By Hays, Angela Hays
July 01, 2012
The staff of Caney Valley Elementary welcomes you to our school! We look forward to another exciting and challenging year. As a citizen of this school you are expected to follow the rules that are established for the welfare of the entire student body. Following the rules will help all students become better school citizens. This handbook is designed with the intent of providing pertinent information to the students of Caney Valley Public School. This is a handbook; therefore, it is not intended to replace the Laws of Oklahoma. A document of this nature cannot cover every circumstance that may be encountered in the diverse, complex social setting of public schools. Therefore, administrators charged with the responsibility of creating and maintaining a physically safe and appropriate learning environment, may find it necessary to use options and procedures not covered in this handbook.
Because this is a student handbook, you will have the opportunity during this year to influence the handbook contents through your sincere participation in school elections, school activities, and daily school life.
WE, THE STAFF OF CANEY VALLEY ELEMENTARY, ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE ALL STUDENTS WITH THE BEHAVIORAL AND ACADEMIC SKILLS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO REACH THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL AND TO BECOME LIFELONG LEARNERS.
1. Be Respectful
2. Be Responsible
3. Be Ready
Students new to Caney Valley Schools must:
1. Have a parent or guardian accompany them during
2. Have an up-to-date copy of their immunization record
which must include the following:
GUIDE TO IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Vaccines Pre-K K-5th grades
DPTs DTsP/Td four five
Polio three four
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) one two
Hepatitis B three three
Hepatitis A two two
Varicella (chicken pox) one one
3. Copy of withdrawal grades from previously attended
4. Pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade must have a valid
5. Enrollment will include completion of enrollment form,
discipline form, record release form, field trip waiver,
medication form, classroom and bus assignment.
Children who are at least four (4) years of age on or before September 1 are eligible to attend a full day Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program in the Caney Valley School District. A parent or guardian must accompany his/her child during enrollment. Also, they must present a valid birth certificate and an up-to-date copy of his/her immunization record. Please refer to the enrollment/immunizations section that will specify the appropriate immunizations. 4 year olds should be potty trained before starting school.
As students arrive each morning they should report to the cafeteria. The school day for students begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. however, students should arrive from 7:30 am to 7:45 am to allow for time to eat breakfast. Please do not bring your child earlier because proper supervision is not available.
All Caney Valley Elementary students, regardless of qualifications, are offered a free breakfast daily. Breakfast is served starting at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students are not required to eat breakfast at school, however, all students should report to the cafeteria as the designated area to start the school day.
All students must go to the lunchroom with their class at the time the class is designated to be in the lunchroom. The eating area to which each class is assigned must be cleaned before students are dismissed.
Students will pay the cafeteria assistant by the day or may pay for lunches for several days in advance. Parent who wish to apply for free or reduced-price lunches for their children may do so by completing an application and returning it to the school. It will be assumed that a child can drink milk unless the school is given a note, signed by a doctor, stating medical reason why the child cannot drink milk. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria. Lunches brought from home cannot be shared with other students.
Daily charges for meals are:
Student Reduced Lunch $0.40 (must apply)
DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY
Students in elementary schools will not have access to FMNV (foods of minimal nutritional value) except on special occasions for classroom parties three times per year. These times coincide with the special holidays of Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Party plans are under the control of the school. Details are established during the school year. NO BIRTHDAY PARTIES WILL BE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL. DO NOT SEND BIRTHDY TREATS, SUCH AS CUPCAKES TO SCHOOL
FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS FOR STUDENTS
1. Band: Students will be responsible for repair of or repairs
for their individually owned instruments.
2. Library: Books are checked out for two (2) weeks. Books
not renewed or turned in at the end of that two week period
are overdue. Books that are damaged or lost are assessed
fines according to the damage or replacement cost of the
3. Classroom supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, etc., are
the student’s responsibility.
4. Fundraising: Students participating in board approved
fund raising activities will be responsible for monies and
items being sold. The misuse of fundraising money may
result in legal charges being filed.
