•  Seaman Unified School District 345
    Elementary Handbook

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    MISSION
    Seaman USD 345 will provide a positive environment in which all students will achieve the knowledge, skills, and social/emotional behaviors enabling them to be responsible, productive citizens in a democratic society.

    GOALS

    • To Ensure All Students Achieve at Fullest Potential
    • To Provide College & Career Readiness Programs/Initiatives
    • To Increase Capacity in Early Childhood Programs
    • To Ensure All Teachers and Staff Are Highly Effective
    • To Maintain and Repurpose Facilities
    • To Provide a Top Quality Education Through Effective and Efficient Fiscal Management
    • To Improve District Communication with All Stakeholders                                          

      

    ADDRESSING INDIVIDUAL CONCERNS
    Parents are reminded that when an issue arises with a situation at any school, the first person to address with that issue is the individual involved. Problems often arise due to lack of communication. For this reason, parents are reminded that if there is an issue dealing with an occurrence in a classroom, the teacher of the class should be the first person with whom parents should communicate. If the issue is a school problem, the first person with whom to communicate would be the principal. To contact someone who is not the closest person to the issue, restricts and delays a resolution to the problem. If, however, a classroom issue is not addressed to the parents' satisfaction, then the next person in the chain of command or the school principal should be involved in the communication. The logical sequence for contacting individuals starting at the earliest person involved, is as follows: the teacher, the principal, the Director of Elementary Education, the Assistant Superintendent, and then the Seaman Superintendent of Schools.

    BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE POLICY
    All students are expected to conduct themselves according to high personal standards of courtesy, decency, morality, honesty, and wholesome relationships with others. The following behaviors will not be tolerated:

    1. Defacing or marring property
    2. Disrespect, disobedience and defiance to school personnel
    3. Fighting, slapping or biting of one student by another
    4. Foul language, either written or verbal
    5. Use of tobacco, narcotics, drugs or alcoholic beverages
    6. Throwing of rocks or other hard objects
    7. Possession of knives, weapons, dangerous materials or any facsimile
    8. Other inappropriate behaviors which may be disruptive or interrupt the learning process
    9. Violating the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
    10. Inappropriate touching or displays of affection
    11. Any harassment

    BULLYING
    The issue of school safety is a shared concern.  It is essential that communities and schools work together to develop a safe environment where learning can take place.  The Seaman Elementary Schools have adopted a "No Bullying Allowed" policy. Achieving this objective requires school and communities to make the commitment toward creating safe, welcoming, respectful, bully free, and violence-free schools. All threats, verbal and physical, will be taken seriously and will be investigated according to the Seaman Board of Education policy. 

    CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
    Students are expected to take care of all school property. Any textbooks, library books, or other school property, which may be checked out or assigned to a student, is their responsibility to take care of and return to the school in good condition. Students are responsible for school property that is lost, damaged or destroyed. Therefore, a replacement cost may be assessed to the student and their parents.

    CYBER BULLYING
    Cyber Bullying is harassment that occurs during online activities. Cyber Bullying can    take many forms, including a threatening e-mail, nasty instant messaging sessions, repeated notes sent to a cell phone, a website set up to mock others, pretending to be someone else and pretending to be them while posting a message, forwarding supposedly private messages, pictures, or video to others

    Prevention of Cyber Bullying

    There are prevention techniques that you can use to avoid being bullied online. These techniques can also help protect you from online predators:

    • You should never give out private information such as passwords, PINs, name, address, phone number, school name, or family and friends’ names.  Bullies and other harmful people on the Internet can use the information.  Don’t even reveal your password to your friends. They might reveal it or use it against you in a fight.
    • Don’t exchange pictures or give out e-mail addresses to people you meet on the Internet. Ask permission from parents when it is necessary to give such information.
    • Don’t send a message when you are angry---it’s hard to undo things that are said in anger.
    • Never open, read, or respond to messages from cyber bullies.
    • Do not erase the messages. They may be needed to take action.
    • When something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Get out of the site, chat room, etc.
    • Realize that online conversations are not private. Others can copy, print, and share what you say or any pictures you send.
    • If you are being bullied, tell a trusted adult and keep telling them until they take action.
    • If you are threatened with harm, call the police. 

