Prairie Grove Elementary

Student Handbook

2019-2020

Prairie Grove Elementary School

801 Viney Grove Road

Prairie Grove, AR 72753

Phone 479-846-4211 • Fax 479-846-4206

Prairie Grove Elementary School Core Values

At Prairie Grove Elementary, we believe in:

Our significance as individuals

Our value as a group

Our purpose to learn

Our expectation to do our best

Our trustworthiness to help our school be a safe and friendly place

Our potential to achieve

Our intentions to strive for excellence

Our Vision

Prairie Grove Elementary, with relentless intent and perseverance, will champion a PK-4 learning environment that is committed to ensuring that all students leave on grade level and prepared for the next step.

Our Mission

Prairie Grove Elementary fosters a nurturing environment that challenges students to become problem solvers who positively impact their world.

Prairie School District Board of Education:

        Shawn Shrum                 President

        Bart Orr                 Secretary/Treasurer

            Whitney Bryant        Member

        Matt Hargis                 Member

        William Dick                Member

        J.C. Dobbs                 Vice President

        Casie Ruland                 Member

Administration:

        Reba Holmes                Superintendent

        Pete Jeonks                Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

        David Kellogg                Assistant Superintendent of Transportation,

Maintenance, & Facilities

                Dr. Allen Williams        Assistant Superintendent of Finance

        Ronald K. Bond        High School Principal

        Joey Sorters                Assistant High School Principal

        Shayne Taylor                Middle School Principal

        Jed Davis                Junior High School Principal

        Brenda Marshell        Elementary School  Co-Principal

        Becky Ramsey        Elementary School Co-Principal

Elementary Staff:

        Brenda Marshell                          Co-Principal

        Becky Ramsey                                Co-Principal

        Kara Hays & Melissa Parrish                 Administrative Assistants

        Jennifer Weyl                                 Counselor

        Riley Franklin                                Counselor

        Danielle Randolph                        School Nurse

        Kelly Myers                                School Nurse

        Jason Turner                                 Gifted and Talented

        Kristi Hassell                                  Library/ Media Specialist

        Tracey Wilkerson                         Library Paraprofessional

         Leslie Cogburn                                Art

        Jessica Hardy                                Music

        Jamie Tice                                 PE

        Derek Dougan                                Health

        Heather Maddan                        Computer Lab Facilitator

        Brandy Carte                                Special Education

        Mari Wetzel                                Special Education

Jennifer Rose                                Special Education

        Missy Shrum                                Speech / Language Therapist

        Kelsey Holmes                                Speech / Language Therapist

        Sharon Truax                                 Literacy Interventionist

        Janice Stonesifer                        Literacy Interventionist

        Jalynn Willcutt                                Instructional Facilitator

        Kristen Taylor                                ESL

        Robyn Smith & Samantha Adams        Pre-Kindergarten

        Olivia Skelton & Sara Catherine Davis        Pre-Kindergarten

Kindergarten Teachers                                First Grade Teachers

Tonya Curtsinger                                        Deana Box

Suzanne Dougan                                        Amber Dickey

Kathy Gray                                                Suzanne Ezell

Jamie Higgins                                                Andrea Landrum

Sarah Pounds                                                Vanessa Orr

April Pruett                                                Amanda Ogle

Tonya Shepard                                                 Kim Pinkley

Megan Tuck

Second Grade Teachers                                Third Grade Teachers

Kristal Clark                                                Jennifer Carter

Mandy Creech                                                Barbara Edmiston

Carly Marx                                                Melissa Hix

Callie Newman                                                Katie Hollowell

Nicole Miner                                                Lauren Tyree

Haliey Palarino                                                Brooke Snyder

Kelsey Tibbit                                                 

Fourth Grade Teachers

Stephanie Arivett

Vicki Barker

Lois Brown  

Ben Marcom

         Addison Scroggins

Rebecca Vinzant

Title One Paraprofessionals                        Special Ed Paraprofessionals

Beth Coyle                                                Lacey Oxford

Debra Hester                                                Nikki Rochier

Danielle Huff                                                Rebecca Bowling

Karen Olerich                                                Danielle Stewart

Sam Wilkins                                                  Brittany Huffaker

                                                        

Staff email:  firstname.lastname@pgtigers.org 

Table of Contents

Page #

Page #

Absences                                           4-5

Health Services*                               24-27

Assemblies                                        5

Highly Qualified Teachers                27

Birthdays                                           5-6

Homeschooling*                               27

Breakfast/Lunch/ Cafeteria               6-7

Library/ Media Services                   27

Building Conduct                              7

Money                                               27

Bullying/ Cyberbullying*                 7-9

Movies in the Classroom                  27

Bus Policies*                                     9-12

Non-Discrimination Policy*             27-28

Cheating*                                          12

Parent Center                                    28

Checking In/ Checking Out              12

Parent Volunteers                              28

Complaints: Chain of Command      13

Parental Involvement                        28-29

Computer Usage                               13-16

Parties                                                29

Daily Schedule                                 16-17

Permission to go home with others   29

Discipline Policy *                           17-19          

Pets                                                    29

Dress and Appearance                      29-20

PTO                                                   29-30

Electronic Items                                20

Tardiness                                           30

Emergency Procedures                     21

Telephone Usage                               30

Enrollment                                        21-23

Textbooks                                          30

Field Trips                                        23

Title I*                                               30

General Information                         23

Toys                                                   30-31

Gifted and Talented                          23

Transportation Changes                    31

Harassment Policy                           23-24

Visitors                                              31

 * denotes that the policy is a district-wide policy.

❖  Absences (Please refer to Prairie Grove District Policy 4.7)

If any student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy, the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.

Education is more than the grades students receive in their courses. Important as that is, students’ regular attendance at school is essential to their social and cultural development and helps prepare them to accept responsibilities they will face as an adult. Interactions with other students and participation in the instruction within the classroom enrich the learning environment and promote a continuity of instruction which results in higher student achievement.

Excused Absences

Excused absences are those where the student was on official school business or when the absence was due to one of the following reasons and the student brings a written statement to the principal or designee upon his/her return to school from the parent or legal guardian stating such reason.  A written statement presented for an absence having occurred more than five (5) school days prior to its presentation may not be accepted.

  1. The student’s illness or when attendance could jeopardize the health of other students.  A maximum of six (6) such days are allowed per semester unless the condition(s) causing such absences is of a chronic or recurring nature, is medically documented, and approved by the principal.
  2. Death or serious illness in their immediate family;
  3. Observance of recognized holidays observed by the student’s faith;
  4. Attendance at an appointment with a government agency;
  5. Attendance at a medical appointment;
  6. Exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal; or
  7. Participation in an FFA, FHA, or 4-H sanctioned activity;

Absences granted to allow a student to visit his/her parent or legal guardian who is a member of the military and been called to active duty, is on leave from active duty, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting.  The number of additional excused absences shall be at the discretion of the superintendent or designee.

