School Handbook

Hite-Saunders Elementary School

school handbook


Brenda Horne

Principal


2014 - 2015



(304) 528-5132

(304) 528-5038 Fax





Mission Statement

The Hite-Saunders Elementary School faculty and staff believe that all children can learn. Each individual child should receive an appropriate education based upon the experiential background of that child,regardless of the race, creed, disability or socio-economical background. We are dedicated to the academic, social emotional and physical development of the total child; acknowledging that a strong bond between school and community will create a cooperative environment more conducive to an appropriate educational situation.

Philosophy & Goals

Hite-Saunders Elementary is dedicated to creating an awareness of each individuals self-worth. Our school emphasizes the development of basic skills of communication as a foundation for learning. We know that parents of our students are vitally interested in the effort. The school community will continually provide opportunities for students to grow in knowledge and skills within an atmosphere conducive to development.

We believe that it is necessary for each student to be accepted into each developmental level as he is. Furthermore, he should be given the opportunity to responsibly interact with his peers and educators in such a way as to contribute ideas and foster moral values leading to respect of, and a sense of responsibility for his environment, his country, and his fellow man.

It is, therefore, the responsibility of the board of education, the administration, and the faculty to provide all students with the basic understanding of language arts, mathematics, the social sciences, the sciences, and the fine arts.

Ten Ways Parents Can Help Children Get the Most Out of School

Here are ten ways to make sure your children are the best they can be:

1 - Find out if your child has homework. Insist that it be done before other activities.

2 - Check each morning to see if your child has work which needs to be returned to school.

3 - Encourage your child to read at least one book each week, preferably something he or she enjoys.

4 - Talk to your child every day about the importance of learning.

5 - Take time to listen to your child. Try to understand his feelings if you expect him to understand yours.

6 - Encourage your child to work cooperatively with others.

7 - Be willing to accept responsibility for your child's failures as well as successes in school.

8 - Insist that your child get a good night's rest.

9 - Encourage your child to be in a happy, receptive frame of time when he or she leaves home.

10 - Make sure that your child has his or her materials (books, spiral notebooks, pencils, etc.) when he or she leaves home.


Introduction

It's that time of year again! Time to begin another school term. If this is your first experience with our school, you should know that Hite Saunders School has an enrollment of approximately 250 students. We have 18 teachers, two custodians, two cooks, two aides and a school secretary, all interested in seeing that your child's stay in our school is a profitable and pleasant one.

Your cooperation is essential if we are to achieve that goal. The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint you with school procedure, so that you will have a better understanding of our school program. Whenever you have questions, please call the school (528-5132).

Permission Required


The West Virginia State School Law says that the teacher should at all times"Stand in the place of the parent." It also holds the teacher responsible for the child from the time he arrives at school until here turns to his home following the dismissal from school. Hite Saunders operates as a "closed campus" with no child leaving during noon.

Therefore,believing that you, a parent, are as interested in your child's safety and well being as we are, we require that upon any occasion where a child is permitted by you to go any place except directly home he must bring a note of permission to school signed by you. Otherwise, we require his returning home by bus before going anywhere else. We urge you to support us strongly in this matter. A telephone call will be accepted only for an emergency change (prior to 12:00 p.m.). Please do not wait until bus time to call.


Daily Schedule

The time schedule is as follows: - No students may arrive before 7:30 a.m.

7:30 Doors open

7:35 Staff reports to classrooms

7:45 Students released to classrooms

7:30-7:55 Breakfast served

7:45-8:00 Discretionary time/developmental guidance/technology (computers)

8:00 Tardy bell rings

8:05-8:50 Specialist instructional period #1

8:50-9:35 Specialist instructional period #2

9:43 Tardy period ends (½ day absence charged after 9:43)

9:35-10:20 Specialist instructional period #3

11:10-11:40 Lunch period (Primary-K, 1, & 2)

11:40-12:00 Recess (Primary)

11:40-12:10 Lunch period (Intermediate-3, 4, & 5)

12:10-12:30 Recess (Intermediate) *

12:15-1:00 Specialist instructional period #4

12:57 ½ day absence if student leaves prior to 12:57

1:00-1:45 Specialist instructional period #5

1:45-2:30 Specialist instructional period #6

2:35 Students dismissed: Bus 612

2:37 Students dismissed: Bus 681

2:40 Students dismissed: Bus 707

2:43 Students dismissed: Bus 680

2:45 Student dismissed - Parent Pickup

3:00 Staff dismissed

* Recess time will be utilized for both tardy makeup and detention for discipline purposes.

