Policies


George Stone Policies


Arrival at School
Attendance Policy
Before and After School Routines
Cancellation of School
Computer/Internet Acceptable Use
Discipline Plan
School Rules
Dress
Drug and Education Plan
Electronic Equipment and Personal Items
Emergency Drills
Harrassment
Insurance
Lunches
Multicultural Equity
Parties
Prescription Medicines
Phone Use
Recess and Swimming
Registration
Standards-Based Education Program
Reporting Student Progress to Parents
Rights of Divorced Parents
 

Arrival at School

Students should not arrive on school grounds until 10 minutes before school begins. When bad weather occurs, students are permitted to arrive earlier. Earlier arrives must be worked out with the teachers.

Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual attendance is required for a successful school learning experience.

Excused Absences

Students will be excused for the following reasons:

  • When severe weather conditions make attendance impossible or impractical

  • When the student is ill or has other medical needs.

  • When there is a family bereavement or crisis.

Parent Notes Regarding Absences/Tardies

A phone call or note from the parent notifying us of your child’s absence is requested by 9 a.m. Parent notes explaining absences and/or tardiness are expected upon the student’s return to school. The County Health Department requires that these notes be kept on file in the school.

A child is considered tardy after 8:30 a.m. or if out of the room for lunch after 12:30 p.m.

Early Dismissal/Dismissal

For safety reasons, we must have a note signed by a parent or guardian anytime a student needs to leave early from school or is being picked up by someone other than a parent.

Before & After School Routines

Long, before-school waits are discouraged. Teachers are involved in teachers’ worship and students are unsupervised. If a student must, on rare occasions, arrive before 8:15 a.m. they should enter the back door and quietly wait in the workroom. Once a child arrives at school, he must not leave the school grounds without parent or teacher supervision.

After arriving at school students should sit quietly in the workroom or classroom until asked to come into the classroom. Students who arrive after 8:15 may wait in the classroom.

Students should go home directly after school ends. Long, after-school waits can turn into problem situations, so it is imperative that students be picked up promptly after school ends. Students will be released only to custodial parents, unless the teacher has been notified by the parent. A picture I.D. will be required before the student will be released to anyone other than the custodial parent or guardian.

Since teachers have responsibilities that prevent them from supervising any late-leavers, a fee may be charged to cover supervision costs. Union College regulations prohibit elementary students from waiting unsupervised by an adult anywhere on campus.

As a courtesy to our Union College family, students should refrain from throwing snowballs or rocks and picking the flowers on the campus.

Cancellation of School

George Stone Schools follows the decision of the Lincoln Public Schools concerning school dismissal for bad weather. Local radio station, Channel 10/11 or the Lincoln Public Schools web site, http://www.llps.org/, will announce school cancellations due to the weather. When in doubt, please do not call a teacher, but turn on your radio, T.V. or check the LPS web site.

Computer/Internet Acceptable Use

Student usage of computers and Internet is a privilege. Because students have the opportunity to access a wide array of information, it is important that all computer/Internet use be related to school work. The following behaviors will be considered unacceptable use of the computer/Internet:

1.) Usage that is not consistent with the goals and objectives of George Stone School

2.) Students giving out their address and/or phone number and those of other people

3.) Purposefully annoying other users

4.) Sending abusive messages to others

5.) Use of inappropriate language

6.) Physical misuse, abuse of equipment, the Internet or other system operation.

1st Offense: Loss of any combination of computer/Internet privileges for a period of 30 school days.

2nd Offense: Loss of any combination of computer/Internet privileges for a period of 60 school days.

3rd Offense: Loss of any combination of computer/Internet privileges for the remainder of the school year.

Discipline Plan

Philosophy

An essential element to a successful school is having a safe, pleasing environment in which to work.

Everyone benefits from positive discipline in the school. Students learn better and develop a feeling of pride because they are part of a productive, orderly, environment. Teacher and student teacher instruction is more effective because they are able to spend more time helping students instead of dealing with behavior problems. School activities are more fun and rewarding because they are not disrupted by inappropriate behavior. The responsibility for discipline and for creating this type of environment rests with students, teachers, student teachers, and parents.

