This entire Handbook is subject to the laws of the
This Handbook is intended to be a general guide for parents and students. It should be understood that no one document can contain policies to cover every single situation that can occur in a public school setting. Any questions that may arise as this document is read should be referred to the principal for clarification and/or answers.
NOTE: It shall be the policy of the
NOTICE OF AHERA COMPLIANCE
SURVEY OF TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR PERFORMANCE
These forms provide a means for parents and other community members to provide input to improve the quality of instruction. These forms are available at the office and on the District website.
FIRE DRILLS/EARTHQUAKE DRILLS/LOCKDOWNS
Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of your child during normal school hours. Fire drills are executed once per month. Earthquake drills and lockdowns are performed periodically during the school year. This is to ensure students learn proper safety procedures and adhere to all safety guidelines.
DISTRICT POLICY FOR BUILDING EVACUATION
In an emergency requiring building evacuation, all students and staff will be transported to Goose Bay Elementary (352-6400) or Snowshoe Elementary (352-9500).
BOUNDARY EXCEPTION PROCEDURES
Decisions to grant, deny, or revoke a boundary exception will be based upon the following considerations:
1. Before a boundary exception request is granted, it must be determined that there is reasonable space available in regular classrooms and special education programs (if relevant). This decision should also take into consideration the current pupil-teacher ratios.
2. A boundary exception decision with regard to a special education student shall be made only following consideration and consensus by the appropriate multi-disciplinary team. Multi-disciplinary team meetings will be arranged by the Student Support Services Office at the site administrator’s request.
3. Each student application for a boundary exception will be reviewed for school attendance and disciplinary history. A request for an exemption may be denied by the site administrator if there is evidence of multiple school enrollment, truancy, tardiness, or behavioral/disciplinary problems.
4. Any boundary exception student who engages in conduct prohibited by school policy, board policy, and/or
5. An application for a boundary exception may be accepted by the site administrator at any time. However, all boundary exceptions that are granted will expire at the end of the school year for which the application is made.
BREAKFASTS AND LUNCHES
Our school district offers a breakfast and lunch program. For your convenience, the students at Knik are on the Accu-Scan system. This system allows you, the parent, to put any dollar amount in the child's account. The child can then use the account for the purchase of his/her lunches. When writing checks, please make them payable to Nutrition Services. Accounts MAY NOT be used by anyone other than for whom they were issued, including brothers and sisters. You may pay online at www.mealpayplus.com.
Please be advised that free and reduced lunch prices do not go into effect until after the official approval date through the District's Nutrition Services (861-5100). Applications for free/reduced lunches may be picked up at our office.
Lunches may be charged for ONE DAY ONLY. After one charge, a cold pack lunch will be given to students. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD BY PURCHASING LUNCHES IN ADVANCE.
Student school lunch prices are as follows (as of 2008-2009 school year):(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
1 day $ 2.75
5 days $13.75
10 days $27.50
Adult lunch 1 day $ 3.25
Students may bring their own lunch to school. However, please note that there is not enough time for students to heat lunches; microwaves are not available.
**Please do not send soda/energy drinks to school per School Board Policy BP 3554
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Knik has an intermediate resource program. In keeping with federal and state guidelines (Public Law 94-142) a resource program is special education instruction that may take place either in the resource room or in the regular classroom.
We offer the Alaska Department of Education publication, Special Education in
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)
TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM
Our well-rounded program offers a number of extra-curricular activity opportunities. Knik Elementary may offer cross-country running, basketball, track & field, student government, choir, and
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
The Boys & Girls Club is open to students grades one through five before and after school. Watch for flyers with more information! The Boys & Girls Club is located on the Knik Goose Bay Campus.
LIBRARY BOOK CIRCULATION PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
The goal of the Library Media Program at
All Knik Elementary students will visit our library at least once a week. They are encouraged to borrow items of their own choice and to exercise proper care and responsibility of those items. Parents are expected to reimburse our school for any items lost or damaged while checked-out to their child.
Knik offers 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade general music classes, as well as choir and band. We sing songs, study rhythms, melodies, harmonies, form, tonalities, and dances. Students also play percussion instruments and Orff instruments like xylophones and glockenspiels.
Fourth graders focus the second half of the year on the recorder. A recorder is a small flute that has a rich history throughout the ages. We know the act of playing an instrument, practicing songs, and performing is a great tool for expanding the function of the brain.
We offer an exciting after school choir program for 4th and 5th graders, the Knik Kings Choir. The Knik Kings band is offered to 5th graders during their recess time. Our school focuses on students as soloists as well as being great members of our musical team This helps them have more confidence in themselves as they go on to the middle school environment.