Attendance

Each day a child is absent, regardless of the cause, is recorded in the teacher's record of attendance. For our records we need to have a written excuse from home every time your child is absent, telling the reason for it.

Any arrival of a student after 8:00 am is considered tardy and must report to the office for an admit to class.Excessive tardies (5 or more), parent will be notified.

A child who is tardy is usually upset for the rest of the day and his schoolwork is affected. Please do not make tardiness a habit.

A letter is sent home after five (5) absences. An attendance officer will visit after nine (9) absences.

Please refrain from picking students up early during the school day unless in an emergency or for a scheduled appointment. Missing the same subject area daily results in poor academic achievement.

 

Attendance Procedure

1.The School Administrator shall send a five-day letter to the parent/guardian or custodian of any student who has accumulated five unexcused absences. A meeting shall be held with the parent, the pupil and any other person that the School Administrator deems a relevant participant in such meeting. The outcome of the conference shall be documented.

2. Copies of five-day letter and conference documentation shall be sent to the Student Support person as a formal referral at this time.

3. The Student Support person will serve legal notice. The legal notice requires parent/guardian or custodian to report in person with the child to the school for a conference within ten days of receipt of the legal notice. The outcome of conferences or any contact with the parent shall be documented and shared with Student support person. At the expiration of the ten-day period, whether the parent has contacted the school or not, the Student Support person must be notified.

4. At the tenth unexcused absence, the Student Support person is to be notified.

5. At the fifteenth unexcused absence the Student Support person may sign a petition and/or a warrant.

Only five parent notes should be accepted for each student excusing an absence. If legal action is required, all parent notes over five will not be included in charges.

School Patrol


School Patrol members are trained to aid students and are a vital part of our total school program. They go on duty faithfully and with some personal sacrifice. We expect our students to respect their position and cooperate with them as needed. Combined Fire/Safety Patrols.

Safety - No Re-Entry


Parents and/or students are not permitted to enter classrooms after the teacher has gone home in the evenings. Students should remember to take everything home when they leave school.


Breakfast/Lunch Program

Food Service Department

The school lunch and breakfast program provides students with meals that are nutritional, affordable, supports overall health and learning, and are in compliance with our local Wellness policy. Qualifying schools are provided free Snacks for students that participate in after school enrichment programs. Meals are provided for children in the summer at selected sites. We encourage all students to participate daily in the food service programs.

Meals are served in the dining areas,conform to nutritional standards set by USDA and the State Department of Child Nutrition, and are priced and served as a unit. Meal prices for the School term 2014-2015 are as follows:


Breakfast Lunch

Full Price Reduced Price Full Price Reduced Price

Elementary $1.35     $0.30    $1.75      $0.40

Extra Milk $0.35      $0 .35

Adult Meals $3.00      $4.00

Menus are available at each school site to all students and staff each month and on the Cabell County Board of Education web site.

Special meals are provided for students who have special dietary needs that are accompanied with a completed form and physician’s statement.


Additional foods are provided for pregnant and lactating students who participate in the breakfast and lunch programs at no additional charge.

Free and Reduced meal applications are available. A free/reduced application form will be mailed directly to each household during the summer months. Please complete the free and reduced meal application once each year and return to the Cabell County Board of Education, Food Service Department. Be sure to complete all required sections for continued meal benefits. Applications are also available at each school location.

The food service program is computerized and operates on a charge system.Students and staff will receive an invoice through the mail each month for all meals served. Parents will need to make payments monthly to the Cabell County Board of Education. Payments are not to be made to individual schools. If any account becomes delinquent, the billed amount will be turned over to a collection agency. 


