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Staff Handbook

 

BCLUW  All-Building Teacher Handbook

 

HANDBOOK

It is the responsibility of each staff member to abide by and aid in the enforcement of all rules and regulations as stated in the Student Handbook and adopted by the Board of Education.  It shall be up to each staff member to be familiar with the BCLUW Board policies.  

 

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

Communication concerning individual students, announcements to the teacher, grade books, and similar materials should be kept out of sight of students! Please keep all passwords for electronic access private and log out of your computer if you are leaving the room. (rev. 6/12)

 

STAFF RELATIONS

Staff members are expected to devote themselves to the development of the educational team and to cooperate with all staff for the effective enforcement of the rules and order in and about the buildings and on the school ground.                                                                                                                                       

The successful functioning of a school depends upon the cooperation of the staff in the system.  One of the prerequisites of any school staff is her/his ability to get along with fellow workers.

 

COMPLAINTS OF STAFF

All complaints should be made to the immediate supervisor.  There is a formal grievance procedure in the master contract between the Board of Education and the local bargaining unit. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEACHER

Each teacher shall be under the general direction of the Superintendent of Schools and immediately responsible to the principal for carrying out the policies of the Board of Education as they relate to the function of the school, to the classroom and to the immediate contact with pupils and parents.  The teachers' specific responsibilities are:

1. To provide guidance to the pupils which will promote their welfare and their proper  educational development.

2. To administer the classroom and its programs.

3. To be responsible for the child's accounting.

4. To work cooperatively with parents for the welfare of the child.

5. To cooperate with and participate in the planning and evaluation of the school program.

6. To take part in the in-service education program of the school.

7.  To provide for the care and protection of school property.

8.  To maintain cordial working conditions and relationships with colleagues.

9.   To participate in the business and activities of the faculty.

10.  To be professional.

 

WEATHER RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please listen to radio/TV stations WHO, KDAO, KFJB, KXIA, KCRR, WHO, & KWWL.  In order for everyone to find out quickly on the morning of a "snow day" or "delay", we would like you to help by relaying the message as follows: If the person you are calling does not respond (phone line may be down, etc.)  please go ahead and call the people listed under that person's name to keep the relay going.

 

DISASTER DRILLS

Required drills are held twice each semester and staff members are provided with plans.

 

STUDENT'S NOT PASSING

A.    Keep the principal & parents informed of all students that appear to be failing the quarter. This should be done with a letter/progress report mailed to the parent. (rev 6/12)

B.    No student is to receive a failing grade simply because they do not have the ability. No student is to be failed without first consulting the principal. 

C.    All parent conferences concerning retention are to be attended by the building principal.

 

GRADE 5-12 MID-TERM REPORTS

These are to be completed for each student failing, near failing, or performing significantly below their capabilities. Complete the report on the computer grading system and turn in to the office by the date given. They may be sent earlier, however, the bulk of them should be taken care of at this time. You may send one every week, or as many as you think are necessary. Please be sure that you indicate both the causes for deficiency and recommendationsNo student should be failed for the quarter who's parent has not been sent a deficiency report. (Use incomplete for two weeks.)

 

GOOD NEWS NOTES - SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED TODAY

A goal is for each teacher to send home, or make a call home, at least once a week about a positive accomplishment of a student. Try to spread these around.

 

TEACHER EVALUATION

Will be completed according to contract and law.

 

FACULTY MEETINGS

Elementary faculty meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. the last day of the week.  M.S. Faculty will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Thursdays unless otherwise announced.  High School meetings will be at 7:45 Wed.   There will also be limited meetings involving smaller groups of teachers on subjects that concern just those few.  Meetings may be called anytime if the need arises.

 

HOURS OF WORK

Full-time employees - the total workday shall consist of not more than eight consecutive hours, except as stated in Section II.  Flex-time will be available with board and individual employee approval.  Flex-time does not apply for teacher inservice and unexpected meetings. Flex schedules must be approved by building principal. No teacher may leave until all buses are gone.

Teachers are not to leave the building unless there are extenuating circumstances, excluding lunch (22 minutes) and then only with the notification of the office.

 

STAFFINGS

Teachers are required to attend or submit written description of student performance. You are responsible for information presented at a staffing. If you are absent, you must check with the resource teacher for that information.  You are to submit weekly reports to the resource teacher if they are requested and are a part of the student's IEP.

