This is your copy to keep. Parents and students should review and refer to the information contained in this handbook carefully and often. These are the procedures, rules, and policies that are followed and enforced by the staff of Pioneer Elementary School throughout the year.
The handbook was reviewed and approved by the Pioneer Regional School Corporation’s Board of Trustees, May, 2012.
Pioneer Elementary School has a policy of providing equal opportunity. All courses are open to all students regardless of race, color, sex, and handicapping conditions, or national origin, including limited English proficiency.
Educational services, programs, instruction, and facilities will not be denied to anyone in the Pioneer Elementary School as a result of his or her race, color, sex, handicapping conditions, or national origin, including limited English proficiency. For further information, clarification, or complaint, please contact the following persons.
Title IX (Sex Discrimination) Coordinator
Mr. Robert G. Brock
Pioneer Jr./Sr. High School
P.O. Box 547
Royal Center, IN 46978
Section 504 (Handicapped) Coordinator
Dr. Beth Dean
Pioneer Elementary School
P.O. Box 517
Royal Center, IN 46978
Any information concerning the above policy may be obtained by contacting the corporation superintendent
Dr. David Bess, Superintendent
Pioneer Regional School Corporation
P.O. Box 577
Royal Center, IN 46978
DOES YOUR HOME ENCOURAGE LEARNING
Score two points for each statement that is always used in your home; score one point if it is sometimes true; score zero if it’s rarely or never used.
- Everyone in my family has a household responsibility; at least one chore that must be done on time.
- We have regular times for members of the family to eat, sleep, play, work and study.
- School work and reading come before play, TV, or even other work.
- I praise my child for good schoolwork, sometimes in front of other people.
- My child has a quiet place to study; a desk or table at which to work, and books, including a dictionary or other reference material.
- Members of my family talk about hobbies, games, news, the books we are reading, and movies and TV programs we have seen.
- The family visits museums, libraries, zoos, historical sites, and other places of interest.
- I encourage good speech habits, helping my child to use correct words and phrases and to learn new ones.
- At dinner, or some other daily occasion, our family talks about the days events with a chance for everyone to speak and be listened to.
- I know my child’s current teacher, what my child is doing in school, and what learning materials are being used.
- I expect quality work and good grades. I know my child’s strength and weaknesses and give encouragement and special help when they are needed.
- I talk to my child about the future, about planning for high school and college, and about aiming for a high level of education and vocation.
Welcome to Pioneer Elementary School. We hope that you will have a happy and successful year. This handbook has been prepared so that students and parents can become better informed about school policies and procedures. Each family will receive a handbook when their children are enrolled.
The staff of Pioneer Elementary School believes:
The mission of education is to provide appropriate instruction to all students such that they may realize their full potential as successfully functioning and contributing members of society.
The objective of instruction is to help students to learn how to learn and to develop a love of learning so that students may become learners for life.
All students can learn when provided with a positive, physical, emotional and social climate.
Students differ in their talents, interests, cultural background, life experiences, abilities, learning styles, and learning rates so that a variety of methods and approaches are desirable in responding to their needs.
The dignity, integrity, and rights of each student must be observed and protected.
The goal of instruction is excellence and can best be observed and protected.
The goal of instruction is excellence and can best be achieved through a partnership of the school, parents, students, and community with open and direct communication.
This partnership exists when each component fulfils their roles to the best of their ability and is given an opportunity to express their points of view regarding the obtaining the school’s goals.
Students should be provided opportunities and guidance in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills to function successfully as citizens in today’s society.
Students should be provided with opportunities and take advantage of those opportunities for self-growth and initiative.
Measurable educational objectives are desirable for the guidance of the educational program instructional accountability, and program development.
School Arrival and Dismissal:
Students should arrive at school between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m. Parents bringing students to school should drop them off at Exit 1 or 2, or when the park is open (Spring and Fall), at Exit 8. The school building will open at 7:30 a.m. for early arrivals. These students should report directly to the gym and remain there until they are dismissed to class. Those eating breakfast should go directly to the multi purpose room. Before 7:30 a.m., early arriving students should wait outside the building. Unless it is absolutely necessary, drop-offs and walkers should not arrive before 7:45 a.m.
All busses arrive between 7:40 and 7:50 a.m. Only students eating breakfast are permitted to get off the bus before 7:50 a.m. when students are dismissed from the bus and the gym, to go to class. Students will be counted tardy at 8:00 a.m.
Student dismissal for grades K-6 will be between 2:45 and 3:00 p.m. depending on the grade level. Students not riding the bus will be picked up at Exit 2 (paved parking lot at west end of the school) or exit 8 (park) after the buses have left. Pick up areas will be supervised until 3:10.
If a student needs to leave school before the regularly scheduled time, he/she should bring a note from home and give it to the teacher and the office. Parents are to report to the office to pick up their child in case of any requested early dismissal. The office will then call to the student’s room and have the student sent to the office. Parents are not to go directly to the classroom. Students leaving school after 1:15 p.m. and before regular dismissal time will be marked as tardy p.m. on their attendance.
Promptness is a habit that should be formed early. Students are expected to be at school on time and in their classroom seats when classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Tardiness disturbs the entire class. Students arriving late are to report to the office upon arrival, accompanied by an adult. A pass will be issued for the student to enter class. If students are riding a bus that is delayed, students should report to their classroom upon arrival. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. but before 9:30 a.m. will be counted tardy in the morning. Tardiness will be handled as below (each semester):
Tardy 1-2 Warning
Tardy 3 Parent Notification through the Harmony System or via phone
3rd tardy counts as 1 day unexcused absence.
*Every 3 tardies to school will count as another unexcused absence.
For example: 6 tardies = 2 unexcused days; 9 tardies = 3 unexcused days, etc.
Students enrolling at Pioneer Elementary are to report to the school’s office. New students must show proof of address, birth certificate, shot records and a social security card. Parents will be asked to complete an enrollment sheet, medical forms, Internet form, pay textbook rental fees, and make provisions for obtaining records from previous school (if applicable).
Should a student withdraw from Pioneer Elementary School, the parent/guardian should notify the school’s office in advance. The school will notify the parent of any charges that are outstanding. Records will be sent to the forwarding school upon receipt of the student’s enrollment at that school.
For the safety and protection of our students, all visitors (including parents) are required to report to the office when arriving at school. All visitors should report to the main door. With the exception of morning arrival all other doors will remain locked during school hours.
If a student is absent from school, his/her parent should telephone the school to report the absence. All calls to school must be made prior to 8:30 a.m. on the day the student is absent. Parents may leave a voicemail message on the school’s answering system after 4:00 p.m. and prior to 7:15 a.m. regarding attendance issues. If no call or message is received and/or the attendance secretary initiates the call to parents, the absence will be unexcused. Only those parents who have no access to a phone are required to send a note in with their other child that very day or with their child when he/she returns from an absence.
Students absent from school for more than one and one-half hours, but less than four hours shall be considered absent for one-half day. Students absent from school for more than four hours shall be considered absent from school for the entire day.
Excessive absence from school will be taken into consideration when determining student’s promotion or retention.
School attendance is required for all children between the ages of 7 and 16 if an exit interview requirement is met; otherwise 18.
EXCUSED ABSENCES: Excused absences will be given under the following conditions and in accordance with the state compulsory attendance law and will not be included in the nine limit:
- Personal illness. A doctor’s verification of illness is required for an absence of five or more consecutive days or when the total number of illness absences without written doctor verification reaches nine days.
- An emergency exists for the student or family, such as death or serious illness in the immediate family, or quarantine.
- Medical and dental appointments, with doctor’s verification of such appointments. All efforts should be made to schedule appointments outside of school hours.
- Court appointments (a written note from court of appearance is required for absence to be excused).
- Other absences, such as family vacations, personal business, serving as a legislative page, election worker, or other exceptions are permissible by law, which the principal may deem as valid, when prior arrangements are approved in writing by the principal.
All of the above reasons require the student to obtain an admit slip from the office and present it to his/her teacher in order for the days to be excluded from the limit.
An absence shall be considered unexcused if no call or message is received prior to 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence.
Parents will receive notification through Harmony or via phone when the student reaches four (4) unexcused absences. At six (6) unexcused absences, families will be referred to the Family Opportunity Center. At ten (10) unexcused absences, families will be referred to child protective services. Further unexcused absences could be cause for families to be referred to the Cass County Prosecutor.
*Home visits may be made to follow up on unexcused absences.
Excused absences will allow the students to make up work with full credit, whereas unexcused absences will allow for full or partial credit. For every assignment given on the day of an absence, the student has two days upon his/her return to complete the work. Each child will be given a reasonable amount of time to make up any missed assignments as long as the student is attempting to get that work finished and turned in following an extended illness. The responsibility for make-up work rests with the student. If the student is absent at least two days, the parent should contact the school to request books and assignments to be sent home. Such requests should be made before 9:30 a.m. with the assignments to be picked up or sent home at the end of the day.
When an athletic or social event is held at school, students will go directly to the meeting place after they have been dismissed from their last class. Students are not allowed to roam around the building.
When a parent signs a permission slip for a student to take part in a school group or club which meets on a regular basis, such as school sport teams, tutoring, Student Council, etc. they also give permission for that child to stay after school for scheduled events and no additional notes are necessary. However, as a courtesy, students should notify their bus drivers they will not be riding home on those afternoons. The school will provide written notice to parents when the various groups are meeting, through notes or newsletters.
Students taking part in other school and non-school activities will require written permission to stay after school.
SPECIAL AFTER-SCHOOL GROUPS:
- Leaders of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, or any after school groups need to present members with a schedule of meeting times so that students will not have to call home to notify their parents. Leaders of each group need to submit a list of members to the school including leaders’ names and telephone numbers and meeting dates and times.
- Meetings are NOT to be cancelled unless the leaders have contacted the parents. The parent is expecting the student to attend these meetings and there may be no one home if the child goes home at regular dismissal time.
