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Student Handbook

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stantonsburg Elementary School. The faculty and staff join me in saying we're happy to have you as part of the Star family. Working together, I know this will be a successful and rewarding year for you.

Students are our top priority. We look forward to working together on safety practices, academics, and social behaviors.

Please encourage your child to read at home. By modeling good reading habits and getting excited about what you are reading, your child will be sure to follow.  We value your presence during all school events. We hope to provide a variety of opportunities to help us connect with your child and family. Please note the dates in your handbook for PTO Programs, Parent Workshops, Family nights, etc. and plan to join us.

The following pages of the handbook are filled with important information regarding school policies and procedures. Parents and students are expected to review the contents together. The handbook was also designed to assist our Stars in organizing his/her daily, weekly, and long-term assignments. This program will improve your child's organizational skills and serve as a helpful reference for parents to provide academic support at home.

I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014-2015 school year. Please let us know how we can help you throughout the school year. Working together, our Stars will succeed.


D. Taylor, Principal

 

Wilson County Schools
Mission, Vision and Belief Statements
 

Mission:
The mission of Wilson County Schools is to provide an educational environment which creates success for all students through the community working together.

Vision:
Wilson County Schools is a place where students participate in an educational environment in which they are engaged and empowered in their learning and graduate as responsible citizens prepared to compete in the global economy. Collectively, students, educators and community members commit to becoming lifelong learners and ensuring students are prepared for success and equipped with the skills to pursue their dreams.

Belief Statements:

  1. Educators set high expectations that drive learning and coursework to be rigorous, engaging, and aligned with college and career readiness. 
  2. Student achievement and success should not be predictable by race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status. 
  3. Educators believe in and share the responsibility for the development of the whole child. 
  4. All stakeholders share responsibility for promoting a culture of integrity, honor and respect. 
  5. Effective family and community partnerships are a cornerstone of the educational experience.

 

Stantonsburg Elementary School
Mission Statement

Stantonsburg Elementary will give students a solid foundation to be college and career ready. Through the combined commitment of the school, home, and the community, Stantonsburg Elementary School will provide a child-centered environment which will nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our children,

School Colors: Blue and Yellow
School Logo: Stantonsburg Stars:
Shooting for a Brighter Future
School Theme: "Hitting a Home Run"
School Motto: We are Successful, Talented,  Achieving, Responsible,  Student "STARS!"

 

Dismissal from School

  • Bus students will load buses in the bus parking area at 3:00.
  • Car riders will be picked up in front of the school beginning at 3:00. Please observe the two lines of traffic flow when picking up students in the front.
  • Walking students and bike riders will be dismissed at 3:00.
  • Students will be sent to after school care if not picked up by 3:20. After school care charges for drop in's.
  • Children are expected to remain at school throughout the school day. Should an emergency or situation arise requiring a child to leave before the dismissal, the parent or designated adult must report to the school office to identify him/herself and sign the child out. A teacher cannot release a child without proper authority from the office. A child will not be released without the written or verbal permission of the authorized parent or guardian.
  • Students who check out of school before 3:00 will be counted as tardy.
  • Students will not be permitted to change their means of transportation unless the office has received written or verbal permission from the parents/guardians. *Written is preferred.

Bus Transportation

  • Bus transportation is a privilege provided for those students who are assigned to school buses based on their permanent residence. The transportation office provides each school with a listing of the students assigned to each bus. For insurance purposes, only students assigned to a given bus may ride that bus. Due to insurance liability, students will not be able to ride a bus to which they have not been assigned by the Wilson County Schools Transportation Department.
  • An assignment to ride a bus other than the one that has been assigned based on residence can only be done on a long-term or a permanent basis. For this to be done, a Wilson County Schools "Special School Bus Assignment Form" must be completed by the parent and approved by the Transportation Director. These forms are available in the school office.

Weather or Emergency School Closings
When unsafe weather conditions require the closing of school, the Superintendent's office will notify radio stations 590, 1350 and 1420 AM as well as FM stations 90.9, 95.5, 96.9, 98.5, 99.7, 101.5, 102.3, and 107.1. The following television stations will also be notified: WTVD (Channel 11), WRAL (Channel 5), WNCT (Channel 9), WNCN (Channel 17), FOX 22 ( WLFL/WB22), and WITN (Channel 7). The absence of an announcement means that schools are operating on regular schedule.

School Bus Policies and Rules
There are certain rules that are designed for the safety of school bus passengers. It is the responsibility of the driver, the parent, and the principal to see that each student knows these rules. By setting a good personal example, the driver, with the aid of the principal, should insist that these rules are followed.

In meeting the school bus, passengers should:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Stand on the side of the highway and in no way interfere with traffic. 
  3. Cross road under the protection of stop arm.
  4. Wait for their turn while getting on bus.

