WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Being COMMITTED TO LEARNING!
414 North 12th Street è Kinder, LA 70648 è 337-738-3223 è Fax: 337-738-3425
ARRIVAL Page 3
ABSENCES Page 4
DISMISSAL Page 5
DRESS CODE Page 5
HOMEROOM Page 6
CAFETERIA Page 6
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT Page 7
ALLEN PARISH GRADING POLICY Page 11
PROGRAMS Page 12
RIGHTS Page 15
HEALTH AND SAFETY Page 16
Allen Parish School Board Contact Information Page 20
FORMS TO RETURN
Principal Handbook Letter
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW
On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish to welcome our students and their parents/guardians to a new school year. Education is a cooperative effort between the school, home, and the community. You can benefit from everything Kinder Middle School has to offer by being actively involved in your classes and programs offered. We are here to make this year in school as successful, yet educationally challenging as possible. We welcome the opportunity to help you as you proceed through your middle school career.
It is the purpose of this document to provide your child and you with the necessary information to make your school year at Kinder Middle School a successful one. If the information in this document is read, understood, and followed, it will serve as the framework on which your child can build educational success at KMS.
EXPECTATIONS, PROCEDURES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Refer to the School Attendance Regulations and Procedure letter attached at the end of the handbook. In this letter you will find NOTICE OF ATTENDANCE POLICY CHANGES FOR 2021-2022 school year. Parent/Legal Guardian must Sign and return promptly.
Students must bring written excuses from a doctor to the office in order for the absence to be excused.
*Students have 5 days to bring all excuses to the office.
Students shall be considered excused from school for
consecutive school days as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed by the state;
Other extenuating circumstances may also be excused if it is pre-approved by the Allen Parish Supervisor of Child Attendance and Welfare before the absence occurs. Students shall not be excused for any absence other than the ones previously listed. Any absences that do not have written excuses will also be unexcused. Students shall be given the opportunity to make up work for excused absences and will be responsible for and required to make up assignments missed due to an absence in a timely manner.
**NOTE: Students must attend ½ day to participate in any extra/co-curricular activities.
ALLEN PARISH JUVENILE TRUANCY PROGRAM
The objective and goals of the Truancy Program are to stress the importance of regular school attendance, resolve student school attendance problems, and (when necessary) hold parents accountable for their child’s regular school attendance. If your child has unexcused absences, you will receive a notice from the school and/or School Board that further unexcused absences may result in a referral to the District Attorney’s Truancy Program. Upon referral to the District Attorney, the truant child and his or her parent/guardian may be subject to further actions necessary to resolve school attendance problems.
ABSENCES DUE TO SUSPENSION
Students missing school as a result of a suspension shall be counted as absent and shall be given failing grades for those days suspended. Students will be responsible for acquiring missed lessons and skills. A conference is required following a suspension in order to have the student admitted to class. The suspended student will attend at least one counseling session with the school counselor.
Walking or riding town students should arrive no earlier than 7:20 AM.
TARDY to School
School begins with the 7:55 a.m. bell. The administration and faculty of Kinder Middle School feel that each minute of the instructional day is extremely valuable. Any student arriving late will be marked tardy.
All visitors to the school must report to the office before visiting any area of the school. Visitors will be issued a visitor’s pass. Teachers will direct visitors without a pass to the office.
Buses are considered to be a moveable classroom.
The same behavior expectations that are applicable at school are also applicable to the school bus.
Loading and Riding the Bus
Students are responsible for compliance to school rules and expectations while waiting at the designated stop.
Students must be on time at the designated stop. Caution should be observed at all stops.
Students must obey the driver promptly and cheerfully.
Students must obey and respect orders from the teacher(s) on duty.
Students must help to keep the bus clean and sanitary.
Anyone deliberately damaging a bus in any way will be disciplined and required to pay damages.
Students must avoid causing trouble by teasing, pulling, scuffling, or using profane, obscene, or abusive language and gestures.
Arms, head, and legs must be kept inside the bus windows at all times.
At no time should students throw objects from the bus.
Students should remain seated at all times. If assigned a seat by the bus driver, stay in assigned seat.
Conversation in normal tones is permissible. Loud talking will not be tolerated.
Students must obtain permission from the driver before opening windows when it is cold or raining.
The middle aisle will be kept open at all times.
Permission to ride a different bus or be discharged at a different stop must be approved first by directly contacting the bus driver then approved by administration.
Bus drivers are permitted to make reasonable rules for the safe and proper operation of buses.
Students who ride a bus in the morning must ride home on the same bus, unless they have a note from home.
Glass containers and balloons will not be allowed on the bus at any time.
NOTE: Any violation of the above rules may be reason for disciplinary action, suspension, or expulsion by action of the school administrator. The same consequences apply for the bus stop while students are waiting for the bus.
First load students will be dismissed to load buses at 3:00.
Second load students will wait for their individual buses to be called.
The same behavior expectations that are applicable at school are also applicable to school bus loading area.
RIDING TOWN/WALKING/ STUDENTS
Walking town students will be dismissed immediately after the bell rings. Riding town students will wait for parents/guardians outside the front office.
The education of your students is an all day process and afternoon activities are a key part of the process. Thus picking your child up early from school is to be highly discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Valid reasons for early pick-up are the same as for excused absences. All other reasons will be considered unexcused.
There are occasions that school must dismiss early without prior knowledge on the part of the parents. This could be due to severe weather or any of several other reasons. Please have a plan established with your child as to what they should do in this type of situation. Also make sure the school has working numbers where you or a family member can be contacted.
