STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
All Pitre students will report directly to their assigned grade level area in the school building(s) upon arrival on campus in the morning. All students, except Pre K, are required to have appropriate reading material in the school bags. As students arrive in the morning, they report to their respective class lines. No student is to be on campus before 8:20 a.m. with the exception of those reporting for detention, tutoring, or re-entry suspension conferences. Duty teachers do not report for morning duty until 8:15 a.m. therefore, students who are on campus prior to 8:20 a.m. will be referred to the principal for disciplinary action.
Walkers will be dismissed through the side gate. All walkers are to leave the school grounds immediately. No loitering is allowed.
Persons waiting to pick up walkers are to wait outside the side gate. Do not enter either school building to pick up your child. This is to help prevent overcrowding and confusion at dismissal time. (This is also a safety issue. It is an extremely busy time and we do not want the faculty and staff distracted from the students while assisting adults in the building.) Be sure that when walking to and from school, both parents and students cross the street correctly by using the marked crosswalks. In this way you can help the children by teaching and stressing student safety while walking to and from school.
All students who are car riders must be dropped off and picked up at the front entrance of the school. Cars may not park in the fire lane and must follow the dismissal routine of waiting patiently in line as the cars circle the drive. In the morning, please observe the “Kiss, hug, sign papers, etc.” sign at the entrance to the carpool line. Cars may not park in the parking lot to wait for students. This is a major safety concern. Pre K pick-up requires a picture ID.
The Transportation Dept. has instituted a new routing procedure for buses which will hopefully benefit our children by getting them to school on time and home more quickly. It requires that all address information and contact information provided by you is true and accurate. If you have concerns regarding busing please notify the Transportation Department at 349-7721, 340-7780, or 349-7782. You may also access bus information concerning bus numbers, routes, and pickup times at jpschools.org under the Transportation tab. Children are expected to sit quietly on the bus in their assigned seats. They are to remain seated at all times. Any misbehavior on the bus could possibly cause an accident.
Bus students will be dismissed at 3:40 p.m. daily and must report immediately to their assigned bus line locations and be seated. Students are expected to remain seated until their bus arrives and follow the directions of the duty teachers.
No student will be allowed to check out after 2:00 p.m. Please make arrangements to check out students prior to 2:00 p.m. or wait until dismissal time.
We will NOT accept directions via the phone to change a student’s way home or to give permission to someone not on the emergency card to check out a student. This is a safety issue. We cannot confirm the identity of the person giving these instructions over the phone. Any change must be made in person or in writing with the parent or guardian who signed the emergency card, signing the note of request.
All walkers must wait for the crossing guard to cross them. Students are NOT to arrive at the corner of Barbe and Spruce before 8:20 a.m. Parents are NOT to let their children out of a car at the crosswalk. Everyone, including all drivers, must to obey the crossing guard.
NOTE: All students reporting prior to 8:20 a.m. and/or not off campus by 4:00 p.m. will be required to enroll in the childcare program.
APPOINTMENTS FOR CONFERENCES AND/OR STUDENT MESSAGES
Parents are urged to arrange a conference with their child’s teacher whenever any problem arises. Since class time belongs to all children, parent conferences should never be attempted during actual teaching time. To assure sufficient time for your conference, pre-arrange it by calling the school office ahead of time and making an appointment. Teachers will not be called from class to meet with parents. The teacher will arrange the conference either before or after school hours or during his/her planning period that week. Teachers are available for conferences before and after school at their discretion. You may also leave a message on the teacher’s voicemail.
All parents and other visitors MUST report immediately to the school office when arriving at school. A pass for visiting the classrooms will be provided by the school secretary after she has obtained permission to do so from an administrator and the classroom teacher. NO VISITOR WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM OR ON CAMPUS WITHOUT AN OFFICE PASS IN THEIR POSSESSION. This is a safety issue as well as an academic one. We welcome parents and guardians. However, we have found that unexpected visitors can distract students and disturb the lesson.
Student messages are delivered through the office. Only emergency messages will be relayed to students during their class time. Messages of a non-emergency nature will be transmitted to students at recess and/or lunch time.
State law requires that students must be in attendance 160 days in order to receive grades (excused absences are not counted against these days). This means that students may not miss more than 10 days of school. When a student is absent from school for any reason, a note from the parent/guardian MUST accompany the student when he/she returns to school. The note must state the reason for the absence and be signed and dated by the parent/guardian and/or physician. A doctor’s note must be presented to have days excused. If it is UNEXCUSED, the student is not allowed to make up work missed due to the absence. After five (5) days, no notes will be accepted by the school in order to verify an absence as EXCUSED. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide the written excuse within the stated timelines.
Students who return to school after having a communicable disease/condition (chicken pox, mumps, lice, ring worm, pink eyes, etc.,) MUST present the school with a medical excuse from a doctor or a health unit before the child will be allowed to enter the classroom.
