Stanley Switlik          Elementary School

    Student Handbook



    Switlik Mission Statement:

    Switlik Elementary School fosters a spirit of respect and responsibility resulting in a commitment to academic achievement and personal excellence for our diverse population.

    Academic Achievement + Personal Excellence = Successful Students




    The educational philosophy of Stanley Switlik Elementary School is to direct its faculty and students in ways that benefit both the students and society. Rapid changes occurring in local and world communities make it necessary to provide school programs that enable students to adjust to this changing environment.

    In view of our vastly diversified student body, the faculty and staff strive to provide a flexible program which will meet individual needs; develop the ethical judgment of the pupil; and foster the intellectual, physical and aesthetic development of each student. We realize that as individuals our students have different levels of ability. They have different learning styles, different areas of interest, and different attitudes toward school. Our programs and goals reflect these differences. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests. We respect the worth and dignity of the individual. We promote the equality of education for all students.

    One of the fundamental purposes of elementary education is to see that the young are systematically exposed to a carefully planned series of experiences. This process involves acquisition of basic skills. However, students must also be provided with activities that stimulate critical thinking skills and develop higher cognitive operations. Students must be prepared to live in a high technological society in which information can quickly become obsolete.

    Education should also address the basic needs of survival; health and belonging in order to attain the higher level needs of knowledge, understanding and self-actualization. The aim of education is to develop a social and intellectual being. Educators, students, parents and community members are an integral part of deciding what will be taught and the direction in which education will move.

    Education is the pursuit of academic, psychological, and social learning experiences. The school must respond to the challenge of educating the whole person and providing society with healthy, productive citizens who have had a positive experience with public education. 2

    The Stanley Switlik Elementary School


    1. To provide continuity of educational experience in teaching of the basic skills, tools of learning and concepts in the elementary areas: language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, physical education, art and music.

    2. To provide a learning environment that will encourage individual effort and enable the pupil to develop in self-direction and self-esteem.

    3. To promote a learning climate and program that takes into account the latest advances in educational psychology and practice.

    4. To teach students according to their individual needs, interests, abilities, and learning capacities, offering the opportunity for research, innovation, and the emotional satisfaction of the successful performance of tasks suited to individual ability.

    5. To provide for the pupil that background of experience and knowledge which will enable him/her to make judgments and decisions appropriate to his/her stage of development.

    6. To provide experiences that will help develop sound bodies and will establish wholesome mental and emotional attitudes and habits.

    7. To provide experiences that will foster artistic appreciation and the development of the talents of pupils.

    8. To foster awareness of career opportunities and social development by cooperating with the pupil’s families and with community agencies in developing citizens who can be effective in a democratic society.



    New students should be registered in the school office as soon as possible after moving to Marathon. The office hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm on school days. The office is open every weekday year round excluding holidays noted on the Monroe County District Calendar and on Fridays in the month of July.

    It is especially urgent for new students arriving in the summer to register immediately so that the proper number of teachers will be on board for the first day of school. Students transferring to our school who have been receiving exceptional student education services will need to meet with the school counselor.

    At the time of registration, all other requirements with the proper forms will be given to the parents. Besides the mandatory proof of immunization, students are required to present evidence of a physical examination if they are entering Florida Public Schools for the first time at any grade level. The registrar will secure each transferring student’s permanent records from the preceding school. If parents have the student’s report cards, these will help the teacher.

    Proof of birth date (a state certified birth certificate is preferred), social security card, proof of residency and a photo identification of parent/guardian are required for children entering school for the first time. 3


    Kindergarten registration for students entering public school for the first time is held each spring for the upcoming school year. Kindergarten students must be five (5) years old on or before September 1of the current school year.

    Florida Statutes require school attendance for all children aged 6-16.

    All children who will be six (6) years old on or before September 1 may enter public school

    first grade provided they have satisfactorily completed kindergarten. Proof of public kindergarten attendance must be shown. Children transferring from private kindergarten will be tested for admission. Details are available from the school office.


    This is a federally funded program for students who meet the qualifications and will be four years old on or before September 1. Please call the school at 289-2490, ext. 59309, for more information on our Headstart/Early Intervention Program.

    Volunteer Pre Kindergarten is open to all students meeting the eligibility requirement and will be four years old by September 1 of the current school year. Please call the school at 289-2490 ext. 59309 or ext. 59313 for more information.


    In every student’s file, there should be an emergency contact, the person to contact in case the parents cannot be reached in an emergency. This information is required at the time of registration and is updated each August.


    If a child’s address, telephone number or emergency contact information changes during the school year, the school office should be notified. A form is provided for this information from the office upon request.


    Students will not be released from this school unless a parent or guardian comes to the school office and signs them out. "Sign out" takes place in the Main Office.

    Parents please send a note to school informing the teacher your child will be leaving for a doctor, dental appointment, etc. When you physically "sign out" your child, the main office will call the teacher to send the student to the office to go with you.


    Parents are requested to remain in the office until their child arrives. Please do not go directly to your child’s classroom. Anyone that enters the campus must first go to the office and get a visitor pass.

    If it is necessary for a child to withdraw from school during the school year, the parent will notify the teacher and the school office by phone or in writing as early as possible, and at least five (5) days before the child’s last day in school. The note should include: (1) date of child’s last day of attendance, and (2) location of the child’s next school. Provided we have been adequately notified, the report card and transfer grades will be provided prior to withdrawal. The child’s next school will request the records. It is expected that all textbooks and library books be returned and outstanding cafeteria payments be satisfied prior to dismissal. 4


    Switlik School follows the Florida State requirements, Florida Statute 232.032, that all children entering public or private schools in Florida for the first time must be immunized for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubella two MMR's and two Varicella (chickenpox vaccine effective 2007-2008 school year.) The complete series of three Hepatitis B shots are required for entry into kindergarten.

    When children have inoculations or any kind of shots, parents are requested to please relay this information to the office for entry on the school records.

