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    Elementary Parent/Student Handbook

    2017-2018

    IKM-Manning Elementary

     

    Mission Statement

    Leading and Challenging Our Students To Excel Through Rigorous and Relevant Instruction

    Mascot

    Wolves

    School Colors

    Black and Forest Green

     

    School Song

    We the Wolves have come to fight united we will win.

    Green and black our colors true we’ll battle to the end.

    GO WOLVES GO!

    Catch the spirit, stand up and cheer.  Wolves are ready, this is our year.

    We the Wolves will fight with might and bring us a victory.

    Brought together,

    Strong and ready.

    It’s victory for us tonight.

    We the Wolves have come to fight united we will win.

    Green and black our colors run true we’ll battle to the end.

    GO Wolves Go!

    Catch the spirit, stand up and cheer.  Wolves are ready, this is our year.

    We the Wolves will fight with might and bring us a victory.

     

     

    Contact Information

     

     

    Irwin Elementary

    100 Eva Street

    Irwin, Iowa 51446

    Ph. (712) 782-3126

    Updated  2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

     

    FACULTY AND STAFF DIRECTORY………………………………………………………………………………….…………….4

    FORWARD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…...………….5

    OPENING STATEMENTS……………………………………………………………………………………………….……………..5

    PRESCHOOL……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………...….6

    Early Childhood Screening…………………….………………………………………………………………….………………………6

    SPECIAL SERVICES……………………………………………………...………………….………………………………………....6

    TITLE I READING PROGRAM…………………………………………………………….……………………………………..…..7

    EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY………………...……………………………….………………………………...………….7

    SCHOOL FEES……………………………………………...……………………………….…………………………...……………...7

    HEALTH RECORD UPDATE……………………………...………………………………..……………………………………..…..7

    STUDENT ATTENDANCE………………………………...……………………………….………………………………...………...8

    Philosophy…………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………..………....8

    Excused Absences………………………………....………………………………….…………………………………..........................8

    Unexcused Absences……………………………...……………………………….….…………………………………..........................8

    Attendance Policy………………………………..………………………………….……………………………….…...........................9

    Reporting Absences……………………………..………………………………….................................................…………..………..9

    Vacation with Parents…………………………...………………………………….…………………………………..........................10

    Closings…………………………………………..…………………………………….…………………………....…..........................10

    Late Starts……………………………………….……………………………………..………………………………..........................10

    STUDENT HEALTH, WELL-BEING AND SAFETY….……………………………………..………………………………....….10

    HAWK-I insurance…………………………….…………………………………….…………………………….…...........................10

    Immunization/Medical Forms……………………………………………………….…………………………….……………...…...10

    Emergency Drills……………………………………………………………………….…………………………….…………...…….11

    Medications…………………………………………………………………..............................................................………………….11

    Illness or Injury at School…………………………………………………..............................................................………………….11

    Nurse………………………………………………………………………….............................................................…………………11

    Communicable and Infectious Diseases………….…………………………............................................................…………………11

    Health Screening………………………………….………………………………………………………………….............................11

    Abuse and Harassment of Students by Employees....….……………………………..........................................................................12

    Asbestos Notification…………………………...……………………………………............................................................................12

    Physical Restraint……………………………..……………………………..............................................................…………………12

    STUDENT RECORDS AND DIRECTORY INFORMATION POLICY……………………..……………………………….…...12

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES…………………………………………………………………………..…………………………………...13

    Activity Tickets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…...13

    Courtesy at Extracurricular Activities………………………………………………….......................................................................13

    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES………………………………………………..……………..……………...…….14

    Lockers…………………………………………………………………………………..…………………………..………………….14

    Weapons…………………………………………………………………………………..…………………………..………………....14

    Appropriate Dress………………………………………………………………………..……………………………..………….…...14

    Care of School Property…………………………………………………………………...……………………………..………….….14

    Freedom of Expression……………………………………………………………………...……………………………..…………....15

    Telephone Use……………………………………………………………………...................................................................................15

                           Digital Devise Usage ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15

    Homeless Children Service Plan…………………………………………………………....……………………………….…………15

    Harassment and Bully Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………….……….16

    Student Complaints and Grievances………………………………………………………………………………………….……….16

    STUDENT SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT………………………………………………………...………..………………….…17

    Cumulative Records……………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………17

    Parent/Teacher Cooperation……………………………………………………………………………………….…………………..17

    Homework…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………17

    Report Cards………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………17

    Parent Teacher Report Cards………………………………………...……………………………………………….……………….17

    Retention………………………………………...……………………………………………………………………….……………...17

    Standardized Testing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...18

    MISCELLANEOUS….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………18

    School Visitation …………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………….….18

    Child Custody…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….….18

    Buses and other School Vehicles……………………………………………………………………………………………….…….…18

    Student Assistance Team (SAT)……………………………………………………………………………………………….…….….19

    Lost and Found………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…….…19

    Books………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…….…19

    SPECIAL ELEMENTARY RULES……………..……………………………………………….…………………………………….20

    Recess Policy..............................................................................................................................................................................................20

    Playground Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….20

                           Snacks/Treats…………………………………………………………………………………………………….……..………….….....20

    Invitations to Parties…………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….…….…..…20

    Sharing Time……………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………...…….….20

    School Parties……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...….….20

                           Threats of Violence …………………………………………...…………………………………………………………………………21

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                  FACULTY AND STAFF

    IKM-MANNING ELEMENTARY

     

    Elementary Principal

    Sharon Whitson

    swhitson@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Elementary Secretary

    Shannon Rogge

    srogge@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Preschool

    Rose Miller

    rmiller@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Transitional Kindergarten

    Lorine Linde

    llinde@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Kindergarten

    Tanya Gaer

    tgaer@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Kindergarten

    Diane Casey

    dcasey@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    1st Grade

    Jen Rasmussen

    jrasmussen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    1st Grade

    Deanna Langel

    dlangel@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    2nd Grade

    Jay Dreyer

    jdreyer@ikm-manning.k.12.ia.us

    2nd Grade

    Katie Greving

    kgreving@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    3rd Grade

    Laurie Petersen

    lpetersen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    3rd Grade

    Greg Polzien

    gpolzien@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Special Education     

    Rourke Mullen

    rmulllen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Special Education

    Bree Schwarte

    bschwarte@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Title I

    Shari Lohrmann

    slohrmann@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Art

    Becky Feser

    bfeser@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Music

    Jennifer Rau

    jrau@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    P.E.

    Gene Rasmussen

    grasmussen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Guidance

    Debbie Musfeldt

    dmusfeldt@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    School Nurse

    Anna Schwarte

    aschwarte@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Librarian

    Lora Darling

    ldarling@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Dawn Beyl

    dbeyl@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Margaret Goeser

    mgoeser@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Bonnie Heller

    bheller@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Angie Kiem

    akiem@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Tami Petersen

    tpetersen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Kim Terlisner

    kterlisner@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Caryl Stribe

    cstribe@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Para Educator

    Paula Vogel

    pvogel@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Food and Nutrition Head

    Deb Janssen

    djanssen@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Cook

     

     

    Maintenance

    Mark Schmitz

    mschmitz@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

    Custodian

    Dean Allmon

    dallmon@ikm-manning.k12.ia.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

             FORWARD

     

    This booklet is being provided for you in an attempt to explain the general policies and procedures of our elementary school program.  We hope that you will read it and use it as a guide during the school year.  If you have any questions during the year, please feel free to contact the school, and we will attempt to answer them. 

     

     

     

     

                                                                        OPENING STATEMENTS

     

    District Student Learning Goals

    Based upon recommendations of the District Leadership Team and the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC), the school board has adopted district goals aligned with student needs.  Student learning goals are the general expectations for all its graduates.  Students graduating from IKM-Manning Community School district will be able to do the following:

          * Communicate effectively in various situations by various means.

          * Recognize, understand, and appreciate contributions of the world’s cultures.

          * Use academic skills and technologies to solve problems.

          * Use leadership skills to develop positive relationships and work collaboratively.

          * Demonstrate skills and habits necessary to lead healthy lives and contribute to society.

     

    District Long-Range Goals

    Long-range goals define the desired targets to be reached over an extended period of time.  These long-range goals serve two purposes: 1) to meet locally determined student needs goals and 2) to address state and federal student accountability.

     

    Goal 1: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in reading comprehension, prepared for success                                      beyond high school.

    Goal 2: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in mathematics, prepared for success beyond high school.      

    Goal 3: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in science, prepared for success beyond high                                          school.

    Goal 4: All K-12 students will use technology in developing proficiency in reading, mathematics, and                                    science.

    Goal 5: All students will feel safe at and connected to school.

     

     

                                                

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                           PRESCHOOL

     

     

    The mission of the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool is to provide every student in the program with a quality, research-based, comprehensive curriculum, which is adapted to meet the individual needs and goals of both the special education students, and their general education peers.

     

    Children who are 4 years of age by September 15th of the current school year are eligible for the Manning program, which consists of a morning session (8:30-11:30 A.M.) and afternoon session (12:30-3:30 P.M.) The program in Irwin consists of 4 full days.  The classes in both buildings meet 4 days a week with no preschool on Wednesdays.  Class size is limited to 20 students.  Preschoolers who live outside of the IKM-Manning CSD will be considered for enrollment on a “space available” basis.  Priority will be given to all four-year-old children whose families meet the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches currently established by the National School Lunch Program, but reside in the IKM-Manning CSD will be served next on a first come, first served basis.  Students who do not meet the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches, and reside inside the IKM-Manning CSD, will be served next on the first come, first serve basis.

     

    Preschool students learn best through meaningful hands-on play experiences.  Thus, the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool utilizes developmentally appropriate learning centers as well as small and large group instructional practices to teach pre-academic skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and the social sciences.  All students involved with the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool gain from their experiences with peers.  The general education students, as well as their special education peers, learn, grow, and play side-by-side in a caring, nurturing environment.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Early Childhood Screening

    Early childhood screening is a service provided in collaboration with Green Hills AEA specialists and the Lion’s Club and Iowa KidSight at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Early Childhood screening conducted in the early spring is available to any child from birth to 4 years.  This program conducts a developmental screening to assess a child's socialization, language, and cognitive/motor skills.  Vision and hearing tests are also provided.   Handouts for developmental activities for preschoolers will be available for parents.  For further information or to place your child’s name on the early childhood screening list for next spring, please call the elementary office.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SPECIAL SERVICES

     

    It is the goal and responsibility of Elementary teachers to challenge and motivate each child within the regular classroom according to his/her special interests and abilities. Special education refers to additional educational programs/resources which may be needed to further address meeting individual needs of students.  Specialized services and additional support programs available include: Special Education, Title I reading, Talented and Gifted (TAG) and Student Assistance Team (SAT.)   A speech and language pathologist, audiologist, educational consultant, social worker, psychologist, and other specialists are available from Green Hills AEA to provide direct services or consultation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                              TITLE I READING PROGRAM

     

    Title I is a federally funded reading program designed to assist students with their reading progress including decoding skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students meet individually or in small groups with the Title I instructor 20-30 minutes, 3-5 days a week. Iowa Assessment scores, A Reading, FAST and Bolder Valley Math testing results and teacher recommendations are considered for placement decisions.

     

    Parents of students involved in this program will be notified by mail of their child’s inclusion in the special reading program. Diagnostic testing results and a plan for remediation will be discussed with parents at the fall parent-teacher conference.

     

     

     

    Equal Educational Opportunity

    The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  Students are educated in programs, which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.  Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.  The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Brian Wall and can be reached at 712-655-3781 (High School Office).  Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO  64114, (816) 268-0550, or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA, 50319-0146, (515) 281-5294. 

     

     

    Jurisdictional and Behavioral Expectations Statement

    This handbook is an extension of board policy and is a reflection of the goals and objectives of the school board.  The board, administration and employees expect students to conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others.  Students, teachers, employees and visitors are expected to treat each other with respect and courtesy so that all may be safe within the school environment.  Students may not use abusive language, profanity or obscene gestures or language.  

     

     

    School Fees

    The school district charges fees for certain items, such as textbook rental.  Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or students who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the elementary secretary at registration for a waiver form.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.  (Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to school property are not fees and will not be waived.)

     

     

    Health Record Update

    At the beginning of each school year, parents must file an emergency form with the office providing the emergency telephone numbers of the parents as well as alternate persons to contact in the event the school is unable to locate the parents.  The emergency form also includes a statement that gives the school district permission to release the student to the alternate person in the event the parents cannot be reached.  Parents must notify the office if the information on the emergency form changes during the school year.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT ATTENDANCE

     

    PHILOSOPHY

    Students will be expected to attend classes regularly and to be on time in order to receive maximum benefit from the instructional program, to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline and responsibility, and to assist in keeping disruption of the educational environment to a minimum. While it is possible for an absent student to make up much of the schoolwork missed, it is impossible to completely compensate for absence from classes.

     

    Absences always cause some disruption in the educational progress of the student who was absent. In order to maintain interest and understanding in a program of instruction, students should not expect to be absent anymore than is absolutely necessary. Students who fail to make up work missed may not understand what the teacher is currently presenting, and may also become discouraged with the double burden of keeping current and making up missed work. Irregular attendance or tardiness by students not only retards their own studies, but also interferes with the progress of those pupils who are regular and prompt in attendance.

     

    Students who have good attendance records are most likely to achieve higher grades, enjoy school life to a greater degree, and have more employment opportunities after leaving school. Prospective employers expect promptness and regular attendance from employees and are reluctant to hire persons who have not established good habits of responsibility and self-discipline. Lifelong patterns of responsibility and

    self-discipline or regular attendance and promptness are fostered by attention given them during the years of school attendance.

     

    Occasionally school officials may determine that an outside activity is beneficial for the student and will allow the absence to be excused.

