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LOYD E. AUMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Parent/Student Handbook

Principal – Tara Bratcher

E-mail: tarabratcher@ccs.k12.nc.us

Assistant Principal – Dr. Queesha Tillman

E-mail: queeshatillman@ccs.k12.nc.us

(910)868-8153

Fax (910)868-0712

Webpage: www.laes.ccs.k12.nc.us

Twitter: @LoydEAuman

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WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!

Loyd Auman Elementary School Bears

The Loyd E. Auman Elementary School Bear Pledge

Today I will:

Believe in myself.

Expect the best.

Always be accountable.

Respect everyone and everything.

Stay safe.

Mission Statement

At Loyd E. Auman Elementary our mission is to provide a safe innovative environment where brilliant minds meet to develop a positive lifelong love for learning through engaging, rigorous, structured and cutting edge strategies in a safe, respectful and caring environment that produces 21st century learners.

 LAES Staff + Students + Families + Community = Success

ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE

A WRITTEN EXCUSE STATING THE REASON FOR AN ABSENCE MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL ON THE DAY A STUDENT RETURNS, SUCH EXCUSES SHOULD BE DATED AND SIGNED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.

This information is needed to properly code your child’s absence. When these procedures are not carried out, we are put in a position of arbitrarily coding an absence as being unlawful. Absences such as vacations or leave periods are considered unlawful absences. EDUCATIONAL TRIPS MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE PRINCIPAL. Please secure approval forms from the office.

     When it is necessary for a student to miss more than one day due to illness, etc., please call the school and advise. The school will attempt to contact all parents when a student has three or more absences. The contact by the school does not eliminate the need for a written note. Attendance is important in the elementary school and has a great effect on student achievement. Parents will be notified of excessive tardies/absences in an attempt to assist in making sure all students are getting an equal opportunity to learn.

  • PLEASE ASSIST US IN MAKING SURE YOUR CHILD IS PRESENT AND ON TIME EACH DAY.
  • PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER.

CHECK IN-CHECK OUT PROCEDURES

Our schedule for students is 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Students may arrive at school beginning at 8:00 a.m. and students will dismiss at 3:10 p.m. Students may not be dropped off prior to the 8:00 a.m. bell. If you would like to walk your child to class please park in a designated area and walk students into the building. You must sign in at the front office in order to walk your child to class. Please ensure that students are in class seated and ready to learn before 8:25 a.m. to have a successful school year.  To ensure all students’ safety we ask that you always drop students off with an adult. Student drop off is located at the front of the building. Students arriving to school after the 8:25 a.m. bell must be signed in by an adult at the front office. These students will be given a late pass in order to be admitted to class. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO CHECK-IN by him or herself. Students who check out before 11:30 or who check in after 11:30 will be counted absent for the day.

Only persons authorized on the pick-up card are allowed to sign students out prior to dismissal A driver’s license or state/government issued photo identification is required when checking students out of school. Students may not be checked out after 2:45 p.m. Under no circumstances will students be released from class without following the above checkout procedures. The school will not be involved in domestic custody disputes without legal documentation on file.

During parent pick up, please remain in your car with your car tag displayed and we will load students as quickly as possible. We understand emergencies happen; however, parents who walk up will be asked to remain outside until all students have exited the building and gotten safely to their dismissal location. Once all students are out of the building, parents who walk up (with or without a car tag) will need to present their identification and sign out their child at the office. Parents will be given a checkout slip to present to the teacher in order to receive their child.  Walking up to receive students will only be permitted 3 times. After the third occurrence you will be asked to get a car tag and remain in the pick up line. Parents should not walk up and take a student without following the procedures outlined above. Remember the safety of ALL of our students is our main priority because we want everyone to get home safely.

Students who are suspended from the bus will be given a temporary car pick up tag. When the bus suspension ends the tag must be returned.

CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION

At the beginning of the year, parents provide information to the school concerning how their child is to get home each day.  Parents please notify teachers in writing of any change in this information; please send a note; we cannot accept a child’s word in this matter.  We cannot accept transportation changes over the phone (including text messages) due to safety precautions as we are unable to make an appropriate identification over the telephone. Please do not ask us to make exceptions to this rule it is for your child’s safety.

