Kinnaman Elementary School Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Wednesdays (Beginning 9/5): 8:30 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
- After-School Activities
- Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
- Attendance & Tardiness Policies
- Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters and Roller Blades
- Candy & Soda at School
- Class Change Policy
- Clothes Closet
- Conduct & Discipline
- Dress and Grooming
- Emergency School Closure Procedures
- Health Information
- Home-Prepared Food
- Home/School Communication
- Instructional Program
- Lost & Found
- Library/Media Center
- Parent Involvement
- Personal Articles at School
- Progress Reports
- Registration Information/Updating Information
- Releasing Children During the Day
- Safety and Security
- Student Services
- Telephone Use by Students
- Volunteer Procedures
- Yearly Calendar
Some after-school activities will be offered during the school year. Look for information coming home soon. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District also offers a number of after-school sports activities that are held at various Beaverton Schools. Please check their website for further information and details.
Students and parents/visitors are welcome to enter the building at 8:00 A.M. There is no supervision prior to this time. Direct supervision for students begins at 8:00 A.M. Please do not have children arrive prior to this time. Supervision concludes at dismissal, which is 3:05 P.M. on a normal schedule and 1:35 P.M. on Early Release Wednesdays. Students are expected to be picked up or gone from campus by this time unless they are participating in a school sponsored after-school activity. Staff is assigned to supervise “parent pick-up” students until 3:15 P.M. at the north entrance and 1:45 P.M. on Early Release Wednesdays. If you encounter an emergency, please call the office to advise them of your late arrival. If students want to play at school after hours, they must first go home and report to parents or child care providers. They may return to the playground after 4:00 P.M., but no supervision will be provided.
Parents whose children do not take the bus should plan to have them arrive between 8:05 and 8:30 A.M. Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M. Children are encouraged to have a book they are reading with them in the morning. Reading is the most important thing children can do to improve their school performance.
Crossing guards are on duty from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M. at the intersection of Kinnaman Road and 193rd Avenue, and across from Westword Avenue in front of the school. Please make sure that your child is supervised when crossing. Children whose parents allow them to ride bikes to school should be instructed on the safest route to school and on bike safety rules. The lack of sidewalks on certain streets in the Kinnaman area can make bike riding dangerous. Parents are responsible for ensuring that bike riders know and follow bike safety rules. Oregon law requires bike riders to wear helmets.
A small percentage of Kinnaman children live within walking distance of the school (less than one mile). Parents are responsible for teaching their children to follow a safe route to and from school and for instructing their children on safe walking rules.
MORNING CAR DROP OFF
For the safety of all children, we ask that car passengers be dropped off at the doors at the north end of the building. Students may NOT be dropped off at our main entrance before 8:30. The main entrance is used only for buses prior to this time. Please do not allow your child to walk or run through the parking lot. Please see the section below for traffic patterns.
AFTERNOON CAR PICK UP
School dismissal time is 3:05 P.M. Bus riders will walk to their designated line with their teachers. Children who are picked up by parents stay with a duty teacher at the parent pick up location at the doors of the north end of the building until 3:15 and 1:45 P.M. on Early Release Wednesdays. A crossing guard will assist walkers and bike riders and those who must cross either Kinnaman or 193rd Avenue prior to buses leaving the main parking lot.
TRAFFIC FLOW PATTERN
Students arriving by bus will continue to disembark at the front door, but other vehicles dropping students will be asked to use the north parking lot and drop students at the double doors between 8:00 and 8:30. These doors will be locked promptly at 8:30 A.M. Students arriving after the morning bell will need to enter the front door and report to the office for a late slip. Please read these guidelines carefully and share them with anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child.
Parents are responsible for letting their child's teacher know their child's dismissal plan and must provide a written note if there are changes to that plan. Telephoning the office before 11:00 A.M can relay unexpected urgent changes in a child’s dismissal plan. Please do not call to change dismissal plans unless absolutely necessary. There may be challenges relaying messages to teachers and it disrupts instruction for the entire class. Frequent changes to dismissal plans are confusing to students and can slow dismissal for the entire school.
Children are released only to their parents or to a previously designated adult.
