• This is a partial copy of the Handbook and is for convenience only. Please refer to the version your child will bring home for rules that are exclusive to their school.
     
     
    School Day

    The school day for students starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Students are given a 30-minute lunch period daily. Throughout the day they are given instruction in core subjects such as Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Health, and Social Studies. During the week they also participate in Art, Music, Physical Education and Library.


    Arrival Time

    Buses will arrive at school starting at 9:00 a.m. to enable children to participate in the breakfast program and prepare for their day. Students receiving a ride to school other than the bus should be brought to the front entrance of the school, but not before 9:00 a.m. If your child needs to be dropped off before that time, please make arrangements for him/her to participate in our Latchkey Program. Contact the school Main Office for information.


    Dismissal Time

    All students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. If you find it necessary to pick up a student before dismissal time, parents are asked to report to the Main Office and sign the dismissal log. The student will be called to the Main Office for dismissal.

    If you are picking up a student at dismissal time, please report to the Cafeteria no earlier than 3:15 p.m. to sign the student out. For security reasons, bring your identification or please DO NOT send anyone under the age of 18 to pick up the student.  Please remain in the Cafeteria until the student is dismissed to the Cafeteria. We are asking that parents refrain from visiting the academic wings unless they have a pre-arranged meeting with the teacher. We need everyone to cooperate in this matter.


    Early Dismissal

    A request to have a student excused from school early should be sent with the student the morning of the dismissal. The date, time, and reason for leaving should be stated. The student will remain in the classroom until the teacher is notified by the Main Office to release him/her. You or someone you authorize MUST SIGN THE CHILD OUT AT THE MAIN OFFICE. No child will be released from their classroom without proper notification.


    Personal Property

    The school is not responsible for loss of personal property. Personal belongings should be clearly marked with the student’s name and the name of the teacher. If items are lost, please check the school’s Lost and Found located in the Main Office area.
     
     
    Pet Visitors to School

    Students love to bring their pets to school. Many students have allergies and there is always the risk of bites. Because of this, we ask that you not bring pet visitors into the building


    Visitors

    For the safety of the children, school personnel must know at all times who is in the building. The doors are locked from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. All visitors must first report to the Main Office to state the purpose of their visit and obtain a visitor pass before going to any part of the building. Parents are requested NOT to visit their child’s classroom before, during, or at the end of the school day unless the teacher is notified ahead of time, as it causes disruption in the classroom. The building is locked for the safety of the children.


    Emergency Information Form

    Twice a year, in September and January, parent(s)/ guardian(s) are asked to update an emergency demographic validation form. This form provides names, addresses, and phone numbers of person(s) to be contacted should an emergency occur. Please update immediately when you receive them and send back to your classroom teacher as soon as possible.


    Homework

    Homework is designed to practice skills learned in the classroom. To help with homework, students should have a PLAN and a PLACE.

    PLAN: A time for study at home.

    PLACE: A place at home to study free from distraction

    We also recommend that every child read 20 minutes daily. This can be anything he/she enjoys (newspaper, comic book, library book or magazine).

    At the beginning of the year, classroom teachers will explain their homework policy and the types of assignments given. A copy of the homework policy will be sent home to you.


    Change of Address or Phone Number

    Please inform the Main Office in writing if you change your telephone number. If your address changes, you must notify our Central Office at 215-3000 with a new proof of residency.


    Care of School Property

    We take pride in our building and try to instill in students this same pride. Students should not mark school furniture, walls, floors, or equipment with pens, pencils, markers, or any other instrument. They should not tamper with the fire alarms, fire extinguishers, plants, or any electrical system in the school. Anyone who willfully destroys school property through vandalism, arson, larceny, or who creates a hazard to the safety of our students will be referred to the proper law enforcement agency.


    Fire Drills

    Fire drills at regular intervals throughout the school year are required by law and are an important safety precaution. Students are familiarized with the routine at the start of the school year. Students are requested to leave the building promptly and in a quiet, orderly manner. All visitors to the building must exit the building also.
     
     
    Parent Conferences

    Conferences enable parents and teachers to get better acquainted and discuss student progress. Although all parents are scheduled for the fall conference in November 2007, additional conferences may be scheduled by the parents or teachers at any time throughout the school year.


    Attendance

    Students are expected to be present every day unless excused for the following reasons:

    ∙ Illness of Student
    ∙ Death or illness in the immediate family
    ∙ Quarantine
    ∙ Court appearance
    ∙ Hazardous weather conditions
    ∙ Religious observance
    ∙ Remedial health treatment
    ∙ Attendance at organized clinic

    We believe that regular attendance is essential for student success. When a child is absent, he/she not only misses work on that day of absence, but also is usually unprepared the following day because of missed instructional time. In the event your child is absent, please send a written excuse upon his/her return to school. The excuse should state the reason for the child’s absence. If the absence extends beyond two days, please call the Main Office.


