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Bus Policy

Busing Guidelines

Parents/Guardians,

Every year questions are asked regarding transportation.   Please note in the below policies that elementary students who live beyond 1.5 miles from the school are eligible to ride the bus.  Those students who qualify to ride a bus are to be dropped off and picked up at their regularly assigned bus stop.  Transporting students to daycare or non-related school activities is not allowed.

There must be a minimum of ten students for an established bus route.  If students qualify for a bus and the route does not meet this requirement, a bus will not be provided. In this situation, parents may be reimbursed for transporting their child/children.

We appreciate our Transportation Department and the fabulous work they do.  If you would like to review our busing policies and procedures, you can locate this on Weber School District’s website under Departments/Transportation. 

Weber School District Elementary Education 

Cami Alexander, Executive Director  

Karla Porter, Supervisor

 

 

******************************************************************************Busing Procedures

Due to liability and safety concerns, the district strictly adheres to the busing procedure set forth by the Weber School District, the Utah State Office of Education and Risk Management.

The procedure states that school bus drivers are not authorized to allow eligible students, those who are assigned to their bus route, to be dropped off or picked up at unauthorized bus stops nor to allow students not assigned to their bus route to ride the school bus.  Ineligible students, those who do not qualify for busing services, are also not allowed to ride the school bus to or from school.

Transporting students to such activities as parties, scouts, sleepovers, achievement days, piano lessons, daycare, etc. will not be allowed.  The school bus is only to be used for transporting eligible students to and from their registered residence.

POLICY 2340--BUS TRANSPORTATION, BUS STOPS, ROUTES AND DISTANCE REGULATIONS

3.             Bus Routes:  Bus routes will be established at the beginning of each school year in accordance with the regulations listed above and in accordance with sound economical and safety practices.  Buses will be routed in such a manner as to provide approved transportation services that are economically feasible, safe and practical. The minimum number of general education students required to establish a route is ten: the minimum number of students with disabilities is five.

POLICY 2340--BUS TRANSPORTATION, BUS STOPS, ROUTES AND DISTANCE REGULATIONS

2.              c.            Parents of elementary students who live beyond 1.5 miles from the established bus route and parents of secondary students who live beyond two miles from the established bus route may be reimbursed an amount determined by the Board of Education for transporting their students from their registered address to the nearest bus stop on the regular bus route.

 

Drop-off/Pick-up

The school building will be open to students eating breakfast at 8:15 am. Buses will arrive at approximately 8:15. The cafeteria serves breakfast at a fee from 8:15-8:30. Classrooms will be open to students at 8:30. Weather permitting; students are encouraged to remain outside until the teacher welcomes them in. Please help see that students arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes before school starts.

If you are dropping your students off or picking them up from school, please parkyour car in an appropriate parking space and escort your child across the bus lanes. All walking (any student that does not ride the bus) will line up at the flag pole after school until escorted by a parent or the buses have left.

 

Media Policy

 

Digital Media Device Policy

Dear Parents and Students,

Digital media devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, pagers, computers, cameras, audio recorders, PDA’s, radios, CD/DVD players, USB thumb drives, video games; Game Boy, Nintendo DS, PSP, and other electronic or battery powered instruments/toys. These devices have increased in our community and in the schools. While digital media devices can be beneficial, their misuse may be disruptive to a positive learning environment and may infringe on the privacy and rights of others. In order to maximize a positive learning environment at Pioneer Elementary the following procedures concerning the use of DMD will apply:

  •      Use of any and all DMD is prohibited while on school grounds. They are not to be turned on or visible except with the consent and under the supervision of a teacher and/or administrator. If there is a medical or other need, individual exceptions will be considered by the teacher and/or administrator.

  •      The office phone is available for students and parents/guardians to contact each other in case of a school/personal issue or emergency, 801-452-4180.
  •      School personnel are not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged DMD.

Infractions of this policy will result in the following consequences:

  • 1st      offense – Student will be reminded of school policy and instructed to comply.
  • 2nd      offense – DMD will be confiscated from the student. Students will be allowed to retrieve their property at the end of the school day. Parent will be notified.
  • 3rd      offense – DMD will be taken from the student and given to the administration and may be held in the office until a parent/guardian can pick it up. Parent will be notified.
  • 4th      offense – same as 2nd offense and depending on the nature of the infraction, students are also subject to disciplinary action “up to and including suspension from school” at the discretion of the school administration.

