THE A, B, C’s OF KINYON ELEMENTARY
ABSENCES: Whenever a student is absent, parents must call the school. Messages should be left on our call-in line, which is 313-295-5802, then select #2.
Please notify the office in case of family emergencies where a child will be out of school for an extended length of time. Teachers will prepare packets of make-up work upon request after only two or more absences. You must request the homework BEFORE 12:00 p.m. and it will be ready by the end of the day in the cubby.
Coming to school every day is critical to good self-esteem and student achievement. Parents of children who have poor or irregular attendance will be contacted by letter in an important effort to improve attendance. After ten absences, the school will notify the proper authorities (Taylor Youth Bureau/Wayne County Prosecutors Truancy Program) for follow-up.
ACCIDENTS: The office staff administers basic first aid at the time of an accident. Parents are notified immediately in case of head injury or serious injury.
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES: The Taylor School District furnishes all books, workbooks and teaching supplies. These materials remain property of the school. Parents may be asked to pay for lost or damaged items if necessary. Teachers may ask children to bring specific materials and supplies as needed.
BREAKFAST PROGRAM: The breakfast program is available for all students who wish to have breakfast in school. Breakfast is available 8:20 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. We will stop serving at 8:45 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $1.00 regular and $ .30 reduced. Lunch application should be completed and turned in as soon as possible. After breakfast, students are expected to follow the appropriate procedure depending on the weather.
ONLY students who are arriving by bus and eating breakfast will be allowed in the building at 8:20 a.m.
BUS RIDER RULES and REGULATIONS: The rules and regulations listed below have been developed after careful study of our experiences in operating the transportation department of the Taylor School District. Please review these rules and regulations with your children so they will know what is expected of them when they ride the bus. Your cooperation and courtesy will allow us to better serve your child's transportation needs.
- Be at your designated bus stop at lease five minutes before the bus is expected to arrive. Busses cannot wait for tardy students.
- Walk in front of the bus when crossing the road or highway. Do not walk in back of the bus.
- Remain seated while the bus is in motion. Enter or leave the bus only at the front door, except in the case of an emergency.
- No one may leave the bus without the bus driver's permission, except at home or at school. No unauthorized stops will be made.
- All buses may be required to seat 65 or 71 passengers, whichever is applicable. Sit three in a seat, filling the back seats first when conditions require it. Keep your feet off of the seat cushions and backs, and out of the aisles, along with musical instruments and other school necessities. Keep your head, arms, hands and legs inside the bus.
- The bus driver should not be distracted by unnecessary or disturbing noises while the bus is in motion. Animals or insects of any kind are not permitted on the bus. Use of profanity or vulgar language is not acceptable. Gum chewing, eating and drinking is not allowed. Smoking is prohibited.
- Fighting, pushing, shoving, throwing or other rowdy behavior will not be tolerated.
- Please report to the bus driver any damages you observe. If a student damages the interior or exterior of the bus, he/she will be responsible for payment or repair costs of those damages. When necessary, discipline procedures will be administered, and bus-riding privileges may be suspended.
Remember, school bus transportation is a privilege, not a right. Parents will be notified by means of bus violation notice if there is continuous misconduct on the bus. When actions warrant, suspension from bus riding privileges may be administered by the bus driver, Transportation Supervisor, or building principal.
Transportation information is available by calling the Transportation Office at (313) 295-5724.
BUS SCHEDULE: The bus schedule is color coded so that the students are aware of the bus they are to take at dismissal. The first week of school each student’s hand will be marked to match the color code of their bus. Please note that this bus schedule can be changed by transportation.
All problems relating to bus pick-ups and drop-offs can be directed to the transportation department at 295-5724. Refer to the student code of conduct for additional information.
CHANGES IN ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE: It is critical that the school has a correct address, home telephone, work number or pager at ALL times. If an emergency arises we must be able to contact you quickly. In the event that you cannot be reached, there must also be two other contact persons listed on the emergency card. Those contact persons should be available to pick your child up.
CODE OF CONDUCT: All students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct. Parents will submit a signed form stating that they have read the Student Code of Conduct and have discussed it with their child. Click HERE for The Student Cody of Conduct. If you would like a hard copy, they are available in the school office. Any student that is suspended must be picked up upon notification of parent.
