Student Handbook

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

Principal

 

 STONER-THOMAS EAGLES S.O.A.R.
Success. Opportunity. Achievement. Respect.

VISION STATEMENT
Educating for Independence

MISSION STATEMENT
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

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. 

 

VISITORS

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.


STUDENT FEES

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. 

MEDICATION
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.

Prescription Medication
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 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. 


EMERGENCY INFORMATION

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. 

  

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

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. 

  

WEAPONS POLICY

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.

TOBACCO
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

FERPA STATEMENT
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.

DISCRIMINATION
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.

 

Handbook Disclaimer:

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.

 

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD POLICY: ATTENDANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Attendance in school and participation in class are an integral part of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandatory: "Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16) years (or) under age seven (7) who is enrolled in a public school in grades K-2... shall cause such child to attend school continuously or a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session..." (Public Schools Laws of N.C.: G.S. 115-C-378)

1. Attendance Records:

School officials will keep an accurate record of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class under procedures developed and enforced by the State Board of Education and published annually in the Student Attendance and Student Accounting manual. A child shall be present at least one-half (1/2) of the school day in order to be recorded as present for that day.

2. School-Related Activities :

All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed. It is the intention of the Board of Education that classes missed are kept to an absolute minimum through close scrutiny and a monitoring system on the part of the principal. The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:

A. Field trips sponsored by the school

B. School-initiated and scheduled activities

C. Athletic events requiring early dismissal from school

3. Lawful Absences:

When an absence occurs due to any of the following circumstances, the absence shall be coded as lawful:

A. When an illness or injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.

B. When a quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health to isolate a student from the general population.

C. When there is a death in the immediate family (including but not limited to the grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters) of the student.

D. When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment, appropriate documentation is required. Appropriate medical documentation if presented by the student would include:

Dated doctor's statement on letterhead

Dated parent's note stating clearly the reasoning for the student's absence and/or referencing a previous written diagnosis rendered by a medical professional and submitted to the principal.

E. When the student is a part of a court proceeding or administrative tribunal if the student is a party to the action or under a subpoena as a witness (documentation verifying the student's participation or required presence at such court proceeding or tribunal is required).

F. When the student participates in a religious observance in accordance with local board policy and has prior approval of the principal/designee.

G. When the student is involved in a valid educational opportunity. The absence and activity must have prior approval from the principal/designee.

 

4. Maximum Number of Absences:

There will be a maximum of sixteen (16) absences allowed for students participating in year-long programs (all elementary and middle schools) and eight (8) absences allowed for students participating in semester length programs (all high schools). Students who exceed these absence limits for any reason shall not receive grade/course credit or be promoted (if applicable) to the next grade level unless they:

 

A. Are granted a waiver from the attendance policy by the principal for an absence(s) which falls outside the previously stated guidelines (See Section 7, this policy.)-or-

B. Attend and successfully complete an extended day program to make-up time missed during the school term in which the excessive absences occurred (semester for high schools and the year for elementary and middle schools). This time can only be made up within the available make-up program limitations.

C. Make up time for elementary school students shall be at a rate of three hours for each day missed and the rate for middle school students shall be four hours for each day missed. The rate for high school students shall be one hour for each ninety-minute high school class missed.

D. NCHSAA (North Carolina High School Athletic Association) regulations require absence make up to be on an hour for hour basis, i.e. high school attendance class period make up for athletic purposes will be at a rate of 90 minutes per class.

 

5. Waiver Procedures:

A student may apply to the principal for a waiver for lawful absences due to extenuating circumstances, examples of which may include a chronic medical condition for which previous documentation has been submitted, attendance in a court proceeding, etc. This request shall be submitted in writing (i.e.: a written letter) and may be submitted only after the student has reached twelve (12) absences for year-long courses/programs and six (6) absences for semester long courses/programs.

