School Polices

BEDFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
     Home of the Bears
        2016 -  2017
204 Mount Pleasant Road, Bedford, KY 40006                  
Phone: 255-3217     Fax: 255-5109
 
Mrs. Shannon Stark
Principal    
   
Mrs. Kelly Stone
 Counselor    
 
Mrs. Tricia Webster
Administrative Assistant   
 
MISSION STATEMENT
Bedford Elementary School - "Do your best everyday in every way."
 
SCHOOL VISION
Preparing for the future.
 
SCHOOL MOTTO
Do your best everyday in every way!
 
*BES follows the Discipline Policy in the Code of Conduct for the Trimble
County Schools.
 
GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS
                                Be responsible.
                                Exhibit cooperative behavior
                                Always be honest
                                Respect yourself and others
                                Set high goals
 
ALLERGY ALERT
We have students who are severely allergic to peanuts and peanut products.
We need to make our school as safe as possible for all students. Please
remind your child to eat what is on their plate or lunch box. Do not share
food. Students need to wash hands before and after they eat. Please check
with your child's teacher before bringing any type of food / candy to be
shared with the class.
 
Due to the number of food allergies we have in our building, we ask that
only bought treats with a list of ingredients be brought in for Student
Birthday Celebrations or School Celebrations. Also please schedule with your child's teacher the date and time to send in approved allergy free items. Thanks for your support and understanding in this matter.
 
BEDFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
 SCHOOL HOURS
The school day is 8:23 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
 
ARRIVAL
Children who are morning car riders should enter the front door of the
school. The front door will be unlocked and supervised from 7:30 a.m. -
8:20 a.m. daily. DO NOT DROP OFF STUDENTS PRIOR TO 7:30 a.m. After 8:20 a.m., the front door will remain locked. Any student brought to school
after that time shall enter the building with their parent/guardian and sign
in at the secretary's office. Students who arrive at 7:30 a.m. will be
supervised in the cafeteria until 8:00 a.m., when they are dismissed to go
to their classroom. 

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. each morning.
 
ATTENDANCE
If your child must be absent, call and notify the staff of the absence. A
written excuse explaining the absence must be sent to the teacher on the
child's return to school. If a student receives three unexcused absences or
tardies, then their name will be turned into the Director of Pupil
Personnel. After ten days of absence, a doctor's excuse is required.
 
                Excused absences include:
 
Illness / Death in the immediate family
Doctor / Dental Appointment
Participation in the State Fair
Parent arrival or departure from military duty
 
                ALL OTHER REASONS ARE UNEXCUSED
 
DISMISSAL
Car riders will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Parents who pick up their
children shall utilize both lines of the car circle. Cars shall be parked
in the circle as they arrive. Drivers shall follow the directions of the
personnel on duty. Please BE PATIENT - the safety of our students come
first. Cars will be directed by the school or police personnel on duty at
the end of the school drive and Mt. Pleasant Road. Any driver that is not
following directions or waiting for school personnel's directions will be
asked to relinquish their privilege of dropping off and/or picking up their
child. Repeat offenders or dangerous acts will be referred to the Trimble
County Sheriff or the Kentucky State Police.
 
EARLY DISMISSAL
Children are expected to stay at school all day. Doctor appointments should
be scheduled outside school hours and school holidays whenever possible. If
a child needs to be dismissed early, they should bring a note to their
teacher stating the time and reason. Parents/guardians must come in the
school and sign their child out in the school office. Identification is
required. If a student is picked up early from school, it counts toward
your child¡¯s attendance percentage. These are counted as either excused or
unexcused. If a child has a doctor or dentist appointment, they will need
to bring a note from the doctor or dentist on the following day to receive
an excused PM tardy. Just picking up your child early will result in an
unexcused PM tardy. Students picked up early for a doctor or dental
appointment or once a year family emergency shall be picked up between 2:15
p.m. - 2:30 p.m. so they can move freely out of the parking lot prior to
afternoon student pick up. Parents/guardians are thanked in advance for
helping us during this stressful and active time of day.
 
BUS TRANSPORTATION
                Student Expectations:
                                Follow all school rules while on the bus.
                                No eating or drinking on the bus.
                                Sit correctly on designated assigned seat.
                                Remain seated at all times.
                                Keep hands and belongings inside the bus.
                                Use level 1 voice.
                                Follow all instructions given by the bus driver.
 
Students who violate these expectations may be suspended from riding any
public school bus depending on the seriousness and frequency of the behavior
and transportation to and from school becomes the responsibility of the
parent or guardian. Take time to go over these expectations with your child.
 
BUS ASSIGNMENT
Students will ride the same bus each day. Students who need to ride a
different bus must bring a signed note from their parent/guardian and give
it to the homeroom teacher in the morning. The note must state the (1) name
of the student, (2) date of request, (3) name and address where the student
is going, (4) signature of parent or guardian. The teacher will send the
note to the office where it will be approved and returned in the afternoon
for the child to give to the bus driver.
 
OTHER TRANSPORTATION
Students who ride home with their parents shall have written notification on
the form provided in this folder. For safety reasons we will not accept
telephone calls to change transportation.
 
