Minden East Elementary School
The Minden Public Schools, with the community, strives to develop productive and responsible citizens through an environment that empowers them to seek, understand, and appreciative learning.
School Improvement Goal:
Reviewed in the spring of 2018: All students, K-12, will improve their writing skills.
East Elementary Phone: (308)832-2460 Fax:(308)832-2647
Intent of Handbook:
This handbook is intended to be used by students, parents, and staff as a guide to the rules, regulations, and general information about East Elementary. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with the handbook and knowing the information contained in it. Parents are encouraged to use this handbook as a resource and to assist their child in knowing the rules contained in this handbook. Although the information found in this handbook is detailed and specific on many topics, it is not intended to be all encompassing. This handbook does not create a contract. The administration reserves the right to make decisions and make rule revisions at any time to implement the educational program and to assure the well being of all students. The administration will be responsible for interpreting the rules contained in this handbook. Should a situation or circumstance arise that is not specifically covered in this handbook, the administration will make a decision based upon all applicable school district policies and state and federal statutes and regulations.
Students arriving before 7:55 are to go to the gym or to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Adult supervision is not available for students arriving at school prior to 7:
40 am or remaining after
3:25 pm. Students should not be in the building before 7:30 am.
Breakfast will be served from 7:40-8:05.
Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches will also qualify for F/R breakfast prices. Free and reduced applications are available in the East Elementary Office. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Please notify the office in the morning if you would like to eat lunch with your child. All children will be given a lunch number. The student will enter that number into a computer each day they eat school lunch/breakfast. If money is needed, a statement will be sent home. Questions concerning your lunch account should be directed to Shelia Sanford.
As a participant in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, and in
accordance with Federal Law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Minden Public Schools is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint regarding discrimination in the school lunch or breakfast programs, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, Washington D.C.
20250-9410 or call 1800-795-3272. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
According to school district policy 5008, the circumstances for all absences from school will be identified as School Excused or Not School Excused. Absences should be cleared through the principal’s office in advance whenever possible. All absences, except for illness and/or death in the family, require advance approval.
School Excused: Any of the following circumstances that lead to an absence will be identified as a school excused absence, provided the required attendance procedures have been followed:
1)Impossible or impracticable barriers outside the control of the parent or child prevent a student
from attending school. The parent must provide the school with documentation to demonstrate the absence was beyond the control of the parent or child. This could include, but is not limited to documented illness, court, death of a family member, or suspension.
2)Other absences as determined by the principal or the principal’s designee.
Not School Excused: Absences that are not school excused may result in a report to the county attorney and may be classified as follows:
1)Parent acknowledged absences are those in which the parent communicated with the school in the prescribed manner that the child is absent and is the parent’s responsibility for the extent of the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, illness, vacations, and medical appointments.
Please see school district policy 5008 for further information regarding excessive absenteeism.
Parents or guardians must notify the school prior to 8:30 if their child is to be absent or tardy.
For parent convenience, an answering machine will take calls prior to 8:00. If a student is not in school as expected, the principal’s office will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian cannot be contacted, the office will contact the proper law enforcement authorities to investigate the absence.
Students who are absent for less than one-fourth of the school day are counted present for the day. If their absence occurs at the beginning of the day, they are tardy. A child who is present for less than one-fourth day is likewise counted absent for a full day. Students are considered tardy when they are not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings at 8:10. Any student arriving after 8:10 must check in at the office.
The Nebraska State Department of Education requires all Nebraska schools to provide instructional experiences for students in curricular areas that include the components described as follows:
English Language Arts-Wonders
The reading and language arts program helps children develop skills in phonics, reading, speaking, listening, composition, spelling, grammar, and handwriting. Opportunities for appreciation of literature, self-expression, and creativity are also provided.
The mathematics program helps children develop skills in number usage, basic number operations, problem solving, geometry, measurement, etc.
Social Studies-Lessons in accordance with the NE state standards
Social Studies lessons emphasize experiences that help children to develop an understanding of the world and its people. Such experiences draw from history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, careers, human relations, current issues, and cultural studies. Science-FOSS
The science program emphasizes experiences that will help children develop an understanding of basic scientific concepts. Such experiences draw from the physical, life, earth, and space sciences.
The health program promotes the development of healthy attitudes and living habits and includes mental, physical, social, public health, nutrition, and safety/drug education. The physical education program promotes the development of physical coordination, large and small muscle control, and positive mental and social attitudes. It helps children maintain physical fitness, develop wholesome leisure activities, and acquire habits of safety.