     

    Excused Absences

    Excused absences include, but are not limited to:  illness, family emergencies, recognized religious observances, school-sponsored or approved activities.

     

    Children, like adults, will feel more comfortable when they are ill, if they do not have to leave home or can be home soon after they become ill.  The following conditions are sufficient causes for your child NOT to attend school; a contagious disease (not including a normal cold), a fever or diarrhea, and/or vomiting.

     

    Children should be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

     

     

    Unexcused Absences

    Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to: tardiness, shopping, babysitting, hunting, concerts, preparation or participation in parties and other celebrations, employment, and non-critical reasons as unapproved by the principal.

     

     

    Attendance Policy

    • A day of attendance shall be a day during which a pupil is present and under the guidance and instruction of the instructional professional staff.  An excused absence shall not be counted as a day of attendance. 
    • It is the responsibility of the parent of a child to provide evidence of the child’s mental and physical inability to attend school.
    •    Excellent attendance will be honored at the end of each quarter.  Students who miss only one day or less per quarter will receive a certificate honoring the accomplishment. 
    •    Any day of absence, which is verified in writing to the teacher or principal by a medical doctor, dentist, or other health-related specialist within one week of the absence will be counted as an excused absence.
    •    If a child becomes ill while at school, the parent will be notified and expected to make arrangements for the child immediately.  When a parent does not inform the school of the reason for an absence, school personnel will initiate communication with the parent to locate the student.  If a student or parent cannot be located, the emergency contact person will be contacted.  Law enforcement may be contacted and the student may be considered truant.   If we become somewhat of a pest in our communications, we ask for your patience and understanding.  For the safety and welfare of students, we must verify their whereabouts.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

     

     

     

    When a student is absent from school seven days within in a semester, a notice shall be sent from the school informing the parents/guardians of the dates of the absences and reasons given, whether excused or unexcused.  As absences accumulate, the following steps will be followed:

     

    If a student has 8 or more unexcused absences:

    • The principal will contact the parents
    • The student will be referred to the Student Assistance Team where future meetings with parents/students will be scheduled to address the student’s absenteeism and appropriate sanctions.

     

    If a student has 10 or more unexcused absences:

    • The parent will be given five school days to gather further written verification of days missed that should be excused absences.
    • All future absences will be unexcused except for a personal illness verified by a doctor’s written excuse or death in the immediate family.

     

    Possible further actions may include one or more of the following:

    • The parent, acting on behalf of the student, may be required to appear before the school board any time during the seventh unexcused absence within a semester to explain reasons for such absences.
    • The parent may be required to participate in an Attendance Cooperation Process (APC) meeting for the purpose of discussing the issues causing the unexcused absences and developing a plan for improving attendance. 
    • Any of the following sources may be contacted by the principal or counselor for assistance in addressing the absences and/or neglect of a child- school interventionist, medical doctor, county attorney, juvenile services, AEA department of special education, department of social services, mental health resources, child protective services, law enforcement.

     

    Students must be in attendance the full day to participate in evening events (concerts/programs).  Exceptions may be granted for scheduled doctor/dentist appointments, funerals or special permission by the principal. 

     

     

     

    Reporting Absences

    The student’s day begins at 8:20 AM. If your child is absent for any reason notify the principal’s office by phone between 8:00-8:20 A.M. If your child is not in school and you have not called us, we will attempt to contact you by phone before 9:00 A.M.

     

    When a pupil is present for only part of the day, that pupil's attendance shall be counted to the nearest half-day.  This means ---

    A student is tardy when the student initially appears in the assigned area any time after the designated starting time.  If a student arrives more than 20 minutes after the beginning of a period they will be considered absent for that period.

     

    In the cases of early departure students will have to be in attendance until 3:00 P.M. to be counted as a full day.

     

     

    Tardiness

    Being on time is a virtue.  When students are late, other people have to wait.  Arriving late to school can mean that a student misses out on hearing the general plans for the day and ends up having a bad attitude for the remainder of the day.  It is the parent's responsibility to see that students get to school on time.  Lateness can lead to any of the following:

                       *Natural consequences

                       *Teacher-parent contact

                       *Referral to guidance counselor

                       *SAT meeting

    Tardiness is a special problem that reflects on student behavior, attitude and proven job success. Tardiness for medical reasons will considered an excused tardy and all others will be unexcused.  

     

     

     

    Students who leave the building and/or school grounds without permission during a school day will be considered truant.  Parents will be notified immediately.  The student and parents must meet with the elementary principal before student is allowed back in school. 

     

     

     

    Vacation with Parents

    1. Prior approval of the principal at least 5 days notice of the departure date.

     

    2. Reasons for absence from school, which can be justified from an educational standpoint may be approved by the principal. Permission for such absences should be obtained in advance of the absence from school. Failure to obtain prior permission may result in the absence being considered unexcused.

     

    3. Parents should make arrangements to have homework sent home. Schoolwork missed due to any absence must be completed. For each day a student is absent he/she is allowed two days to make up the schoolwork. Vacation homework is to be completed upon the student’s return to school.

     

     

    Closings

    In the event of bad weather or other circumstances that make it necessary to close school, information can be obtained via the following resources: 

    Radio/TV station or web alerts:

     

    • KDSN-Denison 107.1,
    • KNOD-Harlan 105.3
    • KKRL-Carroll 93.7
    • Manning Cable Channel 10
    • Gov.Delivery (check our school website for instructions on how to sign up for Gov.Delivery Alert)
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    Late Starts

           2 hour Late Start -  NO breakfast program and no morning preschool in Manning.

          

     

     

     

    STUDENT HEALTH, WELL- BEING AND SAFETY

     

    HAWK-I Insurance for Children

    Parents can apply for low- or no-cost health insurance for their children through the state’s Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) program.  Children, birth to 19, who meet certain criteria, are eligible.  The coverage includes doctor’s visits, hearing services, dental care, prescription, immunizations, physical therapy, vision care, speech therapy and hospital services to name a few.  Parents are urged to call 1-800-257-8563 (toll-free) or go to the web site at http://www.hawk-i.org/ for more information.

     

     

    Immunizations / Medical Forms

    The state law requires that all preschoolers and new admission students must have up-to-date immunization cards.  Prior to starting school or when transferring into the school district, students must present an approved Iowa Department of Public Health immunization certificate signed by a health care provider stating that the student has received the immunizations required by law.  Students without the proper certificate are not allowed to attend school until they receive the immunizations or the student makes arrangements with the principal.  Only for specific medical or religious purposes are students exempted from the immunization requirements.  Parents who have questions should contact the office.

     

     

    Emergency Drills

    Periodically the school holds emergency fire, tornado and bomb threat drills.  At the beginning of each semester, teachers notify students of the procedures to follow in the event of a drill.  Emergency procedures and proper exit areas are posted in all rooms.   In an evacuation drill, students would proceed to the Irwin Community Center.  They are expected to remain quiet and orderly during a drill or an emergency.  Students who pull the fire alarm or call in false alarms, in addition to being disciplined under the school district's policies, rules and regulations, may be reported to law enforcement officials.

     

     

    Medications

    Whenever a child is given oral or surface medication, parent written authorization must be given in advance.  Medication is in a locked cabinet and distributed by the school nurse or qualified office personnel.  Prescription medication shall be in the original container accompanied by a physician's/ pharmacist's directions.  If the occasion for giving the medication is at your discretion or if it is to be given without an expiration date (i.e. allergies) written communication from the doctor to this effect is necessary.  Students may not carry or use prescription or nonprescription drugs without the express permission of the parents and the principal.  Whenever possible medication should be administered at home before a student comes to school.

     

     

    Illness or Injury at School

    A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his or her teacher or another adult as soon as possible.  In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify the parents according to the information on the emergency form.  If the student is too ill to remain in school, the student is released to the student's parents or, with parental permission, to another person directed by the parents. While the school district is not responsible for treating medical emergencies, employees may administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  The school contacts emergency medical personnel if necessary and attempts to notify the parents where the student has been transported for treatment

     

     

    Nurse

    A school nurse is available to the district during the school day.    If your child is ill or injured, the following procedure will be followed:

     

                1. The child will be examined by the school nurse or qualified office personnel.

                2. Minor cuts, scrapes, and injuries will be treated with first aid methods.

                3. Students with more serious injuries will receive first aid and their parents will be phoned.

                4. When children who are ill are sent to the nurse, their temperature will be taken, and                                                        parents phoned as necessary.

     

    Communicable and Infectious Diseases

    Students who have an infectious or communicable disease are allowed to attend school as long as they are able to do so and their presence does not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to themselves or does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  If there is a question about whether a student should continue to attend classes, the student shall not attend class or participate in school activities without their personal physician's approval.  Infectious or communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, mumps, measles, and chicken pox.

     

    Health Screening

    Throughout the year, the school district sponsors health screening for vision, hearing, and height/weight measurements.  Students are automatically screened unless the parent submits a note asking the student be excused from the screening.  The grade levels included in the screening are determined annually. 

     

     

     

     

    Abuse and Harassment of Students by Employees

    The school district does not tolerate employees physically or sexually abusing or harassing students.  Students who are physically or sexually abused or harassed by an employee should notify their parents, teacher, principal or another employee.  The Iowa Department of Education has established a two-step procedure for investigating allegations of physical or sexual abuse of students by employees.  That procedure requires the school district to designate an independent investigator to look into the allegations. 

     

    The school district has designated Anna Schwarte at 712-655-3761 as it’s Level I investigator.  Sharon Whitson may also be contacted directly.

     

     

     

    Asbestos notification

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, a copy of the asbestos management plan for each school building is available for review in each respective facility.  A complete set of management plans is available for review in the district administrative offices.

     

    IKM-Manning Community School is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, National origin, sex and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by the Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.  For information regarding Civil Rights or grievance procedures, contact Dr. Thomas Ward, Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, at Manilla, Iowa 654-2852.

     

     

    Physical Restraint

    State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student.  Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment.  Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.

     

    Snacks

    The IKM-Manning Community School District will develop and adhere to recommendations for a wellness policy. It is a fact that healthy children are better learners. In following guidelines, we are asking that all snacks brought to school be prepackaged. It is also recommended that snacks be of a healthy nature.

     

    Balloons

    Due to safety concerns balloons are not delivered to school. A problem occurs when buses, vans or surburbans take students with balloons home. Balloons create hazards as they become a distraction and can obstruct the vision of a bus driver. Balloons will not be allowed in school vehicles for this reason.

     

     

     

    STUDENT RECORDS AND DIRECTORY INFORMATION POLICY

     

     

    The IKM-Manning Community School District maintains records on each student in order to facilitate the instruction and educational progress of the student. The records contain information about the student and his or her education and may include but are not limited to the following types of records: identification data, attendance data, record of achievement, family background data, aptitude tests, educational and vocational plans, honors and activities, discipline data, objective counselor or teacher ratings and observations, and external agency reports.

     

    The records of each student are located in the school in which he or she is attending. Any exception will be noted in the student’s other records or by the person in charge of record maintenance for each school building. The name and position of the person responsible for maintenance of student records for each school building is listed below:

     

             Elementary School            Sharon Whitson      Principal

             Middle School                  Sharon Whitson      Principal

             High School                    Brian Wall              Principal

     

     

    The following persons, agencies and organizations may have restricted access to student records without prior written consent of the parent or student over the age of 18 years. Another access to student records shall be only upon written consent or upon court order or legally issued subpoena.

     

    A.  School officials, teachers and AEA personnel with a legitimate educational interest.

    B.  Officials of other schools in which the student proposes to enroll.

    C.  Representatives of state and local government when auditing and evaluating federal education programs.

    D.  Officials connected with a student’s educational financial aid application.

    E.  Organizations, which process and evaluate standardized tests.

    F.  Accrediting organizations for accrediting purposes.

    G.  Parents of dependent children, regardless of child’s age.

    H.  Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.

    I    To comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena.

    J.   Interagency agreement with juvenile justice agencies.

    K.  Directory Information.

     

    Student records are reviewed and inappropriate material removed periodically and, at a minimum, whenever a student moves from the elementary level to middle school level to high school level and when a student transfers out of the district. Those records not of permanent importance are destroyed within three years of graduation or discontinued attendance.

     

    The parents of students with disabilities, or students with disabilities over age 18, will be informed when personally identifiable information in the records is no longer needed to provide educational services, and before the information is destroyed.                 

     

    Parents of students under age 18 and students over age 18 may exercise the opportunity to review educational records of the student, to obtain copies of the records, to write a response to material in the record, to challenge the content of the record on grounds of inappropriateness, inaccuracy or an invasion of privacy, and to have the records explained.

     

    The school district will cooperate with the juvenile justice system in sharing information contained in permanent student records regarding students who have become involved with the juvenile justice system. The school district will enter into an interagency agreement with the juvenile justice agency (agencies) involved. The procedure to be followed in exercising any of the rights under school policies or rules may be obtained from either of the aforementioned persons responsible for maintaining student records.

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

     

     

    Activity tickets

    There is a fee for an activity ticket that allows students admission into games and music concerts at a reduced cost. The activity ticket is NOT valid for the school play, musicals, state or conference activities.

     

     

    Courtesy at Extracurricular Activities

    Concerts, assembly programs, athletic events, etc. are a privilege.  We share the responsibility with you to teach our children appropriate behavior for the activities.  All students are expected to show proper behavior at all school functions, whether it be athletic contests, concerts, plays, field trips, etc.

          At athletic events children are expected to:

          1. Be respectful and quiet during the national anthem.

          2. Watch the game.

          3. Support the team.

          4. Visit with friends.

          5. Be respectful and courteous to others.

          6. Demonstrate good sportsmanship.

          7. Be a positive credit to families, school, and community.

     

           During concerts and plays, please have your children:

          1. Sit with parents (unless student is participating in program with classmates).  Remain in their seat                          throughout the entire program.  Do not run around and disturb those people in attendance that          desire to watch and listen to the                program.

