The staff at Garden Grove welcomes you. The information in this handbook has been carefully prepared and presented to answer your questions and help you become an integral part of our school. Communication is a critical part of the learning process. This handbook will become an important part of the communication between home and school. It is by working together that we can secure the best education for our children. We are a TEAM and Together Everyone Achieves More!

SCHOOL HOURS

  • First Bell: 7:55 a.m.
  • Tardy Bell: 8:00 a.m.
  • Dismissal Bell: 3:00 p.m.

Adult supervision of students on school grounds is provided from 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students must not be dropped off before 7:45 in the morning and must be picked up by 3:00. This policy is made with the safety and welfare of your children in mind. Kid Care is available for children that need to arrive before this time.

ATTENDANCE

When your child is absent, please call the office before 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. The number to call is 291-5396. Upon returning students will need a note for the teacher to give the reason for the absence. All schoolwork must be made up.

Students are expected to be in school except in cases of emergency or for reasons as explained below:

Personal illness.

Illness or death in the family.

ALL OTHER REASONS MUST BE EXCUSED BY THE SCHOOL PRIOR TO THE ABSENCE.

Out of town travel must be approved in advance by the school administration. Make-up work will be permitted only when the absence has been cleared and approved in advance. If the trip is due to an emergency and no arrangements can be made ahead of time, the absence can be excused by the principal after written notification by the parents.

Observance of a religious holiday of the specific faith of a student can be excused if parents have given prior written notice. All schoolwork will need to be made up.

TARDINESS

Promptness to class is very important. Students need to be in their seats ready to work when the tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m. When tardiness is unavoidable, students should report to the office for a tardy pass before entering the classroom. Students that are tardy more than three times in a nine week period will not attend the “Good Citizen” award.

LEAVING SCHOOL

If it is necessary for a student to leave school early, he/she must have written permission from the parent. Before a student leaves the school property, the parent/guardian/someone on the emergency card must sign the student out in the office. Please have a driver’s license for identification.

BUS POLICIES

Buses load in the west driveway area at the front of the school. For safety purposes, no cars or walkers are allowed to use the circular bus drive.

The law gives bus drivers the authority to keep order on the bus and holds them responsible for this. Riding the school bus is a privilege. IMPROPER CONDUCT ON THE BUSES CAN RESULT IN THE PRIVILEGE BEING DENIED. Parents will be involved in this process.

Students who come to school on the bus should return home on the bus unless they have a note from parents. Only regularly scheduled bus students can ride. Students are not permitted to change buses to attend parties or after school activities. The district Transportation Department feels it is the responsibility of parents to transport students to these activities.

SCHOOL PARTIES FOR STUDENTS

There will be two parties involving assistance from room mothers (A holiday party at Christmas and a spring party). All food must be store- bought and individually wrapped servings. There will be no Halloween celebration due to our Fall Festival. Student birthdays will not be celebrated in class. Party invitations will not be passed out in class.

CAR LOADING ZONE

Parents are to pick up students in the east driveway area at the front of the school. For the safety of all children, please follow these procedures:

All drivers are asked to come in the designated entrance and circle the entire outer ring of the parking lot to form the “waiting line”. This enables Cypress Gardens Road to be clear of traffic back-ups. When the students have been dismissed from class, the cars will be directed to the pick-up area in order. If your child is not at the designated area upon your arrival, please continue to circle again to keep the traffic moving.

Parents walking over to pick up students will be asked to cross only at the eastern crosswalk with the patrols and staff member. NO ADULTS OR STUDENTS SHOULD BE WALKING THROUGH THE WAITING TRAFFIC. These parents should be parking their cars in the eastside of the crosswalk.

Cars are not to be left unattended in the pick-up line. This blocks traffic and creates unsafe conditions. If you must leave your car, please park in the parking lot.

BICYCLE REGULATIONS

Students riding bicycles to school will walk them on school grounds and park them in the bike racks where they should be locked for safety. Students coming from the west should enter at the back entrance off Lameraux Road. Remember state law requires that all bike riders wear a helmet.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education is a regular part of the curriculum and is important to the total growth and well being of students. When a child cannot participate because of health reasons, a note from the parent is required. The child will sit quietly outside to avoid exertion. If it is necessary for your child to remain in the building, please state this in the note. Tennis shoes are recommended for physical education. TO EXCUSE A STUDENT FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR MORE THAN 3 DAYS, A NOTE FROM A DOCTOR IS REQUIRED.