The music program provides an opportunity for children to be creative and expressive through experiences in singing, listening, making and playing instruments, and reading musical notation. It enables children to gain an appreciation for many forms of music, both past and present.
The art program provides an opportunity for children to understand, appreciate, and make judgement about their own art and artwork of the past and present, as well as have the experiences in creatively producing art themselves.
The school library has over 6,000 titles of quality books, and students are encouraged to check these out to take them home to read. Books are due back in ten school days. If a book is lost, the person who checked it out must pay for it. Report cards may be held if the book is not paid for.
GATE (Gifted and Talented Enrichment)
The GATE program provides a specialized instruction to those students in grade 1-3 who have been identified as gifted.
The guidance program provides an opportunity for all K-3 students to participate in class social skills, anti-bullying strategies, and personal safety types of activities. Individual guidance is available on a limited basis.
Title I is a federally funded program for students in first through third grades who may qualify for supplementary help in reading and/or math. It is designed to compliment and reinforce the regular education program through a variety of learning situations.
Special Education Services and instruction are provided for those students who qualify under federal and state guidelines. There is resource assistance in the academic areas and speech assistance in the articulation and language areas.
Parent and Community Involvement
A Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet quarterly at East Elementary including representatives from East Elementary and the Preschool.
Safety During Pickup and Delivery of Children
For the safety of your children, we ask that parents deliver children curbside or drive through from the street going south on Minden Avenue in front of the school. Bus delivery takes place on the north side of East Elementary. It is important not to stop on first street to let your child out of your vehicle. When picking up your children and there is a need for the child to cross the street, parents are asked to meet the child on the school side of the street and walk across with them. Children must cross at the crosswalks. Do not stop on first street and wait for your child to come to the car. Instead, seek a legal parking space in order to park and get your child.
Only persons with a special parking permit may park in the specialized handicapped zones. Handicap stalls are in front of the school.
Parents should inform the teacher or school office by note or phone call if your child is to go
somewhere else after school other than their normal means to go home.
School Closing Information
If a storm develops during the school day, public and private communications will be used to advise parents of early release. If roads are impassable for a school bus, storm routes will be declared. In this case, the parents should bring the children to the established storm route bus stops. Parents will be notified of their storm route.
School Closing Information will be broadcast on: TV-NTV, KHAS, KOLN
School Notification System-Phone messaging system
School facebook page and website
The school nurse is scheduled at East each day from 11:00-1:00. Medications sent by parents should be sent in the original container with directions clearly written. All medication, whether prescription or over the counter, must be administered by or under the supervision of the school nurse. A medication permission slip will need to be filled out by the parent or guardian. Parents/guardians will be notified if there is a serious injury or illness with their child. In an emergency, the nurse may accompany the student to the doctor’s office if the parents can not
Parents should not send their child to school if any of the following symptoms appear:
1)Fever over 100 degrees within the last 24 hours
2)Presents of vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
3)Child feels too ill to function properly in the school setting
4)An onset of communicable diseases such as chicken pox, strep infections, scabies, lice, or ringworm
5)Sore throat accompanied by fever or visible pus
6)Earache with discharge or fever
If there is a question on whether your child is or is not too ill to attend school, parents may call the school nurse. Children with head lice can return to school following treatment and if there is no evidence of live lice. More information from the school nurse can be accessed on the school website.
Student Conduct and Discipline
The administration and staff are to implement strategies and practices to identify and prevent inappropriate behaviors by all students, including anti-bullying education for all students. Please refer to student discipline policy 5101 and the anti-bullying policy 5415 which can be accessed on the school website or at the East Elementary office. Students will refrain from
violating or impairing the rights of others and not engage in conduct that deprives other students of an orderly atmosphere for learning. Students found to have destroyed, or otherwise harmed, school district property may be required to reimburse the school district. Parents may be
notified in the event of behavioral or attitudinal problems. In school or out of school suspension
may be necessary according to school district policy 5101.
One of the missions of the district is to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure environment for students and staff. Please refer to school district anti-bullying policy 5415.
Custody and Parental Rights
Disagreements between family members are not the responsibility of the school district. The school district will not take the side of one family member in a disagreement about custody or parental rights. Current court orders that have been issued shall be followed by the school district. It shall be the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the school to inform and provide the school with a copy of the most recent court order allowing such action. This does not prohibit an employee from listening to a student’s concerns.
