Policies & Procedures

Attendance IS Important

When students are absent or late, they miss important learning, and they often feel behind when they return to the classroom. When teachers stop instruction to help a student who is tardy, all other students lose precious learning time as well. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD BE AT SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY.  Students can arrive, and will be supervised, on the school playground starting at 7:40 a.m.Students enter the building  with teachers at 7:45 a.m. Students are tardy after 7:55 a.m.

If you know that your child will be absent or late, please report this as soon as possible to the 24 hour attendance line 303-734-5600.  We will be following established state and district guidelines regarding unexcused and excessive absences and tardies. Minutes accumulated beyond 24 hours of unexcused absences and tardies are considered excessive

Attendance Policy

  • School starts at 7:50 a.m. and all students should be in their classroom.
  • School is dismissed at 2:33 p.m. For Kindergarten hours click here.
  • Tardies: Student arriving after 7:55 a.m. and before 8:55 a.m. will be counted tardy.
  • Excused Tardy: Doctor and dentist appointments. Unexcused Tardy: Anything else
  • Absences: Absences are recorded on a half-day system, a.m. and p.m. Students arriving after 8:55 a.m. are marked absent for the morning; students leaving before 1:28 p.m. are marked absent for the afternoon.
  • Lenski employs an automatic call out attendance message at 10 a.m. if the office has not received information explaining the absence or tardy
  • If your student misses 5 days (not necessarily consecutive) of school, there will be a call from the school to make sure you are aware that your student has missed a full week of school.  If your student misses 8 days of school, we will ask that any remaining days missed have a doctors’ note.  If your student misses 10 days of school we will have a solution-finding meeting to develop an attendance plan.  LPS has many resources available to help families with attendance.

Animals in Schools

Students and parents may not bring animals onto school or district premises unless authorized by the site administrator. (Board Policy Code IMG) 

Because of concern for student safety, the Board of Education approved the following district policy, "Animals in Schools and District Facilities."

At Lenski, no student or parent will be allowed to bring dogs, cats, turtles, birds, snakes, and other pets onto school property or into classrooms with the following exceptions:

*"The use of service (assistance) animals is protected by law and is not covered by the rules in the Board policy."  The term "assistance animal" is defined as an animal that has been or is being specially trained by a person who is qualified as a trainer of assistance animals to aid a disabled student and includes guide dogs for the visually impaired, hearing dogs for the hearing-impaired, and service animals for the physically disabled."

*"Animals are allowed to be housed in a classroom or district facility for a specific and appropriate educational purpose for the time necessary to achieve the educational goal."

This policy will impact families who walk their dogs to and from school and bring them to the field to run before and after school when many children are present.  We ask that all families support the importance of safety for our children and refrain from bringing pets to school. Please share this article with your friends and family.

Birthdays/Parties

With so many students presenting a variety of food allergies,we will ask parents to refrain from sending food items to celebrate birthdays or school events.  Please talk with your classroom teacher if you wish to find alternatives to food treats.

Bus Behavior

Student behavior on the bus is monitored and incidents are reported to the principal for follow up.  Please remind your student that the bus is an extension of the school and cell phones should remain in backpacks or pockets.

If your child does not get off of the bus when you expect him/her to, call the school office and the secretary will help you.  If you do not discover that your child is missing until after 3:30 PM or cannot reach anyone at school, please call the transportation department at 303-347-4775 for assistance.  As always, if it is an emergency, call your police department. If your child leaves something on the bus, you can call the transportation department to see if it will be on the bus or the lost and found box at the transportation office.

Car-Rider Drop off and Pick Up

The Sheriff’s Office enforces the applicable traffic/parking laws in an effort to make the area around schools as safe as possible, especially when students arrive and depart from school.   

The following violations are commonly observed in school zones.  

  • Speeding (fines are doubled in school zones!)

  • U-Turns Prohibited (utilizing a driveway & backing up is still a violation)

  • Stop Signs (a complete cessation of movement is required!)

  • Disregarding Flag Person (Crossing Guard)

  • Parking in a 1 minute drop off zone

  • Parking within 30 feet of a Stop sign

  • Parking within 20 feet of a Crosswalk at an intersection

  • Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant

  • Parking within 5 feet of a public or private driveway

  • Parking on a crosswalk (at any location other than an intersection)

  • Parking more than 12 inches from the curb

  • Parking on the wrong side of the road

  • Handicapped parking violation

  • Parking anywhere where prohibited by signs

  • Firelane parking violations

Sometimes the only answer to our present traffic and parking problems while ensuring everyone stays safe, is to arrive early or park farther away from the school (have a backup plan with your child during poor weather).  If there is an issue that needs immediate attention, please let the Sheriff’s Office know.

