Moniteau County R-I
California Elementary School
101 S. Owen
California, MO 65018
“EQUIPPING TODAY’S CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW’S CHALLENGES”
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.
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 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
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.
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 www.californiak12.org
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 items. They may also be subject to before/after school detention, in-school or in extreme cases, out-of-school suspension.
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:
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, SEVERE STORM WARNING AND EMERGENCY DRILLS
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
1st Offense: Recommendation for long-term suspension and notification to law
Subsequent Offense: Recommendation for expulsion and notification to law
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consequences for violating this policy will be as follows:
1st Offense: Item confiscated, principal/student conference, parent notification, and/or detention.
Subsequent Offenses: Item confiscated, walk laps at recess and/or Recovery Room
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.
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.
First offense to the office: Notification of parents or guardian, loss of classroom privileges, safe seat.
Repeated offenses: Recovery Room, ISS, OSS as needed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st Offense: Weapon other than Firearm
Subsequent Offenses: Recommendation for long term suspension.
1st Offense: Firearm
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.
STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Ejection from I.S.S. will result in O.S.S. and can be for the following reasons:
(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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
(K-5 SCHOOL-PARENT-STUDENT COMPACT)
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.
California Elementary School and its staff will:
class, and to observe classroom activities such as the following examples –
I, as a parent, will support my child’s learning in the following ways:
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 –
Parent Student Date
California Escuela Primaria
EL PADRE DE LA ESCUELA K-5 EL PACTO ESTUDIANTIL
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:
Aprendiendo ambiente que permite a los niños participantes encontrar al Show
Yo Standards como entiende –
El desarrollo que incorpora la última investigación
La tercera cuarta parte.
La clase, y para observar actividades del aula como los siguientes ejemplos –
Las Responsabilidades del Padre
Yo, como un padre, mantendré aprendizaje de mi niño en las siguientes formas:
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 –
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.
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.
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.