4.0 SCHOOL INFORMATION
4.1 TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE AND SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Offensive Sites. Accessing sites containing any of the following is strictly prohibited:
Computer Viruses. All computers with Internet access must have anti-virus software installed and operating. Disabling anti-virus software is prohibited.
File Downloads. All downloaded files must be scanned for viruses and the use of such downloaded files must comply with all applicable intellectual property laws and regulations. Compressed files must be scanned before and after decompression. Only the Technology Administrator may download or authorize the download of program, driver, and font software in addition to background images, screensavers, and clip art.
Some Internet sites require “plug-in” software such as QuickTime or Shockwave. Only the Technology Administrator may authorize the download or installation of plug-ins.
The use of “streaming” information systems is not allowed. This includes any internet based system or service that maintains a resident, continuous feed of information and includes but is not limited to online music players, stock ticker tape systems, and real time weather broadcast systems. These systems consume significant bandwidth resulting in rate increases for PCK’s internet service.
Confidentiality. Because e-mail often travels over unsecured connections, it should be assumed that all transmissions could be examined by a third party. The e-mail system and the messages contained therein are PCK property. PCK reserves the right to monitor and/or view any content sent through the system or over the PCK network.
Usage Restrictions. Internet e-mail accounts may be established for employees requiring external communication. The use of non-PCK, web-based e-mail systems on PCK property or at PCK-sponsored functions is subject to this policy.
Message Content. The use of profanity or adult content, in any form (for example, a typed message or an attachment), is not permitted.
Computer Viruses. Any file attachment to an incoming Internet e-mail message must be scanned for viruses before it is opened or viewed. In particular, Word and Excel files can contain macro viruses that run automatically when the file is opened. If you have Internet e-mail and are not familiar with the operation of the anti-virus software, contact the I.T. department for training.
Network Traffic. The e-mail software on the individual computers operates by polling the mail servers for new mail. The polling rate is a setting in the client (user’s) computer. Every time a client computer polls a mail server it generates network traffic. Unless approved by the I.T. department, no computer shall be set to poll more frequently than five minute intervals.
Forwarding Messages. A PCK computer user may choose to automatically forward email messages to another email account in the event of a prolonged absence from PCK grounds. This may be done by any e-mail system user at their own discretion. The use of the e-mail account receiving forwarded messages is subject to this policy during the period of automatic forwarding.
COMPUTER NETWORK AND WORKSTATION SECURITY
Network Accounts. This section deals with issues related to network logon accounts and their usage. These are the accounts that identify specific individual computer users and control general network access and rights.
Periodic changes to network passwords are required to ensure security. It is recommended that PCK computer users change their passwords every thirty (30) days. Users may choose their own passwords and will implement the change from their own workstations.
All issues pertaining to network accounts and passwords should be directed to the Technology Administrator. The Technology Administrator is the sole entity that can create, modify, or remove network user accounts. Account generation requires the explicit approval of the Technology Administrator to ensure proper training and usage of network systems.
Accounting Packages. This section deals with issues related to the user accounts used to gain access to accounting systems. This includes any application employed by the Business Manager that requires a secure log-in including but not limited to payroll and GL systems.
General Password Protection. This section relates to all system passwords employed by PCK computer users in the course of their normal business functions. This includes, but is not limited to, passwords for the network and accounting packages.
General Workstation Security. This section relates to use of PCK networked computers.
Data Security. This section addresses the proper handling of data transmissions to parties outside of PCK, including but not limited to data transfer via internet based transmissions (e-mail, FTP etc) as well as transferring data to physical media (thumb drives/USB drives, etc).
PCK laptop users are required to restrict access to PCK laptops to PCK employees by enabling screen-savers and ensuring the physical safeguarding of the system.
PCK-OWNED ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic devices (including, but not limited to, computers, iPads, and laptops) owned by PCK are valuable assets.
Care of Devices. Students and staff must treat all PCK electronic devices with care. Intentional or negligent abuse of PCK electronic devices is prohibited.
Staff Reminders. Staff should remind students of their stewardship responsibilities with respect to PCK electronic devices whenever students are using such devices.
Damage and Remedy. If a student or staff member damages a PCK electronic device through intentional or negligent action, the student or staff member must replace or repair the device to the satisfaction of the Director.
As used in this Policy, “Student Owned Electronic Devices” means any electronic device not owned by PCK that has the potential for Internet or telephone connectivity.
Student-Owned Electronic Devices at PCK. Students may bring Student-Owned Electronic Devices to PCK. Any Student-Owned Electronic Devices that are brought to PCK are subject to the terms of this Policy.
Agreement to Policy Terms. By permitting students to bring Student-Owned Electronic Devices to PCK, parents agree to the terms of this Policy. By bringing Student-Owned Electronic Devices to PCK, students agree to the terms of this Policy.
