UW Lab School
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Mission: Our mission is to create a positive learning community that will recognize, foster, and assess continuous improvement toward high levels of academic and social achievement for ALL students, pre-service teachers, faculty and staff.
Achievement is determined by a variety of indicators including:
- State and Professional Standards
- Individual Performance
- Personal Goals
We are committed to involving all stakeholders in:
- Developing interventions to support academic and personal excellence for every student
We will achieve our Mission by:
- Implementing research-based, best practices in education
- Promoting developmentally appropriate differentiated instruction through multi-age grouping
- Emphasizing curriculum integration and collaboration with specialists to support all learning
- Supporting an inclusive special education and gifted & talented delivery system
- Creating opportunities for engaged learning with attention to student choice within a framework of standards
- Treating children as scholars capable of independent research and self-directed learning
- Using student project presentations as a mode of developing and sharing knowledge
- Focusing on awareness of multi-cultural issues in the curriculum and culture of school
- Valuing diverse learning styles and developing a variety of learning tools and strategies
- Encouraging critical thinking, problem solving and self-evaluation
- Integrating field studies, camps, and outdoor education to provide authentic, engaging learning
- Creating an inclusive, inviting learning community characterized by safety, responsibility, kindness and respect
- Developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for successful participation in democratic processes
Admission: The UW Lab School is a school of choice. Enrollment is through a lottery of applications on file. Priority is given to siblings of students who are already enrolled.
Welcome Back to School!
Welcome to a new year at the UW Lab School. We would like all families to carefully study the rules and policies described in this handbook. They have been established for the welfare and safety of all students. We encourage you to take full advantage of the academic and activity opportunities that work together for success and academic excellence.
Hints for School Success
- Demonstrate enthusiasm and a positive attitude
- Show respect for yourself, adults and other students
- Be involved in school activities
- Attend school regularly
- Follow school and classroom policies
- Complete assignments on time
Attendance-Every School Day Counts!
Promptness and attendance are essential characteristics for success in life as well as in school. For educational reasons and because it is the law, students must attend school every day that classes are in session unless excused for justifiable reasons. Students will be granted an excused absence for personal illness, death in the family, or other reasons the principal considers justified. You should plan to arrive between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. At the end of the school day, you need to leave school by 3:15 p.m. Special arrangements for direct supervision by a teacher need to be made in advance if you plan to stay after 3:15 p.m. You should not be in the building prior to 7:30 or past 3:15 unless you are participating in a supervised activity. Supervision is provided in the cafeteria and the gym beginning at 7:30 each morning.
Reporting Absences: If you are going to be absent, your parent or guardian must provide a written note or call the office at 766-2155 before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. There is also a link on the school website that can be used for reporting absences. Office personnel will contact your parents if we do not receive a note or phone call. If the office does not receive a note or call by 9:00 a.m. stating the reason for the absence and asking that it be excused, that absence will be recorded as unexcused. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to ask your teachers for your make-up work. If you know in advance you will be absent, please request a pre-arranged absence from the office.
Because regular attendance is critical to receiving a quality education, the District is implementing new guidelines for absences, tardies, and truancy. Attendance will be entered into the Power School system in the morning and after lunch. Schools are required to notify District administration following the 4th unexcused absence at which time community intervention and support will begin to be provided. Student who arrive after 9:00 a.m. will be marked absent for the morning and three unexcused tardies will equal one absence.
Excused absences/tardies include:
- Approved school sponsored activities
- Approved absences for illness, medical and dental appointments that cannot be held after school hours
- Family emergencies
- Court appearances
- Pre-arranged absences approved by administration
Unexcused absences/tardies include:
- Appointments other than medical, such as hair, business, interviews, shopping
- Recreational activities
- Home chores/babysitting
- Oversleeping, missing the bus
- Staying home to study
Late Check-In: If you come to school after 8:00 a.m. or return to school after an appointment, you must report to the office before going to your class. If you leave during the school day, you must check out in the office. If a student is not in attendance before 9:00 a.m. or leaves before 2:00 p.m., the student will be marked as absent for ½ day.
Release from School: You can not be released from the school premises at any other than regular dismissal time unless a parent or guardian personally picks you up, and unless approval of the principal or her designee has been given. At no time shall you be allowed to leave unless accompanied by a school-approved adult.
We expect you to show pride of ownership by keeping our school neat and clean. You will be required to pay for any damage to school property.
Student’s Personal Property
Items that distract or disturb the learning process are not to be brought to class. Such items include cell phones, pagers, CD players, M3 players, toys, etc. Teachers will confiscate any nuisance items and they may be returned to you at the end of the day. Do not leave your personal items of any value where others have easy access to them. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Books and school supplies
The UW Lab School provides textbooks and library books for your use. You are responsible for taking care and keeping track of the books checked out to you. Fines and replacement fees will be assessed for damaged, lost or stolen books. The purchasing of supplies, such as paper, pencils, notebooks, and gym equipment is your responsibility. A list of school supplies will be provided and you are expected to wear gym shoes in P.E. class.
Use of Technology
Use of computers and the Internet are part of daily instruction, but are also a privilege. You will need parental permission to use the Internet and use of school computers is for class related assignments only. Inappropriate use of the computers may result in loss of privileges.
Learning Resource Center: The LRC is a branch of the UW libraries. Basic guidelines of the LRC are:
- Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Your behavior in the LRC should be based on courtesy and consideration of others and of the materials.
- Print materials, except software, may be checked out for a period of four weeks.
- You are responsible for materials that you check out. You must return materials on time and paying for lost or damaged materials.
- Parents should not expect adult supervision in the LRC before or after school.
Lunch: The UW Lab School serves lunch daily and it is served at assigned times during the day to the different grade levels. Free and reduced-price lunches are available to those who qualify. Forms are available in the office to apply.
According to District and School Policy, the school will operate on a “closed campus” plan. This means students may not leave the school for lunch except through office check out. Parents have the option of sending a sack lunch or checking you out for lunch. You must be checked out in the office and return on time for afternoon classes. Any student leaving school without checking out in the office will be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Counseling Services: The UW Lab School counseling program is based on a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling model. Services are offered at each grade level as part of the classroom curriculum, providing instruction and support in such areas as intrapersonal awareness, interpersonal communication, and career education. Counseling is also provided in small groups and individually for specific concerns. The counseling program is staffed by two school counselors who supervise the work of graduate students from the UW Counselor Education program.
