Echo Hills Elementary School
2021-2022 Family Handbook
This handbook was developed to provide parents and students with important information
regarding the operation of Echo Hills Elementary School. Please read each section so you will be
familiar with school policies and procedures. Our community is in the midst of an emergence from a year of COVID regulations. This is a time of great excitement and optimism. The entire staff of Echo Hills Elementary School is excited to welcome back all of our students for in person learning.
The preceding school year forced everyone to rethink every aspect of how we go about our daily lives in an effort to be compliant with health orders and to keep our students and staff safe. As we work to resume some sense of normalcy we will also embrace lessons learned during this remarkable time. Some of the changes we implemented to school operations last year will revert back to their former procedures, and we will continue to implement some procedures that were originally implemented due to COVID because we discovered that these innovations were in fact a better way of doing our work.
Your continued flexibility is important and appreciated. Even as we make leaps toward the goal of “normal” we could still be forced to make adjustments based on health orders and in the interest of student and staff health & safety.
If you have any questions or concerns I invite you to consult your child’s teacher or the staff member involved first. I am here to help as well.
In the event of your child’s absence the following procedures must be followed:
Call the school office @ (330) 689-5450. Please state the child’s name and reason for absence. Messages may be left on the school voice mail if you wish to call during non-office hours.
Pre-planned absences (vacations, family obligations) should be reported to the school at least three days prior to the absence using the form found at http://www.smfschools.org/parents/formsapplications
If a student is absent from school for any reason the parent/guardian is obligated to provide a written statement regarding the cause of the absence.
Students who arrive after 9:05am are marked tardy and must report to the Office to sign in. Tardy students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Repeated absences including tardiness disrupt the educational process. Consequences including but not limited to the following may be issued to address excessive or habitual absences:
- Warning letter
- parent conferentes
- referral to the Attendance Intervention Team
- School consequences such as detention
- Referral to Stow Youth Services.
Arrival and Dismissal
All parents/guardians who choose to transport their child(ren) to school in a private vehicle must remain in the vehicle and join the car rider line (shown in the diagram above by white arrows) as it moves around the perimeter of the lot. Drivers must remain in their vehicle at all times (parking and coming to the front of the school on foot can no longer be permitted). As you approach the curb adjacent to the school please remain very close to the curb to allow moving traffic from the parking area to exit. It is HIGHLY recommended that children exit using the passenger side of your vehicle. This will allow them to get out on a sidewalk rather than in the midst of moving vehicles. Children must remain in your vehicle until 8:55am. They may not leave vehicles prior to that point. A staff member will be present to direct them to the building by “following the Bulldogs”.
Children may walk to school at parent discretion. An adult could choose to walk the child to a point just off school property and visually supervise the completion of their journey to school. They will enter from the front doors marked for students and staff.
Daycare providers will continue to be parked in a designated spot near the trees in the main entry driveway. These spots are reserved for daycare vans and parents/guardians must not park there.
Parents/Guardians who choose to transport their child(ren) home must remain in their vehicles at all times. Please line up around the perimeter of the lot as shown in the diagram above. Please also prepare a 8.5 x 11 sized sign with the last name(s) of the children you are picking up marked in large block letters. That sign should be placed on the passenger side of your vehicle dashboard so it can be easily seen by our staff. Those names will be called out by the staff members assisting with the car rider line.. Generally, the youngest children will be lined up closest to the crosswalk.
Walkers (see above definition) will be dismissed from the playground door and will leave school property immediately and independently on foot.
Daycares will park in the space noted above and children will be assisted while crossing the cross walk to those vehicles.
Buses will be “pre-loaded” in the building so that children are dismissed from the school to their bus in a manner that allows them to move directly to their assigned seat without passing by other seated children.
Birthday Treats and Party Invitations
Students may bring in a birthday treat to share with classmates. Please follow the following guidelines.
Please contact the teacher regarding potential food allergies.
Treats should be easily distributed by the child. Due to allergy and logistical concerns, the treats must be commercially prepared with ingredients clearly marked and individually wrapped/packaged. Homemade treats will not be permitted.
Students should transport treats to school. Treats being brought in by an adult must be left in the office.
Cafeteria--School Food Services
A nutritious lunch provided by you or our cafeteria is instrumental in your child’s academic performance. Using funding provided through Federal grant programs, school breakfasts and lunches will be available free of charge for all students regardless of parent/guardian income for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year.
Despite this provision, all parents & guardians are asked to complete the free/reduced lunch application that is included in your child’s annual forms (Final Forms). Funding for academic programs like Title 1 is determined based on data gathered from these applications. Your willingness to fill out the form helps to maintain funding for these important programs.
Other considerations for breakfast and lunch at school include:
A peanut-free table is offered for students with food allergies. Contact the school nurse if your child has a food allergy.
Students are expected to act responsibly, independently open lunch items, and clean up their area.
Students should be able to open any food item sent in as part of a lunch independently. Juice pouches, “go-Gurt” and fruit cups are items that children commonly struggle to open. Staff will always be available to help any child who needs it, but your child will be able to more readily enjoy his/her lunch if assistance is not needed.
Parents/Guardians may not enter the building for lunch.
Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronic Devices at School
Cell phones or other personal electronic devices used inappropriately by students will be confiscated by a staff member and will be returned at the end of the school day. In the case of repeat offenses, devices may be confiscated and held until they can be retrieved by an a parent or guardian.
In the event of an emergency parents/guardians should contact the school so that we may alert your child.
Change of Addresses and other Personal Information
9:05...Student day begins
3:35...Student day ends
Chromebooks (School Issued Devices)
Every student will be issued a district-owned Chromebook for use during the school year.
The device must come to school every day, charged sufficiently to be used during the school day.
