Policies and Procedures
- A letter from your Principal
- Mission Statement
- Our Belief
- Discipline Policy
- Uniform Policy
- Attendance and Absence Notes
- Tardy and Check out
- Cafeteria Procedures
- Crisis Plan
- Dismissal and Arrival
- Key Reminders
- Emergency Card and Check Out Procedures
- Extended Education Program (EEP)
- Field Trips
- First Aid Room
- Illness at School
- Medication at School
- Look-Alike Items
- Lost Items
- Office Hours
- Snacks and Food
- School Building Level Committee
- Sexual Abuse Prevention Education and Reporting Program
- Visitors and Volunteers
- Parents Right to Know/Family Engagement Best Practices
Dear Families of Abney Early Childhood,
The faculty and staff of AECC welcome you to the 2023- 2024 school year. Our learning community strives to ensure the safety and well-being of each student in a student-friendly environment where the education of each student is valued.
In an effort to inform you of the policies and procedures specific to AECC, we have put together this student handbook. Please read the important information in this handbook. The policies and procedures in this handbook along with those in the St. Tammany Parish School Discipline Policy Handbook will be upheld throughout the school year. Some of the information has been changed and new information has been added. Keep this handbook as a reference throughout the school year. The signature form (last page) must be signed and returned by Friday, August 18, 2023.
Additional communication will be sent home throughout the school year. Weekly classroom newsletters will be sent home with each student on Monday of each week. Visit Abney Early Childhood at http://abneyearlychildhoodcenter.stpsb.org.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, we extend an invitation for you to become an active member of our school family. We encourage you to visit our school, become a member of our PTA, attend our programs, and become a volunteer. Whether you work at home or outside the home, there are many ways to become actively involved in your child’s education.
Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance to you at any time.
Abney Early Childhood
Abney Elementary Early Childhood Center believes teachers, administrators, parents and the community share the responsibility for promoting the total growth of each child. This is accomplished through engagement in social, cognitive, emotional, creative and physical learning experiences in a safe and nurturing.
Abney Early Childhood has established the following guidelines as a proactive measure in positive school discipline (PBS). It by no
means replaces school board policy. The St. Tammany Parish School Board policy on discipline can be found in the St. Tammany Parish Handbook on Attendance, Discipline and Student Records.
Remember: Discipline does not mean “punishment”. Discipline means teaching acceptable behaviors for living. The goal of discipline is teaching children respect and responsibility for property, others, and for themselves.
In addition to our school-wide expectations, we take proactive measures when it comes to the issue of bullying. Below is an overview of our parish policy on bullying which is actively followed at AECC. Bullying is a form of aggression, and it occurs when a person(s) willfully subjects another person (victim), to an 4 intentional, unwanted and unproved, hurtful verbal and/or physical action(s) at any school site or school-sponsored activity or event. Bullying may also occur as various forms of hazing, including initiation rites perpetrated against a student or a member of a team. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated overtime.
Allegations of bullying will be promptly investigated, giving due regard to the need to confidentiality and the safety of the alleged victim and/or any individual(s) who report incident(s) of bullying. An individual has the right to report an incident(s) of bullying without fear of reprisal or retaliation at any time. Retaliation in defined as meaning “to pay back (an injury) in kind.” When a person is accused of having behaved in an inappropriate fashion, especially bullying, the common reaction of that person is to be angry and want to pay the “alleged victim” back (retaliate). Retaliation must not occur and will not be tolerated. Proven allegations of bullying can have serious consequences for the person deemed guilty, including verbal or written reprimand, in-school or out-of-school suspension, disciplinary reassignment, and/or expulsion.
