SCHOOL AND DISTRICT POLICIES
DRESS CODE POLICY
Parents and students have primary responsibility for student dress. We appreciate and respect all students dressed appropriately and ready for school. Standards of appearance at Plain City Elementary require that a student’s appearance not be disruptive or detrimental to the educational process (this includes hair style or color). Items of apparel and grooming that may violate this dress standard are those that advertise or promote alcohol or tobacco products, illegal substances, inappropriate sexual content, gang insignia, or any other disruptive or unsafe apparel. Some personal grooming and items of clothing appropriate for other settings may be considered inappropriate—short, tight, ragged, revealing or otherwise disruptive for school. Shirts or blouses must have sleeves that cover the ball of the shoulder and with sufficient fabric length to cover the student’s midsection. Shorts or skirts must be at least mid-thigh in length. Hats in the school are not allowed. By state law the wearing of shoes is required. We strongly suggest closed-toed shoes be worn to prevent injuries. The school may make exceptions to the dress standard for special occasions. It is expected and appreciated that parents who spend time at our school follow the above dress code as well.
DIGITAL MEDIA DEVICES
Policies for Electronic Devices in Public School,” and in compliance with Weber School District Policies 8350 Digital Media Devices and 5200 Student Discipline Policy (Including Safe School Policy) Plain City Elementary addresses misuse of digital media devices by employees and students in the above mentioned policies. Possession and use of these devices are addressed in the following policy:
The use of digital media devices (cell phones, pagers, computers, PDA’s, radios, CD/DVD players, MP3 players, digital still and video cameras, and electronic games) has increased in our community and school. While digital media devices are beneficial, their misuse may be disruptive to a positive learning environment and may infringe on the privacy and rights of others. Misuse of digital media devices may be detrimental to the learning environment at Plain City Elementary.
- Digital media devices may be housed in student backpacks on school grounds, but their use is prohibited.
- Students are prohibited from using any of the above listed non-school digital media devices on school grounds during school hours and are strongly cautioned not to bring these items to school.
Students who violate this policy:
- Will have their digital media device confiscated by school staff and placed in the school office.
- Student’s parents/guardians will be notified on the day of confiscation by office staff.
- The device will be returned to the parent or guardian at the school by office staff.
- If further inappropriate use continues, disciplinary action may be taken, which includes, but is not limited to suspension and/or referral to the district office.
The principal may make exceptions to the digital media device policy under adult supervision for instructional purposes, classroom use, special occasions, or emergencies.
Plain City Elementary is not responsible for lost or stolen digital media devices.
Plain City Elementary enforces Weber School District policies including Student Conduct and Discipline Policy (Including Safe School Policy) which may be found on the District’s website at wsd.net under Board /Policies and Procedures/Article 5—Student Conduct. Plain City’s school-wide student management plan, The Power of the Paw, is included with these documents.
EMERGENCY & SAFETY INFORMATION
- The staff at Plain City Elementary is concerned for the safety of our students to and from school as well as during the school day. We have written emergency preparedness plans for numerous possibilities which outline what will take place in the event of an emergency situation. We also have emergency kits in each of the classrooms.
- Plain City is a great place to be and parents are welcome and encouraged to visit and volunteer at our school. The staff at Plain City Elementary wishes to keep all students safe. When you enter the school, please check in at the office and wear a visitor’s pass during your stay.
- Weber School District has a phone system in place to help contact parents in the case of school closure or other emergency. Please be sure to fill out and return the yellow REGISTRATION/EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL INFORMATION sheet. Also, be sure to update your information as it changes.
- Student Drop-off & Pick-up: The North end of the school is reserved for faculty and buses. Please do not park in this area for any reason. Make sure to use the South side of the school to drop off or pick up your child. Here are some tips on making this process easier:
- Have all homework and papers signed before leaving the house.
- Say your good-byes and hugs and kisses before getting into the car.
- As you pull up into the lane by the school, pull forward as far as possible or to where you are instructed to go.
- When the car is stopped, have your child get out at the car curbside. Do not let them out with the oncoming traffic on the other side.
- Leave the lane as soon as possible so that other cars may pull up, and do not block traffic on the road.
- Please do not arrive too early to pick up your child.
- Go as far as possible down the lane.
- Please do not get out of your car, wait for your child to come to you.
- Leave as soon as you have picked up your child.
- If you choose to park in the parking lot, walk in the crosswalk to get your child then walk with them to your car. Please do not call for your child to walk across the busy lane and not in the crosswalk.
- In the event of an emergency at school, students will remain under teacher supervision until one of the persons listed on the Emergency Information sheet is available to pick them up.
- Any emergency on a county-wide basis will be announced over radio stations KLO (1430 AM) and KSL (1160 AM). These stations will also announce school closures. School closures will also be posted on our District website @ wsd.net.
- Our school does not qualify as a civil defense shelter, nor is there a qualified shelter in the immediate area large enough to accommodate all of our students.
- If evacuation from the building is necessary, a command center will be set up at the LDS Church located across the street from the school.
- Federal regulations require that schools be inspected for the presence of asbestos, a toxic material that has been used in the construction industry for a number of years. This school has been inspected for asbestos containing materials and the results of the inspections are contained in the Asbestos Management Plan. This plan is available for your preview at this school, the District Office, or a copy of the plan can be provided to you for the cost of reproduction.
- In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during school meetings should notify Quinn Karlinsey, Principal of Plain City Elementary, at least three working days prior to the meeting at 452-4220.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The PTA plays an important role at our school and we encourage all parents to become a part of this worthwhile organization. Tracy Carrigan is our PTA President for the 2015-2016 school year, and she has a wonderful group of volunteers working with her. If you would like to serve in the PTA, please let us know. Also, if you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom, please let the teacher know.