This device will be collected at the conclusion of the school year. Excessive damage to the device may result in a fee. Loss of the device will result in the assessment of a fee to cover the cost of the device.
Students/parents can request technical assistance with school owned devices by emailing email@example.com or by reporting the issue to the classroom teacher.
Field trips will be organized by grade levels and parents will be provided detailed information when available. It is mandatory that the annual forms and consent process has been completed. Failure to complete this process will unfortunately result in your child’s ineligibility to attend.
The number of chaperones will be based on information provided by the field trip destination.
Classroom teachers will utilize a selection process if we have more volunteers than needed. The
duties of a chaperone begin at the school and include riding the bus to and from the field trip site.
Chaperones may not drive their private vehicle to/from a field trip. All chaperones MUST be
fingerprinted and cleared by Central Office and are subject to the fingerprinting deadline
referenced in the section regarding Volunteers found later in this document.
The Echo Hills clinic is staffed daily from 9:05 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. If you have a concern about your child’s health, please call the clinic at (330) 689-5456.
If a child becomes ill or injured during the school day, a parent or other emergency contact will be notified. Clinic personnel will determine whether a child is permitted to remain in school.
In order to dispense prescription medication to students, the following guidelines MUST be followed:
A medication form must be obtained from the school office, completed, and returned to school. The form is also available online on the district’s parent page. This form includes the type of medication to be taken, the prescribed dosage, and the signature of the physician.
The medication must be brought to school in the ORIGINAL container.
The container must have the prescription label attached.
The medication is stored in a locked cabinet in the health clinic and will be dispensed by the nurse
If the type of medication or dosage is changed, a revised form must be completed and resubmitted.
Health--When to Stay Home
Periodically we conduct safety drills to make sure that all students and staff are familiar with our safety plan.
Community members who have a concern about school safety are invited to contact the school principal at 330-689-5450.
You can also report a safety concern directly to the Stow Police Department (330-689-5700 for non emergencies; 911 for emergencies).
Finally, we offer a tip line that accepts reports of safety concerns. If desired, this can be done anonymously. A concerned party may call or text 1-844-SAFEROH (1-844-723-3764).
If you miss a call from the school please check your voicemail prior to calling the school’s main number.
Student Behavioral Expectations
Echo Hills Elementary School follows the PAWS Positive Behavior program. PAWS stands for: Prepared for Success, Act Responsibly, Work Hard, and Stay Safe. Students can earn PAWS reward tickets by displaying PAWS behavior. Students who make inappropriate choices will receive consequences that follow a progressive discipline model.
All students at Echo Hills Elementary School are subject to the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Student Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can be found online at:
Students who violate the code of conduct may receive any of the following consequences or combination of consequences. These expectations apply to all school environments including the bus.
Loss of privileges
Student Dress & Appearance
Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for school. Cleanliness, neatness of hair
and clothing, comfort, and safety are essential considerations. Clothing should be clean, properly
fitted, and in good taste. The following items are NOT permitted:
Halters/spaghetti straps/tube tops
Mesh or see-through garments
Bare midriffs/low-cut tops
Clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages/cigarettes/drugs
Clothing that displays inappropriate language
Additionally, students must abide by the following guidelines:
Shorts should be finger-tip length
Jackets, coats and hats may not be worn in the classroom
Students should not wear flip-flops and other toeless footwear—this is for safety reasons.
Students should not use face paint unless given special permission by the Principal for school spirit days.
You will be asked to provide your child’s teacher information about your child’s transportation arrangements at the beginning of the year.
Consistency in your child’s transportation is imperative. This alleviates anxiousness for the child, unnecessary confusion, and provides a safe and orderly dismissal routine.
Parents/guardians must provide prior written notice if there is to be a change in transportation.
If no notification is received your child will follow his/her regular mode of transportation.
If an emergency situation arises please call the office as early as possible. DO NOT EMAIL, you must call.
Students who are transported to and from school by district transportation may only ride their assigned bus.
NEW FOR 2021-22: Our school district is pleased to offer parents of school bus riders a new tool. This year we will implement the Traversa 360 app. Once the implementation phase is complete, this tool will allow parents the ability to see their child's school bus assignment, check assigned pick-up and drop off times, and monitor delays in the bus schedule. Additional information will be distributed to parents about this tool as the school year progresses.
Echo Hills and the Stow Munroe Falls City Schools intends to welcome back volunteers to our schools as health conditions permit this year. We reserve the right to adjust our volunteer plans as health conditions in the community evolve.
All volunteers for all activities must be fingerprinted. This includes but is not limited to field trips, classroom volunteers, and PTA events
Fingerprinting is available at no charge by contacting Lucy Casto at the Board Office at (330) 689-5445. For your convenience, we also schedule opportunities for fingerprinting at the school building.
Fingerprinting and background checks are good for one calendar year.
Individuals who wish to volunteer at any point during the school year must complete a new fingerprint check by October 15, 2021. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in ineligibility for volunteering opportunities. (Exceptions will be made in instances when a family moves into the district mid-year).
Upon arrival, volunteers must report to the office, sign in and obtain a volunteer badge before beginning their work.
Student and Staff safety is our paramount concern. The following procedures are used when adults visit our school:
Ring the buzzer outside the main entrance and request entrance
Check in with a staff member upon entering the secure vestibule.
Visitors who request entry beyond the secured vestibule must present a government-issued identification card. This card will be scanned through the Raptor Visitor Management System. Prospective visitors are screened against multiple registries to ensure that prohibited persons do not enter the building.
Once the visitor is cleared by Raptor an identification sticker will be issued. The visitor must wear this sticker visibly at all times during the visit.
Visitors will also be required to wear a mask in accordance with any health department order that is in effect.
AT NO TIME should parents or other family members enter the building and proceed through the hallways without following the above procedures.