Principal Nancy Frank, Secretary
150 Clearmount Avenue SE Phone:
North Canton OH 44720 Fax: 330.966.0801
TO CLEARMOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
The beginning of a new school year brings anticipation, excitement, and challenges.
Clearmount School staff are excited
for the challenges and are committed to providing a quality
educational program for all children. However, we know one of the keys to a child’s success in
school is the support and involvement of the family. We encourage you to become actively involved.
The information in this handbook will be helpful in explaining the procedures and guidelines of
our daily operations. Please read and discuss it with your child. It is our desire to develop and maintain good
communication between the school and its families. Please remember, if you need any information or
assistance, please call us at (330) 497-5640. We are here to serve!
We appreciate your support and
cooperation as we all strive to provide a great learning experience for our
Clearmount Daily Schedule -
am – Doors open and children are permitted into the building
am – Tardy Bell (students not in their classes or at breakfast at this time
will be counted tardy)
– Walker and Car-riders are dismissed for pick up
- Begin loading buses
– Official end of the school day (Continue loading buses as they arrive)
Arrival Procedures - Students
are not to arrive at school before 8:55 AM unless it is an emergency
situation. Parents are to walk with their
children to school and walk them to Door #1 or you may use the supervised car
line drop-off area in the North parking lot.
Bus Riders will be dropped off in front of the school. DO NOT park in the bus lanes in front of the
school between 8:30 and 9:15 AM.
Dismissal Procedures - At dismissal, bus riders are called when
their bus arrives, beginning at 3:55 PM. Kindergarten and First Grade students who are not riding the bus will be dismissed to the
Cafeteria. Parents (or caregivers) may park in the car lot (spots will
be at a premium) or along the adjacent streets and walk to Door #10 on the
North Side of the school. Second Grade
will be dismissed under staff supervision at Door #2 (South of the Main
be aware of the fire hydrants and crosswalks as well as the entrance to the bus
loop entrance and exits in the front of the school if parking along the
streets. Parents of Kindergarten and
First Grade students will wait outside the building. A staff member will call for the children
when you arrive. If another
person will be picking up your child, please notify the office so we are
prepared. If we do not recognize a
child’s caregiver, the child will not be released until we make contact with a
custodial parent. This pick up option
will be available each day from 3:55 until 4:10. Please plan accordingly.
Due to the nature of
our end of the day classroom activities please do not plan to pick up your
child early to avoid the pick up lines on a regular basis. This is disruptive to the students’
School Transportation - Bus transportation is available for students who live more
than a mile away from school. Parents
and students must assume that bus transportation is a privilege, not a
right. Parents are expected to supervise
their children at the bus stop.
- Students are to only ride their
assigned bus, unless an emergency exists. In the event of an emergency,
the parent should call the school.
The child must have written approval for a bus change.
- A child who is not a bus rider may
not ride to or from school on a school bus. Parents must send a note to school if
there is a change in transportation arrangements.
- It is strongly suggested that
families take advantage of the school bus transportation because of
potential parking issues around the school.
It is strongly suggested that students who are eligible to
ride the bus to and from school do so.
Please note, ONLY Clearmount students in grades K – 2 will be riding our
buses. Because of the lack of parking
and potential congestion around the school building at the end of the day, please
take advantage of this service if you are eligible.
- For your child’s
safety and protection, please call the school office (330) 497-5640 by 9:15 AM
if your child is absent from school. You
can leave a message on the school answering machine before or after school hours. The office will contact you at home or at
work if you do not report your child’s absence.
When your child returns to school, send a note (preferably from the attending
physician if seen by a doctor) explaining the reason for the absence. Failure to notify the school will result in an unexcused
Regulation Governing Tardiness - Students
are expected to report to school on time. Students not doing so will be
considered tardy unless one of the following conditions exists.
1. Students arriving on a late
2. Students who are pre-excused
for a physician’s or dentist’s appointment.
3. Students receiving emergency
medical treatment by a physician or dentist.
Students arriving after 9:10 am will be considered tardy. Students
arriving after 10:10 am will be considered absent for a half day.
Tardiness interrupts your child’s instructional time. When a
student arrives late to school, he/she must report to the office before entering
the classroom. Parents are required to come in with their child to the
main office and sign them in.
