School Hours

Classes for all grades begin at 8:00 a.m.;
Kindergarten classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The length of the school year is determined by the number of instructional hours required by Montana law which, with the
school’s current schedule, is approximately 162 days.

Arrival and Dismissal
Parents are responsible for the daily transportation of their children to and from school. Teachers
arrive for school at 7:30 a.m. for prayer and to prepare for the day’s lessons. To safeguard
teachers’ prayer and preparation time, students are not permitted to enter the building until 7:45am.

Upon arriving at school, elementary students assemble outside their respective teacher’s classroom
until the door is open. Because there is no adult supervision in the morning, parents are
requested to not drop off their children before 7:45am unless prior arrangements have been made.

Dismissal at the end of the day is from each teacher’s classroom door. Teachers instruct their
classes where they should wait outside for their rides. Students should stay with their classmates
at their designated waiting area until their ride arrives, at which time they should enter the
vehicle and remain in it until it leaves. Parents must notify the office whenever a student will
ride home with someone other than his/her parent. Parents are requested to stop at the curb only
to pick up or drop off children and to not park at the curb. To alleviate traffic congestion in the
parking lot, class dismissal times are staggered by grade as follows: Kindergarten: 3:05 P.M.;
grades 1-2: 3:15 P.M.; grades 3-6: 3:25 P.M.; grades 7-12: 3:30 P.M.

Parents should make every effort to pick up their children by their dismissal time. Heritage does
not provide supervision for students waiting for rides and it is not appropriate for students to
remain outside or in their teachers’ classrooms or the office after school hours. In the event that
a student needs to stay later than 3:30, parents should make prior arrangements with the teacher.
In such cases the student will be expected to stay in his/her classroom under the teacher’s
supervision or in the office until the parent picks up the child. Students who participate in afterschool
extracurricular activities are permitted to remain after school provided that they are under
the supervision of a teacher or staff member in the office or his/her classroom.

Kindergarten:   8:00 - 3:05 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

1st / 2nd:   8:00 - 3:15
3rd - 6th:   8:00 - 3:25
7th - 12th:   8:00 - 3:30
 
Secondary Schedule:
Period 1: 8:00 - 8:45
Period 2: 8:49 - 9:38
Period 3: 9:42 - 10:31
Period 4: 10:35 - 11:24
Lunch: 11:28 - 12:02
Period 5: 12:06 - 12:55
Period 6: 12:59 - 1:48
Period 7: 1:52 - 2:41
Period 8: 2:45 - 3:30
 

Secondary Early Release Period Schedule

Period 1 -        8:00 to 8:32

Period 2 -        8:36 to 9:08

Period 3 -        9:12 to 9:44

Period 4 -        9:48 to 10:20

Period 5 -        10:24 to 10:56

Period 6 -        11:00 to 11:32

Period 7 -        11:36 to 12:08