School Handbook

St. Albans Consolidated School

Parent/Student Handbook

2012-2013

 

 …Educating students to become responsible and respectful citizens, collaborative and quality workers, clear and effective communicators, self-directed and life-long learners, creative and practical problem solvers, and integrated and informed learners… 

 

 Welcome

The staff and administration of St. Albans Consolidated School would like to welcome you and your children to a new school year.  St. Albans Consolidated School is a member of RSU #19, which includes the towns of Corinna, Etna, Dixmont, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, and St. Albans.

St. Albans Consolidated School educates its young people through grade four, at which time the students move on to Somerset Valley Middle School and then to Nokomis Regional High.

The towns of St. Albans and Palmyra, their citizens, and the entire school community are proud of the academic excellence achieved at St. Albans Consolidated School.  The support for education in these small Maine communities is truly outstanding.

 

PBIS

As part of the PBS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program that we are exploring this year, we will establish several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach those expectations to the students and regularly reward them positively for their appropriate behavior. The expectations for all student behavior will be clear throughout our building and playground areas, cafeteria, gymnasium, and classrooms.

Our school rules will specifically address bullying behaviors, provide for a safer school environment, and give more time for instruction. We will apply consistent consequences and positive reinforcement for all children. By detailing every expected behavior and teaching to kids in a positive way, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building, including students, teachers, front office staff and our paraprofessionals.

We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

 

St. Albans Consolidated School Newsletter 

Each week, a newsletter will be home detailing school news and important upcoming events.  We encourage you to review this newsletter for any information relating to your child and his/her school experience.  You may also find this information on our school’s web site, http://www.rsu19.org/

 

The St. Albans Consolidated School PTO

Your membership and participation are encouraged in the St. Albans Consolidated School PTO, an active organization supporting St. Albans Consolidated School.  The work they did last year was sensational, and their successes will only grow greater in 2012-2013!  Be looking for details about the date and time of the monthly meetings.

 

School Hours

School is in session from 7:55 am. until 2:40 p.m., the time when our parent transported students are dismissed; bus students are dismissed around 3:00.  The school office is open from 7:30 to 3:30 during the school year.  If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to stop by or call 938-4581.

 

Arrival of Students in the Morning

A student who needs to be dropped off at school from 7:40 to 8:10 must be dropped off in the Parent/Visitor Parking Lot.  Please do not drive cars in the driveway during this time or leave students at the entrance to the driveway used by the buses; students are exiting the buses and entering the buildings in this area.

Students, who ride with parents, should not be at school until 7:40.  Students arriving too early may not be supervised by an adult or be able to gain entrance to the building. Students arriving late (any arrivals after 8:10 are considered tardy) must be signed in at the office before going to class, and students being dismissed early for the day are to be signed out by a parent or guardian.

 

Student Dismissal/Early Dismissal

Students will not be dismissed during the day without signed authorization from a parent or guardian.  If situations arise that change your child’s dismissal destination, please call the office before 2:30.

If for any reason someone needs to pick up your child earlier than our daily release time, please call, write a note, or come in to the office to have the student dismissed.

If a student is going to be picked up by someone not on the student’s emergency form, the parent must send a note to school; include the name of the person picking up the student as well as the time and date of that pick-up.  During homeroom, the student will give the note to the teacher who will send it to the office.

When inclement weather arrives, the opening of school may be canceled for the day, delayed by one hour for the day, or dismissed early for the day.  It is recommended that you listen to a local radio station or watch a local TV station for any announcement during stormy weather.  They do an excellent job in making these announcements as soon as they are notified.

Early dismissal is sometimes more difficult to deal with since parents are not at home and do not hear the early dismissal announcement.  It is important that your child does not go home to an empty house, especially during stormy weather, and the school needs to know where your child should go if early dismissal occurs.  Therefore, before inclement weather arrives, an early dismissal form should be completed by parents; these forms may be found on the back of the emergency forms.

 

Attendance

Students who are absent from school are required to bring a written excuse signed by a parent/guardian to school the following day.  Without this written communication from you, your child’s absence will be considered unexcused.  If family vacations or other absences are planned while school is in session, parents should notify the teacher and/or principal in advance, so the absence is excused and so arrangements for make-up work can be made.

