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STUDENT HANDBOOK
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NORTH AIKEN ELEMENTARY

100 Bears Rock Road

Aiken, SC 29801

Phone Number 803-641-2690

Fax Number 803641-2674

 

Elisa Sanders-Pee

espee@aiken.k12.sc.us

Principal

 

Clyde Jobes

cjobes@aiken.k12.sc.us

Assistant Principal

 

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

The faculty and staff North Aiken Elementary School join me in extending our most sincere welcome to the 2013 – 2014 school year.  We are looking forward to an academically successful and rewarding year with you and your child(ren).  During the summer break, the staff has participated in various professional development activities that will offer a new wave of learning and instruction at North Aiken Elementary School.  Innovative strategies will be employed by our teachers to address our 21st Century Learners.

This handbook has been designed to provide important information regarding school policies and procedures.  It is imperative that parents and students read this handbook in addition to the Aiken County Code of Student Conduct handbook.  Open communication between the home and school is vital to the success of our students. Please use this handbook as one of several communication tools. Your input is valuable to us and ask that you join and participate in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  Together, we will reach our desired goals.  We look forward to celebrating the achievements of North Aiken Elementary students with you.

 

Yours in education,

 

Elisa Sanders-Pee

 

Elisa Sanders-Pee

Principal

 

Aiken County Public School School Board Members

Mrs. Rosemary English, Chair                                   Mr. Ray Fleming, Vice Chair

Mr. Tad Barber                                                           Mr. Keith Liner

Mr. Richard Hazen                                                     Mr. Dwight Smith

Mr. John Wesley High                                               Mr. Levi Green

Mr. Ronnie West

 

Advisory Council Members

 

 

School Facts:

Grades:                                   Pre-kindergarten – Fifth Grade

Mascot:                                   Bear

Colors:                                                Blue and Yellow

Total Daily Enrollment:         524

 

 

Vision: The children are the HEART of North Aiken Elementary School supported by reflective and responsive teachers and staff, devoted parents, a supportive school district and a strong community. We work together to provide students with a variety of academic, technological and social experiences. We endow all learned to believe, engage and excel!

 

 

 

 

 

North Aiken Elementary School’s  2013 – 2014 Faculty and Staff

 

Principal – Elisa Sanders-Pee                       Assistant Principal – Clyde Jobes

Guidance Counselor – Kendra Williams      Guidance Counselor – Dr. Robert Johnson

Instructional Coach – Paige Leopard           Instructional Coach -   Catherine Hamilton

 

Pre-kindergarten Teachers                          Kindergarten Teachers

Sonya Corley                                                  Beverly Franklin

Lasonya McCain                                            Pamela Cantrell

                                                                        Melissa Robinson      

                                                                        Gwendolyn Byrd

First Grade Teachers                                    Second Grade Teachers

Melissa Henry                                                Chalise Herrera

Curtis Dawkins                                               Teresa Spann

Tyisha Carter                                                  Kathy Mathis

Zoi James                                                       Shantia Wheeler

Janice Koon                                                    Elizabeth Hiller

Third Grade Teachers                                  Fourth Grade Teachers

Desiree Pernell                                               Quinton McClary

Erin Smith                                                      Jennifer Lee

Yvonne Fogarty                                              Shennika Jackson

Fifth Grade Teachers                                    Specials

Jane Timmerman                                            Amber Quarles

Delories Childs                                               Megan Middleton

Joanna Siders                                                  Alma Finnie

Debbie Freeman                                             Kayatria Jones

Support Teachers                                          Media Specialist

Lynda Green                                                   Susan Moyer

Lisa Caldwallader

Kelly Carter-Glisson                                      Reading Interventionists

Betty Puckett                                                  Cheryl Bennett

Edwina Holman                                              Mary Diggs

 

Title I Student Service Worker                    Building and Grounds Staff

Adrienne Harris                                              Ronald Priester – Building and Grounds Supervisor

                                                                        James Oliphant

                                                                        Marvetta Walker

                                                                        Leroy Williams

Secretary/Bookeeper                                    Secretary

Debora Kelly                                                  Shirley Hayward

 

Attendance Aide/Classroom Aide

Cynthia Brazzell

 

 

 

Cafeteria Staff                                              Instructional Aides

Amy Adriano

Deloise Gordon

Roxanne

Sandra Rosin

Teri Strickland

 

 

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00 AM Students may enter the building.  Students should not be at the school before 7:00.

