Parent & Student Handbook

Welcome to Casselberry Elementary School, recognized by the Florida Department of Education and our Educational Commissioner as a "Five Star" school since 1997! We believe that a partnership between school, community, and family will enable our school to provide a positive, motivating, and safe environment for all our students. We strive to develop the full potential of each child; equipping them with the skills necessary to take confident steps toward the future. We know that when we work together, we can make a positive difference in the life of our students. We support and encourage our parents to become an integral part of our school team. There are many opportunities for parental involvement at Casselberry such as helping teachers in and out of their classrooms, working with students, serving on committees and chaperoning field trips. These are just a few of the ways you might want to become involved in your child’s education. Please consider joining and becoming active in our PTSA and/or our School Advisory Committee (SAC). 

We are looking forward to another successful school year and would like to extend an invitation to you to stop by the school to discuss any suggestions and/or recommendations for helping to make our school the very best it can be. 

Sincerely,
Casselberry Faculty and Staff

SCHOOL HOURS: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

Visitors

ALL VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN THROUGH THE FRONT OFFICE WITH YOUR PHOTO ID TO RECEIVE A VISITOR'S BADGE!  

When arriving at school or after breakfast, all children will proceed to their designated holding areas.  They are as follows: Kindergarten and First Grade in the P-Wing wait outside classroom doors, the rest of First Grade and Second Grade wait in the Media Center, Third and Fourth Grade wait in the Auditorium, Fifth Grade waits in the Music room. Students may enter the classroom at 8:30 a.m. and are tardy after 8:35 a.m.  For safety reasons, we ask that parents leave campus by 8:35 a.m. unless they are volunteering at the school (check in at the front office). Parents wishing to speak with a teacher will need to schedule a conference. You may call your child’s teacher and leave a voice message. Daily communication may be handled by writing in the Student Planner. After 8:35 a.m., students who arrive late to school must report to the office before going to their classroom. For safety reasons, parents dropping children off after 8:35 a.m. are asked to bring their child to the office for “Sign-In”. The front gates will be secured at the beginning of each day and remain locked until 2:50 p.m. For the safety of all students, parents are not permitted to walk children to class. We ask that you say “goodbye” on the front ramp. Students should not arrive on campus prior to 8:10 unless they are enrolled in our KidZone & Beyond Program or participating in the Breakfast Program, as teachers and staff are not available for supervision until this time. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.   

Dismissal Arrangements

A Security Card will be required for each student. On this card, the parent will provide a four-digit number or code that the school will use to identify the parent or other designated individuals in person or by phone. NO student will be allowed to leave the school with anyone other than the legal guardian unless that person is listed on the Security Card and has presented proper identification. Any student leaving school during the school day must be signed out through the office or clinic. For safety reasons, we do not allow students to sign themselves out, even if you have called and/or written a note. All students must be signed out through the front office by their legal guardian. All students must leave the school grounds by 3:20 p.m. unless they are staying for a school-related activity.  Students are dismissed at 3:00 pm.  

Parents, please remember to let your child know how they will be getting home when it rains. Please call before 1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.p. on Wednesdays) to make a change in your child's transportation., Signing out students for early release will no be permitted from 2:40 - 3:00 p.m. and 1:40 – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as the front office can get very hectic in the afternoons.

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Visiting the Classroom

Parent/teacher conferences are to be scheduled directly through the classroom teacher. Please call the teacher's voice mailbox directly. Teachers are not available for conferences between 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. unless special arrangements have been made. Information included in cumulative folders, grade books, and portfolios may be shared with a parent during a parent-teacher conference. We encourage parents to take an active interest in school activities and would like for you to visit the classroom. However, a state law is in existence for the protection of your children that prohibits unauthorized entry to the classrooms. 

Bike Riders

Neither Casselberry Elementary School nor its staff will be held responsible and/or liable for damage to a bicycle brought to school. All bike riders must wear protective headgear and bikes should be locked with a combination or a key lock during the day at one of the bike racks on campus.

