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Tyro Elementary School

450 Cow Palace Rd | Lexington, NC 27295 phone Phone: 336-242-5760 phone Fax: 336-242-5761
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Student Fees

An instructional fee of $7.00 is required for all students in Kindergarten - 5th grade. This fee covers the cost of PE equipment and first aid supplies.  This should be paid as soon as possible.

School Hours

7:30...............School Building Opens

7:30 - 7:55....Breakfast

7:50...............Students report to class

7:55...............Class Begins

2:28...............School Dismisses

Arrival

Students are not to be dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m.

We will have staff on duty to supervise students beginning at 7:30 each morning. The doors will be unlocked at this time. Students arriving between 7:30 - 7:55 will either report to their grade-level specific area or to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students must be in the building by 7:55 to eat breakfast. The cafeteria will stop serving breakfast at 7:55.

 Attendance/Tardy

The school day begins at 7:55 and ends at 2:28. Your child must be in attendance for at least one half the school day to be counted present for that day. This means that a child must arrive by 11:15 and stay the rest of the day to be officially present for that day. A child who leaves before 11:15 and does not return to school will be counted absent for that school day.

If your child arrives after 7:55 a.m., he/she should report directly to the office. He/she will be given a "Tardy Pass" and then sent to the classroom.

Any Student who arrives late to school or leaves early more than 5 times during a 9-week marking

period will not qualify for Perfect Attendance for the 9 weeks.

 Student Departures

  • Students remain in class until called to the office to depart from school. Parents are NOT to go to the classroom due to custody issues and safety of all students. Only a parent, guardian, or legal custodial parent may pick up a student unless request is made in writing for the student to leave school with someone else. They must come to the office and sign out the student.
  • The adult may be asked to show an ID or verify certain information.
 

Residency and Enrollment Requirements

In order to attend Tyro Elementary School, a student must legally reside within the school district. Two proofs of residency will be required. All students entering for the first time will need documented immunization records and birth certificate. If the school receives notification you have moved, it will be required to resubmit proof of residency.

 Car Line/AM Drop off

We have 2 choices available for dropping off students in the morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Choice 1: Stay in the car line and a staff member will assist your child in getting out of the car.

Choice 2: Park in a parking spot and walk your child to the crosswalk

  Breakfast/Lunch

  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 7:55 each morning. Students riding in cars should be in the cafeteria between 7:30 - 7:55 to eat breakfast.
  • ·• If you wish to apply for free or reduced lunch and breakfast, the applications need to be filled out completely
  • The cost of meals in the elementary schools this year are:
  • Cost of student breakfast: $1.50
  • Cost of student lunch: .. ...... $2.75
  • Adult breakfast/lunch:  Al a Carte pricing
  • Please do not bring commercial lunches to your child at school, some examples being McDonald's, Wendy's and Hardees.
  • Please wait in the hall area near the cafeteria rather than going to the classroom when you come to eat lunch with your child.
  • After lunch is over, students are to return to class to continue the regular instruction. Visitors are asked not to return to the classroom as this tends to disrupt the routine.
  • If you wish to apply for free or reduced lunch and breakfast, the applications need to be filled out completely
 

Bus Information 

  • School buses will not be released to run routes if there is an Active Tornado Warning in effect. Buses will run in a "watch" condition.
  • North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual Policy states: "Unless safety factors require otherwise, Superintendent’s may not plan bus stops closer together than 0.2 miles. Each student must be at the designated stop at the time of the bus arrival." (Davidson Co. Schools asks that students be at the designated stop 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.)
  • North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual Policy states: "A route may not deviate from a general path of direction for a distance of less than one-half mile and then return to the original path except for groups of 10 or more pupils, unescorted pupils in grades K-3 or special education pupils."
  • Bus drivers are prohibited from blowing the horn to alert children that the bus has arrived. Note: the horn is a safety feature and warning device. It is not to be used as an indicator for the child to start toward the bus.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited on the buses. In no case will a child be allowed to ride a different bus from which he/she is assigned, or get off at a different stop.

Parents must have reserved bus seating in May before the upcoming school year begins.  If not, there could be a possible 10-day waiting period to add the student to a route. 

Bus Behavior

 Students must understand that good behavior while on the school bus is of great importance and when a person misbehaves, he/she is putting the lives of other individuals in danger. Bus misconduct will be handled seriously. No inappropriate behavior can be considered trivial if it distracts the driver and jeopardizes the safety of others. Students and parents are informed that riding the school bus is a privilege that may be taken away for serious or continuous misbehavior. Listed below are the guidelines for student bus behavior:

1. ... Load and unload the bus in an orderly manner.

