New Parent FAQs

Welcome to Arcola Elementary School! We are so happy that you're here. We are an innovative school in MCPS. This means that our first day starts 30 days earlier than most. Our 2024-2025 academic year begins on July 8, 2024, and continues for 5 weeks into mid-August, takes a 2-week break, and then resumes on August 26, 2024. This early start aims to reduce summer learning loss and gives students a jump-start on their school year as they explore new concepts. View the Innovative School Year (ISY) & testing calendars below:

The PTA can't wait to meet you! 

We are excited to have your family in our Arcola ES community and look forward to a great Gator year!

DISCLAIMER: Please review Arcola's Student Handbook for official information, or call the Front Office at 301-287-8585. Below are PTA-led Frequently Asked Questions that we hope will help you navigate your new life at Arcola ES for the 2024-2025 School Year:

School Hours / Absences

School Hours:

Late Arrival:

Leaving Early / Change of Dismissal:

Note: It can be difficult to pick up your child during recess/lunch hour.


When To Keep Your Child at Home:

Read this document from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services about when to keep your child home from school.

Weekly / Daily Schedule

Breakfast / Lunch



Note: Please let the school nurse and your child's teacher know about any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Donations / School Supplies

Transportation / Drop-off & Pick-up

Car Riders


Bus Riders


Please click here to view real-time Arcola ES dismissal updates. For any questions, please contact the main office at (301) 287-8585.

Gator / Take Home Folders

Daily Folder

Note: Not all teachers use a Daily Folder so please email your child's teacher for any clarification. 

Weekly Folder


After-School Programs

Volunteering at Arcola

Note: View MCPS Guidelines on Volunteering here. 

Parent Coffee with the Principal

Student Birthdays

Feel free to browse our website to know more about us, when our meetings are, what roles need to be filled, and why we need you to participate! 

Do you have any additional questions or information that should be added here? Please submit them to or by filling out our form. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER ON ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS OF INFORMATION: Although the information found on this page was produced and processed from Arcola ES sources believed to be reliable, we cannot ensure 100% accuracy, adequacy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of any information... but maybe, like, 95%. We're just volunteers here :-)