Victims of bullying have responsibilities. Victims should clearly tell the bullies to stop. If bullying persists, victims should not ignore the incident(s) but should report immediately the incident to someone at school. Students should tell their parent(s). If the bullying continues after the victim clearly indicates aggressor should stop, the student should make a written record of the incident including dates, times, witness or witnesses, and parties 5 involved in the incident. The incident should be reported immediately to an adult who has authority over the student(s), for example, a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, or principal. Victim(s) should avoid being alone with the person(s) who attempted to bully them in the past. Victim(s) of bullying that are uncomfortable reporting to adult personnel at school, should contact another appropriate adult or friend who will report on their behalf.
The faculty and staff are always on the lookout for students demonstrating appropriate behavior in the school setting.
Incentives provide reinforcement for a class or an individual student when they are “caught” following the school expectations.
Look for PBS Initiatives and further information in monthly newsletters, the school website, and Teacher’s weekly communications.
Abney Elementary School and Abney early childhood students are required to wear uniforms to school every day, unless a designated dress down day has been offered. Students must follow the St. Tammany Parish guidelines when wearing “free dress” attire.
Pre-K and Kindergarten uniform consists of a hunter green or heather gray polo-type shirt and khaki (cotton or twill) bottoms. The Abney logo is optional. The bottoms must be plain khaki, and may not contain any logos and/or stripes on them.
Girls may wear khaki shorts, skorts (skirts with shorts attached underneath), pants, or jumpers. The minimum length is at the fingertip when standing erect with arms extended down the sides as stated in the St. Tammany Parish Handbook. Clothing items that are too tight are not permissible. No jeggings or patterned/neon leggings are allowed at any time. Students should wear SOLID colored tights under shorts/skirts/dresses.
Boys may wear khaki shorts or pants as long as they conform to the parish dress code policy–baggy pants that will not stay up at the waistline are not allowed. All shorts and pants should be secured at waist level. For males, the length of the hair may not fall below the base of a collared shirt or past the eyebrows. Longer hair must be secured in a manner that does not allow the hair to touch the collar (i.e. higher ponytail). Students should wear SOLID colored tights/pants under shorts.
Boys and Girls may wear undershirts underneath the school uniform shirt. The undershirt should not hang below the hem of the uniform shirt or the uniform sleeve. School spirit shirts can be purchased through the PTA and can be worn on Fridays. Short or long sleeve T-shirts, turtlenecks or mock turtlenecks may be worn underneath the short sleeve uniform shirt, but must match the color (hunter green, heather grey, white) or the uniform shirt and not decorated in any manner.
Jackets: Winter outerwear (jackets, coats, sweaters,) must zip, snap, or button from top to bottom. Pullover sweatshirts or jackets are permitted if they are plain hunter green, heather grey, or white without hoods. Abney Elementary outerwear is acceptable. Jackets worn in class must be uniform color with no hood.
Due to safety issues, earrings should not hang lower than one (1) inch. Hoods, hats, caps, and bandanas are not to be worn on campus during regular school hours. Hoods or winter hats may be worn outdoors while on campus during inclement weather (below 40 degrees), but must be removed when entering the building. Hair must be clean and colored natural hair color (real or synthetic). Sculptured hair styles will not be permitted, which includes Mohawks and Mohawk-style haircuts. Pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, etc. will not be permitted. Hair must be clean and not unusually colored. Ornate headbands, such as cat ears, are not allowed, as they can be a potential safety hazard. Headbands on the forehead are also not allowed. For your child’s safety, appropriate shoes should be worn for the classroom and the playground. Tennis shoes should be worn on Physical Education days. All shoes must have a back and a rubber sole. Slip-on style shoes, cleats, slides or high heeled shoes or boots, are not appropriate for school. Makeup is not allowed for any students.
Please refer to the District Handbook for Students and Parents for additional information regarding dress code policies.
Uniform checks will be performed periodically during the school year. Please be sure that your student(s) meet the uniform guidelines at all times.