    It is the parent's responsibility to see that immunizations are kept up-to-date. Students that do not have the proper immunizations kept up-to-date, as required by Florida School Laws, will be excluded from school.

    At the time of registration, all other requirements with the proper forms will be given to parents. Besides the mandatory proof of immunization, students are required to present evidence of a physical examination if they are entering Florida Public Schools for the first time at any grade level a grace period of 30 days is permissible in order to complete a Florida physical. Students entering Kindergarten for the first time must have a Florida School Physical that is dated no earlier exactly one year prior to the starting date of the current school year.


    Parents or guardians of students and adult students have the following rights.

    1. The right of access to student records and reports;

    2. The right to waiver access to confidential letters or statements;

    3. The right to challenge and have a hearing regarding student records and reports; and

    4. The right to privacy of student records and reports.

    In addition, parents or guardians of students and adult students must receive annual written notice of the categories of personally identifiable information designated as directory information for which consent to release is not required. The District School Board of Monroe County defines directory information as:

    "...the student's name, address, telephone number if it is a listed number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities or sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, most recent previous educational agency of institution attended by the student."

    Parents, guardians, and adults have the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all categories of personally identifiable information defined as directory information with respect to a particular student. The parents, guardian or adult student must notify the school principal in writing that the directory information is not to be released for a particular student.

    The school district may seek Medicaid reimbursement in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. Parents and guardians may contact the district administration offices for further information.

    Medicaid now issues an "Explanation of Benefits’ (EOB) statements to all recipients that will reflect what services the school Medicaid program has have billed for.

    The EOB’s will be very similar to the statements that we receive from our personal insurance carriers. Subsequently, parent’s questions will be best answered in the Medicaid department. 5

    Please refer all Medicaid questions to the district Medicaid office. The number is 293-1400 ext 53360.


    The school website, http//sse.monroe.k12.fl.us or www.keysschools.com contains important school information and links to educational resources. Our school newsletter is sent home with students on a monthly basis. Please be on the lookout for the Switlik News, it will help keep you in touch with what is happening at school. Special school announcements will be sent home on Wednesdays and will also be sent through an automated message system to your home telephone.


    To ensure the safety of our students it is required that parents and all visitors to the school secure a visitor’s pass from the main office. All visitors and volunteers must abide by the Switlik dress policy. Parents will not be allowed in the classroom without this pass. Due to liability issues, we cannot permit students from other schools, friends, cousins, etc. to visit at any time during the school day.


    The regular school day for students is 9:00am to 3:30pm. Students will be marked tardy after 9:05. Parking for parents is located in the front of the school at the 33

    rd Street parking lot. It is not acceptable for students to be dropped off at the (Sue Moore Primary Building) 35th Street and is so posted. Parents will be notified prior to early dismissal days. Pupils should not arrive at school before 8:30am. There is no supervision provided for the children before 8:30 AM or after 3:30 PM unless a before or after school program is being offered. Students are escorted to classrooms at 8:50 a.m. by the teachers.


    Students are never allowed to remain on school grounds after school dismissal unless involved in a teacher-sponsored activity or other pre-arranged activities. Students are not allowed to be on school grounds, during evenings, weekends, holidays or vacations. Students are not allowed to ride or walk their bicycles, skateboards or roller blades on the sidewalks at any time. Students may use the rear playground WITH PARENTAL SUPERVISION.

    14. BICYCLES:

    Before parents give their child the responsibility and privilege of riding a bicycle, it is requested that children are fully instructed on bicycle safety and courtesy. Bicycles must not be ridden on the sidewalks. Double riding is prohibited. Students must wear protective helmets. When on Switlik grounds the bike must be walked.

    Students should always lock their bicycle and place it in the assigned bicycle rack.

    Skateboards and roller blades are not to be ridden to school.


    To insure the safety of our boys and girls, it is imperative that you use the designated parent parking area if you plan to escort your child to their line up area. There is a drop off lane that allows you to let your child out of the car safely.

    Please, do not park in the handicapped, restricted or faculty parking areas. Parent parking is located on 33rd street in directly in front of the athletic field. DO NOT PARK in the drop-off lane nor the bus loop directly in front of the main building. Students who do not ride the school bus should report directly to the line up area for their grade level or to the cafeteria for breakfast.

    16. BUS DROP OFF:


    The area assigned for our school bus loading and unloading is restricted for


    SCHOOL BUS TRAFFIC ONLY. Please do not enter this area with your vehicle or when walking your child to their class. MESSAGES:

    Stanley Switlik has a policy of not interrupting classes. Parents are to ask office personnel to deliver messages to classes only in case of an extreme emergency. Messages delivered to classes will be held to a minimum as each message takes teaching time away from all their children in the room. Each teacher has a telephone in the classroom. While they will not answer the telephone during instructional time, you may leave a voice message and the teacher will return your call as soon as possible.

    Students are able to use the school telephone in case of an emergency.

    In order to avoid confusion and misinformation; all correspondence regarding student arrangements for changes in transportation and any after-school activities must be made before 2:00p.m. Telephone calls are not acceptable, changes must be sent in writing, facsimile or in person.


    If at all possible, please avoid trying to make changes directly before or after the afternoon dismissal bell. EVACUATION PROCEDURES AND FIRE ALARM:

    Instructions for emergency evacuation are posted in each classroom and will be explained by the teacher. During an emergency evacuation, the student will go quickly and quietly with his/her teacher to the designated area until the "all clear" signal is given to return to the classroom, State law requires ten practice emergency evacuations each school year.



    A. When it is apparent that a student is not making the progress necessary in a subject area to be successful at the next level of his/her education, the school will provide assistance to the student.


    B. Progress reports shall be issued in the middle of each nine-week grading period to the parents of students who are doing unsatisfactory academic work at the K-8 level.


    C. Parents of each K-8 student whose performance consistently falls below grade level will be notified in writing and a parent conference will be scheduled regarding promotion/retention.

    D. Parents can access student progress at anytime through Parent Viewer online through the school

    Website, http//sse.monroe.k12.fl.us or www.keysschools.com



    In accordance with Monroe County’s curriculum philosophy, report cards will be issued specific to grade level.

