Handbook

2016-17

Kyle Trueblood Elementary School Handbook

SCHOOL HOURS

The school day at Kyle Trueblood begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.  Students should not arrive before 7:40 a.m. when the doors open and supervision begins.  Students should report to the multipurpose room. 

STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE OR LEAVING EARLY

Students who arrive late or leave early must check in or out through the office.  This is a safety issue.

WITHDRAWAL/CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Parents of students who are moving should contact the school office prior to the last day of attendance.  All textbooks, library books, etc. belonging to USD 356 must be returned and all fees paid.  The school office should be notified of a change of address and/or telephone number if you move within the district during the year.  This is very important at times of early dismissal for weather or illness.

STUDENT RECORDS

Conway Springs USD 356 complies with the Privacy Act and hereby gives public notice to parents and guardians that the following student information will be considered “directory information” and will be released without additional consent: name, address, telephone listings, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of team members, dates of attendance, awards received, and the most recent school attended by the student. 

ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS

Regular and punctual attendance is necessary for optimal student achievement to be reached.  This also develops responsibility for further achievement.  Students arriving after the 8:00 a.m. bell are tardy and must report to the office to receive an admit slip before going to the classroom.  When your child is absent, please call the school office, 456-2966, by 8:30 a.m. to provide the reason for the absence.  Under the Missing Children’s Act, contact with a parent or guardian is required.  The administration shall be responsible for determining the validity of excuses offered for absence from school. 

The building principal shall report students who are inexcusably absent (truant) from school to the appropriate authority.  Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused absences in a semester or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first.  Prior to reporting to either DCF or the county or district attorney, a letter shall be sent to the student’s parent(s) or guardian notifying that the student’s failure to attend school without a valid excuse shall result in the student being reported truant. 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

School Messenger, our school district automated calling system will be activated to let all families know of any school closing.  This system is only as good as the information is up-to-date.  At the beginning of each school year, parents will be asked to update the phone numbers for their child.  Please keep the school informed of any change of home, cell phone or emergency contact numbers.  See the USD 356 Parent Informational Booklet for further details. 

EARLY DISMISSAL

Parents should have a plan for their children to follow in case it is necessary for students to be sent home before the regular dismissal time.                                                                                     

SCHOOL HOURS

The school day at Kyle Trueblood begins at 8:05 and ends at 3:15.  Morning kindergarten runs 8:05-11:10, afternoon kindergarten is 12:10-3:15.  Students should not arrive before 7:45 a.m. when the doors

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

Students are responsible for rules set forth by the classroom teacher and building principal.  The BOE and administration of Conway Springs schools strongly support discipline as a necessary part of and condition for learning in all areas of our schools, the buildings, buses and playgrounds. 

The Kyle Trueblood staff will provide each student with the best opportunity to acquire a quality education.  No student has the right to interfere with the learning opportunity of other students.  An education is both a right and a privilege.  There are two very important things a student must do faithfully to protect this right.  The two things are: regularly attend school and have positive participation in the learning activities.  By doing these two things students will achieve to the best of their ability and they will not interfere with other students’ learning. 

HOMEWORK

Homework is part of the educational program and besides written work, may include conducting interviews, reading, or any other assignments which are to be completed at home.  Research on homework indicates that it does improve student achievement whether that achievement is measured by test scores or grades.  An absent student will be allowed one day to complete assignments for the day he/she was absent. If your child will be absent more than one day, please make arrangements for homework to be picked up.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher conferences are planned twice during the school year for elementary students, once after the first quarter grading period for all students and during the third grading period for those students whom the teacher feels are in need of a conference.  Of course, parents may request a conference with their child’s teacher at anytime. We encourage siblings to be left at home during conferences so the focus can be placed on the student’s conference.

GRADES AND GRADING

Grade reports are sent home eight times throughout the school year, at the mid-term point and at the end of each grading quarter.  Student evaluation shall be based on assignments, activities, projects, test results and daily class participation.  In Kindergarten, grading is reported by the skills mastered as Y=Yes, mastered; P=Practice needed; N=Not mastered.  Students in grades 1-5 receive letter grades according to the following scale:

100 – 90 A Exceeding the requirements of the instructor

89 – 80 B Above average

79 – 70 C Average

69 – 60 D Below average

59 – 0 F Unsatisfactory 

DRESS CODE

The Conway Springs Board of Education affirms that its primary concern is the provision of educational opportunities for the students of USD 356, and the major responsibility of students’ appearance rests with their parents.  The manner in which an individual dresses affects behavior.  Students are expected to wear clothes that are neat, clean, and in good taste.  The principal will determine the appropriateness of student attire.  Extreme variance in student attire and grooming shall not be allowed when it interferes with the educational and/or health program of the school.

