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Code of Conduct

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

Utah law states that medication may only be administered to a student by school personnel if the student’s legal guardian has provided a current written and signed request by a physician stating that medication must be administered to the student during regular school hours, and that the statement describes the exact method, amount, and time schedule for administration. This means that students are not to bring any type of medication to school.   This medication should be brought to the office by the parent.  Please see our office staff for the required forms that must be on file.

Reminder—students may not have medication in their possession. Therefore they may not share any kind of medication with friends, including over the counter medications such as cough drops or aspirin.

WELBY ELEMENTARY is an excellent school where the teachers, students, principal and staff work together to create a clean, safe learning environment. When we work together, we can have an effective school where students feel safe, confident and happy while they learn.

RESPECT is a key word at Welby.  Respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property.  Parents, please keep that in mind as you review this Code of Conduct booklet with your students.

GENERAL RULES

Follow directions the first time

Keep your hands, feet, mouth, and objects to yourself.

Use positive actions and statements towards others.

Always walk in the building

Always be in the proper place.

Handle all materials and equipment properly.

 DISCIPLINE POLICY

Self-discipline is the goal of every teacher and the school's administration for our students.  We believe that all students deserve a positive educational environment for academic and social growth.  To create such an environment, we have instituted the “Think Time” program to assist students in following the school/classroom rules.  Positive behaviors are identified, taught, encouraged, and reinforced.  Because this method has been adopted school-wide, all students come to understand it is the culture of our school, the “way things are done around here.”

The use of “Think Time” is not viewed as the only response to disruptive behavior.  It is used in conjunction with other school and classroom strategies to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for all students.  It is used in all areas of the school:  classrooms, cafeteria, playground, halls, and restrooms.

Each teacher and staff member at Welby Elementary will be participating in this school wide discipline.  This is a non-confrontational approach to behaviors that disrupt the positive learning environment at school.  “Think Time

has two parts:

The first part is designed to allow a student to focus and gain self-control by moving away from the current classroom environment.

The second part gives the student the opportunity to gain self-awareness of his/her behavior and to create a personal plan for future success in the classroom.  The student then returns to the classroom.

Think Time” is intended to be used with any and all students as their behavior detracts from the educational climate of the school.  This technique not only reduces stress in the classroom, but also helps students take responsibility for their own behavior and stresses the importance of a positive learning environment.

If a student receives three (3) or more “Think Times” in a week, he/she will receive a lunch detention, and parents will be notified.

Students, who engage in fighting, physical aggression, or other violent behavior, will be referred to the principal for disciplinary actions, and parents will be notified.

In severe cases where the problems cannot be resolved at the school level, a hearing with the District's Screening Committee will be requested and an alternative placement will be investigated. District Policy (AS67 NEG)

SCHOOL PROPERTY AND MATERIALS

Textbooks, library books, planners, and other school materials, are furnished without charge to the students. Students are expected to take care of school property. Students will be expected to pay for materials that are lost, or damaged beyond repair, or unusable.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Punctuality and regular attendance are two important factors affecting school success.  Research has shown that an important aspect of students’ access to education is the amount of time spent in the classroom.  When students are absent from school, cut class, or arrive late, they miss opportunities to learn.  “Missed time in school leads to poor grades and further absenteeism, often creating a vicious cycle.” (Phillips 1995)   “When students distract their classmates by their absences or tardiness, then they also are interfering with other students’ opportunities to learn.  And habits of absence and tardiness can affect work performance when these youngsters become adults.” (National Center for Educational Statistics 1996)

Please, if your student is ill and you are keeping him/her home, call the office, to ensure that your student is excused.

Please don't send your students to school early.  There is no supervision on the playground and they will not be invited into the building as our staff uses this time to prepare and they are not available to work with or tend students.

Utah State Law (Public Law 53-24-1) requires every child between the ages of six and eighteen to be in attendance at school every official school day.  The law further states that every parent or guardian has the responsibility of sending his or her child to school.  The administration and staff at Welby Elementary are committed to the success of students.  Student success can best be achieved when students, parents, teachers, and school administration work together toward a common goal.

