PARENTS AND STUDENTS

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Robbinsville Elementary School.  I am looking forward to being your principal and hope that your years at RES will be enjoyable, exciting, and successful.

 

Please read this handbook thoroughly with your child.  Hopefully the handbook will bring about a better understanding between school, parents, and students, of all school policies and procedures.

 

Working together we can make your child’s education a rewarding and positive experience.  Please feel free to visit our school and discuss your child’s programs.  We are proud of our school, students, and faculty.

 

Sincerely,

Jaime Hooper, Principal

 

MISSION

 

The mission of the Robbinsville Elementary School is to begin as a line leader and leave as a leading scholar.

 

School Beliefs

 

We, the faculty and staff of Robbinsville Elementary School are dedicated to the purpose of educating children according to their individual abilities to the highest level, and to be self-sufficient members of a changing society.  We seek to provide a nurturing environment that develops and maintains sound mental, emotional, physical, and social health through positive attitudes and curiosity for learning.  We will strive to provide a school conducive to educating the whole child in an atmosphere where they feel safe, accepted, motivated, challenged, and rewarded.  It is our belief that every child should experience success and a feeling of self-worth. We feel that a very essential ingredient to a successful education is cooperation and communication between home and school.  The ultimate goal of our program is to establish the idea with the young child that learning is a lifelong process, and that every child can learn.

 

NOTICE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS

 

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, parents of students, or students if they are at least 18, have the right to inspect records kept by the school about the student and to correct an inaccuracy in that record. Access to the records by persons other than the parents or the student is limited and generally requires prior consent by the parents or the student. 

Title I Parents’ Right to Know

Robbinsville Elementary School receives federal funds for Title I, Part A programs. As a parent of a student in a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires the school to give you this information in a timely manner. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

1. Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.

2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.

3. Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and the field of discipline of the teacher’s certification or degree.

If at any time your student has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher(s) that is not highly qualified, then you will be notified by the school.

You also have the right to request information regarding the qualifications of the teacher assistant(s) assisting your child’s teacher(s). If your child is receiving Title I, Part A services from a teacher assistant, then our district or school is able to provide you with the following information:

1. Whether the teacher assistant has completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education.

2. Whether the teacher assistant has completed an associate’s degree (or higher).

3. Whether the teacher assistant has met a rigorous standard of quality through our state’s certification procedure for determining the quality of paraprofessional staff.

4. Whether the teacher assistant has: (a) the knowledge of and ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics or (b) the knowledge of and the ability to assist in learning activities, such as homework, reading readiness, writing, mathematics and other support as appropriate.

 

**We are pleased to inform you at this time (August 2016), that Robbinsville Elementary School has 100% Highly Qualified status for teachers and teacher assistants.

Please send your professional qualification inquiries to the Graham County Human Resources Department at (828)479-9820, or email at kcable@graham.k12.nc.us. For general questions about this or any Title I issue, please contact Kristy Cable, Title I Director at 828-479-9820 or kcable@graham.k12.nc.us .

ROBBINSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Attendance Policy

 

I. General Policy Statement

First and foremost, parents must be oriented to the fact that the responsibility of school attendance is that of the home. The school should cooperate in every way possible with the parents.  Time spent on learning in the classroom cannot be replaced.  Regular attendance and promptness are two important characteristics of a successful student!

In accordance with G. S. 115C-378, every parent, guardian, or other person in North Carolina having charge or control of a student between the ages of  7 and 16 years shall cause such student to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the student is assigned is in session.  Every parent, guardian, or other person in North Carolina having charge or control of a child under age seven who is enrolled in a public school in grades kindergarten through two shall also cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session unless the child has withdrawn from school.  No person shall encourage, entice, or counsel any such student to be unlawfully absent from school.

 

1.   Students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to work together to make this attendance policy successful in order to meet State Accreditation Standards.  We must maintain our present attendance rate.

2.   An absence will be coded as: #1 - Lawful, 2# - Unlawful, or #3 - Suspension.

3.   The school personnel will determine if an absence is lawful or unlawful.

4.   Students who are suspended from school will only be allowed to make up exams.

5.   In accordance with G. S. 115c-378, the principal or his designee shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of his child’s excessive absences after the child has accumulated three unlawful absences in a school year.  After not more than six unlawful absences, the principal or his designee shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian by mail that he may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law and may be prosecuted if the absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the state and local boards of education.  Once the parents are notified, the school attendance counselor shall work with the child and his family to analyze the causes of the absences and determine steps, including adjustment of the school program or obtaining supplemental services, to eliminate the problem. The attendance counselor may request that a law enforcement officer accompany him if he believes that a home visit is necessary.