Additional provisions:

  • Misuse of DMD is additionally addressed in Weber School District Policy 8350 (Digital Media Devices) and Policy 5200 (Student Discipline Policy, Safe School Policy).
  • The teacher and the office personnel will do their best to guard and protect confiscated DMD, but are not responsible for loss, damage, or theft.
  • All devices that have not been picked up before June 5th will be donated.
  • Searches of DMD are only conducted if there is “reasonable suspicion” of prohibited content or to determine the owner.

Dress Code Policy

 

Dress Code Policy

Dear Parents and Students,

Student clothing, and personal hygiene is an important part of a positive learning environment. In an effort to maximize a positive learning environment at Pioneer Elementary, the following dress code will apply. This dress code will be enforced while students are at school and at all school activities.

Unacceptable items or clothing include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing not ordinarily worn in the workplace (i.e. robes, pajamas, house slippers, mutilated clothing, etc.)

  • Clothing that does not cover underwear or underwear areas (large armholes or sheer, fishnet, skin tight clothing, or inappropriate openings.) Underwear worn on top of outer clothing or where it is exposed.
  • Length of shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh.
  • Tops that are low cut, show midriff, or spaghetti straps. This includes: halter, tube, and tank tops and straps less than 3” across the shoulder.
  • Clothing or other items advertising or displaying: controlled and/or illegal substance, inappropriate or suggestive language, or gang related. (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gang badges, gang signs or symbols, spiked jewelry, chains, etc. )
  • Hats, head gear and sunglasses may not be worn in the building
  • Hair color, hair style, or make-up that is conspicuous, extreme, or odd in color or appearance such that it draws undue attention or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at school.
  • No Shoes. (Shoes, sandals, or flips must be worn at all times. More restrictive shoes may be required for safety reasons in some areas.)
  • Any exceptions to the above procedures must be approved by the principal.

Infractions of this policy will result in the following consequences:

  • 1st offense – Student will be reminded of school policy and instructed to comply.
  • 2nd offense – Student will be reminded of school policy and instructed to comply. Parent will be notified.
  • 3rd offense – Suspension will result.

Attendance Policy

COMPREHENSIVE ATTENDANCE & TRUANCY POLICY

COMPREHENSIVE ATTENDANCE & TRUANCY POLICY

This policy is to be used with Policy 4100 Compulsory Attendance and 4171 High School Citizenship / Attendance Policy in encouraging regular attendance to maximize the educationalexperience. This policy clarifies the obligations of the student, parent, and school authorities to resolve attendance problems. It further describes when and how a Notice of Truancy, Habitual Truant Citation, Notice of Compulsory Education Violation, referral to Juvenile Court, and a referral to the county or district attorney will be implemented. Each year the Weber School District Board of Education will review this policy and attendance data for the prior year.

DEFINITIONS

Absence means a student’s non-attendance at school for one school day or part of one schoolday.

Valid excuse means an excuse for an absence from school and may include the following:Illness

Death in the family

Approved school activity – as designated by the school principal

Approved absence – any other absence approved according to school policy consistent with

state law and the Weber School District High School Citizenship/Attendance Policy, *Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Absences consistent with student’s Individual Education

Plan (IEP) or Section 504 accommodations plans

  • Absences due to family events/activities
  • Other absences approved by the principal
  • Most approved absences will accumulate high school attendance credit loss under the high school attendance policy (Policy 4171).

Truant means absent without a valid excuse.

Minor means a person under the age of 18 years.

School-age minor means a minor who is at least 6 years old but younger than 18 years oldand is not emancipated (legally released from the control of parents or guardian) or married.

School-age child means a school-age minor under the age of 14.

Notice of Truancy may be issued to a school-age minor who is at least 12 years old and hasbeen truant at least 5 times during the school year. This notice shall direct the student and the parent/guardian to meet with school authorities to discuss the student’s truancies and directs them to cooperate with the school district in securing regular attendance by the school-age minor.

Habitual Truant Citation may be issued to a school-age minor who is at least 12 years old whohas either 10 truancies or has failed to cooperate with school authorities after receiving a Notice of Truancy.

Notice of Compulsory Education Violation may be issued to the parent of a school-age childwho is absent without a valid excuse at least 5 times during the school year. The notice shall direct the parent to meet with school authorities to discuss the child’s attendance problem and directs them to cooperate with the school authorities in securing regular attendance by the school-age child.

