Legacy Early College Elementary School

1613 West Washington St.

Greenville, SC 29601

Phone: (864) 214-1600  

Fax: 451-7023

   

http://www.legacyearlycollege.org

http://www.facebook.com/LegacyEarlyCollege

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“The mission of Legacy Early College is to offer a quality, rigorous, and relevant educational program leading to college graduation and empowering underserved urban scholars to become productive, fit, principled citizens in a changing society.

Our vision is to see every child to and through college graduation.

Virginia Burrows

Principal/School Leader

Kyle Kovach

Assistant Principal/Dean of Scholars

Scholar/Parent Handbook

2017-2018

                                                                                                        Updated 7/17

Welcome

A Note from the Principal and Assistant Principal…

July, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Scholars,

        Welcome to Legacy Early College Elementary School where our school-wide theme is “College Bound Lions”. We are very excited to greet all of our new scholars and welcome back all of the familiar faces.  Teachers have been busy preparing their rooms and working hard on lessons that will challenge and engage your child.  As parents, you can be sure that your child will have a team of caring teachers to guide him or her through an enriching and rewarding school year.

At the heart of every great school is a strong sense of community and parental involvement. There are many ways to become involved at school including parent events and volunteering in classrooms, to name a few.  Please let us know your suggestions and ideas on how we can continue to make our school the best that it can be.  Just stop us when you see us!

Please take some time to read this parent handbook carefully.  It is prepared to help you and answer questions that you may have during the school year.  If this handbook does not answer all of your questions, please do not hesitate to ask your teacher, principal, or someone in the front office.  We are all here for you and your child!

We look forward to working with you to ensure another outstanding school year!  

Sincerely,

Virginia Burrows

Virginia Burrows

Principal/School Leader

Kyle Kovach

Kyle Kovach

Assistant Principal/Dean of Scholars


Legacy Early College Elementary School Goal

Legacy Early College Elementary School will strive for 100% of all scholars in every college class to meet or exceed their Spring MAP Reading and Math goals in 2017-2018 as measured by MAP Fall to Spring data.

Board of Directors

William Brown, Board Chair

Charles Butler

Cary Hall

Steve Lanzl

Charles Brewer

Ann Bryan

Glenn Head

Tom Moran

Joseph Sullivan

Helen Irby

Adela Mendoza

David Mitchell

Carl Stecker

Llyn Strong

*** Board Meetings are held each month at the Elementary School or on the Parker Campus. Agenda is posted on doors as a reminder each month. All Legacy Family Members are invited.

School Office Hours

Office staff will be available to assist parents and/or children from Mondays-Fridays 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM. If you have questions or concerns please call 864-214-1600 during these hours.    

Academic Program

Daily Schedule

7:20                        Staff prepare for duty.  

7:30                        This is the earliest time that scholars may enter the building.

7:30–8:00         Children arriving at school will report to cafeteria for breakfast, then to classrooms beginning at 7:40am

7:30–8:00                Breakfast served in cafeteria –free for all scholars

7:30-8:00                Scholar School Store Open/Scholar Post Office Open

8:00                        Morning Routines/Instruction Begins

8:00-3:30                Uninterrupted Classroom Instruction

10:15-1:15                Lunch/Recess Schedules                        

3:30                        Afternoon Announcements –if needed

Mon-Thurs: 3:45        Scholars Dismissed

Fridays: 1:00        Scholars Dismissed                        

Curriculum and Instruction

The curriculum at Legacy Elementary School is considered to be all the experiences that a child has while at school.  Subject areas taught include:  Language (English, reading, spelling, writing, and speaking), mathematics, science, social studies, health, art, music, and physical education.  Special efforts are made to meet the individual needs of our children through individualized instruction, small group instruction, individual projects, and the use of technological devices. Our school has clearly defined learning objectives following the South Carolina State Standards for College and Career Readiness for our children. While teaching this curriculum, we will strive to create a school atmosphere in which every scholar can learn the values of discipline, respect, and a love of learning.

Some Resources you may see your scholars involved with this year include the following:

Reading/Writing:

        -Balanced Literacy Approach (Writing Workshop, Reading Workshop, Guided Reading, Word Block, Independent Reading, Shared Reading, Reading Centers, Teacher Directed Reading, Conferences, Word Walls, Read Alouds, Literature Circles, Big Books, etc.)

        -Scholars will be assessed using the Amplify Reading 3D Running Record System, benchmarks, rubrics, and/or Compass and MAP Computer Testing to determine current reading levels. Small group instruction and independent reading will focus on scholars’ individual reading levels.

        - Phonics, current South Carolina Basal Reading Series, Thesauruses/Dictionaries, and Spelling may also be used to supplement our reading program success.

        -Eureka Math, Saxon Math, Calendar Math, current South Carolina Math Textbook Series, AIMS, Marilyn Burns Read Aloud Program may be utilized as some of our primary resources along with multiple math manipulatives daily.

        -Scholars will be assessed using Math Benchmarks, Compass and MAP Computer Testing, and other informal assessments to determine individual needs for scholars for future small group and individual intervention planning.

        -Scholars in grades 5K-2 will focus on developing print skills, while grades 2-4 will strengthen cursive writing skills.

        -Social Studies Lessons are based on South Carolina State Standards and lessons are developed with Non-Fiction Texts, the state adopted SS textbook, and lessons developed around scholars’ individual reading levels.

        -Science Lessons are based on South Carolina State Standards and lessons developed with the state adopted Science textbook, Hands-On Science Labs/Kits, Experiences in the School Garden, Non-Fiction Texts, STEAM lab experiences, and lessons developed around scholars’ individual reading levels.

Gifted and Talented Experiences

*Scholars are identified formally for the Gifted and Talented Program in the Fall of 2nd Grade through the South Carolina Cog/At/ITBS Assessments.

*Scholars in 5k-4th are also identified as accelerated through formative assessments such as Amplify Reading 3D and MAP as well as teacher recommendations.

*We look at a scholar’s academic/intellectual ability as well as artistic potential in functioning at a high performance level.

*The elementary school offers a number of enrichment opportunities for GT identified children and other scholars excelling in certain subjects/areas in all grades 5k-4th.

*These scholars are involved in various enrichment experiences based on their individual needs such as: differentiated/leveled book clubs, small differentiated instructional groups in and outside the classroom lessons, accelerated lessons and instruction with other scholars working on similar achievement levels, mentoring experiences, and detailed lessons in working with the musical performing arts.

*Our various enrichment activities occur before, during, and after school, in the summer, on Saturdays, and through independent studies.

Special Services

Special instruction is made available to meet the needs of our children who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Scholars are served in settings appropriate for their disabilities. All information pertaining to services supplied through Special Education will only be released to individuals who have direct contact with the scholar and parent/guardian. Please inform school of any special services your child has received prior to coming to Legacy. Self-contained placement is not available. The guidelines followed by Legacy Charter School are those established by local and federal mandates. Specific and additional information may be obtained by contacting the school’s Special Education Teacher.

