Student Handbook

 

 

Paris Elementary School 

PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK 

2019-2020

 

CARDINAL POWER

 

4 Hathaway Road South Paris, Maine 04281 207-743-7802 

http://www.msad17.org/paris

 


Cardinal Power Pledge 

I am a citizen of Paris Elementary School 

I HAVE CARDINAL POWER! 

I am respectful, safe, and kind 

I HAVE CARDINAL POWER! 

I take care of myself, my environment, and all people

 I HAVE CARDINAL POWER! 

I am responsible for my learning each and every day 

I HAVE CARDINAL POWER! 

I can make a difference in the world with my own two hands 

I HAVE CARDINAL POWER!

 

SCHOOL HOURS 

8:30 a.m. Students may be dropped off - Breakfast is served. 

8:45 a.m. Instructional Day Begins 

3:05 p.m. Dismissal begins   2:05 Dismissal every Wednesday

Children should not arrive before 8:30 as there is no supervision unless you are enrolled in Destination Paris. If your child arrives after 8:45, he/she must be signed in at the office by a parent and will be marked tardy. 

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 

When arriving by car, parents are asked to enter school property via Meadow Lane. Parents may park in the large parking lot on the North Side of the building and walk their child to the front entrance of the school or they may pull into the Car Loop and drop their child off. Parents are asked to not arrive until after 8:30 as there are no staff on supervision duty until that time daily. 

 

If you are using the car loop, please do not pass other cars and please do not leave your car unattended. If you wish to leave your car, please park in the North Parking lot off Meadow Lane. 

 

In the afternoon, students who leave by car are dismissed at 3:05 and are walked to the car loop by a staff member. We do not dismiss children to go alone to the parking lot to meet parents. If you are picking your child up, join the queue in the loop. We load five cars at a time to keep the line moving rather quickly. For the safety of all children and parents, please do not pass other cars in the loop! If you are not in the car loop on time for dismissal, your child will wait in the office and you will need to come in and sign them out?

 

If you do not wish to sit in the car loop and wait for your child, you will need to park in the North parking lot and enter the cafeteria to meet your child. You will need to sign your child out if you are not in the car loop. For safety reasons, students will no longer be walked outside to meet parents standing by the cafeteria.

 

Students are allowed to walk or ride bikes to and from school with parent permission. Children who ride bikes must wear bike helmets in accordance with the law. Students who walk or ride bikes must sign out in their classrooms so we know that they have left the grounds. 

 

Please do not enter school property via Hathaway Road. This driveway to the school from Hathaway is reserved for buses and staff use only. Please share this information with others who might be dropping off or picking up your child.

 

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION 

In the event of an accident or illness at school, the parents are called or, if necessary, the emergency number that you indicate on the Emergency Form is called. Please make sure your Emergency Contact Person is someone local who can be reached (Grandmother in Florida isn’t a good choice!) Please make sure that person is forewarned that you are using them as a contact person. Any accident or injury at school should be reported to a teacher. Ice, soap and water, band aids, and rest are our routine first aid. If there is any doubt about the seriousness of the injury, the parent or guardian or emergency back-up will be contacted. If at any point during the school year your emergency information changes, please notify the school immediately so we can keep our records up to date.

 

APPOINTMENTS/CONFERENCES 

Our staff will gladly meet with parents before or after school. Please call the school office to arrange an appointment. Parents are kindly asked not to call teachers at their homes. An appointment can be made to meet with the principal or assistant principal by calling or stopping in. It is best to call ahead to avoid having to wait. Evening hours are available for parents who work. Parent Conferences are held twice yearly. Students are expected to be an important part of the conference as they help lead the discussion about academic progress, learning behaviors, and goals. To protect a child’s confidentiality, we ask that parents refrain from trying to conference with a staff member in public places, i.e.: the parking lot, a spaghetti supper, a hallway, supermarket, etc. Your cooperation is requested in understanding that it is against the law for any staff member to discuss confidential school and student matters with others who do not have the right to know. 

 

ATTENDANCE 

Our school day begins at 8:45 and ends at 3:05. Please read the following information carefully to understand procedures for excusing your child from school. Excessive absences or tardiness for other than verifiably excusable reasons may result in disciplinary action. Parents will be notified after their child has accumulated excessive absences and parents will be asked to participate in a conference to develop a plan to improve school attendance. Six percent (ten school days) over the course of the year is considered excessive because of ESSA requirements. Parents of children who have been absent 10% or more of the time will receive a weekly email message from the district as a reminder that attendance needs to improve. The school is required by law to contact DHHS if a child has 5 consecutive unexcused absences or more than 7 unexcused absences. Please see information on page 7 about mandatory attendance laws.

 

ILLNESSES AND APPOINTMENTS                         

We believe that students should strive to be in school each of the 175 days required by Maine State Law. If a child must be absent due to illness, the parents or guardian are asked to notify the school between 7:30 and 9:00 of the morning missed. This communication keeps us from worrying about where a child might be and sets a lifelong example for children that they must notify their “employer” when they are unable to be on the job. In extreme cases, parents may be required to provide notice from the child’s physician. If we do not hear from you by 9:15 when your child is absent, you will receive a phone message from our School Messenger Service. It helps us if you contact us first! 

 

We encourage parents to try to make doctor appointments after school hours though we understand it is not always possible to do so. Please let us know if your child will be late to school or will leave school early due to an appointment. If a child is too ill to be in school, we consider the child too ill to be asked to do schoolwork at home. At a parent’s request, teachers will prepare lessons for an ill child that will be sent home with a sibling or that may be picked up after school hours by the parent. Please allow 24 hours after the request for a teacher to prepare lessons for the child. Students who have been absent are responsible for contacting teachers to get explanation about missed lessons, assignments, and to make up missed quizzes or tests. 

 

FAMILY VACATIONS 

Parents are discouraged from planning family vacations during school time. Please notify the principal and teacher at least one week in advance if you are planning to take your child from school for a vacation. Administrators will make decisions regarding whether or not a vacation will be considered excused or unexcused.  

 

All long-term projects that have been assigned prior to and that are due during the time missed must be completed and turned in prior to the child leaving on vacation. Parents must understand that new instruction, class discussions, etc. can not be repeated. Parents are responsible for making sure that their child understands missed assignments and instruction. Parents must also understand that not all assignments can be predicted or prepared prior to a child being absent on vacation. Therefore teachers are not required to prepare lessons ahead of time for students who will be gone on vacation. Children who have been absent are responsible for contacting teachers to get missed assignments and to make up missed quizzes or tests upon their return to school. 