UNIFORM DRESS

Garden Grove will adhere to the mandatory county dress policy for the 2009-2010 school years. The following are the styles and colors of uniform clothing selected for Polk County:

Girls’ Basic Uniform: This will consist of a long or short sleeved white, navy blue, red, or hunter green collared blouse or polo shirt with a dark blue, black, or khaki/tan skirt, walking shorts, slacks, skorts, jumper or similar clothing in a twill, corduroy or denim fabric.

Boys’ Basic Uniform: This will consist of a long or short sleeved white, navy blue, red, or hunter green collared shirt, such as a polo, oxford, or dress shirt, and dark blue, black or khaki/tan pair of long pants or walking shorts in a twill, corduroy, or denim fabric.

Additional Uniform Alternatives: In addition to the shirts and blouses already described, Garden Grove is including a school-sponsored hunter green, red, and navy blue T-shirt with a crew-neck rather than a collar.

Shoes: As part of the uniform, students shall be required to wear shoes that are safe and suitable to wear to school given the students’ ages and school activities. Open-toed shoes, including sandals and flip-flops, cleats or high heels shall not be permitted. Shoes without enclosed heels or heel straps are not allowed. Roller skate shoes are not permitted.

Belts: Students are required to wear belts with pants and shorts that have belt loops. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

Overalls are not acceptable attire.

GARDEN GROVE ELEMENTARY STUDENT MISSION STATEMENT

Everyday, I will do my best to be responsible for my own actions, do the work required for me to learn, treat others with respect and have the courage to be truthful.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

The Polk County School Board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each student.

Garden Grove operates under a school wide discipline management plan, which is based on the following rules. Students will:

Be responsible for their actions.

Listen and follow directions.

Speak at appropriate times in an appropriate manner.

Keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.

Do their best work.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES

All medication must be brought to the office by the parent or legal guardian where it will be kept in the clinic. School personnel will not administer any medication to students unless they have received a medication form properly completed and signed by the doctor/mid-level practitioner. The medication must be received in the current pharmacy labeled/original container, labeled with your child’s name.

If medication is prescribed for “three times a day”, please plan your dosages before school, after school, and at night.

Over-the counter medication must be accompanied by the physician’s authorization to be administered by school personnel.

REPORTING TO PARENTS

Students receive progress reports at the end of each nine-week grading period. Interim reports are sent home at mid-term.

Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged. They may be arranged by letter or by calling the teacher.

A Parent Town Meeting night is held for every grade level at the beginning of school to share the programs, activities and procedures for the school year.

CLASSROOM VISITATION

All visitors (including parents) must sign-in at the office and receive a visitor badge before making visits during school hours. Visits with the teachers need to be pre-arranged.

CAFETERIA

In an effort to reduce the circulation of counterfeit U.S. monies, the school district will no longer accept any $50 or $100 bills at any school-sponsored events. We apologize for any inconvenience, but ask that you support this initiative. Please plan accordingly when you attend our events. Thank you.

Students may pay for breakfast and lunch before school in the cafeteria. A computer system is used to record meals purchased. It is recommended that students pay in advance by the week, month, etc.

Free and reduced price meals are available. Applications are sent home the 1st day of school.

A monthly menu is published and parents are encouraged to eat lunch with their child. Parents that bring fast food for lunch will be asked to eat in a designated area. Carbonated drinks are not permitted.

  • Lunch: $1.65 Breakfast: $1.00
  • Reduced: $ .40 Reduced: $ .30
  • Adult: $2.55 Milk/juice $ .50

SCHOOL INSURANCE

School insurance is available to all students. A packet will be available for each student at the beginning of school. Purchase of this program is optional. Any check written should be directed to the insurance company indicated on the application form.

BOOKS

All basic texts and library books are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Books are to be kept clean and handled carefully. Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books.

ANIMALS AT SCHOOL

No animals are to be brought to school unless approved by the teacher. The purpose of any animal in the classroom is for observation and study. All details of the visit must be prearranged with the teacher.

SCHOOL STORE

A school store located in the courtyard is open each day before school starts. Necessary school items such as paper, pencils, erasers, etc. may be purchased.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are a welcome and an important part of the Garden Grove team. Any person desiring to become a volunteer needs to fill out an application on line and be approved by the district. It takes several weeks/months to get official approval. All parents are encouraged to become volunteers. Only approved volunteers can accompany students on a field trip or help in classrooms.

TELEPHONE

Students will not use the office phone for personal calls except in an emergency and with staff permission. Pre-arranged planning should be done at home for rainy-day pickups etc. to avoid telephone usage. Messages to the classroom are disruptive to the teaching process.

STUDENT ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS

It is extremely important to have current correct addresses and phone numbers for every student in case of illness or emergency. Please inform the school immediately of any changes.