A child must be present a minimum of 90% of the time to be considered for promotion to the next grade. To receive the maximum benefit from the classroom and instructional participation, it is important that a child report to school each day. When it is necessary for a student to be absent, he/she must (a) have the parents or guardian call the principal’s office the morning of the absence and (b) give a specific reason for the absence. Phone 918-535-2205 to report the absence. Students who are not in attendance 90% of the time, will be reported to the Washington County Truancy Court System. Please provide a doctor’s note when possible.
Tardiness interferes with individual progress and classroom procedures. Students should arrive at school ready for class no later than 8:00 a.m. each morning. Students arriving after 8:05 a.m. will be reported as tardy. Students who are tardy MUST report to the office. Students who intend to eat breakfast should arrive early enough to allow plenty of time to eat and make it to class by 8:00. The morning session is from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon session is 11:30 a.m. until 2:40 p.m. In order for a student to be counted present all day, he/she must be present a minimum of two hours in both sessions.
Regular attendance is required for a child to show progress. Pre-Kindergarten students will be expected to follow the same attendance policy as the other elementary students. However, excessive absenteeism may result in dismissal from the program. Parents will be notified in writing when a child is nearing excessive absences. Parents must respond within five days to the elementary office of reason for absences or child may be dismissed.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
Students who move or otherwise must withdraw from school will secure a withdrawal form from the principal’s office. No student will be allowed to withdraw without consent of parents/guardians.
All school property must be returned before final clearance will be approved or records forwarded.
ASSIGNMENTS OF STUDENTS TO CLASSES
Room placement is made by the principal in collaboration with teachers and special education service personnel. Some factors considered in placement are social traits, work habits, student’s ability and achievement, comments by special services, a balanced classroom and recommendations of teachers. After careful review of the information on each child, placement is made with a teacher who will provide the best opportunity for learning. Our staff of teachers is highly qualified and demonstrates the utmost concern for the well being of our students. THE FINAL DECISION ON CLASS LISTS RESTS WITH THE PRINCIPAL.
Parents are urged to leave their children in school all day. Doctor or other appointments should be scheduled outside school hours and on school holidays whenever possible. If a child needs to be dismissed early, he/she should bring a note to his/her teacher stating the time and reason. Parents must sign the child out in the school office.
When inclement weather conditions occur, listen to the following radio and television stations for information concerning cancellations of school:
KVOO – Tulsa 1170 AM Channel 2
KRMG – Tulsa 74 AM Channel 6
KWON – Bartlesville 1400 AM Channel 8
KYFM – Bartlesville 100 FM
Parents are always welcome at our school; however, ALL VISITORS MUST CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE FIRST. A VISITORS’ BADGE WILL BE ISSUED AND MUST BE WORN IN THE BUILDING AT ALL TIMES. All visitors should observe the following guidelines.
Caney Valley School encourages visitation by parents, guardians, and interested citizens and asks that these guidelines be followed:
1. All visitors must register in the administration office
and state the purpose of such visitation.
2. The building principal and/or his/her designee will
have the prerogative to approve or disapprove a visit
based on the stated purpose of the visit.
3. No visitor is permitted to see a student or teacher in
4. All visits by pupils from other schools or persons
interested only in personal visits with Caney Valley
students or teachers are prohibited.
5. Students will not be called from class to see visitors.
One long continuous ring of the bell denotes a TORNADO DRILL; a series of three repeating rings of the bell denotes a FIRE DRILL. A LOCK DOWN DRILL is held twice each school year; there will be one LOCK DOWN DRILL per semester. When the alarm rings or instructions are read over the intercom, follow the directions of your teacher.
In case of a tornado, the directions will be “stay away from the windows.” Go into the hall, stay near the inside wall. Go to your designated area, get on your knees facing the wall.
In case of fire, move in an orderly manner to the exit that has been assigned to your room or assigned area. STAY WITH YOUR GROUP.
BUS RIDER RULES/GUIDELINES
Riding a school bus is not a right but a privilege granted to those who are eligible and are able to abide by the rules and regulations It is not right that a student be allowed to ride a school bus when he/she continues to jeopardize the safety of others. The Board of Education realizes that a hardship may result from a parent having to take a child to and from school, but it is sometimes necessary.
The bus driver accepts the responsibility of getting the child to and from school safely, therefore, what he/she observes and reports to the principal is final. The driver is not there to determine the right or wrong of one student in a dispute with another, but is there to report any misconduct or behavior that might keep him/her from properly doing his/her job.
Any student who is involved in damage to a school bus will be required to pay for the damage.
The purpose of maintaining and operating a transportation system as part of the general school program shall be to provide adequate and safe transportation to and from school and such other auxiliary trips as shall be deemed a part of the education program for every school child in the transportation system from PK-12.
The school district, when practical, will provide transportation of students to school activities and on field trips which have been approved by the administration. The activity field trip and other transportation are secondary to the regular school route transportation.
BUS SUSPENSION POLICY
Rigid standards and discipline must be maintained at all times in order to satisfy safety requirements. We ask parents to support and assist our efforts to ensure the safety of each student that rides a bus. Discipline is an important step to achieving this goal. The following disciplinary steps are applicable:
1. First disciplinary referral results in a student conference
and a notice being mailed home.
2. Second disciplinary referral results in a five (5) day loss of
bus riding privileges.
3. Third disciplinary referral results in a ten (10) day loss of
bus riding privileges.
4. Fourth disciplinary referral results in a loss of riding
privileges for the remainder of the school year.
NOTE: This policy serves only as an administrative guide. Severe misbehavior may cause loss of bus riding privileges IMMEDIATELY.
BUS RIDER’S GUIDE:
The following Bus Rider’s Guide is approved by the state and local district. Previous to loading students should:
1. Be on time at the designated school bus stops – keep the bus
2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting on the bus.
3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to
4. Be careful in approaching bus stops.
5. Do not move toward the bus at the school loading zone until the bus
has been brought to a complete stop.
6. Respect people and their property while waiting on the bus.
7. Receive proper school official authorization to be discharged at places
other than the regular bus stop. Bus passes may be obtained at the
WHILE ON THE BUS STUDENTS SHOULD:
1. Keep all parts of the body inside the bus.
2. N0 eating and drinking on the bus.
3. NO use of any form of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
4. Assist in keeping the bus safe and clean at all times.
5. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary
confusion diverts the driver’s attention and may result in
a serious accident. (The life you save may be your own.)
6. Treat bus equipment as they would valuable furniture in
their own homes. Damage to seats, etc., must be paid for
by the offender.
7. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
8. Maintain possession of books, lunches, or other articles
and keep the aisle clear.
9. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
10. Do not throw objects in or out of the bus.
11. Remain in their seats while the bus is in motion.
12. Refrain from horseplay and fighting on the school bus.
13. Be courteous to fellow pupils, the bus driver, or driver’s
14. Remain quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
15. Remain in the bus during road emergencies except when
it may be hazardous to their safety.
AFTER LEAVING THE BUS STUDENTS SHOULD:
1. Go at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus, stop, check
traffic, wait for the driver’s signal, then cross the road.
2. Go home immediately staying clear of traffic.
3. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the school day, on extracurricular trips and other school activities. Students are responsible for their behavior. All disciplinary action will be recorded in the student’s personal files for future reference.
All teachers and certified employees of Caney Valley School shall have the same rights as a parent or guardian to control and discipline students during the time they are on authorized school functions. Teachers have the authority to administer discipline according to the assertive discipline plan.
Before being disciplined, the student will be told the reason and will be given an opportunity to respectfully give his/her version of the incident. A brief written report of disciplinary action shall be placed in the student’s file after the discipline is administered. The report will state the date, offense, and disciplinary action taken.