    Students are to receive grades in all subjects or courses in which they receive instruction in the elementary or middle grades.

    Currently students are required to pass the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) as a requirement for promotion from grade three. Students who do not pass the grade three FCAT must meet additional requirements before promotion to grade four including summer school attendance and completion of a portfolio.

    The FCAT is a performance measure of the Florida Sunshine State Standards. The Monroe County School District’s curriculum is in line with the Sunshine State Standards at all grade levels. The FCAT is currently being administered at grades 3 - 10 in reading and mathematics. Students in grade 5 will also take the science 7

    FCAT; this provides the opportunity to measure academic growth and provide remediation to assist students in meeting the new high school graduation requirements.

    Report cards will be issued every nine weeks or four times a year

    Stanley Switlik Academic Honor Roll Criteria

    and will indicate if a student is working below grade level.

    Selection is based on the

    1. Stanley Switlik A and A/B Honor Roll

    2. All A Honor Roll = all A letter grades + 2 or 3 in all special areas/ study skills ( handwriting is excluded)

    letter grades and the numerals for special areas, study skills and handwriting. Please note that the "indicators" under the letter grade are NOT factored into this equation. are strictly academic = students must earn grades for these awards On grade level

    3. A/B Honor Roll = all A & B letter grades + 2 & 3 in special areas / study skills (handwriting is excluded)

    *No 1’s (in the special areas or study skill) or C’s allowed in either category



    A 90-100 Outstanding Progress

    B 80- 89 Above Average Progress

    C 70- 79 Average Progress

    D 60- 69 Lowest Acceptable Progress

    F 0- 59 Failure

    Kindergarten Grading Scale has been determined by our district as follows:

    "S" 79.5 – 100 Satisfactory

    "P" 69.5-79 Progressing

    "N" 69 & Below Not Evident



    Progress will be reported to parents using the Functional Integrated Curriculum Progress Report for students with Moderate or Severe Disabilities (Trainable Mentally Handicapped, Autistic, Profoundly Handicapped, or any student requiring a functional integrated curriculum).



    The faculty of Stanley Switlik Elementary School will make every effort to keep parents informed about the progress and special needs of their children. Parent conferences will be scheduled at intervals throughout the year. Please note: we will have early dismissal on these days. You will be advised in advance of conference days and will receive a scheduled date and time for meeting with your child’s teacher.

    Know your child’s teachers and give them the opportunity to know you. Give your child the security of feeling the cooperative spirit, which exists in friendly parent-teacher relationships. If you have a difference of opinion, members of the school staff will b e glad to discuss and clarify any school situation.

    The school welcomes requests for parent-teacher conferences at any time the parent feels the need. The guidance counselor is also available to meet with you. We ask that you call the office or your child’s 8

    teacher to make an appointment or send a note to your child’s teacher, so that the conference may be scheduled at a time when the teacher is free to talk with you.

    Parents are welcome to visit the school; however, it is best to arrange such visits ahead of time with the office.

    All parents are required to stop by the office to obtain a visitor or volunteer pass before going to any classroom. Parents are not to enter the instructional buildings prior to 9:00 a.m. unless there has been a pre-arranged conference or activity with the teacher and that teacher has notified the office. Parents are permitted in the common areas prior to that time, i.e. cafeteria, front patio, etc.



    The main objectives of Parent Education are threefold. The first is to identify students who are having academic difficulties and provide the parents of those children access to educational materials and resources to help their children at home. The second objective is to assist parents in any other areas of concern that may arise at school or at home. The last objective of Parent Education is to work with parents and help them provide every child at Switlik with a truly meaningful and effective school experience.

    Services offered by parent education are (1) Help Line: whenever a special need or problem arises and assistance is needed, the parents are encouraged to contact the Parent Educator. The Parent Educator can provide help to families by locating the right community service or professional assistance; (2) Home Visits: the Parent Educator is available for home visits for those parents unable to come to school to select educational materials; (3) Parent-Lending Library: a special library filled with educational materials and many games that parents may use with their children at home, and (4) Parent training on various topics throughout the school year.



    The regular curricular areas include: reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, art, Spanish, music and physical education. Use of the county-developed Curriculum Frameworks, based upon the Florida Sunshine State Standards for language arts/reading, math, social studies, and science/health, help teachers meet the needs of each student.

    The basic skills are stressed at Stanley Switlik with much emphasis on reading, math, and writing with opportunities for students to apply the basic skills through science, health, social studies and communications. Teaching strategies are based on student growth and development principles.

    The organization for teaching is primarily based on a heterogeneous structure with teachers teaming within a grade level on a limited basis.

    You can review the curriculum on line at: www.keysschools.com



    The guidance program supports this school wide initiative through classroom activities in life skills, small group counseling, individual counseling, and parent consultation.

    A life skill counselor is available for our students and works as a liaison with the Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys.



    Title I is the largest federally aided program in our nation’s schools. Title I is short for Chapter I of the Title I of the Elementary Act of 1965 as amended by the Hawkins-Stafford Elementary and Secondary Schools Improvement Amendments of 1988. 9

    At Stanley Switlik Elementary School our Kindergarten through grade five are serviced through an in-class program with instruction given by Title I teachers in addition to the classroom teachers. During the regular school day the computer assisted instruction enhances the in-class program.

    Selection criteria are based on current STA scores, FCAT scores or a teacher referral form. A student may qualify for Title I services in grades one through five if they are at/below 32% or below in Reading Comprehension or Math Solving. Kindergarten students may qualify by teacher recommendation/referral.


    Each primary class has one scheduled period in the media center. This time is used for teaching media (library) skills and literature. This time is also used for students to check out books, look at magazines or look at and listen to audiovisual materials or take Accelerated Reader tests. There are open library times for all students.

    Reading motivation programs encourage students to greatly increase the number of books they read. The media center supports and supplements the instruction in the classroom by supplying additional books and A-V materials to teachers.

