Handbook

SALEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
 
By the Grace of God, Salem Evangelical Lutheran School exists to nourish the souls of our children and prepare them for eternal life in heaven through the teaching of God’s inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word, and further, to prepare them to be active members of His church and productive citizens on this earth.
 
SALEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL                           725-2234
SCHOOL FAX                                                725-2429
SCHOOL EMAIL  school@salemowosso.org
 
SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH                        723-3293
CHURCH FAX                                              725-6761                                                                    
CHURCH EMAIL  church@salemowosso.org                                                                    
 
WEBSITE www.salemowosso.org
 
 
FACULTY
Rev. James Bare                      Spiritual Advisor          989-723-2250
                                                Catechism
 
Rev. Paul Wilde                           Spiritual Advisor          989-627-8899
                                                     Catechism
                                               
Mr. Anthony Perry                   Principal                     989-721-7942
                                                Grades 7 & 8
 
Mr. Edwin Voeltz                    Grades 5 & 6              989-723-5936
                                                Athletic Director
 
Mr. Greg Milbrath                    Grades 3 & 4              989-723-2991
                                                Band Director
 
Mrs. Pamela Perry                    Grades 1 & 2               989-413-9939
                                                Children’s Choir Director    
 
Mrs. Tonyia Aschenbrenner    Kind./ Preschool           810-444-5067
                                               
 
NON-TEACHING STAFF
Mrs. Daisy Blaha                    Secretary                    
Mr. Tom Fuller                        Custodian                   
 
BOARD FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Pastor Bare, Pastor                  723-2250                     David LaHaine           666-2580
Pastor Wilde, Pastor                627-8899                    Andy Steiger               666-4655
Mr. Perry, Principal                 721-7942                     James Maurer              277-2296   
Tim Strauch, Chairman           666-1188                     Scott Lahmann            494-7687 
  
Accreditation…………………………………………………………………………….……………….……...6
Airbag Policy…See Seatbelt/Airbag Policy……………………………………………………….………  …15
Anti-Bullying…………………………………………………………………………………………..……….11
Attendance Policy, School…………………………………………………………………….……….………..8
Bible Information Class……………………………………………………………………………….………...5
Booster Seat………………………………………………………………………………………….………...15
Bus Transportation……………………………………………………………………………...………….….14
Carbonated Beverages………………………………………………………………...………….……….…...11
Chapel Services……………………………………………………………………………………….……….15
Church Attendance……………………………………………………………………………………….…… 8
Church Singing……………………………………………………………………………………………........8
Closing Statement……………………………………………………………………………………………..15
Detention………………………………………………………………………………………………...…….11
Directory……………………………………………………………………………………………...…….......2
Discipline………………………………………………………………………………….………………......10
Education Fee…………………………………………………………………………………….…………..6-7
Education Fee Prepay…………………………………………………………………………………….…….7
Electronic Devices………………………………………………………………………………………...…....7
Eligibility - Athletics and Band/Choir………………………………………………………………..……11-12
Enrollment Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………..…..5
Field Trips…………………………………………………………………………………………….…….....15
Grade Reports, Midterm Reports & Grading Scale…………………………………………………………….9
Home and School Cooperation……………………………………………………………………………….4-5
Homework……………………………………………………………………………………………………...9
Hot Lunch Program……………………………………………………………………………………...…....14
Immunizations………………………………………………………………………………………………….6
Incomplete Policy………………………………………………………………………………………….…...9
Inclusion Policy…………………………………………………………………………………..…………….6
Library………………………………………………………………………………………………...……....14
Make-Up Work………………………………………………………………………………..……………..8-9
Medication, Administering Medication, OTC and Rx………………………………………………………... 6
Mission Program……………………………………………………………………………………………...15
Mission Statement……………………………………………………………………………………………...2
New Students…………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
Non-Discrimination………………………………………………………………………………………….5-6
Objectives of Salem Lutheran School………………………………………………………………………….4
Our Philosophy of Christian Education………………………………………………………………………..4
Parent/Teacher Consultation Days…………………………………………………………………………....10
Physical Education……………………………………………………………………………...….…………..9
Points of Courtesy…………………………………………………………………………...………………..10
Proper Dispute Resolution……………………………………………………………………………………..5
Purpose of Our School…………………………………………………………………………..……………..4
School Aides and Volunteers…………………………………………………………………………...…….15
School Closing Announcements…………………………………………………………….……………..…13
School Telephone Usage……………………………………………………………………….……………..14
Seatbelt Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………….......15
Student Appearance & Dress Code………………………………………………………………………..12-13
Tardy Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………..……..8
Testing, NWEA Map (Synod Test)....................................................................................................................10
Threat Level Red………………………………………………………………………………………...….....13
Transporting Children To and From School…………………………………………………...……………...14
Tuition…………………………………………………………………………………………………….…….7
Visitor/Volunteer Pass Policy………………………………………………………….………………………15
Weather Watches and Warnings……………………………………………………………… …………..13-14
 