Health Services: Your health and well- being are a main concern to our school. Your parents will be asked to complete a health emergency form that will be filed in the office. This form will inform us of any special health concerns you may have and a person to contact in an emergency. Wyoming state law requires that you be properly immunized to attend school. A record your immunizations must be on file in the nurse’s office. You will be notified if your record is incomplete and it will be your responsibility to get the required immunizations in a timely manner.
During the year, various health screenings will be completed. These include vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings. These screenings are not diagnostic and only indicate if a physician visit may be advisable. The nurse will inform your parents of the results if necessary.
If you become ill or injured during the school day, inform your teacher that you need to see the nurse. You and the nurse will decide on proper treatment. Your parents may be called depending upon the severity of the illness or injury. Please feel free to visit the school nurse for any other health information you may need.
Medications: If it is necessary for you to take medication at school (prescribed or over-the-counter), a form needs to be completed by your parents. Prescription medications require a physician’s signature. Over-the-counter medications require your parent’s signature. For your safety and the safety of your fellow students, you are not allowed to self-administer or carry medications at school. All medications must be given to the nurse or office personnel.
Rules for Student Behavior
The UW Lab School Rules ask students to:
- Be Responsible and Safe
- Show Kindness and Respect
A respectful environment is everyone’s right and responsibility. Students attending the UW Lab School are expected to: demonstrate safety, responsibility, kindness and respect through actions and language; show respect for school property and the property of others; and recognize individual responsibilities and obligations.
- Students may not use (or have out) their cell phones or other personal devices between 8:00 and 3:00. Phone calls may be made with teacher permission or from the office. If students are sick or hurt, they are asked to check in with the nurse before calling home. Parents are asked not to call students during the school day and may leave messages for students at 721-2155.
- Cell phones and other devices may be used ONLY with teacher invitation. Students must keep cell phones and other devices out of sight unless invited to use them by a teacher. Inappropriate use will result in teachers taking the cell phone or other devices to the office until the end of the school day. Cell phones and other devices may be used at lunch. The school is not responsible for damage to cell phones and other personal devices.
- Teachers will explain appropriate times and places for food/snacks. Students are asked to bring nutritional food/snacks. Candy, energy drinks, soda, and peanut/tree nut products are NOT allowed in the classrooms. No food or drink is allowed in the hallways, LRC, common areas or computer lab.
Food Allergan policy
The UW Lab School continues to have a food allergen policy that completely restricts peanuts and tree nuts as well as all products containing peanuts and tree nuts in the school environment. The nut free policy includes peanuts and tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, coconuts, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, and chestnuts. The nut free policy is a necessary response to several primary grade students with life-threatening allergies. Students, staff, parents/guardians, and visitors are asked to keep peanuts/tree nuts out of the school environment. This restriction includes all actual nuts and nut shells, as well as nut flavored foods, nut containing granola bars or candy, trail mix, or any food items containing nuts. Notices are posted around the school as a reminder and to inform school visitors. We appreciate your understanding and your assistance in keeping all students safe.
You must report any accident you have at school to your teacher. The teacher will send you to the school nurse for evaluation and referral as needed. The school nurse will complete an Accident Injury Report and give it to the principal. The school district strives to provide safe conditions in the schools in order to protect you from injury. The district, however, does not carry insurance to cover medical or hospital cost in case of accidents. Your parents have the option of securing student insurance. This information is available in the office.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
The UW Lab School’s staff is concerned for the health, safety, and well being of all our students. The possession, use, and/or being under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal or controlled substance constitutes a hazard to students and a disruptive effect to the school. Thus, the possession, use, and/or being under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal or controlled substance is strictly prohibited.
The UW Lab School is a tobacco-free campus. The use and/or possession of tobacco products is prohibited by all.
Keep your locker neat and clean inside and outside. Lockers are the property of the school and are subject to periodic inspection by school personnel. Do not share your locker combination or leave your locker unlocked. No other lock may be placed on your locker without home room teacher permission. The school is not responsible for stolen items, so leave your valuables at home.
Harrassment and Bullying
The UW Lab School, in its commitment to non-discrimination, shall provide for and maintain a learning and working environment which is free from intolerant and harassing behavior. No student, employee, or visitor shall be subjected to harassment. Harassment may include, but is not limited to verbal harassment or abuse, implied or overt threats, physical acts of aggression, and intimidating behavior, which have the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment, education, or participation in school activities. You will face disciplinary consequences as determined by the District policy (https://www.boarddocs.com/wy/acsd1/Board.nsf/Public). This policy is also included at the end of the handbook document.
Possession of Weapons
If a weapon or semblance of a weapon is found in your possession or on your person, it will be immediately confiscated and you will face disciplinary consequences as determined by the principal and school policies.
Every month fire or emergency drills are conducted for your safety. Carefully follow your teacher’s directions in the result of an emergency drill or actual emergency.
You are asked to act with courtesy in the hallway. You need permission from your teacher to be in the hallway during class time.
Lost and Found
Report any lost or found items to the office or to the lost and found bin on the first floor of the building by the 3rd/4th grade classrooms. Items remaining in the lost and found at the end of the semester will be donated to charity.
Clothing promoting alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual innuendos, or obscene slogans is
prohibited. Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate for the learning environment. The administration has the discretion to make decisions about what is appropriate or inappropriate for school.
Dances and Other Student Activities
The behavior expectations for dances and other school activities are the same as expected for school. You will not be allowed to attend an after-school activity if you have an unexcused absence or have been suspended on the day of the activity. Once you leave the activity, you will not be allowed to return. You will also be expected to leave the school grounds. If you are involved in any form of a disturbance such as fighting, drug use or alcohol consumption, your parents will be notified to remove you from the activity. Local law enforcement may also be contacted if any alleged illegal activities were being conducted.
If you ride your bike to school, you are encouraged to provide a means by which your bike can be secured. Bicycles may not be brought into the building. They can be parked in the provided bicycle racks on the east and south sides of the building.
All visitors must check in through the office. Student visitors are only allowed with approval by the principal at least one day in advance. Visitors to school dances must also be approved by the office and put on a guest list with parent contact numbers.
If you have concerns or complaints in connection with the UW Lab School, you should seek resolution in the following manner:
- Contact your individual teacher.
- Contact the principal who will, in turn, contact the teacher to set up a meeting to resolve the situation.
