2021-2022 Handbook » 2021-2022 Student Handbook

2021-2022 Student Handbook

West View Elementary School

 

Message from the Principal

 

Dear West View Families,

          It is my pleasure, along with the entire faculty and staff, to welcome you to West View Elementary School, Home of the Wildcats!      

As your child’s principal, I promise to make decisions that prioritize safety, recognize each student as a unique individual, and facilitate a challenging and supportive school environment for ALL. Open and clear communication between school and home is vital to the success of our school.  This handbook contains important information regarding school policy and procedures. Parents and students should review the contents together. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 576-1833. 

          To accomplish our goals this year, I invite you to play an active role in your child’s school success by committing to the following:

            *creating a positive home learning environment with healthy bedtime routines          *communicating with your child’s teachers

          *attending conferences and school-wide events

*encouraging your child to follow school procedures

*modeling good citizenship and respect for others

     You can find PTO information at the end of the handbook. There are numerous opportunities for you to be involved. We look forward to building a school-family partnership and appreciate your support.

Welcome to our school where wonderful things are happening!

Sincerely,

Amy L. Faulkner

Principal

 

 

COVID-19 Update

 

As we reopen, (also see our district reopening plan), we will continue to make safety our highest priority for our students and staff.  Some of our new safety measures will include: 

-        Temperature checks for all students upon arrival

-        Face shields, masks, gloves, classroom disinfecting products & hand sanitizer         provided for staff

-        Student desks placed at least 6 feet apart

-        Class sizes that allow for social distancing

-        Students and staff will wear masks when social distancing is not possible such as during class change, on school buses, etc.

-        Perfect attendance awards will be set aside to encourage students to stay home when sick

-        DHEC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation will be strictly followed

-        Plexiglass and dividers available in areas and classrooms as needed

-        Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting during the day and after school hours

-        Limiting on-campus visitors to parents on official business

 

 

 

400 Oak Grove Road

Spartanburg, South Carolina

29301

(864) 576-1833

 

 

Board of Trustees

                                        Spartanburg County School District Six

 

Mr. Charles I. Boyd, Chairman

Mr. Michael Forrester, Vice Chairman

Mr. Henry B. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Mr. Michael B. Crook

Mr. Lynn R. Harris

Rev. Kevin Harrison

Dr. Mary Lou Hightower

Mrs. Christie B. Johnson

Mr. Wendall J. Lee

Dr. Darryl Owings, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 West View Elementary Mission Statement

                                                                                                   

 

West View Elementary School, in partnership with its entire community, will educate each student by providing a positive, challenging, and enriched learning environment that enables each student to become a life-long learner and a responsible citizen in an increasingly global society.

 

 

School Beliefs

 

The Faculty and Staff of West View Elementary School Believe:

 

  • We believe that all students can learn.
  • We believe student learning should be our first priority.
  • We believe each student is a valued individual with unique physical social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  • We believe students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional practices that support learning.
  • We believe students need to demonstrate knowledge and skills as well as be actively involved in communication, solving problems, and producing work. 
  • We believe that family and community involvement strengthens student performance.
  • We believe a safe, inviting, and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • We believe a student’s self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff.
  • We believe students need character development to encourage ethical thinking and to motivate them to do their personal best.
  • We believe physically fit and active children are better prepared and are more successful students.
  • We believe students need to demonstrate ever-changing technology proficiencies as they prepare for college and career readiness in a global society.
  • Finally, we believe the commitment to continuous improvements is imperative for our school to enable students to become confident, self-directed life-long learners who make positive contributions to society.

 

-Revised and adopted January 2019 (West View Faculty and Staff and School Improvement Council)

 

 

Handbook Purpose

 

Spartanburg County School District Six provides this Parent/Teacher Handbook to each of our students so that students and their parents can become familiar with our schools’ rules and regulations.

 

The district administration and/or the Board of Trustees may amend, modify or discontinue at any time the policies, rules and regulations to which it refers.

 

 

 

 

Registration Information

 

The following items are necessary for registering new students:

  1. Original birth certificate
  2. SC Immunization record
  3. Current proof of residence – includes deed to property, property tax receipt, realtor contract or rental receipt (verified)

 

A parent or guardian who has custody of the child must register the child.

 

 

School District Six Mission Statement

Spartanburg School District Six, where children are always first, ensures the highest quality education for all children by providing a highly qualified staff, a challenging curriculum, first class facilities and a nurturing environment.

See Board Policy IA.

Student Discrimination

 

Students who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of their sex, disability, or any other reason have the right to appeal to their principal. The principal, or his/her designee, will conduct an investigation of the complaint and render a decision. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the principal, the student may appeal to the Deputy Superintendent for Personnel/Operations (Title IX Coordinator) for issues related to alleged discrimination based on sex, or to the Assistant Superintendent of Special Services (Section 504 Coordinator), for complaints related to discrimination based on disability. If the matter is still unresolved, the student may submit the complaint in writing to the District Superintendent for further consideration. The Deputy/Assistant Superintendents and the District Superintendent may be reached at (864) 576-4212, 1390 Cavalier Way, Roebuck, SC 29376.

 

Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Spartanburg School District Six that no person shall, on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, immigrant status, English speaking status, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status, be denied the opportunities and benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination in, any education program or activity operated by the District.  In addition, no person shall, on any of these bases, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment, or recruitment, or consideration, or selection, therefore, whether full-time or part-time, under any educational program or activity. The district shall make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

 

Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment.  In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the District prohibits and will not tolerate sexual harassment against its employees, students, and other persons.  The District has designated a Title IX Coordinator to receive and respond to inquiries and complaints regarding sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment. 

 

Employees, students, parents, and other persons may contact the following individuals with any questions or concerns about, or to make a report or file a complaint regarding, discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment) or retaliation:

 

Director of Personnel / Title IX Coordinator:

  • Beth Haun, Director of Personnel (Haunbd@spart6.org
    • 1390 Cavalier Way/Roebuck, SC 29376
    • 864-576-4212

Assistant Superintendent for Special Services (Section 504, ADA)

  • Dr. Alan Eggert (Aeggert@spart6.org
    • 1390 Cavalier Way/Roebuck, SC 29376
    • 864-576-4212

 

Information pertaining to the District’s grievance procedures and processes may be found in our Board Policy Manual.

 

Title IX Training Materials

Title IX Basics: https://icslawyer.com/posting-for-review-k12-title-ix-basics/

Title IX Investigator / Decision-Maker Level 1: https://icslawyer.com/posting-for-review-k12- title-ix-investigator-decision-maker-level-1/

Title IX Coordinator: https://icslawyer.com/posting-for-review-k-12-title-ix-coordinator/

Title IX Decision-Maker Appeals: https://icslawyer.com/posting-for-review-k12-title-ixappellate-decision-makers/

Title IX Informal Resolution: https://icslawyer.com/posting-for-review-k-12-title-ix-informalresolution/

 

Notification of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  Their rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day school receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.  Parents should submit in writing to the principal the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate.  If the principal decided not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the principal will notify the parent or eligible students of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible students when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, it disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the District Six Board of Trustees:  a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on a special committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by School District Six to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC  20202-4605

 

Meal Prices

Each full day student has the option of eating a well –balanced meal in the cafeteria or bringing lunch from home.  We work very closely with our food service providers to make sure that the food and service in the cafeteria is always nutritious and exciting while staying within the guidelines set forth by the USDA and State Department of Education.

 

For 2020-21, West View Elementary School is a Universal Free Breakfast school.  All students attending WVES may eat breakfast at school at no charge to the child.

 

 

The cost of meals for 2020--2021 is as follows:

 

4K & Elementary

Lunch

 

Reduced

Lunch

Adult

Lunch

Adult   Breakfast

$2.50

$0.40

$3.85

$2.30

 

Parents should contact the school office at 864-576-1833 for Free and Reduced Lunch forms. Inquiries concerning lunch balances: call same number above and ask for cafeteria. Lunch accounts can be paid online.

