Upper Elementary

Student Handbook

2018-2019

  BOARD OF EDUCATION                                    ADMINISTRATION

President…………..Jerry Brooks                         Superintendent……………....Randy Wood

Vice President……..Charles Howard             Assistant Superintendent…..Charles Morton

Clerk………………...Kevin Flurry                   High School Principal………..Keli Harrell

Deputy Clerk………..Roger Brunk                 High School Dean of Students…. Eddie Lewis

           Member……………..Ronald Hemphill           Junior High Principal………...Angie Goode

                                                                                  Upper Elem. Principal……....Angie Peña

                                                                                  Lower Elem. Principal……...Lori Wiggins

ROLAND UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FACULTY

Angie Peña, Principal

Mellissa Wasson, Secretary

(918) 427-5139

                

                Fourth Grade                Fifth Grade                        Sixth Grade

                                      Teri O’Neal                        Melinda McKinney             Sarah Richards

                                      Brandi Pratt                        Kensey Richards                Tina Sampson

                                      Amber Rainwater               Anne Robertson              

                            Special Education             Title I Resource                  Nurse

                                     Linda Barnes                       Trey Greer                           Davonna Whittenburg

                                     Tammye Lockwood             Justin Whittenburg

                                     

                             Physical Ed.                       JOM

                                     Casie Jo Kemp                    Bridget Rogers

FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL

                

Dear Parents,

           I would like to welcome you to Roland Upper Elementary School. I hope that you are                         looking forward to the new year as much as I am. I am confident in knowing that your child will be provided the highest quality academic atmosphere.

 

           I want you to know that I am here to help you in any way I can. Please come by and get to know the faculty. It is our goal to work with parents and students to insure a great school year.

          This handbook is for all of us. It has been written for the good of the student, the teacher, and the school. Please take time to get acquainted with it.

           I feel fortunate to be your principal and look forward to the upcoming year.

           Sincerely,

           Angie Peña, Principal

        FORWARD

        

             This handbook has been prepared for Roland students and parents. We feel that problems often arise from lack of communication. This booklet contains some of the most common rules, regulations, and policies. Space does not permit us to list all school policies, but they are available in the principal’s office for viewing at any time. This handbook contains policies that are referred to often and sometimes misunderstood.

                This handbook was prepared in view of Roland students being mature and fully understanding right and wrong. No attempt has been made to list all of the do’s and don'ts. It is a general information guide in hopes that everyone will understand why the school does certain things. If questions arise, we are extending an invitation for you to consult with teachers, principals, and the superintendent. We feel that open communication with students and patrons of the community is vital in an attempt to have a successful educational system.

PHILOSOPHY

     The fundamental responsibility of Roland Upper Elementary School is to provide each student with skills, information, and competencies which will enable him/her to function successfully in the modern world. It must be understood that each student’s future, his/her horizons, and his/her destiny will be determined not only by his/her inherent capabilities but also by his/her interest, motivation and the degree to which he/she is able to prepare to meet tomorrow’s ever changing environment. We must challenge each student to excel not only in areas in which he/she has special interests, but also in areas which will provide him/her with skills necessary to become a productive citizen. We must develop an awareness of citizenship responsibilities which include dependability, integrity, courtesy, and an appreciation of the sacrifices which have enabled us to inherit our present society.

     It is our responsibility to organize our educational system to provide maximum utilization of information, facilities, and resources. We must not solely be dispensers of information, how to analyze, how to reach logical conclusions, and how to communicate ideas. In addition, we will lead them in an appreciation of the arts and foster a desire to utilize new technology.

     We believe it is imperative that students be made aware of his/her responsibility to protect and perpetuate the institution of a free society as well as to maintain an ecologically viable environment.

     Believing that good physical fitness is important to a good self-concept, we encourage students to maintain a healthy body through exercise, good nutrition, and by remaining drug free.

     To these ends, we must continue to evaluate our curriculum and to implement new techniques which will facilitate the greatest learning for each student.

PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW

             In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Section 1111(h)(6) PARENTS’ RIGHT-TO-KNOW, this is a notification from the Roland Public School District to every parent of a student in a Title I school that you have the right to request and receive information in a timely manner regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers. The information regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers shall include the following:

     In addition to the above information you will be notified if your student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your principal.

COMMUNICATION

1.Parent

     It is very important that open communication be maintained between home and school. Specific questions and problems should be directed toward the teacher or teachers involved. General information and problems should be directed to the principal.

     We want to work with you and your child in the best possible way we can. Please do not let a matter of concern to you go too far before contacting us. Small problems are easier to solve than big ones. Our phone number is (918)427-5139.

2. Parent-Teacher Conferences

     Class time is precious and is reserved for instructional purposes. Parent conferences should be scheduled at a time that does not conflict with instruction. The best times are before and after school, during planning periods, or during the noon recess. Please call the office for an appointment.

ACADEMICS

            

  1. Grading

          Students will receive a letter grade at the end of each nine week period indicating his/her progress. Each grade indicates the following:

        A = 90% completion of subject material = Excellent

B = 80% completion of subject material = Above Average

C = 70% completion of subject material = Average

D = 60% completion of subject material = Below Average

F = less than 60% completion of material = Failing

   2. Report Cards

        Report cards go home every nine weeks. This is the time for a formal grade to be given. Semester grades (only) will be part of the students’ permanent record.

  3. Deficiency Reports

      Deficiency reports go out in the middle of each grading period. This is done so that parents will know of a problem in enough time to improve the grade before the report card is sent home. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher at any time.

NOTE: You can monitor your child’s grades through gradebook on the school website or through the SchoolWay App. Usernames and passwords will be sent home within the first couple of weeks of school.

 4. Promotion

     Students shall receive credit for a course of study if a grade average of 60% has been achieved for an entire course. A student must pass three of the five core courses in order to be promoted. The core courses are English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. Further, a student must attend school 80% of the days taught. If a student meets these requirements he/she will be promoted to the next higher grade for the following school year.

5. Retention

     Retentions will be based on failure to pass at least three of the five core courses. In addition, retention can be based on excessive unexcused absences.

     If a student has not met all of the requirements for promotion, retention will be determined by a team. The team will consist of the child’s teachers, the principal, and the parents or guardians. Parents may appeal the retention of their child with the Roland Board of Education.

6. Cheating

     Whenever a student is found guilty of cheating, the teacher shall collect the student’s paper, and notify the parents and the office. Cheating may result in the student receiving a zero for that paper.

7. Homework

     Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. If not, they will be required to stay in at recess to complete assignments. Students will be given a day for each missed to make up work, up to five days. After that time a zero will be recorded for missing assignments.

     Extended absences due to illness are an exception. The office will need to be contacted for arrangements.

8. Learner Outcomes

     A copy of the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) as adopted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education is available from any of the teachers or at the principal’s office. These outcomes specify the skills your child is expected to master. The OAS are also available at the State Department of Education website.

9. Extracurricular Activities

     Students who are not passing their core classes will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. These activities include sports, band, and field trips.

ATTENDANCE

   

1 Attendance Policy

     Regular class attendance is essential for a student to achieve to the best of his/her ability. For each day a student is absent, a parent or guardian must call the office at (918)427-5139. If this is not possible, please send a signed note with the student upon his/her return. Notes from doctor’s offices provide an excused absence. However parent notes are taken into consideration directly related to each students’ circumstances. No absence will be excused without proper communication with the office

     Parents of students who have received ten or more unexcused absences in any one semester will be notified. If proper documentation is not provided, the District Attorney’s office will be notified. Excessive absences will not be tolerated.

2. Leaving School During the Day

     In the event that it is necessary for a student to leave school before 3:05 P.M. for a doctor’s appointment or an emergency, a parent must sign the student out in the office.

