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2021-2022 Student Handbook

Candler Elementary School



Student-Parent Handbook


Candler Elementary School

121 Candler School Road

Candler, NC 28715

(828) 670-5018

Fax – (828) 667-2439

Cafeteria – (828) 670-5036

Charlotte Clubb, Principal

Penny Caldwell, Assistant Principal

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Advisory Council



Charlotte Clubb - Principal

Karina Padilla - Teacher Representative

Paul Raybon - Community Representative

John Sutton - Community Representative

Jenna Cole- Parent Representative

Melinda Simmons- Parent Representative


Each school in Buncombe County has an Advisory Council mandated by the School board.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to act as a liaison between the school and the community.  The elementary school Advisory Council is made up of the PTA President (if co-presidents are elected, both members serve on the Advisory Council, but each will have one-half vote), one teacher elected by the school’s teachers, and at least three lay people appointed by the Board of Education, with the school principal serving as an ex-officio member.  If you have questions or concerns, please send a letter or e-mail to any member of the council.  These issues will be discussed at the regularly scheduled meetings.




See Buncombe County Attendance Policy 4400-R.

Candler Elementary Attendance Policy

Each month students who have accumulated UNEXCUSED absences or tardies will be required to make up their absences immediately by doing one of the following:


Tardies- Arriving to school any time after 7:45am –OR- Leaving school any time before 2:10pm

Unexcused- Absences without a note from parent or doctor within 30 days of the absence.

Each month, parents will be notified by the Candler Social Worker if there are issues with your child’s attendance.  You will be given the choice of attendance make-up or parent workshop.  Once completed, your child’s UNEXCUSED absences will be turned into EXCUSED and will not be considered in future attendance decisions.

The Family School Specialist, Autumn Rhymer, will be asked to call on families where there is an attendance or tardiness problem.  Be sure to read the Buncombe County School Attendance Policy.

Parents are subject to prosecution for not sending their child to school if they accumulate unlawful absences (G.S. 115c-378).  School Board Policy #4400R states that any absences over 14 must be made up in accordance with the school’s attendance make up program.



Tardies interrupt the school program, disrupt learning, and causes a difficult transition for the student coming in late. Students arriving after 7:45 am are considered tardy.  Morning announcements begin at 7:45 am and instruction begins promptly following announcements.  Students who are tardy must report to the office for an “admit to class tardy slip.”  Parents must come into the building to sign students in.  Please make every effort to see that your child arrives on time and stays all day.

A tardy includes an early sign out. If your child has to be checked out for any reason, it is considered a tardy and will accumulate as such.



Students having perfect attendance will be recognized.  Year-end perfect attendance is based on 180 days of attendance with no more than 4 tardies or early dismissals.  Students must be in attendance ½ of the day to be counted present (10:45).



Direction Statement


All Candler students will become successful citizens in our rapidly changing world

Mission Statement/School Promise

Candler Elementary School staff, parents, and community will work together to ensure that all our students are prepared to continue on the path toward college and a career of their choosing.  Stakeholders will collaborate to create and maintain a safe, caring, rigorous, and engaging learning environment to fulfill our mission.  Central to this mission is our school promise:



“At Candler School, we are a family of life-long learners.

We will show Caring, positive Attitude, Teamwork and Self-Control.

We are the Candler CATS even when no one is watching!”


School Board Members


Buncombe County Public Schools

Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent

Buncombe County Board of Education

175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806


School Board Members


Enka:.......................... Max Queen

Erwin:........................ Pat Bryant

North Buncombe:... Ann Franklin

Owen:....................... Peggy Buchanan

Reynolds:.................. Ms. Cindy McMahon

Roberson:................. Amy Churchill

At-Large:................... Donna Pate


Board Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at the Buncombe County Schools Central Office beginning at 6:30 pm.  For a complete list of dates and times, please go to and click on Board of Education.


The Buncombe County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in its employment opportunities, programs, services or activities.  All requests for reasonable accommodation, alternative accessible formats, or auxiliary communication aids and services for individuals with disabilities (within the definition of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended [ADA]) should be made within a reasonable time prior to the activity to the ADA coordinator.  If you wish to file a complaint under the ADA, please contact the ADA coordinator, Mrs. Cynthia Lopez/Mr. Tim Fierle, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806, Phone (828)255-5916, Fax (828) 255-5923.


