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STUDENT HANDBOOK 

BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY REQUIRES THAT PARENTS NOTIFY THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IMMEDIATELY UPON CHANGE OF RESIDENCE IF THEY MOVE OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AREA.  PERMISSION MUST BE SECURED FROM RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS, 2222-C S. FAYETTEVILLE ST ASHEBORO, NC 27203 819-3117, FOR THE CHILD(REN) TO REMAIN IN THE RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS CONTINGENT UPON SPACE AVAILABILTY, STUDENT CONDUCT, AND ATTENDANCE RECORDS, AND PAYMENT OF TUITION AS REQUIRED.  FAILURE OF PROMPT NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE OF RESIDENCE AND TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR REASSIGNMENT SHALL RESULT IN THE CHILD(REN) BEING IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM ENROLLMENT IN THE RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS.  ANY CHILD(REN) FOUND TO ACTUALLY RESIDE OUTSIDE OF THE RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE AREA, OR IF PARENTS HAVE PROVIDED THE SCHOOL WITH AN ERRONEOUS RESIDENCE ADDRESS, SHALL BE DENIED CONTINUED ENROLLMENT IN THE RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS.

ATTENDANCE POLICY     See Board Policy 4400

Students are required to furnish written excuses, signed by their parents or guardian, within three days of their return to school.  If a written excuse is not provided, the teacher should code the absence unlawful, unless the teacher learns subsequently that the cause of the absence is lawful under Board policy.

Each student in K-8 must attend school a minimum of 170 days during the school year.   Failure to attend a minimum of 170 days will result in a review of the total academic progress of the student to determine if the student can be successful at the next grade level.  Failure to demonstrate necessary academic progress may result in the student being retained in the same grade for the ensuing school year.

Parental contact will be made on the 3rd, 6th, and 10th absences or during any period of 3 consecutive absences.

A lawful absence shall be excused for one of the following reasons:

-         Illness or injury

-         Quarantine                                                                                     

-         Death in the immediate family

-         Medical or Dental appointments

-         Court or administrative proceedings

-         Religious observances

-         Educational opportunity ( Must have prior approval by the principal)

Any Student who is absent more than 20 days must have a doctor’s note to excuse subsequent absences due to illness.  Failure to provide a doctor’s note for absences due to illness that exceeds 20 days will result in possible legal action to fulfill the requirements of the Compulsory Attendance Law.

CHILD CUSTODY

If you have sole custody of your child/children or the other parent is not permitted to see the child or pick up the child, we must have a copy in our office of the legal documents which are on file with the courts.  This request is to protect your child, and we ask that you cooperate with us by providing these papers.  If you have questions or concerns about custody issues regarding your children, contact the principal or assistant principal.

CHEMICAL SPRAYS 

You will receive a 72 hour notice when any chemical spraying will be done around the school.  All weed killer, fire retardant, insect spray will be kept in a locked area out of reach of children.  We will do a “One Call” phone communication or written letter for this notification.  Go-Forth exterminators will spray after students leave school on the first Monday of each month.

TARDIES/ LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY

Students who arrive after 7:55 a.m. are considered tardy unless they are riding on a school bus.   Parents are asked to accompany students to the office to sign them in.

The first thirty minutes of each day are important because daily instructions are given, assignments are made, and announcements are shared.  In addition, children who arrive on time are usually more productive because they are neither frustrated by what they have missed nor rushed to catch up.  The entire class runs more smoothly because other students do not have to wait while instructions are repeated. 

Students are required to receive 6.5 hours of instructional time per day.  If students leave school early for any cause, they should bring a note to their teacher telling why and at what time someone will pick them up.  Parents who come to check students out of school early must come to the office to sign the early dismissal form and wait for your child to be called.  Please do not go directly to the classroom.  Please minimize leaving school early and restrict these times for doctor’s appointments.  Students are receiving valuable information as they summarize the day’s work and receive homework instructions.

MAKE UP WORK

In the event of an excused absence, a student shall be entitled to make up work under the following conditions:

A.                 If an absence has been approved in advance and/or work assigned by the teacher IN ADVANCE, all make-up work, including tests assigned on the day of return, is due upon the student’s return to school.

B.                 If make up work has not been assigned in advance by the teacher, the student will have one day for each day absent to make up missed work.

The responsibility for securing and arranging for make up work rests with the student.  Make–up work shall be assigned at the convenience of the teacher and may be specific material missed by the student, or may be of a reinforcement or enrichment nature.  Notify the school by 10:00 a.m. to make arrangements to pick up homework assignments, books, etc., in order to pick up after 3:00 p.m. the same day.  Otherwise, you can pick up work the next day.

