Howard Elementary School

DATA CARD

The school must have on file a completed data card on each student that lists the parents' names, complete home & work address, correct home & work telephone numbers and the numbers of two persons who can be contacted in the case of an emergency. Please notify the school immediately of any change. For your child's safety, we ask that you give us a password. This should be a word shared with those who will be picking up your child.

DRESS CODE

We make every effort to allow the students to be comfortable in school. For your convenience and ours at school, the following dress code will be used during the school hours. The dress code is to promote an atmosphere conducive to instruction and safety of your child.

The following shall NOT be worn in school:

Biker shorts

cutoff jeans that frayed or pockets showing

saggy - sagging pants--This is becoming a real problem.

spandex or body shirts

leggings or leotards unless with an appropriate length top or dress

suggestive slogans, pictures or advertisements for tobacco or alcohol products on clothes

caps, hats, scarves, or bandannas

strapless dresses or blouses

spaghetti strap dresses

bare midriff, halters, or tank tops

cleated shoes

clothing related to gangs

extreme hair color, make up or body piercing

Mesh may be worn with t-shirts underneath

Garments must cover the shoulders

Jewelry must not be distracting/disruptive or unsafe

In addition, any clothing that interferes with good order and discipline in school, such as clothing with sexually explicit or violence inciting slogans, may NOT be worn.   

PENALTIES: Change or go home

This is the Sumner County Standardized Dress Code for All Elementary Schools.

Medication       

If it becomes necessary for a student to take any kind of medication at school, the correct physician (if prescription) and/or parent signed note complete with instructions and time must be presented to the office along with the medication. All prescription medications must be in a current prescription container with instructions on it. Non-prescription medications must be sent in an unopened container in original package. Both must have correct signed forms or medicine will not be given at school. We are no longer allowed to dispense Tylenol or any other medications without documentation.

Monies

All monies sent to school should be transported as safely as possible by the students, usually clearly marked in a sealed envelope. Put your child's name, teacher's name, and what the money is to be used for on the envelope and any checks. The lunch charge policy is covered separately. Trip money must be collected prior to each planned trip along with signed permission notes. Report cards will be held until money owed is paid in full.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a learning activity. We will be doing activities that develop large and small muscles and coordination, lead-up activities for sports. We spend a lot of time on sharing, getting along, following directions, and in general, being a good citizen, as well as basic motor skills.

                   HOWARD DISCIPLINE PLAN 

ZERO TOLERANCE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Weapons of nature (real or toy)
  2. Abuse of any controlled substance
  3. Violence (real or threatened) to any faculty, staff member, or student
  4. Vandalism, stealing, or destruction of property
  5. Demonstrated lack of respect for authority
  6. Disruptive behavior that interferes with teaching and/or learning
  • CUMULATIVE BEHAVIORS- First offenses will be dealt with at teacher discretion within the prescribed guidelines. These may include but are not limited to the following: inappropriate attitude, temper outbursts, passive aggression (refusal to cooperate), lying, etc.
  • SECOND AND FOLLOWING OFFENSES-may be treated as critical offenses
  • CRITICAL OFFENSES-Will require immediate consequences from the administration.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Purpose:                                                                                                                               

Recognizing that absenteeism is a hindrance to education and that the progress of a student in school depends to a great extent on regular attendance, the Sumner County Board of Education adopts the following policy as an incentive for students to maintain regular attendance records. 

Policy:

A student who is absent from school will bring a note from parents/guardians stating the reason for the absence within three (3) days or the absence will automatically be considered unexcused.

For absences of a full or part day to be considered excused, a written note from the parent/guardian must be provided. After an accumulation of five days of absences excused by parent notes, the parent/guardian must provide more formal documentation for the absence to be considered excused. After the Christmas Break , the total of five absences begins again. Parents will be notified through the attendance program after five excused absences. 

A total of 12 days absent per semester will subject a child to retention. The principal and the teacher(s) involved will hold a conference with the parents/guardian and a decision will be made according to the provisions of Board Policy , Promotion and Retention .

Excused Absences

  1. Student's personal illness or hospitalization: A physicians statement will be required if a student misses three consecutive days of school. If the illness or the hospitalization is to exceed ten (10) consecutive days, the parent/guardian should apply for homebound instruction after the first five (5) days of absence.           *All notes whether valid medical excuses or parent notes shall be kept by the office on file for one (1) year. 
  2. A death in the immediate family: A parent/guardian note must accompany the student when he/she returns to school.       *Notes shall be kept on file for one (1) year.
  3. Special recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of his/her faith: Parents/guardians are requested to inform the school principal prior to the student being absent from school for religious holidays.
  4. Required court appearances: A student may be excused from school attendance for required court appearances. Verification from appropriate authorities may be requested.      *Notes shall be kept on file for one (1) year.
  5. Approved school related activities: Students are excused from school for approved school related activities.
  6. Vacations/trips must be approved by the building principal prior to departure. Times to turn in make-up work will be left up to the building principal. Vacations/trips taken without prior approval will be considered unexcused.
  7. Other emergency extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student must be approved by the building principal.

