Student Handbook

2017-2018

 

 

 

                                                         

200 S. White Oak Road

White Oak, Texas 75693

www.wois.wonecks.net

Phone: (903) 291-2101

Fax: (903) 291-2196

 

Michael Gilbert, Superintendent

Jennifer Rock, Principal

Marcus Camp, Assistant Principal

Grades 3, 4, & 5

 

WHITE OAK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

OUR VISION

What White Oak I.S.D. Students will be

All White Oak Independent School District students will be responsible, lifelong learners who realize their potential to become successful.

OUR MISSION

Why White Oak I.S.D. exists

The White Oak Independent School District, through a total team effort, provides a safe environment with relevant challenging, diverse educational opportunities, laying the foundation for success.

OUR BELIEFS

The Core Values that drive our vision and mission

We Believe That:

(by our actions, words, or reward system).

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               CHAMPS - Guidelines for Success

White Oak Intermediate

2016-2017

School hours:                                7:45 - 3:30

School Phones:                                (903) 291-2101

Fax:                                                (903) 291-2196

Superintendent:                                Michael Gilbert        (903) 291-2202

Principal:                                        Jennifer Rock        (903) 291-2111

Asst. Principal                                Marcus Camp        (903) 291-2102

Cafeteria:                                        Blenda Aguilar        (903) 291-2146

Counselor:                                        Lauren Secord        (903) 291-2182

Testing Coordinator:                                Pam Cranford        (903) 291-2115

PEIMS:                                        Donna Reavis        (903) 291-2109

Attendance:                                        Wendy Stewart        (903) 291-2162

Secretary:                                        Karen Drennan        (903) 291-2101

Nurse:                                                Sharon Jones,RN        (903) 291-2105

Transportation:                                Scott Stagner           (903) 291-2149

Web site address

 http://wois.wonecks.net/

To Students and Parents:

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  Education is a team effort, and we know that students, parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this a successful year for our students.

 

The White Oak Intermediate School Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year.  We encourage you to take some time to closely review the handbook.  The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the Student Code of Conduct.  Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year.  Changes in policy or other rules that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or on the web site http://wois.wonecks.net.

 

In case of conflict between board policy (including the Student Code of Conduct) and any provisions of the Student Handbook, the current provisions of board policy and the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed.  After reading through the entire handbook with your child, keep it as a reference during this school year.  If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact your teacher, the counselor, or the principal.

 

Please sign the Acknowledgement Form below:

My child and I have received a copy of the White Oak Intermediate Student Handbook. I understand that the handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the school year and that all students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  If I have any questions regarding this handbook, I should direct those questions to the principal at rockj@woisd.net.

 

Printed name of student:  _________________________________________________                                   

Signature of student:        _________________________________________________                                                                                                               

Signature of parent:  ___________________________________________________Date:_____________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Please sign and date this page, remove it from the handbook, and return it to the student’s school.

ATTENDANCE

Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance

Parent’s Note after an Absence

Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TIMES

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Bad Weather

BULLYING

BUS TRANSPORTATION

CAFETERIA

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN

CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES

CONTACTING THE TEACHER

CURRICULUM AT WHITE OAK INTERMEDIATE

DELIVERIES

DRESS AND GROOMING

GRADING POLICIES

HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS

Food Allergies

Bacterial Meningitis

HOMEWORK POLICY

IMMUNIZATION

LOST AND FOUND

MAKE-UP WORK

MEDICATION POLICY

PARENT CONFERENCES

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

PARKING

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School

RETENTION

R2W - READY TO WORK

SAFETY

SCHOOL PARTIES/INVITATIONS

SPECIAL EDUCATION

STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)

Grades 3–8

STUDENT BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE

STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION

STUDENT RECORDS

TECHNOLOGY - Inappropriate Use of Technology

TELEPHONE USE BY STUDENTS

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICES, INCLUDING MOBILE TELEPHONES

Other Electronic Devices

TUTORING

VIDEO CAMERAS

VISITORS/GUESTS

ASBESTOS PUBLIC NOTICE

ATTENDANCE

Requirements:   A student shall not be given credit for a school year, if he/she has been in attendance less than 90% of the school year. An attendance committee can give credit if there were extenuating circumstances for the absences.