Research shows that regular daily attendance is critical to learning. When children are absent or tardy they miss important instruction and activities that are needed for the development of skills and understanding. If your child is going to be absent from school, please use the following procedure:
- Call the attendance line at 503-356-2421, by 8:30 A.M. if possible.
- State your name, your child's name, teacher and grade, the date, and reason for absence. If your child is absent and we have not heard from you by 9:30 A.M., an automated phone call and/or email will be sent to the number/address listed as the main contact.
- The school day begins promptly at 8:30 A.M. Children who arrive after 8:30 are counted as tardy.
In order to get your child off to a good start in the morning and prevent disruption of classes, please help your child be at school by 8:30 each day. If your child arrives late in the morning, he/she must report to the office to sign in. Please send a note with your child or his/her tardy or absence will be recorded as unexcused.
BICYCLES AT SCHOOL
Children are welcome to ride their bicycles to school, but parents are responsible for their bike riders. Please instruct your child on a safe riding route. Children are expected to use their bicycle safety knowledge while riding.
There are bike racks are located on each end of the building. Children should bring an adequate bike lock to school to secure bikes in the racks. Remember that a law is now in place requiring children to wear safety helmets. It is advisable to take helmets into the building. Make sure your child's helmet has his or her name inside and some special identification mark. The school cannot be responsible for items stolen or damaged while at school.
Bike riders must walk their bikes once they are on the school grounds and while crossing the street at the crosswalks. At the end of the day, bikers will be released by the duty person to meet and cross with the walkers.
SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS AND ROLLER BLADES
Skateboards, scooters or roller blades are not allowed at Kinnaman because they are not considered a safe means of transportation during the busy arrival and dismissal times. Riding boards and skating is prohibited during the school day.
While we recognize that birthday and other special occasions are reasons for celebration, we also aim to teach children the value of healthy eating habits. Some teachers and grade levels have adopted a “no sugar” policy within the classroom. Your child’s teacher will make their expectations clear at Back to School night or via classroom newsletters. Packing a sweet snack in your child’s lunch is okay, but please keep bags of candy at home. We do not allow students to share food items at school and it becomes a disruption. Your cooperation and awareness of these policies is appreciated.
The following describes the process we take to place students into classes and also describes situations where a student would be moved from a class once class lists have been formed or the school year has begun.
Developing class lists
Developing class lists is a very long and extensive process that is completed by the student’s previous grade level team, the incoming grade level team, the counselor, special education teachers, ELD teachers, Title support teachers and the principal. We, as a group, look at a variety of factors in developing class lists and weigh aspects such as academics, behavior, student personality, teacher personality and style. We use our professional judgment in placing students where they will find the most success. It is a long process and our overall guiding principles are student success, balance, and equity in all of the classrooms.
If there are particular attributes or environments you feel are helpful for your student we are happy to take that information into account as we develop class lists. However, we cannot accommodate specific teacher request from parents.
Generally, class changes happen through an administrative change or an individual change. These each have different protocols.
An administrative change is rare and will generally impact several students between several classes within a grade level. Administrative class changes occur when classes need to be reshuffled for a variety of reasons. For instance, our school could lose a teacher or gain a teacher early in the year due to enrollment. In these situations, the principal and the various groups listed above would reconvene and reconfigure classes. Our goals would be to create the least impact on students as possible and to rebalance the classes. During an administrative change we are unable to accommodate parent and student requests in an effort to create balanced classes.
Individual changes occur when one particular student is moved out of a classroom after the school year has started. Our policy is that this is a last and final resort after a reasonable amount of time has been spent in the classroom and several other interventions have proven unsuccessful. If a parent feels there is an issue between a student and a teacher we ask that you first contact the teacher to discuss the issue.
Beaverton School District families with limited income are invited to visit the Clothes Closet. The Clothes Closet provides clothing to families in need. Please stop by the Kinnaman office to obtain an admit slip. Families may visit the Clothes Closet two times during the school year.
The Clothes Closet is staffed by volunteers and is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Donations of clothing are always welcome and may be dropped off at any school office.
The administrators and teachers of the Beaverton School District have the responsibility of ensuring a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning. To help meet this responsibility, basic rules have been adopted. These rules help regulate the school, protect the individual's basic rights, provide that responsible action be taken, and give the child, through participation, background for our democratic society. For clarification on the district adopted conduct and discipline policies please review the Beaverton School District’s "Student and Family Handbook." Please read and review this with your child.
