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Student/Parent Handbook

Moniteau County R-I







California Elementary School

101 S. Owen

California, MO 65018













Dear California Elementary Families,


We welcome you and your child to the California R-I Elementary School.  We look forward to providing your child with a quality educational experience.  We have worked very hard to prepare for this school year, and we believe that our students will have a rewarding educational experience. Our teachers will continue to emphasize the importance of reading and math in our daily instruction. 


The faculty and staff are in their fifteenth year of implementation of the BIST behavior intervention program.  We want all students to learn to be responsible citizens and feel this program will help them achieve this goal.  There is a description of the program in the first few pages of our handbook.  Parents will receive more information from their child’s classroom teacher at the beginning of the school year.


This handbook is provided to help you become familiar with school practices and procedures.  Each student is expected to follow the guidelines in the handbook.  Please take time to read and discuss the information with your child.  Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions about the information provided in this handbook.


We would like to encourage all parents to visit our school and attend your child’s activities.  We believe that a successful school requires a team effort from the community, parents, students, faculty and staff. 




California Elementary Faculty and Staff




Moniteau County R-1

Vision For The Future


The Moniteau County R-1 School District is an exceptional educational organization which strives to provide a strong core of knowledge that will enable ALL students to achieve their maximum potential.




The school district will have a challenging curriculum that keeps pace with the needs of society, promotes higher-level thinking, and provides for the individual needs of ALL students.




The school district guarantees that every child will be provided with a safe, supportive, resource rich learning environment that complements ALL students’ abilities.




The school district encourages parent engagement in all aspects of the educational process and teamwork among faculty, staff, and ALL students.




The school district will maintain a high level of technical awareness to ensure that technology will be used as an effective tool in the implementation and support of the curriculum to the benefit of ALL students.




The school district will produce accountable citizens who have a healthy desire for life-long learning so that no child will be left behind.









The elementary building will be open at 7:00 daily. Students should arrive between 7:00 and 7:45.  When students arrive they may either eat breakfast or go the gym where they will be supervised until time to go to classrooms at 7:45.  Students walking or arriving by car will enter the building through the south entrance that is located at the corner of Aurora St. and South Owen St.  Bus students enter the building through doors near the gym.  After arriving on school grounds, students are not allowed to leave the premises.  Use the circle drive to drop students off.   Do not park in the circle drive between 7:30 and 8:30 as it causes traffic jams.   Classes begin at 7:50 each morning.



We love to celebrate birthdays at our school!  We try to announce each child’s name on the day of their birthday if possible.  We ask that if you choose to bring a treat that it is simple (a single item and/or drink) and that you supply the napkins, utensils, etc.  All food items must be store bought and packaged.  No homemade treats will be allowed.  We do not deliver invitations to parties at school.  Traditionally, if everyone in the class is invited, we will allow students to hand out invitations.  However, we will not allow a student to go to another class and hand out invitations.


Cold Weather Policy

When the temp is 40 degrees or below, students will need a coat/heavy jacket in order to play outdoors.  Gloves and hats are not required but highly suggested.


When the wind chill and/or temp is less than 30 degrees, students will stay indoors.  The office will do their best to inform classrooms of the temp for recess.  Exceptions can be made to this policy based on wind speed, snow/rain/ice.



School dismisses at 3:00.  K-1 will dismiss out the doors near the corner of Stella and S. Owen, 2nd and 3rd will dismiss out the doors near the elementary library, 4th and 5th will dismiss out the doors near the office.  Please send a note to your child’s teacher if after school plans will be different than usual.  Parents should contact the elementary office before 2:45 with any last minute changes in a child’s after school plans.  If you call later than 2:45 we cannot guarantee that the student will receive the message.



Required school attendance is based on Missouri School Laws as found and described in the Publication No. 10-Missouri School Laws, 1970 (Chapter 167, Section 167.031).  In as much as academic success is greatly related to good attendance and punctuality, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid excess student absenteeism or tardiness.  School officials are required to enforce attendance and keep accurate attendance records.  Excessive absences will be reported to the juvenile office and/or family services.  Retention could be possible due to excessive absences.


Students are expected to report on time to school each day.  Learning begins at 7:50 each morning.  Please make all efforts for your child to arrive at school by 7:50 each morning.  Students reporting to school late must have a parent sign the attendance record in the school office.  Parents taking students from school during school hours must sign the attendance record in the school office before the student leaves.


If a student is unable to attend school, a parent should call the school office (573-796-2161) or email the secretaries to notify the school of the student’s absence.    In case a parent is unable to contact the school, the student should, upon his/her return to school bring a note.  It should be signed by a parent, indicating the date(s) absent and the reason for the absence.   If the school has not heard from the parent regarding the reason for the absence a call, text message, or email will be sent by the School Reach Automated system to attempt to verify the absence.


There are verified and unverified absences.  Verified means that the school has heard from the parent/guardian regarding the absence.  Unverified means that the school has not heard from a parent and therefore the student is considered the same as truant.



School Absence

California Elementary School will not make any distinction between excused and unexcused absences, except in the case of truancy.  Students who are absent will have the right to make up work missed within a time frame established by the teacher. All absences will be recorded by minute intervals. Every effort should be made to schedule regular doctor visits after school, in order to be within the attendance guidelines.


Parent’s Responsibility in Cases of Absence

When a student is absent from school with the parent’s permission, it will be necessary for the parent to call the office (796-2161) in order for the absence not to be considered truancy. Calls will be accepted at any time. The office is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the hours school is not in session, voice mail will be activated and parents may leave a message concerning their child’s absence. Parents are urged to call in before 10:00 a.m. Parents are expected to call on the day of the absence or on the first day of an absence that will last more than one day. If parents are unable to call, students should bring a note from their parents to the assistant principal’s office before school on the day they return to school. But, if the office has not heard from the parent regarding the absence, the office will try to reach the parent in order to verify that absence. Upon returning to school, students who have not provided evidence that they had permission from their parents to be absent from school will be classified as truant.


Attending School Functions the Day of an Absence

Students who are absent from school will not be allowed to attend school related functions on the same day they were absent unless previously approved by the administration.


Excessive Absence

Excessive absences can result in retention of a student.  This is not the only indicator used to decide if a student is promoted to the next grade, but can be a factor in retention.  If a student has 10 or more unverified absences, the Department of Family Services will be notified.  Parents are notified of excessive absences, as directed by the Board of Education, at 5, 10 and 15 days.


Notification to Parents

Upon reaching the following limits, the parents will be notified:

Fifth (5th) absence - Parents will receive a letter simply notifying them of the number of absences.

Tenth (10th) absence – Parents will receive a letter informing them of the number of absences and the possibility of retention and/or notification to the Department of Family Services.

Fifteenth (15th) absence-Parents will receive a letter informing them of the number of absences and any

consequences that have resulted because of that.


Procedures for Checking Out of School During the School Day

  1. After a student has reported to school, he/she is not to leave at any time except after reporting to the office and receiving permission. Students must be signed out on the sign-out sheet in the office with the parent signing the student out of school.
  2. Failure to follow the proper procedure when leaving the building will result in a student being considered truant.




Illness During School

A student who is injured or becomes ill during the school day is responsible for contacting the nearest teacher. Students will not be sent home if parents are absent from the home without approval from the parents at the time of the emergency. Emergency treatment by a doctor must first be approved by the parents or a relative. All students leaving for any reason must check out through the front office or nurse’s office.


Students will obtain a pass from their assigned classroom teacher in order to go to the nurse’s office. Students will not be allowed to see the nurse without a pass except in emergency situations.



Students are expected to complete assignments missed due to absences.  Normally, the student

will be allowed the same number of days to complete make up work as the student was absent.  When a student is absent parents may call the school office before 10:00 a.m. to request homework for their child.


Students who remain at home for a long period of time because of an illness or disability may request and receive educational instruction at their home.  A doctor’s statement is required before a student is considered for homebound instruction.



Punctual and regular attendance is necessary in a well ordered school, both for the proper training of the individual student and to avoid disruption of classroom activities. The pupil who is tardy wastes not only his own time but also the time of the other class members who are distracted upon the entry of the late pupil. Students will be considered Tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 7:55 am.  Tardy students must be signed in at the office by a parent in order to go into class.


Perfect Attendance

From time to time there will be awards for Perfect Attendance.  The definition of perfect attendance is no minutes missed, no tardies and no early releases from school.  In other words, the student is here every minute school is officially in session.  Leaving early from field trips, track meets, or other school events will count against a student’s attendance.


