Letter from Principal
Butterfield Elementary School 3400 W. Massingale Roa Tucson, Arizona 85741 (520) 579-5000 η fax (520) 579-502 “We Are Proud To Be A Blue Ribbon School Of Excellence”
Patricia Abbuhl, Principal
Ryan Edmunds, Associate Principal
August 2012 Dear Butterfield Families, Welcome to Butterfield! It is my pleasure to work along side you to support and educate your children. Together we can promote a learning and cultural environment that allows for academic progress, engaging instruction, trust, respect, and community involvement. This Parent/Student Handbook is intended to provide our families with information they may need to help with the adjustments to a new school year and, for some, the adjustment to a new school. You will find many topics covered within our handbook that we believe are important to ensuring that each student, staff member, and parent is well informed with convenient access to our school’s policies and procedures. The success of our school depends on positive collaboration between home and school so I invite you to visit your school often, take part in your child’s activities, and show an interest in your child’s progress. Please make it a priority in your home to support a homework time, read each evening, practice math facts, and have your children arrive at school on time. It is my sincere wish that we all work together in fostering positive learning experiences for students. I wish you and your family an outstanding school year. Sincerely, Patricia Abbuhl Principal “Team Work Makes The Dream Work”
Welcome to M.U.S.D & Butterfield Elementary School
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District Administration MUSD Board Members Butterfield Staff 2012-13 Campus Map 2
BUTTERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Administration Dr. Doug Wilson, Superintendent Dr. Jan Truitt, Assistant Superintendent Ms. Carolyn Dumler, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Dan Contorno, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Brett Kramer, Executive Director Ms. Patricia Abbuhl, Principal of Butterfield Mr. Ryan Edmunds, Associate Principal
(Ph. 682-4774) (Ph. 682-4757) (Ph. 616-4510) (Ph. 682-4749) (Ph. 616-6399) (Ph. 579-5000) (Ph. 579-5000)
M.U.S.D. School Board Ms. Suzanne Hopkins Ms. Maribel Lopez Mr. Tom Carlson Mr. John Lewandowski Mr. Dan Post
President Vice President Member Member Member
BUTTERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3400 W. Massingale Road Tucson, Arizona 85741 Phone 579-5000 FAX 579-5029
**ATTENDANCE HOTLINE 579-5028**
Vision Statement World Class Education for Tomorrowâ€™s Leaders.
Mission Statement Butterfield Elementary School will challenge all students to achieve academic and personal excellence in a powerful, relevant and supportive learning environment.
Holder, Kayla Martin, Wendy Meinke, Alayne Rodriguez, Teresa
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E-3 C-1 C-4 C-3
Castillo, Michelle Friedman, Sydnee Petersen, Helen Thomson, Courtney
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H-4 H-1 H-2 H-3
Cordova, Jill Douglas, Patricia Moore, Jennifer
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G-3 G-2 G-4
Jackson, Lisa Janders, Patricia Youngquist, Yvonne
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E-1 G-1 E-4
Baker, Kandice Brindley, Susan Degnan, John
4 4 4
F-1 F-4 F-3
McCormick, Jo Anna Mundell, Shirley Quiroz, Susannah
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D-3 D-2 D-1
Blank, Chrissy Curtis, Tim Romanoski, Ashley
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N-2 M-2 N-1
Abbuhl, Patricia Edmunds, Ryan Wittke, Paula Roberts, Allison Adams, Vicky
Principal Assoc. Princ Secretary Attendance Health
Admin Library Admin Admin Admin
Agers, Kathy Hearing L.Pod Swanson, Christina GEM M-1 Fleming, Tania Speech K-2 Chapman, Lani Music/Orchestra Music Leal, Karlena Band Cafeteria Smerlinski, Danielle SPED L-2 Brandon, Ashley SPED D-3 Waldron, Susan Remedial F-2 Franz, Lori SEI K-1 Lang, Cindy Comp-Int Library Iasillo, Pat SPED L-1 Bernazzani, Kimberly Psych Psych Spencer, Sean PE PE Mary Hagedorn Librarian Library Amanda Lehrling Counselor E-2 Williams, Jonns Lu Intensive Tutorial F-2
Calendar & School Hours
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School Calendar Academic Calendar Testing Dates Collaborative Planning Dates MUSD Calendar Office Hours Staff Availability SCHOOL CALENDAR 6
HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL DAYS August 6 August 31 September 3 September 20-21 October 4-5 October 8-12 November 12 November 22-23 December 20 December 21 December 24-January 4 January 21 February 21-22 March 14-15 March 18-22 March 28-29 May 23 June 3
First Day of School In-Service – NO SCHOOL Labor Day – NO SCHOOL Parent Conferences Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* End of 1st Quarter Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* Fall Break – NO SCHOOL Veterans’ Day – NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving – NO SCHOOL In-Service Day Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* Teachers Only – NO SCHOOL Winter Break – NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL Rodeo Holiday – NO SCHOOL End of 3rd Quarter Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* Spring Break – NO SCHOOL Parent Conferences Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* Last Day of School Early Dismissal – 11:00 AM* MUSD Summer School begins ACADEMIC CALENDAR (180 days)
August 6 – October 5 October 15 – December 20 January 7 – March 15 March 22 – May 23
First Quarter End of 2nd Quarter (First Semester) Third Quarter End of Fourth Quarter (Second Semester) TESTING DATES
Grades 2-6 DPA (Dual Purpose Testing) COLLABORATIVE PLANNING DATES
EVERY FRIDAY (Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.)
OFFICE HOURS Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Occasionally our office may close at 2:30 p.m. to allow staff to attend meetings. Typically our office is not open on days that students do not attend school (Winter Break, Rodeo Days, Spring Break, etc.).
STAFF AVAILABILITY We believe that establishing and maintaining good communication between home and school is a priority. The half hours immediately preceding and following the school day are the best times to reach the teachers by phone when questions and concerns arise. If you wish to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher or ask that the teacher call you at their convenience, please call the office (579-5000) and leave a message for the teacher to return your call.
M,T, W, Th 7:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fridays 7:45 – 12:45
Adult supervision will be provided at 7:25 a.m. Students MUST NOT be on the school grounds prior to that time.
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Boundaries Entry Age Kindergarten/First Grade Absences Make-up Work Positive Reinforcement Tardies Leaving School Grounds Truancy Withdrawals Open Enrollment ATTENDANCE
We believe that regular attendance, beginning in Kindergarten, is vital to the educational progress of our students. Learning is a continuous process that is best achieved by consistent attendance and participation in school activities by your child. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping absences 10
and tardies at a minimum so that your child will not miss the presentation or practice of skills and concepts.
ATTENDANCE BOUNDERIES All pupils (K-6) residing west of Shannon Road, north of Ina Road, south of Magee and east of Thornydale Road, will attend Butterfield Elementary School. *Special Note â€“ The following streets are not in the Butterfield attendance area: Medallion Drive, Simplicity Drive, Starina Place, Royal Sunset, Sun Flair and Altissimo. MAGEE
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ENTRY AGE TO KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE IN M.U.S.D. For admission to kindergarten, children must be five (5) years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year. Children may be admitted to first grade who are six (6) years of age. The only exception is as follows: Entry into first grade may be allowed if the child has attained age six (6) prior to January 1. Age must be verifiable by records. If the child satisfies the above requirement, the determination of whether to admit the child shall be based on a) upon one (1) or more consultations with the parent(s) or guardians(s), the child, the teacher, and the school principal; b) the child's ability to demonstrate readiness for first grade based on performance on Districtselected, state standards-based evaluation instruments; and c) an in-classroom evaluation period of up to two (2) weeks during which the student will be tentatively enrolled in a kindergarten classroom to evaluate social/emotional readiness and classroom work habits. At the end of this evaluation period the student will either remain in the kindergarten classroom or be transferred to a first grade classroom based on the results of the evaluation, the school principal, and/or professional consultants.
Early Entrance to First Grade Procedures: ď‚&#x; Parent(s) or guardian(s) need to turn in a completed, signed Parent Request For Early Entrance to First Grade form. 11
Per Policy JEB, the student will be placed in a kindergarten classroom for evaluation period of up to two (2) weeks. The student will be evaluated for academic and social/emotional readiness, including one (1) or more consultations with parent(s) or guardian(s), the child, the teacher, and the school principal. Academic evaluation will be based on DIBELS and academic assessments from Kindergarten assessment binder. Social/emotional readiness will be based on Social/Emotional/Work Habits from the District Kindergarten report card. At the end of the evaluation period the student will either remain in the kindergarten classroom or be transferred to a first grade classroom based on the results of the evaluation, the school principal, and/or professional consultants.
STUDENT ABSENCES Although we emphasize the importance of regular school attendance, we realize that there will be times when your child is too ill to come to school. When a child has been absent because of illness, the teachers will do their best to help make up the work, but class discussion and group work are very important and often cannot be made up. When a child is absent from school, the parent or guardian should call the school as well as send a written excuse when the child returns stating the reason for the absence. In keeping with Arizona attendance regulations, the specific illness must be identified (toothache, cold, flu, etc.). The staff has been instructed to pursue these notes in the hopes of keeping state financial aid losses at a minimum. Parents may call our attendance number 24 hours a day and leave a message on our voice mail regarding student absences. Our 24-hour attendance line is 579-5028. Arizona statutes require that we contact the parents of absent children within the first two hours of the school day, if we have not heard from them. It really helps us if you call and let us know why your child is absent. We request that parents notify the school in writing at least one week in advance of a planned absence.
MAKE-UP WORK FOR ABSENCES DUE TO ILLNESS Teachers will prepare a complete package of “make-up” work for students who have been absent for three (3) days or longer. For absences of one (1) to two (2) days, teachers will work on an individual basis with the student upon return to school, reviewing material and assigning only those activities necessary to indicate competency or understanding of concepts. For absences of three (3) or more days, the student and/or parent is responsible for arranging with the teacher an acceptable period of time for the return of “make-up” work. The student will be responsible for the concepts missed, making up tests, and completing long-term projects (such as research, reports, written assignments). 12
Please call the office as early in the morning as possible, but no later than 9:00 a.m. to request the work. Please plan to pick up the work after 2:30 p.m., allowing teachers time to get all necessary paperwork and books to the front office. Arrangements can also be made to have assignments carried home with a neighbor child.
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS FOR GOOD ATTENDANCE Butterfield students will continue to be recognized for their efforts and success in maintaining good attendance. Classroom and school-wide incentives may be given. Students who maintain perfect attendance throughout this year will be recognized at assemblies and presented with a certificate. To receive credit for perfect attendance, students must be in school daily from 7:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with NO daily or half-day absences, NO unexcused tardies, and NO leaving campus and returning during the instructional portion of the school day.
TARDIES Tardiness is the absence of a student in the classroom at the time the regularly scheduled session begins (when the bell rings), provided that the student is in attendance before the close of the session. It is a reasonable expectation that in order for a learning activity to exist, each student must arrive to class on time (punctually). A student, who is tardy to class, not only places his/her own learning in jeopardy, but also interrupts the learning of other students. Reasons for excused tardiness include: a) student illness; b) medical appointment (doctors note is required for proof); c) death in a family; d) observance of a religious holiday of service when it is for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service be observed; e) previously approved school-sponsored event. Unexcused tardiness includes any tardiness that does not fall into one of the previous excused tardiness categories.
It is the parentâ€™s responsibility to explain in writing any tardiness to school. Failure to provide a written explanation will automatically be considered unexcused tardiness. The following steps will be followed should students be tardy to school from unexcused reasons. 1) Students will make up the missed times at Lunch for each day. 13
2) 3rd tardy
Lunch recess detention, letter.
3) 6th tardy
Lunch recess detention, letter.
4) 9th tardy
Letter, conference, ISS suspension, or short term suspension.
As a part of our school wide Positive Behavior Program, students are rewarded when the children in the class arrive to school on time. Rewards are given when 100 % of the class is present and arrives on time. It is important that you have your child to school on time daily so that we may teach him/her. We know that you will support us in our efforts.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS Arizona law makes the school responsible for the welfare and behavior of students during the school day. We have no opportunity to supervise or protect students when they are away from school. To protect your children, the administration feels the following rules need to be emphasized: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
All children shall remain on the school property at all times after they have first arrived until afternoon dismissal. Students who leave school prior to the dismissal bell will not be eligible for perfect attendance. If you are checking your child out of school after his/her arrival, for a doctor's appointment or any other reasons, it will be necessary for you to sign the child out in the office. Students will be released to a parent/legal guardian or authorized agent only. Person signing out the student must be 18 years or older. Adults not known to office staff shall be asked to show identification. The principal's office must be notified in writing, if there has been any change in the legal custody of your child. Please provide the office with copies of legal documents that specify any change in custody. If your child has not been picked up by the time the crossing guards go in, you will need to park, pick your child up in the front office, and sign them out.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE IF YOU FEEL SOMEONE UNAUTHORIZED BY YOU MAY ATTEMPT TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD WHILE HE/SHE IS AT SCHOOL.
