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Student Behavior Expectations

BEHAVIOR POLICIES

Behavior Standards of

Three Rivers Charter School:

Social interactions occur in positive circumstances when students are taught that their actions affect themselves and others. We will be using these character traits to build and strengthen your child’s positive community values throughout the year, in all that we do.

 

SELF

  • Self–awareness and understanding
  • Self–confidence and self-esteem
  • Responsibility for one’s actions and choices
  • Autonomy and self-reliance
  • Integrity

 

INDIVIDUAL OTHERS

  • Capacity to initiate, develop, and maintain satisfying relationships
  • Interpersonal skills: Communication, negotiation, and cooperation
  • Respect for others
  • Capacity to understand another’s perspective

 

LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • Capacity to function harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Responsibility and sensitivity as a group member
  • Concern for the common good of the group
  • Propensity to contribute to the welfare of the group
  • Sense of social responsibility
  • Positive Leadership

 

 

Student Behavior Consequences

This learning community will provide a safe environment in which students are treated fairly using a clear and consistent system of justice.  Students will be notified of the core values and procedures by which the school is governed and the process by which discipline may be involved. The on-site administrator and the staff of Three Rivers Charter School has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location, and while being transported in authorized vehicles.

 

If a student engages in behavior that is disruptive, unsafe or illegal, or disrupts the learning process in the classroom or outside of the classroom, the school has the responsibility to take steps to stop the behavior.  Sometimes these steps will include quiet study time, reflection/processing with all involved, conference with parents, guardians, staff, student, restitution, or community service.  There will ALWAYS be an attempt to teach the student why the behavior is unacceptable and how the behavior is in conflict with Three Rivers Character Core Values, Mission and/or Vision.

 

In-School Application of Behavior Standards

In-school consequences, restitution or larger community service will be used whenever possible so students remain at school to work through issues, rather than returning home.  In the event that a student’s behavior becomes disruptive to the educational setting, the student will be removed from class to work independently in a quiet study area.  Once the behavior issues are identified by the student/staff, reflections have been gathered, and dialogue with all parties has taken place, the student will be allowed back into the learning community. It is up to the discretion of the administrator, whether the parents need to be notified of these behaviors, if they are a single occasion.  If they become a pattern for the student, parents will be notified and brought into the problem solving process, as a team member.

 

 

 

The Board of Directors composed of staff and parents of Three Rivers Charter School, all agree to adhere to maintaining a safe and secure school for teaching and learning.  The administration will incorporate suspensions and expulsion statutes into the menu of options that are available, including the due process rights that a student attending a public school in Oregon is entitled.  However, should problems continue, the parents, guardians or legal mentor of the student will be notified for a parent/student/staff conference where the student may be placed on a behavior contract.  Three Rivers Charter School will establish a zero tolerance policy for students who engage in activities involving weapons, drugs, alcohol, violence or/and gang activity.  Such activities will result in an expulsion process.

Drug and Alcohol Use

A dangerous drug is defined as any drug obtained with or without a prescription that has been used in a potentially harmful manner.

Use and Possession

Students who use, possess, or are under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs on or near school property during school hours or at any school-sponsored activity, on or off school property, are subject to immediate suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion.

First Offense:    

Administrator shall:

  • Notify appropriate law enforcement/juvenile agency.
  • Notify parents/guardians or the student offence and request an immediate conference with them.
  • Suspend the student for (7) calendar days for violation of the school rules with expulsion recommendation pending.

THE STUDENT MAY BE READMITTED AT THE END OF 7 DAYS IF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET:

  • An individual behavior contract is filled out with parent/administrator/student signatures.
  • Student/parent to join the Parent Resource Center to help facilitate counseling services for both individual student and family.

 

Second Offense:

      Administrator shall:

  •       Follow the same procedure as set forth for a first offense, except for a second offense an expulsion will be recommended.
  •       Recommend a student be admitted to a drug/alcohol treatment program.

 

Serious Offenses

The infractions of Three Rivers Charter School’s Core Values, Mission and/or Vision, listed below are serious and may be cause for restitution, in-school suspension, immediate suspension, or recommendation for expulsion.

