Parent/Student Handbook

IROQUOIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2018-2019 Student Agenda



Our Information:

4231 Morse Street

Erie, PA 16511

Phone: (814) 899-7643, ext. 2000

Fax: (814) 897-2414



Iroquois School District Mission

1

Iroquois School District Ethics Statement

1

Iroquois School District Ethics Pledge for Bravery

1

Letter from the Principal

2

Letter Regarding Immunizations

3

Iroquois Elementary School Faculty and Staff

4

Academic Support

5

After School Rules

5

Appearance

5

Assemblies

6

Attendance Procedures

6

Behavior Expectations

9

Bullying

12

Bus Conduct

12

Cafeteria Procedures

13

Care of Building

14

Cellular Phones

14

Confidential Communications

14

Dismissal Procedure

14

Emergency Drills

15

Field Trips, Sports, and Other Activities

16

Fundraising/Activities Fund

17

Guidance

17

Health Services

17

Homeless

19

Homework

20

Homework Request

21

Honor Roll

21

Infinite Campus Online Grading Site

21

Infinite Campus Messaging Service (all call)

22

Library Book Policy

22

Lockers

23

Lost and Found

23

Media Notification Statement

23

Office Information

23

Parent Engagement

24

Parent – Teacher Conferences

24

Participation in Activities

24

Permission to Leave School

25

Report Cards

25

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support

25

Special Education Services

25

Student Assistance Program

26

Student Behavior and Discipline

26

Student Records

30

Technology

31

Telephone Use

33

Testing and Grading

33

Testing Results

34

Textbooks

34

Unwanted and Unacceptable Items

34

Valuables or Money

35

Visitors on School Property

35

Weapons

35

Website for District and IES

35

Where to Get Information

36

Withdrawal and/or Transfer

36

 

 

Appendices:

 

Title I Parental Involvement Policy

37

Title I School-Parent-Student Compact

42

Handbook Receipt Acknowledgement

44

Absence Excuses

46

Appointment Excuses

48

 

 

 

 


Iroquois School District Mission

The mission of the Iroquois School District, in partnership with family and community, is to prepare students for an ever-changing world and promote responsible citizenship by providing diverse educational opportunities and effective learning techniques.

 

Iroquois School District Ethics Statement

The Iroquois School District is a community of students, teachers, administrators, staff, Board of Directors, parents, and Iroquois residents. Together our mission is to empower ourselves to realize our potential for excellence, character growth, and responsible citizenship. Understanding that this mission can be achieved only through the cooperative efforts of the whole, we all must foster an environment where integrity, honesty, and responsibility prevail.

Let us, then, pledge to do what is right and good because we respect ourselves and others.

 

Iroquois Elementary School Ethics Pledge for Bravery

As a member of the Iroquois School Community, I pledge to conduct myself at all times with honor, integrity and pride in myself, my family, my school, and my community.

I will respect academic honesty in all my scholastic efforts. I will at all times strive to reach the highest academic achievement of which I am capable. I will not cheat, plagiarize, present work of others as my own, or allow others to copy my work.

I will respect others in all of my words and actions. I will treat teachers, staff, students and community residents as I would want them to treat me. I will respect others’ privacy, and I will not deprive them of their right to be happy and successful in the school community.

I will respect property. I will take pride in my campus and preserve its appearance. I will treat the property of others as private.

I will respect myself in everything I do. I understand that my academic work, my conduct with others, my attitude toward property, my personal honor and the honor of my school community are my personal responsibility. I will uphold this code by observing it myself and by helping the school community to observe it, too. I understand that I have a responsibility to report violations of the honor code.

I will do the right thing because it is right.

Should I break this pledge, I recognize that consequences will follow.


 


IES Faculty and Staff


Ext.                  Name                                             Room #

Office Staff

2003                Mr. Bronson, Principal

2002                Miss Grande, Assistant Principal

2007                Mrs. Modzelewski, Psychologist

4010                Mrs. Hartleb, Special Education Supervisor

3142                Mrs. Smith, Guidance Counselor

2004                Mrs. Meyers, School Nurse

2000                Mrs. Womack, Secretary

2001                Mrs. Tombaugh, Secretary

 

Pre-K Counts Faculty

3158                Miss Koeth                                    B102

 

Kindergarten Faculty

3112                Mrs. Grant                                    B105

3108                Mrs. Johnson                                 B109

3148                Mrs. Kiddo                                     B106

3154                TBD                                                B112

 

First Grade Faculty

3233                Miss Arthurs                                 B206

3213                Mrs. Blacksten                              B203

3212                Mrs. Falbo                                     B205

3232                Mrs. Zukowski                              B204

 

Second Grade Faculty

3238                Mrs. Dugan                                   B210

3239                Mrs. Olmstead                              B212

3207                Mrs. Schlee                                   B211

3208                TBD                                                B209

 

Third Grade Faculty

5121                Mrs. Eberlein                                A104

5109                TBD                                                A105

5122                Mrs. Lesik                                      A106

5108                Mrs. Timon                                    A107

 

Fourth Grade Faculty

5125                Miss Benek                                    A110

5126                Mrs. Buzard                                   A112

5103                Mr. MacKelvey                             A113

5104                Mrs. Smith                                    A111

 

Fifth Grade Faculty

5209                Mrs. Chulick                                  A205

5218                Mr. Fenner                                    A202

5210                Mrs. Flagg                                     A203

5219                Mrs. Schmidt                                 A204

 

Sixth Grade Faculty

5223                Mr. Cadden                                   A210

5224                Miss Durante                                A212

5203                Mrs. Graham                                 A213

5204                Mr. Peterman                               A211


 

Ext.                  Name                                             Room #

Special Subject Faculty

5120                Mrs. Barringer, Health                 A102

6109                Mrs. Cadden, PE                            B104

6115                Mr. Chase, Band                            C103

6115                Mrs. Kelly, Band                            C103

5111                Mrs. Leslie, Art                             A101

6117                Mrs. Moser, Music                        C104

3227                Mrs. Moser, Chorus                      B202

3225                Mrs. Vrenna, Library                    B225

 

Learning Support Faculty

5208                Miss Barlett, 4th & 5th                 A207

3107                Mrs. Bayhurst, K – 2nd                 B111

5221                Miss Clark, Autistic Support         B103

3147                Mrs. Davis, Life Skills                    B104

5102                Mrs. Frank, 3rd & 4th                   A115

3118                Mrs. Learn, Emotional Support    B101

2127                Mrs. Skelton, Enrichment             A114

5225                Mrs. Weber, 6th                           A214

5202                Dr. Witowski, Title Teacher         A215

3243                TBD, Speech                                  B214

 

AmeriCorps Service Members

3210                TBD, Gr. 1                                      B213

3203                TBD, Gr. 2                                      B213

5222                TBD, Gr. 3-6 Math                         A208

5124                TBD, Gr 3                                       A108

2127                TBD, Gr. 4                                      A114

5220                TBD, Gr. 5                                      A206

2127                TBD, Gr 6                                       A206

 

School Aides

3147                Mrs. Coffey, Life Skills                   B104

5221                TBD, Autistic                                 B103

3158                Mrs. McClard, Pre-K                      B102

3226                Mrs. McShane, Library                 B225

3118                Mrs. Shakespeare, ES                   B101

3147                Mrs. Sittinger, Life Skills              B104

3118                Mrs. Stanopiewicz, ES                  B101

5221                Mrs. Sweet, Autistic                     B103

3147                Mrs. Weismiller, Life Skills           B104

3118                Mrs. Woodring, ES                        B101

 

Cafeteria

                        Mrs. Adams, Cafeteria Aide

                        Mr. Hughes, Cafeteria Aide

4110                Mrs. Minnaugh, Cafeteria Manager

                        Mrs. Terry, Cafeteria Aide

 

Additional Rooms

TBD                 SAP Counselor                               TBD

TBD                 Achievement Center                     TBD


Academic Support

Students demonstrating need of academic support via classroom performance, report card grades, or local school-wide assessments will be supported by a variety of sources: teachers, administrators, AmeriCorps Service members, school counselor or volunteers. Students in grades 3 – 6 receiving a mid-term grade lower than a “C” may be provided support during the specials time period until the grade is remediated. 

