Student Handbook

Arrival and Dismissal


Arrival Time

Children should arrive between 8:15 and 8:35 a.m. Students should not be on school grounds prior to 8:15 a.m. (when playground and cafeteria supervisions begin) unless they are involved in choir or Safety Patrol. Permission from the principal is required if students must arrive early due to extraordinary circumstances. Students line up at their classroom doors when the first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Students should be in their classrooms when the tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Students who arrive late need to enter through the front doors to get a tardy slip before going to class


Students are not permitted in hallways or classrooms before or after school unless they have Safety Patrol duties.


Dismissal Time

Morning preschoolers and kindergarteners should be picked up at 11:30 a.m.  All other students should be picked up by 3:30 p.m., when carpool and bus supervisions end.   All children remaining at school after 3:30 pm will be in the office.


Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Help protect the safety of all students by being fully present and observing all traffic rules and signs during drop-off and pick-up time. Respect and follow the hand signals and directions of adults who are supervising drop-off and pick-up areas. Avoid cell phone use and other distractions.


Owyhee’s carpool lane is the safest place to drop students off. This one-way lane is entered from Owyhee Street. Pull over to the curb and have your child exit the passenger side of your vehicle.  Do NOT double park or otherwise require your child to walk in front of moving traffic. If you need to exit your car for any reason do not use the drop-off/pick-up lane but instead find a parking place.


If you must drop your child off on Pasadena Street please avoid the bus zone. Don’t stop in the middle of the road, double park, park on the wrong side of the street, or do a U-turn. All of these actions are unsafe.


Early Pick-Up Procedures

Send a note to your child’s teacher if you need to pick your child up during the day for an appointment.Specify what time your child will leave and whether he or she will return later in the day. That allows teachers and your child to gather homework and belongings in advance. This shortens your wait time and limits disruptions to the learning process. When you arrive at school to sign your child out, we will send for your child



End of Day Pick-Up Procedures

To maximize safety and to minimize congestion and wait time, Owyhee has a structured system for after- school dismissal and pick up. Children have designated waiting areas based on age and how they get home. Adult supervision is provided in all designated waiting areas. Please do not ask your child to wait for you in an unsupervised area. Kindergarteners should be picked up at the outside kindergarten door. First and second graders, as well as students who ride in daycare vans, should wait on the grass outside of the second grade classrooms.


Older students who carpool or ride with parents can wait in the area by second grade doors or in the park –this area is generally less congested and therefore pick up and drop off is quicker. Bus riders should wait on the grass outside the library.  Walkers who are meeting friends or siblings should wait in the yellow circle near the bike racks on Pasadena Street.


When the dismissal bell rings at 3:15 p.m., students are dismissed through the outside doors and  should report to their waiting area until their ride arrives or until all the members of their walking group have assembled. Students should report to the same waiting area every day; this will ensure they always know where to go and you will always know where to find them. Please make sure your children know how you expect them to get home: walk, ride the bus, or wait to be picked up by a friend or family member.  If your routine changes, tell your children before you send them to school in the morning. For younger students (preschool – 2nd), send a note to your child’s teacher if they will be getting home a different way than usual.


Students are expected to sit or stand and watch for their ride.  Students will be required to wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before opening doors. Please arrange car seats and personal items so your child can enter on the curb side of your vehicle, away from moving traffic.


Please use the pick-up lane (by second grade doors) only if you can remain in your car and only if you can wait until your car is near the front of the line.  If you must get out to find your children, open car doors, or are in a hurry, find a parking place that is not in the pick-up lane.



Avoid idling your engine for long periods. Emissions are unhealthy for students who are waiting outside and they get inside through our ventilation system. If you arrive before the bell rings, turn your car off. Once the pick-up lane starts moving, you’ll need to keep your engine running.


Parent Permission

Students must have written permission from parents to take the bus (if not a bus rider), to walk home (if they usually ride the bus), and/or to ride a different bus or use a different bus stop than assigned.


Safety Patrol and Crosswalks

Owyhee’s Safety Patrol is comprised of trained and responsible fifth and sixth grade students. Their job is to assist students and adults in using crosswalks before and after school. Please use crosswalks, follow Safety Patrol’s instructions, and insist that your children do the same. You set an example for all students who are watching you.



