Lincoln Elementary School Parent and Student Handbook 2013-2014
We believe everyone is valued! As a collaborative team, with a foundation of good communication, enthusiasm, and strong relationships, we will nurture and prepare responsible, productive citizens.
Lincoln Elementary School 1812 Cron Street Augusta, KS 67010 Principal, Lyle Dosser 316-775-5415
Dear Parents: Welcome to Lincoln Elementary School. We are excited for the new school year! This handbook is a tool to help you become familiar with your childâ€™s school and the various school rules, and to share the Board of Education policies and regulations. It is understood that this handbook will not be inclusive of all the happenings at Lincoln Elementary. This tool should provide a guideline for you, the parent, as to certain expectations of your child and to the expectations that you have of Lincoln Elementary. Manuals of district policy and guidelines are located at each district attendance center. We are here to serve the needs of your child. If there are questions that arise during the school year, please call our office at: (316) 775-5415. We look forward to working with you and your child for a positive educational experience. Sincerely,
Lyle Dosser, Principal
LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STAFF 2013-2014 Principal…………………………………….. Secretary…………………………………… ECSE….……………………………………. Para Educators………………..………….. Kindergarten……………………………….. Kindergarten……………………………….. First grade………………….…………….…. First Grade…………………………………. First Grade…………………………………. Second Grade………………………….…… Second Grade……………………………… Third Grade……………………….……… Third Grade…………………….………… Fourth Grade……………………………… Fourth Grade……………………………… Fifth Grade………………………………. Fifth Grade………………………………. Vocal Music……………………………… Band……………………………………… Physical Education……………………… Computer………………………………… Art………………………………………….. Library/Media Center…….……………… Resource Room…………………………….. Para Educators………………………….… Structured Learning Room………….….. Para Educators……………………………. Counselor………………………………… Speech Language Pathologist………….… Veronica Critchfield School Nurse………………………….…… School Psychologist………………….……. Custodians……………………….………... Para Educators……………….…………… Breakfast/Lunch Aides…………………… Crossing Guard……………………………
Lyle Dosser Doreen Kittle Beth Vadnais Kerri Cody Donna Kichler Pam Olson Sara Voisin Jennifer Stephenson Amanda Whearty Anndi Shaw Erika Roberts Marcie Bowman Carolanne Farley Gina Butler Marilyn Cooke Sadie Camac Diane Lowery Kathy Jones Todd Hollis Sean Hayden Danna Lee Charlene Jesser Stephanie Leighton Katie Jilka Ashley Strohm Angela Floyd Karen Mann Lois Hainstock Ruth Heppel-Werner Angie Smeltzer Tonie Apel Kelly Nelson Monica Guilliams Julie Watkins Delores Nevin Christina Cox Patty Logue Jordan Stevens Lois Bird Kathy Hall Patty Logue Kathy Caggiano
Charlene Walther Vannessa Grossnickle Jessica Woolsey Kristi Brautman
Chase Wells Kailie Burns Cassie Arredondo Arielle Caggiano Cassie Arredondo Arielle Caggiano
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL 1) Children may arrive at school in the morning between 7:30 and 7:55. 2) Please do not send your children before 7:30 for breakfast and others may enter the building at 7:45. 3) Arrangements must be made between the home and the school if there is a deviation in these times. 4) Students will go to the gym for breakfast and/or wait for Lincoln Family Time (morning assembly) 5) PLEASE UNLOAD YOUR CHILDREN SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO CROSS THE STREET.
ATTENDANCE & ABSENCES -- The school number is (316) 775-5415 1) Regular school attendance is important if a child is to make satisfactory progress in school. 2) When a child is absent from school, the parent should contact the school office stating the reason for the absence. 3) When the student returns, he or she must bring a note signed by the parent, or guardian, stating the reason for their absence if you did not contact us by phone. 4) The office will also contact parents of those students who do not bring a note in or call. 5) Attendance problems with truancy will be referred to the proper authorities -- Parents will be informed by the school when their student has three unexcused absences in a nine weeks, five unexcused days within a semester, or seven unexcused absences during the school year. Excused absences: personal illness, death in the family, medical/legal appointments, pre-arranged absence requested by parent and approved by the administration, and severe weather. (In compliance with the Truancy and Compulsory Attendance Law K.S.A. 72-1113)
BOOK COSTS FOR REPLACEMENT OF LOST/DESTROYED BOOKS 1st year: Replacement cost of book 2nd year: Replacement cost of book 3rd year: 2/3 cost of book 4th year: 1/2 cost of book 5th year: 1/2 cost of book Library books will be assessed at the full replacement cost.
BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY (JDDC) USD 402 ANTI-BULLYING PLAN The USD 402 Board of Education Policy JDDC Bullying prohibits acts of bullying. (Approved August 20, 2007) Demonstration of appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate bullying behavior is expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior.
DEFINITION Bullying Behaviors are: Intentional, and largely unprovoked, efforts to harm another Repeated negative actions by one or more against another Imbalance of physical or psychological power Negative action can be physical or verbal, and direct or indirect in nature including electronically transmitted acts – i.e. internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand held device
BULLYING/HARRASSMENT POLICY (continued) EXPECTATIONS The USD 402 Board of Education believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the students, parents and guardians, staff, and community members of the school district, producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members. CONSEQUENCES Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying shall be unique to the individual incident and will vary in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors and performance, and must be consistent with the Board of Education’s approved code of student conduct. Consequences may include, but are not limited to: detention, suspension, or expulsion. Remedial measures shall be designed to: correct the problem behavior, prevent another occurrence of the behavior, and protect the victim of the act. Effective discipline should employ a school-wide approach. COMPLAINT PROCESS The USD 402 Board of Education requires the principal and/or designee at each school to be responsible for receiving complaints alleging bullying behaviors. All school employees are required to report alleged bullying behaviors to the principal and/or designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be deemed a bullying behavior. The USD 402 Board of Education requires the principal and/or designee to be responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes bullying behavior. In so doing, the principal and/or designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident. When appropriate, these offenses will be reported to law enforcement officials using the district approved form. ANNUAL REVIEW The school administrators shall develop an annual process for sharing information pertaining to bullying behaviors with students, staff and community. The school district shall incorporate information into each school employee training program and handbook.
TRAINING Staff and student training will be implemented in each building annually. Information regarding this plan will be made available to the community. (Approved by the USD Board of Education August 20, 2007) BUS RIDERS 1) Only regular bus riders are allowed to ride the bus. 2) Exceptions are allowed if the school has in writing a permission slip from the parents explaining why the student needs to be on the bus. 3) Bus riding is a privilege and may be revoked if students do not follow the rules. COLD WEATHER POLICY - OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION 1) All students will go out for recess unless the temperature dips below wind-chill of 10 degrees F. 2) If a student has a health condition that requires staying in, a medical excuse, signed by a doctor, will need to be filed with the office. 3) Dress your children appropriately for cold weather (including hats, gloves, and especially extra footwear if snow is on the ground). CRISIS PLAN (JGEAA) The Board approved Crisis Plan will be followed as the event arises. The designated Lincoln Building Buddy, due to proximity, is Augusta High School. In case of a real evacuation, Lincoln students will be relocated to Augusta High School until an ALL CLEAR from the designated officials. The secondary site if AHS is unavailable is Ewalt Elementary School. CRISIS DRILLS (JGFA) Fire drills will be held monthly at various times of the day. Tornado drills will be held in the Fall and Spring. Other drills will follow the district guidelines. DELIVERIES (JL) Flowers, Valentineâ€™s presents, and other gifts for individual students will be kept in the office until the end of the school day. DISCIPLINE (BOE Policy JCD) The District Discipline Policy will govern the discipline of children in USD #402. At Lincoln Elementary School, we will continue to encourage students to be responsible, practice self-control, be cooperative with others, and show respect. School Standards: H = Have respect for O = others and yourself. N = New challenges have you E = expect to do your best each day. S = Succeed T = Together!
