Clinton Schools—A Learning Place
Empowering All Students to Succeed In A Changing Society
The Clinton Schools exist to guide life-long learners in acquiring the skills they
need to locate, access, and evaluate information, to contribute positively to a
changing world, to maintain a healthy life-style, and respond productively to the
challenges and opportunities of a global society.
NANCE, SOUTHWEST & WASHINGTON
Dear Parents & Students,
It is our pleasure to WELCOME you back to school. If you are a newcomer,
you will discover that our students and schools are among the finest in
Oklahoma. If you are returning, you already know how special our Elementary
schools are. We are looking forward to providing many exciting and rewarding
learning experiences throughout the school year.
This handbook outlines behaviors expected of students and provides other
valuable information. It has been carefully prepared and presented in order that
you may know and understand the policies and practices of Clinton Elementary
Naturally, we will need your help if your child is to make the maximum
progress. Making sure that your child is at school and on time each day is a
basic need. Monitoring homework, reading each night with your child and
drilling basic math facts are other essential ways that you can make sure that
your child gets the most from school.
One of our continuing goals is to work together with parents and students to
make certain that our schools are the best they can be. We stress the concept of
doing one’s personal best. Let’s work collaboratively to make this school year
the best ever at Clinton Elementary Schools.
Janalyn Taylor, Nance Principal
Pauleta Hunter, Southwest Principal
Beth Richert, Washington Principal
PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Basic requirements for student enrollment include:
Copy of birth certificate
Immunization record (State law mandates no child shall be
admitted to school without shot record)
Students must be four (4) on or before September 1 of current
school year to enroll in Pre-Kindergarten
Students must be five (5) on or before September 1 of current
school year to enroll in Kindergarten
Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, the parent or guardian of each student
enrolled in kindergarten, first or third grade shall provide certification to school
personnel that the student passed a vision screening within the previous twelve
months or during the school year. The screening shall be conducted by
personnel listed on the statewide registry maintained by the State Health
No student shall be prohibited from attending school for a parent’s or guardian’s
failure to furnish a report of the student’s vision screening.
School hours are 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Teachers are available until
Students arriving late must obtain a pass from the secretary in the front
Supervision WILL NOT be provided for students who arrive before 7:30
a.m. or remain after 3:15 p.m. These procedures are designed for the safety
and well being of students. Exceptions to this rule are for students
remaining after school for special help or disciplinary action.
ATTENDANCE & TRUANCY
Call the school if your child will be absent.
A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning.
A student must be in attendance at least two (2) hours in the morning or two
(2) hours in the afternoon to be recorded present for a half a day.
“Truancy” is an unexcused absence of the child for a school day or any part
of a school day. In other words, a child who is late or tardy to any class is
truant. The determination as to whether an absence is excused or unexcused
is made by the school. Truancy cases will initially be taken to city court. If
a child is absent more than four days or parts of days within a semester, the
school is required to notify the District Attorney.
If a PreK child misses 10 days in one semester, he/she may be dropped.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
When withdrawing a student from school, please call or come by the school
a few days prior to the withdrawal date. This will give ample time to
complete the necessary paperwork.
All textbooks, library books, school lunches and materials must be returned
or paid for when withdrawing from school. Please come to the school to
attend to these matters before withdrawing your child.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Free/Reduced Applications must be submitted yearly.
It is recommended payment be made on a weekly basis, preferably by
Money should be sent to school in an envelope with the following
information written on the envelope:
Classroom teacher’s name
Reason for sending money
Breakfast/lunch money is received in the cafeteria. All other money is
received by the classroom teacher.
NO CHARGES, PLEASE.
“Prepayment is the property of the family making the payment
until it is charged against any meals taken. Therefore, any
prepayments left at the end of the fiscal year must be repaid to the
family, if requested. ----“ (2005-2006 Compliance Document, Child
Nutrition Programs, Oklahoma State Department of Education)
In an effort to meet the requirement as stated, the Clinton Public
Schools Child Nutrition Program will:
1. Refund within six (6) weeks any participant balance
five (5) dollars or greater when a student withdraws and/or
graduates from our school system, upon a written request from
the child’s parent and/or guardian;
(a) If no request for a refund on a participant balance of five
(5) dollars or greater is received when the student
withdraws then the school system will attempt to contact
the parent and/or guardian at their last known address. The
contact letter will inform them of their right to request a
refund and provide a request form which may be
completed and returned. If the envelope is returned
unopened or no request is received prior to the conclusion
of the current fiscal year, the money will be considered a
donation to the CN Fund.
