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Policies and Procedures

2022-23 Student Handbook

ADMISSIONS

Parents or guardians of new students entering school must present the following information at registration:       

  1.  A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate.
  2. A student health card available at St. Tammany Parish Health Unit. (Shot Record)
  3. Three proofs of residency in the Riverside School District. (These must be utility bills in the parent’s name)
  4. The student’s social security card.
  5. A report card and a statement from the previous school that withdrawal has been completed in good standing (the student owes no fines or fees).
  6. A Letter of Assignment from the School Board Annex if the student is transferring from another school in St. Tammany.

The first four (4) items listed above will be necessary to register for school.

ANONYMOUS CRIME REPORTING HOTLINE

The St. Tammany Parish School System participates in the Crimestoppers Safe School Hotline program.  Using the toll-free ANONYMOUS crime reporting number, 1-877-903-7867, students and other concerned citizens are able to safely report criminal activity without fear of reprisal.

All crimes can be reported anonymously.  An up to $1,000 reward is paid for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of a perpetrator(s) involved in criminal acts on school campuses within the School System.  The tip lines are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Our bell rings at 8:17 a.m.  Please have your child at school before the 8:17 bell.  Children are tardy after the second bell at 8:20 a.m.  Students will not be able to eat breakfast after the 8:20 a.m. bell.  Students who are brought to school by parents or who walk should not arrive at school before 7:50 a.m.

No students may be picked up between 3:15 p.m. until dismissal at 3:31 p.m.  This period of the day is very hectic and the teachers need to be concentrating on a safe dismissal.  If you are in the building and wish to go past the office, you will need to check in to receive your visitor’s pass.  For afternoon dismissal, please wait until the 3:31 bell (busses leave) to walk your child to the car.

**Important Policy**

We can no longer accept phone calls to make transportation changes for students.  If you wish to change your child’s transportation you must send a note on each occasion with your student.  Please remind your child to bring this note to the office for our files.  We can accept a faxed transportation change which must include a copy of your driver’s license on the fax.  Our fax number is 985-863-9811.  Please call to verify that your fax has been received.

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school.  Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation.

Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem.  The state requires that we report student attendance and/or absenteeism each day.  Our motto is “SCHOOL:  EVERYDAY, ALL DAY”.  School will begin promptly at 8:20 each day and will dismiss promptly at 3:31.

Special recognition will be given to students with perfect attendance each year.  A student can not obtain a perfect attendance certificate nor recognition if the student is tardy, checked out early, or was not present for an entire day.

Students will participate in a Truancy Lab if they are absent more than the State limit for absences.  Please see our State Attendance Law in this section for details.

A.     ABSENCES – State Student Attendance Law

Students are allowed ten absences each school year for elementary students.  A note of excusal is required for each absence.  A parent note is excused but counted in the ten day limit.  A doctor’s note is exempt and does not count against the student’s ten days.  There are also rules that apply to these absences. Absences of two or fewer consecutive school days incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family may be validated by a parent or caregiver written excuse note.  If a student is absent for three or more consecutive days or for other types of absences, a student must present a note from a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist immediately upon the student’s return to school to be excused. Truancy WILL be notified if rules are not followed. Students that do not meet the requirements, will have mandatory seat time on a Saturday from 8:00-12:00.

These new rules are restrictive, and you need to understand that these guidelines will not allow students to be excused for vacations or other family trips.  You will need to make an effort to schedule vacations and necessary appointments during school breaks.  Our calendar is posted on our website at www.stpsb.org and includes ample breaks for travel plans.

Extenuating circumstances will be considered but must be approved by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.  Students may be temporarily excused from the attendance regulations because of extended physical or emotional illness, an extended hospital stay, extended recuperation from an accident, or an extended contagious disease within a family.  These extenuating circumstances must be verified by a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist in order to be considered as an official excuse from the attendance regulation.  State law will also allow for an exception to the attendance regulation for the observance of special and recognized holidays of a student’s faith.  The only other exception to the law will be absences that are verified by the principal for the purposes of school system approved travel for education, a death in the family, or a natural catastrophe or disaster.  Students who are participating in school-approved field trips and other instructional activities will be considered present at school.

These regulations for all of the students across the state of Louisiana are intended to send a clear message that education is a priority for all students.  I appreciate your attention to the matter.  If you have any questions, please contact our school office.

B.      LATE ARRIVAL

The parent or the person bringing the child to school late must go to the office to sign the child’s emergency card.  The student will give the tardy slip to the teacher. 

BEHAVIOR / CONDUCT

Riverside students are expected to display good manners and kindness to others at all times.  There are certain rules that have been written to protect the children.  Please go over these rules with your child.

We have an acronym (BEARS) as part of our state required Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).  Please discuss BEARS with your child and help him/her follow the rules.

SCHOOL/HALLWAY

  1. Be quiet in lines.
  2. Everyone should walk to the right of the hall.
  3. Always use walking feet.
  4. Respect teachers and each other.
  5. Safety first – keep hands and feet to yourself.

CAFETERIA

  1. Be sure to wash your hands before eating.
  2. Everyone should follow raised hand signal for quiet and be quiet in your line.
  3. Always leave toys and games at home.
  4. Respect others – keep hands and feet to yourself.
  5. Safety first – ask permission to use the restroom – remember to sign out and back in.