Educational Trip Policy—If you are taking your child on an educational family trip and would like to have the absences excused you must contact the principal in advance.  The classroom teacher will provide assignments that will be due the first day your child returns to school from the trip.  Five (5) days is the maximum number of days excused for any educational family trip. Don’t assume that all trips will be excused.  Vacations to the beach and Disney World, etc. are not an excused absence.

SICKNESS

If a student becomes ill or injures themselves at school, procedures to protect the student will be as follows:

-         If the student has a temperature of one degree or more over 98.6, parents will be called to pick up the student.

-         If you have medicine, which you must take, at school, please refer to and follow the “MEDICINES” section of this handbook.   

-         If the student is injured at school you will be notified immediately.  If minor, we will send a note, if head bump or serious you will be called.

MEDICINES

-         Parents or guardians should make every effort to encourage physicians to adjust the dosage of prescribed medication so that it may be given before or after school.  If this is not possible, parents or guardians will request, and authorize in writing, that the principal designate school personnel to administer prescription medicines to pupils.

-         Students are not allowed to self-administer medication during the school day with the exception of inhalers.

-         For students who may be subject to unusual health hazards such as allergy to bee stings, etc., their parents or guardian must assume the responsibility to assure that the school administration is aware of the potential situation and prepared to employ emergency measures indicated through the development of a specific emergency plan.

-         A medication form must be filled out at the beginning of the school year for any medicine that must be administered at school.  It must contain doctor’s signature or pharmacist’s signature & parent’s signature.

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

Our buses will begin arriving at school at 7:25 a.m.   If students ride a bus, and arrive at the school before 7:45a.m., they need to go directly to their classroom.  Note:  If they are going to eat breakfast at school, they go directly to the cafeteria when they get off the bus.  A faculty member will be stationed at the drop off site from 7:30- 7:55 a.m. to greet your child in the morning.  Students should be dropped off at the shelter area.  Parents who enter the building in the morning with their child must secure a visitor’s pass from the office.

DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL

Bus riders will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m.   Day Care van riders, K.A.T.S. After School Program & car riders will be dismissed at 2:50 p.m.  All car riders will receive two(2) name placards to keep in the car any time you pick up your child from school.  We also must insist that parents do not wait for their child in the hallways or sidewalk.  This is for the safety of your child.  Adults waiting on campus will be asked to report to the office for a visitor’s pass.  Only parents will be allowed to pick up children from school.  If you wish to have your child picked up by someone else, we must have advance written notice or verbal permission from you.

No student will be dismissed to any person unless they are in their vehicle with name placard or goes through the office for proper sign out.

Hillcrest Drive is a one way street only.  No cars may enter Hillcrest Drive while buses are in position for loading. Car riders will not be dismissed until the buses have left the campus.  Enter Hillcrest Drive from White Drive.  (Do not enter behind the cafeteria or in circle.)  All Day Care van riders will be loaded behind the cafeteria.  Car riders will be loaded between the lower walkway and the porch at the shelters.  All cars must exit on Trindale Rd (Highway 62).

A WRITTEN NOTE FROM PARENTS IS REQUIRED IF TRANSPORTATION CHANGES.  CHANGES BY TELEPHONE WILL BE TAKEN ONLY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

BAD WEATHER INFORMATION

In case of bad weather and you think school might be canceled, listen to the local radio stations or watch Channel 2, 12 or Fox 8 News. A “One Call” message will be sent out as soon as school is cancelled. Unless you have heard of a cancellation by 6:30 a.m. you should plan to attend school.

If school is going to let out early due to bad weather, radio or television will notify parents.  Arrangements should be made if you will not be home when your child(ren) get off the bus.

HOMEWORK

Homework is a very important part of the instructional program.  All students are expected to hand in homework assignments when they are due.  An effort will be made to keep homework assignments to a 30-40 minute time limit for the students through grade three.   In grades 4-5, the time limit should be 60-120 minutes.

INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT

You will receive an interim progress report, which informs parents of unsatisfactory performance.  This report is to be signed by parents and returned to school the next day.  Interim progress reports will be issued on Sept.28, Dec. 7, Feb. 25, and May 6th. 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks-grading period.  Parents are to sign the report card envelope and return it to school the next day.  Report cards will be issued on Nov 5, Jan 26, and April 13th.  The last report card of the year will be sent home with students on the last day of school.
 

DISCIPLINE PLAN

Be an ARCHDALE “CARE” ACTOR by showing Respect to everyone, by being a Responsible person, and by doing the Right thing.

