2017 - 2018

MURRAY STUDENT HANDBOOK

“Empowering Learners to Lead for Life”

1044 High School Drive

St. Clair, MO 63077

636.629.3500 x2000

www.stcmo.org

  Mr. Kyle Kruse                           Dr. Beth Hill                  Mrs. Jessica Tollison

  Superintendent                              Principal                    Assistant Principal

TABLE OF CONTENTS

St. Clair School District Directory

Edgar Murray Elementary School Calendar

Arrival and Dismissal

Attendance and Absences

Board Policies

Care of School Property

Cell Phone Usage

Change in Student Information

Chromebook Usage

Classroom Parties, Treats, and Other Activities

Closings

Telephone

Radio

Television

Communication

Report Cards

Internet

ParentLink

Conduct on the School Bus

Curriculum (Human Sexuality)

Discipline

Alcohol

Arson

Assault

Bullying

Bus Misconduct

Cheating/Theft/ Forgery

Defiance of Authority

Disruptive Behavior

Drugs/Controlled Substance

Extortion

False Alarm

Fighting

Firearms and Weapons

Harassment

Improper Display of Affection

Inappropriate Sexual Conduct

Inappropriate/Unacceptable Items

Language/Conduct

Tobacco

Vandalism

      Discrimination

Dress Code

Early Release

Earthquake Safety

Emergency Information

Meals

Medical

        Communicable Diseases

Head Lice

Immunizations

Insurance

Medication

No Smoking Policy

Personal Items

Records/Confidentiality

School Initiatives

        The Leader in Me

        Positive Behavior Support

Searches

Special Education

Supplies

Suspensions

Tardies

Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

Visitors/Volunteers

Weather Guidelines

Content

District Directory

Murray Calendar

Arrival and Dismissal

Attendance and Absences

Board Policies

Care of School Property

Cell Phone Usage

Change in Student Information

Chromebook Usage

Classroom Parties, Treats, and Other Activities

Closings:  Telephone, Radio, & Television

Communication:  Report Cards, Web Based, & ParentLink

Conduct on the School Bus

Curriculum (Human Sexuality)

Discipline:  Alcohol, Arson, Assault, Bullying, Bus Misconduct, Cheating/Theft/Forgery, Defiance of Authority, Disruptive Behavior, Drugs/Controlled Substance, Extortion, False Alarm, Fighting, Firearms and Weapons, Harassment, Improper Display of Affection, Inappropriate Display of Affection, Inappropriate Sexual Conduct, Inappropriate/Unacceptable Items, Language/Conduct, Tobacco, Vandalism

Discrimination

Dress Code

Early Release during School Day

Earthquake Safety

Emergency Information

Medical:  Communicable Diseases, Head Lice, Immunizations, Medication

No Smoking Policy

Personal Items

Records/Confidentiality

School Initiatives:  The Leader in Me, Positive Behavior Support

Meals

Searches

Special Education

Supplies

Suspensions

Tardies

Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

Visitors/Volunteers

Weather Guidelines

St. Clair School District Directory

Elementary Office……………………………..…..………………………………………………………..636.629.3500 x5000

Mrs. Sande Racherbaumer, Principal

Mrs. RaNae Posey, Assistant Principal

        

Edgar Murray Office…………………………...…...………………………………………....……………636.629.3500 x2000

Dr. Beth Hill, Principal

Mrs. Jessica Tollison, Assistant Principal

Junior High School Office………………………….…...…………………………………………………636.629.3500 x3000

Mr. Eric Lause, Principal

Mr. Shaun Fanger, Assistant Principal

High School Office…………………………………..……….……………………………………………..636.629.3500 x4000

Dr. Jenny Davis, Principal

Mr. Jeff Hamlett, Assistant Principal

Mr. Brian Robbins, Athletic Director/Assistant Principal

Central Office…………………………………………...…………………………………………………...636.629.3500 x1000

Mr. Kyle Kruse, Superintendent

Mrs. Nadine Aitch, Assistant Superintendent

School Board Members:

        Mr. David Berkel, President

        Mr. Steve Pelton, Vice President

        Mr. Danny Shadrick, Treasurer

        Mr. Craig Licklider, Member

        Mr. Craig Kindel, Member

        Mr. Russell King, Member

        Mr. Brian Hinson, Member

        Mrs. Joyce Strothcamp, Board/Superintendent Asst.

        

Edgar Murray Elementary School Calendar

August

15

Open House 4:30 - 7:00pm

17

First Day of School

21

No School - Solar Eclipse

September

04

No School - Labor Day

12

Picture Day

25

DARE Classes Begin

29

No School - PD for Teachers

October

13          

End of First Quarter

24

Conferences 4:30 - 7:30pm

25?

Picture Day Retakes (TBD)

26

Conferences 3:30 - 6:30pm

27

No School

November

16

5th Grade Music Concert 6pm/7pm

22-24

No School - Thanksgiving Break

30

DARE Graduation (Time TBD)

December

12

4th Grade Music Concert 6pm/7pm

07

Bulldog Singers Concert 6pm

21

Winter Parties - ½ Day (End of Second Quarter/First Semester)

22-29

No School - Winter Break

January

01

No School - Winter Break

02

No School - PD for Teachers

February

14

Valentine Parties

16

No School - PD for Teachers

March

09

End of Third Quarter

27

3rd Grade Music Concert 6pm/7pm

29-30

No School - Spring Break

April

02

No School - Spring Break

19

Bulldog Singers/5th Grade Band Concert 6pm

23-30

MAP Testing

May

1-3

MAP Testing

04

Serendipity Day

08

Murray Art Fair 5:30 - 8pm

15

Last Day of School -  ½ Day (End of Fourth Quarter/Second Semester)

 

Every Wednesday at 2 p.m:  Early Student Release

Regular School Session (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):  8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal

Edgar Murray Elementary’s school hours are from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Supervision of students is provided beginning at 7:20 a.m. each morning at Murray Elementary. Students must not arrive before that time. Students arriving prior to 8:00 a.m. are to enter the doors near the cafeteria if riding a bus or the playground doors if arriving by private vehicle and report to their assigned area in the gym. For those students wishing to eat breakfast, they are to report immediately to the cafeteria.  Breakfast will be served until 8 a.m. Teachers will meet the students in the gym at 7:45 a.m. and, at that time, students will be dismissed to their classrooms. On Fridays, a morning meeting will be held in the gym at 8:00. Students are tardy after 8:05 a.m. and must be checked into the office by a parent/guardian.

