WALLBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Web Site: davidson.kl2.nc.us/Wallburg
Mrs. Kim Dixon, Principal
Ms. Paulette Tetteris, Assistant Principal
Showing Quality in All We Do.
At Wallburg Elementary our mission is to be a quality-driven school with high standards for student success.
2012-2013 SCHOOL CALENDAR
School Begins at 8:00 a.m.
School Dismisses at 2:30 p.m
Student Early Release Times: Elementary-12:00 pm, Middle and High School-1:00p
1. If your child requires an early dismissal, please send a note to the teacher that morning including the name of the person that will be picking up the child and the time the child will be picked up.
Due to safety concerns, no early dismissals will be accepted after 2:00. You will need to pick your child up through the car rider line. All students will be dismissed via bus or car rider line. No walk-up dismissals will be permitted.
SCHOOL BOARD POLICY 6.4 ATTENDANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS
1. Attendance Records: School officials will keep an accurate record of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class under procedures developed and enforced by the State Board of Education and published annually in the Student Attendance and Student Accounting manual. A child shall be present at least one-half (1/2) of the school day in order to be recorded as present for that day.
2. School-Related Activities: All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed. It is the intention of the Board of Education that classes missed are kept to an absolute minimum through close scrutiny and a monitoring system on the part of the principal. The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:
A. Field trips sponsored by the school
Students will complete assignments missed for these reasons. The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out which assignments were missed and completing them within the specified time period.
3. Lawful Absences: When an absence occurs due to any of the following circumstances, the absence shall be coded as lawful:
A. When an illness or injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
B. When a quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health to isolate a student from the general population. DCS - Policy 6.4 Page 2 of 4 1/8/2009
C. When there is a death in the immediate family (including but not limited to the grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters) of the student.
D. When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment, appropriate documentation is required. Appropriate medical documentation, if presented by the student, would include:
E. When the student is a part of a court proceeding or administrative tribunal if the student is a party to the action or under a subpoena as a witness (documentation verifying the student's participation or required presence at such court proceeding or tribunal is required).
F. When the student participates in a religious observance. Each student shall be entitled to two (2) absences each academic year for religious observances required by the faith of the student or the student's parents. The student's parents must give the principal written notice of the request for an excused absence at least three (3)days prior to the scheduled religious observance. The student shall be given the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to such an absence for a religious observance.
G. When the student is involved in a valid educational opportunity. The absence and activity must have prior approval from the principal/designee.
4. Pattern of Absences: Referral and Waivers When a pattern of absences exists, (i.e., once a student reaches six (6) daily absences within a semester relating to illnesses), school officials should be alerted to the possibility of a disability and referral is made to the Student Assistance Team to gather multiple sources of data for the purpose of determining possible eligibility under Section 504 and/or IDEA. The Student Assistance Team would then share this data with the Principal, or his/her designee, for consideration should a waiver for such absence be requested. The parent shall submit appropriate documentation as to the reason for the absence(s) within three days of returning to school (see above for examples of required documentation). Failure to submit appropriate documentation will result in the absence being coded as unlawful.
5. Make-up Work for Lawful Absences: DCS - Policy 6.4 Page 3 of 4 1/8/2009 Students are permitted to make up all work missed during a lawful absence. All work must be made up within five days following the student's return to school unless the principal/designee determines that extenuating circumstances might support an extension of this time restriction. (See section 6, this policy)
6. Maximum Number of Absences: There will be a maximum of sixteen (16) absences allowed for students participating in year-long programs (all elementary and middle schools) and eight(8) absences allowed for students participating in semester length programs (all high schools). Students who exceed these absence limits for any reason shall not receive grade.course credit or be promoted (if applicable) to the next grade level unless they:
A. Are granted a waiver from the attendance policy by the principal for an absence(s) which falls outside the previously stated guidelines (See section 7, this policy) -or-
B. Attend and successfully complete an extended day program to make-up time missed during the school term in which the excessive absences occurred (semester for high schools and the year for elementary and middle schools). This time can only be made up within the available make-up program limitations.
