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«Elementary Handbook 2015-16 For Parents of Dublin City Schools Elementary Students Table of Contents Welcome, Mission Statement, and Philosophy ...»

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Elementary Handbook

2015-16

For Parents of Dublin City

Schools Elementary Students

Table of Contents

Welcome, Mission Statement, and Philosophy

Belief Statements

Board of Education and Administrative Team

List of Elementary Schools

District Calendar

School Hours, The School Day

Breakfast/Lunch, Dress Code, Care of Property

Personal Property at School, Technology, PCDs, Electronic Equipment

Attendance

Entrance Age Requirements

Equal Education Opportunity, Student Support, Child Find, Student Success Team.. Page 12 Gifted Services, Section 504/ADA, School Safety

Student Success: School and Home Working Together

Grading Scale, Standardized Testing, Promotion and Retention

Notification of Parent Records/FERPA

Directory Information

Student Health

Medication Procedures

Immunization Requirements

Bloodborne Pathogens, Student Network & Internet Accessible Use & Safety PolicyPage 25 Multicultural/Inclusionary Education

Student Code of Conduct

Safety Guidelines for Riding Dublin City Schools Buses

Harassment, Bullying, and Reporting Procedures

Complaints Related to Section 504

Other District Policies and Procedures

Acknowledgement Form………………………………………………………………Page 47 Welcome!

Dear Students and Parents, Welcome to Dublin City Schools! This handbook was written to help you understand the procedures and programs at your school. Please read it together and discuss. If you have any questions, please talk with your teacher or principal. We wish you a most successful school year.

We are so glad you are here!

Sincerely, The Dublin Elementary School Principals Dublin City Schools Mission Statement We believe that all students can and must learn at high levels of achievement. It is our job to create an environment in our classrooms that results in this high level of performance. We are confident that, with our support and help, students can master challenging academic material and we expect them to do so. We are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and parents to achieve this shared educational purpose.

Dublin Elementary School Philosophy We believe that the purpose of the Dublin Elementary Schools is to foster the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of individuals in order that they may function as productive members of society. The primary goal is to help develop each child to the limits of his/her potential. We recognize that each child is unique and that a variety of programs and methods is needed to meet the needs of each student.

In order to reach these goals, the elementary staff will work to:

1. Consider each child’s ability, interest, and achievement when planning instruction and assessment.

2. Provide a differentiated learning experience based upon each student’s needs.

3. Plan and deliver meaningful instruction that will prepare each child for the next steps in the educational journey.

4. Support students in maintaining curiosity, enthusiasm, and zest for life and learning.

5. Work closely with colleagues and education leaders to ensure a team-based approach to educating each child.

6. Maintain and enrich parent-teacher relationships.

7. Use a variety of techniques in instruction and assessment.

8. Teach each child to accept the responsibilities of citizenship by providing instruction on the rights, duties, and obligations of a citizen in a democratic society.

9. Encourage creativity in all areas of study.

10. Help each child accept the strengths and weaknesses of others and learn to work cooperatively with classmates.

Elementary School Belief Statements Environment We believe in creating a safe and caring environment that maximizes student achievement.

Professional Learning Communities We believe in working collaboratively with other experts in the field of education as a way to share knowledge, ideas, and skills.

Relationships We believe that relationships are the cornerstone of all learning.

Technology We believe that students should be able to access the world through innovation and the tools of technology.

Resources We believe the equitable allocation of resources based on student needs optimizes student success.

High Expectations We believe all students can develop into critical thinkers and problem solvers, and we believe all students can communicate in a meaningful way.

Achievement We believe a strong foundation of learning enables students to reach high levels of achievement and growth.

Equity We are committed to providing an appropriately equitable educational experience for each child.

Community We believe the partnership between school, home, and community is an essential element of school success.

Support We believe in providing a continuum of support for all students to achieve at their highest level.

Learning Characteristics We believe that all students will develop talents and skills that prepare them to succeed in an ever-changing environment.

Leadership We believe that all students have the capacity for leadership.





Citizenship We believe that all students should develop a socially conscious understanding of the world and know the importance of contributing to society in a meaningful and positive way.

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Your Board of Education is comprised of five members, elected to a term of four (4) years by the residents of the school district. Dates, times, and locations of the regular meetings of the Board of Education are set at the organizational meeting in January. See the District’s web site, www.dublinschools.net for dates, times, and locations of board meetings. All community members are invited to attend.

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There will be no District staff supervision of students until 9:00 a.m. or after 3:40 p.m. However, the Dublin Latchkey program is an option for parents who need supervision for their child. Dublin Latchkey operates independently from Dublin City Schools as a non-profit organization, though they do utilize the facilities of Dublin City Schools. Dublin Latchkey can be reached at (614) 793-0871.

The School Day Arriving at School Buses Students are eligible for busing if they live one mile beyond the location of the child’s elementary school. If a student is eligible for busing, the bus number, pickup/drop-off times, and the location of the bus stop will be listed on the Parent Dashboard.

Note that regardless of their residence, AM kindergarten students are bused home from school; PM kindergarten students are bused to school.

