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USV Local Schools

2017-2018

 

August           14 Teacher Workday (Monday) Open House 6:00-7:15

                   16 First Day of Classes (Wednesday)

 

September     4 Labor Day, No School (Monday)

                   5 Fair Day, No School (Tuesday)

                   18 Midterm reports (Monday)

 

October        19 End of the 1st nine weeks (45 days) (Thursday)

                   20 No School (Friday)

                   23 Start 2nd nine weeks      

                   25 Fall Conference Night K-12 (Night 1, Wednesday 3:30-7:00)

 

November      2   Fall Conference Night K-12 (Night 2, Thursday 3:30-7:00)

                   22 Conference Workday, No School (Wednesday)

23-27 Thanksgiving Break, No School (Thursday/Monday)

28 Midterm Reports 2nd nine weeks (Tuesday)

 

December       21 Christmas Break begins (Thursday)

 

January         3 Classes resumes (Wednesday)

                   11 End of 2nd nine weeks (Thursday) (46 days)

12 Professional Development ½ day, Teacher Work Day ½ day, No school for  students (Friday)

15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School (Monday)

                   16 Classes resume (Tuesday), start of the 3rd nine weeks

 

February       14 Midterm Reports 3rd nine weeks

                   14 Winter Conference K-12 (Night 1, Wednesday 3:30-7:00)

                   16 Conference Workday, No School (Friday)

                   19 President’s Day, No School (Monday)

                   22 Winter Conference K-12 (Night 2, Thursday 3:30-7:00)

 

March           20 End of 3rd nine weeks (44 Days)

                   29, 30 Spring Break, No School (Thursday/Friday)

 

April             2 Spring Break, No School (Monday)

                   3 Classes Resume (Tuesday)

24 Midterm Reports 4th nine weeks (Tuesday)

27 No School (Friday)

                  

May              24 Last day of School/End of 4th nine weeks (43 days)

                   25 Teacher Workday (Friday)

                   25 Graduation

 

1st nine weeks – 45 days, 2nd nine weeks – 46 days, 3rd nine weeks 44 days, 4th nine weeks 43 days, 2 Conference Workdays, 1 Professional Development/Workday = 183 days

 

Make-up days Monday, February 19, Friday, March 29, Monday, April 27, E-Day/Blizzard Bags for cancelation days after the previously stated days are used, and the end of the school year

 

Every Wednesday will be a 1-hour delay. These will be alternated between data days

 

 

UPPER SCIOTO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome to a new school year! We are sure you will learn many new things this year. This is your guidebook to all the school rules and procedures. With mom or dad, review the rules.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

With students, parents, teachers and community cooperation, we will strive in a safe supportive environment to create successful, respectful and responsible citizens by challenging, inspiring and empowering all learners through rigorous and meaningful curriculum using effective instructional strategies and technology.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Regular attendance is important for every student.  Each school day will be filled with many educational experiences.  All students who miss more than 1 hour of the school day will be counted ½ day absent.  All students who miss more than 4 hours of the school day will be counted full day absent.

 

TYPES OF ABSENCES

 

The Ohio Department of Education has a policy regarding absences from school (3321.04 ORC). In brief, the policy is as follows: Absences from school for any reason other than those listed below and recommended by the State Department of Education are not acceptable and will carry disadvantages to the student. Those reasons acceptable to the State of Ohio and Upper Scioto Valley Elementary School are:

 

EXCUSED: SCHOOL (E)- Religious holidays and all absences from class when they are a direct result of participation in a legitimate authorized school activity. 

 

EXCUSED: AUTHORIZED (A)-

1. Personal illness verified by a parent with a telephone call or written note within seventy-two (72) hours of the absence.

NOTE: Parental excuses for absences shall not exceed five (5) days per semester.  Therefore, parental excuses for absences in excess of the five (5) days per semester will be considered unexcused absences unless a valid written doctor's excuse is provided to the school within seventy-two (72) hours of the absence.  Absences will not be changed after the 72 hours.

2. Medical and Dental appointments verified by a doctor in writing. Excuses must be furnished to the school within 72 hours of the absence.

3. Death in the family

4. Quarantine of the home

5. Emergency work in which parent can work out no other solution (not to exceed two (2) days per school year).

6. Observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday

7. Where trips are unavoidable, the school should be notified in advance to avoid truancy.  Assignments in classes should be secured prior to leaving.

 

UNEXCUSED: UNAUTHORIZED (U)-

When a student is absent from school with or without the knowledge or consent of his/her parents for any reason other than those listed above, he/she will be unexcused.  The student is not allowed to make up work for credit.