❖  Assemblies

Students will be required to attend educational assemblies that are a part of the regular school day. If an admission charge for an assembly is required, a student may choose not to attend. In this event, he/she will be assigned to a supervising    teacher unless parents choose to withdraw their child from assemblies, events, field trips, or activities premised upon religious beliefs or other reasons discussed with the principal prior to the activity.

Examples of assemblies are character kid awards each month, a grade level awards assembly at the end of each nine weeks, pep rallies, guest speakers, and assemblies as a reward, such as a magic show.

❖  Birthdays

Birthday treats

Although birthdays are special, they are a special time to be celebrated with families. Due to nutritional guidelines, the classroom is NOT the place for celebrating with a party. There will be no cupcakes, candy, or special snacks brought to school for the purpose of celebrating a birthday. 

We would like to note that a teacher/ staff giving a special treat to a student on their birthday will be allowed, as long as all students receive a treat on/near their birthday.

These regulations are enacted pursuant to the authority of the State Board of Education under Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-16-132, 20-7-133, 20-7-134, 20-7-135, and Acts 846 and 1079 of 2015.The law reads that “Students may be provided any food and/or beverage items during the school day for up to nine (9) different events each school year to be determined and approved by school officials. These items may not be provided during meal times in the areas where school meals are being served or consumed.”

Birthday Invitations

Birthday party invitations will not be passed out at school. In an effort to make it easier for parents to get invitations to others, teachers will create and send home a class directory no later than the Friday after Labor Day.

This directory will contain addresses and phone numbers of all parents in the class who wish to participate by sharing their information. 

❖  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Cafeteria Rules

The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of school. A well-balanced meal is offered at a reasonable price, and the students are encouraged to eat the cafeteria meal. Students are permitted to bring their lunch and eat in the school cafeteria. The following rules will encourage good manners and a cafeteria of which we can all be proud:

  1. Conduct in the lunch line must be quiet and orderly. Students are permitted to talk in  a low voice at the lunch table. Excessive loud talking, loud laughing, and horseplay will not be tolerated.
  2. Students are responsible for disposing of meal trays, utensils, napkins, milk cartons, trash, etc. in order to maintain a neat and clean environment.
  3. Students who refuse to maintain orderly and acceptable behavior in the cafeteria may be assigned a special seat in the cafeteria, required to eat lunch in another area of the building by the principal, or have a parent/guardian supervise the child during a lunch period for an indefinite period of time.
  4. Students will pay a cashier for breakfast and/or lunch meals while in the meal line or in the classroom. Students may pay for meals on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It is the responsibility of each student to have his or her breakfast/ lunch money.
  5. Students do not have charge accounts. If a student has not prepaid for a lunch/breakfast, they may be served an “alternate meal”.
  6. Breakfast will be served in the student’s homeroom.
  7. Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch. Parents are allowed to eat with their child only.
  8. Students will be assigned a 30-minute block of time for lunch.
  9. There will be no sharing or trading of food.

Children from families whose income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines are eligible for either free or reduced price meals, including breakfast.

Free or reduced price applications will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. To apply, an application must be completed and returned to school. Parents are strongly urged to complete and return a Free and Reduced Lunch Application even if you are not sure you qualify. Notice of eligibility status will be by phone and/or mail. Status is not retroactive. Free and reduced prices will begin from the date the application is returned or verified.

*Breakfast prices are as follows:

                Regular price                $1.60

                Reduced price                 $0.30

                Adult price                $2.00

*Lunch prices are as follows:

                Regular price                $2.65

                Reduced price                 $0.40

                Adult price                $3.50

Extra milk is $0.50 per carton.

*Due to a possibility of changes in Federal guidelines, eligibility requirements and meal prices are subject to change.

❖  Building Conduct

While in the hallway, students are to 1) remain silent, 2) Keep his/her hands and feet to themselves, 3) walk at ALL times, and  4) follow the procedures of the hallway as established by school personnel.

While in the cafeteria, students are to 1) keep his/her hands or feet to themselves, 2) walk at all times, 3) clean up after themselves, and 4) follow procedures of the cafeteria as established by school personnel. Throwing of food or any other item is not allowed at any time.

❖  Bullying/ Cyberbullying

Please refer to District Policy 4.43 of the Prairie Grove District Policy Manual. 

❖  Bus Policies

Students are subject to the same rules of conduct while traveling to and from school as they are while on school grounds. Appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken against commuting students who violate student code of conduct rules.

The preceding paragraph also applies to student conduct while on school buses. Students shall be instructed in safe riding practices. The driver of a school bus shall not operate the school bus until every passenger is seated. Disciplinary measures for problems related to bus behavior shall include suspension or expulsion from school, or suspending or terminating the student’s bus transportation privileges. Transporting students to and from school who have lost their bus transportation privileges shall become the responsibility of the student’s parent or legal guardian.

Legal References:        A.C.A. § 6-19-119 (b)

Ark. Division of Academic Facilities and Transportation Rules Governing Maintenance and Operations of Ark. Public School Buses and Physical Examinations of School Bus Drivers 4.0            Date Adopted: 7/9/2003                   Last Revised: 2/12/2007

Bus Safety Rules

The Federal Highway Safety Standard #17, entitled “Pupil Transportation Safety” requires that each pupil who is transported in a school vehicle be instructed in safe riding practices.

As the parent or guardian of a transported pupil you can help us in meeting the intent of this standard. The safety of all pupils transported in a school bus is the responsibility shared alike by all parents, guardians, pupil passengers, school bus drivers, teachers and school administrators. Bus drivers have the same authority on their bus as the teacher has in their classroom.

How safe your child’s ride is depends to some extent on how well each child behaves on the bus. The driver needs to devote his/her attention to driving and being alert to traffic problems. Most of our discipline problems are caused by horseplay that turns into fights, bothering other children or not respecting their rights, profanity and not obeying the driver. The bus driver may assign seats to help with behavior and safety. Students causing discipline problems on the bus will be reported to the Transportation Disciplinary Officer. All school rules and procedures apply to school bus behavior.

IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO RIDE A SCHOOL BUS, NOT A RIGHT.

BUS STOP & BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES

  1. Students must arrive at least 10 minutes before the expected arrival of the bus.
  2. Students must wait off the roadway at least 10 feet.
  3. Students must be outside and visible to the bus driver at the bus stop when the bus arrives.
  4. Students must not approach the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver opens the door.
  5. Students that cross the street to board the bus will wait until the bus arrives and stops all traffic to cross the roadway.
  6. Students must watch the bus driver and wait until the bus driver gives a signal for the students to cross the roadway to board the bus.
  7. Students crossing the street at the bus stop must cross 10 ft. in front of the bus as they get on and off the bus.
  8. Students are expected to avoid any horseplay and respect the property of all others while they wait at the bus stop.
  9. Students are expected to observe the same behavior at the bus stop as they are expected on any school campus.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Notification for Inclement weather will be posted on the television stations, radio, school web page and School Messenger. For snow routes check with your bus driver and the school web page.