 

TARDIES

School hours are from 8:45 - 3:05 each day unless otherwise noted. Students must be in their classrooms before 8:45 AM to avoid being marked tardy. Punctuality is an important life lesson that we reinforce with students. The tardy child misses out on important events that happen at the beginning of each day, including announcements, lunch count, beginning of lessons, etc. Please help us teach responsibility to your child by assuring that he/she is prompt each day. If a child is late to school, a parent must sign the child in at the office prior to going to his/her classroom so we can make corrections to the district attendance reports and get an accurate lunch count. Disciplinary action may be taken by the school if the child has accumulated numerous tardies and corrective action does not appear to have been effective in solving the problem.       

      

EARLY DISMISSAL 

Parents who need to dismiss their child from school early are asked to come to the office to sign their child out. If a child leaves school between 2:00 - 3:05 he/she is marked as being dismissed early. Under no circumstances will a child be sent to the parking lot to meet a caregiver. This includes parents who wish to remove their child from the bus at the end of the day. Before the child is released to you, parents must come to the office to sign the child out. This rule is for the safety of your child. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

FULL DAY OR HALF DAY 

Children who arrive to school after 10:00 but before 12:00 noon, are marked a half day (AM) absent. If they leave before 2:00 but after 12:00 noon, they are marked a half day (PM) absent. Children must be in school for at least three hours daily for it to be counted a half day present. Therefore, if a child arrives after 12:00 or leaves before 12:00, he/she is marked absent for the entire day. This is a District guideline followed consistently in every school.

 

STATE ATTENDANCE LAWS 

During the 2007-08 school year, several updated and revised district policies were approved to match new State Laws regarding student attendance. These policies could have a direct affect on your child, yourself, and our school. The newly revised policies are JHB: Truancy and JLF: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. Policy JHB now specifies “Habitually Truant” at the elementary level. During the school year, when a child has the equivalent of seven (7) unexcused absences or five (5) consecutive unexcused absences, the child is considered, by law, to be habitually truant. At that point, the principal shall inform the Superintendent and attempt to correct the problem. If it is not resolved, the Superintendent/designee shall try other initiatives listed in the policy to get the student in school. If these attempts fail, the school may notify local law enforcement authorities and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) a violation of the habitual truancy state statutes.

 

Policy JLF explains the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. For the first time, habitual truancy is included in this policy. If a child is in violation of Policy JHB (truancy), then the parent/guardian falls under policy JLF - Child Abuse and Neglect. 

 

What this means for parents and guardians is that you should have your child continue to attend school on a daily basis. If your child will be absent, please remember to call or send a note to the school office. If we do not hear from you, we assume your child’s absence is unexcused. School Board Regulation regarding excused/unexcused absences specifically states:

A student’s absence is excused when the absence is for the following reasons: 

A. Personal illness. May be verified by the building principal 

B. An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day. Appropriate documentation may be requested by the building principal. 

C. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day. Appropriate documentation may be requested by the building principal. 

D. A family emergency if deemed appropriate by the building principal. 

E. A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose which has been approved by the principal. 

 

As a courtesy to parents and to ensure that children are safe, if we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we attempt to call you to find out where your child is and why he/she is absent. When we call, if we do not reach anyone or hear back from you,  your child’s absence will be unexcused.

 

BANNED ITEMS 

Gum is not allowed on school property either inside or on the playground without special permission. Candy is permitted only in special circumstances. We encourage parents to send healthy snacks for their child. Please do not send soft drinks (soda) to school with your child or caffeinated drinks.  

 

Personal toys may not be brought to school without specific permission from the classroom teacher. Trading cards including Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh sports cards, and similar items are not allowed at school and will be taken from students. Children who wish to bring playground toys such as balls or jump ropes to school accept full responsibility for them. Toys will be taken from students if they are out during instructional time. They will be returned only to parents. Children may not bring toy guns, including squirt guns, toy knives, or toy weapons of any kind to school. 

 

Electronic devices are not allowed at school at any time unless there is a specific instructional need and and/or approval is given by the teacher. Some bus drivers do allow electronic devices during the bus ride to or from school. However, once the child arrives at school these items should be securely placed inside their backpack and the student accepts full responsibility for the item’s safety. Items that are confiscated because they are out during the school day will be returned only to a parent. 

 

The school accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged electronic devices. 

 

CELLULAR PHONES

Cell phones should be shut off at all times during the school day and stored in backpacks. Students may not use cell phones at school except under the conditions provided for in school district policy. The school accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged cell phones. 

 

If a cell phone becomes a distraction, it will be kept in the office until the end of the day. Cell phones may not be used on district buses without permission from the bus driver. Please do not attempt to call or text your child on his/her cell phone during the day. If you must reach your child to give a message, please call the school office and leave a message.

 

BICYCLES                                

Students may ride their bikes to school with parent permission. The following bike rules will be enforced: All cyclists must wear safety helmets in accordance with the law. Bicycles should not be ridden in the parking lots or driveways. Cyclists should enter the school grounds from High Street near the bike rack by the school sign. Bikes must be left at the bike rack during the school day. The school accepts no responsibility for the safety and security of bicycles. It is suggested that bikes be locked during the day. Motorists should practice extreme caution around the school, knowing there are children riding bikes and walking to/from school.

 

BIRTHDAYS AND PARTIES 

If your child would like to share a special treat with the class on his/her birthday, please call the classroom (homeroom) teacher to make arrangements. To protect the health of all children, it is best to avoid food items that contain nuts or any peanut oil due to allergies. If your child is planning a private party, we ask that invitations not be distributed at school or on the bus unless all children in the class get one. We do not make exceptions to this and ask your cooperation. 

 

Occasionally a child will receive a special delivery of balloons or flowers at school for a special occasion. Deliveries of this nature are extremely disruptive to the educational process and we discourage parents from honoring students at school in this way. It is our policy to hold such items in the office until the end of the school day. Please note in the bus rules that balloons and glass containers are not allowed on district buses. 

 

If for religious reasons your child cannot participate in special events or parties, please notify the principal of the school and the classroom teacher so that we can make proper alternative arrangements for your child. 

 

BULLYING 

“A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” 

Every child has the right to attend school in an environment that promotes learning through a peaceful and loving atmosphere. Bullying is not tolerated at Paris Elementary School. 

 

Parents, please help us create a peaceful and kind learning environment. If your child complains about other children teasing or putting him down, let us know immediately. If you receive a call from the teacher, principal, or counselor saying that your child has been bullying another child, please work with us to help your child improve his/her behavior. 

 

If your child is being bullied through email by others, please notify our office. We will be able to take action if this is happening through the school’s bulletin board system. Please note, children who attend our school are not old enough to have legal access to Facebook or other social networking sites. If you allow your child to establish an account against those established rules, you should also monitor your child’s use. We do not allow access to social networking sites at school.                                       

 

CHILD CUSTODY 

In most cases, when parents are divorced or separated, both parents continue to have equal rights where their children are concerned. In these instances we will send copies of report cards, progress reports, newsletters, etc. to the noncustodial parent as requested. 

