Updated: 7/18/08

 

 

 

 

Bellefonte Area School District

 

 2008-2009

 

Elementary School Handbook 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bellefonte Elementary School

The Future Starts Here

 

Benner Elementary School

A Community of Learners

 

Marion-Walker Elementary School

Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Leaders

 

Pleasant Gap Elementary School

Where Children are First

www.basd.net


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELLEFONTE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

BELIEFS

 

Beliefs, what we believe, what we think is important, what we honor and therefore how we do things.

 

About Students and Learning, the Bellefonte Area School District believes that:

 

·        All students can achieve, given appropriate and supportive environments.

·        Learners need to feel safe, secure, and included.

·        Students bring diverse backgrounds requiring differentiated approaches to teaching and learning.

·        Student growth and achievement takes place not only in the academic arena but also in social, physical, and emotional contexts.

 

About Teachers and Teaching, the Bellefonte Area School District believes that:

 

·        Classroom instruction must be engaging, challenging, purposeful, and relevant.

·        Effective educators employ best practices and nurture a culture conducive to student learning and continuous professional growth.

·        Student assessment data should drive instructional decisions.

 

About Learning Communities, the Bellefonte Area School District believes that:

 

·        Everyone has worth and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

·        A positive learning environment is necessary for learning to occur.

·        Education is enhanced when there is collaboration, open communication, and shared responsibility among stakeholders; students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, school board, and community members.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR MISSION

 

Inspiring Today’s Learner’s for Tomorrow’s Challenges


 

 

 

 

 MESSAGE TO PARENTS

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents:

 

 

            Welcome to the Bellefonte Area School District.  Watching the children learn and grow is so exciting and rewarding, and we are always excited to have new children join our family.

 

            In this handbook, we have recorded some of the policies and practices that comprise the basic framework of our schools.  Please become familiar with it by reading it and sharing the information with your children. Please file the booklet for future reference.  It applies to all of our elementary schools.  When in doubt about school guidelines, use the handbook as a basic reference.  In a situation where provisions of the handbook contradict school board policy, the policy shall prevail. The information contained on the next pages will be relevant for each year your child is a student at any elementary school in the Bellefonte Area School District.

 

            Although we have tried to cover as much as possible in the handbook it is not possible to anticipate every question. When you have questions, please be assured that we are available to help, that our doors are always open.  And, as always, we need to work cooperatively to form a true school-community team to provide the best education possible for our children.

 

            Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Elementary Principals:

 

Elaine Cutler, Bellefonte Elementary

Connie Puckett, Benner Elementary

Sharlene Yontosh, Marion-Walker Elementary

Tammie Burnaford, Pleasant Gap Elementary

 

 

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Topic                                                                                                                                     Page

 

PART 1:  Our School.................................................................................................................... 2

PART 2:  Services........................................................................................................................ 6

PART 3:  Academic Information................................................................................................... 8

PART 4:  Attendance.................................................................................................................. 10

PART 5:  Student Behavior........................................................................................................ 13

PART 6:  Bus Transportation..................................................................................................... 17

PART 7:  Miscellaneous Information.......................................................................................... 19

 

Attendance and Tardiness................................................................................................ 10-11

Bus Transportation Policy.................................................................................................. 17-18

Cafeteria Information............................................................................................................... 19

Cell Phones…………………………………………………………………………………   20

Child Study Teams..................................................................................................................... 6

Counseling Services.................................................................................................................. 6

Discipline Matrix................................................................................................................. 14-15

Discipline Referral.................................................................................................................... 16

Electronic Equipment Policy……………………………………………………………….. 19

Emergency Drills........................................................................................................................ 5

Emergency School Closing, Delays, & Early Dismissals...................................................... 5

Family Educational Trips......................................................................................................... 12

Field Trips................................................................................................................................. 20

Health Policy............................................................................................................................... 7

Homebound Instruction.............................................................................................................. 9

Homework................................................................................................................................... 8

Instrumental Music Program...................................................................................................... 9

Intramurals................................................................................................................................. 19

Parent Messages to Children During School.......................................................................... 5

Parent Organizations................................................................................................................. 4

Parties....................................................................................................................................... 20

Pesticide Notification Information for Parents/Guardians.............................................. 21-23

Phone Listing (Bellefonte Area Schools)................................................................................. 2

Psychological Services.............................................................................................................. 6

Reporting Pupil Progress ......................................................................................................... 9

School Assemblies.................................................................................................................. 20

School Day.................................................................................................................................. 2

School Health Services.............................................................................................................. 6

Student Appearance................................................................................................................ 19

