Melcher-Dallas Community Schools
Steve Mitchell Melcher-Dallas Elementary Mary Knutson
Principal Box 489, 1003 Park Street Secretary
Dallas, IA 50062
Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome to another new school year, and one of the finest elementary schools in the state of Iowa.
Melcher-Dallas continues to provide an excellent education. Our students will have a large variety of
opportunities throughout their educational career. They will experience much success in preparation for
the future success they can expect. Melcher-Dallas takes great pride in the success of the many who
have attended here.
Our school is the center of our community. It provides a safe and friendly educational environment for our
children. We are committed to the development of all our children. It is our goal to meet your needs to
the very best of our ability. Students will feel welcome here and parents are encouraged to be a partner
with the school in the education of our most precious resource, our children.
This handbook is designed to serve as a tool to help you become better informed and more involved with
our school. Please take the time to review its contents. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions,
comments, concerns, or suggestions. We will do a much better job when we work together.
We look forward to this school year and hope you do as well.
Parent Involvement Policy
Melcher-Dallas Community School District
It is the Policy of Melcher-Dallas Community Schools that parents be involved in the development of the
district plan and review process for the purpose of school improvement. Parental involvement is the key
to academic achievement.
“Honest, open, effective communication between administration, board members, staff, students, parents,
and community members allows learning to occur,” as stated in the Melcher-Dallas, Community School
Belief Statements and Philosophy.
The district provided coordination, technical assistance and other supports necessary to aid in the
planning and implementation of parent involvement activities. The district encourages parent involvement
by providing information about standards and assessments. The school personnel involve parents, and
their contributions, and the community businesses and organizations are highly valued as partners in the
“School facilitates the life-long learning process of the community,” is stated in the Melcher-Dallas
Community School Belief Statement and Philosophy.
School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
Melcher-Dallas Elementary utilizes a school wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system
(PBIS), which is a set of strategies and systems to increase the capacity of our school to reduce
disruptions and educate all students including those with problem behaviors. Through this approach we
will establish clearly defined outcomes, implement research-based practices, and use the HEART data
system for decision-making and problem solving.
It is the goal of our staff to provide a school wide proactive culture that is positive and consistent where
behavioral expectations are understood, taught and modeled by the adults. AEA 11 experts have trained
the principal and PBIS team members.
On the front cover is our logo, Super Saint, which lists the behavioral expectations for ALL students (Be
Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible). It is our goal for the entire community to know and support these
Melcher-Dallas Schools does not discriminate based on gender, race, national origin, creed, age, marital status,
disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Inquiries and grievances may be directed to: Elementary Principal, or the
Director of Region VII, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, MO.
Melcher-Dallas Community School Board of Education Belief
Statements and Philosophy
1. All learning experiences are meaningful.
2. Graduates are prepared to be meaningful contributors to society.
3. School facilitates the life-long learning process of the community.
4. Honest, open, effective communication between school administration, board members, staff,
students, parents, and community members allows learning to occur.
5. Successful education occurs in a safe, stimulating, challenging and positive environment.
6. All students are motivated to learn.
7. Constantly changing knowledge and educational methods provide avenues for all students to
realize their full potential by experiencing a diverse curriculum and methods of instruction.
8. Self-esteem enhances the learning process.
9. School provides the tolls and skills necessary to make use of available information and
technology for our learning community.
10. The educational environment challenges all students.
The mission of the Melcher-Dallas Community School District is to serve the educational needs of the
community by providing a positive learning environment that challenges all participants to realize their
full potential as members of a diverse society.
Melcher-Dallas Community School District
Board of Education Goals
1. Provide for K-12 curriculum articulation and alternative assessments to improve student
achievement and a positive learning environment.
2. Develop a long-range financial plan to improve the overall solvency of the district.
3. Improve school and community relations.
4. Improve staff recruitment, retention, development and evaluation.
5. Update the elementary facility.
6. Improve all facilities including maintenance and transportation programs.
7. Pursue early childhood development programs and identify pre-k at-risk students.
8. Pursue expansion of learning opportunities utilizing all resources: ICN, District Sharing,
School to Work grants, Business/Career Awareness, Higher Education and Technology.
In this handbook, the “parent” also means “guardian” unless otherwise stated. An administrator’s title,
such as superintendent or principal, also means that individual’s designee unless otherwise stated.
The term “school grounds” includes the school district facilities, school district property, property
within the jurisdiction of the school district or school district premises, school-owned or school-
operated buses or vehicles and chartered buses. The term “school facilities” includes school district
buildings. The term “school activities” means all school activities in which students are involved
whether they are an event or an activity, or whether they are held on or off school grounds.
