Elementary

Handbook


2015 - 2016


Independent School District 728

To educate, inspire and empower

Hassan Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

Meadowvale Elementary

Otsego Elementary

Parker Elementary

Twin Lakes Elementary

Rogers Elementary

Westwood Elementary

Zimmerman Elementary



Independent School District 728

Mission Statement

To educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners,

to shape their futures,

to accomplish their dreams and

to contribute positively to our local and global communities.

 

 

Our goal is to provide a safe, caring, positive environment where students feel a sense of belonging with teachers and staff who care about them. The information in this handbook has been carefully prepared to help students succeed at all elementary schools. Our policies are compliant with the ISD 728 Board of Education Policies.

We ask students and their parent/guardian to review all the policies and procedures included in this handbook. Please contact an administrator at your child’s school if you would like more information concerning any school policy or procedure.

 

This handbook includes two sections:

 

Section 1

Elementary School Procedures are used in all ISD 728 schools and have been agreed upon by all elementary principals and the School Board.

Section 2 
Procedures and expectations specific to your child’s school.


Table of Contents


Contact Information

Community Education

Communication

Parent Portal

Fees

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Withdrawing from School

School Closing Announcements (Early Dismissal)

Attendance

Absent or Late to School

Truancy/Unexcused Absences

Dropping off Items for Students during the School Day

Early Dismissal

Release of Students

Building Security and Student Safety

School Visitors

Volunteers

Safety Patrols

Safe Schools Tip Line

Personal Safety/Bullying

Harassment Procedures

Behavioral Expectations

Fighting

Weapons

Search and Seizure

Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism

Student Dress

Cell Phones and Internet Devices

Nuisance Items

Animals

Acceptable Internet Use Policy

Network Responsible Use Guidelines

Health and Wellness

Food Brought to School

Providing Healthy Options

School Lunch & Breakfast Program

Free/Reduced Lunch

Physical Education

Health Services

Student Medication Law

Student Immunization Law

Outdoor Play

Pupil Transportation Information

Bus Rules

Walkers and Bicycle Rider Rules

Scooters, Skateboards, In-line skates/Roller tennis shoes

After School Hours and Activities

Field Trips

District 728 Tobacco Free

Individual School Procedures and Information

Contact Information

 

ISD 728 Office

815 Highway 10

Elk River, MN 55330

Phone: 763-241-3400

Fax: 763-241-3407

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us

 

Hassan Elementary

Principal: Heidi Adamson-Baer

14055 Orchid Avenue

Rogers, MN 55374

763-274-7230

heidi.adamson-baer@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/hes

 

Lincoln Elementary

Principal:  Justin Sperling

600 School Street

Elk River, MN 55330

763-241-3480

justin.sperling@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/les

 

Meadowvale Elementary

Principal: Karen Maschler

12701 Elk Lake Road

Elk River, MN 55330

763-241-3470

karen.maschler@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/mes

 

Otsego Elementary

Principal: Todd Van Erp

8125 River Road NE

Otsego, MN 55330

763-241-3494

todd.vanerp@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/oes

 

Parker Elementary

Principal: Scott Lempka

500 School Street

Elk River, MN 55330

763-241-3500

scott.lempka@isd728.org

Website:

parker.elkriver.k12.mn.us

 

Rogers Elementary

Principal: Phil Schreifels

12521 Main Street

Rogers, MN 55374

763-241-3462

philip.schreifels@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/res

 

Twin Lakes Elementary

Principal: Daniel Collins

10051 191st Avenue NW

Elk River, MN 55330

763-274-7242

daniel.collins@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/tles

                                      

Westwood Elementary

Principal:  Kari Sampson

13651 - 4th Avenue S

Zimmerman, MN 55398

763-274-3180

kari.sampson@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/wes

 

Zimmerman Elementary

Principal:  Gretchen Fisher

25959 West 4th Street

Zimmerman, MN 55398

763-241-3475

gretchen.fisher@isd728.org

Website:

www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/zes


COMMUNITY EDUCATION                        


Contact Information

EdVenture Club, Before & After School Childcare, Cory Franson, Mgr 241-3400 ext 5505

Early Childhood Family Education, Kathy Simonson, Mgr 241-3400 ext 5580

Charlie Blesener, Director

1170 Main Street, Elk River MN 55330

Phone: 763-241-3520

Fax: 763-241-3521

Website:

http://www.communityed.com

 

Attendance

Absent or late to school

If your child was scheduled to attend morning or afternoon EdVenture Club, please contact their office at 763-241-3400 ext 5508.