 

Visiting the School

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit St. Albans Consolidated School.  Classroom visits and volunteering in a classroom can be especially meaningful for parents, students, and teachers.  We would love to see you here. We do have a Parent Volunteer form we ask you to fill out for our files.

To protect the school from unauthorized visitors after the start of the school day, some doors will be locked.  At all times, parents/visitors, including volunteers, must check in at the office. We have a Visitor Pass Registry Book with adhesive badges for you to sign and wear.  This policy helps to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff; so, please understand this when you are asked to check in at the office before visiting.

 

Paperwork

At the beginning of each school year, parents are usually overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork children bring home.  This is understandable; however, it is imperative that you read, fill out, sign, and return all the forms.  If you should have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to give the office (938-4581) a call. 

 

Emergency Forms

Completed Emergency Forms (See appendix) are a necessity for the office.  When sickness or injury occurs, the school must be able to locate the responsible parent/guardian.  Without correct and current information, valuable time could be lost. Notify the office of any changes throughout the year.

Once again, please return all forms to the school office; and if you need assistance, stop by or give us a call at 938-4581.

 

Accident/Illness

When a student is injured or becomes ill at school, he/she is to report to his/her teacher.  The teacher will send the student to the office, and the parent (guardian) will be called if necessary.  Please know that sometimes this is a “judgment call.”  A bump or a bruise may signal no real problem and yet other times it may warn of a more serious injury.  When a student does not call attention to a bump or bruise or does not indicate that he or she is in pain, we may not know there is a problem.  Please be sure you have completed the section of the “Emergency Information Form” that advises us of how you want us to deal with such situations, including the person whom we should call if you are not available.  The seriousness of some injuries and illnesses are not obvious until several hours after their onset, so the student’s teacher or an office staff member may inform the parent (guardian) of a seemingly simple injury or brief illness just as a precaution.  We would prefer to err on the side of caution.

 

Medications

Any and all medications for students must be brought to the office by a parent.  Students are not allowed to bring medications to school.  Parents/guardians are required to submit the proper forms (See appendix) before medications can be administered through the office. The school nurse and the school office keep a file of all medications that are administered at school.  It is the parent’s responsibility to insure that the nurse and office have current information to insure the well being of the child.

 

Lunch/Breakfast Applications

Applications for free or reduced hot lunch and breakfast must be filled out by all families since federal funds for many of our programs are determined by the number of eligible participants. “Family” refers to all members residing in the house.  Please include all children on one form and return it to the office.  We will supply the necessary information to the other schools.   Whether your child wishes to eat hot lunch or not, please fill out the form and return it to school.  Keep in mind that you will remain on the same status as last year until your new application is processed.  New applications must be filed each year.

We offer a breakfast program free for all students.  Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00. Accommodations will be made for bus students who arrive late.  Breakfast also will be served on days when school opens late.  Please pay for students’ meals on a weekly basis on the first day of the school week.  Prices as of last year and subject to change are as follows: 

 

                                             Lunch                                             Breakfast                                          

Full fare                        $2.30   ($11.50 weekly)                          Free to all students                           

Reduced                           .40   ($2.00 weekly)                                                           

Milk is $0.35. 

The easiest and best way for us to receive this money is by CHECK made payable to St. Albans Consolidated Schoolor RSU 19 Lunch Program.  Please list the name of your child/children on the check.  Your canceled check is your receipt. We have envelopes at school specifically for Lunch/ Milk money. Lunch Menus will be sent home for the first of each month.

             

Students and Money

It is sometimes necessary for students to bring money to school.  However, lost or stolen money is not the school’s responsibility, and students are encouraged not to bring more than needed and not to leave it in their desks, book bags, etc.   It is suggested that any money you send to school with your child be put in an envelope marked for its intended use.  The office staff is happy to hold money for safe keeping at any time.

School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior.  Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned and will not be permitted to ride an alternative one without written permission from a parent or guardian.  Students will only be allowed off the bus at school, home, or locations requested in writing by parents/guardians. 

