STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

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2008-2009

 

The Student/Parent Handbook is not an all-conclusive set of rules, but rather a guide to help make your education worthwhile and thus your school a better school. It is recommended that you read and study the following carefully, as you are expected to be acquainted with the information herein. By reading this handbook students and parents will be familiar with what is expected of students attending Kelso C-7.

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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY/SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION

A philosophy of education is the foundation on which a school district is built, and upon which the product of the school program is evaluated. The philosophy herein subscribed to by the Board of Education shall be a guide in determining the policies, rules, regulations of the school district. Recognizing each student as a unique individual, we believe that education should provide an opportunity for the maximum development of each individual within the limitations of his or her capacities. Through education, it is possible for the individual to discover and endeavor to achieve to the limits of his or her capacities.

We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his or her worth as an individual and should lead him or her toward becoming a productive member of society. Strong emphasis must be placed upon democratic values which are important for an effective and satisfying personal and social life.

We believe that the role of the teacher in the educational process is to provide opportunities for the individual to achieve at the maximum level of capacity, to create a learning situation in which individual motivation for learning is the stimulus for achievement, and to promote through teaching and example the principles of the democratic way of life.

We believe that parents/guardians have definite responsibilities in education. They need to have a basic confidence in the school, and they need to impart this confidence to the students. The parents/guardians may do this by cooperating to the fullest with the schools, by encouraging the student to give his or her best efforts to the daily school responsibilities, and by participating in school activities.

We believe that the student must have responsibilities in the educational program of the community. The most important of these is attitude. The student is obligated to come with an open mind, equipped with all the necessary materials, ready to fulfill the responsibilities in the learning process. The basic attitude should be that the school is an institution of opportunity, staffed with trained personnel to help the student become a contributing member of society.

We believe that the foundation of the district's educational program is based on the development of competencies in the basic fundamentals of reading, oral and written communication and mathematics.

It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Kelso C-7 School District to provide an educational environment for children of the district, which will foster and accelerate their intellectual, physical, social and career development.

ABSENCES/TARDIES

Missouri statutes required regular school attendance of children between the ages of six and sixteen. Each teacher will keep a daily report of absentees. The report should be sent to the office daily.

It is important that every student learn the value of regular attendance in school. Absences from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process, not only for the individualís student absent himself/herself, but the entire class. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost with each absence and cannot be entirely regained. Consequently, most students who miss school frequently experience difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of schooling. The entire process of education requires regular classroom attendance, participation, and study in order to attain the maximum educational benefits for each child. Absenteeism is an interruption of the learning process. The more absences a student accumulates the less he or she can be expected to adequately participate in and understand classroom activities.

When a student must be absent from school, the following procedures must be followed: For safety reasons, a phone call from a parent/guardian is expected before 9:00 a.m. on the day the absence occurs, unless the office staff has prior knowledge of the absence. Following an absence the student must present a written note from his/her parent (even if the parent checked the student out prior to the absence) to the homeroom teacher. The note shall contain the date(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent. Itís the studentís responsibility to give the note to the teacher during roll call. Failure to present the note to the teacher within two days, or presenting a note with false information will result in the absence being designated as unexcused. When a student is out sick for more than three (3) days a note from a medical professional is requested. The note should specify if/when the student may return to school.

In order to be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student must be present a minimum of 95% (absent no more than 5 days) of the scheduled attendance days per semester. If the student exceeds the five (5) day limit, the parent will be advised by letter. At that time, the parent(s) may request an appeal for extenuating circumstances to be considered by the superintendent, counselor and classroom teacher(s). No more than two (2) of the 10 days for the year may be unexcused.

The following will be considered excused absences: 1. Absences due to personal illness (five notes from a parent will be accepted per semester for absences of three days or less. After the fifth absence (any length of time) a note from a doctor will be required. 2. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member, (parent, grandparent, sibling). 3. Medical appointments and reasonable travel time.

Any time a student misses school and visits his/her doctor, dentist, etc, a note from the doctor should be sent to the teacher. Please make

appointments after school whenever possible. 4. Court summons/subpoena. 5. Student time out-of school not covered above. The Superintendent must evaluate for possible excused absence before the absence.

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An absence will be designated as unexcused if a student fails to follow the above procedures upon return to school An absence for any reason other than those listed above may be designated as unexcused, meaning that no credit will be given for assignments missed (except for the first two days of unexcused absence).

When a studentís absence exceeds three (3) days due to illness, a note from a medical professional should accompany the studentís return to school. If a student has an illness such as asthma that may require frequent absences, a note should be obtained from the medical profession explaining the medical condition and/or medical treatments that might require frequent absences.

Students who are absent from school on the day of a school sponsored activity will not be allowed to participate in that dayís activity. The superintendent will look at the studentís reason for being absent, attendance record, and discipline record to determine if special permission will be granted to the student to participate.

MAKE-UP WORK Ė Students with an excused absence will be given one day for a one day absence to complete make up work including tests. If an extended illness a student may have two days to complete make up work. A student will be required to take any make-up test on the day he/she returns to school if the test was scheduled prior to the absence.

Attendance is the responsibility of the student and parents. The schoolís responsibility is to keep parents informed and help to work out any problems the student may have with regular school attendance.

Students arriving late or leaving early must be checked in or signed out by the parent stating date, time and reason.

TARDIES Ė When students are tardy (after 8:00 a.m.), it creates a learning problem for the student who is tardy and for the other students in the classroom for the following reasons: (1) It is embarrassing for the student who is late, (2) the student who is tardy misses the instruction that has taken place before his/her arrival and (3) time is taken from the other students while the teacher re-teaches the missed instruction. When students enter the room after class starts, it creates a distraction and is not fair to the other students or teacher. AFTER THE THIRD UNEXCUSED TARDY, THE STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE UP TIME MISSED IN AN AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION AND WILL LOSE HIS OR HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE STATUS. Parents should be notified when the student has two unexcused tardies.

ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM

AR is a reading program designed to encourage students to read. The Board of Education, administration and staff strongly support the AR Program and encourage parents to encourage and stress reading to their children. The following is a short explanation of the AR program at Kelso C-7. Parents are encouraged to contact their childís teacher if there are questions about the program. The following paragraphs contain a short explanation of the program.

AR is ľ of the reading grade in grades 2-8. Students take a reading placement test in the fall to determine their AR level. After reviewing the test results, each studentís AR goal is determined by the reading/literature teacher. Students are given a minimum of 30 minutes per day at school to read AR and are encouraged to spend an additional 30 minutes per day at home.

After reading a book from the studentís reading level, the student takes a computer-generated test on the book. The student

must score 70% or better on the test to be awarded points toward his/her goal. After taking the test, the student gets a printout

showing the results. From this sheet which the student takes home for parent(s) signature, the student and/or parent can determine his/her progress toward achieving his/her AR goal for the quarter and for the year. This print-out also shows the average book level read, the average percent correct, points earned and number of test that were taken and passed. There are two parts to the AR grade. Each part counts 50% toward the ľ AR grade used in determining the quarter grade for reading/literature. These two parts are the average percent correct when taking the test and percent of goals reached. These two scores are added together and divided by 2 to get the AR portion of the grade. A student can earn extra points by exceeding his goal. The student may use up to 110% of their goal when averaging the goal percent with the performance percentage to obtain the AR grade.

As a general rule students will not be kept in at recess to meet their AR goal. It will be the responsibility of the student and parents to monitor the percent of goals achieved and the average correct when taking the test. This information is available

on the print out following each test. To help with the monitoring the following dates have been established:

 

1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter

Should have reached 25 % of goal by Aug. 31 Oct 26 Jan 18 March 20

Should have reached 50% of goal by Sept. 14 Nov. 9 Feb. 1 April 11

Should have reached 75% of goal by Sept. 28 Nov. 30 Feb. 15 April 25

Should have reached 100% of goal by Oct 12 Dec. 20 Feb. 29 May 12

The above dates may vary slightly due to snow days and other calendar changes.

Each quarter students who meet 100% of their goal and achieve 85% correct will be rewarded with a bowl of ice cream or an ice cream bar. Students who meet 100% of goal points and at least 85% correct all 4 quarter will receive an extra recess during the last full week of school.

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Hopefully your encouragement and the incentives will motivate your child to want to read and achieve. Again if you should have questions, please call for an appointment to discuss with your childís teacher.

BEVERAGES

NO SODA ALLOWED DURING LUNCH PERIODS.

 

BICYCLES/MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Bicycle riders should be mature enough to assume the responsibility for safety. Students may ride bicycles to and from school (with parent and guardian permission). Students may not use their bikes during school hours. Students should park their bicycles in the designated areas. It is advisable for the bicycle to be locked. C-7ís elementary students shall not park a motorized vehicle on school/parish property during school hours without permission of the District Superintendent and/or Parish Pastor.

BUILDING

The building will not be open until 7:30 a.m. At this time students should report to the cafeteria where they are to be seated until school begins. On May 8, 2006 the Kelso C-7 Elementary Building had the required three-year re-inspection of asbestos containing materials and assumed asbestos containing materials. Information about asbestos in the school is available in the Districtís Asbestos Management Plan and is available in the Superintendentís Office for review. The following were noted in

the last inspection: (1) No homogeneous areas of friable, assumed or known, asbestos containing materials were identified in

the school and (2) The homogenous areas of non friable, assumed or known asbestos containing materials have not become more friable since the 2003 re-inspection.

CALLING SCHOOL

 

Occasionally an emergency arises and you need to have information given to your child. You may call the office at 573-545-3357, and we will give your child the message. We would ask that you use this service only when ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. It isn't that we mind delivering the message, but to do so we often must leave the office vacant while the messages are being delivered and it requires a disruption to the class. School phones are not for student use, unless there is an emergency. Any student desiring to use the telephone must first secure permission from the superintendent. Student use of personal cellular telephones and other electronic devices such as personal lap top computers and/or personal I-pods at school shall not be permitted.

CAMPUS

Students will not be permitted to leave the campus once they arrive unless the office grants permission.

 

CIVIL EMERGENCIES

The school has adequate civil defense and severe weather facilities for the entire student body. Instructions for evacuation of buildings in case of fire or for assigned areas in case of severe weather have been given to all teachers. You are to follow their instructions explicitly. You are not to leave school, make loud noises, or do anything that may hinder or endanger the efficient dissemination of instructions.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL FOR NON-COMPLINACE WITH

IMMUNIZATION LAW

Missouri Law prohibits school attendance without proof of immunization as required by the Bureau of Immunization. Children in non-compliance will be excluded from school. Students must present immunization record to school and all immunizations must be up-to-date before being permitted to attend classes. To remain in school students "In Progress" must receive immunization as soon as they become due. Religious and medical exemptions will be allowed as per law with appropriate documentation

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Although we hope for the best, everyone realizes that early childhood is a time at which children are subject to many illnesses. The following list may help you to be alert to such possibilities and tells of the period during which such illnesses are contagious.

 

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PERIOD OF EXCLUSION INCUBATION

DISEASE FROM PERIODS (DAYS)

Chicken Pox For uncomplicated cases, excludes for six days Usually 13 days, but ranges after appearance of rash. If the case is mild with from 13 to 21 days.

only a few lesions and rapid healing, children

may return sooner if all lesions are crusted.

 

Impetigo Exclude until skin lesions are healed, or until Variable, usually 1 to 10 days

24 hours after medical treatment started.

Measles Exclusion during "cold" symptoms and until After 12 days from date of exposure to

five days after appearance of rash. to onset to fever usually14 days to appearance

of rash. Occasionally longer or shorter.

Mumps Exclusion for 9 days after swelling begins. From 12 to 15 days, most commonly 18 days.

Streptococcal Children should not return to school until Short, usually ranging 1 to 3 days

Sore Throat/ at least 24 hours after beginning antibiotic

Scarlet Fever treatment, and until they are without fever.

Prescribed treatment should be completed.

Pink Eye Until under adequate medical treatment Usually 24/72 hours

Scabies Excluded until the day after adequate 2 to 6 weeks in primary

treatment is completed infections, may recur in 1 to4 days.

Head Lice Exclusion until effective insecticiding of The "nits" hatch in a week and

scalp, skin, and clothing. Children may return reproduce 8/20 days after hatching.

To school after being treated with a

pediculocide and after delousing of

Personal items.

Mononucleosis Infected children may attend school From 4 to 6 weeks.

 

All above should be without fever 24 hours prior to returning to school.

 

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Alleged acts of unfairness or any decision made by school personnel, except as otherwise provided for under student suspension and expulsion, which students and/or parent/guardians believe to be unjust or in violation of pertinent policies of the board or individual school rules, may be appealed to the school principal or a designated representative.

The following steps are proper procedures to be followed by persons with questions or complaints regarding the operation of the school district:

Complaints of individual students should first be addressed to the teacher.

Unsettled matters from (a) above should be directed to the Superintendent.

If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, it should be brought to the Board of Education. Questions and comments submitted to the Secretary of the Board in letterform will be brought to the attention of the entire Board at a regularly scheduled or called meeting. If necessary, a Board hearing will be scheduled to resolve the complaint.

 

However, the decision of the Board shall be final except in case of complaints concerning the administration of Federal

Programs. In that case the complainant may go to the appropriate section of the Department of Elementary and Secondary

Education and from there to the United States Secretary of Education.

The Board of Education considers it the obligation of the professional staff of the district to field the questions of parents/guardians or the public. All persons are assured that they may utilize this procedure without reprisal.

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COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE FOR IMPROVING

AMERICAíS SCHOOLS ACT PROGRAMS

Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging a violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application by an LEA (Local Education Agency) in the administration of a program administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall file with the superintendent a written complaint containing the specific nature of the alleged violation, the time and place of the violation, and related details of the alleged violation.

The superintendent shall, within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the written complaint, investigate the allegation, meet with the complainant, take steps to resolve the complaint, and notify the state director of action taken.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the action taken by the LEA, a written notice stating the reasons for dissatisfaction shall be filed within fifteen (15) working days following resolution of the complaint by the LEA with the state director of the

program. The state director will initiate an investigation; determine the facts relating to the complaint, and issue notice of his

finding to the LEA and the complainant. If the findings support action taken by the LEA, such action will be confirmed. If the findings support the allegations of the complainant, the LEA will be directed to take corrective action. Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging improper administration of a state or federal program by an LEA, but not involving a

violation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application, shall file a written statement of the allegations with the superintendent of school. If the LEA is unable to satisfactorily resolve the complaint within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the written statement, the complainant may request the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to investigate the allegations and recommend corrective action, if it is deemed appropriate. The contact person to receive the complaints is:

 

William R. Rogers

1016 State Hwy A

Benton, MO 63736

Telephone: 573-545-3357

EARLY DISMISSAL

 

Occasionally school will be dismissed early. When these early dismissals are planned in advance, we will send notes home informing you of the time of dismissals. In some cases, usually the result of inclement weather, we may have to dismiss school early without it being possible to inform you in advance. We strongly encourage you to discuss this with your child and have a plan worked out with your child as to where he or she should go in these instances. Early dismissal will be announced on the radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or the television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY CANCELLATION

In the event school is canceled due to weather or other emergencies, an announcement will be made on radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Should an emergency situation occur at the time school is to be dismissed, we will delay the dismissal of school until the situation subsides. We would notify the radio and television stations of the delay in dismissal and ask for immediate broadcast.

