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NORTH LAWN STUDENT HANDBOOK

Welcome to North Lawn Elementary School.  This journal is provided to students to help them become acquainted with their school and to help them become better at both organizing and planning.  Each student is encouraged to read the printed materials and share the information with his/her parents.

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STUDENT GUIDELINES

For

 

 North Lawn Elementary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Potter, Principal

 

 

 

NORTH LAWN ELEMENTARY

STUDENT PLANNER

2013-2014

620 GRANBY

NEODESHA, KS 66757

620-325-3011

 

Welcome to North Lawn Elementary School.  This journal is provided to students to help them become acquainted with their school and to help them become better at both organizing and planning.  Each student is encouraged to read the printed materials and share the information with his/her parents.

 

USD #461 MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Neodesha USD 461 Board of Education and professional educators believe that it is our mission to provide all students with the educational opportunity to succeed now and later in life.

 

NORTH LAWN ELEMENTARY MISSION STATEMENT

 

It is our mission at North Lawn Elementary School to work together to promote and support both our building beliefs and our school district's mission.  We will accomplish this mission by being responsible and caring in our efforts, expecting high student achievement from all students, and promoting high self-esteem and a positive school climate.

 

NORTH LAWN ELEMENTARY BUILDING BELIEF STATEMENT

  • We believe that all students can learn and master our established core curriculum given time and

        attention.

 

  • We believe that success breed’s positive self-concept, resulting in improved

       performance.

 

  • We believe that teachers should use a variety of assessment techniques and methods of  instruction to meet individual needs and the instructional objectives.

 

  • We believe cooperation and a personal competitive spirit enhances and accelerates learning.

 

  • We believe that students, parents, teachers, administration, and board of education are all responsible for student achievement, but the student is accountable for mastery of the core curriculum.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (PLAGIARISM)

 

Academic dishonesty is not acceptable.   Cheating, defined as copying another’s work and claiming it as your own and plagiarism, defined as the use of another person’s ideas or writing without giving credit to the true author, are both prohibited practices.  Materials taken from electronic sources are covered by this policy.  A student who engages in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to the loss of credit for the work in question, as well as other disciplinary measures.

 

 

ABSENTEEISM

 

If it is necessary for your child to be absent from school, you are asked to call the school office by 9:00 a.m. If a child has been ill and/or has a valid excuse for being absent from school, the teacher will make a special effort to allow the work to be made up.  Remember, however, a day of school lost because of  an absence can never be made up completely; the child has lost that day's instruction with the group.  The teacher can, and will help the child to learn some of the skills that were presented when he or she was absent.  Regular attendance is necessary for good progress in school!  If a child cannot be at school on time, send them as soon as possible. Students will be considered tardy up till 10:00, after that they will be considered absent unless we have notification from a parent.

 

Letters will notify parents when a student has six (6) and /or ten (10) days of excused or unexcused absences.  Doctor’s notes may also be required for excessive absences. 

 

If students will be out of town with parents, parents must notify the office before they are gone. If not it will be an unexcused absence determined by the Principal.

 

State attendance laws state any student having excessive tardiness or absenteeism will be reported to the County Attorney for action on this matter. Excessive absences as defined by the state are any student who misses three (3) consecutive days or five (5) or more days in a semester, or seven (7) days in a year.  Any student having excessive tardiness or absenteeism will be reported to the County Attorney for action on this matter.

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

 

S.B. 593 - Requiring Proof of Identity for children enrolling in school from another district.  Proof of identity can be a birth certificate, a copy of a court order placing a child in the custody of SRS, a certified transcript or other similar pupil record, or other documentary evidence that the Board considers satisfactory.  If the proof of identity is not provided within 30 days, the Board must notify the local law enforcement agency that will then promptly investigate the identity of the child.  During the investigation, school personnel must provide law enforcement agencies with access to school premises.  Unless school personnel agree that their presence is not in the best interest of the child, school personnel must be present at all times during the investigation.  This bill also prohibits disclosure of information acquired under the foregoing procedure for any other purpose.