If for some reason your child is not to leave school with certain family member, you must provide the school with a copy of a legal document showing that this person has been denied custody of the child. Anytime a child is to leave school with anyone other than an immediate family member we must have a signed note from a parent/guardian granting permission for this person to pick up the child.
Guideline for acceptable grooming begins at home. Parents/guardians are responsible for setting forth school dress code compliance before leaving home. Students are expected to arrive on buses and campus in compliance with dress code regulation. Students attending Kinder Middle School shall be required to wear official school uniforms as described below:
KMS Spirit t-shirt /sweatshirts (May be purchased in the office)
WHITE and BLACK undergarments only
Khaki uniform pants
Boys—uniform trousers or uniform walking shorts
Girls—uniform style trousers, walking shorts, skirts, skorts, capri pants, or jumpers
Any shorts, skirts, skorts, or capris must be no higher than 4 inches above the knee when seated.
NO JEANS SHALL BE WORN.
Administration reserves the right to allow jeans WITHOUT HOLES, WRITING, or ANY
DISTRACTIONS to be worn for announced events.
The uniform shirt must be worn under outerwear.
Jackets worn between classes must be unzipped and unbuttoned COMPLETELY.
Headwear shall be limited to knit caps in extremely cold weather OUTSIDE.
NO baseball caps are allowed. NO PULLOVERS or Hoodies all jackets must unzip.
SHOES and ACCESSORIES
Socks must be worn.
Appropriate shoes—tennis, loafers, and closed-toe
SHOE SWAPPING WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A MAJOR FOR DISOBEDIENCE.
SHOE SWAPPING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. NO SLIDES, NO SANDALS or SLIPPERS
Hair must be neat, not distracting, and kept groomed out of the eye.
Visual eye contact is part of monitoring student learning and engagement.
Accessories INCLUDING hair colors and jewelry that are distracting may be removed at the discretion of teachers/administration. NO ORNAMENTAL DECORATIONS on shoes, belts, and/or accessories may be worn to INCLUDE obscene, racist, lewd, self-destructive and/or dangerous symbols, advocating discrimination or violence, or promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs that may create a material and substantial disruption to the educational process.
Administration reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the DRESS CODE expectations as the need arises. Homeroom teachers will perform daily DRESS CODE Inspections to ensure compliance. Students exhibiting non-compliance will be dealt with according to our Positive Behavior Support Policy.
LOCKERS BELL SCHEDULE
Use locker assigned by homeroom teacher. 7:25 LOCKER-RR-Breakfast
Lock must be on locker at all times. 7:55 HOMEROOM/1ST PERIOD
Be responsible for personal items. 8:45 2ND PERIOD
Report any damage of locker to homeroom teacher. 9:35 3RD PERIOD
Be financially responsible for damage to locker. 10:55 4TH PERIOD
Keep combination confidential. 11:45 5TH PERIOD
Keep locker organized and clean. 12:35-1:00 LUNCH/LOCKER-RR-Water
Periodic inspection of lockers will be performed. 1:05 6TH PERIOD
Keep locker locked. 2:00 7TH PERIOD
Use locker only during specified times. 2:50 HOMEROOM
3:00 DISMISS 1ST LOAD BUSES and WALKERS
3:05 2ND Load BUSES and Riding Town
Textbooks and library books are provided for student use. Students bear the responsibility of maintaining the books in undamaged condition. Any books defaced, damaged, or lost while issued to a student must be replaced at the expense of the student or parent/guardian.
completed, returned, and approved in order to qualify.
All lunches must be eaten in the cafeteria. Lunches may consist only of these types of foods, meat, vegetables, fruit, milk, or fruit juice. Items such as carbonated beverages, potato chips, candy and the like are forbidden.
No glass containers are allowed.
PROCEDURES AND EXPECTATIONS
*Guidelines for Student Lunches in Compliance With Federal, State, and Parish Regulations.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT (PBIS)
Kinder Middle School PBS process focuses on pro-active, educative, procedural reinforcement-based strategies in the classroom and on campus to provide every student with academic success
WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Honest, Respectful, Responsible, and Committed to Learning
Kinder Middle School expectations begin with being honest, respectful, responsible, and being committed to learning. Our faculty/staff believe that respect can be defined as a visible, audible use of verbal and/or physical body language that regards adults in authority as worthy of obedience through compliance of classroom/school rules, requests, replies, and expectations.
In addition, but not limited to, general classroom rules, there are rules for each area of the campus that all students will comply with.
Refer to individual rules in each classroom.
Respect others and their differences.
Positive pro-action vs. negative reaction
Keep hands and all objects to yourself
Be a good steward of your environment.
Line up orderly, quietly, promptly, and properly
Store all belongings in locker.
Touch and use your own property and locker.
Arrive to class on time.
Tell the truth.
Tracker signed by any teacher even between classes before going to bathroom
Report wrong doing to authority
Use your inside voice.
Keep your place in line.
Pick up after yourself.
Push in chairs.
Listen and follow directions.
Walk directly to your assigned seat and remain seated
Keep hands to yourself
Keep aisles clear
All objects including body parts must remain inside the bus
All food, gum and drinks remain in your bag, no consumption
All electronic devices are to be kept out of sight
Maintain quiet voice with silence when approaching railroad tracks
Use only kind words
CELL PHONE PROCEDURE
All cell phones must be turned off upon the school building. Students are responsible for phones brought to school. Phones may be kept with the students. Students caught with or on cell phones will be disciple according to KMS behavior tracking chart. Kinder Middle School will not be responsible for missing or stolen phones on campus or during school activities.
PBIS POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS
Positive behavior outcomes will be recognized, praised, and rewarded with reinforcements.
YOU GOT CAUGHT! card acknowledges the expectation observed allowing students to
determine which reinforcement is most wanted.
