School Policies

School Procedures

Arrival at School: Students may arrive at school up to 10 minutes before the start of the school day, and are to report to assigned areas. All students are to be in class by the school’s designated start time (8:00 a.m.).

Absence or Lateness: Classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Regular attendance is essential to a students’ success. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. Students returning from an absence must bring a written excuse signed by their parent/guardian that includes: name, days absent and reason for absence. The note should be given to the teacher. If the absence was due to a contagious illness, a note from the doctor is required.

Lost and Found: Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the table that is located on the 1st floor. Labeled items will be returned to their rightful owner. Unlabeled items may be found on the lost and found table.

Classroom Policies

Snacks and Food for Classroom Parties: As a school that believes in a wellness policy, we encourage healthy snacks. Be sure to speak with your child's teacher before sending snacks to the classroom. Teachers will have information concerning any food allergies or dietary restrictions that may need to be accommodated. From time to time, classroom parties are scheduled to celebrate birthdays, holidays or class milestones. On occasion, parents and guardians are invited to join the celebrations. Birthday celebrations arrangements for in-classroom birthday celebrations should be made with the teacher well in advance of your child's birthday. This allows an opportunity to discuss any classroom allergies and ensures that the timing of the celebration is consistent with the teacher's lesson plan.

Classroom Visits: Please note, any visits to your child’s classroom must be prearranged with your child’s teacher.

Homework: Homework is assigned every day of the week in the form of a weekly homework packet. Homework packets are distributed every Monday. Students are expected to complete homework daily. In the event of an absence or a lost homework packet, you may request a copy of the homework packet from our Parent Coordinator, Joye Torres, in her office, Room 105.

Fire and emergency drill procedures: Practice drills of emergency procedures are conducted at regular intervals, as required by law, and are an important safety precaution. These drills are unannounced and may require staff and students to leave the school building for a short period of time. At the sound of an alarm or announcement, students should move quickly, following the directions of their teachers.

Cellular Telephones: Cell phones brought to school by students must be turned off and placed in the designated basket in the main office. They are not to be picked up until dismissal time.

Expectations for Conduct

Students attending Public School 360 should behave in a manner that shows respect for others and responsibility for one’s own actions. Since misbehavior by one student can create a distraction for other students and an unsafe school environment, poor behavior cannot be ignored.

Student Conduct

Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, careful effort in classroom work, and good conduct. Most of all, students share, with the administration and staff, a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that promotes wholesome living and learning. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of all who are involved in the educational process. Every student should:

  • Be familiar with the P.S. 360’s Student Handbook
  • Exhibit good conduct
  • Follow rules and regulations
  • Be a responsible reporter (if you see something, say something)
  • Express ideas and opinions in a respectful and accurate manner
  • Complete class work and homework carefully and thoroughly and make up work when absent from school
  • Exercise proper care when using school facilities and equipment
  • Be on time and prepared for all classes and other school functions
  • Dress and groom in a manner that is safe, clean and not disruptive to the educational process.

Student Safety and Behavior

STUDENT CONFLICT

Peer Conflict: Peer conflict is not necessarily a bad thing; disagreement and conflict are part of life, and children need to develop skills to resolve disagreements. Peer conflict refers to mutual disagreement or hostility between peers or peer groups. It is characterized as conflict between people of equal or similar power (friends); it occurs occasionally; it is unplanned; and it does not involve violence or result in serious harm. Perpetrators of peer conflict do not seek power or attention. However, peer conflict can escalate into violence. Peer conflict should be reported to an adult. Peer conflict is resolved by assisting students in developing conflict resolution skills and may result in disciplinary actions, should the adult/administrator feel it is warranted. Successfully navigating peer conflict is a skill that all students need to develop as they learn and grow.

BULLYING CODE OF CONDUCT

1. We will not bully other students.

2. We will try to help students who are bullied.

3. We will make it a point to include students who become easily left out.

4. If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell the homeroom teacher (or other teacher) and adults at home.

What is bullying?

An intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, or a series of acts, directed at another student or students AND that is severe, persistent or widespread AND has the effect of doing any of the following:

1. Substantially interfering with a student’s education

2. Creating a threatening environment

3. Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school setting means: in the school, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at any activity sponsored, supervised, or sanctioned by the school.

What happens?

One person is made to feel weaker or less powerful than another.

What does it look like?

Direct

Physical – hitting, kicking, shoving repeatedly, and over a period of time, involving the same students

Verbal – taunting, teasing repeatedly, and over a period of time, involving the same students.

Non-Verbal – threatening/obscene gestures, repeatedly, and over a period of time, involving the same students

Indirect

Physical – getting another person to assault someone, repeatedly and over a period of time, involving the same students

Verbal – spreading rumors repeatedly, and over a period of time, involving the same students

Non-Verbal – deliberate exclusion from a group or activity repeatedly, and over a period of time involving the same students

HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING

TEACHERS: Follow the school-wide behavior plan and consequences. Hold class meeting as needed to discuss bullying incidents.

STUDENTS: What to do if you observe an incident of bullying and victimization:

1. Suggest to the victim that you go together somewhere else.

2. Tell a friend/recess helper/peer mediator and ask them to help.

3. Tell an adult what is going on and ask them to help.

Cafeteria Procedures

Lunches are served in school. Students are required to eat during their scheduled lunch period. Lunch periods are as follows.

Grades K-1st: 4th period (10:54am-11:44am)

Grades 2nd – 3rd: 5th period (11:46am-12:36pm)

Grades 4th – 5th: 6th period (12:38pm-1:28pm)

Students may bring their own lunch from home if they choose. Each lunch period lasts for 50 minutes.

Glass containers and carbonated beverages should not be included in packed lunches. Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and safe while in the cafeteria. The use of the cafeteria is a privilege, and a violation of the rules could result in suspension from the cafeteria.

The following describe expected cafeteria behaviors:

· Walk at all times.

· Wait quietly when asked to line up.

· Sit at your assigned table.

· Use indoor voices. Absolutely no screaming.

· Use good table manners (i.e. say "please" and "thank you").

· Raise your hand for help or other issues.

· Clean up the table and floor area around your seat after lunch.

Recess & Playground Safety

It is very important for children to follow the rules for playground safety and to cooperate with those responsible for supervision.

General Guidelines:

· Children are to be considerate of their playmates and supervisors at all times. They are to treat others with respect while keeping in mind the elements of good sportsmanship and the importance of responsible behavior.

· Children must stay within the assigned boundaries of their playground area determined by the playground monitors or supervisors.

· Except for emergencies, children may return to the building only with the permission of a playground monitor or supervisor.

· No food, gum, or candy is allowed on the playground during recess.

· Children should line up quickly and quietly at the end of the recess period and must follow the directions of their playground monitors at all times.

General Playground Rules:

Depending upon the seriousness of the incident any or all of the following may occur in response:

  • Students will receive a verbal warning.
  • Students may be sent to a "time out" bench or other suitable location determined by the lunchroom or playground monitors.

· Student(s) may be given detention time in the office.

  • An official conduct report may be issued to the main office. Copies will also be kept on file to monitor behaviors of individual students over an extended period of time.
  • Parents may be notified at the discretion of the teacher and/or principal.
  • Recess is a privilege. Repeated violation of the regulations will result in the loss of this privilege