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The administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to your school. The information in this handbook has been compiled to help students succeed and keep families and parents informed about your child’s education at this school.

The entire staff is here to assist students and parents/guardians with the student’s education. Come and share in our mission to inspire a community of achievement.

These are some policies set up by the Marion City Board of Education established to uphold the pride of MCS. Please take time to read and discuss this information. Parents/guardians, please take some time to help interpret the information to your student. Teachers will also go over the information in this manual, but it is important that all concerned persons be aware what is in this handbook. This work is subject to change as prudent and necessary.

Mission and Vision

The Marion City School District includes six elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

Our mission is to inspire a community of achievement. We intend to do that by:

  • Providing an innovative and rigorous instructional model to ensure each student's academic and personal development.
  • Collaboratively establishing a safe, respectful and caring environment that promotes student learning.
  • Establishing processes to communicate and collaborate effectively with stakeholders.
  • Managing and prioritizing human and financial resources effectively to meet district goals.

The district is implementing an aggressive reform effort based upon four pillars to improve performance at all grade levels. Our ultimate goal is to reach every student and to add to the size and quality of Marion County’s workforce, a win-win for students, businesses and the community.

The four pillars are Literacy Collaborative, Next Generation Learning Environments, Leader in Me, and Diploma Plus.

School Location, Contact Numbers and Hours

School Location, Contact Number and Hours

Benjamin Harrison

McKinley

Taft

. 625 Brightwood Drive Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4999

Principal Leah Filiater

Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

950 Chatfield Road

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4600

Principal Matt Holsinger Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

1000 Robinson Ave.

Marion, OH43302

Phone: 740-223-4500

Principal Adam Mowery Hours:9:00am-3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

George Washington

Hayes

Garfield

400 Pennsylvania Ave.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-3883

Principal Scott Curtis

Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm (doorsopen at 8:30am)

750 Silver St.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4950

Principal Rick Glenn

Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

1170 Brookside Drive

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4444

Principal Marianne Bailey

Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

Grant

Harding

420 Presidential Dr.

Phone: 740-223-4900

Principal Kirk Ballinger

Hours: 8:02am-3:00 pm (doors open at 7:52 am)

1500 Harding Hwy. East

Phone: 740-223-4700

Principal Jen Musbach

Hours: 7:30am-2:30pm (doors open at 7:00 am)

Parent/Guardian Contract

Marion City Schools' School-Parent/Guardian Compact: The purpose of the School-Parent/Guardian Compact is to build and foster the development of a school­parent/Guardian partnership to help all children achieve the state's high standards. Responsibility for improved student achievement will be shared by parents/guardian, the child, and teachers.

School Responsibilities:

We, as educators, will support our student’s learning and parent/guardian partnerships in the following ways:

  • Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables our students to meet Ohio’s Academic Content Standards and is taught by staff that meets Highly Qualified Standards.
  • Hold Parent-Teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to individual student’s achievement.
  • Provide parents/guardian with frequent reports on their child’s progress.
  • Provide parents/guardian reasonable access to staff.
  • Provide parents/guardian opportunities to volunteer and to participate in their child’s class, and
  • to observe classroom activities with parent involvement and family activity nights.
  • Involve parents/guardian in the planning, review and improvement of the school’s Parental Involvement Policy and Schoolwide Program Plan.

Parent/guardian Responsibilities:

We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

  • Monitoring attendance.
  • Ensure that homework is completed.
  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
  • Reading and discussing progress reports and Attending Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school and my child's
  • teachers.

    The Leader in Me

    The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer—it improves the performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy.

    School-Sponsored Activities and Clubs

    All students are permitted to participate in the activities of their choosing, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Participation in these activities is a privilege and not a right, and students may be prohibited from all or part of their participation in such activities by authorized school personnel without further notice, hearing and/or appeal rights in accordance with Board Policy.

    Safety Patrol

    School safety patrols are on duty at major crossings near the Elementary Schools for the protection of all children. The patrol is in charge of safety issues that pertain to his/her post. Any student not obeying a patrol guard will be reported and is subject to school discipline. The following is a time schedule for patrols to be on duty: 8:30 -8:45 AM; 3:30 -3:45 PM. When the temperature or wind chill is below 25 degrees F, patrols will not be on post. (Please tune to one of the local stations for weather information.

