At Leo Kerner Elementary School we have policies and procedures in place that make for a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Please review them below before school begins yearly and as needed throughout the year.
Attendance and Absences
According to state guidelines and our school system calendar, an elementary or middle school student is not allowed more than twelve (13) unexcused absences during the school year in order to receive grades and be considered for promotion to the next grade.
Our school system recognizes the reasons listed below that would result in an absence being classified as an excused absence. Excused absences do not count toward the total number of absences a student is allowed during a school year.
Reasons for excused absences:
1. A physical or emotional illness as verified by a doctor’s note within five (5) days of the absence(s).
2. An extended hospital stay as verified by a doctor’s note.
3. An extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a doctor’s note.
4. An extended contagious disease with a family as verified by a doctor’s note.
5. A prior school system’s approval for educational purposes.
6. A death in the immediate family (not to exceed five school days).
7. A religious observance of special and recognized holidays of the child’s faith.
8. A natural catastrophe or disaster.
For any other extenuating circumstance(s), parents/legal guardians must make a formal appeal to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance at the appropriate region office. An absence resulting from a suspension will be considered an unexcused absence.
Parents and guardians, your child raises his/her chances of passing to the next grade tremendously by attending school regularly. Please monitor your child’s attendance closely.
Tardies do count toward attendance. Minutes do accumulate to absences. Students who arrive at school between 8:10 and 9:50 A.M. will be counted tardy.
Students who leave school before 11:24 A.M. will be counted absent ½ day.
Students will be in class on time. When students arrive late, they miss valuable classroom instruction.
Students who are habitually tardy will be placed on probation and/or receive a suspension.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students must be in class by 8:10 A.M. Walkers and car riders will not be allowed on campus prior to 7:40 A.M.
All car riders and walkers grades Kindergarten through fifth grade are to enter through the front door.
Childcare is available for parents who need to bring a child before 7:40 A.M. or who need to pick up a child after 3:05 P.M.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00. Breakfast will not be served to students who enter class after 8:10.
The normal dismissal time is 3:05 P.M. Any parent who wishes to pick up his/her child earlier than this time must come to the office and sign the student out before 2:45.
Only adults listed on the emergency card may sign a student out of school. Any person signing a student out must show identification before the student will be released.
Students cannot be signed out between 2:45 and 3:05 P.M. Contact school if you are in route to school and will not meet the 2:45 time.
Homework and Textbook Policies
The Jefferson Parish School Board maintains that homework is an important resource in helping students learns and should be an integral part of the instructional program in grades K-12. For the homework program to be successful, however, teachers, parents, students and administrators must work closely together to assure that the homework assignment is a worthwhile experience.
Homework is a meaningful and productive experience if all persons involved share in the responsibility. It is the teacher’s responsibility to clearly explain the assignment and due date. All homework will be checked on the date due and parent will be informed if the student repeatedly fails to turn in completed assignments. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the materials needed and a quiet, well-lighted place where the child can do homework. Parents must supervise homework so that good study habits are practiced but parents must never do the assignment for the child. Parents must insist that the child assumes the responsibility of completing assignments properly and completely. It is the student’s responsibility to pay attention in class to ask questions if he doesn’t understand and to copy down the assignment correctly. Students must select a quiet place, work carefully, and complete all assignments.
Homework will be assigned a minimum of three (3) times per week in each promotional subject and a minimum of once per week in each extended skill areas in K-3.
Please remember that all homework is not written and it is very important for your child to read orally to someone every night. In the fourth and fifth grades, an adult should help the student prepare for tests by going over assigned material with him/her.
Homework does count as part of the child participation grade along with class work and participation. This counts as ¼ of a student’s grade.
If a student loses or damages a textbook or library book during the school year, he will not be issued another textbook or library book until parents have made arrangements for payment.
If a student owes money for textbooks or library books they may not attend field trips.
Parents may register to have access to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This will provide you with access to your child’s grades and attendance.
Parental involvement is an important ingredient of our children’s education. We at Kerner encourage all of our parents to become active in their child’s education and volunteer. Go to the office and sign the volunteer book and get a pass. The pass must be worn at all times. When you leave, sign out and turn in your pass. No other children are allowed when volunteering. Walk-In Wednesdays is a designated day for volunteering.
