Elementary Student Handbook

Elementary school


Student Handbook

OSCEOLA

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


OES School Pledge

 

“I pledge today to do my best,

In reading, math, and all the rest.

I promise to obey the rules,

in my class and in my school.

I’ll respect myself and others too,

I’ll expect the best in all I do.

 I am here to learn all I can,

to try my best and be all I am.”

 

 STUDENT - PARENT

HANDBOOK

 

2017– 2018


OSCEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK

 

PLEASE READ AND SAVE THIS HANDBOOK

 

 

Dear Parents:                                                                                  

On behalf of the Osceola Elementary School faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year.  This handbook contains information that will assist you in working with the school staff to make your child's school year happy and productive.

We've tried to include general elementary information that we believe parents need to know along with some of the district policies and procedures that apply. If your questions are not answered here, just give us a call.  We are sure some member of our staff will be able to help you.

Please read the entire handbook when you receive it.  It may save you future concern and questions. And if you have suggestions for items that would be helpful when we prepare this pamphlet another year, please let us know.

We extend to you our best wishes for a productive school year for you and your children.  Working together we can make great things happen here in Osceola!

Sincerely,

Dr. Peggy Weber

Principal

Osceola Elementary School and Osceola Charter Preschool


SCHOOL DIRECTORY

District Administration

Mr. Mark Luebker                                  District Administrator

Mr. Steve Leslie                                     Transportation Director

Mrs. Susan Mayer                                  Food Service Director

Mr. Bob Schmidt                                    Director Building Grounds

Mrs. Jane Maki                                      Curriculum Coordinator

Mrs. Rachael Robinson                           District Nurse

 

Board of Education                                                    

Mr. Timm Johnson                                 President          

Mr. Craig Brunclik                                  Vice-President               

Mrs. Brooke Kulzer                                 Director

Mr. Pete Kammerud                               Clerk

Mrs. Roseanne Anderson                        Treasurer

 

Building Administration

Mr. Adam Spiegel – OHS Principal

Mr. Arvid Maki – OHS Dean of Students

Dr. Rebecca Styles – OMS Principal

Mr. Jake Dodge – OIS Principal

 

OSCEOLA ELEMENTARY STAFF

 

Principal

Dr. Peggy Weber

Kindergarten Teachers

First Grade Teachers

Second Grade Teachers  

Ms. Stacey Baier

Mrs. Amanda Ellefsen

Mrs. Jodie Kudlo

Mrs. Mary Bennig

Mrs. Michon Harelson

Mr. Josh Marincel

Mrs. Kristi Seelnacht

Mrs. Roxann Nelson

Mrs. Cathy Oscarson

Mrs. Darla Traynor

Ms. Lisa Richert

Mrs. Beth Schradle

Mrs. Susan Turner

Ms. Deb Schumaker

Mrs. Kerri Stener

 

 

Mrs. Karlie Willenbring   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialists

Mrs. Kristin Boileau                                Guidance

Mrs. Marcia Carlson                               Special Education / Early Childhood

Mrs. Kaitlyn Carlson                               Title 1/ELL

Mrs. Stacey Cunningham                        Speech/Language -Early Childhood

Mrs. Marcia Dressel                               Media Specialist

Mr. Andrew Dyer                                   Art

Mrs. Jill Guckenberger                           Special Education

Mrs. Shanin Henningsgard                      Music

Mrs. Heidi McNitt                                   Title I

Mrs. Colleen Piggott                               Speech/Language

Mrs. Amy Wolske                                   Physical Education

Ms. Nicole Kovar                                    Psychologist

 

Support Staff

Mrs. Melissa Andersen                            Special Ed. Aide

Ms. Julie Connors                                   Kindergarten Aide

Ms. Jessica Cormican                             PreK Aide

Mrs. Kelly Demoe                                   PreK Aide

Mrs. Jennifer Demulling                          Kindergarten Aide

Ms. Jessica Demulling                             Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Leigh Derosier                                Special Ed. Aide

Mrs. Bobbi Driscoll                                 Administrative Assistant

Ms. Carri Fox                                         Special Ed. Aide

Mrs. Heather Gott                                  PreK Aide

Mrs. Jennifer Hansen                             PreK Aide

Mrs. Sarah Larson                                  Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Diana Newman                               Library Aide

Mrs. Peggie Osterbauer                          Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Linda Parmeter                               Special Ed. Aide

Mrs. Danel Rogers                                 Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Lorie Schjenken                              IEP Secretary

Mrs. Paula Thill                                      Special Ed. Aide

Ms. Cathy Tinney                                   District Copy Aide

 

Custodians                            

Food  Service

Mr. Jon Frank

Mr. Justin Morris                                

Mr. Pete Gwiazdon                            

Ms. Brenda Barron

Mrs. Jerri Neska

 

   

Osceola Charter Preschool Staff

Mrs. Kayla Dimler, Teacher

Mrs. Katie Hannigan, Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Mauch, Teacher

Ms. Jennifer Elsenpeter, Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Hansen, Aide

Mrs. Jessica Cormican, Aide

 

Renee Hoffman, Aide

 

Mrs. Heather Gott, Aide

 

Mrs. Kelly DeMoe, Aide

 

 

Early Childhood

 

Ms. Marcia Carlson, Teacher

     

 

 

Kids Klub

Mrs. Michelle McManamy, Director

Mrs. Angela Brassow, Supervisor

Ms. Lynell Packer – Wrap Around


Table of Contents

 

 

School Specific

 

TOPIC

 

Absences                        

Care of Property

Student Management Philosophy

OES Discipline Policy

Elementary Curriculum

Field Trips

Food Service    

Instructional Media Center

Instrumental Music

Kids’ Klub

 

PG

 

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8

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TOPIC

 

News

Recess and Playground

Report Cards

School Arrivals & Departures

School Day

School Dress

School Supplies

Student Conduct

Student Pick-ups

Visiting Children

PG

 

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District Specific

                                     

TOPIC

 

Accidents                      

Activity Fee

Annual Notice of Record Review

Anti-bullying/Harassment

Attendance Policy

Behavior at School Events

Bicycles

Bus Discipline   

Conduct

Communicable Diseases

Defamation Policy

Drug Free Environment 

Electronic Device Use Policy

Equal Educational Opportunity

Equal Employment & Nondiscrimination

Food Service Management

Gum Chewing   

Illness at School

Immunizations

Lost and Found

Medication

Nondiscrimination Policy

PG

 

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TOPIC

 

Nursing Services

Open Enrollment

Osceola Parent /Teacher Organization

Other Policies

Parent – Teacher Conferences   

Problem Solving For Parents

Records Retention Policy

Responsible Use Policy

Public Records Access   

School Admissions                    

School Closing Announcements  

Search & Seizure                      

Skateboards/Rollerblades/Wheelies

Special Services                        

Student Insurance

Surveillance Policy                    

Testing/Assessment

Tobacco Free School District

Truancy           

Videotaping & Photos                

Visitors                             

Weapons

PG

 

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Appendix

Behavior Rubrics

Volume Chart


OES Policies

 


ABSENCES

When a student is to be excused early we ask that parents send a note giving the specific time and reason for being excused.  If your child is going to be absent or late, we require that you call the school office by 9:00 AM at 715-294-3457.  If a student does not have an excuse upon returning to school, they will be sent to the office where the principal or assistant will call to verify the absence.  Parents may feel that an occasional absence is not harmful; however, every effort should be made to maintain their consistent attendance.  It always requires additional effort to make up work, and many activities and discussions can never be duplicated.   Inconsistent attendance develops attitudes that carry into later life. As staff notice repeated tardies or absences, they will contact families and seek support to have children here on time each day. Students arriving before 10 are tardy, by noon are absent 1/2 day, and those leaving after 2 are present.