(b) A participant balance of less than five (5) dollars will be
considered a donation to the CN Fund. An exception
would be if the family had more than one (1) student
participating in the CN Program and the combined student
participant balance was five (5) dollars or greater.
2. Refund at the end of the fiscal year any participant balance of
ten (10) dollars or greater for a student who will return to our
school system the next school year, upon a written request from
the parent and/or guardian. If no request is made or the
participant balance is less than ten (10) dollars the participant
balance will be credited to the student’s account at the
beginning of the next school year. An exception would be if
the family had more than one (1) student participating in the
CN Program and the combined student participant balance was
ten (10) dollars or greater; and
3. Will provide request forms through the child’s school site
and/or the Central Administration Office. Questions may be
addressed to Child Nutrition staff at the child’s school site
and/or the Central Administration Office. Every effort will be
made to assist those seeking assistance.
Parents and visitors are welcome at school. For security reasons, everyone
must check in at the front office to receive a school pass.
Every parent/guardian is encouraged to know about his/her child’s room
and to become acquainted with his/her teachers.
School visitation of one’s friends from another school district is not
Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled throughout the school year.
Teachers are available for conferences anytime during the school year.
Please call for an appointment.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE & EVALUATION
Report cards will be sent home at the end of each six (6) or nine (9) weeks. This
is a means of informing parents/guardians of students’ progress, or lack of
progress, in each subject.
A = 90-100 Excellent quality of work
B = 80-89 Good quality of work
C = 70-79 Average quality of work
D = 60-69 Quality of work below expectations
F = 59 & Below Unsatisfactory quality of work
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
Regular attendance, consistent daily preparation, promptness in completing
assignments will determine all grades, and the quality of completed work.
A student will be given the number of days he/she was absent to make up
Students may be required to stay after school to make up missed or late
Students could be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities or
field trips due to incomplete assignments, low academic performance,
unacceptable behavior, or excessive absences.
Modifications may exist at individual school sites.
The Oklahoma School Testing Program requires that criterion-referenced tests
be given to students in 3rd through 6th grade. These tests are based on the
Priority Academic Student Skills, which are the minimum curriculum
requirements in Oklahoma. Copies of the P.A.S.S. document are available at
each school site.
Age appropriate screening and assessments are given to Pre-Kin. through
Second grades. The purpose of these testing programs is to furnish accurate and
dependable information that allows teachers, counselors, and parents to be
informed about a student’s academic growth.
PROFICIENCY BASED PROMOTION
Upon request of a student, parent/guardian, or educator, a student will be given
the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in a certain grade level by taking a
written test. The proficiency tests are based on the statewide Priority Academic
Student Skills (P.A.S.S.) For grades 1-6, there is one test per grade with five
separate sub-tests. A student must score at least 90% in order to be considered
for advancement to the next level.
The opportunity to take the tests will be offered three (3) times each year, at the
beginning, midpoint, and end of the school year. Students are required to apply
for proficiency-based promotion and register with his/her principal to take the
test at least one week prior to the dates announced for the tests. For more
information about this procedure, please contact the principal.
Textbooks and/or library books are furnished to students by the school
system on a loan basis and should be treated as borrowed property.
All students will be instructed in the proper use and care of books. If a
book is lost for one (1) month or damaged beyond repair, the
parent/guardian will be responsible for the replacement cost. If a lost
book is found during the school year, the money will be refunded.
Students will not be allowed to check out library books at any Clinton
school until lost or damaged books are paid for or returned.
If you have questions or would like to visit the Elementary Media Centers,
we welcome you at any time.
Minor cuts and abrasions are cleaned with soap and water and covered with
In case of serious illness or injury to students while at school, an attempt
will be made to contact parents/guardians. If unable to locate
parents/guardians, the child will be immediately referred to the family
physician listed on the medical form or the child will be taken to the
No employee of the Clinton School System is permitted to administer ANY
kind of oral medication to a student without written permission from
parents/guardians. Permission forms are available at the office.
Medications will only be administered in the front office.
Medications must be in a container labeled by the pharmacy with the name
of the drug, the dosage and time interval between dosages, and the name of
THE SCHOOL CANNOT SUPPLY ASPIRIN/TYLENOL OR ANY
OTHER ORAL MEDICATIONS.
The use of the telephone is restricted to school business. Information
between parent and student should be communicated at home.