 

If you are a noncustodial parent or share custody of your child, please notify us if you would like to receive vital information pertaining to your child. If, as custodial parent, you have a court order that limits the rights of one parent in matters such as custody or visitation, please bring a copy of the order to the school office. Unless your court order is on file with us we will provide equal rights and access to both parents.

 

DESTINATION PARIS EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM 

We host our own before and after school program for children who need safe before and/or after school care or who want to participate in a quality extended learning program. The site coordinator is Saara Leduc. If you are interested in learning more about how your child can participate, contact Saara at s.leduc@msad17.org. Watch for more information that will be sent home with children throughout the school year. 

 

BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS 

As with all other aspects of the school experience, our focus is on the safety of each child. Therefore, we take the school district bus rules and consequences very seriously. We expect our children at Paris Elementary School to set a good example for all students who ride the bus. We will enforce the district policy as written. Please familiarize your child with the bus rules and consequences which can be found on the next two pages. Buses in MSAD #17 have been fitted for the use of video cameras and equipment. Bus students are videotaped by the school department and these tapes may be reviewed to monitor student behavior and safety.

 

Our buses will also be equipped with a GPS tracking system. This will allow for the transportation department to know the location of all buses in the district. This will help keep track of our buses and students especially when there is no cellular service or radio service available.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

The Oxford Hills School Transportation Department needs your help in making children aware of the Safety measures necessary both on and off buses. All students should understand the importance of the rules, both for regular transportation and field trips. Please review with you child the following rules: 

 

MEETING THE BUS 

1. Be at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled time. Stand back about 10 feet from the bus stop and wait until the door is open before loading. 

2. If students miss the bus, they should not attempt to ride another bus, walk to or from school, or hitch hike. 

3. Respect the property rights of others while waiting for the bus. Do not litter or make unnecessary noise. 

4. Line up at the stop; don't push and shove; wait for the bus to come to a full stop before approaching it. 

5. Never throw snowballs or other objects at or around a bus. 

6. Don't fight with or tease other students at the bus stop. 

7. During winter months, students should never wait for the bus on snow piles near the road, they may slip under the bus or another vehicle. 

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE BUS

1. While loading and/or unloading, enter or leave the bus orderly and quickly as directed by the driver. 

2. If the student should arrive at the stop just as the bus approaches the stop, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop; cross 10 feet in front of the bus in clear view of the bus driver. 

3. Students who must cross the road after leaving the bus in the afternoon must go to a point of the shoulder of the road 10 feet in front of the bus. Cross the road only after the driver has signaled the student to cross in front of the bus. 

4. Before crossing in front of the bus, be sure you can see the driver and the driver can see you. 

5. If a student drops any object while leaving the bus, do not attempt to retrieve the object until the bus has left the scene and the road is clear of vehicles. 

6. Do not enter or leave the school bus by the back door except in case of an emergency or unless directed to do so by the driver.

 

RIDING THE BUS 

1. While riding the bus, students are under the supervision of the driver at all times. The driver has the authority to assign a seat to a student. 

2. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that they will not distract the driver or disturb other riders on the bus. 

3. Students may not carry the following objects on school buses: Glass, Knives or sharp objects, Pets or caged animals, Skis, ski poles, and snowboards, Sleds, Chemicals of any nature, Large musical instruments, Skateboards, Firearms, Hand Tools or power tools, Engine parts, Balloons, Pokeman, Yugioh, or other trading cards, Any item that could cause injury or disruptive behavior (This is at the drivers' discretion) 

4. Students must keep pens, pencils, and other school materials inside their backpacks. 

5. Students are not to deface the bus or any school property. They should not litter the floor of the bus, eat, or drink on the bus. 

6. Students must not tamper with any of the safety devices, including door latches and fire extinguishers. They must stay seated until the driver directs them to get off the bus. Students are 

not to put their hands, arms, head or bodies out of the window, nor are they to yell at anyone outside the bus. 

7. Students are to sit facing the front with their backs up against the back of the seat and their feet directly in front of them. They must not get up from their seats and move while the bus is moving. 

8. Do not ask the bus driver to be let off at any place except your (the students') regular stop unless there is a note signed by the students' parents' directing otherwise. 

9. Students must ride only the bus to which they are assigned. Visitors are not allowed to ride buses unless permission is first obtained from school officials. 

10. Students are not to play radios, tape players, or band instruments while on the bus. Special arrangements may be made with the use of a CD player with headphones depending on the students' needs 

11. The school bus is like a classroom and all school rules apply. 

12. Keep the bus clean. 

13. There is no smoking or any use of tobacco on the bus. 

14. Keep the aisle clear of books, lunch boxes, musical instruments, etc. 

15. No objects will be allowed which obstruct the driver's view of which interfere with a student(s) space, safety or comfort. All items should be held on the student's lap. 

16. No harassment physical or verbal. No hitting or roughhousing. No teasing, name calling, or profanity.

 

Consequences 

Students may be denied the privilege of riding the school bus for infractions of the rules. First Written Warning: Parents are notified and consequences consistent with the discipline procedures of the school are given. This may include suspension from the bus. Contact may be by telephone and/or parents conference, depending on the circumstances. The number of days for a suspension will depend on the offense, pattern and severity of the behavior. 

Second Written Warning: Parents are notified and consequences consistent with the discipline procedures of the school are given. This may include suspension from the bus and school. The number of days for a suspension will depend on the pattern and severity of the behavior. Parents will always be notified in cases of suspension. (A parent conference may be requested in cases that do not result in suspension). 

Third Written Warning: Parents are notified and the privilege to ride the bus is suspended. (A parent conference will be required with appropriate school personnel to resolve the problem). On this, the third incident of misconduct the student will lose all bus privileges for minimal 3-5 days. 

Extreme Violations: In any instance in which a student's misbehavior has endangered the bus or other passengers, or in which a student has to be removed from the bus by a school employee or police officer, that student's privilege to ride may be immediately suspended until such time as a parent or guardian and student meet with appropriate school personnel to resolve the problem. 

Additional Incidents: Will result in removal from the bus for the remainder of the year. End of the year violations/disciplinary actions may carry over to the beginning of the following school year.

COMMUNICATIONS 

One of our ongoing goals is to provide clear and concise information to parents in a variety of ways. We also encourage parents to communicate concerns or give us feedback. We strongly suggest parents utilize one or more of the following channels which are easily available: 

1. Read the Parent Newsletter published throughout the school year. You may opt to read the letter at our website to help us save paper and money by visiting the school district website: http://www.msad17.org

2. Attend PTO meetings each month and get involved in this fine organization

3. Read special interest articles published routinely in local newspapers 

4. Attend Parent Conferences, Open House, and special family events 

5. Get involved as a school volunteer 

6. Pick up the phone and call us if you need clarification or further information

7. Read communications sent home by teachers 

8. Share your email address with us! All staff have school issued email accounts. This is an excellent way to communicate with any staff member. 

