Woodland Hills Academy Student Handbook 2018-2019

 
Woodland Hills Academy Student Handbook 2018-2019
Woodland Hills Academy Student
          Handbook

          2018-2019
STUDENT HANDBOOK INTRODUCTION
The purpose of the Student Handbook is to give school district students and their
parents/guardians an understanding of the general rules and guidelines for attending and
receiving an education in our schools.

In a case of conflict between a board policy and the provisions of this handbook, the
board policy most recently adopted by the board will prevail.

Students and parents/guardians should be aware that this document is reviewed
annually, because policy adoption and revision is an ongoing process. These changes
generally will supersede the provisions found in the handbook, which will become
obsolete by the newly adopted policy. The handbook is not a contract between the
school and parents/guardians or students. It can be amended at any time at the
discretion of the Woodland Hills School District. If policy changes are enacted during the
school year, the administration will communicate those changes to students, staff and
parents/guardians.

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WOODLAND HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                         Academy School Handbook
                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Student Handbook Introduction………………………………………………………………………….2
 Building Phone Extensions……………………………………………………………………………....4
 Administrative Office Directory…………………...……………………………………………………...5
School Board of Directors……………………….………………………………………………………. 6
School Board Meetings…………………………………………….……………………………………..6
Curriculum………………………………………………………………….…………….…………...……6
Parent Alert System……………………………………………………………………………………….6
Emergency School Delay or Closings…………………………………………………………………..7
School Bus Regulations…………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Change of Address/Phone………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Registration…………………………………………………………………………………………………7
Grading Periods……………………………………………………………………………………………8
Open House………………………………………………………………………………………………..8
Parent-Teacher Conferences/Parent Meetings…..…………………………………………………….8
School Hours……………………………………………………………………………………………….8
Reporting Absences……………………………………………………………………………………….8
Where do you go for help?..............................................................................................................9
Public Notice……………………………………………………………………………………….……….9
Student Photos……………………………………………………………………………………………..9
Parent Volunteers………………………………………………………………………………………….9
Public Notice of Special Education…………………………………………………………..…………10
Academy Welcome………………………………………………………………………………………10
Visitors………………………………………………………………………………………………….….11
Breakfast/Lunch…………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Birthdays………………..……………………………………………………………………….………...11
Medicines/Emergencies…………………………………………………………………..……………..11
Student Insurance…………………………………………………………………...............................12
Arrival/Dismissal…………………………………………………………………..................................12
Early Dismissal…………………………………………………………………....................................12
Attendance…………………………………………………………………..........................................12
Student Information………………………………………………………………….............................13
Personal Property…………………………………………………………………...............................13
Student Accountability Standards………………………………………………………………………13
Homework/Copyright…………………………………………………………………...........................13
Dress Code………………………………………………………………….........................................14
Clothing Closet…………………………………………………………………....................................15
Inclement Weather…………………………………………………………………..............................15
Bus Safety………………………………………………………………….......................................... 15
Positive Behavior Intervention Support………………………………………………………………..15

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2018-2019 Building Principal’s/Phone Extensions
Edgewood Elementary (412-731-2238)

Principal: Mr. Chad Burnheimer (x2120)
241 Maple Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

     Assistant Principal (x2122) Social Worker (x2130)
     Main Office (x2110)         Nurse (x2150)
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Wilkins Elementary (412-824-3231)

Principal: Dr. Jean Livingston (x2320)
362 Churchill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

     Assistant Principal (x 2322)     Social Worker (x2330)
     Main Office (x2310)              Nurse (x2350)
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Woodland Hills Intermediate Building (412-351-0698)

Principal: Ms. Allison Kline
7600 Evans Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

     Assistant Principal (x4222)      Social Worker (x4230)
     Main Office (x4210)              Nurse (x4250)
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Woodland Hills Academy (412-824-2450)