C. Make up time for elementary school students shall be at a rate of three hours for each day missed and the rate for middle school students shall be four hours for each day missed. The rate for high school students shall be one hour for each ninety-minute high school class missed.
D. NCHSAA (North Carolina High School Athletic Association) regulations require absence make up to be on an hour for hour basis, i.e. high school attendance class period make up for athletic purposes will be at a rate of 90 minutes per class.
7. Waiver Procedures: A student may apply to the principal for a waiver for lawful absences due to extenuating circumstances, examples of which may include a chronic medical condition for which previous documentation has been submitted, attendance in a court proceeding, etc. This request shall be submitted in writing (i.e.: a written letter) and may be submitted only after the student has reached twelve (12) absences for year-long courses/programs and six(6) absences for semester-long courses/programs. The principal/designee will review waiver requests on a monthly basis and provide immediate written notification to the parent of the decision. Although the principal may appoint a waiver committee to review waiver requests and make recommendations for consideration, the principal/designee will make the final determination as to the appropriateness of the waiver request. The Principal, or his/her designee, would document the rationale for his/her decision as to waiving any such absences. Parent and student will be informed in writing of the final decision and rationale for waivers that are denied. Parent and student may appeal any such final decision pursuant to Section 1.6 of Davidson County Board of Education policy.The superintendent will provide the Board with an annual report on the number of attendance waivers approved by the school principals. The local school publishes a student handbook with detailed guidelines for handling attendance, make-up work and waiver appeals procedures. Questions concerning the attendance policy should be addressed to the appropriate administrative staff member at the student's school.
Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-47, -84, -288(a), -378 to -383.
Please send in a note after each absence. The note should be sent within 5 days and should state the date(s) of the absence(s) and give a reason for the absence(s). When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment, appropriate documentation is required.
CAFETERIA VISITOR SCHEDULE
Because of our large student enrollment and limited space in the cafeteria, we have established a schedule designating grade level days. Please make every effort to adhere to the schedule which will alleviate overcrowding and ensure all students have the same lunch choices. Please inform the classroom teacher if you are coming on an "off-grade level" day.
Student Breakfast $1.25
Student Lunch $2.50
Adult Breakfast $1.75
Adult Lunch $3.25 (includes iced tea)
7.11 DAVIDSON CO. WELLNESS POLICY
STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD
UPDATING STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD
Parents of children with custody papers should update the school each year to make sure all appropriate, legal documents are current.
Parents of children with serious or chronic medical conditions should update the school each year with pertinent information regarding treatment.
WORTHLESS CHECK PROGRAM
ROLLING BOOK BAGS and HEELYS
Heelys with wheels are also not allowed at Wallburg Elementary.
STUDENT USE OF PHONE
CONCERNED ABOUT SOMETHING?
SCHOOL COUNSELING/504 COORDINATORS
Kindergarten - 10 minutes
First Grade - 10 minutes
Second Grade - 20 minutes
Third Grade - 30 minutes
Fourth Grade - 40 minutes
Fifth Grade - 50 minutes
The two honor rolls as Wallburg include the all "A" honor roll and the "AB" honor roll. The All "A" is self-explanatory. The "AB" honor roll is defined as any combination of A's and B's. This means that a student with all B's and one "A" would be on the honor roll. Students will all B's or with a "C" would not be on the honor roll.
DAVIDSON COUNTY SCHOOLS ACADEMIC ACCOUNTABILITY POLICY
Promotion Standards for Students in Grades K-2: To be promoted in grades K-2, the student must meet teacher standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics, as well as the Davidson County Schools attendance standard. (See Davidson County Board of Education Policy 6.4 Attendance for All Students)
Promotion Standards for Students in Grades 3-8: To be promoted in grades 3-8, the student must meet all three (3) of the following standards: the teacher standards, EOG test standards, and Davidson County Schools attendance standards.
Elementary Schools Teacher Standards: Students are promoted upon achieving a yearly average of 70 or higher in reading, language arts, and math.