The faculty/staff recognizing the positive behavior will write the recipient’s name on the front of the card in permanent marker circling the expectation observed. The student makes the choice of which reinforcement desired. Teachers/faculty/staff will collect used cards and leave them in the office to be shredded.
Celebrate Success Categories include:
PBIS BEHAVIOR INFRACTION REFERRAL PROCESS
MINOR Behavioral Infractions
Minor Behavior Infractions will be handled within the classroom as set forth by the classroom rules and consequences. Your teacher will provide a list of classroom rules on the first day of school. The chart below will be placed in each student’s planner. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the teacher in writing as well. Conferences, phone calls, and emails are additional ways to communicate with the teacher for academic and behavioral comments, questions, and concerns. Parents/guardians may call Kinder Middle School 738-3223 to schedule a conference.
STUDENT will take responsibility for behavior and immediately correct/resolve any problems without further interruption of the learning process.
TEACHER will note any MINOR Behavioral Incidences on the date of the violation in the student planner and take necessary action to correct/resolve any problems as to prevent further interruption of the learning process.
PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S) will sign the planner to confirm receiving the planner/note from the teacher while offering additional support to correct/resolve any problems in the most productive manner.
MINOR Behavior Infraction(s)
1. Dress Code Violation
2.. Poor Attitude
3. Lack of Participation
4.. Sleeping in class
6.. Off task
7.. Hall, line, cafeteria rule violation
8. Excessive Talking
9. . Other—
Minor Behavior Incidents occurring on campus other than the classroom will be handled by faculty/staff on duty by use of immediate conferencing, time out, and/or parent/guardian contacts. An excessive amount of MINOR BEHAVIOR INCIDENCES will become a MAJOR BEHAVIOR INCIDENT.
MAJOR Behavioral Incidents
In accordance with Louisiana R.S. 17:416.18, Educators are afforded the Right to Teach.
ALL Major Behavior Incidents will be handled by administration in the office. Because these or other incidents may jeopardize the safety, well-being, or education of other students, parents are urged to discuss the incident and possible implications with the student to promote positive behaviors. Administrators reserve the right to determine the most appropriate action for behavior violations.
Co-curricular/extracurricular activities will not be allowed if a student has had a suspension or more than five majors in one grading nine weeks.
MAJOR Behavior Infraction
Willful Disobedience—including illegal use of Internet
Treats an authority with disrespect—See definition below
Makes an unfounded charge against authority
Uses Profane and/or obscene language
Is guilty of conduct or habits injurious to his/her associates
Is guilty of immoral or vicious practices
Use/Possess any controlled dangerous substance governed by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law
Uses/possesses tobacco and/or lighter
Uses/possesses alcoholic beverages
Disturbs the school and habitually violates any rule
Cuts, defaces, or injures any part of public school building/vandalism
Writes profane and/or obscene language or draws obscene pictures
Possesses weapon(s) prohibited under federal law
Possesses firearms, knives, or other implements not prohibited by federal law
Throws missile liable to injure others
Instigates or participates in fights while under school supervision
Violates traffic and safety regulations
Leaves school premises or classroom without permission
Is habitually tardy and/or absent
Is guilty of stealing
Commits any other serious offense
Bullying—Verbal/physical/written threats causing others to feel unsafe
Detention Violation—Disobeying detention rules and/or other MINOR/MAJOR violations
6th MINOR Violation—During 9 week grading period
Refusal to report for Interventions—Not showing after being told & reminded
Repeated MINOR within period--Student disrupts learning process of others more than 3 times during a school day
Cheating on assignment/assessment
Public display of affection
Restroom with no tracker signed by the teacher between classes or during class
Students chewing gum will receive an automatic after school detention.
Any student with a cell phone on his/her person will receive an automatic after school detention. Cell phones must be kept in the student’s book bag when on school grounds.
The student displays intentional disregard for adult authority through
Body language and verbal language such as, but not limited to,
CONSEQUENCE(S) FOR MAJOR BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS
*Students suspended are expected to complete all assignments using Google Classroom on their Chromebook.
*School administration reserves the right to choose and enforce punishment.
PBIS SECONDARY INTERVENTIONS Behavior Education Program
JAM—Jackets Achieving More
Interventions used for students who are not responding to Universal Interventions with more than three office referrals may be provided: Behavioral contracts, Adult mentor/monitor, targeted social skills instruction for problem solving and/or conflict/anger management, self-management skills, or academic restructuring. These interventions will be provided through JAM teamwork. Parental involvement is expected.
Teachers refer students by filling out a referral form or through teaming decisions based on data. An agreement between the PBIS team leader and the student determines the criteria for success on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The team leader informs the students of their progress and rewards students for their progress. Students are rewarded at the end of the week then at the end of the six weeks. The rewards are tailored to meet the student’s interest.
Teachers and our PBIS representative from the central office can refer students who have repeated major incidences. . Students can be referred for academics, behavior and attendance, Parents will be contacted by phone by a JAMS mentor to approve the program for their child before the assignment is given.
ALLEN PARISH GRADING POLICY
Non-numerical Grading Scale
85 - 100 S - Satisfactory
67 - 84 NI - Needs Improvement
0 - 66 U - Unsatisfactory
93 - 100 A 3.5 - 4.0 Excellent
85 - 92 B 2.5 - 3.4 Above Average
75 - 84 C 1.5 - 2.4 Average
67 - 74 D 1.0 - 1.4 Below Average
Below 66 F Below 1.0 Failing
dropped in grades 5 through 8. This dropped grade is not one received upon a suspension or refusal to do assignment. The remaining grades will be averaged to determine the nine weeks grade.
exception of students that participate in alternate assessment and are not pursuing a high school diploma.