Principal: Ms. Kelly Mann (x4120)
126 Monroeville Avenue
Turtle Creek, PA 15145

       Assistant Principal (x 4122)       Social Worker (x4131)
       Main Office (x4110)                Nurse (x 4150)

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Woodland Hills School District
                   Administrative Office Directory
            531 Jones Ave. North Braddock, PA 15104
            Phone 412.731.1300       Fax 412.731.2974

          Administration                       Extension

  James Harris, Superintendent                       0183

Ms. Theresa Hawthorne, Executive
            Assistant

   Licia Lentz, Assistant to the                     0178
          Superintendent

         Business Manager                            0121

Director of Curriculum and Instruction               0156

    Director of Special Education                    0134

       Supervisor of Facilities                      0192

     Transportation Coordinator                      0185

      Technology Department                    0103/0107

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Woodland Hills School District

                                    Administration

                   Superintendent                      Mr. James Harris
                   Assistant Superintendent            Ms. Licia Lentz

                             School Board of Directors
                     Jamie Glasser President
                     Michael Belmonte, Vice- President

                     Ronna Currie
                     David W. Graves Jr.
                     Jeff Hanchett
                     Jeff Hildebrand
                     Ava Johnson
                     Chardae Seligsohn
                     Paige Strasbaugh

School Board Meetings

The Woodland Hills Board of School Directors holds two regularly scheduled meetings
each month; both are open to the public. The first Wednesday of each month is an
Agenda Setting Meeting. The second Wednesday of each month is the Legislative
Meeting. All meetings are scheduled at the Woodland Hills Administration Building at
7:00 p.m. unless advertised otherwise.

Curriculum

K-8: The Woodland Hills School District follows the Pennsylvania Common Core
Standards and has aligned instruction to the state expectations.

Parent Alert System

Woodland Hills School District has acquired an up-to-date Parent Alert System to quickly
communicate important information to parents. With this system you will be notified of
any time-sensitive information in the event of a lockdown, relocation, evacuation or other
emergency situation as well as changes in meeting times, and other communication
materials that parents need to know. Please keep the district updated with your current
phone numbers so that you will not miss receiving any of our alerts.

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Emergency School Delay or Closings

If the School Superintendent and Director of Transportation determine it necessary to
close schools or delay openings, the announcement will be made as early as possible,
most likely by 6:00 a.m. A quick way to check is to call the NEWSLINE at 412.256.3324
or tune into:
      WPXI-TV
      KDKA Radio 1020 AM and TV
      WTAE Radio 1250 AM and TV
      KQV Radio 1410 AM
      FROGGY Radio98 FM

School Bus Regulations

Student bus transportation is a privilege and convenience that is provided by the District
to eligible students. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct concerning discipline
procedures.

Bus Safety

Student safety on school buses is a priority. To help ensure safety of all bus riders and drivers,
video camera(s) and audio recording equipment may be installed at random throughout the
school district fleet of school buses and may be found on school buses contracted from an
outside provider. The District may use the videotapes and audio recordings for investigatory
purposes. For more information on the use of audio/video equipment please see School Board
Policy 810.1.

Change of Address/Phone

When a change of address or telephone numbers occurs, you are required to complete
the necessary registration information at the Woodland Hills Administration Office.

Registration

Central Registration is now located at the Woodland Hills Administrative Center at
Fairless. Located at 531 Jones Avenue, North Braddock. Please call 412-731-1300 ext.
0110 to schedule an appointment for student enrollment.

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Important Dates
Grading Periods

 Marking Periods Marking Period Ends Report Card Distribution

        1st             October 31             November 15

       2nd              January 18              February 1

        3rd              March 28                 April 15

        4th               June 7                   June 7

Open House

Open House will be held for students attending the Woodland Hills School District during
the following days and times. Please make every effort to attend this important event.
         Jr./Sr. High School/Promise-September 27th from 6:30-8:30pm
         Intermediate Building- September 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
         Elementary/Academy Buildings- September 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Parent-Teacher Conference Dates
All Levels (K-12)     November 8, 2018              9:00 am- 4:30 pm
All Levels (K-12)     February 14, 2019             9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Parent Activity Evenings

Required parent meetings have been replaced with Parent Activity Evenings.
These evenings will be an opportunity to engage both student and their parents
in activities related to the school and curriculum. Dates will be announced
throughout the school year. (Attendance is mandatory for at least two
events).

