Baker and Currie Elementary Schools:

Student and Parent Handbook






                                 Currie Elementary School

                                 3306 Ridge Rd. NE

                                 Cortland, OH  44410


            Secretary: Jeanne Geilhard

                            Guidance Counselor: Rhonda Hilliard

Baker Elementary School

4095 Sheridan Dr.

Vienna, OH  44473


Secretary:  Lynn Sheridan

Guidance Counselor: Rhonda Hilliard

                                    Principal: Michael King                                                                                                                                          Principal: Michael King                                             

                    Assistant Principal: Nancy Krygowski                                                                   




TRANSPORTATIOn/Maintenance: Chuck pulice 330-394-1338

Superintendent:  Lew Lowery  (330) 637-3500


      This Handbook belongs to:


Name________________________________________ Grade _____



Approved by the Board of Education




Welcome to Currie and Baker Elementary Schools.


    This parent-student handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly asked questions that you and your parents may have during the school year.  This handbook contains important information that you are responsible for knowing.  Become familiar with the following information and keep the handbook available for reference.  If you have any questions that are not addressed in this handbook, you are encouraged to talk to your teachers or principal.  This handbook replaces all prior handbooks and other written material on the same subject.

The staff and I wish you a wonderful school year!





    Each of our teachers are highly qualified and fully licensed/certified for the grade level and subject he or she teaches.



“Challenging Children To Succeed”




     The Mathews Local School District is a positive, student-focused learning environment.




    Believing that all children can learn, the Mathews Local School District Teams encourage all learners to increase their level of achievement through quality instruction and technology.




     During regular school hours all visitors must use the front entrance (all other doors are locked for safety) and sign in at the office.  A visitor’s button must be obtained and worn by anyone proceeding to any part of the building other than the main office.  Only students enrolled at the elementary schools may attend classes.  NO student guests will be permitted.  If a person wishes to confer with a member of the staff, he/she should call for an appointment prior to coming to the school in order to prevent any inconvenience.




     The Currie and Baker Elementary Schools will be open to students at 8:00 AM.  Except for unforeseen circumstances, formal instruction will begin at or around 8:45 AM and conclude at 3:20 PM.  ALL children must be in their classrooms by 8:40 in order to be considered “On-Time”.  Students arriving to their classrooms after 8:40 will be considered tardy.    Please do not drop your child off before 8:00AM.  If a student must be in the building before 8:00 AM, the parent must remain with their child since teacher supervision is not available.

     For the safety of the students, all children being dropped off shall be walked to the building entrance by the parent during morning bus arrival.  Building safety procedure does not allow parents to walk their child to his/her classroom before school, during school or at the end of the school day.

     Students are required to ride their bus home at the end of the day unless their parent has informed the school otherwise.  Parents must sign their child out in the office and wait for them in the multipurpose room, not in the hallway outside the office area.




To keep our building safe we ask that:

  1. All doors remain closed.
  2. All visitors must use the main entrance and report to

the office.

  1. Students are not to admit anyone into the building.  Visitors should be told to enter through the main entrance and report to the office.
  2. Students report strangers without visitor’s button to a staff member.
  3. Students report seeing harmful items (knives, guns and drugs) to the principal or a teacher.
  4. Students, who hear threats concerning the safety of a student, staff member, or the school must report that information immediately to the principal or a teacher.




      We welcome the opportunity to work with parents in helping children succeed.  The first line to follow when dealing with questions or concerns is to contact the teacher by calling the office.   Each teacher has a conference period during the day.  We appreciate the opportunity to solve potential problems before they become major issues.  The chain of command starts with the teacher, then goes to the principal, then to the superintendent and finally to the board of education.




     Elementary students are expected to follow the rules and procedures listed in this section.  This code of conduct, adopted by the Mathews Board of Education, is in effect on school property, as well as while students are attending or participating in any event in which a Mathews' team, squad, group, or individual is participating, regardless of location.

     Section 3313.20 of the Ohio Revised Code instructs Boards of Education, and not individual school administrators or teachers, to make rules and regulations.  Teachers do have the right to establish rules and procedures for their classrooms.

     Zero tolerance is advocated by the Board of Education for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior and truancy.  Baker and Currie Elementary Schools are gun free and drug free schools. 

     A violation of any school rule may result in disciplinary action taken on an individual basis by the administration which may include a verbal warning, loss of recess, a written warning, a phone call or note to a parent, a written assignment, detention, out of school suspension, denial of participation, emergency removal or expulsion.  Offenses that are in violation of the Ohio Criminal Code shall be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  Charges may be filed with Trumbull County Juvenile Court for students who repeatedly violate school rules.  Police officers may be called to assist with searches and to handle or diffuse violent or threatening action.

     Provisions will be made to meet the needs of handicapped students and those on an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

     School officials may search students, their belongings, desk or coat closet if there is a reason to believe that a student is in possession of stolen, dangerous, illegal items or things not permitted in the code of conduct.

     Teachers have the right to confiscate items in violation of the code of conduct or items that are causing a distraction.  Confiscated items will be sent to the office where they will be put in an envelope and locked up.  The items will only be returned to the parent/guardian.


 A student’s conduct shall not violate federal, state, or local laws.


1.      A student must follow reasonable requests made by adult employees of the school district including teachers, the principal, nurse, bus drivers, cafeteria aides, custodians, secretaries, aides, club advisors, and coaches (when in performance of their duties).

2.      A student’s behavior shall not cause or contribute to the disruption of any class, activity, function, or service provided or sponsored by Mathews Local Schools.

3.      A student shall not start or participate in any unauthorized assembly, protest or activity which may or does disrupt the normal school environment & programs.

