Parents, please familiarize yourself with the attached, Lexington Elementary Handbook. This is designed to supplement the Lexington County School District One policies.
You will find that this document may answer many of the questions you may have.
Welcome to Lexington Elementary School!
We hope this will be a successful and exciting year for you.
Many questions you might have can be answered in the following pages that
include important information about our school policies and procedures. This
information is intended to supplement the Lexington County School District One
policies. We suggest that parents and students review this information together.
Please visit our district/school website for additional information at www.lexington1.net. We feel that an open
and clear line of communication is important to the success of our students.
Best wishes for a successful school year.
Prezzy (Pre-school-Grade 2), Assistant Principal
Zee (Grades 3-5 & Special Ed.), Assistant Principal
Dempsey, IB Coordinator & Gifted and Talented
Grahn (Grades: 5K, 2 & 4) & Michelle Privette (Grades 1, 3 & 5)
Drive, Lexington, SC 29072
803-821-4000 phone 803-821-4003
Office Hours: 7:00
a.m.-4:00 p.m. Building Opens @ 7:00
a.m. Breakfast 7:00-7:30 a.m.
School begins 7:40 a.m. (Students are considered
tardy if they are not in their classroom at 7:40 a.m.)
Dismissal: 5K & Grade
1 – 2:20 p.m. Grades 2-5 – 2:25
The mission of Lexington Elementary
School, in partnership with our community, is to develop in an enriched
learning environment, life-long learners for the ever-changing world who
demonstrate the International Baccalaureate attributes and attitudes of
responsible citizens in a global society.
Lexington County School District One is committed to a
policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students,
parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors,
personnel and community members who participate or seek to
participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not
discriminate against any individual
on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy,
childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic
information, national origin, or any other
applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.
The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process
complaints based on alleged violations
of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972;
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination
Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990.
The district designates specific individuals to handle
inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them,
please go to our website at
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY: Parents/guardians have the obligation to
ensure that their children attend school.
Students are expected to be on time for school, attend school on a
regular basis and be prepared for all classes. Regular attendance on the part
of students is vital to the process of learning. Students who arrive after 7:40
a.m. will require a parent to sign them in tardy.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAMS (Additional information in district student/parent handbook)
Special needs-If your
child’s medical condition requires special food requirements (such as food
allergies) parents must provide a doctor’s note to the cafeteria manager.
Biometric Identification– Biometric identification is an automated method of identifying a person
based upon physical or behavioral characteristics. Our school has selected the identiMetrics Biometric
Finger Scanning Identification System because it is secure, accurate,
cost-effective and non-intrusive. Using a finger scanner, the software scans certain
unique points on the finger to create and store individual templates that
identify each student. When the student returns, the software again scans
the finger and looks for a match in the database. When a match is found,
the student is identified. We are not
fingerprinting the students. The software scans the finger for
identification. It does not store a copy of the fingerprints. Instead,
the software creates a template of the unique points on the finger. The
template is converted to a unique number and is stored in the school’s database
with the same high level of security of all of our records. The templates
are also protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA). When a child graduates or are no longer enrolled in the school
system, the templates are deleted. At no time is a fingerprint image
stored. No finger scans can
recreate or deliver fingerprints to any agency – governmental or otherwise.
Meal Program–Each year a new Free/Reduced application is required even if a student
received Free/Reduced meals last year. A new application must be completed each
year for each child in the household. Parents are responsible for all
breakfast/lunch fees not covered by the free/reduced meals program. Until
notified, parents must purchase all meals at regular price or bring a lunch
School District One policy does not allow a student to have a negative balance
of more than two (2) meal or $6 on the meal card. Once this happens, the student may be served
an alternate meal of cheese sandwich, fruit and water. Another option is for the student to bring a
lunch from home. Students that have a
negative meal balance will not be allowed to purchase al-a-carte items.
OF FAMILY INFORMATION OR ADDRESS: Any time your address, phone number or emergency contact information
changes it is essential that you notify the school office. This is especially
important in case of an emergency.
CONFERENCES: Conferences and regular contact are
highly encouraged. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference
time. If after conferencing with the teacher first and a parent needs
additional assistance a conference with an administrator may be scheduled to
discuss the specific concern/problem. It is highly recommended that you discuss
issues with your child’s teacher first.
