5 start on August 23. If you would like to walk your student to class, you may do so on August 23. Please enter through the playground doors. Every parent will need to sign in to enter the building.

Kindergarten STARTS August 28. Kindergarten families will be contacted to schedule a kindergarten readiness assessment before they start. Please do not bring your kindergartener to school before August 28 unless you have an assessment appointment! Parents of Kindergarteners - you can sign-in to walk your student to class on August 28 at the playground doors.

The first day of Pre-K is September 7. You child’s pre-school teacher will be in touch with more information.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


School starts at 9:00 AM. Students should not arrive before 8:45am as there is no one on duty to supervise them.

Walkers, car riders, and bus riders in grades K-5 will enter from the playground through the cafeteria doors.

Cars MUST enter through the 1st entrance to the school. Do not enter through the second entrance - that is for buses only. The driveway is a one-way road. Follow the signs accordingly. Cars can pull to the playground sidewalk, drop off their child, and continue out the driveway. There is no parking in the driveway or along the sidewalk. If you choose to park and bring your child to the door, you must park in a designated space or on the street.

Walkers should cross at the supervised crosswalk at South Richardson Avenue and Sullivant Ave.


School ends at 3:15 PM.

Bus riders (K-5) will be escorted to the cafeteria at 3:15pm and walked to the bus.

Walkers, bike riders, and parents meeting their students will be dismissed at 3:15pm from the following locations:

PK, K (Larkin, Steggeman, Limmer) Northwest door

K, 1st grade (Rhoades, Taylor) Northeast door

1st grade (Haas, Simon) Sullivant Avenue door

2nd/3rd grade Playground

4th grade Southwest main building door

5th grade southeast door

Walkers should cross at the supervised crosswalk at South Richardson Avenue and Sullivant Ave. Crossing at Burgess Ave and Sullivant is NOT safe.

All students must be picked up no later than 3:30pm.

Procedures for students not picked up at dismissal:

All students are to be picked up no later than 3:30pm. If you are going to be late you must call the school by 3:15pm and let us know when to expect you. Please leave a message if your call is not answered. If a student is left at school beyond 3:45pm without a call from the parent, we are required to contact our Safety and Security Office. They will do a house check to see if the parent is at home and notify the parent to come to the school. If no parent/guardian is at home, we must then call Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) and the Columbus Police to pick up your student.

School Supply Lists

School Contact Information

Address: 551 S Richardson Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

Phone number: 614-365-5923

School hours: 8:50 AM-3:30 PM

School Website: https://www.ccsoh.us/burroughses (Includes a staff directory)

School email: burroughses@columbus.k12.oh.us

Principal: Dr. Mike Eicher meicher@columbus.k12.oh.us

School Secretary: Ms. Brenda Tucker burroughses@columbus.k12.oh.us

School Social Worker: Ms. Lisa O’Neill loneill@columbus.k12.oh.us

Family Ambassador: Mrs. Andi Douglass adouglass@columbus.k12.oh.us

Spanish Speaking Family Ambassador: Angie Medina amedina@columbus.k12.oh.us

School Absences

If your student is absent, you can call or email the school to notify us. You can attach and send doctor's notes via email as well. This will keep your student's attendance as accurate and current as possible. The email is attendance.burroughs@columbus.k12.oh.us

Ohio Law requires that schools track minutes absent from school. This means that coming to school late or leaving early affects your student's attendance record. Burroughs recognizes students with an attendance record of 85% or higher with good attendance dinners throughout the school year.

School Sign-out Proceedures

If you need to sign-out a student during the school day, please be aware of the following procedures that keep your student safe at school:


Any students being picked up early must be signed out by a relative / adult that is listed in Infinite Campus. Parent's can list adults allowed to pick-up their student in the Parent Portal. If an unlisted adult needs to pick up a student, the listed Guardian MUST call the school office at 614-365-5923.

Starting April 7, 2023, Ohioans who are 17 years and older can receive an ID card at no cost. https://publicsafety.ohio.gov/static/free-ID-palm-card.pdf


If your student has a doctor’s appointment after 3:00 or you just want to pick them up early, please sign them out BEFORE 3:00pm. This will prevent the interruption of the teaching process. Students are dismissed at 3:15. We appreciate your concern for your students continued and uninterrupted education. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Building Security

For the safety of everyone, our safety procedures will be enforced. Adults and visitors are allowed entry only at the Richardson Avenue main door near the office. You will be buzzed in and will remain in the security vestibule where seating is available. Someone will meet you there and check your ID. All parents, guardians and visitors are required to have a valid State Driver's License or State ID or photo passport to sign-in.

If you do not have a valid ID, you are able to get a FREE State ID at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Starting April 7, 2023, Ohioans who are 17 years and older can receive an ID card at no cost. https://publicsafety.ohio.gov/static/free-ID-palm-card.pdf

Cell Phone Policy

Students may use personal communication devices (cell phones) before and after school. Use of personal communication devices, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight in their bookbags or in a secure area designated by the classroom teacher.

Dress Code

The district school dress code can be found on page 16 of the Guide to Student Success.

As a reminder: Per district policy, hats, caps and other types of head covering such as hoods and hoodies (other than for religious/cultural purposes) shall not be worn inside school buildings.

Special Programs at Burroughs

We have a variety of special programs at our school including:

- Special needs preschool

- Full day pre-kindergarten

- Special education services

- Literacy tutoring support

- English language services

- Strings Band

- Choir

- Dance Classes

School Communication

Most communication from Burroughs will come by email. Please make sure your email is up-to-date in the parent portal and you are checking your email for important school news. All volunteer opportunities for the school will come through email. Please also make sure your phone number is correct as this is what we use to contact you in the event of an emergency.

Your student's teacher may use Class Dojo to communicate. Please be on the lookout for those instructions.

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Community Partners

We have an active site-based council with support from the following organizations:

- Dublin Dance Centre

- Engage Community Development Corporation

- Faith Community Church

- Hilltop Library

- John Burroughs PTA

- Linworth United Methodist

- The Refinery Church

- Westside Free Store

- Nationwide Children's Hospital


  • John Burroughs is a Title I school that receives Federal Title I funding to support academic achievement.
  • Title I funding is spent on supplies, materials, staffing, and programs to support student achievement.
  • As a parent of a student attending a school that is receiving Federal Title I dollars, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teacher(s) and instructional paraprofessional(s) who instruct your child. Federal law requires every Title I school district to comply and to provide you with the requested information in a timely manner. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask.
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Vision & Mission

Burroughs Vision:

Our Burroughs community provides an environment where all children feel loved, respected and encouraged to develop their full potential.

Burroughs Mission:

We embrace all families as partners in our commitment to developing the whole child in a safe, engaging, and inclusive learning environment.

Burroughs PTA

The PTA hosts school events, raises money for the school and advocates for our kids! Parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and teachers can all join the PTA.

More information: https://johnburroughs.memberhub.com/

Student Guide to Success

The 2023-24 Student Guide to Success is now available. The publication contains important documents that must be filled out and returned to your student's school of attendance OR completed as part of the Parent Portal Annual Update (preferred method) in Infinite Campus. The Annual Update can be accessed in the Parent Portal by first clicking on “More” and then “Annual Update." If your scholar has a form on file and he or she is remaining at the same school this year, a new form will not have to be submitted. If your scholar has changed schools or matriculated to a new school, a new form must be submitted. Separate forms must be on file for each individual student.


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