Oakcrest Elementary School 2018-19
Welcome to Oakcrest Elementary School. Oakcrest Elementary is a great school with outstanding students, staff, and academic programs.
The information in this handbook has been prepared to answer questions you may have about your school. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at (801) 280-7243. For more information about our school, please visit our website at: http://schools.jordandistrict.org/oakcrest
Code of Conduct
Animals in the Building
Bicycles, Scooters, and Skateboards
Communication with the Student, Parent, and Teacher
Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
Field Trips/Background Checks
Free and Appropriate Public Education
Gum Health/Allergies Homework/Request of Homework
Personal Items at School
School Community Council
Student Recognition Technology
Table of Contents
CODE OF CONDUCT 2018-19
RESPECT PEOPLE RESPECT PROPERTY RESPECT SELF
- Show respect for and obey reasonable instructions from teachers, traffic guards, aides, and other Oakcrest staff.
- Cell phones are to be turned off and put away during school hours.
- Stay on the playground during recesses and school hours.
- No tackle or knock down games allowed.
- Snow remains on the ground. Sledding is not permitted.
- Fighting and bullying are not tolerated.
- Skateboards, scooters, roller blades, or Heelies (shoes with wheels in them) should not be brought to school.
- Leave gum or candy at home.
- Follow the Jordan School District dress code.
- No standing or climbing on top of the playground equipment.
- Cross-school parking lots only in the marked crosswalks. When parking in the east parking lot, parents must exit their vehicle and escort their child/children through the crosswalk, both before and after school.
- Students who use the back cut-through to walk to and from school must use the painted crosswalks on 6700 west.
- Please use grade level entrances and exits at all times.
- The building will be open to students ten minutes before school begins. Students will be admitted into the building when the bell rings.
- Students will be allowed into the building early if there is inclement weather.
- Students must dress as outlined by district policy and appropriate for weather conditions.
- Students need to check into the office when tardy prior to entering the classroom.
- Please notify the school as soon as possible when a student is going to be absent or tardy. This is very helpful as the school tries to maintain current attendance records.
ANIMALS IN THE BUILDING
Animals are not allowed in the building due to potential safety and allergy risks to students and staff. Animals assisting individuals with disabilities will be allowed in the building.
ATTENDANCE POLICY We encourage good attendance to promote continuity of instruction and maximize learning opportunities. Thank you for ensuring that your students are in school as much as possible and consequently communicating to them that you value their education. If attendance issues are addressed in elementary school, their chances of future success in secondary school increases significantly.
* Inasmuch as the District attendance policies are being updated, additional information about these policies will be sent out to parents near the beginning of the school year. These policies will be included as part of this code of conduct.
- Valid excuses include illness, family death, and approved school activities.
- Illness absences will be excused by a phone call or signed note from parents within 48 hours of returning to school or by providing medical verification from a doctor.
- The child is responsible for work missed resulting from any absence, excused or unexcused.
- Educational leave form must be completed prior to the trip. Forms can be picked up and turned into the office, prior to the trip.
Attendance codes on Skyward:
E Excused absence —Valid excuses are listed above under GUIDELINES.
A Absent and we don’t know why (no parent contact)
V Vacation/educational leave (max 10 days per year)
G Absent for an excuse not meeting guidelines and parent is aware and/or was contacted.
I/O Checked in or out by a parent (with a valid and verified excuse)
Q Parent sent note excusing child
DISTRICT GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDANCE Excessive Absences: Average of one or more absence per week for five or more weeks.
Excessive Tardies: Four or more tardies in a two-week period.
Action Taken to Promote Regular Attendance & Reduce Unexcused Absences and Tardies:
- Thank you letters home to parents who have no unexcused absences on a quarterly basis. Action Taken to Improve Poor Attendance:
- The Compulsory Education letter is part of the online student registration.
- After 5 unexcused absences, a letter from the principal will be sent home reminding parents of the attendance policy.
- After 10 unexcused absences, a letter will be sent home and a meeting with the administration will be scheduled to discuss attendance issues and offer appropriate interventions (e.g. truancy school for 5th-6th, district intake, attendance contract, etc.)
- After 15 unexcused absences, a certified letter will be sent home informing the parent that a juvenile court referral will be made, as per state code 53a-11-101.
EXCUSED ABSENCE/TARDY REQUIREMENTS Illness – A note to the teacher or office is required.
Doctor Appointments – A note from the physician’s office is required. Please turn notes into the office as soon as possible.
Family Emergency – A note is required upon arrival at school.
Educational Leave – Each student is granted a total of ten educational leave days. These days may be used at the discretion of the parent. Forms are available in the office and need to be completed one week prior to the educational leave. This paperwork must be completed if a student is going to miss three or more consecutive days.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF ANY EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE AFFECTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE. IT IS OUR GOAL TO WORK TOGETHER TO TRY AND RESOLVE CONCERNS.
If a student needs to use the restroom outside of recess or lunchtime, they may notify the teacher and the teacher will allow the student to go to the restroom. At times, students use the restroom as an excuse to avoid work in class. If a teacher suspects this behavior, the teacher will contact parents to resolve the concern.
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, AND SKATEBOARDS
Students must walk their bikes/scooters and carry skateboards when on school property. The student is responsible for securing their ride in the bike rack. We would prefer to keep all scooters out of the building, in rare circumstances they may be carried inside. Lost or stolen bicycles, scooters and/or skateboards are not the responsibility of the school or school personnel. Bikes should not be chained to the fence near the stairs or on the West side of the school property.
Students who live 1.5 miles or further from the school qualify outright for busing. Details regarding qualification and bus stop locations can be found at http://www.jordandistrict.org/schools/boundaries/ Students who live within 1.5 miles of the school do not qualify for busing to school and are encouraged to use the safe walking route detailed on our school’s website. Students who live within 1.5 miles of the school may fill out an application for a “space available” permit that will be granted to students who live furthest from the school as there is space available after all qualified students have a reserved seat. Those applications are accepted from the first day of school until fifteen days after the first day of school.
Oakcrest Elementary School is a “closed campus”. Students are to remain on campus throughout the school day unless they have been properly checked out of school according to procedures outlined above. Under no circumstances may a student leave school without permission from the office.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE STUDENT, PARENT, AND TEACHER
Good communication between home and school will facilitate each student’s success. Communication may occur through: phone calls, emails, student planners, progress reports, report cards, appointments, and through Skyward (the online grade book.) At no time should a parent be in doubt of their child’s progress. It is highly recommended that a parent contact their child’s teacher to review an issue or concern, prior to calling the school administration. Information such as grades, lunch balances, attendance, and much
more can be instantly accessed from home by visiting https://skystu.jordan.k12.ut.us “Skyward.”
We believe the following values are important for student success at home, school, and community. We will emphasize these community values in our classrooms and ask that you emphasize them at home as well.
- COMPASSION § INTERGRITY § COMMUNITY IDENTITY
- RESPECT § CONTINUOUS LEARNING § CHARACTER
DANGEROUS OR DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT
We would like to turn discipline situations into learning opportunities whenever possible. We will use a hierarchy of interventions to support students in acquiring the skills necessary to improve behavior. For more severe or repeated behaviors action will be taken according to district policy AS67. Phone calls may be made if deemed necessary by the administration.
District policy states (AS67): JSD students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment, which is free from unlawful and violent actions. Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and/or safety of a student or staff member shall be suspended and/or referred to a District Hearing. The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property or while traveling on the bus: Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, fireworks, chemical or martial arts weapon, or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or non-functional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use. This includes toy knives, toy guns, and squirt guns.
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. It can take many forms: (1) Physical bullying: hitting and/or punching (2) Verbal bullying: teasing or name-calling (3) Non-verbal or emotional bullying: intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression (4) Cyber-bullying: sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging. Bullying is not to be tolerated at school and should be reported by any victims or bystanders to a teacher or administrator.