6.   After 10 accumulated unexcused absences in a school year, the principal or his designee shall review any report or investigation prepared under G.S. 115C-381 and shall confer with the student and his parent, guardian, or custodian if possible to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian has received notification pursuant to this section and made a good faith effort to comply with the law.  Depending on the circumstances, the principal must then notify the district attorney or file a complaint with the juvenile intake counselor. (G.S.  115C-378).

 

R.E.S. Attendance Policy

2017-2018

Students at Robbinsville Elementary School with a good attendance record will be recognized/rewarded throughout the school year.

 

 

 

 

  1. The school principal has ultimate responsibility for promotion/retention decisions   in accordance with P.L. 94-142 and local and state regulations.
  2. Teachers are responsible for early identification of students who are at risk of not meeting local or state promotion standards.
  3. If promotion is questionable, two written notices must be given to the parent(s)/guardians.  The first notice must be sent by the end of the fourth week of the third grading period.  A conference request (phone/mail) will be done by the teacher within two weeks following the date of the first notice.  The second written notice must be sent by the end of the fourth week of the last grading period.
  4. Students will be promoted based upon successful completion of state and local standards.
  5. Progress reports will be sent at the midpoint of each grading period to parents of all students K-6.
  6. Promotion standards:

Grades 1 and 2: Each student in grades 1 and 2 must attain passing grades in language arts and mathematics.

Grades 3 and 4: Each student in grades 3 and 4 must attain passing grades in language arts, mathematics.

Grades 5 and 6: Each student in grades 5 and 6 must attain passing grades in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

 

Grading Scale

A = 90-100

B = 80-89.4

C = 70-79.4

D = 60-69.4

F = Below 60

 

Student Promotion and Placement

 

A.  Purpose

 

Believing that all students can learn, the Graham County Board of Education holds high expectations for staff, students, parents and community.  The Board of Education believes that students should progress to the next level of study only after they are proficient in their knowledge and application of the current curriculum level. Graham County students shall meet local promotion standards in addition to the Student Accountability Standards as established herein.

 B.  Standards

The Superintendent will establish standards and a process for determining a student’s readiness to progress to the next level of study.  The principals will ensure that teachers are assessing each student’s readiness to progress to the next level using the established standards.

Grade placement is the responsibility of the principal.  The principal shall make local retention decisions with input from the student’s teachers and parents.  If necessary, students can be retained once in the K-2 grade span and twice in the 3-6 grade span.

 

Grades K-3

 

As required by the State Board of Education, Graham County Schools have implemented assessments at grades K, 1, 2, and 3 that include documented, on-going individualized assessments throughout the school year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. These assessments monitor achievement of benchmarks in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (Common Core Standards) adopted by the N.C.D.P.I. The intended purposes of these assessments are : (1) to provide information about the progress of each students adaptations and early interventions; (2) to provide the next year teachers with information about the status of each of their incoming students; (3) to inform parents about the status of their children relative to grade level standards at the end of the year; and (4) to provide the school and school system information about the achievement status and progress of groups of students in grades K, 1, 2 and 3.

Grade 3

 

In addition to meeting local promotion standards, students in grade 3 must achieve at or above a Level III on the North Carolina End-of–Grade tests in both reading and mathematics.  Students scoring at Level III or above and meeting all local promotion requirements shall be promoted to grade 4. Students in the 3rd grade not scoring proficient (3 or 4) on the Reading End of Grade exam will be retested then be required to follow all procedures established by the N.C.D.P.I. in the “Read To Achieve” program if the student continues to score below proficient (1 or 2) on the End of Grade Reading exam. This state requirement is part of the Excellent Schools Act, which became law as of the 2013-2014 school year.

 

 

Grade 4

 

In addition to meeting local promotion standards, students in grades 4 must achieve at or above a Level III on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests in both reading and mathematics.  Students scoring at Level III or above and meeting all local promotion requirements shall be promoted to grade 5.  The fourth grade writing assessment is currently under review by N.C.D.P.I.  Therefore, this assessment will not be part of promotion standards during the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Grade 5

 

In addition to meeting local promotion standards, students in grade 5 must achieve at or above a Level III on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests in reading, mathematics, and science.  Students scoring at Level III or above on reading, mathematics, and science, and meeting all local promotion requirements, shall be promoted to grade 6.

