For Parents

Parents and schools need to work together for the betterment of the students. Parents play an important role in providing support and building the confidence of their children. Parents should check some of the tips or activities they can use to develop their children’s confidence and improve their school experience.

Sissonville Elementary

Parent and Student Handbook 2021-2022







Spread Your Wings and Challenge Your Mind!






8324 Sissonville Drive

Sissonville, WV 25320

Phone: 348-1961  Fax: 348-6147





HANDBOOK 2021-22


I have reviewed the student handbook and discussed the policies and expectations with my child(ren).  I understand the expectations of the school for the staff, parents, and the students.  I have also reviewed Policy Series J25, Student Behavior, available online at and included in this document.



Parent Signature__________________________________


Student Signature_________________________________



***All Additional Forms Available Online Through KCS and Must Be Completed ASAP***



You may contact Dr. Agnew, Principal, at (304) 348-1961 if you have any additional questions or concerns.








All individuals entering the building during school hours will be required to sign in at the office.  You will have to use the silver buzzer located on the wall at the front door to let the office know you are at the door. Directions will be posted at the front door for this process.  This is the only entrance that parents will be permitted to use during school hours.


All parents will be required to drop off their child(ren) at the front entrance of the school if not riding a bus.  Pre-K parents are to walk their children back to their Pre-K classroom to sign them in.  After the first two days of school, parents will not be permitted to walk their child(ren) into the building.  All individuals other than students will be required to scan their identification to enter the building and MUST stop by the office to pick up a visitors pass.


There is to be NO PARKING in the paved circle during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  All parents are to park on the gravel lot or within the lined area of the parking lot.  There is absolutely NO PARKING in the front circle of the building.  This is only to be used for dropping off your child.  This area must remain congestion free during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  Please do not block Cellar Drive entrance/exit to Route 21 if parking on the paved lot.  Cellar Drive is a private drive and no cars are to use this street for Pre-K drop off.  There is not enough space to park or turn around at the end of the street.


Watch for our newsletters that will provide additional information throughout the year.


Please contact Dr. Agnew, Principal, if you have any questions or concerns at (304) 348-1961 or [email protected]























Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Sissonville Elementary School where your child is important to us.



  • COVID-19 INFO will be updated throughout the year
  • No Parking in Front Circle
  • No Vehicles Permitted In Back Bus Circle
  • All Late Students Must Be Signed In By An Adult
  • All Bus/Walker Changes Must Be Made In Writing Before Noon Due to an Emergency Only, No Exceptions (A Note From Parent Sent With Student In The Morning Is Preferred)
  • Students Will Not Be Dismissed Between 1:30-2:00


SCHOOL HOURS:  School doors open at 7:00, TARDY at 7:25, the day will end at 2:00.







Dr. David Agnew, Principal

















Principal—Dr. David Agnew

Secretary—Robyn Keener



Headstart                                                                          Headstart Aides                                                                                      

Kelli Hall                                                                       Edward McDougal

Rachel Torres                                                                   Antonia Edens                       

Melissa Torres                                                              Sarah Dawson

Andrea Webb                                                                Barbara Kincaid


Kindergarten                                                                     Kindergarten Aides                             

Alyssa Swain                                                                Susan Wray

Jodi Evans                                                                    Robin Burdette


1st Grade                                                                           Custodial Staff               

Melissa Toler                                                                    Steven Mallett

Amber Keller                                                                  Lynette Roberts


2nd Grade                                                                          Cooks

Jenny Newhouse                                                          Toni Hibbs –Cook

Mikalyn Murphy                                                                 Susan Smith-Cook

                                                                                          Kim Patton-.5 Cook

                                                                                    Karen Pridemore-Cook

3rd Grade                                                                      Regina Long-.5 Cook

Megan Wray

James Holston

                                                                                    Special Education

4th Grade                                                                     Kelly Heidenreich

Angela Gurthrie                                                            

Kacy Boggess                                                               Counselor        

                                                                                    April McClaugherty                                                                                                                   


Janet Wright-.5


School Nurse                                                                Shelley Frye-Math

Melanie Pierson                                                             Caitlyn Cain-Reading


Itinerate Staff

Music-Scott Milam                                                         Speech Therapist

Physical Education-Aaron Fiddler                                   Angie Kiser

Art-Susan Nelson









Sissonville Elementary Core Beliefs


We Believe:

  1. All Students Can Achieve
  2. Good Teaching Matters
  3. Strong Leadership is Essential for Success
  4. Parents and Community are Partners in Learning
  5. Our School is a Safe and Caring Place


Mission of Sissonville Elementary


Eagles, Achieve, Greatness through Learning, Effort, and Support



School Motto


Spread your wings and challenge your mind.


2020-21 Calendar


Online @


Daily Schedule


 6:45 AM                                     Teachers Arrive by 6:45

 7:00 AM                                     Students Arrive ***Students May NOT Arrive Before 7:00***

 7:00--7:25 AM                            Breakfast is served

 7:20 AM                                     Students may report to classroom

 7:25 AM                                     Tardy Bell Rings/Instructional Day Begins

 7:25 AM                                    Morning Announcements          

11:00-11:30                                Kindergarten/First/Second Grade Lunch

11:40-12:10                               3rd and 4th Grade Lunch

2:00 P.M.                                    Walkers Dismissed and Students walked to buses

2:30 PM                                      Teacher Dismissal



All bus changes and after school changes must be in writing before noon.  Please send a note with your child.  We will NOT change buses for children based on them telling us they are doing something differently.  It must be in writing from the parent/guardian.  No phone calls.














Student Arrival


All students not riding the bus must enter the school in the morning through the main front doors. 

