Kings Glen Expectations
The Kings Glen administration, teachers, and staff are committed to preparing our students for the 21st Century through a child-centered instructional program which expects academic excellence; reinforces character and values; encourages the prevention of gang activity, violence, vandalism, drug use, and crime; appreciates multiculturalism and tolerance; and fosters improved self-concept, school climate, achievement, and discipline. We believe that children have the right to learn and teachers have the right to teach in an environment which is safe and conducive to the process of teaching and learning.
The entire Kings Glen staff firmly believes that through our joint efforts (home and school) we can build a positive school community and guide children toward self-discipline and those attributes desirable for growing children - honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. Although children have a responsibility to behave in such a manner that it does not interfere with the safety and welfare of others, it is the overall responsibility of parents to ensure this occurrence.
At our school, teachers and staff join in this responsibility by creating and maintaining a positive school community. The Code of Virginia (SS 22.1-279.3) and FCPS regulations expect that this joint responsibility begins at the time a student leaves home for school and extends until his/her return. It is the responsibility of parents and students to report to the school administration or a school staff member any behavior that might endanger the safety and well-being of others.
Student Responsibilities and Rights (Regulation 2601.12P) - To achieve the goal of providing education of the highest quality, the Fairfax County School Board has defined the responsibilities and rights of students in all schools in the booklet, "Student Rights and Responsibilities". This booklet, available in the school office, is given to all students at the beginning of the year and whenever new students arrive. The information contained in the booklet is reviewed with all students by their teacher and the administration at the beginning of each school year and on a quarterly basis by the administration. Students are tested to ensure complete understanding of the contents of this regulation. Parents are provided a form, "Parent Signature Sheet -- Acknowledgement of Parental Responsibility!" as part of the FCPS Student Responsibility and Rights" handbook. Parents are expected to sign the form for each child at Kings Glen and return it promptly.
The development of self-discipline and respect for self and others are considered critical to the developmental process of upper elementary school students. Our school rules take these developmental needs into consideration while supporting our commitment to provide a safe environment for students which fosters mutual respect for individuals in the process of teaching and learning.
Our expectations are highlighted below.
School Dress Code
The Fairfax County School Board has recently reviewed the student dress code policy and regulation. These reviews led to several changes that may affect your choice of school clothing for your children. Because it has been observed that students demonstrate better behavior and show more attention to school work when they are neatly dressed, our school dress policy is that:
- Clothing must be safe, comfortable and not restrictive to learning activities.
- Extremely short or tight shorts, including spandex outfits, are inappropriate school attire.
- Pants worn below the normal belt line are a potential safety hazard and considered inappropriate.
- Halter tops or shirts that expose the abdomen or chest are inappropriate.
- Messages, logos, and other visual images on tee shirts should convey an age-appropriate message to students. Images must not depict drug, alcohol, sexual, violence-type, or demeaning racial/ethnic messages.
- Rubber-soled athletic shoes or "sneakers", secured with laces or Velcro, should be worn during physical education and at any time children are using playground equipment. Slip-on shoes, sandals, and boots are not permitted during these activities to ensure adequate student mobility and safety. Children will be allowed to change shoes prior to participating.
- Hair styles must not interfere with the learning atmosphere.
- Hats and distracting head wear, except those worn for religious/medical reasons, should be removed prior to entering the building.
Parents, teachers, and principal will continue to work together to help children learn to dress appropriately. Parents will be notified if their child is dressed inappropriately and asked to provide the necessary change of clothing before the child is returned to class.
Toys / Distractions
Toys, games, and sporting equipment should not be brought to Kings Glen. There are instances when a teacher may request a specific item from his/her students. On these occasions, parents/guardians will be informed. Toys, games, and sporting equipment can be a distraction in the educational setting, may get lost, or could cause safety issues off campus (i.e. bus stop, walking to school, etc.). For these reasons, these items are prohibited. Any such items will be kept in the main office for parents to come pick up at their earliest convenience during office hours (8:00 – 4:00).
Students must be responsible for taking care of their own money, and should be discouraged from bringing extra money to school. Please send only the amount required for the day to avoid problems of loss.
Responsibility For Students' Personal Property
Students and parents should carefully consider the types of property and the value of belongings that children bring to school. Students have the responsibility to respect personal property rights of other students, teachers, and administrators as well as the public’s property, including equipment and school buildings. Students are responsible for the personal property that they bring to school, on a school-sponsored function such as a field trip, or on a school bus. The school system does not assume responsibility for students’ personal property and does not insure or otherwise reimburse students for loss of or damage to their belongings.