In order to guarantee your child and all the children at Kinnaman the excellent learning climate they deserve, we utilize a consistent philosophy of discipline, called the Positive Behavior Intervention Support system (PBIS). The purpose of discipline is to teach. Staff will continue to work with parents to develop appropriate consequences for students needing redirection.
Mountain View Middle School and all of its feeder elementary schools have adopted a "no hat or hood policy." This is to reduce health and safety problems that can occur with hats.
Sharing hats can spread head lice and hats create other problems that are disruptive to the learning process. Children are asked to remove their hats and hoods when they get on the school bus or come onto the school campus. Hats and hoods are not to be worn in class.
Please refer to the Beaverton School District’s Student Parent Resource Handbook for specific district dress and grooming policies. At the elementary level specifically, we ask that no inappropriate logos, advertising, language or graphics be displayed on clothing. If you need help with clothing or hygiene issues, please let us know as we have resources available.
Beaverton Schools must sometimes close due to extreme weather conditions (snow or ice), natural disasters (earthquake), or emergencies within their particular buildings (extended loss of power). Many times you can learn about closures prior to the school day via radio or TV; at other times however, that is not possible. The following emergency procedures may help at those times:
FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN
It is important that you discuss with your child what he/she should do or where he/she should go, if school is dismissed early. As you plan, remember that Kinnaman may be without the benefit of telephones should they go down or become overloaded.
EMERGENCY CLOSURES DURING THE DAY
Weather, loss of electricity or water, etc. could force closure of a school during the school day. A decision to close school during regular school hours will originate from the Superintendent's office. Children who usually ride the bus will be released when their route bus arrives at school. Most likely we will make two bus runs; in that case we would dismiss the older children first, so that they might provide some level of care, if necessary, for younger siblings arriving a short time later. Your role will be to ensure that they can get into your home or be met by a neighbor, if that earlier-than-usual dismissal time makes it impossible for you to be there. If there is a question about the safety of the circumstances to which we are releasing a child, we will hold him/her at school until we hear from you or you can pick him/her up.
EARLY MORNING WEATHER RELATED CLOSURES
In the event of school closures due to weather, information will be announced on most radio and TV stations beginning at 5:30 or 6:00 A.M. No one is usually available on those days to take phone calls at school, since most staff members do not report early enough to help. The Beaverton School District website will post updated information regarding school closures on a regular basis and is always an excellent source of information.
Emergency information is now available by subscribing to a free service called Flash Alert. Log on to www.flashalert.net, click on the Portland button, then Washington County Schools, then Beaverton School District. Once you have entered your information, you will receive both an email and a text message informing you of any school closures, delays, or emergency information.
Families and students can opt in for school district text messages. Your cell phone number must be on file at Kinnaman. Text “yes” to 67587 to subscribe.
EARLY MORNING – TWO HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
Information about the morning "two-hour delay" schedule is also broadcast on TV, radio stations and the district website beginning at 5:30 or 6:00 A.M. The schedule for those days is as follows:
- Grades K-5: School begins at 10:30
- Buses pick up children at bus stops two hours after their usual pickup time.
Success in school depends in part on your child's physical health and well-being. Be sure your child:
- Gets adequate sleep
- Maintains a proper diet and starts each day with a good breakfast
- Has been taught to wash his/her hands after using the restroom
- Has periodic medical, dental, and vision checkups
A sick child needs to be at home to protect that child and prevent exposing other students. A child with a fever in the evening needs to remain home the next day until the child is without fever for 24 hours.
If your child is acutely injured or becomes ill, every effort will be made to contact you. Please keep the emergency information up-to-date with current phone numbers of other responsible adults to call in case you are not available.
If your child has any special illness, allergy, or other important medical history, give this information to the child's teacher and to the secretary in the office so that appropriate staff can be notified. In the case of asthma or anaphylaxis, our school nurse will contact you to develop a health management plan in cooperation with your child’s doctor.
