Blackford Junior High
Mrs Hollowell

Frequently Asked Questions


Do you serve breakfast and lunch at school?
Yes, BCS is pleased to provide a nutritious breakfast and lunch menu at each of our schools. Please see our district Food Services page for menu information.

Breakfast is available for $1.20, and lunch costs $2.10. You may send cash or a check with your child to be applied to his or her lunch account. Please make checks payable to the Blackford Junior High School Cafeteria. You may also add money to your child’s lunch card online by following the Online Lunch Payments link under the Parents quick link on the Home page.
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Does the district provide bus transportation to school?
Yes, our district provides bus transportation services to qualifying students. Please visit the BCS Transportation page for our transportation policy, bus rules, and schedules. 

BJHS buses deliver and pick up students on the north side of the school building (Conger Street entrance).
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Where and when should I drop off/pick up my child?
Parents should drop off and pick up their children at the south entrance (Van Cleve Street). We lock the entrance on Conger Street at 8:05 a.m. and unlock it at 3:05 p.m. for dismissal.  

If your child needs to leave early or arrive late, you should still use use the south entrance on Van Cleve Street. Your child will need to report to the office to sign in or out and receive a pass to class.
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What should I do if my child has to miss school?
If your child must miss a school day, please contact our office the same day before 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. Please give your name, your child’s name, and the reason for the absence. Daily attendance is extremely important for a positive, successful learning experience. We understand, though, that there are times your child will be unable to attend school because of an illness or family emergency.

If it becomes absolutely necessary to take your child out of school for a family trip during school hours, we require parents to meet with the school principal to discuss the nature of the trip and the academic standing of the student. In addition, parents must sign a Pre-Arranged Absence Agreement form. Please look under the Parents quick links on the Home page to view or print a copy of the agreement.
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Can my child carry a cell phone at school?
BJHS students may possess cell phones at school. We require students to keep their phones turned off and out of sight during the school day unless directed by a teacher for educational purposes.
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What if my child has to take medication during school hours?
Parents must send medications to school in their original container along with a parent permission slip. Only school personnel may administer medication during school hours.
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Is there a fee to enter athletic events?
Yes. There is an entry fee of $3.00 for adults and students grades 5–12 for each scheduled athletic event. We admit children grades four and younger free of charge. There is a maximum fee of $9.00 per family.
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How will you notify us of school delays, closings, and other school emergencies?
Blackford County Schools uses the SchoolMessenger system to notify parents and guardians of school events, delays, closings, emergencies, and other events that may affect students. SchoolMessenger will contact you by landline telephone, cell phone, and e-mail using the information you provided on the registration forms. (Please be sure your contact information is up-to-date so you don’t miss anything.) We will also post messages on this website, so be sure to bookmark it for quick and easy access. Additionally, we will notify you of weather delays and cancellations through the following media outlets:

WLBC - Muncie
WOWO - Fort Wayne
WWWO - Hartford City
WMDH - Muncie
WMRI - Marion
WBAT - Marion
WISH TV - Indianapolis
     NPR 92.1 - Muncie
WPTA TV - Fort Wayne
WPGW - Portland
WRTV TV - Indianapolis
WFFT TV - Fort Wayne
WTHR TV - Indianapolis
WANE TV - Fort Wayne
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What information should I know about immunizations for my student?

For information about the immunization requirements for our students, please review the following documents:


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