School Safety Information
Digital Citizenship at Reeves
At William Reeves Elementary, we encourage all students to practice online safety by utilizing the internet appropriately for learning. RES is fortunate to have numerous opportunities for students to participate in technology rich lessons and activities. In order for students to participate fully in these opportunities, each parent must sign a District Acceptable Use Policy. The district’s Internet filters restrict access to material that is inappropriate in the school environment. Use of the Internet for educational projects will assist in preparing your child for success in life and work in the 21st Century. During the year, students go through a variety of activities which include, but are not limited to, Digital Citizenship lessons. These lessons cover topics such as cyberbullying, communicating effectively and appropriately online, and being safe while browsing the Internet. They also have opportunities to utilize the Digital Passport program (http://www.digitalpassport.org) through Common Sense Media to support online safety by logging in and completing activities that test their digital knowledge. Our 4th and 5th grade students will hear a speaker during the year from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General. We would encourage you to take the opportunity to have a discussion with your child about your family values and your expectation about how these values should guide your child’s activities while they are on the Internet.
Transportation changes will not be taken over the phone. This is not to be difficult, but to ensure the safety of our students. Please be sure that an adult is at the bus stop to supervise students until the bus arrives. Students are often left in the dark at the bus stop without supervision. Adult supervision is crucial for the safety of our children.
Car Rider Procedures
Please expect delays for the first week of school. We never know how many students will be car riders and it takes time to familiarize students on procedures inside the building.
a) If you go to the office to check your child out after dismissal has begun, please know that you will be asked to wait until we have finished calling ALL car riders before a student in those rooms can be escorted to the office.
b) Please make sure that your child knows his/her number and remind him/her to be quiet in the car rider room and to listen for the number to be called.
c) Car riders drop off in the front of the building. You will circle the large loop in front of Dubose Middle. There will be several staff out there to unload/load cars. Please DO NOT allow your child to get out until you are past the black fence and in the front of the building. Please don’t unload until the adults are present.
d) In the morning and afternoons, we double stack cars AFTER you have passed the cones in front of the cottages. We must leave space for the Sherriff’s Department to be able to get their cars out in the event of an emergency.
Early Drop off
Every year, we try to offer early morning daycare for a small fee through extended day. We typically do not have enough people to participate. We do, however, have people who drop children at the front entrance before supervision is on duty and expect that they be admitted to a building along with staff who are entering the building. We are not prepared to receive students until 7:00 as staff is getting ready for the start of school. No student is to be dropped before the teachers are on duty to safely receive them. Unfortunately, each year we have folks who try to drop their children and leave them unsupervised until the school opens. If your child will be a car rider, please plan to remain with him/her to ensure the child’s safety.
Bus drivers will be given rosters of student names/addresses/phone numbers to reference, should they need it. Buses unload in the back of the building. Cars are not permitted in the back loop for safety reasons.
a) Please make sure that your child knows his address and phone numbers. It is also helpful to make sure it is pinned to the younger students so the bus driver has a quick visual of the address.
b) Please remind your child to look at the driver when he/she gets on the bus the first day. Many are the same people who drive in the afternoon. This will help children in the afternoons when it comes time to load again. Bus routes were available at the transportation table, and they are posted on our website.
c) Remind your child to look for brothers/sisters in the afternoon when they get on the bus.
d) If the buses are loaded and they don’t see their brother/sister, tell your child to alert the driver. Sometimes children get checked out early but this is a good practice for families to look for one another.
If your child is a walker, he/she should have received a special walker tag at the transportation table. You need to indicate on the transportation card that your child is a walker. We have staff members who escort our walkers to the path at Southern Magnolia to avoid the car rider area. These staff members simply walk students to the path and release them to walk home. All walkers should actually live within walking distance of the school.
What works best is to have the same transportation procedures for your child every day so he/she will know what to do. If it becomes necessary for this to change, please send a note to your child’s teacher with the transportation change information along with a telephone number where you can be reached at all times.