 

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

                                                                                          

Step 1: When a student of compulsory school age is truant from school, the principal will notify the parents or guardians by letter, regarding the parent/guardian’s obligation to cause their child to attend school and the legal consequences that will occur if the student is a habitual or chronic truant. 

 

Step 2: Upon the failure of the parent/guardian to cause a student of compulsory school age to attend school, if the student is considered either a habitual or chronic truant, the District will file a complaint in the juvenile court jointly against the student and the parent, guardian, or other person having care of the student.

 

Under Ohio law, a child between the ages of 6 and 18 is of “compulsory school age.”

 

A student will be considered habitually truant if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, for forty-two (42) or more hours in one (1) school month, or for seventy-two (72) or more hours in one (1) school year.

 

Legitimate excuses for the absence of a student who is otherwise habitually or truant include but are not limited to:

 

 

A.

the student was enrolled in another school district;

 

 

 

 

B.

the student was excused from attendance in accordance with R.C 3321.04; or

 

 

 

 

C.

the student has received an age and schooling certificate.

 

If a student is considered to be Habitually Truant,

 

 

A.

The school will:

 

A.    Assign the student to a truancy intervention progra

 

B.     Take appropriate legal action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

According to HB 410:

The Superintendent is authorized to establish an educational program for parents of truant students which is designed to encourage parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly.  Any parent who does not complete the program is to be reported to law enforcement authorities for parental education neglect, a fourth class misdemeanor if found guilty.

 

CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS AND VISITATIONS

 

We welcome and encourage parents to visit the school.  However, to limit distractions we are asking parents, who would like to observe their child’s classroom, to call the office to make the appropriate arrangements ahead of time.  Student visitors are not permitted except under very special circumstances.  We do not permit the visitation of little brothers or sisters. 

All visitors must report to the office upon entering the building. Visitors must sign in at the office.  Each visitor will be given a visitor badge which must be displayed at all times.

 

SIGN IN/ SIGN OUT SHEET

 

Children are occasionally late in arriving to school. An adult must sign the student in and provide required information on the form.  Students cannot leave the school building/grounds during the day without an adult signing them out and obtaining permission from the personnel adult in the office that is allowing him/her the right to leave the school building/grounds.

 

EARLY RELEASE PROCEDURE

 

Occasionally, parents/guardians may find it necessary to have their child dismissed from school early. Please follow the following instructions for early dismissal. A note from the parent/guardian must be sent to school which includes the following: 1. Student's name, 2. Date, 3. Date and time for early release, 4. Reason for early release, and 5. Signature of the parent/guardian. This note should be given to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning. Classroom teachers will forward the early release notes to the office.

Important Reminder:  When you pick up your child from school early, you must report to the office and sign your child out of the school.

 

TARDIES/MARKING ABSENCE OF STUDENTS

 

All students who miss more than one hour of the school day will be counted as 1/2 day absent. All students who miss more than 4 hours of the school day will be counted as full day absent. If you arrive late to school, you first report to the office to "sign in". You will be counted "tardy" if you sign in during the first hour of school. We realize that emergencies may happen from time to time.  However, we believe that it is important to be punctual.

 

DISMISSAL

 

Anyone staying after school for any reason shall bring a note from home, signed by the parents, stating the reason, and giving consent.  No one is to stay after school except under the direct supervision of a teacher or other authorized person. If any one activity occurs regularly throughout the school year, one note for the entire year's activity will be acceptable. (Ex: Joy Smith has my permission to attend all Girl Scout meetings every Tuesday after school in the cafeteria for the school year 2014-15.   Signed, Mrs. Jane Smith)

Students walking home from school who live in town are to go directly home after school.

 

HOMEWORK REQUESTS

 

You may request homework for your absent student by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.  When a parent requests homework for an absent student, the completed work should be returned to the teacher in a timely manner.

 

SCHOOL DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS

 

The arrival of winter may bring severe weather conditions and possibly, school delays or cancellations. When conditions warrant delays or closing school, stations carrying the announcements include:

 

     Station                      Call No.          Location

WIMA                         1150 AM         Lima

WIMT                         102.1 FM        Lima

WLIO TV                    Channel 35     Lima

WBNS TV                  Channel 10      Columbus

WKTN                         95.1 FM         Kenton

WZOO                                    92.1 FM         Lima

 

 

MISSING CHILDREN'S ACT

 

Federal law requires that parents/guardians of any school age child notify the school any time their child is absent.  Parents are asked to notify the school by 9:00 a.m. each day.

