Family/Student Handbook

General Information,

Discipline, and Attendance Policies

2019-2020

Jennifer Myers, Principal

Steven Murphy, Assistant Principal

Ashlea Hiser, Guidance Counselor

Becky Honeycutt, FRYSC Coordinator

Highland Elementary

Mission Statement

United in service to our students, it is the mission of Highland Elementary to introduce a love of learning and discovery, to instill a sense of self-worth and respect of others, and to establish an educational foundation to ensure success in middle school, high school, college and career.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Absences………………………………………………………….12

Academic Honor Roll…………………………………………….10

Attendance Policy………………………………………………..12

Beginning Time…………………………………………………… 7

Behavioral Expectations………………………………………....17

Birthday Parties…………………………………………………..11

Breakfast/Lunch………………………………………………….. 6

Bullying and Harassment School Policy……………………12-13

Bullying and Harassment School Policy Agreement Form…..27

Bus Conduct………………………………………………………17

Calendar…………………………………………………………….5

Candy/Gum/Snacks………………………………………………11

TABLE OF CONTENTS (continued)

Cell Phone Policy…………………………………………………11

Computer Network Rules & Regulations………………………21

Homework…………………..……………………………………..12

Corporal Punishment………….……………………...………….17

Directory Information……………….…………………………......9

Discipline……………………………………….………………….16

Discipline of Students with Disabilities………………………....18

District Discipline Code………..………………………………...13

Dress……………………….………………………..…………….11

Drills (Earthquake, Fire, Tornado, Crisis)………………………..8

Drop-Off and Pick-Up……………………………………………...6

Early Dismissal………………………………………………..…...8

Electronics………………………………………………………….11

Energy Policy for Students………………………………………..7

Enrollment Requirements………………………………………....7

Every Child Succeeds Act………………………………………...22

Exceptional Children Record Retention and Destruction……...9

Faculty……………………………………………………………....3

Family Resource and Youth Services Center………………......6

Family Resource Permission Form Receive Services………...29

Field Trips…………………………………………………………..7

Financial Obligations…………………………………………..…..7

General Information………………………………………………..6

Grab and Go Breakfast……………………………………………6

Grading Policy………………………………………..……..…....10

Health Services…………………………………….………………7

Hours of Supervision………………………………….…………..6

Infinite Campus Parent Portal…………………………...………21

In-County Blanket Field Trip Permission Slip………………….31

Internet Acceptable User Policy Form Agreement…………....26

Internet Use……………………………………………………21-22

Kids Club After School Program…………..……………………..6

Lunch Room Rules…………………………………………….…11

Medication…………………………………..………………….…..8

Morning Drop Off/Afternoon Pick Up………………………….....6

Non-Discrimination………………………………………………...8

Non-Resident Contract…………………………………………..30

Notification of FERPA Rights…………………………………....9-10

Notification of PPRA Rights……………………………………..18-19

Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications…...…18 & 32

Offenses and Consequences……………………………..……..16

Out of District Students…………………………………………..11

Family Learning Compact……………………………………….23-24

Family/Teacher Conferences……………………………………10

Table of Contents (Continued)

Family’s Rights and Responsibilities…………………………...14-15

Parents Learning Compact Agreement………………………..24

Parents Right to Know…………………………………………...22

Permission to Receive Services………..……….………………29

Phone Messages………………………………….……………….8

Photo Release Form…………………………….………………..28

Principal Prerogative……………………………………………...17

Principal’s Rights and Responsibilities………..………………..15

Procedure for Annul Orientation………………………………...14

Procedure for Annual Review………………….….…………….14

Records…………………………………..……………………..….9

Report Cards/Mid-Term Reports………………………..………10

Retention…………………………………………………………..10

Riding the Bus…………………………………………..………...17

School Cancellations………………………………………..……..6

School Conduct……………………………………………..……...7

School Wide Voice Levels……………………..………………….7

Search and Seizure………………………………..……………...18

Social Services………………………………….…………………10

Staff………………………………..………………………………...4

Student Emergencies………………….………………………...18

Student/Family Portal…………………………………………...21

Student Fees………………………………………………………7

Student Google Email…………………………………………....21

Student Handbook Agreement………...………………………..25

Student Internet Acceptable Use…………….………………….21

Student Money and Property………………………..…………..10

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities………………………….14

Suspension and Expulsion……………………………………....17

Suspension for 10 Days or Less in a School Year…………....18

Teacher’s Rights and Responsibilities…………………………15

Testing Transparency…………………………………………....33

Textbooks and School Property………………………………...10

Title I Parent Involvement Policy……………………………..…21-22

Transportation Arrangements………………………………….…8

Transportation Changes……………………………………….....8

Truancy……………………………………………….…………...12

Valentine’s Day Gift Deliveries………………………….………11

Visitors for Lunch…………………………….…………………….7

Visitors to School………………………………….……………….8

Volunteer Program……………………………….………………11

Wellness Policy…………………………………….……………19-20

Withdrawal from School……………………………….………...11

Highland Elementary School

164 Scottie Drive

Glasgow, KY  42141

270.659.0432

270.659.0478 (fax)

Faculty

Murf Adams                Joel Ball                Lacey Ball        

Robin Bartley                Jackie Benningfield        Cheryl Bowman                

Amy Byrd                David Coleman                Melanie Dakin                

Melissa Eicher                Jordan Elmore                Tabbatha Elmore        

Kim Emberton                Cassie Feese                Emily Forrester                

Whitley Frazier                Nikkia Frost                Heather Gibbons        

Jeff Gibson                Poly Granados                Denise Howard                

Genelle Jones                Andrew Lee                Tajuana Lisenby        

Tisha McGuire                Cheyenne Mercer        Christy Miller                

Amy Morgan                Lindsey Neal                Amanda Norris                

Whitney Paul                Leigh Anne Phelps        Brandon Pitcock        

Beth Saltsman                Vonda Stockton                Tina Steen                

Heather Stinson                Rene Thompson        Robin Walbert                

Conya Witty                        

                                                

                                

Staff

Family Youth Resource Director:  Becky Honeycutt

Secretaries:  Dana Maulden and Cindy Martin

Instructional Staff:

Nicole Berry                 Lisa Bryant                Nancy Compton                Hannah Kingrey        

Irina Turcios                Kelsey Kirkpatrick        Carrie Mills        

Tyler Hughes                Sandy Smith                Stephanie Wilkerson                                

Custodial Staff:  Kendall Bowles, David Duff, and Trevor Walker

Cafeteria Staff:  Sandy Mather—Manager

Kim Bartley                 Nancy Harper                

Nina Kinslow                Billie Jo Lafferty                Vickie Manion                

Hope Sherfey                Vickie Taylor                Marsha Walker                

School Nurse:          Courtney Garmon        

21st Century Kids Club After School Program: Angela Lindsey, Coordinator

        

Glasgow Independent Schools

2019-2020 Calendar

Aug 15                   Opening Day

Aug 16                  First Day for Students

Sept 2                  Labor Day Holiday

Oct 7-11                  Fall Break

Nov 5                    Election Day - No School

Nov 27                   Thanksgiving Break - No School

Nov 28                   Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 29                   Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec 23 - Jan 3         Christmas Break

Jan 6                      Back to School - Students return

Jan 20                    Martin Luther King Holiday - No School

Feb 17                    No School

Feb 18                    Staff Contract Day Certified/Classified (No Students)

April 6-10                 Spring Break

May 19                   Primary Election Day - No school for students

May 22                   Last Day for Students

May 25                   Memorial Day Holiday

May 26                  Closing Day for Staff Only

Possible Make-up days are as follows: Feb. 17, April 6, 7 May 26, 27, 28, 29

THIS CALENDAR IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

                         

                         Highland Elementary Student Handbook        

Highland Elementary

2019-2020

General Information

Beginning Time

The instructional day begins at 7:40 a.m.  The building is open at 6:30 a.m.  Please do not bring your child earlier than the scheduled start time, as supervision will not be available.  Upon entering the building, your child may eat breakfast or report directly to an assigned location.  If your child is not in the building at 7:40, s/he is considered tardy.  (See the attendance policy for further information.)