Your child’s teacher will be notified that the student is on their
way to the classroom.
Parents are to remain in the foyer and not walk the student to the
classroom. Please do not go beyond the Big Bucket Mural.
Special / Early Dismissals - Special /
early dismissals should be kept to a minimum and utilized only for important
and necessary reasons. For safety reasons, parents or other
adults who pick up students early MUST use the following procedures:
Please send a note to the teacher regarding an early dismissal.
Please note if someone other than yourself is picking up your child.
Parent reports to the office and shows ID verification.
The secretary will call the child to the office.
Parent signs the child out and waits for the child to arrive at
Parent is NOT to go directly to the child’s classroom.
NOTE: The above
procedures must be used at all times. If a child leaves before 2:55 pm, he will be
counted 1/2 day absent.
The Ohio State Legislature made significant changes to Ohio’s
school attendance laws through House Bill 410 that went into effect in
2017. The two areas that Ohio Revised Code now requires schools to
address are absenteeism and truancy. Below is how Ohio
Revised Code defines the two types of absenteeism and the actions that will be
initiated by your child’s school.
Excessive Absenteeism is when a student is absent with or without
legitimate excuse for either of the following: for 38 hours in one school
month or 65 hours in one school year. In these situations, state law requires the school to send a
letter to the parents informing them of their child’s excessive absenteeism.
The school may develop an absence intervention plan for the purpose of
improving the student’s attendance.
Chronic Absenteeism is when a student is absent with or without
legitimate excuse for 10% of the school year. In these situations, the school:
will inform the parent and schedule a meeting with the parent
may revise an absence intervention plan if one was previously
will require medical documentation in order to excuse future
truancy refers to when a child is absent from school without a
legitimate excuse for 30 consecutive school hours or 42 hours in one school
month or 72 hours in one school year. In these situations, state law requires the school to seek input
from the parent in order to develop an absence intervention plan to
improve the student’s attendance. If attendance does not improve,
the school will file charges with the court system.
Care of Textbooks and Library Books - Textbooks
are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks
are to be kept clean, handled carefully, and covered with a book cover.
The library has books and magazines for recreational reading and for
classroom assignments. Students will be assessed fines for abuse or
misuse of books. Lost and damaged books must be paid for before the end
of the school year.
Change of Address, Email, and/or Telephone Number - It is
important that we have the correct address, email, and telephone numbers for
each student. If you plan to move or change your home, cell, or work
telephone number, please notify the school office immediately.
Lost and Found - Parents are
requested to label coats, sweaters, hats, lunch boxes, glasses, etc. to help
ensure return of lost items. Unidentified items which have been
found are kept in a large box in the cafeteria. Students should check the
lost and found when they have lost a particular item. Parents are also
encouraged to check for lost articles when they are in the building. Any
unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization at the end of each
- Periodic building newsletters
will be sent home. Connecting to our
“Schoology” password protected web portal will be an important communication
tool. You can access the teacher and
building pages to learn more about classroom activities. It is important that
you check the “Take Home Folder” in your child’s book bag each day for
important papers. Most teachers
communicate classroom news via email or with the take home folder.
Birthday Invitations -
Students may bring birthday invitations to the class
to hand out. The rule being: every student in the class or every
student of the same gender receives the invitation. Boys or girls may
not be left out.
Cafeteria / Food Service
*Lunch - $2.50 *Adult Lunch - $4.00 *Milk - $.50
Hot lunches are served each day. The
lunch menu is published monthly. For those who pack a lunch, milk may be
purchased. Applications for free or reduced price lunch are available
in the school office or can be found on the NCCS website.
In case of emergency, lunch may be charged. We try to
impress upon the children that it is their responsibility to bring the money to
school the next school day.
Students may pay for their lunches daily, weekly or monthly.
There is an online lunch payment program available. This can be
found on our website: www.northcantonschools.org/.
Look for the School Lunch Account link that will take you to www.payschoolscentral.com.
If you send money to school, please put it in an envelope with your child’s
name, the teacher’s name and a notation of “Lunch Money”.
Breakfast is also available each morning for $1.50, served from
8:55 – 9:15 a.m.
