Roland Lower Elementary

ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION

BOARD OF EDUCATION

President                                                Jerry Brooks

Vice President                                                Charles Howard

Clerk                                                        Kevin Flurry

Deputy Clerk                                                Roger Brunk

Member                                                Ronald Hemphill

ADMINISTRATION

Superintendent                                        Randy Wood

Assistant Superintendent                                Charles Morton

High School Principal                                        Keli Harrell

Assistant High School Principal                        Ed Lewis

Junior High Principal                                        Angie Goode

Elementary Principal                                        Angie Pena

Elementary Principal                                        Lori Wiggins

Faculty and Staff

Lori Wiggins, Principal

Robyn Henson, Secretary

PK3 -                         Sara Poindexter

PK4 -                         Lisa Pratt

Kindergarten -         Brenda Jetton

                        Misty Kerr

                        Shawnna Stacy

First Grade -                 Cara Floyd

                        Lauren Fowlkes

                        Shea Mulanax

Second Grade -         Marlene Matlock

                        Carla Orendorff

Third Grade -         Denessa Dudley

                        Krista Howard

                        Tonya Richards

Music -                Rhonda Vanzandt

P. E. -                         Casie Kemp

                        Gina Hamlin

Special Ed. -                 Linda Barnes

                        Kennilee Mooney

Reading -                Susan Taylor

Speech -                 Natalie Mooney

Nurse -                Davonna Whittenburg

JOM -                         Bridget Carlile

FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL

I would like to welcome you to Roland Elementary School.  We hope that you are looking forward to the new year as much as we are. We are confident in knowing that our staff will provide you with the highest quality academic atmosphere.

I want you to know that we are here to help you in anyway we can.  We are always open for suggestions.  Please come by and get to know us.  If we work together, we can have 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,

Lori Wiggins, Principal

MISSION STATEMENT

At Roland Elementary our mission is to learn and be good citizens now and in the future by using our heads, hearts and hands to think positive, feel positive and act positive.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

A MOMENT OF SILENCE

Each school day we will incorporate a moment of silence.  The following will be announced:  As we begin another day, let us pause for a moment of silence to reflect, meditate, pray, or engage in other silent activity.

ENROLLMENT

Information of File:

By Oklahoma State Law, every child must have the following information on file with the school office;

  1. Updated shot record
  2. Proof of age

Other Information needed:

      1). Indian Card - to receive services from JOM program

PRE-K & Kindergarten enrollment will be offered every year during the last week of April.

COMMUNICATION

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.  Please do not let a matter of concern go too far before contacting us.  Small problems are easier to solve than big ones.  Our number at school is 427-5993 and staff e-mails can be found on the school website at www.rolandschools.org

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

Grading

In kindergarten students are given “satisfactory” and “unsatisfactory” to indicate progress along with a written explanation for detail.   Beginning with the first grade, each will receive a letter grade indicating his/her progress.  Each grade indicates the following:

        A= 90% Excellent

        B= 80% Above Average

        C= 70% Average

        D= 60% Below Average

        F= 50% Failing

Report Cards

Reports cards go home every nine weeks.  This is the time for a formal grade to be given.  It will be part of the students permanent record.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home at the end of the 5th week 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.  Progress reports need to be signed by the parent and returned to school the following Monday.

Weekly Grade/Conduct Reports

Each week your student will bring home a report for you to sign and send back to school on Monday.

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 at least 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.

Retention

Retention will be based  on failure to pass at least three of the five core courses.  In addition, retention can be based on excessive absences.  Exceptions can be made for extended illness.

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 teacher, the principal, and the parents/guardians.   Parents may appeal the retention of their child with the Roland Board of Education.

Cheating

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

Homework

Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time.  If not, they will be required to stay in at recess at complete assignments.  Students will be given a reasonable amount of time to make up work that is missed when they are absent.  That will be three days after returning.  

Learner Outcomes

A copy of Oklahoma Academic Skills as adopted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education is available from any of the teachers or at the principal’s office.  If you would like to examine the skills that your child is expected to master, feel free to come in and examine them.

