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Colwich

Elementary School

 

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Parent / Student Handbook

2016-17

COLWICH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION    

SCHOOL FEES    

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIME

CHANGE OF ADDRESS    

SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS    

DRESS CODE    

LUNCHES    

ATTENDANCE    

PHILOSOPHY    

VALID EXCUSE FOR ABSENCE    

UNEXCUSED  ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL    

TRUANCY    

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES    

DOCTOR AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS    

VACATIONS    

SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITIES    

MAKE-UP WORK    

RELIGION CLASSES    

TARDY TO SCHOOL    

TARDY TO CLASS    

LEAVING SCHOOL    

LEAVING BECAUSE OF ILLNESS OR INJURY    

LEAVING SCHOOL FOR OTHER REASONS

 

BEHAVIOR / DISCIPLINE    

SCHOOL STANDARDS    

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE    

DETENTION    

ACTIVITIES ELIGIBILITY (7-8TH GRADES)    

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION    

DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL    

VERBAL /PHYSICAL ASSAULT    

ALCOHOL USE    

DRUG ABUSE REGULATIONS

WEAPONS  (SEE ALSO HANDBOOK SUPPLEMENT)    

SEXUAL HARASSMENT    

RACIAL HARASSMENT    

LOCKER POLICY    

BUS BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE    

HALL TRAFFIC    

HOMEWORK    

ACADEMIC HONESTY    

USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAN, WAN, AND INTERNET 

CHROMEBOOKS USAGE

PROMOTION AND RETENTION    

VISITORS    

TELEPHONE    

SNACKS    

SPECIAL SERVICES    

TESTING    

HOME - SCHOOL ORGANIZATION    

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL    

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY    

PERSONAL PROPERTY    

ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN THE SCHOOL    

HEALTH    

IMMUNIZATIONS    

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES    

MEDICATIONS    

LUNCHROOM RULES AND GUIDELINES    

SAFETY PATROL RULES    

DISCRIMINATION

 

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION

Our school contains Kindergarten through 8th grades. We refer to grades K-5 as our Lower Division.  Our Upper Division consists of grades 6-8.  Grades K - 2 are self contained (one teacher for most subjects).  Grades 3 - 5 will use a blended model of homeroom teachers with subject specific teaching.  Grades  6 - 8 are completely departmentalized with students changing rooms and teachers throughout the day.

SCHOOL FEES

Curriculum materials fees are paid at enrollment.  Students enrolling after the first nine-week period will pay a prorated portion.  Delinquent fees from the past year must be paid before school begins.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIME

Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:15 A.M.  The entry doors will be unlocked at that time. Classes begin at 8:30 A.M.  

The regular school day ends at 3:57 P.M.              

Students may be in the building after 4:15            STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BE   

only if they are under the direct supervision                           ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

of a teacher or other responsible adult.                       BEFORE 8:15 A.M.

The half day  Kindergarten class dismisses at 11:30.  

Students arriving late to school must sign in at the office and receive an admit-to-class pass.

Students leaving school early must first sign out in the office.  Parents wishing to pick up their students early must either send a note or come to the office first.  Please do not go directly to the classroom.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Students and parents are requested to inform the office of any change of address or telephone number. This will help us to keep our mailing list and emergency information up to date. Students moving from Colwich Elementary must have their parents contact the office by phone or in person to inform the school when the student’s last day will be.

SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS

Our 7 and 8 grade students have the opportunity to participate in volleyball (girls), basketball, and track.  Students are expected to be in good academic standing in order to participate.  Refer to ACTIVITIES ELIGIBILITY.  Other sponsored activities include 7/8 grade Scholars Bowl, 6 grade Battle of the Books,  6-8 grade Student Council, choir, and band.

 

DRESS CODE

Colwich Elementary School Uniform Dress Code

The intent of the uniform dress code is to provide a business-like atmosphere for learning and to build students’ pride in their school and in themselves.

All students attending Colwich Elementary School beginning with the 1998 - 99 school year will be required to wear a school uniform.