Oregon State Law requires students to have the following immunizations by the age of six:
- DPT: 5 injections (series of 3 doses + 2 boosters)
- Polio: 4 doses (series of 2 doses + 2 boosters)
- MMR (Measles Rubeola or hard measles): 2 injections or proof of disease
- Mumps: Injection required for entry
- Rubella (German Measles): 1 injection or proof of the disease
- Varicella (Chicken Pox): 2 injections or proof of disease
- Hepatitis B: series of 3 doses Kindergarten through grade 5 required
To enter school, your child must have one DPT injection, one Polio dose, 1 Varicella, 1 Hepatitis and the MMR injection. Any child not in compliance will be excluded from school. If you anticipate having difficulty complying with the immunization law, or have difficulty providing the appropriate dates, you may wish to contact your physician or the Public Health Department (503-648-8881) for assistance.
Students who must take medication during school hours must comply with these State and School District requirements:
- Parents must bring the medication in its original container. Pharmacies will provide duplicate containers. The label will need to state the student's name, dosage, time, prescription number, and the physician's name. A count of the medication and parent signature will also be required.
- A medication record and authorization form will need to be filled out by parents in the school office.
- Over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, cough medicine, etc.) are treated the same as prescriptions. Emergency medications (such as bee sting kits) must be accompanied by your doctor's written directions for use.
School accident insurance and dental insurance is available. The insurance is designed to help you cover the unforeseen accidents requiring medical treatment that can occur to children in even the safest environments. A flyer about student insurance is included in the individual student packet your child brings home the first day of school.
The Washington County Health Department forbids the distribution of home-prepared food or drink for class parties, birthday treats, carnivals, and all other school activities. The county also prohibits cooking in the classroom. This health ruling is to ensure that hepatitis and/or other highly contagious diseases are not spread at school.
Parent attitudes go a long way toward determining how children feel about school. Help your child look forward to school. Talk about it in a friendly way so your child will think of it as a pleasant place to work and learn. If your child expresses doubts or fears, don't pass them off. Try to answer all questions in a positive, reassuring way and let your child know that there will be friendly people to help.
Our teachers are looking forward to working with you and your child. We consider the entire educational process a mutual effort and would like to stress the importance of communication and cooperation between home and school.
This communication is accomplished in several ways: newsletters, personal contacts with the staff, and through participation in the school Parent-Teacher Organization, volunteer program, Site Council and Community Engagement Committees. Kinnaman encourages all parents to be involved in their school.
The monthly principal's newsletter is sent home to keep you informed of school happenings. You will also receive the school breakfast and lunch menu, a calendar of upcoming activities and events and more news about what is happening in our classrooms. In addition, you should count on receiving at least one classroom newsletter per month. If at any time you have specific questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The teachers at Kinnaman attempt to provide meaningful and reasonable assignments. You are encouraged to become acquainted with current homework practices and to contact the school at any time with your questions. More about the District views on homework may be found in the Student Parent Resource Handbook on the District website.
Education is a lifetime process. The mature, intelligent adult is one who continues to learn independently after his/her formal education has ended. Homework is one means of teaching the necessary skills of individual study and learning for present and future use. It is a responsibility the students should learn to take independently.
Homework is assigned to Kinnaman students for the following reasons:
- To complete work started in class
- To expand and/or enrich regular class work
- To build interest in reading and learning
- To give additional practice and application to strengthen learning
- To make up work missed due to absence
To develop study skills It is helpful if you:
- Provide a quiet, well-lit place for the student to do homework.
- Set a regular schedule for study and/or silent reading.
- Ask him/her to explain a particular assignment and what is being learned.
- Encourage the student to seek additional help from the teacher if he/she seems to be having difficulty with the work.
- Encourage, guide, and, at times, help your child with homework, but under no circumstances do it for him/her.
EXTENDED ABSENCES AND HOMEWORK
As you know, it is not always possible for teachers to provide appropriate assignments during a student's absence due to our efforts to implement an integrated and hands-on curriculum.
Teachers plan for the short and long-term but they must remain flexible to change their instructional plans on a daily basis in order to meet the needs of the specific students in their classrooms. Your child's teacher will be happy to provide you with a list of the kinds of learning activities you can provide for your child during an extended absence. In some cases it is better for the child to make up the actual work they will have missed after the absence. The classroom teacher will make these decisions on an individual basis.
