Daily Schedule

7:40 A.M.


7:45 A.M.

8:00 A.M. 8:00 A.M.

8:20 A.M. 8:30 A.M. 10:50 A.M.

3:05 P.M. 3:30 P.M.



NEWKIRK ELEMENTARY PHILOSOPHY The staff of the Newkirk Elementary School believes education should provide an environment of progress for all students in their academic, social, emotional, physical, and moral development. All students are entitled to flourish in a school atmosphere that is intellectually stimulating. Newkirk Elementary School believes students must be the center of the curriculum and the inherent uniqueness of human beings calls for that curriculum to recognize differences in aptitudes, learning styles, and developmental and emotional maturation. All students should be challenged and assisted in achieving their fullest potential as an effective, productive citizen with a perspective of themselves as integral and responsible parts of the whole world. This challenge and achievement is a shared responsibility among the home, the school, the students, and the community. All of whom should operate with mutual awareness of and respect for each other. Newkirk Elementary School believes all students can learn and can make significant contributions to our democratic society. Newkirk Elementary School believes students should develop a concern for the world, a pride in their country, a sense of community, a respect for school, an esteem for self, and a love of learning. Revised May 1996


OBJECTIVES 1. Each student develops skills in problem solving, study methods, creativity and critical thinking. 2. Each student is offered a curriculum that includes reading, math, language arts, science, social studies, health, music, fine arts, computer, foreign language, and physical education to enrich the environment in which he lives and learns. 3. Teachers employ a variety of instructional techniques to provide for individual learning styles. They pace instruction according to each student’s aptitude for learning. 4. Students with specific needs as determined by testing, parental request, and teacher observation will be served with special programs as needed. 5. Students develop an awareness of the wide variety of career opportunities available and of the role education plays in developing those opportunities. 6. All students are offered physical education, library, and music from specialized teachers on a regular basis. 7. We develop good citizenship, an understanding of democracy, and an acceptance of the rights of others. We do this with an emphasis on mutual respect among students, between staff and students, and between parents and staff. 8. All students’ self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation, and personal responsibility are developed through classroom and extracurricular activities. 9. Educators continue their own personal and professional growth in order to recognize and appreciate new learning theories and techniques. 10. The faculty and staff encourage communication between home and school to serve the best interest of the students. 11. The Board of Education, administration, teachers, and parents unite in the common goal of educating students to their full potential.



1. Students should not arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. or 7:40 a.m. if they are eating breakfast. If a student needs to be left at the school prior to 7:40 a.m. parents must make arrangements with the school office. 2. Bikes and scooters should be parked only in designated areas. 3. Upon arrival the students must enter the building and go directly to the cafeteria or other assigned area. This area will be supervised by staff members from 7:45 – 8:20 a.m. 4. The possession, exchange, sale, or use of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, or other controlled dangerous substances is prohibited at school or school sponsored activities. (see discipline plan) 5. Fighting, cursing, or other disorderly conduct will not be tolerated. (see discipline plan) 6. No knives, guns or other potentially dangerous items will be allowed on school premises. (see discipline plan) 7. Students are not allowed to leave the building unless checked out, by an adult guardian or a person showing parental consent, through the office. 8. Other rules may be established by classroom teachers for the safe and effective operation of each classroom. 9. All students should be picked up promptly at the designated time and place. Automobile pick-up will be in the east parking lot. 10. Students will be expected to follow school policies, procedures, and guidelines in order that all students will be free to pursue a quality education. ***Further explanation for violating school rules is stated in the School Discipline section of this handbook.


ENROLLMENT 1. AGE Children age (4) four on or before September 1, have the right to be enrolled in pre-kindergarten. A copy of the State Certified Birth Certificate must be presented. 2. IMMUNIZATIONS Immunizations required include: 5 doses or Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus; two doses of Mumps, Measles, and Rubella; and 4 doses of Poliomeylitis. Effective in the fall of 1998, students entering kindergarten must have received 3 doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine, one dose of chicken pox vaccine (unless they have already had the disease) and 2 doses of Hepatitis A Vaccine. The Oklahoma State Board of Health requires that any new students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, must present an immunization record verified by a physician or State of Local Department of Public Health before being admitted to Newkirk Elementary School. 3. HEALTH CONDITIONS In the event a student has a known health problem of major consequence, the student’s parents should inform the school authorities as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school of existing health problems or of the health problems that arise during the school year. 4. SPECIAL NEEDS Any child that has failed to flourish from birth, due to a handicap or developmental delay, has the right to services from the school. Parents should contact the school for more information.


