LOVING SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL

LOVING SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL

LOVING SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK 2012 - 2013 Introduction……………………………………………………………………………. Mission Vision and Objectives………...

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LOVING SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL

PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK 2012 - 2013

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………. Mission Vision and Objectives…………………………………………………….. Mission………………………………………………………………………………. Vision………………………………………………………………………………… Objectives………………………………………………………………………….... Church Attendance…………………………………………………………………... Teacher Home Cooperation………………………………………………………... Enrollment............................................................................................................ Enrollment…………………………………………………………………………… Enrollment In Early Childhood Center……………………………………………. Non-Discrimination Statement…………………………………………………….. Americans with Disabilities Act …………………………………………………… Exception for Private Schools…………………………………………………….. School Fees and Tuition…………………………………………………………… School Enrollment Fee…………………………………………………………….. School Procedures…………………………………………………………………… Student Absence …………………………………………………………………... School Hours……………………………………………………………………….. Hours of Instruction ………………………………………………………………... Before and After School …………………………………………………………... Parking Lot Safety………………………………………………………………….. Cell Phones and Electronic Communications Media…………………………… Emergency School Closing………………………………………………………... Emergency Pick-up of a Child…………………………………………………….. Leaving School Grounds…………………………………………………………... Obstructing Release of a Child…………………………………………………… Custody Information………………………………………………………………... Computer Use………………………………………………………………………. School Organizational Chart………………………………………………………. Conduct and Discipline……………………………………………………………… Manner of Dress……………………………………………………………………. Tardiness……………………………………………………………………………. Hallway Conduct……………………………………………………………………. Playground Rules…………………………………………………………………... Winter Playground Footwear……………………………………………………… Bullying ……………………………………………………………………………… Loving Shepherd Code of Conduct at Athletic Events…………………………. Concealed Carry …………………………………………………………………… Weapons, Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Products……………………………... Philosophy of Christian Discipline………………………………………………… Discipline Continuum………………………………………………………………. Prohibited Punishment Statement………………………………………………... Procedures to Follow in Problem Situations...…………………………………...

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Academics……………………………………………………………………………… Curriculum…………………………………………………………………………… Confirmation Classes………………………………………………………………. Homework………………………………………………………………………….... Pupil Progress Reports…………………………………………………………….. Confidentiality Rule………………………………………………………………… Field Trip Policy for Grades 1-8…………………………………………………… Field Trip Transportation…………………………………………………………… Graduation Requirements…………………………………………………………. Textbook Care………………………………………………………………………. Athletics /Co-Curricular……………………………………………………………… Extracurricular Activities…………………………………………………………… Co-Curricular Eligibility ……………………………………………………………. Student Heath ..................................................................................................... Student Illness………………………………………………………………………. Communicable Diseases…………………………………………………………. Pediculosis (Head Lice)……………………………………………………………. Health Services……………………………………………………………………... Growing Up Girls and Boys Course……………………..……………………….. Vision and Hearing…………………………………………………………………. Immunization Requirements and Heath History………………………………… Wellness Policy…………………………………………………………………….. Administration of Drugs to Students……………………………………………… Over the Counter Medication……………………………………………………… Prescription Drugs………………………………………………………………….. Parent Participation............................................................................................ School Volunteers………………………………………………………………….. Trash to Cash……………………………………………………………………….. Loving Shepherd Educational Society (LSES)………….………………………. Parent School Cleaning Program………………………………………………… School Orientation Sessions………………………………………………………. Special Donations…………………………………………………………………... Lunch Policies..................................................................................................... Lunch Program……………………………………………………………………… Cold Lunch………………………………………………………………………….. Appendix Computer Use Policy Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Loving Shepherd Organizational Chart Medication Authorization Form

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INTRODUCTION This booklet has been prepared for our parents and students as a guide on matters relating to the education of students at Loving Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran School.

GOD'S WORD IS THE GUIDE ... ... IN ALL THAT IS TAUGHT SPIRITUALLY Knowledge of the Gospel message of the Bible is more important and more precious than all knowledge of the world. Children learn to know God through Jesus Christ, God's Son. Children learn that we are all sinners. Children learn to know Jesus, who saved them from sin. Children learn that only through faith in Jesus, a gift of the Holy Spirit, can they be saved.

... IN ALL THAT IS TAUGHT MORALLY The teachings and truths of God's Word motivate and direct the daily living and conduct of the teacher and students. God's Word provides a sound, solid basis for everyday living. Under the guidance of Christian teachers, all activities and conduct are guided by the Word of God.

... IN ALL THAT IS TAUGHT INTELLECTUALLY God's Word is reflected in every subject taught in the Christian school. All subjects are taught in such a way as to reveal our almighty, all-wise, and all-loving God. All knowledge and skills are looked upon as gracious gifts of God to be used to glorify God and help our neighbor.

MISSION – VISION- OBJECTIVES MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School is to use God’s Word to make children disciples of Jesus, reaching out with the Gospel to those who do not know Him, and providing an excellent education to prepare all for a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ, their Savior.

SCHOOL VISION “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6

Give parents and students a K3-8th grade experience in which God’s Word is paramount and is combined with an exceptional academic program that will prepare students for their future service to Christ. Provide students with dedicated faculty who show their love for God daily by creating a positive, stimulating, and nurturing learning environment for all academic levels of learning. Meet the diverse requirements of our special needs students by providing in-house instruction and collaboration with outside agencies where applicable. Provide state-of-the-art technology and technology instruction for all students in grades K3-8. Enrich our students’ learning by providing opportunities for extra-curricular activities, including academic, fine arts, and sports related activities. Foster parent involvement and parent communication on a regular basis. Encourage the continued learning of all who interact with our students, so that leaders, by example, teach the importance of education. Show our love for our Savior by producing students who are involved servant leaders, applying their gifts to give back to the community and let their light shine! Prepare students for life by giving them a solid foundation in Christ and preparing them to be future church leaders. Increase our community outreach, and boost our enrollment numbers, thus better supporting the school and church financially. Implement our school vision to assist our congregation and school in bringing more families to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

OBJECTIVES FOR LOVING SHEPHERD SCHOOL 2012/2013 OBJECTIVE

END DATE RESPONSIBLE

1.

Complete a well written religion, music, physical education, technology, and art curriculum that ensures our students are ready to progress.

August 2013

Faculty

ADDITIONAL COST NONE

2.

Maintain excellence in the academic program by the principal’s leading the study of one curricular area every year according to a schedule published on a five-year rotating basis.

Ongoing

Faculty

NONE

3.

Promote parent communication with weekly newsletters from each classroom and the principal. Use newsletters to update parents on all aspects of our faculty’s involvement in continuing education and leadership. Post the newsletters, classroom videos, and classroom pictures on the website. Also, conduct parent meetings at the two report card conferences.

Ongoing

Faculty

NONE

4.

School special education teacher will contact any outside agencies needed for special education collaboration as needed for the year.

September 2012

Mrs. Koeller

NONE

5.

Require all teachers and staff to yearly pursue professional development as outlined in each teacher’s professional development planner. Encourage this professional development by assisting with the cost of approved continuing education courses for the teachers.

Ongoing

Mr. Paschke & Board of Education

$6,000

OBJECTIVE

END DATE RESPONSIBLE

ADDITIONAL COST NONE

6.