In accordance with federal law and the United States Department of Agriculture policy,this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or retaliation.To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964(voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Discipline

Good discipline is a vital key to a sound educational program. Students are expected to conform to standards of good conduct and proper consideration for other people. Each teacher discusses proper behavior with students. Good discipline develops self-control, character,orderliness and efficiency.

Purpose: Deter future behavior = affirms respect of individuals.

All students must comply with West Virginia Code of Conduct 4373, Cabell County Code of Conduct (JCC) and Hite Saunders classroom policies.


Student Code of Conduct -- Discipline Policy


The West Virginia Board of Education recognizes the need of students,teachers, administrators and other school personnel to have an orderly,safe, and stimulating educational environment. The West Virginia Board of Education recognizes that education means meeting students’ needs for learning, thinking, enjoying, participating, and belonging throughout their lives. Promoting effective discipline in the school requires a comprehensive program supported by everyone in the school organization,parents or guardians and the community. In order to assure we address these needs at Hite-Saunders, the following School Discipline Policy was developed:

Student Code of Conduct: (West Virginia Policy 4373); (Cabell County JCC); (Hite Saunders Code of Conduct)

1. Attend school faithfully, complete his/her assignments on time, and work to his/her full potential.

2. Behave in a manner that does not disrupt classroom learning or the operation of the school.

3. Obey teachers and principals and others in authority.

4. Refrain from aggressive or threatening behavior toward fellow students, teachers or other school staff.

5. Refrain from the possession or use of any weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.

6. Parent and student signs a student code of conduct contract.

Authority of Teachers, Principals, Bus Operators and County Board: (4373)


1.Teachers may exclude from class for one class period or school day any student who fails to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

2. Bus operators may exclude from the bus in conformity with the West Virginia School Transportation Regulations any student who fails to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

3. Principals may temporarily suspend from school any student who consistently fails to abide by the Student Code of Conduct or who commits a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

4. County boards of education may expel from school any student who consistently and systematically fails to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, who commits a serious violation of the Code of Conduct, who commits a serious violation of the Code of Conduct which the board believes will not, in the future, behave in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

Behavior Rules: (Hite Saunders)

1. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

2. Walk, do not run.

3. Respect the rights and property of others.

4. Be courteous at all times.

5. Respect all adults.

6. Be quiet and orderly in line.

7. Observe playground safety habits.

8. Observe the West Virginia Student Code of Conduct.

If a student chooses to break a rule: (Hite Saunders)


Consequences:

1. Name on board - warning - explanation of rule broken.

2. Warning of noon detention.

3. Noon detention (detention only three [3] times then suspension will occur).

4. Parents notified of suspension. Conference necessary.

5.If the problem continues, a conference with the principal, parents, and teacher will be required. If the second required conference is necessary, parents presence will be required in the classroom. If the parent is not present in class when required the student will be suspended for that day (unexcused absence). If misconduct persists, the student will be suspended according to accumulated suspension days 1, 3,3, 3, Board of Education for Expulsion.

6. Code of Conduct violations carry their own consequences by level of offense.

* All students are given a copy of the Code of Conduct.

Fighting


Fighting WILL NOT be tolerated. Students WILL BE placed on immediate suspension (or the next school day).


Severe Behavior

Any behavior that disrupts or endangers the safety of students or staff will be considered severe. Parents will be contacted and the student will be removed immediately.

Requirements for Administering Discipline


1.The pupil is informed of the school rule or rules he/she allegedly violated and is given the opportunity to then explain his/her behavior prior to administering the appropriate punishment.

2. Punishment is administered without anger of malice; is not wanton or in excess of the offense; is also suitable to the pupil’s age, mental and physical conditions; is suitable to the pupil’s acknowledged limitations; and is applied without discrimination.

3. The parent or guardian of the pupil is notified in writing of each instance of detention or suspension and is required to contact the school for a student/teacher conference.

Detention Policy

No pupil will be denied an opportunity to eat lunch at an appropriate time due to any form of detention during the noon hour.

Reasonable detention during the noon hour and before and after school is not forbidden, but such detention shall not exceed thirty minutes for elementary school pupils or one hour for high school pupils. In case a child is detained at the end of the day, the parents shall be notified in advance.