TRUANCY Arizona law requires that a parent or legal guardian must insure that a minor child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) is in his or her assigned school for the full time school is in session.
The Marana Unified School District and the Pima County Attorney's Truancy Enforcement Program have initiated a cooperative program to monitor that each minor child attend classes on a daily basis, or have a legally excused absence. The child's presence in school is important because his or her learning is a continuous process, and unauthorized absences may mean that the student is subject to non-educational influences. As per current District procedure, Butterfield's attendance clerk will report all unexcused absences beyond three (3) to the Pima County Attorney. Any student whose total absences reach 10% of the days in attendance will also be reported unless approved by the principal.
STUDENT WITHDRAWALS In the event you are leaving the area and your child will no longer attend Butterfield , it will be necessary to check out through the school office and receive a withdrawal slip. All property belonging to the school must be accounted for prior to the issuance of a clearance. This should be completed on or before the student's last day of attendance. If you move during the school year and wish your child to complete the year at Butterfield, please complete the required paperwork, available in our front office.
MARANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION The Marana Unified School District has an open-enrollment policy that allows for the enrollment of students who reside in other Marana District schoolsâ€™ attendance areas (resident transfer students), and in other school districts (nonresident transfer students), on a space available basis. Open enrollment approval is only granted on a year-to-year basis, and students on open enrollment status must reapply every year, even if previously granted open enrollment status. Open enrollment applications must be submitted on or before February 1st to be considered for enrollment for the following school year. On a yearly basis, the Marana Unified School District will estimate how much excess capacity may exist to accept transfer pupils. The estimate of excess capacity shall be made for each school, grade level, and special programs. Once school, grade level and special programs capacity is determined, resident and nonresident transfer students, who meet the Districtâ€™s admission standards, will be accepted up to the capacity in a priority order. If, as a result of capacity constraints in a given school, grade or program, fewer than all students who have applied for open enrollment can be admitted in the priority categories, a lottery will be used to determine who will be admitted. Students not admitted shall be placed on a waiting list. Subject to capacity constraints and administrative standards, resident transfer students and nonresident transfer students who apply after the February 1st deadline shall be admitted on a first come, first served basis, if there are no remaining students on a waiting list for the particular school, grade, or special program. Complete details of the Marana Unified District Open Enrollment Policy are available at each school site, and on the website at www.maranausd.org. 12
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Student Academic Programs Standards Reports/Progress Reports Grading Scales Homework Parent/Teacher Conferences Promotion & Retention Move On When Reading Classroom Assignment
STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRAMS We are committed to clear communication with students and parents regarding the progress of our children towards meeting the Arizona State Standards and the objectives of the Marana Unified School District curriculum. Our curriculum is closely aligned with the Standards and, therefore, provides an excellent guide for ensuring students are receiving appropriate lessons to meet grade level Standards. Our school year is divided into four quarters, and parents will receive a standards report at the end of each nine-week grading period. These reports identify the grade level skills your child will be working on throughout the year instead of providing only a content letter grade in each content area. We hope that parents will feel better informed and will find it easier to know in what areas to support their children at home.
STANDARDS REPORTS / PROGRESS REPORTS Standards reports serve the purpose of communicating to parents the progress of their child. They will be sent home to parents on the Wednesday following the end of the reporting period, unless presented at a conference. Fourth quarter reports will be mailed at the end of the school year. Parents of students who are falling below the standards will be informed through written progress reports during the fifth week of each quarter.
GRADING SCALES In grades 1-6, the following scales will be used to reflect academic progress on instructional objectives listed on the standards report for the grade. FFS= Falls Far Below the Standard (0-59%) FS = Falls Below the Standard (60-69%) AS = Approaches the Standard (70-79%) MS = Meets the Standard (80-89%) ES = Exceed the Standard (90-100%) Students will work progressively towards meeting all grade level standards throughout the year; therefore, in many areas, fully meeting or exceeding the standard will not occur until the end of the year. Standards reports for the first and second quarter will indicate progress to date towards meeting identified objectives.
HOMEWORK Homework is designed to reinforce learning that occurs at school, to complete assignments for which there was not sufficient time to complete during the school day, or to complete longer-term projects that cannot be done during the school day. It should be a reasonable amount and should be the type of work the child can complete independently or with limited help from parents. Homework assignments will vary somewhat according to grade level requirements and individual teacher expectations. Students who do not use their time wisely during the school day may have more work to complete at home. As a guideline for the amount of homework you might expect to have, multiply your childâ€™s grade times 10 minutes per day. (Example: a third grader can expect about 30 minutes of homework daily.) Keep in mind this is only a guideline and variations will occur. Please encourage your child to read daily and model the love of reading yourself. Reading is a lifelong skill that is used in almost every aspect of our lives, and the more that it is practiced, the better those skills become.
PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES Twice a year, during the first and third grading periods, we schedule parent-teacher conferences. These meetings are very important. Communication between home and school provides us with the best possible conditions in which to meet the needs of your child. Please plan to attend these conferences. Your child will appreciate your interest, and you will gain new insights into your child's capabilities. Working as a team will help insure your childâ€™s success!
PUPIL PROMOTION AND RETENTION The professional staff of the school system has the responsibility to develop administrative procedures to insure that the placement of each pupil in subject areas, in the grade level, or in the special program which is best suited to meet the pupil's academic needs, with consideration given to the student's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development, is appropriate. Decisions regarding pupil promotion and retention are designated to the individual school's professional staff (teachers). The Governing Board has the responsibility for the development of the standards. The standards and procedures for this plan shall clearly reflect that promotion in the Marana Public Schools is based primarily on pupil achievement and is not an automatic process. The purpose of the instructional program in the district's schools is to provide appropriate instruction and services to enable students to perform academically at their grade level or higher. However, in recognition of the wide range of student's abilities, motivation and development, a Pupil Progression Plan has been established to specify minimum standards in the basic skills of reading, language arts and mathematics which all pupils must meet as one condition for promotion within the school district. These standards insure that all pupils promoted within the district can benefit from the next grade level of instruction and that those who earn an eighth grade diploma have sufficient basic skills to function effectively in the high school curriculum. Specific procedures that shall govern the district's promotion and retention are contained in the Pupil Progression Plan. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EXAMINING THE BOARD ADOPTED PLAN, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE. 15
Move On When Reading It is important to inform you of some significant changes to Arizona Revised Statutes regarding the promotion and retention of third grade students. Please note that these changes do not take effect until the school year 2013-14. This school year’s second grade students will be the first group of third grade students to be impacted by this legislation. Arizona Revised Statute 15-701 requires that a student shall not be promoted from the third grade if the student obtains a score on the AIMS reading test that demonstrates he or she is reading far below the third grade level. In accordance with the new law, a school district or governing board or the governing body of a charter school MAY choose to promote a pupil who earns an AIMS score that falls far below the third grade level for any of the following reasons: 1. The student has an identified disability and did not take the AIMS test. 2. The student has an identified disability and has previously been retained in a grade. 3. The student is an English Language Learner and has had less than two years of English instruction. 4. The student has a reading deficiency and has been previously retained twice in a grade. 5. The student has demonstrated reading proficiency on an alternate assessment approved by the State Board of Education. 6. The school district governing board or the governing body of a charter school accepts a parent’s written request for an exemption that includes required documentation provided by the parent.
STUDENT CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT In order to create the optimal classroom environment for all children, it is necessary to examine the educational factors relevant to placement. The educator builds a well-balanced classroom by considering the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4.
The academic standing of students in language arts and mathematics. A reasonable boy-girl ratio in each classroom. Special educational and behavioral needs of all students. A match of learning style to teaching style.
Butterfield Teachers Are “Paws”itively Great!
Parents wishing to give input as to the type of classroom best suited for their child may do so by writing a letter to the Principal prior to April 15 th. Teacher committees will consider parent input and class lists will be finalized. Parent input will be accepted prior to April 15th only. **AS PER BOARD POLICY, THE RESPONSIBILTY FOR FINAL PLACEMENT BELONGS TO THE PRINCIPAL.** 16
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Band/Orchestra P.E. Library Student Council GEM Student Services/Counseling
BAND AND ORCHESTRA Students in 5th and 6th grades will be given a choice of orchestra, band or general music. These programs will run simultaneously. If a student elects band or orchestra, he/she is responsible for his/her music book and instrument. A student selecting band or orchestra will not be able to transfer to general music during the middle of the school year.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Children are required to wear appropriate footwear (closed shoes, rubber soles, no heels) for P.E. classes. Children with improper footwear will sit on the sidelines of the class and observe only. Improper shoes include sandals, flip-flops, and cowboy boots. A portion of the P.E. grade is based on participation, so grades of students who do not participate due to inappropriate footwear will be affected. When it is necessary for a child to miss a P.E. class(es) due to an injury or illness, a note signed by parents, containing specific dates and reasons, is needed. The child will not be required to participate for the dates listed, but will most likely be observing the class.
LIBRARY The library is provided for student research and enjoyment. Learning to use it can be a useful guide to obtaining knowledge. A quiet or "study" atmosphere is required for everyone's benefit. The Librarian will work with teachers to schedule regular checkout times for all students. Some classes may choose to use library passes for checkout. The librarian will work with individual teachers and/or grade levels to develop lessons and instruct students on curriculum related objectives. No fines are charged for overdue materials. A replacement cost will be charged for lost or damaged materials. Please contact the librarian if you have questions and she will be happy to assist you.
STUDENT COUNCIL A Butterfield student council has been established with representatives from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. This student body is an active organization giving input to school decisions and sponsoring school-wide activities and contests. 18
GEM (GIFTED EDUCATION IN MARANA) The state of Arizona has mandated that there must be special education programs for students K-12 who have extraordinary capacities for thinking. The program must differ from the regular educational programs in content, process, product, and environment. The GEM program in the Marana Unified School District, therefore, offers identified students classroom basics and other opportunities to develop these capacities. These opportunities: •
Support the progressive development of advanced thought processes;
Address emotional, social, practical and creative, as well as intellectual growth;
Are inter-disciplinary in design; and
Help students understand their own process of thought.
Reinforce appropriate grade level Arizona state standards.
In order to participate in this differentiation, all identified students will be offered opportunities to work with teachers trained in the instruction of gifted. Even so, the materials and methods of instruction are organized so that students and teacher can draw elements from and give insights to the regular classroom. Gifted education in this broad context however is not always and automatically synonymous with subject-area acceleration, though such opportunities are frequently made available to identified students.
STUDENT SERVICES/COUNSELING Marana Unified School District employs master’s level, full time school counselors at each school. Our school counselors work with all students on their academic, personal/social, and career development needs in classrooms, small groups, and individual settings. The school counseling program promotes student achievement. School counselors do not provide mental health screening or mental health treatment. A school psychologist is employed by the district to work at Butterfield and will be available several days each week. Her major responsibility is evaluation and placement of students for special education programs. She assists in developing educational plans for students in special education and acts as a consultant to teachers, parents and administrators. In addition, she makes referrals to and coordinates activities with outside agencies such as local mental health and social services.
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Goal Setting Program Quarterly Reward Activities Quarterly Awards Assemblies
STUDENT RECOGNITION We believe it is important that students are recognized for their efforts and that we maintain high expectations in both academic and behavioral areas. Throughout the year, students should receive many notices of recognition within the classroom in the form of positive comments, notes, or calls to parents. School-wide assemblies offer a time where special attention may be given to student recognition. Students may be recognized for their academic excellence, Principal’s List, 4-Star Behaviors that Promote Learning, as Students of the Month, for Goal Setting, and Perfect Attendance. We hope that parents will join is in celebration of our students’ effort and success.