BUS PROCEDURES

  1. Be at the bus stop at the scheduled time. Stand back ten feet from the bus, stop and wait until the door is opened before moving closer to the bus. Do not wait until the bus stops and then expect the driver to wait for you to come out of the house. Do not play on the highway. If you miss the bus, do not hitchhike to school.
  2. Students are to get off the bus in the afternoon at their regular bus stop. Students who must cross the road after leaving the bus, must go to a point on the shoulder of the road ten feet in front of the bus. They are to cross the highway before the bus leaves and only after the driver has signaled them to do so. If student's homes are on the right side of the road, they should leave the bus and go directly to their driveway so the driver can always see them. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT STOP AT THE MAILBOX UNTIL THE BUS LEAVES THE AREA.
  3. Serious violations will be referred to the principal for disciplinary action. In the event of a serious rules infraction, the Transportation Disciplinary Officer may suspend the student from riding the bus. This suspension will be referred to the principal for possible further action. If a student has been suspended from a bus that suspension is in effect for all Prairie Grove School Buses.

BUS RULES

  1. All students must obey the driver's directions promptly and politely.
  2. No eating, drinking or chewing of gum is allowed on the bus.
  3. Students are to stay in their seat and face forward at all times.
  4. Students must keep the bus aisle clear at all times of books, bags, feet, legs or anything which may cause someone to trip.
  5. Students must use proper boarding and departing procedures.
  6. Students may not bring on board balloons, glass, live or dead animals, or any item too large to hold in students lap.
  7. Students must keep their hands and head inside the bus at all times.
  8. Students are not to tamper with safety equipment, or use emergency exits unless instructed to do so by authorized personnel.
  9. No loud or distracting noises are allowed, including singing, yelling or screaming.
  10. No vandalism to school or personal property is allowed.
  11. No rude, vulgar, obscene language or obscene actions are allowed.
  12. Students must keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves at all times.
  13. Students are not allowed to spit or throw objects in or out of the bus.
  14. No horseplay, scuffling, or fighting is allowed.
  15. No ethnic, racial, or derogatory comments towards students or school personnel will be tolerated.
  16. An action by a student that is deemed unsafe is prohibited.
  17. No student may bring any unsafe or potentially hazardous material on the bus.
  18. Students are expected to maintain proper conduct while at designated bus stops.
  19. No prescription medications can be carried on the bus unless prior arrangements are made with the school principal.

PENALTIES

First Offense                Parent contact by discipline note or telephone 

Second Offense        1 day bus suspension and parent contact

Third Offense                5 day bus suspension and parent contact

Fourth Offense                10 day bus suspension and parent contact

Fifth Offense                Bus suspension for the remainder of the semester

(minimum 30 days) and parent contact

Sixth Offense                BUS SUSPENSION FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL    

  YEAR

SEVERE RULES VIOLATIONS

  1. No possession of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and/or related materials is allowed.
  2. No possession of weapons, such as guns, knives, razor blades, stun guns, etc. is allowed.
  3. No possession of lighters, fireworks, etc.
  4. Any act that jeopardizes the safety of students in any way while on the school bus.

SEVERE PENALTIES

First Offense        30-day bus suspension and could result in school discipline action.

Second Offense        BUS SUSPENSION FOR THE REMAINDER OF SCHOOL

YEAR.

BUS SUSPENSIONS ARE FROM ALL BUSES, AND ALL RULES THAT APPLY IN THE CLASSROOM APPLY ON BUSES!

❖  Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated in the Prairie Grove School District. If a student is caught cheating, one or more of the following consequences could be enforced.

  1. Student will be given a warning.
  2. Parents will be notified.
  3. Student will receive a “0” for the assignment, which will be reflected in the student’s grade.
  4. Student will retake the test or redo the assignment.

❖  Check In/ Tardiness/ Early Check Out

Tardiness can cause a serious interruption to the learning process. Our objective is to help the student realize the importance of being on time. Just as in the workforce, there are consequences for people who are habitually tardy. Students falling into this category may be subject to disciplinary action.

Parents are to sign tardy students into the office. Students are considered tardy after 8:00 am. If a student checks in after 8:30, he/she is considered absent for a half-day. If a student checks out of school between 11:30-2:30, it is considered a half-day absence.  If a student checks out after 2:30, but before the end of the school day, it is counted as a tardy.

If a student accumulates excessive unexcused tardies per semester, consequences could include phone calls, letters to the parents, a conference with a principal, or DHS contact.

❖  Complaints: Chain of Command

As much as we strive to work together to make our elementary building a place for our students to learn, there will be times when problems arise. At that time, the way to solve the problem is as follows:

  1. The person who is offended to ask for a conference with the person to whom the offence regards,(for example: classroom environment classroom teacher, special area teaching special area teacher, special education related special education teacher, teacher aide, school health related school nurse, etc.)
  2. If the problem continues, the offended party would ask for a conference with the principal and the person whom it regards.
  3. If the problem should still continue, the offended party should ask for a conference with the superintendent, the principal, and the person whom it regards.
  4. Finally, if the problem still persists, the offended party would ask for time during a school board meeting to discuss the problem.

❖  Computer and Internet Usage Policy:

INTERNET USE / SAFETY POLICY

        

Definition

For the purposes of this policy, "electronic device" means anything that can be used to transmit or capture images, sound, or data.

The District makes electronic device(s) and/or electronic device Internet access available to students, to permit students to perform research and to allow students to learn how to use electronic device technology. Use of district electronic devices is for educational and/or instructional purposes only. Student use of electronic device(s) shall only be as directed or assigned by staff or teachers; students are advised that they enjoy no expectation of privacy in any aspect of their electronic device use, including email, and that monitoring of student electronic device use is continuous.

No student will be granted Internet access until and unless an Internet and electronic device use agreement, signed by both the student and the parent or legal guardian (if the student is under the age of eighteen [18]) is on file. The current version of the Internet and electronic device use agreement is incorporated by reference into board policy and is considered part of the student handbook.