 

USV CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE CODE POLICY

 

Education cannot proceed without discipline.  Good discipline allows students, teachers, and administrators to work towards positive goals. The Student Conduct Code is to be followed by all students during school hours, extra-curricular activities, and school-sponsored activities and any connected activities or incidents. Students may be disciplined for behavior that is directed at a school official or employee or his/her property, regardless of where the conduct occurs.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

 

Students shall be expected to observe and comply with the policies, rules, and regulations of the Board of Education and its employees.  Failure to comply with such policies, rules, and regulations, hereinafter set forth, may be considered by school authorities as just cause for disciplinary action which may include parent conference, detention, removal from class, removal from a school related activity, suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary action appropriate by school authorities.

a)         No student shall willfully disobey any reasonable demand; instruction or request by a teacher, administrator or other employee while such student is under the jurisdiction of school authorities.

b)         No student shall willfully act in a manner intended to deface, damage, destroy or vandalize school property or the personal property of school employees, other students or other persons.

c)         No student shall steal or otherwise remove school property or personal property of others from its intended location on the school premises or from its intended location while off the school premises.

d)         No student shall assault, harass, abuse or indicate intent to do physical harm to a school employee, other student or other person, or act in a promiscuous manner while under the jurisdiction of school authorities.

e)         No student shall disrupt or otherwise interfere with the rights of school employees or other students to conduct curricular or extra-curricular activities in an orderly manner.

f)         No student shall knowingly possess, use or threaten to use firearms, explosives, knives or other weapons or dangerous devices or any look-alike weapon or device on school            premises, at school functions, or while under the jurisdiction of school authorities. A firearm is any gun or explosive of any type. A knife is any sharp-edged instrument designed for cutting.

g)         No student shall possess, use, or offer for the use of others, prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, hallucinogens, narcotics, alcoholic beverages, other dangerous substances or look-alike drugs on school premises or while under the jurisdiction of school authorities.  (Use of drugs prescribed by a legally licensed physician should be reported to the clinic or school nurse who will determine work restrictions, if any, required in the interest of                      safety.)

h)         No student shall possess or use tobacco products on school premises or while under jurisdiction of school authorities.

i)          No student or group shall establish or attempt to establish any club or organization within the school, or while under the jurisdiction of the school without the approval of the Board of Education and the assignment of a faculty advisor.

j)          No profanity will be tolerated.

k)         No student shall possess, make, offer to sell, or sell, on school premises or while under the jurisdiction of school authorities, any counterfeit controlled substance and/or related tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN KID LANGUAGE, THIS IS A SUMMARY OF OUR CODE OF CONDUCT:

 

a) You must obey all grown-ups at school.

b) You must not damage anything in the school, on the playground, or on the bus.

c) Stealing will not be tolerated.

d) You may not hurt a student or a grown-up at school. You may not use mean words that will hurt others.

e) Students can not disrupt other students or teachers who are working at school.

f) You may not bring weapons, guns, knives, explosives, or other dangerous devices to school. This includes toys that look like weapons, guns, knives, and other dangerous devices.

g) No illegal or look alike drugs are to be brought to school. If a student needs to take doctor prescribed drugs at school, the child's parent must fill out the permission to take medicine form which is available from the school nurse.

h) No smoking or other type of tobacco is allowed.

i) All school clubs must have the approval of the Board of Education.

j) No curse words or profanity will be tolerated.

k) No student will be allowed to have a counterfeit controlled substance at school.

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

 

1. Verbal apology (if appropriate)  2. Written assignment (content and length may vary according to the student's age and offense) 3. Time out discipline  4. Recess detention  5. Loss of other class privileges 6. Parental contact 7. Detention after school 8. Saturday School 9. In-school suspension 10. Out-of-school suspension 11. Expulsion 12. Assignment of a job appropriate to the misbehavior (ex: Student throws food in the cafeteria. For discipline, student may be assigned to mop the cafeteria floor.)

 

DETENTIONS

 

After-school detention period begins five minutes after the school's dismissal time and runs for thirty minutes. A student must report to detention with materials for study. A parent is required to provide transportation for his/her student to home.  Failure to report to assigned detention period will result in a second detention notice. Failure to serve the second detention will result in the student being assigned a Saturday School.

Any teacher may assign an after-school detention at his/her discretion for misbehavior.  After-school detentions are not to exceed 30 minutes in length.  The assigning teacher shall make contact with the student's parent prior to the assigned detention date.