Our goal at Caney Valley Public School is to help each child get the best education possible. In order to guarantee that all students receive the best education possible, we have established a discipline plan that will be in effect at all times. The plan has discipline steps for those who do not behave themselves. When in the classroom, the student must comply with the following rules:
1. Follow directions of the teacher.
2. Come to class with all required materials.
3. Be in assigned seat ready to work when the tardy bell
4. Keep hands, feet, books, and other objects to oneself.
5. Eating food, drinks, and chewing gum is prohibited.
6. Raise hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.
The following consequences will be administered to those students who misbehave after the teacher feels sufficient warnings and preliminary discipline has been administered.
1. FIRST OFFENSE – Discipline form filled out noting
offense, and parent called by teacher.
2. SECOND OFFENSE – Discipline form filled out noting
offense, student sent to principal’s office and parent
called by principal for conference to establish plan for
3. THIRD OFFENSE – Discipline form filled out noting offense
and parent notified. Discipline action will be taken in
accordance to severity of the misbehavior.
The use of corporal punishment shall be the same as used by a parent or guardian to control and discipline such child during the time the child is in attendance of, in transit to or from the school, or any other school function authorized by the school district or classroom presided over by the teacher.
A. A standard paddle, approved by the principal, may be used
but only as a last resort after all other means have failed and
certain guidelines have not been followed.
B. If the paddle is to be used, the teacher must take the student
to the principal’s office. Parents may advise the school district
at any time that they do not want corporal punishment
administered to their child. Either the principal or the teacher
may administer the paddling, provided a witness is present.
C. Corporal punishment will be used only on the buttocks region
of the body.
D. A report of any paddling should be kept in the principal’s office.
Extreme cases should be reported to the Superintendent.
In the event of severe misbehavior such as vandalism, defying a teacher, rude gestures, foul language, truancy, leaving school grounds without checking out through the office, stealing, drug and/or alcohol use, tobacco use, weapons, or interrupting the functioning of the class, etc., the discipline hierarchy no longer applies. Students suspended from school will be responsible to complete all make up work for ½ credit.
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING IS PROHIBITED
“harassment, intimidation and bullying,” as defined by Oklahoma Statues at 70 O.S. s 24-100.2, means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage to the student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage to the student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.
“Harassment, intimidation and bullying” include, but are not limited to, a gesture or written, verbal, or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by a student’s religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic.
“At school” means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school–sanctioned events.
“Harassment, intimidation and bullying” are specifically prohibited by the Caney Valley School District. Students violating the prohibitions set forth in this policy shall be subject to any and all disciplinary measures the district deems appropriate.
Prevention of and education about harassment, intimidation and bullying behavior by students shall be addressed by the district in its Safe School Committee, pursuant to 70 O.S. s 24-100.
Playground rules are an important part of the school day. They aid in the physical as well as the social development of the child. Misbehavior or any conduct that is unsafe or hazardous to another student will not be tolerated. Staff personnel will apply the school discipline policy during playground use. Rules will be posted in the classroom.
Bicycles are not to be ridden during school hours except for those students leaving early with permission from the office. The school cannot be responsible for any lost or damaged bicycles. All bicycles should be locked with padlocks when they are parked in the rack.
Students needing to leave the classroom during class time must have a written hall pass. While in the hall, students must remain quiet and orderly.
DRUG FREE SCHOOLS POLICY
It is the policy of the Caney Valley Board of Education that all students and employees of this school district be made aware of the Board’s intention to maintain a drug-free environment.
Students and employees who manufacture, possess, use, or distribute, or dispense illicit drugs – including anabolic steroids – or alcohol shall be subject to disciplinary action. Such disciplinary action may include long-term suspension for students and will result in employment termination for employees. In addition to suspension and/or termination, students and employees are subject to referral for prosecution under applicable law.
Various state and federal laws impose severe penalties for the use, possession, or sale of illicit drugs. The Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act of 1970, 21 U.S.C.A., Section 848, provide federal sanctions and the Uniformed Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 63, Section 2-101, and others plus various criminal statutes provide state sanctions.
