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Kanawha County Schools Vision and Mission Statement:  To provide a high-quality, world class education that ensures success for every student through excellence in teaching and learning.

GOALS:

  1. The achievement gap will be eliminated.
  2. All students will master or exceed grade level educational standards through quality instruction.
  3. Through a safe and nurturing environment, student time on-task will increase and result in greater student achievement.

 

Central Elementary Mission Statement:  It is our mission to meet the needs of the whole child. We strive to instill in our students the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively. We will teach them to excel using 21st century learning skills that will prepare them to be college and career ready.

Central  Elementary Vision Statement:  Central Educates for Success!

Central Elementary School Rules:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Kind

 Daily Schedule

 7:15- Doors open and breakfast is served

 7:30- First Bell

7:45- Tardy Bell

 1:55- Dismissal

 

  • Attendance Policy

    Daily attendance at school is crucial for a strong education. Unless your child is ill, please make sure they come to school on time each day. Excessive absenteeism and tardiness shall be referred to the county attendance director for appropriate legal action.  Even though you may call the office to report your child’s absence, please also send a written note on the day of their return. In order for the absence to be counted as excused, you must send in your written parent note or doctor’s excuse within 3 days of your child’s return to school.


    School Absences Procedures

    Please call the school by 8:00 am when your child is absent. (304-722-0226) Send a written note or a doctor’s excuse when your child returns to school. Notes must be received within 3 days of the child’s return to school. 

     

    Title IX

    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, age or national origin in its employment practices, or in the administration of any of its education programs and activities. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, 200 Elizabeth St., Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 304-348-1379; to Elimination of Sex Discrimination Coordinator, 558-7864; or to the US Dept. of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215-656-8541.

     

    HOMEWORK POLICY

    At Central we have a NO HOMEWORK policy. Teachers may send something home for extra practice on occasion, but it is not required. Special projects may be assigned throughout the year. The teacher reserves the right to have a child bring home any unfinished class work to be completed and returned the next day. Please have your child read each night and study for their weekly reading and spelling tests as well as work on ST Math.

    5TH graders will be assigned light homework starting the 2nd semester of school to prepare them for middle school.

     To access your child’s grades and keep track of his or her progress, you need to log in to www.schoology.com. Your child’s teacher can provide log in information for you.

                                                                                        

    Grading Scale

     

    COMMUNICATION

    We use Schoology for our main means of communication. Please sign up for this site. We also have a school website where you can read information about school events and access a wide variety of online sites for you and your child www.centralelem.kana.k12.wv.us.  Important papers, including a class newsletter, will be sent home on a weekly basis in grades K though 5. Please check your child’s agenda book or folder nightly for important papers and information. 

     

    SCHOOL WIDE BEHAVIOR PLAN

    Central’s rules are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Kind. These 3 rules are expected and enforced throughout the whole school. This year all classrooms will be using the card or clip system. When a class or school rule is broken, he/she will move their card or clip down to yellow. This is a warning. If another rule is broken, then they will move from yellow to orange. If a third rule is broken they will move to red. Consequences for moving a card/clip will range from lunch detention to reflection laps at recess or loss of a privilege. The child will have the opportunity to earn back one color per day with improved behavior. To preview the WVDE behavior policy, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p4373.html.

     

    PARTIES/CELEBRATIONS/FOOD IN SCHOOL

    Due to COVID19 we will not be allowing parents/family members to attend class parties. If the restrictions change then listed below is our normal policy on this.

    Throughout the school year we will have special parties and celebrations. Each class needs a homeroom mom/dad to be in charge of organizing these events. If you are interested, please let your child’s teacher know. If you send birthday party invitations to school, they can only be passed out if there is enough for all classmates. WE DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO SEND IN FOOD FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS. Also, we do not allow you to bring in food from other places for your child’s lunch such as McDonald, Taco Bell, etc. 

    Students may bring in water only to have in the classroom. If they bring their lunch from home, they may purchase a milk for .45 cents, get water from the cafeteria, or bring a juice drink or gator aide. NO SODA ALLOWED!

     

    DRESS CODE

    Taken from Kanawha County Board of Education Policy:

    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 academic atmosphere, not detract from.

    General:

    Any clothing, accessories, symbols, jewelry, or other paraphernalia, which depicts of suggests association with a gang shall not be brought to school, worn at school, or in any way be present at any school related event.  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 toward a race, culture or religion, or which may be considered sexual harassment.

    Please refer to Kanawha County’s dress code policy on their website for further details.

     

    WEAPONS

    According to the WV Code of Conduct, a student will not possess a firearm or deadly weapon on any school bus, education building, structure, facility, school-sponsored function, or in route to school.  A “deadly weapon” means any device intended to cause injury or bodily harm, any device used in a threatening manner that could cause injury or bodily harm, or any device that is primarily used for self-protection.  For purposes of this policy- deadly weapon also includes any instrument which is designed to be used to produce serious bodily injury or death, or is readily adaptable to such use.  Examples of such weapons include, but are not limited to pellet gun, BB gun, razor, mace, chains, pipes, fake bombs, or any size knives.

     

    MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL

  •  Kanawha County Schools Administration of Medications policy allows students to take medications at school ONLY if it is absolutely necessary in order for the students to attend school and learn.  Please follow the regulations below when your child must take medications at school.

  •  Send the written order from the physician.  The order should include dosage instructions and the time the medication must be given. Written permission from the parent must also be included.