Our elementary instructional program includes language arts (reading, written and oral language, and spelling), math, science, health, social studies, library skills, art, physical education, computer skills, and guidance and counseling. During the time children attend Kinnaman, we work to help them learn and develop academic skills, respect and get along with others, and become responsible, self-directed, lifelong learners.
More information about the curriculum will be provided to families at our Back to School Night.
The Kinnaman Library / Media Center provides a focus of activity for the whole school. Acting as a support system for the curriculum and a resource for teachers, it takes an active role in a wide variety of school activities ranging from sponsoring authors to book fairs. It is a resource both for children and their families.
The library collection includes books, computers, computer software, print and electronic reference materials, and a variety of non-print materials. Our Students visit the library each week with their classes for literature appreciation and book selection from our library media assistant, with the overall goal of preparing students to be able to access and use information to meet their future needs. We are proud of our library! Please visit us and take advantage of this wonderful resource.
Each student is assigned an individual meal account which can be accessed using a 6-digit student account number, which all students memorize. The meal account is a debit account, so students eligible for full price meals must deposit money into the account before they can purchase meals. Parents may deposit money into their student’s account by either of the following methods:
- Cash or check. Please clearly label an envelope with the student’s name and account number or write this information on the memo line of the check. Students are asked to deposit their money BEFORE SCHOOL begins any day of the week; the office can also accept payments. Make checks payable to Kinnaman.
- Online or by a toll free number. Parents can register and log onto www.schoolcafe.com to deposit funds (credit cards are accepted). Account balances can be monitored and low balance notifications can be set up. More information is available at the Nutrition Services website, or by calling 503-356-3955.
Mealtime Visitors Are Welcome
We welcome parents and friends to eat with us. For liability reasons, parents are not allowed to go to recess with their child after lunch. Please see the volunteer section of this handbook. All visitors must sign in at the office and wear an identification badge.
Applications for free or reduced price meals can be found online. They may also be obtained from the school office at any time during the year.
Meal prices are also printed on the monthly menu sent home with students.
Educating children requires a partnership and commitment from the teacher, the student and the parents. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and there are several organizations and committees that afford such opportunities. Whether you are an at-home parent or work full time there are ways to support your children through volunteerism.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The functions of the Committee are as follows:
- This group deals with all school improvement issues and is responsible for developing and monitoring the school improvement plan for Kinnaman School.
- Determine use and grant permits for use of school property.
- Make school visits regularly and advise the principal and the community regarding the progress and needs of the school.
- Advise the School Board of the needs and concerns of the Kinnaman community.
- Recommend improvements to school facilities and property.
The Parent-Teacher Organization is made up of parents and staff at Kinnaman. Your participation is important. The PTO offers a forum in which staff and parents can keep in touch with and support each other. The PTO meets at 6:30 P.M. on the third Thursday of the month. The PTO also generates funds through donations and/or fundraisers to support social and educational enrichment opportunities for children.
Kinnaman School values its volunteers! They strengthen our total program by assisting in the classroom, library, office, and on field trips. Many parents help with special activities such as Vision Screening, Art Literacy, and Field Day. Some activities do require special training, which we will give you, but no past experience is necessary. Call the school for more information on how you can help by volunteering. Please review the background check information provided previously in this booklet. The quality of our school is greatly improved through volunteer efforts. Please come help!
In acknowledgment of much reliable research supporting the fact that parental involvement raises the academic achievement of students, Kinnaman Elementary School encourages involvement of parents through an active Parent Volunteer Program, and an active Parent Teacher Organization. Parents are encouraged to participate in such activities as: PTO, Community Engagement Committee, Curriculum nights, Open House, PTO Carnival night, conferences and literacy and math nights.
In order to build an even more effective home-school partnership, Kinnaman Elementary School will provide the following:
- An annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's participation in the Title I program. The school will explain its requirements and the parent's right to be involved.
- A flexible number of meetings and activities throughout the year to assist parents in understanding the federal and state academic content and student achievement standards, as well as local academic assessments. Meetings will also focus on how parents and teachers can work together to monitor the child's progress in order to improve student achievement.
- A varied schedule for meetings and conferences in order to accommodate the needs of parents.
