Policies and Procedures
DISCLAIMER: This handbook serves as a guide in handling the administration of the school. Any issues not expressly mentioned in the handbook will be handle with the discretion of the administration. Students are expected to follow all school policies, rules, and expectations given to them by school officials. Thank you for being an active participant your child’s education.
- ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL POLICY
- ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES
- CHROMEBOOKS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
- DRESS CODE
- GRADING POLICY, HOMEWORK, INTERIM REPORTS, AND REPORT CARDS
- HELPFUL RESOURCES
- LIBRARY RULES AND ONLINE RESOURCES
- PARENTAL INVOLMENT
- SCHOOL BEHAVIOR, DISCIPLINE, HALL PASSES, AND RESTROOM USE
- TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION (BUSES, CAR RIDERS, AND BIKES)
- SCHOOL POLICIES FOR STUDENTS, VISTORS, AND VOLUNTEERS
New Students entering Bayou Lacombe Middle School must present the following items for school registration.
*State Certified Birth Certificate
*Social Security Card
*Proof of Residence (3 required)
*Assignment Letter (if applicable)
*Last Report Card/Records from last school
*State Test Results (For in-state transfer)
*Custody Papers (if applicable)
At the beginning of the school year, all students will receive a student agenda to assist with organizing class work and homework. The agendas will be provided free of charge. Please talk with your child about being responsible for his/her agenda. It is also important to check the agenda everyday for homework, notes from teachers and other classroom details. If your child loses his/her agenda, there is a $5.00 fee to purchase a new agenda.
School begins daily at 7:31 a.m. Students may begin arriving at 7:00 a.m. No student may be dropped off prior to 7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. The first bell will ring at 7:25 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 7:30 a.m. All students arriving after 7:30 a.m. will be marked “tardy” and must be checked in through the office by a parent, before going to class.
Dismissal is at 2:31 p.m. Dismissal on a half of day is 11:31 a.m. Students who are car riders will be dismissed at 2:33 p.m. No student may be checked out after 2:15 p.m. If there is a change in transportation from school, this request must be put in writing by the parents and the student must bring the note to the office before school starts to obtain permission from the principal. During recess, the student is responsible for picking the note up from the office. Due to Covid-19 regulations, changes to bus transportation will be unavailable.
Car riders must be dropped off between the gym and the playground (North 14th Street). Pick up will be in the circle drive on St. Joseph Street in front of the school. The safety of all children is the first consideration when making policies for arrival and dismissal.
All students are required to attend school regularly. According to the Louisiana Department of Education, students will be allowed ten absences each school year for elementary students. There are also new rules that apply to these absences. Absences of two or fewer consecutive school days incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family may be validated by the parent or caregiver with a written excuse note. If a student is absent for three or more consecutive days or for other types of absences, a student must present a note from a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist to be excused.
These guidelines will not allow students to be excused for vacations or other family trips. You will need to make an effort to schedule vacations and necessary appointments during school breaks. Our current school year calendar is posted on our website at www.stpsb.org and includes ample breaks for travel plans.
School Board officials send letters to parents when absences are a matter of concern. If parents have contacted the school and documented excused absences, no other action is necessary.
Students need to make up work missed due to excused absences. The student is responsible for making arrangements with the teachers to make up all assignments as soon as the student returns to school. If your child misses only a day or two, the work can be made up upon return to school. If the absence is extended, you will need to contact the school (if the student is able to study at home) and arrange to pick up assignments 24 hours after contact is made at the end of the following school day.
Chronic tardiness is disruptive and short-changes a student’s learning opportunities. Tardiness also establishes poor work habits that can continue throughout life. Therefore, tardiness is treated seriously. State law requires that all students arrive at school on time. The take-in bell rings at 7:25 and the tardy bell rings at 7:30. All students should be in their classroom ready to begin the day by 7:31. If you bring your child and you arrive after the tardy bell, you must bring him/her to the office to get and admission slip. Students are expected to arrive at school on time. Excessive tardiness will result in referral to Youth Service Bureau for truancy.
Chromebook Use Policy Form-Parents should print, sign, and have child return on first day of school. Students WILL NOT receive a Chromebook, if the form is not filled out, signed, and on file at the school.