    Tardiness

    A student who arrives late must report to the Main Office with a parent/guardian and excuse. The student will receive a late pass for admittance to his/her classroom.


    Transportation

    By state law, schools are required to furnish transportation to elementary students if they live more than three miles from the school. The Niagara Wheatfield School District provides transportation for all children living within our district. If you have any questions about the service, you can call Transportation at 215-3300.


    Lunch Program

    Hot lunches are served daily. Children have the option of buying a hot lunch or bringing a bag lunch. All money is collected in the cafeteria. Pre-paid lunches are also available. Free or reduced-priced lunch is available to those who qualify. Forms are sent home in September, or may be obtained throughout the year in the school Main Office. Lunch menus and pre-paid forms are also published on the Food Services website.

    Emergency School Closing

    In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather or an unforeseen emergency, the announcement will be made over television and radio stations WBEN 930, WHLD 1170, and WJJL 1440 between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. School emergency news will be released to the following newspapers: Buffalo News, Niagara Gazette, Tonawanda News

    In rare instances it may be necessary to close school prior to the scheduled dismissal time. Please make sure your child knows what to do and where to go if you are not at home and the house is locked. Also, please make sure your emergency forms are up to date.


    Textbooks

    Students will be issued books. These are loaned to the student for the year and should be kept clean and handled carefully. If the student loses a book, he/she must pay for a new one.


    School Health Services

    A School Nurse is available during school hours. If illness or injury occurs, parents will be notified at once. In the event that your child must take medication during the school day, please do the following:

    ∙ Send a statement from your doctor indicating the purpose of the medication, the dosage, time to be administered, duration of medication, and possible side effects.

    ∙ The parent is requested to bring medication to the school in the original well-labeled container received from the pharmacy.

    ∙ A signed note from the parent should be sent to the school requesting that the child take the medication.

    ∙ Medication that is not prescribed by a physician (including cough drops, vitamins, Tylenol, Motrin, sunscreen or bug spray, etc.) cannot be administered by the School Nurse. Any questions regarding medication can be answered by calling the school Health Office.


    School Bus Disciplinary Code

    For the safety of our students, good bus conduct is a must! If a child misbehaves, the driver will issue a warning to the student. A copy of the conduct report will be sent to the school and the parents. If the behavior persists, the student may lose the opportunity to ride the bus until proper bus behavior can be achieved.


    School Bus Safety

    For a safe and enjoyable ride to and from school, children should be reminded about good behavior on the bus.

    Tips for Safe School Bus Riding:

    ∙ Leave home early enough to arrive at your bus stop on time.
    ∙ Wait for your bus in a safe place that is away from the road.
    ∙ Enter your bus in an orderly manner and take your seat.
    ∙ Follow the instructions of your school bus driver or bus monitor.
    ∙ Remain in your seat while your bus is in motion.
    ∙ Keep your head and arms inside the bus at all times.
    ∙ Keep aisles clear at all times.
    ∙ Remain quiet and orderly.
    ∙ Be courteous to your school bus driver and fellow passengers.
    ∙ Be alert to traffic when leaving the bus.
    ∙ Walk to your bus stop.

    Students are not allowed to ride a bus other than their assigned route, or get on and off at a different house, unless a written request is received from the parent or guardian of BOTH students. The request must state the destination of the child and be taken to the school Main Office. Once the Main Office has signed the request, the child will then take the note to the bus driver.


    Administrative Regulations

    Each building administrator will enforce the following suspension policy for transportation as it relates to his/her own building and students:

    Suspension Sequence Policy for
    Transportation Grades K-5

    1st report: Warning
    If the infraction is deemed to be of a serious nature, the student may be suspended immediately from riding the bus for up to five (5) days.

    2nd report: 1-day suspension

    3rd report: 3-day suspension

    4th report: 5-day suspension

    5th report: 10+day suspension
    Superintendent’s Hearing


    Discipline

    We believe all students can and should behave appropriately while in school. Each classroom teacher will establish rules with input from their students for classroom conduct. A copy of the class rules will be sent home to you. Guidelines are also established for out-of-class behavior, such as in the hallways, lavatory, playground, and cafeteria.


    Student Responsibilities

    ∙ Use appropriate language
    ∙ Treat all property with respect
    ∙ Show respect for others
    ∙ Report to all assigned areas on time, prepared and ready to work
    ∙ Refrain from fighting, horseplay, or other acts of physical aggression
    ∙ Remain in assigned area
    ∙ No baseball caps or visors indoors
    ∙ Wear appropriate, modest clothing