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Student & Parent Handbook

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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:31 PM

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Eastchester School District

Greenvale School

A front view of the Greenvale School building.

Student and Parent Handbook

Mission and Goals

Mission

It is the mission of the Eastchester Public Schools to provide an environment that fosters mutual respect, and guides all students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Students are encouraged to become life-long learners and productive members of society. The strength and effectiveness of this mission is done in partnership with the parents and community.

Greenvale PRIDE

One of our main goals is to continue to promote Character Education through our model of GREENVALE PRIDE. Each student is encouraged to follow these guidelines of behavior:

  • Practice safety
  • Respect yourself and others
  • I am responsible for my actions
  • Do your personal best
  • Exhibit positive behaviors

Dignity for All Act

The Dignity for All Act addresses issues related to harassment and discrimination in schools. This law takes into account instruction in civility, citizenship and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity. The Dignity for All Act applies to all public schools, BOCES and charter schools. The Dignity for All Act applies to incidents on school property (in a school building, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot, school bus). The Dignity for All Act also applies to public school functions (school extracurricular events and activities).

The Dignity for All Act requires codes of conduct to include provisions prohibiting discrimination and harassment against any students by employees or students on school property or at a school function that creates a hostile environment by conduct, with or without physical contact and/or by verbal threat, intimidation or abuse, of such a severe nature that:

  • Has or would have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well being.
  • Such conduct shall include, but not limited to, threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, height, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

Such conduct shall include, but not limited to, threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, height, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

Greenvale Student Promise

I promise to do my very best today.
To walk tall and exude PRIDE.

I will:
Practice Safety
I will:
Respect myself and others
I am Responsible for my actions
I will:
Do my personal best
I will:
Exhibit positive behaviors

I know if I work hard, I will succeed!

I am a Reader!
I am a Writer!
I am a Mathematician!
I am a Scientist!
I am Great!
I am Greenvale Great!

School Rules

GREENVALE School Rules:

BE KIND
Respect myself and others.  What does it look like?
  • Welcome new students to Greenvale.
  • Listen and respect all adults in the building.
  • Help fellow Greenvale students when possible.
  • Make new friends.
BE SAFE
Practice Safety. What does it look like?
  • Walk quietly in the hallways.
  • No running in the building.
  • Use indoor voices in the building and on the school bus.
  • Wearing seat belts on the bus at all times
  • Reporting unsafe behavior and practices.
BE RESPONSIBLE

Do my Personal Best. Exhibit Positive Behaviors. What does it look like?

  • Doing what is right even when no one is watching.
  • Completing all class work and homework.
  • Coming to school prepared and ready to learn.
  • Completing all projects and assignments to the best of my ability and independently.

Absences and Lateness

Attendance is taken every morning. If a student reaches 7 absences in a 10-week period, we consider it an attendance problem. A letter will be sent to the parent requesting more information about the absences. If the attendance pattern does not show improvement and the building team decides that further intervention is necessary, a referral will be made to the principal. The principal will request a parent conference to determine the consequences for not attending school as well as to develop a course of action that will ensure the student’s attendance in school. At this time, a doctor’s note may be required for all future absences.

These interventions will occur for excessive tardiness and early departures from school too. When a family has received the above two interventions and the student accumulates at least 15 days of absences, the principal may pursue formal sanctions.

Students who are absent from school will not be permitted to participate in any after-school activities on the day(s) of their absence. This includes but is not limited to: clubs, concerts, or any other school sponsored events. Students who are unable to attend school due to illness should remain at home to rest and recover.

Parents must call the Nurse’s Office when their children are absent from school. To reach the School Nurse, please call 793-6130 ext. 5313. An answering machine will record your message if you call outside of regular school hours or if the Nurse is away from her desk. The Nurse should also be informed of any planned absences.

To ensure each child’s safety, the Attendance Clerk will call the parent if a child is absent and no phone call was made to the school.

On the day of your child’s return, a written note by the parent explaining the absence is required. This note should be submitted to the teacher.

Unexcused (Illegal) Absences and Lateness

Any absence, tardiness, or early departure may be considered unexcused or illegal. Examples of an unexcused absence is, but not limited to: family vacations, oversleeping, or missing the bus.

Any absence without a written note upon return to school will be considered illegal.

Arrival/Dismissal Times

Our regular school hours for students are: ENTRANCE: 8:00 AM / DISMISSAL: 2:27 PM Students are marked late after 8:10 AM. Please make every effort to drop off your child(ren) no later than 8:00am. When dropping off in the morning, please pull your car up to the far end of the curb in front of the school building. Do not stop, or park, in front of the main entrance to the building. Do not get out of your car as this creates a backup. If you need to leave your car, please pull to the curb along fenced area to allow cars to keep moving. Students are to arrive NO EARLIER THAN 7:45 AM – as that is when supervision begins.

Upon arrival, all students will enter the building and proceed to their designated areas – there is no outside line –up. Students in grades 2 & 3 will go directly to the All Purpose Room, and students in grades 4 & 5 will report to the cafeteria.

At dismissal, all bus students will line up in the gymnasium or designated classroom/hallway outside the gym. Once all classes have convened, the staff assigned to bus duty will escort the children to their appropriate bus. Children who are picked up by their parent/guardian will be walked out to the blacktop area by their homeroom teacher to meet the parents.

Any changes in a child’s regular dismissal routine must be made in writing and sent in to the homeroom teacher. Any change in transportation route, must be approved by the Transportation Office (ex 4207) in advance. Students many not ride a different bus for purposes of play dates.

Birthday Parties

Children regularly celebrate their birthdays in school. As we try to be more careful and conscious of students with allergies, diabetes, and other health related issues, parents are asked to coordinate the planning and include healthy alternatives such as fruit and 100% fruit drinks. The balance between cupcakes and fruit allows students to make healthy choices for themselves, especially if they are not permitted to have sugary items during the day. In lieu of food, parents should also consider collecting for a party bag for each child containing craft items for them to do during their class celebration.

