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CALLAO C-8 SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT HANDBOOK

2018-2019
PHILOSOPHY
The teachers and staff at Callao C-8 School believe that all children are different and educational opportunities
must match the student’s learning style. We believe that the dignity of the staff and students should be
maintained at all times. We believe that it is best if the students do most of the thinking and that students
should be given the opportunity to make decisions and live with the results. We believe that educating children
is a family/community/ school responsibility.

VISION STATEMENT
The Callao C8 School District is committed to a vision of educating and empowering each student to their
highest potential so they may become lifelong learners and successful adults.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Callao C-8 School is to provide the tools and dedication to educate and empower lifelong
learners.

DISTRICT GOALS for 2018-2019


 Improve communication with students, parents, community, and staff
 Improve community involvement
 Embrace the 7 Habits in all areas of our school
 Improve English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and
WRITING in every student

SCHOOL DAY
In the interest of safety and order, students should not arrive at school before 7:35 a.m. The doors will remain
locked until 7:35 a.m. Upon arrival on school property students will enter the building and are then required to
wait on the steps inside the building, on the benches outside the front doors, or go directly to the gym.
Students will be dismissed to go to the cafeteria. Students who are not participating in school breakfast will
remain in gym. Students should eat a healthy breakfast either at home or at school. Breakfast is served
beginning at 7:50. Breakfast is not a social time. Students cannot enter the cafeteria unless eating breakfast.
After students finish eating breakfast they will go to the gym for morning meeting and then will be dismissed to
go to classrooms. Classes begin at 8:20 am daily. All students must be in the classroom at that time.
Exceptions will be made for late bus arrival. Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. will be counted tardy and
must report to the office. Parents should accompany any student arriving late to the office. Parents will
need to sign their student in and provide office personnel with an excuse for the tardy so that administration
can determine if the tardy is excused or unexcused. Parents are to take their children to the office, not to the
classroom.
******EARLY RELEASE -1/2 DAY-----12:45******

Students are not to be in the building after 3:40 unless they are participating in a supervised activity. Due to
unforeseen circumstances, there will be times when the bus arrives later than 3:40. Students will remain in
their assigned classroom until they are dismissed.

ATTENDANCE -Policy 2310*


Perfect Attendance
Any Callao C8 student with perfect attendance for the year will receive a $50 gift card. Any Callao C8 student
with near-perfect attendance (absent less than one day) will receive a $25 gift card. Any high school student
living in the Callao C8 School District with a perfect attendance for the school year will receive a $100 gift card.
Leaving School
If a student must leave school during the school day, a note or phone call from a parent is necessary informing
the office of the time the student is to leave and the destination. Permission is then granted from the principal’s
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office and the student must report to the office and complete the “sign-out” sheet recording their absence.
Students are not to call parents themselves asking for a parent to come and get them. Parents/Guardians who
come to school before the end of the school day to get their child(ren) are asked to come to the office first and
ask to get their child. The student will then come to the office and “sign-out” sheet information will be gathered.
Please do not go to the classroom to pick up your child and leave school.

STUDENT DRESS- Policy 2651*


Students should wear clothing demonstrating good taste, neatness, and cleanliness, which are appropriate in
an educational environment. They should dress in a manner that is appropriate for the weather conditions.
Caps and hats are not to be worn inside the building.

Clothing, hair and/or accessories may not cause a problem for anyone else. Problems related to dress may
include but are not limited to: exposed undergarments and body parts, length of shorts, inappropriate clothing
advertisement. If your clothing, hair and/or accessories cause a problem for anyone you will be asked to solve
the problem. The administration shall have the right and responsibility of determining what is appropriate attire
if the student and/or parent fail to make appropriate attire, hair and accessory choices.

Guidelines for P.E.


 Clean gym shoes (not worn to school)
 Socks for gym
 Gym shorts—athletic type shorts to allow for exercise must reach to end of fingertips
 Athletic shirt. No shirts with deep or excessively large armholes that expose undergarments or bare
chests
 Sweat suits are acceptable.
 Clean towel
 Daily participation grade will be dropped 5% when a student does not participate in PE, unless it is a
valid, excused non-participation.
 Grades 5-8 will be expected to have PE clothes. Clothes are not to be left lying around. You will want
to permanent mark all PE articles. They will have a specific location to be stored as established by the
teacher. *Gym articles are the responsibility of the owner.
 STUDENTS IN K-8 WILL NEED TO WEAR TENNIS SHOES (or bring a pair to school in their
backpacks) ON P.E. DAY. If students go outside for P.E. they must have on tennis shoes. They will
not be allowed to wear their gym shoes-that are kept at school for inside use- outside.
 NO jewelry is to be worn.
 Students with recently pierced ears will be excused from participation with a parent note for only six
weeks from initial piercing. If there is no note, then students will be required to participate or the daily
grade is dropped 5% each day. Excused students will be given health assignments to be completed
appropriately during the PE scheduled daily class.
 All students will strive to achieve health and fitness as assessed by the Presidential Physical Fitness
guides. This is a required assessment by the State, especially for grade 5 students.

CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM /STUDENT SUCCESS PLAN


Each student is a unique individual with unique personal, social, and educational needs. As a result, every
disciplinary situation is unique in nature. Consequences for misbehavior provide the best learning value when
matched to the unique student and the unique situation. The odds for children learning from their mistakes
increase dramatically when children see a reasonable connection between behavior and resulting
consequences.

The Callao C-8 School staff dedicates itself to following a set of core beliefs that provide a guide for dealing
with student discipline. These core beliefs guide our attempts to individualize disciplinary procedures and to
help students see reasonable connections between their behavior and the resulting consequences.
Since these core beliefs provide the guiding light for our professional decisions, the staff encourages parents to
bring concerns and questions to us in a responsible and respectful manner.
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Student Responsibilities
 Treat others with the same respect with which you are treated by the adults at Callao C-8.
 Your actions, dress, possessions, etc. may not cause a problem for anyone else.
 If your actions, dress or possessions cause a problem for anyone else, you will be asked to solve that
problem.
 If you cannot solve the problem, or chose not to, staff members will impose upon you an appropriate
consequence. This consequence will depend upon the situation and the person or persons involved.
Staff members will use their best judgment based on the information they have at the time.
 Consequences could include after school or before school “kind deeds”. If that is the case, you will be
responsible for transportation to and from school on that day.
Staff Responsibilities
 Every attempt will be made to maintain the dignity and self-respect of both the student and the teacher.
 Students will be guided and expected to solve their problems, or the ones they create without creating
problems for anyone else.
 Students will be given opportunities to make decisions and live with the consequences, be they good or
bad.
 Misbehavior will be handled with natural or logical consequences whenever possible.
 Misbehavior will be viewed as an opportunity for individual problem solving and preparation for the real
world as opposed to a personal attack on school or staff.
 School problems will be handled by school personnel. Criminal activity will be referred to the proper
authority.
Classroom Rules for Upper Grades
 Treat your teacher with the same respect with which she treats you.
 Your actions may not cause a problem for anyone else.
 If you cause a problem, you will be asked to solve it.
 If you cannot solve the problem, or choose not to, your teacher/administrator will do something. What
we will do will depend upon the situation and the person involved.
 If you feel that something is unfair, a private conference will be arranged. This may or may not change
our course of actions. We are always open to calm, rational discussion of any matter.
Classroom Rules for Lower Grades
1. I will respect myself. 2. I will respect others. 3. I will respect my school.

Character Pledge
I pledge to have dynamic character.
I am the one and only person who has the power to decide what I will be and do.
I am in charge of my learning and my behavior.
I will accept the consequences for my behavior.
I will respect myself, respect others, and respect my school.
HOMEWORK
The instructional staff at Callao C8 will limit the amount of homework sent home. In grades K-6 homework will
be limited to 20 minutes of reading. In grades 7-8 homework will be limited to less than one hour. Teachers will
give credit to all homework and daily classroom work that is turned in on time.
The Board of Education recognizes that homework that is properly designed, carefully planned, and geared to
the development of the individual student has a definite place in the educational program. Homework is not
always done in the home as the name implies. The term “Homework” refers to an assignment to be prepared
during a period of supervised study in class or outside of class or which requires individual work in independent
study, study time, or the home. Homework is assigned to help the student become more self-reliant, learn to
work independently, improve skills that have been taught, prepare research papers, aid in the mastery of skills,
complete certain projects, and create and stimulate interest on the part of the student and parents.

EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


Response to intervention (RtI) will be provided on an individual basis upon reviewing and interpreting
assessment data.

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SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA-Policy 6445

GRADING SYSTEMS
The following grading scale will be used in the evaluative procedures appropriate to the instructional level of
the students:
Letter Grade Percentages
A 96-100
A- 90-95
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F Below 59

Grading shall not be influenced by pressure from parents/guardians. In addition, grades are not to be used as
a disciplinary measure. Grades can be impacted due to excessive absences as outlined in Board policy
PR2310*. Teachers may include participation points into their grading options. Participation points cannot be
made up when a student is absent. Grades will be reported to parents/guardians and students 8 times a
year. The first report is a mid-semester report, and the second report includes the last nine weeks. Teachers
shall maintain records so that there is a clear understanding of how grades were derived, should questions
arise. All students in 3rd-8th grade will participate in statewide assessments. Statewide assessment scores, if
available, may be used as a portion of a classroom grade.

Promotion, acceleration and bonus year-Policy 2520*


The purpose of promotions and bonus years is to provide maximum consideration for the long-range welfare of
the student and to provide an opportunity for each student to progress through school according to his/her own
needs and abilities.

It is expected that most students in the school will be promoted annually from one grade level to another upon
completion of satisfactory work. However, a student may be awarded a bonus year when his/her standards of
achievement or social, emotional, mental, or physical development would not allow satisfactory progress in the
next higher grade. A bonus year normally occurs before the students leave the primary grades, however
retention can occur at any grade.

The school district will be responsible for determining the assessment tool, retesting dates and all procedures
to follow. All grades will be the focus of current implementation.