Scholar Services Team

The Scholar Services Team at Legacy Early College Elementary School consists of the scholar services counselor, school social worker, and school psychologist. The goal of this team is to provide scholars with knowledge and support in the areas of academic deficiencies, personal, social, and emotional development, to promote positive mental health, and to assist scholars in acquiring and using life skills. This is accomplished through a comprehensive support program including individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom lessons. Additionally, our team provides teacher and parent consulting on an as needed basis. Our scholar services counselor may be contacted through our school office at 864-214-1600.

Extended Day Program

This year, Legacy Elementary will offer extended learning opportunities through our Lion’s College Club. This program will serve recommended scholars based on academic need.  The Lions College Club will provide an extra hour after school hours Mondays through Thursdays for 15 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the spring. Detailed information other general afterschool program opportunities off campus will be given to our parents at the beginning of the school year. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Burrows and Mr. Kovach at 214-1600.

Scholar Progress

Scholar progress is evaluated and recorded on report cards which are issued every nine weeks. Report cards must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school. Other reports concerning individual progress may also be issued. These unscheduled reports will be made as necessary to notify parents of excellent progress as well as unsatisfactory progress.

Parents are urged to initiate conferences at any time by writing a note (with a contact number) or calling the teacher. Teachers may call home, make home visits, and/or request that parents attend special conferences. Parents in grades 2-4 may also check their child’s grades on the Parent Portal (See office for Parent Log-Ins).

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Promotion-Retention

Legacy Early College Elementary School maintains high expectations for our scholars to be college-bound. Academics always come first and it is an expectation for ALL scholars to maintain a grade average of 80% or higher. Scholars who are doing unsatisfactory work and not working on grade level would benefit from being retained. The decision to retain comes as a result of a team discussion including the teacher, instructional specialists, and administration.  Multiple data points are evaluated including the scholar’s reading level, grades, MAP test scores, attendance, and Light’s Retention Scale. Parents will be notified of unsatisfactory progress and the possibility of retention by January/February. A meeting with the teacher, parents, and administration (if necessary) will be scheduled to explore all options for the ultimate success of each scholar.  The decision to retain a scholar is made on a scholar-to-scholar basis.

Homework Policy

Scholars in grades K5-4 will be assigned meaningful homework each Monday-Thursday in reading, math, and possibly science and social studies.  Homework will be assigned according to individual scholar needs.  A specific purpose must serve as the basis for each assignment.  Scholars will receive prompt feedback on their assignment completion.  

Policy and Procedures

1.        Types of Homework

a.        Preparation homework helps scholars prepare for the next day’s lesson.

b.        Practice homework provides review and reinforcement necessary to learn a previously taught lesson.

c.        Extension homework guides scholars so they can expand and apply concepts taught in class.

d.        Creative homework encourages scholars to develop their own ideas related to a class topic.

2.        Frequency and Amount of Homework 

  1.         Scholars will be expected to complete assignments within the following number of minutes for all subjects combined:

Kindergarten: 1-15 minutes per day, Monday – Thursday

                        Grade 1-2:  15-30 minutes per day, Monday – Thursday

                        Grade 3-4:  30-45 minutes per day, Monday – Thursday

NOTE – This expectation does not include time spent reviewing, reading, and preparing for tests or off-task behavior.  

b.        Weekends and holiday breaks may be used to complete make-up work and long-term assignments, projects, or extra practice.

        3.        Evaluation and Grading of Homework

  1.         All assignments will be used as a part of the scholar’s overall assessment.
  2.         All teachers will have a clearly stated late policy for assignments.
  3.         Extensions may be requested and may be granted at the teacher’s discretion.

4.        Homework Requests Due to Absences

  1.         Scholars are responsible for finding out what assignments were missed and make up assignments upon their return.
  2.         For absences of two days or longer, parents should contact the school to request their child’s missing assignments.
  3.         For extended absences, teachers will work with parents to determine a reasonable due date.

5.        Consequences for Not Completing Homework                

a.        Privileges may be limited if scholars do not complete assignments.

b.        Parents will be contacted.

c.        Scholars will make up missed homework during non-instructional times (lunch, recess,

incentive times

        6.        Scholar Responsibilities

a.        Understand how to complete all homework assignments before leaving school. Take the time to ask questions of your teachers.        

b.         Take home all necessary materials to complete your assignments.  

                        c.        Schedule and organize time for homework that is compatible with family and/or after school activities.        

d.        Complete assignments, observing high standards of neatness and quality.

                e.        Strive to turn in every assignment on time.

f.        Obtain assignments during or following an absence and complete work.

7.        Parent Responsibilities

  1.         Familiarize yourself with the homework policies and procedures in your child’s class.
  2.         Provide a place for your child to study.
  3.         Encourage him or her to develop good study habits.
  4.         Encourage the use of planners to increase organizational skills.
  5.         Guide or assist in homework when unusual difficulties arise, but do not complete the homework for your child.
  6.         Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher, especially if your child has difficulties with assignments, concepts or directions.
  7.         Contact the school and make a homework request when your child is absent.  
  8.               Check purple folders DAILY for homework and teacher notes.

STEAM Lab Experiences

Legacy Early College Elementary School scholars will receive hands-on STEAM experiences throughout the year in our indoor/outdoor lab.  These activities will be designed to coordinate with grade level standards and allow for kinesthetic learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  The STEAM Lab Manager coordinates with classroom teachers to plan units in accordance with what the scholars are learning within the classroom each week.  In addition to the STEAM lab, experiences will occur within the LECES garden.

Scholar Field Experiences

Legacy Early College Elementary provides field experiences for scholars in all grades. Any scholar wishing to participate in a field trip or similar activity must comply with the dress code, behavioral standards, and parent/guardian permission requirements as outlined by the supervising faculty member. All Field Experiences at Legacy Elementary School are earned privileges. Participating scholars must not have any discipline issues, have submitted signed permission slips prior to the activity, and have all necessary fees paid. If a scholar has had a disciplinary referral in the month prior to the field experience, the scholar will remain at the school while the rest of their group is away. She/he will be given necessary school work to complete in another classroom.

**A list of approved Field Experiences includes but is not limited to:

-Zoo

-Pumpkin Farm

-Apple Farm

-Water Park

-Fire Station

-Public Library

-Local Parks

-Poinsett Club

-Columbia State House

-Atlanta Aquarium

-Walking Trips around Greenville

-Bi-Lo Center

-Peace Center

-Roper Mountain

-Ice Skating

Family Involvement

Contacting Your Scholar At School

Except in an emergency, messages will be taken at front office for children so that classroom instruction is not interrupted.

Protected Health Information Notice

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires certain offices/persons within the school to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide individuals with notice of the school’s legal duties and privacy practices with respect to such information. The school will not use or disclose protected health information except under circumstances either required/permitted by law, or pursuant to authorization from the individual or his/her personal representative.

