2016-2017 PLES Parent/Student Handboook
WELCOME TO USD 343!
We are very pleased that you have chosen to enroll your children here. We are dedicated to providing an environment where students are encouraged to reach academic and personal excellence thereby fostering responsible, self-motivated and respectful citizens. We are fully committed to educating each child, and to making every moment count.
We hope this booklet will answer any questions that may come up during the course of the year. We have tried to be clear, but if you have concerns or if some aspect of our system is not working for your child, please call or stop by the office. We will be glad to hear from you.
PERRY LECOMPTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS MISSION STATEMENT
The Perry Lecompton Elementary school vision is to provide a safe and positive learning environment, where students strive to become successful, responsible citizens.
To support this vision, we believe the following conditions must be met.
1. We believe all students will learn the defined curriculum and achieve specific expectations given time, opportunity to learn, and support.
2. We believe our school must be a safe place for people to take chances.
3. We believe all teachers will focus on learning teaching techniques that are proven by validated research and apply those techniques in meeting student needs.
4. We believe learning should come through cooperation and self-competition. Cooperation requires giving and accepting help. Self-competition requires challenging oneself to reach goals.
5. We believe our school must provide strong foundations in all areas of communication and inquiry.
6. We believe our school must provide opportunities for positive social interactions.
7. We believe our school must provide people the opportunity to make choices and to take responsibility for these choices.
8. We believe our school must foster and encourage a life-long love for learning.
9. We believe our school must provide opportunities to work together to solve problems creatively.
ANIMALS AT SCHOOL
Families wishing to bring an animal to visit a class may obtain necessary permission forms from the office. Board policy, as quoted below, makes it clear that these visits are to be for educational purposes.
ING: Persons bringing animals and plants into the school must receive prior permission from the supervising teacher and the building principal. Animals, including all vertebrates, invertebrates, and toxic plants such as poison ivy and sumac may be brought into the classroom for educational purposes.
1. Students should arrive at school after 7:40 A.M. and report to the gym. Breakfast generally begins at 7:45 A.M. Students are supervised as they engage in quiet activities before being sent to their classrooms by 8:05 A.M.
2. Students arriving after 8:10 A.M. will report to the office to receive a pass to the classroom. They are considered Tardy if they arrive between 8:10 and 8:30 A.M., if they arrive after 8:30 A.M. it is a quarter day absence. A written or verbal explanation must be provided to the office by the parent or guardian.
Simply put, we feel students need to be in school. We encourage good attendance and enforce attendance policies of USD 343, listed below. Parents/guardians will be called to verify the reason for an absence unless the office has been notified ahead of time.
ABSENCES AND EXCUSES
Students are considered absent for one quarter of a day if they are gone from school for up to an hour and a half. Students are considered absent for a half day if they are gone from school between an hour and a half and three hours. Students are considered absent three fourths of a day if they are gone from school from three to five hours. Any student who arrives at school after 2:00 is considered absent for a whole day.
The principal shall determine if an absence is excused or unexcused. Parents need to provide the school with a written excuse or telephone the school following all absences. If there are extenuating circumstances, in the judgment of the principal, a one day grace period may be allowed for the student to produce the written excuse or to have the parent or guardian telephone the school.
An excused absence is an absence by a student with permission from the parent that falls within the following reasons:
1. Personal Illness
2. Medical Appointments
3. Court Appointments
4. Observance of Obligatory Religious Holy Days
5. Death in the Immediate Family
7. Family Emergencies
8. Family Situations Requiring Assistance from Students
9. Family Trips
The student will be allowed to make up work for class credit following the period of absence.
An unexcused absence is an absence by a student with parental permission that does not fall within the excused absence policy of the school district.
A skip absence is an absence by a student without permission from the school and parent. The student will not be allowed to make up work for class credit and disciplinary action will be taken by the school.
A student who has ten absences in a semester is considered to have excessive absences. When a student has ten absences in a semester, he or she could be required to submit a doctor's note for each subsequent day of absence for that absence to be excused.
In compliance with, and taken partly from K.S.A. Supp. 38-802(1973, HB1502) Juvenile Code and Supp. 72-1113, and K.S.A. 72-1113 (1973, HB26) a child is required by law to attend school. If a child is inexcusably absent, then that child is truant after three consecutive unexcused school days, five unexcused school days in a semester or seven unexcused school days in a year, whichever comes first. Should a student become truant as defined, the proper authority would be contacted.