This handbook is an extension of board policy and is a reflection of the goals and objectives of the
board. The board, administration and employees expect students to conduct themselves in a manner
fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others.
Students are expected to treat teachers, other employees, students, visitors, and guests with respect
and courtesy. Students may not use abusive language, profanity, or use obscene gestures or
This handbook and school district policies, rules and regulations are in effect while students are on
school grounds, school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district;
while on school-owned/ and/or school-operated buses or vehicles or chartered buses; while attending
or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affect
the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district or involves students or staff.
School district policies, rules and regulations are in effect 12 months a year. A violation of a school
district policy, rule or regulation may result in disciplinary action and may affect a student’s eligibility
to participate in extracurricular activities whether the violation occurred while school was in session or
while school was not in session.
Students are expected to comply with and abide by the school district’s policies, rules and
regulations. Students who fail to abide by the school district’s policies, rules and regulations will be
disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which
disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct which
disrupts the right of other students to obtain their education or to participate in school activities; or
conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere. Disciplinary measures
include, but are are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation and
expulsion. Discipline can also include prohibition from participating in extracurricular activities,
including athletics. The discipline imposed based upon the fact and circumstances surrounding the
incident and the student’s record.
The school reserves and retains the right to modify, eliminate or establish school district policies,
rules and regulations as circumstances warrant, including those contained in the handbook. Students
are expected to know the contents of the handbook and comply with it. Students or parents with
questions or concerns may contact Steve Mitchell, 947-2321, for information about the current
enforcement of the policies, rules, or regulation of the school district.
The School Day (Bd. Policy 600 Series)
Classes begin at 8:10 each morning. The school doors will be opened at 8:00(7:50 for those eating
School Breakfast). Outdoor areas are not supervised before 8:00 so students should time their arrival
for no earlier than 8:00.
School will dismiss at 3:10 P.M.
Notes will be sent home to inform parents of occasional differences in the beginning or ending times
Students need to be dropped off in the morning on the north side of the building, until all buses have
unloaded. Town students need to be picked up in the afternoon on the north side of the building as
Elementary Attendance Policy (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Satisfactory school progress is dependent upon regular school attendance.
Absences acceptable to school shall include, but are not limited to:
a. Personal illness.
b. Serious family emergencies.
c. Recognized Religions Observances.
d. School Sponsored Activities.
These absences shall be acceptable with no loss of credit provided that the work missed is made up.
Parents are requested to phone school before 8:30 A.M. on the day a student is absent. If a call or
note is not received on the day of an absence, the office may call parents or guardians at home or
work if necessary to verify student absence.
When it is known in advance that a student will be absent, it is possible to make arrangements for
make-up work in advance.
Parents may be called as necessary to check on their child’s attendance. While it is the teacher’s
responsibility to assign make-up work, it is the parent’s and student’s responsibility to see that the
work is completed. Students will be given twice the number of days absent to complete make-up
work. Special arrangements may be made in the case of extended absences.
Absences caused by school sponsored activities are exempt from the above, but missed work must
still be made-up.
Students may be released from school during the day if they become ill or are injured or if requested
by the parents through the elementary office. In such cases, parents are to call for the child at the
Students who are not feeling well may stay indoors during recess at the discretion of the teacher or at
the request of the parents for one day. Excuses for longer amounts of time will need a doctor’s
Elementary Attendance Policy (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Students will be excluded from school for the following reasons:
Contagious/Communicable disease (see chart on page 5).
Temperature of 100° F. or greater in the past 24 hours.
Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
Open wounds with oozing/drainage.
Any parasitic disease (head lice, scabies, ringworm, etc.) will be handled on an individual
As a general rule, your child may return to school when:
The child’s temperature has been normal for 24 hours without medication.
The child has had no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
The child has been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
The child has fulfilled the suggested exclusion periods for diseases included on the
communicable disease chart (included in this handbook) and all evidence of the disease is
gone. A written physician’s permit will also be accepted.
Please note: If, at the determination of the principal and/or the school nurse, a child is not well
enough to be in school, the parents will be notified and expected to pick their child
up from school as soon as possible. This is for the protection of the sick child as
well as all of the other children and the staff.
