HARLAN HARLAN COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL HANDBOOK

GOOD CONDUCT RULE   

2108 Durant Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
(712) 755-3196
Fax (712) 755-3699

PRINCIPAL
Bill Mueller
Counselor
 
Activities Director
 Mitch Osborn
Office Staff
Suzy Clemens
Joan Chamberlain
 

 OTHER SCHOOL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Superintendent's Office
Justin Wagner - 755-2152
Harlan Community Elementary Primary
755-5903
Scott  Frohlich - Principal
West Ridge Elementary Intermediate
755-2725
Jeff Moser, Principal
Harlan Community High School
755-3101
 John Connell - Principal
Bus Barn - 755-5075
Matt Koesters - Director
 

MISSION STATEMENT

 The Harlan Community School District will prepare life-long learners and productive citizens.

  

GENERAL INFORMATION    

      1.     Introduction................ P.2
2.     District Website.......... P.2
3.     Calendar Dates...........P.2
4.     Multicultural, Gender Fair
        Statement..................  P.2
5.     School Closings........... P.2
6.     Middle School Fees...... P.2
7.     Breakfast/ Lunch......... P.2
8.     Arriving at School....... P.2
8a    Cyclone Essentials .....P2
9.    
Leaving the Building.... P.2
10.  
Appointments During
    
   School Hours.............. P.3
11.   Visitors........................ P.3
12.  
Messages/Phone Calls.. P.3

      13.  Use Cell Phones......... P.3
14.  Deliveries...................... P.3
15.  Planners/Hall Passes.... P.3
16.  Personal Appearance... P.3
17.  Spectator Conduct
& School
     Spirit............ P.3
18.  Respect for the Flag.....P.3
19.  Field Trips................... .P.3
20.  Fire & Tornado Drills... .P.3
21.  Lockers.........................P.3
22.  Non-School Items....... ..P.4
23.  Bicycles....................... P.4

SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES    

      24.   Student Services.......... P.4
25. 
  Health Services............ P.4
26.  Competitive Sport
     Activity......................... P.4
27.  Fine Arts Activities....... P.4

      28.  Student Council........... P.4
29.  Kiwanian’s
Builders
       Club..
............. P.4
30.  National  Junior

ACADEMIC INFORMATION    

      31.  Report Cards............... P.4
32.  Student Promotion &
       Retention...............
. P.4
33.  Honor Roll.................. P.4
34.  Academic Concerns.. P.4-5
35.  Talented & Gifted
      Program...................... P.5

      36.  Physical Education...... P.5
37.  District Assessments.... P.5
38.  Reading........................ P.5
39.  Writing........................ P.5

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE     

      40.  Attendance Policy....... P.5
41.  Absences..................... P.5
42.  Pre-Absence Policy..... P.5

      43.  Truancy.................... P.5-6
44.  Unexcused Absences..... P.6
45.  Tardiness..................... P.6

STUDENT CONDUCT  

      46.  General Expectations... P.6
47.  Limited Privileges........ P.6
48.  Removal from Class..... P.6
49.  Extended Day.............. P.6
50.  Alternative Placement 
       Classroom
.................... P.6
51.  Suspensions.................. P.6
52.  Expulsions................... P.6
53.  Physical Confrontation P.6
54.  Fighting.................... P.6-7
55.  Smoking & Tobacco.... P.7
56.  Alcohol & Drugs.......... P.7

      57.  Damage & Theft of School Property& Property of Others. P.7
58.  Acts of a Criminal Nature........... P.7
 59.  Disobedience, Vulgarity, Profanity or Demeaning P.7 Language...................... P.7
60.  Insubordination, Insolence, Lying........................... P.7
61.  Class Disruptions.......... P.7
62.  Chewing Gum............... P.7
63.  Academic Integrity...... P.7

STUDENT ACTIVITIES CODE   

     64.  General Statement.... P.7-8 65.  Section I-Eligibility
      Requirements.........
...... P.8
      Anti-Bullying Policy

     

      66.  Section II-School Responsibilities............ P.8
67.  Section III-Good Conduct Rule............... P.8

 


 

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1 - INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                       

                 Welcome HCMS Students! Students and parents will find this book to be a very useful reference throughout the coming school year.  Everyone must understand our school policies if our school is to function smoothly and efficiently.  All students and parents are expected to know the provisions in this handbook.  Please take time to read it as soon as possible.  For further descriptions of district-wide policies and practices, please refer to the K-12 Handbook, distributed to each family at registration.

2 - DISTRICT WEBSITE

                You may access the district website at www.harlan.k12.ia.us.  The website contains information for each building in the district, including, but not limited to, teacher and administrator email addresses, activities calendar, lunch menu, homework updates, Power School link and newsletter information.     Page Up

3 - CALENDAR DATES 2010-2011

Harlan Community Schools 2010-2011 Calendar 
      AUGUST  (10)          
      MON TUE WED THUR FRI          
Summary of Calendar   2 3 4 5 6       August 4 Football Practice Begins
1st Semester 86 days   9 10 11 12 13       August 11-13 New Teacher Days
2nd Semester 94 days   16 17 18* 19* 20*   3   August 9 All other practices begin
Total Days 180 days   23 24 25 26 27   5 8 August 16-17 Teacher Work/PD
(Including 2 Conference Comp days)   30 31         2 10 August 18 1st Student Day
      SEPTEMBER (19)           
Calendar Legend         1 2 3   3 13    
Begin/End     6 7 8 9 10   4 17 Sept 6 No School - Labor Day
New Teachers     13 14 15 16 17   5 22    
Work/PD     20 21 22 23 24   5 27    
Vacation Days     27 28 29       3 30    
Prof Development     OCTOBER (20)          
Conferences             1   1 31 Oct 15 End of 1st Quarter
Full work Day     4 5 6 7 8   5 36 Oct 18 Teacher PD  
1 hour early out *   11 12 13 14 15   5 41 Oct. 19 Start 2nd Quarter
2 hour early out **   18 19 20 21 22   4 45 Oct 26  Conferences 4:00-7:30
    25 26** 27 28** 29   5 50 Oct. 28 conferences 3:30-6:30
Holidays     NOVEMBER (20)        Oct 29 No School
Labor Day Sept 6   1 2 3 4 5   5 55    
Thanksgiving Day Nov 25   8 9 10 11** 12   5 60 November 11 Teacher PD/2 hr early out
Christmas Day Dec 25   15 16 17 18 19   5 65    
New Year's Day Jan 1   22 23 24* 25 26   3 68 Nov 24 Early Dismissal
Easter Sunday April 24   29 30         2 70 Nov 25-26 Thanksgiving Break
Memorial Day May 30   DECEMBER (16)          
Contract Days         1 2 3   3 73    
Student Days 180   6 7 8** 9 10   5 78 Dec. 8 Teacher PD/2hr early out
      13 14 15 16 17   5 83 Dec 22  End of 1st Semester
Full Work Days 2   20 21 22* 23 24   3 86 Dec 22-Jan 1 Christmas Holiday Break
January 3     27 28 29 30 31          
May 25      JANUARY (19)           
                       