Students are expected to be in attendance every day scheduled by the St. Tammany Parish School Board. Louisiana Compulsory Attendance Law states that students in the elementary school grades will be allowed ten absences each school year. Excuses for all absences must be presented in writing to the school within two days of the absence. PLEASE NOTE: Act 103 of the 1994 State Legislature deals with student truancy and tardiness and requires principals to report absences and tardiness to the child welfare supervisor. The Supervisor of Child Welfare must refer a student who is absent or tardy without an acceptable excuse five or more times in one month to the family or juvenile court. Policy also mandates that automatic retention of a student who has been absent for 10 or more days in a school year (extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration). Students are responsible for making up all missed assignments in a reasonable amount of time. Parents may request assignments for extended circumstances by calling the school office. A 24-hour notice must be given prior to picking up missed assignments. These assignments may be picked up in the school office. 8 A student may earn a perfect Attendance Award at the end of the year if he/she has not missed one day of school and has not been tardy, nor checked out, on any occasion. A student who has one tardy or one check-out will not be eligible for the award. It is encouraged that parents schedule doctor’s appointments outside of school hours if at all possible.
For more information on Louisiana’s Compulsory Attendance Law, please visit the following website: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/academics/attendance-requirements
For additional information on St. Tammany Parish School Board Pupil Progression and Attendance Policy please: View the Pupil Progression Plan.
Students who are late to class disrupt the educational process for themselves as well as other students. Please assist us in teaching your child the lifelong skill of promptness. Students are permitted on campus beginning at 7:45. Our instructional day begins promptly at 8:15. A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in class and seated by 8:15 AM (students are marked absent if they are not in their homeroom teacher’s class by 8:15 AM). STUDENTS MAY NOT SIGN THEMSELVES IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE WHEN THEY ARRIVE TARDY. A PARENT/GAURDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY THE STUDENT TO THE FRONT OFFICE AND SIGN HIM/HER IN. When inclement weather is in the forecast for our 9 area, please plan ahead and allow enough time for school travel, as traffic will be congested. Students who ride the bus to school are not considered tardy. Tardies are cumulative for the entire school year. Excessive unexcused tardies are reported by the Supervisor of Child Welfare to truancy/family or juvenile court.
Students will be checked out only to the parents, legal guardian or the specified person on the emergency contact card or after the office has obtained permission from the parent/guardian. ALL changed made in the office for the person not listed on the emergency card, must be done so with written permission from the parent or legal guardian and must provide proof of identification upon making the request/change. All persons checking out a student must present proper identification , this includes parents and legal guardians. Students are excused to check out during the day for the following: a) medical appointments b) funerals c) sickness d) illness in immediate family e) religious holidays f) natural catastrophe g) disaster. Students returning to school after being absent have two (2) days to present proof of their absences in order to be excused. STUDENTS MAY NOT BE CHECKED OUT AFTER 2:40.
Free and reduced lunch are now available online these forms must be completed in order for your child to receive free or reduced lunch.
Each student who was on the free/reduced lunch list the previous year, must have a newly completed, approved lunch application turned in within the first 30 days of school to receive free or reduced lunches for the year.
New students applying for free or reduced lunches will need to pay for lunches consumed in the cafeteria until their form is approved. The cafeteria is responsible for collecting all money. Please make checks payable to “Abney Elementary Cafeteria.” Please send each child’s money in a separate envelope to his/her teacher. The 10 envelope must be labeled with the child’s name, grade, teacher’s name, and cafeteria I.D. number. Lunch money must be sent the first day of the school week. Payment by the week, month, or longer is accepted. The cafeteria must be notified of overpayments before the end of the school year in order to issue a refund. Extra milk must be paid for each day as the child gets the milk. No canned drinks or outside food (Fast Food) are allowed with students in the cafeteria unless accompanied by an adult. This includes breakfast and lunch items. Please make sure your child has money in the cafeteria account. Check the monthly menu for current prices. If you have any questions, you may call the school cafeteria direct at 643-2242.
Breakfast will be served until 8:05 a.m. (unless on a late bus). Students arriving after this time should eat breakfast before arrival and will need to go straight to class. Carline students arriving after 8:05am will not be allowed to eat breakfast.
