cartoon apple, worm, and ruler. Text reads "School rules!"

      Grand View School has organized this handbook to describe the functions and activities of your school to pro­mote positive communications and cooperation between parents and the school.  Our primary objective as a school system is to provide the best possible education for our students.  In order to maintain a positive school climate, it is necessary to estab­lish certain rules and regulations that must be followed.  School personnel request your cooperation as a parent or guardian by keeping your child informed of these rules and regulations and the importance of following them.  If you have any questions about school policies or procedures, please contact your child's teacher or school office personnel.  In partnership, parents and schools can ensure each child receives the best possible education.

Table of Contents

Absences and Attendance
AIDS
Appeals Process
Arrival and Dismissal
Asbestos
Bicycles
Bus Rules
Conferences
Curriculum
Discipline
Dress Code and General Appearance
Drugs
Early Departure
Electronic Devices
Eligibility Requirements for Sports and Activities
Enrollment
FERPA
Homework
Honor Roll
Lost and Found
Medicine
Money
Parent Pick Up
Parties, Trips, and Activities
Physical Education
Promotion and Retention
Report Cards and Progress Reports
School Meals
Search and Seizure
Tardiness
Telephone
Testing
Textbooks
Tobacco
Transportation
Visitors
Walkers
Withdrawals

Absences and Attendance

1.  It is important that children attend school for the entire school day each day school is in session unless there is an emergency or other excusable reason to be absent as determined by the administration. If your child is ill, particularly if the illness could be contagious, it is best for him/her to stay at home.

2.  If your child is absent from school, please call the school to report the absence and reason for the absence by 8:30 A.M. the day of the absence.  Please also send/bring a note stating the reason for the absence to the main office on the day the student returns to school.

3.  Absences are monitored regularly and truancy is reported.

4.  Students with perfect attendance for the school year will be recognized during the awards assembly in May.  To be eligible for perfect attendance, students must be present for the entire school day each day of the school year.  If a student is tardy arriving to school  or checks out early, he or she is ineligible for perfect attendance for the year.

5.  Students with perfect attendance for each quarter will be recognized at the end of each quarter in the school newsletter.  The same eligibility requirements for perfect attendance for the year apply to perfect attendance for each quarter.

I.  Excused absences:  
       1.  Death in the family.
       2.  Illness of the student.   
       3.  When a family is leaving town and desires to take the student with them provided that:
             A.  The school is notified in advance of the absence.
             B.  A student procures assignments in advance of the absence.
             C.  All assigned work is turned in the day the student returns to school or as stated on the
                  assignment sheet the student receives from the teacher.
             D.  All make-up tests, etc. are made up at the direction of the individual teacher.
             E.  No more than 2 days per semester will be excused for this reason.

Absences for any other reasons may be excused by the administration or may be treated as a degree of truancy.

II.  Truancy is defined as deliberate absence from school on the part of the pupil with or without the
      knowledge of the parent and for
      which no justifiable excuse is given.

III.  Doctor's statements may be required in support of absences claimed for reasons of illness.

IV.  Five consecutive unexcused absences will be regarded as suf­ficient cause to drop a pupil from the
      roll, provided that a warning notice will have been sent to the parents or guardians. Parents will
      reinstate the child after visiting with the superintendent.

V.   No student will be allowed to leave school without checking out through the main office.  A student
      leaving the premises without permission from admin­istrative office personnel will be reported to local
      authorities as truant or runaway.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

The primary responsi­bility is to provide the opportunity for an education to each school-age child who resides within this district and who is qualified under Oklahoma law to attend school.  Students who have contracted AIDS will not be denied educational opportuni­ties. The placement of students with AIDS within the school system will depend upon the student's needs and the school's capabilities. Students who have been verified by the Oklahoma Department of Public Health, the school physician, or a private physician as having contracted AIDS may be placed in the school's special needs program provided that the student otherwise meets eligibility re­quirements or will be enrolled according to procedures established by the superintendent.