EOG Test Standards: Students in grades 3-8 must achieve at or above a Level III on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests in reading and mathematics to be eligible for promotion. Students who do not score Level III on their math and/or reading EOG's will have opportunities for remediation and retesting as well as attendance at Summer Advancement for grades 3 and 5 only if needed.
DAVIDSON COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE POLICY
The Davidson County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his or her style of dress or appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements and expectations of a school-learning environment. If a student's dress or lack of cleanliness is such that it constitutes a threat to health or safety, the principal or principal's designee may require the student and student's parent or guardian to take appropriate action to remedy the situation. In addition, if a student's dress or appearance is so unusual, inappropriate or lacking in cleanliness that it clearly disrupts other students, disrupts class or learning activities, or presents a safety issue, the student may be required to change his or her dress or appearance. The principal or the principal's designee shall handle student violations of this policy. The first violation of this policy will result in a warning and a parent contact. The second violation during the same school year may result in a short-term suspension from the school for up to ten (10) days. A third or subsequent violation during the school year may result in long-term suspension for the remainder of the school year Principals will maintain guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress and appearance for school, copies of which will be made available to parents and students. Items listed below shall be included in all school guidelines and shall apply to all students. Reasonable accommodation will be made by the school principal or principal's designee for those students who, because of a sincerely held religious belief, cultural heritage, or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would involve but not be limited to: athletics, vocational classes and projects, special events, or other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on a school campus.
1. Inappropriate Dress or Appearance for Elementary Students (Grades K-5):
The following attire is considered inappropriate for elementary students.
A. Clothing or attachments that are disruptive to the teaching learning process or are revealing, indecent, vulgar or obscene.
ILLNESS AND INJURY
HEAD/NIT CONTROL (6.36) (Formerly Head Lice Control)
Morning Car Riders: In the mornings, parents are to use the entrance at the Wallburg Athletic Field (unpaved road off Motsinger Road). All parents must use this entrance even if they are just going to park and walk in for a scheduled meeting/conference. At 7:30 a.m., fifth grade safety patrol students and staff members will be located at designated spots. A staff member will be located at the crosswalk and will signal you to stop or move forward. Please follow this direction in order to move traffic through in a safe, orderly manner. To ensure safety and expedience of traffic flow, we strongly discourage parking and dropping off students. Under no circumstances should a child be dropped off in the parking lot unescorted.
Afternoon Car Riders: Parents are to use same entrance as in the morning. Cars are to remain at the edge of parking lot and gravel road until 2:25 p.m. Parents are to remain in their cars to and have the car sign with the student's name visible to facilitate dismissal. Students will be waiting at one of the seven orange cones. No walk up dismissals permitted.
SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION
1. Obey the bus driver at all times.
2. Objects that may be harmful or distracting are not allowed on the bus. These include bats, balls, toys, electronic games/devices, cell phones, CD players, or any other items of similar nature.
3. Be at the designated place and on time 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
4. Students should talk quietly, not loudly, abusively, or inappropriately.
5. Refrain from damaging the seats.
6. Students must keep hands, head, arms, etc., in bus, not out open windows.
7. When crossing a street at a bus stop, make sure the bus is stopped, the door is open, and the walk arm is out. Cross in front of the bus.
8. Eating and drinking are strictly prohibited on the buses.
9. Never stop to pick up anything you drop in front of the bus. Tell the driver.
10. No one is to throw objects on the bus or out the window.
11. Bus drivers are prohibited from blowing the horn to alert children that the bus has arrived.
Bus Discipline Policy
Bus discipline will be handled according to the severity of the offense and number of referrals. Generally, the following steps will be used; however, the administrators have the right to supercede discipline steps based on the severity of the infraction.
First offense/referral--administrator conferences with student/mediation with students involved and referral note sent home for parent signature
Second offense/referral-- lunch detention and referral note sent home for parent signature.
Third offense/referral--consequence assigned, up to three-day bus suspension.
Fourth offense/referral--consequence assigned, up to five-day suspension.
Fifth offense/referral--consequence assigned, up to ten-day suspension.
