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Student Code of Conduct
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Friday, January 17, 2014

 

 

November 2013

 

FAYETTE COUNTY

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

STUDENT               CODE                  OF     CONDUCT

 

 

 

 

 

 


Committee Members

Rene P. Nichols, Chairperson

Dustin Silas, Mathew Lindsey, Danyell Hudson, Jessica Johnigan, Ray Trull, Steve Sawyer, Jim Burkhalter

Table of Contents

 

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education     ..................................... 4

Administrative and Supervisory Staff                                 ..................................... 4

Student Code of Conduct                                                      ..................................... 5

Introduction                                                                             ..................................... 5

Mission Statement                                                                  ..................................... 6

Fayette County Nondiscrimination Policy                         ..................................... 6

Jurisdiction of the Board of Education                               ..................................... 6

Anti-Harassment of Students                                               ..................................... 7

Personnel/Student Relationships and Conduct                 .................................. 10

Compulsory Attendance Ages                                              .................................. 11

Attendance Age Requirements                                             .................................. 11

School Admission Requirements                                          .................................. 12

Establishing Guardianship                                                     .................................. 15

Assignment of Students to Classes                                      .................................. 15

Transfers into and within the School District                     .................................. 16

Transfer Guidelines                                                                 .................................. 19

Transfer of Credit from Non-Public and Non-Accredited Schools................... 20

Withdrawals from the School District                                  .................................. 22

Student Attendance                                                                .................................. 23

Student Attendance: Driver’s License/Learner’s Permit  .................................. 26

Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program                     .................................. 29

Truancy                                                                                     .................................. 30

Students Leaving Campus                                                    .................................. 30

Release Time                                                                            .................................. 31

Student Rights and Responsibilities:  Freedom of Expression.......................... 32

Quiet Reflection                                                                       .................................. 32

Student Due Process                                                               .................................. 32

Student Searches by School Officials                                  .................................. 36

Interrogations by Public Officials                                         .................................. 37

Unannounced Visits by Law Enforcement Agencies       .................................. 40

Student Conduct                                                                     .................................. 41

Student Code of Conduct                                                      .................................. 41

Minor Offenses – Class I                                                       .................................. 42

Administrative Response Options – Class I                       .................................. 43

Intermediate Offenses – Class II                                         .................................. 43

Administrative Response Options – Class II                      .................................. 45

Major Offenses – Class III                                                    .................................. 46

Administrative Response Options – Class III                    .................................. 48

Parent’s Responsibility for their Child’s Conduct             .................................. 49

Possessions of Weapons and Firearms                                .................................. 51

Use and/or Possession of Tobacco or Alcohol                   .................................. 53

Drug and Alcohol Use                                                             .................................. 53

Acceptable Use Policy                                                            .................................. 57

Dress Code                                                                                .................................. 62

Student Grievance Procedure                                                .................................. 64

Corporal Punishment                                                              .................................. 65

Detention                                                                                  .................................. 66

Suspensions                                                                              .................................. 66

Expulsion                                                                                  .................................. 73

Student Guidance Program                                                   .................................. 74

Student Records                                                                      .................................. 74

Parental Involvement                                                             .................................. 80

Parent Conferences                                                                 .................................. 80

School Visitors                                                                         .................................. 81

Report Cards                                                                            .................................. 82

Required Examination and Exemptions                            .................................. 83

Promotion Guidelines                                                             .................................. 85               

Graduation Exercises                                                              .................................. 91

Diploma Requirements                                                          .................................. 92

Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement Requirements.................... 93

Diplomas and Certificates                                                     .................................. 95

New Graduation Requirement                                                                                 97

Homework                                                                                ................................ 102

Valedictorian and Salutatorian                                            ................................ 103

Summer School                                                                       ................................ 104

Correspondence Study                                                           ................................ 106

Early Admission to Institutions of Higher Education       ................................ 107

Dual Enrollment Course Alignment                                     ................................ 109

Student Insurance Programs                                                 ................................ 110

Student Health Services                                                         ................................ 110

Medicines                                                                                  ................................ 111

Use of External/Internal Medications                                 ................................ 112

Student Immunizations                                                         ................................ 113

Communicable Diseases and Parasites                               ................................ 114

Student Accidents                                                                   ................................ 120

Student Psychological Testing                                              ................................ 122

Emergency Drills                                                                      ................................ 122

Supervision Before and After School Hours                      ................................ 123

Dismissal Precautions (Safety)                                             ................................ 124

Temporary School Closings                                                  ................................ 125

Automobile and Motorized Vehicle Use by Students       ................................ 126

Student Transportation                                                          ................................ 126

Eligible Bus Riders                                                                   ................................ 131

School Food Service                                                               ................................ 131

Student Activities                                                                    ................................ 132

Student Fees                                                                             ................................ 133

Textbooks                                                                                 ................................ 134               

Purchase of Textbooks by a Parent                                     ................................ 134

Activity Fund Management                                                  ................................ 135

Extracurricular Activity Participation = Academics First 135

Student Clubs and Organizations                                         ................................ 138

School Spirit                                                                             ................................ 140

Athletics                                                                                    ................................ 140

Eligibility Requirement for Athletes and Cheerleaders     ................................ 141

Interscholastic Athletics                                                         ................................ 142

Cheerleading Guidelines                                                         ................................ 144

Student Government                                                              ................................ 146

Student Publications                                                               ................................ 146

Student Social Events                                                             ................................ 146

Community Activities and Performances by Students    ................................ 147

Educational Trips and Excursions                                       ................................ 147

Employment of Students                                                       ................................ 149

Solicitations of Students                                                        ................................ 149

Solicitations by Students                                                        ................................ 150

Gifts by Students                                                                     ................................ 150               

Contests for Students                                                             ................................ 150

Married Students                                                                     ................................ 151

Unwed Mothers                                                                       ................................ 151

Student Pregnancies                                                                ................................ 151

Use of the Library                                                                   ................................ 153

Internal review of Audiovisual Material                             ................................ 154

Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials                             ................................ 155

Computer Software Selection and Duplication                 ................................ 155

Use of the School Telephone                                                ................................ 157

Accreditation                                                                            ................................ 158

Policy Revisal Procedure                                                        ................................ 158

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS OF THE FAYETTE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

DISTRICT 4        Sam Sullivan, Board President                 689-8403

                             1015 Pea Ridge Road

                             Berry, AL  35546

 

DISTRICT 2         Keith Madison, Vice President                 932-5238

                            852 County Road 80

                            Fayette, AL  35555

 

DISTRICT 1       Walden Tucker                                      932-3054

                             Post Office Box 124                                                       

                           Fayette, AL  35555

 

DISTRICT 3     Tom Hubbert                                         487-3612

                          6421 Highway 129

                          Fayette, AL  35555

 

DISTRICT 5        Temple Bowling, V689-1289

                           Post Office Box 615

                           Berry, AL  35546

                                                                                                                                

DISTRICT 6        John Stowe                      932-3929                     

                           587 Canaan Road

                           Fayette, AL  35555

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY STAFF

205-932-4611

 

Wade Shipman, Superintendent                                          

Julie Chaffin, Chief School Finance Officer

Vic Herren, Deputy Superintendent, Federal Programs, Personnel

David Brand, Maintenance /Transportation Supervisor

Mary Gravlee, Special Education, Testing Supervisor

Holly Morgan, Curriculum Supervisor

Rene P. Nichols, 21st Century, Career/Technical, Attendance,

Prevention &Support Services Supervisor

Shea Goree, Transportation Foreman

Amy Tucker, Child Nutrition, Wellness Supervisor

Mary Raines, Technology, E Rate Supervisor

 

FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

 

A copy of the Student Code of Conduct will be placed on the school district’s website and in the Principal’s office, Guidance office, Media Center and in each teacher’s classroom.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Fayette County Board of Education believes that instruction should occur in an environment that is conducive to learning.  Effective instruction requires good order and discipline which may be described as the absence of distraction, frictions and disturbances which interfere with the effective functioning of the student, class and school.  It is also the presence of a friendly, yet business-like atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually recognized and accepted goals.

 

As students progress in our public school, it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity will result in the students’ assuming greater responsibility for their actions.

 

To assist parents, students, administrators and faculties in maintaining such an environment, the Code of Student Conduct has been developed.  You are encouraged to use it frequently.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                         Wade Shipman

                                                         Superintendent of Education


MISSION STATEMENT

 

Our mission is to provide a safe, disciplined learning environment that empowers all students to develop their full potential

 

 

FAYETTECOUNTY NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

 

The Fayette County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a protected veteran. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or other civil rights laws should contact:

 

Dr. Rene P. Nichols - Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 Supervisor, Fayette County Board of Education, P.O. Box 686, Fayette, Alabama 35555 (Phone: 205-932-8071) or to the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20210.

 

 

JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Students enrolled in the Fayette County School System are subject to the policies of the Fayette County Board of Education and the rules and regulations of the school during the school day.  The authority applies to all school-sponsored activities including but not necessarily limited to the following:

 

Transportation

Field Trips

Athletic functions on campus or at other school campuses

Club organization meetings

School-sponsored social events

School groups representing the school system in educational events

Activities where appropriate school personnel have jurisdiction over students

 

All school regulations and prohibitions pertain to automobiles driven to school.  In addition to the foregoing, jurisdictional control over the student may be extended to the immediate vicinity of the school when the conduct of the student is deemed to have a detrimental effect on the health, safety and welfare of school personnel and students or likely to result in damage to school property.

 

 

ANTI-HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS

 

I.                    Harassment,  Violence, and Threats of Violence Prohibited

No student shall engage in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have been identified by the Board in this policy.   Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

 

II.                 Definitions

 

(a)    The term “harassment” as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal or physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an individual who has a particular characteristic, if the characteristic falls into one of the categories of personal characteristics set forth in Section 111(b) below.  To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the following.

 

·         Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.

·         Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.

·         Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.

·         Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function.

·         Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

(b)   The term “violence” as used in this policy means the infliction of physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of another student.

(c)    The term “threat of violence” as used in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.

(d)   The term “intimidation” as used in this policy mans a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any school program, benefits, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would by eligible.

(e)    The term “student” as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Fayette County school system.

 

III.               Description of Behavior Expected of Students

 

(a)    Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Student Code of conduct.  Students are expected and required (1) to comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflect or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student; and (3) to refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristics of the student that is identified in this policy.

(b)   Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:

 

·         the student’s race;

·         the student’s sex;

·         the student’s religion;

·         the student’s national origin; or

·         the student’s disability

 

IV.              Consequences for Violations

 

A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined in the Student Code of Conduct or any rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy.

 

V.                 Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures

 

(a)    Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board approved complaint forms available at the principal and/or counselor’s office.  The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery.  At the request of the complaining student or the mail or personal delivery.  At the request of the complaining student or the student’s parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally.

(b)   Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal’s designee will, in their discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this policy.  If the principal or the principal’s designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the principal’s designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint.  The investigation will entail the gathering of relevant facts and evidence and will be conducted in a reasonably prompt time period taking into account the circumstances of the complaint.  If the investigation establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending student(s).  Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or school system.

(c)    Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves a violation of this policy.  Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials under the Student Code of Conduct.  A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

(d)   The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student.  If a threat of suicide is reported, the principal or the principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent or legal guardian of the report.

 

VI.  Promulgation of Policy and Related Procedures, Rules, and Forms

 

This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents, and legal guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including publication on the Fayette County Board of Education web site.

 

 

PERSONNEL/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS AND CONDUCT

 

The Board encourages all personnel and students of the School District to work toward the development of positive relationships that foster quality educational and social experiences. Through such school related experiences, lifelong professional relationships and friendships are developed and play an important role in the lives of both students and personnel.

 

The Board expects that all personnel will encourage positive student relationships that are based on acceptable ethical, moral, and professional standards of conduct. To this end, School District personnel are hereby prohibited from "dating" students attending schools within the School District and are discouraged from engaging in any similar relationships with such students.

 

 

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AGES

 

Every child between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) years, whose parent(s) or guardian(s) reside in the School District, shall be required to attend school for the entire length of the school term in every scholastic year.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AGE REQUIREMENTS

 

An accurate record of attendance for each student shall be maintained by the classroom or homeroom teacher or other desig­nated person.  This record will be used by the principal and other appropriate persons to enforce the Compulsory School Attendance Law.

 

Entrance Ages - Regular School Programs

 

Kindergarten:

A child whose fifth (5th) birthday is on or before September second

(2nd) shall be entitled, based on age, to admission to kindergarten classes.

 

First Grade:

A child whose sixth (6th) birthday is on or before September second (2nd)shall be entitled, based on age, to admission to first grade classes. 

 

Transfers:

Out-Of-State--A child whose birthday is after September second (2nd)is not admissible to first grade classes in the School District that year, except that an underage child who completes a mandated kindergarten program in another state or transfers from the first grade of a school in another state may be admitted upon approval of the Superintendent.

 

In-State--A child who has attended a private or parochial school in Alabama must meet the age requirements as noted above in order to be admitted to kindergarten or first grade classes.

 

Enrollment Ages - Students Over Twenty-One

 

If a person’s twenty-first birthday is on or before September second (2nd) in any given school year, he/she shall not be admitted to a school within the School District without the written approval of the principal and the Superintendent.

 

A person applying for enrollment who would not be able to graduate before his/her twenty-second (22nd) birthday, must have the written approval of the principal and the Superintendent.

 

Enrollment Ages - Adult Education Classes

 

The School District may operate adult education classes as a service to citizens of the community when federal or state funds are available.  All citizens are eligible, based on age, to attend said classes provided they are at least sixteen (17) years old.

 

Unexcused Absence Defined


An unexcused absence is being away from school without valid approval.  All out of school suspensions shall be recorded as unexcused absences.

 

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Kindergarten/First Grade

 

No child shall be admitted to kindergarten or first grade until his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) meets the following requirements:

 

1.   Presents proof to school officials of residence in the area served by the School District or in a reciprocal agreement area.

2.  Presents guardianship papers, if applicable.

3.   Presents a Certified Birth Certificate to school officials as verification of the child's date of birth.

4.   Presents current Health Department Immunization Forms to school officials as proof of the child's immunization against all communicable diseases as may be required by law.

5.   Presents a valid Social Security Number and a copy of the Card.

Transfers

 

Temporary Admission:

A transfer student seeking to enroll in a school of the School District for the first time shall be admitted temporarily by meeting the following requirements:

 

1.   Presenting proof to school officials of parent's(s') or guardian's(s') residence in the area served by the School District or residence in a reciprocal agreement area.

2.   Presenting the most recent report card or release form from the last school attended. (A student may be temporarily admitted based on the student's oral statement, provided immediate contact is made via telephone with officials at the school from which the student is transferring to verify the oral statement and admission eligibility.)

3.   Presenting a copy of his/her Health Department Immunization Forms.

4.   Presenting guardianship papers, if applicable.

5.   Presenting custody papers, if applicable.

 

            Full Admission

 

Full admission will be granted to a transfer student when the principal of the receiving school determines:

 

1.   That the student is eligible for continued enrollment at the school from which he/she is transferring, i.e. not currently suspended or expelled or pending suspension or expulsion.  However, a suspended or expelled student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) establishes residence in the area served by the School District may make a written request outlining the specifics of the suspension or expulsion to the Superintendent for review and consideration by the Board. 

2.   That the student's transcript and other applicable records have been received and are on file.

3.   That the student's Social Security Number and a copy of the card are on file.

 

 

 

 

Homeless, Migratory and ELL Students

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistant Act, all homeless, migratory, and ELL children must have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including preschool education, provided to other children and youth.  This shall be the policy of the Fayette County Board of Education.  Such children will be provided the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held without being stigmatized or isolated.

 

Therefore, an exemption to the written admission requirements is as follows:

 

            The enrollment of homeless, migrant, and limited English proficient children shall not be denied or delayed due to any of the following barriers:

·         Lack of birth certificate

·         Lack of school records or transcripts

·         Lack of immunization or health records

·         Lack of proof of residency

·         Lack of transportation

·         Guardianship or custody requirements

 

Students Over Twenty-One

 

If a person's twenty-first birthday is on or before September second (2nd) in any given school year, he/she shall not be admitted to a school within the School District without the written approval of the principal and Superintendent, except that, in schools housing exceptional education classes designed for the older-aged student, the principal is authorized to approve the enrollments of exceptional education students in such classes.

A person applying for enrollment who would not be able to graduate before his/her twenty-second (22nd) birthday must have the written approval of the principal and Superintendent.

 

 

 

 

ESTABLISHING GUARDIANSHIP

 

Guardianship Requirements: Newly Enrolled Students

 

Beginning on the adoption date of this policy, enrollment of a child(ren) residing with a person(s) other than the legal parent(s) in a school of the School District requires that guardianship be established based on the following criteria:

 

1.   The guardian must reside in County and/or in an area served by the School District.

2.   The guardianship must complete Form JBCA-R.

3.   Guardianship papers must be presented to the principal prior to enrollment or during the terms of enrollment when circumstances require it.

4.   The child(ren) must reside with the guardian a major portion of the time.

5.   The parent(s) of the child(ren) and the guardian must sign an agreement supplied by the Board ascertain­ing to their understanding of the guardianship guidelines and their willingness to abide by them.  This will be required at the beginning of each school year and/or when appropriate.

6.   Failure to comply with all the above mentioned guidelines will mean a child(ren) cannot be enrolled, or if already enrolled, the child(ren) may be withdrawn from school.  Violations of the above mentioned guidelines may result in the Board reporting violators to the U. S. Attorney for investigation and reporting to the United States Federal Court.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO CLASSES

 

It shall be the responsibility and duty of the local school principal and certified staff to assign students to classes. The School District shall always endeavor to assign students to classes that are in the best interest of students.

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFERS INTO AND WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Transfer Eligibility

 

Students transferring to any school within the School District must meet all eligibility requirements related to age, residence, immunizations, etc.  In addition, the student must not be suspended or expelled or pending suspension or expulsion from the school previously attended, except that a suspended or expelled student whose parent(s) or guardians(s) establishes residence in an area served by the School District may make a written request outlining the specifics of the suspension or expulsion to the Superintendent for review and consideration by the Board.

 

Except in case of bona fide change of residence or other circumstances equally valid for making an exception, a student is not to be graduated from high school unless he/she has been in continuous attendance therein during the entire high school year immediately preceding the date of graduation.

 

In the event of the transfer from one school to another of a twelfth grade student who wishes to become a candidate for graduation at the end of the year, the school receiving the student should require approval in writing of the transfer and the student’s candidacy for graduation from the principal of the school from which the student has withdrawn.  The letter of approval together with any necessary memoranda should be filed with the transcript of the student’s record from the discharging school.  In case of doubt as to procedure or appropriate action in such case, either or both of the principals of the schools concerned should discuss the matter with the State Department of Education.

 

Placement of Transfer Students

 

The following placement procedures shall apply to all students transferring into the School District:

 

1.   Normally students will be placed in the same grade they were in at the school from which they are transferring based on official records and transcripts.

2.   Students shall be placed in compliance with following Alabama Accreditation Standards guidelines, Supp. No. 91-2, CH 290-030-010:

 

“Each state accredited school must accept complete transcripts of credits from other state accredited schools and from schools accredited by other states. The student being transferred shall be classified and accepted by the school as he/she was in the previous school. Example: a student meeting the requirements for graduation and in good standing in school "X" who is classified in the 11thgrade and transfers during the school year, or at the conclusion of the year, to school "Y" must be given full credit toward graduation, even though school "X" has additional requirements over and above school "Y." This student must not be required to take additional credit but must meet the remaining requirements for graduation. School "Y" is required to classify the student as school "X" indicated on the transcript. School "Y" must schedule the student in subjects which are required for graduation for the remaining portion of the student's enrollment.”

 

      "Admissions and classification of students transferring from non-accredited (defined as accreditation by a state or a nationally recognized regional accreditation agency) elementary, junior/middle, and senior high schools should be on the basis of demonstrated ability and records of attendance and work done in schools previously attended. Credit for such courses pursued in a non-accredited school must be validated by the principal with an appropriate faculty committee. A student may also be admitted by successfully passing an entrance examination."

3.  Student transferring from a public or non-public school accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education will have all credits accepted without validation upon the receipt of an official transcript(s).

4.  The transfer of credits and/or appropriate placement of students transferring from any school/school setting not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education shall be as follows:

      a.   Grade placement shall be determined on the basis of all records such as official transcripts and nationally standardized tests.

      b.   A student may be admitted by successfully passing an entrance examination.

      c.   Credit for courses pursued in a non-accredited school shall be validated in accordance with File: IDCCE. 

 

Transfers Within the School District

 

A student may transfer to any school within the School District, provided the principal of the school from which said student is transferring and the principal of the school to which said student is transferring and the Superintendent concur with said transfer. When a student transfers to a school within the School District other than the one he/she would normally attend, based on normal school bus routes, the School District shall in no way be responsible for said student's transportation other than to and from the school he/she would normally attend.

 

Students desiring to transfer to another school within the School

District must be in good standing and eligible for attendance in the school previously attended. Said transfer must be confirmed by the local school principals involved prior to accepting the student for enrollment purposes.

 

Rules and Regulations for Enrolling Transfer Students

 

The local school principal or designee shall be responsible for complying with the following rules and regulations when enrolling a transfer student with procedures executed as soon as practicable.

 

1.   Contact officials of the school from which the student is transferring to determine eligibility for continued attendance and to secure official records.

2.   Secure a valid immunization certificate, birth certificate, and Social Security number and/or a copy of the card.

3.   Secure a transfer document from the student or parent/guardian which certifies dates of attendance and gives the former school's address.

4.   Require the student or parent/guardian to complete the School District Enrollment Form.

5.   Provide the student with a student folder and/or explain orally school rules and regulations.

6.   Secure the student's transcripts and records from the school previously attended.

7.   Provide the student an opportunity to apply for free or reduced lunches.

8.   Assign student to an appropriate bus, if applicable.

 

 

TRANSFER GUIDELINES

 

The following guidelines are taken from the Accreditation Standards for Alabama Elementary and Secondary Schools, Supp. No. 91-2, CH 290-030-010, and shall serve as rules and regulations governing the withdrawal and transfer of students within all schools of the School District:

 

1.   Each accredited school is required to furnish promptly upon request a transcript of the record of any student transferring to another school or to an institution of higher learning which the student desires to enter.

2.   Students transferring from other schools accredited by the   Alabama State Department of Education and from schools    accredited by other state or regional accrediting agencies should be admitted upon official transcripts sent directly to the principals of the schools to which the students are applying for admission.

3.   Students in good standing, transferring to any school in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, should be enrolled in the required grade courses and the available elective courses which correspond as nearly as possible to those taken at the previous school.

4.   Required subjects on the grade levels below his/her entrance level do not apply to the transferring student.  Upon satisfactory completion of the work, the student should be promoted or graduated.

5.   When a student transfers to a school at the twelfth grade level, it is the responsibility of the principal to have a letter submitted from the principal of the accredited school from which the student transfers indicating the student's status.

6.   Credits for career/technical subjects earned at any accredited   career/technical center must be honored by any other state accredited secondary school and full credit granted for graduation as evaluated by the career/technical center and recorded on the student's transcripts.  The amount of credit earned in any course will be determined on the basis of the number of minutes spent in class per week.

 

TRANSFER OF CREDIT FROM NON-PUBLIC AND

NON-ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

 

Transfers from Accredited Schools

 

A student transferring to a Fayette CountySchool from a non-public school accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education shall have all credits and current class/grade placement accepted without validation upon the receipt of an official transcript(s) from the sending school.

 

Transfers from Non-Accredited Schools/School Setting(s)

 

Any school/school setting not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education shall be considered a non-accredited school for the purpose of transfer of class/grade credit.

 

To transfer credits and/or to determine the appropriate class/grade placement of a student transferring to a Fayette County School from a non-accredited school/school setting, the following procedures shall be implemented by the receiving school:

 

1.   Credit for all elective courses shall be transferred without validation.

2.   Non-contested credit for core courses (English, mathematics, science, and social studies) shall be transferred as follows:

      a.   Using all records (i.e., official transcripts or notarized statement of credits) and any nationally standardized tests available, the principal or his/her designee shall determine the student’s appropriate placement and notify the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).

      b.   If the parent(s)/guardian(s) agree with the placement decision, the student shall be assigned to the classes and/or grade agreed upon.

      c.   For any initial core course the student successfully completes at the receiving school, he/she shall be permitted to transfer in that subject area all previous class/grade credits earned at a non-accredited school(s) (i.e., successful completion of eleventh grade English would allow an eleventh grade transfer student to transfer English credits from the ninth and tenth grade courses successfully completed at the non-accredited school).

3.   Contested credit for core courses (English, mathematics, science, and social studies) shall be transferred as follows:

      a.   If the parent(s)/guardian(s) disagree with the placement decisions, the principal or his/her designee shall supervise the administration of a test for each prerequisite core course in which the parent/guardian is requesting enrollment (i.e., if there is a dispute over placement of a student in eleventh grade English, the student shall be administered an exam for tenth grade English).  Said course test shall be a compilation of the grading period (six or nine) tests or other teacher-made test or an end-of-book test.  For each test the student passes as determined by the school grading scale, the student shall be placed in the next level core course and credit shall be transferred for prerequisite courses.

      b.   For any test the student fails, his/her placement shall be as originally recommended by school officials and no credit is transferred for the prerequisite course in that subject.

4.   In the event of controversial records/transcripts and/or the absence of any official or notarized records/transcripts, the student shall take placement tests for each core course.  Said course placement test shall be a compilation of the grading period tests or other teacher-made tests or an end-of-book test.

 

Local Board of Education Requirements for Graduation

 

All transfer students must meet Board of Education requirements relating to graduation.

