Student Handbook

Student Handbook
2015-2016

"Building World-Class Learners"
"Doing What's Right Today for a Better Tomorrow"

Main Street Elementary School
P.O. Box 1509 * Lake City, SC 29560
Phone: 374-2221 * Fax: 374-8967

Shemmicca M. Moore,             Kimberly Smalls,             Tonyelle Thomas,
                        Principal                         Assistant Principal                 Administrative Assistant  smmoore@fsd3.org                            ksmalls@fsd3.org                               tthomas@fsd3.org        

 The pages of the handbook are filled with important information regarding school policy and procedures.  This handbook is created in order for you and your child to have it readily available throughout the year.  Parents and students are encouraged to review the contents of this handbook together.  The most complete, updated student handbook is available on our website or by parent request.

The student handbook is designed to be in harmony with Board policy.  The handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revisions may occur throughout the year.  You will be notified of the changes to school and/or board policies throughout the year through the website, newsletters and other communications.

Open and clear communication between school and home is important to the success of our children.  Student planners are designed to assist your child in organizing his/her daily, weekly, and long-term assignments, as well as acting as a communication tool between home and school.

 

 

Please review the Main Street Elementary School Handbook with your child. 

 

My child,      _________________________________          , and I have reviewed and understand the Student Handbook for the 2015-2016 school year.

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                                                           Main Street Elementary School

P.O. Box 1509 * Lake City, SC 29560

                                                                  Phone: 374-2221 * Fax: 374-8967

"Doing What's Right Today for a Better Tomorrow..."

 

 

Shemmicca M. Moore,                 Kimberly Smalls,                                                          Amishacoe Fulmore, Principal                                Administrative Assistant                                                     Assistant Principal

smmoore@fsd3.org                                ksmalls@fsd3.org                                             afulmore@fsd3.org

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

 Welcome to the 2015-2015 school term at Main Street Elementary School.  At Main Street Elementary we are "Building World-Class Learners". Through a collaborative effort between students, staff, parents and the community members we are preparing our students today for life after K-12.

 

At Main Street we have an open door policy that allows for positive and personal relationships with all stakeholders. We will continue to host events such as Curriculum Nights, Fall Festival, Hero's Breakfast, and Real Men Read. Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) will be the framework that we use to address student discipline. Under the guidelines of PBIS, we at Main Street will tackle teaching appropriate behavior as we teach the standard curriculum.

 

Our character education program has expanded to include character building lessons taught by our Behavior Interventionist. We will continue to have mentor programs such as our Ladies' Club and Gentlemen's Club, to promote positive behaviors and attitudes.

 

Each month, we will recognize students who display positive character by rewarding them at our monthly character education celebration. The celebration will consist of a small snack, a certificate, and a student medal. One male and one female will be chosen from each homeroom as the character winner for the month.  

 

MSE is also dedicated to providing the most up to date technology for its students and staff to give our students the edge they need when moving on to a brilliant future.  We have interactive white boards in every class as well as response touch systems, iPads, laptops, and iPods for classroom use.

 

The faculty and staff join me in saying we're happy to have you as a part of the MSE family.  We know that this will be a successful year.  Our goals continue to be striving for academic excellence for all students, improving home/school relations, strengthening our volunteer program, and maintaining a safe, positive learning environment for all.

 

The pages of the handbook are filled with important information regarding school policy and procedures.    Parents and students are encouraged to review the contents of this handbook together.  The most complete, updated student handbook is available on our website http://mainstreet.sc.fce.schoolinsites.com/, or by parent request.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Shemmicca Moore

 

Principal

MSE SCHOOL-WIDE RULES

 

At Main Street Elementary School we ROAR with pride....

Ready

Respectful

Responsible

 

Main Street Elementary Pledge

 

I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself,

and others will be proud of me, too.

I came to school to learn,

and I will learn.

I will have a great day at MSE,

and I will make good choices.

 

Character Counts at Main Street Elementary

Character Education is a critical part of our developing a well-rounded student.  Each month, we will focus on a life skills.  Students who consistently exhibit these qualities may be recognized at the end of the month. 

 

August                                                 Responsible

 

September                                            Respectful

 

October                                                Perseverance

 

November                                            Determination

 

December                                            Honesty

 

January                                                Integrity

 

February                                              Self-control

 

March                                                  Cooperation

 

April                                                    Effort

 

May                                                     Resilience

 

 

 

ABSENCES

            It is so important that your child attend school every day.  If your child has to be out of school, please be sure to send a written excuse for each absence.  This note is to be presented on the first day back at school and should contain the student's name, date absent, teacher's name, reason for absence, and signature of parent/guardian.  Notices will be mailed home throughout the year if your child missies more than five days.

             If your child misses five unexcused days of school you will need to meet with the Interventionist and/or School Counselor to develop an intervention plan.  If attendance does not improve after that, the matter is turned over to the district attendance clerk who makes a home visit to discuss this matter.  If it is not resolved after this point, the case will be turned over to family court.  Examples of lawful absences include but are not limited to:

 1.  absences caused by a student's own illness and whose attendance in school would endanger his/her health or the health of others.

2.  absences due to an illness or death in the student's immediate family,

3.  absences due to a recognized religious holiday of the student's faith, and

4.  absences due to activities that are approved in advance by the principal.

 

    Unlawful absences include but are not limited to:

 

1.  absences of a student without the knowledge of his/her parents,

2.  absences of a student without acceptable cause with the knowledge of his/her parents.

   A child is deemed truant, if a child is at least six but not yet 17 years old, and has accumulated three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences.  A child is considered a habitual truant when a child fails to comply with the intervention plan developed by the school, child, and parents and accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences.

 

AGENDAS

            "If a student plans to learn, a student must learn to plan".  An agenda has been prepared for every student to help with the planning and organizing of assignments.  This is a valuable tool to help you and your child keep up with what is going on in the classroom and in the school.  Each student is expected to keep all assignments in the agenda, take the agenda home each night, and use the agenda to complete the homework assignments, and have a parent/guardian check the work and sign the agenda in the appropriate locations.  If a student loses the agenda, there will a $5.00 replacement fee. 

            Please feel free to write any comments or concerns in the agenda.  This is another way of keeping communication going between home and school.

 

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

            Children should not arrive at school before 7:00 a.m. Students arriving prior to this time are not properly supervised. Parents should drop their children off in the circular drive on the Blanding Street side of the school ONLY.  Drop off in front of the building is not permitted, as this is poses a safety hazard for students because of the buses entering.  

            If you need to come in and visit between the hours of 7:00 and 7:55 a.m., please park in the designated places on the road in front of the school.

Cars may not leave the front of the school when buses are present.  This poses a safety hazard for students.  Please work with us in keeping our children safe.  These rules are made for the safety of our students. Please drive carefully.

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

            Many families share the tradition of celebrating birthdays at school.  Due to food allergies and the law prohibiting excessive sweets in schools, cupcakes, cakes, sodas, and other sugary treats will not be allowed in school.  For parents wishing to send treat for the class, we suggest pencils or stickers.

BOOKS

Students will be issued textbooks that they are responsible to maintain in good condition. All books will be accounted for at the end of the school year.  Any book, textbook or library book, lost or damaged, is the responsibility of the student. Each textbook has a specific bar code that is checked out to the individual student.  Should a student remove the bar code from the textbook, the student will be held responsible for the full value of the book(s).  If the books are not located, replaced, or paid for, the student will not be considered in good standing with the school. Please help teach your child the life skill of responsibility.

BUS TRANSPORATION GUIDELINES  (BP-JGG)

            Questions concerning transportation should be directed to the school's Assistant Principal or the district's Director of Transportation, Sharon McClam.  Ms. McClam may be reached at 387-8652 ext. 1145.

 

Your child will only be dropped off at the address that we have on file at the school as your residence.  Some exceptions may be made if the designated stop is on the current route.  Students will not be able to change the bus that they are riding on without first completing change of bus transportation form and is approved by the district's Director of Transportation.

