Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Welcome Back Letter from Mr. Mack

We’re excited to welcome you back for the 2021-22 school year!

For years we have told students: 

               Life can sometimes be hard, but we can do hard things! 

Last year we all proved that true! Facing the unknown fears and challenges of the pandemic was definitely hard, but working together we had a successful school year that we are very proud of! But with that said ....I am hoping for a more ‘normal’ school year!  :

We welcome our new staff members: Mrs. Nicky Banzhaf (English), Mr. Weston Burch (Paraprofessional), Mr. Michael Gieseler (Custodian), Mr. Caleb Haskell (Math), Mrs. Jeri Lyons (Science) and Mr. Andrew Smith (Social Studies).


Student Schedules:  The late addition of a half-time teacher created a ripple effect in schedule changes. Included in this letter is the official student schedule. Mrs. Watson will be available August 5-6 and 9-11 for any requested schedule changes. Schedules can not be changed after the start of school except for special circumstances with teacher and administrative approvals.

*Required Chromebook Orientation Programs:   August 9, 11 and 13th at 5:00p and 6:15p. Join any one of these six offered sessions to be assigned a 1:1 chromebook from the school. Chromebooks will be handed out after each session. A parent/guardian as well as the student must attend. Those not able to make an above listed date will need to schedule an appointment with the District Technology Office by calling 432-0718.

*If you plan to use your own chromebook/laptop/iPad, you will still need to attend one of the sessions for important information about digital citizenship and acceptable use. Otherwise, personal devices will not have access to the school wifi without attending an Orientation Program.

Fall Sports Meeting:  This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10th at 6:00p. The current plan is to meet in the Auditorium before the break out sessions with individual fall sport coaches.  This is an informational evening for high school student-athletes and parents.

Open House:  We’ll host a short open house opportunity on Monday, August 23rd from 6:00-7:00 for families that would like to walk through the school or meet the high school staff.


Our first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 17th. We’ll run 1:30 schedules all week to make time for other necessary student and staff needs.  View our district and school websites at www.chadronschools.org for additional information or give our office a call if you have questions at 432-0707.    

Enjoy your remaining summer break!  

Jerry Mack, Principal


Dress Code Reminder

Last year we had many district students learn from home.  So, with all students returning to school this year, here's the section of the Parent/Student Handbook referring to student appearance.   Please review the handbook for your awareness of all policies related to the Chadron Public School District.



Article 6 - Section 7:  Student Appearance

Students at Chadron Public Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for a school setting.  Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes or distracts the learning environment or teaching process in our schools.  Following is a list of examples of attire that will not be considered appropriate, this list is not exclusive and other forms of attire may be deemed inappropriate for the school setting by the administration:

  • Student dress and/or grooming that distracts from the educational programs at Chadron Public Schools will not be permitted
  • Clothing that shows an inappropriate amount of bare skin or visible underwear are not permissible. Undergarments should remain covered.
  • Spaghetti-strap tops (two-finger rule), one-shoulder tops, halter and open-back tops, tank and tube tops and those which bare the midriff are not permissible.
  • Shirts with sleeves cut off and oversized holes for arms are prohibited. 
  • Cleavage, armpit hair, chest hair, etc., should not be visible.
  • Shorts and skirts that are too loose-fitting and or too short (at least knuckle length with arms extended to the side) and swimsuits are all not permissible.
  • Leisure wear, including lounge and pajama pants, bedroom attire, and slippers are not acceptable
  • Pants not snug to the waist (sagging) or torn/ripped beyond manufactured design are not acceptable.
  • Footwear that is not adequate and is a health or safety concern.  Barefoot or sock footed are not acceptable at any time.  
  • Headwear including hats, caps, hoods or kerchiefs are not to be worn in the building and must be left in lockers while the student is in the building. Hats will be confiscated for violation of this rule. 
  • Clothing or jewelry which exhibits in words or pictures: profanity, violence, nudity, sexual references, carries double meanings or is gang related is not allowed. 
  • Clothing or jewelry that advertises beer, alcohol, tobacco (including electronic nicotine delivery systems), or illegal drugs is not allowed.
  • Clothing or jewelry that could be used as a weapon (chains, spiked apparel) or that would encourage “horseplay” will not be permitted.  

As a general rule:  Clothing should be worn in the fashion it was intended.  If students would not wear it in the workplace or a public function, per the manufacturer’s recommendations, then it probably isn’t acceptable for the school setting

Consideration will be made for students who wear special clothing as required by religious beliefs, disability, or to convey a particularized message protected by law.  The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by school administration.  In the event a student is uncertain as to whether a particular item or method of grooming is consistent with the school’s guidelines, the student should contact the school administration for approval. 

Coaches, sponsors or teachers may have additional requirements for students who are in special lab classes, students who are participants in performing groups or students who are representing the school as part of an extracurricular activity program.

If the student’s dress or behavior is in violation of these regulations, the staff member will ask the student to make the appropriate corrections.  If the student refuses, the staff member will bring the student to the office.  School administration will make the final decision and take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action.  The school dress code will be in effect during school hours and all school sponsored activities unless students are given permission by the principal to wear something different.  The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by school administration.  On the first offense of a dress code violation, a student may call home for proper apparel.  If clothes cannot be brought to school, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.  Students will not be allowed to leave campus to change clothes, unless given permission by their parent/guardian and/or Principal.  Continual violations of the dress code will result in disciplinary actions (suspension or expulsion).


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Infinite Campus Online Payments Update

Parents:

Infinite Campus has changed payment processors for online payments.  Any payment methods you’ve set up for your eCheck accounts have been deleted to ensure the security and confidentiality of your data.  You will be asked to re-enter your payment methods into the Parent Portal.  You now have the option to enter debit/credit card accounts or eCheck accounts.

 

There are no other changes in the way you will experience online payments.


Thanks!

Sara E. Taylor
Business Manager
Chadron Public Schools
602 East 10th Street
Chadron, NE  69337
308-432-0700