Mainstreamed students in a regular education classroom setting that qualify for Alternate Assessment and are not pursuing a high school diploma may receive S, N, or U’s on work modified to their functioning level. In the special education classroom setting, the special education teacher must assign percentage grades relating to IEP objectives taught.
PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS
Progress Reports are sent at the end of the fourth week during each nine-week grading period to keep parents informed of students’ performance. Teachers also call, send home notes, make notations in planners and have conferences when needed. The teacher will keep samples of each student's work for a nine weeks period. We encourage you to periodically check with the teachers if you feel a problem is arising. Conferences are encouraged. Please call the office to schedule an appointment that is agreeable to both parties. PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS are scheduled to be released on:
PROGRESS REPORTS September 14, 2021
November 16, 2021
February 8, 2022
April 14, 2022
REPORT CARDS October 20.2021
January 12 ,2022
March 18, 2022
May 25, 2022
Title I Part A provides assistance to improve the teaching and learning of children in high-poverty schools to enable those children to meet challenging state academic content and performance standards. Kinder Middle School is eligible for Title I program assistance and will use the program in grades 5-8. We are promoting Family Involvement with support through this program. Additional materials are available through the Parent Resource Center in Oberlin.
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY FOR THE DISTRICT
Every district that receives Title I funds must have a Title I Plan (Section 1112) including a parent involvement policy (Section 1118). Schools implementing Title I school wide programs (Section 1114) must develop or amend their comprehensive plan for reforming the total instructional program in the school. School implementing targeted assistance programs must develop plans to address the academic achievement needs to identified students (Section 1115).
Each local education agency plan shall be developed in consultation with teachers, principals, and administrators (including administrators of programs described in other parts of Title I), and other appropriate school personnel, and with parents of children in schools served under this part. Each LEA shall develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written parent involvement policy that is incorporated into the LEA’s plan. As a component of the school level parental involvement policy, each Title I school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve.
The Title I Director maintains a copy of this plan at the Title I Office and keeps it on hand for monitoring purposes. The District Family Advisory Committee reviewed and revised the current plan on April 26, 2021. The new plan was issued to each school to disseminate to parents after that date.
Allen Parish District Wide Family Engagement Policy
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each local educational agency (LEA or school district) that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1118(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (district wide family engagement policy). The policy establishes the LEA’s expectations for family engagement and describes how the LEA will implement a number of specific family engagement activities, and is incorporated into the LEA’s plan submitted to the State educational agency (SEA).
“Every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.”
Throughout this document are references to “family” engagement. All such references may be interpreted to include any adult who plays an important role in a child’s family life, since other adults such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, step-parents, and guardians may carry the primary responsibility for a child’s education, development, and well-being.
Parental engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively engaged in their child’s education at school;
(C) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in
decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
Allen Parish School Board agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
Family engagement means the participation of parents/guardians in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
Allen Parish will provide opportunities for parents/guardians to become involved in the decision-making about how the parent/family engagement programs will be designed, implemented, assessed, and strengthened through meaningful consultation. Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs formerly known as FACs) will be formed at each school and will include administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, Parents, Students, and Community Representatives. These school support teams will assist schools in increasing student achievement.
The Allen Parish District Action Team for Partnerships will consist of the ATP Team Leader and two parents from each of the schools. The council will provide the necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective family engagement activities consistent with Section 1118(b), ESEA. Greater than one percent of the LEA Title I allocation is reserved each year to carry out family engagement activities. Ninety-five percent of one percent of the Title I allocation is distributed to eight Title I schools. Parents of children receiving services under NCLB will be involved in decisions regarding how funds are allotted for family engagement activities.
The school teams are to implement the Johns Hopkins model, “National Network of Partnership Schools”. This model provides a variety of strategies for engaging families in planning at the district and school level. The six types of parent involvement (family engagement) are:
Allen Parish focuses on building a greater capacity for family engagement by reinforcing the importance of training and instructing teachers, pupil services personnel, administrators and other staff in working with parents/guardians as equal partners in how to communicate, implement, coordinate, and build ties between parents and schools.
To ensure effective engagement of parents/guardians, including those with special needs (i.e. physical and mental disabilities, limited English proficiency, limited resources, and minority status) and to support a partnership among the schools, parents, and the communities that will improve students’ achievement, the Allen Parish Family Program will:
Ensure that timely, substantive information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
The district will provide services and activities to participating private school teachers, families, and children developed pursuant to section 1118.
In carrying out the Title I, Part A family engagement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information
and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format
and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand. Allen Parish will provide opportunities for full participation of:
The Allen Parish School Board will provide a notification to parents of LEP students that include the NCLB requirements regarding program placement, description of the language instruction program, exiting the program, expected rate of graduation, and parental rights (Section 1112(g)(1)(A).
The Allen Parish School Board will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective family engagement activities that “Link” to learning in order to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
[Section 1116(b)(6), 7(E), and 8(C), ESEA]
In order to maximize family engagement and participation in their children’s education Allen Parish will arrange school and district meetings at a variety of times and places such as, individual schools, Allen Parish Public Libraries, Title I Parent Resource Center (centrally located), and Allen Parish Media Center.