CAFETERIA PROCEDURES

A free breakfast will be available to all students and will be served each morning in the cafeteria.  We encourage all students to eat a healthy each morning.  Breakfast will be held in the cafeteria each morning from 7:00-7:45 a.m.  A student who desires to eat breakfast must be at school on time so that he/she may finish breakfast and be ready to begin class activities. 

 

Healthy breakfasts and lunches are served daily.  Parents and grandparents are always welcome to eat with their children (see adult meal costs below) during school visits.  The cost for each meal is as follows:

Students                                               Adults

Breakfast - free                                  Breakfast - $2.00

Lunch -  $1.25                                      Lunch -      $3.45

Reduced Lunch -    $0.40

 

 

             One carton of milk is included with each lunch.  Students are encouraged to drink milk with their lunch.  Children who have special dietary needs must bring a doctor's note. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the Child Nutrition Program, please contact Mr. Donald Narvoski, Director of Food Services, at the District Office, Tel: 843-374-8652 Ext. 1128.

CANTEEN

            A canteen will operate at various times throughout the year, including Fridays and Special Activity Days.  We will make every effort to stock the canteen with foods that will encourage good eating habits.  The canteen will be used at each classroom teacher's discretion. 

CAR RIDERS PROCEDURES

            Car Rider Cards are to be displayed in the front windshield area on the passenger side. These cards must be displayed throughout the entire year as supervising personnel may change.  On occasions when the regular driver does not pick the student up, the school must receive verification of parental consent.  Individuals may be required to produce picture identification. Persons who attempt to pick up a child but do not have the card will be directed to the main office.  Car riders are not to be dropped off/picked up at the front of the building.

CELLPHONES

            Students may not possess cell phones or electronic paging devices at school.  On the first offense, the device may be returned by an administrator after five business days to a parent/guardian.  On the second and subsequent offenses, the device may be returned to a parent/guardian after one month.  Possession of such devices is a violation of the Safe Schools Act.

 

CHARACTER COUNTS AT MSE

            Character Education is a critical part of our developing a well-rounded student.  Each month, we will focus on a lifeskill.  Students who consistently exhibit these qualities may be recognized at the end of the month.  Parents/guardians are invited to attend the recognition event to applaud their child. 

 

CHANGE IN P.M. TRANSPORTATION

If your child will go home a different way than usual, we must have a note stating how and who the child will go with.  If a child goes home with another student there must be a note from both parties. 

 

If we do not have a note, your child will go to the usual location for transportation home.  For the safety of your child, transportation changes can not be made over the phone.  Please remember, students will not be able to ride a bus that they are not assigned to.

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Grievance Procedures for Students

            In all cases of legitimate dissatisfaction on the part of a student, the guidance counselor of the school must first be appealed to and if his/her decision or advice is unsatisfactory, the assistant principal shall be appealed to.  If the decision of the assistant principal proves unsatisfactory, the matter shall then be referred to the principal.  If dissatisfaction prevails, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the superintendent.  If the decision of the superintendent is unsatisfactory, the matter shall be referred to the Board of Trustees.  The channel of redress for parents in matters of dispute with school authorities consists of the following successive conferences:

            1)   Student and/or parent, teacher;

            2)   Student and/or parent, teacher, principal, or assistant principal;

            3)   Student and/or parent, teacher, principal, superintendent.

                                                             COMPUTER USE

Acceptable Use of Computers:

            In order to provide a safe learning environment, students must have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian to access the internet.  Students will not be allowed to use school computers for music, games, personal e-mail or "surfing" the internet.  Students' internet use will be monitored by teachers and the district and limited to school assignments.   Violation of this policy may result in loss of computer use.

                                                                    CUSTODY

            If there is a family custody issue that involves the school in any manner, the parent/guardian must provide the school office/principal with the appropriate legal documents.  This proper documentation protects your child.

                                                           DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

                       

Times                                      School Events

7:00-7:50 a.m.                         Blanding Street Gate Open for Car Riders

Car riders should not be dropped off before this as adult supervision is not available.

7:00 a.m.                                 Breakfast/Student arrival begins

7:50 a.m.                                 Classes Begin.  Student is considered tardy.

2:35 p.m.                                 Bus riders dismissed

2:40 p.m.                                 Car riders and Walkers are dismissed

DEPARTURE CAR RIDER PROCEDURES

Car riders will be called beginning at 2:35 p.m.  Car riders will be picked up at the Blanding Street side car loop (where the cafeteria is located). 

If you realize your child has left something in the classroom or you need to speak with a teacher, please park in the designated places on the road.  Please DO NOT pull into the loop in front of the building, as this poses a safety hazard for students because of the buses entering and leaving.  

Our #1 priority is the safety of the children and you as you leave the campus.  Please work with us in keeping our children safe.  These rules are made for the safety of our students. Please drive carefully. 

Parents are not allowed to enter the building from the car rider loop.

 

DELIVERIES

 The children enjoy getting special deliveries throughout the year on special occasions. In order to prevent distractions from instruction, these items will not be delivered until the end of the day. Please keep in mind that glass containers or bulky containers/balloons will not be permitted on the bus for safety reasons.

DISCIPLINE as per Board Policy JCDA

            Main Street Elementary believes that most disciplinary problems will be handled in a calm, reasonable manner between teacher, student, and parent. When the learning opportunities of other students are affected, the teacher, the Assistant Principal, and/or the Principal must and will take appropriate disciplinary action. Consequences could be quick-outs, silent lunches, loss of extracurricular activities, placement in a different classroom, and/or discipline referrals. Teachers and administrators may question students about any matter pertaining to the operation of the school and/or enforcement of its rules.

            Each student's consequence is handled on an individual basis, depending on the nature of the disciplinary event and the number of office referrals on file at the time of the new referral. The actions taken with any other children involved in the incident will NOT be discussed with anyone other than that child's parent.  If a fight should occur, with both parties passing licks, both students will be sent home regardless of who started the fight. The principal has the discretion, depending on the circumstances and the number of previous office referrals, to determine the number of out of school suspension days. Again, the actions taken on other students will NOT be discussed with anyone but that student's parents.

            Students are prohibited from bringing weapons of any kind to school. If this should happen, it will be an immediate suspension pending a district hearing. In addition, students should not bring personal toys, cell phones, or other non-school items to school. These will be held until the end of the school when a parent or guardian may pick up the items. Items not picked up on the last day of school will be thrown away or donated.

             A specific plan has been developed for managing student behavior in the classroom. The plan will be discussed with students and a copy of the rules and consequences will be sent home for parent's signature at the beginning of the school year.

 

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The Code of Student Conduct outlines major categories of behavior and states disciplinary actions that may occur as a result of student misconduct.  When enforcing the Code of Student Conduct, students and their property may be searched if there is reasonable suspicion that a law or school rules has been or is about to be broken.  School staff may question or interview minor students regarding violations of the Code of Conduct and criminal matters without the consent or presence of parents or legal guardians.  Metal detector and other types of surveillance equipment may be used in the schools and at school activities for both random searches and where reasonable suspicion to search is present.  Police dogs will be used on school property to detect the presence of weapons, drugs, and/or other contraband.  Depending on the infraction, appropriate legal charges can be pressed against a student. 

Parental Responsibility and Involvement: Each parent of a student enrolled in a Florence District Three school has a duty to assist the school in enforcing the standards of student conduct and attendance in order that education may be conducted in an atmosphere which is free of disruption and threat to persons or property. 

Faculty/Staff Responsibility and Involvement:  Teachers handle the major portion of student discipline through their system of classroom management.  However, teachers will refer a student for misconduct when the situation warrants.  Each school has in place a referral system for student discipline.  The principal and his/her designees are responsible for addressing the student's behavior after the teacher referral. Teachers are not allowed to search a student; only school administrators may search students. Administrative Hearings are conducted by the principal with the District's Hearing Officer. 

 School Board Policies and Regulations can be accessed via our website at www.florence3.k12.sc.us.

  STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (JC)

Students are entitled to the following rights and responsibilities, as detailed by the South Carolina Department of Education;

  • civil rights, including the rights to educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination; the responsibility not to discriminate against others.
  • the right to attend free public schools; the responsibility to attend school as required by law and to observe school rules and regulations essential for permitting others to learn at school.
  • the right to due process to the law with respect to suspension, expulsion, unreasonable searches and seizures, or administrative decisions which students believe have injured their rights.
  • the right to free inquiry and expression; the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights.

                                                   STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE (JCDA):

The following listing of offenses and the required or recommended dispositions are submitted for the information of students, parents, and school personnel.  Rules, regulations and due process procedures are designed to protect all members of the educational community in the exercise of their rights and responsibilities.  These rules are effective during the following times and in the following places:

  • on school grounds during and immediately before or immediately after school hours.
  • on the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; or whenever the safety and protection of school property is involved;
  • off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or whenever the conduct may involve the safety and welfare of student, staff or other school officials;
  • en-route to and from school, on a school bus or other school vehicle, and at the location deemed to be the bus stop.

 DISORDERLY CONDUCT - LEVEL I

Disorderly conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s), which tend to impede orderly classroom procedures or instructional activities, orderly operation of the school, or the frequency or seriousness of which disturb classroom or school.

 Acts of disorderly conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom/School tardiness;
  • Cheating on examinations or classroom assignments;
  • Gambling;
  • Student behavior that interferes with the instructional process;
  • Kissing, petting and public display of affection
  • Abusive language between or among students; profanity;
  • Failure to complete assignments or carry out directions;
  • Forgery; use of forged notes or excuses;
  • Verbal false statement to staff; lying;
  • Acceptable Use violation
  • Loitering in unauthorized places;
  • Speeding or parking on school grounds;
  • Failure to comply without disciplinary action (detention, etc);
  • Deliberate violation of safety codes
  • Dress Code Violation;
  • Cutting class/school;
  • Truancy;
  • Littering;
  • Other disorderly acts as determined by the Board.

 Possible sanctions to be applied in cases of disorderly conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Verbal reprimand;
  • Conference with student and/or parents;
  • Work detail;
  • Withdrawal of privileges;
  • Detention;
  • Referral to Guidance;
  • In-school Suspension;
  • Out-of-school suspension;
  • School Level probation;
  • Other sanctions approved by the Board.

Disorderly conduct (Level I) may be reclassified as disruptive conduct (Level II) if it occurs three or more times or based on the situation.

DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT - LEVEL II

Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by students(s) which are directed against persons or property, and the consequences of which tend to endanger the health or safety of oneself or others in the school.  Some instances of disruptive conduct may overlap certain criminal offenses, justifying both administrative sanctions and court proceedings.

 Acts of disruptive conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Unprovoked attack upon another student;
  • Fighting between students;
  • Vandalism (minor);
  • Stealing or possession of stolen goods;
  • Threats against others;
  • Verbal assault;
  • Trespassing;
  • Use of tobacco products/ e cigarettes
  • Profanity/Threatening language toward staff to include nonverbal gestures;
  • Refusal to obey school personnel or agents (such as volunteer aides or chaperons) whose responsibilities include supervision of students;
  • Disrespect to school personnel; Illegally occupying or blocking in any way school property with the intent to deprive others of its use;
  • Unlawful assembly; Disrupting lawful assembly;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, national origin ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion
  • Bullying and cyberbullying;
  • Fireworks;
  • A students who is assaulted and retaliates by hitting, kicking, or any other physical means, may be disciplined for fighting.
  • Any other acts as determined by the Board

 Possible sanctions to be applied in cases of disruptive conduct may include, but are not limited to: 

  • In‑school suspension;
  • Work detail;
  • Withdrawal of privileges;
  • Out‑of‑school suspension;
  • Referral to Guidance;
  • Referral to Administrative Hearing;
  • Assignment to alternative school;
  • Referral to outside agency;
  • School level probation;
  • Restitution of property and damages, where appropriate;
  • Expulsion Hearing
  • Other sanctions as approved by the Board.

 CRIMINAL/ SEVERE CONDUCT - LEVEL III

Criminal conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s) which result in violence to oneself or another's person or property or which pose a direct and serious threat to the safety of oneself or others in the school.  These activities usually require administrative actions, which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or action by the Board.

 Acts of criminal conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assault and battery;
  • Extortion;
  • Bomb threat;
  • Setting a false fire alarm;
  • Possession, use, or transfer of weapons;
  • Sexual offenses;
  • Vandalism (major);
  • Theft, possession, or sale of stolen property;
  • Disturbing schools;
  • Arson;
  • Furnishing or selling unauthorized substances, as defined by board policy;
  • Furnishing, selling, or possession of controlled substances (drugs, narcotics, or poisons);
  • Threatening, intimidating, or an act of physical abuse by a student to a staff member.

 Possible sanctions to be applied in cases of criminal conduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Out‑of‑school suspension;
  • Administrative Hearing
  • Assignment to alternative school;
  • Expulsion;
  • Restitution of property and damages, where appropriate;
  • Referral to outside agency;
  • Other sanctions as approved by the Board

SUSPENSIONS (JDD):

  • 1) Students may be suspended for action, which in the opinion of the principal is dangerous, disruptive or tends to interfere with the orderly conduct of the business of the school.
  • 2) The period of the suspension shall be for ten days or less in the judgment of the principal for any one offense but not more than thirty days in any school year.
  • 3) A student may be suspended by a principal, an assistant principal or a principal's designee.
  • 4) A student shall be orally advised and provided with written notification of the suspension and shall leave school premises as soon as practicable thereafter. During the period of suspension, the student shall not visit any school grounds (except to attend a conference), attend any school function or ride in any school transportation.
  • 5) Suspensions may be appealed as follows: to the building principal, if the suspension was imposed by an assistant principal or the principal's designee or the superintendent or the superintendent's designee if the suspension is in excess of three days.
  • 6) Students may be suspended, by the District Hearing Officer, as a result of an administrative hearing, pending documentation from a qualified physician determining whether a student is a threat to themselves or others.

EXPULSIONS (JDE):

A student may be expelled for any reason listed in the Student Behavior Code (JCDA), for the commission of any crime, gross immorality, gross misbehavior, or the violation of any other written rules and regulation as established by the Board or the State Board of Education, or when the presence of the student is deemed to be detrimental to the best interest of the school.  Expulsion means the student cannot attend school or be on the school grounds of any school in the district, cannot attend any program at any school in the daytime or at night, and cannot ride a school bus.

Students who bring a firearm to school must be expelled for at least one calendar year.  The board may permanently expel any student, consistent with this policy, who is determined to be incorrigible.  Incorrigible students may include, but not limited to, those student who are found to have physically assaulted any District staff member. 

 If procedures for expulsion are initiated, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the pupil shall be notified, in writing, of the time and place of a hearing before an Expulsion Committee.  At the hearing, parents or legal guardians have the right to bring legal counsel.   The right to appeal the decision to the Florence County School District Three Board of Trustees is reserved to the students. 

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES  

Disciplinary Process:  Students with disabilities are not exempt from school disciplinary processes, nor are they entitled to remain in a particular educational program when their conduct substantially impairs the education of other children in the program.  However, the public schools are required by federal and state law and regulations to meet the individual educational needs of students with disabilities to the extent that current educational expertise permits.

Program Prescriptions:  The student's IEP must be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not a particular form of discipline is to be utilized.  Administrative authorities must observe any such provisions contained in a student's IEP. 

Suspensions:  A student with a disability may be suspended. At the end of the suspension, the student should, if appropriate, be returned to the same educational placement.  A student with a disability may be placed in an alternative educational environment as long as the student's needs are met in accordance with their IEP.  The district may remove immediately, for a short period of time, a disabled student who is endangering himself/herself, or others.

Expulsions:  Expulsion of a student with a disability is equivalent to a change in educational placement and therefore requires special procedures.  Before a student may be expelled, a multi‑disciplinary team must determine whether or not there is a connection or causal relationship between the reason(s) a student receives OEC services and the misconduct, then expulsion resulting in cessation of educational services for the student would be unallowable.

BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING (JI):

In addition to maintaining a safe environment, free of disruptions, it is important for every student and parent to know that Florence District Three is committed to providing an educational atmosphere free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.  Students who threaten to cause harm or harass others will be referred to the principal or assistant principal for appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension and/or recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.  

Florence County School District Three School Board Policy defines harassment, intimidation or bullying as a gesture, electronic communication(cell phones, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.), or written, verbal, physical or sexual act reasonably perceived to have the effect of either of the following:

  • harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage.
  • insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school
  • intimidation of a weaker person; the process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation.

Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.  Should a student be aware of any act of bullying committed by another student that takes place in school, on school property, at a bus stop, on a school bus, or at any school activity, he or she should immediately report this incident to the administration.

Cyberbullying is using information and communication technologies, such as cell phone text messages and pictures, internet, email, social networking websites to support deliberate, hostile behavior intended to harm others.  Any authorized or unauthorized use in school or out of school of computer software, computer networks, communication technologies, information technology, and related technologies, which disrupts or interferes with the educational process in any manner is prohibited and may result in a recommendation for expulsion.  Should a student be aware of any act of cyberbullying committed by another student that takes place in school or disrupts the educational process at school, he or she should immediately report this incident to the administration.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR CONDUCT NOT RELATED TO SCHOOL ACTIVITES

The Hearing Officer may require any student who has been: (1) charged with an offense relating to South Carolina's laws, or with a violation of School Board policies on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional injury to another person; (2) found guilty or not innocent of a crime which resulted in or could have resulted in injury to others, or of a crime for which the dispositions ordered by a court is required to be disclosed to the superintendent/principal; or (3) expelled for certain drug offenses, convictions or adjudication of delinquency to attend an alternative education program, including, but not limited to: ACE, adult education or any other educational program designed to offer instruction to students for whom the regular program of instruction may be inappropriate.  The Hearing Officer may impose this requirement regardless of where the crime occurred. 

PORTABLE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES (JCDAG)

Portable Communications Devices are portable two-way communications devices, including but not limited to cellular telephones, walkie talkies, other computing devices (when such device is being used as a communications device), and any new technology developed for similar purposes.  To avoid disruption of the instructional process, students shall not use cellular phones, electronic pagers or any other technology, communication devices within the school building or school property during school hours (JCDAG).  These items will be seized in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws (Section 50-63-280). Students who are determined to be in use of these items will be subject to disciplinary action as defined by the Student Code of Conduct.  Use is defined, for the purpose of this policy and accompanying administrative rule, as any visible or audible presence that emits a signal, vibrates, displays a message, otherwise summons or delivers a communications to the possessor. 

Consequences for violations follow each school's discipline code.  On the first offense, the school will take possession of the communication device for five business days.  Parents/legal guardian must make arrangements with school officials to claim such devices.  These devices will not be released to minor students under any circumstances.  The School Board will assume no responsibility in any circumstance for the loss/destruction/damage or theft of portable communication devices or for any communication bill associate with devices.  As a condition of possessing and using a portable communications device on school property, at school sponsored events or while traveling to and from school, students and their parents/legal guardians are deemed to have consented to reasonable searches of the portable communications device.  A portable communications device may be searched or reviewed by school personnel when reasonable suspicion exists that the portable communication device was used in violation of this Regulation, the Code of Student Conduct or other law or regulation.  School personnel may use other information obtained from the portable communications device during the review as the basis for discipline or referral to other appropriate authorities. 

INTERROGATIONS BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL (JCAB):

Students may be questioned by teachers or administrators about any matter pertaining to the operation of a school or facility and/or the enforcement of its rules.  Questions must be conducted discreetly and under circumstances which will avoid unnecessarily embarrassment to the student being questioned.  Any student answering falsely, evasively, or refusing to answer a proper question may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension.

If a student is suspected or accused of misconduct or infraction of the Student Code of Conduct, the principal or building administrator may interrogate the student without the presence of parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians and without giving the student constitutional warnings.

INTERROGATIONS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT (JCAB):

When law enforcement officers find it necessary to questions students during the school day, the principal or his/her designee shall cooperate with law enforcement and shall request to be present in order to protect the best interest of the student, as long as his/her presence does not impede the investigation.  The principal or his/her designee should make a reasonable attempt to contact the student's parents/legal guardian and request his/her presence.  Should this attempt fail the principal or his/her designee shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the student's parent/guardian that law enforcement questioning took place on school grounds. 

The principal or his/her designee shall contact law enforcement immediately upon notice that a person is engaging in, or has engaged in, activities on school property or school-sanctioned or sponsored activity.  Those activities are ones which may result, or do in fact result, in injury or serious threat of injury to the person or another person or his/her property.  

SEARCHES BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL (JCAB):

Any principal, or his/her designee, having reasonable suspicion may search any student, place, or thing on school property or in actual or constructive possession of any student during organized school activity off campus, including buses, vehicles of students or visitors.  Notice will be conspicuously posted on school property at all regular entrances, and any other access point on school grounds advising individuals that searches may be conducted as outlined in board policy.

If a properly conducted search yields evidence that board policy, school rule, or federal or state law has been violated, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken and, in cases where the evidence suggests a violation of law, law enforcement will be notified.

Searches of a person or a person's personal belongings:

A student may be subject to a physical search or a student's pocket/s, purse, or other container, backpack, book bag, etc. may be required to be emptied because of information received from a teacher, staff member, or other student if such action is reasonable to the principal/administrator.

Procedures for searching a person or a person's personal belongings must comply fully with the "reasonableness standard," as adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.  It may meet as follows:

  • A particular student has violated board policy, federal or state law;
  • The search could be expected to yield evidence of a violation of school rules;
  • The search may disclose a dangerous weapon or drugs;
  • The search is in pursuit of legitimate interests of the school in maintaining order, discipline, safety, supervision, and education of students;
  • The search shall be reasonable related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.

Searches of lockers, desks, technology devices, and other school property:

The district provides lockers, desks, and other such school property to students for their use during the academic year.  Because the district retains ownership of the aforementioned property, school officials may conduct random, unannounced searches of such property.  Students will be notified at the beginning of each school year that such property may be searched at any time.

Searches by Canines:

The use of trained dogs to search for controlled substances, weapons, bombs in schools/facilities will be on random, unannounced basis.  At the request of the principal/administrator, a trained canine with its handler may go into classes and areas to sniff lockers, desks, backpacks, and the exterior of automobiles.  Trained canine will not be used to search students themselves.  A qualified and authorized handler who will be responsible for the dog's actions must accompany the canine.  Should the dog alert its handler to the presence of any controlled substance, weapon, or bomb, school officials would then have a reasonable basis to conduct a search in accordance with the procedures set forth in board policy.

Contacting Law Enforcement:

The principals or his/her designee will contact law enforcement immediately upon notice that a person is engaging in, or has engaged in, activities on school property or school-sanctioned or sponsored activity that may result, or do result, in injury or serious threat of injury to the person or another person or his/her property or to property belonging to the school/district.

GANGS AND GANG-RELATED ACTIVITY (JCDAF):

The School Board prohibits the presence of gangs, gang-like activity and gang-related apparel on school property and at school-sponsored events.  The School Board feels that gangs threaten the safety and well-being of students and employees and are harmful to the educational purposes of the District.

The term gang means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, which is not sponsored by the school, which may or may not have secret and/or exclusive membership, and which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, whose members individually or collectively engage in, or have in, the commissions of criminal acts, the violations of school rules, the establishment of territory or "turf", or any other action which threatens the safety, welfare, or property of others. 