 

Detention Rules:

1. Students must stay for the entire thirty-minute period.  Being tardy to detention will result in another detention being issued.

2. Students are to work on assignments for the entire thirty-minute period.

3. Students are not permitted to talk.

 

 

 

 

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

 

Procedures for In-School Suspension will be as follows: 1. Student will have limited lunchroom and restroom privileges. 2. Student will be excluded from recess.

3. Students will not lose credit for time missed from classes but will be expected to complete the school-work in the suspension room. Teachers and/or principal may assign additional seatwork if necessary.

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

 

Suspension from school means that the student shall not be on school property and shall not attend classes or activities during the inclusive time of the suspension.  All suspensions are out of school and the days missed are considered unexcused absences, resulting in a "0" grade for work missed during this time.  Days missed for suspension will also count toward the student's maximum days allowable per school year.

 

EXPULSION/PERMANENT EXCLUSION

 

Any student who brings a firearm, as defined under Federal Law, to school shall be expelled for at least one year, unless the Superintendent reduces the punishment for reasons justified by the particular circumstances of the incident.

In accordance with the law, the Board of Education may seek to permanently exclude a student who has been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for the reason of the following offenses:

A)  carrying a concealed weapon, or conveying or processing a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance on property owned or controlled by a board of education or at an activity under the auspices of this Board.

B)  possession, selling, or offering to sell controlled substances on property owned or controlled by a board of education or at an activity under the auspices of this Board.

C)  complicity to commit any of the above offenses, regardless of where the complicity occurred.

D). Due process laws will be followed.

 

DRESS CODE

 

Common cleanliness, modesty and neatness will prevail over the student attire.  The following specifics were approved by the Board of Education:

1.  No halter or dress tops.

2.  No clothing with offensive language or designs promoting alcohol, drugs or tobacco products.

3. Shorts may be worn, but they must be fingertip in length.    

4. No low-cut, tight-fitting or revealing clothing.  Tops worn must cover the shoulders and not be cut low under the arms.  Also, they must be long enough to tuck in the pants and stay tucked in.

5. Hair and clothing must be neat and clean.

6. Dresses and skirts must be fingertip in length.

7. No tank tops, undershirts, or halter shirts are to be worn as outer garments.

8. No hats or sunglasses are to be worn.

9. Shoes must be worn.  No shoes with wheels in them are allowed.

*This list is not considered to be an all-inclusive list.

 

FEES AND FINES

 

The Upper Scioto Valley Board of Education furnishes textbooks for each pupil, but the student must pay for consumable items such as notebooks, paper, pencils, and workbooks.  Each grade will have fees which should be paid as soon as possible. Grade cards will be withheld at the end of each quarter if the student owes fees or fines.  Parents wishing to set up payment plans can avoid the withholding of grade cards. Call the school secretary to establish a payment plan. The librarian and classroom teachers will charge a nominal fine for overdue, damaged or lost books.  Fees must be paid before a student's grades or records can be released.

 

GRADE CARDS/ INTERIM REPORTS

 

Report cards will be issued every nine weeks. Every student will receive an interim report during the first quarter. For quarters two, three, and four, interim reports will be issued for those students who are not working up to their capacity. Some teachers prefer to send interim reports to all students.  Interims will be sent in the fourth or fifth week of the grading period.  Parents are urged to contact the school when a problem or question arises.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE (STUDENT)

 

Pupils participating in the student health insurance program may elect to sign up through the school office at the beginning of the school year.  After this date, students and parents will have to communicate directly with the Insurance Agency.

 

HONOR ROLL

 

Merit Honor Roll - Student receives A;s in all academic subjects.

Honor Roll - Student receives all A's and B's (no C's, D's, F's or U's).

 

LICE

 

If a student is found to have head lice, she/he must be excluded from school until treated with a lice shampoo, and all nits are removed from the hair.  It is expected that this will be done in a timely manner.  In most cases, the student should return to school the following day.

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

The school's lost and found, such as clothing articles, notebooks, etc., will be kept in the lost and found area.  Found items should be deposited in this area. If you lose something, first check in the lost and found.  You should also ask teachers, of the various rooms, where you have attended class.  Always check more than once. Mark all jackets, coats, sweaters and sweatshirts with your student's name.

 

 

 

 

 

LUNCH PROCEDURES

 

The school cafeteria provides wholesome meals at moderate prices.  Students are expected to be cooperative and orderly.  Each student is expected to assume the responsibility of keeping the cafeteria area clean.  After eating, plates, silverware, and paper should be returned to the kitchen and placed in the proper containers.

