Isna Wica Owayawa
Isna Wica Owayawa
PO Box 50
Oglala, SD 57764
PHONE: (605) 867-6875
FAX: (605) 867-5109 or (605) 867-1363
School Board Approved: 12 September, 2017
Loneman School, in partnership with the Lakota Nation, will build, strengthen, and preserve cultural values while empowering each individual to achieve a passion for education and lifelong learning in a changing global society.
All employees will have access to a current electronic copy of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Policy and Procedures Handbook, Faculty and Staff Handbook, and Parent / Student Handbook at the commencement of each school year. All employees will sign a document verifying electronic receipt of the current handbooks. All employees will acknowledge personal responsibility to read each handbook. These will be the only handbooks utilized during the 2017-2018 school year. All previous handbooks are considered null and void. If this Handbook is in conflict with the Isna Wica Owayawa Policies and Procedures Manual, then the Manual supersedes this Handbook. The Articles and By-laws and the Policy manual supersede all Handbooks, which are for your convenience.
PERSONNEL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School manifests consideration of the whole student. The school strives to meet the individual needs of each student. This ideal is based on the philosophy that the purpose of education is to cultivate a productive member of society who can think rationally, choose intelligently, act reasonably, organize and develop his/her potential for achieving success spiritually, mentally, physically, and culturally in an ever changing world.
- To meet the needs of each student, Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Faculty and Staff will honor past teaching methods proven to be successful, while initiating positive changes to the student’s role, the pattern of the school day, the school’s organization, and the resources of learning.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will teach the basic skills in required subject areas as deemed necessary for State, Tribal, Bureau, and AdvancED standards.
- The School Board of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School believes all students will be educated to develop a proud and positive self-image in order to have faith and confidence in themselves.
- Students are held accountable to understand and respect their family, people, community, and cultural heritage. The students will utilize this confidence to assume roles as productive members of a society in which they must function.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will create a climate in which the identity and dignity of the students is recognized and respected.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will provide resources and personnel necessary to create a stimulating environment for students. The School will strive to develop appreciation, knowledge, and skills of various activities that enhance the minds and bodies of students.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School believes in keeping the community informed and will attempt to understand and remain informed of the community attitudes and hopes for the school. The School accepts responsibility to teach and develop knowledge, enhance skills, and multiply attitudes that aid in supporting and strengthening the family unit.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School is committed to promoting good habits concerning health and assisting students to understand environmental conditions necessary for maintaining spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School accepts responsibility to teach and emphasize good tribal and community citizenship, and contribute to the development and acceptance of tribal law and customs.
- Morals and values are qualities that develop character beneficial to society. Honesty, integrity, justice, personal responsibility, and loyalty to others are equally important in our educational program. The Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will strive to develop ethical character in each student they serve. Each child will be challenged to rise to their utmost potential through the use of positive self-esteem.
Faculty and Staff Procedures
- A one week notification of a planned absence is required from all staff.
- In an emergency after 6:30 am, call the Principal to secure a substitute.
- You are to notify your immediate supervisor by 6:30am if an emergency arises. Transportation staff is to notify Transportation Supervisor by 5:30am.
- Please limit the number of days that you call after 6:30 am (Transportation Department by 5:30am) office Faculty and Staff do not arrive until 7:30 am and it is difficult to arrange a substitute at that time.
Arrival and Departure
- Faculty and Staff Hours are 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- All Faculty and Staff will be present and prompt in daily attendance.
- All Faculty and Staff members will electronically clock in at the front office no later than 7:30 A.M. and in assigned areas by 7:45 A.M.
- All students will be in their assigned classrooms no later than 8:10 AM.
- Faculty and Staff members may leave for the day after 4:00 PM, unless buses are late. There may be instances when buses are late to pick up students.
- Faculty will accompany students to the bus and insure students get on the appropriate bus, unless parent/guardian pick up their student(s).
- Faculty and Staff will monitor the bus area until all busses have departed.
- Faculty and Staff members will be on duty all day and should leave school only in case of an emergency and after checking with your immediate supervisor and the Principal.
- If it is necessary to leave before 4:00 pm, the principal must approve (Board Policy GBCB). In such circumstances, Faculty and Staff will electronically sign out, in the office.
- Assemblies are a scheduled part of the curriculum and are designed to be educational as well as entertaining experiences.
- Assemblies provide one of the few opportunities for students to learn formal audience behavior. Regardless of the type of program, courtesy demands that the student body be respectful and appreciative. In live entertainment, unlike radio, television, or movies, the performers are very conscious of their audience.
- It is each Teacher's responsibility to instruct students that all talking, whispering, whistling, stamping of feet and booing is discourteous. Teachers will escort their individual classes to the assembly site.
- All staff will be seated with their classes and help supervise all students.
