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Elementary School

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Home of the Cubs

Fayetteville

Elementary School

www.fescubs.org

Empowering Students for Success

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Principal                                         Tabatha Lawrence

Assistant Principal                          Jesse Williams

School Counselor                           Maria Sherrod

Media Specialist                             Sara Johnson

Principal’s Secretary/Bookkeeper  Brandalynn Kennedy

Secretary 1                                     Valarie Wallace

Student Information Operator         Dana Roberson

School Nutrition Manager               David Hudson

School Nurse                                  Jomia Stephen

ASP Site Coordinator                     Tyler Morrison

School Mascot                                Roary the Tiger Cub

School Colors        Royal Blue and Orange

Office Hours                                   7:00 – 3:30

Instructional Hours                         7:40 – 2:20

Student Arrival                                7:15

Tardy Bell                                        7:40        

Office Telephone                             770.460.3560

Office Fax                                        770.460.3402

After School Program (ASP)           770.461.1571

Together, We Lead!

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (ASP):  

FES offers an After School Program which operates from dismissal until 6:30 p.m. providing a safe, nurturing environment for our students. Space is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis.  FES’s ASP is accredited by the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA). Please see the ASP Family Handbook for Registration and Fee Information, or call 770-461-1571.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:  

Arrival:  We welcome your student(s) to arrive at 7:15 a.m. For the safety of your children, please refrain from arriving earlier as there is no supervision until 7:15 a.m. Car riders must enter through the front entrance as the back of the school is reserved for buses. If you are utilizing the side parking lot (area between FES and the Center of Innovation), please refrain from using this lot as a second car rider line.  This area is for parents who wish to park and walk students to the main building. Students wishing to eat breakfast at school must arrive by 7:30 a.m. The school day and instruction begins at 7:40 a.m. Students are expected to be present in their classrooms by this time or they will be considered tardy. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. must be checked into school by a parent.

        Car Lane Drop-off: These procedures help keep children safe and traffic flowing smoothly.

        

        Parking and Walking Students into the Building (for parents visiting the school):

Please be aware that the lane between FES and the upper building is a two-lane exit used primarily by buses. If using this lane, you must park in a designated space and walk your student to the main entrance of the school. Dropping students off from this area is not allowed due to limited supervision and safety concerns---this area is not designated as a second car rider line.

Dismissal:  Dismissal begins at 2:20 p.m. Students not picked up by 2:40 p.m. will be placed in the After School Program and the drop-in fee will be charged. This will be done for your child’s safety as staff members are extremely busy after school and supervision is not available.

Afternoon Pick up:  

Change in Transportation: At the beginning of the year, parents are asked to identify a student’s usual dismissal procedure (bus, ASP, car, etc.). We will not change a child’s mode of transportation unless we have a note from the parent. Under no circumstances will a teacher take a child’s word regarding dismissal plans

Early dismissal:  If your child needs to leave school early, please send a note to the teacher. Parents must come into the building to sign their child out from the office, not from the classroom. A photo ID and being listed on the student emergency card are required to check out a child. If identity cannot be verified, your child will not be released. Teachers will not release students until they are notified by the office. We do not honor early dismissals after 2:00pm due to the safety of our students.

ATTENDANCE

A student is considered absent if s/he does not attend classes for at least one half of the official school day. If a student goes to the clinic before 11:00 and needs to be picked up from school, the student will be marked absent for the day even if the parents do not come to pick the student up until after 11:00.  In order for makeup work to be given, the absence must be excused. Lawful absence excuses are found on pg. 6. Students must bring in a written excuse within 3 days following an absence. If a child is going to be absent for three or more days, please call the school by 8:00 a.m. and ask for makeup work. This work will be available for pickup in the office at the close of the school day. If the parent calls later in the day, there is a possibility that the work will not be ready until the next school day

        

A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives in their classroom after the 7:40 a.m. bell. If a student is tardy, the PARENT must check the student into school by signing in at the front office. If a tardy is a result of a doctor or dental appointment, please provide a copy of the doctor/dentist excuse when signing your child in at the front office. We ask that you make every effort to see that your child is here on time since instructional time is so valuable.  