Chemical dependence is a contagious, progressive disease that does not disappear of its own accord. Because drugs have a destructive impact on the brain, regular users lose control over their behavior, and most of them find it extremely difficult to stop using drugs without outside intervention. Using a drug just “one time” predisposes a person to try it again because the person has apparently violated a taboo with impunity. For additional health hazards associated with drug or alcohol use, please refer to the school district’s drug education curriculum.
Any student or employee of this school district who believes that he or she may have a problem with drug abuse may be referred to appropriate local agencies for counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation. All employees will notify the Superintendent or principal in writing of any criminal drug statute conviction or violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) calendar days after such conviction. For additional information concerning assistance available, please contract the school district’s principals or counselors. References: Public Law 101-220, 70 O.S. 1210.221 et seq.
Toys, radios, beepers, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons are not to be brought to school. Such items will be confiscated. Drugs, drug related items, alcoholic beverages, weapon, and beepers, as well as students possessing them, will be turned over to the Washington county Sheriff. Use of tobacco in any form by students on the school grounds or during school activities is prohibited. Tobacco will be discarded by the school officials.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and electronic devices are not to be brought to school. These items will be confiscated and taken to the office where they will have to be picked up by the parents or guardians. Consequences for continued violation of the rules to be decided by school administration.
USE OF THE TELEPHONE
Students will not be called to answer a phone call except in the case of an emergency. Students may use the telephone only between classes or at noon – and only with the principal’s permission.
Caps, hats, doo rags, kerchiefs, bandannas are not allowed to be worn in the school building. They should be removed before entering the building.
Students are expected to dress properly and reflect a neat appearance that is acceptable to the orderly operation of the school. Any article of clothing or jewelry, style, attachment, or modification of such that disrupts, distracts, or disturbs the process of teaching and learning, or jeopardizes student safety is not allowed.
The following items are not approved:
1. That which promotes or displays drugs or drug
paraphernalia, vulgarity, sexual implications, or
2. Shorts, skirts, dresses, etc., that are not of a
reasonable cut, form, fit, or mid-thigh length. Shorts, dresses,
and skirts should be midway between the thigh and knee.
3. Fishnet, bare midriff, slit under arm, revealing
shirts, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, and tank
4. Sunglasses in the classroom.
5. Skate shoes or rubber flip flops/shower shoes.
Students who violate provisions of the dress code and who refuse to correct the violation may be disciplined by being sent home.
SHORTS MAY BE WORN IN GRADES PK-5TH AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 30TH AND AGAIN AFTER SPRING BREAK. CAPRIS OF APPROPRIATE LENGTH ARE ACCEPTABLE. SHORTS WITH LEGGINGS OR TIGHTS UNDER THEM ARE NOT TO BE WORN DURING THE NO SHORTS ALLOWED TIME PERIOD.
LOST AND FOUND
A lost and found area is maintained in the east hall. Items not claimed by the end of each semester will be donated to a charitable cause. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN ALL ITEMS!!!
DAMAGED OR LOST SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students responsible for damaging or losing school property will be billed for the replacement or repair costs. Failure to pay the bill within sixty (60) days will result in the school taking action to initiate payment. If lost materials are returned during the school year, the price of the items, minus any costs or fines incurred in the item’s absence will be refunded.
Students are provided free textbooks for all classes requiring textbooks. Once a student is issued a textbook, the student is expected to keep and be responsible for the condition of the book until the book is returned. In the event a textbook is lost/destroyed, another will not be issued until arrangements are made to pay for the lost/destroyed book.
The library is provided to the students in an effort to enhance opportunities for studying, reading, and exercising research techniques. To provide the best opportunities for all the students, books may be checked out for a two (2) week period.
