Elementary Policies and Procedures
- Daily Schedule
- Daily Dismissal
- Morning Car Line Procedures
- Afternoon Car Line Procedures
- Cell Phone Policy
- Extended Day Program
- Recognition for Scholar Academic Achievement
- Academic and Social Supports
- LECES Code of Conduct
- Habits of Scholarship
- Discipline Policy/Standards for School Behaviors
7:20 Staff prepare for duty
7:30 School doors open to accept scholars
7:30–8:00 Breakfast and Bright Work in Classrooms
8:00 Instruction Begins
8:00-3:30 Uninterrupted Classroom Instruction (All meetings are by appointment only)
3:30 Afternoon Announcements
Mon-Thurs: 3:45 Car and Bus Riders Dismissed
Fridays: 1:00 Car and Bus Riders Dismissed
In order to ensure the scholars’ safety, the office maintains a list of individuals who are authorized to obtain the release of scholars in attendance at the school. No scholar may be released into the custody of any individual who is not the parent or guardian of the scholar unless the individual’s name appears on the authorization list.
A parent/guardian must complete a list of individuals authorized to obtain the release of their child from school at the beginning of each year.
Please do NOT park on the grass outside gates, on the sides of school, or in the back of school and walk up to pick your child up from school. Scholars will only be dismissed to cars in the car rider line with car tags. These parents who are violating school safety rules will be contacted.
To allow your child to ride home with another scholar, notes are required from the parents of both children. Notes should be turned in by 8:00 AM on the day of the request. Notes must include contact information for both parents so the office staff can confirm the request. Unfortunately, if a note is not received from each parent, or we are unable to confirm the request, your child will not be permitted to ride home with another scholar.
Notes are also required when your child’s way home is being changed (examples: not riding the bus and being picked up instead, or not going to the extended day program and getting picked up instead).
Please be aware: If a teacher does NOT have a written note from the parent about the change in the way a child needs to go home that day, the child will be sent home as he/she normally goes home… Please do not rely on your child to “tell the teacher.”
When a parent needs their child picked up by a different individual in the car rider line, parents are urged to call the school by 1:30 to make the change known to teachers, scholars, and other necessary staff members.
Please be sure scholars are picked up promptly at dismissal. This means no later than 4:00pm Mondays-Thursdays or after 1:10pm on Fridays. The school does not have staff on duty to monitor scholars past these times. Parents who arrive later than 4:00pm Monday-Thursday and 1:10pm on Friday will have to come into the school and sign out their scholar. (Note: When a scholar is repeatedly picked up late, it is deemed an infraction against the Parent’s Commitment to Excellence.)
All scholars should be dropped off on the sidewalk in front of the main entrance of the school. Drivers should follow the single file line of traffic ONLY beside the sidewalk directly in front of the school building. For the safety of our scholars, please do not pull out of line quickly or try to make a second line for dropping off or pickup.
DOORS WILL OPEN EACH MORNING AT 7:30am.
If a parent leaves a scholar at school before doors open at 7:30am, necessary action will take place.
Dismissal of scholars will begin at approximately 3:45 Mondays-Thursdays and 1:00 on Fridays. The elementary school will use a car tag system to ensure that scholars are being picked up by the correct individuals. Car tags will be distributed during open house and additional car tags will be provided upon request.
Individuals that do not have a car tag will be asked to park and those individuals will have to come into the school to sign out the scholar.
If that individual is not on the approved pick up list, they will not be permitted to pick up the scholar. Drivers should follow the single file line of traffic ONLY beside the sidewalk directly in front of the school building. For the safety of our scholars, please do not pull out of line quickly or try to make a second line for dropping off or pickup. School personnel and Scholar Safety Patrol will call children to the loading zone as cars arrive. School personnel will assist children getting out of the car. Parents are asked to not get out of their cars as this interferes with the traffic flow. Please do NOT park on the grass outside gates, on the sides of school, or in the back of school and walk up to pick your child up from school. The police and our school safety staff monitor parents trying to park in those areas. Please follow the instructions of those teachers on duty.
NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CAR RIDER LINE.
In addition to many other types of recognition, we strive to recognize scholars who are performing well in the classroom. We have 3 Celebrations of Excellence throughout the school year for children in Grades 5K-4. In addition, we have an end-of-year awards presentation for K5-3rd grades and 4th grade graduations. Scholars are honored who have shown excellence in the classroom and school. We encourage parents to plan to attend these special celebrations.
Legacy Elementary is committed to ensuring that all scholars are performing on grade level prior to moving on to middle school. In an effort to provide additional academic and social support without interfering with grade-level content work, all additional support services (RTI, SPED, ESOL, Speech, etc.) will be provided during our 2nd Special Area block. This will ensure that scholars are receiving support above and beyond that of their grade-level peers and are not being pulled from content. In the event that scholars receive multiple services, the school will make individual decisions based on the best interest of each scholar.