The bus driver is in complete charge of the bus and its occupants at all times.  Students riding the bus must comply with the requests of the driver, or privileges to ride may be suspended. (See appendix) 

 

School Property

Students who are enrolled at St. Albans Consolidated School willl be held responsible for the care of all books, equipment, and other supplies which are issued for their use.  Students or their parents will be required to reimburse the school for lost, destroyed, or damaged books, equipment, and other supplies.

 

Personal Property

Students are encouraged not to bring personal property to school unless it has been requested by a teacher or is needed for instructional purposes.  Neither the school nor its personnel will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property of students.

 

 Flower and Balloon Deliveries

Because many children and some staff are allergic to flowers, any deliveries will be held at the office until the end of the day.  Further, because of the potential disruption that balloons can cause within a classroom, they too will be handed out to a student at day’s end.

 

Party Invitations

If students do not have an invitation for all classmates, they will not be allowed to hand out party invitations at school.  While we do our best to be cooperative and helpful in personal non-school and community events, we will not willingly play a part in making any child feel left out or unpopular.  There’s too much of that happening in the world that we cannot control.  Further, because of federal confidentiality laws, we cannot give out the addresses or the phone numbers of our students’ parents.

 

Library/Media Centers

Our library offers a variety of materials for students and teachers and is open for student use during each school day.  The elementary students have an instructional library period each week at which time they are taught the use of the library as well as various research techniques. 

The library offers the opportunity for students to check out books, and they will be held responsible to insure that the books are returned on time and in acceptable condition.  Students and their parents will be held responsible for lost or damaged books and will not be allowed to check out additional materials until restitution is made.

Computers are available for use by all students through the library or the computer lab.  Students must follow the RSU19 Acceptable Use Policy and have parental permission. 

 

Acceptable Dress

Well-dressed and groomed students tend to have a better attitude toward school and their fellow students.  It is important that they dress neatly and in good taste at all times.  The following guidelines are enforced for the health and well being of all: 

· Footwear of some kind must be worn.  Sneakers are to be worn during physical education classes and all other activities in the gym.

· Clothes must be clean and neat and meet reasonable standards of hygiene and social conduct.

· The following are examples of prohibited clothing: swim wear, ripped or shredded clothing, decorations or designs advertising drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, decorations promoting violence, sexual connotations, obscenity, or the occult,  any clothing not covering the student appropriately such as belly shirts, net mesh, or spaghetti straps.

 

Harassment Policy

MSAD #48 has a strict Harassment Policy to which all students and adults are required to adhere.  Infractions of this policy may result in severe consequences through the school and/or the legal system.  The Affirmative Action Officer for the District is Mary Nadeau.  She may be reached at 368-4354.   

 

Student Hazing and Endangerment

Maine statute defines hazing as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled in a public school.”  It is the policy of the Board of Directors that injurious hazing activities of any type not be tolerated.

 

Playground Behavior

Recess can and should be a time for students to get fresh air and exercise; however, when a student hurts others, we must take action.  Because of our concern for your child's safety, we may run a room during noon recess where students who intentionally injure others will be asked to stay.  Depending on the severity and the number of incidents, students may stay in this room for as few as two or three days to as long as several weeks.   

 

Telephone Use

The school telephone is for business use; therefore, students are discouraged from using it except for emergency situations.  Making after school plans with friends and retrieval of forgotten homework or sneakers are not good reasons for using the telephone. 

 

Dressing for the Weather/Recess

Students should be dressed for the weather.   Cold and windy days warrant warm jackets, and winter weather warrants hats, boots, mittens, snow pants, and jackets.   Recess is a regular part of the school day, and students will be expected to participate.  If for some reason you do not wish your child to participate in recess, a signed note from a doctor will be required. Usually, it is more healthful for children to get fresh air once or twice a day rather than to remain in the confines of a stuffy classroom for the entire day. 

 

Voice Mail/E-Mail

Each teacher at St. Albans has voice mail which can be activated by following the menu options during after hours.  If you would like to leave a message for a particular teacher before 7:00 AM or after 3:30 PM, simply follow the recorded options.  The office has that option as well.  Each teacher has an e-mail address.  You may leave mail for any teacher by typing his/her address as follows:

 

ateacher@rsu19.org

 

Substitute the teacher's first initial and last name for “ateacher”.  If you have difficulty, call the office at 938-4581

 

"Success is a journey, not a destination." -Ben Sweetland