Students will not be called to the telephone. Messages will be delivered to
USE OF A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN
ENGLISH AT SCHOOL
Each student’s cultural heritage will be respected, and an appreciation for
diverse backgrounds will be encouraged in the school setting. Classroom
instruction will be given in English, and a student’s response is expected to be in
English, with the obvious exception of foreign language classes. If a student is
having difficulty with the spoken English language and needs concept
clarification in his/her native language, an effort will be made to find help within
the school or among parent volunteers. Conversational use of the student’s
native language will be accepted outside the classroom as long as it is within the
bounds of good taste that all students are expected to follow. Profanity or
personal insults in any language will not be tolerated.
PARTIES AT SCHOOL—INVITATIONS
The following guidelines must be followed concerning food and
beverage brought from home by students/parents/guardians when
providing party items for the classroom.
Food – commercially prepared, prepackaged food
can be served to students.
Beverage – individual containers of beverages can be
served to students – such as juice boxes, bottled
Personal party invitations will not be distributed at school.
Birthdays may be celebrated at school with one drink and one snack
item provided for each student of the class. A treat bag may also be
given to each student. The party may be held from 2:30-2:45 on a day
pre-arranged with the classroom teacher. All students with a summer
birthday may be celebrated on one date supplied by the classroom
teacher if requested by the parent.
Scheduled parties include a Valentine’s Day party and a Christmas
CLOSING OF SCHOOL
In the event of hazardous weather conditions, an official decision on school
closings and delays will be made for Clinton Schools. The decision will be
broadcast on local radio and television stations as early as possible.
Students must obey all traffic regulations.
Upon entering school grounds, a student must get off his/her
bicycle and WALK it to the appropriate parking area. THE
BICYCLE MUST HAVE A LOCK. When leaving school,
bicycles must be WALKED off the school grounds.
The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.
BUS SAFETY RULES (See bus rules page in back of handbook)
Students will practice procedures for emergency situations
including tornado, fire, and other safety concerns.
One of the most important lessons educators should teach is discipline. The
purpose of our disciplinary policy is to insure the rights of each student to attend
school in a safe, positive and productive learning environment.
Discipline cases shall be based on careful assessment of the
circumstances of each case:
1. Seriousness of the offense
2. Student’s age
3. Frequency of misconduct
4. Student’s attitude
5. Potential effect of the misconduct on the school
CONDUCT WHICH MAY LEAD TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION
1. Violation of state, local, or school regulations
3. Not Keeping Hands/Feet to Self
5. Bullying/Threatening to students or employees
6. Unacceptable Language/Profanity or Obscenities
8. Damage to School Property
9. Assault, physical and/or verbal upon another student or
10. Use and/or possession of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol
1. Clothing standards for all students include:
a. Clothing promotes cleanliness and modesty.
b. Clothing is not disruptive to the learning process.
c. Clothing will not promote illegal substances or
display vulgarity or other inappropriate imprints.
d. Gang related clothing, colors or paraphernalia is
2. Toys are not allowed at school.
3. Cell phones are not allowed at the elementary schools. If
emergency situations arise where a cell phone is needed
for the safety of a child, the phone must remain in the
child’s pocket at all times. The phone must be turned off
and not used during the day. If the phone is seen or
heard, the phone will be taken and returned to the parent
at the end of the day. In the event of a second offense, the
phone will be kept for one week.
1. The classroom teacher will handle all minor discipline
a. Verbally Correct Student
b. Phone/Conference with Parent/Guardian
c. Change Seating Assignment
d. Suspend Afternoon Recess
e. Assign After School Detention
f. Isolate in Classroom
2. Major discipline problems will be referred to the
a. Phone/Conference with Parent/Guardian
b. Issue Warning
c. Suspend Recess
d. ISS (In School Suspension)
e. Guidance Counselor Referral
f. OSS (Out of School Suspension)
g. Custodial tasks
Students may be suspended by the Board of Education, the superintendent, or
the school site principal. Suspension is used when it is determined to represent
the best interests of the student and school. Unless an emergency situation
exists relating to health or safety, the student shall receive prior notice of the
suspension, specification of charges and an opportunity to present his/her view
of the alleged misconduct. An emergency situation exists when the continued
presence of the student in school poses a danger to persons or property, or a
disruption of the education process. In all cases, an administrator will notify the
legal guardian by letter and, when possible, by telephone. Students’ due process
will be followed, and the Board of Education will have the right of final review
of the suspension action. If an emergency situation exists related to health or
safety, the appeal process may not begin until after the informal conference
which shall be held as soon after the suspension as possible and practicable.