Communicable Disease Chart
Iowa Department of Public Health
Recommendations for Schools and Day Care Facilities
Between Exposure and
*Immunization is Main Symptoms Minimum Exclusion From School
Final Symptoms of
Mild symptoms and fever Pocks are
5 days from onset of pocks or until pocks become
*Chicken Pox 13-17 days "blistery" have scabs, most on covered
parts of body
Common Cold 12-72 hours Sneezing, temperature, malaise, cough
Conjunctivitis Tearing, redness & puffy eye lids
Until treatment with drops for 24 hours or
physician approves readmission
(pink eye) Eye discharge
Usual age 5 to 14 years
4-20 days Low grade fever followed by slapped
cheek appearance on cheek After diagnosis no exclusion from school and fever
free x 24 hours without medication
unusual in adults
A hot like rash on extremities lasting a
few days to 5 weeks Rash seems to
Usually mild 7 days from onset of rash; fever free x 24 hours
*German Measles 14-21 days
Enlarged glands, neck & behind ears, red
rash Keep away from pregnant women
Rash on cheeks, gums & tongue
During acute stage of illness or as advised; may
Hand, Foot and
3-5 days return when fever free x 24 hours without
May also occur on palms, fingers & soles medication; feeling well
*Haemophilius Fever, vomiting, lethargy, stiff neck &
2-4 days Until physician permits return
Abdominal pain, nausea, usually fever,
*Hepatitis A Variable 15-50 days 7 days from onset of symptoms
eyes & skin may turn yellow
Impetigo 4-10 days Inflamed sores, with pus Cover lesions when attending school
Begins with fever, conjunctivitis runny
*Measles 3-7 days to rash 4 days from onset
nose, cough, then blotchy red rash
*Meningococcal Antibiotics for 24 hours or until physician permits
Headache, nausea, stiff neck, fever
(commonly 3-4 days)
Fever, swelling & tenderness of glands at 9 days after onset of swollen glands or until
angle of jaw swelling disappears
(commonly 18 days)
7 days for eggs hatch Lice & nits (eggs) in hair May return after treatment; case by case basis
No exclusion from school. Exclude from
Ringworm of Scalp 10-14 days Scaly patch, usually ring shaped, on scalp
gymnasium, swimming pools, contact sports
2-6 weeks initial
Tiny burrows in skin caused by mites;
Scabies exposure: 1-4 days re- 24 hours after first treatment
Sudden onset, vomiting, sore throat, fine 24 hours after antibiotics started and fever free x
rash 24 hours without medication
Fever, later fine rash (not on face). Rash 24 hours after antibiotics started and fever free x
Strep Throat 1-3 days
usually only with first infection 24 hours without medication
Head cold, slight fever, cough, 5 days after start of antibiotic treatment, fever
*Whooping Cough 6-20 days
characteristic whoop after about 2 weeks free, feeling well enough to be in school
Readmission to School- It is advisable that school authorities require written permission
from the attending physician before any pupil is readmitted to class following any disease
which requires exclusion, not mere absence, from school.
If a disease appears in the family, the parent should notify the school nurse that their child has the
specific disease. If this is done, the nurse and teachers will be on alert for other cases. Sometimes
prompt action of the nurse or teachers will enable the physicians of the community to take preventative
action to stop the spread of disease.
Some diseases are reported by the school to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Department, by
watching the “big picture” is often able to prevent much suffering of our children.
Reporting of disease is important. Please do your part to make it complete, timely, and useful.
Methods of Disease Transmission
The childhood diseases are usually spread by direct contact or indirectly via the respiratory or
Rules to Prevent Transmission of Disease
1. Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, particularly after toilet and before
2. Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use handerkerchief or tissue.
3. Stay home when ill. Contact your doctor.
Iowa Immunization Law and You
The Iowa immunization law requires parents to vaccinate their children against dangerous diseases like
diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, Hib, PCV,
and varicella (chicken pox) as a condition of enrollment in any preschool, elementary or secondary
school in Iowa. The following will explain your responsibility under the law and provide you with important
details of the law.
Students Included in the Immunization Law
The immunization requirements apply to ALL students preschool through twelfth grade, enrolled in public,
non-public, and home schools.
Proof of Immunization
Students or their parents or guardians must submit an Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of
Immunization to the school principal. It is the parents, responsibility to see that this certificate of
immunization is completed and signed. If your child has received all the required immunizations, the
doctor or health department will enter the dates that vaccines were given on the back of the certificate
and validate the certificate of immunization by adding their signature. If your child received
immunizations from different sources, you may take your child’s immunization record to a doctor, health
department, school nurse, or county public health nurse. They will review your records, and if your child
has received all the required immunizations, they will enter the dates the vaccines were received on the
certificate of immunization and validate it by adding their signature. Once you have the certificate of
immunization completed and validated, return it to the school.
Immunization Requirements for School Entry
Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertusis (DtaP): 5 doses with at least 1 dose received on or after age 4 years if born
on or after September 15, 2003; or 4 doses, with 1 dose received on or after age 4 years if born after
September 15, 2000 but before September 15, 2003; or 3 doses, with 1 dose received on or after age 4
years if born on or before September 15, 2000.
Polio: 4 doses with 1 dose received on or after age 4 years if born on or after September 15, 2003; or 3
doses, with 1 dose received on or after age 4 years if born on or before September 15, 2003.
MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella): 2 doses; the first dose shall have been received on or after age 12
months of age; the second dose shall have been received 28 days or greater after the first dose.
Hepatitis B: 3 doses if born on or after July 1, 1994.
Varicella: 2 doses on or after age 12 months of age if born on or after September 15, 2003; or 1 dose
received on or after age 12 months of age if born on or after September 15, 1997, but before September
15, 2003, unless applicant has a reliable history of the natural disease.
Immunization Requirements for Preschool
Age 24 months and older:
Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertusis (DtaP): 4 doses
Polio: 3 doses
Hib: 3 doses, with the final dose in the series at or greater than age 12 months of age, or 1 dose
received on or after 15 months of age.
MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella): 1 dose at or after age 12 months of age.
Varicella: 1 dose at or after age 12 months of age if born on or after September 15, 1997, or a reliable
history of natural disease.
Pneumococcal (Prevnar): 4 doses; or 3 doses if received 3 doses less than age 12 months; or 3 doses
if received 2 doses less than age 12 months; or 2 doses if received 1 dose less than age 12 months of
age or received 1 dose between ages 12 months and 23 months of age; or 1 dose if no doses had been
received prior to 24 months of age.
Exemptions to the Immunization Law
An exemption for immunizations due to a medical reason is valid only when signed by a doctor (M.D. or
D.O.), physician assistant (P.A.), or nurse practitioner (N.P.). Physicians may provide an expiration date
on any medical exemption. If none is noted, the exemption is valid until canceled by a M.D., D.O., P.A.,
or N.P. Medical exemptions may be documented on the Iowa Certificate of Immunization Card or on a
medical exemption card.
Children with medical exemptions may be excluded from school in the event of a vaccine preventable
A child may receive a religious exemption if immunization conflicts with a genuine and sincere religious
belief. The certificate of exemption for religious reasons is valid only when notarized. The card remains
in effect until canceled by the parent.
Religious exemptions become null and void during outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. In this
case, the child would be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.
There are no specific recognized religions that qualify for religious exemption. Any person who meets the
criteria of the rules, completes a religious exemption card, and has it signed by a notary can claim a
religious belief to withholding immunizations.
According to this law, students not presenting an appropriate certificate to the school are not entitled to
enroll. School officials cannot allow your child to attend school unless they have one of these certificates
within 30 days of the child’s first official day of school. To be appropriate the certificate must be
completed; vaccinations, date given, and source listed with proper signature.
Schools are required to return to the parents/guardians the original certificate at the time of graduation
explaining to you that it is an important document and must be kept permanently. If your child transfers to
a different school, the admitting official from the previous school will assist you in the transfer of the
Your child is required to be fully immunized before entering any preschool, elementary or secondary
school. Provisional Certificates are available for children who have begun but not completed the required
immunizations. To qualify for provisional enrollment your child must have received at least one dose of
each vaccine that is required for preschool, elementary, or secondary school entry. The provisional
Enrollment certificate will expire 60 days after issue, on the 1 day of school. You must have your child
completely immunized during this time or your child will be excluded until immunizations are completed.
If your child has not completed the required immunizations, an extension may be given by submitting a
new Provisional Certificate along with a statement from your doctor explaining why the necessary
immunizations have not been completed.
When your child has received all the required immunizations, you must submit a completed Certificate of
Immunization to the school. Students transferring from another school are granted 60 days to allow for
their immunization records to be transferred from their previous school. Provisional Certificates are
available at schools, health departments, and county public health nurses’ offices.
A personal immunization record must be kept on each child showing dates and types of immunizations
received and the physician or clinic that gave the immunizations. All immunizations must be validated by
your doctor, health clinic, or school nurse. Keep personal record of your child’s immunizations. Do not
depend on others to keep the record for you.
Other Requirements for School Enrollment:
(Kindergarten and those entering Melcher-Dallas High School for the first time, usually 9 graders
and transfer students from out of state who are entering an Iowa school for the first time).
Dental Screening and exams:
Iowa Law mandates that each child have a dental screening or exam before entering Kindergarten
(Between the ages of 3 and 6 years) AND a dental exam before entering high school, usually 9
grade. Students will need to provide a valid Certificate of Dental Screening form; this new form replaces
the old “dental cards”. The school nurse has copies of this new form if your dentist doesn’t have them.
Please make every effort to get your child to your family dentist. For high school students, an exam
within the past 1-year, from the start of school, is acceptable. There are resources available for those
with financial hardship. Please speak to the nurse for more information.