Before/After School Programs

Tutorial programs are available for students who are experiencing academic problems.  Contact the elementary office or your child’s teacher for more information.


Balloons & Flowers

Balloons and/or flowers in glass vases are not allowed on the school bus for safety reasons.  If your child rides a bus and you plan to send a “special delivery” to your child at school, please make arrangements to pick your child up from school that day.  Students will not be allowed to board the school bus with the balloons and/or flowers in glass vases.  Request a plastic container without balloons to be able to take it on the bus.



Students riding bicycles to school are encouraged to bring a lock to lock the bicycle to the bicycle rack.  School is not responsible if bicycles are stolen, locked or unlocked.  Bicycle racks will be located near the southeast entrance to the elementary building. Students should walk beside their bike once on school grounds to avoid injuring to others.


Cancellation of School

In the event of inclement weather, listen to a local radio station or watch a local television channel to be apprised of the school cancellation decision.  Cancellations will be announced on California radio station KRLL and on the following Jefferson City radio stations:  KLIK, KTXY, KWOS, and KJMO.                                                                                                It will also be announced on KWRT in Boonville.  Cancellation notices will also be called to the following TV stations:  Channel 13 in Jefferson City, and Channel 8 in Columbia.  Parents may also sign up to receive text alerts through our School Reach Text Alert Program. You are asked to complete an Inclement Weather form that tells school what you want your child to do in case school is dismissed early due to bad weather.  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE PHONE CALLS.  Your plans must be in place prior to bad weather.  We will give you several opportunities to complete this form.


You may receive notices of school cancellations by registering for text messages on our website at


Change of address, telephone number, etc.

The office must be notified of any change of parent occupation, address, telephone number, or plans for withdrawing a student from school.  It is very important that we have a telephone number to reach parents in case of emergency.


Conduct in the Hallway

Students are expected to move through halls in a quiet orderly fashion.  During the first two weeks of school and, as needed, all K-5 students will receive lessons and practice appropriate conduct as part of the BIST program.  No running inside the school building is tolerated.


Care of School Property

Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school.  Students who disfigure property, break windows, or do other damage to school property or equipment will be required to pay for the damage done or replace the itemsThey may also be subject to before/after school detention, in-school or in extreme cases, out-of-school suspension.


Dress Code

The appearance of any young person is primarily the responsibility of the student and the parent.  We expect students to maintain an appearance appropriate to school setting.  The student’s appearance should be in good taste and should not be distracting to teachers, other students, or the educational process.  Student should dress in clothing that allows them to actively participate in recess and P. E. classes.  The following are our dress codes:


  1.     Printed wording or pictures on clothing advertising or promoting drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco or that is obscene or profane in interpretation will be prohibited. Shirts containing any part or image that is derogatory or disrespectful to any race, gender, culture, religious or ethnic group will be prohibited.
  2.     Shoes, boots, or sandals are to be worn at all times. Gym shoes are required for gym class.  Students will not be allowed to participate barefooted or in socks.  Flip flops may not be worn to school.  Shoes with wheels may not be worn to school.
  3.     The midriff may not be bare. Girls may not wear spaghetti strap tops and boys may not wear shirts with slit sides.
  4.     Caps, hats, visors, sunglasses, sweat bands, and bandannas are NOT to be worn in the school building. This applies to both boys and girls.
  5.     Pants should not sag. Pants that sag or bag must be worn with a belt.  Shorts should be an appropriate length.
  6.     Clothing should be suitable for the weather.


Annual Notification of Directory Information


The following is included in the directory information:  Student’s name and grade, gender, home address, home phone, parents’ name, date of birth, awards and honors.  Under current FERPA legislation, all military personnel can request directory information.  If any student believes any or all of the above directory information should not be released without prior consent, please contact the principal’s office by September 16, 2016.


Annual Notification of Rights to Parents and Students

The district shall annually notify parents of students currently in attendance or eligible students in attendance of

their rights under the FERPA and FERPA regulation by publication in the student handbook.  Parents and or

 students may request that the district not use a student’s social security number at the time of enrollment.



At various times throughout the school year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in trips off of the school property.  This may be a day trip to an educational setting or a walking excursion to a park, office or business.  Students taking trips must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.  The office cannot accept permission from parents over the phone.  Students who do not remember to bring permission slips will not be allowed to go on the trip.  All school rules apply during trips or school sponsored activities.


Students with excessive discipline issues may be required to have a parent supervise them on the trip. 


Parents may volunteer to help chaperone class trips.  Siblings may not participate in trips.  Parents may ride the bus only if there is adequate room on the bus.


A “one time” permission slip will be provided to parents to be signed granting permission for their child to attend all events taking place at the Performing Arts Center.  This facility is located at the high school campus and students will be bused to this location a few times each school year for various musical events.  Parents will be notified through the classroom newsletter as a reminder for when these events will occur. 



Fire, earthquake and severe storm warning drills are held at random throughout the school year.  During an emergency drill, students must follow the drill instructions posted in all school areas and obey their teacher’s instructions.  Students are to be quiet during the drill and walk to their designated area inside or outside the building.  Students practice safety procedures and escape routes from the building.  Safety procedures are posted in each room of the school building.  Teachers and students also practice procedures that may be used in case of bomb threats or intruders in the building.



No hazing or fraternal type initiations for student organizations will be authorized by the school.


Homework Policy


Research indicates that schools in which purposeful homework is routinely assigned and assessed tend to have

higher achieving students.  Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline, and lifelong

learning habits.  It serves as a vital link between school and home.  Therefore, the policy of California

Elementary School is that quality homework be required at all grade levels.

Responsibilities of Staff

It is the intention of the California Elementary School staff to assign relevant and meaningful homework

assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives.  Homework should provide students with the

opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop

independence.  Homework grades are modified based on students’ individual needs (i.e. IEP,

ESL students).  Homework assignments may include:

  • Practice exercises to follow classroom instruction
  • Preview assignments to prepare for subsequent lessons
  • Extension assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations
  • Creative activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product.

Each team of teachers is expected to give feedback and/or correct homework.  Teachers are to involve

parents and contact them if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops.


Responsibilities of Parents

Parents should provide a suitable environment and time for studying each day.  Monitor student’s

organization and daily list of assignments in their agenda.  They should guide and assist in homework

when unusual difficulties arise but never do the homework for their child. 


Responsibilities of Students

Students should understand that homework is part of the school’s requirements.  Make sure assignments

are done according to the given instructions and completed on time.  Work on homework independently

whenever possible.  Produce quality work.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions if necessary.  Students are

encouraged to pursue non-assigned, independent, leisure reading. 


Length of Homework

California Elementary wants to make homework a meaningful activity with a realistic amount of time

spent that teaches the student responsibility, yet is not intrusive on family time.  The recommended policy

is no more than ten minutes times the grade level of the child a night.  Recognizing that what takes

one child ten minutes may take another thirty, it is critical that there is communication with parents so

adjustments can be made to this policy when needed.  It is also recommended that teachers be sensitive

regarding the assignment of homework over weekends or after district assigned school breaks.  Some

projects will extend over weekends and vacations, but the time allowance is such that families can plan

to get the project completed in such a way as to accommodate their plans.


Late Work

Students are expected to turn homework in on time.  All K-5 students are allowed one day of late

homework with no repercussion.  Students who turn in late assignments on a consistent basis will receive

any of the following based upon individual teacher discretion or grade level policy:

  •    partial credit
  •    no credit
  •    missed reward activity
  •    communication with parents
  •    before or after school detention

Students who miss homework because of an illness or absence will receive the opportunity to make up

missed work.  The rule of thumb is that one day of absence equals one extra day to make up the work. 



Lost and Found

Books, coats or other student possessions left in the halls, at recess, or otherwise lost are turned into the principal’s office.  These items will be placed in the lost and found, located by the multi-purpose room. Students may retrieve articles from the lost and found by identifying them at the principal’s office.  Every effort will be made to identify the owner of the lost article and to return it to them.  Students who are in possession of lost items may be subject to disciplinary action.  Items remaining at the end of the school year are given to charity or recycled.



For health reasons homemade snacks cannot be served to students. They must be store bought and individually wrapped.



Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to visit California Elementary School.  Please remember to check in at the principal’s office and pick up a visitors pass.  Students should not invite school age friends or relatives to visit school.