Technology Protection Measures

The District is dedicated to protecting students from materials on the Internet or world wide web that are inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise harmful to minors; therefore, it is the policy of the District to protect each electronic device with Internet filtering software that is designed to prevent students from accessing such materials. For purposes of this policy, “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
  2. depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
  3. taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

Internet Use and Safety

The District is dedicated to ensuring that students are capable of using the Internet in a safe and responsible manner. The District uses technology protection measures to aid in student safety and shall also educate students on appropriate online behavior and Internet use including, but not limited to:

Misuse of Internet

The opportunity to use the District’s technology to access the Internet is a privilege and not a right. Students who misuse electronic devices or Internet access in any way will face disciplinary action, as specified in the student handbook and/or Internet safety and electronic device use agreement. Misuse of the Internet includes:

Legal References:        Children’s Internet Protection Act; PL 106-554

FCC Final Rules 11-125 August 11,2011

20 USC 6777

47 USC 254(h)(l)

47 CFR 54.520

47 CFR 520(c)(4)

A.C.A. § 6-21-107

A.C.A. § 6-21-111

Date Adopted: 8/11/2008

Last Revised: 6/7/2010, 2/20/2012, 4/16/2012, 6/16/2014

 ❖  COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE AGREEMENT

        

The Prairie Grove School District agrees to allow the student identified above (“Student”) to use the district’s technology to access the district network and Internet under the following terms and conditions which apply whether the access is through a District or student owned technology device:

1. Conditional Privilege: The Student’s use of the district’s access to the Internet is a privilege conditioned on the Student’s abiding to this agreement. No student may use the district’s access to the Internet whether through a District or student owned technology device unless the Student and his/her parent or guardian have read and signed this agreement.

2. Acceptable Use: The Student agrees that he/she will use the District’s Internet access for educational purposes only.  In using the Internet, the Student agrees to obey all federal and state laws and regulations. The Student also agrees to abide by any Internet use rules instituted at the Student’s school or class, whether those rules are written or oral.

3.         Penalties for Improper Use: If the Student violates this agreement and misuses the Internet, the Student shall be subject to disciplinary action.

4.         “Misuse of the District’s access to the Internet” includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. using the Internet for other than educational purposes;
  2. gaining intentional access or maintaining access to materials which are “harmful to minors” as defined by Arkansas law;
  3. using the Internet for any illegal activity, including computer hacking and copyright or intellectual property law violations;
  4. making unauthorized copies of computer software;
  5. accessing “chat lines” unless authorized by the instructor for a class activity directly supervised by a staff member;
  6. using abusive or profane language in private messages on the system; or using the system to harass, insult, or verbally attack others;
  7. posting anonymous messages on the system;
  8. using encryption software;
  9. wasteful use of limited resources provided by the school including paper;
  10. causing congestion of the network through lengthy downloads of files;
  11. vandalizing data of another user;
  12. obtaining or sending information which could be used to make destructive devices such as guns, weapons, bombs, explosives, or fireworks;
  13. gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to resources or files;
  14. identifying oneself with another person’s name or password or using an account  or password of another user without proper authorization;
  15. invading the privacy of individuals;
  16. divulging personally identifying information about himself/herself or anyone else either on the Internet or in an email. Personally identifying information includes full names, address, and phone number.
  17. using the network for financial or commercial gain without district permission;
  18. theft or vandalism of data, equipment, or intellectual property;
  19. attempting to gain access or gaining access to student records, grades, or files;
  20. introducing a virus to, or otherwise improperly tampering with the system;
  21. degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance;
  22. creating a web page or associating a web page with the school or school district without proper authorization;
  23. providing access to the District’s Internet Access to unauthorized individuals;
  24. failing to obey school or classroom Internet use rules; or
  25. taking part in any activity related to Internet use which creates a clear and present danger of the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the district or any of its schools.
  26. installing or downloading software on district computers without prior approval of technology director or his/her designee.
  27. students will only be allowed to use school supplied email accounts on the District provided Internet access; no other emails accounts will be allowed;
  28. listening/watching streaming audio and/or video that are not approved by the Technology Administrator and/or his/her designee.
  29. bringing or Installing Personal Technology hardware or software on the District Network.

5. Liability for debts: Students and their cosigners shall be liable for any and all costs (debts) incurred through the student’s use of the computers or access to the Internet including penalties for copyright violations.

6. No Expectation of Privacy: The Student and parent/guardian signing below agree that if the Student uses the Internet through the District’s access, that the Student waives any right to privacy the Student may have for such use. The Student and the parent/guardian agree that the district may monitor the Student’s use of the District’s Internet Access and may also examine all system activities the Student participates in, including but not limited to e-mail, voice, and video transmissions, to ensure proper use of the system. The District may share such transmissions with the Student’s parents/guardians.

7. No Guarantees: The District will make good faith efforts to protect children from improper or harmful matter which may be on the Internet. At the same time, in signing this agreement, the parent and Student recognize that the District makes no guarantees about preventing improper access to such materials on the part of the Student.

Date Adopted: 8/11/2008

Last Revised: 6/7/2010, 4/16/2012

❖  Daily Schedule

The doors to school will open at 7:25 am. Students attending Prairie Grove Elementary School are expected to be on campus at the sound of the tardy bell (8:00 am). Student breakfast will be served in the classroom beginning at 7:45 am.

Students are expected to remain in school for the entire day, unless emergency circumstances require that a student leave early. Parents are asked not to routinely check their child in late or check their child out of school any earlier than the regular dismissal time. Doing so could lead to the filing of appropriate documents with the juvenile court system.

Students who ride buses will be dropped off at the cafeteria each morning where they will be supervised by school personnel until the bell signaling the beginning of school rings (7:45am). In the afternoons, they will be dismissed by the bell to their bus lines. From there, they will be walked to the bus by school personnel.  

Car riding students will congregate in/near the FEMA gym during the mornings and afternoons. In the mornings, they will be supervised until the 7:45 bell rings. In the afternoons, they will be released to go as their name is called via Walkie-talkie by school personnel. 

❖  Discipline Policy

Students have the responsibility to pursue their education in the Prairie Grove School District in a manner that shows respect for other students, faculty members, parents, and other citizens. Students should be aware that they have a responsibility to cooperate with and assist the school staff in the orderly and efficient conduct of the school by abiding by the rules and regulation established by the board of education. Each student is responsible for his/her conduct at all times. The principal will attempt to contact parents/ guardians by phone or letter regarding disciplinary action imposed upon their child.

Disciplinary action will be commensurate with the incident. It is the primary goal of a disciplinary action to provide a learning situation wherein a child realizes what rule has been violated, how he/she could have properly handled the situation, and the imposing of disciplinary restrictions on the child for violation of previously known school rules and policies.

Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Minimum: Verbal warning to the student

Maximum: Expulsion (requires school board approval)

Other disciplinary consequences will be at the principal’s discretion and could include: loss of recess, parent phone call, letter, and/or conference, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, repayment of damages or corporal punishment.

Cooperation of Law Enforcement Agencies:

A student’s conduct being reported to a law enforcement agency grants law enforcement personnel other than the school resource officer access to a student. If the principal knows a student has been taken into custody by law enforcement personnel during the school day or while under school supervision, the principal or his/her designee shall make a reasonable, good-faith effort to contact the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control of the student by court order. If the principal or his/her designee is unable to reach the parent, he or she shall make a reasonable, good-faith effort to get a message to the parent to call the principal or designee. Parental notification is not required in complaints based on suspected child abuse or neglect (Act 1217 of 2001).