3. State School Attendance Law

     Section 10-105. A. It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, custodian or other person having control of a child who is over the age of seven years and under the age of eighteen years, and who has not finished four year of high school work, or neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session; and it shall be unlawful for any child who is over the age of sixteen years and under the age of eighteen years, and who has not finished four years of high school work to neglect or refuse to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, or receive and education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are in session.Attendance in a kindergarten program is required under provisions of Bill 1017.

SCHOOL HOURS

     The pedestrian’s gate located on the east side of the lower elementary playground will be locked from 8:30 A.M. to 2:50 P.M. each day.This is for the safety of our children

7:30 A.M.                Buildings are opened

7:30-8:15 A.M.        Breakfast served

8:20 P.M.                School begins

3:10 P.M.                School ends

     Duty teachers begin duty at 7:30 A.M. It is important that students do not arrive before this time. The school will not be responsible for accidents before teachers are on duty. Parents are urged to wait until 3:00 P.M. to pick up their child. Students should be at school by 8:20 A.M.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     It is the policy of this school district that threatening behavior, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated. This policy is in effect while the students remain on school grounds, in school transportation, or attending school-sponsored activities, and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district.

     Harassment is intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation by whatever means of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language,conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. Harassment includes but is not limited to harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, or disability.

     As used in the School Bullying Prevention Act, “harassment, intimidation and bullying” means any gesture, written or verbal expression, electronic communication or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage or the student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.

Harassment, intimidation, and bullying include, but are not limited t, gestures or witten, verbal, or physical acts, or electronic communications. Such behavior is specifically prohibited.

SCHOOL RULES

General Rules

  1. No fighting
  2. No running in the building
  3. No eating in the building without permission
  4. No foul language or name calling
  5. No toys or electronic devices
  6. No gum

Playground rules

  1. No throwing rocks
  2. No sitting on the porch
  3. No pencils, pens, or crayons on the playground or in the bathrooms
  4. No jumping from swings
  5. No sitting on the top of the monkey bars

Student Discipline

     The following policies concerning student discipline represent possible infraction and the discipline that may occur. Punishment will be administered after a thorough investigation involving the student. The principal will then choose the avenue of discipline depending upon the frequency and severity of the situation. When determining appropriate discipline to address the misbehavior of  a student with disabilities, the Roland School District will comply the the student’s behavior management plan, if any, and the requirements of the law.

OFFENSE PUNISHMENT

  Unexcused tardiness and absences                        Warning or detention

  Disruption of assemblies, classrooms,

  Lunchroom and general school environment                Warning, detention, paddling, in-school                                                                 detention, or suspension

  Cutting class or leaving the school without                Warning, detention, paddling, in-school  

  permission                                                            detention, or suspension        

  Bus misconduct                                                  Warning, detention, paddling, in-school                                                                 detention, suspension from bus, or

                                                                Suspension

  Theft                                                                Call parents, restitution, call law

                                                                            authorities, detention, paddling,                                                                           in-school detention, or suspension.

        Fighting                                                        Detention, paddling, in-school                                                                                 detention, or suspension

        Destruction of property                                        Restitution, detention, paddling, in-                        

                                                                          School suspension, or suspension

        Use of, possession of, or selling illegal or

        illicit drugs, or other mood altering substances                 Call law authorities, call parents,  

 in-school suspension, suspension,

 expulsion

Vandalism                                                        Call law authorities, call parents

restitution and

or in-school detention, or suspension

Sexual Abuse, misconduct, or sexual                         Call parent, in-school detention,                

Harassment                                                         paddling, suspension

Possession of a weapon                                         Call law authorities, and or suspension

Threatening harm to others                                Call parents, detention, in-school  

                                                                               detention, suspension, or paddling

        Bullying, hazing, harassment                                Warning, detention, in-school  

                                                                        Detention, paddling, or suspension.