We make every effort to make sure that when there is a breach of the student code of conduct that all students are treated fairly. Please trust that we will do this, if you have questions about other children other than your own, we CANNOT disclose that information. We would not discuss your child with another parent so please DO NOT ask us to discuss someone else’s with you.
CUBBIES: Outside the gym is a large wooden cubby. Whenever you need to drop off something for your child or child’s teacher, you place it in the cubbie with your teacher’s name and clearly mark your student’s name. Requested homework for a sick child will be placed in his or her teacher’s cubby as well. We do not call students out of class to retrieve forgotten items or lunches. As his or her staff goes to lunch or gym they will retrieve the items at that time.
CURRICULUM: Kinyon School provides a well-balanced curriculum, which is in line with the state core curriculum standards. Our curriculum includes Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling and English), Math, Social Studies, Science, Music, Library and Physical Education. Upper grade students may also participate in other special programs such as Student Council, Safety Patrol, and Service Squad, etc.
DISCIPLINE: Students are expected to adhere to the standards set in the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, each classroom has its classroom rules, which are meant to provide a safe and orderly environment. Consequences for breaking the rules may include time-out, parent phone calls/conference, reflection writing assignment, lost recess, classroom exclusions i.e. in-house suspension and suspension.
DRESS CODE: Kinyon students are expected to wear appropriate school clothing. The Dress Code Committee as well as support in the student code of conduct has set forth the following guidelines:
Timelines: Students may wear “hot weather’ appropriate clothing during the months of August, September, May and June, when the temperature is above 70 degrees.
Tops: The upper body must be covered. No halters, belly shirts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, fish net, off the shoulder or see through tops. No shirts with inappropriate language or slogans, and no spandex.
Shorts/ Capri/Ankle Pants: Shorts must be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee or longer. No lycra, spandex, cut-off or piranha (holey) pants. Dresses and skirts should use the shorts guidelines for length and material.
Shoes: Tie, slip on or buckle shoes with socks. No thongs, flip-flops, aqua socks, high heels or open toed shoes.
Hats: Are not to be worn in the building. This includes scarves, sweatbands (for the head and arms/wrists) or any other type of head coverings allowed in the building for girls or boys.
No Dangling Earrings: Hoops cannot be bigger than a quarter, any earring longer than a half of inch from the bottom of the lobe is considered dangling.
No Make-up: This includes mascara. Uncolored lip balm and chapstick are acceptable. Make-up for Halloween or specific school programs is permissible.
No pajamas. Pajama bottoms are not appropriate school wear. There may be spirit days allowing PJs, but a note would be sent home first.
No undergarments exposed. – Please make sure that with “low rider” pants that undergarments are not exposed.
The following discipline could be taken:
- First Offense: Counsel/ Phone call home. Parent will be called to either bring a change of clothes or take the student home. A child wearing make up will be required to wash make up off face.
- Second Offense: Mandatory one day in school or recess detention. Additional days will be assigned until a form is signed and returned by a parent.
- Three or more Offenses: A written reprimand and one day suspension.
EARLY PICK-UP (SIGN OUTS): Students will be released early from school ONLY when parents (or those authorized on the emergency card) come to the school for them. Children are not allowed to leave school without an adult. The release of students during school is handled through the school office ONLY. Students must be picked up at the office and parents must sign the student out. A PICTURE I.D. IS REQUIRED TO SIGN OUT STUDENT EARLY. Please keep early sign outs to a minimum. Teachers are instructed to release children only upon notification from the office. This policy protects our children and prevents undue disruptions to the school environment.
EMERGENCY CARD: Please be sure that your child’s emergency card is completed and returned to school immediately. Only those people authorized by you on the card are allowed to pick up your child. Please remind them that A PICTURE ID IS REQUIRED TO SIGN OUT A STUDENT EARLY.
EMERGENCY DISMISSAL: From time to time an emergency unannounced dismissal may occur (i.e. water main break). Please discuss with your child what they are to do if an early, unannounced dismissal of school occurs. Every family needs to have an alternate plan if parents are not home during the day. It is important they know where to go and that someone will be waiting for them.
FIELD TRIPS: Field trips for educational purposes are arranged by individual teachers for their classes. Pupils are transported by bus or walk and they are accompanied by the teachers and parent chaperones. A signed permission slip must be on file in order for a student to be allowed to attend any field trip. Most field trips are prepaid. If your child has paid and then misses the field trip due to suspension or illness money will not be refunded.
