• Frequently Asked Questions




    Mission San Jose Elementary School is one of twenty-nine elementary schools within the Fremont Unified School District.  All children who live in the District are enrolled in  their home school attendance area.  However, this is not possible for many of the students who live near Mission San Jose Elementary School because of space limitations.  The school only has available classrooms for 700 students. There are 28 students in our two Kindergarten classes with 30 students in all our first through sixth grade classes.

    All of Mission San Jose Elementary School grade levels have overloaded students.  These students are sent to schools that have available space on a given day.  We try to send our overloaded students to schools within the Mission San Jose attendance area.  Please know that because these schools are experiencing space limitations also, this is not always possible. 

    When you register your child at MSJE, your child's name is added to the bottom of the overload list.  The list is arranged by the date students were registered.  This is important because as students leave Mission San Jose Elementary (this rarely happens) their placement is filled by the next student on the overload list.   We regretfully inform you that some overload students never attend Mission San Jose Elementary.  However, our students do attend Hopkins Junior High and Mission High School. 

    What if my child will be absent from school?

    Please inform the office when your child must be absent from school by calling the school answering machine at 656-1200. Call the other school number, as directed over the tape, only in an emergency. 

    Remember, there are no more excused absences. Students are either present or not present, and the average daily attendance (ADA) is based on "seat" time only. If your child is truly sick, he/she should stay home, of course. But missing school for any other reason can become a bad habit. Studies show that children who have poor attendance in the elementary years are much more likely to drop out of high school later on. When your child is absent from school, he misses more than the day's lessons. Class discussions are critical to understanding important concepts.

    Please schedule doctor's appointments, haircuts, shopping, and family vacations after school hours.

    If your child is absent, please call the school office in the morning to request homework for afternoon pick-up in the office. Homework will be available after 3:00 p.m. If your child is absent for more than one day, please give the office 24 hours notice to collect make-up work. Keeping up with schoolwork will make things easier when your child returns to school.

    What if my child needs to take medication at school?

    If a pupil is required to take medication during the school day, the school may assist if it receives the following on a district medication form (available in the office).

    1. A written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules for the medication, AND
    2. a written request from the parent that the medication be given at school. In addition, the medication must be in the original prescription container. Please send only the amount to be administered at school.

    Both of these requirements must be met in order for us to assist you. This policy is for the protection of all students and staff. At no time is a student to carry over-the-counter medication or prescription medication in his/her lunch, pocket, book bag or other belongings.

    Where is the Lost & Found?

    Check the Lost & Found in the Multi-purpose room for clothing left by students last year. Please make sure that all jackets, sweaters, backpacks, etc. are clearly marked with your child's name, so that we can return them to him/her. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at each report card time.

    What is the Visitor's Policy?

    We care about our students' safety. To insure a safe environment for all students, all visitors are required to check in at the office, sign in, and wear a badge or sticker while on campus. The badge or sticker you receive will identify you to staff and students as you walk around during your stay. Visitors ARE NOT to go directly to classrooms. This is for the protection of all students.

    What about buying lunch at school?

    Hot lunches, including milk, are available for $2.75. For children bringing their lunch, milk may be purchased separately for $0.50. Checks are payable to FUSD Child Nutrition Services. Applications for free and reduced lunch are available in the office. Families with more than one child at MSJE need only fill out one form. Children who received free or reduced-priced lunches last year will continue to qualify through the month of September until the new form is returned. New families will not qualify until approved by Child Nutrition Services.

    Continuing this year, students who buy the hot lunch will have the opportunity to select items themselves from the Salad Bar. Items from the salad bar are included in the $2.75 hot lunch price.

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