Osseo Area Schools standardizes the elementary school handbook for all sites.
Core Values: We believe that...
- lifelong learning is essential for the individual and community to thrive;
- everyone has equal intrinsic value;
- trust is essential to sustaining successful relationship and to achieve results;
- better decisions emerge when diverse perspectives are intentionally included in a collaborative process;
- everyone benefits when cultural differences are acknowledged and understood, and individuals are treated respectfully and equitable; and
- everyone can learn more.
- Arrival and Dismissal
- Security Measures
- Address & Information Changes
- Visiting, Pets & Birthday Snacks
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
- Grades 1-5 should line up at the main entrance of the building. Kindergarten students line up at door 14. There will be a staff member on duty at 8:40 to let students into the building. All students who get dropped off or walk to school enter through the main entrance and door 14.
- Grades 1-5 will exit through the front entrance of the building, Kindergarten students will exit through door 14. Students are to be picked up by 3:30.
- Students who ride the bus will enter and exit using the doors on the east side of the building.
Dismissal Changes: Families must report all student dismissal changes by calling 763-420-4220. IE: if your student normally rides the bus and you wish to pick them up after school, the change needs to be reported to the office no later than 2:30 pm.
- When you wish to have your student dismissed early, it is necessary for the parent/guardian to come to the office FIRST to sign the student out. The student will then be called to the office. WE ARE UNABLE TO RELEASE A STUDENT OTHER THAN THROUGH THIS PROCEDURE. If someone other than the parent/ guardian is picking up the child, please send a note or call the office telling us the person’s name.
- With our growing number of students, we will not be offering early dismissal for grade levels after special events such as field trips, concerts, etc. Students will be expected to return to their classrooms after the event and follow normal dismissal schedules.
- All doors (except the main entrance) are kept locked throughout the day. The main entrance door is locked at 4:00 p.m.
- We encourage you to visit Rice Lake, please sign in at the office and get a visitor sticker each time. BRING YOUR PHOTO ID EACH TIME YOU VISIT.
- Staff members wear district-provided picture I.D. badges while at Rice Lake.
- We have safety procedures to use in different emergency situations. These procedures are reviewed and practiced often, with students and staff.
- We make use of walkie-talkies. We are in constant communication with teachers and paraprofessionals when students are outside.
Please notify the school immediately if you have work number changes, home number changes or emergency phone number changes. This is vital information that needs to be current at all times.
Any time a family moves to a new address, new enrollment papers need to be filled out and returned to our enrollment center. Enrollment forms can be found on our district website at www.district279.org. Click the Services & Departments heading and from the drop down list choose Enrollments. The Enrollment Center is located in the Northwest Family Service Center, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.
Cold or Hot Weather
- During the cold weather months, make a special effort to check your student’s attire before sending him/her off to school. Check to see that their clothing is appropriate: winter coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc. Also keep in mind that children normally will enter school at 8:40 a.m., plan their departure from home to coincide with this schedule.
- Osseo Area Schools work to conserve your energy dollars, the classroom thermostats are set at 68°. We recommend sending a sweater to wear in the classrooms and hallways.
- Each morning we receive up-to-date weather information which helps us to decide on an ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ recess period. We generally use a -5 wind chill factor as our threshold.
Indoor Recess Requests: Occasionally, parents will request that their student stay indoors for recess due to recent illness. If you feel it is necessary for your student to stay in for recess, a physician’s statement is required.
What can students bring from home? Students are allowed to bring certain equipment from home. Be sure equipment is clearly marked with your child’s name.
Allowed from home: Basketballs, Footballs, Nerf balls, Tennis balls, Volleyballs, Jump ropes, Softball gloves, Frisbees, Whiffle balls, Softballs, Foam balls, Plastic bats, Ring Toss games, Playground balls, Soccer balls
Not allowed from home: Radios, CD Players, Toy guns, Baseball bats, Baseballs, Golf balls, Anything metal or sharp, Racquets (tennis, racquetballs, etc.), Skateboards, Darts, Rollerblades, Laser pens, Electronic Games (Game Boy), Trading cards (Pokemon), Scooters, Roller shoes
- Our Food Service Department uses a computerized system for payment of school meals. The system allows parents to prepay lunch accounts through FeePay.
