• 2017-18



    Bay Vista Fundamental is in its 20th year as a fundamental school. Currently our enrollment is at 650 students.  We are the largest fundamental elementary school in Pinellas County. This handbook is for your reference on our policies and procedures. Please read over carefully and keep for your future reference. We welcome you to Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School.



    School Mission

    The mission of BVFS is to educate all learners to become successful, productive members of society by providing a safe positive learning community.



             Fundamental School Structure

    Membership in fundamental schools is a privilege enjoyed by interested and qualified Pinellas County students. Therefore, students are expected to exhibit exemplary achievement and conduct while in membership in these programs. Fundamental schools emphasize principles, which set them apart from attendance area schools. The fundamental school provides for those students who work best where expectations are clearly defined.  A strong emphasis is placed on the home and school working together to promote successful learning.


    The fundamental elementary school includes kindergarten through fifth grades. A quiet, well-disciplined and structured learning environment is maintained. All rules and policies are strictly enforced. The fundamental school incorporates instructional methods and curriculum based on Florida State Standards and Pinellas County Schools Student Expectations. A collaborative spirit exists within a framework of mutual respect, cooperation and regard for the rights and property of others and is viewed as an integral part of the school environment.



    Academic Awards

    Students in grades 3-5 may earn Principal’s List, Honor Roll and Merit Awards.

    Principal’s List is awarded for all A’s in academic areas and E’s, V’s and S’s in PE, Art, Music, Conduct, Effort and Work Habits.

    Honor Roll is awarded for all A’s and B’s in academic areas and E’s, V’s or S’s in PE, Art, Music, Conduct, Effort and Work Habits.

    Merit Award is awarded for C’s or better in academic areas and all E’s, V’s or S’s in PE, Art, Music, Conduct, Effort and Work Habits.




    Grading Policy

    All students receive report cards indicating their academic progress, classroom conduct and work habits. Elementary students receive mid-term progress reports four times a year if their current grade is a N, U, D, or F following the district schedule. Kindergarten students will receive a number that signifies their current level of mastery. A 0 = No progress toward mastery to a 4 = Exceeding the standard. Students on grades 1-2 will receive a progress report that shows their progress in all academic areas using E-V-S-N-U.              Students in grades 3-5 will receive the following grades for all academic subjects:


    • 90-100%
    • 80-89%
    • 70-79%
    • 60-69%

    F                0-59%


    Students in grades K-5 will receive the letter grades of either E-V-S-N-U, in PE, Music, Art, Conduct, Work Habits and Effort.


    Arrival and Dismissal

    You may not use 58th Avenue to park, drop off or pick up students where there are signs.  This policy is in place for the safety of all our students. There will be a staff member on duty welcoming students who arrive or dismiss by a school bus or before/aftercare bus only. Students who arrive by car must use the car circle or park and walk using the appropriate pedestrian crosswalks. These procedures are in place for the safety of our students and faculty.

    There is no adult supervision available prior to 7:45a.m.or after 2:45p.m. Students may not be on campus prior to 7:45 a.m. At that time, they are to report to the cafeteria on rainy days and to the covered court on non-rainy days for supervision. Students will be dismissed at 8:05 to walk to class. The official school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and students will be marked tardy if they arrive to their classroom after this time.  Parents and visitors may enter the building no earlier than 8:05 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All parents and visitors on the campus are asked to sign in at the main office and receive a visitor’s badge.

    All students will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. We ask that parents write their child’s name and grade on a large piece of paper and place in the passenger window or windshield. This helps to facilitate dismissal. 

    Students not picked up on time will be marked tardy. Please read over the tardy policy outlined in this handbook. When using the car lines there should be no cell phone usage. Students are expected to be looking for their car and listening for their name. There shall be no eating, completing homework, using an electronic device or playing with toys.




    Regular attendance is a school expectation.  If your child is feeling ill, we ask that you please notify the school office by phone or by using the ‘Report Student Absence’ icon on the school website.

    Excused Absences: Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed. It is the student’s responsibility to get the missed work. The number of days allowed to make up work shall be the same as the number of days the student was absent.

    Unexcused Absences: Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed. It is the student’s responsibility to get the missed work. The number of days allowed to make up work shall be the same as the number of days the student was absent. Work made up after an unexcused absence in elementary school may be dropped a letter grade.