The afternoon dismissal procedures are designed to provide the greatest safety for every student. Your cooperation in following this procedure is greatly appreciated. Students being picked up by a parent are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. and will exit by the playground (On Wednesday, dismissal will be at 1:45 p.m.). Parents are asked to park in the designated lanes and remain in their vehicles.  All children will be escorted to them. All students being picked up must have a parent pick-up card that matches the card in the vehicle. Pick up cards are available in the school office. Parents without a car identification card will have to go into the office and sign the student out. Other individuals who are allowed to check a child out must be identified in the child’s enrollment information or through written/verbal notification from that child’s parent. These individuals must present a valid driver’s license or state identification card. Since supervision concludes at this time, All students must be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m. (On Wednesday, students should be picked up by 2:15 p.m.) If you need to pick up your child in the cafeteria, please go to the cafeteria to get them. Do not come to the office. Walkers meet at the outside door near the cafeteria and must present their walker card to the supervisor on duty. Students riding first load buses and those students going to the Junior High or High School are dismissed when buses arrive and are parked. This will be around 3:10 p.m. (On Wednesday, dismissal will be at 2:00 p.m.). Students waiting for the second bus route or for parents who pick children up later are to wait in the cafeteria. Students must have a note from their parents if they are to ride a bus other than their regular assigned bus, to get off at a different stop, or to walk or ride home with someone else. In the case of an unforeseen change of plans, please call the Murray School office before 2:00 p.m. so that accurate instructions may be given to the child. Telephone requests for early dismissal of a student will only be honored if the caller can be positively identified as the student’s parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to call home to make arrangements with friends. This must be done before they come to school. Edgar Murray students are NOT allowed to ride a scooter or skateboard to school.

Attendance and Absences

Per District Policy 2310, the Board of Education believes that regular attendance is essential to achieving success in school. Education is a total process based upon continual communication and shared responsibilities among parents, students, teachers, and school. As students mature and progress through the educational system, they should increasingly assume responsibility for regular attendance. Students should strive to maintain a good attendance record, because there is a direct relationship between school attendance and grades, citizenship and success in school. However, parents have a legal and moral responsibility to require regular attendance at school. Missouri’s Compulsory Attendance Law establishes compulsory attendance for all children between the ages of seven and seventeen unless their education is provided by other acceptable means or otherwise excusable under the law.

School begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, school begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.  At the Murray, attendance is maintained on an hourly basis. Students are tardy after 8:05 a.m. When a student is absent five (5) days in one semester, the parents will be notified in writing that their child has missed too many days. A second letter will be sent after ten (10) days of school. When a student is absent, the school should be notified. Causes of absences may be obtained by telephone (Please call 629-3500 extension 2000 by 9 a.m.), verified notes from parents or guardians, contacts with other members of the student’s family, or home visits. This allows the district to track reasons for absences and allows for accurate reporting. When a child misses school for more than one day, it is important to get the child’s assignments. Please call in advance to make arrangements to pick up your child’s assignments. Please call before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence if you are planning on picking up assignments at the end of the day. This allows the teacher time to collect the needed materials and information. Children will have one day for every day absent to make up work. For example, if they are absent 3 days, the student has 3 days to complete all work once they return to school. Per District Regulation 2310, summer school may be required due to poor attendance. If a student misses more than the number of days allowed, the student may receive failing grades and as a result, may be retained. Parents may apply for an absence extension. The building committee that oversees attendance will review the extenuating circumstances and may grant the extension as appropriate. If the extension is not granted, parents may appeal the failing grades to the building administrator. If the parent does not agree with the decision reached by the building administrator, they have the right to a hearing with the superintendent or designee. If the parent does not agree with the Superintendent’s or designee’s decision, they may request a hearing before the Board of Education.  

EXCUSED absences:

  1. Personal illness of student
  2. Death or serious illness in the family
  3. Religious holiday
  4. Approved and supervised school activities
  5. Medical and dental appointments when such appointments can not be arranged other than during school time
  6. Unusual hardships as approved by the school administration
  7. Absent with family for reasons other than those previously listed:  For example:  family vacation.  These absences must be cleared by administration before the trip.  All assignments must be completed and turned in upon the student’s return to school.  Any tests missed must be made up at the teacher’s discretion.  

The following absences will NOT be excused:  Hunting, Fishing, Cardinal’s games, etc.

Board Policies

Board policies are located and may be accessed in the Central Office, the Principal's office, or on our website by clicking or going to the following link:   http://www.stcmo.org/board-of-education/policies-regulations.  In the event of a discrepancy, the district’s adopted board policies and regulations will take precedence over the Murray handbook.

Care of School Property

Students are expected to take pride in their school by taking care of all school property. Students shall pay for school supplies, school equipment or other school property lost or damaged by that student. Payment shall be assessed by the principal or a designated person, in accordance with the price of the book or the current value of any other lost or damaged item. Any student who carelessly or intentionally defaces or damages school property shall be required to pay for all damages and may be subject to additional disciplinary action. According to state law, parents or guardians of juveniles under the age of eighteen (18) are responsible for vandalism, loss or damage of property caused by their children, up to an amount of $2,000.00. Proceedings against unemancipated minors may be initiated for any balance not paid by the parent or guardian. In default of payment, the case shall be reported to the proper local authorities or filed in small claims court.