Fighting and disruptive behavior
- Oakcrest Elementary has a no tolerance policy for fighting or aggressive physical behavior.
- Fighting is defined as any physical contact or threat of physical harm.
- Profanity and/or vulgar language will not be tolerated. Consequences The following steps will be taken if a student chooses to disregard the guidelines, or is involved in fighting or showing lack of respect for others and/or property:
- Student will fill out a “Think Time Sheet”.
- Teacher and/or principal will investigate the situation.
- An appropriate and meaningful consequence will be decided upon by the student, teacher and/or principal.
- Student, teacher and/or principal may call home to inform parent of incident.
- Fighting results in automatic in-school-suspension.
The following may also occur:
- Parent conference with teacher and/or principal.
- In-school suspension with a conference with parent.
- Out of school suspension and parent conference.
- Participation in “Friday School” held on Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 pm. Please refer to the “Dangerous & Disruptive Conduct” Policy in the Online Elementary Registration Booklet. Some offenses warrant immediate suspension or expulsion from school. DRESS CODE (see complete policy AA419) Clothing should be clean, neat, and in proper repair (no holes). • No bare shoulders, bare midriff tops, or tank tops. • Footwear should be designed for active outdoor play. • Hats are not to be worn in the building. • Gang-related clothing of any kind is not allowed. • T-shirts depicting violence, use of drugs, alcohol, or other inappropriate slogans are not allowed. DROP OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES We would like to thank our Oakcrest parents in advance for their cooperation in helping us achieve the goal of making the parking lot safe for the children and more convenient for each of you. Please follow these safety guidelines to ensure that you can get in/out quickly and safely. • Please have your child ready to exit the vehicle when you arrive at the school. It is hard to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly when we have last minute problems being fixed in the cars at the curb. We do understand that there may be a day when you are running behind but if you need a few extra minutes with your child, please park in the parking lot and have them use the crosswalk. • Please pull all the way forward when you drop your child off. We understand how convenient it is to drop off at the crosswalk or at the 1st grade doors, but it makes it very difficult for our other parents to drop off their children. If everyone pulls as far forward as they are able, we can get more cars in/out of the drop off lane quickly and safely. • Please have your child exit out the right side of the vehicle. It is not safe for them to exit on the left as they are then exiting into a thru lane. Please never stop in the thru lane, especially to let your child out. This not only impedes the traffic but is VERY dangerous for your child. • There is no parking in the red zone. If you have to exit your vehicle, please park in the parking lot. • Students are not allowed to enter the parking lot without a parent in hand EMERGENCY DRILLS Emergency drills are required at regular intervals. Whenever the school is evacuated, students and teachers will follow INCIDENT COMMAND procedures. In the event that a real emergency occurs, you will need to check your student out in an orderly fashion as directed by the office staff in order for us to safely account for our students. FIELD TRIPS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS Students will have the opportunity to participate in various field trips that are fun and geared towards reinforcing classroom learning objectives. Any adult volunteering in classroom or on field trips who has unsupervised access to children, need to undergo a free background check at the district office. The prospective volunteer will simply need to stop by the office to fill out a form, get it signed by the office, and take that form along with photo ID to the Human Resource department at the district office (7387 S.
Campus View Drive West Jordan, UT 84084). We appreciate your willingness to help out at school and we appreciate your willingness to have this background check completed for the safety of our students. You only need to participate in this background check once every five years, but you will need to fill out a volunteer form each year in the front office.
FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION
Students in Utah are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Some teachers provide supply lists to parents for classroom items (Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc.). Participation in providing these items is optional.
Gum is not allowed on school grounds or in the school building at any time. We take pride in our building and would expect the same of our students and any visitors.
