Policies and Procedures
To the Student:
This handbook, along with the St. Tammany School Board’s Handbook on Attendance, Discipline and Student Records, contains information that you need to know and be familiar with. You must read these handbooks carefully and consult with teachers and administrators about anything you do not understand. Knowing and understanding the contents of these booklets will help you not only to enjoy your school days more, but also to be a better citizen of Bonne Ecole Elementary School. Keep this and the district handbook with your school materials and refer to it throughout the year.
- SCHOOL HOURS
- IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
- AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
- AGENDA & STUDENT BINDERS
- ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
- ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
- BULLYING POLICY
- BUS RIDERS
- CELL PHONES/ELECTRONICS
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- DISMISSAL/STUDENT CHECK-OUT
- DRESS CODE
- EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN HOMELESS SITUATIONS
- EMERGENCY DRILLS
- EMERGENCY CARDS
- FIELD TRIPS
- FIRE ALARMS & EXTINGUISHERS
- GRADED PAPERS
- HONOR ROLL
- LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS
- LUNCH AND BREAKFAST
- MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
- NSF CHECKS
- REPORT CARDS
- SBLC COMMITTEE
- SMOKE AND DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT
- TITLE I PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW
- WEBSITE TO SCHOOL
- WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS
All students attending after school activities are to follow school-wide expectations, district dress code, and technology policies. Students must be picked up by parent/guardian promptly at the designated time. All students are expected to follow all school rules and regulations while attending off campus activities.
The binder is an excellent communication tool used between school and home. Any handouts, notes, or information to send to and from school will be included in the student binder. Teachers and parents may communicate through the binder by writing notes in the appropriate section. Students are to use the agenda daily to set goals, write in homework assignments, project due dates, test dates, etc. This is a great organization tool for your child; please encourage them to use it and ask to see it on a daily basis. Refer to Binder Rules on the back of the binder to take care of their binder so that it lasts throughout the year.
The fundamental right to attend the public schools places upon students the accompanying responsibility to be faithful in attendance. Regular attendance can be assumed to be essential for a student’s successful progress in the instructional program.
School will begin at 8:00am and end at 3:05pm Once students arrive on campus they are to remain until the end of the school day unless they are checked out through the office.
A student who has been absent from school must present a note to the office stating the reason for the absence within 2 days. A student in attendance 50% of a day will be considered as a half day absence.
The school calendar reflects 177 instructional days of 376 instructional minutes each day for grades PreK-8. Elementary students must be present a minimum of 167 days to be eligible to receive credit for the courses passed. The only exception to the attendance regulations shall be the delineated extenuating circumstances that are verified by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
Students in danger of failing due to excessive absences may be allowed to make up missed seat time held outside of the regular school day. The makeup sessions must be completed before the end of the year for elementary/junior high students.
Students will not be excused for vacations or other family trips. Extenuating circumstances will be considered but must be approved by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. The circumstances must be verified by a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist in order to be considered as an official excuse. There will be exceptions allowed based on the observance of special and recognized holidays of a student’s faith. The only other exception must be verified by the principal for the purposes of school system approved travel for education, a death in the family, or a natural catastrophe or disaster. Students who are participating in school-approved field trips and other instructional activities will be considered present at school.
Students are expected to make up work assigned. When a student is absent it is the student’s responsibility to work out a schedule with the teachers for making up work missed during excused absences. Students will have three days to make up work and bring in a note excusing them for their absences. Students will receive credit for missed work if it is completed and turned in on time.
Truancy is the willful and/or continued act of unexcused absences from school. The Principal is authorized to implement action designated to prevent a student’s non-attendance, which is contrary to law and School Board Policy.
The school is vitally interested in the health and well-being of each and every child.
For students wishing to receive any classroom assignments, a 24-hour notice is appreciated.
Only students enrolled in before care are to arrive at school prior to 7:35am, as there are no provisions for supervision of students outside of child care until that time. All transportation changes must be submitted in writing by the parent/guardian.