The basic uniform is described as a navy bottom with a white or red top.  A designated red plaid from Parker Uniform is also identified as an option.  Specifics are as follows:

SLACKS/SHORTS

• navy blue only

• dress style with or without pleats

• traditional straight leg and standard pocket

• polyester or polyester blend fabric

• no corduroy, cargo, carpenter, or denim fabric

• no outside pockets or athletic shorts worn under uniform shorts

• length of shorts must fall below mid-thigh

 

SHIRTS

• polo type with collar – cardinal red or white

• turtle neck - cardinal red or white

• button down dress shirt or oxford – white

• must be tucked in at all times

• tech long sleeve shirts may be worn under polo shirt - cardinal red, navy, white only

• undershirts worn under white polo shirts must be plain without logos

 

SWEATSHIRTS/HOODIES/SWEATERS

• solid navy blue, cardinal red, white

• CES logos only

• long sleeved or sleeveless, v-neck, crew neck, cardigan

• uniform approved shirts must be worn under sweaters with shirt collar visible

• non-uniform items may not be worn in the classroom

 

BELTS

• black, brown, navy

• shorts and pants must be belted at all times

• grades K - 2:  belts optional

 

SHOES  • black, brown, white, navy, or gray athletic or leather dress shoes

• athletic shoes may have colored accents/logos

• no neon base color on athletic shoes

• no boots of any kind, flip-flops, “crocs” or sandals, moccasins, roller shoes, slippers  

SOCKS • black, brown, white, navy, or gray – no prints

• socks must be worn at all times and must match

• 1 inch athletic logos are permitted on socks   

SPIRIT SHIRTS

• CES logos from current and previous year only

• spirit shirts may be worn each Friday with uniform pants or shorts

JUMPERS

• “V” front or crew style  

• navy blue or Parker Uniform designated red/blue plaid

• length must fall below mid-thigh  

SKIRTS/SKORTS

• navy blue or Parker Uniform designated red/blue plaid

• length must fall below mid-thigh  

TIGHTS/LEGGINGS/HOSE

• solid navy, white, black or flesh colored  

• no baggy leggings, sweatpants, spandex, prints, glittery

• ankle length preferred

All uniforms must be worn in an appropriate manner.

●      Students will adhere to the uniform dress code prior to entering the building each day.

●       Uniforms are to be clean and repaired as needed.  No large holes, rips, or frayed edges.

●       NO coats, jackets, non-approved sweaters or sweatshirts will be worn in the classroom.

●       NO hats in the building.

●       Please label all sweaters, hoodies, sweatshirts, coats, and jackets.  Lost and found is located in the cafeteria.

●       Pants are to be worn appropriately, no “sagging”.

●       Shorts are not recommended November thru March.

●       School uniforms will be worn at all times unless designated otherwise by the principal.   

●       Athletic uniforms will not be worn to school.

 

Families who receive free or reduced lunch and for whom the cost of uniforms creates a financial hardship may apply to the principal for assistance.  

A series of steps have been developed to enforce the uniform policy.

1.      All students attending Colwich Elementary School are required to follow the uniform dress code.

2.    Students who fail to wear the designated uniform will be given a warning and given appropriate clothing to wear for the day.

3.    Students who continue to disregard the uniform dress code after being given a warning will be subject to disciplinary action (starts over each semester):

    a.    1st infraction: Sent home to dress appropriately

    b.    2nd - 3rd infraction: 15 Minute After School or Lunch Detention

    c.    4th - 5th infraction: 30 Minute After School Detention or Lunch Detention

    d.    6th + infractions: See Elementary and Middle School behavior steps, page 10


A variety of choices are available within the guidelines of our uniform dress code.  In making choices of clothing and accessories, students are expected to honor the intent of the dress code. Attempts to circumvent the dress code will be viewed as non-compliance. We count on our parents’ help in monitoring their student’s apparel.

LUNCHES

Colwich Elementary School provides a hot lunch program for its students.  All children eat by grade level under adult supervision in the lunchroom.  School lunches are paid in advance.  There is a No Charge policy on school lunches.  If a student forgets lunch money, he or she will be allowed to eat that day,  but the parent will be notified to either send in lunch money or provide a sack lunch for the student.  Students who wish to bring a sack lunch may purchase milk in the lunchroom.

ATTENDANCE

PHILOSOPHY

The Board of Education, administration, and staff of Colwich Elementary School believe that regular attendance is necessary to fully realize the benefits of educational opportunity.  Students who attend on a regular basis will have a better opportunity to receive instruction that is continual and in a logical progression.  The best learning takes place when students are present on a daily basis, contributing through the regular exchange of ideas, and receiving direction under the supervision of a certified staff member.

