The Mission of Audubon School is to develop and challenge
each child's personal, social, and academic potential, so that he or she
will become a productive citizen in society.
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Audubon Policies & Procedures
Students will enter the building with the first bell at 8:10 a.m. Classes
begin at 8:20 a.m. Students must be in their seat in their classroom by
the 8:20 a.m. bell. Otherwise they will be considered tardy. Students
should not arrive at school or enter the playground before 8:05 a.m. unless
they are taking part in the breakfast program, which starts at 7:50 a.m.
or are part of the St. Mark Before School Program. This time is needed
by teachers to prepare lessons for the day. Students are to line up as
they enter the playground area. (This is not play time.) There
is no supervision prior to 8:05 a.m. Please do not send children to school
early. Good attendance and promptness are valued attributes.
o Students may not leave school grounds once they have arrived.
Absences/Attendance - Call 552-3300 to Report an Absence or Late Arrival
Parents/guardians are required to call the office by 8:20 a.m. to report
a student absence or late arrival. The school has an answering machine
so you may call anytime at 552-3300; be sure to leave your name, your
child's name, and the reason for the absence.
A telephone call or written note (which can be provided the day prior
to the absence, the day of the absence with a sibling, or with your child
on their return to school) is required in order for the absence to be
In the event a student is absent and school has not been notified, we
will attempt to call the student's home. It is important that all students
are accounted for on a daily basis. We make an effort to locate every
student who is not at school. If necessary, follow-up phone calls will
to the parents' workplace and the designated emergency contact if we are
unable to reach the parent.
According to Section 299.1 of the Iowa Code, the parent/guardian is accountable
for the child's attendance at school. Children who have reached the
age of six and are under the age of 16 years of age by Sept. 15 are of
compulsory attendance age for that school year and are expected to be
in attendance every day of the school calendar. Without reasonable excuse
for the absence, the student will be deemed truant. Every week, the Juvenile
Court School Liaison/Truancy Officer reviews Audubon's attendance and
consults with staff. This may result in a referral to the Dubuque County
Attorney where charges may result for the parent.
The principal will exercise judgement concerning the reasonableness of
absences and will make the final determination whether an absence is excused
or unexcused. The principal may require documentation for absences deemed
unreasonable including excessive illnesses.
*Pre-arranged and approved absences - Permission for such absences MUST
be obtained in advance of the absence from the principal.
Failure to obtain prior permission may result in the absence being considered
unexcused. Parents/guardians are strongly urged to schedule vacation during
summer and various breaks in the school calendar.
*School sponsored or approved activities
*Required court appearance
*Out of school suspensions
*Professional appointments which cannot be arranged outside of school
*Recognized religious observances
*Falsely informing the school about the reason(s) for the absence
*Absences that have not been pre-arranged and approved
If a student rides his/her bicycle to school, it should be parked in the
racks provided near the playground doors. Chain locks should be used to
secure bikes. The school cannot assume any liability for loss.
Birthday treats are permitted. Please be certain that there are enough
treats for everyone in the classroom. The treats should be small and inexpensive.
The following items are prohibited: gum, suckers, or hard candy. Flowers,
balloons, etc. delivered to school for students will be held in the office
until the end of the school day.
We require that all student textbooks be covered in grades 4 and 5. Books
do go home regularly, and they do need extra protection. If books are
damaged or destroyed, students will be charged based on current repair
or replacement value. We appreciate your help in this endeavor.
Cancellations and Delays
Cancellations and delays can be heard on any Dubuque radio station after
6:00 a.m. and local television stations. Please do not call the school
office to check on cancellations. You may call the Dubuque Community School
District inclement weather hotline at (563) 552-3035.
Iowa Law requires that we report all cases of suspected child abuse and
neglect to the proper authorities. State law allows DHS protective workers
to interview children at school without parent permission. See Iowa Code
232.68 subsection 3 and 232.71B subsection 6.
Cold Weather Policy
Whenever the wind-chill is below zero, the following measures will be
in effect: 1) Students line up in the hallway between 8:05 and 8:10 a.m.
2) Recess will be held indoors. It is very important that all children
dress appropriately for this type of weather. There is a significant health
risk when failing to do so.
In cases where parents are separated or divorced and one parent has legal
custody, we must have a copy of the court order that indicates custody
and visitation rights. We need to keep that copy in the students' file;
otherwise we are obligated to let either parent have equal contact with
or information about the respective child.
