Handbook

Schedule

  • 7:00-7:40 Breakfast
  • 7:15-7:40 Morning Mile (weather permitting)
    If it is raining or the temperature is below 32 degrees Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students report to the gym.
    3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students remain in the cafeteria.
  • 7:40 First Bell - Grab & Go Breakfast
  • 7:55 Tardy Bell
  • 11:20 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch
  • 11:55 - 4th & 5th Grade Lunch
  • 2:35 First dismissal- first run bus students
  • 2:40 Second dismissal - cafeteria pick-ups
  • 2:45 Third dismissal - 2nd run bus students and walkers

Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the west cafeteria door. Students are not to be dropped off or picked up in front of the school. This area is only for bus students and students who live within walking distance.

When departure plans change the student must have a note or a parent needs to call the school before 2:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE

Students are to be in their classrooms ready to begin when the tardy bell rings at 7:55. All students arriving after the tardy bell rings must come in the main door and be signed in. If your child is absent you need to call the office and/or send a written excuse. 5 written excuses per semester will be accepted and excused. These must be submitted within 5 days of the absence. When your child has a medical appointment always get a doctor's excuse and send it in.

Students arriving after 9:30 will be counted half day absent. Students leaving before 1:30 will be counted half day absent.

Parents are urged to leave their children in school all day. Doctor and other appointments should be scheduled outside school hours and on holidays whenever possible. If a child needs to be dismissed early, he/she should bring a note to the teacher stating the time and reason. Parents must sign the child out in the office. If you send someone else to pick up your child, please help us protect your child by sending written permission for that person to pick up your child. Children may not wait outside the building to be picked up.

School bus transportation is a privilege and students must obey rules. Children are to ride the bus to which they are assigned. If, on occasion the student needs to ride a different bus, the parent must send permission to the teacher in writing, no phone calls please. The student must present the signed permission to the bus driver. Requests by phone in the afternoon for a student to walk or ride a different bus cause confusion to the student, teachers, and bus driver. Please help us by making daily arrangements with your child each morning before school and send a note to the teacher if there are any changes. If the child does not have a note he/she will go home as usual.

In order to succeed in the learning process, one must be present. We insist on regular attendance because the loss of even a portion of a school day often proves to be a serious interruption of progress and tends to produce a lack of interest in schoolwork. Parents should call the office before 8:30 a.m. on the day a student is absent. Upon returning to school, each student should bring a note explaining the reason for the absence. Notes should be given to the classroom teacher who will then send them to the office.

Students are excused for:

  • Personal illness
  • Medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled other times
  • Death in the immediate family.
  • Serious personal family problems

Excessive unexcused absences will be reported to the attendance director to determine if further action is necessary. Students with 5 consecutive days absent or 10 cumulative days absent will be considered for referral to the county attendance director.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

A wholesome nutritious breakfast and lunch will be served each day. These meals are provided at no cost for the students.  Meal prices for adults are:  breakfast - $3.25 and lunch - $4.00.  Extra milk is 25 cents.

CITIZENS APPEAL

The citizens appeal process provides a way for citizens to work with county boards of education and school employees in seeking solutions to problems. This procedure provides a specific method for solving problems at the lowest administrative level as fairly and quickly as possible.

EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Wayne County Schools provide equal educational opportunities without regard to race, color, handicap, creed, national origin, or sex. If you, as a student or employee, believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of sex, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disabling condition, you may make a claim that your rights have been denied. This claim or grievance may be filed formally with May Lou Perry, Title IX Coordinator, address Wayne County Schools, P.O. Box 70, Wayne, WV 25570 - phone 272-5116.

LOST AND FOUND

Articles found in and around the school should be turned in to the main office. The articles are stored in the cafeteria and parents are urged to come and view these items. After a reasonable amount of time unclaimed items will be given to a charitable organization. Students should have clothing, lunch boxes, and other personal items labeled for easy identification when misplaced.

MAKE UP WORK

Students are responsible for making up work missed due to absences in a reasonable amount of time. When a child is absent 1 or 2 days missed work will be sent home with the child upon his/her return to school. If a child is absent 3 or more days, parents may pick up work in the office after 3:00. Please call the school to request the homework by 11:00 a.m. so the teacher will have adequate time to prepare the necessary assignments.

MEDICATION GUIDELINES

School personnel will give no internal or topical medication to a student unless there is written permission from the parent and written instructions from the physician who prescribed the medication. Forms are available in the office for you to use. This includes non-prescription medications such as acetaminophen and cough syrup. Medication that needs to be administered at school must be in the original container. Parents should bring any medication that a student needs at school. Controlled substances should not be sent with children. Children may not carry unauthorized medication on the school grounds. The first dose of any medication must be given at home. Emergency numbers in case of reaction must be provided.

PARENTAL LIABILITY

West Virginia State law states that parents shall be held responsible for damages caused by their children on public or private property for amounts up to $2,500.