 

MINIMIZING THE PERSONAL LIABILITY OF TEACHERS

1. A teacher must be aware of the dangers of acting beyond the scope of his/her delegated authority; in loco parentis does not extend beyond matters of conduct and discipline.

2. A teacher increases the risk of legal action when he/she assigns pupils to tasks beyond the course of study.

3. While the Board is primarily responsible for equipment, the teacher must see that the equipment is used in a safe manner.

4.  A teacher must exert reasonable care to avoid injury; he/she is expected to foresee the danger of injury as a normal person would.

5. If dangerous activities are to be performed by students, the teacher is expected to increase the amount of care to avoid injury.

6.  A teacher must report unsafe conditions to authorities; failure to do so constitutes an act of omission.

7.  Do not leave students unattended. A teacher increases the risk of liability when he/she leaves a student unattended.

8.  Visibility will be maintained into classrooms at all times.

9.  Classroom control needs to be maintained.

 

ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS, GROUP PRACTICES

Teachers are to accompany their groups to the assembly.   Check with the supervisors for seating arrangements.  Teachers are to sit among the students to keep order.

 

SUPERVISION GRADES 5-12

A.   You are to be either in your doorway or out in the hall between classes and, also, check a respective restroom nearest you. No one is to be in the teacher's workroom during this time (8:15-8:30 and 3:30-3:40).

B.   You are to keep a log indicating what students leave your room during class, what time they leave and return, and where they go.  This is to be done only when they get a drink, go to their locker, or go to the restroom.  Students in the hall for any other reason when a class is in session should have a pass in their possession.

C.   All teachers will be involved in supervision of the school grounds before and after school each day. 

D.   Teachers are not to leave classes to run tests or secure supplies from the office. The time before classes in the morning and after school in the afternoon should be used for this purpose so that one would not have to do this on scheduled class time. 

E.   Teachers, will be assigned to morning duty on a rotating basis.

F.    Teachers, will be assigned to a thirty-minute school detention period. This will be done according to other school duties so everyone will have an equal assignment.

 

DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES

A.   Each staff member is responsible for the discipline they maintain with students. Many problems can be prevented by letting the students know what you expect of them and by being fair. Only after the teacher has done everything reasonable to handle the situation should the teacher send insubordinate students to the principal.  It might be wise to counsel the student and if necessary, keep the student after school for detention. Different procedures work better than others for different teachers and situations. Find what works best for you.

B.   Do cause physical harm to a student unless it is the result of defending yourself. State Laws prohibit this form of disciplining a student.

C.   Don't send students to the principal for minor infractions unless they become habitual.

D.   Discuss disciplinary problems with the principal and keep the principal informed. Don't hesitate to ask for help and advice.

E.   Remember, disciplinary problems may be avoided by being consistent and predictable. Prevent boredom, a primary cause of discipline problems, by keeping all students involved and occupied at their own level of attainment.

F.   Each time you send a student to the principal's office, you, for your own protection, are required to fill out an anecdotal report describing the situation.

G.   The class for which a student has been sent to the office for disciplinary reasons is to be regarded as an unexcused absence.

 

FIELD TRIPS, EXCURSIONS, PARTIES,  ETC.

Check with the principal in regard to scheduling any activity. All events must be posted on the principal's calendar at least five days prior. Permission for trips late in the spring may not be granted.   Trips of more than one period in length may not be granted after mid-May. The manager of the cafeteria should be notified about any activity that would affect the number of students eating lunch.  Note: The principal will not approve any event unless first approved by the faculty sponsor and submitted in writing at least one week prior to the date requested.          

 A description on any out-of-district event should be sent home with the student. Do not drive your own car on trips or to meetings and expect to get paid mileage, unless first approved by the office.

For students in grades 9-12 advance make-up forms must be completed anytime a student will be missing a class.  These forms are due in the office before the student can go on the trip or participate in the activity.

Attempts shall be made to see that there is at least one male, and one female adult chaperone among the bus driver, parents, and teachers on the field trip. It is recommended that there be a minimum of one chaperone for every 10-15 students.

Field trip request forms are due by the third Friday in Sept. 

 

SUPPLIES

A.    Requisitioning of supplies: You must first gain the principal's approval of your requisition which will then be sent to the superintendents office. The school will not be responsible for payment of books, equipment, or supplies ordered without approval. Plan early for next year's budget  request.                                                                                                                                                               

B.    Receiving supplies: If you unpack materials or supplies received in the mail, please turn the packing slip in to the principal's secretary.