    In the event that instructional materials or library books are checked out to a student from the media center and the materials are not returned on demand, the student shall not be allowed to borrow any other materials from the center until such time as the borrowed materials have been returned or payment has been made. The student may, however, use materials while he/she is in the center.


    For students and parents not fluent in English, the school provides certain services. Official notices, including report cards, can be provided in other languages. Special instruction methods are provided for Limited English Students as needed.


    A nurse is assigned fulltime at Stanley Switlik Elementary School. This nurse will coordinate vision screenings, and will assist in identifying other health problems. The nurse may also contact your home if it is felt that your child needs to be seen by a doctor. If you wish to speak to the nurse about any health matter relating to your child, please contact the nurse at 289-2490 ext 59366. The school has facilities where children will be watched if they become ill or injured at school. If your child is too ill to remain in school, we will call you first, then a relative or neighbor if you cannot be reached, to take the child home.

    "The school district may seek Medicaid reimbursement in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. Parents and guardians may contact the district administration offices for further information."

    32. HEAD LICE:

    In recent years throughout the United States, head lice have become a problem in many schools. Your cooperation is needed to help combat this problem. If you find that your child has contracted head lice, please contact the school. A child suspected of having head lice will be sent home and must be treated before returning to school. Parents must bring their child to school along with proof of medication (label, box and/or container) that was used and stay while their child is being checked. We have a

    NO NIT POLICY. Periodic head checks will be made. The teacher will report all suspected cases to the principal or office manager. Remember that head lice can happen to anyone. The most important fact to remember is that the problem must be quickly treated to prevent spreading. For additional literature about the treatment or diagnosis of head lice, please contact the school.



    The school requires that contagious diseases be reported immediately to alert the school for signs of being contagious. Children with contagious infections such as impetigo or ringworm can attend school if the infection is medicated and covered.

    34. TEXTBOOKS:

    Students are expected to take good care of the textbooks furnished by the School Board of Monroe County and all students must assume full responsibility for the care of the books lent to them.

    Responsibility for textbooks rests with the student to whom the textbook is issued. Loss of books due to theft or other circumstances will not be accepted as reasons for nonpayment. If a textbook is lost, before another one is issued the student will be required to pay the full price for the book less than one year old and for older books lost, replacement costs will range from 50% to 75% of the price depending on the age and condition of the book when issued. In no instance will payment be less than 50% of the value of the book. If books are returned damaged, a student may be required to pay a damage fee depending on the condition of the book when issued.

    35. MATERIALS:

    Each teacher will compile a list of materials, (pencils, paper, crayons, etc.) which your child will need to bring to school. We ask your assistance in seeing that your child has these materials. Please contact the Parent Educator (59370) if you are in need of assistance in providing your child with materials requested.

    36. HOMEWORK:

    Homework will be assigned to students when it is meaningful or necessary for the student's progress in school. Individual teachers are responsible for deciding if and when homework will be helpful for a child. The teacher will keep you informed as to how you can help when homework is assigned. We encourage you to call or visit the school to find out about your child's program and what activities will support it.

    37. Parent Organizations:

    Our school has an active P.T.O. We encourage all parents to join PTO and to attend and support its business meetings and fund raising events.

    LaFamilia – non-English speaking parents are encouraged to participate in LaFamilia meetings to stay informed of school activities.


    The duties of the Stanley Switlik School Advisory council are:

    1. Act as a liaison agent for communication between schools and community.

    2. Participate in the development of the Needs Assessment Report by reviewing the proposed reports and making recommendation to the school principal.

    3. Assist in the dissemination and interpretation of the School Improvement Plan.

    4. Make recommendations for the accumulation of data that would be helpful to parents.

    5. Determine how the SAC state allocation will be spent to support School Improvement Plan.

    The meetings of the School Advisory Council are open to all parents. Please feel free to attend any meeting. Meetings are normally held the fourth Wednesday of each month.


    In order for Stanley Switlik Elementary School to provide all the programs and services desirable in achieving its goals, volunteer help is needed. We believe that every parent has something to offer, whether it is scheduled assistance with the regular school program, field trips, parties, or other special activities. We actively solicit your support and help in providing the best possible learning experience for your child at Stanley Switlik. 11

    In Order for the Monroe County School Board to complete the processing of volunteer applications it is our policy to have a routine local and state background check conducted. Results of the background check will remain confidential, and will be considered the property of the Monroe County School Board. Please contact our volunteer coordinator: Irene Moreira at 289-2490 ext. 59307.

    40. CAFETERIA:

    Stanley Switlik Elementary School offers a breakfast and lunch program to its students each school day. Students are encouraged to participate, as the meals are well balanced and include milk. A qualified manager who is responsible for the planning and preparation of all meals supervises the food program. Every meal in the cafeteria will be a Type A lunch


    Meal prices are as follows: (K-5) Breakfast-$1.75, Lunch-$2.25 (6-12) Breakfast-$1.75, Lunch-$2.50. Reduced meals prices are as follows: Breakfast-.30 cents and Lunch-.40 cents. Meals may be purchased on a daily or weekly basis. If your child loses or forgets lunch money, an IOU will be issued and a reminder sent home. The outstanding debt should be paid the following day. IOU limits have been established and guidelines are listed below.

    Lunch Schedule:

    The students will go in a group with the teacher to the cafeteria and return in a group to the classroom. Children may bring a packed lunch from home and purchase milk in the cafeteria. Packed lunches should be a well-balanced meal. Sodas and glass containers are discouraged.

    Free or Reduced Lunch:

    Applications for free or reduced meals will be sent home with every child during the first week of school or thereafter and whenever a new student registers. Parents are asked to complete these forms and return them as soon as possible. Parents must fill out a new application each year. Children who received free or reduced lunch in this school system last year will continue to receive these meals only for the first thirty school days. Free or reduced lunch status will be terminated if parents do not complete a new form. Students (PK-5) that are on a full-pay status can accrue up to $12.00 of IOU debt before they will not be allowed to charge his/her lunch; students that are on reduced priced meals have an IOU limit of $2.10 for grades PK-5. NO STUDENT WILL BE DENIED FOOD; however students that accrued an IOU balance that meets the limit will be provided toast and milk for breakfast and a cheese sandwich and milk for lunch.


