2019-2020

Tiger, Sumatran Tiger

Liberty Center Elementary

100 Tiger Trail

Liberty Center, OH  43532

Parent & Student Handbook

Adopted by Board of Education 06-25-2019

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: Handbook Purpose

Part II: Contact Information

Part III: Notice of Nondiscrimination and Internal Complaint Procedures

Part IV: Policies & Procedures Concerning Attendance, Absence, Enrollment & Withdrawal

  1. Attendance Policy …………………………………………….………………………………….        pg. 6

  2. Attendance Coding Guidelines ………………………………………………………………...        pg. 8
  3. Attendance Notification Process ………………………………………………….…………...        pg. 8
  4. Excessive Absences …………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 9
  5. Personal Convenience Absence/Family Vacation …………………………………………..        pg. 9
  6. Make-Up Homework Requests ………………………………………………………………..        pg. 10
  7. Child Custody …………………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 10
  8. Enrollment ………………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 10
  9. Student Withdrawal or Transfer………………………….…………………………………….. pg. 11

Part V: Policies & Procedures Concerning Arrival/Dismissal & Transportation

  1. Arrival To & Dismissal From School ………………………………………..………………….        pg. 11
  2. Tardy Drop Off/Early Pick Up…………………………………………………………………....        pg. 12
  3. Bus Rules of Conduct ……………………………………………………………………………        pg. 12
  4. Penalties for Bus Misconduct …………………………………………………………………..        pg. 13
  5. Bus Drop Off ……………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 13
  6. Bus Passes ………………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 13
  7. Field Trips ………………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 13
  8. Security Doors ……………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 14

Part VI: Student Health & Medication

  1. Emergency Medical Forms ……………………………………………………………………        pg. 14
  2. Health Regulations ………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 14
  3. School Nurse ……………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 15
  4. Immunizations ……………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 15
  5. Medications ………………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 15
  6. Communicable Diseases ……………………………………………………………………….        pg. 17
  7. Head Lice …………………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 17

Part VII: School Fees, REports, Communication & Visitation

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences…………………………………………………………………..        pg. 18
  2. Classroom Visitation …………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 18
  3. Complaints ……………………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 19
  4. Messages ………………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 19
  5. School Fees …………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 19
  6.  Visitors ……………………………………………………………………………………….......        pg. 19
  7.  Telephone Use ……………………………………………………………………………..…....        pg. 20
  8.  Distribution of Materials to Students …………………………………………………………..        pg. 20

       I.   Volunteers ………………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 20

Part VIII: School Rules / Discipline & Safety Procedures

  1. Authority of Teachers ……………………………………………………………………………        pg. 21
  2. Child Abuse Reporting ………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 21
  3. Emergency Closing & Delays ………………………………………………………………….        pg. 21
  4. School Messenger ……………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 21
  5. Drug Free School ……………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 21
  6. Emergency Drills …………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 22
  7. FERPA Rights ……………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 22
  8. Prohibition Against Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying ……………………………………        pg. 22
  9. Recess ……………………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 23
  10. Recess Rules …………………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 23
  11. Equipment/Materials/Building ………………………………………………………………….        pg. 24
  12. Student Code of Conduct ……………………………………………………………………….        pg. 25
  13. Student Dress Code …………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 28

Part IX: Lunch

  1. Cafeteria ………………………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 29
  2. Free and Reduced Lunches ……………………………………………………………………        pg. 30

Part X: Other

  1. Electronic Devices ……………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 31
  2. Elementary Counselor …………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 31
  3. Gifted Identification …………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 31
  4. Acceleration ……………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 31
  5. Locker Search & Seizure ……………………………………………………………………….        pg. 32
  6. Lost and Found …………………………………………………………………………………..        pg. 32
  7. School Calendar …………………………………………………………………………………        pg. 32
  8. State & Local Assessments …………………………………………………………………….        pg. 32
  9. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports & Limited Use of Restraint and Seclusion….        pg. 32
  10. Directory Information ……………………………………………………………………………        pg. 33
  11. Classroom Parties ……………………………………………………………………………….        pg. 33

Part I:  Purpose

The Liberty Center Elementary School Parent/Student Handbook has been assembled to provide a quick-reference tool regarding practices, policies, procedures and programs that are common of this elementary school. A thorough review of this booklet will assist in aiding the student to adjust to his/her daily routine as well as give the family an understanding of the different aspects of the everyday school operation. Although this booklet may not answer all the questions you may have, it should answer those most commonly asked. You are always encouraged to contact or visit the school as other questions arise. Thank you for allowing your child to be an important part of Liberty Center Elementary School. We are so pleased to have you and your family as a part of our school family.

                                                                 Sincerely,

Ms. Allison Postl, Principal

APostl@libertycenterschoolsl.org

School phone:  419-533-2604, ext. 3130

Liberty Center Board of Education:

Neal Carter, President  

Jeff Benson

Todd Spangler

John Weaver

Andi Zacharias

MISSION STATEMENT

LIBERTY CENTER LOCAL SCHOOLS

As adopted by the Liberty Center Board of Education, March 16, 1998

The mission of the Liberty Center Local Schools, a growing rural district, at the center of a supportive community, is to provide all individuals the framework to obtain knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become thinking, productive citizens in a competitive changing world.  This is accomplished by providing a safe, technologically-rich learning environment where high expectations integrate home, student, school, and community.

VISION STATEMENT

LIBERTY CENTER LOCAL SCHOOLS

 

As adopted by the Liberty Center Board of Education, January 14, 2013

 STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
LIBERTY CENTER LOCAL SCHOOLS