- Teachers will check roll at each assembly and upon returning to the classroom.
Attendance /Student Records
- Attendance records are kept in the school office.
- Teachers are required to report absences each morning no later than 8:30 AM via NASIS.
- Students arriving late to school must report to the office. Before reporting to the classroom, the student will receive a late pass. This is of major importance for student safety and to enforce the truancy policy.
- Student Records will be in locked files at all times as per Federal Law.
- The Attendance Secretary will have keys to the files and faculty can request the keys.
- If Faculty and/ or Staff must remove a student's’ file from the main office area they must sign the student file out and sign it in when the file is returned.
- When Faculty and Staff members note that school property is damaged, either by intention or accident, they will communicate the damage to the Facility Manager and Principal, by completing a work order request form. A copy of the work order will be submitted to the Facility Manager, a copy will be submitted to the Principal, and a copy will be retained by the employee who completes the work order request form for documentation purposes.
- Faculty and Staff members will supervise students to ensure damage to the school building, furniture, equipment, or other school property does not occur.
- Teachers are responsible for the appearance of their classroom and to maintain proper ventilation and light.
- Teachers will maintain a neat, clean, sanitary, and organized classroom.
- Special needs may occur requiring maintenance or custodial assistance. In such cases, Faculty and Staff will submit a work order to the Facility Manager. Faculty and Staff will submit a copy of the work order to the Principal, and will keep a copy for documentation purposes.
- Teachers will close and lock all windows and doors when leaving for the day.
- After eating breakfast students will report to their classroom and/or gym for morning exercises every Monday and Friday.
- The efficiency of the lunchroom schedule depends on following strict schedules.
- Please do not alter the time schedule, as it will affect everyone.
- If a class is not going to eat in the cafeteria (field trip, reward, etc.), teachers will notify the cafeteria and the Principal at least 5 days in advance.
- Students will be escorted to and from lunch by the classroom teacher.
- Teachers will not leave students unattended in the cafeteria.
Classroom Curriculum Exceptions
- Parents may deem some instructional materials or activities inappropriate for their student, or the student may have a legitimate personal objection.
- Teachers will use professional discretion in communicating the appropriate response to the student and/or parents. To facilitate curricula objectives and still allow students to be educated with their classmates, Teachers will use the following guidelines:
- Teachers will provide students and parents with a syllabus of required readings the class uses.
- Teachers will advise students of oral reading guidelines and refrain from forcing the exempt student to read aloud or view materials that may be offensive to them
Behavior Management Policy
The School Board and the Administration at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School support a proactive educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Behaviors that interfere with any student opportunity to learn, staff opportunity to complete assigned job duties, and/or any faculty opportunity to educate, will not be tolerated. Therefore, all faculty and staff will document negative student behaviors, on NASIS.
This policy is implemented with the desire to eliminate habitual negative behaviors that impede the educational goals set forth by Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School officials. Although this policy may not be specific to each behavioral incident that could occur, the following list will serve as a guide for implementing behavioral consequences.
Behavior Management policy imposes automatic punishment for the following infractions and/or any ‘Major’ infractions that are not sanctioned by the school officials:
- Physical Fighting
- “Sexting”, cyber bullying, and or bullying
- Repeated Willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules, regulations, and/or direction from any school employee
- Profanity and/or verbal abuse
- Repeated Disruption of any school or classroom activity
- Possession of any weapon, firearm, imitation firearm18. Smoking, possession of smokeless tobacco, vapor cigarettes, e-cigarettes
- Use and/or sale of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia
- Possession, sale, and/or being under the influence of any controlled substance, legal or illegal.
- Robbery, stealing, and/or extortion
- Willful damage to school and/or another person’s property
- Sexual harassment, sexual assault, threats, terrorists threats, intimidation, hazing, hate violence
- Obscene acts and/or gestures, vulgarity, gang signs, etc. depending on the severity of the incident
- Violation of local, county, state, and/or federal law while enrolled at Loneman School
The following are considered “minor” infractions and are classroom management issues. They should be dealt with according to the teacher’s classroom management plan.
- Skipping class
- Failure to provide a hall pass when absent from the classroom.
- Sleeping in school
- Wearing jewelry and/or clothing that promotes profanity, alcohol and/or drugs
- Failure to remove hats, hoods, caps, scarves, and/or headbands in the school building
- Student use of any personal electronic device during regular school hours (7:30am to 3:30pm), including but not limited to: cellphones, tablets, iPads, iPods, radios, etc
- Possession and/or use of laser lights
- Internet use in the computer lab that is NOT assigned by faculty
- Offensive public displays of affection
- Willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules, regulations, and/or direction from any school employee
- Disruption of any school or classroom activity
- Obscene acts and/or gestures, vulgarity, gang signs
- Toys and latest trends are not allowed at school. Ie fidget spinners, bottle flipping, cars, dolls, etc.
