Handbook




 

                                                      Handbook for Parents and Students

                                                       2020-2021 School Year

                                                           701 S. Massachusetts

                                                               Sedalia, Mo 65301

                                                    660-826-1925 office and fax

                                                    www.sedaliastpauls.org - web site

                                              principal@sedaliastpauls.net - email



 

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.  While you are your child’s most important teacher, it is our privilege to play a part in helping you provide your child a Christian education as well as to share the love of Christ with your family. Together, we can help your child learn about God’s Word and His world through academics. The size of class and the rigor of curriculum prepares life long learners and productive citizens. 

This handbook serves as a way to let families know how our school operates. Within it you will find much valuable information. Please become familiar with it. There is a page to sign at the end of the handbook indicating that you have read the handbook.

During your child's stay at our school it is our hope that they will grow spiritually as well as increase in the academic disciplines. If the staff can be of any assistance to you and your family please let us know.

God’s  blessings,

Mary Walters,  

Principal

Mission Statement: (2018)

Celebrating God's gift of eternal life through Christ-centered, quality education.

Vision Statement: (2018)

St. Paul's Lutheran School will be known for its focus on principles of Christian education, for academic excellence based on individual student needs, for strengthening the development of the whole person and being the Christian school of choice for Lutheran families and the greater community.

Educational philosophy: (8/04)

St. Paul's Lutheran School is dedicated to a belief in the value of each individual as a child of God. We provide Christ-centered, quality educational opportunities to help students achieve their potential to be lifelong learners and to make positive contributions to their families, their communities and their churches.


 

ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is maintained and operated by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as an expression of its conviction that Christian education cannot be separated from the secular branches of learning and the application of Christian truths.

The administration of our school rests with the St. Paul’s Board of Education, a body consisting of members elected from the voters of the congregation. All policy making for the administration of St. Paul’s is the responsibility of this board.

The responsibility for the immediate and direct supervision of the school rests with the principal. His role is to execute the policies and resolutions enacted by the Board of Education. It is also his responsibility to recommend changes in policy for the improvement and welfare of the school.

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL

St. Paul’s Congregation, by the authority of the voters’ assembly holds the Board of Christian Day School accountable for the operation of the school. The basic objectives of the Board of Christian Day School are to determine policies and procedures of the Christian day school, to select personnel for the various classes and programs, to provide the necessary means and facilities for all school classes, functions, and activities.

School Board members as of January 2020

Christa Kahrs, Chair

Nichole Freeman

Christian Dobrowski

Lana Kelly

Melissa Wiest

Diane Yantz

Our Savior representative, Rebecca Moss

Pastor Jeremy Freeman, ex-officio

Principal Mary Walters, ex-officio



 

THE PRINCIPAL

The Principal is responsible for the administration and supervision of the total educational program, personnel - all instructional and non-instructional staff, the physical plant, and the finances of the school. A major function of the principal is the implementation of board policies. The principal is accountable to the Board of Education and through the board to the church council and the congregation.

THE PASTOR(s)

The pastors are the spiritual overseer of the entire congregation; the pastors are also the spiritual overseer of the school, the principal, the faculty, and the staff. Their responsibility toward the school and its staff is that of personal concern for the proper religious instruction of the pupils and the maintenance of a thoroughly Christian environment for everyone.

THE SCHOOL STAFF

The school staff includes all persons who in some way execute the policies of the congregation and the board of education whether they teach, supervise, or administer in some capacity. Instructional staff members teach and are referred to as the faculty. Non-instructional personnel include the secretary, teacher aides, School Age Care (SAC), custodians, and cook(s). The entire staff must possess a spirit of service - service to God, to the children placed in their care, and to each other.

2020-2021 Teachers and Staff 

Principal – Mrs. Mary Walters -  principal@sedaliastpauls.net

Pre-Kindergarten -4 year olds - Mrs. Amie DeFord  amie.deford@sedaliastpauls.net

Kindergarten - Mrs. Andrea Petree  andrea.petree@sedaliastpauls.net

1st and 2nd - Mrs. Pamela Brandt pamela.brandt@sedaliastpauls.net

3rd and 4th - Mrs. Irene Kraus   irene.kraus@sedaliastpauls.net

5th and 6th - Mr. Jacob Mikkelson jacob.mikkelson@sedaliastpauls.net

7th and 8th - Mrs. Tara Griggs tara.griggs@sedaliastpauls.net

Art/PE/Para – Mrs. Tara Sprinkle tara.sprinkle@sedaliastpauls.net

Secretary- Ms. Janice Hoos janice.hoos@sedaliastpauls.net

Janitor– Mr. Marvin Baumgarner

School Age Care- staff and part time assistants

Librarian- Mrs. Tara Sprinkle

Athletic Director - Mrs. Tara Sprinkle

Beta Club sponsor (volunteer) - Mrs. Mary Walters

Girls Volleyball Coach (volunteer) - Mrs. Shelly Snyder

Boys Basketball Coach (volunteer) - 

Chess Club Sponsor (volunteer) - Mr. Shane Weber (will resume after COVID)

Band/Choir Director - Pastor Freeman and Mr. Jacob Mikkelson

Recorder Director- Mrs. Pamela Brandt

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

St. Paul's Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious affiliation in administration of its educational, admissions, athletic and other school administered programs.

ENROLLMENT and ADMISSIONS (Rev 02/11)

It is the desire of St. Paul’s Lutheran School to meet the Christian education needs of the Sedalia area. By doing this it will have achieved the mission set before it. Listed below are the enrollment policies:

  • St. Paul's has contracted with FACTS (http://www.factsmgt.com/)to handle the collection of tuition. All tuition is paid through them, except tuition paid in full for the school year.

