Frequently Asked Questions

To answer some of your questions as quickly as possible, we’ve compiled a list of those most frequently asked by East Haddam parents. Be sure to read more throughout this website and in our student handbooks (found on each school’s website) so you’re well-informed and prepared to support your child through a successful educational journey.

How do I enroll my child at East Haddam Schools?

We are thrilled to welcome new members to our community! Please visit our Registration page for information about enrolling your child at one of our schools. You may download and print a copy of the registration forms or use our online portal. Bring completed forms, together with the required documentation, to the main office of the school your child will attend.

Do your schools offer breakfast and lunch?

We operate an excellent nutrition program at each campus. Our cafeterias serve breakfast and lunch every school day for a reasonable price. We also participate in the National School Lunch Program for those who qualify for federal assistance. For more information or to apply for free/reduced meals, please see our Food Services page.

What if my child requires medication during the school day?

We will administer medication in accordance with state regulations and with physician and parental approval. Please complete our medication authorization form, and bring medications in the original, labeled packaging to the front office. You’ll find more information on our Health Services page.

Do you provide transportation services?

We are pleased to provide our students with safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. We consider bus riding a privilege and expect all students to adhere to the rules for their own safety as well as for the safety of others. For information on bus policies, schedules, and routes, please visit our Transportation page.

What is PowerSchool and how do I get a username and password to use it?

PowerSchool is just another way we keep communication between home and school strong. It provides you with almost real-time access to your child’s grades, attendance history, and other important information. You should receive log-in information during registration. If you need help, please call our district office.

What is Parent Square and how do I use it?

Parent Square is our all-school communications system. It provides you with site-specific information, a quick way to contact teachers and coaches, and emergency messages via email, text, or voice calls. It’s easy to use, and you can download the mobile app or use the desktop version of the program. You will be automatically registered for the app when you enroll your student in one of our schools. If you would like to opt-out of this system, please complete our Parent Square Opt-Out form and return it to your school secretary. You can opt-out of all communication methods or just one. Regardless of your opt-in settings, you will still receive emergency notifications using the information you provided in your PowerSchool profile.

What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?

If your child must miss school, please call the school office on the day of his/her absence. Excused absences require written documentation. For information about attendance requirements and what qualifies as an excused absence, please refer to the student handbook.

What if my child needs to leave school early?

A parent or guardian must sign out and pick up students at the front office. Students with a valid driver’s license who can drive themselves may leave campus with prior written permission from a parent/guardian and approval from the principal.

How can I get more involved?

We strongly encourage your involvement. Please take the time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and let him or her know that you’re interested in getting involved. You may need to complete a background check to volunteer. We also invite you to join the parent group at your child’s school and participate in board meetings. Parents can also support their child’s education in many basic ways, including the following:

  • Encouraging your child to get plenty of sleep
  • Offering a healthy diet, including a good breakfast (or getting your child to school early enough to eat breakfast in our cafeteria)
  • Helping your child get up in plenty of time for school
  • Providing neat, clean, comfortable clothes