7:20 AM First Bell, Universal Breakfast served in classrooms and attendance taken.

7:35AM Tardy Bell, Instruction Begins - Students arriving after this time will not receive breakfast.

2:15 PM Dismissal for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students.

2:20 PM Dismissal for second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students.

 

 

There is NO ADULT SUPERVISION BEFORE 7:00 AM. No students are allowed on campus before

7:00 AM. Teachers/Staff who are at school before 7:00 AM are not available to supervise children. There is NO ADULT SUPERVISION AFTER 2:30 PM. Teachers/Staff who are at school after 2:30PM are not available to supervise children.

 

Car riders are to be picked up PROMPTLY between 2:20 and 2:40 PM.  All students who are being picked up by car are to be picked up at the front entrance. NO OTHER PICK UP AREA IS PERMITTED. Parents of children who are picked up by daycare vans/buses must tell the daycare provider to contact Mrs. Sanders-Pee before the pick-up is started.  Any person responsible for picking up student(s) who is continuously late will be subject to referral to the proper city, county, or state authorities. No teachers are “on duty” after 2:30 PM. All car riders must be picked up between 2:20 and 2:40 PM. Parents who arrive late for pick up must report to the office and sign out their child/children.

 

TARDINESS/EARLY DISMISSAL

It is important that students be on time every morning. Your child will be able to start his/her day's activities from the very beginning with the other children.  If a student arrives to school after 7:35, a parent will report to the attendance office with the student. Excessive tardies will be reported to Pupil Personnel Services for possible legal action.  If a student must be dismissed early due to sickness or an emergency, a parent must come into the office and sign him/her out. 

 

SAFETY OF STUDENTS

Personnel at North Aiken WILL NOT release children to persons who are unauthorized. Parents are

encouraged to list on the registration card any persons they think might be sent to pick up a child.

All persons, including parents, may be asked to show identification when signing a child out.

Changes in transportation also require a written note signed by the parent/guardian. Transportation changes

CANNOT be made over the telephone.  Parents who have a change of plans are

encouraged to come to the school office and sign out children by 1:45 PM.

 

NON-PAYMENT OF MONIES OWED

Report cards may be held for the following reasons:

a. Non-payment for amaged or lost textbooks  

b. Damaged or lost library books

c. Damaged or loss of school’s or another students property

d. Merchandise ordered

e. Cafeteria meals

f. Check returned for non-sufficient funds

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS

We will offer a free daily school breakfast program beginning the first day of school for every student. 

Please pay lunch money IN FULL for ONE WEEK AT A TIME on the FIRST DAY OF THE SCHOOL WEEK.  LUNCHES CANNOT BE CHARGED.

Full pay breakfast – $1.60            Full pay lunch – $2.00

Reduced pay breakfast – $0.30     Reduced pay lunch – $0.40

 

Lunch money should be placed in an envelope with student’s name, homeroom teacher’s name, and the words lunch money.  Make checks payable to SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE

 

 

 

PARKING/PICK-UP

Parents are asked to PARK IN A MARKED PARKING PLACE WHEN COMING TO SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. Drop-off and pick-up procedures should be followed during normal delivery and pick-up times.  Drive carefully and please watch for children leaving and entering cars. Phone calls pertaining to changes in transportation will NOT be permitted or accepted. (PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST SEND A NOTE OR COME TO THE SCHOOL.) THIS POLICY PROTECTS YOUR CHILD, YOU, AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL.

 

TRANSPORTATION

School buses are provided by regulation for any student living 1 1/2 miles or more from our school and as a

courtesy for those less than 1 1/2 miles as long as the state approves and funding is available. This does not

apply to special needs students. Students should consider riding a bus as a privilege; however, if rules are not

followed, it is a privilege that can and will be denied. See the School District Policy, JCDAD, Bus Policy, and the district's Code of Student Conduct. Parents MUST send a written note or personally come to the school office (Telephone Calls Will Not Be Accepted) when a student who normally rides a bus is to be picked up by car.  Parents MUST send a note or personally come to the school (no phone calls) if a child is to ride a different bus or get off at a different stop. If you have any questions concerning bus routes, please contact the bus supervisor, at 641-2507 (or Eunice Robinson for Special Programs). The assistant principal handles bus discipline.