 The DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) Benchmark Assessment will be
given to all students in grades K-2 at the beginning of the year. Benchmark Assessments and Progress
Monitoring Assessments will be used throughout the year. These assessments will be used to track
each student’s progress throughout the year. Study Island will be used in grades K-8 to Benchmark and
Progress Monitor students’ progress. CBMs will be used in K-8 as a reading and math assessment tool.
 State–wide practice assessments will be given periodically throughout the school year. State-wide
assessments will be administered one time during the school year.
 Assessment scores, along with teacher observation, will be used to identify students who may be
reading more than one grade level below current placement. After the initial referral list is developed,
additional testing may take place. Tests provide a relatively detailed analysis of reading problems. Test
results will be used to verify/confirm teacher referrals. Based on the results of testing and teacher
observations, a revised list of students who may be candidates for a bonus year will be developed.

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 From the revised list, parents will be offered a number of options for improving the reading skills of the
student during the remainder of the year. These options include the Callao C-8 Tutoring Program or
the Family Literacy Center.
 Just prior to the end of the school year assessments or screenings from DIBELS Next and/or CBMs
and/or Study Island will be administered to all students in grades K-8. The information from testing
instruments, along with teacher observation, will be used to help determine eligibility for a bonus year.
No decision to award a bonus year to the student will occur prior to this time. A decision on mandatory
summer school attendance will be made by a multi-disciplinary team (administrator, teachers, and
testing coordinator) after testing results have been reviewed.

CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAM


Students must carry specified levels of attendance and grades to be eligible to attend and participate in school
activities. These activities include but are not limited to sports and academic teams.
1. Students must maintain 90% attendance for the semester.
2. Academic eligibility is determined by the previous quarter. Students must maintain at least a C- average,
with no Fs in order to participate in any extracurricular activity. The day grade cards are issued and a student
does not receive satisfactory grades, at that point, they are ineligible to participate in the extracurricular event.
The student’s grades will be checked at mid-term and if that student has an F or is below the C- average they
will be placed on academic probation. If an ineligible student has brought their quarter grades to meet the
academic eligibility, they will be allowed to return to the extracurricular activity.
3. Students must avoid suspensions.
Any student unable to maintain all three of these expectations will be ineligible for participation in
extracurricular activities. A student must attend all 7 periods to attend extracurricular events on that date
unless prior approval has been granted by the administration. Information about concussions and brain injuries
will be distributed to each student participating in district athletic activities. Parents/Guardians must submit a
signed acknowledgement of having received this information and students must complete a sports physical
before the student will be allowed to participate.

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES-Policies 2110 and 2255

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM


Price List Effective August 2018
Kindergarten through fourth grade breakfast $ 1.40*
Kindergarten through fourth grade lunch $ 2.00*

Fifth grade through eighth grade breakfast $ 1.55*


Fifth grade through eighth grade lunch $ 2.15*

Adults/Visitors breakfast $ 1.75*


Adults/Visitors lunch $ 2.75*

Reduced Breakfast $ .30


Reduced Lunch $ .40

Milk (white) $ .30


Milk (chocolate) $ .30
Juice (orange, etc.) $ .30

*Reflects a 5¢ increase for the 2018-2019 school year as dictated by the National School Food Service

Please pay for lunches in advance, by the week or by the month, rather than daily. All money sent to school
should be in an envelope with the amount and the purpose clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. It
will be the parents’ responsibility to contact the school if you are experiencing financial difficulties that prevent
paying the balance due as reflected on the lunch receipt sent home twice a month. The ability to charge meals

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is a privilege, not a right. Students with a breakfast/lunch/milk balance due on the first day of the week will be
served peanut butter and a carton of milk for each meal until other arrangements have been made through the
office. Breakfast will be served from 7:50-8:15.

Students are required to take a lunch tray unless they bring their own lunch. One carton of milk is provided
with a purchased lunch or breakfast. Students receiving free/reduced breakfast/lunch will be charged for a milk
or juice (30¢) if they do not take a tray. For example: if a student receiving free/reduced breakfast/lunch
brings lunch from home and chooses to get a milk out of the cooler they will be charged 30¢. No soda/pop is
allowed, even if you bring your own lunch.

Applications for free or reduced lunches will be sent home. Please read the application forms carefully. The
form must be filled out completely before it can be approved. Changes can be made at any time throughout
the year. If income changes occur, a new application can be completed but is not required unless it is to the
benefit of the family. Qualifying for free/reduced lunches benefits the school, as the National Food Service
reimburses the District at a higher rate than a full-paid meal price. Strict confidentiality guidelines are followed
concerning students receiving free and reduced lunches.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies,
this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability,
and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.,
Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local
Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or
contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is
available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-
3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write
a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a
copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue,
SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

STUDENT HEALTH AND HYGIENE


Both dental and personal hygiene affect the health and wellbeing of children. It is important for the learning
environment that each child be healthy. In cooperation with the Macon County Health Department and Macon
County Health Department School Nurse, we have health care available for most situations that would arise.
Lessons in health and hygiene are included in the curriculum.