    Presidential Policies

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    Equal Education Opportunity

    This District provides an equal educational opportunity for all students. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of his/her race, color, disability, religion, gender, gender-orientation or national origin while at school or at a school activity should immediately contact the Principal.

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Overview

    Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (targeted group or simple individual plans), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.

    Student Well-being

    Student safety is the responsibility of both students and staff. All staff members are familiar with emergency operation procedures. Staff will assist students with the benefits of the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evade/Evacuate (ALICE) school safety model.

    Students, staff and families may also use the website www.SaferSchools.org Ohio for additional assistance. This tool is available to call or text at 844.SaferOH (844.723.3764).

    If a student is aware of any dangerous situation or accident, he/she should notify a staff person immediately. State law requires that all students have an emergency medical authorization completed and signed by a parent or guardian on file in the School office.

    Students with specific health care needs should deliver written notice about such needs along with physician documentation to the school office.

    Injuries and Illness

    All injuries must be reported to a teacher or the office. If the injuries are minor, the student will be treated and may return to class. If medical attention is required, the office will follow the school’s emergency procedures and attempt to make contact with the student’s parent/guardian. A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission to go to the nurse’s office. An appropriate adult in the office will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go home. No student will be released from school without proper parent/guardian permission.

    A. Parent/guardian permission must be secured prior to any student leaving the building. This permission is secured through the main office or the nurse’s office prior to any student leaving the building.

    B. Unless there is an extreme emergency requiring a student to rush from the room, secure permission from the teacher to leave the room.

    C. Report to the main office and they will make a decision as to whether the situation warrants contacting parent/guardians.

    D. Any student requiring medication at school must have a permission slip signed by parent/guardian and physician and filed in the office. Medication will be dispensed by school personnel.

    E. Only the person(s) on the release form can designate who may pick up and sign out the student. If a temperature of more than 100 degrees occurs, the student is required to be picked up from school.

    Emergency Medical Authorizations

    A complete Emergency Medical Authorization Form must be on file with the School in order for a student to participate in any activity off school grounds, including field trips, spectator trips, athletic and other extracurricular activities, and co-curricular activities. The form is provided at the time of enrollment or at the beginning of each school year.

    Use of Medications

    Students who must take prescribed medication during the school day must comply with the following guidelines:

    A. Parents should, with the physician’s counsel, determine whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.

    B. The appropriate form must be filed with the respective building principal before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours or to use an inhaler to self-administer asthma medication. Such forms must be filed annually and as necessary for any change in the medication.

    C. All medications must be registered with the Nurse’s office and must be delivered to school in the containers in which they were dispensed by the prescribing physician or licensed pharmacist.

    D. Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured. Except as noted below, students may not bring medication to school. Students may carry emergency medications, for allergies and/or reactions, or asthma inhalers during school hours. Students are strictly prohibited from transferring emergency medication or inhalers to any other student for their use or possession.

    E. Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by school personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of the school year.

    F. The building nurse will maintain a log noting the administration of all medications. This log will be maintained along with the physician’s written request and the parent’s written release.

    G. Students will be permitted to carry and use epinephrine auto injectors (EpiPens), with the written approval of the prescribing physician and the student’s parents. Parents must provide backup medication to the school. The physician’s statement must state (among other things) that the student is capable of self-administering the drug. Law requires that emergency medical services be called whenever epinephrine is administered.

    H. A student may possess and use a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms or before exercise to prevent the onset of asthmatic symptoms, at school or at any activity,

    event, or program sponsored by or in which the student’s school is a participant if the appropriate form is complete and on file in the Nurse’s office. A student who is authorized to possess and use a metered dose or dry powder inhaler may not transfer possession of any inhaler or other medication to any other student.

    Non-Prescribed Medications

    If a student is found using or possessing a non-prescribed medication without parent authorization, the student will be brought to the office and the parent contacted. The medication will be confiscated until written authorization is received. Any student who distributes medication is in violation of the School’s Code of Conduct and will be disciplined in accordance with the drug-use provision.

    Health Screenings

    Vision, Hearing, and Body Mass Index (BMI) Screenings: Throughout the school year, the Marion City Schools nursing staff will complete vision, hearing, and may complete body mass index screenings (unless waived) at required grade levels compliance with the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health requirements. If you would like your child to be excluded from the screenings, please provide written documentation to the school with your student's name, grade, and parent signature.