 

EMERGENCY DISMISSAL

School bus routes are not adjusted to accommodate early dismissals and/or school closings. Therefore,

buses will complete normal routes delivering students to their usual destinations (bus stops).

*Please remember that in emergency situations when school closes early, your child must know what you expect him/her to do. Be certain you discuss your plan of action so your child knows what to do.  It is difficult for students or teachers to come to the office to telephone for directions.  In the event of an emergency or severe weather parents should listen for/view information from their local media.

 

WAJY (102.7) 641-1027 WRDW (12) 278-3111

WCNA (98.3 FM) 278-0980 WJBF (6) 724-6397

WZNY (105.7) 868-4444 WAGT (26) 826-0039

WVOC AM (560 AM) 772-5840 WIS (10) 799-1010

WBBQ (104.3 FM) 279-7900 WFXG (54) 650-6400

WGUS (102.3 FM) 279-1380 Aiken Standard (Aiken) 648-2311

WFXA (1500 AM) 279-4240 The Star (N. Augusta) 279-2793

WFXA (103.1 FM) 279-2330 Augusta Chronicle (Augusta) 648-8121

WKXC (99 FM) 279-2099 The Post (N. Augusta) 279-1000

WSLT (98 FM) 279-2099

 

HOMEWORK

Homework is an extension of classroom learning experiences and activities. Parents should try to provide the

time, place, and proper atmosphere for the student to complete his/her homework. In many cases, it will be

helpful for the parent to participate by calling out spelling words, drilling on math facts, or listening to the child read. It is most important for the teacher and parent to work together and to impress upon the child the

importance of doing homework for the skill reinforcement and application as well as for the creative and

enrichment opportunities it provides. Parents who are enthusiastic about homework and understand its

purposes find that their children’s achievement in school is enhanced while habits of responsibility, initiative, self discipline, and independence are developed. All children in grades 1-5 are required to record homework

assignments in their agenda.

 

MEDIA CENTER

North Aiken Elementary has an excellent Media Center. We want to encourage our students to take full

advantage of the Media Center and the many opportunities for learning and enrichment it provides. Students are responsible for library books they have checked out and are reminded to bring the library books to school on the day that their class is scheduled to go to the media center. Remember, take care of our books.

 

TELEPHONE

PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT STUDENTS HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION NEEDED BEFORE THEY COME EACH MORNING, INCLUDING THEIR TRANSPORTATION HOME FROM SCHOOL IN THE AFTERNOON. Students are allowed to use the telephone ONLY in an emergency, and students will not be called to the phone for messages.

 

ROOM PARENTS

Two parent volunteers from each class will be asked by each teacher to serve as room parents. Specific

instructions, guidelines, and duties will be given to prospective room parents by the teachers so that they will

know what is expected of them before they volunteer.

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Parents are reminded to notify the school immediately of any change of address or phone number. It is

extremely important to have an up-to-date address and working phone number at the school office. If you move out of our attendance area, you must request in writing, special permission to attend North Aiken.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Money, jewelry, or other valuables will remain in the office until claimed. All other items (clothing, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) may be claimed by reporting to the front office and visiting the lost and found. It is

recommended that parents put name tags in coats and label all private properties.

 

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (P.T.O.)

North Aiken P.T.O. desires to be a very active and supportive group.  The P.T.O. officers will appreciate your help and support. We hope all of you will become members, and will volunteer as much as your time permits.

 

AIKEN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Our North Aiken School Board representative is Ms. Rosemary English and her contact information is as follows:

896 Lincoln Ave. NW

Aiken, S. C. 29801

Phone - 648-1126

 

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL

This committee, required by state law, is made up of parents, teachers, and citizens of the North Aiken

community. The purpose of this group is to give input, set school goals, and prepare a yearly report sent to all

parents in the fall of each year. The categories of membership represent the major groups the school serves.

Please read this report carefully each year. The committee would appreciate your feedback.

 

SCREENING NOTIFICATION - SPEECH/LANGUAGE, HEARING, VISION

This is to notify parents of the screening programs within the Aiken County Public Schools. The areas and

students to be screened include:

 

1. SPEECH/LANGUAGE: All CD and K students, new students, referrals and students for whom re-screening was recommended the previous year.