Parents should contact the elementary office prior to transferring to a new school. A withdrawal form needs to be completed before the student leaves.  The office will make copies of school records and immunizations and send them to the new school.  All library books and textbooks should be returned.  Lunch accounts need to be paid in full.



Report Cards

Report cards will be issued to students at the end of each nine-week quarter. These cards are usually issued about one week after the end of the quarter.  To verify that a parent has seen the report card, parents should sign the back of the report card and return it to school. 


Recording Progress

The classroom teacher is responsible for recording all grades on the report cards as well as attendance, and required information on the  permanent file of students in his/her homeroom. Special Services teachers will be responsible for giving their students’ grade to the homeroom teacher to record.


Mid-quarter Progress Reports

A progress report will be sent home with students at the midpoint of each academic quarter.  To help the student be more successful, parents receiving these reports should visit with their student, and they may want to visit with the student’s teacher as well.  Parent/teacher conferences will be held in the first and third quarter.



All parents are encouraged to make an appointment to visit with their child’s teacher with any questions or concerns that they might have.  Throughout the year, teachers are also available for conferences during their daily planning period and before and after school. Parents requesting a conference with a teacher should call the school office and arrange for an appointment.


Grade System

A standards based grading system will be utilized in the Elementary School.  Each student will be evaluated based upon mastery of objectives for their particular grade level. Standards-based grading involves measuring students' proficiency on well-defined course objectives. Standards-based reporting involves reporting these course objectives rather than letter grades at the end of each grading/reporting period.  Samples of the grading system will be available at the open house event as well as during parent teacher conferences. 


Retention Policy

As a general guide, a student failing two or more subjects, absent an excessive number of days of school, or reading more than 1 year below grade level could be retained.  This decision, however, is based also on the opinion of the counselor, administration, and the faculty members who instruct the student.  The value of the retention is discussed and the best interest of the student is fully considered prior to a decision.  According to Board Policy IKE the final decision about retention rests with administration. Students who are reading below 3rd grade level at the end of 4th grade will be retained as mandated by Senate Bill 319.




Breakfast and Lunch Procedures

The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school.  The California R-1 School meal program includes breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:50 a.m.  Students should arrive no later than 7:40 to eat breakfast.  All students may purchase meals at school.  If preferred, the student may bring a sack lunch.  Applications for free or reduced priced meals are available in the office.  Prices for full paid breakfast and lunch are determined in August of each year.  These amounts will be available to parents on the first day of school.   Reduced price breakfast is 30 cents and reduced price lunch is 40 cents, subject to change.  Lunches are provided on a prepaid basis.  Lunch statements are sent out at the beginning of each week.  Please send lunch money on a regular basis or when you receive a statement. 


Children are expected to observe the cafeteria rules and behave accordingly.  They must follow the instructions of the cafeteria supervisors.  Cafeteria privileges will be suspended if a student cannot observe appropriate behavior and an alternate eating place will be provided.


Contagious and Communicable Diseases

No student shall be permitted to attend the California R-1 Schools while afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease (condition) or while liable to transmit such disease (condition) after having been exposed to same.  The school may require a child to be examined by a physician and may exclude the child from school so long as there is any danger of the disease (condition) being transmitted by the child.


(RSMo 1970:167.191) Teachers should report or send any student to the nurse’s office that shows indication of possible contagious disease or condition (such as head lice, scabies, strep throat or illness, etc.).  The student will be evaluated and will be determined by the nurse if student needs to be sent home. 

Students may not attend school if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or more. 


Guidance and Counseling

All elementary school students and parents will have access to a guidance counselor.  The guidance counselor may assist in many areas and provide classroom instruction in personal social skills, drug/alcohol awareness, conflict resolution, and career exploration.


Health Room Policies and Procedures

Students may visit the health room if they become ill at school, need to take authorized medication, have had an accident, or need to speak with the nurse.  Students need a pass from their teacher in order to visit the nurse except for emergencies such as an accident or becoming violently ill.


If a student becomes ill at school and the nurse determines that they need to go home, she will contact the child’s parent/guardian or other contact person.



All students are required to have documentation of immunization as stated in the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and Welfare.  Students who do not meet state immunization requirements will be excluded from school until required documentation is submitted.

Media Center

Students may check books out from the library.  In all cases, they will be responsible for any damage, lost, or stolen book while the book is checked out in their name.  Books are checked out for a week at a time.  Parents are asked to help their children in remembering to return library books on time.  Although there are no fines for overdue books, we strongly encourage students to learn and practice good library habits from the beginning.  Continued misuse of library books will lead to library privileges being revoked. 

Computers are available for classroom use in the Media Center and the Computer Lab.  Teachers of students in grades 3-5 use computers in these locations to integrate technology into research projects.  Prior to using computers, the policy for “acceptable use on computers” is reviewed with students.  Students and parents must sign the “acceptable use policy” prior to students having access to any computer resources through the internet.  A copy of the “acceptable use policy” is available at the elementary office and library.  Students who fail to follow the outlined computer use policy may have computer privileges suspended.


Medication Policy, Grades K-5

It shall be the policy of the California R-1 School Board of Education that giving of medication to children during school hours be discouraged and restricted to necessary medication that cannot be given on an alternate dose schedule.


The California R-1 School Board of Education does, however, recognize that some students may require medication during the school day for chronic or short term illnesses in order to remain in school and participate in their education.


The California R-1 School District is not obligated to supply, dispense, or administer medication to children.  The district will provide the administration of medication for any student if the parent/guardian is willing to comply with the medication policy procedures.



  1.  Long term prescription medication like (Ritalin, inhalers, etc,) requires a physician’s written order and parent/guardian signature. 
  2. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, route of administration, and the time to be taken.
  3. If the medication changes during the school year, there must be a signed physician’s order and parent signature. 
  4. The medication should be in pharmacy labeled containers with:
  • Name of student
  • Name of medication
  • Amount to give and time to give it
  • Date of purchase
  • Physician’s name
  • Medication quantity at school should not exceed a 30-day supply.


  1. The nurse will contact parents when the supply of medication is about out.  Empty bottles will be sent home with students. 
  2. Due to liability, the school will only supply Tylenol or Ibuprofen or administer any other medication to students if parental permission has been given.
  3. Short term prescription medications (like antibiotics) or over-the-counter medications must be accompanied with a signed  parent/guardian note. The following requirements must be followed:
  • Medication must be in original container.
  • Over the counter medications will not be given for more than five days without a physician’s written/signed statement.
  • List student name on the note.
  • Indicate date and time medication is to be given.
  • List name of medication and amount to give.


  1. The district will not be responsible for medications not taken to the nurse/office for administration, or if the physician requests self  administration of the medication for a chronic condition.
  2. The District will not administer the first dose of any medication.
  3. It should NOT be necessary to give more than one dose of medication per school day.  Your child’s doctor may be able to schedule all doses of medication to be given at home.  If necessary special arrangements can be made with the school nurse and physician concerning administration of more than one dose of medication at school.
  4. Self administration of medication (inhalers, etc.) must have:
  • Written authorization by the parent/guardian
  • Medical history of the student’s asthma
  • A written Asthma Action Plan to address emergencies and the care of asthma while in school.
  • In addition, written authorization must be provided from prescribing physician that the child has asthma, has been trained in the use of the medication, is capable of self-administering the medication, and has been informed of the dangers of permitting others to use the medication. 


  1. The School District incurs no liability as a result of the self-medication of the student and permission for self-medication must be renewed every school year.
  2.  Injectable medication will not be administered at school unless special arrangements have been made by the physician and the school nurse.  If the school nurse is not available, an ambulance will be called.



Teacher Support Team

Teacher Support Teams (TST) are school-based problem solving teams designed to provide all students with opportunities to learn and progress in the general curriculum. The TST process recognizes that many variables affect learning. The primary purpose is to help general education teachers to meet diverse student needs within the general education setting. Our teachers need and deserve the support of their colleagues within the building. Students can be referred to the TST by their current teacher or a parent. This process is data driven-that is, team members consider evidence that the teacher collects to document the concern. This data is used as a baseline to later identify if strategies are being effective. At the initial meeting the team assesses the teachers concern, inventory the students strengths and talents, select one or two concerns, set goals, design an intervention, and review the intervention and monitoring plans.


 Response to Intervention (RTI)


RTI is a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems.

With RTI, teachers identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities.

Through this process, ongoing data collection is used to recognize students with learning disabilities much earlier than in the past. This allows students to be provided with the help they need before further learning disabilities develop.