ABSENCES FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS
If a child is unable to participate in P.E., please send a note of explanation signed by a parent or guardian to school. Any long term exclusion from P.E. (more three days) should be accompanied with a doctor's note.
1. Students in grades Kindergarten through fourth may be allowed to ride bicycles to school. At PES bikes will be parked on the South side of the building, at LES bikes will be parked in the front of the building and it is recommended that they be secured during the day.
2. Parents are encouraged to ensure that students possess mature judgment before allowing them this privilege. Students will be required to operate their bikes safely by walking beside them on school grounds. Proper protective helmets are recommended by pediatricians, and should be worn while riding.
3. Students who fail to employ good judgment will have the privilege of bringing bicycles onto school grounds revoked, and parents will be notified.
1. Breakfast is served to any student desiring to eat at school, unless the office has been instructed to the contrary. The cafeteria generally opens at 7:45 A.M. and all students are expected to finish before 8:10 A.M.
2. Students will observe the following rules:
- Eat your own meal. Food may not be shared.
- Ask for permission to leave your seat.
- Talk quietly to your neighbors.
- “Lights out” means to concentrate on eating: no talking!
3. Students who requested “hot” breakfast will be served the menu items. Students who did not request “hot” breakfast the day before will be served cold cereal and milk. The charge for any breakfast is the same.
4. Parents will be contacted if a student regularly requests but does not eat “hot” breakfast, as this results in food being thrown away. Students who are absent but return the next day and request “hot” breakfast will be accommodated.
1. USD #343 Perry Public Schools is committed to continue providing the safest means of transportation for students. In this endeavor, administration, bus drivers, parents, and students will continue working together to create a safe environment with appropriate behavior while riding on a school bus.
2. Bus rules approved by the Board of Education are:
- Observe the same conduct as in the classroom
- Be courteous, and use no profane language
- Do not eat or drink on the bus
- Keep the bus clean
- Cooperate with the driver
- Do not be destructive
- Stay in your seat
- Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus at all times
3. Students are expected to follow all rules, and to treat the drivers as they would their teachers. Students who continually distract the driver may be excluded from the bus until they have matured sufficiently to ride safely. Parents will be contacted if problems arise; so that you can intervene to help children behave correctly. The principal will also be notified of dangerous practices or unruly behaviors.
4. Please notify the school by written note or a phone call if there is any change in transportation arrangements. Students will not be allowed to change buses or pick up or drop off location without communication from the parent to the school. Also, if your day care provider changes during the school year, the new provider must live on an established bus route for their attendance center if bus transportation is used.
5. If your child is a regular rider and will not be riding on a particular day, please call the bus barn at 785-597-5303 to notify the driver.
6. Should you have any concerns regarding your child while riding the bus, please call your bus driver. If concerns continue, please contact the building principal.
7. Bus drivers will only stop and wait one minute at each home while in route. Students will need to load within that one minute.
Classroom teachers will send out class newsletters on a schedule determined by each grade level.
Classroom Treats: Suggested Guidelines
Classroom Treats for Special Occasions
Perry-Lecompton USD #343 encourages families to provide treats furnished for student consumption be pre-packaged. Bringing cupcakes, cookies or candy to help a child celebrate special occasions is considered a tradition for most parents. However, if a child has a severe peanut allergy, diabetes or other special diet needs, then classroom treats can be a cause for concern. Food manufacturers are required by federal law to clearly state on food labels any ingredients that contain protein derived from eight major allergenic foods, including peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk and soybeans. Labels also state the amount of carbohydrates which is important in managing diabetes.
While food allergies may affect only a few children, accidental ingestion of allergens can be a life-threatening situation to these children. Approximately 30,000 consumers require emergency room treatment and 150 Americans die each year because of allergic reactions to food.
We appreciate your cooperation and support!
· Cereal bars such as Kellogg’s Nutri Grain or Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars
· Rice Krispy Treats
· Animal Crackers
· Teddy Grahams or other shaped graham cracker treats
· Baked chips and Sun Chips
· Whole-Grain or Multi-Grain Wheat Crackers (avoid peanut butter filled crackers)
· Fig Newtons
· Quaker Oats Quakes Rice Snacks
· Raisins and other dried fruits
· Juices that are 100% real fruit juice with no added sweeteners or sugar
· Hunts pudding cups
· Individual packaged fruit or applesauce cups
· Avoid foods which require refrigeration.
