Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I find out about activities and events going on at Darnell-Cookman?
A: The DConnect is an excellent way to stay plugged in. Learn about academics, events, activities, and more. You can also view the school's calendar at any time, which is available on the toolbar at the top of our homepage. If you like listening to Podcasts, check out the DConnect Podcast.
Q: What is your policy on electronic device usage at school?
A: Darnell-Cookman participates in BYOD, a county-wide initiative intended to enable students to bring their own wireless devices to school. Our campus is equipped with wireless internet. Students may bring smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices to school. Students may use technology at the teachers’ discretion only. Device usage is not permitted in the hallways and outdoor areas. Bring devices at your own risk; Darnell-Cookman is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Q: My child is going to be out today, do I need to do anything?
A: Make sure to bring a doctor’s note or excuse note to the front office the day they come back. It's a good idea to email teachers, gathering make-up work. Students are responsible for collecting their makeup work from each teacher. Students have one class period for every class period missed to make up work.
Q: How do I schedule a conference with the School Counselor?
A: Please feel free to contact our guidance counselors at any time to discuss any concerns that you may have. More information about guidance counselors and guidance services can be found here.
Q: How do I schedule a conference with one or more teachers?
A: Mrs. Bennett, the guidance clerk, is responsible for scheduling all conferences and shadowing appointments. She can be reached by dialing 904-630-6805 x 1030. It may not possible to meet with all of your child's teachers at one time. Teachers' planning times vary and may not coincide.
Q: How do I get my log-in information for OneView?
A:The front office clerk can give log-in information to parents who are listed on the emergency contact log. A valid picture ID is required. Unfortunately, log-in information cannot be provided over the phone or via email.
Q: How does my student get their Focus log-in?
A: Focus user names and passwords for students have changed. Students use their DCPS computer user name and password to access the grade portal. User name is the student's DCPS student ID number beginning with an "s". The password consists of: capital first initial, day of birth, lowercase last initial and the last four digits of the student's social security number or Florida ID number.
For example: Johnny Smith, student number 11223344, DOB 10/05/2000, social security number 555667777 would have a username of s11223344 and a password of J05s7777.
Q: What if my student can’t remember their locker combination?
A: Students with locker troubles should arrange to see Ms.King in student services.
Q: My child forgot/lost their student ID, what do they do?
A: Students who do not have their IDs should visit the media center as soon as they arrive on campus. Each student and adult on campus MUST wear identification at all times. Students may not be admitted to first period without a school ID. The first ID is provided free of charge, each subsequent ID card will cost $5.00. Lanyards for IDs cost $2.00. Students may pay fees associated with ID cards with Mrs. McCall in the media center.
Q: What is the procedure for disbursing student medication?
A: Students who require medication must bring the medication in its original bottle to the Student Services office, along with a note from a physician. Medication may be administered by the office assistant. Students are not permitted to carry medicine during the school day.
Q: Where can I go to get information about sports?
A: Information about athletic schedules is mentioned in the DConnect, and the school's general calendar. Athletic packets may be downloaded under the "athletics" tab above. For specific questions about middle school sports, contact the coach who is responsible for that team.
Q: My student is late for school. What do I do?
A: Students and parent should make every attempt to arrive at school by 8:10 every morning. Students who arrive after 8:10 should proceed through the school's main blue gate, moving directly to first period to minimize classroom disruptions. The blue gate that serves as the main entrance to the school is closed and locked by 8:30 for safety reasons. Students who arrive after 8:30 should enter through the main office. The clerk will write students a tardy pass.
Q: I will be late picking up my student from school in the afternoon, where do they go?
A: Our campus closes at 3:15 each afternoon, and at that time there is no outdoor supervision for students. For this reason, students who are left on campus after this time are placed in the school's aftercare program. This service costs $10.00 and is available without making a reservation on days when you will be unable to pick up your child at the normally scheduled time. If you foresee being unable to pick up your child at the scheduled time on a daily basis, the extended day program is available. Information about extended day may be found here.