.5 Work/.5 PD Days 5   3 4 5 6 7   4 90 Jan 3 Teacher Work Day
August 16-17 (2)      10 11 12 13 14   5 95 Jan 4 Begin Second Semester
October 18 (1)     17 18 19 20 21   5 100    
January 24 (1)     24 25 26 27 28   4 104 Jan 24 Teacher Pd/Work Day 
March 11 (1)      31           1      
      FEBRUARY (19)           
Teacher Choice Days 3     1 2 3 4   4 109    
      7 8 9 10 11   5 114 Feb 17  Teacher PD/2 hr early out 
Total  190   14 15 16 17** 18   4 118 Feb 18 Winter Break
      21 22 23 24 25   5 123    
      28           1      
      MARCH (22)          
Make-Up Days (In Order)     1 2 3 4   4 128 March 10 End of 3rd Quarter
2 weather/tournament days   7 8 9 10 11   4 132 March 11 Teacher PD / Work Day
built into the calendar     14 15 16 17 18   5 137 March 14 Begin 4th Quarter 
Beyond 2 Days Missed:     21 22** 23 24** 25   5 142 March 22  Conferences 4:00-7:30
April 25     28 29 30 31     4 146 March 24 Conferences 3:30-6:30 
May 25     APRIL (19)        March 25 No School
May 26              1   1 147    
May 27     4 5 6 7 8   5 152    
      11 12 13** 14 15   5 157 April 13 Teacher PD/2 hr early out 
If weather/tournament days   18 19 20 21 22   4 161 April 22 Good Friday 
are not used, then the last day for   25 26 27 28 29   4 165 April 22-25 Easter Break
seniors and students will be moved   MAY (17)          
up accordingly.     2 3 4 5 6   5 170    
      9 10 11 12 13   5 175 May 17 Last Day for Seniors
      16 17 18 19 20   5 180 May 22 Graduation
      23 24* 25 26 27   2 182 May 24 Last Day for Students
      30 31         182   May 25 Teacher Work Day
Approved 04-05-2010        2 Weather/Tournament Days Built In          
                         

 

 

# - One Teacher workday will be the day following the last day for students.  Then, the next day will be a professional development day.  Weekends or Memorial Day will not be workdays.

4 - MULTICULTURAL, GENDER FAIR STATEMENT

                It is the policy of the Harlan Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, marital status or physical disability in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, and the Federal Rehabilitations Act of 1973.

                It shall be the intent of the district’s curriculum to:  reduce stereotyping; eliminate bias; foster respect for, and an awareness of, the rights, duties and responsibilities of each individual of our society on the basis of sex, race, ethnic origin or physical disability.     Page Up

5 - SCHOOL CLOSINGS

                Weather may necessitate school closing, delay in opening or early dismissal.  If the weather conditions appear questionable, school announcements will be carried over the following radio stations:

                KNOD – Harlan FM 105.3

                    KFAB Omaha AM 1110

                KMA – Shenandoah AM 96.0

                KJAN – Atlantic FM 103.7/ AM 1220

                WOWT – Omaha TV Channel 6

6 - MIDDLE SCHOOL FEES

Breakfast --            $.95         Prices subject to change.

Lunch --                 $1.90      

Activity Ticket (Optional) -- $25.00 per year

Registration Fee -- $40.00 per year

Students pay an annual registration fee in the amount of $25.00 to help defray the costs of instructional materials.  All textbooks should be covered.  Textbook covers are provided free of charge in the office.  Reasonable damage is expected as a result of daily use.  Unreasonable damage to textbooks will result in fines.  Students must pay for lost books.     Page Up

7 - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

                Breakfast and lunch are available for all students.  Breakfast is served to students from 7:35 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., and lunch is served in two shifts across the noon hour.

                Students are asked to deposit money into their lunch account before 10:00 a.m. in the morning to ensure that it is credited to their account prior to lunch.  If it becomes necessary to charge lunch and/or breakfast fees, the maximum amount allowed will be $5.00.  At that point, students will be given a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of white milk.  Students are welcome to bring sack lunches to school.   Free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches are provided for those students whose parents meet federal income guidelines.  Application forms for this service are available in the office.

Ala carte items are available daily.  A signed permission statement is required for middle school students who wish to purchase ala carte items.     Page Up

8 - ARRIVING AT SCHOOL

                It is recommended that students not be in the building before 7:45 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. unless under the direct supervision of a teacher.  Students who must arrive at school prior to 8:00 a.m. are requested to proceed to the cafeteria and wait until the 8:00 a.m. bell.  Students are not to go to their lockers without permission prior to this bell.

                Students are not to be in the high school building before or after school unless they are under the supervision of a teacher or coach.     Page Up 

8a-CYCLONE ESSENTIALS
The Cyclone Essentials

          1.  Respect comments, opinions and ideas of every person. 
2.   Our building and contents are on loan to us.  Respect property: our building, lockers, desks, bathrooms, doors, and personal property. 
      Keep HCMS nice for generations to come.
3.  Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.
4.  You must complete your homework on time.
5.  Be the best person you can be. Observe the “Pillars of Character Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.”
6.  Make eye contact.
7.  Follow the specific classroom protocols (expectations).
8.  When you are given something, always show your appreciation to the giver by saying thank you.
9.  Be as organized as possible.
10. When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying “Yes ma’am,” “No sir,” or “Yes Mr. Smith,” or “No Mr. Smith.”
11. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

9 - LEAVING THE BUILDING

                Once students enter the building, they must have permission to leave the building, and a parent or other responsible adult must sign the student out in the office before they leave.  Leaving school without permission may be considered truancy.

