Greetings from Your Principal
It is with great pleasure, I welcome you to Monroe Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year! Monroe staff is excited to get back to learning and be able to spend the upcoming school year with all of you, whether it is virtually or in person. We are sure to have another amazing year, even if it does look a little different from previous years.
This handbook is designed to assist our students and you in understanding the policies, procedures, and programs adopted by the Boise School District and Monroe. Due to the pandemic, additional protocols for the different areas of the school may not be stated in the handbook, but will be made available on the Boise School District website. If you have any questions regarding any protocol, contact me, so I can answer your questions or lead you to the right person. My hope is that you will read through it, put it in a safe place and refer to it throughout the school year when questions arise. If you are interested in Monroe’s ReOpening Plan, please look through the following slideshow. This document changes on a daily basis, but provides you with a general overview of what we are doing to keep staff and kids healthy.
Your school is a community of dedicated professionals who recognize the unique potential of all learners. Academic excellence is encouraged through a rigorous curriculum and high expectations while respecting individual needs and abilities of all. This belief does not change if a student is not sitting in a classroom. The same expectation holds true for virtual learning.
Our students, parents, staff, and patrons have to work as a team to create a caring, positive, safe, and predictable learning environment each day. We will continue to focus on making sure we R.O.A.R. (RESPECT. ONLY KIND. ALWAY SAFE. RESPONSIBLE). We are the Monroe Bobcats...Hear Us ROAR!
If you have any questions regarding Monroe and your child’s education, please reach out to me. I look forward to seeing you in person or virtually.
JuliAnne Bronner, Principal
DOING SCHOOL THE BOBCAT WAY
The Monroe staff and students have worked hard to put procedures in place in order to create a positive and safe culture for all of our students. Last year, every student worked hard on Position 1, Position 2, and Team Line, as well as put behavioral expectations in place for all parts of the school. We have seen a huge increase in positive behaviors. Ask your Bobcat!
POSITION 1: Learning
POSITION 2: Transition
We are also deeply committed to helping all students become people of character, so this year we will be working on the Bobcat R.O.A.R.
Responsibility Only Kindness Always Safe Respect
TITLE IX POLICY STATEMENT
The Independent School District of Boise City #1, in complying with all legislation in the areas of employment and the delivery of educational services, has adopted the following policy statement:
It is the policy of The Independent School District of Boise City #1, in subscribing to and promoting the principles of equal protection under the law, that neither the Board of Trustees nor its designated agents will discriminate in employment or in the equal delivery of educational services and opportunities against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, age, birth, ancestry, national origin, family relationship, personal or political patronage, or handicap.
For safety reasons, we are asking that students are dropped off as closely to 8:45am as possible. We will have adult supervision starting at 8:15am; however, practicing social distancing is a challenge with so many kids out back. We will have all students entering through the side gate. An adult will be there to provide your child with hand sanitizer. At this time, we are only allowing staff and students out back. We know this can be difficult for our kindergarten kids and new students, but we promise to have supportive staff on hand to help with this.
For safety reasons, we are asking that social distancing be practiced after school as well, and that people observe this in the front of the school where folks congregate. We are planning different release times for grade levels to help with large crowds, but we need all of your help in this situation. We need students to be picked up on time and to quickly leave school grounds. We ask that South Junior High kids stay off campus until 3:15pm and then quickly pick up siblings and leave campus.
Regular student attendance is key to successful school performance; however, if your child is sick or will not be at school for any reason, it is very important that parents call the school before school starts at 8:45 a.m. We want to ensure the safe arrival of all students. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office (854-5620) or email the absence to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. If we have not heard from you by 9:00 a.m., we will try to get in touch with you.
If your student is tardy, your student will ring the front door bell, wait to be cleared for entrance and then enter the front doors with a mask and practice the social distancing guidelines on the floor. For health reasons, all adults dropping off kids will be asked to stay outside and not enter the building.
Unfortunately, Monroe students will not receive free breakfast and lunch. For information about free and reduced lunch as well as getting set up with automatic payments through My School Bucks, please go to: Food Services for the BSD
2020-2021 School Meal Prices
School library books are furnished free of charge to students. Books may be checked for one week. Students are required to pay for lost or damaged books. Students may go to the library as often as necessary during the week. The Central Health District said that it takes 72 hours to decontaminate books, so we ask students to be patient with check out. More information about our new library makeover and library protocol will be provided.