At Liberty Center we believe that…

Part II Contact Information

Liberty Center Elementary School

100 Tiger Trail

Liberty Center, Ohio 43532

419-533-2604

Principal - Allison Postl

Civil Rights Compliance Officer & Homeless Liaison

Kim Kamelesky - Director of Special Education

100 Tiger Trail

Liberty Center, Ohio 43532

419-533-2604

Elementary Staff Email List

Position

Last Name

First Name

Email Address

Preschool

Prigge

Kaela

kprigge@libertycenterschools.org

Preschool

Lederer

Karley

kniemeyer@nwoesc.org

Tiger Start Teacher

Bishop

Kathy

kbishop@libertycenterschools.org

Kindergarten Teacher

Biederstedt

Jodi

jbiederstedt@libertycenterschools.org

Kindergarten Teacher

Lamb

Abbey

alamb@libertycenterschools.org

Kindergarten Teacher

Rettig

Kim

Kirettig@libertycenterschools.org

1st Grade Teacher

Feehan

Sarah

sfeehan@libertycenterschools.org

1st Grade Teacher

Keefer

Brooke

bkeefer@libertycenterschools.org

1st Grade Teacher

Kellermeier

Kara

kkellermeier@libertycenterschools.org

1st Grade Teacher

Radlinski

Meggin

mradlinski@libertycenterschools.org

2nd Grade Teacher

Giesige

Merry

mgiesige@libertycenterschools.org

2nd Grade Teacher

Masuwa

Julie

jmasuwa@libertycenterschools.org

2nd Grade Teacher

Myers

Christy

cmyers@libertycenterschools.org

2nd Grade Teacher

Schroeder

Jennifer

jschroeder@libertycenterschools.org

3rd Grade Teacher

Rettig

Karen

krettig@libertycenterschools.org

3rd Grade Teacher

Szabo

Dianna

dszabo@libertycenterschools.org

3rd Grade Teacher

Yungmann

Kaitlyn

kyungmann@libertycenterschools.org

3rd Grade / Reading Intervention Teacher

Dishop

Jeanette

jdishop@libertycenterschools.org

4th Grade Teacher

Bailey

Michelle

mibailey@libertycenterschools.org

4th Grade Teacher

Meyer

Brittany

bmeyer@libertycenterschools.org

4th Grade Teacher

Weber

Holly

hweber@libertycenterschools.org

Music Teacher

Bowser

Seth

sbowser@libertycenterschools.org

Tech Literacy

Bowers

Stacy

sbowers@libertycenterschools.org

Art Teacher  (K-6)

Hill

Emily

ehill@libertycenterschools.org

School Counselor

Righi

Pam

prighi@libertycenterschools.org

Library Aide

Kundo

Wendy

wkundo@libertycenterschools.org

Nurse

lnurse@libertycenterschools.org

Occupational Therapist

Mason

Gail

gmason@nwoesc.org

P.E. Teacher (GR. K-6)

Chapman

Traci

tchapman@libertycenterschools.org

Physical Therapist

Keller

Kristy

kkeller@nwoesc.org

Principal

Postl

Allison

apostl@libertycenterschools.org

Psychologist

Voss

Amanda

avoss@libertycenterschools.org

Secretary

Bare

Rita

rbare@libertycenterschools.org

Secretary

Saneholtz

Jeanette

jsaneholtz@libertycenterschools.org

Intervention Specialist

Chapa

Ashley

achapa@libertycenterschools.org

Intervention Specialist

Pogan

Carey

cpogan@ libertycenterschools.org

Intervention Specialist

Niekamp

Annette

aniekamp@ libertycenterschools.org

Speech/Lang. Therapist

Maloney

Katey

kmaloney@libertycenterschools.org

Title I Reading

Halleck

Elizabeth

lhalleck@libertycenterschools.org

 

Part III: Notice of Nondiscrimination and Internal Complaint Procedures

Any form of discrimination or harassment can be devastating to an individual’s academic progress, social relationship and/or personal sense of self-worth.  As such, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, “Protected Classes”) in its educational programs or activities.

The Board also does not discriminate on the basis of Protected Classes in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students, and does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Equal educational opportunities shall be available to all students, without regard to the Protected Classes, age (unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any legitimate objective of the program/activity), place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.

Part IV: Policies & Procedures Concerning Attendance, Absence, Enrollment & Withdrawal

  1.  Attendance Policy

One of the goals of Liberty Center Schools is to teach students to assume responsibility. Requiring students to be regular in attendance and punctual in reporting to school is one way to develop responsibility.

Attendance shall be taken at the start of the school day. Attendance for students arriving late and leaving early will be tracked and recorded to the nearest minute. All absences from school can be placed in two categories - excused and unexcused, as stated below. Cases of truancy will be grounds for referral to the Superintendent or designee for action covered under Section 3321.18 through 3321.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Excessive absences interfere with students’ progress in mastering knowledge and skills necessary to graduate from high school, prepare for higher education and the workforce.  To support academic success for all students, the district will partner with students and their families to identify and reduce barriers to regular school attendance. The district will utilize a continuum of strategies to reduce student absence including, but not limited to:

  1. Notification of student absence to the parent or guardian;
  2. Development and implementation of an absence intervention plan,
  3. Supportive services for students and families;
  4. Parent education and parenting programs;
  5. Counseling, Mediation and Intervention programs available through juvenile authorities
  6. Referral for truancy.

  1. Excused Absences:
  1.  personal illness (a written physician’s statement verifying the illness may be required)

                      B.  illness in the family necessitating the presence of the child

                         C.   quarantine of the home

                      D.  death in the family

                      E.  necessary work at home due to absence or incapacity of parent(s)/guardian(s)

                      F.  observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday

                     G.  such good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent

        2. Unexcused Absences:

         3. Partial Day Absences

                a. Tardies/Early Dismissals

                b. Partial-Day Absences

B. Attendance Coding Guidelines:

Any student arriving at school after 8:00 am must be escorted by a parent/guardian to the school office and signed into school. They are considered tardy and will be given an admit slip to enter their classroom.

C. Attendance Notification Process:

Liberty Center Schools will notify parents/legal guardians when students accumulate excessive absences. This includes sending parent notification letters from the school office, requiring a doctor’s excuse for absences or possibly notifying the Henry County Court System.  

D. Excessive Absences:

The law defines:

Excessive absences as

  1. Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse
  2. Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.

When a student is excessively absent from school, the following will occur:

  1. The district will notify the student’s parents in writing within 7 days of the triggering absence;
  2. The student will meet with a school official to determine the cause of the excessive absence;
  3. The district may refer the student and family to community resources as appropriate.

A ‘habitual truant’ as someone

  1. Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;
  2. Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;
  3. Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse.

When a student is habitually truant, the following will occur:

1. Within 7 school days of the triggering absence, the district will do the following:

     a. Select members of the absence intervention team;

     b. Make 3 meaningful attempts to secure the participation of the student’s parent or guardian on the              

         absence intervention team.

2. Within 10 days of the triggering absence, the student will be assigned to the selected absence intervention team;

3. Within 14 school days after the assignment of the team, the district will develop the student’s absence intervention plan; and

4. If the student does not make progress on the plan within 61 days or continues to be excessively absent, the district will file a complaint in the juvenile court.

E. Personal Convenience Absence/Family Vacations:

Absence from school for student and/or parent personal convenience is not provided for under the school attendance laws of the State of Ohio. A personal convenience proposed absence will be considered excused and parents are asked to complete a Vacation Form in the school office.

