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Educating Students to be Their Best IN and FOR the World!
Roosevelt Elementary School
2016-17
Parent & Student Handbook
Husky
 
Academic excellence in a family atmosphere
 
Principal Dennis Rapal
OFFICE 248-865-6620
SAFELINE 248-865-6622
FAX 248-865-6621
2065 Cass Lake Road
Keego Harbor, MI 48320
www.wbsd.org/rooseveltes
 

 
CONTENTS
MISSION
VISION
BELIEFS
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
ATTENDANCE
ATTENDANCE - EARLY DISMISSAL
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
BREAKFAST & LUNCH 
CODE OF CONDUCT 
COMMUNICATION
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
DAILY SCHEDULE
DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION
DRESS AND APPEARANCE
DROP-OFF/ PICK-UP
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
EMERGENCY CARDS
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
EXPECTATIONS - BATHROOM, HALLWAY, LUNCHROOM, PLAYGROUND, TECHNOLOGY
FIELD TRIP POLICY
FIRE, TORNADO, AND OTHER DRILLS
HEALTHY SNACKS
ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL
KIDS KLUB
LOST AND FOUND
MEDICATION
PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND VOLUNTEERS
PLEASE VISIT US
RECESS
REPORT CARDS (POWERSCHOOL) 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP 
STUDENT SAFETY
SUPPORT SERVICES 
TOYS & ELECTRONIC DEVICES
WBSD BULLYING POLICY
 

  
PURPOSE
Academic excellence in a family atmosphere.
 
MISSION
To educate students to be their best, IN and FOR the world.
 
PURPOSE
Academic excellence in a family atmosphere.
  
MISSION
To educate students to be their best, IN and FOR the world.

VISION
To develop socially responsible citizens empowered to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global society, and who are characterized by curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate.
 
BELIEFS
● all children can and will learn;
● students learn best through authentic and engaging experiences;
● each student has unique talents which deserve development;
● equity and access to rigorous curriculum is every student’s right;
● inquiry-based instruction fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving;
● technology enriches how teachers teach and students learn;
● diversity is one of our strengths;
● building strong relationship increases trust and positively impacts learning;
● inspiring learning is a shared responsibility;
● learning together and collaborating as professionals empowers us to meet the needs of each student;
● all employees, departments, and buildings are interdependent and strengthen our ability to accomplish our mission; and 
● resources must be maximized to excellently accomplish our mission.
 
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
Notice of nondiscrimination: The West Bloomfield School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, religions, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities.  Richard Arnett, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Labor Relations, has been designated to handle inquires regarding discrimination and labor relations.  He can be reached at 5810 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48324, 248-865-6424, rick.arnett@wbsd.org
 
ATTENDANCE
Roosevelt Elementary School expects students to have good daily attendance.  If your child will be tardy or absent from school due to illness or for personal reasons, please call Roosevelt's Safeline at 248-865-6622.  The Safeline is a 24-hour answering machine that will take your message.  If your child will be absent for three or more days, please call for make-up work.  Please give your child’s teacher at least 24 hours notice to get work together.
 
The office and teachers keep very careful records on student attendance.  It is important that students arrive to school on time, so that they can be in class before 9:07 a.m.  Students need to spend the entire day at school unless there is a Doctor’s appointment or a family emergency, to ensure that their educational needs are met.  We work closely with Youth Assistance and the Prosecutor’s Office on issues related to attendance.  If your child becomes ill with a communicable disease (measles, head lice, pink eye, etc.) please notify the school office.
 
Supervisory personnel are not on duty until 8:45 a.m.  Students are not allowed to arrive earlier than 8:45 a.m.   This is very important to make sure that students are safely supervised. 
 
ATTENDANCE - EARLY DISMISSAL
Prior to the end of the school day, students are only dismissed from the school office.  The office staff will only release students to the student's parent(s) and/or authorized people designated on the student's emergency card.  If a parent is restricted from having contact with his/her child, the school must have court documentation that specifically eliminates contact with that child.  If a parent has visitation rights, that parent is allowed to have full access to his/her child at school and participate in all school related functions. Therefore, it is very important to notify the office of any additions or deletions to the authorized persons listed on the emergency card, and to supply the office with court documentation prohibiting a parent’s contact with his/her child. All parents or their designees must sign the sign-out sheet when leaving school.  The safety of our students is of primary importance!
 
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Roosevelt Elementary School has student activities before and after school.  These activities are extracurricular/enrichment activities.  These activities are designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in programs that enrich their educational or social development.  In order to provide the most safety for students, and for the school and parents to be prepared, the following shall be Roosevelt’s School policy on Before/After School Activities.
 
● Every student must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian by the day of the activity. 
● Students will not be allowed to call home or their parent’s work to get verbal permission unless there is extreme rationale.  (Family emergency-student absence, etc.)
● Under unusual circumstances the office will accept verbal or fax parent/guardian permission on the phone when the office verifies the caller.
● The sponsor of an activity is in charge.  Students are expected to show respect and to behave properly.  If the sponsor of an activity feels that a student’s behavior warrants dismissal from the activity, the case will be brought to Mr. Ebert before a dismissal decision is made.
 
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Breakfast: Children need healthy meals to learn.  Studies have shown that the most important meal of the day if your child's breakfast.  It is important that you student start his/her day off right and the West Bloomfield School District offers a healthy breakfast every morning for $1.25.  Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m.  
 
Lunch: Lunch is available to students for $2.35, and includes the main entree, roll or bread, fruit, vegetable, and milk.  A la carte milk prices are $0.50.  Students may also pack a lunch, brought in a bag with their name clearly marked on it.  Please see the daily schedule for lunch times.
 
Nutrition Department:  Please visit our Nutrition Department for more information.
 
Pay For It: Please visit PayForIt.net to add money to your child's meal account.  Instructions on how to use PayFotIt.net can be found here.  With Pay For It you can add money onto your child's meal account over the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Free & Reduced Lunch:  Applications for the Free and Reduced priced meal program will be sent home on the first day of school. Students on the lunch program last year must submit a new form for the new school year.  One form per family.  Families are required to fill out just one application for their entire household and the application will be good for an entire school year. If your family currently receives SNAP benefits, you may already qualify for free meals. These families will be notified by mail of their eligibility and will NOT have to complete a paper application. Students that qualified for the program last school year must submit a new application by September 30th. Applications are accepted throughout the school year and are available at the main office at each building. 
 
CODE OF CONDUCT
Successful school behavior is dependent upon the cooperation of students, staff, and parents.  Parents and school personnel must have clear and precise expectations for appropriate student behavior.  Please see the WBSD Code of Conduct for specifics.  
 
COMMUNICATION
Roosevelt Elementary School strives to ensure that communication between home and school is accurate and timely.  Our school communicates with our community through:
 
Phone Calls –staff voice mail
● Email - staff email addresses can be found on our staff directory
● Letters
● Parent-Teacher Conferences
● Our School Web Site: http://wbsd.org/rooseveltes
● Report cards (4 times/year) and mid-marking period progress reports via PowerSchool
 
Please do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher or the school office should you have any questions or concerns.  During school hours, a teacher's responsibility is toward his/her entire class.  Impromptu meetings with teachers in the classroom may be disruptive to the educational setting and take time away from students.  Teachers often indicate a preferred method of communication; email, phone calls, notes, etc.  Because teachers work with children during the business day we ask for your patience while awaiting a response.  If you need to speak to a teacher, please schedule an appointment. By scheduling an appointment, teachers can give you their undivided attention.
 
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Roosevelt has wonderful opportunities to have your child involved in many after school activities.  Mrs. Sally Unrath and Mrs. Lisa Jennings coordinate these activities. We find that students who belong to some kind of extra curricular activity do better in school and enjoy school more.  Therefore, the staff at Roosevelt encourages all students to get involved in before and after school activities.  Please call Mrs. Jennings at 248-865-6620 for further information.
 
DAILY SCHEDULE
6:45 a.m. Kids Klub opens
8:15 a.m. School office opens
8:42 a.m. Staff arrives at building
8:45 a.m. Student Breakfast
8:55 a.m. Student Drop Off
9:07 a.m. Students enter building (first bell)
9:15 a.m. Classroom instructional day begins (last bell)
11:35 a.m.Lunch/Recess: Grades K,1,2    
12:20 p.m.Lunch/Recess: Grades 3,4  
12:45 p.m.Lunch/Recess: Grades 5, All Magnet      
4:07 p.m. Instructional day ends for all grades
4:30 p.m. School office closes
6:30 p.m. Kids Klub closes
 
Students are not allowed to arrive earlier than 8:55 a.m., unless they are participating in the breakfast program, because supervisory personnel are not on duty until 8:55 a.m.  This is very important to make sure that students are safely supervised.
 
Students participating in the breakfast program may proceed to the cafeteria and safeties may report to their posts at 8:45 a.m., while all other students must remain outside until 9:07 a.m.
 
Please note that Great Start Readiness Program for children that are four years old, runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Time subject to change by Community Education.
 
DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION
Resident elementary children living more than one mile from school will be provided bus transportation through Durham Transportation Services.  Durham will send postcards to families approximately one week before the start of the school year to communicate bus stop location and times.
 
DRESS AND APPEARANCE
School dress and personal adornment are forms of self-expression.  As such, they are subject to fashion trends and the personal taste of the student and his or her individual family. However, no student's dress or personal adornment shall materially jeopardize, interfere with, disturb, or negatively affect:
     1.  The health of the student or other students.
     2.  The safety and welfare of the student or other students.
     3.  The orderly conduct of the educational process.
 
● Inappropriate messages on clothing are not allowed.
● Hats or head coverings are not allowed inside the school building, with the exception of those worn for religious practices and special spirit days.
● Undergarments are not to be seen.
● Stomachs and midriffs are to be covered.
● Pants are to be worn appropriately – “sagging” is not allowed.
● Tank tops must be school appropriate.  All tank top straps should be a minimum of two-fingers wide.
● Wear shoes that are safe.  Gym shoes should be worn to gym to prevent injury.
● During Winter months please send a change of shoes to avoid wet boots in the classroom.
● Shorts or skirts, when standing with arms to the side, must be equal or greater in length than the middle finger.
● Students should not wear neck chains or other adornments that could cause injury.
● Purses must remain at home or in student lockers.
 
DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  The parking lot is only to be used for parking, not for drop-off and pick-up.
Drop-off begins at 8:55 a.m. Parents dropping off their children should drive down Shroeder Blvd, wrap around the school onto Beechmont St., drive up Beland Ave, and onto our front loop.  Please note that signs are posted that you may not turn enter Beland directly from Cass Lake Road and enter our front loop (click here to see map).
 
Dismissal begins at 4:07 p.m.  Students will be lined up in the gym, and called out to the front loop as parents arrive.  Parents picking up their children should drive down Shroeder Blvd, wrap around the school onto Beechmont St., drive up Beland Ave, and onto our front loop (click here to see map).  Please note that signs are posted that you may not turn enter Beland directly from Cass Lake Road and enter our front loop.  In the event that a student is not picked up by 4:30 p.m. when the school office closes, the student will be taken to Kids Klub and charged this appropriate drop-in fees. 
 
In the case of very bad weather, students will be inside school in the Gym waiting for their ride.  We will use two-way radios to call students to the pick up area.  This procedure will take more time and we ask for your patience and cooperation.  It is extremely important that you do not park your car in the waiting line and come in to school to pick up your child.
 
