Whitehall School District

Whitehall Memorial Elementary

Student & Parent Handbook

2017 - 2018

CONTENTS

        Attendance & Truancy

Alcohol

        Bus Regulations & Transportation

        School Safety Patrol

        Changes in Family Information or Transfers

        Cold Weather Reminder

        Emergency Closings of Schools

        Food and Nutrition Program

        Health:  Records, Illness, and Medication Procedures

        Behavior & Discipline

        Weapons

        School Insurance

        Field Trips

        Filming, Photographing, Videotaping Policy

Library Media Center        

School Insurance

        Fundraising

        Visitors

        Volunteers

        School Directory

        Non-Discrimination Policy

        Internet Safety/Use Policy

        Two Way Communication and Electronic Devices

        

        

        

        

        


Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year!  We are excited that you and your child are part of our new school year here at the elementary level.  Our philosophy is that parents and educators who work closely together help children fully develop their academic, social and emotional potential.

This family handbook has been prepared especially for students and parents of elementary students in order to provide basic information and operating procedures.  Please keep this handbook in a convenient place to use as a handy reference.  Newsletters and other communications will be sent home periodically to keep you informed about what is occurring in our elementary school.  

We invite and encourage you to contact us if you have questions, comments or concerns. The telephone number at Whitehall Memorial Elementary is 715-538-4364.  Our mailing address is 19121 Hobson St., Whitehall, WI 54773. The District website is www.whitehallsd.k12.wi.us. All staff email is accessible through our web site.

We look forward to an exciting 2017 - 2018 school year!

Respectfully,

Damon Lisowski

Elementary Principal

        

        


ATTENDANCE & TRUANCY  Policy 430 Attendance

Regular daily attendance is important for student success.  Wisconsin law requires that students attend school during the “full periods and hours” that school is in session.  All students are required to attend school until they graduate, or until they reach the age of 18.

The Whitehall School District staff appreciates parents who ensure their children have as few absences as possible.  The encouragement you give your children on a daily basis will let them know that school is their most important job right now.  This is an excellent example of parent involvement and support.

The principal or designee serves as the school attendance officer for each school in the District. The school attendance officer shall deal with all matters relating to school attendance and truancy.

The school attendance officer or designee will be allowed to excuse absences for the following reasons:

1.                Evidence that the student has been ill.  If it is determined that illness is being used

to circumvent attendance at school, the district may request the parent/guardian to

obtain a written statement from a doctor or licensed practitioner as proof of illness.

2.        An emergency in the immediate family or other crisis, which requires the absence of the

student because of family responsibilities.

3.        Special circumstances

All other student absences from school will be recorded as truancies.

Truancy is defined as being absent part or all of one or more days of school during which the school has not been notified of the reason for the absence.  Habitual truant means a student who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for all or part of five or more days on which school is held during a semester.

If it is determined that a student is habitually truant, parents will be notified by the principal and a meeting will be arranged.

The parent or guardian of absent students is asked to notify the school by phone (538-4364) or by e-mail (fossj@whitehallsd.k12.wi.us) of any student absences.

Failure to make such contact shall result in notification of the absence by the school.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS, & TOBACCO  

Policy 443.3 Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use by Students

Policy 443.4 Student Alcohol and Other Drug Use

The use, possession, or sale of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products will not be tolerated in any of the Whitehall Memorial Schools.  Students violating this rule will be referred to the proper authorities for legal prosecution.  Referrals will also be made to school authorities and/or the Board of Education for suspension and/or expulsion purposes.

BUS REGULATIONS & TRANSPORTATION

Policy 443.2 Student Conduct on Buses

The school bus is considered to be an extension of the school. Therefore, any rules, regulations, and/or policies that apply while on school property also apply while students are on the bus.  The following are some important rules all students must follow:

  1. The bus driver is responsible for passengers; therefore, the driver must be obeyed at all times.
  2. Always remain seated when bus is in motion.
  3. No food or drink is allowed on the bus.
  4. Inappropriate language is forbidden.
  5. Be courteous to driver and other passengers.
  6. Don’t throw objects out of windows.
  7. Keep hands and heads inside the bus at all times.
  8. Do not damage the bus or other property.

The bus driver will report acts of inappropriate behavior to the elementary school office.  A conference will be held with the student concerning the incident and may result in disciplinary action up to and including bus suspension. Please refer to board policy number 7000 for more specific information.