To provide knowledge of the language and notation of music, to expose students to a wide variety of music so that they are able to make choices about their listening tastes, and to provide joyful and meaningful musical experiences for our students. We work to develop skills that include singing, pitch matching, rhythm clapping, playing classroom instruments, music reading, and creative movement, among many others. In 5th grade, students can choose to join band. Music is a vital part of the education of your child.
Students earn 50% of their grade by actively participating in music class. Thirty percent is earned for performances and the remaining 20% is earned with any written work or tests. This offers students multiple avenues to success. Students earn credit by performing in our evening concert events. It is through performance that we learn many important lessons. Students who cannot make it to an evening performance may earn credit through a written assignment chosen by the music director, though their attendance at concerts is expected and encouraged.
The physical education program emphasizes the three basics of fitness; aerobic endurance, speed and power, and strength. Physical health is promoted through running, rope jumping, selected exercises, rope climbing, gymnastics, and sports participation. All sports are selected on their fitness value.
To ensure a safe and healthful activity time, the following gym attire is required:
Please send a note if your child is to be excused from PE due to illness or injury. If a student needs to be restricted in physical activity due to illness or injury for more than two PE days, a doctor must provide a dated note describing the nature of the disorder and the duration of the restricted activity.
We also have a school-wide recognition program that is a part of every school day. You may have heard of a “Caught Ya.” Staff members look for ways to recognize student's efforts and achievements in conjunction with the character trait of the week.
All Caught Ya’s are put into our “fish basket.” We have a weekly drawing where the winners are recognized and awarded a prize. Please ask your child about their Caught Ya’s and why they received them.
HONOR AND ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY
We hold quarterly assemblies in which students in all grades are recognized for their academic achievement through the Honor Roll. Students who earn all A’s and O’s are recognized with the Principal’s Award. Students who achieve perfect attendance during the quarter receive a certificate. We also recognize students who show good citizenship on the bus with the Principal’s Bus Award. Parents are always invited to join us in honoring these students. Please check Knik’s website or newsletter for a current schedule of events.
We are happy to assist you in enrolling your child at Knik Elementary. In order to expedite this process, your assistance is appreciated in providing:
Studies have shown that attendance at school is directly related to student success. Additionally, student attendance is one of the factors used to determine Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB. Parents, students, and schools need to work together to promote attendance and success. Three days of absence will result in a phone call made to the parents. A written notice will be mailed to the parents after five days of absence. Nine consecutive days of absences will be considered habitual and another written notice will be mailed to the parents. In cases of habitually truant students, a referral may be made to the Office of Children’s Services. The principal shall have the final authority and discretion on matters related to such discipline for truancy.
Connect-Ed, the school district’s automated calling system, will call if your child has been absent a full or half day absent.
Elementary absences are to be recorded as full or half day absence. Students who arrive between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours after school has started are to be considered absent for a .5 day. Those arriving after 2.5 hours are to be considered absent all day. Students who leave 1 hour before the end of the school day are to be considered .5 day absent.
Students arriving 9:06 am thru 9:30 am are TARDY
Students arriving 9:31 am thru 11:30 pm are .5 DAY ABSENT
Students arriving 11:31 pm thru end of school day are FULL DAY ABSENT
Students leaving before 2:30 pm are .5 DAY ABSENT
· When a child is absent because of illness, doctor or dental appointment or death of an immediate family member, please inform the teacher by note or phone call. The teacher will assist the student in making up the missed work.
· If you are planning an EXTENDED TRIP, a Prearranged Absence form is available at the office and must be filled out and approved by the teacher and school administration.
· Parents must sign the student out upon picking them up ear, ly. The office staff will call the child out of class once he/she has been signed out by the parent.
· Please try to make arrangements so that children are not picked up for appointments and activities during the last half-hour of school. This tends to halt/hinder the learning process for the entire class.
Children should be in class by 9:00 am. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 9:05 am. Students arriving 9:06 am thru 9:30 am are TARDY. A tardy student should report to the office upon arrival. Persistent tardiness is a matter of serious concern. The child misses the setting of the tone and the context for the day. This has significant implications for learning readiness, as well as sense of belonging to the classroom community. The late student needs to have instructions, presentations and explanations repeated and this hinders instructional efficiency.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM BEFORE 8:50 AM. There is no supervision prior to that time. Parents bringing children to school in the morning or children walking or riding bicycles in the fall or spring need to wait for the bell in the foyer. Afternoon dismissal: Students are to go directly to their bus unless they have a note/message saying otherwise. Boys & Girls Club members go to the gym. Students being picked up at Knik MUST be picked up in the library. If they are getting picked up at
LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
At Knik Elementary, we work hard to maximize every instructional minute right up to the end of the day. It is very disruptive to the entire class when students are picked up early at the end of the school day; one student leaving early may send a signal to the others that the school day is finished. For that reason, please try to avoid picking your student up between 3:00-3:30.