 

BULLYING PLAN/PROCEDURES

Bullying will not be tolerated on school property, in a school vehicle or at a school sponsored activity or event.

 

Bullying is defined as activities or events:

Repeated and purposely attempting to control or intimidate another person by one or more individuals with verbal, written or physical acts.  These acts or threats are severe, persistent or pervasive and create an intimidating, threatening or abusive environment for students or staff members.

 

Examples of bullying include but are not limited to:

  • Intimidation – either physical or mental.
  • Threats of any kind.
  • Assaults – verbal, physical, mental, or toward property.

 

Cyber Bullying is defined as:

Cyber bullying is when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, cell phones or other cyber technology. Cyber bullying will also not be tolerated. 

 

 

Examples of Cyber bullying include but are not limited to:

  • Sending inappropriate text, email, or instant messages.
  • Posting inappropriate pictures or messages about others on blogs or on web sites.
  • Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone.

 

The School Board expects administrators and supervisors to make clear to students and staff that bullying in the school building, on school grounds, on the bus, or at school-sponsored functions will not be tolerated and will be grounds for disciplinary action.

Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying or has witnessed a

bullying act should discuss the alleged bullying with the teacher, bus driver, para, or

Principal.  Any complaint must then be relayed immediately to the building principal.

 

CHAIN OF COMMAND

 

When a parent or guardian feels the need to contact the teacher and/or school for a specific situation or concern, it is essential that the chain of command be followed closely. The chain of command is simply bringing the issue or concern directly to the individual(s) involved before bringing the issue to that person’s supervisor/employer. Cases in point: a parent or guardian visits with the classroom teacher prior to visiting with the building principal; or the parent or guardian visits with the building principal prior to contacting the superintendent or board of education member.

 

Using the chain of command will provide consistency in dealing with most concerns.  Our district is committed to using this approach in all situations.

 

CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN

 

The Board of Education and Administration of USD #461 acknowledges the necessity to prepare a Crisis Management Plan in the event that a crisis should occur.  Students/staff have a basic need for security and safety.  Any event, which threatens that feeling of safety and security, shall be considered a crisis.  There are unlimited possibilities for a crisis situation.  Those include, but are not limited to death, suicide, natural disaster, acts of violence, and accident.

 

For imminent, or life threatening crisis, refer to the District Crisis Flipchart for the crisis plan.

 

For other crisis such as death, or suicide, further instructions will be provided by your building administrator.

 

Central Parent Communication Location: All information regarding a crisis situation will be accessed through the Board of Education Office.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

 

The USD 461 website will provide valuable information for our parents. We will also have a district-based Facebook page in place for the 2014-2015 school year.  Parents and Students will also find important announcements in the North Lawn news on a weekly basis.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSING SCHOOL FOR WEATHER

 

We will try to make a decision by 6:00 a.m., but on occasion, we are unable to do so.  When school is closed or postponed, we notify the following media:  Cable City Alert System – Channel 14; KOAM TV - Channel 7; KGGF-690-Coffeyville; KKOY-1460-Chanute; KIND-1010-Independence.

1. USD 461 has four buses that travel a distance of approximately 334 miles per day.

2. No announcements will be made if school will be open.

3. School must be in session whenever possible.

4. The safety of the children is the number one priority of USD 461.

5. Have an early dismissal plan for your children if you are a working parent or plan not to be at home.

6. Please do not call administrators or schools.

 

 

 

 

 

COMPUTER USE/EXPECTATIONS

 

Many of the computers of this school district have full direct line access to the Internet information system. While this is a tremendous tool for research purposes, it also provides access to information sites that do not fit the educational purposes of the schools of this district. As such, users have an obligation to the school concerning its use.  The use of the Internet as an information source is allowed only under sponsorship and rules of an adult supervisor.  If a user desires to access the Internet for research, permission of the designated teacher or supervisor must be obtained. Users are further obligated to the school district to restrict research to legitimate topics of interest and subject matter that is appropriate for the direct learning environment. As access to the Neodesha Information Network is a privilege, and not a right, failing to follow this standard obligation will disqualify the user from future computer and Internet access from this learning network. Neodesha school students may also receive disciplinary consequences for inappropriate use of the information network (example: inappropriate use could result in loss of all computer use for 20 school days and/or 1-5 day in-school or out-of-school suspension.

