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Policies and Procedures

Dear Chahta-lma Families,

As principal of Chahta-lma Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for the 2023-2024 school year. We are all excited to have students back on campus filling our hallways with laughter and an enthusiasm for learning. It is our hope that all Chahta-lma students feel welcomed, loved, and part of our school family.

Our faculty and staff work together to Challenge, Inspire, and Educate Every Day. We know that if we all partner together to support our children, we can give each child the power to reach his or her greatest potential.

This handbook was created to inform you of our school expectations, procedures, policies, rules, activities, and other important information. We hope that this information will be useful to you and your family throughout the school year. Please take time to read this handbook as well as the St. Tammany Parish School Board Discipline Policies and review both with your child.

We encourage you to be involved in your child's education both at school and at home. Joining our PTA is one valuable way to be involved. Our Chahta-lma PTA supports our children in many always. Research shows that children perform better in school when parents and guardians are involved.

Chahta-lma is a Title I school, and because of this, our school receives additional funds from the Federal Government to better meet the needs of all of our students and CIE families. We have many effective academic programs, new technologies, and so many other benefits funded through Title l. Families are invited to take an active role in Title I Parent Family Events and the School Improvement Plan decisionmaking process. We greatly encourage all families to give us input on these significant components. We encourage you to join our monthly PTA/Title I Meetings in which you can play an intricate role in decision making and having a voice in your child's education.

Please visit our school website at to learn more about Chahta-lma and for current events and information. You can also learn more about our school district at the St. Tammany Parish School System website at

We are looking forward to a great new school year. If you have any concerns, questions, suggestions, or comments at any time this year, please do not hesitate to call the school (985) 882-7541 or email me directly at


Dr. Ali O'Dowd,





Please read the Family/Student Handbook and the St. Tammany Parish Handbook on Attendance, Discipline, and Student Records for more complete information concerning policies and procedures especially those concerning Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment.