Winston Family Handbook 2020-21

Elementary School
Family Handbook
2020- 2021

Home of the Wildcats
Winston Elementary School
13691 Veterans Memorial Highway
Winston, Georgia 30187
(770) 651-4700

Chelsie S. Goodman Davita Williams
Principal Assistant Principal

We welcome you and your family to Winston Elementary School. Our teachers and staff members are excited to have you as part of our school family. At Winston, we believe every child has a right to learn and that we should all work collaboratively to provide the best possible education.
In order to receive maximum benefit from the instructional activities, students are expected to be in school every day possible. Good attendance habits impact the learning process positively and carry over into the world of work. Students may go into their classrooms at 7 AM. Academic instruction begins promptly at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. Please make sure your child is here on time each day.
Students whose parents are actively involved in their learning are more successful in school and in life! Parents are always welcome, wanted, and needed. However, in order to minimize interruptions in the classrooms, you must make an appointment for a conference or schedule a time to volunteer. You may do this by either sending a note/e-mail to the teacher or calling the school. We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter. Disruptions during instructional time negatively impact children’s learning when they become inattentive and distracted. With your help and cooperation, teachers can utilize every possible instructional minute to do what they do best, TEACH!
This handbook contains information about Winston and the policies and procedures that directly affect Winston students and their families. The other section consists of the elementary school policies and procedures of the Douglas County School System.
Let’s work together to make this year a wonderful learning and growing experience.
With Warm Regards,
Chelsie S. Goodman

At Winston Elementary School the staff is committed to providing experiences that will prepare students to be an active participant in our constantly changing world. Through the involvement of home, school, and community, students will experience opportunities that promote individual growth and respect for self and others in a safe and caring environment.

School Information, Rules and Regulations

Accidents /Illnesses
If a student is hurt on the bus or at school, he/she should report the accident immediately to the supervising adult. First aid for minor accidents will be handled at school. Parents or guardians will be contacted in the event of a serious accident. If a student becomes ill during the school day (i.e., has a fever, is vomiting, or is seriously injured), a parent or authorized designee will be expected to pick up the child. Every child should have current emergency information on file in the school office. We must know how to locate a parent at all times in the event of an accident or illness.

Students seeking admission to Winston from another school should have withdrawn from the previous school. Withdrawal papers should be presented at the time of admission at the DCSS registration center, at the Central Office Annex (MEC) on Highway 5.
The following items should be on file in the school office:
 Birth Certificate with raised seal (we make a copy)
 Certificate of Immunization – form 3231
 Copy of Social Security Card or waiver
 Legal documents (i.e., custody papers), if appropriate
 Vision, Dental, Hearing and Nutrition screening certificate – form 3300 (rev 2013)
 2 proofs of residence (recent gas/electric bill, deed, lease agreement, tax bill closing statement if recently closed)
The school office must be notified at least one day (24 hours) prior to student withdrawal. All textbooks, library books, and other materials must be returned. All lunch charges must be paid. All After School Program charges must be cleared. A copy of the withdrawal form, birth certificate, immunization form and vision/hearing/dental screening form will be given to the parent/guardian to take to the new school. All other student information will be sent upon request from the receiving school.

After School Program
Winston offers an after school program. It is a fee-based program for students at our school. There is a one-time registration fee (per year) of $10.00 for the family. The After School Program hours are from 2:25 p.m. – 6 p.m. The fee for the program is $8.00 per child per day. All fees must be paid in advance on a weekly basis. Parents are expected to be prompt in picking up their student(s). After three late pick-ups the director will meet with the parent to discuss possible withdrawal from ASP. After 6 PM, the charge is $1 per minute.

Agendas are a great communication tool between school and home. All 3-5 grade students will be supplied a FREE agenda.

Attendance/Tardies/Continuous Early Checkouts
Although attendance at school is very important, students with a contagious illness or fever should be kept home. Upon returning to school after an absence, a written excuse must be given to the homeroom teacher within three days. Students who are absent miss instruction that is vital to the mastery of the standards. Students are tardy to school after the 7:40 a.m. bell. Students who are tardy miss valuable instruction and disrupt the class. If a student is late, a parent is expected to escort their child to the office for a tardy pass before the student goes to class. Students who are repeatedly checked out prior to the end of the instructional day (2:20 p.m.) miss valuable instructional time and disrupt the class. Students with excessive unexcused absences/continual tardies will be referred to the school social worker. See the Compulsory Attendance Law and Douglas County Board Policy posted on our webpage. In addition to the board policy, students that are on a permissive transfer will be withdrawn from Winston after 12 tardies and/or 10 unexcused absences and will return to their home school.

Attendance Honors
At the end of the year, students who have no absences, no early-checkouts, and no tardies will receive a Perfect Punctual Attendance award. This is a coveted award that only a few will receive. Parents, do not be discouraged as records moving from grade-to-grade and school-to-school will not show early checkouts. This is a special award specific to Winston Wildcats. Students will be awarded the Faithful Attendance certificate with three or less absences and five or less tardies. Check-outs are not calculated with this particular award. At Winston, we believe that tardies affect academic performance just as much as an absence.

Birthdays and Invitations
Birthday parties are not allowed at school. However, since we encourage parents to donate snacks for our students, we do allow cupcakes on a child’s birthday as a special “snack” to be consumed during lunch. Due to our Wellness Policy and concerns over food safety, all foods brought to school for student consumption must be commercially prepared and pre-wrapped. (Wellness Policy EEE). Student birthdays are announced on the morning news broadcast. Invitations for every child in the class or for all boys or all girls may be sent in to school for the teacher to distribute.

Refer to: Food Service Information for Prices and Lunchroom Information
Breakfast is served at Winston from 7:00 until 7:30. Car riders who eat breakfast at school should arrive prior to 7:30. If a child arrives after the breakfast line is closed, a grab n go item will be given to him/her and he/she will be sent to the classroom.

Bus Discipline
If your child is a bus rider, he or she is required to follow the rules set aside for bus safety. If your child receives a bus suspension, you must send in a note to the teacher explicitly stating how your child will be transported home from school until the suspension is over.

Cell Phones at School
Students are not allowed to have cell phones out at school. If you have provided your child a cell phone for safety reasons, please notify your child’s teacher. Any cell phones out of your child’s book bag will be taken up and you will be required to come to school to pick it up. Teachers will not hold your child’s cell phone for him/her. We are not responsible for unauthorized valuable items (i.e. cell phones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, iPhone watches, mp3 players, etc.) your child brings to school. You allow them to do this at your own risk of loss or damage.

Car Riders in the Afternoon Reminders
See Transportation for Additional Information Regarding AM/PM Procedures
Rules and procedures for car rider dismissal are in place for the safety of our students. Please stay in your car in the afternoon for car rider dismissal. Please place your Winston placard (do not make your own, as we will not accept it) in a visible location in your car so that the caller can see it easily and radio inside for a faster dismissal. If your child needs assistance with his/her buckle, you will need to pull up and park so that the car rider line can continue dismissing. Additionally, students are not allowed to be brought around to the driver’s side of the vehicle for the safety of both the child and the loader.

Students leaving before 2:20 p.m. must be signed out through the office. Office personnel will call the student to the office. No student may be taken directly from the classroom unless on special occasions such as EOY parties. This is also true if a parent wants one child to attend a sibling’s event. This procedure is necessary for the protection and supervision of our children. This is also based upon available seating at the event. If someone other than the parent or guardian is to pick up a student, that person must be on the emergency card. Otherwise, please notify the school by note. That person is required to be included on the emergency card on file in the front office. We will ask for identification if we do not know the person who is picking up the child. This is including parents/guardians who are not familiar to office staff. Everything we do is for the safety of our students. We discourage parents from checking out their children after 1:45 p.m. Dismissal begins each day at 2:10 p.m. When a child is checked out before this time they are missing valuable instruction. Our goal is to provide your child with an excellent education in a safe environment. Approval for check out after 1:45 p.m. in case of an emergency may be obtained from the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Class Dojo
As part of Winston’s positive behavior interventions and supports, we utilize Class Dojo. It is imperative the parents sign up for this free service to receive up-to-date information on behavior, class news, and school-wide information. Your child’s homeroom teacher will provide you with more information when school begins.