Students will be allowed up to 5 excused vacation days with their families as long as the proper forms are filed prior to the student missing school. Additionally, students are required to get assignments two days ahead of the planned absence or at the teacher’s discretion. All assignments are to be completed and turned in upon the student’s first day back from vacation. All tests and quizzes will shall be made up within three days upon returning to school.  The five days vacation shall count as time absent. It is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed during an absence.

F. Make-Up Homework Request:

When absent from school, it is the responsibility of the student and parents to request make-up homework. Excused absences from school do not excuse students from making up missed work. You have one day for each day of excused absences to make up the work you have missed. Requests should be made by 11:00 a.m. the day of the student absence. This will insure that the teacher has ample time to prepare for that request. Arrangements to pick up student homework are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Make-up homework can be picked up in the school office after 3:00 p.m. or sent home with a sibling. Please be aware our school offices close at 4:00 p.m.

G. Child Custody:

The staff and administration will rely on the most recent certified (court stamped) copy of any order or decision in the child’s file regarding custody allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Parents/legal guardians should provide the school office with a certified (court stamped) copy of any court document addressing custody and/or allocation of parental rights.

H. Enrollment:

The District provides free education to District residents between the ages of 5 through 21 who do not possess a diploma.  Students who do not legally qualify as residents may be required to pay tuition as established by law and Board Policy. Students who live out of district may apply for open enrollment.  See Open Enrollment.

A student is considered a resident of the District if he/she resides with a parent, a grandparent with either power of attorney or caretaker authorization affidavit or a person or government agency with legal custody whose place of residence is within the boundaries of the District.

A parent or legal guardian must register the student and present the following documents:

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION

I. Student Withdrawal or Transfer:

If your family is changing its place of residence, be sure to notify the school office of your new address. All of your student’s records will be transferred from the present school directly to the school district to which you will be moving upon receipt of written request from the new school. Before leaving the school district, it will be necessary for you to get the student’s report card, withdrawal slip and personal possessions on the last day from Liberty Center Elementary; as well as, submit payment for any outstanding fees and return any school property. You must sign a release of records form at the new school before we can forward any information.

Part V: Policies & Procedures Concerning Arrival/Dismissal & Transportation

  1. Arrival To & Dismissal From School:

Elementary school hours are 8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. All students are expected to arrive at school between 7:35 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Students arriving earlier will be unsupervised. 

Students will be dismissed in the following manner:

                All changes in transportation, childcare, etc. should be provided in writing on the                                            

                      morning of the day of the change. Messages will not be delivered to a teacher  

                      regarding a student’s dismissal after 2:00 p.m. unless it is an emergency.

              B. Tardy Drop Off / Early Pick Up:

                

                      When dropping off a tardy student, after 8:00 a.m., please escort the student into the  

                      main office to sign him/her into school. A parent MUST accompany students or an  

                      individual designated by a parent to sign the student in to school on the appropriate

                   school form.

                   When picking up a child from school prior to the end of the day, parents must report to                                          

                      the school office and sign them out of school. We will then dismiss students from their

                      classrooms.

                  C. Bus Rules of Conduct:

                Rules of conduct for student bus passengers are basic and are necessary for safe

operations. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent/guardian to supervise the

student at the bus stop. Students should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop

before entering the street and, if the bus and student are on opposite sides of the street, students wait until a signal from the driver is given indicating that it is safe to cross.

The bus driver has the authority, granted by the Ohio Legislature, to require student riders to sit in assigned seats, appoint school bus stewards, or use any other classroom techniques of maintaining order and discipline on the bus. Bus rules of conduct are included below. It is the responsibility of parents to review these rules with their child. Any behavior which causes a driver to stop, reprimand, or any behavior which causes a driver to report a student to the principal may be regarded as endangering the health, safety and welfare of other students and the bus privilege will be denied.

  1. Students must sit down immediately upon entering the bus and REMAIN SEATED throughout the route. Students are not to change seats while the bus is in motion.

  1. No loud or shrill noises or boisterous conduct, which may distract the driver is permitted. Students are not permitted to talk or make noise of any kind when the bus attempts to cross at a railroad crossing.

  1. All parts of the body must be kept inside the bus at all times.

  1. No obscene language or gestures are allowed. No profanity of any kind, whether towards students or adults, will be tolerated.

 

  1. No littering in or out of the bus is permitted.

  1. Students are not permitted to throw objects or use objects such as a water gun on the bus.

 

  1. No inappropriate display of affection is permitted.

   

  1. Eating or drinking on the bus is prohibited. (This includes gum chewing.)

  1. Refusing to follow the directions of the bus driver or failing to comply in the spirit of cooperation will not be permitted.  

D. Penalties for Bus Misconduct

        In order to ensure the safe operation of school buses and to ensure consistent

           enforcement throughout the Liberty Center District, the following procedures shall be

followed when it becomes necessary to take disciplinary action because of misconduct aboard a school bus.  

        Note: If school officials deem the offense serious enough, any of the preceding steps may be

        superseded and the next step enforced, and permanent loss of bus privileges may result.

E. Bus Drop Off:

        In order to ensure the safety of younger students in grades K-3 bus drivers have been

instructed not to drop off children where it is unclear if there is an adult at home.   Parents are

asked to assist in ensuring there is adequate supervision so young children can enter the

home and be safely supervised.

F. Bus Passes:

Since some of the buses are filled to capacity, students are not permitted to ride certain buses

to stay overnight with a friend or to attend a party. If there is a situation where no one will be at home, then permission will be given to ride another bus for that evening only if a note has been brought to the office explaining the circumstances. The student will then be given a bus pass.

G. Field Trips:

As part of the educational services of the school, students are sometimes taken on field trips. A written permit from the parent MUST be obtained for each child before the child is allowed to accompany his/her class.

Due to liability issues, a staff member leading/chaperoning a trip may not take their children on

the trip, nor may siblings of school children on the trip go on the field trip.  Students must ride to and from field trips on the school bus.

        H. Security Doors:

        All school entrances are kept locked during the school day. Visitors wishing access must use

the camera and buzzer system to request admittance. Visitors then report to the office to sign

in and get a badge. There are cameras throughout the building in order to monitor other entrances, hallways, and the auditeria.

Part VI: Student Health & Medication

 A. Emergency Medical Forms:

To protect the health and safety of the students, a current emergency medical form is required.

All students must have an Emergency Medical form on file in the nurse’s office. Students riding the bus must have an Emergency Medical form on file with the bus driver as well.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to be sure the emergency contact information is up-to-date. Children who become ill at school can better be cared for at home. Ultimately, the care of a sick child is the responsibility of the parents/guardian.

B. Health Regulations:        

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITY:

upon request and are also available on the district website.  

