This letter was sent out to schools to distribute, in light of the recent election. Please take a minute to read it.
At Wasatch, we want all children to be successful in their educational experience, unhampered by extensive absenteeism or tardies. Utah compulsory attendance laws require every school age child to be in school. Baby-sitting, helping with housework, running errands, lack of transportation, alarm clock problems, or visiting relative are not acceptable excuses. Appointments with doctors, should whenever possible, be arranged after school hours.
The Wasatch school day begins at 8:30AM and attendance is recorded at 8:35AM. Students arriving late must check in at the main office. When a child is absent, the parent or guardian is required to send a written explanation. If the child misses three or more consecutive days the illness must be verified, in writing, by the child's physician. If your child must be out of school please notify the school by 8:45AM. If your child comes home unannounced, please contact the school immediately. State attendance laws and District policies are strictly adhered to at Wasatch Elementary. Chronic unexcused absenteeism and tardies will be referred to the Division of Family Services and/or the State Court
The education code of the State of Utah requires students to attend school under section 53-24-1 Compulsory Attendance. Attendance is recorded at 8:35AM. When students arrive late or leave early, partial day hours are recorded.
Attendance follow-up protocol:
• 5 absences: 1st letter sent (7 absences after Christmas)
• 10 absences: 2nd letter sent, student meets with counselor or
• 12 absences: 3rd letter, meeting with principal, parent, and counselor
• 15 absences: District pre-court hearing
• 16 absences: Referral to Division of Family Services
• 17 absences: Court referral
Parents are encouraged to keep children at home until 8:00AM. There will be supervision in the cafeteria during the breakfast program. The main foyer and auditorium will be open during bad weather from 7:55-8:25AM. Wasatch provides supervised care for students in grades 1-6 after school Monday - Friday, until 6:00PM. Children should leave the school grounds within 15 minutes following school dismissal, unless parents have made special arrangements with the office as there is no other supervision provided. The little playground is reserved for the Extended Day Program.
• Follow adult directions the first time without complaining.
• Keep hands, feet and voice to oneself (physical and verbal aggression will not be tolerated).
• Walk and talk quietly through the school building.
• Use all school materials and equipment properly.
• Keep building and grounds clean.
• Walk and play in designated areas.
• Be ready to learn by being prepared and on time.
Wasatch students may purchase breakfast for 80¢ in the cafeteria from 7:55-8:20am. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches also qualify free breakfast. Adult breakfast is $1.50.
We do not encourage students to ride bicycles, skateboards or roller blades to school because we cannot guarantee either the safety of the rider or the equipment. If students bring them, blades must be removed once students reach the school grounds, boards carried, and bikes walked. If students are found skating, boarding, or riding on school grounds, their equipment will be taken from them and held until parents pick them up.
Wasatch students are expected to dress in a neat, clean manner in a variety of clothing which may include slacks, jeans, sweaters, blouses, shirts, T- shirts, skirts or shorts. Inappropriate clothing disrupts the learning environment. The way a student dresses reflects his/her attitude toward the learning experience at school. Some types of clothing not acceptable are:
• very shorts or skirts (particularly for our older students )
• hats in the classroom
• bike pants, spandex or uni-tard knit tights (unless covered by a skirt or shorts) or other skin tight garments
• crop tops showing midriffs, tube tops or thin strapped tops
• slashed clothing
• clothing advertising drugs, alcohol, tobacco, acts of violence, or lawlessness
• clothing using offensive and/or vulgar language and/or designs
• oversized pants that sag
Students who choose to wear inappropriate clothing to school or a school- related activity, will be asked to call home for a change of clothes, or sent
home to change.
For individual safety, no child will be allowed to leave the school ground during the school day unless we have direct contact with the parent or guardian and an adult signs the check-out list at the office. We are asking that you not have your child excused from school except for emergencies.
Parents will be contacted if a child shows any symptoms of illness and will need to be picked up. If your child is ill, please don't send him/her to school or ask that s/he stay in at recess. We are not permitted to keep any child in school who has a rash, open sore, or inflamed eyes unless we have verification that the child is being treated by a doctor or has permission from the doctor to return to school.
Circulating and non-circulating materials are available to students and staff. The library is open throughout the school day. All students are initially issued free of charge a library card which is kept in the classroom. The person responsible for lost or damaged library materials will be charged replacement costs.
• K-2 may check out 1 book at a time. Books stay in the classroom. Books are due after one week.
• Permission for Kindergarten checkout is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
• 3-6 may check out regularly circulating books for two weeks. Books are due after two weeks.
• Up to three books in excess of the two per loan are permitted for research topics or special projects.
• One renewal period is permitted unless a hold has been placed on the item.
• Reserve, temporary reserve, and circulating reference have separate loan periods.
Lost and Found is the area on the main floor hallway around the corner from the cafeteria. Small items are kept at the office. Unclaimed items are given to the homeless shelter prior to winter break and at the end of the school year.
Students may bring a cold lunch or purchase a lunch daily, weekly, or monthly from the cafeteria for $1.35 a day. Students can also buy milk for 30 cents. If you qualify for free or reduced lunches, you will need to fill out the appropriate form with the cafeteria manager.
Children should not bring candy, gum, toys, or play equipment to school, unless authorized by a teacher. Oversized handbags, athletic equipment, radios, i-Pods, CD players, recorders, cosmetics, candy, toys, and excess amounts of money are but a few of the items which create problems for children at school. Matches, lighters, and knives of any kind should never be brought to school.
It is the policy of Wasatch School and Salt Lake School Board that any medication administered to students follow the guidelines below:
• The principal has designated that the secretary will administer all student medications. Teachers should never keep medicine in the classroom or give students medication. Please do not ask them.
• Student's parent must provide the school with a current signed request that medication be administered to the student during regular school hours along with a signed statement from the physician indicating:
o child's name
o name of the medication
o purpose of the medication
o dosage including time schedule
o possible side effects
• The practitioner's statement must also include that it is medically necessary that this be given during school hours. (Forms are available in the office).
• Only oral and inhalant medications may be administered by the designated school staff person (secretary).
• A medication record will be kept by the secretary.
• Medication must be stored in a locked cabinet provided for storage of medicine.
• Medication must be delivered to the school by the student's parent or by a responsible adult in a container properly labeled by a pharmacy with student's name, phone number of pharmacy, name of medication, dose and frequency of administration.
• All over-the-counter medications will require a prescribing practitioner's statement. (Over the counter medication is anything that does not require a prescription such as Tylenol, etc.)
• School personnel who administer medication in compliance with this Board policy are not liable civilly or criminally, for any adverse reaction suffered by the student as a result of taking the medication nor discontinuing administration of the medication.
It is helpful for parents and children to set up after school arrangements before school so that students know:
• who is picking them up
• where they should wait
• if a friend has permission to come over
• if they should walk home
Students may use the office phone after school, with written permission from their teacher, for emergencies such as ride arrangements. Fifteen minutes after school is out a note will not be necessary in order to call about being picked up but students should get permission from the secretary and let her know that it is an emergency situation. We are here to help until 4:00PM.
Students are not allowed to use the library phones. They are for teacher use only. Student use of the office phone helps the secretary know who needs to be picked up or who might be ill.
All visitors are required to check in at the office. Volunteers should pick up a volunteer badge. Parents or guardian are welcome to visit their child's classroom at any time. It is important we know who is in the building. If you desire more than just to visit, such as a conference with your child's teacher, an appointment is necessary. If you come in to conference with a teacher during class hours without an appointment valuable teacher time can be lost for all students in the class.