2017 - 2018
Attendance & Truancy
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
Filming, Photographing, Videotaping Policy
Library Media Center
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!
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 (email@example.com) of any student absences.
Failure to make such contact shall result in notification of the absence by the school.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Medication Administration” form and medication.
authorized personnel. It is the responsibility of the student, not school personnel
to get his/her medication at the designated time.
from school. The school will not give medication to students to take home.
parent/guardian permission. Medication must be in the original labeled bottle.
Students can be screened for vision and hearing upon request.
BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE
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 is available to all students on an optional basis. Forms are sent home if parents request them. School insurance is at parental expense.
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.
Whitehall School Board policy prohibits fundraising in the elementary schools.
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.
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.
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
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
Nothing in these procedures shall preclude individuals from filing a complaint directly with the Office of Civil rights as authorized by federal law.
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:
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.
The following statements serve to define and delineate the responsibilities of students who access or transmit information through the Internet:
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.
Reference: Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(b)]
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.