Welcome to Lone Oak Elementary! The faculty and staff would like to welcome you as students and parents to our school. You are encouraged to become involved as you join us in the educational process.
We hope you find this handbook useful. It is intended to provide information about our school such as policies, guidelines and procedures.
We would like to invite you as parents or guardians to visit our school, attend PTO meetings and programs, become an active volunteer and be involved in your child's education.
We are glad to have you with us this year and want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social and emotional growth.
All students are expected to be in attendance daily. If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please contact the school by 9:00 am. The Attendance Policy adopted by our SBDM Council is:
All students will be allowed to miss a maximum of five (5) full school days each school year with a note or call from their parents. Any absence above five (5) days shall require a doctor’s excuse.
Students will be allowed to miss up to five (5) pre-arranged days as outlined in McCracken County’s Student Code of Conduct (see Excused Absences). These days will count as part of the five (5) full school days allowed to be missed. A note from the parents will allow these absences to be excused. Students will have one day to make up work for each day of school missed.
Any absences above five (5) days that do not have the required doctor’s excuse shall be unexcused absences. Upon receipt of the sixth (6th) unexcused absence, the student will be turned over to the Office of the County Attorney for truancy proceedings.
Arriving after attendance has been taken in the morning (8:30 a.m.) and departing prior to the buses loading (3:30) in the afternoon is considered tardy. After accumulation of five (5) total tardies, we will notify the Office of County Attorney for truancy proceedings. Any student arriving after 8:30 a.m. should report to the office and pick up a Class Pass before reporting to their classroom.
School hours are from 8:30 to 3:30. Students are expected to be on time and ready to start.
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL
Students being brought should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. Car riders must arrive by 8:20 if they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Buses will unload behind the cafeteria and cars will unload in front of the gym.
Students will be dismissed at 3:30 to load the buses. Those being picked up will be dismissed at 3:35. Students are to be picked up by 3:45. If you want to pick up a student, please park in the parking lot in front of the school. When buses leave from LOE, parents will walk to their assigned door. Students with last names starting with A-L will go to door 2 next to the gymnasium. Students with last names starting with M-Z will go to door 6. Please have your child's name card visible. A pick-up name card is required in order to pick up your child. They will be called using the name card. Do not come into the building to pick up your child.
NO CHILD WILL BE RELEASED TO ANYONE WITHOUT THE PROPER IDENTIFICATION.
The person checking out your child be be listed in Infinite Campus Emergency Contacts and present proper identification.
When snow causes school to be dismissed early, please listen to the local media sources. A school message will be sent from the district office-notifying parents of the dismissal. Please DO NOT CALL the school. The safest way for your child to get home is on the school bus. Our bus drivers are trained to handle inclement weather conditions. If at all possible, please make arrangements to simply meet your child at home.
Authorized visitors will be issued a proper pass. As always, we welcome parents, but please help us by following proper procedures. ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE UPON ENTERING SCHOOL WITH A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE. This is for the safety of your children. We ask that you give consideration to the teacher and students by not interrupting instruction. Teachers are available for conferences before school, during planning, or after school. However, an appointment with your child’s teacher and principal is required. Volunteers are welcome but must complete confidentiality training. Please make an appointment with a teacher or staff member to volunteer.
Students who miss homework because of an absence will receive the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are given one calendar day for each day absent plus one extra day to turn in their work. For example, if your child is absent for three days, he/she will be given four days, upon return to complete all missing assignments.
Lone Oak Elementary’s students receive free breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 8:00-8:25. We use a computerized system to track the meals and the money used to purchase extras. If your child has a food allergy, please notify the school nurse or the cafeteria manager for proper documentation. Each student is given a personal account number and records are kept in the cafeteria. A student must have money in their account to purchase extras or “a la carte” items. Parents may put restrictions on their child’s account. If a check is written, please put the teacher’s name and the student’s first and last name on the memo line. Please note that soft drinks and fast food from outside vendors are not permitted in the school’s cafeteria.