Walking, riding bikes, or arriving by parent drop-off There are certain expectations for students who choose to walk, ride bikes, or be dropped off by a parent or guardian.

1. In the morning, students should not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Students will not be permitted to enter the building until 9:00 a.m.

2. At some Dublin Elementary Schools, crossing guards will be on duty before school at 8:55 a.m. and after school at 3:35 p.m. to help students safely cross intersections. Students should not pass these positions unless a crossing guard is on duty.

3. Students should cross the street only at corners and after looking both ways. Please note that there are no mid-day crossing guards for kindergarteners.

4. For safety reasons, students are not permitted to rollerblade or skateboard on school property. Bikes are permitted and can be secured in the bike racks outside the school.

5. Parents should take the time to review basic safety rules with their children, particularly regarding any interactions with strangers on their way to and from school.

6. If a parent plans to bring a child to school, we encourage you to check with your individual school to determine drop-off procedures.

Breakfast/Lunch Dublin Elementary Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), which are governed by the USDA. The breakfast and lunch programs base choices on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, focuses on balancing calories (fewer calories taken in and more burned with physical activity), and encourages Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, a variety of seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans-fats, added sugars, and refined grains. You can find further information on menu, nutrition, payment options, and free/reduced meals by going to the Dublin City Schools home page (http://www.dublinschools.net) and following the Departments link to Food Services.

If your child wishes to purchase lunch, you may put money on your child's lunch account on-line by going to our district web site (www.dublinschools.net) and clicking "Online Meal Payment.” You may also send money into the school with your child, and it will be added to the account by the kitchen staff.

Students may also pack a lunch and purchase milk from the cafeteria.

Dress Code Dublin students have considerable choice in their style of dress and appearance. Student appearance reflects an attitude of pride in self, school, and community. However, there are some parameters we expect our students to

follow:

1. Clothing should be neat, clean, and modest.

2. Low-cut tops, see-through blouses, midriff tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, very short skirts/shorts should be avoided.

3. Items that could be frightening, such as accessories including chains and/or studded accessories, are not permitted.

4. Clothing with writing and/or symbols that advertise or promote activities against school regulations is not permitted. For example, words or symbols that are obscene or suggestive of obscenity, alcohol, substance abuse or an unhealthy attitude toward school are not permitted.

5. Hats or other non-religious head coverings are not permitted to be worn in the building unless they are for a specific purpose approved by the principal.

6. Oversized clothing that is excessive or compromises the safety of students is not permitted.

7. Appropriate footwear will be worn at all times, i.e., no stacked heel shoes, no floppy sandals, no shoes with built in skates, etc.

Note: Individual exceptions to the dress code are acceptable if authorized by the building principal or designee.

In addition, it is very important that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. During the winter months, we do our best to continue with outdoor recess, but it is important that students come with the appropriate hats, coats, and gloves.

There are times we must have recess indoors. The following guidelines help us determine if recess will be indoors

or outdoors (all temperatures include the wind chill effect):

20 degrees or below – all recess will be indoors.

• 21-25 degrees – students will be allowed one short (15 minutes) recess outdoors, with lunch recess • indoors.

26 degrees and warmer – all recess will be outdoors.

• Care of Property The Board of Education believes that the schools should help students learn to respect property and develop feelings of pride in community institutions.

The Board charges each student with responsibility for the proper care of school property and the school supplies and equipment entrusted to his/her use.

Students who cause damage to school property shall be subject to disciplinary measures. The District may report to the appropriate juvenile authorities any student whose damage of school property has been serious or chronic in nature. Further, the Board authorizes the imposition of fines for the loss, damage, or destruction of school equipment, library materials, textbooks, or damage to school buildings.

Personal Property at School At times, a student may bring personal property to school to share with friends or to use in the classroom. The Board assumes no responsibility for any personal property brought to school. Each school has a Lost and Found that students and parents should check for any lost items. Unclaimed items are given to charity on a regular basis.

Parents are encouraged to clearly mark their children’s coats, rainwear, sweaters, hats, gloves, boots, lunch boxes, backpacks, and other personal items so that they may be easily identified and may be easily returned if they are, in fact, misplaced.

Technology Personal Communication Devices Possession and/or use of a personal communication device (PCD) by a student while at school during the school day is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of Policy 5136, or otherwise engages in abuse of this privilege.

The following items are considered personal communication devices:

Computers Tablets Electronic readers Cell phones and smartphones Pagers Various web-enabled devices Because the elementary years are a crucial time for students to develop important social skills that will allow them to interact with peers and adults, we limit use of PCDs at school. Unless approved by a supervising teacher, an administrator, or an IEP team, students are prohibited from using PCDs or having them powered on during the school day. The device must be turned completely off and thus unable to receive, send, capture, or record any communication, visual image, sound, text message or other information. This includes lunch periods, transition periods, and recess.

Students may use PCDs while riding to and from school on a school bus or other Board-provided vehicle if permitted by the bus driver, classroom teacher, or school support staff.

The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use of, PCDs brought onto its District grounds.



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