DRUG POLICY

  1. Illegal and Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

  1. Use of illicit drugs and unlawful possession and of use of alcohol is wrong and harmful.
  2. Students are prohibited from using, being under the influence of, possessing, furnishing, or selling alcoholic beverages, non intoxicating beverages (as defined by the law), illegal or illicit drugs, or other mood altering substances at school, while on school vehicles, or at any school sponsored event.
  3. “Illicit drugs” includes steroids, prescription, and over the counter medications being used for an abusive purpose, i.e., when they are not used in compliance with the prescription or directions for use and are not being used to treat a current health condition of the student. “Mood altering substances” include paint, glue, aerosol sprays, and similar substances.
  4. Violation of this rule will result in imposition of disciplinary measures, which include suspension for the remainder of the current semester and the following semester.
  5. Student violation of this rule which also constitutes illegal conduct will be reported to law enforcement authorities.

      2. Necessary Medications

  1. Students may not retain possession of and self-administer any medication at school for any reason.
  2. Students who have a legitimate health need for over the counter or prescription medication at school shall deliver such medications to the principal or school nurse with a parental authorization, in compliance with Oklahoma law and school policy and procedures regarding administering medicine to students.
  3. Violations of this rule will be reported to the student’s parents by the principal, and may result in discipline which can include suspension.

      3. Distribution of Information

  1. Information for students and their parents about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs in this geographic area is available from the principal at each student’s school.
  2. These rules are provided at the school website to all students and their parents each school year.

TELEPHONE

     

     The office telephone is a business phone. Students will be permitted to use it for emergencies and should only be used in time of urgent need.

     Cell phone usage will not be permitted during instructional time. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in a locker or cubby until the end of the school day. Please contact the office if you need to communicate with your child. Cell phone usage during the school day  will result in the phone being taken by the adult in charge and locked in the office for a period of three days or until a parent or guardian can pick the phone up. Cell phones may be used before and after school and with the direct permission by the adult in charge.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

     All properties brought from home are the responsibility of the child. Electronic devices, games, and toys are not to be brought to school.

LOCKERS

     Students are assigned locker numbers and combinations. These numbers are entered as part of their enrollment information. Students are not free to trade lockers. Any change must go through the office.

COUNSELING

    A counselor is available to help provide guidance and counseling to all students. Referrals for outside counseling are available through the school nurse.

SEARCH POLICY

     The superintendent, principal, teacher, or security personnel of the Roland School District, upon reasonable suspicion, shall have the authority to detain and search or authorize the search of any pupil or property in the possession of the pupil when said pupil is on any school premises.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

    The Roland Public Schools, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Title II of the American Disabilities Act, Title IX of the education amendments and Age Discrimination Act, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in any of its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

     The Board directs the superintendent of schools to prepare necessary rules, regulation, and procedures to insure that all local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines are followed.

     The following statement will be included in all course announcements, bulletins, disseminated to all students, materials used for recruiting or describing programs and training, application or enrollment forms, brochures, and catalogs:

The Roland Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, qualified handicap, or veteran status.”

     For explanation of filing, processing and resolution of alleged discrimination complaint, contact Title IX, 504, and ADA Coordinator of Roland Public Schools.

     Any person or persons having questions regarding this nondiscrimination policy should contact:  Charles H. Morton

               Title IX and 504 Coordinator

               Roland Public Schools

               300 Ranger Blvd.

               Roland, OK 74954

               (918)427-5139

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Bicycle Riders

           A rack will be provided for bicycles. No one is permitted at the bicycle rack until dismissal. All bicycles must be in the rack. Dismissal for students with bicycles will be with the second run students so that all the first run buses are gone.

      2. Parents Picking Up Students

          Parents picking up students are requested to wait until the first run buses leave before pulling up to the front of the building.

     3. Walkers

         Walkers will be dismissed with students from the second run (3:17 P.M.) so that the buses will be gone when they get out to the street. This is done in an effort to prevent serious injury.

     4. Special Permission by Parents

          If a parent would like for his or her child to ride home with someone else, walk instead of riding the bus, or ride a different bus, permission must be given in writing or by telephone to the office. We are very concerned that you know where your child is at all times and this will help us keep your child safe.

          Please contact the office when there is a change of plans for your child after school. This call needs to be placed by 2:00 P.M. to ensure that your child receives the message. Please make an effort to communicate with your child regarding changes prior to the school day. Daily changes create problems for your child and the school.