Maintain positive and stimulating classroom environments through regular feedback provided to each teacher by the principal and peer visitors.

Ongoing

Mr. Paschke

7.

Provide opportunities for students to share their individual gifts and talents by participating in worship as well as in other activities in the church, school, and community.

Ongoing

Music Directors & Faculty

NONE

8.

The faculty and staff will demonstrate service by participating in volunteer opportunities in the church, school and community.

Ongoing

Faculty & Staff

NONE

9.

Launch a strong parent teacher organization that will report to the principal.

September 2012

Mr. Danko & Mrs. Wedward

$50.00

10.

Review and update the Loving Shepherd Technology Plan.

June 2013

Mr. Paschke

NONE

11.

Sponsor extra-curricular programs in the WELS Lutheran grade school activities offered in the WLHS and KML conferences and provide quality volunteer coaches/leaders for all activities.

Ongoing

Mr. Sellnow & Faculty

Parents Volunteer

12.

Educate our faculty and staff to utilize to the fullest the technology tools we already have in place.

Ongoing

Mr. Paschke

NONE

13.

Maintain a tight-knit faculty by supporting each other with mentoring and encouragement.

Ongoing

Faculty

NONE

CHURCH ATTENDANCE

"I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.'" Psalm 122:1

What a joyful thought that is - going to the house of the Lord. Both Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church offer our students and parents the opportunity each weekend to hear the precious Word of God. God's Word is the guidepost of our school - our life. Loving Shepherd Lutheran School exists to assist parents in the Christian training of their children. Although Loving Shepherd and St. Mark congregations provide opportunities for worship, it is the parents who have the primary responsibility to make use of these opportunities for themselves and for their children. If we neglect the hearing of God's Word, we are denying ourselves and our children the blessings the Lord has to offer us. God tells us that “by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:20). Just as Loving Shepherd Lutheran School has always monitored its students’ academic progress and classroom behavior, so the school will monitor its member students’ church attendance as an expected fruit of faith. Members of Loving Shepherd or St. Mark who do not meet a minimum quarterly church attendance of 65% will be notified by the Board of Education. If church attendance does not improve, the member student may be invited to continue attending Loving Shepherd Lutheran School at the non-member full tuition rate. May you be encouraged by God's Word to come with your child on a regular basis to God' house. Our Savior gave us this day of rest. "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath" (Matthew 12:8). Are we troubled? Where can we find help? "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). What benefits are ours through the hearing of His Word? "Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28).

TEACHER-HOME COOPERATION

Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center cannot be successful without the cooperation of parents, students, and teachers. The school aims to give children a valuable Christ-centered education. Since the education of children is a shared responsibility, the school has the following expectations. Expectations of Students: 1. Follow the Savior’s example by being kind, honest, and polite to everyone, treating all as redeemed children of God. 2. Prepare homework according to the teacher’s instructions, making good use of class time. 3. Demonstrate respect for people, property, and school rules. 4. Act in a manner that others may learn, and make an effort to contribute to the learning process in a positive way. 5. Identify personal God-given talents, abilities, and interests and try to use those gifts to glorify the Lord. Expectations of Parents/Guardians: 1. Cooperate and communicate with teachers, principal, and pastors in a Christian manner to prevent or address problems. Use the school organizational chart when determining whom to contact. 2. Be aware and supportive of child’s activities to help ensure academic success. 3. Remind the child of the blessings received through a Christ-centered education. 4. Notify the school in advance of any necessary absences and make every effort to schedule medical appointments outside of the regular school day. Expectations of Teachers: 1. Recognize each student of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center as a redeemed Lamb of God. 2. Work with each student to help them reach their fullest potential. 3. Communicate and cooperate with parents in a Christian manner to prevent or address problems. 4. Demonstrate a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, showing love and respect through attitude, words, and actions.

ENROLLMENT ENROLLMENT Parents may inquire with the principal/director about enrollment at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School or Loving Shepherd Lutheran Early Childhood Center. Children whose parents/guardians wish to enroll them at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School will be considered for enrollment in the following manner: A.

All children of Loving Shepherd or St. Mark congregations will be given the first opportunity to enroll. We would like this enrollment to be made as far in advance of the school opening as possible. We cannot guarantee acceptance if registrations are made after August 1.

B.

We will accept students from other Wisconsin Synod congregations on a cost per pupil basis if room is available.

C.

We will accept children whose parents desire to become members through adult instructions. These children will be admitted as room permits and following a family orientation meeting with the principal.

D.

Nonmember children whose parents are not interested in pursuing church membership will be enrolled as room permits and based upon the recommendation of the principal.

E.

Kindergarten Entrance: It is the policy of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School to enroll children in the kindergarten program who are age five on or before September 1 of the year the child will enter kindergarten.

F.

First Grade Entrance: It is the policy of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School to enroll children in grade one who are six years of age on or before September 1 of the year the child will enter first grade or who have successfully completed the kindergarten year (K5).

All new students will also be enrolled according to our New Student Policy. ENROLLMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Enrollment at Loving Shepherd Early Childhood Center begins on the first day of attendance. Children aged 3-6 years who can attend to their own bathroom needs, whose parents are members of Loving Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, or who are returning enrollees will be given preference. Children aged 3-6 from the community who can attend to their own bathroom needs, and whose parents are seeking a Christ-centered education will be accepted according to the Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center non-discrimination statement.

Children ages 5 through 14 years old enrolled in Loving Shepherd Lutheran School will be accepted in the before and after school program. All children will be enrolled through a personal visit at the center by appointment with the director after hours of instruction 3:30 PM-6:00 PM or by special arrangement. Wisconsin Shares (W-2) enrollees are accepted on a first come, first served basis up to the number for which the Center is licensed. All others may be put on a waiting list until a spot is open. In order to secure enrollment status, all required authorization forms must be submitted to Loving Shepherd Early Childhood Center within one month of enrollment. All DCF forms (Registration, Health, Immunization, Health History, and School Enrollment) must be submitted before or on the first day of enrollment.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT In keeping with Jesus Christ’s command in Matthew 28 to “go and make disciples of all nations,” Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, or disability in its enrollment procedures, educational policies and extra-curricular programs.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center is in full agreement with the intent of the ADA and will make every effort to accommodate children and employees who have a disability or handicap. A handicapped child or employee will be accepted if the school and center can meet the child’s needs within reasonable accommodation.

EXCEPTION FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS One key exception to the general prohibition against discrimination in the workplace is language that allows non-profit religious associations, and organizations or corporations owned by or controlled by the religious association, to give preference to an applicant or employee who is a member of the same or similar religious denomination. Wis. Stats. § 111.337

SCHOOL FEES AND TUITION Textbooks are provided on a rental basis for all students. This fee varies by grade level. The fee also includes an amount paid to the congregation for operational expenses. The fee is payable in full at the beginning of the school year unless special arrangements are made with the school administration. Religious books, such as a Bible, catechism, and memory book, need to be purchased separately.

