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August 2016

ADELAIDE ELEMENTARY STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

Attendance Procedures:

Utah law requires parents to ensure the attendance of their children in school. It is the policy of the Davis School District to promote regular school attendance. We expect all students to be at school and on time every day. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school with the date and reason for each absence. Please call the school attendance line at 801-402-1256 by 9:00 to report an absence. Parents will be contacted when students have unexcused or excessive absences or tardies. Teachers and administration will work with parents and students to improve punctual and consistent attendance.

Books and Materials:

The school will provide textbooks and materials free of charge. Students are responsible for books taken home from school. We appreciate the cooperation of parents in seeing that books are returned to school. If a student loses or damages a library book, textbook, assigned supplies, or other school property, they will be assessed the replacement costs.

Bicycles/Scooters/Skateboards

Students are allowed to ride their bicycles, skateboards, and scooters to school when:

  •  A parent has given permission.
  •  All safety rules are followed, including obeying the crosswalk attendant.
  •  They are walked, not ridden on school grounds.
  •  They are locked in the bike rack.
  •  All bikes, scooters, and skateboards should be labeled with the owners’ names.

Due to safety and fire code, scooters and skateboards will not be allowed in the building.

Community Council:

The Community Council was established to implement a site-based collaborative decision making model. The council consists of parents and staff. They makes recommendations/decisions regarding:

  •  Budget Allocation of Land Trust Funds
  •  In-put on School Improvement Plan
  •  In-put on Title 1 Plan
  •  Build Community Support

Meeting schedules are posted and parents are welcome to attend.

Curriculum:

Davis School District follows the DESK (Davis Essential Skills and Knowledge) standards. The purpose of the DESK standards are to focus and prioritize the content students are expected to learn. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists collaborated to identify the skills and knowledge students need to master at each stage in their education. By using the DESK website, you will be able to access individual documents outlining the essential skills for each grade level.
http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/Page/185

Discipline/PAW Pride:

Adelaide Elementary strives to maintain an orderly, positive environment by establishing clear expectations, positive reinforcements, and holding individuals responsible for their actions.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS:
 Be Kind and Respectful
 Be Responsible
 Be Safe
 

SCHOOL RULES:
 I will keep my hands, feet and other objects to myself
 I will put others up instead of down.
 I will follow directions the first time given
 

SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT:
 Be prompt and prepared
o Come to school on time
o Come with needed materials
o Come with assignments complete
 Respect authority
o Listen to authority
o Follow directions promptly
o Accept responsibility for your actions
 Respect rights of others
o Use appropriate language
o Listen to speaker
o Respect others’ opinion and point of view.
o Refrain from harassment (teasing and bothering)
 Respect property
o Respect property of others
o Respect your own property
 Display a concern for learning
o Stay on task
o Allow others to stay on task
 Display appropriate social skills
o Cope (with disagreement, failure)
o Display courtesy and tact in word and actions
o Interact with others appropriately
Students are discouraged from bringing toys, iPods, electronic games, cards, cell phones, candy, gum, etc. to school. These items and anything like them disrupt the real purpose of school. Teachers may take away these items and will return them to a parent.

Dress & Hair Standards

Dress
Experience has shown that student dress influences the learning environment. Students should wear clothes that are clean, modest, and appropriate for school.

Not Allowed:

  • Extreme or slovenly clothing, including but not limited to baggy, or “sagging” pants or shorts
  • Clothing that exposes bare midriffs, shoulders, buttocks, or undergarments
  • Tank tops, or spaghetti strap tops or dresses
  • Short shorts or mini-skirts
  • Clothing that is torn or has holes
  • Clothing which is associated with gangs or which advertises substances that a student cannot legally possess or use
  • Bare feet or stocking feet
  • Clothing which display obscene, vulgar, lewd, or sexually explicit words, messages, or pictures.
  • Hats during school
  • Exaggerated body piercings
  • Exaggerated cosmetics and body paint

Since school calls for outside activities almost every day, parents should see that their child(ren) are dressed appropriately for the weather (i.e., coats, boots, gloves, hats, umbrellas, etc.).

