The Mission of Magna Elementary is to cultivate the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth for all our students.
Magna Elementary reserves the right to modify or update these policies at any time without prior notice.
Patrons will be notified of any change in school policy via the Thursday note and other electronic forms of communication such as email, ClassDojo, Facebook, etc.
Physical copies of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct may be obtained by visiting the front office.
If the student becomes ill or seriously injured during school, the parent will be contacted by the school. Ice and bandages may be provided for minor injuries.
Please keep your child home from school if they have a fever or are throwing up.
For more information about the health and safety policies of our school please contact the School Nurse: Janessa Johnson: 801-646-2408
The grant which funds the after-school program requires that participating students be selected based on academic need and is not intended or designed to be a day-care service. Space is limited and applications are accepted all year round. Students will be placed on a waiting list once the program has reached capacity.
Other after school programs such as Band, Choir, Lego League, Girls on the Run, etc. are open to all age-appropriate students and may be subject to fees (fee waiver application is available upon request).
For more information about the after-school program, including how to apply please contact the ASP Coordinator: Connie Paredes-Pozas (385-468-4500)
Magna Elementary will offer three (3) all-day kindergarten classes in the 2022-2023 school year.
One of the all-day classes is funded by a federal grant. Students on special permit are not permitted to be placed in that particular all-day kindergarten class per federal guidelines. We accept open enrollment permits for the other two all-day classes. We can accommodate 25 students in each all-day kindergarten class. All 75 students placed in the all-day kindergarten classes are identified by testing results from the KEEP assessment and principal discretion.
Supervision on school grounds will begin at 8:20 a.m. Students should arrive between 8:20 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. to ensure their safety. Students who arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:49 a.m. enter the front doors. Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. must check-in at the office and get an admittance slip. Parents must check-in at the office before entering the school and should never enter through side doors in the morning.
Students may only play on their grade-specific playground before school:
- Grades K-3: West playground/black-top area
- Grades 4-6: East playground/black-top area
Students can enter the gym before school due to inclement weather. Refer to Inclement Weather Policy for details.
Magna Elementary is proud to support Governor Hebert’s attendance initiative “Every Day Counts.” This campaign centers on the fact that students do better academically if they attend school over 90% of the time.
Essential Components of the Magna Elementary Attendance Policy:
- Parents of chronically absent and/or tardy students will be guided through the District mediation process by the school social worker and principal. Please send a note to the school or call the office following an absence explaining the reason for your student’s absence so we can code it correctly in the system.
- Students must be present four hours on a given day to be considered in attendance; anything less will be recorded as an absence.
- Suspended students will be recorded as an unexcused absence.
- Ten (10) consecutive absences may result in the student being withdrawn from school unless prior arrangements have been made with the principal.
Refer to the 2020-2021 Information Packet for the complete Granite District Student Attendance/Truancy Prevention Policy:
Breakfast is offered free of charge to every student the first 10 minutes in class every day.
Students do not have to eat breakfast at school, but if they choose to eat breakfast, they must take a complete meal which consists of an entrée and a piece of fruit or fruit juice (milk is optional).
Students may bring bicycles, scooters, and skateboards to school. Heelys, hoverboards, etc. are not allowed on school grounds.
For the safety of all, once on school grounds, students must get off and walk their bikes and scooters to the bike rack and carry their skateboards.
The bike rack will be closed and locked from 8:35 a.m. until school is dismissed and will not be opened for tardy students. Magna Elementary does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged bicycles or scooters.
Violation of this policy may result in the confiscation of the bike, scooter, or skateboard. Only parents/guardians can retrieve confiscated bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Continued violation of this policy will result in permanent restrictions on riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards on school property.
One or two incidents of mean behavior is NOT Bullying. What is bullying?
- Unwanted or aggressive behavior involving a real or perceived power imbalance.
- Intent to hurt, intimidate, humiliate, or cause harm.
- The behavior is repeated or has significant potential to be repeated -OR- a single egregious event.