See Renwick Board of Education Attendance policy JB :

VALID EXCUSE FOR ABSENCE

The following are considered valid excuses for absence within the limits established by the Board of Education absence policy JBD: Personal illness, serious illness or death in the family, family emergency and personal business, doctor or dental appointments, religious observances, school activities, and other absences which are deemed necessary by the parents and approved in advance by the administration.

If your child will be absent, please call the school.  When your child returns, please send a note stating the reason for the absence.  Students reporting to school late must check in through the school office.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

A student is unexcused when he/she is absent without a valid excuse for absence.

Examples of unexcused absences (not intended to be an all-inclusive list): hair appointments, oversleeping, missing the bus, working on homework or skipping school.

Students who have an unexcused absence will lose credit for all work missed during the time missed.  Students who skip school or arrive late for unexcused reasons will be required to make up time in accordance with the building practice.  

Students who have an unexcused absence from school on the day of an activity will not be allowed to participate in the activity that day.

TRUANCY

Kansas State Laws 72-1111 and 72-1113 require school attendance by all children between the ages of seven (7) years and sixteen years (16).  If a child is not enrolled in a public or nonpublic school, such child is truant.  If a child is inexcusably absent on either three (3) consecutive days or five (5) or more days in any semester,  or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first, such child is truant.

See Renwick Board of Education policy JBE

Schools are required BY LAW to report all truancy violations to the Secretary of Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS).

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

Students will be limited to 12 excused absences per semester.  Any absence past the 12 day limit will not be excused unless it is for illness verified by a licensed physician or for absence approved in advance by the administration.  Exceptions: students who are hospitalized or suffering from a long term illness while under the care of a licensed  physician will be exempt from this provision.  Long term illness is defined as an illness which keeps a student out of school for a least 4 consecutive days.  In addition, all doctor and dental appointments verified by an appointment card will be exempt from this provision.

DOCTOR AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS

Doctor and dental appointments are considered excused absences up to the maximum of 12 total absences per semester.  If the maximum excused absences has been reached, verification of the appointment is necessary in order to excuse the absence.  Verification may be an appointment card, a doctor’s note, or other appropriate documentation.  Every effort should be made to insure that the student does not continue to miss the same class period for these appointments.  In most cases students will be excused for a maximum of 1/2 day for these appointments.  Parents are urged to return children to school as soon as possible.

VACATIONS

All vacations must be prearranged with the office at least 5 days prior to the student leaving.   The vacation will be excused only in as much as it falls within the 12 day absence limit.  Any days which exceed the 12 day limit will be counted as unexcused.  The student will be responsible for notifying each teacher and completing work as arranged with that teacher.

SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITIES

All absences as a result of student participation in school sponsored activities will be excused.  These absences do not count towards the 12 day limit.  Students who miss classes for school sponsored activities need to make advance arrangements with their teachers for make-up work.  Students must attend class at least 1/2 day to take part in an activity that day.

MAKE-UP WORK  

In general two days are given to complete daily work missed due to each day of excused absence.  For extended illness the student will be limited to 5 days following his or her return to make up work missed.  Exceptions to this rule can be made through special arrangements with the teacher or the administration.  These arrangements should be documented.  No make-up work will be allowed for unexcused absences.  Tests that have been scheduled in advance and long term assignments need to be completed upon arrival back to school.  

TARDY TO SCHOOL

It is the student’s responsibility to be on time for all classes.  Students entering school after take-up time in the morning must check through the office before entering class.

TARDY TO CLASS

Reasons for being tardy between classes will be evaluated by the teacher, and the student may be sent back to the previous teacher for a note to determine if the tardiness is excused.  Students may be excused and given a warning for the first tardy case.  Students who continue to be tardy after receiving a warning, will make up time before or after school as follows: First time will be (10) minutes, the second will be (20) minutes and the third time, parents will be contacted for a conference and the student will serve an hour detention.

LEAVING SCHOOL

See Renwick Board of Education policy JBH  

LEAVING BECAUSE OF ILLNESS OR INJURY

In case of illness or injury in which it does not seem advisable for the child to remain in the

classroom, parents will be contacted by telephone to come to school and pick up their child.  In cases where parents are not available by telephone, emergency numbers which parents have given the school will be used, and these people will be asked to pick up the child.

If parents cannot be contacted, the child will remain at school during school hours and will return home by regular means.  In such cases, in our opinion where medical help is needed immediately, an ambulance will be called at the parent’s expense and the child will be sent to the emergency room at one of the hospitals.

Ill or injured children will not be allowed to walk home during school hours, without the Principal's consent.