GAMES, TOYS, ETC. Students are not allowed to bring radios, CD players, Gameboys, Pokémon, toys, etc. Also, please remember that toy guns are strictly prohibited in school.
HEARING/VISION SCREENING: Each year students are screened for hearing and vision. For hearing students are screened in grades K, 1, 2, and 4th and for vision grades K, 1, 3 and 5th. Students in other grades may be referred by the teacher or parent.
HOMEWORK: All students are assigned homework as a reinforcement of the lessons taught in class. Individual research and projects may also be assigned as homework. Homework is important and is often marked as a part of the student’s grade on the report card. Parents should check with the teacher regarding homework policy and be sure that the student completes and turns in the homework on a timely basis. We expect that students will be responsible for returning their homework assignments. To help in developing this sense of responsibility, students are not generally allowed to call home for parents to bring homework.
ILLNESS: Anytime your child is absent from school, please phone the sick line (313) 295-5802 Select #2. Please do so by 10:00 a.m. A request for homework may be made at that time. The homework can be picked up at the end of the day. Upon his or her return to school, a note explaining the reason for the absence should be sent with the child to inform the teacher of your child’s condition.
If your child is ill before school, keep the child home. Be alert to such symptoms as upset stomach, runny nose, fever, or sore throat. Check with your doctor for diagnosis, treatment, and the proper time for returning to school.
If your child becomes ill at school, they should tell their teacher who will send the child to the school office. We will call you if there is an illness or injury that requires treatment or if we feel your child should go home. Please make arrangements to have your child picked up immediately.
*Please note: If your child gets a contagious disease, virus, or bacterial infection, call the office. This will help to limit the spread of the disease to others.
If your child is too ill to go out at recess it is probably best that they stay at home and rest. Students absent from school are expected to not participate in extracurricular activities that day.
The following chart was prepared with the aid of the County Heath Department and the Center for Disease Control.
Communicable Disease Guide for Keeping Students Home
Exclusion From School For Following Period:
German measles (Rubella)...
...Until rash disappears and the temperature is normal, a minimum of 4 days.
Measles (Hard, Seven Day)...
...7 days after the appearance of rash.
...Until swelling and temperature are gone.
...Until all lesions are scabbed over, usually a minimum of 6 days.
...Minimum of 24 hours of antibiotics and feeling well enough to return.
...As recovered after at least 24 hours of antibiotics and with doctor's permission if less than one week.
...Minimum of 24 hours after treatment.
Pediculosis (Head Lice)...
...Minimum of 24 hours after treatment and lice free.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)...
...When drainage has stopped and medical authorization is given to return.
...Minimum of 24 hours of antibiotics and all oozing from areas has scabbed over.
...Until area is treated for a minimum of 24 hours.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Michigan State Law requires that students be properly immunized. Students who are not in compliance with immunization requirements are excluded from school. New students may not be enrolled until immunization requirements are met.
LATCH KEY: The school district has subcontracted with an outside company (Nanny’s) to provide “latchkey” service to selected schools. All arrangements must be made through them and not with the school. All arrangements must be made in advance, as this is not a drop-off program. Please contact Nanny’s at 313-295-7188 for specific information.
LATE FOR SCHOOL: Students are expected to be on time for school except in the case of an emergency or an unavoidable appointment. Parents are required to come inside with students to sign them in after 8:55 a.m.
Five tardies equal an unexcused absence. After ten absences, the school will notify the proper authorities (Taylor Youth Bureau/Wayne County Prosecutors Truancy Program) for follow-up.
LICE: Getting the Nits Out / Head Lice / Get the Facts
Should head lice be detected, the child’s parent will be notified. Due to the highly contagious nature, your child will need to be picked up from school immediately. They may return the next day upon successful treatment and removal of all nits. TAYLOR HAS A NO NIT POLICY.
Pulling out the nits at school is strictly forbidden!
Getting the nits (eggs) out is your best defense in this battle against head lice. Nothing kills the nits 100%, so they must be taken out. All of the nits must be out before your child returns to school.
To remove nits, begin by parting the hair:
- Take a very small section of hair and check it for nits and lice.
- Remove what you find by pulling the nit down the hair shaft with your fingers or by using a comb.