Any bullying, cyberbullying, hazing, retaliation, or related conduct is unacceptable. Research from www.stopbullying.gov indicates that improving school climate is the best way to prevent bullying. School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. The more positive school culture is, the better kids will be able to learn. Magna Elementary is committed to improving school climate in the following ways:
- We teach students to choose a growth mindset. Choosing a growth mindset is one of the most significant contributors to positive school climate. Being able to choose a growth mindset makes others happy, makes you feel good, and helps prevent bullying.
- Magna Elementary teachers have developed and practice classroom routines and procedures daily and imbed social emotional learning into their lessons.
- School-wide instruction in choosing a growth mindset occurs through video clips on MTV News, monthly social skill lessons prepared by the school social worker, and multiple lessons presented by teachers in their classrooms.
- We fully implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support System
- Implementation evaluated annually by independent auditor. Latest evaluation results: 3/29/19 – 98% implementation average.
- See POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS) for more information.
- Annual review and approval of the Magna Elementary Anti-Bullying Program by the locally elected representatives of the School Community Council in a public forum.
- Visit the School Community Council website for meeting dates and times: https://schools.graniteschools.org/magna/school-community-council/
Administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers, and psychologists in every school are trained to respond to incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, hazing, and retaliation. In order to respond appropriately, these incidents must be reported immediately.
Refer to Granite District School Safety Policy for more details on how to report bullying:
Students who carry cell phones must keep them out of sight and on silent or turned off during school hours unless otherwise directed by the teacher. Cell phones may only be used before and after school to contact parents/guardians.
Students using their cell phones during school hours may have them confiscated, and only parents/guardians may retrieve them.
Cell watches may be worn during school hours but may not be used during school hours and are subject to the same policy as cell phones.
Teachers have an optional lockbox for student use, but it is the student’s responsibility to retrieve them from the lockbox at the end of the day. If they forget, we may not be able to unlock the box until the next day. Magna Elementary does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged cell phones.
Only authorized persons on the registration card with valid ID can check out students.
Students cannot be checked out over the phone and we can’t guarantee check-out requests placed after 3:00 p.m.
Granite School District commits to reasonably accommodate a parent’s or guardian’s initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher.
Class changes during the school year must be approved by the principal and are only granted in cases of extreme need after all other interventions have been unsuccessful.
We welcome you to bring treats to school parties and for birthdays or other special recognitions. However, these treats need to be commercially packaged. State Law mandates that treats prepared at home are not to be brought to school for consumption.
Please notify your teacher if your child has any food allergies.
State and federal laws and USBE rules and policies for discipline and behavior-related issues apply to all students in public schools in Utah and are in place at this time. An index of the complete list of laws, rules, and policies can be found here:
“Educators need to be able to teach without disruptions from disorderly students…[Magna Elementary has a duty] to operate safe, orderly schools and classrooms under reasonable rules governing school conduct.” -GEA Professional Agreement Article 12
Every school expectation is connected to one of four main ideas which all center around our core values of caring and kindness. The four main ideas are called the Magna Manners. They are: Care about Learning, Care about Yourself, Care about Others, and Care about the Environment and Property.
Behavior expectations for every facet of school are described in our PBIS Behavior Matrix below. Students are expected to internalize the expectations, accept responsibility for expectation violations, learn from their mistakes, and be prepared to make amends for their behavior.
KYHFOOTY is an essential rule in every area of the school and stands for “Keep Your Hands Feet and Other Objects To Yourself.”
|MAGNA MANNERS MATRIX
|Care About Learning
|Care About Yourself
|Care about Others
|Care about the Environment and Property
|Show appropriate appreciation and enjoyment.
|Eyes on speaker.
|KYHFOOTY! Sit on your pockets.
|Leave objects in the classroom.
|Follow directions & be an active listener.
|Be prepared & do your best.
|KYHFOOTY! Collaborate appropriately.
|Make quick & quiet transitions. Clean-up after yourself. Use materials appropriately.
|Always use a hall pass when unaccompanied by an adult.
|Greet others non-verbally and non-physically with a smile, wink, or little finger wave.
|KYHFOOTY! Walk single file on the second tile.