19. Check us out online! Our web site includes a calendar, information about our staff and school newsletters.

 

Our district subscribes to a service called School Messenger. This allows us to notify parents by email, telephone, and text messaging whenever there are important announcements. You can expect to receive School Messenger announcements whenever there are school cancellations, late starts, or early dismissals due to weather. You can also expect reminders about things like parents conferences and scheduled no school days. 

You will receive a voicemail/email message through School Messenger with important announcements and reminders on a regular basis.

 

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE 

Occasionally a parent may have a need to express a concern about something that has gone on in a classroom or within the school setting. We ask that you follow a logical sequence of steps to assure that your concerns are heard. It is important to us that we try to solve issues quickly. 

 

First, meet with the teacher to discuss your thoughts. If you do not feel that appropriate resolution has come from that meeting, please contact the school principal for a meeting. At that time the teacher, if necessary, may be asked to sit in. If you still are dissatisfied with the school’s response to your concern, you should contact the Superintendent of Schools for SAD 17 (743-8972).

 

It is important to our professional teaching staff that we are given the opportunity to solve problems at the lowest possible level by listening to your concerns. It is also important that concerns be directly addressed. It is difficult to address issues that have either been presented to us as ‘hearsay’ or that have been allowed to fester over a period of time. 

 

TECHNOLOGY 

All students are provided with an email account. Generally, it is not until the upper grades when teachers introduce children to email and then only after they have taught the rules for use of the computers, internet and internet use. All students have access to school computers/chromebook/ipads and a curriculum that teaches students about technology, keyboarding and other important skills. All school computers are guarded by a system that prevents children from accessing inappropriate websites. Students who use the school computers in violation of the computer use rules may have their computer privileges at school suspended at the discretion of administration. Citizens are able to access district-wide information about curriculum, budget and school board policies via the MSAD 17 website at http://www.msad17.org

 

As a school we have become very concerned about the dangers posed to children who use the internet when unsupervised. Please supervise your children’s use of the internet and teach them to never give out personal information such as name, address, phone or birthdays. We are also concerned when we receive complaints from parents about cyber-bullying through children’s use of social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. The children in our school are not of legal age to have most of these accounts. Most children are not socially mature enough to avoid the name calling, put downs, and bullying that often occur through those forums. We strongly suggest that you limit your child’s access to such social sites and monitor your child’s internet activities. We do not allow children access to these sites at school.

 

DISCIPLINE 

Effective discipline is necessary for quality education. In order to guarantee your child and all students in the school the excellent learning environment they deserve, it is essential for the home and school to work closely together in promoting self-discipline, responsibility and an appreciation for the rights of others. 

 

Minor classroom offenses are the responsibility and obligation of the classroom teacher. When serious or persistent problems arise, discipline will become the joint responsibility of the principal and teacher. 

 

It is the teacher’s role to guide and direct the classroom. This includes teaching children about appropriate behavior. Parents will be notified when their child is having a difficult time adjusting to school rules and behavior expectations. Likewise, if a child is sent to the office for disciplinary reasons, parents will be notified if the offense deems it necessary. 

 

In order to establish a consistent discipline program at school it is expected that parents and teachers will communicate regularly and openly with each other. Parent cooperation and support is vital to the process. We encourage you to team with us to teach your child appropriate behaviors and to reinforce positive behaviors.

 

A school rule that governs behavior throughout the building and grounds has been adopted. Specific guidelines for behavior in each area of the building focus on this primary rule:

Be responsible and respectful to myself, to others and to the environment.

 

You may hear your child talk about “Cardinal Power.” We encourage children to use their “Cardinal Power” to make good choices. The Cardinal Power Pledge, located at the front of this handbook is recited by students at assemblies and serves as a guide for positive behavior in our school. The following behaviors will not be tolerated:

 

1. Bullying/Harassment/Ridicule - when you are exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons and you have difficulty defending yourself. 

2. Cheating - copying, taking or accepting answers from another person, giving answers to another student, using a crib sheet. 

3. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco - use of or being under the influence of or possession of any unauthorized or illegal drug, alcohol or tobacco products on school property, or on a school sponsored trip. Giving or selling any drug/alcohol or tobacco product to another. 

4. Disruption of Learning Environment - any action which makes it difficult for a teacher to teach or another student to learn. 

5. Disrespect - not showing proper respect to any school employee, substitute teacher, volunteer, or student; talking back, improper language or actions. 

6. Forgery - Signing someone else’s signature without their knowledge or approval. 

7. Hazing - forcing individuals to do silly and dangerous things for the purpose of inclusion. 8. Hurting of Others - pushing, shoving, kicking, tripping, hitting, punching, or any action which results in the hurting of another. 

9. Insubordination - not doing what a school employee has asked. 

10. Lying - failure to tell the complete truth at all times. 

11. Name Calling/Bad Language - using inappropriate language while speaking or writing. This includes gestures as well. 

12. Sexual Harassment - words or actions with sexual implications that demean or make someone of another sex uncomfortable including sexually oriented jokes. 

13. Stealing - taking something that belongs to someone else without permission including going inside someone else’s desk, locker or book bag. 

14. Vandalism/Destruction of Property - purposeful damaging of property that does not belong to you. 

15. Violence/Fighting - physically causing harm to another person as a result of anger. 

16. Weapons - having in possession any weapon including knives, guns, homemade devices, projectiles, fireworks, martial arts items, or any item that could harm another including snowballs.

 

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as a result of violation of any of these behaviors. Some violations will result in immediate suspension or expulsion from school in accordance with School District Policy. Parents will be notified if a violation is severe or persistent.

 

DONATIONS 

Occasionally parents have the resources to make donations to a school. We welcome items that you are willing to donate to make our school a better place for children to learn and to grow. If you would like to contribute an item to our school, please come into the school office and we will help direct your efforts. 

 

Remember that some companies provide matching funds for donations to a school by their employees. Check with your work place to see if they can help our school out! Also remember, donations to nonprofit agencies are tax deductible in April! Helping us helps you!

 

DRESS CODE

“Dress Sharp, Look Sharp, Act Sharp” is a theme that helps to set a positive tone in our society. Research indicates that when we look good, we have positive attitudes about ourselves and our work. 

 

We expect all students to wear clothing that appropriately covers them. Hats and clothing with rude or inappropriate language, symbols, or connotation are not allowed. Slogans and logos that advertise or promote alcohol, tobacco, or other adult material are also not permitted at school. We ask students and parents or other guests to the school to reserve hats for outdoor wear and to take them off while inside the building. 