  1.       Harassment of others, including sexual harassment/cyber bullying/intimidation
  2.     Unprovoked assault or threats of violence towards other students or staff (physical, verbal, or written threats of violence included)
  3.     Use or possession of any weapon on school grounds.
  4.     Open acts of defiance or disrespect towards adults or other school staff (physical, verbal, or written included).
  5.     Profane, obscene, abusive language or actions toward school staff, students or community members (verbal or written).
  6.     Evidence of drinking or possession of illegal/unauthorized drugs or narcotics in any form.
  7.     Sale of a narcotic, illegal/unauthorized drug or alcohol.
  8.     Theft of school or personal property.
  9.     Malicious destruction of or damage to school or personal property.
  10.     Pranks resulting in excessive damage and expense.
  11.     Use or possession of tobacco.
  12.     Leaving school premises without permission.
  13.     Intimidation or threat of harm to others (physical, verbal, or written threats included).
  14.     Intent or actual violence (verbal or physical - striking, fighting, throwing objects, etc.) towards other students or staff.
  15.     Disturbance or disruption of the learning community, school activity or lunch that threatens or interferes with the learning or safety of others.
  16.     Failure to obey bus/car pool regulations that threatens the safety of others.
  17.     Blatant failure to follow the direction of a staff member.
  18.     Use of social media site such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., during school hours.
  19.     Texting, phone calls, or other communication with cell phones during school hours.
  20.     Repeated and willful acts of plagiarism.

Consequences

The following is a list of school sanctions.  In cases where the law has been violated, civil authorities will be notified.

  • In-school suspension/after school community service.  The building administrator may assign these when a student commits initial minor violations of the Core Values or TRCS School Expectations. Students are expected to bring study materials and be picked up after the agreed time by parents/guardians.

 

  • Phone calls to parents could be made during the work day.  These calls will be in the presence of the school administrator after careful reflections have been completed on the event in question.  At that time, a parent or the administrator may determine that a conference is needed with the student to discuss the infraction.

 

  • Suspension:  Temporary termination of enrollment, until stipulated conditions are met.  As established by OAR 581- 21 – 065, the Administrator or designee, will limit suspensions to a specific maximum number of days, not to exceed 9 school days.

 

  • Expulsion:  Termination of enrollment for extended period per procedures established by OAR 582 – 21 – 070.  Chairman of the Board of Directors and Superintendent (or Charter School Liaison) of West Linn Wilsonville School District will be immediately informed of this event and expulsion procedures will be followed.

 

 

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURE

  1. Student is informed of the infraction.  The student will have the opportunity to present his/her view of the situation to the building administrator.  If the administrator determines a suspension is appropriate, the length and beginning time of the suspension will be explained to the student.Parent will be notified if deemed appropriate by building administrator.
  2. Written record of the in-school suspension will occur in the form of reflections about the incident and letters written to other parties.
  3. Student will do quiet work in a secluded area that is supervised at all times by the office staff.
  4. During an in-school suspension, student will be escorted to the bathroom and to obtain necessary supplies if needed.  They will be able to eat lunch in the quiet space under the direct supervision of the office personnel.

 

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURE

  1. Student is informed of the infraction.  The student will have the opportunity to present his/her view of the situation to the building administrator.  If the administrator determines a suspension is appropriate, the length and beginning time of the suspension will be explained to the student.
  2. Parents are notified by phone of the suspension, reason for the action, length of the suspension, beginning time of the suspension, conditions for reinstatement, and appeal procedures where applicable.  School work may be made up.
  3. A letter will be mailed to the parents stating the specific reasons for the suspension, appeal procedures, length of the suspension, conditions for reinstatement, and methods by which missed school work can be made up.  The letter may also request that the parents contact the school for an appointment for a re-admission conference with appropriate school officials.
  4. The student’s record will be reviewed during the conference in an effort to determine guidelines that will ensure success after the student’s re-admission.

 

Expulsion Procedure

Expulsion denies the student the privilege of attending school or school sponsored activities and the right to be on school premises for the duration of the expulsion. Administrator may recommend expulsion of a student to the Board of TRCS.  The Board will appoint a representative to serve as the Hearings Officer in all proceedings.  This Board officer shall determine if due process was followed and determine if the expulsion recommendation should be modified or upheld.

 

Staff requests to meet with parents concerning behavior

If staff requests a meeting with parents regarding the student’s behavior issue, we will work with parents to make every attempt to meet in a timely manner.  Failure to do so many result in the student’s removal from the community until a meeting with the parents can occur.  


