STONER-THOMAS SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Members of the faculty, staff, and administration welcome you to Stoner-Thomas School. Stoner-Thomas School is a public separate school for students with developmental disabilities. We serve students from all three school systems: Davidson County, Lexington City, and Thomasville City. We believe we have a wonderful school and we look forward to working with you and your child to continue to accomplish great things.
The purpose of this handbook is to help students and their parents increase their awareness regarding the privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities as a citizen of this school. Each parent should read this handbook and become knowledgeable of its contents. If questions or concerns about the information presented in the handbook should arise, please contact me or a member of the staff for further clarification.
Dr. Jonathan Hayes
STONER-THOMAS EAGLES S.O.A.R.
Success. Opportunity. Achievement. Respect.
Educating for Independence
All students will graduate prepared to achieve their greatest potential and independence with dignity and purpose through the support of school, caregiviers, and community resources.
School hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. each day. Children should not arrive earlier than 7:30 a.m. Any student who arrives later than 8:30 a.m. must report to the main office before going to class. Early dismissals must take place prior to 2:00. In order for students to leave school early, the parent or designee must sign out the student and provide a reason for early dismissal. Students will not be dismissed between 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. except in case of an emergency.
We welcome parents, grandparents, and visitors to our school. However, to ensure the safety and protection of our students, we ask that you report to the office and sign in. A visitor's pass is necessary while in the building.
STUDENT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Student Breakfast: Free to all Stoner-Thomas Students
Student Lunch: $2.50 / $0.40 for reduced for students who qualify
Free and reduced meal forms are available throughout the school year. If your situation changes at home, please request a form. Please make checks payable to Davis-Townsend Elementary School.
An instructional fee of $7.00 is required of all students to be used for instructional materials, art materials, first aid supplies, physical education equipment, and supplementary materials. We appreciate this fee being paid at the beginning of the school year. All checks for fees should be made payable to Stoner-Thomas School.
Administering Medication: In order to provide for the safe administration of medication that cannot be taken outside the school day, the Davidson County School Health Council has recommended that school officials carefully monitor the administration of medication using strict guidelines as outlined below. All medication should be brought to the school by the parent/guardian of the student. No student will be permitted to transport medication on the school bus, in the building, or on school grounds.
A. Long-term: A medication form must be on file in the school office. These forms must have the physician’s signature on them. Forms must be updated at the beginning of the year and any time there is a change in the dosage or time administered. Forms should specify the dosage amount and times to be administered. No medication will be taken unless it is in a container
dispensed by a pharmacy with student’s name, name of medication, date the prescription was filled, and directions clearly marked.
B. Short-term: (2 weeks or less) Medicine must be in the medicine bottle with the pharmacist's label and will be administered per directions on the label. A note from the parents requesting administration must accompany the medicine.
Non-prescription medication must be in the original container, and we must have on file a Medication Form containing specific instructions about dosage and frequency of dosage. Bottle must be labelled by parent with student’s name, dosage, and frequency.
Students and their parents' should make certain that current, correct emergency information is on file at school. The information needed includes home, work, and emergency numbers, pertinent addresses, parents employers, doctor preference, and emergency medical information. Please remember to update the information immediately if changes occur during the school year.
HEAD/NIT CONTROL (Formerly Head Lice Control)
Occasionally, we have cases of head lice throughout the school year. Anyone, adult or child, can get head lice. It has nothing to do with cleanliness and does not reflect poorly on parenting or the home environment. However, in the event of lice cases at Stoner-Thomas, we follow Davidson County School Board Policy Number 6.36 that states:
Any student identified with head lice and/or nits (eggs) will be sent home for treatment of the lice and removal of nits from the hair. A packet containing lice and nit removal instructions will be sent home for the parents. Students will not be allowed to return to school until all lice/nits are removed. Realizing that the removal of lice/nits may require a lot of work and time, the
students should be lice/nit free and back in school within two (2) days of being sent home. Those two (2) days will be counted as excused. If the student is sent home before they have been counted for the day, the day the student is sent home will count as the first of the two (2) excused days. If the student has been counted for the day, the following day will be the first of the two (2) excused days. The child will be checked upon return to school by the school designee. If a student is sent home after being checked it will be treated as the same occurrence with the subsequent consecutive absences being unexcused.The first three (3) occurrences will be excused, with two (2) days allowed to clear the lice/nits. After the third occurrence, all subsequent absences resulting from lice and/or nits will be counted as unexcused and subject to the consequence as set forth in the
Davidson County Schools’ attendance policy. Updated: June 30, 2010
INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURE
When severe weather creates hazardous conditions, road conditions will be surveyed by the Davidson County Administration and the transportation officials with the cooperation of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Area radio and television stations will be notified by 6:30 a.m. if school is to be closed or delayed. When there is no announcement by the prescribed time, school will operate on regular schedule.
If snow or icy conditions develop during the school day, roads will be surveyed according to the procedure outlined above. Once a decision has been made, area radio and television stations will be notified. DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL FOR INFORMATION.
One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people.