On the bus, passengers must observe regular classroom conduct. The following rules should be observed:

  1. Take assigned seat.
  2. Do not talk to or otherwise disturb the driver.
  3. Do not extend hand or arm out of the window.
  4. Remain seated while bus is moving.
  5. Keep bus clean and sanitary.
  6. Refrain from the use of profanity or indecent language and having weapons in your possession. 

Bus Discipline Policy
The following steps may be followed in dealing with bus offenses reported by the driver.

  • First Offense Conference with students; parent will be notified (Driver)
  • Second Offense Conference with student; parent will be notified (Principal)
  • Third Offense Take bus riding privilege away for three (3) school days
  • Fourth Offense Take bus riding privilege away for five (5) school days
  • Fifth Offense Take bus riding privilege away for ten (10) school days


Bus Privileges May Be Suspended Indefinitely If These Initial Measures Do Not Bring The Student's Bus Behavior to an Acceptable Level.  If Case of Fighting or Other Severe Bus Behavior Violations, The Principal Has The Authority to Immediately Suspend The Student From Riding The Bus Rather Than Following The Sequence of Steps Outlined Above. Misbehavior on Exceptional Children's (EC) Buses Will Be Handled as Deemed Appropriate by the Principal. This May Include Referral to the Wilson County Schools Director of Transportation.

For a severe infraction, the principal or his designee reserves the authority to remove a student from bus riding privileges as early as the first offense.


Attendance

  • Regular attendance is required. Wilson County Board of Education policy requires that students in grades K-8 who are absent more than 27 days during the year be referred to an attendance committee which shall recommend whether the student should be considered for retention.
  • When children are absent from school, they are required by law to bring a written note signed by the parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. Verification of illness may be requested by the principal or a designee. If a note is not returned by the third day of absence, the child's absence will be marked as unexcused. The following are excused absences:

-  Illness or injury, which makes the student physically unable to attend.
-  Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health
-  Death in the immediate family
-  Emergency medical or dental appointment
-  Court proceedings
-  Religious observances required by the religion of the student or student's parents with prior approval by the principal.
-  Participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel, with prior approval by the principal. Within five days after returning to the school setting, the student shall present to the principal for his approval a log of activities and a written report explaining what insight or perspective the student gained by this trip.

Inappropriate Items
Certain items are not appropriate for school and should not be brought to school. Water guns and BB guns are against board policy. Such items include laser pens, pagers, cd players, radios, make-up, toys, paint balls, and other items that interfere with the smooth operation of school. We cannot be responsible for these items if brought to school. If students continue to bring these items to school, these items will be confiscated by the teacher and turned in to the office. These items will be kept until the end of the school year or until a parent comes to pick them up. They will be discarded at the end of the year. When live animals (frogs, turtles, rabbits, etc.) are brought for projects or presentations, they can not be carried on the bus.

Lost, Damaged or Stolen Items
If students lose, destroy, or damage any school property while it is in their possession, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to reimburse damages. This also includes theft.

Medication Policy

  • School staff will give no medicine without written and specific instructions signed by the parent/guardian. There are forms in the school office that must be completed and signed by the parent before medicine can be given at school. 
  • Prescription medicine should be in the original container with the student's name on the label.
  • Medication guidelines are for the safety and well being of students and staff.
  • Medications will be secured by the teacher.

Emergencies
It is essential that the school have accurate telephone numbers to reach parents in the event of illness or emergency involving your child. Please list home, work and cell numbers. It is important to designate the name of a relative or friend to contact in case parents cannot be reached. Please notify the teacher and/or school office of any change in address or telephone numbers. Forms are available in the front office.

Proof of Residence
Every student must have on file two proofs of residence for the current address. Please notify the school office when you move.

Messages
Teachers and students will not be called from the classroom to answer the telephone. Telephone messages will be taken and delivered by the office.

Student Dress
The majority of our children dress appropriately for school. Occasionally, however, a child does come to school dressed inappropriately. Our major concern is for the safety of our children and to ensure optimum instructional time. Some general guidelines are listed below:

  1. Shoes should be worn at all times. High heels are not appropriate, especially for PE.
  2. Students should not wear clothes advertising drugs, alcohol, etc.
  3. Students should not wear clothes that interfere with instruction.
  4. Students should dress appropriately for PE and refrain from excessive jewelry.
  5. Clothes should be worn in the manner they were intended. Snaps should be snapped. Buttons should be buttoned. Zippers should be zipped. Pants should be worn around the waist.
  6. Undergarments should not be visible.*
  7. Shorts should pass the fingertip test. (With hands and arms extended at sides, the bottom of the shorts should touch the fingertips.)
  8. Midriffs should be covered.
  9. Shirt tails should be tucked in at all times (boys). If shirt tail is long enough to cover pockets, it should be tucked in (girls)

*Number 6 means no spaghetti straps for students in grades 3, 4 or 5. This is consistent with the dress codes at the middle schools. It was explained at the beginning of the school year. Younger students should not wear spaghetti straps if they have begun to mature and need appropriate undergarments.

 

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