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Washington District

Elementary School


Student Handbook








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School Facts


                                Name:                                  Washington District Elementary School

                                Address:                              5078 Tallmansville Road

                                                                                Buckhannon, WV 26201

                                Phone #:                              304-472-6599

                                Fax #:                                    304-471-2044


                                Enrollment:                        154


                                School Mascot:                 Roadrunner



                                Jeanne Bennett                                Principal

                                Emily Thompson                 Pre-K Teacher

                                Alice Alkire                          Pre-K Aide         

                                Shauna Mason             Kindergarten Teacher

                                Joyce Morgan                    Kindergarten Aide

                                Dorian Carrico                    First Grade Teacher

                                LisaTenney                    Second Grade Teacher

                                Lisa Bennett                 Third Grade Teacher

                                Rebecca Wilfong              Fourth Grade Teacher

                                Jennifer Barry                 Fifth Grade Teacher

                                Tonya Jeffries                    Title I Teacher

                                Carmel Lantz                        Special Education Teacher

                                Jason Piacente                   Physical Education Teacher


                                TBA                      Art Teacher

                                Renee Carr                    Music Teacher

                                Andrea Ellis                         Speech Pathologist

                                Barbara Sanders               Head Cook

                                Donna Ours                        Cook

                                Brandon Kelley                 Custodian

                                Erica Landis                     Secretary

                                Katherine Heatherly       Counselor







                                                7:15                        School Opens/First Bus Arrives

7:20                        Breakfast Begins

                                                7:45                        Students Report to Classrooms

                                                8:00                        Tardy Bell

                                                11:25 – 12:30      Primary Grades Lunch and Recess

                                                11:30 – 12:30      Intermediate Grades Recess and Lunch

3:15                        Instructional Day Ends

                                                3:45                        School Office Closes




                Students will be dismissed from the office.  Parents who wish to pick up their child MUST report to the office to sign the student out.  We will then page the classroom from the office.  Additional adults who have permission to pick up a student must be listed on the Emergency Procedure Card.  Parents may also call the school or write a note giving permission for another adult to pick up their child.  We will not release your child to any other adult unless these conditions have been met.   Students will be dismissed for pick-up from the office at 3:15 p.m.  Parents are asked to remain in the front foyer.



                Delayed school openings are rare.  However, because of weather or hazardous road conditions, schools can operate on a two-hour delay. Breakfast will be served on delayed openings.

                Unscheduled early dismissals sometimes occur when weather conditions quickly become hazardous or for an emergency situation.  Parent Link, the automated phone contact system used by the Upshur County Board of Education, is activated when early dismissals occur.  The system dials the primary number listed on the Emergency Procedure Card, so please keep this number current.    Local radio and television stations are notified and also communicate school closings. 



                Breakfast and lunch meals are provided daily.  Menus are sent home monthly, are posted in classrooms and are printed in the local newspapers.

                ***NEW THIS YEAR – “BREAKFAST AFTER FIRST”:   We will be offering an alternative bag breakfast after the start of the school day.  During a designated time, students can eat a grab and go breakfast in their classroom during instruction.  This county-wide alternative to the typical hot breakfast is for those students who may not be hungry when they first come in to the gym when a hot breakfast is offered in the cafeteria.  Please be aware that students are only permitted to have one breakfast at school.

                Bills are sent home monthly for all meals.  These bills are to be paid within three days after they are sent home.  Applications for free and reduced meal prices are available in the school office.  If your financial status changes during the school year, you may apply for free or reduced meals any time during the school year.

                If bills are not paid in a timely manner, daily payment of meals will be required.



We provide each child with a red take-home /return folder, which will come home daily.  Please be sure to look through the folder each night for important information, and return the folder with your child each day.  The School Planner is used in grades 1st through 5th.  The planner will assist your child in organizing her/her daily, weekly, and long-term assignments. 



                Washington District Elementary School’s PTO meets monthly and sponsors fundraising activities to pay for field trips and teacher supplies.  Meetings are conducted in the cafeteria and all parents are encouraged to become a member by attending monthly meetings.



                We welcome visitors to Washington District School, however, in accordance with county policy, there are guidelines we must follow.  Our school is equipped with a door buzzer and security camera for entrance into the school.  Upon arriving at the front door, visitors must press the buzzer and identify themselves to be allowed entry.  When entering the building, guests are to report to the office, sign in and trade their driver’s license for a visitor’s badge.  Your driver’s license will be returned to you when you leave the building.  This county policy is for the safety of all our children.