D.    Obtain receipts for all expenditures while on a school trip for which the school is paying expenses.

 

AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS

There are various audio-visual aids available to implement the educational program.  Educational videos should be requisitioned as soon as possible in order to assure their availability. (rev 6/12)

All A-V materials have been cataloged through the media center.  When taking materials from the media center, please make sure they are checked out and returned as soon as you are through so others may use them.  These requests are not to keep you from using materials but as an attempt at better inventory control for the benefit of all.

Educational television programs are available at all grade levels.  Guides are in the library office if you need one.  The librarian will also tape programs for you.

 

USE OF EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS (rev 6/12/)

Educational videos properly used are an important and a valuable teaching aid.  Improperly used, these videos are a waste of time to both teacher and students, and a great waste of time for the school.  In order to encourage the proper use of videos, the following are required in their use:

1. Do preview the video and prepare yourself before showing it to your students.  If you don't have time to preview it, then you shouldn't use it.  This is especially true of free videos.

 2.  Do be certain that there is a definite relation between the video and your instructional objectives and not to entertain.

3. Do prepare your class to see the video by giving them specific things to look for in the  video or questions to answer.

4. Do follow up with an immediate discussion of the content.  No video should be shown in class unless the class is prepared for it and there is a follow-up.

 5. Do show the videos during your regular class period.  Grade teachers showing videos on social studies should use this film during social studies class period, if at all possible.

6. Remember that we can only justify videos as they help us do a better job achieving out educational objectives.  Videos are not an end in themselves.

7. Do practice continually to improve the technique of teaching with videos.  If you have not had a course in visual aids, you should at least get hold of a book on the use of them.

 8. Any movies with sexual content, violence, or profanity shall not be shown without the building principal's permission.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are to be checked out to the students by the teacher and checked in by the same instructor at the end of the school year or whenever they are no longer needed. To check out a textbook the number and name of the text and the student's name should be recorded on the form provided by the office.  Have the student record the condition of the text on the form and return the form to you. This form will then give you a guide for determining whether a fine should be assessed when the book is checked in.  Be sure that all textbooks are numbered and have the school name stamped on them. Number textbooks as follows: 1-92, 2-92, 3-92, etc.  (indicating the year they were purchased.)  

The following suggested guidelines for abuse of textbooks may be used when they are checked in: 

  $ .10 per page for writing in the text;  $ .25 per page for torn page; $5.00 for books that need to be re-bound (broken backs and ruined covers and pages ready to fall out.)

If the book is ruined or lost the CHARGE is the replacement cost of the book (see office).

STUDENT COLLECTIONS

No funds are to be raised by collection from the pupils unless approval is given by the office beforehand.  If collections are made, they should be placed in the secretary's hands, so the office can see that payment is made and a receipt is obtained to show payment.  Never leave money in your desk!

 

DISPENSING OF MEDICATION

Medicines shall not be given to students without the written consent of the parents. Verbal consent on a single use basis will be accepted.  All medication must be dispensed through the nurse's office by an employee who has had the medication training session. 

TEACHERS' MAIL

Each teacher's mailbox will be located in the principal's office where mail will be distributed.  It should be checked before classes begin in the morning, noon, and after school. All notes going home or distributed to staff must be given to the principal.

DAILY BULLETIN

Any announcements you wish to be included must be on the secretary's desk before the building deadline on the day you want it announced or earlier if possible. The announcements will be sent electronically and are to be read to the students. 

LESSON PLANS

Each teacher is responsible for preparing their lesson plans one week in advance. Your plans need not be in great detail but should be sufficient to provide a substitute teacher with definite information, should a substitute be necessary. Your plans are to be available at all times and each are to be handed in or on the server at the principal's by Monday. 

 

SEATING CHARTS

Keep one copy of your classroom seating chart or list available so that the supervisor can take attendance if you are absent. 

STAFF ABSENCES

 Call your supervisor as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible. Substitutes will be hired to fill in for teachers anticipating extended periods of absence. For shorter periods of absence other teachers in the building may be asked to supervise during one of them.

TIME SCHEDULES

Time schedules for classes, lunch, recess, and the end of the day dismissal are to be strictly observed. It is not fair to other people in the school when one staff member  allows the students to ignore those schedules, even for as little as one minute.

TRANSPORTATION

Anyone requiring transportation should obtain a request form from the secretary, complete it, and turn it in to the principal. Requests for a bus or van should be at least 3 days in advance.