EXTRA CREDIT

Teacher discretion shall be used in assigning extra credit work. Extra credit when available will be available to all students. The extra credit when assigned must be related and relevant to course content of the subject. No more than 10% of a course grade may from extra credit.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students must maintain a minimum "C" average with no Fís to participate in any extra curricular school activities. A student in detention or is suspended will not be permitted to participate in extra curricular activities or practice for an activity. A grade of unsatisfactory in class where letter grades are not used will be considered an F when determining eligibility for extra curricular activities. Grades for

determining eligibility will be figured at each mid quarter and at the end of each quarter. Students who are ineligible due to grades must sit out for two weeks. The player would be eligible to play if the average is "C" or above after the two week suspension.

Grades during the fourth quarter determine eligibility for the first two full weeks of volleyball in the fall. If a student misses school the day of an activity, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the activity that night. This rule also applies to weekend games. A student must attend the afternoon of the last school day before a weekend activity to participate in that weekendís activity. The Superintendent may make exceptions of this rule on an individual basis. Students are expected to be in attendance the morning following an activity.

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A physical exam is required to be on file before practicing and/or competing in a team sport. All those participating in school sports must have some type of health/accident insurance. No insuranceóno participation or membership on school team.

Extra curricular activities include:

BETA Club *B average with no grade lower than a C. Only 1 C is permitted.

Student Council Boyís Basketball Girlís Basketball

Cheerleading Coed Volleyball Mascot

Band and choir are not listed above because they receive letter grades for their efforts. Since band and choir are not required subjects if a student fails to maintain grades required for the above extra curricular participation for two consecutive grade checks, he/she will be dropped from band and/or choir until the following semester.

 

FIELD TRIPS

The board believes that field trips and activity trips often enhance the program of instruction and add to the education of a student. Trips may be authorized when the activities contribute substantially to the achievement of desirable educational goals.

All field trips should be planned with an educational purpose and in regard to a unit of study. To be educationally beneficial, a field trip requires thoughtful selection, careful advance preparation of the class, and opportunities for pupils to assimilate the experience during and at the conclusion of the trip. There will be a maximum of two field trips per grade a year. All parents of students who are eligible to participate in the field trip shall be notified of the activity. Permission slips must be signed and returned to the school to participate. If eligible students are not to participate in the activity due to parental wishes, notice from the parent must be sent to the sponsor of the activity.

FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students with disabilities including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the childís third birthday through age twenty (20), regardless of the childís disability. Disabilities include: learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders/emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health impaired, multiple disabilities, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education, and traumatic brain injury.

The public school assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouriís First Steps Program. Early intervention services will be available for all eligible children.

All public schools are required to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children. Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their children. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Upon request, the Kelso C-7 School District may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student intends to enroll. Directory information from the education record may also be released. Directory information includes the following data: Name, address and telephone, date and place of birth, major field of study, official activities, dates of attendance ("from and to" dates of enrollment), height and weight for sports, degrees and honors received, most recent previous education institution, and photograph. Parents can, however, retain the right to consent to the disclosure of directory information. Parents who wish to retain this right to consent must so advise the school.

The public school has developed a Local Compliance Plan for implementation of Special Education and this Plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. The Local Compliance Plan is a written narrative, which describes the districtís plan for compliance with the requirements for identifying and serving all students with disabilities. Included in this plan are the policies and procedures which the district must follow regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable information. The Plan also describes the assurances that services are provided in compliance with the requirement of 34 CFR 76.301 of the General Education Provision.

Public schools in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district.

This census is compiled as of May 1 each year. This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri

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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Information to be collected includes: name of each child, parent/legal

guardianís name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each childís disability or suspected disability. Should the district fail to

submit an annual census, the State Board of Education may withhold state aid until the census is submitted. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact your school district. This notice can be provided in languages necessary for parental understanding. In the Kelso C-7 School District contact:

 

Mr. William R. Rogers

1016 State Highway A

Benton, Missouri 63736

Phone 573-545-3357

GRADING SCALE

The current grading scale used in the regular classroom is as follows:

A 100 - 97 B 91 - 88 C 83 Ė 75 D 70 - 67

A- 96 - 94 B- 87 Ė 86 C- 74 Ė 73 D- 66 - 65

B+ 93 - 92 C+ 85 Ė 84 D+ 72 Ė 71 F 64 - 0

Those children who participate in our Learning Disabilities program may be placed on the following modified grading scale:

A 100 - 95 B 85 Ė 84 C 75 Ė 74 D 65 - 64

A- 94 - 90 B- 83 Ė 80 C- 73 Ė 70 D- 63 Ė 60

B+ 89 - 86 C+ 79 Ė 76 D+ 69 Ė 66 F 59 - 0

The Board and administration recommend that the studentís work and/or report be sent home in weekly folder. If the studentís behavior is a problem, the weekly report should include this information. The report should be acknowledged by a parent/guardian signature on the report before being returned to the teacher on the next school day.

HONOR ROLL

Students in all grades may make the A or B Honor Roll each quarter. In order to qualify, a student must maintain an A- average or above to make the A Honor Roll and maintain a B- average or above to make the B Honor Roll. No student qualifies for the Honor Roll with a grade below a C or a grade of unsatisfactory in a class where letter grades are not used.

The Honor Roll is determined by using an eleven point system using the following classes: Literature/reading, math, English, spelling, vocabulary, science and social studies.

A 11 B 8 C 5 D 2

A- 10 B- 7 C- 4 D- 1

B+ 9 C+ 6 D+ 3

Students who make straight A's will be noted with an * by their name each quarter they make straight A's.

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

 

The salutatorian and valedictorian grade point averages for the 8th grade graduation are figured on grades earned in grades 6, 7, and 8 (6 semesters). The point values for grades are the same as those used for figuring honor roll. If there is a tie grades from the 5th grade will be used. If a tie still exists co-valedictorian awards will be awarded. If a co-valedictorian award is given the salutatorian award would be given to the next highest grade point average.

KNIVES

Students are not to bring to school or to have in their possession at school on the school bus any kind of knife. Students who do so will have them confiscated and receive punishment as listed under weapons in the discipline section of this Handbook.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS

Library books may be checked out for 2 weeks. Books are to be returned within this two-week period. Books may be re-newed for a second 2 weeks period providing no one is waiting for its return. No more than 3 books may be checked out to a student at any one time. The librarian will make a listing and provide information to students, parents and Superintendent at the end of each nine-week grading period of all books that are over due. Students are expected to turn in books immediately or to pay for books that are out for over 4 weeks.

 

LOST AND FOUND

At the end of every year there will be two or three trash bags full of unclaimed clothing. It is strongly recommended that studentís name be

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placed on all coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, etc. to help us in returning lost articles to students.

LUNCH ORDER

1) Kindergarten 3) Second Grade 5) Fifth Grade 7) Seventh Grade

2) First Grade 4) Third/Fourth Grades 6) Sixth Grade 8) Eighth Grade

LUNCH PROGRAM

Lunch fees shall be as follows: Lunch

Grades K - 4-----------------------------------------$1.30 per day

Grade 5 - 8-------------------------------------------$1.40 per day

Adults ------------------------------------------------$1.80 per day

Reduced Price ---------------------------------------$0.40 per day

Extra Milk--------------------------------------------$0.25 per carton

Students may pay weekly or monthly. School lunches shall not be charged for more than twenty (20) days. The Superintendent must approve lunch charges beyond 20 days. There should be no sharing of food from one studentís tray to another. It is the policy of this school district to serve free meals or reduced price meals to families where income is at or below the guidelines as set forth by the State Department of Education. Completed forms must be returned to school office.

NO SODAS MAY BE BROUGHT WITH LUNCH.

MEDICATION

The administration of medication at school is discouraged. Most medication schedules can be arranged so that medicine can be given at home. Children requiring medication during school hours will abide by the following guidelines:

1. Only prescription medication will be administered at school. Over-the-counter or sample medication must be

accompanied by orders from a parent or guardian.

2. Medication should be delivered to school by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult, in the container in

which it was purchased (dispensed).

3. A separate supply of medication must be kept at school. Medication will not be transported between home and school on

a daily or weekly basis.

4. Prescription medication must indicate the student's name, name of medication, physician's name, dosage (amount), and

time (frequency) on the label.

5. If the medication requires equipment for administration - cup, spoon, etc, the parent/guardian is responsible for supplying

the articles, labeled with student's name.

6. New parental/guardian authorization forms will be requested periodically.

7. When medication is discontinued or at the end of the school year, medication not taken home by the parent or guardian

will be destroyed.

All medicine must be stored and dispensed at the office or nurseís office.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT / PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know. Upon request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:

Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.

Information on the achievement level of the parentís child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and

Timely notice that the parentís child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX, the following notification is made:

Students, their parents, and employees of the Kelso C-7 School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and

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activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Kelso C-7 School District is to contact the Superintendent, Kelso C-7 School District, 1016 State Highway A, Benton, Missouri, telephone number 573-545-3357, who has been designated by Kelso C-7 School District to coordinate the school districtís efforts to comply with Title IX and Section 504.

 

RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of aged ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the studentís education records. These rights are:

The right to inspect and review the studentís education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for

access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The rights to request the amendment of the studentís education records that the parent or eligible student believes are

Inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the studentís privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write the school superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.. 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 then of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentís education records,

except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 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 service instead of using its own employees or officials (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 or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student

Seeks or intends to enroll.

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

comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5920

RIGHTS UNDER PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) requires the Kelso C-7 School District to notify you and obtain consent or

allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas ("protected information surveys"):

 

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or studentís parents;

Mental or psychological problems of the student or studentís family;

Sex behavior or attitudes;

Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or

Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes ("marketing surveys"), and certain physical exams and screenings. The Kelso C-7 School District will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the

administration of the survey and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, as

well as an opportunity to review the surveys. The rights under PPRA transfer from parents to any student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. Ė10-

PARTIES

Invitations for non-school parties passed out at school should include whole class or same gender. Treats brought to school for celebration of birthdays should be store purchased and meet the wellness policy guidelines. The District strongly encourages the distribution of nutrient

dense foods. Nutrient dense foods are those that provide students with calories rich in the nutrient content needed to be healthy. The distribution of food and/or candy should meet the following guidelines:

Food distributed should have

No more than 35% of total calories derived from fat

No more than 10% of calories derived from saturated fat

Nuts and seeds with no more than 3 grams of added fat per 1.75 ounces less package size are exempt from the 2 standards above because they are nutrient dense and contain high level of monounsaturated fat.

Candy distributed

Should not have sugar (including brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, fructose, glucose (dextrose), high fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, table sugar (sucrose), and syrup listed as one of the first two ingredients.

Sugar should not be more than 35% of the item by weight.

PERMISSION TO TAKE CHILDREN

All parents/guardians desiring to take children from school before the end of the day should report to the office to sign out their child. Office personnel will get this child and bring him/her to the office, as this is much less distracting for the teachers and students. If someone else is going to pick up your child from school a note giving them permission is preferred, but in case of an emergency, a telephone call will be acceptable.

PROMOTION/RETENTION STUDENTS

The Board of Education, administration and staff of the Kelso C-7 School District are dedicated to the progressive and maximum educational development of each student. District personnel have a responsibility to place pupils at a level that will ensure suitable growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Pupils normally progress from task-to-task and level to level determined by individual diagnosis, prescription, and teaching. Pupil retention will be considered as an educational tool after all regular and special services have been employed to help the child establish a base for further learning.

The retention of pupils will be considered on the basis of the studentís best interest. Each case will be decided on its own merits. The primary factor to be considered when deciding whether a student should be retained is academic achievement. However, other factors such as social and emotional maturity, educational history, age, physical size, attitudes, school attendance, etc., must also be reviewed carefully.

Teachers in grades 3-6 will review studentsí reading levels during the first quarter of school and notify parents if students are more than one grade level below their grade placement. A variety of methods will be used to determine reading level, including but not limited to Terra Nova and MAP results, STAR tests, running records, informal reading inventories, and grades in grade-level reading programs.

 

Students in grade 3 who are reading below grade 2, students in grade 4 who are reading below grade 3, and students in grade 5 who are reading below grade 4 will have a RIP, Reading Improvement Plan, developed for them. Each local district determines the content of the RIP. But the Plan must include, at a minimum, 30 hours of additional reading instruction or practice outside the regular school day. Students in grade 6 who are reading below grade 5 will be encouraged to attend summer school. Students in grades 3-6 will be reassessed within 45 days of the end of the school year to determine their reading status. Students reading one or more grade level below grade level may be required to attend summer school. Students ending the 4th grade and reading below the third grade level will be required to attend summer school. They will be reassessed again at the end of summer school or within two weeks of schools starting in the fall of 2003 and each fall thereafter. If they are still below grade 3, they must repeat the 4th grade.

During the fourth quarter, teachers will again review the reading scores of students at risk of retention because of reading levels. The teacher will notify parents in writing if their child has not met the reading standard of Senate Bill 319 and a parent conference will be requested. At that conference, two options will be outlined. The first option will be retention in the current grade. The decision to choose that option shall be made cooperatively with the parents, administration and teachers. The second option will be promotion with the understanding that the child participates in summer school at a neighboring district for a minimum of 40 hours.

 

Students who due to attendance and/or academic performance do no meet the standards for promotion may receive a social promotion or promotion pending status. Students who receive a social promotion may not participate in the graduation ceremony but will be permitted

to go on to the 9th grade. Students who lack only a few requirements may be given a promotion pending status and be permitted to participate in the ceremony but the diploma and promotion approval will be withheld until the successful completion of summer school.

The superintendent upon the recommendation of the teacher and/or parent and consultation with other personnel will make the final decision concerning the student for the ensuing year. The recommendation to parents that their child be retained will occur only after a very thorough

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and complete professional analysis has been completed. Because retention must be based on the firm commitment that it would benefit the child, the recommendation will be a team decision using the combined knowledge of all professionals working with the student. The staff should be aware of the research of the retention issue and board policy.

GUIDELINES FOR RETENTION

Children will normally be retained no more than once during their elementary school career.

Except under unusual circumstances, retention when found advisable should occur during the first five grades, K-4.

A staffing must be held to review the data prior to discussion with the parent. The following must be included in the staffing: superintendent, classroom teacher, specialist (e.g., Title I or resource room teacher), and the counselor.

Appropriate assessment data (e.g., a measure of intellectual ability and/or current academic achievement, teacher, counselor, and/or principal observations must be collected prior to the staffing).

In making the decision to retain a student, reading level should be one of the conditions considered in the decision. Both formal and informal methods of assessment shall be used in determining individual reading achievement.

Parents should agree to the retention. While we will strive to gain parent approval and support, the school board position and policy is very clear in that the school district makes the final decision.

