2021 – 2022
71 Learning Lane
Clyde, NC 28721
Letter from your Principal 4
School Roster 5
Our Mission and Belief Statements 6
School Address and Telephone Numbers 6
Parent/Student Handbook Review and Revision 7
Inclement Weather 8
Early Dismissal/Checkout 8
Bus Transportation 9
Attendance Policy 10-12
Verification/Notification of Absence 12
Discipline Expectations 12-15
End of Grade Exams and K-2 Assessments 16
Reporting to Parents – Report Cards 16
Parent/Teacher Conferences 17
Field Trips 17
Health Education 17
Health and Safety Issues
Use of Medicine 18
Sick Children 18
Sickness/Emergency Contact Information 19
Sunscreen Policy 19
Food and Drink on Campus 19
General Emergency Drill Instructions 19
General and Miscellaneous Information
School Hours 20
School Business Office Hours 20
“My Connect” Rapid Notification Service 20
After School Care 20
Campus Visitors 21
Food Services 21
Money and Valuables 21
Non-Discrimination Statement 22
Parent Notification of Dental Screening 22
Pest Control Notification 22
Pictures of Students in Publications 22
Release of Student Rosters 23
Sexual Harassment 23
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 23
Updated Roster Information 23
Withdrawal of Students 22
General Suggestions to Parents 24
What You Can Do to Help Your Child Learn 24
Riverbend Elementary School Administrative Discipline Grid………………………………..25
I am thrilled to introduce myself as the principal of Riverbend Elementary School. It is a privilege to be a part of the Riverbend family and community, and I want to thank each of you for allowing our staff to play such an important role in your child’s life.
It is no secret that Riverbend is the gem of Haywood County Schools. The success that Riverbend has had year after year can be attributed to the staff and families that have poured love, learning, and support into each child that passes through. I believe that together we can continue to accomplish great things for our children. The staff at Riverbend will spend a lot of time with your children leading them into a growth process that will help them achieve academic excellence and a well-rounded life. The educators we have at Riverbend are the best of the best and they truly love children. They make the most of every minute that your children are in front of them. Our teachers are continually working to perfect their craft so that they may use the best instructional practices for their students.
Our hope is that teachers, administration, and parents will work alongside each other for the betterment of our students. Together we will deepen their knowledge and grow their learning to ensure windows of opportunity continue to stay open for their future. We will celebrate their successes, small and large. As a united front we will encourage our students every day and let them know they are loved, valued and have a special place in our school family. I believe that students are able to achieve when they are surrounded by adults that are invested in them and believe in their potential. Based on this deep belief it will be a priority of mine to ensure that we come together, both community and a school, as partners in your child’s education.
Our school vision is, “Growing together as a community of learners, every day in every way.” When Riverbend came together to craft these belief statements the students and their success was at the forefront of everyone's minds:
Therefore, we make it our Mission to:
With our mission and beliefs driving us, we invite you (parents, grandparents, family and friends) to work with us to make this a great year for our children!
School Administrator: Ms. Karley Wells
Lead Teacher: Mrs. Erin Horton
Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper: Mrs. Denise Gibson
Receptionist and Student Information Manager: Mrs. Sandy Clontz
Kindergarten: Ms. Ashley Clifton and Ms. Renee Gidcumb
First Grade: Ms. Rena Eller and Ms. Lauren Sutton
Second Grade: Ms. Christy Lusk and Ms. Amanda Plummer
Third Grade: Ms. Jeannine Carter and Mr. Bill Reilly
Fourth Grade: Ms. Suzanne Bigsby and Ms. Carleene Finger
Fifth Grade: Ms. Kennedy Eckard and Ms. Jocelyn Landt
Exceptional Children: Ms. Kara Scapin
Art: Ms. Kellye Slate
Librarian: Ms. Nikki Barker
Music: Ms. Kendra Kirpatrick
Physical Education: Mr. Chris Ray
School Social Worker: Ms. Farrah Henderson
Speech Language Pathologist: Ms. Ashley Dillard
Title I: Ms. Connie Allen, Ms. Paula Lusk, Ms. Susie Nassis, Ms. Sandra Ross, Ms.