LEAVING SCHOOL FOR OTHER REASONS

Pupils will be permitted to leave school upon request of parents during school hours by either of the two following procedures:

     A.  By sending to school a signed request, written by the parents asking for the child to be excused at a certain time that day.

    B.  Parents may pick up their child at school by checking through the office.  Please do

         not go directly to the classrooms. If anyone other than the parent is to pick up the

         child, a written statement, signed by his/her parent, must be sent designating who is to

         pick up the child.  Email notification will be accepted as well.

        

During the school year, students in grades 1-8 will have a closed lunch period. The building principal must approve exceptions to this policy.

BEHAVIOR / DISCIPLINE

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We believe all students can behave appropriately.         

In order to create a positive learning environment         

we will encourage students to be responsible, practice     

self-control, cooperate with others, and show respect.      

The following will occur to develop these characteristics:

1.      Positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior.

2.    Immediate consequences for inappropriate behavior.

3.    Fairness to each student.

4.    Parental involvement.

SCHOOL STANDARDS

    1.     Students will show respect toward other people and their property.

        a.      Keep body parts to yourself.

        b.    Use appropriate and respectful language.

        c.    Put-downs are unacceptable.

        d.    Ask permission to borrow from teachers and others.

        e.    Damage of school property (vandalism) or the property of others

            is not permitted.

        f.    Display care for the appearance of our school.

        g.    Respect the right of others to learn.

    2.    Students will behave honestly.

    Dishonest behaviors include lying, stealing, forging signatures, cheating, copying another’s work.

    3.    Students will be responsible for their own school work and materials.

        a.    Come to school prepared with materials and assignments.

        b.    Be attentive in class.

        c.    Keep on task in your classrooms.

    4.    Students will move through the building in a quiet and orderly manner.

        a.    Use quiet voices.

        b.     Walk on the right side of hall so traffic can flow smoothly.

        c.    Keep hands off the walls and signs.

        d.    Respectfully view the work of other students displayed in the halls.

        e.    Respect others’ choice to learn.

    5.    Students will follow directions given by all school personnel.

        a.    Follow directions without arguing.

        b.    Use a respectful tone of voice.

        c.    Avoid rude or disrespectful non-verbal expressions.

        d.     Mimicking of others is unkind and inappropriate.        

        e.    Treat substitutes with respect and cooperation.

        f.    Demonstrate a willingness to contribute to safety and learning for

            yourself and others.

        g.    Other than on special occasions designated by the teacher, gum,

             candy, and toys should be enjoyed at home.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE

Colwich Middle School (6-8) - Starts over each semester

Step One:    The teacher will give the student a warning (if appropriate), reminding him/her of the      

                               expected behavior and consequences of inappropriate behavior.

Step Two:     15 Minute After School or Lunch Detention

Step Three:    30 Minute After School Detention or Lunch Detention

Step Four:    2 Hour Saturday School (Served 8:30 to10:30 on Saturday Mornings in the Library)

Step Five:    ISS or OSS depending on severity and/or chronic nature of the offenses

Cases of vandalism, theft, severe disruptive behavior, fighting, bullying or gross rudeness will be sent to the office immediately.  In these cases the principal can apply step four or five.

Colwich Elementary School (K-5)

Step One:    Teachers will handle inappropriate behavior in their own classrooms when possible.

Possible logical consequences include the following:

1. written work that is appropriate for the behavior

2. loss of a privilege

3. walking at recess

4. after school detention

5. removal from activity in classroom

6. phone call or written communication to parent

7. service in the classroom 8. loss of recess

Step Two:     The student will be referred to the building administrator.

The principal will conference with the student and parents may be notified.

A meeting may be held with the principal, parent, child, and teacher.

Consequences will be applied.

Step Three:     Students will be referred to the building administrator.

Detention or in school suspension will be applied and a meeting or phone conference will occur with the parent, principal, student, and teachers. An alternative behavior plan may be developed at this time and consequences will be applied.

Step Four:     Out of school suspension or expulsion are options in severe discipline cases.

BOE Policy will be followed. Although disciplinary action is outlined in the steps above, the discipline taken may not necessarily follow in chronological order as listed. The action will be determined by the seriousness of the infraction.

DETENTION

Students are expected to observe school standards, abide by guidelines set forth in the student handbook, and follow individual classroom rules.  Detention may be assigned as a consequence of inappropriate behavior.   