 

 

Milk or Juice

 

If a student is allergic to milk or milk by-products, juice may serve as a substitution for milk.  Any request to substitute juice for milk must be accompanied by a letter from a licensed physician.  Students may bring fruit juice, but the price of the lunch will remain the same.  NO CANNED COLAS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PERMITTED.  It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the homeroom teacher and school nurse each year that the student is allergic to milk or milk by-products or of any other allergies.

 

Report Cards

 

Report cards in grades 4K-5th grade are sent home four times a year (see school calendar for dates).  Report cards need to be returned to the homeroom teacher, signed, the first day after report cards are issued during the school term.

 

See Board Policy IHAB.

 

The 2nd-5th grade grading system for report cards will include a Reading grade and a Language Arts grade. The language arts grade will encompass writing, spelling, grammar/language, and handwriting for 2nd grade.

 

            Grading System

 

District Six schools use the following grading scale:

 

A         90-100                                     E          Excellent

B         80-89                                       S          Satisfactory

C         70-79                                       N         Needs Improvement

D         60-69                                       U         Unsatisfactory

F          Failing (Below 60)

P          Passing (Only Special Education Certificate Credit)

I           Incomplete

NC      No Credit (Excessive Absences)

 

Grading System for Kindergarten and First Grade:

 

            M = meets or exceeds end-of-year standards

            P = shows expected progress in meeting end-of-year standards

            B = beginning to show progress toward meeting end-of-year standards

            N = needs intensive support at school and home toward meeting end-of-year standards        

 

                                   

 

Honor Roll

 

Each nine weeks, the Honor Roll recognizes students who receive a numerical grade of 90 or above in each subject and maintains E’s and S’s in other academic areas (art, PE, music, foreign language, band and/or strings). Honor Roll for the year is based on students maintaining a 90 or above each nine weeks in each subject area.

 

A/B Honor Roll

 

Each nine weeks, the A/B Honor Roll recognizes students who receive a numerical grade of 80 or above in each subject and maintain E’s and S’s in other academic areas (art, PE, music, foreign language, band and/or strings). The A/B Honor Roll for the year is based on students maintaining an 80 or above each nine weeks in each subject area.

 

 

Academic Promotion and Retention

 

Spartanburg District Six creates instructional experiences designed to provide maximal opportunity for students as they progress through each grade.

 

At the end of each school year, a student is promoted to the next grade if that student’s educational growth is satisfactory for his or her level of ability.

 

If a student fails to make adequate progress, the school’s academic assistance team may determine that the student will benefit by staying in the same level for another year.

When dealing with promotion and retention the district adheres to the South Carolina Accountability Act of 1998 and Board Policy IHE.

 

The primary considerations for promotion/retention are the student’s mastery of state and district academic standards; academic aptitude; physical, social and emotional development; and state and/or district mandated tests.

 

Retention in Kindergarten:  The district does not recommend retaining kindergarten students.  A small number of students, however, could benefit from more time and nurturing at this level.  No student should be retained more than once in kindergarten.

 

Retention in Grades 1 and 2:  A student in grades 1 and 2 may be retained if the student has not made adequate progress in reading and mathematics as determined by classroom performance and district assessment of State Academic Achievement Standards.  No student should be retained more than once in grades 1 and 2.

 

Retention in Grade 3:  The District makes promotion and retention decisions for students in grade 3 in accordance with the South Carolina Read to Succeed Legislation.  South Carolina law states: “Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of the third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state summative reading assessment.”  The staff will hold conferences with the parents/guardians of the students in grade 3 as outlined in the Read to Succeed guidelines.  Appropriate school personnel will review the student’s progress during marked intervals in the school year.  If a student is not able to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of the third grade, it will be determined if the child meets the criteria for a “good cause exemption” as outlined in the state legislation or if the child should attend the District’s summer reading camp.

 

Retention in Grades 4 and 5:  The District makes promotion and retention decisions for students in grades 4 through 5 in accordance with the South Carolina Accountability Act of 1998.  At the beginning of the school year, staff hold academic assistance conferences with the parents/guardians of students in grades 4 through 5 whose test scores, grades and classwork show that they are not meeting district and state academic standards in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies.  Appropriate school personnel review the student’s progress at the end of the school year.  If a student is not meeting academic achievement standards or is not meeting the terms of his/her academic plan, the District may require the student to attend summer school or may retain the student at his/her present grade.  No student should be retained more than once in grades 4 through 5.

 

Retention in Grades 6-8:  Students in grades 6 through 8 may be retained if the school’s academic assistance team believes it is in the student’s best interest to be retained or if the student scores below standard on state and/or district-mandated tests, or fails three or more academic subjects within one school year.

 

See Board Policy IHE.

 

Distance Learning

 

Distance learning refers to a formal learning activity where students and teachers are separated due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  This type of learning offers both teachers and students a way to stay connected and continue learning while they are apart.  Distance learning materials are delivered through a variety of media including, but not limited to, print, recordings, webinars/broadcasts, web-based programs and other online technology. Teachers support distance learners through communication via email, telephone, or online programs and platforms.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

The South Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law, Section 59-65-10, states that all parents or guardians shall cause their children or wards to attend regularly a public or private school or kindergarten of this State.  Section 59-65-20 of the Compulsory Attendance Law states that any parent or guardian who neglects to enroll his child or ward or refuses to make such child or ward attend school shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than fifty dollars or be imprisoned not more than thirty days; each day’s absence shall constitute a separate offense; provided, the court may in its discretion suspend the sentence of anyone convicted of the provisions of this article.

 

ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

 

Any student who is absent from school must present a written excuse, signed by his/her parent/legal guardian or documentation of a medical appointment.  The school administration will keep all excuses confidential.  If a student fails to bring a valid excuse to school within 3 days of the absence, he/she will automatically receive an unexcused absence.  If a student brings a false (or forged) excuse, the student will be referred to the school administration for appropriate action.

 

 

The district will consider students lawfully absent under the following circumstances:

  • they are ill and their attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others;
  • there is a death or serious illness in their immediate family;
  • there is a recognized religious holiday of their faith;
  • prearranged absences for other reasons and/or extreme hardships at the discretion of the principal; or
  • the student has a doctor, dentist, or orthodontist appointment and brings a note to that effect from the physician.

 

The district will consider students unlawfully absent under the following circumstances:

  • they are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parent/legal guardian;
  • they are absent without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parent/legal guardian; or
  • absence that is not covered by a written excuse within three (3) days after the absence.

 

 

TRUANCY INTERVENTION PROCEDURES

 

The following intervention procedures will be implemented to encourage student attendance:

  • 3 Consecutive/5 Total Unexcused Absences – A student is considered truant if he/she accumulates 3 consecutive or 5 total unexcused absences. A letter will be sent to the parent/guardian to request an intervention conference.  A written intervention plan must be completed with the parent/guardian.
  • 7 Unexcused Absences – Students ages 6-11 are considered truant and students ages 12-17 are considered a habitual truant if he/she accumulates 7 unexcused absences and the Spartanburg County Truancy Intervention Plan has been completed.  A referral to Spartanburg County Truancy Court may be made at this time.  If interventions mandated by Spartanburg County Truancy Court are violated, then the student will be referred to Family Court.

 

  • Additional Unexcused Absences – Students ages 6-11 are considered truant and students ages 12-17 are considered a chronic truant if he/she accumulates any additional unexcused absences after the student has been referred to Family Court.

 

  • Truancy status is coded as a discipline incident in the student’s discipline record.

 

 

Tardies

 

A student will be considered tardy if not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings at 7:45 am. Promptness in reporting to school is vitally important. Children who are frequently tardy in the mornings create a time-consuming process that disturbs the learning environment. Attendance, lunch count, and early assignments are affected by tardy students. Tardies and absences are indicated on a child’s permanent record. Please note:

  • Students arriving late due to bus schedules are not counted tardy and may eat breakfast.
  • Students who accumulate ten tardies and/or ten early dismissals will not receive public recognition for perfect attendance.

