Mission Statement of the North Elementary School - North Smyrna

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					                 North Smyrna
               Elementary School

         ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

  Principal…………………..……….Mrs. Cynthia L. Boyd
Assistant Principal………………………….Mrs. Kathy Castro
Financial Secretary…………….………..Mrs. Evelyn Biro
 Secretary…………………………Mrs. Maureen Faries
 School Nurse……………………Mrs. Trudy Hastings, RN
 Guidance Counselor………..……….Dr. Debbie Kerstetter
Technology Specialist……………….…..Mr. John Bailey


          Main Office Phone 302-653-8589
           Nurse’s Office 302-653-3145
            Fax Number 302-653-3146




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             TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome                                                            3
Vision and Mission Statements of North Elementary School           4
Smyrna School Board Members/District Administration                4
Smyrna School District Calendar                                    5
Map of School                                                      6
About North Smyrna Elementary                                      7
Elementary School Philosophy                                       7
School Expectations of the Student                                 7
School Visitation                                                  7
Mid-marking Period Progress Reports                                8
Emergency School Closing Information                               8
North Smyrna Elementary Daily Schedule                             8
Arrival Time – Parent Conferences                                  9
Field Trips                                                        10
Extended School Absence                                            10
School Facilities/Extra Curricular Activities                      10
Meet the Staff                                                     11
Special Services/Guidance/Nurse/Title One                          11
Child Care (Boys and Girls Club)                                   12
Getting to and from School                                         12
Attendance Policy                                                  12
Health                                                             14
Student Dress                                                      15
Grading Policy                                                     16
Promotion/Retention/Acceleration/Graduation Policy/Summer School   17
Bus Safety and Discipline                                          20
Computer Use                                                       22
Student Responsibilities: Physical Education/Illness/Medication    23
Telephone/Lost and Found                                           23
Tardiness                                                          23
Personal Items                                                     23
School Passes/Lost and Damaged Books                               23
Homework                                                           24
Flowers/Gum/Candy/Sodas                                            24
Yearbooks/Special Instructions                                     24
Cafeteria Rules and Procedures                                     24
Lunch/Recess/Playground Rules                                      25
School Discipline Program: Definitions and Procedures              25
Classroom/Cafeteria Infractions                                    26
Mandatory Reports to the Police and District Superintendent        27
Smyrna School District Drug and Alcohol Policy                     28
Major School Infractions                                           31
Fire and Civil Defense Drills                                      31
Tear Out Page                                                      32

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                                          Dear Students/Parents/Guardians,

                         Welcome to the 2004-2005 school year. Our experienced staff is dedicated to
                         providing every student with the best educational opportunities possible. We will
                         make unlimited attempts to serve the individual needs of every student with the
                         available resources at North Smyrna Elementary School. We will strive to
                         develop an attitude of self-respect and self-worth in each student and to build a
bond of friendship and responsible relationships.

In addition to the academics, North Smyrna Elementary School supports and teaches the Smyrna School
District Community Core Values. The core values are respect, responsibility, perseverance, integrity and
compassion. These are reinforced daily through messages read during the morning announcements. We
strive to teach our students how to live ethical, principle-based lives.

Parents are an integral part of the learning process and provide the necessary link between the home and
school. We encourage your participation in this role. We welcome you to join the North Smyrna
Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) in support of this organization and to build a
network with the entire North “family”. Please feel free to visit classrooms or come to have lunch with
your child. We only ask that you sign in at the office upon your arrival to school.

Our handbook has been written to make you aware of the North Smyrna Elementary School’s guidelines
and rules so that everyone has advance notice of our expectations. Please feel free to contact the school if
you have any questions. Our goal is to work as a team to encourage and develop pride in belonging to the
North Smyrna Elementary School family. Each child will be provided a safe, friendly, and positive
learning environment with numerous opportunities to grow physically, socially, emotionally, and
intellectually.

Please take the time to read this handbook as it establishes some of the policies, rules, and procedures for
you and your child to follow during your stay at North. Board decisions and policies are available upon
request from Central Office. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call 653-8589.

I am looking forward to the new school year and hope it will be a good one for you!

Sincerely,



Mrs. Cynthia L. Boyd
Principal


The Smyrna School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate or deny services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability
and/or age. Allegations of non-compliance with Title V or Title IX are to be directed in writing to the Superintendent of the Smyrna School District, 22 South Main Street, Smyrna
Delaware 19977 or by telephone at 653-8585.



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                      Vision Statement of the North Smyrna Elementary School

The vision of the staff at the North Smyrna Elementary School is to provide a safe, friendly, well-
structured environment where students are aware of the purpose and value of an education and
are thus excited about learning. This will result from collaboration and involvement of students,
parents, community members, and educators striving to insure that our instructional program
reflects district and state standards for students’ performance and improves the academic
achievement of all children.

                    Mission Statement of the North Smyrna Elementary School

The mission of the North Smyrna Elementary School is to provide a challenging curriculum and
maintain a multi-faceted learning environment where students will be able to identify their assets
and recognize and experience a sense of values and worth as individuals.


The District

There are seven (7) school buildings in the Smyrna School District: Smyrna Kindergarten Center (K),
Clayton Elementary (1-4), North Smyrna Elementary (1-4), Smyrna Elementary (1-4), John Bassett
Moore Intermediate (5-6), Smyrna Middle (7-8), and Smyrna High (9-12) with an approximate
enrollment of 3310. The district employs 407 staff members, 235 of which are teachers.

Smyrna has been very successful in academics, the arts, and athletics. The district provides educational
opportunities for all students covering an extensive range of curriculum-related experiences.

The Board of Education, administration, faculty, and the community work cooperatively to provide a
comprehensive educational program for the community.


                                    Smyrna School District Board of Education
                                            Mrs. Chris Malec, President
                                            Mr. Jeffrey Clark, Vice President
                                                 Mr. Dale Scuse
                                                Mr. Jeffrey Ford
                                               Mrs. Lynn Newlin

                                            District Administrators
                                  Mrs. Deborah D. Wicks            Superintendent
                                  Mr. Clarence E. Lloyd            Assistant Superintendent
                                  Mr. Fran Falatek                 Finance Director
                                  Mr. Don Bates                    Supervisor of Special Services
                                  Mrs. Patricia Conley             Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program
                                  Mr. Dave Morrison                Supervisor of Transportation
                                  Mr. Clint Lasana                 Supervisor of Maintenance & Custodians
                                  Dr. Alexander Shalk              Curriculum Director
                                   Mr. Dave Brown                  Technology Director



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                                            SMYRNA SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                           2004/05 SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                                                                       Tchr Days Pupil Days      Pupil Hrs
AUGUST                                                                                      7         2         13.00
   August 23-27          (Monday-Friday)                Inservice (All)
   August 30             (Monday)                       School Opens for Students
SEPTEMBER                                                                                 20        20         130.00
   September 3           (Friday)                       School Closed
   September 6           (Monday)                       School Closed Labor Day
OCTOBER                                                                                   21        19         123.50
   October 1             (Friday)                       Mid-Marking Point
   October 8             (Friday)                       Inservice (All)
   October 11            (Monday)                       Inservice (All)
   October 18-19         (Monday-Tuesday)               DSTP Science - Gr. 4 & 6
   October 21-22         (Thursday-Friday)              DSTP Social Studies - Gr. 4 & 6
NOVEMBER                                                                                  17        17         101.50   (K-6)
   November 2            (Tuesday)                      Election Day                                           110.50   (7-12)
   November 5            (Friday)                       End of Marking Period
   November 8-10         (Monday-Wednesday)             1/2 day Inservice (Gr. K-6)
   November 11           (Thursday)                     Veterans’ Day
   November 16           (Tuesday)                      Report Cards Issued
   November 24-26        (Wednesday-Friday)             Thanksgiving
DECEMBER                                                                                  16        16         104.00
   December 13           (Monday)                       Mid-Marking Point
   December 23-31        (Thursday-Friday)              Winter Vacation
JANUARY                                                                                   20        19         123.50
   January 3             (Monday)                       School Reopens                                         114.50
  January 14             (Friday)                       Inservice (All)
  January 17             (Monday)                       Martin Luther King Day
  January 19-21          (Wednesday-Friday)             1/2 day Inservice (Gr. 7-12)
  January 21             (Friday)                       End of Marking Period
FEBRUARY                                                                                  19        18         117.00
   February 1            (Tuesday)                      Report Cards Issued
   February 21           (Monday)                       Presidents' Day
   February 23           (Wednesday)                    Mid-Marking Point
   February 25           (Friday)                       Inservice (All)
MARCH                                                                                    18         18         117.00
   March 10              (Thursday)                    DSTP Writing - Gr. 3, 5, 8, 10
   March 14-15           (Monday-Tuesday)              DSTP Reading - Gr. 3, 5, 8, 10
   March 17-18           (Thursday-Friday)             DSTP Mathematics - Gr. 3, 5, 8, 10
   March 25-31           (Friday-Thursday)             Spring Vacation
APRIL                                                                                    20         20         130.00
   April 1               (Friday)                      Spring Vacation
   April 4               (Monday)                      School Reopens
   April 6               (Wednesday)                   End of Marking Period
   April 15              (Friday)                      Report Cards Issued
MAY                                                                                      21         20         130.00
   May 6                 (Friday)                      Inservice (All)
   May 9                 (Monday)                      Mid-Marking Point
   May 17                (Tuesday)                     DSTP Science - Gr. 8, 11
   May 18                (Wednesday)                   DSTP Social Studies - Gr. 8, 11
   May 30                (Monday)                      Memorial Day
JUNE                                                                                      9          7          36.50
  June 9                 (Thursday)                   Last Pupil Day
  June 10                (Friday)                     Inservice Day
  June 13                (Monday)                     Last Teacher Day
JULY
  July 14-15             (Thursday, Friday)           DSTP Mathematics Grade 8
  July 19-20             (Tuesday, Wednesday)         DSTP Reading - Gr 3, 5, 8

Totals:                                                                                   188      176        1126.00

The calendar is based on legislation requiring students to attend school 440 hours (kindergarten), 1060 hours (grades
1-11), and 1032 hours (grade 12) - with no minimum number of days. The extra hours for students can be banked for
inclement weather; however, teachers will have to make up inclement weather days in order to reach the 188 teacher
days required by law. Any inclement weather days will be made up by staff immediately following the last teacher day.

Approved by the Board of Education, February 18, 2004



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North Smyrna Elementary was built in 1962 with approximately 280 students enrolled. The school was expanded in
1984 and we currently have over 340 students enrolled. Unfortunately, our traffic patterns have not changed with
this 42 year time span. There are more students being driven to and picked up from school than ever. Due to safety
concerns, we request that you follow these procedures to ensure the safety of everyone.
          1. Please move forward at the beginning and end of the day when you are dropping off or picking up your
              child(ren).
          2. When exiting the property in the morning, only make a right hand turn. This will keep the traffic
              flowing. If you have concerns with this please call the school.
 If students are involved in after-school activities, they will be dismissed with the last group of students at the end of the
     day.
 Students may not use skateboards, roller blades, or scooters as a means of transportation to and from school.
 Students are to go directly home after school unless they are involved in school-supervised after-school activities.
     Students may not loiter in or around the school. All car riders must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Students cannot loiter
     unsupervised after this time.
 Walkers are to make use of the sidewalks and walk in a safe manner, staying in the white lines when crossing streets.
 Bike riders are to obey the rules of the road to and from school. When you get to school, park your bike in the racks
     provided. It is suggested that you buy a lock and chain to secure your bike to the rack. By Delaware law, students must
     wear helmets when riding a bike. All bike riders will walk their bikes while on school property. Disregard or refusal of
     bike riders to follow these policies will result in the loss of the bike riding privilege.
 Bus students are expected to ride in a safe, orderly manner. The bus driver is responsible for your safety; therefore, you
     are expected to follow his/her rules. Failure to do so may endanger the students and result in the guilty person being
     denied permission to ride the bus.
 Students who ride the bus to school must ride that bus home unless written instructions from the parent or guardian to do
     otherwise are presented to the office during homeroom that day. All notes of this nature must be approved by the
     administration.

