Frequently Asked Questions

The School Day

The traditional school day at UMS runs from 8:00 am - 3pm Monday through Friday.  Alternate start and end times are communicated at the county level. 

Arrival to School

Students may begin arriving at school at 7:30 a.m. and should enter by the cafeteria entrance. Car riders should also enter through the cafeteria entrance. Students will report to the cafeteria to wait for dismissal to lockers and homeroom.

Please note that once students arrive on school property, they must enter the building and report to their assigned area. This policy is to help ensure the safety of all students. Parents driving students to school are requested to drop students off at the designated car drop off area. Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:30 a.m. since adult supervision is not available until that time.

Late Arrivals to School

Students are expected to arrive to school on time each day. Students not in homeroom by the 8:00 bell are considered late to school/class.  


Attendance & Administration will monitor late arrivals to school. When a student has accumulated 30 minutes of lateness, a letter of concern may be issued to parents. At 60 minutes of lateness, the students will be assigned additional consequences, including staying after school to make up time. The office staff will issue LD for every 3 unexcused, late arrivals to school. Progressive, disciplinary steps will be used to deter unexcused late arrivals. 



 If your child is home sick, please call or email the front office first thing the morning of the absence.  Also,send a note when your child returns to school stating the reason for the absence. If your child arrives late to school, a note is also required.

For early dismissals, please send a note with your child. Students should turn these notes into 1st period teacher. Parents should meet their child in the main office and sign them out. Students will not be permitted to wait outside.

Click here to email report an absence or for an attendance question (
Click here  for a copy of "A Note to School." 
here for an explanation of the types of absences.


All visitors are expected to sign in through the main office and receive a visitor badge. Teachers are unavailable for conferences during the instructional school day.

Inclement Weather

How FCPS Decides to Cancel or Delay School in Emergency Situations
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