ARABI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Our handbook contains information regarding policies and procedures at Arabi Elementary School. Please read it carefully and keep it handy throughout the year to assist you and your child when questions arise concerning school policies.
- Given a safe, supportive, and comfortable learning environment, all children have the ability to learn.
- Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs requiring a variety of instructional approaches to support his/her learning.
- Learning is a collaborative effort among teachers, administrators, parents, students, and the community.
- High expectations for learning set the standard for children to think more critically.
- Learning should be relevant and provide opportunities for the application of learning in order to enable students to become contributing members of the community.
- Professional development for continuous improvement and innovation is essential.
A student who receives all A’s and B’s, including conduct will be given an honor roll certificate. Honor roll certificates are issued at the end of each nine weeks and at the end of the year. During these ceremonies, teachers may also distribute Performance Awards.
ARP (Accelerated Reader Program)
Children in all grades are encouraged to participate in the ARP program which promotes reading for enjoyment. Children read books and take computerized tests on the books read. They receive points for reading and receive prizes as the points accumulate. Parent volunteers are needed to help with this program at the different grade levels. Please see your child’s teacher or the librarian if you can help.
- The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for Grades PreK 4 - 5.
- Students should arrive between 7:35 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Students may not arrive before supervision begins at 7:35 a.m.
- Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must report to the office with a parent to sign in and receive a tardy pass.
- Students riding school buses will be dropped off at the bus loading area on Alexander Ave. in the front of the gym.
- Car riders and/or walkers will be dropped off at the front entrance of the school entering through Friscoville Ave. Teachers will be on duty to direct students. Students cannot be dropped off in ANY parking lot or in any other areas of the school.
- If your child is a walker or is dropped off by you or a nursery, he/she must arrive by 7:45 in order to eat breakfast.
- Parents are not to walk students to class. This interferes with the classroom routine.
Tardies should be avoided. Excessive tardies may result in a parent conference and the loss of perfect attendance. Please try to prevent this from occurring.
Excessive tardies will be reported to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance.
When a child comes in late, the teacher must stop the lesson, change the roll book, change the lunch count, and get the tardy child settled and caught up before the lesson can continue. Valuable instructional time is wasted for the entire class.
The school year consists of 180 days. Regulations specified by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education require elementary school students to be in attendance a minimum of 166 days to be eligible for promotion. The state allows no more than 14 absences per year at the elementary and middle school levels and 7 absences per semester at the high school.
The state does not distinguish between excused and unexcused; all are counted as absences. A note for an appointment or a one-day illness will be counted as one of the 14 days, and once the maximum number of absences allowed is reached, credit will not be granted. Long-term illnesses will receive special consideration through our Office of Child Welfare and Attendance.
- Please call the school (218-5058) when your child is absent and state the reason for not being in school. You will also receive an automated call from the school.
- A doctor’s release is required when students are returning to school after having a communicable disease.
- Absences are closely monitored. Excessive absences and tardies, in accordance with state Law are reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
- Any absence notes, parent or doctor must be turned in within 5 days of returning to school.
- Any student absent prior to a scheduled extra-curricular activity will not be allowed to participate in the activity.
- Breakfast is served between 7:35 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Walkers and car riders must arrive in the cafeteria earlier than 7:45 if they wish to eat breakfast.
- Kindergarten students needing breakfast should go to the cafeteria upon arrival. They will sit at the table designated for Kindergarten in the cafeteria. Please be sure they are in the cafeteria by 7:50 if they wish to eat breakfast. They will be sent to their classroom when the bell rings at 8:00 a.m.
- Students must follow all bus rules contained in the GUIDE TO STUDENT CONDUCT.
- Mutual respect by the student and the bus driver should alleviate almost all problems.
- Once a student is assigned to a bus, he/she must ride only that bus. Bus changes cannot be made by telephone or with a note. A transportation change form must be filled out in the office and can only be made for permanent changes.