BUS RIDER RULES

NOTE:

All students must load and unload at their designated bus stop and building at school.

Previous to Loading

  1. Be on time at the designated school bus stops. Keep the bus on schedule.
  2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus. Bus riders conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting.
  3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter the bus.
  4. Be careful in approaching bus stops.
  5. Bus riders are not permitted to move toward the bus at the school loading zone until the bus comes to a complete stop.

While on the Bus

     1. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus.

     2. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times

     3. Remember that loud talking, loud laughing, or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s     attention and may result in a serious accident.

     4. Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, etc., must be paid for by the offender.

     5. Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.

     6. Do not leave books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.

     7. Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.

     8. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.

     9. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.

    10. Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.

    11. Horseplay is not permitted around or on the school bus.

    12. Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow pupils, the bus driver, and the patrol officers or driver’s assistants.

    13. Keep absolutely quiet when approaching  railroad crossing stops.

    14.In case of a road emergency, children are to remain in the bus.

MANNERS

     

     

     Good manners are attributes of people who respect and feel good about themselves as well as feeling good about others. Manners are based on custom, consideration, and common sense. These guidelines help make living with other people more comfortable and pleasant as well as providing a safe atmosphere in which learning can take place.

     Many rules for good manners need to be used every day. These make life more enjoyable. Custom is the habit of doing certain things, like shaking hands. Consideration is thinking about the way the other person feels. Common sense means doing what seems reasonable, like identifying yourself when you make a phone call.

Keep these rules in mind:

  1. Be a good sport. If you play a game, have a good attitude whether  you win or lose.
  2. Listen to others. A good conversation is an exchange of ideas.
  3. Share ideas, experiences, possessions, and work.
  4. Be especially thoughtful of the people that live in your house, your school, and your community. This includes other students, teachers, school staff, and visitors.
  5. Show respect for others’ property. Do not destroy what is not yours.
  6. Use proper etiquette in the lunchroom . This includes respecting others’ food, taking only what you can eat, cleaning up after yourself, and talking at a level where others can also talk.
  7. Do not wear caps inside buildings.

CAFETERIA

   

     The Roland Public School feels that it is imperative for all students to eat well balanced meals to get the maximum benefit in the learning experience. We encourage students to maintain a healthy body and mind with with good nutrition.

     The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an opportunity for schools and local educational agencies (LEA) in high poverty areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without the burden of collecting and processing school meal applications for free and reduced price meals. CEP was a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. Rather than taking school meal applications to make individual eligibility determinations, Roland Public School has adopted CEP, all students will receive free breakfast and lunch, no application required.

NOTE: Our district is not guaranteed to have this program every year. This program operates on a year by year basis.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

  1. Fire

           Signal for fire drills will be a continuous ring on the bell system. It is imperative to leave the building quickly and quietly. Directions for leaving each room will be posted in the classrooms.

     2. Tornado Alert

          It shall be the policy of the Roland Public Schools to take the following precautionary measures when severe conditions prevail.

  1. We will charge an adult individual to keep constant visual surveillance on the weather conditions.
  2. We shall keep the radio in the office tuned to a Ft. Smith station which carries the National Weather Bureau severe weather conditions bulletins.
  3. When danger is eminent either by our own observation or by a weather bulletin stating that our area is under immediate alert, and that persons in our vicinity should take cover, we will take the following precautions.
  1. We will notify the teachers in all buildings on the north campus by telephone.
  2. If the decision to take shelter is made near regular dismissal time in the afternoon and the danger has not passed by 3:00 P.M., the buses will be held up for an indefinite period of time, an no one will be dismissed until such time as the “all clear” can be given, with the following exception. If a child’s parents come for him/her, that child will be dismissed to them.
  3. Parents are more than welcome to pick up their children at any time, whether during an alert or not.

4. We shall provide “Tornado Alert Drills” from time to time in order that the students

               may learn to move efficiently through the routine.