***Students may not enter the school before 7:00 AM.***

Students who arrive from 7:00 – 7:20 AM must report to the multipurpose room to get breakfast.  Students planning to eat should be here no later than 7:10 AM.  Students may report to their classroom after grabbing breakfast.  Students arriving after 7:25 AM are tardy and must be met at the front door with a parent/guardian to receive a tardy slip before entering the classroom. 

***You must provide a note for your child when arriving late***


School Entrance for Visitors/Volunteers/Parents


All school doors will be locked during the day for the safety of our children, staff, and guests.  Each person visiting our school must buzz the office from the front door intercom system, you will be met at the front door.  We are continuing to update our security system to enhance the safety and entrance procedures. An adult must sign out any student who needs to be dismissed early due to a medical appointment, illness or other reason.  This person must be on the child’s emergency card. 


Parent Parking/Student Drop-off


Seven school buses serve the Sissonville Elementary attendance area.  We encourage you to use the bus transportation service to help avoid traffic congestion at the school site.  Please call the bus garage at 348-1963 to locate the nearest bus stop to your home. Safety is a top priority for our students.  Safety regulations restrict parent parking in the bus loading zone at any time.  Please use the graveled lot if you plan on walking your child to the front door.  Any area on our parking lot and front circle marked by the yellow line identifies No Parking Zones.  Please move slowly and be patient when dropping off or picking up your child.  Be courteous and don’t leave your vehicle when dropping/picking up your child. Traffic must be able to flow quickly and not be blocked at anytime.  DO NOT BLOCK ROUTE 21 TRAFFIC.  You are NOT permitted to park in the front circle.  If you are walking your child to the front door, please park in the graveled parking area, do not park in the front circle of school.  No parent vehicles permitted in the bus circle toward the back of the building.



School Phone

The main school telephone line is 348-1961.  If you leave a message, please give your name and daytime and/or evening numbers where you can be reached.  We attempt to return all calls within 24 hours.  Students are not permitted to use the school phone nor are they called to the phone except in emergencies. Messages will be relayed from the office to your child when necessary.


Student Emergency Card

The school maintains a Student Emergency Card on each child. This card provides a number where a parent and two alternate people can be reached during the day in case of illness or emergency. Please inform the school if any information on your child’s card changes during the year.  For your child’s well-being, it is very important that our school records be kept up-to-date. At any time, if there is a change in your address, telephone number, or any of the other information on the emergency card, we ask that parents and guardians contact the school.  In order to safeguard children, they will not be released from school without written permission from the parent. Children will not be dismissed to leave with any person not identified on the emergency card.  


***You must have a valid phone number on file so we can contact you if there is an emergency.  Please update if you change numbers.***


Written Notices

Please notify the school in writing if your child will be absent or if there is a change in your child’s after-school plans. The school bus driver will be given a bus pass from the office if we have received a written note from the parent regarding bus changes before noon. 


***Phone calls WILL NOT be accepted unless it is an emergency for a bus change.  If this is the case, it must be done before NOON and a faxed notification or email.  You may fax your request @ 348-6147 before noon.  Otherwise your child will be placed on their regular bus***


Bus Enrollment Forms

Although some students do not ride the bus to school each day, they will be transported by bus during field trips. Therefore, ALL students must complete the bus enrollment form, “How to be a Star Player on the School Bus Safety Team.”  Students who ride the bus daily should return the form to their morning bus driver. All other students should return the form to their teacher.


Teacher-Parent Communication

     School newsletters and parent-teacher conferences are provided to ensure communication between school and home.  Visit our website at:  (Coming Soon)

for additional information.  Conferences may be scheduled with a teacher, principal or counselor at any time. Staff members are not available for conversation while instructing students, supervising students, training or performing other duties.


Assignment Books (2nd-4th)

Sissonville Elementary students are required to use a daily assignment book.  Assignment books are to be used to: 

  • Record homework on the date it is assigned.
  • Record tests and projects on the date they are assigned and the date they are due.
  • Write a reminder about upcoming events (sports, events, and parties.)  Put the reminder on the date when the event will occur.
  • Assignment Book must be signed by Parent or guardian daily.


The first assignment book will be given free to the student.  If the book is misplaced, the student must purchase another book at a cost of $1.00.  All second-fourth grade students must have an assignment book.  Kindergarten-first grade will use folders provided by the school.

This will help teach students to be more organized and responsible.


Class Placement

The staff considers many factors when placing students in classes. Some of the major aspects include the equal distribution of boys and girls, academic ability levels, student friendships, individual personalities and emotional needs. If you believe you have a valid request for a specific situation for your child, please submit in writing to the school Principal before March 01, 2022.


Nutrition Policy

WV Code Series 86 Legislative Rule:  Standards for School Nutrition forbids the consumption of soft drinks, candy, and chewing gum during the day.  All food consumed during school must reflect Dietary Guidelines for fat (8grams or less) and sugar (39 percent or less) content.


Snack Policy

Light nutritional snacks are encouraged, such as; fruits, vegetable sticks, corn or potato snacks, crackers, and popcorn.  ***Candy, cake and soda are not approved***  Water bottles permitted.

Food and Drinks

  • Glass containers are not allowed.
  • No unsealed food packages are to be stored in lockers due to health standards.
  • Delivery of food from outside vendors is not allowed.
  • ***Chewing gum is not allowed***



Breakfast and lunch are offered each day in the school cafeteria. For your convenience, a menu will be distributed at the beginning of each month and it lists breakfast and lunch entrees. If your child has any food allergies or requires a special diet, please notify the school in writing with a note signed by the child’s physician.   


Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for students by Kanawha County Schools

Free of Charge 2020-21


Cost                             Breakfast              Lunch

    Adults:                        $3.25/meal                 $4.35/meal



All students will be served milk at lunchtime. If your child is allergic to milk, please notify the school in writing with a note signed by the parent and physician. Any student may purchase milk or extra milk at mealtime. Both white and chocolate milk are available at $0.45/milk.  Water is also available from the water cooler.


Payment of School Meals

The following payment guidelines are in effect:

  • Adult meals may be purchased any day and must be paid at the time of service.  Please let us know if you are eating as early as possible (by 9:00 AM) so our cooks can accommodate the additional requests.


Packed Lunches

Children who do not want to eat the school lunch may bring a packed lunch from home. Students who bring their lunch may NOT bring soft drinks to school.  Please provide a healthy meal.   


Lunchroom Procedures

            Students are expected to observe the following lunchroom procedures:

1. Sit in assigned area.

2. Practice good table manners.

3. Talk quietly to other students at your table.

4. Be quiet and listen when an adult’s hand is raised.

5. Do not throw objects of any kind.

6. Never touch food on another student’s tray.

7. Students are not to share food with others. (Hot or cold lunch, due to health issues).

Lunchroom Expectations:

1. Use inside voices

2. Keep hands and feet to yourself

3. Good manners

4. Follow safety rules

5. Orderly clean-up

6. Orderly dismissal lines

Salad Bar Procedures

(If available, an adult will serve)

            Students must follow these rules when using the salad bar:

            1. Only take what you want and what you can eat.

            2. Do not use your hands to take food from the bar.

            3. Never take food off your tray and put it back on the salad bar.

            4. During classroom line-up, students must not touch salad-bar.


Lunch Times:  K-2 (Sisson)  11:05-11:35, and 2-4 (Adcock) 11:45-12:15.           



In the event that a classroom has a celebration, there is to be no homemade food brought into the school.  All food brought in from outside the school must meet child nutrition standards.  We ask that only healthy snacks be sent to school such as fruits and vegetables and all snacks must be individually wrapped with nutritional facts on the label.  Many students have allergies and are not permitted to eat certain foods.  This must occur after lunch.




According to state law, each student entering school must provide written documentation (month, day and year) for each dose of the required immunizations; see KCS Handbook.  This is updated annually.  



The school clinic is for an emergency only.  When students are ill, a parent will be called to come for them.  No aspirin or other medications can be provided.  Students without a fever or other symptoms will be returned to class.  We will be provided a school nurse two days a week.



Kanawha County Schools Administration of Medications policy allows students to take medications at school only if it is absolutely necessary in order for the students to attend school and learn.  Please follow the regulations below when your child must take medications at school.                

Send the written order from the physician.  The order should include dosage instructions and the time the medication must be given.  Written permission from the parent must also be included.

For medications that need to be given for longer than 3 days, an Administration of Medication form must be completed and signed by the physician and signed by the parent or guardian.  This form may be obtained from the school.

The medication must be delivered to school in the original container.  Prescription medication must be labeled clearly and accurately by the pharmacist or physician.

Over the Counter (nonprescription) medication must be delivered to school in the manufacturer’s container and must be clearly labeled with the student’s name.

All medications must be accompanied by an order from the physician except for the over the counter medications listed below.  These medications must be accompanied by a note from

the parent or guardian that gives permission to administer these medications and they must be 

delivered to school in the original container.  These medications will be administered according to the manufacturer’s directions for up to three school days.  After three days an order from the physician will be required.

  • Ibuprofen medications, such as Advil and Motrin.
  • Acetaminophen medications, such as Tylenol.
  • Calamine lotion
  • Simple cough drops that contain only menthol or pectin.

This policy is in place for the safety and protection of your child.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Health Care Procedures

Sick Children

Please use the following guidelines to help you decide whether to send your child to school when he/she is not feeling well:


      Keep your child at home if he/she has...

  • A fever of 100º F or more. Students must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school without being medicated.
  • Obvious signs of respiratory illness, such as thick nasal discharge, frequent cough, severe sore throat, earache or drainage from the eyes.
  • Diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, or vomiting within the previous 12 hours.
  • Any unidentified rash or open skin lesion that may be contagious.
  • Untreated head lice infestation in the hair. This is a county policy that is strictly enforced.


Written Notices

      Send a note to school if your child…

1.) Needs to be dismissed from school for a medical appointment. If possible, please schedule appointments after school or when schools are closed for the day.  

2.) Has been sick and is returning to school. Please explain the child’s condition.

3.) Has an existing rash or skin lesion that is being treated with medication.

              4.) May not participate in P.E. or go outside to play.

5.) ***Three unexcused absences will be immediately followed with a notice from                             the KCS attendance director***


School Closings


            Information about school closings, delays and early dismissals due to inclement weather will be communicated by local radio and television stations. Please do not call the school; phone lines must be kept open during these situations.  You will be contacted by ParentLink system.  This is another reason we must have a valid phone number on file.  Please sign up for our Remind Texts for quick updates, directions for signing up have been sent home.


School Delays

                                One-Hour Delay          Two-Hour Delay

   Breakfast                       8:00                           9:00

   Morning Arrival              8:00                            9:00      

   Classes Begin               8:25                           9:25     


Early Dismissal     

The teachers and staff will refer to each Child’s Early Dismissal Form for instructions as to who will pick up the child and/or where the child will go after school.  At times, severe, inclement weather or other emergencies make it necessary to close school early. If the weather appears to be inclement, please listen to a local radio or television station for news of early school dismissal.