Annual Notification of Rights Under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

 

This is to advise you that pursuant to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974″ (FERPA), and its implementing regulations, as well as Charter School policy and regulation, parent(s)/guardian(s) or students under 18 years of age and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) are entitled to certain rights with respect to a students’ education records. These rights are set forth below:

• Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the student’s education records defined by law to include those records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to the student and are maintained by the Charter School or by a person acting for the Charter School. A parent/guardian or an eligible student shall make a request for access to those student’s education records, in writing to the Building Principal of the school at which the student is, or was last, in attendance. Upon receipt of such request, arrangements shall be made to provide access to such records within a reasonable period of time, but in any case, not more than thirty (30) days after the request has been received.

• Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students are also entitled to challenge the contents of such records, to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, and to ask for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students are also entitled to notice of any decision by the Charter School not to amend a student’s education records as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible student, and of their right to a hearing regarding the Charter School’s denial of a request for such an amendment.  Any questions concerning the procedure to be followed in making a challenge and/or requesting a hearing should be directed to the Principal.

• Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students have a right that student education records, and any material contained therein which is personally identifiable, are confidential and may not be released or made available to persons other than parent(s)/ guardian(s) or eligible students without the prior written consent of such parent(s)/ guardians or eligible student(s) except:

  1. As directory information unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student objects by September 1st of each school year. Charter School student directory information includes name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height (if members of athletic teams), degrees and awards received, and the name of the educational agency or institution previously attended by the student. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students may refuse to let the Charter School designate any or all of the above information about the student as directory information,
  2. To another school district in which a student seeks to enroll or intends to enroll, upon  request by such district,
  3. To individuals employed by the Charter School either as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel, school board members when acting as a corporate entity in the discharge of statutory duties and responsibilities; and individuals with whom the Charter School has contracted to perform a special task. (i.e., the school attorney; auditor, medical consultant or therapist) who have a legitimate educational need for access to such records. A legitimate educational for any of these individuals to access a student’s records without prior written consent of a parent/guardian or eligible student will be deemed to exist only when it can be shown that such access and disclosure is necessary for any such individual to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities; or
  4. As otherwise expressly permitted by law.
  5. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and eligible students have a right to obtain a copy of the Charter School’s policy and accompanying regulation pertaining to the confidentiality of student education records. A copy of said policy and regulation may be obtained from the Principal.

 

If you feel that your rights under the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974″ have been abridged as a result of alleged failures by the Charter School to comply with the requirements of FERPA you may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202 4605.

Lost and Found

A lost and found area is maintained in the school.  To help us return items to your child, we recommend putting your child’s name on items of clothing, coats, sweaters, lunch boxes, etc. Every few months, we donate unclaimed articles to charitable organizations.  

Lunch and Breakfast Programs

All scholars may have breakfast and lunch at no charge. Any scholar who participated in a free meal program during the previous school year will remain on the same program for the first 10 days of school only. A new free lunch application will be sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year.  It must be completed and returned to the school in order to determine if your child qualifies or will remain on a lunch program. Applications are also available in the office in the event that your financial circumstances change during the school year.

Notes Required From Parents or Guardians

The school requires a note/form from parents or guardians under the following circumstances:

Parent-Teacher Conferences

At least two conferences between the child’s teacher, child, and parent/guardian will be scheduled during the school year.  These are typically scheduled at the end of the nine-week reporting periods.  As part of our Commitment to Excellence, all parents/guardians MUST attend these scheduled conferences.  Your child’s teacher will arrange an appointment for these conferences. Some conferences will be Scholar-Led Conferences which provide an opportunity for the scholar to share his/her Individual Learning Plan and overall progress in school. Scholars are expected to attend the conference in dress code, conduct the conference seriously and share important information from their Individual Learning Plans and progress in school.

Recognition for Scholar Academic Achievement

In addition to many other types of recognition, we strive to recognize scholars who are performing well in the classroom. We have 3 Celebrations of Excellence throughout the school year for children in Grades 5K-4. In addition, we have an end of year awards presentation for 1st-3rd grades and K5/4th grade graduations.  Scholars are honored who have shown excellence in the classroom and school.  We encourage parents to plan to attend these special celebrations.

School Newsletter and Other Communication

We take great pride in communicating news of interest and upcoming events and programs to our parents and community through a variety of venues. If you have another way that we can communicate with you, please let us know!

Some examples of our communication home:

-Marquee

-Dry erase board out front

-Personal phone calls home

-All-Call phone system

-Texts

-Emails

-Facebook… www.facebook.com/LegacyEarlyCollege

-Website… www.legacyearlycollege.org

-School bi-weekly newsletters

-Class weekly newsletters

-Personal written notes

-Fliers and hand-outs

-Report Cards

-Progress Reports

-Daily progress charts

-Home visits

-Parent Conferences

-Parent Meetings

-Parent Portal

-Catch parents in the car rider line

School Supplies

Parents are requested to supply their child(ren) with basic school supplies such as pencils, paper, and notebooks.  Some individual teachers may recommend other supplies.  Please see the school website for supply lists by grade levels. Free school supplies may be provided to any child who needs them. Please see our parent coordinators if you have any special needs. Parents are also responsible for providing all medical supplies & equipment to be used during school hours.

Title I

Legacy Early College is a Title I School. We receive extra support funding for math and reading initiatives/needs, as well as for technology, teacher professional development, and parenting programs. The current Title I Plan is always available in office and on our website for review. At least once a month throughout the year, parents can become involved with Title I Meetings, Various Programs, and other Special Activities that are guided with Title I initiatives and funding. All parents are welcome to all meetings and we encourage you to come be involved in planning every chance you have!

***All parents, scholars, teachers, and administrators sign a Commitment to Excellence (Parent Compact) form at the beginning of each school year. This form spells out the responsibilities for all to commit to in order to support our scholars in finding academic success.

Written Procedures for Processing Parent Complaints

Legacy Early College Elementary School takes pride in building our partnership with our parents and families. Our scholars are college bound and our scholars need the support from all of our stakeholders. No one group can do it alone, so we need to rely on scholars, teachers, support staff, administration, board members, parents, and other community members to help us achieve success.

We are constantly asking our families how we can make Legacy Charter a stronger school. Whether it be through parent meetings, suggestion boxes in the office, surveys, letters, phone calls/texts, or just allowing parents a minute to pull us aside to have a quick word. We strive to do whatever it takes.

We tend to be more informal when processing parent suggestions. However, the steps we would take include the following:

  1. Receive the suggestion/concern from parent (through email, phone call, suggestion box, survey, etc.
  2. The teacher takes steps needed to address suggestion/concern within 24 hours.
  3. If the teacher is not the one who can address the suggestion/concern, he or she will make the administration aware.
  4. The administrator takes steps needed to address suggestion/concern within 24 hours.
  5. If the administrator is not the one who can address the suggestion/concern, he or she will make the executive director aware.
  6. The executive director, with support from the board, will move forward with final decisions and changes as need.

Volunteers

Numerous opportunities are available for you to serve as a volunteer in our school.  You may wish to volunteer to read to children, help with field trips, work on our flower beds, gardens, and grounds, prepare kindergarten snacks, or provide other valuable services by contacting the office or your child’s teacher. Volunteers will need to go through a SLED check before becoming approved for working in our school.  If you are interested in being a mentor to a child, please contact the school leaders, our parenting coordinators, or our teachers.