- Continuous communication to assist parents in understanding how they can promote the education of their children at home. Articles will be written in the school newsletter concerning reading and/or math issues, which will help parents become partners with the school in promoting the education of their child at school and home. Classroom newsletters will be sent home to inform parents about grade level instruction and activities.
- A school-parent contract designed by parents and school staff that outlines how parents, school staff and students share the responsibility for improving learning.
- An annual survey for all parents shall be conducted to collect opinions and concerns about the current program, suggestions for improvement and topics for meetings that meet the needs of parents.
- The new School Improvement Plan (SIP) will be posted in the school and on our website in family friendly language.
Every effort will be made to communicate with parents in a format and language that is free of educational jargon and easily understandable by all. Parents and community members are encouraged to participate, volunteer, ask questions and provide feedback to Kinnaman staff.
En reconocimiento de muchas investigaciones las cuales respaldan el hecho de que la participación paternal levanta el logro académico de estudiantes, la Escuela Primaria Kinnaman apoya la participación de los padres de familia mediante un programa de voluntarios y una organizacion de padres y maestros muy activa. Los padres son invitados a participar en actividades como: Comite de PTO, “Site Council”, noche de curriculo, noche de orientacion escolar, conferencias y talleres de lectura y matemáticas, y el carnaval de la escuela.
Para construir una relacion mas eficaz, la escuela Kinnaman proveerá lo siguiente:
- Una reunión anual, durante una hora conveniente, a la que todos padres serán invitados y animados a asistir, informar a padres de la participación en el programa Titulo 1 (“Title 1”) de la escuela. La escuela explicará sus requisitos y el derecho del padre de estar involucrado.
- Un número flexible de las reuniones y actividades durante todo el año para asistir a padres comprender el contenido académico federal y estatal y los estudiante padrones de logro, tanto como las valoraciones académicas locales. Las reuniones también se concentrarán en cómo los padres y profesores pueden trabajar en conjunto para monitorear el progreso del niño para mejorar el logro de los estudiantes.
- Un programa variado para las reuniones y las conferencias para complacer las necesidades de padres.
- La comunicación para ayudar a padres a comprender cómo pueden promover la educación de sus niños en casa. Los artículos serán escrito en el boletín de la escuela con respecto a la lectura y/o los asuntos de matemática, que ayudará padres ser parejas de la escuela en promover la educación de su niño en escuela y casa. Los boletines de aula serán enviados en casa por lo menos una vez al mes para informar a padres sobre la instrucción de nivel de nota y las actividades.
- Un contrato de escuela y padre diseñado por padres y personal de la escuela que dan una idea general cómo comparten la responsabilidad para mejorar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.
- Una encuesta anual para todos padres será dirigida para poner en orden las opiniones y las incumbencias sobre el programa en curso, las sugerencias para la mejora y los temas para las reuniones que cubren las necesidad de padres.
- El nuevo plan de mejora de la escuela (SIP) será anunciado en la escuela en una idioma facil de entender. Cada esfuerzo será hecho comunicarse con padres en un formato y la lengua que está libre de la jerga educativa y fácilmente comprensible por todos. Los padres y miembros de comunidad son siempre bienvenidos en Kinnaman.
Toys, money and other personal articles (including electronics) must be kept at home unless specifically requested by the teacher as part of a special activity. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged or traded items brought to school. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in the student’s backpack.
RELEASING CHILDREN DURING THE DAY
Beaverton elementary schools operate under a "closed campus" policy. In an effort to protect all of our children, EXTERIOR CLASSROOM DOORS WILL REMAIN LOCKED at all times. All parents and visitors are asked to enter through the front doors and immediately check into the office. Please note the posted signs on our school windows. The Beaverton School District policy requires that the parent notify the school office when:
- Children leave the building or grounds during the school day;
- Parents take children out of school for appointments or vacations;
- Parents or other visitors enter the building. Visitor badges are required and are available in the school office. A computer is available for volunteers and visitors to sign both in and out of the building. Parents are required to sign out their children and check them in when they return.
DRILLS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
All students in Beaverton schools participate in an evacuation (fire) drill at least once each month. In addition, we hold individual school and district wide earthquake drills.
We prepare for unexpected emergency and crisis situations by practicing both Lock Out drills (person of concern is outside the building), and Lock Down drills (person of concern is inside the building), several times per year. If you would like more information about these policies, please contact our Public Safety Department, or Kinnaman’s principal.
