Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2016-2017

SLATER ELEMENTARY

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SLATER DISCIPLINE PLAN

The purpose of this plan is to establish a renewed trust based on the humane values of self-respect and respect for others. No student has the right to interfere with the education of fellow students. It is the responsibility of the student to respect the rights of all who are involved in the educational process.

The Jefferson County Public Schools Code of Conduct has been prepared to provide you and your student with information relating to you student’s rights and responsibilities. In order for our policies and procedures to have the greatest positive effect, we need your support. The conduct code is available at http://www.jeffcpublicschools.org/. A hard copy of the Conduct Code is also available in the main office.

Slater implements the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) to establish and maintain safe and effective school environments that maximize the academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners. Through PBS, we teach our children the principles of good behavior, reward students for positive behavior and intervene for inappropriate behavior in order to support our students to be responsible and self directed.

STUDENT ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL

School Hours:

7:40 AM – Staff reports to assigned duty

7:50 AM – 1st bell – Students enter the building

7:55 AM – 2nd bell – Tardy bell

8:00 AM – Door Locked

2:30 PM – Students are dismissed

Students must not arrive at school before 7:30 AM except for a scheduled appointment with a staff member or if they are eating breakfast. We are not able to provide supervision before 7:30 AM. To ensure your children’s safety, please be sure they do not arrive at school before 7:30AM. The school District and/or school assume NO responsibility for students who arrive before 7:30 AM. If weather conditions are severe, students will be allowed into the building at 7:40 AM. At dismissal, to ensure student safety, all students are to leave school grounds immediately. After 2:45 PM, any student remaining on school grounds waiting to be picked up will be directed to the office. Chronic problems will be reported to the principal.

APPROPRIATE DRESS

The Board of Education recognizes that responsibility for the dress and appearance of students generally rests with individual students and their parents, and that students may wish to express themselves by the manner of their dress and appearance. Students shall not, however, wear clothing or effect an appearance at school or school sanctioned activities or events that is or will be disruptive to the educational environment. Students also shall not wear clothing or effect an appearance that compromises the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.

These clothing items are NOT allowed:

· Hats, do rags and bandanas (both boys and girls).

· Excessively baggy pants and sagging pants.

· Halter tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, see-through fabrics, any top which exposes the stomach or back. (Tank top straps need to be 1 ½ inches wide).

· Cut-offs, short shorts/skirts. Shorts and skirts should be longer than the student’s longest finger, when their arms are at their side.

Students will be required to contact their parents for a change of clothes or wear what is available in the clinic if their dress is inappropriate.

Unnaturally colored hair and/or haircut designs which have a tangible effect on a conducive learning environment.

ATTENDANCE – ABSENCES & TARDIES

Attendance is the responsibility of the student, the parents, and the school. The importance of regular, daily attendance as a basis for academic achievement cannot be overemphasized. Absences have a negative effect upon instructional continuity, regardless of attempts to make up the work.

Tardiness is defined as a student arriving to the classroom after 7:55 a.m. Excessive tardies and absences will be referred to the district-mandated attendance policies and sanctions.

All absences and tardies must be reported to the office the day they occur. Personal vacations taken during regularly scheduled school sessions are discouraged. Pre-arranged absences must be approved by the office.

Any absence not specifically covered by another section of the Code of Conduct, such as family vacations or other extended absence must complete a Pre-Arranged Absence Form in order to be excused. This form must be submitted at least three days prior to the scheduled absence. In order for the absence to be excused, the student must meet one or more of the following conditions:

1. Is in good academic standing

2. Has no unexcused absences

3. Has four or fewer excused absences in a semester or seven or fewer in the school year.

TO ENSURE STUDENT SAFETY - PARENTS MUST CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE AT 303-982-7575 WHEN THEIR CHILD IS ABSENT.

Students who arrive after the second bell MUST check in at the office. 

For any absence or tardy, students will be expected to make up any work missed.