Elementary School Philosophy
The Smyrna School District exists for the development, improvement, and general welfare of the children of the community.
Therefore, we must endeavor to:
        1.      Establish a positive motivational climate for learning and intellectual development.
        2.      Create a school environment that provides for levels of success with respect to individual abilities.
        3.      Develop the child physically, socially, intellectually, and emotionally.
        4.      Create opportunities to encourage independence and cooperation through varied educational experiences.

What should I do if I have a problem concerning my child?
Step 1: Make an appointment to see the teacher.
Step 2: If the parent and the teacher cannot solve the problem, make an appointment to see the principal and a conference
will be arranged.
Step 3: If the parent, teacher, and principal cannot resolve the problem, then it may be necessary to refer the problem to the
district office and the appropriate party will schedule a conference with the parent.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS OF THE STUDENT
The major purpose of the teachers and staff of North Smyrna Elementary School is to educate students. To accomplish this,
students must be cooperative, well mannered, and demonstrate respect for school property. Students must exercise self-
control at all times and honor the rights and properties of other students. Failure to honor these requests will require
disciplinary action from the teachers and/or administration, which may vary according to the nature of the offense and to prior
actions of the student(s) involved. To make North Smyrna Elementary a positive environment for learning, a total
commitment from our student body is required.

School Visitation Procedures and Classroom Observations
Parents are encouraged to visit school frequently and actively participate in the education of their child. Here are a few
guidelines for visiting the school.
         1. For the protection of our students, all non-students are to report to the office upon entering the building.
              At this time they will be given a badge to wear to identify them as a visitor to our building. Please do not
              go directly to the classroom.

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School Visitation Procedures and Classroom Observations con’t.
        2. No one is to smoke on school property. Tobacco Regulation 877 prohibits the use and distribution of tobacco
             products by all staff, students, visitors, and parents in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or
             school-owned vehicles and property, and at all school affiliated functions- on and off school grounds. Tobacco
             regulation 877 means a healthier, safer school environment for everyone.
        3. Conferences may not be held with the teacher during instructional hours. This is a visit, not a conference.
             Parents/guardians are not to have personal conversations with the teacher. If you need a conference, call the
             office to set up a conference with your child‘s teacher.
        4. During a classroom visitation, no siblings may visit the classroom with the parent/guardian as
             younger children often distract the attention of both the visitor and the class. We do not allow
             students to bring other children for school visits.
        5. Visitors are expected to abide by classroom rules. (No special help for your child only.)
        6. There is to be no eating, drinking, or snacking in class.
        7. There will be no visits during testing.
        8. If you need to give your child a message, medication, homework, lunch money, supplies, etc.,
             please go to the office. Interrupting class hampers valuable instructional time and may be
             disruptive to the learning environment.
        9. A visit can be terminated by an administrator if the above guidelines are not followed.

Mid Marking Period Progress Reports Issued                                         Report Cards Issued
October 6, 2004                                                                    November 8-10, 2004
December 20, 2004                                                                  February 1, 2005
February 28, 2005                                                                  April 18, 2005
May 16, 2005                                                                       June 9, 2005

Emergency School Closing Information
If the weather is bad, school may be delayed either one hour, two hours, or closed all day for the safety of the children. Please
make sure your child has an alternative after-school plan for supervision. Please listen to any of the following TV and
radio stations beginning at 6:30 a.m. OR: check our web site at: www.smyrna.k12.de.us
TV-WBOC Channel 16
     WDEL          1150 AM                                      WILM              1450 AM
      WDOV         1410 AM                                      WJBR              1290 AM
      WDSD          92.9 FM                                     WKEN              1600 AM
Weather Contingency Form
A weather contingency form will be sent home for each child. We ask that parents/guardians complete the form and return it
to school as quickly as possible. This is your way of communicating to the school the steps that should be followed in the
event of an emergency early dismissal. If changes occur to this plan, parents/guardians should notify the teacher to update the
form.
                                                       2004-2005
                                              North Smyrna Elementary School
                                                        Daily Schedule
                           8:15-3:45            Teacher Workday
                           8:15-8:30            Cafeteria Open for Breakfast
                           8:15-8:30            Students Enter Building and Go to Homeroom
                              8:30              LateBell/OpeningExercises/Morning Announcements
                           8:30-8:45            School-Wide Sustained Silent Reading
                           8:30-3:30            Instructional Day for Students
                              3:30              Walker/Car Rider Dismissal
                              3:32              1st and 3rd Grades Bus Dismissal
                              3:34              2nd and 4th Grades Bus Dismissal
                           3:30-3:45            Teacher Detention
                           3:30-4:00            Office Detention

Parents should only seek early dismissals of their children prior to 3:00 p.m. On half days, walkers will be dismissed at
12:30; bus riders will be dismissed beginningat 12:32.


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ARRIVAL TIME
Students should not be on the school grounds before 8:15 a.m. Potential problems could develop when students are
unsupervised.

TARDINESS
School starts at 8:30 a.m. Children arriving after this time should have a note written by their parent/guardian explaining the
reason for the tardiness. They should report to the office to be taken off the absentee rolls and receive a late pass. A child will
not be counted late if the bus is late. Parents/guardians should not walk students to their rooms. Tardiness is excused when a
parent/guardian sends in a written and signed acceptable reason for tardiness. An acceptable reason would be a doctor‘s
appointment, illness, or legal business. (Verification of the reason may be requested.)

EARLY DISMISSAL
All early dismissals will require a written request from the parent or guardian. Requests will not be granted over the
telephone. In an emergency, persons having legal custody of the student may present themselves at the student‘s school office
to sign an early dismissal. Students will only be called to the office for dismissal once the parent/guardian arrives to sign
them out. Calling students early from class causes a loss of valuable educational time.

RELEASES
Parents must come to the office if they wish to pick up their child during the school day. If you are sending someone to the
school office to pick up your child, please notify us by letter or telephone before the time the child is to be taken from school.
This way we will know that someone other than the parent is authorized to pick up the child. Identification may be required
before the student is released.

ENROLLMENT
A parent or guardian must enroll a child. To be designated a guardian, an adult must have legal documentation such as
guardianship papers from the Family Court of Delaware. A ten-day grace period for procurement of the documents will be
granted.
Parents or guardians must reside in the Smyrna School District, and the residence declared must be the home in which the
child resides most of the time. In cases where residence is split between two parents/guardians, bus transportation will only
be allowed for one of the established residences. Once a child is assigned to a bus route, he/she will remain on that bus route
for the year unless his/her residence changes.

CORRESPONDENCE
Report cards, test scores and other correspondence regarding the child or the school will be sent to the custodial
parent/guardian with whom the child primarily resides. Either parent has the right to set up an appointment to come into the
school for the purpose of reviewing the child‘s permanent record unless there is a court order in the child‘s folder that is
contradictory to this practice.
Also, in the formal documentation, the child will be referred to by the name indicated on the birth certificate. Name changes
will only be granted with appropriate court documentation.

CHILD CUSTODY INFORMATION
During the past few years there has been an increase in single-parent families and numerous child custody litigations have
occurred. This is a very serious matter and the school is concerned for the safety and welfare of the children involved;
however, parents/guardians are to be advised that unless the school has received a legal document stating that custody has
been granted to an individual, the school may release the child to either parent upon request.

TRANSFERS
If you are going to move, please notify the school office to complete a withdrawal form. Records cannot be sent without
parental consent and by following school checkout procedures (returning textbooks, library books, etc.). Prompt attention
will avoid delay in forwarding records.

PARENT CONFERENCES
If you, as the legal guardian, wish to have a conference with your child‘s teacher(s) and/or principal please call the school or
send in a note and we will arrange a convenient time for the conference. If a conference has been arranged and for some
reason you cannot come or you may be a little late, please inform the school by phone or note.


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SCHOOL FIELD TRIP POLICY
The Smyrna School District considers field trips to be a privilege as well as a right of students. Field trips are for North
Smyrna Elementary students only. Only staff approved chaperones may attend. Siblings may not attend. Students are to
obey all rules and policies of the school district while on field trips. Students who abuse the rules and policies will be denied
the right to participate in field trips.
1. Field trips will be classified in four categories:
    Curricular (required)                        Reward (voluntary)
    Instructionally Related (required)           Recreational (voluntary)
 Funding sources for each of the classifications are designated as district, school, club/activity, school organization (PTO),
and parent/student. (See Administrative Guidelines.)
2. Field trips that are required (curricular or instructionally related) must be budgeted in the school and/or district budget.
The original submission of the budget must include the cost of curricular/instructionally related field trips.
3. No student will be denied participation in field trips except for disciplinary actions resulting from problems in school or
previous field trips.
4. There shall be an appropriate ratio of adults per students based upon the characteristics of the field trip. Parents and
community volunteers are encouraged as chaperones in order that teachers may continue teaching in classrooms. Chaperones
must be approved by the principal.
5. Students will not be permitted to go on any school trips without a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian. Students not
participating in a field trip shall be provided with an educationally sound alternative planned by their teachers.
6. Field trip request forms must be submitted to the building principal for approval/ denial approximately one month before
the planned trip or as soon as possible. Once approved by the principal, the request is forwarded to the Superintendent or
designee for approval. Arrangements for buses and the trip are to be made at the building.
7. The intent of this policy is to fund curricular field trips through the district or school budgets but not to limit alternative
funding sources or the number of field trips.
8. Any request which deviates from this policy requires approval by the Board of Education.
9. Due to safety issues, each class attending a field trip must have their regular teacher or a staff member in attendance who
can identify the students, otherwise the class will not be able to participate.
10. Students must ride the bus to the field trip and must return on the same bus or they will not be able to participate.

EXTENDED SCHOOL ABSENCE
Parents may request, in writing, permission for their child to be excused from school for a family trip. Excuses are granted
only to students who are in good standing academically and behaviorally. This letter is requested at least one week prior to
the departure. The letter should state the purpose and the date of the absence and must also be signed by the parent/guardian.
Upon approval of the principal, a copy of the request letter will be attached to an administrative excuse form that must be
signed by the principal. A copy of this form will be sent to the parent. It becomes the student‘s responsibility to obtain all
assignments before he/she leaves and to complete the assignments prior to their return to school.