· Send food and beverage items which meet the following nutrition guidelines: Each packaged item should have 200 calories or less, 5 grams fat or less, and 30 grams carbohydrate and/or 35% added sugar by weight.
· This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. Items not found on this list do not mean they don’t meet recommendations. Generic/store brands are often of equal nutritional value.
· Packaging size makes a difference. Select small portion sizes and avoid large sizes that contain more than a “single” serving.
PES/LES communicates important information to parents in several different ways. Teachers will often times generate a classroom newsletter or informational sheet to send home with students when an event is approaching or they need to update parents regarding classroom activities. The school office also distributes a monthly newsletter at the beginning of every full month school is in session. The office may also periodically generate notices that will be sent home with students regarding health issues, deadlines, or safety issues. You may also follow links provided to you on the District’s web site (www.usd343.org) that will give you information about PES/LES and upcoming events. If you have questions regarding school-to-home communications, feel free to call either school office at any time or talk with your child’s teacher.
Board Policy IIBG governs computer use in schools. Please refer to the Appendix.
The policy of USD #343 clearly states that corporal punishment is not permitted.
COUNSELING POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The comprehensive, developmental school counseling program at USD #343 is designed to help all students develop their educational, social, career, and personal strengths and to become responsible and productive citizens. The counseling program consists of a variety of services and activities, including educational and career consultation, individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultation, referrals to other programs and services in the community, testing and test interpretation, and classroom guidance classes.
USD #343 recognizes and supports the comprehensive school counseling program at all educational levels, and its policy and procedures.
1. Students can be referred for counseling by parents, staff, peers, or by self-referral. Referrals may be made either through a counselor referral form, or verbally.
2. Communication with parents is integral to the counseling program. Although parental notification is not required prior to counseling or consulting with a student, school counselors will notify parents when problems are of a very critical nature or require on-going services, except in the case of suspected abuse.
3. The school counselor protects the confidentiality of information received in the counseling process as specified by law and ethical standards. School counselors always consider actions in terms of the rights, integrity, and welfare of students.
4. School counselors, as well as all school personnel, are obligated by law to report and to refer a case when a student has indicated he or she has been harmed. School counselors are obligated by ethical standards to report and to refer a case when a student intends to harm himself, herself, and/or others.
5. The school counselor may serve as a referral agent to help students and their families receive assistance from other programs and services in the school system and from agencies outside the school. Except in the case of suspected abuse, every attempt will be made to directly involve parents in the referral process.
6. School counselors may consult with other school and community professionals to enhance student development.
7. The number of counseling sessions is subject to the discretion of the school counselor.
8. Parents or guardians may choose to Opt-out of school counseling services. Opt-out forms are available from the school principal.
1. A school counselor available 2.5 days per week in each building. The school counselor teaches guidance lessons with each kindergarten through fourth grade class throughout the year.
2. Some students may meet with the counselor on a limited basis, in small groups or individually. Parents will be contacted if more in-depth services seem to be indicated.
3. The counselor is a great resource for parents who are looking for information on child development or ideas on parenting, especially with strong-willed children. You are encouraged to contact her by phone or in person.
Information for each grade level may be found on the district web site.
Use of social networking sites (including but not limited to Facebook) is prohibited during school hours on school days.
Cell phones may be used for personal communication before 8:10am or after 3:10pm.
Personal handheld devices (including but not limited to DS and iPods) may be used as specified in each building’s rules. At the elementary schools students may use these devices before 8:10am, after 3:10pm or during indoor recess (as the classroom teacher’s discretion). The district accepts no liability for loss or breakage of such devices. Elementary students should only be using programs on their DS with an E-10 and under rating.
1. Parents will indicate their preference for each child’s transportation at enrollment. Any changes or exceptions must be processed through the office. Only legal guardians may make such changes. If a change becomes necessary, please inform the school secretary by 2:00 pm by telephone or by a note.
2. Students will be dismissed on a rolling schedule, dependent upon transportation choices. Parents will be notified of specific dismissal information.