 

Continuous Attendance Required for Graduation

 

Except in case of bona fide change of residence or other circumstances equally valid for making an exception, a student is not to be graduated from high school unless he/she has been in continuous attendance therein during the entire high school year immediately preceding the date of graduation.  Students residing within the School District’s attendance zone who transfer from a non-accredited school/school setting must be in continuous attendance for the two (2) entire high school years immediately preceding the date of graduation.

 

WITHDRAWALS FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Students residing within the area served by the School District are subject to the compulsory attendance laws of the State.  Under these laws, no student residing within the geographical area served by the School District shall be permitted to withdraw from school before his/her seventeenth (17th) birthday.

 

Provided a student's parent(s) or guardian(s) moves and establishes residence in another school district, the student shall withdraw in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the School District and the local school.  It shall be the responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) to withdraw in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

 

Rules and Regulations for Withdrawing from School

 

The local school principal or designee shall be responsible for complying with the following rules and regulations when withdrawing a student from school:

 

1.  The state approved Withdrawal Form (A222) shall be completed on all students withdrawing from school, with a copy given to the student or parent /guardian.    

2.  An attempt will be made to determine the name and address of the school in which the student will be enrolling, if applicable.

3.  The student's parent/guardian will be requested to come to the school and approve the withdrawal if said student is less than seventeen (17) years of age; approval via the telephone is permissible.

4.  All state-owned textbooks must be turned in prior to withdrawal.

5.  All state- or locally-owned library books must be turned in prior to withdrawal.

6.  All legally permissible financial obligations must be paid prior to withdrawal.

7.  The student's Immunization Forms will be given to the student or parent/guardian.  School personnel should make a copy of the forms to keep in school files.

8.  The student's report card or approved grade report form will be given to the student or parent/guardian. When the parent/guardian or student fails to pick up the report card or grade sheet, the report card or grade sheet will be sent to the parent's/guardian's forwarding address.

 

Withholding Official Records

 

School personnel shall make every attempt to encourage students to withdraw in accordance with Board policy.  In the event students do not comply with all procedures related to withdrawing from school, their parent/guardian shall be contacted and requested to comply with all withdrawal procedures; however, official records shall not be withheld.

 

Transmitting Student's Records

 

Based on recent interpretations of Public Law 93-380 (Buckley Amendment), official records (including special education records) of students transferring to other schools may be released without the written consent of parents to the following:

 

1.  Other local school officials who have legitimate educational interest.

2.   Officials of other school in which a student intends to enroll.

 

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

 

General

 

The Board believes that regular attendance is important to students and to the School District.  Regular attendance by students facilitates development of the skills and knowledge necessary to function in a democratic society.  Therefore, the Board endeavors to secure, in compliance with Alabama law, the prompt and regular attendance of students and to secure their proper conduct, and to hold respective parents and guardians responsible and liable for child's/children's non-attendance or improper conduct (See policies JBDD and JCDC).

 

 

 

 

 

Absenteeism

 

An absence is defined as non-attendance in a regularly scheduled class or activity.  To be counted present, a student must be present more than fifty percent (50%) of the allotted time period.

 

Excuses

 

In accordance with State Law, a parent or guardian must explain the cause of every absence of students under his/her control or charge.  Parents or guardians are required to send a written excuse explaining each absence of their child to school officials on the day following such absence, but in no case later than three (3) school days after the absence.  After the three (3) school days, any unexplained absence shall be marked as unexcused.  All written excuses shall be retained for the remainder of the school year in the principal's office or other approved locations.

 

Excused Absences

 

All student absences shall be designated as either excused or unexcused.  In accordance with Alabama law, a student shall be excused for an absence from school for any one of the following reasons:

     

      a.   Illness of the student;

      b.   Death in the immediate family of the student;

      c.   Inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life and health of the child as determined by the principal;

      d.   Legal quarantine;

      e.         Emergency conditions as determined by the principal;

      f.    Prior permission of the principal and consent of the parent or guardian.

 

A student may have up to eight (8) excused absences per semester without penalty.  After a student has nine (9) excused absences, a parent conference regarding these absences will be required by school officials.  If a student has additional excused absences after the conference, parents must provide a doctor’s excuse for each absence.  If parents do not provide a doctor’s excuse, any absence after the conference will be unexcused.  After 3 unexcused absences, the student and parent will be referred to the Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program.

 

Unexcused Absences

 

Absences for reasons other than those defined above shall be considered as unexcused.

                                                                                

Absentee Referrals

 

The following provisions shall apply:

 

1.   Eachteacher shall refer all cases of known truancy, parental neglect, and chronic absenteeism to the principal, attendance contact or designee. The principal shall refer any such students to the Supervisor of Attendance Services in accordance with the Truancy and Early Warning Prevention Program, filed JBDE under this cover.

2.   Students taken into custody by officers in compliance with the County Truancy and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program shall be reported to the Supervisor of Attendance Services by the principal or designee.

 

Make-up Work - Excused Absences

 

If a student is absent for any excused reason as defined above, the student shall be allowed to make up school work missed during said absence or absences, in accordance with Policy IHEA. The student shall be responsible for contacting the teacher or teachers to arrange for make‑up work. Said student shall contact the teacher or teachers to make up work within three (3) days after returning from said absence.  

                                                                                

Make-up Work - Unexcused Absences

 

Teachers shall not provide make-up work or examinations for students absent for unexcused reasons. Teachers shall not assign zeroes to students absent for unexcused reasons on an automatic basis; zeroes may be assigned to such students only when other students in general receive grades for homework, examinations, recitation, etc. 

 

 

School Participation Absences

 

Students who are away from school because of participation in official school-sponsored activities shall be marked present and allowed to make up missed work.                     

 

Students who are absent from school for an excused or unexcused reason shall not participate in any school extracurricular or co-curricular activities that day (athletic contest, cheerleading, scholars bowl, etc.).

 

Religious Absences

 

A student shall be excused for official religious holidays when the student's parent or guardian notifies the principal in advance for the student to be absent for this purpose.  Students shall be allowed to make up work missed during such absences.

 

Parental/Student Notice

 

The provisions of this policy/procedure shall be included in the student handbooks and distributed to students in a timely manner.

 

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE: DRIVER'S

LICENSE/LEARNER'S PERMIT

 

Notice

 

Students, by presentation of this written policy, are hereby notified of the provisions of Legislative Act 93-386 as enacted by the Alabama Legislature and as approved for implementation by the Board.

 

Purpose of Act

 

The purpose of the Act is to require school attendance by persons 16-19 years of age as a prerequisite for the issuance of a driver's license/learner's permit by the state of Alabama for the operation of a motor vehicle. School attendance standards may be met by enrollment in a school or General Equivalent Diploma (GED) program or job training program approved by the State Superintendent of Education.

Penalty Provisions of the Act

 

Enrollment, Schooling, Employment Provisions

 

Section I of the Act states -- "The Department of Public Safety shall deny the issuance of a driver's license/learner's permit or the renewal of a driver's license to operate a motor vehicle to any person under the age of 19 who does not, at the time of application, present a diploma or other certificate of graduation from a secondary high school or documentation that the person:

 

1.  is enrolled in a secondary school, or

2.  is enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the GED certificate, or

3.  is participating in an approved job training program approved by the State Superintendent of Education, or

4.   is gainfully and substantially employed, or

5.   is a parent with care and custody of a minor or unborn child, or

6.   has a physician's statement that the parents of the person depends on him/her as their sole source of transportation, or

7.  is exempt from this requirement based on statute 16-28-1 of The Code of Alabama.

 

Suspension of Current Driver's License/Learner's Permits

 

Further, persons16 years and older who have a driver's license/learner's permit who withdraw or who are absent from school for 10 consecutive days or 15 days total for unexcused reasons during a semester  shall be reported by the school authorities to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall notify persons that their driver's licenses/learner's permits will be suspended on the 30th day following notification unless re-enrollment occurs or one of the other conditions is documented.

 

Operational Procedures

 

Principals' Responsibilities

 

1.   Principals or designees shall provide students with information relative to the Act and procedures for compliance.

2.   Principals or designees shall complete Part 1, Section 1 of the "Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form" at the request of students enrolled in their schools. Principals or designees should provide students with information relative to completing Part 1, Section 2, and Part 2 sections of the form; however, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian to secure signatures, documentation statements, etc. for the GED and Exclusion Status Sections.

3.   Principals or designees shall complete and transmit the "Department of Public Safety Notification Form" on each student who drops out or is absent from school for 10 consecutive days or 15 days total for unexcused reasons during a semester.

4.   Principals shall be the sole determiners of the student's status in regard to enrollment, school absences, etc.

 

Students' Responsibilities

 

1.   Students, 15-19 years of age, who are enrolled in a school of the School District and desire to get their driver's license/learner's permit should pick-up a "Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form" at the office of the school where they are enrolled prior to going to the Courthouse, Department of Public Safety Department. Students should complete the name and personal information portion of the form, and request the principal or designee to complete Section 1 of the form.

2.      Persons, 15-19 years of age, who are not enrolled in a school of the School District and desire to get their driver's license/learner's permit should pick-up a "Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form" at the office of the school they previously attended or at the Central Office prior to going to the Courthouse, Department of Public Safety Department. Such persons should complete the name and personal information portion of the form, request the principal of the school previously attended to complete Section I, of the form, and contact the appropriate agency/individual to complete other applicable sections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY WARNING TRUANCY PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

General

 

The Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program is a program of the Board and the County Juvenile Court to reduce the number of unexcused absences in the School District.  The program requires that a weekly report be submitted to the Superintendent for all students enrolled in school having unexcused absences or whose absence was not satisfactorily explained by the parent/guardian or other person having control of the child.

 

Procedure

 

When a student is absent without proper excuse the first time, his/her principal or designee will notify the parent/guardian of this fact and shall provide the parent/ guardian with a copy of Alabama’s Compulsory School Attendance laws and shall advise the parent/guardian of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.

 

When a student is absent without a proper excuse the second time, the parent, guardian, or person having control of the child shall participate in the Early Warning Program provided by the Juvenile Court.

 

Failure to appear at the school conference and/or appear at the Early Warning Program shall result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent/guardian under the Code of Alabama (1975), Title 16-28-12(c) (failure to cooperate) or a truancy petition against the child, whichever is appropriate.  If the child is less than twelve (12) years of age, the parents or guardians receive the summons to appear in Juvenile Court.

 

When a student is absent without a proper excuse for thethird time, the Attendance Officer will file a complaint/petition against the child and/or parent/guardian with the Juvenile Court.

When a child under probation is truant, the Attendance Officer shall immediately notify the Juvenile Probation Officer.

 

 

 

TRUANCY

 

Truancy is the habitual and unlawful absence from school. In accordance with Alabama School Law the parent or guardian is responsible for requiring any student under his/her control or charge to attend school regularly except for legal absences as defined in the Alabama Department of Education’s current School Attendance Manual.  Three (3) unexcused absences within a school year constitute a student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the court.

 

Provided a student becomes a truant, the parent or guardian of said student may be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by law.

 

Provided the parent or guardian files a written statement in court stating that he/she is unable to control such student, the student may then be subject to action of the juvenile court.

 

 

STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL CAMPUS

 

A student is not permitted to leave the school campus during regular school hours except in accordance with the provisions below.  A principal may use one or more of the following methods:

 

1.   A student's parent or guardian may come to the school in person and check his/her child out of school. A student may not be checked out of school by persons other than his/her parent or guardian or someone specifically designated by the student's parent or legal guardian.

2.   A student may bring a written statement signed by the student's parent or guardian and upon approval of the local school principal or designee may be permitted to leave the school campus.  All written parental requests shall be verified for authenticity and remain on file in the principal's office for the remainder of the school year.

3.      In emergency situations, the school principal or designee may permit a student to leave the school campus based upon a telephone request from the student's parent or guardian. Under questionable circumstances, the principal or designee shall attempt to re-contact the student's parent or guardian by telephone to confirm the request.

4.      Students shall not check out of school for the sole purpose of eating lunch off campus.

5.      Seniors who are part of a co-op or who are enrolled in dual enrollment classes may check out early.

 

Students leaving school for any reason must check out through the school office in accordance with such procedures as may be established by the school principal/staff.

 

A student shall be under the jurisdiction of the school from the time the student arrives at school each day until he/she leaves the school campus in the afternoon. In case a student rides a school district owned or operated bus, he/she shall be under the jurisdiction of the school from the time he/she boards the bus until the student exits the bus in the afternoon. In addition, a student shall be under the jurisdiction of the school while attending any school-sponsored activity either at school or away from school. This shall apply to all students, including members of athletic teams, pep clubs, band, and other student organizations.

 

Any student violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinaryaction by the local school principal.

 

 

RELEASE TIME

 

Students may receive released time from school during the regularly scheduled school day for the purpose of participating in instructional activities co‑sponsored by the school and outside agencies, for participating in educational activities not offered by the school, and for hardship employment.

 

A student must submit written requests for released time activities signed by the parent or guardian to the local school principal for approval. Such requests shall remain on file in the principal's office and shall relieve the school of all responsibility for the student during released time.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

 

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens.

The School District shall make every effort to provide for the free expression of ideas by students unless this interferes with the educational process. No student shall have the right to interfere with the educational process of other students.

 

All students shall be free to express their points of view in an orderly manner in keeping with democratic ideals.

 

All students shall have the freedom to exercise the right of free speech and to protest deprivation thereof, through proper channels, providing that such protest does not interfere with the educational program of the School District or result in harm to other individuals.

 

All students shall have the responsibility to grant the same rights and responsibilities to other individuals and to develop tolerance for the viewpoints and opinions of others and to recognize the right of other individuals to form and hold different points of view.

 

 

QUIET REFLECTION

 

At the opening of school each day in every classroom, the teacher in charge shall conduct a brief period of quiet reflection for not more than 60 seconds with the participation of every pupil in the classroom (Act 98-381).

 

 

STUDENT DUE PROCESS

 

All students are entitled to and shall receive due process in discipline cases related to corporal punishment, suspension, and expulsion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procedures

 

Short-Term Suspension‑ (10 School Days or less) and Corporal Punishment

 

Where the alleged misconduct of a student would, if proved, warrant either corporal punishment or short term suspension of ten (10) school days or less, the following informal due process procedure shall be provided prior to corporal punishment or suspension:

 

1.   The principal or designee shall advise the student orally or in writing of the charges.

2.   If the student denies the charges, the principal or assistant principal shall explain the evidence against the student and give the student an opportunity to present the student's side of the occurrence.

3.   If, on the basis of this discussion, the official believes the student is guilty of the misconduct charged, and that stated punishment is the appropriate punishment under the circumstances, the principal or designee may carry out the stated punishment.

 

 

Long‑Term Suspension (More Than 10 School Days) or Expulsion

 

Where the alleged misconduct of a student would, if proved, warrant a suspension of more than ten school days, or expulsion for a certain period of time or permanently, the following procedure shall be provided prior to the suspension/expulsion:

 

1.   PRIOR TO THE HEARING: The student may be suspended for up to 10 days if the procedures for a short‑term suspension are followed.

2.   NOTICE OF CHARGES: The student and the student's parent or guardian shall be notified in writing of the specific charges against the student. These charges must be stated clearly enough for the student and the parent to understand the grounds of the charges and to be able to prepare a defense.

3.   NOTICE OF NATURE OF TESTIMONY AND WITNESSES:

      If a hearing is requested, the student and the student's parent or guardian shall be advised of the nature of the evidence against the student and be provided the names of any witnesses whose testimony may be used against the student.

4.   NOTICE OF HEARING: If a hearing is requested, the student and the student's parent or guardian shall be notified of the date of a hearing to be held before the Board, or Superintendent or principal or their designee within a reasonable time after notice. The date of the hearing may be advanced at the request of the student or postponed on the showing of reasonable grounds.

5.   NOTICE OF RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE: At the time notice of the hearing is given to the student and the student's parent or guardian, they may present witnesses or documentary evidence to rebut the charges against the student.

6.   IMPARTIAL HEARING: The student is entitled to a hearing before an impartial Administrator. The Board or Superintendent shall conduct the hearing. If either the Board or the Superintendent have had such involvement in the case that either feels they cannot be fair and impartial, the Superintendent shall appoint another Administrator to conduct the hearing.

7.   ADULT REPRESENTATION: The student, or his/her parent or guardian may be represented and/or assisted at the hearing by a lawyer or other adult. A parent or guardian who is unable to attend the hearing may designate another adult to assist the student in the parent's absence.  Notification of the representative's identity shall be given in advance of the hearing, or the representative shall furnish evidence of appointment at the time of the hearing.

8.   RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE: At the hearing the student, parent, attorney or adult representative shall have the right to present witnesses and documentary evidence to refute the charges.

9.   SUSPENSION ORDER: The decision shall be based exclusively on evidence presented at the hearing. If the evidence supports the charges against the student, a suspension order appropriate to the charges and the facts established may be issued. Written notice of the decision shall be sent promptly to the student.

10. RECORD: The hearing shall be tape recorded.

11. REPORTING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT: In the event any student is suspended from the School District for more than 10 days, the principal shall make a written report to the Superintendent outlining the facts established at the hearing and the action taken.

12. APPEALS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT: The student and his/her parents or guardian shall have the right to appeal his/her suspension to the Superintendent or his/her designee. The Superintendent must be notified of the desire to appeal within five school days after the principal has rendered a decision. The appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee will be based upon the record made before the principal (the tape recording of the hearing, correspondence and any other documents used at the hearing). That is, no new evidence shall be presented to the Superintendent unless good cause can be shown why it was not presented to the principal. The Superintendent shall render a decision within five school days after he or she receives the notice of appeal.

13. APPEALS TO THE BOARD: The student or his/her parent or guardian has the right to appeal the Superintendent's decision to the Board. The Superintendent must be notified of the desire to appeal within five school days after his/her decision. The hearing before the Board shall be conducted as a new hearing in which any evidence may be presented. The hearing shall be conducted in the same manner as the hearing before the principal. The student and the Administration may agree to present the case to the Board on the basis of the record developed before the principal and/or Superintendent. The Board shall render its decision by a majority vote of those members in attendance.

 

* ACTION BY BOARD WHEN NO APPEAL

            If a student who is suspended for more than 10 school days does not appeal the suspension to the Superintendent or the Board, the Superintendent shall recommend to the Board that it enter an order suspending the student in accordance with the order of the principal or Superintendent.

 

* SUMMARY SUSPENSION

            Immediate suspension of a student may be imposed by the principal or the Superintendent without prior notice and hearing when the student's continued presence in school poses a continuing danger to the student or to other persons or property, or academic process. In such cases the necessary notice of the date and place of the subsequent hearing shall be given to the student and to the parents or guardian of the student. Such hearing shall be held within ten days after the student's removal from school by the principal or Superintendent. The Board may continue the principal's or Superintendent's summary suspension or take other action as the facts warrant.

 

 

 

Special Education Students

 

Prior to administering any of the discipline measures noted above to a special education student, said student's IEP committee shall be convened to determine if the student's behavior warranting such punishment is related to the disability or to determine if the proposed discipline measure is appropriate based on the IEP.  In the event it is determined that the student's behavior is not related to the disability or if the IEP specifies such discipline measures as appropriate disciplinary measures, the student shall be treated as any other student and either corporal punishment, suspension, or expulsion may be used as discipline measures. However, upon consulting the IEP, should it be determined that the condition is related to the student's behavior or the IEP does not specify the discipline measures as appropriate disciplinary measures, then such discipline measures shall not be administered to the student.  In the event long-term suspension (more than 10 school days) or expulsion is used as discipline measures, alternative educational opportunities shall be provided any special education student during the terms of such suspension or expulsion.

 

 

STUDENT SEARCHES

School Officials

 

School Property

 

Desks and lockers are school property, and school authorities may make regulations regarding their use.  Students, however, have the right to a reasonable amount of privacy in their lockers and desks.  No school official shall inspect or search lockers or desks unless there is a reasonable cause to believe that articles are kept there that may endanger other individuals in the school or that such articles possessed are contrary to law or the regulations of the Board.

 

Individuals

 

School officials (school principal or approved designee under the direction of the school principal only) may make searches of a student and/or personal belongings if there is reasonable cause to believe that the student is carrying articles that may endanger other individuals in the school or that such articles possessed are contrary to law or the regulations of the Board.  If a student is searched, it shall be in private by a school official of the same sex with a certified staff member of the same sex present.  In any case where the principal or designee determines that a search of more than a student's pockets, jacket, cap, outer shirt, shoes, socks, belt, purse, book bag, and other outer garments and articles is justified by sufficient reasonable cause, the principal or designee shall notify the student's parent or guardian prior to the search and the parent or guardian shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be present.

 

Automobiles

 

School officials may search selected vehicles while on school property when there is plain view evidence or reasonable cause to believe that the vehicle contains articles that may endanger other individuals or are contrary to law or regulations of the Board.

 

NOTE: If a search as noted above reveals items specifically prohibited by law, Board policies/regulations, or school regulations, such items shall be impounded.  A receipt shall be given to the student for impounded items, with notification of such action given to the student's parent(s) or guardian(s). 

 

Law Enforcement Officials

 

School officials should seek to cooperate with law enforcement officials in their effort to enforce the law; however, school officials shall not permit warrant-less searches of students by law enforcement officials on school property.

 

 

INTERROGATIONS BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS

 

Law Enforcement Officials At the Request of School Officials

 

When the school principal or designee has evidence and/or reasonable cause to believe that a crime has been committed on-campus by one or more students, law enforcement officials, to include juvenile authorities, may be requested to come to the school to investigate the incident. Such investigations may include interrogation of students.  In the event a student is to be interrogated, the school principal or designee shall make every effort to notify the parent or guardian of any student to be so interrogated.

 

At the Request of Law Enforcement Officials

 

Interrogations/Interviews:

When law enforcement officers make it known that they wish to talk to a student while under supervision of the school, the following procedure will be used:

 

1.   The student will be called to the office of the principal.

2.  The principal shall attempt to notify the student's parent or guardian by telephone of the situation.

3.   If the principal is able to contact the student's parent or guardian, the parent or guardian shall be advised of his/her right to be present when law enforcement officers question his/her child provided that he/she is able to come to the school within a reasonable period of time.  Provided the parent or guardian is unable to come to the school within a reasonable period of time, the principal must permit the law enforcement officials to proceed with the interview in the absence of the parent or guardian* (* Alabama Attorney General's Opinion, Dec. 9, 1974).  Provided the parent or guardian is unable or unavailable to attend the interview and to determine the conditions of the interview, the principal or certified designee shall attend the interview on behalf of the student in an "In Loco Parentis" capacity.

4.   If the principal is unable to contact the student's parent or guardian within a reasonable period of time, the principal shall permit the law enforcement officials to proceed with the interview in the absence of the parent or guardian ( Alabama Attorney General's Opinion, Dec. 9, 1974). However, the principal or certified designee shall attend the interview on behalf of the student in an  “In Loco Parentis" capacity.

 

Arrest Warrants:

The following regulations shall be in effect relative to arrest of students:

 

1.   Students may not be arrested while attending a school of the School District except upon presentation of an arrest warrant; juveniles may be removed only by the duly signed and authorized petition issued by the juvenile court or its designee.

2.   No law enforcement authority or other person shall take a student from school premises without such authorization or its equivalent; court order, subpoena, etc.

3.   In all cases involving arrest of students by warrant or, in case of juveniles, by court ordered petition, the principal shall inform the Superintendent as promptly as possible of such action.

4.   In all cases where any attempt is made to remove a student without such proper authorization as defined above, the principal shall so advise the Superintendent.  Specify persons or agency involved, principal's action, and any recommendations.

5.   In case an arrest warrant is presented by law enforcement officers, the school principal or designee shall make every effort to notify the parent or guardian of the student in question prior to the student's removal from the school premises.

 

Department of Human Services Officials

 

At the Request of School Officials -- The school principal or designee may request personnel from the Department of Human Services to come to the school to assist in providing related services for students, provided at least one of the following criteria is met:

 

1.   The student is an active client with the Department.

2.   The student is in the legal custody of the Department.

3.   The school principal or designee believes that the Department can provide services that will help the student.

4.   There is evidence of child abuse/neglect or suspected child abuse/neglect.

 

At the Request of Human Services Officials -- When Department of Human Services Officials make it known they wish to talk with a student while under the supervision of the school, the principal or designee shall comply with all laws related to interviews by the Department of Human Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNANNOUNCED VISITS BY LAW

ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

Law enforcement officers have the right without giving prior notice to comeon a school campus under the jurisdiction of the Fayette County Board of Education for the purpose of detecting the presence of illegal drugs.  Law enforcement officers have the right to come on campus to interview students as suspects or witnesses.  School officials will not delay, hinder or obstruct law officers from the performance of their duties.  Before any such interview, the principal or designee will carefully ascertain the officer’s identity, official capacity, and the authority under which he/she acts.  Also, procedures outlined in File:  JCAC shall be followed.

 

The Fayette County Board of Education authorizes site administrators to release minor students into the custody of a law enforcement officer upon presentation of a court order or warrant for the student’s arrest or to remove a student from school premises if the officer or school administrator has reason to believe that the student has violated the law. The principal or designees will immediately notify the parent/guardian or responsible relative of the student’s release and location, except in cases of suspected child abuse.

 

Whenever a student is suspected of being a victim of child abuse and is being removed from the school premises, the superintendent or designee must give the telephone number and address of the student’s parent/guardian to the law enforcement officer.  The officer then has the responsibility of immediately notifying the parent/guardian.

 

Except in cases of child abuse or neglect, the principal or designee will attempt to contact the student’s parent/guardian and solicit his/her consent when a law enforcement officer requests an interview on school premises.

 

Personnel responsible for releasing a student from school custody will exercise extreme diligence to prevent such release to any unauthorized or unidentified person.