RADIOS

Radios, CD players, and walkmanís of any type will not be permitted at school unless prior approval.

SCHOOL DRESS

Students in the Kelso C-7 School District are expected to dress and groom in a manner that will not discredit the school or create a distraction from the educational environment by drawing undue attention to their appearance. Students will not be allowed to wear any clothing, caps, hats, and buttons, badges or tattoos that advertise products inappropriate for our K-8

students. No clothing may be worn which promotes or glamorizes violence, profanity, or activities that could negatively affect

the positive learning environment are prohibited. Clothing that compromises student safety, such as unreasonable large

clothing or other garments that could conceal weaponry, is forbidden. The dress code applies to school activities as well as the regular school day.

Hair shall be kept clean and neat and not draw attention.

Students will be allowed to wear shorts during warm weather. No spandex shorts will be allowed. Shorts worn to school

are not to be TOO SHORT as to draw undue attention. A good guide is that shorts should extend to the end of the

middle finger when hands are held at the side.

No fish net, tank tops, or undergarments not sufficiently covered by other clothing shall be allowed as school dress.

The opening in tank tops is too large if the body torso can be seen through the opening.

Any type of clothing, dress, hairstyle, emblems or tattoos on a person that could be affiliated with gangs or gang activity will not be allowed.

Clothing that exposes midriffs/navel will be deemed inappropriate.

No hats or other headgear will be worn inside the buildings except by special permission from the Superintendent.

Wallet chains are prohibited.

Earring/studs may not be worn on any visible body area besides the ear.

Students may not wear any clothing, caps, hats and badges, buttons or tattoos that advertise tobacco products, alcohol related products, or other products clearly inappropriate for K-8 student use.

Clothing with sexual and/or vulgar messages is prohibited.

All other clothing or attire which discredits the school, interferes with the educational environment, promotes violence or compromises student safety is prohibited.

SCHOOL HOURS

The state requires school to be in session 174 days. The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and dismisses at 3:15 for non-bus students and 3:20 for bus students.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to foster student responsibility, respect for the rights of others, and to ensure the orderly operation of district schools. No code can be expected to list each and every offense which may result in the use of disciplinary action. However, it is the purpose of this code to list certain offenses which, if committed by a student, will result in the imposition of a certain disciplinary action. Any conduct not included herein, or an aggravated circumstance of any offense or an action involving a combination of offenses may result in disciplinary consequences that extend beyond this code of conduct as determined by the principal, superintendent and/or Board of Education.

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1. Arson - Starting a fire or causing an explosion with the intention to damage property or buildings.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials, and documentation in student's discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

 

2. Assault

Attempting to cause injury to another person; intentionally placing a person

in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, notice to law

enforcement officials and documentation in the studentís discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: 11 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

Attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury to another

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

3. Misconduct: - Any offense committed by a student on a district-owned or contracted bus shall be punished in

the same manner as if the offense had been committed at the studentís assigned school. In addition, bus-riding

privileges may be suspended or revoked.

4. Disparaging or Demeaning Language Ė Use of words or actions, verbal, written or symbolic meant to harass or

injure another person; i.e., threats of violence or defamation of a personís race, religion, gender or ethnic origin.

Constitutionally protected speech will not be punished.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

5. Disrespectful Conduct or Speech Ė Disrespectful verbal, written or symbolic language or gesture which is inappropriate

to public settings directed at a staff member.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

Disruptive Speech or Conduct Ė Conduct or verbal, written or symbolic language, which materially and substantially

disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

7. Drugs/Alcohol

A. Possession of or attendance under the influence of any unauthorized prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic

substance, counterfeit drugs or drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension, notification to law enforcement officials, and

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documentation in studentís discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

B. Sale, purchase or distribution of any prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, counterfeit drugs and/or

drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

8. Extortion Ė Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

9. False Alarms Ė Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record*.

10. Fighting Ė Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

 

11. Public Display of Affection - Physical contact which is inappropriate for the school setting.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record.*

12. Sexual Harassment (Board Policy)

Use of verbal, written or symbolic language that is sexually harassing.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

 

b. Physical contact that is sexually harassing.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

13. Theft, attempted theft or willful possession of stolen property

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First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, possible notification to law

Enforcement officials, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification of law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

Tobacco

a. Possession of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference or in-school suspension.

 

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

 

b. Use of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-3 days out-of-school suspension

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

 

Truancy--Absence from school without the knowledge and consent of parents/guardian and/or the

school administration.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference or 1-3 days in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: 3-10 days in-school suspension.

 

VandalismóWillful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging

to the school, staff, or students.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, possible

 

notification to law enforcement officials, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

 

Weapons (see Board policy)

Possession or use of any instrument or device, other than those defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or 571.010,RSMo which is customarily used for attack or defense against another person; any instrument or device used to inflict

physical injury to another person.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record*.

 

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

Possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or any instrument or device defined in 571.010,

RSMo.

 

First Offense: One calendar year suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student discipline record.

*Any offense which constitutes a "serious violation of the district's discipline policy" as defined in Board policy will be documented in the student's discipline record.

STUDENT ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

The Board recognizes its share of responsibility for the health, welfare, and safety of the students who attend the Kelso C-7 School District.

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Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, possession or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is prohibited on any school property, on any school-owned vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; or off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

The Board of Education shall provide free public education to all students who are residents of the school district and who are between the ages of five and twenty-one. To be admitted to kindergarten in the Kelso C-7 School District, a child must be five (5) years old before August 1.

STUDENT DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

All students will be afforded due process as guaranteed by constitutional provisions. The process will be in accordance with state law, as well as with the provisions outlined in the Board's policies and regulations on student suspension and student expulsion.

SUSPENSIONS

When students are out of class due to a suspension, they shall be given the opportunity to do all schoolwork so that their education is not disrupted but the grades are not recorded. If the work is not completed the work is recorded as a zero when averaging grades. Any student who must serve a detention may not practice or attend an extra curricular activity.

 

TEXTBOOKS

The textbooks are checked out to the students without textbook fees. The student is responsible for taking the proper book to class each day. The student is also held responsible for reasonable care of all materials furnished him/her by the School District. Charges will be levied when materials or equipment are abused or lost. Fines will be assessed for damage, defacement, or loss of textbooks. Reasonable wear is expected.

TOBACCO

Use of or possession of tobacco products on school property is prohibited. Violation of this rule may result in suspension from school.

Students are not to bring tobacco or tobacco products to school. This includes chewing tobacco and all other types of tobacco products.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus drivers have been instructed by the Board of Education not to permit students to get off the bus on the way to or from school without parent's permission. The privilege of riding a school bus is dependent upon good behavior. While using these services, the students are subject to the supervision of the operator of the bus.

BUS CHANGES: Students should bring a written note from their parents/guardian when they are to ride a different bus or the parent plans to pick the child up from school. Students coming to school with only a verbal message many times become

confused about where they are to go after school. Therefore, we insist on a written note if your child is to be picked up after school or must ride a different bus or get off at a different stop. Please address the note to your child's teacher.

 

RULES AND SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR PUPILS RIDING

SCHOOL BUSES

1. The driver is in charge of the pupils and the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly.

2. All students may have assigned seats.

3. Classroom conduct is to be observed by all pupils while riding in the bus, except for ordinary conversation.

4. Students must be on time. The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule.

5. Students must remain seated and facing the front until their own bus stop is reached, and the bus has come to a full stop.

Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

7. Students must not at any time extend arms or head out of the bus windows or throw objects from the bus.

8. Eating on a bus is not allowed. No paper or other trash is to be left on the bus or thrown on floor.

9. Students riding on any but their assigned bus must bring a signed note from home and have it signed by the principal of

their school.

10. Students cannot get off the bus at any but their assigned bus stops without permission from parents and the principal of

their school. Once a student enters a bus at his regular stop, he will not be discharged for any purpose until he reaches

school.

11. Profanity, fighting or scuffling, and smoking will not be tolerated.

No animals-dead or alive - will be allowed on the bus.

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13. No glass container will be allowed on the bus.

14. Pupils who must cross the road after leaving the bus shall cross in front of the bus and only upon a signal given by the

driver.

Disorderliness on the school bus will distract the driver's attention from his driving and become a safety hazard for the whole bus; therefore, if a pupil cannot comply with the regulations, he/she may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Violations for which a pupil is subject to immediate suspension from the bus are:

1. Smoking, lighting matches, or throwing fireworks in or at the bus.

2. Having water guns, knives, or sharp blades on the bus.

3. Using foul or abusive language.

4. Damaging the bus, such as cutting seats, etc. Students will be responsible for reimbursing the school for the cost of

repairing these types of damages.

5. Fighting on the bus.

 

When waiting for the bus, parents should

Designate a place, several feet away from the road, for your child to wait for the bus.

Insist that there be no play at the bus stop. This always presents the possibility of a child running into the path of a car or being injured at the bus stop.

VISITING SCHOOL

ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STAR Students

Leaders for the Future

The STAR Students program works to motivate students who achieve good behavior, personal accountability, and academic responsibility while recognizing those who excel in all three areas. To become a STAR Student, he or she must meet the following requirements:

No more than 1 Dog Ate-It Form

No failing or unsatisfactory grades

No disciplinary notes from Mr. Rogers

No more than one disciplinary notes from any teacher

Have at least a 95% attendance at the end of each semester Ė Exceptions would need a majority vote of a 5 member committee of 4 teachers and the administration.

Must meet 100% of AR goal with an 85% correct average

*Exceptions will be made by a 5 member committee made up of 4 teachers and the administrator.

Rewards will be given to STAR Students each quarter. Some examples are:

Extra recess

Movie/treat party

Free homework pass

Ice Cream

Pizza Party

Game hour

Each quarter STAR Students will have their picture made for the school yearbook and local newspapers.

Students who earn STAR achievement status all 4 academic quarters will earn a ticket to attend the Superstar Tasks for an All-day Reward at the end of the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

RETURN PAGE

2008-2009

 

The Student/Parent Handbook is not an all-conclusive set of rules, but rather a guide to help make your education worthwhile and thus your school a better school. It is recommended that you read and study the following carefully, as you are expected to be acquainted with the information herein. By reading this handbook students and parents will be familiar with what is expected of students attending Kelso C-7.

I have reviewed a copy of the 2008-2009 Student/Parent Handbook:

Have heard an explanation of the Student/Parent Handbook.

Have had the opportunity to ask questions concerning the Handbook.

Have shared this information with my parents/guardians.

 

Please sign and return this sheet to your homeroom teacher

 

Student Name:_________________________________________________________________________

Please Print

Student Signature________________________________________________ _____________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the opportunity to read and discuss the Student/Parent Handbook with my child.

 

 

Parent Signature________________________________________________ ______________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY/SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION

A philosophy of education is the foundation on which a school district is built, and upon which the product of the school program is evaluated. The philosophy herein subscribed to by the Board of Education shall be a guide in determining the policies, rules, regulations of the school district. Recognizing each student as a unique individual, we believe that education should provide an opportunity for the maximum development of each individual within the limitations of his or her capacities. Through education, it is possible for the individual to discover and endeavor to achieve to the limits of his or her capacities.

We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his or her worth as an individual and should lead him or her toward becoming a productive member of society. Strong emphasis must be placed upon democratic values which are important for an effective and satisfying personal and social life.

We believe that the role of the teacher in the educational process is to provide opportunities for the individual to achieve at the maximum level of capacity, to create a learning situation in which individual motivation for learning is the stimulus for achievement, and to promote through teaching and example the principles of the democratic way of life.

We believe that parents/guardians have definite responsibilities in education. They need to have a basic confidence in the school, and they need to impart this confidence to the students. The parents/guardians may do this by cooperating to the fullest with the schools, by encouraging the student to give his or her best efforts to the daily school responsibilities, and by participating in school activities.

We believe that the student must have responsibilities in the educational program of the community. The most important of these is attitude. The student is obligated to come with an open mind, equipped with all the necessary materials, ready to fulfill the responsibilities in the learning process. The basic attitude should be that the school is an institution of opportunity, staffed with trained personnel to help the student become a contributing member of society.

We believe that the foundation of the district's educational program is based on the development of competencies in the basic fundamentals of reading, oral and written communication and mathematics.

It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Kelso C-7 School District to provide an educational environment for children of the district, which will foster and accelerate their intellectual, physical, social and career development.

ABSENCES/TARDIES

Missouri statutes required regular school attendance of children between the ages of six and sixteen. Each teacher will keep a daily report of absentees. The report should be sent to the office daily.

It is important that every student learn the value of regular attendance in school. Absences from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process, not only for the individualís student absent himself/herself, but the entire class. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost with each absence and cannot be entirely regained. Consequently, most students who miss school frequently experience difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of schooling. The entire process of education requires regular classroom attendance, participation, and study in order to attain the maximum educational benefits for each child. Absenteeism is an interruption of the learning process. The more absences a student accumulates the less he or she can be expected to adequately participate in and understand classroom activities.

When a student must be absent from school, the following procedures must be followed: For safety reasons, a phone call from a parent/guardian is expected before 9:00 a.m. on the day the absence occurs, unless the office staff has prior knowledge of the absence. Following an absence the student must present a written note from his/her parent (even if the parent checked the student out prior to the absence) to the homeroom teacher. The note shall contain the date(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent. Itís the studentís responsibility to give the note to the teacher during roll call. Failure to present the note to the teacher within two days, or presenting a note with false information will result in the absence being designated as unexcused. When a student is out sick for more than three (3) days a note from a medical professional is requested. The note should specify if/when the student may return to school.

In order to be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student must be present a minimum of 95% (absent no more than 5 days) of the scheduled attendance days per semester. If the student exceeds the five (5) day limit, the parent will be advised by letter. At that time, the parent(s) may request an appeal for extenuating circumstances to be considered by the superintendent, counselor and classroom teacher(s). No more than two (2) of the 10 days for the year may be unexcused.

The following will be considered excused absences: 1. Absences due to personal illness (five notes from a parent will be accepted per semester for absences of three days or less. After the fifth absence (any length of time) a note from a doctor will be required. 2. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member, (parent, grandparent, sibling). 3. Medical appointments and reasonable travel time.

Any time a student misses school and visits his/her doctor, dentist, etc, a note from the doctor should be sent to the teacher. Please make

appointments after school whenever possible. 4. Court summons/subpoena. 5. Student time out-of school not covered above. The Superintendent must evaluate for possible excused absence before the absence.

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An absence will be designated as unexcused if a student fails to follow the above procedures upon return to school An absence for any reason other than those listed above may be designated as unexcused, meaning that no credit will be given for assignments missed (except for the first two days of unexcused absence).

When a studentís absence exceeds three (3) days due to illness, a note from a medical professional should accompany the studentís return to school. If a student has an illness such as asthma that may require frequent absences, a note should be obtained from the medical profession explaining the medical condition and/or medical treatments that might require frequent absences.

Students who are absent from school on the day of a school sponsored activity will not be allowed to participate in that dayís activity. The superintendent will look at the studentís reason for being absent, attendance record, and discipline record to determine if special permission will be granted to the student to participate.