  1. Any public school district may enter into a cooperative agreement with local law enforcement officials to implement within the district an “operation stay in school” program.
  2. Upon the request of the board of directors of the school district, the law enforcement agency shall stipulate, with the administration of the school district, specific days and hours when law enforcement officers will attempt to locate school-ae students in the community who are off school premises during school hours without valid documentation excusing their presence from school.
  3. Any certified law enforcement officer may stop and detain any unsupervised school-aged student located off school premises during school hours and request production of documentation excusing the child’s presence from school.
  4. Upon the student’s failure to produce sufficient documentation, the law enforcement officer may take the student into custody and return the student to school, transport the child to their parent, or transfer him/her to the truancy reception center, which shall not be a jail, juvenile detention center, or police department and which have been designated by the school district.
  5. Any school district adopting this program shall include in its attendance policy a notice to parents and students that it has entered into a cooperative agreement with law enforcement officials to implement an operation stay in school program, and unsupervised students found off campus during school hours shall be subject to questioning by a law enforcement officer under the program.
  6. Any school district adopting this program shall include provision for furnishing valid documentation for students in work-study programs or other authorized absences from school premises to assist law enforcement officers in determining the validity of documentation excusing the student’s presence in school during school hours.

 Discipline for Students with Disabilities

1.  Students with disabilities who engage in misbehavior are subject to normal school

              disciplinary rules and procedures as long as such treatment does not abridge the

              right to free appropriate education.

2.  The Individual Education Plan (IEP) team for students with disabilities should

      Consider whether particular discipline procedures should be adopted for that

      Student and included in the IEP.

3.  Temporary suspensions may be used in disciplining students with disabilities.

4.  Suspension refers to a short-term separation from school.  In no case should a

      student with disabilities be suspended for more than ten (10) days cumulative in

      a school year.

5.  Students with disabilities may be excluded from school after the 10 day period only

      in an emergency and only for the duration of the emergency.  An emergency

      situation exists if a handicapped student is a threat to himself or others or disrupts the

      education of others.

6.  After an emergency suspension is imposed on a student with disabilities, an

     immediate meeting of the student’s IEP team should be convened. It is the

     responsibility of the team to:

  1. Determine if a causal relationship exists between the student’s inappropriate

              behavior and the disabling condition.

  1. Determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of the student’s placement.

           7.      There is a person designated by the district as the grievance officer for section 504.

Playground behavior

Students are to be courteous to other students on the playground. This includes sharing and participating cooperatively with the playground equipment, games, and other social activities. Duty teachers may remove students from playground equipment and games if the student’s behavior is not in compliance with instructions as directed by the duty teacher. Failure by students to comply will result in further disciplinary action.

Policy to promote orderly student conduct

The Prairie Grove Board of Education, in recognizing the need to ensure the continued orderly operation of the educational process, authorized that certified employees may, after an attempt has been made to modify behavior by other means, use reasonable force in the exercise of lawful authority to maintain order and restrain students.

Procedure: The Prairie Grove School Board of Education hereby authorizes the use of reasonable force by any certified employee in the exercise of his/her lawful attorney to restrain a refractory student, to protect a student from harm, or to maintain order in any school building, school property, or at any school event. A report shall be filed as soon as possible following any incident in which force is used as authorized in this section by certified employees using such force. The names of the students involved and the names of any witnesses, and the signature of the employees will be recorded.

Reporting Crimes to Law Enforcement

Whenever the principal or person in charge has direct knowledge or has received information leading to a reasonable belief that student enrolled in the school has committed a felony on school property or while under school supervision or has committed any other crime involving an act of violence against a teacher, school employee, or a student, the principal or person in charge shall immediately report the incident to the superintendent of the school district. The superintendent, or his designee, shall report the incident to the appropriate local law enforcement agency for investigation. (Act 1243 of 1997)

Specific Disciplinary Rules

A student shall comply with reasonable directions and/or commands of all employees and/or school designated personnel (student teacher, substitutes, etc..). Failure by students to comply may result in disciplinary action.

❖  Dress and Appearance

Parents/ guardians are urged to monitor the appearance of their child each day. A child who is properly dressed and maintaining good personal hygiene will feel better about himself/herself.

  1. Shoes should be appropriate to wear for the activities of a school day. Heelys, if worn, must have the wheels removed during the school hours.
  2. On PE & Health days, students should wear tennis shoes or a type of shoe that is best for running, stopping, jumping, and other physical activities.
  3. Shorts and shirts should be worn modestly. No pants /shorts/ skirts with holes, rips, or tears in the seat will be allowed.
  4. Student’s undergarments should not be visible to others.
  5. Large t-shirts that are cut from under the arm to the waist, cropped tops (showing the abdomen), or tube tops will not be allowed unless worn over appropriate sleeved shirts.
  6. Students are not allowed to wear clothing or caps that advertise tobacco, alcohol, or other advertisements that are considered sexually suggestive, obscene, or vulgar.
  7. Students are not allowed to wear caps, hats, do-rags, sunglasses, or other head covering in any building. Such head coverings will be removed by the student upon request and returned at the teacher’s discretion. (This does not include special days designated by the school, such as a Hat Day fundraiser.)
  8. Students are not allowed to wear cosmetics during the school day if it disrupts the educational process. Face paint, hair dye, and other makeup or clothing items usually associated with a spirit day or other school activity will be approved on an event by event basis.

The principal will have the authority to remove students from class if their appearance is in violation of the above-mentioned rules or their presence is a disruptive force. Parents/ guardians will be informed if their child is improperly dressed, and will be asked to bring their child appropriate clothing.

❖  Electronic Items (Cell Phones/ Tablets/ Games)

Before and after normal school hours, possession of electronic devices is permitted on the school campus. The use of such devices at school sponsored functions and field trips outside the regular school day is permitted to the extent and within the limitations allowed by the event or activity the student is attending.

The school is not responsible for lost or damaged devices. Parents and students assume that risk when the device is brought onto the campus.

On field trips, electronic items may be used to take pictures or video where permitted. If a student is not attentive to speakers or exhibits because of the device, a teacher will confiscate the device.

 Students misusing electronic devices shall have them confiscated. Confiscated devices may be picked up at the school’s administration office by the student’s parents or guardians. Students have no right of privacy as to the content contained on any electronic devices that have been confiscated.

        Misuse of electronic devices includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Using electronic devices during class time in any manner other than specifically permitted by the classroom instructor;
  2. Permitting any audible sound to come from the device when not being used for reason #1 above;
  3. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, or wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores;
  4. Using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms;
  5. Creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person.