Gang-like activities shall mean any conduct engaged in by a student 1) on behalf of any gang, 2) to perpetuate the existence of any gang, 3) to effect the common purpose and design of any gang, and/or 4)  to represent a gang affiliation, loyalty or membership in anyway while on school grounds or while attending a school function.    Gang-like activity may include but is not limited to, the following activities occurring on school property or at a school sponsored event:

  • Wearing, possessing, using distributing, displaying or selling any gang-related apparel, i.e., any clothing jewelry, apparel, emblem, badge or accessory that denotes membership in, or affiliation with, a gang;
  • Committing any act or omission, or using speech or expression, either verbal or nonverbal, including hand signals and gestures, that denotes memberships in, or affiliation with, any gang;
  • Hazing, initiating, soliciting or recruiting others for membership in a gang;
  • Requesting any person to pay for "protection," claiming "turf" or territory, or intimidating, bullying, retaliating against, threatening, or harassing any person;
  • Encouraging, inciting, or coercing another person to act, commit acts of omissions against his/her will in furtherance of the common purpose and design of any gang;
  • Committing any illegal act, including but not limited to, assault, battery, hazing, extortion, causing a riot or disrupting the orderly operating of the school, and vandalism, such as defacing school property with gang graffiti or messages;
  • Possessing, selling, or facilitating the possession or sale of a weapon, controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, or other prohibited contraband. 

Gang-related apparel means any clothing, jewelry, emblem, accessory, or badge that denotes membership in, affiliation with, support for, or loyalty to, a gang, as that terms is defined herein,  Recognizing that gang styles and clothing continually evolve and change, that no list could comprehensively define all clothing affiliated with gangs, and that the wearing of  an item that is typically associated with gangs may not actually connote actual membership in a gang, the School Board provides the following representative list of clothing items as guidance to students and parents, that they might be informed of those items that, according to the District administrators often denote gang membership or affiliation.

 Baseball hat or other cap with gang symbols, moniker, or insignia on it, particularly on inside of brim;

  • Bandannas, or "rags," worn on a person or displayed;
  • Shirts, jackets, or apparel with gang symbols, monikers, insignia, clothing, or other gang identifiers;
  • Clothing or apparel displaying Old English style or "graffiti" style writing;
  • Any apparel or style of wearing clothing that school officials, in light of the totality of the circumstances, and after consultation with law enforcement authorities, view as denoting gang membership or affiliation.

In determining whether a student is in violation of the prohibition on gang-related apparel, the District will maintain, in each school office, a representative list of items that have been identified by school officials and local police agencies as indicative of gang-related activity in that particular school community, and shall provide the list to parents upon request.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR BUS RIDERS

Bus Rider Procedures

School bus transportation is designed to be safe, economical, and efficient.  We view the school bus transportation system as an integral part of your child's education program.  We expect all students to behave in a mature, respectful manner. 

Please be sure you have your child at the bus stop before the bus actually comes to a complete stop. If the driver has to wait on children to come out of the houses, it will cause her to run late for school. Please do the right thing and have your children ready and waiting at the appropriate time.  If you want to talk with your child's bus driver, please call the school to arrange a meeting. For safety and time reasons, please do not attempt to talk with the driver at the bus stop.

A student must ride his/her assigned bus at all times.  Permission to ride a different bus may be granted only by the school administrators, provided there is space available and a signed, written parental request for such permission is submitted to the school in advance.  A copy of the parental request will be kept on file.

Basic Bus Rules

1.  Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself and out of the aisle.

2.  Sit in your assigned seat and remain seated while the bus is in motion.

3.  Do not use profane or obscene language, gestures, or loud noises.

4.  Do not vandalize the bus or equipment in any manner.

5.  Do not use tobacco or any other unauthorized materials on the bus.

6.  Absolutely no eating or drinking on the school bus.

7.  Obey the driver's request at all times.

Consequences for Violation of Bus Rules

1st Offense= One day suspension off the bus and parent contact

2nd Offense= Three days suspension off the bus and parent contact

3rd Offense= Five days suspension off the bus and parent conference

4th Offense= Ten days suspension off the bus and parent conference

5th Offense= Suspension off the bus for the remainder of the school year

** Students may receive a written warning along with parent contact on the first offense.  After the warning, the first offense begins.

For an offense that the administrator/bus supervisor deems major and may endanger the safety of passengers and/or driver, the student may be removed from the bus immediately and the administrator/bus supervisor may impose a more severe punishment.

Waiting for the School Bus

  1. All bus drivers are expected to arrive at each designated stop within the same ten minutes of the set hour each day, unless there are uncontrollable factors (mechanical problems, inclement weather, driver absent or student misbehavior).
  2. Because school buses operate on a very tight schedule, students should arrive at the bus stop fifteen minutes ahead of the bus.  Each student should be on time-bus drivers will not wait for those who are late unless it's during inclement weather. 
  3. Students may ride only the bus they are regularly assigned.
  4. Students are prohibited from bringing the following items on the bus: animals; food/drinks; glass containers; weapons; balloons; oversized items-including band instruments-which obstruct the driver's view, block the aisle or exits, or displace a student from a seat; and any other item or object which will interfere with the safe operation of a school bus.  Radios/compact disc players/MP-3/Ipod's players, cell phones, or similar devices and handheld electronic games are not permitted.  If a bus driver should discover a student using one of these devices, they are required to submit a disciplinary referral to the appropriate school official. 

(The US Department of Transportation, National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, Standard 17, Pupil Safety: ...baggage and other items transported in the passenger compartment should be stored so that the aisles are kept clear and the doors and emergency exits of school vehicles remain unobstructed at all times //South Carolina Department of Education: Band instruments, or other items, carried on a school bus must be of such size that they can be transported in the student's lap.  This is necessary to insure that all items are kept under the control of the student at all times in case of accident or an emergency.  School district compliance with this standard is mandatory.  No student carry-on items can obstruct the orderly emergency or non-emergency exiting of the bus.  Securement of carry-on items prohibits them from becoming flying objects in the event of an accident.  Items on the seats, floor, or obstructing the aisles endanger all students on the bus.

  1. Passengers are to be seated immediately and remain seated while the bus is in motion.

Riding and Leaving the School Bus

  1. The driver of a school bus is in complete charge of the passengers while they are aboard the bus and should be given the same respect as a classroom teacher.  Complaints against a driver should be directed to the transportation office.
  2. Students should conduct themselves in an acceptable manner at all times.  Profanity, obscene gestures, horseplay, throwing objects, fighting, and boisterous or other improper behavior will not be tolerated.  Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom behavior will be observed.
  3. Students will occupy the seat assigned to them by the driver.  All students will have assigned seats and will be required to furnish information for a bus roster.  Once seats are assigned, students may be held accountable for damage.
  4. The aisle of the bus must remain free of books and other objects.
  5. Passengers should keep their arms, head, or others parts of the body inside the bus at all times. 
  6. Passengers should not tamper with the emergency door, fire extinguisher, or other safety equipment on the bus- including cameras.
  7. Students should assist the driver in keeping the bus clean by discarding trash in an appropriate trash receptacle.
  8. Students should remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.  Upon arrival at school, students in the front seats will leave the bus first and all will exit in an orderly fashion. 
  9. Passengers are allowed to leave the bus only at regular designated stops.

General Bus Information

  • 1. Student can only switch from their assigned bus with a written request from a parent/guardian. The school principal and the transportation director will evaluate each request. If the parents request a drop off other than the normal stop, they must make this request in writing and have it notarized. The new stop location must be within the child's assigned school zone and be on a space available basis.
  • 2. Complaints or safety concerns regarding a bus or bus driver should be made to the Transportation Office.
  • 3. All bus students are expected to obey the principals and teacher at each school their bus serves. The students' school principal will discipline students who disobey any school official on school grounds-including school buses.
  • 4. Most school buses are equipped with a video cameras and audio recording device which can be used to monitor passenger and bus activity. Student behavior on the bus and the driver's management of the behavior are key elements for a safe bus ride. Requests to view a video can be made through the administrator at the child's school. Requests are granted when there is 'just cause' and with the intent of observing and resolving a particular problem or situation. Viewings will be conducted only within the presence of the school administrator.
  • 5. The regulations are established for the protection of students, school officials, school property and the motoring public. Students who fail to follow these rules could lose privilege to ride any Florence District Three bus. When, in the judgment of school district officials, any bus student's behavior endangers the lives of other bus students and the motoring public, then that student can be immediately removed from the bus. Bus privileged will remain suspended until the student has had a conference with school principal.
  • 6. Bus drivers cannot suspend a student from riding the bus. Only the principal or principal's designee of the school the student attends can make this decision.
  • 7. All students are subject to transportation laws, rules, and regulations from the time they board a school bus until the bus route is completed or until the student arrive at their normal destinations, either home or school.
  • 8. Should a bus arrive at an assigned bus stop for a two week period, and no students board the bus, the bus stop will be deactivated. Should the parents wish to reactivate the bus stop, they will need to contact the Transportation Office and it make take up to four business days to complete the process.

