• Lacoste Student Handbook

     

    ACADEMIC AWARDS

    A student who receives all A’s and B’s, including conduct and satisfactory cultural arts grades will receive an honor roll certificate.  Honor roll certificates are issued at the end of each nine weeks and at the end of the year. 

    ARP (Accelerated Reader Program)

    Children in all grades are encouraged to participate in the Accelerated Reader Program (ARP) which promotes reading for enjoyment.  Children read books, then complete a computerized test on each book read.  They earn points for reading and receive prizes as the points accumulate.                                                    

    ARRIVAL

    • The school day begins at 8:40 a.m. for students in Pre-K4 through 5th grade.
    • Students should arrive at school between 8:15 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.  Students may not arrive on campus before supervision begins at 8:15 a.m.
    • Students arriving after 8:40 a.m. must report to the office with a parent to sign in and receive a check-in pass.
    • Students riding school buses will be dropped off at the bus loading area at the cafeteria entrance in front of the school on Missouri Street.
    • Car riders and/or nursery van riders must be dropped off at the Corinne Drive entrance on the side of the building.
    • Students may not be dropped off in any other areas of the school.  This is a safety issue, and this policy will be strictly enforced.
    • All students eating breakfast at school must report directly to the cafeteria upon arrival.
    • Any student not eating breakfast at school will report directly to the hallway outside of his/her classroom upon arrival.
    • If your child is a walker or is dropped off by you or a nursery, he/she must arrive by 8:30 a.m. in order to eat breakfast.
    • Parents are not to walk students to class.  This interferes with the classroom routine.

    Tardiness should be avoided.  Repeated tardiness may result in a parent conference and the loss of perfect attendance.  Please try to prevent this from occurring.  Excessive tardiness (5 or more per semester) will be reported to the Child Welfare and Attendance Officer.  When a child arrives late, the teacher must stop the lesson, update attendance in the computer, 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. 

    ATTENDANCE

    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 level.   The State does not distinguish between excused and unexcused; all are counted as absences.   A doctor’s note for an appointment or a one-day illness does not prevent the absence from being counted toward the 14 day limit, and once the maximum number of absences allowed is reached credit will not be granted for the school year.  Long-term illnesses will receive special consideration through our Office of Child Welfare and Attendance. 

    • Parents of absent students will receive a phone call via the Automated Calling System to be sure that you are aware that your child is not in school.
    • A doctor’s certificate is required when students are returning to school after having a communicable disease.  The school district’s Guide to Student Conduct contains information on communicable diseases.
    • Absences are closely monitored.  Excessive absences and tardies (5 per semester) are reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in accordance with State Law.
    • All doctor’s notes must be submitted within five (5) days of returning to school.

    Parent Tips for Improving Attendance: 

    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 sets the stage for the success of a child.  

    • Limit TV on school mornings.
    • Teach children to set and to use their own alarm clock or clock radio.
    • Set uniform clothes out the night before.
    • Have school work and lunch ready.
    • Bathe and shower in the evening.
    • Walk to school or the bus stop with another child who is always on time.
    • Help your child relax before bedtime with a story or a book instead of the stimulation of television.
    • Remind children how much it helps the whole family when they are ready for school.
    • Require children to come to school unless they are sick or there is a family emergency.
    • Avoid scheduling vacations during school time.
    • Arrive at school on time because tardiness will be monitored carefully.
    • Try to schedule doctor or dental appointments after school or during holiday breaks.
    • Return to school with a note or doctor’s certificate after an absence. 

    BEHAVIOR  

    The faculty and staff of Lacoste Elementary believe that the best way to enforce the St. Bernard School District’s Code of Conduct and to ensure a positive learning environment is to recognize and encourage positive behaviors.  Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is the basis for our discipline policy.  The four major behavioral expectations for students are:

                 Be Respectful         Be Responsible         Be Positive             Be Safe

    These guidelines serve as the basis for more specific rules to be followed in various settings.  Students who consistently adhere to these rules are rewarded throughout the school year. 

