Bennion Elementary Policies:
Regular attendance is essential to academic success to ensure concepts and skills are consistently learned. According to Utah Compulsory Attendance Laws, every school age child must arrive on time and attend school regularly. Parents are responsible for their children’s regular school attendance. Granite School District has a strict attendance policy. It states:
1. Seven or more days (or equivalent class periods) of excused absences within a school year are considered excessive and may require a doctor’s note to excuse subsequent absences.
2. After five or more days (or equivalent class periods) of unexcused absences within a school year, the school will mail the student/parents a 1st Truancy Letter asking for the parent’s help with their student’s attendance and warning of consequences for further truancy. Please note, a student must be in attendance 4 (four) hours of a school day to receive credit for one full day.
3. After 10 days (or equivalent class periods) of unexcused absences within a school year, the school will mail the student and parents a 2nd Habitual Truancy Notice/Pre-Court Hearing. The Habitual Truancy Notice requires the student and parents to appear at a Pre-Court hearing. Schools may assess a $48.00 truancy fine.
If your child is absent, please call the office at 385-646-4777 with the reason for the absence. When your child returns to school, please send a signed note stating the reason for the absence, or send a Dr.’s note if the student was seen by a doctor during the absence. Arrange with the teacher to make up missed work. Contact teachers by e-mail or well before/after school. Please do not interrupt teachers during instructional time.
If you plan on being out of town on vacation, inform the teacher a reasonable time in advance to determine the arrangements for missed schoolwork. Vacation and parent excused days are subject to the above Granite School District Attendance Policy.
If your child arrives after the tardy bell, he/she should check in at the office for a tardy slip in order to be admitted to class. Tardies are subject to the Granite School District Attendance Policy.
Supervision before and after school: It is recommended that students arrive at school no earlier than 7:50 a.m. If there is a problem students should come to the office and report concerns immediately. In case of severe or rainy weather, students will be directed to the auditorium until the first bell rings.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS and DISCIPLINE
Bennion Elementary has a leveled school wide behavior framework to encourage positive behavior, effort, and achievement for all students. Our framework follows three general expectations to teach students the appropriate and expected behavior for school. They are: act RESPECTFUL, be RESPONSIBLE, and create SAFE environments. All students are expected to learn and actively practice these expectations. Our school BEST behavior pledge reinforces these expectations: “The Leader in me will be Respectful, Responsible and Safe, in every way, in all I do, and all I say.” Positive behavior is reinforced and rewarded through class incentives and recognition, Caught Being a Leader cards, Treasure Tower Tokens, Leader of the Week, Leader Lunch, home notes, contract rewards, and positive visits with the principal. Should a student need help in their behavior management the following consequences further support behavior re-direction:
Stop & Go Procedures: Warning; Responsibility Plans, Think time; or Time away.
White Slip: Parent notification of Inappropriate Behavior.
Lunch School: Time out served during lunch recess.
Parent /School Conference
In or Out of school suspension
Referral to Alternative Placement
Our behavior expectations are clearly posted in all classrooms, halls, and locations throughout the building. The complete Behavior Matrix can be reviewed on our school website.
Students riding the bus should wait away from the street in a safe and orderly fashion, respecting people’s property, and using caution when boarding the bus at the neighborhood and school stops. The bus driver will instruct students concerning bus rules. Students are expected to be Respectful, Responsible and Safe while on or waiting for the bus. Bus transportation is a service; improper conduct may result in the service being denied. Non-bus students are not allowed to ride the bus.
Students should wear clothing that is appropriate for school. Student dress should be clean, modest, and suitable for the learning activities at school. Any clothing or grooming that the school determines is creating a substantial disruption in the learning environment will require that the parent is contacted and the student will be required to change to more appropriate attire. Likewise halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, shoulder less tops, or midriff shirts are not allowed. Students are not allowed to wear clothing that is mutilated, cut, immodest, or too short. Hats must follow dress code and are not to be worn inside the building.
