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Arnett Elementary School is a preschool through fifth grade facility affiliated with the Erlanger-Elsmere School System. Our fully certified staff offers a variety of programs designed to meet the individual needs of each of our students. If you would like to learn more about our curriculum, or your child’s program at Arnett, please contact your child’s teacher. Also, if at any time you have concerns or questions about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
Classes begin each day at 8:00 a.m. Parents, don’t be the reason that your child is tardy for school! Student attendance is regulated by guidelines and laws specified by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and monitored by the Kentucky Department of Education. Any child arriving after this time will be counted as tardy for the day. Students that are tardy are required to check into the office with their parent before going on to class. Under no circumstances should students be dropped off at the building before 7:40 a.m., since no supervision is available
Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m. Students that are “riders” will be dismissed first and “walkers” will be dismissed second.
If your child is ill and will be absent, it is required that parents call the school office at 727-1488 to report the absence and reason for the absence before 9:00 AM. For your convenience, you may report your child’s absence before school hours by leaving a message at extension 42.
Students who are absent will be allowed eight parent notes each year. After a student has used the eight parent notes, a doctor’s note verifying the doctor’s visit must be presented to the school for the student’s absence to be recorded excused. Note: (A doctor’s note must be presented to the school for any student who has missed three consecutive days.) Parent or doctor notes must be presented to the school within five school days of the absence or the absence will be recorded as unexcused. After four unexcused absences, the student’s name will be sent to the Erlanger/Elsmere Director of Pupil Personnel.
Tardiness will also be addressed. Tardiness will be defined as arriving in the classroom after 8:00 a.m. After a student has been tardy five times, the student’s name will be given to the Erlanger/Elsmere Director of Pupil Personnel.
Our office hours are 7:45 to 3:45 each day. The office phone number is 727-1488 and the school fax number is 342-2481. Email messages may be sent to Matt.Engel@erlanger.kyschools.us .
VISITORS TO THE BUILDING
Arnett Elementary provides daily nutritional breakfasts and lunches for all students at reasonable prices. (Breakfast is served between 7:40 and 8:00 each day.) Please be aware that due to our automated accounting program, parents may pay for their child’s breakfasts and lunches days at a time, weeks at a time, or even months at a time. Paying in this manner will eliminate any worries that you might have of your child losing his or her breakfast or lunch money. Applications for the Federal Free or Reduced Breakfast & Lunch Programs are sent home with each child. Please read this information to see if your child qualifies for this program.
Children will receive a special 4 digit code number (typically the last four numbers of their SSN) that they should memorize. As they proceed through the breakfast/lunch line, once they reach the cashier they will punch in their code number on the number pad and it will automatically deduct the breakfast/lunch charges from their school cafeteria account.
Cafeteria menus are sent home at the beginning of the month with your child. If you misplace that, it can be found at the school and/or district website.
The Erlanger-Elsmere Family Resource Center is available for families in distress or need. They are located on the campus of Howell Elementary in Elsmere and may be reached by calling 342-2351.
A student counselor is available at Arnett three days a week. She/he can help your child deal with any adjustment problems (i.e. divorce, death, separation, etc.) If she/he feels more intense counseling is needed, she/he will refer the student to an outside agency to meet the needs of the student and family.
Medicine should not be sent to school unless it is absolutely necessary that it be given during school hours such as certain types of anti-convulsant or antibiotics prescribed four times daily. (Antibiotics prescribed three times daily can be given at home.) School personnel will not assume the responsibility of administering non-prescription drugs (such as Tylenol) or prescription drugs unless a Medication Short Term Administration Form is on file in the school office. This form is available in the office. All medications sent to school must be in the original pharmacy container with the label intact and visible. Liquid medicine should be sent with a medicine spoon or cup for proper dosage. The school reserves the right to request the parent or guardian come to school to administer the medication.
Certain conditions are common in children and can spread quickly among groups. School administrators do everything they can to control these conditions when they know they exist, but ultimate responsibility lies with the parent. Familiarize yourself with these conditions, as well as their symptoms and methods of control. The key to control is cooperation between parents and school officials. For the convenience of our students and parents, a full-time school nurse is available at 342-2427, or may be reached by contacting the school. For families in need, the district can assist in making medical referrals for treatment of students with medical concerns. Our school nurses also provide health counseling for students; coordination of health examinations and immunizations; as well as screening for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis
Kentucky law requires that each student have an immunization record and medical certificate (physical).
For a nominal fee, an after school daycare program is available for our students at Arnett until 6:00 PM each day. If you would like more information about this program, please contact Mr. Greg Payne, YMCA After School Coordinator. Greg.Payne@erlanger.kyschools.us
A lost and found box is located in our lobby. Please have your child check for lost items.
School Newsletters will be sent home periodically throughout the year. Teachers will send home newsletters on a weekly basis.
If schools are to be closed or delayed, the announcements will be made over radio and television stations. Listen for ERLANGER-ELSMERE SCHOOLS. We are not a part of the Kenton County School District. In the event that school is interrupted during the day due to any circumstances which require the evacuation of the facility, your child will be taken to a collection facility. The collection facility for Arnett Elementary is Howell Elementary School.
Students should expect homework on a regular basis and should complete it neatly and on time. Parents should emphasize the value and importance of homework assignments. All students will be issued a separate “Arnett Homework Policy.”
Good behavior and discipline are necessary for the learning environment. Good conduct habits start at home. All children are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not interfere with their learning or that of others. All children are expected to respect the property of the school and of others. All children are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that respects the safety of all other students and staff members. This includes behavior to and from school. All students will be issued a separate “Arnett’s Classroom Behavior Management System And Code of Conduct” policy.