Kanawha County’s Parent Link system will also be utilized to contact parents to provide important information.  Please take the time to discuss with your child what to do when specific emergencies occur. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We cannot allow students to call home in the event that we have early dismissal. We cannot call to let you know that school is dismissed early. 

Your child’s safety is our utmost concern. We do not want them to be apprehensive or scared should we have an early dismissal. Please help us by discussing the arrangements that you have made with your child.

School Emergency Response Plan

In the event that it is necessary to evacuate all students from school, the students will go to Humphrey’s UMC.  In the event that the complete area is evacuated, arrangements will be made to transport your child to Sissonville High School.


Shelter- in- Place


     Shelter-in Place is an emergency measure in case of a chemical leak, severe storm, or other unforeseen event that could make it necessary to protect students and staff within the building.

     During the school year we will practice Shelter-in-Place at the building and County level. The following procedures will be implemented:

  • Staff, students and visitors will be alerted to shelter in place by a long ring of the school bell and announcement over the intercom.
  • All windows and doors will be immediately closed and locked. The ventilation system will be shut down.
  • Students and staff members will sit in the hallways. Students will quietly read or write and make use of their emergency kits.
  • Staff members will seal all doors with duct tape and place “Shelter-in-Place” signs on all doors.
  • Staff members will listen to radio, telephone, pager, and/or TV communications for a clear announcement that the Shelter-in-Place has ended.
  • The building will be sealed. NO ONE WILL ENTER OR EXIT THE BUILDING.
  • The phone lines must be kept open for emergency communications. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.
  • Please listen to the radio and /or TV for the announcement that the emergency is over.
  • These drills will be practiced at least four times throughout the year.


Classroom Visitation (Once approved again by KCS)


Parents are encouraged to observe in classrooms, if scheduled in advance. When doing so, we ask that parents conform to the schools’ expectations of maintaining a safe, orderly learning environment free from distractions. All visitors must:

  1. Report to the main office first
  2. Sign the visitor’s log
  3. Sign out before leaving
  4. Be respectful of the school environment
  5. Understand that conferences regarding your child should be scheduled in advance


Physical Education

All students are required by state law to have 90 minutes of physical education weekly.  Children are required to wear tennis shoes for gym.  Tennis shoes may be left at school to change into if they are marked with the child’s name.  Girls should wear shorts under their dresses for physical education classes.  If your child cannot participate for any reason, a note of explanation or a doctor’s slip should be sent to the teacher.




Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and punctuality directly contribute to students’ academic performance. Although legitimate absences are necessary, they must be kept to a minimum. Legitimate absences may be defined as illness, death in the immediate family, professional appointments, serious personal or family problems and religious holiday observances. 

Parental awareness and support are vital ingredients for the successful implementation of our attendance policy. This policy has been formulated in the best interests of our students to ensure their safety and success in school. It is in compliance with Kanawha County Schools’ policy.

Please observe the following procedures when your child is absent from school:

A parent or guardian must call the school early in the day if the child is going to be tardy or absent. Please give the child’s name, his/her teacher’s name and the reason for the tardiness or absence. You will receive a call from our ParentLink system notifying you of your child’s absence each day.  A written excuse is required upon a child’s return to school.  Verification by the parent is not to exceed 5 days per year. 

A doctor’s excuse is required if a child’s absences exceed three consecutive days or five total days in the school year due to illness.



 When a child misses five or more days of school, the following may occur:

  • 1.)If a student has accumulated five unexcused absences in a single semester, he/she may be referred to the Student Assistance Team (SAT).
  • 2.)If a student has five unexcused absences in a school year, the county attendance director shall serve written notice using the Kanawha County Schools Legal Notice Form.
  • 3.)The parent/guardian must contact the Assistant Attendance Director within ten days after receiving the written notice.
  • 4.)All out-of-area students will be monitored for attendance, tardy and behavior issues.If this becomes a concern, parents will be notified in writing that their child must return to their home school.



Classes begin at 7:25 AM and children are expected to be in their seats and ready to work at that time. Students reporting to school more than ninety minutes after the beginning of the school day shall be reported absent one-half day.  When a child receives their eleventh tardy, a conference will be held with the student, teacher, principal and parent.  The Student Assistance Team (SAT) may review the case of any student who has been tardy MORE than 10 times.  Upon 15 times of tardiness the student will be referred to the Central Office.  Excessive tardiness may result in loss of school privileges such as field trips and Oops rewards.


School Behavior

(See Last Page of Handbook for Oops Form)


Discipline Code

Kanawha County Schools base the development of good conduct upon concepts of developmental psychology and regard discipline as a learning process by which the student is guided in the development of self-control and in the recognition of responsibilities to himself and to the group.

Sissonville Elementary holds the same philosophy in that we regard discipline as a learning process by which the student is guided in the development of self-control and being accountable for his/her actions.  As a public school, it is our responsibility to provide a climate in which students can learn. Therefore, the continuous and persistent misbehavior of one or more students must not be allowed to exist to the detriment of the majority.  A school suspension or behavior concerns any time during the year may prevent that child from participating in any outside school events such as field trips for the rest of the year.  Also, if your child has been approved to attend SES and they are from out of area, discipline issues, tardies, and absences are reason for your child to return to their home school.


Student Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities go hand-in-hand.  Students in West Virginia have the same basic rights and responsibilities as other citizens and the right to equal protection under the law.  These rights are governed by due process of the law.  School personnel have responsibility for student welfare from the time they enter the bus in the morning until they get off the bus in the afternoon and during the school day.  To meet these responsibilities, school personnel must put into place rules and regulations, for maintaining order and discipline, and to create a safe and positive learning environment.  It is the student’s responsibility to obey these rules and regulations and to cooperate with school authorities who enforce these rules and regulations, not only while on school property but also en route to and from school.