Pape Bus Service requests that you do not send toys to school with your child. Toys brought out during the ride to and from school can often become lost and/or broken. Pape Bus Service also requests that you do not send your child to school with long straps attached to the backpack. Long straps can be stepped on while unloading from the bus, and accidents can occur.

Please notify Pape Bus Service if your child has any health concerns such as allergies, seizures, asthma, etc.

Mr. Pape would like to be notified immediately if there is a problem on the bus.  Please call him with your questions and concerns.

If there is a change in your child’s bus routine, please contact Pape Bus Service at 538-4513. Please send a note to school with your child as well.

                                   

Please drive with caution near the school, especially when dropping off or picking up your children.  Before and after school, please try to avoid Sheila Street, where the crossing guard is stationed.  

SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL

The school patrol is used primarily to facilitate safe crossing for students walking or riding their bikes to and from school.  Patrols are out in all weather except when temperatures are below 0 degrees at the following times:        7:30 – 8:00 AM Daily              3:30 – 3:40 PM Daily

Patrols report to the corner of:  Sheila and Hobson Streets 

CHANGES IN FAMILY INFORMATION OR TRANSFERS

It is important that we maintain current data on all students including: address, phone number and emergency contacts.  Please update your new information online through your Family Access account.

Additionally, please notify the principal if you are planning to move during the year.  This allows us to consolidate records and facilitate a smooth transfer to a new school.

Under certain circumstances your child can continue attending school in our District, even if you move into another district. Please contact the principal if you are planning to move and would like your child to remain in the District.

 

COLD WEATHER REMINDER 

Please make sure your child has adequate clothing to go outdoors. We will have outdoor recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees Fahrenheit.  The principal, playground supervisors, or other designated persons will consider other factors to determine whether students will go outside for recess.

EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOL

During inclement weather, school may start late, close early or close for the entire school day. If this occurs, the following radio and TV stations listed below will be informed.  

                

Station                                        City

                WHTL 102.3 FM                                Whitehall

                WAXX 104.5 FM                                Eau Claire                        

                WKBT TV Channel 8                                La Crosse

                WEAU TV Channel 13                        Eau Claire

                WXOW TV Channel 19                        La Crosse

All attempts will be made to notify these stations by 6:00 AM.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN

In the event of a late start, four-year-old Kindergarten AM sessions will be cancelled.

In the event of early release, we will try to make the decision by 11:30 AM so we can prevent our four-year-old kindergarten students from boarding the bus. If you have any reservations about the weather, please do not send your child to school that day.

FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAM

Breakfast and lunch are available to all students.  Meals are served cafeteria-style and students eat in the lunchroom.

Lunch accounts are set up under the student’s name.  Deposits made will be credited to the student’s account.  Please deposit at least $20.00 in your child’s account and try to maintain a positive balance.  Skyward Family Access online deposits are now available.

Breakfast Prices:        Students Grades  4K-5        $ 1.75                $0.30 for Reduced

                        Students Grade 6                $ 2.00

Lunch Prices:                Students Grades K-5                $ 2.75                $0.40 for Reduced

                        Students Grade 6                $ 2.95

                        Adult/Second Meal                $ 3.60

Milk Prices:                Students Grades 4K-6        $ 0.35

HEALTH  Policy 453.2 Student Immunizations

RECORDS

A health record required by state law is kept on each child.  Any disease or immunizations that the child has had during the summer or school year should be indicated on the Student Information Form you are asked to update each fall or by sending a note to the school office.

ILLNESS

For the welfare of your child, as well as that of others, please keep your child home if he/she has a severe cold, runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, upset stomach, is listless, drowsy, or has a fever.  If your child attends school, and a communicable disease is suspected, you will be asked to take your child home immediately. Should this occur, we recommended that you contact your physician for follow-up.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES Policy 453.4 Administering Medications to Students

The District discourages dispensing medications at school unless it is absolutely necessary.  If your child must take medication at school, the following procedures MUST be followed:

  1. In order to dispense prescription medication:
  1. We must have a written order from a physician and written permission from the parent/guardian.  (“ Physician Order for Medication Administration” Form)
  2. The prescription medication must come in the original bottle, (pharmacies will give you two bottles if you need to keep one at home) listing your child’s name, the physician’s name, and the name of the medication and dosage information.
  3. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to deliver the “Physician Order for

Medication Administration” form and medication.