 

At the law officer’s discretion and with the student’s approval, the principal or designee may be present during the interview.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

 

The Board shall not tolerate conduct by any student in the School District which materially interferes with or substantially disrupts achievement of an atmosphere conducive to learning.  Such conduct shall not be permitted on school property, in any school building, at any school related function or activity.  Violators shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures designed to assure that no student interferes with the rights of others to receive a quality education.  Students shall receive adequate notice of local school codes of conduct as approved by the Board, the Superintendent, and the principal.  All codes of conduct shall assure educational opportunity for all students.

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

It is fundamental that an orderly school have clearly defined behaviors to which students must conform.  Non-conformity to these behaviors becomes violations of the code of student conduct.

 

Classification of Violation--

Violations of the code of Conduct are grouped into the three classifications of minor, intermediate, and major offenses.  Each classification is followed by a disciplinary procedure to be implemented by the principal or designees.

 

Procedures for the Administration of Formal Disciplinary Action--

 

In the following classes of violations and disciplinary procedures, it is understood that the principal or designee shall hear the student's explanation and consult further with school personnel, if necessary, before determining the classification of the violation.

 

Each classroom teacher will deal with general classroom disruption by taking in-class disciplinary action, by making a personal call to the parent(s) or guardian(s) when feasible, and/or by scheduling conferences with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and other school staff.  Only when the action taken by the teacher is ineffective or the disruption is severe, should the student be referred to the principal or designee.  Failure to bring notebook, pencil, books, or required materials and equipment to class; refusal to do homework; or refusal to work in class is normally not cause for disciplinary referrals; however, when such offenses become chronic and routine, the teacher should refer such student(s) to the principal or designee.  Parents or guardians of students who consistently exhibit poor work habits should be notified by school personnel.

 

 

MINOR OFFENSES - CLASS I

 

1.01 Excessive distraction of other students

         Excessive distraction is any conduct and/or behavior which is disruptive to the orderly educational process in the classroom or any similar grouping for instruction.  Examples: talking excessively, interrupting class functions, provoking other students.

 

1.02 Illegal organizations

         Illegal organizations are any participation in fraternities, sororities, and secret societies.

 

1.03 Threat, harassment, or intimidation of a student

         The intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to another student, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in the person that such harm is likely.

 

1.04 Tardiness

         Tardiness is reporting late to school or class.

 

1.05 Use of profane or obscene language

 

1.06 Non-conformity to dress code (See File JCDD)         

 

1.07 Minor disruption on a school bus

 

1.08 Inappropriate public display of affection

         This is interpreted as any physical contact such as hand holding, arms around waists, etc.

 

1.09 Unauthorized absence from class or school for part of a day

 

1.10 Failure to follow appropriate directives from a Board employee

           

1.11 Repeated refusal to complete class assignments and failure to bring required instructional materials to class.

 

1.12 Vehicular violations

 

1.13  ................... Unauthorized use of school or personal property

 

1.14  .................................................... Littering of school property

 

1.15 Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE OPTIONS - CLASS I

 

Administrative response options for Class I violations include but are not limited to the following:

 

         * student conference

         * verbal reprimand

         * parent contact(s)/conference(s)

         * detention

         * after-school detention

         * withdrawal of privilege(s)

         * corporal punishment

         * in-school suspension

         * suspension from school/bus

         * out-of-school suspension not to exceed three (3) days (not to

         .. exceed a cumulative total of 10 days per semester for special and nonspecial education students)

        

 

INTERMEDIATE OFFENSES - CLASS II

 

2.01 Defiance of Board employee's authority

         Defiance of Board employee’s authority is any verbal or non-verbal refusal to comply with lawful and reasonable direction or order of a Board employee.

 

 

 

2.02 Battery upon students

         Battery is the actual and intentional pushing or striking another student against the will of the other or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual.

 

2.03 Vandalism

         Intentional and deliberate action resulting in injury or damages of less than $200 to public property or the real or personal property of another.

 

2.04 Gambling

         Gambling is any participation in games of chance for money and/or other things of a value.

 

2.05 Stealing - Larceny - Petty Theft

         The intentional, unlawful taking and/or carrying away of public, real, or personal property valued at less than $100.00 belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

 

2.06 Possession of stolen property with the knowledge that it is stolen

 

2.07 Threats - Extortion

         The verbal or by a written or printed communication, malicious threatening of injury to the person, property or reputation of another, with the intent to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with the intent to compel the person so threatened or any other person to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his/her will.

         NOTE: Completion of the threat, either by the victim's complying with the demands or the carrying out of the threats against the victim, constitutes a Class III offense.

 

2.08 Trespassing

         The willful entering or remaining in any structure, conveyance, or property without being authorized, licensed, or invited; or having been  authorized, licensed, or invited, is warned by an authorized person to depart and refuses to do so.

 

2.09    Possession of fireworks or firecrackers

 

2.10 Unauthorized absence from school for a day or more

 

2.11 Offensive touching of another person

 

2.12 Written or verbal propositions to promote sexual acts

 

2.13 Use of obscene manifestations (verbal, written, physical) toward another person

 

2.14 Directing obscene or profane language to a Board employee or visitor

         Verbal assault upon a Board employee or visitor.

 

2.15  Leaving premises without permission

 

2.16  Intentionally providing false information a Board employee

         Including, but not limited to, forgery of parent’s (s’) name(s); intentionally providing false information, such as changing grades.

 

2.17 Dishonesty and Cheating

 

2.18 Possession of and/or use of matches or lighters

 

2.19 Any other offense which the principal may reasonably deem to fall within this category

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE OPTIONS - CLASS II

 

Administrative response options for Class II violations include but are not limited to the following:

 

      * parent contact(s)/conference(s)

      * corporal punishment

      * detention

      * in-school suspension

      * referral to outside agency

      * out-of-school suspension not to exceed five (5) days

(not to exceed a cumulative total of 10 days for     

      special and non-special education students)

      * expulsion

 

MAJOR OFFENSES - CLASS III

 

3.01 Drugs and alcohol

........ Unauthorized possession, transfer, use, or sale of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages.  Inaccordance with Legislative Act 94-783, a person/student who unlawfully sells, furnishes, or gives a controlled substance to a minor may be liable for injury or damage or both.

 

3.02 Arson

........ Arson is the willful and malicious burning of any part of a building or its contents.  In accordance with Legislative Act 94-819, parents are liable for damages to school property caused by their child(ren).

 

3.03 Battery upon Board employee

........ The threatening by word or act or the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of a Board employee against his/her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to a School Board employee.  In accordance with Legislative Act 94-794, it is a felony to assault teachers or employees of the Board.

 

3.04 Possession, sale, or use of tobacco products

         The use of any tobacco products while on school property.

 

3.05 Robbery

         The taking of money or other property from the person which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another by force, violence, assault or putting in fear of same.

 

3.06 Stealing - Larceny - Grand Theft

         The intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property valued at $100 or more belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

 

3.07 Burglary of school property

         The breaking in to, entering, or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein during the hours the premises are closed to the public.

 

3.08 Criminal mischief

         Willful and malicious injury or damages at or in excess of $200 to public property, or real property belonging to another.

 

3.09 Fighting

         Any physical conflict between two or more individuals

 

3.10 Possession of firearms

         Any firearm (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device.  In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly   weapon on school premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony.  In accordance with the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1994, students found to be in possession of a firearm or facsimile on school premises will be expelled for not less than one (1) year.

           

3.11 Discharging of any pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, or any other device on school property

 

3.12 Possession of weapons

         Any knife, metallic knuckles, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or any other weapon, instrument, or other object capable of causing bodily harm, or with the intent to be armed.  See Offense 3.08 above for specifics relative to firearms and weapons.

 

3.13  .......................................................................... Bomb threats

         Any such communication(s) directed to a School Board employee which has the effect of interrupting the educational environment.

 

3.14 Explosives

         Preparing, possessing, or igniting on School Board property explosives likely to cause serious bodily injury or property damage.

 

3.15 Sexual offenses

         Acts of sexual nature including, but not limited to, battery, intercourse, attempted rape, or rape.

3.16 Aggravated battery

         Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or permanent disfigurement; use of a deadly weapon.

 

3.17    Inciting or participating in major student disorder

         Leading, encouraging, or assisting in major disruptions which result in destruction or damage of private or public property; personal injury to participants or others.

 

3.18 Unjustified activation of a fire alarm system or fire extinguisher

 

3.19 Igniting fireworks and/or firecrackers

 

3.20 Possession of and/or use of a pocket pager or electronic  communication device in school

 

3.21 Accessing or changing information in school computers to endanger or cause harm to another individual

 

3.22 Any other offense which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category

 

3.23 Crimes as defined under the laws of the city, state of Alabama, or United States

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE OPTIONS - CLASS III

 

Administrative response options for Class III violations include but are not limited to the following:

 

      * out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days

                     .. (not to exceed a cumulative total of 10 days per semester for special and non-special education students)

                     * referral to outside agency, including the criminal justice system

                  * expulsion

      * legal action

      * restitution of property and damages where appropriate

 

NOTE: Due to the serious nature of Class III violations it may be necessary to remove a student immediately from school property.  In such event, the procedures spelled out in the out-of-school suspension policy should be followed.

 

 

PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THEIR CHILD'SCONDUCT

 

School Attendance

 

The Board hereby advises parents/guardians of their responsibility for the conduct of their child(ren) based on Legislative Act No. 93-672 which amends Section 16-28-12 of The Code of Alabama.  The Act has important implications for parents and students of the School District.  Applicable sections of The Code of Alabama now read as follows:

 

         Section I -- Title 16, Code of Alabama, 1975, is amended to read

         as follows:

(A)  Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who fails to send the child to school, or to have him or her instructed by a private tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public school, private school, denominational school, or parochial school or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in accordance with a written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 90 days. The absence of a child without the consent of the principal teacher of the school he or she attends or should attend, or of the tutor who instructs or should instruct the child, shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.

 

(B)   Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in accordance with a written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by the principal to the superintendent of education of  the School District in which the suspected violation occurred. The superintendent of education or his/her designee shall report such suspected violations to the district attorney within 10 days. Any principal or superintendent of education or his/her designee intentionally failing to report such a suspected violation shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. The district attorney shall vigorously enforce this section to ensure proper conduct and required attendance by any child enrolled in the public schools."

In an effort to implement and communicate the basic principles of the Act, the Board endorses the following operational procedures:

 

A.     Parents/guardians and students shall be informed of the intent of Act 93-672 and Title 16-28-12 of The Code of Alabama through the printing of the basic principles in student handbooks, school folders, and/or in school newsletters. Such information should be communicated at the beginning of each school year.

         The basic principles are as follows: (a.) Parents/guardians must enroll their child(ren), i.e. all children between the ages of 7 and 17 shall be required to attend school. (b.) Parents/guardians are responsible for the regular attendance of their children.  (c.) Parents/guardians are to compel their children to properly conduct themselves in accordance with the policies of the Board related to student behavior. (d.) Parents/guardians should be informed that inappropriate conduct or behavior on the part of their child(ren) may result in suspension from school and such suspensions will be reported to the Superintendent and District Attorney by school administrators. (e.) Parents/guardians will be subject to prosecution by the District Attorney on the third suspension of their child pursuant to Section 16-28-12 of The Code of Alabama. (f.) Parents/guardians may be referred to the District Attorney's Office on the first or second suspension if, in the opinion of the principal, the offense committed by their child warrants such action.

 

B.      School principals and/or the Superintendent are responsible for reporting violations of this Act to the District Attorney's Office. School principals and/or the Superintendent are hereby informed that the intentional failing to report a suspected violation of this Act could result in being declared guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.

 

Responsibility for Damage to School Property

 

The Board hereby advises parents/guardians of their responsibility for the conduct of their child(ren) based on Section 6-5-380 of The Code of Alabama.  The Act has important implications for parents and students of the School District.  Applicable sections of The Code of Alabama now read as follows:

 

         Section I -- Section 6-5-380, Code of Alabama, 1975, is amended to read as follows:

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(a)     The parent, guardian, or other person having care or custody of any minor under the age of 18 years with whom the minor is living and who has custody of the minor shall be liable for the actual damages sustained, but not exceeding the sum of $1,000.00, plus the court costs of the action, to any person, firm, association, corporation, and the State of Alabama and its political subdivision for all damages approximately caused by the injury to, or destruction of, any property, real, personal, or mixed, by the intentional, willful or malicious act or acts of the minor.  Except, approved foster parents of the Department of Human Resources shall not be liable for damages caused by foster children.

 

 

POSSESSION OF WEAPONS AND FIREARMS

 

The possession of dangerous weapons by students on school grounds, school buses, or at school sponsored events, during or after regular school hours, is prohibited. 

 

Weapons and Firearms Defined

 

Items forbidden shall include, but are not limited to, the following:  knives of any kind and any length, razors or razor blades, box openers, firearms, explosive devices including fireworks of any description, any items which may be used as clubs, and all sharp or pointed objects designed for use as weapons.  For purposes of this policy, the term firearm is defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code and in accordance with statutes of The Code of Alabama.

 

Discipline Measures

 

If a student is found to be in possession of a real weapon or firearm or a reasonable facsimile of a firearm and presents it as a real firearm:

 

1.   The student shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency; and

2.   The parents or guardian shall be notified; and

3.   The student shall be suspended from school immediately pending an investigation by the LEA; and

4.   The investigation shall be conducted as quickly as possible and the results documented in writing.

 

If the investigation reveals that the student was in possession of a real firearm on school property, to include property not owned by the School District but where an official school sponsored activity is held, the student shall be expelled from school for not less than one (1) academic year.  Such expulsion is in compliance with the requirements of the Public Law 107-110; “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”;  Subpart 3, Section 4141, Gun-Free Requirements and Alabama Legislative Acts.

 

Suspension of Driver’s License

 

Suspension of Driver’s License for Pistol Possession - In accordance with Legislative Act 94-820, a student under 19 years of age may have his/her driver’s licenses suspended for the possession of a pistol on school premises.

 

Alabama Law

 

Possession of Weapon a Class C Felony - In accordance with

Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon on school premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony.

 

 

 

USE AND/OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

 

The Fayette County Board of Education, because of the high degree of evidence available, views smoking and other uses of tobacco and tobacco products as being detrimental to health and a significant contributor to lung, heart, and other associated diseases.  The Board considers knowledge and understanding of good health practices as being a primary objective of education.

 

Therefore, it is the policy of the Board that smoking, possession and/or use of tobacco, in any form, by students is hereby prohibited on, or in, all school properties at all times.

 

Students who violate this policy will be subject to the disciplinary

Actions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (FILE: JCD).

 

 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE

 

Reason for Policy

 

Because the use of drugs, alcohol and other chemicals among young people has become a major problem in our country and because the use and availability of these substances on school campuses interfere with the educational process, this policy is designed to help eradicate the influence of drugs, alcohol, and other chemicals within the school environment. It is designed to act as protection, deterrent, and punishment for the students.

 

When and Where Applicable

 

This policy applies to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at a school sponsored activity or whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs the missions or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of students or employees.

 

Prohibited Activities

 

It shall be against school policy for any student:

1.      To sell, supply, or give, or attempt to sell, supply, or give to any person any of the substances listed in this policy or what the student represents or believes to be any of the substances listed in this policy.

2.      To possess, procure or purchase, to attempt to possess, procure or purchase, to be under the influence of (legal intoxication not required), or to use or consume or attempt to use or consume, the substances listed in this policy or what is represented by or to the student to be any of the substances listed in this policy or what the student believes is any of the substances in this policy.

 

Prohibited Substances and Penalties

 

Any student engaging in the prohibited activities listed above with respect to the following prohibited substances may be suspended or expelled as appropriate under the circumstances.

 

1.      Alcohol or any alcoholic beverage.

2.      Any controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by The Code of Alabama, Title 20 (1975) or as defined by Section 812, Schedules I‑V, Title 21, United States Code, Section 801, et including but not limited to marijuana, any narcotic drug, any hallucinogen, any stimulant, or any depressant.

3.      Any abusable glue or aerosol paint or any other chemical substance, including but not limited to, lighter fluid, liquid paper, and reproduction fluid, for inhalation.

4.      Any excessive use of prescription or non‑prescription drug, medicine, vitamin or other chemical, including but not limited to, aspirin, other pain relievers, stimulants, diet pills, multiple or other type vitamins, pep pills, "no‑doze" pills, cough medicines, and syrups, cold medicines, laxatives, stomach or digestive remedies, depressants and sleeping pills not taken in accordance with the authorized use policy.

 

Authorized Use

 

Any student whose parent or guardian requests that he or she be given any prescription medicine, drug, or vitamin during the school day must provide the school office and/or homeroom teacher with a written statement of that fact on the first morning that such medicine is brought to school.

Educational Programs

 

Certified school personnel shall organize and maintain programs of education designed to make students fully aware of the hazards of alcohol and the physical and psychological dangers incurred through the improper use of drugs.

 

Cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies

 

All local school principals are instructed to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and are to report to them any and all information that would be considered beneficial in their efforts to stem the increase in illegal drug use.

 

The Superintendent is also instructed to take steps to prevent any person from coming upon the campus of any school in the School District who is in possession of or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogenic drugs, and narcotics of any kind or any substance which may alter behavior.

 

The administration will make arrangements to cooperate with the local, state, and federal narcotic officers in the detection, prevention, and prosecution of any and all possible violations.

 

Applicable Procedures -- Substance Abusers

 

A school staff member shall be expected to accompany any student to the principal's office when there is reasonable cause to believe the student to be in possession of, using, under the influence of, or transmitting an illegal substance while on school property or while attending a school-sanctioned/sponsored function or activity.  When it is determined that a student has committed any of the above substance related offenses, the principal or designee shall comply with the following procedures in order to safeguard the student and the total school environment:

 

1.   Keep the student in a secured area of the building away from other students.

2.   Notify, if possible, the parent or guardian of the student and request he/she come to the school immediately.

3.   Notify the juvenile authorities.

4.   Accept any suspected illegal substance surrendered by the student. The principal or designee shall seal it in an envelope in the presence of another school staff member with both persons verifying that the substance is contained in the sealed envelope.

5.   Place the envelope in which the substance is contained in the possession of law enforcement authorities in the presence of a witness.

6... Upon weighing all available information and evidence, the principal, based on reasonable belief that the student is in violation of the School District's substance abuse policy or applicable laws, may suspend the student from school for up to ten (10) days pending an expulsion hearing before the Board.  If the initial information and evidence is inconclusive relative to the student's violation of the School District's drug policy, the principal may permit the student to remain in school until such time as any conclusive test information is received from law enforcement officials.  In the event that conclusive evidence is subsequently obtained through law enforcement officials or other sources that the student was in violation of the School District's substance abuse policy, the student then may be subject to suspension for up to ten (10) days with a recommendation for expulsion.  In all cases the principal shall insure that all due process procedures are accorded the student.

7.   Inform the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) of appropriate substance abuse treatment facilities.

 

NOTE:    In the event a student sells or distributes or proposes to sell or distribute a substance represented to be an illegal substance, all of the above procedures shall be followed up to and including suspension with a recommendation for expulsion. 

 

Applicable Procedures -- Substance-Abuse Emergencies

 

Provided a student experiences a substance-abuse emergency while under the supervision of school authorities, the principal or designee shall comply with the following procedures in order to safeguard the student and the total school environment:

 

1.   Obtain appropriate licensed medical assistance for the student.  School authorities, if possible, shall provide the medical assistants (a) the name of the substance, (b) the amount of the substance consumed, and (c) the time of the consumption.

2.   Notify, if possible, the parent or guardian of the student and inform him/her of the emergency.

3.   If confirmation is received that the medical emergency is related to substance abuse that is in violation of the School District's substance abuse policy or applicable laws, the principal may suspend the student for up to ten (10) days (see policy JCAA for definition of days) pending a hearing before the Board for expulsion.  In all cases the principal shall insure that all applicable due process procedures are accorded the student.

 

Expulsion Hearings

All expulsion hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Expulsion Policy filed JDE.

 

Substance Abuse Education

The Superintendent or designee shall insure that an on-going and appropriate substance-abuse education program is taught in the schools of the School District.  The substance-abuse program shall be based upon the State Department of Education publication, Alabama Course of Study: Health Education, Bulletin No. 5, 1997.

 

 
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

The Fayette County Board of Education offers access to the Internet throughout the school District with the use of computers.  The term “computer” is intended to mean the computer with all its accessories and peripherals used in connection with the computer such as, but not limited to, the servers, backup drives, backup disk, network servers, communications servers, modems, Internet access software, CD ROMS, CD drives, printers, software, stored data, computer hardware, E-mail and all data and programs used on the computers. All use of computers must be in support of education, research, or business applications consistent with the purposes of the Board. This policy is designed to provide guidelines for the use of the Internet and other electronic communications in classrooms, media centers, computer labs, and schools in general.  To gain access, each student must obtain parental permission as verified by the signatures on the permission form.

While use of electronic communication and research is primarily instructional in nature to reach an educational goal, some students may find ways to access other materials.  Unfortunately, some of the resources contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. Most educators believe the benefits to students from access to the Internet and other electronic communication exceeds the disadvantages.  Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using these resources.  Therefore, Fayette County School system respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to permit their child from using these resources.

 

User Rights

 

Students are responsible for appropriate behavior while using the Internet.   Additionally, students are responsible for their actions while using the equipment and the resources.  Use is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Vandalism of equipment or programs will result in punishment as defined in the Code of Conduct.  All users have certain privileges and rights.  Infringement of or disrespect to the rights of others may result in the loss of Internet privileges.  These rights include:

 

Privacy-All users have the right to privacy.  However, if a user is believed to be in violation of the guidelines, a system administrator may review communications to maintain system integrity and to insure that students are using the system responsibly.

 

Safety-Any user who receives threatening or unwelcome communications should bring those to the attention of a system administrator or teacher.

 

Intellectual Freedom-Any statement of personal belief is implicitly understood to be representative of the author’s individual point of view and not that of the school.

 

Inappropriate Materials or Language-Profane, abusive, or impolite language should not be used to communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behavior.

 

Equal Access-All users should be granted free and equal access to the Internet and other resources.  Exploration of the Internet is encouraged relative to the purposes of research and education.  No single user should monopolize the workstations connected to the Internet.

 

Use of Electronic Communication-Students and minors should not use electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.  Students will not use public email accounts for accessing email on Fayette County School’s network or the Internet.  The exception for this is for instructional purposes and only if properly supervised.

 

Illegal Activities-Students should not attempt to gain unauthorized access to Fayette County School’s network or Internet connection or to any other computer system through Fayette County School’s network or go beyond your authorized access.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files.  Students should not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.  Students should not use Fayette County School’s network or Internet connection to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of a person, etc.

 

Respecting Resource Limits-Students should use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited, high quality, self-discovery activities.  Students should not download large files unless absolutely necessary.  If necessary, students should download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to your personal computer.  Students should not post chain letters or engage in “spamming”.  Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people. 

 

Student Guidelines

 

1.      BE PREPARED to be held accountable for your actions.  Exemplary behavior is expected from all users at all times.

2.      DO notify an adult immediately if materials that violate the school Code of Conduct are encountered.

3.      DO NOT use a computer or the Internet to hurt, harass, attack, or harm other people or their work.

4.      DO NOT damage the computer or network in any way.

5.      DO NOT degrade the performance of the network through the posting of electronic chain letters or other useless information.

6.      DO NOT use the Internet for illegal activities, i.e. threats, instructions on how to perform an illegal act, child pornography, drug dealing, purchase of alcohol, gang activities, etc.

7.      DO NOT install software or download unauthorized files, games, programs, or other electronic media.

8.      DO NOT violate copyright laws.

9.      DO NOT view, send, or display obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, disrespectful, threatening, or inflammatory language, messages, or pictures.

10.  DO NOT share your password with another person.

11.  DO NOT reveal the personal address or phone number or any other personal information of yourself or anyone else.

12.  DO NOT access other student’s work, folders, or files.

13.  DO NOT re-post non-academic personal communications without the original author’s prior consent.

 

Security

 

Fayette County Board of Education strives to help our students, administration, faculty, and staff to protect their privacy while using the Internet and other types of electronic communications.  The Internet contains an enormous amount of information.  It may also contain personal details about you that you don’t want everyone to know.  For example, your real name (lots of people on the Internet do not use their real names), street address, phone number, or e-mail address.  When you go online, sites you visit may be gathering information about you without your knowledge.

 

The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our faculty, staff, and students is of utmost importance to Fayette County Board of Education.  The Board exercises great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers.  Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while the Board strives to protect the information of our employees and students, Fayette County Schools and the Board of Education cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from online products or services.  Employees and students do so at their own risk.  Once any of our schools receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our system.

 

Technology Protection Measure

 

Fayette County provides a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access.  This device must protect against access by adults and protect students and minors against visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, and/or with respect to use of computers with Internet access by students and minors, harmful to students and minors.  Depictions that are deemed obscene, pornographic, and harmful to students and minors shall be defined by Fayette County’s Board of Education when applicable.  The technology protection measure may be disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

Currently, Fayette County School District has a CIPA compliant content filtering solution in place.  Fayette County Board of Education or representative is responsible for reviewing and maintaining this technology protection measure.  At any time the protection measure may be replaced if it is not functioning properly or is determined not to protect our students and minors in a sufficient manner.

 

Please note that if you violate the terms of this policy, you may lose privileges or receive punishment as defined in the Student Code of Conduct of Fayette County or receive a Discipline Notification Form.  It is your responsibility to read and ask questions about this policy.

 

Teachers of the Fayette County School District will plan an in-class discussion of this Acceptable Use Policy after students have had a chance to become familiar with it.