                Regular attendance at school is directly related to student success.  Every day your child is absent from school, ParentLink will contact you by telephone to inform you of your child’s absence.  Parents must write a note explaining the reason for their child’s absence or send in a doctor’s excuse for the absence to be considered excused. 

                Excused absences consist of student illness, family emergency or death in the family.  If a student accumulates three consecutive or five total days in any one semester because of illness without a doctor’s excuse, any additional absences for illness during the remainder of that semester must be accompanied by a doctor’s excuse otherwise it is recorded as an unexcused absence. 

If a child accrues five unexcused absences during a semester, a meeting will be scheduled with the principal and the Prosecutor’s office will be contacted.  In addition, the county attendance director shall serve written notice to the parents.

Tardiness is considered an absence.   Please remember school begins promptly at 8:00.

Leaving school early is another form of absence that causes your child to miss instruction.  Please remember that students are not excused from the office until after 3:15 p.m. and the early bus has pulled away from the school. 


                When a student exhibits symptoms of head lice, that student will be checked for head lice by the principal or the principal’s designee.  When live head lice are found, the student’s parents will be notified and the student sent home, if at all possible.  At this time, the parent will receive a letter with instructions for the treatment of head lice. 

                All students in the classroom of a student who has live head lice will be checked by the school nurse, principal and/or principal’s designee.  Also, a letter informing the parents that lice have been found in their child’s class will be sent home.

                When treatment is completed, the parent must accompany the child to school for examination by the principal.  A proof of treatment document must be completed and signed by the parent stating that treatment has occurred.  In order for a student to return to school, that student’s hair must be lice free.  If the student is found to have live head lice, the student will be sent home with the parent.  There will be a follow-up check in 8-10 days done by the principal or the school nurse.


Field trips are planned each year and are educational in nature.  Our PTO has been very supportive in paying for buses to transport students.



                Teachers assign homework throughout the school year.  Your child will need a quiet place at home to complete his or her assignments.  Students in grades first through fifth have planners in which they will write their daily assignments.  If parents have a question about homework that has been assigned for the evening, a quick look at the planner should tell you exactly what is to be completed.

                When your child is absent, teachers will assign make-up work to each student upon their return to school.  The student shall be allowed the number of days absent to complete the make-up work. Make-up work is not optional.  Teachers are required to make assignments that are relevant to the material covered for all classes missed.  If parents wish to pick up homework for a student who has been absent for a long period of time, please call the school and the teacher will have assignments ready for you to pick up at the end of the next school day. 



                Please plan to visit your child’s teacher during the school year.  Conferences are conducted twice during the school year during the evening hours.  If you feel you need to talk to your child’s teacher before the conferences occur, please call the school and a conference will be scheduled.  Please remember that conferences cannot occur during instructional time.

                In addition to grade cards, you will be made aware of your child’s progress midway through each quarter with interim reports.  Grades could change between this report and grade card times.  Grade cards are issued four times a year.


                Our parents provide a major contribution to the students and faculty by donating time to the school.   The time you are able to give is extremely important to the faculty and students.  Please look for the volunteer brochure, which lists ways parents, can help throughout the year.  If you are able to volunteer, please fill out the brochure and return to school with your child.


Washington District Elementary School instruction is designed around Next Generation Content Standards.  Classes are organized to maximize student learning and to meet individual student needs.   Seven regular classroom teachers provide instruction for students in preschool through fifth grade.  Special education services are offered several days a week in communication disorders (speech), learning disabilities, mental impairment, behavior disorders, other health impaired, and gifted instruction.  Traveling teachers provide art, music and physical education.   The entire staff consists of seven regular education teachers, two Title I Reading Specialists, one half-time special education teacher, one traveling Speech Pathologist, three traveling teachers, two classroom aides, one cook and one half-time cook, one custodian, one secretary and one principal.  The school also has counseling and nursing services on a limited basis.


                The Darla Edgell Scholarship Award provides a graduating senior who attended Washington District Elementary School a $500 scholarship if he or she is planning to continue his or her education.  This scholarship is funded through various fundraisers throughout the year.  Any interested senior is invited to complete an application in the spring.




                Parties are held for all classes four times during the school year: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter.  The parties are held in the afternoon during school hours.  Refreshments are planned and provided by the homeroom parents. 

                Parents can make arrangements to send in a special snack on their child’s birthday.  Please be sure to set this up with your child’s teacher in advance.

Remember, all food served at school must fall within specified dietary guidelines.  We will abide by these guidelines and will not serve food to the children that do not fall within the specified requirements.  During school parties, emphasis will be on activities for the children, with a light snack being served.





