Student Handbook - General Information
Hours and Schedules
Our school day is Monday through Thursday, 7:45AM - 4PM.
School Snacks and Lunches
The school makes every effort to provide healthy snacks and lunches. Since bused students arrive early in the morning, they are offered a light breakfast snack, however, we strongly encourage students to have a breakfast prior to coming to school. After mid-morning, classroom teachers serve a classroom snack. School lunch is served daily or students can bring a sack lunch from home. Although we have chosen not to participate in the federal government's lunch program, qualifying students will be served a daily lunch. Otherwise the cost for lunch is $1.75 per child per day, and adult lunches are $3.50 per meal.
Guffey School recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students should not wear apparel that may be deemed disruptive, unhealthy or potentially disruptive to the school environment. Here are the school's guidelines:
- Shirts/tops on all students must reach their belt line when hands are extended above their shoulders.
- No skin showing around the middle when seated or standing is allowed.
- No spaghetti straps or strapless tops.
- Shorts and skirts must be at or below the middle finger of each hand when the student drops their arms at their side.
- Slacks/pants/shorts must be at waist line.
- Clothing should be free of offensive or obnoxious graphics or text.
Any student who continues to wear clothing that does not follow school policy will be sent home.
Student Absences And Excesses
It is important to maintain a high degree of health at school. If your student becomes ill or is ill at school we will request that you, or your designated emergency contact, pick up your child. Please advise the school IMMEDIATELY, if your child is diagnosed with an illness that will impact other students.
Parents are required to call the school explaining their student's absence before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the student's absence.
Excessive absenteeism may result in a student's retention of grade level.
If a student needs to leave during the school day, PARENTS MUST SIGN A CHECKOUT SHEET IN THE OFFICE. Upon the student's return (if during the same day), parents must check the student back in with the office.
School Closure Due to Weather
It is sometimes necessary to close school because of inclement weather or hazardous conditions.
When the decision is made before school opens in the morning:
- Phone calls are made to a snow call tree that will result in contacting every parent who has a phone.
- KOA 850 AM radio is notified so that families without a phone might listen to the radio list of school closures.
When the decision is made during school hours:
It is extremely unusual for school to be closed during school hours, due to the complications in getting every child safely home with a parent or authorized guardian. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children at school if they feel the weather conditions dictate such action, or to keep their children home if they suspect weather conditions in their area would place their children in danger. If weather conditions prohibit the transportation of children to their homes, administration and teaching staff will be responsible for making the students as comfortable as possible, providing supervision, and furnishing food to students from the school kitchen. Students will be released only when it is safe to do so, and only to adults who are authorized by the parents to act as emergency guardian.
Transportation/School Bus Safety Rules Policy
Our school's 30 passenger school bus will transport students to and from school daily. As in the past, our school makes very effort to meet the transportation needs of our school community. Having a school bus is a great privilege for Guffey families because the state does not require a public school to provide student transportation. The following are rules for riding our school's bus:
- All school rules apply while riding the bus.
- The driver is in charge.
- Stay properly seated, facing forward.
- Unacceptable language, gestures, or loud noises are not permitted.
- Always be on time, arriving 10 minutes before stop time.
- Cross the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
- Board or leave the bus at your assigned stop. Students must have written permission from parent, approved by the principal, and presented to the driver in order to go to another stop.
- Parents must provide written permission if their child can walk home from the bus stop.
- Students who do not have a parent/guardian at the bus stop will be returned to the school for pick up. The driver may have to take them on the rest of the bus route before returning to the school.
- Driver, staff, student meeting with possible seat assignment.
- Pink slip.
- Suspension/expulsion from riding the bus.
If the driver deems the bus to be unsafe due to student behavior, the bus will be pulled to the side of the road, where it will remain until order is restored. Staff or local law enforcement may remove the student/s from the bus, and parents may be called to pick up their student(s).
Special Education And Children With Learning Challenges
Special education at Guffey Community School is primarily an inclusive program, where the special education support person works with children in the classroom or a specially designed setting. In situations where more one-to-one private tutoring is necessary, we also have facilities where students can work privately with a special education consultant or support person. Through our school district we have a full range of services to help in identifying students who require special services. If a child is thought to be struggling with some aspect of school, child study team meetings are conducted monthly, including the student's parents, to discuss ways to serve the child without identifying him or her as a special education student. In the cases where students are clearly identified as requiring special education services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed by the parent/staff team. We also have contracts with other special service providers include services in speech therapy, psychological assessments, occupational therapy, audiology, counseling and preschool assessment.
Student Phone Calls
Students will receive incoming phone calls only in the case of an emergency. Any outgoing phone calls made by students must have the permission of an adult and be made from the school's office. Unnecessary calls to and from school are a disruption to the classroom instruction.
Toys and Stuffed Animals
Toys and stuffed animals should not be brought to the school unless they are to be used for Show and Tell time in the classroom. Items of this nature will be either confiscated or kept in a designated area until Show and Tell time as determined by their classroom teacher.
Guffey school students will have assigned homework from time to time, and the majority of their work should be able to be completed during school hours. However, students who are absent consistently or not using their classroom time effectively should expect a fairly large amount of homework to complete at home. According to statements by the National PTA and National Educations Association (NEA), the following amounts of homework are recommended:
- From kindergarten to third grade, no more than 20 minutes per day.
- From fourth to sixth grade, 20-40 minutes per day.
- From seventh to 12th grade, the recommended amount of time varies according to the type and number of subjects a student is taking.
The Guffey School's Sort and Study program and red homework folder system are in place to assist parents and students in staying current with school assignments. Student homework is due on Mondays. Long term assignments are outlined well in advance so that students can plan accordingly. If you have any questions about homework or school assignments, please contact your child's teacher.