BUTTERFIELD ELEMENTARY GOAL SETTING PROGRAM Goal setting is central to the success of our students. Students will learn the life-long skills of setting realistic goals, devising strategies, and evaluating their progress. Students learn resiliency skills such as coping, self-confidence and self-esteem. Each quarter our students set an academic or behavior goal. In the beginning of kindergarten and first grade this might be a class goal. The teacher facilitates the process of brainstorming and selecting a reasonable and attainable goal. This should be a goal that is measurable. Students are taught to consider and list the necessary steps to attain the goal selected. If it is a class goal, it is posted where students can see progress towards the goal. If it is an individual goal, students fill out a goal sheet describing the goal and specific steps needed to attain the goal. Many times a reminder is created for the class bulletin board so that the goals are kept in the minds of the students. Goal sheets are sent home for parent signatures so that parents are aware of the goal. Goals are monitored and checked during the quarter by the students and the teacher. Students are encouraged to look at both internal and external resources that will help them be accountable and successful. Classmates help each other reach their goals through encouragement and support, enabling students to see the value of teamwork in achieving goals. Achieving the first goal builds the students’ self confidence so they are willing to set new goals for the following quarter. Therefore, all teachers should make it their goal to help students reach their goal!
I Reached my Goal at BUTTERFIELD ELEMENTARY
QUARTERLY REWARD ACTIVITES At the end of each grading period, those students who have shown good behavior and followed the Bobcat rules consistently will participate in a special activity. Only those students who have received three warnings or fewer, no negatives, or referrals may participate; all others will have an area in which to continue regular classroom assignments. Mid-quarter reward activities may also be planned by grade levels, especially during the earlier part of the year.
QUARTERLY AWARDS ASSEMBLIES Certificates will be awarded for goal setting, academic excellence, four star behavior and perfect attendance. The first time a student reaches their goal, they will receive a bumper sticker. Each goal reached after the first one will be rewarded with a paw print. Students earning academic excellence or four star behavior awards will earn laminated tags and perfect attendance will be rewarded with a small treat.
Positive BehaviorIntervention Support PBIS
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Student Behavior PBIS Introduction Acknowledging Positive Behavior “Paws”itive Incentives Discouraging Behaviors Procedure for Rule Violations PBIS Matrix
STUDENT BEHAVIOR Among the most important advances in student discipline procedures over the past decade is recognition of the need for school wide behavior support systems. The goals of school wide systems are to define, teach, and support appropriate behaviors in a way that establishes a culture of competence within schools. To do this and to meet the goals we have set for our school, we have chosen to use a system call Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), as our school wide discipline program. We have three clearly defined behavior expectations that are defined as positive, simple rules. These are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. More specific expectations for each area of our school are listed on our behavior matrix. These behavior expectations will be taught and modeled. Appropriate behaviors will be acknowledged and behavioral errors will be corrected proactively. Our plan for acknowledging positive behaviors and handling behavioral errors is contained in your handbook on the next few pages. Administrative support and involvement will be an active component of the program. Parental support is also essential to successful outcomes. Schools that have been successful in implementing school wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) have seen many benefits such as increases in attendance, a more calm school environment, and a reduction in the proportions of students who engage in behavior disruptions.
ACKNOWLEDGING POSITIVE BEHAVIOR At Butterfield Elementary, we want to praise our students with both verbal and tangible acknowledgements. 1. Staff members will give verbal praise that is specific and uses the words from our Butterfield matrix. An example might be “You are using a number one voice in the cafeteria; that’s fantastic!” 2. Staff members might give a paw sticker or “paws”itive card that recognizes when a student is being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and/or SAFE. These stickers or cards acknowledge students for their behavior and give students a chance to be recognized in the classroom and at home. 3. Classrooms can also earn a paw window cling for collecting one hundred paw stickers. Classes will be recognized at assemblies for following the expectations. They can keep the large bobcat in their classroom. 4. Students and staff members may write praise notes to others that will be read on the morning announcements.
“PAWS”ITIVE INCENTIVES 1. All staff members will give out at least one or two paw stickers a day. They may also feel free to give more if they wish. 2. Students can only receive 1 paw sticker at a time. 3. Students should not ask for paw stickers or “paws”itive cards. We feel that they should not be asked for, but given as an acknowledgement by staff. 4. We feel that a combination of verbal and tangible rewards will yield the best results to encourage positive behavior. Everyone likes to be complimented every now and then. 5. Staff will carry paw stickers and “paws”itive cards with them for acknowledging students in all areas. 6. The “paws”itive cards have two parts. The student gets to keep the part that shows if they were respectful, responsible, or safe. The smaller part will be put in a box in the cafeteria for weekly drawings. If a student’s name is drawn, they will win a small prize. The teacher will add a sticker to the class count for each “paws”itive card received. 7. Students can earn Bobcat pencils for being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and/or SAFE in their classrooms. These will be awarded at the Friday assembly each week.
Tear off this portion and turn into the Bobcat “Paws”itive Box.
First and Last name
“ I GOT CAUGHT” demonstrating the Bobcat’s “Paws”itive Plan Name __________________ Room ___ ____Be Respectful ____Be Responsible ____Be Safe
Room Number (Give this portion to your teacher)
DISCOURAGING BEHAVIORS At Butterfield, we hope that our students can always show â€œpawsâ€?itive behaviors, but we realize there are times when they do not always follow our expectations. We have discussed how to handle positive behavior (the Butterfield Expectations) and we need to present our procedures for when students make the choice to engage in behavior that is disrespectful, irresponsible, and/or unsafe. The procedures for rule violations, describe the interventions for those behaviors, and give possible steps the staff or administration might use when students make inappropriate choices about behavior.
PROCEDURES FOR RULE VIOLATIONS Level: Non-referral behaviors Description: Behaviors that are multiple offenses; the student has received verbal warnings and continued the behavior. Examples: Running, talking out of turn, using a loud voice, being off task, seeking attention, annoying others, refusing to do work Possible Interventions: Change seat, redirect behavior, conference with student, My Plan worksheet Continuation of these behaviors may require administrative action. _____________________________________________________________ Level: Possible referral behaviors Description: Behaviors that are multiple offenses, some element of harm or threat could be present Examples: Disruption, ignoring adults, ignoring/breaking rules, stealing, defiance, disrespecting others Possible Interventions: Change seat, removal to another classroom, Butterfield Behavior Notice, parent contact, loss of privileges _____________________________________________________________ Level: Referral behaviors Description: Behaviors that are a danger to oneâ€™s self or others, or behaviors that are of a serious nature Examples: Continual disrespect, stealing, defiance, inappropriate language/behavior, fighting or physical altercations, property damage, continued disruption of class Possible Interventions: Refer to the office where the following may occur: parent contact, request for conference, community service, written responses such as an apology letter, lunch detention, removal from playground, suspension of privileges, school suspension.
Butterfield Elementary PBS Matrix
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Take care of equipment Follow game rules Respond quickly to any signal
Quiet, straight lines Use equipment the right way Walk on the blacktop Stay within sight and sound
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COMMON AREAS Be Respectful
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Use kind words and actions Everybody plays You bring, you share
Use #1 voice Follow directions of adults and safety patrol Stay on sidewalks
Have a destination pass Go straight to destination Dispose of trash
Always walk Keep hands and feet to yourself
Use good manners Use a #1 voice Wait patiently in lines
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Sit at your assigned table Clean up after yourself Raise your hand and wait to be dismissed Walk in the cafeteria Sit correctly Report accidents or spills
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Follow ready signal Use appropriate behavior and responses Keep hands and feet to self
Use appropriate voices Stay with your class Listen to and follow instructions
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Walk, stand, and sit correctly
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Hands and feet to yourself Walk as you leave the playground Use kind words and actions
Arrive at school on time Go directly to breakfast or playground Take care of your belongings
Arrive between 8:35am and 8:50am Be aware of the people around you Walk directly to your destination
Walk to your exit quietly Follow directions
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Walk on campus Wait patiently for bus or pick up Use crosswalk at all times Be aware of the people around you
Keep the floor dry Flush toilet paper only Wash hands with soap
• Know where you are going and go directly there Be on time for parent pick up
Respect the privacy of others One person in a stall at a time Use quiet voice Keep the bathrooms clean Feet on the floor Open doors slowly Flush once Return quickly and quietly
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Listen carefully to directions Use #1 voice Respect school and personal property Help other students follow rules Enter and exit quietly and on time Come prepared to learn Use all equipment and supplies properly Return supplies to specific areas Always walk Sit correctly in designated area Report anything unsafe to an adult Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
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District Discipline Matrix Definitions of Infractions Definitions of Consequences Information on Hazing Student Violence/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying
MATRIX - GRADES K-6
Injury Prone Behavior Fighting Endangerment Assault Aggravated Assault **
Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion
Det/Expulsion Det/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion
Tobacco: Use/Possession/Share/Transfer Alcohol: Use, Possession and/or Share** Alcohol: Transfer or Intent to Transfer** Solicitation of Illicit Drug Illicit Drug: Use/Possession and/or Share ** Illicit Drug: Transfer or Intent to Transfer ** Improperly Used Substance/Item - Use, Possession and/or Share Improperly Used Substance/Item - Transfer or Intent to Transfer
Conf/S.Susp S.Susp/L.Susp L.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion
Conf/L.Susp S.Susp/L.Susp L.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion
Structure or Property Occupied Structure**
Bullying Harassment, Nonsexual Hazing Threatening or Intimidating Harassment of School Employee
Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp
Det/L.Susp Conf/S.Susp Det/L.Susp Det/L.Susp Det/Expulsion
Aiding and Abetting Defiance/Non-Compliance Disrespect Disruption Dress Code Violation Gambling Inappropriate Language Lying, Cheating, Forgery, or Plagiarism Parking Lot/Driving Violation Public Display of Affection Technology, Improper Use Of Trespassing/Unauthorized Area
Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp
Det/L.Susp Conf/Expulsion Conf/L.Susp Conf/L.Susp Det/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/L.Susp Conf/L.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Det/L.Susp Conf/S.Susp
Fire Alarm Misuse ** Bomb Threat ** Chemical or Biological Threat ** Other School Threat
Conf/L.Susp Conf/Expulsion Conf/Expulsion Conf/Expulsion
S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion
Sexual Harassment without Contact Sexual Harassment with Contact Indecent Exposure or Public Sexual Indecency Pornography/Obscene Material Sexual Abuse/Sexual Conduct with a Minor/Child Molestation ** Sexual Assault (Rape) **
Conf/S.Susp Det/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp Conf/L.Susp
Det/L.Susp ISS/L.Susp Det/L.Susp Conf/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion
Conf/S.Susp Conf/S.Susp S.Susp/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion
Conf/L.Susp Det/L.Susp S.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion L.Susp/Expulsion
Aggression 1 2 3 4 5
Alcohol/Tobacco/Drugs 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Arson 14 15
Attendance Policy Violation 16 17
Harassment, Threat and Intimidation 18 19 20 21 22
Policy Violation 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
School Threats 37 38 39 40
Sexual Offenses 41 42 43 44 45 46
Theft and Other Property Offenses 47 48 49 50 51 52
Theft (includes possession of stolen property) Extortion Burglary/Breaking and Entering (2nd & 3rd Degree) Burglary (1st Degree) ** Robbery Armed Robbery **
Vandalism 53 54
Vandalism/Criminal Damage of Personal Property Vandalism/Criminal Damage of School Property
Firearms (including Destructive Devices) ** Other Weapons ** Dangerous Items Simulated Firearm ** Reported to Law Enforcement
Expulsion Conf/L.Susp Conf/Expulsion Reprimand/Expuls.