Compulsory Attendance   State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.

Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school.

State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a diagnostic reading instrument.

 

A student in grades 3–8 will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program, which may occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student does not meet the passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and applicable subject area.

Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance

State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of absences if the student makes up all work. These include the following activities and events:

Parents of White Oak ISD students are urged to reserve vacation trips for holidays as designated on the school calendar to avoid conflicts with semester exams and standardized testing.

A student is not automatically excused just because a parent writes a note for an absence. Absences that do not fall within these guidelines may be marked unexcused. Dental and Medical appointments should be made after school hours if at all possible.

                                

                        

Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance

School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs, such as additional special instruction, termed “accelerated instruction” by the state; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

(*Students leaving school early for any reason are subject to compulsory attendance laws. We understand if there is an occasional dental/doctor appointment, but a note must be provided the following day for the leave early to be excused.)

A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student:

Attendance for Credit

To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, that allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit for the class.  If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed a plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate. [See policies at FEC.]  In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance committee will use the following guidelines:

Parent’s Note after an Absence

When a student must be absent from school, the student—upon returning to school—must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older.

If a student must leave early for a doctor/dental appointment, a note must be either walked into the Intermediate office the next day, or stapled in the student’s planner the next day. If stapled in the planner, the teacher will turn it into the office.

After a student submits 10 total guardian notes for absences, he/she must present written documentation from a physician for each additional day missed in order for it to be excused. (The only exception will be if the student is sent home from the school nurse).

If you are uncertain of an illness, please bring the student into the front office for the nurse to determine if they may attend school for the day.  If the nurse determines that the student cannot remain at school, the absence will be excused for that day only.

                                

Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness

Upon return to school, a student absent for more than three consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s absence from school.

[See policy FEC(LOCAL).]

Leaving School Grounds

If it is necessary for you to take your child out of school early, please do so by coming to the Intermediate office to check the student out of school.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TIMES

School hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  Children should not arrive earlier than 7:30 a.m. or remain on the campus later than 3:35 p.m. unless they are participating in supervised activity and the principal is notified.  

SCHOOL DOORS WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 7:30 a.m. EACH SCHOOL DAY.

Supervision WILL NOT be provided for students who arrive before 7:30 a.m. or remain later than 3:35 p.m.  These procedures are designed for the safety and well being of your children.

Attendance Accounting Time 9:30 a.m.   Students arriving after 9:30 are marked absent unless a doctor/dentist note is provided.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Student Drop-Off

Parents bringing their children to school in the morning are asked to let them out in the designated area of the Intermediate parking lot beginning at 7:30. Students will cross over at the designated crosswalk to enter the building.  Please leave the bus loop free of traffic. If an outside observer is on duty, they may direct traffic in the bus loop once the majority of buses have dropped off students.

For safety reasons, vehicles may NOT pass other vehicles and drivers should NOT be on their cell phones.

Student Pick-Up

Primary student pick-up begins at 3:00, therefore many parents of Primary students are in a long, consecutive line along Roughneck Drive. If you are picking up a student from the Intermediate, please avoid the pick-up line until 3:20. If you arrive prior to 3:20, you may pull into the Intermediate parking lot in sequential rows closest to Roughneck Drive. They are not marked as Intermediate pick-up lines, but have long been understood to be the waiting area until the Primary students have loaded. Once Primary students have loaded, the cars in the Intermediate parking lot will begin the line for Intermediate pick-up. Once these cars have emptied the Intermediate parking lot, cars may begin the long, consecutive line down Roughneck Drive towards the lower level for pick-up.

Car pick-up is on the lower level (Primary) side of the building. Please stay in your car and the teachers will assist your child to your vehicle. Your student pick-up tag must be hung on the rear-view mirror when in the pick-up line - no exceptions. (NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED/CELL PHONE USAGE IN SCHOOL ZONES http://transportation.wonecks.net/)

If a stop sign is present during car pick-up, a designated school employee who is working the pick-up line may motion for you to proceed through the stop sign once they see it is safe to do so in order for the line to run smoothly and quickly.