PROMOTION GUIDELINES

The Wayne County Board of Education believes that it is THE STUDENT who must benefit when retention is being considered. Although parents/guardians will be notified and consulted throughout the school year, the school board recommends that the final decision regarding promotion/retention remain at the school level.

From the commencement of this policy, every effort will be made to see that students enter Third Grade on Level. Most retentions will occur in Kindergarten, First and Second Grade; therefore, it is possible that a child could be retained two times in K-2 Block. A Student will be retained in the Third, Fourth, or Fifth grade if it is in his/her best interest.

The following steps will be followed when a student is being considered for retention:

  1. The teacher will discuss the possible retention with the principal. If they are in agreement, the parent will be notified.
  2. The teacher will request a meeting with the K-5 Curriculum Team or SAT Team. An intervention plan will be developed.
  3. If interventions are not successful, the student will be considered “at-risk” for retention.
  4. The teacher will complete Light’s Retention Scale and Retention Worksheet and be prepared to discuss these along with other pertinent data                                      collected by the teacher.
  5. The report card should reflect that the student is being considered for retention, is experiencing academic difficulties, and is working below level.
  6. The principal and teacher will arrange a conference as early as possible to discuss possible retention. The conference will occur no later than the first parent teacher conference of the school year. Documentation of the conference will be kept. Note: If the parent/guardian fails to respond to the conference at any time in the process with the teacher, the teacher will make note and keep documentation of such.
  7. The decision to retain or promote rests at the school level and decision is final.
  8. If a parent requests retention, equal consideration will be given to this request.

The following factors will serve as a framework to be considered when retention is a possibility:

  1. Poor Academic Performance – the student is consistently working below level for his/her age and developmental level.
  2. Academic History – Low or below average on WESTEST, poor reading and math test scores.
  3. The student’s age/maturity level
  4. School attendance
  5. History of behavior problems
  6. Previous retentions
  7. Level of intelligence
  8. History of learning disabilities
  9. Parent’s interest in school work
  10. Student’s life experiences will be considered
  11. Family moves
  12. Emotional problems
  13. Student’s interest in school work

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in Wayne County Public Schools. Incidents should be reported immediately to administrators, guidance counselors or teachers.

TARDIES

Promptness to class is important. Students coming in late disturb the educational process of all. Children are to be in class by 7:55 a.m. Since most students are in class at 7:40 teachers have instructional activities beginning at 7:40. Children arriving after 7:55 a.m. must come to the office and sign in. Excessive tardies will be reported to the attendance director and may also be reported to Child protective Services as educational neglect.

STUDENT INSURANCE

Student insurance is available through American Bankers Life Assurance Company. Forms will be sent home at the beginning of the year. Checks should be made out to the company.

STUDENT RECORD DISCLOSURE

Student cumulative record folders are maintained on each student. Grades, attendance, health cards and directory information are included in each record. Parents may review records related to their child by request made through the office.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Student behavior is addressed in Policy 4373 from the West Virginia Department of Education. The policy addresses:

  • Expected Student Dispositions
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Inappropriate Behavior and Meaningful Interventions and Consequences
  • Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Inappropriate Behaviors
  • Procedures for Taking Action on Substantiated Inappropriate Behaviors

This policy is lengthy and can be viewed at the WVDE site under policies. If you do not have internet access we will provide a copy of the entire policy at the school.

WEATHER DELAYED OPENINGS AND EARLY CLOSINGS

During inclement weather, please listen to one of the local radio stations, watch a local TV station, to find the status of school closings or delayed openings. If your phone numbers are up to date you will also receive a phone call. Please refrain from calling the school or the Board of Education Office as these lines must be kept free for emergency communications. It is very important for every family to have a contingency plan for children in case of early closings or delayed openings. Please make these arrangements. We have over 500 students and often have very little notice before buses arrive to take students home.

When school is delayed, students should not arrive at school earlier that the announced opening time since staff may also be arriving late. If you bring your child to school on mornings when the weather is questionable, please wait to see if school is in session before leaving your child. Also, if the bus does not run in the morning, it will most likely not run in the afternoon. Therefore, if you bring your child to school on mornings that buses do not run, please pick your child up in the afternoon.

STUDENT DRESS

Student dress should be comfortable and in good taste. Clothing advertising beverages and tobacco products and containing inappropriate language and/or messages will not be allowed. Modesty is a virtue. Our children are growing up quickly and the affect the media and culture has on their dress habits is not always in their or other students' best interest. Please guide your child to dress conservatively at school. Clothing and shoes should also provide for the safety of your child. Students will not wear hats, caps or other head coverings inside the building. Students should wear tennis shoes for physical education class and playground time.

VISITOR POLICY

In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, the Kellogg School Local Improvement Council has adopted the following visitor policy.

  • Visitors will come directly to the office upon entry to the building.
  • Visitors who need to go beyond the office will sign in and be issued a visitor pass.
  • Visitors sign out in the office when leaving the school.
  • All visitors will enter and exit only through the front door of the main building.
  • Parents and others who come to pick up students may be asked for identification, if the office attendant does not recognize them.
  • Teachers will be notified if a visitor is to come to the classroom.