SCHOOL HOURS

7:30 A.M.                 Buildings are open

7:30 - 8:15 A.M.        Breakfast is available

8:20 A.M.                School day begins

3:10 P.M.                School day ends

SCHOOL RULES

General Rules

1.        No fighting

2.         Running in the building is prohibited

3.         Foul language, disrespectful language and bullying are not allowed.

4.         Toys (cards, balls, cars, etc.) are only allowed on the playground unless they become problem.

5.        Students will be expected to follow all playground rules as described by the duty teacher.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

For the safety and security of all our students and staff, all doors and gates will be locked at 8:20 A.M.  All students, parents and visitors arriving after that time must come to the front doors to be let into the office.  Visitors throughout the day will be given a visitor pass which must be worn during the duration of the visit.  All teachers and staff are issued picture name tags each year.

Each parent/guardian will be asked to give media permission allowing pictures of your student to be submitted in the newspaper, yearbook, school websites, classroom pages, etc.  Classroom social media pages are an excellent way to share information with parents; however, all pages will be a private group.  We do ask that parents refrain from posting pictures on their personal social media pages of other students.  If you do not want your student to be published, contact the office to have this information noted on your student’s account.

School does begin at 8:20 A.M. and is in your students best interest that they arrive before the bell rings.  Teachers have a huge responsibility as soon as the bell rings and we ask that if you need to speak with a teacher, please do so before 8:20 A.M. or during their planning time.  Again, we value each minute that our students are with us and are making our best effort to ensure their safety and quality educational experience.

ATTENDANCE 

Absentee Policy

Regular class attendance is essential for the student to achieve the best of his/her ability.  

For each day a student is absent, a parent or guardian must call the Lower Elementary office at 427-5993.  Absences will NOT be excused unless documentation from a doctor is received in the office.

Parents of students who have received five (5) days of absences will be cited with an official warning from the principal.  Upon reaching ten (10) or more absences in any one semester, parents will be subject to a citation and fine from the school resource officer or the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s office and will be given a court date to appear in district court. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

Leaving school during the school day

In the event it is necessary for a student to leave school before 3:10 P.M. a parent must check out students through the office.

TARDIES

        When a student reports to school after 8:25 a.m., they will be counted TARDY.  

TRUANCY

A student leaving school or cutting class without clearance from the office constitutes truancy. If a student's parents or guardian intend for the student to go to school, and he does not, this also constitutes truancy, even though the student may not have ever come onto the campus that day. Truancy of any kind is extremely serious because of the many incidents that can be associated with it. Any class work missed because of truancy cannot be made up.

State School Attendance Law

Section 10-105 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 years of high school work, to 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 recieve an 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.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR HARASSMENT

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 are 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 a 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 to 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 to, gestures or written, verbal, or physical acts, or electronic communications.  Such behavior is specifically prohibited.

SCHOOL RULES

  1. No fighting
  2. No running in the building
  3. No foul language
  4. No toys unless given permission by the principal
  5. No gum
  6. No pop of any kind allowed in the cafeteria

All other rules such a classroom, building and playground rules  will be covered by the classroom teachers beginning on the first day of classes.

Student Discipline

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

STUDENT/TEACHER/PARENT/COMPACT

DRUG POLICY 

If a student is in possession of or under the influence of any illegal drug (including all types of alcoholic beverages or the abuse of prescription drugs) during the school day or at school-sponsored activities (including away events regardless of his or her transportation to that event) that student may be expelled for the remainder of the current semester and the following semester.

RULES FOR STUDENTS REGARDING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

I. Illegal and Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

A.     Use of illicit drugs and unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful.

B.     Students are prohibited from using, being under the influence of, possessing, furnishing, or selling alcoholic beverages, non intoxicating beverages (as defined by law), illegal or illicit drugs, or other mood-altering substances at school, while in school vehicles, or at any school-sponsored event.

C.     "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" includes paint, glue, aerosol sprays, and similar substances.

D.     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.

E.      Student violation of this rule which also constitutes illegal conduct will be reported to law enforcement authorities.

II. Necessary Medications

A.         Students may not retain possession of, and self-administer any medication at school for any reason.

B.     Students who have a legitimate health need for over-the-counter or prescription medication at school shall deliver such medications to the school nurse or principal with a parental authorization, in compliance with Oklahoma law and school policy and procedures regarding administering medicine to students.