CARE OF PROPERTY

Each student is reminded at the beginning of the year that they have a responsibility for the care of the school and its contents.  This includes the texts and materials as well as furniture and the building itself.  If a student is negligent or disrespectful in the treatment of school property we feel it is that child's responsibility to make the proper restitution.  We feel that proper actions and attitudes regarding care of property are important to maintain.

 

Osceola Elementary School Student Management Philosophy

 

Student Handbook Guidelines – 2017-18

All Osceola Elementary School students are guaranteed important rights and privileges.   Among these are the right to live and learn in a safe, orderly, and clean environment.   Students have the right to be respected and to have their property respected and protected.   In order to safeguard these rights, students are expected to assume and fulfill equally important responsibilities. The Osceola Elementary School staff believes that well-informed students will make good decisions, thereby avoiding the need for disciplinary or punitive consequences.

 

The foundational principles of OES center on Responsive Classroom (RC) techniques. Students will have expectations throughout the school building taught, modeled, practiced and reinforced at the start of and at key times of each school year. Fundamental to students participating at OES is the understanding of expectations, and the opportunity to practice them regularly. Additional approaches, including Morning Meetings, student involvement in the development of classroom rules, use of logical consequences, and teacher language that reinforces, reminds and redirects students’ positive and negative choices will be used. We believe that most of the time, students are very capable of cooperative, positive behavior when they understand and are reinforced for good choices.

 

In addition to our RC foundation, OES has completed Tier 1 implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). As part of this work, staff have defined what behaviors are classroom managed vs office-managed, and identified a flow of actions consistent with RC principles to recognize, remind, re-teach and re-direct behaviors. Within this document are several agreed-upon tools and processes we have developed with our RC/PBIS framework in mind.

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY

The discipline policy at Osceola Elementary School is a collaborative effort on the part of the school, parents, and students.   Discipline does not necessarily mean punishment.   Discipline does mean the development of attitudes which lead the student to respect the need for rules and be willing to follow them.   Our expectations for student behavior are based on common sense, respect for the rights of others, and self-respect.   Good self-discipline reflects good character.   It sends a message about one's commitment to do what is right.  This commitment comes from within.  It cannot be forced upon an individual.  The rules that are outlined here enable school activities to function within a safe environment. Each person must provide the self-discipline that shapes the decisions that he/she makes about specific behaviors.

 

To support our discipline policy, the students have developed, through the democratic process, a social contact that they all agreed would allow them to fulfill their goals. 

Be Respectful

Be Safe

Be Responsible

 

 

 

 

The Osceola Elementary School Discipline Policy is based on the following assumptions:

 

  • The school’s job is to provide academic instruction while helping to develop the social and emotional and aspects of all students.
  •  The objectives of the school can best be accomplished in an environment characterized by learning, respect for the individual, structure and/or organization, enthusiasm, friendliness, and cooperation.
  • An effective school discipline policy will encourage a positive learning environment with fewer opportunities for distraction.
  • Schools should help students develop an attitude of self-discipline based on common sense, as well as respect for oneself and others.
  • The Osceola Elementary School community expects the school staff to maintain effective controlled supervision of its students throughout the school day.
  •  Students, staff, and the community need to be aware of the school’s expectations for student behavior and the consequences if these expectations are not met.
  • Whenever possible, academic learning time will be preserved for all learners, including those who are disrupting the learning process. Processing incidents will occur as quickly as possible to return students to their learning day, provided that they are compliant, calm and ready to learn.
  • In instances where a student is refusing to complete work during a disciplinary action, staff may require the student to remain on school grounds beyond the school day, as a consequence and as an opportunity to complete their work; in all such instances, parental contact and support will be secured in advance.
  • The Osceola Elementary School Discipline Policy must be in accordance with District policy.

OES Behavior Intervention Protocol

The staff at Osceola Elementary School believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to develop their own personal and social order in a democratic society.   In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary for students to behave in a safe, orderly way for an effective learning environment.

 

This multi-step OES Behavior Intervention Protocol will help ensure that a standardized policy is in place to help make children more accountable and responsible for their choices. We feel that students rise or fall to the level of expectations that are presented to them. This protocol also support our teachers and staff in their efforts to create and maintain a climate of high expectations, teaching, learning, and maximized instruction.

 

Relationship-based Behavior Management

As a PBIS and RC school, Osceola Elementary uses a structured approach for preventing problem behaviors school wide. Primary prevention is the first of the 3-tiered approach and includes classroom and school wide strategies for all students in the school. The goal is to create a positive school culture in which positive behaviors are explicitly taught and reinforced and all adults respond to problem behaviors in a consistent way. Secondary Prevention includes additional interventions for students with at-risk behaviors who need a little more than primary prevention. Tertiary Prevention involves highly individualized interventions for students who engage in serious problem behaviors. Tertiary Prevention may be needed for children with developmental disabilities, autism, or emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as students with no diagnostic label but who are nevertheless demonstrating serious problem behaviors.

 

Our fundamental principles about how to best minimize problem behavior are derived from the Responsive Classroom philosophy and PBIS best practices:

1)    Use positive strategies: Our approach at OES uses positive strategies to help children develop desired behaviors. Both recognize that punitive or ‘get tough’ strategies can be counterproductive and harmful to children.

2)    Establish a positive environment: Our approach focuses on changing children’s environment in ways that support positive behavior and discourage negative behavior.

3)    Teach skills: Our approach recognizes that if we want children to meet behavior expectations, we have to take deliberate steps to teach them how.

4)    Reinforce positive behavior: Our approach recognizes the importance of continuously reinforcing positive behavior once children have been taught how to behave positively.

5)    Respond to inappropriate behavior: Our approach emphasizes having a system for responding immediately and consistently to children’s inappropriate behavior.