Student Insurance....................................................................................................................... 5

Student Records......................................................................................................................... 9

Student Wellness Policy………………………………………………………………………7

Textbook / Library Book Policy................................................................................................. 8

Unlawful Harassment............................................................................................................... 13

Visitors......................................................................................................................................... 4

Volunteers................................................................................................................................... 4

Working Cooperatively.............................................................................................................. 3

 

                For Updated School Information throughout the year visit:

 

www.basd.net


 

 

PART 1:  OUR SCHOOL

 

SCHOOL DAY

 

BELLEFONTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Kindergarten thru Grade 5      8:15 am –   2:40 pm

 

 

 

 

BENNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MARION-WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PLEASANT GAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Kindergarten thru Grade 5      8:20 am –   2:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

BELLEFONTE SCHOOLS PHONE LISTING

 

            CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE                                         355-4814

 

            BENNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                              355-2812

                                                                                                            (FAX)  353-5339

 

            BELLEFONTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                         355-5519

                                                                                                            (FAX)  353-5338

 

            MARION-WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                             357-2425

                                                                                                            (FAX)  357-2426

 

     PLEASANT GAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                359-2739

                                                                                                            (FAX)  359-4552

 

            BELLEFONTE MIDDLE SCHOOL                                                355-5466

                                                                                                            (FAX)  353-5316

       

             BELLEFONTE HIGH SCHOOL                                                      355-4833

                                                                                                            (FAX)  353-5320

 

 

Specific School information can be found at www.basd.net~

 

 

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. . .AS WE WORK COOPERATIVELY. . .

 

 

 

Effective interaction between the school and home will help promote successful experiences for your child.  As your child begins and continues his/her academic life, your active involvement and participation will be beneficial to your child’s self-esteem and achievements.

 

Below are listed some ideas for effective parental involvement and communication:

 

1.       Visiting the school and volunteering in your child’s room or other places

 

2.       Supporting your school’s PTA/PTO

 

3.       Providing a quiet place of study for your child at home

 

4.       Helping your child to increase responsibility toward completing assignments

 

5.       Reading books to your child on a frequent basis

 

6.       Giving attention to reports from school

 

7.       Taking an interest in and discussing your child’s work with him/her

 

8.       Seeing that your child gets enough sleep

 

9.       Reporting to the school any problems your child is encountering

 

10.   Promoting regular attendance

 

11.   Encouraging habits of good health, promptness, obedience, courtesy, and respect for property and others

 

 

There are a variety of reasons for communicating with the school.  Please never hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, the Guidance Counselor, or the Principal.

 

1.       People often have different perceptions of the same situations.  It is wise to verify information before drawing conclusions.  “Check it out” is always good advice.

 

2.       Teachers and parents are working together for the same result – happy, healthy, educated children.

 

3.       Small issues can grow into large ones when left unresolved.  It helps the partnership we have with you if you ask questions and seek information.

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VISITORS

 

In the best interest and safety of the children, visitors to the school are required to report to the building office.   Children will only be released to persons other than the parents/guardians with written permission from the parent(s) or guardian(s).

  

Classes are not to be interrupted by a parent or visitor during school hours. One of our goals is to teach and foster student responsibility.  Please encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by gathering together their lunch money, clothing, homework and assignment books the night before. If it is necessary to have a message, lunch money, and/or clothing delivered to a child while school is in session, the office secretary will gladly take care of it, providing it is labeled.  Children will not be allowed to call home unless an adult deems the situation to be an emergency.

  

If you would like to visit your child’s classroom to observe, please contact the Principal for information regarding the district’s policies and procedures.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to arrange these visits.

 

 

 
 
VOLUNTEERS

 

The Bellefonte Area School District’s Elementary schools welcome and encourage parental and community volunteers in our buildings.  Each building has its own needs and we ask you to call the school and get specific information.  People who volunteer on a regular basis must have an Act 34 Clearance, TB test and a DPW Clearance on file prior to having contact with students.  The necessary paperwork will be provided to you.  We encourage everyone to volunteer at your neighborhood school.

 

 

 

 

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

All Elementary schools have parent/teacher organizations (PTAs or PTOs) which work to provide enriched activities for the students.  All of these work cooperatively with the staff of the building and are an integral part of the home/school partnership.  Please become involved in your child’s school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EMERGENCY DRILLS

 

Unannounced fire drills are held each month as mandated by state law.  Severe weather drills are also practiced periodically.  These are designed to instruct students and staff in procedures that are orderly, quick, and safe.  No running or talking is permitted.  This insures that everyone will be able to hear and follow any directions that are announced for the safety of students and staff.