All students enrolled at George Stone School will be made aware of appropriate behavior and will be held accountable for their actions, behavior and conduct at school as well as at school-sponsored activities and events. Acceptable behavior is expected, and unacceptable behavior will be subject to consequences. Discipline will be administered in a fair, firm and consistent manner.

Student conduct which may seriously affect the health, safety or welfare of students, student teachers, and teachers or interfere with the educational process constitutes grounds for suspension, or expulsion. These offenses are listed but not limited to:

A. Willfully disobeying any reasonable request from a student teacher or teacher or principal, or voicing disrespect to those in authority.

B. Use of violence, threat, intimidation, bullying, harassment or similar conduct in a manner that interferes with a student’s feeling of safety.

C. Willfully causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or theft involving school property.

D. Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to any person, including students, student teachers, teachers and principal.

E. Handling or possessing any object or material that is considered a weapon or fireworks.

F. Engaging in the selling, using, possessing or dispensing of any controlled substance.

G. Truancy or failure to attend school or complete assigned schoolwork.

H. Repeated tardiness to school or failure to complete assigned schoolwork.

I. The use of language, written or oral, or conduct, including gestures which are profane or abusive to students, student teachers or faculty.

J. Repeated violation of any of the school rules.

K. Sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault any person. This conduct will result in expulsion regardless of the time or location of the offense.

In addition, teachers and student teachers may also take actions regarding student behavior, other than removal of students from school, which are reasonably necessary to aid the student, The use of preventive discipline may be requested. These actions may include counseling, parent conferences, students remaining after school after regular hours to do additional work, or in-school suspensions.

School Rules

1.) We are responsible for what we say and do.

Bathroom Rules

  • Only one boy and girl per restroom at a time.
  • Take a bathroom pass when you leave the room.

Microwave Use

  • Sign up in the morning.
  • Wait for the teacher or microwave monitor to tell you when it is your turn.

Lunchtime Behavior

  • Trading of food is not allowed.
  • Throwing food is not allowed.
  • Conversation should be pleasant.

Classroom Conduct

  • Treat everyone as you wish to be treated.
  • Call each student by their given name.
  • Say, “Please," and “Thank you.”
  • Apologize and make up for your mistakes.
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Use indoor voices in the classroom.
  • Refrain from threatening, vulgar, abusive, profane gestures, harassing or swearing language.
  • Restrain from attempting to cause personal injury to any person or self.
  • Refrain from chewing gum.
  • Take hats off in the building.
  • Raise your hand if you wish to speak in class or need additional help on work.
  • Work consistently and quietly.
  • Refrain from disturbing other students.
  • All cells phones should be given to your teacher at the beginning of the school day for safekeeping.

Student Teachers, Teachers & Principal

  • Quickly obey all requests from student teachers, teachers and principal.
  • Speak respectfully to student teacher, teachers and principal.

Classwork & Assignments

  • Participate in classroom discussions and activities.
  • Cooperate with fellow students, student teachers, teachers and principal.
  • Assigned homework must be completed on time and handed in on time.

Use of Gym

  • Enter the gym only by the main entrance.
  • Wait outside the gym until a teacher signals you to enter.
  • Wipe feet before entering the gym.
  • Leave light switches and gym equipment alone.

2. We keep ourselves and others safe.

Fire Drill Procedures:

  • Stand up and push your chair in.
  • No talking.
  • Exit by the appropriate door.
  • First person out holds door open for everyone.
  • A teacher is the last person out.
  • Meet by parking lot.
  • Wait for more instructions.

Tornado Drill Procedures:

  • Stand up and push your chair in.
  • No talking. Go to the Rees Hall basement.
  • Crouch down facing the wall.
  • Tuck your head down and cover your head with your arms.
  • Wait for the all clear signal.

When You Hurt Yourself:

  • Tell the teacher immediately.
  • Wash the wound.
  • Pat dry the wound.
  • Apply bandage.

Hall Safety:

  • Walk in the halls.
  • Hang up coats, jackets, hats and sweaters.
  • Place backpacks on the shelves provided.
  • Place boots under the coat rack.

Outdoor Safety:

  • Obey the rules of the game.
  • Watch where you are running.
  • Use only happy voices.
  • Play for enjoyment.
  • Throw playgrounds balls so they hit only below the waist.
  • Stay out of the street and the trees.
  • Keep your feet to yourself.
  • Let a teacher assist you across the street, driveway and the parking lot.
  • Leave rocks, sticks and snow on the ground.
  • Bikes are used only to go to and from school.

