Chipeta Elementary

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Schedule and Attendance
School Supplies
School Hours
Playground Supervision
Extended Hours Program Registration
Visiting the School
Attendance and absences
Early Dismissal from School
School Health Assistant and Medication
Student Behavior
Chipeta School-Wide Behavior Management
Transportation
Bicycles/Rollerblades/Skateboards/Scooters
Bus Transportation
Parking and Pick-Up
School Communication
Tuesday Folders and Monthly Newsletter
Progress Reports and Conferences
Telephone Messages
Other Topics
Cafeteria
Dress Code
Emergency Schedule
Playground Equipment

Schedule and Attendance
School Hours

School Hours

School is in session for grades K through 5th from 8:55 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The first bell rings at 8:50 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:55 a.m.

School Supplies

school supplies

In order to save parents and guardians money on school supplies, there will be a $25.00 school supply charge. This will enable teachers to buy supplies in bulk and avoid the purchase of unneeded items.

Playground Supervision

Playground Supervision

The playground is supervised every morning from 8:25 - 8:55 a.m. during the time buses are arriving and unloading. Do not send your children to school earlier than 8:25 a.m., since there is no adult supervision present on the grounds. The playground is also supervised during lunch recess and grade level recess periods.

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Extended Hours Registration

Cougar Care

Extended Hours is a program that runs before and after school for a fee. For registration information please contact the Extended Hours office at 241-3603 or their website. EXTENDED HOURS LINK

Visitors and Volunteer Opportunities

Visitors

Although in the past parents were encouraged to visit their children's classroom or any of the district's other instructional facilities, we are now unable to allow parent visitors because of COVID19. Thank you for your continued understanding in keeping our students safe and in school. There will be an update on when we will be able to allow these visits again. If you are interested in volunteering the district has implemented online volunteer opportunities. This includes online tutoring, reading and story telling from our Spellbinders group. 

Click Here for more information on volunteer opportunities

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Attendance and Absences

Attendance Early Dismissal

A child can never make up a day missed at school even though some assignments may be made up at a later date. The interaction and instruction that takes place in the classroom are equally as valuable as written assignments. Students should only be absent from school in the case of an illness, unusual family difficulties, or emergency. Other absences should be avoided and, in fact, may constitute truancy. If your child is absent for more than one day, please make arrangements to have his/her homework picked up.

When your child is absent, the parent is expected to call the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. to inform the school as to the nature of the absence. If the child is absent and no call has been made, the school's automated system will call the parental numbers listed on the registration paperwork, to let families know about the student's absence from school.

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Early Dismissal

As a general policy, children are dismissed from school during school hours only in case of an emergency. In such situations, a note should be sent to the child's teacher on that day and the parent must come to the office to sign the child out of school. Please try to schedule appointments before or after school.

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School Health Assistant and Medication

Attendance Early Dismissal

Chipeta Elementary does have a full time health assistant. She is on duty from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. If a child becomes ill or injured at school, he/she will be cared for, and the parent will be notified. Simple first-aid will be administered, but no medication will be given unless the medication and written permission is on file with the office. The responsibility for further care rests with the parents or family physician. If your child contracts strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, or any other contagious disease, please inform the school health assistant or office staff at once. Throat cultures are not given at school.

Chipeta Elementary has added a new member to their health them specifically for COVID19 assistance. She is on duty from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. She will be working closely with our school RN to make sure we are communicating the correct procedures to families for students who are showing symptoms of COVID19. 

Medication

medication

In order for prescription medications to be administered by the school health assistant or trained staff, the school is required to have the form "Request for Medication" completed, signed by the physician and a parent, and be on file in the school. Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled by the pharmacist. Please check with your physician regarding the necessity for giving medication during school hours.

Over the counter (non-prescription) medication supplied by the parent in the original container may be given only with a parent's signature on the permission form. Forms are available in the school office and at most physician's offices. New forms must be completed each school year.

If it is necessary to send liquid medication to school, please send a dosage spoon with the medication. We request parents bring the medication to school. Medications which have not been used or picked up by the expiration date will be discarded at school.

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Student Behavior
Chipeta School-Wide Behavior Management

Chipeta is a Positive Behavior Support (PBIS) school. We strive to have a school environment that is positive, preventative, predictable, and effective. We endeavor to be safe, healthy and caring. These elements help provide an atmosphere essential for academic success.

The Chipeta Behavior Expectations require each student to be:
Respectful
Responsible
Safe

We have developed a matrix that outlines the desired behavior in each school setting as it pertains to these three school-wide expectations. It is our goal to establish and maintain an effective school environment that maximizes academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners.

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Transportation
Bicycles/Scooters/Skateboards/Roller Blades

lTransportation

Children may ride scooters & bicycles to school. Scooters & bicycles must be walked on the school grounds. Bicycles should be locked to the bicycle rack. Roller blades may be worn to school, but are not allowed on school grounds. Students must change into their shoes at the edge of school property. Please remember that the school cannot be responsible for any personal property brought to school.