Classroom Observations
If a parent requests a classroom observation, 24-hour notice must be given, preferably in writing, to the assistant principal or principal. Observations are limited to no more than an hour. No pictures, videos, or anecdotal notes/recordings are allowed. In addition, no younger siblings are allowed in the classroom during the observation.

Refer to Board Policy JHC/JHCA
Any student owing money from the previous year or throughout the year (lunch, ASP, Media Center, etc.) will not be able to participate in any after-school activities, clubs or camps. A child may be excluded from a camp or club if an in-school or out-of-school suspension occurs during the time of the activity. After school clubs at Winston are in place to enhance the instructional program. Refer to each of the flyers sent home advertising a club/camp for specific rules and regulations. As a reminder, teachers at Winston volunteer their time for all clubs/camps. They are not paid for their time/effort after the school day.

Conference Days
Teachers are required to have at least two conferences with parents/guardians. Parent conference appointments are readily available to parents. Please call your child’s teacher and let the teacher know you want to set up a conference. Your child’s teacher has voicemail, email (accessible from our website) or can be contacted via your child’s agenda. Our teachers are more than happy to accommodate parent’s schedules all year long within a reasonable time frame. If an appointment is not scheduled, teachers are unable to meet with parents due to prior commitments and to ensure supervision of students is present. If a parent misses two conferences, then the teacher will only schedule telephone conferences for the remainder of the year. Please do not assume that a teacher can meet with you before school if you pop-in. Teachers are watching students before school and cannot conference and keep our students safe and orderly at the same time.

Many of our clubs, camps, and programs are funded by Winston staff and volunteers. When a student owes money for ASP, lunch, books, or programs specific to the school, WES is eventually held liable/responsible. It is imperative that debts are paid in a timely manner. If your family is unable to cover a debt, please stay in contact with the school to arrange for an alternative method in which to collect. Students are unable to participate in any extra-curricular activities until debts are paid.

Refer to Board Policy JD – R (2)
Students are expected to show respect for and obey school personnel’s directions. Students are required to follow school rules and classroom rules. Bullying or physical aggression will result in significant consequences including out of school suspension.
The Opportunity Room (OR) is created to allow students opportunities to correct and remediate inappropriate behavior. It is a room separate from the classroom and is supervised by a trained OR Supervisor. Students are sent to OR for repeated disruptive behaviors or for serious disciplinary offenses.
Procedures for office referrals are the following (after step three on the discipline cycle or after a serious violation of the school rules):
1. A teacher completes a discipline referral for documenting offenses and sends the child to the office.
2. The principal or assistant principal discuss the behavioral expectations and offense with the child and may assign the child to OR or time-out.
3. An assignment of OR time is determined by the principal, assistant principal, or designee. The Douglas County School System Discipline Policy will be followed.
4. While in OR, the student is required to complete assignments given by the OR clerk, teacher or administrator. The work assigned will be appropriate for the student’s level.
5. Restroom breaks and lunch are scheduled.

DCSS Discipline Cycle
Winston follows the disciplinary cycle as prescribed by the district. It is the goal of our building for students to correct
negative behaviors on their own within their classroom. If this cannot be accomplished, then the discipline process via an
office referral is followed. Physical aggression is handled in the office immediately, thus discipline steps are skipped.