HEALTH AND ALLERGIES
Parents can assure their child’s effectiveness in school by providing good nutrition, adequate rest, cleanliness, and medical and dental care. It is imperative that your child’s immunizations are kept up-to-date as required by state law. If immunizations are incomplete, parents will be notified. Please communicate your student’s health needs to your teacher and the front office staff. We have a school nurse who is available to meet with you to discuss the needs, provide training to our staff, and create a plan to ensure that your student’s needs are met.
HOMEWORK/REQUEST FOR HOMEWORK
Homework is intended to provide students with opportunities to practice/review concepts/skills learned at school in order to promote deeper understanding and fluency. Some assignments are long-range and require planned study time for their completion. Planned study eliminates the necessity of spending too much time in completing an assignment the day before it is due. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any work missed due to absence. Please give advanced notice to the teacher when you know you’ll be gone. The teacher may wish to provide the work before or after the absence.
School lunch menus can be accessed from the school’s website or picked up from the office. Student lunches cost $1.75 (subject to change), reduced lunch cost is $0.40, and milk costs $0.25. Students will use their student ID number as their school lunch number. Payments can be made with cash/check at the school or online through Skyward by clicking on the “Food Services” tab, once logged in at https://skystu.jordan.k12.ut.us.
- 4th grade 11:30 – 12:10
- 2nd grade 11:40 – 12:20
- 6th grade 11:50 – 12:30
- 3rd grade 12:00 – 12:40
- 5th grade 12:10 – 12:50
- 1st grade 12:20 – 1:00
Prescription and over-the-counter medicines in the original container with specific directions are to be kept in the front office along with a form that needs to be filled out and signed by the parent and physician. These forms must be resubmitted each year. The required medication forms are available in the front office. The student is responsible for remembering to take his/her medicine. Please speak with your child’s teacher so he/she can support your child in remembering to go to the front office at the appropriate times for medicine dispensing.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring and report cards will be sent home prior to these conferences. This is an opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers and discuss the student’s grades, progress, and goals. We encourage all parents and students to attend.
PERSONAL ITEMS FROM SCHOOL
Jordan School District is not responsible for any personal property that is lost, stolen or vandalized. We ask that students utilize the playground equipment provided by the school. Personal equipment i.e. baseballs, bats, lacrosse equipment etc. should be left at home. Cell phone use during school hours is not allowed. Toys or distracting items should not be brought to school
Oakcrest Elementary has an active parent-teacher association that works cooperatively in the interest of your child and the school. A small membership fee is collected during registration. Your support of the PTA is appreciated. There are a variety of volunteer options that can match your schedule and availability.
When students go out to recess, they are encouraged to wear proper footwear to prevent unnecessary injury. There is blacktop space, playground equipment, and plenty of grassy areas for students to play. Students should include others in games and follow the school rules to ensure that they are respectful, responsible and safe while on recess. When the
temperature drops below 21 degrees Fahrenheit or when students will get really wet from being outside, students have their recess indoors. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately to be able to participate in recess on cold or snowy days. In cases of severe inclement weather or temperature, students will not go out to recess.
SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Oakcrest Elementary has an active School Community Council, which provides the school with valuable community input and insight. This group consists of parents, teachers, and administrators who meet at least quarterly during the school year. The members of the community elect the council members.
Our school district uses Skyward as the web-based system for the online grade book, tracking student information, and tracking/paying lunch accounts. There is one login for each family that gives you access to each of your student’s information K-12. This information is mailed home, but if you are unsure of your login information, please contact the office.
A student who becomes ill during the school day will report to the front office. The student or an office staff member will call the numbers listed on the registration account completed by the parent/guardian at the beginning of the school year. If this information is inaccurate, please come in as soon as possible to update this information. In case of an emergency, emergency responders and the student’s parents will be notified. Under no circumstances may a student leave school without permission from the front office.
Principal Pride Award—Each month 1-2 students are selected from each class to receive the Principal Pride Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize students for their efforts and growth in education. All students are eligible to receive this award. Enrichment Activities—Some of the enrichment activities include Applied science, Robotics, Science Fair, Orchestra, Safety Patrol, and Star Reading.