Parents may be asked to serve as chaperones. For safety reasons, children not enrolled in the participating class may not attend the field trip. Parents who agree to chaperone must provide their own transportation to and from the field trip. Chaperones are asked to dress appropriately for a school function and refrain from smoking/talking on a cell phone while supervising our students. We ask that chaperones are limited to two per student. Chaperones will check in and remain in the front office until departure time for a field trip.
A parent-teacher conference is a chance for adults to talk about how a child is progressing in school. It is an opportunity for you, as a parent, to ask questions about any concerns you may have regarding your child’s progress. Because each child’s progress is important and confidential, please refrain from asking these types of questions in any informal situations (i.e., during volunteer time, Open House, etc.). Please schedule all conferences through the teacher. When arriving for a conference, even if it is after school, please sign in at the office.
Guidance and Counseling services are available to help children
become aware of their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and attitudes.
We also have a Mental Health Provider available full time. Requests
to speak with a counselor can come from the student, teacher,
parent, or administrator. Talk to your child’s teacher for more
Should an emergency arise that requires children to be picked up
early, all children will be signed out by parents in a designated area.
During the school year, practice drills will be held for severe
weather, fire, and lock-down situations. By practicing ahead of time,
our students will be calm and confident should an actual emergency
It is imperative that all dismissal procedures are followed in an
effort to create a safe environment for all students. As a reminder,
only students who live in our immediate surrounding community are
considered “walkers”, all other students and parents must utilize the
car line. All students identified as walkers will have address
verification completed. Additionally, all parents picking up students
from the car line must have the Front Office issued pink car tag that
clearly identifies student’s name. If any caregiver who is picking up
the student does not have a name tag displayed, they will be asked to
park in the designated areas and walk into the Front Office to follow
check-out procedures and will wait until all carline students have
been dismissed. Please remember that the safety of all students is our
primary concern and we appreciate our cooperation in this important
matter. No student will be dismissed from the carline.
**All dismissal changes must be made in writing and must include a telephone
contact number. Parents may also come into the office. All dismissal changes
MUST be made prior to 2:45pm. For safety and security concerns, transportation
changes CANNOT be made by phone, fax, or email. **
- All car riders must go through the car line and follow procedure.
Parents are not permitted to park and walk their student onto campus.
- Enter Kostmayer Ave from Hilary Ave or Pontchartrain Dr.
- Big Abney and Little Abney will line up in the same car line; however,
Little Abney parents may continue straight once Big Abney parents have
turned into their school.
- When you see the crossing guard he/she will direct you when to pull forward.
- Do no block any of the car line or bus loop drive ways.
- Stop before the bus exit for a duty teacher to read your child’s car tag.
- There are 4 stations for student drop off and pickup. Do not create a station
in front of the telephone pole.
- Pull completely off the road into the car line and place your car into the park position.
- Do not exit your vehicle to help with loading and unloading as this is not safe.
- Students will exit from the right side of your vehicle.
- If you need to buckle in your child, please pull straight forward out of carline.
- Drop off is 7:45-8:10, then your child is tardy and you will need to be park and walk
with your child in the office and check them in.
- Pickup is 3:15-3:35, please be on time.
• There is no parking in the bus loop beginning at 2:20 PM ending
at 4:00 PM. This area must remain clear as we work to safely
load all students.
• If you are unsure as to whether or not your child qualifies
as a “walker”, when utilizing St. Tammany Parish
Transportation site at www.stpsb.org/transportation/ , input
your address, and you will see this message “Eligible within
• All students not considered a “walker” or a “bus rider” must
utilize the carline.
• Parents may not pick up students directly from the front
office. The front office may not be utilized as a waiting area
for afternoon dismissal.
• Parents may not park in the designated faculty parking area
to pick up children during dismissal.
• If you are in need of a new or additional car line tag, please
contact the front office.
• DISMISSAL CHANGES MUST BE DONE IN PERSON OR BY A WRITTEN
LETTER. NO EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR A DISMISSAL CHANGE.