 

Students shall have no expectations of privacy when using district computer systems. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer.

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY FOR NORTH LAWN ELEMENTARY

 

The goals of responsible discipline plan are:

  1.  encourage appropriate behavior;
  2.  help prevent problems from arising for students in the future;
  3.  instill a lifetime sense of self-discipline;

 

At North Lawn our discipline policy is simply the following: All students are different, all situations are different, therefore all consequences may be different. The following is formulated to provide guidance to students, parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators in carrying out discipline procedures at North Lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Lawn Economy

 

North Lawn Elementary has adopted a monetary system to reinforce a positive culture toward academic and social achievement in the scholastic atmosphere.  Students will and can be rewarded for those activities that promote completion of tasks assigned and positive involvement in social interaction.  Rewards can be earned for such things as: (a) solid academic behaviors (b) exhibiting life-skill traits towards others and etc.

 

Rewards/money can be used throughout the school year to purchase items such as Fun Friday activities, classroom activities, etc.  Money can also be saved and used at the end of the year for auction items.

 

Students will be responsible for the care of their money and any money lost or destroyed will not be replaced.  Homerooms will offer a banking system for students to keep money.

 

Any and all staff members are able to give out rewards to students who exhibit or demonstrate a positive working attitude toward their academic achievement. These rewards can be earned on a daily, weekly, or biweekly basis.

 

There are certain times when an automatic detention is necessary, such as in violent situations, cursing, etc. It is up to the staff member to determine this.

 

 

 

 

Statement of Responsibility

 

The school shall be responsible for discipline and the safety of the students on campus or field trips from when the doors open until the students are dismissed for the day.  The responsibility of the school continues after 3:30 p.m. when school-sponsored activities, approved by the BOE, are taking place. 

 

Members of the certified staff of the school are not responsible for the behavior and/or acts of students on the way to and from school (except for bus riders); that responsibility lies with the parents/guardians of the student.

 

All staff, certified and non-certified, have full authority over students anywhere on the grounds or in the school building. 

 

Good classroom discipline is necessary for a proper learning atmosphere.  Teachers are expected to maintain effective classroom order.  Teachers are to go over their discipline policy with students and explain it so that every student understands according to his/her level of development what the rules are and the consequences for disobeying. This should be done on the first day of school.

 

Classroom Expectations

 

Students are expected to be active participants in the learning process.  To accomplish this, some common rules must be recognized and practiced:

1.              Help maintain a school atmosphere conducive to learning. Be orderly in the room.

2.              Respect the bodies, space and property of others.

3.              Give courteous attention.

4.              Never interfere with the right of the teacher to teach or other students to learn.

5.              Be prepared for class by bringing all necessary materials.

6.              Be considerate of classmates by not distracting or interrupting.

7.              Classroom furniture, walls, floors are to be kept clean at all times.

8.              Accept criticism courteously.

 

A discipline file will be prepared and kept in the office.  It will be the duty of the teacher and the principal to record pertinent information relative to discipline measures and to keep the file up-to-date.  The principal and teacher must work closely to be most effective in discipline.

 

The teacher will discipline students causing minor disruptions in class.  Minor disruptions are defined as: excessive talking, disturbing class, tardies, not coming prepared/pencils, paper, books, etc.  Parents of students who persistently cause class disruptions shall be notified.  The principal will be notified of students who are persistent problems.  After the teacher has had a student conference, notified parents, and the student continues to cause disruptions, the student shall be referred to the office.

