Calcasieu Parish starts school with new policies

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's back to school for all public schools in Calcasieu Parish today.

For the 2009-2010 school year, Dolby Elementary is implementing some new educational programs to improve student performance in the classroom.

One of those programs is known as Response To Intervention, also known as RTI.

This program reaches to students who may need extra help without enrolling them in special education.

"It's a district wide initiative that helps to identify students that may fall through the cracks, to help those students struggling to learn," says Missy Bushnell, Assistant Principal for Dolby Elementary School.

The school is also implementing the Positive Behavior Support program, also known as PBS.

When students practice excellent behavior in school, they receive a star buck that will be turned in at the end of the year for a drawing.

"By focusing on the positive, we hope to get our teachers to stop looking at the negative and focus on the positive," says Bushnell.

Dolby Elementary also wants to remind students of a change in the telecommunication device policy.

Beginning this year, the school will not be held responsible for any electronic devices lost on the school premises.

In addition to the telecommunication device policy, Dolby elementary is also making preparations for swine flu season.

This year the school is emphasizing the proper coughing procedures to their students through posters in the hallways and restrooms.

They are also keeping anti-bacterial santizer on hand to keep the students sanitized as much as possible.

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