Policies/Rules

BEHAVIOR It is the goal of the faculty and staff at Highland Elementary to provide a safe and orderly climate that enhances learning for students. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of appropriate behavior and encourage proper behavior. Highland students are responsible for their own actions. Expected behaviors identified below are presented by our staff to our students. Also, it is our belief that parents should be involved in the discipline process.
 
EXPECTED BEHAVIORS 1. Be here everyday, ready to learn. 2. Be on time and prepared to work. 3. Have necessary classroom materials each day. 4. Complete work on time and with pride. 5. Make up work in the time allowed. (If you must be absent) 6. Dress appropriately. 7. Respect the rights of others to learn and be safe. 8. Use acceptable language and behavior at all times. 9. Show respect for yourself, other students and adults. 10. Respect school and private property, and share in the responsibility of maintaining school cleanliness. 11. Settle conflicts in an acceptable manner. 12. Follow school rules, and accept responsibility for your actions.
 
VISITOR POLICY While parents are always welcome at Highland Elementary School, LCPS Policy requires that any visitors to Highland report their presence and sign in at the office at the beginning of each visit. Visitors will be issued a badge to wear while on school grounds. The educational process is a joint venture between many different parties with the same goal. We request and appreciate support from parents in providing a safe and orderly learning climate for children. So please remember to sign in at all times.
 
ATTENDANCE New Mexico State Law dictates student’s attendance at school.  It is the policy of the Las Cruces Public Schools to report excessive unexcused absences to the District Attorney. Daily attendance is mandatory for students to benefit to the fullest extent from the instructional program. Regular and punctual attendance is vital to your child's academic progress. (S)He should be encouraged to maintain good attendance; however, a sick child should be kept at home. Should your child become ill at school, you will be contacted immediately so that you may take him or her home. Be sure that we have your current phone number and TWO emergency numbers in case we are unable to contact you. If there is any change, please notify the school immediately. School begins at 7:55, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:00. If your child arrives after 8:00, (s)he will be counted tardy. It is your responsibility to see that your child arrives on time for school. Dismissal time is 2:30 p.m. It is critical that you pick your child up on time.
 
PARENT CONFERENCES If you desire a conference, please make an appointment as needed by calling your child's teacher after 2:30 p.m. at 527-9636. District-wide parent conference days are scheduled throughout the year. Reminders will be sent home with your child on dates for the year. 
 
COUNSELING SERVICES Elementary school counselors provide comprehensive counseling and guidance services that address the particular needs of students enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grades. Elementary school counselors have specific knowledge of the developmental needs of children within this age group. They meet regularly with all students through school wide programs and classroom guidance lessons. School counselors also provide individual and group counseling for students when academic or behavior needs arise. School counselors help students develop knowledge and skills appropriate to their age and grade in the areas of academic success, personal growth, career awareness, and interpersonal relationships such as making and keeping friends, how to handle peer pressure and how to safely resolve conflicts. School counselors also regularly consult with parents and teachers to discuss ways in which they can support students. School counselors at the elementary school level are always available as a resource for parents to answer questions they may have about their child’s development. 
 
DRESS Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate for the work they do as students. A student's appearance or mode of dress or cleanliness shall not disrupt the educational process or constitute a threat to health or safety. When in the judgment of the principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress is distractive, disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to his/her safety, the student may be required to make requested modifications. Clothing that is revealing or ill-fitting, including halter tops, midriff tops, muscle shirts, spaghetti strap tops, and short shorts, should not be worn. Over-sized belts, saggy or baggy pants or clothing that signifies a gang should also not be worn to include: LA Raiders, White Sox and Bulls.
 
HEALTH SCREENING Children in every grade, from kindergarten through fifth grade, receive visual screening each year by the school nurse. In addition, kindergarten, first and third graders receive hearing screening during the year. If the student requires further evaluation, a note will be sent home with the student notifying the parents.
 