Number of Unexcused Absences

Procedure

5 Cumulative Unexcused Absences Per Semester

Ages 6-16:  The school notifies parents by first class mail of the unexcused absences and a summary of consequences

10 Cumulative Unexcused Absences Per Semester

Ages 6-16:  School Operations will report violations to the Student Attendance Protocol Committee to determine if court action will be pursued for formal intervention

Please read the attendance policy in the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct that encompasses the Compulsory Attendance Law.

 ♦ After five (5) personal notes written by the parent/guardian for excused absences, the school administration may request appropriate medical documentation upon return to school for the purpose of validating the absences.

*All children enrolled for 20 calendar days or more in the public schools of this state prior to their seventh birthday shall become subject to the provisions of the compulsory school attendance law.

Lawful absences (excused) are defined by State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.10 Student Attendance:

Summary of Consequences: Any parent, guardian, or other person who has control of any child who on the tenth unexcused day of absence per semester, and after the child’s school system notifies the parent, guardian or other person who has control of any child, upon each day’s absence from school shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and court action may be pursued for formal intervention.

Penalties:  Subject to;

  1. Fine – not less than $25 and not greater than $100.00
  2. Imprisonment – not to exceed 30 days
  3. Community Service or any combination of penalties, at the discretion of the court.

BIRTHDAY/CELEBRATIONS

Individual student birthdays may be recognized at lunch by purchasing ice cream from the school or providing a fruit treat. Due to food allergies, cupcakes/cakes or other food items are NOT PERMITTED for celebrations. Please contact the teacher ahead of time if you are planning to bring birthday refreshments. Additionally, party hats, noise makers, etc. are not suitable for school. Balloons, flowers, etc. SHOULD NOT be delivered to school for students. Students should not wear any clothing or accessories that distract from the learning environment. Written invitations to birthdays or social events outside the school should be mailed unless every child in the class or every member of the same gender in the class receives an invitation.  This policy is in effect to ensure that no child’s feelings are hurt due to being left out of a special activity.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Most students ride school buses to and from school. To ride a bus is a privilege, and a student is required to behave in an acceptable manner in order to be allowed this privilege. The driver must be able to concentrate without distractions and student-related problems. Bus safety rules are part of the Fayette County Code of Conduct. Please review these safety rules with your child.

School bus drivers may assign students to seats. If further disciplinary action is necessary, the driver may refer students to the administration, and the administration may take further action. A bus driver should be considered the authority figure on the bus and should be treated in a respectful manner by the students. If a student continually fails to behave in a respectful and safe manner, the student will be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Students suspended from riding one bus may not ride another bus. The student is not suspended from school and is expected to attend.

BUS RULES

        1.        Being on time at the bus stop is essential. Each student should be at the bus stop five to ten minutes before the time the bus normally arrives.

        2.        Most school buses have a seating capacity of 66. Students are expected to sit three to a seat unless otherwise directed by the driver. The driver has the right to assign students to specific seats.

        3.        Students are expected to sit facing the front of the bus and to remain in their seats until the bus stops for unloading.

        4.        Students will be permitted to carry only books and other items related to school work which can fit in the student's lap. This includes musical instruments.

        5.        No eating or drinking is permitted on the school bus.

        6.        The route will be run the same way each day. Exceptions may be made for rain or cold weather.

        7.        Students are permitted to talk in a normal tone while on the bus. Loud talking or screaming cannot be tolerated. Absolute silence will be enforced at all railroad crossings and hazardous intersections.

        8.        Students should always cross in front of, never behind, the bus.

        9.        Students should not open or close windows without permission from the driver.

        10.        Students should not behave in any manner that would jeopardize safety.

CAFETERIA

FES has a ‘Point of Sale’ program in the cafeteria, which allows parents to pay in advance for student lunches and breakfasts. Each student is assigned a PIN number that s/he enters into a keypad at the cafeteria cash register, and the price of the meal is deducted from the student’s account. You will receive notification when the account is getting low. When paying for your child’s lunch please place the check/cash in an envelope clearly marked with the student’s name, teacher, PIN number, and amount enclosed. Another option for paying for lunch is MyLunchMoney.com.  This is an online option for automatic payment into your child’s lunch account. Go to www.MyLunchMoney.com for more information. Students should avoid sharing PIN or ID numbers since these numbers are tied to student meal price eligibility.