A child who is transported in a school bus shall not be made to miss his bus by reason of such detention, unless the parent has been notified and transportation arrangements developed.

The Cabell County Schools endorse the concept of In-School Detention as an alternative to suspension. Administrative rules and regulations will be developed to insure a fair and equitable process.

Hite Saunders detention policy will be in place at recess times for students. Staff will supervise.

Celebrations

Halloween,Christmas, Valentine’s Day and a multicultural day will be established in both fall and spring semesters. Volunteers please remember no non-school age child may be brought into the classroom.

Telephone

Pupils are permitted to use the school telephone on an emergency only basis.Pupils are not called to the telephone. Messages will be relayed from the office to pupils. Students may not call for homework or books left at home.

Clothes - Dress Code

Please mark your child’s name clearly and permanently on all clothing which will be removed at school. This is very important and worthwhile. It will enable you to find clothes lost or misplaced. Each year we give hundreds of dollars worth of good unclaimed clothes away.

A child that is properly dressed will be more likely to behave in an acceptable manner in the classroom. Avoid “short” shorts and halters or other improper attire.

DRESS CODE: (Cabell County Code of Conduct - JCC) - (Hite Saunders)


The following Dress Code shall be observed by all staff and students. The purpose of the dress and appearance code is to enhance school safety,maintain school discipline and to in still community values. It is not the intention of the dress and appearance code to inhibit legitimate student expression. However, apparel, accessories, buttons or jewelry that contain vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive messages, or that may lead to substantial interference with school activities are prohibited.

Policy:


· Head gear, including, but limited to, hats, visors, caps, headbands, and sunglasses, may not be worn during the school day.

·Muscle shirts, side vent shirts, cut-off shorts, crop tops, spaghetti straps, mesh or see through shirts, clothing that reveals under garments or bare midriff are prohibited.

· Apparel, accessories, buttons or jewelry that depict prohibited substances including, but not limited to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

· Shorts, skirts, and dresses worn above the knees must be of modest length (not shorter than the student’s/staff member’s fingertips when standing with hands at side.)

· Bare feet, aqua socks, sandal-like shoes without a heel strap are prohibited.

·Pants with holes above the knees, that are tight (including spandex and biker shorts), that hang below the heel of the shoes, and that are worn below the hip bone are prohibited.

· Heavy chains, jewelry that is pointed or sharp, or other items or accessories that are readily adaptable for use as a weapon are prohibited.

· Coats are to be removed while inside the school building.

· Those employees provided with uniforms will wear only their uniforms.

Purpose:


To command respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior, and language.



School Health Service

Each school is visited regularly by a registered nurse and a dental hygienist, who check all children and make recommendations for correction.

Please make dental appointments after school hours, Saturdays or days when school is closed if possible.

If your child is going to have a fair chance in school, he should be strong and healthy and attend school regularly. It is the parent’s responsibility to get the child home if he becomes ill at school.Parents must make arrangements for this emergency.


Prescription and over the Counter Medication

·All medication, including all over the counter medications, must be prescribed by your child's physician and the Medication Administration /Log Form returned to school before that medication will be given by school personnel.

· A new Medication Administration / Log Form must be presented for any changes and / or discontinuation of any medication. Verbal orders from the parent are not legal and will not be accepted.

· Parent or Guardian must sign parental permission on the Medication Administration / Log Form.

·The medication is to be brought to school by the parent or other responsible adult in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy or manufacturer. You may want the pharmacist to label two containers: one for school and one for home use. Send no more than four (4) weeks supply of medication to the school.

· The student is responsible for corning to the office or designated person to take the medication.

·The parent or guardian is responsible for picking UP the child's medication on the last day of school. Any medication that is not picked UP will be discarded at the end of the school year.

· A new Medication Administration / Log Form is required for each school year.

·Emergency Medication (Insulin, Epi-Pen, Inhalers) for life threatening conditions, for all grade levels, fall under additional guidelines.Refer to the Authorization of Self-Administration of Medication Form.