Lead Testing: House File 158 of Iowa Law mandates that each child be screened for lead levels before
entering Kindergarten. Please make sure your child has been tested for lead. Because the Iowa
Department of Public Health (IDPH) receives all lead level results across the state, the school nurse will
provide IDPH with a roster of Kindergarten students and the IDPH will match that with their database.
Parents will then be notified if their child has not been tested, or if there is not a level on file with the
Vision Screening: At this time, the Iowa Law is being debated about requiring vision screening/exam for
all students entering Kindergarten. Please make every effort to have your child’s vision checked before
they start school and provide the green vision card to the school nurse.
The health appraisal may consist of the following: Height, weight, vision screening, hearing screening (by
Heartland AEA), general illness screening, as needed. Parents will be notified of the results of
screenings. These routine health screenings are not intended to replace regular medical and/or dental
check-ups or evaluations.
Administration of Medication (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
The medication must be prescribed by an appropriate and licensed health care professional.
Only those medications that are necessary for a student’s medical care will be administered at
school. Most medications that are needed even up to 3 times a day can be given at home and
should not be sent to school.
All medications will be store in a licked cabinet in the health office. The only exception to this will
be emergency medications such as inhalers, when it is necessary for the student to have the
medication with him/her at all times.
Medications will be administered by a licensed nurse or other qualified designated school
When a student’s medication must be stored or administered at school, Iowa Law requires both
of the following:
1. Medication must be in its Original, Pharmacy Labeled container (ask the pharmacy to
prepare two labeled containers, marking one for “School Use” so you have properly
labeled containers at home and at school. ***Please make sure that pharmacy labels
have all the following information: Student’s name, name of the medication, directions-
including dose and amount, times of day to administer medication, current date, and how
student takes medication (by mouth, inhaler).***
2. Written request, directions and signed authorization by parent or guardian must be on file
at the school before school personnel may give any medications.
Over-the-counter Medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
Over-the-counter medications will be allowed at school under the following conditions:
1. Parents/guardians must supply the mediation for their child.
2. Medications must be in the original container. Please label the container with the
3. Written directions for giving the medication including reason for use.
4. The medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the health office. Students should not
carry any over-the-counter medications with them.
5. Written request, directions and signed authorization by parent/guardian/licensed health
care provider must be on file at the school before school personnel may give any
The school nurse, using education and experience, may determine that the use of over-the-
counter medication, ordered by a parent, is the appropriate care for some children. Thus, the
registred nurse may follow a parent’s direction to give such medication. However, the registered
nurse may also determine that an over-the-counter medication, ordered by a parent, could be
detrimental to the child. In this case the registered nurse may refuse to administer the medication
and state the reasons, in writing, to the parent. If the parent pursues the matter and returns with
a physician’s prescription for the medication, the registered nurse must them “execute the regime
prescribed by the physician” unless the registered nurse notifies the physician in a timely manner,
as stated in Iowa Administrative Code, Nursing Board (590), Chapter 6, sub rule 6.2 (5),
Natural Remedies and Supplements:
Some families are turning to alternative resources for health care, including the use of substances
purchased in health food stores for preventative health care and for the treatment of a wide variety of
medical conditions. Natural Remedies and supplements may not be administered at school. When
a nurse administers a medication, the nurse must be knowledgeable about the medication’s action,
indication and contraindications, and the adverse effects of the drug. Fundamental to safe drug
administration is that the nurse never administers an unfamiliar medication or supplement.
In keeping with the standard, the board (Iowa Board of Nursing) finds that when the Nurse is unable to
determine the appropriateness, safety, possible side effects, or toxic effects of a drug, the nurse MAY
NOT administer the drug. To do so would not be in compliance with 655 IAC 6.2(5). Therefore, the
position of the Iowa Board of Nursing is that nurses MAY NOT administer natural remedies and
supplements to school children, at the request of their parents or guardians, during the school day, when
the nurse is unable to determine the appropriateness, safety, possible side effects, or toxic effects of the
substance, the appropriate dose for a child of a specific age, weight and body surface area, and
treatment of overdose.
Accidents (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
In case of an accident at school, emergency first aid will be administered and parents or guardians will be
notified. If the school is unable to reach the parents, emergency numbers will be used. Only staff
members who have agreed to receive appropriate training will treat injuries which might involve blood or
other body fluid contact. The emergency unit will be called when deemed necessary and the police will
be notified if necessary.
Teacher Classroom Rules
Each teacher will discuss classroom rules, academic expectations and consequences with students at the
beginning of the school year and a copy for parents will be sent home.
Homework that is sent home is expected to be completed and turned in to the instructor the following
morning unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher.
All work is to be completed, but work turned in late may or may not receive credit.
Reporting to Parents (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine week period.
Grades 4, 5, and 6 will send home weekly notices of late assignments on the last day of each week.
