Monroe Handbook

Alder A

Monroe Elementary   


Monroe Elementary

5000 State Route 38 NW

London, OH 43140

740-857-1711 or 614-873-8503

Office Staff:

            Julie Paige



Cindy Vaughn

Building  Admin. Assistant


Allie Allen

School Counselor


Jennifer Korn

Student Services Director


Denise English

Student Services Admin. Assistant


Mark Fenik

Transportation Director


Hours of Operation:

Office: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday

Student Hours:  

      First Bell: 8:40 a.m.

     Tardy Bell: 8:50 a.m.

     Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Students should be dropped off between 8:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. Students who need to be dropped off earlier should inquire about Monroe's Latchkey program.

Website: http://www.alder.k12.oh.us/monroeelementary_home.aspx

Twitter: @MonroeElem2


We at Monroe Elementary are happy to welcome you to our school community!  Our Vision, which was developed with the input of teachers, parents, and community members, states:

Monroe Elementary School is a community of students, families, and staff who feel welcomed inclusively, positively, and safely for learning and relationships to grow and flourish. We strive to inspire a passion for self-motivated lifelong learning and work to insure our students will be responsible and productive citizens.

I encourage you to take part in our school community by volunteering in the building, participating in our Parent-Teacher Organization, attending family events, and by communicating regularly with teachers and staff.  By taking an active role in your child’s education, you are helping to ensure his or her academic success. 

Please feel free to contact me at any time with your questions or concerns at (614)873-8503 or (740)857-1711. 

            Julie Paige




 In accordance with Ohio law, as upheld by the Supreme Court in 1996, public schools may charge fees for materials (not textbooks or administrative charges) used in the classroom. Parents/guardians who are unable to pay fees by September 30 deadline are expected to set up a payment plan. Should this not be done or not conscientiously addressed, the student(s) will not be eligible to participate in special activities throughout the course of the year

Fee waiver forms are required for students who receive free lunches if their families wish to have their fees waived. These forms are due by September 30th.


It is the policy of Jonathan Alder Local Schools to allow photographs and video footage of students to be used in district produced materials including but not limited to websites, brochures, posters, and other printed materials. Students may be identified by name in printed material to provide them with recognition opportunities when appropriate. Students will not be identified by name on Internet sites. Any parent not wishing for their child to be photographed or videotaped should contact the school for a form to waive this right. 


Our staff values the family as the primary educator and child care provider for our students. The PTO has been established in order to foster positive, productive interactions among parents and teachers that benefit children. If you are interested in more information or want to volunteer, please contact a PTO officer. 

INFORMATION CHANGES It is important to notify the school of any change of telephone number, address, emergency number, or place of employment of either parent or emergency contacts. 


 Messages for students may be taken by the office when there is an emergency or when it is essential for a student to receive information. Students are not usually called to the phone. Since office telephones are constantly in use for school business, students may not use an office telephone to call home unless there is an emergency. Parents are encouraged to call teachers when they have questions. Teachers will return calls within 24 hours during their workday. 


All individuals visiting the school for any reason must report first to the office. If it should be necessary to speak with a student or teacher directly, the office personnel will make the proper arrangements. Meetings with teachers during their plan time must be arranged with the teacher in advance.  


 School closing, because of inclement weather, will be announced on major radio stations. Unscheduled closing due to equipment failure or weather may also occur. Each child should know where to go if an emergency arises and school is dismissed early. The State of Ohio allows five calamity days before makeup is required. See calendar for make-up plan.


 “Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to Ohio revised code section 2923.122, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance into a school safety zone.” 


When it is necessary for a child to deviate from his/her normal routine, a note from the parents must be presented to the teacher or a phone call made to the office.  These changes include staying after school for a special event, riding or walking to an address other than his/her own or being picked up by someone other than the parent or guardian. For better communication with the school, please make all after school plans for your child the night before. Please inform the office of any changes in routine by 2:30 P.M.  in order for adequate time to communicate with the teacher.