Use of an electronic device is permitted to the extent it is approved in a student’s individualized education program (IEP) or it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

Students who use a school issued cell phones and/or computers for non-school purposes, except as permitted by the district’s Internet/computer use policy, shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Legal Reference:        A.C.A. § 6-18-515

Date Adopted: 7/20/2009

Last Revised: 6/20/2011, 4/16/2012, 7/15/2013

❖  Emergency Procedures

All schools in the district shall conduct fire drills at least monthly. Tornado drills shall also be conducted not fewer than four (4) times per year with at least one each in the months of September, October, January, and February. Students who ride school buses shall also participate in emergency evacuation drills at least twice per school year.

Other types of emergency drills may also be conducted. These may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Earthquake
  2. Acts of Terrorism
  3. Chemical Spill
  4. Airplane Crash
  5. Active Shooter Protocol

Note: Students who only ride buses occasionally, such as field trips, will also have to participate in the bus evacuation drills.

❖  Enrollment

Students may enter kindergarten if they will attain the age of five (5) on or before August 1 of the year in which they are seeking initial enrollment. Any student who has been enrolled in a state-accredited or state-approved kindergarten program in another state for at least sixty (60) days, who will become five (5) years old during the year in which he/she is enrolled in kindergarten, and who meets the basic residency requirement for school attendance may be enrolled in kindergarten upon written request to the District.

 

Any child who will be six (6) years of age on or before October 1 of the school year of enrollment and who has not completed a state-accredited kindergarten program shall be evaluated by the district and may be placed in the first grade if the results of the evaluation justify placement in the first grade and the child’s parent or legal guardian agrees with placement in the first grade; otherwise the child shall be placed in kindergarten.

 

Any child may enter first grade in a District school if the child will attain the age of six (6) years during the school year in which the child is seeking enrollment and the child has successfully completed a kindergarten program in a public school in Arkansas.

 

Any child who has been enrolled in the first grade in a state-accredited or state-approved elementary school in another state for a period of at least sixty (60) days, who will become age six (6) years during the school year in which he/she is enrolled in grade one (1), and who meets the basic residency requirements for school attendance may be enrolled in the first grade.  

 

Students who move into the District from an accredited school shall be assigned to the same grade as they were attending in their previous school (mid-year transfers) or as they would have been assigned in their previous school. Home-schooled students shall be evaluated by the District to determine their appropriate grade placement.

 

The district shall make no attempt to ascertain the immigration status, legal or illegal, of any student or his/her parent or legal guardian presenting for enrollment.

 

Prior to the child’s admission to a District school:

 

  1.  The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall furnish the child’s social security number, or if they request, the district will assign the child a nine (9) digit number designated by the department of education.

 

2.        The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall provide the district with one (1) of the following documents indicating the child’s age:

a.        A birth certificate;

b.        A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s

date of birth;

c.        An attested baptismal certificate;

d.        A passport;

e.        An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent or guardian;

f.         United States military identification; or

g.        Previous school records.

 

3.        The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall indicate on school registration forms whether the child has been expelled from school in any other school district or is a party to an expulsion proceeding.  The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another school district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.

 

4.        The child shall be age appropriately immunized from poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, red (rubella) measles, rubella, and other diseases as designated by the State Board of Health, or have an exemption issued by the Arkansas Department of Health. Proof of immunization shall be by a certificate of a licensed physician or a public health department acknowledging the immunization. Exemptions are also possible on an annual basis for religious reasons from the Arkansas Department of Health. To continue such exemptions, they must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

 

A student enrolled in the District who has an immunization exemption may be removed from school during an outbreak of the disease for which the student is not vaccinated at the discretion of the Arkansas Department of Health. The student may not return to the school until the outbreak has been resolved and the student's return to school is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

  

Legal References:   A.C.A. § 6-4-302          A.C.A. § 6-18-201 (c)              A.C.A. § 6-18-207

A.C.A. § 6-18-208        A.C.A. § 6-18-702                    A.C.A. § 6-15-504 (f)                A.C.A. § 6-27-102, 105           A.C.A. § 9-28-113

                                        Plyler v Doe 457 US 202,221 (1982)

Date Adopted: 8/11/2008

Revised: 1/18/2010, 6/7/2010, 6/20/2011, 4/16/2012, 7/15/2013

❖  Field Trips

Teachers may occasionally take classes on field trips. Field trips can be an extension of learning that is taking place in the classroom or they can be used as an incentive.

 

Teachers will notify parents of upcoming field trips. This notification should identify where the class is going, when they will leave the school and arrive back at school, and should give a contact number that can be used during the field trip in cases of emergency.

Students are usually asked to bring a sack lunch (home or school-provided) and wear appropriate clothing.

Students are acting as ambassadors for our community and should be on their best behavior. Students who misbehave are subject to disciplinary actions appropriate for their behavior. The usage of electronic devices during the trip is subject to teacher discretion and the policy regarding electronic devices.

Children must be present at school and ride to the place with their class in order to be counted as present. Students may be checked out through the teacher at the conclusion of the planned activities so that they may ride home with parents. Check-out policies apply here just as if the child was at school.

If parents are volunteering to help chaperone a class, we respectfully ask that siblings be left behind. Watching a class takes all of your attention.

❖  General Information

          Program Accessibility / Non-Discrimination

No student will be denied access to or participation in any program based upon sex, race,  religious preference, or socioeconomic status. Exceptions will be those programs that have specified eligibility requirements (i.e., Special Education, Gifted/Talented, Migrant, ESL, etc.).

❖  Gifted and Talented Program

All students are tested in the spring of their second grade school year. Parent and teacher recommendations along with test results will identify which students will be pulled out of their 3rd or 4th grade classes each week to participate in this program. Students in grades K-2 will participate in a regular enrichment time with the GT facilitator.

Parents or teachers may choose to nominate children for GT testing during grades 3-4, if they feel the student is a viable candidate. After filling out required testing forms, students will be subjected to several tests and then their status will be in the hands of the GT Evaluation Committee to determine if they are placed or not. 

❖  Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the Prairie Grove Schools to maintain learning and working environments that are free from harassment.  No employee or student of the school shall be subject to harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

It shall be a violation of this policy for any member of the Prairie Grove school staff to harass another staff member or student through conduct of a sexual nature or conduct designed to reduce the dignity of that individual with respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Each administrator shall be responsible for promoting understanding and acceptance of, and reassuring compliance with state and federal laws, and school policy and procedures governing harassment within his/her area of responsibility.  Violation of this policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or dismissal.  Anyone who feels that they have been sexually harassed may contact the Superintendent, at 846-4213 or any of the school principals.