Bikers: Students riding bikes to school are required to wear a helmet and bring a lock and chain to secure their bike at the bike rack. Bikes are to be walked in around the car loop or on the walkway off Independence to the ramp in front of K hall. Bikers arriving from Independence will enter through the 4th grade hall doors. No one should be walking or riding bikes in the parking lot. Habitual rule violations will result in disciplinary action.
Bus Riders: Pre-kindergarten-6th grade students will arrive in the bus loop and be dismissed from the bus at 7:35am.
Car Riders: K-6th grade parents will drop children off at the car loop on Independence Drive only, beginning at 7:35am. Pre-kindergarten and designated special education students will be dropped off at the bus loop after all first round morning buses have departed. Please have your child promptly enter/exit the car and move to the front of the car line. Proper child seats and restraints are required. Pre-kindergarten car riders will be dismissed from the regular car line. Only designated special education students will be picked up at the bus loop after all first round departure buses have departed.
Walkers: Students are to walk in around the car loop or on the walkway off Independence to the 4th grade hall doors. No one should be walking in the parking lot or on the street. Students must always use crossing guards to walk across streets. Habitual rule violations will result in disciplinary action.
Under no circumstances should students be dropped off in any parking lot. The bus ramp and car loop are off limits to parked cars. Please remain in your car for a teacher to receive your child.
All outside gates are locked during school hours. Anyone arriving late or coming in to check out a student early must use the front gate by the office. Visitors must check in with the office with identification and obtain a visitor’s pass.
At Bonne Ecole Elementary School, we take all types of bullying very seriously. Students should feel safe and secure on our campus and we intend to help ensure that safety by: informing all of the bullying policy, continuing education on this issue throughout the year, investigating reports of bullying, and enforcing consequences for violators of the policy. Please take the time to read this policy with your child and discuss each aspect in detail. This policy will also be read and discussed at school with all students. After reading the policy, if you or your child have any questions, please feel free to call. Most importantly, we rely on all school members to help report this type of behavior so it can be handled appropriately. Keeping the lines of communication open between school and home will help BEE be a safe environment for all.
Students who ride a bus are expected to follow behavior guidelines described in the pamphlet given at the beginning of the school year. Playground equipment (balls, bats, etc.) cannot be brought on the school bus.
RULES FOR SCHOOL BUS RIDERS
A school bus with undisciplined passengers is a hazardous bus. The misbehavior of the students can lead to accidents. The driver must concentrate on the driving task at hand and cannot be expected to constantly discipline the students while the bus is in motion. Therefore, for the safe operation of the school bus, students should be aware of and obey the following safety rules:
1. Cooperate with the driver; your safety depends on it.
2. Be on time; the bus will not wait.
3. Cross the road cautiously when getting on and off the bus.
4. Follow the drivers’ instructions when loading and unloading.
5. Remain quiet enough not to distract the driver.
6. Have written permission and be authorized by the Principal to get off at a stop other than your own.
7. Do not stand when a seat is available and the bus is in motion.
8. Do not throw objects in the bus or out of the windows or doors.
9. Do not extend arms, head or other objects out of windows or doors.
10. Do not use the emergency door except for emergencies.
11. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
12. Do not use or possess tobacco, matches, obscene materials, weapons or other prohibited items on the bus.
13. No objects are allowed on the bus if prohibited by state or federal law or local school board policies. Cell Phones should remain off and stored in the student’s book bag while riding the bus.
14. Do not damage the bus in any way.
15. Be courteous, safety-conscious, protect your riding privilege--enjoy your ride.
Student cell phones are to be turned off and stored away in the student’s book bag (out of sight) during the instructional day AND on the bus to and from school. If a student cell phone is confiscated because of use, it will be turned in to the office and available for pickup at the end of school by a parent/guardian. Bluetooth devices and smart watches are not allowed on campus. There will be a discipline consequence after the 1st warning.