Students are given the opportunity to pick up and return all missed work for
credit within required timelines. Students are not allowed to attend school
activities during out-of-school suspensions. If a suspension is to be appealed,
the Principal should be notified in writing of the intent to appeal within two (2)
days of receipt of the suspension letter.
A short suspension is when a student has been suspended from school and
school activities for a period of up to three (3) school days. In these cases a
conference between the administrator, student and other appropriate persons will
be conducted prior to the suspension (with the exception of a case related to
health and safety concerns).
A long suspension is when a student has been suspended from school and school
activities for a period of four (4) or more school days. A conference between
the administrator, student and other appropriate persons will be conducted. The
legal guardian has the opportunity to respond to the charges and may request a
conference with the appropriate school authorities.
In special cases, as determined to be necessary by the administrator ordering the
suspension, a long suspension may be continued pending the occurrence of some
specific action (i.e., a physical or psychological examination, incarceration by
court action or action by the Board of Education regarding expulsion).
All students are entitled to due process. This means that no action will be taken
against a student until the facts have been presented by everyone involved, and
the student is allowed to respond to the school violations. There are certain
procedures, which school officials must follow prior to taking appropriate
disciplinary actions. There are also procedures, which students must follow if
they do not agree with the school’s actions.
APPEALS PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT SUSPENSION
Any student who has been suspended and wishes a review of said action shall be
entitled to an appropriate review before the superintendent of school and
thereafter, is so desired, with the Board of Education.
In the event of disciplinary action involving suspension of the student from
school and school activities, the principal of the school shall suspend the student
in the following manner:
1. Attempt to orally notify the student and the legal guardian,
stating the reason for the suspension.
2. Notify the student and the legal guardian in writing stating the
reason for the suspension and right of an evidentiary hearing
before the principal. For all suspensions in excess of three (3)
school days, an evidentiary hearing will be arranged within three
(3) days from the time a charge is made against a student unless by
mutual agreement between the principal, student, and/or legal
guardian for an extension of time.
3. Following the evidentiary hearing the principal shall notify the
student and the legal guardian in writing of the decision and the
student’s right of appeal. The Principal should be notified in
writing of the intent to appeal within two (2) days of receipt of the
evidentiary hearing. The student and his/her legal guardian may
make an appeal by presenting a written request specifying the
reasons for the appeal to the superintendent of schools within three
(3) days of the evidentiary hearing.
4. In the event the student and the legal guardian are dissatisfied with
the outcome of the hearing before the superintendent, they shall
have the right to appeal the decision of the superintendent to the
Clinton Board of Education. The appeal shall be made by a
written request specifying the basis for the appeal to the
superintendent of schools within ten (10) days from the date of the
previous appeal. The of the Clinton Board of Education will be
HARASSMENT—RACIAL, SEXUAL, RELIGIOUS, ETHNIC
HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE POLICY
It is the policy of Clinton Public Schools that racial, sexual, religious/ethnic
harassment and violence will not be tolerated under any circumstances. We
firmly believe that all persons are to be treated with respect and dignity.
Harassment and violent incidents will be responded to in a manner that
effectively deters future incidents.
Racial, sexual, religious/ethnic harassment and violence refers to unwelcome
and unwanted behavior related to sex, race, religion, or ethnic group that makes
the recipient feel afraid, embarrassed, helpless, angry or unsafe or upsets the
recipient to the point that he/she cannot learn, cannot teach or be effective at
school or at his/her job.
Harassment and violence is prohibited between staff members, between staff
members and students, between students, and from members of the public
directed at students or staff on school property or at school-sponsored events.
Some examples of harassment and violence may include, but are not limited to:
unwelcome patting, pinching, or physical contact; obscene gesturing or calling
someone gay; ethnic or racial slurs; or threats, insults, or assaults against
someone due to their sex, race, religion or ethnic group.
If a staff member or student feels that his/her emotional well being, his/her sense
of safety and security or sense of self-worth is being affected by such conduct, a
complaint should be filed by contacting his/her school principal.
HARASSMENT – SCHOOL BULLYING PREVENTION ACT
It is the policy of this school district that harassment of students by other
bullying students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated. This policy is in
effect while the students are on school grounds, in school transportation, or
attending school-sponsored activities, and while away from school grounds if
the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and
welfare of the school district.