 

Students who cause major disruptions will be sent directly to the office.  Major disruptions are defined as: damage to school property, damage to other students property, stealing, abusive or profane language, fighting, inciting a fight, use of tobacco on school grounds, use of any non prescription drug (including alcohol), weapon or facsimile, and any behavior which endangers other students’ safety or health.  Students guilty of a major disruption will be suspended from school.

 

 

 

Suspension Policy

 

Students may legally be suspended for any of the following reasons**

 

  1. Willful violation of any published regulation for student conduct adopted or 

                    approved by the Board of Education.

  1. Conduct that substantially disrupts, impedes, or interferes with the operation of school.
  2. Conduct that substantially infringes upon or invades the rights of others.
  3. Disobedience of an order from a teacher, peace officer, or any other school authority.
  4. Conduct which has resulted in conviction of a pupil, or any student offense specified in chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, or any criminal statute of the United States.

(**From Kansas Statutes Annotated 72-8901)

 

An administrator of USD 461 may impose short-term suspensions upon a student for a period not to exceed ten (10) consecutive school days.  The student must be informed of the reason(s) for the suspension and be given an informal hearing to explain his or her actions and positions.  A written notice of the short-term suspension and reasons shall be given to the student, superintendent, and parent within 24 hours after the suspension has been imposed.

 

In-School Suspension

 

In-School suspensions will be used under certain circumstances (disruptions, skipping detentions, office referrals, leaving school, and special conditions).  Regular class work will be given and required of those students assigned to the suspension facility.  The length of any one session of In-School suspension will not exceed five (5) school days.  Students will provide their own lunch (not fast food) or will eat the school lunch.

 

When students engage in fighting, the school is required by state law to report the incident to the law enforcement in addition to the normal suspension consequences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASSROOM TEACHER'S ROLE IN DISCIPLINE

 

The classroom teacher will be the primary disciplinarian of his or her classroom, but the principal is to assist the teachers in carrying out discipline procedures when requested by the teacher to do so.

 

ALL STAFF MEMBERS ARE DISCIPLINARIANS

 

Every teacher in the building is a teacher of all the children in the school.  No teacher should hesitate to correct a child or children doing something wrong just because he, she, or they are not in the teacher's room.  Children should obey custodians and cooks when requested to do so.  Custodians and cooks are to report acts of disobedience to the individual child's teacher or the principal.

 

Children are to obey aides and secretaries when requested to do so.  These individuals also should report acts of disobedience to the individual's teacher and secure the help of the teacher in carrying out disciplinary acts.

 

Reporting Crimes at School to Law Enforcement: Any district employee who knows or has reason to believe any of the following has occurred at school, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity shall immediately report this information to local law enforcement:  

        

  • an act, which may constitute the commission of a felony or a misdemeanor;
  • an act, which involves the possession, use or disposal of explosives, firearms or other weapons as, defined in current law.

 

PRINCIPAL’S ROLE IN DISCIPLINE

 

The principal should be available for assistance to all teachers in disciplinary cases and should act on his or her own when situations occur that demand the principal's action.  The principal should assist in most cases that involve students from different rooms.

 

GUM CHEWING AT SCHOOL

 

There will be NO gum in the school because of the mess that discarded gum creates.

 

SCHOOLWIDE RULES STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

 

1. Walk in the halls quietly.

2. Use good manners.

3. Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

4. Treat others with respect.

5. Respect school property.

6. Use appropriate language and gestures.

 

THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIOR MAY RESULT IN SEVERE CONSEQUENCES:

 

1. Any action that is done with intent to harm another person.

2. Stealing or destroying property.

3. Defiance of authority or disrespect toward an adult.

4. Continuous disruptive behavior in classrooms, halls, restrooms, playground, multi-purpose area, and lunchrooms.

5. Leaving school grounds without permission.

6. Use of profanity.

7. Biting or spitting.

8. Throwing snowballs.

 

FAILURE TO COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS

 

In the event a student refuses to do or to complete an assignment, the classroom teacher will handle each case on an individual basis.  At the beginning of the school year, classroom teachers will give parents a copy of their grading policy.