 

 

 

DRESS CODE

 

Students' appearance should be neat and clean. Dress and appearance which cause disruption of the educational process or present health or safety problems shall not be permitted.  Articles of clothing with offensive, suggestive, obscene, or disruptive patches, slogans, symbols, or other print material shall be prohibited.  Such prohibited items include:  slogans, patches, or advertisements which promote alcoholic beverages and/or other harmful or illegal substances; items associated with gang affiliation or activity; and items that promote racial divisiveness.

The Board strongly believes that it is the responsibility of students and parents or guardians to use reason, good judgment, and common decency in the choice of dress and physical grooming in the school setting.  Generally, dress and appearance are the responsibility of parents; however, no student has the right to dress or appear in such a manner that disrupts the teaching/learning process.

 

When the dress or appearance of a student disrupts the teaching-learning process, the principal has the authority to take disciplinary action. 

 

1.     Students' appearance should be neat and clean.

2.     All slacks, shorts, and skirts, including jeans, must fit properly.  They must neither be too big nor too tight.  Skin tight pants are not permitted.  Slacks, shorts, and skirts must be worn appropriately at the waistline.

3.     Clothes must be clean and in good repair.

4.     The acceptable length for shorts, skorts, dresses, jumpers, and skirts is half-way between hip and knee.

5.     Both straps on overalls and jumpers must be buckled or snapped.  Overalls and jumpers must fit and be worn properly at the waist.  No underwear, underclothes, or midriffs may be exposed.  T-shirts worn under overalls and jumpers are permitted.

6.     Images, pictures, symbols, and messages suggestive of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sex, or any other inappropriate material are prohibited on all clothing items.

7.     Items which promote racial divisiveness are prohibited.

8.     Hats, caps, visors, scarves, and sunglasses are not permitted in school during school hours.

9.     Bathing suits, pajamas, bicycle shorts (worn alone or under other shorts), short-shorts, and mini-skirts are inappropriate.

10.    Nose rings and other body piercing articles, unnatural hair colors, sparkles, glitter and inappropriate makeup are not acceptable.  Appropriate earrings are acceptable.

11.    Leggings may be worn if the tunic is the acceptable length, half-way between hip and knee.  Leggings may not be worn with T-shirts or oversized shirts.

12.    The neckline of tops must not be cut low.

13.    Spaghetti straps or tank tops with small straps may not be worn unless a shirt with sleeves is worn over them.

14.    Half shirts and short shirts are not permitted.  Midriffs may not be exposed.

15.    Underwear may not show.  T-shirts are an exception.

16.    Boys shirts must have sleeves and must fit properly.

 

Principals may approve exceptions to the above.

 

All teachers shall be responsible for applying the dress code consistently.

The Fayette County Board of Education considers this code to be conducive to rather than restrictive of the educational process of 7-12 students.

 

Procedures

 

1.   When the local school principal and/or teacher(s) feel that a student is in violation of the Board's officially approved local school dress code, the local school principal should make every effort to have the parent or guardian and student to cooperatively correct the identified dress code violation.

2.   Provided the parent or guardian is unwilling or unable to have the student correct the identified dress code violation, the local school principal then may take appropriate disciplinary action. In all cases, the local school principal shall have the authority to temporarily dismiss students from school until such time as the identified dress code violation is corrected. Every effort will be made to contact the parent or guardian prior to dismissing students from school for any purpose.

3.   So that the recommendations for dress and physical appearance will be consistent among the different levels (elementary, junior high, and senior high), a joint student‑parent‑faculty committee should be constituted at each level to define recommended standards of dress for consideration by the Board.

 

Dress for Physical Education

 

Students, who for religious reasons, do not choose to dress in pre-scribed physical education attire shall be given the opportunity to choose alternate attire in keeping with religious beliefs and the goals and objectives of said class.

 

 

STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

 

General

 

Students have both the right and the responsibility to express school-related concerns and grievances to the teachers and school administrators.

 

Procedure

 

The normal procedure followed by any student regarding a personal grievance is to discuss the matter with the teacher involved. When the nature of the grievance dictates otherwise, the student upon notifying the teacher directly involved may request a meeting with the school principal. Such meetings should be granted within two (2) school days at a reasonable time and place. One faculty member of the student's choice or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) may be present at such meeting. For the purpose of this policy, a grievance is defined as written claim submitted by a student of a violation, misinterpretation, or inequitable application of local board policy, local school rules and regulations, or local administrative procedure.

 

Grievance Defined

 

The term "grievance" shall apply to matters which fall within the discretionary powers of the principal, Superintendent, and/or Board, but shall not apply to areas where the principal, Superintendent, and/or Board has no authority to act.

 

 

Appeal

 

     It is expected that most student grievances will be resolved satisfactorily at this level. However, in the event that the grievance cannot be settled by this procedure, then the student through his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) may pursue the grievance to the Superintendent and then to the Board.

 

 

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

 

Extreme care should be taken when administering corporal punishment. In fact, corporal punishment should be used only as a last resort.  However, if it becomes necessary to use corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure, it should be carried out in the following manner:

 

Each teacher shall be held responsible for the order and discipline of his/her room.  Corporal punishment may be used in cases of great urgency.  If corporal punishment is necessary, it may be administered by the principal or the teacher, but in either case two certified staff members employed by the Board must be present at the time.  The teacher is expected to handle all matters of discipline except in extreme cases, when they may be referred to the principal.  In cases where the principal thinks it is best for the welfare of the school, he/she may suspend students or recommend to the Board that they be expelled.

 

In all cases, corporal punishment shall be administered in the office of the principal or such place or places as may be designated by the principal. Corporal punishment shall not be administered in the visual presence of other students.  The local school principal shall provide parents with a written explanation of the reason(s) for administering corporal punishment to their child when requested.

 

The local school principal and certified staff shall utilize fully all practical ways and means of helping students with problems and of inducing them to accept and act upon conduct standards approved for the school before extreme measures such as corporal punishment are taken.

 

 

DETENTION

 

Senior High and Junior High

 

Students may be detained for disciplinary purposes at the discretion of the local school principal and certified staff of individual schools.  Provided a student is detained before or after regular school hours, the student must be given notice of such detention in time to notify parent or guardian and arrange for necessary transportation.  Students shall not be required to remain before or after school for more than one hour daily for detention purposes. Transported students shall not be detained after school on an involuntary basis without reasonable prior notification of the parent or guardian.

 

Elementary

 

Provided an elementary student is detained before or after regular school hours, the above provisions shall be observed and in addition, the local school principal or certified staff member shall notify said student's parent or guardian prior to detention.

 

SUSPENSIONS

 

Grounds

 

A student may be suspended from school when the student:

 

1.   Violates Board policies or school rules or regulations. These policies, rules, and regulations apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or any place interferes with or obstructs the missions or operations of the School District or the safety or the welfare of students or employees;

2.   is guilty of conduct which interferes with the maintenance of school discipline;

3.   is guilty of conduct that, in the judgment of school officials, warrants the reasonable belief that disruption of school operations will likely result;

4.   is guilty of incorrigible conduct, including insubordination, disorderliness, viciousness, immorality, persistent violation of school rules, or persistent misbehavior;

 

Extension to Next School Year

 

A suspension may extend beyond a current school year.  "Beyond a current school year" means that a student suspension assigned at or near the end of the current school year may be extended to the beginning of the next school year in order that the full length of such suspension is served.

 

Principal's Responsibility to Maintain Order

 

Principals are charged with the responsibility of general student conduct and behavior regulations. Such discipline may include suspension from school.  The principal or designee shall notify the parent prior to sending the student home during the school day.  If the parent cannot be contacted, the student shall be kept at school until the end of the school day. A letter explaining the suspension will be sent home with the student at the end of the school day.  A letter shall also be sent to the parent or guardian by mail.  (Exception: If the student's continued presence in the school presents a danger to the student or to other persons or property, the student may be summarily suspended from the campus without parent notification).

 

Procedures

 

In the event a student faces suspension, one of the following procedures shall be used:

 

SHORT‑TERM SUSPENSION: 10 SCHOOL DAYS OR LESS; not to exceed a cumulative total of 10 days per semester for special and non-special education students)

 

Where the alleged misconduct of a student would, if proved, warrant a suspension of ten school days or less the following procedure shall be provided prior to the suspension:

        

1.   The principal or designee shall advise the student orally or in writing of the charges.       

2.   If the student denies the charges, the principal or assistant principal shall explain the evidence against the student and give the student an opportunity to present the student's side of the occurrence.       

3.   If, on the basis of this discussion, the official believes the student is guilty of the misconduct charged, and that suspension is the appropriate punishment under the circumstances, the principal or designee may suspend the student for ten school days or less.

In such cases, the principal or designee shall inform the Superintendent of the circumstances and action taken.

 

LONG‑TERM SUSPENSION: MORE THAN 10 SCHOOLDAYS;

Where the alleged misconduct of a student would, if proved, warrant a suspension of more than ten school days the following procedure shall be provided prior to the suspension:

 

1.   Prior to the hearing outlined below, the student may be suspended for up to 10 days if the procedures for a short‑term suspension are followed.

2.   NOTICE OF CHARGES: The student and the student's parent or guardian shall be notified in writing of the specific charges against the student. These charges must be stated clearly enough for the student and the parent to understand the grounds of the charges and to be able to prepare a defense.

3.   NOTICE OF NATURE OF TESTIMONY AND WITNESSES:

      If a hearing is requested, the student and the student's parent or guardian shall be advised of the nature of the evidence against the student and be provided the names of any witnesses whose          testimony

      may be used against the student.

4.   NOTICE OF HEARING: If a hearing is requested, the student and the student's parent or guardian shall be notified of the date of a hearing to be held before the Board, or Superintendent or principal or their designee within a reasonable time after notice.  The date of the hearing may be advanced at the request of the student or postponed on the showing of reasonable grounds.

5.   NOTICE OF RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE: At the time notice of the hearing is given to the student and the student's parent or guardian, they may present witnesses or documentary evidence to rebut the charges against the student.

6.   IMPARTIAL HEARING: The student is entitled to a hearing before an impartial administrator.  The Board or Superintendent shall conduct the hearing. If either the Board or the Superintendent have had such involvement in the case that either feels they cannot be fair and impartial, the Superintendent shall appoint another Administrator to conduct the hearing.

7.   ADULT REPRESENTATION: The student, or his/her parent or guardian may be represented and/or assisted at the hearing by a lawyer or other adult. A parent or guardian who is unable to attend the hearing may designate another adult to assist the student in the parent's absence. Notification of the representative's identity shall be given in advance of the hearing, or the representative shall furnish evidence of appointment at the time of the hearing.

8.   RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE: At the hearing the student, parent, attorney or adult representative shall have the right to present witnesses and documentary evidence to refute the charges.

9.   SUSPENSION ORDER: The decision shall be based exclusively on evidence presented at the hearing. If the evidence supports the charges against the student, a suspension order appropriate to the charges and the facts established may be issued. Written notice of the decision shall be sent promptly to the student.

10. RECORD: The hearing shall be tape recorded.

11. REPORTING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT: In the event any student is suspended from the School District for more than 10 days, the principal shall make a written report to the Superintendent outlining the facts established at the hearing and the action taken.

12. APPEALS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT: The student and his/her parents or guardian shall have the right to appeal his/her suspension to the Superintendent or his/her designee. The Superintendent must be notified of the desire to appeal within five school days after the principal has rendered a decision. The appeal to the Superintendent or designee will be based upon the record made before the principal (the tape recording of the hearing, correspondence and any other documents used at the hearing). That is, no new evidence shall be presented to the Superintendent unless good cause can be shown why it was not presented to the principal.  The Superintendent shall render a decision within five school days after he or she receives the notice of appeal.

13. APPEALS TO THE BOARD: The student or his/her parent or guardian has the right to appeal the Superintendent's decision to the Board.  The Superintendent must be notified of the desire to appeal within five school days after his/her decision. The hearing before the Board shall be conducted as a new hearing in which any evidence may be presented. The hearing shall be conducted in the same manner as the hearing before the principal. The student and the parent may agree to present the case to the Board on the basis of the record developed before the principal and/or Superintendent. The Board shall render its decision by a majority vote of those members in attendance.

 

*    ACTION BY BOARD WHEN NO APPEAL

      If a student who is suspended for more than 10 school days does not appeal the suspension to the Superintendent or the Board, the Superintendent shall recommend to the Board that it enter an order suspending the student in accordance with the order of the principal or Superintendent.

 

*    SUMMARY SUSPENSION

      Immediate suspension of a student may be imposed by the principal or the Superintendent without prior notice and hearing when the student's continued presence in school poses a continuing danger to the student or to other persons or property, or academic process. In such cases the necessary notice of the date and place of the subsequent hearing shall be given to the student and to the parents or guardian of the student. Such hearing shall be held within ten days after the student's removal from school by the principal or the Superintendent. The Board may continue the principal's or Superintendent's summary suspension or take other action as the facts warrant.

 

Suspension of Students with Disabilities

 

      SUMMARY SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS

      WITH DISABILITIES

 

      Students with disabilities may be summarily suspended if they endanger themselves or others. A summary suspension is the immediate removal of the student from his/her regularly scheduled school programs for a period not to exceed three school days. The summary suspension may be effective immediately upon the decision of the designated school administrator. The administration must make and document efforts to contact and notify the parent prior to the suspension.

 

The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges, an explanation of the evidence supporting the charges and an informal opportunity to respond to and rebut the charges.

 The Multidisciplinary Educational Disability Committee (MEDC) shall convene within three (3) school days of suspension to review the misbehavior.  If revisions in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) are needed, the IEP team shall convene.

 

The School District is not obligated to provide educational services during the time of summary suspension.

 

SHORT-TERM SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

A short‑term suspension of ten (10) school days or less may beaffected for a student with disabilities for any conduct which would warrant short‑term suspension for a non‑disabled student. (If a student has received summary suspensions and/or short‑term suspensions totaling eleven (11) days during any one school year, all subsequent suspensions will be handled under the policies governing long-term suspensions). The MEDC must determine that the behavior in question was not related to the disabling condition or a result of inappropriate placement before short‑term suspension may be effected. No IEP team meeting will be required for those students with disabilities for whom short-term suspension has been included in the Discipline Plan attached to their IEPs. In such cases, the IEP Discipline Plan will be implemented if the student has engaged in conduct for which the Discipline Plan allows short‑term suspension. The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges, an explanation of the evidence supporting the charges, and an informal opportunity to respond to and rebut the charges.  The Administration will make and document efforts to notify the parent prior to the suspension. The IEP team will determine the nature and extent of services, if any, to be provided at home for students who receive short-term suspension.

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

A long‑term suspension of eleven (11) school days or more may be affected for a student with disabilities for any conduct which would warrant long‑term suspension for a non‑disabled student. Prior to long‑term suspension, the MEDC will meet to determine whether the misbehavior is related to the disabling condition or is the result of inappropriate placement by conducting a Manifestation Determination hearing. The MEDC shall consider whether the behavior indicates the need for new assessment and evaluation data. If the MEDC determines that the misbehavior is related to the disabling condition or is the result of an inappropriate placement, the student with disabilities may not be suspended.

 

If no relationship or inappropriate placement is found, the suspension may be imposed with the appropriate due process procedures. The IEP team shall determine the nature and extent of educational services to be provided during the time of suspension.

 

SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Except for summary suspension procedures, a student with a disability shall remain in the current placement pending action on a suspension recommendation, unless the parents and the Administration agree otherwise. A student with disabilities for whom long-term suspension has been recommended is entitled to all the due process rights available to a non‑disabled student for whom long‑term suspension has been recommended. In addition, the student with a disability is entitled to all the due process procedures available to a disabled student under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and applicable state policies and procedures.

 

SUSPENSION AND SPECIAL REFERRAL

 

The School District is not required to refer for special education assessment and evaluation of a regular student who has been suspended for violation of school rules and district policy to determine if such a student might be disabled. A suspended regular student is not entitled to reinstatement to classroom and campus privileges pending any assessment and evaluation which is to be made during the term of the student's suspension.

 

Enrollment of Suspended or Expelled Students

 

Any student who has been suspended from a school of the School District is not eligible to attend any other school within the School District until eligible to return to his/her regular school. Any student who has been suspended or expelled or is pending a suspension or expulsion from another district will not be permitted to enroll in the School District, except that a suspended or expelled student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) establishes residence in an area served by the School District may make a written request outlining the specifics of the suspension or expulsion to the Superintendent for review and consideration by the Board. In such instances, the Board will, based on the facts of the case, make decisions on a case by case basis.

 

 

EXPULSION

 

A student may be expelled from school if an offense is serious enough to warrant such action. The authority to expel a student is retained solely by the Board. The local school principal must make a recommendation to the Superintendent and the Board to expel a student either for a certain period of time or permanently. After careful study, the Board will render a decision. The local school principal may suspend a student pending the decision of the Board to expel such student provided the Board renders a decision at their next regular or special meeting unless such setting would be too soon to provide for the notice herein provided, in which case the matter will be heard at the next regular or special meeting. If the Board does not render a decision at such time, the student shall be re‑admitted to school until such time as the Board renders a decision.

 

*  Special education students must have a manifestation determination hearing by MEDC prior to expulsion.

 

*  When a student is recommended for expulsion, the due process procedures outlined in the Due Process Policy, filed JCAA, and shall be followed.

 

STUDENT GUIDANCE PROGRAM

 

The Board feels that all students within the School District should have the benefit of a functional guidance program.  The academic years of students are critical ones and are a time when proper guidance by the home and school are vital to the development of individuals.

 

Therefore, the School District and local schools shall cooperatively develop a program of guidance to meet the needs of the students of the School District.  The guidance program shall encompass the areas of educational guidance, personal guidance, and career guidance.

 

The guidance program shall utilize professionally trained counselors and teachers and shall provide the following:

1.     Counseling services for all students on an individual and/or group basis.

2.     Necessary information for students to make wise decisions concerning educational, career, or personal planning.

3.     Counseling services for students concerning achievement and aptitude.

4.     Testing programs that will assist students to better understand themselves and assist teachers to better understand the students with whom they are working.

5.     Referrals for students needing more intensive diagnosis.

6.     Assistance for students and teachers to help improve communications between the school and home.

7.     In addition, when possible, follow‑up studies of former students to facilitate evaluation of the total school program.

    8.     All activities and procedures outlined in the State and local counseling and guidance plans.

 

 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

All information regarding students and their families shall be collected, maintained, and disseminated under such safeguards as are necessary to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  The Board shall require adherence to the provisions of the said Act.

 

The following definitions apply to this policy statement:

 

"Education Records" means records which (1) are directly related to a student and (2) are maintained by the educational agency or school by a party acting for the agency or school."

 

The following are excluded from the term "Educational Records:

 

Records of instructional, supervisory, or ad­ministrative personnel which are in the sole possession of the maker and are not acces­sible or revealed to any other individual except a substitute.

 

"Personally Identifiable" means that data or information which includes (a) the name of a student and the student's parent or other family members; (b) the address of the stu­dent; (c) a personal identifier, such as a student's social security number or student number; (d) a list of personal characteristics which would make the student's identity easily traceable; or (e) other information which would make the student's identity easily traceable.

 

Access To and Release of Information in Student Records

 

1.   The principal shall, within the provisions of this procedure, be responsible for determining to whom information maintained in student records may be released.

2.   The principal shall be responsible for determining who, other than the parent, guardian, or eligible student shall have access to the student records.

3.   Directory information may be made available at the discretion of the principal without the prior consent of the parent. However, students and their parents shall be notified at the beginning of each school year the categories of directory information and their right to request that all or part of such information not be made available to the general public. Directory information shall con­sist of the student's name, address, telephone number, parent's name, grade level, participation in officially recognized activi­ties, weight and height of members of athletic teams, awards and honors.

4.   The following individuals or agency may be granted access to stu­dent record information without the written consent of the parent or an entry being made in the disclosure record:

      a.   Teachers and other school officials within the School District who have a legitimate educational interest.

            "Legitimate educational interest"- that interest that requires regular access for purposes of adding material, periodic re­view, filing new students and/or removing inadequate, ambigu­ous, no longer relevant data; that interest having the educa­tional well-being of the student in mind for purposes of contin­uing, improving, or changing the education of the student and that interest in which the individual has a legitimate need to know.

b.      Reports required by the stated educational agency to carry out the educational program.

5.   The following individuals or agencies may be granted access to student record information without the written consent of the parent by completing the disclosure record.

      a.   Authorized representatives of:

            (1)   The Comptroller General of the United States

            (2)   The Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

            (3)   The State Education authorities

            (4)   Appropriate Community Agencies involved in handling students' health or safety.

      b.   Agencies requiring information in connection with a student's application for or receipt of financial aid.

      c.   Courts, on the issuance of proper orders or subpoenas. Reason­able efforts shall be made to notify the parents of the order or subpoena.

6.   Directory information and personally identifiable information shall be released without parental consent to a school to which the student has transferred.

7.   Principals shall require a written request from a parent or eligible student in order to grant access to others not specifically authorized by this policy.

8.   Unless otherwise specified the term "parent" in this procedure shall include parent, guardian or student 18 years of age or over or who is enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

 

Review of Student Records by the Parent

 

1.   Schools shall provide for the review of student records by parents or guardians, this includes biological parents not having custody of their child(ren).  Parents and students shall be notified of their right to review the student records by placing a notice in the student handbook and/or by newsletter to the parent at the beginning of each school year.

2.   A parent or guardian who desires to review his/her child's record shall contact the school for an appointment.  A conference shall be scheduled as soon as possible, but within fifteen days.  The disclosure record shall be completed at the time of the conference.

3.   Prior to the scheduled conference, the principal shall review the record for accuracy and completeness.

4.   The record shall be examined by the parent in the presence of the principal or designee.

The principal or designee attending the review shall:

             (a) Explain the record keeping system of the school, noting the types of records and why they are kept.

             (b) Provide the parent or guardian the opportunity to examine each record. Records which shall be included are:

                  (1)   Cumulative record

                  (2)   Application for Admission

                  (3)   Immunization Records, if applicable

                  (4)   Attendance Record

                  (5)   Class Grade Record

                  (6)   Any other records maintained by the school system.

The principal or designee shall provide the parent an opportunity to raise questions regarding informa­tion on the records. A record of the review shall be made on the disclosure record.

5.If the parent or guardian requests a hearing to challenge information contained in the student’s folder, a written request for hear­ing shall be made and a hearing scheduled for a date within fifteen days. The hearing shall be held with the principal or designee and the parent or guardian at the scheduled time.  If the parent or guardian is not satisfied with the hearing with the principal, he/she shall request the principal to schedule a hearing with the Superintendent or designee. Upon receipt of said request, the Superintendent shall schedule a review meeting within fifteen (15) days following receipt of the parent's request.  The date, time and place of the review panel hearing shall be sent to the parent or guardian by United States registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.  An opinion shall be rendered within fifteen (15) days of the hearing.If the parent or guardian is still dissatisfied, he/she may request to appear before the Board.  The Superintendent shall arrange for such an appearance on the date of the Board meeting immediately following the date of the request.

Student Cumulative Record Cards

 

1.   All personal data shall be completed when the student initially enrolls in the School District and shall be updated annually.

2.   All data shall be recorded on the cumulative record in accordance with administrative procedures established by the Board and/or the Superintendent.

3.   Since information on the cumulative record cards is confidential, the card shall not be removed from the file room except as authorized.

 

Care and Handling of Psychological Evaluations

 

Psychological evaluation reports provided to school personnel by parents/guardians shall be placed in the student cumulative file.  If the reports are used as documentation for 504 or health plans they should be kept as part of the appropriate file.  All reports used for special education are to be placed in the confidential special education file.  Any other reports shared with school personnel shall be returned to the parents in a confidential manner.  Refer to Board Policy JEA-IID.

 

Referrals for psychological services shall be handled in full compliance with state and federal guidelines as stated in Special Education Policy, filed IDDF.

 

When a student leaves the School District, the psychological evaluation report will be returned to the Special Education Department at the Central Office for filing.  When a student transfers to another school in the School District, the psychological evaluation report shall be transferred to the principal of the student's new school. 

 

 

STORING STUDENT PERMANENT RECORDS

 

School officials have the responsibility for storing indefinitely the permanent records or approved photocopies of the records of all students who have attended the schools of the School District.  The following procedures shall govern the storing of such records:

General

 

1.   Each school principal shall develop a plan that will insure the indefinite safekeeping of permanent records of students who have attended, withdrawn, or graduated from the schools of the School District.

2.   Permanent student records that shall be stored indefinitely are minimally defined as

      a.   .............................................. The Cumulative Record Card

      b.   ....................... Any legal documents (birth certificates, etc.)

      c.   ................ Applicable records on special education students

3.   Such records shall be stored indefinitely at the last school each student attended in the School District.

4.   Legal names must be used on all such records.

5.   Such records must be as complete as possible.

6.   Such records shall be stored in locked cabinets.

 

Discontinued Schools

 

1.   If a school of the School District is discontinued for any reason, all student records shall be stored indefinitely in the Superintendent's office or other designated location.

2.   If two or more schools of the School District are combined, student records shall be combined and stored in the new or existing school.

 

Transferring Files within the School District

 

When a student transfers from one school to another within the School District, the following procedures shall be followed:

 

1.   The student's permanent record card and other applicable records, including special education student records, shall be updated and transmitted to the School District school to which the student is transferring.

2.   The updating must include a statement on the permanent record card relative to the dates the student attended such school.  The transmission of the total school records, including the permanent record card is applicable for inter School District transfers only.

 

 

PUBLIC USE OF STUDENT RECORDS

 

Students and parents or legal guardians shall be provided access to official records directly related to students and an opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate.  Personal identifiable information shall not be released from student records without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian and the student when the student is over eighteen (18) years of age.  Students and parents or legal guardians are hereby notified of the above policy through this presentation.  Access to student records shall be handled in accordance with Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (1974) and Policy JEA.