Students are dismissed in two ways:

Car pick-up at 3:20

Buses

Students are NOT dismissed from school by parent pick-up in the office.

There will be no office pick-up after 2:00 p.m. unless you have a doctor or dental appointment.  Excuse slip from the appointment will be due the next day.  Parents will need to communicate with the homeroom teacher and Mrs. Stewart (stewartw@woisd.net) if leaving for an appointment.

Walkers

Amendment as of 8-2-17

Beginning the 2017-2018 school year, we will not have the typical “walker” line as we had in the past. For safety reasons, students will NO LONGER walk to the MS/HS parking lot to be picked up.

If we have students that walk home, they will ride a bus to the Middle School and will be released to walk from there.

If parents have students at various campuses, the Intermediate student will need to be picked up through the car pick-up line, then parents may park at a different location to pick up their MS/HS student.

Employee’s children will ride the bus to the MS where a designee can meet them for pick up.

Buses

Buses will load and unload on the west side of the Intermediate building.  Please do not disrupt the traffic flow of the buses by pulling through or parking in this area.  

For safety reasons, parents are NOT allowed to walk-up and grab students out of a walker or bus line.

Bad Weather

When conditions of inclement weather, icy roads, or lack of adequate heat exist, the Superintendent of Schools, or his designee, will make the official decision as to the closing of a campus, either for a full day or part of a day.  The following procedures will be adhered to when campuses are closed:    In instances where extremely inclement weather conditions prevail, the Superintendent of Schools shall announce by means of radio or TV if schools will be closed for an entire day or observe a late opening time or early dismissal. When it is necessary to close campuses, the office announcements will be made on the following radio and television stations:

TV stations: KLTV, KETK

Radio stations: KYKX, KFRO, KEES

BULLYING

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students directs written or verbal expressions or physical conduct against another student and the behavior results in harm to the student or the student’s property, places a student in fear of physical harm or of damage to the student’s property, or is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.

The board has established policies and procedures to prohibit bullying and to respond to reports of bullying. FFI(LOCAL)

You may send a bullying report via email. Go to woisd.net and on the homepage click on the Resources tab. Click on the Parent tab. From the Parent Links, choose “Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources.” You can then choose from the different campuses to send your report. For the Intermediate campus, choose Intermediate School.

Also, you may send a bullying report via email from the Intermediate blog’s homepage.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

It will be your responsibility to provide transportation for your child to and from any other location other than your child’s registered stop location.  Locate the stop closest to your residence and use that stop as your designated stop.

Students that use bus transportation will need to follow these guidelines:

CAFETERIA

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.  CHARGES ARE NOT ALLOWED but the cafeteria will provide a free cheese sandwich, milk, and fruit for students at lunch.

Student breakfast                $2.00

Adult breakfast                $2.50

Elementary student lunch        $2.35

Secondary student lunch   $2.60

Adult lunch                        $3.75

VISIT THE WEBSITE UNDER NUTRITION TO VIEW BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENU.

http://wois.wonecks.net/

Texas Public School Nutrition Policy www.squaremeals.org

Money may be sent in advance as the cafeteria keeps track of money electronically.  You may access www.woisd.net and follow the links through Lunch Money Now to check your child’s balance.

Parents will be asked to respect school procedures on testing days (benchmark/STAAR) by not eating lunch with their child.  Parents may eat lunch with their child after the first three weeks of school.  

Parents may ONLY eat with THEIR child at the designated lunch visitor tables.  Students are not allowed to invite friends to eat with them.  

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Students who change their residence, mailing address, or telephone number should promptly report such a change to the office. White Oak ISD does not accept transfer students.

                          

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN

As a parent, it is important for you to be aware of warning signs that

could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused. Sexual abuse in the Texas Family Code is defined as any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct with a child. A person who compels or encourages a child to engage in sexual conduct commits abuse. It is illegal to make or possess child pornography or to display such material to a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).

Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating disorders, and problems in school.

A child who has experienced sexual abuse or any other type of abuse or neglect should be encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosures of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse and neglect, and it is important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.

As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, the school counselor or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages early intervention counseling programs. To find out what services may be available in your county, see http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County/default.asp.

The following websites might help you become more aware of child abuse and neglect:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.pdf

http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/commonproblems/child_abuse.html

http://www.taasa.org/member/materials2.php

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml

Reports of abuse or neglect may be made to:

The CPS division of the TDFPS (1 800-252-5400 or on the web at http://www.txabusehotline.org).

                          

CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES

Children of military families will be provided flexibility regarding certain district requirements, including:

In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent, including a stepparent or legal guardian, who has been called to active duty, is on leave from, or is returning from a deployment of at least four months will be excused by the district. The district will permit no more than five excused absences per year for this purpose. For the absence to be excused, the absence must occur no earlier than the 60th day before deployment or no later than the 30th day after the parent’s return from deployment.

Additional information may be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7995 

CONTACTING THE TEACHER

Teachers have voicemail in their classrooms. If it is necessary, you may call and leave a message and the teacher will return your call. The phone in the classroom is designed to be convenient for the teacher and parent, but not disrupt instruction for our students. Teachers can also be contacted through their school email.

CURRICULUM AT WHITE OAK INTERMEDIATE

 At White Oak Intermediate we teach children to read and think in a safe environment. Our core curriculum fully incorporates the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). To enhance the curriculum a full spectrum of enrichment courses are available to all students.

Students who excel in the performing arts are given the opportunity to audition for special singing and acting programs.

All aspects of wellness and sportsmanship are taught in physical education classes. Football, baseball, basketball, and volleyball are offered during the summer in the way of camps and games are played throughout the year. The physical education teacher helps students reach their goals with activities such as the President’s Physical Fitness Program.

 

Students, who are in need of extra help due to focusing issues, can spend time in the SOI Bridges Learning Lab. Here specialized teachers’ work with the students to develop their sensory motor skills especially in the areas of memory, balance, and rhythm. This program allows students to become more successful in their class work.

Technology is a big part of each student’s day. Computers are in the classroom and a stationary lab along with a portable lab is available to all students. Parents are encouraged to work alongside their children in doing online assignments at home.

White Oak Intermediate has consistently been recognized by the Texas Education Agency as exemplary or recognized and has received the Gold Performance Award in the areas of math, reading, writing, and science. White Oak Intermediate believes that all children can learn and it is our job to teach them. How much they learn depends on them.

DELIVERIES 

Special Occasion

Any type of floral/balloon deliveries sent to the school for students will be kept in the office for students until dismissal time at the end of the day.

DELIVERIES - Homework, Lunch, Books, Etc.

In order to minimize classroom disruptions, we encourage students to come prepared with all necessary materials needed for the day.  Should the need arise for a student to receive an outside delivery, the parent will adhere the child’s name to the item and email the teacher to make them aware of the delivery.  

DRESS AND GROOMING

The administration reserves the right to judge whether any current fashion or fad is appropriate for school wear and to require any student to change his/her attire if it is not found acceptable.  Clothing and grooming should be in good taste and should not cause undue attention or disruption.  

The dress code is a guideline to acceptable attire and cannot be considered completely exclusive.  Therefore, when other forms of dress are deemed inappropriate for reasons not listed, the administration will address the violation.  In matters of opinion, the judgment of the administration will prevail.

CLOTHING

Appropriate clothing shall be worn in order to prevent disruption or interference with normal school operations and to promote a businesslike atmosphere in the classroom.  Parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing if dress code is not followed.  

General

(backwards, inside out, suspenders off the shoulder, etc.)

Shirts and tops

 

Pants, Dresses, Shorts, Skirts

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Shoes

Shoes must be worn at all times.  Wear appropriate shoes for recess and P.E. Wearing open-toed shoes to recess and PE could cause injury. Students not wearing appropriate shoes to PE could result in points being taken away from their daily grade.