School Hours
School starts at 8:25 am
Students are dismissed at 3:00 pm

Reporting Absences
It is important that you report your child’s absence. A written excuse is required for all
absences as required by the compulsory attendance laws of Pennsylvania.
(See Appendix D)

Please call your child’s school by 8:15am to report an absence.

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Where do you go for help?
If you are having a school related problem or need assistance, the District wants to help. Please follow these
guidelines:

   If your problem or question concerns your child or your child’s teacher, first contact the teacher.
   If the situation is unresolved, then contact your child’s Assistant Principal or Principal.
   If your question deals with a specific function of the District, then call 412-731-1300 and ask for the specific
    department (Transportation, Title 1, etc.). Extensions are listed on page 5 of this handbook.
   When all contacts fail to give you the satisfactory answer, contact the Assistant to the Superintendent at
    412-731-1300, ext. 0183.
   Addressing the Board of School Directors with a concern may be considered as a last resort.
   Today some people tend to call the news media first when they have a problem or complaint. This
    inevitably results in negative press for their child’s school. Please consider going through the listed “chain
    of command” when a problem arises.

Use of Student Photos

Use of Student Names/Photos: The District procedure regarding the use of student photographs for news releases,
brochures, the website, the community magazine, “In Woodland Hills,” and on the Internet requires a WHSD signed
permission form. Please sign and return no later than the end of the first week of school. If this permission form is
not on file, then your child's photograph, will not be used to promote the District or individual student achievements
and your child will not be able to use the Internet at the school to create webpages, use skype in the classroom, or
search the internet while at school. The District requires that this permission form be signed every year. Thank you
for your cooperation.

Parent Volunteers

The Woodland Hills School District approves and encourages the use of volunteers in our schools. Each
school administration has the responsibility to direct and monitor individuals working with students. Parent and
community volunteers work under the direct supervision of principals and teachers.

Individuals who would like to volunteer in our schools or with our students should contact the principals of the
individual schools to offer their services. Per Board Policy 907, volunteers, especially those working in
classrooms or directly with students, must have the following three clearances before they can volunteer
    1. An original criminal history report, less than five (5) years old, from the Pennsylvania State Police.[1]

    2. An original child abuse history clearance, less than five (5) years old, from the Pennsylvania Department of
       Child Welfare.[1]

    3. An original Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (PDE-6004)

PIE (Partners in Education) is the parent-teacher organization at Woodland Hills Academy. PIE helps bring
special activities to our students that are over and above what the school generally provides by offering a
means of support through which the parents, school, and teachers can work cooperatively, as well as offering
financial support for programs at the Academy funded outside of the annual school budget. We hope that
every Academy Family can help PIE make each year special for our students. Families can help by
volunteering for events throughout the year and assisting with our fundraisers however possible. We welcome
involvement in any capacity. To keep up with PIE events at the Academy, you can like us on Facebook
(Woodland Hills Academy Partners In Education). You can also email PIE at academypie@gmail.com and
keep track of upcoming events using the PIE Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/WHA-PIE-Calendar.

H.U.G.S. (Helping Unconditionally by Giving Support) is a program of the Woodland Hills
Foundation. H.U.G.S. volunteers are active in all buildings of the Woodland Hills School District in a variety of
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capacities - copying/laminating, lunchroom assistance, H.U.G.S. recess activities, supporting PTO/PTA events,
etc. Wherever there is a need, teachers/administrators/parent groups/etc. can reach out to request volunteer
assistance and H.U.G.S. reaches out to the pool of volunteers to fulfill those needs. H.U.G.S. also hosts a
number of district-wide community events throughout the year, including Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-N-Dine.
You can sign up to join at http://www.whsd.net/Content/hugs. Once you sign up, you will be notified of
upcoming training dates. After attending a brief training session covering policies and how volunteering will fit
into your schedule, you will receive a weekly email of all of the volunteer opportunities in the district. You can
follow H.U.G.S. on Facebook at WHSD HUGS or contact them at volunteers@whsd.net.