 

Non Discrimination Policy

Three Rivers shall promote non-discrimination and an environment free of harassment based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status or age or because of the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status or age of any other persons with whom the individual associates. In keeping with requirements of federal and state law,

TRCS strives to remove any vestige of discrimination in employment, assignment, and promotion of personnel; in educational opportunities and services offered students; in student assignment to schools and classes; in student discipline; in location and use of facilities; in educational offerings and materials; and in accommodating the public at public meetings. The board encourages staff to improve human relations within the schools and to establish channels through which citizens can communicate their concerns to the administration and the board. The Administrator shall appoint and make known the individuals to contact on issues concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and other civil rights or discrimination issues.


 

Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    •        School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    •        Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    •        Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    •        Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    •        Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    •        Accrediting organizations;
    •         To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    •        Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    •         State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.


 

SCHOOL POLICIES

 

Dress Policy – Three Rivers Students

Dress and grooming are the individual responsibilities of students and their parents.   Clothing and attire at all times will honor individual expression, while not offending or distracting from any school environment. Students are expected to wear appropriate, respectful clothing to school. When dress or grooming disrupts or interferes with the learning process, it becomes a matter of counseling with the student and/or parent. If we cannot reach you for a change of clothing, TRCS will provide a change of clothes.

Dress and grooming display how a student respects themselves and should be modest, neat, and clean to ensure the health, safety and ability to focus on academic learning of all students. Our belief is that school is the training ground for future job expectations. With this in mind, we want students to learn socially acceptable business casual dress and grooming choices. While we understand that the clothing our students choose are related to fashion and trends, our top priority each day is to maintain TRCS as a professional place of learning. Appropriate and respectful attire is always expected.

 

Hats

Students are allowed to wear hats to school. All hats must be appropriate for school and without offensive language or logos. Students must respect all wearers of hats and not touch them or remove them from a classmate’s head. Not following this rule will result in the lost privilege of wearing a hat to school for the remainder of the year and possibly losing the privilege for the whole school.

 

Photography

To protect and respect the privacy of all our students and staff, students are not allowed to take pictures of other students or staff on school premises with their own personal, private camera phone or using any school owned equipment without permission. Photos taken by TRCS cameras for school use (i.e., Yearbook, slide show, etc.) are allowed. This is to protect our students’ rights to privacy. The use of photo and video sharing apps, such as Snapchat and Instagram is not allowed at school.

 

Communication with Families

We rely heavily on electronic communication from school to home. We utilize our website at www.3rcs.org as a main hub for communication. Our website is updated frequently with important dates, news updates, and schedule changes. We also send out the Wave (our weekly newsletter), the Currents (our once a term publication), report cards, and any important schedule updates via email. It is critical that we have a current email address for each parent/guardian to ensure that parents receive this information. Please make sure any changes to your email are reported to the office as soon as possible.

 

TRCS Lockers

Students will be assigned a working and clean locker to use throughout the school year. Students are not allowed to get into any locker not assigned to them for any reason. If, during regularly scheduled locker checks, misuse of a locker or if unclean/unsanitary conditions are found, the student found in violation will lose his or her privilege of having a locker for any length of time deemed appropriate by school administration. TRCS is not responsible for any missing or stolen property from student lockers. Students have the option to use a padlock in their locker, as long as they give the combination to the office.

 

Lost & Found

At the end of each term, lost and found contents will be taken to Goodwill. The Lost & Found will be located upstairs and all items left lying around inside, outside, or in the locker room will be stored there until the end of the term.

 

Pets

Pets from home are not allowed at school.  The most tame and domesticated animal can become excited and inadvertently bite or scratch a child.  Also, some students have allergic reactions to pet hair.

 

School Fees

School Fees for activities will be determined by the TRCS Board of Directors and communicated to parents.

 

Damaged Books

Students are responsible for replacing or paying for damaged or lost literature/textbooks at current market prices. Students will not receive their report card if they have not replaced or paid for their books at the end of a term.

 

Birthdays

Student birthdays are celebrated during morning meeting. We ask that students bring a wrapped book to donate to our school library in lieu of any treats or snacks.