Request of Parents and Guardians

Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety, conduct, and timely arrival of their children to, from, and at the designated school bus stop before the arrival of the school bus for pick and transport to school and the timely departure of the child after the school bus leaves the designated school bus top after transporting the children from school. (SC-59-67-415)

 

Revised - 5-29-15

UNIFORM DRESS CODE AND GUIDELINES

            Florence County School District Three recognizes and understands that there is a strong correlation between a positive learning environment and appropriate attire. To help create not only the best learning environment, but also the safest, the following expectations for student dress have been established. Apparel or appearance, which tends to interfere with the instructional process and draws attention to an individual rather than to the education process and learning environment, must be avoided.  The adoption of the uniform dress code guidelines will reduce distractions and disruptions caused by clothing, make economic disparities between students less obvious, promote student achievement and create an orderly learning environment. The uniform dress code guidelines will also enhance school safety and security. All students will adhere to the Uniform dress Code while attending classes, riding buses, or participating in any other official school function, unless otherwise indicated by the school administration.

STUDENTS WILL WEAR THEIR SCHOOL UNIFORM DAILY. Students who do not have on the proper uniform will be sent to the office and parents will be called. A conference with the parent will be held to solicit parental cooperation and support.

Compliance Procedures:

First Offense: Parent contact, student conference, and a letter of notification on non-compliance will be sent home by the principal or principal designee. The letter must be signed and return to the classroom teacher.

Second Offense: Parent contacted to bring student uniform and a second student conference. A second reminder letter will be sent home to be signed and returned to the administrator or principal designee.

Third Offense: A mandatory parent conference with an administrator or designee will be required.

  • Without exception, violation of the Uniform Dress Code will be handled at the discretion of and in a manner determined by individual teachers, school administration, and/or School Leadership Team. Any Appeals regarding specific disciplinary action related to Uniform Dress Code violations may be handled by parent addressing in writing to the School Leadership team, whose decision is final.

Administrators and their designees have the authority to make final decisions as to the consequences of the offense.  Principals and their designees have the authority to address any other dress code violations as they occur, pending a committee look at the code to determine if all schools are affected and if there is a need to change the administrative rulings.  Continuous violations of the dress code may result in being sent home to change or assignment to an in-school suspension. Repeated violations may result in suspension from school.

Shirts

  • Short or long sleeved knit polo style, with collar (white, royal blue or yellow/gold).
  • Long sleeved turtleneck or mock turtleneck style (white, royal blue or yellow/gold).
  • Shirttails must be tucked in at all times for all students.
  • No tee shirts allowed as school uniform.
  • Shirts must be cotton or predominately cotton material; no see-through, satin, silk, acetate, mesh, or latex shirts will be allowed, nor will shirts with "blousy" collars, sleeves, plackets etc.

Pants and skirts

  • Purchase of the required khaki or navy blue bottom from the store of choice.
  • Boys may wear either long or short khaki or navy blue pants, no oversized pants. Cargo pants are permitted.
  • Girls may wear khaki or navy blue pants, skirts, skorts, shorts, capris, or jumpers (Pants, skirts, skorts, shorts, capris, crop pants and jumpers may not be of nylon, or latex materials, or any clinging material to the student's body).
  • Shorts, skirts, skorts, capris, and jumpers must be at meet the *dollar bill rule. (*Dollar bill rule: Clothing must be no shorter than the height of a dollar bill when placed at the front and/or back of the knee. Slits in skirts and dresses must be no shorter than the height of a dollar bill when placed at the front and/or back of the knee. Clothing may extend below the knee.)
  • Belts must be worn if there are belt loops on the clothing, and must go through all loops.

Shoes and socks

  • Shoes and socks in any style and color of choice, as long as the shoe complies with the district dress code policy. (Flip flops are not permitted.)

Sweaters and Jackets

  • Students may wear a sweater or jacket of any style (cardigan, zippered, crew, vest, etc.) as long as it follows the school dress code.

Financial Hardship

No student shall be denied attendance or penalized for failure to wear a uniform for reason of financial hardship. The school shall make efforts to assist parents who cannot afford uniforms by the following procedures:

  • Any parent in need of financial assistance shall notify the school prior to the beginning of the school year. The need must be clearly established with the principal or his/her designee, as the school is not expected to incur the parental responsibility of providing school clothing for students.
  • The school shall work with staff, the local school community, and business partners to identify resources for assisting families.
  • The PTO or other school volunteers may be asked to coordinate the effort to provide needed assistance.

Early Dismissal Procedures

            If you need to take your child out of school prior to regular dismissal time, we ask that you pay close attention to his/her class schedule.  Students will only be taken out during class transition times.  Instruction is our primary concern, and we do not want this valuable time interrupted.  To ensure a safe and orderly dismissal for all students, we will not dismiss students, per board policy, JBF, except due to extenuating circumstances and approval by the principal or his/her designee.  Also, be sure to send a note if you know you will be picking up your child.  

Please make all appointments after school hours so your child does not continuously miss instruction. To ensure student safety in the bus loading area (front of the building), students will not be released after 2:00 p.m.

EMERGENCY & MEDICATION PROCEDURE

              If your child has any special health/medical needs, please notify the school nurse immediately. These problems may include asthma, epileptic seizures, and severe allergies. If your child must take medication at school, the appropriate medical forms must be completed and signed by the doctor before any medication can be given to the child. Again, speak with the school nurse concerning any of these issues.

   There is a form that may be used to allow the school nurse to administer specific over the counter medications to students.  Completion of this form allows the nurse to administer medications such as cough drops, antibiotic ointment, and acetaminophen, etc. if needed by a student.  This will assist parents in not having to get off from work to come and give simple medications.  The school can only provide this service to students if a form is on file.  If for some reason the school nurse is absent, a parent will have to come and administer the medication.  No school personnel, other than the nurse, will administer any oral medication without a physician's order.  Your child is NOT to carry any medication to the school. This must be handled by an adult.

School personnel, other than the nurse, can assist in the administering of daily medicines to students whose parents have provided the school with a physician's order.

School personnel will:

a. Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication.

b. Keep a record of the administered medicine.

c. Keep the medication in a safe or locked cabinet

d. Return the unused medication to the parent.

Reminders:

  1. The parents of the child must assume responsibility for informing the school nurse of any change in the child's health or medication.
  2. The school district retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of medicine.
  3. Parents should provide the school with three emergency telephone numbers and a home address.  This information should be updated as it changes.  There is nothing more heartbreaking than to have a child sit at school with fever of 104 because there are no working phone numbers.

EMERGENCY CLOSING

            If it becomes necessary to close the school because of adverse weather or other emergency conditions, the information will be broadcast by local radio and TV stations.

FIELD TRIPS

            All students must bring a signed parental permission slip with medical insurance/Medicaid documentation.  Brothers and sisters are not allowed to go with siblings in another grade.  Younger brothers or sisters under school age are not allowed to go on the buses.  Selection of parents as chaperones will be prioritized on a first come first serve basis.  Field trip money is due prior to taking the trip so that finance can pay the appropriate companies.  Failure to pay or notify school personnel of a problem may result in the students being unable to attend field trip.  Students must be in good standing in order to participate in this activity.

GRADING POLICY

Parent Notification (Board Policy IHA)

            Student evaluation is an integral part of the teaching and learning process.  Regularly issued report cards, combined with scheduled parent-student-teacher conferences, serve to promote a process of continuous evaluation of student performance.  Report cards will be issued during four nine-week intervals throughout the academic school year.  Interim reports will be issued to each student on or about the middle of each nine-weeks grading period.  Parents are requested to sign the form and return it to the teacher the following day.