4.      A student shall show respect to all students, teachers, employees, and visitors.  Harassment/Bullying  (any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s); Violation of such actions will be handled in accordance with the District Bullying Policy (5517.01) 

-Students in K – 6th grade will be educated during their library classes with regard to cyber bullying and appropriate electronic communication.

5.      A student may not remove, without permission, public or private property.

6.      Students may not fight or deliberately provoke another student to fight.

7.      A student shall not verbally assault, threaten, or use obscene or profane language in addressing any person.  We will respect other’s feelings and differences.

8.      A student may not possess, sell, or distribute weapons or any instrument designed or intended for illegal activities.  This includes but is not limited to all knives and guns (real, toy, or look-a-likes).  A threat to bring any weapon onto school property will be investigated and reported to police and/or juvenile authorities.

9.      A student may not possess any electronic device (mp3 players, headsets, electronic games, Ipods, cell phones, etc.).

10.  Students may not have games, cards, toys or valuable possessions at school.  It is also recommended they not carry large amounts of cash.   

11.  A student shall not engage in gang related activities including but not limited to: writing in gang language or symbols on notebooks/book covers/papers/walls; showing colors/wearing gang apparel; initiations; intimidation tactics and/or recognizing other gang members. 

12.  A student shall not physically threaten or assault (hit) another student, teacher, employee, or visitor.  Physical horseplay is also prohibited. 

14. A student must show reasonable care in the use of

      textbooks, equipment, supplies, and facilities.

15. Book bags must be kept in the classroom or lockers (if provided) 

      during the day. 

      16. Students must meet (or attempt to meet) the standards or requirements 

      of their grade level and are expected to actively participate.

17. A student may not possess, use, conceal, distribute, or sell any drug,

      alcoholic beverage, tobacco, lighters, matches, controlled sub-

      stances or counterfeits, pipes, rolling papers, or any item that may

      be used to consume illegal substances.  Drug paraphernalia is also

      prohibited on school property.  Rehabilitation/assessment may be

      required for re-admittance to school for any student who violates this


18. Financial obligations—Parents are NOT asked to pay for

      workbooks and consumable materials this year. 

·         Fines will be collected for textbooks/consumables that are lost or not returned in good condition as well as for late or lost library books.

·         Outstanding debts due to carelessness or vandalism are also due by the end of the school year.

19.  Students are expected to be on time for class.

20.  A student may not vandalize or cause damage to public or private property. Parents are liable for up to $10,000 in damages to school property. (ORC 3109.09)  Reimbursement to cover the damage will be expected.

21.  A student may not ask another to engage in any sexual activity.  Sexual comments or gestures, which the offender knows (or should know) are offensive to the listener or observer, are not permitted.  Reports of sexual harassment should be made to school personnel.  The administration will then investigate all reports.

22.  A student shall not cheat or plagiarize (copy without permission or notation) the work of another.  Seeking or giving information on a test and copying another’s work are not acceptable.  Cheating will result in a grade of zero.

23.  Parents are responsible for seeing their children dress in a manner, which allows them to be safe and does not cause a distraction and/or disrupt the educational process at school.   Refer to dress guidelines. 

24.  Student’s Personal Property/Valuables:   Students are responsible for the care of their own personal property and are encouraged not to bring items of value to school.  Items such as expensive clothing, jewelry, electronic equipment, and the like, are tempting targets for theft and extortion.  The school is not responsible for their safe-keeping & will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.

25.  Field Trips:  A student’s participation shall be determined by the teacher sponsoring the activity and may be based on behavior as well

as academic criteria. Students may also be denied attending field trips for the following:

*Medical authorization form is not on file.


Updated medical forms not on file or medication has expired.

  (Parents are responsible to check the amount and expiration date     

  of medication.)

      *Inappropriate dress the day of the field trip following the   

  guidelines in the handbook

19.  Sagging Pants - Students shall not wear pants that when fastened, sag or fit below the waist.  All pants must fit around the waist and be properly fastened.

20.  Displays of affection/sexual activities.  Affection between students is personal and not meant for public display.  This includes touching, petting, or any other contact that may be considered sexual in nature.  Sexual activity of any nature is prohibited.

21.  Misconduct off school grounds.  Misconduct is defined as any violation of the Student Discipline Code of Conduct.

22.  Aiding or abetting violation of school rules.  If a student assists another student in violating any school rules, they will be disciplined.  Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior.

23.  Refusing to accept discipline.  When a student refuses to accept the usual discipline for an infraction, the refusal can result in a sterner action.

24.  No shirt signing at school.

25.  Please be aware of items your child may try to bring to school that may not be allowed.




     A student may be required to serve time before school in detention for infractions of the discipline code of conduct and procedures.  The administrator will allow twenty-four hour notice so parents/guardians, who have the responsibility of providing transportation, may make the necessary arrangements.  Detention will be held from 8:05 to 8:40 AM in the office.  Students must remain seated and quiet.  Failure to serve detention may result in an out of school suspension. 




1.  The superintendent or principal may suspend a student from school and

     school related activities.

2.  If a student’s behavior warrants a suspension, the student will be notified

     in writing that he/she may be suspended and given the reason for the

     intended suspension.

3.  The student will be given an opportunity to comment on and challenge the

     reasons for the alleged charges at an informal hearing, which may occur


4.  The principal will notify parents, by phone, if possible, of the upcoming

     suspension and in writing within one school day after the suspension


5.  The student has the right to appeal the suspension with the superintendent

     or before an executive session meeting of the Board of Education.  Parents

     or guardians may request this appeal hearing by calling the 

     superintendent’s office at 330-637-3500.

6.  A suspension may carry over semesters.

7.  Suspensions occurring at the end of the year may be carried into the next

     school year.  The superintendent must execute those carried from one 

     school year to the next.