Cell Phone Usage

Cell phones are not to be seen nor used during the academic school day. Cell phones that are in the building during the academic school day must be turned off. They must remain in the child’s backpack or bookbag. Cell phones will be confiscated, if seen or heard, and may be retrieved later by the parents/guardians.

Change in Student Information

It is important that the school office be notified immediately of a change of address; home, cell, or work telephone number; or a change in emergency contact information or custody during the academic school year. It is necessary that we have some way to contact parents during the school day. Should there be a change in custody, please notify the office.

Child Abuse/Neglect

Should a child be suspected of abuse or neglect, it is the responsibility of the observer to contact the child abuse counselor.  The number is toll free and is 1-800-392-3738.

Chromebook Usage

Students are responsible for chromebooks that are issued to them. Non compliance with the St. Clair R-XIII Acceptable Use Policy and/or other related policies will result in disciplinary action as outlined by the discipline code.  
Edgar Murray students will keep their chromebooks at school.

Classroom Parties, Treats, and Other Activities

Students will have two parties each year. One of the parties will be in December and the other in February. The times of the parties will vary and parents will be notified of the exact time of the parties by the classroom teacher. Other school activities during the school year will include Field Day, Serendipity Day, and field trips. The dates of these events will be announced in the classroom newsletters.  Treats may be sent to acknowledge a child’s birthday with prior approval of the teacher. Birthday parties are not allowed at school. To protect the health and safety of all students, treats sent for class parties are to be commercially prepared and prepackaged. In order to minimize interruptions in instructional time and difficulties during arrival/dismissal/bus times, floral and gift deliveries for students will not be accepted at school.

Closings

Unscheduled school closings will be announced through the following:

  • Telephone

Our district has signed on with a company that provides notification services for emergency broadcasts and parental outreach for K-12 Education. If you would like to become involved, please contact the office.

  • Radio

KLPW - Union (Primary Announcement Station) AM 1220 FM 101.7

KTUI - Sullivan AM 1560 FM 102.1

KSLQ - Washington AM 1350 FM 104.5

WIL - St. Louis FM 92.3 (Will carry early dismissal information for parents working in that area.)

KMOX-KLOU - St. Louis

  • Television

Channel 2

Channel 4

Channel 5

Channel 30

Announcements will be made on local (Union, Washington, Sullivan) radio stations prior to other radio or television stations. Cancellations of ball games or school activities will be made on local (Union, Washington, Sullivan) radio stations only.

Communication 

  • Report Cards

Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly with their child’s teacher. Regular communication between home and school is the best way to help ensure your child’s academic and social success at school. Conferences may be requested by note or phone, but we ask that you do not interrupt instructional time. An appointment may be set before or after school or during the teacher’s planning and conference time. A scheduled day is set aside for conferences at the end of the first quarter, but a conference may take place at any time by parent request. Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter and mid-quarter progress reports may also be issued. Please sign and return these forms. Report cards will reflect standards-based grading for English Language Arts and math.  

What is standards-based grading?  Standards-based grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to pre-established learning targets, as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of a grading period, which can mask what a student has learned, or not learned, in a specific course.

How does standards-based grading differ from traditional grading?  Unlike with traditional grading systems, a standards-based grading system measures a student’s mastery of grade-level standards by prioritizing the most recent, consistent level of performance. A student who may have struggled at the beginning of a course, when first encountering new material, may still be able to demonstrate mastery of key content/concepts by the end of the grading period. Standards-based report cards separate academic performance from work habits and behavior in order to provide parents a more accurate view of a student’s progress in both academic and behavioral areas.  Variables such as effort, participation, timeliness, cooperation, attitude and attendance are reported separately, not as an indicator of a student’s academic performance.  

In a traditional grading system, a student’s performance for an entire quarter is averaged together. Early quiz scores that were low would be averaged together with more proficient performance later in the course, resulting in a lower overall grade than current performance indicates. The below grading scale reflects a traditional grading system.

Grading Scale

100 – 95

A

94 – 90

 A-

89 – 87

 B+

86 – 83

B

82 – 80

 B-

79 – 77

  C+

76 – 73

 C

72 – 70

  C-

69 – 67

    D+

66 – 63

  D

62 – 60

   D-

59 – 0

 F

Eligibility for the A and A/B Honor Roll will be determined each quarter based on the student’s grades in the core subject areas and may be published in the St. Clair Missourian.

  • Internet

The St. Clair R-XIII School District is dedicated to making your student’s information accessible to you. We feel parental involvement is the key element to successful learning. Visit our website at www.stcmo.org to learn about a variety of opportunities to get more involved with your school. Our district wide activities calendar provides up-to-date school activities and events.  

  • ParentLink                                                                                      

Parents can have immediate access to their child’s grades, attendance, lunch account information, and much more from the ease of their smartphone. The ParentLink app has the capability to push out notifications to parents related to grade changes, school closings, and upcoming events to keep you more informed. If you are interested in setting up a ParentLink account for your child, please call or stop by your child’s school to receive your parent username and password as well as directions to download the app to your smartphone.

 

Conduct on the School Bus

The following rules and regulations regarding transportation of students have been adopted by the St. Clair R-XIII School District. Students who ride the bus are expected to follow all of the bus rules.

  • Students must obey the bus driver’s instructions promptly.
  • Students must be at their bus stop on time.
  • Students should not be standing or playing on the road while waiting for the bus.
  • The bus may be boarded only when it is at a complete stop. Do not board a bus in motion.
  • Students are to remain in their seats at all times. The driver may assign seats if necessary.
  • Students are to avoid unnecessary conversation with the driver while the bus is in motion.
  • Please instruct your child that loud talking, laughing, and unnecessary confusion while on the bus diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident.
  • Students should maintain classroom conduct while on the bus.
  • Disrespectful and profane language is not allowed.
  • Students may not possess or use any kind of tobacco while on the bus or at school.
  • All body parts are to remain inside the bus at all times.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus.
  • Students should not throw anything on the floor or out the window. It is essential that students help maintain a safe, clean, and orderly bus.
  • Students are to refrain from pushing, shoving, etc. on the bus or at the bus stop.
  • Students are not to sit in the driver’s seat or in any way to interfere with the driver.
  • The emergency door is to be used for emergencies only. Students should not tamper with the door at any time.
  • If the bus has mechanical trouble or delayed on the road, students are to remain seated at all times.
  • Students will not be discharged or picked up at any location other than their regular bus stop unless proper authorization from parents and school personnel has been given.