 

2. HEARING: All CD, K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students, new students, referrals, and high risk students who

have a medical problem associated with hearing impairment or who failed the re-screening the previous year.

 

3. VISION: All CD, K, 3rd, and 5th grade students, new students, and referrals.

Parents will receive a letter if a student is recommended for further evaluation in speech/language or fails the

hearing or vision re-screening.

 

HONOR ROLL

Students will be included on the Honor Roll if they earn an "A" or "B" in ALL subject areas. Students will be on the Principal's Honor Roll if they make all “A”s in ALL subject areas.

 

GRADING SCALE - KINDERGARTEN

In kindergarten a checklist reflecting academic achievement standards shall be used each nine weeks.

 

GRADES 1-5

In grades one through five, numerical grades as specified shall be used to report student progress for

each reporting period. Report cards will reflect the academic achievement standards.  Numerical grades will be used on report cards, transcripts, and permanent records in reading and mathematics for grade one.  Numerical grades will be used in all subject areas for grades two through 12 except as noted in the following paragraphs.

 

  • Meeting standards (MS), making progress towards standards (MPS) and not making progress towards standards (NMP) will be used in art, physical education, and music in grades one through five.  MS, MPS, and NMP will be used in ELA, social studies and science in grade one and handwriting in grades one and two.  Health will be included with science in grades one through five.

 

  • In grades one through five, the ELA grade will be a composite of spelling, English and composition, with reading being a separate grade.  In grades six, seven, and eight, the ELA grade will be a composite of English, reading, and composition.

 

 

 

 

LETTER GRADE/NUMERICAL AVERAGE

A 93-100

B 85-92

C 77-84

D 70-76

F Below 70

 

GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM IN AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

            The Aiken County Public Schools serve identified gifted and talented students according to State Regulation R-43-220 and the policies of the local School Board. Gifted and Talented students are those identified in grades 3-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic or artistic areas.   The Gifted and Talented Educational Program (G/T) serves academically gifted students in grades 3-12 throughout the school year.  Gateway serves artistically gifted students in grades 3-12 in a summer program. 

Academically gifted students qualify for the Gifted and Talented Educational Program if they meet the criteria set forth in the state regulations.  Identification may be appealed to the District Evaluation/Placement Team.  Private testing may be used only for referral purposes according to state regulations, but not for identification.  Parents, teachers and students may make student referrals to the program through the school’s G/T teacher or the school’s guidance counselor at any time during the school year.  To be identified, students must meet two of the following dimensions:

           

Dimension A: Reasoning Abilities.  Students must demonstrate high aptitude (93rd national age percentile or above) in one or more of these areas: verbal/linguistic, quantitative/mathematical, non-verbal, and/or composite of the three.  All students are tested in grade 2 using the CogAT test to measure aptitude in the fall. Students at or above the 96th national age percentile on the composite score receive automatic G/T placement.

           

Dimension B: High Achievement in Reading and/or Mathematical Areas.  Students must demonstrate high achievement (94th national percentile and above or advanced status) in reading and/or math as measured by a nationally normed test, fall MAP testing or South Carolina statewide assessment instruments (PASS Qualifying scores determined each year).  All second grade students are tested during fall testing using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  Students in grades 3-8 are PASS tested yearly in the spring. 

           

Dimension C:  Intellectual/Academic Performance.  Students must demonstrate a high degree of interest in and commitment to academic and/or intellectual pursuits.  Students entering grades 7-12 meet this dimension if they demonstrate a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in language arts, math, science, social studies and foreign language.  Students entering grades 3-6 demonstrate this dimension through a performance task assessment administered to students meeting one of the two Dimensions (A or B) as given above. This performance assessment (STAR) is given in the spring of each year district-wide.

           

Instruction in Gifted and Talented Educational Program classes exceeds the state standards for each grade level.  The resource room model is used in grades 3-7 and the subject-based model is used in grades 8-12.

            Artistically gifted students must apply for the Gateway program during the school year and complete the interview and audition process in the spring.  The summer program serves newly qualified and previously qualified students. Complete information is on the District website.