Teachers assess and collect data on students that helps them determine a course of action for helping student achievement.  Teachers collaborate with each other and share interventions that have helped with other students. 



In order to ride the school bus a student must be determined to be eligible to ride.  Board policy dictates how students are eligible to ride. 


Kindergarten through fifth grade students living within a mile from the school who have to cross either 50 highway or 87 highway may walk to the mile limit stop and catch the school district transportation providing they make prior arrangements with the building administrator and transportation company. If at any time the number of ineligible riders exceeds 10 percent or the space available on a vehicle, transportation will no longer by provided for ineligible riders.  Board policy EEAB.


Riding the school bus is a privilege extended to students, and it can be removed at any time for disruptive and unsatisfactory conduct.  All students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey the bus driver’s requests.  Specific regulations are posted in each bus.  Failure to comply with the rules and regulations may result in disciplinary measures. Bus conduct notices require a parental signature before riding may resume.  Our buses have video capability for disciplinary support.  Students are subject to monitoring at the discretion of the bus operators and school administration.


Parents must contact the Bus Barn to ask permission to ride a bus if your student is an ineligible rider.  The Bus Barn does not provide transportation for after school parties and sleepovers. If parents feel there is a problem on a bus or have a question, they may contact  Durham School Services at 796-2904.


Students will receive a bus referral for the following:

  • Moving while bus is in motion
  • Head or hands out the windows
  • Throwing objects out window
  • Throwing objects on the bus
  • Destruction of property
  • Rude, discourteous and annoying language to others
  • Loud talking, yelling, shouting, screaming.
  • Scuffling/Fighting/Pushing/Tripping/Hitting
  • Use of tobacco or other controlled substances
  • Eating or drinking on the bus
  • Failure to follow driver’s directions
  • Rude, discourteous language to driver
  • Obscene language or gestures.



First notice     will be given when conduct is extremely detrimental to safety.  Notice will be signed and returned to office and parents are asked to help in correcting the problem.


Second notice will result in an automatic 1-3 day suspension from transportation.


Third notice    will result in an automatic 3-5 day suspension from transportation.


Fourth notice will result in an automatic 10 day suspension from transportation.


Fifth notice     will result in suspension from transportation for the remainder of the semester and/or year.


In coordination with possible loss of bus riding privileges, other consequences may be assessed.  As an extension of the classroom, the building principal reserves the right to discipline students using consequences that are age appropriate.  This may include the loss of recess, detention, in school suspension or out of school suspension.  Students who have been removed from the bus for discipline issues may not be eligible for class field trips.






All district personnel responsible for the care and supervision of students are authorized to hold every pupil strictly accountable for any disorderly conduct in school, on any property of the school, on any bus going to or returning to school, or during school-sponsored activities.  According to state law, authorized district personnel shall not be civilly liable when acting in accordance with the written policies on discipline.  When a student is sent to the office for disciplinary action, the administration has the option of following the disciplinary action outlined below or administering other disciplinary action at their discretion.




Student Code of Conduct


The Student Code of Conduct is designed to foster student responsibility, respect for the rights of others and to ensure the orderly operation of the school.  No code can be expected to list each and every offense that may result in the use of disciplinary action.  However, it is the purpose of this code to list certain offenses which, if committed by a student, will result in the imposition of a specific penalty or any other action deemed necessary by the administration.

            District discipline policies are important for the maintenance of an atmosphere where orderly learning is possible and encouraged.  All district personnel responsible for the care and supervision of students are authorized to hold every pupil strictly accountable for any disorderly conduct in school or on any property of the school, on any bus going to or returning to school, during school-sponsored activities or during intermission or recess periods.  According to state law, authorized district personnel shall not be civilly liable when acting in conformity with the written policies on discipline.  Monitoring devices are located inside and outside the building, as well as on buses, to help maintain a safe environment for students.

            Common sense rules of conduct and dress are expected of each student.  Such things as loud talking and running in the halls are considered improper and will be treated as such.  Any teacher or administrator has the authority and responsibility to advise a student of improper school conduct whenever and wherever the misconduct is observed.


  1.  Academic Dishonesty (Cheating):  Will be defined as cheating on homework, quizzes, tests, etc.  Teachers maintain the right to accept student work they deem appropriate.

1st Offense:  Student could receive a zero (0) on the assignment, parents will be notified,

 and principal/student conference. 

2nd or more Offense:  Same as above with possibility of 1-5 days of I.S.S.

  1.  Arson:  Starting or attempting to start a fire or causing or attempting to cause an explosion. 

1st Offense:  Recommendation for long-term suspension and notification to law

enforcement officials.

Subsequent Offense:  Recommendation for expulsion and notification to law

            enforcement officials.


  1.    Assault:  Attempting to cause injury to another; intentionally placing another in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

1st Offense:  Notification of parents or guardian, Recovery Room and/or I.S.S. or O.S.S., and possible notification of law enforcement officials.

Subsequent Offenses:  10 days I.S.S. or O.S.S., possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.  (Serious cases may result in a recommendation for expulsion on the first offense).


  1.    Bus Discipline and Conduct:  Please see back of handbook for Bus Referral Form.

NOTE:  Our buses have video capabilities for disciplinary support.  Students are subject to monitoring at the discretion of the bus operators and school administration.  Parents are not allowed to see due to confidentiality of other students on bus.


  1.         (a)  Disparaging or Demeaning Language:  Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic words or gestures or pictures to include pornography, meant to harass, intimidate, or injure another person, i.e., threats of violence of defamation of a persons race,  religion, gender or ethnic origin.

1st Offense:  Recovery Room, apology to other person.

2nd Offense:  Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

3rd Offense:  I.S.S. or O.S.S.

  1. (b) Disparaging or Demeaning Language toward students:  If any of the above are directed towards a student the following consequences will apply:

1st Offense:  Recovery Room, apology to other person

2nd Offense: I.S.S

3rd Offense: O.S. S.

Subsequent Offense:  10 days I.S.S. and/or O.S.S. with possible recommendation for long term-suspension.

  1. (c)  Disparaging or Demeaning Language Toward Faculty / Staff:  If any of the above are directed towards a faculty/staff member the following consequences will apply.

            1st Offense: 1-10 days Recovery Room, and/or I.S.S.

            Subsequent Offense:  10 days I.S.S. and/or O.S.S. with possible recommendation for long term-suspension.


  1.    Disrespectful / Disruptive Conduct or Speech:  Verbal, written or symbolic language, or gestures that are rude, vulgar, defiant, or considered inappropriate to public settings.

1st Offense:  Principal/Student conference, and/or possible 1-10 days Recover Room and/or I.S.S.

Subsequent Offense:  1-10 days Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.  with possible O.S.S. depending on severity of incident.


  1.    7. Drugs, Alcohol, Drug Paraphernalia:Students are not to use and/or have in their possession illegal drugs, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, or anything that imitates illegal drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia in any form, any form, any place on the school campus or at any student activity home or away.  The use and/or possession of drugs/alcohol is wrong and harmful and prohibited in all school buildings and on school grounds, to and from buses and cars, before and after school.  Drug dogs could be called in to conduct drug searches on school property. 


Consequences for violating this policy will be as follows:

  1.    School personnel will confiscate questionable items.
  2.    Written documentation of the incident will be made.
  3.    Parents or guardian shall be contacted.
  4.    Any student under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or in possession of drug/alcohol/drug paraphernalia/imitation drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia shall be suspended from school for 10 days (1st offense). A 2nd offense will result in a recommendation for 10 to 90 days O.S.S.
  5.    Any student engaging in the illegal sale, exchange or distribution of drugs or alcohol shall be suspended from school for 10 days, with possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.
  6.    The appropriate law enforcement agency shall be contacted.
  7.    Any disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
  8.    Students involved in school sponsored groups and activities will lose a portion or all of their eligibility from that activity as deemed appropriate by the activity sponsor and administrator.
  9. Electronic Equipment/Radios/Laser Light:  Because of interference with the school  environment and security/safety problems involved, students are not to have radios, tape/CD  players, camcorders, video games, laser lights, beepers or cellular phones at school.

1st Offense:  Item confiscated, principal/student conference, parent notification, and/or detention.