Occasionally school activity groups will have lunch brought in from outside the school cafeteria. Provided the advisor supervises, this action will be accepted with prior approval. All other lunches are handled in one of two ways:

1.      Bought in the cafeteria

2.      Brown-bagged in the morning – Occasionally, a parent may bring his/her child’s lunch to the student at lunchtime. This would be considered brown-bagging, and we ask that this arrangement be made prior to the start of the day to avoid disruption.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES/ TOYS

 

Students are not permitted to have electronic devices or any other electronic toy or device turned on during school hours.  These items can cause disruptions in the classrooms

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INJURIES

 

If you are injured coming to school or while at school, you should report to the duty teacher or to the office immediately to see if first aid treatment is necessary.  If the nurse, principal, secretary or teachers cannot treat the injury, parents will be called.  A pupil will not be sent to the doctor or hospital without parent's consent or authorization except under emergency circumstances.  The rescue squad will be called on all serious injuries.

 

MEDICATION

 

A student taking medication during school hours must bring the medication and the physician's request form for administration of medication to the office when arriving at school. Parents must fill out paperwork requesting the administration of their child's medication at school.

 

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

 

Public displays of affection are unacceptable.  Unacceptable public displays of affection are defined as those physical actions which are contrary to good judgment and public decency in that they create feelings of inappropriateness and embarrassment among other students and staff.  Students who engage in such unacceptable public displays of affection will be subject to the intervention of the staff and disciplinary action deemed necessary.

 

RECESS

 

Weather permitting; students are to plan on going outside during recess.  No students will be allowed to loiter in the restrooms or hallways.

Outside visitors are not allowed on the playground!

 

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

 

A student shall not use school property to store items considered to be dangerous, prohibited by law or by school rules.  If there is reason to believe that such items are being stored on school property or at school activities, then search and seizure will result. If a school official believes that a student has on his person a weapon or substance dangerous to persons or property, then the official has the right and duty to conduct an immediate search and seizure.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

The Upper Scioto Valley School District is committed to eliminating and preventing sexual harassment from all schools and facilities.  Sexual harassment is improper, immoral, illegal, and will not be tolerated within the district.  This policy is implemented to inform both students and personnel as to what sexual harassment is and what procedures are to be followed in dealing with sexual harassment within the district.

 

I. Definition of Sexual Harassment

Ohio and Federal laws define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or unwanted visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Such offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:

1. Unwanted sexual advances, including propositioning, repeatedly asking someone out for a date after it is clear that the person is not interested.

2. Explicitly or implicitly offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors.

3. Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances.

4. Non-verbal conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters.

5. Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes, making sexually- based remarks about another person's or one's own body.

6. Verbal abuse of sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an     individual's body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations.

7. Physical conduct: touching assault, impeding or blocking movement.

This sexual harassment policy is intended to protect against sexual harassment before it becomes actionable sexual harassment.  The term "sexual harassment" is intended to mean sexual harassment in the broadest meaning of that term in current popular as well as legal usage.

 

WITHDRAWAL

 

When students are withdrawn from school, we ask that parents notify the office prior to moving out of the district.  Parents must sign a record release form that authorizes us to transfer records to the new school.  In addition, should any fees or fines be owed, those must be paid before grades and transcripts will be released to another school system.

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

 

Computer use is encouraged and made available to students for educational purposes. The use of school equipment and access to the Internet (or e-mail) is a privilege, not a right. The school retains the ownership of all hardware and software. Users have no expectation to privacy regarding the use of any school district equipment at any time.  Use of the Internet will be controlled based upon content. The school reserves the right to inspect, copy and/or delete files and records created or stored on school-owned computers. Students must understand that “delete” does not equal “destroyed”. Students will be given an Acceptable Use Policy and are required to sign an agreement before being assigned a network password.

 

 

AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR TOWARD STUDENTS

 

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal and psychological abuse. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats or actions, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged in school business.

 

Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical or emotional well being. This type of behavior is a form of harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status or disability.  It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, bullying, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats and hazing.

 

Any student that believes s/he has been or is the victim of aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the building principal or assistant principal, or the superintendent. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the superintendent. Complaints against the superintendent should be filed with the board president.

 

Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.

 

All complaints about aggressive behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated.

 

If the investigation finds an instance of aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and removal from any officer position and/or request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

 

The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the investigation, and as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken.