Students should not have charges in the lunchroom. A written notification of lunch debt will be sent to parents. If money is owed, the lunchroom will provide the child an alternative lunch or breakfast.  Students who have lunch charges will be denied the privilege of purchasing ice cream until their lunch charges are cleared. 

Breakfast program: Breakfast in the cafeteria begins on the first day of school and Grab ‘n Go breakfast begins on Wednesday of the first week of school. Breakfast is very important for children, and we urge all parents who do not have time to prepare breakfast to have their children participate in this program. Children on free and reduced lunch are eligible for free and reduced breakfast.

Lunch program: A cafeteria lunch is available for student purchase on a daily basis. The menu is available on our school website. Two entree choices and a salad option are available each day, along with a variety of side dishes. Extra milk and/or water may be purchased.  

CAFETERIA PRICES

Meal

SY 2021-2022

Elementary Breakfast

$1.60

Elementary Lunch

$2.75

Adult Breakfast

$2.50

Adult Lunch

$4.25

Reduced Price Breakfast

$0.30

Reduced Price Lunch

$0.40

Extra Milk

$0.50

Water

$0.50

Snacks

$0.50-1.50

***Prices listed are subject to change        

Guests at lunch:  We welcome parents to eat lunch with their children, but due to the need to ensure the safety of the entire school community, each grade level has been assigned a specific day for guests.  Please contact the front office or your child’s teacher for the schedule. Special tables are designated for students with guests.

CARE TEAM

The Fayette County CARE (Children at Risk in Education) Team chaired by our school counselor is dedicated to helping our students and families who may need assistance both in and outside of the school setting. The CARE program also sponsors the Parent Enrichment Series, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes for parents, and the tutoring/mentoring program. The school counselor can provide specific information to you about these programs.

CELL PHONES/GAMES/PERSONAL PROPERTY

Cell phones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices will not be utilized for instruction.

Electronic devices and personal property such as games, toys, CD players, and similar items are not allowed in the school or on school buses. Book bags and other personal items may be subject to search.  Please label all personal property with your child’s full name.  Cell phones and other electronic devices MUST be kept in the off position and in student book bags.  Cell phones, other electronic devices and personal property not remaining in book bags/in the off position will be taken up and returned to the parent upon request.  At no time are cell phones allowed to be used on the school bus.  If you need to get an important message to your student during the day, please call the school and we will relay the message.

CHECKS AND MONEY

The school accepts personal checks for all activities or materials. Separate checks should be issued for each child and for each activity. School lunch checks must be issued separately. Ice cream money cannot be included in a check for lunches. There is a $15.00 service charge for each returned check. If a family has a returned check on file, all school transactions must be made in cash until the matter has been resolved. After April 30, all financial transactions must be made using cash.

CIVILITY POLICY

The Fayette County Board of Education has a civility policy to encourage positive civil and professional behavior between school system employees and citizens. All exchanges between employees and citizens are to be considerate, respectful and professional. Under no circumstances should unpleasant exchanges with inappropriate language take place in the presence of children. Please see Civility Policy in the Student Code of Conduct.

CLASS PARTIES

Classes have two parties each year—Winter Holiday and End-of-Year. Parents may be asked to contribute money and or refreshments for these special occasions. Due to food allergies, cupcakes/cakes or other baked items (homemade or store-bought) are NOT PERMITTED for celebrations. Please contact the teacher ahead of time to coordinate acceptable food options.

CLINIC

Our clinic is staffed with a full-time Registered Nurse trained in basic First Aid, Red Cross lifesaving techniques, and CPR. If a child is injured or is too ill to be at school, we will contact you to pick up the child. It is imperative that the child be picked up in a timely manner. If we feel that the illness or injury is beyond our capabilities, we will immediately notify the parents and call the paramedics. We want our children to attend school as much as possible. However, if your child has been ill, he/she cannot return to school until he/she has been fever/symptom free without medication for twenty-four hours. Refer to the School/Health Services section of the FCBOE Student Code of Conduct for information regarding the dispensing of medicine.  The district policy can also be found on the Student Health Services page on the district website.

COMMUNICATION

Communication between parents and teachers is valuable in establishing a positive relationship focused on student success. Communication can be in the form of notes, emails, Class Dojo, letters, newsletters, telephone calls and conferences. If you wish to contact your child’s teacher, please call the front office or email the teacher. It is our goal to respond to all messages within 24 hours.  