Children will not be allowed to make telephone calls home during the school day except in emergency situations. If a student becomes ill, a staff member will make the call home. Please help your child develop a routine of placing things which must be brought to school in a designated place in order that money, books, musical instruments, and homework will not be left at home. This will help your child become more responsible.
Lost and Found
Parents are urged to label all articles of clothing so lost items can be quickly identified and returned to the owner. Articles found in classrooms are temporarily held by the teacher until identified by the child. After a reasonable time, these articles are placed in the "lost and found area" in the cafeteria. Lost eyeglasses and jewelry are taken to the main office. Children should report lost or found items to the office. Parents are welcome to come to school to check for lost items.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. In efforts to support this progress, students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc.) during the school day. FCPS is currently implementing a new self-registration process that auto-directs devices to a secure, pre-determined network during the registration process. Once connected, students will have access to FCPS resources on their personal devices. Students requiring assistance registering their device should see their school technology support team.
With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed. Unless the classroom teacher has given explicit permission for use a devise, all devices must be turned off and kept in the student’s back pack while at Kings Glen.
Student participation in BYOD is governed by the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Parents and students are required to read and accept the Acceptable Use Policy for Student Network Access within the SR&R document. BYOD permission is now acknowledged by signing the parent and/or guardian signature sheet within Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Lunch With Your Child
We are always happy to see a parent, grandparent, or sibling come to eat with a student, no advance reservations are needed; it is a special occasion for the entire class. Visitors typically either purchase lunch from the cafeteria or bring a bag lunch from home. It is nice for the students to see that grownups also eat nutritious lunches. We ask that you do not bring in soft drinks or "fast-food" lunches. The sale of soft drinks to students is prohibited in all Fairfax County Public Schools, from elementary through high school, during the school day. The emphasis on nutritional eating is reflected in our health curriculum and in the selection of food sold in the cafeteria. When you come to eat lunch with your child, you help us continue to model healthy, nutritious eating when you purchase from our cafeteria or bring a healthy lunch from home. It is your presence, more than anything that makes the occasion special for your child.
Breakfast and lunch food sold by FCPS Food and Nutrition and Services meets USDA standards for school meals. Food sold to students during the school day that is not part of the lunch or breakfast programs must meet Smart Snacks standards, per the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and FCPS Wellness Policies. Many fast food items, such as soda and candy, are likely too high in calories, sugar, sodium and/or fat to meet Smart Snacks guidelines.
Please check with the classroom teacher in advance if you would like to celebrate your child's birthday with a small class treat to be shared during lunch. To avoid interruptions to the school day, please arrange to deliver treats before class begins at 8:40 a.m. or prior to the class lunchtime. Parents must check-in at the office to receive a visitor's badge before taking treats to the cafeteria. Delivery of balloons and gifts to children at school will not be permitted, nor will persons dressed as clowns, gorillas, strolling minstrels, etc. be allowed. Please help us maintain our academic focus and arrange celebrations for after school.
Please do not send party invitations for distribution at school. Social arrangements should be made from home to avoid hurting the feelings of classmates, and to limit distractions that detract from the school's academic focus.
Requests by Pediatricians and Private Practitioners
To request that school personnel complete forms or checklists for pediatricians or other private practitioners, the following are required:
A release of information form available in the school office must be signed by the parent/guardian.
A stamped envelope addressed to the practitioner who requested the information must also be provided. The forms will be completed and mailed directly to the requesting office. The private practitioner may then interpret the data for parents within the context of his/her evaluation process.
On Tuesday of each week, students will bring home a large envelope. Class work will be enclosed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, as explained by individual teachers at Back-to-School Night. Please review the contents, sign and date the envelope, and ask your child to return the envelope to school the next day. This system has been instituted to help families manage the volume of information exchanged between home and school.
Homework Assignment Notebook
The Kings Park/Kings Glen PTA has provided each student a homework assignment notebook. In the event that a student loses his/her homework assignment notebook, a second one may be purchased from the office for a minimal fee. The homework assignment book is expected to be completed daily by the student, and it provides parents an opportunity to monitor assignments and communicate with the teacher on a regular basis. C:\Program Files (x86)\TestNav\Test
Detention will be held on Thursday from 3:20 PM. to 4:15 PM under the supervision of a Kings Glen staff member. Students may be assigned detention as deemed appropriate by the teacher or principal. In all cases, notification will be given to parents at least one day prior to the day of detention. Parents will be responsible for providing transportation home from school on these days and are expected to be at school by 4:15 p.m.
For additional guidelines on expectations please review the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Website