Isles Policies and Procedures
Every absence must be followed by a note from home or a call from a parent. Our attendance phone number is 754-323-5252. No absence is an excused absence without communication. You will receive an automated call regarding unexcused absences.
If a child has three unexcused absences, you will receive a letter from the State Attorney and the School Board. If you know your child will be out of school more than a week, you should contact the school for make-up work. For absences less than a week, the make-up work should be done when the child returns, and he/she will be allowed twice the time he/she was absent to complete it.
Teachers are not required to send work home with students in advance or who are going away on vacation during the school year. If parents request make-up work due to an extended illness, teachers are given 24 hours to prepare student work that has been missed.
School is not a good place for sick children at any time. Often children miss several days from school when the absence could have been prevented by keeping the child home at the onset of the illness. Allow the child at least 24 hours to recover from fever or an upset stomach. Children who come to school with fevers or coughs will be isolated and sent home as soon as possible.
A good attendance record is an essential component for maximum educational progress. Therefore, it is imperative that your child attend school every day unless he/she is ill.
Students are to be in class on time. Broward County School Board Policy states:
A student shall arrive at school and be in class on time each day.....” (#5005.1.3.c.)
Additionally, when our children are tardy, it disrupts the class. Instruction
begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and it is expected that our children be in the classroom
and ready to begin the day at that time. Furthermore, teaching children responsibility
is a major goal of our school. As a parent, we ask you to assist us in ensuring
that your child arrives at school on time.
Any student who accumulates 3 tardies
during a quarter will serve detention. Parents will be responsible for any inconveniences
related to the detention.
Our teachers utilize each minute of the day in order to maximize learning.
All students are
expected to be in attendance until 2:00 p.m. Early dismissal is for an emergency
Early dismissal should be avoided. Please try to schedule appointments (doctor,
dentist, etc.) after school if possible. No early dismissals after 1:30 p.m.
Students will be released only to the parent who registered and signed the
registration form. If your child is to be released to another adult, written
permission must be given by the parent and approved by the principal. All students
must be signed out through the school office.
It is impossible to call all parents in the event of an emergency and school
must be dismissed at an unscheduled time. Please have a prearranged plan with
your child and see that he/she understands it fully, as phone lines will not
be available for outgoing calls at this time. For the school to help you with
this plan, an Emergency Dismissal Form will be sent home with your child. Please
complete the form and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
A “rainy day” dismissal is not considered an emergency dismissal.
Therefore, parents are discouraged from requesting an early dismissal on rainy
days due to congestion in the office and parking lot. Children who are to be
transported by parents will be dismissed at the regular time. Walkers and bike
riders will be held in the classroom until weather conditions permit a normal
dismissal. PARENTS ARE TO INFORM THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY ARE TO BE PICKED UP OR
WALK HOME ON RAINY DAYS. SINCE THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOL, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO ALLOW THE CHILDREN THE USE OF THE SCHOOL PHONE FOR THIS PURPOSE.
On days when we experience a heavy storm at dismissal, all children will remain
in their classroom. Parents may go directly to the classroom and pick up their
2:00 p.m. Students who have not been dismissed to parents will be detained until
conditions warrant a safe dismissal. This procedure is established to ensure
the safety of students.
WALKERS AND BICYCLE RIDERS
STUDENTS WHO WALK OR RIDE BICYCLES SHOULD NOT ARRIVE AT CROSSING POINTS
MORE THAN ONE HALF HOUR BEFORE THE START OF SCHOOL , AS THE CROSSING GUARDS WILL
NOT BE PRESENT.
The crossing guards are in authority and are to be obeyed. Bicycle
riders are expected to observe all bicycle safety rules including staying on
the sidewalks and parking at the bike racks. Helmets are to be worn by all bicycle
riders. Remember, riding a bicycle to school is a privilege. Please be sure that
all bicycles are locked, because it is impossible to monitor the bike areas during
the day. Remember, scooters are not allowed at school.
We want you to travel safely between home and school. In order to be safe it
is necessary for you to know and obey the following rules:
1. Stay off the road while waiting for the bus.
2. No pushing or “rough-housing” while waiting for the bus.
3. The bus driver is in full charge of the bus and students.
You must obey the bus driver.
4. Stay in your seat at all times.
5. The driver has the right to assign certain seats to students to keep order
on the bus.
6. Keep your arms and head inside the window.
7. Do not eat or drink while on the bus.
8. Animals, glass containers, sharp objects, balls, bats, or other similar objects
may not be
carried on the bus.
9. No loud noises are permitted. Tape players or radios may not be carried on
The above rules are for your safety and the safety of all the boys and girls
who ride the bus. If the rules are not followed, you might be given a referral
by the driver.