Parent Expectations: o See that my child is on time and attends school regularly o Support the schoolâ€™s guidelines (rules) o Make sure my childâ€™s schoolwork is completed o Attend regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences o Provide a quiet place where my child can study or read o Encourage my child to read to me, with me, or independently each night for 10 to 15 minutes Student Expectations: o Take pride in my schoolwork and do my best work at all times o Be responsible for my schoolwork o Cooperate with others in the class and on the playground o Show respect to others and follow school rules Classroom Expectations: Each classroom teacher will have guidelines and procedures for students to follow. These guidelines will be distributed to students and parents at the beginning of the school year. If a student chooses not to follow the set guidelines, there will be consequences for the inappropriate behavior. If a student is sent to the office for a major infraction of the school-wide discipline plan, the student will complete the office referral form provided by the teacher or staff member who referred the student to the office. The principal, teacher, parents, and student will meet about the inappropriate behavior and will determine appropriate corrective measures. All records of office referrals will be used for school improvement and MTSS behavior management during Data-Driven Dialogue. Major infractions (swearing, fighting, stealing, destruction of property, disruptive/disreputable conduct, stealing, cheating, insubordination, bullying/harassment, weapons, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, or defiance) will be referred to the principal. The principal will assign the consequences based on the level of severity. The principal will follow the administrative guidelines and the USD 402 Board of Education approved policy pertaining to student conduct and discipline as listed in Power School and the KAN DIS Reports for Kansas Department of Education.
DISMISSAL OF SCHOOL 1) School is dismissed at 3:15 p.m. 2) Students are not allowed to play on the playground equipment immediately after school. (there will be no supervision at this time). 3) The school building is generally locked by 3:45 p.m. 4) If you are going to be late in picking up your child, please let your child know and make the necessary arrangements for another responsible party to pick your child up from school.
DRESS CODE/STUDENT DRESS GUIDELINES (BOE Policy JCDB) The primary purpose of the school program is education. Students, in their manner of dress and grooming, must be considerate of others so as not to distract others or cause disruption of the school process. The dress of the student has a definite bearing on his/her behavior and interest in learning. Common sense plays an important role in dress and students should dress for the season. If clothes are deemed inappropriate, students will be asked to call home for a change of clothes.
Dress Code Continued: 1) It is recommended that all students wear shoes that adhere to the feet for obvious safety and hygiene reasons. 2) All pants should be hemmed and should not drag the ground. Holes in the jeans must be repaired. 3) Shirts cannot have inappropriate words or pictures that are offensive to others. Examples: displays of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, violence, obscene language. Spaghetti, halter, strapless, midriff, or tank tops, as well as, low/revealing necklines will not be permitted. 3) Clothes should not be excessively tight, large, short, long or low-cut. Send your child in clothing appropriate for school using common sense as a guideline. 4) Shorts should not be worn if the weather is too cold. The hemline of any outfit shall come no higher than 4 inches above the knee, show no undergarments, and leave no doubt of the decency of the outfit. 5) No hats, caps, bandanas, headbands, chains, or sunglasses will be worn in the school building except on days specifically designated by the building principal. 6) No â€œskateâ€? shoes (shoes that have roller skates in the soles) may be worn at school. 7) Hair design and color, as with attire and appearance, should not be excessive or disruptive. No colored hair gel except on Halloween. No make-up except on Halloween. EARLY CHILDHOOD HOURS Monday-Thursday half-day sessions Morning 8:00-11:00 a.m. Afternoon 12:15-3:15 p.m. ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS Kindergarten 1. 2. 3. 4.
Must be five years of age on or before August 31. Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI) signed by a medical doctor. Birth Certificate, or some other document, to show proof of birth date. Completed health assessment form, or copy of a physical exam, done within the last 12 months, prior to school entry. 5. Payment of fees. Grades 1-5 (if new to the state of Kansas) 1. 2. 3. 4.
Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI) signed by a medical doctor. Birth Certificate, or some other document, to show proof of birth date. Grade card from last school attended is helpful. Completed health assessment form, or copy of physical exam, done within the last 12 months, up to age 9 or the 3rd grade. 5. Payment of fees.
FIELD TRIPS (JH, IFCB, KFB) 1) 2) 3) 4)
These trips are to be of an educational nature and parental consent will be necessary. We are required to have district approved parental permission slips signed for each field trip. If we have no signed permission slip, the child does not go on the field trip. If a student does not follow The Lincoln Code, the teacher or administrator may request the child stay at school or home.