     It is up to the teacher’s discretion on the homework requirement for extended absences for family trips. Long term homework assignments are still due on their due date and do not fall under this requirement. Reading Logs are considered long term assignments. Signing the agenda book is not considered homework. It is an expectation of the parent. The agenda book must be signed every night even when your child is absent. 


    Excused and Unexcused Absences

     Per the Student Code of Conduct, family vacations are considered an unexcused absence. An absence, a tardy or early sign out will be excused if caused by one of the following reasons:


    1. The student is ill or injured.
    2. There is a major Illness in the student's immediate family (this means parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, or others living in the home).
    3. There is a death in the immediate family.
    4. The student attends religious instruction or there is a religious holiday in the student’s own faith.
    5. The student is required by summons, subpoena or court order to appear in court. A copy of the subpoena or court order must be given to the principal.
    6. Special event. Examples of special events include important public functions, conferences, state/national competitions, as well as exceptional cases of family need. The student must get permission from the principal at least five days prior to the absence.
    7. The student has a scheduled medical or dental appointment.
    8. Students having, or suspected of having, a communicable disease or infestation which can be transmitted are to be excluded from school and are not allowed to return to school until they no longer present a health hazard (F.S. 1003.22). Examples of communicable diseases and infestations include, but are not limited to, fleas, head lice, ringworm, impetigo and scabies. Students are allowed a maximum of five excused days for each infestation of head lice. Students on field trips and students who attend alternative to suspension programs are not considered absent.



    Early Sign Out

    Signing your child out early with be excused for one of the following reasons:

                    *Student is ill or injured

                    *Major illness in student’s immediate family

                    *There is a death in the immediate family

    *The student attends religious instruction or there is a religious holiday in the student’s own faith

    *The student is required by summons to appear in court- a copy must be given to the principal.

    * The student has a scheduled medical or dental appointment. Original note from doctor’s office is required within 48 hours of the child’s return to school. Otherwise, the absence will be unexcused.

    *Special event – national or state conferences. Student must get permission from principal at least 5 days in advance.

    *Student is suspected of having a communicable disease or infestation.


    Numerous incidents of early release are unacceptable and unfair to the other students whose instruction is interrupted each time a student leaves early. Every three (3) unexcused early sign outs within a grading period will count as one unexcused absence.

    The office will not call students until you arrive or after 1:45 p.m. If your child must leave early, you will need to pick them up prior to 1:45 p.m.



    Before and After Care

    The R’ Club operates in the BVFS cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program’s focus is to provide outdoor recreation, homework time and healthy snacks. Please call the program director for more information.  727-866-8730



    Bicycles on Campus

    Bike riders are expected to observe all traffic regulations and safe riding practices. When on campus, bike riders must walk their bikes to the bike compound and securely lock them. BVFS is not responsible for lost or damaged bikes. Please remember to wear your helmet.




    Our yearly calendar is posted on our website. Any updates or changes will be communicated using the monthly newsletter, weekly school messages and posted on the school website.  




    BVFS has a Licensed Practical Nurse on duty every day. If your child is ill, we must have telephone numbers where we can reach you to come for your child. It is imperative that you keep parent and emergency contact telephone numbers up to date.




    School personnel may administer medication only if an official authorization card is completed and on file. Prescribed medication must be labeled and in its original container from the pharmacy. The blue authorization card with parent signature, must accompany the medicine. Non-prescription medication requires the appropriate form signed by both parent and doctor. This includes cough drops or sore throat lozenges. Children may not take medication on their own and no medication will be given to any student without an authorization card on file.






    We encourage and welcome parents’ participation as volunteers at BVFS. All returning volunteers will need to update online. New volunteers to Pinellas County Schools will need to fill out a volunteer form and submit a copy of your driver’s license.  All new volunteers are subject to background checks by the county prior to volunteering with children. Any volunteer who expects to monitor students out of view of a school board employee will need to have a Level 2 clearance which includes fingerprinting. This is for the safety of our students and as a part of the Jessica Lunsford Act. All chaperones for field trips must be registered as volunteers. If you plan on driving on a field trip, your insurance information and vehicle registration must be on file with the office.  Other children may not accompany parents who are volunteering at school or chaperoning a field trip. Please remember to always log in on the volunteer computer in the office and dress appropriately.



    Class Visits

    Parents are always welcome to visit BVFS.  All visitors are required to first sign in at the office and to wear a visitor’s badge. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher or through the school office before visiting to ensure a smooth and appropriate visit. This policy is for the protection of the students and to avoid disruption of classes. School Board policy states that teachers are given 24 hours’ notice prior to a parent observation or visit.  Parent observations are limited to 45 minutes in length and are for legal guardians only.