 

Release of students

If students are staying after school to attend EdVenture Club or a Community Education class, a written note must be sent with your child in the morning indicating they are staying after school for a class.

SECTION 1

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROCEDURES


 

COMMUNICATION


Parent Communication

Parents can keep informed regarding their children’s classrooms and happenings in the school building in a variety of manners.  See individual school section for specific communication procedures.

 

Parent Portal

Parent Portal is available to improve communication between parents and the district teachers.  The Parent Portal is a web-based program that allows parents, from a computer, to get updated information on their child’s attendance and academic progress and pay school assigned fees through RevTrak. (There is no charge to use this service.)  You will need an authorization key to access your child’s/children’s account.  The key is allocated by the district office by either calling 763-241-3548 or going to the website at www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/parentportal.  Once you receive your authorization key you can choose to activate your account by following the directions that are provided.  Once you have logged on and agreed to the security conditions, you will have access to your child’s/children’s information.  If you have further questions or concerns about Parent Portal, please go to the website: www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/parentportal.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s homeroom teacher if they have any questions regarding a grade or a situation that occurred in the classroom.  If, after you have contacted the classroom teacher, you still need further assistance, please contact the school administrator.

 

Fees

Fee payments can be made through RevTrak online via the Campus Parent Portal.  Any fee payments that have not been made may be sent to our collection agency, ACS.  Thank you for your consideration and understanding.

 

Parent – Teacher Conferences and Report Cards

In an effort to promote communication between home and school, your child's progress will be reported to you by means of Parent-Teacher Conferences and report cards.  You will receive information about conferences in the fall and spring. Report cards should be viewed on Parent Portal at the end of each trimester.  If you do not have internet access or you are unable to view your child’s report card, please call your child’s school office.

 

Your attention to the following will help us make your child’s conference meaningful and successful:

 

There may be other times during the school year when a conference is necessary.  You may call the school and leave a message for your child's teacher. At that time, further arrangements can be made for a conference.

 

Withdrawing from School

Please notify the school’s principal or secretary as soon as you know you will be moving to another school.  Your child’s records will be forwarded when the new school requests them.


SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS (EARLY DISMISSAL)                      


School closing is announced before the normal school start time or following a previous delay announcement:

School is delayed (typically a two hour late start):

 

School is dismissed early due to weather:

Weather emergency when school is not in session:

If the Elk River Area Schools are to be closed (early dismissal) because of storms or other emergencies, the ISD 728’s school cancellation announcements will be communicated in the following methods:

 

Students will be transported to their regular bus stop or as close to home as possible, depending on conditions and circumstances.  During extremely bad weather, parents should listen for these broadcasts to insure the child's safety from bus to home.  Each family should have an emergency plan which a child can follow if an early dismissal occurs (key at the neighbors, go to the neighbors, etc.).  A child should always feel secure in knowing alternative plans have been made.



ATTENDANCE


Definition

Regular attendance is essential if students are to be successful in school.  Chronic absences interrupt the education of your child.  School personnel will make every effort to encourage regular attendance, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the students and their parents/guardians. The complete Attendance Policy is available for your review at your school, the District Office and the District’s Website:

http://www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/Academics.cfm?subpage=3049.

 

Absent or Late to School

If your child will be absent, arrive late or leave early, please call the school attendance line

(763)241-3555.  You may call 24 hours a day and leave a message.  If your child is not at school, and the school has not received notice of absence, the school will call the parent or guardian.

 

When reporting an absence, please include the following information:

 

Grade K-5 Absence Procedures

 

Truancy/ Unexcused Absences

There are consequences when students are continually absent from school without a valid excuse.  If an elementary student is absent three days within a single school year without a lawful excuse, that student is considered “continuing truant,” according to state law (statute 260A.02).  Five unexcused tardies will be considered as one unexcused absence.  The school is required to notify a parent when a child is a continuing truant.  If the child continues to be truant, schools are mandated to report the truant behavior to the county. A student is considered “educationally neglected” if he/she is absent from school seven or more days without lawful excuse. The complete Attendance Policy is available for your review at your school, the District Office and the District’s Website: http://www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/Academics.cfm?subpage=3049.


