Walking to and from School: Any student walking to and from school should use the supervised, marked school crosswalks and follow the directions of the crossing guard. Students need to walk bicycles, skateboards, etc. when crossing at the crosswalk and continue walking them on school grounds. Students also need to respect community, school, and neighbor’s property. Parents, please teach your student the safest route to and from school and encourage him/her to walk with other students and be a safe pedestrian. All students are discouraged from walking through David Gourley Park on their way to and from school. There are visibility issues in the park that make it unsafe for unsupervised students. Students are responsible for any disorderly conduct on their part to and from school if that conduct affects the school climate, classroom instruction, and student and staff welfare and safety.
First Aid and Illness at School: In the event your student becomes ill or is involved in an accident while at school, the parent will be notified in order for proper arrangements for the child’s care to be made. Any student who is sick or injured must come to the office and be checked out by an adult. Other than simple first aid, which includes having the student wash his/her own injury and apply a band-aid, school employees cannot administer medical services nor give a student any kind of medication, not even Tylenol. Any medication that needs to be administered to a student during the school day must be brought to the office with a note from a medical doctor. Students should not carry medication in their pockets/backpacks to self-medicate. Also, please do not send your student to school if he/she is running a fever or showing signs of a contagious illness.
WELCOME to David Gourley Elementary School! We are most pleased to have you here and have prepared this handbook to help make your experience at Gourley both more enjoyable and successful. In order to achieve this, we need you, the students and parents, to work with us, the teachers and other school staff. Only together can we achieve academic and behavioral success for each and every person. Below are a few guidelines to assist all students and parents.
Attendance: It is very important that students attend school for the maximum number of days in order to participate in the learning activities and not miss any instruction. It is also critical that they arrive at school on time (by 8:35 a.m.). Valuable instruction begins immediately at the beginning of the day. The only time that a student should not come to school is when he or she has a contagious illness or serious family emergency. Parents can assist by notifying the school office by phone when a student is too ill to attend. The student needs to speak with the teacher and make up all missed class work and homework. Did you know that students with poor attendance records in the first three years of elementary school are less likely to graduate from high school? Be sure to set your child up for academic success by assuring they attend school on a regular basis!
Homework: Parents, please check with your student each and every day regarding homework. Completing homework helps the student to learn what has been taught and practiced in class that day. All teachers have different policies regarding homework. As a general rule, your student will have from 20 minutes (younger grades) to 60 minutes (older grades) of homework each night.
Reading: The key to learning in all areas of life is READING! The school staff is asking that each student READ at least 20 minutes a day at home or be read to for at least 20 minutes a day at home. We will be participating in the Ken Garff, “Road to Success” reading program again this year in an effort to motivate our students to read. Teachers will send home information regarding tracking and reporting reading minutes each week. It is important that students report their reading minutes accurately. We not only want to help the students learn to read but also help them to learn responsibility and personal excellence and integrity. Consider setting up a nightly reading time for your family. This is a great way to spend some quality time together and for parents to show students they value reading as well!
Parent Visitation/Volunteering: We encourage all parents to consider volunteering in their child’s classroom at some point during the school year. If you are unable to come in during the school day, teachers often have projects that they can send home to have parents help prepare for activities in the classroom. If you would like to visit in your child’s classroom, please arrange in advance with the teacher. Visits should be of short duration and should not interfere with the orderly flow of the classroom. All visitors to the school are required to report to the office and obtain a visitor’s pass before proceeding down the hallways to classrooms.
Citizenship: Of all the learning, knowledge, and growth attained in school, two very important characteristics a student can gain are a positive self-concept and good citizenship. Much success in life is a result of these traits. Our school-wide discipline plan and character education program follow this belief. We continue to emphasize the character traits of respect, responsibility, caring, integrity, excellence, and positive action. These concepts are supported both within the classroom and school-wide. We have two programs to help students focus on meaningful character development. The Panda 200 Club recognizes students who are seen doing good things, helping others, and obeying the school rules. The Panda Paws program recognizes students who go above and beyond normally good behavior and whose actions are extraordinary. Parents can help by teaching their students these important values, encouraging them to do their best in all that they do, helping them to read daily, encouraging them in doing their homework, and regularly reminding them about the Panda 200 Club and the Panda Paws program.