GROOMING AND HYGIENE

Students shall follow appropriate personal hygiene practices relative to cleanliness and grooming.

Hair

Make-Up

Tattoos

Hats, Caps, Sunglasses

Jewelry

The administrators and teachers shall be responsible for the enforcement of the dress code. Administrators shall have the final authority in determining whether or not conditions are in keeping with the intent of this dress code.

 

The principal may suspend regulations of the dress code for special events, which are held as part of the academic or extracurricular programs for their respective campuses.

 

GRADING POLICIES 

Grading guidelines for each grade level or course will be communicated and distributed to students and their parents by the classroom teacher. These guidelines have been reviewed by each applicable curriculum department and have been approved by the campus principal. These guidelines establish the minimum number of assignments, projects, and examinations required for each grading period. In addition, these guidelines establish how the student’s mastery of concepts and achievement will be communicated (i.e., letter grades, numerical averages, checklist of required skills, etc.). Grading guidelines also outline in what circumstances a student will be allowed to redo an assignment or retake an examination for which the student originally made a failing grade. Procedures for a student to follow after an absence will also be addressed.

HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS

Illness at School

If your child should become ill during the school hours or have an emergency, you will be called to pick up the student. Please keep the school informed of your current home telephone, you and your spouse’s work phone numbers plus alternate telephone numbers where you may be reached or numbers of a friend or neighbor/relative to be called with your permission. Also please let the school know immediately if you should change residence/mailing address.

Student Illness

When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours. A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the school nurse.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.

The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions.

Contact the school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.  

Food Allergies

The district requests to be notified when a student has been diagnosed with a food allergy, especially those allergies that could result in dangerous or possibly life-threatening reactions either by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact with the particular food. It is important to disclose the food to which the student is allergic, as well as the nature of the allergic reaction. Please contact the school nurse or campus principal if your child has a known food allergy or as soon as possible after any diagnosis of a food allergy.

Bacterial Meningitis

State law specifically requires the district to provide the following information:

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria can cause it. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.

What are the symptoms?

Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.

Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pains, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body.

The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.

How serious is bacterial meningitis?

If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.

How is bacterial meningitis spread?

Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes).

The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness. How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?  Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.  While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85–90 percent). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.  What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?

You should seek prompt medical attention.  Where can you get more information?

Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office to ask about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the Web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, and the Department of State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework Policy of White Oak Intermediate School

Homework is an essential part of the learning process. A student who can take home an assignment and return with the assignment completed correctly is demonstrating responsibility, independence, and initiative. Homework is a practice of the skills the student has already mastered. Each teacher will assign homework with the following guidelines:

IMMUNIZATION

A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, the district can honor only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. The form must be notarized and submitted to the principal or school nurse within 90 days of notarization. If the parent is seeking an exemption for more than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.

The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), and meningococcal. The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization may be established by personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation.

If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’s opinion, the immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student or a member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition. [For further information, see policy FFAB(LEGAL) and the Department of State Health Services Web site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunizeschool/default.shtm.]

LOST AND FOUND

All articles found should be turned into the primary or intermediate school office immediately after they are found so that the prompt return of those articles can be completed. Parents are asked to please label each article of clothing, lunch boxes, etc. Each year, many articles of clothing are lost and never claimed, and we cannot find any names to aid in the efforts to return these items.

MAKE-UP WORK

Any student who has been absent and has received make-up work to be done should complete this work and turn into his/her teacher as soon as possible. The classroom teacher will determine the latest date this work can be accepted. When a student knows in advance that he/she will be absent for an accepted reason, including authorized school trips, he/she must accept responsibility for arranging with his teachers to do makeup work.

MEDICATION POLICY

All medication must be brought to the school by a parent/guardian.  Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession.  A written authorization from a parent/guardian is required for the dispensing of any medication.  Medications will be administered by the school nurse.  The school does not furnish any medication.

All medication should be in the properly labeled, original container and must have doctor’s written, detailed instructions for administering.  Prescriptions must have the name of the person receiving it on the bottle.  

Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent may be administered to the student with a written request from the parent/guardian.  