Dropping off Items for Students during the School Day

If your child has left something at home and you need to drop it off at school, please bring it to the office and leave it with the office staff.  They will make the delivery to the classroom and will make sure your child receives it on time. This will help eliminate interruptions in the classroom during teaching time.

 

Early Dismissal

Early dismissals are discouraged.  Students leaving a few minutes early often miss important last minute instructions and/or reminders.  Interrupting classes to call students to the office also distracts other students and interrupts the end of the day classroom routines.  Early dismissals should occur only in rare circumstances.  Please make every effort to schedule appointments outside of school hours.

 

Students leaving early will be marked as early out.  This is considered the same as a tardy.

 

Release of Students

Late arrival/ Leaving early and checking in/out of school

Students will only be released to persons listed on the emergency form unless a note is given to the office from the parent. Verbal requests and phone calls to release the student to someone other than those listed on the emergency form will not be honored.  If a student arrives late or leaves early, parents must sign their student(s) in or out at the office.  

 

If a student needs to be released early for an appointment, a note should be sent with your child in the morning.  The parents/guardians should report to the office to sign out and wait for your child.  The child will be released at the time requested.  If you arrive early, you may need to wait for your child to be dismissed.

 

If a student returns to school after his/her appointment, he/she should report back to the office and be signed in by his/her parent.


BUILDING SECURITY AND STUDENT SAFETY


School Visitors

Visitors are welcome!  During the school day, all visitors entering the school will only be able to do so through the main entrance via a secured video intercom system.  If the main door is locked, please use the intercom system to request access to the building.  Instructions will be clearly posted at the front doors.  All visitors must sign-in at the main office and secure a badge, which must be worn while in the building. Please remember to sign out when leaving the building.  Only visitors that have registered in the office will be allowed access to the classrooms.  This is for the safety and protection of all students in the school.

 

The school visitor policy is not meant to discourage parents from visiting school, but to assist officials in knowing who is in the building.  We are very happy to have parents visit school.  You are welcome to observe in the classroom in which your child is participating. We do ask, however, that you do not send other children to school as visitors.


Guidelines for Visiting and Communication with School Personnel

School Board Policy 1002 expresses the district’s encouragement of parents and community member’s involvement in school programs and student activities.  It is also a goal of the school district to ensure a safe and orderly environment in all schools. In the interest of these objectives the following guidelines are provided to assist in ensuring a safe environment through appropriate security practices and an orderly environment that supports orderly and uninterrupted educational processes.

 

Classroom Visits    

  1.  Parents or a representative of the parent who would like to observe their child in the classroom setting must contact the school principal to request a visit to a classroom.  Requests by any other individual or group will be addressed by the principal on a case by case basis.

  1. The Principal will determine if a visit outweighs the concerns above, and if so, will make arrangements as to the time and date of the visit.

  1. Visits which, intentionally or unintentionally, have an adverse impact upon the educational environment in a classroom are unacceptable. Examples:                 
  1. Asking questions or demanding attention that diverts a teacher’s attention from teaching.
  2. Distracting any student’s attention from tasks a teacher expects the student to carry out.

 

Impromptu Meeting Requests

If a parent comes to the school to request an impromptu meeting, the above procedures for classroom visits still apply.

 

Email and Phone Contacts

  1. Any questions, concerns, or requests about general education classes must be directed to the specific general education teacher.

  1. Any questions, concern, or requests about special education must be directed to the student’s IEP case manager.

  1. General questions will be responded to by an individual staff member within one to two school days.

  1. More complex questions and/or those that may require consultation with other staff members will be acknowledged within one to two school days, and an answer or plan to address the issues within five school days.

Picking Up or Dropping off Student or Materials Needed by the Student

Building procedures will be followed including such practices as the use of office “runners” to deliver necessary materials.


Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our school district!  When volunteering, remember that you must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge at all times.  All new volunteers must complete a criminal background check before they begin volunteering.  Criminal Background checks are good for three school years.  Please check with your child’s school for more details on how you can volunteer.

 

Safety Patrols

Safety Patrols are here to assist students in safely going to and from school.  Please help us to teach the school children that Safety Patrols must be respected and obeyed.  Check with your child’s school regarding specific procedures for school crossing zones.

 

Safe Schools Tip Line

The ISD 728 is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, staff and visitors.  The Safe Schools Tip Line is one way that anyone can report unsafe conditions in a simple and anonymous way.  Students are encouraged to talk to a parent, teacher, counselor or school administrator.  If they aren’t comfortable doing so, text messages may be sent to 274637. Start your text message with keywords: YAC ELKS followed by your information and/or observations.


PERSONAL SAFETY/BULLYING


ISD 728 strives to provide safe, secure, and respectful learning environments for all students in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at school-sponsored activities. Bullying is conduct that interferes with a student’s ability to learn and a teacher’s ability to educate.  The Bullying Prohibition policy protects students against bullying and retaliation by other students.

It’s important to understand the DEFINITION of bullying.  “Bullying” is objectively offensive intimidating, threatening, abusive or harmful conduct directed by a student toward one or more students when either (1) there is a real or perceived imbalance of power between those involved and the conduct reoccurs or forms a pattern; or, (2) the conduct materially and substantially interferes with the student’s educational opportunities, performance, or ability to participate in school functions, activities or programs. Simply put, bullying is behavior that is unfair and one-sided (imbalance of power).  It happens when someone keeps (repeated over time) hurting, frightening, threatening or leaving someone out on purpose (intended to harm).

“Cyberbullying” is bullying that occurs when an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a computer or cell phone, is used to transfer a sign, signal, writing, image, sound or data and includes a post to a social network, Internet website or forum.  Cyberbullying that takes place off school property may be subject to disciplinary action if it substantially and materially disrupts the student learning or school environment.

Bullying behavior is prohibited:

  1. On school property, school district-provided transportation, or at designated locations for students to wait for school district-provided transportation.
  2. During any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned program, activity, event or trip.
  3. Using school computers, electronic technology, networks, forums or mailing lists.
  4. Using electronic technology off the school premises that materially and substantially disrupts a student’s learning or school environment.

Retaliation is prohibited by any student.  Filing a false accusation of bullying is also prohibited. It is important to REPORT bullying!

Students who believe that they have been bullied or have witnessed bullying are strongly encouraged to bring their concerns to the principal/designee but may bring their concerns to any school employee.

Anonymous reports may be made via the school’s Bully Box or on-line via the school’s website. However, no disciplinary action will be determined solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

 

DISTRICT 728 PROCEDURES AGAINST HARASSMENT OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, DISABILITIES, RELIGION, RACIAL, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE

 

Everyone in District 728 has a right to be respected and feel safe.  The following procedures support harassment policy with regard to sexual orientation, disabilities, religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence of any kind on the school property, school functions and on the school bus.

 

  1. Harasser may be a student or staff member.  Harasser may also be a child or an adult.  Harassment may include the following when related to SEXUAL ORIENTATION,  DISABILITIES, RELIGION, RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR VIOLENCE.
  1. Name calling, joke or rumor;
  2. Physical or verbal threat or intimidations; pulling on clothing;
  3. Writing or graffiti;
  4. Notes or cartoons; designs, drawings, posters;
  5. Unwelcome touching of a person or clothing;
  6. Offensive, graphic, or suggestive gestures; or posters, clothing, book covers, etc.;
  7. Any words or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrass you, hurt your feelings or make you feel fearful (to include electronic media; cyber bullying).

  1. If any words or actions make you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you need to tell a trusted adult (teacher, counselor, principal, paraprofessional or the diversity coordinator.)  You are encouraged to make a written report of the incident or seek assistance in writing the incident.

  1. The person you tell will also make a written report and give it to the principal or building administrator.  To the extent possible all reports of harassment are kept confidential.

  1. Your right of privacy will be respected as much as possible.

  1. Staff members are obligated and students are encouraged to report any incident of harassment or abuse to the principals, building administrator, superintendent or the human rights officer.  All staff members are mandated reporters.