- If the principal will not or cannot resolve the situation, contact the superintendent of schools.
- If the superintendent will not or cannot resolve the situation, contact the Board of Education.
Field trips and camps are often planned to enhance a teaching unit or concept with the intention of making the learning experience more meaningful to students. In the event of a field trip, you will be given information about the trip. Field trips on the University of Wyoming campus, in the Laramie area, or field trips that include the full student population do not require a permission form, but will be announced in newsletters or in a note home. Permission from your parent/guardian will be needed for trips outside of Albany County. Any time you have questions about field trip plans, please contact the teacher or the principal.
5th and 6th grade students have recess before lunch. During the recess time, 5th and 6th grade students may be in the gym, the library, or the playground area. All students will be in the cafeteria from 12:45-1:00 with class beginning at 1:05
7th and 8th graders may be 5 places during lunch: the cafeteria, gym, LRC, playground area, or in the designated classroom.
(Food is not allowed in the Gym, LRC, or hallways.)
Students may NOT go to the Union for lunch without permission and supervision from a parent or school staff member.
The only ways students may access the union at lunch are as follows:
- Parents may sign out their own children (not other students) in the office.
- School staff may sign out a student or group of students in the office.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORT SYSTEM
The UW Lab School staff makes every effort to work cooperatively with parents and students for the good behavior, positive social growth and well-being of everyone in the learning community. Students are expected to follow the school rules as well as the District policies.
The UW Lab School recognizes that problem behavior is a challenge and a barrier to effective learning. The school acknowledges the relationship between academic achievement and behavioral competence. We are dedicated to promoting an environment that optimizes opportunities for teaching and learning. In order to achieve our mission of creating a positive learning community that supports high levels of academic and social achievement, we have adopted a Positive Behavior Support System for classroom and school-wide behavior management. A continuum of academic and behavioral supports exists to assist students and teachers in developing positive learning skills and environments.
Discipline procedures may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:
- Student/teacher/monitor conference
- Student/teacher/parent conference
- Student/teacher/principal conference
- Letter or phone call from student, teacher, or principal
- Student/teacher/principal/parent conference
Consequences may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:
- Staff intervention/Re-teaching of expectation
- Loss of classroom/school privileges
- Lunch or after-school detention
- In-class time before or after school
- Letter or phone call to parents from student, teacher, or principal
- Loss of school-wide privileges
- In-office time before, during, and/or after school
- Peer mediation or conflict resolution
- Behavior Plan
Consequences for more serious offenses may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:
- In School Suspension (ISS)
- Out of School Suspension (OSS)
- Meeting with School Resource Officer
- Recommendation for Expulsion
More serious offenses will include, but not be limited to:
- Fighting, physical aggression, etc.
- Physical/Verbal Harassment-Bullying
- Willful disobedience, defiance, disrespect or noncompliance
- Possession or use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol
- Possession of weapons and/or fireworks
- Threatening language (written or verbal)
- Inappropriate use of Technology (Computers and Internet)
A Laramie City Ordinance prohibits the throwing of snowballs or rocks inside the city limits. We will help enforce the ordinance on school grounds.
ACSD#1 POLICY STATEMENTS
Notification of Rights under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend records should write the school principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identify the part of the records they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the records as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review education records in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.)
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and
address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
The District shall not discriminate in any manner because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age except as otherwise provided by law. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be referred to the School District’s Coordinator of the Office for Civil Rights at 1948 Grand Avenue, Laramie, Wyoming 82070 or telephone (307) 721-4400. Persons with concerns or questions regarding discrimination in the provision of employment are advised to contact the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel. Those with concerns regarding discrimination in other areas are to contact the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability.
In addition, the District shall provide equitable access to, and participation in, its federally-assisted programs for students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs regardless of gender, color, race, disability, national origin, age. Individuals with concerns regarding equitable access should contact the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Personnel.
Albany County School District One (ACSD#1) does not discriminate on the basis of disability with regard to admission, access to services, treatment, or employment in its programs or activities.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1873 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in any program receiving federal financial assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employers who have over 14 employees, regardless of federal financial assistant. Under both Acts, the definition of an “individual with a disability” is a person who:
- Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity, such as seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working; or
- Has a record of such impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such an
The District will evaluate, identify, and provide free appropriate education to all students who are individuals with disabilities under Section 504 of the ADA.
The District will provide reasonable accommodations to each employee and qualified employment applicant covered by Section 504 of the ADA unless it would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program.
Each of the programs of the District will be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities when viewed in its entirety.
The District will furnish auxiliary aids and services to students, employees, parents, and members of the public who have disabilities to the extent necessary for communications with other persons unless it will result in an undue burden on, or a fundamental alteration in the program.
The District has a grievance procedure for discrimination complaints. For a description of this procedure, or any further relevant information, contact the Section 504/ADA Coordinator:
1948 E. Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
The Board of Trustees recognizes the responsibility to regulate the school environment in order to provide the opportunity for maximum achievement on the part of all students. The Board further recognizes the adverse effect of student involvement with alcohol and other mind-altering chemicals on academic success and the development and maintenance of good mental and physical health.
Based on the recognition stated above, the following behaviors by any student while on campus, or on a school bus, or at any school-sponsored activity are prohibited:
- The possession, use, being under the influence, transfer, and/or sale of alcohol, drugs, or any other illegal, controlled substance as defined by Wyoming State law; or
- The misuse, being under the influence, possession, and/or sale of other stimulating, depressing or behavior altering substances such as prescription drugs, legal pharmaceuticals, inhalants such as paints, glue or other solvents; or
- The possession, use, transfer, and/or sale of any substance represented or misrepresented to be behavior altering chemicals.
ATTENDANCE AND ENROLLMENT
Per state law, children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 15 in the year of school entry are eligible for kindergarten. It is the expectation when children are enrolled in ACSD#1 they follow and must be in compliance with District ages 5-7 attendance guidelines. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, and physician-signed immunization record for registration. Students have thirty (30) days in which to be caught up on immunizations or provide the school authority the appointment date for immunizations which can be verified.
Children must be six (6) years of age on or before September 15 to enter the first grade that year. A child who has completed a full year of kindergarten the preceding year in the public schools of another district may qualify for enrollment in grade one on a probationary basis, regardless of age.
A birth certificate, or other acceptable documentary evidence of birth, and immunization record shall be required for all children entering school in the District for the first time.