ACTIVITIES ELIGIBILITY (7-8TH GRADES)

A student’s first priority should be academic achievement.  Students must be earning a 65%  in their regular schoolwork and have all assignments completed and turned in to participate in extra-curricular activities.  Grades will be calculated weekly.  Students, parents, and coaches will be notified on Thursday of any students not meeting the academic requirements.  Students will be ineligible the following Monday through Friday. Such students will not be allowed to practice or play/compete until their academic standing meets these standards.  Ineligible students will serve at least 15 minutes of  study hall daily until they meet eligibility.  Any student serving an after school detention or in school suspension will not participate in games/contests held on that day.  Extra-curricular activities are a privilege. Students are ambassadors for Colwich Elementary School when they participate in extra-curricular activities and as such their behavior is expected to be exemplary.

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION - OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Students assigned to in-school suspension will spend the entire school day in isolation

working in the school building on school assignments.  While in suspension a student will

not be allowed to participate in any school activities outside the classroom.

The principal shall determine the number of days a student serves in suspension.  The following are examples of problems leading to in-school or out-of-school suspension:

    1.     Insubordination

    2.    Disrespect

    3.    Fighting (both parties equally.  Unless there is clear evidence of a one-person

        attack, totally unprovoked, we hold students responsible for avoiding fights.)

    4.    Unexcused absences and tardiness

    5.    Profanity

    6.    Unserved detention

    7.    False fire alarm

    8.    Drinking alcoholic beverages, using or possessing illegal drugs on school grounds

    9.    Possessing, smoking, or using tobacco on school property

    10.    Bringing threatening items to school including all knives

    11.    Vandalism

    12.    Stealing

    13.    Cheating

    14.     Failure to complete assignments

    15.    Other situations that interrupt the school environment

Our goal is to enhance the learning climate to permit optimum learning in a pleasant, caring,  productive climate.  Research shows that successful schools, among other things, have good order.  We appreciate your cooperation in attaining this goal.

DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL

See Renwick board of Education policy JCDA-R Unacceptable conduct includes but is not limited to: 1) occupying any school building, school grounds or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use; 2) blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of, the building or corridor or from; 3) setting fire to or damaging any school building or property; 4) firing, displaying, or threatening use of firearms, explosives or other weapons on the school premises for any unlawful purpose; 5) preventing or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school, class or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus; 6) preventing students from attending a class or school activity; 7) continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with the teacher’s ability to conduct class.

VERBAL /PHYSICAL ASSAULT

Board of Education policy JCDA-R states that a student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause physical injury or to behave verbally in such a way that could reasonably injure a school employee or another student.

ALCOHOL USE

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on school grounds. See  BOE policy JCDAB

Any student in violation of this policy on or before entering the school grounds or buildings, at any school sponsored activity off school grounds, or traveling to or from any school-sponsored activity will be subject to disciplinary action.

DRUG ABUSE REGULATIONS

According to Board of Education policy JDDA, the unlawful use, possession, sale, or distribution of drugs on the school premises or at school functions is prohibited.  After notifying the parent, proper authorities will be informed of the drug violation.  Drug abuse is defined as the self-administration and misuse of any drug in a manner that deviates from an approved medical prescription.  Complete Board of Education drug and alcohol policies appear in the Handbook Supplement.

WEAPONS  (see also Handbook Supplement)

Possession or use of a weapon, facsimile of a weapon, or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon is prohibited.  A person who is found to be in possession of such items, or who places another person in fear of bodily harm with such items on school premises, before or after school, or at school functions, is subject to administrative and/or legal action.

Renwick Board of Education policy JCDA-R states:

    An elementary school pupil who is found to have violated this policy shall be subject

    to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the district.  The age of the

     pupil and the nature of the violation will be considered in determining appropriate

    disciplinary action.

    A middle school pupil who is found to have brought or to have been in possession of a

firearm or replica firearm shall be expelled from the district. A middle school pupil who is found to have brought or to have been in possession of a dangerous weapon other than a firearm or replica firearm, or to have used a weapon to inflict bodily harm or to place a person(s) in fear of bodily harm shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the district.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated in the school.  The Board of Education defines sexual harassment, in policy JGEC.

            Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment should

     discuss the alleged harassment with the principal, or a teacher.

RACIAL HARASSMENT

Discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin shall not be tolerated in the school district.  See Renwick Board of Education policy JGECA

Any student who believes he or she has been subject to racial harassment or has witnessed an act of alleged racial harassment, should discuss the alleged harassment with the building principal, or another certified staff member.  All complaints of racial harassment will be investigated and action will be taken to end the harassment.  (Complete copies of Board policies on sexual and racial harassment appear in the Handbook Supplement).