  • New students in grades 1-8 must take the W.R.A.T  test to determine reading, spelling and math grade levels prior to enrollment. If special needs are required they must be worked out with the public schools special education department prior to the first day of attendance at St. Paul’s.   St. Paul’s works closely with the public school professionals trained in helping special needs children.

  • If for any reason St. Paul’s cannot place a child due to the limited classroom size, the registration fee will be refunded.

  • Classroom size at this time due to COVID:  PK-4 is 8 students and Kindergarten is 8 students to one teacher. First- sixth grade is limited to a maximum of 16 students per classroom teacher. Seventh/Eighth maximum of 14.  Classroom combinations will be determined by enrollment and student needs.

TRANSFER POLICY (rev 2/11)

All students requesting transfer to St. Paul's Lutheran School:

1. A student will not be allowed admittance if they have been expelled from another school until they have fulfilled the required punishment period.

2. Must be able to function successfully both in academics and conduct in a regular classroom setting.

3. Must submit from the previous school either an oral report or transfer of records.

4. Students in grades 1-8 will be administered an achievement test (W.R.A.T) for reading and math to determine the approximate levels of competence. This test takes approximately 30-40 minutes and should be scheduled ahead of appointment time with the staff.

5. Students will be evaluated, within 10 days, by observation and classroom performance. If it appears that the child does not "fit" in the class due to behavior and/or academics the parents will be notified and the tuition refunded.

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

  1. Parents of all pupils, returning and new, are to complete the registration form prior to the beginning of each school year. The registration fees (or a portion of fees) need to be paid to secure a seat in the classroom.

  2. All parents must fill out an application which supplies the school with all the information needed for transfer of the pupil's permanent records.

  3. Each parent or guardian must fill out (or update) an emergency care card.

  4. All parents of new students must, by law, provide a completed immunization record prior to their child attending class.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with state law, children must be:

● PK-4 - 4 years of age before August 1 (no exceptions per School Board 5/2013)

● Kindergarten - 5 years of age before August 1

● Grade 1 - 6 years of age before August 1

Children entering any of these classes are required to show proof of age at the time of registration.

TUITION AND OTHER FEES (rev. 2/20)

Registration fees are to be fully paid by August 1st and are non-refundable (except in the case of over-filling a class) Anyone paying tuition in full prior to the beginning of the school year will receive a 3% discount. The privilege of a student’s continued enrollment may be forfeited if an account becomes delinquent. Final report cards, transcripts, and all records may be withheld for anyone whose tuition and other fees are not paid in full.

The following fee structure has been adopted for the 2020-2021 school year:

The total cost for the year for a child’s education at St. Paul’s is around $5,000.  (Depending on the number of students) The Sedalia public schools spend about $8,000 per student. Your tax dollars help fund the public schools. The members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia help fund St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

Single Pay - 3% discount

PK Rate - $3535 /year (all students)

Community Rates K-8:                    

1st Child - $ 3343/year

2nd Child- $ 2664/year

3rd Child - $ 2011/year  

4th Child - $1337/year  

5th Child- $672/ year

 

LCMS Church members rate K-8:

1st child - $ 2379/year

2nd child -$ 1904/ year

3rd child -$1441/year

4th child - $974/ year

5th child -$476/year

Registration (all students) - If paid by May 1st: $100 (non-refundable), If paid by June 1st: $125, After June 1st: $150 - (helps pay for the administrative costs of the school.)

Books and materials ( K-8) $200/child -(helps pay for textbooks, workbooks, printer supplies)(Preschool $25)

Technology fee (K-8) $50/child - (helps pay for computers and maintenance of all technology.)

 

MEMBER / NON-MEMBER STATUS (rev. 09/15)

To be considered a LCMS family in the school program the following conditions must be met:

1. At least one parent must be a member of a LCMS Church and attend church service at least 2 weekends a month

2. The child must be enrolled in a LCMS Sunday school and attend.

3. The child must have had a Christian Baptism.

These are written to encourage and ensure that the church and home are working spiritually together in the same direction. We wish to enhance the religious quality of our home and school. Regular church and Sunday school attendance, attendance at the Lord's Supper, and support of the congregation (economically and/or by personal participation) should reflect the sincere intent of the parents to be actively involved in the work of the congregation. Non-member status in the school program applies to those families that do not meet the criteria of active membership outlined in the paragraph above. It is not the intention of this policy to deny any member family the opportunity of Christian Education for their children, but to ensure and enhance the quality, purpose and existence of St. Paul's Lutheran School.

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

All textbooks and workbooks are furnished to the pupils through the books and materials fee. The student is responsible for these books until they are returned. If the book is returned damaged beyond normal wear, a replacement fee may be imposed. Children of grade 3-8 are requested to furnish their own Bible. (Bibles may be purchased through the office for a nominal fee.)

SCHOOL HOURS and DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES (Rev 4/11)

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:15 p.m. for all grades. Parents who pick up or drop off children during the school day must use the west doors on Massachusetts Street. This door is controlled by our security system so you will need to ask for entrance into the building by pushing the button by the door. You may be asked to look up at the camera if you have something covering your face/head. All children are to be dropped off at the gymnasium entrance on the west side of the gym. The double doors are monitored by an adult and this is the only door open into the school before the start of school at 8am. All other doors in the building are locked.


 

Pick up (rev 4/11)

Children will be picked up in the parking lot on the south of the gymnasium. Parents and guardians are to park in the lot and walk up to the gate (southeast corner of the building) to the playground to retrieve the child. The parents will then be responsible for the safety of the child to get them to the vehicle and home. Parents may exit the parking lot onto 50 highway on the south side of the lot or exit onto Washington street on the east side of the lot. Parents should not exit through the west exit onto Massachusetts as that will be a one way going east.