Harassment is intimidation by threats of an actual physical violence; the creation
by whatever means of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of
language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to
convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or
stigmatizing an individual. Harassment includes but is not limited to harassment
on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, or
As used in the School Bullying Prevention Act, “harassment, intimidation, and
bullying” means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a
reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another
student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the
student’s person or damage to the student’s property, or insult or demean any
student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the
school’s educational mission or the education of any student. Harassment,
intimidation, and bullying include, but are not limited to, a gesture or written,
verbal, or physical act. Such behavior is specifically prohibited.
Harassment set forth above may include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;
2. Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;
3. Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc:
4. Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student;
5. Unwelcome physical contact.
The superintendent shall develop procedures providing for:
1. Prompt investigation of allegations of harassment;
2. The expeditious correction of the conditions causing such harassment:
3. Establishment of adequate measures to provide confidentiality in the
4. Initiation of appropriate corrective actions;
5. Identification and enactment of methods to prevent reoccurrence of the
6. A process where the provisions of this policy are disseminated in
writing annually to all staff and students.
A copy of this policy will be furnished to each student and teacher in this
STUDENT DISCIPLINE THREATENING BEHAVIOR (REGULATION)
Threatening behavior is defined as an activity which portrays that another
person, persons, or property may or will be harmed or killed. As used in the
School Bullying Prevention Act, “harassment, intimidation, and bullying”
means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable
person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s
property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s
person or damage to the student’s property, or insult or demean any student or
group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s
educational mission or the education of any student. Harassment, intimidation,
and bullying include, but are not limited to, a gesture or written, verbal, or
physical act. Such behavior is specifically prohibited by board policy.
Any student exhibiting threatening behavior either verbally, in written form, or
by gesture toward another student or school personnel or others while under
school supervision shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON DRUG ABUSE
Clinton Public Schools feels that illicit drugs and alcohol are harmful to
individuals. As a result, students are prohibited from knowingly possessing,
using, transmitting, selling, sharing or being under the influence of any illicit
drug and/or alcohol while at school or any school sponsored activity.
Compliance with the above regulation is mandatory and students in violation of
the above regulation will be subject to disciplinary action. If usage, selling or
sharing is confirmed, immediate suspension will result.
Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician
shall not be considered a violation of this regulation. If questions exist please
contact the building principal.
Clinton Public Schools will provide information and assistance for students
experiencing problems related to chemical use or chemical dependency.
Confidential counseling, interviews and referral of students and/or family
members to appropriate agencies can be provided. Clinton Public Schools
recognize chemical dependency as a medical problem requiring specialized
assistance and will support students and families in need of such assistance.
Please contact the building principal if assistance is need.
WEAPONS FREE SCHOOL—NO TOLERANCE
WHEREAS, the United States 103rd Congress amended the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include a provision for a gun free school.
WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Clinton Public School District to fully comply
with the said Act.
WHEREFORE, The Clinton Board of Education adopts the following policy in
accordance with said Act:
1. No student in this school district shall use or possess a weapon at
school; school sponsored events, or in or upon any schools property, including
school transportation or school-sponsored transportation except as hereinafter
2. Definition—for the purpose of this section the term “weapon”
means a firearm or other weapons as such defined in Section 921 of Title 18,
United States Code and 21 Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1280.1.
3. Students with disabilities are subject to this policy and will be
disciplined in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act and Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
4. An exception to this policy may be made for students participating
in an authorized extracurricular activity or team involving the use of firearms or
archery equipment if prior approval is received from the school principal and
5. Penalty—Any student who violates this policy shall be expelled
from school for a period of not less than one calendar year; provided, however,
the superintendent may modify such expulsion requirement for a student on a
case-by-case basis. Any such modification shall be immediately reported to the
Clinton Board of Education at its next regular meeting.
6. Weapons or toy weapons of any kind will not be tolerated.
TO THE PARENT (S) OF
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION RIDERS:
This notice is to inform you of the Clinton Public Schools student’s
transportation regulations. The purpose of the regulations is to allow us to
safely transport your child (ren) and other students.
Conduct of Students:
School transportation is a privilege provided for the convenience and safety of
the students. Undesirable conduct by a student can create an unsafe and
potentially dangerous situation. Such behavior could result in injury to someone
in the bus and could contribute to a collision with another vehicle. If the driver
is distracted by undesirable student behavior an unsafe situation exists which
jeopardizes the safety of all passengers. Quietly visiting with the student sitting
next to you is permissible, but there is to be neither loud talking nor moving
about while on the bus. Smoking, eating, and drinks are prohibited on the bus.
