KROUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK
POLICIES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Welcome to Krout Elementary School! We are glad to have you here and trust that you find Krout to be a great place to learn and grow.
This section of the handbook has been written so that each student and parent will know the policies specific to Krout School. Keep this information in a place where both parent and student can refer to it when questions arise during the school year. If, however, your question is not answered in this handbook, please feel free to call or stop in the Krout office. Our phone number is 447-2652, and we are always happy to hear from you. We are all truly looking forward to this school year and to the opportunity to work with your children.
It is a huge disruption to the classrooms’ morning routine when children straggle in late to the classroom. Lunch count and attendance are often completed by 8:15. A new procedure was implemented in the 2007-2008 school year which addressed this concern. After the second tardy in any given month, an after-school detention will automatically be given to the student. A blue detention form will be issued which requires a parent’s signature and needs to be returned immediately to school.
Krout staff members may assign after-school detentions when homework is incomplete, or when the student has failed to follow classroom and/or building rules (including the TCS District Code of Conduct). A blue detention form will be issued by the classroom teacher or principal, which requires a parent’s signature and needs to be returned immediately to school.
ADULT Crossing guards are on duty each day at the intersections of Glenn and
Washington and also Glenn and Melmore Streets. These guards are on duty from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Krout crossing guards monitor the crosswalks on Glenn Street. They are on duty from 8:00 - 8:10 a.m. and 2:45 - 2:55 p.m.
The traffic flow in front of Krout School is very congested each day at dismissal time. If you must pick up your child after school, please park in the west parking lot or use the Lutheran Church lot. The circular drives in front of Krout School are restricted to one lane of traffic. Please be courteous to other parents by pulling all the way up to the “Cougar Paw” painted on the pavement near the security light before stopping your vehicle to allow your child/ren to exit your car. Cars may not park in this circle because it is designated as a fire lane. If you need to park your car and come into the school during the day, please use the parking lot. Cars should not enter or park in the area where the dumpster is located because
this is a walkway for children.
Walking To and From School
Parents are encouraged to remind their children to follow safety rules and use good manners when walking to and from school. Students should take care to walk on sidewalks rather than through residents’ yards. Students are not permitted to use the Achre Court cut through when going to and from school. State law does not provide schools with jurisdiction over student behaviors that occur 1000 feet beyond school property. Serious problems or concerns regarding student behaviors to and from school should be reported to both the school and local authorities.
Guidelines for Walking to and from School
1. Keep hands, feet and objects (ex. snowballs) to yourself.
2. Cross only at the crossing guards.
3. Walk on the sidewalks -- do not cut across lawns.
Students riding bicycles to school shall walk their bicycles on the Glenn Street
sidewalk between the Krout School parking lot and Glenview Terrace. All bikes shall be parked in the racks at the north end of the playground. At dismissal time, bicycles must be walked on the Glenn Street sidewalks all the way to either the Washington Street or Melmore Street crossing guard.
Items Brought From Home
Please ask students not to bring boom boxes, large toys, radio-controlled cars, or any sports equipment to school. There are several reasons: danger of injury to other students, lack of storage space in the classroom, and the possibility of loss or damage to expensive items. Also, students should not ride skateboards to school, since there is no storage space for them during the day.
The most convenient time for calling a teacher is fifteen minutes before or thirty
minutes after school. Please make every attempt to prearrange after school plans for your child. However, we also realize that unforeseen circumstances do at times necessitate parent calls to ask that we deliver special after school messages to their children. We will make every attempt to deliver parent messages to students. Morning messages are placed in teacher mailboxes, which are checked at noon. Parents can help by calling as early as possible and not making such requests a routine habit. Please keep in mind that calling the school in the
afternoon necessitates a trip to the classroom by office personnel or a phone interruption to the classroom. We would prefer to avoid both if possible.
School pictures will be taken and are available for purchase during the month of October of each school year. Parents will be notified in advance as to the date that pictures will be taken at Krout School. Your child’s school workbook/materials fee must be paid in full before the school will accept any money to have your child’s pictures taken. If this presents a financial problem, the parent must contact the principal to make arrangements for a satisfactory fee payment plan.
Krout students have a thirty-five minute lunch/recess period. Students wishing to go home for lunch must bring a note from their parent giving the child permission to leave the building at noon.
Part of the regular school program (weather permitting) includes a short outside recess. If a parent does not want his child to go outside for recess because of a recent illness, the parent is required to send a note to the teacher. A child will not be permitted to stay inside for recess without such a note. This practice of requesting that your child stay inside for recess is discouraged since the teacher can not supervise a child who stays inside when the rest of the class is outside.
Our playground rules and practices are organized so as to provide maximum safety for your children. The recess periods are supervised by the teachers and/or teacher aides. The children have been instructed in the proper use of the playground equipment. Playground rules are posted in each classroom.
Students are only permitted to use school owned soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs. Tackle football and other direct contact games are not permitted at recess time.
While it is important that children have the opportunity for play during recess time, certain basic rules are necessary to ensure the safety of all students. Children, teachers, and parents can work together to see that these rules are followed and that Krout School has a safe, enjoyable playground area. Although games are encouraged, students are expected to exercise good sportsmanship at all times.
1. Use all equipment for its designed purpose.
2. Refrain from any games involving pushing, shoving, tripping, tackling, or games that are too rough. The playground supervisors will determine whether games are too rough.
3. No swearing or cursing.
4. Always sit on the swings. One person at a time should be on the swings. Avoid running near, through, or under the swing area or climbing on poles.
5. Avoid playing close to bike racks or windows. Do not sit on bike racks.
6. Boom boxes, radio-controlled or remote control toys, or other large and/or expensive items should remain home.
7. Children should remain on in the playground area always within sight of the playground supervisors.
8. Only students who have permission from the playground supervisor may come into the building.
It is our expectation that students will use courtesy and knowledge of safety practices in situations not specifically covered by these rules.
Our school newsletter, THE KROUT CONNECTION, will be sent home to all families at the beginning of each month. Class news, program dates, PTO information, and other newsworthy items will be contained in the newsletter. This publication, as well as the district lunch menus, can also be found on our school's website at www.tiffin.k12.oh.us each month.
Krout School is fortunate to have an active Parent-Teacher Organization that supports our school programs in many ways. The PTO organizes meetings, raises funds, and provides room mothers for Krout. You will be receiving a list of PTO activities and officers.
Building Rules and Procedures
Hallways and Restrooms
Noise in the hallway will disturb students studying in the classroom. Students are encouraged to use soft voices when traveling from one room to another.
1. When traveling as a class, students are to talk with permission only.
2. Walk at all times.
3. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
4. To avoid injury, hands should be kept out of pockets when walking.