PURPOSE OF OUR SCHOOL
            Salem Lutheran School has been established in obedience to God’s command to fathers and mothers, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).  Through this school our congregation provides our children with a thorough study of God’s plan of salvation for them and a sound instruction in the subjects called secular.  Instruction is provided by Christian teachers in a Christian environment from a Christian viewpoint.
            Our school provides for the mind and body of the children as is required by the standards set by the State of Michigan.  But more than this, our school provides for that which will live eternally:  the soul.  The children are instructed in God’s Word, learning of their sinful condition, learning of the grace and the mercy of our God and Father who sent His one and only Son to die for their sins.  They learn of forgiveness which is theirs through faith in Christ Jesus, their Lord and their Savior.
            Religion is not only a subject taught separately from the other subjects in the curriculum, but God’s Word permeates and motivates all teaching, learning, and disciplining in our school.
 
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
            Our philosophy of education is based solely on faith in Jesus Christ through whom we receive forgiveness of sins and through whom we are made at one with God.  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matt. 28: 19-20)
            It is our prayer that God will bless our work by strengthening the faith of our children and by instilling in them a desire to share the Good News of their salvation with others.  With this philosophy in mind it is our aim to prepare our children to be good citizens in the world in which they live and to prepare them for heaven.
 
OBJECTIVES OF SALEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL
            With a unified and cooperative effort, the parents and teachers will work together as they “bring up the children in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4).  The following is a list of some of the objectives of this unified effort:
  • The student will, through daily presentation of the Word, know that Jesus is his own personal Savior from sin and its consequences.
  • The student will feel that, as a redeemed child of God, he is a valuable member of God’s kingdom.
  • The student will respect and use his body as a temple of God.
  • The student will reflect the love of God in his daily living.
  • The student will seek to forgive as we have been forgiven in Christ (Colossians 3:13).
  • The student will strive to keep his speech pure, refraining from obscene language and the misuse of God’s name (Ephesians 5:3-4).
  • The student will actively and responsibly participate in the life of the church.
  • The student will respect the government as God’s instrument of peace and order on earth.
  • The student will appreciate the universe as God’s gift to him and will be a good steward of this gift.
  • The student will be a good steward of the time and talents with which he is blessed.
These verses from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians might serve as a summary of the objectives listed above:  “Be imitators of God…as dearly loved, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God….Now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth”  (Eph 5:1,2,8,9).
 
 
HOME AND SCHOOL COOPERATION
            The Lord through His word has bound the home and school together as one unit with one and the same aim when He said:  “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:6 & 7).  Parents dare not give up the God-given responsibility when they send their children to school.  The Christian home and the Christian school are the most effective agencies for the training of children.  However, in the order of importance and responsibility, the home comes first.  Parents may not neglect Christian training at home because their children are attending a Christian school.  The first duty of the parents is to give them a Christian education.  This privilege no one may take away from them, nor may parents forgo this responsibility voluntarily.
            The teacher’s part is to give additional training so that the work of making our children wise unto salvation might continue unhindered and uninterrupted.  Parents and teachers must work together so that nothing may rob our children of the crown of glory laid up for them in heaven.
 
PROPER RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES
            The Lord has commanded His church that all things be done decently and in order (I Cor. 14:40).  In the event a parent takes exception to a school policy, program, or to procedures of a teacher and would like additional information, the parent should not make this dissatisfaction known to others, but rather discuss the issue with the teacher(s) involved. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, bring the issue to the attention of the principal.  If it is felt that the matter must be carried further, call upon the Board for Christian Education.  The Board members are listed at the front of this handbook.
 
ENROLLMENT POLICY
All children of Salem Lutheran Church who are of elementary school age are encouraged to attend our school. Children of parents who are not members of our church may be accepted by our Board for Christian Education after the parent(s) have consulted with a pastor and the principal.
Upon enrollment of children in our school, it is understood that all parents agree to cooperate with the policies stated in this handbook and the following provision:
  • The children will be instructed in the doctrines of the Holy Scriptures as held by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
  • The parents will not object to the teachers and the pastors informing the children of the erroneous doctrines of other church bodies.
  • The parents will endeavor to have the children attend church services regularly.
  • The parents will permit the children to take part in the usual school activities and the church services or present an acceptable excuse for the child’s absence.
  • The children will attend confirmation instruction class when they reach seventh and eighth grades.
  • The state requires that a child be 5 years of age before September 1 in the year which he is enrolled in Kindergarten.  However, we strongly urge that the child be 5 years of age before August 1.
 