Genetta Spratt, Ms. Sandy Suarez
Afterschool Program: Ms. Sandra Tweed, Ms. Sue Donahue
Bus Drivers: Ms. Judy Ferguson, Ms. Tammy Leatherwood, Ms. Keisha Lanning, Mr. Keith West, Mr. Kevin Leatherwood
Cafeteria Manager: Ms. Candy McCoy
Cafeteria Support: Ms. Sue Donahue, Ms. Keisha Lanning,
Custodian: Mr. Kevin Leatherwood, Mrs. Tammy Leatherwood
Teacher Assistants: Ms. Arlie Clark, Ms. Becca Herbertson, Ms. Kat Moore, Ms. Annette Ruff
We welcome you to our school family. This handbook has been published to clarify questions for students and parents. If you have a question that has not been answered in this handbook or would like to discuss an issue concerning your child, please call the school. If you have suggestions that might improve our school, we would be happy to consider those, also. We trust this booklet will help explain our operating procedures.
Growing together as a community of learners, every day in every way.
Riverbend believes in providing stimulating experiences for all children to reach their fullest potential within a positive, secure environment.
We also believe a successful school is a community of learners who contribute positively to the school, the community, and the world.
In addition, a prosperous school is one that encourages involvement, fosters communication, and welcomes support from students, teachers, parents, and the community, which it serves.
Riverbend Elementary School
71 Learning Lane
Clyde, NC 28721
Riverbend Elementary School…………..627-6565 or 627-6465
MASCOT – Panther
COLORS – Blue and Gray
Riverbend will review the parent/student handbook on a minimum of one time per year at which time there may be revisions made. We reserve the right to change policy at any time at our discretion.
Being punctual is a habit worth developing. Students should arrive at school and report to class on time. Students arriving late cause a disruption, which takes away from other students.
When a student is late to school, he/she is to report to the office with a parent to receive an admit slip and sign in. Excessive tardies will result in a contact from our school social worker and may result in Judicial Attendance Council. Excessive tardies due to being transported by parents from outside the Riverbend district may result in being reassigned back to the home school.
On days that bad weather threatens, please listen to the local radio or TV station beginning at 6:30 a.m. Calling the school or county office is discouraged. The HCS website at haywood.k12.nc.us posts weather related announcements as well. “Blackboard Connect” messages will be used to announce changes in the school schedule.
On regular school days we dismiss all students at 2:50 p.m. Parents of car riders should be in line at this time. Every car rider will be issued a Car Rider Identification Strip. This identification piece is extremely important. If a parent loses the car rider tag, a new one will be issued. This car tag system is in place for the protection of our students. Please be sure that the Car Tag is visible to the teacher calling the car rider names and to the teachers helping students into the vehicles.
Students that are not picked up on time will have the opportunity to call their parent from the office. These students will remain in the office until their parent arrives. State after-school licensing laws do not permit students to stay in our afterschool program unless all required paperwork is on hand and fees are paid. If a pattern develops where a student is not picked up on time, our school social worker will assist the family with this problem. If you need to make transportation changes, please call early in the day or send written notification. Transportation calls/changes made after 2:30 are unsettling to the students and can cause confusion so please call early! According to student surveys, last minute transportation changes are stressful to our children. Please keep traffic lanes open for car rider dismissal, and remember only cars in the carline are allowed in the bus parking lot.
In the car line, please do not pass other vehicles. Because of sibling car seats, sometimes a child has to exit on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Passing vehicles could possibly hit a child exiting a car in this situation. Child safety is our number one priority.
The procedure for early dismissal from school is as follows:
The parent or guardian must give permission for anyone else to check out his or her child. Parents and guardians are requested to leave a daytime phone number where they may be contacted if the school has questions about the check out.