MAKE-UP WORK Ė Students with an excused absence will be given one day for a one day absence to complete make up work including tests. If an extended illness a student may have two days to complete make up work. A student will be required to take any make-up test on the day he/she returns to school if the test was scheduled prior to the absence.

Attendance is the responsibility of the student and parents. The schoolís responsibility is to keep parents informed and help to work out any problems the student may have with regular school attendance.

Students arriving late or leaving early must be checked in or signed out by the parent stating date, time and reason.

TARDIES Ė When students are tardy (after 8:00 a.m.), it creates a learning problem for the student who is tardy and for the other students in the classroom for the following reasons: (1) It is embarrassing for the student who is late, (2) the student who is tardy misses the instruction that has taken place before his/her arrival and (3) time is taken from the other students while the teacher re-teaches the missed instruction. When students enter the room after class starts, it creates a distraction and is not fair to the other students or teacher. AFTER THE THIRD UNEXCUSED TARDY, THE STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE UP TIME MISSED IN AN AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION AND WILL LOSE HIS OR HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE STATUS. Parents should be notified when the student has two unexcused tardies.

ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM

AR is a reading program designed to encourage students to read. The Board of Education, administration and staff strongly support the AR Program and encourage parents to encourage and stress reading to their children. The following is a short explanation of the AR program at Kelso C-7. Parents are encouraged to contact their childís teacher if there are questions about the program. The following paragraphs contain a short explanation of the program.

AR is ľ of the reading grade in grades 2-8. Students take a reading placement test in the fall to determine their AR level. After reviewing the test results, each studentís AR goal is determined by the reading/literature teacher. Students are given a minimum of 30 minutes per day at school to read AR and are encouraged to spend an additional 30 minutes per day at home.

After reading a book from the studentís reading level, the student takes a computer-generated test on the book. The student

must score 70% or better on the test to be awarded points toward his/her goal. After taking the test, the student gets a printout

showing the results. From this sheet which the student takes home for parent(s) signature, the student and/or parent can determine his/her progress toward achieving his/her AR goal for the quarter and for the year. This print-out also shows the average book level read, the average percent correct, points earned and number of test that were taken and passed. There are two parts to the AR grade. Each part counts 50% toward the ľ AR grade used in determining the quarter grade for reading/literature. These two parts are the average percent correct when taking the test and percent of goals reached. These two scores are added together and divided by 2 to get the AR portion of the grade. A student can earn extra points by exceeding his goal. The student may use up to 110% of their goal when averaging the goal percent with the performance percentage to obtain the AR grade.

As a general rule students will not be kept in at recess to meet their AR goal. It will be the responsibility of the student and parents to monitor the percent of goals achieved and the average correct when taking the test. This information is available

on the print out following each test. To help with the monitoring the following dates have been established:

 

1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter

Should have reached 25 % of goal by Aug. 31 Oct 26 Jan 18 March 20

Should have reached 50% of goal by Sept. 14 Nov. 9 Feb. 1 April 11

Should have reached 75% of goal by Sept. 28 Nov. 30 Feb. 15 April 25

Should have reached 100% of goal by Oct 12 Dec. 20 Feb. 29 May 12

The above dates may vary slightly due to snow days and other calendar changes.

Each quarter students who meet 100% of their goal and achieve 85% correct will be rewarded with a bowl of ice cream or an ice cream bar. Students who meet 100% of goal points and at least 85% correct all 4 quarter will receive an extra recess during the last full week of school.

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Hopefully your encouragement and the incentives will motivate your child to want to read and achieve. Again if you should have questions, please call for an appointment to discuss with your childís teacher.

BEVERAGES

NO SODA ALLOWED DURING LUNCH PERIODS.

 

BICYCLES/MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Bicycle riders should be mature enough to assume the responsibility for safety. Students may ride bicycles to and from school (with parent and guardian permission). Students may not use their bikes during school hours. Students should park their bicycles in the designated areas. It is advisable for the bicycle to be locked. C-7ís elementary students shall not park a motorized vehicle on school/parish property during school hours without permission of the District Superintendent and/or Parish Pastor.

BUILDING

The building will not be open until 7:30 a.m. At this time students should report to the cafeteria where they are to be seated until school begins. On May 8, 2006 the Kelso C-7 Elementary Building had the required three-year re-inspection of asbestos containing materials and assumed asbestos containing materials. Information about asbestos in the school is available in the Districtís Asbestos Management Plan and is available in the Superintendentís Office for review. The following were noted in

the last inspection: (1) No homogeneous areas of friable, assumed or known, asbestos containing materials were identified in

the school and (2) The homogenous areas of non friable, assumed or known asbestos containing materials have not become more friable since the 2003 re-inspection.

CALLING SCHOOL

 

Occasionally an emergency arises and you need to have information given to your child. You may call the office at 573-545-3357, and we will give your child the message. We would ask that you use this service only when ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. It isn't that we mind delivering the message, but to do so we often must leave the office vacant while the messages are being delivered and it requires a disruption to the class. School phones are not for student use, unless there is an emergency. Any student desiring to use the telephone must first secure permission from the superintendent. Student use of personal cellular telephones and other electronic devices such as personal lap top computers and/or personal I-pods at school shall not be permitted.

CAMPUS

Students will not be permitted to leave the campus once they arrive unless the office grants permission.

 

CIVIL EMERGENCIES

The school has adequate civil defense and severe weather facilities for the entire student body. Instructions for evacuation of buildings in case of fire or for assigned areas in case of severe weather have been given to all teachers. You are to follow their instructions explicitly. You are not to leave school, make loud noises, or do anything that may hinder or endanger the efficient dissemination of instructions.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL FOR NON-COMPLINACE WITH

IMMUNIZATION LAW

Missouri Law prohibits school attendance without proof of immunization as required by the Bureau of Immunization. Children in non-compliance will be excluded from school. Students must present immunization record to school and all immunizations must be up-to-date before being permitted to attend classes. To remain in school students "In Progress" must receive immunization as soon as they become due. Religious and medical exemptions will be allowed as per law with appropriate documentation

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Although we hope for the best, everyone realizes that early childhood is a time at which children are subject to many illnesses. The following list may help you to be alert to such possibilities and tells of the period during which such illnesses are contagious.

 

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PERIOD OF EXCLUSION INCUBATION

DISEASE FROM PERIODS (DAYS)

Chicken Pox For uncomplicated cases, excludes for six days Usually 13 days, but ranges after appearance of rash. If the case is mild with from 13 to 21 days.

only a few lesions and rapid healing, children

may return sooner if all lesions are crusted.

 

Impetigo Exclude until skin lesions are healed, or until Variable, usually 1 to 10 days

24 hours after medical treatment started.

Measles Exclusion during "cold" symptoms and until After 12 days from date of exposure to

five days after appearance of rash. to onset to fever usually14 days to appearance

of rash. Occasionally longer or shorter.

Mumps Exclusion for 9 days after swelling begins. From 12 to 15 days, most commonly 18 days.

Streptococcal Children should not return to school until Short, usually ranging 1 to 3 days

Sore Throat/ at least 24 hours after beginning antibiotic

Scarlet Fever treatment, and until they are without fever.

Prescribed treatment should be completed.

Pink Eye Until under adequate medical treatment Usually 24/72 hours

Scabies Excluded until the day after adequate 2 to 6 weeks in primary

treatment is completed infections, may recur in 1 to4 days.

Head Lice Exclusion until effective insecticiding of The "nits" hatch in a week and

scalp, skin, and clothing. Children may return reproduce 8/20 days after hatching.

To school after being treated with a

pediculocide and after delousing of

Personal items.

Mononucleosis Infected children may attend school From 4 to 6 weeks.

 

All above should be without fever 24 hours prior to returning to school.

 

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Alleged acts of unfairness or any decision made by school personnel, except as otherwise provided for under student suspension and expulsion, which students and/or parent/guardians believe to be unjust or in violation of pertinent policies of the board or individual school rules, may be appealed to the school principal or a designated representative.

The following steps are proper procedures to be followed by persons with questions or complaints regarding the operation of the school district:

Complaints of individual students should first be addressed to the teacher.

Unsettled matters from (a) above should be directed to the Superintendent.

If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, it should be brought to the Board of Education. Questions and comments submitted to the Secretary of the Board in letterform will be brought to the attention of the entire Board at a regularly scheduled or called meeting. If necessary, a Board hearing will be scheduled to resolve the complaint.

 

However, the decision of the Board shall be final except in case of complaints concerning the administration of Federal

Programs. In that case the complainant may go to the appropriate section of the Department of Elementary and Secondary

Education and from there to the United States Secretary of Education.

The Board of Education considers it the obligation of the professional staff of the district to field the questions of parents/guardians or the public. All persons are assured that they may utilize this procedure without reprisal.

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COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE FOR IMPROVING

AMERICAíS SCHOOLS ACT PROGRAMS

Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging a violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application by an LEA (Local Education Agency) in the administration of a program administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall file with the superintendent a written complaint containing the specific nature of the alleged violation, the time and place of the violation, and related details of the alleged violation.

The superintendent shall, within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the written complaint, investigate the allegation, meet with the complainant, take steps to resolve the complaint, and notify the state director of action taken.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the action taken by the LEA, a written notice stating the reasons for dissatisfaction shall be filed within fifteen (15) working days following resolution of the complaint by the LEA with the state director of the

program. The state director will initiate an investigation; determine the facts relating to the complaint, and issue notice of his

finding to the LEA and the complainant. If the findings support action taken by the LEA, such action will be confirmed. If the findings support the allegations of the complainant, the LEA will be directed to take corrective action. Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging improper administration of a state or federal program by an LEA, but not involving a

violation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application, shall file a written statement of the allegations with the superintendent of school. If the LEA is unable to satisfactorily resolve the complaint within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the written statement, the complainant may request the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to investigate the allegations and recommend corrective action, if it is deemed appropriate. The contact person to receive the complaints is:

 

William R. Rogers

1016 State Hwy A

Benton, MO 63736

Telephone: 573-545-3357

EARLY DISMISSAL

 

Occasionally school will be dismissed early. When these early dismissals are planned in advance, we will send notes home informing you of the time of dismissals. In some cases, usually the result of inclement weather, we may have to dismiss school early without it being possible to inform you in advance. We strongly encourage you to discuss this with your child and have a plan worked out with your child as to where he or she should go in these instances. Early dismissal will be announced on the radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or the television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY CANCELLATION

In the event school is canceled due to weather or other emergencies, an announcement will be made on radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Should an emergency situation occur at the time school is to be dismissed, we will delay the dismissal of school until the situation subsides. We would notify the radio and television stations of the delay in dismissal and ask for immediate broadcast.

EXTRA CREDIT

Teacher discretion shall be used in assigning extra credit work. Extra credit when available will be available to all students. The extra credit when assigned must be related and relevant to course content of the subject. No more than 10% of a course grade may from extra credit.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students must maintain a minimum "C" average with no Fís to participate in any extra curricular school activities. A student in detention or is suspended will not be permitted to participate in extra curricular activities or practice for an activity. A grade of unsatisfactory in class where letter grades are not used will be considered an F when determining eligibility for extra curricular activities. Grades for

determining eligibility will be figured at each mid quarter and at the end of each quarter. Students who are ineligible due to grades must sit out for two weeks. The player would be eligible to play if the average is "C" or above after the two week suspension.

Grades during the fourth quarter determine eligibility for the first two full weeks of volleyball in the fall. If a student misses school the day of an activity, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the activity that night. This rule also applies to weekend games. A student must attend the afternoon of the last school day before a weekend activity to participate in that weekendís activity. The Superintendent may make exceptions of this rule on an individual basis. Students are expected to be in attendance the morning following an activity.

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A physical exam is required to be on file before practicing and/or competing in a team sport. All those participating in school sports must have some type of health/accident insurance. No insuranceóno participation or membership on school team.

Extra curricular activities include:

BETA Club *B average with no grade lower than a C. Only 1 C is permitted.

Student Council Boyís Basketball Girlís Basketball

Cheerleading Coed Volleyball Mascot

Band and choir are not listed above because they receive letter grades for their efforts. Since band and choir are not required subjects if a student fails to maintain grades required for the above extra curricular participation for two consecutive grade checks, he/she will be dropped from band and/or choir until the following semester.

 

FIELD TRIPS

The board believes that field trips and activity trips often enhance the program of instruction and add to the education of a student. Trips may be authorized when the activities contribute substantially to the achievement of desirable educational goals.

All field trips should be planned with an educational purpose and in regard to a unit of study. To be educationally beneficial, a field trip requires thoughtful selection, careful advance preparation of the class, and opportunities for pupils to assimilate the experience during and at the conclusion of the trip. There will be a maximum of two field trips per grade a year. All parents of students who are eligible to participate in the field trip shall be notified of the activity. Permission slips must be signed and returned to the school to participate. If eligible students are not to participate in the activity due to parental wishes, notice from the parent must be sent to the sponsor of the activity.

FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students with disabilities including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the childís third birthday through age twenty (20), regardless of the childís disability. Disabilities include: learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders/emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health impaired, multiple disabilities, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education, and traumatic brain injury.

The public school assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouriís First Steps Program. Early intervention services will be available for all eligible children.

All public schools are required to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children. Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their children. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Upon request, the Kelso C-7 School District may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student intends to enroll. Directory information from the education record may also be released. Directory information includes the following data: Name, address and telephone, date and place of birth, major field of study, official activities, dates of attendance ("from and to" dates of enrollment), height and weight for sports, degrees and honors received, most recent previous education institution, and photograph. Parents can, however, retain the right to consent to the disclosure of directory information. Parents who wish to retain this right to consent must so advise the school.

The public school has developed a Local Compliance Plan for implementation of Special Education and this Plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. The Local Compliance Plan is a written narrative, which describes the districtís plan for compliance with the requirements for identifying and serving all students with disabilities. Included in this plan are the policies and procedures which the district must follow regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable information. The Plan also describes the assurances that services are provided in compliance with the requirement of 34 CFR 76.301 of the General Education Provision.

Public schools in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district.

This census is compiled as of May 1 each year. This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri

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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Information to be collected includes: name of each child, parent/legal

guardianís name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each childís disability or suspected disability. Should the district fail to

submit an annual census, the State Board of Education may withhold state aid until the census is submitted. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact your school district. This notice can be provided in languages necessary for parental understanding. In the Kelso C-7 School District contact:

 

Mr. William R. Rogers

1016 State Highway A

Benton, Missouri 63736

Phone 573-545-3357

GRADING SCALE

The current grading scale used in the regular classroom is as follows:

A 100 - 97 B 91 - 88 C 83 Ė 75 D 70 - 67

A- 96 - 94 B- 87 Ė 86 C- 74 Ė 73 D- 66 - 65

B+ 93 - 92 C+ 85 Ė 84 D+ 72 Ė 71 F 64 - 0

Those children who participate in our Learning Disabilities program may be placed on the following modified grading scale:

A 100 - 95 B 85 Ė 84 C 75 Ė 74 D 65 - 64

A- 94 - 90 B- 83 Ė 80 C- 73 Ė 70 D- 63 Ė 60

B+ 89 - 86 C+ 79 Ė 76 D+ 69 Ė 66 F 59 - 0

The Board and administration recommend that the studentís work and/or report be sent home in weekly folder. If the studentís behavior is a problem, the weekly report should include this information. The report should be acknowledged by a parent/guardian signature on the report before being returned to the teacher on the next school day.