ANY CHANGES IN AFTER SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION MUST BE IN WRITING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY. FOR SAFETY CONCERNS WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS.
 
CLASSWORK / HOMEWORK POLICY
Students at Bedford Elementary School are expected to be responsible for
their class work and homework. The following requirements are expected:
 
                *   If a student has an excused absence, they will have three days
from the day they return to school to turn in their assignments.
                *  It shall be the student's responsibility to initiate make up work
lost through excused absences. Such work shall not interfere with regular
instructional time and shall be provided by the teacher at the student's
request.
                *  Students are expected to turn work in on time. If their work is
not turned in by 3:00 p.m. on the specified due date, the student chooses to
receive a zero.
 
REPORT CARDS
Grade cards will be sent home each nine weeks. Deficiency reports are sent
home mid nine weeks. Please use these reporting devices to keep abreast of
your child's progress.
 
PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES
We encourage parent / teacher conferences and solicit your cooperation in
selecting the proper time and place for a conference before school, during
the teacher's planning time, conference time or after school. An
appointment must be made in advance with a teacher. A teacher cannot be
called to the phone during the day but they can return your call at a more
convenient time.
 
VISITORS
Parents are always welcome to visit our school. All parents and visitors
must sign in at the office and receive a visitor's badge. Please schedule
your visit through the office. Because of liability factors, we will be
unable to accommodate student visitors during the school day. BES is a
nonsmoking facility.
 
SEVERE WEATHER
Schools are immediately informed about severe weather information. If a
severe weather warning is issued, the staff and students will report to
their designated safe areas immediately and remain there until they are
instructed to do otherwise.
 
SCHOOL CLOSINGS
During the school year, if it is necessary to dismiss school early or cancel
school due to bad weather, parents and students will be informed by the
following radio or television stations:
 
WHAS Radio -- Louisville                                              WAVE Channel 3 - Louisville
WHAS Channel 11 - Louisville                                    WORX Radio - Madison
WLKY Channel 32 - Louisville
 
On any delay schedule, the school day would end on the regular dismissal
time of 3:12 p.m.
 
Parents are asked not to call the school when it becomes apparent that
schools may close early due to falling snow. It is necessary that the
telephone lines remain free.
 
If schools are closed, all evening meetings, as well as all night activities
and extracurricular programs at BES will be cancelled.
 
MEDICATION
The school will not dispense medication to students unless it has been
prescribed by a physician and with written approval of the parent. No over
the counter medications will be dispensed. Children's medication will need
to be brought to the school by the parent to give to the nurse or office
manager and picked up from school by the parent. Children are not to carry
medication with them at any time unless there is a written health plan.
 
All prescription medication must be brought to the school by the parent in
the original prescription container with original prescription label
including the physician's directions for dispensing the medication
attached. (The pharmacist will give extra bottles if you request.) A
permission form must be filled out when bringing medication in for your
child.
 
There is a form included in the enrollment folder for dispensing
medication. Keep this for future use during the school year if you do not
need it now.
 
IF YOUR CHILD HAS A MEDICAL CONDITION OR ALLERGY - PLEASE ALERT THE SCHOOL.
 
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
In case of illness or serious injury, the parents will be notified
immediately. Emergencies will be taken care of until you arrive. Telephone
numbers where you can be reached must be on file in the school office.
Please keep emergency numbers updated.
 
CAFETERIA: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Lunch / breakfast may be paid in advance and payment given to the homeroom teacher in the morning. Lunch and breakfast can be purchased by the day, week, or month. Payment must be made by putting your child's lunch money into an envelope with their name, lunch number and teacher's name on the outside. Checks to purchase lunch should be made payable to the BES
Cafeteria. Charges should be repaid the next day. BES does not allow soft
drinks in any type of container. A calendar with the lunch menu will be
send home monthly. Student lunch / breakfast charges will be sent home
weekly and should be paid upon receiving. Parents interested in obtaining
information about the Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program should call the
school office. An application is included in your child's BES folder at the
beginning of the year.
 
PARENTS TO BREAKFAST / LUNCH
Each grade level will have a special day in the month to invite their
parent / grandparents to have breakfast or lunch with them. Please refer to
the school calendar to start making plans to attend.
 
STUDENT DRESS CODE
                The Bedford Elementary SBDM has recommended the following dress code for all students attending Bedford Elementary:
 Dresses, skirts and shorts shorter than mid thigh are not permitted.
 Tank tops, spaghetti straps, strapless tops and midriff tops/shirts are not
permitted.
 
Clothing cannot contain inappropriate messages, pictures or other graphics
such as those advocating drug or alcohol use, violence or foul language.
 
Backless / strapless and open toe shoes are not permitted. (Including Flip
Flops) Tennis shoes are strongly recommended for P.E. class.
 
Shoes containing roller skate wheels are not permitted.
 
Sagging pants and low rider pants, which result in possible exposure of
undergarments and/or stomachs, are not permitted.
 
Wearing of hats, bandannas or hoods are not permitted.
 
Unnatural hair styles and colors, excessive make-up, or excessive jewelry
will not be permitted. Parents will be called to pick-up their child from
school if this occurs.
 