 

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

 

The Board of Education encourages parental involvement through PTO’s, other parent support groups, parental conferences, and written correspondence between parents and teachers and parents and principal.

 

The Board of Education also schedules at least four meetings each year designated for stakeholder input.

 

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

 

The Board encourages parent-school personnel conferences.  All certified school personnel shall provide time (within reason) for the conferences with parents when the parent indicates a desire to have one.  Teachers are encouraged to contact and schedule parent conferences concerning the academic achievement of students.

 

Parent-school personnel conferences should be scheduled in such a way that will not interfere with said personnel’s teaching responsibilities, preferably at the close of the school day or during preparation period.

 

 

PARENT‑ TEACHER CONFERENCES

 

General

 

The Board requires that parents or guardians of all students in the School District must be afforded the opportunity to participate in at least one annual parent‑teacher-student conference and any additional conferences needed to insure the understanding and cooperation among the parents, the student, and the respective school officials necessary for the student to profit fully from all school experiences.

 

Danger of Failing Notification and Conference

 

Parents/Guardians of students in grades one through eight (1-8) in danger of being retained shall be notified of that possibility in writing no later than the time of the progress report of the third grading period.  The written notification shall invite the parents to a conference as soon as one can be scheduled to assess the student's academic problems.

 

Diploma Selection Conference

 

As students approach the end of the eighth grade, the school counselor must give written explanation to each student and his/her parents/guardians concerning the requirements for earning a diploma and a diploma with advanced academic endorsement. Each student and/or his/her parents/guardians shall then be given the opportunity to sit down with school officials and outline a program of studies for the student's high school academic work. Each spring thereafter, the student and/or his/her parents/guardians shall have the opportunity to evaluate the program of studies and make necessary adjustments as needed.

 

The principal and/or designee shall coordinate the planning of all conferences.  Documentation of all efforts to hold annual conferences and other needed conferences with parents or guardians of all students in the School District must be maintained in the permanent records of the students.

 

 

SCHOOL VISITORS

 

General

 

In order to maintain a safe and organized learning environment within the schools of the School District, all visitors are required to report immediately to the principal’s office upon arrival at a school campus.  The principal shall be required to post a notice to this effect at each school entrance.  Such notices shall inform all visitors to report to the principal’s office prior to entering other parts of the schools.  Students are encouraged to notify their parents of this policy.

 

Student Visitors

 

Students enrolled in the schools of the School District are not permitted to bring student visitors to school during regular school hours without prior approval by the principal.

 

Students Being Checked Out of School

 

All parents, guardians or other authorized persons coming to school to check a student out must do so through the principal’s office via the school’s approved check-out plan.  Such persons are not to go directly to classrooms for this purpose.

 

Trespassing

 

Refusal to register through the principal’s office or to identify one’s self to school authorities may constitute trespassing and constitute grounds for prosecution.

 

 

REPORT CARDS

 

Report cards are for the purpose of transmitting an evaluation of student progress to the student and his/her parent or guardian. Report cards shall be issued at least four (4) times during a term or the scholastic year to all students enrolled in the schools of the School District.

 

All report cards used by the schools of the School District shall be approved by the Board. Any change in report card forms used by the schools of the School District shall be preceded by a cooperative study and evaluation by students, teachers, principals, and parents. Report cards approved for use within the School District must include a section outlining grading symbols with specific explanations defining said symbols and grade placement categories.

 

Numerical grades will be given in academic subjects in grades one through twelve (1-12) with some exceptions.  In grades one through three, social studies and science/health will be graded with the following grading scale:

 

S - Satisfactory work

N - Needs improvement

U - Unsatisfactory work

 

 

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS

 

The Board believes that the periodic use of teacher-made examinations aids School District personnel in evaluating student learning and achievement and provides a means for assessing the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process in the schools of the School District. Therefore, the Board encourages principals and teachers to insure that students are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in the preparation for and completion of comprehensive unit/grading period examinations.  In an effort to standardize certain aspects of the administration of examinations on a District-wide basis, the following guidelines shall be applicable:

 

Examinations - Grades 7-12

 

Each grading period, examinations shall be required of all students in grades seven through twelve (7-12).  Each student must take the examinations for each grading period. No exemptions, except for the final grading period for the class, shall be allowed.  Make-up examinations shall be administered in accordance with Policies JFAAB and IHAA.  

 

Examinations for each grading period shall be comprehensive and shall assess thinking skills and/or applied skills as well as knowledge of content.   Such examinations shall count one-seventh (1/7) of the overall grade.  Further, teachers should have a minimum of two weekly grades (homework, daily work, tests, etc.) for each student in each grading period.

 

*   A special education student's IEP may or may not require said examinations.

 

Semester Examinations - Grades 7-12

 

The comprehensive grading-period examinations shall replace semester examinations as a means of assessing student progress.

 

Exemption Policy

 

Students in grades 7-12 of all schools of the School District are tobe exempt from the exam of the final grading period of a course if they meet the following conditions:

 

Term (Block) Classes

 

1.   An overall A average up to the time of the test with no more than two (2) absences and no more than one (1) tardy, regardless of the reason for the absences or tardy.

2.   An overall B average up to the time of the test with no more than one (1) absence and no more than one (1) tardy, regardless of the reason for the absence or tardy.

3.   An overall C average up to the time of the test with no absences and no more than one (1) tardy.

 

Semester Classes

 

1.   An overall A average up to the time of the test with no more than two (2) absences and no more than one (1) tardy, regardless of the reason for the absences or tardy.

2.   An overall B average up to the time of the test with no more than one (1) absence and no more than one (1) tardy, regardless of the reason for the absence or tardy.

3.   An overall C average up to the time of the test with no absences and no more than one (1) tardy.

 

Year-long Classes

 

1.   An overall A average up to the time of the test with no more than three (3) tardies and no more than five (5) absences, regardless of the reason for the tardies or absences.

2.   An overall B average up to the time of the test with no more than three (3) tardies and no more than three (3) absences, regardless of the reason for the tardies or absences.

3.   An overall C average up to the time of the test with no more than three (3) tardies and no more than one (1) absence, regardless of the reason for the tardies or absence.

 

All Classes

 

1.   Student eligibility for exemption shall be determined by the teacher in each class on the basis of the grade average and the number of absences from the class.

2.   Absences because of participation in official school sponsored activities are not to be included in the number of absences counted for exemption purposes.

3.   Any student serving at least one day in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension for any reason shall not be eligible for an exemption in any class.

4.  Students who qualify for an exemption in a class may take that exam, if they choose to do so.  If the exam is taken, the exam score shall count toward the student’s grade average.

5.   Students who miss more than one-half (1/2) of a class period for any reason shall be counted absent from the class for exemption purposes.  The teacher of the class shall make this determination.

 

 

PROMOTION GUIDELINES

 

The implementation of these promotion policy guidelines is to assure that all students are promoted or retained by the same standards.    

 

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PROMOTION

 

In determining the promotion or retention of a student, a student profile is evaluated. The profile contains reading levels in grades 1‑6, report cards grades, standardized achievement test scores, attendance data, and information on special services. This information is evaluated along with the social, emotional, and physical development of the student; however, the major consideration is given to the student's performance in the academic areas.

 

PROVISION I

 

Students will be informed and given a copy of the promotion policy guidelines for their parents at the beginning of the school year.  Each new student enrolling thereafter will receive a copy of the guidelines. A statement of review, signed by the parent or guardian stating that they have seen and understand the guidelines, will be returned to the school immediately and will be filed with each student’s records.

 

PROVISION II

 

Students are expected to be in attendance each day that school is in session. In order for a student to be considered for promotion or to earn credit when excessive absences occur, parents will be required to have a conference with a committee composed of the principal, teacher(s) and the counselor and to provide justification for absences. A student with the existence of extenuating circumstances, substantiated by a physician and documented by the principal, could be promoted or given credit if all other requirements are met; such determination is to be made by the committee.

 

PROVISION III

 

Parents will receive a report card of student progress at the end of each grading period.

 

PROVISION IV

 

The grading scale will be as follows:

 

KINDERGARTEN.................................                   GRADES 1‑12

         G ‑ Good (has achieved stated                               A – 90 100

         knowledge or skills)                                               B – 80... 89

         S - Satisfactory (is progressing toward                  C– 70.... 79

               achievement of stated knowledge or skill)       D -60.... 69

         N - Needs more growth through                             F -    0... 59

classroom and home experience                     

 

Numerical grades will be given in academic subjects in grades one through twelve with one exception. In grade one, social studies and science/health will be graded with S for satisfactory work, N for needs improvement and U for unsatisfactory work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROVISION V

 

PASS/FAIL STANDARDS FOR THE READING PROGRAM

 

Students in the regular classes in grades 1‑6 must satisfactorily complete designated levels of the currently adopted basal reading series.  These levels are specified in each grade level standard. In order to satisfactorily complete the level, the student should attain mastery level scores as specified in guidelines for implementation of the reading program.  Students in Grade one must satisfactorily complete the designated levels of the current reading program.

 

PROVISION VI

 

Any deviation from the policy provisions must be the decision of a placement committee consisting of:

      1.   grade level teachers(s)

      2.   principal

      3.   School counselor

The committee will determine the placement of cases in question:

      1.   a student who has repeated a grade and has continued to make little or no progress after all possible remediation efforts have been made.

      2.   other cases of unusual nature.

The committee may recommend either:

      1.   retention

      2.   placement

 

The recommendation of the committee must be written on the student's cumulative folder.

 

PROVISION VII

 

1.   A standard progress report will be used to inform parents of student’s work.  This form will be sent home at the mid-point of each grading period.

2.   The form, NOTICE OF POSSIBLE RETENTION, is included with the promotion policy guidelines for information to parents.  This form will be sent no later than the time of the progress report for the third grading period in grades 1-8.

KINDERGARTEN

 

Kindergarten students will be promoted by recommendation of the teacher and the principal.

 

FIRST GRADE

 

Any first grade student who has met the follow requirements shall be considered for promotion into the second grade:

 

1.   The student must have satisfactorily completed at a minimum reading readiness and pre‑primer materials required for first grade and the primer of the adopted basal reading series and have attained mastery of the related skills.

2.   A student must have passing report card grades in reading, language and mathematics.

3.   Provision II.

 

SECOND GRADE

 

Any second grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the third grade: 

 

1.   The student must have completed the reader designated for the second grade in the adopted basal reading series and have attained mastery of the related skills.

2.   The student must have passing report card grades in reading, mathematics, and language.

3.   Provision II.

 

THIRD GRADE

 

Any third grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the fourth grade:

 

1.   The student must have completed the reader designated for the third grade in the adopted reading program, and have attained mastery of the related skills.

2.   The student must have passing report card grades in reading, mathematics, and language.

3.   Provision II.

 

FOURTH GRADE

 

Any fourth grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the fifth grade:

1.   The student must have completed the reader designated for the fourth grade in the adopted reading program and have attained mastery of the related skills.

2.   The student must have passing report card grades in reading, mathematics, and language and at least one of the following subjects: social studies or science/health.

3.   Provision II.

 

FIFTH GRADE

 

Any fifth grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the sixth grade:

 

1.   The student must have completed the reader designated for the fifth grade in the adopted reading program and have attained mastery of the related skills in the reader.

2.   The student must have passing report card grades in reading, mathematics, and language and at least one of the following subjects: social studies or science/health.

3.   Provision II.

 

SIXTH GRADE

 

Any sixth grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the seventh grade:

 

1.   The student must have completed the reader designated for the sixth grade in the adopted reading program and have attained mastery of the related skills.

2.   The student must have passing report card grades in reading, mathematics, language, social studies, and science/health.

   3.   Provision II.

 

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE

 

Any seventh or eighth grade student who has met the following requirements will be considered for promotion into the next grade:

 

      1.   The student must have passing report card grades, based on yearly averages, as follows:

a.    the four major academic subjects which must include language arts, math, science/health, and social studies.

b.   two of the remaining scheduled subjects.

      2.   Provision II.

 

NOTE: Any deviation from these academic standards must be handled according to Provision VI.

 

NINTH THROUGH ELEVENTH (See Board Policy JFDD)

 

At the end of the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades, promotion will be based on the number of credits passed:          

 

Students who entered the ninth grade in the 2003-2004 school year and thereafter, must have 24 units to graduate from high school.

 

To be promoted to grade 10 - 6 units

To be promoted to grade 11 - 12 units

To be promoted to grade 12 - 18 units

 

Method for Determining Final Grade Averages in Grades 7-12

 

The method for determining the final grade average in each full-year (1 unit) course shall be to average the two (2) semester grades or the four (4) grading-period grades for block schedule to determine the final grade, i.e. pass or fail. The final semester grade shall be used to determine the final grade in each semester course (1/2).

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

Satisfactory completion of units specified in the IEP will determine promotion. 

 

Students with learning disabilities who are assigned to regular classes will adhere to the following guidelines:

 

1.   Students who have been diagnosed to have a learning disability in the area and/or related areas will follow their IEP for promotion requirements.

2.   If the IEP team determines that the student's lack of success is related to the disability, the IEP team must revise the plan for success. This effort must be documented by the teacher.

3.   The IEP team alone will determine if the learning disabled student is promoted or retained.

2.        Alabama High School Athletic Association eligibility rules apply to special education students.

 

 

GRADUATION EXERCISES

 

High Schools

 

The Senior High Schools of the School District shall plan appropriate graduation programs for said schools on a date approved by the Board.

 

All Senior High School students must be graduated in accordance with the unit provisions in the Alabama Course of Study, appropriate local requirements, and pass all areas of the Alabama High School Basic Skills Exit Examination, all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (ending in 2013-2014), or Credit based diploma.

 

Only regular students receiving a diploma and special education students receiving an occupational diploma or a graduation certificate may participate in graduation exercises of the School District.

Graduation activities and procedures for awarding any type of diploma and graduation certificate shall be integrated and identical with no distinction/differentiation made in regard to the way the diploma or certificate is awarded or presented.

 

Elementary Schools

 

Elementary schools may hold either promotion exercises or formal graduation programs.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Effective beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, graduation from a Fayette County School denotes the completion of a school program which has been planned and administered to meet as nearly as possible the needs of the students.  The Alabama state courses of study shall be followed in meeting the program requirements.

 

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

 

The minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9-12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma from the Fayette County Schools are as follows:

 

English               4 units   

SocialStudies1   4 units

                            (9thGrade - 1 unit)

                            (10th Grade - 1 unit)

                            (11th Grade - 1 unit)

                            (U. S. Government – ½ unit)

                            (Economics – ½ unit)

Science              4 units

            Must include the equivalent of:                       

                            Biology - 1 unit

                            Science Electives - 3 units

Mathematics    4 units

            Must include the equivalent of:

                            Algebra I2 - 1 unit

                            Geometry - 1 unit

                            Math Electives - 2 units

Health Education                  ½ unit

Arts Education                 ½ unit

Computer Applications3 ½ unit

Physical Education         1 unit

Arts Education                 ½ unit

Electives                            5 ½ units

 

                                            TOTAL4 24 units

 

 

1All four required credits in Social Studies shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study.

2  Algebra IA and Algebra IB may substitute for Algebra I.

3May be waived if computer literacy and introductory applications are verified by qualified staff at the high school. The designated one-half credit would then be added to the electives.  This will also include the online experience.

4Minimum units required.  Students should be encouraged to complete additional units.

 

 

 

 

DIPLOMA WITH ADVANCED ACADEMIC ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

The minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9‑12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement from the Fayette County Schools are as follows:

 

English               4 units   

Foreign Language1          2 units

Mathematics    4 units

            (Algebra I2 - 1 unit)

            (Geometry - 1 unit)

            (Algebra II with Trig. - 1 unit)

            (Math Elective - 1 unit)

Social Studies3  4 units

            (9th Grade - 1 unit)

            (10th Grade - 1 unit)

            (11th Grade - 1 unit)

            (American Government – ½ unit)

            (Economics – ½  unit)

Science                                              4 units

            (Biology – 1 unit)

            (Chemistry - 1 unit)

            (Science Electives - 2 units)

Health Education            ½ unit

Computer Applications4 ½ unit

Physical Education         1 unit

Arts Education                 ½ unit

Electives                            3 ½ units

                                            TOTAL5 24 units

 

*Must include advanced levels of core subjects.

Credit earned through applied academic courses or embedded credit will not satisfy the core requirements.

 

1Both Carnegie units of Foreign Language must be in the same language.

2Algebra IA and Algebra IB may substitute for Algebra I.

3All four required credits in social studies shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study.

4May be waived if computer literacy and introductory applications are verified by qualified staff at the high school. The designated one-half credit would then be added to the electives.  This will also include the online experience.

5Minimum units required. Students should be encouraged to complete additional units.

 

Diploma with Career and Technical Endorsement Requirements

 (See Board policy IHF, IEEA, JFDD.

 

Diploma with Advanced Career and Technical Endorsement Requirements

 (See Board Policy IHF, IEEA, JFDD

 

Effective for students beginning ninth grade in the 2009-2010 school year, twenty-four (24) units are required for graduation with a diploma.  Additionally, students must pass all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam to receive a diploma with the exception of a Credit-Based endorsement.

 

Students do not have to be enrolled in the Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement program to be eligible for admission to all colleges; however, certain colleges are now moving toward requiring the Advanced Diploma completion as a basic admission criterion.  Therefore, students contemplating attending college should contact school counselors and/or seek advice from the admission offices of colleges in which they have an interest.

 

All students are eligible to take all courses required for graduation, including advanced courses, provided they meet the normal prerequisites.

 

The Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement is intended as a college preparatory program.  It is strongly recommended that college-bound students take the most advanced courses in English, math, social studies, and science.

 

Alabama High School Graduation Exam

 

In addition, students seeking a Standard Diploma, a Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement, A Diploma with Career and Technical Endorsement or a Diploma with Advanced Career and Technical Endorsement must pass successfully all sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.This provision will end in 2013-2014.

 

 

 

DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

 

The following diplomas and certificates may be issued by the school of the School District:

 

         1.         Diploma ‑ A Diploma shall be awarded to students who complete the State Board of Education requirements established for the Diploma and pass all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

         2.         Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement ‑ A Diploma indicating an advanced academic endorsement shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements established for the Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement and pass all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

         3.         Diploma with Career and Technical Endorsement – A diploma indicating a career and technical endorsement shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements established for the Diploma with Career and Technical Endorsement and pass all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

         4.         Diploma with Advanced Career and Technical Endorsement – A diploma indicating an advanced career in technical endorsement shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements established for the Diploma with Advanced Career and Technical Endorsement and pass all areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

         5.          Diploma with Credit-Based Endorsement – A Diploma indicating a credit-based endorsement shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements established for the Diploma with Credit-Based Endorsement and pass three out of five sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, including reading, mathematics, and one other section.

         6.         Occupational Diploma – An Occupational Diploma shall be awarded to students with disabilities who earn the course credits required for the Occupational Diploma.

         7.         Graduation Certificate – A Graduation Certificate shall be awarded to a special education student who successfully completes the prescribed program specified in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP).

 

 

Special education students with the exception of the gifted and the speech-impaired shall follow the objectives set out for them at the annual IEP meeting by the IEP team in reference to the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.  If the team, after reviewing all pertinent data, decides that the student should attempt the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, then he/she shall receive the same opportunities, including remediation, as any other student taking the Graduation Exam.   After unsuccessfully attempting the Examination the customary times, the student may elect to receive the Graduation Certificate in lieu of a diploma and proceed through graduation exercises.

 

Regular program students who have earned the units commensurate with their grade level but have failed to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam shall receive remediation for their deficiencies as shown by the test results.  If, after the customary opportunities for taking the Graduation Exam, the student still has failed to pass the Examination, the student should continue to attempt the Alabama High School Graduation Exam at the regular times and settings for taking the test up to the age of twenty-one (21).  Upon passing the Examination, the student shall be issued the earned diploma, with appropriate endorsements, and be eligible to proceed through the next scheduled graduation exercise.

 

Regular program students classified as seniors who have not earned the Carnegie Units necessary for graduation but have passed the Alabama High School Graduation Exam should continue to pursue the Carnegie Units needed for graduation up to the age of twenty-one (21) where upon earning the needed Carnegie Units, the student shall be issued the earned diploma and be eligible to proceed through the next scheduled graduation exercise.  Various credit recovery opportunities may be available.  This exam will be terminated in 2013-2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

(See Board Policies JFDDA; IEEB; IHFB-REVISED AUGUST 5,2013)

 

            Graduation from a Fayette County High School denotes the completion of a school program which has been planned and administered to meet as nearly as possible the needs of the students.  The Alabama State Courses of Study shall be followed in meeting the program requirements.

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Effective beginning with the freshman class of the 2013-2014 school year, the minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9-12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma from a Fayette County High School are as follows:

 

English                                                                   4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade - 1 unit

        11th Grade - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit                                                       

Mathematics                                                        4 units

        Equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry, and

        Algebra II w/Trig. or Algebra II required

        Additional equivalent course - 1 unit

Social Studies1                                                      4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade  - 1 unit

        11th Grade  - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Science                                                                  4 units

        Physical Science - 1 unit

        Biology - 1 unit

        Electives - 2 units

Career Preparedness                                           1 unit

Health Education                                                                        1/2 unit

Physical Education                                             1 unit

CTE and/or Foreign Language;

        and/or Arts Education                                3 units

Electives                                                                                2.5 units

        TOTAL2                                                         24 units

 

1Required units shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study

2Minimum units required.  Students are encouraged to complete additional units.

 

DIPLOMA WITH ADVANCED ACADEMIC ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

Effective beginning with the freshman class of the 2013-2014 school year, the minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9-12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma with advanced academic endorsement from a Fayette County High School are as follows:

English                                                                   4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade - 1 unit

        11th Grade - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Foreign Language1                                              2 units

Mathematics                                                        4 units

        Algebra I - 1 unit

        Geometry - 1 unit

        Algebra II with Trig - 1 unit

        Elective - 1 unit

Social Studies2                                                      4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade  - 1 unit

        11th Grade  - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Science                                                                  4 units

        Physical Science - 1 unit

        Biology - 1 unit

        Chemistry - 1 unit

        Elective - 1 unit

            Physics, Ecology, Anatomy

            and Physiology

Career Preparedness                                           1 unit

Health Education                                                                        1/2 unit

Physical Education                                             1 unit

CTE and/or Foreign Language;

        and/or Arts Education                                3 units

Electives                                                                                2.5 units

        TOTAL3                                                         24 units

 

Must include advanced levels of core subjects.

Credit earned through applied academic courses will not satisfy the core requirements.

1Both units must be in the same language.

2Required units shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study.

3Minimum units required.  Students are encouraged to complete additional units.

 

 

DIPLOMA WITH CAREER AND TECHNICAL ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

Effective beginning with the freshman class of the 2013-2014 school year, the minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9-12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma with Career and Technical Endorsement from the Fayette County Schools are as follows:

 

 

English                                                                   4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade - 1 unit

        11th Grade - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit                                                       

Mathematics                                                        4 units

        Equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry, and

        Algebra II w/Trig. or Algebra II required

        Additional equivalent course - 1 unit

Social Studies1                                                      4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade  - 1 unit

        11th Grade  - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Science                                                                  4 units

        Physical Science - 1 unit

        Biology - 1 unit

        Science Electives - 2 units

Career and Technical Courses                          3 Units

Health Education                                                                        1/2 unit

Career Preparedness                                           1 unit

Physical Education                                             1 unit

Electives                                                                                2-1/2 units

        TOTAL2                                                         24 units

 

1 Required units shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study

2Minimum units required.  Students are encouraged to complete additional units.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIPLOMA WITH ADVANCED CAREER AND TECHNICAL ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

Effective beginning with the freshman class of the 2013-2014 school year, the minimum requirements for units to be completed in grades 9-12 inclusive in order to obtain a diploma with Advanced Career and Technical Endorsement from the Fayette County Schools are as follows:

 

English                                                                   4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade - 1 unit

        11th Grade - 1 unit                                 

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Mathematics                                                        4 units

        Algebra I - 1 unit

        Geometry - 1 unit

        Algebra II with Trig - 1 unit

        Math Elective - 1 unit

Social Studies1                                                      4 units

        9th Grade - 1 unit

        10th Grade  - 1 unit

        11th Grade  - 1 unit

        12th Grade - 1 unit

Science                                                                  4 units

        Physical Science - 1 unit

        Biology - 1 unit

        Chemistry - 1 unit

        Science Electives - 1 unit

Career and Technical Courses2                         3 Units

Health Education                                                                        1/2 unit

Physical Education                                             1 unit

Electives                                                                                2-1/2 units

        TOTAL3                                                         24 units

 

Must include advanced levels of core subjects.

Credit earned through applied academic courses will not satisfy the core requirements.

1Required units shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study.

2One or two Career and Technical courses and one other course related to the student’s career choice.

4Minimum units required.  Students are encouraged to complete additional units.

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty-four (24) units are required for graduation with a Diploma or a Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement. 

 

                The following exemptions for the required unit of physical education are allowed:

               

      1.       Career/technical classes extending over two (2) or more class periods per day and marching band may be taken in lieu of physical education in grades 9-12.

      2.       Members of interscholastic athletic teams, including cheerleaders, may be granted credit in physical education while currently participating in such sports.

      3.       Academic subjects taken in addition to the normal credit load may substitute for physical education under the following conditions:

                a.     Subjects are taken during the regular school year; and

                b.     Subjects are in the regular school curriculum in areas of math, language, science, social studies, and fine arts; and

                c.     Students must have parental consent.