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING, DELAYS, & EARLY DISMISSALS

 

In case of emergency due to weather conditions or physical problems in the school plant, it may be necessary to close schools for a short period of time.  In either case, the public will be notified at the earliest possible moment by way of the following media sources:  WFGY, WMAJ, WBLF, WRSC, WZWW radio stations and Channel 4 on Adelphia cable TV.

 

Occasionally the opening of school will be delayed to allow the road conditions to improve enough to safely transport students.  A one-hour delay means that your student will be picked up at his/her bus stop one hour later than normally.  Two-hour delays mean your child should be at the bus stop two hours later.

 

Every precaution will be taken to see that the students are returned safely to their homes if the emergency occurs while school is in session. If bad weather is anticipated, please listen to your radio for possible school cancellations.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.

 

 

 

 

PARENT MESSAGES TO CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL

 

Many phone messages are received from parents for their children during school hours.  This creates some confusion and classroom disruption when messages are delivered during the instructional day.  To avoid this, parents are encouraged to send notes to their child’s teacher.  PARENTS ARE ASKED TO CALL THE SCHOOL ONLY IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT INSURANCE

 

The school district does not carry insurance on any of its students.  Early in the year, information is sent home to parents, via the students, concerning low cost insurance that may be obtained through a group policy.  There is no obligation for the parents to participate.  It is simply an offer of assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 2:  SERVICES

 

 

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

 

Guidance counselors are available upon request by a student, teacher, principal, or parent to discuss issues important to student adjustment and achievement.  Classroom or small group activities are offered concerning friendships, changing families, study skills, and self-concept.  Children practice life skills such as processing feelings, making decisions, and listening and communicating effectively.

 

 

 

 

CHILD STUDY TEAMS

 

When a student experiences some difficulty (academic, behavioral, social, truancy, etc.), a meeting is scheduled with parents, teachers, counselors, principal, and specialists to review the situation.  The purpose of these meetings is to develop recommendations that will address the difficulties and design intervention strategies which are a cooperative effort between the school and home.  The goal is to help every student succeed in school.

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

 

Children having academic or adjustment problems can be referred to the psychologist by the Child Study Team.  The psychologist provides psycho-educational evaluations and consultations to help determine student needs and intervention strategies.  Special education services for pupils with social, learning, or emotional problems are partly determined by psychological evaluation and review.

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

 

Each elementary building is provided basic nursing services.  The schedule of the school nurse and/or health room assistant is posted in the classroom and health office.  Although a nurse is not in the building daily, emergency coverage is provided to every building as needed by a certified school nurse.

 

The following state mandated programs are provided in the elementary grades each year:

 

                        Height, weight, vision                                          All grades

                        Hearing tests                                                     Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, & 3

                        Dental examinations                                           Kindergarten & Grade 3

                        Medical examinations                                         Kindergarten

                          Body Mass Index                                             All grades

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HEALTH POLICY

 

The following regulations regarding the taking of daily medication in school come from Board Policy 210:

  

The dispensing or administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours in accordance with the direction of a parent or family physician will be permitted only when:

 

·   failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of a student

·   the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available during school hours

 

“Medication” includes all medicine prescribed by a physician, any patent drug, aspirin, or cough medications as well as ANY over-the-counter medication.

 

The school nurse or principal must receive a completed consent-release form (available at each school) signed by the parent and the physician (a physician’s prescription including all the required information listed in the next paragraph can be substituted for his/her signature on the form).  The consent will be valid for the current school year.

 

The medication in a container labeled by a physician or a pharmacist must include:

 

1.  Student’s name

2.  Name of physician

3.  Date of prescription

4.  Name and telephone number of pharmacy

5.  Name of medication, dosage, route, and frequency of administration

 

The school nurse or principal will store the medication in a locked container in a secure area.  Medications requiring refrigeration will be stored in the refrigerator in the health room.

 

Medication shall be administered according to written parental permission by the school nurse or the designee of the principal (a non-medical staff member).

 

All prescription medications brought to the school shall be picked up by the parent at the end of the school year or the end of the period of medication administration, whichever is earlier.  All medication not picked up by the last day of the school year will be destroyed.

 

A medication log or written record will be maintained indicating the name of the student, the name and dosage of medication dispensed, the date and time of day, the duration of the order, and the name (initials) of the person administering the medication.

 

 

                                                STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY

 

Bellefonte Area School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn.  The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience.  In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.