DISMISSAL (DURING SCHOOL HOURS)
Students may be dismissed during school hours to meet a medical or dental appointment or for family reasons. Whenever possible, advance requests for dismissal should be made by the parent in writing and sent to the office. Last minute requests may be made by coming to the office in person. Parents must come to the office at the time the student is to be dismissed to sign the child out.
1. A student's clothing and personal appearance should express his or her personality but not distract from normal school procedures or create a disturbance. It should be appropriate for the weather and the activities anticipated during the day.
2. Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times. The children participate in vigorous exercise every day during PE, for which they will need athletic footwear. Students who do not have proper footwear will be required to walk the gym for cardiovascular endurance training instead of running in the gym with their peers.
3. Clothes with advertisements for alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or controlled substances are prohibited by Board of Education policy, as are midriff, strapless, or backless tops. In the event of an offense, parents will be called to provide acceptable clothing.
4. Hats will not be worn in the building.
Board Policies JDDA and JDDA-R govern this topic. Please refer to the Appendix.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM
1. At the time of enrollment all parents will complete an emergency information from which authorizes the school to obtain treatment for the child in case of an emergency. WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FORM. We use it throughout the year. Please contact the office any time information on the form changes.
2. The school will furnish a student directory shortly after the school year begins. Other than this directory, the office will not provide individual students' names, addresses, or telephone numbers to anyone.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
1. Any decision to call off school or to dismiss during the day because of extreme weather conditions will be made by the Superintendent of Schools. Every effort will be made to notify all parents in advance when this situation occurs.
2. During the storm season, you will be notified through our school district, School Messenger telephone communication system. Notification will also be sent via radio stations WDAF TV – Kansas City, TV Channel 4 or WIBW - Topeka, TV Channel 13, 580 AM or 97 FM for information regarding buses and school closing.
3. Parents should make themselves available or notify the school of alternate child care plans. It is essential that we have current telephone numbers!
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
1. The following conditions require medical attention before returning to school: If a child develops any of these during the day, parents will be called immediately to pick up the child. Please be sure that we have an accurate daytime number on file.
Chicken Pox - Child should be excluded from school for 6 days after the onset of the first crop of vesicles (blisters). It is highly recommended that all blisters be scabbed before your child returns to school.
Pink Eye - Cases should be excluded from school until the discharge from the infected eye ceases.
Strep Throat - Children with strep throat should be excluded from school until they have been on medication for 24 hours and are fever free.
Impetigo - Children with impetigo should be excluded from school until receiving medical treatment.
Scabies - Children who are infested should be excluded from school until treatment with an appropriate antiparasitic drug has begun.
Ringworm - Infected children may return to school if receiving treatment.
Rashes - Children with unidentified rashes will be sent home and may return to school with a doctor’s note.
Head Lice – Medication to treat the infestation may be purchased over-the-counter or may be prescribed by a physician. After the parent or guardian indicates on the ‘USD 343 Notice to Parent’ form the date treatment began and the name of the topical anti-parasitic medication applied, the child may return to school.
2. When a child exhibiting any of these conditions has been in class part of the day, notes will be sent home to inform families of classmates of the situation. Due to privacy considerations, the student will not be identified.
1. Field trips for educational purposes are an important part of a child’s experience. These activities are designed to connect school work to the real world. You will receive advance notice of any trip your child’s class will be taking.
2. There are frequently opportunities to accompany the class on field trips. Parents sometimes ride on the bus, and take their own vehicles at other times. The teacher will provide guidance on this for each trip.
3. Parents who accompany a class may provide transportation to or from the site for their own children only. This should be arranged with the teacher ahead of time.
4. Parents who accompany their child on school field trips should not bring other children such as pre-schoolers or other siblings on the class trip.
1. We take fire drills very seriously in our schools. Fire Drills are held each month and students are instructed on the proper procedure for a quick and orderly exit.
Any adult visitor will be expected to exit quickly and quietly, and to assist in maintaining good order and discipline.
2. Records of fire drills, including evacuation times, are posted in plain view in the office.
FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
1. School meal prices are available at the beginning of each school year. Menus for each day of the month are published in the District Newsletter. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch from home. Refrigeration for sack lunches is not available so lunches should be packed with this in mind. Soft drinks should not be sent with sack lunches.