C.     Violations of this rule will be reported to the student's parents by the principal, and may result in discipline which can include suspension.

III. Distribution of Information

A.     Information for students and their parents about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs in this geo­graphic area is available from the principal at each student's school.

B.     Copies of these rules shall be provided to all students and their parents at the beginning of each school year.

DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION

  1. Information for students and their parents about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs in this geographic area is available from the principal at each student’s school.
  2. Copies of these rules shall be provided to all students and their parents at the beginning of each school year.

TELEPHONE

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

INTERNET ACCESS CONDUCT AGREEMENT

I understand, and agree to abide by the terms of the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety policy.  Should I commit any violation or in any way misuse my access to the school district’s computer network and the Internet, I understand and agree that my access privilege may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken against me.  I understand I have no expectation of privacy with regard to my use of the school district’s technology.

INTERNET AND OTHER COMPUTER NETWORKS ACCEPTABLE USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

The Roland Public Schools district is pleased to make available to students and staff access to interconnected computer systems within the district and to the Internet, the worldwide network that provides access to significant educational materials and opportunities.

In order for the school district to ensure the continued accessibility of its computer network and the Internet, all students and staff must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students and staff must understand that one person's misuse of the network and Internet access may jeopardize the ability of all students and staff to enjoy such access. While the school's teachers and other staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise student use of network and Internet access, they must have student cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use of this access.

Below is the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy ("policy") of the school district and the Data Acquisition Site that provides Internet access to the school district. Upon reviewing, signing, and returning this policy as directed, each student and staff member agrees to follow the policy and will be given the opportunity to enjoy Internet access at school. If a student is under 18 years of age, he or she must have his or her parent or guardian read and sign the policy. The school district shall not provide access to any student who, if 18 or older, fails to sign and submit the policy to the school as directed or, if under 18, does not return the policy as directed with the signatures of the student and his/her parent or guardian.

Listed below are the provisions of the agreement regarding computer network and Internet use. The district has designated a staff member to whom users may direct questions. If any user violates this policy, the user's access will be denied or withdrawn, and the user may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

Personal Responsibility

By signing this policy, the user agrees not only to follow the rules in this policy, but also to report any misuse of the network to the person designated by the school for such reporting. Misuse means any violations of this policy or any other use that is not authorized under this policy, and having the effect of harming another or his or her property.

Term of the Permitted Use

A student or staff member who submits to the school, as directed, a properly signed policy and follows the policy to which she or he has agreed will have computer network and Internet access during the course of the school year only. Students and staff will be asked to sign a new policy each year during which they are students or staff members in the school district before they are given an access account.

Acceptable Uses

1.          Educational Purposes Only. The school district is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for educational purposes only. If the user has any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is educational, the user may consult with the person(s) designated by the school to help decide if a use is appropriate.

2.          Unacceptable Uses of Network. Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:

A.        Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Do not transmit offensive or harassing messages; offer for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by the school district's student discipline policy; view, transmit or download pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; intrude into the networks or computers of others; and download or transmit confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, the user should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.

B.        Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. For example, do not engage in defamation (harming another's reputation by lies); employ another's password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than the user is communicating or otherwise using his/her access to the network or the Internet; upload a worm, virus, "Trojan horse," "time bomb," or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participate in "hacking" activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, net­works, or information systems.

C.     Uses that jeopardize the security of student and staff access and of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. For example, do not disclose or share your password with others; do not impersonate another user.

D.     Uses that are commercial transactions. Students, staff, and other users may not sell or buy anything over the Internet. The user should not give others private information about the user or others, including credit card numbers and social security num­bers.

3.   Netiquette. All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:

A.        Be polite. Use appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.

B.        Avoid language and uses that may be offensive to other users. Do not use access to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, or other material that is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.

C.        Do not assume that a sender of email is giving his or her permission for the user to forward or redistribute the message to third parties or to give his/her email address to third parties. This should be done only with permission or when the user knows that the individual would have no objection.

D.        Be considerate when sending attachments with email (where this is permitted). Be sure that the file is not too large to be accommo­dated by the recipient's system and is in a format that the recipient can open.