  •  For medications that need to be given for longer than 21 days, an Administration of Medication form must be completed and signed by the physician and signed by the parent/guardian.  This form may be obtained from the school.

  •  The medication must be delivered to school in the original container.  Prescription medication must be labeled clearly ad accurately by the pharmacist or physician.

  •  Over the Counter (nonprescription) medication must be delivered to school in the manufacturer’s container and must be clearly labeled with the student’s name.

All medications must be accompanied by an order from the physician except for the Over the Counter medications listed below.  These medications must be accompanied by a note from the parent or guardian that gives permission to administer these medications and they must be delivered to school in the original container.  These medications will be administered according to the manufacturer’s directions for up to three school days.  (Ibuprofen medications such as Advil and Motrin, acetaminophen medications such as Tylenol, calamine lotion, and simple cough drops that contain only menthol or pectin)

 WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL:

  1. There is fever (100 degrees F. or more).  Don’t return until fever free for 24 hours. 
  2. There are obvious signs of respiratory illness, such as thick nasal discharge, frequent cough, severe sore throat, earache, or drainage from the eyes. 
  3. The child has vomited within the previous 24 hours, or has diarrhea, or severe abdominal pain. 
  4. There is any unidentified (therefore, possibly contagious) rash or any “open skin lesions.” 
  5. The child has untreated head lice infestation.  This is a strictly enforced county policy

 

STUDENT ASSISTANCE TEAM (SAT) MEETINGS

Student Assistance Team Meetings are held monthly.  The meetings are held to discuss students who are experiencing difficulty with academics, attendance, social skills or behavioral issues.  The team consists of the SAT coordinator, the child’s teacher or teachers, the principal, the counselor, the psychologist, the social worker, the nurse and others as needed.

 

Parent Involvement

Due to COVID19 we are unable to let parents in the building at this time. Once the restrictions are changed we will follow our normal policy listed below.

Parents are welcome in our school! You are encouraged to come eat lunch with your child, participate in class parties and special programs, attend conferences and other important meetings, chaperone field trips, pop popcorn on Fridays, volunteer in the office or your child’s classroom. It takes all of us working together to help each child meet success!

 

LSIC (Local School Improvement Council)

  1. 3 parent representatives
  2. 3 teachers
  3. 2 service personnel
  4. A business representative
  5. A community member
  6. This group meets 5 times per year to discuss ways to improve the school, address needs, and plan functions to promote a positive school culture.

If you are interested in serving on the Local School Improvement Council please contact the Principal at 304-722-0226.

 

PTO

Central has an active PTO of dedicated parents. School-wide PTO meetings will be held quarterly to discuss information and plan activities. Various fundraising will take place to support school projects and functions. We hope all parents will participate in this important faction of the school. Amy Ashworth is the PTO President for this school year.

 

TITLE I-PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Federal law allows parents to ask about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers, and requires school systems to provide the information in a timely manner if they request it.  Specifically, parents have the right to ask for information regarding teacher certification, college major and advance degrees.  Parents also have the right to request information about aides or paraprofessional personnel who provide services to their child.  Parents who desire this information may contact the school principal or the Department of Human Resources, Kanawha County Schools at 348-7712.

 

Authority of Teachers- State Code 18A-5-1

The teacher shall stand in the place of the parent or guardian in exercising control of all pupils enrolled in the school from the time they reach the school until they have returned to their perspective homes.

 

SHELTER IN PLACE/EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS                                         

Kanawha County Schools conduct 2 shelter in place drills each year. If we need to use our shelter in place plan, students and staff will remain indoors until the outside emergency is cleared.  Our doors will be locked so that no one can enter or exit.  You will be notified by radio/ TV/ Kanawha County WARN system in case of an emergency situation that would require us to use shelter in place.

 

FIRE DRILLS

A minimum of ten fire drills are held each year.  These drills are an important safety precaution.  We ask that all adults who are in the building at the time of a drill to follow the safety rules and evacuate the building.  ABSOLUTE SILENCE is required during a fire drill.

 

LOCK DOWN DRILLS

A minimum of 4 lockdown drills will occur each year. We follow the ALICE procedure for this type of emergency. 

 

EMERGENCIES

In the event of an emergency, every attempt will be made to contact parents of a student who requires immediate medical attention.  The emergency card on file in the school office lists whom to contact in case of emergency.  School staff will follow the parent’s directions as closely as possible.

PLEASE COMPLETE AN EMERGENCY CARD- IF WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A NUMBER TO REACH YOU.  IF THERE IS A CHANGE IN ADDRESS, TELEPHONE, OR EMPLOYMENT- NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN CHANGE THE EMERGENCY CARD.

WARN- Wide Area Rapid Notification- The County has purchased a system to alert parents of emergencies, possible early dismissals, etc.  This system calls the phone number that you have given to the school.  We MUST have a correct number on file for you for this system to reach you.

 

ACCIDENTS

If a serious injury occurs on school property or on the bus, parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child for their own observation and examination.  In the event that the parents cannot be reached, the student will be discharged to the person named on the emergency card.  It is critical that the emergency card be completed and current.

 

CHANGES TO DAILY ROUTINE 

Please make sure your child has a consistent routine for after school care each day. If the after school plans change, please notify the office no later than 1:45pm in order for the secretary to get the information to the child’s teacher.

 

If you should have any questions or concerns relating to the information provided in this handbook, please contact the principal, Beth Sturgill, at 304-722-0226.

 

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