Student Handbook

WELCOME
The Johnson Elementary staff is looking forward to a challenging and successful school year for your child.

JOHNSON ELEMENTARY VISION STATEMENT
Our vision within the Johnson Elementary School Community is to provide a positive environment as we develop self-directed learners who will become responsible citizens.
ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE: Indiana State law requires all children of elementary school age to attend school every day. Students are expected to be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop the good habits of self-discipline, responsibility, and punctuality. Good attendance is vital if students are to do well in school. Please remember that a phone call on the day of the absence and a signed note from the parent explaining a student’s absence is required. Upon returning to school, it is the student's responsibility to check with his/her teachers to make up work and tests. A student is considered absent half a day if he/she arrives after 11:30AM or leaves before 11:30AM. Parents should arrange medical appointments so their children do not miss any part of the school day. A student who accumulates 20 or more absences (excused or unexcused) per year may be recommended for retention.
TARDINESS: Tardiness interrupts your child’s instructional day, so it is important that he/she arrives to school on time. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 7:55 a.m. Students should report to the office when they arrive at school. Excessive tardiness (10) will result in disciplinary action and or reported to the district attendance officer.
EARLY DEPARTURE: Students are considered to be departing from school early when leaving prior to 3:05. Students must be signed out at the office prior to leaving early. In the interest of safety, only the individuals listed on the consent form will be allowed to sign students out! Excessive tardiness and early departures will be reported to the district attendance officer.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS: Johnson Elementary School encourages students to be present every instructional day. Students are recognized for achieving perfect attendance during each grading period and for the entire school year. Students must meet the following guidelines in order to qualify for perfect attendance awards:

For Each Grading Period
• Student must be present for the entire day during the grading period.
• Student may have only one (1) incident of tardiness or early departure during the grading period.

For The School Year
• Student must be present for the entire day everyday during the entire school year.
• Student may have no more than five (5) incidents of tardiness or early departures during the entire school year.
Student Agenda Books
Student agenda books are used for 1st – 5th grade levels to help develop organizational skills and responsibility. Agenda books also facilitate regular communication between parents and teachers. You can assist by making your child responsible for the agenda book and by reviewing it with him/her on a daily basis. Failure to sign and return agenda book daily may result in Behavior Management Notices and detention.
Cafeteria
Our school serves nutritious and well-balanced meals every school day. Menus are sent home monthly with the understanding that last minute changes are sometimes necessary. Parents may apply for free or reduced priced meals for their children. Applications are available when the students enroll or may be obtained in the school office. Children are expected to eat properly and exhibit good manners at all times. Carbonated beverages, drinks that are red in color, glass containers, and items delivered by parents from fast food restaurants are NOT allowed in the cafeteria. Each student has his/her own cafeteria account and Personal Identification Number (PIN). This account functions as a debit account and at each school meal the appropriate amount will be subtracted from the child’s account. Cafeteria envelopes are provided for the collection of breakfast and lunch money. Please keep a positive balance in his/her account at all times.
Cafeteria Rules
• Students should stay in their seats unless there is an emergency.
• Students should speak quietly.
• Students should pick up trash around their trays.
• Students should not play with food or eating utensils.
• Students should not share food or beverages.
• No foods or beverages are to be taken from the cafeteria.
 
Discipline

Every student has a right to a learning environment that is free from disruption. Each student is responsible for contributing to this environment in all areas within the building and on school grounds. Students are expected to respect and cooperate with the school staff and other students. Students who break school rules will be dealt with according to the discipline policy. Detentions will be given by staff members for breaking school rules. Detentions are held after school for one hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Students making threats of death, shooting, bombing, or severe physical harm will be removed from class. The principal will call the parent to come to school for a conference at this time, and the student sent home and/or suspended from school. Severe or multiple infractions may be considered for recommendations to the superintendent for expulsion. A comprehension student discipline policy is included in this folder. Please review it with your child. 

BULLYING PREVENTION: Bullying is when a student is exposed repeatedly and/or over time, to negative actions of another student or group of students. Bullying implies that there is an imbalance of power and/or strength between the students involved and that the harm done was intentional (Olweus, 1993). Bullying can be physical (pushing, shoving, tripping, and other hurtful behaviors); verbal (name calling, teasing, racist remarks, rumors, etc); and emotional (intimidating, excluding, threatening, etc.). Consequences for bullying behaviors range from a conference with the classroom teacher to out-of-school suspension.
Rules are in place to help prevent bullying:
• We do not bully others.
• We help students who are bullied.
• We include students who are left out.
• We tell an adult at school and an adult at home when someone is being bullied.