Your child’s classroom teacher will coordinate dates with you, and will advise you of the class practice regarding birthday observances.

Snacks

Only certain snacks are permitted to be brought to school. These snacks are considered safe, therefore NOT affecting peanut or dairy allegories:

Fruit:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydue
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries

Vegetables:

  • NO MUSHROOMS
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Spinach, lettuce, cabbage


Building Safety & Security Procedures

MAIN OFFICE HOURS ARE 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

All parents, guardians, visitors, etc to the school MUST sign in – sign out at the main reception desk in the main hallway. NO ONE is to proceed past the office without signing in for any reason. All parents, guardians, visitors, etc will be issued a VISITOR’S PASS to wear while in the building.

Parents, guardians and visitors will ONLY be permitted to a classroom by appointment ONLY. They MUST have a scheduled appointment with the teacher or staff member. Teachers will be informing the front desk of all their expected visitors and guests in advance of any meeting, event, etc. Parents and visitors MUST use the main door to exit the building in order to sign out before leaving.

Parents who are dropping off forgotten items (such as eyeglasses, lunch, etc.), birthday items, or any other student item, are NOT permitted to deliver them to the classrooms. These items will be dropped off at the main front desk and students will be called to come and get them.

Teachers who have appointments with parents before or after main office hours will meet the parent at the main door and will escort them to the nearest exit upon completion of the meeting.

ALL DOORS to the buildings are locked at ALL TIMES. During recess, a monitor will be stationed inside the door to allow students in and out for use of bathroom, drinks of water, and visits to the nurse.

Parents and students are NOT permitted to return to the building after dismissal for forgotten books or assignments.

Please Note: The office closes at 3:30pm, so no one will be there to answer the door or telephone.

Bus Regulations and Safety

Any and all students living ½ mile or more from the school are eligible for bus transportation to and from school.

Students are required to follow the bus safety rules:

  1. Obey the instructions of the bus driver.
  2. Remember that the bus drivers are in control on the bus.
  3. Line up quietly before entering the bus.
  4. Wait at bus stops in a safe and orderly manner.
  5. No shoving, pushing or fighting will be tolerated.
  6. Make sure the little ones get on the bus first and sit up front.
  7. Go directly to your seat and remain seated until you reach your stop.
  8. Do not save seats or change them.
  9. Keep your hands, arms and head inside the bus.
  10. Avoid any “horse-play” or the throwing of objects inside or outside the bus.
  11. Depart only at your assigned stop.

Parents - please be reminded that students may NOT change their bus route to accommodate a play date. The only bus changes that will be approved are for emergency situations only. School buses are not to be used to transport children for play dates - please understand that adding students to any school bus takes up a seat that may be designated for a student who is assigned to that bus for his/her regular bus route.

A pupil not following regulations shall be reported by the bus driver, transportation aide or bus duty teacher to the homeroom teacher. The homeroom teacher and/or principal, if the offense is of a serious nature, will review the rules, warn the child and administer appropriate discipline.

A pupil reported for the second time will be seen by the bus duty teacher and reported to the principal. The riding privilege may be suspended for a period of time and the parents will be informed either by telephone or written communication from the principal.

If a pupil should be reported for the third time, the riding privilege may be suspended for an indefinite period of time by the principal to insure the safety of all students.

All students are expected to be respectful of their bus drivers at all times and to listen and follow their instructions/directions. Students should report any concerns regarding their bus or bus driver to the bus duty teacher or homeroom teacher.

If an emergency arrives and your child will not be riding the bus on a particular day, notification to the school must be made in writing to the teacher. Without written notification, or emergency phone call to the school, the child will be placed on the school bus as per his/her usual mode of transportation.

Only those pupils authorized to ride a school bus may do so. No changes of assigned buses for birthday parties, play dates, etc. are permitted. If a change must be made, prior permission must be given by the Transportation Office. You must apply to them directly in advance for approval of any changes for any reason.

Should you have any concern, you may telephone the Transportation Office directly at 793-6130 ext. 4207.

Two (2) bus drills per year are required and are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • 1st drill to be held during the first five days of the fall term
  • 2nd drill to be between November 1st and December 31st

Code of Conduct

The Greenvale School policy is guided by the Eastchester School District Code of Conduct and the Board of Education Policy (5130). Particular emphasis is placed on educating students to develop appropriate behavior to achieve self-discipline. The interpretation of the school district’s discipline code is focused upon enlightenment as well as accountability.

Parental assistance is needed to help your child become familiar with and understand the school’s expectations for proper behavior. Please take the time to thoroughly discuss each concept/regulation with your child.

Behavior

General Conduct
  1. Walk in an orderly fashion throughout the building
  2. Respect all school personnel: administrators, teachers, aides, custodians, cafeteria staff, secretaries, nurses, etc.
  3. Respect fellow students
  4. Respect school property and grounds
  5. Respect the property of others
  6. Use proper language in the building and out on the playground
  7. Resolve disagreements and conflicts in a constructive and peaceful manner. Fighting is not acceptable
  8. Adhere to the Code of Conduct established by the Board of Education
  9. May not misuse computer/electronic communications, including any unauthorized use of computer, software or internet/internet account; accessing inappropriate websites, or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
  10. May not display or use personal electronic devices, such as but not limited to, cell phones, I-pods, digital cameras, in a manner that is in violation of district policy.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:

  • Engage in off-campus misconduct that endangers the health and safety of students or staff within the school or substantially disrupts the educational process. Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:
    • Cyberbullying (i.e., inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text)
    • Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium
    • Using message boards to convey threats, derogatory comments or post pornographic pictures of students or school personnel.

The following consequences can and may be imposed as a result of unacceptable conduct. Please note that these consequences are not limited exclusively to the above infractions.

  • Verbal warning to student
  • Notification to parents/guardians
  • Loss of recess privilege
  • Intervention of faculty with parents to achieve behavioral modification
  • Suspension from activity
  • Suspension from school
Infractions

Cheating - the act of consciously copying someone else’s work to obtain a higher score and/or to complete an assignment.

