Student Handbook

Frank O’Bannon Elementary Student Handbook

Table of Contents

Attendance Policy…………………………………………………….p2

Bus Transportation Policy………………………………………..p4

Cafeteria………………………………………………………………….p5

Cell Phone / Electronic Devices Policy………………………p6

Classroom Visitations……………………………………………….p6

Daily Schedule………………………………………………………….p6

Emergency School Closings………………………………………p6

Extra-Curricular Activities/Athletics…………………………p7

Free / Reduced Lunch & Textbook Fees…………………….p7

Medication……………………………………………………………….p7

Monthly Calendar……………………………………………………..p8

Personal Belongings…………………………………………………p8

Personal Safety ………………………………………………………..p8

School-wide Behavioral Expectations………………………...p9

          Behavior Consequence Rubric…………………………..p12

School Wear Guidelines / Uniformity of Color……………p14

          School Wear Consequence Rubric……………………..p15

Volunteers……………………………………………………………….p15

Winter Recess Policy………………………………………………..p15

Attendance Policy

Regular school attendance is important to a child’s progress in school.  We hope you will make every effort to have your child in school when they are physically able.  If your child is unable to make it to school, please call 989-7360 by 9:30 a.m.  If you call, there is no need to send a note the next day.

Although we would rather have a child be tardy than absent all day, being late also adds up.  We start instructional time at 8:30.  If your child misses the first ten or fifteen minutes of the same subject every day, that learning loss is going to start to add up and your child could end up falling behind academically.  The same is also true for students who continually leave early.

Goal:  Our goal is for every student at O’Bannon Elementary to personally achieve at least a 95% attendance rate (9 or fewer days of absences).  FYI:  If your child is absent on a half day, it counts as a full day absence.

Student Recognition:

Daily:              Classroom teachers and students will be graphing individual attendance in their rooms to keep students aware of how many days they have missed.

Weekly:          Classes with 95% attendance will be recognized on weekly announments.  The class in each grade level with the highest attendance for the week may also be recognized.  Tardies count in the calculation of the class winner.

Trimester:       Students with perfect and 95% attendance will be recognized on the Attendance Wall of Fame in the hallway.  Tardies count in these calculations.

End of Year:  Students with perfect and 95% attendance will be recognized at the end of the year awards ceremony with certificates and medals (perfect attendance).  Tardies count in these calculations.

Consequences for Truancy:

5 absences:  A phone call conference between school personnel and a parent/guardian will occur.

10 absences:            A warning letter will be sent from the school.

15 absences:            An in school conference with the attendance coordinator will be set up to determine the best plan of action to help the child attend school every day.

20 absences:            The school truancy officer will be sent to the home with a warning about prosecution for failure to attend school.

25 absences:            The case will be turned over for prosecution and/or child protective services for academic neglect.

30 absences: The child will be retained in their current grade.

Consequences for Tardies and Leaving Early:

If a pattern develops with a particular student for being tardy to school or leaving early without an excuse, the administration reserves the right to implement consequences.

Late Pick Up

Parents should immediately contact the school to let school personnel know they are running late.  We understand emergencies happen!  However, if a pattern of late pick up develops or a child is left at O’Bannon past 3:00, we have to contact the police department to come pick up the child.  School is dismissed at 2:35 so we expect all children to be picked up by 2:45.  Any time after 2:45 is considered a late pick up.  If you require after school care, please contact the YMCA at 845-1507.

Bus Transportation Policy

(Daily riders and field trips)

Students who ride the bus to and from school or on field trips will be expected to follow the same rules set at school.  They must also obey any additional rules as requested by the bus driver.  The bus experience should be safe at all times.  If a student chooses to not act in the proper manner on the bus, consequences will be assigned by the driver, or the administration at the school.

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rd incident(repeated)

4th incident(repeated)

5thincident(repeated)

Level 1

Yelling, chewing gum, not following driver instructions, teasing, insulting, moving seats, swearing, eating, drinking

Bus write up, verbal warning, Call home, STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

1 inside recess/lunch,

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

1 day bus suspension,

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

3 day bus suspension,

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

5 day bus suspension,

STI

Level 2

Repetitive yelling, Rudeness or disrespect of adult,

Bus write up,

2 inside lunch/recess, Call home, STI

Bus write up,

5 inside lunch/recess,

Call home,

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

5 day bus suspension,

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

10 day bus suspension

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

15 day bus suspension, STI

Level 3

Hitting, pushing, blatant disrespect, threats, throwing objects, damaging the bus

Bus write up, Call home,

5 day bus suspension

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

10 day bus suspension

STI

Bus write up,

Call home,

Bus suspension for remainder of school year, STI

   

Cafeteria / Morning Reading

The O’Bannon cafeteria serves both breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast runs from 7:30 -8:10 and our lunch hours are from 10:45-1:00.  Parents are welcome to come eat with their children after they sign in at the office.  Parents are welcome to stay for their child’s lunch period and sit at a family table, but must leave when it is over for safety and space reasons (we use all of our tables in the cafeteria).

In the morning, students eating breakfast should arrive and pick up a breakfast before sitting down at a table.  Once seated, they should eat their breakfast and dump their tray when they are finished.  Upon finishing, students should line up for morning reading or go to their assigned place in the building.  Should students not follow these procedures, the administration reserves the right to take disciplinary action.

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rd incident(repeated)

4th incident(repeated)

5thincident(repeated)

Other

Roaming around cafeteria, Not following adult directions, Talking back to adults, Showing disrespect

Warning, documented

Office consequence, parent call, documented

Parent call,

5 days breakfast in office, documented

Parent call,

10 days breakfast in office, documented

 

Note: The school administration reserves the right to place a student on probation from the regular breakfast time.

Cell Phone/Electronic Devices Policy

Cell phones are to be put away at all times during the school day.  Students who do not follow this guideline will be disciplined accordingly.

Electronic devices such as ipods, mp3 players, PSPs, DSi and the like are not allowed at school at any time.

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rd incident(repeated)

4th incident(repeated)

5thincident(repeated)

Other

Cell phones out

Phone held by teacher until end of day, parent call, documented

Phone turned in to administration, parent call, documented, Returned to parent only

Phone turned in to administration,

parent call,

5 days inside lunch/recess, STI, Returned to parent only

Phone turned in to administration,

parent call,

10 days inside lunch/recess, STI, Returned to parent after 1 week

 

Classroom Visitations

We welcome your involvement in your child’s education and would love for you to visit their classroom.  We offer two Side by Side visitations a year and many teachers also have special programs throughout the year.  If you would like to visit your child’s classroom at another time, please call or send a note to the teacher in advance.  We do not send unannounced visitors to the classrooms for safety reasons and because it is disruptive to the classroom environment.  Please make arrangements ahead of time so we can maximize your child’s learning time.  Phone calls to the teacher during instructional time will automatically go through to voice mail so that the teacher may give his/her students their full attention.

Daily Schedule

7:30    Breakfast begins – Please do not drop your student off before 7:30 a.m.  They will not be allowed in the building and there is no supervision for them. 

If you require child care before school, please contact the YMCA.

8:20    First bell – Students go to their classrooms.

8:30    Tardy bell – Students must be in their rooms by this time.

2:35    Dismissal

Emergency School Closings

Emergency school closings are announced on the local radio station WJOB (1230 AM).  Please listen to the radio for announcements.

Extra-Curricular Activities

O’Bannon Elementary School offers a variety of extra-curricular activities each year.  Students selected to participate in these activities represent the school, their families and the community.  It is expected that students will show respect for others they interact with through their specific extra-curricular activity.  Sponsors for all activities will communicate practice and rehearsal times with parents as well as activity expectations.  It is a privilege to represent O’Bannon Elementary School on an after school team/club. 

Academics are the priority at O’Bannon Elementary.  Students should focus on learning and homework before anything else.  With this in mind, coaches/extra-curricular activity adult sponsors will check grades of all participants.  Students with D’s and F’s on their report card will not be allowed the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities.  Coaches will check grades at report card times and progress report times.  If students have D’s or F’s at either of these times, they will be removed from the team/activity and placed on academic probation.  The student will then have the opportunity to improve their grades and return to the team at a later date.

Should a student not fulfill his/her obligation to the team/club by breaking rules set forth, consequences have been set in place.

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rd incident(repeated)

4th incident(repeated)

 

Extra-curricular activities

Poor sportsmanship, Disrespecting others, Frequent unexcused absences from activity

Warning, parent contacted if necessary

Strike 1:

Student sits out of activity (practice/ game), parent contacted

Strike 2:

Students sit out of two days of activity (practice/ game), parent contacted

Strike 3: Student permanently removed from extra-curricular activity

 

Free and Reduced Lunch/Textbook Fees

Free and reduced lunch forms must be filled out at the beginning of the school year.  They are due by September 19th.  This also covers textbook rental fees but may not cover additional fees determined by the School City of Hammond.  If you do not qualify for free or reduced lunch, there is a textbook rental fee that you must pay.  You may take care of this in the main office.  Please take good care of the textbooks.  Parents/guardians are held liable for lost books or any damage a student may cause to a textbook.  A fee will be assessed for missing and/or damaged books.

Medication

When a student requires a prescription drug to be taken during school hours, signed authorization from the physician is required with the following information: child’s name, medication dosage, times to be given, and period of time the medication is to continue.  Please be sure to obtain this form from your physician.  All local physicians have these forms in their offices.  All medication must be kept in the nurse’s office and be administered by the nurse or other office personnel.  This regulation is in compliance with state law.  All medication left at school at the end of the year will be disposed.

Monthly Calendar

A calendar will be sent home monthly with each student highlighting events for the current month.  Included on the calendar are extracurricular meeting times, special events, PTA meetings, and parent meetings.  Extra copies are available in the school office.

Personal Belongings

(Money, Electronics, Cell phones)

Excessive money or articles of value are not to be brought to school.  We are not responsible for lost, broken or stolen items.  Personal belongings should be clearly marked for quick identification.  Please try to write your child’s name on his/her jackets, sweaters, shoes, hats, etc.  Lost and found articles will be located in a container near the main entrance.

Chewing gum is not allowed in the building or on the school grounds.  Toys, video games, headphones, personal electronic devices, etc. should not be brought to school unless the teacher or principal gives the student written permission.  Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the school day or they can be confiscated.

Personal Safety

Tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or anything that resembles these items are not permitted.  Possession of such items may result in a suspension or expulsion from school.  Laser beams, knives, lighters, matches, guns, caps, bullets, or explosives of any type are not allowed on school premises.  This includes toys or anything that even resembles these items.  The items will be confiscated and the parents will be notified.  Depending on the items involved, the legal authorities will be contacted and intervene.  Possession of such items may result in a suspension and/or expulsion from school and/or criminal charges.

Schoolwide Behavioral Expectations

Indoor Recess

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 2
  • Follow directions of all staff members
  • Have polite conversations

Be Responsible

  • Choose an activity
  • Take care of materials

Be Safe

  • Walk
  • Keep hands and feet to self

Office

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 2
  • Sit in the chairs appropriately
  • Wait patiently
  • Follow directions of office staff

Be Responsible

  • Use phone for emergencies only

Be Safe

  • Don’t open outside office doors

Hallway

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 0
  • Follow all adult directions
  • Enjoy other students’ work on bulletin boards without touching

Be Responsible

  • Walk in a straight line on the right side of the hallway
  • Use proper routes to and from destinations

Be Safe

  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Only use the elevator with a teacher

Fire Drill

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 0

Be Responsible

  • Turn off lights when exiting classroom
  • When outside, listen for directions or re-entry signal

Be Safe

  • Stay with your class
  • Walk in a single file line towards your assigned exit
  • Keep hands and feet to self

Bathroom

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 0/1
  • Take turns
  • Use bathroom in a timely fashion

Be Responsible

  • Make sure toilet seats are clean and flushed when done
  • Report messes immediately
  • Use the proper amount of soap and paper products
  • Dispose of paper products properly

Be Safe

  • Walk safely in the bathroom
  • Make sure the light is on
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap

Assembly

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 0
  • Your eyes should be on the speaker
  • Applaud appropriately
  • Sit on your pockets so others behind you can see

Be Responsible

  • Participate when asked
  • Sit with your class

Be Safe

  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Walk in and out of the gym in an orderly fashion

Playground

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 4
  • Be kind, assertive and polite
  • Share the equipment

Be Responsible

  • Line up when whistle is blown
  • Stay within the playground area
  • Report conflicts to recess aides

Be Safe

  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Use equipment appropriately

Classroom

Be Respectful

  • Voice Levels 0-3
  • Listen
  • Follow teacher directions the first time
  • Ask permission to use others’ supplies
  • Respect others’ property
  • Wait patiently

Be Responsible

  • Come to school on time
  • Come to school prepared
  • Stay focused and on task
  • Ask for help when you need it

Be Safe

  • Walk
  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Enter and exit calmly

Cafeteria

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 2
  • Use your manners – say excuse me, please and thank you
  • Keep food on your tray and in your mouth

Be Responsible

  • Clean up your table, your chair and the floor beneath you
  • Find your own card and hold onto it

Be Safe

  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Sit during mealtime at the tables
  • Walk through the cafeteria in designated areas

Tornado Drill

Be Respectful

  • Voice Level 0

Be Responsible

  • Listen for important directions

Be Safe

  • Walk quickly to your proper position
  • Keep your head down and covered with a book

Behavior Consequence Rubric

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rd incident(repeated)

4th incident(repeated)

5thincident(repeated)

Level 1

Classroom

Chewing gum, off task behavior, level 1 swearing

Verbal warning, document

Call home,

class consequence, document

Call home,

class consequence,  document

Call home,

class consequence, document

Move to level 2

Level 1

Office

Teasing,

Insulting,

Being hurtful to others

Verbal warning,

parent letter,

 STI

Student calls parent,

1 inside lunch/recess, Letter to parent to sign if no answer,

 STI

2 inside lunch/recess, student calls parent, STI

3 inside lunch/recess, student calls parent, STI

5 inside lunch/recess, student calls parent, STI

Level 2

Classroom

Rudeness or disrespect of staff, Disruptive in class, Not completing required assignments, Leaving without permission, level 2 swearing

Call home, class consequence, document

Call home,

Class consequence, document

Call home,

Sent to office,

1 week no specials, STI

Call home,

Sent to office,

1 day ICBM, STI

Behavior plan developed with teacher, student, parent & school official

Level 2

Classroom

Send to office

Repetitive non-compliance

Sent to office,

Call home,

1 inside lunch/recess, STI

Sent to office,

Call home, 3 inside lunch/recess, STI

Sent to office,

Call home,

1 week no specials, STI

Sent to office,

Call home,

1 day ICBM, STI

Behavior plan developed with teacher, student, parent & school official

Level 2

Office

Hitting, pushing, slapping, grabbing

1 inside lunch/recess, student calls parent, STI

3 inside lunch/recess, student calls parent, STI

5 inside lunch/recess, 1 week no specials, student calls parent,

STI

I day ICBM,

Student calls parent, STI

Behavior plan developed with teacher, student, parent & school official

Level 3

Classroom behaviors

Send to Office

Putting self or others at risk, Repetitive class disruption, Blatant disrespect of staff, level 3 swearing

Sent to office,

Call home,

2 day ICBM,

STI

Sent to office,

Call home,

3 day ICBM, STI

Sent to office,

Call home,

1 day out of school suspension, STI

Sent to office, Multiple day out of school suspension,

Behavior plan developed with teacher, student, parent & school official, STI

 

Level 3

Office

Severe hitting, threats of violence, severe harassment

5 inside lunch/recess,

 1 week no specials, student calls parent, STI

10 inside lunch/recess,

2 weeks no specials, student calls parent, STI

3 days out of school suspension, , student calls parent, STI

Multiple day out of school suspension,

Behavior plan developed with teacher, student, parent & school official, STI

 

Level 4

Office

Severe Behavior (fighting, aggression, weapons, theft)

STI, Administration determines consequences

       

Notes: Students in kindergarten and 1st grade may repeat first incident column consequences.  These teachers may use more immediate brief consequences.  Behaviors that lead to administrative determination will result in each an in school or out of school suspension.  Administration reserves the right to modify the consequence based on the behavior.

Out of School Suspension for Elementary students can be up to 10 days.  Students who are on an Individual Education Plan through Special Education Services must have a Manifestation of the Individual Education Plan meeting before the tenth day of total suspensions for a given school year.

In School (ICBM) and Out of School Suspension do become part of a child’s permanent record.

School Wear Guidelines/ Uniformity of Color Policy

General guidelines:

• All clothing must be of appropriate size and fit neatly

• Tops must be tucked in and stay tucked when arms are raised

• No hats, caps, scarves, gloves, sweatbands, or sunglasses

• No chains (non-jewelry) or chain wallets or belts, studded bracelets or collars

• Clothing that is distressed or has holes or rips is not to be worn

• Articles of apparel, clothing, or accessories that present a hazard to the individual, other people or property will not be permitted

• Due to safety concerns clothing that is too long, flip-flop sandals, or high platform shoes will not be permitted

Shirts and Tops

• Must be solid white, light or navy blue collared polo or dress style only

• Only elementary school students have the color “red” in their school wear policy.

• Shirts must have sleeves, no holes, rips or tears

• No writing or logos are permitted, except approved SCH spirit wear

• All tops should be of an appropriate size and fit; no form-fitting or long, baggy shirts will be permitted

• Tops open lower than the collar bone are not permitted

• Any material that is sheer or lightweight enough to be seen through will not be permitted

Sweaters /Sweatshirts:

• Solid Cardigan (button or zip) and crew neck sweaters, pullovers and sweatshirts are permitted in white, navy or light blue; No clothing with hoods, no writing or logos except approved SCH spirit wear

Pants / Slacks / Shorts / Capris / Skorts

• Must be solid color of navy or khaki, no denim

• Garments designed with belt loops must be belted at the waist

• Shorts, skirts and skorts must be no shorter than 3” above knee

• Bottoms made of stretch knits, spandex, flannel, denim or fleece such as sweatpants, jogging pants, or any type of athletic clothing are not permitted

• Baggy, saggy, long, or form-fitting pants are not permitted

Skirts / Dresses / Jumpers:

• Must be a solid color of navy or khaki and meet all other school wear guidelines

• All dresses must also meet the requirements listed above under tops

Shoes:

• Shoes designed to be worn outside the home

• Shoes must be tied and shoes with velcro closures must be secured at all times as designed

• Flip flops, slippers and high platform shoes are not allowed

Uniforms are expected to be worn every day unless there is a special event designated in the school or the students have earned a day without their uniform. 

School Wear Consequence Rubric

 

Behavior

1st incident

2nd incident(repeated)

3rdincident(repeated)

4thincident(repeated)

5th

incident (repeated)

Other

Not following guidelines for uniformity of color (wrong color, type of clothing,

Written warning sent home by teacher, documented

Written warning sent home by teacher, temporary uniform issued if available, documented

Call home, 1 after school detention, STI

Student sent to office, Call home, Student waits in office until proper clothing is dropped off by parent, STI

Student sent to office, Call home, 1 day ICBM, STI

Volunteers

We welcome volunteers at O’Bannon.  To find out about opportunities to help out in the school, please contact either Debbie DiAnni, our family involvement coordinator, or Roger Tyderek, our PTA president at 989-7360.  We expect our volunteers to respect our school rules and dress appropriately.  We have a separate volunteer handbook/policy available for parents.  In order to volunteer in the School City of Hammond, all interested parties need to fill out a background check every year.  We understand that sometimes you may need to bring in younger children while you are volunteering.  However, please understand that for the safety of our students, not all volunteer activities will be available to you.  For example, younger children will not be allowed in the classrooms or on the playground during the school day. 

Winter Recess Policy

Students should come prepared for going outdoors in cold weather.  Coats, hats, mittens, and scarves are often necessary.  Children are never sent outdoors when the weather is in the extreme cold range with a temperature or wind chill below 20 degrees.

Note: The school administration reserves the right to modify the behavior consequences rubrics and the content of this document at any time.