Hours

Supervision of students begins at 7:00 a.m.  Dismissal from school begins at 2:25 p.m.  All students should be picked up by 3:00 p.m. unless staying with the Kids Club After-School Program or Brain Boosters Club.  Afternoon supervision will end at 3:00 p.m.  Notify the school in case of an emergency.

Kids Club After-School Program

The Highland Kids Club will be providing an After School Enrichment program.This will be available for a fee to any Highland student, grades kindergarten through 5th.Your child will be provided a nutritional snack, homework help, and fun activities.The program will be Monday through Friday.Your child must be picked up no later than 5:30 p.m.; however, if needed, bus transportation will be provided.The fee will be $2.00 per day for all students. See the Highland Kids Club handbook for more detailed fee information.There will also be an Early Bird program to allow your child early arrival with supervision at school beginning at 6:30 a.m.Please contact the Site Coordinator with any questions or to register for the program at 270.590.1514.

Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-up

Grades Kindergarten—5th Grade

Students transported by bus will be dropped off behind the building.  Car riders are dropped off in the front of the building.  Only allow your child to exit your vehicle to the front porch.  It is extremely UNSAFE for you to release your child from the parking lot unless you are escorting him/her into the building.  In the afternoon, we will begin dismissal at 2:25 and car riders will be released to the canopied area by grade level.  Bus riders will be released out the back door.  Student supervision begins at 6:30 AM each school morning.

School Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, please listen to the local radio stations between 6:00—7:30 a.m.  Please do not call the school, principals, or the Board of Education.  Also, if we have a correct phone number, you will receive an “automated call” alerting you to the cancellation of school.  You should notify a school official if you are not receiving that call.

Highland Family Resource Center

Family Resource Centers were created to enhance students’ abilities to succeed in school by assisting the students and their families in meeting basic needs. This is done by providing community services at the centers or by linking families to necessary agencies.

Breakfast/Lunch

A regular breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students at no charge.Adult meal prices are $3.00.We encourage parents to come eat with their child, and to ensure that your child enjoys his/her lunch with you, we have a parent/child table specifically for this purpose.  State law requires that no commercial foods (i.e. fast foods) are allowed in Highland Elementary’s Cafeteria while school meals are being served.  Our school food service provides a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast and lunch.Extra items can be paid for daily or prepaid, no charges will be allowed.  However, any balance carried over from the previous year(s), is still the responsibility of the student or student’s parents.  

Grab and Go Breakfast Break

A “grab and go” breakfast will be offered to Highland students mid-morning.  Students who have NOT already been through the Highland breakfast line are able to take a grab and go breakfast at no charge.  No charges will be allowed.

Visitors for Lunch

Parents and/or guardians are welcome to eat with their child at any time.  We ask that all visitors eat with their child(ren) only at the designated visitor’s tables.  All other students will remain with their class.  If you have any questions, a monitor will gladly show you where the tables are.  

Financial Obligations

Any student owing money to the school from the previous school year WILL be held accountable to the school/district.  At various unannounced times throughout the school year, involvement in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities (such as field trips, reward days, involvement in clubs, etc) may be suspended until financial obligations are cleared.  

Financial obligations will carry-over from one year to the next.  Ultimately, students will not be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies at GHS until ALL financial obligations are brought into good standing.

Financial obligations include, but are not limited to school fees, fees for lost or damaged book(s), overdue library book(s), non-returned or damaged athletic equipment, damaged school equipment, cafeteria fines, etc.

Field Trips

Throughout the year, students may participate in field trips in our community and beyond.  Students who do NOT attend field trips will be counted as absent and need a guardian/doctor note to receive an excused absence.  If a student has been  suspended during the school year or has had  multiple behavior  incidents, the principal has discretion whether or not the student may attend  field trips.

Energy Policy for Students

Each student is expected to use energy and resources wisely.  At the end of the day, students can help ensure computers, monitors, and speakers are turned off before leaving the classroom.

School Wide Voice Levels

Highland Elementary implements numbered voice levels to be used by all students in shared common areas (lunchroom, hallways, stairs, and cafeteria).

0 = voices are turned off

1 = whisper

2 = small group voice (conversation)

3 = classroom voice

4 = outside voice (loud)

School Conduct

Students are expected to sign and abide by the discipline code set forth by the school district included in this handbook.  Students are also expected to respect a teacher’s classroom expectations.  Failure to abide by the district, school, or classroom expectations will result in disciplinary action.

Enrollment Requirements

        a.  A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate or

        b.  Other reliable proof of the student’s identify and age, and an affidavit of the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate.

Student Fees

There is a $20.00 fee for workbooks and supplies.

Health Services

The Glasgow School District provides a school nurse to assist with preventative health services, such as hearing and vision and scoliosis screenings.

Drills, Crisis, Earthquake, Fire and Tornado

Crisis, earthquake, fire and tornado drills will be conducted at regular intervals.  Complete silence and cooperation is expected during each drill.

Visitors to School

All visitors must report to the school office upon entering the building.  Visitors will be required to sign in and wear an ID badge while inside Highland Elementary.  Visitors may not interrupt instruction and are encouraged to visit a teacher’s classroom by appointment.

Phone Messages

Students are not permitted to take phone calls while at school.  If you need to make contact with your child, please call the office and we will deliver the message to your child.  We also ask that you make every effort to communicate transportation arrangements prior to sending your child to school, so your child does not have to call home during the school day.

Early Dismissal

Students will only be released to a parent, guardian, or person designated on the student information sheet, unless we receive written permission and/or a phone call from the parent/guardian prior to dismissal.  Doctor, dental, and other appointments should be made after or, before school if at all possible.  Whoever is picking up a student must sign them out in the office and provide proper identification.

Transportation Arrangements

Every child enrolled at Highland Elementary must have a transportation form completed and on file.  This form provides the school with information regarding how the child is transported to and from school.  Unless we have a note stating otherwise, your child will be transported exactly the way the form states.  Please do not ask your child or a bus driver to relay a transportation change.

Transportation Changes

If you must change your child’s means of transportation for the day, you must bring a handwritten note to the school by 1:30.  This is a change from years past as now transportation changes must be delivered in writing. All changes are copied and then given to the homeroom teacher and bus monitor.