(*All prices are subject to change before the
start of school, but will remain consistent throughout the year)
Eating Lunch at School - Parents are welcome to join
their child for lunch on special occasions. (Birthday, or special days)
Visitors may pack a lunch or purchase a cafeteria meal. Please let the
school know in advance if you are buying a cafeteria lunch. Due to the
limited space in the cafeteria and an effort to promote and foster independence
for the children, we do not encourage daily visits to the cafeteria.
Parents are NOT PERMITTED
to bring in or drop off outside restaurant food or fast food to our cafeteria
for student lunches. (This includes food from Subway, Jimmy Johns,
Pizza, Wendy’s, etc.)
You must have your driver’s
license or state issued ID in order to enter the building.
arrival, please check in by scanning your driver’s license using the School
Safe ID system and put on
the visitor photo sticker. You will then be buzzed into the building by
Please remain in the front hallway until your child comes to the
In accordance with our
school security procedures, parents are not permitted to go to the classroom
or playground before or after lunch.
Helpful Hints for Packers -
Try to send food items
that your child can easily prepare to eat himself/ herself. Your child may have to wait before the lunch
monitor can get to him/her for help in opening pudding, juice boxes or other
hard to open containers. Please practice
opening these types of containers at home.
Lunchroom Etiquette -
Students are expected
to speak in quiet voices so all in the lunchroom may enjoy lunch. It is important that each child knows he/she
is responsible for cleaning up his/her own eating area. Keep in mind that your
child has about 20 minutes to eat his/her lunch, so please pack accordingly. Students will be given extra time to eat
during their recess time if needed.
Breakfast program -
Any student can
participate in the breakfast program.
Students can pay cash or pay through their lunch accounts. Participating
students arrive at school and go directly to the cafeteria. They pick up a breakfast in the serving line,
stay in the café and eat under the supervision of an adult. They will have about 15 – 20 minutes to eat
their breakfast before being dismissed to their classroom.
- When an accident or
sudden illness occurs at school, necessary first aid will be administered.
If, in the judgment of the principal and/or school nurse, conditions
warrant your immediate attention, you will be notified. If you
cannot be reached, we will use the emergency form to contact the person
you have designated.
diseases should be reported to the school office when they occur. A
child should remain home from school until all symptoms of the disease
disappear or a written release from the doctor is submitted.
- All students must
have up-to-date immunization records on file in the school office.
Guidelines for School Attendance will be provided by our Medical Staff.
Medication - The Board of Education Policy prohibits
the dispensation of any medication unless the proper school forms have been completed.
Medication must be
brought to school by the parent in the original bottle ordered by the
prescribing physician or licensed pharmacist.
Parents must complete a Prescription
Authorization Form. A physician’s signature is required.
Medication must be
brought to school by the parent.
Students are not permitted to transport any type of medication. Parents must sign and complete the Non-Prescription Authorization Form.
medication, both prescribed and over-the-counter, will be kept in the school
office in locked storage and will only be distributed by authorized school personnel. Both forms are available in the school office
or online at our website: www.northcantonschools.org/cl
Outside Play / Recess/ Brain Breaks - Recess is
an integral part of the daily schedule. Students will be going
outside unless extreme cold, rainy, or icy conditions exist on the
playground. It is important to dress
your child for the weather. This may
require that your child wear boots, hat, gloves, and a suitable coat. Students will be outside for up to 20 minutes
at a time. From time to time, your child’s teacher
may schedule “brain breaks” for the class and this could involve going outside
for an educational activity. In the event of inclement weather, outside
recess will be shortened or held indoors.
Students will be supervised in their classrooms by monitors.
A physician’s note is
required for your child to stay indoors for recess. Requests for an
extended length of time must be verified by a doctor’s statement.
School Closing - Any emergency closings or delayed
starting times, will be broadcast over the major Cleveland News channels, and
local radio stations. Many of these local news outlets have text alert
features. Families will also be contacted using the district phone messaging
In the event of
a delayed starting time, elementary start times are NOT changed. The delay only applies to the Middle School
and High School.
Physical Education - Physical
Education is one of the regular subjects taught in the elementary school.