Lone Oak Elementary follows the McCracken County Board policy in dispensing medication. If a student is to be given medication on a daily basis, the parent must complete a Medication Form. The form can be obtained in the office and will be kept on file. All medication should be in the original bottle with specific instructions. Only PRESCRIPTION medication will be dispensed.
Student accident insurance is provided for our students. Even with safety precautions and procedures in place, when a number of students are grouped in one place, accidents are inevitable.
Specific student behavior expectations are established for the safe and efficient operation of the district’s transportation system in accordance with state laws and regulations. Transportation is considered an extension of the regular school program and students who violate behavior expectations while riding a bus are subject to penalties established for misbehavior while students are on the school premises, including suspension from riding the bus. Each year, copies of the bus regulations are provided to all students. Students who are going to another student’s home must bring a written permission from the parent. For the safety of your child, the school requires a written notification of a change in the manner in which your child goes home. This written notification must be communicated with the office. For security reasons, transportation changes are not taken over the phone, fax or e-mail. All transportation changes must be received by 3:00 pm in the office.
Discipline procedures as outlined in the McCracken County’s Student Code of Conduct will be followed. Please help us in providing a safe and pleasant environment for attending school by encouraging your child to follow the rules.
Lone Oak Elementary is here for the benefit of all students. The educational purposes of this school are best accomplished in a climate of student behavior that is socially acceptable and conducive to the teaching and learning process. Student behavior that disrupts this process or which infringes upon the rights of other individuals will not be tolerated.
If you wish to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please call the office at 538-4120 to set up a time. In addition, two Parent/Teacher Conference nights will be designated later in the fall/spring specifically for individual conferences.
Lone Oak Elementary participates in the Dollars-for-Scholars program sponsored by Banks. If you shop at Banks please save your receipts and send them to school. Banks gives the school one percent of all receipts to be used in the classrooms for instructional materials.
Lone Oak Elementary has a very active Parent/Teacher Organization. This organization enhances the programs we have with their dedicated donation of time and effort. Anyone wishing to be a part of our PTO should sign up during the membership drive held at the beginning of the school year. This is one of the opportunities available to you that help enhance the well being of our students.
Lone Oak Elementary has a School Based Decision Making Council. This council meets monthly and makes decisions concerning the operation of our school. The Council consists of the principal, three teachers and two parent representatives. Elections are held annually for both parent and teacher representatives. This Council makes important decisions about how our school operates. You may call your representatives with ideas, suggestions or concerns. We encourage your input and participation.
HEAD LICE POLICY
Upon discovery of head lice on any student in a classroom, the student’s parents will be notified and the student sent home. The infected student will not be allowed back in school until he/she has been treated and proof of treatment has been shown. Students must be nit-free before returning to school.
21st CENTURY PROGRAM
Available only when school is in session. 7:00-8:00 am and 3:30-5:30 pm. Please call the school to speak with the program director.
Title I PARENT COMPACT
Lone Oak Elementary School, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2020-21
Lone Oak Elementary School will:
1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective
Learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the
State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
Lone Oak Elementary is committed to high quality instruction through the following:
· SBDM, Common Core Curriculum, STAR Testing, Research Based Reading & Math Instructional Strategies, Common Planning
2. Hold Parent-Teacher Conferences (at least annually in elementary schools)
During which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual
3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.
Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
· Lone Oak Elementary provides parents with (4) 9 week report cards and STAR Reports
4. Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for
consultation with parents as follows:
· Staff are available to meet with parents five days during planning time or before/after school. Please schedule an appointment.
5. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
·PTO, Classroom Volunteers, Library Volunteers
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
· Monitoring attendance, Making sure that homework is completed, Volunteering in my child’s classroom, Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education, Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular activities, Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate, Checking Daily Folders and Agendas.
Additional Required School Responsibilities
Lone Oak Elementary School will:
1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner.
2. Involve parents in the joint development of any school wide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner.
3. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title 1, Part A Programs, and to explain the Title 1, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title 1, Part A Programs. The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title 1, Part A Programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.
4. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand