Welcome to South Side School – I am glad you are here. My name is David Huber and I am entering my second year as principal of South Side after having spent five years as principal of Mt. View School. I am honored to work with the students, staff, and families of South Side. I am a product of the Bristol Public Schools after having attended Ivy Drive Elementary School, Northeast Middle School, and Bristol Eastern High School. I then attended UConn and Central Connecticut as part of my ongoing education.
Whether you are a new family or returning back to us, I hope you will consider joining our PTA to be part of the activities and events. We need your help to ensure the success of each child here at South Side School. It is my goal to provide all family and community members with as much information about our school as possible. In an effort to reach as many families as possible, we are also on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you will follow the outstanding teaching and learning within our school via social media. Included in your 'welcome back' paperwork is a media consent form where you can determine if you'd like your child's work, picture, or learning to be shared in any media format (Bristol Press, News, Facebook, Twitter...). You have the option to allow your child to be celebrated on these pages or to not allow their work or pictures to be shared. Families can, at anytime, change their preference by contacting their child's teacher. When using social media, we do ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and respectful in nature. Posts that are negatively directed at individuals or in violation of our school or district mission statement will be deleted.
At South Side School we are pleased to offer multiple opportunities for families to support the teaching and learning at our school. Families will have opportunities to volunteer before, during and after school. Our school's Title 1 Parent Advisory Team will be sharing ways all families can be involved. Volunteer opportunities include reading to students, creating writing workshop books and binders, photocopying, or volunteering in classes. If you have additional suggestions, please feel free to email us. Your suggestions and feedback help our school continually improve. We are also home to an amazing Family Resource Center and we hope you will stop in and learn more about the opportunities our FRC has to offer.
Please feel free to stop in and say hello or don't hesitate to call with any questions. Through two-way communication (either in person, via email, or now social media) we can ensure the success of each of our learners. Once again, welcome to South Side School - We are glad you are here!
Dear South Side Families,
In order for us to ensure the safety of all students, parents are required to call the office by 9:00 a.m. on the day their child will be absent from school. Parents are also required to send to the office, a written note explaining the reason for their child’s absence. The written note following the phone call serves to excuse a child’s absence. This is important due to the recent changes inattendance laws passed by the State of Connecticut. Thank you for understanding all schools are required to abide by these attendance expectations.
In accordance of section 10-198a of the Connecticut General Statues (C.G.S.) an EXCUSED absences is one in which a parent provides written documentation of the reason for the absence to the child’s school within ten days.
For absences one through nine, a student’s absences from school are considered excused when the student’s parent/guardian approves such absences and submits appropriate written documentation.
For the tenth absence and all absences thereafter, a student’s absences from school are considered excused only for the following reasons:
- Student illness- verified by a licensed medical professional regardless of length of absence
- Religious observance
- Death in family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family
- Mandated court appearance (documentation required)
- Lack of transportation that is normally provided
- Extraordinary education opportunities pre-approved by school administrator
- Out-of-School Suspension
Absences for other than the listed reasons are considered unexcused/truant.
Attendance patterns are significantly correlated with school success. Each month our school runs an attendance audit identifying those students who have increasing numbers of days missed (both excused and unexcused). Once a child has exceeded ten missed days of school, a meeting with the district truant officer is required. When students are not in school, they miss important learning opportunities. Thank you for making every effort to have your child at school, on time, every day. For a printable copy of our excused absence note, please click here. As always, if you would like to talk more about this, please feel free to contact me at 860.584.7812.