- Possession of lighter, matches and/or any flammable substances
Three (3) minor incidents will equal a “Major” infraction and will be dealt with accordingly. Minor incidents will be documented by the teacher as well as documentation for preventative measures to curb the negative behavior.
The Behavior Management Policy will be implemented as follows:
- Students will be allowed 3 (three) documented warnings for any combination of minor behavior(s).
- The third documented warning for any combination (must not be the same minor infraction) of minor behavior(s) or the first documented major infraction will result in an immediate suspension.
- The student will be suspended for 1 scheduled school dayat the discretion of the Principal and/or Dean of Students.
- Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom. A behavior modification plan will be created at this meeting.
- Any combination of three (3) minor behaviors (must not be the same minor infraction) or the second documented major infraction, after the first suspension will result in a second suspension for 3 scheduled school days.
- Parent/Guardians will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will complete the appropriate documents requiring the student to utilize the services of the Counselor and Behavior Therapist, provided by the school, and for no less than 1 hour per week. The behavior modification plan will be reviewed and changes recommended as necessary.
- Any combination of three (3) minor behaviors (must not be the same minor infraction) or the third documented major infraction after the second suspension will result in a recommendation for an expulsion hearing. The expulsion is for one academic year. Re-enrollment will be at the Administrator’s discretion.8. Prior to admitting the student back into a classroom, the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, Behavior Therapist, and the student at least 7 to 10 days before the first scheduled school day of their allowed return date. The Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and the student will be required to present a personal behavior plan to the panel of school officials previously listed. Failure to attend this meeting could result in an expulsion hearing.
- Classroom management is the implementation of procedures that faculty must establish at the beginning of the school year.
- Students must know how the teacher wants them to begin the day, i.e. pass out papers, sharpen their pencils, line up, etc.
- A written list of the teacher’s procedures and consequences will be visible in the classroom.
- Teachers will list step by step instructions so students learn exactly what is expected from them.
- Discipline Plan - Each teacher will develop a discipline plan for their classroom, post it in the classroom, and submit a copy to the office.
- The discipline plan will include classroom rules, consequences, and possible rewards.
- The key to maintaining classroom control is respect.
- Teachers will document all major behaviors on NASIS.
- Teachers will refer to the Behavior Management Policy for all major behaviors.
- When there is an emergency situation in which a student needs to be removed from the classroom, the Teacher will call the Principal/Dean of Students and/or Security for assistance.
- Emergency situations of this nature will be discussed with the Principal/Dean of Students, after which a course of action will be implemented..
- Discipline is not a group matter.
- An entire class should not be punished for the misdeeds of a few.
- Teachers will talk with a student individually, instead of humiliating them in front of the entire class.
- All classroom teachers will show respect to all students.
- Fairness will be practiced - do not play favorites.
- Students will be taught and shown how to take responsibility for the choices they make.
- One of the biggest mistakes a teacher can make is getting into a power struggle with a student.
- Do Not Engage. Simply state what it is you want the child to do, then walk away.
- After a fair amount of time, go back to the student and repeat your expectation.
- It is the intention of the Principal and Dean of Students to support every Faculty and Staff member.
- Teachers will ensure that administrators can support the decisions they make by following the philosophy, policies, and procedures of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School.
6. CLASSROOM QUICK RESPONSE GUIDE
6.1 Severe Winter Weather
Teachers are responsible to prepare students to board buses when the announcement is made.
Teachers will assist students as they board their appropriate bus.
6.2 Lock Down Procedures
Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom. Once
safely inside the room, close and lock all windows and doors. Pull down the shades or close
the blinds. Direct students to stay away from doors and windows, use furniture for protection,
stay low, and remain quiet. Do not open the door for anyone until directed to do so by school
or emergency personnel after an announcement is made over the intercom.
6.3 Demonstrations/Civil Unrest
Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom. Close
shades if windows face the area of the demonstration.
6.4 Neighborhood Threat
Keep students calm. Be alert. Be prepared to shelter, dismiss or evacuate.
6.5 Power Failure
Transfer class to lighted room, if directed. Reassure students.
6.6 Bus Loading Procedures for Evacuation
Teachers are responsible for loading their students onto the buses as directed by the team
member in charge of loading. You may not be riding with your classroom group. Make a
list of all students on the bus with you. Supervise the students on the bus.
6.7 Pick Up Area Procedures
Teachers must work with team members to locate students as parents arrive. Supervise
students on the bus with you. Be alert to any medical needs of the students you are
6.8 Violence or Assault with Weapons
If the weapon is not in the room: Get all students in the classroom. Follow the lockdown
procedures. Instruct students to move away from door and windows. Use furniture for
cover. Lie flat and cover head, remain quiet. Calm the students.