Inoculation of students- Policy 2850*

Communicable Diseases-Policy 2860*

Suicide Prevention- Policy 2785*

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Head lice
To avoid unnecessary exclusion of students from school, the district will not exclude otherwise healthy
students form school due to nit infestations. Students with head lice infestations will be excluded from school
only to the minimum extent necessary for treatment. To avoid the unnecessary exclusion of students from
school, the administration provides the following procedure:
 Schools will not perform routine school wide head lice screening. However, should multiple cases be
reported, the Board designated person will identify the population of students most likely to have been
exposed and arrange to have that population of students examined.
 If the Board-designated person or teacher discovers head lice or nits on a student the parent/guardian
of that student will be notified, and other students who reside with the infected student will also be
checked.
 The board-designated person will instruct the parent/guardian concerning various shampoos, sprays
and other appropriate treatments that can be purchased to eliminate head lice or nits and will also give
information concerning necessary procedures to be taken in the home to ensure that the head lice are
eliminated.
 If the student was infected with live head lice, the student should not return to school for 24 hours after
the discovery of the head lice to allow for treatment.
 When a student who had a live head lice infestation returns to school, the Board-designated person will
examine the student. If live head lice are found at that time, the parent/guardian will again be called
and reinstructed concerning treatment. The student will be excluded from school for 24 hours to allow
for additional treatment. This process will continue until the student is free of head lice.
 A student who was identified as having nits but not a live head lice infestation will be re-examined
within five (5) calendar days of the initial identification. If this examination reveals nits are still present,
the parent/guardian will again be instructed on treatment options. This process will repeat until the
student is free of nits.
 The school nurse will keep accurate and confidential records of students infected with head lice or nits.
 If it appears the parent/guardian of an infested student is failing to secure timely treatment for the
infestation after having been given notice of the existence of head lice or nits in accordance with these
procedures, the Board-designated person will notify the school principal, who may report the matter to
the Children’s Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services.
 The school nurse will develop education programs regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
head lice for staff, students, parents and the community.

Nutrition Promotion-Policy 2750*

TRAUMA WEBSITE DEVELOPED BY THR DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY


EDUCATION : http://dmh.mo.gov/trauma/MO%20Model%20Working%20Document%20february%202015.pdf

Sun Safety
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations
to help protect yourself and your family:
 Shade: You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an
umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is
to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you're outside—even when you're in the shade.
 Clothing: When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV
rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less
UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some
clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection
factor. If wearing this type of clothing isn't practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.
Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as
well.
 Hat: For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears,
and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from
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UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV
protection. If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by
wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the
shade.
 Sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also
protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Sunglasses that block both UVA and
UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet
this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from
the side.
 Sunscreen: Put on sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don't forget
to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And
remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.
 Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain
chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same
ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.
 SPF: Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in
blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a sunscreen with at least
SPF 15.
 Reapplication: Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours
and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
 Expiration date: Check the sunscreen's expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a
shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high
temperatures.
 Cosmetics: Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If
they do not have at least SPF 15, don't use them by themselves.

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS TO STUDENTS


The Callao C-8 School District is not legally obligated to administer medication to students unless specifically
included in a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). However, the
Board recognizes that some students may require medication for chronic or short-term illness to enable them
to remain in school and participate in the district’s education services. Further, the district prohibits students
from possessing or self-administering medications while on district grounds, on district transportation, or during
district activities unless explicitly authorized in accordance with this policy.

**If your child has frequent headaches or upset stomach, please send an unopened bottle of
appropriate over the counter medicine with the student’s name on it to keep in the medicine cabinet to
be used just for that student.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, if you live in an area at risk for earthquakes
there are things that you can do to reduce the chances that you or other members of your household will be
injured, that your property will be damaged, or that your home life will be unduly disrupted by an earthquake.
These things all fit under the term preparedness, because to be effective, they must be done before
earthquakes occur.
Preparing for earthquakes involves (1) learning what people should do before, during, and after earthquakes;
and (2) doing or preparing to do those things now, before the next quake.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Make your home safer to be in during earthquakes and more resistant to earthquake damage by assessing its
structure and contents. Depending on when and how it was designed and built, the structure you live in may
have weaknesses that make it more vulnerable to earthquakes. Common examples include structures not
anchored to their foundations or having weak crawl space walls, pier-and-post foundations that are not braced,
or unreinforced masonry walls or foundations.
Find and correct any such weaknesses yourself or with professional help. If you are a renter, ask what has
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been done to strengthen the property against earthquakes, and consider this information in deciding where to
rent. If you are building or buying a home, make sure that it complies with the seismic provisions of your local
building code.