    Control of Blood Borne Pathogens

    The implementation of the Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan is required by federal OSHA regulations to give employers guidelines, pertaining to their employees, to minimize exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials that can cause Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), or other infectious diseases. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, personal protective equipment, training, recordkeeping, and vaccination practices.

    Control of Casual-Contact Communicable Disease

    Because a school has a high concentration of people, it is necessary to take specific measures when the health or safety of the group is at risk. The School’s professional staff may remove or isolate a student who has been ill or has been exposed to a communicable disease or highly transient pest, such as lice.

    Control of Non-Casual-Contact Communicable Disease

    The School District has an obligation to protect staff and students from non-casual-contact communicable diseases. When a non-casual-contact communicable disease is suspected, the student’s health will be reviewed by a panel of resource people, including the County Health Department. The School will protect the privacy of the person affected and those in contact with the affected person. Students and staff will be permitted to remain in school unless there is definitive evidence to warrant exclusion. Non-casual-contact communicable diseases include sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), ARC-AIDS Related Complex, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency), Hepatitis B, and other diseases that may be specified by the State Board of Health. As required by Federal law, parents will be requested to have their child’s blood checked for HIV and HBV when the child bleeds at school and students or staff members are exposed to the blood. Any testing is subject to laws protecting confidentiality.

    Immunizations

    Students must be current with all immunizations required by law or have an authorized waiver from State immunization requirements. For the safety of all students, the school principal may remove a student from school or establish a deadline for meeting State requirements if a student does not have the necessary immunizations or authorized waiver.

    In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board requires all students to be immunized. Required immunization prior to entering school:

  • DTaP/DT – 4-5 doses required (depending on age of 4th dose) (Grades PK-12)
  • Meningococcal vaccine-1 dose required prior to entry into 7th grade, 2 doses prior to Grade 12
  • Tdap – 1 dose required before entry into 7th grade
  • Polio – 3-4 doses required (depending on age of 3rd dose) (Grades PK-12)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella -2 doses required, both after child’s 1st birthday & 28 days apart (PK -12)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine -3 doses (Grades PK -12)
  • Varicella-2 doses required, both after child’s 1st birthday & at least 28 days apart (Grades PK-6)
  • Varicella-1 dose, after child’s 1st birthday (Grades 7-10)
  • Hib-3-4 doses (Preschool)

  • Safety Procedures

    For students’ safety and welfare, video surveillance cameras are placed throughout the building, on school grounds, and school buses. Actions recorded on these cameras may be used as evidence in disciplinary actions. Any attempt to damage or interfere with the function of these devices may result in disciplinary action by the school and possible referral to local law enforcement agencies.

    Enrollment

    Contained in this section is much of the Ohio Revised Code relevant to enrollment. In general, students must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian. Please bring in appropriate documentation to register your child for school as well as copies of immunizations. The school also needs to know whenever custody changes in a child’s life due to court action. Also below are the rules as they relate to home-schooled students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school secretary.

    In general, State law requires students to enroll in the school district of residence unless (1) enrolling under the District’s open enrollment policy (2) enrolling and paying tuition. New students under the age of eighteen (18) must be enrolled by their parent or legal guardian. When enrolling, parents must provide copies of the following:

    A. a birth certificate or similar document,

    B. court papers allocating parental rights and responsibilities, or custody (if appropriate),

    C. proof of residency,

    D. valid proof of ID,

    E. proof of immunizations.

    CUSTODY Parents have an obligation to inform the school anytime the custody of a child changes. School officials will need to see and copy court orders pertaining to a child’s custody.

    KINDERGARTEN: It is the policy of the Board of Education that each child who will be five years of age on or before August 1 will be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Each child who will be six years of age on or before August 1 and has completed kindergarten will be eligible to enroll in the first grade.

    McKinney Vento

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students. Anyone who feels that a child may fall into this category may contact the child’s individual school or the Director of Student Services at (740)223-4400. Defining Homeless The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

    · Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason

    · Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

    · Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters · Children and youth abandoned in hospitals · Children and youth awaiting foster care placement · Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)

    · Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

    · Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations.

