This handbook outlines student rights and responsibilities and the expectations for how students should conduct themselves while on school property. The handbook includes the following policies and procedures:
PLYMOUTH ELEMENTARY STUDENT HANDBOOK AND CODE OF CONDUCT
Plymouth Elementary has high expectations for its students’ academic and behavioral achievements. Such expectations will only be achieved through combined efforts and cooperation of students, teachers, and parents. Plymouth’s primary goals are:
- Keep students safe
- Maximize student learning
These goals will only be achieved as each person understands the expected code of conduct. This manual will address the code-of-conduct expectations for students.
The Three Expectations
Although behavior expectations will vary with time, location, and situation, the following three general expectations will always apply:
|Keep Your Hands, Feet, and Other Objects to Yourself (Be Safe)||Be A Leader
Students should learn these well. These three things will be expected at all times and will be instrumental in achieving Plymouth’s goals of maintaining a safe environment that promotes student learning and leadership.
Because these three expectations address general behaviors alone, the following section addresses some specifics of the three expectations:
Specific Policies and Procedures:
|Absence Policy||When a student returns to school after an absence, please send a signed note to the office explaining the absence. A call to the office will also be acceptable. If your child will be absent for more than two consecutive days, please contact the office. Please plan family vacations during built-in holidays. We encourage you to schedule medical/dental appointments outside school time whenever possible. If your child has a medical appointment during school hours be sure to get a note from the doctor and send it with your child when he or she returns to school. A parent can excuse no more than seven absences without a doctor’s note. Habitual absenteeism will be reflected in student grades.
After 11 days of unexcused absences, the parent will receive notification of a pre-court hearing. After the pre-court hearing the student’s attendance will be monitored by the Attendance Specialist. If parents fail to attend the pre-court hearing, they are automatically referred to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.
|Accidents and Illness at School||If a student is injured on the school grounds, and the injury is other than what appears to be quite minor to the school staff, parents will be notified and asked to pick the child up for their own observation or for examination by the family physician. Parents will be notified promptly of all injuries not considered minor including any head injuries. The school is allowed to administer only minor first aid.
If the student becomes ill during school, the school will contact the parent, and the child will be brought to the sick room. Parents will be asked to take the child out of school.
The school must have information on whom to contact and how contact can be made in the case of an emergency. PLEASE, KEEP THIS INFORMATION CURRENT on the child’s registration card. If your home or work phone number changes, please let the office know right away. The student may be released only to persons listed on the registration card unless prior arrangements are made with the office staff.
|Arrival at School||Students are asked not to arrive at school before 8:50 a.m. All students receive breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Assistance is available 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school if students have emergency needs. A student needing assistance should immediately go to the office. When weather is extreme, students will be invited into the cafeteria at 8:50 a.m.
|Assemblies||Students are expected to show respect to the people performing or presenting at our school. Students should go to the restroom before going to an assembly. All students should enter and exit as quietly as possible. Listening is the best way to show good manners and respect for our assembly performers, as well as applauding politely.
Disruptive students will be removed from the assembly. Disruptive classes will be asked to return to their classrooms.
|Attendance||School attendance is required by State Law. Students should be in school 180 days out of the year unless they are ill. If a student becomes ill at school, we will contact parents. A child is not permitted to leave school or the school grounds before regular dismissal without prior written consent of the parent or guardian. Notes for early dismissal of students for the purpose of medical/dental appointments are required. Parents (with identification) must check students out through the office in all cases of early departure. Students will not be allowed to be checked out 15 minutes before school lets out. Please plan accordingly.
|Bicycles, Blades, Scooters, and Skateboards||Students are welcome to ride their bicycles and scooters to school. Once on school grounds, students are to get off and walk their bikes/scooters to the designated racks. Students are to lock their individual bikes/scooters (with their own locks) to the racks provided. Students bringing their bikes/scooters or any other personal property from home (including balls, books, etc.) are responsible for those items. Plymouth Elementary does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to bicycles or other personal property. Bike registration is available through city/county law enforcement agencies. Scooters are not allowed on the bus.