Threats

Threats of any kind, be they written, spoken, electronic, or any other means, will not be tolerated. In the event a threat is made at school, the administration will investigate the threat to determine the seriousness of the threat, and the person(s) responsible for making the threat. The safety of the students and staff is of the utmost importance when considering the seriousness of the threat.  When deemed appropriate, law enforcement will be notified.

The person(s) found responsible for making the threat will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion by the school. Criminal charges may also be pursued through law enforcement.


LOCKER POLICY

Lockers are provided for our upper grade students for the storage of school materials and clothing necessary for school attendance.  Each student using a locker is required to read and share with his/her parents a written copy of our building locker policy.   This statement is to be signed by both parent and student and returned to our office where it is kept on file.  Students who are caught in another student’s locker without the permission of a teacher or other school personnel will disciplined.

See Renwick Board of Education policy JCAB-R

BUS BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE

Our “bus” students are fortunate to have safe buses to ride to and from school daily.  With this privilege comes the responsibility of proper behavior while riding the bus.  We expect all students to respect and obey the rules that have been set for riding the bus.  Remember, the driver is in charge of the bus.  Any violations of established bus rules will be reported to the building principal and disciplinary measures will be taken.  Bus rules emphasize cooperation and safety precautions.

Students who need to ride buses other than their own assigned bus must bring a note from their parents to the office.  The necessary arrangements will be made.

HALL TRAFFIC

The main traffic flow in the hall should be counter clock-wise; In other words, students should stay to the right as they move in the hall. This is particularly important during class changes.  

While classes are in session, students must have an appropriate hall pass to be out of their classroom.

HOMEWORK

Our students will frequently be assigned homework. Research shows us that achievement increases when students have regular homework.  Each teacher establishes his/her own practices regarding homework.  It is the student’s responsibility to come to class prepared, with homework complete.  If homework is incomplete teachers may require students to phone their parent, informing them of the incomplete work; students will be asked to stay after school to finish the work. Students may receive a zero on the incomplete assignment.

Students develop a responsible attitude about their homework when parents support its value by asking about it and by providing time for students to do their homework.  Today students and families are very busy.  Your child may need your help to give homework a priority in his/her busy schedule.

ACADEMIC HONESTY  

Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principals of any educational institution.  All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented.  The Colwich Elementary School community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from no credit for the work to in school suspension..  When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor.

Cell Phone/Electronic Devise (Tablets, iPods etc.)

These devises are not allowed during the school day unless permission of the classroom teacher is granted, the following are the consequences for students caught with these devises.

 

First infraction—Cell phone confiscated, taken to office. Student may retrieve the phone at the end of the school day. Student receives a 30 minute detention.

Second and subsequent infractions—Cell phone confiscated, taken to office. Parents will be notified that they can retrieve the phone at the end of the school day. Student receives a 1 hour detention.

 Students may use cell phones to notify parents when returning from extra curricular activities.

USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAN, WAN, AND INTERNET

We are fortunate to have a large number of computers and other technology available to our students and teachers.  The use of technology, computers, the LAN, WAN, and the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use may result in a suspension or cancellation of those privileges and/or further disciplinary action.  The administration, faculty and staff of Renwick, USD 267 will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final.

Students who violate the technology rules or any classroom rules relating to computer use are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.  The administration, faculty and staff of Renwick, USD 267 may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts for violations.

The Internet is a valuable and vital learning tool for students.  Recognizing that not all material on the Internet is appropriate for children,  we have taken steps to screen out inappropriate material.  Our district has developed a set of policies to guide student access to the Internet.  In addition, Renwick USD has created a technology policy to address the use of all technology throughout the schools.  Students and parents are required to read and sign a copy of  district policy.  The signed copies are kept on file in the school.  BOE policy JCDAC is provided in the District Supplement to the Handbook.

CHROMEBOOKS USAGE

General Information:

  • The Chromebook is school property and all users will follow this policy and the Renwick USD 267 acceptable use policy for technology as signed by both parents and student(s).

  • Video streaming from sites such as, VUDU, Netflix, etc. is strictly prohibited unless directed by the teacher.

  • Changing of Chromebook settings (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc)

  • Vandalism (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) of school equipment will not be allowed

  • Transmission or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients.