Textbooks and Library books
Students are responsible for all textbooks and library books issued to them during the school year. The student or parent must pay for all lost or damaged books. If a lost book is found, money will be refunded.
Lost & Found
Please mark all personal belongings with child’s name for easy identification. If your child loses an item, please contact the office. After a reasonable period of time, unclaimed items will be donated to a social service agency.
Health
First Aid: If an accident occurs, or if a child needs to be sent home because of illness, action will be taken according to the instructions given on the Emergency Procedures Forms filled out by parents at the beginning of the school year. Parents are asked to alert the school, in writing, of any physical or emotional handicap or problem a student may have.
Head Lice Procedures: Before your child can return to school, he/she must be checked by the school nurse the very next day. The decision as to whether to exclude a student from school for this condition and whether to readmit a student to school after exclusion for the condition will be the responsibility of the school nurse.
Hearing and Vision: Under the direction of the school nurse and speech therapist, routine checks on vision and hearing are made and health records are maintained for each student. A hearing exam is given during the first and fourth grades and when students enter Johnson Elementary for the first time. Teachers and parents may refer a student for a check at any time during the year. Vision is checked in the first and third grades and any time parents or teachers make referrals.
Immunization Records: Please contact the school nurse regarding immunization requirements.
Medications: It is School Board policy that neither prescription medications nor over-the –counter medications, such as Tylenol/Motrin or cough syrup, may be dispensed by school personnel without detailed guidelines being followed. Medication will only be dispensed by the school nurse, the school secretaries, or the school principal. The following guidelines must be observed:
1. A school medication permission form signed by the parent/guardian.
2. A signed statement from the student’s doctor must be on file with the school in order to dispense prescription medication.
3. Medications must be labeled with the following information:
a. Child’s name
b. Date
c. Name of medicine
d. Dosage
e. Time medication is to be given
f. Doctor’s name
Scoliosis: A scoliosis check is done at the fifth grade.
Bus Transportation

Students will be assigned to ride school buses that will pick them up and drop them off in close proximity to their homes. Students will not be allowed to ride a bus other than their assigned bus without written permission from parents and the school principal. Permission to ride an alternate bus may be limited by the school. Please notify the homeroom teacher in writing if there is to be a change in your child’s transportation plans. If no notice is received, your child will be sent home as normal. The teacher will keep the office informed of transportation changes.  

The following rules have been adopted for your child’s bus safety:
• Students are to be seated and remain seated while the bus is in motion.
• Students are not to make loud noises or engage in other activities such as throwing objects, pushing/ shoving, etc. that could cause the driver’s attention to be distracted from the safe operation of the bus.
• Students are not to open windows or doors without the driver’s permission, nor are they to throw objects from the bus.
• Directing profane, rude or disrespectful language toward the driver will not be tolerated.
• Eating or drinking on the bus is discouraged as it contributes to uncleanness and presents a safety hazard.
• Absolutely no smoking or lighting of matches, lighters, etc. is permitted on buses.
• Defacing the bus or its contents will not be tolerated.

This list is not intended to address all aspects of bus conduct, but rather to provide examples of appropriate behavior. Students are to display the same positive behavior and respect that is expected of them at school. Parents and their children should understand that riding the school bus is a privilege and not a right. Serious violations or frequent minor violations that contribute to driver distraction or other unsafe conditions will cause the privilege to be removed. 
 

PTO
Johnson Elementary is fortunate to have an active PTO. There are regularly scheduled meetings during the year. The PTO will plan and conduct many student-centered activities this year and would like to encourage everyone to become involved. Together we can do more!
District Grading Scale
A+ = 100-99 B+ = 89-88 C+ = 79-78 D+ = 69-68
A = 98-92 B = 87-82 C = 77-72 D = 67-62
A- = 91-90 B- = 81-80 C- = 71-70 D- = 61-60 
F = 59-0
Withdrawal of Students
If you are moving and withdrawing your child from Johnson Elementary, please stop by the school office in advance and notify the Secretary or Principal.
Visitors
Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit our building. Advanced planning will help make your visit more productive and pleasant. In the interest of school safety, all visitors must enter through the main doors and check-in at the office before proceeding to other areas of the building. This procedure will ensure that the rights and privileges of all are protected when visitors are present in the school.
Report cards
Report cards will be sent home with all students at the end of each nine-week grading period. Parents should sign their child’s report card and return it to school the next day. Communication regarding your child’s progress will be ongoing throughout the year. Please feel free to call about your child’s progress at any time during the school year to set up an appointment to talk with the teacher.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
Annual parent/student/teacher conferences are held following the first grading period and during January after the ISTEP+ scores are reported. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit with their child and his/her teacher and discuss academic achievement. Parents are encouraged to schedule additional conferences as needs arise. Please schedule appointments in advance to ensure that your child’s teacher will be available and prepared for your visit.
Benchmarks
Scott County School District 2 has established Benchmarks to help the students be successful.
All students are expected to meet the following benchmarks at the elementary level:
• 97% attendance rate
• Meet proficiency level on ISTEP+
• 2.0 G.P.A.
Homework
Homework is an essential follow-up and reinforcement of the skills learned in school. While homework is basically the student’s responsibility, parental involvement is strongly encouraged. Please provide your child with a quiet place to study away from the TV and other distractions. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher with questions regarding homework.
Student Appearance
Students are expected to keep themselves well-groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Any form of dress considered distractive in the school environment is NOT permitted. Specifically, students are not allowed to come to school in:
* short shorts, see-through shirts, and biker shorts
* clothing with obscene or questionable pictures or printing
* strapped tops, or tops with enlarged armholes
* backless shoes (all shoes must have a back or a strap)
* exposed stomachs (shirts and shorts/pants must come together)