Deckerville Elementary School Student / Parent Handbook 2015-2016
To provide an appropriate educational program and learning environment which will effectively meet the educational needs of its students and citizens and to help its students accomplish goals which are significant, durable, and transferable.
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
It is the policy of the Deckerville Community Schools District to provide an equal education opportunity to all students. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of his/her race, color, disability, religion, gender, or national origin, while at school or a school activity should immediately contact the principal of the elementary.
Deckerville Elementary and the Board of Education believe that durable and significant learning by a student is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the school and the student’s parents/guardians. Such a partnership means mutual belief in and commitment to significant educational goals for a student, a plan for the means to accomplish those goals, cooperation on developing and implementing solutions to problems that may be encountered and continuing communication regarding the progress in accomplishing the goal(s). See policy 2112.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITITES
The rules and procedures of Deckerville Schools are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights of freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights of fellow students and the staff. Students will be expected to follow teacher directions and obey all school rules. Disciplinary procedures are designed to insure due process before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.
Parents have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed, when concerns arise. Many times it will be the responsibility of the student to deliver that information. Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their student’s teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her goals.
Student safety is a responsibility of all staff. All staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as fire and tornado drills and accident reporting procedures. Should a student be aware of any dangerous situation or accident, he/she must notify any staff person immediately. State law requires that all students must have an emergency medical card completed, signed by a parent or guardian, and filed in the school office. Students with specific health care needs should deliver written notice about such needs along with proper documentation by a physician, to the school office.
EARLY STUDENT DISMISSAL
No student will be allowed to leave prior to dismissal time without a written, phoned request, or the parent/guardian coming to the school office to request the release.
- No student will be released to a person other than the custodial parent without written permission.
- If a parent /guardian need to request a change in the dismissal procedure for their child, the request needs to be made no less than 45 minutes prior to the end of the school day.
The school day begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 2:57 p.m. Students are requested not to arrive at school prior to 7:45 a.m. and to leave the building immediately at dismissal unless the teacher has arranged with the parents for the child to stay.
TRANSFER OUT/WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
No student in the elementary will be allowed to withdraw from school without written consent of his/her parents. Parents must notify the principal about plans to transfer their child to another school. If a student plans to transfer from Deckerville Elementary, the parent must notify the principal. Transfer will be authorized only after the student has completed the arrangements, returned all school materials, and paid any fees or fines that are due. School records, may not be released if the transfer is not properly completed. Parents are encouraged to contact the elementary office for specific details. School officials, when transferring student records, are required to transmit disciplinary records including suspension and expulsion actions against the student.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Currently our district does not carry student accident insurance to cover injuries or accidents that occur during the school day or on school property. Students may purchase accident insurance by visiting www.1stagency.com. This coverage can be purchased on- line.
Students must be current with all immunizations required by law or have an authorized waiver from the State. If a student does not have the necessary shots or waivers, the principal may remove the student or require compliance with a set deadline. This is for the safety of all students and in accordance with State law. Any questions about immunizations or waivers should be directed to the Elementary office.
USE OF MEDICATIONS
In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:
- Parents should, with their physician’s counsel, determine whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering during school
- The Medication Request and Authorization Form must be filed with the building principal before the student will be allowed to be taking medication.
- All medications must be registered with the principal’s office.
- Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured. Medication may be conveyed to school directly by the parent or transported by
- Medication may not be sent to school in the student’s possession, except for emergency medications for allergies and/or reactions.
- The child has the responsibility for both presenting himself/herself on time and for taking the prescribed medication.
Students, with appropriate written permission from the physician and parent, may possess and use a metered dose inhaler or dry powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms. Epinephrine (Epi-pen) is administered only in accordance with a written medication administration plan developed by the school principal and updated annually.
NON PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS
Parents may authorize the school to administer an “over the counter” medication and/or essential oils, using a form which is available at the school office. A physician does not have to authorize such medication but all other conditions of the prescribed medication must be followed. The student may be authorized on the request form by his/her parents to self administer the medication in the presence of a school staff member.
Deckerville Elementary School follows the policy recommended by Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Department of Education which focuses on the exclusion of active infestations only. Active infestations can be defined as the presence of live lice or nits found within 1⁄4” of the scalp. Nits that are found beyond 1⁄4” of the scalp have more than likely hatched, or are no longer viable.
The head lice procedure is as follows:
- Students are checked for lice/nits when the situation warrants. If lice or nits are found the student’s parents will be contacted. At this time students in the classroom may be checked.
- If live lice (louse) are found the student is to leave the building as soon as possible to receive appropriate treatment. After receiving appropriate treatment the parent needs to bring the child to school for a head check in the office before they can return to class.
- If nits remain after the child has been treated, the parent will again be contacted and asked to remove nits and if necessary, seek professional help from the health department/doctor.
The American’s with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide that no individual will be discriminated against on the basis of a disability. This protection applies not just to the student, but to all individuals who have access to the District’s programs and facilities.
A student can access special education services through the proper evaluation procedures. Parent involvement in this procedure is important and required by Federal (IDEA) and State Law. Contact the special education designee to inquire about evaluation procedures and programs.
Students are encouraged not to bring items of value to school. Items such as jewelry, expensive clothing, electronic equipment, and the like, are tempting targets for theft. The school cannot be responsible for their safe-keeping and will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.
REVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND ACTIVITES
Parents have the right to review any instructional materials being used in the school. They also may observe instruction in any class, particularly those dealing with instruction in health education. Any parent who wishes to review materials or observe instruction must contact the principal prior to coming to school. Parents’ rights to review teaching materials and instructional activities are subject to reasonable restrictions and limits.
The school participates in the National School Lunch Program and makes lunches available to students for a fee of $2.10(K-4), $2.35 (5th & 6th). For students who do not take school lunch, they may purchase milk for .50 cents. Ala carte items are available for students in 5th and 6th grades. No student shall be allowed to leave school premises, during the lunch period, without specific written permission granted by the principal.
Breakfast is offered to all elementary students at no charge.
Applications for the school’s Free and Reduced-Priced Meal program are distributed to all students. Any questions or concerns about the meal service program, contact the food service director, Laura Vogel.
FIRE AND TORNADO/STORM DRILLS
The school complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire drills in accordance with State law. Specific instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students by their teachers who will be responsible for safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the building.
Tornado/storm drills will be conducted during the tornado season and at the beginning of the school year using procedures provided by the State.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the school will notify the following radio and television stations: WMIC 660 AM – 97.7 FM, WLEW 1340 AM-102.1 FM, WHNN 96.1 FM, TV-5, TV-12, TV-25, and WDIV 4.
Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.
Visitors, particularly parents, are welcome at Deckerville Community Schools. In order to properly monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the office upon entering the School to obtain a visitor’s pass. Any visitor in the school without reporting to the office and obtaining a pass shall be reported to the office. If a person wishes to confer with a member of the staff, he/she should call for an appointment prior to coming to school, in order to schedule a mutually convenient time. Students may not bring visitors to school without prior written permission from the principal.
USE OF PHONES/Cell Phones
Office phones are not to be used for personal calls. Except in an emergency, students will not be called to the office to receive a telephone call. Office personnel will initiate all calls on behalf of a student seeking permission to leave school.
We strongly discourage elementary students from bringing cell phones to school. If it becomes necessary, we require students have cell phones turned off during school hours. In an emergency situation cell phones may be used with the permission of the principal. Cell phone cameras or video recording options may not be used at any time. Should this policy be violated, the cell phone will be confiscated and returned only to the parents of the respective student. This policy also applies to other electronic devices such as MP3 players, iPods, cameras, etc.
ADVERTISING OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
Students may not post announcements or advertisements for outside activities without receiving prior approval from the principal. The principal will try to respond to requests for approval within twenty-four (24) hours of their receipt.
Field trips are academic activities that are held off school grounds. All students must have written permission to go on a field trip. Students must abide by the school rules when they are on field trips.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
Notification shall be given to parents as soon as retention becomes a possibility and typically not later than the end of the first semester. Promotion/retention shall be determined in consultation with the principal, teacher(s) and parents.
PLACEMENT IN CLASSES
Placement of classes is carried out by the staff and administration. Parents who would like to request their child to have a particular teacher, are to notify the Principal’s office after the first Monday of April or prior to the second Friday of May. Parent requests will be
honored as often as possible but due to scheduling concerns (class size, gender makeup, academic performance levels, special needs, etc.) not all requests may be honored.
Students shall receive a report card at the end of each nine week period indicating their grades for each course of study for that portion of the academic term. Also, students in grades 1-6 will receive a progress report at the mid-point of the nine week period.
The purpose of a grade is to indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning. In general, students are assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects, and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas in determining a grade and will so inform the students at the beginning of the course.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ATTENDANCE AWARDS:
A “Perfect Attendance” Award will be given to a child if he/she is not absent or tardy for the semester. “Regular Attendance” Award is given for less that two absences for the semester. Every two tardies will be counted as one half day absence in determining this award.
HONOR ROLL AWARDS:
This award is determined by the year-end average and a student must have obtained a “B” average or better in all of his/her classes. HONOR ROLL:
Each marking period and semester an Honor Roll will be determined. In order for a student to be on the Honor Roll, he/she must have all A’s and B’s on their reported grades. A student may receive one “C” if there is an “A” in another subject to offset the “C”.