Bayou Lacombe Middle School is a one to one technology school. All students are given a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year. An optional $20 insurance policy can be purchased in the beginning of the year and it covers any accidental damages to a student’s Chromebook. The $20 insurance payment can be made on “My Payments Plus”. If no insurance is on file, the parent or guardian will be liable for any damage cost associated with a damaged Chromebook.
It is expected that each student utilizes the technology in an acceptable manor and for educational purposes. Any violation of can result in disciplinary actions.
No student is to eat or drink around the computer equipment. If any damage is caused, the student will be held responsible. All students must submit a STBSP Chromebook Responsible Use Form.
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (Except Chromebooks)
Students are not allowed to have electronic equipment out and visible at school. Devices must be stowed away in a place that is not seen or heard. Any device that is seen or heard will be confiscated and held by the administration until retrieved by parent/guardian.
DRESS CODE & UNIFORMS
Refer to STPSB District Handbook on attendance, discipline & student records.
Extremes in style and fit in student dress, and extremes in style of grooming, will not be permitted. School principals maintain the right to determine extremes in styles of dress and grooming and appropriateness and suitability for school wear. See School Uniform on page 14. Sculptured hair styles, which include pictures, symbols, more than one part, letters, numbers, etc., will not be permitted at Bayou Lacombe Middle School.
Bayou Lacombe Middle School will have school uniforms for the school year. Our school uniform policy is listed below.
- Solid Red, Black, or White Polo-Type Shirt with or without school logo (Polo-Type Shirts must have a collar and no more than three buttons.)
- Plain T-shirts in Red, Black or White may be worn under the Polo-Type shirt.
- T-shirt (short sleeve) sleeve should not extend past the sleeve of the polo shirt.
- T-Shirt (long sleeve must be school colors and should not have graphics, lettering or logos of any kind.
- Any outer garment (sweatshirts, jackets or hoodies) worn must be solid: Red, Black, or White with no writings other than school logo.
- Hoods are not permitted to be worn on campus because of safety and identification purposes.
- Khaki pants, skirts, skorts, or shorts must be plain and must be hemmed – no cut offs. No stripes, flowers, or designs are allowed. Pants must be secured at the waist with no undergarment showing.
- Leggings are not permitted as primary uniform bottoms. They can be worn in conjunction with appropriate length shorts or skirt.
- Shorts and skirts must be an appropriate length.
- Anything worn the entire day should be solid Red, Black, White, with the exception of Khaki bottoms.
- Emblems other than BLMS may not be worn. However, the BLMS emblem is optional.
- If a student wears sneakers with shoe laces, the laces must be tied. If a student wears shoes with a strap of any kind, the shoes must be strapped. Students are to wear sneakers in order to participate in P.E.
- Socks must not be distracting, as determined by the school principal.
The school is not responsible for jewelry. It is very important that students leave all expensive jewelry at home. Hoop earrings larger than the size of a quarter will not be allowed for safety reasons. Stud earrings larger than a pencil eraser will not be allowed. Other jewelry should be worn inside the uniform.
LOST AND FOUND
All clothing found on campus will be placed in the lost and found container in the gym. Students may claim items by identifying them. It is a good idea to mark clothing items with your child’s name.
Assessment of performance will be done in compliance with School Board policy. Graded papers will be sent home once a week on the day specified by the teacher. If you do not receive papers, contact your child’s teacher. The grade recorded in the teacher’s grade book is the official grade. If you believe a grade has been recorded erroneously or a paper has a grade error, you must present the relevant paper to your child’s teacher. The Student Progress Center is also available to all parents who want to view their child’s grades on-line at any time.
For ELA, math, social studies, and science, the following grading scale will be used:
B- High Quality
D- Needs Improvement
For physical education, music, art, band, and chorus, the following scale will be used:
N- Needs Improvement
U- Unsatisfactory Work
The St. Tammany Parish School Board uses the following numerical grading scale and quality points system to determine letter grades.
A= 92.5-100 A= 4
B= 84.5-92.499 B= 3
C= 74.5-84.499 C= 2
D= 66.5-74.499 D= 1
F= 0.0-66.499 F= 0
Honor Roll- Students who have a 3.0 GPA and do not have any D's, F's, or U's on his/her report card will be eligible for Honor Roll.