NEW STUDENTS
            All new students must go through a process to be accepted at Salem.  Two meetings are a part of the enrollment process. The first meeting allows the family to talk with the principal and the second meeting includes the principal, pastor, and family.  All students accepted to Salem will be be accepted on a conditional basis for the first month after the school receives the student’s records from his/her previous school.  This means that if it is determined during this time that the student’s enrollment is not beneficial for the school and/or the child, the family agrees to transfer him/her to another school within a week of recieving an official notice.
 
BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS
We encourage new non-member families to take a Bible Information Class (BIC) when they enroll their children at our school. The class is beneficial because it teaches the beliefs of our Lutheran church and what we teach, from a Biblical perspective, in our school.
 
NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
            Salem Evangelical Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan program, and athletic and other school administration programs.
 
INCLUSION POLICY
            Recognizing that all children are blessings from God, Salem Lutheran School supports the rights of children with disabilities to grow and learn alongside their typically-developing peers.  Integrating children with and/or without disabilities in the classroom increases the opportunities for all children to learn about and accept individual differences.
 
ACCREDITATION
            In common with all schools, Salem seeks to achieve the objective of providing a thorough, general education.  Measured by the results of standardized tests, and later proficiency in high school and college, these objectives are achieved by our Lutheran school.  Children who adequately fulfill the requirements for graduation from Salem Lutheran School may enter any secondary school without reservation or fear of being academically rejected.
 
IMMUNIZATIONS
            Concern for each child’s body as a temple of God prompts us to be involved in a child’s physical well- being. It is our policy that all children’s immunizations are up to date no later than the first day of school. Students can waive the required immunizations for the following reasons: a valid medical reason, religious/philosophical beliefs, or one dose was given and the subsequent doses are not yet due. If a family chooses to waive immunizations, all of the proper documentation must be provided to the school before the child begins classes. The school keeps on file the immunization and other health records for each child. This is required by the state . Parents are responsible for keeping all information current. Any deviation from this policy must be addressed with the school principal.
 
MEDICATIONS
The following guidelines are followed by Salem Lutheran School per the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Community Heath GUIDELINES:
Administration of Medication in Schools:
Over the Counter Medication
  1. The OTC medication must be brought to school in an original unopened container labeled with the child’s name.  If this is not possible, all medication MUST BE LABELED with Student’s Name, date of birth, type of medication, what ailment it is for, the amount (count) that you’re sending, and  specific dosage instructions.
Prescription Medication
  1. The Prescription medication must be brought to school in an original, unopened container by the parent or guardian. If this is not possible, the parent or guardian should inform the principal or designee by telephone that his/her child is bringing the medication to school and how much medication is in the container.
  2. A signed consent form must be delivered to the teacher by the student’s parent or guardian.
  3. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure the mediation is refilled as needed and hand delivered to the student’s teacher.
 
EDUCATION FEE
The fee for Salem Lutheran Church member families is as follows:
One Child in Kindergarten Only $400
One Child ( 1st – 8th grade) $625
Two Children (K-8th) $800
Three Children (K-8th) $975
Four Children (K-8th) $1150
The Education Fee can be paid:
  • In full on (or before) registration day (August 13, 2018).
  • Half paid by registration day, the remaining half will then be due March 1, 2019.
  • Broken up into 8 equal monthly payments to be paid through F.A.C.T.S. Management.  These payments will be made from the months of September 2018 – April 2019.  If this option is chosen, a $45 annual fee will be taken along with your first payment.  If all payments are made on time, the $45 fee will be deducted from your final payment and paid for you by the church.
  • Another option is to make two payments online; you will have options as to when the payments would be made. There is a $10 fee if you enroll in that program.
 
            You may receive a letter and/or telephone call from the principal or Board for Christian Education if your account becomes delinquent. If the delinquent balance continues for two months, a face to face meeting with a minimum of two Board for Christian Education members may be required.  If the balance of a family’s bill is not paid off by the end of the school year, and if no specific plan has been made and agreed upon by the Board and your family, enrollment for the following school year will be affected.
 
EDUCATION FEE PRE-PAYMENT
            Families may make payments toward the next school year in advance.  If you would like to begin “paying down” your balance you may do so.  Your payments will be documented and applied to your Family Education Fee Account.  Your adjusted balance will be available to you at registration.  The one requirement is that all current year school fees be paid in full before you begin pre-paying for the next year.
            Please note, to avoid making payment through FACTS, you must have HALF of your fees paid by registration day.  The remaining balance will be due March 1st.
 
