Welcome to Creekside Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year! We are dedicated to providing all our students with an exemplary educational experience. We ask that all students and parents read through the content of this handbook to familiarize themselves with school policies and helpful information about CSES.
CSES Policies and Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal
The building is unlocked for students at 8:35 a.m. For safety and supervision reasons, no one should arrive before 8:35 a.m. (If you are enrolled in SACC, designated doors will open at 6:30 a.m.) Students arriving at 8:35 a.m., or after, will come into the school through the rear entrance (car riders) or front entrance (bus riders) and report to their grade level’s assigned location. Students not in their classroom by 8:50 a.m. will be counted tardy and should be accompanied into the office by an adult for check-in. Students who are excessively tardy miss important directions and organizational time at the start of the school day. Additionally, they may disrupt the classroom as they enter after the school day has begun. We encourage students to arrive promptly at school each day.
CAR RIDER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES
- Cell phones should not be used while in the car rider lane.
- All vehicles should proceed to the rear entrance of the school and merge to the right lane closest to the building. For safety of all, only one lane of traffic is permitted. Do not pass cars.
- Each vehicle should pull forward to the yield corner.
- All children should exit on the sidewalk/passenger side of the vehicle.
- All drop-offs should take place through the Car Rider Line.
- Once the child has exited and cleared the vehicle, drivers are released.
- All visitors must enter through the front main entrance and sign in at the office.
- Please follow the instructions of the staff present.
- Parking is not allowed in traffic areas.
EARLY DISMISSAL AND LATE ARRIVAL
Early dismissal and late arrival may be excused for the following reasons: (1) illness, (2) death in the family, (3) recognized religious holiday, (4) doctor or dentist appointment, or (5) Principal approved emergency. Early Dismissals are not permitted after 3:00, unless it is an emergency. Your child’s safety is the utmost concern to us. Dismissal during this time causes confusion and disruption, which results in an unsafe and disorderly environment.
Transportation changes must be decided and communicated before students leave the house in the morning. All changes in dismissal must be submitted to the school through School Dismissal Manager, (SDM) by 2:30 on the day of the change. An email reminder to your child’s teacher is helpful, but an email will not change your child's dismissal. Please review the change in transportation with your child that morning before sending him or her off to school. Students without a transportation change in School Dismissal Manager will be sent home according to their normal daily dismissal procedure.
- School will be dismissed at 3:50 p.m.
- Car riders will be dismissed from the school building’s rear entrance at Creekside.
- Bus riders will be dismissed through the cafeteria. The WCS Transportation Department will be calling using an automated call-out if buses are running more than 15 minutes late in the afternoon.
CAR RIDER DISMISSAL PROCEDURE
- Car riders are dismissed through the rear entrance at 3:50 p.m.
- Parents are asked to begin lining up AFTER 3:15 p.m.
- Parents are asked to form lines in each of the two lanes by pulling all the way forward to the yield line. SUV’s and taller vehicles are encouraged to use the far, outside lane from the school building when possible. This helps create better sight lines for safety and allows a better view for parents/students.
- Turn off cell phones and engines for safety.
- Any person on your student's yellow card is allowed to pick up your student at dismissal. They will also need the SDM app (School Dismissal Manager).
- When a faculty member approaches your car with a QR code, please have your SDM app open ahead of time. Click the blue rectangular button to Check - In for that day. A camera will appear allowing you to receive your student by scanning the QR code.
- If you do not have the SDM app (School Dismissal Manager) at car dismissal, you will need to go to the front office to pick up your student.
- Parents should move to the sidewalk beside their vehicles so it is easier for students to locate. Parents will be asked to return to their vehicle if necessary.
- Only cars between the loading zones will be loaded.
- Once students are released, they will walk on the sidewalk in the direction of their vehicles.
- Please load quickly and buckle up for safety. Engines should remain off.
- All cars will be released at the same time once all students are safely loaded.
- Patience and consideration for the safety of students and courtesy to staff is appreciated. The safety of our students is a priority.