 

Grade 6

 

In addition to meeting local promotion standards, students in grades 6 must achieve at or above a Level III on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests in both reading and mathematics.  Students scoring at Level III or above and meeting all local promotion requirements shall be promoted to grade 7.

 

C.  Remediation Strategies for Students Not Meeting Standards

 

The teacher shall confer with parent(s) or guardian(s) of students not meeting test standards.  Parental contact will be within (3) days of the teacher’s receipt of test results.  The teacher shall discuss with the parent(s) or guardian(s) remediation opportunities, grade retention, tutoring sessions, or other options provided by the school.

A student in grade three will have the test waived if the student has already been retained twice in the grade span of K-3. A student in grades 4-6 will have the test standard waived if the student has already been retained once in the grade span 4-6.

 

E.  Students with Disabilities

 

  1. To the extent possible, all students with disabilities shall participate in the student accountability promotion standards program.
  2. Students with disabilities may be exempted from the student accountability promotion standards program by the Individualized Education Program Team, including the principal or school district representative, if it is determined by the team that the students do not have the ability to participate in the State Standard Course of Study.  However, they shall be enrolled in a functional curriculum and demonstrate acceptable outcomes on alternative assessments.  The parent/guardian will be informed that these students may receive a certificate of achievement or graduation certificate.
  3. All interventions/remediation and other opportunities, benefits, and resources that are made available to students without disabilities shall be made available to students with disabilities who participate in the student promotion standards.  All services that are offered are in addition to the special education services provided to the student.

 

F.   Intervention Strategies

The Board of Education acknowledges the need for thoughtful decisions in the matter of retaining students. Teachers are responsible for the early identification of any student considered at risk. By the end of the first grading period, students who are falling behind should be identified for possible retention and provided with appropriate intervention strategies. Parents will be notified in writing at the time of identification.

Each school will develop and provide intervention strategies specifically designed to increase grade level proficiency. Strategies may include special homework, smaller classes, flexible grouping, tutorial sessions, after-school programs, summer school instruction, alternative learning programs, or retention.

 

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress appropriately when coming to school.  Tee-shirts with inappropriate language or pictures will not be permitted.  Questionable student attire will be addressed by staff and parents may be required to bring a change of clothing to school for their child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code of Conduct Grades K-3

 

1st Offense:

*              Warning and/or parent contact

*              Writing assignment or

*              Detention (isolation in classroom)

2nd Offense:

*              Parent Conference

*              Detention (isolation in classroom) or

*              Writing assignment

*              ISS

3rd Offense:

*              Parent conference and

*              After school detention

*              ISS

Subsequent Offenses:

*              Out of school suspension

*              ISS

 

*              Discipline procedures may be altered at administrations discretion.

 

Student infractions will be dealt with according to the degree of seriousness.  Students will advance through each step or may skip steps according to the seriousness of the offense.  Offenses are cumulative per semester.

 

Administration Disciplinary Measures Grades K-6

 

Class I (Alcohol & Drugs) Offenses:  Offenses are cumulative for all years enrolled in R.E.S. (School Board Policy)

 

***          Possession or Use

 

1st Offense:  Ten days OSS; referral to and completion of counseling; referral to law

enforcement; and follow up counseling by school counselor when student

returns to school.

2nd Offense:  Suspension for one full year; referral to counseling; referral to law

enforcement; and follow up counseling by school counselor when student

returns to school.

3rd Offense:  Expulsion from Graham County Schools and referral to law enforcement.

 

 

***          Sale or Distribution

 

1st Offense:  Suspension for one full year; referral to counseling; and referral to law enforcement.

2nd Offense:  Expulsion from Graham County Schools; and referral to law enforcement. 

 

Class II Offenses:  These are considered to be the most serious in terms of disrupting the

school environment and may result in a referral to law enforcement.

 

*              Physical or verbal abuse to school employee

*              Physical or verbal abuse to another student

*              Sexual Harassment

*              Possession of weapons or other dangerous instruments

*              Hazing

*              Bullying

*              Theft or damage/destruction to school property.

*              Simulating Drug Use

 

1st Offense:    Immediate suspension from school up to three days or ISS up to 3 days.

2nd Offense:   Immediate suspension from school up to five days or ISS up to 5 days.