Conduct Grades- Students may earn E, S, N, or U as a conduct grade. Conduct grades are not averaged in with academic grades.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce learning that takes place at school. Homework should be relevant, realistic, and reasonable. Teachers will review their homework policies with parents during open house. It is the student's responsibility to bring his/her homework assignments home each day and return with the completed assignments the next day. Students will be provided with a student agenda to assist with this purpose. Parents are encouraged to provide a certain time, assistance as needed, and a quiet place to do homework.
INTERIM REPORTS/PROGRESS REPORTS
Interim reports can be found online during the middle of each grading period. Parents should discuss this information with their child.
Report cards are issued the week following the close of the grading period. Final report cards will be mailed home. Please review and discuss the report card with your child. You may schedule a conference with your child’s teacher if you have any questions. Attached to your child’s report card will be a parent signature form. Please sign the signature form and return it to school. Your signature indicates that you have seen your child’s report card.
Public school students in Louisiana take standardized tests during the spring.
Our school has a guidance counselor who provides services as a whole class, small group, and individual counseling. Parents may arrange conferences with the counselor by calling the school office and making an appointment.
MANDATED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION EDUCATION AND REPORTING PROGRAM
As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in grades K-8 receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education and Reporting. All materials that are used in the instruction may be previewed by contacting the school administration. We encourage you to talk with your child about this topic, as well as other general safety issues.
MC KINNEY-VENTO ACT
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. The Act requires states and school districts to make sure students in homeless situations can attend and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youth who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are living in the following situations:
· Doubled-up housing with other families or friends because they lost their home or their family is having temporary financial problems;
· Living in a motel/hotel because of economic hardship or loss of housing;
· Living in an emergency or transitional shelter, domestic violence shelter, or in a runaway/homeless youth shelter;
· Living in a vehicle of any kind; trailer park or campground without running water and/or electricity; abandoned building; substandard housing; bus/train station;
· Awaiting foster care placement; or
· Abandoned in a hospital.
Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to the following:
· Attend and succeed in school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there;
· Enroll in school despite the lack of a permanent address or lack of school and immunization records, or birth certificates and other documents;
· Receive services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth;
· Get transportation to school;
· Access educationally related support services;
· Make sure that disagreements between students and schools are resolved quickly.
The purpose of the St. Tammany Parish School Board is to provide public education for the school-aged children of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Sexual Harassment is a violation of the law, and the School Board, and will not be tolerated, condoned, or overlooked. The Board requests and encourages persons associated with the School System who believe there are acts of harassment to report it to the school principal or designee.
The Board, through the school principal, shall promptly, thoroughly and fairly investigate reports of sexual harassment and take appropriate action that is consistent with the results of the investigation and the legal requirements afforded by law. Inappropriate behavior will be handled according to the school’s discipline procedures.
The School System and Board will not tolerate retaliation by anyone associated with the School System against one who files a complaint of sexual harassment.
Some acts of sexual harassment are considered criminal and are subject to
prosecution. The Board and School System will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney in investigating and prosecuting such criminal offenses.
Reporting of incidents needs to be made to the principal at your child’s school. A copy of the policy is available in every school’s library.
Students are strongly encouraged to use our school library and check out books to take home. Students sometimes overlook book due dates, which can result in backlogs requesting books and loss of books. Payment for lost books is based on the current list price of books in print. If the book is out of print, an average current replacement cost for a comparable book as suggested by the selection catalogs or recommendations by the American Library Association determines the replacement cost.
If a student has an overdue book, he/she may not check out additional books from the library until the fine is paid and the book returned. Library check-out privileges are restored when students have either paid the fines, returned lost books, or negotiated a settlement with the librarian and/or principal. The librarian notifies, in writing, the parents of students regarding overdue or lost books. Written notifications are given at least once each nine weeks when report cards are sent home. The notification may accompany the report card, or it may be mailed separately.
DEBT COLLECTION POLICY
Debt would include, but not limited to, such things as lost/damaged textbooks, library books/fines, unpaid lunch fees, fund raising money, etc. Parents will be notified in writing of the items and monies owed to the school. In the case of a student transferring to another school, all financial obligations shall be paid before leaving. Checks are accepted as a form of payment. If a family has a NSF check, parents will have 2 weeks to clear up any debt. If the check is not paid within the two-week period, no more checks will be accepted from the family.
BOOKS (Textbooks and Library Books)
Students are expected to keep all textbooks, library books and other materials issued to them in good condition. Students are required to take good care of all books. No books should be damaged for any reason. Any lost or damaged books must be paid for. If a lost book is found in the same condition it was given, the money will be refunded.
ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURSES
PARENT/FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY
The mission of Bayou Lacombe Middle School is to provide a positive learning environment to produce confident life-long learners. The administration, teachers, support staff, parents and community must work together to build academic excellence, while integrating positive social skills for our students. Bayou Lacombe Middle School will provide numerous programs and activities to encourage family members to become active participants in student learning, to foster family/school communication and to encourage families to become full partners with our school. By working together as a team, we will provide the best possible education for our students
Open house will be held early in the school year. Parents should make every effort to attend. Parents will have an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, learn about plans for the school year, and learn about procedures and important information about their child’s class. This is not a time for individual conferences. Individual parent conferences may be scheduled during this time. The 2021-2022 Open House will be August 24, 2021 at 5:00pm.
We strongly encourage all parents, students and family members to join. Individual membership is only $10.00. In order for our P.T.S.A. to be successful, we need your participation and support.
PARENT LENDING LIBRARY
Our library has a variety of parenting material that is available to all our parents. We add new materials throughout the school year. Parents are welcome to check out materials at any time. Please call for information about a special topic or concern you may have. You may check these materials out by coming to our school’s library.
Teachers schedule conferences to inform parents about the academic progress and/or behavior of their child. Communication is essential to the educational program. Please do not hesitate to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the office at 882-5416.
We believe it is necessary for children to learn self-discipline in order to further their learning. We ask that you discuss with your child the importance of making good choices, having a positive attitude, respecting peers/teachers and using good behavior while at school.
In order to create an atmosphere in which all children can learn we have school-wide behavior expectations, which are derived from the “Fish Philosophy”.
Choose Your Attitude
Make Their Day
Positive Behavior Support Incentives
1. Cardinal Cash
2. Quarterly events for those students who have not received a behavior referral for the month.
3. Student of the Month
4. Positive Notes and Calls from Teachers and Principal
5. Verbal Praise
6. Cardinal Cash
Each teacher will have a classroom incentive/discipline plan. These individual classroom plans will directly connect to our school rules. Appropriate behavior is praised at Bayou Lacombe Middle School. If a rule is broken in the classroom, teachers will have classroom consequences and interventions.
We will not tolerate fighting, hitting, kicking, inappropriate touching, roughhousing, play fighting, disrespect for teachers/peers, obscene language or destruction of school property. Students who do not follow school rules will receive a consequence for their actions. The principal may administer some of the consequences listed below.
2. Loss of privileges
3. Note home
4. Writing assignment
5. Conference with the student
6. Conference with the student and parents
7. Recess Reflection
8. After School Detention
9. Saturday Detention
10. In-House Suspension
12. Recommendation for Expulsion
*Students receiving discipline referrals may be excluded from certain rewards, such as Club Day, School Dances, and PBIS Day. This also applies to those who have not returned fundraiser monies.
Students who display inappropriate behavior of a serious nature will be suspended from school. Suspended students are not allowed on campus for any reason during this time. Students are allowed to make up work during this time. The parent should contact the teacher to request this work.
This program is designed to keep students in school. Students may be assigned In-School Suspension at the discretion of the Principal. Those students who are placed in In-School Suspension and choose to misbehave will be suspended from school.
Students found using, possessing and/or concealing a knife, the blade of which equals or exceeds two (2) inches in length, a firearm, a weapon, which may discharge a projectile, or other dangerous instruments, which may cause bodily harm, shall be immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion. Police notification shall be made immediately. Students using, possessing and/or concealing any look-alike object that may have the appearance of a weapon or dangerous instrument shall be immediately suspended from school and recommended for expulsion. Upon the recommendation for the expulsion, a hearing shall be conducted by the superintendent or his/her designee. Students in grade five or lower who have been found in the hearing process, to be using, possessing and/or concealing a weapon or look-alike weapon shall be disciplined in accordance with the decision made by the superintendent or designee. Any case involving students in grade five or lower found in possession of a firearm on school property shall be referred to the school board through a recommendation for action from the superintendent. Students in grade six or higher who have been found in the hearing process to be using, possession, and/or concealing a weapon, or look-alike weapon shall be expelled from the school system for a period of not less than 12 calendar months.
Bullying in any form will not be tolerated at our school. Bullying is a form of aggression either, physical, verbal, emotional or sexual that hurts, stresses, scares or intimidates another. It occurs when one student (the bully) subjects another student (the victim) to unwanted, unprovoked and embarrassing actions. Victims need to very clearly tell the bully to stop. If the bullying does not stop, then the victim needs to report the bullying to school personnel immediately. We encourage other students who witness bullying in any form to also report. All allegations of bullying will be promptly investigated. Retaliation for reporting will not be tolerated. All students are expected to respect the personal space of others, to think before speaking, and to show kindness to all. Treating others the way they want to be treated will minimize bullying occurrences. Proven allegations of bullying can have very serious consequences; such as, verbal or written reprimand, in-school or out of school suspension or expulsion.
Threatening words or actions towards student, faculty, or staff are not tolerated and are subject to disciplinary action.
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT-Students are not allowed to have electronic equipment out and visible at school. (iPods, MP3 Players, cell phones, games, etc.)
COMPUTERS-No student is to eat or drink around the computer equipment. If any damage is caused, the student will be held responsible.
HALL PASSES-If a student leaves a class for any reason, he/she must have a hall pass. Also, when a student is in the halls in the morning or during recess, he/she must have a hall pass.
Restroom Use-Students will be taken to the restroom as a group at least two times during the school day. Students will be allowed to use the restroom at other times during the day accompanied by a buddy. The student and the buddy will sign the restroom log before leaving the classroom. Students should report any restroom misbehavior or suspicious activity to the teacher immediately.
RESPECT LAW-The Louisiana legislature mandated that all students respond to adults with respect as interpreted to mean saying “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Ma’am” or “Yes, Sir” and “No, Sir.” We require this at Bayou Lacombe Middle School.
RUBBER BANDS-Students are not allowed to have rubber bands at school.
Transportation to and from school by school bus is available to most students. Please refer to the BUS GUIDELINES as stated in the student handbook. In order to help ensure the safety of all students, parents are strongly encouraged to discuss with their child the following bus guidelines and basic rules:
- Always follow the instructions of the bus driver.
- Remain completely seated and face the front of the bus.
- Keep hands and feet to one’s self.
- Talk in a low tone of voice and never use unacceptable language.
To help ensure bus safety and avoid overcrowding, students must have permission to ride a bus other than his or her bus. When requesting permission for your child to ride another bus, you must call the driver to request permission. Bus drivers must refuse any student, not assigned to his/her bus, the opportunity to ride when the safety of other riders could be endangered.
Students who wish to ride another bus must present a dated note signed by parent/legal guardian to the office. This note must state the rider’s name and bus number. Presenting such a note does not guarantee the privilege of riding another bus. This privilege is not to be used to transport children to team practices, lessons, or tryouts. If a bus is at its capacity, students who do not normally ride this bus will not be allowed to ride even with permission from their parent.
Students may ride a bicycle to school ONLY with the written permission of the principal.
Car Riders- Parents who bring their child to school should not drop them off any earlier than 7:00 a.m. Students are dropped off and picked up in front of the school. Afternoon dismissal is 2:31 p.m.
EARLY CHECK OUT
For safety reasons and to avoid disruption in the classrooms, all children leaving school early must be signed out in the office. For your child’s safety you must present identification. Children may not be checked out the last 15 minutes of the school day. Please do not check children out except for emergencies.
Each student is required to have a current information form on file in the office. Emergency forms will be sent home the first day of school. Please return this form the next school day. All information must be current. IF ANY OF THIS INFORMATION CHANGES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE.
DELIVERY OF BALLOONS & FLOWERS
Any parent who wishes to have balloons or flowers delivered to the school may do so during the last hour of school. These items cannot be taken on the bus.
Any prescribed medication to be administered at school will be administered by the school nurse. Parents should not send any type of medication to school with their child. This includes Tylenol, aspirin and cough drops. We must have the appropriate forms filled out before we can administer medication. The St. Tammany Parish Medication Form may be obtained from the office. A doctor must complete this form. Students should never have medication in their possession. Parents must bring the medication along with the completed Medication Form to the office. All medication is by the nurse in her office. Any change in medication will require a new form. Please pick up any remaining medicine at the end of the school year.
MESSAGES: Parent calls to students are forwarded only in emergencies. Students cannot be called out of class to speak on the telephone without permission of an administrator.
MONEY: It is recommended that students do not bring large amounts of money to school, except when there is a school activity that may require extra money. BLMS is not responsible for money lost or stolen.
HALL PASSES/ MOVEMENT OF STUDENTS: Anytime a student leaves a supervised area, the student will be accompanied by a peer and sign a log in and out of the area.
- Bathroom: Movement to the bathroom will be at the discretion of the teacher as to not interfere with instructional time.
- Nurse: To see the nurse, a student shall notify the teacher who will buzz the office. The office will then check the availability of the nurse and respond back to the teacher who will dismiss the student accordingly.
- MHP/Counselor: Teacher will send the student with a pass.
- Front Office: Teacher will send the student with a pass.
ILLNESS: If a child becomes ill, we will contact the parents as soon as possible. We are only allowed to give students ice for sickness and/or injuries. Please do not send a sick child to school.
To help ensure your child receives attention if he/she is ill at school and to help limit other students’ exposure to illness, students will be sent home from school for the following conditions:
- Temperature above 100 degrees
- Suspected communicable disease
You will be notified and asked to take your child from school and seek medical attention.
Students are only allowed to use the telephone in emergency cases only.
All visitors must check in at the office when arriving on campus for any school activity. All visitors must sign in our visitors’ logbook and receive a visitor’s pass. We require that you adhere to these rules for the safety of your child.
Bayou Lacombe Middle School encourages parents and others to visit our school campus. The procedures below are intended to ensure that such visitations not interfere with the smooth operation of the school or the safety of students and personnel, and that visitors comply with state laws governing visitors on school grounds.
- No one is allowed on school grounds without authority of the principal or designee.
- All visitors must report to the administrative office immediately upon arrival. The purpose of the visit and destination within the building must be stated to the principal or designee. Permission to visit within the school building is at the discretion of the principal or designee. The principal or designee may/may not grant permission to visit within the school building.
- All persons must receive an official visitor identification badge and sign the visitor book. Visitors will report only to those areas of the school for which permission has been granted.
- All visitors may be asked to show identification.
- All visitors must sign out in the administrative office and return the official visitor identification badge.
- All visitors must depart the building and grounds as soon as their official business is completed.
- Because of the high priority we place on school security, we ask that all visitor procedures be followed. Failure to comply with these procedures may result in the penalties provided by the La. Ref. State. 17:416.8 DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS: We are limited to only essential visitors at this time.
We need volunteers for all aspects of our educational program at Bayou Lacombe Middle School. If you would like to volunteer at our school, please contact the school office at 882-5416. Remember, all volunteers must check in at the office, sign our volunteer logbook, and receive a volunteer pass.
FIRE, LOCK-DOWN, AND SEVERE WEATHER DRILLS
Emergency lock-down and/or evacuation routes and procedures are clearly posted in each room of the school. Employees are familiar with and responsible for making students familiar with lock-down and emergency evacuation procedures. Drills are conducted in accordance with St. Tammany Parish School Board Policy.
Teachers plan field trips to enhance learning in the different subject areas. Field trip permission forms will be sent home with information pertaining to the trip and the cost. It is the student’s responsibility to return the form. Field trip money is non-refundable. Students are expected to exhibit self-discipline at school to be able to attend field trips. All children attending a school field trip must ride the school bus. Parents wishing to check their child out from a field trip must do so in the office. No parent may take their child from a field trip to home early without checking them out from the office first. In some cases, a parent/guardian may be required to accompany their child on a field trip in order for the child to attend.
Field trips are reserved for students who exhibit acceptable behavior and a commitment to schoolwork. Students who misbehave or fail to complete assignments may be denied field trip privileges. Instructional supervision will be provided at school for students not taking part in the off-campus activity.
Class Parties: Classroom parties shall be limited to occasional occurrences and require the approval of the school principal. All parties will be handled in such a manner as to maximize instructional time, in order to ensure the academic success of our students. Classroom teachers and the school office should be made aware of any food allergies your child may have. Due to peanut allergies on campus, we ask that students do not bring peanut butter or products for lunch or snacks. Thank you for your cooperation in this very serious matter.
At Bayou Lacombe Middle School, parties will be handled as follows:
There will be a Christmas and Easter party which will begin 45 minutes prior to dismissal on a date approved by the principal.
Halloween and Valentine’s Day – Students will exchange candy 10 minutes prior to dismissal.
If parents send items such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, these items will be distributed 10 minutes prior to dismissal.