Attendance and Punctuality


Reporting Your Child’s Absence

If your child will not be at school, please call 854-5850 by 9:00 a.m. You can leave a voice message anytime. Please include your child’s name, grade, and the reason for the absence. If your child has a contagious illness let us know so we can take steps to reduce spreading it to others.


Attendance Policy and Attendance Court

Students who attend school regularly do better in school and develop habits that serve them well later in life. According to district policy, students must be in attendance at least 90% of the time (no more than 9 absences in a semester).  A student who arrives after 10:30 a.m. or who leaves prior to 2:00 p.m. is recorded absent for a half day. Students who miss more than 9 days of school in a semester may be referred to Attendance Court to help identify the source of attendance problems and to solve them. The decision to refer a student to Attendance Court is made on a case by case basis. Factors that are considered include prior years’ attendance patterns, the reason for absences, the number of tardies, and the effect that absences and tardies are having on academics.


Attendance Letters

Attendance letters are automatically mailed to your home after your child has 5 absences in a semester and again after 8 and 10 absences. We send attendance letters even if absences are primarily due to illness so you know how much school your child has missed. You can then make sure further absences are for illness or emergencies only. Students with frequent excused absences may be asked to provide documentation from a medical provider or other source.



Please help your child start each day with his or her best foot forward by establishing positive routines to arrive prepared and on time. Punctuality helps your child by reducing stress and it minimizes disruptions for teachers and other children. An unexcused tardy is recorded if a student is not in his or her classroom when the tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m. A tardy is excused only if parents provide written documentation of a medical appointment or if other extraordinary circumstances can be verified. Letters are sent home to notify parents of excessive tardies.



Student Behavior


Owyhee staff work together to create  a structured and welcoming school environment, promoting a positive peer culture, providing character education, recognizing and rewarding good behavior, educating students and parents about bullying, and implementing a consistent school-wide discipline system. Strategies to identify unsafe behaviors include periodic surveys of the entire student body, education about bullying, an “I Need to Tell” program for students, and outreach to parents. Each reported or suspected  incident is carefully investigated and addressed



Character Education and Citizenship


Students at Owyhee are encouraged to be kind, responsible, and helpful through a proactive and positive educational program. To encourage and celebrate these qualities for students who are in 1st-6th grades, a Citizen of the Week may be announced in each classroom on Friday mornings. Teachers also choose a Citizen of the Month from the students who have been Citizens of the Week.  They are honored at a school assembly for demonstrating exemplary behaviors that contribute to success in school and later in adult life:

·         A good citizen is kind and supportive of others, similar to an adult who is a good neighbor.

·         A good citizen is responsible and turns all work in on time.

·         A good citizen follows the rules.

·         A good citizen exhibits enthusiasm and excitement for learning.

·         A good citizen is punctual and has good attendance at school.          


Child Care


On-site child care is not available at Owyhee. Several private child-care facilities transport children to and from Owyhee-Harbor School. Please contact the office for more information.



Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devise


Students are allowed to have cell phones only to place emergency phone calls on the way to and from school. Students are not permitted to keep cell phones in the classroom. They cannot place or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or take photos at school or while on school grounds (even after school while waiting for their bus or ride). The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devises. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in student backpacks. Students who violate this policy will have their devises confiscated until it is picked up by a parent.



Counseling Services


Owyhee has the services of a school counselor four days per week. The counselor provides a variety of services to students and parents that are aimed at helping students learn and develop to their highest potential. 


The counselor visits each classroom on a weekly basis presenting lessons on character education, being successful at school, conflict management, self-esteem, friendship skills, identifying feelings, safe choices, careers and future planning.  The counselor also coordinates the bi-weekly walking club and the Student Employment Team.


Group sessions are available for children in adapting to life changes or specific difficulties at school. You will be notified if your child is placed in a group.  If your child is seen more than three times on a personal one-to-one basis for a single issue parents will be notified and a list of agencies will be sent home to continue any long-term individual counseling as the parent sees fit.


On an as needed basis, our school counselor conferences with parents to learn about their child’s progress, make future educational plans, or assist with family issues. In addition, the district offers classes for parents to learn effective parenting skills. Finally, our school counselor can provide some financial help with those hard times that we don’t expect and/or can refer families to other agencies in the community who might be able to provide assistance.