 

Parents, please teach your child the responsibility of being on time for school.

 

Elementary Tardy Policy

 

5 Tardies – Teacher will contact parents

10 Tardies – Tardy warning letter will be sent

15 Tardies – Letter will be sent and a conference will be scheduled

20 Tardies – Referral to Truancy Court

 

 

 

 

 

Car Tags and Car Dismissal

 

Individuals picking up students in the car line must have a school-issued car tag visible in the dash of the car at all times.  Car tags will be issued to our students prior to the first day, and additional car tags can be obtained in the front office throughout the school year.  You may request car tags for parents, grandparents and babysitters so that each person who pick up your child has their own car tag. 

 

As a safety precaution, students will not be allowed to load cars without a car tag unless a parent/guardian has notified the school in writing to identify the person who has permission to pick up the child from school that day.  Anyone who does not have a car tag will be asked to present an ID to be allowed to pick up the child.

 

When in the loading zone, you will be asked to turn off your engine to prevent any accidents from moving cars.  Parents with young children may want to come through the line around 2:45 if you are concerned about cutting off the engine.  The line will be almost done by then, minimizing your wait time. 

 

Please remain in your car and a teacher will call your child for you.  This helps us maintain clear lines of sight in the car line.

 

At all times, our goal is to keep your child safe.  If you have concerns, please feel free to contact the school administration or the School Resource Officer.

 

 

 

A Change in Transportation Home

 

Please make sure after school bus/car/walking arrangements are made before your child leaves each morning.  If there is a change from the normal routine, you must send a note to your child’s teacher.  Children will not be allowed to verbally change their method of going home.  In the absence of a note, the child will be sent home the normal way. Should an emergency arise during the day, please call the school office. Calls should be made before 2:00 pm, if at all possible.

 

 

 

 

Early Dismissal

 

The regular school day for elementary school is from 7:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  It is very important that students be at school for the entire instructional day.

 

If it is necessary for a student to leave school early, the following procedures will be followed:

 

  1. The student should bring a written note to the classroom teacher stating the time and reason for the early dismissal. The classroom teacher will send the note to the office to be filed in the Early Dismissal notebook.
  2. A parent/guardian must come into the office and sign the child out before leaving.

 

 

 

Family Trips During the School Year

 

At times, families may need to take business or family trips during the school year. Parents should notify the teacher and principal in advance. The teacher may be able to send work to be completed during the trip. Upon returning from the trip, it is the responsibility of the parent to send a written excuse for the days absent. It will be left to the discretion of the principal as to which days are excused. The principal may assign a project which could include a journal and/or pictures to evidence the educational experience.

 

 

Discipline

 

Spartanburg District Six encourages appropriate behavior.  Teachers and administrators know that in a well ordered, safe environment students can be free to learn.  Every child deserves the right to learn; every teacher has the right to teach.  No one has the right to interfere with the teaching and learning process.  Students should come to school prepared to learn.  They should use their time wisely and be responsible for their own actions.  Students must demonstrate respect for self, others, and property.  Students are expected to be responsible and accountable for their actions.  We expect all students to act with respect toward each other and toward the faculty and staff.  Teachers set forth expectations in the classrooms and encourage self-discipline in each student.  The following school rules will be strictly enforced:

  1. The following items are never to be brought to school: knives, guns (not even play guns), sharp tools, firearms, fireworks, glass containers, or any object that may injure others or be used as a weapon. The use and/or possession of tobacco and tobacco related products, including alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, are prohibited. The use of drugs, except those prescribed by a physician, is prohibited. 
  2. All prescription medication must be brought to the school by the parent/guardian and given to the school nurse.
  3. Students are expected to walk and talk quietly in the building. No profanity or ugly language on school grounds or the school bus is allowed.
  4. Chewing gum is not permitted on the school grounds or in the school building.
  5. Skateboards and jam boxes are not allowed.
  6. Students are to keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves at all times.
  7. No fighting, hitting, or kicking is allowed.
  8. No threatening, bullying, teasing, or name calling allowed.
  9. Students are not to touch or tamper in any way with another’s plate, food, or drink.

 

Severity Clause: Any student who displays severe disruptive behavior will be referred to the principal for immediate action. Consequences may include suspension from school in accordance with District Six Policy.

 

Good discipline begins at home.  The parent and the school must work cooperatively to insure that the student’s behavior does not interfere with his or other students’ learning.  Parents will be notified if a student’s behavior does not meet the discipline policy.  For repeated or severe problems, the principal or assistant principal will handle the problem.  Parents will be contacted or sent a discipline referral from the office. Parental support and cooperation are imperative to achieving the best possible learning environment for all students.

 

 

 

 

 

West View Elementary School Code of Conduct

 

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines by which student behavior will be monitored and modified when necessary.

 

General School Rules:

  • Hands and feet should be kept to yourself at all times.
  • Conduct yourself in a respectful manner at all times.
  • Be responsible for yourself and your actions.
  • Come to school prepared to participate and learn. (Leave toys at home.)
  • Make effective use of your time.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.

 

Selling and trading of personal property is not permitted at West View Elementary.  The school will not assume responsibility for any item brought to school that should not have been on campus. Items that are not permitted at school will be held until a parent can come in and pick them up.  Any items not claimed by a parent by the end of the year will be discarded.

 

 

Playground:

Goal:  The playground will be a safe area for students to exercise, relax and to develop positive social skills.

 

  • Do not throw objects such as mulch, sticks, sand, or rocks.
  • Only 1 person at a time may slide down the slide.
  • Slide feet first.
  • Do not climb on the outside of the equipment. Use the playground equipment properly.
  • Notify a teacher before playing on the blacktop or field. A teacher must be present to monitor the area.
  • Stop playing and report to the line when the teacher signals.
  • Fighting or rough play is not allowed.
  • Tackling, tag, or putting your hands on someone is not allowed.
  • Cell phones on campus are for instructional purposes only and therefore should not be out on the playground.
  • Follow the directions of the teacher the first time given.

 

 

Restrooms

Goal:  The restrooms will be clean, orderly, and safe environments.

 

  • Use the restroom for its intended use.
  • Respect the personal privacy of others.
  • Monitor and report problems to a teacher upon arriving or directly after exiting.
  • Use the restroom ONLY after receiving permission from a staff member. (For example, do not stop at the restroom if you are supposed to be traveling to the office UNLESS you have your teacher’s permission.)
  • When using a hall restroom during class, go directly to the restroom and then back to class once finished.

 

Cafeteria

Goal:  The cafeteria will be a safe, orderly, clean, and pleasant environment where all people model courtesy and respect.

 

  • Enter and exit the cafeteria in an orderly manner. Stop on the red line until your teacher gives you permission to move forward.
  • Remain in line patiently and quietly.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Maintain appropriate noise levels throughout your dining experience.
  • Engage in courteous interactions with all students and staff.
  • Trays should be stacked neatly in the dish room.
  • Use appropriate table manners:
  1. Remain seated.
  2. Use your “inside” voice.
  3. Chew with your mouth closed.
  4. Use utensils properly.
  5. Only touch food or drink that belongs to you.
  6. Clean your area when you leave the table.

 

 

Hallways:

Goal: The halls will be a safe and orderly area where all people model courtesy and respect toward people and property.

 

  • Walk on the silver line.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance from the wall.
  • Keep hands and feet away from others and classroom wall displays.
  • Always walk when inside the building (exception: the gym).
  • Cell phones on campus are for instructional purposes only and therefore should not be out in the hallways.

 

 

Classroom:

Goal:  The classroom will be an environment in which each student has the right to learn.

 

Follow the rules established within each teacher’s classroom.  (This includes all related arts and special classes.)  All cell phones should be turned off unless instructed by a teacher to turn them on for instructional purposes.