  1. Administration is to communicate and assure the student who is reporting the incident that the concern will be addressed.  If the behavior continues be sure to return to administration and report the issue.

  1. The school will also take action against anyone who tried to intimidate you or take action to harm you because you have reported an incident.  That person will also be in violation of this policy.

  1. This is a summary of the School District policy against sexual orientation, disabilities, religious, racial and sexual harassment and violence.  Complete policies are available in the building and/or District Office upon request.

 

Behavioral Expectations

In order to provide a safe and equitable learning environment for all students, the administration is responsible for implementing a fair and consistent process that ensures the health, safety, and well-being of each student.

 

The maintenance of discipline is the responsibility of all school staff with which the children have contact; this includes teachers, support staff, and volunteers.  Any member of the school staff can initiate the disciplinary process as a result of behavior that is inappropriate or dangerous.

 

We ask that parents become familiar with statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern and safeguard their child while in the educational setting.  Parent and school staff cooperation can often have a very positive influence on student behavior.

 

A student is responsible for his/her own behavior.  The following guidelines of student responsibility will help ensure a safe, pleasant, and productive learning environment:

Behavioral Expectations

 

 

Check with your child’s school regarding specific behavior expectations and consequences.

 

Administrators will address discipline situations not covered in the policies on a case-by-case basis.

Behaviors that are willful and disruptive or potentially harmful are included.

 

Fighting

Schools should be a safe environment for all.  Fighting does threaten this belief in safe schools.  Therefore, any involvement in a fight is not an acceptable method to deal with disagreements.  Each student will receive appropriate consequences, from problem solving to expulsion. Fighting is not tolerated.  If your child is involved or even helps to promote a fight, consequences may result in some form of suspension no matter who starts the fight.

 

Weapons

It is a violation of the policy of Independent School District 728 for any individual to knowingly or voluntarily possess, store, in any area subject to one’s control, handle, transmit, or use any instrument that is considered a weapon or destructive device or a “look-like” weapon or destructive device in school, on school grounds, at school activities, at bus stops, in school vehicles, or entering upon or departing from premises, property, or events.  Weapons and destructive devices will not be tolerated.  The complete Weapons Policy is available for your review at your school, the District Office and the District’s Website:

http://www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/Academics.cfm?subpage=3049.  

 

Search and Seizure

School officials may conduct a search of a student if they believe the student has any materials in violation of school or state law.  The search may also include the inspection of clothing, purses, wallets, book bags, and other personal property.  The search may include an inspection of school property including, but not limited to: student lockers, desks, and other areas in which items may be kept.

 

Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of student status and tampering with the school’s databases (i.e. Campus).  Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement; unacknowledged use of material prepared by another person or agency engaged in selling or otherwise providing papers, products, or other academic materials turned in under the student’s own name.  Doing so may result in any of the following: a zero on the assignment, a failing grade, detention or suspension.

Student Dress

Clothing worn by students shall be neat, clean, and in good repair for the personal health and safety of the students.  Any clothing or grooming practices that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the education process, or is threatening to health, is a violation of school policy.  The following are not permitted, but not limited to:

We ask that you observe the clothing your child wears to school to see that it is appropriate and in good taste for our community.  Students who are inappropriately dressed will be asked to contact their parent(s) to bring them more appropriate clothing for school wear or asked to turn their shirt inside out.  Clothing that is fashionable may not be acceptable in school.

 

Cell Phones and Internet Devices

Cell phones are not allowed to be used during school hours.  If you need to contact your child during the school day, please call the office to make arrangements. If your child needs to get in touch with you during the school day, he/she should ask his/her classroom teacher if it is appropriate to call home.  He/she would be allowed to use a school phone if it is necessary to call home.

 

Pagers, beepers, or cell phones which go off in the building (and/or the school bus) may be confiscated if they are disruptive to the school or the classroom environment.  They may be returned to the students at the discretion of the administration.

Nuisance Items

Any item that disrupts the learning environment will not be tolerated and may be confiscated.  Confiscated items may be turned in to an administrator in the office.  The first time this occurs an item may be returned to students at the end of the school day.  Repeated offenses may result in the items being returned to parents only or the item being held by administration for the remainder of the school year for return to parents at that time.  Electronics should not be brought to school.   Students are reminded that these items are easily stolen and rarely recovered.  The school has no responsibility to provide a secure location for these items and/or to provide assistance if these items are lost or stolen.

