Parent Handbook




The Van Buren County L.E.A.P.s  program provides academic enrichment designed to help students meet state and local standards.  Program activities must be based on rigorous scientific research. 


Approved activities for the program include:


· Academic support/enrichment

· Tutoring and mentoring programs

· Math and science activities

· Art activities

· Recreational activities

· Technology and communications

· Expanded library hours

· Parent involvement and family literacy activities

· Drug and violence prevention

· Coordinated School Health Programs & Activities

· Character education



Program Schedule


The L.E.A.P.s. program meets each regular school day from 6:50-7:50 A.M. and 3:15-5:15 P.M. (Monday—Friday).  Parents must be prompt in picking up students by 5:15 P.M.  Each month a calendar will be distributed showing the program schedule.  If school is dismissed early, the after-school program will not meet.


Remember—Regular Attendance Is Important! 



Discipline Procedures



In the Van Buren County L.E.A.P.s. program we encourage students to participate, learn, and have fun.  The environment is positive and creative.  Misbehavior is not tolerated in our program.  Students who disrupt learning will not be allowed to continue in the program.  When necessary, the following disciplinary procedures may be used. 


Misbehavior:  Level I


Minor misbehaviors on the part of the student which impede orderly procedures but which usually can be handled by an individual staff member.


Examples (not an exclusive listing):


· Classroom disturbances

· Cheating, lying, or abusive language

· Defiance or failure to do assignments or follow directions

· Harassment (sexual, racial, ethnic, religious)


Disciplinary Procedures


· Immediate interventions by a staff member

· Determine what offense was committed and its severity

· Determine offender and that he/she understands the nature of the offense

· Employ appropriate disciplinary options

· Record offense and disciplinary actions taken by staff member


Disciplinary Options


· Verbal reprimand

· Restrict activities of the student

· Withdraw privileges



Misbehavior:  Level II


Examples (not an exclusive listing):


· Continuation of unmodified Level I behaviors

· Disruptive behavior


Discplinary Procedures


· Refer student to site coordinator

· Site coordinator meets with student and staff member to hear both sides

· Site coordinator takes appropriate action and records disciplinary action


Disciplinary Options


· Conference with parent

· Possible dismissal from L.E.A.P.s. program



Misbehavior:  Level III


If a student continues unmodified Level I/II

behaviors or commits a more serious offense such as fighting or vandalism, the student will be

removed from the program.



Family and Community Involvement



Throughout the year special activities are planned

to promote family involvement.  Parents are

encouraged to show support of the program and

their children by attending these special events.


We have community organizations and businesses

that have agreed to serve as partners in the Van Buren County L.E.A.P.s. program.  These partners enhance the program by sharing special skills or expertise. 



Emergency Plan



In a safety-conscious school, continuing efforts are made to prevent situations that can lead to an

emergency.  Preventive measures that can avert or minimize emergency occurrences have been

established for each Van Buren County School.  The Van Buren County L.E.A.P.s. program will follow the individual school’s Emergency Response Plan.  This plan includes specific steps that will be taken for a variety of emergency situations.  All emergency agencies in Spencer and Van Buren County have been informed of these plans and have developed a response system.  Students in the L.E.A.P.s. program will periodically participate in drills for various emergency situations.


Non-Discrimination Policies


Title VI Notice


It is the policy of the Van Buren County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color,

religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as

required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Title IX Notice


No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in,

be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or

activity receiving federal financial assistance. 


Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with
Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or the Americans with Disability Act should be directed to:


Title VI and Title IX Coordinator for

Van Buren County School System

Virginia Baker at (931)-946-2242 ext 22


The Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 204B, 04-3010

Atlanta, GA  30301-2048