 

Clothing that presents a safety concern is not permitted. We consider oversized clothing, shoes with wheels built in and high heeled shoes as not safe attire for school. We ask that you send your child to school with sneakers or other shoes that protect the toes. Please do not send children to school with clothing that ‘talks’ or plays music! 

 

To protect our gym floor, street shoes are not allowed during play or gym time. Students are encouraged to bring a spare pair of sneakers to be kept in their lockers. Our P.E. department has extra sneakers in various sizes that children may borrow for class. In the winter, children should dress for the weather. Hats, mittens, boots, and snow pants help make outside play more fun. Please put your child’s name inside clothing. We donate lots of ‘lost’ clothing and footwear to goodwill each year when it is not reunited with its owner.

 

DRUG POLICY 

In the Oxford Hills School District we have a strict drug policy. The policy will be followed as

written. We appreciate your support as we help children understand the dangers of drug use. Please familiarize yourself with the policy which can be found on the District website. 

 

EARLY RELEASE DAYS 

This year the District has early release days every Wednesday afternoon to allow for teacher professional development time in the afternoons. Students are dismissed beginning at 2:05 on Wednesdays.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 

Our schools have a detailed emergency procedure plan in place in the unlikely instance of an emergency that requires action or evacuation. By state law we are required to have fire drills throughout the year. All students, staff and guests need to exit the building in an orderly, safe manner and immediately follow the instructions of the staff in charge. In the event of a real emergency, when the building cannot be re-entered, students and staff will be picked up by bus and taken to the High School. 

 

Our school is also expected to practice lockdown drills. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building during one of these drills. We ask that you wait patiently until the drill is over. We also will not answer phones during this time. Typically a lock down drill takes about 10-15 minutes. We appreciate your understanding and support as we work to ensure our building is safe for all students. 

 

Our primary concern is the safety and protection of all children. We ask your cooperation in following procedures that help ensure that all children are safe. With that in mind, children will not be dismissed to someone other than a parent or guardian without parent permission. 

 

All guests, including parents and volunteers are required to get a pass at the office before proceeding to classrooms. This also helps us account for everyone in the case of an emergency evacuation. If you are in the building during an evacuation drill or lockdown drill, please follow the directions of the staff member in charge.

 

ENROLLMENT PROCESS 

When enrolling a child in our school, parents need to provide: 

• Name and address of the previous school 

• Proof of residency in SAD 17 

• Birth Certificate 

• Immunization Records 

• Information on previous Special Education or Gifted Services 

After a child is registered, we contact the previous school to get information that allows us to place the child in the most appropriate classroom. 

 

Each spring we set aside a day for kindergarten registration. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, please notify our office in February or March. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must turn five years old on or before October 15 of the year of entry.

 

FIELD TRIPS 

Field trips are planned as an educational experience for students. At the beginning of the year you are given the opportunity to sign permission for your child to attend all in district field trips. If you sign that form, you will receive notification about in district field trips but no further signature will be necessary. Any field trips that take children out of district requires signed parent permission. If we do not receive your permission, your child will stay at school. You will always receive advance notification of upcoming field trips. Occasionally teachers will ask for parent volunteers to chaperone trips. For liability reasons, we cannot allow preschool siblings to participate in field trips. Parents are kindly asked to refrain from smoking or using tobacco products around children while chaperoning. 

 

Each child may be charged his/her share of some field trip costs. We often receive outside support via grants and PTO fundraising to support field trips. Parents will be notified about the cost, what children should wear, times and lunch arrangements. Payment should be received as requested. If for financial reasons you can not afford the field trip fee, please notify the school so we can provide assistance. 

 

Children represent their school while on school sponsored field trips. School rules remain in effect even while away from the building. Therefore, students should dress in appropriate attire and should behave in a way that demonstrates pride in themselves and their school.

 

GRADES 

Our grading system provides parents with specific performance feedback in each subject area based on standards that have been set by the district and that are measured through assessments and classroom performance. If at any time you have a question about your child’s performance, you are encouraged to talk with your child’s teacher(s). Report cards for all children are sent home three times yearly shortly after the end of each trimester. We do not mail report cards to parents at the end of the year if your child is absent the last day. Our office is open for one week after the end of the year for you to pick up your child’s report card.

 

HEALTHY CHOICES 

Your child’s health is a concern to us. If you pack your child’s lunch, please send healthy snacks or lunches. Children are not allowed to bring soft drinks or caffeinated ‘power’ drinks for lunch. In addition, in accordance with District Policy, we will provide healthy options for children when there are school planned class parties or rewards. We participate in a Healthy School Snack Program through a district grant. This program is offered to all students, free of charge, three days each week. It provides fruits and vegetables for children. 

 

Our school program is committed to helping raise a healthier generation of kids. The staff at Paris Elementary has made it our policy to follow the five Let’s Go! priority strategies for healthy eating and physical activity. 

 1. We limit unhealthy choices* for snacks and celebrations.

 2. We limit sugary drinks**.

 3. We prohibit the use of food as a reward.

 4. We provide opportunities for physical activity every day. 

 5. We limit recreational screen time. 

 * Unhealthy choices include foods and drinks high in sugar and/or salt such as soda, candy, cookies, cake, and chips. 

** Sugary drinks include juices (including 100% fruit juice), soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, lemonade, and sweetened coffee or tea drinks. 

 

This Addendum was adopted into policy on this date: April 2006

 Initials of Let’s Go! Champion: RR

 

HOMEWORK 

Homework is an important part of life at our schools. To be meaningful, homework should be practice for each child to become competent in new concepts that have been introduced in class. Just like any new learning, meaningful practice is critical to success. Children who do not do homework will have a more difficult time meeting the learning standards that have been established. We encourage parents to play an active role in homework by: 

• Guiding and encouraging your child to complete work 

• Monitoring work to ensure it is being completed 

• Checking the School Planner regularly and signing it each week. (grades 3 - 6) 

• Communicating with your child’s teacher if homework difficulties persist over a period of time.

INCLEMENT WEATHER/CANCELLATION      

All children are expected to go outside during recess times unless it is raining or extremely cold. During the winter months students should be dressed warmly, including hats, mittens and snow boots. We make decisions about whether there is indoor or outside recess based on current temperature and wind chill. Because all staff is either at lunch or already on recess duty, children who must stay inside during recess will either wait in the cafeteria or be assigned to another classroom. 

 

If school is cancelled for the day or if there is a late start or unplanned early dismissal, you will receive a phone message from our School Messenger Service. Morning calls are usually made prior to 5:30, but if weather conditions deteriorate the call could come at any time. 