                                         WOODLAND HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                PUBLIC NOTICE
                                              SPECIAL EDUCATION

Woodland Hills School District provides a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) to exceptional students consistent
with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 (P.L. 108-446) and Reauthorization 2006. To qualify
as an exceptional student, the child must be of school-age, in need of specially designed instruction, and meet
eligibility criteria for one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness,
Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment including Deafness, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities,
Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment,
Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment including Blindness, and in the case of a child that is of pre-school age,
Developmental Delay.

Identification procedures ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate program consisting of individualized
special education and related services. At no cost to parents, these services are provided in compliance with local,
state and federal laws and planned to ensure meaningful educational benefit and student progress.

To identify students who may be eligible for special education, various screening activities are conducted on an
ongoing basis. These screening activities may include: hearing, vision, physical and speech/language screening; a
review of group-based data (cumulative academic records, ability and achievement test scores, enrollment records,
report cards, and health records); and a review by the building-level team. When screening results suggest that a
student may need special education services, Woodland Hills School District will, with written parent consent, conduct
an evaluation. Parents who suspect their child may need special education services may also submit a written request
for an evaluation to the school principal in any of our school buildings.

Services designed to meet the needs of exceptional students include: a timely evaluation and the annual development
of an individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents are considered to be an integral and equal partner in the IEP
process. We strongly recommend that you should be present at IEP meetings. Woodland Hills School District will
make every effort to ensure parent participation and satisfaction.

The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of those services are determined by the IEP
team and based on several factors, primarily upon the student’s identified needs and abilities. Consideration is also
given to the student’s chronological age and level of intensity of the specified intervention. The district provides
supplementary aids and services, such as transportation, physical therapy and occupational therapy, as necessary for
the student to benefit from the special education program.

Parents may obtain additional information about special education services and programs and parental due process
rights by contacting the child’s school principal or the Special Education Office at 412-731-1300 ext. 0147.
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Woodland Hills Academy
                                   126 Monroeville Avenue
                                   Turtle Creek, PA 15145
                                        412-824-2450

 WELCOME: The administration and staff would like to welcome you to Woodland Hills Academy. At the
 Academy, we believe that every child is a unique and special individual. To increase the degree of
 educational success, it is very important that teachers, parents, and administrators communicate openly
 and frequently concerning the progress of our students.
       At Woodland Hills Academy, we view parents as partners. Teachers and administrators are
 happy to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress and educational goals. Woodland Hills Academy
 has an active PIE, Partners in Education, who invite all parents/guardians to join and participate. We
 have an established volunteer system in place. Please discuss volunteer opportunities with your child’s
 teacher or our office staff. Your involvement helps show our children that we value their education.
 “Together, We Can Make a Difference!”

                                        COMMUNITY INFORMATION

VISITORS: We welcome visitors to our school and are happy to have you with us whenever you can be a
part of our school routine. We do require that every visitor provide a 24 hour notice upon entering the
building and report to the office first instead of the classroom once you enter the building. For security
reasons, all visitors are asked to wear a pass issued in the office.
        If you are able to join us for lunch, please send a note with your child. After stopping by the office for
a visitor’s pass, you may wait for your child’s class in the foyer or in the cafeteria. Please do not go to the
classroom to wait for your child. Parents are welcomed to bring a bag lunch or to eat from our cafeteria
menu. Lunch visits should end in the cafeteria or foyer area. Visitors are not expected to return from lunch
to the classroom as this tends to disrupt the normal class routine. We appreciate your visit and support with
protecting instructional time.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH: The cafeteria serves a free breakfast and lunch each day. Students may
bring lunch from home. Soft drinks are not allowed. Supplemental items are available at extra cost.