Curriculum (Human Sexuality)

As part of the curriculum, Edgar Murray may teach pupils about the dangers of sexual predators, including online predators when using electronic communication methods such as the internet, cell phones, text messages, chat rooms, email, and instant messaging programs. Pupils shall be taught how to behave responsibly and remain safe on the internet and the importance of having open communication with responsible adults and reporting any inappropriate situation, activity, or abuse to a responsible adult, and depending on intent and content, to local law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's CyberTipline. A school district which provides human sexuality instruction may separate students according to gender for instructional purposes. The board of a school district shall determine the specific content of the district's or school's instruction in human sexuality and shall ensure that all instruction in human sexuality is appropriate to the age of the students receiving such instruction. A parent has a right to remove a student from any part of the instruction and will notify the instructor and building administrator of this request.

Discipline

The school-wide behavior plan of Murray Elementary School has been developed to promote a positive, proactive approach to behavior management, which emphasizes the Murray’s expectations, as well as the St.

Clair School District’s Code of Conduct. Murray Elementary places a strong emphasis on establishing a safe and orderly learning environment through the collective work of teachers, parents, and administrators. Building a strong character is fundamental to creating a positive learning environment. School-wide, class-wide and small and individual support behavior plans are established by applying a problem solving model to target behaviors identified at each level of the system. The problem solving model includes the following steps:

  • Identify the problem.
  • Validate the problem by collecting data.
  • Design a solution.
  • Implement the solution.
  • Evaluate the solution to determine its effectiveness.

Each teacher is responsible for disciplining students in the classroom. The teacher may accomplish this through verbal warnings, time out in another classroom or designated area, taking away recesses, assignment of a detention, positive practice or denial of special privileges. Examples of behaviors that are to be addressed by the teacher include:

  • Failure to move quietly in the building, not walking in line, running in building, failure to use direct routes.
  • Disrespect to students or adults, including but not limited to, words, tone of voice, facial expressions and written expressions.
  • Failure to follow oral or written direction of a person in authority.
  • Classroom disruptions, including but not limited to excessive talking out, throwing objects, disturbing others, or any other actions which interrupt with the educational process.
  • Failure to follow playground and lunchroom rules.

The school administrator may assign consequences such as loss of recess, time out, detention, in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension, restitution or restoration, or parent/guardian conference with the principal and teacher. The teacher and the school administrator will consider the following mitigating circumstances when taking disciplinary action:

  • The seriousness of the offense.
  • Past behavior of the student.
  • The student’s pattern of misconduct.
  • The student’s degree of cooperation.
  • The student’s attitude.

The discipline procedures at Murray Elementary are meant to maintain good discipline and to meet the requirements of the Safe Schools Act Policies. THESE PROCEDURES ARE INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT AND NOT REPLACE THE SAFE SCHOOLS ACT POLICIES. Students may lose the privilege of attending a field trip, Serendipity Day, assemblies or Field Day due to poor conduct. Loss of these extra events/privileges will be determined by the school administrator. The student will be placed in a room which is monitored by a staff member and the student will work on class work. Any time a student is referred to the office, whether it is the first, second, or third offense, a written notice will be sent to the parent for signature and return. The signature does not mean you agree with the action, it just means that you received the information. Acts resulting in out-of-school suspension or expulsion will be accompanied by a written notice to the parent and a phone call to the parent.

  • Alcohol: (Safe Schools Act Violation)

Possession of or presence under the influence of alcohol regardless of whether the student is on school premises.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

  • Arson: (Safe Schools Act Violation)

Intentionally causing or attempting to cause a fire or explosion.

  1. First Offense: 1-180 day out-of-school suspension or expulsion. Hearing with superintendent. Report forwarded to local police. Restitution if appropriate.
  2. Subsequent Offenses: Expulsion. Restitution if appropriate.
  • Assault: (Safe Schools Act Violation)

Assault of a student or staff member - Use of physical force with the intent to do bodily harm.

  1. First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.
  2. Subsequent Offenses: 10 day out-of-school suspension to expulsion. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.
  • Bullying: (Refer to Policy 2655)

Bullying is intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment (either repetitive or substantially likely to be repeated) and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; or substantially interferes with the educational performance or opportunities, or benefits of any student; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation for the school. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting of such acts. Bullying of students is prohibited on school property, at any school function, or on a school bus.  

Cyberbullying is bullying through, for instance, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device that originates on a school’s campus or at a district activity if the electronic communication was made using the school’s technological resources; if there is a sufficient nexus to the educational environment; or if the electronic communication was made on the school’s campus or at a district activity using the student’s own personal technological resources.  The school district may discipline any student for such cyberbullying to the greatest extent allowed by law.  

A bullying report form is available and can be picked up from the school’s office. (See Policy 2655) Completed forms are to be given  to the school administration. A designated building level investigator will follow the bullying checklist upon receival of the bullying report form.