NORTH SMYRNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACILITIES
There are any facilities and programs at the North Smyrna Elementary School to enhance opportunities for your child‘s
continued growth and development. We encourage everyone to make the best use of these excellent programs and facilities
listed below:
Cafeteria                           Math                       Music Class                      Special Education
Nurse‘s Office                      Science                    Physical Education/Health        S.T.E.P (G/T)
Guidance Office                     Language Arts              Art Class                        Title I
Computer Labs                       Social Studies             Library                          Extra Time
Extra-Curricular Activities:          (Availability based on funding and/or sponsorship)
Drama Club                                    After School Tutoring             Peer Leader Group
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                                                     MEET THE STAFF
                                               Mrs. Cynthia L. Boyd, Principal
                                            Mrs. Kathy Castro, Assistant Principal
                                           Mrs. Evelyn L. Biro, Financial Secretary
                                             Mrs. Maureen N. Faries, Secretary
                                           Mrs. Trudy Hastings, R.N., School Nurse
                                              Dr. Debbie Kerstetter, Counselor
                                            Mr. John Bailey, Technology Specialist
                 First Grade Teachers: Mrs. Cindy McNatt, Mrs. Kathleen Reynolds, Mrs. Diane Marthaler,
                                   Mrs. Kim Sullivan, Mrs. Mary Gerni, Mrs. April Moore
                  Second Grade Teachers: Ms. Amy Musto, Mrs. Patty Goodlin, Ms. Courtney Carter,
                                        Mrs. Erin Miller, Mrs. Marschia Valentovich
                    Third Grade Teachers: Mrs. Debbie Chadwick, Mrs. Kristine Schultz, Mrs. Amy Vance,
                                             Ms. Kim Carter, Mrs. Kelly Wilson
          Fourth Grade Teachers: Mrs. Donna Cole, Mrs. Kristi Wilson, Mrs. Shannon Huff, Mrs. Michele Coldiron
                        Related Arts Teachers: Mr. Irv Rothenberg – Music, Mrs. Sue Pechacek – Art,
                         Mr. Pat Zolper – Physical Education/Health, Mrs. Susan Zolper – Librarian
                                      Multi-Age Classroom Teacher: Ms. Lucille Kuntz
             Special Services: Mrs. Sherri Hudson (S.T.E.P.), Mrs. Eileen Reynolds (Hearing Impaired Specialist),
                                      Mrs. Anne Park-Seldomridge (Speech Pathologist),
                                 Mrs. Eileen DeGregoris (ESOL), Mrs. Tanya Ferrindino (OT)
                  Instructional/Intervention Paraprofessionals: Mrs. Kay Grabowski, Ms. Michele Johnson,
                      Mrs. Wendy Faulkner, Mrs. Shelly Tracey, Ms. Nicloe Diehl, Mrs. Michelle LaFan
                      Custodial Staff: Mr. Gary Cain – Chief, Mr. Edward Allen – Fireman/Custodian,
                                               Mr. Jim Blair, Mr. Ted Otricelli
   Cafeteria Staff: Ms. Rogette Lauer, Manager, Mrs. Melanie Johnson, Cook, Mrs. Marcia Barry, Mrs. Diana Janeka, Mrs.
                                             Kimberly Norris, Mrs. Jeanne Reed



SPECIAL SERVICES
The Smyrna School District provides a variety of educational programs. Included are the following: Gifted/Talented
(S.T.E.P), Speech, HHPD, ESOL, Pre-School, Pre-K, Homebound, and any student identified as needing Special Education
under IDEA. Special Services also handles all requests to school psychologists, the visiting teacher, and any concerns with
Section 504 of IDEA.

GUIDANCE
 Our guidance counselor will be influential in all aspects of your school life. Your counselor is here to counsel and advise
you, make referrals, and be available when you feel you need someone in which to confide. There is a concern not only with
academic growth and progress, but emotional adjustments as well. Parents with questions should contact the Guidance Office
at 653-8589.

SCHOOL NURSE
The Nurse‘s office is a very busy place. The Nurse will help you to learn to develop good habits for physical, mental and
social well-being. You are reminded that you must have a pass from your teacher to visit the nurse. Emergency cards will
be given to all students for their parents to complete at the beginning of school. It is essential that this card be
returned to the nurse within 2-3 days so that the school can have emergency information to protect your child. The
school should also be notified immediately of any change in that information.

TITLE ONE PROGRAM
Supplementary instruction in reading and/or mathematics is provided for children in greatest need. Title I is a federally
funded program that provides services in grades K-4.

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SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE PROGRAM
There will be before-school care available in the following schools-Clayton Elementary, North Smyrna Elementary, Smyrna
Elementary, Smyrna Kindergarten Center, and JBM Intermediate. The name of the program is the Breakfast Club. The
program will be operated by the staff of the Smyrna School District. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:15 a.m. The
cost is paid monthly (non-refundable), which must be paid in advance. Payments may be made to your child‘s school
cafeteria or the Child Nutrition Office. The students will receive breakfast during the time they are in the program and some
homework help. Applications for the program are in the office.
The after-school care program will be available to students who attend North Smyrna Elementary, Clayton Elementary,
Smyrna Elementary, the Smyrna Kindergarten Center, and JBM Intermediate. The program is operated by the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Delaware. The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive childcare program after school hours for children
ages 5-13 to meet the needs of working parents. The program will feature enhanced instructional strategies, life enhancing
programs, plus character and value development experiences. These programs enhance the lives of the children they serve by
developing their values, skills, and self-esteem. The hours of operation are from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. A
nutritious snack and drink will be provided each day. All children must become a member of the Smyrna/Clayton Boys &
Girls Club. The annual membership fee is $12.00 and is due at the time of registration. The tuition is $45.00 per week. State
Purchase of Care is accepted. Additional fees are required on school days off and half days. Registration information is
available in the office.


GETTING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
1. Walkers are to use the sidewalks and crosswalks, and to walk in a safe manner. They may enter the building by the two
doors in the front of the school or at the North end of the school by the cafeteria. Car riders will enter the building by the
door near the cafeteria where they are dropped off.
2. Bus students are expected to ride in a safe and orderly manner. When children misbehave on the school bus, parents will
be notified by the bus driver. If the behavior problem persists, a conduct report will be turned into the office. One copy is
sent home to the parents, one copy is returned to the bus driver, and one copy is forwarded to the District‘s Transportation
Supervisor. It is desired that all children who ride buses will not do anything to distract the driver. Failure to comply with
these regulations may result in the guilty person being denied permission to ride the bus.
3. If your child rides his/her bicycle to school, certain rules are to be followed. All bicycles are to be placed in the racks
provided. Bicycles are not to be ridden on the school grounds. The child should have a lock for the bicycle and students are
required by law to wear bicycle helmets. The school will not be held responsible for stolen bikes.
Skateboards/rollerblades/scooters should not be brought to school.
4. If your child is to return home by means other than the way he arrived at school, a note is required. This note must be
approved by the school office.
5. For everyone’s safety all doors to the school will be locked during the school day except the Main Entrance doors.
Visitors are requested to use the Main Entrance and sign in and secure a visitor’s pass from the school office. Thank
you for your cooperation and understanding.


SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW
According to 14 Delaware C, 2729 and 2730, “Truancy” or “Truant” shall refer to a pupil enrolled in grades K
through 12 inclusive who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for more than three (3) days or the
equivalent thereof, without a valid excuse during a given school year.


COMPREHENSIVE ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
1. Each school in the district will establish a ―Student Attendance Review Board‖.
The purpose of the Attendance Review Board will be to determine the cause of the student‘s excessive absence and
evaluate possible alternative educational services. The Review Board will consist of a minimum of three (3) persons: one
building administrator, one guidance counselor (if available), one staff person, and the school nurse. Other staff may be
added at the discretion of the Review Board. This board may meet when deemed necessary.
2. Each school shall implement a positive program encouraging regular school attendance. An age appropriate system of
reward and merit should be a major component of such a program.
3. The designated staff person will retain all notes from parent/guardian(s) for student absences for the current school year.


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4. The school will make a reasonable attempt to contact parents/guardians of students who are absent from school. This will
be the responsibility of North Smyrna Elementary‘s attendance person. Daily verification calls will occur.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES con’t.
5. Students‘ attendance will be recorded daily in compliance with state regulations. *(It is highly recommended that notes
from the doctor be submitted when applicable to accurately document absences.)
         a. Upon accumulation of eight (8), twelve (12), sixteen (16), twenty (20), twenty-four (24) absences (excused or
              unexcused), parents will be contacted by the school. The school‘s contact with the parents will determine the
              cause of the student‘s excessive absence and possible evaluation of auxiliary educational services.
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         b. Following the 8 absence the student‘s parents/guardians will be notified of the attendance problem and its
              imminent consequences. Students in grades K-12 will be retained or receive no credit in their courses/subjects
              (24 days per one year course, 12 days per semester course).
         c. When a student accumulates three (3) UNEXCUSED absences, he/she is considered in violation of the district
              policy and Delaware state law on attendance. The school will notify the visiting teacher and a truancy letter will
              be sent. Upon continued truancy, the following actions will be taken by the visiting teacher:
                    8 unexcused days-certified letter sent to the home and home visit
                    11 unexcused days – letter sent home and charges filed in truancy court
                    24 unexcused days – The Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (DSCYF)
                        will be notified.
         d. Parents of students deemed truant will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Parents found guilty of
              violating Delaware‘s compulsory attendance requirements will be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.
         e. Upon accumulation of twelve (12) instances of tardiness per year, the visiting teacher will be notified and a
              truancy notice will be sent home to the parents or guardian, if applicable. The Attendance Review Boards‘
              contact with the parents will determine the cause of the student‘s excessive tardiness and possibly offer solutions
              to the problem.
         f. A student who is receiving homebound instruction in accordance with district procedures will be regarded as
              present and will not be penalized under any provision of this policy.
         g. A student who is absent during regular school hours because of school-directed or district-approved activities
              (class trips, field trips, early dismissals for athletic participation, etc.) shall be marked as present for attendance
              purposes.
         h. Exceptions to the Smyrna School District Attendance Policy may be made in cases of severe family hardship or
              student illness by an appeal to the Attendance Review Board in each school within 10 days of written notice.
6. For the purpose of this policy, the state guidelines governing excusable absences will be used. The following conditions
are recognized by the Smyrna School Board as being legal and necessary absences:
         a. Illness of the child, attested to by a physician, if necessary.
         b. The presence of contagious disease at the child‘s home subject to regulations of the Department of Health and
              Social Services.
         c. Death in the immediate family or in the home of grandparents. Excused time will not exceed one week. Excused
              time allowed for funeral of other relatives will not exceed one day. Additional time may be allowed when
              services are held at long distances from the student‘s home.
         d. Legal business
         e. Suspensions or expulsion from school for misconduct
         f. Remedial health treatment (includes student pregnancy)
         g. Prearranged absences with documented parental knowledge:
                    College visit
                    Participation in other educational experience
                    Absences of one day for personal reasons
         h. Emergency situations as determined by the school principal
         i. Religious holidays
*Note: No absence will be allowed during state testing or semester exams unless approved in advance by the school
principal.

DEFINITIONS
Absence:
A student must attend school a minimum of five (5) hours to be credited for a full day of attendance. A student must attend a
minimum of two and one-half hours to be credited for one-half of a day. Two half days will equal a whole.
Early Dismissal:
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All early dismissals will require a written request from the parent or guardian. Requests will not be granted over the
telephone. In an emergency, persons having legal custody of the student may present themselves at the student‘s school office
to sign an early dismissal.
Excused Absence:
An excused absence is an absence covered under the nine (9) necessary and legal absences. A signed note from the parent or
guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date will be required. The note must be submitted to the school office no
later than two days following the student‘s return to the school or the absence will be considered unexcused. Students who
are eighteen years of age or older and who are legally independent may sign their own notes. Parents, guardians and students
must understand that writing a note does not excuse a student for an absence unless it can be classified as a necessary and
legal absence.
Homebound:
Instruction furnished by the school district at the student‘s place of residence. Such instruction is normally furnished when a
student‘s medical condition prevents her/him from attending regularly or for an extended period of time, as deemed necessary
by a physician in writing.
Make-Up Work:
Any student who has an excused absence from school can make up classwork and assignments missed, if the request is made
within a reasonable length of time of the student‘s return but not to exceed three (3) days. The time allowed to complete
make-up work will equal the time missed and will begin the day of the student‘s request. It is the student‘s responsibility to
take advantage of this opportunity. The student‘s grade should reflect a failure to comply.
School Suspension:
In-school suspension (ISS) is considered excused, but work must be made up in ISS that day.
Out-of-school suspension is considered excused, but students may not make up schoolwork missed while on out-of-school
suspension. However, tests during suspensions must be made up within two school days after the suspension is fulfilled, with
the exception of academic violations. Arrangements to complete any make-up tests are the responsibility of the student.
Tardy:
A late arrival after school‘s official starting time.
Truancy:
Any unexcused absence will be regarded as in incident of truancy.
Unexcused Absence:
An absence for a reason other than the nine valid reasons listed above, or an absence with no note. Unexcused absences result
in no credit awarded for the missed schoolwork. Three such unexcused absences could result in truancy charges being placed
against parent/guardian(s) as provided for in the Delaware Code.