If weapon is in the room: Get students out of the room, if possible. If students can’t leave,
order them to use furniture for cover. Make no attempt to disarm perpetrator unless he/she
willingly gives up weapon. Talk in a calm manner to the gunman. The adult needs to keep
the gunman’s attention on the adult. “Buy” time until law enforcement arrives. Do as the
6.9 Hostage Situation
Teachers will get all students into the classroom and follow the” Lockdown” Procedures. Follow the Evacuation Procedures if directed to evacuate. Take class list. Account for all students. Stay with students until they are picked up by parents or loaded on the buses to go home. Reassure students. Assist students to cope with fear and grief.
6.10 Bomb Threat
Inspect classroom area for unusual objects. If room is clear, report this to the office. If there
is a suspicious object in the room, DON’T TOUCH IT. Report the object to the office,
describing it and giving its exact location. Evacuate the room or building. Take student
roster. Lock the classroom door. Upon reaching a safe area, take roll.
Account for all students. Keep track of all students until they are signed out or loaded on the
buses to be transported home.
Prepare to teach in interim location without usual materials, texts, and equipment. Assist
students to cope with disruption and fears.
6.11 Death at School
Keep students calm. Discourage speculation and rumors. Refer grieving students to the
Counseling department. Assist students to cope with loss. Return classroom to normal
Have students duck and cover until explosions cease. Evacuate when and as instructed by the
principal or team. Take student roster. Close classroom door. Upon reaching safe area, take
Account for all students. Keep track of all students until they are sign out by the parents or
are loaded on the bus to be transported home.
Follow Evacuation Procedures. Do not exit toward smoke. Take student roster. Close all
classroom doors. Upon reaching safe area, take roll. Account for all students. Keep track of
all students until they are signed out or loaded on buses to be transported home. Help student
cope with loss and change.
6.14 Intruder or Disruptive Student
If Lockdown is ordered, lock door, keep students away from door and windows. Pull
shades. Reassure students that they are safe. Return classroom to normal operation.
6.15 Violence or Assault, No Weapons
Get all uninvolved students in classrooms and follow Lockdown Procedures. Give
students the opportunity to talk about the incident. Send strongly affected students to
counselors. Bring classes back to normal operation. Watch and listen for revenge activities
6.16 Evacuation Procedures
When directed to evacuate to safe area:
Teachers will tell students where to go before anyone leaves the classroom, take class list or
grade book, follow assigned evacuation path or evacuate as directed, upon arriving at the
safe area, take roll, notify school emergency team members of any missing student(s) that
were out of the classroom when you left, and notify team members if you have students with
disabilities that need extra help during the evacuation.
When school can be re-entered:
Teachers will return to room with students, take roll, report any missing students to team
member or the office, and report any extra student(s) to team members, so they can be
escorted to the correct classroom.
- If Faculty and/or Staff need supplies to clean, please ask the Custodial Staff for supplies.
Committees and Meetings
- Each teacher will be an active member of a committee.
- A list of committees and their function will be available at the beginning of each school year.
- Faculty meetings will be held bi-weekly and/or as needed.
- All employees must attend staff meetings.
- These meetings will be devoted to implementing professional practices in the school.
- A majority of communication will be provided in writing via memo or email.
- Written communication to the Faculty and Staff will not be made available to the students.
- Please keep minutes and attendance information of any team meetings.
- Daily Memo - Faculty and Staff members will have a daily memo available on Infinite Campus...
- When you have information that needs to be included, send the announcement, in written form, to the Administrator the night before.
- Mail Boxes - The mailboxes are located in the main office.
- Please check your mail box in the morning and before leaving for the day.
- Please do not send students to pick up your mail, as the mail boxes contain confidential information.
- Telephones - The telephones are our intercom.
- Use your prep period to make and receive phone calls. Informing others of your prep period will help considerably.
- Phone calls will not be transferred to the classroom unless it is an emergency. Otherwise, a message will be sent to you.
- In case of an emergency, staff will come to get you so they can cover your classroom.
- Check your email daily
- Comment and/or discussion regarding student personalities and records will only be discussed with appropriate people in the education setting.
- Student behavior problems will not be part of public discussions.
- Professional discretion and courtesy will be used in discussing all Faculty and Staff and district concerns.
- It is the intent of the board to delineate, enforce, and abide by the provisions of current copyright laws as they affect the school district and its employees.
- Copyrighted materials, whether printed or not, will not be duplicated unless such reproduction meets "fair use" standards, or unless written permission from the copyright holder has been obtained.
- The School Board does not sanction illegal duplication in any form.
- Employees who willfully disregard the district's copyright position are in violation of board policy.
- They do so at their own risk and assume all responsibility.
- Custodian’s empty trash, sweep, spot mop/mop rooms, vacuum, and clean restrooms.