Dress Code/ Appropriate Clothing


We rely on you to help your child dress for school success. Students who dress inappropriately will be required to wear a “gray shirt” over the top of their clothing to limit lost instructional time. The gray shirt should be left in the classroom at the end of the day. If a parent brings dress-code-appropriate clothing to school, students may change during recess.   

·         Gang attire of any kind is strictly prohibited. Garments that promote drugs, alcohol, or tobacco or that include disrespectful, vulgar or suggestive words, graphics or pictures are not allowed.

·         Hats or hoods are not to be worn in the building except to get ready to go outside during cold weather.

·         Immodest or suggestive clothes are not allowed including but not limited to muscle shirts, low necklines, spaghetti/thin straps, bare backs/midriffs/shoulders, and clingy or see-through fabric.  Tank top straps must be at least two adult-fingers wide.

·         Make-up, face paint, and tattoos that cover the face or neck are not allowed.

·         Hair must be worn so that it does not cover or hide eyes.

·         Earrings that have hoops or that dangle are discouraged safety reasons. Students will be required to remove jewelry or accessories that are distracting to them or others.

·         Perfume, cologne, after-shave, etc. are not allowed.

·         Pants and skirts are to be worn at the waist. Shirts must be long enough to cover backs and midriffs when sitting on the floor.

·         Shorts, dresses, and skirts must be fingertip length or longer. Students sit on the floor for instruction so shorts or tights are recommended under dresses and skirts.

·         Student attire should be appropriate for the weather and season.

·         Shoes must be playground and P.E. appropriate (i.e. sturdy shoes without heels, laces tied, buckles fastened). Sandals must be secured with straps on the top and the back of the foot. Flip flops are not allowed. Students with inappropriate shoes will be excluded from P.E. and recess.

·         Parents and volunteers are asked to follow the student dress code when volunteering or attending school functions.



Emergency / Safety Procedures


The safety of students, staff, and visitors is a top priority. Students and staff regularly practice Fire, Hall Check, and Lockdown Drills. You can help us in the following ways:

·         Sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Badge every time you volunteer during school hours.

·         Make sure we have up-to-date emergency contact information. Notify us immediately of address, telephone, employer, child care, or medical providers changes.

·         Don’t call the school during an emergency as this disrupts communication with emergency personnel. Local media will keep parents and the public informed.


If needed, we will escort students to an alternate assembly site, depending on the situation:

·         Owyhee Park (directly across the street from the school)

·         Wells Fargo Service Center (3033 Elder Street)

·         Whitney Elementary (1609 W. Owyhee Street)


Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities


Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are not held at school. Students may bring a simple treat to share with classmates during lunch or just prior to dismissal. Let teachers know in advance and bring treats to the office for safe-keeping. We strongly encourage parents to bring a healthy birthday treat such as fruit, cheese sticks, or go-gurt, for example. Don’t bring balloons, flowers, presents, etc. to school.


Celebrating Holidays

We limit birthday and holiday celebrations to protect learning time. Parents can join their children for a turkey dinner the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving. Christmas will be celebrated with a music program. Students in kindergarten through third grade will exchange Valentine’s cards on Valentine’s Day.  Fourth through Sixth Grade teachers will determine if a class will have a party during a specific holiday.


Field Trips/Extra-Curricular Events

With parent permission, students in good standing may participate in a limited number of field trips to supplement classroom learning. You will be notified in advance. Transportation is provided by bus . For extra-curricular transportation, volunteers must drive vehicles with appropriate safety restraints (children under 7 need child seats) and must have liability insurance coverage of at least $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident.




Music Education

All kindergarten through sixth grade students participate in general music classes. Fifth and sixth grade students may participate in band or orchestra during the school day. Fourth through sixth graders may join our choir, which meets one morning per week at 8:00 a.m. Siblings or other students who need to ride or walk to school with a choir member should bring a book and are required to read quietly in the music room until playground supervision begins at 8:15 a.m.



Fifth and sixth grade students can participate in girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and co-ed track. Practices and competitions are held after school. Coaches will provide more information prior to each season. Student spectators are welcome only if a parent or guardian supervises them. Unsupervised student spectators will be sent home.



Food Services


 School and Food & Nutrition Services will provide students one breakfast and one lunch each school day at no cost to the student.  During the 2015-16 school year, we will also be providing a fruit/vegetable snack in the afternoon at no cost to students.  All three of these meals are at no cost and optional.