 

DETENTION OF STUDENTS

 

Parents, and/or guardians, of students receiving a detention will be notified by a detention notice or phone call explaining that their child will be detained on an appointed day, and that the parents and/or guardian will be responsible for providing transportation home for their child.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

Children should use crosswalks and obey crossing guards when going to and from school.  Sidewalks are to be used when available.  Crossing paths and crossing guards will be located at each school.

Bicycles, which have been ridden to school, are to be parked in the bicycle rack and not removed until the child is ready to leave for home.  Bicycles are to be walked onto the playground. Bicycles should not be left on the school grounds overnight as some have been stolen or damaged in past years.  Riding someone's bicycle without his or her permission is not permitted.  The school is not responsible for lost or damaged bicycles.    Skateboards, roller skates/blades, etc. are not to be brought to school.

 

Pets - The child's pets should not accompany the child to school.  It may be necessary to contact the animal control people to remove such pets.  Urge your child not to pet or handle strange dogs and cats on the way to school.

 

Toys and Trinkets - These should not be brought to school.  They may be confiscated, if considered a nuisance, and not returned to the child.

 

Student Dress – Because of the relationship between a student’s appearance and his/her appropriate behavior conducive to learning, all students at North Lawn Elementary are expected to dress neatly and appropriately following these guidelines:

 

  1. Shoes are to be worn on the feet.  No house slippers allowed.
  2. Headdress such as caps, hats, sweatbands, “do-rags”, and hoods are not appropriate school apparel and need to be kept in the students’ backpack or locker.
  3. Extreme apparel such as jeans, shorts, or shirts with massive or multiple holes is not appropriate school apparel.
  4. Sunglasses are considered for outdoor purposes, not indoor, unless prescribed by a doctor and cleared with the school personnel.
  5. Clothing with obscene, suggestive, disruptive, or inappropriate printing or pictures is not appropriate school apparel.
  6. Clothing displaying bare midriffs, tank tops with low-cut necks or large armholes, spaghetti strap tanks, short shorts, and extra low-rise jeans displaying undergarments are not appropriate school apparel.

 

Tobacco - The use and/or possession of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited and any student who violates this rule is subject to the Discipline Policy code rules. 

 

Leaving School Grounds Promptly After School - All students should go home or to a designated destination immediately after school.  The playground is not supervised after school, and children are not allowed to play at that time.  Once you leave school for the day, you are not allowed back into the building.  Please make sure you have everything you need.

 

Lost and Found Articles - The most important aid in handling personal items is to have them clearly marked with the owner's name so they can be returned to them.

 

Electronic Devices – Students at North Lawn Elementary are not allowed to have radios, CD players, cell phones, or any other electronic devices at school.  In the event that a cell phone is necessary, it must be checked into the office upon arrival at school.  Parents of students bringing cell phones must sign a disclaimer provided at enrollment. 

 

RECESS

 

Students are not taken outside when the weather is bad and the children would get wet or extremely cold.  The necessary arrangements will be made to keep a child inside when a doctor requests it.

 

Swing Sets - Stand back from others who are swinging.  Stay seated, do not stand in swings.  Be sure to stop swinging before you get out.  One person only in each swing.  Do not swing sideways or twist swings.  Leave swings hanging in position when no one is using them.

 

Football Games - Football games are not allowed.

 

Soccer – Soccer is to be played on the soccer field.  Good sportsmanship is an important part of all sports. There shall be no tripping, wrestling, or piling on top of one another. If students are unable to practice good sportsmanship, soccer will no longer be allowed

 

Softball - Play softball on the softball field.  Stay behind backstop.  Do not throw bats.  Stay out of baselines.  Hard balls are not to be used at school.  Balls of any kind are not to be bounced off the building.