TUITION
            Non-members of Salem’s congregation pay tuition to help meet the cost to educate a child.  There is a tuition fee for each non-member of Salem Church child enrolled.
            The tuition may be paid in full or divided into eight equal monthly installments payable through FACTS Management.  These payments will be made October through May.  Failure to meet the payment schedule will result in suspension from school.
           
Salem’s current non-member tuition rates are as follows:
  Tuition Registration Fee Total
One Child Kindergarten $512.50 $175 $ 687.50
Tuition Fees Per Year (1-8th) $1025.00 $175 $1200.00
           
*Please note that members of any of our sister congregations receive half off the tuition prices listed.  The $175 registration fee remains as is. The Registration Fee does not include the cost of a Lutheran Hymnal, Catechism, or Memory Books, which will be added to the total cost as needed.
 
ELECTRONIC DEVICES
            The possession and use of unauthorized electronic equipment inhibits the learning process; student use is prohibited on school grounds during school hours unless special permission is given by the classroom teacher or principal. Any unauthorized electronic devices used during school hours will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.
            All electronic devices must be turned off and kept in the student’s backpack.  The use of cellphones is allowed after 3:30 PM. The use of musical devices is left up to the discretion of the adult responsible for supervision of the student.
CHURCH ATTENDANCE
            A Christian feels the same way as the Psalmist when he said, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your honor dwells” (Psalm 26:8).  Certainly all parents will want to set fine Christian examples for their children by bringing them to church services regularly.
            In keeping with God’s commandment to remember the Sabbath Day, all children are encouraged to attend church regularly.  A record of their church attendance is kept for the purpose of such encouragement and parents/guardians may be contacted by the school and/or church if a concern arises.
 
CHURCH SINGING
            Children of our school sing during our church services at various times throughout the school year.  A lot of time and effort is put into preparing for these performances by the student and the teachers. Singing during church services are opportunities for the students to use their God-given gifts to praise our Lord.  All children are expected to take an active part in this singing.  If it is not possible for your child to sing during the church service, a note is expected from the child’s parent (preferably in advance) excusing him/her and explaining why he/she cannot participate.
 
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY
            According to state law, all children of school age are required to attend school every day that school is in session.  The compulsory education law applies to our school families as well. “The law in Michigan governing compulsory attendance requires a parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child age six to sixteen to send the child to school during the entire school year, except under the limited circumstances specified in subsection (3) of section 380.1561.”
 
School officials are required to report truancy issues to the proper local authorities. Students arriving after 8:30 A.M., as well as students who leave for a portion of the day, will be marked one-half day absent. 
            If a child does not produce a written excuse from his/her parent or guardian, the absence will be considered unexcused.  Written excuses in the form of emails, text messages, and phone calls to the school office are acceptable. The unexcused absence will be made part of the student’s permanent record.  We ask that you contact the school in the event of your child’s absence as a common courtesy and we thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
            If truancy becomes an issue, the school will communicate to the parents requesting the proper documentation.  If the truancy persists the school may contact the proper officials.
 
TARDY POLICY
            All students are expected to be in their rooms promptly and prepare for the beginning of their school day.  Children arriving in the classroom after 8:00am and before 8:30am or leaving between 2:45pm and 3:15pm will be considered tardy.  Parents may be notified by the school upon the fifth tardy in one quarter and again upon any subsequent tardies thereafter.
            At the end of each school year, students with a notable attendance record will be recognized.  The following guidelines are used:
  1. Perfect Attendance – No absences or tardies, excused or otherwise.
  2. Outstanding Attendance – No more than five incidents per school year.  (1 incident = 1 tardy or absence.)
 
MAKE-UP WORK
When a student plans to be absent for more than one day for reasons other than illness, parents are strongly encouraged to:
  1. Obtain approval of the classroom teacher in advance.
  2. Make arrangements for getting the make-up work for the period missed.
  3. Exceptions are made because of illness.  In this case, a note must accompany a child upon his return stating the reason and date of the absence.  (The rule of thumb should be:  two days are allowed for completion of make-up work for each day of school missed.)
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
            The purpose of our physical education program is to develop fundamental coordination, teach skills and activities, develop group cooperation, and encourage sportsmanship.
            All students are required to take part in this program, except those proven physically unable.  In the case of instances when parents deem it inadvisable for their child to take an active part for a period of time, a note making such request is required.  Otherwise, children will participate at the discretion of the teacher.  It is advisable that each child have a pair of tennis shoes for the physical education period.
            Outdoor play at the daily recess period is encouraged for its contribution to physical health. If your child must remain in the classroom, please inform the teacher, in writing, of this request.
 