 

Lunches and Nutrition at School

For the 2017-18 school year, TRCS will be offering lunches from Fresh n’ Local Foods available for purchase in advance for $5.00 per meal. These lunches will be available for advance purchase twice a week. Menus and order forms will be made available for students and parents to arrange for advance ordering. Fresh n’ Local is a locally based company that provides well-balanced, nutritious, and delicious school meals, using locally sourced ingredients. Due to the need to advance order with the company, no late orders will be accepted for this lunch program. Purchasing a lunch from Fresh n’ Local is a family decision. TRCS is unable to guarantee that all food allergies or sensitivities will be able to be accommodated by any meal provided by Fresh n’ Local.    

 

When bringing food from home, we ask that students bring a nutritious lunch & snack for their school day.  Good nutrition improves mental and behavioral performance in school. We ask that candy and sweets (drinks included) be on a very limited basis.  Students are NOT allowed to share their lunch with others at any time. 

 

During assigned lunch times, students are expected to remain seated at their table and not wander around. Adult supervision is always present and is there to encourage positive relationships among students. It is also expected that students clean up after themselves after the meal. After lunch, students will have recess. We make every effort to go outside weather permitting, so it is important to have appropriate clothing for the weather each day at school.

 

We realize that sometimes lunches are forgotten.  Please do not deliver these to school.  We can provide a replacement lunch for your student and we charge $5.00 per lunch.  We will send you an email on the day that your child charges a lunch.  Students will not receive their report card if lunch charges are not paid in full by the end of the term. Please discuss how to get ready for school, possibly packing their lunch the night before.

Eating a healthy breakfast can help get you ready for learning in the morning.  Breakfast in combination with an overall healthy diet and lifestyle can make a positive difference in a child’s health and well-being.

 

Before School Policy

The staff work day does not begin until 7:30 A.M.

Prior to 7:30 A.M., if you need to drop your student off before this tie, no staff will be on duty. The door may be open and staff may be here prior to this time, getting their day started. Student can wait outside under covered area.

7:30 – 8:00, the front door is open to students.

8:00, School begins. Students are tardy if not seated by 8:00 am.

 

After School Care

For the 2017-18 school year, TRCS is offering after school care on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 5:30 pm. Students and parents are expected to follow these guidelines for the after school program:

  • All students and parents participating in the after school program will be required to complete an agreement form prior to any after school care.
  • Students will work on homework or read silently.
  • Teachers are not available for tutoring or conferencing during after school time for students or parents.
  • Parents must pick up students by 5:30 pm. For each minute past 5:30, parents will be charged $1.00.
  • Prompt payment is required. Payments for each month are due by the 10th of the following month. Late payments will accrue late fees of 10% a week until payment is made.
  • TRCS reserves the right to revoke the privilege of after school care to any student that violates any TRCS policies or behavior expectations during after school time.   

 

***Teachers feel that instructional time would be better utilized by individually identifying students that need one-on-one assistance after school. Teachers will identify this with student and notify parents one day in advanced.

 

***All after school play dates and other after school arrangements may NOT be made at school.  Parents and students need to plan ahead and send a note or email indicating the arrangement on the morning of the event to notify us if there is a change in transportation that afternoon.

 

Medication

Medications may be administered at school if they are necessary for the student to remain in school. Herbal and dietary supplements will not be administered during the school day. All medications must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian in the original labeled container. Students may NOT bring in their own medication and store in their locker or backpack. Students may NOT self-administer any medication during the school day. The parent or guardian must complete an Authorization for Medication form or indicate permission for specific medication on the registration form before TRCS staff can administer any medication. 

 

Food Sensitivities and Allergies

Parents must notify the office of any food allergies and/or sensitivities. TRCS will provide alternative snacks to accommodate some allergies, but we cannot provide for ALL allergies/sensitivities.

  • With any dietary restrictions, parents must provide alternative snacks/treats for to be stored at TRCS for staff to have on hand to provide to the student.
  • When TRCS offers lunches for purchase by students from outside vendors, the school will NOT be able to provide any alternate or special meals to accommodate food sensitivities or allergies. The purchases of these lunches are completely optional, so if your student has a dietary restriction, parents will need to provide a lunch on these days.  

 

Illness at School

If a student is not feeling well during the school day, they are to report this first to the teacher of the class they are in. If the teacher determines it necessary, the student will be sent to the office to check in with the office staff. The office staff will then decide if the student needs to go to the health room. The student may rest for a short time before they will be sent back to class (at the discretion of TRCS staff). If a student has a fever of 100°F or above or has vomited, the office staff will call a parent or emergency contact for the student to be picked up. The student will not be allowed to return to class and must be taken home.