The State of Idaho requires that all children be immunized against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (DPT), polio, measles, rubella (three-day measles), hepatitis B, and mumps. These immunizations can be given by your family physician or by the Central District Health Department. The school needs to have documentation of these dates or a signed waiver on file when the child enrolls.
ILLNESS or INJURY
In the event of an injury, we will administer simple first-aid only. Your child will be cared for temporarily by a staff member or school nurse, and you will be notified. If you cannot be located, your family doctor will be called if possible, or your child will be taken to the emergency room of a hospital unless you have given instructions to the contrary. It is extremely important that the school have the name of another party to call in case of illness or injury when you cannot be located.
INSURANCE AND STUDENT INJURIES
Even with the greatest of precautions and the closest supervision, accidents can and do happen at school. Parents need to be aware of this and prepare for possible medical expenses that may arise should their child be injured at school. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL INSURANCE TO PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES WHEN CHILDREN ARE INJURED AT SCHOOL. This is the responsibility of the parents or legal guardians. Student medical insurance is available for purchase. Brochures outlining the coverage and premiums are sent home at the beginning of the school year and are available at the office.
At times it is important that students take medications at school. Students are not allowed to bring medications of any kind and take them on their own. If your child needs aspirin, antibiotics, or other prescription drugs, the parent/guardian must sign a medication form, which is available from the school nurse, and leave the medication with the secretary so that it can be administered as directed.
Due to the seriousness of COVID, we are asking all parents to check for fever and complaints of being ill before leaving for school each morning. Please do not send your child if he/she is feeling any of the symptoms surrounding COVID. If you have questions for our nurse about the symptoms, please call before sending your child. Protocols for dealing with students or staff with COVID symptoms will be provided by the Boise School District.
The staff is aware that in some cases, doctor or dental appointments can be scheduled only during school hours. A written note from home to the teacher will excuse the students for these appointments. When you pick up your child for the appointment, please ring the office and wait for office staff. We will verify the adult's identity with Infinite Campus and then send your student out to you. For safety reasons, we are asking that folks stay outside. Please keep in mind; medically excused absences are still marked as an absence in Infinite Campus.
During the school year, we will prepare our students for and practice several different emergency drills including:
In an extreme emergency that requires an evacuation from our school, students and staff will relocate to our alternate shelter, which is at South Junior High School. The nature and severity of the emergency will dictate whether the parent phone tree is initiated.
The school office telephone is for business purposes, and except for emergencies, students may not use it. Please discuss after-school activities with your child in the morning so it will not be necessary for him/her to call home. Each classroom has a telephone in it that may be used with the teacher’s permission.To limit interrupting valued instruction time, teachers are unable to take telephone calls when class is in session, but a message will be taken and they will return your call.
If you need to get an important message to your child, please leave it with the school secretary. We normally will not call your child from the classroom to the telephone.
CHROMEBOOKS, CELL PHONES, iPODS, and OTHER ELECTRONICS
All Boise School District students will be checked out an iPad or Chromebook to use either in the class or for virtual learning. However, this comes with great responsibility. Therefore, throughout the year, teachers and parents will need to discuss the importance of Digital Citizenship and review their own rules for electronics in the classroom and at home. Any student using their device for non-instructional purposes in the classroom, hallways, recess time, etc. will have a consequence based on the infraction. At this time, the device will be taken until a parent has been contacted by administration. If a student attempts to search a topic that is deemed inappropriate, the classroom teacher or principal will call home and discuss next steps with the parent.
Please keep in mind that Monroe does not have secure lockers and cannot guarantee the security of your child’s personal device on the school premise. It is our strong recommendation that if your child brings a device to school, he/she checks it in with the office or the teacher during the school hours.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
Because the school has a great responsibility for your child's safety, all children are required to stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive on school property until they are dismissed at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, school visits will be very limited for any adults. All school visits must be scheduled with the teacher or principal before/after school using appropriate mask wearing and social distancing. We will be using Google Hangouts for meetings when appropriate.