 

Student Loads

 

                Students in grades seven through twelve (7-12) must take a subject for each school operating period if feasible or unless exceptions are made with the counselor or principal.

 

Method for Determining Final Grade Averages in Grades 7-12

 

                The method for determining the final grade average in each full year (1 unit) course shall be to average the two (2) semester grades or the four (4) grading period grades for block schedules to determine the final grade, i.e., pass or fail.  The final semester grade of the average of the average of the two (2) grading period grades shall be used to determine the final grade in each semester course (1/2 unit).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK

 

The Board recognizes that homework serves to extend learning beyond the classroom setting and that all homework assignments should be meaningful and reasonable. It should not be a substitute for teaching but should be reinforcement, a practical application, or enrichment of what has already been taught.

 

Each school faculty should cooperatively develop a policy relative to homework which meets the following broad principles.

1.   Homework shall be required in each subject area whose content is prescribed by the State Course of Study.

2.   Homework shall reinforce classroom instruction.

3.   Time required to complete homework assignments should be reasonable.

4.   Homework assignments shall be coordinated in order to prevent students from being overburdened with too much homework at any given time.

5.   Homework assignments shall be varied to accommodate individual differences when appropriate (varied assignment lengths should be equal for all students in a class).

6.   All homework shall be evaluated.

7.   Homework is not to be used as punishment.

8.   When appropriate, homework assignments shall include practice in higher‑order intellectual skills.

9.   Homework assignments should be commensurate with the resources available.

10. Each classroom teacher shall be left with the authority to determine actual homework assignments which are consistent with this policy and the local school's policy.

 

 

Student Responsibilities

 

Students will be expected to assume the following responsibilities when homework is assigned:

 

1.   Complete the assignment in the specified time periods.

2.   Return the assignment on time.

3.   Do the best work possible when completing assignments.

 

 

Teacher Responsibilities

 

Teachers will be expected to assume the following responsibilities when homework is assigned.

 

1.   Assign homework on a regular but reasonable basis, keeping in mind the nature of the assignment, the age of the students, and demands that may be placed on students by other teachers.

2.   Assign homework that is related to instructional activities.

3.   Grade/check the homework and return it to students on a timely basis.

4.   Utilize homework as an important part of student evaluation.

5.   Expect all students to complete assignments.

 

 

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

 

Each local high school in the School District shall provide for the selection of a valedictorian and a salutatorian. 

 

Effective beginning with students graduating in the 2003-2004 school year, the selection criteria for determining who may be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian in the schools of the School District shall be the following:

 

Selection Criteria

 

The following are the criteria for determining who may be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian in the schools of the School District:

 

1.   The student with the highest numerical grade average who qualifies for the Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement shall be the class valedictorian.  The student with the second highest numerical grade average who qualifies for the Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement shall be the class salutatorian.

2.   In calculating the numerical grade average, each final grade for each subject taken in grades nine through eleven and the grades for the first four grading periods of grade twelve shall be used in computing the overall average.  (Exception:  If a course required for graduation is taken for credit in grade eight, such as Algebra I, grades received in said course shall be included in the calculation.)  All classes taken are to be included in calculating the overall average.

3.   In the event that the top averages rounded to the nearest hundredth are the same, two or more people may be declared valedictorians and the next highest grade average would be declared as the salutatorian.

4.   In the event that the second highest grade averages rounded to the nearest hundredth is the same, two or more people may be declared as salutatorian.

5.   The candidates for valedictorian and salutatorian must have been enrolled at the high school for one full school year prior to the date of calculation of said selection.

6.   If letter grades are present on a candidate's transcript, the candidate must have the respective school(s) attended submit the grades in numerical form.  If school officials of the school the student attended cannot or will not covert the letter grades to numerical grades, said student's letter grades shall be converted to numerical grades at the mid-point of the grading scale approved for use by the high schools of the School District.  (See FILE: JFAAC).

7.      Any extraordinary situations or circumstances that may arise shall be resolved by the school principal in consultation with the Superintendent.

 

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

 

The Board may operate summer schools when needed to serve the educational goals of the School District.  All summer sessions will comply with Alabama law and applicable State Board of Education Administrative Code.  The Administrative Code outlines the following procedures that apply to the operation of summer schools by the School District:

 

For High School Credit

 

1.   One (1) Carnegie Unit of credit requires a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction or mastery of deficiencies – see Credit Recovery policy.

2.   The time required for a repeated subject may be the same as for a new subject.

3.         The content of the course shall be that prescribed by the State Course of Study and the Fayette County Curriculum Plan.

 

For Elementary, Junior High/Middle School Credit

 

To qualify for credit, the time required for a subject in summer school may be the same as the time required for the regular school session.

 

For Special Education Students

 

A special education student's IEP program may require different amounts of time from those noted above to complete a summer school course/credit.

 

Determining Promotion and Retention - Grades 7-12

 

When a student in grades seven through twelve (7-12) fails to achieve a final passing grade average for a full-year's course during the regular academic year, the course must be retaken.  If the course is retaken in summer school, the summer school final grade for the entire course shall determine pass/fail, i.e. no averaging of summer school grades with regular academic year grades. 

           

Summer School Availability and Costs

 

The School District receives no funding for summer schools; therefore, the availability of summer course offerings at all grade levels shall be based on sufficient student demand to financially support each respective course.  The basic costs associated with the operation of summer schools shall be borne by the enrolled students.

 

Approval For Summer School Credit Outside The School District

 

A student at any grade level who wishes to take a summer school course(s) at a school outside the School District must obtain prior written permission from the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled in order for the course to be considered for credit.

 

 

 

 

Errors and Omissions

 

The student and parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be held responsible for errors in subject selection and appropriate approvals unless the above procedures are followed.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE STUDY

 

General Guidelines

 

The Board approves the use of appropriate correspondence study courses in the schools of the School District provided the following guidelines are met:

 

1.   Such courses are arranged on an individual basis.

2.   Such courses are offered through institutions recognized by the State Department of Education and from institutions accredited by the national accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Office of Education.

3.   Written approval must be given by both the principal and the superintendent before correspondence work is begun.

4.   The school principal identifies and approves a qualified local school faculty member to serve as the cooperating teacher.

5.   Only one Carnegie Unit may be earned through correspondence study during a regular academic year, and this credit shall be included in calculating the student's program of study.

6.   Correspondence work should be taken only when the curricular offerings deny a student a course he/she particularly needs.

7.   All requirements and guidelines imposed by the institution(s) offering the course must be met.

 

Costs

 

All costs associated with the correspondence course must be borne by the student.

 

 

 

 

 

Credit Deadlines

 

To apply credit earned through correspondence study, the following guidelines must be met:

 

1.   A student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) must assume the responsibility for having the correspondence institution send an official grade report to the school. Grades/Carnegie Units earned through correspondence study cannot be applied to a student's records until the official grade report is received.

2.   A candidate for graduation must have any applicable correspondence study grade reports on file with the school on or before the date set for the beginning of candidate's final examination period in order to participate in graduation exercises.

 

 

EARLY ADMISSION TO INSTITUTIONS OF

HIGHER EDUCATION

 

The Board recognizes that certain students may be able to benefit from early enrollment in college-level courses while maintaining enrollment in the schools of the School District. The Board encourages local school principals and other certified personnel to work with students and their parents in planning for and approving such educational experiences.  All such enrollments should be based on the following guidelines:

 

Enrollment Outside The Regular School Day

 

Summer and Weekend Programs--Many institutions of higher learning offer valuable summer and weekend programs that are designed to provide enrichment or accelerated learning opportunities for high school students.  The Board encourages local school personnel to make such opportunities known to students who could benefit from such programs of studies.

 

Enrollment During The Regular School Day

 

Many institutions of higher learning have developed programs which permit high school students to enroll and participate in college-level courses during the regular school day.  The local school certified staff should seek out such programs and identify potential students who could benefit from such programs.  When students are permitted to participate in such programs, the following guidelines shall apply:

 

1.   Students enrolled in courses during the normal high school day on or off the high school campus shall have prior permission of the principal, superintendent, and the participating postsecondary institution president.

2.   Such college enrollments shall not necessitate the students missing any regularly scheduled high school classes or any part of such classes required for graduation.  Students must be in attendance at their high school one-half (½) of the day.

3.   Such enrollments shall not obligate the School District to provide any additional transportation for such students.

4.   All students so enrolled shall have a Parental Release Form on file noting the attendance dates and times.

 

Dual Enrollment

 

Certain high school students may be allowed to enroll in postsecondary institutions in order to earn dual credits for a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree.  The following provisions shall apply to students enrolled in college-level courses and in the schools of the School District:

1.   Students shall have a “B” average in completed high school courses and meet the college’s admission and course requirements.

2.   Students must be in grade 10, 11, or 12 or have an exception granted by the participating postsecondary institution upon the recommendation of the Principal and Superintendent and in accordance with regulations regarding gifted and talented students.

3.   Student must have written approval of the principal and superintendent.  If student is enrolled in courses offered during the normal high school day, prior permission of the principal, superintendent, and the participating postsecondary institution president is required.  A Dual Enrollment Recommendation Form (File: IDCBAB) must be on file with the high school prior to the student's enrolling in a college course.

4.   Courses taken must be college level; remedial college courses shall not meet the requirements of the dual enrollment program.

5.   Ten (10) quarter/six (6) semester credit hours at the postsecondary level shall equal one (1) credit at the high school level in the same or related subject.

 

 

Costs

 

All costs associated with attendance of such programs shall be borne by the student.

 

 

DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE ALIGNMENT

 

College Course                                                    High School Credit

 

Western Civ I and II                 Substitute for 10th grade World History

American National Govt./Econ.                  Substitute for 12th grade

                                                                                 Am. Govt/Econ

Lit I and II                                                      Elective for 12th grade

Gen Psychology                                      Elective for 10th -12thgrade

Speech                                                     Elective for 10th-12thgrade

Math 112 and 113         Substitute for 12th grade Adv. Mathematics

Anatomy & Physiology                   Substitute for 12thgrade Science

                                                                   Elective I and II with lab           

Chemistry 112 and 113/lab                         Substitute for Chemistry

Physics 201 and 202 with lab        Substitute for 12th grade Science

                                                                                             elective

HED224 – Health                    Substitute for required Health course

Micro Applications                                                               Elective

Arts Education courses*                       Substitute for arts education

                                                                     requirement or elective

 

* The following courses could count for Arts Education credit:  Art, Instrumental Music, Music Appreciation, Vocal/Choral Music, Drama, Speech, and Dance. Determination of qualifications for fine arts credit of other courses shall be determined on individual course basis.

Other courses may be considered for dual enrollment on an individual course basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT INSURANCE PROGRAMS

 

The Board shall contract or authorize the local school to contract with a reputable insurance company to provide low‑cost student accident insurance for the students enrolled in the schools of the School District. The insurance program is a service to all students of the School District in which they may participate on a voluntary basis.

 

 

The Board may require a student in certain curricular or extra‑curricular areas to participate in the school accident insurance program or file with the school principal a statement from the student's parent or guardian that said student is adequately protected against accidents that may occur while participating in said activities.

 

 

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

 

The Board shall endeavor to provide necessary health services for all students of the School District. The School District shall cooperate with all local and State Health Agencies to provide the most comprehensive student health services possible.

 

Examinations ‑ Vision and Hearing

 

The School District shall provide vision and hearing screening examinations when a student is suspected of having a disability.  Students in Special Education shall be screened at least everythree (3) years, when other evaluations are due for special education eligibility.

 

The school district shall provide vision and hearing screening examinations for other students when requested by school personnel when parent permission is obtained or upon a parent/guardian request.  If an entire grade or school screening is provided, parental permission will not be required.

 

If a student fails two screenings, the parent/guardian will be notified (see form JGC-R).

 

 

 

Examinations ‑ Dental and Medical

 

The School District may provide dental and medical examinations for specified students of the School Districtas determined by specified “No Child Left Behind Guidelines”. Students may be referred for such examinations by members of the school staff and other school personnel.

 

Written parental approval must be obtained before such examination. However, when in the opinion of school officials, a student's health condition may be dangerous to other students, a medical examination may be required by school officials.

 

 

Examinations - Scoliosis

 

The School District shall provide scoliosis examinations for all students, ages eleven through fourteen (11-14). Students may be referred for such examinations by members of the school staff and other school personnel.

 

Medication

 

Members of the school staff shall not administer external/internal medication to students except in cases where it is prescribed by a physician and requested in writing by the parent, guardian, or family physician.

 

 

MEDICINES

 

The Board has instructed the Super­intendent to prepare, or cause to be prepared, specific regulations and/or procedures relative to use of medicines in schools.

 

No medication shall be given to any student other than in compliance with the regulations and/or procedures specified (See regulation coded JGCA-R).

 

A copy of the regulations shall be provided to all parents or guardians who make a request for administration of medication in any school of the School District.

 

The Board shall retain the discretion to reject any request for administration of medication in any school under its jurisdiction.

 

 

USE OF EXTERNAL/INTERNAL MEDICATIONS

 

External/Internal Medication in Schools

 

If under exceptional circumstances a student is required to use external/internal medications during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medications, only the school nurse or unlicensed assistive personnel who have completed the mandatory 12 hour medication delivery course by the State Department of Education, shall administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow:

 

1.   Written authorization signed by the parent(guardian) and/or physician will be required and shall include:

      a.   Child's name,

      b.   Name of medication,

      c.   Specific purpose of medication,

      d.   Specific time to be administered,

      e.   Dosage,

      f.    Possible side effects, and

      q.   Initial date/termination date for administering the medication.

2.   The school nurse or unlicensed assistive personnel will:

      a.   Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication.

      b.   Keep a record of administration of the medication and all other information as stated above in #1.

      c.   Keep medication in a locked box and safe area.

      d.   Return unused medication to the parent (or guardian) only.

3.   The parents (or guardians) of the student must assume responsibility for informing the school nurse or unlicensed assistive personnel of any change in the student's health or change in medication.

4.   The School District retains the discretion to reject requests for the administration of medicine.

5.   A copy of this regulation shall be provided to parents upon their request for administration of medication in the schools.

 

                                                                          

STUDENT IMMUNIZATIONS

 

General Requirements

 

Blue Form -- A Certificate of Immunization (Blue Form IMM50) against diseases designated by the State Health Department shall be required before a student can be enrolled initially in kindergarten or first grade in any school of the School District. The certificate requires a minimum of four (4) doses for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine and at least three (3) doses of polio vaccine, and two (2) doses of measles-containing vaccine.  The last dose of each vaccine must be administered after the childs fourth birthday.

 

Transfers -- Provided a student transfers into the School District from another school district within or outside the state, Certificates of Immunization as defined above shall be required before the student can be enrolled in any grade in the schools of the School District.

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibility

 

It shall be the responsibility of the Parent(s) or guardian(s) to have such immunizations performed and to present the proper certificate of immunization.

 

Immunization Form Storage and Transfer Procedures

 

The immunization form(s) is to be kept in the student's record file.  If a student transfers to another school within the School District, the immunization forms (Blue or other) shall be forwarded with the cumulative folder to the receiving school.  When a student transfers to a school outside the School District, the original copy of the immunization form(s) (the sending school should make a copy for file purposes) shall be given to the parent, guardian, or student at the time of withdrawal or forwarded to the receiving school upon request.

 

Exemptions

 

The only exemptions to the above policy are based on belief in selected religious doctrines. Parent(s) or guardian(s) seeking an exemption based on religious belief must secure a Religious Exemption Form from the State Health Department.  The issuance of the Religious Exemption Form shall be based on information presented to State Health Department officials.

 

Legal Action

 

Parent(s) or guardian(s) in noncompliance with the provisions of this policy may be subject to legal action.

 

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PARASITES

 

A student with a communicable or contagious disease or a parasite, (i.e. scabies, ringworms, head lice, etc.), shall be ineligible to attend schools in the School District for a period of time as may be prescribed by the Alabama Department of Public Health, a physician, or school personnel

 

Parasite-Head Lice

 

The School District’s policy on head lice requires the appropriate treatment of lice eggs (nits) and the examination of children returning to school after proper treatment.

 

Removal FromSchool

 

Provided a student is determined to have an initial infestation of head lice or nits, the student’s parents/guardians should be notified to take the student home for appropriate lice treatment as approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  Care must be taken not to embarrass the student and to insure that no stigma is attached to him/her.

 

Return To School

 

After evidence of appropriate lice treatment has been determined, the student may return to school.  Monitoring for signs of reinfestation will be conducted at school.  When signs of reinfestation are evident, the student’s parent/guardian will be notified to take the student home for appropriate lice treatment as approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

 

No more than three (3) absences should be considered excused due to head lice for each infestation.  No more than three (3) days should be required for effective and appropriate lice treatment.

 

 

COMMUNICABLE/INFECTIOUS DISEASES

 

All principals and teachers shall cooperate with the Superintendent and with the State Board of Health Rules and Regulation in carrying out laws and regulations designed to protect and promote health, safety, and general welfare of school children.

 

Communicable/Infectious Diseases or Conditions

 

Students in the School District, including children wishing to enroll in the District, who have communicable diseases, will be dealt with on an individual basis.  It is the desire of the Board to protect any student who has a disease or handicapping condition whether it iscommunicable or not, while at the same time, protecting all other students in the system.

 

While it is not possible to list all diseases or conditions that might be affected by this policy, the school district will follow guidelines established by the State Board of Health Rules and Regulation concerning communicable infectious diseases.  (See Exposure Control Manual)

 

 

HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)

ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS)

 

Fayette County Schools shall strive to protect the health and safety of children and youth in our care, as well as their families, and our employees.  Employees shall cooperate with public health authorities to promote these goals.

 

The presence of a person living with HIV or diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) poses no significant risk to others in school, daycare, or school athletic settings.

 

School Attendance

 

A student with HIV infection has the same right to attend school and receive services as any other student, and will be subject to the same rules and policies.  HIV infection shall not factor decisions concerning classroom assignments, privileges or participation in any school-sponsored activity.

 

School authorities shall determine the educational placement of a student known to be infected with HIV following established policies and procedures for students with disabilities.  Decision-makers must consult with a student’s physician and parent/guardian, respect the student and family’s rights, and reassess the placement if there is a change in the student’s needs for accommodations or services.

 

Employment

 

The Fayette County Schools do not discriminate on the basis of HIV infection or association with another person with HIV infection.

Privacy

 

Students or employees are not required to disclose HIV infection status to anyone in the education system.  HIV antibody testing is not required.

 

Every employee shall treat as highly confidential any knowledge or speculation concerning the HIV status of a student or other staff member.  Violation of medical privacy is cause for disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, and/or personal liability for a civil suit.

No information regarding a person’s HIV status shall be divulged to any individual or organization without a court order or the informed, written, signed and dated consent of the person with HIV infection (or the parent/guardian of a legal minor).  The written consent shall specify the name of the recipient of the information and the purposes of disclosure.

 

All health records, notes, and other documents that reference a person’s HIV status shall be kept in a secure place and confidential file apart from any student records or employee file.

Infection Control

 

All employees shall consistently follow infection control guidelines in all settings and at all times, including playgrounds and school buses.  Schools shall operate according to the Exposure Control Manual for the prevention of blood-born infections.  Equipment and supplies needed to apply infection control guidelines shall be maintained and kept reasonably available.  School Health Services personnel shall implement the precautions and investigate, correct, and report on instances of lapse.

 

A school employee shall alert the school nurse if a student’s health condition or behavior presents reasonable risk of transmitting any infection (i.e. bleeding, biting, spitting, scratching, or other risky behaviors).

 

If a situation occurs at the school in which a person might have been exposed to an infectious agent, such as an instance of blood or blood contact, school authorities shall counsel that person (or alert a parent/guardian) to seek appropriate medical evaluation.

HIV and Athletics

 

The privilege of participating in physical education classes, athletic programs, competitive sports and recess is not conditional on a person’s HIV status.  School authorities shall make reasonable accommodations to allow students living with HIV infection to participation in school-sponsored physical activities.

 

All employees shall consistently adhere to infection control guidelines in locker rooms and all play and athletic settings.  Rulebooks will reflect these guidelines.  First aid kits shall be on hand at every athletic event.

All physical education teachers and athletic program staff shall complete an approved first aid and injury prevention course that includes implementation of infection control guidelines.  Student orientation about safety on the playing field shall include guidelines for avoiding HIV infection.

 

 

STANDARD PRECAUTIONS AND BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

 

Fayette County Schools shall strive to protect the health and safety of children and youth in our care, as well as their families and our employees.  Staff members shall cooperate with public health authorities to promote these goals.

According to the Code of Federal Regulation, “occupational exposure” means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parental (through the skin) contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties.

Employees who have the potential to be occupationally exposed to blood borne pathogens are:

·         School Nurse – Providing nursing procedures, such as, administering injections; checking blood glucose; providing first aid; tracheotomy and catheter care; administering tube feedings; seizure precautions; suctioning; and performing CPR.

·         Child Nutrition Personnel – Providing first aid and performing CPR.

·         Administrators, Teachers, Coaches, Security Officers, Clerical Staff, Aides, and Bus Driver – providing health services such as first aid, CPR, seizure precautions, diapering, nasopharyngeal suctioning, and clean intermittent catheterization.

·         Custodians – Cleaning spills and surfaces possibly containing blood and/or bodily fluids and disposing of garbage and waste materials containing potentially infectious body fluids.

 

Employees within the school setting should comply with Standard Precautions to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.  Because of the difficulty in distinguishing between infectious and noninfectious body fluids, all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious.

 

To ensure the effectiveness of Standard Precautions in the school setting, the principal of each school shall routinely provide and maintain the following:

1.      Hand washing facilities that are readily accessible to employees and students.  (Adequate running water, soap, and paper towels shall be available.

2.      Antiseptic hand cleaners when a hand washing facility is inaccessible.

3.      Puncture-proof, disposable, labeled containers for disposing of used needles, syringes and sharps.

4.      Personal, disposable single-use protection equipment (gloves, CPR mouth shields, face shields, etc.) as required by specific tasks.

5.      Appropriate disinfectants, supplies and equipment to clean surfaces and waste receptacles following contamination of body fluids.

6.      Disposable plastic liners for waste receptacles.

 

To ensure the effectiveness of the Standard Precaution practices in the school setting, the school nurse should provide training in the following practices and evaluate their implementation:

1.      All personnel will utilize appropriate work place controls by:

A.     Using good hand washing practices at all times.

B.     Immediately washing their hands with soap and running water after the removal of disposable gloves or other personal protective equipment; after assisting with toileting of students; and before handling food.

C.     Washing their hands and any other body surface with soap and water or flushing mucous membranes with water as soon as possible when coming in direct contact with blood or potentially hazardous materials.

D.     Handling contaminated needles and sharps without bending, recapping or removing needles.

2.      All personnel will immediately report all exposure incidents involving students to the principal who will notify parents.

3.      All personnel will report all exposure incidents occurring to self immediately to the principal.

4.      Annual training for all school personnel to improve their knowledge and work practice controls regarding prevention and avoidance of exposure to blood borne pathogens in the workplace.  (See Exposure Control Manual)

5.      Provision of the Hepatitis B vaccine for school personnel who have been determined to be occupationally exposed to blood borne pathogens.  The vaccine should be offered within 10 days of initial assignment to a position with potential exposure.  This vaccine is given in a series of three injections over a six-month period.  An employee may decline the vaccine.  Records of the immunization should be filed by name and social security and maintained for 30 years after termination of employment.

6.      Facilitation of physician assessment and treatment as soon as possible after exposure incident.  (Exposure incidents should be regarded as urgent.)

7.      Facilitation of prompt written documentation regarding accurate completion of post-exposure reporting, evaluation and follow-up.  (See Exposure Control Manual)

8.      Protection of confidentiality of those involved in exposure incidents.

9.      Documentation and storage of records indicating the following:

A.     Employee training (must be kept for 3 years)

B.     Vaccines given/declined (must be kept 30 years post-employment)

C.     Exposure incidents (must be be kept 30 years post-employment)

D.     Post-exposure Healthcare Professional’s Written Opinions (must be kept for 30 years)

E.      Exposure Control Plan

F.      Annual review of plan and updates.

10.  Copies of Exposure Control Plans should be made readily available from the central office and at each school site.

           

                                                                          

STUDENT ACCIDENTS

 

The school principal shall make a written report to the Superintendentconcerning any accident requiring the services of a doctor which occurs on Board property.  This report must be given to the Superintendent within forty-eight hours after the accident.  In the event of a serious accident, the Superintendent shall be notified at once. 

 

Further developments pertaining to any accident should be also submitted to the Superintendent in order that a complete file may be kept on each accident.    

 

In the event of an athletic injury, the school principal is to use his/her own judgment as to whether or not the Superintendent is to be advised.  If the injury is of a serious or permanent nature, the principal should report the matter to the Superintendent.

 

In all school accidents, parents shall be notified immediately by school officials.  If the accident is of such a nature as to require immediate medical attention or the services of a doctor when the parent can not be reached, school officials shall act in loco parentis and do whatever the situation demands.  As most parents have indicated the name of the family physician to be called in such an emergency, school officials shall make every effort to contact this person in the event of an accident.  At all times; however, every effort shall be made to contact the parents. Student Accident Report Form (See file JGCD-R in Board Policy Book.)

 

 

FIRST-AID SUPPLIES AND TREATMENT

 

First Aid Supplies and Treatment

 

All schools of the School District shall store reasonable first aid supplies to administer common external first aid to students, faculty, and staff injured while at schoolfollowing the guidelines of the American Red Cross. 