N/A Conf/Expulsion Conf/Expulsion S.Susp/Expulsion
Weapons and Dangerous Items 55 56 57 58
Infractions Definitions: Aiding/Abetting - any act that leads to or encourages an infraction on the discipline matrix. Aggravated Assault - A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault under any of the following conditions: 1. If the person causes serious physical injury to another, 2. If the person uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, 3. If the person commits the assault after entering the private home of another with the intent to commit the assault, 4. If the person is eighteen years of age or older and commits the assault upon a child the age of fifteen years or under, 5. If the person commits the assault knowing or having reason to know that the victim is a peace officer, or a person summoned and directed by the officer while engaged in the execution of any official duties, 6. If the person commits the assault knowing or having reason to know the victim is a teacher or other person employed by any school and the teacher or other employee is upon the grounds of a school or grounds adjacent to the school or is in any part of a building or vehicle used for school purposes, or any teacher or school nurse visiting a private home in the course of the teacher’s or nurse’s professional duties, or any teacher engaged in any authorized and organized classroom activity held on other than school grounds. Alcohol - any fermented and/or distilled liquor or a substance reasonably believed to be or portrayed by the student as fermented and/or distilled liquor. Armed Robbery - A person commits armed robbery if, in the course of committing robbery, such person or an accomplice: 1. Is armed with a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon; or 2. Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or a simulated deadly weapon. Arson of a Structure or Property – A person commits arson of a structure or property by knowingly and unlawfully damaging a structure or property by knowingly causing a fire or explosion. Arson of an Occupied Structure – A person commits arson of an occupied structure by knowing and unlawfully damaging an occupied structure by knowingly causing a fire or explosion. Assault - A person commits assault by: 1. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or 2. Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or 3. Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person. Bomb Threat – threatening to cause harm using a bomb, dynamite, explosive, or arson-causing device. Burglary (First Degree) – A person commits burglary in the first degree if such person commits Burglary in the Second or Third Degree while knowingly possessing explosives, a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument. Burglary (Second or Third Degree) – A person commits burglary in the second degree by entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein. A person commits burglary in the third degree by: 1. Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a nonresidential structure or in a fenced commercial or residential yard with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein. 2. Making entry into any part of a motor vehicle by means of a manipulation key or master key, with the intent to commit any theft or felony in the motor vehicle. Burglary in the second and
third degree is also sometimes refereed to as “breaking and entering.” Bullying - occurs when a student, either alone or in concert with others, uses superior strength, power, influence or advantage deliberately to inflict physical, emotional, or verbal abuse on another student. Bullying includes explicit or implied threats of bodily harm, weapon possession, extortion, repeated insults and/or teasing, assault, social ostracism, sexual harassment and intimidation. Cheating - the use or attempted use of information, academic work, research or property of another as one's own. Cheating shall include but not be limited to sharing knowledge during an examination or the unauthorized use of notes or other materials in an examination. Cheating shall also include the willful disobedience of testing rules. Chemical or Biological Threat – threatening to cause harm using dangerous chemicals or biological agents. Dangerous item – an item which could be used to cause bodily injury, or threaten or intimidate another person. Examples include air soft gun, bb gun, knife with a blade of 2.5 inches or less, laser pointer, letter opener, mace, pepper spray, paintball gun, pellet gun, razor blade or box cutter, simulated knife, taser or stun gun, tear gas. Defiance/Non Compliance - refusal to comply with a reasonable request by school personnel. Destructive Device – A category of firearm that includes an explosive, combustible, or poisonous gas. This includes bombs, grenades, mines and rockets. Any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which is generally recognized as particularly suitable or sporting purposes) which will, or which may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant; and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter, and any combination or parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device or from which an destructive device may be readily assembled. Disrespect - display of rude or discourteous behavior toward a school employee. Disruption - any conduct that causes, is intended to cause, or that is reasonably likely to cause a breakdown in the orderly process of instruction and/or school activities. Dress/Appearance – Apparel and/or accessories that have or may cause a disruption to the educational process. See Appendix D. Drug Paraphernalia – any accessory, apparatus or equipment that may be used in the manufacture of or utilization of an illicit substance, or otherwise as defined in A.R.S. 13-3415. Endangerment – a person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury. Extortion . A person commits theft by extortion by knowingly obtaining or seeking to obtain property or services by means of a threat to do in the future any of the following: 1. Cause physical injury to anyone; 2. Cause damage to property; or 3. Expose a secret or an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject anyone to hatred, contempt or ridicule; 4. Cause anyone to part with any property. Fighting - participation in an incident involving physical violence. Fire Alarm Misuse – ringing a fire alarm when there is no fire.
Firearm - Any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, starter gun, or other weapon that will expel, is designed to or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any firearm muffler or silencer or any destructive device. Firearm does not include a firearm or antique firearm in permanently inoperable condition. Forgery - the unauthorized or untrue making or alteration of a written document or another person's name or signature. Gambling - to engage in a game or other activity that involves the element of risk or chance with the intention that property
will be exchanged based on the outcome of the game or activity. Harassment, Nonsexual - a person commits harassment if, with intent to harass or with knowledge that the person is harassing another person, the person: 1. Anonymously or otherwise communicates or causes a communication with another person by verbal, electronic, mechanical, telegraphic, telephonic or written means in a manner that harasses; or 2. Continues to follow another person in or about a public place for no legitimate purpose after being asked to desist; or 3. Repeatedly commits an act or acts that harass another person; or 4. Surveys or causes another person to survey a person for no legitimate purpose; or 5. On more than one occasion makes a false report to a law enforcement, credit or social service agency. Hazing - any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply: (a) The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution. (b) The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation. Homicide - includes first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide. recklessly causing the death of another person.
Illicit Drugs – includes marijuana, ecstasy, hallucinogens and methamphetamines, cocaine, crack, heroin, and other illicit drugs, including any substance represented by the student to be an illicit drug. Improperly Used Substance/Item – includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, inhalants (which includes paint or glue), unknown drug, drug paraphernalia, any other substance prohibited by Arizona’s criminal code, including any substance that a student possesses or consumes because the student believes that consumption of the substance will result in physical or mental effects or impairment similar to that resulting from the use of an unlawful drug. For the purpose of this paragraph, “consume” means to ingest, smoke, inhale, chew, or inject. A prescription drug and an over-the-counter medication shall not be considered an Improperly Used Substance so long as the particular drug or medication is either (1) prescribed by a physician and used in accordance with the prescription and Governing Board policies or (2) a proprietary medicine/over the counter medication as defined in A.R.S. 32-1901 (39) when used in accordance with parental instructions and Governing Board policies. Inappropriate Language - the departure in the use of language from what is normally considered to be acceptable within the environment of a school or area. Indecent Exposure or Public Sexual Indecency – a person commits indecent exposure if he or she exposes his or her genitals, anus, or buttocks, or she exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present. A person commits public sexual indecency by intentionally or knowingly engaging in any of the following acts: 1) an act of sexual conduct; or 2) an act of oral sexual contact; or 3) an act of sexual intercourse. Injury Prone Behavior - intentional, negligent or reckless behavior that has a reasonable possibility of hurting or damaging oneself or others or the property of others.
Kidnapping – a person commits kidnapping by knowingly restraining another person with the intent to: 1. Hold the victim for ransom, as a shield or hostage; or 2. Hold the victim for involuntary servitude; or 3. Inflict death, physical injury or a sexual offense on the victim; or 4. Place the victim or a third person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury to the victim or such third person. Lying - intentionally giving an untrue communication. Obscene Statements or Materials - statements and materials which an average student, applying contemporary school standards would find, taken as a whole, appeal to prurient interests and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. The standard is that of the school community with a recognition that students are, as a class, younger and more sensitive than the general adult population. Other weapons – a weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, which is used for, or is readily
capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Examples include billy club, baseball bat, brass knuckles, nunchakus, knife with a blade length at least 2.5 inches. Paraphernalia - any accessory, apparatus or equipment that may be used in the manufacture of or utilization of illicit drugs, or otherwise as defined in A.R.S. 13-3415. Plagiarism – to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Pornography – is the sexually explicit depiction of persons, in words or images. Public Display of Affection - visible affectionate physical contact that exceeds accepted standards of reasonable public conduct. Robbery - Using force or threatening to use force to commit a theft or while attempting to commit a crime. School Threat – Any threat (verbal, written, or electronic) by a person to bomb or use other substances or devices for the purpose of exploding, burning, causing damage to a school building or school property, or to harm students or staff. Sexual Abuse or Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Child Molestation – A person commits sexual abuse by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with any person fifteen or more years of age without consent of that person or with any person who is under fifteen years of age if the sexual contact involves only the female breast. A person commits sexual conduct with a minor by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is under eighteen years of age. A person commits molestation of a child by intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact, except sexual contact with the female breast with a child under fifteen years of age. Sexual Assault (Rape) – a person commits sexual assault by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such person. Sexual Harassment - is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the school’s program. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of sexual nature. Sexual Harassment with Contact – sexual harassment that includes unwanted physical contact of non-sexual body parts. Share – using an illicit drug with others, or providing others with over the counter medications. Simulated Firearm – Any simulated firearm made of plastic, wood, metal or any other material which is a replica, facsimile, or toy version of a firearm or any object such as a stick or finger concealed under clothing and is being portrayed as a firearm. Solicitation – a person commits solicitation if such person requests, commands, or encourages another person to provide him or her with information concerning where to purchase or obtain a substance or item the possession of which is illegal and/or prohibited by District policy.
Tardiness – arriving to class after the scheduled starting time. Theft – taking or attempting to take money or property belonging to another person or the school with the intent to permanently deprive the victim of his or her possessions. Theft includes controlling the property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property, which is commonly referred to as possession of stolen property. Threat/Intimidation - verbal, written or physical communications or acts made with the intent or reasonable effect to inflict fear, injury or damage or to realize personal gain. Tobacco - ground up leaves used for smoking or chewing, and/or any manufactured products such as cigars, cigarettes or electronic cigarettes (which include any battery or similarly powered electronic device through which vapor is or can be inhaled to deliver nicotine), known to be addictive and dangerous. Transfer – intentionally or knowingly furnishing, delivering, or giving away to others any illicit drug. Transfer includes selling an illicit drug to another.
Trespassing/Unauthorized Area - the unauthorized presence of an individual on school property or the unauthorized presence of an individual in an unauthorized area of school property. Truancy - absence from an assigned class and/or required school function without a proper and timely excuse. Vandalism of Personal Property â€“ willful destruction or defacement of personal property. Vandalism of School Property â€“ willful destruction or defacement of school property.
DEFINITIONS OF CONSEQUENCES 1. Reminder An informal conference in an administrator's office between an administrator and a student. The student is reminded of the rules or regulations regarding student behavior. 2. Reprimand A formal conference and warning from the school official to the student for continuing misbehavior. A student commitment, in writing, to changing to an acceptable mode of behavior is required. Written communication is sent to the parent. 3. Conference The parent is notified either verbally or in writing of student misconduct and the requirement for an acceptable mode of behavior. The conference may be conducted between students, parents, school officials, or other individuals concerned. If the parent does not respond within three (3) school days, the student is restricted pending the conference. 4. Detention A restriction of free time privileges; recesses, time after school may be used as detention time. * 5. Time out in alternate placement Assignment of a student to a designated supervised room for part or all of a school day. * 6. Restriction Pending Conference The student is removed from school until the parent communicates with the appropriate school officials and arranges for a conference. If the parent does not respond within ten (10) school days, a hearing will be held and the student will be withdrawn from school. * 7. Short Term Suspension Removing the student from school for a specified length of time, not to exceed ten (10) school days. A parent conference is required prior to reinstatement. If the parent does not respond within ten (10) school days, a hearing will be held and the student will be withdrawn from school. * 8. Long Term Suspension Removing the student from school for a specified length of time, a minimum of eleven (11) school days and a maximum of one hundred seventy-nine (179) school days. If the parent does not respond within ten (10) school days of the effective date of the suspension a hearing will be held and the student will be withdrawn from school.
* 9. Expulsion Permanent exclusion of a student from school. Governing Board action is required. Appeal for reinstatement is available and must be approved by the Governing Board. *During the period of this suspension, your child may not attend school (#6-#9) or any extracurricular activities associated with the school. (#5-#9). Butterfield strives to treat all students on an equal basis and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. We assure equal opportunity and due process to each student.
HAZING The Marana Unified School District Policy JICFA prohibits hazing, solicitation to engage in hazing , or aiding and abetting another who is engaged in hazing of any person enrolled, accepted for or promoted to enrollment, or intending to enroll or be promoted to District schools. A person who reports or 37
complains regarding hazing may report or complain directly to the school administrator or to a professional staff member. The staff member shall preserve the confidentiality of those involved, disclosing the incident only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor or as otherwise required by law. At a minimum the report/complaint shall be put in writing containing the identifying information on the complainant and such specificity of names, places and times as to permit an investigation to be carried out. Forms for submitting complaints are to be available to students and staff in the school offices.
DEFINITIONS "Hazing" means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student and in which both of the following apply: The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution. The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation, or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation. "Organization" means an athletic team, association, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or similar group that is affiliated with an educational institution and whose membership consists primarily of students enrolled at that educational institution.