3rd Offense:        Suspension from school five to ten days (OSS).

4th Offense:        Referral to law enforcement

 

Robbinsville Elementary will adhere to the Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Law set forth by the state of North Carolina and outlined by the Graham County School Board Policy Code # 1710/4021/7230.

*              Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.

 

Class III Offenses:  These offenses are considered serious and will not be tolerated and may be considered disorderly conduct, if repetitive.

 

*              Fighting

*              Insubordination

*              Disrespect for authority

*              Inappropriate language or gestures

*              Harassment of another student

1st Offense:    Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 3 days or after school detention.

2nd Offense:   Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 5 days or after school detention.

3rd Offense:        Suspension from school up to three days.

Subsequent offenses will result in up to ten days suspension from school.

*              Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.

 

 

Class IV Offenses: These offenses are considered disruptive and will not be tolerated.  These behaviors may also be considered disorderly conduct if repetitive.

 

*              Disturbing the orderly operation of class or school.

*              Cheating/Dishonest Behavior

*              Tobacco violation

*              Improper cafeteria behavior (Knight’s Code Violation)

1st Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom, warning, writing assignment, parent conference, one day ISS, or after school detention.

2nd Offense:   Referral to student behavior support classroom, writing assignment, ISS up to 3 days or after school detention

3rd Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 5 days or after school detention

4th Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 10 days or after school detention

5th Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom and three to five days out of school suspension.

*              Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.

 

School Bus Offenses

 

1st Offense:        Probation/Warning, one day ISS, or after school detention

2nd Offense:   ISS up to 3 days or up to five days bus suspension.

3rd Offense:        ISS up to 5 days or up to ten days bus suspension.

4th Offense:        Bus suspension for the remainder of semester.

*              After-school-detention may be used with all K-6 students.

*              Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.

 Students riding buses must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with good behavior and safety.  The right to ride a bus is a privilege, not a guarantee.  The school principal, by law, has the authority to terminate a pupil’s privilege to ride the bus for any length of time.

 

Administrative Clauses

 Specific offenses not listed will be dealt with according to the administrations discretion.

Students who refuse to go to teacher assigned class isolation will be subject to ISS up to 3 days.

Students who are suspended from school shall be allowed to make up all classwork and test.  Students get 2 days for every 1 day of suspension to turn in make-up work.

After-school-detention and ISS may be used with all K-6 students.

After School Detention will be Monday-Thursday until 5pm.  If students are not picked up by 5:30pm law enforcement will be called to take the students home.

Excessive office referrals of 10 or more will be dealt with according to the administrations discretion.

Cheating/Dishonest Behavior on assignments will result in an automatic zero on the assignment.

Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.        

Cell Phone Policy

 

Unless cell phones are being used for educational purposes or students are given teacher permission, cell phones are not allowed to be turned on in class or during instructional time.  This includes phones that are on silent mode or vibrate mode.

Cell Phone Offenses:

 

1st Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom, Warning and phone given back to student at the end of the day.

2nd Offense:   Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 2 days and parent must pick-up phone.

3rd Offense:        Referral to student behavior support classroom, ISS up to 5 days and loss of cell phone privilege to rest of the school year.

*Discipline procedures may be altered at administration’s discretion.

 

Use of Office Phones

 

Students needing to use office phones must have permission from a teacher.

 

Sexual Harassment

 

In order to protect the individual dignity of students, the board has adopted a stringent policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the school system.  This policy defines the actions that may be adjudged to be sexual harassment and establishes a procedure for addressing any complaint of sexual harassment.

 

Threats of Harm to Self or Others

 

*The Graham County Board of Education has adopted policies and procedures for dealing with students that make threats to self or others during school hours, school activities, and on school property.  These policies and procedures are put into place to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  

 

 

                                          

Help Your Child Get Off To a Good School Day

 

Your child should:

Get plenty of sleep.  Ten to twelve hours is recommended for children this age.

Eat a good healthy breakfast.

Get up in plenty of time for school, so your child is wide awake when school starts.

Wear neat, clean, comfortable clothes.

Get to school at the proper time-not too early (before there is adequate supervision) and not too late, as classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after this time miss valuable instruction and will begin the day behind the other students in their classes.