Types of Absences

  1. Excused absences
  2. Illness (a maximum of 10 days may be excused due to a student illness prior to requiring a doctor’s note.)
  3. Doctor or dental appointment, which cannot be scheduled outside of school hours and is accompanied by a note from the professional.
  4. Funeral with parent permission
  5. Vacation absences and special types of obligation that have prior approval in accordance with Jordan District Policy with the prior completion of the Vacation/Education Leave Form.
  6. Home and hospital instruction
  7. Required court appearance
  8. Unexcused absences

Are absences that are not authorized by state law nor by district or school policy but which occur with parental knowledge or consent.

Examples of unexcused absences may be, but are not limited to: “needed at home,” “homework completion,” “car problems,” “babysitting,” “skiing.”  Additionally, students will be considered unexcused from school if a parent does not call in their absence and/or does not send a note to the office within one week of the absence.

  1. Truancy absence

Are those absences that occur without school and/or parental approval.  A student is considered truant if he/she:

  1. Leaves for school but does not arrive at school
  2. Arrives at school but does not attend class
  3. Leaves school without following proper check-out procedure
  4. Obtains permission to go to a certain place but does not arrive there.

CHECKING IN AND CHECKING OUT

The safety of our students is a top priority. Once students arrive on campus, they will not be allowed to leave except with a parent or a parent designee who’s name is authorized on the pink information card.  Please check your student out of school by sending a note to the teacher and then, at the agreed time, coming into the building and signing the student out through the office.

SAFE SCHOOL POLICY

The following conduct is considered dangerous or disruptive and is prohibited on school property at any time: (as per Jordan School District policy AS67 NEG)

  1. Possessing or bringing any potentially harmful item (including but not limited to guns, knives, weapons, poisonous items, or flammable materials).
  2. Possessing or bringing any item that cannot be legally possessed by a juvenile (including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or unauthorized medication).
  3. Possessing or bringing any facsimile of the items mentioned in #1 -2 (including but not limited to toy guns, pocket knives, drug paraphernalia, or items represented as drugs).
  4. Attempting, threatening, conspiring, or committing any act that could result in harm to others or to the school (including but not limited to stealing, vandalism, assault, arson, sexual harassment, or gang related activities).

Students who violate the Safe School Policy will face disciplinary action in the form of restitution, suspension, or removal from school.

RESTROOM CONDUCT

This is an area of our school where each student is expected to show good judgment and proper behavior.  Each student is expected to act in the same manner that they would act in their bathroom at home. Cleanliness and good health habits are very important. Students should always flush the toilet and wash their hands. Restrooms should be left clean. Restrooms are not to be places where students meet their friends

FOOD, DRINKS AND GUM

All food is restricted to the cafeteria unless

authorized by a teacher for a class activity. Gum is not allowed in school. District policy prohibits the distribution of any homemade foods. All food must be commercially prepared, packaged, and within approved dates.

 OFF TRACK STUDENTS

Off-track students are not allowed on campus during their off-track times.  Coming onto the school playground during school hours, when a student is off-track, is considered trespassing.

 HONOR ROLL (5th – 6th Grades)

We are excited to continue offering recognition for academic and citizenship effort through posting an honor roll for each reporting period. The purpose of this program is to inspire academic and behavioral excellence among the student body.  We encourage all students to establish personal goals that will stretch and challenge their abilities. 5th and 6th grade students who maintain a 90% average in academic subjects, and satisfactory, or above, in their citizenship and work skills, have no more than 5 unexcused absences and/or 10 tardies will receive this honor.

 LUNCHROOM CONDUCT

Our lunchroom is designed to be a place where students can come and enjoy a meal with their classmates.  Students need to follow these simple rules so all students will be able to enjoy their lunches.