            5. Our policy will be made clear to all students so that parents will be aware of our

     adopted procedures.

6. In the case of immediate emergency the students will go to the hall in the respective  

    buildings upon the principal’s decision.      

3. Lockdown

     We will perform two lockdown drills per year, one each semester. Lockdown can be used in a number of cases such as an intruder on campus, a threat made to our school, or an incident in town that would cause our students to need protection. Depending on the severity of the situation, parents may not be allowed to pick up their children during a lockdown. 

4. Snow Days

     If school has to be closed due to bad weather the following radio stations will be notified by 6:30 A.M. It will also be announced on all three local television stations.

KWHN- Ft. Smith                        KTCS- Ft. Smith

KFSA- Ft. Smith                        B 98- Poteau/Ft. Smith

HEALTH

  1. Medication

           Medication of any type cannot be dispensed without a doctor’s order, prescription, and specific instructions from the child’s parent.

     2. Parents will be notified when:

  1. A student receives a blow to the head
  2. A student runs a temperature
  3. School personnel feel the illness or injury warrant medical attention

     3. Hearing and Vision

          Hearing and Vision tests are done on a routine basis in grades kindergarten and sixth grade. A screening can be done on any specific child at any time upon request.

     4. Pre-School

         Roland Public Schools is offering free speech, vision, and hearing screenings to preschoolers in the Roland School District. Screenings will be given every first and third Friday of the month between 12:30-2:30 P.M. Call the Speech Pathologist at (918)427-5993 between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. for more information.

INSURANCE

     Roland Public School does not have insurance for students while at school or school sponsored activities. Public insurance is available at a minimal cost through an insurance company approved by the school district. Forms may be picked up at the principal’s office.

PICTURES

     Each year school pictures are taken shortly after school begins. Pictures will be taken of all students whether they intend to purchase them or not so that the yearbook will be complete. Students are not obligated to purchase pictures.

DRESS CODE

     Dress and grooming should be clean and in keeping with health and sanitary practices. Students may not wear clothing or hairstyles that can be hazardous to them in their educational activities, such as lab work, physical education, or art. All students regardless of sex, must dress modestly, properly, and neatly. Students are not to wear hats, caps, bandanas, or any other type of headgear “not designated to be worn inside public buildings.

Transparent clothing, spaghetti straps, t-backs, or tops that would show the stomach will not be allowed. Students will not be permitted to wear any apparel that has any type of immoral, suggestive, or vulgar writing or pictures (nudity or anything that reflects any type of demonic or satanic nature). Any clothing that may be considered symbolic of gang membership will not be permitted such as sagging jeans/shorts, shirts, and jackets. Students are not allowed to wear clothing with handwritten wording or messages. Shorts and dresses should not be shorter than mid-thigh. No type of form-fitting material (spandex or form-fitting, skin tight knits) will be permitted. No holes in jeans above mid-thigh. Blankets are not allowed. Nose rings, eyebrow rings, tongue rings, or any other body piercing will not be allowed.

SPECIALIZED TESTING

     1.Special Education

           A child may be recommended for testing to analyze the necessity for placement in a special program by the parent, child’s teacher, or principal. This testing will occur only after parental permission is given in writing.

          After the test is administered, a meeting will be set up with the parents to discuss the results of the test. The process of testing does not automatically mean placement of your child in a special program.

     2. Standardized Tests

          Each year Roland Elementary School gives an achievement test to all of its students in grades four through six. The test for grades four through six are state mandated tests. This gives us an overall progress report as well as an individual progress report. It also aids us in identifying students with need for remedial programs, etc.

     3. Test Results

          Parents are welcome to see their child’s test results on any and all tests given at Roland Elementary School. The results of Special Education Testing will be shown and discussed with parents as soon as the school receives the results. Results of the other types of tests will be shown to the child’s parents at any time as they become available.

     4. Gifted and Talented

          Programs for the gifted and talented are provided by Roland Public Schools. Screenings are done on a routine basis by performance, achievement test results, teacher recommendations, and by parent request.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Library - Media Services

           Roland Elementary School provides Library-Media Services to all students. In addition, adult members of the community may use the materials in our Library-Media Center.

