BUS INFORMATION
If you need information regarding your child's bus stop, please call the bus garage at 746-2714. For the safety of your child, it is very important that we know, AT ALL TIMES, how they will be going home from school. If your child will be going home a different way, it is required that a note be sent to the school. This note must include the date, bus information (i.e., route number/bus stop) and the teacher's name. Verbal changes over the telephone will NOT be accepted.
If someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, it is imperative that a signed note be sent to the school. Please be advised that everyone will be asked for identification. For further clarification, please refer to the Citrus County Code of Conduct.

BUS RULES AND BUS SAFETY

The safe transportation of your child requires certain safety rules to be strictly followed and enforced. To do less would endanger everyone on the bus. A child who repeatedly breaks bus rules will receive bus incident report, which is to be signed by the parents. Refusal to obey bus rules may result in suspension from the bus. Please review the following school bus rules with your child to ensure the safe transportation of all our children.

1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
2. Stay seated.
3. Keep your feet and hands to yourself.
4. No talking when the lights are on.
5. QUIET talking when lights are off.
6. All objects must be kept in book bags.
7. Show respect for fellow students.

ATTENDANCE/START/DISMISSAL TIMES
This past year part of our school's grade was based on attendance. Next year school's funding may also be based on attendance. It is imperative that your child be in school, EVERYDAY, unless he/she is ill.
The School Board adopted a new attendance policy. It is somewhat complicated and very strict. Three unexcused tardies or early dismissals add up to one unexcused absence. After five unexcused absences in a month or ten in 90 days, the principal refers the case to a child study team. Meetings will be held with the parents to improve attendance problems. A complete policy is also stated in the Student Code of Conduct.
School starts promptly at 9:10 a.m. It is very important that your child arrive to school each day on time. Dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. and it is encouraged that your child attend for the entire day. You are strongly encouraged NOT to pick up your child early unless absolutely necessary.
Supervision is not provided for students who arrive before 8:50 am or after 4:00 pm.

EARLY DISMISSAL (HALF DAYS)  Early dismissal is at 12:30. Please note these days on the calendar as well as the full in service day/teacher workdays.

CAR PICK UP INFORMATION
If your child is a parent pick-up, please stop by the front office to request a parent pick-up card.  You will need proof of identification in order to receive a parent pick-up card.  When you are picking up your child, please hang your card on your rear view mirror. 
When picking up your child in the loading area, please follow this procedure:
1. If your child is not waiting, please "loop around". Do not wait in the loading area.
2. To "loop around," please follow the pathway indicated on the map (appendix A). The loop is around the entire parking lot, not just the median in front of the loading area.
3. Please enter the loop from the far east portion of the parking lot (in front of John Headlee Technology Resource Center). Enter the loop on the school side of the parking lot, do not cut through the back of the parking lot, and enter in front of the loading area.   When picking up your child, please park in designated areas only. Do not park in loading zone or unmarked areas of the parking lot.

EXCUSE NOTES
Please send in an excuse note (appendix B) on his/her first day back when your child misses school. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for clarification of excused/unexcused absences. In cases of excessive absences, unexcused tardies or early dismissals, an attendance assistant or school social worker may visit or make other contact with the parent/guardian at home or other places to discuss the problem. Legal action against a student, parent (s) or guardian may be taken for not complying with the Florida Compulsory Attendance Statue (Florida Statue 232).

EMERGENCY FORMS
Parents or guardians can assist the school by making certain the information on the emergency form is current. From time to time, we may need to get in touch with a parent/guardian without delay. An unexpected illness or accident can make these numbers VERY important. When telephone numbers or authorized persons change and the school does not have that information, it becomes difficult to notify the parent/guardian. If it is not possible to reach you, the principal will make the necessary action in the best interest of the child. No one will administer any unauthorized medications.

SCHEDULING CONFERENCES
Your child's teacher may not be readily available if you drop in unexpectedly for a conference. It is best to write a note or call to set up an appointment time.

MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
Both the school and the P.T.O. publish a monthly newsletter. These newsletters contain important information regarding school activities, lunch menus, special events, and much more.

VISITING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
Balancing the wishes for our parents to feel comfortable and welcome, along with the need to protect the instructional time our teachers have with the students, please prearrange visits with your child's teacher. For the safety of your children, ALL visitors MUST check-in and out through the school office before being authorized to visit the classroom or other school areas. Please bring a valid photo id and you will be scanned through our RAPTOR database.

VOLUNTEER/MENTOR
The school welcomes and encourages parents, grandparents, and community members to become part of the Lecanto Primary team by becoming a volunteer or mentor. Volunteers can assist in the classroom, in the media center, lunchroom, or office area. They may provide clerical help or work one-on-one with students. Mentors are assigned to one child as a special friend and role model to help with academic/social skills. For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dolores Ramos at 746-2220.

PTO MEETINGS
PTO exists to promote the education and welfare of our children. Parents and staff are encouraged to participate in all PTO functions. Watch for newsletters that announce meetings and events sponsored by the PTO. Your interest will bring a closer relationship between home and school.
School spirit shirts are on sale throughout the year.

SAEC MEMBERSHIP
The Student Advisory and Enhancement Council (SAEC) is part of our schools decision-making process. Our School Plan outlines our direction for school improvement. SAEC provides a means of addressing issues related to our school goals. The Council includes representation from parents, students, faculty, staff, administration, and community members. Each person brings a unique and vital perspective as we strive for academic excellence. We invite you to be part of our Enhancement council. Please watch for notices of meeting dates and times (historically the third Thursday of the month right after dismissal). We generally compile a list of potential members and vote for our newest parent members, if needed, school-wide in August to prepare the Council for its full membership for the September meeting.

MEDICATIONS
Medications can be given to students when necessary during school hours with a doctors note and parent signature.
The following guidelines are required:
1. Prescription and nonprescription medicines MUST be brought to and from school by an adult, including cough drops, eye drops, vitamins, Tylenol, cough syrup and any over the counter remedies, and chronic over-the-counter medicines, require a parents note, and an authorization form must be completed.
2.The container of prescription medication must have a pharmacy label showing the name of the child, medication, and dosage and doctor's name.
3. Over-the-counter medication should be in the container in which it was purchased.
4. Loose pills, capsules, etc. will not be administered to children.
5. Metered dose inhalers and EpiPens must be accompanied by a letter signed by the doctor and parent.
6. All medications will be reviewed by the school health nurse on a regular basis.

DRESS CODE
When selecting clothing for your child to wear, ask yourself, " Does the clothing promote a good instructional and learning atmosphere for the student and the class? " With that question in mind, the following dress code applies to LPS students: students are not permitted to wear flip flops (sandals without back straps), platform shoes, pants that can't be worn at the natural waistline and floor length, make-up, shirts with foul language or other inappropriate logos. Tennis shoes must be available each day as they are required for our homeroom and regular physical education classes. Teachers will speak to students violating the policy. For additional rules refer to the Student Code of Conduct.

TOYS
Toys, radios, and stuffed animals are not permitted at school or on the bus unless specifically requested by the classroom teacher.

GUM CHEWING
Gum is not permitted at school or on the bus at anytime.

SELLING ITEMS AT SCHOOL
All fund raising activities must have prior approval by the principal. Students are not permitted to sell items on the bus or at school without the principal's permission.