                People who wish to pick up a student during the school day are to report to the office.  At that time, the student will be released from class and will report to the office to sign out.  No students will be allowed to leave the school with anyone other than a parent/ guardian without parental permission.  In the case of joint custody arrangements, the non-custodial parents are extended the same privileges as the custodial parents.  If a restriction is to apply, a certified copy of the court order outlining the rights and restrictions must be on file in the school office.     Page Up

10 - APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

                Students should try to make appointments for after school hours.  If a special situation calls for an appointment during scheduled classes, students may be required to bring a statement from that office verifying the appointment. 

11 - VISITORS

                Parents and patrons of the school district are encouraged to visit our school.  As part of our school safety plan, we ask that all visitors report to the office upon entering the school.  Individuals who are not adults, but of school age, are not allowed to be visiting the school or be on school premises during school hours without permission of the office.     Page Up

12 - MESSAGES/PHONE CALLS

                Students will not be called to the telephone during class periods except in an emergency.  Messages to students should be limited to matters that can not be communicated outside of the school day.  If it is necessary to get a message to a student, please call prior to 2:30 p.m. to ensure the message will get to the student. Students will be allowed to use the phone in the office during the school day and the hall phone outside of the school day.  Students must use a planner pass to use the phone during the school hours.  Students will not be called to the telephone during class periods except in an emergency.  Students are not allowed to use personal cell phones during the school day.

13 - USE OF CELL PHONES

                Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day unless they have permission from the office.  All cell phones are to be turned off and left in student lockers during the school day.  A violation of this policy will result in the following consequences:   
                 1st offense:  one extended day, phone confiscated for the day;
                 2nd offense:  two extended days, phone confiscated until a parent picks up the phone;
                 3rd offense:  one day of in-school-suspension, phone confiscated until parent(s) meet with the principal.

                  
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14 - DELIVERIES

                Deliveries of gifts and flowers to students at school are discouraged.  Students are notified of deliveries and allowed to pick them up at the end of the day. Valentine’s Day deliveries will not be accepted. 

15 – PLANNERS/HALL PASSES

                Students are issued planners for their use in organizing assignments, reviewing student handbook information, and recording hall passes.  Planner rules are as follows:

    *  Passes should be written and signed in ink - no pencil.
    *
   Students should have planners with them at all times _ teachers may make exceptions within pod area.
    *   Planners are school property and should not be used as a scrapbook, coloring book, photo album or autograph book.
    *   Students are not allowed to use each other's planners
   I*   Students will be assessed $5 replacement cost for lost or damaged planners.
    *   Students are not allowed to draw or color on their pass pages, failure to comply with this expectation may result in a student loosing all of their passes for a
        quarter or longer.

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16 - PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty.  Head coverings, sleeveless shirts, exposed midriffs, short shorts/skirts, and pants/shorts that ride below the waistband of undergarments are prohibited.

Students are prohibited from wearing clothing advertising or promoting items illegal for use by minors. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing displaying obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racial, sexual, or illegal (including drug and alcohol) remarks.

          Students are asked to refrain from writing on hands, arms or clothing while in the Middle School.

                Students who are not wearing proper attire will be asked to change.  Students who repeatedly violate the dress code will face disciplinary action.  In such cases where a student’s dress is questionable, the building principal will make the final decision.  (See K-12 Handbook for additional information).

                In order to maximize student safety, coats and backpacks are to be stored in student lockers during the school day.  Students will refrain from wearing chains attached to their clothing.     Page Up

17 - SPECTATOR CONDUCT / SCHOOL SPIRIT

                HCMS students are encouraged to attend athletic events or other co-curricular activities and to support our participants in a positive way.  An expectation is that the students remain seated and demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect for all participants, officials and guests.

18 - RESPECT FOR THE FLAG

                Properly honoring the flag is a mark of patriotism and respect.  Students, players and fans are reminded that when the National Anthem is played, they should stand at attention, face the flag and place their right hand over the heart.  If wearing a hat, it should be removed and held at the left shoulder with the right hand over the heart.  The same guidelines are appropriate when the flag passes by on a parade or review.  No matter when or where it is displayed, proper recognition is important.     Page Up

19 - FIELD TRIPS

                The principal must give prior authorization for all field trips and/or excursions.  Written parental permission will be required prior to the student’s participation in a field trip or excursion outside of the school district.

20 - FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS

                Periodic fire/tornado drills will be held.  There is a “Fire/Tornado Drill Instruction” poster in each room.  These posters state the routes and exits you will use in case of fire or tornado.  Special information about fire and tornado drills will be given to each teacher and then passed along to students at the beginning of the school year.     Page Up

21 - LOCKERS

                Middle School students will be assigned a locker near their grade level area.  Students may need to share lockers if the enrollment dictates.  Students who misuse their lockers will lose the privilege to use one.  It is the students’ responsibility to see that their lockers are in order at all times.  Use only the locker assigned to you.  Do not tamper with another locker or give your combination to another person.

Do not use tape to hang pictures or other items in the locker.  Students are not to store food or drinks in their locker, unless they are enclosed in a cold lunch container.  Students are encouraged NOT to bring money or expensive items to school.  If they feel this is unavoidable, they may want to turn the money or the items into the office.  Students can pick up the money or items at the end of the day.  Students are strongly encouraged to mark their names on all personal items stored in their lockers. (See K-12 Handbook for more information).     Page Up

22 - NON-SCHOOL ITEMS

                Students are encouraged not to bring items to school which have no educational value, such as games, toys, portable music players and playing cards, unless requested to do so by a teacher. 

23 - BICYCLES

                Bicycles must be parked in the racks located on the north and south side of the building.  Students may want to consider using locks on their bicycles.  The school does not assume any responsibility for loss, theft or damage.  Students are not to borrow or tamper with another student’s bicycle.  As a safety precaution, school staff members reserve the right to retain bicyclers until after the school busses have departed in the afternoons.     Page Up

 

24 - STUDENT SERVICES

                Students may benefit from direct guidance, academic or behavioral services.  These services are available to all Middle School students.  Students may refer themselves, or they may be referred by parents or teachers.
   