    Withdrawal / Transfer from School

    No student under the age of eighteen (18) will be allowed to withdraw from school without the written consent of his/her parents and in compliance with State law. Students who wish to withdraw should report to the Guidance office to schedule a meeting and receive proper forms. Additional meetings with an assistant principal, principal or designee may be required. All books and materials must be returned to the school, and all bills must be paid. Students are to report to the office one day prior to withdrawal.

    IDEA

    The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide that no individual will be discriminated against on the basis of a disability. This protection applies not just to the student, but to all individuals who have access to the District’s programs and facilities. A student can access special education services through the proper evaluation procedures. Parent involvement in this procedure is important and required by Federal (IDEA) and State law. Any questions or concerns with this can be directed to the child’s school or to the Director of Student Services at (740)223-4400.

    FERPA/HIPAA/Student Records

    The School District maintains many student records including both directory information and confidential information. The School District will follow the guidelines outlined by State and Federal laws (FERPA, HIPAA, PPRA, etc.) Directory information includes: student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight; if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; or honor rolls; and / or scholarship. Confidential records include test scores, psychological reports, behavior data, disciplinary records, and communications with family and outside service providers. Please note that it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that the school and/or district have up-to-date confidential and/or directory information on file.

    Fees/Fines

    Students will be provided necessary books for course instruction without cost. In accordance with State law, Marion City Schools charges specific fees. This information changes each year and a copy of the school fees is available in the School office. Charges may also be imposed for loss, damage or destruction of school apparatus, equipment, musical instruments, library materials, textbooks and for damage to school buildings or property. Failure to pay fines, fees, or charges may result in the withholding of transcripts. Fees or fines accumulated may be transferred to the next grade level and building if unpaid.

    Meal Service

    Each student is assigned a lunch period by grade level. Students may buy their lunch or supplement a lunch brought from home. All lunches are eaten in the lunchroom. Our expectation for the lunchroom is normal, respectful conduct with concern for proper etiquette. The school operates under a closed lunch period arrangement – meaning students are not permitted to leave for lunch and then return to school. Violation of lunchroom rules may result in disciplinary action assigned by a lunchroom supervisor. No delivery of food prepared outside the lunchroom will be permitted.

    One Call

    An Automated Telephone Announcement System will notify you of important messages from the school (delays, closings, absences and emergencies). It is extremely important that we have accurate phone numbers on file so that we are able to reach you. Please contact the school if your phone numbers change.

    Emergency Closing and Delays

    The School will try to make a decision on delaying or closing school by 6:00am if at all possible. If the School must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the School will notify the public in the following manner:

    • One Call Notifications: Direct call to your home telephone number.
    • Marion City Schools Website and Social Media
    • Radio
    • WMRN - 1490 AM
    • WTVN - 610 AM Columbus WNCI 97.9 FM Columbus
    • WCOL 92.3 FM Columbus Television
    • Channel 4-WCMH
    • Columbus Channel 6-WSYX
    • Columbus Channel 10-WBNS
    • Columbus Channel 28-Fox 28"

    Visitors

    All Marion City School buildings believe safety is essential in the educational environment. For this reason, all buildings have a buzzer at the front entrance. All visitors must be buzzed in and enter through the main doors near the flagpole. Upon entrance, visitors must check-in at the front desk and receive a pass. Upon exit, visitors should sign-out and return their pass.

    Community Postings-Advertising Outside Activities

    The principal will approve only those posters/announcements publicizing school events. A community bulletin board or other designated area may be used by the community groups, businesses, etc., upon obtaining the approval of the principal. All announcements must have an advisor’s signature and be approved ahead of time.

    Search/Seizure and Interrogation

    The Marion City Board of Education, in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, addresses the issue of student lockers and personal items: The right of inspection of student’s school lockers or articles carried upon their person or vehicles parked on school property is inherent in the authority granted school boards and administrators and should be exercised so as to assure that the school, in exercising its “in loco parentis” relationship with their children, will employ every safeguard to protect the wellbeing of those children. Interrogations of students by law enforcement agencies and other authorities outside the District are extremely disruptive to a student’s educational process. Additionally, such interrogations may impact student and/or parental rights. Therefore, a determination whether to allow such interrogation will be made by school administrators on a case-by-case basis. In the event it is determined to allow such interrogation by law enforcement agencies, a school administrator shall be present at all times. Nevertheless, the exercise of that authority places unusual demands upon the judgment of school officials. Therefore, that authority is to be exercised sparingly …. to aid in the educational process, preserve discipline and good order, or promote the safety and security of persons and their property within the area of educational responsibility.

