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Elementary School Parent / Student Handbook
2021‐2022
Engage, Equip, Empower.

Please Note: While operating within the protocols for COVID-19, portions of the handbooks will not be fully accurate/implemented. Any protocols adopted by the district that supersede the handbooks will be published for students
and parents.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

BEXLEY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION

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SUPERINTENDENT’S WELCOME

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BOARD OF EDUCATION

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DISTRICT WEBSITE

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS

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2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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BEXLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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BEXLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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BEXLEY BOOSTER AND PARENT GROUPS

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DISTRICT MISSION

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DISTRICT VISION

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DISTRICT CORE VALUES

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BEXLEY’S LEARNER PROFILE

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BEXLEY ALMA MATER

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ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

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COMMUNICATION

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DISTRICT WEBSITE

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NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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DISTRICT AND BUILDING COMMUNICATION

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COMMUNICATION FROM STAFF

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GMAIL

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POWERSCHOOL

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CONFERENCES

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BELL SCHEDULE

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FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY

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ATTENDANCE

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ATTENDANCE REPORTING

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ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

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DEFINITION OF TRUANCY & EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

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ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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CORE CONTENT

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SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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MATHEMATICS

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SCIENCE

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SOCIAL STUDIES

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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HEALTH

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ART and GENERAL MUSIC

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

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INTEGRATED CONTENT

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Library

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COMPUTER/ONLINE SERVICES (Acceptable Use and Internet Safety)

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STUDENT ASSIGNED EQUIPMENT AND INTERNET ACCESS

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DEVICE DAMAGE/VANDALISM

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STOLEN/MISSING DEVICE

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MOBILE INTERNET ACCESS

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STUDENT ACCESS ACCOUNTS

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CELL PHONES

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ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

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REMEDIATION, INTERVENTION, AND ENRICHMENT ASSISTANCE

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EARLY LITERACY AND THIRD GRADE READING GUARANTEE (TGRG)

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SCHOOL COUNSELING

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

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GIFTED COGNITIVE IDENTIFICATION AND SERVICES

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SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS

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SUMMER ACADEMY

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TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS

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DIGITAL RESOURCES

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STUDENT SERVICES

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

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SECTION 504 PLANS

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INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLANS (IEPS)

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ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS AND TESTING

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ACHIEVEMENT AND ABILITY

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INDIVIDUAL TESTING

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KINDERGARTEN READINESS ASSESSMENT-REVISED (KRA-R)

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STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS

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PROMOTION AND RETENTION

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SAFETY AND SECURITY PROCEDURES

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SAFETY PLAN

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NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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VISITORS

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WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

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SEVERE WEATHER

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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BICYCLES

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LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

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ANIMALS

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STUDENT CONDUCT

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BEXLEY CITY SCHOOLS STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

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OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

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CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR INFORMATION

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

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THEATER ARTS

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FIELD TRIPS

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CLASS PARTIES

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ARTIST/AUTHORS-IN-SCHOOLS

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ASSEMBLIES

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SAFETY PATROL

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STUDENT COUNCIL

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CLUBS

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STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION (EMA)

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HEALTH CLINICS

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HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS

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IMMUNIZATIONS

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ADMINISTERING MEDICATION

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SPECIAL HEALTH ISSUES

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FOOD SERVICES

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STUDENT ACCOUNTS - PAYMENT AND ACCESS

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FREE OR REDUCED MEALS

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LEAVING BUILDING FOR LUNCH

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SCHOOL & COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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BEXLEY MINORITY PARENT ALLIANCE

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BEXLEY MUSIC PARENTS

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BEXLEY THEATRE ARTS

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D.A.R.N. (Developmental Assets Resource Network)

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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Bexley Recreation & Parks

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Bexley City Hall

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Bexley Police Department

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Bexley Public Library

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Capital University

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BEXLEY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION

SUPERINTENDENT’S WELCOME
Bexley City Schools is committed to providing an exceptional learning experience that engages, equips, and empowers each student to succeed today and tomorrow. Our highly-qualified staff is ready to support your progress throughout this year and encourage all students to reach their potential through academics and extracurricular opportunities. Be Bexley BOLD this year as you learn and grow!

BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Bexley City Schools Board of Education serves as a public legislative and oversight body for the Bexley City School District. The Board of Education seeks to carry out the district’s mission through formulating and implementing district policy, fiscal management, and oversight and by engaging the community, staff, and students in its decision-making process. The Board of Education members are elected by the local community. President: Marlee Snowdon Vice President: Michelle Mineo Members: John Barno, Alissha Mitchell, Victoria Powers

DISTRICT WEBSITE
Students and parents can access resources, district and school contact information, forms, files and links on the Bexley City School District website at www.bexleyschools.org.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Dan Good Treasurer, Kyle Smith Chief Academic Officer, Jill Abraham Director of Staff and Student Operations, Harley Williams Director of Student and Community Engagement, Open Position Business Manager, John Eikenberry Director of Student Services, Samantha McMasters Coordinator of Special Education, Cathy Rodeheffer Coordinator of Curriculum & Gifted / Data & Assessment, Dr. Colleen Director of Technology, Brad Pettit Athletic Director, Eli Goldberger