Pediculosis (Head Lice)

School Health Procedure on Screening And Exclusion

Cabell County Public Schools will enforce the following procedures to help control the occurrence and spread of pediculosis (head lice) in schools.This procedure will include responsibilities of the school, school nurses, and parents. TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE), STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AS LONG AS LICE ARE PRESENT IN THEIR HAIR.

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Have a minimum of two persons in the building trained by the school nurse to check for nits/lice.

· Exclude students found to have lice.

· Isolate student's coats (inside plastic bags - on back of chairs).

· Sweep all carpeted areas daily.

· Clean computer earphones between students.

· Prohibit dress up hats, wigs, and stuffed animals in the classroom.

· Check all students who have been sent home with lice before they return to class.

· Return only lice free students to the classroom.

·Screen siblings immediately and close contacts of infested students as soon as possible and inform other school RNs of known contact cases for students in other school buildings.

· Notify the school health nurse of continued problems.

· Screen when signs of head lice are present, i.e. intense scratching of scalp.

· If nits/lice are found parent should be notified.

· Maintain confidentiality among students/staff.

SCHOOL NURSE RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Train designated persons to screen for nits and lice.

· Supply lice information letters as necessary.

·On scheduled visits, assist trained screener and classroom teacher in mass screening of a class that has two or more students known to be infested.

· Offer educational programs for all school staff in preventing and controlling outbreaks of lice as needed. Collaborate with other community agencies as needed.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Arrange for an infested student to be transported home.

·Treat students appropriately, remove all nits, treat other infested family members, and do all appropriate house cleaning to rid the house of lice infestation.

· Check children daily/weekly for signs of head lice and notify the school if your child is infested.

It is necessary to ensure that your child has been thoroughly treated.When your child is lice-free, accompany your child to school to be screened before returning to the classroom.

If a student is identified as infested, that student's siblings, locker partners, and close playmates should be checked. Every attempt should be made to maintain the confidentiality of infested students. It is recommended that after two or more cases are discovered in a classroom, the parents of the students in that classroom will be notified by letter.

Grading System and Reporting

The school year is divided into six periods of six weeks each. At the end of each period a report of the pupil’s progress is made to the parents.

The development of the personality, attitude and habits of a child is of great importance. Therefore, we strongly urge you to study carefully the left hand side of the progress card which reveals the child’s social growth. Any check indicates an area that needs attention.

Grading/Assessment/Grade Averages


Kindergarten - a narrative report is given

Primary grades 1-3 O = 90 - 100

S+ = 80 - 89

S = 70 - 79

S- = 60 - 69

U = 0 - 59 (for grade 3 only)

N = 0 - 59 (for grades 1 - 2)

Intermediate grades 4-5

 

A = 93 - 100

B = 85 - 92

C = 75 - 84

D = 65 - 74

F = 0 - 64

Comments are provided to clarify the Code. Performance Levels: Advanced=child is working above level, on instructional level, child is working on a modified level, or child is working below level.

Homework

The decision to give homework, the kind and the amount is left to the judgment of the teacher. No elementary child will be assigned more than 30 minutes of homework which will be in proportion to the child’s ability and needs.

Any questions relating to homework may be discussed with the teacher and/or principal.

All children are encouraged to read daily. This practice is very important for the enjoyment of reading as well as to increase reading speed and comprehension of written material.

Staying in During Noon Hour

All the children are expected to go outside at noon hour unless the inclement weather prohibits outside recess. This policy is necessary because students cannot stay in the classroom unsupervised.

Bus Transportation

Students who ride the school bus to and from school are expected to comply a tall times with our school bus rules of conduct. You can understand the necessity for strict rules because the safety of our students depend upon the bus driver’s concentration on maneuvering the vehicle without undue distractions.

Bus students are supervised from the time of their arrival at school until they depart from the school in the afternoon.

Only registered transported students may ride the school bus.

Transported students may not ride other buses than the one to which they are regularly assigned. Visits, overnight stays (with other students), etc.,are not permitted.

The bus driver may suspend students after hearings.

Do not block the parking areas in front of the school which are reserved for the school buses.

Snow Days: If the bus does not run in the morning, it will not run in the afternoon at dismissal time.