Encourage your child to practice safety to and from school, on the playground, in the hallways, cafeteria, and in the classrooms. Incidents of concern should be reported to the office. Stress to your child the importance of not talking to strangers or accepting rides, treats, etc. from them. Area railroad tracks are an area of great concern and danger. As pedestrians, students should refrain from crossing railroad tracks.
All clothing should be appropriate to the season and weather conditions.
· Shirts/blouses/knit tops – Short or long sleeves, must cover midriff. Age-appropriate pictures and phrases are allowed, but no pictures or phrases depicting violence, wrestling, drugs, alcohol, or of a disrespectful nature.
· Sweatshirts/sweaters – Age appropriate pictures and phrases are allowed, but no pictures or phrases depicting violence, wrestling, drugs, alcohol, or of a disrespectful nature.
· Dress slacks or jeans, sized to fit, worn at the waist, hemmed so as not to touch the floor, no holes, or frayed edges.
· Dress or jean shorts, sized to fit, worn at the waist, no holes, or frayed edges. Fingertip length.
· Skirts/dresses/jumpers – Fingertip length.
· Halter tops
· Oversized clothes
· Tank tops
· Muscle shirts
· Shoes with no heel or strap (such as flip flops)
· Shoes with wheels
Faculty email addresses may be found by clicking on the "Faculty" link at the top left of this page, or by clicking this link.
Please feel free to leave a message on your child’s teacher’s voicemail at any time. The voicemail system is available 24 hours a day by calling our school office at 727-1488. If you wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher, we encourage you to leave a message so the teacher can schedule a conference with you. Please realize that “on-demand” conferences are not possible because of the teacher’s responsibilities to each of their other students. Our teachers have regularly scheduled planning periods and other times during the day when conferences can be scheduled with you and they’ll be happy to do so. In addition, you’ll also find that Arnett Elementary plans frequent regular parent-teacher conferences as well as open-houses and events at which you will be able to get to know your child’s teacher. Keep in touch with us, but be sure to schedule those visits! You may also email your child’s teacher at anytime.
If initial contact is unable to satisfactorily resolve the complaint or concern, he/she will advise initiation of the following procedure:
2. Parent-Teacher-Principal or Principal’s designee
3. Parent-Teacher-Principal or Superintendent or designee
The parent’s responsibility is to initiate Level 1. Every effort shall be made for satisfactory resolution at this level. If either party is dissatisfied following Level 1, they may initiate the sequence of conferences beginning with Level 2.
It is the policy of the Erlanger-Elsmere School Board of Education that harassment of any form (including, but not limited to, sexual, religious, racial, and ethnic) has no place in the educational environment. Students and others deemed responsible for such actions will be dealt with according to the severity of the harassment.
Periodically, Arnett offers additional instruction after the regular school day to strengthen and reinforce the skills and knowledge base necessary to help our students not only be successful, but excel in their abilities. If you have any questions about Extended School Services, please contact your child’s teacher.
Arnett Elementary is pleased to offer as a supplemental service to our students, a computer based program called “Fast ForWord.” Based on over 30 years of brain research, the Fast ForWord products have helped over 100,000 students boost reading and language skills, leading to improved learner performance. Parents often notice increased communication skills and increased self-esteem in and out of the classroom. Each computer-based product accelerates learning by developing cognitive skills, memory, attention, processing, and sequencing. For more information, visit Scientific Learning’s Web sites at www.ScientificLearning.com or www.BrainConnection.com
Arnett Elementary receives funding from the Federal Government that allows us to provide additional academic assistance to help improve student achievement for those students that might be struggling. These services are provided to our students through instructional assistants that work hand-in-hand with our teachers in the classroom to assist those students in Core Content areas, such as Language Arts and Mathematics. If you have any questions about our Title I program, or your child’s participation in the Title I program, please contact your child’s teacher.
Services provided for special students are in compliance with state and federal guidelines. Children with disabilities and unique needs are taught in collaborative teaching models, small group environments, and in one-on-one individualized settings. Eligible students receive speech and language therapy.
Arnett Elementary School provides a number of extra-curricular and support services to meet the individual needs of our students. These include:
Guidance Counselor Services
The Erlanger-Elsmere School District has designed a Crisis Procedure Manual to minimize danger to anyone occupying a school should an emergency occur. Our main objective is to attend to the health and welfare of our children in the event of a crisis and also see that he/she gets home safely by walking, bus, or transportation by parent.
In most emergencies your child/children will remain and be cared for at the school he/she attends. In the rare event of an emergency involving the school (such as broken gas or water main, a fire or sudden loss of utilities in bad weather) students will be moved immediately to an alternative site. We ask that you follow this procedure if you hear rumors of any school emergency:
1. TURN ON YOUR RADIO OR TELEVISION. We will keep the media accurately informed.
2. PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SCHOOL. We have limited phone lines; they must be used for emergencies.
3. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL UNLESS REQUESTED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD. Any emergency involving your child’s school may mean emergency vehicles and disaster workers must be able to get into the building. If the emergency necessitates relocation of staff and students, follow these instructions:
a. If for any reason “school” must be evacuated during regular school hours, your child will be taken to and cared for at an alternative site.
b. Stay tuned to the radio and television stations for updated, accurate reports and information provided by the school district administration about when and where to pick up your child.
4. No Students will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or parent designee) comes for him/her. MUST HAVE PHOTO ID.
5. No child will be dismissed to leave with another person unless we have written permission to that effect or that particular person is listed on the student’s emergency card.
6. All parents or designated parties who come for students must sign them out in the office or the temporary student release station.
7. We are prepared to care for your child. We have a number of people with first-aid certificates. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL – WE MUST HAVE THE LINES OPEN FOR EMERGENCY CALLS.
If you are moving to another school, you must officially withdraw, turning in school books, library books and obtain records for your new school.