Use and implement the 7 habits of Leader in Me (1. Be Proactive, 2. Begin with the End in Mind, 3. Put first things first, 4. Think Win-Win, 5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, 6. Synergize, 7. Sharpen the Saw)

                                          100% Tobacco Free Schools Policy

 

The Graham County Board of Education recognizes that the use of tobacco products is a health, safety, and environmental hazard for students, employees, visitors, and school facilities.  The board believes that the use of tobacco products on school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, on school property, or at school-related events is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors.  The Board acknowledges that adult employees and visitors serve as role models for students.  The Board recognizes that it has an obligation to promote positive role models in schools and promote a healthy learning and working environment, free from unwanted smoke and tobacco use for the students, employees, and visitors on the school campus.  Finally, the Board recognizes that it has a legal authority and obligation pursuant to G.S. 115C-407 Policy prohibiting Tobacco Use in School Buildings as well as the federal Pro-Children’s Act, Title X of Public Law 103-227 and the No Child Left Behind Act.

 

Tobacco Use Prohibited

No student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time, including non-school hours.

Health Policy

 

*Please do not send your child to school if you suspect they are ill.

School personnel may, but are not required to care for a mildly ill child who has a temperature of less than 100 Fahrenheit and who remains capable of participating in routine group activities.

 

Communicable Diseases/AIDS/Bloodborne Pathogens

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for all age children.  The Graham County Schools policy describes procedures and establishes criteria to be followed for each issue.  A copy of this policy may be obtained through the principal or school nurse.

 

Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases

Students are excluded from school in cases of communicable diseases.  When a student is suspected of having one of the following communicable diseases, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the child to the local health department or family physician for verification and treatment before that student can return to school.

  1. Chickenpox:  Student is excluded for at least five (5) days after the rash appears or until all blisters have formed scabs.
  2. Measles (Rubella/Rubella): Student is excluded until physician’s approval is given and student is no longer contagious.
  3. Pediculosis (head lice):  See Head Lice Policy.
  4. Scabies: Student is excluded until one (1) treatment with prescription medication for 12 to 24 hours is completed, and a physicians note must be provided to the school.
  5. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye):  student is excluded if:
  1. Impetigo:  Student is excluded from school if he/she has more than three to four sores and until seen by physician and treated with a prescription antibiotic for 24 hours.
  2. Streptococcal and Staphylococcal Infections: Student is excluded from school until treated with a prescription antibiotic for 24 hours.
  3. Tuberculosis:  Student is excluded until physician indicates not communicable.
  4. Pertussis:  Student is excluded until five (5) days of antibiotic therapy completed.
  5. Mumps:  Student is excluded until nine (9) days after onset of parotid gland swelling.
  6. Hepatitis A virus infection:  Student is excluded until one (1) week after onset of illness or jaundice or until immune globulin administered.
  7. E. coli and Shigella:  Student is excluded until negative stool culture.
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  9. The school will maintain a list of students who have not been vaccinated (e.g. religious and/or medical exemptions) or who have immunosuppresed illnesses, so that appropriate action can be taken to protect these individuals when communicable disease outbreaks occur.
  10. Any communicable disease not listed here will be handled in accordance with recommendations as per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
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  12. HEAD LICE POLICY
  13. 1.  The Graham County School system has established a control program for head lice that includes education, screening and treatment components, and the criteria for being present in school.
  14. 2. The student with head lice should go home with written recommendations for treatment procedures and the student may return to school the next day provided that one (1) pediculocide shampoo treatment is completed by the parent/guardian. Follow-up by the school nurse or designee will be conducted to ensure absence of live lice the next school day pursuant to school policy before the student can return to the classroom.
  15. 3.  Return to School:
  16.       a.   The goal is that the student misses the least number of school hours possible.
  17. b.   Absences related to treatment for head lice should not be marked as “excused” other   than for the day of treatment unless the school nurse, health department or other medical provider approves absences beyond one missed school day.  There must be a written excuse by one of these health care providers explaining the need for more than one missed school day in order for the absences to be marked as excused.
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  19. Immunization Requirements for North Carolina School Attendance
  20. General Statute (G.S.). 130A-152 requires that every child be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, red measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), hepatitis B and varicella.
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  22. Effective July 1, 2015, the administrative rule, 10A NCAC 41A.0401, has been changed, adding revised and new requirements at Kindergarten entry.  The rule changes are listed below:
  1. Standards for Administering Medicines – School employees are authorized to administer drugs or medication when all of the following conditions have been met:
  1. The student’s parent or legal guardian has made a written request that school personnel administer the drug or medication to the student and has given explicit written instructions describing the manner in which the drug or medication is to be administered;
  2. A physician has prescribed the drug or medication for use by the student (for over-the-counter medications as well as medications available only by a physician’s prescription); and a written prescription provided to the school;
  3. A physician has certified that the administration of the drug or medication to the student during the school day is necessary (for over-the-counter medications as well as medications available only by a physician’s prescription); and
  4. The employee administers the drug or medication pursuant to the written instructions provided by the student’s parent or legal custodian and physician.