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25 - HEALTH SERVICES

                If a student becomes ill in school, the student should report to the office with his/her planner pass signed by a teacher and request to see the nurse.  If the nurse is not available, the office staff will try to meet the student’s needs and determine if the nurse or parents should be called.

26 - COMPETITIVE SPORT ACTIVITIES

For those who wish to participate:

Boys 7th & 8th Grade

Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track

Girls 7th & 8th Grade

Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Track     Page Up

27 - FINE ARTS ACTIVITIES

For those who wish to participate:

Instrumental Music

Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band 7/8, Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble Contest

Vocal

Vocal Concerts, Honor Choir, OPUS, and Solo and Ensemble Contest     Page Up

28 - STUDENT COUNCIL

                Each year, grade level representatives are selected based on leadership and responsibility.  All students are encouraged to take an active part in the Student Council, either as a representative or as a responsible student who passes ideas along to the representatives.

29 - KIWANIAN’S BUILDER’S CLUB

                Kiwanian’s Builder’s Club is an organization sponsored by our local Kiwanian branch.  Its membership includes students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  This club gives the students a feeling of self worth and direction.  Students will work on volunteer projects at school and in the community.

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31 - REPORT CARDS

                Report cards are issued every quarter.  Progress will be marked with letter grades and other selected marks.  Mid-quarter progress notices will be sent to parents of students who have not achieved up to their ability.  Report cards are either sent in the mail or given to the student to take home. 

                Parents and students are issued Powerschool access codes to access attendance and grade information at any time via the internet.  Contact the office if you have misplaced your Powerschool password.      Page Up

32 - STUDENT PROMOTION & RETENTION

                Students are fully promoted to the next grade level when they successfully pass all classes.  Students who do not pass one or more semesters of a core academic class may be required to retake the class. Students who receive failing semester grades in two or more academic classes will be considered for full grade retention.  Parents will be notified if retention is being considered. Students who fail 2 or more core academic courses during the 8th grade may not be successfully promoted to the high school.

33 - HONOR ROLL

                Honor Roll lists are published in the local newspaper at the end of every quarter and semester.  Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or above are named to Honor Roll.  Exploratory classes and some elective classes do not count towards Honor Roll.     Page Up

34 - ACADEMIC CONCERNS

                Weekly academic eligibility concerns lists will be compiled each Monday beginning with the third week of the semester.  Any student receiving a failing mark in any class will be closely monitored until they have earned a passing grade.  Teachers are available before and after school to assist students who are struggling academically. 

35 - TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM

                Students are admitted to the district’s talented and gifted program on the basis of the following:  Grades, IQ scores (when available), ITBS scores, Teacher recommendation, and Parent or Self-nomination.  Students may also qualify for content-specific TAG services in the areas of language arts and mathematics.  Students who have been identified for TAG services will have an Individual Education Plan developed/reviewed annually.  Attention is given to the student’s social and emotional needs as well as his/her specific strengths, interests and need for academic differentiation.

                Middle School TAG programming includes math acceleration, language arts enrichment, other TAG courses, activities and competitions.  Students who have qualified for an accelerated program must continue to meet criteria in order to remain in the accelerated program.     Page Up

36 - PHYSICAL EDUCATION

                All students are required to participate in physical education classes.  While 7th and 8th grade students are not required to wear gym uniforms, they are expected to dress appropriately (t-shirts with sleeves and shorts/sweats).  Students in 6th grade will not be required to change clothes for gym class.  Students in all grades must have clean tennis shoes to wear for classes in the gym.  A student must bring a doctor’s written statement in order to be excused from two or more consecutive classes.  Students who wish to shower after PE class must bring a towel from home.

37 - DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS

                Each year, the following assessments are given at the Middle School:

¨       Iowa Test of Basic Skills

¨       Gates-McGinitie Reading Test

¨       District Writing Assessment

¨       Stanford Science Assessment (7th Grade only)     Page Up

38 - READING

                A minimum requirement of reading at the 8th grade level is a graduation requirement before a diploma will be awarded from Harlan Community High School.  Middle school students not reading on grade level are eligible for additional services, such as: 1) specialized reading instruction; 2) special education services and accommodations; and possibly

3) summer school.

39 - WRITING

                A writing assessment is given in the spring to all middle school students.  A four-point focused scale standard is used to assess each student’s writing sample.  The district 6-8 writing standard scales are available upon request.  Eighth grade is a transition year.  Therefore, two trained readers will read these papers, and if there is a discrepancy of 2 or more points, they will be read by a third reader.  We recommend that proficiency be a score of 2 on a 4-point scale, and that all 8th grade students will be expected to meet the assessment requirements unless otherwise specified in their IEP.      Page Up

 

40 - ATTENDANCE POLICY

                Only through attendance and class participation do students achieve the benefits of the education program.  Regular attendance and being well-prepared for class helps students in school as well as prepares students for adulthood.

                As absences accumulate, these steps will be followed, with health factors considered:

¨       5 absences per semester: a notice will be sent to parents.

¨       8 absences per semester: parents will be contacted by counselor or principal to schedule a conference and may establish attendance expectations. Absences for participants of school-sponsored activities will not count toward the eight class absences.     Page Up

 

41 - ABSENCES

                Parents are asked to notify the office on the day of the absence prior to 10:00 a.m.  Students who have been absent from school on account of illness or other family emergencies will be given two (2) days to make up their work for each day absent.  On the day of return, students may be required to make up tests and quizzes scheduled prior to an absence at the request of the teacher.  Please try to have someone pick up assignments in the office when you are absent.

                Dental and doctor appointments should be made after school, on Saturday or during study halls if at all possible.  The following absences from school are unexcused, unless stated requirements are met:

1.        Car trouble (parent must call principal’s office to clear)

2.        Overslept

3.        Doctor and dentist (verification by doctor, dentist, note or call from parent)

4.        Shopping

5.        Haircuts

6.        Missing one class to prepare or study for another

*Final determination of whether an absence is excused or unexcused rests with the building administrator or his/her designee.     Page Up

42 - PRE-ABSENCE POLICY

                Any absence other than illness and emergency situations will require parental permission and pre-absence slip from the office.  The pre-ab must be signed by the student’s teachers and returned to the office three school days prior to the absence.  Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence.

                Pre-abs for school-affiliated absences are arranged through the sponsor and recorded on the student management software through the office.  A formal pre-ab note is not required for school-affiliated absences.