Drug Free Schools
The district shall implement regulations and practices which will ensure compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and all regulations and rules promulgated pursuant thereto. Please refer to school district policy 5104.
Receipt shall serve to demonstrate that you and parent or guardian of a student attending Minden Public Schools have received notice of the standards of conduct of this district expected of students concerning the absolute prohibition against the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school premises or as a part of any of the school’s activities as described in board policy or administrative regulation. This notice is being provided to you pursuant to P.L. 101-226 and 34 C.F.R. Part 86, both federal legal requirements for the district to obtain any federal financial assistance. Your signature on this receipt acknowledges that you and your child or children who are students attending this district fully understand the district’s position absolutely prohibiting the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit
drugs and alcohol on school premises or as a part of the school’s activities as herein above described and that compliance with these standards is mandatory. Any non-compliance with these standards can and will result in punitive measures being taken against any students failing to comply with these standards.
Duty to Report Criminal Violations Student Discipline LB1250
The school principal or the principal’s designee shall notify as soon as possible the appropriate law enforcement authorities of any act of the student which the principal or designee knows or suspects is a violation of the Nebraska criminal code.
State law 43-801 addresses that parents shall be liable for the willful and intentional infliction of
personal injury to any person or destruction of property occasioned by their children residing with them, or placed by them under the care of other persons.
School employees and all adults are bound by Nebraska State Law LB 28-710 to report any suspected case of child abuse or neglect to authorities to investigate.
Questioning of Students by Outside Agencies
Police officers (or other authorities) do not have the automatic right to question students in school. Police officers do have access to directory information. If such questioning is desired, the principal or designee will attempt to contact parents for their permission and ask them to be present. In the event that parents are not present during questioning, the building principal or designee will sit in on the conference to protect the student’s rights. Some situations such as child abuse/neglect are covered by special state statute and do not require parental permission for questioning. School officials will comply with court orders concerning the dealings of proper authorities with students. School officials will notify the proper legal authorities when a student engages in illegal activities.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to prohibit discrimination based on disability in any program activity receiving federal money. This statute obligates public schools to provide equal access and equal opportunity to otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.
For a student to be eligible for a 504 plan, the student must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. It must be because of the disability that the student is unable to gain equal access and benefit from the school programs and services. If you have questions regarding section 504 plans, please contact Sandy Pohl at 832-2460.
The Board of Education of Minden Public Schools adopts the student fees policy in accordance with the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act.
Please refer to the Student Fees policy 5416.
Student Rights to Personal Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:
1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the
school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they
wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the
School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her
professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another School District in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA . The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Notice Concerning Directory Information
The District may disclose directory information. The types of personally identifiable information that the District has designated as directory information are as follows:
1. Student’s Name, address, telephone listing, and the name, address, telephone listings (if
not unlisted), e-mail address and work or other contact information of the student’s parent/guardian or other adult acting in loco parent or with authority to act as parent or guardian in educational matters for the student;
2. School and dates of attendance;
3. Student’s current grade;
4. Student’s enrollment status (e.g. full-time or part-time);
5. Student’s date of birth and place of birth;
6. Student’s extracurricular participation;
7. Student’s achievement awards or honors;
8. Student’s weight and height if a member of an athletic team;
9. Student’s photograph; and
10. School or school district the student attended before he or she enrolled in Minden Public
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the District does not designate as directory information personally identifiable information from students’ education records where the District determines that the disclosure to the potential recipient poses a risk to student safety or well-
being, including but not limited to circumstances where the potential recipient is a registered sex
offender and the personally identifiable information would permit the potential recipient to communicate with or otherwise contact the student.
A parent or eligible student has the right to refuse to let the District designate information about the student as directory information. The period of time within which a parent or eligible student has to notify the District in writing that he or she does not want information about the student designated as directory information is as follows: two weeks from the time this information is first received. Please contact the Superintendent’s office indicating your refusal to have your child’s information designated as directory information. The District may disclose information about former students without meeting the conditions in this section.