Evidence of cheating may result in the student receiving a zero for such work. The student will be required to redo the assignment. Tests will not be administered again.

Theft - Any student stealing school property or the property of staff members or students could receive up to a five day suspension, and may face a Superintendent’s hearing and/or expulsion from school. The incident may be filed with the police, depending upon the severity. The parents/guardians are also responsible for restitution.

Use/Possession of Dangerous Items - If a student is in possession of, or using a potentially dangerous item (i.e. knife, gun, etc.), that item will be confiscated by the staff member and held by the principal for retrieval by the parent. Reporting of weapons to the Local Law Enforcement is mandatory. Suspension from school will be enforced.

Vandalism - Any student who vandalizes school property or the property of a staff member or another student may receive up to a five (5) day suspension, and may face a Superintendent’s hearing and/or expulsion from school.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Consequences/Actions for infractions not listed in this handbook will be taken directly from the Code of Conduct established by the Board of Education.

Depending upon the nature of the violation, it is the board’s desire that student discipline is progressive, i.e. a student’s first violation should merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. It is also the board’s desire that an employee take into account all other relevant factors.

The range of code penalties include:

  • verbal warning
  • written warning
  • verbal/written notification to parent
  • counseling
  • reprimand
  • probation
  • detention
  • suspension from transportation
  • suspension from athletic participation
  • suspension from social or extracurricular activities
  • suspension of other privileges
  • expulsion from a particular class
  • in-house suspension
  • involuntary transfer
  • Suspension – out of school

All youngsters must receive “due process”.

All circumstances will be investigated by the adult in charge to determine the facts and to provide for individual expression of student views.

Under circumstances of progressive difficulties, parental conferences would have been conducted.

The general guidelines if an offense requiring suspension occurred would include:

  1. Conference with the adult in charge and student with the principal.
  2. Call to the parent and conference with concerned student, adult, parent and principal in advance if possible.

Student Responsibilities

All district students have the responsibility to:

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conductive to learning and to show respect to other persons and property.
  • Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.
  • Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn.
  • Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and stride toward their highest level of achievement possible.
  • React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in respectful, positive manner.
  • Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
  • Ask questions when they do not understand.
  • Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
  • Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Report any incidents of violence and threat to safety of all others to designated school authority, local officials or law enforcement. Reporting may be made anonymously when possible.

Parent Responsibilities

All parents are expected to:

  • Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community.
  • Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.
  • Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time.
  • Ensure absences are excused.
  • Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
  • Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
  • Know school rules and help their children understand them.
  • Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the district.
  • Build good relationships with teachers, other parents and their children’s friends.
  • Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
  • Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
  • Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed

The district is committed to providing an orderly, respectful environment that is conducive to learning. To create and maintain this kind of environment it is necessary to regulate public conduct on school property and at school functions. For purposes of this section of the code, “public” shall mean all persons when on school property or attending a school function including students, teachers and district personnel.

The restrictions on public conduct on school property and at school functions contained in this code are not intended to limit freedom of speech or peaceful assembly. The district recognizes that free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of the district. The purpose of this code is to maintain public order and prevent abuse of the rights of others.

All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to be properly attired for the purpose they are on school property.

Campus Procedures

Building Safety and Security Procedures

All parents, guardians, visitors, etc to the school MUST sign in – sign out at the main reception desk in the main hallway. NO ONE is to proceed past the office without signing in for any reason. All parents, guardians, visitors, etc will be issued a VISITOR’S PASS to wear while in the building.

Parents, guardians and visitors will ONLY be permitted to a classroom by appointment ONLY. They MUST have a scheduled appointment with the teacher or staff member. Teachers will be informing the front desk of all their expected visitors and guests in advance of any meeting, event, etc. Parents and visitors MUST use the main door to exit the building in order to sign out before leaving.

Parents who are dropping off forgotten items (such as eyeglasses, lunch, etc.), birthday items, or any other student item, are NOT permitted to deliver them to the classrooms. These items will be dropped off at the main front desk and students will be called to come and get them.

Teachers who have appointments with parents before or after main office hours will meet the parent at the main door and will escort them to the nearest exit upon completion of the meeting.

ALL DOORS to the buildings are locked at ALL TIMES. During recess, a monitor will be stationed inside the door to allow students in and out for use of bathroom, drinks of water, and visits to the nurse.

Parents and students are NOT permitted to return to the building after dismissal for forgotten books or assignments.

Please Note: The office closes at 3:30pm, so no one will be there to answer the door or telephone.

Emergency Drills

Each school year, we practice various safety drills and discuss with our students the reasons for and the importance of these type drills. Students, as well as staff, need to know what to do in case of an emergency situation, and with much practice comes familiarity with what to do and how to do it.

The following drills are practiced throughout the year:

  • Fire Drill – students and staff practice a quick and orderly evacuation from the building. A fire drill is a serious event and requires proper conduct. Students are not permitted to run or talk during a fire drill. The school will conduct twelve (12) fire drills throughout the year.
  • Bus Drill – students listen to safety procedures, and practice seatbelt safety, and safe evacuation from the bus.
  • Evacuation Drill – students and staff practice a quick and safe evacuation from the building, with a single point of entry return.
  • Lockdown Drill – A Lockdown occurs when the threat of danger (an armed intruder, etc.) is inside our building. A warning or announcement is made. Police department is notified as well as Central Office Administration. Teachers immediately lock their doors, checking first to see if any child is out in the hallway near their classroom t pull to safety. Teachers with classrooms closest to a hall bathroom are to check that area, if possible and only if safe to do so, to pull students to safety. In lockdown areas, teachers and students remain out of sight and as quiet as possible. Lockdown is over ONLY when the Police have deemed it safe. During a Lockdown, no one is to enter the building. Students at recess will be directed to leave the premises with the monitors to a safe place – Lake Isle.
  • Lockout Drill – A Lockout occurs when the threat of danger is outside the building or in the vicinity of the building. A warning or announcement is made. Local Police department either notifies the schools of any outside dangers, or the school notifies the department of any suspicious activity on the grounds. All doors remain locked and no one is allowed to leave or enter the building. Students who may be out at recess may enter the building ONLY if it is deemed safe. Otherwise, they will be moved to the designated safe place off property. Teachers and students go about their daily routine within the building, with windows shut and shades drawn. Lockout is over ONLY when deemed safe by the Police or district authorization from the Police. Outdoor recess is NOT allowed until threat is removed.