Good stewardship would dictate that school fees and tuition be paid in a timely manner. All school fees and tuition must be paid in full for the previous school year if a family wishes to enroll children for the new school year. All accounts must be current at the end of the first semester of a school year if a family wishes to continue enrollment of the children for the second semester. Any exceptions to this policy must be arranged through discussion with the school administration. All students who have unpaid fines/fees will not receive their report cards at the end of a school year until the fees/fines are paid or appropriate arrangements have been made. Transcripts will not be sent for students who have not paid fees/fines. Graduating eighth grade students who have unpaid fees/fines will not receive their diplomas until all fees/fines have been paid or appropriate arrangements have been made.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FEE When students register in March for a new school term, a $100 per student nonrefundable registration fee is required for the first student in a family. For other students in the family, the registration fee is $50 per student. This fee will be applied toward the student’s book fees and tuition for the upcoming school term. This policy applies to all students, both new and returning students. Before a student registers for a new school term, all fees for previous school terms must be paid in full.

SCHOOL PROCEDURES STUDENT ABSENCE Parents are to call the school between 7:50 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. if a child is going to be absent for the school day. SCHOOL HOURS Preschool: 8:10 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Grades K5 - 8: 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. HOURS OF INSTRUCTION Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center complies with the State of Wisconsin Private School Education Statutes Wis. Stats. § 118.165, which provides that the school must plan at least 875 hours of instruction each school year. In addition, Loving Shepherd Lutheran School makes every effort to meet the hours of instruction set forth by the State of Wisconsin for public schools in Wis. Stats. § 121.02 (f). This statute provides that children in K5 to 6th grade have at least 1,050 hours of instruction and children in 7th and 8th grade have at least 1,137 hours of instruction.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL Since the school doors do not open until 7:50 every morning, parents are encouraged not to drop off children at school before 7:50 a.m. Parents should pick up preschool children at 11:35 a.m. and children in grades K5-8 at 3:10 p.m. All preschool children are expected to have left the school property by 11:55 a.m. All children in grades K5-8 are expected to have left the school property by 3:20 p.m. The only students allowed to remain at school after these times are students who have athletic practice or special permission from a teacher. Brothers and sisters of athletes are not allowed to remain at school to wait for the athletic practice to finish. Students who are on school property without permission before the school doors open in the morning or after the pickup deadline in the afternoon will be taken into the childcare room. Parents will be assessed an appropriate childcare fee. PARKING LOT SAFETY As cars pull into our school parking lot, the safety of pedestrians is always of utmost importance. To provide for the safety of the children and to keep a smooth traffic flow, a few basic guidelines will be followed. Custodial parents/ guardians will be directed as follows: 1. Do not stop cars in front of the concrete sidewalk approaching the school to pick up students. Park and wait for students to come to the cars. 2. Do not park in the reserved handicapped parking spots immediately to the right and left of the main entry sidewalk. 3. Drive very slowly while moving through the parking lot. Remember that some children must cross two lanes of traffic to get to and from their waiting cars. 4. Follow the normal one-way flow of traffic. The lane nearest the school is for southbound traffic only. The lane farthest from the school is for northbound traffic only. If everyone follows these simple rules, our parking lot will remain safe and efficient during the peak usage time of 7:50 – 8:10 and 3:05 – 3:20 p.m.

CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA Students are not to bring cell phones, music players, or other electronic communications media to school for use on the playground or in the school building without permission from the principal.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING If Loving Shepherd School and Early Childhood Center finds it necessary to close because of some emergency such as dangerous weather or wind chill, notice will be

given over local radio and television stations. If Milwaukee Public School district (MPS) closes before school begins in the morning because of a snow or wind chill emergency, Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center will automatically close, too. However, if MPS closes during the day, parents should listen to the TV or radio for any announcement regarding Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center. LOCAL STATIONS INCLUDE WTMJ WISN WOKY WITI CBS

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620

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920

CHANNEL 4.1 CHANNEL 12.1 CHANNEL 6.1 CHANNEL 58.1

EMERGENCY PICK-UP OF A CHILD In all emergency child pick-up cases, a called worker/staff member will check for information on the Emergency Information Card. If the person seeking to pick up the child is not listed, in an emergency only, the teacher may call the parents’ emergency number to receive verbal clearance from the custodial parent/legal guardian. If the person picking up the child can provide a picture ID and the person is recognized by the child, then only the child will be released. Parents should, if at all possible, list all the probable individuals who are permitted to pick up a child in an emergency on the Emergency Contact Sheet. In any situation a parent/guardian will be called to verify any unlisted pick-up person.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS Students needing to leave the school grounds during any time of the school day, except for emergencies, must have the written permission of their parent/legal guardian, as well as the permission of the classroom teacher. Whenever such permission has been granted, full responsibility then rests with the students and their parents.

OBSTRUCTING RELEASE OF A CHILD If a custodial parent/legal guardian arrives to pick up a child and the parent appears to be intoxicated or on drugs, the following procedure will be followed. A called worker/staff member: ™ will try to persuade the parent/guardian to call another adult on the contact list to come and assist him/her in delivering the child home safely. ™ will call the parent/guardian’s alternate person of choice if necessary. ™ will, if the parent/guardian is uncooperative, inform the parent that the police will be notified immediately of his/her condition. His/her license plate will be taken down and reported if he/she persists in being uncooperative.

™ will report the Early Childhood Center incidents to the licensee, director and principal and what action was taken. ™ will report any K-8th grade incident to the principal. The principal/director will take the responsibility for filing all reports properly in compliance with the Early Childhood Center licensure rules. CUSTODY INFORMATION Loving Shepherd Lutheran School will willingly uphold and enforce any mandated court custody decisions. Custodial parents are required to update the student information sheets that are reviewed at orientation each year and provide a copy of the court ordered custody agreement. Custodial parents are responsible for updating custody information as it changes and inform the school who is permitted to pick up a child from school during the day or view records (Parents must sign children in and out only in our Early Childhood Center, not in grades 1st – 8th). This information will be shared with the child’s teacher. Loving Shepherd Lutheran School will not allow itself to be directly involved in any custody disputes among families unless required to do so by law. Parents that have specific custody concerns are asked to generate a schedule indicating child placement for the child’s teacher. A copy will also be kept on file in the school office.

COMPUTER USE If parents desire their children to have access to the Internet and school computer network, parents and students must sign the Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center Internet/Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy (See Appendix for a complete copy of this policy).

SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONAL CHART The school organizational chart defines the flow of responsibility at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School (See Appendix for chart).

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE MANNER OF DRESS We care about our students at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. We know our parents also care, and because we care, we want to project a positive Christian appearance. Dress can be a positive or a negative statement. We ask that our students always show a positive Christian approach to dress. No dress code will please everyone. Past experience has told us that guidelines are necessary. Accept them and abide by them, using good Christian judgment in this part of your life.