GRADING Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten have their own reporting systems. First through fifth grades will use the following grading system. A = 90 – 100 B = 80 – 89 C = 70 – 79 D = 60 – 69


1. PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES It is the responsibility of the parents to cause or compel their children to be in attendance and to notify the school if they are going to be absent. 2. SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES Following absences, students will be given an opportunity to make up class work missed during absences. The classroom teacher will determine the amount of time allowed to make up the missed work. The school will furnish parents with a record of attendance. Parents will be notified quarterly in regards to their child’s excessive absences as defined per Section 232 of Oklahoma Statutes. Excessive absences is defined as four (4) or more days or parts of days within a four (4) week period or is absent without valid excuse for ten (10) or more days or parts of days within a semester. The school shall also notify the Department of Human Services (as per Section 510 of Oklahoma Statutes) and/or the Kay County District Attorney (as per Section 232 of Oklahoma Statutes) regarding the student’s excessive absences.


4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS REQUIRED DETENTION Newkirk Elementary provides student agenda notebooks for all students in the 4 and 5th grades. Agendas are used to build the skills of responsibility and work ethic and to keep parents informed daily regarding student needs and performance. Students are required to write down daily assignments and when they are due and to obtain a parent signature on the agenda daily. Students who fail to have his/her agenda signed daily and/or do not have assignments handed in on time, will be required to attend an after school detention on the following day of the infraction. Parents will be notified by note from the teacher regarding their child’s required detention.

DETENTION PROCEDURES: 1. Extended day detentions will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:05 – 4:00 p.m. 2. One day of detention extended day will be assigned for failing to complete an assignment or not getting an agenda signed daily. 3. Parents are responsible for picking up students that have been assigned a detention. If no transportation can be made, the students may be assigned to inschool suspension. 4. A 4th or 5th grade teacher will supervise the daily detention class. 5. If a child has a doctor’s appointment on the day of the assigned detention, he will serve his/her detention on the following day.


STUDENT DRESS CODE PURPOSE: To define students dress/grooming requirements. BACKGROUND: Although a student’s style of dress and/or grooming may reflect individual preference, such preferences must be selected within the constraints of reasonable rules and appropriate standards that are consistent with the maintenance of an effective learning atmosphere and good personal hygiene. The Board expects each student’s attire and grooming to promote a positive, safe and healthy environment within the school. The Board of Education has determined that reasonable regulation of school attire and personal adornment is within its authority and consistent with its responsibility to provide an appropriate environment for learning. Although the Board recognizes that individual students have a right to free expression, that right must be balanced with the Board’s responsibility to provide a safe, secure and orderly educational environment for all students. STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITY: Although the Board wishes for each student to accept responsibility for following the rules set forth below, it understands and appreciates both the authority and responsibility of the parent/guardian relative to student dress. The Board solicits the support of parent/guardians in the enforcement of its dress code. GENERAL RULES The following decorations and/or designs (including tattoos and/or brands either temporary or permanent*) imprinted upon or attached to the body or clothing are prohibited: Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms that convey crude, vulgar, profane, violent, death-oriented, gang-related, sexually explicit, or sexually suggestive messages. Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms advertising tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia. Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms identifying a student as a member of a secret or overtly antisocial group or gang or that identifies a student as a member of an organization that professes violence or hatred toward one’s fellow man *Visible and permanent tattoos/brands incompatible with the standards set forth herein shall be covered to prohibit their display.


Excessively large or baggy clothes are prohibited. Approved garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student. Permitted garments shall be clean, in good repair, and shall have no holes worn through, slashes or rips.