2......Sit quietly in your seat at all times until the bus reaches the stop where you exit. Switching seats is not

        allowed without permission.

3......Never touch any of the mechanical controls.

4......Obey and respect the driver. Students should never distract the driver.

5......Observe classroom behavior except for quiet conversation. Face the front of the bus at all times, sitting properly in the seat; arms and legs should not extend into or block the aisle.

Bus Discipline 

  • First Offense - Conference with administration. Warning given. (This step may be waived for more serious offenses.)
  • Second Offense - Bus suspension for up to 3 days
  • Third Offense - Bus suspension for up to 5 days
  • Further Offenses - Bus suspension for up to 10 days. If misbehavior continues, riding privileges may be denied for the remainder of the year.
 

Child Nutrition Charge Policy 

The Davidson County School System participates in the National School Lunch Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Due to reporting requirements, the child nutrition program cannot permit excessive and reoccurring charges of meals. Customers may, however, pay for meals in advance.

  • Families who wish to apply for free or reduce meals must complete an application each year. The family of any DCS student may submit an application at any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school’s cafeteria, main office, or on the DCS website.
  • Applicants are responsible for meals until a free or reduced application is completed and approved.

Meal and item charges are permitted as follows for ALL Davidson County School students:

  • For all elementary and middle school students, including but not limited to reduced meal benefit students, up to three breakfasts and three lunches may be charged ($11.25).
  •  NO charges will be allowed for high school students.
  • After the student has incurred charges of $11.25, the student will have a lunch meal choice of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fresh fruit with white milk or cheese sandwich, fresh fruit with white milk and a breakfast meal choice of cereal, toast, fresh fruit and white milk. This will meet the reimbursable meal option.
  • When the student’s meal charge reaches $37.50, the account balance charge may then be turned over to a collection agency selected and approved by the Superintendent of the Davidson County Schools and the breakfast and lunch sandwich meal option will continue until the total outstanding charges are reduced below $11.25.
  • NO supplemental sales items, such as milk, cookies, ice cream or potato chips, may be charged at any time.
  • NO supplemental items will be allowed for purchase until all outstanding charges are paid in full. Any money given to the cafeteria will be applied towards any outstanding charge balance.
  • Child Nutritional Services will call all parents every Wednesday for any meal charge and will call every day for charges over $11.25.
  • If the student’s charge balance exceeds $75.00, at the discretion of the school principal and social worker, Davidson County Social Services (DSS) may be contacted in relation to potential student neglect.

Our Child Nutrition Department allows parents to prepay for meals and put money on their child’s account at www.lunchprepay.com. This website also allows parents to get a detailed report of purchases made by their child.

Classroom Behavior

Each student has rights. However, remember that your rights should never interfere with someone else's rights, especially their right to learn.

Definition of discipline: Training that enables students to make appropriate choices in a climate of warmth and support, always beginning with clear, concise limits and with follow-up consequences.

Students will be reminded of ROAR behavior in all areas of the building.

Dress Code

The Davidson County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his or her style of dress or

appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements and expectations of a school learning environment.

Students should not wear the following:

  • Clothing that is disruptive to the teaching/learning process and is revealing, indecent, vulgar, or obscene.
  • Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages or the use of controlled substances by words or symbols, or is of a disruptive nature.
  • Clothing that contains profanity, nudity, depicts violence or is sexual in nature by words or symbols.
  • Hats, sweatbands, bandanas, or sunglasses inside school buildings.
  • Clothing that is sheer or mesh. Undergarments that are visible.
  • Sagging pants which cause undergarments to be visible.
  • Tank tops or muscle shirts without a t-shirt.
  • Biker shorts, short shorts or very short skirts. Halter tops and/or tops showing the midsection.
  • Chains hanging from pockets.
  • No distracting jewelry, attachments from jeans to bracelet/rings will be allowed.
  • If a student is wearing inappropriate or disruptive clothing, parents will be called to bring a change of clothing for the student.
  • Also, girls need to wear shorts or pants under any dresses or shirts if they plan on playing on the

playground equipment.