8:10 a.m. - Students enter the building (Students should not arrive before
8:05 a.m. unless they are eating breakfast or are part of the St. Mark
Before School Program.)
8:20 a.m. - Classes begin/"Good Morning, Audubon" Announcements
3:05 p.m. - All students dismissed (Except on Wednesdays when dismissal
is 1:05 p.m.)
In an effort to provide a safe and positive environment that supports
teaching and learning, it is essential that we establish an orderly and
supportive climate at Audubon School.
Before effective learning can take place, reasonable order and discipline
must be present. Basically, it is the shared responsibility of home and
school to accomplish this goal. Discipline is the key to good conduct
and proper consideration for other people. Good discipline is maintained
by recognizing and encouraging good behavior and taking corrective action
Students are expected to put forth their best effort and to conduct themselves
at all times in a manner that will promote our safe, orderly learning
environment. Building, recess, and classroom rules and expected behavior
will be shared by the teachers at the beginning of the year and will periodically
be revisited throughout the year. Any behavior which causes the learning
atmosphere to be disrupted or which infringes upon the rights of others
in the school will not be tolerated and may subject the student to corrective
Acceptable corrective instructional measures may include, but are not
limited to the following: teacher-student conference; completion of classroom
behavior plan; deprivation of privileges or preferred activities; time
out in the classroom; communication with parent via note, telephone or
conference; referral to principal and completion of problem solver form;
in-school suspension; referral to support resources including School Resource
Officer; suspension or possible expulsion (for more details please read
the District Policy 5200).
To ensure a positive learning environment for all students and staff
at Audubon School, we ask you to give us your support, cooperation and
trust in guiding your child's behavior. In return we will act in the best
interest of your child, strive to be fair and maintain an open line of
communication. Together we can make Audubon a safe place!
Discrimination and Harassment Not Tolerated Assurance Statement: Any form
of discrimination or harassment can be devastating to an individual's
academic progress, social relationships and sense of self-worth. Therefore,
the Dubuque Community School District will not tolerate discrimination
or harassment in its educational program on the basis of a person's protected
status, such as age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status,
national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation,
or socioeconomic status. ~Dubuque Community School District School Board
Inquiries about this statement need to be directed to: Dr. Kris Hall,
Executive Director of Equity Operations and School Services, Dubuque Community
School District, 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001. Phone: 563-552-3019.
Dismissal time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is 3:05 p.m. Dismissal
time on Wednesday is 1:05 p.m. ALL early release times are noted on the
calendar. Upon dismissal, students are to leave the building and school
grounds. Students dismissed must leave the playground and are encouraged
to go directly home. The playground opens to the public at 4:00 p.m. on
weekdays. If it is necessary to have your child dismissed early, you must
send a note with your child for their teacher. The teacher will release
your child at the appropriate time to your designated adult. If an emergency
arises, notify the office prior to picking up your child. School policy
dictates that any student leaving the building prior to dismissal time
must be picked up in the school office and signed out of school by their
parent/guardian or an authorized adult. Should the need present itself,
identification may be requested from the individual picking up the student.
Keep in mind that according to district policy, students leaving before
the scheduled dismissal time are counted tardy. We ask that arrangements
are made with your child before school so that the office is not asked
to interrupt the classroom for messages - unless there is an emergency.
If students are not picked up, DHS or the police will be called if the
office is unable to locate family or emergency contacts that parents have
Please see that your child is dressed appropriately for the school day.
Students wearing inappropriate attire do not contribute to the learning
atmosphere (i.e. short shorts, halter tops, spaghetti-strap tops, see-through
shirts, shirts with inappropriate messages, badly torn or ripped jeans,
etc.). Hats, bandanas, or any head covering are not appropriate for the
school day. Any form of dress style, makeup, hair style, or unnatural
color of hair which is considered contrary to good hygiene or which is
distracting or disruptive in appearance and detrimental to the purpose
or conduct of the school will not be permitted. For gym days, rubber-soled,
non-scuff shoes are required for safety. High-heeled shoes are not appropriate
for school. We ask that children dress appropriately for the winter months
enabling your child to enjoy outdoor recess on colder days. (If these
guidelines [Board Policy 5200] are violated, the student will be required
to change to appropriate attire and/or his/her parents will be notified
and the student may be sent home for appropriate action.) As always, use
Emergency School Closings
Early school dismissal or emergency school closing occurs occasionally.