Take a Break

Take a Break (TAB) is used after basic redirection (show 5, fix your body etc.) fails to change behavior.  TAB is an opportunity for the student to have a few minutes to quietly gain self-control.  While in TAB, the student sits quietly and listens to what is happening in the classroom but has lost the privilege to participate.  Once the student has regained self-control, s/he may rejoin the class activity, usually by personal decision not adult directive. ALL OES students will practice doing TABs for very small things so they understand and internalize its use.

 

Take A Break Out

If TAB is not effective for a student to gain self-control, then the student may be asked to Take A Break Out (TAB Out).   TAB Out is a practice that gives students a chance to get back on track by moving to a separate classroom to reflect and refocus.  The student goes to a predetermined classroom nearby and completes a TAB out. Return to their original classroom can be accomplished by: 1)  host teacher noting student appears calm and back in control and asks them if they are ready to return; or 2) homeroom teacher retrieves student; or 3) student initiates contact with host teacher, indicating that they are ready to return and fix their behavior. Original staff member processes with the student upon return or shortly thereafter.

 

Traditional Time Out

Traditional Time Out can be used for more serious first incidents, or after multiple TABs or TAB outs based on teacher discretion.  A Time Out directive results in student going to a designated area in their regular classroom, enabling the student a chance to pause and re-group before conferencing with the adult.  Once the adult is satisfied that the student is ready to re-join successfully, they are explicitly invited back to the full group. Traditional Time Out to a neutral location should be used when the student is unable to complete it in the regular classroom, or has escalated to a need to be out of learning areas.

 

Additional steps and options:

At every step in the above procedures, staff works to re-teach missing skills with each child to help avoid additional situations.  When a student continues to have behaviors that are not resolved through take a breaks and time outs, additional strategies include short and long term removals (30-60 minutes up through the rest of the school day), in school suspensions, and out of school suspensions.

 

As part of our PBIS work, when students show repeat small behaviors in a short window of time, or larger office-managed behaviors (such as hitting someone in anger, or major disruption in a learning environment, or other major safety or disrespect issues), we have a discipline form called an Office Discipline Referral: or “ODR”.  We track how many ODR write ups each student has, which helps us know which kids need more support or education on expected behaviors.  It also helps us analyze problem areas of the building or playground, times of day, days of the week, etc. when discipline issues occur, or we can change our ADULT behavior and patterns to head off problems before they start. 

 

Parent Communication

Lastly, engaging with our parents early on to alert them about small issues, and later if a student is getting ODRs for bigger things, is critical.  Understanding your child’s history, what might be happening at home, or insights into what your child may be communicating to staff by acting out all helps us to work together to grow kids effectively!

 

ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

The all day, every day, five-year-old kindergarten program has physical facilities, equipment, and materials to provide opportunities for learning basic concepts and skills in: Language Arts, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Physical Education. Instruction is also provided in grades 1-2 each week in Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Art, Music and Health.

 

All students in grades K-2 are provided with library/media services under the supervision of a licensed library media specialist. Health education in grades K-2 is under the supervision of the school nurse. Guidance is twice a month. Computer literacy objectives and activities are integrated into K-2 curriculum plans.

FIELD TRIPS

We believe that a great deal of worthwhile education is experienced outside the regular classroom.  Each grade is involved in field trips that are relevant to their particular curriculum. When you register your child we will ask for your general permission to go on field trips and excursions within the community and school buildings.

 

In a few instances parents are asked to contribute a small amount to help defray expenses. When trips are outside district boundaries or have a cost, a note will be sent home to be signed and returned before a child may attend to acknowledge that you know of the trip and any costs.

 

OES students are required to ride the school bus to and from all field trips. If parents are allowed to drive separately to participate, their child must still ride the bus so we don’t create liability issues for the school district. In addition, with the number of children and staff participating, and the number of logistical details needed to make such a great opportunity a reality, we simply cannot accommodate changes in ridership, buddy system partners, or having to rely on hand-offs or schedule issues between staff, other parent volunteers, and driving parents. We are VERY fortunate that we are able to take field trips while the children are at OES, and truly, the field trip experience IS a round-trip experience that children will remember forever.

FOOD SERVICE

All students in the School District shall have an opportunity to participate in National School Breakfast, National School Lunch Program & eligible milk programs per federal guidelines. These programs shall be administered by the District Administrator, or designee, in accordance with established guidelines.

           

Food service prices shall be established by the Board annually.  In accordance with federal guidelines, the district shall offer free and reduced price food services to students who qualify. Applications are available throughout the school year at all school offices, the district website and school newsletters.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER

The IMC is available to all OES children in grade Pre K-2. Each group in grades PreK, K, 1 & 2 is scheduled for a library period once a week to exchange library books and learn media integration skills. Individual students, groups, or entire classes may come during other times at the discretion of classroom teachers and IMC staff provided that others are not scheduled to use the IMC. Students may also use the library before/after school and at recess periods.

 

Books will be checked out for one week as printed on book receipts but may be kept for a period of two weeks before fines begin to accumulate (at the rate of 1 cent per day, per item.) Students are encouraged to find books at their individual reading level as well as other titles.    

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Students are introduced to vocal music and rhythm instruments at all grade levels.  Specific instrumental instruction begins with the introduction of keyboards in second grade and recorders in third grade.

 

KIDS’ KLUB

 

Kids’ Klub is a regulated before and after school child care service. It has been serving families since 1993.  It is the intention of this service to provide children in grades PreK-8:

• A safe, healthy, comfortable environment

• Caring supervision by qualified adults

• Choices of a wide variety of wholesome activities

• A healthy, nutritious breakfast (paid through your school food service account) before school and a snack after

school (no charge).   The PreK children who are enrolled in the wrap around care have their meals and snacks

included in their pre-payment.

 

This program is housed at both the elementary school serving children in grades PreK – 2 and at the intermediate school for grades 3 – 8 operating under the direction of Community Education.  Parents must sign their children in each morning and out each afternoon of attendance.  Prompt payment for this service is required.  

 

Fees are as follows:

• An enrollment fee of $25 per family annually

• An hourly fee of $2.75 per child during the school and June.

• Wrap Around care is a prepaid program ($30/day Monday through Thursday and $40/day for Fridays and

   in-service days)  They  can be dropped off and picked up or they can bus to and from school and attend their PreK

   class and then the wrap around session.

•  June (Summer School) Kids’ Klub is billed hourly just like the school year.  Children must be in summer school to

   attend.

• July and August Session is $30/day per child (the revised prepayment schedule comes out each April).

• A late pickup fee of $10.00 for every 15 minutes after 6:00 p.m.

 

The school year hours of service for K-8th:  6:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (Monday through Friday)

The program follows the school year calendar open only on days there is school.  Kids’ Klub is open on full in-service days. The in-service days require pre-registration and pre-payment.  If school is closed due to inclement weather, Kids’ Klub will also be closed. On days that school is delayed two hours Kids’ Klub will open two hours late as well (8:00 - 10:15).   