HOMEWORK FOR LONG ABSENCES
In the event of an extended absence, we ask that parents call in two days in advance to ask for missing homework. It is strongly recommended that students and parents communicate with the teacher if an absence is longer than three days so that the proper materials are provided for the student.
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, ETC.
For safety reasons, students must walk their bike, scooter, or any other transportation with wheels while on the school campus, which includes front sidewalks and blacktop out back. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the student having to pick up the equipment from the principal’s office. If a second occurrence takes place, a parent will be asked to come in to retrieve the equipment.
Monroe locks up their side gates when the bell rings each morning at 8:45, so bikes are secured; however, we strongly suggest sending your child with a lock for his/her bike.
Boise Schools adopted a "zero tolerance" to weapons of any type or substances that are a threat to the health and safety of other students. Students will not be allowed to bring pocket knives, toy weapons, or any other object that could be used as a weapon to school or to any school function. These items will be confiscated, the school resource officer may be notified, and suspension or expulsion from school will result.
All sixth grade students will be trained to participate in our school safety patrol program. Mrs. Rothwell will be in charge of our school patrol program and will be sending out information to all sixth grade families. We will be training students on appropriate mask wearing and distancing as well.
Many of our students will be riding the bus this year. Each child has received information on the rules that apply to riding the bus. The bus driver will spend some time reviewing the rules, but please remind your child that riding the bus is a privilege. Students who misbehave will obtain a formal write up and parents will receive a call from the principal. If the behavior continues, the bus company, along with the school, can revoke privileges.
Students who ride the bus must remain on school grounds once they are on school property. This year, we will be having all bus riders hand sanitize before entering the side gate to keep kids as healthy as possible. Transportation protocol will be provided by the Boise School District.
BUS LOADING ZONE
The bus loading zone is located in the front of the school, along with daycare van pick up. Please do not park or pick your children up in this area. We ask that all parents respect this area, so that our bus riders are safe. If your child needs to cross the road to be picked up, please have your child use the crosswalk.
CAR LOADING ZONE
The car loading zone is located in the front of our school. This is a quick drop off area that is designed to keep a steady flow of cars coming and going. If you have a student that tends to linger, please designate an area close by where your student can find you each day. In addition, we ask that all parents refrain from blocking the driveways of our neighbors.
At Monroe Elementary, we have established the following guidelines for clothing that align to the Boise School District. We ask that all parents and students respect these guidelines:
· No short shorts—shorts should go down to the student’s fingertips
· No spaghetti strap tank tops
· No shirts that show the navel or midriff
· No boxer shorts, pajamas or slippers
· No clothing that depicts alcohol, tobacco, gangs, drugs, or violence
· No chains hanging from pants
· No head covering during school hours—hats, bandanas, sweatshirt hoods
Special services are provided for children who qualify under group or individual testing. Reading, resource room, gifted and talented, speech/hearing, counseling, and psychological services are available. If you have any questions, please call Ms.Siron, our counselor, to schedule an appointment with the team.
PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING
Physical fitness testing has long been an integral part of the Boise School District Elementary Physical Education Curriculum. In the last few years, fitness has become even more of a concern as researchers collect data establishing the unfit physical condition of our nation's children and the critical need to promote health and wellness standards among the children in our schools.
This emphasis is projected in the Physical Fitness Appraisal given to the Boise School District's elementary school children to assess acceptable health/fitness standards that children need to experience a lifetime of wellness. This appraisal is given twice during the school year—once in the fall and again in the spring.
If your child has a medical problem that restricts physical activity, please notify the nurse or Mrs. Shaw, our PE teacher.
The open enrollment guidelines have changed in the Boise School District. Every student who is open enrolled at a school will need to re-apply for enrollment status at the school each year. All applications for open enrollment must be turned in by February 1, 2021, in order to be considered for open enrollment. All applicants will be notified of their open enrollment status by August 2021. Open enrollment applications can be found at www.boiseschools.org.
MONROE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
My child and I have read the Monroe Handbook and the district Rights and Responsibilities Handbook together. We are aware that student safety and an appropriate learning environment are priorities at Monroe School. We support the school’s efforts to provide a safe educational environment.
MY CHILD AND I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE EXPECTATIONS STATED IN THIS HANDBOOK.
Monroe School Staff Date
**Please return this piece of paper signed copy to your child’s teacher in the folder provided