Blades and skateboards are disruptive at school. In addition to the accidents associated with these modes of transportation, finding storage space for these items is difficult. Please encourage your child to leave blades and skateboards home. Please remember that walking students have the right-of-way on the sidewalk. STAY ALERT AND BE CAREFUL!
|Cell Phones||We encourage students to leave cell phones and other electronic devices at home – unless they are being used in the classroom for instructional purposes. Students who carry cell phones must keep them out of sight and turned off. Students, who violate this policy during the school day, including recesses and lunch, will have the phone confiscated and parents will be required to pick the phone up from the office. The school assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged phones or electronic devices.
|Change of Address or Withdrawals||Please notify the school office of any change of address or telephone number. Having a current list of telephone numbers and email addresses is very important in the event of an emergency. We also need to be notified of plans to withdraw a student from Plymouth. All books must be accounted for before a final report card will be issued.
|Classroom Treats||Students and parents may bring treats to school parties and for birthdays or other special recognitions. However, treats must be commercially packaged. State Law mandates treats prepared at home are not to be brought to school for consumption. The PTA is familiar with these regulations and can give you further information as needed.
|Conferences||Parents will receive notice of student’s progress through SEP (parent/teacher) conferences. Additional information on the student’s progress may be sought by the parent at any time throughout the year. However, progress inquiries should be made before or after school, not during instructional time. Grades can be checked online through the school webpage at www.plymouthelementary.org at any time.
Parents have the right to express concerns freely and openly, without fear of retribution from the school personnel. Concerns about the classroom should be brought to the teacher’s attention first and then to the principal’s attention. Experience has shown that discussing serious concerns with friends or neighbors does not serve the child or the school.
|Early Entrance||Students should plan on leaving home at an appropriate time so as to arrive at the bus stop to catch the bus or at school close to the first bell. When students come to school early (no earlier than 8:50 a.m.) on inclement weather days, they are to enter the cafeteria quietly where supervision will be provided. Students are not allowed to play in halls or restrooms.
Early entrance rules are: 1) be seated; 2) talk quietly or read a book; 3) once in, stay in; 4) at the bell, leave the cafeteria using the appropriate exit.
Students are not to enter the building before the first bell on days of appropriate weather.
|Field Trips||Field trips are a valuable part of every student’s educational experience and are planned to complement the Common Core Curriculum. A completed field trip form must be returned to the school prior to students participating in each field trip. Parents will receive advance notice of all field trips as they are planned.
|Homework||In most academic areas of the curriculum, students will have adequate time during the school day to complete assignments. However, it will be expected that incomplete assignments at school will be taken home and completed before the following school day. Some activities will be assigned specifically as homework.
Special reports may be required from time-to time. Parent assistance is most helpful on these reports.
As a general rule, no student should be spending more than one hour of focused attention on homework each night. (However, if work is ignored for several nights in a row, students will likely exceed the one hour daily limit when it comes time to catch up!) If you find your child is exceeding this limit, please contact his/her teacher and arrange a conference.
When a student is absent from school, homework will be given the day the student returns. The student will be given the same amount of days as they are absent to complete the missed assignments.
We encourage parents to spend time each day with their student reviewing school assignments. We hope that parents will encourage their students to read extensively, setting aside a regular reading period each day.
|Lunchroom Procedures||Students are expected to have quiet voices and calm bodies while in the lunchroom. Students are to sit on their pockets facing into their assigned tables. When finished eating, students are to clear their trays and garbage and return to their tables until dismissed.
|Medication||Parents need to inform the office staff of any medication a student is taking during school. If medications are to be taken during school hours, a form must be completed, signed by the parents and the student’s physician, and submitted to the office with the medications to be administered. A daily log is then established for the student, and every dosage administered by school staff is recorded.
No medications (including aspirin, cough drops, eye drops and inhalers) can be taken at school without this signed form and daily log (unless administered in person by the parent).
|Pedestrian Safety||Students should use the recommended walking routes while traveling to and from school. Please show respect for the property of others when walking or riding to and from school. Students should avoid cutting across lawns, picking flowers, littering in the neighborhood, etc.
|Pets and Other Neat Things at Home||The law requires that all dogs be confined by leash or fence. Loose dogs that visit school, except for show-and-tell, will be turned over to the county animal control center.