  • Bypassing the Renwick School District web filter through a web proxy

  • Students will only be allowed to use the USD267.com email address given and should not access other emails during school hours.  

  • The Chromebook is school property and is subject to confiscation or searches at the will of the administration.

  • Each classroom teacher has the authority to set their own guidelines for technology use within their classroom.

Violations:

District staff shall monitor for inappropriate use of district technology as defined by this policy. Three levels of punishment may be enforced by the administration. While the levels may be implemented in order, nothing prevents the administration from selecting any step depending on the facts and the severity of the violation. Students may also be assessed for the cost of damages to the chrome books.

  • 1st Violation: Student will receive a verbal warning. Possible Detention and loss of access depending on infraction.

  • 2nd Violation: Student will lose access to computers, the network and the Internet access for one week.

  • 3rd Violation: Student will lose access to computers, the network and the Internet access for 9 weeks.

  • 4th Violation: Student will lose access to computers, the network and the Internet access for one semester.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

See Renwick Board of Education policy JFB.

VISITORS

Parents and other interested adults are invited and encouraged to visit classes upon appointment.  Visitors must check in with the office first before going to a classroom.  Children may visit only if accompanied by an adult.

TELEPHONE

Primary use of the school phone is for school business.  Students will be restricted to NECESSARY calls approved by the teacher or school secretary. All plans for after school activities are to be made BEFORE the student comes to school.   Students may use cell phones to notify parents when returning from extra curricular activities.

SNACKS

Gum chewing and eating of snacks are not allowed at school unless approved by the teacher.  Parents who wish to provide treats to a class must first make arrangements with the classroom teacher.  Unexpected treats may be disruptive to the learning environment.  Planned treats are always appreciated!  Please be sure all snacks are on the acceptable snack list of the wellness plan.

SPECIAL SERVICES

Colwich has the services of a psychologist, speech therapist, home and school coordinator, learning disabilities teacher, teacher of gifted and access to numerous special education classes.  Placement of students in special programs is done by referrals and testing only.  The parent or school may request testing by the school psychologist.  Following the testing the psychologist will make recommendation for proper placement of a student.  Placement of students in special education programs requires the permission of the parents and the agreement of the team.

COUNSELING SERVICES

A licensed social worker is available one day a week to provide counseling services to students when needed.  Students may be referred to the counselor by a teacher, a parent, or by their own request.  Students may see the counselor twice on an emergency basis; however, continued visits with the counselor require parental consent.  Parents who are interested in receiving services from the counselor should contact a teacher or the principal to obtain a request for services form.

TESTING

Testing required by the state of Kansas is given to designated grades to measure progress in basic skills.  

Grades 3 - 8 English Language Arts     and Math

Grades 4, 7  Science

Grades 6, 8  Social Studies

HOME - SCHOOL ORGANIZATION

Colwich Elementary School has an active Home-School Organization (HSO) whose main goal is to work for the welfare of the children of the district.  We encourage all parents and teachers to become active members.  There are many programs sponsored by HSO, and we need your time and talents.  You may contact the school office for more information concerning this organization.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

The Colwich Site Council is made up of parents, community business people, and school personnel.  The purpose of the Site Council is to provide advice to the school in setting and evaluating goals and to serve as a liaison between the school, the community, and the Board of Education.  Persons interested in serving on the Site Council should contact the principal.

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students should take pride in their school.  There will be NO marking in books, on desks, chairs, or walls.  Any defacing or willful destruction of school property will be treated as a breech of conduct and require discipline and restitution.  If cost is involved, the principal will make a fair estimate and notify parents.

See Renwick Board of Education policy JS .

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Personal items are the responsibility of the student.  It is suggested that items be marked with the pupil's full name.  Students are NOT to bring radios, iPods, cell phones, CD players, toys, excessive money, or valuables to school.  The school is not responsible for personal items.

ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN THE SCHOOL

Persons bringing animals and plants into the school must first receive permission from their teacher.  Under no circumstances are animals to be transported on school buses.  Domesticated animals must have been inoculated against rabies before being brought to school.  Animals must be adequately housed and cared for in appropriate cages.  Handling of animals and plants by students will be on a voluntary basis.

HEALTH

So that we will know what illnesses we have in our classrooms and what symptoms to look for in other students, we ask parents to send written excuses stating the nature of the illness with your child when he/she returns to school.  

        

Children with fevers should not return to school until the fever is gone for 24 hours

without being suppressed by Tylenol or other medications used to suppress fever.