    : Rights:

    Students are expected to attend school each day unless the school excuses them. Absence from school without permission is a serious violation of School Board Policy and Florida School Law. Students who are absent without permission are subject to school disciplinary actions and/or referral to court. The school, community leaders, and law enforcement officials are working together to assure that all students in Monroe County attend school. The definition of

    truant is a student who is absent one (1) day without permission of the school with or without the knowledge or consent of the parent or guardian. The definition of habitual truant is a student who is absent three (3) days without permission of the school with or without the knowledge or consent of the parent or guardian.

    Attendance Policies:

    1. Absences will be classified as excused or unexcused. Parents are requested to call the office the morning of a child’s absence. An automated message will be sent to the home phone if a child is absent from school and the school was not notified of the absence.

    2. Parents must send a note to school within three days of a child's absence. Students are responsible for all work missed. 12

    Typical Examples given for being absent:



    Personal illness or illness in the family


    Death in the family


    Court as a witness or defendant


    Prearranged business trip with parents


    Doctor/Dental appointments



    Paying bills, transacting family business, haircut appointments, music or dance lessons


    Exhausted from school activities


    Shopping trips


    Visiting relatives out of town



    3. Students may be required by the school principal to provide a doctor's certificate before absences in excess of ten (10) cumulative days in any school year are excused.

    4. Any student absent as a result of having a contagious disease (such as measles, mumps, chicken pox etc.) must have a doctor's release slip before resuming attendance.

    42. Tardy Policy: Detention

    may be assigned if tardiness is excessive.

    Tardiness to class is very disruptive to the educational process and results in less academic learning time. The participation of tardy students is reduced since they often miss important directions and introductions to assignments.

    Students arriving after 9:05 must report to the office before going to class. A tardy slip will be issued in the office. This will not be necessary in the case of a school bus arriving late.

    43. Truancy:

    When law enforcement encounters a student while school is in session, the officer shall return the truant child to school. The officer shall complete the attendance violation form and file the same with a designated person at Stanley Switlik.


    Please be aware that even one unexcused absence from school is considered truant under Florida School Law. The truancy law is very strict and habitual truants and the State’s Attorney will take their parents to court.

    44. Results of Unexcused Absences:

    The plan calls for a parent conference after the first truancy; conference, discipline, evaluation and counseling after the second truancy; and referral to Children In Need of Services/ Family In Need of Services (CINS/FINS).

    45. Monroe County Dress Code Policy

    Cleanliness, good grooming and appropriate clothing are essential to the social well being of the student. Students should dress in a manner that is not distracting, extreme or related to known gang activity Clothing, jewelry, buttons or accessories of any kind that create a disruption or safety concern, with distasteful pictures, offensive language, slogans, or that advertise alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances will not be permitted.

    Shoes must be worn at all times on campus. Tennis shoes or sneakers are strongly recommended for safety on the playground and staircases. Inappropriate shoes will result in playground restrictions when safety is a factor.

    Individual schools may have a more specific dress code policy reflecting the culture of the community, in which must be adhered to.

    Stanley Switlik requires all clothing have long sleeves, short sleeves or be sleeveless. Spaghetti strap tops are not permitted. Clothing that reveals a bare midriff or bare back is not permitted. Shorts, skirts and dresses must be finger tip/mid thigh length. Pants must stay up around the waist either by themselves or with a belt. Underclothing must be out of sight. Hats, scarves, bandanas and sunglasses may only be worn outside the building. Bathing suits are acceptable for beach activities only. No flip flops or roller shoes are allowed to be worn on campus.

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    46. ILLNESS:

    Sick children should remain home. If a child becomes too ill to remain at school, we will call you to take him/her home. The school cannot be held responsible for giving medication to students, but we wish to cooperate with you when a doctor requires medication. In such case, we require the following:

    1. All prescribed medications to be administered by school personnel shall be received and stored in the original container.

    2. The original container or a supplementary document attached to the medication shall provide to the school the following information:

    Student’s name, Name of Medication, Date of Prescription, Physician’s name, Physician’s Directions for Administration (including dosage, time of day, and duration-length of time patient should be administered medication).

    3. No more than a two-week supply of medication should be brought to school at any one time by the parent, visiting teacher, social worker or other school or public health employee. When a student must bring medication to school; only ONE day’s supply should be sent.

    4. Non-prescription medications such as aspirins or cold tablets will not be administered at school unless accompanied by a physician’s statement requesting and authorizing such administration.

    5. There shall be no liability for civil damages as a result of the administration of such medication where the person administering such medication acts as an ordinarily reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.


    Instruction is available in the home by a regular certified teacher for students who cannot attend school for twenty (20) days or more because of a physical condition. Parents should contact the school immediately (289-2490 X59319) if such an extended absence is anticipated. Homebound instruction can begin immediately if a 20-day absence is anticipated. A student receiving homebound instruction is counted present on the school records.

    48. CHECKS:

    All checks should be made payable to Stanley Switlik Elementary School. This includes checks for school pictures, lunches, benevolent drives, etc. All monies should be put in an envelope giving the child's name, teacher, amount and purpose of the monies on the outside of the envelope. 14


    Students are responsible at all times for any money and/or valuables brought to school. Neither the school nor the school board provides any insurance coverage for damage or theft of student's personal property.


    We feel an obligation to inform parents that the District School Board does not carry student accident insurance coverage. The Board does have liability insurance as provided by law.

    In view of the Board's insurance coverage as outlined above, we strongly encourage you to consider the purchase of student accident coverage. This Board selected this insurance through a process of competitive bidding. Neither the school nor the school board receives any financial benefit from the sale of this insurance. It is offered as a service to parents and students.

