Prairie Elementary School
Principal: Cayce Booher, email@example.com
Jarvis Hebert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Walker, email@example.com
Vision: Prairie Always Nurtures Diversified Academic Success (PANDAS)
Mission Statement: The mission of Prairie Elementary School is to provide every student with a nurturing environment enabling them to become successful learners.
Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Teacher Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:25 PM
Student Hours: 7:55 AM -3:10 PM
Arriving to School:
- Students can be dropped off at school between the hours of 7:25 AM and 7:50 AM.
- Students must be entered in their classrooms by 7:55 AM to not be marked as tardy.
- All students should be dropped off in the back circle. You will find the entrance to the back circle on Congress Street. DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD IN THE PARKING LOT IN THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. THIS IS VERY UNSAFE AND NOT WORTH THE RISK TO YOUR CHILD.
- Students must exit from the right side of the car.
- The gates will close at 7:50 AM. If arriving once the gates are closed, you will need to bring your child into the office and sign them in for the day and they will receive a Tardy Slip. We do encourage all students to ride the bus as the car rider line is very long.
- Bus Riders will exit the buses in the front of school.
Dismissal From School (Car Riders)
- Parents/guardians who pick up car riders after school must do so at the parent pick up zone. However, we do encourage all students to ride the bus as the car rider line is very long.
- All vehicles must have a car rider tag given to them by the school. The duty teacher will NOT let a student get into a vehicle without the correct car tag. If you do not have a tag, you will need to come to the office to pick up your child. You must show a pictured ID and your name must appear in our computer system as a person who can check out the child.
- Please do not enter the car rider gates until 2:55 PM.
- All students must be off of campus by 3:45 PM. Please contact the school if you are running late. Duty teachers and office staff have families and habitual lateness is a burden on them.
Dismissal from School (Bus Riders)
- At the end of the day, bus riders are to walk to their bus and board in an orderly fashion.
- Students must ride their assigned bus home from school. Arrangements for “spend the night”, “parents out of town”, parties, etc., are the responsibility of the parent(s), not the school. Exceptions must be approved by the administration and will be considered in hardship cases only.
- If a student misses their bus, they will report to the office and we will call the numbers we have on file for the child. The person picking up the child must appear in our computer system as a person allowed to pick up your child and they must have a pictured I.D.
- Please know your child’s bus number and driver’s name so that we can help you in the office if your child does not get off the bus or if your bus is running late.
- Please have someone waiting at the bus stops to receive your child. The bus driver will not let small children or students with disabilities leave the bus if there is no one there to receive them.
- In cases of severe inclement weather or other states of emergency, the Lafayette Parish School System may find it necessary to dismiss school early.
- The students will be sent home by way of their normally assigned mode of transportation when possible.
- It is very important that the school be provided with your preferred phone number in order to be contacted by the Blackboard Connect system.
Changing How a Student Goes Home:
- Please send a note to the teacher stating that the child is going home a different way. Example: Instead of a bus rider they will be a car rider. I would also email the teacher informing him/her in case the student does not give the note to the teacher. Please have the note written in your handwriting, sign it and put a phone number to contact you.
- If during the day, you will need to come to school and show your ID. Then once this is done, the clerks will inform your child and the teacher.
- If you are unable to come to school then you must fax (337-521-7791) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your ID and a note stating how you want your child to go home. Please remember that the person who picks up your child must be in our computer system as a contact for your child. Then call to make sure that we have received the information. (337-521-7790)
Checking Out a Child Early
- Students may not be checked out after 2:30 PM.
- The person checking out your child must be listed in the computer for your child.
- ID required for checking out your child.
Breakfast and Lunch
- Students are provided breakfast and lunch at Prairie Elementary free of charge.
- Breakfast time 7:25 AM -7:50 A.M. Students must enter cafeteria by 7:45 AM as to not be late for class.
- Students are allowed to bring their own lunch to school. Please remember that we have a few students who are severely allergic to peanut butter.
- Students are not allowed to bring candy, soft drinks, sunflower seeds, or items containing nuts to the cafeteria.
- Parents may attend lunch with their child but they must contact the teacher prior to the day they want to attend in order for the teacher to save a seat for you in the cafeteria. If the parent is eating lunch in our cafeteria they must pay for the meal at a cost of $4.50.
- Our cafeteria can not have any food items that are from restaurants or fast food places that appear in their marketed containers. For example, if bringing in food from McDonald’s, the food must be out of the original wrappings and bag. Place the food in a brown paper bag or a lunch box. Please remember that we can not have any soft drinks in our cafeteria.
- Students who bring their lunch from home may purchase milk from the cafeteria at a cost of $0.50 or juice at a cost of $0.25.
- Students will be provided with textbooks and will be held responsible for care of these books. Damages and losses must be paid in full by the end of the year.
- Students may check out books from the library and will be held responsible for the care of these books. Damages and losses must be paid in full for students to continue checking out books.
- Students are responsible for the care and security of personal items.
- Please label all jackets and coats with your child’s first and last name.
- Please label all school supplies.
- All lost and found items will go into the boxes located in the cafeteria.
- Students are not allowed to bring toys or electronics to school.
- NO CELL PHONES!