8.  When a student is serving an Out of School suspension,

  • The student may not attend classes or any other school sponsored activity.
  • All graded assignments missed due to an Out-Of-School Suspension must be made up and completed. Partial credit (Maximum of 55%) will be given for such assignments. Students who refuse and/or fail to make-up the work will receive a grade of (0)! 
  • The days out will count as days absent.
  • The student should be at home (or place designated by parents) between 8:40 am - 3:20 pm
  • The student may NOT be on school property at any time during the suspension period without permission of the administration. 

9.  The Board of Education, after an investigation has been made concerning

     the suspension of the student, will render a decision either returning the

     student to classes or sustaining the suspension as handed down by the

     administration.  These procedures will apply to all suspensions.




1.  Only the superintendent may expel a student from school.

2.  The superintendent must send the pupil and his/her parent or guardian  

     written notice of the intended expulsion.

3.  The notice is to include reasons for the intended expulsion.

4.  The pupil and parent or representative has an opportunity to

5.  The notice is to state the time and place to appear, which must not be less   than two (2) days nor later than six (6) days after the notice is given.

6.  The superintendent may grant an extension of time. If granted, he must   notify all parties of the new time and place.

7.  Within 24 hours of the expulsion, the administration will notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of the pupil and clerk of the Board of Education of the action to expel.  The notice must include the reasons for the expulsion, and the right of the pupil, parent, or custodian to appeal to the Board of Education or its designee.  The student has the right to be represented at the appeal and to request the hearing to be held in executive session.

8.  Students who are expelled from school are not permitted on school property during the expulsion period except to attend scheduled hearings.

9.  Expulsion proceedings will take place even if a student withdraws from the district (SB1).

10. Expulsions for weapons will be for one calendar year.

11. Expulsions at the end of the year may be carried into the next school year.

12. The Mathews Local School District does not enroll students expelled from other school districts.


Appeal to Board


·         A pupil or his/her parent or custodian may appeal an expulsion or suspension by a superintendent or administrator to the Board of Education. Such pupil or his/her parent, guardian, or custodian may be represented in all such appeal proceedings and shall be granted a hearing before the board or its designee in order to be heard against suspension or expulsion.

·         A verbatim (word for word) record is required. This may be taped or transcribed.

·         Formal action to affirm, vacate, or modify the disciplinary action on the appeal may only be taken in "public" session.  The decision of the board may be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas under O.R.C. 2506.




1.      If a pupil's presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an on-going threat of disrupting the academic process, the student may be removed from the premises of an academic or extracurricular activity. 

2.      If an emergency removal becomes necessary, the staff member should contact the principal or his/her designee who will escort the student to the office.  Parents and/or necessary law enforcement agents will be called.  Written documentation from the staff member stating the reason for the removal must be submitted to the principal immediately after the removal.

3.      A due process hearing may be held immediately or as soon as possible within 72 hours after the removal is ordered.

4.      Written notice of the hearing and the reason for the removal and any intended disciplinary action must be given to the pupil as soon as possible prior to the hearing.

5.      The person who ordered the removal will be in attendance at the hearing.



VIOLATION OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL RULES MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION AS SHOWN.   (Parents will be notified of offenses.) Below each infraction is a list of potential disciplinary actions.  The type of discipline will be at the discretion of the administration based upon the severity and frequency of infraction.  For offenses not listed below, the administration will make fair disciplinary decisions to meet the infraction.


Possession, use, sale, being under the influence, distribution of drugs and or counterfeit/controlled substances or drug paraphernalia:

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion; contact law enforcement agency


Possession or use of alcohol and/or tobacco

·         Ten days suspension;  recommend expulsion;  contact law enforcement



Possession or use of a weapon or dangerous instrument (weapons, knives, fireworks, explosives, or other incendiary devices)

·         Ten days suspension; recommended expulsion; contact law enforcement



Sexual Harassment of other students

·         Three days detention and/or three days suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion


·         Three days detention

·         One day suspension

·         Three day suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion


Verbal Threatening/Assaulting School Employee Causing Serious Physical Harm to a Student

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion; contact law enforcement agency


Initiating or partaking in False Alarms/Arson/Bomb Threats

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion; contact law enforcement agency


Violation of Local, State, or Federal Law

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion; contact law enforcement agency


Inciting/Participating in any unauthorized assembly/activity that by design or result disrupts the normal operation or atmosphere of the school and its programs

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion; contact law enforcement agency


Profanity to a Staff Member

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion



·         Two days detention

·         Three days detention

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension


Fighting/Inciting a Fight

·         Two days detention; removal from recess

·         Three days detention; removal from recess

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension



Backtalk, Disrespect, Insubordination, Defiance, Disrupting Class, etc.

·         Detention

·         Three days detention

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion


Vandalism or Theft

·         Pay damages and three days detention

·         Pay damages and three days suspension

·         Pay damages and five days suspension

·         Pay damages and ten days suspension


Out of Building/Leaving School Property Without Permission

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion


Possession of, or Writing or Passing of Obscene Items or Inappropriate Language, Forgery or Falsifying School Data

·         Detention

·         Three days detention

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension



·         One day detention and 0%

·         Three days detention and 0%

·         One day suspension and 0%

·         Three days suspension and 0%


Extortion:  Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force, or deception to

take, or receive something from someone else.  Extortion is against the law.

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension, recommend expulsion


Other Inappropriate Behavior

·         One day detention

·         Three days detention

·         One day suspension

·         Three days suspension


Violation of Playground Rules (rules are posted in the classroom and reviewed with the students by the teacher)

·         Loss of recess

·         Loss of recess; parent notified

·         One detention; parent notified

·         One day suspension; parent notified


Acceptable Computer Use Policy Violation

·         Denial of use; three days detention

·         Three days suspension

·         Five days suspension

·         Ten days suspension

·        Ten days suspension; recommend expulsion

Tardy to school (5 times in a grading period)

·        Morning detention




     Students and parents of the Mathews Local School District are hereby informed that student’s wearing apparel must meet school policy and rules as established by the administration and the staff within the framework of policies set forth by the Mathews Board of Education.