Swimming Guidelines:

  • Obey the lifeguard.
  • Spitting, in or out of the pool, is not permitted.
  • Snapping towels is not allowed.
  • Refrain from sitting on one another’s shoulders.
  • Once out of the pool, dress quickly.

Health Procedures:

  • Wash hands before lunch and after using the restroom.
  • Leave any object or material that is considered a weapon or fireworks at home.

Computer Guidelines:

  • The use of the Internet is prohibited unless required by a teacher.
  • Only teacher-assigned work can be done.
  • Refrain from distracting other persons using computers.

3. We take care of school property. 

Recess Equipment

  • Treat recess equipment carefully.
  • Put recess equipment away in its proper place.

Cleanliness

  • Do school jobs thoroughly and quickly.
  • Refrain from writing in or on any book, wall or tables.
  • Keep work area and bins neat and orderly.
  • Keep school property neat and useable.

Dress

Neat, clean, modest attire is expected. Shorts of walking length may be worn. T-shirts promoting non-Christian groups or activities, slacks, or shirts which bare the midriff, tank tops, or baggy pants may not be worn, nor is there a place for jewelry, even of the friendship or silicon type. Young, happy faces are beautiful, so make-up is not needed or allowed. Clear nail polish is accepted. Parents should mark all outdoor clothing (coats, boots, etc.) with some form of identification.

Drug Education and Policy

George Stone School promotes comprehensive, age appropriate, developmentally based drug, smoking and alcohol education and prevention programs, which include in the curriculum the teaching of incorrect use of drugs and abstinence from both smoking and drinking for all students in all grades.

Each student is held to a standard of conduct which prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol on school premises.

Violation of any of the above prohibited acts will result in possible suspension, long term suspension, expulsion or referral to appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution.

Electronic Equipment and Personal Items

Students may not bring radios, tape players, electronic games, disc players or CDs to school or take them on school trips. Personal cell phones are to be given to the student’s teacher at the beginning of the day and may be retrieved after school. Students may not bring roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, shoes with wheels or scooters, to school. Bicycles may be ridden to and from school, but bikes may not be used to ride around campus.

Emergency Drills

According to Nebraska law, schools are required to hold at least two fire drills during the first two weeks of school and eight additional fire drills during the school year. The students are taught to leave the building quickly, quietly, and in a safe, organized manner. Students are not allowed to go out into the hall and get their coats. We may also engage in lock-down and evacuation drills during the school year. In the Spring, the school will also conduct tornado drills.

Harassment

It is the policy of George Stone School to provide a learning environment free from discriminatory insult, intimidation and other forms of harassment. Harassment may be overt or subtle, but whatever form it takes, verbal, nonverbal or physical, harassment is insulting and demeaning to the recipient and cannot be tolerated in the school environment. Any student who feels their right to a learning environment free of all types of harassment has been jeopardized, should report such incidents to the teachers or principal. This includes slandering or libeling the ethnic background, sex, race, religious preference or physical appearance of any student, teacher or student teacher. Teachers will contact the parents on the first offense.

Insurance

Each student enrolled in George Stone School has secondary accident insurance. When a student has an accident at school, the supervising teacher will complete a claim form and submit it to the College for secondary supplemental payment. Please contact one of the teachers if you have any questions.

Lunches

Students are expected to eat in the classroom unless their parent/parents come to the room and take them somewhere for lunch. While a microwave is available to heat food items, it is advisable to send prepared lunches. Several students heating meals, even at 3 minutes each, fills in far more time than the 30 minute lunch period allows. For safety purposes student may not use the stove or oven. Students must bring their own silverware. There is no trading of food among the students. Please do not include caffeine drinks in school lunches. Milk is available through a milk program for a cost of $35 per child per year. Payment is due on the first day of school. Our school requests 2% milk from Roberts Dairy. A limited weekly hot lunch program is offered. Menus and costs will be sent to the parents prior to the start of this program.