SCHOOL AGE CARE PROGRAM (SAC)

St. Paul’s offers day care from 6:30 am -8:00 am and from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm. Rules and rates will be posted in the daycare (S.A.C.) handbook. Chronic misbehavior may result in expulsion from the daycare program.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Back to School will be held prior to the first day of school. Because of COVID, parents are asked to sign up for a twenty minute time slot for their family to visit. Parents and students will be encouraged to visit classrooms and meet teachers. Parents will be provided information about the class and school.  Otherwise, no personal visits allowed at this time. 

Report cards are issued three times during the school year. Midterm reports are sent three times as well. These reports are supplemented by other communications, written and oral. One required parent-teacher conference is scheduled at the end of the first grading period. This will be a sign up allotted time slot.  Parents wishing to consult with the principal or a teacher may do so before or after school hours. It is always best to set up a time that works for everyone in advance. We would welcome parents to visit the classroom if COVID restrictions were lifted. Otherwise, please make arrangements with your child's teacher before visiting. Teachers will regularly communicate with parents through printed information, newsletters, and/or electronic media.

Check www.sedaliastpauls.org for additional information under the classroom pages.

Faculty Devotions

Monday through Friday mornings the faculty will meet for morning devotions and announcements. (Generally 7:30-8:00) If you need to speak to a teacher please plan ahead and schedule a time that works for all parties.

Chapel Services

Chapel is held every Wednesday starting at 9:00 am. Area Lutheran pastors, special guests, and teachers may take turns leading chapel. Unfortunately at this time parents are not able to join us in worship, but hope to invite later in the year. Offerings from these services are sent to various ministries both in the United States and throughout the world. Every little bit helps.

 

CURRICULUM

Students study religion on a daily basis by participating in either religion classes or in corporate, chapel worship. Students are required to memorize portions of the Bible and Christian songs. St Paul’s also uses materials published by our Lutheran publishing company (CPH) for religion. Other materials used in our classrooms are purchased from national publishers but are guided by a Christian teacher to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus. In addition to the study of God and His Word, students are instructed in the following areas:

Reading, English (Grammar) ,  Social Studies, Mathematics, Science / Health, Spelling & Vocabulary, Fine Arts (music, art), Physical Education, Computer Technology

Grading scale

A+      100-98

A        97-94

A-       93-90

B+      89-87

B        86-83

B-      82-80

C+     79-77

C       76-73

C-      72-70

D+     69-67

D       66-63

D-      62-60

F        59-0

S = Satisfactory

U = Unsatisfactory

I  = Incomplete

Homework

It is difficult to set up a standard rule for the amount of time to be spent on any work at home since there is a great degree of variance throughout the grades and among individual children. Parents should take this into consideration in planning activities and in providing a time and place for the child to study. Consistency on the part of the parents will help a great deal in developing the routine of doing homework. Children are given opportunities in school to complete many of their assignments. However, homework may be necessary in order to complete some assignments, especially in the upper grades. If a child seems to be bringing home large amounts of homework, parents should contact and discuss the situation with the teacher.

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION-Honor Rolls

To recognize outstanding academic achievement of those students in grades 4-8.

Honor Roll:   A system of two honor rolls is utilized. These honor rolls are as follows:

  • "A" Honor Roll – all A's on grade card (A+, A or A-)

  • "A/B" Honor Roll- all A’s and B’s

National Junior Beta Club (1/2013)

In 2012 St. Paul's established a National Junior Beta Club for students in grades 6-8 and who make the honor roll. The goal of the Club is to lead through service. Refer to the national web site for more information at http://www.betaclub.org/

Achievement Tests

Stanford Tests are given in the spring to students in grades 3-8. We believe that these tests are important but not critical. It is a moment in time and the child is encouraged to do their best. The results are more for the staff to evaluate their teaching techniques and methods rather than judge the intelligence of the student. A home report is sent home with each child that takes the tests.

Library

Students may use the library at the direction of their teacher or librarian during the school day. Library use before or after school must be arranged in advance with a faculty member. Students are financially responsible for library materials checked out to them. Replacement costs will be assessed for materials lost or damaged beyond normal repair.

Sports Program (rev 7/11)

There is an inter-school competitive basketball and volleyball schedule for Grades 4-8. The girls will play volleyball and the boys will play basketball. These teams will form only if enough children desire to play the game.  Other sports may be conducted by the after school program and be intramural with both girls and boys participating through the after school program

SCHOOL PICTURES AND YEARBOOK

Each year St. Paul’s School has a professional studio come to school and take pictures at least twice a year. Some of these pictures are used to produce a yearbook.

WEATHER CLOSING (revised June 2014)

The principal makes a decision on when to close school due to inclement weather.   A text message will be sent out over our Remind program as well as email and our facebook page. However, once we are in school we do not dismiss early as a rule. Parents who are uncomfortable with the changing weather conditions are welcome to pick their child up from school as needed. Children will not be allowed to leave during a tornado warning. Parents are welcome to stay at the school until the warning is over.

DISASTER PLAN

A disaster plan has been developed, with the assistance of the Pettis County Civil Defense, for the school to cover most possible scenarios The plan has been worked out whereby the children will be kept at St. Paul's or another safe place, depending on the emergency. An emergency handbook contains the details of each plan of action and is available from the office or principal.