 

Slide and Jungle Gym - Slide feet first down slides and do not walk or crawl up the slide.  Chasing and playing tag shall not be done around equipment.  Do not jump off slide platform; use the pole to slide down.  Use the steps to the platform.  Sand should not be piled on slides or play equipment.

 

Basketball - Do not climb up pole or onto hoop.  If something is wrong with the net or hoop, ask the teacher for assistance.

 

NEODESHA USD #461 SCHOOL BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

1. The driver is in charge of pupils and the bus. All pupils must obey the driver promptly and cheerfully.

2. Pupils must be on time.  The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule for those who are tardy.

3. Pupils should never stand in the roadway while waiting for the bus.

4.  No smoking or eating on the bus at any time.

5. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

6. Classroom conduct is to be observed by pupils while riding in the bus, except for ordinary conversation.  No "horseplay" will be permitted.

7. Pupils must not at any time extend arms or head out of bus windows.

8. Pupils must not try to get off the bus, or move about within the bus while it is in motion.

9. Pupils must observe instructions from the driver when leaving the bus.

10. Any damage to a bus by a student must be paid for by the student responsible for the damage.

11. The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop near the home, or at school, unless by proper authorization from parent, the superintendent or principal of the school.

12. Students may not load large projects that will block the aisle on the bus.

13. Glass objects and balloons are not allowed on the bus.

14. Students are not allowed to bring live animals on the bus.

15.  All loose toys are to be kept in a bag or box.

16. Students who are not regular bus route students and wish to ride the bus home to visit or stay overnight with a friend, must present a note signed by both students’ parents granting permission or receive permission from the building principal.  Students will not be permitted to ride cross-town to visit or stay with a friend within the city limits except in cases of emergency.

 

Cross-town transportation will be furnished for all students approved to ride the bus between schools, both morning and afternoon.  Parents will sign a transportation form on the day of enrollment if they want their children to ride the bus.  Only students that are approved to ride the bus will be allowed to do so.  Out of district visitors or visiting friends will not be allowed to ride the bus.

All students that ride the bus must follow the rules as posted on the bus and given to each student

NOTE:  FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM THE SCHOOL BUS.

 

DRUG FREE SCHOOLS

 

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity is prohibited.  This policy is required by the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, P.L. 102-226, 103 St. 1928.  Please refer to the sheet JDDA Drug Free Schools you received in the enrollment package.

 

 

 

 

FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

 

When the school has field trips scheduled, a note will be sent to each parent with details about the trip. A sack lunch will be provided by the school cooks for all students and the student’s lunch account will be scanned as normal.

 

HAZING/HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATING /MENACING

 

The board 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 in the district.

 

Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.  Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.  Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or board.  Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

 

INVITATIONS TO PARTIES

 

No invitations to parties are to be handed out at school.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

 

The Unified School District 461 of Neodesha, Kansas, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs and activities.  If you have questions regarding the above, please contact: the Superintendent of Schools, 522 Wisconsin, 325-2610.

 

 

 

PARENT CONFERENCES AND REPORT CARDS

 

Report cards will be issued to each student four times each year.  Additionally, mid-term reports will be issued to each student four times a year. 

 

Formal parent-teacher conference will be held at designated times.  A conference regarding a student's progress can be arranged anytime throughout the school year by calling the school.

 

North Lawn holds “open conferences” in the school gymnasium. Please plan to spend a short period of time with your child's teacher as this can be a valuable experience for the parent and teacher and will be quite important in the instruction of the child.  If the scheduled district-wide conference dates and times are not convenient, parents are welcome to contact the teacher to set up an alternate conference time.

