Handbook

 

There’s something special about seeing children and their parents enjoying math and quality time together

 

JTF 5th graders enjoy a day at the park

 

Kindergarten students enjoys talking about his stuffed animal on Show and Tell day

 

Dear Parents:

Welcome to Jack T. Elementary School.  I hope this year proves to be a positive and exciting experience for you and your child(ren).  

Student needs and safety are at the forefront of every program, policy, event, and experience planned at our school.  The teachers and staff at JTF are dedicated professionals who look forward to helping every child grow academically and socially.  We will strive to provide developmentally appropriate instruction and practices that will instill a love for learning in each child.

I encourage you to actively participate in your child(ren)’s education.  Regularly checking homework, listening to your child read regularly, engaging in positive conversations about school , helping with projects, and attending school events will help your child(ren) have a great year.  If you are willing to go the extra mile for our school, you are invited to join our PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) to help make decisions and provide resources and experiences for our children.

Please read through this handbook and share its contents with your child(ren).  If you need additional information, have ideas to share, or concerns that need to be addressed, feel free to call our school office or come by for a visit.  My door is always open!

Thank you for trusting your child(ren) to our care and partnering with us to make 2019-2020 a great school year!

Respectfully,

Deborah B. Edens, Principal

The mission of Jack T. Farrar Elementary School is that all students will perform, achieve, and succeed.

Jack T. Farrar Elementary Shared Vision

Through a collaborative effort among teachers, students, and stakeholders, we envision Jack T. Farrar Elementary School as a place where children develop the skills to meet the continuing challenges of a changing world.  We plan to do this by the use of data driven decision-making processes, focused instruction, and providing a positive and encouraging culture for learning. Our goal is to help every child to reach his/her full academic potential.

Jack  T. Farrar Elementary believes:

  • All students have the right to learn, and all teachers have the right to teach in a safe and secure environment.
  • The home, school, and community should share in the nurturing and education of our students.
  • Communication among stakeholders (administration, staff, students, parents, and community) is essential for a positive learning experience.
  • Every child should have the opportunity to achieve through technology-based learning.
  • Our staff has the responsibility of  providing a challenging curriculum which meets the diverse needs of each child.
  • A strong character education program promotes good citizenship by encouraging responsibility, respect, and cooperation.
  • Stakeholders should be involved in decision and policy-making processes.
  • Effective faculty collaboration fosters quality teaching and supports professional growth.
  • A variety of assessment methods will effectively reflect student growth and achievement.

“Too Sick For School” 

Please do not send your student to school:
  • until they have been fever free without any pain/fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
  • if they have had any vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  • with pink eye until treated for 24 hrs. and have no eye drainage.
  • with strep throat until they have taken their antibiotic for 24 hrs.
When a student is issued a Dr.’s note, he or she may not return to school before the date specified on the note. Please make sure the school has current contact information on file, including phone numbers. Parents/Guardians will be notified to pick up their student who arrives at school “too sick for school” or who becomes ill while at school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the symptoms below as being connected to COVID 19.  Not everyone with some of these symptoms necessarily has COVID 19, but should your child have multiple symptoms we recommend consulting your healthcare provider. 
  • Fever or Chills
  • Headache 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Sore throat 
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough 
  • New loss of taste and smell  
  • Diarrhea 
Have you been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19?
  • If yes, please consult your healthcare provider.
Have you been tested for COVID 19? 
  • If yes, please remain home until cleared by your healthcare provider to return to school.

JTF Student Handbook