  1. Bullying, as defined in this policy, is strictly prohibited.  Students are encouraged to report any incident of bullying which they have witnessed or incurred, by contacting their building principal. District employees are required to report any instance of bullying of which the employee has witnessed within two (2) school days of the occurrence. Employees shall report the occurrence to the building principal, who is the person the District designates to receive reports of incidents of bullying.  A principal who receives a report of an incident of bullying shall initiate an investigation into the allegations within two (2) school days of receipt of the report.  The principal may assign other employees to assist in the investigation, or request that the superintendent assign an outside investigator. The investigation shall be completed within ten school days from the date of the written report of bullying unless good cause exists to extend the investigation. No employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to reprisal or retaliation for making such a report. Any person who engages in reprisal or retaliation against an employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action.
  2. Students who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to consequences depending on factors such as: age of student(s), degree of harm, severity of behavior, number of incidences, etc.  Possible consequences to a student for a violation of this policy include: loss of privileges, classroom detention, conference with teacher, parents contacted, conference with principal, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion and law enforcement contacted.
  3.  
  4. The District shall give annual notice of the policy to students, parents or guardians, and staff.  This policy shall be included in all student handbooks.  This policy shall also be posted on the District’s web page (as a Board policy) and a copy shall be placed in the District Administrative Office.
  5.  
  6. The District shall provide information and appropriate training to District staff who have significant contact with students regarding the policy. All staff with significant student contact shall be trained on the requirements of this policy on an annual basis.  
  7.  
  8. The District shall provide education and information to students regarding bullying, including information regarding this policy prohibiting bullying, the harmful effects of bullying, and  other applicable initiatives to address bullying, including student peer-to-peer initiatives to provide accountability and policy enforcement for those found to have engaged in bullying, reprisal, or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying. The District shall instruct its school counselors, school social workers, licensed social workers, mental health professionals, and school psychologists to educate students who are victims of bullying on techniques for students to overcome bullying's negative effects. Such techniques include but are not limited to, cultivating the student's self-worth and self-esteem; teaching the student to defend himself or herself assertively and effectively; helping the student develop social skills or encouraging the student to develop an internal locus of control.  District administrators will implement programs and other initiatives to address bullying, to respond to such conduct in a manner that does not stigmatize the victim, and to make resources or referrals available to victims of bullying.

  1. First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.
  2. Subsequent Offenses: 180 days out-of-school suspension to expulsion. Superintendent may reduce length for elementary students based on facts of each case.
  • Bus Misconduct

Conduct may be classified as either minor or major offenses by the principal. Examples of major and minor offenses:

  • Minor: Out of seat, Littering, Not in assigned seat, Excessive noise, Food or drink consumption
  • Major: Vandalism, Smoking, Fighting, Any Safe School Violation

Minor Offenses

First Offense

Warning Letter and/or 1 - 3 days bus suspension

Second Offense

Warning Letter and/or 1 - 3 days bus suspension

Third Offense

1 - 5 days bus suspension

Fourth & Subsequent Offenses

5 - 10 days bus suspension

Major Offenses

First Offense

A minimum of 20 days bus suspension and regular discipline policy

Second & Subsequent Offenses

May result in removal from bus minimum of 45 - 180 days and regular discipline policy

  • Cheating/Theft/Forgery

Cheating, copying, and/or plagiarism with or without the knowledge of the person whose work is being copied. Providing completed work to another student to look at, copy, or submit as their own.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Defiance of Authority

Refusal to obey directions or defiance of staff authority.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Disruptive Behavior

Conduct that has the intentional effect of disturbing education or the safe transportation of a student.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Drugs/Controlled Substance: (Safe Schools Act Violation)

Possession or under the influence of a controlled substance or substance represented to be a controlled substance while at school, on the school playground, on the school parking lot, a school bus or at a school activity whether on or off of school property.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Sale of a controlled substance or substance represented to be a controlled substance while at school, on the school playground, on the school parking lot, a school bus or at a school activity whether on or off school property

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Possession of a prescription medication without a valid prescription for such medication on school premises or on a school bus.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: 1-180 day out-of-school suspension, expulsion.

Distribution of a prescription medication to any individual who does not have a valid prescription for such a medication on school premises or on a school bus.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, expulsion. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

  • Extortion

Verbal threats or physical conduct designed to obtain money or other valuables.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • False Alarm

It is against Federal Law to tamper with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports of an emergency nature to 911, or making calls of a threatening nature.  Police will be contacted on all false alarms.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Fighting: (Safe Schools Act Violation)

Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical contact.

Instigating a fight – Encouraging others to fight / Attempting to engage another in fighting.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Firearms and Weapons:  (Safe Schools Act Violation)  

(Refer to Policy and Regulation 2620 – Firearms and Weapons in School)

Possession of a firearm or weapon.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, expulsion. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

  • Harassment: (Refer to Policy 2130 – Harassment)

Intentional aggressive pressure and/or intimidation.  Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to the following:  uninvited and deliberate touching or pinching, uninvited sexually suggestive gestures, and uninvited sexually suggestive language.  

Discrimination:  the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Improper Display of Affection

Consensual kissing, fondling or embracing.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

  • Inappropriate Sexual Conduct: (Refer to Policy and Regulation 2130 – Harassment)

Any harassment pertaining to an individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Inappropriate/Unacceptable Items

  • Toys, cards, electronic items, laser pointers, and or nuisance items.
  • Possession or use of a pocket knife, lighters, matches, improper reading material, or other items determined by staff to be unacceptable at school but does not qualify as a safe school act violation will be confiscated and returned to parent, guardian, or proper authorities.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Inappropriate / unacceptable item will be confiscated and returned only to parent, guardian, or legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Inappropriate / unacceptable item will be confiscated and returned only to parent, guardian, or legal authorities.

  • Language/Conduct

Obscene or Vulgar Language – Language that depicts sexual acts, human waste, and blasphemous language.

Disruptive or Demeaning Language or Conduct - Use of hate language to demean other persons due to the race, gender, disability, natural origin or religious beliefs. This provision also includes conduct, verbal, written or symbolic speech that materially and substantially disrupts class, school activities, transportation, or school functions.  

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

  • Tobacco

The Board of Education believes that smoking and the use of any tobacco product is detrimental to the health and well-being of staff and students. Therefore the Board prohibits the use, sale, transfer and possession of tobacco products at school and at school activities.