- Teachers put their trash by their doorway in the hall. They are also expected to ensure their classroom is kept clean by giving the students responsibility of general cleaning duties.
- Maintenance items will be handled with a completed work order and turned in to the custodial mailbox.
- Faculty and Staff are required to clean and organize their rooms and/or offices daily.
Daily Lesson Plans
- Lesson plans are due no later than 4:00 PM every Friday on the form provided. NO exceptions.
- Teacher’s plans will include lesson objective, researched based teaching method, and Grade Level Expectations on school lesson plan format.
- Textbooks and other instructional materials are supplemental to the curriculum and will be used accordingly.
- Every Teacher will post a classroom schedule in the room and submit a copy to the principal.
- Daily schedules will be complete and available by the second week of school.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School has a Behavior Management Policy that every employee will follow.
- This policy will be followed in a calm, caring and respectful manner at all times.
- Employees will have an electronic copy of the plan and will carefully review and comprehend the plan.
- All staff will to adhere to drug testing as outlined in the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Personnel Policies and Procedures.
- All employees will be selected at random for drug &/or alcohol testing at any interval as determined by Administration and the Board.
- An employee who refuses to consent to a drug test will be considered to have a positive drug test, and will be treated accordingly pursuant to the Policies and Procedures.
- Any employee who tests positive will be immediately removed from their workstation, and suspended with pay. Follow up testing will be required and set up by Administration at a specific location - at the expense of the employee. (Within THREE (3) days).
- All employees will be tested for probable cause or reasonable suspicion if the employee appears to be under the influence of illegal drugs or illegally using prescription drugs, synthetic drugs &/or alcohol. Any employee who tests positive or refuses to consent to an immediate blood or breath test will be immediately suspended and recommended for immediate termination by the Board at their next regular or special Board meeting.
- Please prepare ahead of time.
- The office staff have a huge job and it is difficult for them to stop and make copies for you.
- DO NOT USE CLASSROOM TIME TO DUPLICATE.
- Do not leave your classroom unattended.
- All emergency procedures will be posted by the classroom door.
- Teachers will instruct their classes in the proper procedure for emergency drills.
- Teachers will review the procedure throughout the school year with their class.
- Teachers will normally be alerted when we are planning a test.
- Teachers will take their grade book when exiting the building when alarms are activated to account for all students. Teachers will have all contact information for their students available.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School has developed a comprehensive emergency plan on which all employees will be trained and expected to follow. Periodic drills will be planned and implemented.
- Field Trips are a valuable learning experience and are reflective of the curriculum.
- All off-campus field trips must be approved 2 weeks in advance by the Principal, the Activities Director, and/or the respective departments.
- Faculty and Staff will secure field trip request forms from the office.
- The Transportation Supervisor will determine final availability of busses.
- Arranging for cost of field trips will be the responsibility of the classroom teacher.
- Teachers will have a complete itinerary which will be sent home with students with a permission form no less than three school days before a scheduled field trip.
- NO student will leave campus on a scheduled field trip without a signed permission slip.
- A note signed by the parent will suffice as a permission slip as long as it has the date, parent signature, and states that the parent gives permission for the child to go to the specified location.
- The classroom teacher will notify any and all other Faculty and Staff who will be affected when support staff is accompanying them.
- The Kitchen Staff must be notified two weeks in advance, especially if the class plans on sack lunches.
- All trips will be scheduled to depart from school no earlier than 8:45 AM and must arrive back at school no later than 2:30 PM unless other options are made to transport students home.
- Field trips and activities are scheduled to be an extension of the school curriculum. As such, students must be eligible to attend field trips.
- All students will be required to ride the school bus.
- Adults/Parents/Guardians will be asked to assist on the field trip if extra supervision is necessary.
- Final decisions concerning adult participation on field trips and activities will be made by the classroom Teacher and Principal.
- Adults/Parents/Guardians who help on a field trip may not bring other children.
- Adults/Parents/Guardians who assist will follow the direction of the Teacher and follow all school rules.
- All groups will stay together with the Teacher.
- All adults/parents/guardians will be a model for the students.
- All adults/parents/guardians will stay with their assigned group and no one will curse, smoke or drink alcohol on the field trip.
- Any adults/parents/guardians that will be attending the field trip must receive a letter stating their expectations.
- Students will be aware that field trips are an extension of school and therefore all rules apply.
- If a teacher is concerned about a student attending a field trip, the teacher will discuss the matter with the Principal/Dean of Students before excluding anyone.
- Teachers will be conscious of the responsibilities for supervision on the trip, including the bus.
- Firearms are NOT permitted on the school grounds. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken as deemed appropriate by Administration and the Board.
Grading and Report Cards
- All teachers will keep an accurate record of each student's progress during the school year.
- Each teacher is responsible for placing grades in the electronic grade book through NASIS.