After School Rules

Students are not permitted to remain after school unless they are involved in a supervised activity, including as spectators. Students staying after school should go directly to their designated activity area and not roam through the halls. Students should not enter rooms that happen to be open. Teachers are encouraged to keep their classrooms locked. Students whose practice, game, or activity does not begin directly after school must leave campus and return to participate in or attend the scheduled event, unless they are supervised by a coach/advisor.

Appearance

All students are expected to be neatly dressed and well groomed. Shoes must be worn in the building at all times. Flip flops and shoes that do not have a strap securing the shoe to the back of the foot are not permitted due to the safety hazards they present.

Students who wear clothing with obscenities, suggestive remarks, or references to illegal substances, alcohol or tobacco printed on their clothing will be asked to change clothes, reverse the article of clothing, or cover the item in question with another garment. If this is not suitable, the parent will be notified and asked to come to the school with either a change of clothing or to take the student home.

Head coverings (hats) may not be worn in the school building during regular school hours except for religious reasons, or on specifically designated days.

No chain larger than a thin neck chain (no more than 1/8” thick) or spiked jewelry is permitted. Students who violate this policy will be sent to the office and will be required to remove the jewelry before returning to class. The jewelry may be picked up at the end of the school day.

Students may not wear halter-tops, spandex type shorts/tops, and tank tops with straps less than three fingers wide or expose a bare midriff. Shorts and skirt hemlines must be below the fingertip when arms are hung straight at the side from the shoulder regardless of leggings.

Any student dress that administration considers disruptive to the academic atmosphere is not allowed. In these cases, students will be asked to change. Students who do not comply with a directive to fix inappropriate dress or who habitually violate the code shall receive disciplinary consequences. The student will remain in the office until appropriate attire is obtained. All clothing decisions are at the discretion of the administration.

Assemblies

We ask that students move quickly and quietly to the designated location and take seats for the assembly programs with their teacher. Assemblies will be announced. 

Students who do not follow proper behavior expectations will be removed from the assembly and will not be allowed to attend the next assembly. A second removal from an assembly will result in the denial of assembly privileges for the remainder of the year.

Attendance Procedures

Attendance

Regular attendance is one of the most important factors for a successful education. The Pennsylvania School Code requires attendance at school until a student reaches age seventeen. No student may participate in or attend any extracurricular activity or interscholastic sporting event on a day when the student is absent from school. This rule also applies to practices. We strongly discourage family vacations during the month of April due to PSSA assessments and the short testing window.

Attendance Guidelines

If your child will be absent, please call the Iroquois Elementary School’s attendance office at
(814) 899-7643, ext. 2000. If parental notification of absences is not received, a call will be made to the student’s parent/guardian to ensure their safety.

The day the student returns after an absence, he/she should submit to the classroom teacher an excuse signed by the parent/guardian or issued by a physician. The excuse may also be sent by email to kwomack@iroquois.iu5.org or by fax to (814) 897-2414. Failure to submit an excuse within three days of the student returning to school will result in the absence being declared illegal.

According to Public School Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Title 22, Chapter 11,
Sections 24, 25 and 26; the only legal reasons for being absent include:

·       Personal illness

·       Quarantine

·       Religious reasons

·       Death in the immediate family

·       Natural disaster or severe weather conditions

·       Educational trips with prior approval from the principal (limited to 10 days per year). Extended trips require a meeting with the principal for approval.

·       Required court appearances

·       Medical/dental appointments

·       Family emergencies

A letter will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian once a student has been absent a total of
7 days without a doctor’s excuse. After 10 days of absence by parent/guardian notes, a doctor’s excuse will be required to deem any day legal. Educational trips that are approved in advance and doctor’s excused absences will not be counted toward this total.

A student will receive a Notice of Illegal Absences upon the accumulation of the first and the second illegal absence. The Notice of Illegal Absences is an official warning pertaining to future unexcused/unlawful absences. After the 3rd Notice of Illegal Absences, any unexcused/unlawful absences may result in legal action taken by the local magistrate. The consequences of the legal action may include a hearing and a monetary fine based on 1333, Article XIII of the Pennsylvania School Code.

Attendance Incentive

Students will have the opportunity to earn participation in a celebration of excellent attendance each semester. In order to qualify, a student must have no more than three absences and two tardies per semester. Tentative excellent attendance celebration dates are January 25, 2019 and May 24, 2019.

Appointments during school hours

Please notify the office of any appointments that would require the student to be late or to leave early. Send a note to school with the student and include the time they will be picked up. Notes may also be emailed to kwomack@iroquois.iu5.org or faxed to (814) 897-2414. Please include the name of the person picking them up if that person is not included on your emergency contact list.

Educational Trip Guidelines

Per School Board Policy 204:

·       All family educational trips must be submitted to the principal for approval at least one week prior to the trip being taken.

·       Trips during PSSA testing dates are strongly discouraged.

·       An Educational Trip Request Form is available online or in the office upon request.

·       Trips will be limited to ten (10) school days per school year.

·       The school district may limit the number and duration of trips or tours for which excused absences may be granted during the school term.

·       Absences and class performance may be taken into consideration by the principal when approving educational field trip requests.

·       Students must obtain all class work and assignments in advance of the trip and turn it in within 2 days of returning from the trip.

Tardy Policy

A student arriving after 8:35 a.m. and before 10:30 a.m. will be considered tardy. Students arriving after 10:30 a.m. will be considered one-half day absent. If a student leaves school before 10:30 a.m. and does not return, he/she will be considered absent a whole day.

Tardy Consequences

It is important for students to develop positive career habits, such as being punctual. Tardiness interferes with the continuity of instruction for the learning environment. After a pattern of tardiness occurs, the parent or guardian will receive a letter notifying them of the pattern. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, the following consequences for tardiness will be enforced:

3 tardy arrivals –

Parent/School Conference

4 tardy arrivals –

30-minute detention

5 tardy arrivals –

1-hour detention

6+ tardy arrivals –

In-school suspension/refocus room (partial or full day)

NOTE: No student may participate in or attend any extracurricular activity or interscholastic sporting event on a day when the student is absent from school. This includes students who are on suspension, in or out of school. Also, students absent or suspended on Friday may not participate in the subsequent Saturday’s activities. No student may participate in practices, rehearsals, etc. on the day they are absent or suspended from school. Students who are sent home sick also may not participate in any activities.

Iroquois Elementary School Behavioral Expectations

 


 

 


 


Bullying

Bullying is a form of harassment. All students have the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is an anti-social behavior and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Bullying is defined as a deliberately hurtful behavior. It is often difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The three main types of bullying are: physical (hitting, kicking, theft); verbal (name calling, racist remarks); and indirect (excluding someone from social groups.)

Due to the negative and often profound impact that bullying can have on people’s states of mind and their ability to work, as well as injecting a disruptive element in the educational process, students are encouraged to report bullying they are experiencing. Parents, faculty, and staff should also report any suspected or witnessed cases of bullying so that appropriate action may be taken.

 

Bus Conduct (See IES Behavior Matrix on Page 11)

Bus riding is a privilege, which may be revoked.

·       Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow students and to the bus driver.

·       Students should arrive at their bus stop 10 minutes before their designated time and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.

·       While on the bus, students should keep heads and hands inside the bus at all times. Remember that loud talking and laughing divert the driver’s attention and make safe driving difficult.

·       Horseplay is not permitted around or on the school bus.

·       Bus riders should never tamper with the bus.

·       Do not leave books, lunches or other articles on the bus.

·       Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats until it is time to depart the bus.

·       Do not throw anything out of the window.

·       Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.