 

Field Trips

Field trips are considered an extension of West View Elementary School, and all rules are expected to be followed as such.  Students who are suspended from school will not be permitted attend field trips that are scheduled during their suspension.  Students who are suspended from the bus will not be permitted to ride the bus to a field trip.

 

Examples of Actions Leading to Suspension:

 

Some examples of the breaches of conduct that may lead to suspension are as follows:

 

  • Theft
  • The use of obscene language or gesture
  • Deliberate refusal to obey a teacher
  • Being disrespectful to school personnel
  • Walking out of the classroom or school building without permission
  • Possession of a weapon, an object perceived as a weapon, or using any object as a weapon
  • Distribution of materials unauthorized by the principal
  • Possession, selling, and consumption of drugs or alcohol
  • The willful destruction of school property
  • Deliberate failure to attend class after reporting to school, or unauthorized use of school transportation
  • Fighting, making threats, or behaviors deemed as bullying

 

In the case of students who are guilty of repeated, smaller violations, school administrators may utilize the option of suspension.

 

Bus Transportation

District 6 requires a parent/adult to meet a 4K, 5K, or 1st grader at the bus stop in the

afternoon. Parents will fill out the Parental Authorization for each 4K, 5K, or 1st grade

child for the school principal acknowledgement and approval. School

Administration will give a copy to the bus driver. If an approved adult is not there to

meet the bus the child will be returned to school for pickup.  If you have questions about the bus route, pick-up/drop-off times, or have any additional questions, please call the Bus Transportation office at 342-8988.

 

School Bus Discipline Code

Elementary Schools

       

Responsibility for safe transportation of students is shared by administrators, bus drivers, parents and students.  Riding a bus is a privilege – not a right.  This privilege must not be abused.  Necessary action will be taken by school officials to ensure that all students conduct themselves properly at all times.  Where there is evidence of misconduct by any student, disciplinary action will be taken to correct the situation.  All bus riders must cooperate fully with the bus driver and observe the bus rules. 

 

The school principal or designee has the responsibility to investigate and enforce the bus discipline code.  Bus drivers shall report to the principal or designee any student whose conduct interferes with safe driving or who acts disruptively.   The parents will be notified by phone and/or mail of bus incidents. 

Standards for student conduct and disciplinary procedures have been established and will be administered by school officials.  The privilege of riding a bus will be denied when student behavior may lead to accident, injury or disruption.  When a student is suspended from riding a bus, the student is suspended from all buses and will not be allowed to ride any bus until the suspension is over.  In incidents involving students from different schools, the administrators in charge of buses at each school shall consult with each other to resolve the problem.  The school bus stop is also considered an extension of the school.  Therefore, school bus discipline will be enforced according to district policy. 

 

A referral that occurs at the end of the school year may be carried into the next school year.  The director of transportation and the school principal will monitor those students who have had chronic problems on buses. 

 

The provisions of this code may apply to conduct on any school district or state owned vehicle during transportation to and from school and school sponsored activities. 

 

LEVEL I – Disorderly Conduct

 

Disorderly conduct is defined as those activities which tend to impede orderly operation of a school vehicle.  Repeated violations may lead to more serious disciplinary actions including suspension from the bus for an extended period of time including the remainder of the school year.  Discipline records of violations are cumulative.  Acts of disorderly conduct with enforcement procedures or sanctions to be applied shall include but are not limited to the following depending upon severity. 

 

 

Level I - Disorderly Conduct

 

  • Disorderly conduct on bus
  • Getting on or off bus at other than the customary stop without permission
  • Eating and/or drinking on the bus
  • Littering on the bus
  • Standing or sitting improperly while the bus is moving
  • Violating any safety procedures
  • Riding a different bus without permission from the principal
  • Making loud noises - yelling, etc.
  • Pushing, tripping, or general horseplay
  • Encouraging others to misbehave

 

Consequences

1st referral - warning and contact parents

2nd referral - in-school punishment and contact parents

3rd referral - suspended from bus up to five days and contact parents

4th referral - suspended from bus up to ten days and contact parents

5th referral or more - suspended from bus for ten or more days

 

Level II - Disruptive Conduct

Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities directed against persons or property, which tend to endanger the health or safety of oneself or others on a school vehicle.  Disruptive records of violations are cumulative.  Acts of disruptive conduct with enforcement procedures or sanctions to be applied shall include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Violations

  • Throwing objects on or out of the bus
  • Refusing to sit in assigned seat
  • Using profanity, abusive language, or obscene gestures
  • Having head, arms, hands, etc. extended from the bus
  • Defacing property (writing or marking seats, etc.)
  • Disobeying bus driver
  • Harassing, threatening, intimidating, or physically abusing any other person on the bus

 

Consequences

1st referral - in-school punishment and contact parents

2nd referral - suspended from bus for up to five days and contact parents

3rd referral - suspended from bus for up to 10 days and contact parents

4th referral - suspended from bus for 45 days and parent conference

5th referral - suspended from bus for remainder of school year and parent conference

*Level II violations may also result in out-of-school suspensions and/or restitution of property.

 

Level III - Criminal Conduct

Criminal Conduct is defined as those activities that result in violence to oneself, another person, or destruction of property.  These actions pose a direct and serious threat to the safety of oneself or others on a school vehicle.  Criminal conduct usually requires administrative actions, which could result in the immediate removal of the student from school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or action by the Board of Trustees.  Level III violations may lead to a student's immediate removal from the bus at the school or bus transportation office.  Acts of criminal conduct may include, but are not limited to:

Violations

  • Fighting on the bus
  • Possessing, using, or distributing explosives and/or fireworks
  • Carrying any object that might be used as a weapon
  • Persistent uncontrollable conduct
  • Possessing, using, or distributing alcohol, drugs, and/or look-alike drugs on the bus
  • Pushing or tripping that leads to injury
  • Vandalism - destruction of any part of the bus (seats, interior and/or exterior)

 

 

 

Consequences

Any Referral - suspended from the bus for the remainder of the school year and conference with parents

*Level III violations may also result in out-of-school suspension, recommendation of expulsion, notification of law enforcement authorities and/or restitution of property.

 

Appeal:  Information concerning the appeals process may be obtained from the school principal.  Appeals will be considered for any student suspended from the bus for the remainder of a school year.

 

See Board Policy EDCB.

 

 

59-67-245:  Interference with Operation of School Bus; Penalties

 

No person shall willfully and wrongfully interfere with the operation of a school bus, either public or private, by boarding, restricting movement or using threats, either physical or verbal, to the driver or any passenger while the bus is engaged in the transportation of pupils to and from school or any lawful school activity or while passengers are entering or leaving the bus nor shall any person willfully fail or refuse to obey a lawful order of a school bus driver relating to the occupancy of a school bus.  The use of threatening, obscene or profane language addressed to the driver or any passenger entering, leaving or waiting for a school bus is disorderly conduct and any person convicted for the use of such language shall be punished as provided in 16-17-530.  Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted to infringe upon the power and duties of duly constituted authorities.

 

 

 

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

 

The School District Six Board of Trustees recognizes that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.  Harassment, intimidation, and bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, disrupt both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment.  Therefore, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are prohibited on all school premises, on school buses, at official school bus stops, and at all school-sponsored events.

For the purposes of this policy, harassment, intimidation, or bullying is defined as a gesture, an electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of:

  1. Harming a student physically or emotionally, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in a reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage; or
  2. Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in or substantial interference with the orderly operation of the school.

Consequences for students who engage in harassment, intimidation, or bullying may include, but not be limited to, mandated counseling, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and expulsion from school, based on the severity of the incident.

A school employee, student, or volunteer who witnesses or has reliable information that a student has been subject to harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall report the incident to the building principal.  All reports, including anonymous reports, or complaints must be investigated promptly and thoroughly by the principal or other appropriate school official.  Reprisals or retaliation against a person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying is prohibited. However, persons found to have falsely accused another person of harassment, intimidation, or bullying will be subjected to the consequences specified in the student code of conduct including suspension from school.