- Students needing transportation home from after school activities are to be picked up promptly after the activity is over.
In the event that school is cancelled or delayed for the day, parents should tune into area media for information. Area radio stations that are notified by school officials are:
WWKI - 100 FM, Kokomo WSAL - 102 FM/1230 AM, Logansport
WHZR - 103.7 (Hoosier 103), Logansport WNJY - 102.9 FM, Monticello
As well as TV station WFLI, Channel 18, Lafayette, and WTHR Channel 13, in Indianapolis. Should the school feel it is necessary to close schools early, the above stations will be contacted as soon as a decision is made. Parents should have arrangements made in advance. This information should be shared with the child so that they are aware of where they are to go. If the arrangements are different from normal transportation home, a note should be filed with the school’s office to verify method of transportation and if the child is not to go home, where they are to go.
A bookstore service is offered to students. The bookstore is open each morning from 7:50 until 8:05 a.m. Students are permitted to purchase supplies at that time. Items available include: folders, notebook pads of paper, ink pens, pencils, erasers, crayons (16 count), 4 oz. glue, scissors, and markers (10 count).
Student use of lockers will follow the guidelines established in the Pioneer School Locker Policy found in Appendix B.
All student lockers are to be kept clean and orderly with books straight and doors closed. Materials are not to be hung or displayed on or in lockers except for school related materials, such as schedules, class lists, agendas, etc. Food will not be kept in lockers unless it is brought as a school lunch. The office and the teachers may hold inspections. Appropriate action will be taken if a disregard for school property is noted, this may include affecting the student’s citizenship grade or loss of privilege to use a locker.
Students should plan their movements and class needs to eliminate unnecessary trips to their lockers.
School equipment, such as books, desks, chairs, walls, restroom facilities, etc. are to be treated with care. This will help to ensure the maximum use of the items for generations to come. Students are not to deface or damage school property by writing, carving, breaking, and attaching non-removable items, etc. which would cause for replacement or extensive repair of school property. The student or his/her parents will be billed for repair or replacement of damaged school property.
Pioneer Elementary students will be furnished with the books necessary to participate in the academic program. The textbook rental fees for the year are published prior to the start of school each year.
Parents are encouraged to complete payments of textbook rental, as quickly as possible Parents in need of assistance, or an arranged plan, should contact the elementary office.
If a textbook is lost, the student will be given a copy of the lost textbook. However, the child will be charged the replacement cost of the lost book. If the textbook is found, after it has been paid for, the student/parent will be reimbursed.
Should a student withdraw from Pioneer Elementary School during the school year, parents may obtain a pro-rated refund of textbook fees, determined at the time of withdrawal.
MEDIA CENTER BOOKS:
Students are responsible for the books that are borrowed from the media center. If a book is damaged beyond repair, the student is expected to notify the media specialist that the book is damaged. The student/parent will pay the replacement cost of the damaged book.
If a book is lost (overdue approximately six weeks), the parents will be notified by letter that the book(s) are missing. The student/parent is responsible for the replacement cost of any lost book. Once a student is notified that he/she has a lost book and is responsible for payment, the student is not allowed to check out books. When the book is paid for or returned, the student may resume borrowing books.
If a lost book is found after it has been paid for, the student/parent will be reimbursed.
State law (I.C. 20-8.1-7-9.5) requires that every child residing in the state shall be immunized against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps and poliomyelitis. In addition, parents are required to furnish documentation of immunizations when a child enrolls in a school corporation for the first time (I.C. 20-8.1-7-10). No child shall be permitted to attend school for more than twenty (20) days unless these procedures have begun or until a written statement from a doctor or local health department official explaining a delay due to extreme circumstances is submitted. This written statement must include a time schedule for completion of such immunizations, which has been approved by a doctor or health department official.
PIONEER REGIONAL SCHOOL CORPORATION MEDICATION POLICY:
- A physician’s written order must be on file in the nurse’s office, authorizing the administration of the medication. A change in dosage will require a new order.
- Written permission of a parent or legal guardian authorizing the administration of the medication must also be on file in the nursing office.
- All medications brought to school must be in the original container from the pharmacy. Medications should be brought to the clinic where they will be stored in a locked cabinet.
- Prescriptions medications dispensed from the physician’s office must have the name of the medication, dosage, and student’s name. A written order must also accompany this medication. Professional samples also need a written order from the doctor.
- Please try to give medications at home if possible. If the doctor orders a medication to be given three times daily, in most cases, it can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. Medication ordered four times daily will be given during the student’s lunch hour unless specifically ordered differently by the doctor.
- If liquid antibiotics need to be given at school, please have the pharmacist label an extra plastic bottle for the school. The amount needed for a week can be sent to school and kept in the refrigerator in the clinic.
Self-Administration and Possession of Prescribed Medications:
1. A student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer prescribed medication for the chronic disease or medical condition if:
- The student’s parents have filed an authorization with the student’s principal for the student to possess and self-administer the medication.
- The physician states in writing that:
- The student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication.
- The student has been instructed in how to self-administer the medication.
- The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.
2. The authorization must be filed annually.
Over- the-Counter Medications:
- Written permission of a parent or legal guardian authorizing the administration of the medication must be on file in the nursing office. The note should give instructions for administering the medication including the dosage and the time the medication should be given. This note needs to be signed and dated.
- All medication must be brought to school in the original package with the child’s name and teacher on the medication. All medications need to be brought to the nursing office where they will be kept in a locked cabinet.
- Substances that are not FDA approved, such as food supplements, will not be given at school.
Disposal of Medications:
1. Per board policy, student medication possessed by school for administration during school hours or at school functions cannot be sent home with the student. This procedure came about to further safeguard your child from any transfer or sharing of medication that might occur while traveling home from school. Medications can only be released to:
- the student’s parents or
- an individual who is at least eighteen years of age and designated in writing by the student’s parents to receive the medication.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION:
Your school is interested in the health of your child and the establishment of good health habits.
- Do not send your child to school if he or she has any of the following signs of illness:
- Runny nose, cough (particularly if he or she has been exposed to a communicable disease), rash, nausea, headache, dizziness, swollen glands, undue drowsiness, sore throat, flushed appearance, fever, chills, red and running eyes, or extreme pallor.
- Running sores on the skin, scabies, or head lice. A child returning to school after having head lice should be brought to school by the parent and cleared by the nurse before being allowed to return to class or ride the bus.
- Temperature should be normal for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Child should have no nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
- A good night’s rest is very essential to health and to the type of schoolwork the child does.
- An annual examination by the family physician and dentist are recommended for each pupil.
- A Nurse and Speech Language Pathologist are provided to do routine screenings of vision, hearing and other health problems.
- Please help us to promote daily health habits: brushing the teeth at least twice a day; washing hands and face often; bathing regularly; regular elimination; wearing clean clothing, etc.
- Students need a doctor’s note and activity orders when returning to school with/after the following: 1) Absence of 5 consecutive days or more, 2) surgery, 3) fractures or any sports/orthopedic injuries, 4) infectious diseases, 5) any hospitalization/ER visit, 6)any other specific reason indicated by the nurse. The note from the doctor must include a beginning date for any restrictions along with a specific release date for full participation in school activities. If the release date is unknown, the date of the next doctor’s appointment must be included in the note.
HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM:
Indiana Law (Code 20.8.1-7-17) states that every school corporation shall annually conduct hearing tests as follows:
- All students in grades 1, 4, 7, 10 and students new to the corporation are screened.
- Students with known hearing losses and/or with history of ear problems are monitored and tested during the year.
- Any student will be tested upon request by parents and/or staff. The School Speech Language Pathologist will also screen all 5 year olds in Kindergarten in addition to the above required by law.
NOTE: Two types of tests are given. AUDIOMETER - Audiogram - A PURE TONE TEST - TELLS HOW WELL a person hears various sounds. TYMPANOMETRY - (Tympanograph) - Gives information relative to possible medical problems involving the middle ear.
Individual comprehensive hearing tests will be given to students as deemed necessary throughout the school year. Parents will be notified of the test results and recommendations.
Students are expected to maintain an acceptable level of personal hygiene. For the protection of the student, as well as his/her classmates, assistance will be offered anytime a hygiene need becomes evident.
A clinic is provided for temporary care of students who become ill or are injured at school. Parents will be called and are to make arrangements for the child to be picked up, if necessary. In order for the school to handle any emergency, please keep your child’s health records current.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT:
Any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect is required by law to report that suspected abuse or neglect to the local child protection service or law enforcement agency (I.C. 31-6-11-3; I.C. 31-6-11-4). Failure to report suspected abuse or neglect, when known, is unlawful (I.C. 31-6-11-20). School personnel have the legal responsibility to report suspected child abuse/neglect to the appropriate agency. Failure of the parent/guardian to send their child to school, or to respond to medical referrals made by the school, is a form of child neglect.
The school sends home a newsletter on a regular basis. The newsletter is sent with the youngest child in each family at Pioneer Elementary School. The school will add community announcements for student clubs and other group activities. This information must be in the office by noon on the day before the newsletter is to go out. The newsletter usually goes out every other week, on a Friday. Parents and students are encouraged to use the Corporation Webpage.
Communication between the home and the school is imperative. Students, while not necessarily intentional, will often perceive things at school different from what they are. Should your child convey anything that disturbs you about what has taken place at school or in the classroom, you are strongly encouraged to contact the classroom teacher for information.
Parents are strongly urged to follow the proper lines of communications, as specified by board policy (9130). If a problem or question develops in a classroom or bus, parents should contact the appropriate classroom teacher or bus driver. If the parent is not satisfied with that contact., or if the question or the problem concerns an aspect of the school, the principal should be contacted. If parents are still unsatisfied with the outcome, the Superintendent of Schools may be approached with the concern. Problems or concerns should be addressed at the lowest level possible.