- Problems concerning bus routes or pick-ups should be directed to the Supervisor of Transportation at 301-3941.
- Discipline problems should be reported to the assistant principal as soon as possible. Students not observing common courtesies and obeying bus rules will be suspended from the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege. Students with excessive bus behavior referrals may lose this privilege and/or be suspended from school if necessary.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS / PHONE NUMBER
If your phone number changes, please notify the school immediately. You can either come to school in person and speak to the secretary or write a letter to your child’s teacher. Address changes require that you bring the necessary proofs of residence into the office and complete any required paperwork. Please be sure your child knows your current working number in case of emergencies.
- You must present identification to the office personnel, sign the child out, and state the reason for early checkout. Instructional minutes missed due to check outs are calculated and may add up to absences. Habitual checkouts will be reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. When a child is checked out early, the learning of the entire class is interrupted because the teacher stops instruction to assist the child who is preparing to leave early. In the interest of your child’s safety, students are not allowed to be checked out after 2:45 p.m. as this interferes with the preparation for our dismissal procedure.
- We need advance written notice from a parent if anyone other than a parent or person on the emergency card will be checking out a child. This person will need proper identification.
Educators are required by state law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to a Child Welfare Protection Agency.
Students in Pre-kindergarten through 5th grades are instructed in self-contained classrooms. 5th grade students will be assigned 2 primary teachers, one for ELA/Soc. Studies and one for Math/Science. Physical education, art, and music objectives are taught by teachers who are specialized in these areas. All students visit the library and the computer lab on a regular basis. Students who qualify for Special Education services will be instructed in the classroom setting specified on their Individual Education Program (I.E.P.). A school guidance counselor is also available for students as needed.
Students are expected to follow the school rules and behave appropriately. The teacher, the assistant principal or the principal will contact a parent when a student consistently breaks the school rules. Refer to the GUIDE TO STUDENT CONDUCT for information regarding the different classes of behavior and possible consequences.
When a student is given a before-school or after-school detention as a consequence, the parent will be sent a written notice. The parent is responsible for transportation.
When a student is suspended, the parent will be required to attend a conference.
Whenever a question arises concerning discipline, please follow these steps:
- Discuss it with your child,
- Discuss it with the teacher, and if necessary
- Discuss it with the Assistant Principal,
- Discuss it with the Principal.
Please help your child develop good behavior habits as well as proper attitudes toward the school. Please become familiar with your child’s discipline plan and the Guide to Student Conduct. Your child will be held accountable for obeying all school rules.
Students will be expected to:
- Walk in the halls,
- Report any problem with another student to the nearest adult (teacher, aide, bus driver, etc),
- Refrain from hitting, kicking, or hurting another student,
- Refrain from throwing objects,
- Refrain from “calling names” or teasing another student,
- Respect school property,
- Use the bathroom facilities properly,
- Obey all school, classroom, and bus rules.
Students should follow this line-up procedure after lunch recess:
- “Freeze” on the first bell or whistle,
- Walk quietly to the line when instructed to do so,
- Quietly move to the classroom upon direction.
Students in the cafeteria should:
- Stay in a straight line,
- Keep hands and feet to themselves,
- Eat quietly,
- Practice good table manners,
- Listen for instructions to be dismissed,
- Remain quiet during dismissal from the tables to the yard.
- Play by cooperating with other students,
- Refrain from rough play,
- Refrain from running on all blacktop/concrete areas,
- Follow game rules and playground equipment rules established by the P.E. teachers,
- Obey all safety rules,
- Sit in designated areas to wait for the teachers to rotate turns on playground equipment,
- Stay out of the area immediately surrounding the playground equipment when not using the playground equipment.
Students waiting for the bus should:
- Stay in the line to wait for the bus,
- Stay out of the street
Students on the bus should:
- Stay seated in the assigned seat,
- Speak quietly,
- Keep hands and other objects inside the bus windows,
- Report problems to the bus driver before leaving the bus,
- Keep feet and school bags out of the aisles,
- Exit the bus at the school entrance in the morning and walk to their assigned areas
- Board the bus in front of the gym at dismissal,
- Keep the bus clean.