Student Emergencies

When a student becomes seriously ill or injured at school, the parent or guardian will be called as soon as possible.  If there is a family emergency, the parent or guardian should contact the principal’s office to make arrangements for the student to leave school.  If your child is suspected of having a fever, you will be contacted by the school.  We expect the parent or guardian to make arrangements to pick up the student.  

Medication

All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office.  Students are not allowed to have in their possession or give anyone medication or chemical substances, including cough drops and inhalers.  No student will be given medication without written parent consent.  All medication must be in the original container with instructions and identification.  If it is necessary for the student to carry medicine or store medicine in the classroom, a doctor’s statement is required.  For more information, please contact the office to pick up the required forms.

Lice

A child will be sent home if a live bug is found on a student. To return to school, a parent/guardian MUST bring the child back to school (not on the bus), and the school office staff  must check and approve before the student returns to class. Highland will not conduct classroom room checks.  The office will determine if/when a child is sent home for head lice.

NON DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT 

Students, parents, and employees of the Glasgow Independent School District are hereby notified that this school district does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, marital status, race, color, national origin or handicap in its educational activities, including the assignment and placement of students in its regular and vocational programs or in the employment and assignment of the Superintendent.  Any person having inquiries concerning the Glasgow Independent School district’s compliance with Title II, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 or any of the above is directed to contact Mr. Sean Howard, 1108 Cleveland Avenue, Glasgow, Kentucky, telephone 270-651-6757, who will coordinate the school district’s efforts to comply with these areas.

Directory Information

Directory information may be released by the schools and/or district on individual students unless specific instruction not to do so is presented to the principal or superintendent.  Directory information shall include students’ names and addresses, telephone numbers, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized sports and activities, and most recent educational institution attended.

Records

In accordance with the provision of Public Law 93-380, parents and students 18 years of age or older have the right to inspect the student’s cumulative folder.  This information is kept at the school the child attends and may be reviewed by contacting the principal or guidance counselor and arranging an appointment.  If you disagree with the school record, the school will give you an opportunity for a hearing.  Provisions prohibit the release of student records except for transfers, government agencies, and receipt of financial aid.  In other instances, written parent consent for the release is required by law.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Exceptional Children Record Retention and Destruction

The Glasgow Independent School District may destroy educational records of a child without a parent’s request after the records have been maintained for 5 years as specified in the Kentucky Records Retention Schedule, and following the time when the records are no longer needed to provide educational services.  (May include: psychological evaluations, procedural checklist, record of parent contacts, referral to program, parental permissions for individual or reevaluation testing, notification of ARC conferences, individual education programs, conference summary reports, parental permissions for placement, parental refusal of placement, behavioral observations of referred student, development and social histories, permission for individual evaluation, evaluation notices, records of disclosures, eligibility reports).  (C)  Sec. 513pf P/L93-380 (V). The records may also be destroyed at the

request of a parent. However, a permanent record of a child’s name, address, and phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed may be maintained without time limitations.  Any parent, or guardian or student (18 years or older) may review the records prior to destruction for 30 days following this notice.  If you (parent, guardian, or adult) desire to review these records before they are destroyed, you must contact Glasgow Schools’ Director of Special Services and Programs (270) 651.6757 or the building principal of the school the child last attended—South Green Elementary 270.651.3806; Highland Elementary 270.659.0432; Glasgow Middle School 270.651.2256; or Glasgow High School 270.651.8801.  You may also wish to obtain a copy of the records for your future reference.  Copies of these records may not be retained unless a written request is made that they not be destroyed.  This request should be mailed to Director of Special Services and Programs, Glasgow Board of Education, P.O. Box 1239, Glasgow KY  42142-1239.

Notification of FERPA Rights

Annual notice to parents and students

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and “eligible students’ (students over 18 years of age or who are attending a post-secondary institution) 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 forty-five days of the day of the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal/designee a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where 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, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. Parents or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of privacy or other rights. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy or other rights. 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 school 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 or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district shall disclose education records without consent to officials

       of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or to other entities authorized by law.

  1. The right to prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information concerning the student to recruiting representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces and its service academies, the Kentucky Air National Guard, and the Kentucky Army National Guard. Unless the parent or eligible student requests in writing that the District not release information, the student’s name, address, and telephone number (if listed) shall be released to the Armed  Forces recruiters upon their request.
  2. 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 is:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

Student Money, Property, and Valuable Items

Students should not bring to school large amounts of money, expensive jewelry, or any other items that may be deemed valuable such as iPods, mp3 players, or handheld games.  Such items could be stolen or lost, and it is unlikely those items can be recovered. Remember that the students, not the school, are responsible for personal property.

Report Cards/Mid-Terms

Report cards will be issued every quarter.  A mid-term progress report will be issued  at approximately the mid-point of each quarter.

Grading Scale

Students in Kindergarten and First Grade will receive a computer generated report card which may include a skills based checklist.  Students in grades 2—5 will receive numeric grades using the following grading scale.

A = 90—100

B = 80—89

C = 70—79

D = 60—69

F = Below 60

Academic Honor Roll

Second through fifth grade students are eligible for the all A and A/B Academic Honor Rolls.  The Honor Rolls are published in the local newspaper.

Family-Teacher Conferences

We encourage parents to stay involved with school progress by conferring with teachers as needed. Please call the school to schedule a conference. Conferences may be arranged before or after school or during a teacher’s planning period. Parents may not interrupt classroom instruction to conference with a teacher.

Promotion and RetentionHighland Elementary follows the Kentucky Common Core Academic Standards. All students are expected to perform at the level outlined in this document. Students that make adequate progress toward mastery of the standards by the end of the school year will be promoted to the next grade. Students who are not making adequate progress toward mastery of the standards may be retained for an additional year of instruction. Throughout the year, there will be verbal and written communication with guardians regarding students who are not meeting these standards. A meeting in the early spring, will be scheduled to discuss the school’s intention to retain the child for the following school year. Academic data reflecting the present level of performance for the child in comparison to the Kentucky Common Core Academic Standards will be taken into consideration during the meeting.

Social Services

Social services for the Glasgow Independent School district are initiated at the individual school at the request from parents, students, or teachers. Referrals may include needed services such as:

Material needs (clothing or food)                Alcohol and drug abuse needs

Physical and emotional needs                Other Health needs

Textbooks and School Property

Textbooks are furnished by the school.  These textbooks are the responsibility of each student. If textbooks are damaged or lost, the student is required to pay for them. Any student who damages school property or equipment is responsible for payment.

Out of District Students

Students living outside the school district may attend Highland Elementary. Students and parents will be required to sign a contract specifying the school’s expectations. As part of the contract, students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress, exemplary attendance, cooperative attitude and appropriate behavior. Students failing to meet contract requirements may be placed on probation or returned to their home school at any time. Out of district students requesting placement at Highland Elementary will need to have the following information at enrollment.

  1. Copy of attendance record from previous school
  2. Copy of discipline record from previous school
  3. Verification of present address

Volunteer Program

Highland Elementary always welcomes volunteers. All volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check and volunteer training.  (A fee may be required.) Upon approval of the background check and training, all volunteers must stop by the office to sign in and wear an ID badge while in the building.

Withdrawal from School

If you and your family are going to be moving out of our area, please notify our school as soon as possible. This will help us gather all necessary records/information that will be mailed to your new school. Make sure that you return all textbooks and library books, and settle any accounts (lunchroom, fines, etc.)