HEALTH
We are always concerned with the health of students. For the protection of all school children, immunizations are required.
A policy has also been established requiring physical examinations. Children will not be allowed to attend school if these are
not completed.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to keep their children at home when illness warrants. No children are permitted in
school with contagious diseases. Children who have chicken pox will not be allowed to re-enter school until all blisters are
dried completely.
If your child is ill, contact the school nurse (653-3145).
In case of an illness or emergency in school, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by telephone. If the parent(s)/guardian(s)
cannot be reached, we will call the person(s) you listed on the registration and/or emergency card. Please complete and return
the emergency card immediately.
Students are not permitted to bring medication to school. If a student must have medication during the day, an adult must
bring it to school. A parent/guardian must provide written instructions regarding the administration of the medication.
Written instructions must include the name of the student, name of the drug, dosage, and time the medication should be
administered. Please make every attempt to have the time to be administered coincide with the student‘s lunch or recess time.
The prescription medication bottle must have the student‘s name, date within a year, name of medication, dosage, and time.
Over-the-counter medicine may be brought in and left in the nurse‘s office with written instructions to use on an as needed
basis. If your child has been prescribed a medication to be taken during school attendance, all medication must be in the
bottle from the Doctor or pharmacy from which it was dispensed.

Head Lice Procedure
After discovering head lice, the school nurse shall:
    1. exclude student from classroom.
    2. notify parent/guardian, give treatment instructions, and send student home for treatment.

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    3. exclude student from the bus until treatment is approved by the school nurse. The nurse will call the Supervisor of
       Transportation who will inform the bus drivers of the exclusion. A parent/guardian must bring the student to school
       the next school day to have the treatment approved by the school nurse or the student shall be considered truant.
Head Lice Procedure con’t.
       When the treatment is approved, the school nurse will inform the Supervisor of Transportation to let the student back
       on the bus. (This procedure may be invoked at the school nurse‘s discretion.)
   4. check the heads of other students in the class. Where cross grouping occurs (i.e. reading), it will be necessary to
       check all groups.
   5. send home a notice to parents of the class or classes affected.
   6. check siblings of infested student.
   7. call the appropriate school nurse and check the siblings if the infested student has siblings in other schools within the
       district.
   8. check student when he/she returns to school.
   9. exclude the student if nits are present-the student may not return to school until the nits are removed. The days
       missed will be counted against the child‘s attendance record.
   10. check the student seven days after the condition has been cleared.
   11. check the student again in two weeks if the student has had head lice three times in one school year.
   12. refer the matter to a Public Health Nurse (PHN) if three infestations occur in a school year.
   13. refer the matter to the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families if infestation recurs after the
       PHN referral.

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Dress Code                                                                                                  Policy 5102

                                                            Philosophy
Studies have shown a positive relationship between students concern for their appearance and their concern for their
education. The same is true in regard to good appearance and manners. Therefore, it is imperative that a student be clean,
appropriately and modestly dressed, and not cause attention to be centered on his/her appearance. In June 1995, Delaware
Governor Carper signed House Bill 76 that allows school districts to enforce dress codes. Our general philosophy is as
follows:
     1. Clothing that is inappropriate or revealing is not permitted.
     2. Clothing shall completely conceal private body parts (including the midriff) and undergarments. Undergarments,
         such as boxer shorts, bras, etc. must not be visible.
     3. Muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, backless tops, shirts with cutoff sleeves, and shirts that leave either shoulder bare are
         not permitted.
Disregard of the Smyrna School District dress policy will result in the following disciplinary actions, in order:
1st Offense           Warning and required to change clothes.* Parents will be notified by phone.
2nd Offense           After-school detention (one hour).* Parents will be notified by phone.
3rd Offense           One-half day in-school suspension.* Parents will be notified by phone.
4th Offense           One day in-school suspension.* Parents will be notified by phone.
5th Offense           One day out-of-school suspension.* Parent phone call and written notification.
      A student may call home for a change of clothes, or a student will be loaned a clean, useable shirt from the nurse‘s
         office, or turn the shirt inside out where applicable.

The following clothing attire are unacceptable:
     1. Shorts or skirts above the mid-thigh or fingertip length (whichever is longer)
              o This length may not be surpassed by holes or slits that occur above the acceptable measurement.
              o Mid-thigh is defined as the point halfway between the top of the inseam and the top of the knee.
     2. Cheerleading skirts worn during school hours without leggings or shorts under them.
     3. Pants not worn at the waist so that underwear is exposed.
     4. Sagging or dragging pants.
     5. Versions of clothing such as see-through pants and ―loungewear‖ such as pajamas, flannel sleepwear, or slippers.
     6. Clothing attire or accessories displaying profane, vulgar messages, pictures with double meanings, and/or promoting
         sex, drugs, and alcohol.
     7. Shirts or tops, where the stomach shows or back is exposed when raising the arms or walking, or sitting.
     8. Shirts with exaggerated necklines and arm openings.
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      9. Tops with straps less than 2‖ wide.
     10. See-through or versions of mesh shirts/tops.
     11. Tops such as loungewear, pajamas, and flannel sleepwear.
Shoes and Footwear
Flip-flops and slippers are not permitted in school.
Hats and Headgear
Headgear, such as hats, bandanas, scarves, and sweatbands are not to be worn in school with the exception of documented
religious reasons. Hoods attached to tops may not be worn on one‘s head.
Coats and Outer Wear
Coats, jackets, windbreakers, and any garment designed for outside use will be kept in the student‘s locker during school
hours.
Hair/Jewelry
Hair must be of a natural hair color only. Visual body piercing of any kind, except for earrings on ears, is prohibited.
Long, dangling/loop earrings and spiked jewelry are discouraged for safety reasons.
Gangs
(Groups of students who bully or intimidate others)
Students are prohibited from wearing logos, emblems or other items that identify them as a part of a gang.

Approved by the Board of Education, March 17, 2004


GRADING POLICY
Definition
Grading is a process by which individual students are assessed to determine the extent to which each has achieved the
instructional objectives (i. e. predetermined student learning outcomes) of a course or area of study.
Philosophy
1. The Smyrna School District Board of Education expects that grades assigned to students, based upon a professional
evaluation of student performance in a particular course or area of study, are to be based solely upon predetermined student
learning outcomes which are communicated in advance to students and parent/guardian(s)
2. The Board of Education believes that a grade should never be construed as an end in itself.
3. The Board of Education believes that evaluation of student progress in the form of grades must be objective,
understandable to students and to parent/guardian(s), and communicate strengths and weaknesses of student performance.
Implementation
Regulations shall insure that grading is consistent with this policy.
General Guidelines
1.The intent of the reporting systems is to communicate academic achievement, effort and behavior on a regular basis to
students and parent/guardian(s).
2. Each teacher shall communicate their grading system to students and parents/guardians at the beginning of each school
year or semester as appropriate. Principals shall ensure that each grading system so distributed is consistent with:
          a. the district‘s grading policy and regulation
          b. sound educational practice
          c. other teachers in the same grade or department or who are teaching the same course/subject
3. Teachers shall have the responsibility for determining student grades consistent with the district‘s policy and regulation.
4. For grades 1 through 12, student report cards shall be distributed every nine weeks to students and parents/guardians.
5. Mid-marking period progress reports will be issued to all students. This guideline does not discourage a teacher from
sending progress reports home with the student on a more frequent or as needed basis.
6. Parent conferences relating to student progress shall be scheduled as needed. The approved school calendar shall provide
for parent conferences on or about the end of the first and third quarters. Whenever possible, such conferences are to be
arranged in order to accommodate parents‘/guardians‘ schedules.
7. All teachers teaching the same subjects or grade level will establish a standard grading policy. (Example: course biology -
homework___%, tests___% lab, etc.) and submit to the building principal.
8. Attitudes and work habits will be noted, when deficient, in a separate area of the report card.
9. The grading scale for all students shall be as follows:
          A = 93-100                   Excellent
          B = 85-92                    Above Average
          C = 76-84                    Average
          D = 70-75                    Unsatisfactory But Passing
          F = 69 & below               Failing
          + or - shall be used to supplement the above
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10. Negative or positive classroom behavior should not affect a student‘s grades.
11. A student‘s grades may not be changed by a school administrator without permission of the teacher.


Grade 1 Guidelines
1. Reading and math will receive letter grades and a clearly defined instructional level for all four marking periods. Skills
listed under these subjects will receive S, N, or U grades.
2. Spelling will receive a letter grade beginning the second marking period. Skills listed under this subject will receive S, N,
or U grades.
3. English will receive S, N, or U grades beginning the second marking period.
4. Science, social studies, and handwriting will receive S, N, or U grades for all four marking periods.

Elementary Guidelines
1. All academic subjects will receive the letter grade earned with no instructional level indicated except for reading, where the
letter grade and an instructional level will be clearly defined. If a student is working below grade level and receives an A,
he/she should be moved to a higher level; and if a student is working above grade level, he/she should not receive a C or D
but should be moved down a level. For special education students working below grade and accelerated students working
above level, the grade box would be split.
2. Distribution of grades on the elementary level - copy of report card is placed in an envelope which has the student‘s name,
school name, grade, year, teacher, and parent‘s/guardian‘s signature. Parent/guardian(s) keep the pressure copy and return
only the envelope to school. This method will eliminate reporting grades on cumulative cards and attendance sheets.
3. Reading - letter grades and instructional level will be used for reading. The sub- headings of comprehension, oral
expression, and word attack skills shall be graded with S, U, N, I.
4. Art, handwriting, library science, music, and physical education should be recorded as S or U on the report card for all
Grades 1 through 4.

Promotion/Retention/Acceleration/Graduation*
The basic criterion for promotion is the probability that the student will succeed at the next higher level. While children are
unique because each child grows at his/her own rate according to individual ability, environment, and life experiences, high
academic standards have been established for all children. However, flexibility to provide for individual differences and
allow for differentiated yearly growth must be planned for within the boundaries of the promotion standards.

Retention:
 Basic guidelines for retention include:
1. K-4 and 8…. The student must meet the performance level
                  requirements for both reading and mathematics.
2. K-8 ………. Parents of students in danger of being retained must be notified no earlier than the end of the second
                  marking period but no later than the end of the third marking period. Reasons for possible retention and
                  suggestions for increasing the child‘s achievement level(s) will be provided.
3. K-8 ………. Poor work habits and/or poor attitude are not grounds by themselves for retention, unless they are major
                  contributors to academic failure.
4. K-8 ………. Retained students will be assigned to a new classroom and teacher unless the teacher, student and parents
                  request identical placement or unless no other placement is available.
5. K-8………. For students with disabilities, including students who participate in a functional life skills curriculum, the
                  IEP team will determine promotion and placement according to the provisions of the student‘s IEP using all
                  available data and in consultation with the student‘s parent(s) or guardian(s).
6. K-8………         For LEP students during their first two years in Delaware schools, decisions for promotion and placement
                  shall be made by the school principal in consultation with teacher(s) and parent(s) or guardian(s). After two
                  years, promotion decisions for LEP students shall be determined as for other students.
                  STATE REQUIREMENT
7. K-12…….        The student must meet district attendance policy guidelines (Smyrna School District Policy 5113:
                  ―Comprehensive Attendance Procedures‖).
8. 3,5,8……        A student scoring a performance level of 2 on the grades 3, 5, or 8 reading test is required to have an
                  Individual Improvement Plan (IIP) mutually agreed upon by school staff and the student‘s parent/guardian.
                  The IIP must specify appropriate interventions, including but not limited to special courses of study,
                  tutoring, summer school, extended time instruction, mentoring, or other academic improvement activities.