Appeals Process

If a parent or guardian has questions or concerns, he or she is encouraged to schedule a conference to discuss the matter with the staff member or members involved in the situation.  In most cases, opening the lines of communication will lead to an acceptable resolution.  In the event the parent or guardian is not comfortable with discussing his or her concerns directly with the staff member(s) most directly involved in the situation or if they are unable to satisfactorily resolve the matter directly with the staff member(s), concerns should be addressed to the appropriate administrator.  For most issues, the principal is the administrator to be contacted first.  In some instances the administrator may schedule a conference with the parent, the staff member(s) involved, the administrator, and possibly the student.  If a resolution is not achieved in the conference with the principal, the concern should be brought to the superintendent.  Finally, if after discussing the situation with the superintendent, no acceptable resolution has been achieved, the parent or guardian has the right to request to be placed on the agenda for the
following school board meeting to formally express his or her concerns or to appeal the actions taken by school personnel.  Appeals of suspensions or expulsions are addressed in the “Discipline” section of this handbook.



Arrival and Dismissal

1.  Arrival Time:  For the current school year, school personnel will be available to supervise students in the cafeteria beginning at 7:00 A.M.  That is the earliest students may arrive.  Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 7:45 A.M.  Students arriving prior to 7:40 will report to the cafeteria, even if they will not be eating breakfast, until dismissed to go to their homeroom.  ELC gates will be closed at 7:50 A.M. Morning announcements begin at 7:45 A.M. and  classes begin at 7:50 A.M.

2.  Dismissal Time: The school day ends at 3:00 P.M.

3.  Sometimes it is necessary for school to be dismissed early without warning because of emergency situations including the potential for weather-related, hazardous road conditions. Please make arrangements with your child as to where he/she should go and what they should do at those times.  Also, please complete the Emergency Dismissal Form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Please update this form as necessary.  If we decide to close school early, we will have a public announcement on Lakes Country 102.1 FM radio that school is closing early as soon as possible.  If you are unable to hear the news, please contact Grand View School, not the radio station, regarding the dis­missal time.  Please keep these calls brief.

4.  The decision to have school or cancel school for the day during the winter months is made either the previous evening or each morning between 4:30 and 6:30 A.M.  If the decision is to close school, Lakes Country 102.1 FM radio and Tulsa television stations will be notified by 6:30 A.M. to make the announcement, starting as soon as possible. Please do not call the radio station.  This information will be made public as soon as it is received from the school.

Grand View School is equipped with a two way communication system and monitors civil defense and emergency weather stations.  We also have storm shelter facilities for the safety of our students. If threatening weather or dangerous conditions persist (high winds, tornado warnings, or flash flood warnings), bus routes will be delayed for the students' protection.

Asbestos

Grand View School complies with all EPA regulations regarding asbestos inspections.

Bicycles

Grand View School prefers that students not ride a bicycle to school at any time. However, if it is necessary for a stu­dent to ride a bicycle to school because of some type of emergency, the following rules will apply.
        1.  The bicycle should be in good repair and meet all safety requirements.
        2.  The rider should know and observe all traffic laws.
        3.  Bicycles are to be parked upon arriving at school and not ridden again until school is dismissed.
        4.  The school is not held responsible for stolen bikes.
        5.  Bicycle riders are not permitted to leave before buses in the afternoon.

Bus Rules

I.  Previous to loading: (On the road and at school)
         1.  Be on time at the designated school bus stops.  Help the bus stay on schedule.
         2.  Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus. (Bus riders are expected to conduct themselves in
              a safe manner while waiting for the bus).
         3.  Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter or stand up to exit.
         4.  Be careful when approaching bus stops.

II.  While on the bus:
        1.  Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times.
        2.  Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited.
        3.  Assist in keeping the bus safe and clean at all times.
        4.  Remember that loud talking, laughing, or other unnecessary noises divert the driver's attention and may
             result in a serious accident.
        5.  Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home.  Damage to seats, etc., must be
             paid for by the offender.
        6.  Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
        7.  Leave no books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.
        8.  Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of aisles.
        9.  Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
       10.  Do not throw anything out of the bus window.
       11.  Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion and must have permission
             from the driver before reseating themselves.
       12.  Horse-play is not permitted around or on the school bus.
       13.  Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver.
       14.  Keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
       15.  In case of a road emergency, children are to remain in the bus unless the driver directs students to
              conduct an emergency evacuation.
       16.  Do not make any gestures toward other vehicles or pedestrians.

III.  After Leaving the Bus:
        1.  When crossing the road, go at least ten feet in front of the bus, stop, check the traffic, watch for the
             bus driver’s signal, then cross the road.
        2.  Students living on the right side of the road should immediately leave the bus and stay clear of traffic.
        3.  Older students are expected to help look after the safety and comfort of younger children.
        4.  The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop, except by proper
             authorization from the parent or school official.