    Field Trips

    Field trips are academic activities that are held off school grounds. No student may participate in any school-sponsored trip without parental consent and a current emergency medical form on file in the office. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all field trips.

    Plagiarism

    Generally defined, plagiarism is a kind of intellectual stealing. It involves taking the ideas and/or exact words of another and passing them off as one’s own but not giving proper credit for them. Specifically, plagiarism takes many forms: (1) exact copying of another’s passages without use of quotation marks and proper credit; (2) using another’s passage with occasional additions, omissions, or changes in wording without proper notice of the copied passage and the changes made; (3) rearranging another’s phrasing and presenting it as one’s own work; (4) representing as one’s own work a hash of phrases and sentences taken from more than one author; and (5) offering an unusual opinion or fact as one’s own without making proper reference to the source from which it is obtained. By affixing his/her name to any composition or report, a student pledges that the submitted work is entirely his/her own except in the case of passages and/or ideas for which the student has given credit.

    Academic Dishonesty / Plagiarism policy

    1. Any plagiarized paper may receive a 0% and referral to the office.

    2. The burden of proof is placed on the student.

    3. Students who wish to disprove a charge of plagiarism must provide the instructor with whatever proof is required.

    4. Repeated offenses will receive disciplinary consequences and may jeopardize credit for the course.

    Grades

    Teachers at Marion City Schools use an online grading system called PowerSchool. This program allows both parent/guardian and student internet access to individual grades, including class averages and scores on assignments. New accounts and passwords will be established early in the fall. Parent/Guardian’s should feel free to contact the school at any time if they have a concern about their child's academic progress. Appointments to meet with individual teachers or teams can be made through your child's guidance counselor.

    MCS has a standard grading procedure, as well as additional notations that may indicate work in progress or incomplete work. Grades indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning. In general, students may be assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects, and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas when determining a grade and will so inform the students at the beginning of the course. If a student is not sure how his/her grade will be determined, he/she should ask the teachers. Grades indicating student progress are given four times each year. A report card is sent home with the student at the end of each grading period. Families may always check on-line for more timely updates. Conference days are available during specific and scheduled times of the year. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the conferences to talk about their child's progress.

    Marion City Schools Responsible Use Policy

    The Marion City School District is committed to inspiring a community of achievement through a rigorous and innovative educational environment. The use of technology has been established for educational purposes in support of classroom curriculum. Technology is intended to support creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration which fosters 21st century skills. Appropriate use of technology is developed and practiced using a digital citizenship curriculum. Use of technology is a privilege and is subject to a variety of terms and conditions. All users are expected to follow the same rules, good manners and common sense guidelines that are used with other daily school and business activities within the Marion City School District.

    EXPECTATIONS: Technology is intended to enhance the student's learning.

    Social Media and Digital Representation

    Building a positive digital footprint

    sin

    techniques to document personal work

    Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat,Texting, Wiki, Chat, Biogs,

    ,

    creator, Fair use policy, images labeled foropen use, Public domain

    Audio, Video, Pictures

    Using rich media to complement a presentation

    Prezi, Slideshows, PowerPoint, Web page

    Personal Security

    Keeping your accounts private and secured

    Multiple secure passwords usingcapital letters, numbers,

    symbols.

    ex. @ccOunT! or X&and&7, loggingout of computer

    Personal Devices

    Using devices to enhance classroom learning

    Cell phones, Tablets, Laptops, iPods,

    Technology Management: A set of management expectations that allow the district to manage their technological infrastructure and environment to enhance learning.

    Equipment

    Maintaining usable equipment for all to have access

    Mobile devices carriedwith two hands, returning the device to its location, keeping equipment clean

    Permissionsand Privileges

    Reading andunderstanding the DistrictPolicies

    Handbooks, RUP, Permission forms,

    Security

    Use withinthe confines of intended, appropriate usesof technology in education

    Requesting legitimate sites to be open for educational use, logging out of computer when not in use