- When all nits are removed from treated section, clip it back out of the way.
- Pick up another section and remove nits.
- Keep doing this until you have gone through all of the hair.
This takes time but you can do it. All your efforts will be worth it!
Check your child every day for two weeks. Remove any lice or nits that you find. Then make it a habit to check your child twice a week. Be sure to look carefully behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
**Kinyon will also be rechecking your child in 8 – 10 days after they return to class.
Household Practices to Eliminate Head Lice
To prevent the return of lice to treated hair, lice and their eggs (nits) must be removed from the home as well. Here is a list of common household practices you must do:
- Collect all combs, brushes and hair accessories (scrunchies and hair bands). Soak these in hot water (140 – 150 degrees) for at least 10 minutes.
- Collect all coats, scarves, hats and recently worn clothing. Launder in hot water and dry for at least 20 minutes in a hot dryer.
- Wash all bedclothes and towels in hot water and dry in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.
- Collect all non-washable items such as afghans, blankets, stuffed animals, coats, etc. and either dry clean or seal in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. You may also place the sealed bag in the freezer for 12 hours or place outside, if it is below freezing temperatures.
- Vacuum all furniture, chairs, couches, pillows, and the floor. Vacuum your car and child’s car seat. Remove the vacuum bag and place in the outdoor garbage.
- Wash hard surfaces such as kitchen chairs with soap and water.
**Spraying home with insecticides is NOT recommended
How to Use NIX/RID
- Wash hair with a plain shampoo – DO NOT use a shampoo that contains a conditioner. Work over sink not a bathtub or shower.
- Towel or blow dry hair.
- Apply NIX by parting hair as you go. Completely cover the scalp area including behind the ears, at the nape and crown of the head.
- Work NIX through the hair until it is saturated.
- Wait 10 minutes, use a watch or timer.
- Rinse the hair until the water is clear. Do not use a conditioner for two weeks.
- Towel or blow-dry the hair. Launder the towel.
- Anyone can become infested, young, old, those with good as well as poor hygiene, and those with short or long, clean or dirty hair.
- Lice do not fly or jump. But they spread easily by way of personal contact.
- Children are at highest risk, since they tend to play closely together and share personal items.
- The peak season is autumn, when school starts.
- Discourage your children from sharing combs, brushes, hats, or headphones with others.
- The most prominent symptom is persistent scratching.
- Checking the hair shafts for the nits can be difficult due to their small size and white/clear coloring.
- They are easily distinguished from dandruff because the nits stick to the hair shaft and need to be pulled off.
- PLEASE notify the school, daycares, and friends if you should find head lice on your child.
- Check your child regularly!
LOST AND FOUND: Please label any clothing that your child will take off and put on while at school with his/her name. The school is not responsible for any lost, misplaced, stolen or otherwise destroyed belongings. Items of clothing, lunch boxes, notebooks, etc. which have been found and are unclaimed will be deposited in the “Lost and Found” collection. These items are discarded or donated monthly. Please check the box for lost items.
LOST CHILDREN: Occasionally, we will receive calls about a child who has not gone straight home after school. They visit or go to a neighbor’s house. Parents are worried that the child is lost or worse. Either send these children directly home or notify their parents. Encourage all children to GO STRAIGHT HOME AFTER SCHOOL.
LUNCH: Students may eat the school lunch or bring a bag lunch. Menus are sent home monthly. School lunches cost $2.50 for regular and $ .40 for reduced, milk is $.35. Free and reduced lunch applications are available in the school office.
MEDICINE: In order to protect the safety of a student requiring medication at school and to direct the school personnel who assume the responsibility for administration of the medication, the following procedure must be followed: A written request, signed by the parent, to administer and directions for administration must be presented to the school office with a statement from the child’s physician. The medicine must be in the proper container from the pharmacist and will be kept in the school office. Students are not allowed to transport medicine; an adult MUST bring in the medicine. Forms are available in the school office.
MONEY: Students are not allowed to bring money to school unless it is for a specific item. When students bring money please put it in a white envelope, write the reason for the money and the student’s name. We are not responsible for lost or stolen money.