LOWER GARMENTS Undergarments shall not be visible. Pants and shorts shall be worn at the waist, and shall not extend below the heel of the shoe in length. Tights or leggings worn as outerwear, spandex, bike shorts, bathing/swimming wear, sleep wear (including pajamas), etc. are not permitted. Shorts and skirts must be of modest length defined as a maximum of 6” above the knee of the wearer or not above the fingertip of the wearer with the arm fully extended, whichever is longer. FOOTWEAR Shoes will be worn at all times. House slippers are not permitted. ACCESSORIES: Jewelry and other accessories shall not convey prohibited messages as defined above. Visible pierced jewelry shall be limited to the ear. Dog collars, tongue rings and studs, wallet chains, large hair picks, chains that connect one part of the body to another, or other jewelry/accessories that pose a safety concern for the student or others are prohibited. RELIGIOUS AND HEALTH ACCOMMODATION: Where a bona fide religious belief or health need of a students conflicts with the school dress code, reasonable accomodation shall be provided. Any student desiring accommodation shall notify the school principal in writing of the requested accommodation and the factual basis for the request. Approved covering worn as part of a students bona fide religious practices or beliefs shall not be prohibited under this policy.


CLOTHING ASSISTANCE: It is the policy of the Board that no student will be denied an education due to a bona fide financial inability to obtain clothing that complies with the school dress code. Any student for whom compliance with the school dress code poses a bona fide financial burden may submit a written request for clothing needed, together with a statement of financial need. School principals, or their designees, shall assist families in financial need to obtain clothing that complies with the school dress code. In meeting requests for assistance; principals, or their designees, shall consider community resources such as clothing donations from school personnel, merchants, parent organizations, and charitable organizations, financial assistance, purchasing clothing for a student, and providing additional time for a student to obtain clothing that complies with the school dress code. Permitted clothing shall be worn as designed/manufactured to include the following: Suspender straps must be attached as designed and worn on shoulders Zippers must be zipped Belts must be fastened School team apparel or school organizational uniforms are allowed on a game day or on other days as approved by the school’s administration. All students participating in approved school activities are expected to comply with required dress and personal appearance. Students who refuse to dress as required by the school or sponsor will not be permitted to participate in the activity or to represent the school in any way. OUTERWEAR: Students must store outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) in their lockers upon arrival at school. Outerwear will not be permitted in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, corridors or other areas of the school buildings after arrivel unless authorized by the school’s administration. HEAD COVERING/SUNGLASSES: Scarves, curlers, bandanas, sweatbands, or other similar head covering or adornments shall not be worn to class or within school buildings. Caps, hats or other similar head coverings shall not be worn to class or within school buildings unless prescribed by a physician, previously approved by the school’s administration for religious reasons, or approved by the school’s administration for a special school activity.


Sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) shall not be worn to class or within school buildings.

UPPER GARMENTS: The cut of sleeveless garments must not expose undergarments or be otherwise immodest. Strapless garments are prohibited. Shoulder straps of permitted garments must be a minimum of the width of two fingers of the person wearing the garment. Bare midriffs, immodestly low cut necklines, off the shoulder, or bare backs are prohibited. Garments must be of appropriate length, cut and/or fit to meet these requirements while sitting and/or bending.

STUDENT HEALTH AND MEDICATION a. Other Diseases of Special Consideration – Oklahoma State Law (70-0.a. 1981, Section 1210. 1941, concerning Pediculosis (Head Lice) b. “Any child afflicted with a contagious disease or head lice may be prohibited from attending a public, private, or parochial school until such time as he/she is free from the contagious disease or head lice.


NEWKIRK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HEAD LICE POLICY Effective January 1999 HEAD CHECKS FOR HEAD LICE Students will be screened, by school personnel, under the supervision of the school nurse, for head lice on a monthly basis. NOTIFICATION AND RECHECKS (3 phases) PHASE 1 – Initial screening and identification of head lice the day of the screening regarding the outcome of their head lice screening. The notification will indicate either the presence of head lice, and/or nits OR no presence of head lice or nits. Students with head lice and/or nots will be screened the day following the notification to assure treatment has taken place. Parents must accompany their child at this screening. PHASE 2 – Three week recheck 3 weeks after the first identification of head lice, students wil be rescreened for the presence of head lice and/or nits. If head lice or any nits are present parents will receive another notice requiring further treatment and/or removal of ALL nits. Parents must accompany their child back to school the following day in order to be present for their child’s follow up screening for head lice, before the student will be allowed to return to the classroom. PHASE 3 – Six week recheck 6 weeks after the first identification of head lice, students will be screened for a third time. Students with any head lice or nits will be sent home immediately for treatment! Students will not be allowed to return to school until the parents present signed certification, from a health professional or a representative of Kay County Health Department that the child is no longer afflicted with head lice or nits. RETURNING TO SCHOOL For a student to be allowed to return to school these procedures will be followed. 1. Initial identification – Parents must accompany the student to school and wait until school personnel screen the child for head lice. The child will be allowed to return if there are no live lice and fewer nits than at identification. 2. 3 week screening – Parent must accompany the student to school and wait until school personnel screen the child for nits and lice. The child will be allowed to return to school if only a few nits can be found. 3. 6 week screening – Parent must accompany the student to school and wait until school personnel screen the child for nits and lice. The child will be allowed to return to school if NO NITS are remaining in the hair.