 

Retaliation against any person, who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of aggressive behavior is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as aggressive behavior. Making intentionally false reports about aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.

 

The following definition is provided for guidance only. If a student or other individual believes there has been aggressive behavior, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it and allow the administrator to determine the appropriate courses of action.

 

“Bullying” is defined as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:

A.    Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact

B.     Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats

C.     Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/ shunning, extortion, or intimidation.

 

“Harassment” includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability (sexual orientation, physical characteristic, cultural background, socioeconomic status or geographic location).

 

“Intimidation” includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper, substantially damage or interfere with another’s property, cause substantial inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact or inflict serious physical injury on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

 

“Menacing” includes, but is not limited to, any act intended to place a school employee, student, or third party in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

 

“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, and that has the effect of:

A.    physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;

B.     knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or

C.     creating a hostile educational environment.

 

Students may be given school consequences and discipline if bullying, harassment or intimidation takes place outside of school and materially or substantially disrupts the educational environment and discipline of the school.

 

“Staff” includes all school employees and board members.

 

“Third parties” include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors, vendors, or others engaged in District business, and others not directly subject to school control at inter-district or intra-district athletic competitions or other school events.

 

For a definition of and instances that could possibly be construed as hazing, consult Policy 5516.

 

Confidentiality: To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.

 

Notification:  Notice of this policy will be annually circulated to and posted inconspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District and discussed with students, as well as incorporated into the student handbook. State and Federal rights posters on discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new hires will be required to review and sign off on this policy and the related complaint procedure.

 

The superintendent is directed to develop administrative guidelines to implement this policy. Guidelines shall include reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. The complaint procedure established by the superintendent shall be followed.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

 

The bus drivers will give the students a copy of bus rules for behavior when riding the bus.  Failure to obey these safety rules may result in temporary or permanent suspension from riding your assigned bus.  Students are permitted to ride only the bus they have been assigned.   School bus transportation is a privilege and not a right; and the bus driver is the sole authority on the bus while students are being transported. (A.C. 3301-83-08) Parents are responsible for:  (A.G. 8600)

 

  1. the safety of their child while going to or from the bus stop and while waiting for the school bus, including waiting for a school bus at their designated place of safety;
  2. their child being at the bus stop prior to scheduled pick-up time;
  3. damage by their child to school buses, personal property, or public property.

 

In order to provide children riding the bus the safe transportation they deserve, the district has adopted the following rules, believing all students can behave appropriately and safely while riding on a school bus.  Misbehavior will not be tolerated.  At times during the year your child may be videotaped on the bus. 

 

The Student Conduct Code as stated in the student handbook must be followed.

 

1.        All students are assigned a permanent pick-up and drop-off point, when riding the bus students will only be permitted on or off at that point.

  1. Students that cross in front of the bus must stop at their designated place of safety and wait on the    driver’s hand signal before crossing.  All students upon exiting the bus must go directly to their   designated safe spot and stay there until the bus has safely cleared the area.  Students needing to go to the mailbox should do so after the bus is out of sight.
  2. Stay in assigned seat while the bus is moving.
  3. Keep hands, feet and personal objects to yourself and inside the bus.
  4. Do not distract the driver through misbehavior.
  5. No smoking, bad language, rude gestures, teasing, or bullying on the bus.
  6. No eating or drinking on the bus.
  7. Animals, firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives, or other dangerous materials or objects are prohibited on buses.  (AG 8600)
  8. Pupils must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus.
  9. Cell phones are not to be used on the school bus.
  10. Any student that will be picked up instead of riding the bus home; the parent must contact the school no later than 3:00. Once a student is on the bus, he/she must ride the bus to their designated bus stop.

 

If a student chooses to break a rule, the following consequences will apply:

 

1st Incident:     Driver warns student

2nd Incident:    Reassign seat and conference with driver

3rd Incident:    Discipline slip sent to principal

 

Severe, illegal, or continuous misbehavior:    Student will lose bus privileges

 

First offense – Bus suspension for one (1) day

Second offense – Bus suspension for three (3) days

Third offense – Bus suspension for five (5) days

Fourth offense – Bus suspension for ten (10) days

Fifth offense – Bus suspension for the remainder of the school year

 

The transportation policy has already been discussed with your child.  Please discuss it with him or her to be sure it is understood.  Thank you in advance for your support of the district’s program.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the school administration at 419-757-3231.

 

 

 

 

 

 

510 South Courtright PO Box 305 St. McGuffey, Ohio 45859      P 419.757.3231     F 419.757.0135
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