Grading (Board Policy IHA)

Elementary Grades 3-5

A.        Performance levels will be assigned in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies in grades 1-5.  Student progress in these grades will be assigned using the following scale:

  • A= 93 - 100
  • B= 85-92
  • C=77-84
  • D=70-76
  • F=69 and below

Calculating Interim and Report Card Grades

In determining a grade, the student will receive a grade which incorporates the following:

            40% - Major test and projects

60%-  Daily Work (homework, quizzes, assignments, etc.)

SUPERINTENDENT'S HONOR ROLL

All A's (93-100) in the core areas of English Language Arts, Writing, Health, Mathematics. Science, and Social Studies. A's and B's in Art, Music, and PE.

PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROLL

All A's and B's  in the core areas of English Language Arts, Writing, Health, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, and PE. 

YEARLY SUPERINTENDENT'S HONOR ROLL

Must make Superintendent Honor Roll every nine weeks

YEARLY PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROLL

Must make Honor Roll every nine weeks

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

            The school counselor is available to discuss concerns that parents have about their child, their child's school experience, or the district's guidance and counseling program.  Counselors are willing to share information about child and adolescent development, learning styles, exceptional children, the academic program, behavior management, parenting styles and community resources.  Please contact the guidance counselor if you would like to discuss any of these areas.

HEALTH ROOM

Medication Procedures

            There is a form that may be used to allow the school nurse to administer specific over the counter medications to students.  Completion of this form allows the nurse to administer medications such as cough drops, antibiotic ointment, and acetaminophen, etc. if needed by a student.  This will assist parents in not having to get off from work to come and give simple medications.  The school can only provide this service to students if a form is on file.  If for some reason the school nurse is absent, a parent will have to come and administer the medication.  No school personnel, other that the nurse, will administer any oral medication without a physician's order.  Children should not carry any medication to the school.  Medication must be handled by an adult.

     School personnel, other than the nurse, can assist in the administering of daily medications to students whose parents have provided the school with a physician's order.

School personnel will:

            a.         Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication.

            b.         Keep a record of the administered medicine.

            c.         Keep the medication in a safe or locked cabinet.

            d.         Return the unused medication to the parent.

Reminders:

1.    The parents of the child must assume responsibility for informing the school nurse of any change in the child's health or medication.

       2.  The school district retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of medicine.

       3.  Parents should provide the school with three emergency telephone numbers and a home address.  This information should be updated as it changes.  There is nothing more heartbreaking than to have a child sit at school with fever of 104 - because there are no working phone numbers.

Special Medical Needs

            If your child has any special health/medical needs, please notify the school nurse immediately.   These problems may include asthma, epileptic seizures, and severe allergies.  If you child must take medication at school the appropriate medical forms must be completed and signed by the doctor before any medication can be given to the child.

Communicable Diseases

            Florence Three Follows the regulations and guidelines established by the Department of Health and Environmental Control as stated in Board Policy JGCC.

HEALTHY CHOICES

            We make every effort to teach our children to make good choices.  This includes making healthy choices.  Students are not allowed to bring sodas to school.  Also, please do not send candy, cookies, chips, etc., as class treats, for birthday celebrations, or for seasonal celebrations, as we will not be able to hand these items out to students.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEES

            There is a $20.00 registration fee, due at registration, which is used to help furnish instructional materials and Art, Music, and PE supplies for your child.  This fee must be paid in order for your child to be considered a "student in good standing".  This fee does follow your child from year to year and will exclude your child from certain activities, such as extracurricular activities, field trips, field day, and promotions ceremonies.  Please be sure to take care of this as soon as possible, so your child can enjoy the full benefit of school life.  Please speak with the Principal directly if you have any concerns about the ability to pay these fees.  Payment plans are available to assist parents in hardship cases.

  INTERROGATIONS AND SEARCHES

Interrogations by School Personnel:

            Students may be questioned by teachers or administrators about any matter pertaining to the operation of a school or facility and/or the enforcement of its rules.  Questions must be conducted discreetly and under circumstances which will avoid unnecessarily embarrassment to the student being questioned.  Any student answering falsely, evasively, or refusing to answer a proper question may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension.

            If a student is suspected or accused of misconduct or infraction of the student code of conduct, the principal or building administrator may interrogate the student without the presence of parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians and without giving the student constitutional warnings.

Interrogations by Law Enforcement (At Administrator's Request)

            If the principal or building administrator has requested assistance of Law Enforcement to investigate a crime involving his/her school/facility, the law enforcement officers shall have permission to interrogate a student suspect during school hours.  The administrator shall first attempt to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians of the student of the intended interrogation, but the interrogation may proceed without attendance of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians.  The principal or his/her designee shall be present during the interrogation.

            The use of a female law enforcement officer or female staff member is desirable in the interrogation of female students.

            If law enforcement officers deem circumstances of sufficient urgency to interrogate students at school for unrelated crimes committed outside of school hours, the law enforcement officers shall first contact the principal/building administrators regarding the planned interrogation and inform him/her of the probable cause to investigate within the school.  The principal/administrator shall make reasonable effort to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians of the interrogation, but the interrogation may proceed without the attendance of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or legal custodians.  The principal or his/her designee may be present during the interrogation.

Searches by School Personnel:

            Any principal, or his/her designee, having reasonable suspicion may search any student, place, or thing on school property or in actual or constructive possession of any student during organized school activity off campus, including buses, vehicles of student or visitors.  Notice will be conspicuously posted on school property at all regular entrances, and any other access point on school grounds advising individuals that searches may be conducted as outlined in by board policy.

            If a properly conducted search yields evidence that board policy, school rule, or federal or state law has been violated, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken and, in cases where the evidence suggests a violation of law, law enforcement will be notified.

  Searches of a person or a person's personal belongings:

            A student may be subject to a physical search or a student's pocket/s, purse, or other container, backpack, book bag, etc. may be required to be emptied because of information received from a teacher, staff member, or other student if such action is reasonable to the principal/administrator.

  • The standard for reasonable as adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court may met as follows:
  • A particular student has violated board policy, federal or state law;
  • The search could be expected to yield evidence of a violation of school rules;
  • The search may disclose a dangerous weapon or drugs;
  • The search is in pursuit of legitimate interests of the school in maintaining order, discipline, safety, supervision, and education of students;
  • The search shall be reasonable related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.

 Searches of lockers, desks, technology devices, and other school property:

            The district provides lockers, desks, and other such school property to students for their use during the academic year.  Because the district retains ownership of the aforementioned property, school officials may conduct random, unannounced searches of such property.  Students will be notified at the beginning of each school year that such property may be searched at any time.

  Searches by Canines:

            The use of trained dogs to search for controlled substances, weapons, bombs in schools/facilities will be on random, unannounced basis.  At the request of the principal/administrator, a trained canine with its handler may go into classes and areas to sniff lockers, desks, backpacks, and the exterior of automobiles.  Trained canine will not be used to search students themselves.  A qualified and authorized handler who will be responsible for the dog's actions must accompany the canine.  Should the dog alert its handler to the presence of any controlled substance, weapon, or bomb, school officials would then have a reasonable basis to conduct a search in accordance with the procedures set forth in board policy.

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS

We ask that you label coats, and backpacks with your child's name.  Lost and found items are kept for 30 days.  Please stop by and check if your child has lost an item.  After 30 days, items are donated to a local charity.

MEDIA RELEASE

            During the school year, articles and news release are written about and for the school system and may appear in the local, state, or national news media or on the district's website.  Often these are accompanied by photographs of students.  Parents who do not want to have their children's picture taken or have their children interviewed for articles and news releases should send the school a written note to that fact, with the child's name, grade (teacher's name) and a parent's signature.  The school principal will notify the appropriate people and will keep the record at the school.

NEGLECT

            South Carolina law places the ultimate responsibility for making sure a child attends school on the child's parent.  Child abuse or neglect may exist when parents do not provide their children with education as required by law.

Educational neglect may be indicated if:

1.    The child is too young to be held responsible for his/her own regular attendance

2.    The parents do not respond to requests by school officials to meet regarding the child's attendance problems.

3.    The parents appear apathetic about school attendance and make no effort to work with the school to encourage the child's future attendance.