Animals

Animals may be used in the classroom as an educational tool if they are directly related to the instructional process and district curriculum.  Students, their parents, and employees are prohibited from bringing animals into the school (workplace) for any non-instructional purposes.  A “Request for Animals in the Classroom” form must be submitted to, and authorized by, an administrator prior to any animal being brought into District facilities.  

 

Acceptable Internet Use Policy

The purpose of District-provided Internet access is to facilitate communication and information gathering in support of research and education.  The Internet, an information resource of thousands of computers and networks worldwide, will be subject to all provisions of the District Resource Selection policy.

 

Student Access

In making decisions regarding student access to the Internet, the teachers of the ISD 728 will consider the District mission, goals, curriculum outcomes, and the Minnesota State Standards.  It is expected that the staff will blend thoughtful use of the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in its use.  As much as possible, access from school to Internet resources will be structured in ways which point students to those sites which have been evaluated prior to use.  While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others that have not been previewed by staff, they shall be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suitable to learning objectives.

 

Proper Utilization

Students utilizing District provided Internet access must be instructed on the proper use and etiquette of the Internet. The Internet will be used via teacher direction for classroom instruction. They must sign an agreement that they will use the Internet in an acceptable and responsible manner.  Every attempt will be made to provide staff supervision when students are accessing the Internet.  These procedures are to be implemented each school year and be provided for all new students entering school during the year.

 

Students utilizing Internet access on their personal electronic devices or school provided equipment on school grounds are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom or other area of the school.  The same general rules for behavior and communications apply.

 

To remain eligible as Internet users, students' use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the Elk River Area Schools.  Access is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use of the Internet will result in disciplinary measures according to the school established discipline guidelines and may include complete loss of Internet privileges or other disciplinary actions.  Each school will be responsible for setting up specific guidelines and procedures for student use of the Internet; however, these guidelines and procedures will be as consistent as possible throughout the District.

 

Agreement Policy Guidelines

Parents or guardians of students in the Elk River Area Schools will need to sign a statement understanding and accepting the responsibilities and liabilities that are placed on them and their child should their child violate the rules as stated in the Internet Safety Agreement Policy. This will occur during the following grades: kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade as well as to any new students who enter the district outside of those grades.  Parents or guardians are expected to provide the same guidance to their children concerning appropriate Internet usage just as they do with all media and information resources.

 

The student will also be required to sign a statement agreeing to the appropriate use of the Internet before they are allowed to use it.  This will occur during the following grades: kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade as well as for any new students who enter the district outside of those grades.

 

Before any student work, information and/or photographs are electronically published in the Internet, parents or guardians will need to sign a release form.

 

This is a summary of the School District’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy. The complete policy is available for your review at your child’s school, the District Office and the District’s Website:

http://www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/Academics.cfm?subpage=3049.  

Network Responsible Use Guidelines


HEALTH AND WELLNESS


Food Brought to School

Food brought to school for treats to share with classmates must be commercially prepared and in a sealed, unopened package; an ingredient list must be available if needed.  Please be aware that we have students in our district with food allergies, such as peanut allergies.  Homemade food cannot be handed out to children. Food provided should be consistent with our District’s Wellness Policy.

 

Providing Healthy Options

The District Wellness Policy is meant to encourage more healthful eating and exercise during the school day.  To meet the goals of the District’s Wellness Policy, parents and guardians should think of healthy options when they want to bring food to a classroom or while visiting for lunch. The complete Wellness Policy is available for your review at your child’s school and the District Office.

 

School Lunch & Breakfast Program                    

Nutrition

The National School Lunch Act of 1946 established the National School Lunch Program to safeguard the health and well being of our children.  The program is designed by Congress as a means of:

 

 

Offer Versus Serve

Congress passed a law in 1981 that was intended to help reduce the amount of food wasted by students in school lunch.  No longer are children required to take the entire lunch that is served at school.  The entire lunch will be offered, but children will be able to refuse one or two items - those which they are not going to eat and would normally end up in the garbage.