First Offense: Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

  • Vandalism

Willful damage or attempt to cause damage to any property, real or personal, (on or off school property), belonging to the school, staff, or students valued under $150, including labor and materials:

First Offense: Restitution and Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Restitution and Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Damage valued over $150, including labor and materials:

First Offense: Restitution and Principal/Student/Parent conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Subsequent Offenses: Restitution and Detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension. Report forwarded to appropriate legal authorities.

Discrimination

Notice that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry or disability. For reporting allegations of discrimination or harassment, Nadine Aitch (naitch@stcmo.org) is the Title IX Compliance Coordinator and Melissa Huyser (mhuyser@stcmo.org) is the 504 Compliance Coordinator.

Dress Code

The Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to be neat, clean and in keeping with community standards, so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the School District. This expectation includes the school day and school sponsored extracurricular activities.  

Students shall observe modes of dress and standards of personal grooming that are in conformity with the educational environment and necessary to maintain an orderly and safe atmosphere for all students. Apparel is expected to conform to reasonable student standards of modesty, and as such, no excessive or inappropriate areas of skin or undergarments may be exposed. No apparel or grooming which presents a safety concern is permitted. No apparel displaying messages that are gang-related, sexually explicit, vulgar, violent, or advocating illegal activities is permitted. Further, no clothing or personal grooming that disrupts, or can be forecasted to disrupt, the educational environment is permitted.

Early Release 

If it is necessary for a student to have early dismissal, the following procedures are followed to ensure that students are released only to authorized person(s):

Staff members shall not excuse any student from school prior to the end of the school day without written parent permission and verification of identification.

Parents must sign the student out at the office when leaving early. Office personnel will call the student from the classroom.

Telephone requests for early dismissal will be honored if the caller can be positively identified as the student’s parent/guardian.

When a student is ill or involved in an accident and parents cannot be reached at home, the student may be released to the emergency contacts listed on the student’s emergency card.

Earthquake Safety

Unlike hurricanes and some other natural hazards, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, if your local schools are in a region at risk for earthquakes, there are things that you can do to reduce the chances that those who attend or work in the schools will be injured, that school property will be damaged, or that school functioning will be unduly disrupted by an earthquake. These activities all fall under the concept of preparedness, because to be effective, they must be done before earthquakes occur. Preparing for earthquakes involves (1) learning what should be done before, during, and after earthquakes; and (2) doing or preparing to do those things now, before the next quake. School preparedness requires the participation of administrators, teachers, students, and parents, as well as those who design, build, regulate, and maintain school buildings.  Please visit the following link for further awareness:  https://www.fema.gov/earthquake-safety-school

Emergency Information                                                          Each student must have on file an up-to-date emergency card indicating how to contact the parents and at least two other adults who are available in case of an emergency. If there is a change in the emergency information during the school year, please send this information to the school office. If your phone number is “unlisted”, make a notation on the card to the number indicating that it is unlisted. All student information is held in the strictest confidence.

Meals

Nutritious breakfasts and lunches are available at the Murray School. Students may buy additional milk. When students arrive at school, if they are planning to eat breakfast, they should report Immediately to the cafeteria.  Breakfast will be served from 7:25-8 a.m. For students who do not eat breakfast at school, they should report to their designated area in the gym. Students with lunch and breakfast accounts that reflect a negative balance greater than $10.00 may receive an alternative lunch. If a financial hardship is suspected, families will be encouraged to apply for free/reduced meals at any time during the school year. Applications are available in the school office. Parents/guardians of students with negative balances will be contacted electronically, by correspondence, by phone call by the District Accounting Office, or by the Food Service Department.  On May 15 annually, all charging will be cut off. Parents/guardians will be sent a written request for “payment in full.” All charges not paid before the end of the school year will be carried forward into the next school year. A letter will be sent to families notifying them of the requirements of this policy. This policy will also be published on the District’s website. (Refer to Policy 5550.)

Lunch/Breakfast Prices  

 

Elem/Murray

Junior/Senior High

Adults

Breakfast

1.45

1.45

2.00

Reduced Breakfast

.30

.30

 

Lunch

2.65

2.75

3.00

Reduced Lunch

.40

.40

 

Extra Milk

.40

.40

 

Medical

  • Communicable Diseases

A student shall not attend classes or other school-sponsored activities, if the student (1) has, or has been exposed to, an acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration) contagious or infectious disease, and (2) is liable to transmit the contagious or infectious disease, unless the Board of Education or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence, that the student:

 

1.               no longer has the disease.

2.               is not in the contagious or infectious stage of an acute disease.

3.               has a chronic infectious disease that poses little risk of transmission in the school

 environment with reasonable precautions.

 

School officials may require any child suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease to be examined by a physician and may exclude the child from school, in accordance with the procedures authorized by this policy, so long as there is a substantial risk of transmission of the disease in the school environment.

 

A student who has a chronic infectious disease, and who is permitted to attend school, may be required to do so under specified conditions.  Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in the student being excluded from school.  A student who has a chronic infectious disease and who is not permitted to attend school or participate in school activities will be provided instruction in an alternative educational setting in accordance with District policy.

 

Students with acute or chronic contagious or infectious diseases and their families have a right to privacy and confidentiality.  Only staff members who have a medical reason to know the identity and condition of such students will be informed.  Willful or negligent disclosure of confidential information about a student's medical condition by staff members will be cause for disciplinary action.

 

The District will implement reporting and disease outbreak control measures in accordance with the provisions of Missouri Department of Health publication PACH-16, "Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases:  A Guide for School Administrators, Nurses, Teachers and Day Care Operators," a copy of which shall be on file in the office of the Supervisor of Health Services and in the office of each school nurse.

  • Head Lice

In keeping with the St. Clair R-XIII School District’s policy of avoiding the unnecessary exclusion of students from school, the district will not exclude otherwise healthy students from school due to nit infestations. Students with head lice infestations will be excluded from school only to the minimum extent necessary for treatment. A student identified as having nits but not a live head lice infestation will be reexamined within five calendar days. (Please refer to Policy & Regulation 2830.)

