Sample School Policies for La Causa Charter School
This page contains sample policies for schools including:
- Field Trips
- Visitors & Guests
- Health Services
- Illness & Accidents
- Sexual Harassment Policy
- School Meals
- School Mission & Vision Statement
- Student Agreement
Dedicated to excellence and student achievement
La Causa Charter School is committed to equipping students with the tools they need for academic, personal and social achievement.
La Causa Charter School enables every student to reach their highest potential by establishing a curriculum that meets or exceeds government standards for education; providing extracurricular programs that develop children's' mental, physical and social skills; and partnering with parents and the community to create an environment geared to the success of all students.
Sample School Vision Statement
The aim of any school is
to graduate responsible and productive citizens with strong critical
thinking and academic skills by providing a rigorous, dynamic,
comprehensive curriculum delivered in partnership with the community,
family and a competent, qualified staff in a safe and caring
Teachers and staff work hard to provide the best educational experience for students. Parent partnership is a high priority and is essential for student success. La Causa Charter School has a rich tradition of outstanding student achievement and provides a sound, standards-based education, while promoting high moral character of all students.
This website is a valuable resource for the school community and we hope you visit on a regular basis as well as participate in the educational process of your children. Strong school board and administrative leadership, excellent teachers and staff, positive parental involvement and community support enables all students to reach high academic standards.
Wisconsin State law requires that all people having close contact with students in schools must have verification of having passed a TB test. Please register the results of your TB test in the school office. Without this, you will not be allowed to provide parent volunteer service in the classroom.
Field trips are planned by teachers and designed to enrich the curriculum. A note and permission slip will be sent to you in advance of any fieldtrip and will include cost, place, departure time and dress. The permission slip must be signed and returned to your child's teacher in order for the student to participate in the fieldtrip.
Parents are frequently asked to chaperone fieldtrips, and teachers rely on these parents to provide supervision for a group of students. While fieldtrips are always fun for the students, they are intended to be extensions of the classroom curriculum and are learning activities. This is the parents' opportunity to participate with his/her child in an educational activity and to assist the classroom teacher. Unless it is specifically a family activity, we request that parents not bring other siblings along on fieldtrips. Take this opportunity to give special attention to your child and play a crucial role in making this an important learning activity for the children in the class. The teacher is depending upon your undivided attention.
To ensure visitations are productive for both school and visitor, please follow these guidelines:
- All visitors must register in the school office prior to visiting the classroom or playground.
- Wear a visitor identification sticker in a visible place.
- Provide prior notice to teachers and staff to arrange appropriate times and days.
- Set up a time before or after school to discuss your observation with the teacher, not during class time.
School policy does not permit children (students from other schools, friends, relatives) to visit the classroom for the day.
We ask that you do not interrupt the classroom schedule by going directly to the classroom. All contacts with students should be made through the school office.
Health services are under the supervision of a qualified school
nurse. Vision screening, hearing tests, first aide, and health
counseling are among the services. The school nurse is also available to
discuss health problems of your child. Check with the school office for
the school nurse's schedule and availability for emergency requests.
In case of an accident requiring the services of a doctor, we request that parents keep us informed of any changes of address or phone numbers. We will make every effort to contact a parent before the child is taken to a doctor. If it is necessary for a student to go home because of illness, contagious health problem, or injury, the parent or person listed on the emergency card (if the parent cannot be contacted) will be requested to pick the child up in the office. Please remember that we cannot keep a seriously ill child at school. In the event of a serious illness or accident, Grant School personnel will:
- Contact parents when possible.
- Contact other authorized persons listed on the child's emergency card, if possible.
- Contact child's physician if above persons cannot be reached.
- In extreme emergencies, an ambulance will be called, and the child will be taken directly to the hospital. The parents will be contacted.
- We will keep an Authorization to Consent to Treatment of a Minor signed by you at the school. This allows the hospital to treat life threatening and non-life threatening conditions, i.e., x-rays, sutures, etc.
As you can see, it is ESSENTIAL that contact numbers be CURRENT so
parents or their designated substitute can be contacted immediately for
decisions regarding illness or injury. If parents have special requests
for the emergency plan for their child, they should contact the school
Current law requires all children to be immunized against diphtheria, whooping cough, red measles, tetanus and polio, mump and German measles, prior to entering a classroom. State law also requires entering kindergarten students to have Hepatitis B vaccine. Children entering first grade must show evidence that they have received a complete health assessment within 18 months prior to entry or 90 days after entry to first grade. Pupils may be exempt from these rules for medical or religious reasons. In these cases, a physician's statement or a waiver is required.