 

PARENT VISITATION

 

Parents are welcome to visit in the classrooms or confer with the teachers or principal when they desire, and are urged to do so.  It is advisable for parents to talk to the teacher at a time when he or she is not teaching classes.  If you feel that you would like to have a conference set up for you with your child's teacher before the regularly scheduled conference, please call the school (325-3011) and ask to have such a conference set up.  The school personnel will be happy to do so.  Parents and/or visitors must buzz in at the main entrance door to be allowed access to the building.  Upon entering, they are required to check in at the office.

 

 

 

 

PERMISSION TO LEAVE

 

Students are to never leave the school grounds during the school day without permission from the principal's office

 

PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS IN CLASSROOMS

 

Each spring, there is considerable discussion about placing children in classes for the next school year.  This is a matter that we do not take lightly at our school, and the staff spends countless hours in forming well-balanced classes in which all children will have an opportunity to learn and to grow in their academic and social skills.

 

Classes are structured following a clear set of guidelines.  Classes are formed into deliberate heterogeneous groups with the following in mind:

 

*an even boy-girl balance

*a full range of aptitudes within each class

*an even proportion of abilities and learning styles across the classes at each grade level

*an equal number of pupils in each class on a grade level

 

Once these factors have been considered, teachers begin to build a class of children who show promise of working well together.  At this point, attempts are made to match pupil and teacher personality and style.  Quite understandably, these decisions are based upon observations made by the teachers during the course of the year.  While we welcome your input about your child’s individual learning needs, we trust that you understand that your comments constitute just one of the many factors that we consider in forming classes.  The final decision on class placements resides with the school.

 

A list of children assigned to each room will be posted at the doors on the classrooms on the first day of classes and in most cases, will be available at enrollment.  However, the “official” class list will not be ready until the first day of school.

 

 

POLICY ON RETENTION

 

The administration and teaching staff strive to create plans of instruction that permit students to progress through school according to their needs and abilities.  Students will normally progress annually from grade to grade.  However, exceptions to this general policy may be made when it becomes evident that a student proceeds more slowly and interventions such as special help or remediation do not have much if any effect on the situation.  When retention is being considered, the grade–level teachers, counselor/social worker, principal and parents need to communicate and meet before any official decision is made.  The final decision for retention will rest with the principal.

 

RETENTION GUIDELINES

 

Retention should be considered only after the following factors have been considered and documented:

  • If the student is failing to make normal progress, the parents have been notified. (Example: Power School, grade cards, and conversations via email or phone).
  • Evidence of insufficient academic growth. (Example: State and other standardized assessments)
  • Performing significantly below established targets.
  • Attendance/Tardies are significantly high.
  • Other Factors (social, emotional, physical).
  • Previous retentions will be considered.

 

 

RETENTION PROCEDURES

  • Notification: Teacher needs to consult with the principal and parents as soon as and as much as possible.
  • Light’s Retention Scale completed.
  • Development of SIP.  This should be done as soon as possible for the development of interventions.  These interventions may include but are not limited to in-class interventions, after school tutoring, extended learning opportunities, or other alternative programs.

 

RETENTION TIMELINE

  • Recommendation for retention prior to March 1.
  • Parent agrees; submits signed form by April 15.
  • Parent disagrees; submit signed form by April 15.
  • Final SIP meeting to determine retention with parents, teachers, and counselor/social worker, Principal by May 1.
  • Principal’s decision/notification by May 15.

 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

 

School breakfast is available to elementary students, serving to begin at 7:50 a.m.  Breakfast tickets will be sold under the same guidelines as lunch tickets. School breakfast cannot interfere with class time.  Students who eat breakfast are expected to be finished eating and in their classroom when school begins at 8:05 a.m.

 

Lunches are served to all students in grades four, five, and six who desire them.  A parent may purchase tickets ahead for as many 10-day periods as desired.  It is more convenient to have tickets purchased ahead since there is a "no charge" policy for school lunches.  This "no charge" policy is set by the Neodesha Board of Education.  Checks for lunches should be written to North Lawn Elementary.