Students who walk to and from school should:
- Always allow the teacher on duty to assist them,
- Always use the sidewalk,
- NEVER PASS THROUGH THE PARKING LOT,
- Go straight home and not return to the school grounds.
- Normal dismissal time is 3:00 p.m. for Pre K4 – 5th grade unless your child participates in the after school program which ends at 5:30 p.m.
- If an adult other than the parent is sent to check out a student, that person’s name must be listed on the student information sheet kept on file in the school office. Office personnel will check the driver’s license for identification. Students cannot be checked out after 2:45 p.m., as this interferes with the dismissal process.
- All checkouts must be made from the office. Children will not be released to parents from the bus loading area or car rider dismissal area.
- Car riders and walkers will be dismissed from the Cafeteria Lobby in front of the school. If your child does not ride the bus, please cooperate with us by waiting in the car line for safety reasons and to help alleviate any problems.
- Transportation changes cannot be made over the telephone or by notes sent from parents. Only permanent transportation changes will be accepted and must be processed by completing paperwork in the office. All students riding buses may only be picked up and dropped off at the address on file with the transportation department. This policy is in place to protect your child.
DRUG FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Arabi Elementary School students participate in state-mandated drug education classes throughout the school year with teachers and our Guidance Counselor. Students may also be instructed by the D.A.R.E. coordinators. To act as role models in keeping with the Drug Free Schools Program, employees and parents are not allowed to smoke on the school grounds or on field trips in the presence of students. Please refer to the Student Guide to Conduct for the Drug Dog Search policy.
EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOL
Natural emergencies and various types of man-made emergencies have occurred and will continue to occur in St. Bernard Parish. In the event Arabi Elementary or any other school in St. Bernard Parish needs to be closed, the superintendent will notify the news media the morning of the closing in time for early morning news programs. Parents are asked to stay tuned to early morning radio and TV news reports for this information.
In the event schools need to be closed during the school day, the superintendent will contact local radio and TV stations notifying them of the time of the closure. Buses will transport all bus riders to their usual stops. Please make arrangements for someone to be home to meet your child. Students who are picked up at school will not be released to any individual not on a student’s emergency card until a parent has been contacted and that parent informs the school whether a family member or friend will pick up the child.
The school system has implemented an automated calling system which will allow personnel to inform you almost immediately should an emergency situation arise. It is very important that the school always have current emergency telephone numbers.
Arabi Elementary hosts a variety of extracurricular activities to accommodate the needs and interests of all students. Instructional Fee must be paid to participate in activities that require a fee.
Since field trips are important to our educational program, students are encouraged to attend all class-sponsored field trips. Please send the money and permission slip in a well-labeled envelope. No permission slips or money will be accepted from students who owe outstanding school fees (lunch money, instructional fee, damaged/lost library or textbook fees, NSF check fees). Permission slips or money will NOT be accepted after the deadline is set for the field trip.
The rules for incentive field trips are established by the teacher. For incentive field trips, the teacher may withhold the field trip privilege for disciplinary reasons. School dress code and all school rules are in effect for field trips. When needed, parent chaperones must dress appropriately for field trips (NO shorts, halter tops, midriffs, etc.) and must follow chaperone guidelines. Smoking is not allowed on field trips. This includes electronic cigarettes and vapor devices. Parents must follow regular check out procedures after field trips. All school rules are in effect during a field trip and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken with students who choose to violate these rules. Chaperones not adhering to guidelines will not be asked to chaperone again.
It is the student’s responsibility to report personal illness or injury to a teacher or staff member. If serious injury occurs, first aid is administered and parents/guardians are called immediately. It is very important that the school has your correct home telephone number and at least three emergency contact numbers.