Visitation in School

Parents and visitors are welcome to visit our school anytime. We have an Open-Door Policy. We will let you “peek” in on your child; however, we do hold a strict policy that protects instructional time. We will NOT interrupt a teacher if he/she is teaching a lesson. Please understand that there may be times that parents will not be allowed to go to the classroom, unless pre-arranged with the teacher. Please contact the teacher, principal and/or assistant principal in advance to arrange a time and date to visit.  All visitors to the school must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge at all times while in the building and/or on the school campus.  

What You Can Do To Help Your Child Learn

School Safety

Accidents and Emergencies

We make every effort to prevent accidents.  Should an accident or emergency occur, authorized school personnel will administer first aid to injured scholars.  In cases of serious accident or illness, we will make every effort to contact you. If we are unsuccessful in reaching parents, the school will follow parents’ directions on the enrollment and consent forms to secure an individual to pick up your child, or secure emergency medical treatment if needed. School personnel will exercise extreme caution in making a decision that involves the health and safety of your child following an accident or other emergency. It is essential that the school has all updated numbers as soon as they are changed.  Please provide the main office with any change of phone numbers by calling 214-1600.  

Emergency Contact Numbers

THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS IMPORTANT!  Please keep us informed of any changes in your address or contact names and numbers on your child’s sign out sheet, with teachers, and the school nurse. We must have your current contact information at all times, even if your phone number is unlisted. We use a Phone System to call home throughout the year about upcoming events and other important information. To update or make changes to your information, please either request a new form or come by the office to make changes.  

Daily Dismissal

In order to ensure the scholars’ safety, the office maintains a list of individuals who are authorized to obtain the release of scholars in attendance at the school. No scholar may be released into the custody of any individual who is not the parent or guardian of the scholar unless the individual’s name appears on the authorization list.

A parent/guardian must complete a list of individuals authorized to obtain the release of their child from school at the beginning of each year.

Please do NOT park on grass outside gates, on sides of school, or in back of school and walk up to pick your child up from school. Scholars will only be dismissed to cars in the car rider line with car tags. The police monitor parents trying to park in those areas.

To allow your child to ride home with another scholar, notes are required from the parents of both children. Notes should be turned in by 8:00 AM on the day of the request.  Notes must include contact information for both parents so the office staff can confirm the request.  Unfortunately, if a note is not received from each parent, or we are unable to confirm the request, your child will not be permitted to ride home with another scholar.  

Notes are also required when your child’s way home is being changed (examples: not riding bus and being picked up instead, or not going an afterschool program and getting picked up instead). Please be aware: If a teacher does NOT have a written note from the parent about the change in the way a child needs to go home that day, the child will be sent home as he normally goes home… Please do not rely on your child to “tell the teacher”.  

When a parent needs their child picked up by a different individual in the car rider line, parents are urged to call the school by 1:30 to make the change known to teachers, scholar, and other necessary staff members.

Please be sure scholars are picked up promptly at dismissal (scholars should not have to wait past 4:00pm Mondays-Thursdays or past 1:15pm on Fridays –we do not have staff on duty to monitor scholars. (Reminder: Scholars not being picked up on time is used in determining if scholars should return to Legacy the following school year.)

Morning Car Line Procedures

All scholars should be dropped off on the sidewalk in front of the main entrance of the school.  Drivers should follow the single file line of traffic ONLY beside the sidewalk directly in front of the school building.

For the safety of our scholars, please do not pull out of line quickly or try to make a second line for dropping off or pickup. DOORS WILL OPEN EACH MORNING AT 7:30am. If a parent leaves a scholar at school before doors open at 7:30am, necessary action will take place.

Afternoon Car Line Procedures

Dismissal of scholars will begin at approximately 3:45 Mondays-Thursdays and 1:00 on Fridays.

Drivers should follow the single file line of traffic ONLY beside the sidewalk directly in front of the school building. For the safety of our scholars, please do not pull out of line quickly or try to make a second line for dropping off or pickup. School personnel and Scholar Safety Patrol will call children to the loading zone as cars arrive. School personnel will assist children getting into the car. Parents are asked to not get out of their cars as this interferes with the traffic flow. Please do NOT park on grass outside gates, on sides of school, or in back of school and walk up to pick your child up from school. The police monitor parents trying to park in those areas.

Scholars will only be dismissed to cars in the car rider line with car tags. Please follow the instructions of those teachers on duty. No Cell Phones Are Allowed in the Car Rider Line.

Emergency Drills

Fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills help children react quickly and responsibly in emergency situations.  In accordance with state laws, Legacy Elementary School has at least one emergency drill each month.  Drills are held without warning.  During a drill, teachers instruct their scholars on the fastest and safest exit route. Evacuation routes are posted in each room. In accordance with the Safe Schools Act of 1990, we will be conducting other safety drills such as bomb threats.  We may also practice a mock evacuation of the building during the school year.  These drills are necessary for the safety of the scholars.

*During an emergency fire drill, scholars are to line up immediately inside the room single file. They follow the route described for that room. No talking is permitted during these drills.

Our phone system will call parents to advise them of the situation and what steps to take if a real emergency is present. That is why keeping your child’s contact information up to date is so important!

Emergency School Closings

If school is closed for inclement weather or any emergency, listen to local radio stations or contact the school for announcements. Administration must authorize school closings. LECES will still follow Greenville County School District closings for inclement weather. Please tune to local radio and television stations for announcements about school closings. If an emergency occurs during the school day while scholars are at school, our phone system will call home and provide parents with necessary details.

Playground Safety

Although we make every effort to prevent injuries at school, unexpected accidents unfortunately can occur.  Even with close supervision, injuries may occur on playground equipment.  For this reason, we ask that you stress the importance of safe play with your child.  There should be no wrestling or rough play, even for fun. There should be no tackle-type football. There should be no rough basketball playing. Children may not throw rocks or any other objects which might injure other scholars. Scholars may not pick up items they may find on the playground. If something is found, they should notify an adult immediately. If you prefer that your child not use the playground equipment, please notify the principal in writing.

Policies and Procedures

Enrollment

Legacy Early College Elementary School is a school of choice. Scholars who attend Legacy must complete an application and go through the application process before being accepted. Once accepted, items required for enrollment are: (1) a registered birth certificate, (2) a SC certificate of immunization, (3) a social security card, (4) a Medicaid card, if parents have one, (5) proof of residence, and (6) other necessary forms as requested by office. Any enrollment questions should be addressed to the office secretary.

Attendance

Legacy Elementary School scholars, as well as scholars statewide, must attend school under the guidelines mandated by the Educational Improvement Act of 1984. We want to make you aware of these regulations so that we can work together for the best interest of our children in achieving excellence. Attendance is primarily the responsibility of the scholars and parents/ guardians.