BICYCLES, ROLLERBLADES, SHOES WITH WHEELS, AND SCOOTERS

Students may ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, wheeled shoes or rollerblades to/from school with parental permission. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bikes, scooters, or accessories. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are to be walked on school property and locked in the designated area during the day. Wheeled shoes may be worn to school but the wheels must be removed while at school.

BRINGING MONEY TO SCHOOL

Money for field trips, book orders and other school activities should be sealed in an envelope and labeled with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and purpose written clearly on the outside of the envelope. The school will not be responsible for lost money.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

School bus transportation is provided for students living a specified distance from school. Riding a bus is a privilege and students need to assume responsibility for their behavior at the bus stop and while riding the bus. The bus is essentially considered a moving classroom and good school behavior is expected at all times. Students and their parents will be asked to sign a bus contract at the beginning of the school year which outlines expectations for student conduct. Bus transportation may be denied to any student who violates these provisions of good conduct.

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONICS

Please review the following cell phone policy with your child(ren).

· Cell phones brought to school must be turned off and kept in the child’s backpack AT ALL TIMES.

· The cell phone may not be used during school hours, 7:55-2:30.

· Any cell phone used during the school day will be taken away by an adult and the parent/guardian will be contacted.

· The governance of personal electronic devices intended for academic use, at school, will be left to the discretion of the Slater staff as enforced by the administration

· Slater Elementary School is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones/electronic devices.

COMMUNICATION FOLDERS

Each Monday, folders are sent home with information for parents as well as your child’s completed school work. Please check these folders each week.

DAYCARE – YMCA

The YMCA provides an on-site before and after school daycare program for Slater students. Please call the YMCA at 720-810-7334 for more information.

DISMISSING STUDENTS

Once in school, children are excused to leave only upon the personal request of a parent. As a safety precaution, children leaving school before regular dismissal must be checked out through the office. CHILDREN WILL ONLY BE RELEASED TO THOSE PERSONS WHOSE NAMES ARE ON THE STUDENT’S EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION. If you must pick up your child during school hours, please come to the office, sign him/her out, and the office will send for your child. Please do not go directly to the classroom. This policy is for the protection of our students.

ANIMALS AT SCHOOL

Animals are not allowed on school grounds during school hours per district policy.

EMERGENCIES

Emergency fire, tornado, lockdown and evacuation drills will be held throughout the year. In case of an actual lockdown, visitors will not be allowed in the building. In the case of an evacuation emergency, all students will walk to St. Paul’s Community Church, 23rd and Allison. Parents will then be contacted by school staff.

Automated messages will be sent during a serious emergency.

JEFFCO CONNECT

Jeffco Connect lets parents fill out their student’s contact and demographic information from any computer that has an internet connection, and make updates when needed, so that schools always have the latest emergency contact information. Please keep this information current throughout the year. This is for the protection of your child in case of serious illness or an accident. Please make sure that emergency contacts are kept updated so that the school can act appropriately in an emergency.

EMERGENCY DISMISSAL/CLOSURE

If school is to be closed due to storm or road conditions, the closure will be announced using School Messenger as well as on major radio and television stations. If school is released early, parents will be notified. Students will only be released to adults listed on the student emergency card. In case of a major weather emergency, your child will be kept at school until all danger is past, unless picked up by a parent.

FIELD TRIPS

A signed permission slip is necessary for each child going on a field trip. Exemplary behavior is expected of all students at all times.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCHES

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In order to receive free or reduced pricing on breakfast and/or lunch, an application must be completed. Parents will be notified of eligibility. A FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

HAZARDOUS OBJECTS

Do not permit your child to bring hazardous objects to school. This includes toy weapons of any kind. Possession of dangerous items is possible grounds for suspension and/or expulsion from school. Please refer to the district’s Code of Conduct for further information.