FUND RAISING POLICIES
Fund raisers are PTO sponsored activities and are intended to be family oriented. Sales are encouraged through family members, business contacts, and friends. Fund raisers are not intended to be door-to-door selling time for students. Please do not let your child sell school items for fund raisers unsupervised.
Please send all funds to school in an envelope marked with the student’s name, homeroom, purpose for the funds and the amount. All checks should be made payable to Arabi Elementary School. If we receive an NSF check, the policy will revert to “cash only” for the person(s) who sent the check. A $ 5.00 service charge will apply.
Homework is assigned to reinforce, extend, and enrich the skills and concepts that have been introduced by the teacher. Homework provides an opportunity for a student to develop self-responsibility, time management skills, and independent study skills and should be turned in completed each day.
A homework policy will be sent home by your child’s teacher during the first week of school. Please refer to the policy often. Weekly homework schedules will be sent home by teachers. Some are very detailed and others may have information that will be filled in by your child. Check with the teacher if you have any questions concerning homework.
When a student becomes ill or has a suspected communicable condition, the parent will be required to come to check the student out of school. When a parent consistently fails to make arrangements to check out a child who is sick or has a contagious condition such as head lice, scabies, or any other communicable disease, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance will be notified.
Student information cards are kept on file in the school office. Three (3) working phone numbers are needed and must be kept up-to-date in case of an emergency. Please be sure that when you send someone to check out your child, he/she is listed on the information card. Picture identification must be provided to the office staff prior to checking out a child.
Each K-5th grade student has a regular library period as part of the curriculum. During this period, the librarian reads to the students, teaches them library skills, and instructs them on how to use a library properly. The students are also allowed to check out books during this time. If students fail to return their book on the due date, they may not check out another book until their due book is returned.
Students are responsible for books they check out. If a book is lost, the student will be required to pay for it. If lost books are paid for and the books are found at a later date, the money will be returned to the student.
This year, St. Bernard Parish School Board Elementary and Middle Schools will be eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to you household each day of the 2021-22 school year in accordance with the Community Eligibility Provision. No further action is required of you. You have received a letter detailing the provisions of the program. This does not allow for extra servings or individual items. No food items may be charged. Individual Milk or Juice is $.35.
Lunch is begins at 11:00 and all lunches are scheduled to be served by 12:35. Lunch times vary by class. Check with your child’s teacher if you need a specific time. If your child brings lunch, please remember, canned and/or bottled beverages are not allowed in the cafeteria and any commercially prepared food is not allowed (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.).
If you child has special dietary needs, due to a disability or chronic medical condition, please see the school nurse for a form that must be filled out by your physician and returned to school. This must be completed for any child receiving alternate meal items.
Please inform your child’s teacher and the office if your child has any
allergies or if he/she is on any type of medication.
According to School Board policy, school personnel are not allowed to dispense medication of any kind unless we have the proper authorization from the school nurse. Parents are welcome to bring the medicine to the school office. The student will be called to meet the parent in the office to take the medicine. Students cannot carry medicine (including cough drops, nasal inhalants, Chap Stick, etc.) to school.
Arrangements for school personnel to administer medication to a student requiring daily medication over an extended period of time must be made with the Nursing Supervisor at 301-2000.
The most effective communication between parents and teachers is the parent-teacher conference. Parents are encouraged to contact the school whenever the need arises. However, parents should schedule all conferences in advance with the teacher or principal. The principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, or teacher may sometimes request a conference with a parent. Please be sure to attend these meetings.
If at any time there is a problem with a teacher, please call and ask for a conference with that teacher. If dissatisfaction is still felt, ask to talk with the assistant principal or the principal. Many problems can be resolved if communication lines are open. Incorrect information can often result in frustration.