Gang related colors, and paraphernalia clothing that promotes or advertises cigarettes, vapors, alcohol, drugs or violence are not allowed. Students are not allowed to wear clothing that is vulgar, or degrades, or demeans others. For safety reasons Flip Flops are not considered appropriate or safe shoe wear for school and are not allowed. Students should dress each morning with particular attention to safety, comfort and weather. Children spend 3 recess periods on the playground daily and should be dressed for physical activity.
On occasion students may be required to wear certain types of clothing for specialized activities, performances, or fieldtrips.
During the school year, students may have the opportunity to attend a field trip and visit various educational sites. Written parent permission is required in order for a student to participate. Standard rules of conduct are expected of all students during these trips. Please remind your child that the bus driver is in charge of the bus.
Students may also have the privilege to earn reward field trips. They earn the reward by following schools rules and class expectations; making expected choices at school; and keeping themselves and others safe. A student may be excluded from field trips for repeated rule infractions, breaking grade level and/or school wide expectations/rules, or when school personnel determine their behavior poses a potential threat to self, others, or property. Parents will be notified in advance if a student is to be excluded.
Modest costumes should be worn in compliance with the school dress code and Granite School District Safety Policy. Weapons of any type (real or imitation) should not be brought to school. For safety, masks may not be worn by students or adults.
LEADER IN ME
Bennion Elementary has implemented the “Leader in Me” model with Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to help students take responsibility for their learning, build relationships, and develop stronger 21st Century skills for life and career success. The Leader in Me model is also an important component in our behavior framework because it emphasizes accountability, goal setting, leadership tools, and the Habits of Happy Kids. Students are taught the principles of the 7 habits; how to develop their own mission and vision statements; and how to use data notebooks to personally track their academic and behavior progress in school. The habits are:
- Be Proactive (Take initiative, Be responsible)
- Begin with end in Mind (Have a plan/goal)
- Put First things First (Prioritize- Do the most important things first)
- Think Win-Win (Seek cooperative solutions that have mutual benefit)
- Seek First to Understand, Then be understood (Listen before you speak)
- Synergize (Work together)
- Sharpen the Saw (Balance life with work and play)
More information is available at www.theleaderinme.orgor on our school website.
Lunch is $1.50 per day for students and $2.75 for adults. Reduced lunch is .40 per day. Milk is .30. Free and reduced lunch applications are available on line at www.applyforlunch.com or in the office. A new application is required at the beginning of each school year. Adult visitors for lunch: Parents or other guests are welcome to visit the school to eat lunch with their child. Please pay for adult lunches at the office. Note: All lunch money will roll over to the next school year, including 6th graders’ money, which will show up in their junior high account. No refunds will be given, except to those moving out of Granite School District.
In accordance with Utah Law, prescriptions and non-prescription medications can only be administered to children under ALL of the following conditions:
1. A parent or legal guardian must sign the “School Medical Authorization Form.”
2. The child’s physician must fill out and sign the “School Medical Authorization Form.”
3. This form must be given to the school office with medication in the original container labeled with the child’s name and correct prescription dosage.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
Student safety is of the utmost importance especially before school and after school. Parents, please note the following safety rules will help keep your children from getting hurt.
Pull all the way FORWARD at the curb and Drop off/pick up students from the passenger side only.
Park on the left of the “Drive Through Lane.”
Keep 20 feet on either side of cross walks free of cars.
Do not have children cross streets.
Drive slowly; always watch for children. Do not let children get in your cars in the driving lane.
Students should not bring toys, radios, cell phones, cd and dvd players, bats, balls, money, candy or other personal items to school unless it is for a class activity, and the teacher has given specific permission. Items brought to school which do not relate to the educational program may be taken away from the student and kept in the office for parents to pick up. The school cannot be responsible for loss or damage to personal items brought to school.
Many items are left at school. Please write your child’s name on coats/jackets, and check the lost and found regularly. Abandoned items are donated to charity.
Individual student pictures will be taken during the Fall and again in the Spring. Fall photographs will be returned before the Christmas holiday break. A schedule with more details will be sent home prior to picture day.
