School Hours - 7:50 AM - 2:30 PM
Students may be dropped off at Ben Hazel after 7:00 AM. There will be no supervision for children before 7:00 AM. Thank you for your help with this.
Breakfast will be served from 7:25 AM - 7:55 AM.
Students eating breakfast at school should be here no later than 7:30 AM.
Car Riders Early Morning Drop-Off
Please let your child out of your car in front of the school. Your child should walk down the front sidewalk with the flag pole. Please do not block driveway. As mandated by state law, buses and cars MUST NOT load and unload in the same area. If you need to come in yourself, please park on the left side of Railroad Avenue. If you walk your child in each morning, please say your goodbyes at the classroom door. We encourage our students to become responsible for getting themselves ready to start the day. We thank you for your help with this.
Tardiness (7:50 AM) is harmful both to your child's education and to the class that is disturbed. Students arriving after 7:50 AM must report to the office for a pass AND must be signed in by a parent or guardian. PLEASE do not drop children off at school after 8:00 AM without signing your child in at the office. The following is the Hampton One Tardy Policy:
3rd Tardy- Letter sent home
5th Tardy- Parent Conference Required (at school)
7th Tardy- Overnight Suspension (ONS) District Level Conference (Parent and child must be present)
8th Tardy- One day ISS
9th Tardy- One day OSS
10 or more- Board Referral and pursue assistance from other outside agencies
Ben Hazel has a legal obligation to ensure students are attending school. We understand your child has to be absent on occasion. In this case, your child should bring an excuse the next school day. If your child was seen by a doctor, please bring a written excuse from the doctor's office. If your child did not see a doctor, the school may accept up to ten parent notes, however after a total of five non-medical excuses, a parent conference will be required. Parent notes should include:
All absences are defined as lawful or unlawful (excused or unexcused.) A student with more than ten unexcused absences may not be eligible for promotion.
- Date of the Absence
- Reason for the Absence
- Parent's Signature
If your child must leave school early, please send a note with him/her. For your child's safety, the teacher will not release a child to anyone who has not obtained permission from the office. Students leaving early must be signed out in the office.
NOTE: Students must be present for at least half of the instructional day (11:15 AM) in order for them to be counted present.
Car riders are not dismissed until 2:35 PM so do not come before that time. Students are not allowed to be signed out after 2:00 PM. Cars should travel down Railroad Avenue West, a one way street between 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, and park in front of the school. Children will be escorted by faculty members to the cars parked on the right side of the street. Individuals parked on the left side of the street must cross the street to pickup their child from a faculty member. No child will be allowed to cross the street alone! This is for the safety of our children.
Parents should send a letter with EXPLICIT DETAILS to the classroom teacher if the student is not to go home the usual established manner. (Example: If someone is picking the student up instead of the student riding the bus.)
Please notify the school in advance if someone different is picking up your child. If we do not receive a note from the parent or guardian, your child will go home with his/her regular method of transportation. If someone will be picking your child up from school, please make sure that person's name is listed in the "RELEASE TO:" line on your child's information sheet. We will not release a child to a person other than a parent/guardian if the person is not listed. In the case of an emergency change of transportation, please call before 1:30 PM so the office will have ample time to deliver the message. School cannot be responsible for delivering messages after 1:30 PM.
Every bus rider must have a designated drop off location. Because of limited seating on buses, a child will not be allowed to change the bus he/she rides. Buses will only drop a child at his/her designated location; drivers are not allowed to alter their routes.
ALL MEDICATION ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE OFFICE/SCHOOL NURSE.
The school may only give nonprescription medication if the parent has filled out a medical form. To administer Benadryl or prescription medications, a form must be filled out by the parent AND physician. Medications will only be dispensed by the principal, principal's designee, or school nurse.
All medications should come to school in their original container (no tinfoil, plastic bags, paper, etc.) The school may not provide medicine for students. All medications must come from home.
Sick Children and First Aid
If a child becomes ill at school, temperatures will be taken by the school nurse. Children with temperatures may not remain at school. During the school year children may be screened for various health problems including: vision, hearing, dental, and contagious diseases (such as measles, chicken pox, head lice, impetigo, ringworm, etc.
Should such a screening detect a problem, the parent will be notified and expected to pick up the child immediately!
Breakfast and lunch money is due every Monday or may be paid for by the month. Also, Hampton School District One now offers LunchPrepay.com. Through this program you may:
The School Food Service will not allow lunch bills to exceed $5.00 without payment. A letter informing parents about delinquent accounts will be sent. When your child reaches this amount, he/she will receive an alternate lunch. All lunches that are brought to school must be in a lunch box. Students bringing lunch may also purchase milk and juice. Lunch or breakfast from a fast food restaurant cannot be accepted in the cafeteria in their original bag or box. Students are not allowed to have soft drinks in a can or a see through container. Applications for free or reduced meals will be sent home with each student. The cafeteria must meet state standards as to the quantity of food served.
- Make meal payments on the internet using your credit card
- Check your child's meal account balance
- Get low balance alerts by e-mail
- See what your child is buying
Our teachers may not be called from their classrooms to answer the telephone unless there is an emergency. We will be happy to place a message in the mailbox, and they will return your call as soon as possible. It is very important that we have your child's telephone number and an emergency phone number. If there are any changes, please call the school with these numbers so we can keep our records up-to-date.
All visitors are asked to report to the office for a pass before visiting a classroom. Please do not be offended if a faculty/staff member stops you and asks to see your pass. We do this to ensure the safety of all children.
School Improvement Council (SIC)
The SIC is a group of parents, faculty/staff members, and community volunteers who work toward continuous school improvement. Meetings are held monthly and are open to all interested people.