No one is to put any part of his or her body out of a window or throw any object
out of a window. Hands and feet should be kept out of the aisles. Any object
carried on the bus is to be held in the student’s lap or placed where the bus
driver requests. Students are to obey requests of the driver the same way as they
would requests of their teacher.
Conduct at Bus Stops:
We recommend the students remain at home until a few minutes before the
arrival of the school bus at the bus stop. The school is not responsible for the
conduct of students at the bus stop. Upon the arrival of the bus at the bus stop,
the driver will take charge of loading or unloading the bus.
Entering the Bus:
Students are to stand back at least six (6) feet until the bus comes to a complete
stop. They should then form a single line in order to enter the bus single file
with no pushing or shoving. Once inside the bus the student should go directly
to a seat and sit down. If the driver has assigned a student to a specific seat that
is the seat the student is required to occupy. The driver will be the judge as to
how many should be seated in each seat. Seats are not to be held for a student
who enters at a later stop. Everyone is expected to share seats.
Departing the Bus:
Students are required to remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
When the bus stops, students who will depart at that stop are to leave single file
as quickly and quietly as possible. Students should move away from the bus
immediately! If a student must cross the street they are to quickly walk
approximately ten (10) steps in front of the bus and wait for the driver to signal
when it is safe to cross. Never walk behind a bus!!! All students are to get off
the bus at their regular stop unless they have a parental note stating otherwise.
Defacing a School Bus:
A student guilty of writing on a bus, tearing or cutting a seat, tearing padding or
defacing a bus in any manner may have their transportation privilege suspended.
Parents of the student are legally liable for such damages and will be expected to
make full restitution for the damages before the student’s transportation
privilege is restored.
Consequences of Violation of Safety Rules:
Upon the violation of a safety rule the bus driver will notify the student’s site
principal who will take whatever action is deemed necessary. Continued
violation of the safety rules may result in suspension of the student’s riding
TRANSPORTATION PERMISSION FOR
CLINTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
I grant permission for my child to be transported in Clinton Public School
vehicles to school related events. I am aware that my child will be expected to
abide by school conduct and safety policies while being transported.
CLINTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
see that my child is on time and attends school regularly.
support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline.
establish a quiet time and place for homework.
encourage my child to finish and turn in assignments on time.
attend all school activities and volunteer whenever possible.
read with my child and let my child see me read.
promote positive use of free time.
ask the teacher for help when there is a problem or something I don’t
attend school regularly and be on time even if I must wake up earlier than I
come to school ready to learn.
come to school each day with pens, pencils, paper and other necessary tools
complete and return homework assignments on time
follow all school rules.
always treat teachers and other students politely and not hurt others by
things I do or say.
provide high quality instruction and curriculum.
communicate with parents through conferences and reports home.
encourage observation and volunteerism by parents.
provide a safe well-furnished environment for learning and growing.
encourage students to achieve their full potential.
treat all students with respect.
CLINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE
PROTECTION OF PUPIL AMENDMENT (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents and students who are 18 or emancipated minors (“eligible
students”) certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of
information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include
the right to:
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that
concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected
information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a
program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have
close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with
lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or
parents; or income, other than as required by law to determine
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening
required as a condition of attendance, administered by the
school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate
health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or
scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening
permitted or required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal
information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or
otherwise distribute the information to others.
Inspect, upon request and before administration of use-
1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students
for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational
Clinton Public Schools has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with
parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangement to protect student privacy
in the administration of protected surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use
of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes.
Clinton Public School District will also directly notify parents and eligible
students, such as through the school handbook, e-mail, or U.S. Mail, at least
annually at the start of each school year, or as the child enrolls in the district, of
the specific or approximate dates of the following activities and provide an
opportunity to opt a student out of participating in:
Collection, disclosure, of use of personal information for marketing,
sales, or other distribution.
Administration of any protected information survey not funded in
whole or part by ED.
Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as
Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a
Family Policy Compliance Officer
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
CLINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS I-99
The Clinton Public Schools have established the following open records policy,
in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act:
A. Parents of students and eligible students have the right to review
the student’s education records.
B. It is the intent of the Clinton Public School District to limit
disclosure of information contained in the student’s education
records, except (1) by prior written consent of the student’s
parents, (2) directory information, (3) as stated in the district plan
in regard to rights and privacy.