The Greenvale School has a designated primary (EHS Auditorium) and secondary (Lake Isle) evacuation site, just in case the primary site is unavailable. Both sites are within walking distance of the Greenvale School.

Emergency evacuation alerts will be messaged to parents using the emergency phone system and/or e-mail BLASTS. The alert will include the sire where students are safe-housed, and the procedure for picking up or busing students home, depending on the type of emergency.

Parking Lot

The Greenvale parking lot (Maple Street – at the entrance to the Primary Building) is solely reserved for staff parking. Visitor parking is located in one section of spaces in the front circle. There is 1 handicapped parking space and 4 visitor spaces, in the same section. Parking is prohibited in either the circular driveway or blacktop area during school hours. For event parking, the angled parking spaces on Rescigno Drive, opposite the field, will be available.

Release of Students from School

A student may not be released from school to anyone other than his/her parent/guardian. Any exception must be by written permission. This permission should state the name of the person to whom the student can be released.

Dental, optical and medical appointments during school hours are discouraged. If such an appointment can only be scheduled during school hours, a written note from the parent is necessary.

Building Facilities and Resources

Computer Lab

The Computer Lab is located in the main building and houses 25 computers (including teacher station), 2 printers, and an interactive Smartboard set-up. Teachers may schedule time for their classes to come and use the lab on designated grade level days throughout the week. Here, whole classes may work on research projects, concept maps, and other projects. Training for staff is also provided in the computer lab.

Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards) are also installed in all classrooms as a device to support and enhance instruction.

Lost and Found

All personal articles such as jackets, hats, backpacks, lunch bags, etc. should be labeled with the student’s name. If students leave these personal items in the cafeteria, gym, playground or other common area, they will be placed in the Lost and Found Closet inside the Main Entrance of the school building. All unclaimed items are subject to be sent to a Goodwill organization.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress and groom appropriately.

  1. The attire must not jeopardize the health and safety of self or others.
  2. The attire must not interfere with the educational process or cause disorder.
  3. Appropriate footwear is required for health and safety reasons. Flip flops, high heels, backless shoes are not permitted. Roller skate sneakers are not permitted.
  4. Midriff blouses, halter tops, tank tops, muscle shirts or undergarments worn as outer garments are not permitted.
  5. Shorts should be of an appropriate style and length (i.e. walking shorts or Bermuda types). Very baggy and low hanging pants are not permitted.
  6. Sunglasses, hats, caps, headbands, bandannas, etc. are not permitted to be worn in the classroom.
  7. The use of headphones, iPods, personal stereos), personal televisions, Walkmans, Game Boys, beepers, cell phones, etc. is prohibited. The district is NOT responsible for stolen, lost or damaged personal electronic devices if brought to school.
  8. Clothing which reflects controlled substances, alcoholic beverages or suggestive and/or offensive language or illustrations is not permitted.
Any form of attire is subject to evaluation on an individual basis. Any students not in compliance with the dress code will not be admitted to class and are subject to disciplinary action.

Cafeteria/Recess Rules

Lunch System

Students have the option to bring their lunch from home, or purchase lunch in school. The Lunch Pass Systems allows parents to set up an account for their children. A Pin Number is assigned to each student who is on this system. The activation of the PIN Number allows for lunch purchase without any exchange of money. Accounts must have an appropriate balance in order to access. Parents are to submit checks or cash to the cafeteria for account set-up.

Rights
  1. Children have the right to a leisurely and quiet lunch
  2. Children have the right to buy lunch if they wish without being pushed or shoved
  3. Children have the right to talk quietly to their friends if they do not disturb others
Responsibilities
  1. Children have the responsibility to follow all cafeteria regulations
  2. Children are to obey the instructions of the teachers and aides and exercise courtesy toward them at all times
  3. Children should make every effort to bring the proper amount of lunch money. If they borrow money, it should be returned as soon as possible
  4. Each child should take care to clean up after her/himself
  5. Use of good table manners is expected and encouraged
Cafeteria Procedures
  1. Enter and exit the cafeteria in a quiet and orderly manner.
  2. Cold lunch students go to their assigned tables and be seated (wait for the aide to send you for drinks or snacks).
  3. Sit during lunch; raise hand if you need something; remain seated; no walking around; continue soft talking.
  4. When lunch is finished, clear table area. Wait for aide to send children, by table, to dump tray and leave cafeteria.
  5. At aides’ directions, dump tray; get on line; continue soft talking, exit cafeteria in a quiet and orderly fashion.
Recess
  1. Students have the right to enjoy their supervised recess time
  2. Forms of intentional violence or verbal abuse are not permitted
  3. Running in the playground area (around and through the equipment is not permitted.)
  4. Footballs, baseball bats and hard balls, scooters or any other unissued recess equipment are not permitted for safety purposes.

Attendance Policy and Procedures

Absences and Lateness

Attendance is taken every morning. If a student reaches 7 absences in a 10-week period, we consider it an attendance problem. A letter will be sent to the parent requesting more information about the absences. If the attendance pattern does not show improvement and the building team decides that further intervention is necessary, a referral will be made to the principal. The principal will request a parent conference to determine the consequences for not attending school as well as to develop a course of action that will ensure the student’s attendance in school. At this time, a doctor’s note may be required for all future absences. These interventions will occur for excessive tardiness and early departures from school too. When a family has received the above two interventions and the student accumulates at least 15 days of absences, the principal may pursue formal sanctions.

Students who are absent from school will not be permitted to participate in any after-school activities on the day(s) of their absence. This includes but is not limited to: clubs, concerts, or any other school sponsored events. Students who are unable to attend school due to illness should remain at home to rest and recover.

