Granite School District does not provide supervision on elementary school playgrounds before and after school, so it is recommended students arrive at school as close to 8:35 AM as possible. When the bell rings at the end of the day, students should leave the building as quickly as possible. If it is necessary for a student to stay after school, parents will be notified. (Remember: the tardy bell rings at 8:40 AM)
Punctual and regular attendance is very important to school success. If your child will be absent, please call the office (385) 646-4816 on the morning of your child’s absence between 8:15 AM and 9:15 AM. When your child returns to school, please send a note signed by a parent explaining the absence.
Being on time for school is a positive way to start the day. If a student is late, they are to report to the office to pick up their “Admit Tardy” card.
Communication is an essential part of the education program. It is very important for parents to keep in close contact with their child’s teacher concerning student progress. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, call the office to arrange a conference time that is convenient for all or email your teacher directly. Reports about the students progress will be formally held two times this year in an SEP conference.
Granite School District’s Student Dress Standards state the parents should “oversee the appearance of their children.” Student dress should be conductive to learning. Clothing which attracts or generates disruptive behavior should be avoided. Clothing should be modest, clean, neat and appropriate for the weather conditions. Clothing should also provide protection for the student as he/she engages in the varied activities during the school day. Shorts that are moderate in length and modest are acceptable.
Clothing not permitted includes: short shorts, cut-off jeans, tank tops, halters, crop tops, belly shirts, and T-shirts with inappropriate language. As matter of courtesy and to allow teachers to maintain clear eye contact, hats are not to be worn in the school building. Students choosing to wear hats will have them confiscated and will be returned only to the parent upon request. Skate shoes are not allowed at school. Open toed shoes and flip-flops are strongly discouraged as a safety precaution.
Food, Drinks, and Gum
All food and drinks are restricted to the cafeteria unless otherwise authorized by the teacher (parties, etc.). GUM IS NOT ALLOWED. As per Board of Health regulations, NO HOME-MADE FOOD OF ANY KIND MAY BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE SCHOOL FOR ANY REASON. ALL FOODS FOR ANY PARTIES, ACTIVITIES, ETC. MUST BE STORE BOUGHT AND PACKAGED.
A drug policy has been established by the Granite Board of Education which states: “The illegal use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol, or controlled substances by students is prohibited in all Granite School District schools, on school grounds, at school-sanctioned activities, or when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district. Violations also include student use, possession, distribution or sales of drug paraphernalia, imitation controlled substances or resorting where drugs are being used or possessed.” Students found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary procedures.
Granite School District is committed to providing in each school, a safe orderly environment where students, staff, parents and all other people are treated with courtesy and respect. Any form of harassment by staff or students, including any inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct is strictly prohibited. If you are being harassed, please report it to the principal, teacher or counselor.
Homework is an extension or enhancement of the school day. It usually occurs when a student needs practice to achieve mastery or when an assignment has not been completed during class time. It may also be a supplement to the educational activities currently being taught in the classroom such as reports, research activities, logs, etc. Assignments have the potential to receive full credit if turned in on time. In an effort to enable timely work completion and build good life skills, late work will be accepted at 50% one day late. Some assignments with low scores may be returned to your student for re-working. These assignments are due the following day and have the potential of receiving 80% if received on time.
If a student is absent and misses tests or work assignments, he/she should check with the teacher(s) upon return (work will not be given prior to absence) to determine when the work can be made up and tests re-given. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and follow through on make-up work. All missing work must be turned in one week from the day returning from the absence. An “M” on the grades report will indicate your student was absent and did not get the work missed in on time.
If it is necessary for a student to leave during the day, please go to the office. The office staff will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Students will only be released to people named on the registration card. If you wish to make an exception and have someone other than those listed on the card check your child out, please send a note designating the person’s name as well as a phone number where you can be reached for verification. If we are unable to verify the note, your child will NOT be released to that person. Please come prepared with picture identification in order to check a child out of school.
School personnel are not allowed to give children medication of any kind, including over the counter medications, without a current doctor’s instruction, and written permission from the parent. Medication brought to school MUST be in the original prescription bottle with the name and dosage on it. A Medical Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the prescribing physician and parent before the medication can be brought to school. The medication must be brought to school by an adult. If a physician requires a student to keep medication (such as an inhaler) with them, the physician orders must indicate that requirement. Students are not allowed to carry over the counter medications.
Problems arise each year because students bring items that are hazardous to the safety of others or interfere in some way with school procedures. Only items needed for classroom use should be brought to school. Items not needed will be impounded and returned only to the parent upon request.
Safe School Policy
Granite School District has a School Safety Policy that is designed to keep school a safe place where learning comes first. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you know of a weapon at school report it to a teacher, an administrator, or to the Weapons Hotline at (385) 481-7199.
The SCHOOL SAFETY policy establishes procedures and penalties for:
- Any threat or act of violence
- Possession of any type of weapon (real or look-alike, or pretend) regardless of intent
- Any form of organized gang activity
- Any type of criminal behavior
- Destruction or defacement of school property
- Conduct at any location away from school that threatens or does harm to the school or persons associated with the school
Consequences for those students who choose unsafe behavior may include, but not limited to:
- Mandatory parent/guardian conference at school and/or district offices
- Suspension from school
- Referral to law enforcement
- Placement in alternative education programs
- Severe consequences may be imposed for any incident involving weapons
- Other consequences and action steps appropriate for the specific circumstance
Students are allowed to use the classroom telephone when supervised by a teacher or the office phone with a note from a staff member. Phone calls will be allowed for emergencies only. Social arrangements need to be made at home.
Students who bring cell phones to school assume full responsibility for them. The phone must be kept in the students backpack or turned into the teacher and be turned off while school is in session (8:40 AM – 3:20 PM). Any use of cell phones during school hours will result in confiscation of the phone and will be released only to a parent/guardian.
All visitors, including parents, must sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Badge. Please do not interrupt class during the day. To contact a teacher, please leave a message for them in the office or email the teacher directly.
Lost and Found
Please label all belongings brought to school, including winter clothing. The Lost and Found box is located by the 3rd/4th grade doors. All unclaimed items will be donated to local charities at winter break and at the end of the school year.