Information regarding this policy must be included in each school’s student handbook and incorporated in the district’s employee training program.

 

Board Policy JCAD

 

 

 

 

Sexual Harassment

 

In accordance with the district code of student conduct, engaging in sexual harassment of either male or female students, staff, or visitors on school property or while under the jurisdiction of the school is considered a violation that is disorderly, disruptive, and/or criminal in nature and may result in disciplinary action.  The action may include suspension and/or expulsion in certain instances when it occurs while the student is on school property and/or under the jurisdiction of the school or while riding a school bus.  Sexual harassment may be generally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and written, spoken, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

 

Students who feel they may have been subjected to sexual harassment are encouraged to report the matter to a parent, a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, or any other school official.

 

See Board Policy JCAC.

 

 

Health Room

 

The health room is operated daily by a licensed school nurse under the direction of the Director of Health Services.  The health room is equipped to render emergency care for injuries or illnesses occurring at school and for caring for the student until a parent or proper medical personnel can assume responsibility.  It is the responsibility of the school nurse to evaluate students with health needs, administer first aid and medications according to district policy, and to refer students for additional medical attention as needed.  All student health and medical issues and procedures will be handled and performed by the school nurse.

 

See Board Policy JCFC.

 

 

Criteria for Students Remaining Home

Or Being Sent Home When Sick

 

Spartanburg School District 6 follows the DHEC School Exclusion guidelines for school attendance. There are times when a student should not be in attendance at school for his/her own welfare and for the protection of other students.  Students should remain home or be sent home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, oral temperature of 100 degrees or higher, with or without other symptoms. A student must be fever free, without fever reducing medications, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A cold in the contagious stage. (Severe nasal discharge that is not clear in color)
  • Any communicable disease (chicken pox, measles, etc.)
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 12 hours.
  • Untreated head lice or scabies. District Six follows a “no nit” procedure for students returning to school after diagnosis of head lice.
  • Students with a diagnosis of strep throat must be on antibiotics for 24 hours and be fever free, without fever reducing medications for 24 hours, before returning to school.
  • Students with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be sent home and may return once on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours and without discharge from the eye.
  • Students with suspected MRSA (staph infection) must be referred to a physician for treatment. The student may return with physician permission, on antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours, without drainage, and with the wound covered.

 

 

Accidents and Emergencies

 

Every effort is made to prevent accidents.  However, in case of an accident, first aid will be administered only by the school nurse or other authorized school personnel.  If it is serious every effort will be made to contact the parent/guardian.  If however, we are unable to reach the parent/guardian, the school will follow the directions on the student health form to secure an individual to pick up the student.  If a student requires medical attention beyond the scope of the school nurse and the school is unable to reach the parent/guardian, the school will call 911 and notify the parent as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Health and Wellness

 

District Six is committed to a healthy school environment that offers children nutritious food choices, provides sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education, and connects meaningful physical activity to students’ lives outside of physical education.  The District’s wellness policy limits student access to unhealthy snacks and beverages.  Elementary students do not have access to snack or beverage machines.  Schools do not allow the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value.  These are foods that provide little or no contribution to daily nutritional requirements.  This initiative does not apply to the machines in teachers’ lounges and workrooms, accessible only by adults.

 

Even though elementary school students do not have access to these foods through vending machines, the District wants to make sure that teachers are mindful not to distribute these unhealthy foods to students as rewards and that cafeterias do not sell them as extra snacks.  It is important that our PTOs and other school organizations know that students are not to receive these foods during the school day or on field trips.  A student may bring foods/beverages of minimal nutritional value from home for his or her own use.  The student, however, may not sell to or share these items with other students.

 

See Board Policy ADF.

 

Snack Guidelines

 

We are committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well being and ability to learn.  We are soliciting your help and cooperation when food and treats are used in school-wide celebrations as well as in classroom events.  Please adhere to the following guidelines for snacks and treats that are fun for kids, safe for our children, and support the healthy living commitment of the School District for classroom celebrations:

 

  • All snacks or treats must be commercially prepared and packaged so that we may see the ingredients listed.
  • We are requesting parents notify the teacher several days before treats are sent to school for parties and celebrations so that alternative treats may be prepared for students who may have food allergies.
  • All snacks or treats for school wide or grade level celebrations must be approved by the administration as part of a PTSO school sponsored event.
  • If providing class snacks for non-birthday purposes, class snacks should be healthy. (see below examples)*
  • In classrooms where a student has a food allergy, there will be additional safety precautions to follow and additional class snack recommendations given.
  • Parents should ensure that all food allergies are listed (and kept up to date) on their child’s school health form.
  • Parents may consider a non-food treat such as pencils, erasers, ruler, etc.
  • Food products may be used in the classroom as part of the instructional curriculum. Parents will be notified the Friday before food is to be used in the classroom.

 

*Healthy Snack Ideas:  fruit, yogurt, celery, carrots and light ranch dressing, 100% fruit juices, air-popped popcorn, baked chips, pretzels, fruit roll-ups, flavored applesauce, rice cakes, dry cereal, graham crackers, Gold Fish, Nutra-grain cereal bars, animal crackers, baked Chips Ahoy cookies, baked OREO cookies, Teddy Grahams, and Rice Crispy Treats.

 

MEDICATION GUIDELINES

 

  1. Prescription medications, including over-the-counter medication prescribed by an authorized licensed provider, will be given at school only when prescribed by an authorized licensed provider and with signed parental consent.  The signed permission must be kept on file with the School Nurse and is valid for the period specified on the form or expires at the end of the current school year.

 

  1. A parent/guardian must bring the medication to the School Nurse in the original container with the prescription label attached.  Students are not allowed to transport medicine to or from school.  If you anticipate your child needing to take medicine at school, you may ask your pharmacist for two prescription bottles.

 

  1. Please note that DHEC regulations prohibit the schools from keeping more than a thirty-day supply of medication at a time.  Please plan to provide a one month supply and plan re-fills accordingly.

 

  1. Asthma inhalers will be kept in the school health room.  The inhaler must be brought to the School Nurse in the manufacturer’s box with the prescription label attached.  The student will be allowed to use the inhaler, with nurse supervision, as instructed by the authorized licensed provider.  If other arrangements are needed please contact the School Nurse.

 

  1. All emergency medications:  insulin, glucagon, epinephrine auto-injectors, etc., will need to be arranged through the School Nurse.

 

  1. The school will stock a limited number of over-the-counter medications that may be administered, by the School Nurse, to students with written parental consent. The parent/guardian must, on an annual basis, designate permission for each medication on the registration Health Form.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for providing any needed over-the-counter medications, with written consent, not provided by the School District.

 

  1. Over-the-counter medications may only be given as recommended by the manufacturer on the label and/or package insert. Any request for a medication dosage that exceeds this recommendation must be submitted with a written order from the child’s authorized licensed provider.

 

  1. Herbal medicines, food supplements, alternative medicinal products and other items that do not have FDA approval require a written order from an authorized licensed provider.

 

  1. Each school maintains epinephrine auto-injectors in junior and adult strengths. School Nurses and other designated personnel may administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a student or other individual on school premises who is experiencing anaphylaxis.

 

These guidelines have been implemented for the protection of all children.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

 

See Board Policy JGCD

 

 

Homebound Instruction

 

Students who cannot attend school because of an accident or illness may be eligible for homebound instruction.  A licensed physician must certify that the student is unable to attend school and may profit from instruction given in the home.  Homebound instruction must be requested through the Director of Health Services at the District Office.

 

See Board Policy IDDC.

 

Vision, Hearing, and Dental Screenings

(Elementary Schools)

 

Hearing screenings are conducted on all kindergarten students and hearing and vision screenings are conducted on all second and fourth grade students by the school nurse. Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg conducts dental screenings on all kindergarten, first, third, and fifth grade students. Parents will be notified of any problems found during the screening process.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

 

All students must have a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization signed by a licensed physician or from the Health Department stating that the student is complete on all required immunizations before entering school.  The school nurse can transfer immunization records to the South Carolina Certificate of Immunization.  When a student transfers from another school, the permanent record will be checked for a completed immunization form.  If immunizations are not complete, the student will be required to obtain the needed immunizations before entering school.

 

See Board Policy JGCB.

 

Services Available to Students with Special Health Care Needs

Parent Notice (IHPs, 504, IDEA, Homebound): Required By S.C. Code Ann. Section 59-63-90 (Supp. 2005)

 

Many health care services can be provided for students to keep them at school where they can learn and participate with other students. Our goal is to provide information to parents and legal guardians about some of the services and programs available for addressing the health care needs of students during the school day to help students succeed in school. It is important that the necessary health care information is shared with the appropriate people—such as teachers on duty during recess, bus drivers, and cafeteria employees—to make sure that the students’ needs are met throughout the school day.

 

Individual Health Care Plans or Individual Health Plans (IHPs)

 

Individual health care plans are also called individual health plans or IHPs. School nurses who are registered nurses write IHPs to guide how a student’s health care needs will be met while at school. The nurse works with the student, the student’s parents or legal guardians, the student’s health care provider, and other school staff to write the plan. IHPs are written for students who have special health care needs that must be met by school staff during the school day. IHPs are also written for students who have been approved by the school district to self-medicate or self-monitor. To learn more about IHPs, talk with your child’s school nurse or Ms. Judy Edwards, Director of Health Services, at (864) 576-4212.

 

 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)

Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with certain disabilities can learn and participate in settings like other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for services under Section 504, a student must have a condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A team decides if a student is eligible. The team should include the student’s parent or legal guardian, the student (if able), and others who know the student or know about the student’s disability, such as a teacher, a guidance counselor, a school nurse, and other school staff. If the student is eligible, the team develops an individual accommodation plan. The individual accommodation plan explains how the student’s needs will be met while at school and may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. To learn more about Section 504, contact your school guidance counselor or Dr. Alan Eggert, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services at (864) 576-4212.

 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Students, ages 3 through 21 years, may receive services under the IDEA if the student needs special education and related services to benefit from his or her educational program. A team decides if a student qualifies for services under the IDEA. The team includes the student’s parent or legal guardian, teachers, and other school staff. The team develops an individualized education program (IEP) if the student meets federal and state requirements. The IEP outlines a plan for helping the student receive a free appropriate public education and meet goals set by the team. The IEP may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. Contact Dr. Alan Eggert, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, at (864) 576-4212 to learn more about the IDEA.

 

Medical Homebound Instruction

 

Medical homebound instruction is a service that is available for students who cannot attend school for a medical reason even with the aid of transportation. A physician must certify that the student has such a medical condition but may benefit from instruction, and must fill out the medical homebound form that the school district provides. The school district then decides whether to approve the student for medical homebound services. The school district will consider the severity of the student’s illness or injury, the length of time that the student will be out of school, the impact that a long period away from school will have on the student’s academic success, and whether the student’s health needs can be met at school. To learn more about medical homebound services, contact Ms. Judy Edwards, Director of Health Services, at (864) 576-4212.

 

Threats (S.C. Code 16-3-1040)

 

It is unlawful for any person to knowingly and willfully deliver or convey to any teacher or principal any written or verbal or electronic threat to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm on the teacher, principal or their immediate families.

 

Any person violating this law must, upon conviction, be punished by a term of imprisonment of not more than five years.

 

 

Tracking Student Movement

 

 On a daily basis, teachers note arrival and dismissal times for each student on tracking sheets, including movement within the school to therapy appointments, the school nurse, etc.  Tracking sheets are kept by teachers in notebooks. 

 

Computer/Network Code of Conduct

 

Use of the network shall be in support of education and research that is consistent with the mission of the district.  Network use is limited to those students who have completed the training and have a specific educational objective to research.  Users must adhere to the following rules of conduct:

 

  1. Use the network in such a way that your use does not disrupt its use by others.
  2. Maintain your personal files and data.  Modifying or copying files/data of other users without their consent is not permitted.
  3. Be ethical and courteous.  Defamatory, harassing or obscene mail or discriminatory remarks are not allowed on the network.
  4. Treat information created by others as the private property of the creator.  Respect copyrights.
  5. Use the network to access only educationally relevant material.
  6. When accessing information that requires a password, protect your password from others and refrain from using the password of others.
  7. Refrain from destroying, modifying or abusing computer hardware or software.  “Hacking” the system is not permitted.
  8. Refrain from using the network for commercial purpose.
  9. Respect the privacy of others.
  10. Protect yourself by not giving out personal information such as last name, home address, phone number, or social security number.

 

The district reserves the right to deny access to any user if it is determined that the user is engaged in unauthorized activity or is violating this code of conduct

 

 

Damaged or Lost Textbooks

 

Free textbooks are provided by the state. It is the student’s responsibility to care for the books and keep up with them. We encourage students to put covers on all textbooks.  However, should the student lose a textbook belonging to the state or district, the student must pay a replacement fee based on the price of the textbook, unless special arrangements are made through the school office. Damage fees will be assessed if a book is damaged. The district does not issue a new book until the student pays for the damaged or lost book.

See Board Policy JS.

 

Dress Code

 

Proper dress at all times is required.  Shorts and skirts should be the appropriate finger-tip lengthStudent’s fingertips should not extend past the hem of the garment when arms are by their sides.  No tank, spaghetti strap, midriff, tube or halter tops.  Sunglasses will not be permitted at school unless medically prescribed.  Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.  Rubber flip-flops or heelys are not appropriate for school.  Hats and caps should not be worn inside the building.  Symbols, slogans or designs that tend to disrupt school will not be permitted.

 

 

 

Emergency Drills

 

The safety of your child is our greatest concern. All outside doors will remain locked at all times. The school has a security, health, and safety plan.  The school holds regular emergency drills to teach students to respond calmly in the event of an emergency.  Fire drills are conducted once a month, severe weather drills and active shooter drills are conducted once each semester, and bus emergency evacuation drills are conducted once a year.  Detailed escape plans are posted inside the door of each classroom.  Each class has an escape route to an outside area a safe distance from the building.  During tornado drills each classroom goes to a designated area within the building.  All children are taught to sit with hands covering their heads. During earthquake drills students take cover under a desk or table, and are taught to hold on to the legs of the table or desk.

 

See Board Policy EBBC.

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising/Student Solicitations

 

Fundraiser or Fundraising Activities refer to a school or district sponsored activity or event that uses students to generate funds. Fundraisers or fundraising activities can come in the form of group or individual; the former refers to funds raised for the mutual benefit of a particular organization or team, while the latter refers to funds that are being raised to help subsidize or pay for an individual student’s costs. Fundraisers or fundraising activities generally involve or use students to generate funds or monies for the organization, team, or individual. Monies raised from fundraiser or fundraising activities contribute to the organization or team, and as such, cannot be refunded to an individual.  If a trip or event is cancelled, the school cannot issue a reimbursement from the fundraiser or fundraising event to the student or guardian.

 

Schools will keep fundraising activities to a minimum to avoid interfering with the efficiency and effectiveness of the education program.

 

Students in grades K-8 shall not participate in fund raising activities which involve selling items, soliciting contributions, soliciting pledges, or taking orders. Students may act as couriers between school and home for information, order blanks, and materials about fund-raising activities sponsored by the school and school-related organizations.

 

Fund raising campaigns sponsored within the school must be in support of specific student activities or projects that will contribute to the school’s improvement. The principal will approve and supervise each campaign.

 

No student or organization may sell items, advertise services, or distribute written materials on school premise without the permission of the principal.

 

It is recommended that schools avoid participation in fundraising or corporate incentive programs that promote a message inconsistent with the wellness goals of the District.

 

See Board Policy JK.

 

Gifts

 

Since students come from different economic backgrounds, the District adheres to the following guidelines regarding gifts:

 

  • Students may not be asked to contribute to a gift for a teacher. If a group wants to present a gift, they must handle those arrangements outside of school.