Students are taught and expected to handle conflict in a calm, safe, connected manner. An adult is always accessible to help facilitate conflict. Our school wide steps for conflict resolution are 1. Stop and Think 2. Use an ‘I’ message 3. Find a solution 4. Compromise and apologize 5. Respect other opinions. Students and parents are encouraged to communicate with the teacher and/or administration when ongoing conflict is happening at school. Proactive measures will be used to help prevent further conflict. Students who engage in inappropriate language, physical aggression, or threats due to conflict will result in disciplinary action.
A parent-teacher conference is a chance to talk about how a child is doing in school. It is a time for you, as a parent, to ask questions about any concerns you may have about your child′s progress. Since the time allowed for conferences is often limited, it is helpful for both parents and teachers to plan ahead. Call the school at 643-0674 to schedule a conference or write a note to your child′s teachers. A 24-hour notice must be given to personnel for a conference.
We value instructional time; therefore, teachers will not be called out of class for a conference. If a conference is needed with the Principal or Assistant Principal, please schedule the conference (a minimum of 24-hours) before desired time. This will assure you that the administrator will be available for your most important concern.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The school shares the responsibility with parents to educate, guide, and discipline children at school and school-related activities. Discipline is expected to be handled in a fair, consistent, and impartial manner to help ensure that a proper climate for learning exists. All student disciplinary decisions are confidential and are not shared with other students or parents of other students. All students are required to follow rules set forth. Parents and students should be aware there is no gum allowed on campus. Be respectful at all times, work hard and you will succeed in school.
SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION and SUPPORT SYSTEM (PBIS)
The purpose of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system is to improve the support for students in order to reduce behavioral challenges, increase independence, and ensure the development of appropriate behaviors to meet goals in the areas of social relationships, academic achievement, and functional life-skills. Our aim is to help our students become competent, confident citizens who are able to independently make appropriate decisions on a daily basis.
It is in your child’s best interest that we work together to provide him/her with a high quality learning environment. We reserve the right to require appropriate behavior conducive to safety and success at school. All students are required to follow rules set forth.
SCHOOL-WIDE EXPECTATIONS & PBIS PLEDGE:
Students of Bonne Ecole take a daily pledge to be positive, safe, responsible, and respectful at school. Examples of these expectations include:
Use a quiet voice
Listen for directions
Keep personal space
Walk on the right side
Stay in area and on task
Be prepared for school every day
Smile, make eye contact
Visually notice student work
Respond to greetings
PBIS FACILITATION ASSURANCES
Daily: Students will receive daily recognition from teachers. Students can receive Star Bucks from any member of the school faculty or staff. Teachers can also develop their own daily incentive plan.
Weekly: Students will receive weekly recognition from teachers, receiving rewards within the classroom plan. During weekly morning meetings, administrators will pull Star Bucks for rewards and prizes.
Monthly: Students will have the opportunity to participate in PBIS activities and pep rallies. Students can be nominated for a Good News Call from administrators. Students can also be nominated for the monthly character award and recognized during morning meetings.
Quarterly: Students will have the opportunity to participate in a quarterly PBIS event.
Yearly: Students will have the opportunity to participate in an end-of-year PBIS event.
Students with minor infractions will be issued a white slip. The purpose of the white slip is to communicate with parents regarding student behavior. After three consecutive white slips, the teacher will contact the parent for a conference to support a plan for improvement in the student’s behavior. After the fifth white slip, a major behavior referral will be issued.
IN SCHOOL SUPPORT
In School Support (ISS) is held every day on campus. This is an alternative to Out-of-School Suspension. Students remain with the ISS teacher for a part of or the entire school day, determined by administration. Students will complete class work assigned by teachers or the ISS monitor. Credit will be given for completed work. Students receiving classroom 504 or IEP accommodations will continue to receive their accommodations. Students with special education services will receive monitored support from their special education teacher. The ISS teacher will only give work to the student if he/she completes the assigned work given by the teacher. Students will also participate in a reflection with the school counselor. This experience will help your child reflect on his/her behavior and choose a positive replacement behavior to help him/her meet expectations in the future. Inappropriate behavior exhibited in ISS may result in an Out-of-School suspension.