IV.  Extracurricular Trips:
        1.  The above rules and regulations will apply to any trip under school sponsorship.
        2.  Pupils shall respect the wishes of the chaperon appointed by school officials.


Conferences

Please make arrangements in advance for conferences. Time will be set up when the teacher isn't on duty at recesses, or in the classroom.

Curriculum

The Grand View School curriculum is designed in ac­cordance with the state recommended curriculum.  If parents would like to know the basic require­ments of any grade or class, we recommend that you contact the student's teacher.  Beyond the core curriculum of math, science, language arts, and social studies, we have elective courses available for students in grades 5 through 8 that we believe enhance the educational opportunities for our students. Every student will be required to complete the course objectives for band, drama, or one of the alternative elective courses offered.  Students who are failing or in danger of failing math and/or reading may be required to attend a remedial class instead of his or her elective of choice until satisfactory progress is made.

Band: Students in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 may enroll in band. Grand View has a few instruments available for student use.  A maintenance fee is required for all loaned instruments. The maintenance fee does not cover damages to the instrument. Parents are responsible for these repairs.  Attendance is required at all scheduled performances. Advanced band mem­bers will also need a band performance shirt. Beginning band and advanced band members will be required to dress according to guidelines given to them for their Christmas and spring concerts.

Alternative Classes: Another course will be offered to students in grades 6, 7, & 8 who do not enroll in a music course.

Other extracurricular activities:
Athletics:  Students are expected to comply with all requests made by the coach or assistant coach and to behave appropriately at all times.  Students are required to return uniforms in good condition at the end of the current season or pay for a replacement uniform.

Academic team:  An academic team is selected from stu­dents wishing to compete for a position on the team.  The number of teams, participants, and their status is governed by county associa­tion rules and is at the discretion of the team sponsors.  Each mem­ber is required to attend practices and competitions when requested and conduct themselves as directed by the sponsors.

Cheerleading: A squad of cheerleaders will be selected from the student body in the spring of each year for the next year through competitive tryouts.  Cheerleaders will be required to at­tend events as directed by the sponsor, purchase personal attire, and attend clinics, competitions, and practices when they occur.

Discipline

One of the most important phases of a person's educational development is that of learning proper behavior, cooperation, respect and self-discipline.  It is the school's responsibility as part of the total educational process to assist the student in the develop­ment of self-discipline. In the process, sometimes it becomes nec­essary to impose penalties on students for inappropriate behavior that interferes with the educational process.

The following are methods by which discipline problems may be handled:
1. Counseling - May involve the classroom teacher or administrator as a result of first or infrequent occasions.

2. Detention - Students may be required to make up class time during recess or a school activity.

3. Ineligibility - Permission to participate in extracurricular activities will be denied.

4. Corporal Punishment - An attempt to reach the parent will be made prior to administering a spanking if parents so request.  If the child commits an offense which the administrator deems as serious enough to receive a spanking and the parent has not give the school consent to use corporal punishment, the parent will pick the child up immediately from school and return the child as directed by the administrator unless an alternate punishment is assigned by the administrator.

5. Suspension/expulsion - Parents will be notified to pick up their child immediately. Students will be disciplined in accordance with Grand View School's Code of Conduct: "Respect the rights of others." The following discipline procedures will be followed by school staff when disciplinary actions are needed.  Actions taken by school staff will be in compliance with school policies.  The following statement of actions to be taken in disciplinary situations is rec­ommended.  The method used to correct behavior may change depending on the seriousness of the offense or how often the child misbehaves.  Any of the actions listed may be taken at any time.  