CONFERENCES

Fayetteville Elementary values face to face parent/teacher conferences as a way to share information on student progress and to gain insight and perspective from the parents. We expect at least one face to face parent/teacher conference prior to November for all students. Parents will sign up for conference times at curriculum night.

Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with their child’s teachers throughout the year. However, please refrain from impromptu conferences, such as during arrival time, lunch time, etc., as our faculty is focused on the needs of many students at these times. The counselor, support teachers, and administrators are also available for scheduled conferences by contacting the office or by e-mail.

DISCIPLINE

The faculty and staff strive to establish a positive school climate. FES is a place where students are taught guidelines to live successfully with others, where students are encouraged and recognized, and where natural or logical consequences for misbehavior are consistent and fair. The Fayette County Student Code of Conduct will be issued to all students/parents. Parents should read the Code of Conduct with their students in order to help them to understand the document. Per Fayette County Board of Education policy, there will be no corporal punishment. When it is necessary to impose discipline, school administrators and teachers will follow an age-appropriate progressive discipline process.  

Fayetteville Elementary School is implementing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) framework. PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement of or feedback on positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. This framework applies a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students

The use of a consistent school-wide PBIS framework encourages children to make responsible choices for their personal behaviors. Every staff member will monitor student behavior throughout the school setting. FES Cubs’ ROAR Code of Conduct throughout our school. This code will incorporate and support our school-wide rules and procedures - see the Cub’s Code of Conduct Chart.


Cub’s Code of Conduct

Students at Fayetteville Elementary School should be:  

Respectful, Obedient, Attentive, and Responsible

Respectful

Obedient

Attentive

Responsible

Classroom

  • Maintain personal space
  • Be kind in your words and actions
  • Raise your hand on voice level 0 for permission to speak
  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Look and listen to the speaker
  • Be prepared for class
  • Complete all assigned tasks
  • Report problems and injuries to nearest adult

Playground

  • Include everyone
  • Share equipment
  • Use your words (not fists) to handle problems
  • Play in assigned areas
  • Use equipment appropriately
  • Line up quickly
  • Watch for my teacher and for others
  • Enter building on voice level 0
  • Report problems and injuries to nearest adult

Hallways

  • Maintain personal space
  • Use voice level 0
  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Allow adults to open the door for staff and visitors
  • Watch my teacher
  • Walk on the right side, first white block
  • Walk slowly
  • Face forward
  • Report problems and injuries to nearest adult

Restrooms

  • Respect privacy
  • Use voice level 0
  • Use water and supplies wisely
  • Use the bathroom for intended purposes
  • Leave the area clean
  • Follow occupancy guidelines
  • Flush the toilet
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Report problems and injuries to nearest adult

Cafeteria

  • Use good table manners
  • Use kind words
  • Follow adult directions
  • Talk at voice level 2 during appropriate times
  • Raise your hand for permission to get out of your seat
  • Respond to quiet signal
  • Get everything you need before exiting lunch line
  • Clean your area
  • Line up quickly
  • Report problems and injuries to nearest adult

Bus

  • Use voice level 2
  • Use kind words
  • Keep all food items in your backpack
  • Follow driver’s directions
  • Sit facing forward with your back against the seat
  • Keep body parts inside the bus and to yourself
  • Stay in your seat until you get to your stop
  • Use voice level 0 when crossing railroad tracks or backing up
  • Watch for your stop
  • Report problems and injuries to bus driver
  • Make sure you have all your belongs and trash before exiting

DRESS CODE

All Fayette County students are expected to be neatly groomed and dressed appropriately. Students’ dress and hairstyles should not distract from the educational process. School administrators are responsible for determining dress code violations. The principal reserves the right to interpret or add to these provisions as deemed in the best interest of the school. Inappropriate dress for all students includes clothing containing inappropriate language, advertisements for drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, suggestive lettering or pictures, or any clothing that glorifies death and/or violence. An appropriate shirt needs to be worn underneath transparent or mesh clothing. Hats or caps are not to be worn inside the building. Shorts of fingertip length or longer are acceptable. If a student is dressed inappropriately, parents may be asked to bring a change of clothing to school and/or the student will be provided a change of clothing from the clinic. Please dress your child appropriately, including safe and comfortable shoes, for P.E., recess, and the weather. Refer to the Student Dress Code Section in the Student Code of Conduct for more specifics.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM (EIP)

First through fifth grade students who are experiencing difficulties in reading and/or math may be referred to the Early Intervention Program (EIP). Students qualify for EIP by meeting state eligibility requirements. EIP teachers work with groups of students to help them learn the skills necessary to be successful in reading and/or math.  

EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD

It is critical that parents update and/or complete student emergency cards at the beginning of the school year and whenever contact information changes. These cards contain basic information such as address, home and office telephone numbers, place of employment, and the names of two emergency contacts that live close to school. Children will not be released to anyone whose name does not appear on the card. If any of the information on the card should change during the school year (i.e. new work number), please send these changes to the teacher and the front office so that we will always have up to date information. 

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Enrichment classes are provided for students who meet state eligibility requirements for the enrichment/gifted program. These classes meet once a week for an entire day. The remainder of the week these students work in their regular classrooms with needed differentiated instruction provided by the classroom teacher.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM (Title 1)

Students having difficulty in reading and/or math may qualify for the Title One Extended Day Program.  These classes are held after school and bus transportation may be provided if our budget permits.  Because placement is limited, students are accepted based on need as determined by our multiple criteria rank ordering rubric. This program generally runs January through March.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

Please see Fayette County Student Code of Conduct

FIELD TRIPS (Subject to Change)

Your child’s class may take educational field trips throughout the year and parents may serve as chaperones. Siblings of the student may not accompany their parents on field trips. To participate in a field trip, students must have the parent/guardian’s written permission on the official permission slip. No verbal or phone permissions will be accepted. Because Fayette County does not fund field trips, donations are requested.  No child will be denied participation in the field trip for not making a donation; however, if adequate donations are not received, the trip may be canceled. Field trip payments are nonrefundable. Appropriate behavior and attire is expected. As needed, students may be placed on a behavior contract to earn the privilege of attending the field trip.

GRADING AND GRADE REPORTS

Report cards are issued at the end of each 9 week grading period and show the final grade for the grading period. Parents are informed of student progress in both character and academic traits. Parents are expected to sign and return the report card promptly to the classroom teacher.

Parents of students in 3rd– 12th grades can view student progress at any time by accessing the parent portal in Schoology. Final report card grades are viewable in Infinite Campus. In addition to up to date student grades, parents and students can view missing assignments, update contact information, access cafeteria accounts and more. After creating, setting up and accessing your parent login, parents have access to all of their family’s students in FCBOE schools. In August, more information will be sent home regarding setting up a parent account or logging into your existing parent account. Student access to Infinite Campus will be shared at school.

FCBOE and Georgia DOE Rules and Policies Grade Integrity Act of 2007 - OCGA - 20-2-989.20. This Act enacts the "Grade Integrity Act of 2007," which provides that no classroom teacher shall be required, coerced, intimidated, or disciplined in any manner to change the grade of a student. The Act provides for the reporting of such conduct to the Professional Standards Commission as an ethics violation. The Act enacts O.C.G.A. Section 20-2-989.20. Effective July 1, 2007. ● No classroom teacher shall be required, coerced, intimidated, or disciplined in any manner by the local board of education, superintendent, or any local school administrator to change the grade of a student. This subsection shall not apply when a teacher has failed to comply with grading policies or rules adopted by the local board of education or written procedures established by an individual school that are applicable to the grading process, unless such policy, rule, or procedure would require a student be given a grade different than the actual grade achieved. A violation of this Code section shall constitute an ethics violation reportable to the Professional Standards Commission pursuant to Part 10 of this article. ● Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to prevent a principal or other local school administrator from discussing the grade of a student with a classroom teacher. ● Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to prevent a central office administrator, superintendent, or local school administrator from changing a student's grade. Any grade change made by a person other than the classroom teacher must be clearly indicated in the student's school records and must indicate the person responsible for making such grade change. Code 1981, § 20-2-989.20, enacted by Ga. L. 2007, p. 253, § 2/SB 9.

Reporting Scales

Kindergarten-Third Grades:

The reporting scale for core content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies consists of 4 performance levels.