Parents are urged to arrange a conference with their child’s teacher whenever a problem arises. However, since class time belongs to ALL children, parent conferences should never be attempted during actual teaching time. To ensure sufficient time for your conference, pre-arrange it by calling the school office (218-5058) ahead of time and make an appointment. The conference will be arranged either before or after school hours or during the teacher’s planning period that week. Teachers are available for conferences before and after school at the discretion of the teacher.
Parent Tips for School Success
Parents are a child’s first teacher. They play a crucial role in their child’s ability to succeed in school. An effective partnership with parents and their child’s school often results in the success of a child.
- Limit TV on school mornings.
- Teach children to set and to use their own alarm clock or clock radio.
- Put uniform clothes out and bathe and shower in the evenings.
- Have school work and lunch ready.
- Help your child relax before bedtime with a story or a book instead of the stimulation of television.
- Avoid scheduling vacations during school time.
- Arrive to school on time because tardiness will be monitored carefully.
- Try to schedule doctor or dental appointments after school.
- Return to school with a note or doctor’s certificate after an absence.
PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (P.T.O.)
All parents are invited to become members of our Parent-Teacher Organization. Membership dues are only $5.00 for each family. All scheduled meetings will be shown on the monthly school calendar. The PTO sponsors the Fall Fest as well as other student centered activities.
Arabi Elementary welcomes parent volunteers! If you are able to volunteer, please speak to your child’s teacher to see how he/she may need your help and so they may notify the office of your visit. You may also speak to an active PTO member about volunteering for PTO activities. We appreciate any help you can give us. All volunteers will be required to read and sign our Volunteer handbook which will be provided in the office. All parents must check in at the office before going to any classroom or any part of the building. Parents are not to accompany the student into the building or visit in the classrooms unless your visit has been pre-arranged with the teacher and office personnel have granted permission.
Mark all articles of clothing and personal items with the student’s name. Please be sure to take the time to do this properly. Items could be returned if labeled properly. Lost articles which are not marked and are not claimed in a reasonable time will be given to a charitable organization. Cell phones, Apple watches, iPods, toys, electronic games, spinners, trinkets, dolls, stuffed animals, trading cards, radios, CD players, balls, electronic games, gum, or expensive jewelry should not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such items. HATS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN SCHOOL AND/OR ON THE SCHOOL BUS UNLESS DESIGNATED BY TEACHERS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. This does not include winter outdoor hats. These articles will be taken away from students and a parent may be required to pick them up for return.
POLICY ON NON-DISCRIMINATION
The St. Bernard Parish School Board adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal civil rights laws and regulations that are applicable to this agency. Therefore, no one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); Sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972); disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973); or age (Age Discrimination Act of 1975) in attaining educational goals and objectives and in the administration of personnel policies and procedures. Concerns or questions should be directed to Tommie Powell, St. Bernard Parish School Board, 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043, or call 504-301-2000.
PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS/GRADING POLICY
Progress reports will be distributed in the middle of each grading period. Report cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks period. The following grading scale is used for reporting purposes:
Grading Scale for Regular Courses
PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS (Grades K-5)
- A student must achieve the objectives specified by the Louisiana Department of Education. (Kindergarten through Grade 5).
- If a student in grades 1 -5 fails ELA or Math, a Summer Recovery Program is an option. If a student fails ELA and Math, the result is retention in the current grade.
- Students in grades K-5 must be in attendance for at least 166 days during the school year. All absences are counted in the 14 day absence policy.
- Students will be considered for promotion/retention based on the promotion/retention policy set forth in the PUPIL PROGRESSION PLAN adopted annually by the St. Bernard Parish School Board and approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
PLEASE COVER ANY TEXTBOOKS. CHILDREN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROPER CARE OF TEXTBOOKS, CLASS TEXTS OR NOVELS AND LIBRARY BOOKS. PAYMENT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL LOST AND/OR DAMAGED BOOKS. BOOK PRICES RANGE FROM $5.25-$49.95. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD CARE FOR BOOKS PROPERLY.