VISITORS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

All parents and visitors are required to check in at the office. Due to COVID-Visits to the classrooms not being allowed. Hopefully, this restriction will be lifted and then can be scheduled with the teacher.  This includes conferences with teachers so they can be held before or after school hours. If it is necessary to speak with a child or deliver any material during school hours, come to the office and notify the office personnel. Please do not interrupt classes!

ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY (Rev 4/2016)

Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices of any kind onto school property. Students may use the office phone in the case of an emergency with permission from their teacher or other school personnel. Students may bring cellphones to school for the purposes of safety only. Use of cell phones or any other electronic device used during the school day or during School-Age-Care participation may disrupt the teaching and the learning environment. They are to remain turned off, and inside backpacks. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed to be used while the child is in the custody of St. Paul’s Lutheran School unless specific permission is given by a staff member. This time period starts from the arrival of the student and extends to the time the student is picked up for departure. Note that a teacher can give permission for electronic devices for specific reasons such as for use during longer field trips or for a special class activity.

If a student is using a cell phone, or any electronic device without permission, St. Paul’s Lutheran School staff will confiscate it and send it to the principal to be picked up at the end of the school day.  After the first infraction, the parent may be contacted to pick up the device at the end of the school day.

Students and parents must sign the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) before they may have access to any St Paul’s computer. (Found in the back of this handbook)

Phone Use Policy

The phone is our connection to others and is to be used for the business of the school unless an emergency or illness. Students may only use the phone with permission from a staff member and for a specific purpose.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

TARDINESS (Rev 9/15)

Tardiness causes undue commotion and loss of class time. More than three unexcused tardies in any one semester will result in the student not allowed to play sports or be in any extracurricular clubs.  If a student is tardy, it is the parent's responsibility to report to the office with the student. Any student not in his/her classroom by 8:10 am will be considered tardy.

Absenteeism Policy: (rev 9/15)

Being away from the classroom is a severe detriment to your child's school success. Regardless of the reason for absence, the child may face significant educational problems if not in school. If your child is going to be absent, you need to call the school office @ 660 826 1925. If you know in advance that the child will be absent, please contact the office or the child's teacher as soon as possible. Please let us know why your child is absent. If there is no notification, the school secretary will contact the parents/guardian to assess why the child is not at school. Once the child has 5 unexcused absences in a semester they will not be allowed to play sports or be in any extracurricular clubs. If the child's attendance falls below 80% of the time school is in session the principal shall notify the Pettis County Juvenile Officer and report the lack of attendance.

LEAVING DURING SCHOOL SESSIONS

Parents desiring to have their child dismissed from school before the regular time are requested to send a note with the child or notify the teacher by means of a telephone call, or call for the child in person. No child will be released to an unidentified person. For the safety of the child, parents are requested to notify the principal in the event an emergency arises which should necessitate the child's absence in the afternoon after having attended the morning session. Please come to the office to sign the child out and the office will call the classroom and have the child sent to the office. Teachers will not release students without notification from the school office. Students who have permission to stay after school for athletics or other school related activities MAY NOT LEAVE the grounds.

Medical concerns

ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL

First aid supplies are kept at school. First aid for minor cuts and bruises are given at school. Serious or questionable injuries are referred to the parents immediately. If parents or guardian cannot be reached, teachers refer to the Emergency Care Card for direction for medical care. If for any reason, the parents or guardian or other designated person cannot be reached, the child will be taken to the hospital. In cases when a student's temperature is near or over 100 degrees, parents will be requested to take the child home. Also students with rashes or those appearing to have a communicable disease will be sent home with a request for verification of the illness by a physician.

Parents of students with chronic or specific health problems are required to complete the Emergency Care Card and provide a detailed description of symptoms and/or warning signs with instructions of steps to be followed in cases of emergency.

DISPENSING MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

Many children are able to attend regular school because of the effective use of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illness, or even short-term illnesses. When medication is necessary it is usually more desirable for the medication to be administered at home than at school. However, any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day may do so but must comply with school regulations. These regulations include the following:

1. Prescription medication will be given only on written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval that the drug is to be given. This may come in the form of a properly completed pharmaceutical label on the bottle. The label must include:

*The student’s name

*The current date

*The name of the medication

*Specific instructions concerning the time and the amount of the drug to be given

*The name of the doctor prescribing the medication

*The name and the phone number of the pharmacy

Please request duplicate bottles for the medication from the pharmacy - one for school and one for home. If this is not possible please bring the original labeled bottle to school. See the back page of this handbook for a sample of the form needed for written permission from the parents or guardian requesting the school to comply with the physician’s order for medication. Additional forms will be available upon request. Please note: Prescription medication will not be given at school until an initial dose has been administered. The child may not enter school until 20 minutes has passed after taking the initial dose.

2. Nonprescription medication will be given only with written doctors orders and with a signed parent permission slip for the drug to be given at school. Tylenol (or any similar aspirin or non-aspirin) may not be given at school without such written authorization.

3. Students with chronic or specific problems requiring medication for emergencies must have their medication properly labeled as listed above. Specific written instructions must be provided as to when and under what circumstances medication is to be given. This information is to be provided and signed by the student’s doctor on an annual basis.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REQUIRING EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

***COVID*****stay home for a minimum of 10 days with a positive test and minimum of 14 days with asymptomatic systems. Please notify us and County Health Department ASAP

IF your child has 

A temperature of 100.4 Degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth. 

A sore throat.

New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing(not chronic   allergic/asthmatic, a change in their baseline).

Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.

New onset of severe headaches, especially with a fever. 

 

● Chickenpox - Exclusion no less than five days after the appearance of skin eruptions. All lesions must be dry scabbed. The student must be seen by the health room personnel or school staff prior to returning to the classroom.