Students are required to have gym shoes to participate and may wear the
athletic shoes they wear to school. Some children keep a clean pair in their
lockers for gym. Gym shoes left at school do not need to be new, but should be
If a child is unable to
participate in the regular physical education class, a note from the parent is
required. For extended periods of time, a note from the physician should
be obtained and sent to the teacher.
School Wide Rules and Expectations
- School wide
discipline is very important. We use the
“bucket- filling” philosophy to help our young learners understand the golden
rule. Staff will communicate
expectations using our School Wide
Behavior Matrix. Parents can help us
by reminding children that Students at Clearmount are: Very Safe, In Control, Kind to all, and Eager
to learn. The first letter of each
expectation spells VIKE. We are proud to
call ourselves “Vikes” here in North Canton!
“Give Me Five” – Upon hearing this phrase, the “Give Me Five”
expectation should be followed: 1. Mouth is closed. 2. Eyes
should be looking. 3. Ears should be listening. 4.
Body is still. 5. Brain is focused and paying attention.
Follow directions the first time they are given.
Keep you hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Gum is not permitted.
CD’s, radios, electronic games, cell phones, iPods, or trading cards
are not to be brought to school.
Pets are not to be brought to school.
Classroom Expectations - Teachers will establish their classroom rules. Parents will
have the rules and class procedures explained by their classroom teacher.
Please discuss them with your child.
Students are not permitted on the playground without an adult
Use all equipment safely and properly.
Return all equipment and balls to the storage racks.
Toys are not to be brought from home.
Stop playing and line up when the whistle blows or the bell rings.
Quiet Conversation is permitted. Yelling and screaming are
Everyone cleans his/her own place and disposes of trash.
No sharing or trading food.
Do not leave the cafeteria until you are dismissed.
Students are to remain in their seats.
Students should raise their hand if they need some assistance.
Bus Expectations –
Sit in assigned seat.
Talk quietly to the person sitting next to you or look out the
Walk in the aisle when the bus has stopped.
Anti-Harassment policy - Ohio Revised Code 3313.666 defines harassment,
intimidation, or bullying to mean any intentional written, verbal, electronic,
or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another
particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental or
physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent,
or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment for the other student(s). Ohio Revised Code
3313.666 additionally requires the board of education of each school district
to establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying and
requires each district to bi-annually report the number of verified acts of
harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, whether in the classroom, on school
property, to and from school, or at school-sponsored events.
School Observation - For an
observation, please arrange a mutually convenient time with the classroom
teacher. Please remember to stop in the office first. We appreciate you NOT
going to the classrooms directly. All visits to the classroom must be
pre-arranged with your child’s teacher first.
Parent Volunteers - Please
contact your child’s classroom teacher to volunteer in the classroom. We love
having volunteers in the library & cafeteria. Please watch for the
PTO volunteer form or contact the office.
Clearmount PTO - Our PTO is run entirely by volunteers. We encourage
all families to join our PTO. We at Clearmount believe that our PTO is a
viable and contributing group to the well-being and success of our school.
Recognition and Awards - We believe
a school-wide program of positive reinforcement inspires students to achieve their
very best academically and as a good citizen. Awards are presented daily,
weekly, monthly, and at the end of each 9-week period. Some awards may include
“Bucket Filler” award, Weekly V.I.P, Citizenship award and Character Champion award.
- Should you be visiting the school, for any reason,
please sign in using the School Safe ID system.
Scan your driver’s license or state issued ID, using the School Safe ID system, and put on
the visitor/volunteer photo sticker. You must have your driver’s license or state
issued ID in order to enter the building. We appreciate you NOT going to the classrooms
directly. Please note, all visits to the
classroom must be pre-arranged with your child’s teacher first.
Security - All doors at Clearmount will be locked
during the school day. To enter the
building, you will press a button inside the front doors and identify yourself
to enter. The button is located between
the inside doors.
Please have your driver’s license, or state issued ID, ready to check in
to the school. If you are a volunteer,
visiting, or at the school for a meeting, you will scan your license or state
issued ID, using the School Safe ID
System, and will receive a photo sticker to wear before entering the
building. All volunteers and visitors must wear a visitor/volunteer photo
sticker. Your cooperation and support
will help us insure a safer school for students and staff.