4.0--Exceeding proficiency of the standard

3.0--Meeting proficiency of the standard

2.0--Developing proficiency of the standard

1.0--Beginning to demonstrate understanding of the standard

Fourth and Fifth Grade:

Will follow the traditional grading scale and standards-based grading for core content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

A - 90-100

B - 80-89

C - 71-79

D - 70

F - 69 or less

In addition specific content standards for core content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies will also report 4 performance levels.

4--Exceeding proficiency of the standard

3--Meeting proficiency of the standard

2--Developing proficiency of the standard

1--Beginning to demonstrate understanding of the standard

Other Codes for All Elementary Grades

* - Not formally assessed or introduced during this grading period

Used in Specials (Art, Music, PE and Technology) and Learning & Life Skills

S - Satisfactory

NI - Needs Improvement

**This information is subject to revision.  All updates can be found on the FCBOE website.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

FES has a full-time counselor to assist with the social and emotional needs of our students. The counselor teaches classroom guidance lessons on a variety of topics including a unit on careers and character education, and is available for individual and small group sessions. She also supports parents, teachers, and administrators to meet the needs of our students.  

ICE CREAM

When volunteers are available to assist, students may purchase ice cream during the last ten minutes of their lunch period. If a student owes cafeteria charges, s/he may not purchase ice cream on that day. Parents may consider purchasing ice cream for their child’s class to celebrate their child’s birthday.

LEGAL NOTICES

The Fayette County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, or disabilities in educational programs, activities, or employment practices. Complaints of discrimination or harassment procedures and school system contact personnel are listed in the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct.

LOST AND FOUND

If your child is missing an article of clothing check our lost and found box.  It is very important that you write your child’s name in all coats, jackets, sweaters, caps, etc. This makes for easy identification. When the lost and found box “runneth over,” parents will be notified via the school website that any items still remaining after a specific date will be donated to charity.

MEDIA SERVICES

Students go to the media center as a class on a flexible schedule. In addition to this, students may be sent to the media center at various times to check out or return books, and to browse or do research.  Books are checked out for two weeks at a time. Students are responsible for all books they check out and must pay for any book they lose. Overdue notices are sent to the child and may be emailed to parents to help students be responsible for their books. Parents are welcome to come to the media center at any time to ask questions or volunteer.

Reading Counts: Our school participates in the Scholastic Reading Counts (RC) Program, which is designed to develop reading skills and motivate students to achieve reading success. At the beginning of the year, students in grades 2-5 take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) to determine their reading Lexile range (http://www.lexile.com). The Dibels Next Benchmark Assessment will be used to determine the reading level of younger students. Students then check out books in their appropriate reading range, read the entire book, and take the corresponding quiz on the computer. Quiz results help assess and monitor reading progress. Various honors are given to students as they reach their personal Reading Counts goals. We urge parents to encourage their child to read or to read with their child nightly to support success in reading.

OBSERVATIONS

Parents are welcome to visit their children’s classrooms. All observations must be pre-arranged through the school Principal or Assistant Principal and are limited to two adult observers at the same time. Younger siblings are not allowed during the observation. Outside observers should respect the confidentiality of all students within the classroom setting; therefore, no personally identifiable information should be shared. A staff member may be assigned to accompany the observer during the observation. Observations will be limited to twenty minutes and should occur no more than one time during any school week. Observations for any other purpose than to address instructional needs of enrolled students are scheduled at the discretion of the school administration.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Georgia law requires physical education (PE) instruction and participation as mandatory except for health reasons. A written note is required from a physician or parent explaining the nature of the illness or injury and stating specifically the length of time before normal participation can be resumed. The note needs to be presented to the PE instructor if the student is to have no or limited PE participation for more than one week. Appropriate shoes and clothing should be worn on the days when the children have PE classes.

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

The Parent Teacher Organization benefits all families of Fayetteville Elementary School, and both the parents and teachers at FES are encouraged to become members of this valuable organization. The PTO Board is composed of the officers and the chairs of our various committees. The Principal, Assistant Principal and a teacher representative also attend the board meetings. The board meetings occur monthly, and all parents are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions or would like to become involved, please feel free to contact a PTO officer or the school office for more information.

PUBLICITY, PHOTOGRAPHS, LISTS, AND VIDEO TAPES

Occasionally students are photographed or they may participate in activities which may be videotaped for school related news stories or broadcasts. These may be released to newspapers, radio or television, possibly citing the child’s name for school publicity. For more information, refer to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act enclosed in the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct.

