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Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! Our Local School Parent Procedure booklet contains useful information pertinent to the daily operations of W.J. Clinton Elementary School. Please contact the school office if you should have any questions or concerns about procedures.
Pre-K – 5th
7:20 -7:50 a.m.
1:25 – 1:45
*Individual class schedules are posted in each classroom.
Teachers are on duty at 7:20 a.m. to supervise students. Students are not to be on school grounds prior to 7:20 a.m. unless they are in the Extended Care Program. Buses unload students between 7:20 - 7:40 a.m. Students are dismissed to their classrooms at 7:45 a.m.
School personnel and safety patrol will assist the students during this time.
Duty teams supervise the dismissal process which includes monitoring the students and directing traffic flow until 2:50 p.m. To minimize traffic congestion, parents who park are asked to follow the directional arrows on the parking lot. A bicycle rack is located in front of the school. Students are to place bikes in the rack and lock them. Animals are not permitted in the school or on the grounds when children are present. The only exceptions are approved instructional activities and service dogs.
Requests for change in student’s mode of transportation are not acceptable by telephone. In the event of an emergency, the office staff will work with you.
Students are tardy if he/she arrives after 7:50 a.m. If a child is tardy (arrives late), a parent/guardian is expected to escort the child into the school and sign the appropriate document. The office staff will issue a tardy slip which will allow the student to enter class late. Late arrivals due to District transportation (buses) will not be counted as tardy. Early check outs must be processed by 2:20 p.m. If a child is checked out early, parents/guardians must come into the office and sign the child out. The child will not be called to the office until the parent/guardian arrives in the office and makes the request. Early check-outs count as a tardy. Teachers are not required to provide missed work to students who do not have an excused tardy or early check out.
Regular attendance is essential if students are to receive full benefits from the educational opportunities provided during the school day. Detailed information relating to the attendance policy is located in the Pulaski County Special District Parent Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline. The local school automated telephone system is programmed to notify you of absences on a daily basis.
ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING UNIFORM/DRESS POLICY
Teachers will send the “Uniform Policy Referral” form home to parents and follow up with a telephone call. With parent approval, students may be provided temporary clothing from the uniform closet. Policy regarding uniforms requires students to wear any solid color polo style shirt without emblems and navy or khaki bottoms. Designs that are lewd, vulgar, threatening, intimidating, demeaning, as well as, any that advertises alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs are prohibited. If a violation is not corrected, administrators will conference with the parent to seek a resolution. Steps will be taken based on the information gathered during this conference.
NON-UNIFORM DRESS INCENTIVE
As an incentive/reward for an accomplishment, individual students or groups of students may receive special recognition by wearing “regular clothes”. Parents will be notified of approved Incentive days by teacher or school administrators. The apparel must be within acceptable guidelines. Clothing is not to be revealing. Tops must have straps and cover midriffs. If long pants are not worn, bottoms (dresses, skirts, shorts) should be no shorter than mid-thigh. Inappropriate slogans or logos are not acceptable. Students who are not in compliance will be asked to call home for a change of clothing and will not be allowed to return to class until clothing has been changed.
PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING PROBLEMS
If you have concerns about your child’s instructional program or behavior at school, you should contact your child’s teacher. If the situation is not resolved, arrange a conference with an administrator.
REQUESTING STUDENT RECORDS/DOCUMENTS
Requests for student records and related documents must be submitted to the office 48 hours in advance. Your request will be prepared for your pick up at the end of the second day. This procedure will help us serve you in a more efficient manner.
The “welcome mat” is always out, but parents and guests must stop by the school office, sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. There are certain times, such as during testing, that it is not advisable to have visitors in the classroom. Teachers are not to be interrupted when instructing or supervising students.
Students are not allowed to make telephone calls. In the event that there is a need to contact a parent, a staff member will initiate the call.
LOST AND FOUND
Storage space is limited; therefore, at the end of each month, items will be donated to charitable organizations. Parents are welcome to search through the “lost and found” to check for personal items.
Two classroom parties (Christmas and Valentine’s Day) are sponsored annually by the PTA and school. The food items must be prepackaged. There are no classroom birthday parties. Balloons and flowers for individual students cannot be accepted. These items are not to be delivered to the school.
Toys and other personal entertainment items are not to be brought to school unless the teacher has given special permission in advance. The school is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal items.
HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC)
This on-line communication tool is a secure web site that allows teachers and parents an opportunity to share timely and accurate information. Contact your child’s teacher to secure your password.
Information will be sent home prior to scheduled conferences noting time and date. Parents are encouraged to conference with the teacher and receive the report card. Teachers are also available for conferences at other times. Contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS (INCLEMENT WEATHER)
If it is necessary to close during the school due to inclement weather or any other emergency, bus students who have not been picked up by dismissal will be put on the bus. All other students will be dismissed by regular procedure.
The morning program opens at 6:30 and closes at 7:50 a.m. The afternoon program opens at 2:35 and closes at 6:00 p.m. If interested, contact the director by calling the school.