Admin

Policies

Here at Millennia Elementary, we try our best to keep the students and parents informed of all the rules we follow on campus. We use the "HOPS" and "WALK" rules every day to remind the students how to behave and interact with other students.

"Millennia HOPS for Student Success!"

ACCIDENT INSURANCE

The school board does not provide medical benefits for injuries occurring on school property.    You will receive information regarding school insurance coverage at the beginning of the year.  Please note that the premiums are to be mailed directly to the insurance company and not sent to the school.

ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE

Student hours at Millennia are 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. except on Wednesday when student hours are 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Students should not arrive at school before 8:10 a.m.  

 

BIKE RIDERS

An area is provided for the parking of student bicycles.  It is required that students who ride bicycles to school use a lock.  It is also required by law that students under 16 years old wear a bicycle helmet. Bicycles are not to be ridden on the school grounds. Students are to walk their bicycles when they are on the school grounds.  For safety reasons, students are to walk their bikes on all sidewalks that run along the school.

BIRTHDAYS

Birthday parties are not allowed at the school. If you would like to send a simple treat to your child’s class on his/her birthday (e.g., cookies, cupcakes, or individual snacks) please leave them at the front office. The treat will be delivered to your child’s classroom by a staff member. Your child’s teacher will distribute the treat at an appropriate time during the day. Please do not send anything more elaborate than what is listed above as it would be disruptive to the learning environment.

Please note that in consultation with the Orange County Health Department and Orange County Public School District’s Risk Management Department, we have revised the rules related to students or parents bringing food to school, especially in the classroom. District Policy states:

  1. All foods given to students during normal school hours must come from an identifiable source and be presented in a sealed, original container with the manufacturer and all ingredients clearly identified. This OCPS policy establishes a responsible party for the preparation, handling, and transportation of food items.
  2. Food prepared in homes may only be given by the parent/guardian to their own son, daughter or dependent and not shared with other students.

BUS SAFETY AND CONDUCT

School bus transportation is furnished to eligible students.  Those who are eligible will receive a copy of the district’s bus rules at the beginning of the school year.  Please review these rules with your child for the safety of all children who ride the bus.

If you move and this requires a change of buses or school for your child, please notify the school of the address change.  No student may ride a bus to which he/she is not assigned.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER

Parents are requested to submit any change of address or telephone number to the office so that our files contain accurate information.  A daytime phone number at which we can reach you is required.

CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION

It will be necessary to send a dated written note, if you change your child’s mode of transportation. The school will not allow the student to alter his/her method of going home without this written notification. Last minute change in mode of transportation will not be approved. Phones calls changing transportation will be not be accepted. Voice verification cannot be established over a phone. A dated written note must be received by the office.

In cases involving court ordered custody of children, the school MUST have on file the appropriate legal documents of the custody in order to assure compliance with any limiting court order.

DISCIPLINE

Each student is expected to behave so that he/she will not interfere with the educational opportunities of classmates.  Parents have the primary responsibility for their child’s conduct.   You will be notified if your child is referred to the office for disciplinary action.  We may request that you come to school when your child has a discipline problem.  A copy of the Orange County Code of Student Conduct is given to each student. The Code of Student Conduct tells you about student rights in the school and also explains the rules that you must follow as a student in the Orange County School System.  Consequences for misconduct are also explained.  

Classroom teachers will be sending home a list of classroom rules, expectations and consequences for misconduct.  When you have read and discussed the documents with your student, sign the Student/Parent Acknowledgement, tear it off the front cover of the Code of Student Conduct and return it to school.  Students are also required to sign the agreement.

Failure to return this acknowledgement will not relieve a student or the parent/guardian of the student from responsibility for knowledge or the non-compliance of the contents of the Code of Student Conduct and the Internet Use Policy.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Dismissal during school hours is discouraged. A written note is required on the morning of an early dismissal stating the reason and the time of the early pick-up. When monitoring attendance for truancy intervention purposes, excessive withdrawals prior to the end of the school day by parents may be considered.

For the protection of the child, the parent or guardian must come into the office and sign the dismissal log. In order to ensure student safety, adults are required to present a photo ID. Only adults whose names are on the list submitted by the parent will be able to sign out a child from school.   No child will be released to any individual during school hours without approval from the office. Teachers will not release students from the classroom.

No early dismissal or change in mode of transportation will be permitted after 2:30 p.m. daily ; Wednesday 1:30 p.m.

FIELD TRIPS

Educational field trips are planned as a part of the school program.  Permission slips are required for each field trip, except those which are county-wide and are considered a part of the curriculum for every Orange County Student (Orlando Museum of Art and Symphony).  Written notice will be sent home prior to the trip for any countywide field trip.  PTO helps to fund our field trips.