When a student needs to be absent for an excused reason, you may wish to have the teacher get missed work together. If this is the case, please call the school early and make arrangements for work to be sent to the office for afternoonnpick-up. Teachers cannot be expected to stop teaching to gather assignments. Calling early and allowing plenty of time will enable the teacher to use planning time for getting work together and therefore protect valuable teaching time.

CAFETERIA

The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. To encourage good nutrition, a healthy well balanced meal is served at a reasonable cost. Our cafeteria manager works with our teachers and students to incorporate nutrition into the curriculum and to help in making wise food decisions.

Applications for free and reduced rates are available in the school office.

(Parents are invited to eat occasionally with their child's class. Students may invite one classmate to eat with them when parents are visiting. For those of you that bring in commercially prepared food, a place in the appropriate grade level pod will be provided.)

Ticket Sales

Lunch money for the week will be collected on Mondays in each classroom. All lunch money is handled through the cafeteria.

Charges

A student may charge his/her lunch only two (2) times. Afterwards, the student's parents will be contacted to bring money. Please help with this on your daily lunch checks. The cafeteria is left "holding the bag" for many unpaid charges each year and we need your help in order to alleviate a yearly financial loss. All charges are handled in the cafeteria or office. You may pay in advance for a month, semester, or year if you choose.

Discipline

We will have a cafeteria discipline plan that ties in with our school-wide Assertive Discipline Program. As teachers have a duty free lunch, we need parent help in encouraging good behavior in the cafeteria to maintain a pleasant eating atmosphere for both students and visitors.

Cafeteria 4 B's

        Be Seated     Be Neat     Be Quiet     Behave

PTO

Howard School has a very active PTO. The PTO provides a strong link between the home and school, keeps parents informed of all pertinent issues relating to children, participates in the decision making processes of education, actively supports legislation benefitting children and cooperates with community organization and agencies to promote children's welfare.

PTO also provides volunteers for classrooms, libraries, and school functions and sponsors fund raising projects to finance activities that benefit the school and students.

Any parent can support his or her child's education by joining the PTO. Call the school for information.

School Volunteers and Visitors

All visitors to Howard Elementary must enter the main front doors with covered walk and first come by and sign in at the office before going to any other parts of the school. There will be a sheet for you to sign and a visitor's tag for you to wear while at school. Volunteer workers should also follow the same procedures as visitors to school.

Telephone

The office telephone is for school business and may be used by students only in case of emergency. Parents, please make any calls to school after 8:00am and before 2:00pm. Calls to teachers will result in messages unless it is during that teacher's planning time.

School Insurance

Voluntary student accident insurance is offered to all students for a minimal cost. Insurance materials will be provided at registration for enrollment. If you have any questions regarding this information feel free to drop by the school office for assistance.

Bookstore

From 7:15-7:30 A.M. each morning, the Howard bookstore is open. We carry supplies and workbooks required for students. These items are usually available at local bookstores and/or department stores. Our bookstore occasionally carries school spirit items, usually at or near cost, such as t-shirts, book bags, special pencils, etc. Specialty items may be carried throughout the year. These items will need to be put in backpacks.

Breakfast

Students may eat breakfast at school between 7:00-7:30 A.M. ONLY. Students are to be finished with breakfast before 7:30 A.M. in order to be in their classrooms b y that time. If school is delayed by weather conditions, a one hour delay will mean a light breakfast will be served. If there is a two hour delay, breakfast will not be served here at school. Our cooks will already be into the preparation of lunch for the students.

Bus Information/Conduct

Students who come to school on the bus should return home on the bus unless they have a note from the parent or guardian. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the buses will result in suspension from riding the bus. All students on the bus are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey his/her rules. The drivers will report any misconduct to the principal immediately. No eating is allowed on the bus. Students are expected to stay seated, follow all rules, and mind the bus driver. No large objects, flowers, or balloons are allowed to be sent home on the bus. Medications are not to be sent on the bus.

If a student doesn't normally ride the bus and needs to ride due to special circumstances, e.g. to go home with another student; or, if a bus rider is to ride the bus to a location other than his home or usual stop, the bus driver must be provided with a note from the student's parent or guardian signed by the principal. Bus drivers will not allow students to board or leave the bus at an irregular location without permission.

Celebrations

Parents, if you send balloons to your child, please make arrangements for your child to be a car rider. For safety reasons, school buses are not allowed to carry balloons or large arrangements.