DIRECTIONS It is no defense to a violation of this policy if the victim consented or acquiesced to hazing. In accord with statute, violations of this policy do not include either of the following: Customary athletic events, contests or competitions that are sponsored by an educational institution. Any activity or conduct that furthers the goals of a legitimate educational curriculum, a legitimate extracurricular program or a legitimate military training program. All students, teachers and staff shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of this policy.
REPORTING/COMPLAINT PROCEDURE Students and others may report hazing to any professional staff member. Professional staff members must report the incident to the school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor, in writing, with such details as may have been provided. A failure by a staff member to timely inform the school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor of a hazing allegation or their observation of an incident of hazing may subject the staff member to disciplinary action in accord with school policies. The staff member shall preserve the confidentiality of those involved, disclosing the incident only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor or as otherwise required by 38
law. Any instance of reported or observed hazing which includes possible child abuse or violations of statutes known to the staff member shall be treated in accord with statutory requirements and be reported to a law enforcement agency. A person who complains or reports regarding hazing may complain or report directly to the school administrator or to a professional staff member. The professional staff member receiving the report/complaint shall retrieve sufficient detail from the person to complete the form designated for such purpose. At a minimum the report/complaint shall be put in writing containing the identifying information on the complainant and such specificity of names, places and times as to permit an investigation to be carried out. When a professional staff member receives the information, the staff member will transmit a report to the school administrator or supervising administrator not later than the next school day following the day the staff member receives the report/complaint. The report/complaint will be investigated by the school administrator or a supervising administrator. The procedures to be followed are: An investigation of the reported incident or activity shall be made within ten (10) school days when school is in session or within fifteen (15) days during which the school offices are open for business when school is not in session. Extension of the time line may only be by necessity as determined by the Superintendent. The investigator shall meet with the person who reported the incident at or before the end of the time period and shall discuss the conclusions and actions to be taken as a result of the investigation. Confidentiality of records and student information shall be observed in the process of making such a report. The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and a copy of the report shall be provided to the Superintendent. All violations of this policy shall be treated in accord with the appropriate procedures and penalties provided for in school policies related to the conduct and discipline of students, staff, and others.
Student Violence/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying The Governing Board of the Marana Unified School District believes it is the right of every student to be educated in a positive, safe, caring, and respectful learning environment. The Governing Board further believes a school environment that is inclusive of these traits maximizes student achievement, fosters student personal growth, and helps a student build a sense of community that promotes positive participation as citizens in society. To assist in achieving a school environment based on the beliefs of the Governing Board, bullying in any form will not be tolerated. Bullying: Bullying may occur when a student or group of students engages in any form of behavior that includes such acts as intimidation and/or harassment that has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or damage to property, 39
is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that the action, behavior, or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment in the form of physical or emotional harm, occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power or strength, or may constitute a violation of law. Bullying of a student or group of students can be manifested through written, verbal, physical, or emotional means and may occur in a variety of forms including, but not limited to verbal, written/printed or graphic exposure to derogatory comments, extortion, exploitation, name calling, or rumor spreading either directly through another person or group or through cyberbullying, exposure to social exclusion or ostracism, physical contact including but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, or spitting, and damage to or theft of personal property. Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is, but not limited to, any act of bullying committed by use of electronic technology or electronic communication devices, including telephonic devices, social networking and other Internet communications, on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists, or other District-owned property, and by means of an individual's personal electronic media and equipment. Harassment: Harassment is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but are not limited to, stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious orientation, sexual preference, cultural background, economic status, size or personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by use of social media.
Intimidation: Intimidation is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that places another student or group of students in fear of harm of person or property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically, either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media. Students are prohibited from bullying on school grounds, school property, school buses, at school bus stops, at school sponsored events and activities, and through the use of electronic technology or electronic communication equipment on school computers, networks, forums, or mailing lists. Disciplinary action may result for bullying which occurs outside of the school and the school day when such acts result in a substantial physical, mental, or emotional negative effect on the victim, while on school grounds, school property, school buses, at school bus stops, or at school sponsored events and activities, or when such act(s) interfere with the authority of the school system to maintain order. All suspected violations of law will be reported to local law enforcement. Students who believe they are experiencing being bullied or expect another student is bullied should report their concern to any staff member of the School District. School personnel are to maintain appropriate confidentiality of the reported information. 40
Reprisal by any student directed toward a student or employee related to the reporting of a case or a suspected case of bullying shall not be tolerated, and the individual(s) will be subject to the disciplines set out in applicable District policies and administrative regulations. Students found to be bullying others will be disciplined up to and including suspension or expulsion from school. Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. Where disciplinary action is necessary pursuant to any part of this policy, relevant District policies shall be followed. Law enforcement authorities shall be notified any time District officials have a reasonable belief that an incidence of bullying is a violation of the law. Support Services 1. Schoolsâ€™ open-door environment gives students the opportunity to share concerns and make reports to building administrators. 3.
Full time school counselor in every school (K-12). The school counseling program: (a) works to safeguard human rights of student body through classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling; (b) provides numerous prevention and intervention activities reflective of school and student needs; (c) emphasizes anti-bullying measures through classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling; (d) supports a safe learning environment.
Lunch & Breakfast Policy – Nonpayment of Lunch Account
LUNCH AND BREAKFAST You can set up a meal account at school on a weekly or long-term basis or set up an account online (see information below). Cash may be used in the cafeteria line. If you have any specific questions on the meal program, please call the cafeteria at 579-5024.
The Marana Unified School District participates in the National School Meal Program. Breakfast and lunch are served at Butterfield Elementary School. Students may purchase lunch for $2.00 and will receive breakfast in the class. Non price meals are also available: • If you now receive benefits from SNAP, or Food Distribution on Indian Reservations or TANF you can get free meal regardless of income • If your total household income is at a certain level your child may qualify for reduced or free meals. • If you have a foster child under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. The annual Menu Calendar will be sent home during the first week of school with each student. The monthly menu can also found on the District web site. 42
Free/Reduced Meals Your Child May Be Eligible for Free or Reduced Price School Meals! Apply Online Today – www.maranausd.org/food. The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE any time on any computer with web access. You also can go to the Marana School District web site to find the link for the meal application. Paper applications will also be available from the school or Food Service offices. On-Line Payments The District also provides parents with a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service call MyNutrikids.com This website allows parents to deposit money into their child’s meal account at any time. We currently have over 3000 parents using this system on a monthly basis. There is no charge to parents to setup an account and utilize the website’s features; the only charge will be a small convenience fee to deposit funds into their students meal account. Along with the ability to make on-line payments, this website also provides parents: • The ability to view your child’s account balance at anytime. • Automatic low balance email notifications. Parents will be able to establish school meal balance amounts so that if your child’s account balance falls below the established amount, you will receive an email alerting you to the low balance. Ala Carte Items At the start of this new school year, our district is required to bring our ala carte program into compliance with the “Arizona Nutrition Standards”. All ala carte items that are served to students must meet these Standards.
The Marana Unified School Food Service program full meals meet all Federal and State Nutritional standards for meals that are provided our students at breakfast or lunch. When our entrees are sold ala carte, those entrées do not meet the Standards. What does this change? It changes what we can and can not sell as an ala carte item to our students. We can not sell students an extra slice of pizza or other daily entrée. We plan this school year to add individual food items that do meet the AZ Nutrition Standard. These new items will not be entrées but items that balance out the meal. For the very hungry students they can purchase a complete second meal for $2.50. AZ Nutritional Standard for entrées sold a la carte: 40% or less of total calories from fat 10% or less of total calories from saturated and trans fatty acids (combined) No more than 35% total sugar by weight Must contain at least 1g of fiber Maximum 400 calories per serving for entrée items sold as a la carte Maximum 800mg of sodium for entrée items sold as a la carte Final preparation method cannot be deep-fat fried K-2nd Students will always receive a meal, but the parent(s) or guardian(s) are responsible for all monies accrued by the student charging his/her lunch. 3rd – 6th Students: 1st occurrence: Student may charge a full regular menu meal. nd 2 occurrence: Student may charge a full regular menu meal. 3rd occurrence: Student may charge a full regular menu meal. After the 3rd occurrence, the student cannot charge again until 43
all the charges have been paid on his/her account. For student whose account balance falls below zero, letters to parent(s) or guardian(s) concerning their childâ€™s lunch account balance are sent home with the child once a week. Children are welcomed to bring sack lunches to school. We ask that lunch boxes have names written inside and that no glass containers are used in student lunches.
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Precautions Student Conduct on School Buses Bus Safety Program
Transportation Department Dispatch Office: 682-4766 Hours (School Days): 5:30 am – 6:30 pm Monday - Friday The Marana Unified School District covers 550 square miles with school buses providing safe, dependable, and efficient transportation in support of world class education for tomorrow's leaders. Like you, our desire is your child’s safety from the moment they leave your home in the morning until they return safely that afternoon. This can best be achieved by working together. You can help by discussing with your child a few simple but effective precautions concerning their time away from home. Precautions These precautions include making sure you and your child knows the following: • The walking route to take to and from the bus stop and the proper behavior en route • The safety precautions and appropriate conduct to be maintained at the bus stop and on the bus, including use of safety belts • The correct bus route number • What to do if the bus is more than 15 minutes late • Carry school ID at all times In addition, it is critical that your child always boards and departs the bus at the correct stop as known and approved by you. A signed note from the parent/guardian is required for a student to ride a different bus or to get off at a different stop. The note must be given to school staff who will then issue a bus permit for the student to provide for the bus driver. Children should be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time. Although we hope it will never be necessary for your family to be concerned with violations of bus rules, you and your child should be aware of the discipline procedures designed to correct problems. Please take a few moments to go over these rules. The consequences of inappropriate behavior or actions on the s are fully explained in the Student Code of Conduct. Please note: incidents involving major violations described in the student code of conduct may result in a suspension of riding privileges; students may also be charged for any damage caused to the bus and/or for the cleaning of graffiti from the bus. Bus stops are reviewed carefully on an ongoing basis for safety and effectiveness. As per state requirements, bus stops may be no closer than a minimum of 600 feet and may be subject to other state, district or homeowner association guidelines.
By working together we can safeguard your child from potential hazards associated with all aspects of transportation, both on and off the bus. We hope you and your child have a productive and safe year.
BUS SAFETY PROGRAM Arriving at bus stop:
Leave home in good time so that you will arrive at the pickup point five minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive. If other students are waiting at the bus stop, get in line without pushing or crowding and stay off the roadway.
Crossing the roadway:
If you must cross the road, walk to a point about ten (10) feet in front of bus but do not cross until you can see that the driver has indicated that it is safe to do so.
As you cross the road, look continuously to the right and left. At an intersection, look in all directions. Cross at right angles. Never cross the highway diagonally. Walk across the road, but do not run. Boarding the bus:
Line up in single file parallel to the roadway, with younger students in front, so they can board first. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to get on board. Board the bus quickly but without crowding or pushing. Never run on the bus, as the steps or floor may be slippery, especially in wintertime. Place your foot squarely on the step, not on the edge, and use the handrail.
Be particularly careful if you are carrying books or parcels, as it is difficult to see the steps and to hold the handrail.
Go directly to your seat and sit straight, well to the back of the seat, and face the front of the bus. Conduct on the bus: Please note that each driver is required to assign a specific seat to each student. Generally kindergarten students are assigned to sit in the first few rows of seats. Other students may sit with friends, but may be re-assigned to another seat if conduct does not meet expectations.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times. No eating or drinking (other than water) is permitted on the bus. Remain seated throughout the trip, and leave your seat only when the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop.
Keep your belongings on your lap or put them under the seat. Musical instruments must not occupy space required for seating of other students.
Keep the aisle clear. Avoid doing anything that might disturb or interfere with the driver. Refrain from loud or boisterous
talking or yelling; use your classroom voice. Aerosol sprays, perfumes, etc., must be kept secure and unopened during the bus ride. Never stick hands, arms, head, or feet out of the windows of the bus. Do not throw anything within the bus or out of a window. Do not touch the emergency door or exit controls or any of the bus safety equipment. Do not discard trash in the bus. Follow the directions and instructions of the school bus driver.
Tobacco is not allowed in a school bus. Alcoholic beverages shall not be carried in a school bus. Insects, reptiles, or other animals shall not be transported in a school bus. [A.A.C. R17-9-104] No weapon, explosive device, harmful drug, or chemical shall be transported in a school bus. No skateboards, glass items, or balloons will be allowed in the school bus. Exiting the bus:
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Do not push or crowd when leaving the bus.