     Considering styles of our times and availability of clothes, students should observe prevailing rules of modesty and decency.  All students shall follow the following guidelines:

1.      School dress, like all modes of dress, should (will) be appropriate for the environment and the activity in which the individual is involved.  Anything distractive or disruptive to the educational program cannot be tolerated.

2.      The dress and appearance of students should (will) conform to the standards of cleanliness, safety, neatness and decency.

3.      Cleanliness and Neatness:

·         All clothing is to be clean.

·         Proper footwear must be worn at all times (See safety below)

4.      Safety:

·         Metal cleats are not permitted on shoes.

·         The school will not be responsible for any accident or injury resulting directly or indirectly from clothing worn by students.

·         Shoes must be worn with a back/strap to the heel;   (no flip-flops, mule shoes, slides, etc.)

5.      Decency:

·         Revealing clothing is not appropriate apparel in school and is not permitted. Clothing that is tight fitting and revealing needs to be covered with clothing that meets the dress code.

·         Torn jeans are not permitted.

·         Baggie or oversized clothing is not permitted.

·         Skirts, dresses, shorts, etc. may not be any shorter than the child’s fingertips when their arms are held straight at their sides.

·         Short shorts, midriff, tank tops, halter tops, see through tops, shortened tops that reveal the waist or bare back, garments with spaghetti straps or strapless garments are not permitted.

·         Sleeveless garments must extend to the end of the shoulders and fit closely under the arms.

·         Slacks may be worn so long as they conform to other included standards of comfort and good grooming.  Patches are permitted provided they are not vulgar, obscene, provocative, or distracting.

·         Extreme styles, fads, or items not covered by the Code are to be treated as necessary by the building principal.

1.      Clothing with printed names or slogans are permitted

so long as the clothing items do not contain messages that are vulgar, offensive, obscene or libelous; denigrate others on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability; promote alcohol or drug use or violence; or are otherwise contrary to the school’s educational mission.

2.      For special events such as field trips, music concerts, etc., students should

dress so that the school will be represented properly.

3.      Tennis shoes must be worn for physical education classes.  Please do not

wear shoes with black soles.

4.      Hats are not to be worn in the building except for a medical or religious purpose.

5.      Eyeglasses with tinted lenses are not permitted, unless they are

prescription lenses.

6.      Long pocket chains are not permitted.

7.      Hair and face paint, elaborate makeup, designs and clothing worn to specifically draw attention will not be permitted.

8.      Hair must be clean and groomed.

9.      Shoes are to be comfortable and practical for the school day.  Girls should not wear platform shoes.

10.  Coats and jackets designed as outerwear are not to be worn in class or throughout the school day without permission from the teacher.  Torn jeans are not permitted.

11.  It is the administration’s discretion to determine if other dress appearance interferes with the educational process.


     Teachers have the right to ask a student to immediately conform to the dress code.

     The above guidelines are liberal and considerate for the welfare of our students.  The school urges all parents to use their best judgment with respect

to what your children wear to school and how they groom.  Good grooming and neat dress reflects character and nature of their appearance.



     It is imperative that students be in attendance and not tardy each school day in order not to miss a significant portion of their education.  Many important lessons are learned through active participation in the classroom and other school activities, which cannot be replaced by individual study.

1.      On the day a student is absent, the student’s parents, legal guardian, or other responsible person is to notify the school by 10:00 AM.  A secretary is on duty at 8:00 a.m. to answer calls.  Even though a phone call is made, the students is still required to bring a written excuse from the parent/guardian upon returning to school.  The note must state the reason for the absence, the date(s) of absence, and be signed by the parent or guardian.

2.      Excuses are to be turned in to the school office.  If the school does not receive a written excuse, the absence will be considered unexcused.

3.      The following absences, according to the Ohio Revised Code, are considered excused absences or tardies:

  • Personal illness- After 5 personal illnesses in a year, the child must obtain a doctor’s excuse in order for the absence to be considered excused.  Failure to obtain a written doctor’s excuse after 5 personal illnesses will result in an unexcused absence.
  • Medical or Dental--Must have written excuse signed by physician
  • Court Appearance--Must have written documentation
  • Death in immediate family
  • Serious illness of a close relative
  • Quarantine of the home
  • Religious holidays
  • Special extenuating circumstances cleared with an administrator.

4.      No parent/guardian has the right to excuse his/her child or anyone else’s child from school for any reason other than those stated above.  Any parent doing so is in violation of the law, specifically, “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”.   Furthermore, just as parents are held responsible for the actions of their child, children can be held accountable for the actions of their parents.  (Therefore, it is possible to punish a child because his/her parent(s) kept him/her away from school illegally.)

5.      Students who have been excused from school or participation in any program with a medical excuse from a doctor must provide a release from the doctor to resume regular attendance or return to participation in educational/extracurricular activities.

6.      A student will be considered absent during the morning if he/she arrives after 10:05 a.m. and will be considered absent in the afternoon if dismissed before 2:25 p.m.


1.      Tardiness:  A student is tardy if he/she arrives at school between 8:40 AM and 10:05 AM. (Accumulation of 5 tardies in a grading period will result in a morning detention.) A student arriving late to school is to be accompanied to the office by their parent/guardian.  A student who is tardy to school 5 times in a grading period is subject to a morning detention.