 

Pre-K Before and/or after hours:  6:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday  

 

Wrap Around Pre-K Care:  6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on in-service days.

It is set up on pre-register / prepayment basis.   There are no credits/refunds for sick or absent children.

Weekly Fee:    5 days   $160 per week for full-time, 4 school days $120/week and 4 days $130/week (if one of the four days is a Friday or in-service).

 

Summer school (month of June) hours:  6:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. and 11:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Kids’ Klub is available during the month of June for those students who attend summer school.  It follows the same rates as the school year.

 

Kids’ Klub has a six week summer session the months of July and August.  6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This six week session requires a pre-registration and pre-payment.  The deadline to register is the end of April.  Register early as space is limited and fills up fast!  Information can be found on the school district website under community education.

 

Kids’ Klub provides a variety of activities:  outdoor play (weather permitting), rest or quiet time as a child may need, reading and story time, board games, hikes and field trips, swimming, seasonal and holiday art & craft projects, and special programs in the summer session.

 

This is a regulated child care service.  Parents who are eligible to receive financial support, in whole, or in part from the Department of Social Services, Private Industry Council, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. are encouraged to speak with their case manager or Kids Klub Director, Michelle McManamy at (715) 294-3457 ext. 1420 regarding their childcare needs.

Information, forms, and monthly calendars are also available on-line at www.osceola.k12.wi.us, then go to Community Education, then the Kids’ Klub link.   To pick-up an enrollment packet, stop by the District Office or the main offices of the elementary and intermediate schools. To receive one by mail, call the District Office at 715-294-4140.

 

NEWS

An OES newsletter is published and sent home with students the end of each month, which includes the lunch menu and information on upcoming events. Please review it carefully to keep informed. In addition, the district website has links for each building and OES events are updated regularly.  The web address is www.osceola@k12.wi.us

     

RECESS AND PLAYGROUND

We feel that recess and playground activities are an important part of every child's school experience, and we expect all children to participate.  We hope that with this in mind, as the seasons change, your child is sent to school dressed properly for the weather conditions.  Under severe weather conditions all children will be instructed to stay indoors.  Usually you can expect that the children will be going outside to play at noon and recess.  For the safety of your child, they may be kept indoors if they aren't properly dressed and items are not available through our “Borrowing Box”. If your child is experiencing a health condition that requires staying indoors due to medical guidance, you should send a specific note for EACH DAY so the teacher may make an exception; otherwise, all children will be expected to participate.

 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are sent home at the end of each term (12 week trimester) and parents are asked to sign and return the report card envelopes to school after reviewing.  A final copy is provided at the end of each year.  The elementary report cards have been developed to communicate end-of-term learning benchmarks in the core areas of reading and math, and show each child’s progress toward those goals.  In addition, children are also evaluated for their general interest and participation in science and social studies, along with specialty areas like music, art and phy. ed, and overall social development.  Our goal is to communicate progress for each child with our report card process, and assist parents in developing a thorough understanding of the academic expectations for each stage of their child’s education here at Osceola Elementary School.

 

SCHOOL ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

If you will be dropping your child off in the mornings, please park along the South side of 10th Avenue zones and escort or direct your child down the crosswalk to our main entrance crosswalk. Please do not stop in the roadway to drop off kids. If you are planning to go inside the building, park in one of the 4 drop zone stalls either along the South side of 10th Avenue or in St. Joseph’s lot with a crosswalk to the OES lot.

 

If you drop them off any time after 8:15 and before 2:45 you may enter the parking lot, park by the main entrance, and bring your child to the office to sign them in.

 

If you need to pick up your child during the school day, come to the main office and ask that your child be sent down. You must sign them out before you leave with them. Parents picking up kids at the end of the day may wait on the blue ramp near the office until 3:11 dismissal. Please do not attempt to locate your child and remove them from the bus without prior notification to teacher or office staff.  Once buses leave you may enter the parking lot and pick your child up at the curb or front office.

 

Please note and follow all parking lot signs, and we ask that you not enter our OES lot when buses are present, typically between 7:55-8:15 and 3:00-3:25 each day, or leave a vehicle at the curb during these times.

 

SCHOOL DAY

Students should plan to arrive at school between 8:00 and 8:10. The student day for elementary students begins at 8:15 a.m. with dismissal at 3:11 p.m. Teachers are required to be at school from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

 

SCHOOL DRESS

While it is not the position of the school to insist upon specific dress, we feel that some attention should be given to the suitability of clothing.  Clean and neat-looking dress is always recommended.  We feel a responsibility that it be brought to a child's attention when certain types of dress are inappropriate, either for the season or just general suitability for public wear.  Very brief outfits, temporary hair dyes or shirts that depict statements or attitudes not in keeping with good taste are discouraged.  We respect the right of children to be individuals yet dress with a responsibility to our school and community.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Students are responsible for providing their own basic supplies.  These include No. 2 pencils, writing tablets, ruler, eraser, scissors, crayons, glue, and their own box of tissues, a plain white t-shirt and a separate pair of tennis shoes to be left at school for Phy.Ed. class and for wearing while inside the building. At some grade levels there may be specific supplies that differ from other grades. The supply list is revised each spring and published in our building newsletter, in the August school district newsletter and on our school district website.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

Student behavior should be based on consideration and respect for the rights of others. Students have a responsibility to know and follow the rules and regulations of school.  Students shall conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity, acting with due regard for the supervisory authority vested by the Board in all district employees, for the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and for the widely shared use of school property.

 

The principal is responsible for developing and administering reasonable rules and regulations for students.  Such rules and regulations shall not conflict with Board policies, statutory law or case law. Consequences for discipline cases are progressive in nature, with time outs and improvement plans as a basis, and proceeding through in-school and out-of-school suspensions.  Given the population served at OES, disciplinary situations will be approached in a child-centered fashion, and with an educational, “teachable moment” approach rather than a punitive one.

 

All employees of the district shall share responsibility for supervising behavior, including student harassment, on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap.  Discrimination complaints shall be processed in accordance with established procedures.

STUDENT PICK-UPS

Each year on our emergency card we ask for names of who are authorized to pick your child up from school in case we cannot reach you in an emergency. Please inform the office in writing regarding information on any limitations on who may pick your child up so that we can intercept and detain them. NOTE:  We do not have pick-up lists.  Each family will be expected to provide us a standard direction for daily dismissal.

 

VISITING CHILDREN

Students not enrolled at OES are not permitted to attend during regular school hours.