The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster family engagement, by providing reasonable support as requested by parents through the following activities (Section 1118, ESEA):
The Allen Parish School Board will collaborate to develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in family engagement activities such as:
The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
The Allen Parish School Board will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate family engagement programs and activities with Head Start, Model Early (8g), Educational Excellence Fund (EFF), and locally funded classes to serve all pre-school age children and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
NOTE: Parents in Louisiana may contact the Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center
concerning meeting their children’s needs in the classroom:
201 Evans Rd., Bldg 1 Ste 100
Harahan, LA 70123
Toll Free: 800-766-7736
The Allen Parish Family Engagement Program conducts an annual evaluation of the content and efficacy of the family engagement policy to elicit and respond to parent questions or concerns. The review is conducted through evaluation forms provided at parent meetings, Family Resource Center activities, and Action Team for Partnership meetings. An analysis of findings is compiled and used to determine barriers to greater participation. If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
Kinder Middle School
School Wide Title I
Family Engagement Plan 2021-2022
The faculty and staff at Kinder Middle School support strong, continuing family engagement at all grade levels and in all aspects of school activities. To establish positive collaboration between family and school, Kinder Middle School pledges to develop and expand an effective family engagement program. We believe that increased family engagement creates a positive bond between home, school, and the community; a tie that will produce a stronger educational system and improve the quality of life for all the citizens of this community. An increased level of engagement will result in a more responsive and inviting school climate resulting in a measurable improvement in attendance rates, student achievement, and appropriate behavior.
Thirty years of research clearly shows that family and community engagement in schools improves student achievement. Children whose parents are engaged do better in school and in life. They are more likely to earn higher test scores, graduate from high school, and go on to higher education.
Our family engagement plan will stress communication, training, shared decision-making, and advocacy by:
The school will implement these and other activities that will encourage family engagement through the Family Engagement Program. Teachers must and will assist in carrying out these activities as well as participate in workshops and meetings. Teachers will communicate with parents frequently to keep parents fully aware of their child(ren)’s educational progress.
All activities will be in compliance with the Allen Parish School Board Family Engagement Policy, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the No Child Left Behind Act.
Kinder Middle School also agrees to engage parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs, including the school family engagement plan and the joint development of the School Improvement Plan. In order to accomplish this, the school establishes an Action Team for Partnerships Committee, which includes an adequate representation of parents of participating children.
Special Education services are provided to students who qualify for the services. Students in special education receive individualized instruction. Depending on the student’s classification they may receive other related services such as Speech, Adaptive PE, Physical therapy or occupational therapy. Both parents and teachers can refer students for screening if they suspect special services are needed. Once a child is referred and parental consent is given the child is tested by the parish Pupil Appraisal Team. The results of this testing procedure determine the child’s eligibility for special services. Special education students will participate in the general curriculum as each individual case allows. Speech therapy is also available to those students with needs in this area. A certified Speech Therapist is housed at our school. Students must be screened to qualify for these services as well. There is also a Pre-K program requires a screening process similar to the other special education program. Students that are highly advanced in their intellectual abilities may qualify for the gifted program. These students go through the same referral and screening process as special needs students.
Section 504 is part of a federal law passed to ensure that all students receive an appropriate education. Students that are classified as 504 receive certain accommodations and modifications within regular classroom. These students do not go to special classes or receive special services. 504 students go through a local school level screening process to determine eligibility. Parental permission is required for the screening process. Students are usually referred for 504 screening because they are having some type of academic difficulty within the classroom. These difficulties are often the result of some medical or physical condition. 504 is not a part of special education.
LEP – PARENT NOTIFICATION [Section 1112(G)]
Upon registering in the Allen Parish Public School System, all students whose parents have indicated on the Home Language Survey that a language other than English is spoken in the home will be assessed using the Language Assessment Scale.
1. Based on assessment results, parents will be informed in a manner in which they can understand of their child’s eligibility in a language instructional educational program. The methods of informing parents may include a written letter in the parent’s native language, a phone conversation through an interpreter, or a home visit. This information will include:
•student’s assessment information;
•status of academic achievement;
•methods of instruction to be used in the program;
•how the program will help the child learn English;
•how the program will meet academic achievement;
•standards for a grade promotion and graduation;
•specific exit requirements from the program;
•expected rate of graduation for LEP high school students; and
•parents’ right to decline such language services.
2. At the completion of each school year, parents of LEP students will be notified in one of the methods previously noted of their child’s progress in the language educational program.
3. Take-home activities will be provided to parents of LEP students as a means of assisting parents in working with their child to attain English proficiency and meet challenging state academic standards.
Football - boys - Grades 7-8
Cheerleader-girls - Grades 7-8
Basketball - boys and girls - 7-8
Track - boys and girls – Grades 7-8
Library Club- Grades 5-8 - The members of the library club do what they can to help the library by sponsoring reading and library related activities. Members are busy working by shelving and straightening books. They give recommendations on which books to order and which books are awesome to read!! Any student who has a love for books is welcome to join!!
4-H Club – Grades 5-8
The 4-H Club is a national organization for boys and girls. In 4-H, young people learn skills in areas of citizenship, personal development, home life, and agriculture. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to join and participate in the many activities.
Participation in the Allen Parish Fair is mandatory.
Newspaper – Grades 7-8
The BEELINE is a publication produced by students and club sponsors of Kinder Middle School. The Beeline paper is created and issued in the Fall and Spring. Contents may include information concerning club activities, school functions, field trips, and more. Student contributions are encouraged from anyone in grades 5-8
Junior Beta Club – Grades 5-8
The Junior Beta Club is an honor society whose membership is open to 5th- 8th graders who meet the academic standards set forth by Junior Beta Club rules and regulations.
Kinder Middle Student Council – Grades 5-8
The student body elects student Council members. The Council is a service organization that contributes by making improvements to the educational setting.
SAPE - Substance Abuse Prevention Education - Grades 5-8
The Substance Abuse Prevention Education Team is a group who educates their peers on the dangers of substance abuse.
Band – Grades 5-8
The band provides the student with overview and general knowledge of basic music skills. Students learn to express emotions and feelings through music.