    An enrollment application for the student accident insurance program will be sent home with each student. If you desire to enroll your child in the program, complete the application and mail it with the appropriate payment directly to the insurance company in the envelope provided.


    The school is not the place for any of the following items: chewing gum, hats, radios; CD’s, IPODS, and CD players, game boy, pets, or visiting relatives should not come to school. Knives or other types of weapons are not permitted on school property. Toys should not be brought to school. If a student brings a cell phone to school it must be kept off and remain out of sight.


    Lost and found articles will be turned into the office. Students should report any lost possessions to their teacher immediately. It would be prudent for parents to write their child’s name on lunch boxes and tags of their sweaters and jackets with a permanent marker.

    53. FIELD TRIPS:

    Official permission form signed by parents must be on file at school

    A parent may be asked to accompany their child on a field trip.


    before any child may go on a field trip. Medical forms should be notarized in the front office. Field trips are a privilege and the teacher has discretion concerning who may attend. SCHOOL BUSES:

    Students will ride the bus to which they are assigned. No student will be allowed to change this bus except in the instance of the family moving elsewhere in town. Emergency temporary changes will be handled on an individual basis and require a note from the parent to be taken to the office or a parent visit to the office.

    These changes cannot be made with a telephone call. Please impress upon your child the need for cooperative behavior on the bus. Each child's safety depends upon it. The Department of Transportation has published a list of rules for bus safety. Infractions of these rules will lead to bus suspension. We ask that you review these with your child.


    The driver is in full charge of bus and pupils. Pupils must obey the driver.

    1. The driver must assign pupils seats to promote order on the bus. An approved seating chart is available from the bus driver.

    2. Stand off roadway while awaiting bus. Parents are responsible for student behavior.

    3. Keep your seat at all times when bus is moving.

    4. No portions of the body outside bus windows.


    5. Cross the roadway five steps in front of the bus. Wait for the driver's signal before crossing.

    6. No conversation with the bus driver while the bus is in motion.

    7. Classroom conduct is to be observed.

    8. No eating, drinking or smoking allowed on bus.

    9. Pupils must be at the bus stop on time; the bus will not wait

    10. No reptiles, bugs, animals, or marine life, dead or alive will be allowed on the bus.

    11. Students must ride their assigned bus and cannot board or depart the bus at any stop other than their regular stop. The principal or designee must approve emergency changes. A written note from the parent will be required to make these changes.

    12. Pupils must be absolutely quiet when dome lights are on.

    13. Band instruments, which interfere with the seating and safety of others, are not permitted on the school buses.

    14. It is a felony to throw any items out of windows (state law). Parents and students will be held responsible.

    15. Students must give proper name upon request from the driver.

    16. No signs displayed from the bus.

    17. Parents and students will be held responsible for all vandalism and restitution will be required.

    Security and Digital Cameras

    In the interest of student safety, the Monroe County School District may use closed circuit television camera surveillance system(s) at various school sites and digital surveillance systems in all school buses that transport children throughout the Monroe County School District.

    There is no expectation of privacy while at school sites or on school busses that have closed circuit television camera surveillance systems or digital surveillance systems. Security cameras at the school sites are used in common areas only.

    Videos may be made or viewed and used is disciplinary actions including suspensions, expulsions and legal proceedings


    All Switlik students are aware of the procedures and rules to follow. Each student has been made aware of the school and classroom rules and consequences. Failure to make good choices may result in disciplinary actions.

    School Wide Rules:

    Students will:

    1. Verbal reminder

    2. Time out in classroom (5-10 minutes)

    3. Time out

    4. Parent contact

    5. Assign detention, parent call and written permission

    6. Send to administrator / referral

    7. Conference with the teacher/s, parents, the student, the school administration and the guidance counselor will be involved with the creating of a behavior plan. Additional consequences can be administered as determined by the administration including, parent call, detention, suspension, etc…

    Severe offenses sent to office immediately

    1. Intentional physical violence towards self or others.

    2. Illegal substances/ weapons.

    3. Willful destruction or theft of property.

    4. Gross insubordination.

    5. Harassment: racial, sexual, religious.


    Procedures for Disciplinary Action:

    At Stanley Switlik Elementary School, every effort is made to help students make good choices. It is our intention to work with parents in exploring every available means to help their child make acceptable behavior choices. When your child is sent to the office, disciplinary action may include the following:

    1. Parent contact

    2. Detention: Students may be assigned detention after school. Parents will be given 24 hours notice. Parents will also be responsible for transportation. Failure to serve a detention will result in exclusion from extra curricular activities until detention is served.

    3. Student may be suspended from school up to ten (10) days for any one offense.

    In cases of suspension, students must be given oral or written notice and explanation of the charges against them and must be given an opportunity to present their side of their story. This must occur before the suspension except in the case of emergency or disruptive conditions. Principals shall make a good faith effort to employ parent's assistance or other alternative measures prior to the suspension. Written notice of suspensions will be mailed or given directly to parents.

    4. Expulsion: Expulsion may be used for repeated or very serious violations.

    Expulsion is exclusion from school for more than ten (10) school days and may be for the rest of the school year and the ensuing school year also. Expulsion procedures require written notice to the student and their 17

    parents or guardian advising them of impending recommended action, setting forth the charges against the student and advising them of the student's rights to due process including the right to legal counsel. Expulsion proceedings require a hearing officer, unless waived, and final action by the District School Board of Monroe County.


    Every student attending public school in the Monroe County District is expected to abide by the following code of student conduct which is based on the rules governing student conduct and discipline adopted by the School Board and supplemented by the school centers in the District.



    - Every student has the right to a meaningful education that will be of value to them for the rest of their lives including the opportunity to master the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics which are essential for a person to function successfully in today's society. Students have the right to pursue an education without interference from other students or other factors which create distractions to the student while engaged in the learning process.


    Students whose behavior in the classroom or other learning environments is disruptive, disrespectful, or uncooperative shall be subject to disciplinary and corrective action by the classroom teacher or by the school administration if referred by the teacher in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the school center. Repeated and serious disruptive behavior may result in suspension, expulsion or assignment to an alternative educational program.