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONICS

Cell phones/electronics are not to be used in classrooms, playground, library, restrooms, buses, cafeteria or any other school property (ie. to include bus stops) by students. They are not to be used during transition times and/or between classes. If the phone/electronic device is seen during the school day, staff can request the phone/device to be collected and returned by the end of the school day; this will serve as the student’s warning.The 2nd offense will result in the parents picking up the phone/device from administration. 

CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS

Each teacher may schedule no more than two classroom celebrations per school year.  Each teacher has the option of setting alternate dates. Birthday parties for individual students will not be permitted. Parents may bring cupcakes or another healthy snack to share with students during lunch/snack time (balloons, flowers, candles,  party treats, and decorations are not permitted). In order for us to be in compliance with health regulations all food brought in for student consumption must be store bought and in the original package.

In an effort to prevent hurt feelings on the part of pupils, students will not be permitted to pass out party invitations at school unless the invitation is issued to all class members.  If your child is planning a private party and inviting only selected classmates, invitations should not be issued at school.

DRESS CODE

Children should be encouraged to have pride in their personal appearance at all times. We appeal to you as parents to stress the importance of proper dress. Staff members will also serve as role models for our students to foster proper dress. Professionals and students will not be allowed to wear hats/headgear in the building except for school spirit hat days.

Pants below the hips, untied shoes, flip-flops,  shower shoes and heels are safety hazards and not allowed. We are committed to providing a safe atmosphere conducive to learning at all times; therefore, tee shirts, short skirts and dresses, and other clothing items with inappropriate language and/or messages, excessively short shorts falling higher than mid-thigh, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops with straps no less than 2 inches wide, mid drift tops, crop tops, see through tops & tube tops, etc. are considered inappropriate. Parents will be contacted if a student arrives dressed inappropriately. Our Dress Code is aligned with the Cumberland County School Board Policy as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.

BUS TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY RULES

Students are assigned to school buses by the CCS Transportation Department according to the North Carolina General Statutes #115C-244.  Students must live in the Loyd Auman School attendance area to be eligible for bus transportation. School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. A student is to ride the bus to which he/she is assigned.  Students will be allowed off the bus only at school and their assigned stop. The bus driver is in complete control of the bus and its occupants at all times. Students riding the bus must comply with the requests of the driver.  

Please follow these safety rules

  • If you have to walk along the road to your bus stop, walk on the left side facing traffic. When cars are coming toward you, get well off the road to avoid any danger of being hit.
  • Be at your bus stop on time and wait for the bus in a safe place, off the road.
  • If it is necessary to cross the road at the bus stop, do so only when the way is clear, and the bus has stopped.  Be sure that all traffic has stopped, and look both ways.
  • Walk, don’t run, when crossing the road at the bus stop, cross in front of the bus and far enough in front of the bus so you can see the driver and he/she can see you.
  • Use the handrail when entering and leaving the bus.
  • Take your assigned seat as directed by the bus driver or monitor.
  • Observe good conduct while riding.  Loud or unusual behavior could distract the bus driver’s attention and cause an accident.  Always obey the driver.
  • Permission to open windows should be obtained from the driver.
  • Keep head, hands, and arms inside the bus.  Do not throw objects from the bus.
  • Keep the aisles clear of objects that could cause a passenger to stumble.
  • Remain seated until the bus has stopped before attempting to leave the bus.
  • Passengers who live on the right side of the road should immediately move away from the bus out of danger after unloading.
  • Report any misbehavior or vandalism to the bus driver.
  • In the event of an accident or emergency, passengers may have to unload the bus.  They should go to a safe place off the highway. Another bus will pick them up or other suitable arrangements will be made to take them to school or home.
  • Only authorized school personnel may board a school bus, any unauthorized person, including parents may be prosecuted.
  • There are numerous student behaviors which create safety hazards and consequently must be corrected.  Therefore, students who fail to adhere to the following safety rules will face disciplinary action by the administration.
  1. Delaying the bus schedule
  2. Improper boarding/departing procedures
  3. Tampering with the bus
  4. Smoking, using profanity, or refusing to obey instructions from school authorities or bus driver while riding a bus
  5. Refusing to meet the bus at the designated stop
  6. Unauthorized leaving of the bus
  7. Playing, throwing paper, or other objects, or otherwise distracting the bus driver’s attention while the bus is in operation
  8. Failure to remain seated
  9. Hanging out of the window
  10. Fighting, pushing, tripping others
  11. Rude, discourteous, and annoying conduct
  12. Destruction of Property
  13. Eating/drinking on the bus
  14. Other behavior relating to Safety, Well-Being and Respect of Others

Parents are not to board the bus at any time or delay the bus schedule in any way.