MEDICATIONS IN LAS CRUCES PUBLIC SCHOOLS The school district has neither the responsibility nor the authority to dispense medication at school. When necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the FOLLOWING CONDITIONS APPLY: 1. A Las Cruces Public Schools Medical Referral Card shall have been completed by the parents, signed, and returned to school. 2. A written permission from the parent must include the name of the child, name of the medication, dosage, and time to be administered. 3. Prescription medication(s) (including sample from physicians) shall be labeled by the physician or by the pharmacist to include the child's name, name of prescribing physician, name of medication, dosage and time to be administered. Occasionally, your child may unexpectedly need medication during a school day. For those occasions, we must have written parental permission on medical cards. The school nurse will assess your child and pertinent comfort measures will be tried first. Only the school nurse can administer the over-the counter medication based on the nurse's judgment and as instructed on the medication label. Any student requiring such medication more than 3 times in a month, or more than 3 days in a row will be referred for a medical evaluation. Elementary nurses will attempt to inform a parent before administration. The school nurse may administer the following nonprescription medication: 1. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) medication to reduce pain 2. Advil (Ibuprofen) medication to reduce pain 3. Mylanta (Antacid) medication for upset stomach 4. Throat spray/Cough drops for throat pain/mild coughing
 
VOLUNTEERS Prior to any university student or volunteer (including parents) being allowed to work with any students within the Las Cruces Public Schools, the following steps must occur: 1.The individual must bring the results of his/her tuberculosis test with a physician's signature to the LCPS Human Resources Office, located in the Loretto Towne Centre, 505 S. Main Street. 2.The LCPS Human Resources Office will check the form and if the results of the test indicate he/she is free from tuberculosis in a communicable form, that person will be given a statement to that effect. 3. Background checks must be done through our LCPS Human Resources Office. See front office for information. 4. The individual is to take this statement to the school principal prior to being allowed to have contact with students. 5. The individual must bring the results of his/her tuberculosis test with a physician's signature to the LCPS Human Resources Office.
 
 
HEALTH CARE To help with the general health care of the students, the school nurse is at Highland everyday. She may be contacted at the school office (527-9636). Her duties include providing basic care in emergency situations, administering medications, conducting visual and hearing screening, and ensuring that district health policies are followed. Several policies have been instituted by the Las Cruces School District for the safety of your children and are described below.
 
EMERGENCY INFORMATION At the beginning of each school year, your child will bring home a Medical Referral Card. The card is for information (addresses and telephone numbers) about where you can be reached in the event your child becomes ill or is injured at school. Reliable alternative phone numbers are needed in case you cannot be contacted. If your child needs medical care, permission must first be granted by you to a person you designate. During the school year, please notify the school if you have a change of address, or phone number at work or home. Please make sure it is up to date. When you keep your child at home at the first sign of a communicable disease, you are protecting your sick child from other health problems. You are also protecting other children from exposure to the disease. If the child becomes ill with a communicable disease, contact your doctor to determine proper care, and then notify the school nurse. 1. Fever- temperature of 100° or higher, the child should be kept at home. 2. Lice/Scabies- children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo and the dead eggs (nits) have been combed out with a special comb. Children with scabies can go to school after treatment has been started. 3. Vomiting- if your child has vomited during the night, the child should not be sent to school. 4. Diarrhea- if your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, the child should be kept home.  A doctor will instruct you as to whether a child should attend school or not.
 
PTO The purpose of the Highland Elementary PTO is to involve the parents, grandparents, and the community in the education of their children. This involves raising money to help provide extra educational tools and opportunities that would otherwise not be available to our students. The benefits our children receive come from your involvement. Please join the PTO. Discover how much you can learn and how fulfilling it can be for you to be involved. Anyone interested can sign up at the office or contact one of the officers.
 
SAFETY Children will be given instructions for the first weeks of school concerning safety practices on the playground and in the classroom. It is important that parents also discuss and emphasize the importance of good safety habits. It is also imperative that parents do not pick up or deliver students in the bus zone area. All students to be picked up must wait at the front entrance of the school or walk directly to their parent or guardian's parked car near the east grounds on Emerald Street. For the safety of your children only Highland Personnel are allowed on the playground unless approval and a visitor's pass are obtained at the office.
 
DISCIPLINE POLICY A form will be used by staff to document discipline issues with your child if needed. You will receive a copy and be expected to sign and return it promptly notifying us that you did indeed see it.
 
SCHOOL MEALS Lunch tickets are no longer used. The cashier records payments via the computer. Students can pay for their lunches in the morning, and the cashier will record their payments. The students can pay for one day, or for the entire week. If you plan to visit the school and eat lunch with your child, you must call the school by 9:00 a.m. The prices for the school meals are as follows: Student full-price breakfast $0.60; full-price lunch $1.25; reduced-price breakfast $0.30; reduced-price lunch $.40; adult breakfast $1.00; adult lunch $2.00.
 
CAFETERIA SCHEDULE Breakfast 7:30-7:55; Lunch:  1st grade 10:40-11:20; 2nd grade 10:55-11:35; 3rd grade 11:30-12:10; Kinder 11:15-11:55; 5th grade 11:45-12:25; 4th grade 12:05-12:45.
 