The following list is not sequential.
Actions to be Taken
1. Warn student verbally
2. Notify parents of the student's conduct and action taken or to be taken
3. Remove students from elective classes and activities such as P.E. or recess
4. Required parent/guardian conferences will be used for continued misbehavior, not submitting class assignments, and truancy.
5. In-school detention during activities (ball games, noon recess, programs, etc.)
6. Suspension from extra-curricular activities and school trips.
7. Corporal punishment (not to exceed 2 swats)
8. Financial repayment to the victim or school in cases of theft or vandalism
9. Involvement of law enforcement or related agencies in cases of assault or controlled substance violations
10. Referral to social services/court related services for truancy or juvenile delinquency
11. Students will be placed on probation for academics, truancy, and suspensions
12. Suspension: short term (less than 10 days)
13. Suspension: long term (10 days or longer)
(Parents: The intent of the preceding discipline policies is to provide a positive learning environment for all students. The faculty must be able to
impose penalties for inappropriate behavior and give reinforcement for inappropriate and appropriate behavior during school. The intent is to promote appropriate behavior at all times.)
Parents of students who have been suspended or expelled will be afforded the right to appeal under the school district policies in effect at the time the suspension or expulsion is imposed. It is the parent’s re­sponsibility to request a copy of the appeal policy and appropriate forms from a school administrator. A "demerit" system will be used to determine eligibility for trips including class trips and activity trips. Serious infractions and repetitive minor displays of inappropriate behavior will result in the issuance of a demerit by the principal. Students who accumulate 5 or more demerits during the school year or 3 demerits in the second semester will be ineligible for school trips and activities. Parents will be informed in writing each time a demerit is issued.  Since demerits only affect trip eligibility and activities when students earn several, additional, more immediate punish­ment will usually be assigned as well.  Regardless of the number of demerits accumulated, students may be denied attendance on individual trips or activities at the discretion of the administration based on such factors as recent behavior and school attendance.

Dress Code and General Appearance

Dress and appearance must not present a health or safety problem or cause any disruption in the school setting.
1. Clothing with advertisements of controlled substances or objectionable slogans may not be worn.
2. Midriffs will be covered at all times.
3. Athletic shorts, short-shorts, mini-skirts, mesh-type fabrics, etc., are not considered appropriate attire. All shorts, skirts, etc., should be longer
than the student’s finger tips with arms at side and fingers extended.  The highest point of any hem, slit, or tear is used to determine the length of skirts, shorts, etc.  
4. Gang-related apparel, clothing with satanic overtones or messages, and caps may not be worn. Spaghetti straps are not permitted.  
5. All undergarments must be covered at all times, including bra straps.  
6. Sleeveless shirts must be at least 2 inches wide at the neck/shoulder and may not be loose-fitting under the arms.  
7. Long-tailed shirts must be worn inside the pants.
8. If any see-through garments are worn (mesh, spandex, etc.), something that conforms to the school dress code must be worn under the see-through garment.  
9. Coats are not to be worn in the classroom.  
10. Pants are not to be worn in a "sagging" manner.  
11. The only piercing jewelry permitted at school is ear rings in the ears.  
12. Only natural hair colors are allowed (not necessarily the student’s natural hair color).  Green, blue, bright red, etc., hair color is not permitted.

If clothing or appearance is found to be in violation of this policy, students will be asked to conform to the dress code and will have some form of disciplinary action taken.  If a student continues to wear inappropriate attire or otherwise violates this policy, parents will be called and asked to pick up the student or bring a change of clothing. Other disciplinary actions will be taken for repeat offenders and for students unwilling to cooperate with the enforcement of this policy.

Drugs

In recognition of the school's obligation to our students and community, we stand ready to assist in dealing with drug-related problems. Any student found possessing, using, or under the influ­ence of drugs, or possessing drug paraphernalia, will be suspended for no less than 5 days or the current semester and possibly the next semester. Authorities will also be notified in cases of posses­sion of a controlled substance.

Early Departure

If it becomes necessary for you to pick up your child before regular school dismissal, go to the office to sign your child out.  Office personnel will call for your student.  No student will be dismissed from their designated location unless the teacher is notified by the front office. This is a protective measure both for your child and school personnel.  A child not present in his/her assigned class or location will be reported to local authorities as missing. Parents who arrive at school after 2:45 to pick up their child will need to go to the parent pick up line.

Electronic Devices

Grand View School personnel prefer that students not bring any electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, mp3 players, CD players, video games, etc.) to school unless they are needed for a school activity.  If electronic devices are brought to school, they must be turned off and kept out of site for the entire school day.  The school is not responsible for stolen electronic devices or other personal property. Electronic devices which cause a disruption, are turned on, or are observed by school personnel will be confiscated.  Confiscated items will be returned to the student’s parent or guardian upon request.  The parent or guardian may be required to pick up these items in person.  