    Consequences of Cyber Bullying

    Students who participate in Cyber Bullying may face disciplinary consequences at school. Even though the actual infractions may occur away from school, the effects of what has been done may have a direct impact at school. Depending upon the severity of   the action, the follow consequences could take place:

    • Notification of parents/guardians.
    • Detention or In-School Suspension
    • In severe cases, students may face Out-of-School Suspensions

    The above list is not all-inclusive, nor is it intended to be. It is impossible to list every infraction that may occur; however, any misconduct on the part of a student may result in suspension.

    CHILD HEALTH ASSESSMENT LAW
    The state of Kansas Child Health Assessment Law, states that any student ages 8 years and under who has not previously attended school in Kansas requires a health assessment completed by a physician or qualified nurse. This also includes preschool children enrolling in school for the first time. The health assessment must be done within 12 months prior to school entry. 

    CRISIS PROCEDURE
    All Seaman schools have a crisis plan in place and will always protect the security and safety of all children. We do drills to move our student to secure areas on a regular basis. In the event that we have to move students to secure areas, teachers will have lists of their students and will be prepared to check students out to parents who arrive after the crisis is past. It is imperative that your child’s data sheet be up-to-date. Students are released only to those individuals listed on the data sheet. Even though we can’t anticipate every crisis that might occur, rest assured that the staff of Seaman Elementary Schools will act appropriately in any crisis to protect each student and make them feel safe and secure! 

    DISCIPLINE OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
    There are times when discipline issues occur outside of the school day (i.e. sport practices and events, Boys and Girls Club, scout meetings, etc.) when school staff (teachers and administrators) are not on duty. Parent concerns regarding incidents that occur outside of the school day should be addressed to the leaders of these events and organizations rather than school staff. If issues occur during the school day as a result of outside of school activities, school staff will deal with these as a normal part of the school day discipline procedures.

    DRESS CODE
    Appearance does affect the learning atmosphere of a school. Neatness, decency and good taste are emphasized as guidelines for the understanding and interpretation of this dress code. The code is not intended to work a financial hardship upon any student or family; neatness and good taste are emphasized, not expensive clothing.

    Universal dress code for school days and school activities at the district’s schools:

     A.  Appearance must be neat and clean.

    1. Hair must be clean and well groomed.
    2. Clothing must not be unreasonably soiled or badly worn.

    B.  Decency and good taste are required.

    1. Apparel that is excessively short, excessively tight, and/or excessively low cut, may not be worn. Spaghetti straps and one strap tops/dresses will not be allowed. All shoulders, sides, backs and midriffs must be covered.
    2. Torn or cut clothing will not be allowed. No mesh clothing of any kind will be acceptable unless worn over appropriate outer clothing.
    3. Writing or pictures on clothing shall not promote alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, illegal drugs, suggestive or obscene language or violent acts. Symbols representing hate groups, such as Confederate flags and swastikas will not be allowed
    4. Hats and sunglasses, except under special circumstances approved by the administrator, may not be worn in classrooms or hallways.
    5. No clothing, grooming, or accessories, distracting from the learning environment, will be acceptable.

    Because of the safety hazards involved in some class activities (e.g., PE, field trips, etc.,) students in these classes must dress suitably for the conditions, as the instructor requires.

    Appearance and dress of any student involved in extra curricular activities in which the student represents schools in outside school activities must be in accordance with the sponsor’s requirements, subject to approval by the administration.

    DRUG-FREE STATEMENT
    The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in Seaman USD 345.  Violators will be prosecuted.

    ELEVEN POINTS OF CROSSWALK SAFETY

    PARENTS 

    1. The posted speed limit is 20 MPH when the school zone is in operation, but care and safety should be practiced at all times when near a school.
    2. Passing is prohibited in the school zone.
    3. Backing up is a very hazardous maneuver at any time, but especially in a school zone.
    4. Do not discharge students in the traffic lanes.  Pull to the curb side of the vehicle, not on the traffic side. Do not allow children to walk between parked cars or busses in the parking lot.
    5. Avoid making “U” turns. Often “U” turns require backing up which is dangerous. Perhaps seeking an alternate route, which would allow you to arrive on the school side of the street could be found. Park in appropriate areas marked for cars.
    6. For your safety, please SET GOOD EXAMPLES. Cross yourself and your children in designated crosswalks. Park in appropriate areas marked for cars.