A conference is scheduled for each child during the school year (fall conferences). For additional conferences, parents may contact the teacher to arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time.
Records of each student’s progress are maintained and secured in the school office. These records are only available to applicable school personnel and the student’s legal parent/guardian in accordance with Pioneer Regional School Board policy. Parents may refer to Appendix C for their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER:
In order for the school to handle emergencies, maintain communication, and keep our records current, parents are requested to notify the school’s office of address or telephone number changes.
REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS:
Pioneer Elementary is on a nine-week grading period. Mid-term grades are sent home in the middle of each grading period.
Parents are requested to sign both the mid-term report and report card and return them to the school within one week After the mid-term reports and report cards are all returned for verification, they will be returned to the students to take home. Parents are encouraged to call or arrange an appointment with the teacher when they have questions about student progress.
Harmony Student Information System:
Parents are able to get on-line access to student lunch information, grades, and discipline reports. Please contact the office to set up an account.
Students without lunch money will receive credit for only two meals. After that time, the student will be served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk until the debt is completely paid.
All students eat in the cafeteria whether they purchase or bring lunch. Milk and dessert are included in the purchased lunches. Students are encouraged to take milk with their lunch, but an 8-ounce carton of 50% fruit juice is also offered as an alternative. The menu is published in the school’s newsletter, in the local paper, on WSAL radio at 6:20 a.m. and on the school website. This allows the parent and student to choose the days the student wishes to purchase lunch.
MEAL (Breakfast and Lunch) PAYMENT:
Money will be collected by the teacher. Lunch money must be turned in by 10:00 a.m. each day. Payment should be in an envelope with the student’s and teacher’s name, and pin #. Extra milk is available at an additional cost. Daily emails are sent out to notify parents of their child’s lunch account balance. If you do not have an email address set up on your child’s account you will receive a payment label. Contact the elementary office with your email. All lunch accounts with a balance of $2 or less will receive notification.
FOOD FROM HOME:
Lunches from home can be kept in the student’s locker. In the interest of promoting sound nutritional habits, soft drinks, candy and fast foods are discouraged as a sack lunch item.
Students in grades K-3 will be able to purchase milk or orange juice to drink. Students in grades 1 & 2 will receive their milk/juice during the afternoon recess. Students in Kindergarten may purchase milk/juice for their scheduled break. Students will be able to purchase milk/juice at a price that will be published with the lunch prices at the beginning of the year. Milk/juice will not be issued without money in the student’s meal account. Free or reduced lunches do not qualify a student for a free recess milk/juice.
APPROPRIATE TABLE MANNERS:
Students are to display appropriate courtesy and manners while in the cafeteria. This includes entering and leaving the cafeteria and eating in a quiet, orderly manner, keeping the area clean, etc. Students are not allowed to give food or trade food with other students.
FREE AND REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM:
Applications for the free and reduced meal program are available through the school’s office. This program provides for free lunches, or lunches at a reduced price, for those families qualifying based upon income. Families participating are required to report any changes in income to the school’s office when they occur. Students who receive these benefits are identified only to their teacher and office personnel.
Should a family experience a drop in income during the school year, qualifying them for the free and reduced lunch program, they may complete an application. This may be done at any time during the school year. Participation begins with the approval of a completed application
Each student is responsible for his/her work and assignments. Special awards will be made during the year for the many students successfully completing their assignments. Occasionally, homework cannot be completed on schedule by even the best of students due to family matters and other factors. In these cases, the student may be asked to complete the task during the recess or other free time and a grade penalty may be made. Further actions will only be taken if assignments are repeatedly or flagrantly disregarded. Parents will be involved as much as possible.
Homework is an out-of-school assignment that contributes to the educational process. It is an extension of class work and is directly related to the objectives of the curriculum presently studied. Homework assignments may include additional practices, exercises, and reading of material on a specified subject, in-depth extension of classroom activities, or independent project work related to the subject. Research indicates the need for effective study skills. Homework is one way to improve time spent in learning since it strengthens the self-discipline students needs to concentrate. Parents are vital to homework experience. By monitoring their child’s homework, parents can promote a sense of responsibility, check on their child’s skills, and keep abreast with school activities. Grade 5 and 6 homework policy - Appendix E.
Students in grade 1 through 6 will have art 5 times every four weeks.
Students in grade 1 through 6 will have music 5 times every four weeks. Sixth grade students, who choose to participate in band, will meet three times per week. Band members who forget their instruments will report to the band room for their scheduled period. All 5th grade students will play the recorder for a nine-week period.
Students in grade 1 through 6 will have P.E. 5 times every four weeks. Girls should wear slacks or shorts during class, non-marking, tennis shoes are needed for P.E. Heelys, shoes with built-in rollers, are not to be used at school at all. A note from the parent to the school nurse stating the nature of the illness or injury will excuse the student for a specified period of time. A physician’s statement is required for exemption for over one week. When a student is unable to participate in swimming and/or physical education classes because of a physician’s statement, a statement from the physician will be needed to resume the activities. Students not allowed to participate in swimming or physical education classes will also be excused from recess activities. Students under such restrictions will report to a study room at recess time unless special arrangements have been made.
Students in grade 1 through 6 will have Library 5 times every four weeks. The Librarian will determine the number of books to be checked out at any one time.
A computer lab is available for teachers to schedule their classes. Students are to follow the directions of their teacher in the use and care of the computers. Students are permitted to be in the lab only when a teacher is present in the lab with the students.
No two teachers in this or any school are identical in philosophy, classroom management style, attitudes, temperament and personality. They each possess unique qualities that over a child’s career ensure a broad, rich and varied experience. For this reason, parents are encouraged to communicate and cooperate with their child’s teacher whoever that might be.
The following points are made relative to the development of class list of assignments:
- Regardless which teacher is assigned, he/she will encounter other teachers during the course of the day.
- Effort is made to have an approximately equal number of boys and girls in each section of a particular grade.
- Whenever possible, close relatives (sibling, first cousins, etc.) will not be placed in the same classroom.
- A student’s ability to interact effectively with other students is reviewed.
- If a child is being retained, his/her present teacher’s feeling as well as the child and parents are considered when determining whether the child will be assigned to the same teacher the following year.
Regardless of whom a child is assigned to work with, there is much to be gained from the experience. A parent can play no role more important than reassuring the child that this is the case and by being cooperative with and supportive of those teachers’ efforts.
Students in grades kindergarten through the sixth grade take part in the annual testing program. The result of these tests assists the school in determining the needs of the students and evaluating curricula.
Students in K-2 will take the CTBS-4 Test. Students in grades 3- 6 are given the Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP). This test is the CTBS-4 with additional questions measuring mastery of Indiana proficiencies. Students in grades 2-6 will also take the NWEA.
The Title 1 program is a federally funded program enabling schools to provide additional instructional assistance in the area of mathematics and reading to students in need. Parents of students identified as being in need of this additional assistance, as determined by achievement test scores and/or teacher recommendations, will be notified.
K-1 students receive a grade of +, v, or – in all subject or skill areas.
2nd grade students receive letter grades in Mathematics, Spelling, and Reading.
3rd grade students receive letter grades in: Mathematics, Phonics, Spelling and English: Also, students in grade 3 will receive the +, v, and - markings in the areas of science, health and social studies.
Students in grade 4-6 receive grades in: Reading, Mathematics, English, Spelling, Science/Health: Social Studies. The letter grades are: A - Outstanding Achievement, B - Above Average Achievement, C - Average Achievement, D - Below Average Achievement, F - Failure to produce Acceptable Work.
In addition, a series of + (above average), v (average), and - (below average) is given in the areas of art, music, physical education, library, work & study habits, writing, citizenship, etc.
A+ = 100%
A = 92%-99%
A- = 90%-91%
B+ = 88%-89%
B = 82%-87%
B- = 80%-81%
C+ = 78%-79%
C = 72%-77%
C- = 70%-71%
D+ = 68%-69%
D = 62%-67%
D- = 60%-61%
F = 59% and below
Students need to Master grade level skills in order to be prepared for the next grade. Any student who has not achieved Partial Mastery or above lacks those necessary skills and is in danger of being retained.
will be given to students who have not completed their work at the end of a grading period and/or semester, if the teacher feels that circumstances justify additional time. If the schoolwork to be made up is not satisfactorily completed within two weeks of the last day of the grading period and/or semester, the incomplete grade will be changed to an F.
The decision as to whether a student is ready to proceed to the next grade is sometimes not an easy one. To allow a student to proceed before he/she is ready is a disservice to that child’s educational progress. In today’s competitive world the importance of a solid basic education can not be denied. Insuring that all children will have the basic skills to pass the High School Graduation Exam must be a priority for any school system. Grades alone are no longer the only determining criteria that must be examined. Pioneer Elementary believes that mandated state testing results must be included in the evaluation process of determining a child’s readiness to advance to the next grade level. The following guidelines are used in assisting to make that determination.
A student will be considered for retention if:
- The student receives a grade of D or lower in reading/language arts or mathematics for one or both semesters. In grade 1 a grade of minus will be used as the determining grade in reading/language arts and mathematics.
- The student receives a grade of D or lower in more than one of the following subjects: spelling, social studies, and science/health.
- The student receives a below average grade in reading/language arts or mathematics for one or both semesters and has not passed both sections of the mandated ISTEP Test. In grades 2-6 NWEA results will also be examined and in grades K-2 CTBS results will be used.
- The student has a record of excessive absences.
Pioneer Elementary will consider and place value on parental input. However, the school will always retain the final authority on any retention consideration. In situations where the teacher and parents cannot reach a mutually agreed decision, a parental wavier may be used. The teacher and parents must sign the wavier and it will become part of the student’s permanent record. A child will not be granted a wavier for two consecutive school years.