4.   Cyber Bullying - Cyber bullying is when one or more people intentionally harm, harass, intimidate, or reject another person using technology. This includes but is not limited to the following:

·        Sending mean or threatening messages via email, IM (instant

         messaging), or text messages.

·        Spreading rumors about others through email, 1M, or text messages.

·      Creating a Web site or MySpace (or other social-networking) account that targets another student or other person(s).

·       Sharing fake or embarrassing photos or videos of someone with others via a cell phone or the Web.

·        Stealing another person's login and password to send mean or embarrassing messages from his or her account.

It shall be the policy of Roland Public Schools that cyber bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances. A student caught violating this policy will lose computer privileges and these actions may result in further disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion from school of the student(s) involved. In addition violators and their parents/guardians may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties as specified by Oklahoma and/or federal la

Internet Safety

1.          General Warning; Individual Responsibility of Parents and Us­ers. All student users and their parents/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school aged students. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the computer network and Internet and stay away from these sites. Parents of minors are the best guides to materials to shun. If a student or staff member finds that other users are visiting offensive or harmful sites, he or she should report such use to the appropriate school designee.

2.          Personal Safety. Be safe. In using the computer network and Internet, the user should not reveal personal information such as the user's home address or telephone number. The user should not use his/her real last name or any other information which might allow a person to locate the user without first obtaining the permission of a supervising teacher. Do not arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone "met" on the computer network or Internet without a parent's permission (if the user is under 18). Regardless of the user's age, the user should never agree to meet a person the user has only communicated with on the Internet in a secluded place or in a private setting.

3.          "Hacking" and Other Illegal Activities. It is a violation of this policy to use the school's computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any use which violates state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is strictly prohibited.

4.       Confidentiality of Student Information. Personally identifiable infor­mation concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian or, if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student. Users should never give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet, particularly credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. A supervising teacher or administrator may authorize the release of directory information, as defined by law, for internal admin­istrative purposes or approved educational projects and activities.

5.       Active Restriction Measures. The school, either by itself or in combination with Data Acquisition Site providing Internet access, will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent users from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful to minors. We are using Sonicwall for our technology protection measure (internet filtering software) to ensure that users are not accessing such depictions or any other material that is inappropriate for minors.

Internet filtering software or other technology-based protection systems may be disabled by a supervising teacher or school administrator, as necessary, for purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students age 17 and older.

The term "harmful to minors" is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h] [7]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that - taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

6.       All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and response.

Privacy

Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for the user's education. The school district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the school district and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

Failure To Follow Policy

The user's use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which the school district may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the student's enrollment or the staff member's employment in the school district. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. The school district may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances.

LIBRARY BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are purchased and furnished to the schools by the state of Oklahoma and, therefore, are the property of the state. These books are expensive and large sums of money are spent each year so that students in the state may have free textbooks. Pride should be taken in the care and maintenance of books. Students should not write or mark in them in any way. Books should not be left in the study hall or other places. Students will assume full responsibility (financial or otherwise) for all lost, stolen, misplaced or abused books. Students will also be required to pay for lost library books that are checked out to them. Fines will be assessed for library books that are not returned before or on the date due.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All properties brought from home are the responsibility of the child.

COUNSELING

A counselor is available to help provide guidance and counseling to all students.

SEARCH POLICY

The superintendent, principal, teacher, or security personnel of the Roland Public Schools, 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, regulations, 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, please 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

TitleDC and 504 Coordinator

Roland Public Schools

300 Ranger Blvd, Roland, OK 74954

(918) 427-4601

TRANSPORTATION

Parent pick-up lines and times

PK3 students must all be picked up in the pick-up line located directly in front of the lower elementary office between 2:45 - 2:55 P.M. daily.  

PK4 students being picked up in the pick-up line will be located directly in front of the lower elementary office between 2:45-2:55 P.M. daily.

THESE TIMES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED DUE TO BUS LOADING IN THE SAME AREA.

Kindergarten and First grade students pick-up lines are located in the parking lot just north of the softball field and the west end of the kindergarten building.  Pick-up time will be between 3:05 - 3:15 P.M. daily.