Bus

Responsibility of the Pupils

1. To occupy the seat assigned by the driver and to refrain at all time from moving around while the bus is in motion.

2. To practice classroom conduct (except for ordinary conversation) while using a school bus.

3. To obey the driver cheerfully and to report promptly to the school official when instructed to do so by the driver.

4. To warn the driver of approaching danger if there is reason to believe the driver is not aware of the danger.

5.To be in the place designated both morning and evening ready to board the bus at the time shown on the schedule. The driver is responsible for the maintenance of this schedule and cannot wait for tardy pupils.

Personal Safety

1. To stay off the traveled roadway at all times while waiting for a bus.

2. To wait until the bus has come to a stop before attempting to get on or off.

3. To leave the bus only at the consent of the driver.

4. To enter or leave the bus only at the front door after the bus has come to a stop except in case of emergency.

5. To cross the traveled highway if necessary after leaving the bus in the following manner:

a. Make certain the bus is stationary.

b. When unloading, go to front of bus within sight of the driver and wait for the proper signal for crossing.

c. Upon signal from the driver, look both to the right and left and proceed across the highway in front of the bus.

d. Walk (not run) in front of the bus when crossing the highway.

6. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times.

7. Inform driver when absence is expected from school.

8. Report to the driver at once any damage to the bus that is observed.

9. Help keep bus clean, sanitary and orderly.

Responsibility of Parents

The responsibility of parents whose children are transported at public expense:

1. To ascertain and insure that their children arrive at the bus stop on time in the morning.

2. To provide necessary protection of their children when going to and from the bus stops.

3. To accept joint responsibility with the school authorities for proper conduct of their children.

Placement of Students

- Each teacher will be assigned an equal number of students
- Number of teachers
- Instruction space available

- Equal balance of boys and girls in each class
- Equal balance of students’ achievements in each class-high achievers, average achievers, achievers who have difficulties, etc.
- Teacher-student relationships
- Peer relationships
- Equal balance of minorities in each class
- Equal balance of discipline problems in each class
- Teachers’ professional opinion
- Principals’ professional opinion
- An equal number of new students is assigned to each teacher
- Opinions of supportives (administrative superiors, psychologists, parents, etc.)
-A child is not placed with the same teacher two consecutive years except in unusual conditions and/or opinions of supportive documentation
-Classroom assignments (or changes in classroom assignments during the year) are not given through simple requests. There must be good educational and professional reasons.
- No fore mentioned factor of opinion has precedence over any of the other factors relating to the placement of students.

Students will not change classes during the year unless two of the following situations exist:

1. An imbalance of physical factors--boys and girls, number of students, etc.;

2. A psychological report; or

3. Approval of the five teachers of the school improvement team.

4. Requests for teachers are not allowed.


Parent Teacher Organization

Our PTO is a great asset to our school. Please join and become an active participant.

Parent Visitation

Our school is always open to parents and we will be glad to see you at any time. We ask only that you not disturb the instructional program by entering classrooms during class time or that you expect the teacher to leave the classroom to talk with you. If you desire a conference, please call the office and make an appointment. This will save you time and permit the teacher or principal to arrange his/her schedule so there will be ample time to spend with you. All visitors/volunteers begin their visit at the office.

Lost or Damaged Books

Students are charged with the responsibility of keeping their books in good repair. Students are also responsible if the books are lost or stolen--regardless of the circumstances. A student should pay for the book prior to another one being issued to them. Payments for books lost or damaged are pro-rated.

 

 

Calendar

 

August 21

Preparation Day and Faculty Senate

(All 200 Day Employees return to work)

August 22

Continuing Education Day – students do not report

August 25

Continuing Education Day - students do not report

August 26

First Day for Students

September 1

Labor Day Holiday (Schools and offices closed)

October 13

ISE Day (Instructional Support and Enhancement)

(No School for Students - all employees report to work)

November 4

Election Day - No School

November 11

Veteran’s Day - No School

November 27

Thanksgiving Day - No School

November 28

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

December 23

ISE Day (Instructional Support and Enhancement)

(No School for Students - all employees report to work)