    STUDENTS

    1. Use the sidewalks coming to school and when returning home. Walk on the side of the road facing traffic if there are no sidewalks to use.
    2. When riding bicycles, stay on the side of road riding WITH traffic.
    3. Cross streets only at intersections, preferably those marked with crosswalks. Look both ways and make sure traffic has stopped before stepping into the crosswalk area.
    4. If you must cross the street, before or after school, cross only at the crosswalk.
    5. Walk while in crosswalks. Do not run or ride bicycles in the crosswalk.

    EMERGENCY SAFETY INTERVENTIONS

    STANDARDS FOR THE USE OF EMERGENCY SAFETY INTERVENTIONS
    The emergency safety interventions (ESI) law set forth standards for the use of restraint and seclusion to ensure that all Kansas students and staff have a safe learning environment. The standards found in the ESI statutes and regulations are required to be followed in all Kansas public school districts and accredited private schools.  This information serves as annual notification of the written policies of the USD 345 Seaman School District.

    An ESI is the use of seclusion or physical restraint. The use of ESIs shall cease as soon as the immediate danger of physical harm and violent action ceases to exist.

    Before using an ESI, a school employee witnessing the student’s behavior must have determined that less restrictive alternatives to ESI, such as positive behavior interventions support, were inappropriate or ineffective under the circumstances.

    ESIs shall be used only when a student presents a reasonable and immediate danger of physical harm to such student or others with the present ability to effect such physical harm. Violent action that is destructive of property may necessitate the use of an ESI. ESIs may not be used for purposes of discipline, punishment, or for the convenience of a school employee.

    Physical restraint means bodily force used to substantially limit a student’s movement. Physical restraint is NOT:

    • Consensual, solicited or unintentional contact and contact to provide comfort, assistance or instruction;
    • physical escort;
    • prescribed treatments for a student’s medical or psychiatric condition by a person appropriately licensed to issue these treatments;
    • protective or stabilizing devices either ordered by an appropriately licensed professional or required by law;
    • any device used by a law enforcement officer in carrying out law enforcement duties; and
    • seatbelts and any other safety equipment when used to secure students during transportation.

    Prohibited types of restraints:

    • Prone, or face-down, physical restraint;
    • Supine, or face-up, physical restraint;
      any physical restraint that obstructs the airway of a student;
      any physical restraint that impacts a student’s primary mode of communication;
    • chemical restraint (‘‘chemical restraint’’ means the use of medication to control a student’s violent physical behavior or restrict a student’s freedom of movement); and
    • mechanical restraint (‘‘mechanical restraint’’ means any device or object used to limit a student’s movement).

    Seclusion means placement of a student in a location where:

    • The student is placed in an enclosed area by school personnel;
    • The student is purposefully isolated from adults and peers; and
    • The student is prevented from leaving, or the student reasonably believes that such student will be prevented from leaving, the enclosed area.
    • A student may not be secluded if the student is known to have a medical condition that could put the student in mental or physical danger as a result of seclusion. The medical condition must be in a written statement from the student’s licensed health care provider, and a copy of given to the school and placed in the student’s file.
    • When a student is placed in seclusion, a school employee shall be able to see and hear the student at all times.
    • If a seclusion room has a locking door it must be designed to ensure that the lock automatically disengages when the school employee viewing the student walks away from the seclusion room, or in cases of emergency, such as fire or severe weather.
    • A seclusion room must be a safe place. The room must have good ventilation and lighting, and be free of any condition that could be a danger to the student. The room must also be similar to other rooms where students frequent.
    • Seclusion is not time-out, which is a behavioral intervention in which a student is temporarily removed from a learning activity without being confined.

    When May Emergency Safety Interventions Be Used?

    • May only be used when a student presents a reasonable and immediate danger of physical harm to such student or others with the present ability to cause physical harm.
    • Less restrictive alternatives, such as positive behavior interventions support, must be deemed inappropriate or ineffective under the circumstances by the school employee witnessing the student’s behavior prior to the use of any ESIs.
    • The use of ESI must stop as soon as the immediate danger of physical harm ends.
    • ESI cannot be used is used for purposes of discipline, punishment, or for the convenience of a school employee.
    • A student may not be subjected to seclusion if the student is known to have a medical condition that could put the student in mental or physical danger as a result of seclusion. The existence of this medical condition must be indicated in a written statement from the student’s licensed health care provider that is provided to the school and is placed in the student’s file. Note that this exception does not apply to restraint.
    • Violent destruction of property may also prompt the use of ESI.

    What are the Requirements for Seclusion?

    When a student is placed in seclusion, a school employee must be able to see and hear the student at all times.