Search and Seizure

Every student has the right of privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of property, in accordance with the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  That right, however, is balanced by the school’s rights to protect the safety, health, and welfare of all students.  The following guidelines will apply to the seizure of items in a student’s possession and the search of a student’s property:

  • 1.)Searches will be conducted by a school official in the presence of an adult witness.
  • 2.)Student will be informed of reasons for the search, except in emergency situations.
  • 3.)School authorities should have probable cause that a student is in possession of a specific item that will contribute to a crime or school violation.
  • 4.)Dangerous weapons or drugs that are found will be turned over to law enforcement for proper disposal.
  • 5.)Possessions that may be a threat to the safety or security of others may be seized by school authorities.
  • 6.)Any items that disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be removed from the student’s possession.


School Expectations

All students at Sissonville Elementary will:

  • Attend school faithfully and punctually, complete his/her assignments on time and work to his or her full potential.
  • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt classroom learning or the operation of the school.  (Toys, candy, and gum should not be brought to school).    
  • Obey teachers, principal and others in authority.
  • Refrain from verbal abuse, aggressive or threatening behavior toward fellow students, guests, teachers or other school staff.
  • Refrain from the possession or use of any weapons, illegal drugs, and alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Demonstrate respect for school property.
  • Obtain a hall pass before leaving the classroom. 


Bathroom Expectations

  • Use bathrooms in a sanitary manner.
  • Wash hands after every use.
  • Wait your turn quietly.
  • Keep bathroom neat and clean, clean up after yourself, place paper towels in the trash and water off of the floor, and keep feet off of walls.
  • Use proper bathroom manners.
  • If using hallway bathrooms, follow posted guidelines for numbers allowed in bathroom at one time (to be determined by number of stalls, plus one).


Hallway Expectations

  • Walk on the right side of the hallway.
  • Walk in an orderly and quiet line.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
  • Stop at teacher appointed increments for supervision.
  • Stay in appointed place in line.
  • Follow additional instructions from teachers.

Code of Conduct Policy      

            All students are required to read and/or have read to them the Kanawha County Board of Education Policy, Series 22.00, Student Behavior, which includes sections dealing with weapons and sexual harassment. This policy can be found in the Kanawha County Schools 2019-20 School Handbook.

            The Weapon’s Policy will be reviewed in each classroom at Sissonville Elementary during the first week of school. The counselor will also review this throughout the school year. The school will keep a form on file, verified by each student’s signature, that he/she is aware of this policy and the consequences of violating the policy.   It will also be reviewed with new students at the time of enrollment.


Some positive examples:

  1. Help create an atmosphere free from bullying, intimidation, and harassment.
  2. Demonstrate honesty and trustworthiness.
  3. Treat others with respect, deal peacefully without anger, use good manners, and be considerate of the feelings of others.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility, use self-control, and be self-disciplined.
  5. Demonstrate fairness, play by the rules, and not take advantage of others.
  6. Demonstrate compassion and caring.
  7. Demonstrate good citizenship by obeying laws and rules, respecting authority, and cooperating with others.


Discipline Plan

Minor infractions are handled by the classroom teacher using a modified assertive discipline program which recognizes positive behavior while establishing consequences for deviation.

Major offenses include verbal or physical harassment, fighting, sexual misconduct, the possession of drugs, weapons or fireworks; assault on school personnel and bomb threats.

When repeated minor or ANY major offenses occur, a discipline report will be completed and parents will be notified.  In addition, at least one consequence/intervention will occur. (Refer to the Kanawha County Schools 2019-2020 School Handbook.)

The action taken for each offense shall be determined on a case-by-case basis taking into account all facts and circumstances of a violation, including the past records or prior offenses of any students who are involved. Each child will receive due process.

A reward program to recognize students not receiving discipline reports will be implemented on a regular basis.  Any student suspended from school (during the school year) may lose the opportunity to participate in any extra curricular activities or functions outside of school such as field trips. This is at the principal’s discretion based upon behavioral concerns.


OOPS-Students will receive an Oops slip signed by their teacher, principal or counselor, or bus driver and sent home to be signed by a parent and returned to school for infractions during school.  Once three Oops slips are received, the student will not be allowed to participate in the reward offered during that nine week period or other time frame previously determined.  Five Oops slips or more may result in a suspension from school and loss of any extracurricular activities such as field trips.  A meeting with parents and possibly a SAT meeting will be requested after five Oops slips.  If suspended any time during the year, all trips may be forfeited.


Suspension and Expulsion

Please refer to the Kanawha County Schools Handbook 2021-2022.


School Bullying Policy


Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation occurs whenever one or more persons use power to repeatedly and consistently inflict physical, verbal, or emotional abuse on one or more other persons.


 For bullying to occur, there must be three aspects present:

  1. Repeated and consistent negative actions against the person,
  2. A physical or psychological imbalance of power between the person who bullies and the target person, I.e. weak and strong, shy and aggressive;
  3. Contrasting feelings between the person who bullies and the target person as a result of the bullying episode, i.e. powerful versus humiliated.



Bullying behaviors will not be tolerated at Sissonville Elementary.  All school personnel have been directed to intervene when bullying is observed or reported, in accordance with school and county bullying policies.  Students will report bullying behavior promptly to the nearest adult.  The adult will report behaviors to the principal.



1.) Respond immediately to safety issues.

2.) Report the incident to an adult and, finally, to the principal.

3.) Investigate.

4.) Notify parents.

5.) Take disciplinary or other actions required.

6.) Maintain documentation and confidentiality.