 

 

 

 

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PART 3:  ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 

HOMEWORK

 

Bellefonte Area School District advocates the concept of homework to provide an additional positive learning opportunity that enhances home/school communication.  The Board of Education has established a homework policy (#130) available in the school offices for your review.

 

Objectives for homework include:

1.                   To improve skills in subject areas.

2.                   To review content material.

3.                   To prepare for acquisition of new material.

4.                   To teach good study habits.

5.                   To develop organizational skills.

6.                   To teach time management.

7.                   To develop research skills.

8.                   To stimulate initiative, self-direction, and self-discipline.

9.                   To create a desire for self-improvement.

10.               To reinforce learning.

11.               To encourage critical thinking skills.

 

 

The following guidelines address some of the areas in the homework policy:

 

Guidelines for students include:

1.                   To be aware of the homework of the Bellefonte Area School District.

2.                   To complete all assignments in the allotted time frame.

3.                   To make up all missed assignments.

4.                   To be sure the assignment is understood before leaving school.

5.                   To maintain good study habits.

6.                   To budget time for short-term as well as long-term assignments.

7.                   To communicate with parents and teachers concerning problems with assignments.

8.                   To efficiently use time spent doing homework.

   Omit         It is understood that these guidelines may not apply to upper level/AP courses in the high      

             school.  Where exceptions occur, parents shall be notified when course selections are made.

 

Guidelines for parents include:

1.                   To be familiar with the homework policy of the Bellefonte Area School District.

2.                   To provide an area conducive to study.

3.                   To help motivate and/or assist the student to fulfill homework responsibilities without doing it

             for them.

4.                   To establish regular study time.

5.                   To help develop a suitable study schedule.

6.                   To communicate with teachers concerning problems with or questions about homework.

7.                   To cooperate with the teacher in reinforcing the value of homework.

8.                   To help your child set a limit to extracurricular activities when the activities interfere with

             homework and study time.

 

 

 

TEXTBOOK / LIBRARY BOOK POLICY

 

All textbooks and library books provided by the district for the student’s use are considered to be on loan to the student.  Normal wear is expected.  However, if a student loses, defaces, or destroys such materials, the parents will be responsible for the replacement of the same. 

 

 

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

 

When a child enters fourth grade, he or she will be offered the opportunity to take instrumental music lessons.  A variety of instrumental choices will be available.  Students will be given lessons in school once a week.  However, daily practice at home is encouraged.

 

Parents may rent or buy instruments from local retail stores.  More information will be available to the students each fall.  In the elementary schools, lessons are offered in both fourth and fifth grades.

 

Additionally, if a child participates in lessons throughout the school year, he or she is eligible to play in our annual elementary band/orchestra concert(s).

 

All third grade students are introduced to instrumental music using a recorder during their regular music classes.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

Records are maintained on each student as an aid to the educational process.  Parents may review records by contacting the guidance counselor at your child’s school.  Release of records or information to outside agencies will not occur without written permission from the parent.

 

When parents are divorced, both adults have access to medical, dental, and school records of their children, the residence address of those children and of the other parent, and any other information that the court deems necessary, unless there is a written court order denying such access.

 

 

 

 

REPORTING PUPIL PROGRESS

 

Formal report cards are issued to parents four times per year at the end of each nine week grading period.  Reports of good progress or poor progress are sent to parents anytime during the year when a teacher feels that the parent should be informed.  Informal notes and phone calls are often used between teacher and parent to keep abreast of the student’s efforts or problems.  Parents may contact the school by e-mail.  E-mail addresses are available at www.basd.net.

 

A formal parent-teacher conference is held at the end of the first nine weeks for each student’s parent(s).  The school considers this conference important for the parent to attend.  Parents may request a conference at any time by contacting the school.

 

 

 

 

HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION

 

When a student is going to be absent from school over an extended period of time due to accident or illness, homebound instruction may be requested.  A doctor’s statement indicating the length of time the student will be incapacitated is required.   For such a request to be considered, the period of absence would need to be longer than two weeks and must be reviewed every month by the physician.  Applications for homebound instruction can be secured through the school counselor.

 

 

 

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PART 4:  ATTENDANCE

 

ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS

 

Regular attendance during the days and hours that school is in session is required by the Pennsylvania School Code for all students enrolled in school. If a student is absent from school a written explanation must be submitted upon their return.  Absences shall be treated as unlawful until the district receives a written excuse explaining the absence, to be submitted within three (3) days of the absence.  A maximum of ten (10) days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification may be permitted during a school year.  All absences beyond ten (10) cumulative days shall require an excuse from a licensed physician.  Parents may also send the excuse through the mail, e-mail or by fax directly to the school.  Questions regarding attendance or tardy issues may be referred to Mr. Kristopher Vancas, Compliance Officer of the Bellefonte Area School District (814-355-5519).