RULES

1.                  Follow the directions the first time.

2.                  Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

3.                  Use “I CARE” language.  (Use kind words)

4.                  Work quietly and raise your hand to be recognized.

5.                  Treat others the way you want to be treated.

These are the basic school rules. For safety reasons, the only place a student should ever run is in physical education classes or recess.  Each teacher may have additional rules for their class. These rules are specific for different areas of the school. However, following the Golden Rule of treating others the way you wish to be treated will be acceptable behavior in any area. ☺

CONSEQUENCES:

GREEN                       Every student starts here each morning. Verbal warning

PURPLE                      UH OH!  Last chance before dropping  (1st 9 weeks only)

YELLOW                    Time out in own room.  Write in the behavior log.

ORANGE                    Increased time out in another room, write in behavior log.

BLUE                          Teacher calls parent.  Student talks to his /her parent.

                                    (If parent can’t be reached, a note will be sent home.)

RED                             Go to the office to see Principal with behavior log.

When a student is sent to the office, the parent may be called in for a conference with the teacher and the principal.  If parent cannot be reached, a note will be sent.

In-School Suspension will be used at the discretion of the principal.  Parents will be notified. 

Intervention Center will be assigned at the discretion of the principal.  Parents will be notified.

Out-of-school Suspension will be the last resort except in case of serious offense threatening the safety of the offender or other students.  Parents will be notified.

Teachers will advise students that their name can be moved to the red area immediately if behavior warrants this action.

FIGHTING

Fighting on the school grounds is not tolerated.  A student has the right to get angry but he/she does not have the right to lay his/her hands on another person.  Any student who engages in fighting will be placed in the intervention center or suspended from school at the discretion of the principal.


 BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

Any student who willfully damages or defaces school equipment or property, or through irresponsible conduct or violation of schools rules and regulations causes such damage, will be required to pay the purchase price for replacement, including any necessary labor charges.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension from school.

RADIOS, TAPE PLAYERS, CELL PHONES and TOYS

 These items should not be brought to school.

 

WEAPONS/ DRUGS

NO student shall knowingly possess, handle, carry, or transmit any knife, razor, ice pick, explosive, smoke bomb, incendiary device, gun (including pellet gun), or other object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or dangerous instrument on any school grounds, or vehicles or property on which a school activity occurs before, during or after regular school hours.  Possession of drugs, including cigarettes will result in possible suspension.  A report of all weapons must be made to the local law enforcement agency.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension from school.

BOMB THREATS

Written or verbal will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

* Please read carefully the Student Code of Conduct, which you will receive.

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

School transportation service is a privilege, not a right.  While riding a school bus or other school vehicle students shall observe the directions of the school bus driver.  Rules and consequences are posted on each bus.  Students turned in to the principal for misbehavior may receive a warning or a bus ticket.  The accumulation of 3 tickets will result in a suspension from the bus. However, serious incidents may result in immediate suspension.  The following conduct is specifically prohibited and may result in temporary or permanent suspension from school transportation services and/or from school.

-         Riding a bus to which you have not been assigned without authorization of the principal.

-         Delaying the bus schedule.

-         Fighting, smoking, using profanity, or refusing to obey the driver’s instructions.

-         Tampering with or willfully damaging a school vehicle or its furnishings and contents.

-         Possession or use of unauthorized drugs, intoxicating beverages, or controlled substances as outlined in Policy JHF: Student Safety.

-         Getting off at an unauthorized stop.

-         Distracting the driver’s attention by participating in disruptive behavior while the vehicle is in operation.

-         Failing to observe established safety rules and regulations.

-         Willfully trespassing upon a school bus.

-         Violating any other rule of the Code of Conduct while on a school bus or other school vehicle.

STUDENT DRESS CODE 
See Board Policy 4300

Students in the public schools of Randolph County are expected to maintain an appearance, which is in keeping with what is acceptable, and in good taste as is determined by the social values of the residents of the school community.

We realize that each student is an individual who makes choices about ways of dressing and grooming.  To maintain a positive learning environment and to encourage development of positive self-esteem, we ask that each student come to school fully dressed and groomed in an appropriate manner,  Any style of clothing, makeup, or hairstyle that disrupts the learning climate, is destructive to school property, or is harmful to the health of the student, will not be allowed.

Clothing that advertises item illegal for minors to purchase or possess will not be allowed.  Overt or implied obscene language, expressions, or gestures will not be permitted on any type clothing.  Shorts must be an appropriate length that does not allow undergarments to be visible. Students are required to wear a shirt/blouse upon the upper torso.  No midriff should be exposed.   Pants/shorts/ skirts worn on the lower torso should not be overly revealing of the anatomy. Hats may not be worn inside the building. Please monitor your child’s footwear to ensure his/her safety.  High heels, platforms and flip flops are not safe or appropriate for many school activities. Students will not be allowed to participate in recess or physical education if they are wearing this type of footwear.

MEDIA SERVICES

The media center welcomes each student to Archdale Elementary School.  The media center will be open each morning at 7:45. The media center will close at 3:30 each day.