                Students may bring CD players, MP3 players, or E rated electronic games to the gym during morning and evening bus as long as the proper forms have been completed.  Also, they MUST have ear buds (or the sound turned).


Food served at school for children must be based on the guidelines set forth by the State Board of Education and policy of the Upshur County Board of Education.  These guidelines are:

  • Foods cannot contain 40% or more added sugar by weight.
  • Foods cannot contain more than 8 grams of fat per ounce.
  • Packages will be in single serving sizes.
  • Foods that provide more than 2 grams of fiber per serving will be made available. (Not a requirement)
  • No candy, soft drinks, chewing gum or flavored ice bars will be served during the school day.
  • All foods served to children will be prepackaged by serving size.
  • Foods must be prepackaged, or prepared by a qualified food handler.

For daily snacks, the rules are as follows:

  • Snacks are to be offered to children 20 minutes after the last lunch of the school day is served.
  • Children are to bring their own daily snacks from home. 


            We ask that parents be mindful of these rules and respect that we will be vigilant about adhering to the requirements. 


                Students are recognized for good behavior, faithful attendance, high academic achievement and academic improvement.  The Responsible Student Program advocates orderly conduct inside and outside the classroom as well as good work ethics.  Students are also recognized as Student of the Week as well as on their birthday.  Washington District School ends the school year with a recognition ceremony for all students.


Parents must complete a parent authorization form and all medication must be in the original container. Medication that has been obtained with a prescription must be brought to school by the parent. All medication will be stored in the office and given from the office. 


                The children at Washington District are very well behaved and mannerly.  If there is a problem, however, we will be in touch with you. You may receive a letter from the teacher or a call from the principal.  All misbehavior that results in a student being sent to the office is recorded and sent home to parents.  Please refer to the Upshur County Schools Policy booklet for specifics concerning severe discipline issues. 


                In order to maintain a positive school environment, all members of the school community will observe the following dress code during the school day:

The following are prohibited:

  • Clothing that exposes the mid part of the body
  • Short shorts and mini-skirts that do not reach the tip of the index finger when standing
  • Spaghetti straps or halters, unless worn with a buttoned-up shirt
  • Tops that expose a large area of the back and/or front
  • See-through mesh or fishnet clothing or clothing with cut-out places
  • Hats, bandannas, and sunglasses will not be permitted in the building unless a special activity has been planned in advance.
  • Clothing depicting violence, blood, knives, guns
  • Clothing that evidences gang membership or references terrorism, suggestive sex, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, obscenities or profane language
  • Spiked jewelry or chains that could be used as weapons
  • Baggy clothing considered to be a safety hazard or exposes undergarments or mid sections.


The West Virginia Legislature has passed into law a procedure (Integrated Pest Management Plan) for notifying parents and school staff 24 hours prior to the application of Level 3 (spray) and Level 4 (fog-out) pesticides in schools.  Our school is checked weekly in order to monitor and control structural pests (roaches, ants, bees, mice, etc.).  All other means of control will be used before a Level 3 or Level 4 pesticide will be used. 

                The county and school policy is available in the school office and includes procedures mandated by the Legislature.  All parents will be notified by Parent Link if Level 3 and/or Level 4 pesticides are used.


All buildings owned by the Upshur County Board of Education, which are currently in use, have been inspected for asbestos during the year.  EPA-accredited persons conducted these inspections.  The Asbestos Management Plan for your building is on file in three locations:

  1. Each School Office
  2. Board of Education Office
  3. WV Department of Health Office

All buildings are reassessed every six months and inspected every three years by accredited inspectors. 

                Any person may review the Asbestos Management Plan by visiting the school and requesting it from the principal or by contacting William Guthrie, Supervisor of Maintenance Services, Upshur County Board of Education, 102 Smithfield St., Buckhannon WV  26201  (Phone 472-5480).  Mr. Guthrie is the Upshur County Board of Education Asbestos contact.  He meets all annual training requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.

                Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to maintain safe, healthful environments in all buildings currently operated by the Upshur County Board of Education.


Washington District elementary School Mission Statement


                Washington District’s mission is to provide quality education through a safe, student-centered learning environment in a respectful, caring atmosphere.  Students, staff, parents and other community members share mutual responsibility and are accountable for student mastery of essential skills and curriculum.  Washington District’s staff will strive for all students to achieve high growth and reach their potential.


                The staff of Washington District Elementary School looks forward to working with you and your child in the coming year.