           

The Aiken County Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic or racial background, religious beliefs, sex, disability, economic or social conditions, alienage, national origin, immigrant status (except as limited or restricted by certain visa qualifications set forth in federal law) or by English-speaking status in, or employment in, its programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Associate Superintendent for Administration (641-2609).

For more information on the Gifted and Talented Educational Program, contact your school principal or King Laurence (641-2453).

 

CHILD ABUSE

Any teacher, nurse, counselor, or other school professional acting in an official capacity who has reason to

believe a child under age 18 has been subjected to or adversely affected by physical, mental, or emotional

abuse/neglect must make a report to the County Department of Social Services or appropriate law enforcement agency in accordance with the SC Child Protection Act of 1977.

 

GUIDANCE SERVICES

Elementary school guidance and counseling concerns itself with helping each child reach his/her full potential as he/she goes through the development process. The elementary school counselors work with the students to

help them build positive self-concepts, effective life skills and successful coping processes in order to better deal with normal developmental problems that they will encounter. The counselors work with children individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. The North Aiken counselors also serve on the School Intervention Team which analyzes school data to make evaluative, instructional, and professional development decisions.

 

HOMEBOUND SERVICES

When it has been determined by a physician that a child will be out of school due to illness or injury for five

or more days, notify the school office immediately. If the child is able to receive homebound teaching service, a homebound teacher can be sent to the home at no cost to the parent.

 

EDUCATIONAL RECORDS – CONFIDENTIALITY (CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS)

Under federal law parents and students have a right to expect the confidentiality of student records.  Educational agencies may act to declare certain aspects of a student’s educational records to be “directory information,” meaning information contained in such records which is not considered to be generally harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  The Aiken County Board of Education has previously determined that “directory information” could be released to third parties upon request, at the discretion of the school principal.  Federal law and regulatory authority allows the release of such information without prior consent subject to certain conditions of pre-disclosure to parents or students.  The purpose of this notice is to meet such pre-disclosure requirements.

 

Under District policy the following information is considered to be releasable:  The student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, subjects of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, date of attendance (on both an annual and daily basis), diplomas and awards received, photographs, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. (Examples of the types of information frequently released include, but are not limited to, Senior Class Listings, Annuals/Yearbooks, Science Fair Winners, Students of the Month, Honor Roll Lists, National Honor Society, athletic event programs, etc.)  A parents or guardian of a student attending Aiken County Public Schools who would prefer that any or all of the information designated above not be released without the parent’s or guardian’s prior consent should so notify the office of the Deputy Superintendent in writing (1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC  29803) no later than August 31, 2012.  If there are any questions, please contact Mr. David M. Caver, Deputy Superintendent at (803) 641-2514.

 

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

According to the District Code of Student Conduct, engaging in sexual harassment of any student, staff member, or visitor, either male or female, on school property or while under the jurisdiction of the school, is considered a violation that is disorderly, disruptive, and/or criminal in nature and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion in certain instances when it occurs while the student is on school property and/or under the jurisdiction of the school, including while riding a school bus.

 

Sexual harassment may be generally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and written, spoken, or physical conduct of sexual nature. Students who feel they may have been subjected to sexual harassment are encouraged to report the matter to a parent and to a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, or any other school official with whom the student feels comfortable.

 

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION-EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

(STUDENT)

The School District is committed to equal opportunity for all of its students and patrons. District programs and

activities shall be free from discrimination based upon race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry,

disability, marital status, sex, age, or any other unlawful consideration. Persons who believe they have been

discriminated against should contact the principal of this school or the School District’s Coordinator for Section 504 concerns, Title IX concerns, and other Civil Rights matters (at (803) 641-2428).

Copies of applicable policies are available upon request. (See Policy JC, and Administrative Rule JC-R; Policy JC-2 and Administrative Rule JC-2R) Office of Program Compliance.

Aiken County School District

100 Brookhaven Drive

Aiken, SC 29803

Phone: 641-2624          Regular Office Hours:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

NORTH AIKEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISCIPLINE PHILOSOPHY

In order for people to learn, live, and work together in a productive, safe environment, appropriate behavior is

necessary. The school system, the school, and each class have established realistic and reasonable guidelines

for all students to follow so that learning can take place without disruption. Parents and students should read and discuss The Aiken County Code of Student Conduct. Please take note that specific guidelines are established for disciplinary action for violation of the rules within the code. Minor problems are handled in a routine manner by the classroom teacher through discussions with the student. Repeated disruptive incidents will be handled by an administrator. In most cases parents will be contacted regarding this. Parent cooperation and understanding is essential. The schools are established for the benefit of all students.