    Cafeteria Visitation

    After signing in at the office and getting a visitor’s badge, parents who come to eat lunch with their child are to meet the class at the cafeteria. Parents may remove ONLY their own child from the cafeteria to eat outside. Parents who have more than one child may not take one child from class during another child’s lunch time in order to eat with both at the same time.



    Borrowed Lunch Money

    Our Cafeteria Manager will coordinate all student lunch loans. She will notify the parents whenever a student has borrowed money for lunch. All borrowed lunch money needs to be paid back quickly either by sending in money or by adding money electronically to your student’s lunch account. Students may borrow up to three times in a row. If the money is not paid back students will be served a cold sandwich and milk.



    Class Celebrations

    Please check with your child’s teacher before bringing any food for the classroom. We follow the district’s wellness policy and are allowed 2 celebrations only.  All food must follow the districts wellness policy, be commercially produced and packaged. No home baked goodies are allowed.



    Birthday Invites/ Celebrations

    Please refrain from handing out birthday invitations during the school day; please refer to the school directory. We also do not celebrate student birthdays during the school day with any food items or delivery of balloons or flowers.




    All parents are required to attend at least one face to face parent teacher conference for three of the four grading periods. Conferences are usually scheduled by the teacher; however, you may request a conference at any time.


     If a parent does not attend a scheduled conference, the teacher will make an attempt to reschedule with the parent. If the parent does not attend the rescheduled conference, it will be the parent’s responsibility to see that the required conference is scheduled within 5 days of the rescheduled conference.  If a required parent/teacher conference does not take place during any grading period or past the five days after the rescheduled conference, the parent will be referred to the Intervention and Appeals Committee.




    The use of detention as a consequence for either inappropriate student behavior, for not returning homework on time, incomplete homework, unsigned homework or agendas and incomplete classwork in school is a very important part of the fundamental philosophy. Students will receive three warnings in an infraction period before receiving a detention. Failure to return a warning or detention notice the next school day will result in a either a second warning or a detention. All detentions will last for thirty (30) minutes and will be held on either Tuesday or Thursday from 2:20-2:50 p.m. Kindergarten detentions are held in the teacher’s classroom and may be held on any school day with parent’s prior approval. Parents will receive a detention notice prior to the actual detention. It is the parent’s responsibility to arrange to pick up their child at 2:50 p.m., at the office car circle. Failure to serve a detention on the scheduled day will result in an additional detention. Failure to return the detention notice with parent signature will result in an additional warning or a detention. Students are expected to arrive at the detention class on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted and students will serve an additional detention for being late. All students who receive four detentions in a fundamental school infraction period will be referred to the Intervention and Appeals Committee for review.



    Discipline Policy

    Having and maintaining appropriate student behavior is a basic fundamental school principle. All students are expected to comply with the BVFS rules without exception. The Administration and staff of BVFS are committed to providing the highest quality of instructional support for our/your children and will not allow students misbehavior to prevent this from happening. Continuous inappropriate behavior will be referred to the Intervention and Appeals Committee. Removing a student from the fundamental school program may be recommended. In all cases, the principal will make the final decision regarding removal of a student from the program. Any of the following consequences may result from student misbehavior:

                    *parent notification

                    *student warning

                    *referral to guidance counselor


                    *time out

                    *parent conference with principal

                    *in school suspension

                    *out of school suspension

    *referral to the Intervention and Appeal Committee

    *community service

    *removal from the Fundamental School program

    The following cumulative steps will be taken for students sent to the Principal with an Office Discipline Referral any time during the course of the entire school year:

    1. First Discipline Referral
      • parent notification
      • student warning
      • any other starred items above
    2. Second Discipline Referral
      • Parent notification
      • Detention
      • Any other starred items above
    3. Third Discipline Referral
      • Parent notification
      • Referral to Intervention and Appeals Committee
      • Detention
      • Any other starred items above
    4. All subsequent Discipline referrals
      • Parent notification
      • Referral to Intervention and Appeals Committee
      • Probationary status for student or dismissal


    Severe infractions will result in an immediate referral to the Intervention and Appeals Committee, as determined by the Principal. 