Bus Safety


The safety of each student who rides a bus is our greatest concern.  It is important that home and school work together to make certain that all children know and follow school bus safety rules.  Rules for bus safety and expectations for bus behavior are emphasized at school and each bus driver is urged to insist on the cooperation of each rider.  Please remind your child(ren) that bus ridership is a privilege and review these expectations/rules with them.


  1. Meet Candler CATS behavior expectations at all times.
  2. WALK calmly to and from the bus.
  3. Students must remain in original or assigned seat and facing the front of the bus during the entire bus trip unless directed to move by the bus driver.
  4. Students may not delay the bus schedule and should be at the designated stop AT LEAST five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled time.The bus cannot wait for students who are not at the stop.
  5. Fighting, bullying, eating, drinking, loud talking, horseplay, selling items, using profanity, or refusing to obey school authorities or a bus driver while waiting for, riding, or leaving a school bus will not be tolerated.
  6. Students must enter and exit the bus at the designated stop unless permission for the change has been given from the school office.All transportation changes must be in writing.No changes will be taken over the telephone.
  7. Vandalism and tampering with the buses will not be permitted.A fee will be charged for damages to buses.
  8. Keep hands, feet, and objects out of the aisles and to yourself.
  9. Student must not throw any item(s) or object(s) from the school bus.


Failure to follow bus rules will be reported to the school office and may result in a warning, parent notification, an assigned seat, or bus suspension depending on the severity of the problem and the student’s prior bus discipline infractions.  When a bus suspension is required, the suspension will begin the day following student/parent notification.  Severe disruptions (ex. Fighting) can result in an immediate suspension from the bus.  Cameras are installed on buses to monitor behavior.



Bullying, Harassment

(Board Policy 1710/4021/7230)



It is the policy of Buncombe County Board of Education that students and employees should not be subjected to forms of bullying, harassment, hazing, or discrimination while at school or school-sponsored activities.  Furthermore, the policy’s intent is to address this issue in a proactive manner through the establishment of a system for educating students and staff at the school level regarding the identification, prevention, intervention, and reporting of such anti-social acts.  The responsibility for effective prevention and response to acts of bullying, harassment, hazing, and discrimination lies within a collaborative effort of administrators, teachers, school staff, students, parents, school communities, and appropriate community support agencies.  The process at the school level to establish educational procedures and programs should include a comprehensive representation of the participants identified above.  Within such programs and procedures a focus shall be placed on training school staff and students regarding the recognition and reporting of incidents through a systematic process respective of state and federal laws.


Students and parents are encouraged to submit any complaints of discrimination, hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation to the school principal.  Complaints or reports may be made anonymously.  If for any reason, the student is not comfortable reporting to the school principal, then the complaint should be reported to the Associate Superintendent for the Buncombe County School System.  This individual may be contacted by calling the Buncombe County Schools Administrative Offices at 255-5884.



Car Traffic


All car traffic – staff, parents, and visitors – must enter the campus by way of Hominy Church Road.  Do not drive through or park in the front bus parking lot.  No parking or unloading is allowed in the small lot adjacent to the gym from 6:00 am until 3:00 pm due to food service deliveries and designated cafeteria staff parking.


School traffic should enter the large school parking lot off Hominy Baptist Church Road and bear to the right.  Traffic will continue to the upper lot.  Student unloading will occur in the designated area adjacent to the sidewalk.  Cars should pull as far forward as possible so that several cars can unload at the same time.  Children should only exit from the passenger side of vehicles.  Students should enter through the middle double doors into the lobby.  Once unloaded, cars may exit through the lower parking lot onto Hominy Baptist Church Road.


For security purposes, no one is allowed to enter the building after 2:10 pm.  If you wish to pick up your student(s), you MUST do so before 1:50 or remain in your automobile and pick up the child in the car-rider line.  Due to Head Start dismissal at 1:45 pm, we request that ALL parents wait until 2:10 pm to begin lining up for afternoon pick-up.


Parents and visitors who wish to enter the building should circle the upper lot and park in the diagonal visitor parking spaces at the west end of the parking lot near the ball field or in the overflow parking below.  A few visitor spaces are also reserved at the west end of the center staff parking area.  Visitors should not park in the staff parking area.  Please realize that children need to be supervised and restrained when walking in the parking lot due to the heavy traffic flow.