|Keep hands and other objects off the walls; especially bulletin boards and student work on display.
|Labs and Library Rules
|Do your best & use your time wisely.
|KYHFOOTY! Help neighbors when asked.
|Use equipment & materials responsibly Clean-up after yourself.
|Wait quietly until seated and follow directions.
|Wash your hands.
|KYHFOOTY! Eat your own lunch.
|Clean-up after yourself.
|Line up immediately with voice level 0.
|Stay in boundaries.
|KYHFOOTY! Play fair and share.
|Use equipment correctly.
|Always use a hall pass when unaccompanied by an adult.
|Go, flush, wash then exit immediately.
|KYHFOOTY! Respect privacy.
|Conserve supplies. Use the restroom for the intended purpose.
Violations of the Magna Manners and Code of Conduct (including bullying, cyberbullying, hazing, and retaliation) are managed using the chart below:
Address concerns about your student with the teacher first. If your concerns cannot be resolved with the teacher, you can schedule an appointment with the administration. However, patrons may be referred back to the teacher if a reasonable effort has not been made to resolve the issue with the teacher. Remember, tone and intention cannot be accurately determined via electronic communication. It is always best to speak to the teacher in person or over the phone. You can call the office to leave a voice message for the teacher: 385-646-4900.
Walk-in appointments with the administration may not always be possible and it is best to schedule an appointment with the principal’s secretary at least one day in advance. Please describe your issue to the secretary and fill out a patron concern form so that administration can provide a more proactive response to your concern.
Concerns about teachers or other school personnel should be addressed with the administration by appointment. Details regarding the investigation, discipline or corrective action taken by the administration will be held in confidence.
Parents should not discipline students that are not their own children. Administration may accommodate requests for side-by-side meetings with other parents if they deem it appropriate and all parties agree to the terms of the meeting.
Behaviors toward any staff, parent, or student that creates an unsafe atmosphere will not be tolerated. Violations of this policy may result in criminal charges and permanent expulsion from school property.
Report any suspicious activity or behavior on school grounds to administration or the Granite Police Department: 801-481-7122.
If administration does not resolve your concern to your satisfaction, please contact School Accountability Services: 385-646-4510.
If you need to contact your student during the school day, please call the office: 385-646-4900. We can either call your student out of class to talk to you or deliver a message to them.
We cannot guarantee students will receive messages if you call after 3:00 p.m.
Magna Elementary does not take sides during child custody disputes. We follow the guidelines of the most current court order and are not subject to requests from 3rd party attorneys. If no court order is in place the two disputing parties are responsible for negotiating
Many local daycare providers offer after-school pick-up and transportation to their facilities. For a list of those providers please contact the main office. The choice and use of any daycare is completely up to you as the guardian. The school is just providing a list to be helpful.
The District prohibits all discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and retaliation against any individual based on race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity in its educational programs, activities, admissions, access to facilities, or other treatment.
Refer to District Prohibited Conduct Policy for more details.
Students have the constitutional right to free expression, including in their choice of clothing.
Schools have the right to restrict the dress of students to provide a safe and effective learning environment.
The dress code shall be enforced with dignity and respect toward all students and shall keep students in the learning environment as much as possible. At no time will school staff publicly or privately shame students for their choice of dress, even if it is in violation of this dress code.
All persons are responsible for their own behavior, including their own distraction. Other people’s choice of clothing shall not be accepted as an excuse for misbehavior.
Minimum Dress Requirement
Clothing must be clean and adequately cover undergarments.
Faces must be uncovered.
Footwear must be worn.
What is Allowed
The neckline of shirts or dresses may be of any style.
The length of shorts, dresses, or skirts is a matter of student choice, so long as the underwear is covered. Straps and waistbands are not a violation of the dress code.
Shoe style, hair color, and piercings are a matter of student choice.
Hats are allowed and may be worn at any direction or angle. Hoodie sweatshirts are permissible. Hats can be confiscated by any adult if they become a distraction or plaything.
Other buildings and institutions, such as Matheson Jr. High, do not allow hats to be worn in the building. Please help your student understand that when they visit another location on a field trip, they are subject to that location’s dress code and should respectfully comply with requests to conform to that location’s standard.
