Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 343 The topics in this section are often discussed in school hand- books and on school websites. If your school has a handbook, read through it carefully and keep it for reference. For news and updates, regularly visit your school’s website. School Calendar Every school has a calendar that shows when each grading period begins and ends, when report cards come out, and when their school will be closed for holidays and vacations. This calendar will also show test dates, open houses, and conferences. Be sure to write all of these dates on your calendar at home. Attendance Policies Schools have attendance policies that encourage regular attendance, while allowing students to be absent if they’re ill. If your child is going to be absent for more than a couple of days, see if your school has a procedure for getting assignments. Whenever possible, try to get some work that can be done at home so that your child doesn’t get too far behind. If your child has an extended illness or chronic health problem, get documentation from your child’s physician and give it to the principal. Code of Conduct / School Rules In order to provide students with a safe environment that encour- ages learning, schools need to have rules regarding student conduct and behavior. The consequences for not following the rules can range anywhere from staying in during recess to expulsion. The severity of the consequence generally depends on the seriousness of the offense and the past history of the student(s) involved. School Basics