The parents and teacher may mutually elect to not use a wavier and instead agree to have a child attend a remedial summer school program. If this is agreed upon, the child must maintain an attendance rate of above 80% for the summer session. If the child fails to maintain the minimum attendance rate, a wavier will be placed in the permanent record and will be treated as a waiver.
In the case of a student receiving special services ( IEP ), the case conference committee will make the final decision on any possible retention.
During the course of the school year, the school sponsors a number of events. Parents, students, staff and community members enjoy these activities. Students are expected to follow normal rules (e.g. no running in the building, remaining in assigned areas, etc.) while at these activities. Parents have the responsibility of supervising their children so that they do not distract from the enjoyment of the events.
PAYMENTS TO THE SCHOOL:
Payments to the school for various things should be made in a timely manner. Checks should be made payable to Pioneer Elementary School, unless otherwise noted. The school may use Small Claims Court for any outstanding debts.
Grade cards will not be distributed at the end of the school year to those students who have an outstanding debt. Parents may pick them up at the school. Students who have not paid any outstanding debts at the end of the school year will be expected to meet this obligation before entering the school in the fall.
It is the intent of Pioneer Elementary School to maintain an environment conducive to learning. Rules are established to protect the learning atmosphere. It’s the responsibility of the parents and staff to cooperatively teach all students acceptable standards of conduct. Certain student misconduct will be grounds for disciplinary measures in accordance with the Student Due Process Law. Such misconduct is defined to include, but not limited to, the items found in Appendix F of this handbook. Any disciplinary action taken will be appropriate for that particular situation. Disciplinary actions might include, but are not limited to, reprimands, parent conferences, losses of privileges, temporary isolation from the classroom, suspension, expulsion, and corporal punishment.
Students are expected to work and play with respect for their classmates. At the end of recess, lunch, physical education classes, or other group meetings, the group will come to order upon the request of the teacher on duty and will remain orderly as the group goes to their respective places. If group situations become disorderly, class time, normally, will be lost. To prevent such loss of class time, due to disorderly behavior, recess may be shortened until such time that orderly behavior is once again present.
There will be no booing or whistling at school functions, which includes athletic events. Students are encouraged to support their team, but this does not include being disrespectful of the other team. Walking and orderly behavior, is expected and will be demanded at all school functions such as Christmas and Spring programs, PTO meetings, and any other school program.
The school will expect all students to maintain good behavior both en-route to and from school. Students not able to abide by this request should expect disciplinary action to be taken. Problems concerning elementary and high school students will be handled by both the high school principal and the elementary principal.
Teachers and school personnel will be called by Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Name calling, profanity, and abusive language will not be tolerated by anyone, used in relation to anything or anybody.
ITEMS FROM HOME:
Toys and other items are not to be brought to school, unless a teacher has requested them for a special project or given special permission. The school does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items, which are brought to school.
STAIR AND HALLWAYS:
Students will not run on the stairs or in the hallways. There are no exceptions. When using the stairs or hallways students are expected to walk toward the right side at all times. A normal walking pace will be used as the method of movement from the time a student steps off the bus in the morning until boarding in the afternoon.
There is a soft drink machine in the gym that students may use during after-school events. This does not include using it on the way home after normal school has been dismissed.
CHEWING GUM & CANDY:
Chewing gum and candy in school is undesirable and should not be allowed unless consumed under the supervision of a teacher.
Because of the danger of serious injury, the throwing of snowballs and rocks is forbidden on school property.
Periodically, fire and tornado drills are conducted so that students are aware of the procedures. During such drills, students are to remain silent and follow the directions of their teachers. Pioneer Elementary also has Lock Down and Bomb drills
LOST AND FOUND:
Lost and found items are to be turned in to the office or placed on a table in the main hallway, to be claimed by their owner. Items will be kept for a period of two weeks before being disposed.
Under normal circumstances, pets are not permitted at school. Dogs sometimes follow students to school. This creates a problem when children are outside for recess. When unleashed dogs are noticed on school grounds, appropriate authorities will be notified for their removal. Parents should insure that dogs are properly secured on their property.
The dress of an individual is a reflection of one’s character and a reflection of the student body as a whole. Therefore, students are expected to wear appropriate attire during the school day and at school sponsored activities. All students should be dressed appropriately, be clean and well groomed to compliment themselves and their school.Below are some guidelines and rules to follow regarding school dress:
- Make your appearance clean and neat as a matter of health and aesthetics.
- No clothing that advertises drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.
- Objectionable scenes, designs, or writing should not be worn.
- Caps, hats, headbands, and sunglasses are to be removed upon entering the building.
- Shorts and capris are not to be worn from Fall Break until Spring Break unless stated
- by teacher or administrator.
- Pajamas/slippers are not acceptable except on designated dress up day.s
- Any clothing that is a hindrance or distraction to the educational process will not be allowed.
- No changing clothes in school except for P.E. or special designated events.
- For upper elementary, a decent coverage of the body is expected:
- No halter, bare midriff tops, tank tops or tube tops.
- No see through fabric or rips/tears in clothing.
- No extremely tight or body hugging shorts, pants, or leggings unless covered by a mid-thigh shirt or second pair of loose fitting shorts.
- Shorts and skirts must be at or below the fingertips when the student stands with arms at sides.
Students who wear objectionable items will be dealt with appropriately. This may include the changing of the clothes at school, having the parents bring other clothing, removing the student from classes, etc.
Student safety requires that tennis/gym shoes and socks be worn during all physical education classes. Soft-soled shoes (tie/Velcro) are acceptable for indoor recesses when play is restricted to the gym and multipurpose room.
Certain standards of student conduct are necessary to assure that students seeking to express their own individual rights do not at the time infringe upon the rights of others. The responsibility for developing and maintaining appropriate student behavior belongs to the students, parents and staff of Pioneer Elementary School.
The purpose of the discipline is to help create an atmosphere that promotes the best possible learning environment for all students. The staff recognizes that students are in the process of developing self-discipline, and thus may need disciplinary actions taken at times. Different disciplinary approaches may be used (dependent upon the misconduct or the number of times a student fails to follow appropriate rules). Such approaches may include, but not be limited to: reprimands, loss of recess, loss of privileges, corporal punishment, referral to special personnel in the school, parent conferences, detention (to be held before school from 7:30 to 7:55), suspension, and expulsion.
While it is not normal to suspend or expel students from the elementary school, that option is available when others have failed. Certain acts of misconduct would subject a student to disciplinary actions, which may include suspension or expulsion. Some of the acts listed in Indiana Code include:
1. Disruption of school, violence, force, noise, etc.
2. Damage or destruction of school property.
3. Damage or destruction of private property.
4. Physical and/or verbal abuse of a student
5. Extortion or coercion
6. Illegal acts interfering with school purposes
7. Disrespect and/or disobedience.
8. Possession or use of any tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal substances.
9. Theft or possession of stolen property.
11. Possession of a paging device.
Students receiving disciplinary measures will be given due process, as provided by law. The staff of the school will work with the student’s parents to provide the best recourse for acceptable behavior that would be in the best interest of the student and the student body.
Corporal punishment is not a first line approach to changing student behavior. It may be used when other attempts have failed, or when the student’s actions are of an extreme nature. The use of corporal punishment (paddling) by a teacher or a principal is governed by both state and federal court decisions. The school principal may administer corporal punishment. Before administering corporal punishment, the staff member(s) explains to the student the misconduct that is bringing the punishment. The student is then given an opportunity to explain his or her own version of the incident and present reasons, if any, why they feel corporal punishment is inappropriate. While preferring utilization of non-punitive means for obtaining desired changes in student behavior, it is recognized that punishment including corporal punishment can be an effective means of correcting undesirable behavior.
Grades 4, 5, and 6, discipline policy - Appendix F.
Students are generally not allowed to call home for things they have forgotten. Exceptions are made for medical needs, but other reasons are seldom found to justify phone usage.
At various times during the school year, students are asked to participate in school-related fund raising activities. These activities can be associated with, but not limited to, PTO projects, student council projects, and the band program. Students selling items at school must do so outside of class time. Food items sold are to be kept stored until the student is home. The student selling the items is responsible for the items and the money collected. The school assumes no responsibility in the loss or theft of such items. Individual students are not permitted to sell items at school for personal profit.
Recess is available for students who demonstrate good behavior and academic effort. Students who are having behavior problems and are not fulfilling assignments will spend recess in detention until the time behavior and/or attitude has changed. Students should remember that recess is earned, not demanded. Some general rules regarding recess include: 1. A parental request for a child to remain inside during an outside recess should be written and sent to the child’s teacher each day the student is to remain inside. 2. Students are to be considerate of their classmates and adults. Students are not to interfere with other student’s games. Pushing, shoving, scuffling and other similar behaviors are not acceptable. 3.. When the whistle is blown once, students will stop what they are doing, stop all talking and walk to their place in line, preparing to return to their rooms. 4. Students are expected to share the equipment and display good sportsmanship at all times. In general, any game or manner of play that is considered dangerous or unsportsman-like will not be tolerated. 5. At no time are balls to be thrown against the building. 6. Tumbling and other gymnastic stunts are not permitted.
(Grades K-6) When the weather does not permit play outside, recess will be held in the gym. Because of the large number of students in a relative small area, some restrictions are necessary. The classroom teachers for respective grade levels have developed these restrictions. The rules are discussed with the students and are posted in the classrooms. The rules will be used at all recesses.
When weather permits students will have recess outside. Parents are expected to dress their children appropriate to the weather conditions. When dry conditions exist, students in grades K-2 will have recess on the south playground. When mud is present, these grades will have recess on the asphalt on the north side of the building. Students in grades
3-6 will have recess on the asphalt on the north side. Appendixes D and E contain some game rules for various outside activities. Students are to use the playground equipment in the manner for which it was designed.
- Swings are to be used by one person at a time. Students are to swing towards the middle of the playground. Jumping out of and the twisting of swings is not allowed.