Eligibility Requirements for Sports and Activities

Oklahoma School Activities Association and the Cherokee County Activities Association Eligibility Rules state that you are not eligible if:
1. You have not attended classes 80% of the time for the current or previous semester.
2. You receive a grade of "F" in any core curriculum class.
3. You have been disqualified from a contest because of unsportsmanlike conduct or a flagrant foul, or are under school disciplinary action at Grand View School or your previous school (the principal may reinstate a student following a conference in very few cases.)
4. You were fifteen (15) years of age before September 1 of the current school year.
The administration of Grand View School will make the final decision of eligibility status and will base the decision on numerous factors including attendance, behavior, and academic performance of students.  Eligibility information is collected weekly.  An ineligible list is compiled each week and takes effect the following week.  Notes are sent to parents of students on the ineligible list explaining what the problem areas are and what is required of the student to become eligible again.  Students are required to maintain an average of 70% or higher in all classes to remain academically eligible.

(Note: There are also additional requirements for some extracurricular activities. Consult your coach, sponsor, or principal for additional information.)



Enrollment
Certain requirements for enrollment into the schools of Oklahoma are set forth by the legislature and recorded in the “Oklahoma School Code.”  Those requirements are as follows:
1. A child must have attained the age of four on or before September 1 to enroll in pre-kindergarten.
2. A child must have attained the age of five on or before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten.
3. A child must have attained the age of six on or before September 1 to enroll in first grade.
4. A birth certificate or hospital record must be presented at the time of enrollment in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or the first grade.
5. A child entering Grand View School for the first time must present an immunization record signed by a physician or an authorized representative of the State Dept. of Health stating that the child is adequately protected against whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, rubeola (7-day hard measles), rubella (3-day German measles), polio, and hepatitis as required by law.
A test or survey will be administered to all kindergarten and new first grade pupils at the time of their enrollment or within a time limit set by the administrator. Placement of students may be recommended as a result of test performance and/or teacher recommendations.

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

1.The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Grand View School (“the school district”) receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school superintendent (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.  Any parent or guardian may request to review their student's cumulative record folder during regular school hours. Removing information from the folder is prohibited but copies of the contents can be made at a current rate per page determined by the administrator.

2.The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of student rights.

Parents or eligible students who want to request that the school district amend a record they believe is inaccurate or misleading, should provide the superintendent a written statement that clearly identifies in writing the part of the record they want changed and specifies why they believe it is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of student rights.

If the school district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school district will notify the parent or eligible student 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 student 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 that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
School officials with legitimate educational interest;
Other schools to which a student is transferring or enrolling;
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
Accrediting organizations;
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
Upon request, the school district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

4.The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The contact information for the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Grand View School will abide by FERPA requirements at all times.  Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.  Parents or eligible students may request in writing within 14 days of receipt of this notice that the school not disclose directory information about the student.

Homework

Students are given assignments and are usually given some time to work on them in class. Students may usually take unfin­ished assignments home to complete for the next day. Most homework will be in the subjects of math, reading, and/or language arts.  Some homework will be separate assignments in addition to assignments done in class.  Please help your child by seeing that he/she completes and returns all assigned homework and takes his/her books and other supplies and resources back to school the next day.  The purpose of homework is to allow students more practice with material presented in class and/or to be an extension of what has already been done in class or in preparation for what will be done in class.  As with all school assignments, the work needs to be completed by the student to be an accurate reflection of the student’s understanding of the assignment.  Assisting your child with homework as needed is encouraged, but students are expected to do the work themselves.  Class work sent home for students with an ab­sence will be accompanied by an assignment sheet and due date. In some cases, this type of homework will be allowed to be returned during a grace period which may extend beyond the day after the student returns to classes.

Honor Roll

Student honor roll lists will be published for students in grades 3 through 8 each semester.  To be eligible for the Principal's Honor Roll a student must maintain a "B+" average.  To be eligible for the Superintendent’s Honor Roll a student must maintain an "A-" average or above.

Lost and Found

Most articles found are to be placed in the lost and found boxes. Expensive/valuable items should be brought to the office.  Please check the boxes when you lose something. Many articles are not claimed. Articles not claimed will be given to some charitable organization periodically throughout each school year.