- Because the school has an electronic grade book system, which includes parent access, it is imperative that teachers keep current on grading and keep it updated.
- Grades will be updated AT LEAST once per week.
- Teacher failure to do so may be reflected in the Performance Based Teacher Evaluation.
- Report cards will be generated through this online grade system.
- Semester grades will reflect the overall grade a student has earned for the semester.
- Report cards will be distributed normally on the Friday following the last day of the quarter.
- Attendance records and special class grades will be provided to the classroom teacher.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Board voted to use the following grading scale:
90 to 100
80 to 89
70 to 79
60 to 69
59 and below
- Special classes shall remain P =Proficient, B = Basic, N = Needs Improvement, and
- Teachers will keep parents/guardians informed and up to date about progress or lack thereof, on a weekly basis.
- If "extra credit" projects are used, this opportunity will be extended to every student, not just to those who may wish to make up for a poor test scores or projects.
- At times, some students will require special grade checks either from the principal or the counselor.
- Guidance services are available to every student in the school.
- The student and the School Counselor will determine directions and goals in counseling.
- With the Counselor, a student may discuss and explore freely and in confidence any problem or
feelings that are personally important.
- During counseling, these concerns may be talked through and examined, alternatives explored, and decisions made about future courses of action.
- If the student finds that special and/or additional assistance of some sort is needed, the counselor will assist in finding such help as may be needed.
- Parents are encouraged to talk to the Counselor about any area of concern related to their children and the
- If teachers have concerns about any students, check with the Counselor.
Hall Rules (Please review with students):
- Morning - students will go to breakfast when they arrive at school in the morning.
- No students will go anywhere -- office, library, workroom, nurse, etc. without first getting a pass.
- Students are not allowed to wait at the outside entrance for other buses to arrive.
- One student per pass.
- Cumulative health records are maintained for all students, which include their immunizations, history of diseases, and results of testing at school, physical examination results and other health information.
- All students sent to the office will have a pass from the classroom Teacher – ONE student at a time.
- If emergency care is needed, report over the phone to the office, or send a student for help.
- Accident Report Forms are available in the mail room. All staff who utilize NASIS will complete an ‘Incident Report’ on NASIS.
- Bodily Fluids Policy - All Faculty and Staff members must abide by the school policy.
- Sanitary gloves will be used.
- The Administration will be notified as soon as possible.
- Teachers will be supplied with keys to their classrooms and storage areas as needed – A key agreement must be signed by the staff in order to receive their keys. Master keys will only be supplied to personnel in regular need of such keys. All keys will be accounted for and turned in at the end of the school year. There is a $100 fine that will be immediately implemented for lost or stolen keys.
- Walk-ins are always welcome in the library.
- Teachers may check out books for students.
- Do not send students to the library only to get them out of class or because they are caught up with their work. Teachers who continually abuse this privilege will be addressed.
- Teachers are responsible for returning the books back to the appropriate places on the bookshelves. Do NOT stack the books on the desk.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School hopes that all teachers will find materials and services, given through the library, helpful in making teaching more meaningful.
- If you have a maintenance issue (repairs, plumbing, tile, A/C, etc.) please submit a completed work order form to the Facilities Manager. Work order forms are available in the mailroom. Make a copy of the completed work order form and submit it to the Principal. Make a copy of the completed work order form for your records.
- Federal law mandates that any money collected in any way through school activities be under the control of the School Board. All purchases, whether through activities or budgeted funds, will have a written and signed requisition form. Note: if Faculty and/or Staff purchase something before receiving approval, Faculty and/or Staff will be paying for it.
- ALL money made through bake sales, etc.., must be turned into the Business Manager and recorded on classroom ledger. NO class pools, gambling will be allowed.
- Teachers are expected to inform the office if temporarily taking their class to another location.
- Finding students and teachers is facilitated by simple communication.
Parent Contact/Teacher Conferences
- Teachers will feel free to contact parents on an individual basis.
- Every parent contact will be documented.
- As a general rule: all parents will be contacted at least twice per quarter.
- This contact will be through e-mail, conference, or phone call.
- Positive parent contact is the goal.
- Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled on an as needed basis. Teachers will be required to remain in their classrooms to meet with parents/guardians until they no longer have parents/guardians waiting to meet with them.
- When calling parents, please leave a message before trying another number. If the student is calling, have them leave a message as well. Many times the Office Staff will get a phone call from a parent who saw the school called (Caller ID) but there is not a message. These phone calls are disturbing to parents who worry that their child may be hurt/sick.
Parent Volunteers and Visitors
- Guests are welcome in our school building.
- All guests are required to sign in the office and receive a visitor's pass before reporting to the classroom.
- Teachers will schedule parent volunteers according to what best suits the classroom needs.