PLAYGROUND

  1. Be sure to stay off of all trees and tree branches.
  2. Everyone should play away from the building.
  3. Ask for a pass to leave the playground.
  4. Respect others – keep hands and feet to yourself.
  5. Safety first – use equipment correctly.

FRONT AND SIDE PLAY AREAS

  1. Be sure to stay off sidewalk, ropes and fences.
  2. Everyone should follow 4-Square rules.
  3. Ask for a pass to go inside.
  4. Respect others – keep hands and feet to yourself.
  5. Safety first – stay inside the boundaries.

BUS LINE

  1. Be quiet in lines.
  2. Everyone should sit in front of the correct bus number.
  3. Ask for help if you need it.
  4. Respect others – keep hands and feet to yourself.
  5. Safety first – walk to bus.

ON THE BUS

  1. Be respectful to driver and others on the bus.
  2. Eating and/or drinking is not allowed.
  3. Always keep hands, arms and objects inside the bus at all times.
  4. Remain seated, facing the front and talk quietly when bus is in motion.
  5. Safety first – orderly behavior is required at the bus stop and on the bus at all times.
  6. Students and bus drivers must wear masks at all times while on the bus.

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PROGRAM

 Riverside will be part of the Second Chance Program (In-School Suspension) provided by the St. Tammany Parish School Board.  This program is designed to give counseling and educational supervision to those students with behavior reports that indicate that behavioral interventions are not working. 

We expect that very few of our students will have the behavior problems that warrant this in school suspension.  We just want our parents to be informed about this program being offered for our school.

BEHAVIOR REFERRAL FORMS

  1. Teachers will use Behavior Reports for Minor Incidents to document minor behaviors that can often escalate into major challenges.   A copy will be sent home and to the office.  After a child has received 4 minor incident reports a teacher will fill out an official office referral that will be placed in the student’s records.
  2. Students who received an office referral for discipline problems will receive a carbon copy of the behavior form to take home.
  3. All behavior forms require a parent signature for documentation in the student’s behavior folder and in the school board computer system.

DETENTIONS

Minor behavior infractions can result in a week day detention. Student(s) will remain after school to serve from 3:50 to 4:30. Parent or guardians will be responsible for the student’s transportation. Students must be picked up no later than 4:30.

Saturday detentions will be held for bigger infractions. Student(s) will remain on campus from 8:00-12:00. School uniforms are mandatory. Parent or guardians will be responsible for the student’s transportation.

BULLYING:  DEFINITION OF (AS PROVIDED IN ACT 861 OF 2012)

A repeated pattern of one or more of the following:

  • gestures, including but not limited to obscene gestures and make faces;
  • written, electronic, or verbal communications, including but not limited to calling names, threatening harm, taunting, malicious teasing, or spreading untrue rumor;
  • electronic communication including but not limited to a communication or image transmitted by email, instant message, text message, blog, or social networking website through the use of a telephone, mobile phone, pager, computer, or other electronic devices;
  • physical acts, including but not limited to hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, choking, damaging personal property, or unauthorized use of personal property;
  • repeatedly and purposefully shunning or excluding from activities;

where the pattern of behavior is exhibited toward a student, more than once, by another student or group of students and occurs, or is received by, a student while on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related function or activity, in any school bus or van, at any designated school bus stop, in any other school or private vehicle used to transport students to and from schools, or any school sponsored activity or event.

The repeated pattern of behavior must have the effect of physically harming a student, placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm, damaging a student’s property, placing the student in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s property, or must be sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough to either create an intimidating or threatening educational environment, have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s performance in school, or have the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

CAR DROP OFF & PICK UP

Students being brought to school may not be dropped off before 7:50 a.m. and then should only be dropped off at the car pick up area on the side of the gym.  DO NOT DROP STUDENTS OFF IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL.  If the 8:20 a.m. bell has rung and car line is closed, a parent must sign the student in on their emergency card located in the office, they will be marked tardy.

In the afternoon, all car riders will be picked up in the car pick up area.  Please have a large sign on the dashboard with your child’s name which is provided by the school.  We are asking that you inform your children that they must have a note to ride home with anyone other than their parents.  This is important for their safety and security.  PLEASE help keep our children safe.

All students must be picked up no later than 3:45.  Children not picked up by 3:45 in the car turnaround area will be sent to the office.  After 3:45, parents must go to the office to pick up their child and sign them out on their emergency card.

CHROMEBOOKS

Please see the Chromebook guidelines and user agreements that were sent home at the beginning of the year. It is recommended that each student purchase the Chromebook insurance. Chromebooks go home with students in 4th and 5th grade on a daily basis.  Grades 1, 2, & 3 will be sent home in cases of emergencies, as determined by the administration. 

CLASSROOMS

Each teacher will be sending home a Parent and Student Information Letter/Grading Policy sometime during the first full week of school.  Please read this letter with your child so that everyone will be informed about what is expected.  A copy of the classroom rules and consequences will also be included.  A supply list will be furnished or can be found on the Riverside Website, please make sure that you replenish your child’s school supplies throughout the school year.