Subsequent Offenses:   Item confiscated, walk laps at recess and/or Recovery Room


  1.    Excessive Discipline Problems:  Chronic violation of school rules when detention, Recovery Room, and in-school suspension have not proven to be a deterrent will result in out of school suspension.  When any student accumulates ten (10) discipline notices, they could receive up to 10 days O.S.S. with possible referral to the Superintendent for long-term suspension.


  1.    10. Extortion: Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

1st Offense:  Principal/Student conference, Recovery Room, and/or 1-10 days I.S.S.

Subsequent Offenses:  1-10 days I.S.S. and/or O.S.S., and possible recommendation for  long-term suspension or expulsion.


  1.    False Alarms:  Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false  reports; communicating a threat or false report for the purpose of frightening, disturbing or  causing the evacuation or closure of school property.  Student may be subject to I.S.S., or  O.S.S., with possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.


  1. Face Paint/Make Up:  Face Paint/Make Up may not be worn at school during the school day.


  1.    Fighting:  Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

1st Offense:  Notification of parents or guardian; Recovery Room and/or 1-10 days I.S.S., O.S.S. or other action deemed necessary by the administration; notification of the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Subsequent Offenses:  1 to 10 days suspension, with possible recommendation for long term suspension or expulsion.


  1. Inappropriate Behavior:  Typically handled by classroom teachers but reoccurring problems will be sent to the office and documented in SIS.  Behaviors such as hitting, pushing, horseplay, reckless behavior, name calling, shouting in class, etc. shall fall into this category.

                        First offense to the office:  Notification of parents or guardian, loss of classroom privileges, safe seat.

                        Repeated offenses: Recovery Room, ISS, OSS as needed


  1.     Improper Computer Usage: This will include but not be limited to the following:
  •     The accessing of pornography or any adult site deemed inappropriate by the administration.
  •     The accessing of sites related to drugs and alcohol unless specifically told to do so by a faculty member for the purpose of a class assignment.
  •     Students are not to visit chat rooms on school computers.
  •     The use of a school computer to knowingly cause harms or damages (“hacking”).


1st Offense: Notification of parents or guardian; loss of computer privileges for up to 10 school days: possible detention, Recovery Room or I.S.S.

2nd Offense: Loss of computer privileges for 45 school days; 1 to 3 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

3rd Offense:  Loss of computer privileges for 180 days; 5-10 days I.S.S. or O.S.S., with possible long term suspension.


  1. Insubordination: All students who attend the California Public Schools are expected to recognize the importance of cooperation with all officials of the school system. Discipline administered for insubordination will follow these general guidelines, but administrative  discretion exists to handle all situations separately depending on the severity and nature of the offense. Any student who refuses, through verbal or other actions, to immediately comply with a legitimate request of a teacher or administrator is subject to the following:

1st Offense:        Recovery Room

2nd Offense:       1 day I.S.S. and/or Recovery Room

3rd Offense:        3 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

4th Offense:        5 to 10 days O.S.S. or recommendation for long term suspension.


  1.     Medication Use at School: The use of medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter can create problem situations such as allergic reactions and negative side effects. Therefore, any medications must be handled and taken with care and only as authorized. In accordance with Missouri State statutes, the following guidelines have been established.
  • Any medications must be taken only as directed and only the amounts to be taken during a school day should be brought to school. Medications should be kept in a container that is properly labeled.
  • Some situations require that medicines be administered by the school nurse or unlicensed personnel who have been trained. In those situations, the school nurse will follow board policy for administering medicines to students.  Any student using an inhaler must receive permission from the school nurse.  Forms are available in the school office for physicians to use for authorization for medicines to be given at school.
  • In no case may one student provide any type of medication to another student. School personnel may not provide medications to students unless authorized by the school nurse.


             For possession of unauthorized medication or possession of an excessive amount of medication:

1st Offense:        Notification of parents; medication confiscated; and/or Recovery Room

2nd Offense:  Up to 10 days I.S.S.


For providing or receiving any medications from another student:

                        1st Offense:        Notification of parent, medication confiscated 1 to 5 days Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

                        2nd Offense:       Up to 10 days O.S.S.


Medication may be confiscated and held by the administration at any time.  Other situations that arise concerning medications may prompt action as deemed necessary by the administration.


  1.      Profane, Inappropriate or Threatening Language: All students have a right to attend school without having to hear profane and/or inappropriate language.  Obscenities, name-calling, and threats do not show respect for the rights of others.  Students showing this type of behavior will be subject to the following:

            1st Offense:        Warning, Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

            2nd Offense:       1-2 days of Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

            3rd Offense:        2-3 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

            4th Offense:        3-5 days suspension or other action deemed appropriate by the administration.


  1. Public Display of Affection: Student contact such as holding hands, arms around each other, kissing or other forms of petting are inappropriate in the school setting and will not be allowed. Instructors have been asked to look for violations of this rule and all students will obey requests of any teacher at any time.

            1st Offense:        Notification of parent/guardian, and/or Recovery Room

            2nd Offense:       1 day Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

            3rd Offense:        3 days I.S.S.


  1.     School Property Violations:  School property is valuable and expensive to maintain or replace. Students are to respect school property as they would their own. Consequently, to preserve school property, the following rules are in effect in the school buildings.  Students are permitted to use school district books and materials as well as building facilities. Each student must assume responsibility for the property of others as well as his/her own property. When theft, damage or destruction to school or student property occurs, the student responsible will be assessed the amount necessary to replace or repair the damaged property and be subject to I.S.S., detentions, or suspension from school for 1 to 10 days, with possible recommendation for long term suspension or expulsion. This includes damage to the building and facilities, books, locks, playground equipment or any property in or on school grounds.

Also included is inappropriate use or damage to computer, computer memory, data, and programming and software. Students found tampering with school computers, files, records, networks or inappropriately using the Internet will be subject to disciplinary action. This could include walking laps at recess, Recovery Room, I.S.S., O.S.S. or any other action deemed necessary by the administration.


  1.     Student Dress: Students are required to dress appropriately for school.  Students are not to wear hats, caps, bandannas, or other head coverings in the school building. Examples of clothing which are unacceptable include tank tops, midriffs, halter tops, spaghetti straps, and clothing which displays suggestive language (e.g. Coed Naked) or advertisements for alcohol, tobacco products or other drugs. 

1st Offense

  1.       Student will be asked to cover up, change or wear shirt inside out.
  2.       Walking laps at one recess or Recovery Room visit.

2nd Offense:

  1.      Student will be asked to cover up or change.
  2.      One day Recovery Room and/or I.S.S.

3rd Offense:

  1.      Student will be sent home for remainder of the day.
  2.      Two days of I.S.S. and/or Recovery Room.

4th Offense: Student is subject to up to 10 days I.S.S. and or O.S.S.


            Administrative discretion exists to handle other situations not listed that may arise.


  1.      Theft:   Theft, attempted theft or knowing possession of stolen property.  Student will be subject to discipline that may include Recovery Room, I.S.S., O.S.S., restitution and possible referral to the appropriate law enforcement officials.


  1.    Tobacco Use and/or Possession: Students are not to use and/or have in their possession tobacco in any form any place on the school campus, on school transportation or at school activities, both home and away. The use and/or possession of tobacco is wrong and harmful and prohibited by law in all school buildings and on school grounds, to and from buses and cars before and after school. Students working on school projects or attending meetings/activities under the direction of a teacher are not to use or possess tobacco, day or night. School personnel may confiscate tobacco from students. Students who use or possess tobacco may be referred to law enforcement officials. Students with dependency problems may contact the counselor for outside resources and programs.

Consequences for Possession or use of Tobacco:

            1st Offense:           1 day I.S.S. or O.S.S.

            2nd Offense:           3 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

            3rd Offense:            5 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

            4th Offense:          10 days I.S.S. or O.S.S.

            5th Offense:          10 days O.S.S. to long term suspension.


  1.      Truancy: Any of the following situations will result in a student being considered truant:
  •      Being absent without parent’s permission.
  •      Not attending school after leaving home to do so.
  •      Leaving school without permission from the office and parents.


           Discipline administered for truancy will be as follows:

1st Offense:  Notification to parents and student by phone or mail.  Assignment to1day Recovery Room and/or I.S.S. Zero credit recorded for daily class work missed during the truancy. Possible parent conference.

2nd Offense:  Notification to parents and student assigned 2 or more days I.S.S. Zero credit recorded for daily class work missed during the truancy.


  1.     Unnecessary Items at School

The use or possession of items that could pose a danger or distraction to students in the class such as but

not limited to  those listed below are not permitted in the school building.  Any such item found in the

possession of a student will be confiscated and given to the principal.