        PARENT RESPONSIBILITY:

        

C. School Nurse:

The role of the school nurse is to support student success by the promotion of the health and safety of individual students, as well as the promotion of wellness in the school community as a whole.

His/her predominant tasks include collaborating to assist students with chronic health challenges, conducting health screenings and assessments with appropriate health care referrals, providing direct care for acute illness or injury, maintaining accurate records of immunization, implementing measures for the control of communicable diseases, and by providing teaching and training to school personnel as needed.

D. Immunizations:

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, upon enrollment to the Liberty Center Local Schools, students must provide written documentation of vaccination against the following diseases: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Varicella.  These requirements will be in accordance with the Immunization Summary for School Attendance as established by the Ohio Department of Health, Immunizations must be in compliance for your child’s age and grade level.  Immunization clinics are available at the Henry County Health Department.  - 419-599-5545. The Henry County Health Department, at various times during the elementary and middle school years, provides booster shots for these diseases.

E. Medication:

Many students are able to attend school regularly only through effective use of medication in the treatment of disabilities or illnesses that will not hinder the health or welfare of others. If possible, all medication should be given by the parent at home. If not possible, the parent/guardian shall fill out the Authorization for Medication or Treatment form available in the office. Medications will be given in accordance with administrative guidelines, board policy, and the Ohio Revised Code. All prescription or non-prescription medication that needs to be taken at school must be stored in the nurse’s office in its original container with the student’s name on container and taken in the presence of the nurse or office personnel.  Proper paperwork and doctor signature are also required. (See Appendix 3 at the end of handbook for proper forms.)  It is the student’s responsibility to come to the nurse’s office for their medication. By law students can carry an inhaler with them at school.  However, students may not carry an inhaler and other emergency medication until the proper paperwork is on file in the nurse’s office. (See Appendix 3.)

These forms (along with the prescription drug or drugs) are to be on file in the nurse’s office prior to the actual administration of or supervised use of said drugs.

  1.  Students are not to possess any medications. Emergency medication, such as an epipen or inhaler, shall be in a student’s possession only if the student has prior written permission from his/her parent AND physician and has the appropriate form on file in the office (Form 5330 F3 and F4).  All other medication must be administered through the office.
  2. An appropriate person appointed by the building principal will supervise and secure the proper storage and dispensing of medications.  The drug must be received in the container in which it was dispensed by the prescribing physician or licensed pharmacist. Aspirin must be treated as a prescription medication because of its link to Reye’s Syndrome.
  3. Written permission on the appropriate form must be received from the parent or guardian of the student, requesting that the School District comply with the physician’s order.
  4. The designated individual must receive and retain a statement, which complies with O.R.C. 3313.713 and is signed by the physician who prescribes the drug. These forms are available in each school and MUST be sent with prescription medication.
  5. The parent, guardian or other person having care or in charge of the student must agree to submit a revised statement signed by the physician who prescribed the drug to the nurse or other designated individual if any of the information originally provided by the physician changes. Whenever possible, prescription medicine and signed permission forms should be delivered to the school office by the parent/guardian.
  6. No employee who is authorized by a Board of Education to administer a prescribed drug and who has a copy of the most recent physician’s statement will be liable in civil damages for administering or failing to administer the drug, unless she/he acted in a manner that would constitute “gross negligence or wanton or reckless misconduct.”
  7. Non-prescription medication (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, Caladryl, cough drops, etc.) must be brought to the office when the student first enters the building. Medication shall not be brought by the student on the bus. In order for the non-prescription medication to be dispensed at school, it must be accompanied by a completed and signed form. These forms are available from the office and in the appendix of this handbook. All faxed orders must be followed by the original form within three (3) days or the medication will not be given.
  8. No person employed by the Board of Education will be required to administer a drug to a student except pursuant to requirements under this policy. The Board of Education shall not require an employee to administer a drug to a student if the employee objects, on the basis or religious convictions, to administering the drug.
  9. All medication must be transported by a parent or adult to and from school.

F. Communicable Disease:

The Board of Education seeks to provide a safe educational environment for both students and staff. It is the Board’s intent to ensure that any student or member of the staff who contracts a communicable disease that is not communicated through casual contact will have his/her status in the district examined by an appropriate panel of resource people and that the rights of both the affected individual and those of other staff members and students will be acknowledged and respected.

The control of the spread of communicable diseases is essential to the well-being of the school community and to the efficient operation of schools.

Communicable diseases include scarlet fever, other strep infections, hepatitis, whooping cough, mumps, measles, influenza, and others as designated by federal or state health authorities.

To protect the health and safety of students, school personnel, and the community at large, Board of Health regulations which pertain to communicable disease are followed. A child who has been

diagnosed with a bacterial infection such as strep throat, skin or eye infections, must be on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to school. A child should be without a fever (temperature of 100℉ or greater) or have not vomited or had loose stools for 24 hours before returning to school. On the recommendation of the school nurse, any student who appears to be ill or who has been exposed to a communicable disease may be excluded from the classroom, the building, or isolated within the school.

G. Head Lice:

                        

Pursuant to Board Policy and its commitment to protecting and improving the health of students, the Board approves the following procedures in dealing with pediculosis (head lice) control:

  1. The Board authorizes random checks for pediculosis by the school nurse.
  2. When a case of pediculosis (whether nits in any stage of development or head lice) is identified, the school nurse shall:
  1. Phone the parent or other responsible authorized adult as shown on the emergency medical form;
  2. Notify the principal who shall exclude the student from the classroom immediately and until the student is nit and lice-free;
  3. Check school-age siblings, classmates, and students of the same grade level as infected student;
  4. Instruct families of the three options for obtaining pediculosis shampoo;family physician, county health department, and over the counter remedies;
  5. Conduct regular follow-ups after an infected student’s return to school to ensure that the student remains nit and lice-free for a minimum of two weeks.

      3.  When the principal is notified by the school nurse that a student has pediculosis, he/she shall:

  1. Immediately exclude the student from school. No student with identified nits in any stage or with head lice shall be permitted to remain in the classroom. Such students

shall be held in an isolated area until parents or those named on the emergency medical form come to take the student home. No student with identified nits in any stage of development or with head lice shall be permitted to ride the school bus.

               b. Re-admit the student to the school and the classroom only after release by the school

                      nurse, or pursuant to #4 below.

       4. Parents who prefer to seek release for re-admission from their county health agency may do so. Such release shall specifically state that the student is free of all nits in any stage of development and of all head lice. The school nurse shall continue periodic checks on the student until the student

has been completely free of nits and head lice for a minimum of two weeks.