HOMEWORK
            It is understood that a Christian student will want to do his/her schoolwork to the best of his/her abilities and to the glory of God.  Students are expected to complete assignments at home when necessary.  There will naturally be a greater amount of homework if the child has been absent, is willfully neglecting his work while at school, or is not working at his grade level for other reasons.
            However, a certain amount of homework should be expected and will be assigned as determined by the teacher.  Oral reading at home is especially helpful in the lower grades and for those who have reading difficulties.
            Parents should check their child’s work regularly for the child’s benefit to see that it has been completed.  Should it appear that the child is burdened with homework, be sure to contact the teacher at once.
 
INCOMPLETE POLICY
            Students in grades 5-8 who have four incompletes in one quarter may need to remain after school one day per week.   The teachers of the lower grades will handle incompletes at their discretion.
             All assignments must be handed in no later than 12:00 pm on the last day of each grading period.  Any incomplete work may become a zero at the end of the grading period.
 
GRADE REPORTS
            Grade reports are issued quarterly.  The grade reports show each child’s achievement and progress.  The Lord has bestowed different abilities on each child.  Because of this, the letter grade  is perhaps not the most important point to consider, but rather to what level of ability the child is working. Please take the time to review the entire grade report, including conduct grades, with your child.  All students and parents will be given a login and password for Jupiter Ed. This is an online gradebook that parents can use to keep track of attendance, conduct and grades.
 
MIDTERM REPORTS
Paper copies of the midterm report are not sent home. Salem uses Jupiter Ed, and online program that will give parents the opportunity to review grades and assignments at the their convenience. If you have any difficulty signing into to your child’s secure grade site, please call the school office or contact the principal.
 
GRADE SCALE
 
A+ 100%   B- 83-80%   D 66-64%
A 99-95%   C+ 79-77%   D- 63-60%
A- 94-90%   C 76-74%   F 60% – below
B+ 89-87%   C- 73-70%      
B 86-84%   D+ 69-67%      
NWEA MAP TESTING
            Salem Lutheran School’s 5th and 8th graders participate in the NWEA Map online testing. This tracks a student’s academic mastery in various subjects and assists teachers in pinpointing areas of strength and weakness.  All students in grades 5-8 are expected to participate in this test.  If a student’s parent/guardian is strongly against his/her child’s participation, the child’s parent/guardian must submit a written request for exemption to the principal. Special permission for exemption must be granted by the principal at least one week in advance of the first day of testing.
 
PARENT/TEACHER CONSULTATION DAYS
            Several means are employed in our school to bring about better understanding and cooperation between home and school.  During the school year, the parents will be given the opportunity to attend scheduled private consultations for the purpose of sharing with the teacher in the evaluation of the child’s progress.  His/her spiritual life, attitudes toward and cooperation with staff and schoolmates, and his/her work or study habits are discussed.
 
POINTS OF COURTESY
            The teachers welcome the opportunity to visit with parents.  Please call the teacher in advance to schedule a meeting.
            All parents and visitors who come into the school are to report to the school office.  The school secretary will gladly notify the children who will be picked up, take articles into the classroom, or deliver messages to the children.
 
DISCIPLINE
            The Word of God serves as the basis for all measures of discipline.  God’s Word is used to motivate the children to conduct their lives in a God-pleasing way.
            Recognizing this, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ must be prominent in the minds of the children and the teachers.  Both must conduct themselves as redeemed, loving children of God, so that whenever corrective measures become necessary, they will be used and accepted in such a manner as to develop favorable attitudes and nurture spiritual growth.  God’s glory will then be heightened both by the action of the teacher and the behavioral change brought about in the child.
            Only the principal may carry out suspensions.  A child will not be sent home without notifying the parents beforehand.
            Expulsion authority lies solely in the hands of the Board for Christian Education. 
            By enrolling your children in our school, parents are agreeing to give the teachers the right to discipline their children and will support the discipline at home.  Please refer to My Dedication To Christian Education for a more detailed description of the home-school relationship.
            There are some issues that we consider very serious.  Infractions in these areas will result in parental contact and specific punishment.  Please carefully review the following guidelines:
 
Assault
  1. First Offense – Possible suspension.
  2. Second Offense – Possible three day suspension.
  3. Third Offense – Expulsion will be considered.
 
Disrespectful Behavior Toward Adults
  1. First Offense – Warning.
  2. Second Offense – Parental contact and detention.
  3. Third Offense – One day suspension
 
 
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
            “Bullying” or “harassment” is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic, or physical act, including electronically transmitted acts, that is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or threatening.  Bullying and harassment also include forms of retaliation against individuals who report or cooperate in an investigation under this policy.  Such behaviors are considered to be bullying or harassment whether they take place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function, in a school vehicle or at any time or place where a child’s imminent safety or overall well being may be at risk.
Procedures:
- Incidents of bullying should be reported to the staff.
- Staff will record details and share with the principal.
- In serious cases, parents will be informed and may be asked to meet to discuss this matter concerning their child.
- If necessary and appropriate, local police will be consulted.
- If the bullying behavior does not stop immediately, the result may be suspension or expulsion.
            The above mentioned offenses are considered very serious and worthy of special attention.  We put the safety and integrity of our students and staff first.  This means that the school reserves the right to immediately suspend or expel any student who breaks any of these rules.  We feel that repeated and public infractions only serve to undermine our school’s mission and ministry.
 
DETENTION
            After school detentions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 – 4:00pm as needed.  Detentions may be given in cases of incomplete work, truancy, repeated disregard for school rules, and willful disobedience.  Detentions take precedence over any extra-curricular activities.  The child will serve each detention given.
 As a courtesy to parents, the teacher will notify the parents prior to the time the detention is to be served, stating the date and the reason for the detention.  Parents will be asked to indicate how the child will get home.  Note that this is only a courtesy notice and not a permission slip.
            The child remains under the supervision of the detention room teacher until the child is picked up.
 
CARBONATED BEVERAGES
            Students are not allowed to have carbonated beverages at school between 7 AM-3:30 PM.  If a child brings a carbonated beverage to school, the beverage will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.
            Special exceptions to this rule may occur during Reformation, Christmas, Valentine, and other class parties as allowed by their teacher.  Students may take carbonated drinks on field trips.
 
ELIGIBILITY – BAND/CHOIR
  1. All students in grades five through eight are eligible for membership in Junior Choir.
  2. All students meeting the instrumental criteria in grades six through eight may be members of the Cardinal Band.
  3. All students shall remain eligible so long as their eligibility is in the best interest of the students and/or the musical group.
  4. The musical director and the principal will determine the  eligibility of any student.  Those mentioned above guidelines will determine the length of ineligibility.
 
ELIGIBILITY – ATHLETICS
            The desired goal is that all children in grades 3-8 try to achieve to the best of their abilities; both in the classroom and during extracurricular activities. Extra-curricular activities are considered any non-academic activities.
            As the home and the school work together, we teach the children that, as God’s sanctified children, they will do all things to God’s glory.  To remain eligible and in good standing, each child must meet the following requirements:
  • The child must be working in the classroom to his God-given ability.  Students will be considered ineligible if their grade report or mid-quarter report contains a percentage grade less than 70%. Incomplete work (“I”) may also result in a student’s ineligibility. The eligibility of each student is reviewed on a weekly basis..  Ineligibility is carried over to the next school year.  The ineligible student’s teacher will monitor his/her progress to determine possible eligibility. Academic eligibility will be reviewed and determined on Wednesday of each week.
  • The child must demonstrate a proper Christian attitude, not only at school but in his daily life, at practice, and in games.  (This refers to ALL athletic activities, including cheerleading).
  • Incomplete Work – If incomplete assignments becomes excessive, the student may become ineligible for any athletic or cheerleading activities during the remainder of that quarter.
  • Make-up Work - Two days are allowed for completion of make-up work for each day of school missed.  Noncompliance with this guideline may result in suspension from the team until the work is brought up-to-date unless extenuating circumstances exist.
  • The school’s decision concerning eligibility is final.
 