  1. Medication will be taken by the student at the designated time and supervised by  

           authorized personnel.  It is the responsibility of the student, not school personnel 

           to get his/her medication at the designated time.

  1. The school will notify you when we are out of medication.
  2. All medication administered at school will be stored in a locked drawer.

  1. Parents must notify school if the medication is to be discontinued or the dosage or time is changed.  If the medication is changed or is resumed, a new physician’s order must be on file before it can be administered.
  2. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up discontinued/extra medications

      from school.  The school will not give medication to students to take home.

  1. New written permission from the physician and parent must be received annually.
  2. In order to dispense non-prescription medications at school, we must have written

           parent/guardian permission.  Medication must be in the original labeled bottle.

 

Screenings 

Students can be screened for vision and hearing upon request.  

BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE

Policy 443 Student Conduct & Code of Student Conduct

There are three basic rules governing behavior at our elementary schools:

        

1.  Be Safe

        2.  Be Respectful

        3.  Be Responsible

WEAPON POLICY  Policy 443.6 Student Use of Weapons

Weapons are prohibited on school property, school buses, or at any school-related event.  Weapons include articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to intimidate other persons as well as articles designed for other purposes which are used or intended to used in a manner that would inflict bodily harm and or to intimidate (i.e. toy weapons or replicas of weapons).  Exceptions to this policy will require prior administrative approval.  Students violating the policy on possession of weapons will be subject to serious disciplinary action, including possible suspension and/or expulsion.  In the case of possession with intent to threaten or cause bodily harm to others or to cause property damage, law enforcement officials may be notified, parent/guardian will be notified, and student expulsion may be considered.

SCHOOL INSURANCE

School insurance is available to all students on an optional basis.  Forms are sent home if parents request them.  School insurance is at parental expense.

FIELD TRIPS

Occasionally a field trip or outing is offered to particular grades or classes. A “universal” permission question is on the online form that you fill out and update at the beginning of the school year. This will constitute your permission for your child(ren) to participate in future field trips or outings held throughout the year. Teachers will notify you in advance of any upcoming field trips. All trips will be chaperoned and parents will be selected by random drawing if they are needed for a particular outing.

PHOTOGRAPHING & VIDEOTAPING

At times, special programs are videotaped for airing on the Public Access Channel.  We also photograph students and their accomplishments for presentation in the district newsletter.  Occasionally the media will feature activities with videotape or photographs of individual students or groups of students.

We encourage this, however, we are also sensitive of the fact that for reasons unique to an individual family, the family may not want pictures of a student to appear in the media.  

Be aware, however, that if a student is involved in “high profile” extracurricular activities it will not be possible to keep him/her from being photographed or videotaped.  Also, because schools/school grounds are relatively public places, we cannot guarantee that your child’s face will never appear as part of an incidental crowd picture.

If you do NOT wish your child’s picture to be displayed in the media, please indicate that by NOT signing the statement on the student registration form at the beginning of each school year.

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS

GOAL   The mission of the Whitehall School District Library Media program is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information.

MEDIA CENTER MANAGEMENT POLICY   Students are expected to exhibit care and responsibility for materials, equipment, and facilities.  Students are expected to follow LMC policies and procedures.

CIRCULATION POLICY   Materials may be checked out for two weeks.  A student with overdue material will lose checkout privileges until the material is returned or replacement cost is paid.  Materials not returned at the end of the school year will still be overdue at the beginning of the next school year.

LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS   The replacement price is charged for all lost or destroyed materials.  Students will lose checkout privileges until the account is cleared.  Please report lost or damaged materials immediately.

TREATS, SNACKS, & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Birthdays are special and we recognize students on their birthday.  Students are allowed (but certainly not required) to share a treat with their class on their birthday.   If students are going to share a treat, it is expected that a sufficient quantity be provided for each student in their room.  

We request invitations to birthday or other parties not be distributed at school.  We also request that parents not have balloons, flowers, or other gifts for birthdays or special occasions delivered to students at school.  If such gifts are delivered to school, they will be kept in the office until the end of the day.

FUNDRAISING

Whitehall School Board policy prohibits fundraising in the elementary schools.