 

If we must dismiss school early, it is not practical for each of our 465 students to call a parent to find out what to do. Therefore, each family should have an emergency plan which includes either who is responsible for picking up the child or where the child should go. To facilitate the release process, parents may pick up their child as soon as the announcement is made. A form will be sent home with all children during the first week of school so parents can inform us of their emergency release plan. We will consult these forms in the case of an early school dismissal. 

 

LATEX FREE ENVIRONMENT 

We are a latex free environment. We do not use balloons, protective gloves, or other items that contain latex within the school.

 

LOCKERS 

Each child is assigned a personal locker for use during the year. We do not allow locks and children may not switch lockers with another student. Items of value should be left at home. Students should not keep money in their lockers. Student backpacks should be kept inside this locker throughout the day. Students may use magnets to tack things up inside their lockers but may not use tape or stickers inside or outside the locker. Lockers should be kept closed for safety reasons. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers and to conduct locker searches. Parents, feel free to inspect your child’s locker to look for missing homework and important notices that might not find their way home!

 

LOST AND FOUND 

We strongly encourage parents to write their child’s name inside each article of clothing and belongings. If your child fails to bring home a sweater, winter coat, lunch box, boots or other items, a good place to begin the search is in the lost and found lockers that are located near the main lobby. Please come to the office and we will help you. Occasionally we display all lost and found items on a table in the front lobby. Items left at the end of the year will either be sent to a clothing center or discarded. 

 

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND MILK 

Our schools participate in the Federal Hot Lunch/Breakfast Program. Our meals are prepared at OHCHS and are brought to our school daily. Menus are sent home monthly.

All elementary children are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day. Students will be charged for a milk if this is all they are taking.

 

If your child brings a bag lunch or a snack to school, please be aware we have a school rule prohibiting soft drinks and power drinks. We discourage candy and other unhealthy snacks during breakfast/snack/lunch. 

 

Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 8:45. When your child arrives at school, he/she should come into the school to get breakfast or to eat a snack, if desired. By 8:45, all students are expected to be back in class and ready for the start of the school day. If your child’s bus arrives late, breakfast will be held for him/her. 

 

Students will eat lunch in five shifts in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is monitored by 2-4 staff members at a time. The following rules apply in the lunchroom: 

1. Enter the cafeteria in a quiet, orderly fashion. 

2. Be polite and courteous to employees and fellow students and quickly take a seat. 

3. Use good manners and appropriate behavior while eating. 

4. Clean up your table and area before leaving the cafeteria. 

5. Depart the cafeteria in a quiet, orderly fashion. 

Students who cannot follow the rules will be assigned to a quiet table in the cafeteria or removed to another location.

 

Peanut Free Table:   

We provide a peanut free table in the cafeteria for those children who may suffer from peanut allergies.   

 

NURSING SERVICES 

Our school is fortunate to have a school nurse who is shared with other schools. If your child is ill or injured he/she may visit the Health Office. Our school nurse is always available by phone if not on site. She is also available to consult with parents and teachers about student health matters. The nurse also conducts periodic screenings for visual acuity, hearing and scoliosis, height and weight. 

 

Health records for each child are kept in the Health Office. If there are changes about your child’s health or major health concerns, please contact our nurse so she can update the records, inform staff as necessary and work with you to develop a health plan for your child.

 

MEDICATION POLICY 

No medication is given to a student at school unless properly authorized by a healthcare provider, as well as the parent. This includes over-the-counter medicines, as well as prescriptions. Medications should be delivered to school by the parents and the medication must be in its original container.

 

Children using inhalers and epipens should have a special health care plan that allows them to carry the medication on their person. Please contact our nurse to develop a health care plan. 

 

Medicines are kept under lock in the nurse’s office and administered by the nurse or health secretary.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND IMMUNIZATION POLICY 

To keep communicable disease at a minimum, we ask parents to keep your child at home if he/she has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea the previous night or in the morning before school. A child must be fever free for 24 full hours before he/she can return to school. If you have any questions about whether to send your child to school or not, please call the school nurse. 

 

The State of Maine has an Immunization Policy for all children in schools. Children must be in compliance with this law in order to attend public school. The school nurse will review this policy with you, if necessary. 

 

HEALTH ISSUES 

Please notify the school nurse if your child has any health concerns that may need special consideration at school. Remember to update your child’s emergency form if telephone numbers change during the school year. It is extremely important that a parent can be reached in the event of an emergency or illness at school. 

 

DENTAL HEALTH    

We offer a free fluoride treatment for your child’s dental health (K-3). A permission slip is sent home at the beginning of the year for you to fill out and send back granting permission for this program. 

 

Due to the enthusiasm of several local dental hygienists, students may receive free teeth cleaning and checkups at school during the year. The Tooth Fairy program is designed for children who do not have the financial resources to visit a dentist regularly. Watch for more information that is sent home early in the school year. 

 

PARENT NEWSLETTER and COMMUNICATIONS 

 

Around the third week of each month you will all receive a school newsletter which will include the calendar of activities for the next month and a page of reminders about important events. Each classroom teacher will keep you informed about happenings within the classroom with monthly newsletters. We will also use the School Messenger Service on a regular basis so you receive information and reminders. 

 

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION 

Our dynamic PTO is a very active group of parents who are interested in supporting the educational goals of the school. We encourage parents to become active members of the PTO. In our school the purpose of PTO is threefold: 

1. Provide financial support to school programs, events, activities, and items that would otherwise not be able to be funded. 

2. Provide quality and informative programs to parents. 

3. Provide a vehicle for better communication between school and parents. 

Watch for information in upcoming newsletters about meetings, fundraisers, and special projects. Please learn more about PTO activities by ‘liking’ them on facebook or by reading their website at www.parispto.com. The PTO has set lofty goals for fundraising this year to help provide instructional support, student services, special programs and to supplement technology needs for our school. We strongly encourage you to get involved in PTO activities and fundraisers so that you can have a voice in creating a quality school. The officers for this year’s PTO are: 

President - Katrina Travers

Vice President -Brenda Perham

Treasurer - Brenda Fickett 

Secretary - Stacy Hall

Staff Representative - Kelley Wallace

 

PATRIOTIC EXERCISES 

Each school day begins with the Pledge of Allegiance. We also teach children patriotic songs throughout the school year. Students who object to participating in the flag salute or other patriotic exercises shall be excused from doing so upon submission of a request in writing. Such excusal shall not intimidate or embarrass the student. An excused student may stand, remain seated or arrangements may be made so that he/she may leave the room during that time. When in the presence of staff and students conducting a patriotic exercise, an excused student shall have appropriate respect for others’ participation. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Students have physical education classes once a week. If your child is unable to participate in physical education class for medical reasons, a note from the doctor must be presented. Dresses or skirts are not appropriate attire on physical education day. All children will attend physical education class. Those who can not participate will observe, help, or be given an appropriate, alternative assignment. For more information about the School District PE curriculum, please consult the District website. 