Medication at School
- The school cannot dispense medication of any kind without the written directive of the student's personal physician. No medication of any kind can be dispensed at the school until the “Administration of Medication Form” has been properly processed and returned to the school nurse.
- Students many NOT carry cough drops, aspirin, Motrin, medicated chapsticks, etc.
- If your child takes medicine before coming to school, please make sure they don’t place it in their pockets.
- In the event of a serious accident, parents/guardians will be notified. It is very important that we have updated telephone numbers on file at all times.
- An accident report will be filled out.
- If a minor accident occurs, first aid such as washing the area and putting on a band aid will occur.
- Students in the lower grades sometimes have bathroom accidents.
- Parents will be contacted to come to school with fresh clothing. A private bathroom will be provided for your child to change and clean up.
- We often have extra clothes on campus that we can use for your child if needed. However, if you would like to put an extra set of clothing in your child’s booksack that is fine. Please make sure to label all items.
- If your child borrows items of clothing to wear, please wash them and return them to school as soon as you can.
- Staff members will not clean up bowel accidents and you will be required to come to school to see to this matter if your child needs assistance.
- Regular attendance is essential for a quality education.
- Students may not miss more than ten days without a doctor’s excuse. Notes from parents do not count towards an excused absences.
- Parents/guardians will receive a letter if students miss 3 unexcused days of school. You will be required to come into the office and meet with an administrator. This is not a school policy but a Louisiana State policy.
- Approved Documentation for an absence (medical or dental excuse, court ordered subpoena, obituary regarding the death of an immediate family member, documentation regarding a catastrophic personal-social occurrences such as flood or fire
- Chronic medical conditions will require a letter from a licensed health care provider to be placed on file with our school nurse.
- Parents are urged to make dental, medical and other appointments after school hours, or if during the day, the time should be staggered so that the student does not always miss the same class.
- If necessary to check out during the school day, parents/guardians should report to the office with a pictured ID to sign the student out. Do not go directly to the class to get your child. Office personnel will call the student from class.
- If sending another person to check out your child, their name must be in our computer system as a contact. If they are not on the list, they can not take your child from campus.
- A student is considered tardy when he/she has not entered the classroom before the 7:55 AM bell rings.
- If a student arrives after the 7:55 AM bell, his/her parent must report to the office to sign in and pick up a pass for class. If this process is not followed, you will be called to come to campus and follow the proper check in procedure.
- The school is not responsible for passing out birthday invitations for students.
- Please do not have arrangements or balloons sent to your child on campus.
- Please contact your child’s teacher if wanting to send a treat to celebrate your child’s birthday. This must be arranged in advance.
- A parent can only send items that are individually wrapped and on the Pennington List, which can be found online. We can not have homemade items, cake, cupcakes, ice cream, pizza, soft drinks, etc.
- Students are expected to complete their homework that is given to them by their teachers.
- We encourage that children learn to complete this on their own with you checking it when it is completed. This will help build independence in their learning.
- Please expect homework Monday-Thursday. If your child consistently tells you that they do not have homework please contact the child’s teacher.
- Planners are given to students in grades 2nd-5th. Students are expected to write down their homework assignments and upcoming exams.
Nine Weeks Report Card Schedule
Teachers will send Progress Reports at the mid nine weeks. However, you may keep up with their grades daily in WEBPAMS through the Parent Portal found online at the Parent Command Center which can be found at www.lpssonline.com. You can get your child’s PSN number in the front office when you show your pictured ID. This is valid for grades 2nd-12th grade
Please refer to the Lafayette Parish Handbook which was sent home with your child. All discipline on campus is handled by the teachers and assistant principals.
Prairie Elementary only accepts cash or money orders for everything.
Who To Contact: (337-521-7790)
- Always contact the teacher first when you have questions about grades or situations in the classroom. The teacher is with your child all day and can better answer questions than administration. Contact administration if you have any concerns that have not been addressed by the teacher.
- Contact Assistant Principals when you have discipline concerns or problems with students on the bus or bus stops.
- Contact Transportation directly when you have a transportation issue that does not deal with students. 337-521-7000
- We also have counselors here to help you and your family for any other needs. (Denise Taylor grades K, 4, 5 and Cindy Blum grades 1, 2, 3)
- Panda Care-contact Sarah Eaglin (Panda Care Director) or Jodeen Davis (secretary)
- Contact Carey Lemoine for curriculum concerns and RTI (Response to Intervention)
- Contact Tracey Sears for 504 and SBLC meetings, gifted and talented referrals
- Contact Clerks directly (Karen Demette or Soha Taha) when needing to update information in the computer system. Please do not rely on the teacher to get the information to the front office if there is a change. Sometimes we have a substitute on campus and this might not get handled in a timely manner.
- Contact the Principal when you are not satisfied once you have gone through the other channels or if you have facility concerns.
Prairie Elementary Handbook
Please detach and send this sheet back to your child’s teacher.
I have read and understand the policies that are in the Prairie Elementary School handbook.
Parent Signature: __________________________________
Student’s Name: ___________________________________
After reading this handbook, I have the following questions:
*Teachers if any parents have questions, please put this form in principal’s mailbox.
Email Contact : _______________________________________________