 
STUDENT APPEARANCE
  • In a Christian school, proper appearance and good habits of hygiene reflect the principle that we acknowledge our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.  With this thought in mind, the following guidelines for appearance have been established for the students of Salem Lutheran School. 
  • Clothing, hairstyle, jewelry, or makeup that is extreme and is considered a distraction in the classroom will require corrective measures.  In general, the student’s appearance should reflect modesty at all times.  School is a place where learning and study take place; a student’s appearance should fit the occasion. 
  • Tank top shoulder straps  must be aproximately three inches wide.
  • Undergarments should not be visible.
  • Students should wear clothes that are neat and clean. Excessive holes, tears, or frays that are not a result of normal wear are not acceptable. 
  • Tops should be modest and cover the body appropriately.  Tank tops, halter tops, and bare midriffs are not appropriate clothing items for school.
  • Any garment worn under sheer or see-through clothing must also meet the dress code guidelines. 
  • Clothing that promotes questionable content is not allowed. 
  • Sandals that fit snugly (are not loose fitting) and have a heel strap may be worn for classroom activities.  Although sandals, which meet these guidelines, may be worn to school, sandals may present a safety hazard on the playground because the foot and toes are protected less than with conventional shoes. 
  • Clothing that has pictures or slogans on them that may give offense are NOT to be worn. 
  • Shorts may be worn in the classroom between April 1 and October 15. We ask that parents be responsible for ensuring their children are dressed appropriately based on the weather. 
  • It is recommended that shorts be midthigh length. 
  • Boots, or a change of shoes (which can be easily removed at the door) are necessary when the weather is snowy.
  • No tattoos may be exposed.
  • The manner in which the children appear does give an impression of our school to the community.  Therefore, our children should strive to have their appearance reflect their Christian principles.
  • Parents are asked to give guidance and direction to their children so that their appearance reflects our guidelines. If there are doubts about the appropriateness of any clothing, it should not be worn and your child’s teacher and/or principal should be consulted.
  •   Every situation will be dealt with on an individual basis and the classroom teacher will have the authority to make a decision on the appropriateness of a student’s attire.
           
Public Performance Dress Code
Special attention should be afforded to what the students wear to any school sponsored performances at school or church, such as plays, concerts, and athletic events, and scheduled singing at church.  All of the dress code rules apply in these circumstances.  Boys must wear long pants.  Because these situations are public, any student who does not abide by the rules may have to serve an after-school detention. 
                                                                         
SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS
            School closings due to snow or inclement weather condition announcements will be given to television stations as early as possible in the morning.  If Owosso Public Schools close, so does Salem.  We urge parents and students NOT TO CALL THE TELEVISION STATIONS OR THE SCHOOL OFFICE.  When it becomes apparent that a substantial number of students and teachers would have extreme difficulty reaching the school, the officials will cancel school for the day.
            In the event of a late (delayed) start, we will also delay for the specified amount of time as Owosso Public Schools. If there is a delayed start, Salem Kindergarten will NOT be in session
In the event of a storm hitting during the school day, officials may elect to close school early.  Notification will be made via ABC-12 and WNEM TV-5 television stations and phone calls will be made to each family from the phone numbers listed on student emergency contact cards.
If an event occurs that is unique to Salem and requires us to change our status, the announcement will be posted on WNEM TV-5 and ABC TV-12 news.
 
    THREAT LEVEL RED
            In the events that “Threat Level Red” is announced we will use the following plan:
  1. If the “Threat Level Red” is announced before school hours:  School will be closed for that day.  All activities and events scheduled for any district facility will be canceled until further notice.  Normal school operations will remain closed until authorized to be opened.
  2. If the “Threat Level Red” is announced during school hours:  School building will be secured and classes will continue until regular dismissal time unless otherwise directed.  All after-school activities and events, involving our facilities, will be canceled for that day.  Please follow announcements from the media for further instructions regarding the following day.
      This action plan will be followed for the First Day of a Threat Level Red.  Decisions needed for additional days will be made after consulting the proper authorities.  Please know authorities have been working cooperatively with other school districts of Shiawassee County, the Health Department, the Office of Emergency Services, and our Law Enforcement Agencies.  Every effort will be given to continue to provide a safe, orderly environment for our students and community.
 
     WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS
      In the event of a weather watch or warning announcement, the following guidelines will be followed:
In Case of Fire:  Students will be instructed in the quickest and safest way to leave the building in case of fire or other emergencies.  They are not sent home until authorized by the police/fire department.  Parents will then be allowed to take their own children home.
In Case of Tornado Watch:  The administration will watch the weather and local reports, but classes will continue with possible changes made to the recess schedule, depending on conditions.
In Case of Tornado Warning:  During a tornado warning, students are taken to the safest place in the building.  They are not sent home.  The school goes into a lock down mode, which means no one is allowed in or out until the tornado warning is removed.  After the warning, parents or previously designated family members may pick up their own children.
In Case of “Other Threats”:  Depending on the situation, the students will follow the same guidelines mentioned as the “in case of fire” guidelines.  If we are in a lockdown situation, those guidelines apply.  If we have to evacuate the building, the same guidelines we follow “in case of fire” will apply. 
 
BUS TRANSPORTATION
      Afternoon busing is available for the convenience of the students who reside in the Owosso School District.  Those students who are eligible for this service are expected to conduct themselves appropriately.  This service is available to the students only on the days when the Owosso Public School District is in session for a full day.  On those days when there is a conflict of calendars, parents will be responsible for their child’s transportation. Parents are also responsible for contacting the bus garage if their child is not riding the bus.
      If you would like to take advantage of this program, you will need to set it up with Steve DeLong at Owosso Public School’s Transportation Department 989-725-7665 ext. 10 or email delong@owosso.k12.mi.us.
      SATA is another option for transporting students. Call them at  989-729-2687 for more information.
 