- The bar at the top of the slide is not for swinging. Students will use the slides only in a sitting position and going down feet first. There will be no shoving and pushing on the slide ladder. Students should proceed up the slide to avoid bunching up on the ladder.
- Only two people at a time will use the totter board.
- Students will use the merry-go-round in a sitting position. Students are not to hang their heads (or any other body parts) over the edge in an unsafe fashion.
- Students are not to climb support poles or to sit on the exercise bars.
Tetherball requires a pole located in the center of a circle 20 feet in diameter. A stripe is painted around the pole 5 feet from the top. A tetherball is attached to the top of the pole. The circle is divided into two neutral zones (each 90 degrees) by two painted lines. The neutral zones separate the two play zones. Generally, two players are needed for tetherball. One player stands in each of the two play zones. The server, chosen by lot, puts the ball in play by striking the ball around the pole in either direction. The opponent must not strike the ball on its first swing around the pole. On the ball’s second time around, the opponent’s task is to strike the ball repetitively so that the rope winds around the pole and the ball eventually touches the pole. The first player who succeeds wins the game and becomes the server for the next game. If a player hits the ball with any part of the body other than the hand or forearms, catches or holds the ball during play, steps outside the play zones, hits the rope with the forearm or hands throws the ball, or winds the ball around the pole below the 5-foot mark, the game is awarded to the opponent. The player who first wins four games wins the match.
Students riding the school buses to and from school continue to be under the jurisdiction of the school. Bus driver are in charge and will report students who cause disturbances, refuse to cooperate, and to fail to follow posted rules. Such reports will result in disciplinary action, which may include loss of privilege to ride the bus. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats. In order to maintain bus-riding privileges, the rules listed below must be followed: Observe the same conduct as in the classroom. Be courteous, use no profane language. Personal radios, music boxes, and electronic games may be used on the buses if they are used with earphones. Although they may be used on the buses they are not allowed to be used in the building during the school day. Do not eat or drink on the bus. Keep the bus clean. Cooperate with the driver. Stay seated in your seat. Keep hands, head, and feet inside the bus. Respect the school’s and other student’s property. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
BUS PERMISSION AND ALTERNATE TRAVEL HOME:
For the safety of students, notes must be sent to school when a student: a) is to ride a different bus home, b) is to get off at a different stop, c) who normally rides a bus wishes to walk to a certain location after school, or d) is to meet someone after school and ride home with that individual. Students not bringing notes will be sent home by the normal means. The notes are to be initialed by the teacher, and then sent to the office for a bus pass to give to the bus driver.
During school hours, the following parking areas have been designated: Circular Drive: NO PARKING. Reserved for loading and unloading buses. The south parking lot is reserved for staff parking . The west parking lot is reserved for visitors, staff, cadet teachers, and parents picking up students. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK. Do not create a situation where a child may run out from between parked cars.
Bicycles are to be parked at all times at the west end of the building at the bicycle rack. No bicycle is to be moved during the school day, nor may students handle or ride any of the bicycles during the school day. The school day begins as soon as a child moves on to school property. Therefore, bikes are to be parked immediately upon arrival.
Balloons delivered to school are prohibited on the bus. Balloons may become a safety hazard for the drivers.
Students are not allowed to use cell phones at school or on the buses. If a student brings a cell phone, it should stay in a backpack or locker during the day. It should also remain off during normal school hours.
Each class will have two room mothers and several room helpers. Room mothers have the responsibility of planning, with the classroom teacher, class parties. Room helpers are asked to contribute treats from home for the parties. The school will contact room mothers after school has begun. It is asked that ONLY THE TWO ROOM MOTHERS attend class parties. If a room mother cannot attend, they should request ONE room helper to attend for them. We also request that Room Mothers not bring pre-school children to the class parties.
Class parties will be held three times during the school year: Halloween, Christmas and St Valentine’s Day. Room mothers will be in charge of bringing in the refreshments for the students. It is asked that treats be such that students may consume the treats in the classroom and not take them on the bus. Many children enjoy bringing a treat in to help celebrate their birthday. This is permissible as long as there is a treat for every student in the class, and the teacher has given his/her approval. After any party, whether a classroom activity or a visiting group, participants are requested to clean up after themselves.
Field trips can enhance the learning process. All grades are encouraged to utilize this type of educational experience. Parents will be notified of all details when a field trip is planned. All students must have a signed parental permission form on file prior to the actual field trip. Students not having such a form on file will be assigned to a room for completion of regular schoolwork.
Pioneer Elementary students are encouraged to participate in a summer reading program. The Logansport/Cass Public Library and the Royal Center Public Library each sponsor a program to encourage reading throughout the summer. Details for each program are available from the individual library.
Students in grade 4 are provided with an opportunity to receive thirty (30) minutes of religious education each week. A permission slip must be on file before students are allowed to participate. Students choosing not to participate will remain in the classroom under the supervision of the classroom teacher.
Pioneer Elementary School offers various sports for students in grade 6. 6th grade students may participate in girls volleyball and 6th grade cheerleading. 5th and 6th grade boys and girls may participate in basketball. Depending on numbers, 5th grade girls are allowed to participate in Volleyball as a practice activity. 6th grade boys and girls also participate in Jr. High swimming, wrestling, track' and cross-country during those seasons. All students wishing to participate must have a physical slip signed by a doctor. A permission slip must be on file before students will be allowed to participate. Any physical completed after May 1 is good for the next whole year. Students participating in the athletic program will be required to maintain satisfactory academic work as outlined in the schools athletic policy (Appendix D).
Students in grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be given instruction in swimming at the high school for a period of seven to eight days. Students will be transported to the high school at the start of the last period. They will be dismissed from the high school at the end of the school day. Teachers will accompany the students to the high school. Students are to provide their own suits and towel.
The principal may excuse students unable to participate due to medical reasons.
A written request should state the reason and should be submitted in advance of the scheduled classes. Students unable to participate in swimming will also be excused from participating in physical education classes and recess activities.
CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS:
Each year, Pioneer Elementary School participates in the Labels for Education Program. The Campbell Soup Company sponsors the program. Each year, the school receives equipment used by the students and/or staff of the school. Participation of the community is encouraged and welcomed. Boxes are placed at local businesses for families to turn in their labels for the school’s use. A list of redeemable labels is found in Appendix H.
A Student Council is chosen in the fall of each school year. 1-3 members are selected by teachers and 4-6 elected by students and teachers. These students must maintain a “C” average in their schoolwork and not violate the homework policy. The Student Council allows students to have a voice in the decisions effecting their school events and activities. Exemplary behavior and attitudes are required.
Each year, Pioneer Elementary School holds a Science Fair for students in grades K through 6. An interest survey is sent to students in December. Those students expressing an interest receive additional information regarding the Science Fair. Parents are encouraged to work with their child on their chosen projects. Judges, members of the community, base their decisions on the display, as well as the knowledge obtained by the students. Students are divided into grade level divisions. In each division, students may choose to complete a project in one of two categories: Investigations and Demonstrations.
PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO):
The Pioneer Elementary School’s PTO is an organization in which parents can become involved. The PTO also involves itself with the school’s staff in helping to provide assistance to parents in their child’s education.
All families are, upon registration, automatically members of the PTO. Parents may sign-up at the beginning of the year or at any of the many school functions throughout the year. Officers for the year are elected by the PTO membership in the spring of each year.
The Pioneer Elementary Spring Art Display includes work that is completed during the school year. The artwork is displayed throughout the school.
THE GIFT OF PRAISE IS GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND
The New Year is a good time to remember the importance of encouraging our children. Here are some super ways to praise your child. Lavish these gifts freely and you are sure to get much in return. Wow, You figured it out, Way to go, Hip Hip Hurray, Super, Marvelous, You’re special, Good achievement, Outstanding, Exceptional performance, Excellent, You tried hard, Great, You mean a lot to me, Neat, I respect you, Well done, I trust you, Remarkable, What an imagination, Great discovery, You’re perfect, Fantastic job, Say: ”I love you, I’m proud of you, You’re important, Fantastic, Phenomenal, Superstar, You’re my hero, Nice work, Great success, Looking good, That’s incredible, You’re on top of it, Dynamite, Bravo, You’re unique, Hurray for you, Good for you, Beautiful, You’re a winner, Now you’re flying, Spectacular, You’re catching on, You’re precious, You’re incredible, I admire you, You’re fantastic, I knew you could do it, Now you’ve got it, Fantastic job, You’re on target, Magnificent, You’re on the way, Terrific, How nice, You’re a real trooper, How smart, What a good listener, Good job, You care, Hot dog, You’re a good friend, You’re beautiful, You make me happy, Nothing can stop you now, you make me laugh, I like you, You brighten my day, Remarkable job, You’re a joy, You’re darling, A big hug, A big kiss, You’ve discovered the secret.
My Coke Rewards for School Program: Donate points to our school. Bottles, 24 packs, 32 packs & 12 packs have codes under the caps and/or under the flap. Just enter codes at www.mycokerewards.com. (Register if you are not a member.) Choose “Donate to your School” and enter the amount you’d like to donate. Your donations will help give our students things like playground equipment, sports gear, art supplies, books, classroom tools and more.
Tyson Project A+ Labels and Box Tops for Education: www.boxtops4education.com
Ink Cartridges: Help earn our school points by sending in used ink cartridges for us to recycle.
Walking Program: Pioneer Elementary is encouraging our students to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by walking in the mornings before school starts. On Monday and Wednesday, Grades 1, 2, & 3 walk from 7:30-7:45. Grades 4, 5, & 6 walk on Tuesday and Thursday. Kindergarten walks on Fridays.
Healthy Kids: Each child is asked to join in the BMI Study sponsored by Logansport Memorial Hospital. The goal of the program is to determine if the emphasis placed on proper nutrition and exercise will help children choose healthy habits and decrease the incidence of obesity that leads to diabetes and other detrimental chronic diseases.