Directory information includes a student’s name, parent’s name,
date of birth, class designation, participation in school activities
and sports, weight and height of athletic members, achievement
awards and honors, previous school attended, and photograph.
C. Student’s parents or eligible students have the right to seek to
correct parts of a student’s education records believed to be
inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of present rights. This right
includes the right to a hearing to present evidence that a record
should be changed, if the district does not alter it according to
parent or eligible student request.
D. Parents of students and eligible students have the right to file a
complaint with the Department of Education if Clinton School
District violates the Family Rights and Privacy Act.
E. Parents of students and eligible students may obtain a copy of the
district’s policies and procedures in regard to family educational
rights and privacy upon request at the superintendent’s office at the
corner of Gary Boulevard and Jaycee Lane, Box 729, Clinton,
The district will arrange to provide translation of this notice to non-English
speaking parents in their native language.
Any questions in regard to this notice may be directed to Jason Sternberger,
Superintendent of Schools, 323-1800, or to Lynn Mendoza, Special Education
Coordinator, at Nance Elementary, 323-1828.
NOTICE TO PARENTS REGARDING CHILD IDENTIFICATION,
LOCATION, SCREENING AND EVALUATION
This notice is to inform parents of the child identification, location, screening
and evaluation activities to be conducted throughout the year by the local school
district in coordination with Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Personally identifiable information should be collected and maintained in a
confidential manner in carrying out the following activities:
Pre-school children ages 3 through 5 and students enrolled in K-12 who
are suspected of having disabilities which may require special and
related services may be referred for screening and evaluation through
the local schools. Local school districts and the Regional Educational
Service Centers coordinate with the SoonerStart Early Intervention
Program in referrals for identification and evaluation of infants and
toddlers who may be eligible for early intervention services from birth
through 2 years of age or for special education and related service
beginning at 3 years of age. The Oklahoma Areawide Service
Information System (OASIS), through a toll free number (1-800-42-
OASIS), also provides statewide information and referrals to local
schools and other service providers.
Screening activities may include vision, hearing, and health. Other
screening activities may include: review of records and educational
history; interviews; observations; and specially developed readiness or
educational screening instruments. The Regional Educational Service
Centers provide assistance and consultation to local schools in these
1. Readiness Screening
Personally identifiable information is collected on all
kindergarten and first grade students participating in
schoolwide readiness screenings to assess readiness for
kindergarten and first grade entry. Results of the screening are
made available to parents or legal guardians, teachers, and
school administrators. No child shall be educationally
screened for readiness or evaluated without notice to the
child’s parent or legal guardian.
2. Educational Screening
Educational screening includes procedures for the
identification of children who may have special learning needs
and may be eligible for special education and related services.
Each school district in the state provides educational
screening. No child shall be educationally screened whose
parent or legal guardian has filed written objection with the
local school district.
Educational screening is implemented for all first grade students
each school year. Second through twelfth grade students shall be
screened as needed or upon request of the parent, legal guardian, or
teacher. Students entering the public school system from another
state or from within the state without previous educational
screening, shall be educationally screened within 5 months from
the date of entry.
Evaluation means procedures used in accordance with federal laws and
regulations to determine whether a child has a disability and the nature and
extent of the special education and related services that the child needs. The
term means a procedure used selectively with an individual child and does not
include basic test administered or procedures used with all children in a school,
grade or class. Written consent of the parent or legal guardian for such
evaluation must be on file with the local school district prior to any child
receiving an initial evaluation for special education and related services
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information Educational records containing
personally identifiable information collected by schools in the identification,
location, screening and evaluation of children shall be maintained in accordance
with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Policies &
Procedures for Special Education in Oklahoma. School districts develop and
implement a local policy regarding the collection, storage, disclosure and
destruction of confidential student records. Parents may obtain a copy of the
local policy from the local school district’s administrator.
These are the rights of parents and children regarding personally identifiable
information in accordance with FERPA.
To inspect the student’s education records;
To request the amendment of educational records to ensure that they are not
inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other
To consent to disclose education records, except where consent is not
required to authorize disclosure;
To file complaints with the Family Policy and Regulations Office, United
States Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20101, concerning the
alleged violations of the requirements of FERPA (34CFR$99.1-99.67); and
To obtain a copy of the FERPA policy adopted by the local school district
upon request being made to the local administrator.
Before any major identification, location or evaluation, schools shall
provide notice to parents. Accommodations for other languages or
means of communications may be provided upon request. Such notice
shall occur at least annually prior to conducting these activities and
shall include the rights of parents under FERPA.