What is in your home can be as or more dangerous and damage-prone than the structure itself. Any unsecured
objects that can move, break, or fall as an earthquake shakes your home are potential safety hazards and
potential property losses. Walk through each room of your home and make note of these items, paying
particular attention to tall, heavy, or expensive objects such as bookcases, home electronics, appliances
(including water heaters), and items hanging from walls or ceilings. Secure these items with flexible fasteners,
such as nylon straps, or with closed hooks, or by relocating them away from beds and seating, to lower
shelves, or to cabinets with latched doors. Ensure that plumbers have installed flexible connectors on all gas
appliances.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO
 React Safely: Learn what to do during an earthquake. Hold periodic family drills to practice what you have
learned. Through practice, you can condition yourselves to react spontaneously and safely when the first jolt or
shaking is felt. In each room of your home, identify the safest places to “drop, cover, and hold on” during an
earthquake. Practice going to these safe spots during family drills to ensure that everyone learns where they
are.

 Survive on Your Own: Assemble and maintain a household emergency supply kit, and be sure that all family
members know where it is stored. The kit should consist of one or two portable containers (e.g., plastic tubs,
backpacks, duffel bags) holding the supplies that your family would need to survive without outside assistance
for at least 3 days following an earthquake or other disaster. Make additional, smaller kits to keep in your car(s)
and at your place(s) of work.

 Stay in Contact: List addresses, telephone numbers, and evacuation sites for all places frequented by family
members (e.g., home, workplaces, schools). Include the phone number of an out-of-state contact. Ensure that
family members carry a copy of this list, and include copies in your emergency supply kits.

 Care for People, Pets, and Property: Get training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through
your local chapter of the American Red Cross. Find out where you could shelter your pet should it become
necessary to evacuate your home. Ensure that family members know how and when to call 9-1-1, how to use
your home fire extinguisher, and how, where, and when to shut off your home’s utilities (water, natural gas, and
electricity). Ask your state insurance commissioner about the availability of earthquake insurance in your state.
Once the shaking stops, check for injuries among your family and neighbors and, as needed, administer first
aid and call for emergency medical assistance. Also check for hazards in and around your home created by
earthquake damage. Keep in mind that aftershocks may strike at any time, exacerbating these hazards and
requiring you to immediately drop, cover, and hold on.
Responding promptly to hazards can prevent further damage and injuries. This may entail extinguishing small
fires or reporting larger blazes; shutting off the water supply when broken pipes are leaking; shutting off the
electricity when damaged wiring threatens to spark fires; shutting off the natural gas when you suspect that gas
is leaking; or evacuating your home when any of these hazards or others, such as structural damage, make
continued occupancy potentially unsafe.If it is necessary to leave your home, you may, in the days and weeks
following the quake, need to seek emergency assistance from the American Red Cross. In the event of a
presidential disaster declaration, assistance for housing and other needs may also become available from
FEMA.
Regardless of the severity of this earthquake, learn from the experience. If there are things that you could have
done better in preparing for this quake, do them better now in preparation for the next earthquake. If your home
must be repaired or rebuilt, for example, use this opportunity to correct any structural weaknesses and ensure
compliance with seismic building standards. If unsecured belongings were damaged, improve how you secure
your home’s contents. If your emergency supply kit proved inadequate, use what you learned to make a kit that
will better meet your needs.
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STUDENT DISCIPLINE- Policy 2600*

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL- Policy 2620*

BULLYING – Policy 2655 The District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of
any form of bullying or intimidation. Bullying is strictly prohibited on school grounds, or school time, at a school
sponsored activity or in a school related context. Bullying is the intentional action by an individual or group of
individuals to inflict intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment that is repetitive or is
substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or
property; substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student
without exception; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying may consist of physical
actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of
retaliation for reporting acts of bullying.

Cyberbullying means bullying as defined above through the transmission of a communication including, but not
limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a
telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. The District may
prohibit and discipline for cyberbullying that originates on any District campus or at a District activity if the
electronic communication was made using the school's technological resources, if there is a sufficient nexus to
the educational environment, or if the electronic communication was made on the District’s campus or at a
District activity using the student's own personal technological resources. Further, students who engage in
significant acts of misconduct off campus which materially and adversely impact the education of District
students will be subject to discipline.

Bullying, as defined in this policy, is strictly prohibited. Students are encouraged to report any incident of
bullying which they have witnessed or incurred, by contacting their building principal. District employees are
required to report any instance of bullying of which the employee has witnessed within two (2) school days of
the occurrence. Employees shall report the occurrence to the building principal, who is the person the District
designates to receive reports of incidents of bullying. A principal who receives a report of an incident of
bullying shall initiate an investigation into the allegations within two (2) school days of receipt of the report. The
principal may assign other employees to assist in the investigation, or request that the superintendent assign
an outside investigator. The investigation shall be completed within ten school days from the date of the written
report of bullying unless good cause exists to extend the investigation. No employee or student who reports an
act of bullying shall be subject to reprisal or retaliation for making such a report. Any person who engages in
reprisal or retaliation against an employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to
disciplinary action.

Students who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to consequences depending on factors such
as: age of student(s), degree of harm, severity of behavior, number of incidences, etc. Possible consequences
to a student for a violation of this policy include: loss of privileges, classroom detention, conference with
teacher, parents contacted, conference with principal, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension,
expulsion and law enforcement contacted.