SMOKING

Staff may not smoke in the sight of students while fulfilling their contracted duties. School policy does not allow smoking on school grounds at anytime.  WE ARE A SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT. 

DOORS, WINDOWS AND LIGHTS

MS & HS classrooms should be locked when the teacher is not present. Staff members need to insure that all doors and windows are locked and shut tightly at the end of each school day, nights, and weekends. Directors of after-school activities should be the last to leave the building. If you do not know if you are the last to leave, lock up as if you were!             

 USE OF BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT

1.  Permission is to be obtained from the supervisor or superintendent for the use of the building for other than regular school activities.

2.  Teachers are expected to instruct their pupils in the proper use of buildings and equipment, to teach respect for public property, and to carry out the rules and regulations adopted for their proper operation, use and care.

3.  The following procedures should be observed:

A. Use of Equipment

1) School keys are not to be loaned to anyone.

2) Anyone outside the school system must receive permission from the building principal, AD or superintendent in order to use any school equipment or materials.

3) Audio-visual materials and equipment can be checked out from the media center.

4) Students should receive instructions before they are allowed to operate  equipment.

5) Please notify the librarian if equipment is not working correctly.

B. Care of Rooms

1) Rooms should be kept neat and orderly at all times

2) Never leave your room in a disorderly fashion.

3) A few minutes before dismissal should be taken so the pupils can clean up scraps of paper around their desks.

4) Place books on a desk so they will not fall off easily.

5) Inform the custodian of things that need attention.

6) Have students place their chairs on their desks before being dismissed.

7)   Staff should not ask the custodians to do jobs for them unless they have previously  cleared their request with the principal. If something needs to be repaired or needs non-routine attention by the custodian, fill out a work order request in the office and submit it to the principal or superintendent for approval.

 

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING PROCEDURES          

ALL teachers, administrators and employees of this facility are by law considered mandatory reporters of child abuse that occurs in the home environment or by a care provider.  

                 

For alleged child abuse by school personnel, the building principal  is the initial investigator, and the alternate is another building principal.

                 

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

 The Iowa Attorney General's Office clarified that teachers and school administrators are not to be considered a "person responsible for the care of a child"; and therefore, are not within the scope of the reporting and investigation provisions of the Iowa Child Abuse Law.  However, any teacher or administrator who unreasonably strikes a child remanins subject to the assault provisions of the Criminal Code and may be held personally liable for damages.  In addition to any disciplinary measures that may be taken by local officials, an educator who abuses a child may be subject to investigation by the Professional Teaching Practices Commission and revocation of certification by the State Board of Eduction Examiners.

Between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on normal state working days, all telephone reports of suspected child abuse are to be made to the Department of Social Services, Grundy Center office at 319-824-6941, or Marshall County 641-752-6741, or Hardin County 641-858-3461.  You may also call the Waterloo District Office for Human Services and ask for the Child Abuse Unit at 319-267-2594.

Mandatory reporters are reminded that pursuant to Chapter 232 of the Iowa Code (juvenile justice) any oral report of suspected child abuse must be followed by a written report to the Department of Social Services within 48 hours.  The Department of Social Services is able to supply the Suspected Child Abuse Reporting Form.

 It is important that all known information concerning the suspected abuse be included on your report.

All certified staff  must have on file within 6 months of initial employment a certificate of child abuse reporting training.

HARASSMENT

The BCLUW School Board has adopted a policy #403.5 prohibiting harassment of any kind by students or staff.  This includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, physical harassment such as hitting, pushing, etc., and verbal harassment such as name calling, notes, etc.  If you as a parent or student feel harassment is taking place, report this to your building principal.  Anyone wishing a copy of this policy may pick one up at the central office or any building level office.

DETENTIONS

Detentions are a teacher tool for discipline or getting student work done.  Parents are to be notified in advance by either letter or phone call before keeping a student. 

STEALING

Stealing is not a common problem, but it does happen occasionally.  Every precaution should be taken to keep such activity at a minimum.  Teach your students the following habits:

1. Do not bring money to school unless it is needed at school that day.  

2. Students should not leave money  or other valuable items in their desks or in their lockers.  This applies to teachers also.  Such items should be kept in the desk or file, and the desk or file should be kept locked at all times whenever it contains such items.

3. Students should not place billfolds or other items on the stage, on the bleachers, on benches, or in any unattended rooms during gym classes, recess or similar  times.

4. Students should be made aware of the possibility of loss or theft at all times.

5. Gym shoes and all outer wear should be marked with the students' names.

If a theft does occur, please notify the supervisor immediately.  Do not wait until a break, but notify him/her the moment the theft has been discovered.