The causes are varied but in most instances, the same guidelines apply.
The following information will be helpful in safeguarding your children:
Emergency closing of school during the school day will be announced on
local radio and television stations. Please do not call the school to
see if school is being dismissed early. The telephone lines are sometimes
blocked with calls. You may have difficulty getting through.
How Parents Can Help
* Make plans ahead of time, such as making arrangements for your child
to stay at a neighbor's house in case you are not home. Discuss these
plans with your child so that he/she will know the procedure to follow.
* Please do not call school unless it is an extreme emergency. Instead,
listen to the radio and television reports. Incoming calls only tie up
the lines when it is necessary for the school to make important calls
to help insure the safety of children.
* Encourage older children in school to think about their younger brothers
and sisters. If your children are walkers, discuss with them the importance
of having a special meeting place and walking home together.
* If you come to school on an emergency dismissal day to pick up your
child, you are asked to check with the office to receive instructions.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) mandates that only
biological parents of a student or a legal guardian of that student is
allowed access to student information (unless the parent gives written
permission otherwise). This includes discussing student progress, behavior
issues, etc. Be sure to review the FERPA information, which was included
in your registration packet.
Audubon school is accessible for all people. If you need special parking
arrangements, you may park in the small lot along the north side of the
building on Lincoln Ave. The main entrance is easily accessible on the
north end of the building, also on Lincoln Ave. Once within the building,
Audubon is a one-level school as we do not have stairs. If you know ahead
of time that you are coming to school and require special assistance,
feel free to call ahead (552-3300) and we will be happy to help in any
way that you need. This also includes special events and evening programs.
Otherwise, check in at the office as all visitors are expected to do.
All students must submit upon entering school a certificate of immunization
completed by a doctor or health officer. This certificate must be on file
in the school office. It is important that student records reflect accurate
and up to date information. Any changes of address, phone number, emergency
numbers, etc. should be reported to the school office immediately.
Injury and Illness
If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the student's parents
will be notified as soon as possible. Emergency or minor first aid will
be administered if a person competent to do so is available. In any event,
ill or injured students will be turned over to the care of the student's
parents, designated emergency contact person or qualified medical personnel
as quickly as possible. Every year parents will be asked to complete an
emergency medical form providing necessary information to be used in the
case of an illness or injury. Injuries shall be reported and within
24 hours a "Preliminary Accident Report" will be filed in the
On occasion, parents request that students be kept indoors after returning
to school following an illness. We ask your cooperation in following district
and school guidelines, which require all students go with their classmates
to recess unless a doctor's written excuse directs that the child be kept
Students are by no means required to participate in games or activities
while at outdoor recess. Instead, they may choose to be less active but
enjoy the break in their day and the opportunity to get some fresh air.
Parents are responsible for school-related injuries through their own
private insurance carrier, unless, the parent purchased student accident
insurance. Parents can apply for low or no-cost health insurance for their
children through the state's Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) program
by calling 1-800-257-8563 or the school nurse.
Lost and Found
Please be certain to label boots, hats, coats, gloves, etc. with your
child's name. This will enable us to identify and return lost items. Each
year many items are left unclaimed because of the lack of proper identification.
A lost and found box is located at the end of the entry hallway. Please
have your child check this box if he/she is missing something. Students
are not to bring any cards including trading cards, cell phones, radios,
boom boxes, computerized games, or other electronic equipment to school.
Automated Meal Program
Our meal program is computerized. Each student will have his or her own
account set up at the beginning of the school year. You may deposit any
amount to the account at any time. Fill out the envelope you receive at
registration with your child's name, homeroom teacher, and the amount
you are depositing in the account. Cash or checks made payable to the
Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) will be accepted. Drop off the
completed envelope at the office window. Every time your child eats breakfast
and/or lunch, the amount of the meal is deducted from their account. When
your child's account is low, a meal envelope will be sent home with your
child. This indicates the need to make a deposit in his/her account.
Students receiving free or reduced price breakfast through DCSD at the
close of the last school year will continue at the same status until the
new 2006-2007 application takes effect on September 30, 2006. Application
forms will be available at registration as well as mailed to each family
in the August registration packet.
