Student Handbook

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CENTRAL VISION STATEMENT
We envision students having basic skills for independent learning that will ensure success in secondary school life. The students will have the basic skills of reading, writing and math. Our students will be contributors to society because of their writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills. They will interact positively with others, using their abilities for cooperation, leadership, assuming responsibility and negotiation. The students will be trained and motivated to use technology to solve problems and will seek, manage, and organize information for meaningful understanding. They will appreciate diverse cultures, the creative arts, their creative individuality and understand that physical activity and healthy habits are a way of life. An atmosphere for the attainment of these skills will be provided by supporting staff, parents, and community so that each student’s skills and learning potential can be maximized.

CENTRAL ELEMENTARY MISSION
Central Educates for Success
The staff of Central Elementary School strives to provide opportunities for students to be active participants in developing academic, social, and physical skills that will prepare them to be productive citizens in our changing society.

CENTRAL ELEMENTARY BELIEF STATEMENTS
WE BELIEVE IN:

  1. A safe and positive learning climate
  2. A strong instructional leadership
  3. High expectations for students and staff
  4. Self-discipline, responsibility and respect of self and others
  5. Parent and community as partners in learning.

CENTRAL ELEMENTARY GOALS

  1. A safe and nurturing environment will be developed where students, staff, and parents shall interact positively.
  2. Students will achieve their maximum potential in academic, social, and physical growth.
  3. Students will develop skills in responsibility, leadership and cooperation.

DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED
As required by federal laws and regulations, the Kanawha County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, marital status, age or national origin in its employment practices or in the administration of any of its education program and activities. Inquiries may be directed to Jeane Ann Herscher, Title IX Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street Charleston, WV 25311-2119, telephone 304-348-1379; to James Mullins, Section 504 Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2199, telephone 304-348-1393; or the U.S. Department of Education, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215-596-6795.

ARRIVAL TIME

Parents are expected to observe the arrival time of 7:25 – 7:55 A.M.  The doors to the school will not be unlocked until 7:25 A.M.  Students will not be permitted to enter the building before 7:25 A.M., as supervision is not available. Drive-thru drop-off begins at 7:25 and ends at 7:50.  Please do not obstruct the flow of traffic through this area prior to 7:25.  Teachers must be able to access the parking lot.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Arrival Procedures

Breakfast begins at 7:25.  Upon entering the building, students are to go to the library if they are not eating breakfast.  If your child is a car rider and plans to eat breakfast, they need to arrive no later than 7:40 a.m.  If necessary, you may walk your child into the building, but please do not walk your child to the classroom or locker.

Entrance doors are locked at 7:55 a.m.  If you arrive after 7:55 a.m., you must accompany your child to the office through the Helene Street entrance.  You must sign your child in and they will receive a tardy pass to enter class.

Dismissal Procedures

The school day ends at 2:30 p.m. If you have a change in your child’s dismissal routine, please notify the teacher in writing.   Emergency notification or change in dismissal must be called into the office no later than 2:00 p.m.  Unless it is an emergency, please do not sign your child out early.

Car riders and walkers are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.  Please wait outside the door where your child will exit.  Kindergarten will exit from their classrooms.  First through fifth grade will exit from the Helene Street.

To pick up your child in the afternoon, you will follow the same procedure as morning drop off.  Come up on the parking lot from Helene Street and stay in the left lane.  Please do not leave your vehicle, the teacher on duty will get your child and bring him/her to your vehicle.  Students who are going to be picked up at this point are to come to the loading area and wait.  These procedures are to safeguard your children.

Thank you for your concern and cooperation for student safety.  Arrival and dismissal procedures are subject to change.

EARLY DISMISSAL OF SCHOOL – INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event that school is dismissed early due to inclement weather or some other type of emergency, it is important that a plan be in place for your child on what they are to do.  A form will come home the first day of school for you to fill out specifying what your child is to do if school is dismissed early for any reason.  Please fill this form out indicating the plan for your child and return it to the school as soon as possible. Please discuss this plan with your child so they will be familiar with it.  With a student population of over 300 students, in an emergency situation it is impossible to make individual calls.   The form will ask for phone numbers, but these numbers will not be called unless the student is not picked up. When the need for a change to the plan occurs, please ask the school to supply a new form.  Please make sure that the school office always has the current phone numbers.  The ParentLink system will be used to notify all families by phone when there is a cancellation or unplanned early dismissal of school.

If you would like an email to notify you of school cancellation or unplanned early dismissal of school you may go to the West Virginia Department of Education website (wvde.state.wv.us) and follow the steps listed below to receive email notification:

  • Click on “Parents” on the right hand side of screen
  • Then click “School Closings”
  • At the bottom of the page there is a link that is labeled “Subscribe to be Notified by Email of School Closings”
  • Follow the instructions to subscribe and you will receive an automatic email from the West Virginia Department of Education for cancellations and unplanned early dismissals.