CLINIC

The school has responsibility for First Aid only.  In case of illness, the student will be cared for until the parent arrives or the student is returned to class.  In case of minor injury, attention will be given, and the student will return to class.  In the event of head lice, you will be contacted immediately with instructions for treatment.  The district maintains a “no-nit” policy on all students.

GRADES

Students in kindergarten and first grade do not receive grades.  They are given “S” for satisfactory, “W” for working on skill and “N” for needs improvement.  For grades second through fifth, A, B, C, D, and F are used. 

HOMEWORK

We feel that the “habit” of study is as important as the study itself.  Providing a specific place and time to complete assignments or to read is a good way to develop this habit of study.  This way, a student ALWAYS knows when it is time to study, and he/she should “study” even if no homework is assigned.  Writing a letter to a relative or reading a book are examples of excellent activities that help the student apply what is learned at school. 

Homework amount is based on grade level and the individual needs of students.  In general, assigned homework will not exceed 15 to 45 minutes per day.

LOST AND FOUND

Children should assume responsibility for the care of their belongings.  To assist your child, parents are urged to label personal belongings (e.g. lunchboxes, eyeglasses) for the purpose of identification. 

Items of clothing and other personal items found in the school will be placed in the Lost and Found in the cafeteria.  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.  

MEASURING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades participate in the new Florida Standards Assessments or FSA which will take the place of FCAT.  Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will take Reading and Math tests.  Fourth and fifth grades will also take a writing test, and fifth grade has the added component of a science achievement test.  Students will also be taking EOCs, or End of Course Exams, in Music, Art, and PE this year for the first time.  Periodic benchmark tests will be given throughout the year in order to monitor each student’s progress as he or she prepares for these comprehensive achievement tests. 

MEDICATION 

School Board policy prohibits the dispensing of medicine to students without a written authorization form from parents. This form is available in the office.  When sending medication to school, it must be in a properly labeled prescription bottle (recent date, child’s name, directions for giving, and physician’s name), accompanied by the completed authorization form.  A new form is required whenever there is any change in your child’s medication.  Only designated school staff may dispense medication to your child. Non-prescription medicine also requires the written authorization form.  The medicine must be properly labeled and in the original bottle.

Students are not allowed to self-medicate ANY ITEMS, INCLUDING aspirin, cough drops and medicated creams while at school.  However, parents may come to school to administer medication.  Please keep us up-to-date on telephone numbers. 

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO) 

The purpose of the PTO is to promote open communication and to work at enhancing the programs and facility at Millennia Elementary School. Three general meetings are scheduled during the year. PTO also sponsors many other activities throughout the year such as Harvest Fest, School dances and others.  We invite you to be actively involved with our PTO!  Please call the school office for more information. Join the PTO for $5.00 per family.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

It is important that the parent/teacher/student work as a team in the educational process. Conferences with your child’s teacher are encouraged.  They may be requested by the teacher or parent.  The best way to arrange a conference is to send a written request to your child’s teacher or call the school office and leave a message on voice mail.  The teacher will contact you.  We encourage you to meet regularly with your child’s teacher.  Our goal this year is to have 100 percent participation in parent/teacher conferences! 

PARTIES 

Each class is permitted two parties during the school year, one prior to the winter break and one at the end of the school year.  A special 5th grade party is held at the end of the year.

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are issued every nine weeks in grades Kindergarten through five.  They are a record of the student’s progress based on expected achievement.  A five-week progress report is issued at the mid-point of each nine weeks.  Its purpose is to inform of how your child is progressing prior to the issuance of the report card.  If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, we encourage you to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher.

SAFETY PATROLS

Fifth grade students will be selected as Safety Patrols.  They will promote a safe climate at Millennia.  Encourage your child to respect and follow the instructions given by our safety patrols.

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The School Advisory Council or SAC is a group of people whose sole purpose is to assist the principal in developing and evaluating the results of the school improvement plan in order to help students achieve success.

The SAC is made up of individuals from various segments of the community --- parents, teachers, and school administrators, support staff, business/industry personnel and other interested community members.  Members of the SAC reflect the ethnic, racial and economic community served by a school.  Please contact the school if you have any interest in school improvement.  All meetings are open and are advertised in our monthly newsletters and on our marquis.

SCHOOL’S SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS ON PREMISES

Pursuant to Florida Statute Section 232.25

  1. Orange County Public Schools employees are not responsible for supervising students not in attendance at school or students not authorized to participate in school sponsored activities.
  2. Orange County Public Schools employees are not responsible for supervising students arriving on these premises more than 30 minutes before school sponsored activities begin or students remaining on these premises more than 30 minutes after the end of school sponsored activities.
  3. Under no circumstances should parents or guardians rely upon Orange County Public School employees to supervise students outside of the scope of this statute.

SCHOOL LUNCH/BREAKFAST PROGRAM

If you would like for your child to eat breakfast at school, the breakfast time for walkers is 8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.  Bus riders go to breakfast upon arrival. The price of a student’s breakfast is $1.25 and $.30 reduced price for qualifying students. Students qualifying for free lunches also may eat breakfast at no cost.  School lunches offer the students low-cost nutritious meals, which are designed to fulfill one-third of daily nutritional requirements.  Some students may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals.  Applications are sent home on the first day of school.  The forms are available in the office throughout the school year. 

Students are encouraged to pay by the week.  Advanced payment should be sent on Monday morning. Or visit the following website, www.mylunchmoney.com, and pay online. Send check or money order in a sealed envelope clearly marked on the outside with the following information: child’s name, teacher, grade, date and amount enclosed.  We discourage you from sending cash to school.

Prices for lunch are: Lunch:  $1.80     Reduced lunch:  $.40  Milk:  $.35

(All Prices are subject to change)

STUDENT ABSENCES

Regular attendance is required by law and necessary for the completion of a successful school year.  Please note the following:

  1. On a daily basis, student absences will be recorded as unexcused.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to promptly report the reason for the student’s absence to the school. 
  2. Excused absences include:

Illness, injury or other insurmountable condition

  1. Illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate family
  2. Recognized (or established) religious holidays and/or religious instruction
  3. Medical appointments
  4. Participation in an approved activity of class of instruction held at another school site
  5. Prearranged absences of educational value with the principal’s prior approval
  6. Up to four days during the school year due to head lice infestation
  7. A student between the ages of 6 & 18 who has 15 or more unexcused absences will be considered a habitual truant.  Days of suspension are not included in the number of absences when determining habitual truancy.  Whenever a student attains 15 days of unexcused absence, the student will be reported to the Department of Family and Children CINS/FINS (Children in Need of Services/Families in Need of Services).
  8. If a student is repeatedly absent from school, the school is authorized to require the parent/guardian to provide a written physician’s statement for subsequent absences to be considered excused.
  9. Student will be given a reasonable amount of time to make up any work assignments that were missed during an absence.
  10. A student’s progress report and report card shall contain the number of days absent and tardy for the grading period.
  11. Academic instruction that is missed shall be made up by the student in a manner acceptable to the teacher and principal and shall be in accordance with the district pupil progression plan.  Students may make up work missed during a suspension within a time limit established by the school principal
  12. A student shall be deemed to be in attendance if actually present at school, or away from school on a school day and engaged in an educational activity which constitutes a part of the school approved instructional program, for at least one half of the student’s instructional day.

TARDIES

Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. are tardy and must report to the office to obtain a tardy pass before going to class. All tardies are considered to be unexcused and are recorded electronically.  For truancy purposes, five tardies to school equal one unexcused absence. However, this is for referral purposes, and the electronic record is not to be altered.  Tardies remain recorded as tardies in the electronic record. Two of the values that all children need to develop in order to become responsible adults are promptness and responsibility.  Our expectation of all Millennia students is that each student will demonstrate responsibility and arrive at school on time every day. Our teachers begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.  Entering a classroom after this time disrupts the learning process.

TELEPHONES 

Students may have a personal cell phone on school grounds; however, that phone must be turned off and stowed in a backpack during the school day.  The school is NOT responsible for lost or stolen cell phones. Students’ use of the classroom telephone is discouraged except in cases of emergency and requires permission from office. Emergencies DO NOT include forgotten homework, books, permission slips, etc.  In the event a student receives a call, he/she will be called out of the class only in the case of an emergency.  Please make rainy day plans with your child ahead of time.

TEXTBOOKS 

Textbooks are furnished by the State of Florida and become the responsibility of the student to whom they are assigned.  Students will be expected to care for the books issued to them and are expected to pay for those books that are lost or damaged.  Students will sign a textbook receipt when issued their books.

TRANSFERS TO OTHER SCHOOLS

If it becomes necessary for your child to transfer to another school, please notify us immediately so that the school records may be completed without disrupting the learning process.  Also, be sure that all library books, textbooks and other materials are returned to the school and that any lunch charges are paid.

VISITORS

You are always welcome to visit Millennia at any time.  We do request that you make an appointment with the teacher for conferences or classroom visits so he/she can plan accordingly.  All visitors who will be visiting classrooms must be an ADDitions volunteer.  To sign up, please visit www.volunteer.ocps.net.

School board policy requires that all visitors check in the office before proceeding to a classroom or any area on campus.  This is for your protection as well as the safety of our children.

OCPS EEO NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability or any other reason prohibited by law.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Supervisor responsible for compliance is Catherine Van Kirk; the Section 504 Supervisor responsible for compliance is Harriet Brown, Esq.; and the Title IX Supervisor responsible for compliance is Kevin Demer. Each may be contacted at the Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801 (407.317.3200).

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