HEALTH AND MEDICATION

Our clinic aide is available to assist your child in case of illness or injury at school. Help us to meet the needs of your children by not sending them to school ill. Please keep your contact information updated on Jeffco Connect.

MEDICATIONS WILL BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL ONLY UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

1. Parent or guardian must fill out and sign a Medication Agreement Form for each nonprescription and prescription medication.

2. Nonprescription medication must be in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER and clearly labeled.

3. Prescription medications must be provided in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER and include the name of the student, medication, dosage, and physician’s name. If ½ pills are required, they must be precut.

IMMUNIZATIONS as required by Colorado Law will be strictly enforced for all school children. All students must provide proof of immunizations to register or continue in school.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AND SPECIALS

Slater provides instrument music instruction for band and orchestra to students in 5th and 6th grade. In addition, students receive classes in Art, Music, and PE on a weekly rotating basis throughout the year.

INTERVENTION SERVICES

Slater is a School-wide Title 1 school and receives additional funding based upon the number of Free Lunch students attending. In addition, Slater implements Response to Instruction (RTI) so that all children receive additional academic support as determined by the results of several assessments. Interventions are provided through intervention staff, classroom teachers, and highly qualified paraprofessionals.

LOST AND FOUND

Items brought from home should be marked with your child’s name. Unmarked articles that are found will be kept in our lost and found in the cafeteria. Unclaimed clothing is given to the Jeffco Action Center at the end of each trimester.

LUNCH PROGRAM

The cost is $2.75 for all students in grades K-6. Reduced lunch cost is $0.40. Lunch may be purchased in any increment. Checks should be made payable to Slater Elementary or the online system may be used. Students may bring cash to pay for lunch on a daily basis. Students who choose to bring cold lunch may purchase milk for $0.50. A stamp on a child’s hand indicates that his/her account is out of money. Parents may join their children for lunch. Adult lunches are $3.75 without a beverage. Lunch menus will be sent home monthly.

BREAKFAST PROGRAM

Please ensure that your child eats breakfast everyday, whether at home or at school. If your student qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch, they will qualify for Free Breakfast. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria Monday –Friday from 7:30-7:50. Children who are eating breakfast at school should not arrive before 7:30.

PTA/PEP

Slater Elementary has a very positive and productive PTA that makes a meaningful difference for children and staff members. New members are always welcome. Your involvement makes a difference!

PEP (Parents as Educational Partners) team is made up of parents and school staff members that meet monthly to develop, discuss, and implement school-wide goals. Please join PTA/PEP on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the library, as announced in the monthly newsletter.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences provide the opportunity to set learning goals, share mid-term information, and share celebrations and concerns. Conferences are also held throughout the year as needed. It is important to keep in close contact with your child’s teacher.

PARTIES

During the school year, Slater will have two classroom parties, Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Teachers will let parents know what activities will take place during the parties. If you would like your child to participate in alternate activities, please contact your child’s teacher.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

We cannot assume responsibility for personal property of either students or adults. Because of the possibility of loss or damage, toys and electronics should not be brought to school, expect with the permission of the teacher/administration.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER – THE SLATER GATOR

Our school newsletter is sent home once a month. This newsletter provides important information, a calendar of upcoming events, and articles on classroom activities.

STUDENT ENRICHMENT

Slater Elementary provides numerous opportunities for extended learning including Young Author’s Day, Spelling Bee, Talent Show, Art Show, Track Team, and Science Fair. Before and after school enrichment programs are sponsored by PEP and PTA and are scheduled throughout the year.

TELEPHONE USE

Students will only be allowed to use the school phone in case of an emergency. Plans for after school activities MUST be arranged before coming to school. If you need to leave a message for your child, please call the office directly.

VISITORS

We invite and encourage parents/guardians to visit our school. For the security of all of our students, all visitors MUST check in at the office and wear a visitor’s pass. Please do not allow other school-aged children to accompany your child to school as they will not be allowed to stay for the school day.