● German Measles (Rubella) - Exclusion for seven days after the appearance of the rash.

● Impetigo - Exclusion until the lesions are healed or documented under a doctor’s treatment.

● Measles - Exclusion during cold symptoms and seven days after the appearance of the rash.

● Mumps - Exclusion for nine days following the onset of swelling.

● Head Lice - Exclusion until effective treatment has resulted in the absence of all nits from the students hair and lice from his/her scalp.

● Scabies - Exclusion until a doctor’s note is received stating the student is under treatment.

● Red or Inflamed eyes - Exclusion until the eye is clear or until a doctor’s note is received stating the diagnosis and until medication has been given for 24 hours.

● All rashes - Exclusion until the student brings a doctor’s note stating the diagnosis and that the student may attend school ( as long as the order follows the guidelines listed in the C.D.C.., "Communicable Disease in Man" recommendations), or until the rash is clear.

● Fifth’s Disease - Exclusion from school when a lacy rash is present. The student may return to school with a doctor’s diagnosis and statement that the student is non- contagious. "Slap Cheeks" appearance will not exclude the student.

● "Strep" Throat - Exclusion from school is required until the student has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours.

● Vomiting/Diarrhea - The student should remain home until he/she has been symptom free for 24 hours.

FEVER

In any illness where the body temperature is elevated to 100 degrees (F) or above the child should remain home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours unless written approval is received from a physician. This exclusion is to protect the child from further illness and also to protect the children with whom the student may come into contact. Parents will be notified when a child at school is found to have a temperature of 100 degree (F) or above.

NOTE:

If your child is, or has within the last 24 hours been RUNNING A FEVER, VOMITING, has DIARRHEA, SEVERE ASTHMA or ALLERGIES, ETC, please do not send them to school. For the protection of the rest of the children you will be called to pick your child up if they are displaying these symptoms

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Missouri law requires the school to have an adequate immunization history of every student. The parent or guardian must provide the school a record of the student’s immunizations before the child will be permitted to attend class. St. Paul’s follows the State of Missouri requirements for school attendance. Link to information- go to our school web site www.sedaliastpauls.org and check under   QUESTIONS

CHURCH /SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

St. Paul’s school encourages all the students to participate in weekly worship at their home church. Those without a home church are invited to worship with the St. Paul’s family. There is a place on the grade card indicating the number of Sundays in worship and in Sunday school for the expressed purpose to remind all of us the importance of attending. Awards are given at the end of the school year for those who were faithful in attendance.

DRESS CODE (rev 5/18)

The primary purpose of our school’s dress code is to assure that our students are neat, clean, and well groomed for all school activities. Their appearance should reflect the Christian values of our school and foster a positive learning environment. Parents are asked to consider their child’s appearance conscientiously, remembering that everything that is fashionable is not necessarily appropriate. Parents are responsible to make sure that their children are dressed in accordance with the school’s dress code.

Common sense in keeping with Christian ideals should eliminate the need to correct students in the area of dress and personal appearance, however; the principal and teachers will use their discretion in deciding if clothing is appropriate base on the age of the child and the following guidelines:

Pants and Shorts

  • Pants should not drag the floor, nor be so baggy they fall below the waist.

  • Shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh.

  • Form fitting shorts or leggings are allowed only when tops of shirts fall to the tops of thighs or longer.

Skirts and Dresses

  • Skirts and dresses should not drag the floor.

  • Skirts and dresses should be near the knee in length or longer.

Shirts and Blouses

  • Tank tops, spaghetti strapped shirts, and mesh shirts are not allowed.

  • Shirts and blouses must cover the belly even when arms are raised.

  • Shirts and blouses must have an appropriate neckline (no scoop or plunging necklines).

Shoes

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Casual or athletic shoes with non-marking soles are recommended.

  • Shoe laces must be tied and straps must be fastened.

  • Shoes that fall off easily or interfere with participation in activities may result in that student not being permitted to wear those shoes again at school.

Hair

  • Hair should be neat, clean, appropriately styled.

  • Styles should not call attention to the individual student through the use of color sprays or other non natural color dyes.

  • Hair accessories should not cause a safety concern for the student or be a distraction.

Jewelry/Body Decoration

  • Jewelry must not be excessive, offensive, or interfere with the safety of the student.

  • Earrings may be worn, but must be removed to participate in athletic events.

  • Visible body piercings are not allowed.

  • Visible tattoos are forbidden.  

General

  • Clothing and accessories may not be imprinted with slogans, words, or pictures that are inappropriate or offensive.

  • Inappropriately frayed or torn clothing is not allowed.

  • Hats, caps, headgear, or hoodies pulled up to the cover of the head are not allowed unless for medical reasons or special occasions.

Consequences

Each offense will result in a written notification and sent to the parent. If necessary, the parent will be called to bring appropriate clothing for the child and the child will be excluded from class until appropriate clothing has been obtained. 

DISCIPLINE (Revised 10/02)

The staff of St. Paul’s will work as a team in disciplining students under their care and guidance during the school day. The teachers will each have a “safe” place designated for another teacher to send a child who is becoming disruptive or challenging to stay until the “host” teacher feels like the child has regained composure and takes responsibility for his or her actions. The time in a “safe” place may vary from a few minutes to several hours or days. The staff will not tolerate the disruption of the learning experience by one or two children with bad behavior or attitudes.

The sole purpose of intervention is to help the child understand the inappropriate action or behavior by having them complete a “Think Sheet.” The think sheet allows them to write down what happened, whom it involved, and what they can do to correct the behavior. The process is totally one of understanding and patience. Class work will be completed and the child will be made as comfortable as possible. The child will be monitored by the host teacher and talked to quietly and compassionately.