❖  Health Services

Prairie Grove Elementary provides health services to all students without regard to sex, race, religious preference, or socioeconomic status. These services are carried out by a Registered Nurse with current licensure from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The health services include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Appraisal and identification of health needs through planning and implementation of recommended screening tests such as vision, hearing, orthopedic, and physical examinations.
  2. Encouraging correction of remedial defects found during the aforementioned screenings by working with parents, teachers, and community agencies.
  3. Working with administrators, teachers, and other school personnel to modify the school environment and curriculum for the children with health problems.
  4. Providing health counseling to students, parents/guardians, and school personnel.
  5. Assuming responsibility for care of sick and injured students in keeping with school policy.
  6. Maintenance of health records.
  7. Serving as a resource person both in informal and formal settings to students, parents/guardians, and school personnel.

ARKids First Program:

Information will be provided to inform students and parents/guardians about health care coverage under the ARKids First Program. (Act 882 of 2005)

Head Lice:

*Parents are encouraged to check their children’s heads for lice routinely throughout the school year.

  1. Each school may conduct routine screenings of students for head lice as needed.
  2. Students found to have head lice or nits will be referred to the school nurse.
  3. Parent/legal guardian will be notified if the nurse finds the student to have an active case of head lice.

                 4.   Information regarding treatment options will be discussed with the parent/guardian

and sent home with the student.

                    5. Upon return to school, the parent must accompany their child, who will be checked

        by the school nurse/designee for live lice.

                    6.  The school reserves the right to conduct a home visit.

                 7.  A FINS (Family In Need of Services) petition may be filed due to excessive

 absences due to head lice.

* Please refer to District Policy 4.34-Communicable Diseases and Parasites for more information.

Illness or Injury:

The school nurse or appropriate school personnel will notify parents/guardians in the event that their child becomes ill or injured at school. The parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up the child if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or if he/she is vomiting or has diarrhea, persistent cough, severe cold, sore throat, or swollen glands accompanied by a fever, matted or red eyes or drainage from the eyes, an undiagnosed rash or skin eruption. Your child may return to school when he or she has a normal temperature for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin, vomiting and/or diarrhea has been absent for 24 hours, and/or 24 hours of antibiotics following a bacterial infection (i.e., strep throat, conjunctivitis/pink eye). In the event the illness or injury appears serious, and parents/guardians or other responsible parties cannot be contacted, the school reserves the right to take the appropriate medical action for the safety and protection of the child. In the event of an emergency, parents/guardians or other responsible parties will be contacted as soon as possible after appropriate medical action has been taken.

Medication Policy:

Medication given during school hours will be given by or under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Medication should come in the original bottle with proper identification. Over-the-counter medications are strongly discouraged. A doctor must order routine over-the-counter medications. Over the counter medications given on an “as needed” basis may be given by the school nurse with parent/guardian permission.

Administration procedure for medication during school hours: 

This policy covers both prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

  1. Unnecessary medication administered at school is strongly discouraged. The dosage intervals of many medications can be adjusted to times outside of school hours. School personnel should consider interval adjustment before administration.
  2. Unlicensed personnel will not give medications in the school setting unless administration has been delegated by a licensed registered nurse.  
  3. The licensed registered nurse is responsible for:
  1. reviewing medical requests
  2. assessing the pupil’s health status and nursing care needs
  3. Formulating a medication administration plan
  4. determining the appropriateness of the task to be assigned
  1. . Requests for medication administration. When necessary  to administer medication at school, written requests will be submitted to the pupil’s school signed and dated by both the lawful custodian and licensed physician containing the following:
  1. name and birthdate of the pupil to receive medication
  2. diagnosis/ reason to be given
  3. name of medication to be given
  4. dosage/amount to be given
  5. times to be given
  6. expected duration of treatment
  1. Delegation of medication administration:
  1. In collaboration with the administrator,the nurse will identify school staff members necessary to implement the administration plan. When appropriate, the principal designates unlicensed personnel to assist with the plan.
  2. The nurse will train and document competencies of the designated staff member and will provide written documentation plans and forms. The nurse is responsible for supervision of the medical plans.
  1. Medications will be supplied to the school in a crush proof container labeled with the following information:
  1. Pupil’s name
  2. Name of medication and strength
  3. Date prescription was filled
  4. Prescribing physician/ dentist’s name
  5. Medication storage instructions
  1. Termination of medication administration:

❖  Highly Qualified Teacher

To be designated as a Highly Qualified Teacher, a teacher must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, an Initial or Standard Arkansas teaching license (or be successfully progressing in the AR Non-Traditional Licensure Program) and demonstrate competence in the area being taught. The school district will inform the parents if a teacher is found not highly qualified and what the teacher is doing to eliminate the problem. If your child receives services from a Title I paraprofessional, you have the right to request information regarding his or her professional qualifications as well.

❖  Home Schooling

Parents or guardians desiring to provide home schooling for their children must give written notice to the superintendent of their intent, and sign a waiver acknowledging such. This can be done no later than August 15 for the fall semester or December 15 for the spring semester. Students under disciplinary action (i.e., school suspension) are not eligible for HOme School withdrawal until the action is completed (Act 1117 of 1999).

Students visit the Library at least once a week where they are allowed to check out books. Depending on their grade level, they may be allowed to bring these books home for their reading pleasure and/or homework. Students should take good care of these books, as they were bought with library funds for the whole school to enjoy. They should treat the books as the librarians have prescribed. Parents should help reinforce that students should not eat or drink while reading. They should not tear pages. They should not use books for any manner other than reading.

If a book becomes lost or damaged, the student’s parents must pay for the lost/damaged items. Parents will be sent an invoice if this should occur.  

❖  Money

Money sent to school should be in an envelope labeled with the child’s name, teacher’s name, grade level, purpose of money, and amount submitted.  

❖  Movies in the Classroom

On occasion, teachers will show videos, films, or movies to enhance student learning. Movies may also be shown as class rewards. At the elementary level, we realize that students should not be exposed to certain language or scenes. If a film is rated higher than “G”, a note will be sent home beforehand to inform parents of the rating and why it is being shown. Parental permission must be received before showing movies rated “PG”. There will be no “PG-13” or “R” rated movies shown.

❖  Non-discrimination Policy

The Prairie Grove Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status, or disability with regard to access to service or treatment in its programs or activities. A person who feels that she/he has been discriminated against is encouraged to contact Dr. Allen Williams at 479-846-4213.

❖  Parent Center

The Parent Center in the Elementary building is located next to the counselors’ offices. It is specifically designed for parents with resources that are helpful in raising their children. The hours are 7:45 -3:20, Monday through Friday.

We invite parents to learn and share the fun of learning with their children. Our center contains parenting resources,brochures, booklets, magazines, and a video library that may be loaned out to the families. We encourage you to get involved with your child’s education by reading with them each night, checking over their homework, looking over the work they bring home weekly, and volunteering as your work schedule will permit. Remember- You are your child’s first teacher.