Discipline Referral to Office:
1. Administrator-Student Conference
2. 30 minutes in the Opportunity Room (OR)
3. 60 minutes in the OR
4. 60 minutes in the OR
5. 90 minutes in the OR
6. 90 minutes in the OR (Teacher-Parent conference is mandatory)
7. 90 minutes in the OR
8. 2 hours in the OR (Counselor-Teacher-Parent conference is mandatory)
9. Half day in the OR
10. Half day in the OR
11. Full day in the OR (Administrator-Parent conference is mandatory)
12. Out of School Suspension

A student may be suspended at any level for a serious offense. A school resource officer will be called if serious injury/weapons or bullying is involved. The classroom teacher will contact parents/guardians by phone following all referrals to the office.

A detailed explanation of the elementary discipline code and rules of conduct (JD-R2) may be accessed at the Douglas County website: A copy of this policy is also available in the school office and in the WES Family Handbook on our website at

Dress Code
Refer to Board Policy JCDB-R (1)
Every student enrolled in Douglas County Schools is expected to observe a standard of grooming and dress consistent with the level of formality of the school setting. Certain items of dress are not considered appropriate and are not acceptable and as such, could result in a child having to call parents at home or work to bring appropriate clothing. Good taste and goodjudgment should be used by parents and students alike in the selection of school dress. Many “fads” in dress are not appropriate for school. In addition, please note that the 3-5 dress code is a bit more stringent than the K-2 code.

Emergency Drills
State law requires that schools conduct drills for emergencies such as fire, severe weather or other emergencies. Fire drills are held each month on “good” weather days. Some months are not cooperative and students must go out in the cold. Students will be returned to the building as quickly as possible. There are also two bus evacuation drills held in September and February. Students (bus riders only) will practice how to exit the buses in the event of an emergency. We also have emergency drills related to bomb threats, lock down for possible intruders, high alert, or possible evacuation. At times we practice a Silent Evacuation Drill. If you are present in the building during one of these drills you will be required to participate.

Food Service Information
Student Meals
High School  Regular Price 2.50 Reduced .40 Second lunch 3.50 Regular Breakfast 1.25 Reduced .30 Second breakfast 1.65 Extra Milk or 4 oz. Juice .60

Middle School  Regular Price 2.50 Reduced .40 Second lunch 3.50 Regular Breakfast 1.25 Reduced .30 Second breakfast 1.65 Extra Milk or 4 oz. Juice .60

Elementary School  Regular Price 2.25 Reduced .40 Second lunch 3.50 Regular Breakfast 1.25 Reduced .30 Second breakfast 1.65 Extra Milk or 4 oz. Juice .60

School Staff  Regular Price 3.75  Second lunch 3.75 Regular Breakfast 1.65  Second breakfast 1.65 Extra Milk or 4 oz. Juice .60

Guests Regular Price 4.00  Second lunch 4.00 Regular Breakfast 1.65  Second breakfast 1.65 Extra Milk or 4 oz. Juice .60

School Cafe is a secure, online system that allows parents to make cafeteria meal payments to their child(ren)’s cafeteria accounts via credit or debit card. Parents can remotely monitor their child(ren)’s accounts anytime from any Internet-enabled computer.
 Remotely monitor your child(ren)’s cafeteria account balance and purchases
 Make a one-time online payment anytime, anywhere
 Set up hassle-free automatic payments for each child
 Set up low balance e-mail message alerts
 Apply for free/reduced lunch prices

Our food service department will send a flyer home with students with directions on using this system. A student who has no lunch money and does not bring a lunch from home may charge his/her lunch. Students will be allowed up to $6.00 in accumulated charges. After two full meal charges, the child will be offered a cheese sandwich. We know this is a difficult time economically for many of us. Please be aware that you can fill out an online form for free or reduced lunch to help ease the financial strain at a difficult time. Ask our Cafeteria manager for details. All parents/guardians are given a meal application to apply for free or reduced-price meals for their child(ren) at the first of the school year. We strongly recommend using the online service for quicker turnaround. Notification of eligibility will be made within ten (10) days. If this need should arise at any time during the school year, please call the school food service manager to obtain another form. A student who brings lunch from home may purchase milk for 60 cents. Students may purchase extra milk to go along with their lunch, which includes one milk. Milk may not be charged.