Students are expected to be on time in arriving at school daily. If a student is not on time, he/she is marked TARDY. Policies dealing with student tardiness are outlined in that specific section of this handbook and will be enforced.
Bus students MUST behave on the bus, at the bus stop, and while waiting for the bus in the afternoon. Actions that will not be tolerated on a school bus include, but are not limited to: not following the driver instructions, fighting, screaming, using obscene language, throwing things, moving around and/or standing up while the bus is in motion, and getting on or off the bus at the wrong bus stop. The bus driver’s instructions must be respected and obeyed for the welfare of everyone on the bus. SAFETY IS THE PRIME CONSIDERATION FOR ALL STUDENTS. A student who creates a bus disturbance may be suspended from riding the bus until the parents accompany the child to school and assure the principal and the bus driver that their child will behave and follow the bus driver’s instructions. Repeated offenses will result in the child losing his/her bus riding privilege for the remainder of the school year. A note MUST be sent to school if there is to be any change in the daily dismissal routine of the student(s), i.e., pick up, change of bus, walk, etc. (NO PHONE MESSAGES WILL BE ACCEPTABLE)
Students who miss the bus must call someone to pick them up. This person must be listed on the emergency card. If no one is available the child may be sent home in a taxi at the parent’s expense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when students habitually miss the bus.
Pre K students have additional rules for bus riding that will be addressed in the Pre K section of this handbook.
Walkers and car riders may NOT be on campus before 8:20 a.m. In the afternoon they should be picked up or leave campus promptly at 3:40 p.m. Drivers are urged to remember that when picking up/dropping off children, they are to:
1. pick up/drop off students at the front of the school ONLY, following the correct school
2. not block teachers’ cars in the faculty parking area.
3. not park in FIRE ZONE – red lines.
4. use the school crosswalk under the direct supervision of the crossing guard for safety purposes.
5. remember to set the proper safety example by using the school crosswalk themselves when crossing their children either to or from the school side of the street.
According to State Law, school personnel are required to report suspected cases of child abuse to the Jefferson Parish Protective Service Unit. This also applies to suspected cases of parent/guardian neglect. This law is mandatory for all professional people and protects them from prosecution.
Parties at Pitre are held at the discretion of the principal. They are limited to the following occasions: Christmas, Valentine’s, and Easter. The parties are held in the homeroom with the assistance of a homeroom volunteer under the discretion of the classroom teacher. These parties are privileges and students who cannot behave, owe money or do not follow specific guidelines will not be allowed to participate. Birthday parties are not permitted at Pitre. Distribution of party invitations is also prohibited unless there is an invitation for every child in the class. Grades Pre K – 1st may have cupcakes only delivered as snack for a child’s birthday. (No birthday cakes, favors, etc. are accepted.) No snacks, cupcakes, etc. for grades 2nd – 5th.
Students MUST pay particular attention to the cleanliness of their person and the appropriateness of their daily dress for school. This is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Failure to take proper cleanliness measures daily is liable to result in health, sanitation and/or safety problems for the student. Students should:
1. Bathe every night and/or morning before coming to school.
2. Wear clean clothes and socks and underwear daily.
3. Comb and brush your hair before coming to school.
DO NOT USE COMBS AND/OR BRUSHES THAT DO NOT BELONG TO YOU. DO NOT LOAN YOUR COMB AND/OR BRUSH TO OTHERS AT SCHOOL FOR THEM TO USE. DO NOT COMB OR BRUSH YOUR HAIR IN THE CLASSROOM AND/OR THE CAFETERIA. THIS IS TO BE DONE IN THE BATHROOM ONLY. CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND/OR TELEPHONE NUMBER
Please inform the office and your child’s homeroom teacher immediately if your address and/or telephone number changes. You must bring in new proof of the address change, such as: utility bill, copy of the lease, etc. This allows us to keep student records up-to-date and enables the school to get in touch with you immediately in case of an illness and/or accident to your child at school.
If the school is unable to get in touch with a parent/guardian due to inaccurate or incomplete student records, the school will notify the Supervisor or Child Welfare and the Region Office and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken until the required information is received.
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Any student suspended for damaging school property shall not be readmitted until arrangements for payment in full have been made for the damage.
Students may be required to come to school early by teachers and/or administrators as a disciplinary action due to student misconduct. Twenty-four hours parental/guardian notice is all that is required. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide transportation for the child on the scheduled day(s) of the detention. Student and/or parent/guardian refusal to stand the issued detention may result in student suspension as stated on the Detention form. Students should eat breakfast before coming to detention. A detention may be given at anytime for the infraction of a policy or rule.
DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS
Vic Pitre will follow all of Jefferson Parish Public School System’s policies for proper discipline of student behavioral issues. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to be aware of and abide by the policies and procedures contained in the handbooks for the parish as well as the school.