A current emergency card must be on file in the office for each
child enrolled. The card must have local numbers listed with the
names of people who can pick up a child when the need arises. Valid
IDs must be presented at the front office to check out a student.
Students will not be released at classroom doors. You must provide
the school (teacher/bus driver) with any information regarding
medical conditions that require special attention for your child,
the name of the child’s physician and hospital preference. It is your
responsibility to fill out a new card if any information listed
changes during the school year. At least one local number must be
included. For the safety and security of our students, the last time
a student can be checked out before final dismissal is 2:40 pm.
The Extended Education Program (EEP) provides an on-site before and
after school program at a reasonable cost for Abney Elementary
School students. It is open from 6-8 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m. on any
day that school is in session. This includes school half-days. EEP
is closed during school holidays.
The program is located in the school cafeteria. Enrollment forms
are available in the school office. For more information, call 645-
Field trips will be limited to one each semester and must be of
educational value (unless approved by administration). Students not
attending the field trip will be marked absent if not at school.
Students will be placed into another classroom for the day with
independent work to complete. If more than a few students stay
behind, one teacher will stay behind with those students providing
instruction for them. The teacher will also inform the office of the
location of these students before leaving.
All students going on a field trip will be required to return to
school with their class and must ride the bus with their class on a
field trip. Students will not be allowed to leave the field trip with
Students must have a signed permission slip and have paid any fees
due in order to attend any field trip. Permission slips AND payment
for field trips are due by the date on the field trip form. No late
Lunches will be provided for all field trips by the cafeteria at the
rate you normally pay for your child.
If inappropriate behavior is a problem, a parent/guardian may be
asked to attend with the child.
Students should not bring any money with them on a field trip. Trips
to the gift shop, etc. only causes difficulty in supervision, as well
as possible hurt feelings of other students.
Students will NOT be allowed to have prescription drugs or
over-the-counter drug in their possession at school. Personnel in
the office cannot administer medication except under special
circumstances for long-term health problems.
1. Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the
drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be taken
must be provided on the appropriate form available in the
2. Written request and permission from the parent or legal
guardian of the student requesting that the school comply
with the physician’s order must be provided.
3. Medication must be brought to school in a container
appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician. A
parent and a staff member must count medication together.
4. Each medication given will be recorded on a medication log,
which includes the date, time, dosage, and signature of
person giving medication. Please provide a picture to
attach to medication log.
5. Students cannot bring their medication to school. AN ADULT
MUST BRING THE STUDENT’S MEDICATIONS TO SCHOOL.
6. Please be sure to read the School Wellness letter for
parents attached at the end of this handbook.
Students who are discovered to have in their possession look-alike
weapons (such as toy guns, toy knives, or anything that simulates a
weapon) or look-alike drugs will receive the maximum disciplinary
action. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure
that their child does not bring look-alike items to school.
The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Each
student is responsible for his/her personal property. Students
should only bring to school what is required for the day’s
activities. Students are encouraged to leave their valuables at
home. Only items relevant to the curriculum should be brought to
No electronic devices of any kind (including cell phones), toys, or
other distracting items are allowed at school. The teacher and/or
principal will confiscate these items to prevent loss or damage.
Parents must come to school to claim confiscated items.
Please label all items – including coats, sweaters, and lunch boxes.
A lost and found is located outside the gym. At the end of the year,
unclaimed items will be donated to charity
Only two (2) parties per year are scheduled – winter and spring. The
parties will be held on the last day of school preceding these
breaks. The parties will last no more than one (1) hour. Parents are
asked not to come during instructional time to set up. No food may
be served before lunch. If a parent chooses to check the child out
after the party, he/she must come to the front office to do so. All
parents and visitors will be scanned in the office.
Halloween and Valentine’s Day are not School Board celebrated
holidays. If a class chooses to have a fall activity on October 31st,
it must be instructional. Valentine's may be celebrated with a card
exchange, but it should not be a party atmosphere.