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                  (Parents may appeal the contents of the plan to an Academic Review Committee consisting of Smyrna
                  School District educators. STATE REQUIREMENT


Promotion/Retention/Acceleration/Graduation con’t.
               Once an agreement is reached, the student will be promoted to the next grade. The student will be required,
               however, to retake the reading portion of the DSTP (at the previous grade level) the following spring. If the
               score is a 3 or better, the student is promoted. If the score is below a level 3, the student is retained at the
               current grade level. STATE REQUIREMENT
               A student shall not be retained if he or she has been previously retained for two years because of academic
               performance. STATE REQUIREMENT
               For student with disabilities, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will constitute the Individual Improvement
               Plan (IIP).
9. 3,5,8……     A student scoring a performance level of 1 (well below the standard) on the grade 3, 5, or 8 reading test
               shall be retained unless the student attends summer school and earns a reading score of 3 during the summer
               administration of the DSTP. If the student does not demonstrate proficiency on the reading assessment
               (score 3) after one retake, a Smyrna Academic Review Committee will meet to determine if the student has
               demonstrated sufficient performance using other indicators of achievement including (but not limited to)
               end of course assessments, student classroom products, or classroom grades. STATE REQUIREMENT
10. 8…….       A student scoring a performance level of 2 on the grade 8 mathematics test, is required to have an
               Individual Improvement Plan (IIP) mutually agreed upon by school staff and the student‘s parent/guardian.
               The IIP must specify appropriate interventions, including but not limited to special courses of study,
               tutoring, summer school, extended time instruction, mentoring, or other academic improvement activities.
               (Parents may appeal the contents of the plan to an Academic Review Committee consisting of Smyrna
               School District educators.) STATE REQUIREMENT
               Once an agreement is reached, the student will be promoted to the next grade. The student will be required,
               however, to retake the mathematics portion of the DSTP (at the previous grade level) the following spring.
               If the score is a 3 or better, the student is promoted. If the score is below a level 3, the student is retained at
               the current grade level. STATE REQUIREMENT
               If school staff and the parent/guardian are unable to reach an agreement on the IIP, summer school is
               mandatory. The student will be required to retake the mathematics portion the DSTP during the summer
               administration of the test and demonstrate proficiency (earn a score of 3).
                If a student does not score a 3, the student shall be retained unless the Smyrna Academic Review
               Committee determines that the student has demonstrated proficient performance relative to the state content
               standards, using other indicators including (but not limited to) end of course assessments, student classroom
               work products, or classroom grades. STATE REQUIREMENT
               A student shall not be retained if he or she has been previously retained for two years because of academic
               performance. STATE REQUIREMENT
               For student with disabilities, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will constitute the Individual Improvement
               Plan (IIP).
11. 8……….      A student scoring a performance level of 1 (well below the standard) on the grade 8 mathematics tests shall
               be retained unless the student attends summer school and earns a mathematics score of 3 during the summer
               administration of the DSTP. If the student does not demonstrate proficiency of the mathematics assessment
               (score 3) after one retake, a Smyrna Academic Review Committee will meet to determine if the student has
               demonstrated sufficient performance using other indicators of achievement including (but not limited to)
               end of course assessments, student classroom products, or classroom grades. STATE REQUIREMENT
12. 3, 5, 8….. School staff must notify parents of students whose performance falls Below the Standard following an
               intervention of summer school. Parents must be notified prior to summer school of the deficient area(s) and
               informed about the planned interventions. A copy of the Individual Improvement Plan (IIP) in the areas of
               the deficiency shall be forwarded to the parent(s) or legal guardian by October 15. Parents must return a
               signed copy of the IIP, indicating their agreement or disagreement, to the school principal/designee by
               October 30. Should the parent disagree with or wish to discuss the IIP, a conference shall be held with the
               parent and appropriate school staff not later than the end of the first marking period. STATE
               REQUIREMENT
13. 3,5,8…..   Based upon the promotion policy requirements and appropriate consideration of input from the Case Study
               Team [parents, principal, counselor, and teacher(s)], the teacher will make the final decision with regard to

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                  retention. This policy guideline does not supercede grades 3, 5, or 8 student accountability requirements as
                  listed in guidelines 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.



Promotion/Retention/Acceleration/Graduation

Retention, Grades 1-4:
A student may be considered for retention if it can be clearly demonstrated that the student is considered not academically
ready for the comprehensive curriculum at the next higher level when he/she has not reached satisfactory levels of
performance as defined below:
Satisfactory Reading Performance Levels
A student‘s year-end grade will be obtained by averaging the four (4) marking periods. A year-end average of 76% must be
attained for promotion:
             1st Grade – Each marking period grade will be averaged across two areas, each equally weighted:
                   1. First grade holistic tests/first grade skills tests.
                   2. First grade independently completed reading class work.
      2nd Grade – Each marking period grade will be averaged across three areas, each equally weighted:
                   1. Second grade holistic tests
                   2. Second grade skills tests
                   3. Second grade independently completed reading class work
      3rd Grade –Each marking period grade will be averaged across three areas, each equally weighted:
                   1. Third grade holistic tests
                   2. Third grade skills tests
                   3. Third grade independently completed reading class work
                   4. Third grade students must meet state test requirements as outlined in points 8 and 9 of the Basic
                       Guidelines for Retention. STATE REQUIREMENT
      4th Grade –Each marking period grade will be averaged across three areas, each equally weighted:
                   1. Fourth grade holistic tests
                   2. Fourth grade skills tests
                   3. Fourth grade independently completed reading class work.

Satisfactory Mathematics Performance Levels:
A student‘s year-end grade will be obtained by averaging the four (4) marking periods. A year-end average of 76% must be
attained for promotion:
      1st Grade –Each marking period grade will be averaged across two areas, each equally weighted.
                  1. Grade One tests
                  2. Grade One independently completed mathematics class work
      2nd Grade –Each marking period grade will be averaged across two areas, each equally weighted.
                  1. Grade Two tests
                  2. Grade Two independently completed mathematics class work
      3rd Grade – Each marking period grade will be averaged across two areas, each equally weighted.
                  1. Grade Three tests
                  2. Grade Three independently completed mathematics class work
      4th Grade – Each marking period grade will be averaged across two areas, each equally weighted.
                  1. Grade Four tests
                  2. Grade Four independently completed mathematics class work

Acceleration, Grades 1-4:
Acceleration is the placement of a student in a higher grade level which is more academically appropriate.
Basic guidelines for acceleration include:
    1. Acceleration will be beneficial to the student socially, emotionally, physically and academically.
    2. For children who appear to be performing above grade level in reading and/or mathematics but do not meet the
         performance levels stated below, the curriculum will be enriched with meaningful and challenging activities.
    3. When acceleration is considered, the Case Study Team will use the criteria stated below to make the final
         determination.
To be considered for acceleration, the child must satisfy all of the following criteria for both reading and mathematics:
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Reading
     In grades 1, 2, or 4, score at the SAT 9 Performance Level 4 which ―signifies superior performance beyond grade
        level mastery,‖
     attained at least a 98% average during the previous year, determined by averaging the child‘s performance on the
        appropriate Skills Test(s), Holistic Test(s), and independently completed reading class work
Promotion/Retention/Acceleration/Graduation con’t.
     test out of the appropriate end-of-grade Skills Test(s) and Holistic Test(s) for the next higher grade level with a 98%
        average
     In grade 3, scores at the Delaware Student Testing Program Performance Level 5 which signifies ―exceptional‖ and
        ―exemplary‖ performance
        attained at least a 98% average during the previous year, to be determined by averaging the child‘s performance on
        the appropriate Skills Test(s), Holistic Test(s) and independently completed reading class work
     test out of the appropriate end-of-grade Skill Test and Holistic Test for the next higher grade level with a 98%
        average.

Mathematics
    In grades 1, 2, or 4, score at the SAT 9 Performance Level 4 which ―signifies superior performance beyond grade
       level mastery,‖
    attained at least a 98% average during the previous year, determined by averaging the child‘s performance on all end
       of chapter tests and independently completed class work
    test out of the appropriate end-of-book test for the next higher grade level with a 98% average
    In grade 3, score at the Delaware Student Testing Program Performance Level 5 with signifies ―exceptional‖ and
       ―exemplary‖ performance
    attained at least a 98% average during the previous year, determined by averaging the child‘s performance on all the
       end of chapter tests and independently completed class work
    test out of the appropriate end-of-book test for the next higher grade level with a 98% average.

School Bus Safety
Bus Rules
       1.    Stay seated
       2.    Keep body parts & objects inside bus
       3.    Obey bus driver
       4.    No eating on the bus
       5.    No pushing, shoving or fighting
       6.    Keep hands, feet, & objects to yourself

BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE
The following is an attempt to clarify certain items of State and Smyrna School District policies concerned with school bus
discipline and especially the suspension of riding privileges.
The position of the Board of Education is that all students should remain seated, be reasonably quiet, and be obedient to the
driver while being transported to and from school. Any student who deviates from this desired behavior is creating a safety
hazard for themselves and the other students and should be disciplined.
The bus driver has the same authority over the student as the classroom teacher. This means that the driver may use
reasonable forms of disciplinary action.
School bus rules of conduct are clearly displayed in the driver‘s compartment of each bus contracted for pupil transportation
in the district.
The following procedure is recommended for dealing with discipline problems and should be initiated as soon as a student
displays signs of misbehavior:
1. Take the student aside and explain that his/her misbehavior, in addition to imposing on the other students, is creating a
safety hazard by distracting the driver‘s attention.
2. If the problem continues, either call or write the parents of the offending student and explain to them, courteously, the
nature of the problem and ask their assistance in correcting it. Drivers should have specific information about what the
student is doing wrong, times that the misbehavior has been observed, and reaction of the student to any disciplinary measures
when contacting any parent(s).


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3. If, after using the above techniques, the problem still persists it should be brought to the attention of the particular school
administrator of that student by bringing a Bus Conduct report to his/her office and discussing the situation.
At this level, children may be suspended from riding the bus if parents have been notified yet the problem persists. Bus
Conduct forms shall be used by the driver each time a child is reported. These will be kept on file in both the Transportation
Supervisor‘s Office and the school‘s office.

BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE con’t.
Such suspensions shall be:
          a. Minor Violations - 1st written report – Warning
          b. Minor Violations - 2nd written report - 1 day
          c. Minor Violations - 3rd written report - 2 days
          d. Minor Violations - additional reports - suspension of riding privileges until parent/driver/Transportation
Supervisor/student conference is held.
Student may lose bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year for multiple minor violations.
          a. Major Violations - 1st written report - 1-3 days
          b. Major Violations - 2nd written report - 2-5 days
          c. Major Violations - 3rd written report - suspension of riding privileges until parent/driver/Transportation
          Supervisor/student conference is held.
The conference may result in a five-day suspension, a ten-day suspension, or suspension for the remainder of the school year
of bus riding privileges. This last action needs approval of the Superintendent with appeal rights to the Board of Education.
Minor/Major Violations are, but are not limited to:

Minor Violations                          Major Violations
1. Shouting in or out of the bus          1. Fighting
2. Not staying in seat                    2. Physical actions resulting in
3. Throwing objects                          injury to self or others
4. Talking back to driver                 3. Carrying weapons
5. Littering                              4. Smoking, lighting of
6. Horseplay, annoying other student          matches or cigarette lighter
7. Putting arms or head out windows       5. Possession of alcoholic
8. Disobeying driver‘s instructions           beverages or drugs
9. Boarding or debarking from bus in      6. Property destruction
   unsafe manner                          7. Threatening or abusive
                                             behavior towards bus driver
                                          8. Endangering students on bus

No pupil may be excluded from the bus for disciplinary reasons except at the home or school. The principal shall be notified
of such action at the earliest possible moment after such exclusion, and any change to the action taken by the driver, or any
further disciplinary action to be taken, is the responsibility of the designated school official.
In the event a student becomes so unruly as to be a hazard to the other students, the driver, or the further progress of the bus
run, should pull to the side of the road and stop. If the student cannot be brought under control, the driver should send
someone for help. This should only be an older high school student or a passer-by. Under no circumstances should the
driver leave the students.
Basic Policy
1. Driver to work with student and parent(s) and make principal aware of the problem.
2. If problem persists, driver shall report student to school principal using district forms.
3. If parent has been informed and incident investigated, the school principal can suspend student‘s bus riding privilege.
4. If problems continue, student can be suspended until a conference is held or put off for a longer period of time.
Bus Referrals
This should serve as a warning that the student‘s behavior has become undesirable on the school bus. These disciplinary
steps are for actions that do not endanger the bus transportation of the students or the driver. The District Transportation
Supervisor will handle actions that endanger the students and driver on the school bus.
      First offense – A warning by the principal and a note to the parents
      Second offense – 20 minute detention after school *
      Third offense – 30 minute detention after school *
      Fourth offense - disciplinary action taken by the District Transportation Supervisor.