    - Students have the responsibility to apply themselves and take advantage of all of the education and recreational activities provided so that their school experience may prepare them well for life. Students should actively engage in the daily work assigned, prepare any work assigned at home and cooperate with their teachers since learning is a two-way process. Students should not engage in disruptive or distracting behavior which interferes with other student’s right to learn.



    -Students have the right and are encouraged to participate in the programs and activities of the school in accordance with the guidelines established by each school for student participation.


    It is necessary in any school where large numbers of people gather and work to develop rules of behavior to facilitate the orderly conduct of the educational purpose of the school. It is the student's responsibility to know and abide by these rules of conduct, which the school provides in written form. Where appropriate, students should have some involvement in determining these rules.

    Students should conduct themselves within the school plant and while going to and from school according to the rules of the school. Students who fail to do so will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension in accordance with the policies and procedures of the school.

    -If a student elects to be part of an activity, club, or group at school, they have the responsibility to be an active participant and abide by the applicable requirements and rules. Students should conduct themselves in assemblies, as a sports participant or spectator and in other instances when representing their school in a manner, which brings credit to themselves and their school.



    - Students have the right to physical safety and to the protection of their personal property while attending school. 18


    Students should show respect for the authority of teachers, administrators, custodians, office and cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Students should be courteous to adults and other students at all time and never doing unto others, what they would not have done unto them.

    Students should respect the property of other students by displaying honesty and integrity while at school and should refrain from possessing any item that is not theirs unless given permission by the owner.

    Students who endanger other students' safety, resort to physical means of solving problems, and steal, damage or abuse other person’s property are subject to disciplinary action including suspension in accordance with the policies and procedures established by each school and by the School Board.

    Any student who defaces, cuts, damages, marks, or destroys school property shall pay for the damages done and also may be subject to suspension or expulsion in accordance with School Board Policy 3.6.

    - Every student should conduct themselves in a manner that will not endanger the safety of their fellow students and should refrain from any horseplay or physical contact that could inflict harm on others.



    - Students have the right to dress casually if they so desire but in a manner that in not distracting or extreme nor interferes with the educational process at the school.


    - Students should pride themselves in a neat personal appearance at all times and observe a high standard of personal cleanliness. As guidelines students should wear shoes or some type of foot covering and avoid hair curlers, clothing which results in a bare midriff and bathing suits except in physical education swimming activities. Hats and sunglasses shall not be worn in classrooms. While students are permitted wide latitude in their choice of attire, the principal does have the authority to act on specific cases which disrupt good order and discipline in the school. Violations of the dress and grooming guidelines as established by School Board Policy 3.8 or directives by a school principal regarding dress and grooming may lead to disciplinary action.



    - Students have the constitutional right to freedom of expression. Students have the right to speak or publish and distribute their opinions even if what they say is unpopular or controversial. Students also have the right to wear buttons, armbands and other items associated with freedom of expression. All of these rights, however, must be practiced within the limitations of the school's rules and procedures. Such reasonable limitations are necessary in order to provide a good learning environment and to prevent disruptive behavior.






    disruption to normal school operation

    The principal or sponsors of official student publications have the responsibility to review any material to see that acceptable legal standards are set. Other publications should also be submitted to the principal for review and for information on their responsibilities.

    Certain bulletin boards in the school building may be designated for student use and students should follow the school procedure for posting material. 19

    Students who abuse their right to freedom of expression or violate procedures governing publications may be subject to disciplinary action.

    - Students have the responsibility to observe the following whenever they speak or write: Don't be obscene. Don't ridicule or cause a person to be ridiculed. Don't injure or smear a person's reputation. Don't be the cause of unlawful behavior or serious .

    62. ASSEMBLY


    - Students have the right to peaceful assembly and may exercise this right when it does not interfere with the normal operation of the school.


    Students who assemble in a manner to obstruct the orderly flow of traffic to class or which disrupts the normal school operation will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the rules of the school and may be suspended in accordance with School Board policy 3.4.2.

    - Students should not abuse the right of peaceful assembly by disrupting the normal operation of school. Students may hold meetings in the school at a time and place, which does not interfere with the school day by requesting permission to do so from the principal.

    63. PRIVACY:


    This individual right, however, is balanced by the school's responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of all its students, and school officials, may with proper cause, invade a student's privacy. Students also have rights in regards to the privacy of the contents of their school records.

    - Students possess the right of privacy as well as freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of property as guaranteed by the Constitution, Buckley Amendment and Florida Statutes.




    - Students should be aware that on occasion school officials may exercise the right to search students, student property and student lockers when reasonable suspicion arises that something of an illegal or harmful nature may be secreted there. School lockers are school property and school officials reserve the right to search them with proper cause. Students who are found in possession of illegal or illegally obtained items or substances are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the school and School Board. ILEGAL OR HARMFUL SUBSTANCES, WEAPONS AND ELECTRONIC TELEPHONE PAGERS: Students do not have the right to have narcotics, marijuana or harmful drugs or alcohol in their possession or consume such items on school property or at school functions nor do they have the right to smoke cigarettes or tobacco products on school grounds during the regular school program. Likewise, students do not have the right to possess weapons, cell phones, electronic pagers while on school property or while attending school function.


    Students have the responsibility to be aware that the possession or sale of weapons and firearms upon school property or while in attendance at a school function is prohibited. Students should also be aware that the prohibition on the possession or sale of firearms and weapons includes but is not limited to all firearms including antique firearms and all weapons and weaponry as defined in section 790.01 Florida Statutes, as amended, and pertains to such items whether they are concealed or visible.

    Students violating the provision to the policies and the prohibitions cited above regarding possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, smoking of cigarettes or tobacco products, the possession, consumption 20

    or sale of controlled substances as defined in Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, the possession or sale of weapons and firearms, and the possession of electronic telephone pagers while such students are on school property or in attendance at a school function are subject to the imposition of disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion and referral for prosecution. Students are further advised that the imposition of disciplinary action is required in the case of possession of alcoholic beverages, the involvement in the illegal use, sale, possession of controlled substances, and the possession of electronic telephone pagers.