Student Check-out Procedure: If your student needs to leave school during the day, he/she must be signed out in the office by a parent, guardian, or adult emergency contact listed on the registration card. The student will then be called to come to the office. Please do NOT go the classroom yourself to pick up your student. We do not issue street passes at the elementary level for students to walk home by themselves during school hours. All students must be escorted off school grounds by an authorized adult.
Transportation: Many students ride a bus to and from school. Bus rules require that (1) all students are seated, (2) no abusive language is used, (3) the school’s rules of behavior are followed. If your student rides a school bus, please review these rules with him/her on a regular basis. Students are responsible for any disorderly conduct on their part to and from school if that conduct affects the school climate, classroom instruction, and student and staff welfare and safety.
Safe and Orderly School: It is the policy of Granite School District and Gourley Elementary School to promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students, employees, and guests. Disruptive behavior of any kind, any criminal acts, and any possession of weapons or look-alike weapons are not tolerated, and any student who engages in such activity is subject to school disciplinary action. Additionally, if it is a safe school, drug, alcohol, or tobacco violation, the student is subject to district disciplinary action. In determining appropriate disciplinary action, school employees consider the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the offense, as well as the student’s age, disability status, intent, academic status, and prior disciplinary record. The more the parent is positively involved in the student’s educational experience, the less likely the student will make bad choices subjecting him/her to such disciplinary action.
Affronting Indignities: We teach and believe that appropriate behavior and respect are important, rewarding, and reciprocated. Swearing, disrespectful comments or gestures, bullying, racial slurs, hazing, and harassment are not tolerated and subject the student to disciplinary action.
Cell Phones: It is not recommended that elementary school students bring cell phones to school with them. These items are often lost or misused in the course of the school day. If for some reason you feel your student must have a cell phone with them, the phone must be turned off as soon as the student arrives on the school grounds and must remain in the off position until the leave the building at the end of the school day. Students may not use cell phones for any reason in class, in the restroom, or during recess periods. Students who violate this rule will have their phone confiscated and a parent will be required to come to the school and pick it up. Parents who need to contact their students should do so through the front office.
Personal Belongings: It is not recommended that students bring personal belongings to school with them, especially if the items have significant personal or monetary value. Students are discouraged from carrying money with them at school as well. It is very difficult to tell one student’s dollar bill from another. Coats, hats, and backpacks should be clearly marked with the student’s name for identification purposes. All toys should be left at home.
Recess: Our students will participate daily in 2-3 recess periods depending upon their grade level. Recess periods are short in duration and unlikely to produce harmful effects on students who may not be feeling completely well. Fresh air and the chance to move around are actually beneficial to students. During recess, supervision for students is provided on the playground. This allows teachers an opportunity to have a short break before their students return to the classroom. When you request that your child not go to recess, it places a burden on the teacher as they are not allowed to leave a student in their classroom unsupervised. If your child is too ill to be outside for a 10 min. period of time, they may be too ill to be at school. Requests to hold students in from recess for more than 2 consecutive days will require a medical note.
Student Records: Please update home, work, and emergency phone numbers during the year if they change. It is critically important to be able to contact you in case of an emergency or other special need. Also, by law each student must have a birth certificate and a current immunization record on file in order to attend school. Furthermore, parents have a legal right to see or obtain a copy of their student’s records. Schools have 45 days to produce copies of records when requested.
School Rules: Gourley Elementary has three main school-wide rules. It is always very helpful when parents review these rules with their student on a regular basis. The key rules are: (1) follow directions the first time, (2) keep your hands, feet and other objects to yourself (KYHFOOTY), and (3) show respect. Students who follow the rules are invited to a monthly reward activity.
Dress Code: Students are staff members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines regarding dress. Students who violate the dress code will be asked to call home to obtain appropriate clothing.
- Clothing should be neat, clean, modest and appropriate for a school setting.
- Tops without backs, show the stomach when arms are raised or that have large arm holes are not appropriate.
- Tank tops are not regarded as appropriate school attire. Shoulder straps on all tops should be at least two inches wide.
- Skirts and shorts most be fingertip length or longer.
- Make-up is not appropriate for elementary age students.
- Coloring your child’s hair can prove distracting to other students. Please consider saving this activity for summer months.
- Students who come dressed in dirty and torn clothing will be referred to the social worker.
- Clothing with inappropriate pictures, liquor/tobacco advertisements, sexually suggestive messages, drug related messages or gang related attire are not allowed at school
- Shoes are required at school at all times and should provide adequate protection for the students’ feet. Flip flops are not allowed.