 

DISTRICT POLICIES

 

ACCIDENTS

It is the hope of the school district that the school environment is a safe and healthy place to be.  If an accident does occur, it must be reported to the person in charge and/or to the school office.  This includes any accident in the school building, on the school grounds, during practice sessions, or any other athletic event sponsored by the school.  The staff person in charge will assist with the reporting of an accident by filling out an accident report form.

 

ACTIVITY FEE

The elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools each have an activity fee, which is reviewed each summer.  Students should bring their enrollment fee to their designated staff during the first week of school.

 

ANNUAL NOTICE OF RECORD REVIEW

The School District of Osceola has established a policy on student records consistent with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 1974.  A copy of the policy is available at the school offices.  After reviewing records, parents and adult students who have reason to believe that the School District of Osceola is not complying with the federal student records law may file a complaint with the district administrator.

 

Records are categorized as follows:

A. Behavioral records: These records may include psychological test, personality evaluation, conversation records, achievement tests, aptitude tests, IEP's, and other pupil records which are not progress records.  All behavioral records are destroyed one year after students graduate or last attend school, except with written permission to retain them.

B. Progress records: Progress records include student's name, date and place of birth, home address and phone number, attendance date including date of entrance to school, days absent, date of graduation, transfer, withdrawal, and name of school to which student transferred.  All progress records will be maintained a minimum of five years after the student graduates or last attends school.

 

The direct policy has provision to (1) make student records available to: (a) student, (b) staff, and (c) third parties with written permission in accordance with state and federal confidentiality procedures and (2) provide for the timely transfer of records to a receiving school district.

 

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Purpose of policy:

Every student who enters Osceola School District deserves the right to a free and appropriate education without being subjected to bully/harassment/sexual harassment.   The Osceola School Board is committed to creating a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students, during the school day while on school grounds, and strictly enforces prohibition against bullying and any form of harassment.

 

Definitions:

Bullying/Harassment:           To treat others in a disrespectful or intimidating

                                                            manner. To irritate or torment persistently. 

Sexual Harassment:               To disrespect, irritate or torment in a sexual way. To use unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s academic or personal performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment.

            Victim:                                    One who is harmed by or made to suffer. 

            Perpetrator:                           One who harms or targets another. 

Repeat Offender:                    One who harms or targets another more than once.

 

Some examples of:

Bullying/harassment:  teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, excluding another on purpose, tripping/pushing/ bumping into on purpose, throwing things at a person, intimidating, laughing at, making comments, sending message(s) and or pictures in writing or electronically that are offensive, hurtful, annoying, etcetera.

 

Sexual harassment: teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, unwelcome touch/rubbing, unwanted pulling on clothing, (i.e. bra strap snapping, “pantsing”, wedgies, etc) uninvited butt slapping, sexual jokes, comments about another’s body, questioning/commenting to another about their sexuality, electronic communication/notes/graffiti of a sexual nature, etcetera. 

 

Reporting:

If a student has been a victim of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment, during the school day while on school grounds, they should report it to an adult as soon as possible.  The report should contain the following information (and be submitted in writing if possible):  Names of all witnesses, perpetrators, location and time of incident, details of incident (be very specific), victim signature and date.  This official report should be turned into the building principal. 

 

Consequences:

The following are general consequences.  Consequences could be stricter depending on the severity of the incident.  

 

Incident one:                Warning

Conference with Principal

Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form  

                                                Written apology to victim

 

Incident two:                 Detention or in-school suspension (depending on severity)

Conference with Principal

Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form  

                                                Parent/guardian called

                                                Written apology to victim

Written paper addressing the following:  Definition of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment; The effects that bullying/harassment/sexual harassment can have on victims; consequences received by offenders; consequences to schools for not addressing bullying/harassment/sexual harassment reports; a detailed list of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment that you have witnessed personally; and suggestions on how you will avoid a third incident.  This paper is due 2 days after it is assigned.  If it is not completed, in-school-suspension will result until it is completed. 

 

Incident three:              In or out of school suspension (depending on severity)

Conference with Principal

Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form  

Parent conference

                                                Written apology to victim

                                                Incident reported to District Administrator

 

Incident four:                Out of school suspension with probable expulsion

Conference with Principal

Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form

Parent conference

                                                Written apology to victim

                                                Meeting with District Administrator                                

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

We seek the full cooperation of parents in the area of attendance.  School attendance is the responsibility of the students and parents/guardians (Wisconsin State Statutes, 118.15-Compulsory School Attendance).  Parents/guardians are required to telephone school offices by 9:00 a.m. to notify us of an absence.  If you prefer, you can leave a message on voice mail before or after school hours.  Office staff will attempt to reach parents at home or at work when a student is absent from school and the parent/guardian has not called.

 

BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL EVENTS

All students are encouraged to attend school events such as athletic contests, plays, concerts, etc.  We do require that students watch the event or they will be asked to leave.  Misconduct reflects upon parents, students and our school. All school-sponsored functions are considered to be extensions of the school day. Students are expected to follow all school regulations and behavior expectations.

                                                                       

BICYCLES

During appropriate weather, students older than Kindergarten may ride their bikes to school.  Students that do ride bicycles to school are required to place them in the racks immediately upon their arrival and to leave them there until dismissal.  It should be understood that students are assuming responsibility for the bikes while at school.           

 

BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY

The students are responsible for their behavior on the bus as their behavior could affect the safe operation of the bus.  Misbehavior could result in the bus driver being distracted.  Such distractions could endanger the lives of all students being transported.  Therefore, behavior infractions must be reported and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with these guidelines.

 

Parents are requested to explain the importance of proper behavior on the bus.  They are also expected to support disciplinary actions that are necessary to help their child change unacceptable behavior.

 

The primary responsibility of the driver is to safely transport the students to and from school.  While transporting students, the driver also has the responsibility of maintaining discipline on the bus.  Therefore, the driver will report behavior infractions to the proper authority on the forms provided. Serious infractions may result in bus riding privileges being suspended.

 

            The following bus rules have been made for your protection and for the welfare of all persons in transport:

A.            Be considerate of others on the bus.

B.            Follow instructions of the bus driver at all times.

C.            Board only the bus to which you are assigned.

D.            Bus riding is a privilege and will be assured only as long as your conduct remains good.

E.            Students riding to a stop other than their own stop must have a signed note from parent or guardian and have that note signed by someone from the school office before getting on the bus.

 

CODE OF CLASSROOM CONDUCT

Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, a teacher employed by the District may temporarily remove a pupil from the teacher’s class if the pupil violates the terms of the District’s “Code of Student Conduct”.  In addition, long-term removal of a student will be possible if the building administrator upholds a teacher’s recommendation that a student be removed from the class for a longer period of time.  Removal from class under this Code does not prohibit the District from pursuing or implementing other disciplinary measures, including but not limited to detention, suspension or expulsion, for the conduct for which the student was removed.  Refer to code 443 for complete description.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If your child should become ill with a communicable disease, please notify the school.  The following list provides the incubation periods and rules regarding return to school for the more common childhood diseases.  If your child develops a communicable disease at school, they will be sent home and should not return to school until the infectious stage is over.