COVID GUIDELINES

Please refer to the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools website for up to date information and policies as these are fluid and often updated.

DRESS CODE

 Riverside Elementary has adopted a uniform policy which will be found under that heading.  On such days that the uniform is not required, we adhere to the following STPSB student dress code policy. 

Student Dress Code for Males

 The following requirements apply to appropriate grooming and dress for male students.

  • An acceptable, well-groomed haircut will be required of all male students.
  • Hair - Hair must be of a natural occurring color. Sculptured hair styles that include pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, or hair in curlers, rollers, or excessively teased, etc., will not be permitted.
  • Boys are required to wear clothing that is suitable for school and that complies with the following regulation.
  • Shirts must be buttoned, except for the collar button. Tank shirts and undershirts may not be worn as outer garments. Any article of clothing with suggestive symbols, words, or advertisements of products or substances prohibited by the St. Tammany Parish School Board is prohibited.
  • No see-through or sheer shirts are permitted, and no skin may show between the pants and shirt in any position.
  • All caps, hats, and bandannas are banned from school campuses during regular school hours.
  • Walking shorts may be worn as long as they meet the length requirement. While standing erect with arms extended down, the length of shorts must come to the tip of fingers or below or not more than 5” above the knee.
  • Lower garments worn by students must be secured at waist level, with no undergarments revealed.
  • Hoods are not to be worn on campus during regular school hours except outdoors in inclement weather.

Student Dress Code for Females

 The following requirements apply to appropriate grooming and dress for female students.

  • Hair must be of a natural occurring color. Sculptured hair styles that include pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, or hair in curlers, rollers, or excessively teased, etc., will not be permitted. Girls are required to wear clothing that is suitable for school and that complies with the following regulations.
  • No see-through, sheer shirts, or lace-like clothing are permitted, and no skin may show between the lower garment and shirt in any position.
  • Culottes, split skirts, and walking shorts are acceptable providing they meet the dress length requirement stipulated below.
  • All caps, hats, and bandannas are banned from school campuses during regular school hours.
  • Any article of clothing with suggestive symbols, words, or advertisements of products or substances prohibited by the St. Tammany Parish School Board is prohibited.
  • Tank shirts and undershirts may not be worn as outer garments.
  • Lower garments worn by students must be secured at waist level, with no undergarments revealed.
  • The minimum length of dresses, culottes, skirts, and shorts must be at the fingertip or below when standing erect with arms extended down the sides or not more than 5" above the knee. · Hoods are not to be worn on campus during regular school hours except outdoors in inclement weather.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION (WIRELESS DEVICES)

 Please see the STPSB district discipline student handbook for complete details concerning use of electronic communication and wireless devices.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are used as an excellent educational experience.  Your child might have 1 to 2 field trips per year depending on their grade level.  Teachers will select parent volunteers to chaperone trips.  Only children enrolled in the classes attending the field trip may participate, please do not bring siblings.  Only parents (custodial) or legal guardians will be considered as chaperones for field trips.  A parent or legal guardian may write a letter allowing someone on the child’s emergency card attend in their place.  Students and chaperones are encouraged to purchase a bag lunch from the Riverside cafeteria to uncomplicate the need for ice chests and thermal bags. Chaperones must check-in at the front office and drive their personal vehicle to the field trip location. No parents will be allowed on the bus. See chaperone letter for details. 

FOOD SERVICES

Riverside provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily that is available to all students.  Both of these meal programs provide the required USDA Gold Standards of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy products to provide a well-balanced breakfast and lunch for all students.

Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:20 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. will not be able to purchase breakfast, as their school day starts promptly at 8:20 a.m.  Students eating breakfast should arrive no later than 8:10am.  Just a reminder, only the school breakfast may be eaten in the cafeteria.  No outside fast food is allowed in the cafeteria.

Our school has an online payment processing system, MyPaymentsPlus, for the convenience of parents for a variety of school fees related to school lunch, supplies, field trips, and other extra curricular expenses. 

Parents may log on to the online pay service on our School System web site at www.stpsb.org and pay designated fees using e-check or MasterCard, Visa, or Discover cards.  Parents will not be charged a user fee for this service and all school fees charged to parents will be the same whether paid online or at the school through checks and cash.  The payments can be made online by parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you want to make payments or would like more information about the online payment system, please go to our School System web site and follow the link from the home page to access details and to use the payment feature.  Please contact the school office if you need further information or to report any problems.

If you chose not to use the “MyPaymentsPlus” online payment processing system, you may place your child’s breakfast and lunch money in an envelope with your child’s name, lunch number, and amount on front of the envelope.  This must be paid on Mondays in the classroom.  Please also mark if paying for lunch or breakfast, or both. 

The price of breakfast and lunch at school is posted in the cafeteria and on our website and is the same for all students at Riverside.  Parents are asked to pay for lunches on a weekly basis.  This will reduce the amount of time spent on lunch record keeping.

Students bringing their lunch from home may purchase milk for an additional 50¢ charge.  Federal regulations prohibit a student from bringing cans or bottles of drink into the cafeteria.  Outside fast food may not be brought into or eaten in the school cafeteria. 