Candy/Gum/Snacks

Candy, gum, and snacks are not permitted at Highland. Food is allowed in the classroom in special circumstances (i.e. holiday parties), as determined by the principal. It is a violation of state guidelines to bring any food into the classroom until after 1:15 p.m. Organized parties may only be scheduled at 1:30 p.m. or later. However, chewable candies may be used as a reward from time to time. 

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties may be scheduled with the homeroom teacher after 1:30 on Monday through Thursday. Parties shall take place in the cafeteria or outside under our canopy. Private birthday party invitations may be distributed at school provided ALL students are included.

Valentine’s Day

Please have all Valentine’s Day gifts delivered at home.  There will be no deliveries at school.

School Dress (Dress for Success)

Students at Highland Elementary are expected to dress in an appropriate manner. The following clothing items are considered inappropriate:

  1. Hats, bandanas, skull caps, do-rags, or any other headwear.
  2. Clothing that advertises or promotes a negative, disruptive message
  3. Sagging, oversized pants
  4. Revealing clothing. All undergarments should be covered. (This includes overly

revealing tank-tops, tube-tops, short-shorts, or any other item that overly exposes the body).

If a student comes to school dressed inappropriately, a change of clothes will be required.  Continuing to dress inappropriately, may require disciplinary action.

Electronics

Students may carry a cell phone or other electronic, but it must be concealed and turned off during school hours unless permission is granted from the student’s supervising adult. If a student is seen with a cell phone during school hours, the phone will be confiscated and kept in the office until a parent/guardian can pick it up.  The student may lose cell phone privileges.

Lunch Room Rules

All students will receive a 25 minute lunch, as per state guidelines. The following rules will be observed at Highland Elementary.

  1. Students will go through the line and sit with their homerooms.
  2. Each student is responsible for his/her area on and under the table.
  3. Students are dismissed only when the monitor has released the class.
  4. Students are to keep their hands to themselves and remain seated.
  5. Students are not to touch another person’s tray or food.
  6. Students may not share food.
  7. Students are to maintain a level 2 voice while in the cafeteria.

Eating in the cafeteria should be an enjoyable experience. If a student cannot demonstrate basic table manners and good behavior, discipline measures may be taken.

Attendance Policy

Absences

As a matter of safety, please call the school by 9:00 a.m. any time a student is to be absent. When your child returns to school, please send a dated note describing the reason for the absence. A student may only have six (6) excused absences with a parent note. Beyond that number, a doctor’s excuse will be required for the absence to be excused.  If your child is absent due to sickness, he/she may return to school only after being fever free for 24 hours.  Once 10 doctor’s excuses have been provided, a truancy prevention form will be required.

Collection of Homework

Homework will be collected for any student who has missed more than one day of school. Please call the office by 9:00 a.m. so that your child’s homework can be prepared and collected.  You may pick up the assignments in the office after 2:00 p.m.

Truancy

Compulsory attendance law (KRS 151.150) states that a student is to be considered a “habitual truant” once they have accumulated six (6) unexcused absences, tardies, or any combination of the two. Being absent for less than the entire school day shall be considered being tardy. At the point of six (6) unexcused absences/tardies, the child’s name will be turned over to our pupil personnel director, who will take further action. Failure to improve attendance may result in court proceedings against the parent and/or student, depending on age. All tardies above six (6) shall be considered unexcused.

Bullying and Harassment School Policy

Highland Elementary is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil environment in which students can

learn and teachers can teach.  The school refuses to tolerate harassment (including sexual harassment), bullying, intimidation, or any other behavior that may cause physical or emotional harm to any member of the school community. In order to help ensure a type of environment where all members of the school community are treated with respect, the school has put in place policies, procedures,, and practices to help reduce and eliminate incidents of bullying, intimidation, and harassment.  The United States Department of Education defines bullying as “intentional and/or repeated hurtful acts, words, or other behavior, such as name-calling, threatening, and/or shunning committed by one or more children against another. The victim does not intentionally provoke these negative acts, and for such acts to be defined as bullying, an imbalance in real or perceived power must exist between the bully and the victim. Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature.” Bullying, intimidation, and harassment of students by school personnel, other students, district staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school. The Glasgow Independent School District prohibits such behavior as hazing, bullying, menacing, taunting, verbal or physical abuse of others, lewd, profane, or vulgar language, or any other type of threatening behavior based on real or perceived race, sex, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, distinguishing characteristics or circumstances (rumors). The Highland Elementary Harassment Policy will be in effect while students are on school property; on property under the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned or school operated vehicles or forms of transportation; while participating 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, intimidation, or bullying may include, but is not limited to, the following acts or circumstances:

        Verbal Harassment—name calling, rumor spreading, etc.

        Nonverbal Harassment—eye rolling, intimidating looks, inappropriate gestures,  singling out (pointing/referring), etc.

        Physical Harassment—fighting, hitting, shoving, etc.

        Sexual Harassment

        Written Harassment—notes or letters produced at school or used in a threatening manner at school; emails or other electronically transmitted communication produced at school or used in a threatening manner at school; any inappropriate messages written on school property, etc.

Every incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying requires the school administration to respond promptly and appropriately to the individual being harmed and the individual committing the act. Enforcement of this policy requires immediate reporting of all violations. In the event that any student believes that he or she, or any other student is being subjected to harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or other improper conduct under this policy, the student and his or her parent, custodian, or legal guardian is under an affirmative mandatory duty to immediately report the conduct or policy violation in writing to the principal of the school where the employee is employed. In the event that the student and his or her parent, custodian, or legal guardian do not think it is appropriate to report this conduct to the principal, the student and the parent or guardian shall immediately report the conduct or policy violation to the superintendent of the Glasgow Independent School District.

Where it is determined that inappropriate conduct has occurred, school administrators and teachers will end the conduct and impose corrective action and/or punishment as deemed necessary by the school administration. The corrective action may range from requiring a parent conference, the recommendation for counseling or other therapeutic services to improve behavior, and/or imposing a disciplinary consequence that may range from isolation, in-school suspension, Saturday School, out-of-school suspension, recommendation for expulsion, and/or referral to the court.  Highland Elementary prohibits active and passive support for harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Students are encouraged to support other students who “walk away” from these acts when the student hears or sees such acts occurring. Students are also encouraged to attempt to stop such occurrences in an appropriate manner and report these acts to the administration directly. Students may also report these acts to a teacher or guidance counselor who will then in turn report the incident for investigation by the building principal. Students found to be actively or passively supporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying will be subject to corrective action deemed appropriate by the school administration. Possible corrective action may include, but is not limited to, parent conference, isolation, in-school suspension, Saturday School, out-of-school suspension, Happy Valley Learning Center (alternative program), recommendation for expulsion, and/or referral to the court. The school prohibits acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student or school personnel who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The consequence for a student who engages in acts of reprisal or retaliation will be determined by the school administration after consideration of the nature and circumstance of the act. Possible corrective action may include, but is not limited to, parent conference, isolation, in-school suspension, Saturday School, out-of-school suspension, recommendation for expulsion, and/or referral to the court.

HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY requires student and parent support of this policy. Although HES can only address school-related issues in regard to this policy, it is our hope that students and/or parents/guardians will also enact the principles of respect and non-bully/harassment behavior in their child’s lives outside of the school day and/or school functions. Guardians should seek the proper avenue for reporting out-of-school bullying issues (parent to parent contact and/or involvement of proper authorities). Ensuring the safety and respect of our children involves participation and by-in from all parties involved in the student’s well-being.  The National Crime Prevention Council issued a release March 6, 2007 pertaining to “cyber bullying.” Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet, cell phones, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Teens who experience cyber-bullying express a wide range of emotional responses,

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including anger, shame, embarrassment, and fear and may want to seek revenge. To help parents deal with this new threat to their teens, NCPC has created a brochure for parents that is available for downloading on www.ncpc.org.

District Discipline Code

It is the ultimate aim of the Glasgow City Schools to develop within the students the respect of others, self-discipline, and skills for interacting in a socially acceptable manner throughout life.  The discipline of this system is based on the belief that learning takes place best under conditions of optimum behavioral patterns of students as controlled by authorized personnel. The idea of good behavior is effectively fostered by encouraging self rule among the students themselves and by calling upon them to share progressively in the responsibility for a conducive learning environment. Discipline is a prerequisite to good teaching and is an absolute must for the classroom. Therefore, all students are expected to observe the accepted forms of good behavior and respect the rights of others. Students who deviate from this will be disciplined in a firm, but fair manner.

                        

                                           Glasgow Board of Education

                        PO Box 1239

                        Glasgow, KY 42142-1239

                        270-651-6757,  Chad Muhlenkamp, DPP

Procedure for Annual Review

The disciplinary policy will be reviewed annually by the Glasgow Board of Education and Highland Elementary SBDM Council.

PROCEDURE FOR ANNUAL ORIENTATION

All students and teachers at Highland Elementary shall receive a copy of the discipline policy at the beginning of each school year.  These copies shall be taken home by each student in grades K-5 to be read by his/her parents or guardian.  Also, an additional sheet shall be signed and returned to verify the fact that the parents/guardians have read, understand and acknowledge the discipline policy.

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to:

  1. A free public education which will meet the needs of the individual and prepare him/her for a successful role in society.
  2. Be represented by students in the decision making process on matters which relate to standards of achievement, conduct, elections and participation where system wide committees are appointed to address these matters.
  3. Procedural due process when any charge or accusation has been made against them concerning major disciplinary action.
  4. Receive academic grades based only upon academic performance.
  5. Freedom from abuse and threat of abuse by members of school faculty and administrative personnel.
  6. Freedom of speech and expression.
  7. Protection of person and property to the fullest extent possible by the school.
  8. Participate in all school programs and activities within the capabilities and standards within regards to race, creed, sex, or national origin.
  9. Present complaints or grievances to school authorities and receive replies from school authorities regarding such matters.

Students have the responsibility to:

  1. Attend school regularly and to take advantage of the opportunities offered and not interfere with the rights of fellow students to an education.
  2. Make suggestions in a positive reasonable manner, taking into careful consideration the welfare of all, not just that of one or a few individuals.
  1.  Refrain from gross disobedience, misconduct, or behavior that disrupts the educational process.
  2. Study diligently and maintain the best level of academic achievement.
  3. Respect the human dignity of every individual.
  4. Use that freedom in such a way as not to offend the rights of others with obscene or damaging words or actions, and within the limits of good taste to avoid the use of language in a discourteous or inflammatory manner.
  5. Refrain from slanderous remarks and obscenity in verbal and written expression. Refrain from fighting, creating disturbances, using or carrying a weapon on school premises or at school activities, and to take those steps and precautions necessary to protect self and possessions.
  6. Respect others as individuals and not to treat others unfairly because of race, creed, or sex. Support the school in all phases of program or activity, and behave in such a way that participation will be a contribution and not a detriment.

Family’s Rights and Responsibilities

Families have the Right to:

  1. Send their child to school with a positive educational climate where learning is valued.
  2. Expect that classroom disruptions will be dealt with fairly, firmly, and quickly.
  3. Enroll their child in their school district where they will attend classes regularly with minimal interruptions.
  4. Expect their child’s school to maintain high academic standards.
  5. Review their child’s academic progress and other information which may be contained in the personal school records.
  6. Address grievances to proper school authorities concerning their child and to receive a prompt reply pertaining to the specific grievances.

Families have the Responsibility to:

  1. Instill in their children the value of an education.
  2. Inform their children about the disciplinary procedure of the school and emphasize the importance of following the same.
  3. See that their children attend school regularly and promptly. To understand that unnecessary interruptions in the school are detrimental to the educational program for all students.
  4.  Be familiar with the educational program and the procedures to exhibit concern for the program and grades of their child.

Teachers’ Rights and Responsibilities

Teachers have the Right to:\

  1. Expect the support of their fellow teachers, administrators, and parents.
  2. Work in a positive school climate with a minimum of disruptions.
  3. Expect all students to comply with homework assignments as requested.
  4. Remove any child from class whose behavior significantly disrupts a positive learning experience, during which time the student(s) will be in the office or other designated area.
  5. Be safe from physical harm and free from verbal abuse.
  6. Provide input to committees designated with the responsibility of drafting policies that relate to their relationships with students and school personnel.
  7. Take action necessary in emergencies pertaining to the protection of persons or property.
  8. Make a determination regarding site-based decision making councils and to vote for teacher representatives to serve on councils.

Teachers have the Responsibility to:

  1. Follow the rules and regulations of the Board of Education and the local school.
  2. Maintain a classroom atmosphere conducive to good behavior.
  3. Plan a flexible curriculum which meets the needs of students and which maintains high standards of academic achievement.
  4. Administer such disciplinary measures as outlined in this code in order to maintain a positive learning climate.
  5. Exhibit exemplary behavior in terms of dress, action, and voice.
  6. Maintain high standards of achievement and to inform parents/guardians of their child’s successes, problems, and failures.
  7. Protect the rights of themselves and the rights of others by exercising their full responsibilities in all circumstances.

Principals Rights and Responsibilities

Principal has the Right to:

  1. Expect the support and respect of teachers, parents, and students in carrying out the policies and programs established by the Board of Education.
  2. Be safe from physical harm and free from verbal abuse.
  3. Suspend any student whose conduct disrupts the educational process and to take other disciplinary action in accordance with the discipline code and Kentucky statutes and regulations.
  4. Provide input to committees designed with a responsibility of drafting policies that relate to their relationships with students, parents, and school personnel.
  5. Take action necessary in emergencies pertaining to the protection of persons or property.
  6. Administer the school environment to provide the proper learning atmosphere.

Principal has the Responsibility to:

  1. Follow the rules and regulations of the Board of Education and the local school as authorized by law.
  2. Exhibit exemplary behavior in actions, dress, and speech.
  3. Administer discipline fairly and equally, following the guidelines set forth herein, but in doing so use his/her own best judgment.
  4. Implement and evaluate all aspects of the educational program to improve learning and comply with the policies, regulations, procedures, or laws of the district, state, and nation.
  5. Protect the rights of themselves and the rights of others by exercising their full responsibilities in all circumstances.
  6. Help create and maintain an atmosphere which respects the rights of all participants in the school process.