HALLWAY PROCEDURES Hallways will be quiet at all times. Student talking will only be permitted when initiated by a teacher (i.e. a teacher asking a student a question). Anticipated lengthy conversations with students should take place inside the classroom. Students will follow the below rules: H - Hands to yourself A – All eyes forward L – Lips zipped L – Low speed S – Second square from the wall Tracking of the hallway behavior will be documented by a student card or clipboard system. Each teacher will determine how to document behavior. Reinforcement/consequences of these procedures are outlined below: Monthly Reward: If a student has not had his/her first card or clipboard for the month filled up they will have the opportunity to attend an extra recess staffed by teachers and staff (one teacher from each grade level will stay in the classroom with students who do not earn the reward). Consequences: 1) If a student has a card/clipboard filled out, he/she will miss the monthly recess reward. 2) A 2nd filled card/clipboard will result in a referral to the MTSS team for Tier II behavioral interventions. 3) A 3rd filled card/clipboard will result a conference including the student, parent, teacher, and principal.
HOMEWORK In general, two days are given to complete daily work missed for each day of excused absence. For an extended illness, the student will be limited to five days following their return to school unless special arrangements are made with the teacher. Homework should be limited from 15 to 45 minutes per evening if it is needed. Learning is a continuous process that involves the home as well as the school. The learning connection at home should involve many different kinds of process. The assigning of homework should be at the professional discretion of the teacher when he/she feels it is needed. Homework is defined as: * Completion of unfinished work * Extension of a unit of study - projects, reports, enrichments beyond the guided practiced in the classroom * Family projects - skill and/or drill activities, reading, cultural enrichments, remediation, library assistance, interviews, recommended TV. programs, science projects
INTERNET/COMPUTER USE Students should have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students must use appropriate language in all messages and for all purposes. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by the teachers, administration, and Board of Education Policy. Any e-mail, computer application, or information in the district computers is subject to monitoring by the staff and/or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. Students who violate these rules or any classroom rules relating to the computer use are subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, suspension from school. All parents/guardians must sign a student internet/computer/network access agreement at the beginning of each school year in order for students to have access to the district’s computers or systems. All parents will receive a copy of the Board of Education Policy on use of computers of the Internet and computer use.
LEARNING PACKETS 1) Each THURSDAY your child will receive his/her learning packet to take home. 2) Materials included to be reviewed by guardians: a) communications from the office and staff b) notes from PTO c) completed assignments d) mid-term reports & grade cards 3) Packets to be signed and returned to school the next day. 4) Lost packets MUST be replaced. The learning packet replacement cost is 50 cents.
LIBRARY BOOKS: REPLACEMENT COST Remind your child to keep library books clean and dry, to treat books with “tender loving care” and to use a book bag. If a book is damaged, do not attempt to repair it. Send it back to the media center. The district policy states the current replacement cost of books that are lost or damaged beyond reasonable repair will be charged and payment is expected during the same calendar year.
LOST AND FOUND 1) Please mark your child’s belongings for easy identification. 2) If your child is missing an item, please have them check the lost and found.
LUNCH/BREAKFAST FOOD PROGRAM 1) The school’s program is contracted through a food service company. 2) Breakfast and noon lunches will begin the first day of school. 3) A lunch ticket needs to be purchased prior to the start of school or at enrollment. 4) It is recommended that the exact amount for lunch tickets be enclosed in an envelope and the student deliver the envelope to the school lunch clerk first thing in the morning. 5) For students to receive an extra milk, their lunch account must show a positive balance. 6) Breakfast will be served between 7:30 and 7:55 a.m.
LUNCH PROCEDURES 1) Once you are seated, stay in that spot until you are dismissed by an adult. 2) Eat and drink only at the table. 3) Pick up your trash from the table and floor before leaving. Put the trash in the trash can. 4) No running in the lunchroom. 5) Quiet visiting as permitted by the lunchroom supervisors. 6) You will be dismissed from the lunchroom at the end of your scheduled time as a whole class. MILK PROGRAM 1) Only early childhood and kindergarten students are able to purchase a milk ticket. 2) This ticket can be purchased by the semester. Prices will be set by enrollment time. 3) If your child is allergic to milk, provide us with a doctor’s note and juice can be substituted. PARTY TIMES AND INVITATIONS 1) Please refrain from sending after school party invitations to school to be given to students. Feelings are often hurt when not all children of the class are invited. 2) Classroom holiday party (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day) times will be set by the school. Room parents are responsible for these parties. 3) Birthday treats will be allowed the last 10 minutes of the day. Teachers may change this time if there is a schedule conflict. Parents should contact the teacher before planning this, and try to keep the treats simple and healthy i.e. cheese, veggies, fruit, pretzels, yogurt, animal crackers, trail mix, etc. PARENT/TEACHER ORGANIZATION 1) 2) 3) 4)
Get involved with your child’s education by participating in the PTO. Help to develop that positive school community climate. Help plan student activities and programs. Help with fund raisers -- money used within the school.