 

Inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, TRCS follows the decisions of the WLWV School District. Weather announcements impacting schools will be posted through the FlashAlert System and visible on the WLWV District Website under the link: "Inclement Weather Closure Status." FlashAlert text messages may be sent directly to parents' mobile phone or email. Visit  http://www.flashalert.net/login.html to sign up directly. In addition, any changes may be viewed on the West Linn-Wilsonville School District website: www.wlwv.k12.or.us. Most area radio and television stations announce inclement weather school delays or closures.

 

Attendance Policy – Three Rivers Students

Student attendance is critical to school success. We will report attendance figures to West Linn-Wilsonville District & the State of Oregon.  All attendance records will be kept in hard-copy format on school premises. Students who are absent more than 10 consecutive days will be contacted by phone or mail and removed from the Three Rivers Charter School student list.  We will make every effort to make sure that parents/students are informed prior to the 10th day of absence.  When a student has been withdrawn from the TRCS student list, if they would like to return, they must submit a card and move to the TRCS waiting list.  If the TRCS board determines that they would like to grant a leave of absence (see board policy) they may do so if parent/student initiates this process at the administration level.

Each student will provide a satisfactory written explanation from his/her parent for any absence from class and for the release of a student from school during the school day.  The administrator or his/her authorized representative may at his/her discretion accept a personal or telephone contact with the parent in lieu of a written excuse for the student’ absence.  Justifiable absences include those due to the illness of the student, death in the family, medical or dental appointments, observance of a religious holiday, or other reasons deemed acceptable to the administrator.

In the event of an absence, parents must notify the school office. We do not answer phones until 8:00 am. Email is preferred. Please send all attendance related messages to office@3rcs.org. Please email or call the office by 8:30 am on the day of the absence to confirm with school staff that the student will be absent.

 

TRCS Tardy Policy

We are expecting all TRCS students to arrive at school on time.  Being organized and ready for school at the correct time is a valuable ethic to establish for your child’s future.  If a student is counted as tardy 5 times throughout a term, they will need to make up the work/time that they have missed from their first period class.  This will occur at a designated time chosen by parents and administration.   We will notify parents by e-mail on the 4th tardy marked to inform them of the impending detention. Each term, we will clear all attendance records and begin again.  We hope that your children will be able to come to school on time all year! 

 

Family Vacations

Please keep a commitment of daily school attendance! Everyday a student comes to school is important. Much of the teaching and learning cannot be recreated. 

We ask that you do not plan family vacations during the school calendar.

We have done our best to provide ample time off for vacations so that learning will not be interrupted.  We also ask that if you are called away on an emergency, it is your child’s responsibility to gather their work PRIOR to leaving school.  It is most difficult for teachers to plan ahead for student absences and the information missed is pertinent to a student’s success. The class moves forward and the teachers are not responsible to provide one on one assistance to catch up on the hours missed in classes.  We ask that you help us keep your kids in school. 

 

Outdoor School

If your 6/7/8th grade student cannot attend Outdoor School for any reason, it will be recorded as absences from school. We cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures from camp. Please make sure to plan ahead for any outside school activities during this week.

 

Plagiarism

In accordance with our belief in academic integrity, plagiarism is not allowed at TRCS. Plagiarism is defined as the representation of the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic work. This includes “cutting and pasting” from a document into a student’s own work. To avoid plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks, or by appropriate indentation, and must be cited properly. Repeated acts of plagiarism are considered a serious offence and will be subject to the consequences outlined in our behavior policy.

 

Daily Planners

Students are required to use a daily planner to record homework and projects in. Teachers will ask to see planners to make sure work is recorded properly from time to time. Planners are provided by TRCS to the students at no cost. Planners will be provided to all students in September. Electronic planners are not an option for students at this time.   

 

Student Electronics*

No personal electronics are to be used by students during the school day. They must be stored in lockers at all times. Students bringing personal cell phones, iPods, iPads, MP3 players, laptops, hand held gaming devices and other electronics to school, do so at their own risk. TRCS will not be held liable for any loss or damage to the equipment. If the rules of TRCS are violated at any time in classes with the use of electronics to access SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media, texts, phone calls or phone messages - sent or received, it is up to the discretion of the administrator to remove all electronics from student use during the school day.  TRCS is a NO CELL ZONE – which also includes adults that come into the building.  Please turn off your phone, as it is disturbing to classes that are studying. 