Students may bring their lunch from home. Healthy and nutritious lunches are encouraged. There are no carbonated beverages or glass bottles allowed. Parents are allowed to bring lunches for their child(ren) only. Bringing “special” lunches for groups of students is considered discriminatory to the other students in that class. Please be aware that this includes bringing food for your child’s best friend. Some students rely upon parents/guardians to bring their lunches after school begins. This practice does not foster personal accountability. We want to avoid all disruptions to the classroom instruction once class begins. Anyone bringing lunch boxes for children after school begins must leave the lunch box with the child’s name on it on the table outside the cafeteria.

Gifted Program
Program Challenge provides services to identified gifted students. Students that are referred for testing from school personnel or parents are tested in the fall or spring. Students are evaluated in mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation, and must meet either there of four criteria in achievement and mental ability. Gifted students receive services through differentiated curriculum in the Resource Room or advanced content.

Grading Guidelines and Report Cards
 First, Second, and Third 9 weeks: Exemplary, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, Unsatisfactory
 Fourth 9 Weeks: Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills (GKIDS 2.0) in addition to a report card.
First-Fifth Grades:
 A = 90 to 100
 B = 80 to 89
 C = 71 to 79
 D = 70
Art, Music, and Physical Education
 S = Satisfactory
 N = Needs Improvement
 U = Unsatisfactory
Student conduct shall be evaluated as follows:
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory

All grades taken on assignments, tests, and/or projects shall be recorded in the Student Information System’s electronic grade book.
Student conduct shall be evaluated as follows:
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory

Grades should reflect a student’s relative mastery of an assignment and a sufficient number of grades should be recorded to support the grade average assigned. The following guidelines should be followed:

The minimum number of grades used to determine the final grade must be nine for each 9-week grading per subject area (ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies). Each school will issue progress reports every 4 ½ weeks and report cards at the end of every nine-week grading period. Additional teacher-developed progress sheets may be sent home between reporting periods. Homework should not be counted for a grade in K-2nd grades unless it is a project that will be graded with a rubric. Homework assignments should not count more than 15% of the final grade in grades 3rd-5th. Unit Assessments / Tests should count as a minimum of 15% and not exceed 25% of the final grade. Class work should not count more than 25% of the final grade.
Progress Reports should reflect actual grades. No grade lower than 55% should be posted on report cards.

A student/parent has 5 business days from the date report cards are issued to appeal the final grade. The appeal must be made in writing to the principal and the decision of the principal is final. All students will receive credit for satisfactory makeup work after an excused absence. A student will be given as many days as he/she was absent to make up tests and assignments after an excused absence. Teachers are not required to provide assignments prior to an absence. Extra Credit opportunities will be provided consistently across grade levels at the discretion of the principal and must be academic in nature.

Estimated times for daily homework are shown below.
 Kindergarten and First Grade 15-20 minutes
 Second Grade 20-30 minutes
 Third Grade 30-40 minutes
 Fourth Grade 40-50 minutes
 Fifth Grade 50-60 minutes

If two or more teachers are working with a student, the homework should be coordinated to adhere to the estimated daily homework schedule. Because students work at different paces, it may take some students more or less time to complete assignments. Homework is work that is assigned to be completed at home or in a designated after school program. No new concepts should be included in homework unless using a flipped classroom approach. Homework is not to be assigned on weekends, before holidays, or during holidays with the exception of previously scheduled special reports and/or projects.
The purpose and directions for the assignments need to be clearly communicated and should be preceded by instruction that adequately prepares the child to do the task independently and successfully.

1st and 2nd Grade
Task Weight
Homework 10%

Assessments (Quiz, Quarterly Assessment, Tests, Projects) 25%
Independent Practice/Daily Assignments 65%

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Task Weight
Homework 15%
Assessments (Quiz, Quarterly Assessment, Tests, Projects) 30%
Independent Practice/Daily Assignments 55%

The school recognizes that at certain times, differences may occur between a parent and teacher. Please contact the teacher first to resolve any issues and if the concern still exists, then feel free to reach out to an administrator.