GENERAL PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR

Includes but is not limited to:

● Any disrespect for those in authority.

● Insubordination: refusal to respond to or to carry out reasonable and lawful directions of authorized personnel.

● Verbal abuse: name calling, racial slurs, or derogatory statements addressed to others.

● Physical abuse: pushing, shoving, hitting, etc.

● Disruptive actions or other misconduct: other misconduct, not listed above, that disrupts or interferes with the educational process. There are times when these misbehaviors are of such a nature that they would require more severe actions.

● Inappropriate language: cursing, swearing (using God's name in vain), and gross, vulgar, unsociable language.

● Truancy: unexcused absences from classes or the lunchroom.

● Throwing objects such as rocks, snowballs, sticks, etc., intending to do harm or damage.

● Leaving school campus without permission.

● Cheating on schoolwork.

● Fraudulent signatures.

ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

Illegal behavior cannot be tolerated in a Christian environment and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion. This behavior is directly contrary to the commandments of our Lord and would include such behavior as assault, battery, involvement with weapons or items that could be construed as weapons, involvement with tobacco, alcohol or drugs, burglary, theft, robbery, arson, extortion, vandalism, or other felonious conduct. These types of behavior will be reported directly to the proper legal authorities.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Sexual harassment of or by any student shall not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action, including possible expulsion.

Sexual harassment has the purpose or effect of creating a negative impact on an individual's performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and includes but not limited to:

● Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, unwanted sexual advances, sexual jokes or any inappropriate words.

● Visual conduct such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, pictures or gestures.

● Physical conduct such as leering, assault, blocking normal movement, touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way or any inappropriate actions.

● Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests.

● Retaliation for reporting a violation or participating in an investigation.

Teachers are required to discuss this policy with their students at the beginning of the school year in an age appropriate way and will assure them that they need not endure any form of sexual harassment.

Anyone at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, who is subject to or witnesses sexual harassment, should immediately report such conduct to the teacher or to the principal.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

In conflict situations, persons involved must follow these guidelines (Matthew 18 is our guide):

1. Speak to the person with whom there is a conflict and attempt to peacefully    resolve the difference at a scheduled conference time.

2. If the conflict is not resolved contact the principal to discuss the issue. The principal will then call a meeting of the parties involved and attempt to resolve the differences.

3. In the event that the issue is not satisfactorily resolved the issue is to be brought to the Board of Christian Education through the Board Chairman. The Board will meet with all parties involved and the Board’s decision will be considered final.

The goal of these steps is to restore relationships and, in so doing, promote the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Problems not settled using this procedure would be treated as spiritual matters and handled through the guidance of the Pastor and ultimately by the congregation.

The Board meets monthly on a predetermined day (contact the school office for the times). Anyone wishing to address the Board should contact the school office by the preceding Wednesday so they may be put on the agenda. The Board will not entertain problems that have not been filed through the principal.

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

St. Paul’s Lutheran School provides student accident insurance for each of the students and will continue to do so as long as the premiums remain affordable – this policy is a blanket policy and covers all the students. The board of education has approved the purchase of the policy through the registration fees or through the PTL organization. All claims are to be directed to the principal.

Lost and Found Items

The teacher may confiscate toys or any items or objects brought to school by the student distracting the class. Possession of the object may be regained by the student at the discretion of the teacher, on the last day of school year, or if one of the student's parents comes to the school to obtain it. Items found will be placed in a box in the cafeteria so that they might be found easily. At the end of the year the school the items not claimed will be disposed of at the discretion of the principal.

NO SMOKING POLICY

In the interest of health for the students there is no smoking allowed by staff, visitors, or students in the school building at any time.

Hot Lunch Program (Feb 2013)

At this time, due to COVID, students are asked to bring their own lunch.  In case of a student with no lunch, a sandwich and water will be offered, but will be charged.  When we are able to resume the lunch program, parents will be notified. 

St. Paul's is NOT part of the Government Lunch Program. We encourage participation in the program so that we may continue offering a good lunch for our children. We offer a hot lunch Monday-Thursday and on Friday a sandwich lunch (ham and cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jelly).

(August 2015)

Child Lunch $2.75

Adult lunch $ 2.75

Extra milk - $.35 (Due to COVID  milk will not be available)

Field Trips

Permission slips for field trips will be sent home at least one week in advance. Students may not go on field trips without a signed permission slip on file in the office. Students without permission will be supervised on campus instead of attending the class field trip. All children and adults will be secured with seat belts as Missouri State law states. Drivers on field trips are to be at least twenty-one years old with a current driver's license and current insurance coverage that has medical insurance coverage of at least $5,000 and considered a "safe" driver with no major traffic incidents in the past five years.

PTL

The Parent-Teacher League is an integral part of the St. Paul’s family. It is through the fundraisers and the support of the organization that the school is able to domany of the things that it does. There are no dues to pay. Your involvement is all that is desired. The PTL general membership meets 4 times a year and all parents and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meetings.

The PTL has three standing committees:

  1. Parent-Teachers Relations; which develops plans to strengthen the relationships between parents and teachers to enhance the learning environment at St. Paul’s.

  2. Parent-Child Relations; which develops plans to assist parents in raising children and children in becoming good citizens and home and in the community.

  3. Fund Raising; this committee develops ways to increase funding of the school. All parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in one of these committees.

Room Parties

There are at least two class parties: Christmas and Valentines. There may be more at the discretion of the classroom teacher. You are encouraged to support the class in all functions. Due to COVID pre packaged snacks foods are permissible at this time with labels to assist teachers with students’ with allergies. 