Use of Student-Owned Devices. Student-Owned Electronic Devices that are brought to PCK may only be used in accordance with the restrictions set forth below.
Loss or Theft of Student Devices. Students and parents are solely responsible for the security and care of Student-Owned Electronic Devices at all times. PCK shall have no responsibility for the security and use of Student-Owned Electronic Devices or for the recovery or repair of Student-Owned Electronic Devices that are stolen, lost, or damaged. PCK, at its sole discretion, may inform law enforcement personnel regarding the suspected theft of a Student-Owned Electronic Device.
Noncompliance. In addition to the potential disciplinary actions set forth below, failure to comply with the terms of this Section 5 shall result in immediate confiscation of the applicable Student-Owned Electronic Device. Such confiscation shall not create a bailment and PCK shall not be responsible for the security of a confiscated Student-Owned Electronic Device during the confiscation period. PCK shall contact the applicable student’s parents to arrange pick up of the applicable Student-Owned Electronic Device.
For the purposes of this Policy, “Social Media” means any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations. Social Media includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tik Tok, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, document sharing, and e-mail. This section applies to all Social Media communications regarding PCK.
Common Code of Online Conduct. While the rules applicable to staff, students, and parents vary in some particulars, a common code of conduct in the use of Social Media should be observed by all. Standards stated for staff, students, and parents in the sections below may, in appropriate circumstances, be applicable to others (for example, teachers and parents rarely have the opportunity to “plagiarize,” but of course should not do so). Expectations routinely applicable to all members of the school community are stated in this section 6.1. The Social Media policy for staff is outlined in the PCK staff handbook.
Be transparent. Do not misrepresent who you are. Never assume the identity of another person.
Be reflective. Think before you communicate online. If you are upset or angry, give yourself time to calm down. Consider whether a negative communication you receive even requires a response. If it does, respond factually, not emotionally.
Be respectful. Employees, parents, and students are a diverse group of people with many different customs, viewpoints, and beliefs. Communications that are racist, pornographic, threatening, or bullying are prohibited. Broad generalizations (“all teachers …;” “all students …”) are almost never accurate.
Be factual. Add to the information available to others, not just the noise.
Write well. In a school environment, everyone should try to express themselves effectively. Re-read your posts or emails for form and content before posting or sending. Check spelling, avoid slang, and do not use excessive abbreviations. Use proper grammar, capitalization and punctuation. Send a polished communication, not a confused draft.
Students are subject to the following specific rules related to Social Media:
Parents are respectfully asked to adhere to the following Social Media guidelines:
Failure to comply with this policy may, at PCK’s discretion, result in disciplinary action as referenced in the PCK Behavior Matrix.
VIDEOTAPING OF STUDENTS
A picture is worth a thousand words. Periodically, throughout any given school year, the PCK staff has occasion to photograph or videotape students in action. Such occasions include, but are not limited to:
Parent permission to photograph or videotape students in the academic setting, for educational or behavioral purposes, is not required. Staff members typically take pictures or videos to document a particular special event or to share a special moment with the parent who was not present at the time.
However, with respect to documenting student behavior, the following conditions must be met IF the express purpose of videotaping a student is to capture an example(s) of atypical or concerning behavior for later discussion with Administration and/or parents:
(Approved by the PCK Board of Directors, September 19, 2016)
PCK'S PRIVACY AND PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT INFORMATION POLICY
The PCK Board is committed to protecting the confidentiality of student information obtained, created, and/or maintained by PCK and/or DCSD. Student privacy and PCK’s and DCSD’s use of confidential student information are protected by federal and state law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act (the Act). The PCK Board directs the PCK staff to manage its student data privacy, protection, and security obligations in accordance with this policy and applicable law.
The scope of this PCK Board policy is limited to a “school service,” as such term is defined in the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act (Act) and this policy.
(See DCSD Board File: JRCB )
PCK and District support certain research studies of benefit to the School District and/or education in general. Research proposals are vetted by the School District under established criteria, taking into consideration this policy and applicable law.
(Approved by PCK Board, November 20, 2017)
4.2 CLOSURE AND DELAY
While emergency closings occur infrequently, we are prepared for times when building systems malfunction making the building unfit, or when weather makes it necessary to keep/send children home. During severe weather, tune in to your radio or TV for announcements regarding school closings or delayed openings. We recommend 9 News (KUSA) or KOA. You can also call the District Snow Line at 303-387-SNOW or check the District website at www.dcsdk12.org/snow_closures_and_delays.
We follow the same school closures and delayed starts as the Douglas County School District RE-1.