The District’s policy is for education records to be kept confidential except as permitted by the FERPA law, and the District does not approve any practice which involves an unauthorized disclosure of education records. In some courses student work may be displayed or made available to others. Also, some teachers may have persons other than the teacher or school staff, such as volunteers or fellow students, assist with the task of grading student work and returning graded work to students. The District does not either approve or disapprove such teaching practices, and designates such student work as directory information and/or as
non-education records. Each parent and eligible student shall be presumed to have accepted this designation in the absence of the parent or eligible student giving notification to the District
in writing in the manner set forth above pertaining to the designation of directory information. Consent will be presumed to have been given in the absence of such a notification from the parent or eligible student.
Student Accident Insurance
The school district does not carry insurance on students in school or in school activities. The school is not responsible for hospital or doctor bills contracted due to accidents which happen on the school premises. Student insurance will be made available to all students following guidelines outlined by the Minden Board of Education. For a summary of guidelines, please contact the Superintendent’s office.
Minden Public School Non-Discrimination Information
In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Nebraska Equal Opportunity and Education Act, Minden Public Schools Policy (Policy 2-01 and 2-04) prohibits discrimination based on race, color, age, sex, marital status, handicap, religious, or political affiliation. Additionally, no person on the basis of sex shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of this district. Anyone who feels they may have been discriminated against should contact Dr. Melissa Wheelock, Superintendent of schools at (308)832-2440 or PO Box 301, Minden, NE 68959.
Minden Public Schools is committed to offering educational opportunities to any student based on ability and performance, in a climate free of discrimination. (Refer to the Equal Opportunities Policy 5401, which may be accessed on the district website, East office, or Central office.) The following procedure should be followed to resolve a problem:
1)Communicate your concern or complaint directly to the person it concerns. If the student is
uncomfortable in presenting the problem to the teacher or the problem is not resolved, the student is encouraged to go to the building principal.
2)If the problem is unresolved in 5-10 working days, or if the discrimination or harassment continues, report the complaint to the Superintendent. If a satisfactory arrangement cannot be obtained through the Superintendent, the complaint may be processed to the Board of Education.
3)The teacher, principal, or the Superintendent of Minden Public Schools will thoroughly investigate all complaints with the utmost confidence. Under no circumstances will a teacher or principal threaten or retaliate against a student for alleging a violation of this policy.
The Literacy Links program has been established in order to enhance learning by using an intergenerational atmosphere connecting adult volunteers and students. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office. Volunteers may not be relatives of any children in classes for which they volunteer.
Parents/guardians are welcome to eat school lunch with their child, but are asked to inform the office prior to lunchtime. Persons wishing to post bulletins, announcements, or distribute
information in the school building must receive permission from the building principal and/or superintendent beforehand.
Parents may visit the school according to board policy 1010. The school requests that parents not plan visits during the first two weeks of school or the last two weeks of school and during MAPS or State testing. All visitors must enter and exit through the main doors and check in at the office for a visitors badge. Children not attending the school may not visit unless accompanied by an adult and prior arrangements are made with the classroom teacher. For the least amount of disruption, the school encourages visits to be no longer than one hour in length. In most cases, visitations would be best arranged during the student’s lunch when he/she is free to entertain his/her guest.
Personal Items at School
Children and parents should request permission from their teachers before bringing animals to school. This is typically discouraged due to various animal allergies. Toys, gaming, electronic devices, money, or other non-required items should not be brought to school unless permission is granted by the teacher. The school is not responsible for damage to or the theft of items brought to school. Cell phones should be turned off during the school day and left in the office. Children are not to bring any items that might be potentially dangerous to themselves or others. Please do not have flowers, balloons, etc. delivered to the school for special occasions. It is difficult for students to get these gifts safely home from school.
Parent/Teacher Conferences and Report Cards
Scheduled, individual parent/teacher conferences are held twice per year at East Elementary. Since the conferences involve confidential information, guests should not be present. Notes are sent home with the students prior to the conference date which state the scheduled conference times. Specialists will be available to visit prior to or following the conference with their classroom teacher. Report cards will be sent home following each nine weeks of school. All students are expected to work at a level commensurate with their ability. Parents of students doing poor work shall be notified and shall be told of any retention.
Student Appearance and Clothing
Students will be expected to keep themselves well groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Clothing which depicts illegal drug use or advertisements of tobacco, alcohol, obscene gestures, or foul language are specifically prohibited.