·       Any student wishing to ride a bus other than the one assigned must bring a written note to their homeroom teacher the morning of the change. No bus changes will be made after 2:00 p.m. Transportation changes may be made ONLY by parent/guardian note or call.

·       Students challenging the bus driver’s authority or being defiant will receive consequences.

Parents are urged to support the disciplinary action taken and discuss this issue to prevent further occurrence. It is understood that bus drivers will promote positive student bus behavior and attempt to correct student infractions of this policy with verbal instructions. Further student violation of the basic code of behavior will result in disciplinary actions through written reports.


Progressive Discipline Guide for Bus Behavior Incidents

Principal/student conferences will be conducted upon the receipt of each bus conduct report. Parents will be contacted following each Principal/student conference. Students will be expected to complete a reflection packet for each level of the bus behavior consequence sequence.

 

FIRST BUS INCIDENT REPORT: Probable consequence: warning.

SECOND BUS INCIDENT REPORT: Probable consequence: one hour of detention or loss of school privileges.

THIRD BUS INCIDENT: Probable consequences: two hours of detention and loss of school privileges.   

FOURTH BUS INCIDENT: Probable consequences: one to three days of bus suspension.

BUS INCIDENT REPORT BEYOND THE FOURTH NOTICE: Probable consequences: four plus days of bus suspension, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or Saturday detention.

The administration reserves the right to assign additional consequences and/or take further actions(s) deemed necessary pending the severity and nature of the infraction.

 

Cafeteria Procedures (See IES Behavior Matrix on Page 9-10)

·       Beginning with the first day of school, students will be assigned a table by classroom. This decision is not to be challenged by students. Upon entering the cafeteria, the students purchasing a lunch will be escorted to their line by their teacher. Students not buying a lunch or milk can go directly to their designated table(s). The lunchroom monitors, based on student behavior, will make alterations to the seating.

·       Students may earn the privilege of sitting in the new student stage lounge. Behavior tickets will be awarded and a drawing will be conducted monthly.

·       Students should return to their table to finish their lunch and should return their trays and collect snacks when directed by the monitor.

·       Monitors will help the students to make sure that the tables are left in suitable condition for the next group of students.

·       The monitors will release the students after their areas are returned to their original condition.

·       Student defiance of a monitor’s directive may result in a loss of cafeteria privileges or after-school detention.

·       Students are not permitted to have carbonated beverages in the cafeteria.

·       Students are expected to follow their teacher to the appropriate serving line in the cafeteria.

·       NO FOOD IS TO BE TAKEN FROM THE CAFETERIA.

Care of Building

You are, at all times, to take the best care of our facilities and assist in making and keeping Iroquois Elementary School a very clean school.

Cellular Phones

Electronic communication devices such as cellular phones may be brought to school and kept in student’s lockers during school hours as long as they are turned off. Electronic devices are to be shut off and put in the student’s backpack upon reaching school property. Any device that is seen, heard or used during school hours will be confiscated and returned only when a parent/guardian picks it up at the school office. Repeated violation of this policy will result in disciplinary actions.

Confidential Communications

Confidential communication is information received from a student in confidence by:

·       Guidance counselor

·       School nurse

·       School psychologist

In public or private schools while in the course of that person’s professional duties, confidential communication is privileged information to the extent that it cannot be divulged in any legal proceeding, civil or criminal, without the consent of the student, or if still a minor, the student’s parents. However, such information may be revealed without the student’s consent to the student’s parents, to teachers, or to the principal. An exception to the above is information revealed by the student concerning child abuse, neglect, or injury, which the recipient is under legal duty to report to the authorities.

Dismissal Procedure

Dismissal Procedure for Students Picked Up by a Parent (includes grades 2-6 and Kindergarten or 1st grade with older sibling pick-up):

Driving Pick-up:

Parents are asked to remain in their car. We will provide curbside service for you. Simply pull into the main parking lot off of Morse Street and remain in line around the back of the parking lot. Pull up to the yellow curb area as far as possible. Staff will be stationed along the curb with 2-way radios to call into the building to have your child released. For student safety, please do not form two lines of cars. If your child arrives at your car prior the child in the car in front of you, please pull around the car and exit via the main exit. Please do not cut through the parking lot or parking spaces to exit. By forming only one line, we can provide a more efficient dismissal procedure. Please do not make an alternate route through the parking lot.

Walking Pick-up:

Please notify the staff member at the lobby entrance doors of the child you are escorting home. They will notify a staff member in the main lobby to release your child.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students WITHOUT an older sibling

Students will be escorted to kindergarten hallway exit doors east of exit for main parking lot. Kindergarten and first grade teachers will directly supervise a face-to-face student release to an adult. 

Walkers (students walking home without adult supervision)

Second through sixth grade students may walk home independently provided they live within the designated walking area. Students will be released from the main lobby. Students are asked to use the set of double doors nearest the office.

Bus Students

·       Bus students will be escorted by their homeroom teacher to the gym lobby. Students are to remain on the sidewalk and walk to their assigned bus. IES staff will supervise students during dismissal. Students are expected to follow the directives provided by dismissal monitors.  

·       Kindergarten and first grade students will not be permitted to leave the bus at dismissal if an adult is not present to meet them at the bus stop.

Emergency Drills

Fire Drills

Fire drills are an important safety precaution. They are required by law and must be held at regular intervals. Evacuation plans are posted in each room. Students are to study the plans so that they are familiar with them. Teachers should close but not lock their classroom doors.

For fire drills, it is essential that, when the first signal is heard, everyone obeys orders promptly and clear the building as rapidly as possible by the prescribed route. The teacher in each classroom will give the students instructions. The objective of fire drills is to train students to be able to vacate the school in an efficient, orderly manner.

1.     When the alarm sounds, students should walk rapidly and orderly in double lines to designated exits. Students should not talk or run. Students should be at a zero voice level.

2.     Those students who have been appointed by the teacher to close the windows in the room should do so as quickly as possible. In each room, the door and all windows are to be closed in order to limit smoke as well as to provide a temporary fire barrier.

3.     A staff member will accompany each group of students from the school. Teachers should take their class lists with them. Upon notification from the office or a school administrator, students are to re-enter the school building in an orderly manner.

4.     If a regular exit is blocked, students should go to the nearest open, uncongested exit.

5.     If a fire alarm rings and students are not in a classroom, they are to leave the building by the nearest exit. This situation may occur during change of classes, lunchtime or after school.

If a student fails to abide by these rules, disciplinary consequences will be applied. Good habits that are learned in orderly fire drills may be the means of saving many lives.

Tornado Drills

For tornado drills, it may be that students are required to remain in their specific classroom. The tornado guide will indicate specific directions on location. The main concern during tornados is getting to a lower floor and staying away from windows and outside doors. In any emergency, the most important thing is for students always to remain as calm as possible and to obey instructions quickly.

Lock Down

Lock down drills will be conducted at least once per semester. The purpose of the drills is to provide the students and staff with the safest environment in the event an unauthorized person gains access beyond the office area. The most current safety protocols advised by local law and safety professional will be followed.

 

Field Trips, Sports and Other Activities Away from the School Building

Conduct on field trips and off-campus activities (Matrix reference: Special Activities)

Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary consequences as determined by the principal or assistant principal. All school regulations apply during field trips.

In general, students are expected to remain with their group, be attentive to directives from adults, and be a respectful guest.

Students who violate school rules or are a discipline problem may forfeit any other scheduled field trips for the remainder of the school year.

Students may have their privilege to attend a field trip rescinded by the principal due to a significant behavior infraction or a series of documented infractions during the school term.

 

Medication

In accordance with ISD School Board Policy 210, when administration of medication is required while on field trips, sports activities or competitions, or other school-related activities away from the school building, a Certified School Nurse (CSN) must determine whether a nurse is required to accompany a trip.

·       The parent/guardian shall give the original container that includes the student’s name, dosage amount, and specific written instructions as to the time of administration to the school nurse.

·       A licensed nurse will witness the student take the medication at the designated time, make a written record of the same, and return the written record to the school nurse. During field trips or other out-of-building activities, the licensed nurse shall maintain all medication for students to be administered during the course of the field trip in a secured container, and shall maintain the container in their possession during the field trip, sports activity or other out of building activity to prevent theft of the medications.

Fundraising/Activities Fund

The group sponsor and the administration must approve all fund raising activities in advance and according to board policy. Students who accept fund raising products or agree to participate in school-sponsored fund raising activities are responsible for those items. Thefts and losses do not relieve the student of this responsibility.

Guidance

Guidance services are available for every student in the school. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, occupational information, study skills, help with home, school, and/or social concerns, or any questions the student may feel he/she would like to discuss with the counselor. Permission to come to the guidance office must be obtained from the classroom teacher and/or guidance office.

Health Services

The Nurse’s office is located in the office area. Nursing services are available on a full-time basis. The following rules apply:

·       A student must be excused by the classroom teacher to go to the Nurse’s office. If the nurse is not on duty, all students must report to the main office.

·       Students are NOT to stop between classes, or in the time before or after school.

·       Students are not to call their parents to go home if they do not feel well. The nurse or secretary will call the parents for the student.

·       The nurse will decide if it is necessary for the student to go home. If the student is not able to return to class, the parents will be called to come for the student.

·       No one else is permitted to take the student home unless asked to do so by the parent.

·       No walkers will be permitted to walk home when sent home by the school nurse unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

·       Students diagnosed with pink eye or lice may not return to school until they receive permission to come back from a doctor or school nurse.

·       ISD does not provide insurance coverage for students.

To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease should phone the school nurse or principal so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease can be alerted.

Accidents

All accidents should be reported to the teacher in charge, nurse, advisor, or coach immediately so that an accident report may be prepared and filed in the nurse’s office.

Emergency Care for Illness and Injuries

Students who become ill or injured in school should report to the nurse’s office. The school nurse must contact a parent or guardian before an ill student is sent home.

Insurance

Students are encouraged to purchase their own insurance to cover injuries that may occur on the way to or from school, gym, classes, or in other areas during school hours. ISD does not provide insurance coverage for students.

Medication in Schools

·       Medication to be taken in school should be kept to a minimum. The time schedule, if at all possible, should be arranged so that the medication can be taken at home.

·       When medicine has to be taken during school hours, it must be brought to the school by an adult in a current, appropriately labeled container with the student's name, type and dosage of medication.

·       There must be written detailed orders from a physician and parent/guardian indicating the name of the drug, what it is for, dosage, and the times the medication is to be taken.

·       Parents are encouraged to arrange a conference with the school nurse to discuss the use of any medication in school.

·       All medication must be turned in to the school nurse and will be stored in a locked area. Students are not to carry medication with them during school hours.

·       Any prescription medication given to a student will be recorded in the health record of the student with all pertinent details.

·       Only the nurse may dispense certain over-the-counter medications with written and specific parental permission.

 

Screening Tests

Height, weight and vision tests are conducted annually.

Hearing testing is conducted annually for students in grades Pre-K, K, 2, 3, and 6 for students who had academic difficulty in the previous year.

Scoliosis screening is conducted in grade 6 or by request.

Dental exams are conducted in grades Pre-K, K, and 3.

Physical examinations of students in grade 6 are required under state law. Students may have this exam done by their private physician or the school physician.

In cases of financial need, the school nurse may refer students to appropriate community agencies when follow-up care is indicated by the screening tests.

 

Homeless Children Have The Right To A Free,
Appropriate Public Education

(McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001)

 Who is considered homeless?

Children or youth and their families living in a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, on the street, or doubled up with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing are considered to be homeless.

Does residency have to be proven?

No, because homeless families are unable to establish a “home” on a permanent basis, a school cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay the enrollment of school-age children.

What choice of schools do homeless students have?

The local educational agency serving each child or youth to be assisted under this subtitle shall, according to the child’s or youth’s best interest,

(a)     “continue the child’s or youth’s education in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness –

(1)    in any case in which a family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year; or

(2)    for the remainder of the academic year, if the child or youth becomes permanently housed during an academic year; or

(b)     enroll the child or youth in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.”

Is there any reason to delay enrolling a homeless child?

No. The school shall immediately enroll the child or youth in school, even if the child or youth lacks records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation. The terms “enroll” and “enrollment” is defined to include attending classes and participating fully in school activities. The enrolling school must immediately contact the last school attended to obtain relevant academic and other records. Immunization records can be transferred over the phone from the school nurse of the sending school to the school nurse of the receiving school.

Where can you call for assistance?

The Homeless Children’s Initiative exists to help homeless children with a wide variety of services. We can assist homeless children during this time of change and stress. If you are homeless with school-age children or you are a school, agency or shelter employee, please call or meet with Iroquois School District’s Homeless Liaison, Dr. Thad Urban at (814) 899-7643, ext. 4011.

Homework

Recognizing the fact that homework is an important part of the student’s education, the following guidelines have been established:

Rationale: Homework reinforces skills learned during daily instruction.

Teachers should have an accurate idea how long each evening’s assignment will take the average student. The length should be reasonable. The time to complete homework, as a general rule, should not exceed the following chart. If the homework assignments are taking too long to complete, please contact the teacher.

Grade

Minutes of

Homework

Kindergarten

10

1st

20

2nd

30

3rd

40

4th

50

5th

60

6th

70

 

Keep in mind homework is a continuation of a learning process developed in the classroom and carried on by student, teacher and parent.

1.     Purposes

a.     To promote good study habits.

b.     To develop self-direction and responsibility for working independently.

c.     To aide in mastery of a skill.

d.     To initiate creativeness.

e.     To stimulate learning.

f.      To reinforce knowledge.

g.     To inform parents of the work going on in the classroom and provide an avenue of cooperation.

2.     Teacher Responsibilities

a.     Make the purpose of the assignment clear.

b.     Provide direction that will enable students to proceed independently.

c.     Be aware of other demands on the student’s time.

d.     Evaluate and review all homework.

e.     Communicate to the student at the beginning of the course the method of evaluation of homework and its impact on the student’s grade.

f.      Use homework as a learning tool.

g.     Provide alternative procedures for students to get help or make up missed assignments.

h.     Provide a means to make parents aware of students not completing homework (Assignment Books).


 

3.     Student Responsibilities

a.     Budget time to complete assignments made.

b.     Arrange to make up missed assignments by contacting teacher upon return to school.

c.     Ask for further explanation if original directions are not completely understood.

d.     Ask for help when needed.

e.     Be familiar with each teacher’s method of evaluation and requirements for homework.

4.     Parent Responsibilities

a.     Become familiar with the school’s philosophy and guidelines.

b.     Communicate with the teacher to clarify directions for an assignment or discuss an assignment (via email or a phone call).

c.     Encourage and seek to motivate the student to fulfill his/her homework responsibilities.

d.     Provide an area where homework can be completed.

e.     Establish a regular time for homework.

f.      Avoid distractions during homework/study time.

g.     Help your child with homework tasks and show your interest in successful completion. Do not do the work for your child!

Homework Requests

When a student is absent for two or more days, a parent may request homework assignments. The request should be received by 10:30 a.m. and will be available for pick up at the end of the school day. Students should complete assignments missed due to absence as soon as possible. Time needed to complete assignments should not exceed the number of days absent.

Honor Roll (Grades 3-6)

The elementary school will maintain an honor roll to recognize those students who have reached excellence. Honor roll will be calculated based only on the individual grading period.

·       Principal’s List:   Students with all A’s are recognized on the Principal’s List

·       Honor Roll:         Students with all A’s and B’s are recognized on Honor Roll

Infinite Campus Online Grading Site (Grades 3-6)

If you would like to see details about your student’s progress/grade status at any time, you may visit our online grade reporting system, Infinite Campus. At least on a weekly basis, IES teachers update their class site with the most current grades. The site can be found by visiting the ISD website: www.iroquoisisd.org, where you will find Infinite Campus located on the bottom right-hand side of the website. This site does require activation for parent access. The activation code and how-to directions will be sent to each household at the beginning of the school year. If you have questions or problems with this system, contact the elementary office. Parents can contact teachers via their email addresses on Infinite Campus.

 

Infinite Campus Messaging Service (all call)

All of the schools in ISD have the capacity to call any part of or the entire student body via an automated call system. This system will be used to inform the public of important events, changes, snow days, and other information pertaining to school. Parents of students who are tardy or absent may also be called on each occurrence.

Library Book Policy

Overdue Policy

IES does not charge a fine for overdue books; however, it is important that books are returned in a timely manner. Overdue notices will be sent to the parent’s attention on a routine basis. Students with an overdue book or books may not check out additional books until the overdue items are returned. If you notice your child is not bringing home new books, please ask if a book is considered lost or overdue.

We attempt to instill a sense of responsibility in our students for the books they borrow. This means they are accountable for caring for the books and returning them on time so others may borrow them. Books are expensive; and as we all know, school funding for “extras” is in short supply. Please assist us in keeping our library shelves full by returning or replacing overdue library books.

A bill will be sent for lost books if the items are not returned by the end of each semester. Books may not be kept out over the Christmas or summer holidays. Students who do not return items at the end of year will not be allowed to participate in end of year library celebrations.

If you think you have received an overdue notice in error, please notify the librarian.

Damaged and Lost Book Policy

We are sympathetic that accidents happen! Puppies chew (usually new) books, juice containers leak in backpacks, younger siblings use them for creative art projects, and books get left outside. Most children are responsible and if a book becomes accidentally damaged, we stress the responsibility to report and, if necessary, to replace a book which gets damaged while in a student’s care.

If a book page accidentally rips, please do not attempt to repair it at home. We use special book tapes and glue, which resist heat and won’t discolor. Return the book with a note and we will gladly repair it.

If a barcode label is torn or damaged, you will be charged $1.00 to replace it.

If a book becomes damaged beyond use, you will be billed for the replacement cost. Most of our books are library editions, meant to take heavy use, and not the trade editions sold in bookstores. A notice will be sent home with your child to inform you of the replacement cost. Students with damaged/lost book fees may not check out additional books until the fees are paid.

 

Lockers

All students will be provided with lockers by ISD. Lockers are to be kept clean, and students will be provided with time to maintain their cleanliness. Students are not to place stickers on lockers. Lockers are the property of the ISD and may be randomly searched by administration at any time, without student consent. Money and items of value should not be brought into school or left in lockers. This includes but is not limited to large amounts of money, cell phones, and electronic devices. IES will not be held responsible for theft, loss, or damage to any items of value brought into the school.

Students must store book bags and backpacks in their lockers. Students will have to carry their books to class on an AS NEEDED BASIS. It was determined by the State Police Fire Marshall that book bags in the classroom pose a possible fire hazard and that the book bags should be kept in the lockers while at school.

(See ISD School Board Policy 226)

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles should be taken to the office immediately. Lost items will be on display in the hallway near the main stairwell.

Students are encouraged to keep personal items secure. Do not leave items on top of lockers, on tables outside the cafeteria, in classrooms, on the stage, or in the library. If no one claims the articles within a reasonable time, they will be donated to charity.

  

Media Notification Statement

Our students, educational programs, school events and community-oriented activities are sometimes made the subject of recording by videotapes, audiotape, photography, or the like for use as instructional and informational tools. The district will allow students to be recorded, interviewed, and/or photographed for legitimate public purposes.

Throughout the school year, students may be interviewed, and/or photographed by newspaper, television stations, and district communications office personnel or their designees, and these items may be publicly displayed. We will permit this to occur unless parents have placed a written objection on record with the school principal. Any written objections must be filed at the beginning of the school year with the child’s school principal. If parents do not file a written objection, their silence will serve as an implied consent.

 

Office Information

·       A student must have a pass from a teacher to come to the office, with the exception of morning arrival.

·       The parent must inform the office immediately if there is a change in address or telephone number.

·       The parent must inform the office immediately if there is a change in the student’s dismissal procedure.

  

Parent Engagement

Family engagement is a key component to student success. The staff and administration of IES welcome parent engagement in school activities. Additionally, we value your input on topics such as home/school communication, family resources, homework, special events, and curriculum offerings. We have provided three revised documents in the appendix section of the IES Student/Family Agenda. The first document is the 2017-2018 Home and School Compact. The document identifies everyone’s role in the learning process for our students. Please sign this document and return it with the other back-to-school forms by Friday, September 21, 2018. The other two documents, Title I Parent Engagement Polices (District and School), provide further information for families regarding our Title I program. Again, your input would be greatly appreciated on these documents as well. Please feel free to email Mr. Bronson at bbronson@iroquois.iu5.org if you have suggestions that may improve our Parent Engagement policies. Our community Schools Director will conduct a needs assessment survey in the fall. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

 

Parent – Teacher Conferences

The parent/guardian of each student will have the opportunity to schedule a parent conference at any time during the school term. This conference should be arranged through the classroom teacher. The purpose of these conferences is to provide each parent with the opportunity to meet with the student’s teachers and to discuss the student’s progress in school. To arrange a conference, please contact the classroom teacher or the office at (814) 899-7643.

We have set aside two days for parent-teacher conferences for all students: Monday, November 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, January 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Elementary students in grades K – 6 will not have school on these two days in order for the parents and teachers to discuss student progress. Pre-K students will attend regular sessions on November 5, 2018 and January 28, 2019.

 

Participation in Activities

No student may participate in, or attend, any extracurricular activity or interscholastic sporting event on a day when the student is absent from school or sent home by the nurse. This includes students who are on suspension, in or out of school. Also, students absent or suspended on Friday may not participate in the subsequent Saturday’s activities. No student may participate in practices, rehearsals, etc. on the day they are absent or suspended from school. If the school nurse deems a student sick, that student may not participate in activities.

If a student signs up for an activity, he/she is required to participate in that activity unless deemed sick by the school nurse. Any IES student failing a class will be unable to attend as a passive spectator any extracurricular school activity or event.

 

Permission to Leave School

Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from the school office. If your child must leave the school building because of an illness or any other emergency, he/she must be signed out in the school office. Failure to follow the proper procedure will be considered an illegal absence.

 

Report Cards

Report cards will be mailed home each grading period for grades 1 – 6. Kindergarten report cards will be mailed at the end of the 2nd and 4th grading periods. Report cards may be given to parents during fall parent-teacher conferences.

 

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support

IES students and staff will participate in our version of schoolwide positive behavior support. Teachers, principals, and staff members will model the positive way a student should act in every area of the building and on the school bus during the first week of school. Students will be given the opportunity to practice the positive behavior at each setting. The three expectation themes stressed throughout the 2018-2019 school year will be:

·       Be Safe

·       Be Kind

·       Be Responsible

Students will have multiple opportunities throughout the school year to receive recognition from an adult when they’ve demonstrated one of the three themes. Parents will be contacted when students are “caught being good”. Immediate and long term reinforcement incentives will be provided throughout the school year. We look forward to the positive change this approach will have upon our school culture. If you would like to support Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support at IES, please contact Mr. Bronson at bbronson@iroquois.iu5.org or 899-7643, extension 2000.

 

Special Education Services

ISD is committed to providing programs and services that meet individual student needs. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s policies and procedures define the process for accessing special education services. The law supports parent engagement in these procedures and we require parent input in every phase of the educational process. These procedures include an initial referral to our building level Support Team with possible evaluation if needed. This evaluation may result in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Service Plan addressing recommendations for specially designed instruction.