IMMUNIZATIONS

All students enrolled in USD #267 are required by law to have on file in their health records proof of immunization for polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, chicken pox, and Hepatitis B except when parents give written objections on religious or other grounds.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

See Renwick Board of Education policy JGCC.

 

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Department of Community Health has established the following regulations:

 

               I.   A child who has any of the following diseases shall be excluded from school, other public places and contact with children until a release is obtained from:

 

                    A.  Wichita - Sedgwick County Health Department:

                               1)  Whooping cough                              4) Typhoid Fever

                               2)  Diphtheria                                         5)  Tuberculosis

                               3)  Meningitis                                         6)  Any unusual disease

 

                    B.  Either the Wichita-Sedgwick County Health Department or from a private physician:

                               1)  Streptococcal disease, including strep throat:  excluded until 24 hours after

                                     appropriate antibiotic therapy has begun or for 10 days, if antibiotics are not

                                     administered.  Antibiotics must be continued for a complete course of therapy.

                                     Inadequate therapy may cause permanent damage.

                               2)  Ringworm of the skin and scalp: exclude until child has been under active                                                       treatment by a physician.  The physician shall certify that the child or student is under continuing medical care at two (2) week intervals until cure has been affected.

 

               II.  For the following diseases, no Health Department release is necessary.  However, the child

                     should be excluded from school, according to the following regulations:

 

                    A.   Chickenpox/Shingles:    excluded until six (6) days after the first crop of eruptions.  Scabs

                           are not infectious.

                    B.   Hepatitis A:   exclude until seven (7) days after onset of jaundice.

                    C.   Impetigo:    excluded until under medical treatment by a physician.

                    D.   Measles:   excluded until four (4) days after rash appears.

                    E.   Mumps:   excluded for ten (10) days from onset of illness.

                    F.   Pediculosis (head lice):   excluded from school or child care facilities until treated with an

                           antiparasitic drug and all nits have been removed.  School officials will decide if a child is nit free.

                    G.   Pink eye:   excluded until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been initiated

                    H.   Rubella (German Measles):   excluded for seven (7) days after onset of rash.

                    I.     Scabies:   excluded until adequately treated with scabicide.

MEDICATIONS

Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be given at school only with a written note from your doctor.  If your child will be taking medication regularly at school please contact the office concerning school policies and medical forms to be filled out and signed by doctor and parent.  The school will NOT provide students with aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil) or any other medications.

 

Medication is to be brought to school in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy, or physician, stating the name of the medication, the dosage, and times to be administered.

 

All medications must be kept in the office.  At no time are students to have medication in their possession while at school.

 

ESSENTIAL OIL USE

Homeopathic remedies such as essential oils, or creams and lotions containing essential oils, will be given at school only with the written note from your doctor. The product must be in the original manufacturer container/package with all labels intact.  The manufacturer label must include the list of ingredients and directions for use. These will be allowed unless the scent from these remedies triggers an asthmatic or allergic reaction for other students or staff in the school. Parents may come to school and administer such remedies to their children.

 

LUNCHROOM RULES AND GUIDELINES

    1.    Students are expected to

  • remain orderly while waiting in line.

  • use good table manners.

  • talk quietly.

  • not throw food.  

  • eat everything on their plates before getting seconds.

  • follow directions given by lunchroom workers.

  • respond respectfully to lunchroom workers.

    2.    Lunchroom rules are also applied to walking to and from the classroom.

         Appropriate behavior is expected of all students.

Glass bottles or carbonated pop are not permitted in student sack lunches.

Students are not permitted to leave school for lunch without parent pick up.  

We expect a high standard of behavior from our students while in the lunchroom.  Courteous eating habits, respectful attitudes, low speaking voices, and consideration of others are qualities we expect in our lunchroom.

SAFETY PATROL RULES

1.    Students are to walk, not run, across the crosswalk.

2.    No pushing or shoving while waiting at the crosswalk.

3.    Wait for whistle or patrol signs before crossing.

4.    Stay between the white crossing lines.

5.    Bicycles are to be walked across the crosswalk and on school property.

6.    Do not cross in the middle of the block.

    7.    Obey instructions of the safety patrol members.

8.    Respond respectfully to safety patrol members.  They are working for your safety.

DISCRIMINATION

Discrimination against any student on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion in the admission to, or treatment in the district’s programs and activities is prohibited.  Any student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint with the building administrator or the compliance coordinator.