Drugs and Weapons 

  • State Law 14-269-2 states in part that, "It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, or carry ... any sharp pointed or edged instrument..." on the school campus or bus..
  • The Davidson County Board of Education Policy on Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
  • (Rule 6) is as follows: A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon.
  • On the school grounds during and immediately before or after school hours,
  • On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group,
  • Off the school grounds at any school activity, function, or event, includes buses.
  • This rule does not apply to normal school supplies like pencils or compasses, but does apply to any firearm, any explosive including firecrackers, any knife and other dangerous objects of no reasonable use to the pupil at school.
  • Students, who possess, handle or transmit firearms, as defined in Rule 6, will be suspended for one full year (365 days). Please remember: No weapons, no toy-like weapons and NO objects that can be used as weapons (such as a screwdrivers, letter openers, etc.) are allowed at school at any time.
 

The Davidson County Board of Education Policy on Drugs is as follows:

A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, conspire to transmit or distribute, or be under the influence of any narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, "counterfeit drugs," alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, inhalant or intoxicant of any kind, or any controlled substance, or use, possess or distribute any drug paraphernalia. Any substance that is believed to be a prohibited substance confiscated by principal or other school officials shall be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for proper identification.

This policy applies:

  • On the school grounds during and immediately before and after school hours.
  • On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any group, or
  • Off the school grounds at a school activity function or event, including buses
 

Tobacco Free School Policy

No student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time, including non-school hours:

  • in any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Schools
  • ·on any school grounds and property - including athletic fields and parking lots - owned leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Board of Education or at any school-sponsored or school-related event on-campus or off-campus.
  • In addition, school district employees, school volunteers, contractors or other persons performing services on behalf of the school district also are prohibited from using tobacco products at any time while on duty and in the presence of students, either on or off school grounds. Further, no student is permitted to possess a tobacco product while in any school building, while on school grounds or property or at any school-sponsored or school related event or at any other time that students are under the authority of school personnel. Tobacco products may be included in instructional or research activities in public school buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by the faculty member overseeing the instruction or research and the activity does not include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting the tobacco product.
 

Harassment and Bullying 

The board believes that all employees and students should be free of unlawful discrimination, harassment,

including sexual harassment and bullying as a part of a safe, orderly and inviting working and learning environment. The board commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, veteran status, age or disability. The board also prohibits retaliation against an employee or student who has exercised any rights made available through state or federal law, including prohibiting retaliation for reporting violations of this policy, participating in an investigation, or participating in any process provided for under Board policies. Any violation of this policy is considered a serious violation and appropriate action will be taken in response to a violation.

Employees and students are advised that when evidence of conduct prohibited under this policy is established, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination (for employees) and suspension (for students).  The policy of the Board of Education forbids discrimination against any employee, applicant of employment, or student on the basis of sex. The Board will not tolerate sexual harassment by any of its employees. 

Student and Parent Grievance Procedure

The board strives to resolve concerns and complaints whenever possible. While the board encourages informal resolutions, the board recognizes that students and parents may want a more formal process for certain types of complaints or if an informal process was not satisfactory. This policy provides a complaint procedure that can be used as described below. This policy should not be used for complaints regarding disciplinary decisions. Student or parents wishing to appeal a disciplinary decision should contact the school principal, assistant principal or the Davidson County Schools' Hearing Officer. The current Hearing Officer is Donna Stafford, telephone: (336) 242-5548; address: P. O. Box 2057, Lexington, NC 27293.

Health Screening 

Each year as part of the N. C. School Health Program, students in selected grades receive health screening by the Davidson County Health Department at their school. Screenings include: height, weight, dental, vision, and hearing. Parents are notified if a follow up screening by a physician is recommended. If a parent does not want their child to receive the screening they should inform the school office in writing at the beginning of the school year by September 1st. High school students enrolled in Allied Health Science programs may be assisting school nurses. All students will be under the direct supervision of their Allied Health Science Instructor. All information about your student is confidential.

Homework

Tyro Elementary School adheres to a philosophy that meaningful homework assigned at the appropriate time in manageable amounts should be a regular component of instruction. Current research indicates that homework can help students of any age improve academic performance. We suggest that homework can help the formulation of good study habits. In addition to academic enhancement, good study habits can help develop needed life skills such as following directions, beginning and completing tasks, managing one's time and responsibility in general.

Assigning Homework 

  • When Assigning Homework the Following Points Will Be Considered:
  • Homework should be an extension of skills presented and taught in the classroom setting.
  • Homework should serve a useful and positive purpose and not be used as a punishment.
  • Parents have the right to expect that the student understands the homework assignment.
 