Multicultural Equity

George Stone School promotes a curriculum and a classroom environment which promotes:

  1. Affirming the culture, history and contributions that shall include, but not be limited to, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.
  2. Challenging and eliminating racism, prejudice, bigotry, discrimination and stereotyping based on race.
  3. Valuing multiple cultural perspectives.
  4. Providing all students with opportunities to “see themselves” in the educational environment in a positive way on a continuing basis.

Parties

Occasionally parents bring treats for their child’s birthday or other special occasions. Please bring treats for every student in the school and only during lunch time (12:00-12:30).

Invitations to attend private parties are NOT to be distributed at school, unless distributed to the entire class. If a student wants to distribute Valentine cards we ask that the entire class receive cards.

Prescription Medicines

State regulations require that any medicine left with a teacher or administered by a teacher must be given to the teacher in the original prescription bottle, and must be accompanied by a note from the doctor which tells what the prescription is for.

Over-the-counter medication (aspirin, cold tablets, cough drops, throat lozenges, etc.) cannot be given without verbal or written orders from a physician. These policies and procedures are established by the Nebraska State Department of Education and State Health Department.

Students may bring medication to school if parental permission and a physician’s statement are filed with the school.

Phone Use

Our phone number is 402-486-2896. However, there is limited time during the school day to take phone calls. Please limit your calls to very important items or leave a message in which the teachers will get back to you. Since we have no secretary every call means an interruption in the classroom. Only on rare occasions would it be expected that students would need to use the phone.

Recesses and Swimming

Recesses and swimming are integral parts of the school program and fulfill the state requirements for physical educational. All students are expected to be regular, active participants. When, because of health reasons, it is necessary for a student to miss recess or swimming please send a note indicating the dates for this exception. Snacks after recess or swimming are not allowed.

Registration

According to Nebraska State Law, parents who are enrolling their child for the first time must provide:

1.) A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate. State legislature requires that a certified copy of a student’s birth certificate must be one file. The document parents receive from the hospital is not a certified copy. A certified copy has the raised seal of the birth state on it. If a birth certificate is unavailable, other reliable proof of a student’s identify may be used. These documents could include naturalization or immigration documents showing date of birth or official hospital birth records, a passport, or a translation of a birth certificate from another country. The document must be accompanied by an affidavit explaining the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate.

2.) Immunization record

3.) Field trip authorization

4.) Medical release form

5.) Registration form

6.) Physical exam report for first-time to school students, 7th graders and transfer students.

7.) Authorization for Student Pick-up

Academic Achievement and Growth Indicators

Standards-Based Education Program

The standards-based movement is a focus for educational change at the national and state levels. The Seventh-day Adventist Department of Education has also identified specific essential leanings in our content-based curriculum guides and the primary components in Journey to Excellence.

Standards guide teachers in identifying and focusing instruction on the essential knowledge, philosophy and skills students should learn while attending a Seventh-day Adventist school. A standards based education program measures student work against specific goals instead of comparing it to other students. Students work toward attaining goals, not in competition against each other.

For further explanation of state standards, essential learnings and Journey to Excellence see:

Reporting Student Progress to Parents

The process of accurately reporting student progress must involve a variety of communication methods. These include: parent-teacher conferences, phone calls, weekly newsletters, quarterly progress reports and Friday take-home folders.

Parent-teacher conferences are held during the first and third quarters. These formal conferences provide an opportunity for the teacher to elaborate on individual student achievement and effort as indicated on the report card. These conferences provide:

  • Explanations of the report card.
  • Explanations of the classroom activities.
  • Additional information to help parents understand the student’s school performance.
  • Cooperative planning for problems which concern the school and the student.
  • Additional parent-teacher conferences may be needed to assist the teacher in helping the student achieve success.

Rights of Divorced Parents

Divorced and separated parents maintain all parental rights with their children unless altered by a court order. The non-custodial parent may request a duplicate mailing which assures the non-custodial parents will receive a copy of whatever is sent home to the custodial parent.

If parental rights have been changed, George Stone School must have access to a copy of the court order stipulating those changes. The faculty will follow the directives stated in it and other such directives regarding access to the child provided by the parent with legal custody and that are consistent with a court order.

Related to visiting children at school, attempts will be made to accommodate both parents. However, in cases of concern and dispute between parents, the custodial parent’s directive will be followed. Parents will be asked to resolve issues of child visitation at school outside of the school setting.

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