We understand, however, that your child may, on occasion, need to leave school prior to the end of the school day. Please stop at the office to sign your child out. Also, if you plan to have a non-family member pick up your child, the school must be notified.
Students who ride their bikes to school are required to have a school form signed by parent on file in the office. Due to the extremely hazardous streets in our area, we ask that parents assume the responsibility for their child’s safety when riding bicycles. Students who ride bicycles during nice weather should do the following:
1. Students must wear a helmet when riding a bike to and from school.
2. Be familiar with laws and safety rules for bicyclists and practice these rules.
3. Upon entering the school grounds, take your bicycle directly to the bike racks.
4. Bicycles should be equipped with locks to prevent theft or unauthorized borrowing.
5. To prevent accidents or other problems, bicycles will not be ridden in the parking lot, on the lawn, on the walkways, or on the playground. Bicycles are only used for transportation to and from school.
6. Do not leave bikes overnight or on weekends.
7. Children riding bicycles on the school lawns will not receive any warning. A first offense will result in a two-week suspension of bicycle privileges. A second offense will warrant a suspension of bicycle privileges for the remainder of the semester.
8. After dismissal from the classroom, students are expected to check out at the office, then go directly to the BIKE RACK and leave campus.
9. Students are expected to go directly home.
10. No skateboards, rollerblades or scooters allowed at school.
Students who walk to school are asked to have a school form signed by parent on file at the school. We do this for the following reasons:
1. We are concerned about the safety of the child.
2. We believe parents should be aware that their child is walking home.
3. There are extreme hazards for pedestrians on the road in our area.
4. It is practical for us to want this information both for teachers and the office so that we can facilitate entry and dismissal of pupils as well as contact the parent if anything unforeseen should happen.
5. After dismissal from the classroom, students are expected to check out at the office, then exit the building and go directly home.
6. We ask that parents assume the responsibility for their child’s safety when walking to and from school, e.g. moose, vehicles, abduction hazards.
We ask that parents of children that walk to school do the following:
1. Review with your child pedestrian and traffic rules.
2. Go over the exact pathway or route you want your child to follow. Let your child’s teacher know the agreed upon route.
3. Help your child understand the “personal safety” guidelines you want them to follow should a stranger approach.
4. Alert your child to the dangers of moose. They are common to our area.
5. Instruct your child that they are to enter and leave the building as explained by their classroom teacher.
6. Encourage your child to follow our safety rules, which are written to keep pedestrians away from high- density traffic areas.
For the safety of all students, all visitors/parents/guardians must check in at the office before checking out students or going to the classrooms. We will not release students to anyone who appears to be impaired by alcohol or other substances. Students will only be released to people authorized by parent or legal guardian.
The office will take messages to students when there is an emergency or when it is essential the student receive information. Students are not usually called to the phone. Please leave a message at the office for your child. Classroom teachers do not always have a chance to check messages during the day. The office phones are reserved for school business use. Students may not use these phones unless it is an emergency. Use of the classroom phones is at the discretion of the teacher.
If you are driving to or from school it is critical that you keep all children and adults safe by observing the following safety rules:
· Be alert for children on foot in the parking lot and drive way.
· Drive slowly in the school zone and when entering the school grounds – note the 5 mph speed limit.
· Keep in a single file line as you proceed to the curb drop-off zone.
· Children should exit and enter your car quickly and safely so that the car line moves efficiently.
· Please have them exit curbside as often as possible.
· If your child needs assistance getting to and from the classroom, park in the parking lot and DO NOT leave your car parked curbside. The curbside area is for dropping off ONLY.
· No ATV’s or snowmachines on school property
District wide conferences are scheduled twice a year. However, during the year many situations arise which may be handled most efficiently in a conference with your child's teacher. Please send a note or call to arrange such a meeting.
LOST AND FOUND
Parents please mark your child's belongings with his /her name! Children losing money should check at the office and notify his/her classroom teacher. All money found will be kept for one week after which time it will be returned to the finder. An effort will be made to locate persons losing large amounts. Lost clothing will be placed in the lost and found. Articles not picked up will be donated to the appropriate places. Parents should periodically check our lost and found. Frequently, children do not even realize they have misplaced personal items.