No dangling items on book bags or clothes such as chains etc.
 
Book bags shall only be of the back-pack style (No wheels or suitcase styles,
unless medically prescribed documentation)
 
Children are encouraged to bring sweaters, light jackets and/or sweatshirts
to wear in rooms that are cool. Heavy winter coats and parkas are to be
stored in lockers during the school day.
 
VIOLATION OF DRESS CODE WILL RESULT IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONSEQUENCES
DEPENDING ON THE FREQUENCY OF THE VIOLATION:
 
1.            Written notification to the parent/guardian
2.            Phone call to parent/guardian
3.            Removal from class until parent provides appropriate clothing
 
Staff members have the right to contact parent/guardian in the event that the
dress code has been violated.
 
                *             Shoes appropriate for physical education
                *             No hats or bandannas unless a special day is announced
                *             No midriff tops/shirts – navels must be covered
                *             Clothing must cover underwear; pants must stay on hips and
                               not drag the floor
                *             Clothing cannot contain inappropriate messages, pictures or
                              other graphics such as those advocating drug or alcohol                    use, violence or foul language
                *             No dangling items on book-bags or clothes such as chains, etc.
                *             Book-bags shall only be of the back-pack style (No wheels or
suitcase styles, unless medically prescribed documentation)
                *             No clothing or appearance that disrupts instruction
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
In order to promote safe and healthy activities, all students will need to
adhere to PE guidelines. Proper shoes (tennis) must be worn when
participating in Physical Education. Student's behavior and conduct in the
gym must be safe and acceptable for everyone involved.
 
TEXTBOOKS AND LOANED MATERIALS
Textbooks and loaned materials will be distributed to students during the
first week of school. The students will be financially responsible for the
loss of or damage to textbooks. Students will also be allowed to sign out
library books. Students are responsible for the cost of the replacement of
lost or damaged books.
 
BIRTHDAYS
BES asks that parents / guardians schedule with their child's teacher the
date and time to send in approved allergy free items with listed ingredients.
 
MESSAGES AND STUDENT USE OF TELEPHONE
Messages will be given to the children when there is an emergency. Students
may only use the office telephone in an emergency and with a note from the
teacher. If you would like to talk to your child's teacher, please call
before school or after the students are dismissed. If you call during class
hours, please leave a message and the teacher will try to return your call
the same day.
 
PARENT / VISITOR PARKING
Cars should not be left unattended unless they are properly parked. Parking
is provided in the area to the right of the flag pole. The area to the left
of the flag pole is for SCHOOL BUSES ONLY.
 
BELONGINGS AND BOOK BAGS
Please label all coats, hats, mittens, and supplies with your child's first
and last name. For the safety of your child, label on the inside of
clothing. Students are responsible for their personal property. Large
amounts of money or valuables should not be brought to school. Please leave
all toys, including hand held games, trading cards, and all electronics at home.                                                 
                * Lost and found is located in the office.
 
BOOK FAIR
The Book Fair is held twice a year. The school librarian plans these events
in the fall and spring. Please refer to the school calendar for book fair
dates. The dates are September 14 - 18, 2015 and March 14 - 18, 2016.
 
PARENT - TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTO)
The Parent - Teacher Association is a vital organization providing many
services to the school. We strongly encourage your involvement with this
group. You may join the PTO at our Back to School Open House or at a PTO Meeting that our on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.  The PTO Fall Festival takes place the 2nd Saturday in November.
 
SCHOOL BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL (SBDMC)
The council meets in the school's conference room monthly. This meeting is
open to the public.
 
CANDY / COOKIES / SALES
Nothing can be sold at the school without the prior approval of the Trimble
County Board of Education, the Superintendent, or the principal. This
includes items for Youth League, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
 
FIELD TRIPS
Students going on field trips will be required to ride the bus to and from
the trip destination. Field trips are considered part of the instructional
program. It is the decision of the classroom teacher to have an in school
field trip or to go off campus.
 
Counseling - The guidance program at BES is designed to enhance the
education of all students by utilizing individual and group counseling.
 Our program is designed to help students with their physical, intellectual,
social, and emotional development.
 
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Computer Lab - Students at BES have access to computers both in the
classroom and the computer lab. Written parental permission must be secured
before a student can gain access to the internet. Please refer to your
child's Student Network Access and Email Contract sheet.
 
Esprit - Services for gifted/talented students in grades K-5 are provided
for students being identified as possessing demonstrated or potential
ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual
aptitude, academic, creative thinking, leadership, visual or the performing
arts.
 
4-H - Students in grades three through five can participate in the 4-H
Program. Meetings are held at the school once each month.
 
Student Council - Fifth graders at BES elect Student Council Officers each
year. The student council sponsors many activities throughout the school
year.
 
Conservation - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsor a
conservation program for the fifth graders. The conservation officer comes
once a month to bring information on such topics as boating, safety, snakes,
birds and safe camping.
 
Health Fair - All students will participate in the school's health fair.
Vision, hearing, height and weight will be addressed. Head lice checks will
be completed.

National Junior Beta Club
This Club  was established to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary students. Fourth and fifth grade students will be invited to join based on their grades.