Free and reduced lunch online application information must be updated every year. Please make sure to apply early.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for cafeteria charges incurred before the application is processed.  The free/reduced lunch application is available online at https://cafefr.stpsb.org.  When qualifying for the free and reduced lunches, each and every child attending Riverside in the family must have their own form completed as directed on the application.  If you become eligible during the school year for this service please go online at https://cafefr.stpsb.org to fill out an application for your child.  Reduced breakfast and reduced lunch costs are also posted in the cafeteria.  Riverside’s Title 1 allocation is based on free and reduced lunch applications.  If you think you may qualify, please fill out the free and reduced lunch application.  If you need technology assistance for your online free/reduced applications, Riverside will have available to our parents the Title I computers in our Title I Parenting Center in the library.

GRADING POLICY - IMPORTANT !!! 

On pages 14-17 is a copy of the St. Tammany Parish Grading Policy for 1st – 5th grade.  Please read it carefully.

INFORMATION/ EMERGENCY CARDS

As always, we are asking that you fill out the student information/emergency card and return it promptly.  These cards are very important, so please list any and all emergency numbers and the names of those that may pick your child up in case of emergency (illness, change of clothes, etc.)  Please update these cards when pertinent information changes during the year. 

These cards are also used to sign your child into school if they are tardy and to sign your child out of school if you take them home early.

LOST AND FOUND

Please label all sweaters, coats, book bags, and other belongings that may be lost at school.  Please do not allow children to bring personal items of value to school.  Lost coats, etc. can be found in the gym.  Glasses, watches, rings, etc. are turned into the office.  Please check in with the office for a visitor pass before proceeding to the lost and found.

MEET AND GREET

Riverside will sponsor a Meet and Greet time in August each year.  This is a special evening event to allow you and your child a time to meet his/her teacher.  You may also fill out your student’s information packet and drop off your child’s school supplies that night.

MEDICATION POLICY

The Louisiana Legislature enacted Act 87 relative to the administration of medication in schools. This Act covers all prescription and non-prescription drugs. In accordance with Act 87, the St. Tammany Parish School Board has formulated guidelines to be used when a child must receive medication during school hours.  No medication shall be administered to, or self-administered by, any student without an order from a Louisiana or adjacent state’s licensed physician or dentist and authorization from the student’s parent or guardian.

If your child needs medication in school, please see the office for a medication form to be filled out by you and your child’s doctor.

NEWSLETTER

Our P.T.A. publishes a monthly newsletter. This newsletter comes out the last school day of each month. Please consider volunteering to help with the newsletter.  Refer to this important informational letter throughout the year for Riverside news.  If you would like to place a corporate ad in the newsletter, please fill out a corporate membership envelope to join Riverside Bears PTA.

ONLINE PAYMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM – “MyPaymentsPlus”

 Our school has recently introduced an online payment processing system, MyPaymentsPlus, for the convenience of parents for a variety of school fees related to school lunch, supplies, field trips, and other extra curricular expenses. 

Parents may log on to the online pay service on our School System web site at www.stpsb.org and pay designated fees using e-check or MasterCard, Visa, or Discover cards.  Parents will not be charged a user fee for this service and all school fees charged to parents will be the same whether paid online or at the school through checks and cash.  The payments can be made online by parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you want to make payments or would like more information about the online payment system, please go to our School System web site and follow the link from the home page to access details and to use the payment feature.  Please contact the school office if you need further information or to report any problems.

OPEN HOUSE

At Riverside we have one night for Open House early in the school year.  Check your first newsletter for the dates.  We will also have our annual fall book fair in the library.  We will be looking forward to seeing all of our parents and friends again.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORT (P.B.I.S.)

Our faculty has again adopted a school wide behavior plan as part of our P.B.I.S. plan.  The students will be recognized daily and monthly for their positive behavior with golden bear bucks.  Students earn golden bear bucks for good behavior.  Throughout the quarter, they are rewarded.  We will also be highlighting a different class each week.  They will be honored in many ways throughout the week.  We will continue with our “CITIZEN OF THE MONTH CLUB”.  We will honor our Citizens of the Month with a special lunch every month for them and their parents.  The students will receive special acknowledgements for their achievement.  Students with perfect attendance for the year will be recognized yearly.  These students will receive a certificate.  In addition to the above, students are recognized on the morning broadcasts, and honor roll students in fourth and fifth grade will be acknowledged each 9 weeks.

Once a month there will be a PBIS incentive for students that do not receive a behavior referral. Students that do not attend will work with the school counselor and MHP on strategies to understand and fix the behavior that occurred.

PTA

We ask that at least one family member to join for each student to reach our goal.  The membership means that you support your students, teachers, and school.  We need friends, parents, and grandparents to join PTA.  The PTA will be sponsoring several interesting activities for our kids this year, so please, join PTA and grow with us.  A big “THANK YOU” to our PTA board for such a good start to this year.  Look for PTA nights at local restaurants in our monthly newsletter.  Be sure to attend monthly PTA meetings.

SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION

Mandated Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education, and Reporting Program

As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in grades K-8 will receive instruction on the topic of child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education, and Reporting.  All material that will be used in the instruction may be previewed.  If you would like to do so, please contact the school administration.  We would also like to encourage you to talk with your child about this topic as well as other general safety issues.