RAINBOWS

The Rainbows Program is for children who have experienced a significant loss in their life either through divorce, death, or separation from a family member. The children meet in small groups with a trained adult leader once a week for approximately 12 weeks. The program includes a Celebrate Me Day when all children and their leaders come together for a special time of sharing and learning. For more information please contact our school counselor.

 RETAIL COMMITMENT CARD PROGRAMS

Listed below are retail outlets that support schools in our community. Proceeds earned from these and the following programs go directly to the children in the form of supplies, computer equipment, books, etc.

SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

School closing due to inclement weather will be broadcast on WSB Radio 750 AM, WSB TV, WXIA TV, WFOX TV and www.wsbtv.com. Please tune to one of these if the weather is threatening.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Fayetteville Elementary School has a School Council as mandated by the Education Reform Act. The School Council was established to bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns, and to share ideas for school improvement. The council’s role is to provide advice and recommendations in the areas of student achievement and school improvement. Meetings are open to any FES parent.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT and TITLE 1 PLANS

The School Improvement Plan and Title 1 Stakeholders Plan for Fayetteville Elementary School can be found on our website at: www.fescubs.org. You can also access a copy in the front office.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION/EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Students with specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, emotional behavior disorders, speech language disabilities, etc. are provided services by a special education teacher. In order to be placed in a program, students must have gone through the Response to Intervention process, been referred, evaluated, and staffed into the program through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

STUDENT COMPLAINTS

In accordance with the FCBOE policy, students shall have the right to present and resolve complaints related to matters affecting the student relationship at the lowest organizational level possible. Our school encourages all students to resolve complaints informally in a spirit of trust where possible. This policy and procedure is available where such efforts do not succeed or, where for any other reason, the student desires to pursue this procedure.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROCESS

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI) and PYRAMID OF INTERVENTIONS

Student academic and/or behavioral concerns are addressed through a four-tiered process that systematically develops and delivers instructional and behavioral interventions. This process is known interchangeably as the Tier process or Response to Intervention (RTI). The essential components of the process include the following:

Tier 1 is Standards-Based Classroom Teaching and Learning. It consists of high quality instructional and behavioral support that is provided for all students. This includes implementing the CCGPS using research-based instructional practices, adjusting instruction to meet student needs, and monitoring student progress. Parents are notified of concerns related to their child’s academic or behavioral struggles. If students still struggle or they need a more enriched curriculum, Tier 2 instruction is recommended.

Tier 2 is Student Success Team, Needs Based Teaching and Learning. Students receive more specialized interventions, remediation, acceleration, and enhancement within the general education setting. The “Success Team,” comprised of interdisciplinary teachers, works collaboratively to formalize interventions in addition to Tier 1 instruction. Parent involvement in Tier 2 meetings is optional; however, the intervention plan is communicated to parents. The classroom teacher, remedial teachers, or others generally provide Tier 2 instruction in small groups. Monitoring of the student’s progress is increased. Should the student continue to show lack of progress or failure to thrive academically and/or socially and need more specialized instruction, Tier 3 instruction is considered.

Tier 3 is Student Support Team (SST) Data Driven Teaching and Learning. At this point the SST, which can include school-based interdisciplinary teachers, countywide specialists, and parents, reviews the student’s progress and plans for more intensive and systematic instruction. Interventions increase in intensity and duration and may be provided one-on-one, in small groups, or in classes. Progress monitoring is implemented more frequently to determine continued instructional interventions. If, with all the interventions and intensive instruction provided, the data indicates the student still shows lack of progress, a referral to Tier 4 is considered.

Tier 4 is Individually Designed Teaching and Learning. At this point, the student is referred for comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation through Exceptional Children’s Services, formerly known as Special Education. Grade or subject-area remediation and/or acceleration may be considered, or students may require adapted content and instructional delivery while still having access to the general curriculum.  

Section 504: Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .”  The Section 504 regulation requires a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified person with a disability who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability. If a parent or teacher identifies a student as having a medical or psychological condition that could substantially limit the student’s school performance, the school should be informed and begin the student support process immediately.  For more information on 504, contact Stacie Coppola, Assistant Principal.