The assignment of homework can be expected. Student grades will reflect completion of all work, including outside assignments. Homework is also part of the student’s preparation for State Mandated Tests (MEAP) and for graduation. Homework will be used to enhance a student’s learning.
EXTENDED ABSENCE/MAKEUP WORK
If your child is to have an extended absence, please use the following procedure for getting homework:
- Call the office early in the day with your request
- Pick up the homework at the end of the day or arrange someone to pick it up for you
- If your child is going to be absent for just one day, please wait and get make-up work upon returning to school.
- If a child is absent or tardy, please either call the school or send a note in with your child.
- Unless the school is contacted, the child will be considered unexcused and will not be permitted to make-up their work until an excuse is received.
- A child is considered absent if they arrive after 8:45 a.m. and leave prior to 2:15p.m.
- A child is considered tardy if he/she enters school after 8:05 a.m. or if he/she enters class after the end of noon recess.
- If a child misses more than 30 minutes of class time, he/she will be considered absent.
- A poor attendance record could result in the retention of a child.
- Excessive or unusual pattern of absences will result in a truancy referral.
- Students are requested to arrive no earlier than 7:45 a.m.
Parents are encouraged not to take their child out of school for vacations. When a family vacation must be scheduled during the school year, the parents should discuss the matter with the principal and the student’s teacher(s) to make necessary arrangements. It may be possible for the student to receive certain assignments that are to be completed during the trip. We strongly encourage this work to be completed at the time of the students return.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL EVENTS
The school encourages students to attend as many school events held after school as possible, without interfering with their school work and home activities. However, in order to ensure that students attending evening events as non-participants are properly safe-guarded, it is strongly advised that the students be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone when they attend the event. The school will not be able to supervise unaccompanied students nor will it be responsible for students who arrive without an adult chaperone.
Students must comply with the Code of Conduct at school events, regardless of location.
CODE OF CONDUCT
A major component of the educational program at Deckerville Schools is to prepare students to become responsible workers and citizens by learning how to conduct themselves properly and in accordance with established standards.
CARE OF PROPERTY
Damage to or loss of school equipment and facilities wastes taxpayers’ money and undermines the school program. Therefore, if a student does damage or loses school property, the student or his/her parents will be required to pay for the replacement or damage. If the damage or loss was intentional, the student will also be subject to the Student Discipline Code.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
While fashion changes, the reasons for being in school do not. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Appropriate clothing:
- Is clean, neat, and modest.
- Does not include halter tops, short shorts (any shorts worn must be a least finger tip in their length), bare midriff shirts or blouses, or muscle (sleeveless) shirts.
- Does not include any article of clothing that has objectionable language or pictures, and/or advertising any controlled substance of alcohol and/or tobacco.
- Finger tip length shorts may be worn to school and any school event, unless otherwise notified from May 1st, through September 30th.
- Flip flops” and sandals without heels and toes are not to be worn in school If a student has selected a manner of appearance that disrupts the educational process or presents a risk to themselves or others, he/she may be removed from school.
Children may have parties at school during certain times at the discretion of the teacher and administration. Treats and parties will not be held so as to interfere with lunch. Birthdays may be shared with other students by brining a treat to class. We ask that you keep in mind that a nutritional snack is much better than a lot of sugar type snacks. We do not allow gum in the elementary building. Please do not send personal party invitations to be distributed at school.
TOYS AT SCHOOL
The only time that students should bring, toys, games, etc. is when their teacher instructs them to. However, toy guns, knives, weapons of any kind are never allowed in school. Students are not to bring iPods, CD Players, MP3 players, or other similar devices to school.
Our policy is that all children stay in when the wind chill is less than 10 degrees above zero. Children also stay in when it is raining, sleeting, or the playground in not able to be used. Otherwise all children are expected to go outside for recess unless there is written directions from a doctor stating that a child must remain in.
Deckerville Elementary School operates for the purpose of providing an education to the students of our district. In order to provide a quality education, a positive learning environment must be maintained We expect all students at Deckerville Elementary School to SOAR. Students will be Safe, Organized, Accountable, and Respectful in all areas of the school. (Bus, cafeteria, classroom (any instructional area), hallways, playground, and bathroom areas)
The Elementary Staff is responsible for teaching behavior expectations as a part of the ongoing curriculum. Students will clearly understand the school wide expectations. Students at Deckerville Elementary will be recognized and rewarded for demonstrating expected behaviors.