          2. Be courteous to the performers.  They have worked hard to provide a good program and                                         demonstrate their skills in these given areas.  Avoid visiting during the performance.

          3. Applaud in an appropriate manner.  Please DO NOT whistle, call out loudly, etc.

          4. Stay for the whole performance.

          Inappropriate behavior at activities may result in a student being suspended from attendance at such events.

     

     

     

    STUDenTS THRoUGH GRaDe foUR WIll be ReQUIReD To be SeaTeD WITH anD SUPeRVISeD bY THeIR PaRenT oR a ReSPonSIble aDUlT aT all SPoRTInG eVenTS.

     

    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    Lockers (Student "Cubbies")

    Student lockers are the property of the school district.  Students shall use the lockers assigned to them for storing their school materials and personal items necessary for attendance at school.  Students are responsible for keeping their locker area clean and orderly.  A student's locker can be searched whenever an administrator or teacher has a reasonable suspicion that the search will produce evidence of a violation of school district policy, rules, or regulations.  Items in violation will be held in the principal's office to be picked up by parents during a parent/principal conference or illegal items may be given to law enforcement officials.

     

     

    Weapons

    Weapons and other dangerous objects shall be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district.  Parents will be notified of the incident.  Law enforcement officials will be notified of confiscated weapons or dangerous objects.  The student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

     

    Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled for not less than twelve months.  The superintendent shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis.

     

     

    Appropriate Dress

    Students are expected to wear play clothes and dress appropriately according to weather.  Taking part in activities is an important part of the elementary experience and no child should have to worry about getting messy or dirty.  It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to also see that students are dressed appropriately at all times and for all types of weather.  Clothing which carries beer or tobacco advertising or has words with antisocial, racial, or sexual connotations is not allowed.  Boxer shorts are considered to be underwear and, as such, are not appropriate when visible or worn over other clothing.  Hats, caps, sunglasses are not to be worn in the school building unless they are a part of a particular all-school approved activity.  Disciplinary actions will be taken any time the way a student dresses or looks detracts from teachers teaching and students learning.  Students inappropriately dressed or whose appearance is distractive are required to change their clothing or leave the school.  The principal will make the final decision on an individual basis regarding dress and appearance. 

     

    Recess is held outside as much as the weather permits and your child can avoid unnecessary discomfort by wearing appropriate clothing.  Our general guideline is based on the belief that it is good for everyone to get some fresh air and physical exercise on a daily basis   If the temperature or wind-chill is 0 or below, the students will stay inside for recess.  During transitional weather, students           are expected to come to school with sweaters, jackets, or sweatshirts that will permit them to be prepared and adjust according to varying weather conditions throughout the day.

     

     

    Care of School Property

    Students are expected to take care of school property including desks, chairs, books, bus seats, lockers and other school equipment.  Vandalism is not tolerated.  Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school property may be required to reimburse the school district and/or participate in community service.  In certain circumstances, students may be reported to law enforcement officials.

     

     

    Freedom of Expression

    Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.  The expression shall not, in the judgment of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons, or be obscene or indecent.  The administration, when making this judgment, shall consider whether the activity in which the expression was made is school-sponsored and whether review or prohibition of the student speech is related to an educational purpose.  Further, the expression must be done in a reasonable time, place, and manner that is not disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation of the school district.  Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  Employees shall be responsible for insuring students' expression is in keeping with this policy. 

     

    Telephone Use

    The school telephone should be considered a business phone.  As a general rule, teachers and students should not be called out of class to answer the phone except in cases of utmost importance.  Phone messages can be delivered by the secretary, thus

     

    saving time and less instructional disruptions.  Students must have the consent by the secretary, teacher,  or principal before using the office telephone.  Proper planning should eliminate the need to call home for P.E. clothes, and homework. The office telephone will NOT be used by students to call home regarding whether they can stay with a friend overnight, or if a friend can come home after school with them.   Students are permitted to have cell phones at school but they should not be seen or heard in classrooms: for example wrist phones, iPods, tablets, etc.

     

    Electronic Devices

    Cell Phone Usage

    Cell phones with cameras and other portable Handheld Technology Devices capable of storing and/or transmitting and/or receiving images are banned from use for any purpose in locker rooms and restrooms at ALL times. Students may be disciplined for any use of Handheld Technology Devices in school locker rooms or restrooms. At no time are students or visitors authorized to video capture, photograph, or audio record others in the school building, on school property (to include school vehicles), or at school activities (unless recording a public performance, such as a game, honor assembly, concert, contest, etc.), without the consent of a teacher, coach, or school administrator. 

    Cell phones are not to be used during recess or in the lunchroon.  The students will leave their cell phone with the teacher unless it is being used for academic purposes. Cell phones (devices) are not to be used during the regular school day.

    If a cell phone rings or a teacher sees the phone, they will confiscate it and turn the phone into the office/principal.  First offense, phone will be returned at the end of the school day.  Second offense,  a parent must come to the office in person to pick up the phone.  Third offense,  one day of in-school suspension, the phone will be confiscated until parent(s) meet with the principal.  If a staff member confiscates the phone while the students is on a field trip and/or attending a school related activity the phone will be turned in to the nearest school center until a date where the principal and parent can meet to discuss the misuse of the phone.  The phone will be returned to the parent during the meeting with the principal.

    Subsequent offenses will result in after school detention.  No device shall be used to call/send or receive personal messages without permission granted by a teacher, secretary, or the principal. Students found in violation in the use of a cell phone/electronic device may be subject to discipline and, in cases where a law may be violated, law enforcement may be contacted.  Students need to remember that whatever they put on a personal electronic device could end up anywhere so they need to ensure the devices are used appropriately.

     

    Toys, Etc., to School (Interferences to School)

    When toys and trading cards are brought to school for Show and Sharing Time, they should be kept in student’s book bags until time to share them.  Students should bring only one item at a time. Anything that can be construed to be used as a weapon or can hurt someone is not permitted. The items will be taken away from the students and will either be returned to the student at a later date or must be picked up in the principal’s office by parents.  Items need to be picked up within two weeks or the item (s) may be discarded.

     

     

    IKM-Manning Homeless Children Service Delivery Plan

    (With consideration given to the 2001 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title X of NCLB, and Chapter 33, Educating the Homeless, Iowa Administrative Code)

     

    The board shall make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving education which may exist in district policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the school nurse. 

     

    Definition of “Homeless”

    Chapter 33, Educating the Homeless, Iowa Administrative Code, defines a “Homeless Child as a child or youth between the ages of 5 and 21 who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes a child or youth who is living on the street, in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some other form of shelter not designed as a permanent home; who is living in a community shelter facility; or who is living with non-nuclear family members or with friends, who may or may not have legal guardianship over the child or youth of school age.

     

    So that enrollment of homeless children and youth of school age may be facilitated, the following policy areas shall be modified as follows:

     

    School Records: For students transferring out of the district, records may be provided directly to the student or the student’s parents.  In addition, students transferring into the school district may provide cumulative records directly to the district.  The school district will not require that such records be forwarded from another school district before that student may enroll.  The school shall then request the official records from the sending previous school.

     

    Immunization Requirements:  Homeless students shall not be denied enrollment for lack of immunization records if:

    1. They have a statement signed by a physician stating that immunization would be injurious to the student.

    2.They provide an affidavit stating such immunization would conflict with their religious beliefs.

    3.They are in the process of being immunized; or

    4.They are a transfer student from another school.

    The district shall make a reasonable effort to locate immunization records from the information provided or shall arrange for the student to receive immunizations.

     

    Waiver of Fees and Charges:  Fees and charges that may present a barrier to the enrollment or transfer of a homeless child or youth may be waived in the discretion of the superintendent.

    Enrollment Requirements/Placement:

    Enrollment requirements that may constitute a barrier to the education of the homeless child or youth may be waived in the discretion of the superintendent.  If the school district is unable to determine the grade level of the student because of missing or incomplete records, the school district shall administer tests or utilize other reasonable means to determine the appropriate grade level for the child.

     

    Residency:  For purposes of a homeless child or youth, residence for the purpose of attending school is where the child actually resides or the child’s school district of origin.  A child’s school district of origin is the school district where the child was last enrolled.  The deciding factor is the welfare of the child.  As much as possible, the child will not be required to change attendance centers within the school district every time the child changes residence unless that change results in the child no longer being classified as homeless.

     

    Transportation:  Policies or practices regarding transportation of students which might cause a barrier to the attendance of a homeless child or youth may be waived by the superintendent.

     

    Special Services:  All services that are available to resident students are made available to homeless children or youths enrolled in the school district.  Services include special education, talented and gifted programs, vocational education, English as a second language programs, health services and food and nutrition programs.

     

    The contents of this policy shall supersede any and all conflicting provisions in district policies dealing with the seven policy areas discussed above.

     

    Harassment and Bully Policy

    It is the policy of the IKM-Manning Community School to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and bullying.  Violation of this policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action up and including expulsion.  Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, counselor or principal.  Students who feel that they have been harassed or bullied should:

     

    • Communicate to the harasser or bully that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so.  If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser or bully, the students should ask a teacher, counselor, or principal to help.
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    • If the harassment or bullying does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser or bully, the student should tell teacher, counselor, or principal and write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor, or principal including:

                                                    What, when and where it happened;

                                                    Who was involved;

                                                          Exactly what was said or what the harasser or bully did;

                                                          Witnesses to the harassment or bullying;

                                                   

     

                                                    What the student said or did, either at the time or later;

                                                                   --- How the student felt; and

                                                                               --- How the harasser or bully responded.

     

     

    Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Harassment or bullying on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status includes conductor of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb, or trouble persons when the conduct:

                Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:

                Verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse;

                Pressure for sexual activity;

                Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications; and

                Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats.

     

                Harassment or bullying based upon factors other than sex includes, but is not limited to:

                Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;

                Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

                Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, job, etc.; and demeaning jokes, stories, or activities.

     

     

     

    Student Complaints and Grievances

    Student complaints and grievances regarding board policy or administrative regulation violations and other matters should be addressed to the student's teacher or another licensed employee, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint. It is the goal of the board to resolve student complaints at the lowest organizational level.

     

    If the complaint cannot be resolved by a licensed employee, the student may discuss the matter with the principal within five days of the employee's decision. If the matter cannot be resolved by the principal, the student may discuss it with the superintendent within five days after speaking with the principal.  If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the superintendent, the student may ask to have the matter placed on the board agenda of a regularly scheduled board meeting in compliance with board policy.

     

     

     

    STUDENT SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Cumulative Records

    Each student’s cumulative record is kept in the office of his or her attendance center.  Parents may view their child's records by making a request to the building principal.  The principal will answer any questions

    parents may have about the contents of a student's record.  Persons other than school staff are not allowed to examine or receive information from a student's cumulative record without written parental consent.

     

    Parent/Teacher Cooperation

    Cooperation between the parent and the school is important for profitable and enjoyable year for your child.   Let's keep the lines of communication open between home and the school.  Remember our school website contains e-mail addresses of teachers and administrators to help facilitate this process.  Each teacher also has a link to his or her classroom webpage on the IKM-Manning website.  By our working together your child will benefit.

     

    Homework

    We believe that most of the students' academic activities should take place in the classroom under the supervision of the classroom teacher.  Homework will be assigned to your child from time to time.  This homework will follow the guidelines listed below:

                1.  Supplemental type activities to help teach, review, or give added experience to the normal classroom                                  work.

                2.  Make up type activities for work missed due to absence in school.

                3.  Enrichment type activities to motivate the students.

     

    Report Cards

    Our school system is organized on a nine-week reporting basis.  Parents will receive a report card at the end of each nine weeks.  An "I" (Incomplete) on a report card indicates that a student has not completed or handed in all required work for the given subject.  Students who earn an incomplete must complete the assignment(s) within 10 school days after the start of the next quarter.  Extensions may be granted by the teacher with the permission of the principal.  Failure to finish an incomplete may result in a failing grade.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Report card information is supplemented by providing parents with the opportunity to attend parent-teacher conferences.  These conferences are important both for you and the teacher.  They are a means for the parent and teacher to share information concerning how the student is progressing and what problems may be occurring that are hindering this process.

     

    Although conferences may be held any time at the request of the parent or teacher, they are scheduled two times per school year.   Parents are encouraged to request a conference with their child's teacher whenever you think one is necessary.

     

    Retention

    Whether to promote or retain a child is a difficult decision that must be made every Spring.  We believe that students should be promoted on the basis of careful study and analysis of what is best for each individual. When retention is a possibility, a team decision-making approach involving parents and school will be used.   We believe that retention should take place in the lower grades --- but that retention in the upper grades is sometimes necessary.  Parents should be informed as early as possible that retention may be a possibility for their child.  Parents should be made aware of their child's challenges and the need for implementing a cooperative, team effort to take corrective measures to overcome those challenges.  The cooperation of parents is a necessary ingredient to successful retention, but the school must reserve the right to make the final decision.

     

     

     

     

    Standardized Tests

    Students are given standardized tests annually.  These tests are used to determine academic progress for individual students, for groups of students and/or for the school district. Results of these assessments are shared with parents.

     

     

                                                                      MISCELLANEOUS

    School Visitation

    Parents are encouraged to visit their school. The following guidelines will help to make school visitation more meaningful to both parents and students. We ask your cooperation on the following points:

     

          1.  Parents are invited to visit school to become acquainted with the educational setting in which your child is involved. Please contact the teacher or office prior to visitations. Walk-ins can interrupt the educational process.  For safety purposes, visitors need to check in at the office and secure a pass before going to the classroom.

             2. Visitation is encouraged any time except during the first and last week of school or just prior to a holiday.  Please limit each visit to one hour and avoid bringing cameras or young children.  If you will be joining your child for lunch, it would be helpful if you have the exact amount for the adult lunch. 