Adopted August 6, 1984 If a child is required by a physician to take medication during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at the school to administer the medication or if circumstances exist that indicate that it is in the best interest of the students that a prescribed and/or nonprescriptive medication be dispensed to that student, only the school nurse, administrator, or administrator’s designee may administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow.

1. Prescription medication must be in a container that indicates the following: a. Student’s name b. Name and strength of medication c. Dosage and directions for administering d. Name of physician or dentist e. Date and name of pharmacy 2. Prescription medication should be accompanied by a written authorization from the parent, guardian, physician, or dentist that indicates the following: a. Purpose of medication b. Time to be administered c. Termination date for administering the medication 3. Non-prescription medication may be administered only with the written permission of a parent or guardian when other alternatives, such as resting or changing activities are inappropriate or ineffective. The parent or guardian may give a blanket permission or conditional permission for the student to receive nonprescription medication during the school day and may give permission for prescription medication to be given. A permission form will be made available to parents at the beginning of the school year. The school nurse, administrator of administrator’s designee should: a. Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication being administered b. Keep an accurate record of the administratin of the medication. c. Keep all medication in a locked cabinet. d. Return unused prescriptions to the parent or guardian only. The parent or guardian of the student is responsible for informing the Designated official of any change in the student’s health or change in medication. The school district retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of medicine. The policy statement will be provided to a parent or guardian upon receipt of a request for long-term administration of medicine.


1. By state law, school districts may provide transportation, but are not required to do so. The following students have the rights to ride the bus; a. students residing more than 1 ½ miles from school. b. students with certain handicaps. c. students participating in school activity programs. 2. Students will ride only on the bus they are assigned to ride. 3. Drivers are in complete charge of students while they are on the busses. Students MUST obey driver promptly. 4. The bus driver will respond to student violations of bus rules (listed below) according to the district “Bus Safety Discipline Plan”.

STUDENTS RIDING THE BUS WILL… a. remain seated at all times except when entering and exiting. b. not use loud, shouting voices or obscene language or gestures. c. not scuffle, fight, push, or create any type of conflict disturbance or disorder. d. obey driver promptly. e. not extend hands, heads or objects from the bus. f. not throw any object within the bus or from the bus window. g. not bring hazardous or large items onto the bus without bus drivers permission. (i.e. large musical instruments) h. not use alcohol or tobacco. i. not tamper with bus operating equipment, including sitting in driver’s seat or opening emergency door. j. not bring food or drink on bus without bus driver’s permission. k. not move toward bus until the bus has made a complete stop. l. be on time, bus will not wait for tardy students.

STEP 1 1ST VIOLATION – verbal warning given to student. STEP 2 2ND VIOLATION – student will be assigned a seat on the bus for a period of time to be decided by the bus driver. STEP 3 3RD VIOLATION – parent contact made by bus driver – driver will report all violations recorded and inform parents that the next violation will be referred to the building principal for suspension form the bus. STEP 4


4TH VIOLATION – student referred to building principal and will be suspended from the bus for a period of time, to be determined by the principal and driver. Principal will contact parent regarding the bus riders suspension. ***ALL VIOLATIONS/STEPS WILL BE DOCUMENTED IN THE BUS DRIVER’S LOG BOOK. ***BUS DRIVER’S MAY ADVANCE A STUDENT TO A HIGHER STEP, AT THEIR DISCRETION, BASED ON SEVERITY OF VIOLATION.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY GOAL: The goal of any discipline policy should be to correct the misconduct of the individual and to promote adherence by the student and by other students to the policies and regulations of the district. The Newkirk Public Schools, in order to provide quality education for all of its students, will not tolerate disruptive acts that would interfere with the tranquility of its school, the safety of its students or the damaging of property. Students, while enrolled in Newkirk School, shall be under the supervision of and accountable to school personnel. Parents are responsible for seeing that their children conduct themselves properly at school. The school is responsible to communicate to the parent information regarding their children’s behavior. GENERAL RULES: 1. The principal may determine appropriate “Step” placement as conditions of the student’s behavior warrants. 2. Every student’s first infraction, office visit, will include an Action Plan Conference, even though students may be placed beyond Step 1 of the Assertive Discipline Step Plan. 3. Parent notification information, as noted on the Assertive Discipline Plan, will include the following: Step I - copy of Assertive Discipline Plan