Williamson County Students participate in both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are ongoing classroom assessments utilized to inform instruction. Examples include: exit tickets, quizzes, unit tests, Aimsweb universal screeners and benchmark assessments. Summative assessments typically take place at the end of a course. They are utilized to guide the school on overall approaches and strategies for instruction. Students in grades K-5 will participate in the district-wide reading and math screeners. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in state and district assessments. During state and district assessment windows, we ask that parents make every attempt to have students at school on time. No absences will be excused for family trips during these assessment times. Please refer to the following link for information regarding district assessments including the assessment calendar. https://www.wcs.edu/domain/1190
All students are expected to be respectful and responsible. Individual classroom teachers will establish classroom procedures for meeting these expectations. If a student fails to meet expectations, it may result in a conference with the teacher and/or school administration. Administrative consequences will be determined based on behavior and any prior behaviors or interventions. Consequences may include but are not limited to: time in the office, silent lunch, ISS (in school suspension) and possible OSS (out of school suspension). In addition, all Creekside students are expected to follow WCS policies, procedures and guidelines concerning discipline for any offenses concerning Zero Tolerance and Zero Tolerance reasoned judgement offenses.
Definition: Bullying is defined by Tennessee law as any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance. Bullying is: 1) repeated, 2) intentional harm, 3) against someone perceived with less power. Bullying has the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property
- Knowingly placing the student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property.
- Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or creating a hostile educational environment.
If a student needs help with resolving a conflict or if a student feels that he/she is being bullied, he/she should communicate with a staff member such as a teacher, counselor or administration.
Bullying is not tolerated. We ask all parents and students to report any bullying to a teacher or staff member in the building. The report will be investigated by administration within 48 hours. The investigation and required intervention will be implemented within 20 calendar days. Administration will notify the parent/guardian of any students involved immediately. Administration will also provide information regarding any support services available. Administration will follow investigation procedures and definitions set forth in policy 6.3032. Behavior that is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension as deemed by administration.
Families may also report bullying to a WCS toll free tip line. The toll free number is 1-855-284-0669. Incidents can also be reported via email at email@example.com. Please reference School Board Policy 6.3032
Students are expected to behave in a safe and respectful manner and to follow directions given by the bus driver. Please review Williamson County School bus policy 3.400. We ask you to read it with your child. This policy will be strictly followed for the safety of all children. Students are to stay seated on the bus, demonstrate self-control, and talk quietly. No food is allowed to be eaten on the bus. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Any inappropriate behavior will result in disciplinary action which may include suspension from riding the bus. Specific questions about bus routes and times for bus arrival should be addressed to the school system transportation department (472-4950) or checked on the website above.
- Enter and exit the cafeteria in a neat line on “Zone 0” voice.
- Get all utensils and condiments before sitting down.
- Purchase all items when you go through the line.
- Gather all trash and clean up your area when your table is dismissed.
- Stay in your seat with your feet under the table and keep your hands to yourself.
- Talk to the people at your table only.
- Raise your hand and wait for permission before leaving your seat.
- Only eat food you brought or bought. Due to possible food allergies, DO NOT SHARE FOOD.
- Listen to the cafeteria monitors.
- Use proper dining manners
Please send items in your child’s lunch that can be easily managed by the child, as there is not sufficient staffing to assist each child individually. Carbonated drinks are not allowed. Food brought in from outside restaurant vendors (ex: McDonald’s, Sonic) is not allowed. Approved family guests indicated by parents may join students for lunch at the visitor tables located in the hallway leading to the cafe as long as there is available seating. Lunch visitors may only dine with their own child in these designated areas. Lunch visitors must sign in and out in the office, and goodbyes must be said at the end of the lunch period. Parents may not walk students back to class. If your child has food allergies, please provide the school nurse a doctor’s note explaining the allergy.
21-22 Meal Prices: Lunch is being offered at no charge for students during the 2021/2022 school year. The adult lunch price is $3.50.
You may deposit lunch money into your child's account by the week, month, or year. A check should be made out to Creekside Elementary Cafeteria. Please place checks in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher’s name, grade, and the amount of money enclosed. If you would like for your child to purchase items (such as fruit roll-ups, chips, ice cream, etc.) please indicate the amount designated for their purchase on your child’s lunch money envelope. The indicated amount will be placed in your child’s special sales account.
Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick, easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you will be done! Since the information you are providing is electronic, applications will be reviewed faster than ever before. Once you fill out the online application, you will know immediately if you qualify to receive benefits. Once the application has been submitted, it should take less than 24 hours for these benefits to be reflected on your child's account. To start the process visit https://www.wcs.edu/domain/1156.
There is a no charging policy for “Special Sales.” Any overdrawn cafeteria accounts should be paid in full at the end of each grading period. Questions or concerns about the cafeteria may be directed to the Cafeteria Manager.
We love to honor and celebrate students at Creekside. There will be two class parties scheduled during the year. The parties will be a time for students to participate in fun activities with their classmates.