Birthday parties can be celebrated in the classroom by sending a
cupcake or small treat that can be shared at the end of the school
day (after 2:00) with the class. Balloons or other party decorations
are not permitted. Unless giving party invitations to ALL students
in a class, we ask that invitations to private parties be mailed from
NO PARTY BUSES ARE ALLOWED TO PICK UP STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL.
Snacks are only allowed in classrooms at the teacher’s designated
snack time. Items not allowed as snacks are carbonated drinks,
sunflower seeds and ramen noodles. Candy (including suckers) and
Gum are not allowed for any reason (including a reward incentive).
Snacks will not be allowed into the cafeteria or taken onto the
playground after lunch.
The School Building Level Committee (SBLC) is comprised of various
school staff members and may include an administrator, counselor,
resource helping teacher, referring teacher, and other appropriate
personnel. When a student has any specific concern(s), a conference
is held between the teacher and the parent. Specific concerns are
documented and the classroom teacher will implement appropriate
interventions. If the interventions are not successful, a meeting is
held with the parent invited. At the SBLC meeting, the committee
reviews all information and makes additional recommendations for
interventions and/or screenings.
As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in
grades K-8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual
Abuse Prevention, Education, and Reporting. All materials used in
the instruction, may be previewed by contacting the school
administration. We also encourage you to talk with your child
about this topic as well as other general safety issues.
For the safety of our students, all visitors must check in at the
front office upon arrival at school for a pass. All visitors to the
campus must present a valid driver’s license or a picture ID for
scanning. Parents must make an appointment with the teacher in
advance to a visit to the classroom. Our goal is to maximize
instructional time for learning. Any parent or visitor in the
hallways without a pass during the school day, will be asked to
please report back to the office.
PTA and other volunteers will wear an Abney ID badge when on
campus. They will also be asked not to interrupt instructional time
when on campus. Visitors and volunteers will be under the
supervision of the teacher at all times.
Parents are encouraged to help in our classrooms and our school
and can volunteer for a variety of ways. Meet and Greet or
Conference Night is a great time to let your child’s teacher know
that you are interested in becoming an Abney Early volunteer.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Parents’ Right to Know
Parent and Family Engagement Best Practices
PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school districts to inform parents and families about their right to
receive information on the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers.
- Parents and families have the right to know:
- Whether all employed personnel have met state qualification and licensing criteria for the position they hold within the school
- If any personnel is employed under provisional status where state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived
- All college degrees and general areas of certification held by teachers, and qualifications of the paraprofessionals
- Whether their child receives services by paraprofessionals and their qualifications
Teacher Certification/Degree Information can be verified at www.teachlouisiana.net District Responsibilities School Responsibilities
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
St. Tammany Parish Public School System believes that Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) is
important for children to achieve success. Parents and families are key partners with the schools. PFE
includes programs, services, and activities at the school and district level.
• Involve families in developing and reviewing the district's PFE Plan
• Hold yearly Federal Programs, PFE Stakeholders’, and PFE activity planning meetings
• Support STPPS Title I schools in planning and carrying out their PFE activities
• Annually review and monitor PFE activities and school-wide programs outlined in the School Improvement Plans
• Provide a Title I PFE resource page and presentations for school personnel use
• Develop Title I PFE survey to evaluate PFE plans and use results to plan future PFE programs and adjust PFE policies and procedures
Invite parents to a school meeting highlighting their school's educational programs, curriculum, and PFE opportunities
• Offer PFE activities at various times which support learning goals at home
• Involve parents in the planning, review, and implementation of PFE programs
• Provide parents with timely information about the school PFE policy
• Provide families with opportunities to volunteer, participate, and observe in the school and classroom
• Maintain 2-way communication with families
• Provide each student with the Compact for Student Success outlining responsibilities of students, parents, and teachers in the educational process
• Support all students in their effort to achieve success