Hopefully we will resume the healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit and vegetables instead of cake and cookies as encouraged at some point.

Dances and Socials (rev. 10/02)

The School Board will approve all dances and socials. Requests should be made through the principal at least one week prior to any Board of Education meetings. Most board meetings are the second Thursday of the month.

Birthday/Baptismal Celebrations

Some parents like to send a special treat on their child's birthday or baptism to share with the class. This is acceptable; however, check with the child's teacher first to make sure there are no previous commitments. See section about room parties for restrictions and requirements at this time. Any changes will be sent to parents at that time.  Invitations should not be delivered at school for any occasion unless all children in the class are being invited.

School Programs

There will be at least two school programs: Christmas and the End of the Year (8th grade graduation). These are opportunities for the children to perform for an audience. Please support them. There will also be times when they will sing at area churches or perform in other ways on our stage. You are encouraged to support the children in all programs.

Asbestos Notification

On October 22, 1986 President Reagan signed into law the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The law required EPA to develop regulations, which provide a comprehensive framework for addressing asbestos problems in public and private elementary and secondary schools. On October 30, 1987, the EPA published the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule. This new rule requires all public and private elementary and secondary schools to inspect for friable and nonfriable asbestos develop asbestos management plans that address asbestos hazards in school buildings and implement response actions in a timely fashion. A complete inspection has been conducted by Mead Environmental Assoc, Inc. A management plan has resulted from these inspections and is available in the administrative offices. Periodic surveillance is required every six months. A reinspection of our facilities is required every three years. Any fiber release episodes and any activities involving the disturbance of the ACM are also recorded in the management plan. The purpose of the federal and state regulations is to protect the health and well being of all persons entering the building. You, as a parent, are encouraged to examine the management plan as it affects your child(ren).

Anti-Bullying Policy and Action Plan:   (2018)

According to www.stopbullying.gov, the definition of bullying follows-

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

    • Teasing

    • Name-calling

    • Inappropriate sexual comments

    • Taunting

    • Threatening to cause harm

  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

    • Leaving someone out on purpose

    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone

    • Spreading rumors about someone

    • Embarrassing someone in public

  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

    • Hitting/kicking/pinching

    • Spitting

    • Tripping/pushing

    • Taking or breaking someone’s things

    • Making mean or rude hand gestures


 

Such conduct is contrary to the behavior and principles taught by our Savior, are disruptive of the educational process, and harmful to everyone involved. Behavior that meets the definition of bullying will not be tolerated at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Students who are bullying others are subject to disciplinary action.

Cyberbullying with the use of school equipment will not be tolerated and will result in temporary or permanent loss of the use of that equipment. Cyberbullying that is carried out at a student’s home and causes problems at school will not be tolerated and will be treated as other forms of bullying.

Plan of Action:

Prevention-

  • Students will be supervised in a manner that meets or exceeds state requirements for child care programs.

  • Staff will be visible and proactive in dealing with behavior incidents of all types.

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran School promotes the showing of Christian kindness and caring as demonstrated by Christ.

  • In an effort to open discussion topics and educate children about bullying, the students will participate in regular and ongoing “Circle of Friends” activities where students learn strategies to stand up for themselves and others.  

  • Classroom discussions through religion lessons or “Jesus Time” will address treatment of others. Teachers will include specific anti bullying lessons in their curriculum planning.

Consequences-

  • The offending student’s teacher will complete an incident report form and notify parents of the problem. Students who are caught in the act of bullying will be subject to a disciplinary process as follows:

  • Warning- When a minor incident occurs, the teacher will express the inappropriateness of bullying with the student, This will be carried out through the safeseat processing system. The principal will be informed.

Possible Options at this stage could include-

  • Behavioral contract

  • Loss of school privileges (temporary club or sports team membership, isolation during lunch, etc.)

  • Community service

If the behavior continues or is of a severe nature-  

  • A conference with the student and parents will be held.

  • Possible in school suspension (1 to 3 days) can occur.

  • Possible out of school suspension (1 to 3 days) can occur.

  • Expulsion, when reasonable efforts to correct the behavior have been exhausted and following conferencing with parents, teacher, and with input from the Board of Christian Day School Chair can occur.

  • Law enforcement will be notified when criminal action and intent is obvious.

Parent Expectations

Parent- Teacher Conference: Parents are expected to attend Parent-Teacher conferences when scheduled. If unable to attend it is expected that the parent will reschedule with the teacher at another time.

Programs: Parents are expected to attend programs of the school. This includes PTL meetings and special programs in which the children perform. Even when your child is not performing it is an encouragement to all that all parents attend.

Homework Help: Parents are expected to work with the child at home, with homework or in encouraging good study habits and self-discipline. It is suggested that the child have certain chores to do at home and be limited on the amount of screen time. It is always a good idea to encourage a lot of reading of good literature.

Auto Insurance: Parents driving on field trips are expected to show proof of auto insurance to the teacher prior to leaving the property of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. It is advisable to have at least $5000 in medical insurance on the car policy. This would provide up to $5000 for each passenger regardless of fault or relationship to the driver.

Property Damage: The school enjoys the use of the facilities of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. While normal wear and tear are assumed during the operation of a school such as this, the church reserves the right to charge individual parents for material damage directly attributable to the neglect, abuse, or misuse of these facilities, furnishings, and personal property by their children.

Accounts Payable: Payments are generally made through FACTS. There is an online registration. The school office will assist in getting signed up for FACTS Tuition Management. If a student is dismissed or withdrawn for any reason, the tuition is charged for the entire month, even if the student is in attendance for only a portion of that month. Written notification of withdrawal must be submitted to the school office. School records are not released until all accounts are made current.

