Okapilco Elementary School

Each Day – Excellence in Every Way

Student Handbook

  • Student Handbook


    Dear Okapilco Parents,

        We are pleased to welcome you and your child to Okapilco.  This school year looks to be most productive and exciting as we work together towards Excellence and to Build Colquitt County Graduates!

        The Okapilco faculty and staff recognize that all students are unique individuals.  It is our mission to provide a school environment that will meet the educational, social, emotional, and physical needs of each Okapilco student.

         Hard work, devotion, and cooperation among faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community will ensure the success of all the children in our school.

         Please take a few minutes to read the following policies and procedures.  A more comprehensive folder of policies and procedures may be found in our office.  Please contact the school office at 890-6191, if we can help you with any questions or concerns.

    Vision Statement
    Okapilco School is dedicated to leaving no child behind and working for
    100% of their students meeting or exceeding standards at grade level.

    Mission Statement:  To work together to pursue excellence in academic and character!
    Okapilco School provides a learning environment where students, staff,
    and parents work together to pursue excellence for everyone in every way.

    Working Together Toward Excellence!
    We Believe......
    1.  All children can learn.
    2.  Positive self-esteem is critical to academic success.
    3.  In the worth, dignity, and safety of every child.
    4.  That successful programs and regular attendance produce high achievement.
    5.  The home, the school, the church, and the community are primary influences in preparing students to excel in
    6.  Learning is not isolated but integrated across the curriculum.
    7.  Effective teachers prepare for and facilitate creative learning.
    8.  That developmentally appropriate activities create successful learning for every child.
    9.  Respect is essential to success, whether it is to the student, teacher, parent, or property.
    10. Teacher, parents, and children working together promote student success.

    The following procedures and policies are additions to our county policies and are school specific to Okapilco Elementary School.

    MORNING: Car riders should enter the south entrance.  Students will be dropped off at the back of the gym and cars will exit around the drive.  Safety and courtesy are the important factors when delivering students to school.  Please do not pass cars waiting to drop off students. Please do not drop off students in the front of the school.

    EARLY RELEASE PICK-UP:  If a student must leave school early, a written note should be sent with the student on the morning of the early release.  The parent will need to sign their student out in the office.  The student will be called to the office for dismissal to parent. Picking up a student before 2:00 interrupts the instructional process for the student and should be avoided. Early pick-up will be recorded on the child’s record as a tardy.

    AFTER SCHOOL:  After school car riders should be picked up on the drive at 2:30.  All car riders will wait in the gym until their names are called. If you need to park or pick up a student early, (before 2:00) park in front of the office in the visitor’s parking. No student will be dismissed between 2:00 and 2:30. All car riders should be picked up by 2:45.

    FOOD AND BEVERAGE:  Only Pre-k and kindergarten students may bring snacks to school for consumption during their recess under the following provisions:

    • 1. All beverages must be in unbreakable containers.

    • 2. Carbonated drinks are not allowed at school.

    • 3. Snacks must be healthy such as fruits or vegetables.

    • 4. Chewing gum is not allowed at school.

    NEWSLETTER: Each Monday a newsletter with information and special dates for upcoming events will be sent home in an envelope along with student work for parents to see and discuss with their child(ren). The envelope should be signed and returned to school on Tuesday.

    OPPORTUNITY ROOM: Children learn best in an orderly classroom environment. Students that do not conduct themselves appropriately will be assigned to the OR for a designated period of time.  Disturbing the learning of others will not be tolerated.

    PARTIES:  Class parties will correspond with Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter  and the end of school. Additional information regarding parties will be sent home by your child's teacher.  Any other type of party must be approved by the office.

    RETURNED CHECKS:  Any checks returned to our office will be charged $25.00.

    SCHOOL HOURS: No car-transported student should arrive before 7:00 a.m. due to a lack of scheduled supervision.  Our school day instruction begins at 7:40 A.M.  Students are counted tardy after 7:45 A.M.  This includes students who arrive late and still need to eat breakfast.  Students, who arrive late, must first obtain a tardy pass from the Opportunity Room before going to class.  Student tardiness and early afternoon pick-up interrupts instruction and learning for all students and is discouraged.

     VOLUNTEERS:  Parents and community members are encouraged to volunteer in the media center, as well as in the classrooms.  Adults are welcome to help with special events at the teacher’s request. Since the school day should be free from distractions, and special events are planned as extensions of student learning; relatives and pre-school children cannot be included in field trips, class parties, and class activities.  Pre-school children accompanied by their parents are welcome to eat lunch with a student.

    Under new GA law each school shall include in their handbook a list without limitation of the names of all clubs and organizations, the mission or purpose of the club or organization, name of the club’s or organization’s faculty advisor(s), and a description of past or planned activities. The handbook shall also include an area for a parent or legal guardian to decline permission for his or her student to participate in a club or organization designated by him or her.

    CLUBSOkapilco Elementary School offers the following clubs/organizations to eligible students:

    Junior BETA CLUB– is open, by invitation, to 5th grade students who exceeded standard on the 4th grade CRCT in one or more subjects and are AB Honor Roll students.

    Mission or purpose – The purpose of the Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious achievement and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high school

    Faculty Leadership:  Susan Hagin, Nancy Kent, Damon Yates

    Activities:  Promote collections of non-perishable food items for the Colquitt County Food Bank, write Christmas cards to military personnel, Boxtops for Education, schoolwide mock elections and are often asked to help with small projects to assist our school functions such as serving tea at our parent luncheons.
    The Okapilco Beta Club also co sponsors the Okapilco Junior Beta Club Scholarship each year, along with the school PTO.  
    This cash scholarship goes to a Colquitt County graduating senior that attended Okapilco.

    4-H CLUB: – is open to all students in 5th grade.

    Mission or purpose – I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my   Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

    Faculty Leadership:  Susan Hagin

    Activities – Georgia National Fair 4-H Events; 4-H Quiz; 4-H Friends: Building Stronger Families; CPA & DPA; DPA Workshops; 4-H Camping with Friends; Monthly meetings

    We, at Okapilco Elementary, believe it is advantageous for students to participate in organized clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities. ONLY complete the bottom portion of this page if you DO NOT want your child to participate in any club or organization that he or she may be eligible for.

    I decline permission for my child to participate in a club or organization. By signing and returning this portion of the handbook to the school I understand that my child WILL NOT be allowed to participate in clubs that would normally be open to him or her.


    Name of Student                                                                       Teacher


    Name of Club(s)


    Parent/Guardian Signature