DISCIPLINE (Additional information in district
student/parent handbook under Safety &Discipline.) An effective academic climate requires a
positive environment for students and teachers to work together. Our goal at
LES is to help each child develop the self-discipline to be successful in
today’s ever-changing society. Our discipline plan, with its rules, rewards and
consequences, is designed to protect students, enhance the learning
environment, and help students learn to accept responsibility for their
behavior. At the beginning of the year,
these rules are reviewed by the administration and teachers with the children.
BUS DISCIPLINE: By state law, the school bus driver is in charge of the
bus they drive. Violations of school bus rules will be addressed by possible
suspension from the bus.
While on the bus, students should…
• obey the driver
• sit in your assigned seat
and remain seated while the bus is in motion
• face the front
• keep your hands and feet to
• behave in an orderly fashion and
refrain from shouting
DISMISSAL: Early dismissal
must occur prior to 1:45 p.m., students may be signed out by a parent or
authorized adult through the main office with proper identification prior to
1:45 p.m. No students will be dismissed after 1:45 p.m. except for
emergencies and approved by an administrator. At no time may students be
dismissed directly from the classroom.
School fees are
set by the LCSD1 Board of Trustees and are due at Class Assignment Day. For
students who have not paid school fees, owe lunch money, lost/damaged textbooks
or library books their report card may be held each nine weeks and will not be
issued at the end of the year until fees are paid and/or books returned in good
AND FOUND: Lost and found
items are located on a rack in the cafe. The school is not responsible for
articles lost or stolen; however, we will assist in recovery. Please make sure your child’s name is on all
items. At the winter break and at the
end of the school year unclaimed items are donated to a local charity.
celebrations are held twice a year-immediately prior to Winter Break and at the
end of the school year. Including cleanup, they will be approximately one hour
in length. Homeroom parents are encouraged to coordinate these activities with
homeroom teachers. Cash donations from students for celebration supplies are
protection of our students, there is a keyless entry for teachers & staff
on the back doors of the main building. The main entrance is a secured entrance
and all parents/visitors will report to the office and obtain a visitor’s
sticker to be worn while in the building. No student should be outside the main
building unattended during the school day.
BULLYING BEHAVIOR: Everyone has the right to be respected and the
responsibility to respect others. Bullying can happen in many different ways.
It is repeatedly doing, saying, or acting in a way that hurts someone or makes
him feel bad on purpose. Emotional bullying can even occur among groups of
friends. Emotional bullies use relationships, words, and gestures to hurt
others’ feelings. Bullying usually involves three individuals or groups: the
bully, the victim, and the by-stander. Bullying is scary and embarrassing. It
can even make you feel as if it is your fault, but it is not! We will not
tolerate anyone to bully anyone else at LES. If you feel you are being bullied
or have witnessed someone bullying another student, you should tell an adult.
Reporting this type behavior to an adult is not tattling. Tattling is when you
want to get someone in trouble. When you report bullying, you are helping
yourself or someone else. It is important to know and understand the
TRANSPORTATION: Contact Bus
Transportation (821-1340) for information about bus numbers, routes, and
schedules and to arrange for a child to ride the bus. Visitors must not be in
the bus loop area during afternoon dismissal.
MORNING CAR RIDERS’ TRAFFIC INFORMATION: From Azalea Drive: enter the driveway in a single file
line and use the right lane as the drop off lane only. Children must exit the
vehicle from the passenger side anywhere along the sidewalk and enter the
building through the main entrance.
Parents wishing to enter the building must park in a designated parking
spaces or the graveled lot.
School Drive: Beginning at
7:15 a.m. enter the Bus Driveway and pull up to the end of the covered walkway,
which is the only student drop off area.
Students are not allowed to cross the Bus Driveway. The staff parking
lot is not a student drop-off area. Parents wishing to enter the building must
do so from the main school entrance on Azalea Drive.
TRANSPORTATION CHANGES: Transportation changes should be made only in emergencies. To reduce
your child’s anxiety they should know how they are going home before they
arrive to school. Acceptable ways for transportation changes home:
- Written notes
from parents/guardians to the teacher
- By phone to the
office prior to 1:45 p.m. Last 4 digits of child’s social security # may be
required for verification
acceptable: emails/texts to
the teacher or office staff
VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS: Parents and visitors are welcome to visit during the school day. We
believe the best way for you to learn about our school is by volunteering and
attending your child’s school activities and events. For the safety of our
students, all visiting adults must enter the building using the main entrance
doors and provide a driver’s license, which will be scanned in the main office.