 

Children missing more than 20 days of school will be considered an “at-risk” student for the following school year and will be referred to the Child Study Team. (pg. 6)   Their attendance will be monitored very closely, and other agencies may become involved.  Doctors’ excuses may be required after 10 absences for these students.

 

EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

 

1.       Parents must report a child’s absence to the school by phone before or during the first hour of the school day and then submit a written explanation for the legal absence upon their child’s return to school.

 

2.       For every unreported absence, the parents will be contacted at home or at work by the Attendance Officer or designee.

 

3.       After 5 days of absence (depending on nature of absence), a letter will be sent to the home.  The school nurse may also contact the home.

 

4.       A home visit will be made by the Attendance Officer and/or the school nurse when a pattern of excessive absences has been determined.

 

5.       After 10 days of absence, a doctor’s excuse shall be required for further absences to be considered legal.  Student may be referred to the school’s Child Study Team.

 

 

Students are only legally excused from school for the reasons listed in the table below.  This includes early dismissals.

 

Excused  Absences

 

1. Death in the immediate family.

2. Quarantine.

3. Illness (and/or medical appointments.-OMIT)

4. Recovery from an accident.

5. Required court attendance or legal appointments or to meet with

     social services  agency personnel. (OMIT)

6. Impassable roads and/or natural disasters.

7. Family emergencies

8. Other reasonable causes as permitted by Board Policy.

 

 

 

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The Board will recognize other justifiable absences for part of the school day.  These shall include medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, court appearances, family emergencies, and other urgent reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of unexcused absences are listed in the table below.  This list is not all-inclusive and does not preclude the classification of other absences as illegal or unexcused. After each of the three (3) unxcused days a first, second and third offense letter will be sent to the parent/guardian.  Upon the third unlawful absence, a Truancy Elimination Plan will be developed cooperatively with all involved stakeholders through a school family conference.

 

 

 

Illegal and Unexcused Absences

 

Attendance at non-sponsored sporting events

Absence for PERSONAL reasons / needed at home

Babysitting

Overslept / Car would not start

Gainful employment

Hunting and Fishing

Missing the school bus or personal transportation

Shopping

Trips not approved in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

TARDIES

 

 

Parents are expected to ensure that their children arrive to school and class on time.  Classes start at 8:15 am at Bellefonte Elementary and 8:20 am at Benner, Marion-Walker and Pleasant Gap Elementary Schools.  Students arriving to class after these times are considered tardy.

  

   1.   In the event that 5 unexcused tardies occur, the principal will contact the parent/guardian encouraging punctuality. 

 

   2.   When 10 unexcused tardies occur, a meeting involving the parent, principal, and guidance counselor will be required. 

 

   3.   After 15 unexcused tardies, further action may be taken.

 

 

 

 

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FAMILY EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

 

According to School Board Policy on pupil attendance, children may be excused from school for trips or vacations for educational purposes.

 

Parents who are planning to take their children on an educational trip during the time that school is in session may request an excused absence for the students.  Approval of these trips shall be requested in writing on forms provided by the district.  (Forms are available at school offices.)  Requests must be submitted three (3) weeks before the date of departure and should be completed in detail.  Forms shall not be accepted after the trip. Submission of the form does not constitute approval.  These requests will be evaluated on the following criteria:

 

 

1.    Length of trip – number of school days the student will miss.

 

2.    Only five (5) days per year shall be considered.  Trips will not be approved during the                          

                    PSSA testing window.

 

3          The number of absences accumulated prior to the scheduled trip.

 

4.       The purpose, itinerary, and supportive educational aspects must be clearly explained for  

justifying such an experience beyond the classroom.

 

5.       Approval will be contingent upon the student’s academic progress, attendance record, discipline record, and on the student’s responsibility for keeping up with assignments during the trip.

 

 

 

The school principal will review each request for compliance with the stated conditions.

 

If approval is granted before the trip is taken, the student’s absence will be excused.  If prior approval is not received, the absence will be classified as an unlawful and/or unexcused absence.  Should the student’s absence extend beyond the approved time, such days will be classified as unlawful and/or unexcused.

 

The student is expected to complete all school work that is assigned during the approved absence.  Such assignments will be given to the student immediately prior to the absence if the request for the educational leave is made in a timely fashion. Assignments are to be immediately turned in to the teacher upon returning to school.  We encourage you to make every effort to limit the amount of time your child is absent from school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 5:  STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT

 

 

The term harassment includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, or other verbal, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, ancestry, sex, national origin, age, or handicap/disability.