BIRTHDAYS: At the Woodland Hills Academy, we enjoy honoring students on their birthday by announcing
their name on the morning announcements. Please do not send cupcakes, doughnuts, sheet cakes, or
pizza for your child’s birthday treats. Items that are individually wrapped such as goldfish are acceptable.
Please check with your child’s teacher for any allergies of students in the classroom.

We are strongly encouraging families to send non-food items on birthdays. Instead of a food item, please
consider sending something for the class to enjoy such as:
• A game for the classroom
• A classroom book (A nice touch would be having your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
• A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.

Please refrain from sending invitations to parties to your child’s classroom unless all students in the
classroom are invited. Invitations must be given to the classroom teacher to be passed out to children as
they dismiss. Addresses and phone numbers of employees and students are private and will not be
provided to parents. Please do not send flowers or balloons or gifts to your children at school.

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MEDICAL INFORMATION

 MEDICINES AND EMERGENCIES: If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be contacted and
 asked to pick up your child. If accidents occur, we will contact you for advice unless the injury is serious
 enough that emergency treatment is needed at once. In that case, you will be contacted and asked to
 meet us at a medical treatment center.
         If it becomes necessary for your child to take medicine during the day, this must be indicated in
 writing. Parents must complete the district medical form, “Parental Request for Administration of
 Medication,” before any medication can be given at school. All medication must be retained in its original
 container. Before prescription medication can be administered at school, the parent must get the
 physician’s signature on the district medical form.

STUDENT INSURANCE: Accident insurance is offered upon request.

                                          DAILY ROUTINES

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL: The instructional day officially beings at 8:05 am and ends at 3:00 pm It is
important for all students to be in the classroom on time. Designated areas for arrival and departure are
listed below:

 Parents may drop children off starting at 8:05 am Students should report to their designated area or to
 the cafeteria if they eat breakfast at school. Teachers will be on duty to supervise students. Students
 arriving after 8:25 am must report to the office for a tardy slip. We encourage parents to ensure that
 students are at school and in their classroom by 8:25 am the Academy values instructional time.
 Uninterrupted instructional time contributes to academic success and instills good habits. Chronic
 tardiness will be addressed by the principal and school social worker. Riding the bus is a viable option for
 excessive tardies.
        If your child is going home by a different means of transportation, a note must be sent to the
 classroom teacher and the office will issue a one day bus pass. If it is a permanent change, the
 change must be approved by the transportation department. Otherwise, the regular dismissal
 procedure will be followed.

 EARLY DISMISSAL: A child must be in attendance at least three hours and fifteen minutes in order to be
 considered “present” for the day. If a child needs to be excused before 3:00 pm, please abide by the
 following procedures:
         • Send a note to the teacher that morning stating the time for early dismissal.
         • Report to the office and let the office staff know that your child needs to dismiss early.
         • Sign your child out on the form provided in the office.
         • Try to sign your child out prior to 2:30. Sign outs between 2: 30 and 3: 0 0 are more hectic
           times for traffic and for classroom procedures.
 A child will not be released into the custody of anyone other than a parent or guardian unless written
 permission has been received from the parent and a photo ID is presented.

 ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES: Prompt and regular attendance is important. We do, of course,
 understand that absences are sometimes necessary. If your child is absent from school, he/she must
 bring a written excuse within three (3) days of his/her return to school. This excuse may include written
 notes/verification from parents, medical professionals, court officials, or other persons related to the
 absence. School administration may further specify additional documentation that they require. Failure
 to submit appropriate documentation will result in the absence being coded as unexcused.
        When an absence occurs due to any of the following circumstances, the absence shall be coded as
        lawful:
        • An illness or injury prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
        • A death in the family (including immediate family and relatives).
        • A medical or dental appointment.
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• A religious observance in accordance with local board policy and have prior approval
         of the principal/designee.
        • A valid educational opportunity. The educational opportunity must have prior approval
         from the principal/designee. Parents should submit a written request to the principal.