      Disease                 Return to School

      Chicken Pox          No fever, scabs dry

      Strep Throat         After 24 hours on antibiotic

      Impetigo               After 24 hours on antibiotic

      Ringworm             After 24 hours on antifungal*

      Mononucleosis      At physician’s discretion

     

      * Or at the physician’s discretion

     

 

DEFAMATION POLICY

The School District of Osceola prohibits defamation, libel and slander and/or the threat of defamation/libel/slander activities by a student and/or group of students against another student and/or school personnel. The District considers defamation/libel/slander to be, among other things, any willful act done by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, to another student(s) or school personnel (including impersonating another student(s) or school personnel) for the purpose of subjecting such student(s) or personnel to humiliation, intimidation, physical abuse, threats of abuse, social or other ostracism, shame, or disgrace. Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline as administered by members of the administrative team. Serious or repeated violation of this policy could result in a disciplinary hearing before the Board of Education. Penalties for violation could include but are not limited to the following:

        • Detention

        • In-school suspension and parent notification

        • Out-of-school suspension and parent notification, required parent conference

        • Forfeiture of the privilege of participating in any extra activities including but not limited to athletics, co-curricular, clubs, activities and school events.

        • Serious or repeated violations could result in a recommendation for expulsion

 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Wis Stats 115.125 requires handbooks to include "directory information" This is the language from our Policy 8830. 

 

Each year the District Administrator shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District's intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information": a student's name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; or awards received.  Parents and eligible students may refuse to allow the Board to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the Board within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the District Administrator's annual public notice

 

DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT

Osceola School District is a drug-free environment.  Student and parents are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession of or use of a controlled substance or the use of alcohol on school district property, including all district-owned vehicles, is prohibited at all times.   These same provisions shall be in effect at all school-sponsored events or extracurricular activities while off school premises. No student or parent/guardian may appear at school or any school-sponsored function under the influence or in possession of alcohol, non-prescribed substances, chemicals, illegal substances, or look-a-likes. Failure to abide by this policy may result in referral to counseling and rehabilitation services and/or such disciplinary action up to, and including suspension or expulsion from school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE POLICY

We strongly encourage students not to bring any electronic devices to school as they are/can be disruptive to the educational environment and may be lost or stolen.  If they are brought to school the following guideline must be followed:  Upon entering the building all electronic devices including but not limited to: cell phones, video cameras, film cameras/digital cameras, audio recorders, laptops, PDA’s, video gaming devices, MP3 players, CD players, and pagers must be turned off and stored in lockers (backpacks for elementary students) for the entire school day. **

1st offense:                    Electronic device will be confiscated and keep in the office; student can retrieve the device at the end of the day.

 

2nd offense:                   Student will turn in their electronic device to the office each morning when they arrive for 2 consecutive days.

 

3rd Offense:                   Student will turn in their electronic device to the office each morning until there has been a parent meeting.

 

* Exceptions can be made with permission of administration.

** The school is not responsible for lost/stolen devices.

 

 

 

 

 

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

The School District is committed and dedicated to the task of providing the best education possible for every child in the district for as long as the student can benefit from attendance, and the student's conduct is compatible with the welfare of the entire student body. A copy of the complaint procedure can be found at the end of the handbook.

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT AND NONDISCRIMINATION

The District is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all District employees and to provide a learning and working environment free of discrimination. Federal and state law prohibits discrimination because of age, race, creed or religion, color, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, citizenship status, use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours, or past, present or future status in the uniformed services of the United States. Discrimination, as defined herein, is strictly prohibited.

 

Discrimination is defined as any action, policy or practice, including bias, stereotyping and harassment, which is detrimental to a person or group of persons and differentiates or distinguishes among persons, or limits or denies opportunities, privileges, employment, roles or rewards or perpetuates the effect of past discrimination, based on the protected class of the individual or group of individuals.

 

The District shall periodically examine all policies currently in practice to ensure that it does not discriminate and is not in violation of federal and/or state law.

Reasonable accommodations shall be made for qualified individuals with a disability or handicap, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship to the district.

 

The District expressly prohibits any form of discrimination.  Individuals who feel these rights have been violated shall follow the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure as outlined in Rule 512. No recipient or other person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, retaliate, or discriminate against any individual for making, filing, or assisting with a complaint.

 

FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT

Students in the School District shall have an opportunity to participate in school breakfast, lunch, and milk programs. The District Administrator, or designee, in accordance with established guidelines, shall administer these programs.

 

The Board shall establish food service prices annually.  In accordance with federal guidelines, the district shall offer free and reduced price food services to students who qualify. Applications are available throughout the school year at all school offices.

 

GUM CHEWING

Gum chewing is not allowed within the elementary school, unless part of an instructional activity under teacher direction.

 

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

If your child should become ill at school (for example: vomiting, diarrhea or fever of 100 degrees F or over), we will attempt to reach you, or the designated emergency person to pick up your child.  The school has a small health room for children who become sick in school and require a supervised quiet area until they can be picked up by their parents or another responsible adult that you have designated.  It is imperative that we have current daytime phone numbers of all adults who are available to pick up your sick child, or to act on your behalf in case of an emergency.  If your child should require emergency treatment, we will make every reasonable attempt to contact you. 

 

Students are welcome to return once they have been fever free without medication for 24 hours and vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. 

IMMUNIZATIONS

All students must have current immunizations according to State Statute Section 140.5 (16).  State law requires that all children entering a Wisconsin school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox).  These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed health, personal conviction, or religious exemption is filed with the school.  If no one is available, we will take measures to see that necessary treatment is provided.

LOST AND FOUND

Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the lost and found, where the owner can claim them.  Please label your clothing or other school articles. Unclaimed items will be periodically recycled.

 

MEDICATION

All over the counter medications must come from home, in the original container, with a note from home stating the date to start and stop the medication and the dosage.  At the stop date, the medication will be sent home.  Over the counter medication not FDA approved, including essential oils, should be given at home.  If required at school, it must be accompanied by a medical provider's signature for administration at school.   All prescription medications or natural supplements need to be in the original containers with a signed physician order and signed parent consent forms on file at school before medication/treatment will be given.

 

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Osceola School District that no person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability as required by s. 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes.  This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Discrimination on basis of religion will also not be allowed.

 

The District encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy.  A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Osceola School District.

     Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to:

Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator

Osceola School District

P. O. Box 128

Osceola, Wisconsin 54020

 

Any questions concerning s.118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, should be directed to:

Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator

Osceola School District

P. O. Box 128

Osceola, Wisconsin 54020

 

Inquiries related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to:

Dawn Western

Special Education Director

P. O. Box 128

      Osceola, WI 54020

 

NURSING SERVICES

Nursing services are available to all students by a professional school nurse.  This service is available to cover emergency situations plus student and parent consultation on illness, immunizations, home visits, vision and hearing screening, nutrition and other health related assistance.  For additional information, please call the school office.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Beginning in the 1998-99 school year, students in grades kindergarten to 12 may attend any public school in the state, if space is available and certain other limitations are met. Families interested in enrolling their children in a district where they are not residents should stop by school district offices to pick up an application, which must be picked up and completed beginning in early February.  February applications are for the following fall.

 

OSCEOLA PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATIONS

We have an active parent/teacher organization in our school district and we hope you'll consider becoming a member and getting involved.  To find out more, please call any of the school offices. One of the organizations is PTA (Parent Teacher Association) which in the past has coordinated our extensive volunteer program and sponsored many family events each year.

 

 

OTHER POLICIES

This handbook is not a comprehensive listing of all district policies. The Osceola School Board has other policies that are not included in this handbook but are available for all students/parents upon request. 

 

PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher Conferences are offered fall and late winter each school year. Check the school district calendar for details. Also, if at any time during the year you would like an opportunity to discuss your child's progress, we encourage you to make an appointment for before or after school with your child's teacher(s).

 

PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR PARENTS

The following is suggested for that occasion when a problem arises and you, as a parent, are unsure of what procedure to follow: It is best first to contact the teacher or person directly involved and discuss the problem. Most problems are resolved through contact and discussion. For that occasion when there is no resolution and you wish to pursue the problem further, you are urged to contact the building principal.

 

PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS

The School District of Osceola has designated the Superintendent of Schools as the legal custodian of the public records and property of School District of Osceola. The term “public records” as used here includes all records of the School Board, Board officers, the Superintendent, committees and the divisions and departments of the District. The public may obtain information and access to records, make requests for records, or obtain copies of records in the custody of the School District of Osceola at the following place and times at the local public offices: Administrative Offices of School District of Osceola at 331 Middle School Drive or Post Office Box 128, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020. The regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

District records are located in various offices in various locations in the District. Information concerning the location of particular records may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent. In applying the provisions of the public records law, the positions identified as local public offices within the School District of Osceola include: local public offices, Superintendent of Schools, building principals, and directors.

 

The District is authorized by law to impose a fee on the requester that does not exceed the actual, necessary and direct cost of reproducing, locating, transcribing, mailing or shipping the record, unless a fee is otherwise specifically established by law. Information concerning the specific fees charged by the District may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent.

RECORDS RETENTION POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that necessary student records and documents are adequately protected and maintained and to ensure that records that are no longer needed or of no value are discarded 11 at the appropriate time. The policy applies to all records, regardless of format, whether they be paper, electronic, or microform (e.g., microfilm, microfiche, magnetic tapes, and CD-ROM), and other more traditional media. The Osceola School District encourages record retention in an electronic format whenever possible.

 

RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY (RUP)

In order to use school computers, all district students and their parents are required to sign a Student Responsible Use and Internet Safety Policy each school year.

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

It shall be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of each child or a student of legal age entering the School District to complete official registration forms prior to assignment by the principal to a grade or schedule of classes. Students transferring from other school systems are required to provide a transcript of academic accomplishments at the previous school, or the address from which this data may be secured.  Students entering the school district from a home-based private education program or private school shall be required to provide any available academic information and may be required to take appropriate academic tests to assist in making a placement.

 

Parents or guardians of students admitted to the district's schools shall present immunization records as required by law.  In addition, students are encouraged to have a complete physical prior to entering school.

 

Any parent wishing to register their child as an early entrance to Kindergarten should contact the elementary school by March 1 in order to be invited to Kindergarten Round-Up. A team of educators reviews each case and makes determination of placement by the end of June. Parents are asked to notify the office throughout the school year of any changes in family status, address or telephone number, or new members to the household.

 

SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

When school is to be closed for the day or early dismissal due to inclement weather, the announcement will be made over the following radio station: WCCO 830 AM. Information is provided to Twin Cities TV stations as well. We ask that you do not call the school during this time since this is often a very busy time and telephones are needed for our communication.  We strongly encourage parents to make plans for back-up childcare on early dismissal days and to monitor stations for school closings. All parents are required to provide "Early Dismissal" information at the start of each school year, and are encouraged to keep all information current. The child/ school/office/teacher cannot call parents. Parents need a plan in place. There will also be notification with Skylert. 

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

The school principal and other administrators may conduct a search of a student if they believe the student has drugs, weapons, alcohol, or other materials in violation of school rules or state law. The search may include inspection of clothing, purses, wallets, knapsacks, and other personal property. The search may also include an inspection of school property, including student lockers, desks, vehicles, and other areas in which items may be kept. 

 

SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES/WHEELIES

Skateboards/rollerblades/wheelies are not to be used on school property at any time.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES

The School District of Osceola realizes that the needs of all children are not always the same and these needs must sometimes be met in different ways.  For this reason there are a variety of special services available to students.

 

Counseling – Counselors are available to students at all grade levels.  Counselors meet with whole classes to discuss common needs and concerns and are also available to small groups and individual students who may have specific needs or concerns.  Students may receive assistance through self-referral, or by referral from a parent or teacher to our counselor.

 

Homebound Instruction - A student is eligible for homebound instruction when it is anticipated the absence will extend beyond thirty (30) days.   When you feel your child is in need of homebound instruction, please contact the school to discuss your specific situation.

 

Cognitive/Emotional/Learning Disabilities - Programs are available for students identified as having a disability.  If a parent or teacher suspects a child's difficulty in learning is caused by some disability, a referral should be made to the principal.  Many factors can affect learning and not all difficulty is the result of a disability.  Other factors such as health, attitude, emotional stability, or level of intelligence can also affect the degree of difficulty a child may have.  It is important for you to call and discuss your concern with school personnel to help reach some conclusions.

 

Pre-school Handicapped - Osceola Elementary Early Childhood Program serves preschool children between three and six years of age with special needs. These children exhibit a variety of moderate to severe disabilities, including speech and language delay, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive disability, learning disability, emotional disturbance, pervasive developmental delay, autism, and/or physical disability.

 

Psychologist - In order for a child to receive the benefit of special programs there are certain requirements that adequate assessment be done to identify the specific needs of a child.  This is the role of the school psychologist.  The psychologist along with the counselor is available to parents to discuss both home and school management of your child.

 

Speech and Language - Children who need assistance in improving their speech or language development work with our speech/language clinician. Each student must qualify for services by having moderate to severe speech/language delays. A formal evaluation is conducted prior to services.