             3. Students from other schools must have permission granted IN ADVANCE by the principal in order to visit. 

          4.  Students may be picked up or dropped off in the lobby area.  Parents wishing to escort their children to their classroom must sign in and pick up a visitor’s pass in the office.  

     

    Child Custody

    In most cases, when parents are divorced, both parents continue to have equal rights where their children are concerned.  If you have a court order that limits the rights of one parent in matters such as custody or visitation, please bring a copy to the office.  Unless your court order is on file with us, we must provide equal rights to both parents.

     

    Cafeteria

    The school district operates a lunch and breakfast program.  Students may either bring their own lunches to school or purchase a lunch and other items, including milk.

     

     

    Buses and Other School District Vehicles

    Buses are primarily used to transport students to and from school. Because riding the bus is a privilege, not a right, it is essential that students take responsibility for behaving in a manner that supports students' safety and avoids distractions to the driver.  Students should line up in an orderly manner to board the bus, enter the bus carefully, select a seat, and remain seated until the bus reaches its destination.  Any student who causes a disturbance on the bus or creates any type of a safety hazard for themselves or other students will be subject to serious consequences, which may include the denial of transportation services.

     

    Persons riding in school district vehicles shall adhere to the following rules.  The driver, sponsor and chaperones are to follow the school district policies, rules and regulations for student violations. 

     

    • Riders must be at the designated loading point before the arrival time.
    • Riders must wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.
    • Riders must not extend arms or heads out of the windows at any time.
    • Aisles must be kept cleared at all times.
    • Riders shall load and unload through the right front door.
    • The emergency door is for emergencies only.
    • Riders will depart from the vehicle at the designated point unless written permission to get off at a different location is given to the driver.
    • Riders may be assigned a seat by the driver.
    • Riders who damage seats or other equipment will reimburse the school district for the cost of the repair or replacement.
    • Riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the vehicle is in motion.
    • Waste containers are provided on all vehicles for riders' use.
    • Permission to open windows must be obtained from the driver.
    • Classroom conduct is to be observed by students while riding the vehicle except for ordinary conversation.
    • The driver is in charge of the riders and the vehicle, and the driver is to be obeyed promptly and cheerfully.
    • Riders should assist in looking after the safety and comfort of younger riders.
    • Riders who must cross the roadway to board or depart from the vehicle must pass in front of the vehicle (no closer than 10 feet), look in both directions and proceed to cross the road or highway only on signal from the driver.
    • Riders must not throw objects about the vehicle nor out through the windows.
    • Shooting paper wads, squirt guns or other material in the vehicle is not permitted.
    • Riders must keep their feet off the seats.
    • Roughhousing on the vehicle is prohibited.
    • Riders must refrain from crowding or pushing.

    The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or look-a-like substances is prohibited in the vehicle.

     

    Riding a Different Bus

    At no time is a student allowed to ride a bus to and from school other than the one to which he/she is regularly assigned.  Parents must send a note or call the office to obtain permission for their child to ride another bus. .  If using the telephone for such a message, please call no later than 3:00 P.M.

     

    Student Assistance Team (SAT)

    The elementary school uses a Student Assistance Team (SAT) to address PreS-3rd Grade student needs related to social, emotional, behavioral, and academic development.  The team will consist of any combination of the following:  classroom teacher, counselor, special education teacher, Title I teacher, parent, and elementary principal.  A teacher completes a SAT Referral Request and gives it to the guidance counselor when a SAT meeting needs to be scheduled.  The SAT process is initiated when differentiated instruction currently being implemented is not bringing about significant improvement and further intervention strategies are needed.

     

     

     

    Lost and Found --- Bringing Money to School

    Lost and found articles are turned in to the office and periodically those articles are displayed.  Have your child check to recover lost items or to turn in articles that are found.  It is stressed that all articles are labeled, valuables and extra money should be left home (the school will not be responsible for personal items or items of value that get lost or broken at school) and encourage your child to immediately report information to the office if they lost something.

     

     

    Books

    Textbooks and library books are furnished by the school system.  Fines are charged for lost or damaged books.  The amount of the fine depends on the amount of damage done to the book and on the cost of replacing the book.

     

     

     

    SPECIAL ELEMENTARY RULES

    Recess Policy

    We schedule recess daily at the elementary grades. The district believes that if a child is well enough to come to school; he/she is well enough to participate in the daily program. Fresh air and a chance to "run off" excess enthusiasm are a must for young children.  There may be times that a teacher requests that the child stay indoors to complete school work or because of behavior concerns. When a child is recovering from an illness and you do not want him/her to participate, please arrange for his/her dismissal with the teacher. A doctor's written excuse is necessary for a child to stay in from recesses for more than one day.  Your child is not asked to go out in inclement weather or if the temperature or wind-chill is below zero.  During severe weather, indoor activities will be coordinated. However, for the most part, students will be going outside when the temperature and wind chill factor is zero and above. Children need to wear boots, coats, hats, mittens and snow pants when conditions warrant such clothing. In order to encourage a safe, active free-play experience for our students, flip-flops are not to be worn during recess.  Students may wear open toed shoes that have a back strap that secures the shoe in place.  Athletic shoes are recommended but any shoe that is secured with at least a back strap is acceptable.  Please mark all items with first and last names in the event that owner identification is needed. 

     

    Playground Policy

    The adult on playground duty is in complete charge, and students are expected to conform cheerfully to any directions he/she may give them. Following are a few activities, which CANNOT be tolerated on the playground. These should be discussed with your child to help eliminate injury: tackle football, bicycle riding, fighting, profanity, rowdiness, throwing of snowballs, playing off the playground, kicking of balls close to the building where it could possibly break a window, playing close to the building where classes are in session, climbing on each other’s backs, and picking on someone. School staff will request that students stay on the hard surface portion of the playground if they are not appropriately attired. Please DO NOT send playground toys from home.  The school will not be responsible for broken or lost toys. 

     

     

    Snacks/Birthday Treats

    Birthdays are an important time in your child's life.  We like recognizing your child at school on his/her birthday as well.  If your child would like to bring treats for the class, it is acceptable, but not necessary.  If a parent is planning to be bring prepackaged treats, please contact the teacher to arrange an appropriate time.  If your child's birthday is not during a regular school day, an alternate day may be chosen.  Please contact your child’s teacher at least two days in advance so a time during the day can be secured for this mini celebration. It is a fact that healthy children are better learners.  In following guidelines, we are asking that all snacks brought to school are prepackaged and individually wrapped.  The Healthy Kids Act recommends that snacks be of a healthy nature. 

     

    Invitations to Parties

    Problems may develop when invitations to parties or other non-school activities are being handed out at school. This may cause hurt feelings when invitations are not given to all students in a class.  Therefore, party invitations are not to be distributed at school. Also, the school will not give out addresses and/or phone numbers of students. Party invitations for events outside of the school day must be mailed or handled outside of the school.

     

    Sharing Time

    Pets

    Children are allowed to bring pets to school only with advanced permission from the principal and if it matches an educational purpose.  Pets should not be transported to and from school on school buses.  Any animal brought to school must be housed in a proper cage, or container, or restrained in such a way that they cannot harm anyone. The animal must appear to be in good health and have documentation from a veterinarian or an animal shelter to show that the animal is fully immunized (if the animal should be so protected) and suitable for contact with children. The teacher would ensure staff and children practice good hygiene and hand washing after coming into contact with the animal.  Any children allergic to the pet will not be exposed to the animal.  Reptiles are not allowed because of the risk for salmonella.  The classroom teacher is responsible for checking that requirements have been met.  Parents need to confer ahead of time with the teacher to determine appropriate time for bringing a pet to school. 

     

     

    School Parties

    We have 3 main parties each year in preschool – 3rd grade:  Fall Harvest, winter, and Valentine's Day. We do not want students to plan birthday parties for teachers or to collect money for teachers or other staff gifts.

     

     

    Threats of Violence

    All threats of violence, whether oral, written, or symbolic, against students, staff, or to school facilities are prohibited. All such threats will be promptly investigated. Law enforcement may be contacted. Threats issued and delivered away from school or school activities may be grounds for disciplinary action if the threat impacts the orderly and efficient operation of the school.

    Students engaging in threatening behavior will face disciplinary consequences up to and including expulsion.

    The following factors will be considered in determining the extent to which a student will be disciplined for threatening or terroristic behavior:

    ·       the background of the student, including any history of violence or prior threatening behavior;

    ·       the student's access to weapons of any kind; the circumstances surrounding the threat; the age of the student;

    ·       the mental and emotional maturity of the student;

    ·       cooperation of the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) in the investigation;

    ·       the existence of the student's juvenile or criminal history;

    ·       the degree of legitimate alarm or concern in the school community created by the threat;

    ·       and any other relevant information from any credible source. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Preschool Parent/Student Handbook

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

     

    IKM-Manning

    Community School District

    Preschools

     

     

    Program Policies and Procedures

     

    Edited May 2017

     

     

     

    Two locations include:

     

    100 Eva St.

    Irwin, Iowa 51446

    (712) 782-3126

     

     

    209 Tenth Street

    Manning, Iowa  51455

    (712) 655-3761

     

     

     

    Preschool Policies and Procedures

     

    Table of Contents

    Section I: Parents

     

    A.         Welcome to IKM-Manning Community Preschool

     

    B.          Mission, Philosophy, and Goals for Children and Families

     

    C.         Enrollment                                                                                        Pg.     6

    • Equal Educational Opportunity
    • Eligibility
    • Hours
    • General Information
    • Inclusion

     

    D.         A Child’s Day                                                                                   Pg.     7

    • Who works in the preschool
    • Daily Activities
    • Curriculum and Assessment
    • Child Guidance and Discipline
    • Water activities
    • Snacks/Foods
    • Outside Play and Learning
    • Clothing
    • Toilet Learning
    • Objects From Home
    • Classroom Pets
    • Birthdays

     

    E.          Communication with Families                                                       Pg.     15

    • Open Door Policy
    • Arrival and Departure of Children
    • Transportation and Field Trips
    • Ethics and Confidentiality
    • Children’s Records
    • Preschool Advisory Committee
    • Grievance Policy

     

    F.          Family Involvement                                                                         Pg.     17

    • Home Visits
    • Family Teacher Conferences
    • Family Night
    • Other Opportunities
    • Transitions

     

    Section II: Policies and Procedures

     

    A.          Health and Safety                                                                            Pg.    21

    • Health and Immunization Certificates
    • Health and Safety Records
    • General Guidelines
    • Illness Policy
    • Exclusion of Sick Children
    • Reporting Communicable Diseases
    • Medication Policies and Procedures
    • Cleaning and Sanitation
    • Hand Washing Practices
    • First Aid Kit
    • Fire Safety
    • Medical Emergencies and Notification of Accidents or Incidents
    • Inclement Weather
    • Protection from Hazards and Environmental Health
    • Smoke-free Facility
    • Child Protection Policies
    • Substance Abuse
    • Volunteers

     

    B.    Staff                                                                                                         Pg.     27

    • General Information
    • Health Assessment
    • First Aid/CPR certification
    • Orientation
    • Staffing patterns and schedule
    • Staff development activities
    • Evaluation and Professional Growth Plan

     

     

     

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    No child will be left unsupervised while attending preschool.  Staff will supervise primarily by sight.  Supervision for short intervals by sound is permissible as long as teachers check every two to three minutes on children who are out-of-sight (e.g. those who can use the toilet independently, who are in the library area, etc.)  Indoor and outdoor spaces will be zoned by teaching staff with special attention given to areas where injury could occur.

     

    Child Guidance and Discipline        QPPS 1.11

    Teaching staff will equitably use positive guidance, redirection, planning ahead to prevent problems. 

    IKM-Manning CSD Preschool

    Program Policies and Procedures

     

    I.WELCOME TO IKM-MANNING CSD PRESCHOOL        QPPS 10.1

     

    The program’s goal is to provide a high quality preschool program meeting each child’s needs, including children with disabilities and those from a diverse background.  The preschool provides a rich learning environment that encourages children’s natural curiosity and supports them to take risks that lead to new skill development.  It is a setting where children feel safe, respected, and cared for.  This is an opportunity for all four-year-old children to take part in planned, active learning experiences to build their readiness skills.  This program also serves children on individualized educational programs (IEPs) that are transitioning from Early Access Services into the public school system.  The preschool program has adopted and meets the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards, administered by the Iowa Department of Education.  The Iowa Early Learning Standards are used to guide expectations for the children and instructional practices.

     

    II.MISSION, PHILOSOPHY, AND GOALS         QPPS 6.2, 10.1

     

    Mission: 

    Leading and challenging our students to excel through rigorous and relevant instruction.

     

    The mission of the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool is to provide every student in the program with a quality, research-based, comprehensive curriculum, which is adapted to meet the individual needs and goals of both the special education students, and their general education peers.

     

    Preschool students learn best through meaningful hands-on play experiences. Thus, the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool utilizes developmentally appropriate learning centers as well as small and large group instructional practices to teach pre-academic skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and the social sciences.  All students involved with the IKM-Manning CSD Preschool gain from their experiences with peers.  The general education students, as well as their special education peers, learn, grow, and play side-by-side in a caring, nurturing environment.

     

    PreK-3rd  Grade School Philosophy of Education:

    We believe:

    1. Student learning is the most important element of our society.
    2. Students learn best in a safe and caring environment.
    3. Innovative learning activities and various teaching strategies enhance learning.
    4. Respect for diversity develops tolerance within the school and our society.
    5. Effective learning produces life-long skills.
    6. Leaders never lose sight of best practice.
    7. Teaching the importance of citizenship benefits the school and the community.
    8. Productive discipline incorporates control, consistency, and care.
    9. Memorable and enjoyable activities foster learning.
    10. School, home and community cooperation facilitates and reinforces learning.