On the first referral, you will come to the office and discuss your actions with
the assistant principal. On the second referral, you will again discuss your
behavior with the assistant principal and your parents will be contacted. On
the third referral, your bus privileges will be suspended for a minimum of three
days. However, if behavior warrants immediate suspension can take place.
The number one threat to bus safety is student misbehavior which distracts drivers.
We cannot permit this. We want this to be a safe year for Country Isles students.
You may not change buses to visit with friends. You will be placed on your regular
bus, including all day-care buses. It is very important that your parents know
Car riders may be picked up at the front of the school or at the loop on the
east side of the school. Teachers will escort Kindergarten and first grade
students to the side loop. Siblings are to meet at the loop. All other car
riders should use the front loop.
To insure a safe and orderly arrival and dismissal, please adhere to the following
•Please drive your car forward as far as you can to keep traffic lanes open.
•All drop-offs or pick-ups must be made at the sidewalk, not from a second lane
•Cars may not be left unattended in the moving lane of traffic.
•Children must be escorted by an adult if they are to cross the parking lot.
•Pupils will wait on the sidewalk until your car has moved as far forward as
•Never call children to your car if it is not at the curb and stopped.
•Please park only in designated parking spaces.
•Please do not use cell phones in the school zones.
•Due to safety and time issues, teachers will not be able to have conferences
or conversations with parents during dismissal.
Please be patient and do not honk horns. If everyone cooperates, our regular
dismissal only takes ten minutes.
Thank you for driving slowly and watching for children.
All first aid, if feasible, is administered in the office. Parents are contacted
if an illness or an accident has any appearance of a serious nature. A minimum
of two people on our staff are certified in first aid.
Under School Board policy, students may not have medication at school unless
an Authorization for Medication Form has been completed and is on file in the
school office. The authorization for Medication Form is available in the school
office should your child need to be administered any medication during the school
WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO REACH YOU. It is of the utmost importance that the school
office has a current telephone number and an emergency number in case of illness
or accident while your child is at school.
The clinic will have a copy of your Emergency Dismissal Form. Please be sure
to notify the school office if there are any changes in this information during
the school year.
A STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE POLICY is offered. You have a choice of two plans
- Schooltime Accident Protection or Around the Clock Protection. A Student
In-Hospital Sickness Policy is also available. Proper forms will be sent home.
The forms must be sent directly to the insurance company. All claims will be
handled by the insurance company, not the school.
Field trips are scheduled to enhance a planned course of study.
Official permission slips, signed by your parent and any required fees must be
brought into school before the set deadline. Forms and money will not be accepted
after the deadline date.
In most cases, reservations must be made before the actual date of the field
trip, therefore, money cannot be refunded.
Students who do not show academic focus or good behavior in school will not have
the privilege to represent our school on a field trip. If there is a chance that
a child will not show correct behavior on the trip, he/she may lose the privilege
of participating in the trip.
Note: Only students at Country Isles will be allowed to go on the field trip.
Parent chaperones may not bring younger or older brothers and sisters along due
to insurance regulations.
In order to better serve the students and you, we are asking your cooperation
in eliminating the use of office phones for personal calls and messages to individual
WILL NOT be interrupted with messages to students except in extreme emergencies.
Use of the school telephone by children is discouraged. ONLY emergency calls
will be allowed. Children and parents need to preplan and be responsible for
lunch money, homework, and required material needed for the school day. Children
will not be permitted to use the telephone for these things or to make arrangements
for after school activities or to request to be picked up after school. Please
go over the use of school telephones with your child.
Broward County’s School Board Policy states: “The Board
recognizes the importance of
assigning meaningful and quality homework to students. Research indicates that
in which homework is routinely assigned and assessed tend to have higher achieving
students. Homework fosters student achievement , independence , and responsibility
serves as a vital link between the school and home. Therefore , it is the policy
County Schools that meaningful and quality homework is required at all grade
levels in all schools. Homework standards and procedures shall be established
by each School
We recognize the students’ birthdays on our morning T.V. announcements, in the lunch line, and in class. Please do not send cakes or treats for your child’s birthday. If you would like special recognition for your child please see Mrs. Loy, our Media Specialist, and purchase a book for our Media Center in his/her name.
LOST AND FOUND
Children’s sweaters, coats, lunch boxes, etc., should have
their names on them. Any lost items will be turned into the office. If your child
lost an item, please check at the lost and found on the cafeteria. Lost articles
which are not claimed within a reasonable time will be given to charitable organizations.
Notify the school at least one day in advance of withdrawal. Be sure that
all textbooks and library books are accounted for and that no money is owed for
supplies. The transfer documentation will be issued from the office.