    TechnologySupport

    Contacting support personnel when issues arisewith technology

    WiFi I Internet Access,File and Data Storage, Password Management

    Code of Conduct

    The purpose and intent of the code of conduct is to maintain the educational climate of the building. This code of conduct is in effect while students are under the authority of school personnel or involved in any school supervised activity. This includes but is not limited to school buses and property under the control of school authorities, and while at interscholastic competitions, extracurricular activities, or other school activities and programs. In addition this Code of Conduct includes: Misconduct by a student that occurs off school district property but is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on school district property; and misconduct by a student that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a district official or employee or the property of an official or employee. As a general rule, a pupil may be properly expelled or suspended for an infraction of, or a refusal to comply with a reasonable rule or regulation of the school authorities. In addition, a student may be expelled or suspended for persistent disobedience, insubordination, or other misconduct for which no formal rule is prescribed and government of the school authority to determine what constitutes disobedience or misconduct justifying expulsion, or suspension, within the limitations that it shall have an injurious effect upon the discipline and government of the school. The right of expulsion exists without regard to the pupil’s conduct where acts of parents interfere with school discipline or where parents refuse to submit themselves to Board rules.

    Student Discipline Code

    The Board of Education of the Marion City Schools declared School Board Policy that students will be offered due process and certain student misconduct may be grounds for suspension or expulsion of students from school. Such misconduct is defined to include, but not be limited to the following acts:

    1 Insubordination/ Disrespect-A student should comply with directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, guidance counselors, teacher aides, administration, or other staff during any period of time when the student is under the authority of school personnel. A student should be respectful to others in any manner. While addressing or interacting with school employees and/or volunteers, a student should exhibit behavior or an attitude that is characterized by being polite, courteous, positive, proactive, and engaged. Some examples of insubordination may include refusal to identify one's self, failure or refusal to serve requested consequence, refusal to complete tasks or follow directions, rude or disrespectful interactions, mockery, back talk, or inappropriate language, gestures, or written work.

    2 Disruption of School-Students shall be supportive and engaged in the academic process and shall not disrupt the school climate. These disruptions may include noise or yelling, threats, intimidation, violence, horseplay, sustained out of seat behavior, intimidation, false alarms, false reports, school pranks, bomb threats, and/ or any other type of act which induces panic or disrupts the academic process of any part of a school district’s classes and/ or programs.

    3 Fighting/Assault/Inappropriate Touching-All students play a role in creating and supporting a positive learning environment. Causing or attempting to cause harm or physical injury or behaving in such a way that could cause physical injury to another person while under the jurisdiction of the school will not be tolerated. Students are expected to refrain of physical touching, fighting, acts of aggression, or physical contact.

    4 Assault of a School Employee-Causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way which may or may not cause injury, to a school employee will not be tolerated. Any statement or non-contact action directed toward a person associated with the District will be considered a threat and possible harassment. Any other misconduct – regardless of where it takes place -such as vandalism, destruction of property, etc. will not be tolerated.

    5 Harassment/Bullying/Intimidation/Cyberbullying-Students will treat others kindly and with respect. Negative interactive behavior – such as harassment, intimidation, bullying, or threatening behavior by any student towards any student or staff in the Marion City School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/ or expulsion from school. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any written, verbal, graphic, or physical act including electronically transmitted acts—i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students/ school personnel with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. This includes violence within a dating relationship as per ORC 3313.666. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that:

    A. Causes mental or physical harm to another student/ school personnel, including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/ or in fear of damaging a student’s personal property; and

    B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for another student/ school personnel.

    C. Any activities or events of which affects occur on school grounds.

    6. Sexting-A student shall not create, receive, exchange, send or possess a photograph, video, or other material showing a minor in the state of nudity i.e. displaying areas of the body that would normally be covered when wearing a swimsuit, regardless of whether any child pornography laws are violated in any form including but not limited the use of electronic devices to do so. Furthermore, law enforcement authorities may be contacted and sexting may be reported as suspected child abuse or neglect.

    7. Possession/Use of Weapons and/or Dangerous Instruments/Objects-Marion City Schools establishes a safe, respectful, and caring environment and students should support and maintain this environment. A student shall not possess, handle, transmit or conceal any weapon or instrument capable of harming another person, such as guns, knives, ice picks, switchblades, brass knuckles, etc. Included in the prohibitions would be the use of chemicals and gases, look alike items, explosives, in cinerary devices, fireworks, smoke bombs, etc. Included would be the plans and/or instructions on how to build or use such items, or making plans to target specific students, teachers, or other school staff. (ex: Making a hit list). In addition, the use of any object that is used to threaten, harm, or harass another may be considered a weapon.