Pets, toys, and other neat things should be left at home. If a pet (or toy) is to be displayed for show-and-tell, arrangements should be made between the parent and the teacher as to the appropriate time to bring the pet (or toy). The pet (or toy) should arrive with the parent and should leave with the parent.
Plymouth Elementary does not assume financial responsibility for loss or damage to personal property brought from home.
Items deemed by school personnel to be disruptive (e.g. iPods, Games, toys etc) to the learning/safety of students will be confiscated. Confiscated items will be returned to the student’s parent.
|P.T.A. and School Community Council||The Plymouth Elementary PTA is very active in supporting and encouraging the success of our students. The success of the PTA depends on an active and large membership. All parents and teachers are invited and encouraged to join and become active participants.
The school Community Council is a committee made up of teachers, parents and administrators. The council makes decisions concerning projects and programs at the school. If you would like to participate, please talk with your child’s teacher. The Community Council meets monthly.
|Recesses||Recess provides a needed break for children and teachers from classroom activities. It provides time to exercise and socialize. All children are expected to participate outside for all recesses. Duties have red and green cards. If a student is not following recess/school rules during recess, a red card will be given to the classroom teacher for a consequence. If students are doing good things, being kind and following the rules, they may receive a green card, which again is given to the teacher for a reward.
|Report Cards||Report cards are issued at the end of each term. They contain academic, attendance, and conduct evaluations. Special activities and programs are contingent upon a student’s attendance, satisfactory citizenship, and satisfactory grades. Students and parents need to be aware of the requirements for participation in these activities.
|Safe School Policy||Granite School District has adopted the following “Safe Schools” policy prohibiting:
· Any threat or act of violence
· Possession of a real weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material
· Actual or threatened use of look alike weapons
· Any form of organized gang activity
· Any type of criminal behavior
· Destruction or defacement of school property
· Conduct at locations away from the school that threatens or does harm to the school or persons associated with the school
Consequences for violation of this policy may include but is not limited to:
· Mandatory parent/guardian conference at school and/or district offices
· Suspension from school
· Referral to law enforcement
· Placement in alternative educational programs
· Severe consequences may be imposed for any incident involving weapons
· Other consequences and action steps appropriate for the specific circumstance (Board Policy IX-D-2)
|School Bus Rules
|The following are rules for riding the bus to and from school:
· Students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver
· Students will remain seated while the bus is in motion
· Students may be assigned seats by the bus driver
· Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive
· The bus driver will instruct students how to cross the road
· Students will not extend their hands, arms, or heads out of the bus windows
· Students must have written permission from a parent/guardian, signed by the principal, to get off the bus at a stop other than their own
· Students should converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is not allowed
· Students will not open or close windows without the permission of the bus driver
· Students will not litter on the bus and will refrain from vandalism
· Students will be courteous to the bus driver, fellow students and passers-by
· No item shall be carried on the bus which could create a hazard to any passenger; including, but not limited to: animals, scooters, skateboards, skis, glass objects, etc.
· Students who refuse to promptly obey the directions of the bus driver, or refuse to obey regulations, forfeit their right to ride the bus
|School Safety||The following expectations should be adhered to for a safe-school environment:
· No hard balls or bats – wood or metal
· No tackle games of any kind
· No wheels except for bikes, which are to be locked up on school grounds
· No snowballs—snow stays on the ground
· No toys or equipment from home without the teacher’s permission
· No playing in the parking lots
· No swearing or fighting
The illegal use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol, tobacco, 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.
|Sexual Harassment||Sexual harassment is any deliberate and/or repeated sexual or sex-based behavior that is not welcome and is not asked for. It can include inappropriate touching, exposure, artwork and /or verbal comments such as gender or orientation name-calling. Students must keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves and refrain from any conversations or actions that are sexual in nature.
|Stay in from Recess||If a student has been ill or has some other medical reason not to go outside for recess, please provide a note from home. Students staying in will be asked to read a book in the hallway outside the classroom.