RECESS PROCEDURES Students will need to demonstrate proper use of each piece of equipment before using the equipment at recess. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
SAFETY is expectation #1! Follow directions of adults. Hands and feet should be kept to yourself at all times. Share basketball courts—do not climb poles or hang on rims. Do not kick balls on blacktop. If ball goes into street, one student will be allowed to go after it with permission of playground supervisor. 6) Jump ropes are for jumping only. 7) No wrestling, fighting or tag. Do not push or shove when lining up to go indoors. 8) No personal toys from home out at recess. 9) No football, Red Rover or “tackle” games of any kind. 10)Students are not to re-enter the building during recess except with permission from playground supervisor.
SCHOOL HOURS – 7:55 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. First Bell is at 7:55 a.m. Tardy Bell is at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal Bell is at 3:15 p.m.
SCHOOL INSURANCE 1) A student accident insurance plan is available upon request from the parents. 2) The plans are available during the enrollment period.
SEARCHES (JCAB, JCABB, JCAB-R) In order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of students under school jurisdiction, building principals are authorized to search students, lockers, desks (while on school property or at any school activity regardless of location) when a reasonable suspicion of improper activity exists. All searches by the principal shall be carried out in the presence of another adult witness.
TARDIES 1) Students are tardy if they are not in classrooms by 8:00 a.m. 2) Students tardy 3 unexcused times will make up time at recess (15 minutes). 3) Students arriving late need to go to the office first to get an admit slip to class.
STUDENT CHECK OUT FROM SCHOOL 1) Students leaving school for any reason during the day must check out at the office and wait there for their ride. 2) The person responsible for picking the student up must sign that student out at the office.
TELEPHONE and CELL PHONE USE AND MESSAGES 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)
The school telephone is used for business purposes only. Students will be given permission to use the school telephone for emergencies. Students and/or teachers will not be called to the phone unless it is an emergency. Messages will be forwarded to students and teachers. Calls will be returned when it is convenient. Cell phones brought to school MUST be turned off and placed in a student’s backpack during the day. When school is over, students may turn their cell phones on once they leave the building.
VISITATION Lincoln is your school and we strongly encourage you to become a part of your child's educational process. Please check in at the office before going to the room and put on visitor badge. We do not allow students to bring other children to school to visit.
WEATHER EMERGENCY 1) In cases of school dismissal due to severe weather bulletins will be carried by all major radio and television stations and the central office will provide a courtesy/information phone call. 2) Do not drop your child off for school without making sure school is in session. 3) Children will not be sent home when there is a storm alert. 4) Students will not be released from school unless parents accompany them home. 5) Check students out through the office. 6) Severe weather (tornado) drills are practiced during school hours in compliance with fire marshall codes.
The following section was compiled by the USD 402 nurse department: HEALTH (JCCB) The school district employs a registered nurse. The nurse will want to know how to contact you, the parents, in case of illness or emergency of your child. Current addresses and phone numbers (both home, office, and emergency) are a must for the nurse as well as the office. If there are any changes during the course of the year please keep us informed. Parents should be watchful of any illness that might be harmful to the children of the school. If your child is diagnosed with any contagious illness, parents should notify the school so we can alert parents of signs and symptoms to watch for in their child/children. Parents desiring to take their child out of school for an illness, or any other reason, should check in at the office and not go directly to the classroom. If you anticipate being out of town during the school year and leaving your children with friends and/or relatives, it is a good idea to leave with them, and the school, a copy of a medical release for treatment for your child during your absence. EXCLUSIONS FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS: If your child becomes ill at school, you will be asked to pick them up from school as soon as possible. While our intent is not to put undue stress on working parents, allowing a child with a contagious illness to remain at school is not in the best interest of the sick child or the other students and staff members. Children must be free of any vomiting, diarrhea, or fever (anything over 100 degrees) for at least 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school. There are certain common contagious illnesses that will require a doctorâ€™s note before being able to return to school: strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink-eye), influenza, upper respiratory infections, chicken pox, gastroenteritis (prolonged vomiting/diarrhea), or any undiagnosed skin rash. Children may attend school with minor coughs/colds provided that the cough is not severe enough to be a distraction to the classroom environment, mucous is clear, and the child has enough energy to be able to participate in the daily activities of the school day. NO LATEX PRODUCTS DUE TO DISTRICT POLICY. (This includes no balloons in the schools.)