Balloons                     Pagers                                 Cellular phones                        Chains              Fireworks               Hair color/glitter        Hand-held video games      Laser pointers                           Playing Cards                                 Radios                        Roller blades                      Skateboards                               Tape recorders/CD Players             Toys                           Water pistols                       Arrowheads                               Balls                               

Trading/Collectable Cards                                    Any Electronics                         


1st offense: Warning and the item is confiscated.

2nd and subsequent offenses: Items are confiscated, kept until the end of the year when a parent may pick

up the item, and walk laps at recess, and/or Recovery Room.


  1.     Weapons: Students are forbidden to bring into school or onto school grounds or property any item that is ordinarily considered to be a weapon. This includes any instrument or device customarily used for attack or defense against an opponent, adversary or victim; or any instrument or device used to inflict physical injury or harm to another person, whether on the person or in a vehicle.

1st Offense:  Weapon other than Firearm

  1.     Item will be confiscated.
  2.     Notification of parents or guardian.
  3.     Depending on the nature of the situation, a student may be subject to Recovery Room and/or I.S.S., or suspension from school for 1 to 10 days, or any other action deemed necessary by the administration.
  4.     If situation warrants, the appropriate law enforcement agency shall be notified.

Subsequent Offenses:  Recommendation for long term suspension.


            1st Offense:  Firearm

  1.     Recommendation for 1 calendar year O.S.S. or expulsion.
  2.     The appropriate law enforcement agency will be notified.
  3.     Any suspension or expulsion may be modified on a case-by-case basis upon recommendation by the superintendent to the Board of Education


Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST)


BIST is a student management plan that is used to supplement the approved disciplinary protocol of our district and focuses on bringing about lasting changes in students’ attitudes toward themselves and others by changing our responses as teachers toward students when they have behavior difficulties.  This program is a team effort that encourages ALL staff members, including support personnel, to guide our students as they learn to make appropriate choices and take responsibility for finding acceptable solutions to their problems.  We eagerly invite parents to join our team and help us provide opportunities for children to self-correct and learn from their mistakes.


The elementary staff will provide safe classrooms, develop personal relationships with all students and partner with parents in this important process.  When a problem arises, the teacher will help the student identify the problem in a caring and kind manner.  A safe place in the classroom or in another location, “buddy room”, will be provided until the student is able to “own the problem”.  The student must agree to solve the problem and develop a plan before returning to class.  The plan may include an apology, a written plan for improvement, a “target behavior chart” or other creative solutions.  The student’s plan will be shared with the parents.  We encourage parents to discuss the plan with their child and keep in touch with the teacher…talk about how you feel the plan is working.  Communication between home and school is important.  This process allows students to become responsible problem solvers and gives teachers and parents the opportunity to work together in a partnership as we prepare each student for the future.


What does BIST look like?


When you visit the California Elementary School you will see…

*Teachers and staff members smiling and talking one on one with students in calm caring manner-listening and

   trying to get beneath the hurt to the heart of each student.

*Class meetings where shared decision-making takes place

*Teachers offering more choices in the classroom

*Students taking ownership for their own problems

*Students thinking and writing about their choices in a quiet area (using a “Think Sheet”)

*Teachers and students developing plans together

*Teachers forming partnerships with parents-communicating often regarding the plan

*Students with more confidence and increased self-esteem



-Daily “check in” with an adult to assess emotions, establish focus about what it means to have a good day and formulate solutions if problems occur.



What does BIST sound like?


When you visit California Elementary you will HEAR staff members saying…

*Are you okay?

*What is the problem? How do you feel about it?

*Was that a good choice?

*Where in this building can you go to be safe?

*How can you take care of yourself and not be in trouble?

*I don’t want to punish you.  I just want to help you look at yourself, so you can change.

*I know this is hard for you.

*It’s okay to have a problem.  It’s not okay to stay stuck with it.

*If you choose to let me help you, there is hope that WE can solve the problem.

*It is our job to help you with your problem.

*How are you going to fix this problem?

*Can you do it by yourself or do you need some help?

*What can you do next time?

*Good thinking!! Good plan!!


What is the Recovery Room process?


The Recovery Process at California R-1 strives to bring about lasting change in students' attitudes toward themselves and others by teaching them to make good choices when managing their feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, excitement, or despair. We have adopted the BIST behavior plan to help us achieve this goal. One component of that plan is the Recovery Room.

The Recovery Room is a safe, non judgmental place other than the regular classroom or buddy room where a student can go to think and problem solve. While in the Recovery Room, a student is expected to "own the problem" and with the help of the Behavior Interventionist, be able to solve the problem and develop a plan before returning to class. The plan may include an apology, a contract for improvement, a "target behavior" chart (behaviors the student needs to work on) or a number of other creative solutions. The student's plan may be shared with the parents. We encourage parents to discuss the plan with their child and keep in touch with the teacher as to how the plan is working.

The Recovery Room is also used for triaging students who are on a behavior plan and need help and encouragement to be successful with the plan. Triage may be done once a day or several times a day depending on the need of the student. Triage usually lasts only a few minutes. The Behavior Interventionist will go over the goal or goals the student and his/her teacher have determined to be important. Through role modeling and encouragement, the Behavior Interventionist will make sure the student is prepared to meet his/her goals for the day.





The Board of Education believes that the right of a child to attend free public school carries with it the responsibility of the child to attend school regularly and to comply with the lawful policies, rules and regulations of the school district. This observance of school policies, rules and regulations is essential for permitting others to learn at school.


Therefore, the administrative prerogative to remove a student from his/her present school setting because of willful violation of school rules and regulations, willful conduct which materially or substantially disrupts the rights of others to an education, or willful conduct which endangers the student, other students or the property of the school, shall be permitted, provided such action is taken in accordance with due process and with due regard for the welfare of both the individual and the school. School attendance may be temporarily denied to individuals by the administrative act of summary suspension, but expulsion can be implemented only through specific action by the Board of Education. No student shall be suspended unless the following hearing procedures are implemented:


  1.     The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges against him/her; and
  2.     If the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an oral or written explanation of the facts which form the basis of the proposed suspension; and
  3.     The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident before judgment is rendered. A student has the right to bring forward witnesses on his/her behalf.
  4.     Prompt notification will be given to the parent/guardian or others having custodial care of student, of the administrator’s action and the reasons for such action.


The board authorizes the summary suspension of pupils by the principal for a period not to exceed ten (10) days and by the superintendent for a period not to exceed one hundred and eighty (180) school days, provided such action is in accordance with due process and state statutes. Any suspension by the principal shall be immediately reported to the superintendent who may revoke the suspension at any time. The student, his/her parents/guardians or others having custodial care of the student may appeal the principal’s decision to suspend the student to the superintendent.


In case of a suspension of a student, by the superintendent, for a period of more than ten (10) days, the student, his/her parents/guardian, or others having custodial care, may appeal the decision of the superintendent to the board or to a committee of the board appointed by the president of the board, which shall have full authority to act in lieu of the full board. Requests for appeal shall be in writing filed with the secretary of the Board of Education. Upon the filing of the appeal, the suspension, as determined by the superintendent, shall be stayed until the board or the committee of the board renders its decision, unless in the judgment of the superintendent the pupil’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process. In such case, the judgment shall be immediately transmitted to the pupil and his/her parents/guardian or others having his/her custodial care and the pupil shall be immediately removed from school.


Upon the filing of a request for an appeal of the superintendent’s decision to suspend a student for more than a period of ten (10) days, the superintendent shall promptly transmit a written report to the board, indicating the facts relating to the suspension, the action taken by the superintendent and other administrative officials and the reasons for such action. The board upon request shall grant a hearing to the appealing party.


Students suspended from school for any violations may or may not be allowed to make up all missed class assignments and tests at the discretion of the principal.  In any case, it will be the responsibility of the student to come in for assignments and work with each teacher in completing their work.


Any suspension of more than 180 days or expulsion will be considered and administered by the Board of Education.