These regulations provide that:

  1. When your child is absent, the phone system will call home that day to check on them.
  2. When a scholar has accumulated 3 consecutive unlawful absences, or after the 4th unlawful absence, you, the parent or guardian, will be contacted by the school to have a truancy intervention meeting with the School Social Worker. An Attendance Compact will be completed and signed.
  3. When a scholar has accumulated 6 or more unlawful absences, the school will begin necessary legal action.
  4. After a scholar has accumulated 10 absences, lawful or unlawful, future absences due to illness must be verified by a doctor’s statement. Retention in that grade will need to be considered when there have been excessive absences.
  5. Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to make up work missed during all absences.

Excused Absences

To be excused all absences require written documentation that has been signed by the parent/guardian and submitted within 24 hours of the absence. All written absences are kept on file. Excused absences are defined as absences that occur because of one or more of the following:

Early Dismissals

Whenever possible, please schedule medical and dental appointments after school hours to avoid interrupting the daily learning process.  If you plan to sign your child out of school early, please send a note to the child’s teacher on the morning of the early dismissal.  Fridays would be the best days for afternoon appointments since we dismiss at 1pm on Fridays. Please include your signature and a contact number where you can be reached.  Please include the reason and specify the time of the early dismissal.  Parents/guardians must report to the main office to sign their child out if he/she is being picked up prior to 3:00 PM Mondays-Thursdays and 12:30PM on Fridays. If you arrive after these times to pick up your child, you will need to stay in the car rider line. In the interest of your child’s education, please try to avoid signing out your child unless absolutely necessary.  Scholars are not permitted to leave school grounds during the school day unless signed out by a parent or an individual listed on the official school Sign-Out Sheet. The scholar will be called by the office staff when the parent or legal guardian arrives.  For the protection of your children, office staff may require picture identification to be presented as necessary.                                                                                                                                  The following consequences will be implemented to prevent unexcused early dismissals:

1st Early Leave        No Action

2nd Early Leave        Warning

3rd Early Leave        School Contacts Parent

*After 3 Early Leaves, Loss of Perfect Attendance Award during that Nine Week Awards Program

4th Early Leave        Conference with Assistant Principal or his/her designee.

5th Early Leave        Attendance Compact will be completed and signed.

*Excessive Early Leaves will be used when evaluating scholars the privilege to attend Legacy the following school year.

Tardiness

Scholars are considered tardy at 8:10 AM. Children should be in their classrooms and ready to begin learning at this time.  When children arrive late, instructional time is lost and your child may miss important information.  Punctuality is a quality of good citizenship.  Help your child arrive on time.  If your child is late, Parents are required to come in the office to sign in your child.  Excessive tardiness will result with the following consequences:

        1st Tardy        No Action

2nd Tardy        Warning

3rd Tardy        School Contacts Parent

*After 3 Tardies, Loss of Perfect Attendance Award during that Nine Week Awards Program

4th Tardy        Conference with Assistant Principal or his/her designee.

5th Tardy         Attendance Compact will be completed and signed.

*Excessive Tardies will be used when evaluating scholars for the privilege to attend Legacy the following school year.

Bus Transportation

Student and driver safety is our main priority on the bus. The bus driver is responsible for maintaining appropriate student behavior. School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. Abuse of this privilege will result in a disciplinary report that will be submitted from transportation for disciplinary action. A copy of the bus discipline referral will be sent home with the students to the parents. If the problem persists, the school may suspend the child from bus transportation.

*Disciplinary action will be taken if students break the following rules:

1. Disorderly conduct, improper language, unnecessary noise, eating or drinking on the bus, head or arms out of the bus window, tampering with or defacing the bus, out of seat when bus is in motion, and scuffling, hitting, pushing, fighting, or any other action deemed inappropriate.

2. Returning students will ride the same bus to which they were assigned the previous school year and will be dropped off and picked up at the same locations unless notified otherwise.

3. Parents of new students must come into the school office to request a bus transportation form to complete. Administration will review your request and respond within a week of the request. Please be aware that bus requests are considered on a very limited basis and may not be approved. Parents are responsible for transporting their child to school until notified that their request has been approved.

To ensure the continuing safety of all students who ride school buses, Legacy Charter School has trained all bus drivers in the Assertive Discipline Program. This program is centered on bus riders, adherence to the rules of conduct expected of them and certain consequences that will ensue if these rules are not followed. Principals, the bus coordinator, and drivers have formulated these rules and consequences and have communicated them to students.

Each bus rider is expected to:

1. be at the bus stop on time!

2. follow the driver’s directions

3. sit in the assigned seat

4. keep hands, arms, legs, and objects to him/herself

5. refrain from cursing, name calling, gestures, or lud talking

6. refrain from pushing

7. refrain from eating, drinking, chewing gum, or littering

8. abide by the school’s discipline code

If students violate bus rules, consequences will result in the following:

1. Driver warns student

2. Conference with driver on bus and referral sent to administrator and legal guardian.

3. Seating assignment changed and referral sent to administrator and legal guardian.

4. Student referral to principal

Upon referral to the principal, the principal will follow these steps:

1. Suspend the student from the bus 1-5 days

2. Suspend the student from the bus 5-10 days

3. Suspend the student from the bus 10-15 days

4. Suspend the student from the bus permanently

For incidents that involve severe offenses, such as fighting, possession of weapons, possession of drugs, alcohol, smoking, actions which endanger the safety of the driver and other students, or damage to the bus, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Such action could involve a lengthier bus suspension or permanent suspension from the bus.

The bus driver and assigned administrator have the authority to remove a student from the bus if the student becomes uncontrollable while on the bus. The student may not board the bus again until granted permission to do so by the principal. If a student damages a school bus, an appropriate fee will be charged. The student responsible for the damage will be suspended from riding the bus until restitution has been made. The principal may set up a payment plan for students who are unable to pay the entire amount. Total restitution must be made or the bus privilege will be lost.

The bus loading area is limited only to those who ride the bus. Because of limited busses, bus stops are planned to accommodate all student needs. The bus stops are typically planned for a common meeting place and not picking up at students’ homes.

Please be reminded that if your scholar does NOT ride the bus for 2 consecutive weeks, your child’s seat will be filled with the next student on the waiting list and we will need to place your child back on the waiting list again.

Also be reminded that only students Legacy students approved by administration may ride the bus. This means that if your child has an overnight visitor, you must get prior permission for the additional child to take the bus.

Cell Phone Policy

Legacy Elementary School scholars may NOT have these devices at school.  If electronic devices are found at school the device will be taken, parents will be notified, and the device will be held for a parent/guardian in the front office.  

School Food Policy

We provide healthy, nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with several choices to our children.  Fast food and carbonated drinks are not allowed on campus.  No canned or glass bottle drinks will be permitted. Box or bag lunches brought from home need to include only healthy items. Birthday cupcakes, cookies, Halloween and Valentine candy, etc. are not allowed on campus. All prohibited items will be confiscated and parents will be called.

Some healthy food item choices include but are not limited to:

*Fresh fruit, such as apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, peaches, plums, strawberries, watermelon, etc.

*Dried fruits, including raisins and prunes

*Fruit cups or canned fruit in water, 100% fruit juice or light syrup

*Raw vegetables, including carrots, celery, or broccoli, that can be served with a low-fat dip or dressing

*Dairy products, such as low-fat cheese, yogurt or a homemade fruit smoothie

*Granola bars (e.g., Nutri Grain)

*Plain pretzels or popcorn

*Baked chips

*Water bottles or whole juice bottles (plastic only)

Food items not allowed on campus include but are not limited to:

*Fast Food Items

*Fried foods (McDonald’s, chicken fingers, French fries, etc.)