     

     

     

     

    Goals for Children:

    1. Children will show competency in social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development skills.
    2. Children will be enthusiastic and curious learners.
    3. Children will be safe and healthy.

     

    Goals for Families:

    1. Families will feel welcome in the classroom and school.
    2. Families will work with the school in a meaningful partnership to help their children be better prepared to learn to read and write.
    3. Families will advocate for their children.

     

    III.      ENROLLMENT

     

    Equal Educational Opportunity

    It is the policy of the IKM-Manning CSD not to discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability.  Students are educated in programs, which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.  Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Ward, and he can be reached at 712-655-3871.  Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the region VII Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 800, Milwaukee, Wi, 53203-2292, (414) 291-1111, or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515) 281-5294.  Procedures and levels are outlined in district policy for resolving complaints and are available upon request from the curriculum director's office.

     

    Eligibility 

    Children must be four years of age prior to September 15th of the current school year.  An exception is children identified for special education services and living in the IKM-Manning CSD.

     

    The priority list for eligibility into the IKM-Manning preschool program is as follows:

    1. Children 3 or 4 years of age who are identified for special education services and living in the IKM-Manning school district.
    2. Children whose families meet the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches currently established by the National School Lunch Program and live in the IKM-Manning school district.
    3. Children who do not meet the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches and reside in the IKM-Manning school district.
    4. Children who live outside the IKM-Manning school district will be considered for enrollment on a “space available” basis.

     

    Children will attend the preschool program assigned to their area within the district.

     

    Hours

    The preschool calendar follows the IKM-Manning School Calendar.  There are three dates set aside for parent-teacher conferences.  Although these times have been set aside to discuss the child’s growth and development, feel free to contact the child’s teacher anytime with questions, concerns, or comments concerning the child.  The student’s parent(s)/guardians(s) are invited to share and exchange information on an ongoing basis with the child’s teacher.

    Fees

    IKM-Manning CSD preschool does charge instructional, snack and milk fees.

     

     

     

    IRWIN BUILDING

    Classes meet from 8:20 to 3:20 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday is designated for parent meetings, home visits, planning time for the teaching staff, and collaboration with community agencies. 

     

    MANNING BUILDING

    Classes meet for three hours each day, four days per week.  Children attend preschool on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday is designated for parent meetings and home visits, planning time for the teaching staff, and collaboration with community agencies.

    AM session:  8:30 - 11:30                    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    PM session:  12:30 - 3:30                    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

     

     

    General Information                        QPPS 5.1  10.4

    Within six weeks after a child begins the program, health records that document the dates of service shall be submitted that show the child is current for routine screening tests and immunizations according to the schedule recommended and published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     

    The maximum class size is 20 children in each session based on square footage of the current location.  A teaching staff-child ratio of at least 1:10 will be maintained at all times to encourage adult-child interactions and promote activity among children.  The elementary principal will maintain a current list of available substitutes for both the teacher and para-educator.  Should one of the teaching staff need to temporarily leave the room, the teacher will call the elementary office and the principal will arrange for coverage of the classroom to maintain the staff-child ratio.            QPPS 10.4

     

    Inclusion

    The preschool program provides all children, including those with disabilities and unique learning needs.  Modifications are made in the environment and staffing patterns in order to include children with special needs.  Staff members are aware of the identified needs of individual children and are trained to follow through on specific intervention plans.  It is our belief that inclusion in our program will enrich the experience for teachers, students, other children and their families.  The preschool facilities meet the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements.          QPPS 9.10

     

     

     

     

    IV.       A CHILD’S DAY

     

    Who Works In The Preschool           QPPS 10.2

    Program Administrator                 The elementary principal is designated as the program administrator supervising the preschool program.  The principal meets all qualifications described in the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards. 

    Teacher     A full-time teacher licensed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and holding an early childhood endorsement is assigned to the preschool classroom.          QPPS 6.3

    Para-educator

    If needed, a full time para-educator in the classroom carries out activities under the supervision of the teacher.  The para-educator will have specialized training in early childhood education.        QPPS 6.4

    School Nurse

    The preschool will have the assistance of the school nurse.  The current nurse is a certified RN and is recertified every three years. She maintains student health records by updating them quarterly, and attends to the health needs of the students while they are at school.  She is available for parent consultation when necessary.        QPPS 10.10

    Support Staff 

    Green Hills AEA support staff provides resources and assistance to the teacher and classroom upon request to help all children be successful in the preschool setting. Such staff may include: early childhood consultant, speech and language pathologist, social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist or others.

     

    Daily Activities

    A consistent daily schedule is planned to offer a balance of learning activities.  Learning is both formal and informal.  Play is planned for every day.  Listening is balanced with talking, group activities with solitary time, indoors with outdoors, quiet play with noisy play.  Your child will have the opportunity for the following types of activities every day:

     

    Large and Small Group Activities

     

    Self-directed Play

    Snack

    Learning Center Activities:

    Art, Science, Writing Table,

    Games and Put together toys, Book Center, Blocks and Wheel Toys, Pretend Play

    Story Time

     

    Technology

    Outdoor Activities

    Individual Activities

     

    Lesson plans for each week are posted in the classroom showing how these activities are incorporated into the daily schedule.  Weekly notes will be sent home to families in children’s backpacks and electronically, if parents desire. 

     

    Curriculum        QPPS 2.1 - 2.3, 2.6, 3.13

    Curriculum is a framework for learning opportunities and experiences.  It is a process by which learners obtain knowledge and understanding, while developing life skills.  It is continually revised and evaluated to make learning fun and exciting.

     

    It is the policy of this district that the curriculum content and instructional materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles, and life styles open to women as well as men in our society.  One of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, and physical disability.  The curriculum should foster respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity found in our country and an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a multicultural nonsexist society.          QPPS 1.7

     

    The preschool program uses Creative Curriculum, a research and evidence based comprehensive curriculum designed for ages 3-5.  It rests on a firm foundation of research and responds to new requirements for addressing academic content.  It addresses all areas of early learning: language and literacy, math, science, physical skills, and social skills.  It provides children an opportunity to learn in a variety of ways – through play, problem solving, movement, are, music, drawing and writing, listening, and storytelling.  The Creative Curriculum offers a range of instructional strategies, from child-initiated to teacher-directed.  The curriculum includes strategies for addressing the needs of all children, including those with special needs or second language learners.          QPPS 2.1, 2.2

     

    Handwriting Without Tears is the handwriting curriculum used in the preschool program.  It is a

    multi-sensory curriculum that teaches young children key readiness skills and helps them gain the foundation skills they need for later academic success.

     

    Child Assessment                 QPPS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.14, 7.7

    Guiding principles:

    It is the school district’s belief that assessment of young children should be purposeful, developmentally appropriate, and take place in the natural setting by familiar adults.  The results will be used for planning experiences for the children and to guide instruction.  Assessment will never be used to label children or to include or exclude them from a program.  A family’s culture and a child’s experiences outside the school setting are recognized as being an important piece of the child’s growth and development.  All results will be kept confidential, placed in each child’s file, and stored in a secure filing cabinet. 

     

    Children are assessed in the following ways:

     

    • Creative Curriculum Family Conference Report is modified to align with the Iowa Early Learning Standards.  It records student progress in all developmental areas at the beginning, middle and end of the year. 
    • Observational data provides an ongoing anecdotal record of each child’s progress during daily activities and are recorded in the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment on-line.
    • Child portfolios are organized by the teaching staff and include the assessments, observational data, and child work samples collected on an on-going basis.
    • Families are asked to contribute information about their child’s progress.  Young children often show different skills in different settings.  Working together, the teaching staff and families can gather a complete picture of a child’s growth and development.
    • Children are screened three times per school year using the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs), a statewide reading assessment for preschool students.

     

    The information from the above is used in the following ways:

    • To provide information about children’s needs, interests, and abilities in order to plan developmentally appropriate experiences for them;
    • To provide information to parents about their children’s developmental milestones;
    • To indicate possible areas that requires additional assessment.             QPPS 7.3, 7.5, 7.7

     

    Assessment information will be shared three per year formally with families during parent-teacher conferences.  In addition, the Teaching Strategies Gold report will be sent home three times a year.  The preschool teacher will communicate children’s activities and developmental milestones.  Informal conferences are always welcome and can be requested at any time.

     

    If, through observation or information on the assessments given, the teacher feels that there is a possible issue related to a developmental delay or other special needs, she/he will communicate this to the family during a conference, sharing documentation of the concern.  Suggestions for next steps may include the following, with the knowledge and consent of the parents:

    • The teacher requests assistance from the Green Hills Area Education Agency (AEA) as an early intervention process.  This team engages in problem identification, plan interventions, provide support, and make outside resources available to those individuals requesting assistance.  The AEA team is available and functional for all students and teachers in the building. 
    • A request made to the Green Hills Area Education Agency for support and additional ideas or more formalized testing can be made.

    The preschool teacher would assist in arranging for developmental screening and referral for diagnostic assessment when indicated.           QPPS 4.5, 7.4, 7.7

     

    If a child is determined to need special accommodations, those accommodations are included in the materials, environment, and lesson plans for that child.  Examples include sign language and visuals for children with hearing impairments or language delays and behavior plans for children whose behavior does not respond to the typical strategies used by teaching staff in the classroom.  The program provides families with information about programs and services from other organizations, such as Green Hills AEA, DHS, Child Care Resource and Referral, medical professionals, etc.           QPPS 8.2, 8.3

     

    Program Assessment

    IKM-Manning CSD Preschool implements the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards. Administrators, families, staff, and other routinely participating adults will be involved in a program evaluation that measures progress toward the program's goals and objectives.  The evaluation process includes gathering evidence on all areas of program functioning, including policies and procedures, program quality, children's progress and learning, family involvement and satisfaction, and community awareness and satisfaction.  A report of the evaluation findings is available for review by families, staff, and appropriate advisory and governance boards. The program uses this information to plan professional development and program quality-improvement activities as well as to improve operations and policies.

     

    Supervision Policy        QPPS 3.9, 5.3, 9.2

    Before children arrive at school, the preschool teacher will complete the following daily safety checklist indoor and outdoor:

    • All safety plugs and electric outlets covered, heat/AC, water temperature, and toilets, etc. in working order.
    • All cleaning supplies/poisons out of children reach and stored properly.
    • Classroom and materials checked for cleanliness/broken parts, etc. including playground.
    • Supplies checked - first aid kit, latex gloves, soap, paper towels, etc.
    • Daily monitoring of environment - spills, sand, etc.  Other serious problems reported to head custodian.
    • Upon arrival, each child is observed by the teacher for signs of illness or injury that could affect the child’s ability to participate in the daily activities.

    They will encourage appropriate behavior through the use of consistent clear rules, and involving children in problem solving to foster the child’s own ability to become self disciplined.  Where the child understands words, discipline will be explained to the child before and at the time of any disciplinary action.  Teaching staff will encourage children to respect other people, to be fair, respect, property and learn to be responsible for their actions.  Teaching staff will use discipline that is consistent, clear, and understandable to the child.  They will help children learn to persist when frustrated, play cooperatively with other children, use language to communicate needs, and learn turn taking. 

     

    Challenging Behavior     QPPS 1.2, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10

    The teaching staff in the preschool is highly trained, responsive, respectful, and purposeful.  The teachers anticipate and take steps to prevent potential challenging behaviors.  They evaluate and change their responses based on individual needs.  When children have challenging behaviors teachers promote pro-social behavior by:

    • interacting in a respectful manner with all children.  
    • modeling turn taking and sharing as well as caring behaviors
    • helping children negotiate their interactions with one another and with shared materials.
    • engaging children in the care of their classroom and ensuring that each child has an opportunity to contribute to the group.
    • encouraging children to listen to one another and helping them to provide comfort when others are sad or distressed

     

    Teaching staff will guide children to develop self-control and orderly conduct in relationship to peers and adults.  Children will be taught social, communication, and emotional regulation skills.  If a child displays persistent, serious, and challenging behavior, the teaching staff, parents, and AEA support staff will work as a team to develop and implement an individualized plan that supports the child’s inclusion and success.

     

    Aggressive physical behavior toward staff or children is unacceptable.  Teaching staff will intervene immediately when a child become physically aggressive to protect all of the children and encourage more acceptable behavior.

     

    Permissible Methods of Discipline:

    For acts of aggression and fighting (biting, scratching, hitting) staff will set appropriate expectations for children and guide them in solving problems.  This positive guidance will be the usual technique for managing children with challenging behaviors rather than punishing them for having problems they have not yet learned to solve.  In addition, staff may: (1) Separate the children involved; (2) Immediately comfort the individual who was injured; (3) Care for any injury suffered by the victim involved in the incident.; (4) Notify parents or legal guardians of children involved in the incident; (5) Review the adequacy of the teaching staff supervision, appropriateness of program activities, and administrative corrective action is there is a recurrence.

     

    Prohibited Practices

    The program does not, and will not, employ any of the following disciplinary procedures:

    1. harsh or abusive tone of voice with the children nor make threats or derogatory remarks.
    2. physical punishment, including spanking, hitting, shaking, or grabbing.
    3. any punishment that would humiliate, frighten, or subject a child to neglect.
    4. withhold nor threaten to withhold food as a form of discipline.

     

    Water activities           QPPS 5.9, 9.15

    There is a water table in the classroom for children to engage in learning activities through play.  During water play children are involved in active experiences with science and math concepts.  Children are required to wash their hands before and after using the water table.  Children with sores on their hands are not allowed to participate with others in the water table to ensure that no infectious diseases are spread.  Children are not allowed to drink the water during water play activities.  When the activity period is complete, the water table is drained and refilled with fresh water before a new group of children comes to participate.  Outdoor water play is limited to tubs and buckets or containers as well as the water table.  We do not participate in swimming pool activities.  Staff supervises all children by sight and sound in all areas with access to water in tubs, buckets, and water tables.