Without proper documentation signed by a student’s parent/guardian, the school CANNOT administer medication. The office secretary and/or teachers CANNOT give the student’s medication (prescription or nonprescription) without your parental permission. Only medication sent to school with the student will be administered upon parent request. Medication should be in original containers with instructions on them. DO NOT SEND MEDICATION IN BAGGIES.
STUDENT SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF INHALED ASTHMA MEDICATION
Pursuant to 70 O.S. 1-116.3 the Board of Education of the Caney Valley Public School District permits students to self-administer inhaled asthma medication with the following conditions and guidelines.
1. “Medication” means a metered dose inhaler or a dry
powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms,
prescribed by a physician and having an individual
2. “Self-administration” means a student’s use of
medication pursuant to prescription or written
direction from a physician.
Requirements for Parents and Students:
1. Permission granted by this policy for self-
administration of inhaled asthma medication is
effective only for the school year which it is granted.
Permission shall be renewed each subsequent school
year only upon fulfillment of the requirements of this
2. The parent or legal guardian of the student must
authorize in writing, permission for the student’s
self-administration of inhaled asthma medication.
Such written permission shall include the following:
a. Permission statement authorizing the student to
self-administer inhaled asthma medication.
b. A written statement from the student’s physician
stating that the student has asthma and is
capable of, and has been instructed in, the proper
method of self-administration of the medication.
c. Acknowledgement from the student’s parent or
legal guardian that the District and its employees
and agents shall incur no liability as a result of
any injury arising from the student’s self
administration of asthma medication and
acknowledgement that the District has provided
this information in writing to the parent or legal
3. Prior to the District granting permission for the
student to self-administer inhaled asthma
medication, the parent or legal guardian of the
student is required to provide the school an
emergency supply of the student’s medication to
be administered in accordance with the provisions
of District Policy 720, Dispensing Medications. The
parent or legal guardian shall agree in writing to the
conditions and regulations set forth in that policy.
A student who has been granted permission by the District to self-administer inhaled asthma medication pursuant to this policy shall be permitted to possess and use prescribed inhaler at all times.
STUDENTS WITH DIABETES
Diabetes Medical Management Plans
Upon the District’s receipt of notification from the parent or guardian that their child is diabetic, the District shall work with students who have diabetes and their parents to develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (the “Plan”) for such students who will seek care for diabetes while at school or participating in school activities.
The Plan shall be developed by the personal health care team for the affected student. Such team is composed of:
• The Principal or designee:
• School nurse (if the District has a school nurse on staff);
• Parent/guardian of the student;
• Student’s physician (to the extent the physician is able/willing to participate).
Diabetes Self-Management and Care
In accordance with each student’s Plan as described above, the District shall allow the diabetic student to self-manage and care for the student’s diabetes, which may include the following:
• Performing blood glucose checks;
• Administering insulin;
• Treating hypo- and hyperglycemia;
• Possession by the student of necessary supplies/equipment for diabetes monitoring and care; and
• Attending to the student’s diabetes management and care in the school buildings, on school grounds, or at school-related activities in areas the District shall deem appropriate and safe.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASE OR HEAD LICE LAW
Any child afflicted with a contagious disease or head lice, may be prohibited from attending Caney Valley Schools until such time as he/she is free from the contagious disease or head lice. Any child prohibited from attending school due to head lice must be checked by school personnel and/or Washington County Health Department and proclaimed free of head lice before the child may re-enter school.
This statement is taken out of the Caney Valley School Board Policy.
Students who become ill or injured at school will be cared for temporarily by the school staff, and parents will be notified. It is imperative that the school be furnished with an emergency form for each student. Please notify the school immediately concerning information change Current correct information will help the school personnel provide the care students and parent want for student in case of injury or illness.
In the case of toileting accidents parents will be called to bring clean clothing and assist in clean up.
Students are not automatically covered. Accident/Health insurance on the student is a responsibility of the home. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase accident insurance for their children. An information sheet explaining the program will be given to every student.