The school will hold a mandatory “in-day” if the temperature is below 22 degrees.
|Student Dress||Sanitation and safety factors directly relate to proper dress and grooming. A real and reasonable connection exists between proper dress/grooming and the successful operation of the school with respect to discipline as well as student achievement.
Students should wear clothing that is appropriate for school. Student dress should be modest, clean, and suitable for the various learning activities going on at school. As students dress each morning, particular attention should be paid to safety, comfort, modesty and weather.
If a student’s clothing creates a substantial disruption for the student or for the school, parents will be contacted and the student will be required to change into more appropriate attire.
Students will not be allowed to wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest such as short shorts or mini skirts (measured by finger tip length down the leg), bare midriffs (measured by arms up in the air), halter tops, or tank tops. All shirts must cover the student’s shoulders. Leggings are not permitted without a skirt or shorts to cover private areas.
Hats and scarves are not to be worn in the building.
In the interest of school curriculum such as PE, proper footwear should be worn at all times. Students may not wear flip flops. Gang-related colors, clothing and paraphernalia will not be allowed in school. Clothing that promotes or celebrates violence will not be allowed. Clothing that advertises cigarettes, alcohol or drugs is prohibited by Granite District policy. Clothing should be free from anything that is vulgar or that degrades or demeans others.
For health or safety reasons, students may be required to wear certain types of clothing in connection with specialized activities (e.g. Field trips).
|Student Planners||Students in first through sixth grades will have a daily planner. The planner is one way to keep communication open between school and home.
The student planner will be sent home either weekly or daily depending on the needs of the student and classroom. When reviewing the planner with your student, take the time to ask about your student’s day and check for homework. If you have any information or concerns that you would like to share with the classroom teacher, feel free to write it in the parent comment section of the planner.
Our school will use Thursday folders and the school website for the majority of communication sent to parents.
|Tardiness||School starts at 9:00 a.m. each day. Students are expected to be seated in their classrooms when the tardy bell rings at 9:05 a.m.
|Visitors||Parents are invited and welcome to visit our school. Salt Lake County ordinance requires all visitors to stop at the front office to make their presence and purpose known. This ordinance is in place to protect the safety of students and staff.
An identification badge will be issued to all visitors. No one is allowed in the building without a school or district issued identification badge. Visitors will be buzzed through to the main building and should stop at the front counter to obtain a badge and sign-in.
It is Granite School District policy that the following people may not attend school with your child:
· Off-track students from other schools
· Visiting relatives
· Visiting friends
|Volunteers||Parents and community members are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the educational process at Plymouth Elementary. The benefit to our children and our school is immeasurable. Please consider the impact and the difference you can make as a volunteer at Plymouth Elementary.
In order to volunteer at Plymouth Elementary for field trips, class parties or any other activities, a back ground check will need to be completed first. The cost of the back ground check is $45.00 (subject to change). The back ground check is done through Human Resources at the District office and is good for 5 years.
What Happens When You Follow the School Rules:
Plymouth Elementary promotes positive, school-wide behavior, hard effort and achievement. Students are continuously recognized for their accomplishments, effort, and appropriate behavior. Within our positive school-wide framework, there are several opportunities for students to be recognized. Here are just a few of these special opportunities:
- Patriot of the Month – The Patriot of the Month award is given to students who exhibit behaviors above and beyond what is expected. Each month, teachers nominate students for the Patriot of the Month. Upon selection, students receive a certificate, a prize and have their photo taken and posted on the Patriot of the Month bulletin board in the lobby.
- Leader Lunch – Leader lunch is a bi-monthly recognition program for students who exhibit behaviors above and beyond what is expected. Such behaviors may include:
- Doing quality work
- Standing up for a friend
- Being kind to someone who has not been kind to you
- Helping your teacher with a difficult task
- Being a leader
Students are recognized for being a leader by having lunch with Mr. Graham and Mrs. DeHaan every other Wednesday. Students are given a certificate, take a picture and receive gifts and prizes.