Second and Third grade students pick-up lines are located in the parking lot north of the lower elementary off of Dorcus street.  Pick-up time will be between 3:05 - 3:15 P.M. daily.

AFTER 3:15 ANY STUDENTS STILL REMAINING IN THE PICK-UP LINES WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE WHERE A PARENT WILL BE CONTACTED.

Special Permission by Parents

If a parent would like for his/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, email or by a telephone call 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.

ANY CHANGES TO THE METHOD YOUR CHILD WILL RETURN HOME NEEDS TO BE MADE IN THE OFFICE BEFORE 2:00 P.M. DUE TO SOME OF OUR STUDENTS BEING OUT OF THE BUILDING LAST HOUR.  DAILY CHANGES TO THIS METHOD CAN CAUSE COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS RESULTING IN YOUR CHILD MISSING THEIR TRANSPORTATION HOME.

BUS RIDER RULES

ALL students should load and unload at their disignated bus stop and THEIR own building.

Previous to Loading

  1. Be on time at the designated school bus stop.  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.
  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 time after entering and until leaving the bus.
  2. Assist in keeping the bus safe and samitary at all times.
  3. Remember that loud talking, loud laughing, or unnecessary cofusion diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident.
  4. Treat bus equipment as you would valuable funiture in your own home.  Damage to seat, 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 ae 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 drivers, and the patrol officers or driver’s assistants.
  13. Keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
  14. In case of a road emergency, children are to remain in the bus.

CAFETERIA

Students should conduct themselves in the cafeteria in a manner that will eliminate excessive noise.  The term excessive being the conversation of two to four people in an immediate area.  Students should be considerate  of others by not dropping serving implements as they are filling plates and by not spilling food.  Students are not to carry food or drinks out of the cafeteria.

LUNCH POLICY FOR OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

        Elementary parents/guardians will be permitted to bring lunch, or have it delivered, to their students, ONLY during the assigned lunch hour. 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

FIRE DRILL / TORNADO DRILL

At different times throughout the school year, drills will be conducted. Students will exit the building as instructed during drills.

CAMPUS LOCKDOWN/ INTRUDER DRILL

We will perform several lockdown drills per year.. 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.

HEALTH

  1. Medication

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

2. Parents will be notified when:

  1. A student recieves a blow to the head
  2. A student runs a temperature
  3. School personnel feel the illness or injury warrants 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, visionm and hearing screenings to pre-schoolers in the Roland School District.  Screening 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 for more information.

INSURANCE

Roland Public School does not have insurance for students while at 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 and school ID’s will be complete.  Spring pictures will also be taken in April of each year.

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 distracting to themsleves or others during the school day. All students, regardless of sex, must dress modestly, properly, and neatly.  Students are not to wear hats, caps, bandannas, or any other types of headgear “not designated to be worn inside a public building.”  Transparent clothing or shirts showing the student’s midriff will not be allowed. Students will not be permitted to wear any apperal that has any type of immoral, suggestive, or vulgar writing or pictures or any clothing that may be considered symbolic of gangs.  Shorts and dresses should not be more than four inches above the knee.

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.  Before special education testing is administered a checklist will be completed ensuring that retention has been completed; attendance, illness, speech and hearing are not factors in the students poor performance 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 will give at least six benchmark test to all of its students in grades Kindergarten through third grade.  The spring test for grades three through six are state mandated tests.  This gives us an overall progress report as well as an individual progress report which can be located on your student’s gradebook portal.  It also aids us in identifying students with need for remedial programs and summer school.

3. Gifted and Talented

Programs for the gifted and talented are provided by Roland Public Schools.  Screenings are done on a routine bases by performance, achievement test results, teacher recommendations, STAR testing in Math and Reading and parent request.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

The school has many operations and functions that involve students. The conduct of students at any school function such as field trips, bus stops where students gather, riding the bus, walking to and from school and athletic contests will be as if during the regular school day. Any function related to the school in any way will be governed by typical school conduct regardless of where it is or when it is.

School field trips, extracurricular activities, and athletic contests will start from the school, including those which begin after school hours. Students will be expected to get their own way to the school for these trips and back home from school after the trip is completed.

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.

In 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 FERPA 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 education 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 right 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 of 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 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 in 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.

(Optional) 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 Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605