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Bus Transportation

bus

Bus transportation is provided to children in the Chipeta attendance area who live more than two miles from school. Where students are ineligible for school district transportation, the parent may contract privately with STA if it will not cause deviation from the existing routes. Information on specific bus number, bus stop and stop time for individual students is available at the school office or at Student Transportation of America.

It is our hope that you stress to your child the importance of proper conduct at the bus stop and on the bus. We want to be sure that every Chipeta student has a safe and happy ride to and from school.

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Parking and Pickup

Please read the pick-up and drop-off procedures carefully. Your cooperation is appreciated. The drop-off/pick-up loop is located in front of the school on Chipteta Avenue between 9th and 10th Street. Vehicles in the "pick-up/drop-off loop should continue to pull forward filling spaces vacated in front of them. Drivers are to remain in their vehicles. Do not park on 10th and Chipeta Avenue in the bike lane.

Other Guidelines

  • Students who ride the bus will be organized on the playground grass area in order to enter their assigned bus, while also being supervised and socially distancing. They will wear masks on the bus.  

  • If you are picking your student up by car, please pull up as far up as possible in our front loop and wait in your car. Your student will come to your car. Kindergarten parents/guardians MUST park outside of the front loop and pick up their kindergartner at the front kindergarten gate. 

  • If you are a parent that walks onto campus to pick up your student, please go to the west parking lot/gate. Once your student sees you, they will come to you and be supervised by a staff member.

  • Kindergarten parents/guardians are allowed to go to the front kindergarten gate to pick up their kindergartener still. This will leave less congestion out front in order for us to socially distance the 1st -5th grade students during carpool pickup.

We ask that while adults are waiting outside for pick up, please socially distance and wear a face covering when possible. We will have students wear face coverings outside until they connect with their adult by car or walk up. 

 

School Communication
Tuesday Folders and Monthly Newsletter

Thursday Folder

In an effort to assist you and your child with important information and school news we have established "Tuesday Folders". Each Tuesday your child will bring home a packet of letters, classroom information, etc. Please take time to sit and discuss this information with your child. In addition, a monthly newsletter will be sent out regarding important school news and upcoming events in the next month.

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Progress Reports and Conferences

conference

The Chipeta staff is committed to communication between students, teachers, and parents. Pupil progress is reported through formal parent-teacher conferences twice a year and progress report cards are sent home during the year. Fall parent conferences are scheduled in October and winter conferences will be held in February. Progress report cards will be sent home at the end of each quarter. Additional conferences may be initiated as needed by the parents or teachers throughout the year.

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Telephone Messages

progress

We will deliver emergency/urgent messages to your child. If at all possible, arrangements for any changes in your child's routine should be made before they come to school in the morning. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone for permission to go home with a friend.

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Other Topics
Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Chipeta Elementary is a free breakfast site for all students. Lunch payment is based on need through our free lunch application. Children need healthy meals to learn. Mesa County Valley School District 51 offers healthy meals every school day. Lunch costs $3.00 at the elementary level (grades K-5). Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Students in all grades who qualify for reduced price meal benefits will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. You can also apply online at MySchoolsApp. If you need assistance filling out this application please contact our Family Center.

Dress Code

Dress Code

See the Student Handbook on our home page for detailed expectations. School is your child's "workplace" and consequently we ask that they dress appropriately. Children should dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please send your child to school with warm clothing.

Any clothing which is deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to be worn at school. Please help your child make choices that will be conducive to a positive learning environment. We ask that students not wear tank tops, half shirts, crop tops, short shorts, bike shorts, or slogans promoting alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, or violence, or sagging pants.

Please make sure all coats, hats, and gloves are labeled with your child's name. Let's keep our focus on student learning.

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Emergency Schedule

emergency

Inclement weather or other factors may result in closing schools, delayed opening, or early dismissal. School closing will be announced through news stations, the district website and social media. Close contact is maintained with the district transportation office, bus company, highway department, weather bureau, and news media. Closing decisions are made as early as possible. On a questionable day, please check the district website. Please complete the emergency/enrollment form very carefully. Complete, accurate information, including home and work phone numbers, is very important! If there is a change of address or phone number, inform the school promptly.

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Playground Equipment

Sports equipment

Children are allowed to bring their own playground equipment, with the exception of hard bats and balls, to play with on the playground. No electronic devises including CD players, Game systems, IPODS, etc. will be allowed at school. All items brought from home must be clearly marked with the child's name. The school cannot be responsible for items lost or stolen. Safety is our main concern and we reserve the right to exclude any items we deem unsafe or inappropriate.

In order to comply with COVID regulations we provide a class set of playground equipment and ask students to use their personal equipment within their cohort.

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