    All seclusion rooms that have a locking door must be designed to make sure that the lock automatically disengages when the school employee watching the student walks away from the seclusion room, or in cases of emergency, such as fire or severe weather.

    A seclusion room must be a safe place with proportional and similar characteristics as other rooms where students frequent. A seclusion room must be free of anything that could be a danger to the student and must be well-ventilated and sufficiently lighted.

    When Must a Parent be Notified an ESI has been Used?

    • The school must notify the parent the same day the ESI was used. If the parent cannot be notified, then the school must notify an emergency contact person for the student.
    • Documentation of the ESI used must be completed and provided to the parent by the school day following the day on which the ESI was used.
    • The parent must be provided with the following information in writing after the first ESI incident in a school year and provided with this information after subsequent ESI incidents through a web address that contains this information:
    • A copy of the standards of when ESI can be used;
    • A flyer on the parent’s rights under ESI law;
    • Information on the parent’s right to file a complaint through the local dispute resolution process and the complaint process of the Kansas State Board of Education; and
    • Information that will assist the parent in navigating the complaint process, including contact information for Families Together and the Disability Rights Center of Kansas.

    What Can I Do if I Feel that ESI has been Used Inappropriately with My Child?

    If a parent believes that ESIs have been used that violate the ESI statute, ESI regulations, or the district’s ESI policy, then the parent may file a complaint through the local dispute resolution process within 30 days of the use of ESI.

    A parent may file a complaint through the Kansas State Board of Education’s complaint process within 30 days from the date that a parent receives a final decision through the local dispute resolution process or after 30 days have passed since the parent filed a complaint through the local dispute resolution process, if the parent has not received the local board’s final decision.

    Requirements if there is a Third ESI Incident with a Student within a School Year
    If there is a third ESI incident within a school year on a student with an IEP or a Section 504 plan, then the student’s IEP or Section 504 team must meet within 10 days after the incident to discuss the incident and consider the need to conduct a functional behavioral analysis (FBA), develop a behavior intervention plan (BIP), or amend the student’s BIP if the student already has one. These requirements must be followed unless the student’s IEP or Section 504 team agrees on a different process.

    If there is a third ESI incident within a school year on a student without an IEP or a Section 504 plan, then the student’s parent and school employees must meet within 10 days after the incident to discuss the incident and consider the appropriateness of a referral for a special education evaluation or the need for a FBA or BIP. The school employees involved in this meeting must include a school administrator for the school where the student attends, one of the student’s teachers, a school employee involved in the incident, and any other school employees designated by the school administrator as appropriate to attend the meeting.

    The student must be invited to any of the meetings referred to previously in this section.

    The meetings referred to in this section may be extended beyond the 10-day requirement if the parent of the student is unable to attend within that time period.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
    This District does not discriminate against any otherwise qualified applicant, employee or student on the basis of race, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or sex, except insofar as the actual nature of an assignment or program shall inherently involve requirements based upon sex.

    FAMILY RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT  (Buckley Amendment)
    Under the Family Rights and Privacy Act, certain Federal regulations have been enacted to protect the confidentiality of students’ school records.  These regulations permit school officials, at their discretion, to make the following directory information available: student’s name, address, telephone number, picture, name of parent or guardian, date and place of birth, major field of study, eligibility for participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, grade placement, date of attendance, awards and degrees received, and most recent school or educational agency attended. If you do not wish any or all of the above information released, your request in writing must be received by your school principal within ten (10) days of this notice.

    HAZARDS STATEMENT
    ASBESTOS:  Seaman USD 345 has an operations and maintenance program for managing asbestos-containing materials. Information concerning asbestos location is on file in each building in Seaman district and is available for inspection.

    WORKER RIGHT TO KNOW:  Seaman USD 345 has a program designed to inform workers of hazardous materials in the schools. Information covering hazardous materials, including safety data sheets, is available in each building and is available for inspection.