For further information, please contact:
P.O. Box 729
Clinton, OK 73601
Student lists will not be given out to any outside person, group or organization.
This rule is to protect the privacy of our students. Also, recent legislation
concerning the publication of student’s pictures and names in a school annual or
school paper affect the students at Clinton elementary schools. Therefore, the
following school policy will be followed: “School pictures and identifying
names will be printed in the school annual and school newspaper and given to
the local news media on those occasions that warrant it. However, any student
or the student’s parent, if the student is under the age of 18, may request that
his/her picture not be published in the media or school yearbook. Such request
forms are available in the school principal’s office. This does not cover pictures
taken by the news media of school events.”
Clinton Public Schools provide equal educational opportunity and equal
employment opportunity to every person regardless of race, color, age, sex,
religion, national origin, or disability.
ANNUAL NOTIFICATION TO
PARENTS, TEACHERS & EMPLOYEES
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986
requires the inspection of all buildings in the school district for
asbestos. The district has complied with this act. A management plan
documenting these inspections is on file for public review. You may
examine the plan, located at the Board of Education Office, 2130 Gary
Boulevard and at each campus, upon request.
The Clinton Public Schools annually notifies all parents,
teachers and other employees by newspaper-handbooks, handout, etc.
Additionally, information regarding any asbestos related activities,
planned or in progress, will be disseminated by flyer, newspaper-
handbooks, handout, etc., when they arise.
The asbestos identified in our management plan is checked
regularly by an asbestos company and our staff to scrutinize any
changes in the material, which could cause a health hazard. We will
continue to monitor the asbestos as defined by EPA guidelines. If
changes occur our asbestos coordinator will notify the appropriate
people as prescribed by law.
Jason Sternberger, Superintendent
TO: All school personnel and parents of Clinton Public School students.
FROM: Jason Sternberger, Superintendent
RE: Location and description of asbestos within the buildings of this school district.
Rec# School# Sch Name Bldg. Name Number Location Description
1 110 NES South Class Room 01 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
on piping and slate
2 115 SES North Class Room 02 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
Principal’s Office on piping
3 120 WES West Classroom 01 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
Cafeteria on piping & slate walls
4 120 WES East Classroom 02 Inside West Thermal Insulation
Boiler Room on piping
5 120 WES East Classroom 02 Inside East Thermal Insulation
Boiler Room on piping and slate walls
6 505 CMS Main Classroom 01 Inside Basement Thermal Insulation
Boiler Room on piping
7 505 CMS Storeroom and 04 Storeroom Walls Slate Board
Wrestling Room on Exterior of Bldg.
8 705 CHS Board of Education 09 Blown on Ceiling Ceiling Texture
9 705 CHS 1965 Classrooms 01 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
Principal’s Office Across hot water tank
10 705 CHS 1965 Classroom 01 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
Cafeteria Cafeteria on piping
11 705 CHS 1965 Classroom 01 Inside Boiler Room Thermal Insulation
Vocal Music Vocal Musicand slate walls
12 705 CHS 1965 Classroom 04 Both Boiler Rooms Thermal Insulation
Dome on piping
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001
PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW
A part of the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” implemented by the federal
government requires that parents of each student attending any school receiving
funds under this “Act” may request and receive (in a timely manner) from the
school district the information regarding the professional qualifications of the
student’s classroom teacher(s), including, at minimum, the following:
Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing
criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the
teacher provides instruction.
Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other
provisional status through which State qualification or
licensing criteria have been waived.
The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other
graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the
field of discipline of the certification for degree.
Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals
and, if so, their qualifications.
In addition the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” requires that a school that
receives funds under this “Act” shall provide to each individual parent the
Information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child
in each of the State academic assessment.
Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has
been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher
who is not highly qualified.
CLINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
13th First Day of Classes
7th Labor Day
2nd Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL
& FALL BREAK- NO SCHOOL
25th THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO SCHOOL
26th THANKSGIVING DAY- NO SCHOOL
27th THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO SCHOOL
18th 1st Semester Ends / Christmas Break Begins (end of school day)
21st Snow Day if necessary
22nd Snow Day if necessary
4th Classes Resume – 2nd Semester Begins
18th Professional Day – NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
26th Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL
15th Spring Break Begins- NO SCHOOL
19th Spring Break Ends
2nd Good Friday – NO SCHOOL (Snow day if necessary)
20th Last Day of Classes
21th Teacher Workday/Checkout