 

When PE classes are held inside, children must wear clean soled sneakers to protect the wooden gym floor. We suggest that children keep an extra pair of sneakers in their lockers so they will always be prepared for an indoor gym activity.

 

PRESCHOOL 

We are excited to be able to continue our partnership with Community Concepts and Head Start by providing a quality preschool program for 4 year olds. The Early Learning Center is located on the North side of the building with a special entrance from the North Parking Lot. The four year olds attend school five full days each week. There is no cost for this program and four year olds may ride District buses to and from school. 

 

The Preschool is staffed by teachers from both the district and from Community Concepts and operates under strict Federal guidelines. By being located in our school, they are an exciting part of our school community and share school resources and services with our K-6 students. 

 

For more information about this program and to learn about the registration process, please call the school and ask to speak to someone in the Pre-School. 

 

SCHOOL MESSENGER SERVICE 

SAD 17 subscribes to a service called School Messenger, which allows us to send out voice mail, email, and text messages to parents and caregivers. You do not need to do anything to receive these messages unless you want to receive text messages. You can add text messaging by texting “YES” to 68453. If you would like to receive email messages, please make sure we have your correct address. If you have too many phone numbers that are receiving voice messages, please call our office and we can assist you on removing some. If you change your phone number PLEASE let us know so we can remove that number from the system and save the next owner of that number unnecessary messages.

 

SAFETY 

As a school we are very conscious of student safety. Many of our staff members have been trained in CPR and First Aid. Our staff Safety Committee meets regularly to ensure that we provide a safe learning and teaching environment. It is our policy to not leave students unattended or without appropriate supervision. We welcome parent input about school safety issues and concerns. Please speak with your child’s teacher or an administrator if you have questions about school safety. 

 

Paris Elementary School also has a sophisticated security system that allows the office to know who is in the building at all times. The front door, by the flagpole, is the only door that is open throughout the school day. All visitors, guests, volunteers, and parents must enter via the front door and sign in/out at the office. This also allows us to account for all people who might be in the building during an emergency or fire drill. Outside doors are also monitored in the office with security cameras. 

 

We conduct regular fire drills and lockdown drills during the school year in accordance with district policy and state law to ensure that all children and staff know safety procedures in case of an emergency. 

 

SMOKING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY 

By district policy and state law no smoking or use of tobacco products is allowed anywhere on school property, including in cars once you enter school property. Parents’ cooperation in setting a good example for our children is greatly appreciated. Parents are kindly asked not to smoke or use tobacco products in the presence of children when chaperoning field trips. 

 

SOLICITATION 

We do not allow students to solicit staff members or each other with fundraisers, pledges, etc. unless approved by the administration. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

 

SPECIAL SERVICES 

Special Education: We have a multi-categorical special education program for children who need extra support to become successful students. Program guidelines allow for both in class and out of class services. Teachers work with the special education staff to modify instruction for students who need it. Children with severe learning needs may be serviced in another district school. 

 

Paris Elementary School is also home to a District program that serves the needs of children who have behavioral and social skill deficits which are serious enough to make them eligible for special education services.All these children are members of our school community and participate in regular education classes. With the support of the program and our school community, students experience increased success in their regular education classes. In addition, we have specialists in Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy who regularly work with identified students in our school. For more information about how to refer your child for special education services, please contact Principal, Mrs. Peterson, or your child’s teacher.

 

Section 504 Protections: Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. It requires a school district to provide a free and appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Children with 504 plans are provided special accommodations and services that are designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled peers. 

 

Gifted and Talented: The Oxford Hills School District provides a Gifted and Talented Program for those children who qualify at all grade levels. Students are formally identified in grades 2, 5 and 8 however parents and teachers are encouraged to refer a child at any time if they believe the child would benefit from accelerated or differentiated instruction. Participating children are challenged to work on skills that will go beyond the regular classroom curriculum. For more information about the district’s gifted program please contact the Gifted Education Coordinator or call our school to leave a message for a GT staff member. 

 

Guidance Services: Our school has a full time social worker who works with children to help them overcome personal problems they may be having. If you feel your child has a need for school counseling services, please speak with your child’s teacher or call Mrs. Jordan directly. Individual, small group, and classroom sessions provide a balanced approach to helping children solve problems.

 

For students needing therapeutic services, Mrs. Jordan can help you connect with Tri County Mental Health Services to see if your child may benefit from working with our in-house counselor from this agency.

 

Title I Intervention: Extra support services in literacy and math is provided for qualifying students in our school through a Schoolwide Title I program. Title I is a federally funded program focusing on the school’s most at risk population. Title services are provided by highly trained literacy and math specialists. Paris Elementary also uses the Reading Recovery model to provide very focused instruction to individual children in first grade who qualify. 

 

Instrumental Music, Strings, and Chorus: We are fortunate to have an excellent music program in the Oxford Hills School District. Children in grade four can elect to learn to play a stringed instrument. Beginning in fifth grade, students may take instrumental band lessons at school. Small group lessons are provided during the school day and students are responsible for the work they miss in their classrooms when at music lessons. If a child elects to learn more than one instrument, the additional lesson will be held outside instructional time. A District elementary band and an elementary orchestra meet one day weekly after school for those participating in instrumental music. We also have a school chorus for children in grades 5 and 6 which meets weekly. 

 

Aspire Higher: SAD17 has challenged all students to “Aspire Higher” by setting high goals. This initiative is supported at our schools through participation in the annual Aspire Higher march, through career exploration, and in goal setting at three-way student-led conferences.

 

STUDENT RECORDS 

Each child has on file a cumulative record and a health record. If you wish to review your child’s school records, please contact the school principal and we will make arrangements to have someone assist you. If your child is transferring to another school we will mail your child’s records to that school as soon as we have received a signed request asking for the records. We do not give parents the records to transport. 

 

By federal law we follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which protects a child’s right to privacy and requires information about the child to be confidential to only those who have the educational right to know. A copy of FERPA guidelines can be found in District Policy. 

 

TEACHER/SCHOOL REQUESTS 

We take assigning children to teachers for the next year very seriously and spend countless hours looking at each child’s learning needs and other factors as we develop class lists yearly. We understand that it is important to match each child to the best teacher but also that we have a responsibility to create classrooms that are balanced in terms of special education needs, behavioral needs, gender, and other factors. Occasionally we find it necessary to cluster some children with one teacher to ensure that support services can be provided to all. We will always consult with parents if this has to happen after the start of the school year. 

 

We discourage parent requests for specific teachers as we attempt to balance classrooms and to provide equal opportunity for all children. If you really want to request a particular teacher, please put the request in writing before the end of April and give it to the school principal. Your request will be taken into consideration but we will honor it only if it meets the needs of all. Feel free to discuss teacher placement with your child’s teacher.