    Dress Code

    Students are expected to dress appropriately to reflect pride in one’s self and school. All students must follow the dress code found in the Code of Student Conduct. In addition, all fundamental students must adhere to the following dress code when in school or on field trips:

    Students will be allowed to wear:

                    *shirts, blouses, sweaters

                    * jeans, pants, slacks

    *uniform shorts in khaki or navy blue, cuffed or uncuffed, belted or unbelted. These should hit at the knee or above. Shorts should not hit at the calf.

    * skirts, dresses or scooters- appropriate in length, no more than three (3”) inches above the knee (student may wear ankle length leggings underneath)

    * shoes, and socks, stockings or tights. Shoes should be appropriate for PE each day. There is no time to change shoes prior to PE each day. Sneakers should be regular tennis shoes with flat rubber soles, laces or velcro straps, cover the entire foot and have a tongue in it. The ballerina type slipper shoes are not appropriate.

    * Sweaters or jackets when desired

    Students may not wear:

    *sleeveless shirts, tank tops, sleeveless dresses or sleeveless blouses

    *pants shorter than ankle length or those with tears and holes.

    *leggings with a shirt (ankle length leggings can only be worn with a skirt, dress or scooter, no more than three (3”) inches above the knee)

                    *uniform cargo shorts

    *bare midriff dresses, blouses or shirts

    *see-through shirts or blouses, halter dresses or tops with spaghetti straps

    *skorts, culottes or divided skirt

    *non uniform shorts

    * thongs, sandals or clogs

    *hats or sunglasses (indoors)

    *clothing which displays profanity, sexually suggestive phrases, alcohol, tobacco, drugs or other inappropriate symbols

    *footwear inappropriate for physical activity


    We also expect parents to use good judgment in their attire while volunteering. Parents are expected to adhere to the student dress code. The dress code will be strictly enforced at BVFES for students. Students will receive four reminders in the agenda book about dress code violations. All subsequent violations will be a warning or detention.  If there is a question regarding the appropriateness of student dress, please consult the principal. The principal shall have the final decision regarding the enforcement of the student dress code.



    Field Trips

    The BVFS teachers are encouraged to take students on field trips. Integrating the school taught curriculum into “real world experiences,” is a valuable learning opportunity for children. A signed field trip permission form is required for students’ participation on field trips. Children will have to remain at school if a signed permission form is not returned. You may be asked to assist with transportation for a field trip or contribute toward the cost of bus transportation. Parents wishing to chaperone must be registered volunteers.  All volunteer paperwork must be turned in to the office at least 2 weeks before a scheduled field trip. Volunteers driving on field trips must be Level 2 and are expected to look out for the children in their car. It is especially important that you refrain from using your personal cell phone. This is strictly a safety and liability issue. Parents who are responsible for monitoring students may not bring siblings along on field trips.  Seat belts are mandatory. Chaperone drivers must transport from the school directly to the field trip destination. Chaperones must ride with the students if taking a bus.




    Homework is an integral aspect of the fundamental school philosophy. It is used to reinforce academic skills taught, to encourage independent study, to establish good work habits and to build self-discipline. Unfinished classwork may be added to nightly homework and is expected to be completed along with other assigned homework for that night.  Homework will be assigned to all students a minimum of four nights and is due when the student arrives at school. Homework and agenda books brought in after the 8:15 bell is considered late and students will be given a warning or detention. Students may not return after 3 p.m. or before school the next school day for homework materials or for the agenda book. Parent signature is required on the first page of each homework assignment and the agenda book each day. Parents also sign the student agendas on Friday. While there is no homework assignment there may be communication from the teacher that is pertinent. Student will receive warnings and detentions for not having a parent signature. Incomplete homework is defined as leaving one or more answers blank. Students must follow all homework directions provided by the teacher or written in the assignment. Consequences for incomplete, not returned or unsigned homework include warnings and detentions. It is also expected that the assignment be completed and turned in the next school day. Homework passes may not be used for long term assignments which include reading logs.




    Infraction Periods

    The infraction periods are now aligned to the grading periods. These periods will be 9 weeks in length. With every infraction period, students may receive 3 warnings and 4 detentions. Receiving a fourth detention will result in a referral to the Intervention and Appeals Committee,


    Period 1- August 10 - October 11

    Period 2- October 12 – December 22

    Period 3- January 9 – March 10

    Period 4- March 21 – May 24


    Interventions and Appeals Committee (IAC)