Additional clarification may be found on Graham County School’s website at http://www.grahamcountyschools.org.  Refer to Policy Code 6125.

  1. Prescribed medicine must be in its original container.  Ask your pharmacist for a second container to send to school bearing the pharmacist’s label which lists the child’s name, date the prescription was filled, the physician’s name, the name of the medicine, and directions for dosage. Long term medications must be accompanied by written instructions for dosage, bearing the child’s name, which are dated and signed by the prescribing physician or other health professional.  Prescribed medicine will be administered only to the person for whom it is prescribed.  Long term medications such as Ritalin must be transported to school by a responsible adult.
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  4. Patent medicines are over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, cough drops and intestinal or cold symptom remedies.  These OTC medications will only be administered if authorization is given in writing by the child’s physician and then not to exceed the amount and frequency specified in the printed instructions accompanying the medicine unless special instructions are received from a         doctor. Any medication brought to school must be given to the teacher immediately.  Students will not be allowed to carry medication at school. (Exceptions will be made when ordered by physician to carry medications such as asthma inhalers.)
  5. Should any problems arise concerning the administration of medication, that medication will not be given until the problem is resolved.  It is the parent’s responsibility to see that the above procedures are followed to ensure the well-being of their children.
  6. We look forward to providing a safe and healthy school year for your children.  Please call or visit the health office if you have any questions.
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  8. Please note that students are excluded from school in cases of communicable diseases.  When a student is suspected of having a communicable disease, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the child to a health care provider for verification and treatment, and the school must be given a note from the health care provider before that student can return to school.
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  13. Parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers from Graham County Schools, Director of Human Resources.  (828-479-3413)
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Graham County Child Nutrition Program

2017-2018

 

The Graham County Schools Child Nutrition Program is mandated by state and federal guidelines.  This program is considered a self-supporting entity within the school system.  In order to receive any state or federal money we must feed the students first and our goal is to offer each student a nutritious meal every day.

 

A traditional meal pattern is used in serving the students both breakfast and lunch.  In the elementary breakfast is served to the students and consists of four items, bread/grain, meat/ meat alternate, fruit or vegetable and milk. In the high and middle school the four items are offered and the student can decline one item if he/she wishes.  If a student eats a free or reduced meal or wishes to pay regular price for the breakfast they must have at least three items to make a complete meal.( Example - Two boxes of cereal and a box of milk is considered a complete meal.  One biscuit, one meat and one juice are considered a complete meal.).  Lunch has five components, meat/meat alternate, bread/grain, fruit, vegetable and milk.  Students in all grades except kindergarten and first will have the option of taking three of the five to make a complete meal.  Kindergarten and first grades receive all five items on the plate.  Snack items are not part of the meal pattern. Students who choose a snack will be charged accordingly.

 

If your children receives food stamps or Aid for Dependant Children (AFCC) you will not need to fill out a meal application, these names are sent directly from the state and will be considered free.  This school year we are asking all other parents to fill out a meal application for your family and return it to school. Your child may be enrolled at Robbinsville Elementary, Robbinsville Middle or Robbinsville High and one form covers all schools and all students who are listed on the form.  Make sure you list everyone in the household on the form because number of members in the household is the basis for approval. If you wish not to be considered for a free or reduced meal we ask that you write this across the bottom of the completed form.  Our school can receive grant money based on the percentage of completed applications returned.  The applications are kept in the office of the Child Nutrition Director and are confidential.

 

The rising cost of gas has made food prices increase dramatically, in order to keep meal prices as low as possible there will be no charging of meals or snacks in the cafeteria this school year.  The Child Nutrition Program offers several payment options with student accounts to hold money that is paid in advance.  The account is not a charge account and it is strictly up to the students and parents to keep money ahead if you wish to use it this way, if not we recommend you send money daily.  Any money not used will roll over at the end of school or be refunded at your request.  If an emergency arises please contact the principal or the cafeteria before meal time. Prices for meals at RES during the 2017-2018 school year are: breakfast-$1.25 , reduced breakfast-  $0.30, lunch- $2.60, reduced lunch-$0.40.