Textbooks: Parents are expected to encourage their child to care for school textbooks and library books so that several years of use may be gotten from each book. Those that abuse the books beyond normal wear and tear will be charged accordingly.

Unfortunately, the visits to the classroom and lunches with students have to be suspended due to COVID, but hope to resume at some point. 

 Parents are welcome to visit the classroom during school hours. They are required to          schedule the visit with the classroom teacher and report to the office upon arrival. 

Lunch with your child: Parents and grandparents are encouraged to eat lunch with their child any day of the week. Please call the office so we may prepare a meal for you.

Acceptable Use Policy (June, 2002)

Please read this document carefully before signing on last page.

Wireless Internet access is now available to students and teachers at St. Paul’s Lutheran School (SPLS). We are very pleased to bring this access to SPLS and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

• Electronic mail (E-mail) communication with people all over the world

• The ability to browse the World-Wide Web

• Public domain software and shareware of all types

• Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics

• Access to many University Library Catalogs and the Library of Congress

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. SPLS has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We (SPLS) firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this world wide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of SPLS. It is the user that controls the search criteria and therefore the material accessed.

With this in mind, we (SPLS) believe that it is imperative to teach our students about making Christian choices about the type of material they access. It is our (SPLS) belief that by training our young people how to deal with objectionable material now, they will be better suited to make the same type of value judgments as adults.

These guidelines are provided so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If an SPLS user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The faculty will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrator may close an account at any time as required. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

1.  Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

2.  Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

3.  Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

4.  Note that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail.

5.  Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

6.  All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property. The network and its resources including access to the Internet are available to the staff and students of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School. Parents of students wishing to make use of the computer network may do so if they first check with their child’s teacher to make sure that there isn’t a conflict.

Members of St. Paul’s congregation who do not have children attending our school and who wish to make use of the computer network will need to speak to the administrator about access and sign the Computer Network Use Agreement. Access times will be limited to when there is a teacher available.

The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of SPLS. Use of other organizations' network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. SPLS makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.

SPLS will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non deliveries, incorrect deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. SPLS specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware or software.

Keep this page as part of the handbook.  Signature will be on the last page. 

St. Paul’s Lutheran School-Sedalia

                    Photo Release Form

                    St. Paul’s Lutheran School

                       701 S. Massachusetts

                         Sedalia, MO 65301

 

I, being the parent/guardian of  the student(s) listed below, hereby consent that the photographs or videos taken of him/her during the 2020-2021 school year while he/she is enrolled at St. Paul Lutheran School as a student may be used by St. Paul Lutheran School.  

 

These  pictures may be used on the school bulletin boards, local newspapers, in the school newsletter, school yearbook, school websites, or scrapbooks made in class. 

 

Furthermore, I consent that such photographs and or videos shall be the property of St. Paul Lutheran School, which has the right to duplicate, reproduce and make other uses as St. Paul Lutheran School deems necessary. 


 

     ____ It is okay to use my son/daughter’s photograph, etc, as described above.

       ____ I DO NOT   give my consent to have  photographs of my son/daughter by St. Paul Lutheran School in any way, as specified above.  

Name of student ______________________ Grade  

Name of student ___________________________________  Grade 

Name of student ___________________________________  Grade 

Name of student ____________________________________Grade

Name of student ___________________________________  Grade

Signature of parent/guardian ________________________________________

Home address _______________________________________________
City_____________________________

Phone _____________________________

Please sign and return this form to the teacher or office.  This paper will be kept on file in the student’s permanent record in the school office for only one year.  Parents will need to sign a permission slip every year that child(ren) is/are enrolled in school.  Parents always have the right to update and change this at any time during the school year. 

Adopted July 2005

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS –Grades 4-8

We take responsibility for learning.

This means :

1. We arrive at school on time.      2. We are prepared for class. 3. We demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude in daily work.   4. Homework is carefully and thoughtfully completed and on time.

We try to settle our differences in a peaceful manner.

This means:

1.We respect other people’s property and personal space. 2. We do not physically or verbally fight with other children.3. We do not take anything that does not belong to us.

We follow the directions of adults in charge, the first time given.

This means:

1. We look at the speaker.  2. We do not talk back to teachers or adults in charge.

We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.

This means:

1. We use appropriate language at all times. 2.We do not bully nor tease other children. 3.We are willing to help each other. 4. We are friendly and courteous.

We are expected to move safely through the school.

This means:

1. No playing around in the bathrooms or hallways.  2. No running in the lunchroom, hallways, or up and down stairs.

SIGNED BY STUDENT :_______________________

Date_____________

For electronic agreement as stated on previous pages and we have read the St. Paul’s Lutheran handbook.    

Signed by parent____________________________ 

Signed by student ___________________

Medication forms –Below are two forms that can be cut out and used if needed. 

St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Parent Request for administration of medication by school personnel

I hereby request and give my permission to the Principal or his designee to administer the following medication to my child.

Name of child_______________________________

Name of drug_______________________ Dosage________________

At the following time: ________   given for what medical reason: ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Expiration date of this request:______________

Parent signature_____________________ 

Date signed ____________________

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Request for administration of medication by school personnelSt. Paul’s Lutheran School

Parent Request for administration of medication by school personnel

I hereby request and give my permission to the Principal or his designee to administer the following medication to my child.

Name of child_______________________________

Name of drug_______________________ Dosage________________

At the following time: ________   given for what medical reason:

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Expiration date of this request:______________

Parent signature_____________________            

Date signed ____________________

 


 
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