Classroom Interruptions

Maintaining an instructional focus and providing a safe environment are top priorities at Casselberry Elementary School. In order to provide the best environment for all students, classroom interruptions are not permitted.  Students will not be allowed to take phone calls from parents during the regular school day (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). Please remember to make sure your student has money or a lunch for the day.

Casselberry Information Phone Line

Please feel free to call Casselberry Phone Line to receive the following information:

  • STAFF – last name        press #1
  • Cafeteria                        press #2 (lunch menu)
  • Attendance                    press #3 (report your student absent)
  • Clinic                              press #5
  • Guidance                       press #4
  • PTSA                             press #7
  • KidZone & Beyond        press #8

Absences/Tardies

A written excuse to the teacher, that is dated and signed by the parent, is REQUIRED if your student is absent. ALL PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL 407-746-2550 (press #3) AND REPORT THAT YOUR CHILD IS OUT SICK. Absences will be excused for reasons of illness, a death in the immediate family, and/or other serious events beyond the student or family's control. If a note or phone call is not received or absences become excessive, the student will be given an unexcused absence for the day and a doctor’s note may be required. Parents are in violation of the law if students are kept out of school for something other than an excused absence. Tardiness deprives students of important instructional time and excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action. Possible consequences for truancy are referrals to a Social Worker and/or Law Enforcement.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned with a purpose; usually to enrich or reinforce classroom instruction. NO assignment should take more than thirty minutes in grades K-3. Homework in fourth and fifth grade may take longer and students should complete the work when assigned. The habits established during elementary school provide the necessary foundation for middle school. Most assignments are daily, however, on occasion, a home project requiring more time may be assigned. Once homework is assigned; it is checked, evaluated and then recorded as attempted/not attempted. Based on this evaluation, teachers can provide extra support. Each grade level will develop an explanation regarding the expectations and procedures for homework.  These procedures will be communicated to parents in writing, after administration approval. Homework is not to be graded.  

Make Up Work

For those students that are absent for two or more days, parents may wish to contact the teacher to pick-up classroom assignments. This will help the student stay on schedule and not get behind with regard to instruction. Parents of students who are ill and will be out for an extended period of time should contact our guidance department for assistance in acquiring an application for the Hospital Homebound Program, which is available through the district.

Viewing Student Records

Parents or legal guardians are allowed to review their child’s records. An appointment should be set up through the Guidance office for access to records. Prior notification of at least 24 hours is required. Copies may be made for a charge of 15 cents per copy. If a non-custodial parent should not have access to his/her child's records, the school MUST be provided with legal documents. Both parents have equal access to school records, unless otherwise indicated by legal documents provided by the custodial parent/guardian.

Cafeteria

Casselberry offers breakfast for $1.75 and lunch for $2.50. Breakfast is served from 8:10 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Students should be finished eating by 8:30 a.m. Lunch is scheduled by grade levels. A la carte is available for most grades, but elementary students are not allowed to choose a la carte, in lieu of a meal.  Each student has their own account with a number provided by Red Apple Dining (formerly the Dining Services department).  Visit myschoolbucks.com to create an account or add money to your child’s account.

Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Casselberry Elementary Food Service. Any returned checks will revoke check writing privileges. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Cafeteria Manager at 407-746-2552. If your child has a special health issue, we will need proper documentation on file. Casselberry Elementary provides a free or reduced breakfast and lunch if your child meets the district approved criteria. Apply at diningservices.scps.k12.fl.us. The cafeteria is unable to loan lunch money to students. Please make sure your child has a lunch or money to buy a lunch each day. Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. We ask you to eat outside the cafeteria in the designated picnic areas after signing in at the front office.

