Baxter Elementary School Policies
The purpose of policies at Baxter Elementary School is to improve the educational environment and communication for all students. Education involves personal responsibility and self-discipline with a respect for order, governance, and learning. Good communication is the key in establishing a positive atmosphere conducive to learning.
This publication is provided to acquaint you with the goals and standards needed to provide the maximum potential for each student while establishing an orderly and pleasant educational setting.
The school makes special efforts to create and promote a good relationship between the home and school. Newsletters, regular conferences and direct contact with parents are part of these efforts. Parents are encouraged to initiate their own contacts whenever necessary.
BAXTER ELEMENTARY PHILOSOPHY
Baxter Elementary is a community based school that strives to involve parents, community members and other interested people at all levels of education. We do this by opening school facilities and grounds for community use, offering educational programs to parents and pre-schoolers, and allowing parents the opportunity to participate in their child's education and learning environment.
Baxter Elementary School is committed to the total education of each individual pupil. Programs are provided for both the physical and intellectual development in order that each child will achieve his greatest potential. The curriculum is designed to follow the guidelines set forth by the Tennessee State Department of Education. Instruction in the fine arts is provided through the cooperative efforts of teachers, parents, and other available resources. Efforts are being made to incorporate technology into all aspects of the curriculum. The staff at Baxter Elementary School is dedicated to the development of socialization skills and the enhancement of positive self-esteem. The staff works with parents/guardians to supplement and complement their efforts to meet the physical and emotional needs of their children.
As a staff, we endeavor to instill the love and desire of learning in order to prepare the individual pupil for future success. Guidance is given to establish career and self-awareness. Children are taught the relationship between formal education and future success.
We, the faculty of Baxter Elementary, are a democratic body that maintains a code of professionalism that works to serve the best interest of our pupils. Though we have a single purpose in educating all pupils to the best of our ability, we still retain our own personal identities and individual styles in our classrooms. We believe this enhances the quality of instruction and the relationships within the school. We welcome the opportunity to participate in the preparation and induction of beginning teachers.
We have an informal relationship among our professional colleagues and support personnel. Open lines of communication permit all teachers to supplement the curriculum to best serve the needs of all pupils. The support personnel play an essential role in the efficient and effective operation of the school. In addition, our students are taught to respect authority and the individual needs of others within the school community.
BAXTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OBJECTIVES
As a result of experiencing the curriculum of Baxter Elementary School, the pupils shall, within the limit of their abilities:
Baxter Elementary School complies with county and state compulsory attendance laws. Excused absences shall include: personal illness, family illness, death in the family, special religious holidays, planned family trips over which the student has no control and is required to accompany the family - provided the student's parents or guardians notify the principal in advance. Students must obtain classwork assignments, complete the assignments and submit them to the teacher prior to the absence or on the first day the student returns to school. Parent's and doctor's notes should accompany the student's return to school. Each child with an excused absence will be given one week to make up missed assignments. Otherwise zeros will be given for the work not completed. Unexcused absences will automatically receive a zero for missed assignments. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO REQUEST AND ACCOMPLISH THIS WORK. (School Board Policy - JB)
Students tardy to school shall report to the office to sign the student log and to have the principal sign their note from their parent/guardian. Tardiness will be recorded along with absence. Students who are picked up before 2:50 p.m. must also have a written excuse because this is also considered truant. Missed class work or tests may not be made up if the absence is unexcused.
Any textbook lost or destroyed must be paid for before a new one will be issued. Library books that are lost or destroyed must be paid for before checking out another.
Riding the bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the buses will result in that privilege being denied. Only regularly scheduled bus students are to ride the school buses. If it is necessary for a student to ride a bus that is different from the regularly scheduled one, parents are to send a note requesting that a child be permitted to ride that bus. The note must be signed by the child's teacher and the principal. The note is given to the bus driver when boarding that bus. Bus students are to go immediately to the buses as soon as they are dismissed from school.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the school cafeteria at a nominal cost. Free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches are available for those who qualify. Breakfast and lunch tickets may be purchased on MONDAY mornings for one, two, three, or four weeks. Tickets will be kept in the cafeteria and will be punched each day the students eat. Please send money for tickets for the exact amount - not extra milk. Extra milk may be purchased on a day-to-day basis at the cash register as the students go through the cafeteria line. If a student forgets his lunch money, he/she will be allowed to charge ONE day, a note will be sent home informing parents of the charge. If a student needs to charge a second time, he/she will be requested to telephone his/her parents. There will be no charging for breakfast.