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         * Therefore, a referral resulting in after school detention is considered serious by the school personnel. Following
          the detention, students must report to the front office for end-of-the-day checkout. Clearly defined plans for pick up
          must be arranged before the day of the detention. It is not the responsibility of the teachers or the administration to
          provide transportation. The parents will be given a two-day notice.



                                                    Computer Use
Unlawful and Inappropriate Use
Students should use computers in a manner that they:
         Never damage or alter equipment
         Always have permission and a teacher‘s supervision.
         Never logon using someone else‘s password.
         Never are disruptive, or hurt somebody‘s feelings.
         Never bully or create a hostile school environment.
         (Student groups or organizations) seek principal‘s approval to send announcements, other wise post electronic messages.
Protection and Integrity of Data
Students must:
        Only create files for educational purposes.
        Only create, edit, change, delete or hand-in their own computer work or quizzes.
        Never fiddle around with the computer settings or network.
        Never share personal information with anyone on-line.
Personal Use
School computers are only to be used for schoolwork, personal use is only allowed when supervised by your teacher and it does not:
        Interfere with your schoolwork or other‘s learning.
        Involve buying things on-line.
        Violate any of the rules contained in the student code of conduct or other State of Delaware Laws.
        Using streaming services such as listening to music or watching video, and downloading of music and video files or printing non-
         educational documents.
Virus Protection
Smyrna School District and the Delaware Center for Educational Technology has purchased anti-virus software for all schools. All
electronic media, such as software, diskettes, CD-ROMs and files are automatically checked for viruses when accessed.
Students should NEVER download or install software on any school machine.
If students find a virus, they must not use the computer until it is fixed. They should report the matter to their teacher right away. Teachers
should immediately post a TechFix request.
Properly Licensed Software
Students will only use software that is installed on district systems. They will not bring in programs/games from outside, nor will they
ever install software.
State of Delaware Monitoring
State communications and computers may be monitored by the State to ensure the integrity of the technology, protect against fraud and
abuse, detect unauthorized access or use, and other purposes. Although the State does not randomly monitor message or network
transactions, it may without notification or approval, monitor, access and review any and all communications originating from the State of
Delaware or delivered to the State of Delaware – students should have no expectation of privacy.
Use of Email and the Internet
Inappropriate use of e-mail can cause many problems. Here are some tips:
        You are responsible for what you send in your messages.
        Alert your teacher if you find inappropriate pictures or words in a message; and never send a message with this content.
        Ignore all chain letters.
        Use of email for fundraising must be approved by the principal.
        Honor copyright laws when sending attachments via email.
        Ask your teacher to send messages that have attachments.
        Do Not sell anything on-line.
        Sending an email to a large list of recipients should only be performed by instructional staff.
        The same rules of good behavior in school apply to email and the internet.
Inappropriate use of the Internet includes, but is not limited to, accessing, sending or forwarding information about,
or downloading (from):
         Alert your teacher if you find inappropriate pictures or words on a web site.
         Also alert your teacher if you find a web page that is offensive or insensitive, or that bullies or hurts other‘s feelings.
         All student use of chat sites should be under direct supervision of a teacher.
         Games, software, audio, video or other on-line activities are for instruction only.
         Any other materials that would be improper under the student code of conduct or other State of Delaware Law.
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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

Physical Education
Every student will participate, unless a written excuse is obtained from a medical doctor. Students must wear flat-soled
sneakers during physical education classes. No platform or high-heeled sneakers are allowed because of safety reasons.
Points will be taken from the student when he/she is not prepared. Students flatly refusing to take physical education will
receive appropriate disciplinary action.
When a student misses the bus
If a student misses the bus he should go to the main office. From there he can contact a parent to arrange transportation home.
If a student is ill
A student who is ill should request a pass from the teacher to go to the school nurse. The nurse will not see any
students without a pass except for emergencies.
Students with medication
All medications are to be delivered to the school nurse in their original containers at the beginning of the day. Any
student with medication (pills, cough syrup, etc.) not turned in to the nurse will be subject to disciplinary action.
Parents are reminded that student preparedness for school is an important part of the potential for success. When students do
not take the prescribed medications that they should, often their behaviors deteriorate and thus interfere with the instructional
process. If these kinds of situations occur, parents/guardians will be contacted to clear up the problem. Repeated occurrences
of these situations will result in appropriate measures so the educational process may proceed.
If a student has a problem
Problems are part of growing up. Everyone at some time has a problem. Helping you meet and cope with your problems is
one of the jobs of the school. Your principal, assistant principal, counselor, teachers, nurse, and others will talk to you
concerning your problems.
Telephone
Telephones in the school office, nurse‘s office, or in the counselor‘s office may be used in emergencies only. Students
should know their daily schedules to avoid calling home for class work. Students requesting to use telephones for non-
emergency uses will receive polite denials.
Lost and Found
Anyone finding a lost item should bring it to the office. It will then be put in the LOST & FOUND department, which is
located in the nurse‘s room. Pupils who have lost items should check in the same location. Check with the main office for
valuable items such as glasses, jewelry, and money.
Personal Items
The school is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged at school or in travel on the bus. This
includes articles of clothing, and jewelry. Radios, tape recorders, tapes, CD players, Nintendo games ,game boys, toys,
water guns, animals, baseball card collections, etc. are not allowed in school without permission of the main office. We
suggest pupils leave items such as expensive jewelry at home. Avoid bringing a large sum of money to school - bring only
what is needed.
Students are not to bring items for sale to school.
No outside fundraising items may be sold during the school day without permission of an administrator. Students may not
sell any goods or merchandise, including candy and sodas.
School Passes
All students must receive a standardized pass from a staff member before leaving their assigned areas. Any student found in
an area without proper authorization will receive appropriate disciplinary action.
Replacement Charges for Lost or Damaged Books - Board Policy 5135
All textbooks and library materials are provided by the Smyrna School District and students are expected to give them
reasonable care, including the use of textbook covers.
Teachers will be responsible for assessing the condition of all books and other equipment that is loaned to students for their
use during the school year. This assessment shall be made prior to the items being loaned to the students. Textbooks and
library materials that are lost or damaged beyond continued usability must be replaced; consequently, students will be charged
the replacement costs of those items. Payments for damaged but still usable books and materials will be determined based
upon the extent of those damages and will not exceed 50% of the replacement costs. All funds received as a result of fines

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and assessments shall be forwarded to the Smyrna School District Central Office for deposit. In addition, appropriate
disciplinary actions may occur when disciplinary codes have been broken.
All student obligations must be met before report cards are issued.



HOMEWORK
Homework will generally be given four nights a week, usually Monday through Thursday. Homework is not busy work but
an extension of the class work which was not completed during the day and/or remedial, reinforcing, or enriching while
testing the understanding of the student. Parents should look in their child‘s agenda book to check for homework
assignments; provide a time and quiet place to do his/her homework each day; check for correctness when assignment is
completed; and help organize things for the next school day. An agenda book is provided to all students to record homework
and to be used as a communication device between home and school.
Parents are asked to call the school office before 9:00 a.m. when requesting class assignments for students who are
absent due to illness. Teachers cannot interrupt class instruction to prepare homework assignments as this is usually
done during teacher preparation time. If your child will only be out one day, homework can be taken home upon the
child’s return. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Flowers
The delivery of flowers, balloons, and gifts to students during school hours is prohibited.
Chewing Gum
Chewing gum is not permitted during school hours at North Smyrna Elementary School.
Candy and Sodas
Candy, sodas, and other food items can only be brought to school as part of students‘ lunches and for teacher-sponsored
classroom activities. The eating and drinking of food and beverage items is not allowed on school property except in the
cafeteria or designated classrooms of approved teacher-sponsored activities.
Yearbooks
Yearbooks are made available to all students at a reasonable cost each year. Students often ask friends and teachers/principals
to write messages and signatures in their yearbooks. Students must refrain from writing profanity, vulgarity, or other unkind
remarks in another student‘s yearbook.
Loitering
Students are not to linger in the hallways. Students are to go directly to their destination. Students are not to loiter in the
bathrooms. They should use the facilities and return to class as quickly as possible. Students must, upon entering the
building in the morning, report to homerooms to receive permission from their teacher before using the restroom.
Leaving School Property
Students may leave school only in the company of a parent/guardian or other authorized individuals. Students who leave
school property without authorization will receive appropriate disciplinary action.
Cafeteria
All students must eat in the cafeteria. Lunch schedules will be issued the first day of school. Students will be assigned areas
to eat their lunch. Students are expected to take responsibility for the cleanliness of the cafeteria. About 5 minutes before the
end of the lunch period, students will make sure their table and the floor area are clean. Students are not allowed to take food
or drink out of the cafeteria. Sodas are permitted only when the student brings a complete lunch from home. Breakable
bottles are not allowed.
Cafeteria Credit
Students may charge lunch. They may not be allowed to charge again until the first charge is paid. Any student requesting a
charge will be given a cold sandwich and white milk. At the end of each week, the student‘s parents will be notified as to the
amount of the charge. Should a charge not be paid the student‘s report card may be held. There will be no adult meals
charged.
Cafeteria Financial Assistance
Free and reduced priced meals are available to those families who qualify. Applications should be made through the district
food service office and are subject to verification. Families must apply and provide verification each school year. All
applications must be completed by September 30.
CAFETERIA RULES
1. Students are to be escorted to the cafeteria by their assigned teacher.
2. Students must remain in their assigned line to purchase lunch.
3. Students are to get in a line – no cutting or allowing others to cut into the line by saving a place for them.
4. Students are to remain seated with legs & feet under the table except to take up trays.


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5.   Students must remain in the cafeteria during their lunch period. They must obtain permission from adult monitors to go
     elsewhere, including the restroom.
6.   Quiet conversation is expected with no foul or unacceptable language and with no calling from table to table or across the
     room. Continued unacceptable levels of sound will cause students to lose social privileges during lunch. Additional
     consequences for inappropriate behavior may be assigned to students by cafeteria monitors.
7.   Students may not tamper with, ask for, or take without permission food or money from others.

CAFETERIA RULES con’t.
8. Proper respect and courtesy towards one another and mutual respect with the cafeteria monitors is expected. Students are
   reminded that the cafeteria monitors are in charge of the cafeteria and should be listened to at all times.
9. When leaving the cafeteria, students are reminded to keep their hands to themselves and to walk quietly.
   Failure to abide by cafeteria rules will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Students may receive warnings, be
   assigned to specific seats, lose cafeteria privileges for a specified number of days, or be referred to the office.