TRANSPORTATION

Only registered transported pupils may ride the school bus.  These pupils may only ride the bus to which they are regularly assigned.  A bus student may get off at a different stop (on his run) by presenting to the bus driver a written permission slip signed by his parent and someone from the school office.

Good conduct on the bus is necessary and mandatory for the safety of all riders.  Drivers shall have authority to exclude children from the bus for violation of the rules governing bus transportation.

All students will be instructed in the classroom regarding school bus safety.  Please discuss with your child what they have learned in this class.  Help your child complete the bus registration form, STAR Player, and return it to the bus driver.

AFTER SCHOOL

The school is responsible for children until they arrive home.  Therefore, we require that you send your child’s teacher a permission slip if your child is to go somewhere other than directly home after school.  If written instructions are not received, students will be sent home by usual procedure.  If a student goes home with a friend after school, a permission note is required from parents of both students.  If your child goes to a Day Care after school, please notify the school and the Day Care Center of any change in plans.

AFTER SCHOOL DAY CARE

We have available the following after-school day care options:

Third Base – located at Central Elementary through KCS Community Education 304-766-0378.

Transportation is provided to:

Gateway Christian Education Center – 304-727-8002

Boys and Girls Club – 304- 722-4307

SIGN IN PLEASE!

For increased security, all visitors, including parents, will be required to present their driver’s license in the card reader at the front door before entering.  All visitors are required to sign in at the office.  A visitor’s pass will be provided if needed.

 No  unannounced visits to classrooms will occur.

ACCESS TO BUILDING

Every effort is made by classroom teachers to remind students of books and belongings they need to take home upon dismissal.  On occasion, students return to school after school hours for forgotten items.

You are reminded that the building is not accessible after 3:00 p.m.  Please do not expect to enter classrooms after this time.

Personnel who stay after hours do so to have uninterrupted planning time.

ATTENDANCE/TARDY

Regular attendance and punctuality are important to the child from the very first day of school.  The earlier a child learns punctuality – the more satisfactory his growth will be.  Absenteeism and tardies have a negative effect on performance.  Please plan family vacations during school holidays so that your child will not miss school.

If your child must be absent, or tardy please telephone the school at 722-0226 prior to 9:00 a.m.  When the child returns to school, send a written excuse.

ALL excessive absentees and tardies will be referred to the school social worker and KCS procedures and guidelines will be followed.

ILL CHILD
If your child becomes ill at school, you will be contacted to come and take him/her home. All parent/guardians are required to complete emergency information cards for each child every school year.

The Kanawha County Board of Education permits a child to have 5 sick days verified by a parent per school year. Verification by a physician is required if absences exceed three (3) consecutive days.

It is important that you call the school when your child/children exhibit any of the following symptoms. Please keep them home if:

  • Fever of 100° or higher
  • Vomiting within the past 12 hours
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin lesions
  • Earache
  • Seizure within the past 3 hours
  • Thick nasal discharge
  • Frequent cough
  • Severe sore throat
  • Eye redness or drainage
  • Untreated head lice

DOCTOR/DENTIST APPOINTMENTS
We ask parents to plan doctor or dentist appointments after school hours so the child will not miss class. If an appointment must take place during school hours, please notify the school and teacher by written note detailing dismissal instructions. The school secretary will call the child from class to the office, while parent/guardian signs the child out. Parents are asked to provide a WRITTEN permission slip if someone else is to pick up your child/children. This includes relatives known/unknown to school personnel.

EMERGENCY CARDS
Parents are responsible for accurately completing and updating a Student Emergency Contact Information card. We must have contact numbers for people who will be responsible for your child if you cannot be reached.

TRANSFERS
If you plan to move or transfer your child to another school, please notify the school office at least two days in advance. We will need the address and name of the school your child will be attending. We will then complete a transfer form which is necessary for your child to be accepted in another school.

KANAWHA COUNTY SCHOOLS DRESS CODE

25.01 Policy and Purpose:
The appropriateness of a student’s dress for the school environment should dictate the choice of clothing and grooming practices on each given day.

All students are expected to adhere to common practices of modesty, cleanliness and neatness; to dress within the acceptable standards of the community and in such a manner as to contribute to the academic atmosphere, not detract from it. The student who fails to comply with this dress code may be sent home and be subject to disciplinary actions.

Any clothing, accessories, symbols, jewelry, or other paraphernalia, which depicts or suggests association with a gang shall not be brought to school, worn at school, or in any way is present at any school related event.

Any other considerations, i.e. religious, medical, et. al., will be determined by the individual school principal. The school administration shall have the right to consider any current fashion to determine its acceptability for school wear.