2.      The office will mail a notice to a student’s parent/guardian when the student reaches the 10th day of absence and/or three (3) unexcused absences.

3.      Senate Bill181:  A referral will be made to the Trumbull County attendance officer when a student obtains five (5) consecutive unexcused absences, seven (7) unexcused absences in a month, or twelve (12) unexcused absences in a year.  This bill permits courts to fine parents up to $1000.00 for truancy, and students who are truant will be summoned to appear with their parents in Trumbull County Juvenile Court.  Parents will be notified of this referral in writing.

4.      In all cases of excused absence, students absent for two (2) or more  

consecutive days shall be allowed two (2) days for each day absent to make up any work.   IT IS THE STUDENT/PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE TEACHER FOR  REQUIRED MAKE-UP WORK.

5.      In order for a student to receive perfect attendance, he/she may not be tardy to or absent from school for the entire year.




     Mathews Local Schools has a nurse who is on duty in the school district.  The following is a partial list of items students and their parents should be aware of:

1.      Students are to inform their teacher about any injury or illness and then report to the school nurse or health clinic.  If the injuries are minor, the student will be treated and may return to class.  If medical attention is required, the nurse will notify the parent/guardian and call 911 if necessary.

2.      The school nurse is on call for all major accidents to students and performs such duties in connection with them, as is consistent with the best interest of the student.

3.      All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are screened for vision in the fall of each year.  New students entering the school are also screened.  This data is then recorded on the school health record.

4.      Students in grades 4 see health films on personal hygiene and changes that occur during puberty.

1.      All students K-6, with parental permission, participate in the fluoride rinse program once per week beginning in October and continuing through the month of May.


             Guidelines for sending a child home from the nurse’s clinic:

1.  A child with an unidentified skin rash or skin abnormality. 

2.  All rashes are considered contagious unless a written

     explanation by a physician is presented to the office.

3.  A child is vomiting.

4.  A child is experiencing acute or chronic diarrhea.

5.  A child with a red eye, swollen eye lid, watery eye,

     complaints of an itchy eye, or drainage from the eyes.

6.  A child who has urinated or has had a bowel movement in

     his/her clothing; the child will be asked to independently

     change his/her clothes; if unable the parent will be called. 

     Parents are responsible to provide their child’s change of


7.  A child with head lice or nits.

8.  No student will be released from school without proper

     parental permission.

9.  A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or greater.  Children whose

     temperature reaches 100 degrees must be fever-free for 24 hours    

     before returning to school.

10.  A child with strep throat must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours

       before returning to school.

Head Lice


     Every year rumors circulate throughout the county about lice infestation in local school districts.  Many questions have arisen concerning the procedure used in our schools to control this.  On January 29, 1982, the Trumbull County Board of Health adopted the following procedure.

     “Pediculosis capitis is a small louse which lives on the scalp and lays many eggs, called nits.  The nits are attached to the hair, and hatch into the adult lice in 3-14 days.  Pediculosis capitis is transmitted by personal contact and by such objects as combs and hats.  Other than itching, infection secondary to scratching, or occasional allergic reactions, head lice is mostly a nuisance.  By authority of the Ohio Revised Code Section 3707.01 and Section 3707.03 the Trumbull County Board of Health orders that a person infested with head lice shall not be permitted to attend school in the Trumbull County General Health District.  Students will not be permitted to return to school until the school nurse or principal has examined them to be sure the hair is free of lice and nits.


Eye Infections

Eye infections are highly contagious.  If your child has an eye infection or develops symptoms of red, itchy or watery eye, drainage from the eye or swollen eyelid, your child will be excluded from school.  He/she may return when there is no redness/drainage present.  If the child is on an antibiotic for the infection, he/she must be on the antibiotic (eye drop) for 24 hours.

Administering Medicines to Students


     It is the policy of the Mathews Local Board of Education that a parent at home administer all medication to students.  However, under exceptional circumstances, prescription medication may be administered by designated school personnel within approved administered regulations.

     When students require a prescription medication during school hours, designated personnel may administer medication under the following conditions:


1.      The building administrator has received a written request signed by the parent/guardian that the prescription drug be administered to the student.

2.      The administrator receives the completed form “Permission Form To Administer Prescribed Medication”.  A copy of this form can be obtained in the school office.

3.      Parent/guardian shall submit a revised statement signed by the physician in the event any of the information originally provided by the physician changes.  A new statement must also be given to the school at the beginning of each new school year even if the medication and dosage is the same.

4.      No child will be permitted to attend a class trip without updated medication and medication form.

5.      The medication must be in the original container in which it was dispensed.  Limit amount to only that which is needed.

6.      No over the counter medication (cough drops, Tylenol liquid cough medicine, nasal spray, etc.) will be given without a doctor’s written request.  Please do not send any medication to school with your child on the bus.  All medication must be brought to school by the parent.

7.      All medications must be picked up the last day of the school year or they will be discarded.


Emergency Medical Authorization


     An Emergency Medical Authorization form must be on file in the school office for each child who attends Mathews Local Schools.  In the event of an emergency, accident or illness, the parents will be contacted according to the Personal Data Sheet.  If the injury or illness is severe enough to send the

student home, an examination by the school nurse or other authorized school personnel shall precede dismissing the student from school.  If parents cannot be contacted, the school authorities will provide or authorize necessary health care.  NO student may attend a field trip without an emergency medical authorization form on file.


Hearing Screening

     All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 have their hearing screened in the fall of each year.  New students entering Mathews Schools are also screened.


     Each student is required by law to have updated immunizations on file to include month, day and year of the shot.  If a student does not have the necessary immunizations he/she will be excluded from school or required compliance with a set deadline.  This is for the safety of all students and in accordance with State law.

     The State of Ohio requires 5 DPT, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 chicken pox, and 4 Hepatitis B shots if the third dose is given before 6 months of age.