Forms of Discipline

Schools are one of the most important segments of today’s society. Schools cannot function unless discipline is maintained in the classroom. Forms of discipline must always depend upon the severity of the offense. Discipline problems which are of a common or minor nature are handled by the classroom teacher, who may use a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, the following:

        Verbal reprimand

        Individual conference

        Parent/Guardian notification (note/telephone)

        Parent conference

        Temporary isolation within the classroom

        Temporary withdrawal of privileges

        In-school detention (loss of free/playtime)

        After school detention (it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for the student to

               be picked up at 3:00)        

        Office referral

Offenses and Consequences

Level I Offenses                                Possible Responses

School disturbance                        verbal warning/reprimand

Defiance of authority                        individual conference

Tardiness                                notification of parents

Skipping class                                temporary isolation

Disrespectful behavior                        special assignment

Use of profanity                                withdrawal of privileges

Failure to bring materials to class                detention

Inappropriate dress                        counseling

Cheating                                short term suspension

Talking in class

Offenses and Consequences (continued)

Level II Offenses                                Possible Responses

Repeated level I offenses                        continuation of level 1 response

Use/possession of tobacco products        extracurricular probation

Truancy                                        referral to outside agencies

Fighting                                        suspension

Defacing property                                alternative school placement

Gambling

Disruptive behavior

Smoking

Chewing tobacco

Vandalism under $100

Promoting the use of drugs

Level III Offenses                        Possible Responses

Repeated level I and II offenses                continuation of level I and II response

Vandalism over $100                        indefinite suspension

Possession of unauthorized substances        expulsion

Stealing                                        referral to outside agencies, including

Extortion                                        law enforcement

Posing a threat to the life of students or faculty

         by direct or indirect means

Possession/use of dangerous weapons

Assault/battery

Theft and/or possession of stolen property

Arson

Possession/use of explosives

Suspension and Expulsion

Only students with behavior that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed, and has the quality of being incorrigible, will be suspended. Principals realize that suspending a student is a serious penalty imposed on a student. A student will not be expelled until all other alternatives are exhausted. In all instances, due process procedures will be carried out in accordance with KRS 158.150.

Principal Prerogative

The Principal (or designee) has the right to respond to extenuating circumstances surrounding discipline issues in a way he/she feels reasonable and appropriate.

Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment  is defined as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by any means upon the whole or any part of a student’s body as a penalty or punishment for student misbehavior. Effective July 1, 1991, no person employed or engaged by any public elementary or secondary education system within this school district shall inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment or bodily pain upon a pupil attending any school. However any such person may, within the scope of his/her employment, use and apply such amounts of physical restraint as may be reasonable and necessary to protect oneself, the pupil, or others from physical injury, to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous objects in control of the pupil, or to protect property from serious harm.

Bus Conduct

The principal shall be responsible for the discipline of all transported pupils in his/her school while on the bus, on school property, or waiting for the bus. Bus drivers shall promptly report any violations of the discipline code to the principal. The driver is in charge of the bus. His/her first responsibility is the safe transportation of pupils. In the event that one or more pupils are behaving in such a manner as to endanger other pupils, the driver is authorized to eject the pupils from the bus. If this is not possible, the driver shall eject the pupil near a house or an open business. The principal is authorized to withhold bus riding privileges up to ten (10) days per occurrence. In the event of serious misconduct or repeat offenses, the superintendent or his designee may withhold bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may be held responsible for restitution of any damages caused by their child.

While Riding on the Bus

  1. Obey the driver’s instructions. The driver of the school bus is in complete charge of students while they are on the bus. Complaints regarding discipline on the bus should be taken to the principal.
  2. The driver has authority to assign seats.
  3. Students shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  4. Arms, legs, or head should never be extended outside the bus.
  5. Students should talk to the driver only in case of an emergency.
  6. Pets and animals are not permitted on the bus at any time.
  7. NO one shall tamper with any equipment on  the bus; only the driver may operate any part of the bus.
  8. Students caught damaging or defacing the bus or bus equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or restitution.
  9. There is no fighting, profanity, or loud disturbance on the bus.
  10. Students must not wave or shout at pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles or throw objects from the bus windows.
  11. Eating or drinking is not permitted, and waste paper or other trash should not be thrown on the floor.

Common Area Behavior Expectations: (Hallway, Bathrooms, Cafeteria)

It is the expectation that everyone at HES use and practice the 7 Habits taught through The Leader In Me.

With teacher supervision, students are expected to:

Search and Seizure

It is not a common practice to search students, but if a teacher or administrator has reasonable cause and if that cause bears a relationship to a legitimate educational interest then that student will be searched. The principal will conduct any search.

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

The behavior of exceptional (special education) students and students who have been referred for evaluation for possible special education placement and/or related services should be considered during the initial Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meetings. Behavioral interventions, treatment and consequence should become a part of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for that student. Should these interventions prove unsuccessful, as evidence by misconduct of the student, the issue should be brought to the appropriate ARC to review and make changes in the student’s program which might result in more appropriate behaviors.

Intervention techniques should focus not only on eliminating a certain undesirable behavior, but also upon determination of the purpose of that behavior (a functional analysis of behavior), and the provision/instruction of a more acceptable behavior. A variety of positive reinforcers and opportunities for the development of self-control shall be utilized prior to the consideration of negative interventions.

Crisis intervention methods, including physical restraint, may be employed in the following circumstances: to protect self, other students, or staff from physical injury; to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object that is in the control of the student; or to protect property from serious harm.

Suspension for 10 days or less in a school year

Due process procedures for short-term suspensions are the same for all students and are outlined in the District Student Handbook. When suspensions are ten (10) days or less in length, do not exceed (10) days cumulative in a school year, and are utilized as temporary disciplinary measures (if the suspension is for a minor infraction and no further disciplinary action is planned), then an ARC meeting is not required unless requested by the parent or other service providers.

No educational services will be provided during periods of removal for disciplinary reasons to a child with a disability who has been removed from his or her current placement for 10 school days or less in that school year, if services are not provided to a child without disabilities who has been similarly removed.

Information pertaining to the following may be obtained from the Director of Special Education at 711 S.L. Rogers Wells BLVD, Glasgow, KY 42141 (270-651-6757): Suspensions for More than 10 days Cumulative per School Year that does not Constitute a Change of Placement for Disciplinary Reasons, Change of Educational Placement for Disciplinary Reasons; Change of Placement for Violations Involving Weapons or Drugs; Interim Alternative Education Setting; or Manifestation Determination Review.

Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

The educators of Glasgow Independent Schools are committed to providing a quality instructional program for your child. This notification is just one of the many ways of keeping you informed of the education commitment of our schools and our district. Our district receives federal funds for Title I programs as part of The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Under NCLB, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). If you request this information, the district will provide you with the following:

  1. Whether the teacher has met the state requirement for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject matters in which  the teacher provided instruction;
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  3. The college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree, and
  4. Whether your child is provided services by Para-educators, and if so, their qualifications.

If you would like to request this information, please contact your child’s principal by phone.

Notification of PPRA Rights

The protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents and eligible students (those who are 18 or older or who are emancipated minors) certain rights regarding conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical examinations.