SMOKE/TOBACCO FREE, ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE

Remember that all St. Tammany Parish Schools and grounds are SMOKE/TOBACCO FREE, ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE AREAS, so please help us with this important task.

STANDARDIZED TESTING – LEAP 2025

The Standardized State Testing will be administered in third, fourth, and fifth grades, during the months of April and May.  Please check with your child’s teacher for dates and times for testing.  It is with great importance to now these dates before scheduling doctor’s appointments or other absences.  Students cannot be checked out or leave the testing environment once the test has begun.

STUDENT TRANSFERS

We hate to lose any of our students, but if they must go, contact one of our secretaries at least two (2) days before moving.  She will fill out a withdrawal form and take the necessary steps in order for your child to be transferred. Transfer papers will be provided for you to take to your child’s new school.

TELEPHONE SYSTEM

Riverside has an automated phone system.  The phone lines will be open to the main office 7:30am-4:30pm during the school day. When the online message begins, please press 0 to speak to a secretary. 

TITLE I

Riverside participates as a school wide Title I school.  Please see on page 24 a copy of Riverside’s Title I School/Parent Involvement Compact/Policy.

UNIFORM ADOPTED

TOPS:  Red polo style short sleeved or long sleeved shirt or plain red long sleeved sweatshirt or sweater all of which may have the optional school logo and may be purchased at local department stores or uniform supply stores.  Logos are optional. 

BOTTOMS:  Navy or khaki plain cotton-twill uniform style pants, walking shorts, skorts, capris, or jumpers which may be purchased through local department stores or uniform supply stores.

UNIFORM RECYCLING PROGRAM:  We have a uniform recycling program available to you that is organized and administered by our PTA volunteers.  Donations to the swap shop are encouraged.

SPIRIT SHIRTS:  Our PTA sells Spirit Shirts throughout the year.  These shirts may be worn by students. Uniform bottoms are still required. 

VISION STATEMENT

We believe in order to achieve our mission we must –

  • Provide engaging standards based lessons
  • Create a positive environment where students thrive
  • Create a cooperative culture of planning and learning
  • Support the individual needs of all
  • Monitor student progress in all areas
  • Form and maintain strong partnerships with all stakeholders

VISITOR POLICY

The St. Tammany Parish School Board has recently adopted a policy pertaining to school visitors.  It is as follows:

  1. Visitors are only allowed on campus for school related business.
  2. No person shall be allowed on school grounds without permission from the front office.
  3. All visitors shall report to the front office immediately upon arrival to be issued a badge pass.  A valid driver’s license must be presented.
  4. All visitors shall receive an “official badge pass” that must be worn while on campus.
  5. Cafeteria Passes – all visitors wishing to visit the cafeteria will be asked to remain in the cafeteria with their child or children attending Riverside, and are not to enter other areas of the building. Visitors cannot go to recess with their child.
  6. All visitors shall return the “official badge pass” to the office upon completion of business.
  7. All visitors shall depart immediately from school grounds upon completion of business.

VOLUNTEERS

We encourage volunteers on campus. Please get with your child’s teacher or a member of the PTA for volunteer opportunities.

WEAPONS POLICY

POSSESSION OF ANY TYPE OF WEAPON OR A LOOK-ALIKE WEAPON ON CAMPUS IS CAUSE FOR EXPULSION FOR 12 CALENDAR MONTHS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL BOARD POLICY:

Students found using, possessing and/or concealing a knife, a firearm, a weapon which may discharge a projectile, or other dangerous instruments which may cause bodily harm shall be immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion. Police notification shall be made immediately. Students using, possessing and/or concealing any look-alike object that may have the appearance of a weapon or dangerous instrument shall be immediately suspended from school and recommended for expulsion. In the case of a student in Preschool through grade three who is found carrying or possessing a knife, the principal may, but will not be required to, recommend the student’s expulsion. Upon the recommendation for expulsion, a hearing shall be conducted by the Superintendent or his designee. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the Superintendent, or his designee, shall determine whether the student shall be expelled from the School System or if other corrective or disciplinary action shall be taken. Students in grade six or higher who have been found guilty of using, possessing and/or concealing a weapon which may discharge a projectile, including a firearm, on school property, on a school bus, or in actual possession at a school sponsored event, pursuant to a hearing, shall be expelled for a minimum period of twelve (12) calendar months and shall be referred to the district attorney for appropriate action. Students in kindergarten through grade five found guilty of being in possession of a firearm on school property, on a school bus, or in actual possession at a school sponsored event, pursuant to a hearing, shall be expelled for a minimum period of twelve (12) calendar months and shall be referred to the district attorney for appropriate action. No student who has been expelled for possession of a weapon shall be readmitted to any school until the student has enrolled and participated in an appropriate rehabilitation or counseling program related to the reason, or reasons, for the student’s expulsion.

*A firearm means any pistol, revolver, shotgun, machine gun, submachine gun, black powder weapon, or assault rifle that is designated to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition or from which a shot or projectile is discharged by an explosive.