    The function of this committee is to review cases where parent or student commitment to the fundamental school contract is not being met. The committee is composed of parents, teachers, and the principal who coordinates the agenda. The committee has the option of recommending the interventions to the principal including monitoring, probation or removal from the fundamental school program. Students are referred to IAC after receiving the fourth detention in an infraction period. If a referred student receives an additional infraction before the IAC has met, the consequence will be a detention. Probationary periods may vary in length, depending upon individual situations. When students are removed from probation, warnings and detentions will be prorated for the duration of the infraction period, based on the remaining days in the infraction period. All probations will represent actual attendance days. If the IAC dismisses a student or family, an appeal process is in place. Parents may appeal a decision of the IAC at the school level as well as the district level. If a family loses its membership in an elementary fundamental school, they may not apply for membership in any other elementary, middle school or high school fundamental program. Written documentation will be maintained for each case brought before this committee. The Principal will make the final decision on all IAC recommendations.  If a parent withdraws from the school to avoid the IAC process, that withdrawal will be considered automatic removal from the program. The student will be ineligible for readmission to any fundamental school at any level.  




    Student lunches are $2.00 per day. Breakfast is FREE. Students may place money on their account or bring their money daily in a labeled sealed envelope to cafe. Free and reduced lunch applications will go home during the first week of school. Students previously receiving this assistance will maintain this status for the first 10 days of school but will need to reapply. All parents applying will receive official notice of their status within the first 10 days of school. Reduced lunch is $.40. Your child may only eat the food that has been provided to them; sharing of food is prohibited.



    Lost and Found

    All items found will be returned to the office. Please label all of your child’s belongings.  Items not claimed during the school year are given to a charitable organization on a monthly basis.




    The School/PTA newsletter is sent home electronically once a month via School Messenger and is posted on the school website. Families without computer access will have one sent home; please notify the office if this applies to you.



    Parent Meetings

    Monthly attendance at Parent Meetings is mandatory. All meeting agendas are coordinated by our PTA and school. Parents must sign in at every meeting on the appropriate student card by 15 minutes after the start of the meeting and stay for the duration of the meeting.  If circumstances arise which make it impossible to attend a parent meeting, the parent may send a representative, 18 years of age or older, who is not another parent of a BVFS student to two of the required meetings. You must contact the principal prior to sending a representative.  This individual will also need to sign the appropriate student’s attendance card, will be expected to arrive prior to 6:45 p.m. and remain for the duration of the meeting. It is the parents’ responsibility to make the representative aware of all obligations. If a first meeting is missed, parents will receive a warning letter. If a second meeting is missed   a letter will be sent and the parent will then be placed on probation and must attend all future parent meetings and is no longer able to send another adult representative in their place. If a third meeting is missed, the parent will be brought to the Intervention and Appeals Committee. At this time families may be dismissed from the fundamental school program. The sign in cards will be removed 15 minutes after the start of the meeting.  No parent will be given their card after this time. The meetings dates are subject to change. All changes in meeting dates will be published in the school newsletter, school messenger, note home, and school website. Our meetings are for adults only; please do not bring children to the evening meetings unless otherwise noted.








    Parent Responsibilities


    The parents or guardians will:

    A student’s continued enrollment in a fundamental program depends upon the cooperation of parents or guardians in this educational philosophy. Fundamental school parents and students are expected to comply with all the following commitments:

    • Sign the parent commitment letter affirming, in writing, that they will abide by all policies, procedures and rules of the school as a condition of enrollment.
    • Understand that fundamental programs are designed for those students who excel in a structured learning environment.
    • Understand that continued enrollment in this school depends on cooperation and compliance with all fundamental policies and procedures.
    • Adhere to the parent/guardian requirements concerning attendance at Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA), School Advisory Council (SAC) or other approved meetings.
    • Attend parent/teacher conferences, when requested.

    Adhere to the Homework/Classwork Guidelines, and Discipline Guidelines

    • Review and sign all homework assignments.
    • Understand that reassignment of a student to a district discipline program or expulsion will result in immediate removal from the school; no readmission will be considered.
    • At elementary and middle school (except Thurgood Marshall) parents provide transportation to and from school and furnish transportation for any after school activities, including detention, unless activity bus transportation is otherwise provided. High school students at Osceola, Boca Ciega, and Dunedin High Schools will receive transportation within the identified application area, or parents must provide transportation to the nearest bus stop within the application area. The district provides transportation to Thurgood Marshall Middle School for eligible students.
    • Understand that if a family utilizes public transportation it is their obligation and responsibility to instruct the student concerning proper conduct on public transportation, as well as safety matters, including but not limited to, the differences between riding a school bus where vehicles will stop for loading and unloading and riding public transportation where vehicles do not stop when passengers are loading and unloading.
    • Understand that if the school receives any complaints about the student’s conduct on public transportation, disciplinary referrals could result in the student’s removal from the school.
    • Sign a statement with the following acknowledgment: “I understand that the records of all students who are brought before the school’s Intervention and Appeals Committee are reviewed by all members of that Committee which includes parent representatives and school staff. I agree that confidential information concerning my child may be disclosed to all members of the committee, including student evaluation records and personally identifiable information contained therein.”