Please do not call PCK for information on closures or delays as we are unable to remotely update our outgoing phone message at this time.
We have two alternatives for bad weather days. The options are:
4.3 SAFE AND DRUG FREE CAMPUS
PCK is a tobacco free/drug free zone in accordance with state law. We practice zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol at school. This pertains to students, parents, staff, and visitors. PCK also abides by the DCSD Code of Conduct.
4.4 STUDENT FEES
Student fees collected by the school are used by PCK to cover the cost of consumable items used by individual students at PCK. This accounts for the variation in fee amounts by grade.
Student fees fall into two categories:
Mandatory fees must be paid at registration (July/August). In the event that parents of a student are unable to pay mandatory fees, the parents must contact the PCK Business Manager to arrange a plan agreed to by both parents and the PCK Business Manager, pursuant to which parents make smaller, periodic payments in satisfaction of a specific student fee instead of a single lump sum payment (a “payment plan”).
Payment of elective fees is not optional. If parents fail to pay an elective fee, their student(s) will not be permitted to participate in the applicable activity. If parents wish to enroll their student in an activity that requires payment of an elective fee, but such parents are unable to pay the elective fee in a single lump sum, the parents may contact the PCK Business Manager to arrange a payment plan.
Students of parents that have either (i) failed to arrange a payment plan for mandatory fees or (ii) failed to adhere to an established payment plan for student fees shall not be eligible to participate in any PCK activity that requires payment of an elective fee until the parents are in compliance with a payment plan for all outstanding student fees. (Revised April 30, 2013)
4.5 FIELD TRIPS
Each class will take at least two field trips a year. The parents will fund trips if entrance fees are required. Each PCK student is assessed a bus fee in order to cover bus transportation for specific field trips.
Permission is given and an emergency medical form is completed on line through the Webstore. Phone permission is not sufficient and will not be accepted.
If the field trip requires parental transportation, each parent that will be driving must fill out a DCSD authorization form. This form, along with a copy of insurance coverage, must be filled out at least two weeks prior to the date of the trip. Forms are available at the school office.
4.6 LEAVING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
We strongly encourage parents to schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours. When it is necessary to schedule such appointments during school hours, parents must first report to the school office. For the protection of students, parents are required to sign out students from the office when they are picked up early. No child will be permitted to leave the school with any other adult unless the parent has given written permission to release the child in that person's custody.
4.7 LOST AND FOUND
The school has Lost and Found bins located in the elementary and MS areas. Shortly after the end of each quarter, the school will donate any unclaimed articles. Please label your children’s clothing and school supplies with their first and last names (not initials) in order to alleviate any mix-ups.
4.8 LOCKERS FOR GRADES 6 - 8
Students in grades 6 - 8 are given the privilege of using lockers. Student lockers are the property of Parker Core Knowledge. Lockers may be periodically inspected, without notice, for illegal items, stolen property, or potentially harmful items. Have your child check Lost and Found regularly. Students should not leave money or valuable items in hall lockers.
Students must use a school-supplied padlock on their locker if they want it locked. Outside locks are not permitted. PCK padlocks are all combination locks. Combinations must be kept confidential.
The school mascot is a cougar.
4.10 MEDICAL NEEDS
The school will utilize reasonable precautions to ensure a healthy environment. To ensure the health of students, please keep your child home if s/he has one or more of the following symptoms:
Be sure your child is free of the symptoms mentioned for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Some communicable diseases require a longer exclusion from school.
Should any of the above symptoms appear in school, the following procedures will be followed:
When a child becomes ill at school s/he will be isolated from other children.
The parents will be notified that their child must be picked up.
If parent(s) cannot be reached, the emergency contact person listed will be called.
The child will remain isolated until picked up.
In case of a more serious injury or illness, “911” will be called for medical assistance and the parents will be notified immediately. Emergency personnel will determine if the child should be transported.
Prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs (including tylenol and ibuprofen) will be administered to students at school only with the specific written authorization of the student’s physician. A Medication Release Form, found on the Resources page of the school website, is required.
Colorado law requires that PCK have on file, at the time a child enters school, a certification stating that students have received immunizations against communicable diseases as specified by the Department of Health. Exemptions from this ruling can be given upon:
A written statement from your doctor that immunization might be harmful to your child.
Each student must have local emergency contact information up to date in Infinite Campus indicating persons to be called in case of illness or emergency. It is important that the school be informed of home or work phone numbers or other contact numbers that change. Also, a contact person other than the parents must be listed. This person must live within a reasonable proximity to the school and be able to pick up the student in case of emergency.
The school must be informed of any situation that warrants particular attention such as high allergy to bee stings, possibility of seizures, etc. In case of an extreme medical emergency when parents cannot be reached, the student will be taken to the nearest medical facility for treatment. All efforts will be made to reach the parents.