     All kindergarten immunization files must be completed by 15 days into the new school year or he/she will be excluded from school.

     Any questions about immunizations should be directed to the school nurse.



     Fieldtrips are a privilege that students can earn throughout the course of the year.  This privilege is often used as a strategy for teachers to motivate students to succeed in school, both educationally and behaviorally.  Teachers and/or parents have the right to withhold students from these privileges when necessary.  In the event that a student is withheld from such privilege, attendance at school is still required.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an unexcused absence and the child will be considered truant. 


     If a student has a signed medication form and is taking medication at school, he/she must have all paperwork and medication updated and present at the school in order to attend the trip.



     Should weather or emergency conditions be such as to necessitate the closing of school, information will be announced on the following radio and television stations: WBBW, WRRO, WKBN, WFMJ, WNIO, WHOT, TV Channels 21, 27, and 33.  School closings will be announced between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM.  Families will also receive a “One Call” from the superintendent.

     Parents are encouraged to listen to radio and television news reports before leaving home in the morning, especially during the winter months.  Please be sure your child has an alternate place to go if you are not at home.  Whenever school is closed, all athletic and school events are cancelled.  Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings.



     If a family vacation occurs during the school year, the following regulations must be met:

1.      A letter of notification from the parent must be presented to the secretary at least 3 school days in advance of the vacation.

2.      No homework will be given in advance of a vacation, however, teachers may choose to notify students of upcoming studies (i.e. chapters, content etc.).  It is left to the teacher’s discretion as to what can be given to students in advance.

3.      The student is responsible for obtaining all assignments, make-up work and tests upon returning to school.

4.      Schoolwork must be made up within one week upon returning to school.



     When picking your child up at the end of the school day, you must go to the school office to sign him/her out.  Please do not try to get your child off of the bus without first signing them out in the office.

     If a child needs to leave for a medical appointment or other excusable reason, the parent/guardian should send a signed note in the morning to the classroom teacher, requesting the dismissal of his/her child and stating the time, the date, and the reason (note is to be turned in to the office), or the parent/guardian should go to the school office to request the release of their child.  An early dismissal will be recorded as a partial day absence. 

     If a child is needed in an emergency, the parent may call or stop in the office, and the student will be called from class.

     No student will be released to a person other than a custodial parent(s) or guardian without a permission note signed by the custodial parent(s) or guardian.



     The elementary schools have a standard grading procedure, as well as additional notations that may indicate work in progress or incomplete work.  The purpose of a grade is to indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning.

     The following scale will be used to determine grades.  Report cards will list only the letter grade not the percentage.


93%  -  100%=                              A     SUPERIOR

85%  -    92%=                              B     ABOVE AVERAGE

75%  -    84%=                              C     AVERAGE

65%  -    74%=                              D     PASSING

64% AND BELOW=                   F     FAILING


O         Outstanding                      100-93

S          Satisfactory                       92-75

N         Needs Improvement         74-65

U         Unsatisfactory                  64-0

 Students will be given letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F in most subjects.  Physical education, music, social studies, science, and student conduct grades will be O, S, N, or U.  A letter grade will be given in social studies and science in grades three through six.

The following will be considered in determining the weekly grades:

1.   Homework: Student grades will reflect the completion of all work, 

      including outside assignments.  Homework is also a part of the student’s 

      preparation for class and overall achievement and must be completed and

      presented on time.

2.  Class participation and recitation.

3.  The grade earned in a ‘”quiz”.  A quiz is assumed to mean a short test

     over one or two days’ work.

4.  The weekly, chapter, or unit test.

The following will be done in relation to the grading policy:

1.      An excused absence permits the student to make up work for credit.  Make-up work is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher.

2.      Any student who has not finished his work will be given an incomplete, which may become an “F” after one week.

3.      An unexcused absence or suspension from school does not permit the student to make up the work for credit.


     The final yearly grade is the average of all the grades given on the report card at the end of the grade period.



Homework is to be expected for all children.  Homework will be accepted up to 2 days late, but will be lowered 1 letter grade for each of those days.  After the second day, work not turned in will result in a grade of 0%  



     The school year is divided into four quarters and report cards are issued at the end of each quarter for grades 1 through 6.  Kindergarten report cards are issued the 2nd & 4th nine-week grading periods. 

      Report cards are given to students on the Friday following the end of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd nine-week grading periods.  The final report card of the year will be sent home with the students on the last day of school, but will be released only if all fines have been paid.  




     To be eligible for Academic Recognition the student’s yearly average must consist of all A’s, B’s, S’s and O’s (S-  in any class will keep a student off of quarterly honor roll.  An S- as a yearly average will keep a student off of Academic Recognition at year’s end).  An academic recognition certificate will be given on the last day of school.




     Students are expected to put forth a sincere effort in their school work.  Promotion to the next grade gives evidence that the student has met the required academic minimum standards for the current grade as indicated by the State Board of Education and the Mathews Local Board of Education policy.

     A student may be retained if he/she is truant (absent without excuse) for more than ten (10 percent) of the required attendance days of the current school year AND has failed two or more of the required curriculum subject areas in the current year.  In some instances a child may be advanced to the next grade due to age and social consideration.

     No student will be promoted to the Fourth Grade if he or she has not met the requirements set forth by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee as this is mandated by the state.




     All students will have access to the library.  Grades one through six will be given the opportunity to check out books.  Books are to be returned on time.  There are fines for books lost, not returned on time, or damaged.




     The Mathews School District is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet ONLY for educational purposes.  All Internet users are expected to abide by the rules covered below.  The building administrators and staff reserve the right to terminate immediately the transaction or account of any student or person who misuses the system. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate, and their decision is final.           