Step II-III - copy of consent for corporal punishment Step I-VI - copy of teacher documentation of inappropriate behavior and student documentation from Purpose for Office Visit Form – correspondence from principal 4. The Assertive Discipline Plan is for use for regular office referrals from behavior at school or at school activities.

5. Any action explicitly stated in the student handbook will be enforced. 6. Any infraction taking place outside the classroom (i.e. lunch room, cafeteria, hallway) will be referred to the homeroom teacher for further placement on the classroom management plan. Any referred infraction must be documented by observer.


NEWKIRK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE PLAN ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE PLAN STEPS Step I A. Teacher places student on Step I and notifies principal. Principal Establishes an Action Plan Conference as soon as possible in order to Inform all involved of the Assertive Discipline plan and form, if needed, an alternative Action Plan. Conference includes the following persons if available: Parents, principal, student, staff involved with student’s education, counselor (requested at conference) B. Action Plan Formed / Assertive Discipline Steps Conference:      Consent for corporal discipline will be reviewed. Future consequences of inappropriate behavior will be communicated to the student and the parent. Parents will receive parent notification documentation Counselor referral will be made, if needed. Any actions agreed to by the group, in addition to the Assertive Discipline Plan, will be documented and included in the student’s Action Plan.

Step II

A. Student completes “Purpose for Office Visit” form B. CONSEQUENCES  In School Suspension (ISS) will be from 1-3 days OR  Corporal punishment will be administered according to federal guidelines. (1 swat) as permitted by signed parental consent. OR  Serve a detention that is a natural related consequence to the infraction. (i.e. scrub the cafeteria floor) C. Principal/Parent contact – to review current documentation of behavior, current consequences, future consequences if behavior continues. Assist parents in helping child by making referral to outside agency, if parent expresses need. D. Referral made to school counselor.

Step III

A. Student completes “Purpose for Office Visit” form B. CONSEQUENCES  Student will receive 5 day In-School Suspension w/o swats



OR Student will receive 3 day In-School Suspension and 2 swats

While in ISS students will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular or school sponsored activities. C. Principal/Parent Conference to review current documentation of behavior, current suspension, future consequences to continued inappropriate behavior (see Step V and Step VI), assist parent in helping child. D. Referred for counseling follow-up. Step IV A. Student completes “Purpose for Office Visit” form. B. CONSEQUENCES  Student suspended from school for 5 to 10 days. C. Parent informed by phone or home visit and certified mail of current behavior documentation, current suspension, and of the next steps on the ADP if behavior continues. Step V A. Student completes “Purpose for Office Visit” form B. CONSEQUENCES  Student suspended from school for 5 to 10 days. C. Parent informed by phone or home visit and certified mail of current suspension, current behavior documentation, and next consequence (semester suspension). D. Principal/parent conference – to review student’s behavior and assist parents with information for outside counseling information. StepVI A. Student completes “Purpose for Office Visit” form B. CONSEQUENCES  Student suspended for the semester. (The specific time line would be decided upon by the principal based upon the date of infraction during the school year.) C. Principal/Parent conference to inform parents of the Student’s current suspension and provide parent notification information.


BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS: The following in a partial listing of some behavior infractions for which students may be suspended or disciplined. Also listed is probable Step placement for each infraction. BEHAVIOR (see infraction definitions) A. physical contact  Fighting  Precipitating a fight  Assault and battery B. Vulgar or obscene language, threats, verbal abuse C. Lying D. Forgery E. Destruction of Property F. Theft 1ST OFFENSE of any infraction Step 2-3 FUTURE OFFENSE of any infraction Step 4-6

Step 2-3

Step 4-6

Step 2-3 Step 2-3 Step 3-4 plus restitution Step 3-4 plus Restitution Step 2-3 Step 2-4

Step 4-6 Step 4-6 Step 5-6 plus restitution Step 5-6 plus restitution Step 4-6 Step 5-6

G. Failure to comply H. Defiance of School personnel I. Weapons/Explosives J. Non-prescribed drugs K. Alcohol L. Tobacco

Step 5-6 Step 5-6 Step 5-6 Step 3-4

Step 6 Step 6 Step 6 Step 5-6

***The principal will determine and document the Step placement for any infraction, as conditions warrant.


APPEALS Parents have the right to appeal decisions affecting their children. The proper procedure is as follows: A. Discuss the matter with the child’s teacher if it concerns a decision made by the teacher. B. If not satisfied after a conference with the teacher, discuss the matter with the principal. C. If not satisfied with the decision of the principal, a request to be heard by the Board of Education may be made through the office of the superintendent. LOST AND FOUND A lost and found department is maintained through the principal’s office. Articles which are found should be brought there. If you have lost an article, you may redeem it by identifying the same. Your wearing apparel, books, and other articles should be marked for identification. Items not claimed within four weeks may be discarded. ALARMS Fire Alarm Tornado Alarm Bomb Threat MEAL POLICY 1. The cafeteria is located in the elementary school. In the cafeteria, courteous manners and quiet, pleasant conversation are always appropriate. 2. Breakfast will be served from 7:45 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. 3. The lunch periods are from 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 noon and are 30 minutes in length. Because of time constraints, it is highly recommended that all elementary students eat in the cafeteria. Students may bring their lunch or eat the school hot lunch. If for some reason the child needs to eat at some other location, the parent must make arrangements with the elementary principal and pick up the child. 4. Payment toward meal credits will be made in the principal’s office. Payment is expected in advance. Students will be issued a lunch card which is kept at school. If for any reason a new card is required, a $1.00 fee will be charged. Students owing in excess of $5.00 may be refused a meal. Three successive short rings of the bell Announced over the intercom. Announced over the intercom.


LEAVING SCHOOL No student shall leave the school grounds or building without checking out at the office. If a student needs to leave school for doctor appointments, etc., a note from the parent should be brought to the teacher. The student must be checked out through the office by an adult when he/she leaves and must check back in when returning. PUPIL-PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES Meeting with parents is an important aspect of an effective educational program. Conferences may be initiated by parent, teachers, counselors, or administrators to discuss any aspects of a student’s education (i.e. academics, discipline, social adjustments, etc.). To schedule a conference, please call the Newkirk Elementary School office at 362-2279 for an appointment with the teacher or principal. COUNSELING The counseling program will provide a comprehensive guidance program for student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5 th and specifically provide activities to meet the needs of these students. The counselor will consult with teacher, staff and parents to enhance their effectiveness in helping students and provide support to other elementary school educational programs. The emphasis of the elementary developmental guidance program will be on exploration. Exploration is the avenue in which elementary children learn to respond to situations by becoming aware of new ideas and ways of thinking. The counseling program will focus on three major areas of student development:  Learning  Personal/Social  Career/Vocational CROSSWALK Students will cross South Street at the crosswalk morning, and evenings. The crosswalk guard will be on duty during the following times: 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Students will follow directions of the crosswalk guard. Students shall NOT ride bicycles across the street or on sidewalks on school grounds.


WEATHER In case of inclement weather you may tune to the Ponca City radio stations KLOR 99.9 or WBBZ 1230. In Arkansas City, listen to station KSOK 1290. When possible, you may also watch Channel 4, KTVY in Oklahoma City. These are our sources of communication in case school will not be in session. LIBRARY Our school library media center is a source of pride and is a vital part of our instructional program. Through regularly scheduled class times and open library time, students are encouraged to explore the many books, research materials, audiovisual materials, and computers/software that our library media center contains. In order to maintain an adequate collection; pupils, teachers and parents must cooperate to see that materials are returned in good condition. Regular library items may be checked out for a two week period. If materials are not returned, an charge equal to the current replacement price is made. The average price of a book is $10.00. PERMANENT RECORDS Your permanent record, which is kept on each individual student, is the school’s official record of your school work. It includes your entire academic work while in this school plus your standard achievement test scores. It is referred to by state and government agencies when information is needed for employment purposes. The importance of your school record cannot be over-estimated. End of year report cards will be withheld until all fees, lunches and cost of lost books have been paid in full. POLICY ON GUNS AND KNIVES Students at Newkirk Public Schools are prohibited from having, in their possession, any gun, knife or laser pointer. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. USE OF TOBACCO There is to be no use of tobacco by students in school buildings, on campus or during school sponsored activities. A violation of this regulation will be sufficient cause for suspension from school or any other reasonable discipline the principal may decide to impose. This is the ONLY warning you will receive.