Parent Responsibility for Homework 

  • Provide a place for homework with a table and chair and no distractions.
  • Set aside a time for homework with no TV, distractions from younger brothers or sisters, or other outside distractions.
  • Set a mood for homework by being there when needed with help and encouragement. Make this a positive time for parent and child.
  • The amount of time a child spends on homework will vary from grade to grade and day to day. If your child never has homework, or spends more than one hour on homework every day, we suggest you contact his/her teacher.
  • Timeframes for homework include the following:

 

Kindergarten ... 15 minutes ............ Third Grade ...30-35 minutes ............

First grade ...... 20-25 minutes ..... Fourth Grade ... 35-45 minutes .............

Second grade .. 25-30 minutes .... Fifth Grade ......  45 minutes to an hour

When a child is absent, schoolwork should be made up. The teacher will send work home with a neighbor, brother, or sister if requested. Parents may call the school in the morning and pick up schoolwork at the end of the day in the office. We appreciate your concern for keeping your child caught up with what is being taught in the classroom.

Internet Use 

The Davidson County School System (DCS) is providing students with access to the Internet. The Internet will enable students to explore thousands of databases, libraries and bulletin boards while exchanging information with Internet users throughout the world. Valuable information can be gleaned from the Internet but families are warned that some material may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While the purposes of the school are to use Internet resources for constructive, educational goals, students may find ways to access other materials. DCS believes that the benefits of the Internet far exceed the disadvantages.

Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. Therefore, DCS supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to grant permission for access. The student and parent or guardian must sign a permission form for Internet use before access is permitted. Students are responsible for appropriate behavior on the school's computer network, just as they are on school campus. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use of the Internet may result in disciplinary or legal action. All use of the Internet involving students will be under careful supervision by the school staff, and at no time will students be allowed to access the Internet on their own.

Head Lice

Occasionally, we have cases of head lice throughout the school year. Anyone, child or adult, can get head lice. It has nothing to do with cleanliness and does not reflect poorly on parenting or the home environment. However, we must follow the Davidson County School Board Policy Number 6.36 which states:

  • All students having head lice will use a lice-killing treatment and remove all live bugs and nits (eggs) from the hair before returning to school. The attendance policy allows no more than 2 days for this.
  • Students will be excluded from all school activities until such treatment and removal of bugs and nits have been completed.
  • School principals will be responsible for facilitating and enforcing this policy in their school.

A parent must accompany the child back to the school office to be checked upon return to school. The child may NOT be sent back on the bus.

Medication Policy and Administration of Medications 

There are a number of health conditions, which require the student to carry medication at all times. These would include asthma (inhalers), diabetes (insulin and glucometer), and those with severe allergic reactions (emergency epinephrine). Because one of the objectives of their medical program is self-responsibility for their medication, these students may self-medicate as their plan mandates if the following criteria are met.

If a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer it, school personnel may administer medications according to the following regulations. The pupil's parent or guardian must send a signed Davidson County Medication Authorization form with the pupil's name, name of medicine and its purpose, and instructions for administering the medication. All medication must be administered from the original container labeled by a pharmacist or physician, which includes the pupil's name, physician's name, name and dosage of medication, and directions for use. Long-term medication must have a doctor's authorization on a school medical form.

ALL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY THE PARENT/GUARDIAN. STUDENTS ARE NEVER ALLOWED TO POSSESS MEDICATION AT SCHOOL OR ON THE SCHOOL BUS.

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:  If your child is in need of medication or medical attention and you cannot be reached and medication is not available 911 will be called. The parent will be responsible for any costs incurred.

A written request (Davidson County Medication Authorization form) shall be required annually from a licensed health care provider to include:

  • Student's name and birth date
  • Name of medication/equipment
  • Dosage at school
  • Relationship to meals
  • When medication should be given
  • Side effects
  • Reason not to give medication
  • Date medication should be stopped if applicable.
  • Signature of physician, telephone number and date
  • "To keep medication on self" written on Medication form

     

     A Davidson County Medication form completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian. This must be updated each school year. Request is reviewed by the School Nurse then the student will receive health counseling by the School Nurse, including: 

  • Review of health condition, medications, triggers, precautions.
  • Role play of procedure to be used when necessary.
  • Review of medication policy and disciplinary actions for sharing medication.
  • Self-medication contract is signed by student.
  • Appropriate feedback is given from student's teacher(s) as confidentiality permits.
 