    8. Knowledge of Dangerous Weapons or Threats of Violence-Students, staff members, and visitors are entitled to function in a safe school environment. Therefore, students are required to report knowledge of dangerous weapons or threats of violence to a teacher, counselor, and/or building administrator. Examples of this may include making verbal threats, written threats, and/or making threatening gestures or making indirect threats through others.

    9. Theft-A student shall not cause or attempt to take into possession the public property or equipment of the school district or the personal property of another student, teacher, visitor, or employee of the school district while in the control and custody of the school or in the course of a school-related activity.

    10. Damage or Destruction of Property-Students should respect the private and public property of others, a student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to property of the school, another student, visitor or employee of the school.

    11. Truancy-Students should be on time and engaged in the learning environment. Students are considered truant if they are willfully absent or truant from school / class without the knowledge or consent of the parent/guardian and school, or absent from school when there is an attempt to evade the School Attendance Law, or excessive tardiness or absences, leaving the school building, property, or assigned area.

    12. Tobacco or Tobacco products-Smoking, tobacco use, and possession of tobacco are prohibited by the Board of Education policy. The use of tobacco products is a danger to a student’s health and to the health of others. The school prohibits the possession, consumption, purchase or attempt to purchase, and/or use tobacco products in school, on school grounds, on school buses, and at any interscholastic competition, extracurricular event, or other school-sponsored event – whether that event is a home or away event. It is a violation of the Ohio Revised Code Section 2927.02 to use, consume, or possess cigarettes, other tobacco products, or papers used to roll cigarettes.

    13. Use/Possession of alcohol or drugs-Use or possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia are prohibited. Board of Education policy does not permit use of alcoholic beverages, or drugs on school grounds, or at any school function. This would also include any attempt to buy, sell, or receive drugs with or without actual possession. Violation of this rule may result in a suspension and/or expulsion.

    14. Counterfeit drugs-“Counterfeit controlled substance” is defined in the following ways: Any drug, drug container or label that bears trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark used without the owner of the rights to such trademark’s authorization. Any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is manufactured, processed, packed or distributed by a person other than the person with legal rights to manufacture, process, pack or distribute it. Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance or is a different substance. Any substance other than a controlled substance that one would reasonably believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size and color, labeling, packing, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

    15. Gambling-Engaging in any form of gambling is not permitted.

    16. Inappropriate Display of Affection-Students are expected to show respect for others in the school building. Students should not be involved in kissing, embracing, or any sexual acts of affection while on school premises or under the control and custody of the school or in the course of a school-related activity.

    17. Zero tolerance Gang Policy-The Marion City Schools recognizes that a school must create a safe environment in which learning can take place. The presence of gangs within a school disrupts that environment by threatening the safety of the school building and causing disruption to the academic process. A gang is any identifiable group or club which exists without the sponsorship of the school or sponsorship of any recognized adult community or civic organization and which has no acceptable social goals. As a result of these beliefs, the Marion City Schools hereby forbids all gangs and gang activities from school buildings and school property at all times. A student shall not: participate in gang-related activities; appear with or wear gang identifications such as attire, colors or clothing; designate boundary or turf; participate in hazing, initiation, or recruiting activities; or deface property with gang graffiti.

    18. Student Dress and Grooming-Clothes should be in good repair. All students shall dress and groom in a manner that displays neatness, cleanliness, decency, modesty, and respect for others. In the best interest of the educational program, extreme or unusual styles are not acceptable. All school employees are responsible for monitoring student dress. The following additional specific limitations shall be observed:

    ● The unacceptable shall include but not be limited to: objectionable lettering, symbols, patches, and/or insignia as defined by administrators charged with this responsibility.

    ● Hair color and style should not be extreme or distracting.

    ● Facial hair shall be well groomed.

    ● All shorts, skirts and dresses must be fingertip length. Failure to adhere to the dress code may result in the privilege of wearing shorts or skirts, being revoked.

    ● All shirts must have sleeves and cover the shoulder. Spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, and off-the-shoulder shirts will not be permitted.

    ● Undergarments will be worn at all times.

    ● Blouses or shirts that expose the midsection will not be permitted.