Some activities are expressly forbidden on the school grounds because of the dangers involved. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller blades are not to be ridden on school grounds when students are present. Snowballing, tackle games, sliding on ice or other activities with a high risk of injury are forbidden. Our students must carefully use our playground equipment to avoid serious injury.
The Bennion Parent-Teachers Association has been highly involved in improving our school. The PTA has planned and prepared many outstanding activities and programs to enhance the curriculum. Parents are encouraged to become active members of the Bennion PTA. Parents are a critical element in carrying out an effective school program and the PTA organization is very important in helping the school be the best it can be.
Daily outdoor recesses are valuable in promoting healthy classroom conditions. Playground activity which takes place during recess (10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon) and the lunch hour (35 minutes) are part of the school day and all students are expected to participate in those activities. In cases of inclement weather we will call an “Inside Day” during the recess period. In extreme circumstances there may be a situation where a student needs to stay in. If such a circumstance arises, parents are to send a note each day to make arrangements so that proper supervision can be provided. If a student needs to stay in for an extended period of time, instructions written by a doctor should be submitted to the school.
The students and teachers at Bennion Elementary are committed to recycling materials to save our environment. Several grade levels are collecting aluminum cans and boxes for recycling paper have been placed around the building. All students are encouraged to be aware of and participate in these recycling programs.
BENNION BOBCATS are RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL and SAFE
To show responsibility, offer respect, and ensure a safe and positive learning environment.
Bobcats are RESPONSIBLE:
- For themselves to learn and work.
- Allow others to learn and do his/her own work.
- Consider the needs of others and treat them the way they want to be treated.
- Practice KYHFOOTY (keep your hands, feet & other objects to yourself)
- Bring only materials that are needed for school.
- Use or borrow others possessions only when given permission from the owner.
Bobcats are RESPECTFUL:
- Treat others kindly. Do not say or do anything that hurts others feelings, or physical safety.
- Put all trash in trashcans to keep a clean school.
- Eat candy only when given permission by the school staff.
- Eat or drink only in assigned areas. Always clean up your space.
- Follow directions in the lunchroom and on the playground.
- Talk only as loud as is necessary.
Bobcats are SAFE:
- Use playground equipment in a safe and fair way.
- Walk bikes on the grounds.
- Walk in the school building.
- Keep weapons, facsimiles, or any dangerous items at home.
- Obey all rules, including: no fighting, no tackle games, and no snowballing.
- Enter and exit by assigned doors.
All full listing of our Responsible, Respectful and Safe behavior expectations can be reviewed on our school website.
Over the course of the school year, there will be many opportunities for you to help your child with specific learning tasks. There may be new words to help spell or find in the dictionary, math facts to help review and practice, or perhaps your junior scientist will be hoping to turn the kitchen into a laboratory. Whatever the case, knowing that you can be counted on for support and guidance will make your child a more confident, enthusiastic and successful learner. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Here are some ideas for a variety of studies that show how parents can build an environment at home that encourages learning and school success: Make it clear that education has a high priority in your home, encourage regular attendance, display school work in a prominent place and attend family activities at school whenever possible. Set time aside for homework. Show that you, too, are a learner. Take walks or drives just to enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people. When you try something for the first time, like a recipe or home repair project, let you child know that while you’re unsure about the end result, you hope to learn from any mistakes you make, and expect to do better the next time you try the task. Show appreciation for even the slightest progress in your child’s work, learning doesn’t grow in leaps and bounds. It moves slowly, step-by-step. Praise your child’s effort even if gains can’t be readily seen, your reassurance will be incentive for them to keep on trying. Be a model for your child. Model correct language and social skills. Make reading an activity the whole family does together. Read to your children. Being read to is a treat and motivation for children of all ages. You can also increase the effectiveness of the school’s educational process by:
- Providing accurate and current telephone numbers for home, work, and emergency contacts.
- Making every effort to have your child here on time, attending daily, or calling the school if your child will be absent.
- Sharing information about your child which will be helpful to the teachers, such as medical problems or fears that the child might be expressing.
- Joining the PTA or becoming a board member.
- Attending all SEP conferences.