Prices  for Adults:


For adults wishing to eat lunch with their child, adults can purchase lunch for $4.00. Milk is $.50 for a half pint.


Health Services Overview


School health services strengthen and facilitate the educational program by promoting the optimal health of our students at Owyhee.  The school nurse is available to assist those children at school who have on-going health needs as well as to screen for potential health problems that may impact learning.  The school nurse also provides education in the classroom on Health and Illness as well as Growth and Development.

The Owyhee Health Office is staffed part-time by our school nurse and health technicians with assistance from our school secretary.  For this reason, the School Health Office should be a resource for first aid and assessment of illnesses and injuries that occur at school.


The school health staff is available to provide you a list of community health resources where your child can be seen for those illnesses or injuries that require specific diagnosis.   Idaho State law does not permit our school nurse or health technician to diagnose illnesses or injuries.


Health Services Guidelines for Specific Illnesses


Call 854-5850 to speak with our school nurse or health technicians for further information about any of the following topics. Additional information is also available on the district’s Web site.


Asthma Inhalers: Students may carry inhalers on them with parent permission and after demonstrating safe and responsible self-administration. Inhalers for younger students are usually kept in the nurse’s office.


Colds: Please keep your child at home if he or she has a fever over 100° or is experiencing symptoms that would interfere with his or her ability to perform in school. (i.e. uncontrollable coughing, severe lack of energy). If your child experiences green nasal discharge that continues throughout the day, or a cough lasting longer than ten days or accompanied by fever or chills and is productive of discolored sputum, consult your physician.


Conjunctivitis (pink-eye): Following a diagnosis of bacterial conjunctivitis, the child may return to school after the first dose of prescribed medication. Students with viral infection may return when eyes are clear.


Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.


Fever: The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he or she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).


Illness or Injury: If your child is ill or injured while at school, we will administer simple first aid and comfort measures. We will contact you in the event of a serious illness or injury, so current emergency contact information is critical. If we cannot reach you, we will call 911 if necessary. Please be prepared to pay for your child’s possible medical expenses.


Impetigo: The child with impetigo may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun. A doctor’s note or proof of prescription is recommended.


Insurance: The school district does not provide accident or health insurance for students. Health and Welfare offers health insurance to qualifying families under the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


Medication: If your child must take a prescription medication during the school day, contact the school nurse or secretary for the necessary paperwork. An adult must deliver prescription medications to school in a correctly labeled prescription bottle. A doctor’s letter or a newly labeled bottle must accompany dosage changes. Non-prescription medications may be given only if they are in the original container with clear instructions from the parent/guardian that do not contradict dosage instructions on the label. All medications are kept in the health office.


Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.


Recess or P.E. Restrictions:  If your child has a medical condition or injury which limits his or her participation in recess, P.E., or other activities please provide a physician’s note that includes the nature of the injury or illness, the specific activity that must be restricted, and the length of the restriction.  If these restrictions cannot be safely implemented at school, we may ask you to keep your child out of school until the condition improves.


Strep Throat: A child with strep throat may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun.





Research shows that the most successful students are those with regularly structured homework time. Adult assisted practice has several purposes:

·         It allows the student extra practice to reinforce skills taught at school.

·         The discipline of nightly homework develops responsibility and positive habits that will benefit your child as he or she progresses to higher levels of education and into adult life.


Please know that we do not expect you to teach your child: that is our job. It is our intent to assign reasonable and constructive assignments that will encourage success in the classroom. We ask you to support our beliefs and communicate them to your child, as follows:

·         Ask your child what his or her homework is, not if he or she has homework.

·         Establish a consistent time and place for homework that will develop a habit.

·         Check to see that homework is completed.

·         Encourage and monitor your child’s organizational skills so he or she gets credit for his or her hard work.

·         Remember it’s your child’s homework. It is okay to encourage and explain, but don’t do it for him or her.

·         The consequence for incomplete or missing homework is generally to miss recess and/or attend the homework room at lunch until assignments are completed..


If you have questions about homework, or if it is excessively difficult or time consuming for your child, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher.







Inclement Weather and Air Quality


School closure decisions are made by the Boise School District’s Superintendent by 6:15 a.m. and will be broadcast via local radio and television stations. During extremely cold weather (17° Fahrenheit or colder), or wet weather, students will be allowed in the cafeteria/gym or classrooms during recess. Please help ensure that your children are dressed for the weather.