4.    The parents refuse to cooperate with an intervention plan instituted by the school to address the child's continued absence from school.

Other indicators of neglect may include:

1.    The child is dressed in clothing that is inappropriate for the weather.

2.    The child exhibits poor hygiene as evidenced by continued body odor, untreated head lice, etc.

3.    The child's medical needs are not being met; the parents are not making sure that the child receives routine or urgent medical care.

4.    The child exhibits excessive sleepiness during the day.

5.    The child comes to school hungry; the child is observed stealing or asking for food.

6.    The child is acting as the caretaker for younger siblings.

7.    The child reports being left alone at home.

8.    The parents appear to be indifferent to the child's needs.

*School teachers, counselors, principals, and assistant principals are specifically required by law to report to the Department of Social Services (DSS) when they have reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected.  Nurses, mental health professionals, social workers, and law enforcement officers are also mandated to make such reports

PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE

            Home/school communication is strongly encouraged at MSE. Parents who have questions and/or concerns about their children's progress may call the school, at 374-2221, to schedule an appointment with the teacher and/or an administrator, or make a note in the student's agenda regarding the concerns.

POSITIVE PANTHER REFERRALS

Positive Panther Referrals are given to students who consistently follow the school rules, or who have shown outstanding behavior or academic achievement in a particular case. Look for the Blue Positive Panther Referral to be able to tell your child "Job well done"!

SAFETY ON OUR CAMPUS

            Safety is one of our first and foremost concerns for all people who use our campus. Please be aware that we do have security cameras placed throughout the buildings to help us closely monitor our students. Also, be aware that any individual entering the school may be subject to being videotaped.

              We ask that when you enter or exit the school grounds you do so carefully. Be considerate of others who may be in vehicles ahead of you and be aware of those behind/beside you. Be sure you stop by the office to obtain a visitor's pass.  A check system is in place to ensure that all visitor's report to their approved area.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL/PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD

Although this is an elected group of parents, all interested parents are invited to attend these meetings.  The meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room.  Please check the Parent/Student Calendar for dates.

SCHOOLWIDE RULES

             At Main Street Elementary, we take a positive approach to rules and discipline.  We will discuss and constantly review what these rules mean at our school.  Please discuss these rules at home. If your child chooses not to follow the rules, the discipline plan stated earlier will apply. The classroom teacher will send home a copy of their individual classroom rules and consequences.

            Positive Behavior will be emphasized at MSE, including Monthly Incentive Events and Pawsitive Referrals for students electing to "Do What's Right Today..."

STUDENT IN GOOD STANDING

            In order to be considered a "student in good standing", your child's instructional fees, lunch fees, library books, damaged/lost textbook fees, previous fines, etc. must be paid.  Students must be in good standing with the school to participate in any activity considered extracurricular.  Those activities include, but are not limited to canteen, Friday Fun Days, Field Day, Field Trips, Special Activity Days, etc...   A student who owes money or who has had behavior issues is considered to be a student who is not in good standing.  The administration reserves the right to make decisions concerning a student's standing at school.  Please speak with the Principal directly if you have concerns about the ability to pay these fees.

TARDY PROCEDURES

            Arriving to school late is disruptive to the learning environment and interferes with the progress of all students.  Please have your child here on time.  For your child's protection, you must come in and sign your child in at the office if they are tardy.

 TITLE IX

            It is the policy of Florence County School District 3 not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Acts.

TRANSFERS/WITHDRAWALS

            Any student needing to withdraw will need to complete a withdrawal package.  This information can be obtained in the main office.  Student records will be released when the proper checkout procedure has been completed.

Panther Parent's Page

AGENDA

     Each student is expected to keep all assignments in the agenda, take the agenda home each night, use the agenda to complete the homework assignments, and have a parent/guardian check the work and sign the agenda in the appropriate locations. Please feel free to write any comments or concerns in the agenda. If a student loses the agenda, there will be a $5.00 replacement fee.

FAMILY CURRICULUM NIGHTS

   Family Curriculum Nights are one of the most valuable assets we have in our school. Over the years they have contributed significantly to the education of the children at Main Street. All parents are urged to come and support its efforts. All Family Curriculum Nights will begin at 5:30 p.m.  See parent calendar for dates.

PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE

            Home/school communication is strongly encouraged at MSE. Parents who have questions and/or concerns about their children's progress may call the school, at 374-2221, to schedule an appointment with the teacher and/or an administrator, or make a note in the student's agenda regarding the concerns.  Ongoing communication through conferences with your child's teacher is very important for your child's success in school. We expect all of our teachers to meet with the parents of every student at least one time during the school year, but we strongly encourage multiple parent-teacher conferences and ongoing communication during the year. Two dates have been designated for parent-teacher conferences to accommodate parents' work schedules: Thursday, September 17, 2015 (4:00-7:00 pm) and Monday, February 11, 2016 (4:00-7:00 pm). However, you do not need to wait until the teacher requests a conference. You may request a conference at any time by calling or writing the teacher. Teachers will promptly accommodate your requests. While a phone call may be necessary at times, it is not as effective as a face-to-face conference where you can examine your child's work.

Each grading period, teachers should request a conference with the parent of any child reading below grade level. Please contact the teacher if your child is reading below grade level and a conference has not been scheduled.

PRINCIPAL'S CHAT

            Principal's Chats are informal drop-ins where parents/guardians/community members are encouraged to come in to learn about school procedures, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities or to discuss issues that are of concern/interest to them.  Join us for a light breakfast.  Principal Chats will be held the 1st Wednesday of each month, September-April, from 7:15-8:00 a.m.

POWER SCHOOL FOR PARENTS

Florence County School District Three now offers parents access to the Power School Parent Portal, which gives instant access to your child's attendance, fee balances and other information via the internet. Middle and high school parents will also have access to their children's grades. In order to access the Parent Portal you must pick up an information sheet from your child's school. This sheet has a unique access ID and password that you will need to set up your account. Using this access ID, you can create an account to access information for any child you have in Florence Three schools. If you have children at more than one school, you will need to pick up an information sheet from each of those schools in order to have each child's unique access ID and password. If you do not have internet access at home, you can ask for assistance at your child's school or at the District Technology Center located on Westover Street beside J. Paul Truluck Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact us.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL/ TITLE I SCHOOL WIDE IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Main Street Elementary School Improvement Council meets monthly to assist the Principal in the preparation of the annual school report, provide advice on the use of school incentive grant awards, and assist the principal with various requests.  A major role of this committee is to serve as a liaison between the school, school organizations, the community, and the local school board by collecting and disseminating information about school improvement.  Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday  of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified.    

STAY INFORMED

            Visit the school website to sign up to get the monthly newsletter and event reminders by e-mail.  Give us your e-mail address and look forward to receiving up-to-date information from the school.

VISITATIONS

All parents are encouraged to visit the school. Please stop by the office upon arrival, sign in, and receive a visitor's pass. If you need to conference with or speak to a teacher concerning your child, please call and make an appointment during his/her planning time, so that he/she will be available when you come and able to give you the full attention you deserve. Please do not drop in to your child's class and interrupt the teacher when he/she is teaching as it takes away from the safety and instruction of all students.

VOLUNTEERS as per Board Policy IFCD

           Main Street Elementary is constantly seeking volunteers to assist with the instructional program. Whether you have one hour, one day or several days to volunteer, we need you!  The A.P.P.L.E. Program has been established to encourage volunteers to provide the school with a much needed and valuable service. If you are interested in serving the children and the school, please contact the office or your child's teacher and pick up the necessary paperwork. Become an A.P.P.L.E. today.  We would love to have you!   In order to ensure the safety of all students, reasonable background inquiries and checks are required for any volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students.

A.P.P.L.Es....Aiding & Promoting Positive Learning Experiences.

WEBSITE

            Visit our school website often to get your child's homework, view the school calendar, send e-mail to faculty members and to look for volunteer opportunities.  There are also special sections dedicated to parents and students.  There's something for everyone!  Visit us at http://mainstreet.sc.fce.schoolinsites.com/ to stay updated.