PARENT GROUP: All Kinyon parents are invited to attend the Parent Group meetings. We will alternate between afternoon and evening meetings. Check the monthly lunch calendar for dates. A reminder note will be send home the day before the meeting. Please come and learn about your child’s school and all of the exciting things that are happening here.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES: Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled two times each year for parents to meet with their child’s teachers to discuss school progress. For additional conferences, please contact your child’s teacher. Kinyon School supports consistent communication between parents and teachers.
PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Unless a child has a doctor’s statement indicating that for health reasons he/she is not to participate in a scheduled school activity he/she will not be excused. It is assumed that if a child is able to attend school he/she is able to take an active part in all scheduled school activities. This policy includes outdoor recess and participation in all gym class activities for the year. Keeping children inside during cold weather must be requested by a written notification from your child’s doctor.
PLAYGROUND/RECESS: The school playground is open to all Kinyon families and the neighborhood after school and on weekends. During school hours, use of the playground is limited to students in school and preschoolers. The playground equipment, when used safely and properly, will last a long time. Please report any acts of vandalism and encourage others to use the playground equipment appropriately. All motor vehicles are prohibited from using any part of the school’s play area at any time.
Recess is considered an important part of your child’s school experience. We believe that the play and collaboration that occurs on the playground is critical to academic and social development. Parents should be sure that children come to school dressed appropriately for the weather, as they will go outside.
REPORT CARDS: Report Cards are issued three times during the year. Teachers may also send home a report at any time the child is experiencing difficulty and the teacher feels that the parent should be notified.
SAFETY DRILLS: Fire, Severe Weather, and lockdown drills are held regularly to develop safety practices that will help students move quickly and orderly to assigned safety areas during an emergency. Rules of safety are reviewed with the children on a regular basis.
SCHOOL CLOSING: Tune in to the radio and television stations for notice of school closings. Do not call the school to check if we are open. Tuning into the radio, or checking the TV or internet is your best bet. Calling the school ties up the phone lines when we are trying to conduct school business. Cable Channel 22 also carries school closing information. School closings for inclement weather are the responsibility of the Superintendent’s office.
SCHOOL HOURS: Children attend school from 8:47-3:44 each day unless otherwise designated in the school calendar. Half-day dismissal time is 12:02 p.m.
Dropping Off/Picking up: For safety’s sake, please pick up and drop off youngsters at the back visitor parking area in the drop zone (east side of the school). DO NOT park in the front visitor lot and wait for children or drop off children. Dropping off in the NO STUDENT DROP ZONE is unsafe and backs up traffic. Only buses are allowed in the bus lane. For safety reasons, it is important that children do not arrive at school more than fifteen minutes before classes begin.
TARDINESS: All students are expected to come to school on time. Students who arrive late are disruptive to the classroom and miss out academically. If a student is consistently tardy, parents will be contacted for a conference to resolve the problem.
TELEPHONE MESSAGES: Only emergency messages will be relayed during class hours to avoid disruptions to instruction. Likewise students are only allowed to use the phone for emergencies. Thank you for your cooperation with this manner.
TESTING: Kinyon students participate in the State of Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test: Grades 3, 4, and 5 are tested in reading and math. In addition fourth graders have a writing portion of the MEAP and fifth graders are tested in science.
VISITORS: For the safety of all of our children, any parent or visitor coming in to the building should enter through the front door and report to the office. Visitors will be asked to sign-in and will be given a BADGE to wear while they are in the building, in accordance with Board of Education Policy 5.38, Section V, Instruction, Health, Safety and Welfare. If you need to speak with a teacher, please call first to set up an appointment. It is very difficult for teachers to speak with parents while they are conducting class. School visitation by children not enrolled in our school is not allowed. Please remind older brothers and sisters that they are not permitted on school premises during the time school is in session.
VOLUNTEERS: WE NEED YOU! Please come in and volunteer your time, energy and ideas. The children gain many benefits by seeing their parents involved in school activities. Volunteer forms are available in the office; you will be required to submit a copy of your driver's license.
WEATHER: We monitor current weather conditions constantly with a weather-alert-device provided by the district. When severe weather conditions are predicted we make every effort to provide notification of school cancellations. Please do not call the school to see if school is in session. Please watch the news or listen to the radio. It is very difficult to conduct school business with the phone lines tied up. All emergency school closings will be noted on Cable TV (Channel 22 in Taylor) and announced on Channels 2, 4, and 7 and on radio stations WJR, CKLW, WWJ, WEXL, WEXI, WDIV and WNIC.