Etiquette Rules:

1.      Be polite.  Use appropriate language.  No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, or threatening language.

2.      Be safe.  DO NOT reveal personal information such as your home address and telephone number.  DO NOT arrange to meet with someone in a secluded place or private setting.

3.      DO NOT access/transmit inappropriate/offensive (pornographic) materials or harassing messages.

4.      DO NOT make ethnic, sexual or gender-related slurs or jokes.  DO NOT harm another person’s reputation by making slanderous remarks.

5.      DO NOT share passwords.

6.      DO NOT buy or sell anything over the Internet.  DO NOT give out private information, credit card numbers or social security numbers.

7.      Report any misuse of computers or sites to the teacher supervising the room.


No student shall intentionally:

1.      Use the network for illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other laws.

2.      Download to a school computer’s hard drive or printer anything from the Internet.  Everything must be saved to a disk purchased/stored in the computer room or classroom.  Students will not be permitted to bring disks from home.

3.      Use the network in ways that violate school policies and behavior standards.

4.      Degrade, damage or disrupt equipment or system performance.

5.      Upload a virus or other harmful program.

6.      Invade the privacy of other individuals by accessing and/or vandalizing their computerized data.

7.      Waste technology resources, including bandwidth, file space, and printers.

8.      Gain unauthorized access to resources or entities.

9.      Use an account owned by another user, with or without their permission.

10.  Post-personal communications on an electronic bulletin board without the author's consent.  Any items produced by the student will not be posted to the Internet without his/her permission.  If permission is granted, items will be considered fair use and available to the public.   

     The School District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access information transmitted or received.

     Each school year a student and his/her parent/guardian will be asked to sign a Network/Internet Policy Agreement stating that they have read the above policy and agree to abide by it before being permitted to use the school’s system.

     The Mathews School District makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied.  It shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs of any kind.  By signing the policy, users, parents or guardians of users take full responsibility for Network and Internet use.  Failure to abide by all the terms of the agreement may lead to termination of the student’s use of the computer & possible disciplinary action as outlined in the student Code of Conduct or referral to law enforcement authorities.




     The cafeteria serves a nutritious lunch.  The menu is published monthly and sent home with the pupils.  Children may carry their lunch and milk or they may purchase their lunch and milk at school.  Applications for the school’s Free and Reduced - Priced Meal program are distributed to all students on the first day of school.  If a student does not receive one and believes he/she is eligible, contact the school.  If you think you are eligible, please apply.  The cost of a student lunch and milk will be published in the local newspapers and in the first school newsletter. If a child forgets his/her lunch money, he/she may charge one meal.  We hope that the lunch charge privilege will not be abused.  When packing your child’s lunch, please do not send pop or other carbonated beverages.   We request that you send your child’s lunch and milk money on Mondays.  Please put the money in an envelope with your child’s name on it, and state what the money is for.

        Cafeteria Rules


1.      Cafeteria Aides are to be respected and their authority is not to be challenged.

2.      Students may talk quietly.

3.      Students are expected to leave the eating area clean.

4.      There is no playing with or throwing of food in the cafeteria.

5.      No food is to leave the cafeteria.

6.      Lines are to be orderly; there is no cutting in line.

7.      Students will stay in their seats until the person in authority excuses them.




     Please mark your child’s name on articles of clothing, lunch boxes or other personal items.  There is a lost and found box in the front hallway.  Children are encouraged to give things they find to their teachers or take them to the office.  Items believed lost on a bus should be reported immediately to the bus driver.  In case a student finds money, he/she should bring this to the office.  The secretary will take the student’s name, amount of money found, and ask where and when it was found.  After one week, if the owner does not come to the office and properly identify his/her loss, the finder will be entitled to whatever amount was found.  At the end of the school year unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill.




     These drills are planned and practiced to ensure the movement of all personnel to a safe area during an emergency in accordance with State law. Each room is assigned a specific course and method of proceeding to safety in a prompt and orderly evacuation of the building.

1.      Listen to your teacher’s directions and go to assigned area.

2.      Move rapidly to your destination with  NO RUNNING OR TALKING.

3.      Wait for directions before returning to your class.




1.  Immediate exit through the nearest door.

2.  Walk to your assigned area

3.  Wait at the assigned area for directions from principal or designee.

4.  Students may get their coats before exiting the building only if directed

     to do so.

5.  Currie Elementary will be evacuated to the baseball field.

6.  Baker Elementary will be evacuated to Animal Welfare

     812 Youngstown-Kingsville Rd., Vienna.




     The office telephone is for school business and not to be used for personal calls. It may be used by students only in case of emergency and with the permission of the secretary, teacher, or principal.

     Students may not call home for money, lunch, homework, band instruments, gym shoes, or other school related items unless deemed necessary by the principal.




     All code of conduct rules are in effect when students are on a school bus including rides for field trips or extracurricular activities.  The driver is responsible for student safety and will assign seating or direct the student in any reasonable manner to maintain that safety.  Special safety rules that apply include the following:

1.      Student shall be on time at the designated stop (5 minutes prior to scheduled stop).

2.      Student shall stay off the road at all times while walking to and waiting for the bus.

3.      Student shall line up single file to enter.

4.      Student shall wait until the bus is completely stopped before moving forward to enter.

5.      Student shall refrain from crossing a road (at least 10 feet in front of the bus) until the bus driver signals that it is safe.

6.      Students shall go immediately to a seat and remain seated while the bus is in motion and until the bus has stopped.

7.      Students shall not hang any object or body part outside the bus window.

8.      Student shall keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisle.

9.      Students shall not eat or drink on the bus.

10.  Students shall be courteous and obey the driver promptly when given a direction.

11.  Students shall be quiet at railroad crossings and other places of danger as specified by the driver so the driver may concentrate on the safe bus operation.