 

Title I -  Osceola participates in a federally funded Title I program. Title I teachers serve eligible students in grades kindergarten through two supporting Reading/Language Arts and literacy development.

 

English Language Learning- Osceola School District has a protocol for serving students who English is their second language.  For program specific contact Kaitlyn Johnson at 715-294-3457. (Policy 2260.22)

 

STUDENT INSURANCE

The Board of Education provides a secondary student insurance coverage with Student Assurance Services, Inc.  Coverage is for all children while they are involved in school day activities. For uninsured students, families can purchase 24 hour accident coverage. For more information visit Student Assurance Website @ www.sas-mn.com.  All accidents need to be reported and claim forms completed in school office.

 

SURVEILLANCE POLICY

The School District of Osceola School Board has determined that in order to enhance the ability to protect the health, welfare and safety of the district’s students and staff, surveillance technology will be utilized. Surveillance technology is monitored intermittently.

TESTING/ASSESSMENT

Several forms of assessment are given to students throughout their education in the School District of Osceola.  The district assessment program contains those tests required by state law as well as local assessments used to aid in the evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. 

These tests fall into three categories, mandatory, district level, and classroom.  Mandatory assessment includes those tests required under state law:  WKCE (WAA –SWD) and ACCESS.  District level assessment (at various grade levels) includes NWEA MAP, WisCareers, PLAN, PALS, EXPLORE, and a technology assessment.  Classroom assessment includes those teacher-administered tests used to monitor student growth and assign grades.

 

TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OSCEOLA

The School District of Osceola, in compliance with the state law, prohibits any use of tobacco on school property.

 

TRUANCY

Truancy (Wisconsin State Statutes, 118.16) is any absence of one or more days from school during which the principal or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parents or guardian of the absent pupil, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of compulsory school attendance.

 

A pupil is a “habitual truant” when he/she is absent without an acceptable excuse:

  1. UNEXCUSED absences for part or all of 5 days in a semester puts you in a position to be prosecuted for violation of County and State laws.
  2. A child may not be EXCUSED for more than 10 days in a school year.

 

As students reach 10 absences, letters are sent from each school office indicating absences to date and possible consequences.

       VIDEOTAPING AND PHOTOS

Our student projects and activities are sometimes videotaped or photographed for the local papers, District Facebook Page and newsletters. Anyone with questions should contact the school office.

 

VISITORS

All building visitors are required to register at the building office. All guests will be required to wear a visitor badge in plain sight at all times while in the building or on school grounds. The following are exceptions to the above:

      A. Persons who are in the building at the specific invitation of the district and are working with a district employee.

      B. Parents or citizens who have been invited to visit the school as part of a scheduled open house or special day.

      C. Individuals who are attending a scheduled performance by a school class, team, or group.

 

The building principal shall have the authority to exclude from the building premises or limit the length of visits of any person or persons that he or she has reason to believe may disrupt the educational program of the school or classroom. Engaging in any action that interferes with the learning process shall result in the revocation of the visitor's pass.

 

VISITORS - PARENT

Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classes with prior approval by building principal and classroom teacher. Please submit your request at least 2 days in advance so arrangements can be made. Visits are generally limited to one class period.

VISITORS - STUDENT

Students who are not enrolled in Osceola Schools are not allowed to attend with friends and/or relatives.

 

 

 

WEAPONS

No one shall possess, use, or store a weapon or look-alike weapon in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities, except as otherwise specifically provided. A dangerous weapon or look-alike weapon is defined by state statute to include, but not be limited to, guns, electric weapons, knives, metallic knuckles, martial arts equipment, or any other object which is capable of inflicting bodily harm, property damage, or which endangers the health and safety of students and staff. Ammunition and explosives are included within the weapons category.

 

Violation of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement or juvenile delinquency authorities as outlined in Chapter 48 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Dangerous weapons will be confiscated by school personnel and reported to the parents/guardians. Any student violating this policy shall be subject to penalties outlined in the state law and referred for suspension or expulsion in accordance with state and federal law.

 

The building principal may allow weapons in the building for the following purpose:

1.     Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel or by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school and the individual or an employee of the individual.

2.  Theatrical props used in appropriate settings or starter pistols used in appropriate sporting events.

 

For purposes of demonstration, educational presentations, or safety classes. Approval must be in writing and granted prior to the weapon being brought to the school. The weapon shall be maintained in the possession of the principal or person(s) designated by the principal, except during the actual demonstration or presentation. Legal Reference: Wis. Stats. ss120.12 (1), 939.22(10), 948.60, 948.605 P.L. 103-382 (Gun Free Schools Act of 1994).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appendix

BEHAVIOR RUBRICS

 

 

 

Cafeteria

 

 

Behavior

Expectation

Matrix

 

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Use good manners

·         Raise your hands for help

·         Stay seated

·         2 or under voice level

 

 

 

Be Responsible

 

 

·         Hold tray with 2 hands

·         Always walk

 

 

 

Be Safe

 

·         Stack tray correctly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Hallway

 

Behavior

Expectation

Matrix

 

 

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Take turns at the drinking fountain

·         0 or 1 voice level

 

 

 

Be Safe

 

 

·         Keep hands, feet, and body safe

·         Always walk

 

 

 

Be

Responsible

 

·         Stay with my class

·         Follow directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bathroom

 

 

 

 

Behavior

Expectation

 

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Give others privacy

·         Take turns

·         0 or 1 voice level

 

Matrix

 

 

Be Safe

 

 

·         Keep hands, feet, and body safe

·         Always walk

·         Keep water in the sink

 

 

 

Be

Responsible

 

·         Clean up

·         Use bathroom and supplies correctly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Playground

 

 

 

Behavior

Expectation

Matrix

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Be good sport

·         Take turns

·         Follow adult directions

·         4 or below voice level

 

 

 

 

Be Safe

 

 

·         Keep hands, feet, and body safe

·         Play within boundaries

·         Play with equipment and nature safely

·         Report unsafe behavior

 

 

Be

Responsible

 

·         Work together

·         Clean up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Share the seat with others

·         Listen to the bus driver at all times

·         Be kind to others

·         2 or under voice level

Behavior

Expectation

Matrix

 

 

 

Be Safe

 

 

·         Keep hands, feet, and body safe

·         Stay seated when the bus is moving

·         Keep aisles clear

·         Report unsafe behavior

·         Always walk when on or near the school bus

 

 

 

 

Be

Responsible

 

·         Be sure to take all your belongings with you

·         Remind others of the rules

·         Report any dangerous activity to the bus driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Group

Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be

Respectful

 

·         Listen

·         Use 0 voice level when speaker is talking

Behavior

Expectation

Matrix

 

 

Be Safe

 

 

 

·         Keep hands, feet, and body safe

·         Always walk

 

 

 

Be

Responsible

 

·         Follow directions

·         Clean up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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