Medical treatment is the responsibility of the parent and the family physician. Medications are rarely given at school. The parent is urged to work with the physician to plan a medication schedule for non-school hours. If it is an absolute necessity that medication be given at school:
- We MUST have a written statement from the doctor "detailing the method, amount, and time schedule by which medication is to be taken" (Education Code 49423)
- A signed release from the parents for the school to assist in administering medication.
- Medication must be in a pharmacy container, labeled with the student's name; the name of the medication; proper dosage and instructions; name of the prescribing physician; name of the pharmacy or manufacturer who dispensed the medication.
Forms are available in the school office. (This is also the policy for over the counter drugs, such as aspirin, eye drops, cough drops, etc.) These forms must be renewed each school year.
Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcomed behavior from students or staff members that is sexual and causes problems for you at school. The unwelcomed behavior may be verbal, visual, or physical. Sexual harassment is against the law and should not be ignored. Some examples are:
- Comments, notes or invitations of a sexual nature
- Derogatory comments or jokes that are sexual
- Touching or gestures that are sexual
- Blocking or cornering in a sexual way
- Pulling clothing or grabbing that is sexual
- Showing sexual interest in someone when the interest is not wanted
- Any expression of sexual interest between adults and students
Don't ignore the behavior. You don't have to put up with it. Even though it is hard to do, you should tell your harasser to stop. And you should report what's going on to any adult staff member with whom you feel comfortable talking. If you wish, you can bring someone to help you make your report. You have the right to speak to someone of your same sex. Our Title IX officers are Paul Lightner, Susan Cohen, and Judith Martin.
When you tell the adult staff member what's going on, they will
report it to the person at school who investigates these kinds of
problems, usually the principal and the school guidance counselor. There
will be an investigation and a decision will be made based upon the
facts of the case. The investigation is confidential, and you will not
be asked during the investigation to face the person who you believe is
harassing you. You don't have to worry about that person or someone else
"getting even" with you for telling; the school staff will do their
best to protect you.
As part of the health movement in our state, La Causa Charter School joins the Wisconsin Department of Education in stressing the need for healthy kids. Please see that your child comes to school with a good, nutritional snack. We discourage sending sweet treats with your child for snack and encourage to send "brain food"...fruit, cheese, vegetables, and complex grains. It is important that you and your child communicate about lunches and snacks so that your child does not waste food and is able to have a good nutritious snack to help sustain concentration during the school day. If your child is throwing food away or bringing snacks home at the end of the day, perhaps you should consider changing the foods you send.
It is the parents' responsibility to make sure that children come to school properly nourished and ready to learn. Children may bring their lunches from home or buy them at school. The district provides a nutritional hot lunch program.
At La Causa Charter School we all agree to the following:
- Respect yourself: Do only those things that will help you to achieve a successful and healthy future.
- Respect others: Use the life skills and lifelong guidelines to work with other students and all adult staff members.
- Respect property: Take care of your things and take care of those things which we share.
School wide rules and procedures:
- Attend school daily and come on time. There is late detention and exclusion list. Students who are tardy to school or between classes will be excluded from extra-curricular activities. (including but not limited to sports, dances, Cadet Corp etc.)
- The school dress code must be followed. Wear appropriate school clothes. No Bandanas (any color) are allowed. No slippers or flip flops (see handbook). Hats may not be worn inside at anytime. Baseball caps must be worn forward.
- No students are allowed out of class the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the period. Students must follow sign out procedures in all classrooms and carry a pass when leaving any class.
- During passing period you must move quickly and quietly to your next class. Go to your locker and use the restroom during passing periods.
- Be prepared to work everyday. Bring your notebook(binder), lined paper, school planner, pens, pencils, ruler, required textbooks and whatever equipment is required for learning to class.
- Do your homework nightly. There is homework detention and homework help.
- Eat only in the designated eating areas. Only water is allowed to drink in class and healthy snacks with teacher permission. Gum and sunflower seeds are not allowed on campus anytime.
- Do not bring radios, walkman, beepers, scooters or games to school. If seen or used on campus your parent/guardian will need to meet with the Assistant Principal before they will be returned.
- Keep your backpack and locker organized and your classroom and school clean.
- Do not engage in physical or verbal violence. Play fighting and fighting are not allowed and may result in up to five days suspension. Use your lifeskills and lifelong guidelines to problem solve and learn to disagree without being disagreeable.
- Respect the building. Do not graffiti or deface any part of the building.
- Bring your ID to school everyday and be prepared to show it to any adult in the building who requests it.