1. Students are encouraged to have moderate hairstyles. Boy's hairstyles should not extend beyond the collar. All students should keep their hair neat, well groomed, and clean at all times. 2. Tattered, excessively worn, unclean, frayed, or sloppy clothing is not permitted. 3. Clothing which allows unnecessary exposure of the body should be avoided. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. I Tim. 2:9 instructs us to dress in modest apparel. Bare midriffs, mini-skirts, low-cut tops, muscle shirts, tank tops, and halter tops do not lend themselves to being modest. 4. Students may wear selective clothing with logos. However, any type of logo that endorses attitudes and actions that displease our Lord are not to be worn. Some specific logos that are not to be worn are as follows: A. Beer, alcohol, drugs B. Suggestive, double-meaning, swearing, vulgar language C. Professional wrestling-related clothing D. Music-related clothing (groups, concerts, individuals, album covers, etc.) 5. Jackets, caps, or hats are not to be worn in the classroom. 6. Shorts, appropriate for school wear, may be worn during the months of September and May in extremely warm weather. 7. The use of makeup on the part of students is discouraged. Excessive use of eye makeup will not be permitted. 8. Earrings of any type are not to be worn by boys. 9.

Heelies (shoes with wheels) are not to be worn on school property.

10. Other clothing "fads" which may arise are subject to review. 11. Good Christian conduct is not something that is put on as one enters the school building, but is part of one’s makeup as a Christian and is to be a part of a student each day, all day. 12. In all of the above specifics, the school has the right to judge the neatness and appropriateness of any article of clothing or one's appearance. 13. Violations of these codes will be dealt with on an individual basis.

TARDINESS Students are expected to arrive at school in the morning in time to begin classes at 8:10 a.m. Students who repeatedly arrive late for classes deprive themselves of the benefits of the morning devotion and the first class of the day. If a student is tardy five or more times during a quarter, the matter will be brought to the parents’ attention. If the problem continues, the matter will be dealt with according to the progressive steps of the Pupil Discipline code. HALLWAY CONDUCT ™ Students are to walk in the hallways. No running is permitted. ™ Students are to talk in a conversational tone of voice when in the hallways. No shouting or excessively loud talk is permitted. ™ Students are expected to display Christian love and respect toward teachers and fellow students at all times.

PLAYGROUND RULES The following rules will apply when playing outside and in the gym: 1. Always be respectful of others. 2. No bullying, fighting, or roughhousing of any kind is allowed. 3. Always be respectful and use God-pleasing language. 4. Snow throwing is prohibited. 5. Playground and gym toys must be used as intended (i.e. tetherball is for tetherball play, jump ropes are for jumping, slide is for sliding DOWN feet first, swings go back and forth, etc.). 6. Keep hands to yourself. 7. Always stay where the supervising teacher can see you. 8. Balls are not allowed in the fenced-in area. 9. Play with bats only under adult supervision. 10. Stay off the fence. 11. When the bell rings, line up quietly by the concrete sidewalk approaching the school and proceed toward the door as directed by the playground supervisor. 12. Do not leave the play area for any reason without permission from the playground supervisor. 13. No toys from home may be used outside without the teacher’s permission. 14. Children are expected to accept correction/instruction. 15. All children must wear appropriate outdoor play footwear. In our Early Childhood Center “open-toed” shoes and sandals are not allowed for safety reasons.

WINTER PLAYGROUND FOOTWEAR Children in grades K-4 must have boots in order to go outside to play when snow covers the ground. They also must have a pair of shoes for inside wear. Children in grades 5-8 must have either boots or a second pair of shoes for outside play. (Children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to have boots rather than the second pair of shoes.)

BULLYING It is the policy of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center to maintain a safe environment that is free from bullying. Loving Shepherd Lutheran School will not tolerate any conduct that is intended to bring harm to another person. A student shall not intimidate or harass another student with words or actions. Examples are hitting, shoving, teasing, name calling, social isolation, or manipulation. Students, faculty, staff, and parents are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, Christian manner. All forms of bullying are strictly prohibited and will be handled according to the principles of Christian discipline explained in the parent handbook. Anyone who witnesses a behavior that is considered harassment or bullying must report such an incident to the principal or director.

LOVING SHEPHERD CODE OF CONDUCT AT ATHLETIC EVENTS In keeping with the Christian mission of our schools, the following rules have been put in place to assist with the training of our athletes and spectators attending our athletic events. Respect for building & property: • Children and parents show respect for the material blessings God has given us. • Keep students from destructive acts to church & school property • Place litter in proper receptacles • Keep food in the designated areas • Remain in the gym or concession stand area. Don’t wander around the school &/or church. Sportsmanship • As Christians, we represent our Savior and reflect him in everything we do. • Show respect for officials AT ALL TIMES. Don’t complain about calls made or not made. • Learn to win graciously; learn to lose knowing you have done your best. Parents • Parents are expected to attend events with their children (Don’t drop them off and leave them unsupervised.) • Parents are expected to supervise their children AT ALL TIMES • Follow the school’s established posted policies • Set the example of Christian sportsmanship • Respect the designated authority figure

Children • Students attending the event are there to sit in the bleachers and watch the game • Follow the school’s established and posted polices • Respect the designated authority figure at each school • Practice Christian sportsmanship Coaches • Supervise the locker rooms and check them before and after you enter as well as the players under your supervision • Teams are not allowed in the changing area until the coach is there to supervise • Wait to get volleyballs / basketballs until you are out on the court to warm up • Set the example of Christian sportsmanship

CONCEALED CARRY According to Wisconsin State Law it is a felony to knowingly possess a firearm (concealed or otherwise) on the grounds of the school. Further there is a penalty for anyone to knowingly possess a firearm (concealed or otherwise) within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school Wis. Stat. § 948.605(2)(a). The following are exceptions for possessing a firearm in or on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds. 1. Private property that is within 1,000 feet of school. 2. For a program approved by the school. 3. By a law enforcement officer or state-certified commission warden acting in his or her official capacity. 4. The firearm is not loaded and is encased or in a locked rack that is on a motor vehicle. 5. A person who holds a concealed carry license or an out-of –state concealed carry license may possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of the grounds of school, BUT may not in or on school grounds.

WEAPONS, DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS Any student who brings any type of authentic or replica-style handgun, knife, or other weapon onto the school premises will be suspended from school immediately. Also, if a student is determined to be using, to be under the influence of, or to be in possession of intoxicating beverages, illegal drugs, tobacco products, or inhalants used for sniffing, the student will be suspended from school immediately. Custodial parents/legal guardians or guardians will be notified as soon as possible. Law enforcement will be contacted as appropriate. The Board of Education will meet to take the necessary steps for correcting the situation. Expulsion from Loving Shepherd Lutheran School could result from this action.

PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE Loving Shepherd Lutheran School's approach to discipline is based on the Scriptural principle of making each child a disciple of Christ for this life and for eternal life in heaven. Christian discipline is a result of God’s love for us and follows in response to the forgiveness that is found in Jesus Christ. God loved us enough to send His Son to die for us. We strive to do God’s will as a reflection of God’s love and as a “thank you” to God in appreciation for what He has done. The school intends to guide pupils in developing self discipline so that all students may achieve maximum benefit from their education and, in turn, prepare themselves for their future roles in God's church and the community. Principles for Discipline • • • • • •

Parental authority is extended to teachers and staff when students are in school. Out of love for the Lord and for students, discipline is implemented in a loving and consistent manner in our partnership with parents. (Corporal punishment is not considered a tool of discipline at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School.) The behavioral standard at Loving Shepherd is based on God’s Word. Our goal is for students to be proactive in showing self-discipline based on God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. Misbehavior will be handled with logical and appropriate consequences. Students will be guided and expected to solve their problems without creating problems for anyone else. Children will be given the opportunity to appropriately let the teacher know when they feel that treatment seems unfair.