    BREAKFAST PROGRAM

    Breakfast is served between 8:15 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.  Walkers and car riders must arrive in the cafeteria by 8:30 if they wish to eat breakfast.  In the event of a late-arriving bus, bus riders will be allowed a reasonable amount of time to eat breakfast.                                                                                                                          

    BUSES                                                           

    • Students must follow all bus rules contained in the St. Bernard Parish 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.  Changes in bus assignment can only be made with an official change of home address or permission of the transportation supervisor.
    • 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. 

    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. 

    CHECK OUTS

    You must present identification to the office personnel, sign the child out, and state the reason for early checkout.  Habitual check outs 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 3:10 p.m. as this interferes with the preparation for our dismissal procedure.

    Advance written notice from a parent must be sent if anyone other than a parent will be checking out a child. The parent will be called to verify the check out. The person checking the child out will be required to show proper identification upon arrival to check out the child.


    CHILD WELFARE

    Educators are required by state law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to a Child Protection Agency. 

    CURRICULUM

    Students in kindergarten through fourth grades will receive instruction in self-contained classrooms. Some fifth grade classes will be departmentalized. Fifth grade students will have one teacher for ELA and Social Studies and one teacher for Math and Science. The curriculum is aligned with Louisiana mandated standards and benchmarks.  Physical education, art, and music objectives are taught by teachers specialized in these areas.  All students have access to the school library and computer labs.

    Students who qualify for Special Education services will be instructed in the classroom setting specified on their Individual Education Program (I.E.P.). The school counselor and psychologist are also available for students as needed.

    Several intervention programs are provided for students who require additional assistance to meet their reading goals.  A gifted program offers enrichment for students who meet evaluation criteria.

    DISCIPLINE

    Students are expected to follow all school rules and behave appropriately.  The teacher, the principal or the assistant 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 behavioral infractions 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 providing transportation.

    When a student is suspended, the parent will be called in for a conference.

    Whenever a question arises concerning discipline, please follow the steps listed below.

    Discuss it with your child,
    Discuss it with the teacher.
    If necessary, discuss it with an administrator.

    Please help your child develop good behavior habits as well as proper attitudes toward the school.  Become familiar with your child’s class rules as well as the Guide to Student Conduct.  Your child will be held accountable for obeying all class, school and district rules.

    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).
    • Avoid hitting, kicking, or hurting another student.
    • Avoid 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 recess:

    •  “Freeze” on the first bell or whistle.
    • Walk quietly to the line when instructed to do so.
    • Quietly move to the classroom or cafeteria.

     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 empty trays. 

    PLAYGROUND RULES

     Students should:                                                    

    • Play by cooperating with other students.
    • Avoid rough play.
    • Avoid running on all concrete areas.
    • Follow playground equipment rules established by the P.E. teachers.
    • Obey all safety rules.
    • Stay out of the area immediately surrounding the playground equipment when not using the playground equipment.   

    BUS/WALKER RULES

    Students waiting for the bus should:

    • Stay in line to wait for the bus.
    • Stay out of the street.
    • NEVER walk directly in front of, between, or behind buses.                                                  

    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.
    • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before getting out of their seats.
    • Exit the bus single file at the school entrance in the morning and walk to their assigned areas in the building.
    • Board the bus single file at the bus loading zone near the cafeteria in the afternoon.
    • Keep the bus clean. (No eating or drinking is allowed on the bus.)                                                                                

    Students who walk to and from school should:

    • Cross the street ONLY at the proper corners.
    • Always allow the traffic guards to assist them.
    • Always use the sidewalk.
    • NEVER PASS THROUGH THE PARKING LOTS.
    • Go straight home and not return to the school grounds after dismissal. 

    DISMISSAL/CHECK OUTS

    Normal dismissal time is 3:40 p.m. for students in PreK-4 through 5th grade. 

