Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for answers? We’ve responded to some of your most frequently asked questions below. If you need more details, we encourage you to read our student handbook, which you can find in the quick links on our Home page. As always, you can also call our front office with questions.

How do I enroll my child in one of the Ridgefield Public Schools?

We are thrilled to welcome new members to our community! Please visit our Registration page for the information about enrolling your child at one of our schools.

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Do you provide transportation services?

We are pleased to provide our students with safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. We consider bus riding a privilege and expect all students to adhere to the rules for their own safety as well as the safety of others. For information on bus policies, schedules, and routes, please visit our district Transportation page.

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What do I need to do if my child will be absent or needs to leave school early?

If your child must miss school or leave early, please call the school office on the day of his/her absence. The Attendance Office is available for parents to excuse their children and for students who need passes to leave early or to leave for emergency appointments during the day. It is located in the Main Office (flagpole) Entrance hallway.

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Do you enforce a dress code at RPS?

Yes. We prohibit any school dress that impairs safety or increases the risk of injury to self or others, causes discomfort to others (e.g., uncleanliness, odor, inappropriate language), causes distraction or disruption of the learning environment, advertises or advocates the use of alcohol, drugs, or pornography, is libelous or revealing, or contains the potential to upset and hurt others.

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Do you allow visitors to your school campuses?

We allow students who will be potentially enrolling at RHS or students visiting from another country to visit the school during the school day. Students must make arrangements in the main office at least 48 hours in advance and have a parent sign a request form. Qualified visitors must report to the main office, sign in, and receive a visitor’s pass signed by the assistant principal for their grade. A student may host a visitor for only one day unless he/she arranges prior approval through the grade level assistant principal. We do not allow visitors on school grounds during the midyear and final examination schedules, on the day prior to a school vacation, or on the last day of classes. At the discretion of an administrator, we may deny a student with disciplinary issues the privilege of hosting a visitor. The administration reserves the right to restrict visitors.

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What is the protocol in case of an emergency?

The district uses an emergency phone notification system to notify students, parents, and teachers of emergency information. The program uses phone numbers and email addresses on file in our school computer system. Please notify the school if there are any changes to your contact, email, or phone information. Ridgefield High School uses an automated contact system that will send out important information via email and/or phone messages using the parent contact information on file. Ridgefield High School also shares information via their RHS Twitter.

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How will we be notified about a school day cancellation?

In the case of hazardous conditions, school may be delayed, dismissed early, or canceled for the day. This information will be communicated through the following media:


  • WLAD 98.3 FM 800 AM
  • WCBS 880 AM
  • WRCH 100.5 FM


  • WFSB TV Channel 3
  • WTNH TV Channel 8
  • WVIT TV Channel 30



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How do I stay informed about RPS guidelines related to COVID-19?

It is important to us to keep you informed about the guidelines related to COVID-19. To accomplish this, please review RPS' COVID-19 practices. This document will supply you with RPS' protocols and policy as well as advice for parents related to COVID-19.

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What school security measures are in place?

Thank you for your close attention to the following reminders to keep RPS safe.

  • All RPS campuses are closed to the public during school hours. Please do not use RPS grounds as a place to walk, a way to cut through, or for any other reason.
  • All visitors must have an appointment with a staff member or a purpose for their visit.
  • Once granted access to the building, please do not hold the door open for a different guest entering the building.
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What are your procedures for snow days and inclement weather?

Trust that weather-related decisions are complicated, have many layers, and are never made in isolation. Please review our weather protocols as they communicate the comprehensive process for our decision-making.

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