 Unexcused absences are defined as a student’s willful absence from school with or without the
 knowledge of the parent, or a student’s absence from school for any reason that is not deemed as an
 “excused absence.”

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW: Absences shall be treated as unlawful until the district receives a
written excuse explaining the absence, to be submitted within three (3) days of the absence. A maximum of ten
(10) days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification shall be permitted during a school
year. All absences beyond ten (10) cumulative days shall require an excuse from a licensed physician. The
Board shall report to appropriate authorities infractions of the law regarding the attendance of students below
the age of seventeen (17). The Board shall issue notice to those parents/guardians who fail to comply with the
requirements of compulsory attendance that such infractions will be prosecuted according to law.

                                  OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

STUDENT INFORMATION: Each child should return the Emergency Care Card filled out on both sides.
Please inform the school if your address, telephone number, etc. change during the year. It is vital that
we have current contact numbers. Parents of children with custody papers should update the classroom
teacher, administration, social workers, nurse, and office staff each year to make sure all appropriate,
legal documents are current.
       Parents of children with serious or chronic medical conditions should update the classroom
teacher, nurse, administration, and office staff each year with pertinent information including emergency
procedures or treatments. Examples might include, but are not limited to: sickle cell, severe allergic
reactions, asthma, hemophilia, epilepsy, migraine headaches, and/or diabetes.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: The school is not responsible for any loss of personal property. Personal
belongings should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Money and valuables should be kept in the
student’s possession at all times. No trading cards, electronic games, electronic equipment, o r toys
should be brought to school. If a cell phone is brought to school it must be turned into the office.

STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS: Woodland Hills students in grades kindergarten through third
will receive a Standards Based Report Card. This new report card provides parents/ guardians with a more
detailed explanation of the skills their child is working to master. Rather than a traditional letter grade,
progress will be measured using one of three qualifiers: Meets Standard (M), meaning that the skill has been
mastered; Exceeds Standard (E), meaning that the student has demonstrated mastery beyond grade level
requirements; Progressing Toward Standard (P), meaning that the student has yet to master the skill; and
Needs Improvement (N) meaning the student demonstrated minimal progress & is at risk of not meeting the
grade-level standard.

HOMEWORK: Homework is assigned as an extension of our daily school program. Students are expected
to complete all homework assignments in a neat and conscientious manner. It is helpful to students when
parents provide a home study area and establish a specific time each day for homework. Parents are a
positive force in children’s’ education when interest in schoolwork and homework is expressed. One
additional practice that will positively impact educational goals and progress is to take the time each night
to read to or to have your children read to you.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright awareness is integrated into the curriculum. Students are expected to follow
copyright guidelines when doing research for projects by citing resources, such as books, websites,
etc.

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Woodland Hills K-8 Uniform

Shirts:

          -   Solid color, long or short sleeved with a collar (no stripes or patterns).
          -   With the exception of school approved logos, shirts may not have insignias, logos, labels, words, or pictures.
          -   Must be appropriately sized
          -   Shall be long enough to cover the midriff when sitting or standing
          -   Solid color, long or short sleeved with a collar (no stripes or patterns).
          -   Undergarments may not be visible at any time.

Bottoms:

          -   Navy, khaki or black Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Skorts, Jumpers, Capri Pants
          -   No denim of any color is allowed
          -   Must be free of graphics and embroidery
          -   Shorts, skirts, skorts and jumpers shall be modest and of sufficient length. The length of these articles of
              clothing shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.
          -   Clothing must be appropriately sized. No baggy or sagging pants or shorts are allowed. No “low rise”
              clothing is allowed. Pants must be worn with the waistband at or above the hipbone.
          -   NO yoga pants, stretch pants or leggings. Leggings are only to be worn under a skirt or jumper.