 

Lunches consist of five (5) food groups:  meat, bread, two or more servings of fruits and/or vegetables, and milk.  These five food items provide about one-third of a child's daily nutritional needs.  Under the law, children may refuse to take two (2) of the five items.

Because young children are still learning to make good choices, they may need help in choosing what to eat.  Parents are asked to review the lunch menu and help them to decide what to eat.  If there is an item on the menu that is unfamiliar or unpopular, teach them to take a taste portion rather than refusing it completely.  This will help introduce young children to new foods and help give the variety of nutrients offered by the lunch program.

Paying For School Lunch

Lunch money will be placed in a student computer account and lunch cost will be deducted from your child's account daily.  Lunch is on a pre-pay program.  We encourage families (if they can) to pay for longer periods of time, such as monthly, quarterly, etc.

 

Milk/Juice

Milk/juice consumed at "break time" in the classroom or with a bag lunch during noon lunch will also be deducted from your child's account.

 

Breakfast

Breakfast is offered at all elementary schools.  Check with your child’s school for more information regarding the breakfast program. There is no charge for students qualifying for free or reduced price meals. State laws provides for a free breakfast for all kindergartners who choose to eat.

Field Trip Lunches

When on a field trip or off campus, students who choose school lunch will be given a sunbutter and jelly sandwich, apple, fresh baby carrots and milk.  This reduces allergen exposure for our students who are allergic to nuts.

 

Free/Reduced Lunch

We encourage families to apply for Free/Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Benefits.  Families qualifying under Free status will receive free breakfast and lunch.  Families qualifying under Reduced status will receive breakfast free and lunch for $.40. There are no free/reduced prices for “break time” milk.

 

If you are interested in applying for benefits, you may apply online at www.elkriver.k12.mn.us, print a copy from the district website or request a copy from the school office.  All information you provide on the form is confidential.

 

Specific questions about the school lunch program may be directed to the Manager of Food Service at 763-241-3409.

Physical Education

Physical Education is part of the elementary curriculum.  There are many positive benefits of physical activity for students.  To be excused from physical education for more than one day, a person must present a doctor's note stating the reason for and period of time covered by the excuse.  For safety and enjoyment of physical education, students are expected to wear tennis shoes.

 

Health Services

A licensed school nurse within the district is on duty as the coordinator and supervisor of each school’s Health Services office.  Health Services personnel maintain each school’s Health Services office.

If a student becomes ill or injured at school, he/she needs to report to the Health Services office.  We expect you, as parents/guardians, to make arrangements to pick up your child, if the need occurs.

Note: It is very important to keep up-to-date emergency information on file in the Health Services office.  It is important that the emergency form include emergency contacts other than parents/ guardians as a back-up, if they cannot be reached.

We invite you to refer to the following for more Health Services information:

Medication Law

The Minnesota Medication Law emphasizes that Health Services personnel will give medication at school only in exceptional circumstances when your child’s health may be jeopardized without it.  If your child needs to take medication at school, the law states we can give medication only under the following conditions:

SPECIAL NOTE:  You are in violation of this state law if your child takes medication outside of the School Health Services office that has not been processed through that office.  This includes all nonprescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

WE CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY.  Narcotic pain medications will not be given at school, i.e. Tylenol with Codeine, etc.  If your child needs narcotic pain medication at school, he/she is not ready to return to school.

 

ALLERGY AWARE:  ISD 728 is an allergy aware district.  Please be aware that latex balloons are no longer allowed in any of our schools.

Immunization Law

To protect children from specific communicable diseases, Minnesota state law (M.S. 123.70) requires that all school children be vaccinated, allowing for certain exemptions*. Upon entering school, each student must provide proof that the immunization schedule is in process or has been completed.  The school may accept immunization information submitted by a parent/guardian in lieu of a statement from a physician or public clinic if the full immunization dates are given.  Immunization forms are available in each School Health Services office or can be downloaded on the ISD 728 Website.

 

Your child’s current school immunization record can be found on your parent portal account.

 

*Exemptions:  No student is required to receive an immunization if he/she has a medical contraindication or that laboratory evidence of immunity exists.  No student is required to have an immunization which is contrary to the conscientiously held beliefs of his/her parent or guardian.  A medical waiver must be signed by a physician and conscientious objections must be notarized.