Students are expected to get all their make-up work completed within a reasonable time regardless of the reason for the absence. It has been determined that a “reasonable time” shall be as follows:
Days Missed: one to two
Time Allowed: two days for every one missed.
Days Missed: In excess of two
Time Allowed: one day for each one missed.
I.e., a student missed two days (Tuesday and Wednesday). He/she will have four (4) days to make up the work (Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday).
A student misses four days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). He/she will have six (6) days to make up the work (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday).
The philosophy behind this policy is to encourage the student to return to school as soon as possible. While recognizing he/she will be ill occasionally, we are also aware that some students have used “absent” as an excuse for not doing work. The above policy makes it necessary to get homework completed.
Your child may have homework daily. There are several reasons for this homework:
1. To provide extra practice on learned skills.
2. To provide further learning in areas covered in
3. To provide an opportunity for students to learn good
4. To provide an opportunity for growth in responsibility
5. To provide your child with an opportunity to see what
he/she is studying and how well he/she is doing.
We think learning is important and that learning should continue after school hours. The daily homework in no way is to be viewed as punishment but rather as a way for encouraging and extending learning. Our commitment to students is for the homework to be pertinent. We will allow class time for students to clear up any reasonable misunderstanding of the assignment.
COMPUTERIZED GRADING PROGRAM
Caney Valley Elementary has enlisted the service of a computerized grading program to give parents information regarding their child’s lessons, homework, and grades. Please call the school and speak with the secretary or principal to receive your password to access this system. The internet address is also available on the school website.
INTERNET USE POLICY
We believe the internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the Caney Valley public Schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. All students, staff, and parents will be provided an Internet Use Policy. Students will not be allowed to use the Internet until this agreement is signed and returned by the parent.
Teachers will send out progress reports periodically to keep parents informed of their child’s academics and citizenship. Please sign and return these to your child’s teacher the next day.
Parents are encouraged to have conferences with the student’s teacher or principal to receive a more complete report on the progress of the student. When the progress reports indicate, “Conference with Parent Requested”, parents are especially encouraged to respond to the request. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher or principal for an appointment in order that adequate time be made available for the conference without interference with the teacher’s class. Teachers will not be called out of scheduled instruction time for parent conferences. Generally the best time for parent/teacher conference is after 2:45 p.m.
School is dismissed once during the first and second semester for Parent/Teacher conferences. (See School Calendar)
OKLAHOMA SCHOOL TESTING PROGRAM
The Oklahoma School Testing program is carried out by the Caney Valley School District. Each year achievement tests will be given to students in grades 1-5 in order to determine academic achievement and to determine if our students are meeting the standards in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS). Oklahoma Core Curriculum, Tests (OCCT) which are state mandated tests in grades three, four, and five will be given to all students each spring in all public schools in Oklahoma. No students due to being tardy or absent will be excused from these tests. The OCCT are criterion-referenced tests that measure student attainment of skills established in Oklahoma’s Core Curriculum. Public schools are under very stringent academic requirements according to the federal legislation of “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.” There will be significant consequences to those schools not making adequate yearly progress.
IDEAS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD
It is vital to understand that some homework will be given during the school year. Here are some tips to help make this experience easier.
1. Cooperate with the school to make homework effective
2. Provide your children with suitable study conditions
(desk or table, lights, books, and supplies).
3. Reserve a time for homework and turn off the TV.
4. Encourage your children, but avoid undue pressure.
5. Show interest in what your children are doing, but do
NOT do the work for them.
6. Understand that the school expects homework to be
completed and returned.
A child will improve his/her study habits by observing the following:
1. Be sure he/she understands each assignment.
2. Forms the habit of using a certain time and place
3. Study conditions should include good lighting,
ventilation, and quiet.
4. Has necessary materials at hand.
5. Tries to develop the skill of working independently.
6. Spends enough, but not too much time on each subject.
SCHOOL-SPONSORED NIGHT ACTIVITIES
Students are required to abide by the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook while attending school-sponsored night activities. Students shall not be permitted to leave the gym or field during athletic event. The student must repay to re-enter. All teachers have the same authority over all students.