All 6th grade students maintaining A & B semester averages in all solid subjects, during grades 4 – 6, are given an award at the end of their 6th grade year.
Each year one 6th grade girl and one 6th grade boy are given a sportsmanship award. This award is based on attitude, team play, and effort. The 5th & 6th grade coaches select the winners.
OUTSTANDING PERSON AWARD:
Each year one 6th grade girl and one 6th grade boy are given an award for being outstanding young people. This award is based on their attitude toward their peers and teachers, in regard to kindness, courtesy, and friendliness toward others. The 6th grade teachers make the selection.
ACADEMIC WORKER AWARD:
This award is given to a student who, through hard work and determination, maximizes his/her academic potential.
SPECIAL AREA AWARD:
Each year a student is selected to receive an award for his/her efforts in the areas of band, music, PE, and art. The respective subject area teachers select these students.
PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMIC FITNESS AWARD:
Students must have attained a B+ average accumulated in elementary school, including the first semester of the exit grade. The B+ average is defined as equivalent to a 3.5 on a 4 point scale or an 85 on a 100 point scale…and…students must have received a recent score placing them at or above the 80th percentile on any nationally recognized standardized achievement test battery.
TOP ACADEMIC STUDENT:
An award is given to the 6th grade student with the best academic record during the last three years in elementary school.
YOUNG HOOSIER BOOK AWARD:
Students in grades 4-5-6 may participate in the Young Hoosier Book Award. Twenty books are nominated by members of AIME (Association of Indiana Media Educators). If a student reads five of the nominated books, he/she may join other students in Indiana in choosing the recipient of the Young Hoosier Book Award, by voting for his/her favorite book. Any student who reads all 20 of the nominated books will receive an award on Awards Day.
RESPONSIBLE STUDENT AWARD:
Students in grades 4-5-6 that fail to complete only one or less assignments during the grading period will be given a responsible student award. These awards are given out with the report cards.
GRADING PERIOD HONOR ROLL:
Students must receive all A’s & B’s and no minuses in special areas or citizenship for the grading period. Each qualifying student in grades 4-5-6 will receive an honor roll ribbon.
GRADING PERIOD HIGH HONOR ROLL:
Students must receive all A’s in graded subjects and no minuses in special areas or citizenship for the grading period. Each qualifying student in grades 4-5-6 will receive an honor roll ribbon.
SEMESTER HONOR ROLL:
Students must receive all A’s & B’s and no minuses in special areas or citizenship for the semester. Each qualifying student in grades 4-5-6 will receive a certificate.
SEMESTER HIGH HONOR ROLL:
Students must receive all A’s in graded subjects and no minuses in special areas or citizenship for the semester. Each qualifying student in grades 4-5-6 will receive a certificate.
Webster defines perfect as “being without fault or defect responding to an ideal standard.” A student who has not been absent, tardy, or left early on any day when school is in session will qualify for the perfect attendance award. This award is presented to qualifying students in grades kindergarten through 6 and is presented at the awards program on the last day.
Students who demonstrate an extra effort to attend school shall receive special recognition. These students would include those who have missed less than 2 days of school. These awards will be made on the recommendation of the school’s administration.
BLAKE SCHMALTZ MEMORIAL AWARD:
This award is given to any second grade boy who best displays the characteristics of citizenship, friendliness and an attitude of courtesy toward others.
PIONEER SCHOOL BOARD POLICY CONCERNING SEARCH AND SEIZURE ON SCHOOL PREMISES OR DURING A
STATEMENT OF POLICY
All lockers made available for student use on the school premises, including lockers located in the hallways, physical education and athletic dressing rooms and the art room, are the property of the school corporation. These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. The lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules.
The student’s use of the locker does not diminish the school corporation’s ownership or control of the locker. The school corporation retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to insure that the locker is being used in accordance with its intended purpose, and to eliminate fire or other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen materials and to prevent use of the locker to store prohibited or dangerous materials such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol.
In order to implement the school corporation’s policy concerning student lockers, the school board adopts the following rules and regulations:
- Locks – The school corporation will retain access to student lockers by (keeping a master list of combinations) (retaining a master key). Students may not use their own locks to prevent access to lockers by school officials and any unauthorized locks may be removed without notice and destroyed.
- Use of Lockers – Lockers are to be used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. Lockers shall not be used to store “contraband” which are items that cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules, such as drugs (other than medicine for which a student has a current prescription or common cold or headache medicine sold over the counter), drug paraphernalia, beverage containing alcohol, weapon, any volatile substance, bomb or explosive device, any acid or pungent or nauseous chemical, any library book not properly checked out or overdue, unreturned gym or athletic equipment, any wet or mildewing articles or any stolen items. Students will be expected to keep their lockers in a clean and orderly manner.
- Inspection of Individual Student’s Lockers – A. The school corporation retains the right to inspect lockers to insure they are being maintained in accordance with the conditions of Rule No. 2. B. An inspection of all lockers in the school, or all lockers in a particular area of the school may be conducted by either the superintendent or principal or his designee reasonably believes that such an inspection is necessary to prevent, impede or substantially reduce the risk of (1) an interference with school purpose or an educational function, (2) a physical injury or illness to any person, (3) damage to personal or school property, or (4) a violation of state law or school rules. Examples of circumstances justifying a general inspection of a number of lockers are: (a) When the school corporation receives a bomb threat; (b) When evidence of student drug or alcohol use creates a reasonable belief of a high level of student use; (c) At end of grading period, and before or during school holidays to check for missing library books, or lab chemicals or school equipment; (d) Where student violence or threats of violence creates a reasonable belief that weapons are stored in the lockers. C. If a general inspection area will be examined. Students will not necessarily be given the opportunity to be present while a general inspection is being conducted.
- Involvement of Law Enforcement Officials – A. The principal or superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to assist the school administrators in inspecting lockers or their contents for purpose of enforcing school policies only if such assistance is required: (1) to identify substances which may be found in the lockers; or (2) to protect the health and safety of persons or property, such as to aid in the discovery and disarming of bombs which may be located in the lockers. B. If law enforcement officials request or ask to inspect a student’s locker or its contents, they must show probable cause and have a search warrant. However, upon request of law enforcement officials, school officials my secure the locker and its contents for a reasonable period of time in order to permit the law enforcement officials an opportunity to obtain a search warrant.
- Locker Maintenance – Nothing in these rules shall affect members of the custodial or other staff who repair defective lockers or clean out or supervise the cleaning out of (a) lockers from time to time in accordance with a posted general housekeeping schedule, (b) the locker of a student no longer enrolled in the school or of a locker during any vacation period which is reasonably believed to contain rotting items, such as food, wet clothes, etc.
As used herein, the term “school purposes” is defined as it is in IC 20-8.1-1-8 (Acts 1980, P.L. 148): …The term “school purposes” refers to the purpose for which a school corporation operates including: (1) to promote knowledge and learning generally; (2) to maintain an orderly and efficient education system; and (3) to take any action under the authority granted to school corporations and their governing bodies by IC 20-5-2 or by other statue.
As used herein, the term “educational function” is defined as it is in IC 20-8.1-1-9 (IC 1971, 20-81-1-9 as added be Acts 1973, P.L. 218): …The term “educational function” means the performance by a school corporation, or its officers or employees, of an act or a series of acts in carrying out school purposes.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT: Enacted 8-21-74 as Public Law 93-380. The act applied to records of elementary and secondary school students. A. The parents right under this act extends until the student is 18 years of age, or is enrolled in a post-high school institution: thereafter, only the student himself, may exercise the rights. B. Parents have a right to examine their children’s records at reasonable times; however, the act allows school corporations 45 days in which to comply with requests to see student records. C. The parent has a right to have a record corrected if it is inaccurate, misleading, or is otherwise in violation of the privacy or rights of students. This includes the right of a hearing and the right to insert into the records a written explanation of the parents respecting the contents of such records. D. A record must be kept with each student record showing who examined it, the date on which it was examined, and the purpose of the examination. This record need not indicate examination by school officials determined by the educational institution to have legitimate educational interest in the student’s records. E. Certain persons may examine student records without a parent’s consent. These include (1) school officials, including teachers who have legitimate educational interest; (2) officials of other schools or school systems where a transfer is made; (3) certain organizations conducting studies for educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive test or improving instruction provided the information is kept confidential and destroyed when no longer needed for studies; (4) accrediting organizations; (5) state and local officials or authorities to which such information is specifically required to be reported or disclosed pursuant to state statute adopted prior to November 19, 1974; (6) certain authorized state or federal education and authorities and (7) other appropriate persons to whom such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons in accordance with NEW regulations. F. Any person may receive the records, if the parents execute a written consent specifying the records to be released, the reasons for such release, and the person to whom they are to be released. A copy must be sent to the parents if requested. The parent may also request and receive a copy of any student record forwarded to any other school or school system with a transfer. G. A copy may also be furnished pursuant to a court order or subpoena, but only if a reasonable effort is made to give the parent advance notice.
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES FOR PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
- Students enrolled in grades 5 and 6 are eligible to participate in extra-curricular programs IF they meet the following criteria: a. has a current physical on file in the office; b. maintains a satisfactory level of academic achievement; c. maintains acceptable school behavior.
- All practices and games will be held immediately after school unless otherwise noted. Parents have the responsibility of seeing that their child has a way home immediately after the practice and/or game.
- Students are expected to maintain acceptable school behavior and a satisfactory level of academic achievement:
- Semester grades take precedence over 9 week grades in determining eligibility.
- Any student receiving a failing grade or incomplete grade on the report card or progress report is ineligible for a minimum of one week or until he/she is passing the class. A student may practice but not accompany the team or participate until he/she regains eligibility.
- Coaches shall inform students of the rules of conduct expected during practices and games. Failure of students to abide by the rules could result in suspension or expulsion from further participation.
- The principal shall have the responsibility of securing adequate officials for all games.
- Sixth and/or fifth grade students will be selected to assist in collecting admission at the door.
- These rules apply to all extra-curricular activities which include: volleyball, girl’s basketball, boy’s basketball, boys and girls track, cheerleading, cross country, wrestling, swimming, and challenge art.
4th Grade Schoolwork Policy:
1 late paper Student will be given a warning
2 late papers Student will lose one recess
3 late papers Student will lose two recesses
4 late papers Student will lose three recesses: teacher will contact parents
5 late papers Student will lose four recesses and the student must write a letter to his parents informing them of the problem
6 late papers Student will lose five additional recesses
7 late papers A conference will be held with the student, parents, teacher, and the principal
8 late papers Student will miss eight additional recesses
9 late papers
A. A conference will be held with the student, parents, teacher and the principal
B. Further action such as corporal punishment or in school suspension will be determined
10 late papers Student will miss all recesses until he/she goes two weeks without any late papers.
5th AND 6th Schoolwork Policy:
It is the intent of the Pioneer Elementary School staff to provide an environment conducive to learning. We wish to provide a positive, caring environment in which there is a balance between the individual’s right to self-expression and the responsibility to not infringe upon the rights of others.
We realize that elementary school children are in the process of developing self-control and will need encouragement and discipline. It is the shared responsibility of parents and staff to cooperatively teach appropriate student conduct.
We have developed the following assignment and discipline polices in the hope that, thus informed, parents will work with the staff to teach responsibility, appropriate behavior, and respect for others. Chronic violations of this policy will be taken into consideration when determining student promotion or retention.
In order to provide a positive learning environment the fifth and sixth grade staff will enforce the following policies.
- Teachers will allow student to make up incomplete or delinquent work, and it will be due at the start of class the following day.
- Upon the third (3rd) delinquency:
- Parent will be notified by letter that a problem exists.
- Upon the sixth (6th) delinquency:
- The student will miss three days of recess.
- Parent will be notified by letter that a problem does exist.
- Upon the ninth (9th) delinquency:
- Parent will be notified by letter or phone call that a problem still exists.
- Parents may be asked to attend a conference.
- The student will have a conference with the principal.
- Student will miss 5 days of recess.
- Upon the twelfth (12th) delinquency:
- Parents will be notified by letter or phone call that a problem still exists.
- Parents may be required to attend a conference.
- The student and the parent will choose between 2 days of After School Detention or one day of Saturday School.
- Upon the fifteenth (15th) delinquency:
- Parents will be notified by letter or phone call that a problem still exists.
- The student will be assigned one day of isolation (In-School Suspension). All work assigned during the day of isolation is due the following school day.
- Corporal punishment may be administered.
- Upon the eighteenth (18th) delinquency:
- The student will have a conference with the principal.
- Parents will be notified that a problem still exists.
- Parents may be required to attend a conference.
- Student may be suspended from school (Out –of-School Suspension) for 1 or more days; detention may be assigned until work is completed.
- Student may not be allowed to attend convocations, special programs, or class parties.
- We reserve the right to adjust and administer corrective actions within this assignment policy.
At the end of each nine weeks, students receiving 0 or 1 late assignments will earn a responsible student ribbon. Also the student council with special treats or activities will reward any student not receiving an assignment letter.
** After School Detention – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
** Saturday School – 8:00 am – 12:00 noon at Pioneer High School
STUDENT DUE PROCESS
REMOVAL OF STUDENTS FROM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with the school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation, school officials may find it necessary to discipline a student. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of Indiana Code 20-8.1-5.1, administrators and staff members may take the following actions:
- REMOVAL FROM CLASS OF ACTIVITY: Teachers have the authority to remove a student from their classes for a period of one (1) school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed inn another school setting.
- SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL: A school principal (or designee) may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to seven (7) school days.
- EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL: In accordance with the due process procedures defined in this policy, a student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester, with the exception of a violation of Section 116 (Gun Free Schools Act of 1994)
- REMOVAL FROM TRANSPORTATION: Bus drivers have the authority to remove a student from their bus for one (1) school day. The Principal (designee) may remove a student from transportation for more than one (1) day.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION: The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed below apply when a student is:
- On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when a school group is using the school.
- Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event
- Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event, or
- During summer school.
The following includes examples of student misconduct or substantial disobedience that are grounds for suspension or expulsion:
- Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this subdivision:
- Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with the intent to deprive others of its use.
- Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with the intent to deprive other access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room. c. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property.
- Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or educational function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.
- Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the ability of any teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the educational function under his supervision.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property, stealing or attempting to steal school property.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private property.
- Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to another person. Self-defense or reasonable action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person does not, however, constitute a violation of this provision.
- Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of, obtaining money or anything of value from the student.
- Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon.
- Knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant of any kind, or any paraphernalia used in the connection with the listed substances. Use of drugs authorized by a medical prescription from a physician is not a violation of this subdivision, but written authorization must be done by a physician and must include the following information:
- That the student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication.
- The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the prescribed medication.
- The student has been instructed in how to self-administer the prescribed medication.
- Engaging in the unlawful selling of a controlled substance or engaging in a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an education function.
- Failing in a substantial number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- Violating or repeatedly violating any rules that are necessary in carrying out school purposes or an education function and are validly adopted in accordance with Indiana law, including, but not limited to:
- Engaging in sexual behavior on school property,
- Disobedience of administrative authority,
- Willful absence or tardiness of students
- Knowingly possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be, or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind;
- Possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of caffeine-based substance containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), or stimulants of any kind, be they available with or without a prescription.
- Engaging in speech or conduct, including clothing, jewelry or hairstyle, which is profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, or offensive to school purposes.
- Possessing a Deadly Weapon
- No student shall possess, handle or transmit any deadly weapon on school grounds.
- The following devices are considered to be deadly weapons as defined in Indiana Code 35-41-1-8
- A weapon, laser or electronic stun weapon, equipment, chemical substance or other material that, in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury.
- An animal readily capable of causing serious bodily injury and used in the commission or attempted commission of a crime.
- The penalty for possession of a deadly weapon up to 7 days suspension and expulsion from school for a period of not more than one calendar year.
- The superintendent shall notify the county prosecutor’s office when a student is expelled under this rule.
- Legal Settlement. A student may be expelled if it is determined that the student’s legal settlement is not in the attendance area of the school where the student is enrolled.
- Sending, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, e-mails, or other material of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form, including the contents of a cell phone or other electronic device.
SUSPENSION PROCEDURES: When a principal (or designee) determines that a student be suspended, the following procedures will be followed:
- A meeting will be held prior to the suspension of any student. At this meeting the student will be entitled to:
- A written or oral statement of the charges.
- If the student denies the charges, a summary of the evidence against the student will be presented; and,
- The student will be provided an opportunity to explain his or her conduct.
- The meeting shall precede suspension of the student except where the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such situations, the meeting will follow the suspension as soon as reasonably possible following the date of the suspension.
- Following the suspension, the parent or guardian of a suspended student will be notified in writing. The notification will include the dates of the suspension; describe the student’s misconduct, and the action taken by the principal.
EXPULSION PROCEDURES: When a principal (or designee) recommends to the superintendent (or designee) that a student be expelled from school, the following procedures will be followed:
- The superintendent (or designee) may conduct an expulsion meeting, or may appoint one of the following persons to conduct the expulsion meeting:
- Legal counsel,
- A member of the administrative staff who did not expel the student during the current school year and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion.
- An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student’s parents are given notice of their right to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the superintendent or the person designated above. Failure by a student or a student’s parent to request and to appear at this meeting will be deemed a waiver of rights administratively to contest the expulsion or to appeal it to the school board.
- The notice of the right to an expulsion meeting will be in writing, delivered by certified mail or personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the procedure for requesting the meeting.
- At the expulsion meeting, the principal (or designee) will present evidence to support the charges against the student. The student or parent will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student and to present evidence to support the student’s position. An attorney may not represent the student at the expulsion meeting, but the attorney may be available for consultation outside the meeting room during the course of the meeting.
- If the expulsion meeting is held, the person conducting the expulsion meeting will make a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting, take any action found to be appropriate, and give notice of the action taken to the student and the student’s parent.
Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedure for Indiana’s Civil Rights Compliance Program for Vocational Education
- Applies to Regulatory TITLES VI (race, color, national origin), TITLE IX (sex) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (handicapping condition), and the Indiana State Board of Education Advisory Committee V-Rules requirements and the guidelines developed by the Indiana Department of Education, Vocational Education Section.
- Interested parties include school corporation officers, employees, students, and patrons.
- Applies to acts or omissions relating to protected rights based upon age, race, color, religion, sex, handicapping conditions, and national origin, including limited English proficiency.
- Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
- The building principal or designee for allegations of building level violations to students or building patrons.
- The superintendent or designee for allegations and violations of a corporate level such as policy or practice.
- Civil Rights Compliance Officer
- The superintendent of schools or designee
- The Process
- Level One
- The officer, employee, student, or patron alleging a violation shall submit the initial complaint in writing to the appropriate compliance coordinator described in #4 above. The complaint shall stipulate the specific act or omission, the date of it and parties involved.
- The compliance coordinator shall initiate investigation of the circumstances of the complaint within seven (7) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint.
- The compliance coordinator shall render a decision within fourteen (14) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint. The decision shall be in writing to the complainant.
- The complainant shall have seven (7) calendar days to react to the decision before it becomes final. If the complainant disagrees with the decision of the compliance coordinator and submits such a statement in writing to the compliance officer, a level two procedure shall be enacted.
- Level Two
- The compliance coordinator shall submit the written disagreement statement and all related information to the superintendent within three (3) calendar days of receipt.
- The superintendent shall review all material and schedule a meeting within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the written disagreement and all related information. The participants shall be the complainant, the compliance coordinator, and the superintendent. Other witnesses may be called with mutual prior notice of three (3) calendar days.