Students who participated in the “Superintendent’s Summer Reading Program” should turn in their list of books read to their homeroom teachers by Friday, August 22nd. Be sure the list has the student’s name and a parent signature on it. The student should have read at least 10 grade level books or 1,000 pages during the summer months. The District Team will be visiting our school and recognizing those students who reached their reading goal.
FROM THE NURSE’S DESK
During the school year we do vision screening on all children K-6, and scoliosis screening on 5th-6th graders. Vision screening will take place during school hours in August, 2015. If you do not want your child screened for vision or scoliosis, please send a written notice to the school. Children are able to carry an asthma inhaler with them if the proper paperwork is filled out by the parents and physician. Forms are available in the office. Children are not allowed to bring or self-administer medication (prescription or over-the-counter). Medication can be given at school, but only if there is proper paperwork on file (forms can be found on the District’s website, www.wsd.net Go to Departments, Nursing, and Forms—upper left). If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.
Immunizations: Effective July 1, 1992, The Utah State Immunization Law mandates that student immunization records must be complete and on file at the time of registration in order for a student to attend school. Principals are not permitted to enroll pupils who are not in compliance. A grace period will no longer be allowed. Any person claiming an exemption to immunization shall complete the official Utah School Immunization Record with the required signatures which must be obtained for the Weber County Health Department and/or the family physician. Also, an official birth certificate is required by law before a child can enter school. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Karen Thorsted, at 801-725-5363.
There are times your child may be photographed by use of video equipment or still photography. If you DO NOT want your student to be photographed, please send a note to his/her teacher informing them not to photograph or video your child.
Picture dates: Individual—October 8th, 2015
Individual make-ups—December 1st, 2015
Group—February 19th, 2016
BOX TOPS AND CAMPBELL’S LABELS
We will no longer be having a Box Top Store, but instead, we will be having classroom competitions. More information will be coming about how this will work, so in the meantime, save all the Box Tops and Campbell’s Labels you can!
THE POWER OF THE PAW
We believe the primary objective of discipline is to be positive and to help each student develop self-control. Student self-control gives them POWER over themselves and their environment. We will reinforce this concept through the motto: POWER
Respect and Responsibility
One of our goals is to teach students to take responsibility for all of their actions and behave in an appropriate manner that respects the learning environment and the rights of others. We are implementing a set of school rules that will be consistent throughout the school day and apply in all learning environments (i.e. halls, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and busses): PAW
Perfect control over your body
Work your hardest
Each learning area has procedures and voice levels that are taught and reinforced. A variety of positive reinforcement programs are used to recognize students who appropriately follow these procedures. The area procedures include:
Bus Procedures: S.A.F.E.
- Sit on Pockets
- Appropriate Voice
- Face Forward
- Everyone on the same team
Playground Procedures P.L.A.Y.
- Please Share and Be Fair
- Line up Quickly and Quietly
- Assigned Area
- Your Body in Control
Cafeteria Procedures: C.H.E.W.
- Control Body
- Have Respect
- Everyone Cleans Up
Bathroom Procedures: Shhhhhh!
Hallway Procedures: W.A.L.K
- Walk to the right
- Appropriate voice
- Listen actively
- Keep body in control
Assembly Procedures: C.L.A.P.
- Control Body
- Appropriate responses
Pedestrian Procedures: S.L.O.W
- Slow down
- Look both ways before crossing
- Obey crossing guard instructions
- Walk bikes in designated areas
SCHOOL-WIDE MANAGEMENT PLAN
We are optimistic that this program will help to promote healthy self-esteem and a safe, orderly, and inviting school climate. However, any behavior that disrupts the learning environment, or which infringes on the rights of others is not acceptable and will be subject to corrective measures.
Each teacher has his/her classroom discipline program. Although the procedures differ in each classroom, they are typically designed to help the student recognize that he/she has committed a behavioral infraction and impose a pre-determined set of consequences in attempt to have the student correct the misbehavior him/herself.
Positive Recognition--Power Paws
- Students will receive a “Power Paw” when exceptional behavior is noted in one of the six categories.
- Students will complete the information on the slip, cut the slip, take home the upper portion, and place the bottom portion into the teacher’s container.
- The teacher will draw one slip from the container every Friday.
- The weekly winner will go to the office during his/her recess to receive a prize.
10 Power Paws:
- When a student has received 10 Power Paws during one quarter, he/she will go to the office and receive a Powerade.
- An incentive party will be held quarterly for all students receiving 15 Power Paws in one quarter.
Discipline Flow Chart--Penalty Paws
Students will receive the following for inappropriate behavior:
- Penalty Paw Ticket
(Student completes top portion, teacher adds comments if applicable, parent signature required)
- If behavior continues, Steps 1-3 are repeated
- Penalty Paw Ticket issued
(Teacher calls parents)
- Office Referral (teacher discretion)
(Student conference, parental involvement)
- If behavior continues—Office Referral
- Refer student to a Special Help Team
Immediate Office Referral
- Safe School Violation
- Major Violation
Please Note: We recognize that all incidents, students, and circumstances are not the same. We also realize that behavior interventions are a part of the student’s educational process. We will do our best to focus disciplinary efforts on the role, responsibility, and reaction of each individual student in order to properly correct his/her behavior. We take great effort to be fair, consistent, reasonable, and caring. Our responsibility is to ensure the safety of all students and to protect the school’s learning environment. We greatly appreciate your support!
Online Registration Forms
To register for the upcoming school year, each student will need to have the following forms printed and updated. Parents AND students need to sign the bottom of page 2 stating they have read the student discipline policy. Please have these required forms filled out and give to your classroom teachers when you attend Back to School Night on August 24, 2015 from 5:00-7:00. If you have trouble printing, you can pick up a copy from the school.