It is a violation of Texas law to administer medication without written parental permission. A note must accompany any drug given for longer than 20 days from the parent and the physician.

PARENT CONFERENCES

We welcome your requests for conferences. It is very important that you know what is going on with your child at school. Please schedule all conferences by calling the teacher. To assist you in conducting a productive conference, the following guide is available for your use:

 

PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Working Together

Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is a good communication and a strong partnership between home and school.  Your involvement and engagement in this partnership may include:

 

PARKING

Please do not park in staff only parking (front row), fire lanes, or bus lanes at any time.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School

In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG, [and FFA], the district will ensure that students in full-day prekindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week. Students in middle or junior high school will engage in [30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per day for at least four semesters OR at least 225 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity within each two-week period for at least four semesters].

For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding elementary, middle, and junior high school student physical activity requirements, please see the principal.

 

All students are expected to participate in P.E. activities. If your child is legitimately sick and you do not want him or her to participate, you must send a note to the P.E. teacher. If your child is ill more than three days and cannot participate in physical exercise, a doctor’s excuse will be required.

RETENTION

See Board Policy Retention

R2W - READY TO WORK

White Oak Intermediate School has an incentive program called R2W for Ready to Work. We put major emphasis on the importance of being at school on time. We reward the students who are ready to work by being at school on time and ready to learn. Students are rewarded for no tardies and no absences during a specified time period. We will have many celebrations during the school year. We want every student to be successful and attend.

 

At White Oak Intermediate School, attendance is essential for your child to be successful in school and life. School begins at 8:00 a.m. Your child needs to be at school and on time every day. You are a major contributor to seeing this happen. Attending school is not an option. It is a law. Please refer to Compulsory Attendance FEA legal/local at www.woisd.net.

 

Punctuality is a necessary lifelong skill. Tardiness interrupts the instructional time in the classroom. A child is tardy when he/she enters the classroom after 8:00 a.m. When you child is tardy, he/she begins the day at a disadvantage because he/she does not know what the class is doing or what has been discussed.

 

Students in elementary school should not have the total responsibility of getting himself/herself awake, dressed, and fed to get to school on time. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make sure the child arrives at school on time by transporting him/her or having him/her ready to ride the bus. Set a goal this year to have your child at school between 7:30 and 7:45.  Attendance is necessary for your child to learn. If your child is ill or there is a family emergency, send a note with your child to the teacher when he/she returns to school stating the reason for the absence.

 

Thank you for your diligence in getting your child to school on time every day. Working as a team, we will have a successful R2W school year.

 

FYI:

SAFETY

White Oak Intermediate emphasizes safety.  Everyone must come by the principal’s office first when entering the building and sign in and bring your driver’s license to use in our school security system.  

Students will not be permitted to leave or be picked up by anyone not listed on the enrollment sheet without written consent from the enrolling parent.

Every precaution is taken to insure the safety of your child during normal school hours. Periodic shelter in place/site evacuation drills are executed to make certain students learn proper safety procedures and adhere to all safety guidelines.

SCHOOL PARTIES/INVITATIONS

INTERMEDIATE campus has two school parties permitted during the year. Room mothers and teachers take care of the preparations.

In regard to student birthdays, we would appreciate your understanding and support of our position. We cannot allow students to bring cookies, candy, etc. and distribute in their classroom. There are several reasons why this cannot be allowed. It becomes a competitive situation, which can get out of hand as well as being a disruption to class instruction. The same rule applies to invitation distribution at school or on school property. Please do not ask the teachers to make exceptions to this rule. Since many children can get hurt feelings, or the teacher may be out and a substitute fail to pass out the invitations, and we certainly respect your right to invite whom you choose, please send all invitations through the mail, social media or by telephone. Our teachers do recognize students’ birthdays, as we certainly understand how important this day is to your child. Student information lists will be completed by the teacher at the beginning of the year. Parent permission is required before the student’s information is released.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education

 

If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to learn about the district's overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available to all students.

 

At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide consent for the evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the parent.