 

*See cell phone policy on separate page. 

 

TRCS Homework Policy

Homework should be a regular part of children’s school life several or more days a week.  We believe that this regular practice fosters maturity, organization and the skills to build upon in their future schooling.  Students are welcome to stay after school until 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday and Thursdays.   Our guidelines are as follows:

Please keep to these guidelines! Students and parents are responsible for monitoring these time limitations.

4/5th graders:                

1 hour - Monday – Thursday; there should be no homework on weekends or vacations!

            20 minutes Language

            20 minutes Math

            20 minutes Social Studies/Science

Larger projects assigned occasionally with lots of time in class to complete the work.

6/7th graders:                

1 hour – 1 ½ hours, Monday – Thursday

            30 minutes Language

            30 minutes Math

            20-30 minutes Science/Social Studies

Larger projects assigned more frequently to help this age of student manage                    their time and set goals for successful completion of outside work.

8th graders:                   

1 ½ - 2 hours, Monday – Thursday

               30 minutes Language

               30 minutes Math

               30 minutes Social Studies

               30 minutes Science

 

There should be no homework on regular two day weekends.  If your child is using their time wisely within their class times, he/she should be able to keep to this schedule.

* TRCS staff may elect to update this but will inform you in the Wave and/or the Currents.

Our expectation for each student in our class is very different.  Some students have been used to an organized system of homework, some have had weekly packets that were completed over the week and some have never encountered homework before.  We consider each student individually with the guidelines above used as the ultimate goal for the year.  Our homework is a meaningful extension of the work your child is doing here at school.  We would like homework to be a positive experience for both you and your child.  Please do not make your child’s homework your problem.  Allow your children the opportunity to do their own homework and a place in which to complete it.  Be available to help with homework with a needed hint or helpful explanation.  Make sure that you are a guide.  They can learn much from your suggestions, but can also learn how to have you complete their work if there is the opportunity.  If they did not get the work completed in the hour time, and you know that they were focused and concentrating, they have the option to have you sign a note and attach it to the homework to turn in.  This is our indication that you are aware that they worked diligently for one hour and were not able to finish.  If your student chooses to continue with their work after the hour or hour and half, this is his/her choice!

Often your students will be given a nightly assignment, math, reading or a continuation of what content areas we are currently studying.  If they are having an easy time getting their work completed, they will be given the option to take home class work that they would like to work on at home.  This can be worked into an evening schedule or could be made up over the weekend.

If your child is absent, they are allowed the same number of days that they were absent to turn in the work that was missing.  This is your child’s responsibility to find the work and complete it to the best of their abilities.  We would encourage you to discuss this with your kids as they learn to navigate turning work in for full credit.  After the number of days absence has expired, 10% each day will be deducted from the grade of any late work. Please check online for any missed assignments

If your child is absent for more than 2 days, you may be able to stop by and pick up any assigned work not available online. Please do not call our office to gather homework for you if absent 2 days or less. It is up to the student to look online and find the homework and assignments to do for themselves.  After 2 days, it would be appropriate to call and have homework picked up, emailed home, or sent home with a friend/neighbor.  Please call ahead so we can prepare this for you.  This work is separated into subject areas.  It is easy to find and we will expect all of the kids to manage getting this work for themselves.  They will be allowed the same amount of time that they were gone to complete the homework. If your child is only absent a single day, we ask that they get make-up work on their return.

One last note, homework is not punishment.  If your child seems frustrated and needs additional help, just let us know that they worked on the assignment for the required homework time.  It is very important to build independence and responsibility during these middle years.  As they become used to this time commitment each night, they will be building study skills important for a successful future.

TECHNOLOGY POLICIES

TRCS reserves the right to revoke a student’s access to technology during the school day if any of these policies are violated.

TRCS Cell Phone/Personal Tablets

Cell phones and iPads/tablets are amazing tools.  They can be used for calendars, music, jotting notes to remind you of important facts.  What also comes with cell phones is the teaching and learning of integrity and best choices - when and how to use them.  These are the lessons that we want to teach students. 