Regular car riders will be issued a pick-up card with the child’s name and teacher’s name on the card.  You will display the card on the dash or side window of your car (passenger side).  Your child will be called and will be waiting for you when you arrive at the sidewalk.  Without this card, you will have to follow the standard procedures of parking, coming to the main office, and showing your ID in order to pick up your student(s). 


Please be aware that ALL car rider students should be picked up each day by 2:45. We do not have ample staff to supervise students each day after the car rider line has finished.  If you are unable to pick up your child(ren) by 2:45 you will need to enroll the student in an afterschool childcare program or have them be a bus rider.



(Phone:  828-670-5036)


Our cafeteria staff, under the leadership of Mrs. Kristy Laird, creates a friendly and warm environment and serves well-balanced and nourishing meals each day.  Candler School offers a free breakfast to all students each day.  Lunch prices are set each year by Buncombe County Board of Education.


All students will receive free lunch for the 2021-2022 school year.


            Paying Student:                Free Breakfast             Lunch:   Free

            Adult:                                                              Lunch:  $4.05


Students may purchase 1 extra item to supplement lunch.  Students must have money, as they cannot charge extras.


Please note that the Cafeteria is not set up to accept debit/credit cards.  When paying directly to the cafeteria, please pay with either cash or a check for supplemental snacks.


Students may pre-pay by the week, month or year.  You may log on to to review your child’s account and to pay on-line


Parents are invited to eat with their child in the cafeteria.  We do, however, ask that you not bring outside fast food (ex. McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Bojangles, etc.).  Parents/visitors should either bring a lunch prepared at home or be prepared to purchase a school lunch with cash or a check.  The cafeteria is not equipped to accept debit/credit cards.  Anyone having lunch with a student should arrive at school in time to get a visitor’s pass in the office and report to the classroom five minutes before the scheduled lunch period.


In accordance with Candler Elementary Child Wellness policy, parents/guardians are asked not to send carbonated drinks with their student(s).


Cell Phone

Students should NOT have cell phones at school. If they are caught with one or if there is an interruption in class or on the bus it will be confiscated, and a parent will need to pick it up. If your student needs one for after school purposes, the cell phone should be turned off and kept in their bookbag.



Counselor/Family School Specialist


Our school counselor meets with students in large group, small group, and individual sessions.  A variety of circumstances in a student’s life, such as academic problems, adjustment to a new school or grade level, relationships with peers, depression, family problems or social and emotional problems may warrant the services of our school counselor.  Parents may refer their child to the school counselor by requesting a permission form from the school office and returning it to the homeroom teacher.  Students may request to see the school counselor one time without parent permission.


Candler’s Family School Specialist counsels with students and parents on issues related to school attendance.  Excessive absences and tardies lead to poor academic performance.  The Family School Specialist is able to help with extenuating circumstances that may cause students to have difficulties in regular school attendance.





Delayed Openings or Early Dismissals

(Due to Weather or Other Problems)


The Buncombe County Schools’ Superintendent notifies local radio and television of school closings or early dismissals due to bad weather and sends out a call through the School Messenger Phone Notification System.  When bad weather is predicted, you can tune in to WLOS television, local radio, or the Buncombe County Schools’ website ( for up-to-date news on school closing and delays.  A two-hour delayed opening alters the school schedule for staff and students.  The school doors will open at 9:00 for car riders and buses will pick up students approximately two hours later than normal.  To ensure student safety, buses will not run on icy or snow-covered roads.  Buses will resume their normal route in the afternoon if road conditions have improved.  Parents will be asked to complete the “Emergency Early Dismissal” section on the Student Information Sheet.  The school will follow this information when dismissing students on ANY early release days.  Please remember that we cannot accept any transportation changes over the phone so it is important that you know what mode of transportation you have specified for your child in the event of an early release.  You are expected to follow these instructions unless you send in a transportation change note on the day in question.


Discipline/Expected Student Conduct/School-wide DOJO



Candler Elementary had adopted ClassDojo to utilize as our school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports’ (PBIS) platform. PBIS’s multi-tiered framework establishes supports needed to improve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes for all students. Through ClassDojo Candler school, teachers and families can build a close-knit community by sharing what’s being learning in the classroom home through photos, videos and messages. ClassDojo’s mission is to reinvent classrooms by bringing teachers, students and parents closer together. Teachers use ClassDojo daily to encourage students, by distributing positive behavior points (dojo points) and by getting parents engaged through messaging and posting on the classroom story. ClassDojo will serve as the primary communication tool for Candler teachers and staff, in addition to phone and email. 