 

  • Students will not draw names for the exchange of gifts on holidays or at any other time.

 

 

See Board Policy JL.

Inclement Weather

 

 

When inclement weather has the potential to impact the safety of students and staff, District Six may make the decision to make weather-related schedule changes. If it is necessary to call for a delay, closing, or early dismissal, District Six will utilize various communication methods in order to notify parents and students. This information will be disseminated using our emergency notification feature on the District Six app. This can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. Please download the District Six app and enable the notifications feature in order to receive important weather-related schedule changes. The district will also post delays, closings, or early dismissals on Twitter (@spartdistrict6) on Facebook(@spartanburgdistrictsix)and on our website (www.spart6.org). We may also utilize the all-call parent notification system. The district will also provide schedule-changes to our local television stations. 

 

During inclement weather, the superintendent, administrators, and transportation personnel stay in constant communication with the National Weather Service reports and frequently check road conditions. It is our goal to make decisions in a timely manner in order for parents to plan ahead. However, weather is not always easily predictable. If possible, a decision will be made the evening before.  If a decision cannot be made at that time, we will attempt to make a decision to close or delay by 6:00 am.

 

 

See Board Policy EBBD.

 

Personal Electronic Devices

 

Students, with parent permission, have the privilege of limited use of personal electronic devices on school and district property in a manner that does not interfere with the learning, safety, and well-being of students and staff.

 

Students will assume all responsibility and risks relating to their possession and use of their personal electronic devices, including any and all data and content at all times. District employees will not be responsible to store, support, safeguard or troubleshoot any student-owned personal electronic devices. The district, its trustees, administrators, and employees shall not be responsible or liable for the theft, loss, data loss, damage, destruction, misuse or vandalism of any student-owned personal electronic device brought onto district or school property.

Students who possess and use personal electronic devices will do so for instructional and educational purposes and will be expected to comply with the Spartanburg County School District Six Network Code of Conduct at all times. Students may use personal electronic devices in authorized areas of the school prior to and after the school day, and during other non-instructional times, as established by the school principal, provided such use does not violate district or school policies.

 

Recording sound or video/images at any school in Spartanburg School District Six, on any Spartanburg School District Six property, or on district-owned vehicles is strictly prohibited without the consent of the principal and will result in substantial disciplinary consequences. This misuse includes the posting of video or images obtained through cameras, phones, and other electronic devices to websites or social networks. Students who are involved in any unauthorized recording, videoing or posting of unapproved videos or images may face loss of privilege to possess and use a personal electronic device, suspension, alternative placement, possible recommendation for expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement officials.

 

See Board Policies JCDA and IJNDB

 

 

 

 

 

Public Relations

 

Spartanburg School District Six values student achievement and understands the significance of student recognition. Therefore, the District Six Office of Communications may share information regarding student achievement, awards, artwork and activities to members of the press. Videography, photography, and names may be used on our website, social media accounts or in news stories, district publications, or for similar purposes. If you prefer that your child not participate in any public relations activities, please notify the school office in writing.

 

 

Release of Student Information

 

Parents are permitted to examine permanent records of their child/children. An appointment can be made through the school office to see the permanent record.

 

Individual student records (grades, test scores, evaluations, etc.) are not available for public inspection. This information is available to the student’s parents, legal guardians, or to the individual student of legal age. However, general information relating to students can be released as directory information, upon request, at the discretion of the student’s school principal. This information includes the student’s name, age, sex, grade, subjects of study, awards earned, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams and various other public information. ANY PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO WOULD PREFER NOT TO HAVE THIS GENERAL INFORMATION RELEASED WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT SHOULD NOTIFY THE SUPERINTENDENT IN WRITING. The use of any information by Spartanburg School District Six is solely for the promotion of the student’s welfare. Any questions concerning student records should be addressed to the guidance office.

See Board Policy JR.

 

 

 

Trespassing/Disturbing School

(S.C. Code16-17-420 and 16-11-520)

 

Anyone on any school campus without a visitor’s pass is trespassing.

 

Anyone who interferes with or disturbs in any way or in any place the students or teachers of any school, loiters around a school without permission or acts in an obnoxious manner at school is disturbing schools.

 

Administrators will contact the proper authorities about trespassing/disturbing school violations.

 

 

Visitors/Volunteers

 

In order to keep students safe, school principals will take whatever action is necessary to prevent unauthorized persons from entering school buildings or from loitering on school grounds. For safety, all outside doors remain locked during the school day. At the main entrance of the school, a visitor presses the button on a call box. School officials in the office will acknowledge the visitor and allow entrance into the building. Once inside the building, visitors report to the school office where they will check in using a system called “School Check IN” to help ensure that no unauthorized person enters a school.  Each visitor must check in and out when in a school, regardless of the time of day.

 

To check in using the system, a visitor inserts the driver’s license through a scanner.  The scanner “reads” the driver’s license, runs a quick background check and prints out a stick-on visitor/volunteer badge that displays the visitor’s photograph and name as well as the date, time and purpose of the visit.

 

Should the system “flag” an individual for any reason, the system will automatically and privately alert the front office staff and the school administrators.  Appropriate action will be taken.

 

When the visitor leaves the building, he or she returns to the school’s check-in station, clicks on the “visitors” icon, locates his or her name and clicks on “check out.”

 

All visitors to the school who serve the school in a volunteer capacity by performing tasks in the school building or accompanying students on field trips of any length will be subject to background checks utilizing the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, DSS Registry and National Crime Information Center.

 

See Board Policy KM.

 

 

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SIX

ACADEMICALLY GIFTED AND TALENTED

HORIZONS TESTING TIMELINE

2020-2021        

 

            The Horizons program is designed to meet the needs of academically gifted and talented students in Spartanburg District Six. Horizons classes emphasize the use of higher level critical and creative thinking skills in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Placement is determined by meeting state-mandated criteria in at least two out of three dimensions. 

                

All students in second grade will receive two group-administered aptitude tests (Dimension A) and numerous achievement tests (Dimension B) as part of the screening process. Students in Grades 3 and 4 will receive one group-administered aptitude test (Dimension A). Students in grades three through eight will participate in achievement testing (Dimension B) throughout the school year. 

 

Students in grades two through five who meet the required minimum standard of 93rd percentile in Dimension A (Verbal, Nonverbal, Quantitative, or Composite) or the minimum standard of 94th percentile in Dimension B (Reading or Math) will participate in Dimension C (Performance Task Assessment) in February.  Parents of students eligible to participate in Performance Task Assessment will be notified prior to the administration.  End of the year report cards are also considered as part of Dimension C for grades five through eight. 

 

Newly identified students in grades two through eight will receive a notification letter in June.  All parents will have the opportunity to review their child’s test scores at individual parent/teacher conferences held at the beginning of the school year. More information on the Horizons program is located on the District Six website.

 

Art and Music Visions

 

The Spartanburg School District Six Art Visions program is provided for artistically and musically gifted students. Musically and artistically gifted children display abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs.  Artistically and musically gifted/talented students usually possess several of the following traits: 

 

  • High quality of work and task commitment in one of the arts
  • Arts involvement and interest either in class or on their own
  • Willingness to explore arts problems
  • Flexible thinking - uses many approaches to solving a problem 
  • Creative potential
  • Goes beyond the obvious - sees unusual relationships
  • Thinks of doing projects in his/her spare time
  • Examines and observes things very thoroughly
  • Likes to elaborate on an idea or add details
  • Takes work seriously and completes it
  • High energy level
  • Self-direction

 

Spartanburg School District Six will accept nominations for the Visions Artistically and Musically Gifted and Talented Program during Oct 26-Nov 6, 2020. Music Visions- Grades 2-4, Art Visions – Grades 2-8.  Students may be nominated by parents, teachers, staff members or self-nominated.  Art and music nomination forms are available in the school office. Nomination forms must be returned by November 6, 2020. Parents can access information about the Visions program in the student/parent handbook, on the district website, and/or in school and classroom newsletters. 