There are places – like TRCS – that are a NO CELL ZONE.  During the school day, the choice of students to use a cell phone to communicate with others inside or outside of the school, to access the internet, or access Snapchat, Instagram or any other similar social media app, is not allowed, unless a contract has been signed by student and parent(s) (see below).  This policy is in place because we believe while at school students should be focused on learning at school, while maintaining personal responsibility. In addition TRCS employs web safety filters that would not be available on a 3G/4G, LTE or other network.

For the 2017-18 school year, TRCS is introducing a pilot cell phone program. In mid-October, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents and students will be invited to a mandatory meeting to discuss cell phone use during the school day. If a student and parent attends, the student may be given the opportunity to sign a contract for cell phone use at school. At this meeting, parents and students will both be required to participate in discussions and training on appropriate use of cell phones, specifically the communication coming from cell phone via text and social media. TRCS is committed to working together with parents to help students gain the tools necessary to appropriately use this technology.

We do not allow students to record teachers or students in class, at lunch, recess or any other school day activity and send these recordings via text, Snapchat, or other social media communication, to any other devices. 

If a parent receives a cell phone communication (call, text or email) during school hours, we ask that they communicate this to the office in an effort to enforce this policy. If an emergency arises, and a student feels a need to communicate with someone on their cell phone, it is our policy that the student go to the office where there are adults to help them with whatever they need. If it is deemed appropriate, a phone call will be made to contact using the school phone.

If the above policy is violated, we will ask that the cell phone in question remain at home for the remainder of the year.  We will collect the cell phone, have a conference about this policy with the student and return the cell phone to the parents to keep at home. We will provide notification of this choice and provide documentation concerning what occurred.  

We don’t want to be put in “judgment” place on cell phones.  The simplest message that we can give to all TRCS students, is to know the policy and rules on cell phones and always live with integrity and honesty. 

Personal Laptops

Students may bring their personal laptops from home to school and use them in the classrooms. Students have the same filters in other district schools and are expected to respect and honor appropriate uses of the internet.  If they do not have the maturity or responsibly yet developed to use the internet as a tool, we will restrict their use of personal and school technology. 

 

TRCS Owned Laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks

TRCS has a mobile computer lab with laptops and Chromebooks, as well as a class set of iPads, available to use during class time.  Students are only allowed to use these devices during class with teacher permission. iPads are ONLY for use with teacher direction during that assigned class, they cannot be checked out for individual use. A teacher must agree that the student is responsible and will treat the TRCS property correctly.  Students agree to the following expectations:

  1. All students will follow the TRCS Technology policy (located in student agenda and signed in September by both student and parent)
  2. Students will use laptops and iPads at TRCS only.
  3. Students will carefully carry the laptops or iPads according to TRCS guidelines taught in classes.
  4. TRCS technology is to be used inside the TRCS Building only in full view of staff.
  5. Preference is given to classes needing TRCS owned devices for testing over any personal student use.

 

TRCS students are responsible for loss or damage to any TRCS owned equipment while in use (including, but not limited to, dropping equipment or spilling liquid into equipment). Any repairs or replacement costs will be the financial responsibility of that student.

 

TRCS Email System

Students will be monitored and expected to use appropriate subject matter and language at all times. We are able and will be monitoring TRCS student email accounts for content. If students abuse or disregard these guidelines, they will face school imposed sanctions, along with removal from the TRCS email communication system.

 

E-learning

TRCS students are expected to follow all technology guidelines while using any TRCS provided educational software or cloud based learning websites. These include, but are not limited to: Typing.com, Vocabulary.com, IXL, Edline, SpellingCity, DuoLingo, and Learning.com. These supplemental learning tools are to be used for educational purposes only and as assigned by a TRCS teacher. Passwords or other account credentials are not to be shared and may not be changed by students once assigned by TRCS.

Note to parents: TRCS staff will instruct and use this software when it is time to access within their curriculum. Thereafter, students will have access to use for homework.

 

Password Policy

Passwords provided by TRCS are for TRCS student use only, not for other students or parents. We will provide all passwords for students and recover any lost or forgotten passwords. Students are not allowed to share passwords with others and violation of this policy may result in loss of technology privileges. Please help us teach students how to keep passwords private and secure.