     

    Snacks/Foods and Nutrition       QPPS 5.12- 5.21

    Attitudes about food develop early in life.  The food children eat affects their well-being, their physical growth, their ability to learn, and their overall behavior.  We have an opportunity to help children learn about foods, to enjoy a variety of foods from their own culture and others, and to help them begin to appreciate that their bodies need to be strong, flexible, and healthy.  Eating moderately, eating a variety of foods, and eating in a relaxed atmosphere are healthy habits for young children to form.

     

    All food is prepared, served, and stored in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines.  Clean, sanitary drinking water is made available to children throughout the day.  Staff discards any foods with expired dates.  Foods that are hotter than 110 degrees Fahrenheit are kept out of children’s reach.  Foods requiring refrigeration will be kept cold until served.

     

    For each child with special health care needs, food allergies, or special nutrition needs, the child’s health care provider should provide the program in individualized care plan prepared in consultation with family members and specialist involved in the child’s care.  Children with food allergies shall be protected from contact with the problem food.  With family consent, the program posts information about the child’s allergies in the food preparation area and in areas of the facility the child uses to serve as a visual reminder to all adults who interact with the child during the day.  Program staff will keep a daily record documenting the type and quantity of food a child consumes when any child with a disability has special feeding needs and provide parents with that information.

     

    High-risk foods, often involved in choking incidents, will not be served.  For children younger than four years, these include hotdogs, whole or sliced into rounds; whole grapes; nuts; popcorn; raw peas and hard pretzels; spoonfuls of peanut butter; or chunks of raw carrots or meat larger than can be swallowed whole.

     

    The school district does not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment, nor will teaching staff ever threaten to withhold food as a form of discipline.  

     

    Two food groups will be represented at each snack time as outlined in USDA guidelines.  A written snack menu is posted and available to families.  All menus are kept on file for review by a program consultant.  The preschool serves a wide variety of nutritional snacks, and encourages children to expand their tastes by at least trying a portion of the food offered.

     

    IRWIN BUILDING

    Breakfast is available starting at 7:45 at the Irwin building.   All preschoolers are able to purchase a school lunch or bring a cold lunch from home.  Morning and afternoon snacks are also served at a regularly scheduled time.

     

    MANNING BUILDING

    Children attending the AM session may choose to have breakfast before class begins. A snack is served within two hours after breakfast has ended.  Children attending the PM session are served a snack at a regularly scheduled time.

     

     

     

    Outside Play and Learning             QPPS 5.5, 5.6    9.5-9.7

    We have daily opportunities for outdoor play as the weather permits and provided the weather air quality and environmental safety conditions do not pose a threat.  This allows children the opportunity to develop their large muscle skills, get exercise, and be active.  We use the Child Care Weather Watch guidelines produced by Healthy Child Care Iowa to determine if the Wind Chill Factor or Heat Index is safe for outdoor play.  

     

    In cases when we cannot go outside (due to weather conditions) children are given the opportunity to use indoor equipment for similar activities inside and are supervised at the same level as outdoor equipment.  For example, tumbling mats may be offered for upper body activities or rolling across the mat.

     

    In order to make sure that your child can play comfortably outside it is important to dress him according to the weather.  When it is cold outside he needs a warm coat, mittens or gloves and a hat (labeled with your child’s name).  For the warmer days dressing your child lightly is just as important.  For those in-between days dressing your child in layers is a practical idea.  It is expected that all children will go outside unless there is a note indicating the reason why the child cannot go outside.

     

    There are areas on the playground for children to be in the shade and still be active.  We encourage you to bring a hat or other clothing for your child to wear as another protection from the sun.  Sunscreen or sunblock with UVB and UVA protection of SPF 15 or higher will be applied to your child’s exposed skin (provided by parent and only with your written parental permission to do so).  We will also use an insect repellent containing DEET (provided by parent and only with your written permission) no more than once a day to protect your child from insect bites when the public health authorities recommend its use.

     

    Staff will complete a playground safety maintenance check on a monthly basis.  An outside agency will also provide playground safety inspections.

     

    Clothing

    Your child will be learning through creative, active play that can sometimes be messy.  Your child should wear comfortable, washable clothing as well as rubber-soled and closed-toe shoes to school.  While we encourage the use of paint smocks or shirts during art projects, we can’t guarantee that spills or stains will not occur.  Clothing should be free of words, graphics, or pictures that are profane, immoral, illegal, or disruptive in nature.  All families are asked to provide an extra set of clothing for their child in case of an “accident” or messy play.  Please clearly label the clothing with your child’s name to reduce the possibility of mistakes.

     

    Toilet Learning          QPPS 5.7

    Toilet learning is an important time in a child’s development.  For children who are unable to use the toilet consistently, the following procedures are in place:

    1. Diapering will only be done in the designated diaper area, i.e., the bathroom adjacent to the classroom with a fold down changing table.  Food handling will not be permitted in this diapering area. 
    2. Staff will follow all diapering guidelines set forth in the Iowa Quality Preschool Programs Standards: Standard 5, Criteria 7: 
    • Cloth diapers and clothing that are soiled by urine or feces are immediately placed in a plastic bag (without rinsing or avoidable handling) and sent home that day for laundering.
    • Staff will check children for signs that diapers or pull-ups are wet or contain feces at least every 2 hours.  Diapers are changed when wet or soiled.
    • Staff change children’s diapers or soiled underwear in the designated changing areas and not elsewhere in the facility.

    §   At all times, caregivers have a hand on the child if being changed on an elevated surface.

    • Surfaces used for changing and on which changing materials are placed are not used for other purposes, including temporary placement of other objects, and especially not for any object involved with food or feeding.

    §  Containers that hold soiled diapers and diapering materials have a lid that opens and closes tightly using a hands-free device (e.g., a step can).  Containers are kept closed and are inaccessible to children.  The container will be clearly labeled to show its intended use.

    §  Diapering and Gloving posters will be posted in the changing area showing procedures through the use of visuals and words.  These procedures are used by the program administrator to evaluate teaching staff that change diapers.

     

    1. Potty chairs will not be used due to the risk of spreading infectious diarrhea.

     

    1. All families are asked to provide an extra set of clothing for their child in case of an “accident” or messy play.  Please clearly label the clothing with your child’s name to reduce the possibility of mistakes.

     

    Objects From Home

    Because the preschool program provides ample toys and learning materials for your child, we ask that you limit toys brought from home.  If your child brings an “attachment” item from home, we ask that it is small enough to fit inside his/her backpack or cubby.  Please do not allow children to bring gum, candy, money, or toy guns to school.  The program cannot be responsible for lost or broken toys brought from home.

     

    Weapon Policy 

    No student shall carry, have in his or her possession, store, keep, leave, place or put into the possession of another student any real weapon or a look-alike weapon on any school premises, in any school vehicle or any vehicle used by the school or for school purposes, in any school building or other buildings or premises used for school functions, whether or not any person is endangered by such actions.  "Look-alike weapon" means any item that resembles or appears to be a weapon.

     

    Classroom Animals and Pets          QPPS 5.26

    No live animals are to be inside the IKM-Manning Community School buildings or classrooms at any time without permission from the administrator.  If you, as a parent or legal guardian, want to bring your family pet to share with your child’s classroom you are welcome. The following conditions will apply:

    1. The preschool teacher ensures that the animal does not create an unsafe or unsanitary condition.
    2. The animal would appear to be in good health and have documentation from a veterinarian or an animal shelter to show that the animal is fully immunized (if the animal should be so protected) and suitable for contact with children. 
    3. The teacher would ensure staff and children practice good hygiene and hand washing when coming into contact with the animal and after coming into contact with the animal. 
    4. Teaching staff supervise all interactions between children and animals and instruct children on safe behavior when in close proximity to animals. 

     

    Any children allergic to the pet will not be exposed to the animal.  Reptiles are not allowed because of the risk for salmonella.  The classroom teacher is responsible for checking requirements have been met.

     

     

    Birthdays                   QPPS 5.13

    Birthdays are an important and significant event in the life of a child.  They afford the opportunity for children to be given special recognition.  Accordingly, students who wish to bring treats for the class on their birthday may do so.  Food that comes from home for sharing among the children must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers.  The teacher will provide families a list of foods meeting the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines.  Those who have summer birthdays are welcome to choose a school day to celebrate with their class.  Invitations to parties outside of school that do not include the entire class will not be distributed at school.

           

    V.        COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES         QPPS 1.1, 7.5

     

    The program will promote communication between families and staff by using written notes as well as informal conversations or e-mail.  Families are encouraged to send written notes with important information so all the staff who work with the child can share the parent’s communication.  Teaching staff will write notes. Staff will use these notes to inform families about the child’s experiences, accomplishments, behavior, and other issues that affect the child’s development and well-being.  Parents are encouraged to maintain regular, on-going, two-way communication with the teaching staff in a manner that best meets their needs - email, in person, notes, or phone calls.

     

    Open Door Policy

    Parents and legal guardians are always welcome to visit the preschool classroom.  As a safety feature, all parents and visitors will enter through the designated doors and sign-in at the elementary school office.  Visitors are asked to please use discretion with regard to bringing babies and toddlers to school as young children may disrupt class sessions.  Photo identification will be required for any unknown visitor to the classroom. 

     

    Arrival and Departure of Children        QPPS 10.11

    All motor vehicle transportation provided by parents, legal guardians or others designated by parents or legal guardians are encouraged to use age-appropriate, and size-appropriate seat restraints. 

     

    When bringing your child to school, we ask that you park your car in the parking lot and turn off the engine before entering the building.  Please hold your child’s hand as you enter the building to decrease the possibility of an accident.  Parents or legal guardians must either accompany children to the classroom at the beginning of the day or leave their child in the care of one of the teaching staff.  No child will be permitted to leave the building without an adult. 

     

    Other than parents or legal guardian, only persons with prior written authorization (Parent Consent Form) will be allowed to pick up a child from the school.  Anyone who is unfamiliar to teaching staff, including authorized individuals, will be asked to present photo identification before a child is released to them.

     

    In the interest of students’ safety, parents/guardians/authorized individuals are requested to report directly to the office when picking up their child rather than going to the child’s classroom.  Likewise, when a student returns to the building following an absence during the school day, the adult should stop in the office and sign-in the child. 

     

    If your child rides the school bus to school, supervision is provided for both arrival and departure time.

     

    MANNING-When all children have arrived, staff will walk the children to the classroom where the preschool teacher will record attendance for the day. 

    Throughout the day each time children transition from one location to another, i.e. classroom to outdoor, the teacher will be responsible for counting the number of children whenever leaving one area and when arriving at another to confirm the safe whereabouts of every child at all times.

     

    Transportation

    The IKM-Manning CSD will provide school transportation for preschoolers at the beginning of the day and the end of the day.  Parents are responsible for mid-day transportation.  Parents or legal guardians may request transportation at enrollment, indicating the pick up and drop off address, the name of the responsible person at that address, and emergency contact information for all parties involved.  Parents or legal guardians are asked to keep their information current by reporting changes to the preschool teacher or elementary school secretary.  All information will be updated at least quarterly by teaching staff.

     

    For children who have special needs for transportation, the facility will use a plan based on a functional assessment of the child’s needs related to transportation that is filled out by the child’s physician.  This plan will address special equipment, staffing and care in the vehicle during transport.  Any accommodations indicated in the child’s Individualized Educational Program will be implemented as described.

     

    Field Trips

    An important learning opportunity can take place in the form of a field trip that is relevant and reinforces what has been taught in the classroom.  The IKM-Manning CSD buses are used for these field trips.  Parents will be informed of each field trip through a newsletter and information posted on the parent bulletin board.  A parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form for trips for each child at registration.  Adult family members are asked to volunteer to go on these trips to provide increased supervision and adult/child ratios.  A notice posting the dates, time of departure, time of return, and the destination location will be posted prominently at least 48 hours before the field trip.  Each child will be assigned to an adult for every part of the trip.  Before every trip, the teaching staff will instruct children and all adults using the bus about the 10-foot danger zone around the vehicle where the driver cannot see. 

     

    During the field trip, all children will wear identifying information that, for children, gives the program name and phone number.  A first aid kit, emergency contact information, and emergency transport authorization information for the children in the group will be taken on all trips.  Children will be counted every 15 minutes while on a field trip.  Children may only use a public restroom if they are accompanied by a staff member.  Children will never be left alone in a vehicle or unsupervised by an adult.

     

    Attendance

    Students who are enrolled for classes in the IKM-Manning Community School are expected to be in school for the full session and are expected to be punctual in their arrival and departure.  Students are not expected to be absent any more than is necessary for health reasons or appointments.  Irregular attendance interferes with the progress of your child and others as teachers find themselves taking class time to repeat information and make adjustments for those students who have been absent.  Please call the elementary office with the reason for an absence no later than 8:30 A.M. if your child is absent/tardy.  If a student is absent without notification, the school secretary/teaching staff will attempt to contact the family to verify the child’s absence from school.

     

    Ethics and Confidentiality

    Staff follows an important code of ethics to guide their involvement with children and families.  It is essential to protect the confidentiality of all information concerning children and their families.  Maintaining a professional attitude includes being responsive to the needs of children and their families while balancing the need for confidentiality.  Children are people who deserve respect.  One way we demonstrate this respect is to refrain from talking about the children in their presence unless the child is part of the conversation and to refrain from labeling a child negatively or positively.  No information regarding any particular child shall be shared with another child’s parent.  We continually strive to model such qualities as patience, tolerance, cooperation, acceptance, understanding of others, and enthusiasm for children as well as for other adults.