ISD believes that students with special needs are best served in the general educational setting using special education resources to supplement and support the regular education process. Special programs tailored to meet our students’ educational needs include: Gifted Support, Autistic Support, Learning Support, Speech and Hearing support, and Emotional Support. Other consultative services are contracted through the Intermediate Unit including: a physical therapist, occupational therapist, deaf and hard of hearing consultant, vision consultant, and assistive technology services.

 

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program consists of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other professionals that work within the school setting. They have been trained to address the problems of at-risk students.

Teachers, administrators, and parents may refer students to the Student Assistance Program. The student is then provided with a parent-approved specific program, which addresses his/her needs. The student is assigned a caseworker that monitors and assesses progress. This is usually the first step in the process for determining students who may need specially designed support.

 

Student Behavior and Discipline

Rules and Regulations

Students should understand that school regulations prohibit the following:

·       Possession or consumption of drugs not prescribed by a physician or alcoholic beverages will result in an immediate suspension from school.

·       Possession of a weapon will result in an immediate suspension from school. (see ISD School Board Policy 218.1)

·       Smoking in the building or possession of tobacco on the school grounds will result in suspension from school.

·       Rowdy behavior or running in the building.

·       Littering in buildings and on school property.

·       Staying after school without supervision.

·       Possession of fireworks or smoke bombs or discharge of same. (see ISD School Board Policy 218.1)

·       Students should be aware that repeated violations of behavior expectations have an accumulating effect and that the administration has the right to increase punishment as it deems appropriate for repeat offenses.

The State Department of Education has recommended that schools provide for a “progressive” disciplinary code, which includes appropriate levels of consequence for inappropriate behavior patterns. The following discipline code of Iroquois School District adheres to this state recommendation.

THE GOAL OF PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE IS TO DETER THE STUDENT FROM COMMITTING REPEATED INFRACTIONS OF EITHER THE SAME OR OTHER TYPES. THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINE CODE OF IROQUOIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADHERES TO THIS STATE RECOMMENDATION.

District policies govern the behaviors and consequences of the following: drug and alcohol, tobacco, attendance, weapons, sexual harassment, terroristic threats, transportation and plagiarism.


INFRACTIONS (UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR)

Absenteeism (Excessive)

Abusive or profane language

Assault (General or sexual)

Bomb threats

Bullying (including cyber-bullying, phone taunts, text messages, etc.) (Initial instance)

Cheating

Computer violations

Disrespect

Disruption / Disorderly conduct

Distribution of alcohol or drugs

Distribution of offensive materials

Dress code violation

Eating outside of the cafeteria without teacher permission

False fire alarms or improper use of fire/safety equipment

Fighting/endangering others /intent to harm others *

Forged documents

Fraud

Gum chewing

Harassment (General or sexual)

Hazing

Inappropriate/offensive materials in a project, presentation, etc.

Insubordination

Leaving a supervised area without permission

Littering

Lying

Misuse of a hall pass

Offensive language / profanity

“Pantsing” (pulling down other’s pants – minimum 1 day OSS)

Persistent insulting/ intimidating behavior

Possession or use of alcohol or drugs

Possession, use, or distribution of weapons, explosives, incendiary devices or fireworks

Public displays of affection

Repeated failure to complete assignments or carry out directions

Rowdy behavior/running

Staying in school without supervision

Tardiness (Excessive)

Terroristic threats

Theft

Threats toward a student or staff member

Throwing food or other items

Trespassing

Truancy -- Cutting/skipping of any required school event (class, assembly, detention, pep rally, the whole or any part of the school day) (Including skip days involving a number of students – additional penalties for convincing others to miss school)

Use of prohibited items (cell phones in class)

Vandalism

 

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES (In progressive order)

 

Warning / Counseling

Retraining

Loss of recess

Teacher detention

Administrative detention

Extended detention

Lunch isolation or other restrictions on hall/ assembly/ extracurricular / computer privileges

In-School Suspension/Saturday Detention (ISS)

Out-Of-School Suspension (OSS)

Restitution

Behavior contract

Community service

Police notification

Superintendent’s hearing

Alternative Education placement (See note at end of behavior section)

Expulsion

 

Parent conference may be requested at any level of disciplinary consequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If students have been involved in fighting they are to be immediately isolated from other students until their suspensions take effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Minimum of (3) days OSS PLUS removal on day of incident.


Discipline Procedures

Consequences encountered must be appropriate and should increase in significance, if the limit continues to be exceeded. Classroom consequences should be defined in the teacher’s Discipline Plan and must be consistent with the policies and procedures of the school-wide behavior code.

School-wide consequences are defined below in increasing order of significance.

 

1.     Warning

2.     Parent Contact: Parent contact should be by telephone in major and/or ongoing disciplinary problems. All cases involving the assignment of a disciplinary consequence will be documented in writing to the parents. This communication should outline the inappropriate behavior and the consequences which will be encountered if the behavior continues.

3.     Behavioral Detention:

a.     When a student has been assigned a detention by an administrator, the parent(s) will be contacted.

b.     The teacher will complete and submit an after-school detention (ASD) referral to the office, and the assistant principal generates a notification to parent’s letter. One copy of the letter is immediately given to the student and a second copy is mailed to the parents. One copy with a parent signature must be returned to the office on or before the assigned day.

c.     Students who have a third referral may be subject to increased consequences.

4.     In-School Suspension and Saturday Detentions: The third (3rd) Behavior Detention or more serious offenses may result in an In-School Suspension (ISS) or Saturday Detention being issued. ISS and Saturday Detentions are alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension (OSS). Students will be assigned ISS or Saturday Detention by the principal or assistant principal for inappropriate conduct. Failure to comply with the rules or procedures in these detentions will result in additional consequences, which may include more days of ISS or OSS. If OSS is given because the student is unwilling to conform to ISS or Saturday Detention procedures, a successful day of ISS must be served upon the students return. Parents will be notified through a "Notification to parents" letter and/or a phone call if ISS or Saturday Detention is assigned. Students may not participate or attend after school events or extracurricular activities on the same day of serving an ISS or OSS.

5.     Out-Of-School Suspension: The first infraction that occurs after the accumulation of two (2) ISS may result in an OSS. Students may not participate or attend after school events or extracurricular activities on the same day of serving an ISS or OSS. OSS suspensions may be assigned by the administration without prior ISS as the incident warrants.

6.     Suspension from School: Students may be excluded from school for a period of one to ten days by action of the principal or assistant principal. All suspension cases will be handled in compliance with the due process provisions of Chapter 12 of the regulations of the State Board of Education of Pennsylvania, the Policy of the Iroquois School District, and the procedural guidelines of this Behavior Code.

7.     Expulsion Hearing:

a.     Expulsion may only be imposed by a vote of the Board of Education. The administration will request a Formal Hearing before the Board only in the following situations:

                                               i.     When all available disciplinary consequences have proven ineffective and the student’s disruptive behavior persists.

                                              ii.     When a single violation of the Behavior Code is significant enough that the student’s continued presence in the school would be disruptive to the educational process or would pose a potential danger to the health, welfare, or safety of students or staff.

8.     Alternative Education placement: While this is something that is generally reserved for serious infractions, it could also be used for a student whose misbehavior is chronic and exceedingly disruptive and has not responded to numerous strategies to deal with it. Any student who is placed in an Alternative Educational setting may not be on district property at any time and is ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities during his/her placement.

Detention and In-School Suspension Guidelines

·       Report directly to the office.

·       No talking at any time, unless receiving help or instruction from the teacher.

·       Students coming late or leaving early must make up the time the following day.

·       Students are to remain seated unless they have direct permission from the person on duty.

·       All work assigned (regular class work and additional) must be completed daily.

·       Work not done satisfactorily must be re-done.

·       Additional work may be required.

·       Students must bring something to read. Recreational reading is permitted.

·       No sleeping or idle time.

·       Any infraction of the above rules will mean automatic increase in detention time.