Co-curricular/extracurricular activities will not be allowed if a student has had a suspension or more than five majors in one grading six weeks.
RIGHTS OF PARENTS & STUDENTS
9 Section 99.7 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Parents and students currently in attendance have the following rights under FERPA:
1. To inspect and review the student’s education records.
2. To seek amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.
3. To consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the Act and section 99.31 authorize disclosure without consent.
4. To file with the Department a complaint under sections 99.63 and 99.64 concerning alleged failures by the educational agency or institution to comply with the requirements of the act and this part.
PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW
Parents of all children in all Title I schools have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers; and, if the children are provided services by paraprofessionals, parents have the right to request their qualifications, also.
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
It shall be the policy of the Allen Parish School Board that the school district shall place an equal emphasis upon the nondiscriminatory provision of educational opportunities for children and no person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any education service, program or activity on the basis of economic status, intellectual ability, marital status, race, color, disability, religion, creed, national origin, age, or sex. Programs offered by schools within the school district shall be open to students in compliance with statutory and judicial requirements. The Superintendent or designee shall investigate any and all complaints which may be brought against the district in regard to any alleged discriminatory action. Grievance procedures to provide for prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints shall be the same as those used for employees.
TITLE IX COMPLIANCE, GENDER EQUITY POLICY
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is the landmark legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools, whether it be in academics or athletics. Title IX states:
"No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid."
* Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology.
PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW OF RECORDS
PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING AMENDMENT OF RECORDS
1. The parent or eligible student may request the educational agency to amend the records if they believe the records contain information to be inaccurate, misleading, or is in violation of the student’s rights of privacy.
2. The educational agency shall decide whether to amend the record as requested within a reasonable time after receiving the request.
3. If the educational agency decides not to amend the record as requested, it shall inform the parent of eligible student of its decision and of his or her right to a hearing under section 99.21.
The educational agency will comply with the disclosing of education records according to section 99.31 as outlined in the Allen Parish School Board Policy Manual.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Teachers refer students to the school nurse when they note a physical condition or symptom that needs assessment, or when the student has a physical complaint. When the school nurse determines that this student needs to go home, she will contact a parent or relative. It is extremely important that the school have a minimum of two names and current phone numbers to contact in case of an emergency. Parents must notify the school if those phone numbers change during the year. Students who have symptoms resembling contagious conditions such as chicken pox, scabies, impetigo (Indian fire), ringworm, or strep throat will be sent home and referred to their physician for evaluation and treatment. The school nurse needs to know about any medical condition that could affect a student’s performance in school. This includes chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, or heart conditions.
By the time your child enters Kindergarten, he must have the following immunizations:
DTP Series of 3 injections
Booster after age 4
Booster of TD every ten years thereafter
Polio Series of 3 doses
Booster one year later
MMR First dose after 12 months
Second dose at 4 to 6 years of age
Varicella First dose after 12 months
Second dose at 4 to 6 years of age
TDaP, Meningitis at age 11 (5th – 6th Graders)
The school must have a valid record, dated, and stamped with the stamp of the health unit or with a doctor's signature.
Medications in School
Students are not allowed to have any drugs in their possession on school grounds or on school buses. This includes ALL medications and also includes aspirin, ibuprofen, and cough drops.
As a general rule, school personnel do not give medications (including antibiotics and over-the-counter drugs) at school. Parents are responsible for administering these medications during school hours. Acutely ill students should be sent home. Students convalescing from acute illnesses should remain at home until the need for medication no longer exists.
Administering Medications in School
Special circumstances exist for a health problem that can be expected to be of long duration. When such a condition exists, the student must comply with the following regulations to have medications administered at school: An "Administration of Medication" form must be completed and signed by the student's physician and the student's parent/guardian. (This form can be picked up at the front office.)The medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacist and transported to the school by a responsible adult. Medications shall be stored in a locked drawer or compartment in the front office, or in an alternate locked location at the principal's discretion. Each dose of medication given must be recorded on a medication log. Parents are reminded that the school nurse cannot be present at each school to administer medication. The principal will designate persons responsible for the administration of medication.
Vision and Hearing Screening Programs
All students in Kindergarten and odd grades are checked each year by the school nurse for vision and hearing problems. Those who fail are referred for further evaluation to a doctor of his/her choice. The expense of this doctor's visit must be borne privately; however, if there are financial problems, the school nurse can assist in finding resources to help out.
A free spinal screening for scoliosis (or curvature of the spine) is conducted on all seventh and eighth grade students. The school nurse who observes the student's posture in standing and bending positions performs a visual screen. The children are asked to wear close-fitting T-shirts. Students who show some sign of scoliosis are referred to his/her own private physician
SAFE & DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS and COMMUNITIES
The Allen Parish School Board is dedicated to providing a drug-free learning environment for the students attending schools in the district. Each student shall be specifically prohibited from being under the influence of, bringing on, consuming, or having in his/her possession on a school bus, on school premises, or at a school function away from the school, any alcoholic beverages, intoxicating liquors, narcotic drugs, prescription medications, marijuana, nitrate based inhalants, imitation or counterfeit controlled substances, or other controlled substances as defined by state statutes, unless dispensed by a licensed physician as allowed by law. Any student found in violation of the above shall be recommended for expulsion according to state law by the principal.
Any violations of criminal laws, state or federal, committed on school property shall be prosecuted as provided by law. Any student who distributes sells or dispenses in any manner or form whatsoever a controlled dangerous substance as defined by state law to another student or anyone else while on the school premises shall be expelled pursuant to the provisions and guidelines as set forth in state law and Allen Parish School Board policy.