43 - TRUANCY

                Students gain the most from their education when they attend school as much as possible.  Parents/guardians and/or school officials must grant permissions for students to be absent.  Students absent without being excused can be considered truant.  The County Attorney is notified of all truancies.  Truancy takes on various forms.  Examples are: failure to attend school after leaving home, failure to attend a class, or leaving school without permission of school officials.  Truancy is considered a violation of the Good Conduct Rule.

¨       1st offense: 1 day in-school suspension; parent notification.

¨       2nd offense: 2 day in-school suspension, or 2 day Saturday in-school suspension; parent conference and board notification.

¨       3rd offense:  Minimum 5 day in-school suspension; conference with parents, student and administrator to develop a contract outlining parameters for reinstatement in classes.     Page Up

44 - UNEXCUSED ABSENCES       

                Any student absent due to a reason deemed unexcused by the office is subject to corrective action as follows:

¨       1st offense:  1 extended day (maximum 4) for each period missed; parent notification.

¨       2nd offense:  2 extended days (maximum 8) for each period missed; parent notification.

¨       3rd offense:  2 days in-school suspension; conference with parent, student and administrator.

45 - TARDINESS

Students must be in the room at the beginning of the scheduled period. If not, he/she is tardy. The only exception is students who have a signed pass from another staff member.  The first two tardies to a specific class result in a warning by the teacher. Three or more tardies may result in a consequence assigned by the teacher.  Students who are chronically tardy will be required to meet with parents and administration to remedy the problem.  At the end of each semester, every student will start over with a clean slate.     Page Up

46 - GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

                Students are to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their age and grade level.  For all students, this includes respect and consideration for others.  This conduct is expected while on school premises, while on school buses and while attending or participating in school activities on and off school property.

                Students who demonstrate inappropriate behavior shall be subject to disciplinary action.  Disciplinary measures may include, but are not limited to the following: loss of privileges, removal from class, extended day, alternative classroom placement, suspension, probation and expulsion.

                Students are afforded procedural due process in all disciplinary actions.  At a minimum, this means the right to notice of the charges against them, and the right to present their side of the incident to the principal.     Page Up

47 - LIMITED PRIVILEGES

                The limiting of privileges is used as a corrective measure.  Students may lose hall pass, vending, study hall, media center and lunch privileges.  Students who lose lunch privileges will still be allowed to eat, but will be assigned to a private dining area, away from the general student population.

48 – REMOVAL FROM CLASS

                Students who cause a significant classroom disruption may be removed from class for 1-5 days.  The student will be supervised in an isolated setting and will be responsible for all classroom assignments.

49 – EXTENDED DAY

Students assigned to Extended Day as a corrective measure may serve up to 60 minutes before or after school with a supervising teacher or other staff member.  Parents are notified by telephone or written note home.     Page Up

50 - Alternative Placement Classroom 

Sometimes, it is necessary for a student to be placed in an isolated setting for an extended period of time.  For example, a student’s study hall period might be spent in a supervised setting where the student is encouraged to stay on task and complete assignments, or a student may be removed from a specific class for a period of time.

51 - SUSPENSIONS

                In-school suspensions are served in an isolated, supervised room.  Students who create serious problems will be required to spend from one period to several days in in-school suspension.  Students will have limited talking and rest room privileges, and they will eat lunch in an isolated setting. 

                Out-of-school suspensions are a consequence in which students are not allowed to attend school for a period of time as a result of creating severe problems at school.  Students are to be supervised by their parents/guardians during this time. 

                Suspended students are required to complete all assignments.  Participation in co-curricular activities is forfeited during in-school or out-of-school suspension periods.  Students and parents/ guardians will be required to participate in a reinstatement conference with the administration after students are suspended out-of-school.     Page Up

52 - EXPULSIONS

                Expulsions involve removing students for a longer period of time.  These consequences will typically be used in extreme cases after other consequences, such as suspensions, have been tried.  Expulsions may also be used, however, when students violate rules and regulations approved by the board of education or when the presence of a student may be harmful to others in the school.

53 - PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION

                Students involved in physical confrontations where pushing or shoving take place will be subject to one or more of the following:  1) Meeting with the principal; 2) Limited privileges; 3) Extended day(s); 4) Suspension; or 5) Consequences for fighting.     Page Up

54 - FIGHTING

                Students found guilty of punching or physically trying to injure another student on school  property will be subject to the following consequences:

¨       1st offense: After participation levels have been determined, those involved may be assigned 1 to 3 days of suspension.

¨       2nd offense: Student may be assigned 3-5 days of suspension.  Reinstatement will take place only after parent/guardian; student and administrator have met to determine parameters of reinstatement.

¨       Severe Clause:  If the situation dictates, immediate suspension will occur and law enforcement officials may be notified.  A conference with parents and student will follow to best determine the educational options available.

Fighting is considered a violation of the Good Conduct Rule.     Page Up

55 - SMOKING AND TOBACCO

                Smoking or the possession of smoking material or chewing tobacco (including a lighter) in or on school premises, or at any school function, is prohibited.  Parents/ guardians will be notified and tobacco violations will be reported to local law enforcement authorities.  This is considered a violation of the Good Conduct Rule.

¨       1st offense:  Student will serve a 1 day suspension.  Parents/guardians will be notified.  In addition, the student may be ticketed
and fined by local law enforcement.

¨       2nd offense:  Student will serve a 3 day out-of-school suspension.  In addition, the student may be ticketed and fined by local law enforcement.  The School board will be notified and a conference with parent/guardian and student will be required.

3rd offense:  Student will serve up to a 5 day out-of-school suspension.  The school board will be notified.  Before being reinstated a parent/guardian, student and administrative conference will be held.  In addition, the student may be ticketed and fined by local law authorities.                                                                 .    
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56 - ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

                Any student possessing drug paraphernalia, or found in possession of, under the influence of, or using alcoholic beverages or drugs on school property or at a school activity will immediately receive a 3-5 day out-of-school suspension, which may be extended pending a Board hearing.  School board members will be notified.  The student will not return to regular school classes until the student, parent/guardian and administrator have met to reach an understanding on reinstatement conditions.