Two class parties are held during the year. The approved parties are a winter party during the last school week in December and an end of the year party during the last school week in May. Each party will have two parent volunteers to help coordinate and run the party, and each party must be pre-planned with the classroom teacher. The lead room parent for the class will work to set up which parents will staff the parties. The lead room parent will only attend one of the parties. PTA board members will be on site on party days to assist as well. Parent party volunteers must remain with their designated class for the duration of the party and cannot attend other parties. Siblings may not attend class parties.
In an effort to abide by the WCS Wellness Policy as well as address the increasing number of students with food allergies or diabetes, we ask all parents to be mindful of the following: All foods for scheduled school-wide and classroom celebrations must be pre-packaged with ingredient and nutritional values listed. Food made from home may not be distributed during the school day or brought into the classroom. Food allergies can be life threatening and are a serious concern to all schools. We have several students with serious food allergies. Therefore, we will make every effort to protect students with allergies while not taking away from traditional childhood celebrations.
Students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. In an effort to abide by the WCS Wellness Policy as well as address the increasing number of students with food allergies or diabetes, students are not allowed to bring in cupcakes, cookies, or other food items to celebrate their birthdays. Instead, here are some other ideas for how you can make your child’s birthday special:
- Send in a non-edible treat for the class such as pencils, bookmarks, etc.
- Donate a book in your child’s name to our school library.
- Donate an educational game or book to your child’s classroom teacher in their honor.
- Have a family member come and read to the class.
Individual invitations to private birthday parties will not be distributed during school hours unless there is an invitation for every child in the class or one for every student that is the same gender as your child (i.e. for your daughter, an invitation for every girl in the class). There is no need to put student names on these invitations since everyone will be receiving one (entire class, all boys, or all girls). Please note that these invitations will be distributed to students in your child’s class only. Invitations sent to school where there is not one for every child in the classroom will be returned home. In addition, teachers will not communicate information via email or newsletter about any sort of party or event that is not school sponsored should a parent make that request. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please do not send in “treat bags” for the class on holidays. School staff simply do not have the time to review the contents of treat bags nor make decisions as to the appropriateness of items being sent home with children. Thank you for your help with this.
Cell Phones, Smart Watches, and Cameras
Cell phones, smart watches and cameras may not be used to take pictures or video in the school setting, including the bus. If, as a parent, you feel that it is imperative for your child to have a cell phone or smart watch at school for after school communication, it is to remain in your child’s backpack, turned off during the school day and during bus transports to and from school. All items in backpacks are the responsibility of the student and the school is not liable for ANY loss or damage incurred. Students take full responsibility for personal digital devices at all times. The school is not responsible for the security of the device.
Chrome books will be provided at the beginning of the school year. Before students are issued a Chromebook, both the child and parent must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy, the Video Conferencing form and the Authorization District Device form. These forms will be made available in Skyward prior to the start of school for review and acceptance.
Students must act responsibly with their Chromebooks. Teachers will review proper practices with students to maintain good condition. If a student willingly and intentionally damages a Chromebook, the student may be charged for repairs up to the total cost for replacement. Charges will be determined by administration.
Students should take their Chromebook home nightly to charge the device, use the device for any assigned homework, and to be prepared for any transition to Remote Learning. Student issued Chromebook charge cords are not needed at school.
We are very fortunate to have a full-time nurse on staff. She is committed to serving all students and staff. If a student becomes ill or injured at school, the teacher will have the student evaluated by the school nurse. Through her examination and in accordance with the district WCS Illness Guidelines, the nurse will determine treatment or if the student does not meet criteria to stay in school. The nurse will notify parents if a student becomes significantly ill or injured. The school is not equipped for prolonged care of your sick child. We ask that you or an emergency contact pick up your child within the hour that you are called.
The school nurse may only administer medications that are provided and authorized by the parent/guardian. Refer to the WCS Medication Administration Protocol for guidance and contact Nurse Jacie for more information about medications.
Students will be checked for head lice by the school nurse when demonstrating symptoms of infestation. Parents of students with live lice or an active infestation will be asked to pick up their child as soon as possible to begin the treatment process. The student may return to school only after the hair has been treated appropriately and the parent presents proof of treatment.
When determining whether your child is well enough to attend school, please refer to the Williamson County Schools Illness Guidelines found here. Please note that your child should not be sent to school until he/she has been diarrhea free, vomiting free and fever free for at least 24 hours without taking a fever reducing medication.