The District shall give annual notice of the policy to students, parents or guardians, and staff. This policy shall
be included in all student handbooks. This policy shall also be posted on the District’s web page (as a Board
policy) and a copy shall be placed in the District Administrative Office.

The District shall provide information and appropriate training to District staff who have significant contact with
students regarding the policy. All staff with significant student contact shall be trained on the requirements of
this policy on an annual basis.

The District shall provide education and information to students regarding bullying, including information
regarding this policy prohibiting bullying, the harmful effects of bullying, and other applicable initiatives to
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address bullying, including student peer-to-peer initiatives to provide accountability and policy enforcement for
those found to have engaged in bullying, reprisal, or retaliation against any person who reports an act of
bullying. The District shall instruct its school counselors, school social workers, licensed social workers, mental
health professionals, and school psychologists to educate students who are victims of bullying on techniques
for students to overcome bullying's negative effects. Such techniques include but are not limited to, cultivating
the student's self-worth and self-esteem; teaching the student to defend himself or herself assertively and
effectively; helping the student develop social skills or encouraging the student to develop an internal locus of
control. District administrators will implement programs and other initiatives to address bullying, to respond to
such conduct in a manner that does not stigmatize the victim, and to make resources or referrals available to
victims of bullying.

PROHIBITION AGAINST ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT- Policy 2100* and 2130*
Callao C8 School District makes every attempt to address harassment and discrimination. If your student has
witnessed harassment or discrimination or is a victim of harassment or discrimination, please complete
Harassment/Discrimination Incident Report Form located in the appendix and then schedule an appointment
with the administrator to discuss the information on the report form.

All employees, students and visitors must immediately report to the district for investigation any incident or
behavior that could constitute illegal discrimination or harassment.

Additional Prohibited Behavior


Behavior that is not unlawful or does not rise to the level of illegal discrimination or harassment might still be
unacceptable for the workplace or the educational environment. Demeaning or otherwise harmful actions are
prohibited, particularly if directed at personal characteristics including, but not limited to, socioeconomic, sexual
orientation, or perceived sexual orientation.

Compliance Officer
The Board designated the following individual to act as the district’s compliance officer:
Callao C8 Administrator
403 Pine Street, Callao, MO 63534
660-768-5541
The compliance officer will:
 Coordinate district compliance with this policy and the law.
 Receive all grievances regarding discrimination and harassment in the Callao C-8 School District.
 Serve as the district’s designated Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
coordinator, as well as the contact person for compliance with other discrimination laws.
 Investigate or assign persons to investigate grievances; monitor the status of grievances and
recommend consequences.
 Seek legal advice when necessary to enforce this policy.
 Report to the superintendent and the Board aggregate information regarding the number and frequency
of grievances and the compliance with this policy.
 Make recommendations regarding the implementation of this policy.
 Coordinate and institute training programs for district staff and supervisors as necessary to meet the
goals of this policy, including instruction in recognizing behavior that constitutes discrimination and
harassment.
 Perform other duties as assigned by the superintendent.

STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION- Policy 2661, 2662, 2663, and 2664*

BUS DISCIPLINE-Policy 2652*


The bus driver is urged and has the right to maintain discipline on his/her bus. The driver has the authority to
seat students and place them on the bus any place he/she so chooses. Conduct on the bus reflects on the
school. Students must ride the bus to any school activity and must return on the bus. However, the parent
may provide to the faculty member in charge of the group a signed note indicating the student will be riding
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home with the parent. Any and all signed notes will be retained on file indicating activity and date of such
activity. The bus will not wait for family member to arrive, but will continue on to school where student may be
picked up.

Only students properly enrolled through Callao C-8 School will be permitted to ride the bus.

Students will only be dropped off/picked up at their designated spot by the bus driver. If you would like your
student to be dropped off/picked up at a different spot, a parent will need to send a note or call the school.
Also, if a student is to be picked up early by a high school sibling or an adult other than the student’s parent, a
note or phone call from the parent will be necessary in order to release the student.

Preschool children and non-Callao C-8 School students are not permitted to accompany students and parents
on the school bus without administrator approval.

A parent will accompany any student that has a behavior or safety risk concern on any field trip. Otherwise,
the student will remain at school supervised by staff.

High School students riding the bus to the area high schools in the morning are required to have a note from
their parents if they will not be riding the bus that evening. Transported high school students are to remain on
the bus to and from the school they attend.