The Department of Environmental Quality provides air quality ratings and recommendations for schools. Students with respiratory conditions, including asthma, will be allowed to remain indoors during recess when the air quality is rated Orange (Unhealthy to Sensitive Groups) or worse. Any student who experiences or complains of breathing difficulties may remain indoors when the Air Quality is Red (Unhealthy) or worse. Recess for all students will be restricted to light to moderate activities when Air Quality is Purple (Very Unhealthy.)



Lost and Found and Personal Items


Personal items such as toys, electronic devices, etc., that are not needed for school are to remain at home. Personal items that are not needed at school may be confiscated by teachers and kept in a “June box” to be sent home when school is out or may be confiscated by other staff until picked up by a parent.


Please encourage your child to be responsible for his or her clothing, backpack, and other items. Even so, we suggest you mark special items. Parents are always welcome to check our Lost and Found cupboard near the office. Students are regularly required to check the Lost and Found. Items not claimed after a reasonable amount of time are donated to charity.




If you want to meet with your children’s teachers, please don’t just drop in while volunteering or dropping off/picking up your children. Please do make an appointment so teachers can plan their day accordingly. Please do sign-in at the office and allow our office staff to call the classroom to make sure teachers are available to meet with you. Teachers rely on the time before and after school and their prep periods to post concept and language boards, prepare materials, review curriculum, tutor students, etc. Your understanding will ensure that students benefit as much as possible from the learning time available.



Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)


All parents are encouraged to join and attend meetings of Owyhee-Harbor Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Visit them on Facebook under Owyhee-Harbor Elementary PTO, and watch the school newsletter.  If you can’t attend PTO meetings we’d still love to have you as a parent volunteer. Please notify your child’s teacher if you can help or contact our Volunteer Coordinator.





Preschool Services


Owyhee is pleased to have an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) or Preschool Special Education program on site. The program serves eligible children with special needs from the Owyhee attendance area and other surrounding areas. The program provides a safe and nurturing environment, which promotes and integrates the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, communication, and self-help areas of development through classroom activities. The program goals, curriculum, and materials are developmentally appropriate and geared to the differing ability levels of each child within a multi-disciplinary setting. Please schedule an appointment for a free screening if you have a child who is 3 to 5 years old and may have possible concerns in one or more of the following developmental areas: self-help, speech, language, social-emotional, concepts, hearing, vision, and motor skills. All preschoolers can benefit from this screening. For an appointment call 854-5520.



Recess and Playground Rules 


Students are provided several short recesses to run off excess energy, socialize, and play. We have six simple recess rules:


·   Make recess fun for everyone

·   Cooperate with adult directions.

·   Honor personal space bubbles.

·   Use appropriate language.

·   Be a problem solver.

·   Be safe.


Students who are not following recess rules may receive a verbal reminder. A Playground Incident Report may be issued for serious and/or repeated violations. These reports are submitted to the classroom teacher and principal for follow up and/or consequences as needed.


Recess is a privilege. Students may be kept inside during recess if they don’t complete class work or homework, need extra academic assistance, as a consequence for discipline problems, or due to inappropriate footwear or outerwear. At times, recess is cancelled due to very wet weather, cold weather (17° Fahrenheit or colder), or poor air quality. 


If your child has a medical condition or injury which limits participation in recess (or P.E. or other activities) please provide a physician’s note that includes the nature of the injury or illness, the specific activity that must be restricted, and the length of the restriction. 



Registration/Open Enrollment


Students who live in the Owyhee attendance area have first preference for enrollment. Students who live outside our attendance area must complete an Open Enrollment Application and have it approved.  Parents are responsible for transporting open enrollment students. Open Enrollment Applications are accepted beginning January 1 for the next school year. Open Enrollment applications submitted by February 1 will be considered first using the following priority system: students who reside in the district and have a sibling currently enrolled at Owyhee, students who reside in the district, students whose parents are district employees, students who reside outside the district and have a sibling currently enrolled at Owyhee, and finally students who reside outside the district. If there are more applications than space available, a lottery system will be used. Contact the school for more information or refer to the district’s web site (


Students who turn 6 on or before September 1 are eligible for first grade. Students who turn 5 on or before September 1 are eligible for kindergarten. A child who is five years old and has completed a private or public out-of-state kindergarten for at least 450 hours will be allowed to enter first grade.