If you have a child in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, please remember that we require an adult to be at the bus stop to receive the student. Waivers are available for first and second grade students ONLY. In the absence of an adult at the bus stop, the bus driver will return the student(s) to school and it will be the parent’s responsibility to pick the student up immediately.

HOMEWORK

To increase student achievement, teachers reinforce skills through homework.  Students at this age (grades K-5) continually need the support of their parents in ensuring that homework is completed to promote success and good study habits.  Homework is assigned to reinforce skills and develop a home/school connection. If homework appears to be too difficult for your child and an excessive amount of time is being spent on homework, please notify the classroom teacher immediately. Parent support and supervision of homework is critical in building positive study habits and ensuring that students are developing a life-long love for learning.

MEDICINE

Medicine will not be administered to a child unless prescribed by a doctor. All medicine must be in the original container with the prescription label. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING ANY MEDICATION TO OR FROM SCHOOL. If medication is to be given more than 5 consecutive days, a “Request to Administer Medicine” must be signed by the doctor and kept on file in the office. If you feel this may apply, please call or stop by the office, if possible, and get the necessary forms BEFORE going to the doctor, in order to save yourself two trips. We have a medicine clerk in the front office that will be happy to address any of your questions or concerns.  Please make sure the classroom teacher is aware of any special health information concerning your child and list information on the verification form. Any unused medications must be picked up by the parent on the last day of school. Parents please contact the school with any questions or concerns regarding medication.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Required Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled each year; however you are encouraged to seek additional conferences with your child’s teacher at any time during the school year. Contact your child’s teacher for an appointment. It is important for students to be aware that teachers and parents communicate at all times.  Nothing has a greater impact on student progress than parents and teachers working together. If your schedule does not permit regular conferences in person, let us know. We will be glad to make other arrangements. After all, nothing is more important than your child.

PARENT VOLUNTEER/CLASSROOM OBSERVATION

Parents are important to us and are welcome at Loyd Auman Elementary. Parents are needed as volunteers on a regular, reoccurring basis in the school (let us know you are interested in being a volunteer). All volunteers are required to complete a Cumberland County Schools Voluntary Security Data form before volunteering at our school. This form must be completed online. If you work and cannot volunteer during the school day but would like to help in other ways, contact your child’s teacher, the parent facilitator, or an administrator. Parents are also welcome to visit or observe in a classroom, please follow these procedures:

  • Call the school office 24 hours in advance to schedule a classroom observation.
  • Specify what learning opportunities you would like to observe at school.  
  • No small children please during observations.
  • Sign in at the office and receive further instructions.  We believe student-learning time is very important and wish for all observations to be successful for the observer and the class.

We are committed to protecting our instructional time and using the time for students.

VISITORS

Parents/community members are encouraged to visit our school as often as they wish. For security reasons, all parents/visitors must report to the main office for visitor identification. Visitors will need to show some type of State or Government Issued Photo Identification. This includes parents with teacher appointments, parents/visitors eating lunch, ANYONE coming to school during the day. For security reasons outside doors will be locked during the day. Visitors will need to obtain a visitor’s badge from the main office. Visitors will be asked to leave car keys, in exchange for a badge to ensure visitor badge is returned prior to leaving campus. This badge helps us know who is in the building and to protect the safety of our students and staff. Conferences should be scheduled at such times so as not to interrupt or interfere with instructional time.

WITHDRAWAL OF PUPILS

Parents are required to send a note to the principal’s office or call several days before the child is to be withdrawn from school in order for the teacher to complete his/her records. Records will be requested from the new school.  All books, materials, library books need to be returned at the time of withdrawal.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Our breakfast and lunch program will begin on the first day of school.  ALL children will receive meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost for the 2019-2020 school year. The Breakfast Program is served to students in the cafeteria beginning at 8:00 a.m. more information about our breakfast program is available from the cafeteria manager (910) 868-5445.  Parents are encouraged to eat lunch with students in the cafeteria, remember to sign-in in the office with your identification and get a visitor sticker before going to the cafeteria for lunch.