*Canned sodas

*Candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc.

*Poptarts

*Potato Chips, Cheeze Doodles, Cheetos, Doritoes, etc.

*Peanut butter or any other product containing nuts… strictly enforced because of our scholars with peanut allergies

Scholar Health Policies

Sick and injured scholars are sent to the Health Clinic for assessment and evaluation by the school nurse. If your child has a medical condition or illness that requires special treatments and/or nursing procedures, these will be managed in the Health Clinic. If your child is too ill or uncomfortable to remain in school, or if his/her fever is 100 degrees or more, the nurse will notify you by telephone to pick your child up from school. In addition, there are other medical conditions that will require you to keep your child at home. The nurse will send a letter to all parents at the beginning of the school year informing you of when you need to keep your child at home due to certain medical/acute conditions. It is very important that you complete and sign the Health/Emergency form on your child. All questions on the form must be answered so that your child’s health care needs can be met adequately during school hours. In addition, the school requires completion of other health related forms, especially if your child has a chronic health condition. If your child has a chronic health condition, the registered nurse will contact you to set up an appointment for the purposes of developing an Individual Health Care Plan (IHP) and/or an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Visits to the Health Room

*Scholars must obtain a health room pass from a teacher to go to the Health Room.

The purpose of the Health Room is to provide short-term care in the event of illness or injury while at school. It is not intended to replace a physician’s office. Every effort is made to keep a scholar at school if at all possible. If it is determined that the scholar is too ill to stay in school, arrangements need to be made to pick him/her up as soon as possible.

Scholar Emergency Forms

1. Complete form, date, sign, and return immediately. These forms are available for downloading/printing on the school website.

2. Update (by sending a note or calling the school office) when changes occur.

3. Indicate who the emergency people listed are (friend, grandparent, etc.).

Any scholar who is under the care of a physician and taking medication during school must have his or her parent/guardian and physician complete forms for dispensing the medication. The Office will not accept any medication without proper forms completed. State law only allows a nurse or authorized personnel to dispense Tylenol/ibuprofen or any other medication and requires written permission. All medications must be supplied to the school by the parent/guardian.

1. All prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs must be given to the school nurse or office staff to be administered to the scholar. Permission forms (prescription or non-prescription) must be signed by parent and /or physician as well.

2. If the scholar must take medication at school, the Parent or Physician’s Authorization Form must be completed. These forms must be submitted prior to cataloguing the drugs. In order to catalog all prescription drugs, a doctor’s note must accompany the request and the drugs when submitted to the nurse. Forms are available in the Health Room and on the school website.

* Long-Term Medicines (to be given at school for 2 weeks or longer) must have a Parent’s Authorization Form completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian. A Physician’s Authorization Form (if prescription medication) must be completed and signed by the doctor who has prescribed this medicine for your child.

* Short-Term Medicines (to be given at school with less than a two-week duration) must have a Parent’s Authorization Form (prescription or non-prescription) completely filled out and signed by the parent/guardian and physician if prescription medication.

NO MEDICATION WILL BE GIVEN WITHOUT THIS WRITTEN PERMISSION!

3. Scholars are not to give themselves their own medicines. ALL medicines must be given through the Health Room. This policy is for the safety of the scholars.

4. All medications must be in the original container with a label. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well. Medications that cannot be identified by the container will not be given

5. The school will not administer medication that is reportedly missed at home. We will only administer those doses that are scheduled during school hours. A parent may bring a missed dose of medication to school and may administer it to the scholar.

6. If the scholar experiences frequent headaches, stomach upset, or other pain, the parent may provide the Health Room with the appropriate over-the-counter medications with proper documentation.

Guidelines for Medication Administration

When a scholar is required to take medication during the school day, the following guidelines will be followed:

1. Written permission from the parent/legal guardian for each medication in addition to doctor’s verification will be required and maintained in the Health Room.

2. The medication will be stored in a locked container and administered by the school nurse or staff who will record this information on the scholar’s medication record. A list of staff designated by the principal to assist with medications in the absence of the nurse will be posted in the health room. Schedules should be arranged so that the school nurse administers all medications if possible. The nurse will verify medication and signature of the parent if the parent does not come in.

3. Any errors or incidents involving medication will be reported on the DHEC Medication Occurrence Form with copies provided to the principal and nurse supervisor.

When a scholar leaves the school for a field trip (same day), his/her medication will be secured in a container labeled with the scholar’s name, date, medication, dosage, strength and time for administration. The school nurse shall provide the staff accompanying scholars on the trips with the information needed regarding the medication, its purpose, and side effects that may occur.

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school nurse regarding medication necessary when a field trip occurs.

Overnight Field Trip Protocol

Procedure for Medication Administration on a School Sponsored Field Trip – Overnight or Beginning/Ending after Regular School Hours

1. Prescription Medication Form and Non Prescription Medication Form – Will be attached to the permission form for the field trip that goes home with all scholars that are eligible for the field trip. If the prescription medication is given at school and we have a physician authorization we will copy this form, if the medication is given ONLY at home we will need a physician authorization form as well to administer the prescription medication.

2. It is required that the parent provide a properly packaged container of any medication required by the scholar while on the field trip. (Properly packaged means prescription bottle with scholars name, correct dose, and correct time to administer, etc.)

3. The parent must complete Field trip medication form (one for each medication) and give it to the teacher in charge along with each medication in a properly packaged container. The medication should be delivered two days prior to the trip and given to the teacher or nurse in charge of the scholar. Only enough medication to cover the length of the field trip is to be placed in the properly packaged container.

4. Only school employees are allowed to administer any medication to a scholar on a field trip. The teacher in charge of the field trip must document all medication administered on Field trip medication form. This includes any notation necessary to explain why a medication was not given.

5. All prescription medication must be counted in the presence of the parent and the exact number of pills documented on the Field Trip Medication Form. As the medication is administered a running count should be noted as part of the documentation.

6. If an over the counter medication is brought it must be given according to the recommendations for administration noted on the bottle.

7. If emergency medication is brought by the parent (Epi-pen, Glucagon, Diastat, Asthma Inhaler) training will be given by the Nurse.  The teacher should also see the nurse prior to the field trip to familiarize him/her with the individual child’s medication.

**Please note diabetes monitoring is repetitive, while most scholars are adept at their care reminders are needed to be sure diabetic scholars are following their protocols.  A gentle, quiet reminder is appropriate; take care not to single these scholars out in a crowd. Upon returning from the field trip, the teacher must provide a copy of the completed Field Trip Medication form to the school nurse.