 

The educational purposes of the schools are accomplished best in a climate of student behavior which is socially acceptable and conducive to the learning and teaching process. Student behavior which disrupts this process or which infringes upon the rights of other individuals will not be tolerated. State, district, and school Student Conduct Codes will be strictly enforced by teachers and administrators. Parents of students who have Individual Education Plans (IEP's) are asked to reread any areas or goals relating to behavior. Students who bring weapons on campus are subject to possible arrest and expulsion. Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct Section VI A.1-F for expulsion level offense. Laser pointers, pagers, cell phones, toys which resemble weapons or objects which could inflict harm are prohibited. Students of all ages, and their parents, are expected to know and abide by this policy.

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE

All students at North Aiken are expected to follow district, school, and classroom rules. The district policies for student conduct are described in detail in the Aiken County Code of Student Conduct. All parents and students are required to read the Code of Conduct and return the signed page of acknowledgement. In addition to the district discipline code, all students are expected to follow the school wide rules which are posted in every classroom. Parents, too, are asked to understand and support these rules.

 

NORTH AIKEN SCHOOL RULES

Misconduct is generally handled by the supervising teacher. Teachers describe their classroom rules and

consequences in general information that is sent out at the beginning of the year. If your child enrolls later in the year, please request a copy of the teacher’s discipline plan. More serious violations of the school or district rules are handled by a school administrator.

 

Students will follow directions of all teachers and staff.

Students will not use profanity or offensive language.

Students will not chew gum during school hours.

Students will obey classroom rules.

Students will treat others with respect.

Students will respect the property of others.

Students will behave in a manner that allows the teachers to teach and the students to learn.

*Students will dress appropriately.

Students will resolve conflict in non-violent, non-physical ways.

Students will walk at all times in the building and on sidewalks.

Students will remain quiet as they walk through corridors and hallways.

Students will not bring toys of any kind to school.

Students will not wear hats and sunglasses inside the building.

Students will adhere to the Aiken County Code of Student Conduct.

 

DRESS CODE

Certain types of attire are not appropriate for school.  Students should not wear the following:

  1. Extremely short skirts or skorts (In grades 3,4,and 5 shorts must be at least fingertip length)
  2. Bare midriff shirts, tank tops, halter tops.
  3. Shirts or hats with obscene or inappropriate slogans or pictures.
  4. Pants which do not fit securely at the waist.
  5. Any form of clothing which disrupts student learning.
  6. No spray hair coloring or distracting adornment (ex. Fluorescent hair color).
  7. Flip flops (students may wear sandals as long as their heel is secured to the sole of the shoe with at least one strap).  Students will be required to wear appropriate shoes for physical activities on days they attend physical education class.

*If a student arrives to school dressed in any of the above attire, a parent will be contacted to bring appropriate clothing to the school.  Students arriving to school inappropriately dressed on more than one occasion may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

ABSENCES, EXCUSES, AND STUDENT ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

GRADES K-5: Student attendance will be recorded on a daily basis. To be counted present for the day, a

student must attend at least half of the school day.  When a student returns to school after an absence, a note of explanation from the parent, guardian, physician, or other health provider, must be submitted within five school days. Failure to submit notes for absences within this time period will result in the absence being marked unlawful regardless of reason.  Absences up to ten per year will be considered lawful if the reasons for the absences are defined a lawful according to this policy. The principal will promptly approve or disapprove any absences in excess of five for semester courses to ten per year. All absences, whether lawful or unlawful, are charged against the maximum allowed.  The parent should be notified before the maximum number of absences allowed is reached. The school will maintain on file evidence of notification, e.g., copies of letters sent, records of conference held, etc.

 

Lawful Absences:

1.     Students who are ill and whose attendance would endanger their health or the health of others may

be temporarily excused from attendance. A statement from a physician or other health provider may be

required.

2. Students in whose immediate family there is a serious illness or death may be temporarily excused from attendance. A statement from a physician or other health provider may be required.

3. Students may be excused from attendance for recognized religious holidays of their faith.

4. Students may be excused from attendance for travel or attendance at events that the principal approved as an education experience. Request for approval should be submitted to the principal in writing at least five days in advance.

5. Students may be excused from emergencies as approved by the principal.

6. Other lawful absences are detailed in Policy JBD-R.

7. Chronic, or extended illness, requires a certification of the illness from a physician or other health     provider.

 

The statement must be presented to the school at the time of registration or immediately following the

medical diagnosis. Such statement will become a part of the student’s health file and will be placed in the

permanent record. All absences in excess of ten must be approved by the principal.

 

Unlawful Absences:

An unlawful absence is defined as a student’s willful absence from school without the knowledge of the parents, or a student’s absence from school without an approved reason with or without the knowledge of the parents.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE MEDICINES (JGCD-R) MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOLS

If a student is required to take medication during school hours, and the parent/guardian cannot be at the school

to administer the medication, only the principal or principal's designee will administer the medication in

compliance with the following:

1. The parent/guardian or emergency contact designee is requested to deliver to the school a completed

district medication form and any medication except controlled substances and is required to deliver

controlled substances. All medication must be in the original prescription container labeled with the

following typed information:

a.      student's name

b.     name of medicine

c.      approximate duration of treatment

d.     time to be administered

e.      dosage

f.      date

g.     strength

h.     pharmacy name, address, phone no.

i.       physician’s name

j.       directions for use

 

If, under exceptional circumstances, the parent/guardian is unable to personally deliver the medication to the

school, a note indicating the number of units of medication must be sent with the student and must accompany

the container and the completed district medication form. non-prescriptive (over the counter) medications in the following categories are requested to be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian and must be accompanied by the district medication form completed by the parent/guardian, in the manufacturer's smallest original container available.

a. Analgesics i.e. Tylenol etc,

b. Antihistamines i.e. Benadryl etc,

c. Antitussives i.e. Robitussin, cough drops, etc.

d. Antibacterial Ointments i.e. Bacitracin etc.

e. Antacids i.e. Tums, Gaviscon etc.

 

These will be the ONLY over the counter drugs administered to students with parental permission.

 

1.  Over the counter medications other than those listed in the categories above will require a physician's note.

2. Refilled prescription drugs must be provided in a new container, appropriately labeled. Medication may not

exceed a one-month supply.

3. Any changes in administration of a current prescription medication must be accompanied by a changed

district medication form and a new label indicating the changes. A faxed or hard copy physician's order to

change the administration of a drug may also be accepted by school personnel. These changes may be

indicated on the medication label by crossing out original and writing in new orders with an indelible pen.

Label changes must be initialed by designated individual who makes the change.

4. Students may be given permission to carry and self-administer their medications due to life threatening

conditions. Permission will be granted only after a physician's order is received, i.e. using the District

Medication form, FAY, etc.

5. The school district retains the discretion to reject any request for administration of medicine.

6. A copy of this regulation and the policy may be provided to parent/guardian upon request for administration of medication in the schools.

7. School personnel and employees cannot be responsible for the adequacy of prescribed medications or

medical treatments recommended by physicians or related medical professionals and/or supplied by

pharmacists or other sources outside the school district and therefore, will assume no responsibility for the

effects of such medications or treatments upon students.

 

MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Each morning the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and South Carolina flags are done. The school pledge is recited during morning announcement.  The children also participate in a “moment of silence.”  General announcements are made and students and staff are recognized for special achievements.

 

North Aiken School Pledge

I will try my best and never give up.
I will make good choices and respect everyone.
I will be proud of my school and myself.

 

BEAR PRIDE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY

As an important part of North Aiken Elementary School, we must take pride in the efforts to follow our guidelines for success. The following expectations for behavior have been established to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for each student.

1. RESPECT:  “I will treat every person with dignity.”

2. SELF-CONTROL:  “I will choose to do what is right regardless of my feelings.”

3. SAFETY: “I will promote the well-being of myself and others.”

4. SCHOOL PRIDE:  “My actions will bring honor to North Aiken Elementary School.”

 

The staff at North Aiken Elementary School will help you achieve success by helping you solve problems and by protecting your right to learn. In the classroom, students are expected to follow the teachers classroom rules. Teachers will vary their activities; therefore, each teacher will clearly communicate his/her expectations for behavior and the consequences of breaking school rules depending on the seriousness of the behavior and the students past involvement in the type of behavior. Loss of recess, parent contact, and team isolation are the most common forms of teacher punishment. In-school suspension and out-of-school suspension are the types of punishment issued by the administration depending on the severity of the action.  The provisions of this code apply to conduct during the normal school day, on school owned vehicles, and during school-sponsored activities that take place after normal school hours.  Parents are important partners in ensuring appropriate behavior in the classroom. The administration will make an attempt to contact the parent of every child who is referred to the office for a violation of the Aiken County Student Code of Conduct.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Riding the bus is a PRIVILEGE, which may be revoked. Students are expected to maintain proper school

behavior while riding the bus to and from school or on a field trip. Students who do not behave properly

jeopardize the safety and well being of all the students on the bus. Because bus transportation is considered an

extension of the regular school program, students who violate behavior expectations while riding the bus will be subject to penalties established for misbehavior while students are on the school premises.

In order to make our buses as safe as possible, the following rules must be obeyed:

a.      Always stay seated.

b.     Arms and heads must stay inside the windows at all times.

c.      Unnecessary conversation with the bus driver should be kept to a minimum to avoid distracting the driver.

d.     Yelling, shouting, or loud conversations will not be allowed.

e.      Absolute silence is required at all railroad crossings.

f.      The bus driver is in charge of the bus and students. Students must obey the bus driver.

g.     The driver has the right to assign seats, if necessary, to promote order on the bus.

h.     Eating, drinking, smoking, or animals are not allowed on the bus.

i.       Stand away from the roadway while waiting for the bus.

j.       Walk ten feet in front of the bus and wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the road.

k.     Always be on time. Students who are late for the bus may be left and are responsible for their own

                   transportation at that point.

School and bus rules apply to behavior while waiting for the bus or departing the bus.

 

REMEMBER: BUS RIDING IS A PRIVILEGE.

Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. If, in the event of unusual circumstances, a student

needs to ride home on a different bus, prior WRITTEN permission must be requested. The parent/guardian must send the student to school with a written note explaining the circumstances and a telephone number in which a parent/guardian can be reached. The administration will determine if the need is valid and if there is room on the bus for the student to ride.

 

In the event that a bus breaks down or is running late, students will be kept on the bus and leave only with the

instructions of the bus driver. If parents become concerned and need information concerning a late bus, please

call one of the following phone numbers:

North Aiken Elementary 641-2690

Transportation Supervisor 641-2507

 

A copy of the school-wide expectation matrix will be issued the week of August 19, 2013.  If you do not receive one at that time, please send a note to your child/children’s teacher asking for a complete copy.  Or, you can stop by the office and pick one up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Aiken Parent Resource Directory

Adrienne Harris (Student Services)                                641-2690

Aiken Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Services         649-1900

Aiken/Barnwell Mental Health                                        641-7700

Aiken One Stop(Employment Commission)                   641-7640

Adult Literacy Services                                                    641-2428

ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving)                     642-5919

Autism Support Group                                                    641-5000    

Best Friends Express                                                       648-6493              

Boys & Girls Club                                                            641-4141

Brothers & Sisters Club                                                  641-3888

Boy Scouts                                                                        706-733-5277

Baby Net                                                                          643-4012

Christ Central Ministries                                                 640-1708

Child Find( Evaluation for Pre-school children with learning problems before school age)                                                                      641-2624

Children’s Place                                                               641-4144

City of Aiken Parks/Recreation                                      663-6142

Community Action                                                           648-6836

Cumbee Center(Assist Abused Persons)                        649-0480    

DSS                                                                                   649-1111

Families in Transition                                                       502-0468

First Steps(Preschool Program & Services)                   663-5604

Girl Scouts                                                                        800-997-2472

Golden Harvest Food Bank                                            648-0752    

Goodwill                                                                            279-4601

Health Dept.                                                                     642-1687

Head Start Program                                                        648-6836

School Food Services                                                       641-2518

Transportation (buses) Sharon Harris                           641-2507

 

This directory was compiled by the 2011-2012 Title 1/School Improvement Committee to assist parents in contacting some of the services available throughout Aiken County. This is not a complete list.