Parent pickup and drop off will be in the front parking lot. If you are just dropping off or picking up, you may pull up to the front curb, drop off or pick up, and then pull out. This should be a single file line.

When picking up a child in the afternoon, please stop BY THE CURB IN THE PICK-UP/DROP-OFF ZONE and wait for the students to come out the front door. A staff member will ensure your child gets to your car. Children are not allowed to walk into the parking lot without an adult with them.

The front curb drop-off/pick-up is a single file line. Children could be injured if drivers pass each other.  

The front curb lane is not for parking. Please park in the parking lot if you need to have a conversation or come into the building.

The bus/playground lane is EXIT ONLY during school hours and is reserved solely for buses during dropoff and pickup times. 

All other vehicles should park in the a parking spot and use the front entrance.

Thank you for working with us to make our arrivals and dismissals as safe as possible!



The School provides transportation for all students who live farther than one (1) mile from school. The transportation schedule and routes are available by contacting the Director of Transportation at 614-873-4642.


Students may only ride assigned buses and must board and depart from the bus at assigned bus stops Students will not be permitted to ride unassigned buses for any reason other than an emergency, except as approved by the Principal. The principal may approve a change in a student’s regular assigned bus stop to address a special need. Parents should send a note to the principal stating the reason for the request and the duration of the requested change.


Bus Conduct

Students who are riding to and from school on District provided transportation must follow all basic safety rules. This applies to school owned buses as well as any contracted transportation. This also includes any person riding transportation for any reason. (Field trips, athletic events, etc.).  The driver may assign seating or direct students in any reasonable manner to maintain transportation safety.


Students must comply with the following basic safety rules:

Prior to loading (on the road and at school), each student shall:

  • be on time at the designated loading zone five (5) minutes prior to scheduled stop);

  • stay off the road at all times while walking to and waiting for school transportation;

  • line up single file off the roadway to enter;

  • wait until the school transportation is completely stopped before moving forward to enter;

  • refrain from crossing a highway until the driver signals it is safe to cross;

  • properly board and depart the vehicle;

  • go immediately to a seat and be seated.


It is the parents’ responsibility to inform the bus driver when their child will not be aboard school    transportation. Drivers will not wait for students who are not at their designated stops on time.


During a trip, all passengers shall observe the following rules to insure the safe operation of the    school bus. These rules are issued in conjunction with State Law and school policy. Drivers are responsible for enforcing the rules and passengers will be held accountable for their actions. Failure to follow the rules may result in disciplinary action.



When students need to be excused from physical activity from PE, they will also be required to sit out of physical activity at recess until the school receives a release from the physician. 


Children are not to bring their personal belongings without permission from their teacher. The school will not be responsible for lost or broken items. Examples include portable radios, game boys, dolls, toys etc. In addition, baseballs, softballs and wood and metal bats are never allowed at school. Tennis balls, wiffle balls, and wiffle ball bats are allowed with teacher’s permission. 


Recess will always be supervised by Jonathan Alder Employees. We will spend time teaching our students the playground rules and expectations at the beginning of the year. Reminders of appropriate choices will be given on a consistent basis. Students will be encouraged to keep their hands, feet, and bodies to themselves and to use kind words with each other. Any play that resembles violence or fighting is not permitted at school. Items that can be found on the ground should stay on the ground. This includes sticks, rocks, dirt, and snow.   Students will be taught appropriate ways to play with equipment and they are expected to follow those rules. In cases of inclement weather, recess may be held indoors. Students should dress for outdoor recess just in case we go outside.  Outdoor recess will be moved indoors in the following situations. 

  1. Outdoor temperature is 20 degrees or lower

  2. Weather and wind chill at the Principal’s discretion

  3. High wind that could result in falling limbs from trees

  4. The first two days of deer hunting season.


We love having parents/guardians at school and on trips! We do require that all adult volunteers and chaperones have an approved background check through Secure Volunteer. If the fee associated with this screening prevents you from chaperoning your child's off-site field trip, please contact the principal  You can access Secure Volunteer on the Community page. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in helping with field trips or in the classroom.