EARTHQUAKE AND NATURAL DISASTER PROCEDURE
As school employees we have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of our students and staff. Information has been compiled to help ensure safety in the event of an earthquake and the staff is prepared to meet both the immediate needs of a natural disaster and the needs for up to six hours following a disaster. In the event of a natural disaster, Teachers will not release students to parents who have not first checked in with office personnel.
IDENTIFICATION BADGES REQUIRED
STAFF – All Beaverton School District employees are required to wear identification badges.
VISITORS – All visitors to the school or grounds, including parents, must wear an identification badge between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. These are available in the office when you sign in on the computer. If you are not wearing a badge, don't be surprised if you are stopped by a student or staff member and politely asked to return to the main office to check in. We encourage family members that would like to visit their child to come at lunchtime, however, due to liability reasons visitors are not allowed to go out to recess with students after lunch.
SAFETY TO AND FROM SCHOOL
Please remind your children of these basic personal safety rules:
- Plan a safe route to and from school for walkers and explain traffic hazards and safe crossings.
- Remind children never to talk to strangers or to accept rides or presents from them.
- Be sure your child knows the safe use of a bicycle before he/she rides on the streets. Bicycles must be left in the bike rack and should be locked when they are left at school. Parents make the decision whether a child rides a bike, walks, or rides the bus (where bus service is provided).
- A note from home is required when there is any change in a child's bus riding or walking routine. Without such a note, the child will be sent home in his/her usual manner.
- Be sure your child knows...
- The first and last names of parents or guardians
- His/her address and telephone number
- What to do if no one is at home after school
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Every elementary school in Beaverton houses an English language learners program which offers language development and academic support to students who are not yet fluent in English.
Kinnaman School is fortunate to have the services of an Elementary School Counselor. The counselor meets with children individually, in small groups and with entire classes in an effort to meet a variety of needs in the area of social and emotional development.
All children receiving special education services at Kinnaman are enrolled in regular classrooms. Those needing specialized services receive additional support either within their own classroom or in the Resource Room. Qualification for services involves identifying students through teacher or parent referrals to the school Intervention Team that meets weekly to address student needs. Parents will always be invited to participate in the referral process and will be contacted prior to any child receiving special education services.
● SPEECH LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Specialists provide speech or language therapy to correct identified speech/language disorders. Therapy may include work on content, grammar and use of language, fluency, and articulation.
● SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
Our school psychologist is assigned to our school for several days each week. The school psychologist provides services to children identified through the Response to Intervention Team.
Due to the volume of telephone calls and the limited number of phone lines, student telephone use is discouraged. Telephones may be used only for important or emergency situations.
After-school arrangements need to be made in advance and verified by a note from home. Students with cell phones should not have them out of their backpack or turned on during the school day.
Volunteer Identification Badges
If you are a volunteer, your volunteer badge serves as this identification badge. This requirement helps us ensure that strangers are not on our campus or in our building. Volunteer badges are available in the office. Please sign in on the computer in the front office. We require that ALL volunteers and visitors sign in and out. A district background check is mandatory for all volunteers, and we ask that you schedule volunteering in advance with your teacher.
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION
We encourage all parents, grandparents and siblings over 18 to volunteer at school! Any person over the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer in a Beaverton School MUST fill out a background check prior to helping. The confidential background checks will be conducted by the District’s Public Safety Office at no charge to the volunteer. Once completed, your name and phone number will appear on an approved volunteer list available to appropriate staff and volunteer coordinators. No other information will be included on this list. Background checks are valid for at least two years.
Visit the Beaverton School District Volunteer webpage to complete the online form.
The following activities require background checks in Beaverton Schools:
- Classroom Volunteer
- PTO Activity Volunteer
- After School Volunteer
- Field Trip Chaperone
A calendar of school days is provided at the beginning of the year. Beaverton elementary schools exceed the State's requirements for yearly instructional minutes. In addition to legal holidays and vacation periods, children are released for a few days throughout the year to provide teachers with time for training and instructional planning in keeping with State and district standards and practices. These teacher-training days help teachers stay current with best instructional practices and provide time for them to prepare a quality educational program.