Papers transferring/establishing guardianship are required for any child living with someone other than biological or adoptive parents.
School Attendance is Required from Seven (7) to Sixteen (16)
All children must begin school if they will turn seven on or before September 15th of that year. Parents may send their children to public school, choose a private school, or arrange for home schooling that meets state requirements. Compulsory education is legally required until a child either turns sixteen (16) or completes tenth (10th) grade. Parents failing to meet this requirement can be convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $25 fine and ten (10) days in county jail.
There are a few exemptions to this law. First, the District Board of Trustees can provide an exemption when it believes compulsory attendance would be detrimental to a child’s mental or physical health or to other children in the school. Second, the Board can also grant an exemption in the case of undue hardship. Finally, the compulsory education law does not apply to students who have been lawfully suspended or expelled.
For more information: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/wyoming-law/wyoming-compulsory-education-laws.html#sthash.XLm9gr2B.dpuf
Attendance Boundaries: Children are required to attend the school in the areas in which they reside and which have been determined by the Board of Education. The parents’/guardians’ legal place of residence within those boundaries determines which school the child will attend. In the case of divorced or separated families, the custodial parent’s legal address will determine school placement. In the event of building or class overloads, the District may reassign students to buildings outside their designated areas. The District guidelines for class sizes are: 16 students in grades K-3, 22 students in grade 4, and 24 students in grades 5-6.
Students who change their place of residence during the school year to one outside the school’s attendance area with Albany County will be allowed to remain in their placement for the remainder of the school year as long as the class size does not exceed limits. Parents are responsible for providing transportation in this case. Frequent absences or tardies may result in the child being required to attend the school in the area in which the student currently resides.
Boundaries Exception: Parents wishing to request a boundary exception are required to complete a “Boundary Exception Request” form and return it to the school in the area in which they reside. The request will be considered by the administrators involved, and the parents will be notified of the action taken on their request. All “Exceptions” must be renewed annually and are acted upon just a few days before school begins.
Attendance Policy: REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL TO RECEIVING A QUALITY EDUCATION.
Excused absences shall include approved absences for school-sponsored activities, and approved absence for illness, medical and dental appointments that cannot be held after school, family emergencies, court appearances, and pre-arranged absences as approved by the Administration. A doctor’s verification may be required in cases of illness.
Tardies will be considered a form of absence, with three (3) tardies equaling one day absent.
Absences: If a student is absent or tardy, a call is required to the school’s office before 9:15 a.m. on the day of the absence. A written note or a telephone call from home at the time of absence stating the nature of the absence may excuse the absence. If the school does not receive the written note or telephone call by 9:15 a.m. stating the reason for the absence and asking for the absence to be excused, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. When three (3) unexcused absences have been recorded for any student during any school year, parents/guardians will receive a letter which outlines the steps the District will take to ensure compliance with state law.
Tardies: All students coming to school after the last bell has rung will be considered tardy and must report to the office with an explanation before going to class. Every tardy must be excused by a written note or telephone call from home or personal visit from parent stating the reason for the tardy.
If the school does not receive a written note or telephone call stating the reason for the tardy, the tardy will be recorded as unexcused.
If a student is not in attendance before 9:00 a.m., the student will be marked absent for a half day. If a student comes before 9:00 a.m., the student will be counted as tardy. A tardy student must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class.
If a child leaves before 2:00 p.m., that child will be marked absent for a half day. After 2:00 p.m. the absence is considered to be an early dismissal and not counted as an absence.
Habitual Truant: As defined by law, a habitual truant is any child with five (5) or more unexcused absences in any one school year. It is the duty of the principal and those persons who serve as attendance officers to investigate and initiate legal proceedings against parents and guardians whose children are habitual truants under the legal definition, W.S. 21-4-101. Excessive unexcused absences may be referred to the Albany County Attorney.
If a student accumulates ten (10) excused absences within any year, verification of further excused absences may be required, i.e., doctor’s excuse. Students without verifications for further absences may be referred to the Albany County Attorney.
After ten (10) consecutive days of absences, a student will be dropped from the rolls per state statute. The student will need to reenroll. Exceptions will be made in the event of a prolonged illness when homebound instruction is provided by the School District, W.S. 21-4-402.
Accelerated Promotion: District policy states: “In general, the District shall promote pupils only at the end of the school year.” This policy also delineates social, emotional, mental, and physical maturation criteria for considering retention decisions. These same four criteria categories are to be considered for accelerated promotion requests. For further detailed information, please see the principal.
Arrival and Departure Times: Children should not arrive at school more than 15 minutes before the first bell unless requested to do so by the teacher or the principal. At the end of the school day, all children who walk home from school are expected to leave the school grounds immediately. If a child needs to wait for a ride other than on a school bus, s/he should wait quietly in the designated areas. There is no supervision for children arriving earlier or for children remaining on the playground after school is dismissed.
Release from School: A child shall not be released from the school premises at any other than regular dismissal time unless a parent or guardian personally picks him/her up, and unless approval of the principal or his/her designee has been given. At no time shall a child be allowed to leave unless accompanied by a school-approved adult. Students leaving the school grounds to go home for lunch must have a note from their parents.
Withdrawal from School: The only time a report card is given is if the child is enrolled on the last day of the grading period. A copy of the “Student Withdrawal” form which indicates current progress is completed by the teacher when a student withdraws from one of the District elementary schools. The original is kept in the child’s file and a copy is sent with the child. The child’s new school will request records directly from the District. Parents/guardians should let the principal know as soon as possible if they will be moving.
All students enrolled in District educational programs will have written documented proof of immunization included in the student cumulative education file. The proof of immunization must be signed by either a private licensed physician or his/her representative, or by any public health authority on a form provided by the State Department of Health. New students to the District will be allowed no more than thirty (30) calendar days to obtain proof of immunization. If proof of immunization is not provided within this time limit, the principal will not permit the child to continue to attend school until proper proof of immunization is provided. A student will be allowed to attend school while receiving continuing immunization if the school administrator receives written notification from a private licensed physician or his/her representative, or from a public health official, specifying a written schedule for necessary immunization completion within the medically accepted time period. Once the scheduled deadline for completion of immunization is past, the parent/guardian is responsible for providing a completed official record of immunization or the child will not be allowed to continue attendance in school.