Discipline

Assertive Discipline will be practiced school-wide. Each teacher will be following the school's discipline plan. A copy of this plan is included in this handbook.

Weapons are not allowed at any time on campus. Any students found to have in his/her possession a gun (toy or otherwise) or knife WILL BE SUSPENDED!!! Lighters and matches, etc. will also result in suspension. Tobacco products are NOT ALLOWED on school property at any time. Chewing gum, profanity, and loitering in the hallways are also prohibited. 

**Please don't approach your child's teacher expecting a conference during arrival and dismissal time!**

Arrival

The school doors will open at 7:00 A.M. Students should not arrive at school before that time since teachers will not be on duty. We ask that parents not drop their children off to wait at the front doors until school opens, as this practice is unsafe for your children. Upon arrival between 7:00 and 7:25 A.M., students are to report to the gym. After that time students are dismissed to their rooms and may be dismissed from there to the bookstore, library, etc. Students must be in their room, in their seats, and ready for class to begin at 7:30 A.M.; if not, they will be considered tardy and must report to the office for a tardy slip.

In order to encourage growth and development of independence of our younger students, parents are allowed to walk Kindergarten and 1st Grade students to their rooms or to the gym, (if early), the first two (2) weeks of school. The third week of school the students may be walked to the office area (front hall). From the fourth week throughout the remainder of the year, students will be expected to walk to the room by themselves.2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are considered to be of the appropriate developmental age to walk themselves to class after the first full day. Any variations from this needs to be approved in the front office.

If a student arrives after 7:30 A.M., the student must report to the office for a tardy slip. After 11:00 A.M., students will be counted ABSENT FOR THE DAY. Excessive tardies and/or early dismissals will be turned over to the truancy department. All parents and visitors must enter the building through the main/front door.

Dismissal Policy

In order for a student to be dismissed during school hours, a parent/guardian or and adult authorized by the parent must come to the office and sign the student out. The child will then be dismissed through the office. Please do not ask that your child be dismissed during the day unless it is an emergency. Try to make all doctor and dental appointments after school hours. If students are checked out of school before 11:00 A.M., they will be marked absent for the day.

Car riders will be dismissed at 2:30 P.M. Students are to be picked up at the front of the building. The students will be dismissed out the doors at the Kindergarten end of the building. This is the only place that car riders will be allowed to exit the building. Any car riders remaining after 2:45 P.M. will be brought to the front main doors for dismissal. Please remember that students should be picked up by 2:45 P.M.

Walkers will be dismissed out the front doors waiting for the crossing guard or another adult to escort them out.

For the safety of our students, we ask parents not to pick children up in the pod area, office area, or classroom door area. Please teach your child to meet you at the designated car rider dismissal area. Older students who ride buses to our school may also be picked up in the front car rider area.

HOWARD ELEMENTARY DISCIPLINE POLICY

     Our school places an emphasis in the area of discipline. We implement a school wide discipline plan. The purpose of this plan is to assist all of those who are associated with your child's education when it is necessary to address a behavior problem. Behavior includes work habits (school work, homework, etc.) and student actions.

     According to the Sumner County Board of Education Discipline Procedures, students are expected to conform to the rules and regulations of the school system and apply themselves to the learning process. It is the responsibility of the home and school, and every effort should be made to involve parents at every level of misbehavior.

     The following are rules at Howard Elementary. As we work to consistently enforce these rules, let us remember that they, as well as classroom rules, are made to facilitate and expedite rather than to impede the movement of students and their growth and development.

     Each classroom will have a specific set of rules and expectations based upon the general school wide discipline plan.

     Good behavior will be reinforced in the classroom through positive reinforcement.

   **We will have an end of the six weeks award for students who maintained green cards the entire time.

CONSEQUENCES

Consequences will be implemented as follows:

  1. Each student begins each day with a GREEN CARD.
  2. Failure to follow stated rules will result in:                                             

                 a. 1st offense - yellow card

                 b. 2nd offense - blue card

                 c. 3rd offense - red card and note sent home. 

If your child receives two red cards, he/she will serve one hour in after school detention the following Tuesday from 2:30-3:30. The student has to be picked up promptly at 3:30. Parents will be notified by letter before the detention is to be served. This letter should be signed and returned to school on the following school day.

                             SEVERE CLAUSE    

Severe disruptions will require immediate attention by the principal and will bypass the above sequence of consequences. For every three detentions a student receives in one school year, he/she will be suspended from school for one day. (Suspensions will be handled on an individual basis.)

Shared Vision

Pursuing academic excellence, developing personal motivation, and inspiring continued learning endeavors in preparation for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Mission Statement

Howard Elementary commits to growing learners who are college and career ready through quality instruction, effective use of resources, building a collaborative culture, and strong leadership.