Refer to the District Policy Handbook for suspension procedures and offenses that can result in a suspension. Students missing school as a result of any suspension shall be counted as absent. Students will be permitted to make up missed work in a timely fashion.
Procedures for re-entry to school after suspension include:
1st suspension: Conference with administrator for re-entry
2nd suspension: Conference with Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance at Slidell Annex at 646-4917*
3rd suspension: Conference with Supervisor of Administration at Slidell Annex at 646-4917*
4th suspension: Recommendation for expulsion
*Parents must call the appropriate office for the second and third suspension to schedule a conference.
Refer to District Policy Handbook for expulsion procedures.
Students will not leave the school grounds during school hours without explicit permission from the office. Students who become ill or injured during a school day or who have a doctor’s appointment will be dismissed only after a parent, legal guardian, or person authorized by the parent comes to school and signs the student out. A student will not leave campus with any person other than that person designated on the emergency card. All persons authorized to pick up the student must be specified on the emergency card. Please be prepared to present a picture I.D.
Students cannot be checked out between 2:45-3:05. Frequent early checkouts are disruptive to the learning process and can be detrimental to your child’s progress. Only students enrolled in after care are to be left at school after 3:35pm.
Bikers: Students riding bikes from school are required to wear a helmet and bring a lock and chain to secure their bike at the bike rack. Bikes are to be walked out around the car loop or on the walkway off Independence to the ramp in front of K hall. Bikers dismissing from Independence will exit through the K hall doors. No one should be walking or riding bikes in the parking lot. Habitual rule violations will result in disciplinary action.
Bus Riders: Pre-kindergarten-6th grade students will be dismissed from the bus loop beginning at 3:05pm.
Car Riders: All cars must have a carline sign displayed in the window to pick up their student. Replacement signs can be requested via the front office or homeroom teacher. Pre-kindergarten-6th grade car riders will be dismissed from the car loop on Independence Drive. Only designated special education students will be picked up at the bus loop after all first round departure buses have departed. Proper child seats and restraints are required.
Walkers: Students are to walk in around the car loop or on the walkway off Independence to the 4th grade hall doors. No one should be walking in the parking lot or on the street. Students must always use crossing guards to walk across streets. Habitual rule violations will result in disciplinary action.
All students at Bonne Ecole are required to wear a school uniform. Please label clothing with child’s name. We have a Lost and Found box that gets full throughout the year and items with a name in them can easily be returned to their owners. All pre-k and kindergarten students are required to provide a change of clothes to be stored in the students’ bookbag in case of restroom accidents or spills. These students should change clothes in the classroom restroom. Please contact the office if you are in need of uniforms.
Our uniform is as follows:
BOTTOMS: Navy blue cotton/blend pants-pleated or flat fly-inset pockets. Shorts, skorts, or jumpers are to be of a similar material. Leggings of a solid color can be worn under shorts, skirts, or jumpers. All of these bottoms must be the appropriate length as designed by District Handbook (fingertip length or not more than 5" above the knee).
SHIRTS: Polo-style red or white with an optional school logo. The BEE school t-shirt can be purchased in the office and may be worn on Fridays and on fieldtrips. Undershirts must be tucked in pants (not hanging from under uniform shirt).
SHOES: Shoes must be closed toe, cover top foot area, and have a back. If the shoe has laces, they must be laced and the tongue of the shoe must lie under the laces. If shoes have a strap, the strap must be fastened. (Flip-flops, sling backs, sandals, crocs, potato shoes are examples of shoes that may not be worn.) Tennis shoes/sneakers must be worn on days when the student attends P.E.
BODY PIERCING: Body-piercing ornaments are limited to the ears, no hoop-style earrings.
HAIR: Hair should an acceptable well-groomed style. Sculptured hair styles that include pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, designs, etc., will not be permitted.
HATS: Caps, hats, and bandannas are not to be worn unless pre-approved by administration.