Exceptions will be allowed for students providing waivers authorized by the state or county health officer. However, in the presence of an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease as determined by the state or county health authority, these students will be excluded from attendance for the time period determined appropriate by the state or county health authority. Information regarding immunizations required by the State Department of Health are available upon request in the principal’s office at each school.
Bus Transportation/Bus Conduct
Bus transportation is available to elementary students living one mile or more from the school in which attendance area they reside. Students receiving special services in a school outside their attendance area are also eligible for bus transportation. The District has implemented a new bus stop locater system, InfoFinder i. This bus stop locator system allows parents to enter a home address, locate the nearest bus stop, and the pickup time for each school. InfoFinder i can be found on: http://www.infofinderi.com/tfi/address.aspx?cid=ACSD30P58TZI6.
Contact the Transportation Department at (307) 721-4470 for further information.
Students are expected to wait in an orderly manner while waiting for buses and to respond to the directions of the bus driver while riding the bus. Discipline of students on the bus is handled by the bus driver and misbehavior will be reported to the Director of Transportation who may notify the principal. Students may be restricted from riding the bus for disciplinary reasons. Student transportation is a privilege and improper behavior may result in the loss of that privilege.
School personnel, law enforcement and students have all been trained in using the four (4) safety protocols. The following four (4) protocols have been put in place to maximize the safety of students and staff:
Lock out – Securing the Perimeter
Lockdown – Locks, Lights, Out of
Sight (NO ONE enters or leaves the building)
Evacuate – “To a Location”
(Parents/Guardians will be notified of location)
Shelter – “For Hazard Using a
Safety Strategy” (e.g., Tornado we shelter in Hallway)
Fire drills and lockdowns are held monthly to enable students to practice responding to emergency situations, and instruction is provided on safety procedures in case of emergencies. Crisis intervention plans have been developed at the building and District levels to cover natural disasters and other emergencies.
ACSD#1 makes every effort to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment throughout the school. If the school personnel is concerned about a child’s health, or if a child has a complaint about his/her own health, the school will attempt to resolve that concern and contact the parents/guardians if necessary.
Medication Policy: For the protection of all students, the ACSD#1 Board of Education policy states that school personnel may NOT administer any form of medication to pupils without the following process on record at school. If it is determined by a physician that medication must be taken routinely during school hours, proper prior arrangements for administration of medication at school must be made. Expectations are that:
- “Medication” shall include prescription and nonprescription drugs intended for the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of any illness, disease or other conditions adversely affecting the individual.
- Each medicine to be self-administered by the student shall only occur under the supervision of principal-designated school personnel.
- Neither the District, nor any of its personnel, shall be responsible for medication taken by a student or administered by the parent or legal guardian without supervision of designated school personnel. Likewise, the District and its personnel will not be responsible for the drug itself. Supervising personnel will only ensure that medication is taken in specified dosages at specified times.
- Each medicine will be self-administered only under the supervision of designated school personnel when a “Request for Supervision of Self-Administration of Medication at School” form has been signed by the parent/guardian, the prescribing physician, and approved by the building principal and the school nurse. These are to be renewed on an annual basis.
- The “Request for Supervision of Self-Administration of Medication at School” form must be completed and on file in the school office prior to supervision of any self-administered medication.
- Medication which is to be self-administered under the supervision of school personnel will:
be in its original pharmaceutical container. If not in the original container, personnel shall not allow it to be taken.
remain in the designated secured area of the school. Students will not be permitted to keep their medication in their possession while at school.
- A record shall be maintained of each time the medication is taken, including the child’s name, medication name and dosage, time, date, and signature of the person who supervised the student taking the medication.
- District personnel will be trained in supervision of medication self-administration by the building nurse.
- In the event that exceptions are needed, individual adjustments to this policy may be made with approval of the principal or school nurse (e.g., students may be allowed to carry their own asthma inhalers or EpiPen auto-injections if ordered by a physician).
- In the event that a student is incapable of supervised self-administration of medication, his/her medication will be administered by a school nurse, the parents, or other appropriately trained school personnel.
Parents/Guardians must sign a release form indicating the specific school personnel whom they have trained to administer the medication other than the school nurse and whether or not they will allow anyone else to administer the medication, if one of the persons they have named is not present during an emergency requiring use of the medication. For students for whom medication must be administered, the school nurse and other school personnel who have been given permission by the parents to administer the medication, and parents/guardians will meet to discuss the logistics of the administration of the medication. The principal, the teacher(s), and other school personnel may be invited to this meeting.
- Students may possess and self-administer asthma medication within the school setting of the District (which includes in school, on school grounds, on school buses, at school activities off the school grounds, etc.) if a written statement is submitted to the principal, or the principal’s designee, of the school attended by the student containing the following:
Parental verification that: (a) the student is responsible for and capable of self-administration and parental authorization for self-administration of asthma medication, (b) the medication carried by the student in the school setting will always be current (i.e., not expired) and of the proper dosage, and (c) the student will always have the proper medication while in the school setting; and
Physician identification of the prescribed or authorized medication and verification of the appropriateness of the student’s possession and self-administration of the asthma medication.
The form to be used for the written statement shall be the one developed by the District and will require signatures from the parents/guardians of the student and the student’s physician or the physician’s representative. This form will be available at any school, the District administration office, and on the District’s website.
Nurses or other school personnel shall have the right to examine medication carried by students to ensure that it is current and previously authorized to be carried in the school setting. Nurses or other school personnel may require students to demonstrate that they can properly use an inhaler before students are allowed to possess and self-administer asthma medication in the school setting.
As used in this policy, “asthma medication” means prescription or nonprescription inhaled asthma medication. This policy implements W.S. 21-4-310.
NOTE: School Nurses are part-time in the elementary buildings.
In the event of a serious accident and/or injury, school personnel will attempt to contact the parents/guardians or their designated emergency contact person as soon as possible. If school personnel believe a child needs immediate emergency care, they will either call 911 for an ambulance to transport the child to the hospital or transport the child themselves. They will act in the best interests of the child and consider the time factor in deciding to call 911 or transport themselves. In the event that school personnel are unable to contact the parents/guardians or their emergency contact person, they will accompany or follow the child to the hospital.
Following an accident, the school nurse will complete an accident report and submit a copy to the Business Manager. In a case where the parent/guardian requests the District compensate them for medical expenses, the parent must complete a “Notice of Claim Form” and submit the form to the Business Manager. The District does not pay medical claims. The Business Manager will submit the claim form to the District’s insurance company for review. (Notice of Claim forms are available in the Business Office.)