Guidance and Counseling Service
In Douglas County, the elementary school guidance program is designed to help students by assisting them in making decisions and changing behavior. The purpose of guidance and counseling is to impact specific skills and learning opportunities in a productive and preventive manner which ensures that all students can achieve school success through academic, career, and personal/social development. Guidance is defined as the help all students receive to assist them in making appropriate educational and career choices. Counseling is defined as the help some students receive from a professionally trained counselor to help them overcome personal and social problems which may interfere with learning.The lessons taught in classroom or small group guidance provides a link to define student competencies. These standards are included in the guidance curriculum. Counselors coordinate and implement delivery of guidance lessons in the areas of academic, personal/social and career development. Lessons can incorporate study skills, test taking skills, problem solving, decision-making, self-knowledge, life skills, personal safety, and career planning, all of which will help facilitate your child’s academic achievement. Small group counseling may address specific needs such as understanding self and interpersonal skills or help students dealing in crisis situations, such as divorce or death in a child’s life. Students may participate in these small groups as a result of referrals from parents, teachers or themselves. This counseling relationship with students will be treated as
confidential except when a student poses an imminent danger to themselves or others; or when the student reveals matters that by state law must be reported. The Douglas County Board of Education provides all students the opportunity for counseling services. The elementary school counselor consults and collaborates with parents, guardians, teachers, and significant others such as school psychologist, special education personnel, school social workers, and medical professionals in the community. They are also involved with classroom performance behavior, childhood growth and development, and a positive school climate.

Wildcat Weekly
Winston uses a weekly communication tool called the “Wildcat Weekly”, which is a large plastic folder that contains student work, notes from the school, and PTO communication. These go home every Wednesday with the exception of the days that progress reports and report cards go home. On these days, WWs will go home too. See the progress report/report card schedule for those weeks. Please review and return it to the teacher the next school day.

Head Lice
Winston Elementary follows the guidelines prescribed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Please note that we no longer supply lice shampoo to families.

Inclement Weather
Radio station WSB (750 AM) and other major Atlanta radio and TV stations will be contacted concerning school closings. Closings will be announced as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible. Please listen to these stations for information. The DCSS will also send emails and text reminders in addition to School Messenger announcements via school and the district. Tardies and check-outs will not be counted on days in which inclement weather is beginning or coming to an end and roads remain dangerous.

Lost and Found
Most articles found will be placed in the designated location. Please label all articles of clothing, lunch boxes, etc. with your child’s name so that articles may be returned. On the last day of each month, items that remain in the Lost and Found will be donated to a charitable organization.

Lunchroom Visitors
Due to the number of students and table availability, lunchroom visitors should sit at the table with their child and adhere to all café rules. Music is used in the café so that students take the time to eat their food during the specific time allotted for lunch.

Make-Up Work
For absences resulting from illness, parents may call the school and request make-up work for their child. This work will be left in the office and may be picked up before 4 PM.

Media Center Rules
1. All books, materials, and equipment in the main section of the Media Center are available for the students.
2. Materials can be used in the Media Center and returned to the check-out desk. It is not necessary to check out materials if they are used in the Media Center.
3. All materials taken from the Media Center must be properly checked out.
4. All items except reference materials are checked out for one week. Reference materials are checked out overnight only. Materials may be renewed for up to two additional checkout periods.
5. When a student has overdue items, no further checkouts will be allowed until the overdue items are returned. If items are overdue for an extended time, parents will be contacted.
6. Any lost or damaged item will be paid for by the student who checked the item out.
7. Appropriate behavior is respecting the rights of others, using an acceptable voice level, walking, and using all equipment and materials correctly.
* Parents are encouraged to check out the materials in the Parent Resource Section.

Medications (Prescription and OTC)
Board policy does not allow the school to give prescription medication unless it is in the original bottle. Students taking medications on a routine basis must complete a medication form. Medication forms are requested in the front office at WES. All medications must be turned into the office. Students carrying medicine on their person will not be able to do so without an authorized signature from the doctor. Notify the teacher and the Health Monitor as to when and what is to be given.