Clinic

A clinic assistant will be on duty to call parents when children become sick and are no longer able to remain at school. Please make every effort to pick up your child immediately. If your child tells you they do not feel well in the morning before school, please keep them at home, especially if they have a fever or are vomiting. Children must be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Minor problems sometimes become worse as the day progresses. Every child needs an updated, completed emergency card on file in the clinic. Please keep the school informed of any changes with regard to phone numbers and/or any address changes so we may contact you in case of an emergency. In order to reach you, please provide more than one working emergency contact. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO KEEP MEDICINE IN CLASSROOMS OR SELF-ADMINISTER MEDICATION (including cough medicine/drops, aspirin and other non-prescription items). 

All medications require a signed authorization form. School Board Policy 4.014 states: 
Only those medications which are prescribed by a physician may be administered in school, and only in cases where failure to take such medication during school hours could jeopardize a student's health. All medication (prescription or over the counter) to be administered to an elementary student shall be delivered to the designated staff person at the student's school and retrieved from said staff person by the student's parent, legal guardian, or other adult. In the event medication is delivered or retrieved by an adult other than the student's parent or legal guardian, the adult shall present written authorization from the child's parent or legal guardian. If prior arrangements have been made with the principal or her designee, a parent or guardian may go into the school to administer prescribed or over the counter medication to his/her child upon completion of a Seminole County Schools Student Medication Record.

Guidance Office

Our guidance counselors and behavior specialist are available to help with any problems that our students and/or parents may have or to help explain testing results. They have knowledge of the many community agencies that may provide assistance to our students and their families. Casselberry has several ongoing developmental guidance and behavior programs that help students develop the ability to make positive choices, manage their behavior, and gain self-confidence. Our guidance and behavior programs are here for the benefit of all children.  Please call 407-746-2530 for guidance assistance, or 
407-746-2532 for the behavior specialist.

Moving

If it becomes necessary for you and your family to move, student records need to be prepared for transfer. All textbooks, library books and materials need to be returned to the school prior to a student’s last day. Please let your child’s teacher and the front office know by a letter or phone call at least three days in advance. When your child transfers to another school, the records will be mailed to your child's new school. Seminole County Public Schools does not allow parents or guardians to hand deliver school records. Please notify the school any time there is a change in your child's address or contact information.

Insurance

School insurance is available for students during school hours or 24-hour coverage. We urge parents to take advantage of this offer at a minimal cost. It is accident and hospitalization insurance for students. This would be valuable coverage for your child particularly if you do not carry any other accident or hospitalization insurance. Insurance may be purchased at any time during the school year. Please inquire at the front office for a form.

School Parties

Student achievement is a priority at Casselberry but we do allow our room parents to help with two parties during the year. These are held the last day before winter vacation and during the last week of school. An opportunity for a Valentine exchange may also be provided. Birthday parties are not held at school. However, parents wishing to send cupcakes or cookies to celebrate a birthday may do so provided contact with the teacher has been made in advance. These items can be dropped off in the front office before 10:30 a.m. and the treats will be shared during lunch. Birthday invitations may be handed out and we encourage that one is given to each child in the class. Due to school policy & safety concerns, siblings are not permitted in classrooms during the school’s instruction day.

Student Code of Conduct

Seminole County Public Schools has a code of student conduct that is located on our school web site. Parents will be notified of the grade level expectations and class rules. The Casselberry Code of Conduct falls within the SCPS district’s Student Conduct Code and does not constitute additional rules.

Casselberry Student Code of Conduct

1. Conduct on campus will be safe and orderly.
2. Students will be respectful to adults and fellow students at all times.
3. Students will conduct themselves in a clean and healthy manner while on the school grounds, i.e. restrooms.
4. A pleasant lunchroom atmosphere consisting of appropriate behavior and proper eating habits will be maintained.
5. Students will dress in attire that is appropriate for school (hats/caps, bandanas, and additional headwear including sunglasses, may be worn for outdoor activities only).
6. Students will be in their classrooms prepared and ready to learn before the tardy bell rings at 8:35 a.m.
7. Students will show pride in Casselberry Elementary facilities and instructional materials; destruction of school property will not be tolerated.
8. Chewing gum is not allowed at school.