Report to Kanawha County Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Law Enforcement, Social agencies, West Virginia Education Information System, West Virginia Department of Education, or other as required.

See Kanawha County Policy C53, available upon request.

Dress and Appearance

Dress and personal appearance are part of the cultural atmosphere, and schools should contribute to the cultural development of students.  Consequently, community standards should prevail within and about the school. Studies have shown that neatness of dress and appearance contributes to raising the level of conduct.  Neatness in dress and appearance does not require expensive clothing or ornaments.


Student Dress Policy

The following guidelines for clothes, accessories and jewelry will be enforced at our school. For more information, consult the “Student Dress Policy” in the Kanawha County Schools 2019-2020 School Handbook


Students Should Wear:

1. Shirts or blouses that cover the entire torso.

2. Shorts, skirts or dresses that extend to mid-thigh. 

3. Pants that fit properly at the waist, without sagging.

4. Shoes. Flip-flops are not allowed.  Shoes must have backs and closed toes to participate in recess on the playgrounds.

Students Should Not Wear:

1. Crop tops, tube tops, halters or strapless dresses.

2. Form-fitting pants, such as spandex or bicycle pants, unless worn with another layer of clothing.

3. Deliberately torn pants and no holes in jeans above the knees.

4. Transparent or sheer materials.

5. Head coverings, such as hats, caps, etc.

6. Chains or spike jewelry.

7. Anything that has obscene or offensive lettering, pictures, patches or decorations.




Guidelines For Gym Shoes


Proper gym shoes are necessary for the safety and performance of all students. The guidelines for acceptable shoes will be strictly enforced. If your child does not have proper gym shoes they will not be allowed to participate in PE and will be given an alternate activity that they can safely perform. If a child misses 3 consecutive PE classes due to unacceptable shoes they will receive an “N” grade for that 9 weeks.

Acceptable Shoes:

*Lace tied athletic shoes

*Velcro athletic Shoes

*Basketball, cross training, walking, tennis, or volleyball style shoes

Unacceptable Shoes:

*Slip-on shoes

*Platform Shoes

*Shoes with elevated soles

*Roller tennis shoes


*Hiking style shoes



*Dress shoes


We would recommend shoes with sufficient tread for quick change of direction and shoes that do not come off the foot easily. Socks are also part of proper Physical Education attire. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school.


Field Trips


For children to participate in field trips, the Kanawha County Schools permission slips must be signed by parents and returned to school one day prior to the trip.

Parents will be informed at least two weeks in advance of upcoming field trips.  No student will be permitted to participate in a field trip without a signed permission slip delivered to the school prior to the trip.  If students are suspended from the school bus, they may not ride a school bus for field trip purposes.  Kanawha County Schools allows field trips for the purposes of rewarding students or celebrating accomplishments only during the final two weeks of the school year.  We will attempt to schedule all academic field trips before May 15, 2019.

***Field Trip permission slips must be returned by deadline stated on the form.  There will be no exceptions this year for late permission slips***




Each student will be assigned to a locker by the home base teacher except Kindergarten.  This locker will be used for storage of all school materials.  Coats, book bags, purses and other personal items must remain in lockers.  Students are responsible for damage to lockers due to mistreatment or misuse.  Lockers will not be kicked or slammed.  All material will be neatly inside locker before door is closed.  Lockers are to be kept clean and litter free.  Absolutely no tape, contact paper, stickers, writing or markers are permitted on lockers.  No open food containers or unwrapped food is to be kept in lockers.  Students will use only their assigned locker. Any change in locker assignment will be made by the home-base teacher.  Violations will result in disciplinary action.  Students will visit lockers only before school, at break, before/after lunch, at the end of the school day, and at transition times supervised by teachers.  This prevents tardiness.  All students are held strictly accountable for any and all items and materials found in their assigned locker.  For their own protection, students must refuse to allow others to share their locker.  The administration may check any locker at any time with probable cause.


Parent Custody Issues


In cases where custody is vested with only one parent, or where visitation rights are limited, the school must have copies of the divorce papers specifying custody rights.  Also, in cases of restraining orders pertaining to abusive situations, the school will respond according to the specific orders within the documents presented.  Copies of restraining orders must be filed promptly with school officials.  Information regarding the orders will be divulged only to those personnel responsible for your child’s supervision.  The papers will be kept in your child’s confidential file.  Court orders will be changed only through the legal process.  The school will not respond to verbal requests for changes of such orders.  If your child is living with someone other than parents or legal guardian an “Authorization of Care” form must be completed by the legal guardian giving the caretaker temporary authority of the child.  All dates of issue and expiration will be followed until a new document is received. 

Please write these concerns on the student Emergency Card and Emergency Dismissal forms.


Bus Behavior- Safety Procedures / Regulations


Only registered pupils may ride the school buses.  These pupils may not ride buses other than the one they are assigned to, without special permission.  Good conduct on the bus is necessary and mandatory for the safety of all riders.  The driver has the same authority as a teacher while the child is on the bus.  Our drivers are implementing the Oops program to assist students with meeting our school-wide expectations.  If the bus driver has any severe problems with a child he/she will notify the school principal.  The principal will talk with the child, and parent if necessary.  If problems continue, the child may be excluded from riding the bus, during which time the parent must provide transportation.  Suspension will start after the parent has been contacted.  A conference between parent, driver, and principal is required before the student may resume riding the bus.  Bus activity is recorded during transportation of students.

These policies have been put in effect for the safety of the elementary child, and parents, your cooperation is needed.  If a child is suspended from a KCS school bus, this will also prevent the child from riding a KCS bus for field trips.