For more information about behavior and discipline, please refer to BCS Board Policies 4300, 4302, 4302-R, 4303, 4307, 4320, 4325, 4328, 4330, 4331, 4333, 4340, 4341, 4243 at: 51





Doctor’s Appointments/Leaving Early


Should your child need to be excused during the school day for doctor’s appointments, etc., please send a note to his/her teacher on the day he/she is to be excused, stating the time you will need to sign him/her out in the school office.  All students who are to be released at a time other than the normal dismissal time must be called for and picked up in the school office.  For the child’s safety, a student will not be called to the office for dismissal until office personnel have been able to verify the identity of the adult picking the student up.  No parent will be allowed to pick up a student from the classroom without first going through the office.  Anyone signing a child out must show a photo ID.  This is for the student’s safety.  Please be aware that we do not allow any student sign-outs after 1:50 pm.


Face Coverings

The Board of Education (BOE) held a special-called meeting this morning (August 13) to discuss enhancements to the face covering requirements to begin the school year. The board voted to make face coverings universally mandatory indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status. We will still consider exemptions to this based on medical or behavioral challenges that would be impacted by a face covering. 

Additionally, the board voted to adopt key metrics that will guide future decisions regarding face covering requirements. Those metrics are below:

  • BOE decisions to operate schools during the 2021-2022 school year will be reviewed, at a minimum, during each monthly board session in accordance with local COVID19 patterns and metrics.
  • As a benchmark only and subject to consideration of all relevant factors, the BOE would consider a change in face covering protocol in consultation with BCDHHS if the following local metrics were realized:
    • (Maintain or Tighten Requirements) Percent positivity rate equals or exceeds the state average AND/OR coded as either orange or red on the CDC Level of Community Transmissions Map AND/OR the number of student and staff positive cases and quarantines significantly increase over the 14 successive day time period.
    • (Reduce or Amend Requirements) Percent positivity rate remains below the state average AND coded as yellow or blue on the CDC Level of Community Transmissions Map AND/OR the number of students and staff positive cases and quarantines lessen over the 14 successive day time period.

Field Trips

At various times in the year, classes or groups of students may be scheduled for trips away from school.  In that event, a permission slip will be sent home with details of the trip.  Field trip fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable.  These trips are an extension of classroom learning and are a valuable part of the student’s education.  Parents serving as chaperones may not bring younger or older siblings on a field trip because it may compromise the chaperone’s ability to adequately perform their duties.

BCS Covid guidelines will regulate if we are ablet o take field trips.


Health Screening

As a service to the children of Buncombe County, the Buncombe County Health Department personnel and the school staff execute screenings for various health purposes.  Our Health Fair will be held in October and will help us complete most of the examinations.  Included are a vision screening, hearing test, check of height and weight, and a dental screening.

In accordance with Buncombe County Health Department guidelines, we routinely screen students for head lice.  We urge you to help us by frequently checking your child at home.  Students who have pediculosis capitis (live head lice) shall be excluded from school at the end of the school day until they are effectively treated.  Students may return to school once all live lice have been removed.


Illness and Injury at School

Children may become ill or receive an injury while at school.  If this happens the student should immediately notify the teacher.  The school will begin the process of contacting the parent by telephone.  A local home, work, or cell telephone number must be kept current with the homeroom teacher and the school office in order to notify parents in a timely manner.

When picking up a sick child at school, please report to the school office and sign the student out.  A photo ID is required for anyone picking up a student.


Immunization/Health Assessment


According to G.S. 130A-155 and G.S. 130A-440, you have 30 calendar days from the 1st day of school to present the required up-to-date immunization record and Health Assessment for the child.  At the end of the 30 calendar day period, the principal must exclude your child from school until you provide proof that the immunization was received and/or that the health assessment has been performed.  You have until September 21, 2021 to provide our school with this information.



Legal Issues


If custody of a child is an issue, a copy of the court order/document MUST be on file in the school office.  If there are other concerns with regard to your child’s safety, the office and your child’s homeroom teacher should be informed so that your child’s records can be flagged.


Library Books


Students are responsible for the care and timely return of library books that are checked out.  Reimbursement for returned library books that have been paid for by the parent must take place within that current school year.  We will not refund prior year payments.