VISITORS

We request that all visitors report to the office upon arrival.  Visitors will be given a badge to wear for safety purposes. We encourage parents who pick their children up at the end of the day on a consistent basis to check in with the office as well.

VOLUNTEERS

There are numerous opportunities for parents and others to be involved in the educational program at our elementary schools and we welcome you. Through our Booster Club, classroom, or office we will be informing you of our needs and solicit your involvement.  We request volunteers to sign in at the office when arriving at school.

SCHOOL DIRECTORY  Phone 715-538-4364                                

Employee                        Position                                        Contact                 

School Nurse                        Contracted Nursing                                Email Nurse             

Clarice Aasen                        Paraprofessional                                Email Ms. Aasen

Bryce Anderson                Technology                                        Email Mr. Anderson

Nikki Ausderau                Grade 3                                             Email Ms. Ausderau

Ellen Bartow                        Food Service Supervisor                        Email Ms. Bartow

Mike Beighley                        Superintendent                                Email Mr. Beighley

David Blaha                        Custodial Supervisor                                Email Mr. Blaha        

Lisa Bloom                        Grade K                                        Email Ms. Bloom

Trichia Brekke                        Special Education Teacher                        Email Ms. Brekke

Becky Brouillet                Speech/Language Pathologist                Email Ms. Brouillet

Lori Emlaw                        Paraprofessional                                Email Ms. Emlaw

Joanne Foss                        Elementary Secretary                                Email Ms. Foss

Rachel Gamroth                Grade 1                                        Email Ms. Gamroth

Kelly Giedd                        Grade 1                                        Email Ms. Giedd

Stephanie Gullicksrud                Grade 3                                        Email Ms. Gullicksrud

Ryan Guza                        Grade 6                                        Email Mr. Guza

Patricia Hagen                Food Service                                        Email Ms. Hagen

Mary Hanson                        Grade 4                                        Email Ms. Hanson

Brandon Jahr                        Grade 6                                        Email Mr. Jahr

Toni Jahr                        Grade 4                                        Email Mrs. Jahr

Julie Johnson                        Paraprofessional                                Email Ms. Johnson

Terri Jurowski                        ELL                                                Email Ms. Jurowski

Lee Kohnert                        Custodial/Maintenance                        Email Mr. Kohnert

Amy Berger                        Grade 2                                        Email Ms. Kujak

Brenda Laursen                Intervention Support                                Email Ms. Laursen

Donna Lindberg                Grade 5                                        Email Ms. Lindberg

Damon Lisowski                Elementary Principal                                Email Mr. Lisowski

Sondra Lyngen                Elementary Art                                Email Ms. Lyngen

Kara Matejka                        Grade 2                                        Email Ms. Matejka

Kelly Mattison                        Speech/Language Pathologist                Email Ms. Mattison

Mallory Miles                        Phy Ed                                                Email Ms. Miles

Aschley Moats                        Grade 2                                        Email Ms. Moats

Lisa Moore                        Guidance Counselor                                Email Ms. Moore

Jessica Neitzel                Grade 6                                        Email Ms. Neitzel

Vickie O’Dell                            Psychologist / Director of Pupil Services        Email Ms. O'Dell

Megan Oppelt                        LMC Director                                        Email Ms. Oppelt

Darin Pape                        Pape Bus Services                                538-4513

Betsy Peterson                4K Teacher                                        Email Ms. Betsy

Lisa Ritter                        ELL                                                Email Mrs. Ritter

Blake Rogers                        Music                                                Email Ms. Rogers

Donna Shepherd                Grade K                                        Email Ms. Shepherd

Cathy Shuttleworth                Grade 1                                        Email Ms. Shuttleworth

Mary Speerstra                Title 1                                                Email Ms. Speerstra

Jill Standafer                        Grade 5                                        Email Ms. Standafer

Stephanie Sumner                Special Education Teacher                        Email Ms. Sumner

Melanie Sygulla                LMC Paraprofessional                        Email Ms. Sygulla

Amy Thorn                        4K Special Education Teacher                Email Ms. Thorn

Nancy Thorson                Cook                                                Email Ms. Thorson

April Turk                        Grade 3                                        Email Ms. Turk

Cortney Wadzinski                Grade 4                                        Email Ms. Wadzinski