MEDICINE PROCEDURE (JGFGB) Because of the complexity in the handling and administering of many medicines, the Unified School District No. 402 has established a procedure in the regards to giving students medicine during the school day. (See below) The schools will no longer accept responsibility for giving any medicine to a student. If your child is on a permanent type of medicine you will need a signed authorization from a doctor. The medication must be in the correct pharmacy container and left in the office unless it is insulin, epi-pens, or an inhaler. These 3 medications may be self-administered by the student with the proper completed forms. Prescription medication or over-the-counter medication should always be taken at home instead of school, if at all possible. The nurse or delegated non-nursing staff will give medications to students that require medication at school as long as the proper paperwork is completed. Otherwise, any parent or babysitter may come to school and give medicine when needed. GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION IN KANSAS SCHOOLS (JGFGB) Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of medication, including over-the-counter drugs, are not the responsibility of the school and should not be practiced by any school personnel, including school nurses without proper authorization. Proper authorization means a written prescription, from a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or licensed to practice dentistry, for the administration of all medication, including over-the counter drugs. The guidelines are as follow: 1. Written request from the physician or dentist should accompany all medication to be administered, including “over-the counter drugs” such as aspirin, Tylenol and cough medicine. 2. The physician’s request form should be dated and should identify the medication, dosage, reason for the medication, time of day to be given, and anticipated number of days to be provided. 3. Written request from the parent/guardian should accompany all medication. 4. The parent request form should identify the student, date permission given, and parent signature. Instructions to parents may be included and a liability statement is desirable. 5. The official prescription container should accompany all medication. Two containers, one for home and one for school, should be requested from the pharmacist each time prescription medication is brought to the school and/or refilled. 6. If a student needs to carry their inhaler with them at all times, a separate form is required to be filled out with a parent signature giving parental permission and physician order certifying the medication prescription. Students are not allowed to use or carry inhalers during school hours without having this form completed. Parents will acknowledge that the school incurs no liability for any injury resulting from self-administration of inhalers. The student must be old enough to understand how to selfadminister and properly use the inhaler on their own according to the physician’s order. The inhaler, when not being used, shall be kept in the student’s backpack away from the other students and it is not to be shared with anyone else during the course of the school year.
IMMUNIZATIONS Kansas Department of Health and Environment requires that students be current on all immunizations. Requirements of children starting kindergarten or Kansas schools for the first time are listed in the board policy found on page 5 in the handbook. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL UNTIL WRITTEN PROOF OF REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE SCHOOL. CHILD ABUSE (JGEP) Principals shall work with SRS and law enforcement agencies to cooperate in investigating reports of suspected child abuse or neglect.
Highlighted items from the Unified School District #402 Board of Education Policy Book and the Administrative Handbook, which may be viewed at the Augusta Public Library and the Lincoln Elementary office, are located below. All policies in the Policy Book and the Administrative Handbook may be viewed by contacting the school office.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT POLICY Please contact the school office to get a form.
DRUG FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT (Policies GAOB, JDDA, & LDD)
PROMOTION AND RETENTION (Policy JFB)
SUSPENSION/EXPULSION (Policies JD, JDA, JDB, JDC, JDD, JDDA and Adm. Handbook)
STUDENT FEES AND CHARGES (Policy JFB)
TOBACCO (Policies JCDAA, GAOC, and the Administrative Handbook) Smoking by students and/or the possession and use of any tobacco product is prohibited in any attendance center, at school-sponsored events, or on school property.
WEAPONS (Policy JCDBB) A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transport any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon at school. This shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon.
Board of Education Policy GAAF, GAAF-2, GAAF-3, GAAF-4 ADDENDUM TO SCHOOL HANDBOOKS 8-12-2013 GAAF
Emergency Safety Interventions (See JRB, JQ, JQA, and KN)
The board of education is committed to limiting the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (“ESI”), such as seclusion and restraint, with all students.