  1. Show respect for the supervisors at all times.
  2. Enjoy a quiet conversation without yelling and loud talking.
  3. Students will keep the cafeteria clean by picking up all garbage around their table and on the floor. They will never throw food or touch another student's lunch.
  4. Students will never run in the cafeteria and will not switch places once they are seated.
  5. Food, milk cartons, straws or other items will not go out of the cafeteria.
  6. Students will raise their hands when finished eating and wait to be excused by an appropriate person.
  7. Each grade will need to remain seated at least 10 minutes before they may be excused.

 SPECIAL PROGRAM CONDUCT

We have arranged for some special programs to come to our school.  These programs are for the enjoyment of all the students. Appropriate program behavior is as follows:

  1. Show respect for the performers by being attentive during the program and by remaining quietly seated.
  2. It is proper to show your appreciation for a job well done by politely applauding (neither whistling nor booing is appropriate).
  3. Enter and exit the auditorium quickly and quietly at the direction of your teacher.

 CITIZENSHIP PLAN

Welby School Citizenship Plan is a position approach to student self-responsibility based on the premise that teachers have a right to teach and students have a right to learn.  No one has the right to interfere with the teaching/learning process or violate the best interest of any individual in the school community.

This plan establishes a consistent, systematic approach to deal with both appropriate, and inappropriate, student behavior.  Students are taught what is expected of them in the classroom, on the school grounds, on the bus, and in the common areas of the building.  Students know the consequences for inappropriate behavior and the recognition for appropriate behavior.  This consistent, systematic approach enables each student to be secure in understanding the conduct expected of him/her from kindergarten through sixth grade.  Each student is empowered to reach the worthwhile goal of self-discipline!

BUILDING CONDUCT

Running in the school is not allowed.  Students will be expected to leave and enter the building in an orderly, quiet and safe manner, using their assigned grade door.  The students are further expected to walk to their activity areas in a line as directed by their teacher.

DRESS CODE

There is ample evidence to show that student dress is a factor in learning.  The Jordan School District's "Dress Code," is what we, as a school, will be expected to follow:

  1. All students will be required to wear clean clothing. Clothing which is so conspicuous, extreme, or so odd as to draw undue attention, disrupt or tend to disrupt the learning atmosphere will not be allowed.
  2.   No clothing that is immodest, mutilated, cut off, or that may disrupt the learning atmosphere, such as: short shorts, mini-skirts, bare midriffs, tube or halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank-top shirts, ragged pants or shirts or any clothing with excessive holes.  Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs and cleavage at all times.  Skirts, dresses and shorts must be a least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
  3. In the interest of good health and hygiene, proper footwear will be worn at all times.
  4. Cold weather dress. Please make certain your children dress appropriately for the cold weather.  Your students will have one or two short outside recesses each day.  Students perform better as a result of these short activity breaks, but need to be dressed to fit the outside conditions.
  5. Students are not to wear hats, or bandanas, of any kind within the building except when hats are approved as part of a special student activity.
  6. All students have running every day.  Therefore, all students are required to have non-scuff athletic shoes with them every day.

PLAYGROUND CONDUCT

Some rules that will help keep our students safe and contribute to the overall safety and enjoyment for the entire student body:

  1. Playing will not be allowed in the following areas:
  2. Front sidewalks
  3. Any of the parking lots
  4. Areas between the portables and school that cannot be seen by the playground supervisors.
  5. Allow all students to participate in organized games (i.e. soccer, basketball, softball, etc.).  Games should not be "locked" so that all can join in.
  6. Contact games, which include tackling, tripping or pushing, will not be permitted at school
  7. Snowball and rock throwing, sliding on the snow, ice, or on our lawns, are not permitted.
  8. We expect that respect will be given to everyone.  Students should always treat supervising adults with respect and follow their directions at all times.
  1. Fighting will never be allowed on our campus. Also intimidation, whether physical or verbal will not be tolerated
  2. Discipline will be sure and swift for anyone who hits or otherwise abuses another student.
  3. Playground material is to be used safely.
  4. Baseball bats are not to be used at recess.
  5.  Students must remain on school property at all times.