For questions regarding health services, policies or procedures, please visit the Williamson County Schools Health Services Site at http://www.wcs.edu/departments/health-services/.
Custodial Issues/Parenting Plans
Custodial parents must inform the school immediately upon any changes in custody, especially court restraining orders. Non-custodial parents requesting information for a student should provide the child’s teacher with self-addressed, stamped envelopes for periodically mailing information, or arrangements may be made for the child’s teacher to collect information to be transported with the student to the non-custodial parent. All families with a parenting plan must have that plan on file in our office along with any subsequent orders or changes to the parenting plan. Students will be unable to register for school without a parenting plan or court order establishing the primary care parent, should any court order exist.
While the school realizes that students occasionally forget an item at home, we encourage parents to allow their students to take responsibility for their own items. If you need to drop off a forgotten lunch or homework assignment, please have their name on the item and deliver it to the office. The item will be delivered by school personnel or the student will be permitted to pick up the item in the office at an appropriate time. Since it can be disruptive in a classroom, the school does not allow deliveries of flowers, balloons, birthday cakes, etc. to students during the school day. The school is not responsible for items not picked up by students.
The purpose of discipline at Creekside Elementary School is to maintain a positive and orderly learning environment for all students, while helping students to learn to manage their own personal choices. We believe that relationships of mutual respect are foundational to learning. Maintaining an effective school climate requires the cooperation and the commitment of students, parents, and teachers.
A copy of your child’s classroom management plan will be sent home at the beginning of the year. Each teacher will establish and teach expected behaviors, which are based upon respect and will enhance the learning process. When compliance of these rules does not occur, a progressive discipline approach is used. This may include the following: student conference, parent contact, parent conference, loss of privilege, detention, suspension and expulsion.
It is the desire of both parents, and school personnel, that students grow in the direction of appropriate/acceptable behavior at school and at home. We know that problems, conflicts, and misunderstandings arise from time to time. Our responsibilities as adults must always be to teach children acceptable ways to deal with conflict, anger, and hurt feelings. We can best do this by our own examples and by insisting that students respect themselves, their peers, their parents, and all school personnel. We will not tolerate disrespect. Students will be expected to show respect for themselves and others at all times. Unsafe/inappropriate behavior as well as responding to conflict in a physical way (hitting, fighting etc.) is not acceptable. Creekside Elementary School follows all Williamson County School’s policies, procedures, and guidelines concerning discipline for Zero Tolerance & Zero Tolerance Reasoned Judgement offenses.
In most cases, discipline concerns can be handled in the classroom by the teacher. If a child is sent to the office, the following will occur:
- Talk with all of the students involved individually.
- Investigate the situation.
- Document what has occurred and ask students to reflect on the situation and determine better choices that they could have made.
- Call a parent to explain the situation.
- Determine consequences: (may choose one or a combination)
- Warning only
- Time out in the office
- Loss of privileges
- Parent conference with principal and student
- Complete work/assignment in Office or designated area
- In-School Suspension
- Out of school suspension
- Thinking/Reflection time during lunch in the office
- No more than 10 minutes missed from recess
- Before or after school detention
CAUSING PHYSICAL HARM OR INJURY
*Administrative discretion will be used to determine severity of consequences based on an investigation of the incident. Consequences can range from loss of privileges to OSS.
The Director of Schools or a public relations designee from the district will use the phone system to notify you of emergency closings. The school will follow the dismissal plan on each child’s emergency dismissal card on file in the office if school is dismissed early due to weather or other emergency conditions. Please make sure that the emergency dismissal information remains up-to-date.
It is vitally important in times of emergency that the school is in possession of information that will enable us to promptly and directly reach the parents. If there are any changes in your contact information throughout the year, you must notify the office immediately. In the event of an early dismissal during the school day (such as for inclement weather) we will strictly follow the instructions provided by you on the yellow emergency information card you filled out at the beginning of the year. We cannot accept changes to this plan once an early dismissal has been announced. You will be notified through a phone call either through the district or from Mrs. Schwartz in the event of an emergency. Please keep your phone numbers and email address up to date in Skyward so that these calls go to the best contact.
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Annual Public Notices
Annual Public Notices including FERPA, Child Advocacy Groups Contact Information, Homeless Education, Rights of Children with Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities, Section 504 Notice, State Statutory Rights of Parents and Students, Teacher Information, and the Williamson County Schools Statement of Non-Discrimination can be found on the Annual Public Notices posted to the WCS website.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
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