 

Applications for free or reduced price school lunches will be given to each family on enrollment day.  If you do not apply when school begins and find that later you need to apply, feel free to do so.  Applications are available in the office.

 

Students that bring their lunches will eat in the lunchroom with their regular class.  Students are not to bring any heavily carbonated beverages, such as pop, with their lunch.  Flavored water is acceptable.

 

When a student that usually eats in the lunchroom is to go home or some other place for their lunch, a parent must sign the student out in the office.

 

Students are not togo to the local stores during the noon period.

 

The daily lunch periods are staggered with each grade having a designated lunch period.

 

SCHOOL DAY

 

The school day will begin at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m.  Students are not to arrive at school before 7:40.  Students are required to stand in designated areas, depending on their grade level and if they are eating breakfast.  During inclement weather, students are allowed to wait in the gymnasium. 

 

All School doors will lock at 8:05 and will remain locked the entire school day.  Parents and/or visitors must buzz in at the main entrance.  We ask that you keep your child’s daily dismissal routine as consistent as possible.  If something comes up and you must make changes, please notify the office before 3:00.

 

To ensure the safety of all students we ask that:

  • All children and adults use the crosswalks when crossing the street.
  • Children not play on the playground before or after school because there is no supervision at that

time.

 

 

 

SCHOOL NURSE

 

If health problems arise and you would like to talk to the nurse, please call the school office and an appointment will be made for you.  Students entering school should have their immunizations completed by the first day of school.  Please notify the school personnel of any medical problems such as allergies, epilepsy, hearing or sight, etc., that your child may have.

 

In addition to performing health nurse duties, the nurse will be active in encouraging a constant emphasis on health education in each classroom.  She will be available by appointment for consultation with parents, students, and teachers.

 

The following are a few points of the general school health policies that will be of interest to students and parents:

 

1. The school personnel, including the school nurse, do not give medicine, treatments, or make a diagnosis. They only administer first aid when needed. They do not give medications of any kind nor are any of the school officials to be custodians of any medicine unless the medicine is prescribed by a doctor.  This includes aspirin, cough medicines, etc. (A permission form filled out by the doctor must be on file at the school.)

2. For minor injuries, first aid is administered by the teacher, principal, nurse, secretary, or in some instances by the child himself, but never to one child by another child.

3. Children who exhibit symptoms of illness should not be sent to school.  School personnel reserve the right to decide whether or not a child should remain in school.

4. No child will be taken home or sent home until parents or another responsible person is notified.

 

SCHOOL TELEPHONE

 

The school phones are for necessary school business and children should use the phone only when their call is really necessary.  Please plan ahead with your children so they will not need to make unnecessary calls for band instruments, library books, lunch money, gym shoes, etc.  All calls after school will be made by the permission of the child's teacher only.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

Sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature), which creates a feeling of hostile, offensive, or intimidating environment will not be tolerated in the school district and may result in suspensions or expulsion

 

SPECIAL SERVICES

 

Interrelated, extended learning, occupational/physical therapy, and speech/language services are provided in the district schools through the Tri-County Special Education Cooperative.

 

The school psychologist will be working in the Neodesha schools on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  If you would like to consult with him/her, call the school office for an appointment.

 

The services of the school psychologist include counseling with parents, teachers, and pupils; helping to fully develop and make more effective use of the cumulative records of all pupils; providing for assistance in grade placement and follow-up; and referral to special education services of the school system.

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFER OF STUDENTS

 

When a child transfers to another school, the parent should notify the office so that proper forms may be filled out.  School records are sent to the new school upon request.  Parents of students that are moving must sign a release of records form before we send their records to the new school.

 

WEAPONS POLICY

 

A student who knowingly possesses any object considered a weapon or facsimile of a weapon at school or school activity will face disciplinary action and an immediate report to law enforcement officials.  If the weapon is a firearm, expulsion from school for a period of up to 186 school days will occur (unless some very unusual circumstance is present).

 

 

 

 

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