Procedures


SCHOOL HOURS 8:20 A.M. - 3:17 P. M.

Students are not allowed on campus before 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive on campus after 8:20 a.m. will be considered tardy and should be checked in by an adult. Car riders should allow extra time if they plan to eat in the cafeteria (at least 15 minutes).


GUIDELINES FOR VISITING CAMPUS

To assure the best instruction as well as the safety of all students, parents are required to check in with office immediately when arriving on campus. Permission and an office pass must be obtained before visiting any classroom area of this campus and returned to the office before leaving campus. Conferences with teachers or the principal must be set up in advance. We ask that parents follow the same rules when on our campus as our staff and students, including but not limited to: 1. No use of obscene/profane language 2. No weapons/drugs 3. No smoking 4. Follow dress code as much as possible; no revealing or obscene dress or inappropriate sayings/pictures on clothing.


GRADES

In grades 1 and 2 points will be recorded in the grade book for each activity or test that will count toward the student's nine week's grade. The nine week grade will be calculated by dividing the total points earned by the student by the total points possible for that reporting period. The following grading scale will then be applied in order to obtain a letter grade for each nine weeks.

94-100=A
86-93= B
76-85= C
67-75= D
0-66=F

Students must be present for 160 days to receive credit for the school year. Grades and attendance are not the sole indicators of your child's promotion from one grade to the next. To fully understand your child's progress you should remain in contact with your child's teacher and attend school conferences as well as parent workshops.


GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS

In order to keep each child in the safest possible environment while on campus, we have set high expectations for student behavior at Albany Lower Elementary School. Any inappropriate behavior while in the common areas (halls, playgrounds, lunchroom, and bus loading area) will be dealt with in accordance with the School Wide Student Discipline Plan for common areas found in the student handbook.


STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

Parents are asked to complete a Student Information Form and send it back immediately. Due to bus capacity and routing times students will not be allowed to change from one bus to another or be allowed to get off anywhere but their designated stop. A new student information form must be completed and approved by the LPSB transportation department before any changes can be made. Please check whether your child's means of transportation to and from school will be by bus (indicate bus number or driver's name) or by private vehicle. Also, list the names of those persons having your permission to pick your child up in the afternoon if he or she is a car rider. Please inform the office and your child immediately if there are any changes in address or telephone numbers etc.

If your child rides a bus and you plan to pick him or her up in car pick up, you must send a note letting us know. The note must be in the office at least one hour before dismissal. Do not fax notes. A note must be sent each day that you request a change and be dated for that day only. A note is required each day in the case of substitute teachers or bus drivers. If your child does not have a note we will put the child on the bus to be transported per the student information form.


WALKING

If your child will be walking to and from school please write this on the Student Information Form. After school is dismissed, students that walk to and from school should immediately go to the parent pick up gate or designated exit gate. Students are not to remain on campus or return without permission. Students walking from the bus area or car pick up area must wait until all buses and cars have cleared the parking lots. This is for the protection of the child.


BUS LOADING

Public parking is not allowed in the bus loading area between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. And from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Violators are subject to be towed. The safety of your child is our number one priority; therefore, the following procedures must be adhered to in order to keep bus loading as safe as possible for all our students.
1. All students must walk in a straight line, quiet, and orderly to the bus loading areas.
2. No loud talking, horseplay, running, pushing, or shoving will be allowed.
3. Students will load the bus in single file.
4. Students are expected to follow the bus riding rules once they board the bus!


CAR RIDERS
The new Student Assembly Center, corner of Murray and West Street is the designated parent drop off and pick-up area. For safety use the drive through - do not park and walk students or drop them off except through the line to the duty teachers. Do not leave your car unattended. There is a teacher on duty at this area before and after school. Please refer to the map of the school campus located inside the front cover of the student handbook to see the route parents must take while dropping off or picking up students. DO NOT drop your child off on West School Street.

Car riders are to be picked up in the parent pick-up area only! Please be prompt in picking up your child. Do not come in and get your child from class early as this will be counted as a check-out. PICKING A CHILD UP LATE WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A TARDY!


ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS (LPSB Policy JB)
Students must be present at least 160 days per year to be eligible to receive credit for courses taken. Exceptions can be made only in the event of personal illness, as verified by a physician, and/or other extenuating circumstances as approved by the Parish Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or the Principal.

Any student being checked out before 10:15 a.m. will be considered absent for the day. Any student checking out between 10:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon will be considered present for ½ day. Any student checking out after 12:00 noon will be considered present for the entire day.


