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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Family Fun in Learning Night
Oct 18th

Picture Days
Oct 23rd - Oct 24th 

Superintendent Conference Day
Oct 30th 

Parent Teacher Conference Day
Superintendent Conference Day/ Parent Teacher Conference Day

Veterans Day
Nov 12th 

Thanksgiving Break
Nov 21st-23rd 


Van Duyn Support Staff
Websites for Learning at Home

Important Documents

Van Duyn ES DTSDE Report