    • If an adult other than the parent is sent to check out a student, the parent will be called to verify the check out. That person’s name must be listed on the Student Emergency Card kept on file in the school office.  Office personnel will check identification, so please inform anyone you have authorized to check out your child to bring his/her driver’s license into the office.
    • No child may be checked out after 3:10, as this interferes with the safe and orderly dismissal of students.
    • All check outs must be made from the office.  Children will not be released to parents from the bus loading area.
    • Car riders will be dismissed from the gym lobby on the Mumphrey Road side of the building.  Parents of car riders will be issued a pass; please write your child’s name on the pass and keep the pass on front passenger side of your car windshield for the duty teachers to see as you approach the pick-up area.  Your cooperation with this will greatly speed up the dismissal process. 
    • Walkers will be dismissed from the front lobby on Missouri Street. Only children who WALK completely off campus will be considered walkers.  Do not park your car on campus and walk to the front door to pick up your child. This creates a dangerous traffic situation.  If you drive to school to pick up your child, he/she will be considered a car rider and will be sent to the gym entrance to be dismissed.
    • Permanent transportation changes cannot be made over the telephone or by notes sent from parents.  These changes must be processed by completing paperwork in the office.  Any student riding a bus 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.  If there is a specific day when a bus rider will NOT ride the bus, a signed written note must be sent to the homeroom teacher. Students who are not normally bus riders are not allowed to ride the bus home for any reason unless a permanent transportation change request is completed.  

    DRUG FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAM

    Lacoste Elementary students participate in state-mandated drug education classes throughout the school year.  The classes are taught by the physical education teachers and the guidance counselors. Students are instructed in the dangers of substance abuse at an early age since research shows that more students are influenced by the information when it is introduced early. 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 Guide to Student 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 Lacoste 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.  Parents will also be contacted using the district’s Emergency Mass Call System. 

    In the event schools need to be closed during the school day, the superintendent will employ the Mass Call System to contact parents.  Local radio and TV stations will also be contacted to notify the public 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 by parents will not be released until a parent has been contacted and that parent informs the school whether a family member or friend will pick up the child.

    The Emergency Automated Calling System is capable of contacting all parents in a very short period of time.  However, it is only effective if the school has current emergency telephone numbers in the system.  It is very important that parents notify the school immediately of any change in emergency phone numbers. 

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Lacoste Elementary will sponsor a variety of extra-curricular activities, clubs, and events to enrich the school experience and meet the varied interests and abilities of our students.  Each activity will have specific guidelines which will be distributed to students at the appropriate times.  Written parent permission will be required for participation in all after-school activities. Parents will be responsible for providing transportation home, as no bus service will be available. 

    FIELD TRIPS

    Field trips are an integral part of the instructional program and help bring learning to life for students.  Students are encouraged to attend all class-sponsored field trips.  School dress code and all school rules are in effect for field trips.  For each field trip, please send the money and permission slip in a well-labeled envelope.  Permission slips or money cannot be accepted after the deadline for submission. No permission slips or money will be accepted in the front office.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  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, bus damage fees, NSF checks).

    The rules for incentive field trips are established by the teacher, and incentive field trips may be withheld for disciplinary reasons. 

    Chaperones must provide a valid ID when checking in at the office. Parent chaperones must dress appropriately (NO shorts, halter tops, midriffs, etc.) and must follow chaperone guidelines. We suggest that parents wear a red T-Shirt/School Spirit Shirt for the safety of the group; it is easier for the students and teachers to identify chaperones. No other children are allowed on field trips. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not allowed on field trips.  Parents must follow regular check out procedures after field trips. 

    FIRST AID

    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.  This is another very important reason why the school should have a current home telephone number and at least three reliable emergency contact numbers. 

    FUNDRAISING POLICIES

    Fundraisers are PTC sponsored activities and are intended to be family oriented.  Sales are encouraged through family members, business contacts, and friends, NOT through door to door sales by students.  Please do not let your child sell school items for fund raisers unsupervised. 

    FUNDS/RETURNED CHECKS 

    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 Lacoste Elementary School.  If an NSF check is received, the policy will revert to “cash only” for the person(s) who sent the check.   

    HOMEWORK

    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.  Homework is expected to be turned in completed each day.