These include the right to:

        *Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one (1) or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education:

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
  3. Sexual behavior or attitudes;
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incrimination, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critical appraisals or others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged relationships such as with lawyers, physicians, or ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents; or
  8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

 - Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance,                       administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student  (except for healing, vision, or scoliosis screening, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law); and

  - Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

-  Protected information surveys of students;

-  Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and

-  Instruction material used as part of the educational curriculum.

The District shall provide parents and eligible students notice of these rights under law in the student handbook, the District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, or other avenues designated by the Superintendent/designee. The District shall provide parents and eligible students at least annually at the start of each school year of the specific or approximate dates of the activities listed above. Notification will provide an opportunity to opt a student out of participating in those activities.

Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave., SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Wellness Policy

Highland Elementary School is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Highland Elementary School that:

To achieve these policy goals:

  1. All Highland Elementary School students shall participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity as follows:

        Highland Elementary School shall encourage healthy choices among students using the following          methods:

  1. Highland Elementary School shall communicate with parents on aspects of providing a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. Highland Elementary School will include articles in the Highland Express (school newsletter), post nutrition tips on the school website and provide monthly copies of menus  (breakfast and lunch). Highland Elementary shall communicate, school-based and community-based physical activities (basketball, baseball, football, YMCA and other physical sports programs) that occur before, during and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school (suggested activities and log for students and parents).
  2. Highland Elementary School shall provide annual well-child screenings in the areas of hearing and vision.

Provisions

The provisions of this policy shall be implemented to comply with provisions required by federal law, state law, and local school board policy. If any specific requirement above does not fit with those rules, the principal shall notify the council so that the policy can be amended to fit. The principal shall share this policy with the Kentucky Department of Education when KDE asks for this information.

Internet and Computer Use/Acceptable Use Policy

We are pleased to offer the students of Glasgow Independent Schools access to the district computer network and the Internet. Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries and databases throughout the world. Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are inaccurate, inappropriate, or potentially offensive to some people. Our intent is to make Internet access available to further education goals and objectives. Ultimately, parents and guardians of students are responsible for setting, and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Glasgow Independent Schools support and respect each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for access.

Computer Network Rules and Regulations

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in the school. Access to the network services is given to students who agree to act in a responsible manner. Parental permission is required and access is a privilege -not a right.

Users must comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards the district is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communication of individuals using the network.

Network storage areas may be treated like lockers. Network administrators will review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on the district servers will always be private. The server maintains a record of daily user activity.

The user is expected to abide by the following network rules of etiquette

Violation of any of the mentioned rules and responsibilities will result in a loss of access and may result in other disciplinary or legal actions.  

Internet and Computer Use Policy

Before a student can access the Internet for research materials, the student must perform the following procedures:

  1. Read and sign the Internet User Agreement and Parent Permission Form.
  2. Have a parent or guardian read the Internet Rules and Regulations.
  3. Have a parent or guardian read and sign the Internet User Agreement And Parent Permissions Form.

STUDENT GOOGLE  E-MAIL SERVICE

The Google e-mail solution is provided to your child by the district as part of the Google service.  By signing this form, you hereby accept and agree that your child’s rights to use the Google e-mail service, and other Google services as the Kentucky Department of Education may provide over time, are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in district policy/procedure as provided and that the data stored in such Google services, including the Google e-mail service, are managed by the district pursuant to policy 08.2323 and accompanying procedures. You also understand that the Google ID provided to your child also can be used to access other electronic services that provide features such as online storage and instant messaging. Use of those Google services is subject to Google  standard consumer terms of use (the Google Service Agreement), and data stored in those systems are managed pursuant to the Google Service Agreement and the Google Privacy Statement. Before your child can use those Google services, he/she must accept the Google Service Agreement and, in certain cases, obtain your consent.

Return the following to school

Student/Family Portal

Student attendance and grades may be monitored by logging into Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Visit the HES website and look for the Infinite Campus Parent-Student Portal Icon or Quick Link.  Your child’s Username is the 10 digit Student Number.  You can find the Student ID number on most documents such as report card, attendance report, etc.  The Password is the 1st initial of the first name, 1st initial of the last name, 2-digit birth month, 2-digit birth day, and 2-digit birth year.  For example the password for Jan Doe (born in November 14, 2005) is JD111405.  If you have questions, please call the school.

Highland Elementary School

Title I Family Engagement Policy

We, at Highland Elementary School, understand the importance of the parent as the child’s first and most important teacher. In order to ensure the success of each child, the parent’s continued involvement is essential. So that we may build a strong parent/school partnership, the following guidelines were designed with meaningful input from both parents and school staff.

Throughout the school year and in a timely manner, information concerning the Title I program, student progress and assessment results, explanation of academic assessments used to measure student progress, school grades and performance profile (including school curriculum, core content and student performance standards) will be provided to parents in such forms as newsletters, phone calls, progress reports, conferences and additional flexible meetings, websites, emails, etc. At least annually, parents will have the opportunity to comment on the present school year’s program and to provide ideas for improvement of the program. This may be done through a written survey, a telephone survey, or in person. This information will be collected and summarized at annual school/parent meeting for evaluation, review and planning purposes of the parent involvement program.

An annual meeting to which all parents are invited and encouraged to attend will be conducted in order to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, to explain Title I requirements and the parent’s right to be involved. This meeting will also be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s Parent Involvement Policy, parent involvement programs and to determine if barriers exist that hinder greater participation by parents. The Parent Involvement Plan may be revised or remain as is on an annual basis as well as the School-Parent Learning Compact. This meeting may coincide with the school’s Comprehensive Involvement Plan meeting. Highland Elementary School will plan parent involvement and support partnerships among parents, school and community, through such means as:

The written Parent Engagement Policy will be distributed to parents annually.

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT OF 2015

ASSESSMENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION

Because our district receives federal funds for Title I programs as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), you may request information addressing any State or District policy regarding student participation in any assessment(s) mandated by ESSA, by the State or District.

Parents may ask for this information by sending a letter of request to the District Assessment Coordinator, Glasgow Independent Schools, 711 South L. Rogers Wells Blvd, Glasgow, KY  42141.  Please include the following information with your request:  child’s full name, parent/guardian’s full name, address, school attending and child’s grade.  

Parent’s Right-to-Know: Parents may request (and Glasgow Ind Schools will provide) information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency.  [ESSA Section 1112 (e)(2)(A)]   Contact:  District Assessment Coordinator at 270-651-6757.  Please see parent page for additional information regarding testing.

Parents:

Please review, sign and return pages 33-45

School-Family Compact

Highland Elementary School

2019 - 2020

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

Highland Elementary School, students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the families, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement as well as describes how school and families will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

 

Please sign and date below to acknowledge that you have read, received, and agree to this School-Family Compact. Once signed, please return the form to your child’s teacher. A copy of the compact can be located [in the school handbook/on the school webpage/etc.]. The School-Family Compact will be discussed with you throughout the year at different school-family events as we work together to help your child succeed in school. We look forward to our school-family partnership!

 

School Representative Signature:  _______________________________                                                                        Date:  ______________                                 

 

Parent/Guardian Signature:  ___________________________________                                                                                                 Date:  ______________

 

Student Signature:  ____________________________________        

            Date:  ______________                                                      

HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-PARENT LEARNING COMPACT

Effective schools are a result of families and schools working together to insure that children are successful in school. A learning compact is an agreement among groups that firmly unites them. This is an invitation to be involved in a partnership with your child’s school.