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MARANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Health Services 11279 W. Grier Road, Ste 117 Marana, Arizona 85653 (520) 616-3013
Student Health Services The mission for the Department of Health Services in Marana Unified School District is to promote the optimum health and well being of each student. The focus of Health Services is to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, promote life-long healthy choices, and develop family and community partnerships. Each health office is staffed with a CPR/First Aid trained Health Aide. The elementary schools have school nurse facilitators for health consultation, case management, training and education. A school nurse is available on-site for students at the secondary schools as well as a director of health at the administrative offices. Health Screens Hearing and vision screens are performed annually for certain grades, students new to the district and all special education students (per state statute A.R.S.15-101). If parents or staff members have any concerns, please call your child’s health office to discuss the screenings or request that your child not be screened. Student Safety and Disease Prevention Students are to report all injuries or illnesses that occur during school hours, regardless of severity, to the health office. Parents may be notified of their child’s condition so that arrangements can be made for the student to be picked up from school. PLEASE COMPLETE THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM SENT HOME ANNUALLY WITH YOUR CHILD. IN THE EVENT ANY OF THIS INFORMATION CHANGES, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOTIFY YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL OFFICE. Parents must notify the health office if your child has special or chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, surgery, etc. so that modifications and staff training can be arranged. Even if your child independently cares
for his/her own condition, it is important to share this health information to allow us to support and reinforce your child’s knowledge. A physician’s written release is required prior to a student returning to school after hospitalization or long-term absences (surgery, illness, trauma, homebound, etc.). The written release should include: • Reason for hospitalization or absence; • Recommended activity or restrictions; • Instructions for health care while in school. If your child needs medical equipment such as crutches, wheelchair, casts, etc. while at school, in accordance with district procedure, the health office must receive written doctor’s instructions. The doctor needs to specify why the equipment is needed and state any restrictions regarding participation in specific activities such as weight bearing, PE, recess or field trips. The Health Office must receive the Doctor’s written information before the student returns to school. Wheelchairs that are available in the health office are used only for the transport of students or staff who become ill or injured in acute situations during the school day. In the event your child needs crutches or a wheelchair to attend school, you must make arrangements with your health care provider. Communicable diseases can best be avoided by practicing good personal hygiene such as thorough hand washing and covering open lesions to the skin. Parents need to clean and cover skin lesions that their child (children) may incur while at home. Please let the school health office know if your child is being treated for any skin problems. Most students can safely return to school after being treated with antibiotics for 24-48 hours. Parents are requested to keep their child home from school if he/she has an elevated temperature, nausea or vomiting. In
accordance with Pima County Health Department and district procedure the student may return to school when they have been fever, nausea and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours without medication. Medication at school
• Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary for a student to take medication during school hours. Prescribed or
over-the-counter medication can be administered when brought to school in its original (non-glass) container, including the physician’s instructions, and accompanied by a completed signed parent permission form. Permission forms are in the Health Office or on the website www.maranausd.org under Health Services/Medication.
• Marana Unified School District does not provide over-the-counter medications for students. Health Aides may provide treatment for pain or fever with fluid hydration, rest, snack, or cold packs, depending on possible cause. The student’s parent/guardian will be notified of the student’s unresolved pain. • With limited exceptions as detailed below, medication must be kept in the Health Office and be administered by the nurse or health aide. • Over-the-counter medications will be administered as directed for age appropriate guidelines. These guidelines will only be exceeded if a doctor’s written instructions accompany the medications. • Over-the-counter medications will not be given for more than three consecutive days without an order from a physician. • Necessity for self-administration of a prescribed or over-the-counter medicine shall be determined by the student’s physician and attached to the parent or guardian permission form (policy JLCD-R). The student may carry one daily dose and the medication must remain in the original, non-glass container, including the physician’s and manufacturer’s instructions. Emergency drugs such as Epi-Pens, Inhalers, glucagon or other emergency drugs may be carried with permission.
• Medication permission forms are available in the Health Office or on the MUSD Web site www.maranausd.org/health • The student shall take extraordinary precautions to keep secure any medication, and under no circumstance shall make available, provide, or give the item to another person. The student shall immediately report the loss or theft of any medication brought onto the school campus. • The District reserves the right, in accordance with procedures established by the Superintendent, to circumscribe or disallow the use or administration of any medication brought onto the school campus. Violation of the regulation may subject the student to disciplinary action (policy JLCD-R). Immunizations Every student must have:
• Up-to-date immunization history or exemption on file. See website for list of immunizations by age www.maranausd.org/health
• Proof of immunization must be provided from a documented source. State regulations allow for exemption on the basis of medical or personal belief. • Parents will be notified when their child is due for an immunization. In accordance to Arizona State Law (A.R.S. 15872), the appropriate immunization must be obtained by the specified date or the student will be excluded form school until proof of the immunization or exemption is provided.
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VISITORS ON CAMPUS We welcome visitors to our campus as they often add to the educational experiences of our students. We hope that parents will visit the school, the classrooms of their children, and attend class/school activities. If you would like to volunteer time in your child’s class, please discuss this with the teacher. All visitors to our campus must register in the school office and wear a visitor’s badge. Please help us keep our school as safe and secure as possible. (This includes those who walk their children to class or the playground before school.) Students may not bring student guests to school, as we cannot accept responsibility for children not enrolled at Butterfield.
COMMUNITY USE OF THE PLAYGROUND In order for our children to have a clean and safe place to play, please follow these guidelines: 1. Pets are not allowed on playgrounds. (Stray dogs on campus are reported to the Pima County Animal Control to be picked up). 2. Bikes and motorbikes are not allowed on the playgrounds. 3. Fields are used on a “first come/first-served” basis. Please note that our kindergarten playground is not open to the public.
BUTTEFIELD COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES COUNCIL (BCAC) Butterfield is fortunate to have an active parent group. Parent involvement has helped maintain the high academic standards and effectiveness of our programs. We encourage you to become a member and help decide how we can best help your child. Information on the Butterfield Community Activities Council (BCAC) and the Volunteer Program will be sent home during the first week of school.
FUND-RAISERS We have made a concentrated effort to limit fund-raisers that involve students selling products. The BCAC usually sponsors one or two large fund-raising efforts each year. Proceeds from the sale of items at our “School Store” go to our student council activity fund.
Policy & Procedure
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Dress Code MUSD Connections Home/School Communications Student Dismissal Traffic/Parking Lot Map Non-interruption of Instruction Parties & Assemblies MUSD Wellness Policy 6th grade Promotion Activities School Property/Textbooks Personal Property Lost & Found Selling & Trading Pets Prohibited Items General Safety Guidelines Field Trips Internet Accident Insurance Services to Handicapped Individuals Sexual Discrimination/Harassment FERPA/IDEA Child Find Textbook, MUSD Position Statement Supplemental Instruction Materials Reporting to Law Enforcement Arizona’s Mandatory Reporting Laws Drug & Gun Free School Zones Tobacco Free Campus Africanized Bees Procedure Ozone Advisory Emergency Response Procedures Safety Drills Emergency/Disaster Procedure 54 Student Concerns, Complaints & Grievances (Policy JII)
DRESS FOR SUCCESS As you do your back-to-school shopping, tasteful and traditional attire is expected for both students and adults in the school. We expect students to be well groomed and dressed in clothing that is appropriate to the learning environment and weather conditions. Students are not allowed to wear clothing that constitutes a health or safety hazard or is disruptive to the educational process. Unacceptable items may include: • • • • • •
Bare feet. Shoes must be worn at all times. Tennis shoes are recommended for recess and PE class. Flip-flops, open-toed sandals and high heels may not be appropriate or safe. Articles of clothing that advertise or promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violent acts, or that are demeaning, degrading or offensive to any person. Any clothing or paraphernalia that may be construed as gang or violence related including bandanas, colors, sags, chains, etc… (Belts when worn are to be above the hips and tucked into belt loops. Dangling ends are not allowed.) Any form of dress or extreme accessory (including hair, dangling or large hoop earrings, necklaces, heavy chains, spiked jewelry, etc.) that constitutes a health or safety hazard or disrupts the educational process. Inappropriate amounts or colors - including makeup, hair color or nails, which may be distracting to the education of all students. Brief garments which may be disruptive to the educational process, such as clothing that exposes the midriff, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, fishnet or tube tops, muscle shirts, bicycle shorts or spandex, shorts or skirts above mid-thigh (must be to end of finger tips). Undergarments should never be seen. Hats (except for outside activities only; bills must be facing forward).
The purpose of the Dress Code and Prohibited Items list is to encourage students to “dress for success” and come to school properly prepared to learn. We ask for your support in providing a safe and orderly environment in which all children can learn.
Stay Informed…Stay Connected…Sign Up Today! A secure Parent/Student/District Connection Online, anytime, at your convenience. MUSD Connection, is a secure Web-based tool, which provides MUSD parents and students the ability to view student information such as grades, attendance records and discipline information from the convenience of any computer or mobile device, 24-hours a day. 3 Simple Steps Logon. Sign Up. You’re Connected! Step 1 Step 2
Visit the District Web site at www.maranausd.org and select MUSD Connection. You will be directed to a page where you will "Login" or "Activate My Account". Activate your account: Enter your first and last name, along with your secure User Activation Key (contact your child's school to obtain your User Activation Key - one key for all children enrolled in District). Enter a user name and password, along with a valid email address. A valid email address is required to activate your MUSD Connection account. You can now view information for all of your students at the same time.
MUSD encourages parents to participate in MUSD Connection to enhance their involvement in their child's education. Add this page to your favorites, and revisit often to login to your now existing account. Apps Now Available for the iPhone™/iPod Touch™/Droid™ Students and parents can now access MUSD Connection quickly and easily anytime, anywhere by downloading the ParentVue or StudentVue applications from their applicable market place.
HOME / SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS The School is directly responsible for your child’s welfare during the school day. We must, however, have cooperation from parents in order for us to fulfill this responsibility. Any request out of the ordinary regarding your child’s schedule must be accompanied by a signed, dated note giving us permission to make a change in your child’s normal routine. Phone calls to make after school arrangements may not be made at school. As an example, if your child normally eats lunch at school, rides a bus, or walks directly home, we have no choice but to insist that the child follow this schedule unless we have a note from you that expresses your desire for change. Many times children will change their own schedules without the knowledge of the home. It is imperative that we know that you are aware of the change and that you approve. A bus pass must be issued to a student who rides a different bus home. If the student is going with a friend, a note from both families is required before a bus pass will be issued. Please remind your child to turn in any requests for bus passes at the beginning of the school day.
STUDENT DISMISSAL PROCEDURES In the past many parents called at the last moment to change their child’s dismissal schedule for that day. This created many resulting difficulties. We will, therefore, continue to expect parents to discuss dismissal plans with their children on a daily basis. Any request out of the ordinary regarding your child’s schedule must be accompanied by a signed, dated, note giving us permission to make a change in the normal routine. A call to the office should not be necessary. Parents must call the office PRIOR to 1:30 with any emergency schedule changes.
Below is a map that we have developed to be used as a guide for controlling traffic in the Butterfield Elementary School parking lot. You can see that we have left the bus/van loading zones as a traffic-free area or safety zone for the children. Cars may enter the lot off of Massingale. Please park in the designated area. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON ANY CURBS, AS THIS WILL BLOCK THE TRAFFIC PATTERN IN THE LOT. PLEASE DO NOT PARK WITHIN POSTED CROSSWALK SIGNS. 57
Our neighbors have asked that we do not park in front of their mailboxes or trashcans. Please do not park within any school crosswalk areas as this creates a very dangerous situation for our students. Parents, again thank you for your cooperation. Hopefully we can provide the safest of all situations for the students. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED UNLESS IN A DESIGNATED PARKING SPACE.
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NON-INTERRUPTION OF INSTRUCTION Our staff is committed to providing a maximum of student contact time and uninterrupted instruction. We ask for parental assistance with the following: Lunches/Lunch money - when you deliver either a studentâ€™s lunch or lunch money after the 7:45 bell, please leave it in the front office. Homework and books - same as above. Phone calls - please do not call asking for your child to leave class for a phone call. If information needs to be shared before dismissal, our staff will give it to the teacher or directly to the student during a recess or other non-instructional part of the day. In the event of an emergency, please contact first either the school secretary or health office and someone will assist you. 58
Early pick-up - if your child will be leaving mid-day or earlier than dismissal time, you will be signing him/her out through our front office. The student will not be called out of class prior to your arrival.