DISCIPLINE CONTINUUM When a disciplinary issue becomes apparent, the classroom teacher and/or administration will deal immediately with the issue and will work hard to avoid negatively charged teacher-to-student interactions. In most cases, the school response will follow the following five general steps in a progressive manner if the issue persists. 1) The student will be reminded (warned) about the issue and counseled from God's Word. Forgiveness through Christ for the repentant sinner will be crucial to the discussion. 2) The student again will be reminded and counseled about the issue, and the student's parents will be called to provide assistance and insight in dealing with the issue. Forgiveness through Christ for the repentant sinner will be crucial to the discussion. 3) The student's parents will be called to provide additional assistance, and this discussion will be documented on a school "pink sheet" documentation form. 4) The student's parents will be called to provide continued assistance, and the student will be suspended from school. The length of the suspension will be determined by the administration, based on the seriousness of the offense. This action will be documented on a school "pink sheet" documentation form.

5) The student's parents will be called to provide continued assistance, and the student will be indefinitely suspended from school to allow the Board of Education time to deal with the issue. The student may face expulsion from Loving Shepherd Lutheran School at the recommendation of the Loving Shepherd Board of Education. In the case of a recommendation for expulsion, parents have the right for an appeal to the Board of Education. Present at such an appeal will be the Board of Education, the pastor(s), the principal, and any teachers involved.

Some disciplinary issues, because of their very nature, are more serious than others in the school environment. Such issues of a more serious nature include, but are not limited to, the following: • • • • • •

Cheating or lying Cursing, swearing, or vulgarity Sexual abuse/harassment Physical abuse or fighting Vandalism or theft Refusal to accept correction/instruction

In such disciplinary issues, at the administration's discretion, the school response will begin at steps 3 or 4 in the above five general steps. Again, Loving Shepherd Lutheran School's mission in enforcing discipline is to make our young people disciples of Christ. Parents are urged to regularly contact the teachers and/or administration as the school and parents together prepare our children for a life of Christian service. PROHIBITED PUNISHMENT STATEMENT Punishment which is humiliating or frightening to a child will not be used. Prohibited punishments, even if requested by a parent, include: 1. Corporal punishment – Includes shaking, spanking, pinching, throwing, slapping, twisting, pushing, hitting, or inflicting any other form of corporal punishment. 2. Verbal abuse, threats, derogatory remarks about the child or his/her family. 3. Physical restraint: binding or tying to restrict movement or enclosing in a confined space such as a closet, locked room, or box/cubicle. 4. Actions that may be considered cruel, aversive, frightening or humiliating to the child. 5. Withholding or forcing food. 6. Forcing a nap after 30 minutes of rest time in our Early Childhood Center. 7. Punishments for lapses in toilet-training in our Early Childhood Center. 8. For more information on punishments please see our school’s Philosophy of Discipline.

PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW IN PROBLEM SITUATIONS If parents have a concern about something in the classroom, Matthew 18 instructs us to consult directly with the respective teacher. The teachers are willing to discuss concerns at a convenient time for both parents and teachers. After meeting with the teacher, if further discussion is necessary, contact the principal. If further review is necessary, contact the school board chairman. Items of a general nature pertaining to the school may be discussed with a school board member. School board members' names appear on the school directory sheet. When confronted with a question or problem, please keep the following in mind: 1. Always use open and honest communication with the child and teacher to obtain a complete understanding of the situation. 2. Do not contact teachers, parents, or friends who are not involved. Don’t make the matter a point of sinful gossip. 3. Please maintain a positive attitude about the school and teachers in the presence of children. 4. Never consider your question or problem to be insignificant. The school’s called workers and staff members are always happy to address any concerns. It is clear that parents and teachers have the same goal in mind when it comes to students. Improved channels of communication foster understanding, caring, and collaboration between the classroom and home. The principal’s office is always open for constructive criticism or discussion of matters involving the school. In all matters involving a fellow Christian, the Lord warns in James 3 that the tongue must be controlled. The tongue can be "full of deadly poison". "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men...my brothers, this should not be." May everyone follow the Lord's direction in dealing with problems that may arise!

ACADEMICS CURRICULUM The Loving Shepherd curriculum covers all elementary subject areas necessary for a rigorous preparation for future high school work. Since our mission is to make students disciples of Christ, all subjects are taught in the light of God’s Word. Subject areas include the following: Religion (Bible history, catechism, confirmation instruction, memory work, and hymn study) Language Arts (English, reading, phonics, spelling, and handwriting)

Sciences (General science, health, geography, history, current events, and computer literacy) Mathematics (Elementary math, remedial math, pre-algebra, and algebra) Physical Education (Physical fitness, organized games, and interscholastic sports) The Arts (School art, school music, band, and choir) Co-curricular Activities (Spelling contests, math track, forensics, science fair, art fair, and social studies fair)

CONFIRMATION CLASSES To help prepare the children of the seventh and eighth grade for communicant membership in the congregation, the pastors teach confirmation classes twice each week in the school.

HOMEWORK Regular completion of homework assignments is an integral part of the Christian education program at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. Students master skills and gain confidence by completing homework assignments successfully. Students who fail to do homework assignments jeopardize their education at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. If a teacher notices that a student is developing a habit of not finishing homework, the teacher will discuss the issue with the student and the student's parents. If teacher and parent efforts do not correct the situation, the student will be assigned to after school homework detention periods. These periods will run from 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. on school days. Parents will be notified in writing the day before a homework detention is to be served. Parents are responsible for picking up a child from detention promptly at 4:00 p.m. Athletic practices and games will not be considered an excuse for missing a homework detention period.

PUPIL PROGRESS REPORTS Report cards are issued quarterly and reflect the work and study habits of the child. A "C" means that the child has performed an average amount of work to a reasonable degree of accuracy as expected for a child of a particular age and grade. A grade of "B" means that the work is above average. An "A" means that the child has accomplished much with a high degree of accuracy. A "D" means that the work is below average and the child should do better, unless the child already is working up to his/her full potential. An "F" means that the child has accomplished less than is necessary to successfully

complete the work in that subject. An "I" would indicate work that is incomplete and will have to be completed before the child may receive credit in that subject. An asterisk (*) accompanying a grade signifies that the evaluation takes into consideration a special grading scale. All progress reports will be sent home with the pupils. At the close of the first and second quarters, report cards will be discussed with parents at individual conferences. Special reports are written for those students working within our Special Education Program. In this program students are graded on their ability level and their work at that level. CONFIDENTIALITY RULE All information on a child will be kept confidential. Parents may view their child’s records upon request. Only information that is pertinent to the child’s education and well being will be shared with teachers. Loving Shepherd Lutheran School complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). No teacher will discuss confidential information in the presence of other parents or students. In our Early Childhood Center the Department of Child and Families licensing specialist has access to all center records for the purpose of program regulation. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information including: Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, enrollment status, awards received, and most recent previous school attended. During orientation parents will sign a form either accepting such information disclosure or opting out. When reading the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ( included in Appendix), please note that children under the age of 18 do not qualify as an “eligible student.” Thus the rights described are transferred to the parents.