In order to provide all scholars a college-bound education leading to graduation from a 4-year university, Legacy Early College Elementary School must set and maintain a high bar of behavioral expectations. Scholars will be explicitly taught the expectations for learning in the first weeks of school and will be reminded/retaught these expectations throughout the school year. Once they are taught, they must then make the choice to meet these expectations. We believe that all scholars can rise to our expectations, but choosing not to do so impedes our ability to educate them and those around them. Scholars will be expected to adhere to this Code of Conduct at all times. Any scholar who threatens to disrupt the learning of themselves or those around them will be handled according to the disciplinary policies below.
Research tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. In order for our scholars to prepare for college, they must form specific habits that will help them achieve success when in a college environment. The following 5 habits will be tracked on a daily basis through the use of Class Dojo and will be a major factor in scholars earning incentives throughout the day and school year.
LECES 5 Habits of Scholarship:
- Lifework (Homework) Completed- All assignments, all sections, all problems
- Uniform Correct- Tucked and tied at all times
- Punctuality- In class, ready to learn when instruction begins
- Prepared- All materials present and ready for learning
- Behavioral Excellence- Scholars show respect for their learning and the learning of others
Legacy Early College Elementary School has a high standard for academic excellence, and in order to achieve that standard, we must maintain an equally high standard of behavioral excellence. Similar to our academic beliefs, we believe that all scholars can rise to our high behavioral expectations, and that doing so involves choices that they must make. The goal of our Discipline Policy is to instill habits of self-discipline and positive decision-making that will help our scholars to become principled citizens.
In order to provide the highest level of education to all of our scholars, disruptions to the educational process will not be tolerated. We will work each day to develop the academic and social skills of our scholars that help them grow into principled leaders and citizens, but we will not excuse poor choices. Though we strive to help each and every one of our scholars be successful both inside and outside of the classroom, continued behavioral issues will be treated as a serious matter that may result in the inability to continue as a scholar at Legacy Early College. It is an expectation that school rules and policies be observed on school property, at school sponsored activities or events, and while scholars are transported to and from school.
When scholars demonstrate appropriate behavior, we will recognize and praise their good performance. However, when a scholar has difficulty following school rules or meeting expectations for appropriate behavior that violate our core values and social skills, Legacy Early College Elementary School will follow a tiered approach to behavior intervention. (See Tier III for behaviors that will immediately result in an office referral.)
Tier I Behaviors: Tier II behaviors are the continuation of Tier I behaviors after an initial consequence has been put in place, or those which cause the teacher to have to stop instruction to address the scholar’s poor choices. Examples include but are not limited to: talking back to the teacher, shouting/yelling, refusal to comply with instructions given, demonstrated loss of self-control, etc.
Tier I Teacher Initiated Behavioral Interventions: Teachers may use one or more of the following consequences:
- a “self-control” area in the classroom
- loss of Dojo point
- take away incentive
- in-class consequence
- temporary placement in another classroom
- separate scholar from the whole class or in other special areas
- loss of outside recess time, inside recess time or special area time
- loss of peer interactions
- parent meeting
- any other consequence that may be deemed appropriate by the teacher or administrator
***Parents will be contacted if behavior continues after a Tier I intervention has been put in place.
Tier II Behaviors: Tier II behaviors are the continuation of Tier I behaviors after an initial consequence has been put in place, or those which cause the teacher to have to stop instruction to address the scholar’s poor choices. Examples include but are not limited to: talking back to the teacher, shouting/yelling, refusal to comply with instructions given, demonstrated loss of self-control, etc.
Tier II- Scholar Response Team Initiated Interventions: Scholar will be removed from class and will meet with a member of the Scholar Response Team which can institute one or more of the following consequences:
- a “self-control” area in another classroom
- a reset in the scholar services office
- a behavioral reflection sheet and/or additional assignments
- loss of school privileges
- apology letters to individuals or teachers, or public apologies
- scholar sent home for the remainder of the school day (with administrative approval)
- mandatory parent meeting
- behavioral intervention plan
- any other consequence that may be deemed appropriate by the scholar services counselor or administrator
***Parents must come in for a family meeting if recurring Tier II interventions are needed.
Tier III Behaviors: Tier III behaviors include a continuation of Tier I behaviors, those behaviors which pose an explicit or implicit threat to the safety of that scholar, other scholars, or staff members, and violations of the school’s core values. Examples include but are not limited to: fighting, intentional kicking/hitting/pushing other scholars or staff members, vandalism, threatening or intimidating behavior towards another scholar or staff member, abusive language or disrespect towards staff including refusal to obey staff instructions, possession or use of unauthorized substances/materials, truancy, cutting class or leaving class without permission, forgery/cheating, theft, bullying (see bullying definition and policy), etc.
Tier III- School Leadership Initiated Interventions: A scholar discipline referral to the Dean of Culture is a serious matter and serves as documentation of a Tier III behavioral incident. Parents will be contacted upon referral to discuss the incident and the administrative actions that will be taken in response to the violation of our school’s core values. The school leaders may use one or more of the following consequences:
- temporary removal from class
- call home
- home visit
- referral to scholar support team
- mandatory parent conference
- withdrawal of school privileges
- loss of the privilege to wear Legacy-branded clothing
- explicit scholar/parent/teacher behavioral plan
- sent home for rest of day
- in-school isolation
- any other consequence that may be deemed appropriate by the administrator
*Parents must attend a re-admittance conference in order for scholars to return to school.