    Parking is limited at the school. The parking spaces behind the cafeteria are reserved for our staff.  Do not use this area as a drop off or pick up point.  Parents and visitors must park in designated parking areas.    



    P.E. Policy

    If your child is unable to participate in physical education due to illness or injury, a written note from home is required. A doctor’s statement is required if the exclusion will exceed three days. A doctor’s note must be received to return to P.E.




    Pets may be brought to school for demonstrations which are part of the established curriculum. All pets must be in cages. Approval from the classroom teacher is required before any pets are brought to school. Please refrain from bringing your dogs onto school campus while you are waiting for students to be dismissed for the day.



    Potential Retention Policy

    The BVFS teachers will keep you informed of the progress of your child throughout the year. School Board policy requires that each school notify parents, if there is a possibility their child may be retained, by the middle of February. A student may be retained if they are experiencing great academic difficulty. Parents are notified that if academic growth does not occur before the end of the year, the potential exists for their child to be retained. Our expectation is that parents and teacher will work closely to plan appropriate strategies to support each child. Before the end of the school year, a decision will be made regarding your child’s status. Parents will be informed of the recommendation.



    Right to Review

    The Family Rights and Privacy Act was revised and became a federal law in November 1974. The intent of this law is to protect the accuracy and privacy of student educational records. These records include files, documents and other materials containing information directly related to your child. Without your prior consent, only you and authorized individuals having legitimate educational interests will have access to your child’s educational records. You have the right to review all records.



    School Advisory Council

    The SAC is a link between the schools and the local community. It serves as a mechanism for participatory management through which the various shareholders in the school community, both internal and external, can benefit the school and produce better student outcomes. The term advisory is intended to mean: assist, suggest, recommend, inform and consult. The shareholders are parents, business people, students, other community interests, professional educators and other school staff. The School Advisory Council is a resource to the school and school principal.




    School Improvement Plan (SIP)

    Each year the school staff works in collaboration with the School Advisory Council to develop an improvement plan address all curriculum areas and student groups. The results are monitored throughout the year and revisions are made as needed. Adequate yearly progress is reported at the end of each year.  Bay Vista’s SIP can be viewed at our website.






    Student Standards of Conduct

    All fundamental school students are expected to:

    • Adhere to all rules and regulations stated in the Code of Student Conduct.
    • Follow the fundamental school dress code as explained in the Fundamental Student/Parent Handbook.
    • Adhere to the expectations of the Homework/Classwork Guidelines.
    • Read, understand, and abide by the Discipline Guidelines.
    • Read, understand and agree to abide by The Procedures for District Application Programs. Failure to honor this agreement may result in the student’s removal from the school.



    Tardy Policy

    Students are expected to arrive to school on time. Students may enter their classrooms at 8:05 a.m. to prepare for the beginning of school. The tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. Students are tardy if they are not in their classrooms at 8:15 a.m. and must first report to the office for a tardy slip.  Students who are not picked up within  30 minutes at the end of the school day, at 2:50 after serving a detention, or on time from an after school club will be considered tardy. A tardy will be excused if it is accompanied by a doctor’s note at the time of the tardy. A letter from the Principal will be sent after four unexcused tardies in any given grading period. Two additional tardies within the same grading period will result in a referral to the Intervention and Appeal Committee.



    Phone Usage

    Students are not permitted to use the school telephone except in emergencies and with permission of office personnel. Parents should communicate with their child how they will be going home each day. We are not always able to relay messages to the child. Student cell phones should be turned off and kept in their backpacks at all times, including while sitting at the car circle. Their phone will be taken if it goes off at any time during the school day or if they are caught using it. Phones will be returned at the end of the school day and parents may need to come in to the front office to receive phone.   




    Consequences for a verbal threat will lead to timeout, in school suspension or out of school suspension. The incident may be reported to Pinellas County Schools Police. A violent threat may lead to the immediate removal from the school for an extended period of time or permanently.






























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