All students entering school property should conduct themselves in a manner that is reasonable as determine by the sponsors in charge.
ACTIVITY TRIPS/FIELD TRIPS
During the year a number of activity or field trips may be taken. The school sponsors these trips and has a direct responsibility to the parents for the safety and well-being of students who make these trips. For that reason no student can be excused to remain in the town visited; or go, or return by any other means of transportation except that provided by the school or by the parents. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the proper sponsor at the conclusion of the activity if the student is to ride home with parents. Each student shall participate directly in the activity for which the trip is made. No student not actually participating in the activity for which a trip is made will be excused from classes to make a trip. Any absence from the school incurred because of infraction of this regulation will be charged unexcused.
Students who have failing grades, large amounts of missing work or several office referrals due to poor behavior may potentially not be allowed to attend these trips.
Each sponsor will be responsible for the maintenance of a sign-out sheet. Sign-out sheets must be completed by only the parent(s) of the student in question before the student is allowed to leave the student group. Due to liability ONLY trip participants and sponsors will be allowed to ride in school vehicles.
USE OF SCHOOL BUILDING
Private and public use of school buildings by patrons of this district will be granted when not in conflict with school activities or groups directly associated with the school program. A charge, to be determined by the Board of Education, may be made for use of school buildings or facilities by an organization not directly associated with the school. In all instances, the school board has final say as to who can use the building. (Refer to Section 591, School Laws of Oklahoma, 1974.)
At the end of the school year, an awards day is held. At this time, various awards are presented to students who excel in various areas such as sports, music, or academics.
It is the intention of the Caney Valley Public School to honor all legal documents that pertain to issues of custody. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide the school a copy of the legal
Caney Valley Elementary promotes our students and their activities through various means including but not limited to: Yearbooks, school websites, and local newpapers. If for any reason your child’s name or picture should not be included in these publications you must notify the school within one week of enrollment.
TITLE 1: Title 1 is a federal aid program for schools whose purpose is to ensure a high-quality education for every child, by providing extra help to students who need it most. Title 1 has three primary objectives:
1. To improve student achievement for all participating children.
2. To improve staff development.
3. To improve parental and community involvement.
Title 1 funds are distributed to districts based on the number of low-income families served. However, once a school qualifies for Title 1 funds, academic need, not economic status, determines which students receive extra services.
TITLE III: Caney Valley schools offers English Language Learner (ELL) services to all English Language Learners in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The mission of the Title III ELL Program is to provide high quality, research-based English Language instruction in order to engage ELL studens in English Language development and grade-level academic standards. All students complete a Home Language Survey upon enrollment. If a language other than English is spoken in the home the student is assessed with the ACCESS for ELL language proficiency test to determine the student’s level of language proficiency per the Title III requirements of No Child Left Behind 2001. Students are identified as English Language Learners and eligible for ELL services if the overall score is below 5.0.
TITLE VII: Title VII is a federally funded program designed to meet the unique needs of Native Students in our public school system. The goals of Title VII is to promote academic achievement, improve attendance and graduation rates, and promote understanding of the Native American Culture. For a child to receive services in the Title VII Program, a parent must complete and sign a STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FORM (506). This program has no specification for blood quantum, but the child must be of Indian descent and meet criteria described on the 506 form to be eligible for the program.
SCHOOL BASED SOCIAL WORKER: This is a partnership between OKDHS and the school system to create a social service position to help students and their families who are at risk or in crisis. The School Based Social Worker works only with Caney Valley students and their families, providing preventive services if needed, applications for TANF, Medicaid, and food stamps. The worker may participate in weekly team conferences regarding families’ and children’s needs with teachers, counselors, school administrators, and child advocates within the confines of OKDHS confidentiality.
ASBESTOS: The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act of 1986 requires that all buildings in our school be inspected for asbestos and a management plan be written to document this. A copy is on file in the Superintendent’s office.