Regular books may be checked out for one week at a time, but renewing the books may extend check out time.  Reference books may be checked out for overnight only.  Magazines or class assignments may be checked out overnight.  Some audiovisuals (CD's and cassettes tapes) may be checked out also.

Each child is responsible for what he/she checks out.  If the item is damaged or lost, the student is required to pay the cost before he/she can check out another item.

The Media Center will sponsor two Book Fairs this year.  Students will come with their classes to purchase books and the school will receive a portion of the profits.  Parents are welcome to come at any time during that week and shop.
 

LOST AND FOUND

Any articles found on the campus or the buses should be turned into the office.  These articles may be claimed by the students who lost them if proper identification is made.  It would be most helpful if parents would label students’ jackets, etc. for easy identification.

SAFETY PATROLS

The Safety Patrol of Archdale Elementary School is a service club whose responsibility is the safety of the students on the school premises.  The advisor of the organization assigns and rotates stations and sees that duties are performed appropriately.  Members are chosen from rising fifth grade students who must first apply with permission from their parents and approval of their individual teachers.  The club advisor then chooses from the approved applicants on the basis of leadership, reliability, courtesy, attitude, and interest in safety.

Safety Patrol members are identified by a bright yellow vest worn when on duty. 

Students are expected to follow the reasonable requests made by the Safety Patrol members.  These requests are no running, no fighting, no pushing, and no loitering (hanging around).

VISITORS

All parents and visitors are required to come by the office to sign in and get a visitor’s pass before going anywhere on the campus.  We encourage parents to visit the school, especially for special programs or class events.

Students are asked not to bring younger brothers or sisters, cousins, etc. to school with them.  If they wish to visit the school, please have adults bring them by the office.

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPLY FEE

The instructional supply fee for 2013-2014 school year is $14.00.  Please make checks payable to Archdale Elementary School.  We are also providing a School Spirit tee shirt for $7.00 to wear on special days and field trips.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

The Randolph County Schools are on the National Schools Lunch Program.  There are certain regulations our school must implement to stay on this program.  In North Carolina the Division of Child nutrition is responsible for administering the lunch and breakfast program.

The Division of Child Nutrition will not allow teachers to collect money in the classrooms.  Students are expected to pay cash on the line each day for their breakfast/lunch or prepay for the week for lunch only on Monday.  It is very helpful for students to have correct change.  Free and reduced priced breakfast/lunches will be provided for those who have approved applications.  Milk or juices are available for purchase from the cafeteria for morning break.


 PLEASE SEE CAFETERIA MEAL CHARGE POLICY in the back of this booklet.

Lunch Prices are subject to change:

 

K-5 Breakfast              $1.10                                       K-5 Lunch                   $1.90
Adult Breakfast            A La Carte                                            

Reduced Breakfast       $ .30                                       Reduced Lunch            $  .40 

Milk                 $ .50

Juice                 $ .50

Ice Cream          $ .50 

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Students are NOT automatically covered by insurance when an accident occurs at school.  Therefore, insurance for dental and/or student accidents is available to you.  The agent for these plans is American Advantage Insurance Group, Inc. and the policies are underwritten by American Bankers Life.  Information on these plans, along with a health care plan, is included in one brochure, which will be given to your child.  The brochure contains a payment envelope for your convenience.  PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANY.  The brochure should be kept by the parent for future reference as a summary of coverage and how to file a claim.  Please take a minute to review the plans available for your child.  THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDENT ACCIDENTS, which occur in the school unless negligence is proved on the part of the school.  Unfortunately many parents are not aware of this until it is too late.

DELIVERY OF FLOWERS AND GIFTS

Flowers and gifts may not be received at school until 2:30 p.m.  It is important that time from the instructional day not be lost by students or school personnel in receiving, or dissemination of the flowers and gifts. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus with flowers or balloons.

ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY REPSONSE ACT  (AHERA)

In 1988 all Randolph County Schools were inspected for Asbestos Containing Materials according to the rules established by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  The inspection results and the county’s plan concerning asbestos were complied into a Management Plan that is available to the public for inspection upon request.  Interested parties should contact the Principal or the LEA designee to arrange for an inspection of the Management Plan. As required by AHERA, a periodic surveillance of all remaining asbestos material must be made every six (6) months.  Any damaged or deteriorated asbestos will be repaired or replaced before the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.  A periodic surveillance results are located in Volume 2 of the AHERA Notebook.

Any questions concerning this school’s Management Plan can be directed to Allen Kerns, the Randolph County LEA designee at 819-3096.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Randolph County Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or handicap.  Inquiries regarding discrimination can be made to Randolph County schools 2222-C S Fayetteville St Asheboro, NC 27203 819-3100

 We encourage you to visit Randolph County Schools WEB site at the following address:

http://www.randolph.k12.nc.us