Report Cards, Grades, and Parent-Teacher Conferences


Parents receive student progress information at parent-teacher conferences in the fall and through report cards sent home with students every nine weeks. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the first quarter for all students, K-6..


The Boise Schools Parent/Student Communication Portal (Parent Portal for short) is a web-based communication tool that allows parents to access information about their children 24/7. Parents can access real time attendance data for all students. Parents of students in grades 3 – 6 can also access grade book and assignment information. Confidentiality is ensured by assigning each student a unique 32 character Portal Activation Key.  Contact the office for more information about how to access the portal and for your Campus Portal Activation Key. 


School Rules / Discipline Policy


Owyhee-Harbor Elementary utilizes a schoolwide progressive discipline plan. This plan provides for consistency yet allows for variations based on student age, maturity level, and the nature of misconduct. In general, mild consequences are used for less severe behavior. Consequences increase for misconduct that continues after mild consequences are used, for severe misconduct, and/or for repeat offenses. The steps are usually sequential but steps may be skipped for disruptive, dangerous, or insubordinate behavior.


Step 1 - Verbal Redirection. This is a verbal reminder of rules or expectations. For example, “You should be working on your math assignment.” Then after the student cooperates, “Thanks, that’s much better.”


Step 2 - Precision Request. This is more assertive than a verbal redirection. It specifically states the positive behavior that is expected and serves to warn students that further misbehavior will result in disciplinary consequences. For example, “You need to return to your seat and start working on your math assignment now.” Then after the student complies, “I’m glad you made a good choice and are working on your math assignment.”


Step 3 – In-Class Consequences. At this level, consequences are determined by the teacher and take the student’s age, maturity level, and the nature of the infraction into consideration. They may include staying in for recess, a head down time-out, removal from the group to another location within the classroom, or another consequence at the teacher’s discretion.


Step 4 – Think Time. The student is sent to another classroom to complete a Think Time form which varies by grade level. The Think Time form helps students take responsibility for and reflect on their behavior and how it needs to change for them to return to their classroom. The form is usually sent home to parents to notify them of the misbehavior.


Step 5 - Yellow Card Removal. The principal comes to the classroom and removes the student if he or she refuses or is unable to complete a Think Time form or if misbehavior continues. The principal takes the age of the student, and frequency and severity of misbehavior into consideration when determining consequences. Consequences may include having the student complete an Incident Report, or placing him or her in another classroom (generally two grades above or below the current placement) for an extended time as a form of in-school suspension.  Parents are contacted and a conference with teacher, principal, and student may be scheduled.  Step 5 becomes an immediate Red Card Removal for behavior that is dangerous.


Red Card Removals or Repeated Yellow Card Removals will result in additional consequences. These may include school service, extended in-school suspension, out of school suspension, revocation of open enrollment, or other consequences as determined by the principal and in accordance with Boise School District policies and procedures.


Special Procedures for Special Classes. Special classes, which include Character Education, Computer, Library, Music, P.E., and Science are 30 – 45 minutes long. Due to this shorter time frame, specials teachers may condense discipline procedures for repeat offenders and/or violations of clear and consistent classroom routines and expectations. Specials teachers may skip Step 2 and/or Step 3.






School Schedule


Regular Day Schedule

8:15 a.m.         Playground supervision begins; students should not arrive before 8:15

8:15-8:35         Breakfast in the cafeteria

8:40                 First Bell (students should be on school grounds)

8:45                 Tardy Bell (students should be in classrooms)

11:25 – 12:45  Lunch and Lunch Recess


Lunch Starts

Recess Begins

Recess Ends

1st  and 2nd

11:25 – 11:35







4th ,




4th , 5th , 6th




3:15 p.m.         Dismissal


Early Release Day Schedule

8:45 to 10:30 (morning preschool / kindergarten - no lunch)  

11:30 to 1:15 (afternoon preschool / kindergarten - no lunch)

8:45 to 1:15 (grades 1 – 6, lunch is served)



Support Services


Owyhee-Harbor Elementary has a variety of dedicated and skilled professionals to support students. Classroom teachers collaborate regularly to ensure that the academic and social/emotional needs of all children are addressed. Specialists are available to assist students including a special education teacher, reading specialist, speech-language pathologist, counselor, nurse, psychologist, gifted/talented facilitator, and Title I tutors.