A picture visitor’s label will be issued and must be visibly worn at all times
during the visit or on field trips. Following a visit or field trip, parents
and visitors must return to the main office to sign out and exit the building
using the main entrance doors.We
encourage parents to volunteer in classrooms, the Learning Commons, PTA,
chaperone field trips, etc. All those who volunteer regularly or on a one-time
basis must complete a Volunteer Profile form, which can be obtained from the
LES school office.
Forgotten assignments, books, or other items brought to the office will be
placed in the teacher’s box. Parents will not be allowed to deliver the items
to the classroom. Students will not be called to the office because of the
interruption it would cause to instruction in the classroom. Lunch boxes
brought to the office should have the student’s name and the teacher’s name
taped to the box. They should be brought to school before 10:15 a.m. so they
can be taken to the cafeteria.
Parents are welcome to observe in the classrooms; however, it is important not
to interrupt instructional activities and supervision for which our teachers
are responsible. Please write a note or request a conference rather than ask a
teacher to stop teaching or supervising students for a quick question or chat.
When observing in the classroom, parents should not bring small children who
may easily become restless or disruptive. Cell phones should be turned off.
If parents request a classroom visit to
observe instruction, we require that the teacher be notified a minimum of 24
hours in advance. The teacher and parent
will determine what time the observation will take place, to ensure that the
observation will take place during an instructional block. The planned observation will also allow the
teacher to inform the students of the “visitor “that will be in the
classroom. This will help to minimize
any disruption to classroom instruction.
Typically, a parent may request a visit after a teacher or guidance
conference in which a child’s behavior has been discussed or something about
the instruction the parent may not understand.
We discourage parental requests to visit
classroom without a particular purpose because of the interruption to
instruction. We suggest that parents volunteer in the classroom or with an
activity or special event. However, in unusual circumstances an unannounced
classroom visit may be granted by an administrator and accompanied by an
administrator during the brief visit.
LUNCH VISITS: Beginning Sept. 3, parents wishing to eat lunch with their child
should sign-in in the office and then wait in the cafeteria to meet their
child’s class as they come to lunch. A separate table has been designated for
parents and their child.
We ask that
parents not visit classrooms or eat lunch with students during the first two
weeks of school so that students may learn and practice procedures without
Visitors may not
accompany classes back to the classroom or to the playground after lunch
without special permission from an administrator. Parents/Family may begin
visiting for lunch starting on Sept. 3.
Department of Education provides one set of free textbooks for each student.
Payment for lost/damaged textbooks is the parents/guardians responsibility.
SUPPLIES: A classroom
supply list is prepared by each grade level annually. Check our school website
for an updated supply list.
MEDICATION POLICY: In
order to accommodate your child’s medical needs, and ensure the safety of all
students, parents should not send any medication on the school bus or with
students. The school nurse cannot send medication home by students at the end
of the day. Students found with medications may be referred to the school
office. Parents must bring all medicine to the health room, in the original
labeled container. Prescription medications can only be given as prescribed and
must be accompanied by a district permission form completed & signed by the
doctor. Over the counter medications must be administered per label
directions for age & weight and must be accompanied by the district permission
form filled out by the parent. The school does not supply any medication
for students. Medications given once or twice a day should be given at home.
HOMEWORK: Homework is a vital part of the total learning process.
Your teachers will communicate these expectations to you during the first week
of school. The following list serves as a reminder about the importance of
• provides essential practice
in needed skills
• trains students in good
• affords opportunities for
• enriches and extends school
• Helps students learn to
• promotes growth in responsibility
GUIDELINES: It is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed due to
absences. Students will be given an opportunity to make up work during the
first week following the return to school. Except in extreme circumstances,
this make-up work must be completed within that week. The student is
responsible for finding out what assignments need to be made up and for
completing them within the deadline. For students who have missed more
than 2 or 3 days, teachers will be glad to assemble make-up work after school
as requested by parents. Parents may call the office and request that make up
work be sent to the office. Usually work can be picked up after 3:00 p.m. on
the day of the request. If you have a planned absence and want schoolwork, you
must request this in writing to the teacher at least 2 day notice.