In order to keep the cafeteria clean and pleasant, the following rules will be observed by all students.
Students are encouraged to uphold high standards of dress, grooming, and appearance. Students are not appropriately dressed when their attire is disruptive to the learning environment or when it creates a health hazard.
The following are inappropriate as school attire:
Our school has central heating and air conditioning so that extreme clothing changes should not be necessary.
When a student dismounts from the bus or car on the school grounds, he/she is expected to immediately enter the school and is not expected to leave without permission from the office or until the normal release time. Students who normally ride a bus need a note from a parent/guardian if doing something different.
No school officer or teacher shall routinely dispense medication to students except in unique situations in which a child's health is dependent upon emergency medical aid. If under exceptional circumstances, a child is required to take oral medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the school nurse or the principal's designee will administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow:
"The Putnam County board of Education does not discriminate in any program, activity, or employment on the basis of handicap, sex, race, or national origin as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973."
PARENT CONFERENCES AND VISITORS
Parents are to call or send a note to request an appointment with a teacher. When parents use class time, it is not fair to the rest of the class.
PARENTS AND ALL VISITORS ARE TO FIRST REPORT TO THE OFFICE WHEN VISITING THE SCHOOL.
Physical education is a required subject in Tennessee, therefore, every student is expected to participate. These items will offer a better understanding of the physical education program.
Report cards for grades 1-6 are distributed every six weeks with the distribution taking place approximately one week following the close of the six weeks. Report cards should be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school within three days. Kindergarten report cards start the second six weeks.
If the school is closed due to inclement weather or an emergency situation, announcements will be made on the local radio stations and Channel 7 television station. Please listen to these stations rather than call the school. Jammed telephone lines hinder instructions being received from the Central Office. In the event of early school dismissal, students who are walkers, car riders, or bus students will follow "Snow Plans" which were filled out the day that the child registered for school.
The school shall be open at 7:15 A.M. for bus students and car riders. These students shall report to the cafeteria.
Baxter Elementary School's S.A.C.C. program (before and after school program) is open from 6:00A.M. until 7:15A.M. and from 3:00PM. until 6:00 RM. Students may be enrolled in this program for a fee by contacting the S.A.C.C. coordinator at the school.
School insurance is available to all students. A packet will be available for each student on registration day. Purchase of this program is optional. Please refer to the insurance policy for specific benefits and rates.
We, the staff of Baxter Elementary School, believe good discipline is an essential element of the learning environment.
We expect students to exhibit self-discipline in the school, on a field trip and while riding the bus. We also solicit and expect parental support in our effort to promote these traits. The ideal classroom environment is one free from disruption, one in which teachers can teach and students can learn.
To help promote self-discipline, the following policies have been established:
Behavior that has a negative influence on the learning opportunities of others will not be tolerated.
The supply store is open from 7:45 A.M. until 7:55 A.M. Students may purchase paper, pencils, and other supplies.
THE SCHOOL AND THE LAW
Any unlawful act taking place on school grounds or buses not only makes the student subject to penalties which the court or school board may prescribe but also may result in suspension or dismissal from school.
USE OF THE TELEPHONE
Students use of the telephone is discouraged. Permission to use the phone will be granted if the teacher, secretary, or principal feels that the call is necessary. Delivery of telephone messages disrupts the classroom. Only emergency messages will be delivered. Transportation. arrangements for individual students should be worked out between student and parent prior to the start of the school day. Making arrangements for after-school social affairs is not considered an acceptable reason to use the phone.
WITHDRAWALS, TELEPHONE AND ADDRESS CHANGES
Parents should notify the school prior to the student's withdrawal. When all textbooks, library books, materials and charges have been cleared, records will be forwarded to the new school. Please notify the school immediately if there is a change in your address, telephone number, or person to contact in an emergency.