What is Not Allowed
Clothing that shows or encourages illegal activity (violence, alcohol or drug use, pornography, tobacco use, gang activity, etc.).
Clothing that is associated with gangs. Gang clothing varies by neighborhood and over time. School personnel will work with the Granite Police Department to identify and address individual situations as they arise.
Clothing that is likely to cause injury (chains, sharp objects, etc.). School personnel will use reasonable judgment in determining the safety of clothing.
What about Modesty?
Modesty is not something that everyone in our community agrees on. Since your public school is a part of the government, it is governed by the US and Utah Constitutions and is prohibited from favoring any religious group or culture over any other.
Modesty is an issue best left to parents and families to decide for their own children.
If families are not able to afford appropriate clothing, they are encouraged to contact the social worker or principal and request assistance from the Granite Education Foundation.
The school also has a washer and dryer on-site and can provide an additional outfit to students while their dirty or soiled outer layer gets washed.
The School Emergency Response Plan is updated annually and can be found on the school website. We practice emergency drills monthly.
Visitors are not required to check-in at the office for large events during the school day such as the Halloween parade, student performances, etc. Instead, parents must enter and exit the building via the East gym door. Access to all the classrooms via the North and South halls will be restricted.
If you want to visit your child’s classroom after the event you must exit the gym door, walk around to the front doors, and check in at the office after the event. Photo ID is required to obtain a visitor’s badge.
Announcements and invitations for all school events will include instructions on which door to enter.
See Visitors/Volunteers for instructions on entering the building during regular days.
On days of extreme weather conditions, recesses will be held indoors, and students will be invited into the gym before school.
As a rule, however, please have children come to school prepared to play outside.
Refer to Inclement Weather Policy for specific guidelines on when students will have limited or restricted access to outdoor play and activities due to inclement weather.
A signed permission slip is required for students to attend each field trip.
Teachers may ask for donations to help cover field trip costs; however, all students will be allowed to attend the field trip regardless of whether they donate or not.
Field trips are educational and connected to the Utah Core Curriculum. Therefore, all students have the right to participate in field trips. However, students with individual behavior plans or two or more office referrals per term may be restricted from attending the field trip without a parent chaperone. Parent chaperones may need to provide their own transportation if the bus is full.
If a parent is not available to chaperone, accommodations may be possible. In such cases please contact the principal.
Field Day is a celebration of completing a school year. Field Day in its entirety will not be withheld from any student for any reason. However, portions and/or specific games on Field Day must be earned by successfully meeting the Magna Behavior expectations.
Per District policy, only three active fundraisers may be conducted per year as follows: 1) a school operations fundraiser, 2) a PTA fundraiser, and 3) a charitable fundraiser (Super Bowl of Caring).
An unlimited number of passive fundraisers may exist, such as Arby’s night, Smith’s shopping, etc.
Possession and chewing of gum is not allowed on school property. Chewing gum may result in negative consequences. Occasionally teachers may reward students with gum for a special activity but it must be disposed of before leaving the classroom.
Lice and bedbugs are a common problem among school-age children and children come into close contact daily at school. Consequently, the potential for the transmission of head lice and bedbugs exists.
Head lice and bedbugs do not cause disease and are, therefore, not a reportable communicable disease. Please contact the school nurse, Janessa Johnson (801) 646-2408, if your child has persistent issues with head lice and bed bugs. If students are sent home for treatment either during or after school, the student should return to school the following day.
Refer to the District Head Lice and Bed Bug Procedures for more information.
Students may be assigned homework daily for each grade level.
Additionally, all students should read for about 20-30 minutes each day. Teachers will not assign reading minute logs. Instead, we use the RAZ-Kids reading program to track and incentivize independent reading.
For help with math homework please visit: https://www.graniteschools.org/curriculuminstruction/math-k-12/
Parents and students should stop working on homework if students are showing signs of fatigue.
Homework should be meaningful independent practice that requires time and effort outside the classroom and has an articulated purpose tied to content standards but is not scored.