2. Meal and milk fees should be paid at the start of each month. If a student does not have lunch money, he/she will be allowed to charge up to five lunches.
3. Free and reduced price lunch applications are available in the school office at the beginning of the year or as the need for such assistance becomes necessary. These applications may be returned to the building principal. Parents are urged to apply if they feel they might be eligible for this assistance.
4. Parents wanting their children to eat lunch at home must send a note to the office giving permission to walk home for lunch. If the child is to go home for lunch every day, a blanket note covering the whole year will be fine; otherwise the office must be notified each time.
5. Parents need to notify the school if a child is going to arrive after 8:30 and will be eating a school lunch. The school cannot add to the lunch count after 10:00 A.M.
Students under the age of 8 who are entering school for the first time or students new to the state of Kansas must have a health assessment prior to entering school. The forms are available from the county health department or your doctor.
USD343 is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. Hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing or bullying by students, staff or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. Incidents should be reported immediately to school personnel so that an investigation can ensue.
Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline consequences. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as approved by the superintendent or board.
The school district contracts with the Jefferson County Health Department to provide state required vision screening and immunization reviews. Parents are informed if a child does not pass a vision or hearing screening or if immunization records are incomplete.
1. Homework assignments are designed to reinforce skills and to keep parents up to date on topics being studied in class. It is important that the students complete their work and return it to school promptly. Please contact the teacher if you have questions about the amount of time your child seems to be spending on this activity.
2. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they have missed. Please call the office before noon if you would like to pick up your child’s work at the end of the day. You may also arrange to have the work sent home with another child, at your discretion.
1. The health curriculum in the district includes a growth and development film shown to fourth graders by Jefferson County Public Health nurses. This film may be previewed by calling the JCPH office in Oskaloosa. Permission slips are sent out each spring before the class is conducted.
2. Board of Education policy states:
Parents or guardians may choose to opt-out of the Human Sexuality and AIDS curriculum. An opt-out form must be obtained from the school principal and the completed and signed form is to be returned to the principal. The signed form will be kept on file in the school office and a copy will be forwarded to the Superintendent so the named students can be correctly omitted from the designated activity.
No parent or guardian shall be allowed to make a written request prior to the opening of class of the year the opt-out applies. Opt-out requests shall be required annually and are valid only for the school year in which they are submitted.
ILLNESS/INJURY AT SCHOOL
- If a child becomes ill or sustains an injury at school, parents will be contacted. There is a nurse on the premises only one day a week, and school personnel can provide very limited first-aid. Parents of any child with a fever of 100 or above will be notified. Children may return to school once they have been fever and symptom (vomiting, headache, dizziness, diarrhea) free for 24 hours.
- The parents of any students presenting with a tick will be notified. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to remove it or have it removed.
- If parents cannot be reached, the person designated as the emergency contact on the enrollment card will be notified. If no one can be reached, the child will be kept at school. No child will be sent home early unless there will be a responsible adult present.
1.By Board of Education policy, all students enrolling in any district school shall provide the building principal with proof of immunization of certain diseases or furnish documents to satisfy statutory requirements. Booster shots required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Environment are also required. A recommended inoculation schedule may be obtained by contacting the building principal.
2.The State of Kansas requires certain inoculations and immunizations. If these are not current non-immunized students shall be excluded from school during an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease.
3.Exemptions to the requirements of inoculations given according to the recommended schedule may be made in case of vaccine shortage, religious beliefs, or medical conditions.
1. Students in kindergarten are allowed to check out one book each week. Students in grades one through four may check out two books each week. The check out period is for two weeks although most students return books each week when they come to the library. Students may also come to the library anytime with the teacher's permission.
2. If students fail to return their book(s) when they come to the library, they will not be allowed to check out more books until those are returned. The librarian and/or library paraprofessional will send overdue notices home with the students every week. This is a reminder to get the books returned as soon as possible.
3. The librarian stresses good book care with all students and expects them to be responsible for any books checked out from the school library. Please help your students find a safe place at home that the book can be kept away from younger siblings or pets. If books are lost or damaged beyond repair, parents will be asked to pay a replacement fee. This will not cover the total cost of most books, but will help defray the cost to the replacement book. If the book is found later and in good condition, the money will be refunded.