Charlotte Windjue                Grade 5                                        Email Ms. Windjue

Anne Yamriska                Grade K                                        Email Ms. Yamriska

NON-DISCRIMINATION  Policy 411 Non Discrimination

Non-discrimination - It is the policy of the school district that no person be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil service, recreational or other program or activity because of the person’s sex, race religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation or physical, mental emotional or learning disability as required by section 118313 of the statutes.  This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by the Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, national origin), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (handicap), and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability).  The district shall provide appropriate educational services or programs for students who have been identified as having a handicap or disability, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap or disability.  The district shall also provide for the reasonable accommodation of a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to examinations and other academic requirements.  Requests for religious accommodations shall be made in writing and approved by the building principal.

Student Harassment

Policy 443.7 Threats to or by Students

Policy 443.71 Anti-Bullying

The Whitehall School District does not tolerate student harassment in any form and will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate it, up to and including recommendation for expulsion.  Student harassment means behavior towards students based, in whole or in part, on

sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability which substantially interferes with a pupil’s school performance or creates an intimidating hostile or offensive school environment.  It is the policy of the school district to maintain and insure a learning environment free of any form of student harassment or intimidation toward and between students.  Harassment may include, but is not limited to unwelcome conduct (verbal or physical), actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s protected status.  In addition to this, sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to unsolicited verbal sexual comments and gestures, subtle pressure for sexual activity, repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advanced of propositions, sexist remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities, patting, pinching, or unnecessary touching, sexually or racially oriented jokes, stories, and materials (calendars, posters, magazines, etc.), demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats.  Teachers, support staff, and administration will be encouraged to spend more time in the hallways in an attempt to eliminate student harassment.  Any students that feel they are the victims of harassment can file a formal complaint with the principal.  

Student Discrimination/Complaint Procedure Policy   Policy 411 Rule:  Discrimination Complaint Procedure- Policy 411 Exhibit:  Discrimination Complaint Form

Any complaint regarding the interpretation or application of the district’s student nondiscrimination policy shall be processed in accordance with the following complaint procedures:

1.  The District encourages informal resolution of complaints when possible.       However,

             parents, students or residents of the district complaining of discrimination on the

             basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, ancestry, creed, pregnancy,

             marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional or learning

             disability or handicap status in school programs or activities may file a formal

             discrimination complaint with the district administrator.  The complaint must be in

             writing and sent to Mike Beighley at the following address:  19121 Hobson Street,

             Whitehall, WI 54773-0037.  Telephone number - 715-538-4374.

                a.  Discrimination complaints and appeals relating to the identification,

                     evaluation, educational placement or the provision of free appropriate public

                     education of a child with a disability shall be process in accordance with

                     established appeal procedures outlined in the district’s special education

                     handbook.

                b.  Discrimination complaints relating to programs specifically governed by

                     federal law or regulations (e.g., EDGAR complaints) shall be referred directly

                     to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

        2.  The district administrator, upon receiving such a written complaint, shall immediately

             undertake an investigation of the suspected infraction.  The district administrator will

                  review with the building principal or other appropriate persons, the facts comprising

              the alleged nondiscrimination.  The district administrator shall decide the merits of the

             case, determine the action to be taken, if any, and report in writing the findings and  

             the resolution of the case to the complainant.  Written acknowledgment of the

             complaint will be made within 45 days of receipt of the written complaint and a

             determination of the complaint will be made in writing within 90 days of receipt of the

             written complaint unless the parties agree to an extension of time.

        3.  The complainant shall be notified of the right to appeal a negative determination by

             the district administrator to the school board within five business days of the district

             administrator’s response.  This request must be in writing.

        4.  The complainant shall be notified of the right to appeal a negative determination by

             the District Administrator to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction within 30

             days of the decision.  Appeals should be sent to:  State Superintendent, Wisconsin

             Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, Box 7841, Madison, WI        

             53707-7841.

Nothing in these procedures shall preclude individuals from filing a complaint directly with the Office of Civil rights as authorized by federal law.

