General School Policies

GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES

Visitors/Volunteers: With security guidelines in place, ALL visitors and volunteers must enter the building through the main entrance. For identification and the safety of our students, when visiting or volunteering anywhere in the school or on school grounds, sign in using our volunteer computers in the main office and wear a volunteer/visitor badge at all times while in the building, including after 3:43 pm as we still have children present in after school enrichment activities and Twain Tigers.

Reporting Absences: If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the attendance line (303 -734-5825) by 9:30 am each day. If you know your child will be absent for several days, one call notifying us of those dates is sufficient. Our attendance line is a 24-hour voice mail line. Any absence unreported on the attendance line will prompt a call to home. If there is not an answer, all work and cell numbers on the student’s emergency card will be called in an attempt to reach a parent or guardian.

Animals On Campus: The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education approved a change in the district policy with regard to animals on campus. Animals may be on the school premises only in connection with an organized and approved school activity, approved by the principal. Animals are allowed to be housed in a classroom for a specific and appropriate educational purpose for the time necessary to achieve an educational goal. Students and parents may no longer bring animals onto the school premises, unless authorized by the principal. This is a change from past practice. The policy is based on the unpredictability of an animal’s behavior with regard to student safety. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

Bikes/Scooters/Skateboard Rules: Neighborhood children may ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades to school. However, it is a parent's responsibility to make sure their children are wearing the appropriate safety gear (helmets, pads, etc.). Safety rules must be observed at all times. Once on school property, bikes, scooters, and skateboards should be carried or pushed; they may not be ridden on campus. Roller blades should be taken off immediately upon arriving on school grounds. All bikes should be stored in the bike racks by the west entrance to the building (playground side). Bikes should be locked during the day. All scooters, skateboards, and roller blades should be stored in the classrooms. Bikes, scooters, skateboard, and roller blades should be clearly marked with the student's first and last name. Mark Twain will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged bikes, scooters, skateboards, or roller blades.

Birthday Treats: Providing food items for your child's birthday celebration is prohibited. Many students possess a wide range of severe allergies to various nuts, milk products, wheat, soy, and much more. Although we are very diligent about monitoring the treats that come into the office, it is exceedingly difficult to verify the ingredients in every food product that is brought to school. In addition, treats provided in classrooms often takes vital instructional time away from students.   

Dress Code: Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for Colorado weather. Student grooming and apparel must adhere to LPS standards of decency, must not pose a threat to public or personal safety or health, and must not be disruptive of or distracting to the learning environment, classroom activity or student behavior. The following are prohibited: - Tank tops with large armholes, crop tops that show midriff, halter tops or tops with spaghetti straps - Short shorts (above fingertip length). - Hats - Baggy/Saggy clothes that are more than 1 size bigger than the child's regular size - T-shirts or other apparel depicting alcohol, drug, tobacco use or advertisement, or apparel displaying gang symbols, or using defamatory or vulgar, offensive or obscene language

Please refer to the Mark Twain Elementary Student Handbook or the LPS Student Code of Conduct for further guidelines.