- Please note: parent volunteers are NOT to grade papers or have access to private student data.
This is a FERPA violation. Do not allow parents to enter student grades into Infinite Campus.
- ‘In Kind’ forms must be filled out for volunteer services.
(Please review with students):
- Stay on playground unless given permission to leave.
- Play is allowed only on the playground area.
- No bats, softballs or baseballs allowed, except in appropriate area.
- Footballs may be used for passing games only. NO tackling!
- One person on the slide at a time, students must be in the sitting position with feet going down first.
- Walk down sidewalk to the playground area.
- Please respect inside classes by limiting excessive outside noise. (i.e. screaming).
- Students will leave a swing seat only after it comes to a stop.
- No jumping off of the swings.
- Students will conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.
- Other rules can be set by teachers on duty.
- Consequences can be set by teachers on duty but those consequences should be consistent with the philosophy of the school and the discipline code.
- Before entering the building, teachers will take roll and make sure that all students are accounted for.
- Children will not be sent to the office to spend their recess.
- With our everchanging world, all staff are expected to develop and implement their Individual Professional Development Plan to share with their supervisor.
- Professional conferences are available for Faculty and Staff to attend.
- If interested in a conference, please make sure that the conference fulfills your professional goals.
- Any Faculty and Staff member interested in going to a workshop or conference is required to fill out an official request and submit it to the Principal, dependent on the budget.
- If approved for any conference, Faculty and Staff are required to call Transportation to schedule a school vehicle.
- If the school vehicle is available, Faculty and Staff must take the vehicle.
- If you choose not to take the school vehicle, and they are available, you are not able to collect mileage. Care must be taken while filling out the forms.
- After the trip, attach bills and other documentation of expenses to the Reimbursement Form.
- This form, along with a copy of your approved Trip Request form should be sent to the Principal.
Professional Learning Communities
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School is committed to the concept of Professional Learning Communities.
- As such, it is imperative that all Faculty and Staff members embrace this concept and make changes accordingly. If teachers are new to the PLC concept, it will be important to familiarize themselves with the information.
- Teachers are asked to see the Principal for professional materials that may assist them.
- Every Faculty and Staff member will be working toward raising student achievement through effective instructional practices.
- To do this, each grade level will develop a pacing guide for all core subjects.
- This pacing guide not only serves as a guide for when Teachers will cover concepts, but also how long teachers will spend on concepts.
- Faculty and Staff will identify essential skills, which will place importance on some grade level expectations. When these essential skills are identified, the Faculty and Staff member will continue to teach these concepts until all students in the classroom have mastered these skills. Essential skills do not have a timeline.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will measure improvement each quarter through common assessments.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will do progress monitoring at each grade level and will share this with the parents/guardians on a consistent basis.
- These common assessments will be scored and analyzed within a given time frame.
- The focus is to make changes to insure all instructional strategies are effective.
- Re-teach essential skills, share instructional strategies, re-assess.
- Faculty will meet to discuss student performance on the common assessments and plan interventions for students who are not achieving in a timely manner.
- A progress report will be sent home weekly.
- This report will be generated through NASIS.
- Teachers will insure all grades are up to date.
- Parents and guardians will be encouraged to contact the teacher when they have any questions.
- When teachers send deficient grades home, the teacher explain why the grade is low, i.e., missing work, low scores, etc.
- Teachers will keep in constant communication with parents.
Purchase of Supplies and Equipment
- Requisitions for major supplies are made once a year on forms provided.
- Requisitions will be prepared and handed in to the Principal.
- These orders will be compiled into one order.
- These requisitions are necessary for the budget and buying for the following year.
- NO items will be purchased without prior approval.
- Reimbursement for professional expenses require prior approval.
- Few items will be purchased during the year unless prior arrangements have been made.
- Recess schedules are part of the posted Teacher schedule.
- Teachers will adhere to this schedule.
- Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School will use the following guidelines for weather restrictions on taking students outside for recess.
- Please note that these temperatures include the heat index/wind chill.
- 90-100 degrees – Students can stay out but please be sure to have plenty of water.
- 32-90 degrees – Students can stay out for an unlimited amount of time.
- 20-32 degrees – Students can stay out 10-15 minutes.
- 10-20 degrees – Students can stay out for 5 minutes.
- Below 10 degrees- Students will stay in for recess.
- The following are criteria for retaining a student:
- At least 2 F's in the four core subjects
- 15 cumulative unexcused absences throughout the year
- The retention process is as follows:
- A list of students who could possibly be retained is submitted to the office after the 2nd quarter.
- A letter is sent to the parents/guardians from the office.
- An updated list of students who could possibly be retained is submitted to the office after the 3rd quarter. Note: This is the last time to add a student to the list for possible retention.
- Another letter is sent to the parents/guardians from the office.