- Classroom and Grade Level Recognition and Activities – Teachers and grade-level teams design recognition programs for their students within the school-wide framework of positive behavior management. These vary by teacher and grade level.
- Patriot Award – The Plymouth Patriot Award is given to students at the end of the year who have completed a set of criteria. Each grade level’s criteria is listed on the website.
What Happens When You Don’t Follow the School Rules?
The goal of Plymouth Elementary’s school-wide management plan is to teach students appropriate behavior for school. Moreover, the intent of the following consequences is to redirect students toward that appropriate behavior:
- Classroom Consequences:
- Warning – Student will receive a warning.
- Timeout – Student will receive a five-minute in-class timeout.
- Time Away – Student will have a fifteen-minute time away to another class, and fill out the grade-appropriate time away form.
- Infraction Form – Student will receive an infraction form and possible referral to the office. Any students referred to the office on account of chronic minor misbehavior should be sent with their time-away form.
- Infraction Form – Notification of Inappropriate Behavior sent home to the parent via email or with the student.
- Lunch Detention – The principal will assign Lunch Detention as appropriate. Lunch Detention is a time-out served by the student during lunch where the student eats lunch in the office area.
- School Service – The principal assigns school service to students for school property defacement and for other inappropriate actions as necessary. School Service takes place during a student’s recess, and is supervised by the school’s head custodian or the recess duties.
- Recess Detention – Students miss the very next recess after a recess of inappropriate behavior.
- In-school Suspension – The principal assigns half-day and full-day in-school suspensions as necessary to students for repeated inappropriate behavior. Students serve in-school suspension in the main office area.
- School Conference – The principal or teacher contacts parents for a school conference to design a behavioral intervention plan. The teacher(s), the principal, the student, and the parents attend.
- Out-of-school Suspension – The principal may suspend a student from attending school for up to three days for serious violations of school or district policies. Usually, students who fight at school are out-of-school suspended.
- Referral to Alternative School Placement – If a student is involved in serious violent behavior that endanger the safety of others, the student may be referred to the district on a Safe-School Violation and be considered for placement in a different, more suitable school setting.
PLYMOUTH ELEMENTARY HIERARCHY OF OFFENSE
Handled by teacher
(Classroom Consequence Levels)
Keep Your Hands, Feet, and Other Objects to Yourself
Be a Leader
Handled by teacher
Keep Your Hands, Feet, and Other Objects to Yourself
Be a Leader
Refer to Principal
The Leader in Me
|Plymouth Elementary will be following the Leader in Me program this year. The program incorporates the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and other basic leadership skills into the Common Core Curriculum in unique and creative ways. The practice of this program has been widely proven to improve academic scores, reduce discipline problems, increase greater parent satisfaction and student self-confidence, improve the school culture, increase teacher pride, and develop a focus on twenty-first-century skills. The 7 habits students will be working on this year are listed below.|
Habit 1: Be Proactive
|I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.|
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
|I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.|
Habit 3: Put First Things First
|I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.|
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
|I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.|
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
|I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.|
Habit 6: Synergize
|I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.|
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
|I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.|
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL POLICIES
Access to the Building
There have been some changes to the inside of our building to tighten security and make sure all students and staff are safe. The following is the new policy on accessing the building:
Students are expected to line up at their grade level doors before school begins. Students who arrive early to gain access to the building for pre-arranged activities must check in at the office before being buzzed through. Parents are welcome to visit with teachers by appointment or may check to see if the teacher is available Monday – Thursday from 8:40 – 9:00 a.m. and 3:45 – 4:00 p.m. (1:30 – 1:45 p.m. on early out days), which are teacher contract hours. If parents would like to speak with a teacher outside of regular contract hours, they must arrange a separate appointment with the teacher. Visitors may access the building by checking in at the office and obtaining a visitor’s pass. This is a requirement of all visitors. Parent volunteers must arrange with the teacher beforehand when they will be in the classroom as drop-in visits from parents are generally discouraged due to disruption to instructional time.