12.  Students shall be alert to a possible danger signal from the driver.

13.  If the bus does not stop to pick your child up, please take him/her to school.  DO NOT follow the bus in an attempt to put him on to it.


     A violation of any bus rule or school rule while on a bus may result in disciplinary action including a verbal warning, a written warning, a phone call or note to a parent, a written assignment, detention, out of school suspension, denial of transportation, emergency removal, or expulsion.   The procedure for bus reports will be as follows:

  • When “Misconduct Bus Reports” are filed with the principal, a hearing will be held with the student.
  • The student will be given an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the referral. 
  • The student will be given a copy of the report and the intended action. 
  • Parents will be notified in writing and by phone, if possible, if the student will be denied bus transportation.

The transportation supervisor is available by calling 330-394-1338.




     Recess is a privilege for elementary students.  Recess gives children a short break from the classroom routine and allows time for socialization and interaction with other children.  Children staying in from recess are required to have a note from their parents giving the reason for requesting the child to stay indoors.  On certain occasions, teachers may request that certain students attend study hall in place of recess to attend to academic needs.

     Children must be dressed appropriately for winter recess or they may have to remain inside.  Teachers will consider weather conditions to determine whether to have outside or inside recess.




Study hall time may be used for the following:

1.      Discipline

2.      Make up work

3.      Unfinished work

4.      Work not done properly

5.      Teacher discretion




     Assemblies, whether entertaining or educational, are a privilege and should be treated as such.  Participants in assemblies appreciate student cooperation.  Approval should be shown by applause, but never shouting, stamping of feet or any other disorderly demonstration.  The conduct of the audience helps to establish the reputation of the school.  




     Any animal brought onto school property must be associated with the instructional program.  Animals are not to be brought to school for "Show and Tell”.  The following rules and regulations will apply:

1.      Permission must be obtained from the building principal to bring any animal to school.

2.      The parent must have received a note from the teacher granting permission for the animal to be brought to school.

3.      No animal shall be transported on school buses.

4.      The animal must be secured in a PROPER CONTAINER, which is adequate for the species.


2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR



            Aug 17                                    Currie Open House 6:00-7:30

            Aug 18                        Baker Open House 6:00-7:30

Aug 22                                    Professional Development Day – No School (Students)

Aug 23                        First Day for Students

Aug 30                        Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off

Sept 5                          Labor Day – No School

Sept 13                        Fundraiser Due Date

Oct 14                         NEOEA Day – No School    

Oct 26                        Currie Picture Day

Oct 27                         Baker Picture Day

Oct 28                        End 1st Nine Week Period – No School (Students)

Nov 17                        Parent/Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal, 2:05 pm

Nov 23-25                   Thanksgiving Break – No School

Dec 6                           2nd Grade Music Program 2:30 & 6:30

Dec 13                         1st Grade Music Program 2:30 & 6:30

Dec 22 – Jan 2            Winter Break – No School

Jan 3                            School Resumes

Jan 12                          Baker Spelling Bee 1:00

Jan 13                          End 2nd 9-Week Period – No School (Students)

Jan 16                          Martin Luther King Day – No School

Feb 1-5                        Kindergarten Registration at Currie

Feb 9                           Parent/Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal, 2:05 pm

Feb 17-20                   President’s Day Break – No School

Mar 13                         Spring Pictures

Mar 17                         End 3rd 9-Week Period – No School (Students)

April 14-17                  Spring Break – No School

May 11                        3rd Grade Music Program 2:30 & 6:30

May 15                        4th Grade Music Program 2:30 & 6:30

May 22                       End 4th 9-Week Period

                                    Last Day for Students – Early Dismissal, 2:05 pm

                                    Baker Awards Assembly

                                    End of Year Parties


                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS


Academic Recognition ……………………………………………. 21

Administering Medicines to Student ……………………………… 17                   

Animals at School …………………………………………………  26

Appeal to Board ……………………………………………………. 8

Assembly Behavior………………………………………………... 26

Attendance ………………………………………………………… 14


Cafeteria .………………………………………………………….. 23

Cafeteria Rules .……………………………………………………. 23

Communications ……………………………………………………. 3

Denial of Transportation …………………………………………..  25

Detention …………………………………………………………… 6

Discipline Code of Conduct and Procedures ……………………….. 3

Dress Guidelines ……………………………………………………12

Emergency Medical Authorization …………………………………17

Emergency Removal ……………………………………………….   9

Emergency School Closing …………………………………………18

Evacuation Drill …………………………………………………… 24

Expulsion …………………………………………………………… 8

Eye Infections ………………………………………………………16


Fire, Tornado and Lockdown Drills………………..….…………….24

Grades ……………………………………………………………..  19

Head Lice …………………………………………………………. 16

Hearing Screening ………………………………………………….18

Homework ………………………………………………………… 20

Immunizations ……………………………………………………...18

Library ……………………………………………………   21

Lost and Found ……………………………………………………. 24

Mission Statements …………………………………………………  1

Out of School Suspension …………………………………………..  7

Picking Your Child Up From School...…………………………….. 19

Professional Qualifications …………………………………………  1

Promotion, Acceleration, Retention ……………………………….. 21

Recess ………………………………………………………………26

Report Cards ……………………………………………………….20

Safety Procedures ……………………………………………………2

School Day – Daily Time Schedule ………………………………… 2

School Nurse, Health, Emergencies ………………………………..15

Student Use of Internet Accounts ………………………………….            22

Study Hall …………………………………………………………. 26

Telephone ………………………………………………………….  24

Transportation Policy  ……………………………………………..  25                   

Vacation Policy ……………………………………………………. 19

Visitors ……………………………………………………………..