It is the school system’s procedure not to require parent permission for students to be photographed, videotaped, and/or interviewed by system employees or media on routine school topics, activities for public information, awards and honors or instructional and promotional purposes.  Parent permission must be given, however, to photograph, videotape and/or interview children with physical or mental disabilities if they will be identified as children with physical or mental disabilities.  Parents, guardians, or eligible students may request not to be photographed, videotaped and/or interviewed by notifying the school in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the Candler Student-Parent Handbook.



Medication at School


Buncombe County School Board Policy 6125 states that school personnel will only administer medication, PRESCRPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER, if there is a signed order by the physician with specific directions for administration.  Prescription medication must be in a bottle that has the original pharmacist’s label with patient’s name, instructions, name of drug, and name of physician.  Non-prescription medication must be brought to school in the original container.  Parents should provide a properly marked dosage cup or spoon.  If pills need to be split, please have your pharmacist do this.  School personnel cannot be responsible for cutting pills.  Also, please remember that students are not allowed to transport the medication(s) to school.  Any medication must be transported to the school by the parent/guardian.


“Request for Medication To Be Given During School Hours” forms are available in the main office and must be completed by a parent/guardian.


To ensure our students receive medication safely, NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.  Medicine sent to school in a manner not in compliance with Board policy will not be administered.




Nondiscrimination Policy


The Buncombe County Board of Education is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin.  This policy shall prevail in all of its policies concerning staff, students, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the Board does business.


The staff shall establish and maintain an atmosphere in which students can develop attitudes and skills for effective, cooperative living including:


  • Respect for the individual regardless of economic status, intellectual ability, race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age.
  • Respect for cultural differences.
  • Respect for economic, political, and social rights of others.
  • Respect for the rights of others to seek and maintain their own identities.


The Board and staff shall promote good human relations by removing any vestige or prejudice and discrimination in employment, assignment, and promotion of personnel; in unlawful location and use of facilities; in educational offerings and instructional materials.


The Superintendent shall investigate human relations complaints and protect the rights of all students and staff of the Buncombe County Schools.


The policy is enacted in compliance with federal law, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972; The Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The administration is authorized to develop and implement procedures for the purpose of complying with these laws.





As of the printing of this handbook, PTO officers are yet unnamed.  For this information, you may call the school office (828)670-5018, check the school website or Facebook page, or visit the Candler PTO Facebook page at:


PTO officers will share information prior to scheduled school events through the year as well as through flyers and posts on the Candler PTO Facebook page.  Additional meetings may be called as needed.  We encourage all parents to join PTO and participate in the many activities that will be offered.


Our school needs volunteers for a variety of tasks and financial assistance for student programs to enhance our children’s education.





Parental Involvement


Candler School believes that students learn best when the family is involved in the learning process.  Families of younger students can be involved by checking the student’s book bag and school folder each day.  Many teachers take the time daily to write personal comments on the folder regarding the student’s progress.  All students benefit when an adult reads with them, discusses content and shows an interest in their learning.  Communicating with teachers on a regular basis and attending school events is encouraged.


Parent volunteers provide important services to our students and establish a vital link between school and community.  Buncombe County Schools now requires all volunteers to complete a background check process before being approved to work with students.  Effective in the 2016-2017 school year, anyone wishing to volunteer must have registered in the new on-line Volunteer Tracker program.  You can register by visiting   Please review Policy 1310/4002 – Parent Involvement located on the Candler School website ( or on the Buncombe County Schools website (  This policy reviews the parental notifications that principals are required to share annually.  Volunteer applications may be picked up in the school’s office or are available on the website.  Please consider volunteering in your child’s classroom.  Contact the homeroom teacher and schedule a time to help.  Parent volunteers are asked to give teachers at least a day’s notice before volunteering in the classroom and are asked not to bring younger siblings when you are scheduled to volunteer.



More information on Board Policy 2710/4021/7230 can be found on the Candler School Website ( or on the Buncombe County Schools website (





Candler School encourages party invitations to be mailed directly to the student’s home address.  The school chooses not to be involved in distributing invitations to birthday parties or special events.  When students invite only a few class members to an activity they unintentionally cause others to feel left out.  The only exception to this rule is when the entire class is invited to attend the activity.