 

Denise Moody, Child Nutrition Director is available to answer questions about the program, if you need to speak to someone about your child’s account please call the cafeteria manager of the child’s particular school.  The cafeteria hours are from 6:30am to 2:30pm and you may reach Arlene Blankenship, Robbinsville Elementary, Robbinsville High & Middle Manager at (828)479-3245.

 

The Child Nutrition Staff would like to thank each family for your continued support.

 

Notice of Compliance

Title IX and 504 of the Education Amendments of 1972

 

Title IX of the Amendments of 1972 states:  “No person in the United States shall, on basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, or handicapped condition be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity.

The Graham County Board of Education operates in compliance with the law.  Robert Moody has been designated by the Superintendent and the Graham County Board of Education to coordinate the compliance policies and the law requirements of Title IX.  Questions concerning the policies and procedures of the Graham County Board of Education to assure compliance with Title IX and 504 should be directed to:

 

Mr. Robert Moody

52 Moose Branch Rd.

Robbinsville, NC  28771

 

Civil Rights

 

Robbinsville Elementary School is committed to the principle of equal opportunity.  It is the policy of this school not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, gender orientation, or handicaps with regard to its students and employees.  Such discrimination is also prohibited by federal law.

 

Notice to Parents and Students

 

To all parents of students currently attending the Graham County School System and all students currently attending the system who has reached the age of 18, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the maintenance of student records.  Under that law, parents of students or students if that are at least 18 have both the right to inspect records kept by the school about the student and the right to correct inaccuracies in the record.  Access to the records by persons other than the parents or the student is limited and generally requires prior consent by the parents or student.  The Graham County School System has adopted a written policy governing at the rights of parents and students under FERPA.  Copies of this policy may be found in the Superintendent’s office and in the principal’s office of each school within this system.

The Graham County School System classifies the following as directory information: Student name, address telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received the most recent previous school attended by the student.  School officials may release this information to any person without the consent of the parents or student.  Any parent or eligible student who objects to the release of any or all of this information without his/her consent must notify, in writing to the principal of the school where the records are kept by September 1 of this school year.  The objection must state what information the parent or student does not want to be classified as directory information.  If no objection is received by September 1 of this school year, the information will be classified as directory information until the beginning of the next year.

Complaints about failures of the Graham County School System comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be made, in writing to:

FERPA Office

Department of Health, Education, & Welfare

330 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

 

 

AHERA Notification

 

In 1986 Congress established the Asbestos Hazard Response Act.  This required all public and private school buildings (grades K-12) be inspected for asbestos and a management plan designated for addressing the asbestos found in schools to provide a healthy and safe environment for the students, faculty, and school community.

 

The management plan for Robbinsville Elementary School is available for viewing in the Administrative Office of the school during regular school hours.  We are required by AHERA to send this notification to all parents or legal guardians of students, employees of Robbinsville Elementary School, and the Graham County Board of Education.

 

Annual Notification of Pest Management Program

2017-2018

 

In compliance with the N.C. School Children’s Health Act, Graham County Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy to comply with this law. The IPM policy, including the request form for notification before pesticide applications, and the RES pesticide application schedule for 2017-2018 is posted on the Robbinsville Elementary School website and on the following page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RES Pesticide Application Schedule 2017-2018

 

Date

Location

Product

Purpose

7/24/2017

Football Stadium Field

Target 6 Plus

Weed Control

7/24/2017

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

7/25/2017

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

9/5/2017

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

9/5/2017

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

12/26/2017

Football Stadium Field

Princep Liquid

Weed Control

2/7/2018

Football Stadium Field

Princep Liquid

Weed Control

2/7/2018

Football Stadium Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Weed Control

3/7/2018

Football Stadium Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro Up

Weed Control

3/28/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

3/29/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

4/25/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

4/26/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

5/15/2018

Football Stadium Field

10-10-10/34-0-0 Fertilizer

Growth Enhancement

5/22/2018

Football Stadium Field

Target 6 Plus

Weed Control

6/6/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

6/7/2018

RES Campus/

Baseball Field

Glyphosate 4/

Ranger Pro

Edging

6/19/2018

Football Stadium Field

10-10-10/34-0-0 Fertilizer

Growth Enhancement