SCHOOL DRESS: LES has established a basic structure for determining appropriate
dress standards for students. Clothing should not be so immodest or
inappropriate to the school setting as to disrupt the educational process.
Therefore, the school will not permit clothing deemed distracting, revealing,
overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive. This includes (but is not limited
to) bare midriffs, halter/tank tops, spaghetti straps and see-through shirts,
tops or blouses.
The school will not permit clothing that displays
vulgar, obscene or otherwise inappropriate symbols, language or wording. The
school will not permit clothing or accessories (i.e., book bags, jewelry, hats,
etc.) that display or refer to alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances. Students
may not wear or display gang attire, colors or symbols on clothing or
accessories. Under most conditions, students may not wear bandanas, hats, head
stockings or kerchiefs while on campus or attending school-sponsored events/
activities. Religious headgear is allowed. Students must wear proper shoes at
all times. Students may wear special dress or costumes for specific events or
special occasions, when approved by the principal. During the regular school
day, students’ athletic attire, such as tennis, track, cheerleading outfits,
etc., must conform to all other regulations of the dress code. Students may not
wear accessories/clothing that could pose a safety threat including heavy
chains, fishhooks, multi-finger rings, studded bracelets or collars, nose or
lip-to-ear chains, etc. The school does not allow unusual body piercings that
disrupt the order of school or that disturb the learning environment. Students
may not wear overly tight or shorter than fingertip- or mid-thigh-length
shorts, skirts, skorts or dresses. The district does not allow bike shorts
unless worn under another pair of shorts. Students must wear pants at the
natural waistline. Undergarments should not show and should not be worn outside
of clothing. LES administrators make the final judgment on appropriateness of
any student’s dress and reserve the right to prohibit any clothing/accessory
disruptive to their school.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: As a rule, students should not bring toys, electronic
devices or games to school. Cell phones and cell phone watches may not be used
at school. They must be turned off and kept in book bags. If phones or phone
watches are visible, they will be confiscated and returned to parents. Teachers
may allow, however, the instructional use of personal communication devices
during the school day. Possession of weapons (including pocketknives) and
weapon-like items (including toy guns) may result in recommendation for
expulsion from school. All personal belongings (including coats, book bags, and
lunch boxes) should be clearly labeled with the child’s first and last name.
GUIDANCE PROGRAMS: Your school counselors work with the staff to support and
guide our students as they grow and learn. Classroom guidance lessons focus on
the IB Learner Profile. Lessons are taught to all students in kindergarten
through fifth grade. Throughout the year, students may be invited to
participate in small groups with their school counselor. Individual counseling
is also available for those who would like to meet with their counselor.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Students have access to many valuable instructional
technology tools; however, access to technology is a privilege, not a right.
With this privilege comes a responsibility to use this access solely for
educational purposes and not for inappropriate purposes. At the beginning of
the school year, students will receive information about the appropriate use of
technology, the district network, and technology safety. Our goal is to teach
students to utilize these electronic resources to enhance our school’s
instructional goals. Users will not access inappropriate materials. Students
who violate the technology policy or otherwise misuse technology will be
subject to disciplinary action and the loss of technology privileges.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE: Teachers will
involve students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and observing a moment of
silence each day. South Carolina law requires this.
SCHOOL E-NEWSLETTER: LES publishes an
e-newsletter called Smores. The e-newsletter will be emailed/texted to parents
with active email accounts. Please read each newsletter carefully as
events for the month ahead will be highlighted. The breakfast and lunch
can be located at the district website. Weekly email blast will be sent to
SNACKS AT SCHOOL AND CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: The SC Student
Health and Fitness Act prohibits foods of minimal nutritional value and
carbonated beverages from being sold or given away on school premises by the
school, non-school organizations, teachers, parents, or any other person or
group during the school day.
We do want to celebrate
student’s birthdays at school, and we want students to feel special and
recognized. However, we also want our children to be healthy and
physically fit. Therefore, we are asking parents to send nutritious
treats if they desire to send a snack for their child’s birthday
celebration. Snacks must have nutrition label visible. Items such as
pencils, crayons, etc. can also be given as birthday treats. You may purchase
individually wrapped cupcakes from our cafeteria manager that meet the
nutritional standards. Please contact your child’s teacher before sending
snacks to school for the class.