School Bus Regulations


 Driver is in charge of the pupils and the bus.
 Pupils must obey driver promptly.
 No food or beverages to be consumed on the bus.
 Students are not allowed to use the following electronic devices on the bus in accordance
with Policy 2656 unless driver grants permission– cell phones or any type of personal phone, iPods or
any type of personal listening device
 No trash is to be discarded on bus except into provided trash can.
 Classroom conduct is to be observed by pupils while riding in bus, except ordinary conversation.
 No unnecessary noise.
 No arms or heads out of windows at any time.
 Pupils must not try to get on or off the bus, or move about within bus, while bus is in motion.
 Pupils must observe the directions of the driver when leaving bus.
 Pupils must be on time; the bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule.
 Damage to bus should be reported at once to the driver. Students causing damage to bus will be
financially responsible for repair of damage. Damage to bus seats and equipment will result in a seating
chart for ALL students riding the bus. This will allow administration to narrow down who is responsible
for creating the damage.
 Driver has the right to seat students. Seating charts may be developed by the administrator/bus driver.
 Bus Discipline Notes will be filled out when there has been an incident on the bus that warrants further
discipline steps. Any student who receives three bus discipline notes will lose their bus riding privileges
for one week. Continued discipline issues will result in further consequences – possibly removal of bus
privileges for the remainder of the school year.
 High school students are to be at the Callao School at least 5 minutes prior to departure time so that
the bus can depart for the high school at the appropriate time. Students are to be at the high school
pick-up spot on time in order for the bus to depart for the Callao School on time.
 The Administrator is invested with the authority to discontinue the transportation of any student whose
conduct the driver considers to be intolerable. Any student whose transportation is so suspended shall
not be permitted to ride the bus until satisfactory arrangements have been made by parent/guardian
and the administrator.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

High School Students


High School students are required to wait in the foyer or office while on school property. They are not
permitted to enter any other room. High school students will follow the Callao C-8 Board policies (electronic
device use, bus rules, and school rules) while on school property and the school bus. High school students
picking up a student will follow school dismissal procedures. High school students must notify the office prior
to restroom use. High school students will not interrupt the learning environment at Callao C-8 School.

High school students who ride the bus to the school building will not be permitted to get off the bus
and get into the car with a fellow student or non-parent without a note from the parent giving
permission for the student to do so.

Safety Regulations
Pagers, cell phones, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, and personal sports equipment are not permitted
to be used at school. If cell phones are brought to school, they must be turned into the office. They may be
picked up at the end of the day. If a student chooses to use their cell phone during school hours, the cell
phone will be confiscated, ISS will be assigned, and the parent may pick up the phone from the office at a date
and time arranged by the administrator and the parent of the student. A second cell phone infraction will result
in OSS, the cell phone being confiscated and taken to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office where parents may
pick it up at their convenience. Refer to policy 2656*. Electronic music and game devices are allowed for
appropriate use on the bus for extended trips only at the supervising teacher’s discretion. Personal electronic
devices are not permitted for classroom or other school use.

Telephone
The telephone is for school business use. Please make sure your child has all the materials, gym shoes, etc.
that they need for the day as they leave for school, so it is not necessary for your child to phone home. Please
do not call your child at school unless it is an emergency. If necessary, call the office and office personnel will
deliver a message to your child.

Visitors-Policy 1430*
Parents, guardians and adult visitors are always welcome at the Callao C8 School. We request that school-
aged relatives and school-aged friends do not visit school as this causes disruptions. Authorized visitors are
welcome to have breakfast or lunch with students at the regular cost of meals. If you are planning on eating
lunch at school, please notify the office early so that you can be included in the lunch count for the day. All
people visiting the school for any reason must check in and out of the office. The office is located on the first
floor of the main building.

Administration or office staff will consult with the classroom teacher to make sure that a visit on that day would
not disrupt the learning environment. Classroom visits may be limited in order for the teacher to create an
environment conducive to learning for all students.

Textbooks-Policy 2654*
Textbooks and library books are furnished free of charge to all students. Occasionally students may wish to
purchase reading books from one of the book clubs and that is the student’s choice and therefore the student’s
financial responsibility. It is the responsibility of the student and the parents to take care of the textbooks and
library books assigned to the student, or borrowed by the student. If books are lost or damaged beyond
normal wear, the student will be charged the replacement cost. Failure to meet this obligation may cause
a delay in the student receiving a grade card and/or participating in the Accelerated Reader Store.

Money/Toys at school
In the interest of helping students learn the value of money and eliminating temptation regarding the
possession of another’s property, students should not bring money to school unless it is to be used for a
specific school purpose. Money sent to school should be placed in an envelope with the student’s name,
teacher’s name, purpose and the amount on the outside of the envelope.
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Toys ARE NOT to be brought to school. These can be damaged, lost, etc. and cause arguments among
students. There are items at school to use at recess/free time.

Soda/beverages during school hours


There will be no soda allowed during school hours with the exception of approved special events. This
includes no soda/pop during lunch. Students may bring school –approved beverages from home or purchase
milk with their lunch. Open containers or refillable bottles from the outside are subject to inspection and may be
discarded at administrator’s discretion.

Gum
No gum allowed at school or on the bus without driver/teacher/administrator permission.

Invitations
Students may not pass out invitations (birthday, sleepover, etc.) at school or on the bus unless each and every
student in his/her classroom receives one. This includes having someone else pass out the invitations for
him/her.

Homemade treats
The Callao C8 School District in conjunction with the Macon County Health Department prohibits the
distribution of homemade treats. All treats must come in a pre-packaged, unopened container with a list of
ingredients on the package.