     

    Children’s Records

    Student records containing personally identifiable information, except for directory information, are confidential.  Only persons, including employees, who have a legitimate educational interest, are allowed to access a student's records without the parent's permission.  Parents may access, request amendments to, and copy their child's records during regular office hours.  Parents may also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if they feel their rights regarding their child's records have been violated.  For a complete copy of the school district's policy on student records or the procedure for filing a complaint, contact the board secretary in the high school administration office.

     

    Preschool Advisory Committee        QPPS 7.2, 7.6

    Both preschools have a preschool advisory committee composed of parents, school staff, and other community members interested in the preschool program.  This group will meet to provide feedback on services that meet children and family needs.  They also serve as a sounding board for new ideas and services.  Please let the preschool teacher know if you are interested in being part of the Preschool Advisory Committee.

     

    Grievance Policy         QPPS 7.6

    Open and honest communication between families and the preschool program is an essential component of a high quality early childhood program.  We want you to be confident that your child is being well cared for and is having a quality experience.  If there is ever a time you have a concern regarding your child, we want to encourage you to address your concern to your child’s teacher.  If additional help is needed, either party may ask for the assistance from the elementary principal.

     

    If you have a concern regarding some aspect of the program or policy, please contact the elementary principal who is the program administrator for the preschool.  If you remain dissatisfied, you may contact the Superintendent of IKM-Manning Community Schools.

     

    As part of our program assessment, in the spring of each year, we also provide you with a family questionnaire to evaluate our program.  This information helps us to assess how the program is meeting the needs of families and children, as well as to identify strengths and weaknesses.

     

    VI.       FAMILY INVOLVEMENT               QPPS 7.1, 7.2, 7.6, 7.7

    IKM-Manning CSD encourages families to be very involved in their child’s education by observing their children during the day when possible and meeting with staff.  Family members are welcome to visit at any time during class sessions, however, please inform the teaching staff prior to your visit.

     

    Teachers and administrators use a variety of formal and informal (including conversations) ways to become acquainted with and learn from families about their family structure and their preferred means of child-rearing practices and communication; and information about their socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds as they wish to share.  Families are surveyed in enrollment paperwork and through other questionnaires during the year regarding their family, beliefs, and preferences.  Home visits are conducted at the beginning of the school year.  Program staff communicate with families on at least a weekly basis regarding children's activities and developmental milestones, shared care-giving issues, and other information that affects the well-being of their children.  Parent teacher conferences are held three times per school year; November, March and May, as well as when either party requests.  At least one Family Night is held during the year.

     

    IKM-Manning CSD Preschools value the time spent talking and interacting with families and developing strong, reciprocal relationships.  As the teacher learns from the families’ expertise regarding their child’s interests, approaches to learning, and developmental needs, goals for your child’s growth and development can be incorporated into ongoing classroom planning.  Families are encouraged to share any concerns, preferences or questions with the preschool teacher or administration at any time. 

     

    Although in-person daily contact cannot be replaced, preschool staff also relies on notes home, e-mails, phone calls, newsletters, and bulletin boards as alternatives means to establish and maintain open,

    two-way communication.

    IKM-Manning CSD Preschools invite you to become involved in one or all of the following ways, and welcomes other ideas as well. 

     

    1. Support your child’s daily transition to school by sharing information about your child’s interests and abilities.  Keeping the teacher informed of changes and events that might affect your child allows the teacher to be more responsive to your child’s needs.
    2. Attend family meetings.
    3. Return all forms, questionnaires and so on promptly.
    4. Attend Family/Teacher conferences twice per year.
    5. Take time to read the family bulletin board.
    6. Check your child’s backpack each day.
    7. Participate in field trip activities.
    8. Share some of your talents in your child’s class through activities such as: reading or storytelling, cooking, art, music, sewing, crafts, hobbies, your profession, or artifacts from trips you have taken.
    9. Share any of your families’ cultural traditions, celebrations, or customs.
    10. Read all the material sent home with your child.
    11. Come to play. 
    12. Help with special events.  Helping takes many different forms such as preparation of materials at home, making telephone calls, preparing or posting flyers, recruiting other volunteers, collecting donations or prizes, run errands, photography, setup before the event, or clean afterwards.
    13. Serve on the Preschool Advisory Committee.

     

    It is the policy of the IKM-Manning Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, creed, age, marital status, or physical disability in its education programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI or VIII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

     

    The school district will, to the extent possible, provide full opportunities for meaningful participation of the families with children with limited English proficiency, families with children with disabilities, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats on request, and, to the extent possible, in a language families understand.

     

    The school district believes that families should be supported in making decisions about services that their children may need.  The teaching staff will provide information to families about available community resources and assist as requested in helping the family make connections.

     

    Home Visits         QPPS 7.1

    Home visits are made prior to the start of school.  This is an opportunity for the preschool teacher to get to know you, your child, and your family and for you to begin to create a partnership between home and school in order to best meet your child’s needs.  Your child will be able to become familiar and comfortable with his/her teacher and families are encouraged to ask questions about the program.  This is a great time for you to share what makes your family unique, how you prefer to communicate with the teacher, and share your knowledge about your child’s interests, approaches to learning, and developmental needs.  You can help the teacher understand what your goals are for your child and whether you have any concerns you’d like addressed.  Families are encouraged to share their preferences, concerns, and questions at any time with either the classroom teacher or administrator.

      

    Parent-Teacher Conferences           QPPS 7.1, 7.7

    The preschool program will have three formal parent teacher conferences throughout the school year.  The teacher will send home a sheet before the conference asking you to consider what new skills you see your child developing at home or in the community, to think about what you’d like more information about the classroom, and whether you have new or different goals for your child.  During the conference the teacher will share results of classroom assessments and samples of your child’s work.  Together you can make a plan to continue to encourage your child’s growth and development.

     

    Family Night        QPPS 7.1

    Family night is an opportunity for you and your family to come to school to participate in fun as well as educational activities.  With help from family volunteers, the night will be planned to meet the needs of the children and families in the classroom.

     

    Transitions                QPPS 7.9, 7.10

    Home-school connections are crucial to the transition to kindergarten or any other program, such as special education.  The child’s family provides the consistency and continuity necessary for a young child to be successful.  Making a change from one program to another can sometimes be difficult for a young child whether the transition is within the same building or in another location.  Teaching staff will partner with the family to make the transition as smooth as possible by connecting family members with the next program’s staff.  Preschool staff will provide information about enrollment policies and procedures, program options, and arrange for a classroom visit whenever possible.    

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    A.        HEALTH AND SAFETY

    IKM-Manning CSD is committed to promoting wellness and to safeguard the health and safety of children and adults who participate in our program.  In order to provide a safe and secure environment for every child and adult, the preschool programs follow guidelines required by the Quality Preschool Program Standards, regulatory agencies and pediatric authorities in the field. 

     

    Health and Immunization Certificates          QPPS 5.1

    Prior to beginning the program, health records that document the dates of service shall be submitted that show the child is current for routine screening tests and immunizations.

     

    When a child is overdue for any routine health services, parents, legal guardians, or both provide evidence of an appointment for those services before the child’s entry into the program and as a condition of remaining enrolled in the program, except for immunization for which parents are using religious exemption.

     

    Health and Safety Records

    Health and safety information collected from families will be maintained on file for each child in the school nurse’s office.  Files are kept current by updating as needed, but at least quarterly.  The content of the file is confidential, but is immediately available to administrators or teaching staff who have consent from a parent or legal guardian for access to records; the child’s parent or legal guardian; and regulatory authorities, upon request.          QPPS 10.10

     

    Child Health and Safety Records will include:         QPPS 5.1

    1. Current information about any health insurance coverage required for treatment in an emergency;

    2.      Results of health examination, showing up-to-date immunizations and screening tests with an indication of normal or abnormal results and any follow-up required for abnormal results;

    3.      Current emergency contact information for each child, that is kept up to date by a specified method during the year;

    4.      Names of individuals authorized by the family to have access to health information about the child;

    5.      Instructions for any of the child’s special health needs such as allergies or chronic illness (e.g., asthma, hearing or vision impairments, feeding needs, neuromuscular conditions, urinary or other ongoing health problems, seizures, diabetes);

    6.      Individual emergency care plans for children with known medical or developmental problems or other conditions that might require special care in an emergency (allergy, asthma, seizures, orthopedic or sensory problems, and other chronic conditions; conditions that require regular medication or technology support; and          QPPS 10.14

    1. Supporting evidence for cases in which a child is under-immunized because of a medical condition (documented by a licensed health professional) or the family’s beliefs.  Staff implements a plan to exclude the child promptly if a vaccine-preventable disease to which children are susceptible occurs in the program.

     

    General Health and Safety Guidelines

    • All staff must be alert to the health of each child, known allergies, or special medical conditions. 
    • Under the supervision of the preschool teacher, all stuff must be alert to the whereabouts of all children.  Systems are in place for accounting for children at regular intervals, especially during periods of transition. 
    • All staff members are to follow proper procedures for hand washing, using disinfectant, and following universal precautions to prevent infections. 
    • All staff members are familiar with evacuation routes and procedures.
    • All teaching staff completes “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens” annually.
    • At least one staff member who has a certificate of satisfactory completion of pediatric first-aid training, including managing a blocked airway and providing rescue breathing for infants and children, is always present with each group of children.  When a child in the group has a special health condition that might require CPR, one staff person who has successfully completed training in CPR is present in the program at all times.            QPPS 5.4

     

    Illness Policy and Exclusion of Sick Children           QPPS 5.3

    For the health and safety of all the children, it is mandatory that sick children not be brought to school.  If your child has any of the following symptoms during the night, he or she will not be admitted the following morning for the safety of the other children.

    • fever greater than 100 degrees F
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • pink eyes with drainage
    • cough with congestion and excessive nasal discharge

     

    The center’s established policy for an ill child’s return:

    • Fever free for 24 hours
    • Chicken pox: one week after onset (or when lesions are crusted)
    • Strep: 24 hours after initial medication
    • Vomiting/Diarrhea: 24 hours after last episode
    • Conjunctivitis: 24 hours after initial medication or when without drainage

     

    Upon arrival at school, each child is observed by teaching staff for signs of illness or injury that could affect the child’s ability to participate comfortably in the daily activities.  Children will be excluded when a child is not able to participate comfortably; if the illness requires more care than staff are able to provide without compromising the needs of the other children in the group; or if keeping the child at school poses an increased risk to the child or to other children or adults with whom the child will come in contact.

     

    When a child develops signs of an illness during their day at preschool, parents, legal guardians, or other person authorized by the parent will be notified immediately to pick up the child.  For this reason, please be sure that we have current, accurate phone numbers for you, your authorized emergency contact person and your child’s pediatrician.  In the meantime, we will provide the child a place to rest until the parent, legal guardian or designated person arrives under the supervision of someone familiar with the child.  If the child is suspected of having a contagious disease, then until she or he can be picked up, the child is located where new individuals will not be exposed.  

     

    Reporting Communicable Diseases                 QPPS 5.4

    Staff and teachers provide information to families verbally and in writing about any unusual level or type of communicable disease to which their child was exposed, signs and symptoms of the disease, mode of transmission, period of communicability, and control measures that are being implemented at the program and that the families should implement at home.  The program has documentation that it has cooperative arrangements with local health authorities and has, at least annually, made contact with those authorities to keep current on relevant health information and to arrange for obtaining advice when outbreaks of communicable disease occur.    

     

    Medication Policies and Procedures          QPPS 5.10

    Policy:  The school will administer medication to children with written approval of the parent and an order from a health provider for a specific child.  Because administration of medication in the school is a safety hazard, medication administration will be limited to situations where an agreement to give medicine outside preschool hours cannot be made.  Whenever possible, the first dose of medication should be given at home to see if the child has any type of reaction.

     

    Procedure:  The school nurse coordinates and/or administers medication during school hours only if the parent or legal guardian has provided written consent and the medication is available in an original labeled prescription or manufacturer’s container that is child-resistant.  Any other person who would administer medication has specific training and a written performance evaluation, updated annually by a health professional on the practice of the five right practices of medication administration:  (1) verifying that the right child receives the (2) right medication (3) in the right dose (4) at the right time (5) by the right method with documentation of each right each time the medication is given.  Medication errors will be controlled by checking and recording these five right practices each time medication is given.  Should a medication error occur, the Regional Poison Control Center and the child’s parents will be contacted immediately.  The incident will be documented in the child’s record at the school.

     

    For prescription medications, parents or legal guardians will provide the school with the medication in the original, child-resistant container that is labeled by a pharmacist with the child’s name, the name and strength of the medication; the date the prescription was filled; the name of the health care provider who wrote the prescription; the medication’s expiration date; and administration, storage, and disposal instructions.

     

    For over-the-counter medications, parents or legal guardians will provide the medication in a child-resistant container.  The medication will be labeled with the child’s first and last names; specific, legible instructions for administration and storage supplied by the manufacturer; and the name of the health care provider who recommended the medication for the child.

     

    Instructions for the dose, time, method to be used, and duration of administration will be provided to the teaching staff in writing (by a signed note or a prescription label) or dictated over the telephone by a physician or other person legally authorized to prescribe medication.  This requirement applies both to prescription and over-the-counter medications.

     

    Medications will be kept at the temperature recommended for that type of medication, in a sturdy, child-resistant container that is locked and prevents spillage.

     

    Medication will not be used beyond the date of expiration on the container or beyond any expiration of the instructions provided by the physician or other person legally permitted to prescribe medication.  Instructions which state that the medication may be used whenever needed will be renewed by the physician at least annually.

     

    A medication log will be maintained by the school staff to record the instructions for giving the medication, consent obtained from the parent or legal guardian, amount, the time of administration, and the person who administered each dose of medication.  Spills, reactions, and refusal to take medication will also be noted on this log. 

     

    Cleaning and Sanitization          QPPS 9.11

    The facility will be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.  When a spill occurs, the area will be made inaccessible to children and the area will be cleaned immediately. 