Students are not permitted to walk to cars in the parking lot without a parent or guardian.  Please check in with a staff member on duty if you park your car and walk to the pick-up line to get your child.  It is also important to note that students should not be picked up at alternative locations (e.g. Gino’s or church parking lots).  We will not allow students to cross to these areas for pick up.
 
Students are permitted to walk home from school with a note from a parent.  A parent may write one note giving the student the option of walking home at any time or on certain days.  That note will be kept on file in the office.  All students without parent notes will be sent to Kids Klub if no parent picks up their child by 4:30 p.m. and will be charged appropriate Kids Klub rates.
 
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
There may be conditions that could force Roosevelt to dismiss students early such as power failure, severe weather, furnace failure, etc.  Roosevelt has a system of calling all parents or emergency numbers before allowing students to leave school.  If our emergency callers are not able to reach a parent or emergency designee, students will be kept at school until a parent or designee checks out the child.
 
In the case of early notification of school closing, the superintendent will call the following radio and television stations to announce school closings: CKLW, WJR, WXYT, WPON, WWJ, WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4), WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).
 
EMERGENCY CARDS
Reaching the correct adults in a student emergency is crucial.  When filling out your child's emergency card, please include all the numbers where you can be reached during school hours. Also list the names and numbers of all persons you wish to have access to your child at school. The emergency card should contain any special instructions, food allergies, and custodial restrictions for your child. (Court documentation is needed.)  Please provide the office with updated information, should these contacts or phone numbers change.
 
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
In order to register your child at Roosevelt School, you must either live within the boundaries of Roosevelt Elementary School or be an accepted School of Choice family.  If you live in Roosevelt’s attendance area please call 248-865-6620.  Normal office hours at 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please do not fax or email enrollment forms and accompanying documentation. They must be presented in person by the parents or legal guardians at the time of enrollment.  For more information about the district’s School of Choice procedure please call 248-865-6453.  For registration you will need the following:
 
Required documentation:
● Parent or guardian government issued photo identification with district address (driver’s license, state I.D.)
● Proof of residency (three sources)
   ○  One of the following:
      ■ Closing Statement
      ■ Deed
      ■ Recent property tax statement
      ■ Property transfer affidavit
      ■ Signed lease agreement (tenant and occupants' names, beginning and ending dates)
   ○ Two current utility bills (no cable, phone,mobile phone)
      ■ Gas statement
      ■ Electric statement
● If applicable, legal guardianship documentation obtained from the Probate court is required at the time of enrollment.
● Certified copy of birth certificate (with raised seal)
● Immunization records
● Vision screening (kindergarten students only)
 
EXPECTATIONS - BATHROOM
● Wash your hands with one pump of soap
● Dry your hands with one push of the dryer
● Give people privacy
● Use a quiet voice
● Return to your room promptly
 
EXPECTATIONS - HALLWAY
● Stay in line
● Keep “body behind body” facing forward
● Keep hands to your sides
● Keep your voices off
 
EXPECTATIONS - LUNCHROOM
● Wait patiently in line for your turn
● Talk to people near you in a low voice
● Keep you hands and feet to yourself
● Get quiet on the signal
● Sit with your feet on the floor, bottom on the bench and face the table
● Clean up your table area and floor when it is time
 
EXPECTATIONS - PLAYGROUND
● Stay within the boundaries
● Use playground equipment correctly and safely
● Keep your hands and feet to yourself
● Get permission to enter the building
● Keep rocks, sticks, and snow on the ground
● Keep your emotions under control
● Follow the Para professionals directions the first time
 
