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PINE FOREST ELEMENTARY
PARENT AND STUDENT PROCEDURES MANUAL
The listed procedures are the result of a concerted effort on the part of the faculty and the administration. This information has been carefully prepared and presented in order that you and your child may know and understand the policies and practices of Pine Forest Elementary School.
PINE FOREST ELEMENTARY MISSION
Children are the future, and PFE is dedicated to their success. Centered around students, facilitated by teachers, and supported by home and community, every child will be challenged to reach their highest potential while expanding their love of learning.
Students may arrive to school at 7:20AM. There is no supervision of students prior to 7:20AM and students should not arrive prior to that time.
Car riders are to be dropped off in the back of the school where the duty teacher and safety patrol students are located.
Walkers will enter the building through the back of the school as well. They will be directed by the duty teacher or safety patrol to their designated area.
Bus riders and daycare students are to exit their vehicle in the bus lane and go immediately to their designated area. If students eat breakfast they will enter the front of the building and go to the cafeteria. After breakfast, students will report to their designated area outside their classroom.
Vehicles other than buses and daycare vans are not allowed in the bus lane at any time. Do not drop children off across the street, by the playground fence or as you enter the parking lot. Students wanting to eat breakfast MUST be in the breakfast line by 7:45AM.
School dismisses at 2:35 PM. All students should be off the school grounds no later than 3:00 PM. Parents may not go to the classroom to meet/pick up their children. All parents who wait for their children outside of their vehicle must wait at the front of the school in the outside awning area. For security reasons do not wait on children in the foyer or hallways. No other location on school grounds is authorized.
Students who ride buses are required to follow the bus regulations in the Parent/Student Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline. Failure to follow rules may result in suspension from the bus.Bus lanes are for buses and daycare vans only. PARENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE BUS LANES AT ANY TIME!
Attendance is now one of the indicators used by the Arkansas State Department of Education that can place a school on the “needs to improve list”. One criteria of a student’s success in school is regular and punctual attendance.
If a student is ill or must be absent from school, the parent is to send a note (preferably a doctor’s statement) which explains the reason for the absence when the student returns.
For every 5 tardies, the parent will be notified via note that the next tardy will result in a required 2 hours of volunteer time served by the parent during school hours. If the volunteer time is not served within a week, the student will be assigned two one-hour after school detentions where parents provide transportation.
Any time you check your child out early (before 2:35 p.m.), it will be considered an EARLY CHECKOUT and subject to the aforementioned Tardy Policy. We ask that no child be checked out between 2:05 p.m. and 2:35 p.m. as this is important closing time for the teachers. If it necessary to check a student out between this time, it will be considered an early checkout.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please see the PCSSD Parent/Student Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline for details on attendance policies.
Each child is given a Pulaski County Special School District Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline. The rules and regulations are followed closely.
Discipline / Discipline Management
At Pine Forest Elementary, we believe in positive reinforcement to control discipline/misbehavior. The ultimate goal is self-discipline for each child. Discipline is simply working with students to establish a set of basic classroom rules, rewards, and consequences. We feel every child needs limits and has the right to know what those limits are, and what will happen if he/she exceeds those limits. Please, read the PCSSD Parent/Student Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline carefully.
School Wide Discipline Plan
The school wide discipline plan to reduce Rule One Discipline Referrals is based on a card system that includes rewards and consequences.Teachers will utilize the Class Dojo Program in conjunction with the Card System to promote and reward positive behavior.
All PCSSD Students in K-5 are required to wear uniforms. Students may wear any solid color polo-style shirt without emblems or logos.
Parents and other adults interested in the school are WELCOME to visit. All visitors must sign in at the main office, inform office personnel concerning the nature of the visit and be issued a visitor’s pass. When leaving the building return to the office to sign out. We want to insure the safety of all persons in the school and to insure the educational process is not disturbed.
PFE WATCH D.O.G.S.
Pine Forest Elementary is always seeking male role models to participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program. The male role models provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. The male presence will not only send the message of the importance of education, but it will make a difference in the lives of some of our students. We invite fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other male figures to volunteer at least one day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year.
PHONE CALLS & MESSAGES
Students will not be allowed to use the phone. Phone messages are only to be given in case of emergency.If your child is sick and needs to go home, office personnel will contact you. Please make sure your child knows how he/she will be getting home in the afternoons. In case of an emergency and your child needs to get home a different way, please call the office BEFORE 2:00 PM.
P.T.O. AND P.A.L.S.
The P.T.O. (Parent Teacher Organization) and PALS volunteer program (Parents Assisting Local Schools) are both very active. Please contact the office if you are interested in sharing with us your time and talents. P.T.O. meetings are held at intervals starting in the month of September. They are held in the Pine Forest Multipurpose Room and begin at 6:30 PM.
OTHER PERTINENT FACTS AND PROCEDURES ABOUT PINE FOREST
The children are not allowed deliveries of any kind (ex. flowers, candy baskets, stuffed animals) to the school.
Students are given two parties a year - Christmas and Valentine's Day. Field day is held in May.
A "Lost and Found" is kept near the cafeteria. PLEASE check if your child loses an item. We have more clothing "Lost" than "Found". If you child’s name is on their lunchboxes, sweatshirts, and jackets we will be able to return it to them. After several attempts to return collected items, all unclaimed items will be donated.
If bicycles are ridden to school, students must get off and walk them from the edge of the school grounds to the bike racks. Bicycles may not be ridden on the school grounds for any reason.
*It is the policy of the Pulaski County Special School District to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, qualified handicap, or veteran in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, educational services, and employment. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to:
Dr. Janice Warre
Director of Equity and Student Services
925 East Dixon Road/P.O. Box 8601
Little Rock, AR 72216
Telephone Number 490-2000