Children should be adequately dressed with warm clothing during cold weather. This includes a heavy winter coat or snowsuit, hat, gloves, and snow boots. During playground times when snow is on the ground, students not wearing snow pants and snow boots are asked to stay on
the areas with no snow. Please mark warm clothing with child’s full name. Unmarked items that
are found will be placed in the lost and found. Clothing that is not claimed by the end of the school year will be given to charity. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Generally during cold winter weather, students will not be taken outside for playground breaks if either wind chill index or the temperature is at or below 10 degree F.
On physical education days, students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that will enable them to perform all P.E. activities to their best ability. This should include clothing that is not too tight and tennis shoes.
If parents/guardians have an emergency message for their child, please call the school office before 2:45 (Monday-Thursday) and 1:30 (Friday) to allow adequate time for the message to be delivered before the end of the school day.
Use of Surveillance
You are notified that there are video surveillance cameras used on the East Elementary School
Release of Students
Students being released before the end of the school day will only be released to immediate family members or individuals authorized by parents or legal guardians. Identification is required when an adult picking up the student is unfamiliar to staff.
Classrooms are allowed three holiday parties per year. These are usually at Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Planning for refreshments for these parties are decided by the individual classroom teacher. Parents who wish not to have their child participate in these parties should inform the classroom teacher and make other arrangements for the child during that time.
K-3 children like to celebrate their own birthdays by being treats for their classmates. However, this is not required. Guidelines in regard to types of treats, etc. are left to the individual classroom teacher to be arranged with the parents. Students should use means to distribute invitations to selected friends for personal parties other than passing them out at school. School personnel cannot give out family addresses or telephone numbers.
Bicycles at School
Bicycles are to be parked in the racks provided on the north and south side of the school, and they should remain there until the end of the school day. Students should not borrow or tamper with any bicycle that does not belong to them. The school is not responsible for damage or theft while bicycles are parked on school property. Bicycles may be registered with the Minden
Students should follow bicycle “driver” rules. Students should walk their bikes while on school property as well as walking them across the street at the crosswalks.
Please see the school website for current staff information.
Parents should read the following rules and review them with your child.
Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible!
1)Stay inside the fences, off the fences, and off the lawn. There is a concrete walk access to the hard surface from all building exits.
2)Notify the supervising teacher if a ball has rolled off the playground and onto the street. Children should retrieve balls only with permission of the teacher and then with the teacher present to assist. Only older, responsible children should be sent to retrieve the ball.
3)Please leave baseballs, bats, and golf balls at home.
4)Play flag or touch football. Tackle football is not allowed.
5)Kick balls away from the building.
6)Go feet first down the slides in a sitting position. Use the steps to climb up to the slides.
7)Only one person going across the monkey bars at a time. Do not climb or sit on top of bars.
8)Sit on the merry go round. Keep head and other body parts inside the merry go round area when moving.
9)Stay in a swing until it stops moving. Swings should be used only in a sitting position to go back and forth. Wait for the swing to stop to get out of the swing.
10)Walk on the play structure.
11)Stay on the hard surface when the ground is covered in snow unless wearing snow gear.
12)When the bell rings, students line up immediately.
13)Return school equipment to the proper basket.
Teachers and paras will use individual discretion as to other areas of the playground.
Parents who do not want their children to play outdoors because of health reasons must send a written request to school. The school nurse will review persistent repetition of this desire to stay inside. Parents are to check in with the office before going to the playground. Adults are requested to report their mission and relationship to the child to the teacher on duty before they stop to visit with any child on the playground.
MINDEN EAST ELEMENTARY PUBLIC SCHOOL
2018-2019 PARENT-STUDENT PERMISSION FORM
Please check all appropriate responses, sign the signature line and return to the East
STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGMENT:
Yes, I hereby acknowledge that I have received a copy of the East Elementary Student Handbook (either online or paper copy). I have reviewed the handbook with my child, including the behavior and expulsion procedures. I have reviewed with my child the disciplinary sanctions that may be taken for violations.
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Yes, I hereby give permission for my child to accompany his/her teacher on school field trips during the year.
No, I do not give permission for my child to accompany his/her teacher on school field trips during the year.
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WEB AND NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING:
Your son’s/daughter’s personal pictures and examples of their exemplary student work may from time to time be displayed via the internet on our school’s web page, or possibly the school/local newspaper. I understand that no home addresses or telephone numbers will appear with any art work, student work, or personal photo on the school website.
Yes, I hereby give my permission for my child’s image and work to be published as described above.
No, I do not give my permission for my child’s image and work to be published as described above.