Attendance, Membership and Course Credit
Board Policy: 4400
Attendance in school and participation in class are integral parts of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Through regular attendance, students develop patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandatory. The State of North Carolina requires that every child in the State between the ages of 7 (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily. A student must be present for at least one-half of the school day or class period in order to be recorded as present for that day or class.
The superintendent shall develop administrative regulations to address the requirements of this policy, including, but not limited to, consequences, make-up work and sessions, and a review and appeals process for excessive absences and tardies. Additional attendance policies and requirements may be implemented at each school; however, such policies and requirements must be consistent with this policy and any administrative regulations developed by the superintendent and are subject to review and approval by the superintendent and the board.
A. ATTENDANCE RECORDS
School officials shall keep accurate records of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class. Attendance records will be used to enforce the Compulsory Attendance Law of North Carolina.
B. EXCUSED ABSENCES
When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the student’s teacher on the day the student returns after an absence. Absences due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician. An absence may be excused for any of the following reasons:
1. personal illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school;
2. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health;
3. death in the immediate family;
4. medical or dental appointment;
5. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding;
6. a minimum of two days each academic year for observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s);
7. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel or service as a legislative or Governor’s page, with prior approval from the principal;
8. pregnancy and related conditions or parenting, when medically necessary; or
9. visitation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, at the discretion of the superintendent or designee, if the parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed services as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting.
In the case of excused absences, short-term out-of-school suspensions, and absences under G.S. 130A-440 (for failure to submit a school health assessment form within 30 days of entering school) the student will be permitted to make up his or her work. (See also policies 4110, Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission, and 4351, Short-Term Suspension.) The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.
C. SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES
All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed. Principals shall ensure that classes missed by students due to school-related activities are kept to an absolute minimum. The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:
1. field trips sponsored by the school;
2. job shadows and other work-based learning opportunities, as described in G.S. 115C-47(34a);
3. school-initiated and -scheduled activities;
4. athletic events that require early dismissal from school;
5. Career and Technical Education student organization activities approved in advance by the principal; and
6. in-school suspensions.
Assignments missed for these reasons are eligible for makeup by the student. The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.
D. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement. Students are expected to be at school on time and to be present at the scheduled starting time for each class. Students who are excessively tardy to school or class may be suspended for up to two days for such offenses.
The principal shall notify parents and take all other steps required by G.S. 115C-378 for excessive absences. Students may be suspended for up to two days for truancy.
If a student is absent from school for five or more days in a semester, the principal or a committee established by the principal shall consider whether the student’s grades should be reduced because of the absences. The principal or committee shall review other measures of academic achievement, the circumstances of the absences, the number of absences, and the extent to which the student completed missed work. A committee may recommend to the principal and the principal may make any of the following determinations:
1. the student will not be promoted to the next level of study and/or will not receive credit for the semester;
2. the student will not receive a passing grade for the semester;
3. the student’s grade will be reduced;
4. the student will receive the grade otherwise earned; or
5. the student will be given additional time to complete the missed work before a determination of the appropriate grade is made.
Students with excused absences due to documented chronic health problems are exempt from
At Riverbend, the principal will request a written doctor’s excuse after a child has reached ten absences. A letter will be sent to the parent notifying them of this requirement.
A copy of School Board Policy 4300 with the Haywood County Schools Student Code of Conduct can be accessed via the internet and/or paper copies may be requested from the school or Central Office. Please refer to Riverbend’s Administrative Discipline Grid found in the Appendices section of this handbook on page 28 as well.
GENERAL RIVERBEND RULES
Our rules ensure a safe and productive learning environment for our students.
All students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Board of Education, the school administration, and the staff. Students are required to be courteous, polite, and contribute to a good school climate.
Discipline and high expectations for behavior and academic performance begin at home. Parents/guardians should stay in touch with the school concerning their child’s progress to help insure student success.