**Accident insurance can be purchased by parents/guardians by enrolling in the K-12 Student Accident Insurance Program. Information and enrollment can be found at www.studentinsurance-kk.com.
Inclement Weather/School Closures
During inclement weather, pupils will be permitted to go to the designated, supervised area in the building upon arriving at school. Students may also be directed to and required to remain in a designated area at other times during severe weather conditions. The decision to allow students to come in the building at these times will be made by the principal or the principal’s designee. Monitors and teachers will bring children inside during recesses when threatening weather appears. If the temperature with wind chill drops below zero (0) degrees, students are kept inside. Children are encouraged to dress warmly and to wear overshoes or boots. Clothing should be marked clearly on the inside of the item (for safety reasons) with the child’s name or initials.
School Closures: In the event of a serious storm, parents/guardians should listen to local radio stations for the announcement of school closure or access the District’s website at www.acsd1.org. The decision to close schools comes from the Superintendent, in cooperation with contacts throughout the county.
STUDENT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
For parents who…
are concerned about their preschooler’s development.
would like to know how to help their school age child succeed in school.
have questions whether their child has a disability.
know their child has a disability and are looking for appropriate educational services.
What is Child Find?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires school districts to locate and evaluate children between the ages of birth and 21 who may have a disability. This process for locating and evaluating children with these issues is referred to as “Child Find”.
School Age Children: ACSD#1 identifies children five (5) through twenty-one (21) who may have a suspected disability. A parent or staff member may refer a student at their local school by contacting the principal or the Special Services office at (307) 721-4460.
Counseling interventions by School District professionals may be scheduled during the school day. If parents wish for their children to have counseling by a non-School District counselor, they must schedule those appointments outside the school day.
Special Student Services
The School District provides general screening in the areas of hearing, vision, and scoliosis to selected grades each year. Kindergarten screening is conducted prior to the start of school in August. Counseling, school nursing services, and homebound instruction services are accessible depending on need. In addition, special education services are available for qualified students in the areas of instruction, speech and language therapy, social work, psychological services, physical/occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, audiological services, counseling, school nursing services, vision/hearing, and assistive technology/equipment. The District conducts Child Find activities throughout the year. If a parent is concerned about their child’s development, would like to know how to help their school age child succeed, has questions as to whether their child a disability, or knows their child has a disability and is looking for appropriate education services, the Child Find process assists in addressing these concerns. Parents wishing more information about these services and the process by which they can be implemented should contact the Director of Individualized Instructional Programs at (307) 721-4460 or the building principal.
Federally funded Title I remedial reading and math programs are also available in schools qualifying as Title I schools.
The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program serves highly academic/creative students who are selected, based upon indicators of success, for an academic program that practices differentiated instruction, and who could benefit from a full-time program with their peer group. This program will be available to elementary students in grades 3 through 5 who have documented evidence of exceptional abilities through the specific GATE testing criteria. IF deemed appropriate, and after all testing is complete, recommendations for admittance into the GATE Program will be made in order to provide for students of high academic ability and/or potential, providing equal access to culturally different students, students of different economic levels, and students with special needs.
Information about these programs can be obtained from each school office.
In the event that a child is ill or injured and must remain out of school for a period exceeding one week, a program is available whereby a teacher may assist the child in his/her studies at home. More information is available from each school principal.
Personnel in all of our schools make every effort to work cooperatively with parents for the good behavior, positive social growth and well-being of the students. The support of parents/guardians is appreciated. Expectations and consequences may vary slightly among elementary schools. Specific expectations/consequences are listed in individual elementary school handbooks.
Generally, the following will apply:
Discipline procedures may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:
- Student/teacher/monitor conference
- Student/teacher/parent conference
- Student/teacher/principal conference
- Letter or phone call to parents from student, teacher, or principal
- Student/teacher/principal/parent conference
Consequences may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:
- Loss of classroom or other school privileges
- Loss of recess times – including lunch recess
- In-class time before and/or after school
- Letter or phone call to parents from student, teacher, or principal
- Loss of schoolwide privileges
- In-office time before, during, and/or after school
Consequences for more serious offenses may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:
- In-School Suspension: Student is removed from the classroom but stays at school, for a short period of time (up to 2 days).
- Out-of-School Suspension: Student is sent to the ACES Program or home because of a major offense. The suspension can be for 1 to 10 days and determined by the principal.
NOTE: Albany County Expelled and Suspended Student Program (ACES) is aimed at youth who are educationally at risk due to suspension/expulsion. The program will help students stay on track scholastically, while providing support to the family.
- Expulsion from School: Student is entitled to a hearing before the ACSD#1 Board of Education to determine if the expulsion is approved and, if so, the length of expulsion. ACES is a possibility for expelled students.
More serious offenses will include, but not be limited to: Fighting, physical or verbal harassment, bullying, stealing, extortion, willful disobedience, possession or use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol, possession of weapons, fireworks, and vandalism. A Laramie City Ordinance prohibits the throwing of snowballs or rocks inside the city limits. The District will help enforce the ordinance on the school grounds. In the interest of safety, parents/guardians are asked to caution their child against throwing snowballs or other objects. In these cases, children will be sent immediately to the principal. In all cases, consequences are at the discretion of the administration.
Corporal punishment (spanking) shall not be administered to a student. School employees may defend themselves if attacked by a student and may remove a student against his/her will where his/her continued presence endangers, or is extremely disruptive to others.
For further, more detailed information, please ask the principal for a copy of the District’s policy on discipline, suspension, and expulsion from ACSD#1 contained in the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Education on the District’s website at www.acsd1.org.
Dress and Appearance
It is felt that a reasonable manner of dress and appearance on the part of students is conducive to the morale, healthful environment, and educational climate of the students and the school. Students shall be required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness. Clothing worn by students shall be clean, neat, and in good repair. Steel caps, taps, or plates on the shoe soles or heels are not permitted because they mar and cut the floors.
For after-school activities, students will be expected to dress appropriately in accordance with the nature of the activity.
Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community. This policy will be implemented in conjunction with training of staff, including the education of students in partnership with families and community. Employees, in particular, are expected to support the dignity and safety of all members of the school community.
- Albany County School District One (the District) is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. The District prohibits Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying of persons at School.