4.11 SCHOOL HOURS
4.12 SAFETY PROCEDURES
The safety of students at PCK is a top priority for all staff. Rules and procedures to maintain safety have been established in the following areas:
Fire alarm and fire drill procedures have been established and will be practiced periodically. Law requires periodic fire drills. It is essential that everyone obeys directions promptly and clears the building by the predetermined routes.
In the event of a severe weather warning, the District office has a weather-radio alert which is automatically activated by the National Weather Bureau (in Aurora). In addition, our building has been examined to determine the most protected areas in the event of a tornado. Drills will be held to familiarize students with appropriate procedures.
Outdoor activities will be curtailed whenever the possibility of a lightning storm exists. The following guidelines will be applied by those on duty to determine the existence of a hazard.
Please respect the school's decision regarding dismissal of students during severe weather. Dismissal may be delayed at times when the safety of students and staff is in question due to severe lightning, heavy rains, tornadoes, or the like.
4.13 STUDENT COUNCIL
The Student Council will make many constructive contributions to school life and to the personal development of students. It serves the following purposes:
Provides leadership opportunities.
Helps students learn to formulate and express ideas in a group.
Helps students understand the school program and develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of the school.
Student Council Members are elected by their classmates for a one-year term.
PCK students are always supervised during school hours (7:35 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.). It is the responsibility of parents to supervise non-PCK siblings whenever they are on school grounds. For safety, when on school grounds outside the normal school hours, (7:35 A.M. - 3:45 P.M), children must remain with their parent(s) at all times.
4.15 TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
Office phones are limited to the use of school personnel and official business only. Except for an emergency, neither teachers nor students are called to the phone during school hours. Parents are requested not to call school for delivery of routine messages, to make after school arrangements, etc. These interruptions affect instruction and learning time for students.
School Phone: 303.840.7070
School Fax: 303.840.9785
This number is to be used when you want to speak directly to someone in the office. If the call goes immediately into the voicemail, it indicates that the line is currently busy and you can either leave a message or try again in a few minutes. If it rings several times before going to voicemail, it indicates that there is no one available to answer the phone at the time.
Students must arrive and depart by private vehicle. Their parents or an assigned adult must pick children up. Written permission must be provided to the office before a student will be dismissed to anyone other than his/her parent or regular carpool driver.
STUDENT SAFETY IS THE PRIMARY GOAL DURING CARPOOL.
Please follow the drop off and pick up procedures listed below.
To reduce the number of parked cars and confusion leading up to afternoon carpool, we ask that if you need to pick up your child earlier than the assigned time for your carpool, you do so at the front office by 2:45 P.M.
NOTE: If children are delayed in the building, you will be directed to park so the carpool line can continue.
Parents' access to the teachers and administration of PCK is vital to the success of PCK. Parents of enrolled students are welcome to visit the school any time.
Please observe the following guidelines:
Contact the teacher or administration to schedule an observation. This will help avoid conflicts with classroom procedure, testing, etc.
Only one (1) observation will be scheduled at a given time. If additional observations are desired, please contact the PCK administration.
For safety considerations, when arriving at PCK for a visit or observation period, parents and visitors must sign in at the office, get a name tag, and inform the administration staff as to the purpose and location of their visit before proceeding to classrooms or other areas of the PCK facilities. For security purposes, no one may proceed beyond the office area until asked to do so.
Observation periods are for observing only. Comments or discussion regarding what is observed need to be scheduled as a conference with the teacher or Director at a later time. The teacher and students should not be interrupted during the observation period. To maintain an optimal learning environment, parents are asked not to interact with students unless directed to do so by the teacher.
Other children are not permitted to accompany an observer in the classroom, nor can they be left in the PCK office. Arrangements must be made for the care of siblings or other children during the observation periods.
Aligning with DCSD Policy KI – Visitors to Schools, it is the policy of PCK to encourage parent involvement in school activities and events as long as such visits do not disrupt school operations or interfere with the educational process. Furthermore, in order to ensure the safety and security of all students, parent involvement during open recess times shall be limited to observation only. Parents who wish to join their child for lunch and/or recess must first check in at the front desk. Once outside, parents may observe their child from the observation bench near the ramp; PARENT PARTICIPATION SHALL BE LIMITED TO OBSERVATION ONLY. In the event a parent observes a behavior that requires correction, they will notify the Recess Aide(s) on duty; only the Recess Aides or the teacher on duty shall address inappropriate behaviors.
* Observation for Waiting-List Families – Only those potential students who have been offered a spot at PCK are allowed to observe a classroom. This observation must also be scheduled in advance through the office to avoid disruption to the educational environment.