EXPECTATIONS - TECHNOLOGY
● Please see the WBSD Acceptable Use Policy
 
FIELD TRIP POLICY
Field trips are enrichment educational experiences for students that supplement our curriculum.  Field trips are part of the total educational experience that Roosevelt’s staff designs for students.  In order to provide the most safety for students, and for students and the school to be prepared, the following shall be Roosevelt’s School Policy on Field Trips.
● Every student must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian by the day of the trip.  Teachers will make every effort to secure permission slips from their students.
● When students are going on field trips, siblings will not be taken from another classroom or school for participation on the trip.
● If a student is absent from school, that student is not allowed to participate in the field trip or an after school function unless given prior approval by the principal.
● Students will not be allowed to call home or their parent’s work to get verbal permission unless there is extreme rationale.  (Family emergency-student absence, etc.)
● The office will accept verbal or fax parent/guardian permission on the phone when the office verifies the caller.  
● The teacher will notify Lisa Jennings (secretary) regarding students taking authorized medication.  The arrangement between Mrs. Jennings and the teacher must be done at least one day in advance.
● Teachers will have a cell phone for emergency use on field trips.
● The walking field trip form is designed to reduce the need for additional paperwork when students walk to the field trip location.  Parents will be notified in advance for these trips.  
 
FIRE, TORNADO, AND OTHER DRILLS
Roosevelt's students are required to follow all rules and regulations regarding safety procedures during these practice sessions.  Roosevelt's record is superior in getting students into designated areas quickly and efficiently.  Students are taught these safety procedures from the beginning of the school year and they are reinforced through periodic drill sessions.  Students are expected to move quickly and quietly, follow all directions by their supervisor, and return to their classrooms.  Students who choose not to follow these rules will have their parents notified immediately.
 
HEALTHY SNACKS
Here at Roosevelt, we like to emphasize healthy eating for our students.  Most classrooms offer students the opportunity to bring a healthy snack to school to enjoy before lunch.  We ask that you carefully select the snacks that you send and make sure they are healthy.  The classrooms are also nut free, so please do not send in your student with nut product.
 
ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL
If a student becomes seriously ill or has a serious accident at school, the school office immediately contacts parents.  The office staff must make an initial judgment as to the seriousness of an illness or injury.  In the case of minor items such as a stomach ache or headache, students are encouraged to rest in the office and then go back to class.  If this strategy does not help, the office staff may call home.  If you wish to be notified any time your child complains of an illness, please indicate your wishes on the emergency card by stating. “Please contact me any time my child comes to the office with an illness or injury complaint.”
 
KIDS KLUB
Before school and after school child care is available at Roosevelt.  For further information regarding times and fees, please call Community Education at 248-865-6468 or visit the Kids Klub website.
 
LOST AND FOUND
To avoid needing to visit our lost and found, please put your child’s name inside all coats, hats, boots, lunch boxes, etc.  Items, such as clothing and footwear that are lost, may be found outside the gym in the hallway.  Parents and students are encouraged to look in our lost and found for anything missing clothing or footwear.  Items such as money and jewelry may be found in our office where students are instructed to turn in such items.  If glasses are missing, the classroom and then the office are the best place to check first.
 
MEDICATION
The office staff will administer medication to students only under very strict guidelines:
 
● A medication form must be filled out and signed by the Doctor and Parent/Guardian.  Forms are available in the school office. A NEW FORM must be filled out each school year.
● Any change in dosage must be reflected on a new medication form also signed by the Doctor and Parent/Guardian.
● AN ADULT MUST DELIVER ALL MEDICATION TO OR FROM SCHOOL.  Children are NOT permitted to carry medication to and from school.  Medication must be in the original container.
 
School personnel are not permitted to prescribe and/or administer any type of medication such as aspirin, cough drops, antacids, etc. without the above requirements satisfied.
 
PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND VOLUNTEERS
We greatly encourage parent and community involvement in our school.    There are so many opportunities to work as a team to create the best educational atmosphere for our students.  Roosevelt has a very active Parent Teacher Organization.  This group consists of parents, local business people, Board of Education members, teachers, local community people, and the principal.  We encourage you to visit and spend time at our school.  Volunteering for school or class activities is a wonderful model to offer our children.   Visit our PTO Facebook page or our PTO informational page.
 