After the fifth offense/referral, a student may be suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the school year. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to and from school at the designated times. Absences due to suspension are not "excusable" and cannot be made up.
Students should have a consistent transportation plan in place. To ensure your child's safety, we cannot accept transportation changes over the phone. Please send a written note or email to your child's teacher regarding a transportation change including bus number if applicable . In order to eliminate confusion, we request that arrangements be made ahead of time, unless an emergency occurs.
While riding the bus is encouraged, we cannot always accommodate additions to a route. Parents must contact the school in advance to request bus service. Please do not assume that there will be room on the bus for your child or his/her friends. In emergencies, a written request to ride a bus other than the child's usual one may be submitted to the office for approval. Without prior approval, a child will be sent home the usual way. Due to the large number of bus riders, students who do not normally ride the bus home will not be allowed to do so in inclement weather or when school closes early unless it is noted on the Student Emergency Information Card. Bus service will not be provided to students living outside the Wallburg attendance zone.
We cannot call parents if a bus breaks down. If a bus does break down, the bus will be fixed or an alternative bus will pick up the students. For safety reasons, parents CANNOT come to the bus and remove their child. Occasionally, we may need to send an alternate bus in the mornings. Please wait; the bus will always run its route and your child will not be counted tardy if they ride on the bus to school. Parents are to call the school if their child fails to get off the bus.
If it is necessary for your child to ride a different bus, get off at a different stop, be a car rider, or have any change in afternoon transportation we must have a written note from the parent/guardian. Do not call the office to request changes. This is for the safety of your child. In the event of an emergency, you may fax or e-mail the school a request for a change in transportation. Please follow up with a telephone call as a safety precaution.
Each grade level may choose to go on up to two educational field trips each year.
Due to safety and liability concerns, employees of Wallburg Elementary School and/or the Davidson County School System will act as chaperones on field trips and will be responsible for handling any discipline issue or emergency situation that may arise. Parents are still invited to attend field trips when deemed appropriate by the grade level; however they must provide their own transportation. Also, when attending a class field trip we ask that you and your child stay with the teacher and the class so that your child will get the full benefit of the curriculum objectives being met through the field trip experience. We appreciate your involvement and interest in the education of your child.
1. Listen and follow directions.
Tobacco use is prohibited...
There will be no more designated smoking areas on any property of the Davidson County Schools.
A student shall not: Make a report by any means of communication to any person or group of persons, knowing or having reason to know the report is false, that there is located on educational property or at a school-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity off educational property any device, substance, or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person. The penalty for such violation is as follows: The board of education or superintendent may suspend for up to 365 days any student who violates this rule, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 115-C-391.
1. Parents are encouraged to send in food that is consistent with the current dietary guidelines for all Americans. A list of healthy snack ideas is located in the office. Classroom grade parents also have a list of suggested snacks.
The Davidson County Board of Education believes all students and employees should be free of unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, as part of safe, orderly, and inviting learning/working environments. The Board is committed to nondiscrimination in all educational and employment activities and expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, veteran status, age or disability. The Board prohibits retaliation against a student or employee exercising rights made available through state or federal law, and also prohibits retaliation for reporting such violations. Policy violation is serious; appropriate action will be taken, up to and including suspension (for students) and termination (for employees).
Title IX coordinator: Dr. Tony Peele, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Section 504/ADA coordinator: Lorrie Varner
Davidson County Schools ~ P.O. Box 2057, Lexington, NC 27293 ~ Telephone: 336-249-8181
Davidson County Schools Policy Links:
www.davidson.k12.nc.us (Select “Board of Education” from menu on the left, select “Board Policy” from the secondary menu provided, and then select a specific policy for review.)
DCS Board Policy 1.7 Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment Including Sexual Harassment And Bullying DCS Board Policy 4.13 Employee Grievance Procedure
DCS Board Policy 4.19 Sexual Harassment
DCS Board Policy 6.39 Student And Parent Grievance Procedure
Frequently Asked Questions about Sex Discrimination
ANY CHANGES TO THIS HANDBOOK WILL BE SENT HOME AS AN ADDENDUM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR .