2018 - 2019 School Year
For Students and Parents
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):
This letter is in compliance with provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to inform you that, because your child’s school receives Title I funding, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s). Specifically included is your right to know:
Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which
State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and field of discipline for the certification or degree.
Whether your child is provided services by para-professionals and, if so, their qualifications. Should you wish to exercise your right to obtain the above information about your child’s
teacher, please contact the office of the Superintendent of Elba Central School in writing at the following address to place your request:
Ned Dale, Superintendent
Elba Central School District
- O. Box 370
57 South Main Street
Elba, NY 14058-0370
The Elba Central School District continues to make every effort to employ highly-qualified teachers to instruct your child. Should you have any questions or concerns about the information above, please do not hesitate to contact us at (585) 757-9967, ext. 2150 (Mrs. Rosales) ext.
1601 (Miss Bush). Sincerely,
Gretchen Rosales, JSHS Principal
Carol Bush, Elementary Principal
On the opening day of school, your child was given this student handbook for Elba Central School that contains the Code of Conduct for all persons while on the school campus and at any school-sponsored event.
A copy of the Student Handbook is also available in the Library Media Center, in the District, High School and Elementary Offices. If you would like an additional copy, one can be mailed to you upon request.
It is important that students know what is expected of them and that parents support proper student conduct so that all our children can meet the educational challenges which lie ahead of them and are prepared to be good citizens in our community.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 757-9967, ext. 2150 (Mrs. Rosales) or ext. 1601 (Miss Bush).
Thank you. Sincerely,
Gretchen Rosales, JSHS Principal
Carol Bush, Elementary Principal
ELBA CENTRAL SCHOOL
57 South Main Street
- O. Box 370
Elba, NY 14058-0370
57th EDITION SCHOOL YEAR 2018-19
BOARD OF EDUCATION
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Augello Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candy Bezon Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Hare, Michael Riner, Joanne Soules, Travis Torrey, Trisha Werth Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Harris Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Lisa Penna Physician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Alan Barcomb Tax Collector. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Amy Stucko Auditor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Wager, CPA, PC Depository . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JP Morgan Chase Bank, Wilmington Trust and M & T Bank Attendance Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Byrnes Newspaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batavia Daily News Radio Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WBTA Regular Meeting Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Adjourned Meeting Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fourth Monday, 7:00 p.m.
This manual was originally prepared by the members of the Problems of American Democracy Class of 1960
Cover Design - Patricia Burr
Acceptable Use Policy for Student Internet Use
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Policy
inside back cover
Board of Education Members
Bus Safety Rules
Classroom Placement Procedure
Code of Conduct
Course Selection Credit
Course Drop Policy
Disclosure of Directory Information & Information to Military Recruiters
Dismissal – Elementary Students
Elections, Clubs & Class
Electronic Recording Devices
Emergency Closings or Delayed Openings
Exemption from Final Examinations
Failed Courses, 9-12
Field Trip Chaperones
Food Items to School
Hats (wearing in school building)
Honor Guidelines for Grades 4-6
Honor Roll (Grades 7-12)
In-line Skate and Skateboard Rules
Lost & Found
Lunch Time Regulations
Marking Report Periods (high school)
Marking Report Periods (elementary)
Motor Vehicle Rules
National Honor Society
Nine-Period-Day Bell Schedule
Non-School Related Activities
Permission to Leave School Grounds
Promotion & Retention Policy (K-6)
Public Displays of Affection
Recognition for Effort
Regents Exam and Passing a Course
Report Cards – Elementary
Report Cards – Secondary
Rules for Assemblies
Rules for Dances
Rules for Participation in the Jr.-Sr. Prom
Rules for Performances
Rules for Spectators at Athletic Events
Rules of Behavior at Commencement Exercises
Smoking & Tobacco Products
Student Advisory Council
Student Driving to BOCES
Student Driving to School
Student Service Staff
Student Volunteer Fire Fighters/Rescue Squad
Study Hall Rules of Procedure
Title IX Officer
Toys, Collecting Cards and Games
Working Papers Application
The school may be reached by telephone during school hours at 757-9967.
Building Elba School Together (B.E.S.T.) – President is Mrs. Mercy Caparco – phone # 797-4597
Office hours for the Elba Central School District Office are as follows:
School Year - 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Winter & Spring Recesses - 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Summer Recess - 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
STUDENT SERVICES STAFF
Mrs. Kelly Carlie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-6 Guidance Mrs. Alison Riner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-12 Guidance Mrs. Jennifer Manley. . . . . . . . . . . School Nurse
Mrs. Lisa Crnkovich . . . . . . . . . . . . School Lunch Contact
Mrs. Nicole Kohlstaedt . . . . . . . . . . School Psychologist
Mrs. Pamela Pedro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elementary/CSE Secretary
Mrs. Lisa Penna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .District Treasurer
Mrs. Bonnie Reigle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secondary Secretary
Mrs. Amy Stucko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .District Office Receptionist
Mrs. Candy Bezon . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accounts Payable/Health Insurance
Mrs. Donna Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary to Superintendent/District Clerk
TITLE IX OFFICER
The Elba Central School District advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including vocation education opportunities, with- out regard to age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or sex.
Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy and copies of the grievance procedure for the prompt resolution of complaints may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator and High School Principal, Elba Central School, P.O. Box 370, Elba, NY 14058-0370. Phone (585) 757-9967.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS OR DELAYED OPENINGS
When it is necessary to close school prior to the normal opening time or to delay the opening of school due to inclement weather or for any other reason, the following radio stations will be called and informed:
-Batavia - WBTA (1490)
The school also utilizes a program to notify parents/guardians of emergency closings or delays.
NINE-PERIOD-DAY BELL SCHEDULE
1 7:40 – 8:27
2 8:30 – 9:14
3 9:17 – 10:01
4 10:04 – 10:48
5 10:51 – 11:35
6 11:38 – 12:22 (Class)
12:38 – 12:08 (Lunch)
7 12:11 – 12:55 (Class)
12:25 – 12:55 (Lunch)
8 12:58 – 1:42
9 1:45 – 2:29
Activity 2:32 – 3:10
DISCLOSURE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION AND INFORMATION TO MILITARY RECRUITER
Directory information will be disclosed by the Elba Central School District without the consent of the parents of a student, or a student over the age of 18, in the circumstances set forth below. The District has
designated the following information contained in student educational records as directory information:
-parent or guardian name;
-student name, date and place of birth;
-student grade level;
-student major field of study;
-student participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
-student height, if member of an athletic team;
-student dates of attendance in this District;
-student degrees and awards received;
-student’s most recently attended previous educational agency/institution;
-student photograph, image or likeness.
The District may disclose directory information in official school publications and on its website. Other than these uses, it will disclose directory information only to Board of Education approved media and student support organizations. Directory information will be disclosed in these circumstances only after the information is requested in writing by a representative of the approved organization and upon the written assurance that such information will not be further disclosed or used for any commercial purpose.
Directory information will not be disclosed to any other person or organization without the express written consent of the parent/guardian of the student, or a student over the age of 18. The superintendent is authorized to make all decisions regarding disclosure.
Federal Law also requires the District to provide military recruiters with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students.
The parents/guardians of students, and students over the age of 18, may file a written request with the
Superintendent of Schools indicating they do not want any or all of this information to be disclosed without their express consent. Such a request must be in writing and specifically indicate what type of the above-listed information which should not be disclosed without advance consent. Upon the receipt of any such written request, the specified information pertaining to the applicable student will not be disclosed without express advance consent.
Good study habits are important. There is no easy, universal formula by which they can be acquired.
They must be learned through constant effort and experience. You can develop effective study skills and techniques if you:
-Budget your time to have some freetime for social activities.
-Plan and arrange a regular uninterrupted study time each day.
-Select or provide a quiet well-lit place for study away from family activities and interruptions.
-See that you have a table or a desk and straight chair for writing, with pencils, ruler, pen and a dictionary at hand.
Use the activity period during the school day to get help from your teacher(s).
We believe that homework enriches the program. It develops a sense of responsibility and self- reliance. It gives students individual practice in work habits, study skills and study habits. It should be done on time to be effective and should represent the best kind of work that students are able to do. Homework is examined and marked regularly and reflects itself in the mark which appears on the report card in each subject area.
Textbooks are issued to all students at Elba Central School free of charge. Though it is expected that the books will wear out in time, they should be returned at the end of the school year in reasonably good condition or a charge for damage will be made. A charge will also be made if a textbook is lost or damaged.
DISMISSAL – ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Parents/Guardians of students in Grades K-4 are asked to park in the Elementary lot and come in
through the Elementary entrance to sign their child/children out with an adult who will be stationed at that entrance. Please bring photo I.D. with you as you may be asked to show identification. Students in Grades 5-6 and walkers are dismissed at the North doors.
Education Law: The compulsory attendance law requires that all children in New York State between the ages of 6 and 16, in proper mental and physical condition, shall receive full time instruction every day that school is in regular session. The length of the Elba Central School day is as follows:
Grades K-12 7:40 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Students may be legally absent from attendance for only the following reasons:
- personal illness
- illness or death in the family
- authorized visits to college
- course related job interviews, cooperative work programs and approved career exploration.
- military obligations
- medical appointments
- religious observances
- required court appearances
- weather conditions or impassable roads that prevent travel
- reasons approved by the NYS Commissioner of Education
These legal excused absences do require proper notification and/or verification. The absences, however, must still be counted as absences for the purposes of this policy. All work must be made-up and used for grading purposes at full value.
All other absences are illegal. These absences will also be counted for the purposes of this policy. If the absence is illegal, the teacher may deny the opportunity for the student to do make-up work. The teacher also has the right to assign alternative make-up work. Students who are illegally absent from school are also subject to disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Discipline Code.
Excused Absences and/or Early Dismissals: Students are required to present to the health office a note signed by the person in parental relationship that explains the reason for their absence or early dismissal when they return to class following an absence. If the absence is legally excused, the students will be given an opportunity to make up tests, homework or other missing assignments during activity period or other time at the convenience of the teacher. Students must make up missed work and are responsible for meeting with the teacher and setting an acceptable schedule for completing the assignments. Generally, the assignments should be made up within the timeframe for which they were absent. Failure to meet the agreed schedule will result in the teacher denying any further opportunity to make up the work.
An unexcused absence shall be one that is illegal and/or in which the student has failed to provide the health office with a written note, signed by the person in parental relationship that explains the reason for their absence when they return to class following an absence. An early dismissal would be unexcused if the reason for the dismissal is illegal and/or the student fails to
present to the health office a note, signed by the person in parental relationship, prior to the early
dismissal explaining the reason for release from class. Examples are vacations, babysitting, hunting, shopping, visiting relatives and friends and other such absences of a capricious or arbitrary nature. Any student with an unexcused absence from school is ineligible to participate in any after school curricular or extra-curricular activity, including rehearsals, practices and athletic events the day of the absence.
Excused lateness to school shall be one that the reason is legal and in which the student provides the health office a written note, signed by the person in parental relationship; that explains the reason for their lateness when they arrive at school. Students must check in the health office before going
Excused lateness to class shall be one where the student provides a written hall pass signed by
the teacher or staff member causing the lateness to the next class. The student will have three minutes from the time written on the pass to arrive in class.
Unexcused lateness to school is when the reason for being late is illegal or when the student fails to provide the health office a written note, signed by the person in parental relationship; that explains the reason for their lateness when they arrive at school. Students must check in at the health office before going to class. Examples of unexcused lateness are: overslept, car broke down, alarm clock didn’t go off and other such lateness of a capricious or arbitrary nature.
Unexcused lateness to class is when a secondary student cannot or does not provide a written hall pass signed by a teacher or staff member. The student is then listed for having one late pass; three late passes causes a secondary student to be assigned to detention. Any secondary student more than ten minutes late to class is assigned a cut class.
Strategies to Accomplish Objective
The principal will discuss attendance issues with students during orientation and other appropriate student meetings. The principals will discuss attendance issues with parents at Open House meetings.
The principal will discuss attendance issues with parents during parent conferences as prescribed for intervention and in parental notifications.
The principal will use outside agency programs such as S.T.A.R. and PINS to help correct attendance problems caused by unexcused absences and lateness.
The principal will use school -prescribed consequences to deal with attendance problems caused by unexcused absences and lateness.
Awards and recognition will be used as incentives to help improve student attendance.
Teachers will convey attendance information to parents via telephone communication, student report cards and interim progress reports.
Warning notices will be sent to high school parents when students are absent 50% and again at 75%
of the allowable limit in a class, and when they have lost credit in a class.
Teachers will reinforce the concept that attendance and success in school are directly related.
The Board of Education and community will provide the resources to pilot incentives for improved student attendance.
Minimum Attendance for a High School Student to Receive Course Credit
High school students must attend a minimum of 85% of each of their scheduled classes or credit
with be withheld. Students in full year courses will be limited to 28 class absences. Students in courses that met every other day all year are limited to 14 for the course, as are half-year courses.
The principal will have discretionary authority to modify the parameters of the policy when extraordinary circumstances exist. For example, a student who successfully completes a course of approved alternative instruction, usually as a result of extended absence caused by illness, injury or hospitalization, is eligible to receive credit. In this case, the alternative instruction, usually under the supervision of a tutor provided by the school for an extended medical condition, fulfills the requirement for class attendance. If an extended or chronic medical condition exists, the parent or guardian must contact the principal at the time such a condition is discovered to make arrangements for alternative instruction.
The person in parental relationship to the student will be notified in writing when a student has been absent 50% and again at 75% of the allowable limit in a class when they have lost credit in a class. Such notices will include specific intervention strategies to be employed to avoid the denial of credit.
Incentives and Sanctions to Improve Attendance. The following incentives will be used to encourage improved student attendance:
-Annual Attendance Award Certificates – 96% (miss 9 or fewer days)
-Annual 100% Attendance BOCES Program Awards
-Attendance Honor List – prepared and posted every 10 weeks – 100% attendance
Disciplinary Sanctions to Discourage Unexcused Student Attendance. The following consequences will be used to discourage poor attendance:
-Unexcused lateness to school results in detention each occurrence after the third time.
-Unexcused lateness to class results in detention every third occurrence.
-Unexcused lateness to class over ten minutes into the class will result in detention.
-Missing or leaving school without permission will result in one detention for each period missed on a first offense; in-school suspension on a second offense; suspension for insubordination on a third offense and a hearing will be held.
-Skipping detention will result in a detention make-up on a first offence; consequences increase on any subsequent cuts.
-Lateness to class can be disruptive and may result in assigned detention.
-High school students not achieving 85% attendance will lose credit in the class.
-Student drivers may lose parking privileges grounds if they are excessively late to school.
-Students may be placed on ineligibility for poor attendance.
-High school students not attaining credit in required courses will either take them in summer school or repeat them.
Persons in the parental relationship to an elementary student will be notified by the guidance counselor or principal should a student accrue fourteen absences and a conference will be scheduled to discuss attendance issues.
Persons in the parental relationship to a secondary student will be notified by the guidance counselor or principal should a student accrue half the allowable absences for a class (7 for a half credit class and 14 for a one credit class). A second notification will be made should a secondary student accrue three-fourths of the allowable absences for a class (10 for a half credit class and 21 for
a one credit class) and must attend a parent/principal conference. The notification will indicate
specific intervention strategies to be used to avoid the loss of credit.
Students and parents who have questions about attendance status should contact the principal. Should a student exceed the 15% absentee rate for a course, parents will receive written notification of denial of credit. A student exceeding the absence limit will be required to remain enrolled in the course on a “not for credit” basis and complete all assigned work. The student will not take exams or have assignments graded in any way. Studentsmustremaininthe“notforcredit”courseinorderto qualify for attendance at summer school.
Process to Develop Specific Intervention Strategies
When a parental notification form is required for secondary students, the teacher and guidance counselor will confer and determine appropriate specific intervention strategies that may be employed to avoid the loss of credit in a class. Prior to that conference, the teacher will have discussed the attendance problem with the student.
District Attendance Records
The person responsible for the review of student attendance records will be the person appointed by the Board of Education as attendance officer of the District.
HEALTH OFFICE SERVICES
The Health Office is open during the school day, with a school nurse and health assistant available.
ATTENDANCE: Please call us at 757-9967 extension 1240 if your child will be absent or tardy. You can leave a message any time of day or night. These phone messages are checked every morning and throughout the day. If your child is marked absent an automatic all call will be sent by the computer to a parental phone number. If we do not get a call back the Health Office will call you to see why your child is not in school. This is done for the safety of your child. She may offer suggestions for care of the student, cooperating with family and the family physician.
When your child returns to school after an absence, a written excuse is sincerely appreciated. In the note, please state the date of the absence, your child’s name, and the reason for the absence. A personal telephone call or an e-mail to the Health Office from the parent/guardian may also be recorded as an excuse. If your child is tardy, please sign your child in at the Health Office. They will receive a pass to enter their class. If your child will be dismissed early for any reason, please send a note stating the child’s name, time, who will be picking your child up, and the reason for the early departure. Also be sure to sign them out in the Health Office for any early departure. Elementary students need to be picked up at the district office by a parent/guardian. High School students can meet the parent or guardian outside. Following through with these attendance procedures helps us to maintain the safest environment for your child.
Parents are urged not to send ill students to school. Please remember the following for keeping your child home from school:
-fever free for 24 hours without any fever reducer medications
-fever of 100 degrees or greater
-frequent, hard cough or chest congestion (controlled with medications)
-sleepy from an illness
-ear pain and/or drainage from the ear
-large amount of discolored nasal drainage, especially with facial pain, headache, or fever
-vomiting/diarrhea, in the past 24 hours
-Active head lice/scabies
-strep infection/impetigo (honey crusted sores around nose/mouth, rash) not treated with antibiotics less than 24 hrs
NOTE: Your child will be sent home from school if any of these symptoms occur during the school day. This increases your child's optimum health and comfort and also protects other children from becoming infected. Please be sure to provide the school with a phone number at which you can be reached should your child become ill or sustain injury during the day. MEDICATION: Pupils requiring medication during school hours are required to obtain a form from the Health Office or their Primary Care Physician to be signed by the parent and the family physician, authorizing school personnel to administer the medication. Parents must then bring the medicine personally to the Health Office. This policy is strictly enforced to protect the student as well as controlling the use of drugs on school property. All medicine not registered in the Health Office will be considered an illegal drug and dealt with accordingly. That includes aspirin, cold medicines, etc. The only exception is in the case of a self-administering, student authorized to self-administer a prescribed inhaler or a prescribed epinephrine pen. A new medication order is required at the beginning of each new school year. A parent/guardian MUST pick up medication from the health office at the end of each school year; by law the health office cannot keep medication over the summer. If not picked up it will be discarded. A copy of Elba Central’s procedure “Guidelines for Administration of Medication” is on file.
ACCIDENTS: Accidents occurring on school property or during school activities should immediately be reported to the school nurse.
In case of a school injury or accident FIRST AID only is given. If the parent needs to be notified, an up-to-date phone number at home and/or work should be on file in the Health Office. The parent should designate the name of a person to contact should an emergency arise when parents are unavailable. 9-1-1 will be called if necessary.
Any accident occurring in the school building, on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities should be reported to the supervising teacher and to the Health Office immediately. This is the responsibility of the student and the teacher in charge in order to complete reports and claims within the required time limit. Students of Elba Central School are insured under the Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. covering students for all accidents which occur in school-supervised activities. It provides SECONDARY coverage only. The parents’ own insurance must provide the PRIMARY coverage. No medical bills should be given to the school nurse or other school staff. This is the responsibility of the parents.
v Physicals are required for new entrants, students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 2, 4, 7, and 10. The cutoff date is 12 months prior to the beginning of the upcoming school year. When completed please
bring, mail, or fax the form to the health office. The fax number is 757-9955.
v Proof of a dental exam is requested for new entrants, Pre- K, Kindergarten, 2, 4, 7, & 10. The exam must be completed no more than one year prior to the current school year. A certificate needs to be handed in once the dental exam has been completed.
v During the school year a health screening will be done by the nurse, this includes vision, hearing and scoliosis. Each grade has a different requirement from New York State. Parents will be notified regarding any significant concerns by letter in the mail.
v At times, Elba Central School is required to report to the NYS Department of Education your child's BMI (Body Mass Index). However, in the future if you do not want your child's BMI reported please provide in writing to the Elba Central School health office your request.
v Immunizations should be as complete as possible when school starts. In accordance with Public
Health Law #2164, all children entering school must be immunized against polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, and diphtheria. Proof must be presented at the time of registration that these immunizations are completed or in process of being completed. If booster shots haven’t been given, please let the school nurse know the scheduled date in writing.
v Students entering 6th grade and are 11 years of age are REQUIRED to receive a Tdap immunization in order to attend school, along with a 2nd Varicella.
v Starting September 2016, students entering 7th and 12th grades will be required to be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease. The completed meningococcal immunization consists of a first dose at 11 or 12 years of age and a booster dose on or after the 16th birthday.
The Elba Health Office has developed a web-site to increase communication with our community. It is always being updated, please visit often.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
While in school, students are expected to act as young adults. Public displays of affection, such as kissing and hugging, are inappropriate for a school setting. Students will first be warned of the violation. Subsequent violations will result in punitive measures.
All bicycles must be left in the bicycle rack provided by the school and located near the parking lot entrance. Under no circumstances are bicycles to be left near any other entrance. Bicyclists should enter the north driveway only. It is suggested that student’s chain lock their bicycle. They must be left there until dismissal. This means that the bicycle cannot be used until the student is dismissed for the day. All bicycle riders are expected to obey all traffic rules and refrain from riding unsafely in vehicle parking areas.
MOTOR VEHICLE RULES
Motorbikes, motorcycles, snowmobiles and all other motorized off-road vehicles are prohibited from operating on school property. Motorized road vehicles are restricted to driveways and parking areas and drivers must register their vehicle with the high school secretary. See page 17 – Students Driving to School
USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The Board of Education hereby prohibits use of the following on school property for audio or video recording: tape recorders, cameras, video recorders, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other similar audio, photographic and moving picture equipment, except (1) when approved in advance by the appropriate building principal for educational purposes, or (2) at events open to the public [such as, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts, evening performances and graduation ceremonies]. When using audio, photographic or moving picture equipment for educational purposes, the District reserves the right to maintain ownership of the audio, photographic and moving picture recording, including but not limited to the right to edit the materials and prohibit or determine appropriate distribution of the materials. Further, those who improperly use materials recorded under the two exceptions noted above may be subject to disciplinary or other appropriate action.
IN-LINE SKATES, HEELIES AND SKATEBOARD RULES
Skateboards are not permitted on school grounds. Students bringing skateboards and in-line skates to school or on to school property will be asked to turn them over to school personnel. The skateboard will be returned to parents or guardians only. The use of wheeled shoes, Heelies, is not considered proper footwear and therefore should not be worn to school.
TOYS, COLLECTING CARDS AND GAMES
Any toys, games, collecting cards, etc. which are deemed to be distracting or otherwise adversely influencing the learning environment may be banned, restricted and/or controlled.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS/RESCUE SQUAD
The Elba Volunteer Fire Department and the Board of Education have agreed that students will not leave school grounds for fire-fighting or rescue situations during the school day or while they are participants in school events or activities.
ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
PERTAINING TO PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA-CURRICULARS
A Review Committee consisting of five (5) members shall be appointed by the Superintendent at the beginning of each school year to consider violations of alcohol and/or drug abuse. The Review Committee shall include four members of the professional staff one of who is a member of the athletic department and the school nurse. It shall be the responsibility of the Review Committee to assess each violation referred to it by the administration and make recommendations to the principals based on the options noted in the following sections. The Review Committee shall also consider cases of suspected alcohol and/or drug abuse referred to it by any staff member. In such cases, the committee shall make whatever recommendations it deems advisable to the Principal based on the evidence presented to it for consideration. The Principal shall determine all final decisions and interpretations on matters dealing with enforcement and penalties in the sections below.
Violations by any student - (on campus)
- The Principal shall be notified of any violation involving alcohol and/or drug abuse. b. Police Enforcement Agencies shall be notified in all cases involving drug abuse.
- The Principal shall make an immediate decision as to the suspension of the student.
- The Principal shall notify the Review Committee of any incident involving alcohol and/or drug abuse and the Committee will make recommendations to the Principal based on the options in the following sections.
SUB SECTION A
Options Open to Student: (first offense)
- Social suspension for a period of time recommended by the Committee in addition to agreeing to evaluation and counseling by the Genesee County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse or an alternative source or agency acceptable to the Committee until dismissed from the program to the satisfaction of school officials.
- Social suspension for five school months to continue into the next school year if necessary with exclusion from all extra-curricular school functions either as a participant or spectator.
Options Open to Student: (second offense and all subsequent offenses)
- Social suspension for a period of time recommended by the Committee in addition to agreeing to evaluation and counseling by the Genesee County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse or an alternative source or agency acceptable to the Committee until dismissed from the program to the satisfaction of the school officials.
- Social suspension for ten school months to continue into other next school year if necessary with exclusion from all extra-curricular school functions either as a participant or spectator.
Section III Violations by Athletes and Cheerleaders (off campus)
- The Principal shall be notified of any violation involving alcohol and/or drug abuse by athletes and cheerleaders whether the violation occurred on or off campus.
- The Principal shall notify the Review Committee of any incident involving alcohol and/or drug abuse and the Committee will make recommendations to the Principal based on the options in the following section.
SUB SECTION A
Options Open to Athletes and Cheerleaders: (first offense)
- Exclusion from participation in interscholastic sports for a period of time recommended by the Committee in addition to agreeing to evaluation and counseling by the Genesee County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse or an alternative source or agency acceptable to the Committee until dismissed from the program to the satisfaction of school officials.
- Exclusion from participation in interscholastic sports for five school months to run consecutively into the next school year if necessary.
Options Open to Athletes and Cheerleaders: (second offense and all subsequent offenses)
- Exclusion from participation in interscholastic sports as recommended by the Committee in addition to agreeing to evaluation and counseling by the Genesee County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse or an alternative source or agency acceptable to the Committee until dismissed from the program to the satisfaction of school officials.
- Exclusion from participation in interscholastic sports for ten school months to run consecutively into the next school year if necessary.
STUDENTS DRIVING TO SCHOOL
Students having a valid driver license may be permitted to drive to school and park on school property providing:
The student makes application for permission to park on school grounds and it is approved. The student follows all rules and regulations related to driving on school property.
Students will park properly and only in areas designated for student parking which is Lancer Lot accessible from Route 262 only. Do not use the bus circle driveway.
Any unsafe vehicle operation or other violation of school rules governing the parking area can result
in suspension or revocation of this privilege.
STUDENTS DRIVING TO BOCES OCCUPATIONAL CENTER
Only students having outside jobs may be permitted to drive to and from BOCES and under the following conditions:
-The student must be a senior.
-The student must be employed and have the employer complete a section of a permission slip obtained in the Guidance Office.
-The student's parent or guardian must sign the permission slip.
-The student must agree not to transport any other person in the vehicle going to or from BOCES.
-The student must maintain an academic achievement level according to standards established by the school.
-Administrative permission from both Elba and BOCES is granted. Forms are available in the guidance office and the vocational office.
Any violation of school rules governing driving and parking on school property can result in suspension or revocation of this privilege. Students without driving permission must ride the bus.
WEARING HATS IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING
Removal of a hat is a sign of respect and pride in one’s self and the school. It has been the
tradition and expectation that the wearing of hats inside the school building should be restricted to a time period no later than the ringing of the morning warning bell (7:40 a.m.) until the close of the school day (2:36 p.m. for students leaving the school building for the day or 3:10 p.m. for students with after school responsibilities).
Hats must be placed in a student locker and may not be carried from class to class during the school day. Students leaving the building for BOCES classes may keep their hats with them, but not on their heads, until exiting for the bus.
Students who fail to comply with this expectation may be asked by any school staff member to surrender their hat to that staff member. Failure to do so will be considered insubordination and subject to the consequences of the discipline code. The student’s hat will be turned in to the guidance office where it will be kept for the remainder of the marking period (or a similar time frame). A student must request his/her hat in order to have it returned.
SMOKING AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The Board of Education has designated Elba Central School as a smoke-free environment. The use or possession of any tobacco and nicotine innovation products (nicotine gum, patches or lozenges or other electronic vapor producing cigarette like devices) are prohibited while in school buildings, school vehicles or on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities.
BUS SAFETY REGULATIONS
The regulations printed here are very important for the safety of your children. We hope that parents will stress these rules and the reasons for them with their children.
When students are picked up on the opposite side of the road from where they live, they should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the red flashers begin flashing and the driver signals them to cross the road to board the bus.
When the bus is picking up students on the same side of the road on which they live, drivers prefer that they do not stand closer than ten feet from the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
Students must remain in their seats at all times. Many accidents occur when children are moving from seat to seat while the bus is in motion. Also accidents occur when there is any excessive movement or commotion on the bus that can be a distraction to the driver.
Students must not stand by the side of the road or check the mailbox after exiting the bus. Upon exiting the bus, students should walk at least ten feet toward their home in full view of the driver to ensure student safety.
When a child does not conduct himself properly on a bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the building principal by the driver. The building principal may inform the parents of the misconduct as soon as possible and request their cooperation in checking the child’s behavior.
Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended. In such cases, the parents of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their children get to school safely.
Drivers are instructed not to permit students who are not regularly assigned to their buses to ride on them unless they have a signed permission slip from an Office or administrator.
State Law prohibits anyone from bringing onto a bus any object, which in case of accident or an emergency stop may become a hazard. Because of this law, any object, which cannot be held securely in the student’s lap, must be left off the bus, wrapped or tied down. Glass bottles and sharp objects are prohibited entirely.
Eating and drinking are prohibited on the bus.
STUDY HALL RULES OF PROCEDURE
Students have the sole responsibility of notifying the study hall teachers in advance if they will not be present during a study hall period.
Seats assigned by study hall supervisor.
All students leaving the study hall for any destination must have a pass signed by the study hall teacher. Only one student may have his name on the same pass.
Students will not be allowed to leave the study hall to study in other rooms unless the other room is under continuous supervision by a faculty member.
No more than one boy and one girl will be allowed to leave the study hall at one time to go to the lavatory.
A student will be granted permission to leave the study hall in any emergency.
No more than two students will be allowed to speak at the same time in the study hall. Silence must be maintained in the study hall unless speaking permission is granted.
A student must have written permission in advance from the teacher to be visited or no pass will be granted.
Teachers must supervise study halls at all times and should not plan work, read or attend to any of their own clerical chores during the time a study hall is in session.
Students will come to study hall with materials to occupy the complete time period or the study hall teacher may assign work to be done.
RULES FOR ASSEMBLIES
Students should proceed to and from the assembly in an orderly fashion.
The audience should come to immediate attention and remain quiet during the reciting of the Pledge of
Allegiance and the singing of America.
The audience should give complete attention to the person introducing guests and to those on stage during the course of the entire program.
It is rude and discourteous to talk or to cause other disturbances or noises while a program is in progress.
If one has to leave the auditorium one should wait until there is a break in the program or leave during applause unless it involves a serious emergency.
Applause should be generous and sincere. Rhythmic applause and whistling is not in good taste.
RULES FOR PERFORMANCES
All performing groups will be expected to provide ushers who will be given specific responsibilities to seat all individuals who attend a performance or stage production. No individual will be permitted to remain standing during such a performance.
Hallway doors leading to the auditorium will be kept closed at all times during actual performance.
Individuals will not be permitted to enter or exit the auditorium during the performance except during intermission breaks or during periods of applause.
Members of performing groups will remain under supervision in a specific location and will not be permitted to move about freely during performances.
Adequate supervision will be made available for all performances in addition to the advisors to the performing groups.
No pre-school students or students in K-5 will be permitted entrance to performances unless accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over who will be responsible for the student(s).
RULES FOR DANCES
School dances sponsored by high school classes or organizations are limited to students in
grades 7 - 12. Special dances for other age groups must be arranged with administration.
Elba school dances are closed events. Two days prior to the dance a STUDENT from another school may be signed-in as a guest of an Elba student; only one guest per student. The Elba student will be held responsible for the conduct of that guest; any problem with the guest will result in social suspension for the Elba student. The guest will not be allowed to attend any further Elba activities or functions. Elba students may not sign-in guests for friends. The principal will contact the home school of any guest. The guest may be refused admittance based on information from their home school.
The sponsoring group must turn in a list of chaperons to the secondary principal at least five days prior to the dance. This list should include at least two faculty members.
Students attending the dance must remain in the cafeteria or gym, until the dance has ended. Trips to the lavatory should be kept to a minimum. Students are not allowed on the second floor of the school.
Dances will normally operate from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and NO STUDENT and/or GUEST will be admitted after 9 p.m. unless prior approval has been given by the principal.
Any student leaving the dance will not be allowed to re-enter unless permission to leave and re-enter was given by a chaperon.
Any STUDENT and/or GUEST suspected of using drugs and/or alcohol will be denied admittance to the dance.
Any student in violation of the tobacco-free campus rules, or any rules of good conduct, will be removed from the dance and subject to the penalties of the discipline code. Failure to follow any request to leave school grounds will result in the contacting of police officials. The student will be arrested and charged with trespassing.
Freak dancing will not be permitted. Any sexually provocative style of dance mimicking sex acts, straddling other, or gyrating over partners will not be permitted.
RULES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM
Junior or Senior class students in good standing at Elba Central School may attend the Prom. Although the Prom is often held off school grounds, it is a school-sponsored event and therefore all participants must follow school rules of appropriate conduct.
Each junior or senior may bring one guest to the Prom. The conduct of a Prom guest is the responsibility of the junior or senior sponsor. The school District has the right to refuse admission of any guest who is not a student in good standing at ECS and each guest request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
-A guest must meet the following requirements:
-(S)he must be at least a high school student in grades 9-12.
-Must complete a guest-registration form.
-The school of the student guest will be contacted for verification of information and have his/her character vouched for.
-Adult guests give up certain rights when attending a high school event, such as being of legal drinking age, smoking, etc., and must obey all directives of the Prom chaperones.
RULES AND STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR FOR COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Graduation students and parents of such students shall be notified in advance of the existing rules prohibiting the use or being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance while participating in any school event, which includes commencement exercises.
It shall be the responsibility of the Administrative staff and the Senior Class advisors to screen students prior to the rehearsal and commencement exercises to determine if any student participating is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
If any staff member has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, that student shall not be permitted to participate in the exercises. The parents of that student will be immediately contacted to inform them of the situation.
A student may have the option of not participating in the graduation exercises and he or she must inform the Superintendent of that fact within a reasonable time prior to the exercises. Students who do not choose to participate will receive their diplomas by mail after graduation.
All student obligations to the school must have been taken care of to participate in the graduation ceremony,
These rules shall be made available to both graduating students and their parents in written form.
RULES FOR SPECTATORS AT ATHLETIC EVENTS
The Genesee Athletic Association has adopted the following code of conduct as guidelines for all spectators attending basketball games. Spectators are asked to:
Remain in the gym during all games and events and leave only during half times, between games, or at the end of the last game. The doors will be closed during the game and no loitering will be permitted in the corridors. You must attend the game or leave the building.
Refrain from using tobacco products on school grounds.
Pupils in grade K-5 will not be allowed to attend Elba evening athletic contests, or football games unless a person accompanies them at least (18) eighteen years old who will supervise the student and be responsible for the pupil.
Beverages may not be taken into the gymnasium. Candy and popcorn are allowed.
Refrain from indulging in stamping on the bleachers and using noisemakers during the game. Show good sportsmanship to all. These rules apply to all spectators regardless of age.
Lunches must be consumed at the lunch table.
Paper and garbage are not to be littered. Students may be asked to pick-up around their seat. Trays, straws and plastic ware are not to leave the cafeteria.
There shall be no holding, saving or reserving tables by one or more individuals.
No food may be delivered to the school at lunchtime or brought in by a student who is returning from an appointment or coming to school late unless it is related to a class activity and has been preapproved and authorized by the administration.
Secondary students wishing to go to the library or to see a teacher from the lunchroom must have pre-signed pass.
Students must get permission from the supervisor to leave the cafeteria to use the bathroom. Students may be allowed to leave one at a time.
Secondary students wishing to socialize with friends during assigned lunch times may do so only if seated.
Kindergarten-Grade 6 Lunches $2.00; Grades 7-12 Lunches $2.25. All breakfasts are $1.25.
FOOD ITEMS SUPPLIED BY STUDENTS
Any food items, candy, etc. brought in to school for birthdays and holidays should be purchased
at a store or bakery. No food items made at home should be sent to school for distribution.
PERMISSION TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS
A student who leaves school grounds without the permission of the administration during regular school hours has violated Education Law and is considered truant. Special permission to leave the school grounds will be granted by the administration, usually upon written parental request, only if there is good cause to do so. Students who wish to do so should present their request to the principal. Education Law states that students are the responsibility of the school from the moment they board the bus and remain so until they are returned home after school. It is for this reason that students are NOT permitted to leave the school grounds without permission at any time during the day.
COURSE SELECTION CREDITS
All students in grades nine (9), ten (10), eleven (11) and twelve (12) must be enrolled in a minimum of 6½ units of study including physical education per semester, however, 7 units of study is strongly recommended.
Students who are enrolled in 3 or more college-level courses may be exempt from this requirement, at the discretion of the principal.
If a student is going to drop a course and falls below the 6½ credits they must enroll in another course of equal or greater credit value. The principal has final discretion regarding the addition or deletion of classes.
COURSE DROP POLICY
Students will have seven school days to drop/add classes at the start of either a new semester or new school year. Any changes beyond those seven days require special permission of the principal.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS NEW YORK STATE
Regents Di pl oma for al l s tudents
Re ge nts Di pl oma vi a
Ap p e a l fo r a l l s tud e n ts
Loca l Di pl oma vi a Appeal for a l l s tudents
Lo ca l Di pl oma fo r s tude tns wi th D i s a bi l i ty
Lo ca l Di pl o ma vi a Ap p e a l
fo r En glis h La n gua ge
Le a rn e rs
REGENTS EXAM or passing score on a
Department Approved Alternative
# o f Exa ms
Pa s s i n g s co re
# o f Exams
Passi n g s co re
# o f Exa ms
Pa ss i n g sco re
# o f Exa ms
Pa s s i ng sco re
# o f Exa ms
Pa s s i ng s co re
English Language Arts
4 exa ms with a mi nimum s core of
65 a nd 1 exa m
with a s core of 62‐
64 for whi ch a n appe al has been gra te d by the dis trict.
3 exa ms with a minimum s core of 65 a nd 2 exa ms wi th a score of 62‐64 for whi ch a n
a ppeal has be en
gra te d by the dis trict.
Either 4 exams with a minimum sco re o f 65 and ELA with a s co re o f 55-61, OR 3 exams with a minimum sco re o f 65, and 1exam with a sco re o f 62-64 and
ELA with a sc o re o f 55-
61fo r which an appeal has been granted by the district.
Pathway (see note 1 )
65 if Regents Exam
55 if Regents Exam
Compensatory Safety Net
Sc ores of 45- 54 on any required Regents Exam (exc ept ELA and Mathmatic s) c an be c ompensated by a sc ore of 65 or above on another required Regents exam inc luding ELA
and Mathmateic s
Regents Diploma with Advanced Disgnation
Dependi ng on the pa thway a s tudent choos es , the Regents di pl oma wi th a dva nced des i gna ti on as s es s ment requi rements may be met i n mul ti pl e wa ys . Students s eeki ng the
Regents di pl oma wi th a dva nced des i gna ti on ma y choos e from the fol l owi ng a ss es sment opti ons :
ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government, 3 mathmetics, 2 science, (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science) = 8 Assessments. In addition, the student must choose either 2 additional credits in LOTE and the locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE Exam OR a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE.
Pathway Combination (other than
ELA, 1 social studies, 3 Math, 2 Science ( 1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science), 1 Pathyway (other than Science or Math)= 8 Assessments. In addition the student must choose either 2 additional credits in LOTE and the locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE Exam or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE.
STEM (Mathematics) Pathway
ELA, 1 social studies, 4 Math, 2 Science (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science) = 8 Assessments. In addition the student must choose either 2 additional credits in LOTE and the locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE Exam or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE.
STEM (Science) Pathway
ELA, 1 social studies, 3 math, 3 science (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science) = 8 Assessments. In addition the student must choose either 2 additional credits in LOTE and the locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE Exam OR a 5 unit sequence inthe Arts or CTE.
** if approved by District Board of Education, the Board may limit the low-pass option to
*** optional to District per Board approval but not optional for Students with Disabilities
REGENTS EXAMS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO PASSING A COURSE
The Regents exam will be but one factor in determining the criteria for earning a passing grade for a Regents course. The position of the New York State Education Department is as follows: Pupils Enrolled in State Courses of Study
A State course of study involves class attendance, homework assignments, quizzes, tests and other activities, as well as the State examination that is administered at the end of the course. When deciding whether or not a pupil who is enrolled in a State course of study has satisfactorily completed the course and is entitled to credit for that course, the teacher should evaluate the pupil's performance on all of these activities. The granting of credit for a State course of study should not be based solely on the results of the State examination.
REQUEST FOR ASSIGNMENTS
Requests for assignments, books or other materials for students unable to attend classes should be made to the JSHS or Elementary Office(s). These requests need to be made by 11:00 a.m. of the day of absence.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
In grades Kindergarten-6, report cards are issued every 10 weeks. These may be supplemented by interim reports when necessary.
In grades 7-12, report cards are issued every ten weeks. Interim reports are sent between report card periods. All interim reports and report cards will be mailed to the student’s home.
Students who have financial obligations to the school will not receive report cards until all debts are satisfied.
Grades K – 6
Marking Period Ends Cards Sent Home Before
First 10 Weeks Nov. 9 Nov. 16
Second 10 Weeks Jan. 24 Feb. 1
Third 10 Weeks Apr. 5 Apr. 12
Fourth 10 Weeks Jun. 21 Jun. 28
Kindergarten through 2nd grade has its own individual marking system. Grades 3-6 use numerical grades:
90-94 Above Average
Below 70 Not Passing
K-12 Open House Aug. 29, 2018
Elementary Conferences November 9 & 13, 2017 (1/2 days for students)
HONOR GUIDELINES FOR GRADES 3-6
Only students on grade level or above in all academic subjects will be eligible for high honor. The averages of the numerical marks needed are as follows:
High Honor 95 - 100
Honor 90 - 94
Merit 85 - 89
RECOGNITION FOR EFFORT GUIDELINES
In grades 4-6 some students may receive recognition for effort based on the following:
- Teacher recommendation.
- Marks must be between 70 and 100.
- Marks are at the pupil's instructional level.
Grades 7 through 12 use the numerical system for marking. In grades 7 through 12 a passing mark of 70 is required for class work and school exams. A passing Regents exam grade is 65.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY, K-6
Students are retained in grades K-6 when they have difficulty adjusting to the academic or social demands of the grade level. Research indicates that retention, when needed, is most beneficial at an early level. The Elementary Principal will notify parents of children being considered for retention at the end of the third marking period. A conference involving the teacher, parents and Principal will be scheduled. Input from all parties involved will be considered in determining the best placement for the child.
The District, however, reserves the right to make the final decision concerning grade placement. A final decision will usually be made on or before June 1st.
GRADE 7-12 REPORT CARDS
REPORT INTERIM END OF REPORT REPORT PERIOD REPORT * PERIOD CARDS
* Interim Reports and Report Cards to be mailed by the District
K-12 Open House – August 29, 2018
HONOR ROLL FOR GRADES 7-12
Subjects to be included in the averaging are all scheduled classes.
Honor Roll and High Honor Roll are calculated based on the number of classes per week for a required subject, i.e. French 5 times a week, jr. high physical ed. 2 times a week. Thus, a 90 in physical education does not have the same "value" in the average that a 90 in French does.
High Honor Grades 7-12: An average of 90 or above in all scheduled subjects. Honor Grades 7-12: An average of 85-89 in all scheduled subjects.
FAILED COURSES GRADES 9-12
When a student fails a two-semester course he shall repeat one semester and if he passes that semester with a high enough grade to make his final average passing, he shall be given one unit of credit for the course. For the purpose of determining the final average, one of the following methods
shall be used:
The average of the repeated semester together with the previous years opposite semester grade.
The average of the repeated semester together with the previous year's final grade, whichever is
Summer school courses are provided through a regional consortia of school districts and coordinated by BOCES. The program is held in one of the Batavia school buildings. Transportation is provided to students from and back to the school. Specific information is available in late May from the guidance office. Courses offered are for those students who have failed in their regular session or who wish to raise their mark. In order for students to enroll in a repeater summer school course they must maintain a minimum class average of 55%. Otherwise, students must take the course as a ‘new course’ during summer school. Application is made through the Guidance Department.
EXEMPTIONS FROM FINAL EXAMINATIONS
Exemptions shall be from local final exams only, whether these occur in January or June.
An average of 90 or better and the teacher's permission is required for exemption. No average below
89.5 is to be considered.
Exemptions do not apply to Regents examinations.
Students qualifying are to be notified at least 24 hours before the examination. They may choose to take the exam to improve their grade.
Final average is determined as follows:
- Full Year course - average of six week marking periods and midterm exam. b. Semester course - average of the three marking periods.
This policy applies only to students in grades 9-12.
If a student with an average of 90 or better chooses to take an exam, he must accept the results. Teachers may require the entire class to take the exam if they feel it necessary to make a valid
judgment of the overall performance of the class.
CLASSROOM PLACEMENT PROCEDURE
The primary goal of the placement process is to create classes that achieve the best possible learning environment for both the individual child and the group of children as a whole. The placement procedures create classes that are balanced in several areas, including: numbers of students, gender, independence in learning, behavior, academic strengths and special needs.
Parents are invited to share in writing their observations about their child’s learning style and any educational needs that should be specially considered. Requesting specific teachers is discouraged. A parental input form will be sent home.
Regular and special education teachers in each grade level will meet together to create the next grade level classes. The elementary principal will review all of the lists and the written parental input forms. The elementary principal will have the final decision on the placement of all students.
In the event that a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) questions or disagrees with the placement decision, the following appeals process will provide for a resolution to the placement decision in question:
Send a written request to the Elba Elementary School Principal. The student will be placed in the recommended class for the first two weeks of the new school year.
A meeting will be scheduled of the child study team in September. The child study team is comprised of the school guidance counselor, school psychologist, regular education teachers, special education teachers and related services teachers. At the meeting, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will
formally present and discuss his/her concerns.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SELECTION
All 10-12 graders who have a cumulative high school average of 90% or better are considered for membership. A faculty advisory committee then judges those qualifying on the basis of character, leadership, and service.
Sophomores who meet the criteria become probationary members and are introduced at the Fall
Juniors or seniors, as they qualify, become full-fledged members at the Fall Induction Ceremony.
Each student's average is recalculated and members are reevaluated each year after the midyear and final averages.
If a member's cumulative average falls below 90%, he/she has one semester to bring it back up. If the average falls below 90% after the one semester, the student is dismissed from membership.
FACULTY ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Faculty Association of Elba Central School each year presents a scholarship to a member(s) of the senior class who has been selected by a faculty committee. The student must expect to attend a college the next year and is selected based upon enthusiasm, character, dedication, scholarship and school citizenship. The committee shall select as much on the basis of merit as on the basis of need.
WORKING PAPERS APPLICATION
Information and applications for working papers may be obtained from the District office. The application form requires:
Signature of a parent or guardian. Birth or baptismal record.
Doctor's certificate indicating the student is physically fit. (The nurse will assist this requirement.)
A job description completed by the student’s employer.
-If you are 12 or 13, when your attendance at school is not required--
-You may work as a newspaper carrier person or on a farm doing harvesting work.
-You do not need working papers to work on a home farm.
-If you are 14 or 15, when your attendance at school is not required--
-You may work in a store, office, or other places except in a factory workroom.
-During vacations you may work 6 days a week, up to 8 hours a day in any one day and up to 40 hours in any one week.
-When school is in session you may work up to 3 hours a day, Monday through Friday,
8 hours a day on weekends and holidays, but not more than 23 hours a week.
-A farm work permit is required unless you work on your home farm. Hours regulations do not apply to farm work.
-If you are 16 or 17 you may work in a factory, as well as in other places.
-During vacations you may work 6 days, 48 hours a week.
Working papers will be issued ONLY during school hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students are advised to apply for working papers before the summer recess. If they apply during vacation periods they will be required to have their physical examinations at their own expense.
FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES
The teachers at Elba Central take their classes on various educational field trips throughout the school year. Additional adult supervision is necessary for many of the field trips. A predetermined
number of parents and legal guardians are asked to volunteer their time to help supervise the students of whom their child is a class member. Grandparents are able to volunteer as a chaperone for a field trip if they are the legal guardians of a student who is a member of that class or if the classroom teacher is in need of additional chaperones. The number of chaperones is determined by the event the children are attending.
Students and parents should understand clearly that the school is not responsible for any activity that is not directly sponsored by the school.
All class officers are elected. Club officers are elected during the first month of school depending on the club's by-laws. All student elections are to be conducted under Robert'sRulesofOrder. All voting for class officers must be done by secret ballot until a candidate receives a majority of the votes of those present and voting. When there are more than two for any office, the candidates receiving the lesser number of votes shall be eliminated and balloting shall continue until a candidate receives a clear majority.
Shall consist of:
STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Any person that submits a signed petition with 40% or more to their class. Members of the class may sign unlimited petitions for members of their class.
When a meeting is called, all members must be present or be excused by the advisor of the group. Two illegal absences constitute automatic dismissal from the group.
Meetings will occur when necessary.
Officers will be elected by secret ballot from within the group. This group shall be formed in the fall of the year.
To raise money for the student body.
To provide leadership for the student body.
To act as an advisory group to the administration.
All persons are to evacuate the building immediately at the sound of the fire alarm bell. Designated exits are to be used. The teacher will give detailed instructions.
Eight evacuation drills will be held throughout the year and one lock down drill held per quarter.
Special drill activities are to be conducted by the building principals and faculty of each building to assure orderly movements and placement of students in the safest available building area.
Since many parents may not be at home, it shall be the policy to retain children and the faculty at the school building in case of extreme emergency where less than one hour of warning time is known. Parents may come to the school premises to pick up their children if they desire, but must sign them out with the authorization of the principal.
Corridor lockers are assigned to junior high and high school students on the first day of the school year for books and coats. Students are to use only the locker assigned them. Lockers are to be kept clean and neat at all times. Each student may go to his/her locker before and after school,
during the interval between classes and before and after the lunch period.
The school is not responsible for any valuables left in the locker. The secretaries in the office will care for any valuables that you might bring to school. All students are strictly forbidden to go to the lockers of fellow students.
Physical education lockers are assigned to students in grades 5-12 at the beginning of each school year. Locks are assigned and the student is responsible for the care of the assigned locker and lock. Students should double-check their gym lockers when taking physical education classes to be sure that all of their equipment is inside and the locker is locked.
All lockers are the property of the school and must be maintained and not defaced. Students experiencing difficulty with their locker door or combination should report this problem to the custodian or office.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found articles may be traced through the health office. All persons finding lost articles should take them to the appropriate office.
Students desiring to use a telephone may do so in a classroom, but only with permission and supervision of the teacher.
STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)
The Elba Central Board of Education will provide access to various computerized information resources through the District's computer system consisting of software, hardware, computer networks and electronic communications systems. At the beginning of the school year, students will receive a hard copy of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy which is to be signed by a student’s parent and returned to the school district. A copy of the Acceptable Use Policy can be found on the Elba School District Web Site.
CODE OF CONDUCT IMPLEMENTING PROJECT SAVE
The code of conduct has been drafted to meet the requirements of the Project SAVE legislation
(Education Law §2801) and section 100.2(l) of the Commissioner’s regulations.
The Board of Education (Board) is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive, and District personnel may deliver, quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other District personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. A copy of the complete Code of Conduct can be found on the Elba School District Web Site.
All Hail our Alma Mater
Set with fields of green around.
Hail, Hail to Elba Central,
For here true friendship’s found.
Our school is the foundation, In this our land so free.
On which we build our hopes and dreams.
We sing full praise to thee.