TRANSPORTING CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL
      Please drop off and pick up your children from the SOUTH side of Ryan Street if you do not need to enter the school building.  You may also drop children off in the morning on the NORTH side of Stewart Street.  However, you should never leave your vehicle because this is a loading zone only.
      The Trinity Church parking lot, which is the blacktopped area, may be used by Salem families.   Please follow their parking lot guidelines as posted on the entrance and exit lanes.
      DO NOT drop off or pick up children on the NORTH side of Ryan Street.  Signs are posted there which prohibit parking and standing between the hours of 7:30am – 8:30am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm.  Do not pick up your child on Salem Lutheran School’s parking lot; as there should be no cars in this area from 7:30am – 4:00pm.
       If it is necessary that a child arrive before 7:30, please make prior arrangements with the principal and fill out an early arrival form.
      If any special plans have to be made to have your child picked up by someone other than an “authorized individual”, the parent of the child must contact the school office in advance by phone or in writing.  If no prior arrangements have been made, then the child may not be allowed to leave with that individual.   
 
      SCHOOL TELEPHONE USE
      Children are not given free use of the school telephone.  Should it become necessary for a child to use the phone, the teacher must first grant permission.
       Children will not be allowed to use the phone during the school day to plan personal, after-school activities. All children, parents, and visitors must check with the school office and/or teacher before using any phone in the building.
 
SCHOOL LIBRARY
      Salem Lutheran School maintains a library.  The library is organized by a group of parent volunteers.  The volunteers make a concerted effort to have the library open for the children every week.  Parents of the children of Salem Lutheran School may also check out books.
 
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
      Salem Lutheran School uses the public school program to provide meals for our students. All information can be obtained from the school’s office.
SCHOOL AIDES AND VOLUNTEERS
      Parents of our children have the opportunity to serve as aides in the kitchen, the library, and in the classrooms.  The teachers and cooks truly appreciate the assistance given by these volunteers.
 
FIELD TRIPS
      Field trips may be planned during the course of the year to enrich the educational experiences of the children.  A “blanket” permission slip is provided at registration. If a student does not have that and school does not receive parental consent in writing the student will be allowed to go. Parents are needed to assist in driving a tobacco-smoke-free vehicle. All drivers must be over the age of 21 and provide proof of a valid driver's licence and proof of insurance.
 
SEAT BELT AND AIR BAG POLICY
      For all school functions, each student must be in a seat belt while riding in a car.  NO child under the age of 12 may sit in a seat that IS protected with an air bag.
 
BOOSTER SEATS
      Michigan State Law requires a child 4 years of age or older, but less than 8 years of age, and who is less than 4 feet 9 inches in height, shall be properly secured in a child restraint system (Booster Seat) in accordance with the child restraint manufacturer's and vehicle manufacturer's instructions. Salem Lutheran School will enforce this law.
      All students who, according to state guidelines, require a child safety seat or booster seat must bring one to school for field trips and/or any school sponsored activities that require children to travel in motor vehicles.  It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a proper seat for their child(ren).  If a child does not have a proper seat, he will not be allowed to travel in a motor vehicle for a school-sponsored activity.
 
MISSION PROGRAM
      The children of Salem Lutheran School are encouraged to bring their offerings to the Lord.  Through their offerings, the children are given the joy of participating in some specific project of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s worldwide mission program.
      To impress upon the children their God-given responsibility to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), the children are given the opportunity to support mission work through weekly donations.  Freewill giving out of love for Christ and His church is one of the purposes of our mission program.
      The last day of every school week is set aside for mission offerings. The mission offerings may be collected by the student’s teacher or handed in at the office with the permission of the teacher.
 
CHAPEL SERVICES
      On the first Friday of each month, the children meet in the gymnasium for a chapel service.  Parents and friends are invited and encouraged to attend these chapel services. The service begins at 8:10.
 
CLOSING STATEMENT
      The articles set forth in this handbook have been drawn up by our Board for Christian Education and are intended to serve as guidelines to make this a worthwhile, happy, and safe school year for everyone.  These guidelines are to be administered by the faculty, the principal, and the Board for Christian Education of Salem Lutheran School. 
      May the Lord bless our combined efforts toward the furthering of His kingdom among our children and give us the wisdom to cooperate in a Christian manner to achieve that end.