PLEASE VISIT US!
We encourage you to visit our school.  The safety of our students and the instructional integrity of the school day are two of the highest priorities for our students.  Therefore, please: follow the procedures below:
 
● All visitors must enter through the main doors and sign in at the office.  The office staff will give you identification.
● If you are visiting a classroom to volunteer or just observe, you must make an appointment with the teacher prior to the visit.
 
RECESS
All students at Roosevelt School have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air by going outside for lunch recess.  We expect that all students who are healthy enough to come to school are healthy enough to go out for recess.  However, if a child is recovering from a hospitalization stay, an extended illness at home, or an injury such as a broken bone, please have the doctor write a request for the child to remain inside. If the child simply has a cold, he/she is expected to go outside. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to go outside when the weather is cold.  Recess will be indoors on rainy days or when the temperature is below 0 (wind chill).  
 
REPORT CARDS (POWERSCHOOL)
Report Cards can be found online at PowerSchool.  Report cards are uploaded to PowerSchool four times per year at the end of each marking period.  School attendance is updated daily on PowerSchool.  To set up an account you must first have an Access ID and Access Password, which you can get by contacting Roosevelt's main office.  Instructions for setting up a Power School Account can be found here.  
 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP
At Roosevelt Elementary school, we believe strongly in empowering students to have a voice in how the school is run.  We want their input to make things better and to help the school be a safe and engaging learning environment.  Students can lead in many ways at Roosevelt, but we have formalized student leadership through Student Council and Pack Leaders.
 
Student Council (1st through 5th Grade)
Roosevelt’s student council is a way for students in 1st through 5th grade to help in leading our school. Two representatives from each class meet once a month to discuss upcoming fundraisers and school-wide events.  Class representatives are selected by a class election in the Fall.  Every student is given the opportunity to share their ideas and then the student council representatives vote.  After all of our meetings the student council representatives go back to their classrooms and share with their class what we discussed and any upcoming events.  Participation in student council is one of the many ways that we prepare students to be future Pack Leaders.
 
Pack Leaders (5th Grade)
Students can lead in many ways at Roosevelt, but for 5th graders, leadership is formalized through our Pack Leader program.   Mrs. Law, Mrs. Arnoldi and Ms. Rich are the sponsors for the Pack Leader program.  Their job is to select the Pack Leaders and to facilitate the jobs they perform, while also assisting the Leaders in their endeavors to support our school.  At the end of 4th grade, students are invited to apply for a Pack Leader job.  There is an official job application which includes scenarios that Pack Leaders must respond to at their assigned job.  The selected Leaders are then trained by the “almost graduated” 5th graders.  The new Pack Leaders begin their job at the end of 4th grade and start back up the first day of school.  In September, students who are new to the school or who may not have been selected in the spring, are given an opportunity to reapply for a Pack Leader Job.  We LOVE having students be so engaged in running our school.  
 
There are many ways a Pack Leader can support our school:
 
Safety Patrol: School Safeties help to keep our school safe and running smoothly.  Their duties may include: Classroom Supporter, Lunchroom Helper, Lunch Card Returner, Kindergarten Doors, Breakfast, Crossing Guard, Hallway Supervisor, Car Pick-Up Helper, Flag, Office Helper
 
Office and Technology Support: Our school offers a large variety of technological opportunities for students.  We like to have the students play an integral part of this integration.  Their duties may include: Taking Pictures around School, Supporting Teachers with Technology in their Classrooms, Uploading Items to the two TVs Outside the Office, Recycling, Energy Captain, Germ Prevention, Touring Prospective Families, Mentoring a New Roosevelt Student, Morning Announcers
 
Fundraising and School Events: Our school loves supporting our community and the students at Roosevelt.  This group of leaders may have duties that include: Organizing Fundraisers (such as our Thanksgiving Food Drive), Working the Husky Den, Helping to Select Spirit Days, Organizing the Box Tops for Education to raise money for our school
 
STUDENT SAFETY
Students are expected to use all school equipment in a safe manner.  Playground equipment, although fun, may be dangerous if not used properly.  Parents are greatly urged to reinforce safety expectations with their child.
 