 

Administering External/Internal Medication

 

Members of the school staff shall not administer external or internal medication (including aspirin, antibiotic ointment, peroxide, or pain medicine) to a student except in cases where it is prescribed by a physician, requested in writing by the parent, guardian, and/or family physician, and written instructions are provided for administering said medication, in accordance with policy JGCA-R.  Only members of the school staff who have completed a 12 hour medication delivery course for unlicensed assistive personnel may administer external or internal medications.  This 12 hour course is mandatory by the State of Alabama Department of Education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

 

The School District shall provide for psychological testing of specified students. In all cases, written permission from the student's parent or guardian shall be secured by appropriate school officials prior to psychological testing of any student in the School District.

 

 

EMERGENCY DRILLS

 

Special drills will be planned by the local school principal and staff to assure the orderly movement and placement of students in the safest available areas. The following drills (revised January 2014 to comply with the Code Red Statute) shall be a part of the plan:

 

Fire Drills

 

An orderly plan for evacuation of students and staff, in case of fire, shall be developed by the principal and staff of each school in the School District.  Plans shall be developed in cooperation with local fire department officials and rules and regulations as may be set forth by The Code of Alabama and State Fire Marshal's Office.

 

Fire drills shall be held in each school during the months of August, December, January, April, and May. Further, fire exit plans shall be posted in each school in all rooms occupied at any time by students.

 

Severe Weather Drills

 

Severe Weather drills (2) shall be conducted in all schools of the School District during the months of November and March.  

 

Procedures for severe weather drills shall be developed and conducted in accordance with local Civil Defense guidelines. 

 

Lockdown Drills

 

Lockdown drills (2) shall be conducted in all schools of the School District. Procedures shall be developed in cooperation with local law enforcement offials. These drills will be held one time each semester in the months of September and February.

 

Summer programs will have all three (3) (Fire, Severe Weather, Lockdown) each month of operation. All drills will be documented in Virtual AL.

 

Required Procedure (Tornado Watch)

In the event a tornado watch is issued for areas in which a school of the School District is located, the principal or designee of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved Civil Defense plan.  When a tornado watch is in effect at the conclusion of the normal school day, students will be released via regular dismissal and transportation plans.

 

Required Procedure (Tornado Warning)

In the event a tornado warning is issued for areas in which a school of the School District is located, the principal or designee of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved Civil Defense Plan.  Under a tornado warning, students shall not be released via regular

Transportation plans, (i.e. car pools, private vehicles, etc.)  provided the warning is in effect at the time set for concluding normal school day activities, except that students may be released during a tornado warning to students' parents/guardians at the end of the school day, provided said parents/guardians come to the school and assume custody of their child(ren).  The intent of this policy should be communicated to the parents/guardians of students attending schools of the School District.

 

 

SUPERVISION BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

 

General

 

It is apparent that a high percentage of parents of school-aged children are of necessity members of the community's work force.  Statistics support the rapid growth in the number of instances where both parents are working outside the home.  Our community is directly impacted as are most other cities and towns across the country.  As a result, our School District is directly affected in many ways, especially by the increased incidents of students' early arrivals at school each morning and late departures in the afternoons.  School personnel should attempt to assist and remain sensitive to the needs of both students and parents in this matter; however, School District personnel should not and cannot be expected to assume supervisory responsibility for students on school premises at unreasonable times. 

 

School District Responsibility Before and After School

 

Therefore, the Board hereby directs each school principal to develop, implement, and publicize a plan for reasonable supervision of non-School District transported students who arrive before school opens and depart after school closes each school day.  A part of such plan shall include a written statement that school personnel will not assume responsibility for such students more than twenty (20) minutes before the time set for opening classes/homeroom each morning and twenty (20) minutes after the time set for closing the normal school day's classes.  In all cases, responsibility shall be accepted and supervision provided for students who arrive at school via School District buses. 

 

School District Responsibility Before and

After School Sponsored Events

 

The plan should also include a written statement that School District personnel cannot assume responsibility for students for more than thirty (30) minutes before and thirty (30) minutes after special events sponsored by the school, i.e. athletic events, plays, etc. 

 

Notification and Publicity

 

The content of this policy shall be widely publicized and included in each school's student handbook/information sheets/etc.

 

DISMISSAL PRECAUTIONS (SAFETY)

 

Each school principal and staff shall develop a plan for the orderly and safe dismissal of all students. The plan shall encompass the following:

 

1.   Provisions for proper supervision of students who must remain in the school building after regular school hours.

2.   Provisions for safe loading of students who utilize school   transportation.

3.   Provisions for safety of students when school buses are departing from the school campus.

4.   Provisions for the safety of students when automobiles and other motorized vehicles are departing school campus.

5.   Provisions for safety of students when school is dismissed early and/or closed for emergency reasons.

 

Said plan shall be filed with the Superintendent at the beginning of each school year.

 

TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

 

The decision to cancel or close a daily school session because of inclement weather, furnace breakdown, and similar common emergencies shall be at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designated representative.  In the event a school or schools must be canceled or closed because of an emergency during the time the Superintendent of Schools is unavailable, the maintenance and transportation supervisor in charge shall have the discretion to cancel or close a daily school session for emergency.

 

Procedures

If it becomes necessary to cancel a daily school session caused by an emergency, the following notification procedure will be used:

 

1.  Every effort will be made to notify parents, students, and school personnel at the earliest possible time.

2.   The local radio station and School Cast will be requested to announce the cancellation of school during early morning broadcasts.

      a.   The announcement will identify the school or schools that will have daily activities canceled.

      b.   The announcement will identify the reason for cancellation of school.

      c.   The announcement, if possible, will identify expected date school or schools will be reopened.

3.   The Superintendent of Schools and/or his/her assistants will notify local school administrators and transportation officials as soon as possible.

4.   Local school administrators should instruct all students and school personnel of notification procedures.

 

If it becomes necessary to close a daily school session because of an emergency, the following notification procedure will be used:

 

1.   Every effort will be made to notify parents, students, and school personnel at the earliest possible time.

2.   The local radio stations and School Cast will be requested to announce the closing of school or schools at the earliest possible time.

3.   The Superintendent of Schools will notify local school administrators and transportation officials as soon as possible.

 

 

AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORIZED VEHICLE USE BY STUDENTS

 

Students operating motorized vehicles on school premises shall do so in accordance with Alabama traffic laws and such rules and regulations as may be formulated by local school officials.

 

Violation of this policy may result in arrest and prosecution in accordance with Alabama law and/ or disciplinary action by local school officials.

 

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

 

Transportation, to and from school, shall be provided by the Board to eligible students of this School District.  The transportation program shall be operated in accordance with provisions of The Code of Alabama and State Board of Education rules and regulations. The primary consideration of the transportation program shall be the safety and welfare of the students.

 Policies pertaining to student safety and the transportation program are as follows:

 

1.   Students should observe classroom conduct (except for ordinary conversation) at all times when getting on, off, or riding the bus.

2.   Students will board and leave the bus only at an approved stop as designated by the Transportation Supervisor,

3.   Students may not smoke, eat, or drink while being transported by school transportation.

4.   Students should not attempt to talk to the bus driver while the bus in motion.

5.   Students will not throw articles on the bus or off the bus at any time.

6.   Students are not to get off the bus at any time from the point of departure until they reach their destination except in cases of emergency.

7.   Students should not have their arms or any parts of their body out of the windows at any time.

8.   Students should remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop. No moving around while the bus is in motion. 

9.   The driver is in charge of the students while they are riding the bus; he/she will be firm but fair with each student. Failure to obey a driver can result in suspension from riding the bus.  Violations will be reported promptly to the local principal by the driver.           

10. Profane, indecent, or abusive language will not be permitted.

11. Students must exercise proper care and treatment of the bus and bus equipment at all times. Abuse and damage to the bus beyond normal wear and tear must be paid for by the student or his/her parents.

 

Student transportation is provided by the Board as a service to the students of the School District. The Board reserves the right to deny a student or students the privilege of being transported at public expense provided the policies outlined above are not followed.

 

Any student who rides a bus other than the one he normally rides must first obtain written permission to ride the different bus.  He must obtain this written permission from the transportation supervisor, principal, or the principal’s designated representative.

When a student transfers to a school within the School District other than the one he/she would normally attend, based on normal school bus routes, the School District shall in no way be responsible for said student's transportation other than to and from the school he/she would normally attend.

 

 

STUDENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

GOVERNING TRANSPORTATION

 

Riding the school bus is a privilege.  This privilege is extended to large numbers of students daily throughout the school term.  In order to maintain and continue this service, it is necessary that all students realize that they accept certain responsibilities and will be governed by certain rules and regulations.  These are as follows:

 

A.  Previous to loading at home bus stops and at school:

     

       1.   Be on time at the designated bus stop and/or loading zone.

       2.    Stay off the road at all times while waiting on the bus.

       3.    Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.

       4.    Do not attempt to move toward the bus until it has stopped completely and the door has been opened.

 

 

B.   While on the bus

     

       1.   Obey the bus driver promptly.

      2.    Keep hands and head inside the bus after entering and until leaving.

       3.    Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.

      4.    Remember that loud talking, laughing, or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident.

       5.    Treat bus equipment as you would furniture in your home.

      6.    Damaged seats and other items must be paid for by anyone who willfully does them harm.

      7.    Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.

      8.    Do not get on the bus with soft drink bottles or other objects not part of regular school supplies.

       9.    Leave no books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.

      10.   Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.

      11.   Help look after the safety and comfort of small students.

      12.   Do not throw objects out of the bus window or inside the bus.

      13.   Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.

      14.   Horseplay is not permitted on or around the bus.

      15.   Refrain from profane or indecent language.

      16.   Refrain from fighting.

      17.   Do not use tobacco in any form while in the bus.

       18.  Be courteous to fellow pupils, your bus driver, and other people who are working together for your safety.

       19.   Be absolutely quiet when the bus is approaching a railroad crossing stop.

       20.  In case of an emergency, students are to remain in the bus or follow the driver’s instructions.

      21.   Enter and leave the bus only at the front door, except in case of emergency.

       22.   Students should not attempt to talk to the bus driver while the bus is in motion.

      23.   Avoid unnecessary conversation with the bus driver.

      24.   Do not leave bus to go into stores.

      25.   Students are not to get off the bus at any time from the point of departure until they reach their destination except in cases of emergency.

  

C.  After leaving the bus

 

  1. When it is necessary to cross the road, get off the bus in the                     following manner:  walk diagonally in front of the bus so  that the driver can see you at all times and so you will beable to see if a vehicle is coming from behind the bus, and look both ways before you cross the road.

2.  Help look after the safety and comfort of small students.

3.  Be alert to the danger signal from the driver.

 

 

REGULATIONS GOVERNING BUS ROUTING

 

The Board recognizes that adding new school bus routes or changing the established ones can seriously affect the family schedule of the children and parents involved.  In an attempt to provide as near equal school bus service to everyone in FayetteCounty, with the limited number of buses and limited financial resources to operate them, the following points will be considered on every proposed route and all established routes:

 

A.  A school bus will not be routed over a road that is not maintained by federal, state, county or city government, and not open to public traffic.  Such roads must be maintained on a continuous basis to insure safe passage of the bus.

B.   A bus shall not be routed over roads or bridges which are hazardous to the lives of children and driver.

C.   If a road, or section of a road, or bridge becomes unsafe for a school bus to operate over it, the Supervisor of Transportationshall immediately reroute that bus.  If a road permanently becomes unsafe or unfit for safe school bus operation, the Board shall terminate bus service on that road.

D.  All bridges on school bus routes must be rated for sufficient tonnage to assure the safety of the bus to cross loaded with students.  When a question arises as to the safety of a bridge, the decision will be governed by recommendation of the county engineer.

E.   Roads over which a bus is routed must be wide enough for bus and car to meet and pass in a safe manner and of such nature that a school bus can maintain a safe speed.  School bus stops shall be located so that vehicle traffic will have a clear unobstructed view for a minimum distance of one hundred yards in both directions.  Bus stops shall not be made less than one-tenth (.1) mile apart, and farther apart if necessary for the safety of the pupils.  Stops shall be so located as to serve all pupils as nearly alike as safety, convenience, economy, and consideration for the motoring public will allow.

F.   A bus route cannot be extended to accommodate students unless they live more than two-tenths (.2) mile apart from an established route.  Bus service will depend then on roads which meet conditions specified in Board policy.

G.  Physically handicapped children may be entitled to a special school bus stop provided the Board is furnished a written certificate from a physician designated by the Board stating why unusual hardships would be encountered in walking to a regular bus stop.  The certificate provided by the physician shall terminate the end of each school year or when the disabling condition no longer exists.

H.  Backing a school bus is hazardous.  Each bus turnaround site will be of sufficient area and condition to require only one backing.

I.The driver must adhere strictly to designated and approved routes and make no changes without permission from the office of the Superintendent of Schools and Supervisor of Transportation.  All concerned must be notified when a change is to be made.

J.    No change in bus routes will be made to accommodate a child who lives within two (2) miles of the school which he/she attends.

K.  Buses shall be routed as near as possible, equal mileage and equal load for all routes.

L.   All school bus routes shall be carefully planned by the Supervisor of Transportation in consultation with the school principal.

ROAD REQUIREMENTS

 

The road a bus will be expected to travel must meet the following requirements:

 

1.   All bridges must be inspected by the Supervisor of Transportation or by the CountyEngineer and approved by the Supervisor of Transportation.

2.   All bridges must have a tonnage rate sufficient to assure safety for the bus.

3.   The road must be wide enough for a bus and car to meet and pass in a safe manner.

      a.   Be maintained by the State or CountyCommission.

      b.   Be of such nature that a bus can maintain a safe speed.

      c.   Have right-of-way cut back sufficiently so that limbs or brush will not injure children through window or cause damage to the bus.

4.   All “Turn Arounds” must be approved by Supervisor of Transportation and must be kept free of all vehicles or other objects which will interfere with safe transportation.

5.   If a road temporarily becomes unsafe or unfit for school bus operation, the Supervisor of Transportation shall terminate bus service.

6.   If a road permanently becomes unsafe or unfit for school bus operation, the Board shall terminate bus service on that road.

 

 

ELIGIBLE BUS RIDERS

 

Only students enrolled in the schools, school officials, designated chaperones, and school employees may ride school buses operated by the Board.

 

 

SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE

 

General

 

Each school in the School District shall maintain a quality Child Nutrition Program as a service to students. All meals served shall meet the standards as provided in federal, state, and local laws and/or rules and regulations.

 

The supervisor of the Child Nutrition Program and local school officials shall always seek to provide students with a nutritious and well balanced meal at a nominal charge. The school Child Nutrition Program shall be operated in an economically sound manner, but shall not seek to make a profit at students' expense.

 

Students' participation in the Child Nutrition Program shall be subject to Board policy, and such rules and regulations as may be developed by local schools.

Responsibility

 

The local school principal shall be directly responsible for the operation of the lunchroom located at his/her school.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals

 

Free and/or reduced priced lunches shall be available to qualified students. It shall be the responsibility and duty of local school principals to disseminate information concerning free and reduced price meals to all students in their schools.

 

Food from Outside Sources

 

Students are permitted to bring and consume home prepared lunches/meals in school cafeterias; however, lunches/meals prepared by commercial fast food establishments are not permitted.

 

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

 

General

 

School sponsored student activities are a vital part of student lives and of the total school program. Therefore, the Board encourages the certified staff and students of the schools of the School District to cooperatively plan and implement appropriate student activities to meet the needs of all students.

 

 

 

 

Approvals

 

All school sponsored student activities must have prior approval by the local school principal, activity sponsor, and the Superintendent.

 

Responsibility

 

All school sponsored student activities shall be under the control of the local school principal or his/ her designated representative.

 

Supervision

 

All school sponsored activities shall be adequately supervised by a member or members of the school certified staff.

Approvals for Out-of-State and Overnight Trips

 

All out‑of‑state and overnight school sponsored activities involving students must have prior approval by the principal, and the Superintendent. All other rules and regulations for in‑state field trips apply to out‑of‑state trips and overnight trips.

 

Student Activity Fees

 

Students shall not be assessed fees for the purpose of supporting general student activities. Participation in student activities shall be on a voluntary basis by all students. All fees to support student activities shall be approved by the local school principal, the activity sponsor, and the Superintendent.

 

 

STUDENT FEES

 

In accordance with law, no fees of any kind shall be mandated for collection from children attending the first seven grades. Voluntary contributions may be solicited, Grades K‑7, only upon approval of the local school principal and the Superintendent.

 

In grades 7-12, reasonable fees may be charged for elective courses only.  No fees shall be collected in courses required for graduation.

 

In order that student fees are consistent among the schools of the School District, local school principals, with the advice of their certified staff, shall meet annually with the Superintendent to establish a schedule of fees to be charged within the School District.

 

In all cases, student fees shall be held to a minimum.

 

TEXTBOOKS

 

All textbooks furnished free of charge to pupils shall remain the property of the State of Alabama and the Fayette County Board of Education.  A receipt shall be signed by each student upon issuance by school officials of any textbook.  The receipt shall be retained until the textbooks are returned.  The parent, guardian or other person having custody of the student to whom the textbooks are issued shall be held liable for any loss, abuse, or damage to state owned textbooks.

 

Failure to pay the School district for a lost or damaged book will result in non-issuance of other textbooks.  The amount of payment to the School District shall be determined by the following schedule:

 

         1styear - Original cost

         2ndyear - 75% of original cost

         3rdyear - 50% of original cost

         4thyear - 50% of original cost

         5thand 6thyears - 50% of original cost

 

Reimbursement will be made to students who relocate textbooks after payment is made to the School District and upon representation of payment receipt.

 

 

PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS BY A PARENT

 

The question has been raised of how parents or students can buy textbooks.  Refer to the Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 16-36-35, which reads as follows:

 

      “Pupils enrolled in the public schools or any parent or guardian of any such pupils may buy textbooks at the price paid for them by the state board of education plus handling charges, such handling charges not to exceed 15 percent of the publisher’s contract price paid by the state; and all contracts made with publishers shall so provide.  Each city and county board of education may provide for the sale of such textbooks as may be needed by pupils for whose grade or courses free textbooks are not furnished.  Sale of such textbooks may be made by the county board of education in the school system of which said pupil is enrolled, but the county board of education may make such sales through a designated employee or agent thereof.  No handling charge allowed hereunder shall inure to any member, officer or employee of any city or county board of education.”

 

To purchase a textbook, order through Publisher’s Warehouse in Birmingham. 

 

 

ACTIVITY FUND MANAGEMENT

 

All student activity funds shall be under the control of the local school principal. Such funds shall be accounted for in accordance with financial bookkeeping procedures approved for use by the School District.

 

Expenditure of such funds shall be approved by the local school principal and activity sponsor and shall be expended only through written check signed by appropriate school officials.

 

All funds of the School District shall be subject to periodic financial audits by the Superintendent and the Board.

 

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY

PARTICIPATION-- ACADEMICS FIRST

 

The Fayette County Board of Education recognizes the value of all extracurricular activities as they relate to the total education of students.  The Fayette County Board of Education also recognizes and supports high academic standards and the necessity of developing a framework to assess each student involved in extracurricular activities and his/her progress toward graduating from high school on schedule with his/her class.  This Board of Education also recognizes that the Class of 2000 and subsequent classes will be required by State Board of Education resolution and the Alabama Administrative Code to earn a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits in Grades nine through twelve (9-12), with four (4) credits each in science, mathematics, social studies, and English.

 

The Fayette County Board of Education prescribes the following regulations for eligibility by students in this school system to participate in all extracurricular activities:

 

1.      Students entering Grades ten through twelve (10-12) must have, for the last two (2) semesters of attendance and summer school, if applicable, a passing grade and earn the appropriate number of credits in each of six (6) subjects that total six (6) Carnegie units of credit, including four (4) credits from the four (4) core subjects composed of English, science, social studies, and mathematics.  (A semester is defined as one-half (1/2) of a school year as defined by the adopted school year calendar.)

2.      Physical education may count as only one (1) unit per year.

3.      No more than two (2) Carnegie units may be earnedduring summer school.  If a unit(s) or subject(s) is repeated in summer school, the higher numerical grade for the unit(s) or subject(s) may be used to compute the composite grade average.

4.      A student who is eligible at the start of the academic year remains eligible for the entire academic year.  Students deemed ineligible at the beginning of the school year by virtue of having failed to meet the requirements outlined in #1 above may regain their eligibility at the end of the first semester by meeting the requirements for eligibility in the two (2) most recently completed semesters, including summer school. Eligibility restoration must be determined no later than five (5) school days after the beginning of the succeeding semester.

5.      An ineligible student may not become eligible after the fifth school day of each semester. Bona fide transfers shall be dealt with according to rules of the Alabama High School Athletic Association for sports.

6.      Each eligible student entering Grades ten through twelve (10-12) must have a minimum composite numerical average of seventy (70) and a minimum of six (6) Carnegie units from the preceding year, including summer school.  Summer school work passed may substitute for regular school work repeated in computing the seventy (70) average.

7.      Each eligible student involved in athletics must meet the definition of a regular student as defined by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

8.   Any student who earns more than four (4) credits in the core curriculum in any given year or who accumulates a total in excess of the required four (4) per year may be exempt from earning the four (4) core courses in the succeeding year as long as that student remains on schedule for graduation with his/her class by earning eight (8) credits over any two- (2) year span, including summer school.

 

Students entering Grades eight (8) and nine (9) must, for the last two (2) semesters of attendance and summer school, if applicable, have a passing grade in five (5) subjects with a composite numerical average of seventy (70) with all other rules applying the same as to students in Grades nine through twelve (9-12).

 

Students promoted to the seventh grade for the first time are eligible.

 

Extracurricular activities associated with athletics are defined as those recognized and sanctioned by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, and other  extracurricular  activities are defined as those that are sanctioned by a public school which are not related to a student’s academic requirements or success in a course(s). Regular curricular activities are defined as those that are required for satisfactory course completion. 

 

School sponsors are required to submit a request for each curricular activity that occurs outside the regular school day and/or school to the principal, superintendent, and the local Board of Education for approval.  Each request for full participation by all students, regardless of academic standing, in a curricular activity shall be granted if the principal, superintendent, and the local Board of Education approve participation in the activity as an extension of a course(s) requirement(s) and it is an event sanctioned by a state/national subject matter association. 

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this policy, activities offered by the school through math, science, band, choral music, and other courses at events such as athletic events (pre-game, game, halftime, or other breaks), club conventions, parades, amusement park trips and competitions, trips by tour companies, performances at various meetings, etc., are extracurricular, and students academically ineligible under this policy shall not be allowed to participate.

 

This policy is effective for all students in Grades eight through twelve (8-12) beginning with the 1999-2000 school year with their eligibility for participation in extra-curricular activities to be determined by grades earned during the 1998-99 school year and 1999 summer school, and shall remain in effect for each succeeding year in the same format as described herein.

 

 

STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

The Superintendent, local school principals, school staff members, and students shall establish regulations for the operation of school sponsored clubs and organizations that operate for the welfare and the best interest of the students and the school. School sponsored clubs and organizations shall be under the direct control of school officials. Such clubs and organizations shall not be affiliated or associated with any political or religious organization or any organization which denies membership on the basis of race, creed, color, or political beliefs.

 

All school sponsored clubs and organizations shall be under the control of the local school principal. All school sponsored clubs and organizations must meet the following criteria:

 

1.   Every school club or organization shall be sponsored by a member of the faculty or staff approved by the principal of the school. Every organization must have the approval of the sponsor in advance for the time and place of all meetings and all social and athletic events and other activities of the organization. All meetings shall be held on campus, and the sponsor shall be present throughout such meetings. All other activities held outside the school or off campus must have the approval of the principal. A sponsor, or substitute sponsor approved by the principal, shall be present throughout all activities.

2.   Every school sponsored club shall have a constitution approved by the Student Council and by the principal of the school. Such constitution shall be kept on file in the school office.

      a.   The constitution shall contain a statement that all members must be students who are presently enrolled in the school of sponsorship.

      b.   The constitution shall contain qualifications for membership. Such qualifications shall not deny membership because of race, color, creed, or political beliefs.

      c.   The constitution shall contain a statement of the     purposes of the club. The purposes shall not be        contrary to the welfare or best interest of the students or the school, or in conflict with the authority or responsibilities of the Board and its employees.

      d.   The constitution shall contain a statement that there is no affiliation with any non school club, any political or religious organization, or with any organization which denies members on the basis of race, color, creed, or political belief.

      e.   The constitution shall provide that the collection or dispersal of school sponsored club funds shall be in accordance with the regulations set forth by the school and School District.

      f.    The constitution shall provide that speakers who are either members of the student body, faculty, or administration of the school must have the approval of the sponsor and the principal.

      g.   Every club shall act only in accordance with its   constitution and shall abide by all rules and regulations of the School District and the school.

3.   Every school club, organization, or activity formed to foster the values inherent in ethnic cultures in an effort to recognize ethnic contributions to the American way of life shall promote a policy of open membership.

4.   Authorization to conduct activities as an organization recognized by the school administration may be denied or revoked if:

      a.   The organization participates in, advocates, aids, or knowingly permits conduct by its members or others subject to its direction or control, which is contrary to the welfare or best interests of the students or the school, or which is in conflict with the authority or  responsibility of the Board or any of its officials or employees.

      b.   The organization participates in, advocates, aids, or knowingly permits activities, by its members or others subject to its direction or control, which is not authorized by the constitution of the organization which has been approved by the Student Council and the principal of the school.

      c.   The organization fails to comply with any Board policy or such rules and regulations as may be developed by local schools.

 

SCHOOL SPIRIT

 

School spirit is something more than enthusiasm that prompts us to yell at athletic contests or stimulates us to defend our school when it is being attacked.  School spirit is that atmosphere that is present every day in every phase of the school program.

 

We hope that it represents honesty, courtesy, genuine pride, good sportsmanship, and a sense of fair play among students and faculty.