     2. Parties  

         Parties are given throughout the year for specific holidays and events. Teachers will contact students and parents beforehand requesting help with the parties.

     3. Parent-Teacher Conference

         Roland Elementary School will hold a parent-teacher conference during the fall semester. Notes will be sent home with the students listing the date and time of the conference as the time approaches. We encourage parents to participate in order to meet the faculty and check on the progress of their child/children. A good understanding of what is expected of your child will make the school year a much more rewarding one for all involved.

     4. Programs

          The sixth grade students who participate in beginning band will perform in the Christmas and Spring concerts. Notes stating dates and times will be sent home with the students.

     5. Quiz Bowl

         Fifth and sixth graders that qualify through testing may choose to participate in Quiz Bowl. If students choose to attend the Quiz Bowl class, they will be required to make up the assignments missed in the regular class.

     6. Awards Assembly

         An awards assembly is held at the end of the school year. Awards are given for perfect attendance, academic achievement, and other outstanding accomplishments obtained during a school year. Time and place will be announced so that parents can attend these assemblies.

SEARCH AND FIND

     The Individuals with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires the Roland Public Schools to provide a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities residing within its boundaries.

     The full agreement with these concepts, the Roland Public Schools offers a variety of services for these students. We have special education programs designed for children with disabilities, and related services, such as speech therapy.

     If you live in the Roland District and have a handicapped child who is not being presently served by the school, please contact Charles Morton, Asst. Superintendent, for further information. (918)427-4601.

ANNUAL NOTICE OF FERMA RIGHTS

TO ROLAND SCHOOL PATRONS

     The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:

  1.      The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access.

                Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate

           school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.

           The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent of the time and

            place where the records may be inspected.

     2.        The rights to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the

            parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

                 Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they

            believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly

            identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or

            misleading.

                   If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or

             eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and

             advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

             Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent

             or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

     3.           The right to consent to disclosures or personally identifiable information contained

             in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes

             disclosure without consent.

                   One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school

              is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official

              is a person employed by the District as an administrator,supervisor, instructor, or

              support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit

              personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or, company with

              whom the District has contracted to perform a special task ( such as an attorney,

              auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an

              official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting

              another official is performing his or her tasks.

               A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to

     review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

               Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to

     Officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

     (NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify

     the student of records request unless it states in its annual notification that it

     intends to forward records on request).

     4.     The right to file a complaint with the U.S.Department of Education concerning

      alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name

      and address of the office that administers FERPA are:

                Family Policy Compliance Office

                      U.S. Department of Education

                      600 Independence Ave. SW

                      Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY ACT

     

     In response to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act. P.L. 99-5519, and EPA regulations, Roland Public School has completed a three year re-inspection of our buildings that contained asbestos building materials.

     As a result of our re-inspection, we are pleased to announce that areas that contain asbestos pose no health problems.

     The management plan and the results of re-inspection will be available for your viewing during office hours in the office of the Superintendent. Please call for an appointment.

FINAL NOTE

Dear Parents,

     The following ideas are some common sense suggestions for preparing your child for school. You probably do all of these things already. This is just a reminder that the more we interact with our children the better prepared they are to meet life’s challenges.

  1. Academic Growth
  1. Read stories to your child or listen to your child read
  2. Have experiences with your child
  1. Go on picnics with your child
  2. Go to the movies, museum etc. with your child

     B. Personal Growth

  1. Talk with you child
  2. Give your child opportunities to express his/her feelings

     C. Social Growth

  1. Take your child to places where they will interact with other people
  1. Going to church
  2. Going to the park
  3. Going to ball games

              2.  Talk to your child about being away from you while at school

                 

     These ideas will help  prepare your child for school. Please take time to have conversations that allow your child opportunities to share their school life with you.

Thanks for helping us help your child be successful in school.

Sincerely,

Roland Upper Elementary