- The final list of students who will be retained, along with intervention documentation, to the office by April 15th. The Principal will make the final decision on who will be retained.
Room Parties and Classroom Events
- Teachers will notify the office of any party or classroom event that is scheduled.
- All parties/events must be over by 2:45 pm so buses can enter the parking lot.
- Parents must sign in and out of the office before going to the classroom.
- Students who must leave school during the school hours must be signed out through the office.
- Teachers will not allow parents and relatives to take students from the classroom, the front office will call the classrooms.
- Teachers will not allow a student to leave school with anyone during the school day without permission from the office.
- If parents or persons picking up a student come to the classroom or the playground area, teachers will direct them to the office to sign that student out.
Faculty and Staff ID's
- All Faculty and Staff will get their ID on school picture day. These ID's will be worn each day.
Suggested Schedules (Minutes per subject)
- Each teacher will develop a daily schedule to be submitted to the Principal and posted in the classroom.
- Suggested time allotment per subject area:
- Language Arts and Reading – 90 minutes per day
- Math 60 minutes per day
- All other subjects 20 to 30 minutes as schedule permits or as needed.
- This is not designed to limit the discretion of the classroom teacher but to serve as a guideline only.
- Although rare, students may be suspended from school.
- This can be an” In School” Suspension, or an “Out of School” Suspension.
- In both cases, students are required to request all assignments. The student is required to complete and submit all assignments to the teacher. Incomplete assignments will receive a 0.
- The purpose of Teacher Evaluation is improvement of instruction.
- Formal performance-based evaluations will be conducted as per school board policy.
- Administrators will conduct Informal Teacher Evaluations on a continuous basis.
- Supervision will be conducted in a constructive, candid, fair, and realistic manner.
- The Principal will formally evaluate teaching performances once a year.
- Faculty will submit yearly professional development plans.
- Administrators and Teachers will keep artifact data that can be used to document the completion of certain criteria on the evaluation form.
- All Faculty and Staff are required to keep a folder with examples of such artifact data.
- Much of this data is collected as part of the teacher’s daily routine.
- Keep some of the items to share during the observation conference.
- Listed are items that can be placed in a folder for this purpose. They include, but are not limited to:
- Examples of parent communication
- Lesson Plans
- Questions that teachers use to engage students
- Examples of how teachers assess student progress
- Examples of scoring guides
- Interventions for struggling students
- Each teacher will have a copy of the Performance Based Teacher Evaluation Plan as a guide to policy.
- Staff will dress in a professional manner and in accordance with their job description. NO Jeans, flip flops, shorts or tank tops. Fridays are ‘Dress Down’ days and staff are encouraged to wear Staff shirts and jeans.
- No sweat pants/sweat suits, unless you are the P.E.Teacher.
- Part of professional dress is the absence of hickeys, no visible hickeys are allowed at work.
Step 1: will be a verbal warning from the supervisor
Step 2: will be a written reprimand from the administrator
Step 3: will be sent home
- Behavior - classroom behavior by teachers will be an exemplary. Proper language, gestures, emotional control and mannerisms will be a portrayed at all times.
- Faculty and Staff Ethics and Conduct –
- Teachers will remember that the welfare of the student is the first concern of the school district.
- It is the responsibility of the Faculty and Staff members to support programs and activities when in public.
- The use of cell phones will not be allowed on school grounds.
- The following warnings will be given for Faculty and Staff who are utilizing cell phones:
- Verbal warning
- Written memo and copy in file
- Monetary fine of $100 for continued use
- Social Media: Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School recognizes the importance of social media for its employees, and acknowledges that its employees have the right under the First Amendment, in certain circumstances, to speak out on matters of public concern. The use of social media by employees may NOT: 1) interfere/disrupt with the work of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School, 2) be used to harass coworkers or other members of the school community, 3) breach confidentiality obligations of the school employees, 4) harm the goodwill and reputation of the school 5) violate the law, board policies and/or school rules and regulations and 6) be used during your Tour of Duty
- Faculty and Staff will review and follow the district guidelines for technology.
- No student is allowed to use the teacher account on any computer because it contains private information.
- Faculty and Staff will practice safety by locking up the work area before leaving any computer.
- Leave slips are due at least one week in advance.
- Any Faculty and Staff members that are on a timesheet will make sure their timesheets are correct before they sign.
- Timesheets are due on Friday before the pay period ends.
- All leave slips must be turned in in advance. If leave slips are not completed by the close of the pay period (Friday), it will constitute as LWOP (Leave Without Pay)
- The office will route the timesheets to the appropriate Faculty and/or Staff member.
- In-service day work hours are 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, unless otherwise notified.
- Faculty and/or Staff will use each day productively: prepare instructional plans, prepare bulletin boards and displays, finalize grades, review files, attend professional training, clean and organize classrooms, etc.