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Holt Policies

►School Discipline Plan

Overarching Principles of Holt’s Discipline Plan
HAWK PRINCIPLES

Please read this excerpt from the Student Parent Handbook regarding the MTSS Discipline Plan. If you have any questions regarding this system, please contact an MTSS team member. 

Every person deserves to be respected, to feel safe, and be free from danger. Learning is enhanced in a safe environment. The establishment of academic and behavioral expectations enhance learning. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in respectful and responsible ways.

Federal law makes it illegal for school personnel or parents/guardians to share personal information regarding other children. Parents will only be given pertinent information of the actions of their child. The school will protect the confidentiality of all parties involved.
Please refer to “Behavior Expectations” for a list of our school’s four basic rules.

►Behavior Expectations

Good behavior is the focus at Holt Elementary! Each teacher has a discipline plan outlining expected student behaviors and consequences. You may request a written copy of the discipline plan for your child’s class at any time. School-wide expectations are centered on good manners that promote a positive atmosphere in the school, and a respect for self and others. Holt Elementary’s Four Basic Rules are as follows: (1) Be Kind, (2) Be Safe, (3) Be Responsible, and (4) Follow School-Wide Procedures. Fighting, swearing, bullying, vandalizing, and stealing have serious consequences; as do disrespectful comments and gestures. These actions could result in suspension or expulsion. See more information listed in this booklet regarding an outline of behavior expectations and consequences, including positive behavior supports.

►Attendance and Punctuality

Regular and consistent school attendance AND punctuality is essential for student growth and achievement. Success in school is dependent upon good attendance! In accordance with Utah State Law (Utah Code §53A- 11-103) and Davis School District Policy, it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their children are in attendance and punctual each school day. It is imperative, with the assistance of parents, children learn to be responsible in arriving to school on time. There should be no checking out of students for baby-sitting, shopping, or running errands.

While parents have the legal right to take their son or daughter out of school, they do not have the right to violate the state and district mandatory attendance law, which requires at least 90% attendance for each student – or not missing more than 18 days of school per year. Parents of students that are continually tardy or absent may be referred to the school’s Local Case Management Team and/or Davis School District Case Management Team for further assistance in helping increase attendance and/or punctuality.

►Classroom Visits

Parents are always welcome in the classroom; however, teachers and administration appreciate appointments being made prior to such visits to the classroom. All visitors must check-in at the office for a visitor badge. Parents should not stay in the classroom for visiting purposes for long periods of time or on a frequent basis, as this could be considered a distraction, not only for the child of the parent, but also other school children and the classroom teacher. School-age relatives and friends, who are visiting, are not allowed to attend class with your child(ren). Preschool and young children should not visit classrooms due to the potential distraction that it may cause.

►Closing of School

During the school year, the school may have to cancel classes before the scheduled dismissal time (see “Bell Schedule") due to weather conditions or other unforeseen reasons. If weather conditions or other factors force the closing of school, the following number and radio station will carry the announcement: Telephone - 801-402-5500 / Radio - KSL 1160. The district webpage at www.davis.k12.ut.us can also be accessed for current up to date information on potential school closures.
         Students need to know where they should go in case of an early dismissal. Experience has shown that many parents fail to inform their child(ren) where they should go in case of an emergency school closure. Phone lines become overloaded, making it so parents cannot call in, and students cannot call out. Parents should arrange a contingency plan for such emergencies prior to school starting each fall, to allow our phone lines to remain clear for emergency calls. Emergency contacts should be updated with the office. In the event of evacuation from the school, our alternate location for pick-up of students will be the LDS chapel that is just south of the school on 1000 West. Students will ONLY be released to parents, guardians, or emergency contacts that parents have listed on the white registration card.

►Community Council

Our Community Council is composed of parents and school staff. Our Community Council meets several times throughout the school year for the purpose of school improvement. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, and agendas are posted prior to each meeting. Matters for discussion may be added to the agenda by calling or e-mailing the council chair. For information on who the chair of the Community Council is, or to access agendas or minutes, please visit our Community Council Page here.

►Drills

Emergency drills are conducted periodically, according to state and district regulations. Fire drills are required to be performed once a month.

Teachers will review designated safety routes with students. Emergency evacuation routes and procedures are posted in each room. In addition, each classroom has an emergency backpack with basic supplies and student emergency contact information. In the event of having to evacuate the school, our alternate location for housing students is the LDS Church, located just south of the school on 1000 West. Please see the “Standard Response Protocol” page located in the First Day Packet for additional information on the drills that are completed throughout the year.

►Dismissal from School

For the safety of our students, children who leave school at a time other than regular dismissal times, are to be dismissed to parents, guardians, or authorized adults only. This must be done through the Holt Elementary School Office. This dismissal process will consist of:

1.  Parents/Guardians/Authorized Adults must come to the office and sign their student out. It is not safe for us to release students over the phone, so we ask your compliance with this request. Your child cannot be released from the classroom until you arrive in the office to sign him/her out.

2.  The student will be called to the office.

3.  The student will walk to the office to meet the parent/guardian/authorized adult.

4.  The parent/guardian will check the child out from school using the computer.

5.  The parent/guardian/authorized adult and student will leave the building together.

6.   Please be aware that parents/guardians may be asked to show proper identification before having a child released to them.

7.  If you have someone other than a parent/guardian checking out your child, please ensure that they are listed as an “Emergency Contact” and inform them they will need to show proper identification.

NO STUDENT IS TO EVER LEAVE THE SCHOOL UNLESS IT IS THROUGH THE SCHOOL OFFICE. WE CANNOT BE TOO CAREFUL ON THIS MATTER.

►Dress Code

Students should come to school appropriately dressed for learning. School officials may prohibit the following types of clothing at school or school activities: extreme or slovenly clothing, including but not limited to: baggy or “sagging” pants or shorts, excessively oversized jackets or coats, inappropriately short, tight or revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, shirts, etc.; clothing that is overly  torn ripped or frayed;  bare or stocking feet; clothing which displays obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually explicit words, messages or pictures; hats, bandannas, or head scarves; extreme coloring of hair, including but not limited to mohawks; clothing attachments or accessories which could be considered weapons, including but not limited to spikes on 

boots, bracelets or chokers, chains on wallets or belts, etc.; exaggerated cosmetics and body paint; exaggerated body piercing; clothing that exposes bare midriffs, buttocks or undergarments; spaghetti strap tank tops, halter tops, or other low-cut, off the shoulder clothing; clothing that advertises a substance a student cannot legally possess or use (i.e., tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs); belts worn excessively long in the front and hanging on either side; belt buckles with the initials of the person or gang etched on it; any item that is a representation of a gang. Dress code violations will be handled on a case by case basis.

►Electronic Devices

Scope
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school has therefore created this policy to govern the possession and use of electronic devices on school premises, during school hours, at school-sponsored activities, and on school transportation.
Definition
For purposes of this policy, “Electronic Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment that include, but are not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies (cell phones, smartphones, walkie-talkies, pagers, etc.), portable internet devices (mobile managers, mobile messengers, BlackBerry ™ handset, etc.), Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s, Palm organizers, pocket PCs, etc.), handheld entertainment systems (video games, CD players, compact DVD players, MP3 players, iPods ©, Walkman ™ devices, etc.), and any other convergent communication technologies that do any number of the previously mentioned functions. Electronic Device also include any current or emerging wireless handheld technologies or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording, and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.
Possession and Use
Students may possess and use electronic devices at school subject to the following:
1.   Students may possess electronic devices at school and school-sponsored activities as long as the device is powered down and kept in a backpack.
2.   Use of electronic devices during the school day, including recess and lunchtime, is prohibited. They must be completely powered down, turned off, and kept out of sight.
3.   Students may use electronic devices before 8:45 a.m. and after the final bell of the school day, so long as they do not create a distraction or disruption.
4.   Use of electronic devices on school buses is at the discretion of the bus driver. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
5.   Use of electronic communication devices is not allowed on any other portion of the school campus at any time, including school-sponsored activities, unless in an emergency as defined by school staff exists.
Prohibitions
Electronic devices shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors, or violates local, state, or federal law. Electronic devices may not be used during Utah Performance Assessment System for Students unless specifically allowed by law, student IEP, or assessment directions.
Confiscation
If a student violates this policy, his/her electronic device may be confiscated. When an employee confiscates an electronic device under this policy, he/she shall take reasonable measures to label and secure the device and turn the device over to a school administrator, as soon as the employee’s duties permit. The electronic device will be released/returned to the student’s parent or guardian after the student has complied with any other disciplinary consequence that is imposed.
Security of Devices
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to school. The school shall not assume any responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with an electronic device. If devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violation(s).
Prohibitions on Audio Recordings
Camera or audio recording functions of electronic devices may pose threats to the personal privacy of individuals, used to exploit personal information, and or compromise the integrity of educational programs. Accordingly, the use of the audio recording or camera functions of electronic devices is strictly prohibited on school premises at all times.
Potential Disciplinary Action
-At the discretion of administration, violation of this policy may result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities.
-A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possession of an electronic device at school or school-related events.
-Confiscation of device for increasing periods of time for subsequent violations.
-In-school suspension.
-Out of school suspension.
-Notification of law enforcement, at school’s discretion, if circumstances warrant such notification.
Exceptions
With prior approval of the principal, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances:
-The use is specifically required to implement a student’s current and valid IEP.
-The use is at the direction of a teacher for educational purposes.
-The use is determined by the principal to be necessary for other special circumstances, health-related reasons, or emergency.

►Emergency Contacts / Release of Students

It is vitally important that parents and guardians keep the school informed as to current emergency contacts (including when parents leave on vacation and leave their children in the care of another adult). When filling out the registration cards in the spring of each year and when registering a new student, please include home and cell number for parents, and phone number for several relatives or friends. These secondary contacts should be people you would be comfortable releasing your child to in case of an emergency. If any of these names or numbers should change, please notify the school office immediately. We will not release your child to anyone not designated by you as listed on the emergency contact list.

►Leaving School

If your child must leave school during the school day, please send a note with him/her. Your child can then come to the office and wait for you. A parent or legal guardian must come into the office and sign out their child on the computer. (See DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL procedures). We request that you do not excuse your child by telephone. For safety reasons, please only check your child out through the main office. Please know that anyone checking a child out of school may be asked to show photo ID when picking up a child. We appreciate your cooperation with this safety measure.

►Office Hours

The office is open on school days from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. School administration and office staff will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Parents must make every effort to pick up their child(ren) promptly after school.

For a full list of Policies check out pages 5-16 of our Holt Handbook!

2018 - 2019 Student Parent Handbook