HONOR ROLL

Students in all grades may make the A or B Honor Roll each quarter. In order to qualify, a student must maintain an A- average or above to make the A Honor Roll and maintain a B- average or above to make the B Honor Roll. No student qualifies for the Honor Roll with a grade below a C or a grade of unsatisfactory in a class where letter grades are not used.

The Honor Roll is determined by using an eleven point system using the following classes: Literature/reading, math, English, spelling, vocabulary, science and social studies.

A 11 B 8 C 5 D 2

A- 10 B- 7 C- 4 D- 1

B+ 9 C+ 6 D+ 3

Students who make straight A's will be noted with an * by their name each quarter they make straight A's.

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

 

The salutatorian and valedictorian grade point averages for the 8th grade graduation are figured on grades earned in grades 6, 7, and 8 (6 semesters). The point values for grades are the same as those used for figuring honor roll. If there is a tie grades from the 5th grade will be used. If a tie still exists co-valedictorian awards will be awarded. If a co-valedictorian award is given the salutatorian award would be given to the next highest grade point average.

KNIVES

Students are not to bring to school or to have in their possession at school on the school bus any kind of knife. Students who do so will have them confiscated and receive punishment as listed under weapons in the discipline section of this Handbook.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS

Library books may be checked out for 2 weeks. Books are to be returned within this two-week period. Books may be re-newed for a second 2 weeks period providing no one is waiting for its return. No more than 3 books may be checked out to a student at any one time. The librarian will make a listing and provide information to students, parents and Superintendent at the end of each nine-week grading period of all books that are over due. Students are expected to turn in books immediately or to pay for books that are out for over 4 weeks.

 

LOST AND FOUND

At the end of every year there will be two or three trash bags full of unclaimed clothing. It is strongly recommended that studentís name be

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placed on all coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, etc. to help us in returning lost articles to students.

LUNCH ORDER

1) Kindergarten 3) Second Grade 5) Fifth Grade 7) Seventh Grade

2) First Grade 4) Third/Fourth Grades 6) Sixth Grade 8) Eighth Grade

LUNCH PROGRAM

Lunch fees shall be as follows: Lunch

Grades K - 4-----------------------------------------$1.30 per day

Grade 5 - 8-------------------------------------------$1.40 per day

Adults ------------------------------------------------$1.80 per day

Reduced Price ---------------------------------------$0.40 per day

Extra Milk--------------------------------------------$0.25 per carton

Students may pay weekly or monthly. School lunches shall not be charged for more than twenty (20) days. The Superintendent must approve lunch charges beyond 20 days. There should be no sharing of food from one studentís tray to another. It is the policy of this school district to serve free meals or reduced price meals to families where income is at or below the guidelines as set forth by the State Department of Education. Completed forms must be returned to school office.

NO SODAS MAY BE BROUGHT WITH LUNCH.

MEDICATION

The administration of medication at school is discouraged. Most medication schedules can be arranged so that medicine can be given at home. Children requiring medication during school hours will abide by the following guidelines:

1. Only prescription medication will be administered at school. Over-the-counter or sample medication must be

accompanied by orders from a parent or guardian.

2. Medication should be delivered to school by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult, in the container in

which it was purchased (dispensed).

3. A separate supply of medication must be kept at school. Medication will not be transported between home and school on

a daily or weekly basis.

4. Prescription medication must indicate the student's name, name of medication, physician's name, dosage (amount), and

time (frequency) on the label.

5. If the medication requires equipment for administration - cup, spoon, etc, the parent/guardian is responsible for supplying

the articles, labeled with student's name.

6. New parental/guardian authorization forms will be requested periodically.

7. When medication is discontinued or at the end of the school year, medication not taken home by the parent or guardian

will be destroyed.

All medicine must be stored and dispensed at the office or nurseís office.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT / PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know. Upon request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:

Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.

Information on the achievement level of the parentís child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and

Timely notice that the parentís child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX, the following notification is made:

Students, their parents, and employees of the Kelso C-7 School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and

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activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Kelso C-7 School District is to contact the Superintendent, Kelso C-7 School District, 1016 State Highway A, Benton, Missouri, telephone number 573-545-3357, who has been designated by Kelso C-7 School District to coordinate the school districtís efforts to comply with Title IX and Section 504.

 

RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of aged ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the studentís education records. These rights are:

The right to inspect and review the studentís education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for

access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The rights to request the amendment of the studentís education records that the parent or eligible student believes are

Inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the studentís privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write the school superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.. 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 then of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentís education records,

except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 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 service instead of using its own employees or officials (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 or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student

Seeks or intends to enroll.

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

comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5920

RIGHTS UNDER PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) requires the Kelso C-7 School District to notify you and obtain consent or

allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas ("protected information surveys"):

 

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or studentís parents;

Mental or psychological problems of the student or studentís family;

Sex behavior or attitudes;

Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or

Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes ("marketing surveys"), and certain physical exams and screenings. The Kelso C-7 School District will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the

administration of the survey and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, as

well as an opportunity to review the surveys. The rights under PPRA transfer from parents to any student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. Ė10-

PARTIES

Invitations for non-school parties passed out at school should include whole class or same gender. Treats brought to school for celebration of birthdays should be store purchased and meet the wellness policy guidelines. The District strongly encourages the distribution of nutrient

dense foods. Nutrient dense foods are those that provide students with calories rich in the nutrient content needed to be healthy. The distribution of food and/or candy should meet the following guidelines:

Food distributed should have

No more than 35% of total calories derived from fat

No more than 10% of calories derived from saturated fat

Nuts and seeds with no more than 3 grams of added fat per 1.75 ounces less package size are exempt from the 2 standards above because they are nutrient dense and contain high level of monounsaturated fat.

Candy distributed

Should not have sugar (including brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, fructose, glucose (dextrose), high fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, table sugar (sucrose), and syrup listed as one of the first two ingredients.

Sugar should not be more than 35% of the item by weight.

PERMISSION TO TAKE CHILDREN

All parents/guardians desiring to take children from school before the end of the day should report to the office to sign out their child. Office personnel will get this child and bring him/her to the office, as this is much less distracting for the teachers and students. If someone else is going to pick up your child from school a note giving them permission is preferred, but in case of an emergency, a telephone call will be acceptable.

PROMOTION/RETENTION STUDENTS

The Board of Education, administration and staff of the Kelso C-7 School District are dedicated to the progressive and maximum educational development of each student. District personnel have a responsibility to place pupils at a level that will ensure suitable growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Pupils normally progress from task-to-task and level to level determined by individual diagnosis, prescription, and teaching. Pupil retention will be considered as an educational tool after all regular and special services have been employed to help the child establish a base for further learning.

The retention of pupils will be considered on the basis of the studentís best interest. Each case will be decided on its own merits. The primary factor to be considered when deciding whether a student should be retained is academic achievement. However, other factors such as social and emotional maturity, educational history, age, physical size, attitudes, school attendance, etc., must also be reviewed carefully.

Teachers in grades 3-6 will review studentsí reading levels during the first quarter of school and notify parents if students are more than one grade level below their grade placement. A variety of methods will be used to determine reading level, including but not limited to Terra Nova and MAP results, STAR tests, running records, informal reading inventories, and grades in grade-level reading programs.

 

Students in grade 3 who are reading below grade 2, students in grade 4 who are reading below grade 3, and students in grade 5 who are reading below grade 4 will have a RIP, Reading Improvement Plan, developed for them. Each local district determines the content of the RIP. But the Plan must include, at a minimum, 30 hours of additional reading instruction or practice outside the regular school day. Students in grade 6 who are reading below grade 5 will be encouraged to attend summer school. Students in grades 3-6 will be reassessed within 45 days of the end of the school year to determine their reading status. Students reading one or more grade level below grade level may be required to attend summer school. Students ending the 4th grade and reading below the third grade level will be required to attend summer school. They will be reassessed again at the end of summer school or within two weeks of schools starting in the fall of 2003 and each fall thereafter. If they are still below grade 3, they must repeat the 4th grade.

During the fourth quarter, teachers will again review the reading scores of students at risk of retention because of reading levels. The teacher will notify parents in writing if their child has not met the reading standard of Senate Bill 319 and a parent conference will be requested. At that conference, two options will be outlined. The first option will be retention in the current grade. The decision to choose that option shall be made cooperatively with the parents, administration and teachers. The second option will be promotion with the understanding that the child participates in summer school at a neighboring district for a minimum of 40 hours.

 

Students who due to attendance and/or academic performance do no meet the standards for promotion may receive a social promotion or promotion pending status. Students who receive a social promotion may not participate in the graduation ceremony but will be permitted

to go on to the 9th grade. Students who lack only a few requirements may be given a promotion pending status and be permitted to participate in the ceremony but the diploma and promotion approval will be withheld until the successful completion of summer school.

The superintendent upon the recommendation of the teacher and/or parent and consultation with other personnel will make the final decision concerning the student for the ensuing year. The recommendation to parents that their child be retained will occur only after a very thorough

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and complete professional analysis has been completed. Because retention must be based on the firm commitment that it would benefit the child, the recommendation will be a team decision using the combined knowledge of all professionals working with the student. The staff should be aware of the research of the retention issue and board policy.

GUIDELINES FOR RETENTION

Children will normally be retained no more than once during their elementary school career.

Except under unusual circumstances, retention when found advisable should occur during the first five grades, K-4.

A staffing must be held to review the data prior to discussion with the parent. The following must be included in the staffing: superintendent, classroom teacher, specialist (e.g., Title I or resource room teacher), and the counselor.

Appropriate assessment data (e.g., a measure of intellectual ability and/or current academic achievement, teacher, counselor, and/or principal observations must be collected prior to the staffing).

In making the decision to retain a student, reading level should be one of the conditions considered in the decision. Both formal and informal methods of assessment shall be used in determining individual reading achievement.

Parents should agree to the retention. While we will strive to gain parent approval and support, the school board position and policy is very clear in that the school district makes the final decision.

RADIOS

Radios, CD players, and walkmanís of any type will not be permitted at school unless prior approval.

SCHOOL DRESS

Students in the Kelso C-7 School District are expected to dress and groom in a manner that will not discredit the school or create a distraction from the educational environment by drawing undue attention to their appearance. Students will not be allowed to wear any clothing, caps, hats, and buttons, badges or tattoos that advertise products inappropriate for our K-8

students. No clothing may be worn which promotes or glamorizes violence, profanity, or activities that could negatively affect

the positive learning environment are prohibited. Clothing that compromises student safety, such as unreasonable large

clothing or other garments that could conceal weaponry, is forbidden. The dress code applies to school activities as well as the regular school day.

Hair shall be kept clean and neat and not draw attention.

Students will be allowed to wear shorts during warm weather. No spandex shorts will be allowed. Shorts worn to school

are not to be TOO SHORT as to draw undue attention. A good guide is that shorts should extend to the end of the

middle finger when hands are held at the side.

No fish net, tank tops, or undergarments not sufficiently covered by other clothing shall be allowed as school dress.

The opening in tank tops is too large if the body torso can be seen through the opening.

Any type of clothing, dress, hairstyle, emblems or tattoos on a person that could be affiliated with gangs or gang activity will not be allowed.

Clothing that exposes midriffs/navel will be deemed inappropriate.

No hats or other headgear will be worn inside the buildings except by special permission from the Superintendent.

Wallet chains are prohibited.

Earring/studs may not be worn on any visible body area besides the ear.

Students may not wear any clothing, caps, hats and badges, buttons or tattoos that advertise tobacco products, alcohol related products, or other products clearly inappropriate for K-8 student use.

Clothing with sexual and/or vulgar messages is prohibited.

All other clothing or attire which discredits the school, interferes with the educational environment, promotes violence or compromises student safety is prohibited.

SCHOOL HOURS

The state requires school to be in session 174 days. The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and dismisses at 3:15 for non-bus students and 3:20 for bus students.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to foster student responsibility, respect for the rights of others, and to ensure the orderly operation of district schools. No code can be expected to list each and every offense which may result in the use of disciplinary action. However, it is the purpose of this code to list certain offenses which, if committed by a student, will result in the imposition of a certain disciplinary action. Any conduct not included herein, or an aggravated circumstance of any offense or an action involving a combination of offenses may result in disciplinary consequences that extend beyond this code of conduct as determined by the principal, superintendent and/or Board of Education.

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1. Arson - Starting a fire or causing an explosion with the intention to damage property or buildings.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials, and documentation in student's discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

 

2. Assault

Attempting to cause injury to another person; intentionally placing a person

in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, notice to law

enforcement officials and documentation in the studentís discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: 11 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

Attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury to another

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

3. Misconduct: - Any offense committed by a student on a district-owned or contracted bus shall be punished in

the same manner as if the offense had been committed at the studentís assigned school. In addition, bus-riding

privileges may be suspended or revoked.

4. Disparaging or Demeaning Language Ė Use of words or actions, verbal, written or symbolic meant to harass or

injure another person; i.e., threats of violence or defamation of a personís race, religion, gender or ethnic origin.

Constitutionally protected speech will not be punished.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

5. Disrespectful Conduct or Speech Ė Disrespectful verbal, written or symbolic language or gesture which is inappropriate

to public settings directed at a staff member.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

Disruptive Speech or Conduct Ė Conduct or verbal, written or symbolic language, which materially and substantially

disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

7. Drugs/Alcohol

A. Possession of or attendance under the influence of any unauthorized prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic

substance, counterfeit drugs or drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension, notification to law enforcement officials, and

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documentation in studentís discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

B. Sale, purchase or distribution of any prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, counterfeit drugs and/or

drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

8. Extortion Ė Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

9. False Alarms Ė Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record*.

10. Fighting Ė Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

 

11. Public Display of Affection - Physical contact which is inappropriate for the school setting.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record.*

12. Sexual Harassment (Board Policy)

Use of verbal, written or symbolic language that is sexually harassing.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

 

b. Physical contact that is sexually harassing.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

13. Theft, attempted theft or willful possession of stolen property

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First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, possible notification to law

Enforcement officials, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification of law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

Tobacco

a. Possession of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference or in-school suspension.

 

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

 

b. Use of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-3 days out-of-school suspension

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

 

Truancy--Absence from school without the knowledge and consent of parents/guardian and/or the

school administration.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference or 1-3 days in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: 3-10 days in-school suspension.

 

VandalismóWillful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging

to the school, staff, or students.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, possible

 

notification to law enforcement officials, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

 

Weapons (see Board policy)

Possession or use of any instrument or device, other than those defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or 571.010,RSMo which is customarily used for attack or defense against another person; any instrument or device used to inflict

physical injury to another person.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record*.