Students should dress comfortably and neatly at all times to represent themselves and our school well. Short shorts, biking tights, bare midriffs, spaghetti straps and hats are not allowed. Suggestive clothing or garments with vulgar, profane, distasteful, or suggestive writing/emblems are forbidden. Tennis shoes are the preferred footwear. Our students have physical activity on a daily basis – boots and heels restrict movement and are hard on our floors and fields. Students, parents and guardians are asked to support our staff in these efforts. Students may be asked to call home for a change of clothing if deemed necessary. Teachers have the authority in their classroom to create clothing expectations as well.
CONDUCT DURING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
When students are given the privilege to participate in extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school, they are representing the school. Students are expected to obey all rules and regulations governing student conduct.
Students who fail to abide by school rules and regulations may forfeit their privilege of attending school events and be assigned appropriate school discipline.
At all times during assemblies the student’s behavior should be courteous. An indication of the cultural level of the school is the conduct of its student body at an assembly. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Unacceptable conduct would include whistling, uncalled-for clapping, boisterousness, talking, and constant moving in and out of the assembly.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
This school belongs to all of us. The school building, grounds, and equipment were designed and selected to enhance educational opportunities. The appearance of Riverbend Elementary School reflects the character of those who attend. Those who willfully destroy property will be required to pay for the damages incurred. Disciplinary action will be taken. Littering is not permitted; campus clean-up duties will be assigned for violations.
Students are prohibited from unauthorized access to other students’ computer work and to the systems operator area of the computer. Parents can fill out an “Opt Out” form if they do not want their child accessing the internet from school. Any misuse or mistreatment of computer equipment could result in loss of privilege, being charged for repairs and disciplinary action.
FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO SCHOOL
Meeting financial obligations is an important part of being a responsible citizen. Therefore, students are required to take care of all financial obligations to the school in a timely manner. Any bank fees assessed to the school for returned checks will be an added responsibility as well.
LIBRARY BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks, library books and other materials are furnished without charge to students. These items are furnished on a loan basis. All students are charged with the responsibility of protecting and returning, in good condition, all loaned materials. The school will collect fees for lost or damaged books.
To maintain order and discipline in the schools and to protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel, school authorities may search a student, student possessions, or student’s cubbie/desk under the circumstances outlined by School board Policy 4342, Student Searches.
Good citizenship is important and expected. Your citizenship is a contribution to our school image, our community, our state, and our nation. Good citizenship is a prerequisite for participation in all activities.
End of Grade Exams and K-2 Assessments
In grades 3, 4 and 5 there are State mandated End-Of-Grade tests that must be passed to be considered for promotion to the next grade. Information concerning these tests will be sent home throughout the year. Your child’s teacher will be discussing these requirements with you.
In grades K-2, assessments are given throughout the year to determine adequate progress for promotion. Teachers will provide opportunities to conference and discuss these assessments and your child’s progress.
Reporting to Parents—Report Cards
Formal report cards or progress reports containing an evaluation of pupil progress are sent home each 9-week grading period. Interim reports are sent home in mid-term progress reports each 4-1/2 weeks.
Report cards are designed to communicate a child’s level of achievement, academic progress, and growth in desirable habits and attitudes. The report card provides a means of communication between home and school, which is very important to his/her success and happiness in school. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to request conferences as needed. Parents are encouraged to attend all conferences requested by the teacher.
Homework is important in the learning process in that it extends active involvement beyond the classroom. The time a student spends in class is not enough to ensure good learning. Homework is an excellent way for parents to keep abreast of their child’s progress.
Good communication between home and school, and mutual cooperation are imperative in fostering the full development of the student’s potential. Please check with your child’s teacher throughout the year concerning homework.
The amount of homework per day from individual teachers may vary. For a child to receive the greatest benefit from homework experiences, the parent/guardian should help by providing an appropriate time and desirable place for the child to work.
Objectives of Homework:
Homework is as important as any other part of schoolwork.
Through conferences, parents/guardians and teachers gain a better insight into the child’s needs, interests, potential and growth, as well as any particular difficulties he/she may be having. If at any time a child would benefit from a parent/teacher conference, the faculty/administration is available by appointment.