Emergency Medication

Scholars who are known reactors and require emergency treatment for an allergic response should have medication, written parental permission and physician’s instructions for administering the medication. If the scholar has emergency medication in the Health Room, this medication does not follow him/her to the off campus learning centers. When this occurs, the scholar will need permission (Self- Medicating Authorization Form...on the web site) to carry the medication with him/her. It is required that an Emergency Health Care Plan be completed on these scholars. These forms can be obtained from the Heath Room or from the LCS website.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

SE Legacy Early College (LEC) provides access to various technology assets for its employees, representatives, students, and volunteers, (mutually referred to as “LEC Users” for educational and business purposes), in compliance with state and federal law. This Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs all electronic activity of LEC Users accessing LEC technology assets and applies to the use of these assets regardless of an LEC User’s physical location.

This Policy is subject to and conforms to the legal requirements of the following laws:

• The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

• Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

• Any other applicable federal or state act, regulation or law concerning the use of the Internet in a public school environment

Scope: A user is deemed to access and use LEC Technology Assets through any electronic activity or interaction with LEC Technology Assets via any device whether or not such device is LEC owned or provided. LEC Technology Assets include, but are not limited to:

• Local Area Network (LAN) computers, scanners and printers,

• LAN Ethernet ports,

• LAN Wireless Routers and Access Points,

• LEC issued and managed E-mail accounts,

• LEC issued and managed Microsoft Office 365© online accounts,

• Internet / Intranet accessibility,

• LEC owned electronic devices, including, but not limited to, desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, iPads, tablets, calculators and E-readers, and hand-held devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs).

• LEC owned electronic devices issued to LEC Users

• Remote connections and Virtual Private Networks (VPN),

• LEC websites and Social Media presence

LEC User Policy By using LEC Technology Assets, an LEC user agrees to follow the AUP and all applicable school regulations, policies and guidelines. All LEC Users must report any misuse of LEC Technology Assets, the Internet, and the receipt of any communication that violates the AUP to a teacher, an administrator or other appropriate LEC personnel.

General Guidelines: Internet access and / or E-mail accounts provided by LEC are intended for educational use, instruction, research, communication, collaboration, and other LEC related purposes. LEC Users are subject to the same standards expected in a classroom environment and/or professional workplace.

Monitoring and privacy: LEC Users are subject to the following policies concerning the monitoring of LEC Technology Assets:

• LEC Users have no right to privacy while using LEC Technology Assets

• LEC monitors LEC Users’ online activities and reserves the right to access, review, copy, store, or delete any electronic communications or files on any LEC Technology Assets or electronic device owned by an LEC User that connects to the LEC Network.

• LEC reserves the right to disclose any electronic activity, including electronic communications, to law enforcement officials or third parties, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

Prohibited Uses: If an LEC user is uncertain whether a specific behavior is prohibited, then he or she should contact a teacher or other appropriate LEC personnel. LEC reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities that create security and/or safety issues for LEC students, teachers, employees, or technology resources; and that expend resources as a result of actions that lack legitimate educational purpose.

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited, to:

1. Causing harm to others or damaging property, such as: a. Using, posting or distributing profane, lewd, vulgar, threatening, or abusive language in e-mail messages, materials posted on LEC web pages, or social media sites; b. Accessing, using, posting, or distributing information advocating illegal or dangerous acts, or advocating violence or discrimination. c. Accessing, posting or distributing harassing, discriminatory, inflammatory, or hateful material. d. Sending, posting, or otherwise distributing chain letters or engaging in spamming; e. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or LEC Technology Assets in any way that interferes or causes disruption to LEC’ educational or business environments; f. Downloading, posting, reproducing or distributing music, photographs, video or other works in violation of copyright laws.

If users inadvertently accesses or witnesses access to harmful or inappropriate materials, they should immediately disclose the incident to a teacher or other LEC personnel.

2. Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to LEC Technology Assets, or to any third party’s computer system, such as: a. Malicious tampering, phishing or hacking activities; b. Seeking, using, distributing or modifying information about other users passwords; c. Attempting to log in through another person's account; d. Attempting to gain access to materials blocked or filtered by LEC; e. Engaging in uses that jeopardize access into LEC Technology Assets or accounts.

3. Engaging in criminal or other unlawful activities.

Filtering: In accordance to Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), LEC blocks or filters content over the Internet that may be inappropriate for minors. This includes pornography, obscene material, and other material that may be harmful to minors. LEC may also block or filter other content deemed to be inappropriate, lacking educational value or that may pose a threat to the network. LEC may, in its discretion, disable such filtering for certain users for research or other lawful educational or business purposes. LEC Users shall not use any website, application, or methods to bypass filtering of the network or perform any other unlawful activities. Any attempt to do so may result in immediate disciplinary action against the LEC User.

Social Media: “Social media” means any form of online publication, communication or presence including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs, Internet websites, Internet forums, and wikis. Social media sites must be used only for educational and school-related purposes, in connection with lessons and assignments that facilitate communication with teachers and other students.

Protection of Personally Identifiable & Confidential Information: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits LEC from disclosing personally identifiable information (PII) from education records of LEC students and families to third parties without parental consent. However, several exceptions to this general rule may apply and will be addressed according to legal guidance.

Student Internet Safety and Access: LEC desires for all students to be safe when using LEC Technology Assets and accessing the Internet. When LEC students use an LEC Technology Asset to access the Internet:

1. Students must not reveal personal information about themselves or other persons on social networking sites, in chat rooms, in emails or other direct electronic communications, or any other forum over the Internet.

2. Students must promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message or other activity they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

3. Students should not allow LEC computers to save their passwords.

Parents, although students will be supervised when using LEC Technology Assets at LEC, it is not practical for LEC to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in using the Internet. Parents are primarily responsible for transmitting their particular set of values to their children, and discussing with their children what materials beyond this policy is and is not acceptable for their children to access. Parents are exclusively responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet when LEC Technology Assets are accessed from home or a non-school location. LEC may or may not employ its filtering systems to screen home access to the Internet or on non-LEC provided devices.

Violations of this Policy: LEC reserves the right to terminate any LEC user’s access to LEC Technology Assets at any time. If an LEC student violates this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken consistent with the LEC Discipline Code and all school regulations. If an LEC student’s access to LEC Technology Assets is revoked, the LEC student may not be penalized academically, and LEC will ensure that the student continues to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the educational program.

Pictures

Pictures will be made in the Fall and possibly Spring. A letter will be sent home to inform parents of dates and prices.

Receipt of Money Sent to School

We make every effort to properly account for all receipts and expenditures.  An important part of this process involves issuing receipts for money we receive in excess of $5.00. Please be sure you send in money with your child in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, teacher, and what the money is for. If you do not receive a returned receipt, please double check with your child’s teacher to be sure it got into the proper hands.

Supervision of Scholars

Supervision by Legacy Elementary Staff is provided from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM. School doors are locked until 7:30 AM.  Scholars should not be dropped-off unattended on school grounds before 7:30 AM.   Parents and daycare providers should pick up scholars no later than 4:00 PM Mondays-Thursdays and 1:15 on Fridays. If this becomes an issue, law enforcement will become involved and take necessary actions.

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Telephone

The school phone is a business phone and is to be used only for school business. Scholars will not be allowed to use the phone unless given permission by office personnel. A scholar cannot be pulled out of class for telephone messages except in case of an emergency.