LOST AND FOUND
1. All articles found on the playground or in the school building will be turned in to the office and will be placed in the “Lost and Found”. Parents can help students recover misplaced items by clearly marking all items of wearing apparel that will be removed at school.
2. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity two times during the school year (December & May).
1. Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria every day, unless special arrangements are made. We encourage parents and other family members to join children at lunchtime and share a meal with them and their friends. Please call the office before 8:30 to arrange for an adult plate.
2. Students will enter the cafeteria in alphabetical order. After going through the check-off point, they may choose their own seats as long as they show good judgment and display “restaurant” manners.
3. Students (and guests!) agree to abide by the following rules: Students will follow the CHAMPs lunchroom expectations
Conversations: Level 1 & 2
Help: Raise your hand
Movement: walking and sitting
Success: everyone enjoys a social lunch atmosphere
As a reminder:
Eat your own lunch. Food may not be shared.
Ask for permission to leave your seat.
No carbonated beverages may be brought to school.
We feel that good nutrition is essential for growth and optimum school performance, and request your cooperation in these efforts.
USD #343 will assist in dispensing medication to a student if necessary during the school day. Before ANY medication will be dispensed to a student, the following procedures must be followed:
- The medication (prescription or nonprescription) must be sent to the office in the original prescription bottle or the container (bottle or box) from the store or pharmacy. No medication will be kept in the classroom or with a student.
- The school must have on file a written document from the parent/guardian giving school personnel permission to dispense prescription medication, stating reason for giving medication, and noting the period of time over which the medication should be dispensed to the student. The prescription label serves as the doctor’s permission to dispense the medication.
- Nonprescription medication can be given with written parental permission. The times medication is to be given and exact dosage need to be included with the permission note.
- If the medication must be altered in any way- (for example pills need to be cut in half) parents must make the necessary changes.
1. It is extremely important that conditions requiring special health consideration should be reported to the school at enrollment time. Allergies (to medicine as well as insects and food), epilepsy, ear or eye problems are examples of conditions that the school should know about.
2. Students will not be singled out for any condition such as these, but teachers can better monitor performance if they are aware of the special health need.
The secretary will assist parents in delivering messages to students during the school day; however, especially when there are several family members attending our school, recording and delivering messages can be difficult to manage. Therefore, plans for after school etc. should be finalized before children leave for school. We understand that emergencies do happen, but we ask for your cooperation so messages can be kept to an emergency nature when possible.
At the beginning of each month, the school newsletter will be sent home via email. Contact the school office if you would like a hard copy. In these, you will find special dates and events and also information to assist you in making learning fun for your children.
The district shall maintain a learning environment free from discrimination, insult, intimidation, or harassment due to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
Any incident of discrimination or harassment in any form shall promptly be reported to a teacher, the principal, or other appropriate school official for investigation and corrective action by the compliance officer.
Any student who engages in discrimination or harassment may be reprimanded and counseled to refrain from such conduct. Any student who continues to engage in discriminatory behavior may be disciplined in a manner deemed appropriate by the administration, up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.
Should any parent or guardian have questions or concerns about school policy or procedure, please follow the steps outlined below:
1.Contact your child’s teacher 2. Contact the principal 3. Contact the superintendent
Meetings may be scheduled to discuss your concerns at each level.
Sneak Peek is the evening before school starts, the faculty and staff open classrooms to families for a brief welcome and the chance to visit. Parents are also encouraged to attend the ‘Back to School’ night events – these will occur the 2nd week of school.
1. Conferences between parents and teachers are a very powerful way to communicate. We hold school wide conferences in the first and third quarters each year; these are scheduled through the office. There are evening times available to accommodate those who need them.
2. Parents and teachers are encouraged to meet whenever concerns about student performance arise; these conferences are scheduled individually, at the convenience of the teacher and parent. Teachers are available to meet at 7:45 A.M., at 3:20 P.M., or during their planning time during the school day. Teachers may also be contacted through e-mail or by calling the school.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION
1. Every parent of an elementary student is automatically a member of PTO. We hope you will be an active participant!! The purpose of the PTO is to raise money to enhance student life. The meetings are held in our school library. Dates and times of meetings are listed in the district and school calendar.
Child care is provided.
1. Class parties to celebrate holidays are held for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Specific times will be determined at a later date. They are optional, so you may decide that your student will not participate.