    HEALTH SERVICES
    The school nurse and health paraprofessional are employed by the school district. The school nurse provides nursing services and family centered care, to bring about a close liaison between the home and the school. Health screening programs are done and students are referred to their health care provider or specialist as needed. A school nurse or health paraprofessional is on duty at all times. For more information about the Seaman USD 345 Health Services program, visit the USD 345 website and click on the Health Services tab: www.seamanschools.org/health

    ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL
    If your child becomes ill at school, health staff personnel will make the student as comfortable as possible until a parent arrives. The student will be evaluated by the School Nurse or Health Paraprofessional, if possible. Students will be given the opportunity to rest at school for a short time to determine if they can remain at school.  Students who are ill or are suspected of having a communicable disease (i.e. strep throat) need to go home as soon as possible. SCHOOL STAFF WILL NOT TAKE A STUDENT TO AN EMPTY HOME.  It is imperative that the schools have current telephone numbers to reach parents and/or emergency contacts.  Students should be fever free for 24 hours without medication before they return to school. Students must attend at least half of the school day in order to be allowed to participate in extra curricular activities that day or evening.  For specific guidelines on when your child should stay home from school, contact the school nurse.

    IMMUNIZATIONS
    All immunizations must be current and up to date before school starts. Records of immunizations received over the summer should be provided to the school as soon as possible. For specific questions about immunizations, please contact the school nurse. 

    MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
    Some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their education program. These students shall receive medication as an accompaniment to their educational program. All staff who observe or store the medication must observe the following:

    1. Any medication that can be administered at home should be.
    2. The school nurse shall be informed of all medications and these medications shall be stored in the health room.
    3. In accordance with state law, injectable epinephrine is stocked at student buildings for use by school health professionals and trained personnel who reasonably believe a student or staff member with unknown history is displaying signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).  Use of the injectable epinephrine requires an immediate call to 911 and notification of parents. 
    4. Prescription medication must be in the original container with a current pharmacy label, or accompanied with a note from the prescribing doctor*. Information concerning the dosage (amount and frequency), must accompany the medication.
    5. For nonprescription or “over the counter” medication, such as cough drops, the medication must be in the original container and age-appropriate for the student, but does not require a doctor's order. If misuse is observed by school personnel, a doctor's order may be required.
    6. The parent must complete a “Seaman Request and Permission for Medications at School” form for all prescription or non-prescription medications.
    7. The medical need for self-managed medication (asthma inhalers, epinephrine, insulin,) must be evaluated on an individual basis and students who self-administer must store their medications in a secure area (i.e. locker, back-pack). Controlled substances may not be self-administered. School personnel cannot provide documentation and supervision of self-administered medication. A “Seaman USD 345 Permission to Self-Administer Medication” form must be completed with written directions from the licensed health care provider, as well as written permission from the parent.
    8. Parent and/or guardians may come to school to administer medications if they choose.
    9. An individual record will be kept for each student and medication received.
    10. All medication maintained in the school setting, will be kept in a locked container.
    11. For all medications the student takes, the school nurse will provide school personnel with the name of the medication, function, purpose of medication, normal dosages and adverse reactions upon request, with parent/guardian permission.

    (*or healthcare provider licensed to prescribe and dispense medication)       

    PEER GRADING OF ASSIGNMENTS
    Limited Peer Grading Allowed: Peer grading shall be allowed when the teacher believes peer grading will be a valuable learning experience for the class.  During a peer grading activity, the teacher shall use the activity to help students review class concepts or objectives.  If peer grading is allowed, students shall not be asked to publicly reveal either their own grade or the grade of another student.

    PROOF OF IDENTITY
    Senate Bill 593 provides that whenever a student enrolls in a public or non-public school for the first time, the school Board is required to secure proof of identity of the child.  Proof of identity is either (a) a birth certificate for a child enrolling in kindergarten or the first grade, a copy of the court order placing the child in the custody of the Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), or certified transcript or other similar pupil record of a child enrolling in grades two through 12, or (b), any other documentary evidence that a Board determines to be satisfactory proof of identity. Schools in USD 345 will accept the following as other documentary evidence: 1.) A hospital certificate of birth, 2.) A Social Security Card, 3.) A Driver's License, or, 4.) A NIS Card for non-citizens. If proof of identity is not provided to the school Board within 30 days of enrollment, the school Board must notify the local law enforcement agency, which then must promptly investigate the identity of the child. No person claiming custody of the child may be informed of the investigation while it is occurring.

    QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORTS
    Computer generated progress reports in Grades K-6 will be sent home each nine weeks.  Students are assessed on their performance on defined learning outcomes in each subject area at the end of each scoring period.

    SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
    The decision to close school due to inclement weather will be made by the Seaman USD 345 Superintendent of Schools. This information will be broadcast over local radio and television stations and through the district’s automated calling system. If announced that Seaman schools are to be closed, all Seaman elementary, the middle school, and the high school will be closed. Parents will also receive a call on the emergency calling system that school will be closed. 