INTERNET SAFETY/USE POLICY  

Policy 363.2 Internet Safety and Acceptable Use

FILTERING/BLOCKING                                                                        

All of the schools in the Whitehall School District have the capability of using the Internet and other online services.   The Internet consists of computers from all over the world linked together and provides an incredibly rich set of resources.  Access to the Internet can be of enormous benefit to students, because it allows them to do the following:

  1. Develop skill and competence in the use of electronic technology
  2. Obtain global resources
  3. Become discriminating users of information

However, along with this global access to information comes the potential availability of materials that may be offensive or inappropriate in an educational setting.  Therefore, the Whitehall School District uses a filtering/blocking system to identify and block Internet content that is inconsistent with the educational and professional development goals of the district.  The district will make every effort to block use of the Internet to create, view, send, receive, store, display, or print text or graphics which may reasonably be construed to be obscene, disruptive or harmful to the educational or working environment.  Examples of such data include, but are not limited to child/adult pornography or erotic images, nudity, inappropriate adult content, violence, drug use, unacceptable language, discrimination, crime, information or instructions designed to cause physical harm to another person, and data that invades the privacy of another person.

There may be requests that certain sites be removed from being filtered or blocked out.  Anyone wishing that a site be removed from being blocked will be required to use the district's material's selection policy.

The district acknowledges that no blocking or filtering mechanism is capable of blocking all inappropriate content all of the time.  If a user finds that he/she is connected to a site that contains any of the above material, he/she is expected to disconnect from that site immediately and inform his/her supervisor of the incident.  Similarly, a user is expected to inform his/her supervisor if another user is accessing or has accessed material that is prohibited.

ACCEPTABLE USE

The following statements serve to define and delineate the responsibilities of students who access or transmit information through the Internet:

  1. Student access to computers and the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Student use of computers and the Internet will be monitored at all times.  A minimum of on-site supervision (staff member physically in the room) will be maintained at all times with direct supervision (eye contact with student screens) recommended as often as possible.  The Whitehall School District reserves the right to take disciplinary action against students who engage in unauthorized or illegal activities through computer use.  Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, revocation of computer and/or Internet privileges, suspension or expulsion from school and/or referral for prosecution under applicable criminal laws.
  2. A parent or guardian can request annually that his/her child have or not have individual access to the Internet.
  3. School Internet accounts, including student email accounts, may be used for educational and research purposes only, consistent with the instructional objectives of the district.
  4. It is understood that the district may review student files, communications, and accounts at any time to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are behaving responsibly.
  5. Use of the Internet or other services cannot be made without permission of the staff member in charge or the supervising teacher.
  6. Violations of student use of computers includes, but are not limited to the following:

WEB PAGES

The creation of school and district web pages provides a means of communication for the purposes of sharing information with the Whitehall School District and literally the world.  Material appropriate for placement on district-supported sites includes information about the district, authorized department activities or services, curriculum, schools, teachers, classes, student projects and authorized student extra-curricular organizations.

  1. The district web page will be developed and controlled under the supervision of staff designated by the district administrator and/or building principals.  No one else is authorized to add, change or alter district web pages.
  2. All information on web pages will adhere to the school district's nondiscrimination disclaimer that will be posted on the site's home page.
  3. The District will make every effort to ensure that District web pages do not contain information that is inappropriate, obscene, racist, sexist or contains obscenities or inflammatory/abusive language. Best efforts will be made to ensure that all district web pages shall meet district Internet and acceptable use policies.
  4. District web pages will adhere to the following stipulations with regard to student information:
  1. District web pages will be maintained and updated on a regular basis.
  2. Staff members are encouraged to utilize district web pages to provide information to the public about school events, curriculum, programs, staff vacancies, budget, policies and staff/student accomplishments.  However, district web pages are not to be used for personal purposes and may not contain links to personal web pages that promote a political cause or for-profit enterprise, are not specifically related to education, are objectionable or contain obscene material.
  3. All web pages, intellectual property, and other works stored on the district's server(s) by staff and students shall become the property of the District.
  4. The District will make every effort to ensure that information stored by students or staff on the District server is secure, however students and staff should realize that information could be accessed by individuals that may not be authorized by the district to access that information.

Reference:  Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(b)]        

STUDENT USE OF ELECTRONIC PAGING OR TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Policy 443.5 Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices

Elementary students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices to school such as cell phones, IPods, DVD/CD players, and other MP3 devices. The District will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Students are required to bring cell phones to the office, where they will be kept until the end of the day. Unless authorized by the elementary principal or superintendent, students will not be allowed to use these items during the school day.