The Allen Parish School Board has designated an area within 1,000 feet of any property used for school purposes by any school or on a school bus as DRUG-FREE and FIREARM-FREE ZONES. It is unlawful for anyone to use, distribute, be under the influence of, manufacture or possess any controlled substances or possess a firearm as defined by statute within these zones.
Guidelines for Use of Metal Detectors Allen Parish Schools
Pursuant to R.S. 17:416.1, RS 17:81(L)
The Allen Parish School Board, to help ensure the safety of its students and employees, has approved the use of metal detectors in schools. Strict guidelines will be followed to ensure that searches conducted with metal detectors are lawful, unbiased, and respectful of the right of privacy.
School systems in Louisiana are faced with ever-increasing violence and the use of weapons on or adjacent to school campuses and at after-school social functions. In this connection, it is generally believed that a so-called "wand" metal detector could prove useful as a deterrent when utilized in a publicized random search program. The purpose of these guidelines is to deter students from bringing weapons onto school property, thus reducing the potential for violent incidents.
1. Signs shall be placed outside entrances to School Board facilities in order to provide notice to all persons that they are subject to
search as a condition of entry.
2. The parent or guardian of every student shall be notified that random searches will be conducted.
3. Attempt to notify parents after a personal search of a student is conducted due to reasonable suspicion that the student had a
weapon, illegal drugs, or other contraband in their possession. This does not apply to random searches.
USE OF METAL DETECTORS:
Only those administrators or their designees who have been trained and certified in the use of metal detectors are allowed to make searches. The search plan will be as follows: RANDOM SEARCHES 1. Search students at random as they enter school, enter the cafeteria, and leave school, search all or every third, fourth, or fifth student. 2. Select at random an entire class to search upon entering and/or leaving the classroom.
A principal or his/her designee may search the person of a student or individual with or without a metal detector when the administrator has reasonable suspicion that the student or individual has in possession a weapon, illegal drugs, or other contraband.
DETECTOR SEARCH PROCEDURE
When conducting a detector search of a student or individual, the administrator shall request that all metal objects be removed from pockets and placed on a tray, along with any bags or parcels being carried. If the detector activates on the individual, the administrator conducting the search shall request that any remaining metal objects be removed. If the detector activates again, the individual should be taken to a private area and personally searched by a search team member of the same sex. A witness of the same sex should be present during this portion of the procedure. Full strip searches are to be avoided. Once the object causing the metal detector to activate has been removed, the individual shall be searched again with the metal detector, and the search will continue only if the detector activates again. A physical exam will be made of all bags and parcels belonging to the individual.
DISCOVERY OF CONTRABAND:
Should an individual be found in possession of contraband (such as weapons, illegal drugs, or other prohibited objects), the search team member shall notify the appropriate school official and/or law enforcement officer. The law enforcement officer shall take custody of all weapons and illegal drugs. The administrator should attempt to notify parents of a student when a discovery of contraband has been made.
RETURN OF PROPERTY:
All property removed from an individual that is not prohibited by School Board policy shall be returned to the individual upon completion of the search.
HOMELESSNESS (RIGHTS OF CHILDREN & YOUTH)
The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act states that children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless. If, due to a loss of housing, a child must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then he/she is eligible to receive services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act.
HOMELESSNESS (RIGHTS OF CHILDREN & YOUTH)
The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is designed to address the problems that homeless children
and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure
that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.
Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment.
Homeless & Highly Mobile Students have the Right to:
SEXUAL HARASSMENT REGARDING STUDENTS
Purpose: The Allen Parish School Board disapproves of and does not tolerate sexual harassment by employees to students, by students to employees, or by one student to another student. No employee or student, either male or female, should be subject to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical. Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, and therefore interferes with the purposes of the employee and/or student in the academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular atmosphere. Sexual harassment includes any type of sexually coercive or oppressive conduct, including, but not limited to, threats, comments, jokes, or overtures of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes "quid pro quo" claims which occur when an employee makes sexual advances toward a student which threaten or imply retaliation if the student resists or rewards if the student acquiesces.
Coverage: This policy applies to all employees, to the elected members of the Allen Parish School Board, and to all students of the Allen Parish School System. It applies to all school sponsored events, and in situations which are related to the school. The term "employee" as used herein includes elected members of the Allen Parish School Board.
Responsibility: Sexual harassment, whether committed by an employee, a school board member, or a student, is specifically prohibited as unlawful and against the policy of the Allen Parish School Board.
Complaint Procedure: Complaints of sexual harassment which take place at school or at a school related function or arising out of the school setting should be made to the principal of the school. Should the claim of sexual harassment be brought against the principal of the school, the complaint should be brought directly to the Superintendent of Schools. After notification of the complaint, a confidential investigation will be immediately initiated to gather all facts about the complaint. After the investigation has been completed, a determination will be made regarding the resolution of the case. If warranted, disciplinary action will be taken up to and including involuntary termination of an employee and expulsion of a student. Any disciplinary action regarding an employee will be placed in the employee's personnel file, which will reflect the action taken and the grounds therefore. Any disciplinary action taken in regard to a student will be maintained as any other student disciplinary violation.
Non-retaliation: This policy also prohibits retaliation against any employee or student who brings sexual harassment charges or who assists in investigating such charges. Any employee or student bringing a valid sexual harassment complaint or who assists in the investigation of such a complaint will not be adversely affected, discriminated against, or punished because of the complaint.