Check the website regularly.
Gold folders will be sent home every Tuesday with test papers and returned by Thursday. Sign test papers and read the communication sheets sent home by teachers.
Parents need to discuss their children’s progress with the teachers. Conferences may be scheduled before school, after school, or during planning (P.E.) period. There will be two scheduled Parent Conference Days during the school year, which will be announced. Parents must discuss problems with the appropriate teacher prior to meeting with the principal. Parents should go directly to the office to meet the teacher for a scheduled conference If you have any questions or concerns involving your child, please call the school office and a message will be given to the appropriate person.
Visitors and Volunteers
Visitors and volunteers must go directly to the school office when entering the building. No one may go to a classroom for any reason without receiving a visitor’s badge from office personnel. All visitors and volunteers must sign the visitor sign-in book. No other children are allowed in classes when a parent is volunteering. No children are allowed in the teacher’s lounge. Volunteers are not allowed to visit classes not specified on their pass. Visitor badge must be worn on shirt and not carried.
Field trip Chaperones
Chaperones will be chosen on a rotating basis giving everyone the opportunity to attend a field trip during the year. Each chaperone will be responsible for a particular group of children. The chaperone must remain with this group at all times including taking students to restrooms. All chaperones must follow the agenda given to them by the teacher. Chaperones must ride the school bus with their group. Parents cannot take their car and join the group at the field trip location. Chaperones must report any behavior problems to the teacher immediately. Only parents, grandparents, or legal guardians may serve as chaperones. No other adults or children are allowed on field trips. Chaperones are requested not to purchase anything for themselves or the students in their group.Chaperones must be at school at least 15 minutes before scheduled time the buses are scheduled to leave. All chaperones must pay the full cost of the field trip.Chaperones must dress appropriately. Chaperones must not smoke, drink alcohol beverages, or talk on cell phones while on a field trip. Cell phones should be turned off and used only in an emergency. A doctor’s note is required for all expectant mothers and for adults with any medical condition who wish to chaperone. Everyone who plans to serve as a chaperone must sign that he/she understand and will follow these guidelines
When a student receives a detention, he/she must report to school at the designated time/day. Students must be brought to the office by an adult. If a student cannot serve the detention due to extenuating circumstances, it is the parent’s responsibility to call and reschedule. This may only be done once. If a student does serve their detention, they will be put on probation or suspended.
In the event of bad weather or possible closing of school, please listen to WWL radio (87AM) for instructions from the school system. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school office between 7:40 A.M. and 3:05 P.M. at 689-4136. In case of an emergency situation such as an evacuation you can log onto www.jeffemergency.wetpaint.com for school work.
Lost and Found
Please put your child’s name on all of their belongings! If something is lost a student should check into the office. If a student finds an item, it should be turned into a teacher or the office. All unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations at the end of the year.
Safety/Violence Prevention Program
In order to provide a safer environment for students and employee, the Jefferson Parish School Board shall authorize searches with a hand-held or stationary metal detector of school board property, of students and non-students, and/or any bags, parcels, purses, containers, etc., that they bring on the school property or to school sponsored activities.
All entrances to the school will be locked between 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. except for the west entrance.
Violence Prevention Program
Jefferson Parish Public Schools has extended the Violence Prevention Program to the 4th and 5th grades of the district. Students who are suspended for fighting as determined by their school administrators will be required to undergo conflict resolution training with their parent/legal guardian before being readmitted to school. The student will not be allowed to participate in any sports or extra curricular activities during the suspension period. Four (4) hours of community service will be scheduled and supervised by an administrator/designee at the school site. The parent/legal guardian will be required to attend the four (4) hour conflict resolution session on Saturday with the student for each offense as part of the Violence Prevention Program. The student or parent/legal guardian will pay $75.00 for the cost of the Violence Prevention Program at the time of enrollment in the program. Cash or money order only will be accepted.
As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, the Jefferson Parish Public School System is taking steps to reduce the spread of flu, but we need your help. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season. We are working closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Department of Health and Hospitals to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning students and staff. We are doing everything we can to keep our schools functioning as usual. Education is the key to prevention. Here are a few ways to help stop the spread of flu. Teach children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Teach children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea. Sick children should remain at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.