                A student found guilty of selling and/or distributing drugs on school property will be referred to the Board for immediate expulsion.  Parents/guardians will be notified about any alcohol or drug offenses.  These offenses will be referred to local law enforcement authorities.  For further information, refer to the K-12 component of the Student Handbook.     Page Up

57 - DAMAGE AND THEFT OF SCHOOL PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS

                The theft or defacing of school property or the property of others is prohibited.  Students who damage property belonging to the school or others may be required to pay for any damage.  A violation can result in one or more of the following consequences:  1) Extended day; 2) Restitution;

3) Suspension; or 4) Possible expulsion.

Accidental damage to school property will not have any discipline consequence, but the student will be required to make restitution to pay for the damages.     Page Up

58 - ACTS OF A CRIMINAL NATURE

                Examples of this would include, but not limited do, an assault on an adult or student in the building or on school property, carrying or storing a weapon or explosives, and maliciously destroying school property or equipment.  Depending on severity, these offenses may also be referred to local law enforcement officials.  These offenses are considered a violation of the Good Conduct Rule.

¨       1st offense:  Immediate suspension from school and possible referral to the Board of Education for expulsion.

59 - DISOBEDIENCE, VULGARITY, PROFANITY OR DEMEANING LANGUAGE

                Notes, speech or conduct that demeans another student or staff member will not be tolerated.  Any disrespectful conduct by a student can result in one, or a combination of, the following consequences:  1) Extended day; 2) Removal from class; 3) Suspension; or 4) Possible expulsion.     Page Up

60 - INSUBORDINATION, INSOLENCE, LYING

                Any study who refuses to obey a school rule or regulation, a request of a school official, is arrogant to a school official in speech or conduct, presents a school official with a fraudulent pass, or purposefully lies to a staff member is subject to one or more of the following consequences: 

1) Extended day; 2) Removal from class; 3) Suspension; or

4) Possible expulsion.

61 - CLASS DISRUPTIONS

                Any student who disrupts class activities or the learning environment of other students is subject to the following consequences:  1) Extended day; 2) Removal from class;

3) Suspension; or 4) Possible expulsion.

62 - CHEWING GUM

                Students are asked to refrain from chewing gum in the Middle School.  Below are the consequences for chewing gum at HCMS.
             1st offense - Private Dining
             2nd offense - 1 Extended Day;
             3rd offense - 2 Extended Days
             4th offense - 3 Extended Days
             5th offense - 4 Extended Days
             6th or more offenses - 1 day of in-school-suspension and meeting with parent(s)
    
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63 - ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

                In education, where performance is a true reflection of ability, academic integrity and honesty is essential.

Level 1:  Copying in the classroom, allowing someone else to copy your work, or use of crib notes.

¨       1st offense: The teacher will address this at the classroom level and file a report with the office.  The teacher will notify parents.

¨       2nd offense:  Go to Level 2, 1st offense.

Level 2:  Theft of a test from a classroom or teacher work station, plagiarism, or use of a stolen document will result in an immediate referral to the office.

¨       1st offense:  The student will receive a zero for the work and given a 1-2 day in-school suspension.  Parent/guardian will be notified.

¨       2nd offense:  Student will receive a zero for the work.  Student will serve a 3 day in-school suspension.  Parent/guardian, student, teacher and administrator will meet to discuss parameters for reinstatement into class.      Page Up

64 - GENERAL STATEMENT

                The Student Activities Program is established in the Harlan Community District for the purpose of providing experiences not normally gained in the classroom.  The Program creates opportunities for those students who volunteer to become members of the various programs available and to represent the standards of Harlan Community.

                The following regulations for the Student Activities Program have been adopted by the Board of Education of the Harlan Community School District.  Each student who participates in the Activities Program must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the school and will be subject to penalties of the Code.  The Code applies continuously from grades 6 through 8 for all activities.  All rules are full year in nature.  They cover summer, other vacation periods, and the school year.     Page Up

65 - SECTION I – ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

1.        Academic Eligibility:  Weekly eligibility lists will be compiled each Monday beginning with the third week of school.  Any student receiving a failing mark in any class will not be allowed to practice during 8th hour, and will be ineligible to compete/perform in co-curricular activities for one week.  The period of ineligibility will run for one week. If grades improve and the student meets our eligibility standard after one

2.        (1) week, the student will be reinstated.

If a student fails a class at the end of a semester, that student will remain ineligible for three weeks at the start of the next semester.  Both semester and quarter grades will be checked to determine academic eligibility during Quarter 2 and Quarter 4.

3.        School Attendance:  A student absent after 12:00 noon on the day of the performance without being excused before the absence may not suit up or participate in that performance.  To participate on Saturday after Friday’s absence, the student must obtain approval prior to his/her absence.  This requirement applies to all participants.  Highly unusual exceptions may be granted to this rule at the discretion of the principal.

4.        Physical Examination:  No student shall participate in an athletic activity (including cheerleading) without having filed a doctor’s certificate with the Activities Director prior to practice/competition.

5.        Insurance:  All students in an athletic activity (including cheerleading) will have an insurance carrier.  Acknowledgment of carrier must be made prior to participation in any practice or competition.  This may be purchased through the school plan, or the athlete will provide a waiver acknowledging his/her carrier.  No athlete will participate without insurance or acknowledgment of parent’s carrier.  Warning:  The Harlan Community School District requires a parent/student signed acknowledgment of risk when participating in activities.  This acknowledgment will be signed by the parent/ guardian and athlete prior to participation in any activity or practice.

6.        Transportation:  All students that are participating in an out-of-town school-sponsored activity are expected to ride school transportation to and from the activity.  The main exception to this rule is a request made by that student’s own parent/guardian made in writing to take their son/daughter home from an activity.  It is the parent’s responsibility to go up to the sponsor and personally notify him/her when they are ready to leave the activity with their child.  Exceptions may be granted to this rule at the discretion of the principal.     Page Up

66 - SECTION II – SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

1.        School Obligations

a.        Exercise care to prevent reasonably foreseeable risks.

b.       Establish and enforce rules for maintenance of discipline in activities.

c.        Exercise due care in the selection of supervisors.

d.       Provide safe, suitable equipment and facilities for activities.

2.        General Supervision

a.        The supervisor must be immediately accessible to anyone who needs him/her and must never leave the premises.  The greater the risk to the child, the greater the need for supervision.

b.       The supervisor must be alert to conditions that may be dangerous to participants.

c.        The supervisor should be knowledgeable in first aid and emergency care for injuries likely to occur in the particular activity.