Allen Parish School Board
Acceptable Use of Internet Policy
The Internet and the Allen Parish Network are a vast source of information for teachers and students. Some of the information on the Internet may not be of educational value and may be considered controversial. Some of the material may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. Allen Parish will take precautions to restrict access to those materials, but because of the nature of the Internet and the phenomenal increase of information on it, it is virtually impossible to know of all controversial materials let alone control all access to them. However, we believe the tremendous educational potential for our students and teachers far exceeds the disadvantages.
It shall be the policy of the Allen Parish School Board that any use of the Internet that adversely affects its operation in pursuit of teaching and learning or jeopardizes its use or performance for other community members is prohibited and may result in loss of Internet privileges, suspension of the student, or other appropriate disciplinary action. The School Board does not condone the use of the Internet for any illegal or inappropriate activities and shall not be responsible for any such use by staff or students. Parents shall be made aware that Internet usage is only partially controllable by supervision. Students may use the Internet only if under the direct supervision of a teacher or other professional designated by the teacher.
Use of Internet Regulations
The School Board provides access to the Internet to students, teachers, staff, and administrators. The Internet is a very exciting educational tool that can greatly benefit schools. Research, collaborative learning, and exchange of educational ideas and information are regularly pursued on the Internet. The Board believes that there are appropriate regulations to maximize effective educational use of the Internet and minimize abuse of the opportunity being provided to our schools. Ethical, efficient, and legal use of any network is the key to a successful linkage with the Internet. Accordingly, regulations for participation by anyone on the Internet shall include but not be limited to the following:
1. Users must demonstrate honesty, integrity, and respect for others at all times. Appropriate manners and language shall be required.
2. No individual student shall be permitted to have an e-mail account. Only teachers and classes as whole may be permitted e-mail. E-mail is not guaranteed to be private on the Internet, Therefore only appropriate messages shall be allowed.
3. No photographs, personal addresses, personal phone numbers, or last names will be permitted in student use of the Internet. Furthermore, students may not agree to meet with anyone they have communicated with via the Internet.
4. Illegal activities, including copyright or contract violations shall not be permitted. Resource information taken from electronic sources must be cited as a reference. Parish equipment is not to be used to make illegal copies of software.
5. The Internet may not be used for financial or commercial gain.
6. Threatening, profane, or abusive messages shall be forbidden.
7. No activities shall be allowed which may damage or interrupt equipment or any networking system. Users may not post chain letters or sending annoying or unnecessary messages to a large number of people.
8. Any attempt to alter, harm, or destroy the data of another user of the Internet, or any network on the Internet shall be forbidden.
9. No user is permitted to upload, download, or create a computer virus on the Internet or any networking system.
10. Resources offered by the Internet and paid for by the Board may not be willfully wasted.
11. Invading the privacy of another user or using their account shall not be tolerated.
12. Posting personal messages without the author’s consent shall be forbidden.
13. Accessing information on manufacturing bombs, illegal drugs or other illegal devices or substance shall be forbidden.
14. Product advertising, political lobbying, or sending messages involving illegal activities shall not be permitted. Violations shall be reported to the teacher when evidence of such is encountered on the Internet.
15. When a security problem is detected, it shall be reported immediately to the teacher. The problem shall not be demonstrated to other users.
16. Appropriate discipline shall automatically result for a user who accesses, sends, receives, or configures electronically any profane or obscene language or pictures.
17. Users are not permitted to visit chat rooms or any similar sites.
18. Submitting, publishing or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, racially offensive, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, or threatening materials or messages either public or private. All users are expected to follow existing copyright laws, copies of which may be found in each campus library.
19. Student use of the computers and computer network is only allowed when supervised or granted permission by a staff member.
20. Attempting to log on or logging on to a computer or email system by using another’s’ password is prohibited. Assisting others in violating this rule by sharing information or passwords is unacceptable.
APSB CONTACT INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Title I, REAP, & Homeless Liaison Misty Alexander 337-639-4620, Ext. 31201
Instructional Supervisor (Grades 5-8) Lori Lemons 337-639-4311, Ext. 20258
Title III (LEP), Parent Involvement Coordinator Brad Soileau 337-639-4311, Ext. 20254
Transportation, Child Welfare & Attendance Kenney Courville 337-639-4311, Ext. 20240
Special Education & 504 Coordinator Scott LeJeune 337-639-4311, Ext. 20247
Career, Technical Ed., and Special Services Kim Rider 337-639-4311, Ext. 20226
Allen Parish School Board
1111 West 7th Avenue
P.O. Drawer C
Oberlin, LA 70655
Phone: (337) 639-4311
Fax: (337) 639-2346
Kinder Middle School
Marcia Miller, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We are entering into a new school year with new facilities that provide students at Kinder Middle School opportunities to learn and experience success in academic achievement. Our mission at Kinder Middle School: Providing every student with academic achievement whatever it takes is supported by policies, procedures, and expectations as stated in our handbook. We are sharing this handbook with each student and parent to inform you and your child of our school function, policies, procedures, expectations, etc… with our mission as the driving force for implementing such.
Please come by and visit with us. All visitations and teacher conferences are welcome and will be arranged through the office or you may call 738-3223.
Please sign and date this letter. Return this letter along with the Compulsory Attendance letter, Compact, Emergency Information form, and lunch application immediately confirming you have received and reviewed the following policies found in this document. Your child is responsible for the rules, regulations, and expectations that are stated in this handbook.
Marcia Miller, Principal
I have read and reviewed the above stated policies, procedures, and forms contained within this handbook.
q Yes, my child can be paddled. q No, my child cannot be paddled.
q Yes, my child may use internet. q No, my child cannot use internet.
q Yes, I allow my child’s publicly identifiable information to be released by entities of the Allen Parish School System for reasons of public recognition including but not limited to news media, school programs, newsletters, websites, videos, or organizations that recognize the achievement of students.
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