Students who have incomplete work at the end of the week will be expected to turn in the late
assignments on the following Monday or remain after school until the work is completed. Parents will be
called if a student does not return the late work notice.
Parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first quarter and again in the spring. We
encourage both father and mother to attend these conferences. It is important that parents and teachers
together discuss the goals that are set for students and the ways in which these goals may be reached.
Additional conferences may be scheduled at the request of parents, teacher, or principal.
Promotion and Retention (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Promotion to the next grade is not automatic, but will depend upon student ability, effort, attendance and
Student Dress (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Parents and student together share the responsibility for proper student grooming. Grooming should be a
credit to the student and also conducive to safety, good health, and cleanliness.
During warmer weather we ask that students wear light, warm weather clothing which is appropriate to a
During cold winter weather, when outside, we ask that students wear coats, snow pants, boots,
mittens/gloves, and a hat.
Clothing which displays vulgar or profane language or slogans and/or advertising for alcohol or tobacco
products will be considered inappropriate for a school environment.
Clothing which reveals a student’s bare back, shoulder, navel/midriff region, or undergarments
With each student’s cooperation we hope to maintain a good learning environment throughout the school
year at Melcher-Dallas School.
Students who, in the opinion of the teacher and the principal, are inappropriately dressed will be asked to
phone home for a change of clothing.
Playground rules will be presented to the students at the beginning of the school year by the supervising
teachers. At all times, the use of common sense and responsible play which does not endanger the
individual or others will be expected.
Students will be expected to go outside during recess if the wind chill factor is at or above 0 (zero)
degrees, unless a written note from the parent is given to the teacher. A parent note will be honored for
the period of 1 day. Excuses for missing outside recess for more than one day will require a doctor’s note
stating the reason the child may not go outside. Temperatures below 50° require that students wear a
jacket/coat/ or sweatshirt during recess. Temperatures below 32° require that students wear a winter
coat during recess. Teacher discretion will be used in monitoring the weather and outside conditions.
Recess Behavior Interventions
Minor Infractions: Arguing over rules interpretations; bad language heard or reported; rough play
(grabbing clothes, taking hats, tackling, kicking, pulling down, as part of the play); taking equipment; not
sharing; picking up/throwing sticks, stones, etc.; not following rules for playground equipment, failure to
stop play and come line up when called.
1. Verbal warning.
2. Set students out for 1-3 minutes.
3. Discontinue the game.
4. Restrict offenders from certain activities.
Major Infractions: Physically fighting with imminent danger of bodily harm (consequences generally
apply to all parties in a fight); dangerous activity, gross insubordination; students will be sent to the office.
The office is to assume that a student sent to the office from recess has committed a serious infraction.
First Offense: Lose at least next recess. Written apology to offended parties. Lost recess time
will be monitored as appropriate and agreed upon by: the principal, the
classroom teacher, classroom aides.
Second Offense: Lose at least 1 week of recess. Student phones parents to explain misbehavior.
Written apology delivered to offend parties.
Third Offense: Lose at least 1 week of recess. At least one night after school. Student phones
parents to explain misbehavior. Written apology delivered to offended parties.
Fourth or More: Parent conference with Principal before student is allowed back to recess.
Written plan developed with parents detailing school and home consequences for
Rules of student conduct are made in the interest of safety and for the development of social courtesies.
All students are expected to obey the rules and regulations given to them by their teacher and principal.
School authorities want from students the same kind of conduct that any well-meaning parent would want
from his or her children.
The following are a few general rules that are in effect:
1. Good care of all school property will be insisted upon.
2. We must insist that each child walk in the school building, keeping to the right in halls.
3. There is to be no pushing, shoving, or fighting in or out of the building.
4. Children are to enter the building quietly.
5. No baseballs or hard balls will be permitted unless it is being played as part of physical
6. Playing on the front lawn and sidewalk is prohibited.
7. Snowballing, water pistols, stick throwing, spit-balling, and etc. are forbidden
8. Children are not to climb trees or other high and dangerous places.
9. Children are not to leave the building or playground without permission.
10. Profanity, talking back, and insubordination will not be tolerated.
11. Once you are out, you stay out except for emergencies. Students should not return to the
building for equipment.
12. Gum and candy is not allowed at recess.
13. Tape Players, CD’s, etc., should not be brought out to recess due to the possibility of damage
and the inability of the staff to monitor content.
Elementary Discipline Policy (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Any school employee has the authority to enforce the rules and to expect any child to obey them. Cases
of misconduct and disobeying rules will be dealt with by the teacher, principal, superintendent and/or
board of directors of the Melcher-Dallas Community School.