3.        Specific Supervision:  This should be exercised when introducing an activity.  The instructor should stay with the participant until the participant is familiar enough with the activity to evaluate his/her own capacity to do the activity and to understand and adhere to the safety practices and procedures which have been established.     Page Up

67 - SECTION III – GOOD CONDUCT RULE

Individual copies of the Good Conduct Rule will be distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year.

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HARLAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

GOOD CONDUCT RULE

The opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities is extended as a privilege to students attending Harlan Community SchoolTo retain eligibility for participation in the activities we offer, students must conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times.  Students who represent our school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of our community.

    

For those students who have met the eligibility requirements at Harlan Community School and choose to participate in extracurricular activities, the “Good Conduct Rule” (GCR) further defines expectations for those involved. 

ACTIVITIES COVERED UNDER THE GOOD CONDUCT RULE

 The following activities are covered under this Good Conduct Rule:  athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances and contests, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, national Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs and organizations, all honorary and elected offices, (i.e. Homecoming, Winter Dance Royalty), class officer, student government officer or representative, state contests and performances for cheerleading and pom pon, or any other activity where the student represents the school outside the classroom.

VIOLATIONS OF THE GOOD CONDUCT RULE

Category A

·         Possession, use, distribution/purchase or attempted distribution/purchase of illegal drugs or paraphernalia, or the unauthorized possession, use, distribution/purchase or attempted distribution/purchase of otherwise lawful drugs without a  legal prescription

·         O.W.I. and “zero tolerance” (zero tolerance includes violations that align with federal mandates – i.e. weapons on school grounds, commission of serious crimes, etc.)

Category B 

·         Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system and chargeable as a felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or serious misdemeanor, regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted or adjudicated for the act(s)

·         Use, possession, or purchase of alcoholic beverages (other than that listed in part two of Category A) 

Category C

·         Use, possession or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age

·         Gross misconduct includes, but is not limited to:  fighting, truancy, vandalism, gross insubordination, hazing or harassment of others, or any other conduct which would warrant an in or out-of-school suspension or a Saturday-in-school suspension.

·         Whenever a student engaged in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system and chargeable as a simple misdemeanor, the administration may impose the GCR pending their investigation.

·         The administration has the discretion to categorize a violation under a higher category if the situation so warrants.

*  Middle School Good Conduct Rule violations with ongoing consequences will be carried over to the high school.

The Activities Director shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule.

 

CONSEQUENCES

Category A

1st offense:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for 50% of current sport or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school

•     Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance

•     Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

•     Completion of the education program

Category A

2nd offense or more:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended from sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, and other extracurricular performances/contests for the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program

Category B:

1st offense:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for 25% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next drama performance which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next speech contest which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended for 25% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school

•     Suspended for 25% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance

•     Suspended from the next 2 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 2 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program
 

2nd offense:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for 50% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school

•     Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance

•     Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program 

3rd offense or more:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended from sports and other extracurricular performances/contests for the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program

 

Category C:

1st offense:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for the next athletic contest in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months              (if the student is involved in more than one sport during any given season, s/he will miss the next athletic contest in each sport.)

•     If involved in other extracurricular activities, will miss the next upcoming performance/contest in each activity, which takes place within the next 2 weeks

2nd offense:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for 25% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next drama performance which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next speech contest which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended for 25% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school

•     Suspended for 25% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance

•     Suspended from the next 2 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 2 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program

3rd offense or more:

•     Including, but not limited to, activities listed

•     Suspended for 50% of current sport, or sport, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months

•     Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school

•     Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance

•     Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months

•     If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

•      Completion of the education program

 Suspension from Sporting Events - Regulations

Suspension from sporting events is described below.  The number of suspensions listed represents dates; not necessarily games/meets.  The suspension will move to the next regularly scheduled date if the activity scheduled on one of the identified dates is postponed or cancelled.  Each day of a multi-day meet or tournament is considered a date (e.g. Kuemper baseball tournament is two dates).  Furthermore, the suspension applies to the student’s primary level of competition.  Additionally, the student would be ineligible to compete in all other performances or contests at any level during the primary level suspension period.

If a sports season ends prior to completion of the suspension, there will be a “carry-over” to the next sport in which the student is participating.  Also, the student will be required to complete the sport season in which participating, or the suspensions served during that season will be invalid.

During the suspension period, the student will be expected to continue practicing, but will not be able to participate in contests or performances, as outlined below: 

Suspension from sporting events including, but not limited to, the activities listed below:

                                           

High School Sports

Timely Admission

                                   25%                        50%                     25%                        50%

Football                      2                              4                           1                                3

Cross Country           2                              4                           1                                3

Volleyball                   3                              6                            2                               5           

Basketball                 4                              9                            4                               8

Wrestling                   4                              8                            2                               5

Tennis                        3                              6                            2                               5           

Track                          3                              6                            2                              5           

Golf                             3                              6                           2                               5

Soccer                       3                              6                           2                               5           

Baseball                    6                              12                         5                              10

Softball                      6                              12                         5                              10        

Cheerleading                        Corresponds with sport in season

Pom Pon                                Corresponds with sport in season, which has the highest # of events included in the                                                                   suspension

 

Middle School Sports

                                                               Timely Admission

                                                25%                        50%                25%                   50%

Football                                    1                              2                      0                         1

Cross Country                         1                              2                      0                         1

Volleyball                                 2                              4                      1                         3           

Basketball                               3                              6                      2                          5

Wrestling                                 2                              4                      1                          3

Track                                       1                              3                       0                          2           

Cheerleading                        Corresponds with sport in season

 

               

Education Program

Following a violation in Category A or B, the student will complete a series of questions (short answer & essay) pertaining to drug awareness/illegal offenses, and will address issues such as:  effect on self, effect on family and others, effect on other members of the team/group, knowledge of the good conduct rule and what happens on the next offense, etc. The student will remain ineligible as long as the educational component is incomplete.  Satisfactory completion of the educational component will be determined by the administration.

Honesty Clause/Timely Admission

We want to encourage students to be honest with the school regarding violations of the Good Conduct Rule.  Students who make a “timely admission” to school administration regarding a violation of the GCR, will be given the opportunity to take a one-performance/contest suspension reduction in all activities to which the suspension applies.