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2021-2022 School Calendar
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BEXLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) was founded on the belief that excellent public schools are essential to the economic and social health of the communities they serve. To that end, the BEF supports educational initiatives that enhance excellence in the Bexley City Schools. For more information, visit www.BexleyEducationFoundation.org
BEXLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The Bexley High School Alumni Association (BHSAA), managed and operated by the Bexley Education Foundation, serves as the official link between Bexley City Schools and Bexley High School graduates. BHSAA provides graduates with opportunities to connect to one another and the Bexley community through newsletters, activities and events. For more information, visit www.BexleyAlumni.org
BEXLEY BOOSTER AND PARENT GROUPS
Parent partnership and involvement in Bexley City Schools is a vital part of our community’s success. Parent groups support the mission and vision of Bexley City Schools and provide a platform for parents to provide feedback and input on our schools and a variety of interests and activities such as athletics, music, special education and health and wellness. For more information, visit: www.BexleySchools.org/ParentOrganizations.aspx
DISTRICT MISSION
To provide educational experiences that engage, equip, and empower each student.
Bexley City Schools is following a focused and BOLD plan to reach the district’s mission.
● Build upon a student-centered learning culture ● Open doors that lead to flexible and expansive future opportunities ● Leverage and grow vital community relationships ● Develop a high-performing team
DISTRICT VISION
Bexley: Exceptional education for today and tomorrow.
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DISTRICT CORE VALUES
At Bexley, we value: ● Improvement ● Inclusiveness ● Individuality ● Innovation ● Inquiry ● Integrity ● Investment
* Values are placed in alphabetical order as we do not value one area over another.
BEXLEY’S LEARNER PROFILE
The learner profile guides all academic planning and programming across our district. We know that our success as educators is achieved when engaged, equipped and empowered students follow personally developed inquiry paths. The Bexley Learner Profile defines what it means to be an engaged, equipped, and empowered learner, and ultimately, graduate. The learner profile guides all academic, social and emotional planning and programming across our district.
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BEXLEY ALMA MATER
To Alma Mater Bexley, To thee our praise we bring. To thee whose hallowed halls we tread, Our toast to thee we sing. Tho’ friends and hope may fade away, Our blue and white will live forever. And as the seasons swiftly go, Thy name and praise shall ring.
ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
This publication provides Bexley parents and students with a common basis for understanding the organization and operation of our elementary schools. Parents, we encourage you to read and discuss the topics in this booklet with your children and keep it available for future reference. This information is also available on the district website, along with other school and district information: www.BexleySchools.org.
H. Jeannine Hetzler
[email protected] Cassingham Elementary School 250 S. Cassingham Road / 614-237-4266 / Fax 614-338-2092 Student absence reporting line: 614-237-4309 Press 6, 6
Susan Drake
[email protected] Maryland Elementary School 2754 Maryland Avenue / 614-237-3280 / Fax 614-338-2080 Student absence reporting line: 614-338-2096 ext. 420
Melissa Klosterman-Lando
[email protected] Montrose Elementary School 2555 E. Main Street / 614-237-4226 / Fax 614-338-2088 Student absence reporting line: 614-338-2098 ext. 420
COMMUNICATION
Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher(s) or our school counselors to discuss any concern that may be impacting their child’s learning or social/emotional well-being. We use a variety of methods to communicate and collaborate with students and families some of which are listed below.
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DISTRICT WEBSITE
BexleySchools.org contains all information regarding news, curricula, forms, special activities, homework, calendars, schedules and more. Staff and students may check and send email from home via the site.
NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Our school district’s messaging system (Instant Connect) allows us to update and inform parents/guardians, staff and students quickly and efficiently with telephone/text messages about school closings and/or emergencies. The system’s email function also sends announcements about events and activities. Elementary principals send weekly communications each Sunday evening. Members may update their contact information through PowerSchool.
DISTRICT AND BUILDING COMMUNICATION
Parents/guardians who have provided the district with an email address receive weekly informational messages from our superintendent’s office. Our school newsletters are also distributed through this email system. Please let your child’s school office know if you are not receiving these important communications.
COMMUNICATION FROM STAFF
Curriculum Night at the beginning of the school year helps inform parents/guardians about the elementary curriculum and plans for the year. Parents/guardians meet with teachers and staff members and visit classrooms or attend virtually. If a student arrives in the midst of a school year, we’ll share this Curriculum Night information when they join their class.
Academic progress is reported at the end of each quarter. Your fall parent-teacher conference stands as our first quarter method for reporting progress, grades are reported through PowerSchool and will follow the second, third and fourth grading periods. Kindergarten has progress reports in 2nd and 4th quarters. Kindergarten teachers schedule parent conferences in March for 3rd quarter updates.
Parents are encouraged to regularly be in touch with their children’s teachers and staff that work to seek information, find clarity, and ask questions.
GMAIL
Google Gmail is the new email used across the district. While many applications are utilized within the G-Suite application, all students and staff utilize Gmail to communicate via email.
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Elementary School Parent Student Handbook