Frequently Asked Questions

We value your time, so we’ve done our best to provide fast answers—all in one place. We’re happy to address some of your most frequently asked questions about our school here. You can also find information about school policies in your school’s student handbook, located under the Parent Quick Links. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.

Is Richard McKenna a public school?

Yes. We are a free, public charter school in Idaho that offers both in-person and online learning.

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How do I enroll my child at Richard McKenna Charter?

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. We operate on a lottery system and accept all applications online.

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Does Richard McKenna Charter offer breakfast and lunch?

We do not provide food services on our campuses. Parents are responsible for providing their children with appropriate, healthy meals while at school. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding any food sensitivities in your child’s classroom.

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What if my child requires medication during the school day?

We administer medication in accordance with state regulations and with physician and parental approval. Please bring all medication in its original, labeled packaging to the front office.

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Do you provide transportation services?

As a charter school, we do not provide student transportation.

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What is Acquire and/or PowerSchool and how do I get a username and password to use it?

Acquire is our online learning platform. Your child will receive login information during the registration process. PowerSchool is just another way we keep communication between home and school strong. It provides you with almost real time access to your on-campus child’s grades, attendance history, and other important information. To receive your log-in information, please give us a call.

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What are the school hours?

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Montessori Campus
Arrival: 7:40 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:40 p.m.

High School Campus

Arrival: 7:50 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:00 p.m.

To view the high school bell schedules, please visit the High School Campus page.

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What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?

If you child must miss school, please call the school office your child attends on the day of his/her absence. We require high school students to notify their individual teachers regarding their absence, and create a plan for missing work. For information about attendance requirements, please refer to the appropriate student handbook.

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What if my child will be tardy or needs to leave school early?

Tardies and early dismissals count as hour-long absences at RMC. A parent or guardian must sign their child in or out and pick up students at the front office. Students with a valid driving license who can drive themselves may leave campus with prior written permission from a parent/guardian and approval from the principal.

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Is there a dress code at Richard McKenna Charter?

We expect our students to dress and groom in an appropriate manner at all times. Student dress and grooming may not present a safety hazard or present a potential disruption of the educational process. To that end, we have instituted a school uniform and grooming policy. Uniforms must be clean and remain in good condition at all times (no holes, stains, etc.), and include:

  • RMC branded, navy polo (available in the school office)
  • Khaki slacks (available at D & B Supply)
  • Dark blue jeans without holes, rips, or fading
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • White or gray long-sleeve Ts to be worn under our RMC branded polo during cold weather

Optional branded clothing available for order:

  • RMC embroidered sweatshirt
  • RMC branded hoodie

Students must remove and store all outerwear during class time. We do not allow hats or head coverings in the building except by religious mandate.

Beyond basic hygiene practices, we students should:

  • Not wear chains or body piercings
  • Limit earrings to two per lobe; gauge openings filled with clear plugs
  • Wear only natural-looking makeup and hair
  • Keep fingernails trimmed, clean, and in conservative colors
  • Not wear perfume or cologne out of difference to our allergic students
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Will my child have access to the internet while on campus?

Students can access the internet for school-related research under the supervision of qualified school personnel. We require all students to abide by the RMC Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible for their behavior on school computer networks.

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Can my high school student drive to and from school?

Yes, and student parking is available. We ask that students leave the front (east side) of our building for handicapped parking and visitors. Students may not drive any time during school hours including class breaks and lunch periods or sit in their vehicles during breaks.

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How can I get more involved?

At Richard McKenna Charter Schools, we strongly encourage your involvement. Please take the time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and let him or her know that you’re interested in volunteering. We also invite you to join our Parent Gatherings and get to know our staff members.

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