Shorts/skorts may be worn through October 15 and in the spring beginning April 15.  This is due to the fact that elementary students go outside for recess whenever possible and our weather can change a great deal from the morning, when students get dressed, until their recess time.  Tank tops are allowed if the neck and arm holes are not too large.  Tops with spaghetti straps may be worn as long as there is a shirt worn over or under the spaghetti straps.

For safety and health reasons, flip flops, wheelies (shoes with wheels in the sole) and all raised heeled shoes are not allowed.  Tennis shoes are required for PE and a similar shoe is encouraged for recess.

PETS

No animals of any kind will be allowed in the school building for “show and tell” activities unless prior approval has been received from the teacher.  Arrangements must be made with parents for bringing the animal and taking it home. No animals will be brought on the bus or stay all day in the classroom. 

FIELD TRIPS

Teachers schedule field trips to enhance classroom instruction.  A limited number of parent helpers may be requested on some field trips.  This is due to many factors, including: limited seating capacity on our bus and group size limits at the field trip site.  Parents who wish to attend their child’s field trip, but are not listed as a parent helper, must get advanced approval by contacting your child’s teacher.  If the field trip destination does not have a group number limit, parents should be prepared to drive their own vehicle and pay entry fees that apply.  Siblings are not permitted to attend field trips with parent volunteers as we intend this to be a special day for the student and their parent/s.

PARTIES

Regular classroom parties are scheduled for Christmas, Valentine’s, and Easter.  Parties will begin at 2:45.  Exchange of gifts at school will not be allowed unless it is a class activity and approved by the principal. 

WELLNESS

USD 356 is encouraging healthy snack choices as part of our district wellness policy.  Part of our wellness policy is encouraging students and parents to consider fresh fruits and whole grain items when selecting treats for birthday celebrations and classroom parties.  The Kyle Trueblood and USD 356 staff appreciate your consideration and support of our wellness policy.

Elementary students look forward to their birthday each year and parents often bring treats to school in celebration.  Please notify the classroom teacher in advance if treats will be sent to school.  Invitations to home parties are not to be handed out at school, and balloons and flowers are not to be delivered to school for students.  If desired, a list of student names and addresses can be picked up from the office in order to mail home invitations.

HEALTH NEEDS & SERVICES

Kansas state law requires all children age eight and under who are entering a Kansas school for the first time must have a health assessment (physical examination) completed by a physician or KDHE certified nurse.  All children entering a Kansas school for the first time must present a birth certificate and certification that the child has current immunizations: DPT and/or TD, Oral Polio, Measles, Rubella (German Measles) Mumps, Hepatitis B, and                                                                                   

Varicella (Chickenpox).  The child may enroll while completing the required immunizations if the physician or local health department certifies that the pupil has received “the most recent appropriate inoculations in a required series.”  Failure to complete the series is non-compliance. 

VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted on grades K, 2, and 4.  Any abnormal results will be reported to parents.

ILLNESS              

In the event of illness, parents should notify the school the day of the illness according to the same guidelines listed under ATTENDANCE earlier in this handbook.  Parents may be called to come and get their child during the school day if he or she becomes ill.  It is the responsibility of the parents to make arrangements so the ill student is picked up, either by a parent or the person the parents designate.  School health rooms are to care for those pupils who become ill or injured at school.  No child will be taken or sent home until parents or other designated responsible person is contacted.  Extended or excessive absences may require a doctor’s note in order to be excused.

Injuries – Hospitalization

Any student who has received an injury requiring medical attention, or has been hospitalized for any reason, must have a doctor’s permit stating any limitations or activities, and the duration of the limitations.

 PARTICIPATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

       Students are expected to go to the playground at recess unless a written request with valid reason is received from the parents, or the teacher requires the student to remain in the classroom.

                All students in grades K-5 will have a physical education period each day. Each student is required to have a pair of tennis or gym shoes to wear inside during this period. If a student wears tennis shoes daily, these may be worn for P.E. and recess. For health reasons, students will not be allowed to play in his/her socks or bare feet. Students will participate in physical education classes to the best of their ability. A permit from a physician will be required for students unable to participate due to illness or injury. Students should also provide a physician's notice of when the student may return to physical activities as directed by their doctor following an injury, hospitalization, serious illness, surgery, or other health-related concern. 

  

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