Students will follow the directions of crossing guards and other supervisory personnel including paraprofessionals, bus drivers, teachers, principal, and others who have the responsibility to maintain a safe and orderly school.  Failure to cooperate with safety rules and/or supervisory personnel will result in the enforcement of the student code of conduct.
 
SUPPORT SERVICES
Roosevelt Elementary School has many specialists.  The following services are available to students, staff, and parents:
 
● Speech/Language Therapist
● Social Worker
● School Psychologist
● Special Education Teachers
● Special Education Para Professionals
● Reading Consultant
● Information and Technology Specialists
● Title I  Para Professionals
If you have any questions regarding these resources, please call the school office.
 
 
TOYS & ELECTRONIC DEVICES
For the safety of our students we ask students to keep toys and electronic devices at home, unless specific exceptions are made by both the parent and classroom teacher.
 
WEST BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT - BULLYING 8250 (Cf.8018)
The West Bloomfield Board of Education recognizes that bullying and cyberbullying are inappropriate conduct detrimental to the learning process and establishment of a safe school environment. 
 
Through this policy, the Board prohibits bullying “at school,” as defined below, as well as off-campus conduct that could likely lead to a material or substantial disruption of the school learning environment for one or more students.
 
This policy is intended to protect all students from bullying, regardless of the subject matter or motivation for the behavior.  The Board of Education, through this policy, also prohibits retaliation or false accusations against a target of bullying, a witness or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying.
 
Definitions
 
“Bullying,” for the purposes of this policy, means any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more district students, either directly or indirectly, by doing any of the following:
 
1. substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits or programs;
2. adversely affecting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities by placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;
3. having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health; or,
4. causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school. 
 
Bullying may include, but is not limited to the following:
 
● Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling; taking and/or damaging a person’s belongings; extorting money; blocking or impeding student movement; unwelcome physical contact; punching, shoving, poking, choking, pulling hair, beating, biting, throwing objects, etc.
● Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, hurtful name-calling, making threats, gossiping, etc.
● Psychological - spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion or intimidation.
 
“At school,” for purposes of this policy, means anywhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle and at a school-sponsored activity or event, whether or not the activity or event is held on school premises. “At school” includes the off-premises use of a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider if the device or service provider is owned by or under the control of the district.
 
“Cyberbullying” is defined as the use of information and communication technologies such as the Internet, telephone, cell phone, pager or other electronic devices to engage in “bullying.”
 
Accountability
Each student in the West Bloomfield School District is age-appropriately accountable for his/her own behavior.  The Board of Education believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. Respect for all students is part of a safe and healthy learning environment.  Each student is expected to demonstrate respect through their interactions with the give-and-take of friendships, group cooperation, social interaction, compromise and acceptance of differences among other students and staff.
 
Retaliation
Retaliation against a target of bullying, a witness, another person with reliable information about an act of bullying or any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of the West Bloomfield Board of Education policy and independent of whether a complaint is found to have been substantiated. 
 
Suspected reprisal or retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying. Making intentionally false reports about bullying for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. 
 
Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action.
 
Procedure
1.   Any student who believes that s/he has been or is currently the victim of bullying should immediately report the situation to the principal or their designee. Other students are encouraged, and staff members are required, to report any situation they believe may be bullying directed toward a student.  Reports shall be made to the principal or their designee.
2.   As soon as practicable after receiving such a report, the principal  or their designee will notify the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the possible victim and alleged perpetrator that a report has been made, that the district will conduct an investigation and that the district will communicate the results of the investigation.  Legally recognized student confidentiality requirements will be strictly followed.  The principal will also notify the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction immediately after receiving such a report.
In instances where bullying is believed to be based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability, a complaint should also be filed with the school district’s designated compliance officer.  The school district will then, in addition to following the specific procedures for investigating claims of bullying, follow its policies and practices for investigating claims of discrimination.
ADOPTED:  April 30, 2012
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