  • Immunizations

It is unlawful for any student to attend school unless he/she has been immunized as required under the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and can provide satisfactory evidence of such immunizations. There will be no grace period to receive the needed immunizations. Children in non-compliance will be prohibited from enrolling in or attending school. It is unlawful for a parent or guardian to refuse or neglect to have the child immunized as required by this policy, unless the child is properly exempted.

  • Insurance

For each school year, the department of social services shall provide all public school districts in this state with written information regarding eligibility criteria and application procedures for the state children's health insurance program (SCHIP) authorized in sections 208.631 to 208.657, to be distributed by the child-care providers or school districts to parents and guardians at the time of enrollment of their children in child care or school, as applicable. The department of elementary and secondary education shall add an attachment to the application for the free and reduced lunch program for a parent or guardian to check a box indicating yes or no whether each child in the family has health care insurance. If any such child does not have healthcare insurance, and the parent or guardian's household income does not exceed the highest income level under 42 U.S.C. Section 1397CC, as amended, the school district shall provide a notice to such parent or guardian that the uninsured child may qualify for health insurance under SCHIP.

  • Medication

The requirements for medication given at school have become stricter by the State of Missouri. This is for the protection of the students and to ensure the proper medication is given at the proper time and for the proper reasons. Therefore, we MUST request that when a student is to receive medication at school, either by PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER, a form MUST be filled out both by the parent and the doctor. There are no exceptions to this rule. This form is required for all medications including Tylenol, cough drops, throat sprays, Advil, Benadryl, ointments, lotions, etc. Forms are available at the school. You may also have your doctor fax a prescription with instructions to the school fax number. Medications need to be sent to school in a correctly labeled bottle. All medications are to be taken to the school nurse. Students are not to keep medications of any sort in their possession. Whenever possible, medication should be given at home. If medication is to be given three times a day, it is best if the child takes it before school, after school, and at bedtime, unless directed differently by the doctor. This would mean that medication would not have to travel back and forth from school at the risk of loss or falling into the wrong hands. If the proper forms are not sent to the school, the medication cannot be given. Thank you for your assistance with this requirement.

No Smoking Policy

The Board of Education commits itself to maintaining a drug-free school. This commitment includes enforcing a policy of no tobacco use on the school grounds at all times. The health and safety of the school environment is a high priority. Adults who smoke on school property will be asked to leave.

Personal Items

Please label your child's coats, caps, gloves, sweaters, purses, sports equipment, etc. This will help us to identify the owner if items are in lost and found. Students may bring soft rubber balls, basketballs, and jump ropes to school for playground use. However, the balls must be in a bag or backpack. Items not in the proper place will be sent home and the student will lose the privilege of bringing such items to school. Students may not bring toys, cards, Heely’s, roller-skates, fidget spinners, laser pointers, shockers, baseballs, bats, or anything else that would distract from learning, unless special permission has been provided. Students may not buy, sell, or trade belongings at school. The school is not responsible for lost items.

Records/Confidentiality

Educational records are maintained in accordance with the law. The protection of the confidentiality of any personally identifiable data, information, and records is collected and maintained by the district in accordance with the provision of section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act. (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) Parents are guaranteed the right to inspect any information that is collected and access to such collected information. Parents who wish to see their child's records may call the school office to schedule a time for such a review. Please recognize that directory information is information contained in an education record of a student that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Directory information may be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s consent unless the parent chooses to opt out by notifying the school office.

School Initiatives

  • “The Leader in Me”

The Leader in Me is a school-wide process that develops staff and students as leaders and thereby transforms the culture and performance of the school. With The Leader in Me, leadership is seamlessly integrated into the daily curriculum, activities, and systems. Every student is encouraged to set and achieve meaningful goals, be a positive influence on others, and use his or her individual gifts to better the world. The Leader in Me draws on the world-class content of Franklin Covey’s book:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

PBS is an approach for teaching children appropriate behavior and providing the supports necessary to sustain that behavior. The goal of PBS is to reduce challenging student behavior through a proactive, positive, and consistent manner across all school settings and improve academic achievement and social competence. The key component of PBS is to teach children to respect themselves, others and property by setting the same expectations and using the same terminology across all school settings.

Searches

Searches by School Personnel

School cubbies and desks are the property of the Board of Education and are provided for the convenience of students, and as such, are subject to periodic inspection without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The cubbies and desks may be searched by school administrators or staff who have a reasonable suspicion that the lockers or desks contain drugs, alcohol, material of a disruptive nature, stolen properties, weapons, items posing a danger to the health or safety of students and school employees, or evidence of a violation of school policy. In addition, the Board of Education authorizes the use of trained dogs to sniff lockers or other school property to assist in the detection of the presence of drugs, explosives, and other contraband. Students or student property may be searched based on reasonable suspicion of a violation of District rules, policy or state law. Reasonable suspicion must be based on facts known to the administration, credible information provided or reasonable inference drawn from such facts or information. The privacy and dignity of students shall be respected.  Searches shall be carried out in the presence of adult witnesses, if such witnesses are available. Students may be asked to empty pockets, remove jackets, coats, shoes and other articles of exterior clothing for examination if reasonable under the circumstances. No employee shall perform a strip search of any student.  The exception to this would be if a school administrator reasonably believes that a student possesses a weapon, explosive, or substance that poses an imminent threat of physical harm to himself or herself or another person, and if a commissioned law enforcement officer is not immediately available. Strip searches may be conducted by, or under the authority of, a commissioned law enforcement officer. Law enforcement officials shall be contacted if the search produces a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, weapons, stolen goods or evidence of a crime, in any case involving a violation of law when a student refuses to allow a search, or where the search cannot safely be conducted. Parents may also be contacted. A student who refuses to submit to a search may be appropriately disciplined by school officials.