 

The principal/designee will review waiver requests on a monthly basis and provide immediate written notification to the parent of the decision. Although the principal may appoint a waiver committee to review waiver requests and make recommendations for consideration, the principal/designee will make the final determination as to the appropriateness of the waiver request. The Principal, or his/her designee, would document the rationale for his /her decision as to waiving any such absences. Parent and student will be informed in writing of the final decision and rationale for waivers that are denied. DCS - Policy 6.4 Page 4 of 4 1/8/2009 Parent and student may appeal any such final decision pursuant to Section 1.6 of Davidson County Board of Education policy. The superintendent will provide the Board with an annual report on the number of attendance waivers approved by the school principals.

The local school publishes a student handbook with detailed guidelines for handling attendance, make-up work and waiver appeals procedures. Questions concerning the attendance policy should be addressed to the appropriate administrative staff member at the student's school.

 

Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-47, -84, -288(a), -378 to -383.

Adopted/Revised: April 15, 1999; June 5, 2000; September 9, 2000; August 5,

2002; September 2, 2003; October 3, 2005; November 7,

2005, October 6, 2008

 


 DAVIDSON COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE POLICY  

The Davidson County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his or her style of dress or appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements and expectations of a school-learning environment. If a student's dress or lack of cleanliness is such that it constitutes a threat to health or safety, the principal or principal's designee may require the student and student's parent or guardian to take appropriate action to remedy the situation. In addition, if a student's dress or appearance is so unusual, inappropriate or lacking in cleanliness that it clearly disrupts other students, disrupts class or learning activities, or presents a safety issue, the student may be required to change his or her dress or appearance. The principal or the principal's designee shall handle student violations of this policy. The first violation of this policy will result in a warning and a parent contact. The second violation during the same school year may result in a short-term suspension from the school for up to ten (10) days. A third or subsequent violation during the school year may result in long-term suspension for the remainder of the school year. Principals will maintain guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress and appearance for school, copies of which will be made available to parents and students. Items listed below shall be included in all school guidelines and shall apply to all students. Reasonable accommodation will be made by the school principal or principal's designee for those students who, because of a sincerely held religious belief, cultural heritage, or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would involve but not be limited to: athletics, vocational classes and projects, special events, or other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on a school campus.

Inappropriate Dress or Appearance for Elementary Students (Grades K-5):

The following attire is considered inappropriate for elementary students.

 

A. Clothing or attachments that are disruptive to the teaching learning process

or are revealing, indecent, vulgar or obscene.

B. Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages, or the use of controlled

   substances by words or symbols, or is of a disruptive nature.

C. Clothing that contains profanity, nudity, depicts violence or is sexual in

nature by words or symbols.

D. Hats, sweatbands, bandannas, or sunglasses inside school buildings.

E. Clothing that is sheer or mesh. Undergarments that are visible.

F. Sagging pants which cause undergarments to be visible.

G. Footwear that may present a hazard to health and safety.

 

Inappropriate Dress or Appearance for Secondary Students (Grades 6-12):

The following attire is considered inappropriate for secondary students.

 

H. Clothing or attachments that are disruptive to the teaching learning process

or are revealing, indecent, vulgar or obscene.

I.   Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or the use of

controlled substances by words or symbols, or is of a disruptive nature.

J.  Hats, sweatbands, bandannas, or sunglasses inside school buildings.

K. Shorts, skirts, and dresses shorter than mid-thigh.

L. Shirts and blouses that do not cover the waist, midriff or go past the

  waistline.

M. Clothing that contains profanity, nudity, depicts violence or is sexual in

  nature by words or symbols.

N. Clothing that is sheer or mesh. Undergarments that are visible.

O. Pants worn in such a manner that underwear is exposed to view or which

  are generally revealing in nature.

P. Grooming accessories worn in the hair.

Q. Skin-tight clothing such as athletic/dance/exercise attire.

R. Footwear that may present a hazard to health and safety.

 

 

Legal Reference(s): G.S. 115C-36, -47, -288, -308, -391(a)

Adopted/Revised: June 3, 2002