JACKETS: Jackets, sweaters, and pullovers may be worn as long as they do not display offensive words or images, or are gang affiliated. Jackets, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, or pullovers may not be worn on warm/hot weather days outside. Hoods may not be worn inside. Unreasonably oversized or extreme (color and décor) sweatshirts, pullovers, jackets, belt buckles, jewelry or any other uniform infraction will not be allowed.
SPIRIT SHIRTS: Friday students may wear a Bonne Ecole Spirit Shirt or club t-shirt with the appropriate uniform bottom.
FREE DRESS DAYS: The administration at Bonne Ecole may grant students a free dress day as a reward for positive behavior. Even though uniforms are not required on those days, the St. Tammany Parish Dress Code Guidelines must be followed. Failure to follow those guidelines will result in the parent being required to bring appropriate clothing to school for the student.
BOY/GIRL SCOUTS: St. Tammany Parish does allow both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to wear their uniforms on their meeting days only.
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. The Act requires states and school districts to make sure students in homeless situations can attend and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youth who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are living in the following situations:
- Doubled-up housing with other families or friends because they lost their home or their family is having temporary financial problems;
- Living in a motel/hotel because of economic hardship or loss of housing;
- Living in an emergency or transitional shelter, domestic violence shelter, or in a runaway/homeless youth shelter;
- Living in a vehicle of any kind; trailer park or campground without running water and/or electricity; abandoned building; substandard housing; bus/train station;
- Awaiting foster care placement; or
- Abandoned in a hospital.
Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to the following:
- Attend and succeed in school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there;
- Enroll in school despite the lack of a permanent address or lack of school and immunization records, or birth certificates and other documents;
- Receive services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth;
- Get transportation to school;
- Access educationally related support services.
All students are to participate in emergency drills to ensure emergency readiness.
When the alarm is sounded, students are to “STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN” to their teacher’s directions, line up quietly and exit the classroom in an orderly manner.
All windows are to be closed, lights turned off, and door closed as the last person exits.
Exit the building in a straight line to the designated evacuation area. Keep moving!
Re-enter the building quietly when summoned and resume class work.
Every student at Bonne Ecole should have an emergency card on file in the office. These cards are sent home on the first day of school and should be filled out and returned the next day. If the information changes during the school year please notify the office so your child’s card may be updated. These cards are very important to the safety and well-being of your child so please send them in quickly. Please be sure that we have current telephone numbers and email addresses on file.
Students must bring a signed permission slip indicating the parents are aware the child is leaving campus. Original forms must be turned in to the homeroom teacher. Faxed permission slips or those sent by e-mail will not be accepted. The student must also bring any monies needed to defray the cost of admission and transportation. Parents are invited to attend field trips to help chaperone. However, parents are asked not to bring small children with them for safety reasons. Chaperones are not permitted to ride the bus and are required to provide their own transportation to and from the field trip location.
- Students will conduct themselves in a manner which reflects our school’s behavior expectations while attending off campus activities.
- All students are expected to follow all school rules and regulations while attending off campus activities.
- Using profane language or gestures is strictly forbidden.
- Before going on a field trip each student must return a written permission slip signed by his/her parent or legal guardian giving the child permission to attend.
- The administration reserves the right to deny a child permission to leave the campus on a field trip.
- Students must be in uniform to attend field trips.
There will be a minimum of one evaluation per subject for each child per week. Refer to the District Pupil Progression Plan for grading/promotion requirements for K-6th grade. http://stpsb.org/files/pupilprogressionplan.pdf
The statewide grading scale for 1st-6th grade used is:
Grade Percentage (%)
Conduct will be considered separately and graded O, S, N, or U. With a grade of U in conduct, a parent conference will be requested.
Parents are highly encouraged to check their child’s progress by going to the Student Progress Center website via the link on the school site or the parish site (https://jpams.stpsb.org/progress/). Your child’s code will be mailed to you at the beginning of the year. If you misplace the code it must be obtained from the front office.