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS/RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to attend Loyd Auman Elementary School, the parent, guardian, or person having lawful control of the child shall reside in the Loyd Auman Elementary School district.  It shall be the policy of the Cumberland County Board of Education for the school not to accept pupils who live outside the school attendance area. Legal custody papers must be approved through the Board of Education.

Students who move within the Cumberland County Administrative Unit may remain in the school they are attending until the end of the school year in which they moved, provided the parents and/or students furnish the transportation.

Students who move outside of the Cumberland County Administrative Unit may remain in the school they are attending until the end of the semester in which they moved provided:

  1. Application to remain in said school is submitted to the local Board of Education and approved by said Board.
  2. Request for release is submitted to the Board of Education in whose jurisdiction the applicant resides, and release from said Board is approved.
  3. Student and/or parents furnish transportation.

If it is determined that a student resides outside the school district and entered Loyd E. Auman Elementary School without meeting residency requirements, said student will be subject to immediate dismissal.

SECTION 504/AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination from any program or activity of the school. Qualified disabled students are entitled to a free appropriate public education. Disabled persons who believe they are subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability may appeal to the person in the school designated to hear said grievances. If still unresolved, grievances may then be appealed to school district ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Natasha Scott, Cumberland County Schools.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

No student or employee in the Cumberland County School shall, on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicapping condition, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that governs the maintenance of student records. Under this law, parents of students or students (if they are at least 18 years of age) have both the right to inspect records kept by the school about the student and the right to correct inaccuracies in the records. Access to the records by person other than the parents or the student is limited and generally requires prior consent by the parents of the student. Copies of the policy may be found in the office of the Superintendent and in the Principal’s office of each school within the Cumberland County School System. Complaints about failures of school personnel to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act may be made, in writing, to FERPA office, Federal Building No. 10, Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20202.

PARENT RIGHT TO KNOW STATEMENT

As required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I Part A.  Information is available at our school to include but is not limited to the following:

  • the school improvement plan
  • qualifications of your child’s teacher and/or teacher assistant
  • professional development opportunities for teachers and assistants to ensure highly qualified personnel
  • opportunities for parent involvement and input
  • the district improvement plan
  • the district parent involvement policy
  • the district report card and the school report card

Please contact our school and we will be glad to provide you with this information upon request.

DECLARACION DEL DERECHO A SABER DE LOS PADRES

Como requerido por el Acto de Que Ningún Niño se Quede Atrás (NCLB) del 2001,
           Título 1 Parte A.  Información está disponible en nuestra escuela que incluye pero que
           no está limitada a lo siguiente:

  • Plan de Mejoría de la Escuela
  • Calificaciones del maestro(a) de su hijo/a
  • Oportunidades del desarollo professional de los maestros y de los asistentes para
    asegurar personal altamente calificados
  • Oportunidades para la participación y las opiniones del padre
  • Plan de Mejoría de las Escuelas del Condado de Cumberland
  • El Plan del Título 1 para la Participación de los Padres y el Plan para la Participación
    de los Padres en las Escuelas
  • Reporte de Calificación del Condado de Cumberland
  • Reporte de Calificación de la Escuela

Favor de comunicarse con nuestra escuela y será nuestro placer en proveerle con
           información a su petición.

Mark Your Calendar for These IMPORTANT Dates

Report Cards                     Student/Staff Holidays                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

October 25                                   September 2                                        October 16 (2 hr. early release day)

January 10                                   November 11                                       October 21

March 20                                     November 28-29                                November 27

May 22                                         December 23-Jan 3                            January 6-7

                                                       January 20                                           February 17-18

                                                       April 10                                                 March 16

 

OUR DAILY SCHEDULE

1st Bell—–8:00 am

Late Bell—-8:30 am

(No check outs after 2:45 pm)

Dismissal—–3:10pm

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Student Snacks—-A la Carte

Adult breakfast—-A la Carte

Adult Lunch——-A la carte

Extra or Adult Milk—–$.50

 

Please sign and return to your child’s teacher.

I have read and understand the policies in the Loyd E. Auman Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook. I have also discussed these policies with my child.

_____________________________________                      ______________________________________

Parent’s Name (Print)                                                                                    Parent’s Signature

_____________________________________

Student’s Name

_____________________________________

Teacher’s Name

__________

Grade

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Published by Melissa McNeill on September 3, 2019