Student Dress

The county requirements for student dress are found in the Student Code of Conduct and generally require that students' clothing is clean, and reflects modesty, safety and good taste. Tennis shoes are the safest form of footwear. Clogs, flip flops, platform shoes, roller skate shoes, and backless shoes are prohibited. For safety reasons, no child is allowed to be barefoot on the school property.  Elementary students may wear shorts as long as they fit well and reflect modesty and good taste. In all cases where a question of judgment with regard to clothing being appropriate for school, a joint decision will be made involving the parent, teacher and administration.

Inappropriate Items

No toys may be brought to school unless requested by the teacher. Pocket knives, cap guns, and any other dangerous toys or weapons are NOT to be brought to school. “Zero Tolerance” is a Seminole County Public School Policy, and Casselberry will not tolerate students bringing weapons of any kind on school grounds. Offenses of this nature may be grounds for suspension and/or expulsion. Any items collected will be returned to parents only. School policy states NO SKATEBOARDS OR SCOOTERS are allowed on school property. No animals may be brought to school, except by special arrangement. Animals used for instructional purposes may be brought by parents, upon the request of the teacher and returned home after the sharing activity. 

Parent Involvement - (PTSA/SAC/DIVIDENDS/TITLE I)

The SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAC) meets the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. This group of parents, community members and staff is involved in making decisions that affect the school.   Meetings are open to the public and parental involvement is encouraged.  If you would like additional information regarding SAC, please call 407-746-2550.

PTSA, every child. one voice.PTSA general meetings are included on our school calendar. The PTSA Board meets the first Monday of each month. The PTSA Board meetings are closed to the public but minutes from the meetings are shared during the general meetings.  PTSA is always looking for parents to help out during the school year. If you are interested in getting involved, please call 407-746-2561.

DividendsSchool volunteers (Dividends) are always needed throughout the school year. If you are interested in helping out and/or becoming a volunteer at our school, please call 407-746-2554 for assistance on how we can use your talents! All volunteers & chaperones have to register online at the district website before participating.

Title I Parental Involvement Nights are scheduled periodically. Flyers go home with information at that time.

Guidelines for Resolving School Related Problems

Many misunderstandings and problems can be resolved through discussion between the parent and teacher and/or other appropriate school personnel. Following are some step-by-step procedures to assist you when you are attempting to solve a problem. Please make every effort to gather accurate facts before contacting the school.
Step One: Contact the teacher or staff member involved. Many times this is a part of gathering facts.
Step Two: Contact the front office to schedule a conference with administration to resolve any additional issues.  
Step Three: If you have exhausted all the possibilities at the school level, the principal     will advise you of the appropriate person to call at the district level. 

Most concerns are satisfactorily answered at step one. Our teachers are always open and willing to meet with you should you have concerns and/or questions about your child’s academic and social development.  The other steps are provided as an additional means of addressing your concerns.  Abusive Parents:  School personnel are not required to suffer verbal or physical abuse by parents, students, or others. Two Florida laws address the issue of verbally or physically abusive parents, guardians, or other persons acting on behalf of a student, Statutes (12) 228.091 and (2) 877.13 When such situations occur, it is recommended that the parent be asked to leave the school. The principal will send the parent a letter advising them that they are not welcome on campus unless their behavior changes. If they return and conduct themselves in the same way, law enforcement will be called and the parent will be asked to leave. If the parent refuses to leave or returns and continues to be disruptive, law enforcement will be asked to take appropriate action.

Student Educational Planners

All students will receive one planner free of charge per school year. Planners are used consistently in grades K-5. Parents are encouraged to check the planners every day.  Intermediate students are expected to write all assignments in their planners. All grade levels use planners to communicate between home and school.   Each teacher or grade level may use planners differently. Your child’s teacher will let you know how to best use this planner. If your student loses or misplaces their planner, you may purchase a new planner for $5.00 (while supplies last).