We discourage students carrying large sums of money to school. If there is not another alternative, please send money in an envelope and request that the envelope be handed to your child's teacher immediately upon arrival at school.
VALUABLES AND TOYS
Frequently children like to bring valuable possessions and other toys to school or on the bus. Since it is virtually impossible to ensure that these items not be damaged, lost, or stolen, we request that they be left at home. Students are not to trade, exchange, or sell personal items at school. There is to be NO TRADING CARDS of any kind at school.
NO CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONICS
Cell phones are NOT permitted at school or on the bus. Portable radios, "walkmans", tape recorders, CD players, playback devices or any other electronic devices are not permitted at school or on the bus. The same restrictions apply to toys and games. These items interfere with the educational process and should not be brought to school or on the bus.
NO ANIMALS PERMITTED AT SCHOOL
Per school board policy 6142.4, due to health and safety regulations and conditions, animals are not allowed on school grounds or in classrooms. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the school administration.
KNIK ELEMENTARY - PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION
Parents have been very instrumental in developing the PTA program. One of the most important distinctions that separate a PTA from other local parent organizations is our role as advocates for children at the local, state and national level. Advocating sounds like a scary thing to do, but you probably do it almost everyday. When you call attention to safety concerns on your child's school bus or their playground, you are advocating for your own child and for the safety of all other children around them. Working with your school board, calling your assembly representative or sending an e-mail to your Congressman are only expanding your concerns from the bus or playground to a district, state or nationwide perspective. Call the school or check your newsletters for dates and times of meetings. Join today!!
SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURES
If your child needs to ride a different bus or not ride the bus, we must have a note or a telephone call from the parent. Otherwise we must put the child on his or her regular bus. Student messages are delivered at 3:00 p.m. each day. Please call as soon as possible with your messages, preferablyby 2:40 PM.
TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN, BUS DRIVERS WILL NOT RELEASE A CHILD TO ANYONE EXCEPT A SCHOOL OFFICIAL ONCE THEY HAVE BOARDED THE BUS. Parents need to check in at the office and the staff will have your child called from the bus and meet you at the office.
Students who are issued bus misconduct citations may lose school bus privileges.
Throughout the school year there may be classroom parties: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Many parents see this as their chance to assist us with needed preparations. The children of these parents really appreciate having them help. If you are interested in being a room parent, or helping with a special event, please contact your child's teacher early in the school year.
Visitors are welcome at Knik. Teachers greatly appreciate classroom volunteers! The staff asks that you make arrangements with the teacher for extended visits. All visitors must sign in at the office before entering classrooms. Training for volunteers is recommended to operate the workroom machines.
Field Trips are opportinities for extending learning experiences and they are a privilege. In order to participate, students must meet the school, classroom and bus behavior standards. An activity permission slip must be completed, signed and submitted at least one day prior to the activity.
Parents are encouraged to chaperone; however, siblings may not attend.
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR STANDARDS
The foundation for a good instructional program is self-discipline and responsible behavior. The staff at Knik Elementary understands that these are learned behaviors and we take pride in continually working with students to meet these goals.
General School-wide Expectations:
* Profanity and obscene gestures are unacceptable.
* No verbal or physical put downs.
Good manners and concern for the rights, sensibilities, and safety of others require a certain standard of conduct.
We believe that all children are capable of making good decisions, and expect the best from our students. Self-discipline and respect for others are emphasized and our goal is for discipline to be a learning experience, not punitive.
Responsibility Chart Program:
Remember Rules ~ Effort ~ Self-Control ~ Polite ~ Observant ~ Neat ~ Self-Reliant ~ Interest ~
Best Behavior ~ Integrity ~ Listen ~ Independent ~ Trustworthy ~ You Are Responsible!
One way we address positive character traits and good choices is with our Responsibility Charts. The Responsibility Chart is a system where students' names are placed on a chart with the word "RESPONSIBILITY." Each letter of the word "responsibility" stands for a trait that students have discussed in class, such as effort, politeness, self-reliance, neatness, independence, trustworthiness, and remembering the rules. Each day a student makes good choices and shows responsibility, s/he is moved up on the chart. When students make choices that interfere with the learning or safety of themselves or others, they either stay put on the chart or move back, depending on the situation.
When students have consistently shown that they are responsible, they will reach the "Y" on the Responsibility Chart. "Y" students earn privileges such as being able to transition in the halls and use restrooms without a monitor, moving their seat at lunch, using the "Y" room when available, and other classroom privileges.