     

    Toys that have been placed in a child’s mouth or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretion or excretion will be removed immediately and disinfected after they are cleaned with soap and water.  This also applies to other surfaces in the classroom. Toys and surfaces will be disinfected using a non-toxic solution of one tablespoon household bleach to one quart of tap water made fresh daily or Chlorox Anywhere.  To disinfect, the surfaces will be sprayed until glossy.  The bleach solution will be left on for at least 2 minutes before it is wiped off with a clean paper towel, or it may be allowed to air dry. Machine washable cloth toys that have been placed in a child’s mouth or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretion or excretion must be laundered before another child’s use.  Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.  

    QPPS 5.22, 5.23 and 5.24

     

    Staff will be trained in cleaning techniques, proper use of protective barriers such as gloves, proper handling and disposal of contaminated materials, and information required by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the use of any chemical agents.

     

    Routine cleaning will be supervised by the preschool teacher and will follow the Cleaning and Sanitation Frequency Table in Section III, page 47 of the QPPS manual.  A checklist will be completed as indicated in the table.

     

    Facility cleaning requiring potentially hazardous chemicals will be scheduled when children are not present to minimize exposure of the children.  All cleaning products will be used as directed by the manufacturer’s label.  Nontoxic substances will be used whenever possible.

     

    Hand Washing Practices         QPPS 5.8

    Frequent hand washing is key to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  Teachers teach children how to wash their hands effectively.  Posters of children using proper hand washing procedures are placed by each sink.  The program follows these practices regarding hand washing:

    • Staff members and those children who are developmentally able to learn personal hygiene are taught hand-washing procedures and are periodically monitored.
    • Hand washing is required by all staff, volunteers, and children when hand washing reduces the risk of transmission of infectious diseases to themselves and to others.
    • Staff assists children with hand washing as needed to successfully complete the task.

     

    Children and adults wash their hands:

    • upon arrival for the day;
    • after diapering or using the toilet (use of wet wipes is acceptable for infants);
    • after handling body fluids (e.g., blowing or wiping a nose, coughing on a hand, or any touching of mucus, blood or vomit);
    • before meals and snacks, preparing or serving food, or handling any raw food that requires cooking (e.g., meat, eggs, poultry);
    • after playing in water that that is shared by two or more people;
    • after handling pets and other animals or any materials such as sand, dirt, or surfaces that might be contaminated by contact with animals; and

     

    Adults also wash their hands

    ·       before and after feeding a child;

    ·       before and after administering medication;

    ·       after assisting a child with toileting; and

    ·       after handling garbage or cleaning.

     

    Proper hand-washing procedures are followed by adults and children and include

    • using liquid soap and running water;
    • rubbing hands vigorously for at least 10 seconds, including back of hands, wrists, between fingers, under and around any jewelry, and under fingernails; rinsing well; drying hands with a paper towel, or a dryer; and avoiding touching the faucet with just-washed hands (e.g., by using a paper towel to turn off water).
     

     

    Except when handling blood or body fluids that might contain blood (when wearing gloves is required), wearing gloves is an optional supplement, but not a substitute, for hand washing in any situation listed above.

    ·       Staff must wear gloves when contamination with blood may occur.

    ·       Staff does not use hand-washing sinks for bathing children or removing smeared fecal material.

     

    In situations where sinks used for both food preparation and other purposes, staff clean and sanitize the sinks before using them to prepare food.

     

    First Aid Kit         QPPS 6.2, 9.13

    A first aid kit is located in the preschool classroom.  It is inaccessible to children, but readily available for adult use.  It is fully equipped according to guidance from Healthy Child Care Iowa.  Following each use of the First Aid kit, the contents will be inspected and missing or used items replaced immediately.  The First Aid kit will be inspected monthly.  The first aid kit is taken to the outdoor play areas as well as on field trips and outings away from the site.

     

    Fire Safety         QPPS 6.2 9.14

    A fire extinguisher is installed in the preschool classroom with a tag indicating its annual service date.  The fire alarm system is serviced annually. Smoke detectors, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors are tested monthly.  A written log of testing dates and battery changes is maintained and available upon request.  Fire drills are conducted monthly and recorded on a log.

     

    Medical Emergencies and Notification of Accidents or Incidents        QPPS 6.2, 10.13

    The IKM-Manning CSD has in place a “Safety Procedures Booklet” that describes the following situations and procedures to follow:

    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Fire procedures
    • Utility Failures (electric power failure, water line break, gas line break)
    • Severe weather
    • Bomb threats
    • Physical Threats/Armed Intruder
    • Evacuations
    • Crisis Intervention Plan, Crisis Intervention Steps, and Media Procedures
    • Accidental Injury or Illness procedures for life threatening and non-life threatening situations
    • School crisis team members and a checklist to use
    • List of CPR/First Aid experienced persons in each building

     

    This booklet will be posted in the classroom, and will be reviewed by staff at the beginning of each school year and when changes are made to it.

     

    In the event that your child receives a minor, non-life threatening injury during their time at preschool, our teacher will assess the situation and apply first aid as needed.  Minor cuts and scrapes will be treated with soap and water and bumps will be treated by applying ice to the injured area.  Any incident or injuries will be documented on an “Injury and Illness” form and a copy will be given to the parent within 24 hours of the incident.

     

    All staff will have immediate access to a device that allows them to summon help in an emergency.  Each phone with an outside line will post the telephone numbers of the Fire Department, Police Department, Hospital, and Poison Control.  Emergency contact information for each child and staff member will be kept readily available.  The list of emergency telephone numbers, and copies of emergency contact information and authorization for emergency transport will be taken along anytime children leave the facility in the care of facility staff.

     

    Emergency phone numbers will be updated as needed.

     

    Inclement Weather     

    In the event the IKM-Manning CSD must be closed due to bad weather, an announcement will be made over radio stations KCIM/KKRL -Carroll; KDSN-Denison; KNOD – Harlan; Manning Cable-Channel 10.  Parents may also sign-up to be notified via school alerts, which can be found on the school home webpage.

     

    Protection From Hazards and Environmental Health         QPPS 9.16, 9.17

    Staff protects children and adults from hazards, including electrical shock, burns, or scalding, slipping, tripping, or falling.  Floor coverings are secured to keep staff and children from tripping.

     

    The preschool classroom building has been tested for lead, radon, radiation, asbestos, fiberglass, and other hazards that could impact children’s health with documentation on file.  The cities of Manning and Irwin provide water to the school district. Custodial staff maintains the building’s heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in compliance with national standards for facility use by children.

     

    The program maintains facilities so they are free from harmful animals, insect pests, and poisonous plants.  Pesticides and herbicides, if used, are applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions when children are not at the facility and in a manner that prevents skin contact, inhalation, and other exposure to children. 

     

    Tobacco Free Facility           QPPS  9.19

    In compliance with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act of 2008, IKM-Manning CSD buildings and grounds are smoke free.  A “No Smoking” sign meeting the law’s requirements is posted at the entrance to the preschool classroom building to inform people that they are entering a non-smoking place.  No smoking is allowed on the school grounds or within sight of any children.

     

     

    Child Protection Policies    QPPS 10.8, 10.16, 10.19

    The health and well being of every child in our care is of the utmost importance and the protection of children is our responsibility.  An applicant or volunteer for temporary or permanent employment with the preschool program involves direct interaction with or the opportunity to interact and associate with children must execute and submit an affidavit of clearance from any and all crimes against a child or families.  In addition no person with a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect will come in contact with children in the program or have responsibility for children.

    The program has written school board policy for reporting child abuse and neglect as well as procedures in place that comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws.  The policy includes requirements for staff to report all suspected incidents of child abuse, neglect, or both by families, staff, volunteers, or others to the appropriate local agencies.  Staff who report suspicions of child abuse or neglect where they work are immune from discharge, retaliation, or other disciplinary action for that reason alone unless it is proven that the report is malicious.  All teaching staff complete “Mandatory Reporter: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse” at least every five years and within six months of employment.

     

    The school district does not tolerate employees physically, or sexually abusing or harassing students.  Students who are physically or sexually abused or harassed by an employee should notify their parents, legal guardians, teacher, principal, or another employee.  The Iowa Department of Education has established a two-step procedure for investigating allegations of physical or sexual abuse of students by employees.  That procedure requires the school district to designate an independent investigator to look into the allegations.  The school district has designated Anna Schwarte in Irwin at 712-782-3126 and Deb Birks in Manning at 712-655-3761.  The alternate investigator is Dr. Thomas Ward who may be reached at 712-654-2852.

     

    Substance Abuse

    Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on the premises of the IKM-Manning CSD.  At no time will children be released to a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

     

     

    Volunteers          QPPS 10.15, 10.17

    Parents, friends, grandparents, and other adults are encouraged to take an active part in the educational process of the children.  Please contact the teacher, the elementary principal, or our office secretary if you would like to be a school volunteer.  We have a volunteer job description that defines the role and responsibilities of a volunteer.  For safety’s sake, if a volunteer will be working with children, he/she will be expected to execute and submit an affidavit of clearance from any and all crimes against a child or families.  In addition no person with a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect will come in contact with children in the program or have responsibility for children.  If a volunteer works more than 40 hours per month with children, he/she will also need to provide a current health assessment, not more than one year old. 

     

    B.   Staff         QPPS 10.15 - 10.20

    General Information

    The IKM-Manning CSD has written personnel policies that define the roles and responsibilities, qualifications, and specialized training required of staff and volunteer positions.  The policies outline nondiscriminatory hiring procedures and policies for staff evaluation.  Policies detail job descriptions for each position, including reporting relationships; salary scales with increments based on professional qualification, length of employment, and performance evaluation; benefits; and resignation, termination, and grievance procedures.  Personnel policies provide for incentives based on participation in professional development opportunities.  The policies are provided to each employee upon hiring.

     

    Hiring procedures include completion of the following checks: criminal-record check, free from history of substantiated child abuse or neglect check, education credentials, verification of age, completion of high school or GED, personal references and a current health assessment.

     

    Health Assessment

    The preschool program maintains current health information from documented health assessments for all paid preschool staff and for all volunteers who work more than 40 hours per month and have contact with children.  A current health assessment (not more than one-year-old) is received by the program before an employee starts work or before a volunteer has contact with children. The health assessment is updated every two years.  Documented health assessments include:

    • Capacities and limitations that may affect job performance
    • Documentation by a licensed health professional of TB skin testing using the Mantoux method and showing the employee to be free from active TB disease.  For those who have a positive TB skin test and who develop a persistent cough or unexpected fever, immediate assessment by a licensed physician is required.  For those who have increased risk of TB according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), documentation is required annually by a licensed health professional showing that the employee is free from active TB disease.

     

    Confidential personnel files, including applications with record of experience, transcripts of education, health-assessment records, documentation of ongoing professional development, and results of performance evaluation, are kept in a locked filing cabinet in the Superintendent’s office.

     

    Staff Orientation        QPPS 6.2

    Employees must know their role and duties.  New preschool teaching staff will be required to participate in an initial orientation program based around the QRS Basic Employee Orientation Checklist.  This introduces them to fundamental aspects of the program operation including:

    • Program philosophy, mission, and goals;
    • Expectations for ethical conduct;
    • Health, safety, and emergency procedures
    • Individual needs of children they will be teaching or caring for;
    • Accepted guidance and classroom management techniques;
    • Daily activities and routines of the program;
    • Program curriculum;
    • Child abuse and reporting procedures;
    • Program policies and procedures;
    • Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and Criteria;
    • Regulatory requirements.

    Follow-up training expands on the initial orientations.

     

    The employee’s immediate supervisor should provide the new employee with a review of the employee’s responsibilities and duties.  The business manager will explain payroll procedures, employee benefit programs, and accompanying forms to the employee.  Regular employees ineligible for the school district’s group health plan will be given information regarding where they can obtain health care or health care insurance.

     

    Staffing patterns and schedule

    The preschool program is in compliance with staff regulations and certification requirements.  Our program follows requirements for staffing for Iowa’s Quality Preschool Program Standards of maintaining an adult/child ratio of at least 1:10 at all times.  The program administrator will maintain lists of current substitutes for both the preschool teacher and the preschool teaching assistant in case of absence.  If one of the teaching staff needs to temporarily leave the classroom, the person will call the elementary office to arrange for coverage in order to maintain the adult/child ratio.

     

    Staff members are provided space and time away from children during the day.  Should staff work directly with children for more than four hours, breaks of at least 15 minutes in each four-hour period are provided.  In addition, staff may request temporary relief when they are unable to perform their duties.

     

     

     

    Staff development activities             QPPS 6.6, 10.15

    Personnel policies provide for incentives based on participation in professional development opportunities.  All teaching staff continuously strengthens their leadership skills and relationships with others and works to improve the conditions of children and families within their programs, the local community, and beyond.  Teaching staff are encouraged to participate in informal and formal ways in local, state, or regional public-awareness activities.  They may join an early childhood group or organization, attend meetings, or share information with others both at and outside the program. 

     

    Teaching staff will be informed of professional development activities provided by Child Care Resource and Referral, the local Empowerment areas, and the area education agency.  Staff is expected to attend all staff trainings and meetings throughout the year.  Trainings will focus on early childhood topics relevant to the program and community.

     

    Evaluation and Professional Growth Plan         QPPS 6.5, 6.6

    All staff members are evaluated at least annually by an appropriate supervisor or, in the case of the program administrator, by the superintendent.  Staff also evaluate and improve their own performance based on ongoing reflections and feedback from supervisors, peers, and families.  From this, they develop an annual individualized professional development plan with their supervisor and use it to inform their continuous professional development

     

    Forms

    The following forms will be given to families at registration:

    • Intake Information
    • Health Record Update
    • Physical and Immunization Form
    • Dental Screening Form
    • General Permission Form
    • Trusted Adult List

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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