Each classroom is equipped with an audio enhancement system, iPad, Apple TV, and an LCD projector. This equipment is used to enhance learning through graphics, video projection through iPads or laptop computers. Students have access to our school computer lab and multiple mobile laptop labs throughout the school. Each student has a chrome book in grades 3-6. We are always working to find ways to improve learning through and increase student access to technology
TELEPHONES/ CELL PHONES
The office telephone is a business phone and should be used by students for emergencies only. Parents should not call students at school except in emergencies. After school arrangements should be made by families prior to the school day beginning to alleviate an inordinate amount of calls being answered and made by students at the end of the school
day. Students are welcome to use their cell phones before or after school. Cell phones may not be used or displayed during the school day. Lost or stolen cell phones are not the responsibility of the school or school personnel.
The school furnishes books to students with the hope that students/parents recognize the books as a major investment and will properly safeguard them. Normal wear is expected as a result of daily use. Fines will be charged for unreasonable damage or loss of textbooks.
ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE MAIN OFFICE, SIGN IN, AND RECEIVE A VISITOR’S PASS. Please have ID ready to show office staff upon entrance. Don’t forget to sign out at the office before you leave. We welcome parents who would like to eat with their children in the cafeteria at lunchtime. However, for safety reasons, we cannot allow parents out on the playground during recess. If you wish to eat lunch with your student, please sign in at the office and sign out immediately the following lunch unless you are staying to volunteer in a classroom.
Any adult volunteering in the classroom or on field trips who have unsupervised access to children needs to undergo a free background check at the district office. The prospective volunteer will simply need to stop by the office to fill out a form, get it signed by the office, and take that form along with photo ID to the Human Resource department at the district office (7387 S. Campus View Drive West Jordan, UT 84084). We have attached the volunteer form if you would like to fill it out now and turn it into the office at your convenience.
* We appreciate your willingness to help out at school and to have this background check completed for the safety of our students. Background checks are indefinite after July 1, 2015, but you will need to fill out a volunteer form each year in the front office. * Unsupervised access means that you are working with the student outside of the classroom or direct purview/supervision of the certified teacher.
Welcome to Oakcrest's school lunch program! Our goal is to provide nutritious, delicious meals in a positive setting. The purpose of this letter is to acquaint you with Oakcrest's school lunch policies. LUNCH PRICES
All school lunches must be paid for in advance. Lunch prices for the 2018-2019 school year will be as follows: *Regular lunches will cost $1.75 per day (or $8.75 per week). *Reduced price lunches (see below) will cost $.40 per day.
*Adult and non-student lunches will cost $3.30 each. Please bring exact change when visiting. Please be aware this is a new price.
*The cost of milk for All (including free and reduced) cold lunches will be $.25 per carton. Funds may be placed in your child's regular lunch account for the purchase of milk, thus eliminating the need to send cash or coins on a daily basis.
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM
Application for free and reduced lunches will be available at the beginning of the school year either by applying online through Skyward or obtaining a form in the schools' kitchen office. Students’ who received free or reduced meals at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, will have a 30-day grace period during which their status is continued, thus allowing time for applications to be received and processed. If an application is not received and approved within 30 days of the beginning of the school year, students will then be charged the regular daily price ($1.75) for lunches. Parents will be responsible for these charges. Applications may be filled out at any time throughout the school year. The regular price will be charged until the application is approved; these charges will still need to be paid by parents.
KEEPING ACCOUNTS CURRENT
Balance notifications will be sent home via e-mail. Negative statements will be sent home as needed via e-mail or a yellow paper. If sending a payment with your student, please fill out a deposit slip including all names and account information, Please consider the following suggestions for keeping accounts current:
*Many have found that sending money for the entire month on the 1st is the easiest way to stay current in students' accounts. Monthly price breakdown is included on page 2.