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

In compliance with federal regulations, the Fayette County School District informs parents that they may request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). Parents wishing to request the information should contact the school principal by phone (770) 460-3560; email (lawrence.tabatha@mail.fcboe.org) or US mail.

The following information may be requested:

TECHNOLOGY and INTERNET SAFETY

Fayetteville Elementary students use technology for learning purposes on a regular basis. Students are expected to adhere to Fayette County Board of Education and FES policies regarding appropriate use of technology. Please refer to the FCBOE Elementary Student Code of Conduct for more information.  FES provides a 1:1 ratio (one device per student)  for technology in grades 2-5. There is no need for students to bring personal devices from home as technology needs are fully supported by the school.

TESTING

Throughout the year we administer a number of assessments to our students to assess both individual and the school’s progress.

Students are administered the following standardized tests as required by the state of Georgia and Fayette County.

Georgia Milestones

Grades 3, 4, 5

April 2022

Student attendance during testing is critical to your student’s and our school’s success. Please make every effort to see that your child is present and on time during testing. Additional information about the specifics of these tests can be provided by contacting our Assistant Principal, Chris Castagna by email at castagna.christine@mail.fcboe.org, or by phone 770.460.3560.

THREATS AND HARASSMENT

For all students to learn and grow, school must be a safe environment. Ensuring such an environment is a task that requires a strict, no-nonsense approach to any words or deeds that are intended to threaten the safety of another. All Fayette County Schools will regard all written and/or verbal threats, implied or direct, toward students, staff members, or school and staff property in a serious manner.  The school’s discipline action will be immediate and severe. Incidences may be reported to the police and/or the sheriff’s department depending on the specific jurisdiction.

TITLE 1

Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1964 (ESEA) which provides funds to public schools.  Title I programs must be focused on improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement. 

 

FES is a school-wide program; funds are used to serve all children in the school. The purpose is to improve the school’s entire educational program which should result in improving the academic achievement of all students, particularly the lowest achieving students. The core elements of a school-wide program are needs assessment, plan, and evaluation. Among the ways FES utilizes Title I funds are to provide: instructional paraprofessionals who work with grades 1-3 students during the school day; extended day reading and math programs for targeted students in grades 2-5; a parent liaison and parent resource center; and agendas for school/home communication for grades 1-5.

For more information on Title 1 at FES, visit our parent resource center, check our website - www.fescubs.org, or join us at our annual Title 1 Informational Meeting in September. Other Title 1 information can be found at: GA Department of Education, www.doe.k12.ga.us; US Department of Education, www.ed.gov/index.jhtml?src=a.

VISITORS and VOLUNTEERS

We welcome parent and community volunteers and visitors to our school.  Anyone (parent, volunteer, other visitor) visiting the school must report directly to the office and sign in and get a visitor’s badge. You also must sign out when you leave. If you are not wearing a visitor’s badge, you may be escorted to the office to pick one up. School visits and volunteer work should be pre-arranged with the appropriate faculty member. We also ask that you not bring younger siblings when volunteering in the classroom or school, as often your attention must be given to them instead of the students in the class. Volunteers are always welcome in our media center and to assist with selling ice cream in the cafeteria. Please contact PTO, the office, or your child’s teacher if you would like to volunteer at FES.

All visitors are required to sign in at the front office so that we will know who is in our building. This is for the safety of all of our children and staff members.

WEAPONS

It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess or have under control any weapon at a school building, school function, on school property, on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school. The term “weapon” means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, Bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a way to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nunchuck, or fighting chain, throwing star or Oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind.

In order to comply with this weapons law, a child wanting to have a baseball bat for recess or physical education will not be allowed to bring it to school. However, a parent or guardian may deliver the baseball bat to the office and pick it up there after its use. There will be no baseball bats allowed on buses.         Refer to the Student Code of Conduct for updated information.

PARENT/GUARDIAN/STUDENT SIGNATURE FORM

Please return this to your child’s teacher

I have received and read the Fayetteville Elementary Family Handbook located in the front of the student agenda.  Included in this information are important regulations, including student attendance and tardy policies.

                                                                                                                

Student Name (Printed)                                        Homeroom

                                                                                                                

Parent’s Signature                                                Date

                                                                                                                

Student’s Signature                                                Date