LUNCH
You are always welcome to come in and have lunch with your child but fast food items (McDonald‘s, Burger King, etc.) may
not be brought in the school.

RECESS
Recess is an integral part of an elementary school day. Recess is an earned privilege, and rules have been established to
guide recess behaviors. Students need to be mindful at all times of these rules, which are posted throughout the building.

Playground Rules
       1. Play in designated areas
       2. Enter/leave play area properly
       3. No pushing, shoving or wrestling
       4. Obey person in charge
       5. Use equipment properly
       6. Safety should be stressed at all times
       7. Do not leave play area without permission

DISCIPLINE CODE
          Parents, teachers and principals have created this program in order to maintain a safe, educational environment for
your child. We are confident that this clearly stated and thorough school-wide program and plan will teach children to be
responsible for their actions and make this school year a positive and motivating experience.
          One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. Discipline is the key to good conduct and
proper consideration of other people. It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. Good
discipline is maintained by recognizing and praising good behavior and taking corrective action when necessary. It is the
shared responsibility of the home and the school to accomplish this goal.
          Students are expected to put forth their best effort and to conduct themselves in a manner that will promote a safe,
orderly, learning environment. School and classroom rules and expected behavior are explained to all students. Any behavior
or inappropriate language which causes the learning atmosphere to deteriorate or be disruptive or which infringes upon the
rights of others in the school will not be tolerated and may subject the student to corrective measures. On the other hand,
appropriate behavior will be rewarded through a number of positive measures by the classroom teacher.
          Discipline is not a means of punishing children—controlling them, making them ―obedient‖ but rather it really
means:
          1. Teaching children to live and work with others
          2. Teaching children self-controlled, responsible behavior
          3. Teaching children to become independent, well-adjusted, young adults
          4.
          The following is a list of general school rules that reflect good manners. These rules are posted in prominent areas
throughout the building.

School Rules
        1. Respect and honor requests of all adults
        2. Walk in an orderly fashion on right side
        3. Keep foreign objects and gum out of mouth
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         4.    Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
         5.    Use restroom properly
         6.    Use appropriate language at all times




Classroom Management Plans
Plans are used by teachers to enhance, maintain, and reward students for good behavior. Good behavior is rewarded by
allowing students the privilege of participating in designated activities within the classroom and school. Negative behavior
can cause students to lose that privilege.
Below is the listing of 3 levels of disciplinary actions that will be initiated to maintain an orderly environment and a level of
respect within the school. These consequences are not negotiable or interchangeable. Each is on its own level of seriousness.

    Level 1 (Classroom / Cafeteria)           Level II (Office)                             Level III (Office)
        Reprimand/Warning                       Student/Teacher/Administrator                       Superintendent Hearing
        Loss of Recess or Privilege              Conference                                          Police Agency (HB: 85)
        Time Out-                               Removal from Class –                                Alternative School Placement
        Telephone Call / Note to Parent           In-school suspension –                             ILC
        Teacher Detention                         Parent Contacted                                   Social Service Agency
         Parent Contact                         Office Detention-                                   (Homebound)
                                                   Parent Contacted                                   Recommended Expulsion
                                                 Referral to Building level
                                                   Review Committee
                                                 Suspension from School-
                                                   Parent Contacted
                                                  Social Service Agency




    Infractions:                              Infractions:                                  Infractions:
        General Classroom Disruption                  Use of Profanity                             Assault on Employees
        Inflammatory Actions                          Abusive Language to Staff                    Aggravated Assault
        Bullying                                      Leaving School Grounds without               Arson
        Name Calling                                    permission                                  Possession of weapons
        Demeaning Actions                             Defiance of school Authority                 Concealing weapons
        Class Cutting                                 Disruption of Educational Process            Possession of Explosives
        Disruption of Educational                     Indecent Exposure/propositions               Sexual Assault
          Process                                      Simple Assault                               Assault with a weapon
        Failure to report to class                    Fighting                                     Terror Threat
        Academic Cheating                             Extortion                                    Terror Threat to Employee
        Forgery                                       Stealing/Possession/Transfer of              Breaking and Entering
        Harassment                                     Stolen Property                              Bomb Threat
        Field Trip Conduct                            Vandalism                                    Possession of dangerous
        Unauthorized Use of                           Fail to report to class                       Instruments
           Technology                                  Academic Cheating                                  Offensive touching or obscene
        Lateness to school/class                      False Fire Alarm                                    gestures
        Failure to Report for Disciplinary            Possession of Tobacco
         Action
        Cafeteria Violation
        Dress Code Violation



The following is further clarification of selected disciplinary consequences:
Time Out
Students may be sent to the Redirection Specialist for a short period of time (one hour) where they will sit and not be allowed
to talk, when their behavior becomes disruptive to the educational process. Repeated instances of time out (3) will result in
the formal assignment of a detention. All class work will be made up during recess or as homework. The parents / guardians
will be contacted by phone or letter.
After School Detention for Classroom and Cafeteria Behavior
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This should serve as a warning that the student‘s behavior has become undesirable in the classroom. Teachers will involve
parents at this time to prevent more serious problems. If the student will not stay on the date detention is assigned, he/she will
be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. Students absent on the day of detention will have detention on the
day of return or as directed by the teacher. Teacher detention will be 25 minutes in length at the end of the regular school
day, where they will sit and not be allowed to talk. All discussions concerning teacher detentions should be directed to the
classroom teacher involved. The parents will be given a two-day notice.

In School Suspension/Alternative Classroom/Removal From the Classroom
This should serve as an indication that a student‘s behavior has reached an unacceptable level. Parents are informed and a
conference will be held. Students report to the alternative classroom immediately after homeroom with their books and
remain until dismissal at the end of the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments while in ISS. Students who
do not do assignments or are disruptive will be given an Out-of-School Suspension and may not be allowed to return to school
until a parent conference is held with the Principal or Associate Principal. Late arrivals may result in an additional day of
assignment in ISS. If a student is absent on the day he/she is assigned an ISS, the ISS will be served as early as the first day
the student returns to school. After 2 in school suspensions the student will serve an after school detention.


After School Detention
This should serve as a definite indication that a student‘s behavior has reached a crisis level. Therefore, a referral resulting in
after school detention is considered serious by the school personnel. Detentions will be 50 minutes in length following the
regularly scheduled student day, where they will sit and not be allowed to talk. Following the detention, students must report
to the front office for end-of-the-day checkout. Clearly defined plans for pick up must be arranged before the day of the
detention. It is not the responsibility of the teachers or the administration to provide transportation. The parents will
be given a two-day notice.


Out-of-School Suspension
This means that a student‘s behavior is intolerable. When a student has been suspended by the Principal or Associate
Principal, the parent will receive a referral and/or phone call stating the dates and reasons for the suspension. While on
suspension, the pupil is not to be on school property and may not participate in any school related functions such as practices,
athletics, rehearsals, concerts, field trips, etc. The pupil may not be able to return to school until a conference has been held
with parents, teachers, or administrators.


Expulsion
State regulations define expulsion as ―…The exclusion of a pupil from school on a permanent basis or for an indefinite period
of time‖. This is the most serious disciplinary measure that can be applied as it deprives a student of his/her educational
opportunities. The principal, following an investigation of the violation, will recommend expulsion of the student to the
superintendent, if appropriate. The superintendent, if supportive, will schedule a hearing before the school board. A decision
on expulsion or alternative educational placement will be made at the hearing.


Mandatory Reports to Police and Superintendent
The Principal by law, via the passage of House Bill No. 85, must report to the local police and the District‘s Superintendent
―any instance where a pupil or parent or guardian of any pupil is found to have committed an assault or an extortion against a
pupil or found to have committed an assault, offensive touching, terrorist threatening or an extortion against a school
employee…‖and ―any instance where a pupil is found to have on his person, or concealed among his possessions, or placed
elsewhere on the school premises, any controlled substance (unlawful drugs) or any dangerous instrument or deadly
weapon.‖ The law also states that the student shall be suspended and that a parent conference will be held. The subsequent
passage of House Bill No. 322 directs the principal to report to the local police a situation where a student or school volunteer
or school employee has been the victim of a violent felony or an unlawful sexual contact III. Again the law states that the
student will be suspended and a parent conference will be held to review the student‘s educational placement. The parent
conference could take the form of an expulsion hearing.


Use and/or Possession of Alcohol, Illegal Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia


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The North Smyrna Elementary School will follow the disciplinary actions as set forth in the Smyrna School District‘s
―Student Drug and Alcohol Policy‖, #5145, approved March 20, 1991, by the Board of Education. A part of that policy
indicates that a student found guilty of use or possession can be suspended for a maximum of 10 days, can be referred to the
police, and can be recommended for expulsion from school on the first offense.




STUDENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
INTRODUCTION:
The Smyrna School District is interested in helping those students who may have a drug and/or alcohol problem. The end
result of this program is not to expel students but, also, not to allow this problem to destroy the schools. It is deemed
necessary by the School Board, for the protection of all, to support the staff in the implementation of this Drug and Alcohol
Policy.