Every student should strive to be considerate of others. Making boisterous noises, running in the halls, pushing others, breaking in the cafeteria lines, and talking while someone else is speaking are examples of behavior that good school citizens should avoid. Strive to show you are responsible.
The classroom teacher has authority of his/her classroom. Students will be rewarded for their efforts academically and behaviorally. When a student fails to comply with school and classroom rules, is disrespectful to others, or is disruptive of the teaching and learning process, the teacher will punish accordingly and notify parents. Serious offenses such as damaging school property, threatening, intimidating or causing bodily harm to any school employee or student will result in an office referral. Administration will exercise appropriate discipline procedures and parents will be notified if a serious infraction results in out of school suspension.
All of the adult employees of Stoner-Thomas have certain responsibilities to the school and in order to carry out these responsibilities they have the authority to assist in the maintenance of a safe and orderly environment. Included in this environment is the authority and discretion to monitor and correct students when the need arises. If any student is corrected by an adult employee of the school, the student is expected to respect and respond to the correction in the same manner as if it had been issued by their teacher or administrator.
North Carolina law declares it illegal for weapons to be on school property. Specifically, the law states that it is a felony to have a firearm or explosive on school property and a misdemeanor to possess a BB gun, air rifle, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switch-blade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades. Any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips, and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance on educational property, are prohibited. It is also illegal for anyone to have on their person or in their car, knives, firearms, or weapons while on school property. A second law requires the principal to report all violators to law enforcement officials. Students who possess, handle, or transmit firearms, including any type of gun, rifle, or pistol, on school premises will be suspended for one full year (365 days).
SCHOOL BUS DISCIPLINE
The Davidson County Board of Education believes all students and employees should be free of unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, as part of safe, orderly, and inviting learning/working environments. The Board is committed to nondiscrimination in all educational and employment activities and expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, veteran status, age or disability. The Board prohibits retaliation against a student or employee exercising rights made available through state or federal law, and also prohibits retaliation for reporting such violations. Policy violation is serious; appropriate action will be taken, up to and including suspension (for students) and termination (for employees).
For additional information contact:
Title IX coordinator: Julie Hamilton, Director of Human Resources Davidson county Schools,
~ P.O. Box 2057, Lexington, NC 27293 ~ Telephone: 336-249-8181
*All information regarding a student’s discipline is confidential and may not be shared with other parties involved.
All Davidson County Schools will be Tobacco Free as of August 1, 2007. No student, staff member or school visitor will be permitted to use any form of tobacco product (smoking, chewing, dipping, etc.) at any time, including non-school hours, morning, afternoon, evening or summer, even if students are not is session. Tobacco use is prohibited...
* In any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Schools, or
* On any school grounds and property – including athletic fields and parking lots – owned, leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Schools, or
* At any school-sponsored or school-related event on campus or off campus There will be no more designated smoking areas on any property of the Davidson County Schools.
DAVIDSON COUNTY WELLNESS POLICY
At the elementary, middle, and high school levels all foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day (including vending, a la carte, student stores, and parties) must be consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meals and/or snacks are not to be used for punishment or reward. No outside restaurant food is to be brought in during the school day and consumed in the cafeteria. Adopted/Revised: June 30, 2007/August 6, 2007
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 guarantee students’ rights to privacy in their educational records. All information regarding a student’s discipline is confidential and may not be shared with other parties involved.
The Davidson County Board of Education believes all students and employees should be free of unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, as part of safe, orderly, and inviting learning/working environments. The Board is committed to nondiscrimination in all educational and employment activities and expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination
and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, veteran status, age or disability. The Board prohibits retaliation against a student or employee exercising rights made available through state or federal law, and also
prohibits retaliation for reporting such violations. Policy violation is serious; appropriate action will be taken, up to and including suspension (for students) and termination (for employees).
For additional information contact:
Title IX coordinator: Julie Hamilton, Director of Human Resources Davidson County Schools ~ P.O. Box 2057, Lexington, NC
27293 ~ Telephone: 336-249-8181
AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) Notification
As mandated by federal regulations, public schools were to have each of their school buildings inspected for asbestos, and a plan of managing asbestos that was detected was to be filed with the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Division of Health Services, Raleigh, NC by May 9, 1989. Davidson County Schools complied with this mandate. The Davidson County
Board of County Commissioners hired a certified and accredited firm to conduct inspections of public school buildings. A thorough inspection of all schools has been completed and a written plan for the management of any detected asbestos is in place. Those management plans are on file at each school and the administrative office. Necessary measures have been taken to repair or remove any damaged asbestos, and the management plans outline the ongoing maintenance program at each location. It is also required that at least once every six months after a management plan is in effect, each LEA shall conduct periodic surveillance in each building that it owns, record any changes in the condition of the materials, and make those records a part of the management plan. Those requirements have been met by the Davidson County Schools. It is further required that every three years after a management plan is in effect, each LEA shall conduct a thorough re-inspection of every building for the presence of asbestos.
Those requirements have also been met by the Davidson County Schools.
This document does not address every possible issue or situation that may occur during the school year. As a result, changes may be made by administration as necessary.