Student Discipline Hearings


The Board of Education may originate a student discipline hearing upon recommendation of the superintendent. In such cases, the Board of Education will review the superintendent’s report and determine whether to conduct a discipline hearing. In addition, student discipline hearings also will be held upon written parental request to consider appeals from student suspensions in excess of ten (10) days. In all hearings, whether initiated by the Board of Education or by parental appeal, the following procedures will be followed:


  1.      Parents/guardian will be advised of the charges against the student; their right to a board hearing; the time and place of the hearing; their right to a counsel; and their procedural rights to call witnesses, enter exhibits and cross-examine adverse witnesses. All such notification will be made by certified mail, addressed to the student’s parents or guardians.
  2.      Prior to the board hearing, the student’s parent/guardian will be advised of the identity of the witnesses to be called by the administration and advised of the nature of their testimony. In addition, the student’s parent/guardian will be provided with copies of the documents to be introduced at the hearing by the administration. 
  3.      The hearing will be closed unless the student’s parents/guardian request an open hearing. At the hearing, the administration or their counsel will present the charges and such testimony and evidence to support such charges. The student, his parent/guardian or their counsel shall have the right to present witnesses, introduce exhibits and cross-examine witnesses called in support of the charges. A licensed court reporter may record the hearing and prepare a written transcript. 
  4.      At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board of Education shall deliberate in executive session and shall render a decision to dismiss the charges; to suspend the student for a specified period of time; or to expel the student from the schools of the district. The administration or its counsel, by direction of the Board of Education, shall promptly prepare and transmit to the parents/guardian written Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decisions.



In-School Suspension Program (I.S.S.)

The I.S.S. program will serve students who have not complied with the school’s code of conduct and will serve the following purposes:

  1.      Reduce number of students suspended out-of-school.
  2.      Reduce the drop out rate.


Referrals:  Referrals to I.S.S. may be made only by the superintendent of schools, building principal, and assistant principal. The referrals are based on a teacher’s written referral or an administrator’s judgment about the student’s behavior. The number of assigned days in I.S.S. is decided by the building principal or assistant principal.


Students are sent to I.S.S. only after: 

  •     Discipline notices have been written.
  •     Notification has been made to parents.
  •     Assignments have been gathered from student’s classroom teachers.
  •     The I.S.S. teacher has been contacted.


Regular class teachers will provide assignments for the time students are stationed in I.S.S. The completed assignments will then be given to teachers for grading and inclusion in the normal academic class work. I.S.S. students will receive credit for completed assignments.


Students report to I.S.S. at the start of the school day and must bring textbooks from all classes, supplies of notepaper, pencils, eraser, etc. Upon arrival to I.S.S., the student is given assignments and a sheet listing the regulations and time schedules of I.S.S. Each student is assigned to an individual carrel or desk.


Other rules and procedures for I.S.S. are:

  1.     Student will remain in the assigned carrels or desks for the entire day.
  2.     Student must ask permission to leave the carrels or desks.
  3.     Student will not speak to any other students or the instructor without permission. Speaking without the I.S.S. teacher’s permission will result in additional I.S.S. time or O.S.S.
  4.     Student will be productive in class assignments.
  5.     No food or drink will be allowed in I.S.S. S.S. students will eat lunch under the supervision of the I.S.S. teacher.
  6.     Restroom periods will be allowed once in the morning and once in the afternoon, or at the discretion of the I.S.S. teacher.
  7.     Non-completion of class assignments may result in additional time in I.S.S. or O.S.S.
  8.     All absences will delay, not eliminate I.S.S. days.
  9.     Students assigned to I.S.S. will not be allowed to participate in or attend any after-school or extra curricular activity the day of the suspension.


Ejection from I.S.S. will result in O.S.S. and can be for the following reasons:

  1.     Sleeping
  2.     Refusal to work
  3.     Disruptive behavior (talking, noises, profanity, etc.)
  4.     Defiance of authority



(Procedures for Handicapped Students)


If a handicapped student is charged with engaging in serious misconduct for which suspension may result, the building administrator or designee will follow these procedures:       

  1.     When suspension is considered, the Supervisor of Special Education will be notified, in writing. Notice should include action pending and reasons for such action.
  2.     If, in the opinion of the building administrator, the behavior of the student is disruptive to normal classroom procedures or presents a danger to self or other, then in coordination with Director of Special Education the student will be assigned to homebound instruction.
  3.     Within five workdays of receipt of notice, the Supervisor of Special Education will reconvene the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) committee. The committee will be charged with the responsibility of determining:  1) whether the behavior(s) for which action is recommended is related to the student’s handicapping condition, 2) whether the student’s action imperils the education of others within the setting, and 3) whether the student is, in fact, in the appropriate least restrictive environment.
  4.     The composition of the committee will be: 1) the building administrator (or designee), 2) the Supervisor of Special Education (or designee), 3) the student’s regular and/or special education teacher, 4) the parents/guardians, 5) a member of the appraisal team assigned to the district, and 6) the student, when appropriate.
  5.     If the committee determines that the behavior under review is unrelated to the handicapping condition or that the student’s behavior does imperil the education of others, then normal disciplinary procedures can proceed immediately. However, if the committee is unable to reach a decision based on the information presented, they may recommend further assessment. In this event, the student will remain in the present placement until assessment is completed and reviewed by the committee.

The decision rendered by the committee shall be communicated, in writing, to the superintendent, the parents/guardians, the building administrator and the Supervisor of Special Education following the conference. Once all issues are satisfied the normal disciplinary procedures may proceed immediately.  If, in the future, student expulsion becomes a viable alternative for a handicapped student, information gathered by the above process will be made available to the Board of Education to assist them in making that decision.


Senate Bill 319 is the reading improvement legislation.  This bill passed during the 2001 legislative session, establishes a reading standard that Missouri students must achieve by the end of the 4th grade year in order to be promoted to 5th grade.  Following are some of the noteworthy components of Senate Bill 319.

  •     Requires school districts beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, to assess all third grade students reading below grade level within forty-five days of the close of the school year and to establish a reading improvement plan for their fourth grade year.
  •     Requires reading improvement plans to include a minimum of thirty hours of reading instruction or practice outside the regular school day during the fourth grade year and a minimum of thirty hours of reading instruction or practice during summer school following the fourth grade year.
  •     Requires all students to participate in a reading improvement plan through the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade year or until they are reading within two years below his or her age group at the completion of the 6th grade year, a notation advising that such student has not met minimal reading standards shall be entered on the permanent record.
  •     Requires school districts to continue assessing all students with a reading improvement plan near the close of the school year and near the end of summer school to determine their status
  •     Requires school districts to assess all students who transfer into the district in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade is they are determined to be reading below grade level.
  •     Requires school districts to make a systematic effort to inform parents of the methods and materials used to teach reading instruction to any student with a reading improvement plan. School districts may fulfill this requirement through a cooperative arrangement with neighboring school districts.
  •     Eliminates mandatory reassessment the following year for any student scoring at the lowest level of proficiency in any subject at any grade level under the MAP program.


There is still a mandatory retention clause in the bill, but exceptions to the clause include 1) special education students, 2) Section 504 students, 3) students who are not proficient in the English language, and 4) Students with cognitive abilities insufficient to meet the reading standard in the bill provided that school districts identify these students at the beginning of their fourth grade year.   The mandatory retention clause applies to students, excluding the exceptions, who are not reading at the third grade level at the end of the fourth grade year.





Confidential Information

All Public schools are required to handle student information in an appropriately confidential manner and to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children. Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their children. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements provided in FERPA.


Educational records shall be retained according to the guidelines set forth in the Missouri Public Schools Records Manual. “Directory Information” will be released as deemed necessary by school officials. The school district designates the following items as “Directory Information” student’s name, parent’s name(s), address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attended and photograph. The district may disclose any of those items with out prior written consent unless notified to the contrary in writing by parent/legal guardian or eligible student.






  • The Policy:
  •     It is the policy of the Moniteau County R-1 School District to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment.
  •     It shall be a violation of this policy for any member of the staff to harass another staff member or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature defined below. It shall also be a violation of this policy for students to harass other students through conduct or communications of a sexual nature as defined below.


  • Definition:
  •     Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by any member of school staff to a student, when made by any member of the school staff to another staff member or when made by any student to another student when:
  •     Submission to such conduct is made whether explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education, or when:
  •     Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual, or when:
  •     Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or education environment.
  •     Sexual harassment, as defined above, may include, but is not limited to the following:
  •     Verbal harassment or abuse.
  •     Pressure for sexual activity.
  •     Repeated remarks to a person, with sexual demeaning implications.
  •     Unwelcome touching.
  •     Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, job, etc.