Personal information
The District will not collect personal information about students for the purpose of marketing or selling.

Surveys
Parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to inspect surveys before they are given and instructional
materials upon request.

Asbestos
The District will conduct asbestos inspections and will be responsible for reporting any response actions.

School closing and cancellations


School closing and cancellations will be reported on TEXTCASTER, KRES radio, KTVO and CallaoC8 News
and Information Facebook page.

Callao C8 School District Program Manuals and Compliance Plans


All plans and manuals are available to the public and may be viewed on school premise. A copy of each plan
may be found in the office and/or school library.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law
that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under
an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to
the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students
to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

 Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by
the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is
impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

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 Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be
inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the
right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible
student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested
information.
 Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any
information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without
consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

o School officials with legitimate educational interest;


o Other schools to which a student is transferring;
o Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
o Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
o Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
o Accrediting organizations;
o To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
o Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
o State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone
number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell
parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable
amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify
parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA.

NCLB PARENT NOTIFICATION:

Dear Parent or Guardian:


Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to The No Child Left Behind Act
of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know. Upon your request, our district is required to provide to
you in a timely manner, the following information:

• Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in
which the teacher provides instruction.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification
or licensing criteria have been waived.
• Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
• What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the
teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.
• In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent
Information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as
required under this part; and
• Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive
weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001 COMPLAINT PROCEEDURE This explains how to file a complaint
about any of the programs that are administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (the Department) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)2 .

1. What is a complaint under NCLB? For these purposes, a complaint is an allegation that a local education
agency (LEA) or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) has
violated a federal statute or regulation that applies to a program under NCLB.

2. Who may file a complaint? Any individual or organization may file a complaint.

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3. How can a complaint be filed? Complaints can be filed with the LEA or with the Department.
4. How will a complaint filed with the LEA be investigated? Complaints filed with the LEA are to be
investigated and attempted to be resolved according to locally developed and adopted procedures.
5. What happens if a complaint is not resolved at the local level (LEA)? A complaint not resolved at the
local level may be appealed to the Department.
6. How can a complaint be filed with the Department? A complaint filed with the Department must be a
written, signed statement that includes:
 A statement that a requirement that applies to an NCLB program has been violated by the LEA or the
Department, and the facts on which the statement is based and the specific requirement allegedly
violated.
7. How will a complaint filed with the Department be investigated?
The investigation and complaint resolution proceedings will be completed within a time limit of fifty calendar
days. That time limit can be extended by the agreement of all parties.
The following activities will occur in the investigation:
 Record. A written record of the investigation will be kept.
 Notification of LEA. The LEA will be notified of the complaint within five days of the complaint being
filed.
 Resolution at LEA. The LEA will then initiate its local complaint procedures in an effort to first resolve
the complaint at the local level.
 Report by LEA. Within forty-five days of the complaint being filed, the LEA will submit a written
summary of the LEA investigation and complaint resolution. This report is considered public record and
may be made available to parents, teachers, and other members of the general public.
 Verification. Within ten days of receiving the written summary of a complaint resolution, the
Department will verify the resolution of the complaint through an on-site visit, letter, and/or telephone
call(s).
 Appeal. The complainant or the LEA may appeal the decision of the Department to the U.S.
Department of Education.
8. How are complaints related to equitable services to private school children handled differently? If the
complaint is an LEA is not providing equitable services for private school children, in addition to the procedures
listed in number 7 above, the complaint will also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, and they will
receive all information related to the investigation and resolution of the complaint. Also, appeals to the United
States Department of Education must be filed no longer than thirty days following the Departments’ resolution
of the complaint (or its failure to resolve the complaint).
9. How will appeals to the Department be investigated? The Department will initiate an investigation within
ten days, which will be concluded within thirty days from the day of the appeal. An independent on-site
investigation may be conducted if the Department determines that it is necessary. The investigation may be
continued beyond the thirty day limit at the discretion of the Department. At the conclusion of the investigation,
the Department will communicate the decision and reasons for the decision to the complainant and the LEA.
Recommendations and details of the decision are to be implemented within fifteen days of the decision being
delivered to the LEA.
10. What happens if a complaint is not resolved at the state level (the Department)?
The complainant or the LEA may appeal the decision of the Department to the United States Department of
Education.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AND OTHER PROGRAMS-Policy 1405 and


1460*

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PUBLIC NOTICE
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are
under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending
private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly
mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who
are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from
grade to grade. The Callao C8 School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education
(FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities
include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability,
multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or
language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental
delay.

The Callao C8 School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist
the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri
First Steps program.

The Callao C8 School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by
the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with
disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request
amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or
violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S.
Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning
alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA).

The Callao C8 School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State
Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies
and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally
identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General
Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed in the Callao C8 School District office Monday-
Friday during school operating hours of 8:20-3:30.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

*ALL
BOARD OF EDUCATION/
MISSOURI CONSULTANTS FOR EDUCATION POLICIES
ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
callaoc8.com
OR
BY REQUEST IN THE OFFICE
Handbook is subject to typing errors.
Harassment form attached.

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