FIELD TRIP POLICY FOR GRADES 1-8 Every teacher will take their class on at least one educational arts-related field trip and one educational non-arts related field trip every school year. Over a 2-year period, every teacher will make an effort to balance field trip exposure to Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

FIELD TRIP TRANSPORTATION When private vehicles are used to transport children for school field trips, Loving Shepherd Lutheran School requires completion of the Volunteer Driver/Vehicle Information form. This completed form will be kept on file in the school office. Also, all drivers must be 18 years of age or older.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS All students are required to complete, according to their individual God-given abilities, the prescribed course of study for each year of attendance at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. Since Loving Shepherd Lutheran School is a Christian school, the school curriculum is founded on God's Word as revealed in the Bible. A class in God's Word is taught daily at each grade level. All students are required to complete, according to their individual God-given abilities, the entire God's Word course of study for each year of attendance at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. In grades 7-8, the pastors' confirmation classes are part of the God's Word course of study. Since the 8th grade graduation is a culminating activity in the Loving Shepherd educational experience, all 8th graders are required to attend the graduation ceremony.

TEXTBOOK CARE At the beginning of each school year, both hardcover reusable texts and soft-cover consumable texts are issued to students. Students are expected to take care of these texts by not subjecting the texts to unnecessary damage. Students who shorten the useful life of a text by causing unnecessary damage will be asked to pay a book fine to help replace the text. The fine for needless damage to a hardcover text will vary up to the replacement cost of the text. Students who carelessly deface soft-cover consumable texts will be provided with a new text and will be assessed the full replacement cost of the text. As part of good Christian stewardship, all students are asked to put book covers on all hardcover texts to help lengthen each book's period of useful service. Also, all students are asked to maintain texts by keeping books off the classroom floors.

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULARS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Loving Shepherd Lutheran School seeks to enrich each child’s experience through extracurricular activities. Some of these activities are held in conjunction with Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS) and/or Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), the two area Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) secondary schools with which Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church is affiliated. ™ Art Fair, Social Studies Fair, and Science Fair: Fairs are held during the spring of each year in a 3-year rotation. All classrooms participate in each fair. ™ Athletics: Loving Shepherd Lutheran School offers a variety of athletic events for students. Students in 5th and 6th grade will comprise the B-Team and students in 7th and 8th grade will comprise the A-Team. When there is insufficient participation for a particular sport at each level, the grade levels participating may

vary. A small student fee is required for each sport. Current and previously offered athletic offerings include the following: 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Volleyball Basketball Wrestling Cross country Softball Soccer Cheerleading

™ Track and Field: Each year, track and field is incorporated into the 5th-8th grade physical education classes. All students in 5th-8th grade attend track meets held at WLHS and KML and participate in at least two events. ™ Forensics Competition: Students in grades 5-8 may choose to participate in forensics. During the fall of the year, 7th and 8th graders compete at the WLHS forensics festival. The 5th and 6th graders compete in the spring of each year at an area WELS grade school. ™ Junior Choir: Students in grades 5–8 may choose to participate in Junior Choir. Choir students sing during various church services as well as at school events. This choir also participates in the Choir Festival at WLHS on a two year rotation. ™ Piano Lessons: Grades 2-8 may sign up for piano lessons; they are offered on site during the school day. During May a recital is held. Piano students also play pre-service music during the month of December. A separate fee is required for lessons. ™ Band Lessons: Students in 5th-8th grade may choose to play an instrument and be given individual lessons offered on site during the school day. A separate fee is required for lessons. ™ Lego Robotics: Students in grades 1-8 may sign up for Lego Robotics. Spots are limited so students are registered on a first come, first serve basis with returning students in good standing enrolled first. Students in 1st-3rd grade will meet in spring. The 4th-8th grade students meet in the late summer through fall with competition in the fall. Grades 4-8 are also invited to participate in a project with grades 1-3 when invited during the spring session. A separate fee is required for the Lego Robotics Team. The maximum number of students participating is reviewed annually and adjusted if appropriate. ™ Pioneers: All students in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in Lutheran Girl or Boy Pioneers. These programs take place during the school year, but additional summer activities may be offered when available. A small separate fee maybe required for joining these groups.

™ Math Track: Math Track is for students in grades 5-8 who have earned the privilege of displaying their math skills in a team format. Each spring they compete with other WELS grade schools in the area at WLHS. ™ Spelling Bee: The top scorers in grades 1-8 earn the privilege of representing Loving Shepherd at either the upper grades spelling bee each fall or the lower grades spelling bee each spring. All student participation in extracurricular activities is in accordance with the Co-curricular Eligibility Policy of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School.

CO-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY POLICY Loving Shepherd Lutheran School realizes the importance of students’ using their Godgiven talents through participation in co-curricular activities. The school realizes that it is of even greater importance for students to use their God-given talents academically. Therefore, a co-curricular eligibility policy has been established. When determining eligibility, the school considers students to be redeemed children of God. Each child is an individual. There may be times when the eligibility guidelines must be tailored to the needs and abilities of an individual. A student’s co-curricular eligibility will be evaluated at mid-term and at quarter grading periods. To be eligible, a student must have at least a C- average. This will be determined by averaging all graded subjects. If a student is below the C- average, that student will be ineligible for co-curricular activities for the following evaluation period. Such ineligibility will also be carried over to the following school year if a student becomes ineligible at the end of the fourth quarter. Also, an F in any graded subject will result in automatic ineligibility for all co-curricular activities for the following evaluation period. Students must remain current with their studies. All late/incomplete academic assignments must be completed within three days. If the work is still outstanding at the end of three days, the student will not be able to participate in any co-curricular activities until the work is completed to the teacher’s satisfaction. All students are expected to faithfully use their gifts to complete classroom assignments on time. If a student has three or more late/incomplete assignments in a one-week period, the student will be suspended from all co-curricular activities during the following week. If a student receives a second suspension due to late/incomplete work during any co-curricular activity season, the student will forfeit eligibility for that co-curricular activity for the balance of the season. Because our students represent Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and the Christian lifestyle, all Loving Shepherd and St. Mark member students are expected to attend worship services regularly. Member students must maintain a minimum worship

attendance of 65%. If a member student falls below this minimum attendance, the student will be suspended from all co-curricular activities until the student has attended two consecutive church services. From then on, the student must maintain the 65% attendance rate. If a second offense occurs, the student will forfeit all eligibility for the balance of any co-curricular season. A student may not participate in any co-curricular activity if he/she did not attend school on the day of the activity. Also, a Loving Shepherd or St. Mark member student may not participate in a Sunday co-curricular activity if the student did not attend church services that same weekend. The only exception would be for an approved, excused absence. May this policy be viewed as a guide for encouraging co-curricular participation while strengthening students’ commitment to good study habits and a Christian lifestyle.