Please label all coats, hats, gloves, boots, lunch boxes, and water bottles brought to school.
Lost and found items are stored near the office. Students and parents should check the box for missing items.
All lost and found items not claimed by the end of the term will be donated to a local charity.
Students have 30 minutes to eat lunch. Once ten minutes have passed, students may go outside to play for the remaining time. Students may be asked to move to an overflow table if they are still eating when the majority of the class has left for recess.
Two or three times per year your student will be asked to help wipe off their own classroom’s lunch table for a week. Performing this service may cut into your student’s recess time. Please contact the administration if you want to opt your student out of performing this service.
It is impossible to recreate the classroom learning environment at home. Much of the essential learning occurs as students interact with each other and receive timely and constructive feedback from a certified teacher. Therefore, “make-up” work for absences and vacations cannot be sent home because the classroom learning activities cannot be successfully duplicated as a “take-home” assignment.
However, teachers provide opportunities daily for reteaching and review. Students who are absent from school will be provided with extra opportunities for additional review and reteaching. Once the student has been taught the new material, the teacher may send home extra practice homework to reinforce the standards and objectives being taught.
All assessments must be taken at school to ensure valid and reliable results.
All medication administered on school property requires a current Granite School District Medication Authorization form.
Students may only carry and self-administer the following medications: epinephrine (EpiPen’s), insulin, or asthma medication (inhaler).
All other medications must be administered in the office by a parent/guardian or authorized school personnel.
Medication does not refer to personal care products such as lip balm, lotion, sunscreen, contact solution, cough drops, etc.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed and is part of the Manga anti-bullying program.
The three components/tiers of PBIS:
- Tier 1 practices and systems establish a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports to all students, school-wide.
- Examples of Magna Elementary Tier 1 supports: Dog Pounds, School Store, School-wide expectation matrix (also know as the Code of Conduct), Classroom calm down corner, etc.
- Tier 2 practices and systems support students who are at risk for developing more serious problem behaviors before those behaviors start. These supports help students develop the skills they need to benefit from core programs at the school.
- Examples of Magna Elementary Tier 2 supports: Check-in, Check-out program (also known as a school contract), Full time behavioral health aide, School social worker, Think Time, etc.
- At Tier 3, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. At this level, schools rely on formal assessments to determine a student’s need.
- Examples of Magna Elementary Tier 3 supports: School Psychologist, and Behavior Intervention Plans (also known as BIPs), etc.
Office phones may be used during school hours for illness and injuries. Students may not use the office phone for student business that can reasonably be conducted before or after school such as coordinating transportation, retrieving homework, etc.
Classroom phones may be used during the day for student business at the teacher’s discretion.
Be courteous to pedestrians, other drivers, safety patrol members, and crossing guards.
Pull all the way forward in drop-off zones. The East parking lot is the preferred drop-off zone. Avoid the West parking lot if possible. Students should only exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the vehicle toward the curb.
Always use designated crosswalks and follow the directions of the personnel on duty.
The best resources for identifying and addressing incidents of unsafe behavior, discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, hazing, and retaliation are students and staff. Magna Elementary provides several avenues for reporting:
Call administration – Dr. Reynolds or Mr. Morgan: 385-646-4900
Magna Elementary has a “Buddy Box” in the principal’s office for making written reports.
The District Safety Hotline is available if students are aware of any dangerous situations involving bullying, weapons, or unsafe behavior: Phone: 801-481-7199, Text: 801-664-2929
Students and parents can use the SafeUT application on their phones or any internet browser.
Students can make a verbal or written report to any teacher or other staff member. Refer to the District Prohibited Conduct Policy for more details.
Two 15-minute recesses and/or brain breaks are provided daily. Students can also play outside once they finish eating lunch.
Unstructured play and physical exercise stimulates brain growth and promotes learning. Therefore, all children should participate in recess.
Students will not be kept in from recess on a consistent basis. Recess will not be a punishment for uncompleted work. Students may stay in from recess to complete work if both you and the teacher agree that is the best way for your student to complete his or her work or receive additional help and support.
