Having a SUCCESSFUL first day

    Here is a simple list of items students must bring to be successful on day one:

    • School bag (with extra mask in ziploc bag in case of emergency)
    • Reusable Water Bottle with name on it
    • A few pens/pencils and Two notebooks
    • Completed notecard (student name, grade, and emergency number)

    We realize that without a meet and greet program, students will have a lot of items to bring with them on the first day of school. We know this may be challenging, so send school supplies a few items at a time over multiple days

    ***A student must ride the bus to school at least once before they are allowed to ride the bus home. This does not mean they have to ride it every morning, just at least once. There are no exceptions to this rule***






    Step 1: General Information


    School Times


    Students can not be on campus until 7:00 am.

    Students must be escorted in by parent if you arrive after 7:30

    (See Transportation section about childcare information)


    Spirit Shirts for sale on Benson’s online store.. (1 student spirit shirt is included with the student fee)


    Step 2: Uniforms & Supplies

    Uniform information

    Uniform information is available here.

    • School uniforms are required for all students, including virtual students, and violating school uniform requirements will result in disciplinary action
    • Read the uniform requirements carefully as they depend on the student’s grade level.
    • Outer garments should have the students name on the tag or written inside. 



    All students are required to wear a mask at all times. We suggest you put an extra mask in a ziploc bag inside of the school bag. Also, make sure all masks have the student’s name on it.

    The school will have masks for sale on our online store. 1 for $8/2 for $15. (Masks will be available by August 18th)



    Once students receive their IDs, 3rd-8th grade students must wear the ID at all times while at school. Students will only be allowed to put the ID in their pocket during recess and PE. The first ID is included with the student fee. Replacement IDs must be purchased from the homeroom teacher for $5. 

    Benson Sweatshirts

    The school will be selling Benson sweatshirts at our online store. Sweatshirts are $15 (larger sizes may have a higher price point) 


    School Supplies

    • Tom Benson school supply fee is $35.00 per student. Pay your fee through our online store.
    • The fee covers a spirit shirt, school ID, communication folder, printed materials and classroom supplies not on the supply list. 
    • Click here for grade specific supply lists 
    • Send your students with a few supplies everyday instead of all at once.
    • SEND YOUR STUDENT WITH THEIR OWN REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE WITH THEIR NAME WRITTEN ON IT. Due to Covid restrictions, the mouth water spouts will not be accessible. Students will refill water bottles using the elongated spouts on the water fountains.

    Step 4: Transportation


    ***A student must ride the bus to school at least once before they are allowed to ride the bus home. This does not mean they have to ride it every morning, just at least once. There are no exceptions to this rule***

    Bus drivers will be in touch about pick up/drop off times before the first day of school. Please remember to practice social distancing while at the stop. 

    DO NOT REMOVE the colored wristband on the student’s backpack, as this is how we ensure students get on the right bus. We will replace the wristband once, but then have to charge after first replacement. 



    Car line is to follow these line up directions

    • Cars will line up starting on 33rd street, turn onto Roosevelt, then onto 34th street, and turn into the school’s front parking lot.
    • Parking lot is one way exiting on 33rd.
    • Cars are not allowed to merge into the line from Maine Ave. Failure to follow these expectations will result in student not being released. 
    • Visual image of the directions


    Car pool line starts at 7. Students are to remain in the car until an adult opens the door to let them out. No students should be left at school prior to 7:00


    Numbers are the same as last year, so if you had a number last year it has not changed.  A sign with your student’s name should be displayed on your windshield when picking-up your child in the afternoon. Students WILL NOT be allowed to get in any vehicle without the appropriate car number displayed in the windshield. 

    Carpool dismissal begins at 2:20. It will take time at first, but the line gets faster with time and practice. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE. No student will be released to a person walking up to the car line. If you walk up, you will be directed to the walker gate on 34th street.

    Students not picked up by 2:50pm will be placed in Child Care, a $20 registration fee for Child Care will be assigned, and the daily rate for Child Care will be billed. 


    Students can enter at 34th street at the gate behind the annex building at 7:00am.

    No students are allowed to use the walker gate if they arrive/leave by car. Students will receive a consequence for violating safety protocols. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY AT RISK.

    Students are responsible for locking their bikes on bike rack by the ramp. We are not responsible for missing/stolen bikes.


    There is no before care option for 2020-2021

    Aftercare begins at 2:20pm daily. Children must be picked up by 6pm.

    Registration fee is $20. Weekly rate is $27 dollars. Drop in fee is $7.

    To register, contact Mrs. Helana at 504-443-1361 or email at helana.lenox@jpschools.org


    Step 5: COVID SAFETY

    Benson will follow the district’s policies for safety. 

    Additionally, Benson will follow these safety precautions

    • MASKS are to be worn at all times.
    • Temperature checks at the beginning of the day, and periodically throughout the day.
    • Anyone registering a temperature of 99.4 and higher will be sent to the office for a temp recheck. If their temperature is still elevated, a parent will be contacted to pick up the student. 
    • Water fountain mouth spouts will not be accessible. Students should have a water bottle with them to refill throughout the day.
    • If a person is experiencing below symptoms they will be sent to the wellness room until a parent retrieves them from school
      • Chills or shaking
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Facial flushing
      • Generalized rash
      • Fever of 99.4 F or greater 
      • Persistent cough not related to a known underlying condition
      • Shortness of breath
      • New loss of taste or smelll
      • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
      • Two or more of the following symptoms:
    • Hand Sanitizer pumps throughout the hallways
    • Sanitation of classrooms happening throughout the day
    • Students will be expected to wash hands before collecting their food in the cafeteria and in the restrooms
    • Students will receive hand sanitizer as they enter campus every morning.

    Step 6: School Culture

    Our team has developed clear and concise Behavior Expectations for all areas of the school, including the virtual setting. Click the link and become familiar with our expectations.

    PBIS Model

    It’s all about the money, money, money! All students will receive Benson Bucks for their positive behavior and contribution to our school culture. If students are exhibiting the behaviors of Safe, Ready, Responsible students, they will receive Benson Bucks. If students are modeling the Leader in Me Seven Habits, they receive Benson Bucks. If a student is Responsible, Balanced, Cooperative, Purposeful, Empathetic, or Respectful, then they will receive Benson Bucks

    Benson Bucks are to be collected by the students. A lot of students like to keep them in a pencil pouch, which they call their wallet. When they have collected enough bucks, they will spend it on fun items, dress down passes, and to buy entrance to events. A list of items and costs will be announced and posted throughout the building. 

    Leader in Me: Seven Habits of Effective People

    Stephen Covey is a renown author who is best known for his work in defining the seven habits that effective people possess. This year, Benson will begin its journey on the T.B.S. LEADERship as we explore the seven habits and how they can make our lives easier. To learn more about the seven habits and activities you can do with your student, check out the English or Spanish family handbook. 

    The seven habits are:

    • Habit 1: Be Proactive
    • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
    • Habit 3: Put First Things First
    • Habit 4: Think Win-Win
    • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
    • Habit 6: Synergize
    • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw


    Step 7: See you on the First Day!