Parents must call the Nurse’s Office when their children are absent from school. To reach the School Nurse, please call 793-6130 ext. 5313. An answering machine will record your message if you call outside of regular school hours or if the Nurse is away from her desk. The Nurse should also be informed of any planned absences.

To ensure each child’s safety, the Attendance Clerk will call the parent if a child is absent and no phone call was made to the school.

On the day of your child’s return, a written note by the parent explaining the absence is required. This note should be submitted to the teacher.

Unexcused (Illegal) Absences and Lateness

Any absence, tardiness, or early departure may be considered unexcused or illegal. Examples of an unexcused absence is, but not limited to: family vacations, oversleeping, or missing the bus.

Any absence without a written note upon return to school will be considered illegal.

Arrival/Dismissal Times

Our regular school hours for students are: ENTRANCE - 8:00 AM / DISMISSAL - 2:27 PM.

Students are marked late after 8:10 AM. Please make every effort to drop off your child(ren) no later than 8:00am. When dropping off in the morning, please pull your car up to the far end of the curb in front of the school building. Do not stop, or park, in front of the main entrance to the building. Do not get out of your car as this creates a backup. If you need to leave your car, please pull to the curb along fenced area to allow cars to keep moving.

Students are to arrive NO EARLIER THAN 7:45 AM – as that is when supervision begins.

Upon arrival, all students will enter the building and proceed to their designated areas – there is no outside line –up. Students in grades 2 & 3 will go directly to the All Purpose Room, and students in grades 4 & 5 will report to the cafeteria.

At dismissal, all bus students will line up in the gymnasium or designated classroom/hallway outside the gym. Once all classes have convened, the staff assigned to bus duty will escort the children to their appropriate bus. Children who are picked up by their parent/guardian will be walked out to the blacktop area by their homeroom teacher to meet the parents.

Any changes in a child’s regular dismissal routine must be made in writing and sent in to the homeroom teacher. Any change in transportation route, must be approved by the Transportation Office (ext. 4207) in advance. Students many not ride a different bus for purposes of play dates.

Classroom and Academic Procedures

Schoolwork and Grading

Homework

The recommended time ranges for homework assignments are:

  • Grade 2: 15-30 minutes per night
  • Grade 3: 20-40 minutes per night
  • Grade 4: 40-60 minutes per night
  • Grade 5: 60-75 minutes per night

Each teacher’s homework policy will be presented at the general parent meeting (Open House) held in September.

Parents should provide a quiet time and area for their child’s homework. Study homework is equally as important as written homework. Students need to be responsible in completing and returning daily homework assignments. Teachers will send home a forgotten/or incomplete homework form when work has not been completed or returned.

If a child is not in attendance and the parent/guardian would like to pick up the child’s homework at the end of the day, please notify the school secretary in the morning before 11:30 am. If you have another child or someone else in the school that can pick up the homework, please make the arrangements beforehand.

Students and parents will not be permitted to enter the school building after school hours for forgotten school work.

Report Cards/Interim Progress Reports

Report cards are viewable to parents in the Home Access Center (2) times during the school year: January and June.

Interim progress reports are viewable in the Home Access Center in November and in April.

Parent/Teacher Communications

“The Greenvale Echo”

The school newsletter provides parents, students and teachers with useful information about our school and its community. It is usually available on a Friday, earlier in the week if the school is closed on Friday. ECHO on-line is a “Go Green” project. Please look for it on line, on either the District or Greenvale website.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences can be held at any time during the school year at the request of the parent or teacher. There is a Parent-Teacher conference in the fall which will be scheduled by appointment. It is recommended that each parent meet with their child’s classroom teacher at that scheduled time. Formal Parent-Teacher conferences are also scheduled in the spring, but not required for all parents to attend. It is strongly recommended that parents do not bring young children or babies to parent- teacher conferences.

PTA

The Greenvale PTA actively supports both teachers and students through a variety of activities. Several fundraisers are held throughout the year, which provide everyone with the opportunity to buy books, holiday items, clothing and photos. After School Clubs are run as a service of the PTA to provide extra-curricular enrichment for all students. The profits from these events are used to fund an extensive Cultural Arts program, provide buses for field trips and pay for the annual “gift to school”.

PTA volunteers give generously of their time for the benefit of the entire school. Parents serve on committees, volunteer in the library, organize yearbooks, assist with promotion preparations and host an annual Staff Recognition Luncheon. Greenvale Night is held in June and all families enjoy food, games and music. Parents or guardians must accompany and remain with their children at Greenvale Night for supervision purposes.

Classroom Policies

Birthday Parties

Children regularly celebrate their birthdays in school. As we try to be more careful and conscious of students with allergies, diabetes, and other health related issues, parents are asked to coordinate the planning and include healthy alternatives such as fruit and 100% fruit drinks. The balance between cupcakes and fruit allows students to make healthy choices for themselves, especially if they are not permitted to have sugary items during the day. In lieu of food, parents should also consider collecting for a party bag for each child containing craft items for them to do during their class celebration.

Your child’s classroom teacher will coordinate dates with you, and will advise you of the class practice regarding birthday observances.

Field Trips

Field Trips are educational in nature. Students must submit a permission slip signed by their parent/guardian in order to participate in the field trip. NO STUDENT WILL BE PREMITTED TO GO ON A FIELD TRIP WITHOUT THIS SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP. Teachers and the Principal have the authority to revoke a student’s privilege of going on a field trip if disciplinary problems exist.

Snacks

Only certain snacks are permitted to be brought to school. These snacks are considered safe, therefore NOT affecting peanut or dairy allegories:

Fruits:

  • Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Pears, Plums
  • Grapes, Raisins, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries

Vegetables:

  • NO MUSHROOMS
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Spinach, lettuce, cabbage

Special Areas Curriculum

Art

The elementary art education program follows the “Adventures in Art” program. The program deals with the elements of art such as line, shape, form, texture and color. Each element builds on the next. For example, lines form shapes, shapes form objects which may have color and texture. Grades 2 and 3 are introduced to famous artists on a very basic level dealing with a particular project. 4th and 5th grades projects are geared toward the fine arts using various materials such as scratch-board, water colors, sand, and paris craft.

Children on all levels are encouraged to be creative with projects, using their imagination to take projects further than the examples given.

Grades 2 – 5 meet once a week for 45 minutes. Children are asked to wear either old clothes on the day they have art, although smocks are available in the art room.

Library and Technology

All students attend a library or technology class once a week. Students attend library classes for 2 quarters and technology classes for 2 quarters.

Library Media Center

During this 45 minute period, students learn how to use the library effectively to locate information and literary resources. They also learn about various authors and types of literature, and have the opportunity to borrow books.

Each student may borrow two books a week, unless they have overdue books. All books that are checked out are due to be returned the next week during library class. Books may be renewed if they are not in demand. No additional books may be borrowed until books are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, the student who borrowed it is expected to pay the replacement cost. All library books must be returned in June. Students with outstanding books will NOT receive their final report card unless books are returned or paid for.

  • Book Fairs: There are, usually, two book fairs during the school year, jointly run by the PTA and the library media specialist – a fall fundraiser and a spring half-price fair to promote summer reading. In the fall, PTA sponsors an evening book fair session. Each class attends at a scheduled time. Parents are welcome to attend. Volunteer help is needed and deeply appreciated.
  • Read Aloud: Guest authors visit our school to share their work, experiences, and life as a published children’s author, PTA sponsored.
Technology
  • Technology concentrates on preparing children to live in a world where they are surrounded by technology.
  • Three common threads exist across the grade levels; Internet Safety, Touch Typing using Mavis Beacon, and integrated projects using Microsoft Office and other applications.
  • Each grade level receives lessons in internet safety based on their age. Second graders start off learning to avoid advertisements and pop-ups and fifth graders discuss the perils of Facebook and cyber-bullying.
  • We start learning our keys in the second half of second grade. Each year we use Mavis Beacon and a variety of websites to practice and improve our skills but more time is spent on typing in the lower grades than the upper. The idea is that fourth and fifth graders should be practicing and improving their skills in their everyday work.
  • Technology projects are created so that they teach technology skills while enriching a curricular area. Grade levels use different programs such as Word, Power Point and Publisher and use internet search engine to gather information. Skills are built upon year after year in order to prepare the children for the rigors of Middle School.
  • Mr. Rich maintains a technology website that can be access through www.skillsarefun.com. It features math skill practice, typing practice, brain exercises, math drill print outs and seasonal websites.

Music

The music program at Greenvale offers general music classes to all students. Grades 2 – 5 receive 45 minutes of general music per week. The Grade 3 program includes recorder instruction.

In addition to general music, a pull-out program is available for grades 4 – 5 to those students who have expressed an interest in playing a string/band instrument.

In grades four and five, through voluntary participation, students are able to perform in band. Band, like strings, is a pull-out program. Instruments need to be rented (by parents) and instruction is given weekly. Instrumental ensemble rehearsals are conducted twice a week during recess.

Chorus is incorporated in the grade four and five curriculum. The elements of concert choral selections will be taught during fourth and fifth grade general music class. Chorus rehearsals are conducted once a week during recess.

Additionally students who participate in chorus have the opportunity to perform in the evening winter and spring concerts. Students who do not attend regular practice sessions and/or do not behave appropriately at these practices are subject to dismissal from these programs.

Two annual concerts are scheduled for students who participate in our band, strings and chorus programs.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a sequential educational program that helps students:

  1. understand, develop, and maintain physical fitness levels throughout life, to establish healthy lifestyles, through various venues
  2. understand and improve motor skills
  3. understand the connection between muscles, bones and movement
  4. understand the importance of team work and sportsmanship
  5. apply their skills, knowledge and concepts to game activities

The programs provide for both individual and group activities that are beneficial to the growth and development of all students.

At Greenvale, all grades meet for Physical Education twice a week for 45 minutes each period. Every student MUST wear sneakers with laces or velcro. NO slip-ons – they slip off! A student will not be permitted to take their Physical Education class without sneakers. Thick-soled, “fashion” sneakers are NOT permitted.

Every student must be dressed in proper fitting attire appropriate for Physical Education such as sweatpants, warm-up suits, stretch pants or shorts (not short-shorts). Excessively baggy or long pants dragging on the floor, and shirts that are too short to remain tucked into pants during vigorous exercise, are inappropriate for Physical Education class. A student will not be permitted to participate in Physical Education if the above-mentioned conditions exist.

If the student is unable to participate in Physical Education class three times due to inappropriate attire, parents will be notified. In grades 2-5, a practice test of the NY State Health-Related Physical Fitness test is given, to assess student growth.

Students who need to be excused from Physical Education class for any reason MUST GIVE a note signed by their parents to the Physical Education teacher, stating the reason and duration of time needed. A doctor’s note is necessary for any student needing to be excused for more than one (1) week.

Student Support Services

Academic Support Resources

Greenvale's English Language Learner Program

Entrance and Exiting Criteria:

The ELL Program enters and exits students based on the following criteria “The Language Assessment Scales” (L.A.S.), the ELL instructor’s and/or classroom teacher recommendations, and parental input. Students must test at the proficient level as determined by the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in order to exit the ELL program.

Areas of concentration: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Purpose of program: To develop English proficiency in all areas of concentration through special “ELL” teaching materials, methodologies, and techniques.

The program is a pull out setting wherein students attend ELL classes at least 4x to 5x per week, depending upon individual needs. Extra beginner level ELL work is also provided for new students with limited English skills when they are unable to meet the challenges of regular classroom assignments. This enables students to learn at their own pace, while allowing the teachers the teachers to learn at their own pace, while allowing the teachers to distribute their attention to all students equally.

Expected student achievement goals: The immediate goals for newcomers include basic survival and everyday conversational skills, along with beginning reading and writing skills. As students progress, content area lessons are integrated into the program at the appropriate levels of students. The overall goal for the English language learners is to be able to fully participate in all mainstream classroom assignments and activities.