The board of education encourages all
employees to utilize other behavioral management tools, including prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavioral intervention strategies. This policy shall be made available on the district website with links to the policy available on any individual school pages. In addition, this policy shall be included in at least one of the following: each school’s code of conduct, school safety plan, or student handbook. Definitions (See K.A.R. 91-42-1) “Emergency Safety Intervention” is the use of seclusion or physical restraint when a student presents an immediate danger to self or others. Violent action that is destructive of property may necessitate the use of an emergency safety intervention. “Seclusion” requires all three of the following conditions to be met: (1) the student is placed in an enclosed area by school personnel; (2) the student is purposefully isolated from adults and peers; and (3) the student is prevented from leaving, or reasonably believes that the student will be prevented from leaving, the enclosed area. “Chemical Restraint” means the use of medication to control a student’s violent physical behavior or restrict a student’s freedom of movement. “Mechanical Restraint” means any device or object used to limit a student’s movement. “Physical Restraint” means bodily force used to substantially limit a student’s movement. “Physical Escort” means the temporary touching or holding the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, or back of a student who is acting out for the purpose of inducing the student to walk to a safe location.
“Time-out” means a behavioral intervention in which a student is temporarily removed from a learning activity without being confined. GAAF
Emergency Safety Interventions
Prohibited Types of Restraint All staff members are prohibited from engaging in the following actions with all students: •
Using face-down (prone) physical restraint;
Using face-up (supine) physical restraint;
Using physical restraint that obstructs the student’s airway;
Using physical restraint that impacts a student’s primary mode of communication;
Using chemical restraint, except as prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional for treatment of a medical or psychiatric condition; and
Use of mechanical restraint, except: o
Protective or stabilizing devices required by law or used in accordance with an order from a licensed healthcare professional;
Any device used by law enforcement officers to carry out law enforcement duties; or
Seatbelts and other safety equipment used to secure students during transportation.
Training All staff members shall be trained regarding the use of positive behavioral intervention strategies, de-escalation techniques, and prevention techniques. Such training shall be consistent with nationally recognized training programs on the use of emergency safety interventions. The intensity of the training provided will depend upon the employee’s position. Administrators, licensed staff members, and other staff deemed most likely to need to restrain a student will be provided more intense training than classified staff who do not work directly with students in the classroom.
District and building
administration shall make the determination of the intensity of training required by each position.
Each school building shall maintain documentation regarding the training that was provided and a list of participants.
Emergency Safety Interventions
Documentation The principal or designee shall provide written notification to the student’s parents any time that ESI is used with a student. Such notification must be provided within two (2) school days. In addition, each building shall maintain documentation any time ESI is used with a student. Such documentation must include all of the following: •
Date and time of the intervention,
Type of intervention,
Length of time the intervention was used, and
School personnel who participated in or supervised the intervention.
All such documentation shall be provided to the building principal, who shall be responsible for providing copies of such documentation to the superintendent on at least a biannual basis. At least once per school year, each building principal or designee shall review the documentation of ESI incidents with appropriate staff members to consider the appropriateness of the use of ESI in those instances. Reporting Data District administration shall report ESI data to the state department of education as required. Local Dispute Resolution Process The board of education encourages parents to attempt to resolve issues relating to the use of ESI informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent before filing a formal complaint with the board. In the event that the complaint is resolved informally, the administrator must provide a written report of the informal resolution to the superintendent and the parents and retain a copy of the report at
the school. The superintendent will share the informal resolution with the board of education and provide a copy to the state department of education.
Emergency Safety Interventions
If the issues are not resolved informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent, the parents may submit a formal written complaint to the board of education by providing a copy of the complaint to the clerk of the board and the superintendent. Upon receipt of a formal written complaint, the board president shall assign an investigator to review the complaint and report findings to the board as a whole. Such investigator may be a board member, a school administrator selected by the board, or a board attorney. Such investigator shall be informed of the obligation to maintain confidentiality of student records and shall report the findings and recommended action to the board in executive session. Any such investigation must be completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the formal written complaint by the board clerk and superintendent. On or before the 30th day after receipt of the written complaint, the board shall adopt a report containing written findings of fact and, if necessary, appropriate corrective action. A copy of the report adopted by the board shall be provided to the parents, the school, and the state board of education.
Approved: August 12, 2013