Most discipline is handled by individual classroom teachers. Occasionally, students are referred to the
principal’s office for disciplinary guidance. In such an instance, the first step is to arrive at a
determination of the facts based on information from the student(s) involved.
If, based on the determination of the facts, disciplinary action is required, then one or more of the
following may result:
Counseling by the principal or guidance counselor.
After school detention.
Written and/or oral apologies delivered.
In school suspension.
Loss of recess time and/or privileges.
Out of school suspension.
Assignment of a writing project.
Assignment of work, helping to clean the building or grounds.
Repayment, in cash or labor, for damaged school property.
Other action deemed necessary and appropriate.
Student age, severity of the behavior and the past behavior record are factors which will be taken into
account in determining the appropriate disciplinary action. In cases of severe or repeated violations of
school rules and behavior expectations, students may be required to phone parents at home or at work
to explain their behavior and its consequences.
Iowa High School Association Hazing Policy
The Iowa High School Athletic Association believes all individuals should be treated with respect and
dignity. Students should be able to participate in IHSAA-sponsored programs in an environment free
from any behavior that is intimidating, hostile, offensive, or dangerous. Each member school is
responsible for taking such action and enacting such policies as may be necessary to address incidents
of hazing and to ensure such conduct is prohibited. Policies enacted by schools should be in
accordance with sections of the Iowa Code that address hazing.
Hazing (bd. Policy 700 Series)
1. a. A person commits an act of hazing when the person intentionally or recklessly engages in any
act or acts involving forced activity which endanger the physical health or safety of a student for
the purpose of initiation, or admission into, or affiliation with any organization operating in
connection with a school, college, or university. Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to,
any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, forced confinement, or any other forced
activity which endangers the physical health or safety of the student.
b. For purposes of this section, “forced activity” means any activity which is a condition of
initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, an organization, regardless of a student’s
willingness to participate in the activity.
2. A person who commits an act of hazing is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.
3. A person who commits an act of hazing which causes serious bodily injury to another is guilty of
a serious misdemeanor.
Threat of Violence
All threats of violence, whether oral, written, or symbolic, against students, staff or to school facilities are
prohibited. All such threats will be promptly investigated. Law enforcement may be contacted. Threats
issued and delivered away from school or school activities may be grounds for disciplinary action if the
threat impacts the orderly and efficient operation of the school.
Students engaging in threatening behavior will face disciplinary consequences up to and including
The following factors will be considered in determining the extent to which a student will be disciplined for
threatening or terroristic behavior: the background of the student, including any history of violence or prior
threatening behavior; the student’s access to weapons of any kind; the circumstances surrounding the
threat; the age of the student; the mental and emotional maturity of the student; cooperation of the
student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) in the investigation; the existence of the students juvenile
or criminal history; the degree of legitimate alarm or concern in the school community created by the
threat; and any other relevant information from any credible source.
Hazardous Items (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Hazardous items are not to be brought to school by students. Teachers are authorized to confiscate such
Classroom Visits (Bd. Policy 900 Series)
Parents are encouraged to visit the school and are most welcome. Friends are welcome to visit school
with the permission of the classroom teacher and the principal. Please arrange such visits in advance
with the classroom teacher.
We ask that each visitor stop at the office to inform the office personnel of his/her presence. The visitor
will then be directed to the area he/she desires to see. The first and last week of school and before
holidays are not ideal times to visit.
Parents should not confer with the teacher during the visitation. If a conference with the teacher is
desired, it should be scheduled before or after regular school hours.
Insurance (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Student accident insurance (School Day Only or 24 Hour Coverage) is available through the school.
Insurance forms are available at registration. Parents are strongly encouraged to consider purchasing
school insurance if their children are not covered under another plan. Contact the school office if you
would like more information.
The telephone in the school office id for business purposes. In the case of an emergency, students will
be allowed to use the phone with permission from the teacher or office personnel. Long distance calls
may not be placed.
Unusual Weather Conditions
Snow: School closings will be broadcast on radio stations KNIA (92.1 FM, 112 AM), and television
stations KCCI and WHO before 7:30 am if possible.
Fire and Tornado (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
Students will be trained in proper evacuation procedures through fire and tornado drills, as required by
Fire alarm pull stations are located throughout the building. To sound alarm, pull the handle toward you
and exit the building.
Bicycles (Bd. Policy 500 Series)
It is the responsibility of parents to determine whether a bicycle may be ridden to school. This privilege
may be taken away by the school, if safety violations occur. Students are not allowed to ride bicycles on
the school grounds during the school day. An area designated by the school has been provided for all
Field Trips (Bd. Policy 600 Series)
Educational field trips may be taken by various classes during the school year. Such trips will be made in
school buses with a teacher in charge.