·       Students in ISS may not practice or be participants in any extra-curricular activities during the term of the suspension.

Corporal Punishment

Teachers and school authorities, in the following situations, may use reasonable physical force:

·       To quell a disturbance.

·       To obtain possessions of weapons or other dangerous objects.

·       For the purpose of self-defense.

·       For the protection of persons or property.

Student Records

The primary purpose of student record keeping shall be the educational welfare and advancement of the student. An orderly procedure for the total administration of student records is necessary for the operation of the school district. The administration is fully cognizant of the student's right to privacy and the right of authorized individuals to have access to the records.

1.     The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over eighteen (18) years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's educational records. These rights are:

a.     The right to inspect and review the student's educational records within forty-five (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 record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

b.     The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write to the school principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. 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.

c.     The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

                                               i.     One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 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 unit 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/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

                                              ii.     Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

d.     The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Iroquois School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

(See ISD School Board Policy 216)

Technology

Technology resources are available via the Internet and the local area network in ISD. We are pleased to provide this access in our schools and believe these resources offer vast, diverse, and unique opportunities to both students and staff. Our goal in providing this service to students and staff is to provide educational excellence in the Iroquois community by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. If you do not wish for your son your daughter to use the Internet or other technological programs or tools, a written notice must be filed with the Principal at the beginning of each school year.

Students and staff are responsible for appropriate behavior on computer networks. With access to these technology resources comes the availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting. Despite the availability of filters and blocking software, students and staff might nevertheless gain access to electronic information that may not be appropriate. In such cases, general school rules for behavior and communications apply.
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Students and staff are expected to use the Internet and ISD hardware as educational resources. ISD is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved via the Internet. ISD will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. The following procedures and guidelines are used to help ensure appropriate use of technology resources, including the Internet, in ISD.

All ISD resources must be used appropriately. This Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy addresses the following requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

·       Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web.

·       The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

·       Unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking’, and other unlawful activities by minors on-line.

·       Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

·       Measures designed to restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.

·       Monitoring the on-line activities of minors.

The policy of Internet safety must include a technology protection measure that protects against Internet access by both adults and minors to visual or written depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors.

Prohibitions of Technology and Internet Use include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       Technology users shall not access inappropriate material on the Internet or World Wide Web, including but not limited to: hate mail, discriminatory remarks, and/or offensive or inflammatory communication, pornography, obscenity, child pornography, or other materials that may be harmful to minors, including those which threaten and advocate and/or demonstrate acts of violence.

ISD currently uses filtering software to limit access to unacceptable web sites.

·       Students are not to make purchases through school devices or during the school day.

·       Technology users shall not use chat rooms or other forms of direct electronic communication such as newsgroups, streaming video (tickers), etc. for non-educational purposes.

·       Technology users shall not engage in unauthorized access of computers, including ‘hacking’, whether by spyware designed to steal information, or viruses and worms designed to damage computers or strip information, or completely take over a person’s computer.

·       Technology users shall not engage in unlawful activities.

·       Technology users shall not disclose, use, or disseminate any personal identification information of themselves or others.

·       Technology users will not quote personal communications in a public forum without the original author’s prior consent.

·       Unauthorized or illegal installation, distribution, reproduction, modification, or use of copyrighted materials is prohibited.

·       Technology users shall not engage in the destruction, modification, or abuse of ISD technology resources including, but not limited to, hardware and/or software.

 

Student Expectations in Use of Technology Resources:

·       Be courteous and respectful in your communications to others.

·       Use appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.

·       Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

·       Do not reveal your home address, phone number(s), password(s), or those of other students.

·       Use school addresses and phone numbers only, even if you think you know your correspondent.

·       Do not share any of your school-related passwords with anyone.

·       Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

·       Do not post personal messages on bulletin boards or messenger sites.

·       Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent/impersonate other users on the network.

·       Any use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes, product advertisement, political lobbying, or illegal activity is prohibited.

·       Do not use the network in such a way that you disrupt the work of others.

·       The illegal installation and/or utilization of copyrighted or unauthorized games, programs, files, or other electronic media on ISD computers is prohibited.

·       Attempt to bypass ISD’s filters or attempt to visit websites that are “blocked” is prohibited.

·       ISD retains ownership and rights of access to all files stored on the equipment under the control of the agency.

·       ISD technology users shall use technology resources for educational purposes.

·       ISD technology users should not use technology resources to make purchases.

 

Violation of this Policy:

·       Violation of the Iroquois School District’s Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy, in any way, may result in the suspension or the loss of the privilege to access the Internet and World Wide Web or other technology resources provided by the school. Other disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with existing ISD policy. When necessary, ISD may involve law enforcement agencies.

(See ISD School Board Policy 815)

Telephone Use

Students will only be allowed to use the telephone for emergency purposes with a teacher’s permission. If the student has an emergency, the student should use the phone in the classroom. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone to make changes in after-school transportation. These arrangements should be made in advance of the school day. Students are responsible for submitting written notes requesting transportation changes to the homeroom teacher prior to the start of the instructional day. Cell phones should be turned off and kept in the students’ lockers during the school day.

Testing and Grading

Grade Pre-K-2

Report cards in grades K-2 are a reflection of a child’s development as well as the ability to complete and master a variety of concepts and tasks as outlined by the PA Core Standards.

Grade 3-6

The grading procedure is to be used by all elementary teachers grades 3 through 6. The method (including tests, quizzes, labs, reports, projects, homework, etc.) of determining any particular nine-week’s mark will be a matter of individual teacher choice. All methods of assessment must be set up on a point value basis. Throughout a nine-week grading period, the teacher will record the number of points earned for each assessment measure. A percent will then be calculated as a nine-week grade. The method must be equally and fairly applied to all students. The teacher must be ready to explain the method of arriving at a mark and must be ready to relate it to the district’s grade classification of percentages.

The grade classification of percentages for all subjects in grades 3-6 is as follows:

93-100

A

85-92

B

77-84

C

70-76

D

0-69

F

Incomplete

I


All final marks must be determined by using the pre-described method. All percentages will be recorded on the student’s report card. Students receiving an “F” during a nine weeks will attend a one-on-one performance conference with the principal or assistant principal. Academic support may be provided in lieu of specials attendance until a “C” grade level is reached. Students refusing to cooperate with personnel providing academic support may receive detention.

Teachers will provide an overview of the performance and behavioral expectations to students during the first week of the course. Grading procedures will be a required topic during the orientation discussion.

Any student not completing a special requirement may receive an “I” for incomplete work on his/her report card regardless of actual course marks. The subject matter teacher who records a “I” on the student’s card is responsible for reporting the correct grade to the office as soon as possible after the two-week period has passed.

A student who receives a quarter grade of “I” has a maximum of two weeks after the completion of the nine weeks to fulfill the requirements. If the student does satisfy the requirements, the teacher will change the quarter grade to the earned value. If the student does not satisfy the requirements, the teacher will change the quarter grade to the earned value. In all instances, the “I” must be removed by the teacher. NOTE: Grade percentages may require “Rounding Off.” When this is the case, grades must be at the .5 or higher level to be rounded up – Example: 89.5 rounds to 90; 89.4 rounds to 89.

Testing Results

Standardized tests are administered each year. Results are mailed to the homes upon receipt of the results, usually in the fall.

Textbooks

Textbooks are furnished by the school and are issued by individual teachers at the beginning of the year. Students who lose or damage a book will be expected to pay the appropriate replacement cost.

Parents should take time to note the condition of a textbook at the beginning of the year so as not to have problems at the end of the year if a book is damaged.

Unwanted and Unacceptable

The following items are considered toys and are not to be brought to school or worn during school hours: MP3 players, sneakers with wheels, chains, handheld video game devices, toys, laser pointers, squirt guns, stuffed animals, or any other personal item that is not requested to be brought to school by a student’s teacher. Hats are not to be worn inside the building during the school day.