  •       Any person who alleges sexual harassment by any staff member or student, or any other persons on school premises or grounds in the school district, may complain directly to his or her immediate supervisor, building principal, or district affirmative action officer. Filing of a grievance or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not reflect upon the individual’s status nor will it affect future employment, grades, or work assignments.
  •     The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused will be respected consistent with the school district’s legal obligations, and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred. This policy covers any other person or persons on school premises or property.


  • Sanctions:
  •      A substantiated charge against a member in the school district shall subject such staff members to disciplinary action, including discharge.
  •      A substantiated charge against a student in the school district shall subject that student to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion, consistent with the student discipline code.














































Dear Parent or Guardian:


Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know.


Upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
  • What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.


In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent

• Information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part.

California Elementary School



California Elementary School and the parents of students participating in Title I.A activities, services, and programs, agree that this compact outlines how the entire school staff, the parents, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.


School Responsibilities


California Elementary School and its staff will:

  • Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables participating children to meet the Missouri Learning Standards as follows –
  1.      Hold semi-annual parent-teacher conferences to –
  2.      Differentiate instruction based on individual learning goals.
  3.      Maintain a safe and positive school climate,
  4.      Provide instruction, materials, and high quality professional development which incorporates the latest research,
  5.      Retain highly qualified principals and teachers,
  • Discuss the child’s progress/grades during the first quarter,
  • Discuss this compact as it relates to the child’s achievement, and
  • Examine the child’s achievement and any pending options during the third quarter.                                       
  • Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress such as the following –
  1. Weekly packet from the classroom teacher,
  2. Mid-quarter report mailed from the school, and
  3. Quarterly grade cards/reports sent home by the school.
  • Be accessible to parents through –
  1. Phone calls or person-to-person meetings,
  2. Scheduled consultation before, during, or after school, and
  3. Scheduled school or home visits.
  • Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s

class, and to observe classroom activities such as the following examples –

  1. Listen to children read,
  2. Present a program on your culture, a different country, etc., and
  3. Assist with seasonal programs or parties, educational trips, etc.


Parent Responsibilities


I, as a parent, will support my child’s learning in the following ways:

  1. Make sure they are in school every day possible.
  2. Check that homework is completed.
  3. Volunteer in my child’s classroom/school.
  4. Be aware of my child’s extracurricular time and activities.
  5. Stay informed about my child’s education by reading all communications from the school and responding appropriately.


Student Responsibilities (revise to make grade appropriate)


I, as a student, will share the responsibility to improve my academic performance to meet the Missouri Learning Standards and will –

  1. Attend school every day possible,
  2. Be respectful toward others,
  3. Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need it,
  4. Read at least 20 minutes every day outside of school time, and
  5. Give all notes and information from my school to my parent/guardian daily.






__________________________________            __________________________

Principal                                                               Date



__________________________________        __________________________

Teacher                                                                Date



__________________________________         ___________________________________      

Parent                                                                    Student                                              Date 



California Escuela Primaria


California Elementary School y los padres de estudiantes participando de actividades Title I.A

Los servicios, y los programas, están de acuerdo que este pacto esboza cómo la escuela entera

El personal, los padres, y los estudiantes compartirán la responsabilidad para perfeccionado

El logro académico estudiantil.

Las Responsabilidades de la Escuela

California Elementary School y su voluntad del personal:

  • provea instrucción y curriculum de alta calidad en uno solidario y efectivo

Aprendiendo ambiente que permite a los niños participantes encontrar al Show

Yo Standards como entiende –

  1. Retenga jefes a altamente capacitados y maestros
  2. Provea instrucción, materiales, y profesional elevado de calidad

El desarrollo que incorpora la última investigación

  1. Mantenga un clima seguro y positivo de la escuela
  2. Diferencie instrucción basada en las metas individuales de aprendizaje.
  • las convenciones de maestro de padre de semianual de agarre para –
  1. Discuta el progreso /calificaciones del niño durante el cuarto creciente
  2. Discuta este pacto como guarde relación con el logro del niño, y
  3. Examine el logro del niño y cualquier opciones pendientes durante

La tercera cuarta parte.      

  • provea a padres de informes frecuentes en el progreso de su niño como lo siguiente –
  1. El paquete semanal del maestro del aula
  2. El informe cuarto de a Mid enviado por correo de la escuela, y
  3. Los naipes /informaciones de grado trimestrales enviados a casa por la escuela.
  • ser accesible para los padres a través –
  1. Las llamadas telefónicas o las reuniones de persona a persona
  2. La consulta programada antes, durante, o después de escuela, y
  3. La escuela programada o el grupo familiar hace una visita.
  • provea a padres las oportunidades para ofrecer voluntariamente y participar en su niño

La clase, y para observar actividades del aula como los siguientes ejemplos –

  1. Escuche a niños leer
  2. Presente un programa en su cultura, un país diferente, etc., Y
  3. Ayude con fiestas o programas estacionales, los viajes educativos, etc.

Las Responsabilidades del Padre

Yo, como un padre, mantendré aprendizaje de mi niño en las siguientes formas:

  1. Asegúrese que están en escuela todos los días posible.
  2. Compruebe que la tarea es completada.
  3. Alístese como voluntario en el aula /escuela de mi niño.
  4. Darse cuenta del tiempo extracurricular de mi niño y mis actividades.
  5. Permanezca informado acerca de la educación de mi niño leyendo todas las comunicaciones

De la escuela y respondiendo apropiadamente.

El estudiantil Responsibilities (revise para adecuar grado)

Yo, como un estudiante, compartiré la responsabilidad para mejorar mi actuación académica para

Encuentre a la voluntad y Standards Escéptico –

  1. Asista escuela todos los días posible
  2. Ser considerado hacia los otros
  3. Haga mi tarea todos los días y pida ayuda cuando lo necesito
  4. Lea al menos 20 minutos todos los días fuera del tiempo de la escuela, y
  5. Dele todas las notas e información de mi escuela a mi padre /guardián diariamente.



__________________________________            __________________________

El jefe                                                                  La fecha



__________________________________ __________________________

Maestro                                                               La fecha



__________________________________            ___________________________________       __________________________

El Padre el Estudiante                                                                    La fecha     






Last revised August 15, 2013


All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The Moniteau County R-1 School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction.  Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.

The Moniteau County R-1 School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.

The Moniteau County R-1 School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child.  Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Moniteau County R-1 School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency's policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency's assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed in the Special Education office at the office of the Superintendent during regular school hours on days school is in session.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

General Permission Form





            At various times throughout the school year your child will have the opportunity to take part in educational activities involving the Fine Arts Program including musical performances and talent shows.  Also, your child will have an opportunity to take part in a petting zoo/Ag day hosted by our FFA organization.  Students may also be invited to tour the Middle School campus for their rain forest project or in some cases to tour the Middle School as a highlight for their upcoming school year.  The musical performances will be held at the High School Campus in the Performing Arts Center.  The FFA Barnyard Event will be held at the Agriculture complex on the High School Campus as well.  Students will be bused to the events taking place on the High School Campus.  Any event taking place on the Middle School Campus will only require students to walk between the Elementary and Middle School buildings.  Parents will be informed prior to each event through the classroom news pages which are sent home weekly. 


By signing this form you are giving your consent that your child be transported by bus to the High School Campus for school related activities as well as walk to the Middle School Campus for school related activities.




Student’s Name:________________________________________


Parent Signature:________________________________________






Moniteau County R-I Elementary School

101 S. Owen

California, Missouri 65018

Phone (573) 796-2161



Moniteau County R-I Elementary School supports the right of each student to an education in a calm, safe, and secure learning environment. It is important that parents, school staff, and students work together to maintain a positive educational atmosphere. The rules and discipline procedures at Moniteau County have been clearly established for the protection of students. Students are expected to respect these rules as well as the people responsible for carrying them out. The staff needs the support of parents in promoting acceptable behavior. Our goal is for each student to learn to be responsible for his or her own actions.


Each classroom teacher has a set of rules and consequences that they will furnish to students and parents. Students who do not follow the rules will be provided an appropriate consequence such as, but not limited to removal from peer contact, parent notification, In School Suspension, and/or development of a behavior plan. For severe infractions students may be suspended from school. Well-behaved students will be recognized with group and individual rewards. We feel strongly that those students need to know we appreciate them and how much they contribute to our learning atmosphere.


  • Please read and discuss the procedures in this handbook with your child.


Your continued cooperation and support will help make the school year be a positive experience for the students at Moniteau County Elementary. Let’s work together for the benefit of the children for whom we are responsible.