Homework is given for practice to reinforce the day's work and to let parents know what is being taught at school. We ask that parents help their child with their homework, but NOT to do it for them. All children learn differently. Find a place that is comfortable for your child to do his/her homework. Answer questions your child may ask without giving answers to the work. Check behind your child to see that homework assignments have been completed. Take a few extra minutes each day to sit down and talk with your child about what he/she did in school. READ with your child every night.
Parents are asked to label coats, sweaters, lunch boxes, etc. Items that have been found will be placed on the stage. If these items are not claimed within a reasonable time, they will be donated to charity.
Personal items will be the responsibility of the students and should be taken home each day. Children should not bring unnecessary toys or other distracting items to school.
All non-consumable textbooks are provided rent-free by the state. Each student is responsible for the care of his/her books and will have to pay for lost or damaged books.
Should it be necessary for you to move or transfer your child to another school, please notify the school office as soon as possible, so the necessary paperwork may be completed and textbooks returned.
If you have any questions or concerns not addressed in this handbook, please call the school, 943-3659.
Bus Behavior Rules
Bus transportation to and from school is provided for children who live more than one and a half miles from the school they attend. Riding the school bus is a privilege.
Bus safety is a major concern at Ben Hazel Primary, and it is important that proper behavior be maintained on each bus. The bus driver is in charge of his/her bus. Each driver is provided with discipline forms for reporting disorderly conduct on the bus.
Keeping in mind that a small disorder may cause a great tragedy, the following is school policy regarding bus referrals to the office:
Major offenses, such as fighting, will result in immediate suspension.
- First offense Verbal warning and a parent notification
- Second offense Parent conference
- Third offense One day bus suspension
- Fourth offense Three day bus suspension
- Fifth offense Five days bus suspension
- More than five Not less than ten days and/or suspension for the remainder of the school year.
Transportation during suspension will be the responsibility of the parent.
- Follow bus driver's directions at all times.
- Ride the bus in an orderly manner.
- Sit in assigned seats and remain seated.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Damage to bus property will be paid for by the student.
We want your child to feel safe at Ben Hazel Primary. We are committed to making Ben Hazel Primary a safe haven where learning can and will take place. In order to achieve this goal, behavior that goes beyond the classroom discipline system will be referred to Ben Hazel Primary's "Bee-havior" Room or the "BEE" Room. Ben Hazel has a school-wide discipline plan that gives every student ample opportunity to manage his of her behavior. Students who exhibit appropriate behaviors will be rewarded and recognized for doing so. Each classroom discipline plan allows for a five-step process with the fifth step resulting in referral to the "BEE" Room.
The following behaviors are unacceptable and will be referred to as our "Automatic Out" Rules. These behaviors will be automatically referred to the "BEE" Room:
"BEE-havior" Room Procedures
- Inappropriate language or actions
- Destruction of property or endangering others
- Dishonest acts (lying, stealing, or cheating)
Each time a child is referred to the "BEE" Room, the parent will receive written notification. This note must be signed and returned the next day. The following are the actions taken upon each visit.
Visit One Student will spend one hour in the "BEE" Room.
Visit Two Student will spend three hours in the "BEE" Room.
Visit Three Student will spend four hours or one school day in the "BEE" Room.
Visit Four Student will spend the remainder of the day in the "BEE" Room. Parents must come in for a conference with the and/or principal.
Visit Five Student must be picked up by the parent of his/her designee. Another conference must be held, other principal-designated consequences may occur. (They may include suspension, referral to mental health, etc.)
Students sent to the "BEE" Room for Automatic Out infractions will be required to spend additional time in the "BEE" Room for each Automatic Out visit.
Hampton One uniform policy
- Pants, shirts, shorts, or jumpers must be Khaki, dark blue, or black (skirts and shorts must be no higher than two and a half inches above the knee).
- No jeans or cargo pants are allowed.
- Tops must be red, white, or yellow and have a collar and sleeves. Turtlenecks and long or short sleeved T-shirts are acceptable IF worn beneath a collared uniform shirt and they must be in the school colors of red, white, or yellow.
- Sweatshirts and sweaters must be white, red or yellow.
- Shirttails must not extend more than six inches below the waistline.
- Zipped or buttoned coats, jackets, or over-sized sweaters my pose a safety risk and must not be zipped or buttoned while inside the building.
- Hats may not be worn inside the building.
- Pants may not fall below the waist.
- No emblems other than the school logo are allowed on uniforms, coats, or jackets.
- No flip-flops, shower shoes, bedroom slippers, sandals, Crocs, or slide-on shoes may be worn. Shoes must enclose the foot (examples: sneakers, docksides, boots, loafers).
Dress Code Violations
All Hampton District One students will be wearing uniforms. If a student receives a discipline referral for a dress code violation, the following procedures will be followed:
1st offense- Warned- Parent Notification*
2nd offense- Letter sent to parent
3rd offense- ISS/ONS
4th offense- Parent must come in for a conference
5th offense- OSS Next Day (Parent must come pick the student up the day of the offense)
6th offense- Two days OSS/AIC (School level hearing to place student on 45 day probation)
7th offense- Three days OSS/DAH (District level hearing for violation of probation)
If a student violation can be corrected immediately, the student will be allowed to remain in class/school; however, if the violation cannot be corrected immediately, a parent will be contacted and the student will be sent to ISS until the proper uniform or missing item is obtained. In all cases, the required consequence for that offense will be applied.
EXCEPTION: Students entering the Hampton District One for the first time. The Administrator of the school will work with the parent to come up with an acceptable compromise that will allow the student/parent up to three days to obtain the proper uniform and be in total compliance with the district/school uniform policy.