2. Teachers frequently allow students to bring in treats to celebrate their birthdays. These treats should be small and easily consumed (for example, cookies rather than a sheet cake), since such celebrations are incorporated into the instructional day.
3. Invitations to birthday parties may be distributed at school only if all children in the class are included. Otherwise, these should be mailed or handed out away from school to avoid hurt feelings.
1. Students are asked not to bring toys and games to school unless requested by the teacher. Sharing times are scheduled by many classes but those times will be outlined by your child’s teacher. Toys and other property which cause disturbance in class may be confiscated by school personnel; such items will be returned to the student at the end of the year, or may be returned to the parent at the teacher’s discretion.
2. Bus riders are sometimes given permission by the driver to bring items to play with on the bus. In these cases, the toys must remain in the child's book bag during school hours. The school is not responsible for replacing lost, damaged, or stolen property.
3. Students are strongly discouraged from bringing money to school. If money has to be brought to school, the child should give it to his/her teacher for safe keeping.
PROOF OF IDENTITY
By state law, the parents and/or guardians of any Kindergarten or first grade student enrolling in the district for the first time shall furnish a birth certificate as a condition of enrollment. Proof of a child’s true identity is also required for students in grades 2 through 12, enrolling in the district for the first time. Acceptable proof of identify for students second grade and above may be a certified school transcript or other similar student records. Parents and/or guardians who are unable to provide the documents noted above should consult with the building principal regarding acceptable proof of identity.
Board Policy JGECA governs this topic. Please refer to the Appendix.
1. Unless the weather is too severe, all classes will be going out regularly for recess during the school day. All children will be expected to go out with the class. If a child is too sick to go outside because of a fever, chest congestion, bad head cold, or similar condition, he or she should be kept at home to recover. Children with a doctor’s note restricting activity during Physical Education class will be required to follow the same restrictions at recess.
2. When the temperature is below 50 degrees, students will wear coats out to recess and will wear their coats all of recess. If it is below 50 degrees and a person did not bring a coat to school, he/she will wait in the “mud room” area by each door.
3. Students will have indoor recess if the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees, if it rains, or if outdoor conditions so indicate.
4. Please encourage students to be prepared for our unpredictable weather by bringing appropriate outdoor wear to school. Please see that your child wears the proper winter clothing so he or she may enjoy recess in the winter.
REPORT CARDS/ GRADES
1. Parents will receive report cards at the end of each nine weeks of instruction. Progress reports will be sent out halfway through each grading period. These documents should be signed and returned promptly to the classroom teacher. Non-custodial parents will receive copies of all reports unless prohibited by court order.
2. Our school utilizes a software program called PowerSchool to keep track of student records such as grades, attendance, and homework. Through this program, you have the option of logging into the district’s web site (www.usd343.org) and through a password protected procedure; you can view information regarding your child’s progress at school. Please call the school office if you have difficulty logging in to PowerSchool or if you are in need of your PowerSchool password or ID number.
Each classroom needs one parent to agree to coordinate activities supporting teaching and learning. This room parent will be the person the teacher calls on to help gather other volunteers for parties, reading aloud with children, or accompanying groups on field trips.
1. Our number one priority is to do everything in our power to create a safe school environment. After 8:00 in the morning all exterior doors are locked. This is to ensure that all visitors check in the office when entering school buildings.
2. The elementary schools will participate in safety drills throughout the year. The students will be taught and will practice what to do in an emergency. These drills will be similar to the fire and tornado drills that are already a part of our routine.
3. There is a Kansas School Safety Hotline parents can call to report any impending school violence. This is a service provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The number is 1-877-626-8203. Information received on this hotline will immediately be shared with local law enforcement and school officials.
SCHOOL PROCEDURES AND DISCIPLINE
At the beginning of each year, school rules are taught. Class time is spent helping students understand the rules as well as translate these rules into appropriate behavior in all areas of the school: the classroom, restrooms, lunchroom, halls, and recess. Our school wide procedures are developed through the CHAMPs process. Our goal is to empower school staff with techniques and strategies which will help all students behave responsibly and respectfully. Beliefs include:
- Treating students with respect and dignity.
- Students are taught skills and behaviors necessary for success.
- Motivation and responsibility are encouraged through positive interactions.
- Any student misbehavior represents a teaching opportunity