At times, our students have opportunities to take field trips when the educational value of the experience warrants the time away from class. In order to maximize the impact of these activities, the following guidelines have been developed:
In May of 1996, the State adopted a Revised Version of the Health curriculum for grades K-9, entitled Framework for Healthful Living Education. It combines the past Health curriculum, the Alcohol and Drug curriculum and adds House Bill 834 (the “abstinence” bill). Students in grades 5-9 will be notified prior to the beginning of this class. If you do not want your child to participate in the lesson, please notify the school.
As per State Law, this curriculum is available for your review at each school and at the Board of Education.
Health and Safety Issues
Use of Medicine
Students should take any necessary medicines when they are at home. When it is necessary for students to take medicine (prescription or non-prescription) during the school day, the following procedures are required by school system regulations:
If a student is to be given a medicine on a daily basis, the parent/guardian must complete a PERMISSION FOR MEDICINE form. This form can be obtained in the school office and will be kept on file. If there are any changes in medication, a new form must be completed before a new medicine or dosage is given. Again, the school asks that medicines be administered at home if at all possible. ALL medicine must be kept in the school office and will be administered and documented by the office staff. Students may keep inhalers and Epi-pens in their classrooms if necessary. It is a violation of the School Drug Policy for students to share inhalers or any other prescription or over-the-counter drugs. The school provides basic first aid to injured students, but we do not administer ANY medications – prescription or over-the-counter without a physician signed form.
If a child has been ill during the night or became ill upon awakening, please do not send the child to school. Students with low-grade fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other acute symptoms will be sent home. If your child has been ill at home with any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home until these symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. If a child becomes ill after coming to school, the parent will be contacted. If a child has a fever of at least 100 degrees of temperature or has vomited, the student will be sent home.
If signs of contagious conditions are recognized, the exclusion of pupils from school will be done on the basis of the following symptoms (there may be additional symptoms not included in this list):
-100 degrees of temperature or above -Persistent cough
-Unrelieved headache -Excessive sore throat
-Diarrhea -Nausea and/or vomiting
-Abdominal pain -Excessive sneezing, running nose, or
-Unidentified rash tearing
-Head lice (HCS has a nit free policy) -Red, inflamed eyes with thick mucous
The teacher will be the initial judge of the health condition of a child. The administrator, school nurse or office manager may assist with health issues, as needed.
If your child is unable to participate in P.E. or recess, please send a note.
We would like to keep this at a minimum.
Sickness/Emergency Contact Information
For each child’s well-being, please keep all contact information current. This is especially important if a child becomes ill at school. If parents cannot be reached, we will use the emergency contact information that has been provided. Please remember to keep all phone numbers current. Sick pick up time limit is 30 minutes. If you can’t be here, please send someone to pick up your child in order to keep contagious situations contained, and the nurse’s office from being over-crowed.
Student accident insurance is available for Riverbend Elementary students. Information on how to purchase this insurance will be available at the beginning of school.
Sunscreen is to be applied at home. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child is protected from the sun. On field days or field trips, when students are in the sun for prolonged periods of time, students may bring sunscreen to school. If you want your child’s teacher to re-apply, you need to label the product with the student’s name and complete an Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization Form. This form must be signed by a physician. We also need written permission from the parent if the student is to self-apply the sunscreen as needed.
Food and Drinks on Campus
The inappropriate use and disposal of food and drinks can cause problems with campus cleanliness. Students must have teacher permission to have food or drink in any classroom. During lunch periods, food and drinks are allowed in the cafeteria and the picnic areas only. Food or drinks are not allowed in the gymnasium and computer lab.
Canned soda or glass bottled drinks are not allowed except for special occasions designated by the teacher. Due to the increase in student allergies, students are not allowed to bring items for snacks or classroom parties that are prepared at home. All items must be commercially packaged or prepared as stated in Board Policy.