 

If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of their rights if they disagree with the district. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards-Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.  The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education is: Gregg County Co-op 903-984-4416.

STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)

Grades 3–8

In addition to routine tests and other measures of achievement, students at certain grade levels will take state-mandated assessments, such as the STAAR, in the following subjects:

Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and 8 is required by law, unless the student is enrolled in a reading or math course intended for students above the student’s current grade level, in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level.

STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated assessment that is available for certain limited English proficient (LEP) students, as determined by the student’s Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC). A Spanish version of STAAR is also available to students through grade 5 who need this accommodation.

 STUDENT BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE

Each elementary school student is expected to behave in school in such a manner as to reflect credit upon his/her home and school.

The school is not the place for a student to see how much he can do without correction, but rather it is a place in which social behavior of a nature that is acceptable to all other students as well as to adults is cultivated. Appropriate student behavior is expected at all times and in all places during any school sponsored functions. This includes but is not limited to field trips, buses, playgrounds, halls, gymnasiums, and football games.

The classroom teacher has the authority to handle any discipline problem within his/her class or with any other student not in his/her class at any time that he/she feels that school regulations are being violated.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each 9 week period. This is a means of informing parents/guardians of the student's progress, or lack of progress, in each subject. Grades: Each subject has a minimum of 9 grades taken during a nine week period. Benchmark tests are given to determine mastery towards the grade level TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge of Skills).

Grading Scale:

A = 90-100

B = 89-80

C = 79-70

F = 69 and Below Failure

I = Incomplete

E = Excellent

S = Satisfactory

N = Needs to improve

U = Unsatisfactory

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN

STUDENT RECORDS

 

TECHNOLOGY - Inappropriate Use of Technology

Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.

TELEPHONE USE BY STUDENTS

His/her teacher must give permission for use of a telephone by a student. Permission must be given by the office when student arrives in the office. Calls may be made only for necessary business.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICES, INCLUDING MOBILE TELEPHONES

For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess telecommunications devices, including mobile telephones; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing. The use of mobile telephones in locker rooms or restroom areas at any time while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event is strictly prohibited. A student who uses a device during the school day will have the device confiscated. The [student/parent] may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15. Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or student’s parents will be disposed of after the notice required by law. [See policy FNCE.] Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.

 

Other Electronic Devices

Students are not permitted to possess such items as radios, CD players, MP3 players, Ipod Touch, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, or other electronic devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained from the principal. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will not be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device.

TEXTBOOKS

Most textbooks are issued by the state at no cost to the student. Books must be covered at all times. At the end of the school year, all books must be checked in. Students who lose books during the year should get the book number from the individual teacher and pay for the book in the principal’s office. The student will be given a receipt; the teacher will then issue the student another book. The student, and not the school, is responsible for stolen books. Records will be incomplete until all books are clear.  Students will be responsible for any damage. The principal will assess the damage.

TUTORING

Special tutoring classes are available in each grade level during the school year. Parents will be notified when their child is in need of this service.

VIDEO CAMERAS

For safety purposes, video and audio recording equipment is used to monitor student behavior, including on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being used.

The principal will review the video and audio recordings routinely and document student misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

VISITORS/GUESTS

All visitors are asked to come by the principal’s office first when entering the building and sign in.  You must bring a valid driver’s license to eat lunch with your child. We ask that you not take pictures or record any students during this time.

Visits to your child’s classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the teacher and principal’s approval, and such visits shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts the normal school environment.  

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August 1, 2017

 IPM

PUBLIC NOTICE

As part of our commitment to provide students, teachers, and staff with a safe, pest-free learning and working environment, the White Oak Independent School District may periodically apply pesticides to help manage insects, weeds or pathogens. Pesticide applications are part of our integrated pest management (IPM) program, which relies largely on non-chemical forms of pest control. Pesticide applications on White Oak ISD property are made only by trained and licensed technicians. Should you have questions about this district’s pest management program or wish to be notified in advance of pesticide applications, you may contact our IPM coordinator:

Kenny W. Corbell

(903)291-2207

email: corbellk@woisd.net