We highly encourage our Lenski parents to use the safest pickup system around- The Lenski Car Rider program! Advantages include staying in a cool car on hot days, staying in a warm car on cold days, catching up on the newspaper, balancing your checkbook, or reading the latest New York Times Best Seller!

Directions:

  • Cars should have a nametag with students’ first and last name on it. Name tags will be available during the first weeks of school. Please place in the window and use daily.

  • The gate will open around 2:25 p.m. for parent vehicles to enter the Intermediate Playground.

  • The Car and Bus Pickup Lane will be used for pick-up only at the end of the school day. There will be no parking in the Car and Bus Pickup Lane after 2:00 p.m.

  • Once the gate is open for Car Rider, cars will enter and create a circle. The lead car will stop where the sidewalk meets the pavement just left of the gazebo and following cars will line up behind.

  • While waiting, we suggest turning cars off to conserve gas and be kind to our environment

  • Students will meet at the blue benches to wait for their names to be called for pick-up.

  • Staff members will escort all students to their cars. Staff will load students into their cars around the circle while the red flag is up.

  • Cars cannot leave the circle until all students have been loaded and the green flag has been posted.

  • After the green flag has been posted, cars in the circle will exit and the new cars will enter the circle and stop at the first four spots (marked by cones).  Staff will load students in the first four cars in line.

  • In order to allow the flow of traffic, if a child is not present when his/her name is called to line up, staff will inform the parent to move outside of the gate and park next to the dumpsters to wait for their child(ren).

  • Please drive on the right side of the drive as you enter to allow buses to continue to the bus loading zone. Once cars exit the circle, exit on the left side of the drive to allow buses to park and load.

  • Gates will close at approximately 2:50 p.m. Students will be escorted into the building to wait for parents in the office.

It is our goal to provide a safe and speedy pick-up system. Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the school office at 303-347-4575.

Classroom Entry Before & After School

Students must come to the front office to ask for assistance. Office staff will call into the classroom. If the teachers are in the classroom & available, students will be able to go to the classroom. If the teachers are not in their classrooms or unavailable, students will not be able to enter the classroom and must go out to the playground to wait for the bell to ring. Students may not wait in the front office lobby before school. 

Class Placement

Parent input is welcomed on the best learning environment for your child. However, we do not take requests for placement with a specific teacher.

Discipline

The Littleton Public School District Code of Conduct will be enforced by Lenski staff and the principal. There will be no tolerance for bullying, weapons, drugs or fighting.

Dress Code

All students should dress appropriately for school, keeping in mind the activities for the day, the weather, and the health and safety of the individual.  Student dress should not distract or disrupt the orderly process of education. Any concerns regarding school dress and appearance will be referred to the principal.  Shorts may be worn at the child's discretion, keeping in mind the playground area is gravel. (Short-shorts and skimpy tops are not allowed. Wearing of sandals is discouraged because of gravel and sand on playground.)

Additionally for student safety, we ask students to wear shoes that will not interfere with activities such as running, jumping and/or climbing. Students wearing flip flops, slippers, and sandal type shoes often experience falls, sprains and injuries to feet/toes.

School administrators may establish additional specific standards for their individual schools within LPS guidelines. Teachers may establish additional specific standards for their individual classrooms within LPS dress guidelines. Disciplinary action for violation of dress standards may include requiring the student to remove or change the grooming/apparel, referral to counselor or administration, parental conference, and suspension and/or expulsion.

 

Inside Days

Under certain circumstances children will be allowed inside the building in the morning before school. 

Inside Mornings will take place before school (starting at 7:35 a.m.) if the weather is:
• Stormy with lightning
• Rainy, more than a misty or intermittent drops
• Snowy, more than flurries or intermittent flakes
• Temperature or wind chill factor is below 20º F.

The principal will decide when it is an "inside day" based on weather conditions. All students are expected to dress properly and go outside for their recess periods if the above two conditions do not exist. If a student is recuperating from an illness, he/she needs a parent permission slip to stay in for the day.  The student will sit in the office during the lunch and recess period doing homework or reading a book.

An inside day sign will appear at the entrance of the building informing the students that they are to come directly into the building.  Students will not be allowed to go to the classroom until 7:50 AM on inside days. They will be instructed to go to a supervised area such as the multi-purpose room.

If weather conditions require a change in the status, an announcement will be made over the intercom.

We ask that students who walk or are being driven to school on inclement weather days not arrive until 7:50 AM.  Attendance will be taken at 8:05 AM on inside days.