*Accounts may be paid online through Skyward. For log in information, please call the main office at Oakcrest for your family access information. 801-280-7243 *If paying for multiple students at the same time, please put each students' name and the amount you want to go into each account.
THE JORDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS IMPLEMENTED THE USE OF COLLECTION AGENCIES. The use of collection agencies started at the end of the 2015 school year because of the high amount of negative lunch balances district-wide. Negative $40 and higher lunch balances will be sent to the district for consideration of being sent to a collection agency.
Utah State law requires that we receive a "Diet Prescription for Meals at School" form signed by a physician for all students with food allergies that require meal modification. You can find this form at Jordan School Districts website under Nutrition Service Department. http://department.jordandistrict.org/nutritionservices/index.html
We are excited to serve your children and look forward to another great year in the Oakcrest cafeteria! Please feel free to call us anytime with questions or concerns at
Diane Woodard, Lunch Manager
|Regular Price||Reduced Price|
Adult and guest lunches are now $3.30
Oakcrest Elementary Behavior Expectations
At Oakcrest Elementary, our behavioral expectations stem from our “Big 3” rules: Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. We have included a voice level (VL) expectation as well.
Definitions of Terms
|KYHFOOTY||Keep Your Hands, Feet, and Other Objects To Yourself|
|Voice Level 0||Silent|
|Voice Level 1||Whisper|
|Voice Level 2||Partner Talk|
|Voice Level 3||Table Talk|
|Voice Level 4||Outside Voice|
|Assemblies||*KYHFOOTY *Enter/exit quietly||*Listen to presenter *Follow directions *Wait to be dismissed||*Walk *Face forward||0|
|Bathroom||*KYHFOOTY||*Return directly to class after using the restroom *Flush the toilet||*Wash your hands after using the restroom||1|
|Bus||*KYHFOOTY *Smile and thank your driver||*Sit quietly on the bus *Leave food off the bus *Listen and follow directions of driver||*Remain seated *Wait patiently when entering/exiting bus *Watch for cars and wait for the driver to signal you when crossing in front of bus||1|
|Cafeteria||*KYHFOOTY *Use good manners||*Clean up after self *Keep food inside cafeteria||*Walk and wait patiently in line *Keep food in your mouth or on your tray*Exit through the cafeteria side door||3|
|Computer Lab||*KYHFOOTY *Listen and follow directions||*Use equipment appropriately *Report broken equipment *Push in your chair||*Sit quietly in chair *Keep feet on floor *Visit approved sites only||1|
|Gym||*KYHFOOTY *Share and take turns *Use friendly language||*Listen *Clean your workspace by putting the equipment where it belongs||*Follow directions *Use equipment correctly||3|
|Hallway||*KYHFOOTY *Walk quietly||*Walk directly to your destination||*Walk *Face Forward *Keep both feet on floor||0|
|Inside Recess||*KYFOOTY *Enter/Exit quietly *Use friendly language||*Listen and follow directions * Share and play nicely * Line up when asked||* Follow directions *Stay inside the gym *No running or tag games||2|
|Library||*KYHFOOTY *Enter/exit quietly *Say please and thank you||*Listen and follow directions *Use a shelf marker||*Walk||1|
|Office||*Be patient *Say please and thank you||*Be on time to school *Listen and follow directions||*Sit quietly on office furniture||2|
|Parking Lot||*KYHFOOTY||*Arrive to school on time *Walk quickly home *Wait patiently for your ride*Move quickly to the bus||*Follow the directions of the crossing guard, safety patrol, and teachers *Watch for cars||3|
|Playground||*KYHFOOTY *Include others and share||*Return equipment to your classroom *Line up when the bell rings*Notify an adult to go inside building (to go to the restroom or get a drink, etc.)||*Play in your grade level playground *Follow school expectations||4|
I have read and understand the behavioral expectations for Oakcrest Elementary and agree to follow these expectations.