Money Sent to School
Money sent in for lunch, ASP, clubs, camps, etc. should be clearly labeled in an envelope. The school is not responsible for cash/change lost at school. Ensure that your child knows to turn in any money as soon as they enter the classroom in the morning. Students cannot “mix” money. For instance, a child cannot send in a ten dollar bill where 5 of it goes towards a field day t-shirt and the other five goes towards ASP dues.

Nuisance Items
During classroom instruction, nuisance items such as fidget spinners, baby dolls, make-up, lip glosses, toys, Legos, Pokemon/sport trading cards, etc. are not allowed. These items can be brought to recess at the teacher’s discretion. Slime, both store-bought and homemade, is not allowed at school. Winston is not held responsible for lost/stolen or broken nuisance items.

Parties at School
Refer to Wellness Board Policy EEE

Classes are allowed two parties during school hours per school year. At Winston, we will have class parties the last week before the winter break as well as the last week of school. All foods, drinks, and treats are thanks to the generosity of our parents. It is not the teacher’s responsibility to provide these items. Note: All party preparations must have teacher approval.

Promotion and Retention
Refer to Board Policy Code: IHE

Winston has a parent and teacher organization. Membership is available for $5 per family. See the school website for more information.

Report Cards/Progress Reports
Report cards go home every nine weeks. Progress reports go home at the 4 ½ week point between report cards.
School Council
The School Council is an advisory board. The purpose of the council is to review and make recommendations in matters of school improvement. The School Council meets four times a year.

Social Media
Refer to Board Policy Code: JCDAG
Winston recognizes that today’s students are living in a world where social media outlets such as Facebook, Kik, SnapChat, Instagram, YouTube, etc. are prevalent across all age groups. If a negative act is committed via social media and it is brought to the school’s attention, students can face disciplinary actions regardless of where the act was committed. Please ensure your child’s internet/cell phone usage is monitored at home, as any social media issues typically roll over into the school day and can disrupt instruction.

Student Insurance
Parents can purchase school accident insurance for students. School-time and twenty-four hour coverage are available. Information explaining the program is posted on the WES webpage. Payment is sent directly to the insurance company.

Student Support Team (SST)
All schools in Georgia use Student Support Teams to identify alternative strategies for students having academic or behavioral problems. The team may consist of the teacher or teachers who work with the student, the principal, assistant principal, counselor, school social worker, and/ or special education teachers. The referral of a student for special education is initiated through the Student Support Team process. This team also serves as a retention committee when retention is considered for a student served through the RTI process. Parents are considered a vital part of the Student Support Team and are invited and encouraged to attend meetings.

Teacher Requests
Winston does not honor teacher requests. All of our teachers are certified and credentialed. Class lists are constructed with a variety of needs in mind including, but not limited to, peer interactions, student/teacher personalities, current performance levels, scheduling needs, etc.

Students are allowed to use the telephones only in emergencies. Arrangements for all after school activities should be made before coming to school. Students will not be allowed to call home for homework left at home. Our goal is to encourage students to develop self-discipline and responsible behaviors.

Textbooks and Other School-Issued Items
Students are furnished free textbooks and Chromebooks. These are issued by the classroom teacher/media specialist who keeps a record of the condition of the items. Students are responsible for the care of their issued materials. Lost or damaged items must be paid for before report cards can be issued or a student is withdrawn from school. The buildings, the furniture, and the equipment therein, are provided at great expense by the taxpayers of Douglas County. Students at Winston should not deface school property. If there is damage to buildings, buses and/or equipment, disciplinary actions including financial restitution might be necessary. Everyone should develop pride in keeping the building clean and Winston-issued items in good condition.

Transfer Students/Tuition-Paying Students
A permissive/tuition transfer in our school system is not a right, but rather a privilege for those who choose to apply and are accepted. Winston maintains that all children are entitled to a quality education free of disturbances of the learning environment. Students that are disruptive to learning, come in tardy, or who are chronically absent will be given notice that the transfer could be revoked if the items above are not resolved. Additionally, an open line of communication and parent cooperation is required for those students who are on a transfer.