 

Outdoor Play

Children will go outside for noon recess in suitable weather.  Please help your child(ren) with appropriate dress for outside.  This includes boots, scarves, jackets, mittens/gloves, and other clothing that is suitable to the season and the weather for that particular day.

 

Our general guideline for inside recess during the winter is zero degree temperature or 10 degrees below zero wind chill.  Weather conditions will vary from building to building and sometimes from one minute to the next, therefore, the building principal (or designee) will ultimately be responsible for determining outside or inside recess.

 

Accommodations for children with special medical needs can be made with the Health Services Personnel.  Written documentation from your child’s physician may be required.


PUPIL TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION


Contact Information

Vision of Elk River, Inc.

12508 Elk Lake Road

Elk River, MN  55330

763-441-4420

763-241-0896 (Fax)

Email:  routing@visionofelkriver.com

 

Bus Rules

School bus transportation is provided for students who live more than one mile from school or live in an area determined to be hazardous for walking due to traffic patterns.  Bus safety is a team effort.  The following are some expectations we have of our students to ensure that all students are provided with a safe and comfortable bus ride:

 

Our goal is to provide appropriate transportation for our students.  We will not allow students to harass or jeopardize the safety of others on the bus.  Discipline or suspension of bus riding privileges will occur for students who do not cooperate.  If suspension occurs, students are still required to attend school.   Parents will then be responsible for transporting to and from school.  Transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right, for an eligible student.  (Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 4  123.801).

The complete Transportation Policy is available for your review at your school, the District Office and the District’s Website: http://www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/parents.cfm?subpage=43.

 

Walker and Bicycle Rider Rules

Those students who use a bicycle as their means of transportation need to observe "rules-of-the-road" safety and School Safety Patrols. When a student arrives on the school grounds, he/she should immediately walk the bike to the parking racks provided for them.  Each student is responsible for the security of his/her own bicycle.

 

Check with your child’s school about specific restrictions for riding a bike or walking to and from school.

Scooters, Skateboards, In-line skates, Roller-skates, and Roller tennis shoes

Students may not use in-line skates (roller blades), roller-skates, skateboards, or scooters on school property.  If a student uses any of these to travel to school he/she must not use them once they reach school property.   Students are encouraged to use a helmet.  

 

Students wearing roller shoes (tennis shoes with wheels) cannot use the wheels on school property during the school day and at school events after school hours because of the safety hazard they pose to the wearer and to other students.  Students will be asked to remove the wheels from their shoes while on school property.   

After School Hours and Activities

Students are to leave the building immediately after dismissal unless they are under the direct supervision of a staff person or part of an after-school activity.

Many students participate in community sponsored youth activities after school hours.  No student will be allowed to wait in school for activities that start more than 15 minutes after school dismissal.  The school cannot assume the responsibility for supervising students who are waiting for these activities to start.  It is the responsibility of the parent or activity supervisor to provide the required supervision.


FIELD TRIPS


Definition

Elk River Area Schools may provide opportunities for field trips (local walking field trips and trips requiring busing).  Students are expected to ride the bus for all school sponsored field trips.

Fees may be collected for optional trips (i.e. Children’s Museum, Children’s Theater, Science Museum). Optional field trips are those that students can choose to go or not to go on the trip. The fee is determined by the costs involved (i.e. transportation, ticket costs, rental of special facilities).  Parent permission slips will be provided prior to field trips.


District 728 is Tobacco Free

In an effort to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff and visitors, the use of tobacco, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), is prohibited on all school district property.  This includes all school buildings, grounds and in all school vehicles.  


SECTION 2

 

LINKS TO INDIVIDUAL

 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION

Hassan Elementary School, Rogers, MN

Lincoln Elementary School, Elk River, MN

Meadowvale Elementary School, Elk River, MN

Otsego Elementary School, Otsego, MN

Parker Elementary School, Elk River, MN

Rogers Elementary School, Rogers, MN

Twin Lakes Elementary School, Elk River, MN

Westwood Elementary School, Zimmerman, MN

Zimmerman Elementary School, Zimmerman, MN

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