 

The District has a liberal policy allowing students to attend their school of choice as long as space is available and with the understanding that parents must provide the transportation to and from school. Families who live outside South Paris may request, through the Superintendent, permission to attend Paris Elementary School. 

 

TELEPHONES       

Permission must be obtained from the teacher or the office staff before a student may use the telephone at school. Students may use the phone only for necessary calls. If parents have reason to contact a student during the school day they should call the office. 

 

Cellular phones must be shut off and may not be used at school except as allowed by school district policy. Students who abuse this policy will be asked to keep their cell phones in the office. This policy includes the use of cellular phones on school grounds, on buses and on field trips. Please do not call or text your child on his/her cell phone during the school day.

 

TESTING PROGRAM 

We follow school district guidelines for testing students. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders participate in the state testing program called EmpowerMe in the spring. The assessments include reading, writing, and math tests. Further information will be provided to parents as test time approaches and as soon as dates are set.

 

We encourage parents to avoid vacations during testing weeks. Results will be shared with parents when results arrive at school in the fall. 

 

Other assessments are given in all subject areas at all grade levels. Results of these common assessments help us inform instruction and to understand the learning needs of each individual child. Talk with your child’s teacher about the testing schedule and about your child’s performance. 

 

TEXTBOOKS 

Students are expected to take good care of their textbooks and planners. At no time should non-consumable books be written in. Students will be charged the replacement costs of lost or seriously damaged textbooks or library books. 

 

As part of our math program, parents are issued a math handbook that can be used at home to help your child with math homework. It is expected that these books are returned at the end of each year. A fee of $20.00 per book is charged to parents for missing math books. If you elect not to take a parent math book, please send a note to your child’s teacher. 

 

Classroom Visitation Guidelines 

At Paris Elementary School, all parents are welcome to visit classrooms to observe their child. Please follow these guidelines for visiting our school: 

  • Sign in at the office as a visitor and indicate which rooms you will be visiting

  • Enter quietly and stand or sit to the side or back of the room to observe. No need to knock! 

  • Observe what is happening in the room. Listen to instruction. Note how your child is behaving and performing. 

  • Talk with staff members only if approached by them (they are busy teaching!) 

  • Turn off your cell phone. 

  • Leave when you want but spend no more than 30 minutes in one room unless otherwise arranged with the teacher. 

  • Leave a message or question for the teacher in their office mailbox. 

  • Ask the principal or assistant principal any questions you want. 

If you like what you see and would like to become a school volunteer to spend more time helping in the room or in the school, please contact our school office to learn how!

 

 

VOICEMAIL and EMAIL

 

We encourage you to reach out to To contact any staff member by e-mail, use the following formula: 

first initial.last name@msad17.org 

for instance: l.pacholski@msad17.org

 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 

We would not be a very effective school were it not for the tremendous support we receive from parents who are willing to lend a hand in all aspects of our school. Parent volunteers help in the library, classrooms, office, and serve on numerous committees. Research shows that children whose parents are actively involved as school volunteers perform better academically. We provide ample opportunity for all parents to be involved. At the beginning of the year you will receive a form to complete indicating ways you would like to be involved. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity at our school please complete that form, contact the school office, or talk with your child’s teacher. All new volunteers must participate in an orientation program prior to beginning work in the school, must sign a confidentiality form and must undergo a background check

 

Parents who volunteer within the school need to be conscious of school confidentiality issues. We kindly ask that you be discreet if working within the school setting and refrain from talking with others about children, staff or other items that might become gossip in the community. Volunteers who do not honor this request will be dismissed.

 

WALKERS 

Children are allowed to walk to and from school with parent permission. Children who walk must follow these guidelines: 

1. When leaving the school, children must sign a sheet that says they have walked home. 

2. Children are not to walk in parking lots or driveways.

3. Children should leave the school through the front door by the office and walk down the sidewalk to the sign. Then they should follow the sidewalk either north on High Street or South on High Street. 

4. Children should cross the road where there is a crossing guard and should follow directions given by him/her. 

5. Children walk at their own risk. The school does not provide supervision of students who walk to or from school. 

6. It is suggested that if students walk where there is no sidewalk, that they walk off the roadway in a direction FACING oncoming traffic. 

7. Children who walk to or from school should respect the property of our neighbors.

 

WITHDRAWING A STUDENT 

We are always sorry when a student must withdraw to attend another school. If you 

are moving or your child will be going to another school, please follow this 

procedure: 

1. Contact our office in advance so we can help make your child’s transition smoother. We’ll be glad to call the new school, with your permission, to provide information. 

2. Sign a release form at the new school or at our school allowing us to send cumulative and health records to the new school. Our procedure is that we will mail the records to the new school. Records are not released directly to parents. 

3. If you are moving, make sure we have your new address and phone number. 

 

ADDITIONAL HANDBOOK POLICIES 

The School District Policy insert section of our School Handbook can be found on the District website at www.msad17.org. If you wish to have a hard copy of this handbook please contact the school office and we will send one home with your child. You may also stop by our office and we will help you find District Policy on one of our computers!

 

Notice Regarding School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policies 

Pest Control 

Because pesticides pose risks, MSAD #17 uses an alternative approach to merely applying pesticides. Control of insects, rodents, and weeds at our school focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. Through maintenance and cleaning, we will reduce or eliminate available food and water sources and hiding places for the pests. We will also routinely monitor the school area to detect pest problems and prevent the pests from becoming established. Some techniques we will use include pest monitoring, sanitation, pest exclusion, proper food storage, pest removal, good turf and plant care, and--as a last resort--pesticides. This holistic approach is often called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). 

 

Pesticide Use 

Sometimes pesticide use may be necessary to control a pest problem. When that happens, the school will use the lowest risk approach available. If higher risk pesticides must be used, notices will be posted at application sites and advance notice will be sent home with students. 

 

Your Right to Know 

Parents, legal guardians, and school staff will be notified about certain pesticide applications made at the school. Notification will be given at least five days before planned pesticide applications during the regular school year. In addition, for pesticides applied anytime during the year, notices will also be posted in the school and on school grounds two working days before until 48 hours after the application. Notification need not be given for pesticide applications recognized by law to pose little or no risk of exposure to children or staff. 

 

The school also keeps records of pest monitoring, pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used. You may review these records, a copy of the School's Integrated Pest Management Policy and the Pesticides in Schools regulation (CMR 01- 026 Chapter 27) by contacting our IPM coordinator, Nelson Baillargeon, at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 232 Main Street, Suite 2, South Paris, ME 04281. If you have questions, please call Nelson at (207) 743-8972. 

 

For further information about pests, pesticides and your right to know, call the Board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731 or visit the Maine School IPM website at www.thinkfirstspraylast.org/schoolipm.