 

ATHLETICS

 

The Fayette County Schools are members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and strive to have the sports program to be an integral part of the school program.  It is hoped that students and spectators will practice the sportsmanship code which is as follows:

 

1.   Keep in mind that a student spectator represents his school just as do the athletes.

2.   Realize that the good name of the school is more valuable than any game won by unfair means.

3.   Lead other spectators to respect officials by setting a good example, by accepting decisions of officials without questions.

4.   Respond to the calls of the cheerleaders, especially when the team is losing.

5.   Be courteous to the visiting team both on and off the field of play.

6.   Impress upon the community the responsibility for control and fair play.

7.   Suggest that any spectator who continually practices poor sportsmanship be requested to not attend future games.

8.   Give fair, courteous, and truthful accounts of athletic contests in local and school papers, and to radio stations.

9.   Commend and applaud good sportsmanship by the visiting team.

10. Express disapproval of abusive remarks or disrespectful gestures from the side lines.

11. Be familiar with the state high school athletic rules and support their enforcement.

12. Encourage the discussion of fair play, sportsmanship, and school spirit through class work, auditorium programs, and club programs.

13. Abide by the “no tobacco” on school grounds rule.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR

ATHLETES AND CHEERLEADERS

 

The Fayette County Board of Education recognizes the value of athletics as related to the total education of students.  Also, the Fayette County Board of Education is committed to the belief that participation in athletics requires responsibility on the part of the student to maintain certain academic standards.  Therefore, it is the policy of the Board that all students participating in athletics, including cheerleading, shall meet the eligibility requirements as set forth in the HANDBOOK of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

 

Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, the following rules became effective.  All students in grades ten through twelve (10-12), with eligibility based on academic work passed during the previous year or summer school are eligible.

 

To be eligible during any school year, a student must have passed during the last two (2) semesters of attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least six (6) new full Carnegie units, including four (4) credits from the four (4) core subjects of English, science, social studies, and mathematics, with a minimum composite numerical average of seventy (70) in those six (6) units. (A new unit is one that has not been previously passed.)  Also, the student must be carrying six (6) units three (3) per term on a 4X4 block schedule) during the current year to be eligible.  Summer school work passed may substitute for regular school work failed in computing the seventy (70) average.

 

A student who is eligible at the start of the academic year remains eligible for the entire academic year.  Students deemed ineligible at the beginning of the school year by virtue of having failed to meet the academic requirements outlined above may regain their eligibility at the end of the first semester by meeting the requirements for eligibility in the two (2) most recently completed semesters, including summer school. Eligibility restoration must be determined no later than five (5) school days after the beginning of the succeeding semester. 

NOTE:    (1) Only one (1) unit in Physical Education or band per year may be counted toward eligibility.

               (2)  No more than two (2) Carnegie units earned in an approved summer school program may be counted.

               (3)  To be eligible for interscholastic athletics, students (ninth through the eleventh grade) must be carrying at least six (6) new units of work at the school they represent (three (3) per term on a 4X4 block schedule). Seniors, who are on track for graduation and have earned more units than required, must be carrying a minimum of four (4) units of work (two (2) units per term on a 4X4 block) for the school year at the school they represent.

 

These minimum requirements listed above must be met at the school the student represents and is enrolled.

 

For students entering the eighth and ninth grades, the academic rule is as follows:  To be eligible during any school year, a student must have passed during the two (2) preceding semesters of attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least five (5) new subjects, including four (4) credits from the four (4) core subjects of English, science, social studies, and mathematics, with a minimum composite numerical average of seventy (70) in those five (5) subjects.  A new subject is one that has not been previously passed. 

 

Seventh and eighth grade students must be carrying five (5) new subjects.  All first time seventh graders are eligible.

 

 

INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

 

General

 

The Board is committed to the belief that for the learning process to be complete, additional student activities, such as athletics, must be an integral part of the educational curriculum.

 

 

 

 

Availability

 

Interscholastic athletics shall be made available for students in the high schools (grades 9-12) and may be available to students in the junior high/middle schools (grades 7-8) of the School District.  The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain an athletic program in the School District that emphasizes participation of the maximum number of students and conforms to the guidelines of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Title IX.  Students shall at all times adhere to the regulations and procedures of the athletic program.

 

Responsibility

 

The principal of each high school and junior high/middle school shall be responsible for the school's overall interscholastic athletic program, including the behavior of the school team, students, and spectators at all athletic functions held at home and away.  Further, it shall be the responsibility of the principal to insure that the school's athletic program conforms to the rules of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, to approve all expenditures of funds related to athletic programs, to approve athletic schedules, and to insure that reasonable safety precautions are taken when transporting students to athletic events sponsored by the school.

 

Parental Consent and Physical Examinations

 

It shall also be the policy of the Board that whenever a student engages in an interscholastic athletic program sponsored by the School District, he/she shall have written parental consent on file and shall have successfully passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.  The physical examination form signed by the licensed physician shall state that the student is in appropriate cardiovascular condition to participate in the respective sport. 

 

Insurance Requirement

 

Varsity Football -- All athletes participating in varsity football shall be required to purchase their own football insurance through the school or otherwise provide school officials with a parental certification that coverage is provided by family insurance policies(y) (see policy JHCAA-R).  

 

Other Athletic Programs -- All athletes participating in junior or varsity athletic programs shall be required to purchase school accident insurance or provide school officials with a notarized parental statement that sufficient coverage is otherwise provided by the parent. 

 

Responsibility -- The principal and the athletic director/coach shall assure the Board, through the Superintendent or designee, that the provisions of this policy are met annually before a student shall be allowed to participate in any interscholastic athletic activity, including tryouts.

Catastrophic Insurance

 

All students participating in varsity athletic activities must be insured under a catastrophic student accident policy or provide school officials with a parental statement that sufficient coverage is otherwise provided by the parent.

 

Insurance Disclaimer Statement

 

The Board hereby notifies students and parents/guardians that insurance coverage for injuries associated with School District athletic programs is the sole responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of each respective student athlete.  Further, the Board hereby declares that it will not assume any financial responsibility for medical treatment associated with student athletic injuries while participating in School District athletic events.

 

Number of Activities

 

The Board permits students to participate in as many athletic activities and academic activities as he/she is capable while maintaining eligibility.

 

 

CHEERLEADING GUIDELINES

 

The Board believes the purposes of cheerleading are to promote school spirit and to provide an opportunity for selected students to participate in a leadership development activity. The Board approves and supports activities designed to accomplish these purposes.

 

In an effort to protect students who may participate as cheerleaders and to protect the interest of Board employees and the Board, the following procedures are adopted as Board policy.

 

1.   Each cheerleading squad is to be placed under the direction of a Board employee. This employee will serve as the coach or sponsor of each squad.

2.   Each cheerleader sponsor or adult sponsor's designee must be in attendance and must actively direct all cheerleading squad functions, practices and performances.

3.   Prior to participating in any cheerleading activity, including tryouts, each student must present evidence annually from a properly licensed physician, that the student is in appropriate cardiovascular condition to participate in cheerleading activities.

4.   Aerobic warm‑up and stretching exercises, under the direction of the sponsor, should precede all practices and performances.

5.   The School District approves of these specific cheerleading safety guidelines:

      a.   All pyramids and partner stunts are limited to two persons high. "Two high" is defined as the base (bottom person) having at least one foot on the ground.

      b.   Use of mini‑tramps, springboards, or any height increasing apparatus is not allowed.

      c.   Free‑falling flips from partner stunts, pyramids, or basket tosses are not allowed.

      d.   Toe pitches are not allowed.

      e.   Flips or swan dives from any type of toss are not allowed.

      f.    Knee drops and tension drops are not allowed.

      g.   Two person split catches are not allowed.

      h.   Basket tosses or any type of toss must be performed from ground level and must be cradled by the original two bases plus an additional spotter.

      i.    "Hands‑on" spotting is required until new skills are mastered.

6.   All students participating in cheerleading squad activities must be insured under a catastrophic student accident policy.

7.   All students participating in cheerleading squad activities must be academically eligible as defined by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

 

Local school personnel are encouraged to provide the opportunity for students to experience and understand the functional and theoretical aspects of representative government. Through representative government, students are provided the opportunity to take part in and influence the many aspects of student life and school functions and activities. The student government association is a good means of providing students with such experience.

 

Local schools may and are encouraged to permit local school officials and students to cooperatively organize and operate a student government association provided it is affiliated with and operates in accordance to the constitution, bylaws and/or rules and regulations of the National Association of Student Councils of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

 

 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Local schools may permit student publications, provided they are approved by the local school principal.  A duly employed staff member shall serve as advisor and consultant to students in the preparation of all student publications. In accordance with current Supreme Court precedent, student publication staff members and other appropriate school staff members may work with student publication leaders to insure that the school does not receive undue direct and negative impact as a result of student publications.

 

 

STUDENT SOCIAL EVENTS

 

All student social events sponsored by the school shall be under the control of the local school principal and/or his/her designated representative. All such events shall be approved by the local school principal and the Superintendent of Schools. All such events shall be held in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be developed by local school officials, the Superintendent and the Board.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCES

BY STUDENTS

 

Many worthwhile and valuable experiences, both social and scholastic, are derived by student participation in various community activities. Students may be allowed to participate in community sponsored activities during the regular school day when approved by the local school principal and student's parent or guardian. The following criteria should be used in determining whether or not students participate in such activities:

 

1.   The participation in the activity will not interfere with students school work.

2.   The regular school schedule will not be interrupted unless the majority of the students will benefit through their participation.

3.   Neither an individual, group, nor school shall be permitted to use school time to participate in community sponsored activities unless it contributes to the total educational program of the school or community.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

 

Educational field trips taken as a part of or as a culmination to a unit of study may be authorized in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

 

In-State Field Trips

 

1.   A Field Trip Planning and Request Form should be completed by all teachers who plan to take field trips during the school year.

2.   The Field Trip Planning and Request Form should be completed during the first two weeks of school each year.  Early completion of said forms will facilitate the coordination of such activities and the county wide transportation needs.

3.   The Field Trip Planning and Request Form must be submitted to the school principal for approval and submitted to the Superintendent of Schools for review and approval.  All forms must be approved prior to the date of the planned activity.

4.   Teachers directing a field trip must file a signed parental permission slip for each student participating in the activity with the school principal prior to departure.  The completed parental permission slips must be turned in to the principal prior to the date of the field trip.

5.   Prior to the date of the field trip, teachers may be asked to collect transportation fees from the students.

6.   Teachers are responsible for adequate supervision for all field trips.  When necessary, the teacher must secure additional chaperones which must be approved by the principal.

 

Out-of-State Field Trips

 

1.   All out-of-state, as well as overnight field trips, must have prior approval by the principal and Superintendent of Education.  All other rules and regulations for in-state field trips apply to out-of-state field trips.

 

The Board of Education has authorized the use of school buses for educational trips provided the following requirements are met:

 

1.   The principal must notify the Transportation Supervisor as to the number of buses needed for approved educational trip.

2.   The bus must not be stopped on the highway to let passengers on or off after 5:00 p.m.  When a stop is necessary after 5:00 p.m. the driver should stop at a safe place on the side of the highway.

3.   At least one Board employee must ride the bus and accept responsibility for seeing that all rules and regulations governing school buses are carried out.

4.   The schools must employ a certified school bus driver or a contract teacher who has been approved by the Transportation Supervisor.  The local school will be responsible for driver’s pay for all education trips.

5.   No one except the principal of the school should request buses for educational trips.  The request should be made not less than three (3) days prior to the trip and the driver must be furnished a copy of the request.

6.   All passengers must be enrolled in school, be an employee of the school system, or be designated as chaperones by the school principal.

7.   The charge for extra-curricular trips will be the cost of gasoline at the current prices based on buses at seven miles per gallon, plus the cost of the driver.

8.   The Transportation Supervisor will designate buses for all educational trips.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT OF STUDENTS

 

Student employment during regular school hours is permissible only in relation to school-sponsored work/study programs.  However, students classified as fifth (5th) year seniors (at least five (5) years in grades 9-12) may be granted permission to attend school only for the time required to attend the classes necessary for earning the Carnegie Units needed for graduation, provided the following provisions are met:

 

1.   Permission is granted by the principal.

2.   Parental approval is granted in writing.

3.   The student abides by all rules and regulations set by the school principal, i.e. the student leaves the campus promptly at the release time, remains off the campus, etc.

 

 

SOLICITATIONS OF STUDENTS

 

The School District shall strive to safeguard students and parents from undue solicitations. Outside organizations shall not be permitted to solicit, advertise, or sell goods or services through the schools of the School District unless authorized by the Superintendent. 

 

Participation in any fund raising or charity drive sponsored by the school or outside agency shall be entirely voluntary as far as each student is concerned. There shall be no cause for embarrassment to those who do not or cannot participate or contribute.

 

All fund raising and charity drives sponsored by a school must receive the approval of the principal and the Superintendent.

 

 

SOLICITATIONS BY STUDENTS

 

Local school officials are encouraged to keep school sponsored activities that require solicitation by students to the absolute minimum. Said school officials shall not permit students to sell goods or services, in places other than the school campus, during regular school hours.

 

All fund raising or charity drives sponsored by a school must receive the approval of the principal and the Superintendent.

 

Each school principal, staff members, and appropriate students shall compile annually a tentative list of all fund raising or charity drives to be sponsored by the school and submit said list, during the month of October, to the Superintendent for approval.

 

 

GIFTS BY STUDENTS

 

Student Gifts to Staff Members

 

When a student feels a desire to present a gift to a staff member, the gift shall not be elaborate or unduly expensive. The Board feels the writing of letters to staff members expressing gratitude or appreciation to be more appropriate than gifts.

In no cases shall a student group, club, organization, etc. expend organizational funds for a gift in excess of ten dollars.

 

Student Gifts to the School

 

Students may present gifts to a school when they are consistent with the educational goals of the school.

 

Student Gifts to Students

 

 Students may present gifts to other students, as long as they are given on a voluntary basis.

 

 

CONTESTS FOR STUDENTS

 

Participation in contests shall be optional with the individual school and the individual student. The schools of the School District may cooperate with outside agencies sponsoring worthwhile contests that are in keeping with the educational goals of the school. The following criteria shall be used for determining participation in contest by schools and/or students.

 

1.   The educational aims of the school and the needs and interest of their students must be considered at all times.

2.   Schools and their students shall not be used for private or commercial interest.

3.   Schools and their students shall not be used for sales or promotional purposes.

4.   Teachers and students shall be given consideration against added work and responsibilities.

5.   Contests shall not be sponsored by schools when preparation of contestants creates a neglect of other student's educational experiences.

 

 

MARRIED STUDENTS

 

The Board does not condone early marriage and/or pregnancy among high school students and their beginning of families at an early age.  Nevertheless, it is the intent of the Board to aid these young people in the continuation of their education within the limits of reasonable safeguards both for the school and the young people.

 

 

UNWED MOTHERS 

 

An unwed pregnant female may attend the schools of the School District and participate in regular school programs until such time as her physician recommends cessation of school activities.

 

 

STUDENT PREGNANCIES

 

General

A female student who is or becomes pregnant while enrolled in the schools of the School District shall notify either the counselor, the assistant principal, or the principal as soon as possible after her pregnancy has been confirmed.  The student will be given a copy of the pregnancy and attendance policies at the time she notifies school authorities of her pregnancy.

 

Physician's Statement

A pregnant student shall provide the principal with a written statement from a licensed physician, including his/her recommendation concerning advisability of school attendance of the pregnant student.  An additional statement from her physician shall be provided by the student each four weeks verifying that she is physically able to continue her attendance in school.

 

Regulations Applicable During Semester of Delivery

A pregnant student who chooses to remain in school during the semester in which she expects to deliver the child shall be governed by the same attendance policies, appeals procedures, minimum course requirements, and code of conduct as are applicable to all other students.  However, the physical education program shall be modified to meet the special needs of the pregnant student. 

 

In order to continue a responsible relationship with the school and to maintain grades and academic standing during the time the student is out of school to deliver the child, the following responsibilities should be met by the student:

 

1.   Remain in school until such time as the attending physician determines that it is in the best interest of the student to cease school activities.

2.   Anticipated Time of Less Than Six Weeks

      Prior to ceasing school activities for the purpose of delivery of the child, the student, if the anticipated absence from school will not extend beyond a six-week period, must schedule a meeting with her teachers to plan a program of school work while out of school. The student, upon approval of her teachers, must make plans for picking up school work assignments prepared by her teachers. It shall be the responsibility of the student to insure that a member of her family comes to the school weekly to pick up such work.

3.   Anticipated Time of More Than Six Weeks

      Prior to ceasing school activities for the purpose of delivery of the child, the student, if the anticipated absence from school will extend beyond a six-week period, must meet with school officials to complete application forms and materials to qualify for "Homebound" instruction (see application procedures for "Homebound" Filed:  IDDC ff. in this manual).  When a student is classified as "Homebound", she must anticipate an absence from school for more than six weeks and have a statement on file from her physician verifying the illness/condition.  Homebound students are not counted absent in school registers.

4.   The student must complete all work assignments as may be assigned by school personnel or homebound teacher as applicable on a timely basis.

5.   After the birth of the child, the student must return to school as soon as the attending physician determines that the student is able.  A written statement from the student's physician must be presented to school officials certifying that the student is able to resume normal school activities.  Provided the student remains out of school for over three weeks after a normal child birth, the school principal may require the student to secure a physician's statement certifying the need for the student to remain at home and continue on the home study plan or "Homebound" instruction.  Provided the student does not secure the physician's statement, the school may discontinue the home study or the "Homebound" instructional arrangement.

*      In no case will a pregnant student be removed from school or intentionally discriminated against solely because of pregnancy.

 

 

USE OF THE LIBRARY

 

Keeping in mind that the use of the library is a privilege, students are to follow these rules:

 

1.   Return all books promptly on the date they are due.

2.   Do not cut or tear articles out of books or magazines.

3.   Students are expected to remain quiet, work alone, and remain seated unless using the card catalogues or searching for a book at the shelves.

4.   Familiarize yourself with the online catalogues.

5.   The rules for care of library books are the same as the rules for state-owned textbooks.

6.   Library books lost or mutilated must be paid for at the replacement cost.

7.   A fine can be charged for overdue books, at the school’s discretion.

8.   Students will observe all local school library rules.

 

INTERNAL REVIEW OF AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL

 

In an effort to insure that audiovisual materials used in the schools of the School District are best suited to the educational needs, age, and maturity of students, the Board directs that the following guidelines govern the use and review of all audiovisual materials to be shown in any classroom or school setting.

 

Internal Materials

 

The local school principal or designee (librarians/media specialists) shall be responsible for library/media center acquisitions at each school.  The principal or designee shall work closely with members of the certified teaching staff in selecting appropriate instructional materials for the various grade levels and content areas.  All books, magazines, tapes, audiovisual materials, and other teaching aids should be appropriate for the population using them.  Where the content of such materials is unknown, the librarian/media specialist shallreview and examine them before making such materials available to students and teachers.

 

External Materials

 

Audiovisual material obtained from sources external to the school libraries/media centers must meet the following standards prior to use in a classroom or school setting:

 

1.   Relate directly to the School District curriculum and serve as a means of teaching a specific objective(s).

2.   Relate directly to the lesson or unit plan being taught.

3.   Be previewed in its entirety by the teacher prior to using the material in a classroom or school setting. 

4.   Commercial audiovisual material with a uniform rating code of G, PG, or PG-13 may be considered for showing in the schools of the School District based on the following guidelines:

      a.   G and PG rated material may be considered for use in grades K-12 based on teacher review and discretion.

      b.   PG-13 rated materials may be considered for use only in grades 9-12 based on teacher review, discretion, and parental notification.

5.   Commercial audiovisual material with a uniform rating code above PG-13 may not be shown in the schools of the School District without prior permission of the Principal and the Superintendent.

 

Special Education Students

 

Guidelines governing special education programs will be determined by the Special Education Department.

 

 

REPRODUCTION OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

 

The following guidelines shall govern the reproduction of copyrighted materials in the School District:

 

1.   Board employees may reproduce copyrighted materials under the provisions of the copyright laws currently in force under Title 17 of The United States Code.

2.   Any reproduction of copyrighted materials will be done either with the written permission of the copyright holder or within the bounds of "Fair Use" guidelines provided in the Copyright Act; otherwise, the individual responsible for reproduction may be liable for infringing the copyright under existing laws.

3.   The ethical and practical problems caused by the unauthorized copying of any copyrighted materials (printed or video) will be taught to educators and students in all schools of the School District.

4.  The Board in recognizing the importance of the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) hereby notifies all employees that a willful infringement of the law may result in disciplinary action.  In the case of a court action for damages, a finding of willful infringement would preclude the Board paying any judgment rendered against the employee and paying any attorney's fees or costs which the employee would incur in conjunction with a lawsuit and may render the employee liable to the Board for any damages which the Board is liable to pay.

 

 

COMPUTER SOFTWARE SELECTION AND DUPLICATION

 

It is the intent of the School District to adhere to the provisions of copyright laws in the area of microcomputer software.  It is also the intent of the School District to comply with license agreements and/or policy statements contained in software packages used in the School District.  It is recognized that computer software piracy is a major problem for the industry and that violations of computer copyright laws contribute to higher costs and greater efforts to prevent copying and/or lessen incentives for the development of good educational software.  All of these results are detrimental to the development of effective educational uses of microcomputers.  Therefore, in an effort to discourage violation of copyright laws and to prevent such illegal activities, the following guidelines shall control computer software selection and duplication in the School District:

 

1.   The ethical and practical problems caused by software piracy will be taught to educators and students in all schools of the School District.

2.   School District employees will be informed that they are expected to adhere to the provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act as amended in 1980, governing the use of computer software.  Section 117 states that the owner of a computer program may make one (1) copy of a program to be used as an archival copy unless licensing provisions obtained with the software state otherwise.  Backup copies are not to be used on a second computer at the same time an original is in use simultaneously.

3.   Software shall not be placed on a network system without a designated network version or a license agreement.  When permission is obtained from the copyright holder to use software on a network system, efforts will be made to secure this software from illegal copying.

4.   Illegal copies of copyrighted programs may not be made or used on School District equipment.

5.   Any legal or insurance protection of the School District will not be extended to employees who intentionally violate copyright laws.

6.   The Superintendent is designated as the only individual who may sign license agreements for software for schools in the School District. A copy of any software agreement or license shall remain on file at the Central Office.

7.   It is the responsibility of the principal at each school site to establish practices which will enforce the School District copyright policies.

8.   All staff members (including instructional assistants) will be expected to abide by the provisions of this policy.

9.   The Board by this presentation hereby notifies all employees of the intent of this policy.

Computer Software Use Guidelines

 

The following computer programs are permissible for use in classrooms throughout the School District:

 

1.   Programs in the public domain.

2.   Programs covered by a licensing agreement with the software author, authors, vendor or developer, whichever is applicable.

3.   Programs donated or loaned to the school (not illegal copies) and a written record that a bona fide contribution exists.

4    Programs purchased by individual schools and a record that a bona fide purchase exists.

5.   Programs purchased by the user and a record that a bona fide purchase exists and can be produced by the user upon demand.

6.   Programs being reviewed or demonstrated by the user in order to reach a decision about possible future purchase or requested contribution or licensing.

7.   Programs written or developed by School District employees and students for the specific purpose of being used in the classrooms of the School District.

 

It is also the policy of the School District that there is no copying of copyrighted or proprietary programs on computers belonging to the School District.

 

 

USE OF THE SCHOOL TELEPHONE

 

The school’s office telephone is to be used for school business. Students are not to request to use the office telephone except in cases of sickness or an emergency.  Students will be allowed to come to the telephone only if an incoming call is of an urgent or emergency nature.  Otherwise, the caller will be asked to leave a message or a phone number, and the student may return the call at his/her recess break on a pay phone provided by the school or the school phone if permission is given by the office personnel.

 

 

 

 

 

ACCREDITATION

 

Fayette County School District obtained district-wide accreditation in June of 2009, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Certain standards of excellence are required to be a member of the accrediting agency. The Fayette County School District also participates in the State Department of Education Compliance Monitoring process every four years, the last date being April 2011. The district conducts annual reviews to remain in compliance with state and federal mandates through the monitoring process.

 

 

POLICY REVISAL PROCEDURE

 

The development of sound education policies is a complex and continuous process.  The Board, Administration, and policy development committee members fully realize the need for continuous input from school district personnel, students, and lay citizens.  It is realized by all concerned that the policy statements contained in this manual may contain inconsistencies and/or errors and will need to be revised and updated periodically.  We solicit your help in making the policy manual both functional and informative.

 

To insure orderly policy revision and to inform all interested persons of the policy revisal process, the following procedures will be utilized:

 

Procedures

When it becomes apparent that a need exists for revising, deleting, or adding a policy statement, the person(s) involved should:

 

1.   Make this need known, in writing, to their immediate supervisor.  The written statement should identify the discrepancy in the policy statement and their suggested alternative(s) for correction.

2.   The supervisor involved will transmit the written statement through

      his/her supervisor(s) to the Superintendent of Schools.

3.   The Superintendent of Schools will submit the recommended policy change to the appropriate policy committee for consideration and advice.  The policy committees will meet for action on such matters during the month of April each year.

 

After review and consideration, the Superintendent of Schools will submit the policy committee’s recommendation to the Board for consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

 

 

 

 

 

I ______________________________________________ enrolled in

(name of student)

 

 

________________________________________________________                           (name of school)

 

 

hereby acknowledge by my signature that I have received and read, or had read to me, the foregoing Code of Student Conduct and the supplementary list of rules and regulations that apply at my local school.

 

 

 

(Signed) ________________________________________________________

                                     Student                                             Date

 

 

 

(Signed)__________________________________________________

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