- Calling the teacher to talk about questions or concerns.
- Becoming a partner in the learning process by practicing and reviewing school work at home with your child. Find a quiet place for your student to do homework or read. In addition, it is helpful to limit Video game and TV time.
- Becoming a classroom volunteer specialist or speaker. Give your ideas, time, and energy to enrich the learning environment of the school. Your skills are welcome in our classrooms, the media center, the computer lab, and as tutors ect.
SAFE SCHOOL POLICY
Granite School District has adopted the following “Safe Schools” policy: Student acts of criminal behavior that include physical assault; possession; display or use of a dangerous weapon or facsimile; threats or acts of violence against life or property; gang activity, activity that places any person in imminent danger, and/or activity that requires a law enforcement investigation, are prohibited in all Granite District Schools, on schools grounds, to or from schools, at school sanctioned activities, or when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district.
Come to the office to sign your child out of school. For your child’s safety, the school will not release a child at the classroom or to anyone whose name does not appear on the registration card. Only adults over the age of 18 are allowed to check out students.
If you have legal paperwork concerning your child (custody papers, foster care orders, protective orders ect.) please provide the office with copies.
Please schedule medical and dental appointments before/after school hours.
Note: For safety reasons, students may not walk home alone.
SCHOOL COLORS/SCHOOL SPIRIT
School colors are blue and gold. T-shirts displaying the school logo are available for purchase through the PTA. To promote school spirit, students and staff are encouraged to wear the school T-shirts or school colors on Fridays.
Textbooks, library books and all other school property are available to be used by students freely. Students have the responsibility of maintaining all school property in good order and according to established rules. Fines will be charged for lost or damaged materials.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
The Sexual Harassment policy is to assure a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment and is in compliance with state and federal law. Granite School District is committed to providing ineach school a safe, orderly environment where students, staff, parents, and all other people are treated with courtesy and respect. Any form of sexual harassment by staff or students, involving inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct as defined below is strictly prohibited. Violators of this policy will subject themselves to investigative and disciplinary procedures. Sexual harassment is defined as:
A: Any verbal, written, or physical conduct of sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment .
B: Any suggestion, request, demand, or pressure for sexual involvement accompanied by an implied or explicit threat concerning one’s grades, extracurricular standing, ect. Students who violate the School Safety Policy or the Sexual Harassment Policy could be:
- Suspended from school.
- Immediate referral to law enforcement officials.
- Mandatory parent/guardian conference at school.
- Referral to the district’s Student Service Office, in cases involving severe or repeat violation, for placement in alternative program, expulsion from school, or other action to resolve the problem.
Every student will periodically be taught by a substitute teacher. The most common reason for using substitutes occurs when the regular teacher is ill. However, substitutes are also used when regular teachers are on leave for personal business, professional training or family emergencies. Students are expected to be courteous to substitute teachers.
Office telephones are for conducting school business. We ask that students cut down phone use by remembering their homework, projects, and lunches. Parents, please help your children to make after school arrangements before they get to school. Students must have a telephone pass from their teacher before using the phone. Calls to leave school will be made by office personnel only.
We need your help. Each year many acts of vandalism occur at our school resulting in major expenses. Please be aware where your children are playing. If anything unusual or suspicious is observed around the building, please call: School 385-646-4774 (8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Granite Police 801-481-7122 (after 3:30 p.m.) TDP 801-535-7055 (after 3:30 p.m.) The campus is closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
For the safety of all students, visitors must check in at the office and receive a visitor’s pass before going to classrooms. Only students enrolled at Bennion may attend classes (no cousins, siblings, visiting friends, ect.) Non-elementary school students are not to be on school grounds during school hours or during the arrival and departure times without a parent. If older brothers or sisters are meeting younger students, please have them arrange a meeting place off school grounds.
Volunteers are needed and welcome. The Bennion PTA has a volunteer coordinator who will provide you with information and assistance. All volunteers are asked to sign the volunteer log in each individual teacher’s room or in the office, so we will be able to tabulate all of the volunteer hours for our school.