- The superintendent shall make a decision within seven (7) calendar days of the final meeting of parties. This decision shall be final.
- Level One
- NOTE: By mutual agreement circumstances of calendar availability may result in extension of stipulated time allowances if a request is made in writing by either party and so agreed to by the parties.
- NOTE: If the alleged violation, interpretation, or applications is of a corporate nature such as a written rule, regulation, or policy then Level Two is initiated immediately.
PLEASE DON’T THROW THAT LABEL AWAY
Now that we’re participating in Campbell’s Labels for Education Program labels and other purchase proofs are a valuable resource for our school. So please don’t throw them away! When you turn these labels in to us, you’ll be helping to improve the quality of education at our school, by making it possible to obtain FREE educational equipment we might not otherwise have.
P.S. A complete list of product labels is available from the school office.
CLASSROOM TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS
As a parent of a student at Pioneer Regional School Corporation, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether the Indiana Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subject he or she teaches.
- Whether the Indiana Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
- The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advances degrees, and if so, the subject(s) of the degrees.
- Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child, and if they do, their qualifications.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please call the Administration Building at 574-643-2605.
PIONEER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINE
This handbook was reviewed and approved by the Pioneer Regional School Corporation Board of trustees.
The information in this Discipline Handbook applies to all students, K-6, who attend Pioneer Elementary School.
Additional rules and procedures are announced and enforced by each teacher in his/her respective class. Additional rules and procedures apply to specific grade levels. I.e.: homework and discipline policies at grades 4-5-6.
It is the intent of the Pioneer Elementary School staff to provide an environment conducive to learning. We wish to provide a positive, caring environment in which there is a balance between the individual’s rights to self-expression and the responsibility to not infringe upon the rights of others.
We realize that elementary school children are in the process of developing self-control and will need encouragement and discipline. It is the shared responsibility of parents and staff to cooperatively teach appropriate student conduct.
We have developed a discipline policy, which we here share with parents. It is hoped that, thus informed, parents will work together with our staff to teach appropriate behavior and respect for others. To provide a positive learning environment, we have established the following general school-wide rules. All staff members in all areas of our school will enforce these.
- FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN Students will be expected to follow directions given by a teacher, administrator, aide or any other supervising adult the first time the directions are given. Every effort will be made to ensure that the student understands the directions.
- KEEP HANDS, FEET, AND OBJECTS TO ONESELF There will be no hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, or other aggressive physical contact at anytime or in any place in our school. It is expected that students will keep their books, pencils and other personal belongings to themselves. This rule also indicates those flying paper airplanes, throwing chalk, erasers, paper wads, etc. will not be allowed. Because of the danger of injury, no object such as rocks, sticks, or snowballs may be thrown outside.
- WALK AND REMAIN QUIET IN THE HALLS, ON STAIRS, AND ELSEWHERE IN THE BUILDING When using the stairs or hallways, students are expected to walk toward the right side. So that other learners will not be disturbed, walking in a quiet, orderly manner will be expected at all times. A normal walking pace will be used as the method of movement from the time a student steps off the bus until boarding in the afternoon.
- SPEAK IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER TO EVERYONE This includes all school personnel as well as fellow students. Teachers will be called by Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Name-calling, profanity, and abusive language will not be tolerated by anyone, used in relation to anything or anybody.
- TREAT ALL PROPERTY WITH RESPECT Damage to or destruction or theft of school or personal property will not be tolerated.
In addition to the above general school-wide rules, classroom teachers will have established individual classroom rules, which will be posted in the classroom and communicated to parents. Our staff is committed to working with parents to promote appropriate student behavior. We recognize that positive reinforcement is often very effective in eliciting good behavior. To this end, we plan to reward student behavior with the following methods of positive reinforcement:
- VERBAL PRAISE
- POSITIVE NOTES TO PARENTS
- SPECIAL RECOGNITION, AWARDS OR CERTIFICATES such as “Student of the Week”
- SPECIAL PRIVILEGES such as time on a computer, trip to the library, time to play learning games, skip on assignment, etc.
- SPECIAL TREATS
- CLASSROOM AWARDS
- EXTRA RECESS TIME
Whenever negative consequences become necessary, every effort will be made to consider each incident and student individually, with the student’s best interests in mind. Some of the negative consequences for inappropriate behavior will include:
- WARNING AND DISCUSSION: Students have the right to a clear understanding of what rule is being broken and what alternative behavior is acceptable.
- LOSS OF RECESS TIME: Child will spend recess time in detention under adult supervision. The amount of time lost will be at the discretion of the teacher.
- PARENTAL CONTACT: We know parents want to be informed of their child’s behavior. In this way, parents and school can work together to help the child develop appropriate behavior.
- EXCLUSION FROM SPECIAL PRIVELEGES OR ACTIVITIES:
- WRITING ALTERNATIVES: Student will put down in writing the alternative behaviors that could have been chosen.
- REMOVAL FROM THE CLASSROOM: This could be to an isolated place or to another teacher’s classroom.
- REFERRAL TO THE PRINCIPAL: In order to provide every child with a safe environment conducive to learning, we will not tolerate disruption of learning for other students. In all but the most severe cases, referral to the principal will be made only after a warning/discussion and parental contact have occurred. It may be necessary for the principle to implement one or more of the following.
DETENTION: Held before school from 7:30-8 a.m. Detention is similar to in-school suspension, and will be used in addition to, or as an alternative to, in-school suspension.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION: Length of suspension depends upon the severity of the infraction.
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: The use of corporal punishment is governed by both state and federal court decisions. Corporal punishment will be administered by the principal in accordance with the law, and only when other attempts at correcting behavior have failed or when the student’s actions are of an extreme nature. Students will be given due process, as provided by law. Students will be given an opportunity to explain their own version of the incident and present reasons, if any, why they feel that the punishment is inappropriate. A witness will be present and parental contact will be made in advance whenever possible.
EXPULSION: One of the last means used to obtain student cooperation is expulsion. This is the long-term removal of the student from school and all school activities. This penalty will be invoked after legal due process. Student behavior listed in the following severe clause may be cause for student expulsion.
REFERRAL TO JUVENILE COURT, WELFARE DEPT., OR OTHER APPROPRIATE SOCIAL AGENCY
When student behavior is of a severe nature, the adult on duty will escort the student to the office for the principal’s direct and immediate involvement. Behaviors we consider severe enough to warrant involving the principal immediately would include: stealing, fighting, cheating, forgery, use of drugs, defying authority, blatant or severe lying.
Certain acts of misconduct, as outlined in Public Law 162, would subject a student to disciplinary actions, which may include suspension or expulsion. Some of the acts listed in Indiana Code include:
- Disruption of school (violence, force, noise, etc.)
- Damage or destruction of school property
- Damage or destruction of private property
- Physical and/or verbal abuse of a student
- Extortion or coercion
- Illegal acts interfering with school purposes
- Disrespect and/or disobedience
- Possession or use of any tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal substances
- Theft or possession of stolen property
RECESS RULES: While the above-mentioned general school rules could be applied to almost all situations, more specific examples and explanations of recess behaviors are discussed in this section. These rules will be posted and explained to students as necessary.
- FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN Students will be expected to stop and line up in an orderly, quiet manner at the end of recess time. When the whistle is blown during recess activity, students will be expected to stop play and listen for instructions from the adults on duty.
- USE EQUIPMENT ACCORDING TO THE RULES Please refer to our handbook for a more detailed explanation of how the available equipment is intended to be used. Some examples would include: Basketballs will be used at the EAST end of the gym, when recess is indoors. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO RUNNING during INDOOR recess. No jumping out of swings will be allowed. Students are to use the slides, “feet first”, sitting position, and only one person at a time.
- NO FIGHTING, PUSHING, SHOVING, TRIPPING, OR OTHER PHYSICAL AGGRESSION Students are expected to show good sportsmanship. Students have the right to a SAFE playground environment. Because of the danger of injury, severe behaviors of this nature will be handled directly by the principal.
- STAY WITHIN PLAYGROUND BOUNDARIES Students are expected to report directly to the playground when dismissed. Once there students will not be allowed to return to the building, if outside, or to the classroom unless accompanied by an adult.
- USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE During play, no profanity, yelling, screaming, whistling, etc. will be allowed. Students will be expected to show respect for their fellow students as well as adults on duty during recess.
Important Notice to Students and Parents Regarding Cell Phone Content and Display
The Child Abuse/Neglect Law requires school personnel to report to law enforcement or child protective services whenever there is reason to believe that any person/student is involved with “child exploitation” or “ child pornography” as defined by Indiana Criminal Statutes.
It is “child exploitation,” a Class C felony under I.C. 35-42-4-4(b), for any person/student (1) to exhibit, photograph or create a digitalized image of any incident that includes “sexual conduct” by a child under the age of 18; or (2) to disseminate, exhibit to another person, or offer to so disseminate or exhibit, matter that depicts or describes “sexual conduct” by a child under the age of 18.
It is “child pornography,” a Class D felony under I.C. 35-42-4-4(c), for any person/student to possess a photograph, motion picture, digitalized image, or any pictorial representation that depicts or describes “sexual conduct” by a child who the person knows is less than 16 years of age or who appears less than age 16.
“Sexual conduct” is defined by I.C. 35-42-4-4(a) to include sexual intercourse, exhibition of the uncovered genitals intended to satisfy or arouse the sexual desires of any person, or any fondling or touching of a child by another person or of another person by a child intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or other person.
The Indiana Sex Offender Registration Statute at I.C. 11-8-8-7 and the Sex Offender Registry Offense Statute at I.C. 35-42-4-11, as of May 2009, require persons convicted of or adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent for violating the Child Exploitation Statute at I.C. 35-42-4-4(b) to register as a sex offender.
Because student cell phones have been found in a number of Indiana school districts to have contained evidence of “sexual conduct” as defined above, it is important for parents and students to be aware of the legal consequences should this occur in our school system.