Clarification regarding apparel should be obtained PRIOR TO WEARING IT TO SCHOOL; this can be obtained from the school administration. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the school’s administration.

Teachers are charged with the responsibility of enforcing student dress code policy in their classes as well as on campus. Administrators and other school personnel share the same responsibility. Teachers shall follow building procedure for discipline referral regarding dress code violations.

No attempt will be made to dictate fashion styles as long as they are in keeping with district policies. It should be noted, however, that it is the responsibility of the student and parent that the student adhere to the Dress Code as follows:

25.02 General:
Any clothing, jewelry or accessories with decorations, patches, lettering, advertisements, etc., that may be considered obscene or offensive are not to be worn to school. This includes any clothing, jewelry, accessories that may be used as weapons, which have drug emblems, contain obscenities, tobacco or alcoholic beverage references, which may be considered derogatory towards a race, culture or religion, or which may be considered sexual harassment.

Crop tops, tube tops, and halters are unacceptable. Strapless dresses without jackets are unacceptable.

Transparent and/or see through material is considered unacceptable. Shirts or blouses must cover the entire torso at all times, even in movement.

At the secondary level, a boy’s shirt should cover the entire crown of the shoulder.

25.03 Dresses, Skirts and Shorts:

The length of a skirt, dress or shorts must extend to at least the student’s mid-thigh.
25.04 Pants:

Form-fitting pants, such as spandex or bicycle pants, may only be worn with another layer of clothing which meets the dress code. Torn pants are considered inappropriate, i.e., intentionally torn or cut/slashed.

Please remember that all students are required to wear tennis shoes when participating in Physical Education classes. NO HEELIES/WHEELIES MAY BE WORN TO SCHOOL. This type of shoe is considered unsafe and inappropriate.

CENTRAL ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE
Children should have tennis shoes for physical education. Tennis shoes are a physical safety measure when a child is participating in activities. Students may not wear any shoe that does not have a back or strap on the back of it. Please do not send students to school with boots or shoes that have anything other than a regular sized heel.

No sunglasses, hats or colored hair (other than natural colors) are allowed.

CENTRAL DISCIPLINE POLICY
Students are expected to conform to standards of behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Proper conduct is expected on all areas of the school property, going to and from school, and during all school activities away from the school site.
The State of West Virginia established as an educational goal that all school facilities will provide a safe, disciplined environment and meet the educational needs of all students. The following policy addresses this goal and the freedoms guaranteed by the courts, and at the same time, provides a positive climate in which learning can occur:

  • Any behavior which distracts or disturbs instruction is unacceptable.
  • No student shall threaten, intimidate, or physically harm another student or staff member while under the jurisdiction of school authority.
  • Each staff member, while supervising students under any conditions, shall have full authority to establish standards of conduct.
  • When infractions occur the following procedures are to be implemented and documented on the appropriate discipline form.
      a. Staff members are to act only on what is an observed infraction.
      b. The student is to be informed of the infraction and given an opportunity to give his/her point of view.
      c. An account of the misconduct is recorded in triplicate on a discipline form. A copy is kept in the student’s folder in the classroom, one copy is kept on file in the  principal’s office and if the student is eligible for special education, a copy is given to the student’s case manager.
      d. With the occurrence of a second incident of misconduct, the staff member brings the student to the principal. Both staff member and student discuss the incident with the principal and the parent is notified of the misconduct. Documentation of the incident is reported and filed as outlined in section C.
      e. With the third incident any of the following options may be implemented with prior notice to parents when possible:

      1. In-house suspension
        Detention after school
        Withdrawal of extracurricular or field trip privileges
        Suspension from school
      f. In cases of extreme misconduct, procedures in step “e” may be implemented prior to the third incident.

This policy is in accordance with Kanawha County Schools’ Student Conduct Code.

PAYMENT OF SCHOOL MEALS
School breakfast and lunch will be provided for students at no charge. Please encourage your child to eat school breakfast and lunch.
Parents may join their children for meals by notifying the school office before 9:00 a.m. except for holiday meals. We ask parents to bring exact payment each time they eat with their child. We are unable to bill for a parent’s meal.
Charges for meals:

  • Adults and all visitors
  • Breakfast $3.25
  • Lunch $4.25

Note: Lunches from outside restaurants (such as McDonald’s) are not permitted.
Cold lunch students may buy milk for .45 (forty-five cents). Do not send pop or any other carbonated beverages or drinks in glass containers or cans.
We encourage that students bring a healthy snack from home.

