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Family Handbook

The Family Handbook is intended to outline the expectations of the school and how it operates. It should not be considered an exhaustive document. There are many aspects of a school that take shape and change as a year progresses; unexpected and unpredictable issues inevitably arise.

The administration and the board reserve the right to use their discretion to make decisions on those types of situations that may not be specifically addressed in the handbook or in policies. Those decisions will be based on their experienced judgment, customs of the school, commonly accepted norms of social and educational institutions, law, common sense, and what is in the best interest of the entire DLS community. The board and administration also reserve the right to update, revise or add policies and rules at anytime during the year when the need arises.

The school will not provide hard copies of the handbook because of the high cost of copying.  The full handbook is available for download below.

Table of Contents for 2013-14 School Year

Family Handbook – An Evolving Guide...................................................................................................... 2

Contacting the School.................................................................................................................................. 3

2013-2014 School Calendar............................................................................................................................ 3

An Introduction to the Denver Language School........................................................................................ 6

Humbly conceived, destined for greatness________________________________________________ 6

Charter Schools_____________________________________________________________________ 6

DLS Mission Statement______________________________________________________________ 7

The vision of DLS___________________________________________________________________ 7

Principles_________________________________________________________________________ 8

CORE values______________________________________________________________________ 8

Education Plan............................................................................................................................................. 8

Leadership and Governance......................................................................................................................... 9

Statement on Diversity............................................................................................................................... 10

Non-Discrimination Policy......................................................................................................................... 10

Denver Language School Board of Directors............................................................................................. 10

DLS Board of Directors 2013/2014............................................................................................................. 11

School Policies, Practices and Procedures.................................................................................................. 12

Administrative/School Hours_________________________________________________________ 12

Attendance_______________________________________________________________________ 12

Before- and After-School Programs_____________________________________________________ 14

Child Abuse Reporting______________________________________________________________ 14

Class Requests_____________________________________________________________________ 15

Communication____________________________________________________________________ 15

Community/After Hours Use of the DLS building_________________________________________ 18

Discipline & Conduct_______________________________________________________________ 18

Discipline Approach, Policies, Procedures________________________________________________________ 18

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISCIPLINE LADDER____________________________________________ 23

Behavior Expectations and Rules______________________________________________________________ 28

Rules__________________________________________________________________________________ 29

Weapons Policy__________________________________________________________________________ 31

Dress Code/Uniform Policy__________________________________________________________ 31

Drop-off/Pick-Up__________________________________________________________________ 33

Enrollment/Withdrawal Procedures____________________________________________________ 34

Enrollment______________________________________________________________________________ 34

Student Records & Forms___________________________________________________________________ 35

Withdrawal from DLS/Records Transfer_________________________________________________________ 35

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act_______________________________________________ 36

Family Commitment to School Community Service_______________________________________ 37

Field Trips________________________________________________________________________ 37

Financial Information_______________________________________________________________ 37

Money Collection Procedures_________________________________________________________________ 37

Financial Assistance________________________________________________________________________ 37

Financial Aid____________________________________________________________________________ 38

Fees___________________________________________________________________________________ 38

Fire and Safety Drills________________________________________________________________ 38

Fundraising Activities_______________________________________________________________ 39

Grading System____________________________________________________________________ 40

Health & Immunizations____________________________________________________________ 43

Immunizations___________________________________________________________________________ 43

Medication Policy_________________________________________________________________________ 44

Medical Attention_________________________________________________________________________ 46

Sick Child_______________________________________________________________________________ 46

Student Emergencies_______________________________________________________________________ 46

Internet Use______________________________________________________________________ 46

Lost and Found____________________________________________________________________ 47

Lunch and breakfast________________________________________________________________ 48

Parent-Teacher Association___________________________________________________________ 48

Personal Property/Toys_____________________________________________________________ 48

School Closings and Delays__________________________________________________________ 49

School Pictures____________________________________________________________________ 49

School Visitors____________________________________________________________________ 49

Special Education__________________________________________________________________ 50

Standardized Testing________________________________________________________________ 50

Textbooks, Library Books and School Supplies___________________________________________ 50

Students Staying with Another Family__________________________________________________ 51

Denver Language School Family Handbook Memo of Understanding/Contract...................................... 52

 

Note: In this handbook "parent" also means "legal guardian"
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Rachel Campbell-Maher,
Aug 8, 2013, 9:00 AM