Medicine

Prescription medicine must be properly labeled to be ad­ministered at school. Pain relievers, cough syrup, or other over the coun­ter drugs will not be administered by any school personnel unless the student has permission in writing from the student’s parent. Any such drugs will be taken from students if the student does not have a note from a parent describing the medicine, dosage, and permission to self-administer or be administered. These medications will be kept by the school nurse, teacher, or in the office during school hours.

Money

When it is necessary to send money to school, please send correct change or a check in a marked envelope. Students seldom have need for money during school hours. Parents will receive notices regarding when money will be needed. Buying, selling, or trading personal property at school by students is prohibited.

Parent Pick Up

The asphalted area situated at the northeast comer of the campus is the area designated for picking up students at the end of the school day. Traffic enters the asphalt area on the north end, drives through the two-lane horseshoe-shaped line, picks up students at or near the gate, and exits the south end of the asphalt area. Do not exit your vehicle. School personnel will direct students to the cor­rect vehicle at the appropriate time. This is a protective measure and will help the line keep moving as quickly as possible. For best results, you should enter the pick up area heading north on Jarvis Road and exit heading south on Jarvis Road.

Parties, Trips, and Activities

A very limited number of parties, trips, and activities that are not directly related to the curriculum may be scheduled during the regular school day.
 To participate in these parties, trips, and/or activities, students must be in good standing in the areas of behavior, attendance, and academics.  Parents
wishing to help in the classroom need to contact the teacher to make arrangements.  Individual student birthday parties will not be conducted in classrooms.
 If you do not want your child to participate in a party, trip, or other activity, call the office so we can make adjustments in the child's schedule or you
may pick the child up a short time before the party, trip, or activity occurs.  

Physical Education

1.Students not participating in physical education activities due to a short-term illness must have a note dated and signed by a parent. This is to be given
to the physical education teacher.                                     
2.Students not participating in physical education activities due to a long-term illness must have a note dated and signed by a physician. This is to be given
to the physical education teacher.
3.Before an injured student will be allowed to resume physical activity, a written release from the doctor or parent must be presented to the physical education
 teacher.

Promotion and Retention Policy

In case of retention, supportive evidence must be presented to the parent. This evidence must be based on:
1.Testing which covered subject matter presented to the student.
2.The recommendation of the classroom teacher based upon the student's overall performance of curriculum criteria.
3.Maturity (physical, mental, emotional, and social).
4.Regular attendance. Less than 80% attendance in a semester will usually result in automatic retention. A parent must be made aware of the possibility of
the student’s retention due to absenteeism.
A student exiting 8th grade may be promoted instead of receiving a diploma during graduation exercises. This is a rare instance and parents will be informed
of the circumstances and conditions of the promotion vs. graduation procedure when enroll­ing a student in the 8th grade after October 1st, as it is necessary.

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report cards are sent to parents following each school quarter of approximately nine weeks.  Progress reports are sent to parents following the fifth week of
each quarter.  We ask parents to sign, detach, and return the bottom portion of the report card or progress report to the student’s homeroom teacher.

School Meals

1.A breakfast and lunch program is provided in the cafeteria for the benefit and convenience of both the student and parent.
2.Students may bring their breakfast and/or lunch, but they will be required to eat in the cafeteria.
3.Students should not bring soda/pop with their meal.
4.We would like to encourage the parent to pay for their child's meals at 20 school-day intervals, or monthly, when billed. This will help us with our
 book-keeping, and keeping the cost of our program down. If your child is absent or does not wish to eat with us, they will not be charged for that day.
5.Students will be excluded from class, group, or extra­curricular activities because of past due meal bills.  All accounts must be current before any
class trips can be taken by a student.
6.You may apply for free or reduced price lunch and breakfast by filling out the application and returning it to the office as soon as possible.

Search and Seizure

School personnel have the right to inspect all property on school premises.  This includes book bags, sacks, coats, boxes, or anything a student has
 in their possession.  Students will be asked to empty pockets, remove shoes, and pull up pant legs if school personnel suspect the student has concealed
any item.  Strip search­es or searches involving removal of clothing beyond coats, jackets, sweaters, or other outside clothing is prohibited by school
 personnel.  In these cases, law enforcement will be summoned, the student will be removed from school to a holding facility, and regulations gov­erning
that facility will be in effect.  The administrator will attempt to inform the parent while the child is en-route to this facility.  If contact cannot be
made in a reasonable amount of time, it will become the obligation of the receiving authority to contact the parent.