Hair

All students will wear their hair in a clean and well-groomed manner. Extreme hairstyles or un-natural colors are prohibited.

Entering & Exiting Building

  • Students will remain outside the building before school and line up in their designated area.
  • Students will remain outside the building before school unless involved in a structured program (i.e. orchestra, TASK before school program, student council, breakfast, etc.) Breakfast runs from 8:20-8:45.
  • Students will line up at their designated entrances before school, after recess, and will enter the building when directed by a teacher.
  • Students will exit the building at the end of school through a designated exit. Students will need to make arrangements to meet siblings outside after school.
  • On inclement weather days (i.e. rain, extreme poor air quality, or extreme temperature) students may enter the building through the main doors and line up outside their classroom. Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:30, as there is not adequate supervision prior to this time.

Electronic Devices

Scope
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. These devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school has therefore created this policy to govern the possession and use of electronic devices on school premises, during school hours, at school-sponsored activities, and on school transportation.

Definition
For purposes of this policy “Electronic Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment that include, but are not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies (cell phones, smart phones, walkie talkies, etc.), portable internet devices (mobile managers, mobile messenger, Blackberry handset, etc.), Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) (Palm organizers, pocket PCs, etc.), handheld entertainment systems (video games, CD players, compact DVD players, MP3 players, iPods, Walkman devices, etc) and any other convergent communication technologies that do any number of the previously mentioned functions. Electronic Device also include any current or emerging wireless handheld technologies or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.

Possession and Use of Electronic Devices

  • Students may possess and use electronic devices at school subject to the following:
  • Students may carry or possess electronic devises at school and school-sponsored activities.
  • Use of electronic devices during the school day, including pass-time between classes, recess, and during lunchtime is prohibited. Devices must be completely powered down, turned off and kept out of sight.
  • Students may use electronic devices before 8:45 a.m. outside the building and after the final bell of the school day outside of the school buildings, on school sidewalks, parking lots, and fields so long as they do not create a distraction or disruption.
  • Use of electronic devices on school buses is at the discretion of the bus driver. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
  • Use of electronic communication devices is not allowed on any other portion of the school campus at any time, including school-sponsored activities, unless an emergency situation exists, as defined by school staff.

Prohibitions
Electronic devices shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors, or violates local, state, or federal law. Electronic devices may not be used during testing unless specifically allowed by law, student IEP, or assessment directions.

Confiscation
If a student violates this policy, his/her electronic device may be confiscated. When an employee confiscates and electronic device under this policy, he/she shall take reasonable measures to label and secure the device and turn the device over to a school administrator as soon as the employee’s duties permit. The electronic device will be released/returned to the student’s parent or guardian after the student has complied with any other disciplinary consequence that is imposed. Local policy may include:

  • Potential Disciplinary Actions
  • Security of Devices
  • Prohibitions on Audio and Digital Recording
  • Procedures for Reporting Violations
  • Exceptions
  • Strategies for use of technology that enhances instruction

Potential Disciplinary Actions

Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities.

  • A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possession of an electronic device at school or school-related events.
  • Confiscation of device for increasing periods of time for subsequent violations
  • Failing citizenship grades
  • In-school suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Removal of privileges for extra-curricular activities
  • Disciplinary consequences consistent with a school wide discipline program such as demerit points.
  • Loss of extracurricular or honor privileges or recognition.
  • Notification of law enforcement, at school’s discretion, if circumstances warrant such notification.

Security of Devices

Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to school. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with an electronic device. If devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse of policy violation(s).

Reporting
Individuals wishing to report a violation of this policy should contact a school administrator.

Prohibitions on audio/visual recording
Camera or audio recording functions of electronic devices may pose threats to the personal privacy of individuals, used to exploit personal information, and or compromise the integrity of educational programs. Accordingly, the use of the audio recording or camera functions of electronic devises is strictly prohibited on school premises.