EXCUSES-TARDIES AND ABSENCES (LPSB Policy JB)
To be excused, a student shall present to the office/teacher a signed doctor's excuse (no faxed excuses, original excuse only) within five days which states the reason for the absence or tardy or the student will be unexcused and not allowed to make up work missed. Upon a student having receiving his or her fifth unexcused tardy in a semester, disciplinary action shall be imposed. Additional disciplinary action shall be imposed for each unexcused tardy the student receives for the remainder of that semester.


EARLY CHECK-OUT OF STUDENTS (LPSB Policy JB)
Should a parent or guardian need to take his or her child out of school during the day, the parent or guardian must check the student out in the school office. This is for the child's protection. Reasons for removal, other than those involving emergencies, sickness or death, are not accepted as valid. Students may not check out after 2:30 p.m. due to classes being on the playground and in transit to the bus stop. Upon a student having received his or her fifth unexcused checkout in a semester, disciplinary action shall be imposed. Additional disciplinary action shall be imposed for each unexcused checkout the student receives for the remainder of that semester.


SCHOOL WIDE STUDENT DISCIPLINE
The administration reserves the right to change the discipline policy according to requirements of the central office and recognizable need for the smooth operation of the school. Additional consequences for inappropriate behavior will be administered at the discretion of the administration based on need. Sanctions imposed may include one of the following:
1. Detention at recess
2. Detention after school or before school
3. Time out at school
4. Time out at home
5. Corporal punishment
6. Suspension for a period of 1-9 days
Students will be given the opportunity to tell/explain their side of what happened before discipline decisions are made.


MEDICATION PROCEDURES AND FIRST AID
If a child is required to take oral medication or an injection during school hours, and the parent or guardian cannot come to the school to administer the medication, the principal or his/her designee may do so in compliance with the following regulations:

A Parent Consent for Medication Administration form must be properly executed by the parent and attending physician and delivered in person by the parent or guardian to the principal of the school. This form may be picked up in the office. It must be filled out by the child's doctor before any medication can be administered.

All medication to be administered by school personnel must be prescribed and directions given by a physician for administering the medication. No internal medication, including aspirin, bufferin, or any "over the counter" medication shall be administered unless it is prescribed medication. No topical medication shall be applied to a student's skin without complying with the same requirements for administering oral medication or injection.

The principal, with the superintendent's approval, may reject any request for administration of medication and a written reason will be given by the principal to the person making the request.

REMINDERS: Students are not allowed to have medicine of any kind in their possession at any time during the school day. Students are not allowed to transport any medication on the school bus.


FIRST AID
Only soap, water, and ice will be administered to students with injuries by school personnel.


STUDENT ACCIDENTS
1. In all cases where the nature of an illness or injury appears in any way serious, every effort shall be made to contact the parent or guardian and an accident report will be completed and placed on file in the office. 2. In extreme emergencies the principal may make arrangements for immediate hospitalization of injured or ill pupil, contacting the parent or guardian in advance if possible.


EMERGENCY DISMISSAL OR SCHOOL CLOSING
At times during the school year dismissing students early for various emergencies which sometime occur may be necessary. The superintendent will make any decision regarding the early dismissal or early closing of school. In the event of emergency closing of school or early dismissal of students in school, announcements will be made over the news media regarding this decision. Tune in to radio or television, they will let you know what to do. Please do not call the school. In times of adverse weather conditions, announcements from the superintendent will be broadcast periodically whether students should be kept at school or released. If the decision is to hold students at school, including walkers will be held. Of course, parents may come to the school at any time to pick up their children.

If the decision is to send children home, school buses may take children home early. Every attempt will be made to call every home. However, if problems exist with telephone communications at the school, you may call the appropriate field operations district office for information.

There will be times when there is not other alternative than to dismiss students early. Be sure your child knows where to go in the event he or she is dismissed from school at a time that is earlier than regular dismissal and you will not be home.

Procedures for quick and orderly evacuation of school buildings have been established and are posted in each classroom and in other areas. Fire drills are held monthly to insure that students are well prepared for evacuation in the event of an actual fire or possibility of a fire.

The fire alarm bell is activated from the main office or from one of several alarm stations located throughout the school. Students are taught the procedures for evacuation and urged to obey instruction of teachers in all situations. Students are also taught procedures for bomb threats and tornado drills.

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