An information slip will be sent home with the student prior to the planned trip. The slip must be signed
by the parents and returned to the school if a student is to go on the field trip. Field trips are curricular
activities-they are not optional. The information slip is used to ensure that parents are aware of such
In some cases a nominal charge may be required on field trips. Families for whom such a charge is a
hardship should contact the elementary office. When trips include a lunch stop, sack lunches are always
acceptable and with advance notice, the school lunch program will provide a sack lunch at the same cost
as a regular hot lunch.
Students may bring a birthday treat to share with the class if they wish. The teacher should be informed
ahead of time. Students bringing food treats to share at school for classroom use must be store bought,
unopened and/or individually wrapped with an ingredient label on the package. Fruits and vegetables, in
bags, bunches, or in trays from a deli/grocery store are allowable. The selection must come from the
school’s Healthy Snack List. All parents will get a copy of the Healthy Snack List at the beginning of the
school year. Non-food items such as pencils, stickers, etc. are welcome
Party invitations should not be distributed at school if the whole class is not being invited.
Lost and Found
Articles of clothing, such as coats, caps, mittens, sweaters, boots, etc., should be marked with adequate
identification. If an article is lost, please check at the office and also inform the homeroom teachers.
Fifth and sixth grade students may participate in the elementary instrumental music program.
Late in the school year, the instrumental director will visit the fourth grade class to explain the
instrumental program and demonstrate instruments. The parents of each child, interested in playing an
instrument, will receive a letter inviting them to a meeting where the program will be explained.
A hot lunch program (including milk) will be provided for each student who so desires. Individual lunches
cost $1.70 per student. Daily breakfast costs $1.25. Parents may deposit any convenient amount in
student meal accounts which are maintained by computer. Reminders will be sent home when additional
funds need to be sent to school. Copies of the monthly menus are printed in the monthly newsletter and
posted on the school website.
Milk will be provided for any student who wishes to buy only milk at 25¢ a carton.
Preschool and Kindergarten School Provided Snack
The Melcher-Dallas Wellness Committee recommended that the school change to a school provided
snack for Preschool and kindergarten. The hope is the benefits of school provided snack (convenience,
food safety, more fruits/vegetables offered, no more last minute trips to the store, forgotten snacks) will
outweigh the loss of homemade snacks. Should a parent decide not to have the school-provided snack,
an individual snack may be sent, but it must come from the Healthy Snack List. The fee covers the
snack, plus either milk or juice. The fees are as follows.
Kindergarten: $45.00/semester ($22.50 milk fee/$22.50 snack fee)
4 days/week: $36/semester
3 days/week: $20/semester
Friday mornings only: $10/semester
Book Fee $20.00
Student Insurance (optional) Varies
Preschool Registration $20.00
3 year old Tuition: 4 half days per week $70.00/month
3 year old Tuition: 2 half days per week $50.00/month
3 year old Tuition: 1 half day per week $25.00/month
4 year old Tuition: 4 half days per week $65.00/month
4 year old Tuition: 2 half days per week $40.00/month
Transportation (Bd. Policy 700 Series)
Students who ride a bus are expected to enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner, remain seated
while on the bus, refrain from shouting or loud conversation, and respect the authority of the driver.
These rules must be observed to ensure the safety of all students who ride a bus.
These rules are in effect at all times on the regular routes, the shuttle routes, and on special trips.
Rules Governing Pupils Riding School Buses
1. Pupils are at all times under the authority of the bus driver.
2. Pupils shall be on time for the bus both morning and evening.
3. Pupils shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
4. Pupils shall not extend their hands, arms, or head through the bus windows.
5. Pupils shall converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited. When the bus is
crossing a railroad track, all conversation must stop until the bus has crossed the tracks.
6. Pupils shall not open or close the bus windows without the permission of the driver.
7. Pupils shall keep the bus clean, and refrain form damaging it.
8. Pupils shall be courteous to the driver, fellow pupils, and passers-by.
9. Pupils shall enter and leave the bus at school loading stations and at highway bus stops in
orderly fashion and in accordance with driver instructions.
10. Pupils shall refrain from crowding and pushing.
11. Each pupil shall go directly to his or her assigned seat upon entering the bus.
12. Rough-housing on the bus is prohibited.
13. Pupils shall keep feet off the seats.
14. Pupils shall keep sharp objects off the upholstery.
15. Pupils shall not throw objects about in the bus or out through the window.
16. Books and other property shall be properly stored out of the way, and the aisle shall be clear at all
17. Shooting paper wads or other material in the bus is not permissible.
18. Pupils shall avoid playing or loitering on the highway when waiting for the bus.
19. Pupils shall cross the road in accordance with instructions from the driver.
20. Students must have the driver’s permission to eat or drink on the bus.