Parents at rooms - Student dismissal time is a critical part of the classroom day. We request that parents DO NOT interrupt a teacher during dismissal time. It is often at this busy time that teachers are juggling several tasks, such as giving specific messages to students and making last minute changes to after-school schedules. Teachers must give appropriate time and attention to classroom tasks, safety and supervision of all students. For this reason we ask that parents picking up students from school meet them in front of the school where they will be sent for dismissal, instead of going to the classroom door. If you wish to see a teacher after school, please walk to the classroom after you have met your child at the office and given the teacher time to dismiss all students safely. Special deliveries - Balloon and flower deliveries cause interruption to the classroom. Therefore, these deliveries are held either by the teacher or the office staff until the end of the day. Parents are reminded that balloons and glass containers cannot be transported on school buses.
PARTIES AND ASSEMBLIES In as much as they contribute to the general welfare of the school and to improving the social skills of the individual student, observances of traditional holidays may be conducted in classrooms in a manner and under conditions specified in administrative regulations. Parties will be planned in individual classrooms or grade levels. On several occasions throughout the school year, we have various types of student assemblies and programs for the children. If you do not wish your child to participate in one or more of these activities, it will be necessary for you to inform the classroom teacher of your desires before the day of the event.
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All food and beverages provided for students during the school day must be in the original container and purchased from a licensed Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) retailer. Home baked goods are not acceptable. Food items provided for classroom parties should be consistent with the Arizona Nutritional Standards and the Secretary of Agriculture. 59
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“Treats” brought in by parents to celebrate a students birthday, etc. must be nutritional in nature (no cupcakes, cookies, etc.) and follow the Arizona Nutritional Standards. Arizona Nutritional Standards apply to all food and beverages consumed during the normal school day. Exception - There will be a maximum of 4 scheduled classroom parties during the school year in which we will allow “special” treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc.). Again, home baked goods are not acceptable.
6th GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES Our 6th grade staff works very hard to plan activities celebrating the hard work that our 6 th grade students have demonstrated during the course of their careers with us. Examples of this are the 6 th grade campout and other field trips. The staff and administration reserves the right to deny attendance at these events based on behavioral or academic concerns. In certain cases, we might require that a parent attend an activity with their child. Each 6 th grade student that meets promotion criteria will receive a promotion certificate at our 4 th quarter 6th grade awards assembly as a way of thanking them for being part of our Butterfield family. No other formal activities will be planned for the assembly.
SCHOOL PROPERTY/TEXTBOOKS All students are expected to demonstrate proper respect for the school building and its contents. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action that could include, depending on the seriousness of the situation, involvement with law enforcement agencies. Textbooks are furnished by the school. Students are responsible for all books that have been assigned to them. The classroom teacher will check these books periodically. Charges must be paid for lost, stolen or damaged books and library materials before a student will receive the year-end report card.
PERSONAL PROPERTY Any valuables brought to school are subject to a number of risks. Please do not wear precious jewelry, expensive timepieces, or heirlooms. (Radios, CD players, electronic games, etc., are not permitted anywhere on campus.) We ask that students do not bring personal property to school. Toys often cause distractions or problems within the classrooms. The only exception to this rule would involve teacher approval for a child to bring some items from home for a specific purpose. Many problems have been encountered 60
because a child's toy or personal sports equipment item has been lost, stolen, or destroyed. The school can assume no responsibility in the loss of personal items. All necessary personal articles, such as lunch boxes, jackets, sweaters, and other articles that the student could misplace should be clearly marked with the student's name.
PARENTS ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT INSURE STUDENT PROPERTY. If your child brings a cassette recorder/cd player, cell phone, radio, band or string instrument, watch, valuable bicycle accessory, etc., to school and it is destroyed or lost, there is very little we can do to provide relief.
LOST AND FOUND A lost and found box is located in the front office for small items. Large items are displayed outside the library in a place convenient for students and teachers to search. To prevent this situation, we encourage parents to label clothing and lunch boxes with children's names. Feel free to look through the lost and found items when something is missing. We will periodically donate unclaimed items to the needy.
SELLING AND TRADING Due to the danger of loss of money or personal items and misunderstandings, it is not appropriate for students to sell, buy, or trade personal belongings (baseball cards, toys, clothes, etc) at school. There is to be absolutely no selling of items by students for personal profit. (e.g. candy, stickers, chance tickets, etc.). The school also strongly discourages bringing money to school other than the amount needed for lunch or some other school function. For events such as the Book Fair, students may bring in a reasonable amount of money for purchases. They are not to give money or purchase items for other students.
PETS We all like pets in their place. However, they do not belong at school. Please help us keep them off the playground. If your child is a bus rider, please make sure the pet does not follow him/her to the bus stop. Pima Animal Control will remove stray animals from school grounds.
PROHIBITED ITEMS The use of electronic communication devices (including but not limited to pagers, cellular telephones, ipads/netbooks/laptops, ipods/MPe player and two-way radios) is prohibited. Students may possess cellular phones for use before and after school hours. These items should not be visible during school hours. If used during school hours these items may be confiscated and the student will be charged according to the Marana Unified School District Discipline Policy. It is recommended that such devices not be brought to school. Administration is not responsible for any damage, theft, and/or loss of these devices. Other prohibited items include permanent markers, cigarette lighters, and anything containing mercury or other hazardous materials, laser devises, water balloons, water guns or any other water object, and any items that have the potential to inflict harm. Remember, the school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, including but not limited to items in lockers, backpacks and automobiles. Administration will not investigate personal items that are lost or stolen on the campus.
GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Start for school early enough to arrive at school without rushing. (Playgrounds are opened and supervised at 7:25 a.m. daily) Cross, when possible, at intersections protected by an adult. Walk on the sidewalk. Do not approach or enter strange automobiles. Go directly to school or home before beginning play. Do not bring calculators, electronic games, radios or Ipods to school. Do not bring an object to school which can hurt someone. Roller skates and skate boards do not belong at school. Students who ride bicycles to school are expected walk them on school grounds past the crosswalks. BIKE HELMETS ARE MANDATORY. Park your bike in the bike rack. Always lock your bike in the bike rack. Walk on campus. Food and candy are not allowed anywhere except in the cafeteria and in classrooms during parties. Gum is prohibited on campus. 62
Students who choose to disobey our school standards are subject to consequences which range from a conference with the principal to suspension from school depending on the severity of the offense.
FIELD TRIPS Students have the opportunity during the year to go on field trips to various places of interest with the class. This is a privilege. A permission slip will be sent home at the time of the trip. Students must have a signed permission slip to attend the trip. Exclusion of a student from a field trip could result from such extreme behavior as to indicate attendance would jeopardize the educational experience or enjoyment of others. Any such exclusion would require prior discussion with the parent. Parents are welcome to join the class on these field trips as space allows. Only parents or guardians or a family member over 18 that possess a current finger print clearance card will be allowed to chaperone. If you are interested in joining your student and chaperoning, contact the teacher and offer to serve in this way. As a chaperon you will support the teacher by helping to supervise students and ensure safety of all. Parents going on field trips will not be allowed to take pre-schoolers.
INTERNET Students at Butterfield will have the privilege of using Internet and other electronic information resources in the library and computer lab, with parental permission only. I. Prior to being allowed the privilege of using the Internet each student will: 1. Have Butterfield expectations and procedures explained 2. Sign and have a parent co-sign a user agreement II. Students are expected to use the Internet only for educational endeavors and research within the goals and objectives of our district curriculum. Teaching staff will be present; however, individual, close supervision may not always be available. Teachers and administrators may review the studentâ€™s computer files and communications to ensure that the student is using the Internet responsibly. Irresponsible use may result in loss of usage and disciplinary consequences as appropriate.
ACCIDENT INSURANCE At the beginning of each year, the school has information available in the front office about accident insurance that can be purchased for a very nominal fee. We make this program (independent from the district) available for parents who do not have insurance for their children. The school does not provide accident insurance for students. 63
SERVICES TO HANDICAPPED INDIVIDUALS Marana district will provide necessary services to handicapped individuals (students and/or parents). The parent should provide reasonable advance notice of their need for auxiliary aides and services.
SEX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT PROHIBITED It is the policy of the Marana Unified School District that there is no discrimination against any student or employee on the basis of sex. In keeping with that policy, the District will not tolerate sexual harassment by any of its students. Sexual harassment is a violation of the District's Comprehensive Discipline Policy. The District considers sexual harassment to be a major offense that can result in disciplinary action.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask a school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unity personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 64
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, a school discloses education records, without consent, to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, if the school states in its annual notification of FERPA rights that it forwards records on request.
4. The right to file a complaint wit the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by a school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 600 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 29292 – 4605 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Marana Unified School District (MUSD), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, MUSD may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow MUSD to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: • • • • •
A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; The annual yearbook; Honor roll or other recognition lists; Graduation programs, and Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies to provide military recruiters upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the Local Education Agency (LEA) that they do not want their student’s information disclosed with prior written consent. If you do not want MUSD to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 1st. MUSD has designated the following information as directory information: • Student’s Name • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports • Address • Telephone listing • Weight and height of members of athletic teams • Electronic mail address • Photograph • Degrees, honors, and awards received 65
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Date and place of birth Major field of study Dates of attendance and enrollment status (e.g., part time or full time) Grade level The most recent educational agency or institution attended
CHILD FIND PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WITHIN MARANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Services to disabled district-resident students are available, through special education, for all eligible students, ages birth through twenty-one. Special programs are provided to students identified as having disabilities in any of the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Autism Emotional Disability Hearing Impairment Other Health Impairments Specific Learning Disability Mild, Moderate or Severe Intellectual Disability Multiple Disabilities Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment Orthopedic Impairment Preschool Moderate Delay Preschool Severe Delay Preschool Speech/Language Delay Speech/Language Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury Visual Impairment Developmental Delay
For birth through age 2, MUSD will refer students to Arizona Early Intervention Services. You may contact the MUSD office at 682-4782 for more information. For ages 3 through 5, services are provided by the district preschool child find office (520-6824782). Services include screening, referral for an evaluation, identification and placement of students who qualify for special education. For ages 5 through 21, services are provided at each school and include screening, referring for evaluation, evaluating, identifying and placing disabled students into appropriate services. Questions about these matters should be directed to the building principal, school psychologist or Special Education office (520-682-4782). Screening 1. Screening of a student’s abilities in the areas of vision, hearing, cognitive or academic skills, communication, motor, social or behavioral skills and adaptive development shall be completed within 45 calendar days after enrollment for each kindergarten student and new student enrolling without appropriate screening records from his previous school. 66
In addition to formal hearing and vision screening, screening includes use of teacher rating scales, progress reports and/or observation reports to find students who should be referred for formal evaluation, due to a suspected disability. Screening activities do not include detailed individual evaluation procedures such as psychological testing. The school must inform the parents, within 10 school days, of any concerns arising from screening and inform them of proposed follow up on the studentâ€™s needs. Records of screening results will be maintained in the studentâ€™s cumulative file.
Referral for Evaluation 1. Students about whom there is a concern, as a result of screening, will be referred for a full individual evaluation or other services. Written parental consent for referral is required. The parent consent shall be sought/obtained within 15 calendar days after the disposition of the referral/determination to evaluate. 2. The written notice of referral will include a copy of the procedural safeguards available to the parents of a child with a disability. 3. Children under the age of five should be referred to the Pre-School Education and Enrichment Center (PEEC) for evaluations to be scheduled. School-age children should be referred to the in-building child study team. Evaluation and Identification 1. A written evaluation shall be prepared by a multidisciplinary team, which will include at least one teacher or other specialist with knowledge in the area of the suspected disability, a regular education teacher, the evaluator, and the parent. The evaluation shall include determination of the studentâ€™s primary language. 2. The evaluation shall be completed within 60 calendar days after obtaining written consent of the parent/guardian for the evaluation, or absent such consent, within 60 calendar days following mediation of due-process procedures. 3. The evaluation shall assess the capabilities and limitation of the student in all areas of suspected disability, including where appropriate health, vision, hearing, social and emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, and motor abilities. 4. Evaluation data shall include evaluations and information provided by the parents of the child, current classroom based assessments, observations by teachers and related service providers, and additional data, as needed, to determine if the student is a child with disability under one of the categories of IDEA and state law. 5. Children, who are identified as having a disability, will be provided an individualized educational program, which requires parent consent for initiation.