    STUDENT ABSENCE AND TARDINESS
    Seaman USD 345 wants to insure that all students receive the best possible education.  This requires that your children attend regularly and arrive at school on time (kindergarten students who attend school are included in this requirement.)

    ABSENCES
    Research shows that the single greatest factor contributing to student achievement is attendance at school. It is the combined responsibility of the school, students, and parents to see that these absences are kept to a minimum.

    Acceptable Reasons for Excused Absences

    1. Personal illness
    2. Serious illness, or death of a family member.
    3. Emergencies calling for the student’s services or presence at home.
    4. Obligatory religious observations.
    5. Participation in district-approved or school sponsored activities.

    The building principal will make a determination as to whether or not an absence will be considered excused. Once a student has accumulated 10 absences per semester, any additional absences will be considered unexcused and handled as an unexcused absence, including vacations or trips. Exceptions to this policy are absences which can be verified by a physician or clergyman, and other situations which the administration has determined to be emergencies. Note: This policy does NOT automatically excuse a student for his/her first 1-10 absences from school, as the administration has the final authority to determine whether or not any absence will be excused.

    When your child will not be at school because of illness, a special appointment, or other reason, we ask that a parent notify the school.  For reasons other than illness, parents are requested to notify the school the day before.  The necessity of this call is two-fold:    

    1. If a student has a communicable disease, the school is required by law to report this to the appropriate health authorities.  Also, the school and teachers are interested in the welfare of their students.  Please notify the school of the symptom(s) or disease condition that has caused your child to miss school, as the school secretaries and attendance clerks document this information to assist the school nurse with disease surveillance and containment. 
    2. The school needs to know when children will be late in order to plan on the number of students eating lunch.  Lunch counts must be reported to the preparing kitchen by 9:15 A.M. each morning to insure that there is enough food to serve all children.

    If a child is to have limited PE or should stay in for recess following an illness or injury, a note MUST be sent to school upon his/her return. For the purposes of record keeping, students that report to school more than one and one-half hours late or leave for a period of one and one-half hours or longer, will be counted as missing one-half of a day of school.  Students arriving at school within the one and one-half hour window in the morning will be counted as tardy. Teachers may also keep a list of the times students are gone for appointments, as an excessive amount of time missed by students can have a detrimental effect on student learning.

    STUDENT TRANSFER POLICY
    A parent must complete a transfer request form for their child to be enrolled in a Seaman USD 345 school outside their home attendance area prior to June 1 each year. However, exceptions to this time line may be allowed in extenuating circumstances. Transfers will be limited according to space availability in the class/grade level of the receiving school. If a transfer is approved, transportation of the student to the new attendance center will be the responsibility of the parent. However, transportation may be provided if the student receives before and after school care within the attendance center where they have been approved to attend. 

    TEXTBOOK/TECHNOLOGY RENTAL FEES
    Textbook/workbook rental fees will be assessed at enrollment. Please check the August “Back to School Calendar” for current amounts.  If there is a need to pay children’s fees over several months time the school will arrange for fees to be paid in this manner. These fees enable the USD to purchase the books and workbooks necessary for children’s use.

    TORNADO AND FIRE DRILLS
    Schools are required to have three tornado drills throughout the year and a fire drill every month. These drills are taken very seriously and staying calm and listening for directions are stressed.  Each class has a specific path to follow during these drills (exact directions are posted near the exit door of each classroom) so students are able to quickly move to a safe location.

    If we are experiencing unstable weather, it is watched very carefully. We have a safe shelter at school and are able to evacuate our students to this area in approximately two minutes. Please be aware that in the case of a weather emergency, students will not be released to individuals other than the parents. During a Tornado Warning (actual tornado sighting or tornado on the ground) all students and staff in the building will be in designated tornado safety areas of the building during this warning status. Because school staff will be in the shelter areas also, they will not be manning the office during the Tornado Warning. Following the all clear, parents may pick up their students or call the school office.

    TRANSPORTATION
    Parents/guardian will receive a Transportation Handbook at the time of enrollment.  This will explain transportation policies. For specific transportation questions, please call the District Transportation Office at 286-8440.         

    VOLUNTEERS
    Our school is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students. We have many volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in the district and recognize the valuable contribution by volunteers. In order to provide students with a safe environment we require all potential volunteers to undergo a very basic background check. The background check form is available on the district website or in our school office.