POLICY ON HAZING The Newkirk Public School will not allow “HAZING” as a part of any activity or organization sponsored by Newkirk School. Violation of this policy could result in the termination of that activity or organization and disciplinary action against those participants. POLICY ON ELECTRONIC PAGERS Students at Newkirk Public School are prohibited from having in their possession any electronic paging devices. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. POLICY ON DISMISSING STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL General regulations of the State Board of Education (Accreditatioin of Schools, Section K & L, and High School Regulation Section I-C) prohibit dismissing students from school for “Sernior Week”, work release, or for semester test excmptions. Due to these regulations, the Newkirk School will require all students to be in attendance for a full school day for the entire school term. All students will be required to take all semester exams. ASTESTOS HAZARD NOTIFICATION The Asbestor Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 required 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 Newkirk Elementary and Newkirk High School Offices. The Newkirk Public School annually notifies all parents, teachers and other employees by newspaper and/or handouts. Additionally, information regarding any asbestos activities, planned or in progress, will be disseminated by newspaper and/or handouts 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 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.


NEWKIRK PUBLIC SCHOOL TITLE IV – RACE, TITLE IX – SEX, SECTION 504 – HANDICAPPED JULY 1984 Newkirk Public Schools have taken steps for compliance. 1. The law required that each school district appoint a grievance coordinator and publish his/her name, address and phone number. Mr. David Glover has been appointed to this position. Mr. Glover can be reached at 221 South Main Street, Newkirk, Oklahoma or at 580-362-2388. This information has been distributed to all buildings and will be appropriately posted. 2. In addition, the district must identify a hearing committee and develop a grievance procedure. However, a complainant can go directly to HEW. HEARING COMMITTEE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Carl Barnes – High School Jim Martin – High School Jim Wiersig – Middle School Laura Ross – Middle School Cindy Collyar – Elementary School

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 1. The grievant will file a written complaint with the institution’s coordinator, Krista Perkins. 2. The coordinator will then institute an investigation during which time the grievant’s identity wil be kept confidential. 3. The coordinator will conclude his investigation within ten (10) days of the filing of the complaint and will report his results to the grievent as well as any recommendations, suggestions, etc. 4. If the grievant is satisfied, the complaint shall be dismissed. It not, the grievant may request a hearing, at which time the grievant must identify himself. 5. The hearing must be held by the hearing committee within twenty (20) days of the request. Both parties may be represented by legal counsel and the grievant may have other support witnesses as well. 6. After the hearing has been conducted, the committee will file their report with the superintendent of the Newkirk Public Schools within ten (10) days and said


superintendent will thereupon implement said report or provide the grievant reasons in writing why all or any portion of the report will not be implemented. 7. If the grievant continues to be disstisfied, the decisions may be appealed to the governing board of the Newkirk Public Shcools, at which time, within (30) thirty days, the report will be reviewed, and the board shall issue its order either affirming, overruling, or modifying said report. 8. If the grievant contines to be dissatisfied, the grievant is to provide notice to the superintendent of Newkirk Public Schools, and the complete record is to be forwarded to the Department of Education, at which time all parties may file a brief with said Department, stating their respective positions.