 

Ethnic harassment includes the use of any derogatory word, phrase, or action characterizing a given racial or ethnic group that creates an offensive education environment.

 

Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

 

1.       Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s academic status.

2.       Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the individual.

3.       Such conduct deprives a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment.

4.       Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive education environment.

 

                                                                       

                                                                     BULLYING

 

Bullying shall be defined as when a student is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.  This could include unwelcome verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct directed at a student by another student or students, or by an adult.

 

 

Cyber Bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology during the school day: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher, or employee of the District by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or web site postings.

 

The Bellefonte Area School District will not tolerate known acts of harassment or bullying occurring on school district property, at school-sponsored activities scheduled on or off school grounds or during the time students necessarily spend traveling to and from school or school –sponsored activities.

 

Complaints of harassment, bullying or cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified.  Neither reprisals nor retaliations shall occur as a result of the submission of a complaint.

 

The District shall annually inform students that harassment, bullying and cyber bullying of students will not be tolerated.

 

           

           

 

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PART 6:  BUS TRANSPORTATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION POLICY

 

Safety requires enforcement of rules for school bus conduct.  Parents are asked to familiarize their children with the obligations and courtesies of public transportation.  According to Pennsylvania Public School Code, the bus driver has the same authority over the pupil, while on the bus, as the teacher has in the classroom.

 

The school bus driver is authorized to enforce safety and social standards on his/her bus.  He/She determines the degree of talking and activity permissible, conforming with policies set by the bus contractor and the Bellefonte Area School District.  School bus rules are to be posted at the front of each bus.  School bus rules and expectations are also listed in student handbooks throughout the district.  Onboard surveillance cameras are installed on every bus.  A list of pupils assigned to the bus is kept by the driver, bus contractor, Director of Transportation and school principal/assistant principal.

 

Pupils will not be permitted to ride a bus other than his/her own unless prior written consent is obtained from the parent and the school principal/assistant principal and only on an emergency basis and as space permits.

 

Transportation of students to and from school is provided as a privilege for those students residing outside of each school’s walking area.  Due to insurance regulations, students who are classified as walkers are not permitted to ride a school bus at any time.  Students assigned as bus riders may not change to other buses.

 

Students are expected to obey bus regulations as outlined by the district bus policy.  Actions that distract a driver are considered dangerous to the welfare of the other students.  Such actions and other violations will be referred to the appropriate building principal for disciplinary procedures which will include contacting parents.  Serious or repeated student infractions will result in the suspension of the student’s bus riding privileges.

 

The bus rides to and from school are considered part of the school day and the same discipline code covers the behavior of students on the bus as in the school building.  Bus drivers will report misbehavior to the building principal after warnings are given to the student.  The building principal will work with the parents to ensure the proper conduct of the student on the bus.  It is our sincere hope that the behaviors will never escalate to the point where a student’s bus privileges will have to be suspended in order to protect the safety of all students on the bus.

 

 

SCHOOL BUS VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

 

For the safety of students and to maintain proper standards of conduct, a video surveillance system is in use on district school buses.  This system is intended to assist the administration, bus contractors, and drivers in observing behavior and preventing violation of bus rules and regulations.  Student behavior may be recorded and disciplinary action may be taken based on the behaviors recorded.

 

 

 

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~MINOR VIOLATIONS~

 

First Offense – Warning to offender or offenders by driver

 

Second Offense – Report by driver to school Principal/Assistant Principal of the school where he or she attends.  Disciplinary action taken by administrator.  (This may include assignment of detention, in accordance with the attending school discipline policy, or revocation of privileges during the school day such as recess activities for elementary students.)  School official notifies parents, preferably by phone.  A copy of the report and action taken is forwarded by the administrator to the Transportation Office; the administrator will also forward a copy of the report to the student’s parents or guardians.

 

Third and Subsequent Offense – Will have the same consideration as a major offense.

 

 

 

~MAJOR VIOLATIONS~

 

First Offense – Riding privileges are suspended for up to one week.  A greater number of days are possible, depending on the nature and severity of the offense, as decided by the building administrator and the Supervisor of Transportation Services.  Driver may recommend removal of offender from the bus at school building or his/her stop.  Driver reports infraction immediately to school principal/assistant principal who notifies parents.  Following a suspension from riding privileges the student shall assure the driver that no further problems will occur.  Transportation to and from school during a suspension of riding privileges will become the responsibility of the parents/guardians.  Students are NOT permitted to ride another bus during suspension.