Exceptions
With prior approval of the principal, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances

  • the use is specifically required to implement a student’s current and valid IEP;
  • the use is at the direction of a teacher for educational purposes;
  • the use is determined by the principal to be necessary for other special circumstances, health-related reasons, or emergency.

Halls

  • Students will walk quietly in the halls.
  • Students will carry balls and other equipment when in the halls.

Homework

Your child’s homework will depend on their grade level and/or specific classroom teacher. See District Homework Guidelines at http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/cms/lib09/UT01001306/Centricity/Domain/10576/District%20homework%20guidelines..pdf
Leaning is important and should continue after school hours. Daily homework should not be viewed as punishment, but rather as a way to encourage and extend learning.

Parking Lot

  • When dropping students off at school please be courteous and patient.
  • Stay in the drop off lane when dropping your child off.
  • Pull forward within the red curb area at the front of the school before your child exits the vehicle.
  • Students should exit the vehicle curbside on the passenger side.
  • Kindergarten students should follow this same procedure to avoid students walking between parked cars.
  • Never leave your car unattended when in the drop off lane. If you wish to walk your child into the school, please park your vehicle in a stall before proceeding to the school.
  • Do not block the crosswalk or handicapped stalls.

Title 1

As a parent of a child in a Title 1 school you have the right to request and receive information on the qualifications of your children’s classroom teacher and teacher assistants who may work with your student. You may request information on:

  • Whether your child’s teacher meets Utah qualifying and licensing requirements for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching;
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which Utah qualification or licensing requirements have been waived;
  • The bachelor’s degree major of your child’s teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, including the area of the certification or degree; and
  • Whether your child is provided services from a teaching assistant and if so their qualifications.
  • In order to request this information, please contact Jeri Thomas 801-402-1250.

School Fees

No fees may be required in connection with any class, program or activity that occurs during the regular school day. However, parents may voluntarily contribute to activities such as fieldtrips, admission fees, miscellaneous classroom supplies, etc.)

School Schedule

Kindergarten Half-Day Sessions M-TH A.M. Session 8:50-11:30 A.M.
M-TH P.M. Session 12:45-3:25 P.M.
Friday A.M. Session 8:50-10:50 A.M.
P.M. Session 11:25-1:25 P.M.
Kindergarten Full-Day Session M-TH 8:50-3:25 P.M.
Friday 8:50-1:25 P.M.
Grades 1-6 M-TH 8:50-3:25 P.M.
Friday 8:50-1:25 P.M.

SEP (Student Education Plan) Conferences

SEP Conferences are set up twice a year to highlight progress, set goals, and celebrate learning. Each conference must include parent, student and teacher. The third conference is an optional consultation and can be scheduled at the request of the parent or teacher.

SEM (School Wide Enrichment Model)

SEM is a school program providing enrichment opportunities whole school and with individual students.

Special Services

Special help and services are available for speech, hearing, academic resource needs, counseling and school nursing services. If you feel your child needs any of these services, please contact your child’s teacher or school administration.
 

Child Find Notice

Davis School District is responsible for Child Find identification and evaluation for all students suspected of having a disability residing in Davis County. This includes children (birth through 21 years of age) who are in public schools, private schools, are being home schooled, are preschoolers (birth to five years) and are in need of an evaluation for possible special education or early intervention services. Early identification and intervention may be essential to your child’s development.

If your child is having significant difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, behavior, is experiencing slow development typical for his/her age, physical development or learning difficulty, he/she may be a child with a disability that requires specialized instruction through special education. If you suspect that your school age child may have a disability, please contact your neighborhood school principal or special education department at 801-402-5169.

If your child’s age is birth to three years or three to five years, contact the Davis Early Learning Center at 801-402-5409.

Visitors

Because we love our children and want to keep them safe, we ask that ALL VISITORS check in at the office and wear an identification badge.