Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions so you can access important information quickly and efficiently. If you have additional questions, contact us with your concerns. We're happy to help!

What are Queen Creek Elementary's school hours?

Daily Schedule
First Bell: 8:10 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 8:15 a.m.
Release Time: 2:55 p.m.

Early Release Schedule
First Bell: 8:10 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 8:15 a.m.
Release Time: 12:20 p.m.

Office Hours:
7:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Preschool Little Coyotes: Times vary; please check with your child’s teacher.

For the safety of our students, we do not permit students on campus until 7:45 a.m. when adult supervision is available.

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What should I do if my child must miss a day of school?

Parents must telephone the school office to excuse any child who is absent from school. Please call our office (480) 987-5926 by 10:00 a.m. to inform us of the reason for the absence. If we are unable for account for a student, we will notify parents by phone.

It is essential that students attend school regularly in order to provide continuity in the learning program and to enhance the probability of success in school. Please avoid absences for reasons other than illness or emergency situations. Please schedule doctor appointments, dentist appointments, and vacations during times when school is not in session.

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Does the school offer cafeteria lunches? If so, what is the cost?

Yes we do. For current meal prices, please view our Child Nutrition page where you can find prices, menus, nutritional information, and more. We also offer items a la carte.

You may make payment for lunches daily or weekly. Our school cafeteria staff is happy to answer any questions about your child’s account. Feel free to call us at (480) 987-5924.

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May I eat lunch with my child at school?

We welcome parents to eat lunch with their child. Please check in at the main office for lunch times.

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May I visit my child's classroom?

We welcome parents to come and observe their child and to volunteer in the classroom. Please make an appointment with the teacher and the administration first to avoid conflicts such as testing, workshops, conferences, early releases, assemblies, or classroom specials. We require all visitors to our campus to sign in at the front office and wear a visitor ID badge.

For the safety of our students, we require all visitors to abide by the following rules:

  • Sign in at the front office before proceeding to your assigned areas.
  • We require every visitor/volunteer to wear a visitor ID while on campus. 
  • We do not allow volunteers to laminate. 
  • We do not allow volunteers to bring siblings or children with them. 
  • Before leaving, please sign out at the front office, and return the visitor’s pass.
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Do you offer extra learning opportunities for gifted students?

Queen Creek Unified School District provides an Enhanced Learning Program (ELP) for students in grades 2–5. Students in grades K–1 receive enrichment activities in the regular classroom. The ELP program is a pullout program where students work with the ELP teacher for two to four hours per week, depending on grade level.

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Do you provide services for students with special education needs?

Queen Creek District provides a variety of special education programs and services for all identified students between the ages of  three and 22. In keeping with state and federal mandates, district personnel, together with the student's parents, determine the type of special education program that best meets each student’s individual educational needs. Our goal is to serve our students in the least restrictive setting possible.

Visit our district website for more information about the QCUSD Special Education program.

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What is the procedure if my child must take medication during school hours?

If your child must take medication during the school day, we require a signed consent form on file. You may pick up a form from our health office.

We require all medication to be in the original pharmacy container and labeled with:

  • Student's name
  • Dosage
  • Administration times

We will not dispense expired medication. We permit only medication that a student must receive during school hours, including cough drops and pain relievers. An adult must bring medication in person—NO child may transport medication to or from school. We keep all medication in a locked cabinet and dispense it through the nurse or by a responsible adult staff member.

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Does Queen Creek Elementary School have a dress code?

Wearing neat, clean clothes helps children feel good about coming to school to learn. We do not allow clothing that distorts the student’s identity or disrupts the learning process. Please avoid the following while at school:

  • T-Shirts displaying alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or any sexual connotations
  • See-through, spaghetti straps, bare-midriff shirts, or clothing which is backless or revealing
  • Tank tops unless the shoulder straps are at least two inches in width
  • Short-shorts, ripped or torn jeans, sagging pants
  • Hats of any kind
  • Flip flops, backless sandals, Heelies, and slippers


  • We may provide students a change of clothing in the health office if needed.
  • For the safety of our students, we require students to wear tennis shoes on PE days.
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How do I check my child out of school early?

If you must take your child from school before the normal dismissal time, please send a note with your child including the time and reason the student will be leaving. Students will remain in the classroom until the office staff notifies the teacher.

A parent/authorized person must report to the office to sign the student out. If transportation needs change, we require a phone call from the parent/guardian before 2:00 p.m. as the last few minutes of the school day can be very hectic.

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Is bus transportation available to Queen Creek students?

Yes, we provide the privilege of bus transportation. For a safe and enjoyable ride to and from school, please remind your children frequently about the rules for good behavior on the bus.

We do NOT allow students to ride a bus other than their assigned bus route or to get on or off at a different house unless we receive a written request from the parent/guardian that is signed by the principal/office staff. Parents/guardians may also make arrangements by calling the office. View our district Transportation page for more details.

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