    - Students have the responsibility to be aware of School Board policy 3.5.1. Which prohibits the possession or distribution of narcotics or marijuana or other harmful drugs on school property and School Board policy 3.5.2 which denies students permission to smoke cigarettes or tobacco products on school grounds during the regular school program? Students should not have alcoholic beverages nor should they have electronic pagers in their possession on school property or at school functions.


    Procedures to be followed for acts requiring discipline have been established by the administration and building planning team at each school center. These procedures should insure that the student is made aware of the rules he is accused of violating and that the punishment is appropriate for the offense. Disciplinary action may include detention; work on the school grounds under proper supervision, suspension and expulsion, or assignment to in school suspension or alternative education programs.

    The principal may authorize suspension for periods up to ten (10) days for serious violations of school rules, School Board Policy, the law or the provisions of the Board's Code of Student Conduct. Students may also be suspended from riding the school bus for up to ten (10) days for any one offense.

    In cases of suspension, students must be given oral or written notice and explanation of the charges against them and must be given an opportunity to present their side of the story. This must occur before the suspension except in the case of emergency or disruptive conditions. Principals shall make a good faith effort to employ parental assistance or other alternative measures prior to suspension. Written notice of suspensions will be mailed to parents.

    Expulsion may be used for repeated or very serious violations resulting in exclusion from school for more than ten (10) days and may be for the rest of the school year and the ensuing school year. Expulsion procedures require written notice to the student and their parents or guardian advising them of the impending recommended actions, setting forth the charges against the student and advising them of the student's rights to due process including the right to legal counsel. Expulsion proceedings require a hearing before a District hearing officer unless waived, and final action by the District School Board of Monroe County.





    1. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, martial status, disability, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices conducted by this School District, except as provided by law.

    2. The School Board shall comply with all state and federal laws, which prohibit discrimination and are designed to protect the civil rights of applicants, employees, and/or students, or other persons protected by applicable law.


    3. The School Board shall admit students to District Schools, programs, and classes without regard to race, color, religion, age, nation or ethnic origin, marital status, disability or handicap.

    District Equity Contacts:

    Student & Educational/Activities Personnel and Employment

    Sergio A. Sanchez, Equity and ADA Coordinator Cheryl Allen, Dir of Human Resources

    241 Trumbo Road 241 Trumbo Road

    Key West, FL 33040 Key West, FL 33040

    Email: Serge.Sanchez@KeysSchools.com email: Cheryl.Allen@KeysSchools.com

    Telephone: (305) 293-1400 ext. 53389 Telephone: (305) 293-1400 ext. 53332

    FAX: (305) 293-1485 FAX: (305) 293-1429


    The District School Board of Monroe County, Florida will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex. Religion, physical handicap, creed, or national origin in the recruiting hiring, assigning, promoting, paying, or dismissing any employee nor exclude from participation or in any way discriminate against any student for the above reasons in any education program or activity provided by the board. The designated coordinator of the Board’s educational equity plan is Superintendent

    Dr. Joseph Burke. At Stanley Switlik School, contact Assistant Principal, Mr. B. Unke, 289-2490 ext 59304 or Principal Mrs. Barbara Wright 289-2490, ext 59301.


    National origin minority or limited English proficient students shall not be subjected to any disciplinary action because of their use of language other than English.

    (fac 6a-6.0908(3)).

    Students who feel they have been unfairly discriminated against and disciplined because of their use of a language other than English in the Monroe County Schools are urged to notify the principal of their school.


    El Distrito de la Comisión Escolar del Condado Monroe, Florida, discriminara a base de raza, color, edad, sexo, religión, impedimento físico, dellficacion, o despedimiento de ningún programa o actividad provista por las escuelas del Sistema Escolar del Condado Monroe. Nombre y dirección de la coordinadora del Titulo IX es Deputy Superintendent, Mike Henriquez, 212 Trumbo road, Key West, Florida, 33040. Telefono: (305) 293-1400, ext. 53392.



    Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the Monroe County School Board are hereby notified that this District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Monroe County School District's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 is directed to contact: Mike Henriquez, Deputy Superintendent, District School Board of Monroe County, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Fl 33040 telephone (305) 293-1400, who has been designated by the Monroe County School District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, the ADA, and Section 504.


    Applicantes para la admisión y empleo, estudiantes, padres, empleados, origines de referencias de aplicantes para admisión y empleo, y todas las uniones o organizaciones profesionales que tienen negociaciones colectivas o contratos profesionales con el Distrito de Educación del Condado de Monroe, están por este medio notificados que este distrito no discrimina a base a raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impedimento en admisión, acceso, trato, o empleo en sus programas o actividades. Cualquier pregunta respecta al accrued que tiñe el Distrito de Educación del Condado de Monroe con las regulations implementad en el Title VI, Title IX, The Americana with Disabilities Act (ADA) o la Sección 504, debunk de pondré se en contactar con: Mike Henriquez, Deputy Superintendent. Telefono (305) 293-1400 extension 53392.


    "National origin minority or limited English proficient students shall not be subjected to any disciplinary action because of their use of a language other than English." (FAC 6A-6.0908{3}).

    If you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against and disciplined because of your use of a language other than English in the Monroe County Public Schools, please notify the school principal and/or the Superintendent's office at 293-1400.

    Respect self, school, and others.

    Walk in a straight line.

    Walk with hands at their sides.

    Always walk.

    Speak politely at all times and use appropriate language.

    Classroom rules

    Students will:

    Listen to the teacher.

    Follow directions given by the teacher.

    Come to class prepared and ready to learn.

    Treat others as they want to be treated.

    Cafeteria rules:

    Students will:

    Stay seated until lunch is over.

    Keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.

    Speak quietly to their neighbors.

    Ask for permission in order to leave their seat.

    Use manners and eat in a polite fashion.