Security cameras - For students’ safety and welfare, video surveillance cameras are
placed throughout the building, school grounds and on buses. Actions recorded
on these cameras may be used as evidence in disciplinary action. Any attempt to
damage or interfere with the function of these devices may result in
disciplinary action by the school and possible referral to local law
Devices, Smartwatches & Cell phones - Tracking devices that look
like watches are becoming popular at this age level. There are several on the market; one
example is the LG Gizmo Gadget. Some
of these smartwatches allow parents to call the watch without the child and
those around him knowing. Due to privacy issues of other children sharing the
classroom and the safety procedures we have in place, we discourage the use of
these devices at school. Children
will be asked to leave these devices in their backpacks during the school day
if they wear them. Cell phones will also stay in the backpacks during the
school day if they are brought to school.
Lockers - Lockers are the property of
the Board of Education, and the locker and the contents thereof are subject to
random searches at any time without regard to any reasonable suspicion. These
searches may be conducted without the presence of the student.”
Withdrawal of Students - When you
are planning to move, it is essential that the school be notified as soon as
possible. A Student Withdrawal Form and a Records Release Form
(from their new school) must be completed by the parent before your child’s
records can be transferred to another school. Adequate notice is also
needed so that the teacher can prepare reports which are sent with your
children when they leave our school.
Who will the school contact if there is
an emergency involving my child and I cannot be reached?
We will always attempt
to contact parents first in the event of illness or emergency. Additional emergency contacts may be provided
on the Emergency Medical Authorization form when completing the FinalForms online
information system. This form enables the parent to authorize emergency
treatment of illness or injury while the student is under school authority and
the parent cannot be reached.
Am I responsible for paying charges and
fines? Your child will bring home information
about his/her school fees. Failure to pay workbook fees, library fines or lunch
charges will result in report cards being withheld, beginning in January, until
you have paid all outstanding fees and fines.
Contact the principal to set up a payment plan if needed. Online payment options are available for
lunch accounts and the school workbook fees.
Will my child receive a report card? Report
cards are issued every nine weeks (four times per year). The final report card will be mailed home in
May students ride a bicycle to school? It
is strongly suggested that students in grades K-2 do not ride bikes to school
by themselves. Bikes can be left in the
bike racks. It is a good idea to lock
them during the school day.
Does the school need to know if my child
is involved in a custody case? It is the responsibility of the parent
or guardian who maintains legal custody to see that custody orders are on file
in the school office. We want to be sure
that we release children only to authorized adults. Please report all changes in custody to the
Can my child celebrate his/her birthday
at school? Yes, but please check with your
student’s teacher first. Healthy treats are recommended. Check with your
child’s teacher regarding possible food allergies in the classroom. Some
teachers request non-food items only. We also celebrate ½ birthdays for those
students with summer birthdays.
Is there a snack each day? Most
teachers schedule time for a morning snack.
Please send healthy food for your child to eat.
What if my child has allergies? Identify
the allergy on the child’s medical form and talk to your child’s teacher about
specific allergies so the classroom activities can be planned accordingly.
Will my child need any of his/her toys
at school? Please do not send any toys or
electronic games to school unless it is on sharing day to show to the
class. Toys should not be brought from
home and taken out on the playground.
How can I communicate with my child’s
teacher? If you want to speak with the teacher,
you may call the office and leave a message.
You may also either e-mail or send a note to the teacher. The teacher
will return your call or e-mail as soon as possible.
What if my child is having trouble
learning to read? Reading support personnel are available
to help students who are experiencing reading difficulties. All students are screened at the beginning of
the school year. You will be contacted if your child qualifies for additional
support beyond the core classroom instruction during the school day.
Should I pick up my child’s work if
he/she misses school? If your child is absent, you can call
the office before 11:00 AM and request that the teacher place your child’s work
in school office, or send it home with a sibling or neighbor. You may pick it up after 3:00 p.m. on the day
of the request.
What should I do if my child is not
going to his/her before or after school care program? Send
a note to your child’s teacher about the change. It is your responsibility to notify the after
school care provider (Y Care, Faith Friends, Babysitter, etc.).
Should I send money, permission slips
and other important information to school in envelopes? Label all items sent to school in an
envelope with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and what is in the envelope.
Again, WELCOME to
Contact the school
office with additional questions.