STUDENT HEALTH STUDENT ILLNESS Children will be observed/ checked by the teachers upon arrival. A child who arrives with a fever (over 100 degrees F) or has a contagious disease (such as a skin rash, red mattered eyes, persistent cough, excessive runny nose, or glassy eyes) will be sent home. If a child becomes noticeably ill during the school day, the classroom teacher will call the child’s parent to ask the parent to come and get the child. In our Early Childhood Center the child will be isolated in the director’s office within sight and hearing of a staff adult until a parent or authorized adult comes for the child. For 1st – 8th grade the student will be brought to the teacher work room and will be supervised there. After an illness, a child may return to school when the child is feeling better and able to return to normal activity. If a child requires professional medical care, a doctor’s permission to return must accompany the child. Parents of our Early Childhood Center should keep a child home if the child is not well enough to go outside. COMMUNICABLE DISEASES When a child is suspected of having a communicable disease or condition such as but not limited to: chicken pox, German measles, infectious hepatitis, measles, mumps, lice, ringworm, scarlet fever, whooping cough, or meningitis, he/she will be sent home until verification can be made about the disease or condition. The staff will notify the city health nurse, the parent /guardian, and the Early Childhood Center Licensing Agent. When a diagnosis of a communicable disease is made, the child will not be allowed to return to school until the child has been absent for the period of time designated by the City Health Department. All parents/guardians of children in K3- 8th grade will be notified that their children have been exposed to that disease. The name of the infected child/family will be kept confidential.

PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE) A student who has live lice or nits (eggs) will be excluded from school with instructions to the parent or guardian to obtain treatment and to pull all nits. Treatment instructions are printed in the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s document titled Head Lice Facts. The parent or guardian should inspect the child’s hair morning and evening every day for two weeks. The students may return to school upon furnishing evidence of treatment and may return to the classroom if found to be nit-free. Determination of the presence of head lice or nits will be made by the principal in consultation with the school head lice screening team. The head lice screening team is a group of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School adult volunteers who have been trained in head lice screening by the City of Milwaukee Health Department. After treating a child for head lice or nits, a parent must contact the Loving Shepherd principal before returning the child to school. Then the principal and lice screening team will independently verify that the child is lice/nit free. The verification will proceed as follows: ™ If the child is lice/nit free, the child will be readmitted to class and rechecked in 7-10 days. ™ If less than 12 nits are still found on the child, the principal and lice screening team may pull the nits, appropriately discard the nits, and then readmit the child to the classroom. The child will be rechecked in 7-10 days. ™ If 12 or more nits are still found on the child, the child again will be excluded from school with instructions to the parent or guardian to continue pulling the nits. The Loving Shepherd Lutheran School lice screening team will conduct two routine allschool lice screenings annually, one in fall and one in spring. Emergency lice screening will be ordered according to the following: ™ If a single case of head lice is discovered in a classroom, the entire classroom will be screened and the affected child’s siblings enrolled in our school will be screened. ™ If two or more classrooms are discovered to have unrelated cases, the entire school will be screened. In general, children who have long hair can help prevent exposure to head lice by keeping their hair confined instead of loose and free flowing. HEALTH SERVICES Very limited health services are provided by the City of Milwaukee to private schools. A registered nurse from the Health Center may be contacted for information. Parents are responsible for all physical exams and immunizations of their children. However, in order to maintain, protect, and improve the health of all children, certain health policies will be followed. All information gathered from parents regarding health issues and

family history will be kept confidential. Information regarding the special health needs of students will be shared with the teachers in advance of the first day of attendance. To help prevent an accidental consumption of a food that is restricted to certain individuals, any dietary restrictions or allergies will be visibly posted inside the food cabinet door in the classroom for K3-K5 or in our school kitchen for K3 – 8th grade. All staff must be made aware of such restrictions. Allergies and restrictions that might affect food preparation for children with restrictions must be reported to the school cook so that he/she is aware of potential food hazards to these individuals. Only information that affects the child’s health and well-being will be given to the supporting staff by the principal/director at the beginning of the child’s enrollment. All faculty/staff members are required to keep information about a student’s health confidential by not sharing this information with other parents or other non-staff individuals. Talking about a child’s health in a public setting is prohibited.

GROWING UP GIRLS AND BOYS COURSE Every two years Loving Shepherd Lutheran School offers 5th-8th grade girls and boys an opportunity to attend the “Growing up Girls and Boys” health course. At present, a registered nurse, who is a member of the congregation, conducts this class. All children enrolled at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School who are accompanied by a parent are welcome to attend. Participants are charged a small fee to cover the cost of materials.

VISION/HEARING Vision and hearing tests are conducted at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School in fall through the Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) nursing department.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS AND HEALTH HISTORY A child’s health history will be completed by the parent/guardian on the appropriate registration form and will be kept on file in the principal/director’s office by the first day of attendance. An up-to-date record of immunizations for each child will also be kept on file in the principal/director’s office. All parents K3-8 are required to complete the Student Immunization Record form and return it to school during the admissions process. If the form is not returned the school must give two written notifications to the parent of the child. The notification must include the warning that if they fail to comply it could result in court action. The first notice will be sent 15 days after admission and the second on the 25th day. If the form is not received within the first 60 days, the school must notify the district attorney of the county in which the child lives. The court may fine up to $25 for each day of the violation. Wis. Stats. § 252.04 (WCRIS LEGAL HANDBOOOK, pg. 38)

Each Student Immunization Record has this statement attached to it so that parents are aware of their rights: All schools are required by law to keep a record of your child’s immunization. You have the right to not immunize your child. If you choose to not immunize, please complete steps 1, 4, and 5 on the Student Immunization Record Sheet and return it to school.

WELLNESS POLICY Loving Shepherd Lutheran School recognizes the need for a policy that supports and encourages children to eat healthy and to participate in activities that will improve their physical and psychological well-being. Thus Loving Shepherd Lutheran School has adopted a comprehensive wellness policy. A copy of the complete policy is available upon request from the school office.

ADMINISTRATION OF DRUGS TO STUDENTS OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION If a child is to take an over-the-counter medication at school, the parent or guardian must send the medication from home for the child, including a means for dispensing it. The medicine must be in the original container with child’s name, dosage, and instructions visible on it. Any medicine requiring refrigeration will be kept in a designated container in the classroom refrigerator labeled “MEDICATION” for our K3-K5 students or in the kitchen’s refrigerator for 1st – 8th grade. Over-the-counter medicines not requiring refrigeration will be placed in a zipper-type bag, labeled with child’s name, and stored in a container labeled “MEDICATION” on a designated shelf, away from the reach of children. The parent/guardian must send written instructions for dispensing the medication and written permission for the medication to be administered to the child on the appropriate Department of Child and Family (DCF) form. A copy of this form is available in the Parent Corner of the center of our Early Childhood Center, on our website on the home page under “Documents,” or in the back of this booklet. All doses and times must be written down on this form. All medication dispensed must be logged in the medical log by the staff dispensing it. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS If a child is to take a prescription drug at school, the parent or guardian must send written instructions on the appropriate DCF form and a means for dispensing it. The medication must be in its original container, complete with the child’s name, name of drug, dosage directions, date, and physician’s name. Storage of these medicines will be the same as stated above. A copy of the DCF form is available in the Parent Corner of the center of our Early Childhood Center, on our website on the home page under “Documents”, and in the back of this booklet. All doses and times must be written down on this form. All medication dispensed must be logged in the medical log by the staff dispensing it.