POLICY:
STUDENT DRUG USE
The Smyrna Board of Education believes that the school environment should promote learning, physical and emotional
growth, socialization, and individual development.
It also believes that alcohol and/or drugs adversely affect such objectives. Therefore, possession, use, and/or distribution of
alcohol and/or unauthorized drugs, drug paraphernalia or look-alike substances shall be prohibited within the school
environment.
Regulations, procedures, and programs will be developed:
1. To prevent drug and alcohol use in the Smyrna school environment.
2. To encourage students with drug and alcohol use problems to seek voluntary assistance, counseling, and rehabilitation.
3. To meet problems of alcohol and drug use in the Smyrna school environment in a forthright and positive manner through
progressive and corrective disciplinary actions.
4. To provide the school staff with the necessary training so that they can effectively administer and enforce this policy.
The Board believes that the above programs will also have a significant and positive impact on student drug and alcohol use
in the non-school environment. However, the Board also believes that drug and alcohol use is society‘s problem and,
therefore, it cannot be responsible for students‘ actions in the non-school environment.
STUDENT DRUG ABUSE
In accordance with the Smyrna School District policy on drug use by students, the principal of each school (or his/her
designee) shall comply with the intent of the policy through the following:
A. DEFINITIONS - The following definitions shall apply to this policy and will be used in all district policies:
    1. ‗Alcohol‘ shall mean alcohol or any alcoholic liquor capable of being consumed by a human being, as defined in
Section 101 of Title 4 of the Delaware Code, including alcohol, spirits, wine and beer.
    2. ‗Drug‘ shall mean any controlled substance or counterfeit substance as defined in Chapter 47 of Title 16 of the
Delaware Code, including, for example, narcotic drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, marijuana,
and shall include any prescription substance which has been given to or prescribed for a person other than the student in
whose possession it is found.
    3. ‗Drug Paraphernalia‘ shall mean all equipment, products and materials as defined in Section 4701 of Title 16 of the
Delaware Code, including, for example, roach clips, miniature cocaine spoons and containers for packaging drugs.
    4. ‗Prescription Drugs‘ shall mean any substance obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or order
of a practitioner, as defined in 16 Delaware Code, Section 4701 (24), while acting in the course of his or her professional
practice, and which is specifically intended for the student in whose possession it is found.
    5. ‗Drug-Like Substance‘ hall mean any non-controlled and/or nonprescription substance capable of producing a change in
behavior or altering state of mind or feeling, including, for example, some over-the-counter cough medicines, certain
types of glue, and caffeine pills.
    6. ‗Nonprescription Medication‘ shall mean any over-the-counter medication; some of these medications may be drug-like
substance.
   7. ‗Look-Alike Substance‘ shall mean any non-controlled substance that is packaged so as to appear to be, or about which a
student makes an express or implied representation that the substance is, a drug or a non-controlled substance capable of
producing a change in behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling. See 16 Delaware Code, Section 4752A.
   8. ‗Possess‘, ‗Possessing‘, or ‗Possession‘ shall mean that a student has on the student‘s person, in the student‘s belongings,
or under the student‘s reasonable control by placement of and knowledge of the whereabouts of, alcohol, a drug, a look-alike
substance, a drug-like substance or drug paraphernalia.
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    9. ‗Use‘ shall mean that a student is reasonably known to have ingested, smoked or otherwise assimilated alcohol, a drug
or a drug-like substance, or is reasonably found to be under the influence of such a substance.
   10. ‗Distribute‘, ‗Distributing‘, or ‗Distribution‘ shall mean the transfer or attempted transfer of alcohol, a drug, a look-
alike substance, a drug-like substance, or drug paraphernalia to any other person with or without the exchange of money or
other valuable consideration.
   11. ‗School Environment‘ shall mean within or on school property, and/or at school sanctioned or supervised activities,
including, for example, on school grounds, on school buses, at functions held on school grounds, at extracurricular activities
held on and off school grounds, on field trips and at functions held at the school in the evening.
   12. ‗Expulsion‘ state regulations define expulsion as ‗...The exclusion of a pupil from school on a permanent basis or for an
indefinite period of time.‘
   13. ‗Communications Devices‘ such as, but not limited to, mobile phones and electronic beepers, ordinarily have no place
in the school environment. The unauthorized possession of such communication devices is prohibited.
   14. ‗Zero Tolerance‘ It is against the law for anyone to possess illegal substances. All cases must be reported to the police.
B. PREVENTION
           Programs and curriculum in each school shall address the issue of drug abuse through established instruction,
counseling resources, printed materials, community resources, police services, etc. Included in the curriculum should be
opportunities for students to clarify their values, cope with their feelings, make sound decisions, and develop a positive self-
image.
C. PRESCRIPTION AND NON-PRESCRIPTON DRUGS
1. All prescription and non-prescription drugs must be stored in the nurse‘s office and will be dispensed by a state licensed
nurse.
2. All medication must be kept in its original container (Chapter 47, Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Subchapter 4,
Section 4758).
3. All medication must be accompanied by a written note from the parents or guardian.
4. Any medication not stored in the nurse‘s office may be considered an illegal substance unless prior permission is given.
5. Long term use of O.T.C. (over the counter) medications must be accompanied by an approval note from the
child‘s doctor or clinic if this differs from the directions on the package.
6. At the end of the year, parents or a responsible adult of their choosing, are requested to pick up leftover prescriptions and
O.T.C. medications that were used during the school year and kept at school.
D. SYSTEM OF NOTIFICATION OF EACH STUDENT AND PARENT
Each student and parent at the beginning of each school year, and when a student enters or re-enters the school during the
school year, will be given copies of the State and the Smyrna School District policies and procedures on drug and alcohol use,
possession and distribution.
E. HANDICAPPED STUDENTS
It is anticipated that the State and the Smyrna School District‘s policies shall apply to all students, except with respect to
handicapped students. The federal law will be followed and a determination as to whether the violation of the alcohol and
drug policy was due to the student‘s handicap will be made prior to any disciplinary action or change of placement in
connection with the policy.
F. PROCEDURE FOR STORAGE AND DOCUMENTATION OF EVIDENCE
State policy will be followed: ‗All alcohol, drugs, drug-like substances, look-alike substances and/or drug paraphernalia
found in a student‘s possession shall be turned over to the principal or designee, and be made available, in the case of a
medical emergency, for identification. All substances shall be sealed and documented, and, in the case of substances covered
by 16 Delaware Code, Chapter 47, turned over to police as potential evidence. A request for analysis shall be made where
appropriate. All unauthorized communication devices shall be confiscated and turned over to the principal or designee who
will bag, seal and document the device as potential evidence for the police. If the police do not want to keep it as evidence,
the principal shall either donate the device to the State or local police or destroy the device within 45 days. In rare instances,
donation or destruction may not be warranted; in such cases, the Superintendent of the district shall notify the State Board of
Education in writing of the circumstances of the disposition of the device.‘ (Passed by the State Board of Education on July
19, 1990.)
G. PROCEDURE FOR SEARCH AND SEIZURE
State policy will be followed: ‗Student lockers are the property of the school and may be subjected to search with or without
reasonable suspicion of a student‘s use, possession or distribution of alcohol, a drug, a drug-like substance, a look-alike
substance of drug paraphernalia, or of a student‘s possession of an unauthorized electronic beeper or other mechanism of
communication in the school environment may result in the student‘s locker being opened to look for such items.‘ (Passed
by the State Board of Education on July 19, 1990.)
‗Student motor vehicle use to and in the school environment is a privilege which may be extended by the school district to
students in exchange for their cooperation in the maintenance of a safe school atmosphere. Reasonable suspicion of a
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student‘s use, possession or distribution of alcohol, a drug, a drug-like substance, a look-alike substance or drug
paraphernalia, or of a student‘s possession of an unauthorized electronic beeper or other communication device in the school
environment, may result in the student being asked to open an automobile in the school environment to permit school
authorities to look for such items. Failure to open any part of the motor vehicle on the request of school authorities may result
in the police being called to conduct a search, and will result in loss of the privilege to bring the vehicle on campus.‘ (Passed
by the State Board of Education on July 19, 1990.)


H. INTERVENTION AND ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
1. Each school shall have at least one designated person to whom staff can refer students to receive initial counseling and to
obtain information on counseling/treatment services available to the student, on student rights, if any, to those services, and on
the confidentiality which the student can expect.
2. A resource list of what is available in the school district and the community for counseling and for drug and/or alcohol
treatment will be distributed to the students and their parents.
3. Drug and alcohol counseling cost will be at the student‘s and parents‘ expense.
I. STUDENTS OF MAJORITY AGE, I.E. AGE 18 OR OLDER
Students of majority age, i.e. age 18 or older, are responsible for their own actions. All such students will be treated as adults
for purposes of reporting violations of this policy and of the law to the police. Such students shall also be on notice that their
parents and/or guardians will be notified (if their address and/or telephone number is known to the school) of the student‘s
actions in accordance with this policy.
J. PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING INCIDENTS
Each principal shall designate the person to whom suspected students will be referred for observation or school action and
shall insure that such referral procedure does not openly incriminate the student and is effected with the greatest discretion
and confidentiality possible.
If a student is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, but evidence is not sufficient to warrant disciplinary action, the
student shall immediately be remanded to his/her parent or guardian for observation and counseling. If reasonable suspicion
exists, the administrator (or designee) shall take disciplinary action.
K. DISCIPLINE
Disciplinary actions are listed below:
Grades K-5
1. Possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia, alcohol, a drug-like substance and/or a look-alike substance
          First Offense:
          a. Reprimand and/or suspension from three to five school days.
          b. Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail.
          c. Parent conference required.
          d. Referral to Social Services and/or police.
          e. Mandatory student conference with guidance counselor. Additional counseling may be provided by referral to
          other public agencies offering such services at the parent/legal guardian‘s expense.
          Second Offense:
          a. Suspension from five to ten school days.
          b. Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail.
          c. Referral to police and/or court.
          d. Parent conference with Superintendent required before returning to school. Also, before the student is re-
          admitted to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling program or service
          and is drug free. Failure to show evidence will result in notification of appropriate agencies and/or recommendation
          for expulsion.
          Third Offense:
          a. Recommendation for expulsion.
          b. Suspension pending expulsion hearing.
          c. Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail.
          d. Referral to police and/or court.
          e. Parent conference with School Board required before returning to school. Also, before the student is readmitted
          to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling program or service and is
          drug free.
2. Distribution or Sale of Drugs
          First Offense:
          a. Suspension for five to ten school days and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.
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      b. Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail.
      c. Referral to police and/or court.
      d. Parent conference with Superintendent required before returning to school. Also, before the student is readmitted
      to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling program or service and is
      drug free.
      Subsequent Offenses:
      a. Recommendation for expulsion.
      b. Suspension pending expulsion hearing.
DISCIPLINE (drug offenses con’t)
      c. Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail.
      d. Referral to police and/or court.
      e. Parent conference with School Board required before returning to school. Also, before student is readmitted to
      school, evidence must be shown that
      the student is attending an approved counseling program or services and is drug free.

                                                     Major School Infractions
Fighting
Fighting by students will not be tolerated for any reason and will result in out of school suspension from one to five days.
Parent conferences will be held. Any student involved in three incidents of fighting will be required to attend a hearing with
the superintendent/designee where alternative educational placement will be explored.
Disrespect/Defiance to Staff Members
Being disrespectful to any faculty or staff member will not be tolerated for any reason and will result in school suspension.
Weapons
Any student caught bringing weapons, such as but not limited to knives, razor blades, linoleum cutters, scissors, fire crackers,
laser pointers, sharp objects capable of causing puncture wounds such as needles, compass points, lancets, etc. to school or
having them on his/her person will be subject to suspension, police notification, parent contact, and possible expulsion.
Students will not be permitted to carry such items as hair spray, breath spray, aerosol products, modeling glue, or white out on
their person during the school day.
Further Major School Infractions
Following is a list of major infractions: Defiance of school authority, assault, stealing, vandalism, offensive touching; skipping
class; smoking or possession of tobacco products on school grounds; extortion; harassment & terrorist threatening.
Disciplinary actions for major infractions will be determined in each case by the North Smyrna Elementary School
Administration; however, suspensions will normally be assigned for these infractions.
Other Notable Infractions and Defintions of Terms
Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is defined as inappropriate language or touching directed at a member of the opposite sex intended in such
a way as to belittle, demean, label, or seek favor from that person. Such behavior will result in appropriate disciplinary
action.
Chronic Name Calling and Bullying
Chronic name-calling is a form of harassment and will not be tolerated. Students must treat fellow students with respect.
Instances of this nature will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures.
Throwing Snowballs
This is very dangerous and is not permitted. This will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
Borrowing or lending money
Borrowing or lending money between students is not permitted and will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
Cheating
Cheating at North Smyrna Elementary School will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
HOUSE BILL 322 – Student Code of Conduct
The Principal, by law via the passage of House Bill No. 322, must report to the local police and the District‘s Superintendent ‗any instance
where a pupil or parent or guardian of any pupil is found to have committed an assault or an extortion against a pupil or found to have
committed an assault, offensive touching, terroristic threatening or an extortion against a school employee...‘ and ‗any instance where a
pupil is found to have on his person, or concealed among his possessions, or placed elsewhere on the school premises, any controlled
substance (unlawful drugs) or any dangerous instrument or deadly weapon‘. The law further states that the student shall be suspended and
that a parent conference shall be held.
Fire Drills
 We are required by law to have one fire drill per month.
 A fire drill is serious business. Students will move as quickly and quietly as possible. There will be no unnecessary
    talking. Walk-don‘t run.
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    Windows and doors are to be closed.
    Students from each room will move in single line and follow a designated route.
 Each room will have the fire drill procedure posted.
 When the all-clear signal sounds, students are to return quickly and quietly to their respective classrooms - single file -
     using the same route as was used for the fire drill exit.
Civil Defense Drill/Intruder Alert Drill/Non-Fire Emergency Drill
Civil Defense instructions are posted in each room. Civil Defense drills, Intruder Alert drills, and Non-Fire Emergency drills
will be conducted during the school year.




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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please sign your name in the space provided below and have your
child sign and return this page to his/her homeroom teacher.
I have read and understand the North Smyrna Elementary School
Parent Student Handbook for the 2003-2004 school year.

Date: __________________

Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________

Student Signature __________________________________

Policy changes or additions to this handbook may be made as
circumstances demand. New procedures may be developed or
existing rules changed based on a need as identified by teachers,
administrators, the superintendent and/or the Board of Education.




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