SKATEBOARDS AND ROLLER BLADES: Because of the risk factor involved with skateboards and roller blades, students are not to ride these devices on school property at any time. Skateboards and roller blades are not allowed in classrooms.


Valuables or Money

Students should not bring anything of value to school at any time. ISD will not be held responsible for items that are lost, stolen, or broken. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones and electronic devices.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO SCHOOL. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PICK UP ANY VALUABLES HE OR SHE GIVES TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

THE DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS STOLEN OR BROKEN.

 

Visitors on School Property

All visitors to the school building and property within the school district during normal hours shall be required to sign in in the office and pick up a VISITOR’S PASS. Upon leaving the district, return the pass to the office and sign out on the form provided.

Parents are always welcome to visit the school to make arrangements to meet with teachers, school counselor, or to tour our facilities. THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO BE MADE IN THE OFFICE. VISITORS/PARENTS ARE NOT TO GO DIRECTLY TO ANY CLASSROOM OR TO VISIT ANY MEMBER OF THE STAFF UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY THE OFFICE.

All volunteers must have obtained required clearances and placed them on file in the district office before beginning volunteer work. (see ISD School Board Policy 916)

Student visitors are not permitted during the school day or at activities not open to the general public.

 (See ISD School Board Policy 218)

Weapons

Any students found in possession of or transporting a weapon during school hours or activities on school property, or any public or private conveyance providing transportation to the school or school sponsored activity, regardless of intent, will immediately be reported to the local police, scheduled for an informal hearing, cited for a ten-day out-of-school suspension, and presented to the School Board for a formal expulsion hearing for a period of not less than one (1) year in accordance with the Pennsylvania School Code.

Weapons shall include, but not be limited to, any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nun-chuck stick, metal knuckles, firearm, shot gun, and any other tool, instrument, or implement capable of or designed to harm, threaten, or harass other persons.

Website for District and IES

ISD website has been completely redesigned and has easier navigability and more up-to-date and useful content. All pertinent information and especially noteworthy student accomplishments will be posted there. Each school will have its own section. The website URL addresses for IES is: http://ies.iroquoisisd.org/

 

Where to Get Information (814-899-7643)

Inquiries About:

·       Academic/Classroom Problems – Teacher Extension

·       Accident/Illness – Nurse, ext. 2004

·       Activities – Administration, ext. 2001

·       Attendance – Main Office, ext. 2000

·       Bus Problems – Transportation Supervisor, 814-899-8848

·       Cafeteria Account – ext. 4110

·       Locker Problems – Main Office, ext. 2000

·       Lost/Found – Main Office, ext. 2000

·       Personal Concerns/Problems – Principal, ext. 2001

·       Upcoming events or current events – ies.iroquoissd.org or Twitter (Braves@IroquoisElemen)

 

Withdrawal and/or Transfer

The procedure for withdrawal or transferring is as follows:

·       Obtain appropriate form from the office.

·       This form should be completed by the parent or guardian and returned to the office.

·       Return all books and property, and make sure all fees are paid.

 

Iroquois Elementary

Parent Involvement Policy

PART I.  GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Iroquois School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

·       Consistent with section 1118, the school will ensure that the required school level parental involvement policy meets the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.

·       Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

·       In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in language parents understand.

·       If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (school district).

·       The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how funds reserved under this part are spent for parent involvement activities. The school will build its own and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.

·       The school will provide parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA in the areas of improving student achievement, child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.

·       The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

(A)  that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

(B)  that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

(C)  that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

(D)  the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.


PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

 

NOTE:  The School Parental Involvement Policy shall include a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components.  [Section 1118, ESEA.] 

1.     The Iroquois Elementary School shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA: 

 

·       Invite parents to review and revise the parent involvement policy draft during summer or fall parent meetings

2.     The Iroquois Elementary School shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint development of the program, review and improvement of programs under Title I Part A of the ESEA: 

·       Parents will be invited to make suggestions for Title I services provided under Title I Part A at Iroquois Elementary School.

3.     The Iroquois Elementary School shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to             be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting.

·       Twitter, web site, Infinite Campus all call and hard copy

4.     The Iroquois Elementary School shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

·       Curriculum and instructional practices will be shared during Family Literacy and Math Nights.

5.     The Iroquois Elementary School at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings, held at flexible times, for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:

·       Multiple meeting times, 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm, will be scheduled during Act 80 Parent Teacher Conference days to discuss parent involvement suggestions and Title I intervention services.


6.     Iroquois Elementary School shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by:

·       Mailing the report to parents

·       Offering explanation of the results during the first parent teacher conference session of the school year.

7.     Iroquois Elementary School shall take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002):

·       Parents will receive a hard copy letter mailed to the address listed in Infinite Campus.

8.     Iroquois Elementary School shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below–

a.     the state’s academic content standards,

b.     the state’s student academic achievement standards,

c.     the requirements of Title I Part A,

d.     how to monitor their child’s progress,

·       Family Literacy and Math Night(s) will be held to help parents understand the expectations of PA Core Standards. 

9.     Iroquois Elementary School shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of improving student achievement, (including literacy training and using technology) child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.

·       Information regarding SPAC sponsored parenting resources shall be shared with parents through the school website, Twitter, and teacher web pages.

10.  Iroquois Elementary School shall, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by: 

·       Hosting family literacy and math nights

·       Hosting Fall and Spring parent engagement meetings


11.  Iroquois Elementary School shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, public preschool, and other programs.  The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:

·       Local day care providers will be invited to a Move-up Day at IES during the spring in order introduce in-coming kindergarten students

·       Two IES Kindergarten Orientation conferences will be offered after school and possibly on a Saturday morning

12.  Iroquois Elementary shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand: 

·       Translation of Title I Parent Involvement will be shared with parents of ESL students via the contracted personnel

PART III. DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

NOTE:  The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional information and describe other discretionary activities that the school, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:

·       paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;

·       arranging school meetings at a variety of times, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education via phone or web-based video conferencing

·       adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;

·       establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;

PART IV.           ADOPTION 

This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by the Parental Involvement meeting agendas, invitations, and parent attendance rosters.

This policy was adopted by the Iroquois School District in August 2018 and will be in effect for the period of one calendar year.  The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before August 30, 2018.


 

August 28, 2018

Parent

The parent understands that participation in his/her student's education will help his/her achievement and attitude. Therefore, the parent will continue to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of his/her ability:

·       Volunteering in their child’s classroom

·       Supporting their child’s learning

·       Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and positive use of extracurricular time

·       Create a home atmosphere that supports learning

·       Send the student to school on time, well-fed, and well-rested on a regular basis

·       Attend school functions and conferences

·       Encourage their child to show respect for all members of the school community and school property

·       Review all school communications and respond promptly

 

Parent’s Printed Name: _________________________________________________

 

Parent’s Signature:  ___________________________________________________

 

Date:  _____________________

 

Student

The student realizes education is important. He/she is the one responsible for his/her own success. Therefore, he/she agrees to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of his/her ability:

·       Get to school on time every day

·       Develop a positive attitude toward school

·       Be responsible for completing homework on time

·       Be cooperative by carrying out the teacher’s instructions and ask for help when needed

·       Do daily work that is neat and reflects the student’s best effort

·       Be respectful to all school members and to school property

 

Child’s Printed Name:  __________________________________________________________________

Child’s Signature (If grade 3 and above):  __________________________________________________

 

 

August 28, 2018

 

PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


Return to your child’s homeroom teacher by September 7, 2018

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN/STUDENT

I have reviewed a hard copy of the Parent and Student Handbook. I acknowledge the expectations for student behavior and responsibilities. I am aware that I am able to seek clarification of the content of this handbook by contacting the principal.

 

Student Name (print):  ______________________________________________________________

 

Signature:  __________________________________________________  Date:  _______________

 

Parent/Guardian Name (print):  ______________________________________________________

 

 

 

Signature:  __________________________________________________  Date:  _______________