- This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying but may still be prohibited by other district policies, building, classroom, or other program rules. Some behaviors are simply rude and are characterized by spontaneous, inconsiderate or thoughtless actions or are mean and are normally expressed in anger. However, expressed over time to the same individual or group, it can become Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying.
- “Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying” means any intentional gesture, any intentional electronic communication or any intentional written, verbal or physical act initiated, occurring or received at school that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
- Harming a student physically or emotionally, damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage;
- Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the schools; or
- Creating an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student or group of students through sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive behavior.
- “Retaliation” means and includes any written, verbal or physical action taken against any person who reports, files a complaint, or participates in an investigation regarding harassment, intimidation or bullying.
- “School” includes a classroom or other location on school premises, a school bus or other school-related vehicles, a school bus stop, an activity or event sponsored by a school, whether or not it is held on school premises, and any other program or function where the school is responsible for the child.
- “School Official” is a building level administrator (principal or assistant principal) or his/her designee or a central office administrator (assistant superintendent, director, or manager) or his/her designee.
- Reporting Procedures
- Incident Reporting
Incidents of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying may be reported in any of the manners listed below which will start the incident intake and analysis by a School Official:
- Verbal Reporting: May be made to a School Official, teacher or other employee of the district and needs to be documented on the Incident Report Form (A).
- Written Report: May be completed and submitted to a School Official, teacher or employee of the district using the Incident Report form which is available at any local school building or can be accessed on the district website— www.acsd1.org;
- Anonymous Reporting: May be made by contacting 1-800-78-CRIME; or
- Email Reporting: May be submitted to a School Official, teacher or any employee of the district.
- Reporting Process and Notifications (Incident Analysis)
- Reports should address specific facts, conditions, or circumstances reported to have occurred that may constitute Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying.
- If a report is made to an employee of the district other than a School Official, the district employee shall immediately notify a School Official of the incident reported.
- School Officials will gather any factual information from the reported incident to ensure completion of Incident Intake and Analysis Worksheet (Form C).
- All reports of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying, false reporting, or retaliation for filing a report shall be processed by a School Official.
- A School Official may inform and notify the person who has been reported by the targeted for Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying and his/her parents or guardians of the nature of the report and the process moving forward.
- School staff (other than teachers or principals) shall inform the classroom teacher or school principal when they receive a report of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying. The principal shall keep documentation of all reports and incident analysis relating to Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying. Even if the target refuses to file a report, the School Official must proceed with the process of completing a report and the incident intake and analysis documentation.
- When the School Official, using the FICA and five-point criterion, has gathered and reviewed all factual information listed on the incident report, written statements and completed the Incident intake and analysis worksheet, the determination is made and noted on form C whether the incident is potentially harassment, intimidation or bullying, or falls into the potentially student misbehavior, conflict or misunderstanding.
- When incidents are determined to be potentially harassment, intimidation or bullying, the school official will complete the Complaint of Alleged harassment, intimidation or bullying document (form D) and begin the formal investigative process.
- Investigation Procedures
- Process for Investigations
- Investigations shall be completed using the actions outlined in the Incident Investigation Check List (form E).
- When all items have been completed on the Incident Investigation Check List, the School Official will complete the Bullying and Harassment Investigation Summary Report (form F). The School Official may use Form H (Interview Notes and Guidance) to assist with completing Form F.
- Notification of investigative findings
- When the investigation is completed the School Official shall compile the results of the investigation using the Investigative Findings Form (F1). Appropriate actions shall be outlined under the guidance provided by district policies and procedures as well as the Interventions/Consequences Form F2.
- The School Official will notify all parties separately, outlining the results of the investigation using the Final Resolution of Incident(s) document F3:
- Stated Findings may include:
- Whether the district plans to take corrective action;
- The district does not have adequate evidence to conclude bullying, harassment or intimidations occurred;
iii. The complaint does not meet the definition of bullying, harassment or intimidation; and/or
- The complainant made false accusations and/or the complaint contained false accusations.
- If the School Official determines that bullying, harassment or intimidating has occurred, the School Official shall meet with the student who has bullied, harassed or intimidated and/or his/her parents or guardians to discuss the issues and the meeting will also include a discussion of the corrective actions/consequences which the District intends to impose.
- Corrective measures, discipline and other actions deemed necessary will be instituted as quickly as possible, and the complainant shall be informed in writing when the investigation is complete. Any action and the type of action that should be taken as a result of the investigation and its findings shall be at the discretion of the district.
- Corrective Actions
- The range of corrective actions for a student who bullies, harasses or intimidates will vary depending on the severity and age level of the student(s) involved. All corrective actions taken shall remain at the full discretion of the district and in accordance with district policy and the district’s student handbook.
- A person who is found to have made intentionally false accusations, reports or complaints will face consequences for dishonesty and/or harassment, intimidation or bullying.
VII. Complaint Resolution or Appeal
- If the Complainant reporter or target does not feel that the alleged reported harassment, intimidation, bullying has been investigated and resolved with satisfaction, the Complainant reporter or target may contact the District Superintendent of Schools at 1948 Grand Ave, Laramie, Wyoming. Phone number (307) 721-4400. The Superintendent shall be provided with a complete copies of the incident reports, written statements, intake and analysis worksheet, complaint documentation, investigation checklist summary and findings forms, intervention/consequences document and final resolution documents. The Superintendent shall notify the parties involved of his/her review and any additional information or action taken.
- If the reporter or target does not feel that the reported incident of Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying has been investigated and resolved to their satisfaction by the Superintendent, the person may file a complaint with the Board of Education in accordance with School Board Policy 7002.
VIII. Retaliation or Reprisals
- The district will discipline any and all individuals who retaliate against any victim of bullying or any individual(s) that reports, testifies, assists or participates in any investigation(s) regarding, harassment and/or physical/verbal abuse. Individuals who retaliate against person(s) who reports bullying, harassment and/or physical/verbal abuse will also be disciplined by the district. Retaliation is considered a serious violation, independent of whether the underlying complaint is substantiated. The possible consequences for retaliation are the same or more severe for harassment, intimidation or bullying incidents.
- This policy will be included in district orientation sessions for employees, students and regular volunteers. Staff will be provided information on to recognize and preventing harassment, intimidation or bullying. Staff shall be fully informed of the complaint processes and their roles and responsibilities under this policy and administrative procedures for addressing harassment, intimidation, and bullying. District administrators will be trained in the processes, procedures and documentation of reports involving harassment, intimidation and bullying by a certified trainer (annually).