Negative Account Balance
A child is allowed to have 3 transactions (breakfasts/lunches) after their
balance has become negative. Following the 3 transactions the child will
be given a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and milk for lunch until
their account is current. Notification will be sent home as the child
approaches a negative balance and will continue to be sent until payment
is received. Phone call reminders will also be made.
Students are eligible to participate in the breakfast program which is
served from 7:50-8:05 a.m. Students should line up at the playground gym
door no earlier that 7:50 a.m. (Breakfast is not available on 2-hour late
Full Price $.95
Reduced Price $.25
Students may bring a sack lunch from home or purchase a school lunch.
The school lunch program will begin the first day of classes. Purchasing
a school lunch entitles the student to the basic meal and a carton of
milk. (A monthly lunch menu will be sent home.) Pop is not appropriate
except on special occasions.
Full Price $1.75
Reduced Price $.40
All medication dispensed at school must have the written permission of
the student's parent and physician. Prescription medication must be brought
to school in its original container with the pharmacy label attached to
be administered at school. Non-prescription medication must also be brought
to school in its original container. This includes Tylenol, inhalers,
cough drops and all other over-the-counter medication. Permission forms
are available in the school Health Office.
Weekly bulletins containing the latest information about upcoming events
regarding your child and Audubon School are sent home with the youngest
child in the family. The mail carriers (youngest child) will have a laminated
envelope that you will want to watch for that will be sent home with all
important school information. Every Thursday you should expect the Audubon
weekly newsletter in the envelope. Teachers will also be sending home
The main office entrance is located just inside the north doors on Lincoln
Avenue. All other doors will remain locked during the school day.
Office Hours: The school office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Individual teachers may be contacted before or
after school. Should you wish to confer with the principal or a teacher,
it is recommended that you schedule an appointment in advance. Generally,
teachers will not be interrupted from their instructional responsibilities
to accept phone calls.
We will host group orientation conferences on the first day of school
for students in kindergarten through fifth grade along with their parent.
Regular student/parent conferences will be held in November and March.
These conferences are an important part of our grade reporting procedure.
They are designed to keep open communications between parent and teacher,
and to provide for a valuable exchange of information about your child(ren).
It is very important that we have current information about address and
telephone numbers, home and work, of both parents. We also need an emergency
contact person and telephone number. If your child becomes sick or injured,
we must have a quick, sure way to reach you or a responsible person who
can act in your behalf. PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE AS SOON AS A CHANGE OCCURS.
If you plan to move, please notify the office at least three days in advance.
This allows the time to properly prepare for the student transfer and
provide you with the necessary forms for enrollment at another school.
Please remember to observe parking regulations as indicated by "NO
PARKING" signs and yellow curbing. Parking is prohibited in front
of the building during school hours. We have several buses arriving at
approximately 8:05 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Please do not park in the middle
of the street to drop off or pick up students. Illegal parking can create
dangerous situations for students leaving the school. Police will ticket
violators. We need your cooperation.
Any equipment brought from home needs to be properly labeled and stored
in our equipment boxes at school. It is not Audubon's responsibility if
these items become damaged or are missing. Please make sure your child
does not bring any cards (including trading cards), radios, boom boxes,
portable CD players, computerized games, cell phones, pagers or other
electronic equipment to school. Any balls brought to school must be labeled
and cannot be used outside of recess time. Bikes and skateboards are allowed
as a means to get to school, but should not be used to play with. Upon
arriving on school grounds, please secure bikes in the racks or carry
skateboards and secure them in the locker after student entry.
For the safety and comfort of everyone in the Audubon family, we ask that
you do not bring pets onto school grounds. Special arrangements - such
as show and tell - must be arranged with your child's teacher in advance
then the teacher will request principal approval.
Class and individual pictures will be taken on October 17 and again in
the spring on March 16. More information will be forthcoming.