Student birthdays are recognized each morning on the announcements.  A birthday pencil is given to each child on his or her birthday.  Classrooms will set a date near the end of each grading period to recognize all birthdays occurring during that 9-week span.  The homeroom teacher will notify parents and give them the opportunity to bring in a special snack (per our school’s Healthy Child policy).  Parents are asked not to bring sugary snacks such as cupcakes or cake, but are encouraged to bring healthy foods and drinks (ex. Popcorn, fruit or fruit cups, juice).  Parents may choose to bring craft supplies for a fun craft rather than food.  In accordance with Buncombe County policy, snacks cannot be homemade.


If you send flower and/or balloon arrangements to celebrate a birthday, you should make arrangements to pick up your child at the end of the school day.  These items are not allowed on the school bus.  Arrangements will not be delivered to the classroom.  They will be held in the office and given to the child just before he/she leaves to go home in car-rider line or afterschool.




Permanent Records


North Carolina law requires that a permanent record be maintained for each student.  This includes academic records, testing and health records and any pertinent legal documents.  The parent or guardian may review their child’s record in the school office and may obtain a copy of the record if needed.  If you would like a copy of our student’s records, please allow 48 hours for processing.  Parents or guardians must give consent to disclose information in the student record except where state law does not require consent.  Parents may request amendments to the student record if inaccuracies are noted or if the record is misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.  Should the parent/guardian believe the school has failed to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a complaint may be filed with the Department of Education.  Local board policy and NC Education Law information are available through the principal or assistant principal.



Report Cards


Students in grades 1-4 will receive report cards every nine weeks and Kindergarteners will receive a progress report.  Mid-term progress reports will be sent home as well.


Parents may request a parent-teacher conference if they have questions or concerns.  The teacher may indicate on the report card a need for a conference and you are requested to call the school and schedule the conference with your child’s teacher as soon as possible after the request is made.


Parents may also access their child’s grades and attendance information through Power School using their log-in that can be obtained from CES office staff or classroom teacher.  Custodial parents may obtain this log-in information in the School’s office by providing a photo ID.


Mid Term Dates: 9/24/21, 12/10/21, 2/25/22, 5/6/22

Report Card Dates: 11/2/21, 1/28/21, 3/29/22, 6/7/22





Sale of Products


Students may not sell products at our school or on the bus.  During PTA fundraisers, parents are asked to help students make sales and deliveries.  Students should not be allowed to go door-to-door without being accompanied by an adult.


School Safety Procedures


All Buncombe County Elementary Schools have a security system at the main entrance.  This system requires all people who enter the school to be asked the reason for their visit.  Office staff may also check picture ID’s of anyone entering the school before they are allowed to enter for any reason.  Keep in mind that this level of security is designed to keep every student and staff member in the building safe.  Thank you for your compliance with all safety procedures as we work together to keep our school safe.


All parents and visitors to campus must sign in at the lobby and obtain a visitor pass or a volunteer pass.  Anyone signing out a child or making transportation changes must show a photo ID.  Only persons listed on a child’s information sheet will be allowed to sign a child out or make changes.  The name on the information sheet should match the name on the photo ID.


Doors will be locked at 7:45 am each day.  If your child(ren) arrives at school tardy (after 7:45 am), an adult must walk the student(s) into the office to sign-in and receive a tardy pass.


In 2012-2013, all Enka district elementary schools changed afternoon dismissal procedures to further improve safety.  Candler School (along with other Enka district elementary schools) no longer allow outside walk up dismissals or walk-in dismissals after 2:10 pm.  Parents must remain in their vehicles, display their car rider cards, and utilize the car rider line.


Beginning the week of Labor Day (September 4), we would ask that parents no longer walk children to their classrooms in the mornings.  We have always recommended this to foster independence and to allow children to settle quickly into their morning routines.  Teachers will have limited opportunity to speak with parents once students arrive.  Limiting foot traffic near our classrooms will help us take an additional step towards improving school safety.  When there is a special circumstance or emergency that would require a parent to walk their child to the classroom, he/she must sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass.






