School Procedures

 

Parent Involvement

The Carnegie Local School Council (LSC) is elected for a two-year term and consists of the school principal, six parents, two teachers, and two community representatives. Meetings are held every other month at Carnegie School. Dates and times of meetings will be announced throughout the year. Parents, teachers, staff and interested community members are encouraged to attend.

Carnegie parents are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in all classrooms, programs and extracurricular activities. All volunteers must wear ID badges at all times while on duty and may pick them up in the main office.

For the protection of our students and staff, all persons entering the building must first report to the main office for a visitor's pass. The pass is to be returned to the office before leaving the building. Parents are always encouraged to visit Carnegie School. Parents may have conferences with teachers from 8:45-9:00 a.m. and/or during those times that the teacher has indicated to the parent that he/she is available for conferences. If you desire a visit with any other staff member or the principal, please call the school so that a conference can be arranged. We encourage the faculty to keep the lines of communication open between the home and the school in order to secure the best possible chance of success for each student. In working together with the home toward the common goal of excellence for every student, we hope that you will make yourself available should the need arise for contact after school hours.

Homework

Homework is a necessary component in the sequence of a child's education and should be assigned to:

  • Provide reinforcement, practice, application and enrichment of what is learned in class;

  • Prepare students for class participation;

  • Develop independent and responsible work and study habits;

  • Extend learning activities beyond the school hours;

  • Provide an opportunity for student creativity;

  • Foster a closer relationship between home and school;

  • Provide opportunities for the student to gain experience in the utilization of community resources; and

  • Provide for positive on-going parental involvement in the student's education.

The following are suggested time allocations for the teacher-directed homework assignments:

Kindergarten 15 minutes per day
Grades 1,2 & 3 30 minutes per day
Grades 4,5 & 6 45 minutes per day
Grades 7 & 8 90 minutes per day
These should be total across all subjects.

Students are responsible for maintaining their homework journal by listing subjects, assignment dates, due dates, and date turned in. Students are expected to compete all homework assignments carefully, accurately, and in a timely manner. They should make necessary corrections on the returned homework and share with their parents the teacher's evaluation of homework assignments. They are to seek help, as needed, from parents and teachers. Parents are to provide a space and a quiet time for their child to complete the homework each night. They should monitor homewok as it it being done and review the corrected homework returned by the teacher. Parents should assist their children by visiting libraries and museums together. Using other community resources can ge helpful to the student when completing homework. Finally, parents should contact the teacher if there are any problems with homework. (From the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees Homework Policy, June 26, 1996.)

Illness/Accident/Injury

If your child becomes sick or injured at school, we make every effort to immediately notify you. Therefore, it is important that we have an updated Emergency Information Sheet that lists your current home, work, pager and cellular phone numbers as well as two numbers of relatives, neighbors, or friends who are authorized to pick up your child in case we are unable to reach you. No student will be sent home alone. Please report any changes of phone numbers to the office as soon as possible during the school year.

In cases of serious illness or injury, the Chicago Fire Department Paramedics will be notified. Unless a parent or guardian is immediately available, a staff member will accompany students when they are transported to the nearest hospital. In such cases, we will continue attempts to contact you.

Arrival and Dismissal of Students

All students are to be in line with their classmates at the 8:40 a.m. bell and are to enter the school when the second bell rings at 8:45 a.m. During inclement weather, children are admitted to the building upon their arrival. They are expected to exhibit appropriate school behavior while waiting for class to begin.

Tardiness: Pupils entering after 9:00 a.m. are considered tardy. Parent conferences will be held when children are consistently tardy. If an excessive number of absences or tardies continues, the school will notify the Region 5 Office and/or other individuals for corrective action.

Bused students:Tardiness caused by the late arrival of buses is not counted on the child’s school record.

Schedule: Hours for Pre-Kindergarten children are 8:45-11:45 a.m. for the morning session and 12:45-3:45 p.m. for the afternoon session. Teacher preparation periods are 11:45-12:45 p.m. Parents are asked not to interrupt this important times.

Dismissal: All students are dismissed from school at 3:45 p.m. Students are expected to go straight home or to pre-arranged child care after school, unless they are involved in after school activities. Bused students are to go directly to their bus after dismissal. Arrangements for after school activities should be made in advance between students, parents, guardians, and teachers. Students will not be allowed to call home about theses matters. Participants in the Carnegie’s Academic Academy (3:45-5:00 p.m.) are not permitted to leave the school building until 5:00 p.m.  Students are to be picked up on time. All students should be picked up no later than 3:55 p.m. (5:00 p.m. for students in the after school program).  Staff are not available to watch students who are not picked up on time. Primary students left stranded should inform the office staff that they have not been picked up. They are not to play or wait outside.

Early dismissal of Students:Students being picked up before the scheduled time will be released to their parents or guardians only. Parents must sign out their child on the official school log in the main office to document the student’s official release from school. We understand that, occasionally, students must be released early for personal matters. However, arbitrary and repeated requests for early dismissals will warrant a conference with the principal. No early dismissals will be granted after 3:00 p.m.

Field Trip policy

Parents are to sign permission slips that are sent home prior to all field trips. Verbal permission via the telephone is prohibited.