    Individual class homework policies will be distributed by the teachers.  Homework schedules will be sent home weekly. Check with the teacher if you have any questions concerning homework. 

    ILLNESSES/EMERGENCIES

    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. 

    LIBRARY

    Each student has a regular library period as part of the curriculum.  During this period, the librarians read to the students, teach them library skills, and instruct 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 overdue book is returned.

    Students are responsible for the books they check out.  If a book is lost or destroyed, 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.  

    MEDICATION

    Please inform both 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.  Arrangements for school office 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.  For short term medication requirements, parents are welcome to bring the medicine to the school office at the time it is due.  The student will be called to meet the parent in the office to take the medicine.

    Students are not allowed to bring medicine of any kind (including cough drops, nasal inhalants, chapstick, etc.) to school.  

    PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION

    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, 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 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.  The principal, one of the assistant principals, 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 principal or the assistant principal.  Many problems can be resolved if communication lines are left open.  Incorrect information can often result in frustration. 

    PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (P.T.C.)

    All parents are invited to become members of our Parent-Teacher Club.  Membership dues are only $5.00 for each family.  All scheduled meetings will be listed on the monthly school calendar.  The PTC sponsors student-centered activities and fund raisers.  

    PARENT VOLUNTEERS

    Lacoste Elementary welcomes parent volunteers!  If you are able to volunteer in any capacity, please speak to your child’s teacher or a PTC member.  We appreciate any help you can give us.  All parents must check in at the office before going to any classroom or any part of the building.  Parents are not to accompany students into the building unless office personnel have granted permission.  

    PERSONAL BELONGINGS

    Mark all articles of clothing and personal items with the student’s name.  Please be sure to take the time to do this properly.  Many items that end up in lost and found could be returned if labeled properly. Lost articles that are not marked and are not claimed in a reasonable time will be donated to a charitable organization.  Students should bring only supplies and books necessary for class. Students are NOT allowed to bring cell phones, Apple watches, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, trading cards, radios, cassette/CD players, iPods, balls, electronic games, gum, etc.  The school is not responsible for the loss of or damage to such items.  CAPS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN SCHOOL AND/OR ON THE SCHOOL BUS UNLESS DESIGNATED BY TEACHERS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS.  Any banned articles will be taken away from students. Parents will be required to pick up the articles from an administrator.  

    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.  Anyone with questions regarding this policy may contact:

    Tommie Powell, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance

    (504) 301-2000

    200 East St. Bernard Highway

    Chalmette, LA  70043. 

    PROGRESS REPORTS/GRADING POLICY

    Progress reports will be distributed in the middle of each grading period.  Report cards are issued at the end of each nine week period.  The following grading scale is used for reporting purposes:                              

    A = 100 - 93

    B = 92 - 85

    C = 84 - 75     

    D = 74 - 67

    F = 66 - 0


    PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS (Grades K-5)

    • A student must achieve the objectives specified in the district and state curriculum. Students not meeting specified criteria for promotion are retained.
    • A child will be retained in Grades 1 and 2 if he/she earns a final grade of F in Reading/ELA and F in Math. Also, if a student receives a final grade combination of D and F in Reading/ELA and Math (either D in Reading/ELA and F in Math OR F in Reading/ELA and D in Math) the result may be retention in the current grade. Summer remediation for Grades 1 and 2 is required if the student fails either Reading/ELA or Math and is being promoted.  Promotional decisions will be made on these students after completion of summer remediation.
    • In Grades 3 – 5, students who fail two major subjects (Reading/ELA and Math) are retained.  Students who fail one major subject are eligible for summer remediation in the deficit subject. After students provide documentation of the remediation and demonstrate mastery of prescribed objectives, they may be promoted. Students who do not achieve mastery of objectives or who choose not to participate in summer remediation are retained.
    • Students in grades K-5 must be in attendance for at least 166 days during the school year.  Doctor’s excuses are only acceptable for extenuating circumstances.  All absences are counted in the 14 day absence policy.
    • Students are 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. 