The following foods and
similar food items are on the approval list of snacks for District One
Cafeterias. These items meet Nutrition Standards set forth in the SC
Students Health and Fitness Act or K-5 and Lexington One Schools and Nutrition
Standards set forth in Lexington County School District One’s Wellness Policy.
PLANNING/EARLY RELEASE DAYS: During Teacher-Led Collaborative Planning,
teachers work together to creatively discuss and solve educational issues,
determine solutions and plan instruction. The focus is on improving
teaching and learning. Teachers will work in grade level or subject area
groups. They will review instructional materials, plan for specific
instructional interventions for students, plan detailed academic teaching
strategies, or, if requested by teachers, receive training on an instructional
concept, instructional materials, or instructional equipment.
will participate in Teacher-Led Collaborative Planning multiple times
throughout the school year. Lunch will be served on these days.
Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m.
Buses will take students
home on Teacher-Led Collaborative Planning days. If you cannot pick up
your child from school at 11:40 on these days, the school will provide
supervised childcare until the regular dismissal time. You must pick up
your child by 2:25.
LES, like all schools in Lexington School District One, is a smoke-free
campus. Parents, visitors, and staff members are not permitted to smoke
on this campus. This includes e-cigarettes too.
RECESS: Outdoor recesses are scheduled most days. When temperatures
are higher than 95 degrees or lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, recesses may be
altered or cancelled. Students’ clothing should be suitable for outside play
activities. For example, sandals, flip-flops and open toe shoes are not
appropriate for outside play. Be sure to have coats or jackets for cold weather
We want our students to enjoy
a safe playground and recreational environment. It is your responsibility to
use the playground equipment safely. Physically aggressive sports such as
football are not allowed. Students should report any problems immediately to an
adult on duty.
HONOR ROLLS: The purpose of the honor roll program is to recognize and
honor students who have attained outstanding academic success and to provide
positive reinforcement that inspires all students to strive even harder and
perform at their highest level in all subjects LES has two academic honor rolls
that are recognized each nine-weeks and at the end of the school year:
Principal’s Honor Roll: Grades 2-5: All grades listed on the
report card must be an “A” (90 or better)
A/B Honor Roll Grades 2-5: All grades listed on the report card must be “B’s” or
better (80 or better)
ADDRESSING PARENTS’ CONCERNS: At times, a parent/guardian may have concerns
about his/her child’s performance or about an academic or discipline issue.
Here are the steps to follow to address your concerns.
Step One: The parent/guardian should first discuss the issue with the specific
teacher by telephone or in person after making an appointment.
Step Two: If this telephone conversation or meeting does not resolve the
parent/guardian’s concerns, then the parent/guardian should go to the
appropriate assistant principal and discuss the issue by telephone or in person
after making an appointment.
Step Three: If, after speaking with the assistant principal, the parent/guardian
still cannot resolve the problem or concern, the parent/guardian should go to
the principal and discuss the issue by telephone or in person after making an
Step Four: If the issue remains unresolved, the parent/ guardian
may contact the District Office and speak with the director or coordinator who
works with the area concerned.
Step Five: If, after speaking with the director or coordinator, the
complaint remains unresolved, the parent/guardian should go to the chief
officer who works with the area concerned.
SchoolMessenger: is a
telephone/text messaging system that helps the district and schools get
messages to staff, students and students’ parents/guardians quickly by
telephone. The district and schools can use the system to let parent/guardian
know when his/her child misses a day of school, or what he/she needs to bring
to registration or for a field trip. Parents/guardians can create a contact
preference profile or update preferences using SchoolMessenger’s “Contact
Manager” website. This feature allows you to control the ways in which you
prefer to be contacted. It also works like a mailbox, giving you a place to
review messages you may have missed. A link to SchoolMessenger’s Contact
Manager website appears on the “I AM… A Parent/Guardian” page of the district’s
Student Resource Officer: Lexington District One in partnership with Town of Lexington Police Department supports an SRO for LES each school day.
August 20-23 – Parents may walk their child to class in the morning.
Beginning August 26 all parents/visitors must sign-in to go past the
front office foyer. No parent walk-ins from the back of the school.
There are NO walk-up dismissals in the afternoon.
Student drop-off in the front starts at 7:00a.m.
Student drop-off in the back starting at 7:15a.m.
Lunch with your child will begin on September 3.