Speech and Language Program

The speech and language program in the Eastchester School District provides services to all children who exhibit difficulties processing or expressing language significantly below chronological age norms. The program also offers articulation/oral motor therapy to students whose speech skills are negatively impacting areas of communication.

Students are expected to achieve goals throughout the year with the joint effort of parents working with the speech and language therapist by reinforcing the skills at home which have been introduced in the school program.

Children enter the program on the recommendation of the speech therapist and they exit the program when goals have been met or when the speech therapist has determined that speech and language services are no longer benefiting the child.

RESOURCE ROOM Academic Intervention Service (AIS)

Students who are in need of significant support in reading and/or mathematics are eligible to attend the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) program. They can be assigned to this program on an informal building level basis, through the Instructional Support Team or as a mandated I.E.P. service through the district’s committee on Special Education. Resource teachers consult and coordinate with classroom teachers and often work with students directly in their regular classes. Students may also be seen in a small group setting. Instruction focuses on building skills and strategies that assist students to succeed academically.

Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop is an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) provided to help students in the area of Reading/Language Arts. The program provides students with direct instruction in reading skills and strategies, in a small group setting using appropriate materials and methods to meet their needs. This service is provided in addition to the developmental reading instruction in the classroom.

Materials required for Reading Workshop are: paper, pencil, notebook and pocket folder.

Collaborative Program

The collaborative program is a co-teaching model which utilizes both the classroom teacher and the special education teacher from that grade level. The co-teaching model is centered on reading and language arts instruction. In a typical co-teaching classroom the English Language Arts (ELA) instruction is delivered by the two teachers. These classrooms cover the standard grade level curriculum as is covered in all of the other classes on that grade level. This classroom model benefits students of all ability levels. It allows for a wide range of differentiation of instruction. Students who may need additional exposure in certain areas are able to receive that support while remaining in the regular classroom environment. This model allows students of all ability levels to be successful in the regular classroom environment.

Guidance and Psychology

Elementary School Counseling Program - Developmental Guidance Curriculum

This aspect of the program encompasses several lessons delivered by the Guidance Counselor in each elementary classroom. At each grade level, a different theme is focused on, aimed at developing children’s skills in self-esteem, communication, and problem solving. During each lesson, children are encouraged to share their experiences and feelings regarding the lesson topic.

In grades two and four, an additional three visits are made to each classroom for the “Good Touches, Bad Touches” Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, which is mandated by the NYS Education Department. This program is delivered in much the same format as the core developmental lessons, with discussions, stories, role-plays, and reinforcement activities.

Counseling Support Services

The opportunity for all students to receive counseling is provided by the school counseling program. Students may be seen individually or in a group depending on their needs. Counseling services are provided by the school psychologist and the guidance counselor. Some group counseling themes include:

  1. Social Skills - groups aimed at developing social interactions and improving communication.
  2. Friendship - groups for students who wish to improve their ability to maintain and initiate friendships.
  3. Self-Esteem - groups for students who need assistance identifying their strengths and improving their confidence.

In each group, children work on sharing their feelings and improving their ability to cope with particular concerns. By working on these skills in a group setting, children learn from each other, attain peer support, establish connections and take comfort in the fact that they are not alone in their concerns. Students may be referred for group counseling through a teacher, a parent, or may initiate participation themselves.

Our Social Skills Program addresses the areas of leadership and social development in young students. Studies have shown that children who fully participate in this program, and have parent support at home, develop better social skills, increased self esteem and an acceptance of peer differences. Under the direction of our school psychologist and guidance counselor lessons are taught to peer mentors and mentees to provide approaches to develop appropriate social cues and behaviors. Students learn to problem solve, discuss how to deal with real life situations and learn how to make and maintain friendships. Character values such as respect, empathy, compassion and kindness all tie in to the social skills program.

Many students seek individual counseling to discuss more private and personal concerns having to do with school, peers, or family. A student may be seen on a short-term basis in order to resolve a particular issue. The counselors explore with the student his or her resources and abilities to cope with the problem. Solutions are discussed and the student is encouraged to try a comfortable solution and report back to the counselor for feedback. At times, a student’s parent, teacher, or peers are involved in the problem solving process. For students requiring individual counseling on a long-term basis, in order to resolve issues beyond the scope of the school, a referral to an outside agency or therapist is recommended.

In situations where parents or teachers may have academic or emotional concerns regarding a student, the counselors assist the parent and/or teacher in developing a plan to help the student function more successfully. The counselor may assist a parent through phone conversations, conferences, or by referring a parent to appropriate resources within the school or community. The counselors consult with teachers weekly through the meetings of the Instructional Support Team (IST).

The counselors are also available to assist teachers, the principal, and parents in dealing with crisis situations that may affect one student or the entire student body. A counselor intervenes by working with students to relieve the high levels of stress, anxiety, and fear that children may feel during a crisis. In any crisis situation, a referral to an outside professional may be necessary and the counselor can assist in facilitating an appropriate referral in the community.

The Role of the School Psychologist

In addition to providing counseling services to students, consultation with teachers and parents, crisis intervention, and IST coordination, the School Psychologist also evaluates students for the Committee on Special Education (CSE). When a student is referred to the CSE, an extensive evaluation is conducted by the psychologist, the learning disabilities specialist, and the speech and language therapist. The psychologist’s evaluation explores the student’s cognitive functioning, perceptual motor integration skills, and emotional functioning.