COMMUNICATION
Since it is difficult for us to personally communicate with all parents, it is extremely important for teachers and parents to communicate through written notes via your child’s backpack/planner. Please check and sign your child’s backpack/planner daily. You may also contact your child’s teacher through email, which are posted on the Central Elementary website.
There are many ways for you to be aware of what is happening in Kanawha County Schools, Central Elementary, and in your child’s classroom. The following are ways in which you can stay in the know:

  • Kanawha County Schools website   http://www.kcs.kana.k12.wv.us
  • Central Elementary School website  http://www.kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/Central
  • Planners (Grades 3 -5)
  • Weekly Classroom Looking Ahead
  • Communication Folder
  • Monthly Menu and Calendar
  • Central News Announcement (monthly)
  • Central Connection newsletter (quarterly)
  • ParentLink – automated phone system for call out

CELL PHONES
The use of cell phones is not permitted during the school day. If an emergency situation requires that a cell phone is necessary for an after school event, the cell phone must be kept in the book bag and remain turned off. Pagers, beepers, and other electronic communication devices are prohibited. Neither Central Elementary staff nor Kanawha County Schools will be held responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones or other electronic devices.

HOMEWORK
Students at Central Elementary are encouraged to read every night for 15-20 minutes, practice their Math facts and study their spelling words.  Although written homework will not be assigned, studying and preparing for weekly tests is still expected.

MAKE-UP WORK
Students will be given an opportunity to make-up assignments when they are absent. One day for each day missed is the maximum time allowed to turn in missed assignments. Teachers will give students make up work upon their return to school. Work cannot be given in advance to students planning trips on scheduled school days. Some assignments may be available at the end of the school day. Parents/guardians should notify the office in the morning and pick up assignments in the office between 2:45 – 3:00 in the afternoon.

ASSIGNMENT BOOKS
All students in grades three through five are required to keep an assignment book. The first copy is provided by the school. If books are lost or destroyed, a generic replacement will be provided.

Classroom teachers give specific instructions on recording assignments accurately. Parents are asked to review their child’s assignment book daily. As you discuss the assignments with your child, you will become more aware of the school’s expectations.

We request that parents sign their child’s book each night.

HONOR RECOGNITION

  • Students will be recognized each nine weeks with ribbons enclosed in their report card envelope for the following:
  • Principal’s List – All As and Ss in subjects & Approaches to Learning
  • Straight As – As in all subjects assigned a letter grade
  • A Honor Roll – 3.5 – 3.9 average
  • B Honor Roll – 3.0 – 3.49 average
  • Citizenship – All Ss in Approaches to Learning
  • Click the calendar Link below for these dates

CONFERENCES/SCHOOL ASSISTANCE TEAM
We believe that parent-teacher conferences are most important. Conferences may be arranged at the request of the teacher or parent when a need arises. To address the academic, behavior, attendance, or emotional concerns, the school has in place a School Assistance Team. The team may consist of any of the following: parent/guardian, classroom teacher, principal, math/reading interventionists, counselor, school nurse, assistant attendance director, and school psychologist depending upon the need. Any parent or staff member may refer a student to this team.

FIELD TRIPS
Occasional education field trips are planned for students. A permission form will be sent home to be signed and returned to the school. This is the only form that will be accepted.

STUDENT BIRTHDAYS
Invitations to birthday parties cannot be given out at school unless every child in the room receives an invitation. Flower arrangements or balloons should not be delivered to school. This is a disruption to the instructional day and creates transportation problems for students who ride the bus. Due to nutritional guidelines, no treats can be provided during school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Students are not allowed to be wearing headsets/earbuds or playing games during arrival and dismissal times. Electronic games must be kept in book bags unless the teacher gives students permission.

MARKING STUDENTS’ BELONGINGS
Please mark your child’s name clearly on all clothing which may be removed at school (i.e. sweater, jacket, coat, hat, gloves). This will enable you to find clothes that have been lost or misplaced.

LOST AND FOUND
The school is not responsible for money or articles lost anywhere on school grounds. There is a lost and found area located in the cafeteria. Please have your child check it when one of their belongings is lost. At the end of each month, items will be displayed on a table in the main hallway. Unclaimed clothing will be donated to a charity.

PTO & HOMEROOM VOLUNTEERS
Central Elementary has an active PTO and Homeroom Volunteer group. The groups’ purposes are to plan and organize activities to meet the needs of students and their parents/guardians. Announcements are sent out when the groups meet. Meeting dates are also noted on the school calendar on the back of the monthly lunch menu.

If you are interested in serving as a homeroom volunteer or on a PTO committee, please complete the sign-up form that will come home in the PTO information packet.

Local School Improvement Council
Local School Improvement Councils are mandated by the State Legislature. The purpose of the LSIC is to involve the school community in the operation of the school to improve educational quality.

The LSIC will meet at least four times a year. Members of the LSIC include the principal, teachers, service personnel, parents and community members.