Textbooks and Library Books

The State of South Carolina furnishes textbooks to all scholars. Scholars must handle and use textbooks, school library books, and public library books with care.  Books lost or damaged beyond normal wear must be paid for by the scholar/parent.  The final report card will be withheld or the transfer of records will be withheld if any fees have not been paid.  Teachers are required to assess the proper charges. When damage to a textbook occurs, the following fees should be assessed:

DAMAGE                                                                        FEE

Lost Book, Broken Spine, Water Damage…………………………………………………..Cost of book

Torn pages or writing in book with missing text………...Cost of book

Torn pages without missing text…………………….50 cents per page

Damage to book cover………………………………..$5.00 to $10.00

Writing without lost text…………………………….50 cents per page

Obscene Marks…………………………………………...Cost of book

Lost Bar Code……………………………………………………$5.00

Tobacco-Free Policy

Legacy Elementary School is a tobacco-free campus.  Legacy Elementary School does not permit smoking or any other tobacco use on school property, indoors or outdoors.  Smoking/tobacco use is prohibited anywhere on campus, including sidewalks, parking lots, stadiums, bleachers, restrooms, etc.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Code of Conduct

Core Values

The Legacy Early College Elementary School has adopted a core value system, PRIDE, for all members. PRIDE stands for:

P -Perseverance

R -Respect

I -Integrity

D -Determination

E –Excellence

As our scholars show their PRIDE each day, they use these core values to guide everything they do. In addition, all Legacy family members have been trained to teach proper social skills outlined through the Houston Project Class Program. Our social skills include: paying attention, listening, looking at the person talking, following instructions, accepting no, accepting feedback, and using kind words. These skills are the building blocks for responsible relationships that will prepare our children for the future. Parents will see these social skills referenced on daily logs and forms that go home to inform parents how their child did in school each day.

PRIDE House System

Every scholar and teacher in Legacy Early College Elementary School is placed into one of our PRIDE Houses upon first entering the school.  Our five houses are Ausdauer (Black), Rispestto (Orange), Integrite (Blue), Umanzi (Red), and Ubora (Blue).  Each house stands for one of our PRIDE core values and meets each month as a house to learn about our core value of the month as well as discuss other house matters.  The 5 houses compete each nine weeks to earn house points and the house with the most points each quarter is awarded the house cup and receives a celebration.  Parents are encouraged to become members of a house and become part of that family within our greater Legacy Family.

Discipline Policy/Standards for School Behavior

Legacy Early College Elementary School has a high standard for academic excellence and in order to achieve that standard, it must maintain an equally high standard of behavioral excellence. Disruptions to the educational process of all of our scholars will not be tolerated. We work each day to develop the academic and social skills of our scholars to help them grow into principled leaders and citizens.  Though we strive to help each and every one of our scholars be successful both inside and outside of the classroom, continued behavioral issues will be treated as a serious matter that may result in the inability to return to Legacy Early College.  It is an expectation that school rules and policies be observed on school property, at school sponsored activities or events, and while scholars are transported to and from school.

When scholars demonstrate appropriate behavior, we will recognize and praise their good performance.  However, when a child has difficulty following school rules or meeting expectations for appropriate behavior that violate our core values and social skills, Legacy Early College Elementary School will follow a tiered approach to behavior intervention. (See Tier III for behaviors that will immediately result in an office referral.)

Tier I- Teacher Initiated Behavior Interventions: Teachers may use one or more of the following consequences:

***Parents will be contacted if behavior continues after a Tier I intervention has been put in place.

Tier II- Behavioral Intervention Counseling: Scholar will be removed from class and will meet with a member of the Scholar Services Team which can institute one or more of the following consequences:

***Parents must come in for a family meeting if reoccurring Tier II interventions are needed.

Tier III- Office Referral to the Administration:  A scholar discipline referral to the principal/assistant principal is a serious matter.  Parents will be contacted upon referral to discuss the incident and the administrative actions that will be taken in response to the violation of our school’s core values. Every effort is made to support our scholars in making positive choices, however we must adhere to high standards of behavior to ensure that each of our scholars are afforded an equal opportunity to receive a college-bound education in a positive school environment. The administration may use one or more of the following consequences when a scholar has been referral:

***Parents must attend a re-admittance conference needed for scholars to return to school

The following inappropriate behaviors are examples that will result in an immediate Tier III Office Referral : Fighting, Intentional Kicking/Hitting/Pushing Other Children or Staff Members, Vandalism, Threatening or Intimidating Behavior towards Another Scholar or Staff Member, Abusive Language or Disrespect towards Staff including Refusal to Obey Staff Instructions, Possession or Use of Unauthorized Substances/Materials, Truancy, Cutting Class or Leaving Class without Permission, Forgery/Cheating, Theft, and Bullying (see bullying definition and policy).

****Please note: 3 or more discipline referrals in one year may result in the scholar being denied permission to return to Legacy Early College Elementary School the following school year. Scholars may also be denied permission to return for the following reasons: excessive absences, excessive tardies, and/or excessive late pick-up from school. Each scholar’s file is reviewed and decisions are made on an individual basis.

Sexual Harassment and Bullying Policy

Sexual harassment and bullying are forms of discrimination prohibited by federal and state laws.  Consistent with these laws, it is the policy of Legacy Elementary School that sexual harassment and/or bullying of scholars is prohibited.  Bullying is defined as: unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

There are three types of bullying:

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes: Teasing, Name-Calling, Inappropriate Sexual Comments, Taunting, and Threatening to Cause Harm.

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes: Leaving someone out on purpose, Telling other children not to be friends with someone, Spreading rumors about someone, Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes: Hitting/kicking/pinching, Spitting, Tripping/pushing, Taking or breaking someone’s things, Making mean or rude hand gestures.

**Any scholar that feels he or she has been subjected to harassment and/or bullying is encouraged to contact the teacher, scholar services counselor and administration (if necessary) immediately.  

Uniform Dress Code

Legacy Elementary School has implemented a Uniform Dress Code. We believe uniforms serve the purpose of growing respectable citizens striving for future college success. Uniforms show school pride and create an environment that focuses on academic rigor. Scholars must arrive at school dressed properly according to the LCS dress code and must remain in dress code until leaving campus. A uniform check will occur each morning and at will. If the scholar’s uniform is not appropriate for the school day, the scholar’s parent will be called. The parent will be asked to bring the missing item to school as soon as possible. If the parent is unable to bring the item to school, the item will be purchased at the school store and charged to the parent. Dress code violation phone calls will be made daily.

The standard scholar attire is:

**Scholars and Parents should make every effort to ensure that the uniform shirts and pants are cleaned regularly. Torn, damaged, or worn clothing is not accepted and will require replacement. School personnel will call home to talk with parents when there is a concern about torn or damaged clothing that needs immediate replacement.

What to Leave Home

The following items should not be brought to school:

***Legacy Charter School and Employees are NOT responsible for personal items brought to school and lost.  Should such items become a distraction or cause a disruption to instruction, they will be confiscated and parents may come to the school to pick them up.

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