 

 

Character Education

 

The district integrates character education into the curriculum.  Our goal is to enable students to identify and demonstrate character traits appropriate to social, school and work settings.

 

The district encourages the development of respect and responsibility toward self, others and the world through the teaching and modeling of character traits.

 

 

Related Arts Program

 

In grades 1-5, art, music, physical education, media specialist, and related arts teachers work with individual classrooms each week during the school year.  Kindergarten classes attend physical education weekly for at least 60 minutes.  Students are required to wear tennis shoes, shorts or pants to physical education.  An optional strings/band program is offered to fifth graders.  Students are expected to furnish their own instruments.

 

 

Speech and Language Screenings

 

Speech-language therapists are trained in identifying deviations, delays, or disorders in a child’s articulation. The speech-language therapist also evaluates and treats language delays and disorders, as well as stuttering and voice concerns.  If a teacher or parent has concerns about a child in any of these areas, he or she should contact the school’s speech-language therapist and request a speech screening.  A screening will be completed after written permission from a parent or guardian has been obtained. 

 

 

Special Services

 

A full continuum of special education and related services are available to students with disabilities.  This continuum includes services to students in a regular classroom; small group instruction in a resource room for a portion of the school day; small group instruction in a self-contained class for the majority of the instructional day; instruction in a separate program located outside the district; and, instruction provided in the home for students who are unable to attend school.  Related services include those services that are necessary for the student to benefit from special education such as counseling, nursing, occupational and physical therapy.  Parents or teachers who suspect that a child has a disability should contact the student’s guidance counselor to discuss the screening and evaluation process for determining eligibility for special education.  Psycho-educational evaluations to determine eligibility are conducted by school psychologists at no cost to parents.

 

 

Student Council Guidelines (Elementary)

 

  • Each class (K-5) will elect one representative to serve on Student Council.
  • Classes will not elect alternates. In the event that a student can no longer serve on the council, the homeroom will hold a second election to select the new representative.
  • All fifth grade representatives will serve on the Executive Council.
  • All fifth grade representatives will be allowed to run for Student Council President. A prepared speech will be either be videotaped and aired on the morning news program or via a school-wide broadcast or read live by the student. 
  • Campaigns will be limited to the week of the elections.
  • Students may display no more than three posters. The posters will be displayed in a prominent location in the school.
  • Candidates may NOT give out favors of any kind. This includes candy, gifts, buttons, stickers, t-shirts, etc.
  • Ballots will be prepared with candidates’ name and photograph.
  • Students in grades K-5 will vote for Student Council President.
  • The candidate with the most votes will be named President. In the event of a tie, a runoff election will be held.
  • Candidates will be named president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer respectively. Schools with more than four fifth grade classes may have two students co-sponsor any position other than president.  Schools with less than four fifth grade homerooms may eliminate the positions other than president and vice president.  However, all fifth grade representatives should have a role on the Executive Council.
  • Student Council meetings will be held a minimum of one time per month September through November and January through April of each school year.
  • Minutes should be taken at each meeting and reviewed at the beginning of the following meeting.
  • The principal of the school reserves the right to remove any student from student council for misconduct.

 

 

WVES After School Child Care Program

 

We regret that due to COVID-19 we will not have an after school child care program at the beginning of the school year. We hope to have one as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will communicate updated information to parents. The after school time will be structured and will include a snack, academic assistance, homework, and planned recreational activities.  This program will be offered to kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5), but will be limited to 30 students per grade level.  The after school director will plan, coordinate and direct all program activities.  As always, the welfare and safety of the children enrolled will be a top priority.  Our students will be closely supervised during all activities.  We also offer a variety of clinics that children can participate in during the after school program.  There may be a minimal fee to participate in these activities. 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

 

At certain times, a parent/teacher conference is necessary and desirable.  We feel that conferences can be very helpful in solving problems that may arise or can be helpful in discussing your child’s well-being and progress.  The parent or the teacher may initiate a request for a conference.  Parents may do so by contacting the teacher through a note or calling the school at 576-1833.  Please remember teachers will be unable to speak to you during the school day, but feel free to leave a message on the automated voice mail system.

 

West View Elementary School Classroom Observation Etiquette

 

  • Please make sure you have scheduled your observation time with the teacher prior to entering his/her classroom. Observations should not exceed a 30-40 minute lesson.
  • Please check in at the office each time you visit.
  • Slip in quietly, watch, and listen.
  • The teacher’s attention will be focused on students and instruction at all times, so please do not interrupt the learning environment.
  • Save questions, comments, or observations for a separate conference time.
  • Please schedule a conference for another time.
  • Thank you for coming!

 

 

Field Trips

 

In keeping with the belief that learning extends beyond the classroom and school, exciting and educational field trips are offered to West View students as a means of enriching their learning experiences.  Each student who plans to go on a field trip must return the District Six Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian prior to the day of the trip.  In addition, parents must complete a District Six SLED background check if you wish to attend and/or chaperone the trip.  Forms will be made available to parents and should be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the trip.  While on the trip, students are considered to be in class and are subject to the same regulations and rules that exist for the class.  Prior to the day of the trip, it is necessary that permission forms and payments be returned to the teacher on time in order for the student to attend the trip.  Students will accompany their class on state provided transportation and are discouraged from riding in automobiles when attending field trips.

 

See Board Policy IFCB

 

School Pictures

 

Individual pictures will be taken in the fall and spring.  Classroom photos will also be offered.  Picture proofs will be sent home for parents to examine, but there is no obligation to purchase any picture packet offered. 

 

Lost & Found

 

West View maintains a “lost and found” clothing box for an extended period of time.  If your child loses an article of clothing, please encourage him or her to check in the homeroom or lost and found box.  Items such as watches, rings, and purses are brought to the office.  Please label your child’s personal clothing items.

 

 

 

 

 

Media Center

 

Our school media center is a vital part of our instructional program.  Students are encouraged to explore the many books, research materials, audio-visual materials, and computers/software.  To maintain an adequate collection, pupils, teachers, and parents must cooperate to see that materials are returned in good condition and on time.  If materials are not returned, a charge equal to the current replacement price is made. 

 

 

 

School Hours

 

The school opens at 7:00 each morning, and the first bell rings at 7:35 when students enter the classroom.  The tardy bell rings at 7:45, and at that time, the outside doors are secured and locked. Any student arriving after 7:45 a.m. should enter the building through the main entrance, must be accompanied by a parent, and must obtain a tardy pass from the check-in system to be admitted to class.  Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom by 7:45.  The afternoon announcements are made at 2:25, and dismissal is at 2:30.  Following announcements, students will be led to designated dismissal areas by teachers.  If you need to pick up your child early from school, you should do this prior to 2:00 p.m. and before dismissal procedures begin. However, please know that instruction takes place until the bell rings at the end of the day.  Students arriving late or leaving school early are responsible for the work they miss.

 

 

Drop Off Areas

 

The front of the school is for bus drop off and pick up each morning and each afternoon.  Students arriving in a car have three different drop-off/pick-up areas:  Willis Road, Cafeteria Side, and 4th/5th Grade Side.  Parents will receive information as to which area is appropriate to use for his/her grade.

 

 

 

 

 

Mentor Upstate

 

We always appreciate community members who want to volunteer their time once a week to mentor students during their lunch time.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor at West View Elementary School, please contact the office at 576-1833. 

 

You do not need special skills to mentor a child.  Mentors can make a difference in the lives of students by engaging in positive social interactions, “checking in” and holding students accountable for reading and grades, and being a reminder that someone cares and believes in them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

West View PTO

 

 

The West View Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an integral part of what makes our school exceptional.  This volunteer group plans and organizes events and programs to foster school spirit, encourage school- family partnerships, and generate a variety of resources to enhance your child’s academic and social experiences.  The PTO needs YOU and your support in order to continue the tradition of excellence at West View Elementary School.