“Timely Admission” means:  The student notifies school administration on the next day of attendance following the violation.

If the violation occurs during the summer break, the student has (7) days to make a “timely admission” to school administration.

This “timely admission” option is available only once and only with a first violation of either Category A or B. 

Determination and Appeal Process

A.   Determination of a violation will be based upon:

                •  admission by the student, or

                •  conviction by a court of law, or

·   an investigation by school officials and a determination that some evidence exists that a violation has occurred.  This investigation may include, but is not limited to, a report from law enforcement, or interviews and/or statements from other students, staff, or members of the community. 

  1. The date the school is notified by the student violator, becomes the initiation date for consequences with the exception of summer violations.  Initiation dates for violations that occur in the summer are defined under each category.

The date the school determines there is some evidence to support that a violation has occurred becomes the initiation date for consequences with the exception of summer violations.  Initiation dates for violations that occur in the summer are defined under each category.

Violations accumulate per category, and accumulate throughout a student’s high school career.  However, following a student’s first violation of the Good Conduct Rule, a 12-month “violation-free” period would allow the student to “buy back” the previous offense.  This option is available only one time during a student’s high school career, and is available only if the student has made a “timely admission.”

A student who has allegedly violated the Good Conduct Rule will be notified of the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule, the information which supports the allegations and will be given an opportunity to respond.  Upon a review of all the evidence and circumstances, the Principal/Activities Director will make a decision regarding the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule.  If the Principal/Activities Director, determines that the student has violated the Good Conduct Rule, the Principal/Activities Director will then determine a period of ineligibility. 

Whenever a student is declared ineligible under the Good Conduct Rule, the following procedures shall apply:

1.                   A conference will be held with the Principal/Activities Director and the student and his/her parent(s).  At that time, the length of the period of ineligibility and a specific explanation of the reasons for ineligibility will be discussed.  The offense and the consequences will thereafter be put in writing and sent to the student and parent(s).  If the student or parent(s) do not wish to appeal the ineligibility decision, the Principal/Athletic Director’s decision will be in effect and be considered final. 

2.                   If the student or his/her parents(s) wish to appeal the decision of the Principal/Activities Director, they may appeal the Principal/Activities Director’s decision to the Superintendent.  The request for the appeal must be received by the Superintendent, in writing, within three (3) business days of the date on which the student was declared ineligible by the Principal/Activities Director.  The Superintendent shall consider the circumstances and evidence of the case and shall make a decision which will be communicated in writing to the student, parent(s), and Principal/Activities Director.  The decision of the Superintendent shall be made within seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received.

3.                   If the student or parent(s) wish to appeal the Superintendent’s decision, they must do so in writing to the Board of Education within three (3) business days of the receipt of the Superintendent’s decision.  The appeal shall be heard by the Board at the earliest feasible opportunity, but no later than seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received by the Board Secretary.

4.                   The Board shall schedule a meeting for the purpose of conducting a formal hearing with all individuals involved.  The student has the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.  At least three (3) days before the date of the hearing, the student and his/her family and/or representative will be provided with copies of any and all documents that the administration plans to present to the Board at the hearing and a list of all witnesses who may testify before the Board in support of the administration.  At the hearing, the student and his/her parent(s) and the administration will have an opportunity to meet and present evidence and information in support of their position and to cross-examine each other’s witnesses.  The appeal will be conducted in closed session, unless the student or parent(s) request that it be conducted in open session.  However, any formal action by the Board of Directors must be taken at an open meeting.  The Board shall issue a written decision after the hearing, which includes findings of fact and the conclusions.  If the Board of Directors reverses the decision of the administration, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record. 

5.                   During the appeal procedure the student will be ineligible from participating in any extracurricular or co-curricular activities. 

Transfers

 If a student transfers into the Harlan Community School District from another Iowa school or school district and the student has not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a “Good Conduct Rule” in the previous school, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student’s misconduct or violation in the previous district.  The period of ineligibility will align with the Good Conduct Rule of the previous district if applied or if the violation occurred during the summer and the Good Conduct Rule in the previous district was not applied, our Good Conduct Rule will be imposed. 

General Information

If a student is found to be in violation of the Good Conduct Rule while serving under a suspension from a previous violation, the suspension periods will run consecutively.

If a student drops out of school while serving under the Good Conduct Rule, the consequences remain in effect until the suspension period has expired.

Students may not perform at pep rallies while serving under the Good Conduct Rule.  However, the pep rally does not constitute a performance/contest toward your suspension.   In other words, suspension from pep rallies is in addition to any other consequences imposed by the Good Conduct Rule.

Additional rules and provisions, not in conflict with the GCR, may be communicated at the organizational meeting of the various extracurricular groups.  Students are expected to be aware of and compliant with all provisions. 

Because it is impossible to foresee every possible scenario, school administration may choose to consult with legal counsel, Board of Education and law enforcement, to determine whether or not the GCR will be imposed in any situation not directly covered by the rules. 

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ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY

                                                               

                Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the board.  The board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.  To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by other students, by school employees, and by volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school district. 

 

                The board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, ancestry, color, creed, familial status, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, sex, political belief, political party preference, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.  Harassment against employees based upon the employee’s age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national original, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

 

                This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district.

 

                If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures which may include suspension or expulsion.  If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures which may include termination.  If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures which may include exclusion from school grounds.  “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

 

                When looking at the totality of the circumstances, harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

·         Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;

·         Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;

·         Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or

·         Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

 

                “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means.  “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging or similar technologies.

 

                Harassment and bullying may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:

·      Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

·      Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc.

·         Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student; and/or

·         Unreasonable interference with a student's performance

 

                Sexual harassment of a student by an employee means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive education environment.

 

                In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

·         Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or

·         Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

 

                Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report.  Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

                Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy.  Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment. Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds. 

 

                The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The Affirmative Action Coordinator or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment. The Affirmative Action Coordinator or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging harassment.

 

                It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy.  The superintendent also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the board.

 

                The board will annually publish this policy.  The policy may be publicized by the following means:

·         Inclusion in the student handbook,

·         Inclusion in the employee handbook

·         Inclusion in the registration materials

·         Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site,

and a copy shall be made to any person at the central administrative office at 2102 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 
 

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