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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.