PEANUT OR MILK ALLERGIES If your child is to be excused from consuming milk or peanut products served as a part of the school lunch, the school needs a doctor's note confirming a milk or peanut allergy and a request that juice be served instead of milk. The note should specify which milk products should be excluded and which may be served.
 
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL Transportation is provided for elementary students who live one mile or more from their school. The driver is responsible for the safety and conduct of students while they are on the bus.  Improper behavior endangers other students and may result in revocation of transportation privileges. Problems that occur at the bus stop, if serious, should be reported to the County Sheriff's Department. Bus transportation is a contracted service.  Problems should be brought to the attention of STS New Mexico at 523-5686. 1. Each Highland bus student will ride his/her bus home at the conclusion of the school day.  A child will be excused from riding the bus only when the school receives a written note from parent(s) and/or guardian and signed by the principal.  We ask that your bus excuses be written, not telephoned. 2. All students not riding buses will be picked up at the main entrance and escorted to the vehicle.  Children may walk directly to parked vehicles on the west side of Emerald Street. 3. A written note from parent and/or guardian is required when someone other than the parent/guardian is picking the child up from school. 4. Walkers  All students who walk home are to leave the grounds at the end of the school day.  The school will not be responsible for the safety of students while walking to and from school. 5. Bike Students  To ensure the safety of all students, students will walk their bikes while on school grounds.  To discourage theft of your child‘s bike, all bikes must be locked to the school bike rack during the instructional day.  The school must receive a written note from the parent giving permission to ride a bike to school.  The school will not be responsible for the safety of students riding bikes to and from school. 6. All students must leave the grounds and parents must provide transportation immediately after dismissal.  Teachers must attend meetings and plan for the following day; therefore, they are unable to supervise your children after dismissal. 7. The school is not responsible for students arriving before 7:45 am and remaining after dismissal.
 
MONEY COLLECTION POLICY Your child will occasionally need to bring small amounts of cash to school to pay for special items.  To eliminate any confusion, please put the money in an envelope marked with your child  ‘s name, teacher, and purpose for money.
 
USE OF TELEPHONE Students at Highland are allowed to use the phone ONLY in the event of an emergency.  Students will NOT be allowed to use the phone to make after school arrangements.  This must be prearranged and a note to the effect must be sent to the teacher on the appropriate day.  Phones cannot be used by children who forgot their homework.
 
LOST AND FOUND Lost and found articles should be brought to the office.  Articles not claimed within a month will be donated to local charities.  Students should have some type of identification in jackets, sweaters, and all other personal articles, so that they can be easily identified.
 
TEXTBOOK AND LIBRARY BOOK POLICY Students are responsible for the proper care of all books issued or checked out at Highland.  Textbooks/Library books are not to be marked in or defaced in any way.  Students will pay for lost textbooks.  Students may pay for lost library books or replace them with a book of equal value.  The librarian will assess the value of lost or defaced books.
 
TRANSFERS In-School Transfer Policy Research indicates that children need a minimum of three weeks to adapt to a new classroom environment; therefore, there will be no transfers during the first three weeks of school. 1. If a parent has a concern about a child‘s classroom situation, the parent must first speak directly with the child‘s teacher about the concern.  If the parent wishes to have a third party present during the initial conference, the counselor or school principal will help to facilitate this conference.  The parent and teacher will formulate an informal agreement or action plan to address the concern. 2. If after this initial conference, the parent continues to have concerns, the parent must notify the principal who will then arrange a formal conference with the parent, teacher, counselor, and principal.  At this conference, a formal action plan will be written and distributed to those involved.  A minimum of three weeks must pass before the next step occurs. 3. If the parent continues to believe the child‘s needs are not being met, then a final conference will be held.  The counselor, parents, the child‘s present teacher, and if necessary, the teacher who may potentially receive the child will attend.  At this conference, the needs of the child will be discussed and a record of the conference will be kept in the principal‘s office.  Children will be moved into new classes on a space-available basis only and will be moved to the classroom with the lowest pupil-teacher ratio.
 
INTERNET Internet access is available to students and employees in the Las Cruces Public School District. We are very pleased to bring this access to LCPS and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers.  Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating sharing of resources, innovation, and communication. In order for your child to participate, please make sure you have read and signed the purple Internet card your child will be bringing home. Parents can click here then click on EJA-E1 Non-Employee Acceptable Use Policy.