 

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IMPLEMENTATION

  1. The Attendance and Truancy Policy will be included in registration materials or sent home annually. The policy will also be posted on the Weber School District Website.
  2. The school will work with students and parents to encourage and promote punctual and consistent attendance.
  3. Each school will inform students and parents concerning procedures to excuse absences as defined above.
  4. Each school will monitor, periodically and annually, school attendance and evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs to encourage student attendance.
  5. As described below, Notices of Truancy, Habitual Truant citations and/or Notices of Compulsory Education Violation may be issued when 5 or more truancies have occurred. In addition to positive measures as outlined in Implementation #2 above, a school administrator or designee may impose penalties/consequences on a school-age minor who is truant less than 5 times. Penalties/consequences will be imposed at the school level and may include, but are not limited to, in-school suspension, additional assignments, after-school or lunch detention, attendance credit loss, or community service assignments.
  6. School personnel shall identify school-age minors who have attendance problems and make efforts to resolve the problem using truancy interventions (available on the Student Services Website), by contacting parents, working with the student, and enlisting the help of other school personnel. Interventions will be documented on the student tracker.
  7. Weber School District authorizes school administrators or a designee of a school administrator to issue Notices of Truancy.
    1. A Notice of Truancy may only be issued to school-age minors who are at least 12 years old and have been truant at least 5 times during the school year.
    2. The notice shall direct the school-age minor and the parent to meet with school authorities to discuss the truancies and cooperate with the school administration in securing regular attendance by the school-age minor.
    3. The notice shall be mailed to or served on the school-age minor’s parent by school personnel.
    4. Weber School District authorizes District Coordinators to issue Habitual Truant Citations. Habitual Truant Citation
      1. A Habitual Truant Citation may be issued to a school-age minor who is at least 12 years old, has received a Notice of Truancy, and has been truant 10 times during the school year or after receiving the Notice of Truancy failed to cooperate with school officials in resolving the truancy problem.
      2. Students receiving a habitual Truant Citation shall be referred to Juvenile Court and the parents will be notified.
      3. School personnel shall identify school-age children who have attendance problems and make efforts to resolve the problem using truancy interventions (available on the Student Services Website), by contacting parents, working with the student, and enlisting the help of other school personnel. Interventions will be documented on the student tracker.
      4. Weber School District authorizes school administrators or a designee of a school administrator to issue Notices of Compulsory Education Violation.
        1. A Notice of Compulsory Education Violation may be issued to the parent of a school-age child who has been truant at least 5 times during the school year.
          1. It shall direct the parent of the school-age child to meet with school authorities to discuss the child’s school attendance problem.
          2. It requires parents to cooperate with school authorities in securing regular attendance by the child.
          3. It designates the school authorities with whom the parent is required to meet.
          4. It shall state that it is a Class B Misdemeanor for the parent of the child to intentionally or recklessly fail to meet with the designated school authorities to discuss the child’s attendance problem or fails to prevent the child from being absent without a valid excuse (truant) 5 or more times during the remainder of the school year.
          5. The notice shall be served on the child’s parent by school personnel of by certified mail.
        2. If the parent intentionally or recklessly fails to meet with school authorities designated in the Notice of Compulsory Education Violation, or fails to prevent the child from being absent without a valid excuse (truant) 5 or more times (these are in addition to the original 5 truancies) during the remainder of the school year, a District Coordinator shall report the violation to the county or district attorney and notify parents.
        3. If the student is marked “Truant” or otherwise disciplined under this policy, the student and/or parent has the right to meet with the site administrator to tell his/her side of the story.
        4. If either a Notice of Truancy or Notice of Compulsory Education Violation is issued, an appeal of that action may be made to a District Coordinator after the parents have met with the designated school officials to resolve the attendance problem. The appeal must be made within 5 working days of the meeting with school officials.
        5. If a District Coordinator issues a Habitual Truant Citation and/or a referral to the County Attorney for a Compulsory Education Violation, an appeal of that action may be made to the Director of Student Services or Director of Special Education (for students in Special Education) within 5 working days of notification to parents of that decision. The Habitual Truant Citation and/or the Notice of Compulsory Education Violation will not be sent to the Juvenile Court nor the District Attorney until after the 5 day appeal window.