Student expectations are as follows:
- Be Safe: Walk
- Keep your bottoms on your seat facing forward
- Be Organized:
- Take care of your belongings
- Keep area neat and clean Be Accountable:
- Use voice level (0 – 1 – 2)
- Be ready to get off at your stop Be Respectful:
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to self Follow the request of your driver Be friendly and courteous
Classroom / Instructional Areas: Be Safe: Walk
- Sit on Bottoms
- Keep all 4 Chair and Table Legs on the floor
- Be Organized:
- Be ready to learn with needed supplies
- Keep work area neat and clean Be Accountable
- Use appropriate voice level (0 – 3) Follow directions and procedures
- Report problems to adults
- Be Respectful: Keep hands, feet, objects to self, be friendly and courteous
- Be Safe: Keep your bottom on your chair while eating Get all supplies before sitting down, Walk, Wait your turn
- Be Organized: Neatly return tray to staff
- Be Accountable: Use appropriate voice level (0 – 1 – 2) Touch only your own food Report problems to adults
- Be Respectful: Keep hands, feet, object to self, leave your area clean, use “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me
- Be Safe: Walk single file Face forward
- Be Organized:
- Stay to the right
- Be Accountable: Use appropriate voice level, report problems to adults
- Be Respectful: Keep hands, feet, and objects to self Be friendly and courteous
- Be Safe: Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
- Be Organized: Keep bathroom clean, GO, FLUSH, WASH, AND RETURN TO CLASS
- Be Accountable: Use appropriate voice level (0-1) Report problems to adults
- Be Respectful: Be friendly and courteous Give others’ privacy
A student will receive a minor referral when choosing not to demonstrate expected behaviors in any of the above school environments. Students receiving minor referrals will be expected to return the referral, signed by a parent, to the staff member who made the referral. Three minor referrals will equal one major referral.
A student will receive a major referral for gross neglect of expected behaviors as determined by the staff member and principal.
All referrals will require the students to serve a detention.
K-2 Students will generally serve detention during afternoon recess time.
3-6 Students will serve detentions after school. These detentions will be arranged between staff and parents of the student involved.
SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL:
A student receiving 3 major referrals will be suspended from school for one day. This could include any combination of minor and major referrals to equate to 3 major referrals. (ex: 1 major referral and 6 minor referrals would be equivalent to 3 major referrals) A parent meeting will be arranged before the student returns to school. A specific behavior plan will be reviewed or written at that time. Certain disciplinary problems may result in immediate suspension and/or referral to police agencies. Examples may be smoking, drinking, substance abuse, theft, arson, insubordinate behavior, gross disrespect to staff member, etc.
Harassment of students is prohibited, and will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate conduct by students as well as any other person in the school environment. It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. This policy applies to all school sponsored activities whether on or off school property.
Harassment is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical or emotional well-being. This would include harassment based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status or disability. This policy, however, is not limited to these legal categories and includes harassment that would negatively impact students. This would include such activities as stalking, bullying, name-calling, taunting, hazing and other disruptive behaviors.
Any student that believes he/she has been or is a victim of harassment should immediately report the situation to the teacher, the principal or the superintendent of schools. Every student should and every staff member must report any situation that they believe to be improper harassment of a student. The following definitions are provided for guidance only.
Harassment is any unwelcome conduct or communication which interferes with the student’s education, creates intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities. This may include racial slurs, mocking behavior, or other demeaning comments.
Verbal harassment or abuse
Pressure for sexual activity
Repeated remarks with sexual or demeaning implications Unwelcome touching, Sexual jokes, posters, cartoons, etc.
Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, safety, job or performance of public duties.
Intimidation of others by acts, such as:
Threatened (verbal, written, or electronic) or actual physical harm
Unwelcome physical contact
Damaging or destroying property
Blocking or impeding student movement
The entire school, as well as the broader community, must further be involved in bullying prevention efforts in order to create a positive climate in which caring and considerate interactions thrive and aggressive actions are deemed unacceptable. Isolated prevention and intervention strategies do not alone allow for the promotion of norms against bullying. Young people require positive modeling, proactive instruction, and ongoing support if they are to make decisions, and take actions in favor of potential victims and in opposition to potential aggressors.
Any type of initiation procedure for any school related activity, which involves conduct such as Illegal activity (examples- drinking, drugs)
Physical punishment or infliction of pain
Intentional humiliation or embarrassment Dangerous activity
Activity likely to cause mental or psychological stress Forced detention or kidnapping
Undressing or exposure
Every reasonable effort will be made to maintain confidentiality during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.
At Deckerville Elementary School we consider the safety of our students and staff to be of great importance. Although it is not possible to guarantee total immunity from any negative incidents, we will continue to take steps to provide the safest and most educationally sound environment for your child.
Deckerville Elementary School requires a one page form to be completed by any individual who works within our school system, as a volunteer or a field trip chaperone. This form is available through the Elementary office.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE ELEMENTARY OFFICE AT 810-376-9785