  1. Be at bus stop about five minutes before bus is scheduled to arrive.
  2. Do not wait or play in the street.
  3. Avoid running games while waiting for the bus.
  4. Ride to and from school on the bus only.Do not accept rides in private vehicles, unless arrangements have been made with your parents.
  5. Stay back from the curb as the bus approaches. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.
  6. Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, to and from the bus stop.
  7. Proceed safely and alertly when getting off or on the bus, or crossing roadway.
  8. The bus driver is in charge.Passengers must obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
  9. Cooperate and respect of any monitor on duty.
  10. Talk quietly with friends, and observe classroom conduct rules to avoid

        distracting the bus driver.

  11. Do not throw anything in the bus, or out of bus windows.
  12. Keep hands, head, and arms inside the bus at all times.
  13. Keep arms and legs out of the aisle.
  14. Remain seated when bus is in motion, move only if the bus driver gives permission.
  15. Know and understand bus evacuation procedures.
  16. Riding in step well is not permitted.
  17. No food or drink permitted on bus.
  18. School buses will not be damaged, tampered with, or defaced.
  19. If emergency exits are not securely latched, notify bus driver right away.
  20. In the event of an emergency, remain calm and quiet, and follow the directions of the driver.
  21. Passengers already seated will allow boarding passengers to sit in spaces that are vacant in seats they occupy. (Unless a seating chart/assignment).
  22. Put books, bags, or musical instruments where they are secure and can’t slide or fall.
  23. Use of any profane and immoral language, tobacco, drugs, or alcohol is prohibited.


Evaluation Process

The evaluation process assesses as accurately as possible each student’s progress in all subject areas. The teacher keeps records and is responsible for justifying grades recorded on the report cards. Students in kindergarten and first grade receive a letter grade of “S” or “N”.   Letter grades are assigned to students in second, third, and fourth grades. 


Explanation of Marks/honor roll

Grades K-1

S— Satisfactory

N—Needs Improvement

- Blank space indicates skill not evaluated at this time.


Grades 2-4

     Letter Grade                        

A = 93—100                 E = 0-64

B = 85—92                   □ Blank space indicates skill not evaluated at this time

C = 75—84  

D = 65-74  


SCHOOLOGY will be updated weekly for you to access your child’s grades via Internet.  You may obtain log-in information from Dr. Agnew or Mrs. Sizemore.


Make-Up Work

Students will be given an opportunity to make up class assignments and/or evaluations due to absences. Teachers will provide a minimum of one day for each day’s absence.  

To request make-up work, parents must contact the school office at the beginning of the school day, by 9:00 AM. Make-up work should be picked up in the office after school, or it can be sent home with another student if requested.   


Student Assistance Team Program (SAT)


The Student Assistance Team (SAT), composed of principal, teacher, parent, counselor, nurse social worker, and other appropriate school personnel, provides a  formal intervention process to address the needs of students who may not be achieving to their potential.  The SAT must review and act upon teacher recommendations when a family fails to comply with the school attendance policy or when a behavior or learning problem puts the child at risk of failure.  In regard to attendance, the SAT may deny recommendations, uphold recommendations, or extend the deadline for make up work.  The team may also refer the case to the County Assistant Attendance Director for possible legal action, refer the case for counseling, social and/or protective services, or review the student’s academic placement.  The SAT analyzes data to develop a plan of academic or behavioral interventions.  Future meetings are set to review the effectiveness of these interventions and to modify approaches to helping children become successful.


Appeal of SAT Decisions


A student, parent, or teacher may appeal any decision of a SAT meeting to the building principal who will, after conducting a conference with all interested parties, render a decision.  A decision of the building principal will be final and not subject to further appeal.

As educators, we realize the importance of family and community involvement in children’s education.  Therefore, we encourage the partnership of staff, parents and community members in the educational process and in the school environment.


Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is dedicated to providing enrichment experiences for all students. This year, the PTO will raise money to sponsor and support many of the activities at our school.  The PTO organizes committees of parent volunteers.  All parents are invited to participate in one or more of the following committees:


    Beautification of School Grounds            Teacher/Staff Appreciation

    Santa’s Workshop                                  Others


The Sissonville Elementary school Parent Teacher Organization serves as a support system for the school.  This organization plans and presents programs of interest to parents and teachers, and leads the school in fundraising projects to provide basic enrichment materials and equipment for children at Sissonville Elementary.



Our PTO meetings are tentatively scheduled for August, September, December, February, and April.  Please watch for information on exact dates.  Please plan to come out and support your child’s school.  Most meetings will be in the library at 5:00.  Additional meetings may be added if needed.  The first meeting in August will allow us to plan for the year and elect new officers.


Local School Improvement Council (LSIC)

The Local School Improvement Council (LSIC) consists of teachers, service personnel, parents and community members who promote innovations and improvements in the school environment for teaching and learning. The LSIC meets every other month in the school library, and the meetings are open to all parents and concerned members of the school community. The LSIC provides updates in the school newsletter concerning the goals that are set and accomplished throughout the year.



The meeting dates will be the same as the PTO meetings.  Usually the Local School Improvement Council meets 30 minutes before the PTO meetings.  LSIC Meeting with BOE members will be October 29th at Sissonville High School @ 6:00.  Please attend.


case partnerships

Sissonville Elementary School is blessed with a local business partner, NGK, whose generous contributions of time and resources support programs to provide opportunities for learning and career study to our children and families.  Schools benefit from a two-way line of communication with the business world-the world where students will compete for jobs.  Communities benefit because these partnerships create a spirit of cooperation that keeps communities vital.