PART VI: School Fees, Reports, and Communications & Visitation

A. Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent-teacher conferences will be held in November. The dates and times are posted online

on the district calendar. We hope that all parents will visit their child’s teacher(s) during the conference times. Such conferences are a great help in promoting better understanding between the parent, the child, and the school. Parents are welcome at all times of the school year to make arrangements to visit with their child’s teacher. When requesting a conference, please give the teacher sufficient notice. Only by working together, can we do the best for our children.

B. Classroom Visitation:

Individuals entering classrooms distract from the normal learning environment. We work incredibly hard to preserve optimal learning environments for our students. Therefore, classroom visitation opportunities will be strongly scrutinized. If requesting such a visit, a valid reason for such a visitation will need to be presented to the building principal for approval so that we can keep non-routine visits to a minimum.

We do realize that there may be opportunities, which will require school and home to work closely, sometimes requiring presence during the school day. Further, volunteerism often brings adults into our school environment. However, non-routine visits to our classrooms are discouraged.

Any person or organization seeking to take photographs or make audio and/or video recordings of students or a school activity that is not a public event must obtain prior permission from the Principal.

C. Complaints:

The Board of Education believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible, and that the staff should be given every opportunity to consider the issues and attempt to resolve the problem prior to involvement by the Board. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline, or learning materials will be as follows:

                                Level  1             Teacher                419-533-2604

                                Level 2             Principal                419-533-2604

                                Level 3             Superintendent        419-533-5011

                                Level 4             Board of Education

D. Messages:

The office CANNOT guarantee that messages for students called in after 11:30 a.m. will be delivered. Only emergency messages should be called into the office.  Please send notes with your child in the morning for arrangements for the day (including bus passes, students signing out early, etc.).

E. School Fees:

Schools fees for each grade level are as follows:

F. Visitors:

Parents are encouraged to be an active part of their child’s education. At Liberty Center Elementary there are many opportunities to become involved in the classroom, school and family events as well as a volunteer in many capacities such as in the classroom or as a member of the PTO. Periodically throughout your child’s school career you will be asked to provide feedback on our school and it’s programming as well as how we can work together to best meet the needs of your children.

All visitors should first report to the principal’s office to seek permission to visit the building, contact students, or talk with personnel.  If you are interested in scheduling a meeting, conference or making an appointment, please give at least one day’s advance notice. Sometimes tests are given and we do not want to hinder the performance of any child. If you would like to visit your child’s room, please adhere to this policy:

  1. Sign in at the office and get a visitors badge.
  2. When visiting to observe or help in a classroom, please do not bring other children. This has a tendency to distract the class.
  3. If you want to help the teacher, please make arrangements with the teacher when planning your visitation. Volunteers are welcome to spend up to one day a week in the classroom. Additional days will need to be cleared by the Elementary Principal or Superintendent.
  4. Visitors wishing to observe classrooms must seek prior approval with the principal. The administration reserves the right to deny visitation to anyone.

G. Telephone Use:

Office phones are for emergency calls only. An emergency DOES NOT include forgotten homework, lunch money, materials, etc.

H. Distribution of Materials:

According to Board Policy 5723 Students Rights of Expression.  Any student/parent wishing to distribute or display non-school material must first submit for approval a copy of the material to the principal twenty-four (24) hours in advance of desired distribution/display time, together with the following information:

  1.  name of the student or organization
  2. date(s) and time(s) of day of intended display or distribution
  3. location where material will be displayed or distributed
  4. the grade(s) of students  to whom the display or distribution is intended

The principal should either approve the material or indicate how it violates the guidelines listed identified in Board Policy 5723 Students Rights of Expression. If permission to distribute or display the material is denied, the student/parent shall have the opportunity to make necessary revisions and/or deletions.  

I.Volunteers

The Board of Education recognizes that certain programs and activities can be enhanced through the use of volunteers who have particular knowledge or skills that will be helpful to members of the professional staff responsible for the conduct of those programs and activities. Interested volunteers should contact the building principal or classroom teacher.

All volunteers need to display appropriate behavior at all times. In accordance with R.C. 109.575, all volunteers who work or apply to work unsupervised with children on a regular basis may/will be required to provide a set of fingerprints at any time so that a criminal records check can be conducted. If a criminal records check is conducted, it will be done as a condition of initial or continued service as a volunteer.

Any person or organization seeking to take photographs or make audio and/or video recordings of students or a school activity that is not a public event must obtain prior permission from the Principal.

Part VIII: School Rules/Discipline & Safety Procedures

A.Authority of Teacher:

The DIstrict has jurisdiction over its students during the regular school day and while going to and from school on District transportation. State law vests teachers, substitute teachers, bus drivers and administrators with complete authority at all times. Students are expected to respect those in authority whether inside the classroom, on the campus, or at school-sponsored activities. Students failing to follow directives from any teacher, substitute teacher, and/or administrator will be subject to disciplinary action.

B. Child Abuse Reporting

Incidents of actual child abuse must be reported as required by law. Each case is then investigated by the Henry County Job and Family Services. Any parent having personal or family difficulties, causing children to be physically or mentally abused or harmed, should request and obtain assistance.

C. Emergency Closings & Delays:

The policy for closing the Liberty Center Schools due to bad weather is as follows: If it is deemed necessary to call off school, the first announcement will be made on the following radio/television stations at 7:00 a.m.

        Radio:                                                TV:

        WNDH - NAPOLEON  FM 103.1                        WTOL - CHANNEL 11

        WMTR - ARCHBOLD  FM  96.1                        WTVG - CHANNEL 13

                                                                WNWO - CHANNEL 24

The school’s website is also updated with school delays and closings. You can check that at www.libertycenter.k12.oh.us   PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.

D. School Messenger:

School Messenger Parent Notification System will be used to alert families about upcoming events, weather delays, cancellations, absenteeism, lockdowns and/or relocations. Please keep your email address and phone number current with the office to ensure you receive your messages.  

E. Drug Free Schools:

In accordance with Federal Law, the Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, or at any school-related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroids, and dangerous controlled substance as defined by state statute, or substance that could be considered a “look-alike” controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbook, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials.

The District is concerned about any student who is a victim of alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which the student receives help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal and counseling office whenever such help is needed.

F. Emergency Drills:

Emergency drills will be conducted to meet state requirements. These drills are held at regular intervals throughout the school year and include fire drills, tornado drills, and lockdowns. The designated locations for drills are posted in each classroom. Students are expected to know the location of emergency exits and to comply with emergency procedures and directions given during all fire and tornado drills.