See Car Rider Reminders for Additional Information
At Winston Elementary School, our goal is to provide your children with a safe and orderly environment. In order to provide better supervision and to expedite the mass movement of children, it is necessary to implement certain regulations regarding the delivery and pick up of students. ALL transportation changes must be made through the front office. Do not email or leave voicemails for your child’s teacher for transportation changes. Teachers often do not have the opportunity to check their email or voicemail all day long. For the safety of your child, it is mandatory that all transportation changes are made through the office. Sending a “back-up” email or Dojo to teachers is encouraged but an additional phone call or note should also be furnished to the office.

Your careful adherence to the items listed below will help us provide a safer environment at Winston Elementary for your child:

 Please follow all traffic signs located on and around the school campus. The entrance and exit areas to the school are clearly marked.
 From 7:00 until 8:00 in the morning, no cars should enter the BUSES ONLY area. This is for buses only.
 Parents who bring students to school may do so no earlier than 7:00 a.m. No students are to enter the building before 7:00 a.m.
 Students must be dropped off at the car rider entrance until 7:40 a.m. After 7:40 a.m., parents must park and escort their child safely into the building and sign your child in. Do not drop your child off as your child will be unsupervised until he/she enters the building.
 There will be no student checkouts from the office after 1:45 p.m. unless it is an emergency situation. Early checkouts to avoid waiting in the car rider line will not be tolerated. We are committed to preserving our instructional time and ensuring student safety.
 All transportation changes MUST be in writing via email or physical note.
 Parents are to wait in their cars. All students must be picked up by 2:30 p.m. We require a placard to be in your window showing you have authorization to pick up a child as a car rider. This can be obtained on Sneak-A-Peek night or in the front office. If a child does not have a change of transportation and no placard, you must come in to have ID checked.
 One placard for car riders is provided free of charge. After the first, any additional placards are $2.00 each.
 All adults authorized to pick your child up at school MUST be listed on your child’s yellow emergency card.
Children not picked up by 2:30 PM or returned from the bus because no adult was home will be sent to the After School Program for their safety and supervision. Parents will be charged after school fees including a one-time registration fee of $10.00 per family. There will be no exceptions.
 There is no parking or student drop off in the bus lane before 8:00 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
 Students will board buses in an orderly manner. Students needing to ride a bus other than their assigned bus or who are going home a different way than usual must have a note signed by the parent. This is very important. No student will be allowed to ride a different bus or be a car rider without a note signed and dated by the parent. Notes must be given to the homeroom teacher first thing in the morning. This is also subject to available seating on the bus.
 The school is responsible for children who ride the school buses from the time they are picked up in the morning until they are returned home in the afternoon.
 Every student is to respect and obey the school bus driver. The driver is in complete charge of the bus and is responsible for the safety of every rider. Please see County School Bus Discipline Procedure provided in the Ride Guide (located on the WES website).

For the protection of all students, the office personnel must know who is in the building at all times. Therefore all visitors must use the front entrance, sign in at the office, and receive a pass/nametag from our Raptor Visitor Management Program. You will be stopped by any school personnel and asked to return to the office if you are not wearing a visitor name tag. Office personnel may ask for identification if they are unfamiliar with an individual.

Assistance by parents and other adults in our school increases learning and strengthens the relationship between home and school. Teachers will provide information about specific ways you might help. Report to the office and sign in and receive a visitor’s pass before going to your assignment each time you visit any area in the building. Younger siblings are not allowed in the classroom when you are volunteering. This is for the safety of all children and to protect instruction and avoid disturbances. You must check in at the office each time and get a new nametag and wear it at all times. Volunteer time should be no more than one hour with dates and times set up with teacher prior to volunteering. All volunteers must attend training offered at the school prior to volunteering in the classroom. This is done through our counselor.

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