Parents Right to Know

Federal law allows parents to ask about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and requires school systems to provide the information in a timely manner if they request it.  Specifically, parents have the right to ask for information regarding teacher certification, college major and advanced degrees.  Parents also have the right to request information about aides or paraprofessional personnel who provide services to their child.  Parents who desire this information may contact the school principal or the Department of Human Resources, Kanawha County Schools at 348-7712.


Title IX

As required federal laws and regulations, the Kanawha County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, marital status, or national origin in its employment or in its education programs and activities.  Inquiries may be directed to Jeane Ann Herscher, Title IX Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1940; Charles Szasz, Section 504 Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, Charleston, WV 25311, phone 348-1393; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, (215) 596-6795.


Personal Property

Possession of personal property items that are not needed for the instructional objectives of the school day are not permitted by students.  The purpose of identifying specific items is to eliminate any items that disrupt classroom instruction or operation of the school, to eliminate the responsibility of school personnel for items that are expensive which could be lost or broken and to eliminate items that violate Board of Education Policy.


The following items are not permitted.  Additional items may be identified by the individual classroom teachers:

  • Toys (Especially collectible cards)
  • Animals/Pets
  • Electronic equipment (MP3, IPODs, Radios…)
  • Regular games and electronic games
  • Pagers and Cell Phones
  • Medications without doctor and parent permission (These must be left in the office)

Teachers have the authority to permit exceptions if certain items are part of a special/temporary classroom project.  (Animals and pets are specifically prohibited by Board of Education Policy, no exceptions).



Computer skills are used as tools for learning throughout the curriculum.  To prepare our students for the 21ST Century, all students will be guided to use iPads for word processing, internet research, and presentations.  Each classroom has access to computers including a portable wireless lab, classroom computers, stationary lab, and iPads. Each child will have a school iPad assigned to them.  IPads must be returned to school daily and fully charged.

Your child will be required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy for technology use at Sissonville Elementary.  Please read carefully and go over with your child.  Any infraction of this policy may result in loss of iPad use during the school year.  This will be sent home the first week of school with your child and is to be signed and returned. Photo release forms are sent home each year and must be returned so we may keep on file a record of students not permitted to be photographed and/or placed on the Internet.  This may include group photos, individual photos, and names of students due to the safety of the child. Each child will be responsible for their iPad which is not permitted to go home.



      Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified that the Kanawha County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  Any person having inquiries concerning the Kanawha County School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title IX or Section 504 is directed to contact: Title IX: Title IX Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1379; Section 504: Section 504 Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1366.  These persons have been designated by the Kanawha County School District to coordinate the efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX and Section 504.







Student Behavior

Series: J25

Reference:  W.Va. Code 18A-5-1 et seq.; 126 CSR 96; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4373


  • 25.01. Student Code of Conduct.
    • 25.01.1.All students enrolled in Kanawha County Schools shall behave in a manner that promotes a school environment that is nurturing, orderly, safe and conducive to learning and personal-social development.
    • 25.01.2.Students will help create an atmosphere free from bullying, intimidation and harassment.
    • 25.01.3.Students will demonstrate honesty and trustworthiness.
    • 25.01.4.Students will treat others with respect, deal peacefully with anger, use good manners and be considerate of the feelings of others.
    • 25.01.5.Students will demonstrate responsibility, use self-control and be self-disciplined.
    • 25.01.6.Students will demonstrate fairness, abide by the rules, and will not take advantage of others.
    • 25.01.7.Students will demonstrate compassion and caring.
    • 25.01.8.Students will demonstrate good citizenship by obeying laws and rules, respecting authority, and by cooperating with others.
  • 25.02. Application.
    • 25.02.1.All students shall be subject to the provisions of a code of conduct in the following circumstances:
  • on property owned by Kanawha County Schools.
  • time periods when a student is scheduled to attend school or other activities conducted under the auspices of Kanawha County Schools, regardless of whether a student is in actual attendance.
  • any extracurricular activity or trip conducted under the auspices of Kanawha County Schools in which a student elects to participate.
  • a student is in transit to or from school or an extracurricular activity, including transit on a school bus.
  • against employees of Kanawha County Schools, regardless of time or place.
  • threats involving Kanawha County Schools’ property, regardless of time or place.
  • consumption of alcoholic beverages or Substances, as defined herein, in any amount, prior to school or any school related activity, regardless of place.
  • the student is at any school-sponsored activity or event, whether or not it is held on school premises, in a building or other property used or operated by the board of education, RESA or state department of education, or in another facility being used by any of those agencies.
  • 25.02.2.Students who do not behave in a manner that promotes a nurturing, orderly, safe environment conducive to learning will be subject to the Levels of Response to Violations as outlined in Section 25.07 hereof.
  • 25.02.3.This policy does not supersede any rights granted to special education students by Federal or State law or other West Virginia Board of Education policy.














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Text Box: OOPS!Text Box: OOPS!Text Box: OOPS!Text Box: OOPS!Text Box: OOPS!Student Name:  _________________________________                       Date: _____________

Parent Signature:  ______________________________________________

Teacher/Bus Driver Signature:  _____________________________________________

Principal/Counselor Signature/Faculty Senate Chair:  ___________________________________

___Hands and feet to self

___Listen, follow directions, raise your hand

___Be prepared and work quietly

___Using appropriate language/actions

            Explanation:  _________________________________________________________________

___Respectful in hallway

___Respect school property and/or property of others

*Please refer to the Sissonville Elementary Handbook, page 15.

*Please refer to Parent Compact sent home earlier this year for expectations.



Red-Outstanding behavior

Orange-Great Job

Yellow-Good Day

Green-Ready to learn

Blue-Think about it, warning

Purple-Teacher choice of consequences

Pink-Visit principal, parent contacted by phone or Oops slip sent home, parents sign and return