    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 6:00 p.m. at the School Board Office, 200 E. St. Bernard Highway. 

    SCHOOL CALENDAR and NEWSLETTER

    A school calendar and newsletter outlining school activities will be posted on our website and sent home at the beginning of each month.  Please keep this calendar and newsletter in a convenient location.   

    STUDENT INSURANCE

    Student insurance is offered to children for a nominal fee.  It covers a student at school, on the way to and from school, and on school-sponsored activities.  Each child will receive a packet of 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.  

    STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT 

    Policy JCEA of the St. Bernard Parish School Board specifically prohibits students, employees, and/or visitors from engaging in sexual harassment.  The School Board shall require any student complaint about sexual harassment reported to a teacher or counselor to be immediately reported to the principal.  If you feel that your child has been a victim of sexual harassment please contact your child’s principal immediately.  The principal is responsible for investigating the complaint.  The right to confidentiality for all parties shall be respected. 

    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.  If the complaint is against the principal of the school, please contact the Superintendent.

    See the Guide to Student Conduct for additional information and procedures.    

    SUPPLIES

    Students should have the following each day:

    • three (3) sharpened pencils
    • school bag or backpack
    • covered textbooks
    • school homework folder

    All students received a supply list at the end of the school year or with the registration packet.  All supplies should be sent to school at the beginning of the school year.

    NOTE:  Rolling school bags are not allowed in grades K-2 and are strongly discouraged in grades 3-5.  

    TARDIES

    School begins at 8:40 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.     

    A St. Bernard Parish Perfect Attendance Certificate is presented at the end of the year to any student who misses no more than one-half day during the school year.  One-half day consists of 3 ½ hours of missed school.  Minutes missed through tardiness and checkouts are added up and may keep a child from receiving a perfect attendance award. 

    TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

    As a parent of a public school student, you have the right to know the qualifications of your child’s teacher.  To obtain this information please contact the principal.  

    TERRIFIC KIDS

    The “Terrific Kid” program is sponsored by the St. Bernard Kiwanis Club and Chalmette Refining.  Terrific Kids are selected by teachers to be recognized at monthly Terrific Kid ceremonies based on their positive attitude and other attributes. Honored students receive a certificate and Terrific Kid T-shirt. Parents of Terrific Kids receive a lawn sign.  

    TEST RETURN POLICY

    Test packets will be sent home on Wednesdays.  It is important that you review the tests with your child.  Signed tests must be returned to their teacher in a timely manner.  Please read the teacher’s class procedures when they are sent home in August.  

    TESTING

    Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take state mandated assessments in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Testing dates are set by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and are listed in the Important Dates section on page one of this book. 

    TEXTBOOKS

    Students will be assigned the following parish-adopted textbooks:

    Reading/LA.............Core Knowledge Language Arts, Engage New York Language, and Novels

    Math........................Eureka Math

    Social Studies......... CKLA (K-2)

             District Curriculum (3)

             Social Studies Weekly (4 and 5)

    Science...................District Curriculum (K-5)

      

    CHILDREN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROPER CARE OF STATE OWNED TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS.  PAYMENT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL LOST AND/OR DAMAGED BOOKS.  BOOK PRICES RANGE FROM $5.25-$63.97.  PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD CARE FOR BOOKS PROPERLY. 

    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.  Any questions or complaints concerning discrimination should be reported to 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 to the office at least one day ahead of time to make an official request for withdrawal.  This gives us time to collect all of the necessary information for you.  Remember that teachers cannot be disturbed during class time to complete withdrawal forms.  

    VISITORS

    We encourage parents to visit our school.  All visitors must report to the office, sign in, and be issued a pass before visiting anywhere in the school building.  Classroom visits must be scheduled by appointment through the school office.  As an added precaution to ensure the safety of our students, Lacoste Elementary will require parents and other visitors to provide a Driver’s License for a simple background screening before entering the student areas of the building.  Please be sure to bring your Driver’s License with you to the office when making a school visit. We appreciate your cooperation.