❖  Parent Volunteers

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education at Prairie Grove Elementary School. Communication between parents and teachers at times other than prescribed by the state is always encouraged. In addition, parents are invited to volunteer to serve as classroom helpers (tutoring, helping to prepare classroom materials, etc.), to accompany classes on field trips and class activities, and to help with parties. Obviously, we cannot accommodate a large number of parents for each activity, so the classroom teacher shall appoint various volunteers for the different activities to give everyone a chance to help. All volunteers must complete volunteer applications,and the school reserves the right to accept or deny applications. Parents must understand that volunteering to help requires the responsibility of being properly dressed using the dress code presented in this handbook as a guide. Also, parents have the responsibility of confidentiality concerning all  children with whom they come into contact.

❖  Parental Involvement

Research reveals that improved parent attitudes toward the school and improved parent self-concepts characteristically result when parents become involved in their children’s learning. Parents often begin their participation doubting that their involvement can make much difference and they are generally very gratified to discover what an important contribution they are able to make. It is important for school personnel and parents to be aware that parent involvement supports a student’s learning, behavior, and attitudes regardless of factors such as parents’ income, educational level, and whether or not parents are employed.

Parents can support their children’s schooling by attending school obligations such as parent-teacher conferences.They can become more involved in helping their children improve their schoolwork--providing encouragement, arranging for appropriate study time and space, modeling desired behavior such as reading for pleasure, monitoring homework and actively tutoring their children at home. Outside the home, parents can serve as advocates for the school. They can volunteer to help out with school activities or work in the classroom. Or they can take a more active role in the governance and decision-making necessary for planning, developing, and providing an education for the community’s children. [Cotton,Kathleen and Wikelund, Reed, “Parent Involvement in Education”, NW Regional Educational Laboratory, 2001]

We invite parents to be educational partners at Prairie Grove Elementary School by participating in their children’s education. Each year we do this by offering two parent-teacher conferences, two “Parents Make a Difference Nights” (Family Math and Science AND Holiday Reading), and Family Kits with helpful information such as telephone numbers and email addresses of school personnel , maps of the buildings, school calendar, etc. A Parent Center is in each building where parents/guardians may obtain helpful information on parenting skills.

If a parent wishes to visit a classroom, time and date arrangements should be made in advance with the principal and the child’s teacher so class disruption can be kept to a minimum. All visitors entering the building during regular school hours must report to the office, sign in, and obtain a visitor’s badge.

Any individuals having questions regarding the plan should contact Jennifer Weyl, Elementary Parent Involvement Facilitator.

❖  Parties

During the year, organized classroom parties may be conducted under the supervision of the classroom teacher for fall, winter, and Valentine’s Day. Students are allowed to wear age-appropriate costumes during the school day for our fall celebrations. Absolutely NO WEAPONS are allowed. Masks can be worn at the discretion of the teacher. Please ask your teacher ahead of time if you have questions. Any party treats must be store-bought and unopened.

It is asked that parents do not send individual party invitations for their child to distribute at school. teachers are not allowed to distribute student phone numbers or addresses  due to confidentiality concerns. A student directory with addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of parents willing to participate will be sent home no later than the Friday after Labor Day.

❖  Permission to go home with other students/Parents

In order to account for each student’s departure in the afternoon, it is important that both the school and the parents/guardians know the destination of the student. In the event a student rides a bus (other than the regular bus) home with another student, to a babysitter, to another family member, or a friend of the family, written permission (or a phone call to the office) must be presented to school personnel on or before the day of the occasion. Students will not be allowed to alter their regular afternoon departure procedures without parents’/ guardians’ written or phone permission in accordance with the above-mentioned procedures. Please do not text the teachers, as they might miss the communication until it is too late. These procedures are for the safety and protection of the student.

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❖  Pets

No animals, birds, insects, reptiles, or anything of this nature can be brought to school without a principal’s approval.

❖  PTO

Our school has a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). If you would like to be more involved in the school or volunteer your time, please consider this as an option. The PTO has a meeting once monthly. They plan various activities (Parent Boo-hoo party, Movie Night, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Fall Carnival, fundraisers, etc.), help out with school functions, and support the staff, students, and parents of the building. If you wish to join, the PTO has a table set up at our Back to School night with more information. The PTO also has a facebook page (Prairie Grove Elementary PTO) to keep parents abreast of what they are doing.

❖  Tardiness

Tardiness can cause a serious interruption to the learning process. Our objective is to help the student realize the importance of being on time. Just as in the workforce, there are consequences for people who are habitually tardy. Students falling into this category may be subject to disciplinary action.

Parents are to sign tardy students into the office. Students are considered tardy after 8:00 am. If a student checks in after 8:30, he/she is considered absent for a half-day. If a student checks out of school between 11:30-2:30, it is considered a half-day absence.  If a student checks out after 2:30, but before the end of the school day, it is counted as a tardy.

If a student accumulates excessive unexcused tardies per semester, consequences could include phone calls, letters to the parents, a conference with a principal, or DHS contact.

Telephone Usage

The office phone may be used by the students, but only in case of emergency and with the school secretary or principal approval. Students receiving calls at school are normally not called from class unless an emergency exists.

❖  Textbooks

All textbooks are provided by the state. The teachers are responsible for the distribution of books at the beginning of the year and collection at the end of the year. The student must pay for lost or damaged textbooks/ library books.

❖  Title I

Our school receives federal funds for the Title I programs that are a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Title I is a federally funded program that provides paraprofessionals assistance to students. Paraprofessionals strive for a working partnership with students and teachers in their classrooms and with parents. Prairie Grove Elementary School is now campus-wide, which means that paraprofessionals may work with the teachers to help all students.

Under NCLB, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s). If your child also receives services from a Title I paraprofessional, you have the right to request information regarding his or her qualifications.

Once a school year, there will be an annual review and update of our Title I School/Parent Compact.

❖  Toys

Items brought from home that could be considered toys are not to be traded, sold, or exchanged at school. These items are to be played with only at the discretion of a faculty or staff member during recess and could be taken away by a faculty or staff member if a student has them out at any other time. The school is not responsible for any toys that are lost or stolen during the school day or during school related activities.

❖  Transportation Changes

To change a child’s mode of transportation, parents must send a note or call the office (479-846-4211) no later than 2:30 pm. Emailing, texting, or voice mail to a student’s teacher or the secretary is not a reliable way to change a child’s mode of transportation. Please call or send a note if your child is to go home any way other than what is normal for the day.

❖  Visitors

Unsupervised visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted to enter classrooms while classes are in session. All students are hereby instructed that they should not bring child visitors to school with them. All visitors must check in with the office immediately upon arrival on campus and get a pass from the office. Parents and grandparents are always welcome at school, but it is essential that visits do not disrupt the educational process.

        

Please be aware that our students have been instructed to NOT open any doors for persons outside the building. It is not rudeness, but a means of safety. All visitors must enter through the office which is on the west side of the school facing Viney Grove Road.