 

G. FERPA Rights:

Parents have the right to inspect and review his or her child’s educational records, the right to seek to amend the records, the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information from records (except in certain circumstances) and the right to file a complaint with the Office regarding an alleged failure by the school to comply with FERPA: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920  Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)

H. Prohibition Against Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying:

In accordance with applicable law, employees of the Liberty Center Local School DIstrict Board of Education are expressly prohibited from engaging in harassment, retaliation against a person for opposing or reporting harassment, or aiding or abetting harassment of any student or employee.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, continued repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats, or any other offensive or abusive physical or verbal contact.

Harassment may be gender-based but not non-sexual in nature. Such harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her gender and that (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment; (2) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or (3) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities. Such harassment may include epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping; or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to gender; or written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of gender and that is placed on walls, bulletin boards, or elsewhere in the board’s premises, or is circulated in the workplace. This includes acts that purport to be “jokes” or “pranks” but which are hostile with regard to gender.

Allegations of sexual harassment or gender based harassment should be made to the district Superintendent.  The administrator will review the complaint within 10 working days, if possible. If harassment has occurred, the student may be liable for discipline up to and including suspension/expulsion or, in the case of employee’s suspension without pay and /or termination of employment.  

Superintendent

Liberty Center Local School District

100 Tiger Trail

Liberty Center, OH  43532

I. Recess:

Weather permitting, all children are expected to participate in outside recess. Therefore, students should dress according to the weather forecast, including coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc. On days of inclement weather, there will be inside recess.  Students who need to be excused for an extended time from recess will need a written recommendation from the doctor. Students will go outside unless the temperature is below ten degrees fahrenheit including windchill.  

J. Recess Rules

Students are to eat in the cafeteria.  Students will arrive at the cafeteria after they have attended recess, weather permitting.  If the weather is such that the students are to be inside, they are to be in classrooms or an announcement will be made as to where they will be. This means ALL students are to be outside when the weather permits. A student just recovering from an illness may stay in if he/she brings a note from home to the teacher explaining why he/she needs to stay inside. Should this be a prolonged period (exceeding two days) they should have a doctor’s note stating that the child is healthy enough to be in school, but not outside. Elementary students are not to leave the school grounds for any reason. All students are responsible to the teacher or playground aide that is no duty - whether or not that teacher is their grade level teacher. When on the playground, students are expected to play an organized game, play on playground equipment, or engage in casual conversation with friends.

SWINGS:

SLIDES:

FOOTBALL:

BASKETBALL:

JUMP ROPES:

MONKEY BARS AND T BARS:

ROLLER SKATES and ROLLER BLADS:

MISCELLANEOUS:

K. Equipment/Materials/Building:

If a student intentionally breaks or mars walls, partitions, desks, tables, lockers, textbooks, windows, or other school property; it will result in replacing a broken or damaged item and/or disciplinary action. Damage to books or other school materials outside of normal wear and tear will result in a fine to replace the damaged goods.

In all cases, any replacement, repair costs, or fine not paid will result in a grade card not being issued.

L. Student Code of Conduct:

Any conduct which causes or is likely to cause disruption or interference with a school activity or educational purposes of the school, or which endangers or interferes with the health, safety, or well being, or with the rights of other students or school personnel is strictly prohibited. Violations may result in various forms of discipline including suspension or expulsion. This Student Code of Conduct applies while a student is in the custody or control of the school; on school grounds or closely proximate thereto; while at a school sponsored function or activity or on school-owned property; or provided transportation vehicles. In addition, this Student Code of Conduct governs a student’s conduct at all times, on or off school property, when such student conduct is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on district owned or controlled property; is reasonably related to the health and safety of other students and/or school employees; is directed at a district official or employee or the property of the official or employee; or such conduct would unreasonably interrupt the educational processes of the Liberty Center Local Schools.

Any behavior that is disruptive to school purposes will make the student liable for discipline whether or not the behavior is specified below.  The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior by its students or community members.  The Board’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to students and the general public applies to race, color, national origin, citzenship status, religion, sex, economic status, age or disability.  

ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR

Liberty Center students are expected to be polite in all their dealings during the school day and at all school functions. “Excuse me,” “please”, and “thank you” are to be used whenever appropriate. Respect for self and others are an expected standard LC Elementary School.

In Assemblies:

  1. Give the person in charge of the program your utmost cooperation.
  2. Be attentive regardless of the nature of the program.
  3. Treat all participants as your guests.
  4. Give applause only at such times as are appropriate and in good taste.
  5. Wait for directions from the person in charge before leaving.

In Classrooms:

  1. Be in your seat and ready to work before the bell rings.
  2. Abide by the rules of the classroom teacher at all times; the instructor is in complete charge of the class.
  3. The teacher, not the bell will signal the end of class.

In Hallways and traffic areas:

  1. NO SITTING OR LYING IN HALLWAYS.
  2. Never run in corridors or on stairways.
  3. Do not block corridors, traffic ways or stairs with conversation groups.
  4. Keep voices at a normal conversation level.
  5. Please be courteous and move quietly when changing classes. Stay to the right side of the halls and stairs. DO NOT RUN OR PUSH!  Please keep locker visits to a minimum.

In Athletic Events:

  1. Treat visiting teams, fans and officials as guests.
  2. Never “boo” anyone at any time for any reason.
  3. Conduct yourself in a manner that will be a credit to our school.

On Field Trips:

A student may not be eligible to attend a field trip, even if it is academically related, if there are concerns about the student’s behavior, academics or attendance.

The types of conduct prohibited by this code are as follows:

  1.  Disruptive/Insubordinate:

1. Tardiness

2. Truancy

3. Skipping class

4. Inappropriate public display of affection

5. Dressing or appearing in a fashion deemed inappropriate, including but not limited to that which either (1) interferes with the student’s safety, health, or welfare, or that of other students, or (2) causes disruption or directly interferes with the educational process, or (3) is not in accordance with the vocational requirements of a specific program.

        6. Failure to comply with rules or directions of teachers, student teachers, aides, bus drivers,

        principals, or other authorized personnel.

        7. Any infraction or refusal to comply with the rules and regulations of the school.

        8. Persistent disobedience, insubordination, or other misconduct pertaining to any rules or

regulations governing student conduct.

9. Stealing, causing damage to, or destroying school property or private property on school

premises or private or public property on school premises.

10. Failure to comply with minimum personal grooming guidelines as established by students,

teachers, and administrators.

11. Refusal or failure to comply with State or local attendance laws.

  1. Disorderly:

        1. Illegal or unauthorized entry to school facilities.

        2. Forgery or falsification of school-related information or documents, or information on

correspondence directed to the school.

3. Academic misconduct, including but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and transmission of

unauthorized academic information.