Student Dress


We require students to dress appropriately for school.  Students should wear comfortable clothing, but should avoid items/accessories that draw unnecessary attention that could potentially disrupt the learning environment or pose a threat to safety.  Vulgar words and tasteless messages on clothing are inappropriate.  Loose, baggy jeans and platform shoes are a serious safety hazard and are not appropriate school attire.  Cropped tops, halter tops, short shorts, skirts, and dresses (shorter than the tip of the index finger when one’s arms are hanging along his/her side) are prohibited.  Hats, caps, kerchiefs and other head coverings should not be worn to school except on dress-up picture day or for a school spirit event.  Outrageous hair styles and hair colors should also be avoided.  Appropriate play clothes and lace-up tennis shoes are strongly recommended on the days students have physical education.  Roller skate tennis shoes are prohibited.  Students are highly discouraged from wearing flip-flops or shoes with elevated heels and they should not be worn on PE days.  Heavy chains (ex. Wallet chains) attached to pants should not be worn to school.  Chains, key rings, or toys should not be attached or hanging from book bags.  Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to call home for a change of clothes.



Student Recognition


As part of our Candler CATS PBIS positive behavior program, all students are recognized through CATS  student of the month celebrations and during school assemblies. Students also ear Dojo points each day and will have the opportunity to spend the pointes on prizes and special privileges.


Other awards, including Perfect Attendance, good bus behavior, and PBIS awards are also given to recognize student achievement and exemplary behavior.  Individual classrooms offer classroom awards and incentives and participate in a variety of contests allowing students to excel.  As we continue to look for additional ways to recognize our students, we may add additional recognition opportunities.


We hope you will encourage your child to participate in special projects and strive to do his/her best.


Anytime your child is not progressing in school as you think he/she should, you should contact the teacher and visit the school.  You can set up an appointment for a conference by calling the school office or by sending a note to your child’s teacher.




Transfer Policy

Parents must schedule an appointment with both the releasing and the receiving principal to present their reason for requesting the transfer and obtain a Discretionary Admission/Withdrawal Application.  The form may also be obtained from Buncombe County Schools’ Administrative Offices.  Once permission for the transfer is granted by both principals, a $20 fee for processing the paperwork is to be attached to the completed form and mailed to David Thompson, Buncombe County Schools, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.


Typical Day at Candler School

Candler staff report to work at 7:15 am.  The building is open for students at 7:15 am.  The tardy bell rings at 7:45 and announcements are made at 7:45 am.  Bus students are dismissed at 2::30.  Car riders and students enrolled in after-school programs are dismissed at 2:30.








Title I


Candler Elementary is a Title I school.  Title I is a federally funded program based on the percentage of students on free and reduced lunch.  Title I also provides funding for personnel, instructional and student materials, parental involvement, staff development, and parent workshops.  Mrs. Whitney Faulkner oversee the Title I program.


Parents Right to Know

Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires all LEAs to notify parents of all children in all Title I schools that they have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. This notice must be sent at the start of each school year. The notice does not itself contain the teacher information; it simply tells parents the types of information they may request.

At a minimum, if a parent requests it, LEA/school must report:

Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching;

Whether the teacher is teacher under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;

The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessional and, if so, their qualifications.

In addition, if a child is assigned, or taught by, a teacher who is not “highly qualified” for four or more consecutive weeks, the parents must receive timely notice.

These and other communications with parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practical, in a language the parents can understand. According to ED guidance, if there is no other way to provide information, it should be provided in oral translation.

Requests must be in writing to the principal.

This applies only to Title I schools.


Candler Elementary School

Family Engagement Policy



The administration, staff and parents/guardians of this school believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community. This includes the district, school, community members, administration, staff, students, and parents. The success of each child results from a united effort. Parents/guardians are the central figures in a child’s development, as well as his/her teacher.


We believe that the involvement of all parents/guardians greatly enhances the effectiveness of our program and significantly increases the success of each child involved. We will work to provide a variety of family engagement activities throughout the school year. A school-parent compact was developed and agreed upon by a committee of teachers, administrators and parents. This compact is an agreement in which all members of our school community will share responsibility for student learning. The faculty and staff encourage all efforts which promote a positive partnership between the child, the parent, and the school.





Title I Parent Involvement

The board of education believes that the education of children is an ongoing cooperative partnership between the home and the school.  Parents are their children’s first teachers; therefore, the continued involvement of parents in the educational process is most important in fostering and improving educational achievement.  School system officials shall strive to support parents and provide parents with opportunities to become involved in the programs offered by the Title I schools.  The board encourages parents to participate in the design and implementation of the programs and activities in order to increase the effectiveness of the school system’s Title I program in helping students meet state and local achievement standards.






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