* Parents will be notified in writing and if possible verbally if a medication dosage was missed or if there was an error in distribution. * When written instructions or consent for medication use is sent to school, please be aware that Wisconsin statutes require such permission to come only from the student’s parent or guardian. A grandparent, sibling, friend, or neighbor does not have the authority to give permission under Wisconsin law. * No employee, except a health care professional, may be required to administer drugs to a pupil under this law by any means other than ingestion. Wis. Stats. § 118.29. (WCRIS LEGAL HANDBOOOK, pg. 39) * All medical log entries in our Early Childhood Center will be signed-off by the director weekly.

PARENT PARTICIPATION SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS All school volunteers who have unsupervised contact with children must pass a background check performed by the principal/director as well as complete the following forms: ™ Background Information Disclosure Sheet ™ Loving Shepherd School Volunteer Agreement ™ Staff Information Sheet TRASH TO CASH Trash to Cash, Loving Shepherd Lutheran School’s fundraising program, consists of collecting items normally thrown into the trash. The following list of items is collected and turned in for cash or items for the school: ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

Labels for Education (example: Campbell’s products) Box Tops for Education (example: General Mills cereals) Kids Caps and Cash (example: Golden Guernsey milk caps) Nickels for Schools (Kemps milk caps) McDonald’s receipts

We also receive money - a percentage of sales from our school families - from Target through their Red Card credit card program.

LOVING SHEPHERD EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY (LSES) This is a new organization that is being formed this year. All parents are members of the Loving Shepherd Educational Society (LSES). The purpose of this group is to: • Foster Christian relationships and better communication among all who work and attend our school. • Assist in upholding the mission and vision of our school • Assist in the planning and organizing of special school activities The co-directors who have been appointed by the principal for the 2012-2013 school year are: Jaime Danko 414.334.9808 Courtney Wedward 414.339.5976 Faculty Representative: Kevin Sonntag 414.352.5079 For more information on this organization you may ask for a copy of the LSES Policies and procedures in the school office or speak to one of the co-directors.

PARENT SCHOOL CLEANING PROGRAM All school families are asked to participate in two Saturday morning school cleaning sessions. (A cleaning session consists of one adult who cleans for a full Saturday cleaning session.) A $70 cleaning fee will be added to the annual book fee. Each family will receive a $35 refund for each of its cleaning sessions. (Refunds will be distributed twice yearly, at the end of each semester.) Money from families who do not care to volunteer will be used to pay extra volunteers $35 per Saturday morning session.

SCHOOL ORIENTATION SESSIONS School orientation sessions or teacher home visits are held every August to inform parents and children about key issues related to the new school year. These sessions allow families the opportunity to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms of their children, and learn about special procedures for the new school year. So that all families might benefit from the orientation sessions or teacher home visits, family participation is mandatory. Families who do not participate will not be allowed to enroll their children on the first day of school.

SPECIAL DONATIONS Gifts, special donations, or memorials may be given directly to the school. Such donations are appreciated and are used to purchase special teaching aids and equipment that are not covered by the school budget.

LUNCH POLICIES LUNCH PROGRAM Loving Shepherd operates a hot lunch program for the convenience of those children who otherwise would have to bring their own lunch. Lunch tickets, for one week or one month, will be sold each week for those who desire hot lunch. Milk is available to all children. The cost of milk is partially subsidized by the State of Wisconsin Special Milk Program. The cost of milk is in addition to the cost of lunch and is payable in advance on a quarterly basis. COLD LUNCH When a child brings a cold lunch to school, parents and the student are accountable for the safety of that food. Perishable food items are only safe at room temperature for a few hours (at times as little as 2 hours) before they become unsafe. Please use insulated lunch boxes with cold packs for perishable foods and insulated thermos bottles for food that needs to be kept warm to ensure lunch items are free of harmful bacteria.

************************************************************************************************* The policies and information contained in this booklet are reviewed periodically by the Board of Education and are subject to change by the Board or Congregation at any time.

LOVING SHEPHERD PARENT AND STUDENT

APPENDIX

“…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5b)

Loving Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center Internet/Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy

2012-2013 School Year The Internet is a communication network that allows users to access information stored on computers around the world. It also provides a means for fast and inexpensive communication between people via electronic mail (e-mail). Loving Shepherd Lutheran School is making the privilege of using this powerful tool available to its students. The Internet will enable our students and staff to expand their research, and it will allow them to obtain current information in a timely fashion. Because of its nature, the Internet presents certain dangers. It provides opportunities for sinful and/or illegal activities (such as exposure to pornography and access to gambling). Our students will need to learn how to distinguish between worthwhile and worthless sites. Because of the limited restrictions of what can and cannot be placed on the Internet, the quality and validity of the material varies greatly. It is also important that our students understand that as they use the Internet, they must “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b). The students will need to exercise common sense and good Christian judgment. As part of school course work our students will be educated about appropriate online behavior including cyberbulling awareness and response, as well as interacting on social networking websites and in chat rooms. Loving Shepherd Lutheran School uses an Internet content filter called Sonic Wall. However, there is no way to completely block every possible undesirable site on the Internet. Therefore, students will only be allowed on the Internet under the supervision of a teacher or staff member. Also, students will be required to have the written permission of their parents to use the Internet. Signing this document will give your child that permission. The following guidelines have been developed to define acceptable use of the Internet. Appropriate Use of the Internet/Computer Network • • • •

All research should reflect Christian principles and be in pursuit of educational goals. Students must limit their time on the Internet and/or computer network so that others may have access. Students must respect copyright and other intellectual property rights. E-mail will be instructor supervised and monitored. (Realize that e-mail is not private.)

Inappropriate Use of the Internet/Computer Network • • • • • •

Intentionally damaging or destroying data Using a name and password other than your own Sending or receiving obscene or sinful material Harassing and/or bullying another person. Engaging in illegal, unethical, or unchristian activities Interacting with others on social networking sites and/or talking in chat rooms not sanctioned by the school

Consequences for unacceptable use of the Internet and/or the computer network: • The privilege of using the Internet/and or the computer network will be suspended or permanently revoked. • School discipline will be administered as deemed necessary. Based on the guidelines stated above, please check the appropriate box below and fill out the necessary information for each child attending Loving Shepherd Lutheran School.

I understand the Acceptable Use Policy of Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. I also recognize that there are both benefits and dangers to Internet use. I understand that Loving Shepherd Lutheran School cannot guarantee the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the Internet. I further understand that my childern will be held responsible for any actions in violation of the Loving Shepherd Lutheran School Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet.

I hereby give permission for my children to be granted Internet access and e-mail privileges at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. I hereby deny permission for my children to be granted Internet access and e-mail privileges at Loving Shepherd Lutheran School. Please print each student’s name and grade below.

1. ________________________________________________ Grade: ________ 2. ________________________________________________ Grade: ________ 3. ________________________________________________ Grade: ________ Signature of parent/guardian: ___________________________________ Date: ____________ Student Signatures I have read and understand the Loving Shepherd Lutheran School Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet, and I agree to adhere to all guidelines. 1. Student signature: ________________________________________

Date: __________

2. Student signature: ________________________________________

Date: __________

3. Student signature: ________________________________________

Date: __________

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): • • • • • • • • •

School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. U.S. Department of Education ED.GOV http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

The Medication Authorization Form can be found at the following link:

http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dcf/forms/viewsort/default.asp?ID=NEW Then: Enter DCF-F-CFS0059-E into the form number field in the search box.