 

Second and Subsequent Offense – Same as above with extension of suspension period, as agreed on by the administration/driver and Supervisor of Transportation.

 

 

Typical Minor Violations:

Insubordination, eating, drinking, littering, stands or changes seats while bus is in motion, rude, discourteous, annoying, pushing, tripping.

 

 

Typical Major Violations:

Fighting, smoking or using tobacco, spitting, destruction of property, violation of safety procedures, throwing objects, unacceptable language.

 

The cooperation of all concerned is essential for the safe operation of the school bus program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 7:  MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

CAFETERIA INFORMATION

 

The Bellefonte Area School District uses a computerized meal system that allows you to deposit money into your child’s individual account.  All deposits should be made on at least a weekly basis before school in the cafeteria.  Your child’s money is then used to pay for breakfast and/or lunch each day.  The cafeteria staff understands that sometimes your child forgets his/her lunch money.  When you send a payment in, any charges are repaid first and the balance is placed on your child’s account for future purchases.  Please remember that breakfast charges are not allowed.  If you would like your child to purchase breakfast, please plan accordingly.

 

There is also a free and reduced lunch program available to families who qualify.  Applications for free and reduced lunches will be sent home at the beginning of each school year.  Kindergarten snacks are not included in the free and reduced lunch program and vary from school to school and teacher to teacher.

 

Parents are invited to eat lunch with their children at any time.  If you would like to eat lunch with your child please notify the school cafeteria of your order before 9:00 am.

 

If you pack your child’s lunch please be sure it is ready to eat.  Children do not have access to a microwave. 

 

*Carbonated beverages are not permitted in the cafeteria during meal times.

 

 

INTRAMURALS

 

Intramural activities are provided for intermediate grade students after school hours and sometimes on Saturdays during selected periods of the school year.  Each school provides a program that is uniquely tailored to student interest.

 

Some of the past activities have included softball, basketball, floor hockey, and wrestling.  Written parent permission is required prior to participating.  Transportation is the responsibility of the parents.

 

 

STUDENT APPEARANCE

 

We encourage children to wear appropriate and safe clothing to school.  A clean and neat appearance is a great support for a student’s self-esteem.  This, in turn, has a positive effect on his/her attitude and actions.  Examples of inappropriate clothing would include clothing that is too tight or too short, clothing with large armholes, spaghetti straps, and tank tops.  Clothing that displays obscene/suggestive words or gestures, or exposes the midsection are also inappropriate for school.  Shoes are a major factor in safety.  In spite of current styles, running at recess and participation in Physical Education classes necessitate sneakers or other sturdy shoes. Please encourage your child to wear shoes that are appropriate for recess and gym.  Rollerblade sneakers and Flip Flop shoes are not allowed in school at any time.

 

                                               

                                                ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT POLICY

 

Students are not permitted to bring radios, walkmans, portable CD players, MP3 players or tape recorders to school unless the equipment is part of a classroom presentation.  In addition, laser light pointers and electronic games, such as Nintendo Game Boys, are not permitted in school.

 

 

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Cell Phones

Students may possess cellular telephones on school district property and at school district events provided, however, that such phones shall be turned off when students enter the building and/or event.  They shall be used only in a manner that is not disruptive to the school and its educational activities.  Principals may, in addition, adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations thereto, and as situations may warrant, to include but not be limited to revoking such privileges for any and all students.  The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device brought to school by a student.

 

 

                            SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES             ( Omit)

 

School assemblies are scheduled periodically throughout the year.  They provide for expansion of the regular curriculum and for large group experiences.

 

 

 

                                                                      FIELD TRIPS

  

In an effort to expand on classroom instruction, teachers, at times, offer a chance for students to partake in educational field trips.  These trips are truly worthwhile trips for the youngsters, as they receive first-hand experiences that relate to concepts they have been learning about in school. 

 

Parents will be notified in advance of any trip, and will be asked to complete permission slips in order for their child to go on the trip.  Children not permitted to go on field trips, for whatever reason, should still report to school.  These children will be sent, with assignments, to another classroom in the school.

 

Occasionally, parents may also be asked to chaperone field trips.  If you are asked, your cooperation will be appreciated so that we can have a better adult/child ratio on the trip.  If you are able to chaperone, please make arrangements for younger siblings to stay at home.  Your undivided attention is needed for our students.  Field trips provide enrichment and extension activities for the classroom.  Students must maintain both academic and behavioral standards to be able to participate in the field trips.  Teachers will communicate with both students and parents if there is a concern about a student not being able to participate in a field trip.