PLC Time (formerly Collaboration)

Classroom teachers are assigned to Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams with same or similar grade teachers. These teams meet weekly after school to review the performance of all students in their class and to share effective teaching strategies and methods.


Problem Solving Intervention (PSI) Team

If a student is experiencing academic or social/emotional needs that are not being fully met in the regular classroom, or if additional resources or expertise are needed, the student can be referred to the Problem Solving Intervention (PSI) Team. Students may be referred to the PSI Team by parents or school staff. This intervention team includes the classroom teacher, principal, parents, and specialist and uses a more formal process to identify immediate and measurable interventions.


Special Education Evaluation Team

If the interventions put in place by the PSI Team are not sufficient or are required on an ongoing basis, the PSI Team may refer the student to our Special Education Evaluation Team. The Special Education Team, which includes parents, will determine if testing is warranted. Parent input and consent is always obtained before any formal individual testing is conducted.


Title I

Owyhee operates a schoolwide Title I program to benefit all of our students. Title I funding pays for Title I Tutor salaries, additional instructional materials, equipment, and professional development. Title I staff work closely with classroom teachers and other programs to help all children be successful in reading and math. Title I Tutors may assist teachers with large group instruction, they might work with small groups of students, or one-on-one with a child. Students also benefit from professional development, which teachers receive, and instructional materials purchased with Title I funds.





Bicycles, Scooters, and Skateboards

It is important that students who ride their bicycles to school wear a helmet. Students cannot ride bicycles, scooters or skateboards on school grounds or the sidewalks around the school between 8:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Students must walk bicycles or scooters and carry skateboards during these times. Violators are redirected. If that is not effective, the bicycle, scooter, or skateboard is locked in the principal’s office for one or more nights.


The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles, scooters, or skateboards. The best protection for a bicycle is to lock it to the bike rack. Scooters and skateboards are not allowed in classrooms but may be left under student coat racks as long as they do not create a safety hazard in the hallway. The best way to avoid losing skateboards/scooters is to leave them at home.


Bus Transportation: Bus transportation is available to students who live in the safety-bussing zone of the Owyhee attendance area (Federal Way and the Sunrise Rim area east of Vista). Open enrollment students may ride the bus from an established stop if space is available. To be eligible for bus transportation students must have a completed and approved bus application. Students are to be picked up and dropped off at their designated stops unless the student has written permission from parents to get on or off at a different stop. Non-bus riders can ride the bus only with written permission from parents and approval from the school.


Good bus behavior is extremely important for safety. Bus violations may be referred to the principal if students are unresponsive to the driver. Please remind your child to follow these rules:

·         Listen to the driver’s instructions.

·         Stay seated at all times..

·         Face forward with both feet on the floor.

·         Keep hands and feet to self.

·         Talk in soft voices.

·         Don’t eat or drink on the bus.


Cars and Carpools: A structured dismissal and pick-up system is used at Owyhee to maximize safety and minimize congestion and wait time. Please see the “Arrival and Dismissal” section on page 3 of this handbook for details.






Owyhee-Harbor Elementary not only welcomes volunteers, we depend on them. To protect the safety of all of our students, school volunteers must submit an application (one time) and are strongly encouraged to attend an annual orientation.


Please notify your child’s teacher if you can help in the classroom or contact our Volunteer Coordinator for other volunteer opportunities. Please sign in at the office and obtain a Visitor’s Badge when you volunteer. This contributes to a safe school environment and documents volunteer hours. All adults at Owyhee, including volunteers, serve as role models for our students.  The examples you set help students understand and respect school rules. Thanks for setting a great example by:

·         Protecting learning time

·         Scheduling in advance and arriving on time

·         Being positive and enthusiastic

·         Using quiet voices and limiting talk in the hallways

·         Abiding by the student dress code

·         Keeping cell phones off at school

·         Obtaining daycare for younger siblings

·         Maintaining confidentiality

·         Refraining from chewing gum





Feel free to contact the principal with any questions about this handbook. Please sign the acknowledgement page (first page) after reviewing the handbook with your child or children. Please keep this document as a reference.