 

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

Possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or any instrument or device defined in 571.010,

RSMo.

 

First Offense: One calendar year suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student discipline record.

*Any offense which constitutes a "serious violation of the district's discipline policy" as defined in Board policy will be documented in the student's discipline record.

STUDENT ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

The Board recognizes its share of responsibility for the health, welfare, and safety of the students who attend the Kelso C-7 School District.

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Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, possession or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is prohibited on any school property, on any school-owned vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; or off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

The Board of Education shall provide free public education to all students who are residents of the school district and who are between the ages of five and twenty-one. To be admitted to kindergarten in the Kelso C-7 School District, a child must be five (5) years old before August 1.

STUDENT DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

All students will be afforded due process as guaranteed by constitutional provisions. The process will be in accordance with state law, as well as with the provisions outlined in the Board's policies and regulations on student suspension and student expulsion.

SUSPENSIONS

When students are out of class due to a suspension, they shall be given the opportunity to do all schoolwork so that their education is not disrupted but the grades are not recorded. If the work is not completed the work is recorded as a zero when averaging grades. Any student who must serve a detention may not practice or attend an extra curricular activity.

 

TEXTBOOKS

The textbooks are checked out to the students without textbook fees. The student is responsible for taking the proper book to class each day. The student is also held responsible for reasonable care of all materials furnished him/her by the School District. Charges will be levied when materials or equipment are abused or lost. Fines will be assessed for damage, defacement, or loss of textbooks. Reasonable wear is expected.

TOBACCO

Use of or possession of tobacco products on school property is prohibited. Violation of this rule may result in suspension from school.

Students are not to bring tobacco or tobacco products to school. This includes chewing tobacco and all other types of tobacco products.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus drivers have been instructed by the Board of Education not to permit students to get off the bus on the way to or from school without parent's permission. The privilege of riding a school bus is dependent upon good behavior. While using these services, the students are subject to the supervision of the operator of the bus.

BUS CHANGES: Students should bring a written note from their parents/guardian when they are to ride a different bus or the parent plans to pick the child up from school. Students coming to school with only a verbal message many times become

confused about where they are to go after school. Therefore, we insist on a written note if your child is to be picked up after school or must ride a different bus or get off at a different stop. Please address the note to your child's teacher.

 

RULES AND SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR PUPILS RIDING

SCHOOL BUSES

1. The driver is in charge of the pupils and the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly.

2. All students may have assigned seats.

3. Classroom conduct is to be observed by all pupils while riding in the bus, except for ordinary conversation.

4. Students must be on time. The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule.

5. Students must remain seated and facing the front until their own bus stop is reached, and the bus has come to a full stop.

Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

7. Students must not at any time extend arms or head out of the bus windows or throw objects from the bus.

8. Eating on a bus is not allowed. No paper or other trash is to be left on the bus or thrown on floor.

9. Students riding on any but their assigned bus must bring a signed note from home and have it signed by the principal of

their school.

10. Students cannot get off the bus at any but their assigned bus stops without permission from parents and the principal of

their school. Once a student enters a bus at his regular stop, he will not be discharged for any purpose until he reaches

school.

11. Profanity, fighting or scuffling, and smoking will not be tolerated.

No animals-dead or alive - will be allowed on the bus.

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13. No glass container will be allowed on the bus.

14. Pupils who must cross the road after leaving the bus shall cross in front of the bus and only upon a signal given by the

driver.

Disorderliness on the school bus will distract the driver's attention from his driving and become a safety hazard for the whole bus; therefore, if a pupil cannot comply with the regulations, he/she may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Violations for which a pupil is subject to immediate suspension from the bus are:

1. Smoking, lighting matches, or throwing fireworks in or at the bus.

2. Having water guns, knives, or sharp blades on the bus.

3. Using foul or abusive language.

4. Damaging the bus, such as cutting seats, etc. Students will be responsible for reimbursing the school for the cost of

repairing these types of damages.

5. Fighting on the bus.

 

When waiting for the bus, parents should

Designate a place, several feet away from the road, for your child to wait for the bus.

Insist that there be no play at the bus stop. This always presents the possibility of a child running into the path of a car or being injured at the bus stop.

VISITING SCHOOL

ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STAR Students

Leaders for the Future

The STAR Students program works to motivate students who achieve good behavior, personal accountability, and academic responsibility while recognizing those who excel in all three areas. To become a STAR Student, he or she must meet the following requirements:

No more than 1 Dog Ate-It Form

No failing or unsatisfactory grades

No disciplinary notes from Mr. Rogers

No more than one disciplinary notes from any teacher

Have at least a 95% attendance at the end of each semester Ė Exceptions would need a majority vote of a 5 member committee of 4 teachers and the administration.

Must meet 100% of AR goal with an 85% correct average

*Exceptions will be made by a 5 member committee made up of 4 teachers and the administrator.

Rewards will be given to STAR Students each quarter. Some examples are:

Extra recess

Movie/treat party

Free homework pass

Ice Cream

Pizza Party

Game hour

Each quarter STAR Students will have their picture made for the school yearbook and local newspapers.

Students who earn STAR achievement status all 4 academic quarters will earn a ticket to attend the Superstar Tasks for an All-day Reward at the end of the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

RETURN PAGE

2008-2009

 

The Student/Parent Handbook is not an all-conclusive set of rules, but rather a guide to help make your education worthwhile and thus your school a better school. It is recommended that you read and study the following carefully, as you are expected to be acquainted with the information herein. By reading this handbook students and parents will be familiar with what is expected of students attending Kelso C-7.

I have reviewed a copy of the 2008-2009 Student/Parent Handbook:

 

Please sign and return this sheet to your homeroom teacher

 

Student Name:_________________________________________________________________________

Please Print

Student Signature________________________________________________ _____________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the opportunity to read and discuss the Student/Parent Handbook with my child.

 

 

Parent Signature________________________________________________ ______________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY/SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION

A philosophy of education is the foundation on which a school district is built, and upon which the product of the school program is evaluated. The philosophy herein subscribed to by the Board of Education shall be a guide in determining the policies, rules, regulations of the school district. Recognizing each student as a unique individual, we believe that education should provide an opportunity for the maximum development of each individual within the limitations of his or her capacities. Through education, it is possible for the individual to discover and endeavor to achieve to the limits of his or her capacities.

We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his or her worth as an individual and should lead him or her toward becoming a productive member of society. Strong emphasis must be placed upon democratic values which are important for an effective and satisfying personal and social life.

We believe that the role of the teacher in the educational process is to provide opportunities for the individual to achieve at the maximum level of capacity, to create a learning situation in which individual motivation for learning is the stimulus for achievement, and to promote through teaching and example the principles of the democratic way of life.

We believe that parents/guardians have definite responsibilities in education. They need to have a basic confidence in the school, and they need to impart this confidence to the students. The parents/guardians may do this by cooperating to the fullest with the schools, by encouraging the student to give his or her best efforts to the daily school responsibilities, and by participating in school activities.

We believe that the student must have responsibilities in the educational program of the community. The most important of these is attitude. The student is obligated to come with an open mind, equipped with all the necessary materials, ready to fulfill the responsibilities in the learning process. The basic attitude should be that the school is an institution of opportunity, staffed with trained personnel to help the student become a contributing member of society.

We believe that the foundation of the district's educational program is based on the development of competencies in the basic fundamentals of reading, oral and written communication and mathematics.

It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Kelso C-7 School District to provide an educational environment for children of the district, which will foster and accelerate their intellectual, physical, social and career development.

ABSENCES/TARDIES

Missouri statutes required regular school attendance of children between the ages of six and sixteen. Each teacher will keep a daily report of absentees. The report should be sent to the office daily.

It is important that every student learn the value of regular attendance in school. Absences from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process, not only for the individualís student absent himself/herself, but the entire class. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost with each absence and cannot be entirely regained. Consequently, most students who miss school frequently experience difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of schooling. The entire process of education requires regular classroom attendance, participation, and study in order to attain the maximum educational benefits for each child. Absenteeism is an interruption of the learning process. The more absences a student accumulates the less he or she can be expected to adequately participate in and understand classroom activities.

When a student must be absent from school, the following procedures must be followed: For safety reasons, a phone call from a parent/guardian is expected before 9:00 a.m. on the day the absence occurs, unless the office staff has prior knowledge of the absence. Following an absence the student must present a written note from his/her parent (even if the parent checked the student out prior to the absence) to the homeroom teacher. The note shall contain the date(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent. Itís the studentís responsibility to give the note to the teacher during roll call. Failure to present the note to the teacher within two days, or presenting a note with false information will result in the absence being designated as unexcused. When a student is out sick for more than three (3) days a note from a medical professional is requested. The note should specify if/when the student may return to school.

In order to be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student must be present a minimum of 95% (absent no more than 5 days) of the scheduled attendance days per semester. If the student exceeds the five (5) day limit, the parent will be advised by letter. At that time, the parent(s) may request an appeal for extenuating circumstances to be considered by the superintendent, counselor and classroom teacher(s). No more than two (2) of the 10 days for the year may be unexcused.

The following will be considered excused absences: 1. Absences due to personal illness (five notes from a parent will be accepted per semester for absences of three days or less. After the fifth absence (any length of time) a note from a doctor will be required. 2. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member, (parent, grandparent, sibling). 3. Medical appointments and reasonable travel time.

Any time a student misses school and visits his/her doctor, dentist, etc, a note from the doctor should be sent to the teacher. Please make

appointments after school whenever possible. 4. Court summons/subpoena. 5. Student time out-of school not covered above. The Superintendent must evaluate for possible excused absence before the absence.

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An absence will be designated as unexcused if a student fails to follow the above procedures upon return to school An absence for any reason other than those listed above may be designated as unexcused, meaning that no credit will be given for assignments missed (except for the first two days of unexcused absence).

When a studentís absence exceeds three (3) days due to illness, a note from a medical professional should accompany the studentís return to school. If a student has an illness such as asthma that may require frequent absences, a note should be obtained from the medical profession explaining the medical condition and/or medical treatments that might require frequent absences.

Students who are absent from school on the day of a school sponsored activity will not be allowed to participate in that dayís activity. The superintendent will look at the studentís reason for being absent, attendance record, and discipline record to determine if special permission will be granted to the student to participate.

MAKE-UP WORK Ė Students with an excused absence will be given one day for a one day absence to complete make up work including tests. If an extended illness a student may have two days to complete make up work. A student will be required to take any make-up test on the day he/she returns to school if the test was scheduled prior to the absence.

Attendance is the responsibility of the student and parents. The schoolís responsibility is to keep parents informed and help to work out any problems the student may have with regular school attendance.

Students arriving late or leaving early must be checked in or signed out by the parent stating date, time and reason.

TARDIES Ė When students are tardy (after 8:00 a.m.), it creates a learning problem for the student who is tardy and for the other students in the classroom for the following reasons: (1) It is embarrassing for the student who is late, (2) the student who is tardy misses the instruction that has taken place before his/her arrival and (3) time is taken from the other students while the teacher re-teaches the missed instruction. When students enter the room after class starts, it creates a distraction and is not fair to the other students or teacher. AFTER THE THIRD UNEXCUSED TARDY, THE STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE UP TIME MISSED IN AN AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION AND WILL LOSE HIS OR HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE STATUS. Parents should be notified when the student has two unexcused tardies.

ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM

AR is a reading program designed to encourage students to read. The Board of Education, administration and staff strongly support the AR Program and encourage parents to encourage and stress reading to their children. The following is a short explanation of the AR program at Kelso C-7. Parents are encouraged to contact their childís teacher if there are questions about the program. The following paragraphs contain a short explanation of the program.

AR is ľ of the reading grade in grades 2-8. Students take a reading placement test in the fall to determine their AR level. After reviewing the test results, each studentís AR goal is determined by the reading/literature teacher. Students are given a minimum of 30 minutes per day at school to read AR and are encouraged to spend an additional 30 minutes per day at home.

After reading a book from the studentís reading level, the student takes a computer-generated test on the book. The student

must score 70% or better on the test to be awarded points toward his/her goal. After taking the test, the student gets a printout

showing the results. From this sheet which the student takes home for parent(s) signature, the student and/or parent can determine his/her progress toward achieving his/her AR goal for the quarter and for the year. This print-out also shows the average book level read, the average percent correct, points earned and number of test that were taken and passed. There are two parts to the AR grade. Each part counts 50% toward the ľ AR grade used in determining the quarter grade for reading/literature. These two parts are the average percent correct when taking the test and percent of goals reached. These two scores are added together and divided by 2 to get the AR portion of the grade. A student can earn extra points by exceeding his goal. The student may use up to 110% of their goal when averaging the goal percent with the performance percentage to obtain the AR grade.

As a general rule students will not be kept in at recess to meet their AR goal. It will be the responsibility of the student and parents to monitor the percent of goals achieved and the average correct when taking the test. This information is available

on the print out following each test. To help with the monitoring the following dates have been established:

 

1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter

Should have reached 25 % of goal by Aug. 31 Oct 26 Jan 18 March 20

Should have reached 50% of goal by Sept. 14 Nov. 9 Feb. 1 April 11

Should have reached 75% of goal by Sept. 28 Nov. 30 Feb. 15 April 25

Should have reached 100% of goal by Oct 12 Dec. 20 Feb. 29 May 12

The above dates may vary slightly due to snow days and other calendar changes.

Each quarter students who meet 100% of their goal and achieve 85% correct will be rewarded with a bowl of ice cream or an ice cream bar. Students who meet 100% of goal points and at least 85% correct all 4 quarter will receive an extra recess during the last full week of school.

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Hopefully your encouragement and the incentives will motivate your child to want to read and achieve. Again if you should have questions, please call for an appointment to discuss with your childís teacher.

BEVERAGES

NO SODA ALLOWED DURING LUNCH PERIODS.

 

BICYCLES/MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Bicycle riders should be mature enough to assume the responsibility for safety. Students may ride bicycles to and from school (with parent and guardian permission). Students may not use their bikes during school hours. Students should park their bicycles in the designated areas. It is advisable for the bicycle to be locked. C-7ís elementary students shall not park a motorized vehicle on school/parish property during school hours without permission of the District Superintendent and/or Parish Pastor.

BUILDING

The building will not be open until 7:30 a.m. At this time students should report to the cafeteria where they are to be seated until school begins. On May 8, 2006 the Kelso C-7 Elementary Building had the required three-year re-inspection of asbestos containing materials and assumed asbestos containing materials. Information about asbestos in the school is available in the Districtís Asbestos Management Plan and is available in the Superintendentís Office for review. The following were noted in

the last inspection: (1) No homogeneous areas of friable, assumed or known, asbestos containing materials were identified in

the school and (2) The homogenous areas of non friable, assumed or known asbestos containing materials have not become more friable since the 2003 re-inspection.