Bee Sting Allergy 

If your child is allergic to bee stings and/or other allergies and we do not have medicine and/or instructions,

PLEASE GET THIS TO US IMMEDIATELY. If you send medicine, please label the container, put your child's name on it, and give instructions as outlined in the above section.  Please request a Davidson County Schools Student Contract for Self-Carried Medication form and a Medication Form that a licensed health care provider completes.

Classroom Volunteers/Field Trip Chaperones

Davidson County Schools requires all volunteers or chaperones who will spend time on the Tyro campus interacting with students is required to have a completed form on file. This is to ensure everyone working with our students provide a safe and nurturing environment. Tyro Elementary appreciates the valuable time parents donate to our school and the future success of our students.

Parent Visits 

If there is ever an instance where as a parent/guardian you would like to come observe your child in his/her classroom there are several procedures in place to ensure the safety of all Tyro students.  

  • The classroom visit must be made in writing to the administrative staff
  • Parents/Guardian must have a clear purpose for the visit
  • 30 minute maximum stay
  • Background form completed
  • Confidentiality agreement signed
 

NC Public School Law

NC Public School Law General Statute 115C-378: "Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge or control of a child between the ages of 7 and 16 years (or under age 7) who is enrolled in a public school in grades K-12…shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time when the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session…"

Lawful Absences:

  • When an illness/injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
  • When quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health.
  • When there is a death in the immediate family.
  • When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment.
  • When the student is a part of a court proceeding.
  • When the student participates in a religious observance in accordance with the local board policy and has prior approval of the principal.
  • When the student is involved in a valid educational opportunity and receives prior approval from the principal at least 2 days before the trip.
 

Reminder: These days are NOT waived, just excused. Upon the student's return, the parent must send a note within 3 school days as to the reason for the absence. If a note is not sent, the absence is coded as unlawful on the fourth day. Students should make up missed work during the first 5 school days after their return. Excused (lawful) does NOT mean waived. A doctor's note will be an EXCUSED absence. 

Attendance Policy 

Students may miss a MAXIMUM of 16 days for the entire school year. Students who miss 16 or more days could be retained in the next grade unless: 

  • They are granted a waiver from the attendance policy by the principal for extenuating or emergency circumstances
  • Suspension days will not be considered.
  • The principal will consider each request and reply in writing to the parent.
  • All students entering school for the first time are required to have proof of immunization against a variety of diseases.
  • If proof is not attained, the student must be suspended until such proof may be acquired.
  • These days missed from school could greatly impact a student's attendance record or ultimately result in retention if the number exceeds 16 at the end of the school year.
 

Visitors and Protecting Students and Utilizing Instructional Time

 Schools are safe only as long as each of us do our part to keep them safe. All visitors are to sign in and wear a visitor's tag while in the building or while on school grounds during outdoor school day activities. Staff members will remind you if you forget. This includes parents in the building early in

the morning.

  • Teachers WILL NOT be called out of classrooms to talk with parents during time of student supervision (7:50 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.).
  • Parents ARE NOT to bypass the office and go to classrooms during the school day. Do not automatically sign in and go to a classroom. If you do, an administrator may ask you to leave.
  • We welcome parents at appropriate times such as their child's lunch time, book fairs, programs, conference times, report card pickups, fun days, or a pre-arranged time to visit.
 

Classroom Parties

 Food for classroom parties must be commercially prepared, as from a bakery rather than home prepared.

Teachers/Assistants must prepare any drinks made at school for students.

Section 504

If your child is currently on a 504 Educational plan and you have any concerns please contact our School Guidance Counselor at (336) 242-4800.

House Bill 1032 – Permissible Use of Seclusion and Restraint (Effective July 1 2006)

 It is the policy of the State of North Carolina to: 

  • Promote safety and prevent harm to all students, staff and visitors in the public schools.
  • Treat all public school students with dignity and respect in the delivery of discipline, use of physical restraints or seclusion, and use of reasonable force as permitted by law.
  • Provide school staff with clear guidelines about what constitutes use of reasonable force permissible in schools.
  • Improve student achievement, attendance, promotion, and graduation rates by employing positive behavioral interventions to address student behavior in a positive and safe manner.
  • Promote retention of valuable teachers and other school personnel by providing appropriate training in prescribed procedures, which address student behavior in a positive and safe manner.