Lost & Found

Lost & found is located in the hallway near the multipurpose room. Small item are in the front office.
Every year we donate hundreds of items that are left behind at school. We encourage you to label your child’s coats, hoodies, boots, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and lunchboxes to that we can return them to you.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Formal parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled in the fall (October) and the spring (March) of each year. If at any time you wish to conference with a teacher, please schedule an appointment.

Personal Property (Toys, Electronics, etc)

Children should not bring any items of great value. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Toys, iPods, iDevices, eBook readers, MP3 players, Pokemon cards, hand held games, etc. are not allowed in class without the teacher's approval. Accessing school wi-fi without approval is also prohibited.

Phones at School, Watch Phones, & Messages to Students

Parents have told us that they like their children to carry cell phones as a safety measure.  If you choose to send your child to school with a cell phone, please help us by reminding your student that cell phones are to be silenced and in their backpack during the school day.  Teachers will work with students so that they know recess, field trips, the bus and School Age Child Care are all part of school and thus cell phones are to remain in a backpack or pocket.

We are aware there is technology in the form of of wrist phones used by elementary students to communicate with emergency contacts. Please do not encourage your child to communicate directly with you via cell phone or wrist phone technology in the event of an illness or safety concern.  For their safety, it is expected that students communicate with their teacher and the office in these situations. Students will be allowed to contact parents from the classroom or office.

When parents call in messages for their child, the office staff tries very hard to get these messages to the child before school is dismissed at 2:33 PM.  Problems sometimes arise in delivering messages, so we are asking for your help. Please discuss special circumstances that will be different from the normal dismissal process with your child before they leave for school and send an email to the teacher and Lenski office staff (jvogel[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us and ldaugherty[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.).  If something comes up during the day, please try to call the school before 2:00 PM.  We will try our best to deliver messages received after 2:00, but due to the volume of calls and visitors in the office, we cannot guarantee the child will receive it.  

 

Playground Safety

  • Be kind, respectful, and safe.

  • Do not jump off the swings.

  • Do not throw any rocks.

  • When waiting for a turn, let the person know that you are counting to 60 and then start counting.

  • Line up in your classroom line when the bell rings.  Please sit/stand in one line and wait for your teacher to take you back to your classroom.

  • If a ball goes into the parking lot, please get a recess teacher to help you.

  • Please stay off the running path by the creek.

  • If a ball goes into the creek, DO NOT get it.  Please ask a recess teacher for help.

  • Speak to students and staff in a respectful manner using kind and appropriate words.

  • Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and activity. Snow/all weather boots are required for walking/playing in the snow.

TIRE SWINGS

  • Please keep your legs in the middle of the tire.

  • Do not lie on your tummy.

  • When pushing someone on the tire, do not hang on and fly with the person on the tire.

  • Do not lie under the tire swings.

ROCKWALL

  • Please do not hang over the top of the rockwall.

Visitor & Volunteer Check-in

LPS has a visitor/volunteer screening system at all schools. This system is for all visitors to use and includes a full background check for all volunteers.  

The visitor check-in will be completed by all visitors as they enter Lenski building. This check researches national sex offender databases based on a person's ID.

Additionally, this system will do a more complete background check for anyone who will be volunteering to work directly with children.  This background check will look at national sex offender databases and will look for any felony convictions on volunteers. The visitor check is free and the volunteer check is $10.00.

Visitors:

  • All visitors will stop in the office, enter their names in a new computer

  • An adhesive badge will be printed

  • When finished with visit, stop in the office to check out

Volunteers:

  • Volunteers will need to complete an online registration before they can go to the classroom to volunteer.

  • Volunteer at LPS Connect:  https://lps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/lps/login_form.aspx?app=0)

  • A background check will be performed on the registration

  • When they come in to volunteer the first time, enter name in computer, office checks the volunteers clearance and their ID an a permanent badge is provided.

  • Badges are stored in the office and to be used each time the volunteer enters the building and checks in on the compute

Safety and security remain the most important parts of providing a great place for students to learn and grow at Lenski. We need your help in the following ways:

  • Enter the office, sign in, and wear a badge EVERYTIME you are going beyond the front lobby.  Report all adults not wearing a badge to the office immediately.
  • If you need to assist your child to any part of the building other than the office, please enter the office, sign in, and wear a badge before proceeding. 
  • Report any suspicious persons or unsafe situations you observe immediately to the office. Be our eyes and ears as you approach and enter the school grounds.
  • Report any animal seen on the school grounds.
  • Do not beckon students to talk to you through the perimeter/playground fencing. If you need to speak to your child, please come to the front office.
  • Please do not be offended if we stop you regarding the above items. Your child’s safety is our #1 concern.