CALLING SCHOOL

 

Occasionally an emergency arises and you need to have information given to your child. You may call the office at 573-545-3357, and we will give your child the message. We would ask that you use this service only when ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. It isn't that we mind delivering the message, but to do so we often must leave the office vacant while the messages are being delivered and it requires a disruption to the class. School phones are not for student use, unless there is an emergency. Any student desiring to use the telephone must first secure permission from the superintendent. Student use of personal cellular telephones and other electronic devices such as personal lap top computers and/or personal I-pods at school shall not be permitted.

CAMPUS

Students will not be permitted to leave the campus once they arrive unless the office grants permission.

 

CIVIL EMERGENCIES

The school has adequate civil defense and severe weather facilities for the entire student body. Instructions for evacuation of buildings in case of fire or for assigned areas in case of severe weather have been given to all teachers. You are to follow their instructions explicitly. You are not to leave school, make loud noises, or do anything that may hinder or endanger the efficient dissemination of instructions.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL FOR NON-COMPLINACE WITH

IMMUNIZATION LAW

Missouri Law prohibits school attendance without proof of immunization as required by the Bureau of Immunization. Children in non-compliance will be excluded from school. Students must present immunization record to school and all immunizations must be up-to-date before being permitted to attend classes. To remain in school students "In Progress" must receive immunization as soon as they become due. Religious and medical exemptions will be allowed as per law with appropriate documentation

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Although we hope for the best, everyone realizes that early childhood is a time at which children are subject to many illnesses. The following list may help you to be alert to such possibilities and tells of the period during which such illnesses are contagious.

 

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PERIOD OF EXCLUSION INCUBATION

DISEASE FROM PERIODS (DAYS)

Chicken Pox For uncomplicated cases, excludes for six days Usually 13 days, but ranges after appearance of rash. If the case is mild with from 13 to 21 days.

only a few lesions and rapid healing, children

may return sooner if all lesions are crusted.

 

Impetigo Exclude until skin lesions are healed, or until Variable, usually 1 to 10 days

24 hours after medical treatment started.

Measles Exclusion during "cold" symptoms and until After 12 days from date of exposure to

five days after appearance of rash. to onset to fever usually14 days to appearance

of rash. Occasionally longer or shorter.

Mumps Exclusion for 9 days after swelling begins. From 12 to 15 days, most commonly 18 days.

Streptococcal Children should not return to school until Short, usually ranging 1 to 3 days

Sore Throat/ at least 24 hours after beginning antibiotic

Scarlet Fever treatment, and until they are without fever.

Prescribed treatment should be completed.

Pink Eye Until under adequate medical treatment Usually 24/72 hours

Scabies Excluded until the day after adequate 2 to 6 weeks in primary

treatment is completed infections, may recur in 1 to4 days.

Head Lice Exclusion until effective insecticiding of The "nits" hatch in a week and

scalp, skin, and clothing. Children may return reproduce 8/20 days after hatching.

To school after being treated with a

pediculocide and after delousing of

Personal items.

Mononucleosis Infected children may attend school From 4 to 6 weeks.

 

All above should be without fever 24 hours prior to returning to school.

 

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Alleged acts of unfairness or any decision made by school personnel, except as otherwise provided for under student suspension and expulsion, which students and/or parent/guardians believe to be unjust or in violation of pertinent policies of the board or individual school rules, may be appealed to the school principal or a designated representative.

The following steps are proper procedures to be followed by persons with questions or complaints regarding the operation of the school district:

    1. Complaints of individual students should first be addressed to the teacher.
    2. Unsettled matters from (a) above should be directed to the Superintendent.
    3. If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, it should be brought to the Board of Education. Questions and comments submitted to the Secretary of the Board in letterform will be brought to the attention of the entire Board at a regularly scheduled or called meeting. If necessary, a Board hearing will be scheduled to resolve the complaint.

 

However, the decision of the Board shall be final except in case of complaints concerning the administration of Federal

Programs. In that case the complainant may go to the appropriate section of the Department of Elementary and Secondary

Education and from there to the United States Secretary of Education.

The Board of Education considers it the obligation of the professional staff of the district to field the questions of parents/guardians or the public. All persons are assured that they may utilize this procedure without reprisal.

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COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE FOR IMPROVING

AMERICAíS SCHOOLS ACT PROGRAMS

Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging a violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application by an LEA (Local Education Agency) in the administration of a program administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall file with the superintendent a written complaint containing the specific nature of the alleged violation, the time and place of the violation, and related details of the alleged violation.

The superintendent shall, within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the written complaint, investigate the allegation, meet with the complainant, take steps to resolve the complaint, and notify the state director of action taken.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the action taken by the LEA, a written notice stating the reasons for dissatisfaction shall be filed within fifteen (15) working days following resolution of the complaint by the LEA with the state director of the

program. The state director will initiate an investigation; determine the facts relating to the complaint, and issue notice of his

finding to the LEA and the complainant. If the findings support action taken by the LEA, such action will be confirmed. If the findings support the allegations of the complainant, the LEA will be directed to take corrective action. Any parent, other individual, or organization alleging improper administration of a state or federal program by an LEA, but not involving a

violation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations or an approved application, shall file a written statement of the allegations with the superintendent of school. If the LEA is unable to satisfactorily resolve the complaint within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the written statement, the complainant may request the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to investigate the allegations and recommend corrective action, if it is deemed appropriate. The contact person to receive the complaints is:

 

William R. Rogers

1016 State Hwy A

Benton, MO 63736

Telephone: 573-545-3357

EARLY DISMISSAL

 

Occasionally school will be dismissed early. When these early dismissals are planned in advance, we will send notes home informing you of the time of dismissals. In some cases, usually the result of inclement weather, we may have to dismiss school early without it being possible to inform you in advance. We strongly encourage you to discuss this with your child and have a plan worked out with your child as to where he or she should go in these instances. Early dismissal will be announced on the radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or the television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY CANCELLATION

In the event school is canceled due to weather or other emergencies, an announcement will be made on radio stations KGMO, KZIM, KWKZ and/or television station KFVS.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Should an emergency situation occur at the time school is to be dismissed, we will delay the dismissal of school until the situation subsides. We would notify the radio and television stations of the delay in dismissal and ask for immediate broadcast.

EXTRA CREDIT

Teacher discretion shall be used in assigning extra credit work. Extra credit when available will be available to all students. The extra credit when assigned must be related and relevant to course content of the subject. No more than 10% of a course grade may from extra credit.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students must maintain a minimum "C" average with no Fís to participate in any extra curricular school activities. A student in detention or is suspended will not be permitted to participate in extra curricular activities or practice for an activity. A grade of unsatisfactory in class where letter grades are not used will be considered an F when determining eligibility for extra curricular activities. Grades for

determining eligibility will be figured at each mid quarter and at the end of each quarter. Students who are ineligible due to grades must sit out for two weeks. The player would be eligible to play if the average is "C" or above after the two week suspension.

Grades during the fourth quarter determine eligibility for the first two full weeks of volleyball in the fall. If a student misses school the day of an activity, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the activity that night. This rule also applies to weekend games. A student must attend the afternoon of the last school day before a weekend activity to participate in that weekendís activity. The Superintendent may make exceptions of this rule on an individual basis. Students are expected to be in attendance the morning following an activity.

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A physical exam is required to be on file before practicing and/or competing in a team sport. All those participating in school sports must have some type of health/accident insurance. No insuranceóno participation or membership on school team.

Extra curricular activities include:

BETA Club *B average with no grade lower than a C. Only 1 C is permitted.

Student Council Boyís Basketball Girlís Basketball

Cheerleading Coed Volleyball Mascot

Band and choir are not listed above because they receive letter grades for their efforts. Since band and choir are not required subjects if a student fails to maintain grades required for the above extra curricular participation for two consecutive grade checks, he/she will be dropped from band and/or choir until the following semester.

 

FIELD TRIPS

The board believes that field trips and activity trips often enhance the program of instruction and add to the education of a student. Trips may be authorized when the activities contribute substantially to the achievement of desirable educational goals.

All field trips should be planned with an educational purpose and in regard to a unit of study. To be educationally beneficial, a field trip requires thoughtful selection, careful advance preparation of the class, and opportunities for pupils to assimilate the experience during and at the conclusion of the trip. There will be a maximum of two field trips per grade a year. All parents of students who are eligible to participate in the field trip shall be notified of the activity. Permission slips must be signed and returned to the school to participate. If eligible students are not to participate in the activity due to parental wishes, notice from the parent must be sent to the sponsor of the activity.

FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students with disabilities including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the childís third birthday through age twenty (20), regardless of the childís disability. Disabilities include: learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders/emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health impaired, multiple disabilities, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education, and traumatic brain injury.

The public school assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouriís First Steps Program. Early intervention services will be available for all eligible children.

All public schools are required to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children. Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their children. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Upon request, the Kelso C-7 School District may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student intends to enroll. Directory information from the education record may also be released. Directory information includes the following data: Name, address and telephone, date and place of birth, major field of study, official activities, dates of attendance ("from and to" dates of enrollment), height and weight for sports, degrees and honors received, most recent previous education institution, and photograph. Parents can, however, retain the right to consent to the disclosure of directory information. Parents who wish to retain this right to consent must so advise the school.

The public school has developed a Local Compliance Plan for implementation of Special Education and this Plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. The Local Compliance Plan is a written narrative, which describes the districtís plan for compliance with the requirements for identifying and serving all students with disabilities. Included in this plan are the policies and procedures which the district must follow regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable information. The Plan also describes the assurances that services are provided in compliance with the requirement of 34 CFR 76.301 of the General Education Provision.

Public schools in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district.

This census is compiled as of May 1 each year. This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri

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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Information to be collected includes: name of each child, parent/legal

guardianís name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each childís disability or suspected disability. Should the district fail to

submit an annual census, the State Board of Education may withhold state aid until the census is submitted. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact your school district. This notice can be provided in languages necessary for parental understanding. In the Kelso C-7 School District contact:

 

Mr. William R. Rogers

1016 State Highway A

Benton, Missouri 63736

Phone 573-545-3357

GRADING SCALE

The current grading scale used in the regular classroom is as follows:

A 100 - 97 B 91 - 88 C 83 Ė 75 D 70 - 67

A- 96 - 94 B- 87 Ė 86 C- 74 Ė 73 D- 66 - 65

B+ 93 - 92 C+ 85 Ė 84 D+ 72 Ė 71 F 64 - 0

Those children who participate in our Learning Disabilities program may be placed on the following modified grading scale:

A 100 - 95 B 85 Ė 84 C 75 Ė 74 D 65 - 64

A- 94 - 90 B- 83 Ė 80 C- 73 Ė 70 D- 63 Ė 60

B+ 89 - 86 C+ 79 Ė 76 D+ 69 Ė 66 F 59 - 0

The Board and administration recommend that the studentís work and/or report be sent home in weekly folder. If the studentís behavior is a problem, the weekly report should include this information. The report should be acknowledged by a parent/guardian signature on the report before being returned to the teacher on the next school day.

HONOR ROLL

Students in all grades may make the A or B Honor Roll each quarter. In order to qualify, a student must maintain an A- average or above to make the A Honor Roll and maintain a B- average or above to make the B Honor Roll. No student qualifies for the Honor Roll with a grade below a C or a grade of unsatisfactory in a class where letter grades are not used.

The Honor Roll is determined by using an eleven point system using the following classes: Literature/reading, math, English, spelling, vocabulary, science and social studies.

A 11 B 8 C 5 D 2

A- 10 B- 7 C- 4 D- 1

B+ 9 C+ 6 D+ 3

Students who make straight A's will be noted with an * by their name each quarter they make straight A's.

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

 

The salutatorian and valedictorian grade point averages for the 8th grade graduation are figured on grades earned in grades 6, 7, and 8 (6 semesters). The point values for grades are the same as those used for figuring honor roll. If there is a tie grades from the 5th grade will be used. If a tie still exists co-valedictorian awards will be awarded. If a co-valedictorian award is given the salutatorian award would be given to the next highest grade point average.

KNIVES

Students are not to bring to school or to have in their possession at school on the school bus any kind of knife. Students who do so will have them confiscated and receive punishment as listed under weapons in the discipline section of this Handbook.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS

Library books may be checked out for 2 weeks. Books are to be returned within this two-week period. Books may be re-newed for a second 2 weeks period providing no one is waiting for its return. No more than 3 books may be checked out to a student at any one time. The librarian will make a listing and provide information to students, parents and Superintendent at the end of each nine-week grading period of all books that are over due. Students are expected to turn in books immediately or to pay for books that are out for over 4 weeks.

 

LOST AND FOUND

At the end of every year there will be two or three trash bags full of unclaimed clothing. It is strongly recommended that studentís name be

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placed on all coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, etc. to help us in returning lost articles to students.

LUNCH ORDER

1) Kindergarten 3) Second Grade 5) Fifth Grade 7) Seventh Grade

2) First Grade 4) Third/Fourth Grades 6) Sixth Grade 8) Eighth Grade

LUNCH PROGRAM

Lunch fees shall be as follows: Lunch

Grades K - 4-----------------------------------------$1.30 per day

Grade 5 - 8-------------------------------------------$1.40 per day

Adults ------------------------------------------------$1.80 per day

Reduced Price ---------------------------------------$0.40 per day

Extra Milk--------------------------------------------$0.25 per carton

Students may pay weekly or monthly. School lunches shall not be charged for more than twenty (20) days. The Superintendent must approve lunch charges beyond 20 days. There should be no sharing of food from one studentís tray to another. It is the policy of this school district to serve free meals or reduced price meals to families where income is at or below the guidelines as set forth by the State Department of Education. Completed forms must be returned to school office.

NO SODAS MAY BE BROUGHT WITH LUNCH.

MEDICATION

The administration of medication at school is discouraged. Most medication schedules can be arranged so that medicine can be given at home. Children requiring medication during school hours will abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Only prescription medication will be administered at school. Over-the-counter or sample medication must be
  2. accompanied by orders from a parent or guardian.

  3. Medication should be delivered to school by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult, in the container in

which it was purchased (dispensed).

3. A separate supply of medication must be kept at school. Medication will not be transported between home and school on

a daily or weekly basis.

4. Prescription medication must indicate the student's name, name of medication, physician's name, dosage (amount), and

time (frequency) on the label.

5. If the medication requires equipment for administration - cup, spoon, etc, the parent/guardian is responsible for supplying

the articles, labeled with student's name.

6. New parental/guardian authorization forms will be requested periodically.

7. When medication is discontinued or at the end of the school year, medication not taken home by the parent or guardian

will be destroyed.

All medicine must be stored and dispensed at the office or nurseís office.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT / PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know. Upon request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX, the following notification is made:

Students, their parents, and employees of the Kelso C-7 School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and

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activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Kelso C-7 School District is to contact the Superintendent, Kelso C-7 School District, 1016 State Highway A, Benton, Missouri, telephone number 573-545-3357, who has been designated by Kelso C-7 School District to coordinate the school districtís efforts to comply with Title IX and Section 504.

 

RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of aged ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the studentís education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the studentís education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for
  2. access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  3. The rights to request the amendment of the studentís education records that the parent or eligible student believes are
  4. Inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the studentís privacy rights under FERPA.

    Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write the school superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.. 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 then of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  5. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentís education records,
  6. except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 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 service instead of using its own employees or officials (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 or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student

    Seeks or intends to enroll.

  7. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to

comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5920

RIGHTS UNDER PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) requires the Kelso C-7 School District to notify you and obtain consent or

allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas ("protected information surveys"):

 

    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or studentís parents;
    2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or studentís family;
    3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
    5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
    6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or
    8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes ("marketing surveys"), and certain physical exams and screenings. The Kelso C-7 School District will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the

administration of the survey and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, as

well as an opportunity to review the surveys. The rights under PPRA transfer from parents to any student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. Ė10-

PARTIES

Invitations for non-school parties passed out at school should include whole class or same gender. Treats brought to school for celebration of birthdays should be store purchased and meet the wellness policy guidelines. The District strongly encourages the distribution of nutrient

dense foods. Nutrient dense foods are those that provide students with calories rich in the nutrient content needed to be healthy. The distribution of food and/or candy should meet the following guidelines:

Food distributed should have

Candy distributed

PERMISSION TO TAKE CHILDREN

All parents/guardians desiring to take children from school before the end of the day should report to the office to sign out their child. Office personnel will get this child and bring him/her to the office, as this is much less distracting for the teachers and students. If someone else is going to pick up your child from school a note giving them permission is preferred, but in case of an emergency, a telephone call will be acceptable.

PROMOTION/RETENTION STUDENTS

The Board of Education, administration and staff of the Kelso C-7 School District are dedicated to the progressive and maximum educational development of each student. District personnel have a responsibility to place pupils at a level that will ensure suitable growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Pupils normally progress from task-to-task and level to level determined by individual diagnosis, prescription, and teaching. Pupil retention will be considered as an educational tool after all regular and special services have been employed to help the child establish a base for further learning.

The retention of pupils will be considered on the basis of the studentís best interest. Each case will be decided on its own merits. The primary factor to be considered when deciding whether a student should be retained is academic achievement. However, other factors such as social and emotional maturity, educational history, age, physical size, attitudes, school attendance, etc., must also be reviewed carefully.

Teachers in grades 3-6 will review studentsí reading levels during the first quarter of school and notify parents if students are more than one grade level below their grade placement. A variety of methods will be used to determine reading level, including but not limited to Terra Nova and MAP results, STAR tests, running records, informal reading inventories, and grades in grade-level reading programs.

 

Students in grade 3 who are reading below grade 2, students in grade 4 who are reading below grade 3, and students in grade 5 who are reading below grade 4 will have a RIP, Reading Improvement Plan, developed for them. Each local district determines the content of the RIP. But the Plan must include, at a minimum, 30 hours of additional reading instruction or practice outside the regular school day. Students in grade 6 who are reading below grade 5 will be encouraged to attend summer school. Students in grades 3-6 will be reassessed within 45 days of the end of the school year to determine their reading status. Students reading one or more grade level below grade level may be required to attend summer school. Students ending the 4th grade and reading below the third grade level will be required to attend summer school. They will be reassessed again at the end of summer school or within two weeks of schools starting in the fall of 2003 and each fall thereafter. If they are still below grade 3, they must repeat the 4th grade.

During the fourth quarter, teachers will again review the reading scores of students at risk of retention because of reading levels. The teacher will notify parents in writing if their child has not met the reading standard of Senate Bill 319 and a parent conference will be requested. At that conference, two options will be outlined. The first option will be retention in the current grade. The decision to choose that option shall be made cooperatively with the parents, administration and teachers. The second option will be promotion with the understanding that the child participates in summer school at a neighboring district for a minimum of 40 hours.

 

Students who due to attendance and/or academic performance do no meet the standards for promotion may receive a social promotion or promotion pending status. Students who receive a social promotion may not participate in the graduation ceremony but will be permitted

to go on to the 9th grade. Students who lack only a few requirements may be given a promotion pending status and be permitted to participate in the ceremony but the diploma and promotion approval will be withheld until the successful completion of summer school.

The superintendent upon the recommendation of the teacher and/or parent and consultation with other personnel will make the final decision concerning the student for the ensuing year. The recommendation to parents that their child be retained will occur only after a very thorough

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and complete professional analysis has been completed. Because retention must be based on the firm commitment that it would benefit the child, the recommendation will be a team decision using the combined knowledge of all professionals working with the student. The staff should be aware of the research of the retention issue and board policy.

GUIDELINES FOR RETENTION

  1. Children will normally be retained no more than once during their elementary school career.
  2. Except under unusual circumstances, retention when found advisable should occur during the first five grades, K-4.
  3. A staffing must be held to review the data prior to discussion with the parent. The following must be included in the staffing: superintendent, classroom teacher, specialist (e.g., Title I or resource room teacher), and the counselor.
  4. Appropriate assessment data (e.g., a measure of intellectual ability and/or current academic achievement, teacher, counselor, and/or principal observations must be collected prior to the staffing).
  5. In making the decision to retain a student, reading level should be one of the conditions considered in the decision. Both formal and informal methods of assessment shall be used in determining individual reading achievement.
  6. Parents should agree to the retention. While we will strive to gain parent approval and support, the school board position and policy is very clear in that the school district makes the final decision.
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RADIOS

Radios, CD players, and walkmanís of any type will not be permitted at school unless prior approval.

SCHOOL DRESS

Students in the Kelso C-7 School District are expected to dress and groom in a manner that will not discredit the school or create a distraction from the educational environment by drawing undue attention to their appearance. Students will not be allowed to wear any clothing, caps, hats, and buttons, badges or tattoos that advertise products inappropriate for our K-8

students. No clothing may be worn which promotes or glamorizes violence, profanity, or activities that could negatively affect

the positive learning environment are prohibited. Clothing that compromises student safety, such as unreasonable large

clothing or other garments that could conceal weaponry, is forbidden. The dress code applies to school activities as well as the regular school day.

  1. Hair shall be kept clean and neat and not draw attention.
  2. Students will be allowed to wear shorts during warm weather. No spandex shorts will be allowed. Shorts worn to school
  3. are not to be TOO SHORT as to draw undue attention. A good guide is that shorts should extend to the end of the

    middle finger when hands are held at the side.

  4. No fish net, tank tops, or undergarments not sufficiently covered by other clothing shall be allowed as school dress.
  5. The opening in tank tops is too large if the body torso can be seen through the opening.
  6. Any type of clothing, dress, hairstyle, emblems or tattoos on a person that could be affiliated with gangs or gang activity will not be allowed.
  7. Clothing that exposes midriffs/navel will be deemed inappropriate.
  8. No hats or other headgear will be worn inside the buildings except by special permission from the Superintendent.
  9. Wallet chains are prohibited.
  10. Earring/studs may not be worn on any visible body area besides the ear.
  11. Students may not wear any clothing, caps, hats and badges, buttons or tattoos that advertise tobacco products, alcohol related products, or other products clearly inappropriate for K-8 student use.
  12. Clothing with sexual and/or vulgar messages is prohibited.
  13. All other clothing or attire which discredits the school, interferes with the educational environment, promotes violence or compromises student safety is prohibited.

SCHOOL HOURS

The state requires school to be in session 174 days. The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and dismisses at 3:15 for non-bus students and 3:20 for bus students.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to foster student responsibility, respect for the rights of others, and to ensure the orderly operation of district schools. No code can be expected to list each and every offense which may result in the use of disciplinary action. However, it is the purpose of this code to list certain offenses which, if committed by a student, will result in the imposition of a certain disciplinary action. Any conduct not included herein, or an aggravated circumstance of any offense or an action involving a combination of offenses may result in disciplinary consequences that extend beyond this code of conduct as determined by the principal, superintendent and/or Board of Education.

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1. Arson - Starting a fire or causing an explosion with the intention to damage property or buildings.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

officials, and documentation in student's discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

 

2. Assault

  1. Attempting to cause injury to another person; intentionally placing a person
  2. in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

    First Offense: In-school suspension, 1 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, notice to law

    enforcement officials and documentation in the studentís discipline record.

    Subsequent Offense: 11 Ė 180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

    officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

  3. Attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury to another

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

3. Misconduct: - Any offense committed by a student on a district-owned or contracted bus shall be punished in

the same manner as if the offense had been committed at the studentís assigned school. In addition, bus-riding

privileges may be suspended or revoked.

4. Disparaging or Demeaning Language Ė Use of words or actions, verbal, written or symbolic meant to harass or

injure another person; i.e., threats of violence or defamation of a personís race, religion, gender or ethnic origin.

Constitutionally protected speech will not be punished.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

5. Disrespectful Conduct or Speech Ė Disrespectful verbal, written or symbolic language or gesture which is inappropriate

to public settings directed at a staff member.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

  1. Disruptive Speech or Conduct Ė Conduct or verbal, written or symbolic language, which materially and substantially

disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

7. Drugs/Alcohol

A. Possession of or attendance under the influence of any unauthorized prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic

substance, counterfeit drugs or drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension, notification to law enforcement officials, and

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documentation in studentís discipline record.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

B. Sale, purchase or distribution of any prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, counterfeit drugs and/or

drug-related paraphernalia.

First Offense: Expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and documentation in studentís

discipline record.

8. Extortion Ė Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school

suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record.*

9. False Alarms Ė Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in studentís discipline record*.

10. Fighting Ė Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

 

11. Public Display of Affection - Physical contact which is inappropriate for the school setting.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school

suspension, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record.*

12. Sexual Harassment (Board Policy)

    1. Use of verbal, written or symbolic language that is sexually harassing.

 

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension,

or expulsion, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

 

b. Physical contact that is sexually harassing.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and

documentation in student's discipline record.

13. Theft, attempted theft or willful possession of stolen property

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First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, possible notification to law

Enforcement officials, and possible documentation in student's discipline record*.

Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification of law enforcement

officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

  1. Tobacco
  2. a. Possession of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

    First Offense: Principal/Student conference or in-school suspension.

     

    Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

     

    b. Use of any tobacco products on school grounds, bus or at any school activity.

    First Offense: In-school suspension or 1-3 days out-of-school suspension

    Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

     

  3. Truancy--Absence from school without the knowledge and consent of parents/guardian and/or the
  4. school administration.

     

    First Offense: Principal/Student conference or 1-3 days in-school suspension.

    Subsequent Offense: 3-10 days in-school suspension.

     

  5. VandalismóWillful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging
  6. to the school, staff, or students.

    First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, possible

     

    notification to law enforcement officials, and possible documentation in studentís discipline record*.

    Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement

    officials and documentation in studentís discipline record.

     

  7. Weapons (see Board policy)
    1. Possession or use of any instrument or device, other than those defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or 571.010,RSMo which is customarily used for attack or defense against another person; any instrument or device used to inflict
    2. physical injury to another person.

      First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion, and possible

      documentation in studentís discipline record*.

       

      Subsequent Offense: 11-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion, and documentation in studentís

      discipline record.

    3. Possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921 or any instrument or device defined in 571.010,

RSMo.

 

First Offense: One calendar year suspension or expulsion, notification to law enforcement officials, and

documentation in student discipline record.

*Any offense which constitutes a "serious violation of the district's discipline policy" as defined in Board policy will be documented in the student's discipline record.

STUDENT ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

The Board recognizes its share of responsibility for the health, welfare, and safety of the students who attend the Kelso C-7 School District.

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Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, possession or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is prohibited on any school property, on any school-owned vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; or off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

The Board of Education shall provide free public education to all students who are residents of the school district and who are between the ages of five and twenty-one. To be admitted to kindergarten in the Kelso C-7 School District, a child must be five (5) years old before August 1.

STUDENT DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

All students will be afforded due process as guaranteed by constitutional provisions. The process will be in accordance with state law, as well as with the provisions outlined in the Board's policies and regulations on student suspension and student expulsion.

SUSPENSIONS

When students are out of class due to a suspension, they shall be given the opportunity to do all schoolwork so that their education is not disrupted but the grades are not recorded. If the work is not completed the work is recorded as a zero when averaging grades. Any student who must serve a detention may not practice or attend an extra curricular activity.

 

TEXTBOOKS

The textbooks are checked out to the students without textbook fees. The student is responsible for taking the proper book to class each day. The student is also held responsible for reasonable care of all materials furnished him/her by the School District. Charges will be levied when materials or equipment are abused or lost. Fines will be assessed for damage, defacement, or loss of textbooks. Reasonable wear is expected.

TOBACCO

Use of or possession of tobacco products on school property is prohibited. Violation of this rule may result in suspension from school.

Students are not to bring tobacco or tobacco products to school. This includes chewing tobacco and all other types of tobacco products.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus drivers have been instructed by the Board of Education not to permit students to get off the bus on the way to or from school without parent's permission. The privilege of riding a school bus is dependent upon good behavior. While using these services, the students are subject to the supervision of the operator of the bus.

BUS CHANGES: Students should bring a written note from their parents/guardian when they are to ride a different bus or the parent plans to pick the child up from school. Students coming to school with only a verbal message many times become

confused about where they are to go after school. Therefore, we insist on a written note if your child is to be picked up after school or must ride a different bus or get off at a different stop. Please address the note to your child's teacher.

 

RULES AND SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR PUPILS RIDING

SCHOOL BUSES

1. The driver is in charge of the pupils and the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly.

2. All students may have assigned seats.

3. Classroom conduct is to be observed by all pupils while riding in the bus, except for ordinary conversation.

4. Students must be on time. The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule.

5. Students must remain seated and facing the front until their own bus stop is reached, and the bus has come to a full stop.

  1. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

7. Students must not at any time extend arms or head out of the bus windows or throw objects from the bus.

8. Eating on a bus is not allowed. No paper or other trash is to be left on the bus or thrown on floor.

9. Students riding on any but their assigned bus must bring a signed note from home and have it signed by the principal of

their school.

10. Students cannot get off the bus at any but their assigned bus stops without permission from parents and the principal of

their school. Once a student enters a bus at his regular stop, he will not be discharged for any purpose until he reaches

school.

11. Profanity, fighting or scuffling, and smoking will not be tolerated.

  1. No animals-dead or alive - will be allowed on the bus.

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13. No glass container will be allowed on the bus.

14. Pupils who must cross the road after leaving the bus shall cross in front of the bus and only upon a signal given by the

driver.

Disorderliness on the school bus will distract the driver's attention from his driving and become a safety hazard for the whole bus; therefore, if a pupil cannot comply with the regulations, he/she may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Violations for which a pupil is subject to immediate suspension from the bus are:

1. Smoking, lighting matches, or throwing fireworks in or at the bus.

2. Having water guns, knives, or sharp blades on the bus.

3. Using foul or abusive language.

4. Damaging the bus, such as cutting seats, etc. Students will be responsible for reimbursing the school for the cost of

repairing these types of damages.

5. Fighting on the bus.

 

When waiting for the bus, parents should

  1. Designate a place, several feet away from the road, for your child to wait for the bus.
  2. Insist that there be no play at the bus stop. This always presents the possibility of a child running into the path of a car or being injured at the bus stop.

VISITING SCHOOL

ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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