WEBSITES

 Please visit the Riverside Elementary School Website on a regular basis at http://riversideelementary.stpsb.org to stay current with school events.  Other websites you will find beneficial are the St. Tammany Parish School Board at http://www.stpsb.org and the Louisiana State Department at http://www.doe.state.la.us . These also can provide you with valuable information. http://homeworkla.org/- State Library of Louisiana: free online tutoring, test preparation, job search assistance and resources. https://www.sttammanylibrary.org/- St. Tammany Parish Library.

GRADING POLICY

Grading Policy - GRADE 1

The First Grade Student Evaluation Report will reflect student progress towards mastery of course content standards in all subject areas in that grade. Student work and assessments shall be accumulated and shared with parents during parent conferences. The evaluation key to be used on the First Grade Student Evaluation Report Card is as follows:

Grade Level: Grade 1

Report by Letter Grade: A, B, C, D, or F

Reading

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Report by Letter Grade: 0, S, and N

Conduct

Social/emotional Development

Fine Motor Development

Work Habits

 (Only letter grades shall be recorded in the grade book and on the report card.)

o - Outstanding/Meets or exceeds stated goals

S - Satisfactory/Meets stated goals

N -Needs Support/Progressing toward stated goals

U - Unsatisfactory/Not grasping stated goals

There shall be a minimum of nine assessments for each student in Reading, Language Arts, and Math and a minimum of five assessments for each student in Science and five in Social Studies during the grading period. Due to unusual circumstances, such as testing, some grading periods may be shortened or lengthened. In this case, the number of assessments shall be a minimum of the number of weeks during that grading period.

Assessment is an integral part of the educational process to improve student learning. The primary purpose of assessment, both formative and summative, is to plan for instruction and measure the degree of student mastery of established standards.

Summative assessments are assessments of learning and should take place after the learning has taken place. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of instruction. Summative grades are typically graded for correctness. Examples of summative grades include quizzes, chapter tests, other tests, essays, labs, research papers, presentations, and projects.

Formative assessments should be assessments for learning and should take place while learning is taking place. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning during instruction. Formative grades typically have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include quizzes (not for correctness, but to gauge student's understanding), homework, warm-ups, pre-tests, exit tickets/surveys, and cooperative learning activities.

Consequently, all student grades should reflect academic progress toward student mastery of established course content standards. A variety of assessments shall be included, i.e., portfolios, journals, written tests, projects, checklists, writing samples, interviews, observations and anecdotal records. All assessments shall be fair and reasonable as determined by the principal or designee.

Teachers shall communicate, in writing, their grading practices to parents and students at the beginning of the school year and to new students when they enter class. Activities, projects, presentations, reports, etc., will require that specific grading scales or rubrics be developed and communicated to students and parents. Teacher shall utilize a compilation of integrated assessments, including but not limited to, writing in response to text, grammar, and spelling to formulate the comprehensive language grade for the report card. The teacher is responsible for completing report cards. Each teacher is responsible for any other markings such as behavior, work habits and attendance to class. There may be supplementary remarks added to the elementary report card as determined by the school. Modifications shall be made to accommodate students' individual differences in the area of learning styles/levels, and this will be indicated on the report card. Grades will be given based on these accommodations. These modifications must be documented on an Individual Program Plan (IPP), an Individual

Education Plan (IEP), Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) or an Individual Limited English Proficient Plan (ILEPP).

The letter grades (A=4, 8=3, C=2, 0=1, and F=O) for each grading period shall be averaged and recorded on the report card. There will be no overall end-of-the-year final grade recorded on the report card. Conduct shall be considered separately and denoted accordingly on the report card. There shall be no Honor Roll.

Grading Policy - GRADES 2-3

The Second and Third Grade Student Evaluation Reports will reflect student progress towards mastery of course content standards in all subject areas in that grade. Student work shall be accumulated and shared with parents. The evaluation key to be used on the Second Grade and Third Grade Student Evaluation Report Card is as follows:

Grade Levels: Grade 2 and Grade 3

Report by Letter Grade: A, B, C, D, or F

Reading

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Report by Letter Grade: 0, S, N, and U

Conduct

Work Habits

Conduct and work habits shall not affect the quarterly or final grade point average.

O-Outstanding

S- Satisfactory

      N - Needs Support

    U -Unsatisfactory

 (Only letter grades shall be recorded in the grade book and on the report card.)

There shall be a minimum of nine assessments for each second and third grade student during each quarter. Due to unusual circumstances, such as testing, some grading periods may be shortened. In this case, the number of assessments shall be a minimum of the number of weeks during that grading period.

Assessment is an integral part of the educational process to improve student learning. The primary purpose of assessment, both formative and summative, is to plan for instruction and measure the degree of student mastery of established standards.

Summative assessments are assessments of learning and should take place after the learning has taken place. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of instruction. Summative grades are typically graded for correctness. Examples of summative grades include quizzes, chapter tests, other tests, essays, labs, research papers, presentations, and projects.

Formative assessments should be assessments for learning and should take place while learning is taking place. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning during instruction. Formative grades typically have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include quizzes (not for correctness, but to gauge student's understanding), homework, warm-ups, pre-tests, exit tickets/surveys, and cooperative learning activities.

Consequently, all student grades should reflect academic progress toward student mastery of established course content standards. A variety of assessments shall be included, i.e., portfolios, journals, written tests, projects, checklists, writing samples, interviews, observations and anecdotal records. All assessments shall be fair and reasonable as determined by the principal or designee.

Teachers shall communicate, in writing, their grading practices to parents and students at the beginning of the school year and to new students when they enter class. Activities, projects, presentations, reports, etc., will require that specific grading scales or rubrics be developed and communicated to students and parents. Teachers shall utilize a compilation of integrated assessments, including but not limited to, writing in response to text, grammar, and spelling to formulate the comprehensive language grade for the report card. The teacher is responsible for completing report cards. Each teacher is responsible for any other markings such as behavior, work habits and attendance in class. There may be supplementary remarks added to the elementary report card as determined by the school. Modifications shall be made to accommodate students' individual differences in the area of learning styles/levels, and this will be indicated on the report card. Grades are given based on these accommodations. These modifications must be documented on an Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP), an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and an Individual Limited English Proficient Plan (ILEPP). At the close of the fourth quarter grading period, report cards will be mailed to the home at the close of the teachers' last day.

The letter grades (A=4, 8=3, C=2, 0=1, and F=O) for each grading period shall be averaged for the end-of-the-year final grade and recorded on the report card.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Averages of .5 - .9 shall be rounded up to the next highest numeral; however, in order for a student to pass a subject, he/she must have at least a 1.00. Any average less than 1.0 shall receive an "F" for the end-of-the-year letter grade. There shall be no Honor Roll.

Grading Policy – GRADES 4-6

The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades Student Evaluation Reports will reflect student progress towards mastery of course content standards in all subject areas in that grade. The evaluation key to be used on the Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, and Sixth Grade Student Evaluation Report Card is as follows:

Grade Levels: Grade 4, Grade 5, and Grade 6

 

Report by Letter Grade: A, B, C, D, or F

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

6th grade electives that are taught 50 minutes per day during the entire school year

Report by Letter Grade: 0, S, N, and U

Art

Foreign Language

Handwriting

Health and Physical Education

Music

Conduct

These subjects shall not affect the quarterly or final grade point average.

 

O-Outstanding

S- Satisfactory

      N - Needs Support

    U -Unsatisfactory

 

 (Only letter grades shall be recorded in the grade book and on the report card.)

There shall be a minimum of nine assessments for each student during the quarterly grading period. Due to unusual circumstances, such as testing, some grading periods may be shortened or lengthened In this case, the number of assessments shall be a minimum of the number of weeks during that grading period. No assessment shall count for more than 1/9 of the quarterly grade or a fractional equivalent of the shortened or lengthened grading period. When a grade of "U" occurs on a report card, a parent conference shall be requested. The degree to which homework will play a part in the overall grade shall not exceed 1/9 of the total grade or fractional equivalent of the shortened or lengthened grading period.

Assessment is an integral part of the educational process to improve student learning. The primary purpose of assessment, both formative and summative, is to plan for instruction and measure the degree of student mastery of established standards.

Summative assessments are assessments of learning and should take place after the learning has taken place. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of instruction. Summative grades are typically graded for correctness. Examples of summative grades include quizzes, chapter tests, other tests, essays, labs, research papers, presentations, and projects.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

GENERAL STATEMENT

The St. Tammany Parish School Board is committed to providing a safe and stable climate free from sexual harassment by students, Board Members, Superintendent, administrators, teachers, and other employees who contract with or provide services for the Board or any other personnel associated with the Board and over whom the Board can exercise influence.

I. POLICY

  • The purpose of the St. Tammany Parish School Board is to provide public education for the school aged children of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Sexual harassment is a violation of the law and School Board policy and will not be tolerated, condoned, or overlooked. The Board requests and encourages persons associated with the School System who believe that they have been sexually harassed as a result of their association with the School System to report such harassment to the specified person from a list that will be maintained on a bulletin board or other visible place at every building under the control of the School System. This list will be monitored and updated as necessary.
  • The Board through its designee(s) shall promptly; thoroughly, and fairly investigate reports of sexual harassment and take appropriate action that is consistent with the results of the investigation and the legal requirements afforded by law, e.g. tenure law and collective bargaining agreement.
  • The School System and Board will not tolerate retaliation by anyone associated with the School System against one who files a complaint of sexual harassment. This intolerance of retaliation extends to the alleged harasser and/or third parties who, directly or indirectly, retaliate against a claimant because they disbelieve the claim or support the alleged harasser.
  • Sexual harassment can occur in a number of ways, e.g. Board Member and any employee or student; Superintendent and any Board Member, employee or student; student to student; employee to employee; employee to student; etc. Any combination, whether or not set out above, that involves any Board Member, Superintendent, employee or student sexually harassing another as a result of the alleged harasser's association with the School System or Board shall be considered a violation of this policy. The violation shall be dealt with swiftly, thoroughly, and consistent with law.
  • Every Board Member, Superintendent, administrator, principal, teacher, and employee, has the responsibility to report any witnessed or experienced sexual harassment to his or her immediate supervisor or those designated on the bulletin board. School and department heads who receive complaints involving employees shall immediately report such incidents to the Title VII and IX Coordinator or others listed on the bulletin board. If the alleged harasser is the individual's immediate supervisor, the report should be made directly to a contact person listed on the bulletin board. If the alleged harasser is the Superintendent, the report should be made to any Board Member. The Board Member shall report the harassment to the Board President and Titles VII and IX Coordinator. If the alleged harasser is a Board Member, the report should be made to the Superintendent and the Title VII and IX Coordinator. If the claimant and alleged harasser are students, the report should be made to the school principal.
  • Only those acting on behalf of the Board to investigate claims of sexual harassment shall directly contact the alleged harasser concerning the claim or complaint. If anyone other than those assigned to investigate sexual harassment complaints receives a claim or complaint, that individual will not report the receipt of the complaint to the alleged harasser, but to his or her superior and/or a person so designated on the specified bulletin board.
  • All persons associated with the School System shall uphold the law and promote and encourage an environment devoid of sexual harassment. If an individual observes conduct that might be viewed as sexual harassment, even if no complaint or claim has been filed, the questionable conduct may be reported to the individual whose conduct is in question or to those who may receive complaints of sexual harassment.
  • Some acts of sexual misconduct are considered criminal and are subject to prosecution. This Board and School System will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney in investigating and prosecuting such criminal offenses. A child under the age of seventeen, by law, cannot legally consent to a sexual relationship with a person two or more years older.
  • While it may be possible that a sexual relationship between a student and an employee of the Board may not be a violation of criminal law, nonetheless, such a relationship is in violation of Board policy and may subject an employee to appropriate disciplinary action.

II. DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in any of the combinations set forth in Section I - D above, where:

  1. acceptance or rejection of a sexual invitation is used as the basis for employment, grading, disciplinary, honorary, participatory or similar decisions; and/or
  2. sexual advances or requests for sexual favors have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or school environment.

III. PROCEDURES

If the introduction of sexual innuendo, sexual jokes, or other activity of a sexual nature into a relationship with a person associated with the Board or School System is not welcomed; the matter may be handled initially by the claimant telling the offender that the conduct is unwelcome. If the claimant does not desire to approach the offender directly, then the claimant should report the matter following the outlined complaint process.

If the person introducing sexual innuendo, sexual jokes, or other activity of a sexual nature does not reasonably accept the notice that the conduct is unwelcome, the claimant immediately should report both the incident and the lack of response to the claimant's notice that the incident is unwelcome.

If an employee is involved either as a claimant or alleged harasser, it is preferred that the report be made to one of the individuals listed on the bulletin board. School site and department superiors receiving complaints of sexual harassment involving an employee shall immediately report the complaint to one of the individuals identified to receive the complaints for further action. If the incident involves student-to-student harassment, it is preferred that the report be made to the school principal or designee. The school principal shall notify the Titles VII and IX Coordinator that a complaint involving students has been made. The claimant should make a written note and keep it for safekeeping as to whom and when the complaint was made.

The person receiving the complaint shall take all of the information pertaining to the complaint and contact the claimant within five (5) working days. If the person receiving the complaint attempts to change the claimant's mind about following through with the complaint, these facts should be reported to the Titles VII and IX Coordinator. The name of the coordinator can be obtained by calling 892-2276 or 646-4900.

If the report of sexual harassment is not acted upon within a reasonable period of time by the person to whom the incident was initially reported; the claimant shall again contact the individual to determine what has transpired since the report. If the claimant is not satisfied with the response, he/she shall report the complaint and the actions of the actions of the initial receiver to the Titles VII and IX Coordinator or the Superintendent.

If the alleged harasser accosts or confronts the claimant concerning the fact that a complaint was made, the claimant should report this fact to the person to whom the initial complaint was made. Such action on the part of the alleged harasser shall be considered a violation of this policy.

Persons designated by the Superintendent to investigate complaints of sexual harassment shall do so expeditiously, thoroughly, and professionally. School site administrators shall take action in cases of student-to-student harassment based on the findings and consistent with the student discipline code. A copy of the report of findings shall be forwarded to the Titles VII and IX Coordinator. Persons designated to handle complaints involving employees shall forward results of the investigations to the Titles VII and IX Coordinator and the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall review the findings of the investigation and render a decision, consistent with legal requirements, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the results of the investigation.

Confidentiality as to the claimant and the nature of the complaint shall be maintained, consistent with the needs of the investigation into the complaint. Information concerning the complaint, the claimant, and the results or progress of the investigation will be on a need-to-know basis, only by those assigned duties to receive complaints, those who investigate them, and those interviewed.

The procedure provided for in the Board's grievance procedure, the collective bargaining agreement, and other procedures provided for by law shall be compiled with according to the status of the claimant and alleged harasser in each individual situation. Information concerning the procedures may be obtained from the Titles VII and IX Coordinator.

IV. SANCTIONS

A substantiated charge against an employee in the School System shall subject that employee to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

A substantiated charge against a student in the School System shall subject that student to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion, consistent with the student discipline code.

V.NOTIFICATION

Notice of this policy will be circulated to all schools and departments of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System and referenced in teacher and student handbooks. Training sessions on this policy and the prevention of sexual harassment shall be held in all schools on an annual basis. Training sessions for new non-teaching employees shall be conducted annually.