Outerwear:
          -   Students may not wear hoods/hoodies at any time.
          -   Items with a hood are NOT permitted to be worn during the school day.
          -   No hats, head scarves or head wraps are to be worn.
          -   Students MAY wear plain unhooded knit sweaters/ vests or school issues apparel over uniform shirts.

 Exceptions made to the uniform policy will be communicated to the students and families using the Academy Website,
  robocall system and a letter home. These exceptions may include but are not limited to: color days, school spirit day,
                                                  Steeler’s day, etc….

                            Students are not permitted to carry book bags during the school day.

Progressive Consequences for uniform infractions:
First Offense: Verbal Warning
Students shall be informed that they have violated the policy. They shall be given the opportunity to change into
acceptable clothing by using available clothes at school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring clothes.

Second Offense: Verbal Warning/ Parent Phone Call
Students shall be informed that they have violated the policy. They shall be given the opportunity to change into
acceptable clothing by using available clothes at school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring clothes. If neither of
these options is possible, students in grades 5-8 will be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.
Students in grades K-4 will receive a lunch detention.

Further Offenses: Parent Meeting
Students shall be informed that they have violated the policy. They shall be given the opportunity to change into
acceptable clothing by using available clothes at school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring clothes. If neither of
these options is possible, students in grades 5-8 will be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.
Students in grades K-4 will receive a lunch detention.
Parents will be informed that the student may not return back to school unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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CLOTHING CLOSET: Spare clothing is kept on hand in the event that a child has an accident requiring a
change of clothes. Clothing items borrowed from the clothing closet should be laundered and returned to
the school office within a week. If your child has outgrown any clothing feel free to donate it to the clothing
closet.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Sometimes it is necessary for Woodland Hills School District to close or delay
the school day due to weather. It is essential that every family have a plan of operation in the event of
inclement weather. Parents should listen to local radio or television stations to learn about school closing
or delays. Please do not call the school office except for emergency situations. If your child is in an after-
school care program, check with the director to learn of the procedures for inclement weather.

                                          SAFETY INFORMATION

BUS SAFETY AND REGULATIONS: For your safety, W oodland Hills School District has established
the below mentioned rules for riding the school bus. Students are expected to follow these rules at all
times. You are reminded that school bus transportation is a privilege; any infraction of the rules may result
in discontinuation of riding privileges. For safety purposes kindergarten students must have an adult
visible to the bus driver at the bus stop. Bus stops without adult supervision will result in students
being returned to school.
         • Follow the directions of the driver
         • Be at the bus stop on time (allow 10 minutes prior to and after routine arrival time)
         • Remain seated, keeping all parts of your body inside the bus
         • Respect the physical space and feelings of others (no emotional or physical hurtful actions)
         • Do not throw any object
         • Keep all objects in your book bag
         • Always cross in front of the bus and exit only at assigned stops
         • Students should talk quietly, not loudly, abusively, or inappropriately
         • Eating, drinking, or chewing gum is not allowed on the bus (due to possibility of choking)
         • Students are not permitted to ride a different bus without written permission from the office
  Bus discipline will be administered according to the severity of the offense and number of bus referrals. If
  students are suspended from riding the bus, parents must provide transportation to and from school at
  the designated times. Absences due to bus suspension are not “excusable” and cannot be made up.

 POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS and SUPPORTS: At Woodland Hills Academy, we use
 corrective, supportive, and preventive strategies to maintain a positive and orderly atmosphere. It is our
 belief that proper behavior is rooted in having respect for oneself, others, and school property. Woodland
 Hills Academy implements a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) system. As a school, we
 establish rules, rewards, and consequences. Clearly stated expectations help teach children to be
 responsible for their actions. Below are the Academy’s PAW expectations:
                              Prepared
                              Prompt
                              Productive
                              Polite
                              Patient

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