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Van Buren Elementary
Main Office

20 Ford Street
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Danielle Nahorney - Principal
School Secretary - Deanna Smith
Clerical - Kristin Budd
 Main Office (315) 638-6121
Dotty Reid - Health Office (315) 638-6123
Fax (315) 638-6170


  The Parent Portal contains information regarding grades and student assessments.  We encourage you to take a moment to log-into the portal and look around.  If you notice that an address, phone number, etc. are incorrect please feel free to call the Main Office at 315-638-6121.  We want to make sure all this information is available to you so if you are unable to log-into the parent portal for any reason please call the Main Office so we can help you.  We can easily update usernames and passwords upon request.


Student Drop Off at Start of School

Please remember that if you are dropping off your child for school after 8:50am, your child needs to go through the main office, not the parent drop off site.
Please keep in mind there is not supervision available outside before school begins nor on playgrounds after school.

Parent After School Pick-Up

A reminder to parents who pick up their child at dismissal from school:
Student call down to APR is now at 3:15pm
Parents will be let into the school for pick-up between 3:20 -3:30pm

A WALKER is a student who has written parental permission on file to leave school and walk home unattended by an adult.


All entrance doors to Van Buren School are on an automated system and are locked between 8:45 am and 3:15 pm. The main entrance at the front of the building is the only access point for parents and visitors to the building during these hours.

Important Transportation Information

If your child needs to be transported to/from a day care or sitter for the 2017-2018 school year, you must submit a request form to the Transportation Department before AUGUST 14, 2017 to ensure that your child has transportation at the beginning of the school year. You must submit a request form for day care/sitter transportation every year, even if your day care/sitter has not changed from the previous year.

No changes will be made to bus routes between August 14, 2017 and September 11, 2017.

Download a Day Care/Sitter Request Form from the Transportation Department page on


Important Information from the Nurses Office
Baldwinsville's Nurses Page

ATTENTION PARENTS: Changes to School Health Exam Schedule and Immunization Requirements Effective July 1, 2018

Medical providers’ offices may not yet be aware of the change, so the Baldwinsville Central School District encourages parents to bring the official NYSED Health Examination Form with them to their child’s appointment.
New York State has made changes to its school health exam schedule as well as requirements for the meningococcal vaccine, effective July 1, 2018.
 Beginning July 1, 2018, all New York State public school students must have a health exam when they enter school as a new entrant and in Pre-K or Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
These examinations MUST be completed on the new required NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School.

Information on the meningococcal vaccine, click HERE.



The school nurse cannot give any over-the-counter medications without a note from a physician. 

Occasionally it may be necessary for a student to take prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours. For all medication that must be administered during the school day: Parents/guardians must bring in the medication to the Health Office. All medication must be in its original container along with a permission note signed by a physician. The note must include information such as dosage, frequency, and the name of the prescribed medication. 

 ***Please come to the Main Office if you are signing out a student who is ill or has an appointment outside of school. The Health Office is located in the Main Office.***


SchoolTool Parent Portal
Dear Parent/Guardian of Van Buren student,
 If you have not yet logged into your account, you must do so in order to view/print the report cards. Printed copies of the report cards will not be sent home any longer to parents who have an email account on file with the district. Our goal is to maximize our ability to communicate with you about your child's progress as effectively as possible and we're best able to do that through our SchoolTool Parent Portal.
We will gladly assist you with logging into your account for the first time. Please call Mrs. Budd at 638-6121 for assistance. You can also access the Parent Portal User's Guide on the district's web site.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in the Main Office at 638-6121.


Please visit our Facebook Page

Parent-Student Handbook

Field Trip Permission Slip 2017/2018


Secure Entry System and Photo ID Procedure




Dear Parents, 

In an effort to maintain the safety of all of the students at Van Buren, we have the following security procedures in place. 

Raptor Visitor Badge System:

We use the Raptor program to check in our school visitors. This will apply to visitors with whom we are both familiar and unfamiliar. When you visit Van Buren during school hours, you must present a driver's license if you wish to visit any part of the school other than the office reception area. 

We will use Raptor during regular office hours to compare information taken from the ID (names, birthday, etc.) to databases of registered sex offenders. Once a driver’s license is scanned by the school employee- and it is determined that the visitor is not a registered sex offender – a visitor badge will be printed with a photo and the person can proceed to their destination. Your driver's license will be returned when the school employee presents the visitor badge to you. This process takes about 30 to 45 seconds.  

Those visitors without a driver’s license will be asked for other picture identification to enter the building beyond the reception area and asked to wear a visitor’s badge. 


 Secure Door Entry System

When you visit Van Buren, you will continue to enter and exit out of the Main Doors located in the front bus circle. Please remember that between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM all visitors are asked to use the front main doors.  

Entry Procedures during school hours: The exterior main doors will be unlocked upon your arrival. However, inside the vestibule you will find three locked doors. On the right wall is a security pad and camera. You will press the button and Office Personnel will greet you via the intercom from the office. The camera will capture your image and they will ask you to identify yourself and the purpose of your visit. When you hear a buzz, the far right door will be released and you can pull it open. At that point please do the following: 

      1. Go into the Main Office. Let the Office Personnel know the purpose of your visit.
      2. If you are dropping off something for a student, you can give it to the Office Personnel and they will deliver it to your child.
      3.  If you are visiting a classroom or staff member for a previously scheduled appointment or event please follow the Raptor Visitor Badge System described above.

Unannounced requests to visit a classroom/staff member:  If you need to talk with a teacher it is best to contact them via telephone, email or a note to ask your question or to schedule an appointment. Though it may seem convenient to stop and see them in the morning, please remember that this is not a good time for them as they have a classroom full of students to supervise and they are unable to converse with you at that time. Because a teacher cannot leave for a private conversation, respecting your family’s privacy is impossible in a classroom full of children. Unannounced requests to visit a classroom/staff member may be denied. 

Walking your child to his/her classroom:  In order to provide optimum safety for all children, we ask that you do not walk your child to his or her classroom in the morning if you bring them to school. Staff, as well as our Student Safety Patrol, is stationed throughout the hallways to assist any child. If there is a special circumstance that requires you to walk your child to class (e.g. delivering a project), then please sign in and follow the above procedures. 

Please know that all of us at Van Buren welcome parents and families to our school. We want you to participate fully in your child’s education. Our goal is also to provide all students with a safe learning environment. We appreciate your assistance as we attempt to achieve this goal. If you should have any questions about these procedures please do not hesitate to contact me.  




Lost & Found

If your child has misplaced any articles of clothing, lunch time containers, or school related items, have them check the Lost and Found. It is located in the APR.  It will be cleaned out at the end of each quarter.  Any items not picked up will be donated.