Tardiness to School or Class

Promptness to class is very important. Students are to be in their assigned location and ready to work when the bell sounds. Three or more tardies will be
 regarded as excessive. Excessive tardies will be reported as truancy.  Any time a student is late arriving to school or class, he or she is required to get
 a tardy slip/admit slip from the main office.  Students returning to school from an appointment must also pick up an admit slip from the main office.

Telephone

1.Students must have permission from office personnel to use the school telephone.
2.Outgoing calls are to be made only in cases of emergency.  Students will be asked the nature of the call before permission is granted.
3.The principal will define an emergency. If it is deter­mined the call is of a social nature (permission to visit another student, ride a different bus, etc.) permission will not be given.
4. We recommend the parent and child work out an agreement at the beginning of the term as to where the parent will meet the child during bad weather, thus preventing some telephone calls. If a parent must be called to determine what a student is to do in the event school must be closed early and a parent cannot be reached, the student will be sent home on a bus.  Non-district residents must be picked up or have prior arrangements made with a district resident to allow non-resident students to ride a bus to a location within the district.
5. Students will be called to the telephone in cases of emergency. (We discourage parents from calling their children at school or asking office personnel to deliver messages, except in an emergency.)

Testing

Our school is currently using an achievement testing program to evaluate student progress in grades K-2. Students in grades 3-8 participate in Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests.  Test dates are set by the State Department of Education.  The writing tests taken by students in 5th grade and 8th grade are usually scheduled in February. All other tests are usually scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd week in April. The testing points out various strengths and weaknesses a student might have. Please make a special effort to see that your child is prepared and properly rested during testing week. Students will be tested annually on basic knowledge in reading and math. Some grades will also be tested on basic knowledge in science and social studies.  More information on the testing program will be sent to parents after the first semester.

Textbooks

Lost or damaged textbooks must be replaced. Students will be expected to pay for these texts.  The cost of textbooks will be prorated on a six year life span.

Tobacco

The administration of Grand View School understands the concern expressed by parents, educators, students and other community members regarding the adverse effects of tobacco on the individual. Oklahoma law prohibits the possession of tobacco by minors.  In accordance with Oklahoma law, tobacco products of any kind will not be used or possessed by students while on school premises. Tobacco will not be possessed or used by students attending any school-sponsored or school sanctioned events outside school premises, or while in transport to or from an event in school vehicles. Students in violation of the policy will receive suspension and return under probation for a period time imposed by the administrator.

Transportation

Free transportation in district-owned buses is furnished to students who reside within the school district. All buses used by Grand View School meet the requirements of the State Board of Education and operate in compliance with state and federal regulations. All students are urged to regard the bus as a classroom as far as con­duct is concerned. Safety is stressed at all times. School bus drivers are school officials and have the same authority as a classroom teacher over the students in their care.  Af­ter students board the bus, they are under the supervision of the bus driver and are expected to help him/her maintain discipline in order to prevent serious accidents. The driver has absolute author­ity and is expected to look after the welfare of all students under his/her care.  Any student may lose bus riding privileges for disobeying regulations.  
After boarding the bus, students are not to depart from the bus until it reaches school in the morning or arrives at the designat­ed place for them to leave the bus in the evening. Special permis­sion from the driver and a note signed and dated by the parents and an administrator will be necessary for students to be allowed to ride a different bus than normal or to exit anywhere other than their des­ignated stop.

Visitors

1.Parents are welcome to visit the school, but must stop by the office for permission to visit classrooms.
2.Students are not allowed to bring visitors to the school.
3.Any person entering school property without permission from the administrative office will be treated as an unauthorized intruder. Law enforcement will be called to respond if any person, regardless of age, is suspected of entering school property without permission or loitering within approximately 1000 feet of school property.

Walkers

1.Parents should advise their children not to accept rides, clothing, gifts, pills, foods, drinks, etc., from strangers.
2.It is best if students have a definite route to follow, agreed on by parents and students.
3.Students walking from school are not allowed to leave until buses have left on their routes.  These students will go to the parent pick up area and wait until school personnel give permission to proceed.  
 
Withdrawals

Parents who wish to withdraw their children from school must follow these steps:
1.Inform the office or teacher at least one day prior to leaving.
2.Make sure all fees are paid and school property is returned.
3.Pick up a withdrawal form and report card from the office.