- Please report ALL dietary restrictions to the school nurse including allergies and intolerances. Even if you send a lunch with your student everyday, there are a number of times throughout the year that food may be present in the classroom.
- Because of allergy risks, food items brought in from outside sources will not be allowed into the cafeteria. If you bring in food, you may be asked to picnic outside or eat in a different area – not the lunchroom. You are welcome to sign your child out to take them to lunch.
- The easiest way to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch is online at https://fma.district279.org/fma/ Eligibility can often be determined as quickly as the next day. Application forms will be available at the school office.
- Students eligible for free meals do not need to make deposits into their account to receive lunch each day, however, extra milk or water, extra entrees, etc., will cost money. Students who only purchase milk can pre-pay their account as well, thus eliminating the need for exact change each day.
- Checks or cash will be accepted any day. Checks must have the child’s name and PIN number written on it. Checks for your student’s account can be made out to Rice Lake Elementary or ISD 279. If sending cash, put it in an envelope labeled lunch money and record the child’s name and PIN number. Deposits can also be made online through our FeePay program.
- Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch at any time. As our Food Service Department would like to be fully prepared each day, please call our office before 10:00 a.m. to let us know that you are coming. Please sign in at the front office when you join your student for lunch.
Hot lunch: $2.55 (includes milk) | 2nd student lunch (entree): $1.75 | Adult lunch: $3.75 | Preschool visiting child lunch: $3.00 | Breakfast: $1.55 | Kindergarten breakfast: $0.00 | Adult/preschool breakfast: $2.30 | Milk: $0.50
- Teachers often have meetings and commitments before and after school, we ask that you make arrangements in advance before planning a visit. Teachers regularly use voicemail and email, we encourage you to use these methods when you want to schedule an in-person meeting with your student's teacher. Unplanned meetings with teachers are not permitted.
- Visiting teachers while in the building for another purpose is against policy. You will be asked to return to the office.
Birthday Snacks: Due to the growing number of students with severe allergies, Rice Lake has adopted a school-wide policy. We are asking parents/students NOT to bring shareable snacks or treats, including birthday treats. If a student brings in treats they will be sent back home at the end of the day. Birthday party invitations cannot be handed out in the classroom.
Pet Policy: Due to health and air quality concerns, no pets of any species are allowed at school. Pets are not allowed for “Show and Tell”. • Exceptions are:
- Certified therapy dogs, which will be permitted on a case by case bases.
- Science curriculum approved by the district.
- Organized educational groups that are preapproved by the principal.
For the protection and care of children, medicine can only be dispensed upon our receipt of a physician’s directions on a prescription bottle, along with written authorization from the physician and parent on a Medical Authorization form. No over the counter medicine, i.e., vitamins, aspirin, Tylenol, cough syrup can be administered without statement from physician/dentist.
- Information on bus routes to Rice Lake is mailed directly to families in August. The district guideline is: students are bussed if the family lives more than .8 miles from school. Watch for a brightly colored postcard in your mail.
- You can check bus eligibility online at district279.org/trans. Bus questions can be directed by e-mail to Busquestions@district279.org • Kindergarten parents: Please be sure that your child wears the name tag listing his/her name, address, telephone number and take home bus number for the first month of school. We suggest pinning the name tag on the child’s backpack. You can laminate them to make them last longer if you wish.
- Daycare: If your child goes to daycare, you should fill out a Daycare Form. If this information changes during the year, please let the office know.
Bus special requests: The transportation system is not designed to permit children to go on other buses because of birthday parties, clubs, play dates etc. Parents need to find other systems for meeting these needs. Requests for students to ride a different bus will be denied.