Van Duyn Elementary School

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Eva Williams
Vice Principal
Dr. Reba Hodge
DASA Coordinators
Dr. Reba Hodge
Molly Phelps
School Address 
401 Loomis Ave. |
Syracuse, NY 13207
Main Office
(315) 435-4660
Attendance Office
(315) 435-4660
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4618
School Hours 
8:50 AM-4:00 PM

Attendance Matters! 

In the Syracuse City School District, we want to help your child succeed. Did you know that if your child misses 18 days of school or more, he or she is considered chronically absent? Students can fall behind even if they just miss a day or two every few weeks. In fact, if a high school student misses more than 9 days of school each year, it can decrease their chance of staying on track to graduate. Attendance matters!
What can you do to help?

  • Make school a priority. Stress the importance that your child attends school each day and make it an expectation.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Attending school regularly helps children stay up to speed academically while also preparing them for college and professional life.
  • Set a regular routine. Maintaining a consistent sleep pattern, wake up time and morning routine can make school attendance easier.
  • Communicate with the school. Know the school’s attendance policy and keep track of your child’s attendance via Parent Home Access. Don’t hesitate to contact the school to request additional resources if your child is struggling with attendance issues.

Attendance equals success, and we want to see every child in school—every day. For more resources, please visit Attendance Works or contact your child’s school to see what resources are available to help.

Van Duyn Dress Code

Research supports that there is a strong connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruptions to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty. Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level and that does not disrupt the school or educational environment.

As it is impossible to include every fad or inappropriate item of clothing, the administration reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress. The following statements apply to all students at school and at any school sponsored event.

  • Hats and head coverings are to be removed inside the building. All shorts and skirts must reach finger length when arms and hands are fully extended down sides. No spaghetti straps or muscle shirts are allowed and all shirts must cover the stomach area.
  • Pants should be worn at the waist line (a belt should be worn if needed) and undergarments should not be showing.
  • Due to safety issues, shoes should be enclosed or have a heel strap. No Flip flops or clogs will be allowed.
  • With the above in mind, please be sure that your child’s T-shirts and sweatshirts have messages that are appropriate and do not have writing that is disruptive to the educational process. There should be no writing on the seat of pants.
  • Students/parents may request an exemption or special consideration based on bona fide religious beliefs and/or medical purposes or disabilities. School principal and/or superintendent may only grant exemptions.
School News
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Van Duyn Boys Learn to Love Reading with Brilliant Young Minds Van Duyn Boys Learn to Love Reading with Brilliant Young Minds: “What just happened here?” 100 Black Men Founder Jerome Walker asked a group of fourth grade boys reading around a table together in a Van Duyn classroom.   Hands shoot up around the table.   The boys are reading “Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson, with each boy taking turns reading sections and ‘Brother Jerome,’ as they call him, interjecting with questions.   For the second year, fourth and fifth grade boys at Van Duyn engage weekly ... more >>
Van Duyn Elementary Welcomes You Back! Van Duyn Elementary Welcomes You Back!:   August 2019   Dear Van Duyn Elementary Families: It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year at Van Duyn Elementary School (VDES)!  We are proud of the progress that our students made last year, yet we believe that each year we WILL do even better. We look forward to a very positive and productive year ahead.    We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  ... more >>
School Supply Lists! School Supply Lists!:   Pre-K:   2 box of tissues (Kleenex) 2 container of hand sanitizer 1 container of Clorox/Lysol wipes Child size blanket or sleeping bag (pillow optional) – Pre-K students 1 change of clothing for your child (shirt, pants, socks, underwear) - please write their name on all clothing Ziploc Bags (sandwich or gallon size) 4-6 large size glue sticks Book bag (no wheels please) 1 pack Dry Erase markers Rolls of scotch tape, packing tape ... more >>

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Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4660 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.


Websites for Learning at Home

Important Documents

Van Duyn ES DTSDE Report