December 24

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

December 25

Christmas Day Holiday - No School

December 26-31

School closed for students and teachers

January 1

New Years Holiday - No School

January 2

Continuing Education Day - students do not report

January 16

Preparation Day and Faculty Senate – students do not report

January 19

Martin Luther King ‘s Birthday Observed

February 16

ISE Day (Instructional Support and Enhancement)

(No School for Students - all employees report to work)

March 13

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

March 27

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

April 10

ISE Day (Instructional Support and Enhancement)

(No School for Students - all employees report to work)

April 13-17

SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

May 1

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

May 22

Out of School Environment Day - No school for Students and Staff

(This day may be rescheduled for instruction as a make-up day)

May 25

Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 5

Last Day for Pupils

June 8

ISE Day (Instructional Support and Enhancement)

June 9

Preparation Day – Last Day for Staff

 



Student Assistance Team

Our school has a Student Assistance Team (SAT) that meets regularly to discuss and plan interventions for students who are struggling academically or socially. Students who are referred to SAT are those who continue to struggle in spite of the best efforts of the classroom staff. The purpose of the SAT is to find ways to assist these students to become successful in the regular classroom. If your student is referred to SAT you will be asked to work with us to find ways to help your child succeed in school.

Safe Schools Act


The West Virginia Legislature passed the Safe Schools Act as a response to the concerns of parents, students, school personnel and other citizens about incidents of violence in our schools.

The intent of the law is to provide a safe environment where students can learn and teachers can teach.

This law applies to all students, regardless of age.

Cabell County Public Schools would like to assist you in becoming familiar with the key elements of this law and the disciplinary action associated with infractions.

The Safe Schools Act of 1995 is enforceable when a student is on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored function. The infractions and corresponding punishments are listed below:

T possessing a deadly weapon

T assault and battery upon a school employee

T selling narcotic drugs

The Act mandates that the principal suspend the student and that the county board of education expel the student for a period not less than twelve consecutive months.*

*The county superintendent may shorten the expulsion by providing adequate written justification to the board,principal, faculty senate, and school LSIC.

T committing an act considered a felony if committed by an adult

T possessing a controlled substance

The principal must suspend the student and the board may expel the student for up to one year.

T injuring or threatening a student or school employee

T willfully disobeying a teacher

T possessing alcohol

T habitually violating school rules and policies

T participating in a fight

T directing profane language toward a student or school employee

T intentionally defacing school property

The principal may suspend the student and the board may expel the student for up to one school year.

T disorderly conduct

T interfering with the orderly educational process

T threatening, abusing, intimidating, or attempting to intimidate a student or school employee

T directing profane or abusive language toward a school employee

The teacher or bus driver may write a discipline report and send the student from the classroom or bus to the appropriate administrator.

New Cabell County Policy regarding bullying, harassment, and intimidation(18-2C-1 et. Seq. and 49-6A2) which is now in effect in all West Virginia schools may be viewed on Cabell County School website (


* Cabell County (JCC) replaces JD, JCDAE, JCD, JCDA, JCDAD, JCDB, JDD and JDE.


Mission Statement

Cabell County Schools will empower all students to reach their highest potential so they will become life-long learners and responsible citizens.


Beliefs

We believe:

· the school system must provide a safe and nurturing environment conducive to learning for all

· the school system must model, embrace and celebrate diversity

· achievement is the new civil right for all students

· the school system must empower our students to reach their full potential and be responsible citizens

·the school system must provide high quality teachers who actively engage and motivate learners through meaningful instruction and assessment

· the school system must promote and utilize state-of-the-art technology to enhance teaching and learning

· the community and the school system must be responsive and proactive to each others’ needs by sharing resources and support

·effective communication is essential among school personnel, students,parents, and the community to ensure a quality school system.


Goal Statements


Goal 1: To assure that each Cabell County teacher utilizes research-based instructional design, management, delivery, and assessment systems that result in highly-engaged students who achieve mastery and beyond of the essential curriculum

Goal 2: All schools will have the leadership, culture, and organizational practices representative of effective schools research and the commitment and knowledge to create structures and services that result in all students mastering the essential curriculum

Goal 3: To assure that all students receive the support they need to achieve mastery and beyond of the essential curriculum and that parents and community are treated as valued partners in the students’ educational process

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