- Students will be provided with age-appropriate information on the recognition and prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying, and their rights and responsibilities under this and other district policies and rules at student orientation sessions and on other appropriate occasions which may include parents. The district shall include the information contained in this policy in all printed and electronic versions of the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Education of Albany County School District No. 1 and in each school’s and district’s student’s handbook. The policy is accessible on the district’s website at www.acsd1.org. Parents will also be provided appropriate materials on the recognition and prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying including electronically transmitted messages or images.
- Publicity: This policy will be publicized through its publication in Board policies and School and district handbooks, the district website, through staff training, presentations to students, other customary channels of communication and as otherwise specified herein.
- Annual Communication: Form G (LEA Annual Bullying Report) can be used to collect and compile data for reporting annually to the Wyoming Department of Education.
Disclaimer and Liability
- This policy shall not be interpreted to prevent a victim from seeking redress pursuant to any other applicable civil or criminal law. This policy does not create or alter any civil cause of action for monetary damages against any person nor shall it constitute grounds for any claim or motion raised by either the state or defendant in any proceedings, and the defense of immunity shall be retained by the district and may be asserted in any action arising under this act.
- In the event of any ambiguity, this policy should be interpreted in conformity with the Wyoming Safe School Climate Act, W.S. 21-4-311 through 21-4-315.
All personal property should have the name of the owner written on it. This is especially important for student clothing. It is also recommended that students not bring valuable items that may be lost or damaged at school. Items that distract or disturb the learning process are not to be brought to class. Such items include: Cell phones, pagers, CD players, M3 players, Ipods, toys, and any other personal item used as a disruption to learning. If students need to use a cell phone during the school day, they must get permission from the school office. Teachers may confiscate any nuisance items; these items will generally be returned to the student at the end of the day. Students are advised not to have personal items of any value where others have easy access to them. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
The phones in the schools are for school business. Student usage must be limited to only calls that cannot wait until the student returns home. Permission to use the office phones must be received before students are allowed their use. (See also Personal Property.)
Children are asked to bring soft rubber-soled shoes so they may participate in the physical education program and for other activities in the gym. Gym shoes are a precaution against injury.
Breakfast and lunch programs are available for students and staff at all elementary schools. Accounts are maintained by cafeteria staff for each student. Children carrying cold lunches are encouraged to drink milk or juice rather than pop. Milk may be purchased in the lunchroom. Current prices are available from the school office or lunchroom personnel. Free and Reduced Lunch applications are available on the District website under Parent Resources. Paper copies can be obtained at the schools or the Food Service office at 419 South 8th Street, Laramie, WY 82070. Adults may also purchase meals. Parents/Guardians who would like to eat lunch at their child’s school should call the school office before 9:00 a.m. on that day. Any questions should be directed to the School Lunch Director at (307) 721-4482 or the school principal.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, and marital or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-5881 (voice) or (202) 720-7808 (TDD). To file a complaint, write the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20205, or call (202) 720-7327 (voice) or (202) 720-1127 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
School Meal Prices
Breakfast Full Pay = $1.50; Adult = $2.50
Breakfast Reduced = $.30
Lunch Full Pay = $2.65; Adult = $3.90
Lunch Reduced = $.40
Milk & Juice = $.40; Second Entrée = $1.50
No charge for extra fruits & vegetables with the purchase of a meal.
ACSD#1 Food Service payment processing site: https://ecommerce.acsd1.org/xcart/
Food Service Payments
Parents are responsible for keeping a sufficient balance in their student’s lunch accounts if they are on full payment. Payment can be made on the District website, at the Food Service office or with a check sent with the student to school. If individual student account balances reach too large of a deficit balance, a collection process will be initiated and could lead to the account being sent to a local collection agency. Parents in this situation can contact the Food Service office at (307) 721-4482 to set up a payment plan.
Reporting of Student Progress
Philosophy of Reporting to Parents: Since home and school share responsibility for the education of children, accurate information must be communicated between teachers and parents. The formal communication systems used in the elementary schools are the progress reports at the end of the 9th week and 27th week of school, report cards at the end of fall and spring semester, and parent-teacher conferences. These forms of sharing information about a student’s progress are designed to assist in developing a positive relationship between the parents and the teacher so all can work together to enhance every child’s education.
Purpose of Standards-Based Grading
The purpose of standards-based grading is to improve student achievement by focusing instruction on the alignment of curriculum with the essential standards. Standards-based grading and reporting will provide better communication to students, parents, teachers and administrators on what each student knows and is able to do.
Standards-based grading measures the mastery of the learning objectives, or how well students understand the material in class. It is based on a specific set of standards that students need to meet for each grade/content level. Marks are not a comparison of one student to another, but rather a way to measure how well students are doing on grade-level/course level standards. A standards-based approach allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected of students and how to help them be successful in their educational program.
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY ACCESS
ACSD#1 makes a variety of communications and information technologies available to students through computer/network/Internet access. These technologies, when properly used, promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Illegal, unethical or inappropriate use of these technologies can have dramatic consequences, harming the District, its students and its employees. These Responsible Use Guidelines are intended to minimize the likelihood of such harm by educating District students and setting standards which will serve to protect the District. The District firmly believes that digital resources, information and interaction available on the computer/network/Internet far outweigh any disadvantages.
Access to the Internet is provided through the District’s network, and each computer with Internet access and the District’s network systems have filtering devices or software that blocks access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and as determined by the District. Students should not attempt to circumvent the filtering systems and should follow established procedures for requesting access to a site that is blocked and that the user believes should be allowed. These access requests will be reviewed by District personnel.
Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the District’s technology resources by students, employees, and members of the public are not to be considered private. Designated District staff shall be authorized to monitor the District’s technology resources at any time to ensure appropriate use.
The District is not liable for users’ inappropriate use of the District’s technology resources, violations of copyright restrictions or other laws, users’ mistakes or negligence, and costs incurred by users. The District is not responsible for ensuring the availability of the District’s technology.
Detailed information regarding these Student Responsible Use Guidelines for Technology can be obtained by visiting http://www.acsd1.org/technology/procedures/rup. Board of Education policy regarding student access to District technology is contained in policy #3013, Responsible Use Policy, and can be viewed by visiting the District website and clicking on the Board Docs icon from the front page.
All ACSD#1 policies can be found under the Policies tab at: www.boardoarddocs.com/wy/acsd1.