4. Copywriting infringement and unauthorized copying.

5. Subject to lawful exercise of First Amendment Rights, participation in any activity or conduct which substantially disrupts or materially interferes with or is likely to disrupt or interfere with any school function, activity or purpose, or that creates a reasonable likelihood of interference with the health, safety or well-being of the rights of other students

6. Smoking, possession, or use of tobacco products.

7. Gambling.

8. Use or display of obscenity or profanity, including but not limited to obscene gestures, signs, pictures, publication or partial phrases that can be implied to be obscene.

9. Damage or destruction of property belonging to a school employee or anyone connected with the school district, whether on or off school premises.

10. Causing or attempting to cause damage to the property of another public or private school on that school’s premises.

11. Improper use of vehicles.

12. Loitering at any time on school grounds, in building or adjacent properties.

13. Sale or trade of merchandise or products without prior administrative approval.

  1. Engage in any Conduct that is Violent or Endangers the Safety, Morals, Health or Welfare of Self and/or Others:

              1. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury to any student, teacher, other school

employee, or any other individual.

2. Fighting.

3. Threatening or intimidating any student, teacher, other school employee or any individual by

written, verbal, or gesture means.

4. Hazing.

5. Interfering with school purposes or with the ordinary operation of the school by using, threatening to use, aiding or abetting other persons to use violence, force, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear or disruptive means.

6.Possessing, using, transmitting or concealing any object that might be considered a dangerous weapon or instrument of violence, or any violation of Board policy on dangerous weapons in school.

7. Possessing, using, selling, buying, transmitting, secreting, or evidence of consumption of any alcoholic beverage, narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug, marijuana, barbiturate, amphetamine, inhalant, paraphernalia, controlled, or counterfeit controlled substance, or any other intoxicant or illegal drugs.

8. Engaging in any act that frightens, degrades, disgraces or tends to frighten, degrade, or disgrace any person by a gesture, a written, or a verbal means during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel.

9. Any conduct which violates local, state, or federal law.

        

  1. Technolory

        1. Deletion of computer files or knowingly introducing computer viruses.

        2. Unauthorized entry into school computers, sites or information databases.

        3. Improper or inappropriate use of school computers.

        4. Accessing unauthorized or inappropriate sites.

        5. Possession of software that can facilitate other offenses or attempting to get by the proxy

(filter)        

6. Get by the proxy (Federally mandated filter).

7. Attempting to access or interrupt district services.

8. Theft or access to programs that constitute criminal activity.

M. Student Dress Code:

Clothing and/or grooming shall not distract from the educational process or interfere with the health standards or safety conditions of the school. The dress code also applies to clothing worn for physical education classes. Parent/Guardians may be required to bring in a change of clothes if a student is dressed inappropriately. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Clothing not appropriate for school type activities, and also weather.
  2. Clothing too tight, too loose, or too short. (Shorts and skirts may be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee). Pants must be worn at hip level. A belt must secure pants that are falling down or too large for one’s waist.
  3. Clothing that depicts or refers to alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco, guns, nudity, death, or contains a suggestive slogan.
  4. Gang attire or any such clothing or symbols, which can be associated with gangs.
  5. Bodysuits, tank tops, halter-tops, see-through shirts or blouses, cut off clothes, plunging necklines and tops exposing the midriff. Short sleeve shirts must cover the entire top of the shoulder to be acceptable.
  6. Any clothing, grooming (including hairstyles) or other fashions deemed inappropriate, including but not limited to that which either (1) interferes with the student’s safety, health or welfare of other students, or creates a reasonable likelihood of interference with the health, safety, or well-being of the rights of other students, or (2) causes disruption, interferes with the educational process, or (3) is not in accordance with the vocational requirements of a specific program. This includes, but is not limited to facial jewelry;therefore body piercing other than the ear is prohibited. Students will NOT be permitted to paint their faces during the day.  
  7. Hats, caps, bandanas/scarves, any type of headgear and sunglasses. No hoods up, including hoods on hooded sweatshirts.
  8. No undergarments should show. Boxer shorts are not to be worn as outer apparel. No pajamas, lounge pants, sleepwear or other garments that look like sleepwear are permitted.

  1. Appropriate shoes must be worn at ALL times for health and safety reasons. Slippers are not appropriate footwear. Sandals and flip flops are discouraged and are only to be worn at your own risk. Students may be asked to change shoes if their footwear is deemed to be dangerous. Students should wear shoes to school that will protect their feet during play at recess.

PART IX: Lunch

A. Cafeteria:

The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced lunch and milk is offered at a reasonable price. Cafeteria lines will move with order and efficiency if you are patient and polite in waiting your turn. You will leave your table perfectly clean and your chair in place. The cafeteria is the only place where you may eat. No food may be eaten in the classrooms or other parts of the school building. (An exception is allowed for pre-arranged parties.)

Listed below are the cafeteria rules:

  1. No charging of lunches.
  2. No food may be taken from the cafeteria.
  3. Enter and leave the cafeteria in an orderly fashion.
  4. If you are buying food, wait courteously in the appropriate line as directed by the supervisor. Cutting in line or saving a place in line is not permitted.
  5. When you have obtained your food, please be seated and remain there. However, you may return for more food.
  6. Food is to be eaten, not thrown.
  7. Common courtesy and good manners are always expected. Loud or rowdy behavior will not be tolerated. Each student is responsible for properly disposing of his or her tray, wrappings containers, and leftover food. and for making sure that the tables, seats and floors in his or her area are clean.

Lunch prices this year will be $3.00 for grades K-8. Extra milk is $.50. A self-supported breakfast program meeting USDA requirements is available to students. The cost of breakfast for students K-8 is $1.25. Students eligible for reduced lunch will be charged $.25 for breakfast. Reduced lunch prices are $.40.  

Lunch may be purchased on Monday morning for the entire week or an amount larger may be sent in for a child’s account. The school district is using an electronic system for use with lunches. The system provides a more efficient method for payment. Money for breakfast may also be put on this account. It is possible to place restrictions on your child’s account, such as no fruit roll-ups or cash only for breakfast. Please send a note to school or contact the cafeteria manager in the cafeteria if you would like to discuss restrictions. The district has an online option for checking your child’s lunch account on our website www.libertycenter.k12.oh.us.

Parents can pay by credit card and also check student balances and purchase history.  You may contact Donna Eickholt at Deickholt@libertycenterschools.org if questions arise. Due to the number of students whose account falls below $3.00 on any given day, we have worked to develop a system to notify you that your child’s account is low. The cashier will place a stamp on your child’s hand.