Inclusive play is essential for the healthy social and emotional development of all students. Students should not exclude others from playing with them at recess for any reason.
Adults on playground duty may exclude students from participating in a specific game/activity if the student refuses the follow the established rules of the game/activity.
Students may not bring playground equipment from home to use at recess (i.e. no basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc.). The school will provide all the necessary equipment for recess.
Three “Buddy Benches” are available for students to sit on if they need help making friends and finding games/activities to join.
If a student has been ill or has some other medical reason not to go outside, please communicate and make arrangements with the teacher for the student to stay inside.
Students allowed to stay inside from recess must sit in the hall and read a book. During recess, enough teachers are coming and going to constitute adequate supervision.
Restricted and/or supervised recess may be provided for students who need additional supervision and instruction on appropriate ways to play.
Refer to Magna Behavior Matrix for more details on playground rules.
Parents may request the school evaluate their student to see if they might qualify for additional services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or specialized education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Prior to evaluation, the school will assemble a multi-disciplinary team to summarize and review student academic and/or behavior performance data. The team will decide whether to evaluate based on student performance.
If the team decides to evaluate, they will use both formal and informal measures to assess student response to intervention during an evaluation period (most evaluation periods last a minimum of eight weeks).
Parents will be notified by the teacher on how their student is responding to the interventions at the end of each intervention. The multidisciplinary team will design and implement a minimum of two interventions during the evaluation period. Each intervention will last at least four weeks and will be prolonged by absenteeism. Parents can request weekly updates by emailing or sending a ClassDojo message to the teacher.
After the evaluation period is complete the school team will hold an eligibility of determination meeting with the parents/guardians to explain which services their students may or may not qualify for.
You will be notified in writing if the multi-disciplinary team refuses to evaluate your student.
Students are responsible for the condition of all textbooks, technology devices, and library books checked out to them. A charge may be assessed if these items are lost or damaged beyond normal wear.
Damages to school or personal property due to negligence, vandalism, or malicious behavior are also subject to fines.
Important information/flyers will be sent home via the Magna Memo on the last full day of each week (ex: if Friday is a short day, the Magna Memo is sent home on Thursday).
The Magna Memo will also be digitally archived on our website weekly.
Information may also be communicated via Class Dojo, Facebook, Blackboard automated phone calls, etc.
Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to connect with the school using Class Dojo. See Updating Contact Information.
Unsafe conduct and disrupting school programing or student activities violates district policies.
Refer to the District Prohibited Conduct Policy for more details.
Private student information will not be given over the phone unless the school can validate the identity of the caller. Doing so may require the caller to fax or email a copy of their photo ID.
The school will not create any letter or document at the request of a parent/guardian that is not an official school record. Refer to the District Information Packet for the full Student Privacy Rights Policy.
Pets, toys, trading cards, video games, etc. do not belong at school. These items may be confiscated from students, and only parents/guardians can retrieve them.
Incentives earned at school should be immediately placed in a backpack and taken home. Incentives and toys purchased at the school store with Dog Pounds are not intended to be used in the classroom or at recess.
Immediately notify the school of any change in telephone number or address so we can reach you in the event of an emergency.
Only adults with valid identification who are listed on the registration card may check out students or have access to student records.
All visitors must enter through the front doors and check-in at the office with valid picture identification.
For procedures on visiting the school to attend an event see Events During the School Day.
Classroom/Field Trip volunteers are invited and encouraged. We ask that you arrange your visit with the teacher in advance and leave all other children at home.
Certain circumstances may require volunteers to have unsupervised access to students. All volunteers with significant unsupervised access to students are subject to a rigorous application process, which includes fingerprinting and a thorough background check. Volunteer applicants are responsible to cover the cost of the background check ($40).
Applicants for school volunteers with significant unsupervised access to students must first apply with the Granite School District HR Website: https://www.graniteschools.org/hr/employment-opportunities/
Additional policies referred to in this handbook and the most current version of this handbook will be posted on our website at: https://schools.graniteschools.org/magna/policies
For a complete list of District Policies please visit: https://www.graniteschools.org/legal/