PURCHASE/USE OF TEXTBOOKS MUSD POSITION STATEMENT The basis of instruction in the Marana Unified School District is the District-adopted objectives which are contained in curriculum guides written for each grade level and subject area. Curriculum objectives are developed by teams of teachers, parents, and administrators, are adopted by the Governing Board, and are reviewed and revised on a regular schedule. After the curriculum is adopted by the Governing Board, the same committee then reviews, evaluates, and recommends specific textbooks to the Board for adoption. Decisions regarding purchase of textbooks are made in consultation between classroom teachers and building administrators. Not every teacher chooses to use a textbook. Some prefer supplemental materials and other resources to deliver the curriculum. Others use the textbooks, but prefer only a classroom set. Monetary resources may also impact purchasing decisions, but strategies to correct any shortages are developed. MUSD views textbooks as one of many resources available to teachers to deliver the Districtâ€™s curriculum. All students will receive the necessary materials and support to successfully master the Districtâ€™s curriculum.
SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS The district provides guidelines to all teachers to be followed when selecting movies/videotapes and supplemental materials for educational use. Your child will not be shown a movie/video with a rating other than a G without your prior knowledge and permission. The district has a formal procedure for addressing parent opposition to supplemental instructional materials. You may contact the building principal for further information.
REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT In accordance with Marana Unified School Reporting Guidelines, all discipline violations which result in physical injury to another student must be reported to the Pima County Sheriff for further investigation. It will be up to law enforcement to decide if charges will be filed in each incident. After a police report is filed and the resulting investigation is complete, the school is at liberty to conduct its own investigation and take disciplinary action as appropriate to the infraction. It is not necessary for charges to be filed by the sheriff’s department in order for the school to take action for any matrix violation. Please note that we will also be taking a very strong stand against any incidents of sexual misconduct, and this type of behavior will also be reported to law enforcement for investigation. It is imperative that you review this information with your children. What might start out as something relatively innocent could progress into a situation in which a police report would be filed. There are no exceptions allowed in this policy based on age or grade level, so it is important to reinforce these guidelines with all children.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ARIZONA’S MANDATORY REPORTING LAW The most important responsibility of every professional educator is protecting the welfare of the students in his/her care. The purpose of Arizona’s mandatory reporting law, A.R.S. § 13-3620, is to ensure the safety of children.. Therefore, educators within the Marana Unified School District take their duty to report possible situations of child abuse very seriously. All MUSD staff are required to participate in extensive training regarding District policy and Arizona’s mandatory reporting law. Below is a brief overview regarding Arizona’s mandatory reporting law, which governs personnel of the Marana Unified School District. A.R.S. § 13-3620 states that “any person who reasonably believes that a minor is or has been the victim of physical injury, abuse, child abuse, a reportable offense or neglect that appears to have been inflicted on the minor by other than accidental means. . .shall immediately report or cause reports to be made of this information” to law enforcement or Child Protective Services. If the suspected abuser does not have care, custody or control of the minor, the report shall be made to law enforcement only. Recent changes in the law no longer require educators to have visible evidence of abuse. Educators may form a reasonable belief that abuse has occurred based on their own observations, information provided by the student, or information provided by a third party. It is not the responsibility of the educator to investigate in order to determine that abuse has occurred; rather, the educator is responsible to make the report to those agencies that have the legal responsibility to investigate and make such a determination. If an educator makes a report regarding possible abuse, it is the responsibility of law enforcement or CPS, not the educator, to contact the child’s parents about the incident. Additionally, any inquiries about the situation will be referred to law enforcement or CPS. School personnel cannot release written documentation regarding a situation being investigated. In the event that a report ever needs to be made to authorities regarding possible abuse of your child, please be assured that the first priority of educators is the well being of your child.
DRUG AND GUN-FREE SCHOOL ZONES All Marana Schools have been declared to be Drug and Gun-Free School Zones. Under federal and state laws, anyone found to be in possession of prohibited substances or firearms in a Drug-Free or a Gun-Free Zone is subject to stiff penalties that are in addition to any other federal, state or local penalties. Sentences imposed under these provisions of the law may not be served concurrently with any other sentences that are imposed. Marana's Drug and Gun-Free Zones cover all school campuses and certain adjacent areas. Do not bring prohibited substances or firearms into these areas at any time.
TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS In compliance with federal law, the Marana School District now has a tobacco-free environment policy. Arizona Revised Statute 36-798.03 - TOBACCO PRODUCTS PROHIBITION AT SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL RELATED AREAS A.
Tobacco products are prohibited on school grounds, inside school buildings, in school parking lots or playing fields, in school buses or vehicles or at off-campus school sponsored events. For purposes of this subsection, â€œschoolâ€? means any public, charter or private school where children attend classes in kindergarten programs or grades one through twelve. A person who violates this section is guilty of a petty offense.
The policy applies to all students, employees, volunteers, and visitors. When you are on any part of our campus (including playground and parking lots) please be supportive of this policy and avoid the use of any tobacco products. 70
AFRICANIZED BEES PROCEDURE 1.
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Report all incidents of swarming bees to the office immediately. Two or three bees on a bush donâ€™t constitute a swarm; however, if in doubt, report to the office. Never attempt to remove or exterminate bees yourself. Should this be necessary, we will call in professionals. Never swat at or antagonize bees. Bees can detect movement, and are more likely to respond to an object in motion than one that is stationary. Students should be calmly and slowly moved from the affected area. Should it be necessary, an announcement will be used to get everyone inside immediately. Should an emergency stand-by announcement be made, it will be followed by an explanation. Should this be a result of swarming or attacking bees, all doors and windows are to remain shut and all students are to remain inside until alert is lifted. Use the intercom to advise the office of any unusual circumstances. Instruction can continue should an alert be called because of bees. Should a bee attack occur, the best strategy is to run away as fast as possible. Because the bees target your head and eyes, try to cover your head as much as you can, without slowing your progress. Do not flail or attempt to swat the bees, just get away fast. Any student who is stung needs to report to the health office as soon as possible.
OZONE ALERT PROCEDURE The American Lung Association issues Ozone Alert Days, which occur between May and September. The hours of most concern are between noon and 5:00pm. Ozone at ground level is a pollutant, which irritates mucous membranes of the respiratory system. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions are most at-risk. Ozone can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest pain and headaches. Health Services will receive the Ozone Alert from the American Lung Association. Health Services will notify all schools that an Ozone Alert is issued for that day. The schools will post the advisory for all personnel. Each school will have alternative plans for students identified with potential medical problems. Parents are responsible for informing the school that their child/children are to have a modified/alternative schedule. In the event that the ozone level reaches 100 PSI (Pollution Standard Index), an Unhealthy Advisory will be issued and faxed to all schools. This means all students should not do any strenuous outdoor activities. District Emergency Response Should a critical or emergency situation arise in our area or on campus while school is in session, the Marana Unified School District has a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan providing step-by71
step guidelines for maximizing safety, efficiency, and communication. A copy of the Emergency Response Plan can be accessed at any MUSD school. All district schools conduct emergency drills on a consistent basis throughout the school year. Emergency drills (Evacuation/Lock Down/Shelter-In-Place/Off-site Evacuation) provide the opportunity to practice safety procedures ensuring students and staff are aware of all processes including where to report and what to do in the event of an emergency. What Parents Need To Know In An Emergency. • Information is available by calling the District office at 520-682-3243. • Do not telephone the school directly. School telephone lines mat be needed for emergency communication. • Visit the District web site at www.maranausd.org and access the Emergency Alert System that is located on the left hand menu of the screen. Information concerning the incident will be posted as soon as verifiable information is available. • Stay tuned to local television and radio stations for emergency information. • Unless the emergency requires students to be evacuated to another District school, students will be kept at their home school. • If students are evacuated to another location, parents will be notified by District personnel. • A student will only be released to parent(s) or authorized individuals identified on the student's MUSD Health/Emergency Information Form. Parent Notification In An Emergency Parents will be contacted by school personnel in an emergency situation involving their child. Parents are also encouraged to register to receive emergency information via e-mail. By registering parents will receive an e-mail when the Emergency Alert System is activated. To register follow these simple steps: 1. Visit the District web site at www.maranausd.org. 2. Click on the "Notify Me" icon located on the left hand menu of the screen. 3. Enter e-mail address to receive communication. 4. Check the box titled "Alert System." 5. You will receive a registration confirmation to the e-mail address provided. MUSD Health/Emergency Information Form The Marana Unified School District Health/Emergency Information Form is required to be filled out by parents at the beginning of every school year. The information contained on this form includes individual (s), other than parent(s), authorized to pick up a student. A student will only be released to parent(s) or individuals identified on this form. Parents should consider the following criteria when designating another person to pick up their child at school: • At least 18 years of age • Usually home during the day • Known to the child • Able to assume this responsibility • Possesses a picture ID *Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school during the school year if there are any changes to this information.
Please do not hesitate to contact your school principal for additional information. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in the administering of these guidelines.
EMERGENCY/ DISASTER PROCEDURES Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in the area while school is in session, it is important for parents to be aware that the Marana Unified School District schools have made preparations to respond effectively. School administrations and representatives of the Marana District Maintenance Department met with representatives of local police, fire, EMT, and emergency planning to discuss emergency planning in depth. If an emergency occurs during school hours, student(s) will be cared for at this school or a designated area. The school district has a detailed emergency plan that has been developed to respond to a major emergency. Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency. 1. Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication. 2. In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their home school until
they are picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been listed as such on the MUSD emergency card that is required to be filled out at the beginning of every school year. Please be sure to consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school: 3. Stay tuned to the following radio stations for emergency information: KIIM FM 99.5 KFMA FM 92.1 KTKT AM 990 KVOI AM 690 KNST AM 790 KRQ FM 93.7 Mix FM 94.9 4. Impress upon you children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency. Students will be released only to parents and persons identified on the MUSD Emergency card.
During extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion gates located on school campuses. Parents should be familiar with the school Emergency Procedures Plan and be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your student to remain at school until you or your designee arrives. The decision to keep students at school will be based on whether or not streets in the area are open. If this occurs, radio stations will be notified. In the event of an emergency arising while students are being transported on a bus, students will be kept on the bus and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district personnel. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to home or school, the students will be delivered to the nearest school site and that school will communicate with the home school to inform them of the students’ location. In case of a “hazardous release event” (chemical spill) near the school area, “Shelter-in Place” procedures will be implemented to provide protection. All students and staff will clear the fields, report to their classrooms, and all efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering classrooms during the emergency. Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies
Student Concerns, Complaints and Grievances Students may present a complaint or grievance regarding one (1) or more of the following: • Violation of the student's constitutional rights. • Denial of an equal opportunity to participate in any program or activity for which the student qualifies not related to the student's individual capabilities.
Discriminatory treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. • Harassment of the student by another person. • Intimidation by another student. • Bullying by another student. • Concern for the student's personal safety. Provided that: • The topic is not the subject of disciplinary or other proceedings under other policies and regulations of this District, and • The procedure shall not apply to any matter for which the method of review is prescribed by law, or the Governing Board is without authority to act. The guidelines to be followed are: • The accusation must be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the time the student knew or should have known that there were grounds for the complaint/grievance. • The complaint/grievance shall be made only to a school administrator or professional staff member. • The person receiving the complaint will gather information for the complaint form. • All allegations shall be reported on forms with the necessary particulars as determined by the Superintendent. Forms are available in the school office. • The person receiving the complaint shall preserve the confidentiality of the subject, disclosing it only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor or as otherwise required by law. Any question concerning whether the complaint/grievance falls within this policy shall be determined by the Superintendent. Complaints by middle or high school students may be made only by the students on their own behalf. A parent or guardian may initiate the complaint process on behalf of an elementary school student under this policy. A parent or guardian who wishes to complain should do so by completing the forms following Policy KE on Public Concerns and Complaints. A complaint/grievance may be withdrawn at any time. Once withdrawn, the process cannot be reopened if the resubmission is longer than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the occurrence of the alleged incident. False or unproven complaint documentation shall not be maintained. Retaliatory or intimidating acts against any student who has made a complaint under this policy and its corresponding regulations, or against a student who has testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation relating to a complaint or grievance, are specifically prohibited and constitute grounds for a separate complaint. Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. Where disciplinary action is necessary pursuant to any part of this policy, relevant District policies shall be followed.