Five Most Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guidance and Psychology:

  1. What is the CST or IST? - The group of professionals previously referred to as the Child Study Team (CST) is now referred to as the Instructional Support Team (IST). The IST of Greenvale is a school-based, problem solving intervention group whose purpose is to assist teachers with students presenting instructional and/or behavioral challenges. The team is made up of classroom teachers, support personnel, and administrators. The team discusses the classroom teacher’s concern, the previous strategies tried, and devises a treatment plan with the goal of improving the student’s classroom functioning. The IST meets weekly to discuss referred students.
  2. What types of interventions may be suggested during an IST? - Interventions may include an assessment in the child’s area of academic difficulty. This assessment may be done informally through classroom observation or by examining class work and standardized test scores. If standardized test scores or academic performance suggest a learning disability, then a student may be referred to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) for a formal evaluation. Services such as reading workshop, resource room, speech/language, or counseling may be recommended based on the results of an informal or a CSE assessment. Resource, Speech and Language, and Counseling Services may be provided either in the classroom or with a small group of students in a special location. Interventions such as a behavior intervention plan may be devised to help a student control behaviors that may be interfering with his learning or social success. Parent consultation and involvement is an integral part of a successful intervention.
  3. Who coordinates the IST? - The IST is coordinated by the School Psychologist. The Psychologist or teacher contacts the parents of referred students shortly after the meeting to apprise them of the devised intervention.
  4. How does a child get referred to IST? - Most frequently, the classroom teacher will contact the psychologist when he/she is in need of an IST for a student. At times, a member of the support staff who works with the student may request a meeting to update the team on a student’s progress, and/or the need for an increase or decrease of service. Any changes in a student’s program are made with parental knowledge and consent.
  5. What is the difference between “building level” and classified services? - Students presenting academic or behavioral difficulties in the classroom setting which interfere with their learning will qualify for building level services. Children who present more significant academic difficulties and require more extensive intervention can be assessed by the CSE (Committee on Special Education). Special Education classification requires that a student’s educational disability meet specific criteria for one of the eleven possible classifications (e.g.: learning disabled, language impaired, deaf, etc.). Decisions for building level services are made by the IST, whereas Special Education services require the CSE to meet in making all support service decisions. The NYS Education Department provides school districts with mandates that must be followed. When a student is classified by the CSE, an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is compiled to address that individual student’s specific academic needs. The service providers and classroom teacher follow this document in educating this special needs student. Parents are involved in all decision making for both building level and special education services.

School Nurse

The School Nurse is responsible for the health and safety of your children. When necessary, all attempts will be made to contact the parents of any ill or injured child. Parents fill out Student Contact Information Forms each September, and if any changes occur, the school nurse/office should be notified immediately.

The School Nurse is responsible for vision screening in grade 2, and vision and hearing screening in grades 3 and 5. A scoliosis screening for grade 5 students is also required. Physical exams are required for all new district enrollees and for grade 2 and grade 4 students. A dental report is also requested at these times. These physical exam reports are due in the Nurse’s office by October 1st.

If your child requires prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours, the School Nurse must have written parental permission, medication in an original pharmacy container, and a written physician's medication order. If the parent does not provide a written physician's medication order, the Nurse may call the physician to obtain verbal permission. Medication must be brought by the parent to the School Nurse's office.

The School Nurse will also alert parents, by written notice, if a student in their child’s class has been diagnosed with a communicable illness. Although it is difficult to control the spread of viruses and infections when children are clustered together for long periods of time as they are in school, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the incidence of illnesses. The early stages of illness are generally considered the time when viruses and infections are most easily spread despite the lack of fever or other observable symptoms. Children may complain of a headache, feeling tired or lack of energy, loss of appetite, or achiness. Other signs may include a restless night’s sleep due to nagging cough or stomach upset. As a rule children who require an analgesic such as Tylenol, Motrin or Advil before school to control symptoms should remain at home.

The following guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the district pediatricians to provide a healthy environment for all students:

  1. Children with a persistent cough, runny nose, or sneezing, should remain at home.
  2. Children who are taking antibiotics for strep throat should remain at home for 2 hours after starting treatment. He or she may still be harboring the infection even if the acute symptoms are gone.
  3. Children should remain at home for at least one day after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea has stopped. If stomach upset or pain persists, the child should continue to rest at home.
  4. Your child should be fever free without use of medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  5. A note from the doctor is required for any child who misses 3 or more consecutive days of school due to illness. All other absences require a note from the parent upon the child’s return to school.
  6. Children who are sent home from school due to fever, vomiting, or pink eye, may not return to school the following day.
  7. Physical education classes are required by NYS. Children may not choose to sit out of a class without a note from parent/guardian for one class period or a doctor’s note for longer exemptions.
Food Allergies

At the elementary level, foods/snacks containing peanuts/nuts or manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts/nuts are not allowed to be brought into the classroom. Peanuts/nuts and foods containing peanuts/nuts may be eaten in the cafeteria. The Greenvale School has a designated table in the cafeteria that is maintained as a peanut/nut free zone. A monitor is specially assigned to that table and oversees the children who eat there. A form that must be signed by the parent/guardian and the treating physician is available for those who would like to have a child with an allergy sit at the regular lunch room table. Another letter is sent out before the start of the school year to all parents/guardians informing them of any child in the class who has a food allergy (this letter is not confined to peanut/nut allergies but includes all food allergies). When a child with a food allergy has a prescription for an EPIPEN, the teacher is instructed in the administration of this antidote should the need arise during a class trip when a nurse or parent/guardian is not in attendance. Parents/guardians of students with a known allergy are informed in advance of class parties or celebrations so that they can provide a special treat for their children.

Head Lice

When a child is identified or suspected of having head lice (pediculosis), he or she is checked by the school nurse. If the child does in fact have head lice, the child’s entire class at the elementary school level is checked. Any school age sibling in the district is also checked by the nurse in that school. Once identified as having head lice, the child or children are excluded and instructions for treating the condition are provided. After treatment, parents/guardians should check the hair every 2-3 days and use a nit comb to remove any nits or lice they see. The child may not return to his or her class until a determination is made by the school nurse that he or she is nit free since a single nit can lay up to 100 eggs with a 2 week period. A Health Alert Form is sent home to all parents/guardians in the class(es) in question. The parents/guardians are advised to continue checking their child or children at home for the presence of nits. Nits are small oval yellowish-white sacs that cling to hair shaft and can only be removed by pulling down with one’s finger or a fine tooth comb. Dandruff flakes tend to be larger and white in color, and are easily dislodged from the hair. At the elementary level, trash bags are provided to all students in that particular class for storing coats and book bags over a period of 2-4 weeks.

Parents are encouraged to call with any questions concerning the health and safety of their children.