Students will be assigned the following parish-adopted textbooks:
ELA/Reading...........Core Knowledge (K-2) Great Minds/Wit and Wisdom (3-5)
Math..................... Eureka Math (Kdg.-5)
SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Attending the meetings is another way of keeping informed about the educational policies concerning the parish and the school. These meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the school board office, 200 E. St. Bernard Highway.
A school calendar will be sent home at the beginning of each month outlining monthly school activities. Please keep this calendar in a convenient location.
The Arabi Elementary students will be the Arabi Alligators. The school colors are Khaki and Forest Green.
Student insurance is offered to children for a nominal fee. It covers a student on the way to and from school and on school-sponsored activities. Each child will receive information regarding school insurance at the beginning of the school year. If you do not have adequate insurance coverage for your child, the student insurance is recommended. You must complete this process with the insurance company.
STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The St. Bernard Parish School Board shall require any student complaint about sexual harassment reported to a teacher or counselor to be immediately reported to the principal. Policy JCEA of the St. Bernard Parish School Board specifically prohibits students, employees, and/or visitors from engaging in sexual harassment. If you feel that your child has been a victim of Sexual Harassment, please contact your child’s principal immediately.
If you need assistance in filing a Sexual Harassment complaint, or if you wish to appeal the decision of your child’s principal regarding his/her resolution of such, please contact the school district’s investigating officer, Tommie Powell. If the complaint is against the principal of the school, please contact the Superintendent.
School begins at 8:00 a.m. Please see that your child arrives on time for school each day. Once a child receives three tardies, parents will be sent a letter explaining the seriousness of the situation. Five tardies in a school semester will result in a referral to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance. Please note that tardiness affects perfect attendance and promotion.
Awards are given at the end of the year to a student who misses no more than one-half day during the school year. One-half day consists of 3 ½ hours of missed school. Tardiness and checkouts are counted as missed school and may keep a child from receiving perfect attendance.
As a parent of a public school student you have the right to know the qualifications of your child’s teacher. To obtain information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher, please contact the principal.
Each month a “Terrific Kid” is chosen by every K-5th grade teacher to be awarded a T-shirt and a certificate. A “Terrific Kid” is helpful, has a good attitude, thoughtful and a good role model for other students.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students will be given the state mandated assessments. Current specific dates and times that tests will be administered are listed in the important dates section of this book. This may be subject to change.
TEST RETURN POLICY
Test packets will be sent home on a regular basis. It is important that you review the tests with your child. Signed tests must be returned to their teacher. Please read your child’s teacher’s class procedures when they are sent home in August.
TITLE IX WOMEN’S EQUITY IN EDUCATION ACT
It is the policy of the St. Bernard Parish School board to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all activities, programs and employment practices of the school district. To view a copy of the complaint process or if you have any questions or complaints concerning sex discrimination please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Tommie Powell, St. Bernard Parish School Board, 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043, or call 504-301-2000.
TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL
To withdraw your child from our school, come at least one day ahead of time to give us time to get all of the necessary information for you. Remember that teachers cannot be disturbed during class time to complete the withdrawal forms.
Classroom visits must be scheduled by appointment through the with the classroom teacher who will notify the office of your visit.
Parents and visitors must report to the office and sign in before visiting anywhere in the school building. As part of new security measures for your child, we will ask all visitors to our school, including parents, to provide their drivers’ licenses for simple background checks before they are allowed in the school and in classrooms. Such a check will not be necessary for business conducted in the office or ceremonies when entrance and exit is through the Multi-Purpose Room, Gym or Cafeteria. This procedure will be instituted to further guarantee the safety of all children at Arabi Elementary, and we appreciate your cooperation.
Our new and improved website can be accessed through our St. Bernard Parish School District site, www.stbernard.k12.la.us or directly at http://arabi.sbpsb.org. Our website will provide our calendar, homework information, direct links to your child’s teachers as well as the most up to date information we can provide on school events.