General Emergency Drill Instructions
Fire Drill – Fire drills are necessary and are required by law. Students will be required to follow all established fire drill procedures. It is important that each class go all the way to the designated location. Students shall move quietly, briskly and orderly at all times following staff instructions.
Tornado – When a tornado warning is given, the classroom teacher will lead students to a designated area within the building. Teachers will be well-versed regarding proper emergency procedures and will dismiss students from the designated area only when an “all clear” signal is given. A tornado warning drill will be practiced annually.
Lockdown – May be implemented in situations involving intruders and will be practiced three times a year.
School begins at 8:10 a.m. and dismisses at 2:50 p.m. If an emergency arises and you need to make special arrangements, please call the school office.
School Business Office Hours
All school business should be conducted during the regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Rapid Notification Service
Haywood County Schools utilizes an automated phone calling system called “Blackboard Connect”. Possible uses might include weather related announcements, unexpected emergencies that require rapid notification, reminders of upcoming events and so forth. In order for this system to be effective, the school must have up-to-date contact information from every family. Please make sure you can be notified by this system by keeping your contact information current. Check out the HCS homepage and look for the My Connect Portal in the lower right hand corner to sign up for the email and text messaging options.
After School Care
As a service to the families of our school with working parents, the school will offer extended care for the children. Designated staff will be available to care for children from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Children will only be released to parents/guardians or those specifically designated on enrollment forms. Fees for this service are provided on the After School Form.
At Riverbend we welcome parents/guardians to visit our school. For the safety and security of our students, all visitors on campus between 8:10 and 2:55 must enter through the front door and check in at the office. All other doors will be locked for safety purposes. Students may not bring visitors to school during class time. Anyone wishing to visit must report immediately to the office to register and receive a visitor’s pass. Please always keep in mind the need to protect students’ instructional time; therefore, classroom visits during the instructional day must be very limited. In addition, parent/ teacher conferences cannot take place during instructional time. Parents/Guardians are encouraged and welcomed to volunteer and to be more involved in their child’s education. Anyone noticed on campus without a visitor’s pass, will be asked to check in through the office to obtain one.
Nutritious meals are served for breakfast and lunch. We encourage students to eat a hot nutritious meal at school.
On the first day of school, every student will receive information on how to receive free or reduced-priced meals. Those who wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meals need to fill out the on-line application, however, if this is not possible, please let us know and we will provide you with a paper application. We encourage everyone to apply. The income limits are generous.
Breakfast and Lunch are free to all children this year due to a grant associated with COVID-19.
The computer system in the cafeteria allows students to have their own individual accounts and account numbers. Monies may be deposited into these accounts on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for any “extras” they wish to purchase.
Money and Valuables
Students are asked to leave large sums of money or other valuables at home. The school is not responsible for the loss of such items. Jewelry, money, pocketbooks, purses, electronic devices, billfolds and other valuables should not be left unattended if brought to school. Items such as these should not be left in the classroom during lunch unless approved by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with these valuables and other personal belongings. If valuable items such as those mentioned must come to school, the office is willing to secure them in the vault upon request.
The Haywood County Board of Education is committed to non-discrimination in relation to race, sex, marital status, handicapping condition, or citizenship status. This policy pertains to all actions concerning staff, students, employment applicants, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the board does business.
If an individual feels that he/she has been discriminated against contact:
Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent
Haywood County Schools
1230 North Main Street
Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
Phone (828) 456-2400
Parent Notification of Dental Screening
When children have dental problems, their overall health and ability to learn can be seriously compromised. As part of our regular school preventive dental health program, the NC Oral Health Section, Division of Public Health and the Public Health Dental Hygienist for Haywood County, will conduct dental screenings for children in grades K and 5 during the school year. The hygienist will use gloves, a mask, a flashlight, and will use a new tongue depressor for each child. She will not be placing her hands in the child’s mouth. The screening serves as an educational, positive dental experience and also collects information to help improve the Children’s Dental Health programs. Children who see a dentist regularly will also benefit from the screenings for the educational opportunity. A form letter will be sent home to report results. To opt out of this dental screening, please send a note to the child’s teacher.
Pest Control Notification
Board Policy 9205
As part of Haywood County Schools’ long-term maintenance program, pest control will be administered monthly on all buildings and grounds. Normally scheduled pest control administration will occur the first full week of each month. Occasionally, unscheduled dispensation of pest control is needed. Notice of non-scheduled pesticide use will be made at least 72 hours in advance, to the extent possible. All pest control methods used in Haywood County are approved by state and federal agencies to insure safety.
Pictures of Students in Publications
From time to time pictures of students are taken in the school setting and used by the media in a general nature for promotion of certain school programs/activities. Please inform the principal in writing if this will present a problem for you and your child. Our student pictures are used for educational purposes – not social media purposes. Parents are asked to only photograph their own child. We do not photograph children for social media purposes. We ask that parents only post pictures of their own children on social media pages.
Release of Student Rosters
Student directory information as defined in PL 93-568 may be made available to those with legitimate interest in the student. Directory information relating to students includes the following: name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field
of study, participation in officially recognized activities in sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent educational institution attended by the student.
It is the policy of the Board that a learning and working environment free from sexual harassment shall be maintained. It shall be a violation of this policy for any staff member or student to harass another staff member or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. Any violation of this policy should be reported immediately to a school administrator.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the maintenance of student records. Under the law, parents/guardians of students have the right to inspect records kept by the school about the student and the right to correct inaccuracies in the records. Access to the records by persons other than the parents/guardians of the student is limited and generally requires prior consent by the parents/guardians. Copies of this policy (4700) can be accessed via the internet and/or paper copies may be requested from the school or Central Office.
Updated Roster Information
During the first week of attendance, a student information form will need to be completed. Having this information returned promptly and correctly is very important. It is vital for the school to be able to get in touch with parents at all times. Please submit any changes in addresses, telephone numbers (home, cell, work, and emergency), guardianship, etc. in a timely manner. Additional forms are located in the office.
Withdrawal of Students
If withdrawing from school, please come by the school a few days prior to the withdrawal date. The school needs completed withdrawal forms to place in the student’s cumulative folder and to send with the student to help them enroll in the new school. Some school systems will not enroll new students without a withdrawal form.
GENERAL SUGGESTIONS TO PARENTS
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN
Riverbend Administrative Discipline Grid
When a student has progressed on the classroom discipline plan to the “See the principal” phase, principal referrals will result in the following:
Teacher and Student Relationships
½ to 1 Day ISS (TBD)
½ to 1 Day ISS (TBD)
½ to 1 Day ISS (TBD)
Failure to comply with a reasonable request*
½ to 1 Day ISS (TBD)
of written, spoken, or gestured words,
taunting, intimidation, rumor spreading, and playing abusive tricks
Office Detention and Counseling Interventions
1 Day ISS
ISS or OSS (TBD)
Verbal Abuse toward Staff/ Student
1 Day ISS
ISS or OSS (TBD)
Threatening Staff/ Student**
ISS or OSS (TBD)
Physically Abusing Staff/ Student**
ISS or OSS (TBD)
* Severity of violation will affect degree of punishment
**Law enforcement authorities will be notified if necessary
Acts That Can Endanger Students
1-2 Days ISS (TBD)
Determined by Principal and/or Resource Officer
* Severity of fighting will affect degree of punishment
Breach of School Policy
Teacher will make parent contact and possible Classroom Consequence(s)
Teacher will make parent contact, Lunch Detention and/or Classroom Consequence(s)
Teacher will make parent contact, After School Detention and/or Classroom Consequence(s)
Teacher will make parent contact/
After School Detention
Thank you for taking the time to read through the Riverbend Elementary Parent/Student Handbook. Being aware of and following school policies helps to ensure the safest possible environment for our students. If you have any questions, or if I can be of service to you in any way, please feel free to call me at 627-6565.
Revised 8/11/2021 KW