Parent/Guardian

I want my child to achieve; therefore, I will be responsible for supporting my child’s learning by striving to do the following:

Teacher

It is important that all students achieve; therefore, teachers will strive to do the following:

School

The school supports this compact for parent involvement; therefore, the school will strive to provide the following:

Student Name (printed)_____________________________________

Parent Signature __________________________________________

Date _______________________

Student Handbook Agreement

I have read the Highland Elementary Handbook, Discipline Policy, and Attendance Policy, and understand the policies and procedures that will be implemented.

____________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature

___________________________________________________________

Print Name of Student

__________________________________________________________

Student Signature

_________________________

Date

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USER AGREEMENT

PERMISSION FORM

As a user of the Glasgow Independent School’s computer network, I hereby agree to comply with the school district Internet rules and to communicate over the network in a responsible manner while abiding by all relevant laws and restrictions.

Student Signature _____________________________________________

As the parent or legal guardian of the student signing above, I grant permission for my child to access networked computer services and the Internet.

I understand that some materials on the Internet may be inappropriate or objectionable. However, I accept full responsibility for guidance of Internet use by setting and conveying standards for my child to follow when selecting, sharing, researching or exploring electronic information  and media.

Parent or Guardian Signature ____________________________________

Student Name (printed)____________________________ Grade _______

Home Address _______________________________________________

City ____________________        State _______                Zip____________

Home Telephone _____________________________________

Date ________________

HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY

Bullying and Harassment Policy

2019-2020

We have read the HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY Bullying and Harassment Policy. As parents, we agree to join together with HES to uphold the Bullying and Harassment Policy in order to help put an end to bullying at our school. In an effort to support this policy, we agree to keep ourselves and our children informed of school bullying and harassment policies and procedures, as well as work in partnership with HES to encourage positive behavior and promote the importance of treating others with respect. By signing this pledge, I agree to treat others with respect and not be involved in any incidents of bullying or other conduct in violation of this policy. I also acknowledge that I have been made aware of the consequences of being involved in any bullying incidents. I further agree to comply with the mandatory reporting requirements set forth in this policy.

____________________________________________________________

Student Name (printed)

____________________________________________________________

Student Signature

____________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian (Signature)

___________________

            Date

PHOTO RELEASE AND CONSENT FORM

HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY

I  understand the importance of using pictures and sound recordings of Highland Elementary activities in printed materials, school websites, videos, and television broadcasts. Therefore, I give permission for Highland Elementary to use pictures, images, and voice recordings of  _____________

_________________________(Student Name) should the occasion arise. Photographs or video recordings taken during school events may be used by Highland Elementary or the Glasgow Board of Education. This consent includes the storage, retrieval, and reproduction of information or images.

____________________________________________________________

Student Name (printed)

___________________________________________________________

Printed Name of Parent/Guardian

___________________________________________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian

____________________________________________________________

Street Address

___________________________        _________                _______                             

City                                                   State                    Zip        

___________________________                ____________________

     Daytime phone number                          Evening phone number

___________________

        Date

Highland Family Resource Center

Permission to Receive Services

The Family Resource Centers were created to enhance students’ abilities to succeed in school by assisting the students and their families in meeting basic needs. This is done by providing community services at the centers or by linking families to necessary agencies.

All children enrolled at Highland Elementary may use the center’s services, regardless of the families’ income. The Family Resource Center coordinator, Becky Honeycutt, is available Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m.—3:15 p.m.

I give my permission for my child to receive services from the Family Resource Center.

____________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian (signature)

____________________________________________________________

Student Name (printed)

______________________________

Date


GLASGOW INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

NON-RESIDENT CONTRACT

_______________________________ may enroll and attend a Glasgow school if he/she agrees to:

  1. Make satisfactory academic progress. Pass 2/3 of course classes attempted per semester.
  2. The student and family maintain an attitude of cooperation with the school and participate fully and support all state or district mandated testing programs.
  3. Maintain appropriate behavior and avoid discipline problems.
  4. Maintain 96% attendance.
  5. Pay school fees at the time of enrollment.

At the discretion of the principal any violation of this agreement may cause the non-resident student to be immediately withdrawn from the system. Non-resident student and parent(s) agree to forfeit right of appeal to the District Administrators and Board of Education.

Extenuating circumstances may be reviewed, with the building administrator making the final determination on non-resident student eligibility to remain enrolled.

______________________________

           Student Name (printed)

______________________________                ____________

               Student’s Signature                                 Date

______________________________                ____________

           Guardian Signature                                 Date

_____________________                _________

           Principal Signature                                 Date

Highland Elementary School

In-County Field Trip Blanket Permission Slip

2019-2020

Throughout the year, your student may participate in “mini” field trips that do not extend beyond our county lines.  In lieu of receiving permission for each of these, we ask that you grant a “blanket” permission for all in-county field trips some of which will require bus transportation.

Teachers will continue to provide information about such field trips; however, by signing below, you are granting permission for your child to participate.

______________________________                ______________________________                

               Homeroom Teacher                                  Student Name (printed)

______________________________                ____________

           Guardian Signature                                 Date

Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

 

August 2019

 

Glasgow Independent Schools

711 S L Rogers Wells BLVD

Glasgow, KY 42141

 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

 

The educators in Glasgow Independent Schools are committed to providing a quality instructional program for your child.  This letter is just one of the ways of keeping you informed of the educational commitment of our schools and our district.

 

Our district receives federal funds for Title I, Part A programs as a part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Under ESSA, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s).  If you request this information, the district will provide you with the following:

 

  1. Whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject matters in which the teacher provides instruction;
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
  4. Whether your child is provided services by paraeducators, and if so, their qualifications.

 

If you would like to request this information, please contact [name of contact] by phone at [phone number] or by email at [email address].  Please include your child’s name, the name of the school your child attends, the names of your child’s teacher(s) and an address or email address where the information may be sent. Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.

 

Sincerely,

 

Keith Hale

Superintendent

Glasgow Independent Schools

Testing Transparency

August 2019

Glasgow Independent Schools

711 S L Rogers Wells BLVD

Glasgow, KY 42141

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Sections 1112(e)(2)(A)-(B) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the following regarding testing transparency.

(2) TESTING TRANSPARENCY.—

(A) IN GENERAL. – At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated  by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable.

(B) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. – Subject to subparagraph (C), each local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall make widely available through public means (including by posting in a clear and easily accessible manner on the local educational agency’s website and, where practicable, on the website of each school served by the local educational agency) for each grade served by the local educational agency, information on each assessment required by the State to comply with section 1111, other assessments required by the State, and where such information is available and feasible to report, assessments required districtwide by the local educational agency, including—

(i) the subject matter assessed;

(ii) the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used;

(iii) the source of the requirement for the assessment; and

(iv) where such information is available—(I) the amount of time students will spend taking the assessment, and the schedule for the assessment; and (II) the time and format for disseminating results.

Information about these requirements can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education’s Assessments webpage (https://education.ky.gov/AA/Assessments/Pages/default.aspx). For further questions or to obtain a hard copy of this material please direct your inquiry to [name and contact information of the District Assessment Coordinator or other preferred contact person].

 

Sincerely,

 

Keith Hale

Superintendent

Glasgow Independent Schools

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