Special Education

All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. Edgar Murray Elementary assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay. Edgar Murray Elementary assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Edgar Murray Elementary has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

The district will identify and provide education and assistance to students who are homeless, migrant, and are learning English as a second language. If you need assistance in this area, please contact the district’s Social Worker, Eric Grainger (egrainger@stcmo.org), or the Director of Special Education, Melissa Huyser (mhuyser@stcmo.org).

The St. Clair School District is interested in resolving concerns from the public regarding district programs and services so that they may be improved and better meet the needs of the students and the community. The district encourages parents/guardians, students and other members of the public to first discuss concerns with the appropriate district staff prior to bringing the issue to the Board so that the issue may be thoroughly investigated and addressed in a timely fashion. The Board will not act on an issue without input from the appropriate district staff and may require a parent/guardian, patron or student to meet with or discuss an issue with district staff prior to making a decision in the matter. The Board strictly prohibits discrimination or retaliation against any person for bringing a concern to the attention of the district or participating in the complaint process. This prohibition extends to relatives and others associated with the person who brought the concern or complaint. The Board directs all district employees to cooperate in investigations of complaints. Complaints regarding district compliance with nondiscrimination laws will be processed according to policy AC. Employee grievances will be processed in accordance with the established employee grievance procedure or as otherwise required bylaw. Other grievances or complaints for which there is a specific policy or procedure will be addressed pursuant to that policy or procedure. All district employees are expected to answer questions, receive input and professionally address concerns and complaints of parents/guardians, students and other members of the public. If an employee is unable to answer a question or resolve an issue, the employee must direct the person or the question to the appropriate district employee. Federal Programs In addition to general concerns and complaints, the Board is interested in resolving concerns regarding federal programs including, but not limited to, allegations that the district has violated a federal statute or regulation that applies to particular federal programs administered by the district or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in accordance with Title I, Parts A, B, C, D; Title II; Title III, Part A.2; Title IV, Part A; Title VI; and Title VII, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. The superintendent or designee is authorized to contact the district's private attorney for assistance in determining whether a violation has occurred. The superintendent or designee is authorized to immediately make changes to bring the district into compliance with federal law if the investigation determines that the law has been violated.

Supplies

Each grade level has a supply list constructed to meet the needs of students as they progress through the curriculum. You may request this list from your child’s teacher or view the form on the Edgar Murray site.

Suspensions

Out of School Suspensions 1-10 Days – Students may not receive credit for school work completed during a 1 through 10 day suspension. However, parents can request class work from teachers in order for the suspended child to keep up with material covered during their suspension.

Out of School Suspensions 11-180 Days  -  Drug-related offense - Students in grades kindergarten through 5th, if approved, will receive credit for class work completed for the 11th through 30th days of Suspension. (Students must take and pass a random drug test, at school, at the school’s expense, and by a company contracted by the school, between the 20th and 30th day of Suspension. If the drug test is positive, the student must serve the remainder of the original 180 day suspension. If the drug test is negative, the student may return to the regular education setting the 31st day. However, the student must comply with the follow-up drug testing policy and test drug free for the remaining 150 days of the original suspension.)

Out of School Suspensions 11-180 Days – For Offenses Other Than Drug Related – For some offenses, the Alternative Education Program/Recovery Program may be applicable. However, this will be decided on a case by case basis.

Tardies

Children are tardy if they arrive after 8:05 a.m. Parents bringing their child to school late are required to come into the office and sign in the child in order for the child to be admitted to class. Please make sure your child is on time for school so that they may begin learning with the rest of their class.

Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

The department of elementary and secondary education established the "Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative. According to the initiative, the department of elementary and secondary education shall consult the department of mental health and the department of social services for assistance in fulfilling the requirements of this section. The department of elementary and secondary education shall: (1) Provide information regarding the trauma-informed approach to all school districts; (2) Offer training on the trauma-informed approach to all school districts, which shall include information on how schools can become trauma-informed schools; and (3) Develop a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative that includes information for schools and parents regarding the trauma-informed approach and a guide for schools on how to become trauma-informed schools. Please click the following link to visit the site: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/16100010501.html

Visitors/Volunteers

To ensure the safety of all students, ALL VISITORS (INCLUDING PARENTS) are required to report to the office. Please enter the building through the doors near the office at the east end of the building. DO NOT go directly to your child's classroom. This is the only way we can know that intruders are not in the building. You must sign in even if the teacher is expecting you.

Per district policy 1430, when a patron of the school has a need for a conference with a staff member, an appointment should be made so the staff member may proceed with his/her assigned duties without undue interruption. All persons who do not obtain permission from the principal’s office to visit the school, or visitors who create serious distractions to the learning environment in the building or no the premises, shall be considered trespassers and subject to arrest and prosecution.

Per district policy 1431, all visitors will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of a positive role model for children.  Public displays contrary to this expectation are outlined in regulation 1431. Per regulation 1431, displays of verbally aggressive behavior will result in limited access to school premises and school activities for up to one year. The length of the restriction will be determined by the Superintendent. Physical or violent behavior will result in a ban by the Board of Education from school premises and activities and will be referred to law enforcement. Failure to comply with the restricted access provided in these regulations will result in the filing of civil and/or criminal charges.  

For those wishing to volunteer and assist with field trips, please complete a “Family Care Safety Registry” background screening form. This form can be grabbed from the Murray office or retrieved from the district site. When completed, it must be turned into the Murray Office or Central Office. A copy of the applicant’s social security card will also need to be copied and submitted. There is a one time fee of $14.25 for the background check ($13.00 registration fee plus $1.25 processing fee). This is only due the first year and can be carried over each year by simply filling out a new “Volunteer Registration Form.”  

Weather Guidelines

Cold weather: Students will be taken outside if the temperature is above 20°F and the sun is shining and it is not windy. Please make sure they are dressed appropriately with a coat, hat, and gloves. If the temperature is below 20°F, students will not be taken outside.

Hot weather: Students will be taken outside up to 90°F. The heat index and humidity will be used to determine if students will remain inside past 90°F. (Adopted from the Children’s Hospital guidelines for weather restrictions).