 

 

                                                                           PARTIES

 

Classroom parties are held throughout the year for special themes or events.  You may be asked to contribute items for these parties.  Children truly look forward to these occasions, so if you are able to donate items, when asked, your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.  A suggested list of appropriate food items will be provided to you by the classroom teacher.

  

Parents may request that their child not participate in a party if it conflicts with beliefs at home.  Such a request should be sent to the child’s teacher.  The teacher will make other arrangements for the child by consulting with the school principal.  These arrangements will not penalize your child in any way.

  

At times, teachers and/or parents wish to send in food to celebrate a child’s birthday or give a party for the teacher.  These parties must be coordinated with the classroom teacher.

 

In order to prevent hurt feelings, please do not send private party invitations to be distributed at school unless you are including the entire class.  Student home addresses or phone numbers are not allowed to be given out by the school.

 

 

 

 

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 Notification Letter for Parents or Guardians

                 (To be sent to all parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school at the beginning of each school year).

 

 

The Bellefonte School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for the managing insects, rodents and weeds.  Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places.  We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance.  We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present.  The pest monitoring team consists of our building maintenance, office, and teaching staff and includes our students.  Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to use to address the problem.  The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pests, etc. 

 

From time to time, it may be necessary to use the chemicals to control a pest problem.  Chemicals will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied.  When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products when possible.  Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to the area(s) being treated. Applications are always made after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends only. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

 

Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school.  To receive notification, you must be placed on the school’s notification registry.  If you would like to be placed on this registry, please complete the enclosed form. 

 

If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification.  Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

 

Each year the district will prepare a new notification registry.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Barto, IPM Coordinator.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Aaron Barto 

 

 

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Bellefonte Area School District

 

Pesticide Notification Registry Form

 

If you want to be notified, please fill out this form and return to your child’s teacher or follow the directions below to e-mail us the information. No response is necessary if you do not need to be notified.  (Please make sure that mailing addresses are complete, or the form will be returned to you.)

 

Student Name___________________________________________________________

 

 

Parents / Guardians Name_________________________________________________________________

 

 

______Yes I want to be notified of Pesticide Applications

 

             

            _____Notify me via U.S. Mail at the following address:

 

__________________________________________________________

 

                        __________________________________________________________

 

            _____Notify me via telephone (Emergency applications only) _______________

 

Please fill in the appropriate school(s) that your child/children attend to receive notification about a pesticide application:

 

 ________________________________________________________________ School

 

 

*          If you would like to be notified via e-mail, please e-mail a request to: jripka@basd.net   In the subject line type “Pesticide Notification”

We need your name, your child’s/children’s name and the school(s) they attend.

 

 

 

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               Specific Pesticide Application Notification

 

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

As you requested, we are writing to notify you of specific pesticide application at

___________________School.  If you have any questions, please contact

Aaron Barto, IPM Coordinator, at 355-4814 x 3006.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Aaron Barto

 

 

 

 

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                       Notice of Pesticide Application

 

________________________________________________School

 

Applicator’s name:______________________________________

 

Applicator’s address:____________________________________

 

Applicator’s phone:_____________________________________

 

Planned date/time of pesticide application:___________________

 

Location of planned pesticide application:____________________

 

Pesticide to be applied:___________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ON CHILDREN AND LEARNING

 

 

A child seeks to learn as a whole person, constructing intellectual, physical, social, and emotional understandings through interaction with the environment.

 

Learning is something a child does, not something done to the child.

 

A child learns through experiments and social interaction (often called play.)

 

Teaching strategies and classroom practices are based on authentic knowledge of the developing child.

 

Concrete and sensory materials are the natural learning media of children and are purposefully used in their education.

 

Individual learning styles and intelligences are nurtured through a variety of learning experiences and cooperative ventures.

 

Thinking, problem solving, commitment, and self-discipline are promoted in an atmosphere of trust and structured freedom.

 

Each child is unique, lives in a unique environment, and will live a unique life.  Teaching and grouping decisions reflect this diversity.

 

Learning is an essential life-long process to which schools contribute.

 

Educational outcomes are thoughtfully developed to reflect both the developmental needs of children and the changing nature of society.

 

The teacher is a professional decision-maker, who observes, analyzes, and facilitates children’s learning while continually learning herself/himself.

 

 

 

Copyright: THE GRIFFIN CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 15 South Fair Street, Guilford, Connecticut  06437


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bellefonte Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.

 

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, services, activities, and facilities accessible to and useable by handicapped persons, contact the district’s Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance Officer:  Dr. Cathy Y. Brachbill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 318 N. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA  16823-1679  (814-355-4814).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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