EJ Russell Student Handbook

Dear EJR student,  

In order for you to be safe and secure at school, it is important to have rules that we all need to follow.

In addition to our school rules, there are certain things that you need to do each day to be a successful student. Your EJR Student Handbook offers many helpful hints to help you reach this goal.

Please  read through this handbook with a grown up and bookmark it so you can read it again when you need to.

Have a great school year!

 Mrs. Halsey Sproul

Character Education

At EJR, we share the four core principles of respect, responsibility, pride and cooperation. Our Shining Stars are expected to commit to these values and behave in accordance with them at all times whether in school, at home, or in the community. 

Guidelines for Academic Success

  • Talk to your family members each day about your experiences at school.
  • Read something you enjoy every day like a book, magazine, newspaper or something on the computer. A great website for daily current events is www.timeforkids.com.
  • Read with your parents as often as you can.
  • Set up a quiet place to do your homework and study. Have a certain time each day to complete these tasks free from distractions. 
  • Make sure that you know your homework assignments each day. Complete your homework and then have your parents check it. Be sure to give your homework to your teacher in a timely manner.
  • Plan your time wisely. Do not wait until the last minute to complete a project, report, or to study for a test. Doing a small portion each night will make the work seem easier.

Classroom Rules

Classroom rules and consequences will be developed by your teachers with your help at the beginning of each school year. Be sure to learn these rules and share them with your parents. Behavior that disrupts the learning environment in your class community will not be tolerated and will result in further consequences as needed.

Hallway Rules

  • Walk quietly, keeping your hands to yourself and stay to the right side of the hallway.
  • Keep all belongings away from the walls and do not touch any displays.
  • Go directly to your destination.

Cafeteria Rules

  • Follow the grown up’s instructions.
  • Use good manners; be sure to say, “please” and “thank you.”
  • Use a 0, 1 or 2 voice as appropriate.
  • Stay in your seat at all times and eat your lunch nicely.
  • Raise your hand if you need assistance or to throw trash away.
  • Keep your eating area clean and leave it as you found it.
  • Look and listen when someone is speaking to you.
  • Do not bring metal drink containers, soda, or glass bottles as they are not permitted in school.

The lunch that you ordered in the morning cannot be changed at lunchtime. Our district utilizes the NUTRKIDS™ Point of Sale System. Students will use their six digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) to make purchases. Please refer to the information you received describing the procedure for adding money to your child’s account, checking balances and monitoring what your child has been purchasing. 

Recess/Playground Rules

  • Follow the directions of all staff members immediately.
  • Stay within the assigned playground area at all times.
  • Play safely and use the equipment provided appropriately.
  • Line up immediately when the whistle blows in a calm and orderly manner.

Bus Rules

The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom; therefore our District Code of Conduct applies. 

  • Always listen and follow your bus driver’s directions.
  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before your scheduled pick up.
  • Enter the bus promptly and sit in your assigned seat.
  • Remain seated and enjoy the ride until the bus has reached your destination.
  • Cross 10 feet in front of the bus in full view of the driver
  • Keep head, arms, and hands inside the bus at all times.
  • Keep hands to yourself.
  • Keep the bus clean. No eating or drinking is allowed.
  • No keys, toys or other objects are allowed to be attached to backpacks or clothing for safety reasons.

Toys, Games, Jewelry, Equipment

Students are not to bring expensive toys, games (electronic and other), trading cards, comic books, jewelry, etc. to school. These items can easily be lost or damaged. Sports and outside equipment are provided by the school and therefore, should not be brought to school. Heelys™ or other shoes/sneakers with wheels attached are not permitted. 

Health Considerations

You can establish a pattern of good attendance by getting enough sleep and remembering to practice healthy habits, which include: 

  • Cough/sneeze into arm.
  • Wash hands before meals and after using the bathroom.
  • Do not use anyone else’s comb, hat or other personal items.
  • Keep your body and your clothes clean and neat.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather: warm clothes in the winter including coat, hat, mittens, boots; jacket in the fall and spring 
  • Never touch other people’s blood or body fluids. 

Other School Rules

  • Clothing that has inappropriate words, pictures, symbols, etc. are not permitted.
  • Spaghetti strap shirts and halter tops are not permitted.
  • All hats, bandanas and kerchiefs should be removed upon entering the building.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted 
  • Cell phones are not permitted.

Gun-Free School Policy

The district enforces a gun-free school policy in accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994. This law forbids students to carry any firearm or knife on school property at any time. Anything resembling a firearm or knife, including toy guns, water pistols, plastic knives or swords will be taken away and reported to administration. Any student found carrying or in possession of a firearm or any other weapon on school property is subject to possible suspension for a period of not less than one year. This prohibition applies anywhere on school grounds, including buses and field trips. In other words, if you have an object that looks like a weapon, please leave it at home so you do not receive any consequences.

At EJR, we are committed to providing every student with a safe and secure educational environment. Come to school prepared to be an EJR Shining Star – Respectful, Responsible, Cooperative and Proud! 

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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