Romantic or sexual advances toward students by students and/or employees or romantic or sexual relationships between school system employees and students are never appropriate, whether or not they are consensual or otherwise outside the definition of sexual harassment. Employees engaging in any inappropriate relationships with students will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. A student who believes that she/he has suffered sexual harassment may report the matter to the school principal. However, any teacher or other school employee who receives from a student a report of alleged sexual harassment shall immediately report the same to the school principal. Failure by the employee to do so may subject the employee to disciplinary action. If the student’s school principal is the alleged offender, such report by the students or by other school employees shall be made to the Title IX Supervisor in Central Office.
Mandated Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education and Reporting Program
As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in grades K-8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education and Reporting. All materials that will be used in the instruction may be previewed by contacting the school administration. Parents may opt out of the program by contacting the school administration. We would also like to encourage you to talk with your child about this topic as well as other general safety issues.
Homework is a means of reviewing and reinforcing the lessons taught in school. Homework is also a way to help students develop work habits that will assist him/her throughout the years spent in school. The following suggestions are offered to assist children with homework:
A. Ask your child if he/she has homework that day by looking in the student binder or Google Classroom. Be aware that homework is generally assigned every day.
B. Ask your child to show the homework to you and explain the completed work, thus expressing an interest in his/her progress.
C. See that your child completes the homework assignment without doing it for him/her.
D. Set aside a regular time and space to do homework without outside interference.
E. Confer with your child’s teacher when your child is repeatedly having trouble with homework.
Principal’s Honor Roll is awarded to students who complete the quarter with a 4.0 grade point average. An Honor Roll is awarded to students who have a grade point average of 3.0 - 3.9. There is no rounding of grades for Honor Roll. A grade of U in Art, Music, P.E., or Handwriting will keep a student off the Honor Roll for that quarter.
The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen possessions brought to school without permission or clearance from school officials. Each student is responsible for his/her personal property. Students should only bring what is required for the day’s activities. Students are to leave their valuables at home. NO TOYS, RADIOS, TABLETS, iPODS, CARDS, LASER LIGHTS, BALLS, BASEBALLS, FOOTBALLS, CAPS, HATS, FIDGETS, OR WALKMANS ARE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL. The teachers or administrators will confiscate these items and return them to the parents. Please label coats, sweatshirts, and lunch boxes.
Breakfast will be served from 7:35am to 8:00am daily. Students arriving by the tardy bell until 8:05am may receive a breakfast from the café.
Nutritious breakfast and lunch options are available each day in the cafeteria. Popular meals include beignets, chicken nuggets, and catfish. Refer to the school website for monthly menus. Extra snacks are available for purchase. Items can include chips, Rice Krispy treats, juice, etc., ranging from $0.25-1.00. You may place funds on student accounts under the “Cafeteria” tab on the school website. Also, parents and guests are always welcome to join their students for lunch. We have a special “guest area” where you eat and visit. Please call the school prior to arriving for lunch. To qualify for free or reduced lunch, Apply online. This is the fastest method to have your child(ren) approved.
Students will not be allowed to have any medication in their possession at school. This includes over-the-counter medication as well as prescribed medication. Personnel in the office cannot and will not administer medication without a proper Medical Release Authorization Form on file. When special circumstances exist for a chronic health problem the following procedure will be followed:
- Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be taken will be recorded on the appropriate form provided by the school.
- Written request and permission from the parent or guardian of the student requesting that the school comply with the physician’s order.
- Medication must be brought to the school by an adult in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician.
- Each medication given will be recorded on a medication log, which includes date, time, dosage, and signature of person giving medication.
- The parent shall arrange for the safe delivery of the medication to and from school by a responsible adult. That adult will assist the school personnel with the counting of the medication to be kept at school. Medication will be signed for in the presence of faculty/staff and parent or guardian.
- Parents must supply all necessary items needed for the administration of the medication (i.e., syringes, measuring implements, etc.)
Ringworm must be treated with an anti-fungal cream and covered with a bandage.