Students must prepay for their lunches. No money will be collected at lunchtime in the serving line. Money must be in a sealed envelope with the student’s name, grade and amount of money enclosed written on the outside of the envelope. Envelopes may be turned into the teacher to go to the office in the morning. Students may also place envelopes in the box next to the ala carte window. The school office will NOT loan out lunch money to students. Students must be responsible for bringing money or a lunch to school.

Liberty Center Elementary is continuing to make student health and nutrition a top priority. Good health and nutrition are important parts to how our children develop and learn. Children who have unbalanced meals or who fill up on sugars or snacks will experience a “sugar high” followed by a letdown. This affects concentration and learning. Consequently pop and energy drinks are prohibited unless authorized by school staff for a special event.

We will continue to encourage children to eat healthy, balanced meals. One way to help with this is restricting what snacks they can purchase at school. Students in kindergarten and grade one do not have the option of purchasing snacks at the snack bar.

GRADES 2-4 SNACK BAR - Students in grades 2-4 are allowed to purchase only pre-approved items. They are expected to eat most of their lunch first. Students who pack or buy lunch when finished may buy fruit, fruit roll-up or fortune cookie. We made this change as students had been throwing away their lunches and then purchasing snacks. It is difficult to monitor each child’s eating habits with several grade levels in the cafeteria  at once so we are asking parents to discuss this issue with their children. Many students are using their prepaid lunch account to purchase snacks.

Parents may call the cafeteria and have their child’s account blocked to prevent this.

B. Free and Reduced Lunches:

Students who were on the free and reduced lunch program last year must reapply each year. Lunches must be provided by parents until notification of approval or denial is received. This will occur within 5 days. An application for each child must be completed and approved before he/she starts on the lunch program. Snack milk is not included in the free and reduced lunch program. If you are in need of free and reduced lunch forms, please request them in the office.

PART X; Other

A. Electronic Devices:

Students may not use and/or possess radios, CD, cell phones, laptop computers, laser lights, MP-3 players, I-Pods, I-Pads, Tablets or electronic equipment with or without headphones during scheduled school time or school activities unless at the discretion of the classroom teacher. If a student has one of these items out of their book bag or turned on the item will be confiscated and released only to a parent or guardian in the school office. All electronic devices must immediately be kept in one’s locker or book bag upon arrival to school. Students are subject to disciplinary consequences upon the first confiscation.  

Portable communication devices may not be turned on or used in the school during the school day or during detentions before or after school.  All portable communication devices must be placed in one’s locker immediately upon arrival to school.

B. Elementary Counselor:

The school counselors will assist students in developing skills, making decisions, accepting others, and resolving conflicts. Our counselors also help students identify strengths, set goals, and learn effective study and test-taking skills.  The counselors work with teachers, parents, and other staff members to encourage students to reach their academic potential. School counseling activities are done on an individual basis, in small groups, and in classrooms. These activities include, but are not limited to, orientation of new students, counseling programs, and parent and teacher conferences. Individual and small group counseling services are available on a short term basis as needed (6 weeks or less). Parents of students that my need long term services are encouraged to seek outside counseling services upon request.

C. Gifted Identification:

The Liberty Center Board of Education has a district policy for the identification of gifted students. Information explaining the gifted identification procedures will be provided upon request. Further, information can be accessed via the district website.

D. Acceleration:

Four types of acceleration are available to qualified students:

  1. Early entrance to kindergarten
  2. Subject acceleration
  3. Whole-grade acceleration
  4. Early graduation from high school

Parents and teachers who wish to make a referral should contact the student’s building principal. The district policy and referral forms may be found in each school building office and the district website.

E. Locker Search and Seizure:

Many students in certain areas are assigned lockers. Two students may be assigned by the classroom teacher to each locker. Lockers are the exclusive property of the school district and are loaned to students for their use. Illegal items stored in lockers, items that pose a threat to student safety, or items that disrupt the education process are prohibited. Lockers should not contain valuables and should be locked to insure the safety of items inside. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is the responsibility of the principal to take prudent and reasonable action to protect the health, safety and welfare of all students.  Lockers, desks, storage areas, and similar items are the property of the Board of Education and are provided solely as a convenience for students’ use. Searches of lockers, as well as general searches of school property, may be conducted at any time there is a reasonable cause or suspicion to do so with or without your presence.

F. Lost and Found Area:

A “lost and found” will be located near the school office. Please have your child check it regularly. At the Christmas break and the start of the summer, items are donated to charity.

G. School Calendar:

School calendars can be found on our district website. Further, specific building events can be found on the school webpage.

H. State & Local Assessments:

The State of Ohio requires districts to administer multiple assessments to grades 3-4. The testing windows for these assessments have expanded and run for several weeks over a multiple month period. We will communicate these testing windows in school correspondence. The district strongly discourages any planned time away from school during these testing periods.

I. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited use of Restraint and Seclusion:  

The Board is committed to the District-wide use of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (“PBIS”) with students. Student Personnel shall work to prevent the need for the use of restraint and/or seclusion. PBIS emphasizes prevention of student behavior problems through the use of non-aversive techniques, which should greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the need to use restraint and/or seclusion. Professional staff members and support staff determined appropriate by the Superintendent are permitted to physically restrain and/or seclude a student, but only when there is immediate risk of physical harm to the student and/or others, there is no other safe and effective intervention possible, and the physical restraint or seclusion is used in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate and protects the safety of all children and adults at school. All restraint and seclusion shall only be done in accordance with this Policy, which is based on the standards adopted by the State Board of Education regarding the use of student restraint and seclusion. Training in methods of PBIS and the use of restraint and seclusion will be provided to all professional staff and support staff determined appropriate by the

Superintendent. Training will be in accordance with the State’s Standards. Only school staff who are trained in permissible seclusion and physical restraint measures shall use techniques. Every use of restraint and seclusion shall be documented and reported in accordance with this Policy. To read the full Policy 5630.01 - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited use of Restraint and Seclusion, please visit this district website under Board Policy.

J. Directory Information:

The Ohio Revised Code has established the following information and policy about each student as “directory information”:

  1. Student “directory information”: a student’s name, date and place of birth, photograph, major field of study, participation in officially-recognized activities and sports, height and weight if a member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, date of graduation, awards received, honor rolls, scholarships, or telephone numbers only for inclusion in school or PTO directories.
  2. The District will make the above information available upon a legitimate request unless a parent, guardian, or adult student notifies the school principal in writing that he/she will not permit distribution of any or all such information. Such declaration must be made annually.

K. Classroom Parties:

Room parties are held during the last hour of the school day. The teacher is in charge of arrangements and has the final approval of any plans. The first consideration is the welfare of the children.