EXHIBIT “A” TO ALL PARENTS OF NEWKIRK SCHOOL STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO ARE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TAKE NOTICE: Under the provisons of the FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT, you are hereby notified as follows: 1. Before the Newkirk Public Schools can disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education records, (including, but not limited to, the student’s name; the name of the student’s parent or other family member; the address of the student or the student’s family; social security number or student number; or a list of personal characteristics that would make the student’s identity easily traceable) you must give a written consent to such release. The consent must specify the identity of the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure may be made. For your use, we are enclosing a copy of a written release which you may sign and return to the offices of the Newkirk Public School. The Newkirk Public School may disclose information from a student’s Education record without your consent if the disclosure is: A) To other school officials, including teacher with the Newkirk Public Schools, who have a legitimate educational interest in the records; B) The disclosure is to officials of another school, school system, or institution of post secondary education where the students seeks or intends to enroll; C) To the Comptroller General of the United States, the Secretary of Education for the United States or state and local educational authorities or their representatives; D) The disclosure is in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, the amount of the aid, the conditions of the aid or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid; E) For a school information directory.


The Newkirk Public School has a record of all disclosures of personally identifiable information and you have a right to inspect or review that record. The record is kept in the offices as follows: Grades Grades Pre-K - 5th 6th through 8th Principal’s Office Principal’s Office Newkirk Elementary School 721 W. South Newkirk Middle School 721 S. Academy

2. In addition, you as a parent of a Newkirk student, or you as a student who is eighteen or over, have a right to inspect and review a student’s education records which are maintained by the Newkirk Public Schools. 3. You may request the amendment of a student’s educational records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of a student’s privacy or other rights. 4. You have the right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except in the case of those records which by law can be disclosed without your consent. 5. “Educational Records” means those records that are directly related to a student and maintained by the Newkirk Public Schools. The term does not include records of instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel and educational personnel ancillary to those persons that are kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record. Nor does the term include records relating exclusively to the individual in that individual’s capacity as an employee of the Newkirk Public Schools and are not available for use for any other purpose. 6. To inspect and review a student’s education records, you must make a request of the student’s principal for inspection. The request must be in writing and designate the student or student’s Records to be inspected. The request must be signed by the parent of the student, which shall include a natural parent, a guardian, or an individual acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or a guardian. A student who is eighteen years of age or older can sign his own request. Withint 10 days after the request has been made, the student’s principal will notify you of a time and place for inspection and during inspection you can make reasonable requests for explanations and interpretation of the records from officials of the Newkirk Public Schools.


The types and locations of education records maintained by the Newkirk Public Schools and the titles and addresses of the officials responsible for the records are as follows: Special Education Records Academic Records Disciplinary Records Attendance Records

All are kept in the office of the student’s principal. Copies of the records can be obtained from the Newkirk Public Schools at a cost of $ .25 per page, unless you as a parent or student, eighteen years or older, can show that the charging of a fee would prevent you from exercising the right to inspect and review the education records. 7. If you believe the education records of a student contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of a student’s rights of privacy or other rights, you may ask the Newkirk Public Schools to amend the records. All requests for amendment must be in writing with an explanation of why you believe the education records are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of a student’s rights. The Newkirk Public School will notify you, in writing, of any decision not to amend the records, which notice will include an explanation for the decision. In the event you are not satisfied with the decision of the Newkirk Public Schools and you wish to challenge the content of the student’s education records on the grounds that the information contained in the education records is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other right of the student, you may request a hearing before any individual with the Newkirk Schools as hearing officer, who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.


The request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall be addressed to the student’s principal. The request shall identify the records sought to be changed or amended and the reasons for the request. The hearing officer will give notice to you by mail of the date, time and place of the meeting at least 10 days before the meeting. The hearing officer shall give you the opportunity to present evidence relevant to the challenge of the contents of the student’s education records. At your own expense, you may be assited or represented by one or more individuals of your own choice, including an attorney. The hearing officer shall make a decision in writing within a reasonable period of time following the hearing which will be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decisions will include a summary of the evidence and the reaons for the decisions.


If, as a result of the hearing, the hearing officer decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the private or other rights of the student, the Newkirk Public Schools shall amend the record accordingly and inform you of the amendment in writing. If the hearing officer decides that the information in the records is not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, the hearing officer will notify you that you have a right to place a statement in the record commenting on the contested information in the record or stating why you disagree with the decision of the hearing officer. A copy of the policy of the Board of Education of the Newkirk Public Schools in compliance with the Family Education Rights, and Privacy Act can be obtained by you at the offices of the Newkirk High School. You also have a right to file a written complaint with Family Policy and Regulations Office U.S. Department of Education Washington, D. C. 20202 if you believe or feel there has been a violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. NEWKIRK PUBLIC SCHOOLS


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