HEALTH RECORDS

Health information and records will comply with FERPA and HIPPA regulations. Health information will be confidential and shared with staff on a "need to know" basis.

The following health screenings will be done as recommended by the National Association of School Nurses: Vision, hearing, scoliosis, height and weight, dental, and blood pressure.  Height and weight are to be checked once yearly, during April or May, in all grades and charted on the permanent health records.  This should be recorded as feet and inches, such as, 5'1".                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The school nurse at the request of a teacher may make home visits.

SPONSORS AND ADVISORS OF STUDENT GROUPS

Sponsors and advisors are responsible for the enforcement of the requirements as stated in the student handbook and in the Good Conduct Policy. Make sure you are familiar with  these requirements.

ATTENDANCE - 5-12 (rev 6/12)

A.    Attendance is to be done on JMC each period.

B.    Anyone present that has been reported absent should have an admit slip from the office or be sent after one.  Do not admit a student to your class who has been absent the day before unless they have an admit slip from the principal's office, stating whether the absence was excused or unexcused.

C. Be sure to let your students know your policy concerning tardiness. Any HS student tardy to 2nd through 8th periods - unexcused - 1/2 hour detention to be served in the office. MS tardies result in a misconduct slip. 

 

ELEMENTARY STAFF SECTION

 

PHILOSOPHY OF RETENTION        

Pupils should be promoted on the basis of careful study and analysis of what seems best for each individual.  Retention should be based on achievement, age, size, maturity, emotional stability and social adjustment.   

Parents should be informed as early as possible that retention may be a possibility for their child.  Parents should be aware of their child's weaknesses, and that a cooperative effort be made by the teacher and parent to take corrective measures to overcome a child's weaknesses.     

The cooperation of the parents is a necessary ingredient to successful retention, but the school must reserve the right to make the final decision.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Discourage the pupils' use of the telephone.

If it becomes necessary to call a parent because of illness of a child, the secretary, if on duty, will make the call and care for the child until his/her parents arrive.  Teachers should also check to make sure these children are not still at school when the busses are dismissed.

Telephone calls to teachers during class hours, except in emergencies, cannot be honored, but the teacher will be notified by note in his/her mailbox.

It is expected that the teacher will not use the phone for his/her own personal calls during the day unless it is absolutely necessary.

GIFTS

If a gift is received by a teacher, thank the child in private, accept the gift with sincerity, and make no issue of it in front of the other children.

MEDIA CENTER AIDES

The head librarian will assign and supervise the activities of the aides and set down rules and procedures for the library.

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL

For students withdrawing from school the following items should be completed:

1. Report card.

2. Report of progress including the textbooks we use and materials completed.

3. The cumulative record should be returned to the office.  The child's records will be  mailed to the receiving school.  Do not send the folder with the child.

4.  Immunization card.

 

LOST AND FOUND   

All items of a lost and found nature will be located in the back foyer.  All clothing items will be placed in a box where students may identify the lost articles. Small valuables lost and found are kept in the secretaries' office.

 

CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

Pupils who are suspected of having any contagious disease should be brought to the attention of the office immediately and should not be permitted to expose other students.  Parents must be contacted through the office before the child is sent home.  As a general rule, the secretary or nurse will be responsible for the contacting of parents and for the care of the student until he/she goes home. The school will not make a diagnosis as this is the job of the family doctor.

 

LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING THE DAY                                                       

Teachers should refer all requests for the release of children to the office.  All students are to remain in class until picked up by their parents or authorized person.

SCHOOL PARTIES AND TREATS

Parties, sponsored by the teacher, on such occasions as Christmas, Valentine's Day, and school closing are in line with good school practice.  These activities are to be well-planned for one hour of the school day. Parties and treats at other times may be used as a reward system.  

Individual treats for birthdays may be brought to school, but time for a party is not allowed.

The Christmas gift exchange is limited to $3.00.

All functions must be approved by the immediate supervisor prior to scheduling.

FIELD TRIP REPORT

Upon completion of a field trip, the teacher should evaluate and determine if the field trip accomplished the goals and objectives that were set up.  The material can be filed and used for future reference.

Each teacher or supervisor has a responsibility in the proper reporting of any student injury.  Whenever a pupil incurs an accidental injury while engaged in school-supervised activities, it is necessary to complete the preliminary report.  This report must be completed and placed on file immediately.  Failure to comply within the time limit will result in denial of any obligation by the school.  It is the responsibility of the supervising teacher to insure the filing of this report.  See the supervisor immediately when an injury occurs.

The Accident Report form should be obtained from the building secretary.                                                                                                                    

HALLWAY SUPERVISION

All teachers are expected to participate in corridor supervision in the morning, at noon, and at recess.   When one teacher from each grade level is on hall, bus or playground duty, the other teacher is to supervise both classrooms.  Room teachers are responsible for their classes going to music, physical education, art and recess.  In entering, leaving or passing within the building, children are to walk.  In passing within the building classes are to be kept together.

Absolute consistency in hall supervision will tend to eliminate undesirable forms of behavior, such as running down hallways, yelling and general "horseplay".  Consistent handling of these problems by all teachers is the only way they can be reduced to a minimum.  If a teacher sees an infraction of regulations or disorderly conduct, that teacher should take necessary steps to halt the infraction.  This should be done regardless of who the student or class might be.  Remember, in the hallways, and on the playground, we supervise all students at all times -- not just those from our class.  No teacher should take offense when her/his class or one of her/his students is reprimanded by another teacher for an infraction.  That teacher is merely accepting and performing her/his duty and there is nothing personal involved.  A very important part of our job is done in the halls of our school and on its playground.  Many of the difficulties that start on the playground or in unsupervised halls carry over into the classroom.

LUNCHROOM AND PLAYGROUND DUTY

1. Students are to take the responsibility of conducting themselves in a courteous manner.

2. Children should be orderly in line and not push.

3. Children are given ample time to eat; they do not need to hurry but by the same token they must not loiter and idle time by excessive visiting.

4. Students are required to eat their lunch in the cafeteria whether they bring it from home or buy it at school.  No food is to be taken out of the lunchroom.

5.Teachers should see to it that they adhere to the lunchroom arrival time for their room as closely as possible to prevent other rooms from standing in line and facilitate the movement of all rooms on time.  Teachers should wait until students are seated before                           leaving the lunchroom.

6. A lunchroom schedule will be furnished to each teacher.

7. All supervisors are to be on the playground or in the gymnasium when students are scheduled in these areas.  If for any reason supervisors need to leave these areas, arrangements should be made for another supervisor to cover.  It is best to supervise these areas from a location that allows you to see all students.

PLAYGROUND RULES

All teachers on supervision should see that all pupils obey the following rules:

1. Baseball, hard balls, skateboards and wooden bats are not allowed on the playground.

2. Pupils are not to play tackle football.

3. Children should be encouraged to join activities of their own grade level.

4. Teachers should be alert for potential injuries.  Activities that may lead to injury should be stopped immediately.

5. Children should not be permitted to bring guns or knives to school.

6. No roller skating, skateboarding, or roller blading at school.

7. Snowballs are not to be thrown at anytime on the school grounds.

8. Balls are not to be kicked, hit or thrown against the school building.

9. Students are to be discouraged from playing near the windows.

10. Children should not be allowed to "rough house".  This usually results in minor injuries, torn clothing, etc.

11. Children are to use the slide correctly.  A. Use the ladder.  B. Be in a sitting position when sliding down the slide. C. Do not go up the slide.

12. No mass games of "keep away".

13. As this is only a partial list of rules, the playground rules for Dreamland specifically should be enforced as well.

 ATHLETIC EVENTS

Even though elementary teachers are not required  to supervise at athletic events, it is our responsibility to remind our students of the rules for proper conduct at these events.  Your cooperation is appreciated. Following are some suggested rules for your convenience:

Rules for Those Attending Home Football Games --

READ TO STUDENTS

1. When you come to football games, you may sit by your parents, or with other students (usually toward the south end down front).

2.  Please do not run or wrestle anywhere on the school grounds.  No end-zone games will be allowed.  Students who run or wrestle will be required to sit in the bleachers.

3. You may go to the restroom in the building and to the concession stand, but the same rules apply  while going there and returning....no running or rough housing! 

4. Please stay off the track in front of the bleachers while cheerleaders are leading cheers for the  team.

5. Some of the adults in our crowd may boo, shout bad words and call officials and players names.  That's no excuse for our students to act in that manner.  One of the outcomes we are hoping will result from our sports program is an attitude of sportsmanship.  Please don't boo the officials or other players.  Instead cheer our team members on.  Encourage our players to do their best.  Yell  about how you are for them and support them.  Let's be the school in the NICL  Conference that not only wins the team sportsmanship award but the student body award as well.

6.  BCLUW has a winning tradition.  We're proud to be for BCLUW with a winning attitude. Cheer, don't jeer!

Rules for Those Attending Home Basketball Games and Wrestling Meets --

READ TO STUDENTS

1. Please stay in the bleachers except during half-time and before, between and after games.

Elementary students should sit with their parents or in the lower north section.

2. We have had too many students leaving the building; from now on, if you go outside, you will have to pay another admission to get back in, unless you are accompanied by an adult.

3.   We are asking grades one through four not to sit in the High School section.  The High School is there to cheer and help our team to victory.   Smaller children interrupt the cheers with their noisiness and tend  to get into some problems with older boys and girls in that section.

4.  Some of the adults in our crowd may boo, shout bad words and call officials and other team members names.  That's no excuse for our students to act in that manner.  One of the outcomes we are hoping will result from our sports program is an attitude of sportsmanship.  Please don't boo the officials, or other teams.  Instead, cheer our  team members on.  Encourage and support  them.  Let's be the school in the NICL Conference that not only wins the team sportsmanship award, but the student body award as well.

5.  BCLUW has a winning tradition.  We at BCLUW have a winning attitude; remember, it's no disgrace to lose a battle well fought, and no honor to win when you know you haven't given your  best.  Winning is not all important, but to try to win with a 100% effort is exactly                   the value sports should teach us.  Cheer, don't jeer!

DAILY PROGRAM OF CLASSES

The daily class program will vary due to the necessity of working out physical education, art, music schedules for the building.  One copy of your adopted program should be filed with your supervisor by the end of the first week of school and one copy attached to the classroom door.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Your supervisor should be notified of grave misconduct of pupils such as skipping school, stealing, injuries due to carelessness or anger, immoralities, starting fires, smoking, consistent tardiness, etc.

Teachers should see to it that areas other than their classroom, such as the gym, auditorium, corridors, lavatories, lunchroom, etc. are kept neat, orderly, and clean when being used by their pupils.  Any irregularities such as writing on walls, marred desks, broken chairs, etc. should be reported to the supervisor.  Pupils will be fined for any misuse or destruction of school property.  Discipline is every teacher's business.  If you see a child misbehaving in halls, lunchroom, gym, playground, etc. make it your business to call him/her on it even though he/she is not from your room.

Permission to use the telephone during class time should not be granted except in cases of health or safety emergency.         

For class movements, dismissals, etc. the pupils should be formed in lines within the classroom and passed, when in order, at a speed no faster than is conducive to good order.  Whenever your class goes to some other part of the building, accompany them.  No class or any part of it should be left any place unsupervised.

The teacher usually should use classroom conversational voice even when correcting a child.  Discipline should not be emotionalized but should be intelligently approached.  Teachers should, however, display normal daily emotions so the child learns that she/he is a normal human being.

PERMANENT RECORDS

1. Permanent record cards will be kept in the principal's office.

2. Permanent records located in the building office must be up-to-date.

REPORT CARDS

These must be handed out during the week following the close of the nine weeks.

ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Teachers will keep official record of attendance in their own rooms.

TESTING PROGRAM

Achievement Tests Given:

1. Kindergarten and First: Gates-MacGinitie (Spring) and DIBELS: Sept., Jan., May

2.  Grade 2: Gates-MacGinitie (Spring) and QRI or Dibels: Oct. and April

3.  Grade 3: QRI or Dibels: Oct. and April

4.   Grades 3 - 4:  Iowa Assessments: March

5.   Individual Assessment Tests will be given throughout the year as needed.

6.   All I.Q. tests will be recorded on the cumulative and permanent record cards.

7.   Cogat - 4th grade. 

8.  NWEA MAP Test grades 3 & 4: Sept., Jan., April

Middle School Staff Section

 

HOMEROOM TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES    

On the outside of the homeroom envelope, paperclip name of student turning in money, amount, and student account number. Place any money collected in the envelope also. See that the envelope is turned in to the office during homeroom.   During the afternoon, the envelope will be returned to your mailbox in the office. Read the announcements.

ATHLETIC PRACTICE TIMES

Middle school practice times must be scheduled according to the departure time of the shuttle bus which is 5:10 or 5:20 p.m.   Morning practice times are discouraged, and should be kept to a minimum as shuttle busses are not available at this time. 

High School Section

 

PRACTICE TIMES - ATHLETIC- 9-12

Following are the GUIDELINES THAT MUST BE ADHERED TO:

1.     Practice in double shifts (this pertains primarily to basketball)

 a.   The first shift must be finished and out of the building at 6:05 p.m

b.   The second shift must be finished and out of the building at 6:45 p.m. (except for the 6:00 p.m. limit on Wednesday)

2.     Practice in single shift

a.   All players in sports other than football and basketball must be finished and ready to depart with their parents from the Conrad Center at 5:10 p.m.; therefore, the buses will have to leave the out-of-Conrad centers in time to accomplish this goal.

b.   Football players must be finished and out of the building by 6:00 p.m.

3.     Students who have participated in an approved out-of-district scrimmage on a school day must be finished and ready to depart from the Conrad Center by 7:30 p.m.

4.     On inservice days, practice will not begin until inservice is completed.

5.     Practices may not be scheduled during parent-teacher conferences.

6.     Review practices during hot periods with administration.

7.     When school is dismissed for inclement weather, all students must be sent home immediately. 

8.     When school is cancelled for the day due to inclement weather and the weather improves during the day, practices may be cleared through the Superintendent. 

 

PRACTICE TIMES - EXTRA-CURRICULAR - 9-12

There will be no organized extra-curricular practices on Sunday. Exception: During State Tournaments and for State Contests. When exceptions occur, final approval must be obtained from the principal and the superintendent.

PRACTICE TIMES - SCHEDULING- 9-12

Please keep in mind that MUSIC has priority before school, ATHLETICS after school and DRAMA, FCCLA, ETC. after 6:30 p.m.

SPONSORS AND ADVISORS OF STUDENT GROUPS- 9-12

Sponsors and advisors of student groups are responsible for the enforcement of the requirements as stated in the student handbook.

BCLUW

Field Trip Request Form

 

Field trips require the principal’s approval. Permission for trips just prior to achievement testing or late in the spring may not be granted. The manager of the cafeteria must be notified about any activity that would affect the number of students eating lunch.

Parents should be notified in advance of field trips. A field trip waiver is also required. Overnight trips require Board approval and notification to the Principal 60 days before departure.

Approved trips should support the District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. All field trip proposals should be submitted by the third Friday in Sept.

 

Date of request:               _________                    

Approx. Date of Trip:       _________         Times: ________________  # attending: _____

Destination(s):                __________________________________________________

 

Purpose:                        __________________________________________________

                                    __________________________________________________

 

Alignment with school improvement goals: _________________________________

                                    __________________________________________________

                                    __________________________________________________

                                    __________________________________________________

 

 

Student Learning Goals: Improve achievement for all students. (This goal drives decision-making at all levels.)

A.        Students will demonstrate effective reading comprehension skills. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

B.        Students will apply technology competently and appropriately. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

C.        Students will express their ideas fluently in written and oral communication. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)                                           

D.        Students will access and use information effectively. (Directly aligns with beliefs #2, 4, 6.)

E.        Students will display problem-solving skills using flexible and critical thinking. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

F.        Students will model healthy physical, mental, and emotional self-images.  (Directly aligns with belief #1.)

G.        Students will be successfully employed after graduation (making a home, military service, full-time employee, self-employed, and/or enrolled in post-secondary education). (Directly aligns with beliefs #2.)

H.        Students will use effective teamwork skills to enhance the quality of work and their lives. (Directly aligns with beliefs #6.)                          

I.         Students will display behavior that demonstrates an acquired understanding of the rights and dignity of themselves and others, who may be different in terms of gender, race, national origin, and disabilities. (Directly aligns with beliefs #1.)

J.         Students will appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the arts and humanities. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4.)

K.        Students will demonstrate an awareness of social responsibilities. (Directly aligns with beliefs #6.)

 

Long Term Goals:

A.        The BCLUW long-range goal in reading is to improve reading comprehension. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

B.        The BCLUW long-range goal in the area of math is to improve math achievement. (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

C.       The BCLUW long-range goal in the are of science is to improve science achievement (Directly aligns with beliefs #4&6.)

 

 
 

Approved: ____________                                     Denied: ____________

 

Note: If approved, confirmed date must be submitted to Principal 5 days in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 



NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION  (Code 500)

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with BCLUW School District are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

 

Any person having inquiries concerning BCLUW School District compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact Ben Petty, Superintendent; Box 670; Conrad, Iowa 50621; Phone 641-366-2819.   Mike Ashton has been designated by BCLUW School District to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.   Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504.