 

Rights and Responsibilities of TRCS Students on Technology, Internet, Computers and Network Use

Three Rivers Charter School has made a strong commitment to the use of computers to aid in the educational process.  We expect and encourage all persons to use the computers, available software, the computer network and the computer peripherals in the proper manner.  These uses must be obviously and unquestionably legal, ethical and educational.  TRCS employs the use of filtering software and all efforts are made to eliminate access to inappropriate internet content.  Students are allowed to use the internet as long as they respect and adhere to these filters.  When students go around these filters, they will be at risk of losing their privileges to continue to use the equipment at TRCS.

Students have the Responsibility:

  • To not use the internet for illegal purposes.
  • To not use impolite or abusive language or offensive image content in any context.
  • To not violate the rules of common sense and online etiquette
  • To not change any computer files not personally created.
  • To not use anyone’s password to access their files.
  • To not send, receive or use copyrighted materials without permission.
  • To not save any files to the desktop
  • To not download or use any unauthorized computer programs, including but not limited to  the following:
  • Music sharing services
  • Instant messaging or texting services
  • Any and all social networks, including, but not limited to, Snapchat and Instagram
  • Web-based games or apps
  • Personal email – students are not allowed to access personal email accounts during the school day.

Failure to respect and live up to your responsibilities will result in revocation of technology privileges.  The TRCS Board or administrator may modify this agreement at any time.

Students have the Right:

  • To receive a Google App for Education account and internet access.
  • To research assigned classroom projects.
  • Work on homework/schoolwork assignments.
  • To access and use software programs or e-learning sites as assigned by TRCS
  • To be as creative as you can imagine!

Google Apps for Education

     Three Rivers Charter School uses Google Apps for Education for students, teachers and staff. Google Apps for Education provides tools for collaboration and online storage. We are also use internal email for our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (with possible introduction of email to 4th and 5th grades later in the school year). We will continue our teaching around digital citizenship to include email etiquette and proper usage.

 

     In addition, we will be using a safety filtering system called Gaggle to monitor student activity on Google Apps for Education. Gaggle will screen both student emails and documents stored on Google Drive, greatly improving the safety and security of students by having a trained team monitor student content 24/7. Gaggle’s safety features, such as algorithms to look for bullying, risks of suicide, and inappropriate content offer ways to keep our TRCS students safe and secure.

 

     Using these tools, students collaboratively create, edit and share files and websites for school related projects. These services are entirely online and available 24/7 from any Internet-connected computer. Examples of student use include showcasing class projects, building an electronic portfolio of school learning experiences, and working in small groups on presentations to share with others.

     Google Apps for Education uses the internet domain 3rcs.org, which is purchased and owned by Three Rivers Charter School. Google Apps for Education is available anywhere that has internet access.

As we use Google for Education with students, our focus will be on teaching:


  • Digital Citizenship
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication Skills
  • Keyboarding
  • Business/School appropriate use of technology equipment, language, and app features


     These guidelines and expectations describe the tools and student responsibilities for using these services. As with any educational endeavor, a strong partnership with families is essential to a successful experience. Students and parents need to sign below to agree to our policies and the ethics involved with being a responsible digital citizen using Google Apps for Education.

  • Personal Google accounts cannot be used for school purposes as features may be enabled that TRCS cannot
  • Students agree to use their org google account for school related purposes only.
  • Students agree to not share their Google password with other students or allow another student access to their account.
  • Students agree not to change the password assigned by TRCS for their Google account.
  • Students agree not to post personal information about themselves on any internet or school related website, including addresses, email, or phone
  • Students agree to use all chat, instant messaging, and email features for school related communication These features can and will be disabled if not used for educational discourse.
  • Students understand that TRCS utilizes Gaggle for immediate filtering and screening of all emails sent by students for inappropriate content.
  • Students understand that emails can only be sent and received by others in the 3rcs.org system.
  • Students understand that their Google Drives will be screened four times a day by Gaggle and filtered for inappropriate content.
  • Students understand that TRCS staff may log into student accounts at any time for any reason to monitor appropriate use.
  • Students agree to interact with others using appropriate
  • Students agree to notify any adult if they see inappropriate use of Google Apps for Education or anything that makes them feel
  • All files of exiting students will be deleted one week following withdrawal or graduation from
  • Inappropriate use of school equipment, software, apps, or internet access will be grounds for termination of all computer
  • Not reporting inappropriate action of others related to use of Google for Education apps or services is grounds for termination of computer access per TRCS Administrative