Penn Manor School District Elementary Handbook
We have designed this elementary handbook to help you and your child with policies and procedures. We look forward to a healthy, productive school year and the development of a strong home-school partnership.
The elementary day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. Morning kindergarten arrives at 9:00 a.m. and is dismissed at 11:35 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten arrives at 12:55 p.m. and is dismissed at 3:25 p.m.
Students should NOT be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 a.m. To avoid blocking the bus lane, please drop students off at the side entrance.
If you need to drop your child off earlier than 8:45 a.m., we have the services of the YWCA available to you. Their doors open at 6:30 a.m. They also provide after school care that is available until 6:00 p.m. There is a charge for this service. Details can be obtained by calling 393-1735 or by visiting www.ywcalancaster.org.
If we are on a one hour delay, all students will be picked up one hour later than their scheduled bus pick-up time. Morning kindergarten students can then be picked up at their regular dismissal time. Afternoon kindergarten will operate on a normal schedule.
If we are on a two hour delay, (modified kindergarten) morning kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. for parent pick up. Afternoon kindergarten students can be dropped off between 1:35 and 1:40. School will start at 1:45 and be dismissed at 3:25.
Delays and early dismissals are announced on the following radio stations: WDAC-FM, WIOV, WLAN, WSBA, WQXA, WJTL, and WRKZ. They will also be announced on the following television stations: WGAL, and WLYH.
Please DO NOT call the school for this information.
A written note from a parent should be returned to the classroom teacher immediately following an absence. If your child arrives after 11:30 a.m., it will be considered ½ day absent. If they depart before 2:00 p.m., it will be considered ½ day absent. Arrival after 9:00 a.m. is considered tardy and students will need to bring a written note signed by a parent or the parent can send in an excuse through the Parent Portal explaining the reason for the tardiness or absence. Please inform the office of any changes in address or phone numbers. You can also update this through the Sapphire parent portal. In case of an emergency or a sick child, it is imperative that we are able to reach a parent or guardian.
If a preplanned absence is necessary, parents are required to fill out a form for prior approval. Forms may be obtained online. Please give the principal ample time (at least one week) to allow for good communication between the parent, teacher and school office. All assigned work will be your child’s responsibility to complete. The school district policy concerning family trips allows for one major trip (3 days or more) or two minor family trips (2 days or less) per year.
To ensure building security, all parents, visitors, and former students are required to report to the office to obtain a visitor’s pass. To avoid interruptions to the classroom, parents are asked to leave all messages and materials at the office. The office will notify the teacher or student as soon as possible. If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, you must use the pick-up area located at the side of the building near the cafeteria.
Parents are also requested to notify the teacher in advance when they wish to confer on matters concerning their child. Arrival and departure times are particularly busy for teachers and we would appreciate you scheduling appointments that do not interfere with these times.
All medication, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, require the written permission of the prescribing physician and the parent or guardian.
Per PMSD school board policy, students may not transport ANY medications except emergency auto injectors, inhalers, and prescription eye drops.
The Pennsylvania Public School Code, Section 1414.2(g), allows parents/guardians to request an exemption to the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector for their student. In order to request this exemption, contact the school nurse to make an appointment to discuss this decision, review and sign the opt-out form.
POLICY ON PETS
We have many children who are highly allergic to different types of animals and we need to be sensitive to their individual situations. Therefore, we request that NO pets be brought in to the building.
Loose fitting clothing or footwear (including flip flops), which could cause injury, are not appropriate for school. Shorts should be long enough to reach fingertips when students are standing straight up. Spaghetti strap shirts and muscle shirts will not be permitted.
BUS BEHAVIOR POLICY
We will continue using a “Three Strikes, You’re Off” system to address inappropriate behavior. Be aware that the following disciplinary steps will be taken when bus issues are brought to the principal’s attention:
First strike: Bus Referral 1
The student will lose their recess privileges for the day and the referral will be sent home to parents, which needs to be signed and returned the following school day. Students may not regain their recess until the office receives the signed note.
Second strike: Bus Referral 2
The student will lose their recess privileges for the week and the referral will be sent home to parents, which needs to be signed and returned the following school day. Students may not regain their recess until the office receives the signed note. In addition, the student’s seat will be moved to allow for closer supervision by the bus driver.
Third strike, you’re “OFF”: Bus Referral 3
The student will lose their recess privileges for one week and lose their bus privileges for a period of time to be decided by the principal. The bus referral will be sent home for parent signature and must be returned the following school day. During this time, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.