Police Officer Mentors/Helping Services Staff
The 2006-2007 school year is the fourth year for Audubon to participate
in a grant providing Police Officer Mentors. A grant administered by Helping
Services of Northeast Iowa and SRO Brian Jobgen was obtained for Audubon
and Lincoln schools in the fall of 2003. During the 2005-2006 school year,
four officers participated in the program and worked with students in
grades 2-5. The purpose of the Officer Mentors in the grade levels is
to develop a positive relationship with all students in their assigned
grade level, interact with students as positive role models, assist with
peer issues as they arise at recess or in the classroom, and provide a
helping hand to the teacher for students who need occasional tutoring
or an adult to read with for ECR minutes. Officer Mentors come in uniform
and are located in the classroom for their work with students under teacher
supervision. Occasionally, they may assist in the office with student
recess problems for their grade levels. A Helping Services violence prevention
specialist is also in the building weekly to administer the grant, provide
support for teachers, and to work with students on violence prevention
Problem Solving Efforts
Our school makes every attempt to help all children be successful. We
are proud of our efforts to provide a variety of modifications and interventions
to help students improve if they begin to have difficulty. We use a problem-solving
model to address student concerns. Problem solving is a systematic set
of procedures designed to look at different factors that might be effecting
student success, such as what is taught, how it is taught and how the
student responds to these processes. Parents are key participants during
all facets of problem solving. During the problem solving process, school
personnel including special education staff and Keystone special education
personnel may be involved in gathering information that will be used to
develop effective interventions. If a child is recommended for special
education services, parents must give written consent. Parents may also
request that their child be considered for special education services
at any time by contacting the child's principal.
Request for Make-up Work
Request make-up schoolwork due to absence prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day
of the absence. For prescheduled events (e.g. hospitalization), please
contact the classroom teacher or the school office with your request.
Work may be picked up at the school office after 3:10 p.m.
School staff will be on duty at the following times (unless cold weather
when time is shortened):
7:50 - 8:10 a.m. and 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. (1:00-1:15 on Wednesdays)
Please help them do a good job by following their lead and respecting
their requests. License plate numbers will be reported to police on those
drivers failing to follow safety rules and regulations. The safety of
our students and the adult safety patrol is very important.
The Dubuque Community School District has determined the following fee
schedule: K - 5 (full-time) $40.00
(Assignment notebooks for Audubon students in grades 4 & 5 are $6
The elementary school counselor works with all students in the school.
Prevention of problems is a key part of the philosophy in implementing
a counseling and guidance program. The counselor works in classrooms on
developmental activities and is available to help individual students
and small groups. The counselor works with students, parents, teachers,
and various agency personnel.
The student "buddy" system will be encouraged any time students
leave a supervised area.
Students not in their seat in their classroom by the 8:20 a.m. bell will
be considered tardy and must report to the office prior to going to class.
Do not permit your child to be on the playground prior to 8:05 a.m. or
after 3:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m. on Wednesdays, unless they are part of the
St. Mark Before/After School Program). There is NO supervision. Make sure
that the school office always has current phone numbers, (home and employment)
and the name of an emergency contact person.
School Spirit Days
School Spirit Days will be every Friday and are listed on the calendar.
Children and staff are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing
their school T-shirt, sweatshirt, button or dressing in blue and white.
School officials will conduct searches of "protected student areas",
including student's body, clothing or containers holding personal belongings
if there are reasonable grounds for producing evidence that the student
is violating a law or school rule/regulation. In addition, periodic inspections
of student lockers, desks, school facilities, and spaces may be conducted
without notice with reasonable cause. For the entire text, refer to Policy
5200 "Rules Concerning Student Conduct and Discipline," that
is distributed the first day of school.
Parents are asked to make after school arrangements with their children
before they leave home. It is not desirable to interrupt the classroom
instruction to deliver messages. In addition, the office telephone cannot
handle last minute calls for all students in the building. Students are
discouraged from using the office telephone unless there is a definite
need. Students must have permission from a teacher before using the phone.
Students will not be called to the telephone unless circumstances warrant
an immediate need.
Textbooks & Library Books
Students are responsible to the school for the proper care of textbooks
and library books and must pay for lost or damaged books. Students are
required to pay fines for damaged textbooks in accordance to the amount
of damage. In cases where the damage is so extensive as to render the
book unusable, the full price will be collected since it will no longer
be in use. Each student shall return all textbooks issued to him/her when
leaving the school, or at the end of the school year.
The school transportation department (552-3275) will notify those families
who are eligible for school bus transportation. A bus schedule will also
All visitors must enter through the main entrance on Lincoln Avenue, sign
in at the office, and wear a visitor badge while on school property.
Knives, matches, lighters, laser lights, guns (including toy guns), and
other dangerous items that may endanger the safety of students are NOT
permitted in school. School district policy dictates that a student may
be suspended for bringing any of the above items to school or endangering
the lives of our students.
See District Policy 5200 for other behaviors that may warrant suspension.