In order to be promoted to the next grade level at the end of the school year, please refer to the District Pupil Progression Plan. http://stpsb.org/files/pupilprogressionplan.pdf
If your child is in danger of retention due to grades, the teacher will send a letter home at the end of the third nine weeks.
This committee is a problem solving, decision-making group which meets on a scheduled basis to receive referrals from teachers, parents, or other professionals on individual students who are experiencing difficulty in school due to academic, speech, and/or behavior problems. This committee also processes requests for Gifted and Talented screenings. Additionally, at the end of the year students who do not meet the criteria for promotion will be referred to the SBLC team. The team will consist of the following: Chairperson/TRT, Administrator, SWE (students with exceptionalities) department leader and/or teacher, Pupil Appraisal Representative, and Regular Education Teacher.
If a student is late for school, after 8:05am, his/her parent or guardian must accompany the student when signing in at the office. All students are expected to be on time for class. They must be in the classroom when the bell rings. Students who arrive after the beginning time for class sessions will be counted tardy for missing any class time during the day. Both the office personnel and teachers will keep a record of tardies.
All textbooks are the property of the State of Louisiana. Student use of state-owned books carries with it the basic responsibility of proper use and good care. If a book is damaged beyond use or it is not returned at the end of the session or when the student drops or transfers out of the class, the student must make payment at the original cost of replacing the book. Students are expected to bring their books to class each day. Students are not to loan their books to other students. Each child is responsible for the books issued to him/her.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Title I Parents’ Right to Know
Parent and Family Engagement Best Practices
PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school districts to inform parents and families about their right to receive information on the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers.
Parents and families have the right to know:
Whether all employed personnel have met state qualification and licensing criteria for the position they hold within the school
If any personnel is employed under provisional status where state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived
All college degrees and general areas of certification held by teachers, and qualifications of the paraprofessionals
Whether their child receives services by paraprofessionals and their qualifications
Teacher Certification/Degree Information can be verified at www.teachlouisiana.net
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
St. Tammany Parish Public School System believes that Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) is important for children to achieve success. Parents and families are key partners with the schools. PFE includes programs, services, and activities at the school and district level.
Involve families in developing and reviewing the district's PFE Plan
Hold yearly Federal Programs, PFE Stakeholders’, and PFE activity planning meetings
Support STPPS Title I schools in planning and carrying out their PFE activities
Annually review and monitor PFE activities and school-wide programs outlined in the School Improvement Plans
Provide a Title I PFE resource page and presentations for school personnel use
Develop Title I PFE survey to evaluate PFE plans and use results to plan future PFE programs and adjust PFE policies and procedures
Invite parents to a school meeting highlighting their school's educational programs, curriculum, and PFE opportunities
Offer PFE activities at various times which support learning goals at home
Involve parents in the planning, review, and implementation of PFE programs
Provide parents with timely information about the school PFE policy
Provide families with opportunities to volunteer, participate, and observe in the school and classroom
Maintain 2-way communication with families
Provide each student with the Compact for Student Success outlining responsibilities of students, parents, and teachers in the educational process
Support all students in their effort to achieve success
All visitors are to report to the office to be screened and receive a visitor’s pass, for obvious safety reasons while on the school campus. A driver’s license or state issued photo ID must be presented in order to obtain the visitor’s pass. Teacher/Parent visits are not allowed during instructional time; however, conferences may be scheduled to discuss student progress or behavior (see the Conferences section for more information). Parents or visitors are not allowed to pull students out of instructional time for a visit; this must be scheduled with administration using 24 hours notice.
Parents or guardians of students being withdrawn must notify the office one day in advance of withdrawal. Students must secure withdrawal forms from the Attendance Secretary before homeroom on the last day of attendance. All school property must be returned and accounts settled for final clearance by the office. Records will not be sent to another school until they are requested by the new school. If transferring to a school in the parish, a Letter of Assignment must be obtained from the School Board Annex Office, Slidell, before registering at the new school.