Consequences for misbehavior: (not necessarily in order)
Green slip (discipline slip) and movement back on Responsibility Chart
Time-out from classroom
Conference with principal
Recess privileges denied for a period of time
Conference with principal and parents
Fighting/Bullying/Harassment – “Zero Tolerance”
Disruptive Behavior/Willful disobedience
Disruptive behavior is student conduct, which materially and substantially interferes with the educational process and is not permitted. Examples of disruptive behavior include insubordinately threatening; disrupting other's learning opportunities, noncompliance with school/class rules, refusing to acknowledge a school employee’s direction, behavior that jeopardized the welfare and/or safety of other students and staff.
District policy is strictly enforced. Our appearance reflects our respect for ourselves and others. Wearing appropriate clothing both inside and outside is necessary for comfort and good health. In the event of an emergency we would want your child to have the proper clothing. Students need to dress in a clean, neat and appropriate manner.
Aspects of inappr, opriate/appropriate include but are not limited to:
For the safety of students especially during emergency situations or cold weather:
NO shorts except for field day, sporting events or special theme days.
NO strap tank tops, crop tops or shirts that expose the midriff.
NO mini skirts.
NO trousers that sag and need to be held up with a belt - they are not safe for school.
NO clothing with offensive words, slogans or pictures.
NO clothing that promotes violence, racism, alcohol, drugs or tobacco products.
NO high heels.
NO flip flop/thong shoes or slippers - please consider close-toed, low-heeled shoes or sport shoes.
NO hats or hoods to be worn in the school.
NO necklaces, collars or hoods with spikes, pins or any other object harmful to others.
NO wheeled shoes.
APPROPRIATE shoes for inside wear should be safe and healthy.
* Knik policy: For the safety and well being of our students, shorts are allowed on good weather days during the months of August and May or upon approval of special events/activities.
**Students should remove snow boots and put on indoor shoes (PE shoes are fine) when arriving at school and after recess.
Smoking and/or possession of tobacco products, in any form, by students on school property are prohibited.
Theft, the possession of stolen property or the use of stolen property by students will not be tolerated.
The possession and/or use of dangerous items such as knives, Swiss Army knives, Leatherman tools, spitwad shooters, slingshots, etc. are prohibited while under school authority.
Rock or snowball throwing at school or the bus stop is unsafe and will not be tolerated.
Arson, Fire Alarms, Firecrackers:
For any offense involving arson, firecrackers, explosives, or the possession of such material, parents will be notified, the material confiscated, the student will be deemed liable for any damages, and disciplinary action will follow. The offense will be considered arson if fire occurs. Activating a false alarm violates Alaska State Statute. Offenses for possession/use of firecrackers, explosives, incendiary devices on school property and activation of a false fire alarm are prohibited for obvious safety reasons.
KNIK ELEMENTARY PLAYGROUND
COLD WEATHER & ADEQUATE WINTER CLOTHING
Knik Elementary sometimes experiences unusual conditions regarding rain and wind. When these conditions are prevalent, we will carefully monitor them, and take appropriate action to decide if we will have indoor or outdoor recess.
The District recommends:
Down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit - regularly scheduled outdoor recess
Below -10 degrees Fahrenheit - shortened or cancellation of recess at the discretion of the principal
Your child should be comfortable and protected from inclement weather during this time. Please don’t underestimate the importance of proper clothing, especially footwear, in cold and wet weather. During the winter months, ALL children must come to school with coats, hats, gloves and boots/snowpants.
Knik Elementary does not have the staff to supervise ill or recovering students. If your child is not well enough to go outside for recess, please have them continue recovering at home. All children will go out to recess unless they are working with a teacher on school work. There are special allowances for injuries, special needs or children with doctor's note.
GENERAL RECESS RULES
1. NO WHEELED SHOES OF ANY KIND.
2. No food or gum.
3. No toys outside.
4. No profanity.
5. No spitting.
6. No name calling, pushing, hitting, kicking or biting
7. Do not throw snowballs, rocks, ice, or sticks.
8. Do not slide on ice.
9. Do not slide down snow hills, except in the designated area.
(The monitors will determine when conditions are safe.)
10. Do not throw snow, ice or gravel on slides.
11. No "tackle" games.
12. No rough housing/playfighting.
13. Do not enter the school without pass from a monitor.
1. No running up the slide.
2. One person on the swing at a time.
3. Do not stand on the swings.
4. Do not swing sideways.
5. Do not spin or twist the swings.
DO NOT JUMP OFF ANY OF THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
When playground infractions do occur, our playground monitors will institute one of the following depending on the severity of the infractions:
· Time Out
· Movement back on Y Chart
· Recess detention
· Referral to the office