    ● Open footwear is acceptable, however, bare feet will not be permitted. Open footwear, sandals, or flip flops are NOT permitted for elementary students to ensure safety in all activities during the school day.

    ● No hats, hoods or head scarves will be worn by any student during class hours while the student is inside the building without specific consent of the principal.

    ● No pajama bottoms, tops or slippers are permitted.

    ● Pants, skirts and shorts must be worn at the waistline, and should not be sagging below the waistline.

    ● The wearing of chains sewn into clothing will be allowed; any other form of chain display will not be permitted.

    ● Attempts by students to call undue attention to themselves and/or disrupt the teaching-learning process shall not be permitted. This would include but not limited to distracting body piercing; or gang related dress (including bandannas); gang related jewelry; or clothing that advertises or displays tobacco, drugs or gang colors and insignias or references in any form.

    ● Students will be given the opportunity to change into school-provided clothes if available. If not, parents/guardians will be contacted to help remedy the situation.

    19. Inappropriate language or gestures-Students are expected to show respect for all and the school environment through the use of acceptable language, communications, and gestures. Students should not use profanity, abusive or obscene language, either written or verbal, in communicating with any faculty member, any other school employee, visitor, or another student. Included in the prohibition would be the use of obscene gestures, signs, pictures or publications.

    20. Violation of the MCS Responsible Use Policy-Students are expected to follow the Marion City School's Responsible Use Policy for technology. Student issues that begin outside of school via texting or social media, but present themselves within the school setting may be handled through the appropriate discipline procedures. Instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Inappropriate use of social media is unacceptable.

    21. Misconduct Off School Grounds-Misconduct by a student that occurs off of school property but is connected to activities, incidents, and or individuals that are employed with the District or serves the district in an official capacity (ex: board of education member)will not be tolerated and disciplinary action may result. Misconduct is defined as any violation of the Student Discipline Code.

    22. Aiding or abetting violation of school rules-If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, they will be disciplined. Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior.

    23. Repeated Rules Violations--Flagrant and/or repeated intentional violations of the code of conduct may result in immediate administrative action that may result in suspension of up to 10 days, parent conference and/or possible recommendation to the superintendent for expulsion.

    Statement of liability

    Students should secure their personal belongings at all times. Students are cautioned not to bring valuables and/or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

    Expression

    The School recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do so appropriately. The School will follow all policies outlined by the Board of Education as well as State and Federal guidelines in this area.

    Transportation

    All school rules apply during transportation to and from school and/or events. Students are encouraged to be at established places of safety five (5) minutes prior to established route times. Questions or concerns pertaining to bus stops and routes may be directed to the Transportation Office at (740) 223­4398. All students must complete permission forms that will be distributed by the driver, approved or disapproved by the transportation supervisor. Students and parents wishing to appeal decisions must contact the Supervisor of Transportation. Students who are riding to and from school or special field trips on transportation provided by the School are required to follow all basic safety rules. This applies to school-owned buses as well as any contracted transportation. Students are expected to follow student code of conduct while riding on the bus. Additionally, students should also:

    1 Leave and board the bus at the designated stop unless you have a note signed by the building principal stating otherwise. This will be done for emergencies not convenience.

    2 Students are not to cross the street to enter or exit the bus until the driver motions them across

    3 Students are not permitted to bring on the bus items larger than those which can be held on the lap. Animals, glass, or liquids are not permitted. ORC 4511.76

    4 Students should go immediately to a seat and remain seated at all times.

    5 Students should obey the driver and follow all directions and instructions given by the driver.

    6 No fighting, pushing, or tripping is permitted at any time.

    7 No arms, hands, or items are to be hanging out of the windows.

    8 No throwing of objects in or out of the bus.

    9. Students are to be quiet at all railroad crossings. Any student misbehaving may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. The principal may take additional disciplinary action. The above rules and regulations are part of the Ohio School Bus Operation.

    Head lice

    Occasionally we have reports of head lice. The only way to eliminate this nuisance is for you to check regularly and treat when necessary. Parents/guardians are the most important means of controlling this health problem. To treat this problem effectively, we will allow one (1) day of absence per occurrence. We do not want this to be an ongoing attendance problem for your child. We want your child back in school as soon as possible. If you have concerns about how to treat and eradicate this pest from your home, please set up a time with the nurse/office, and we will try to assist to the best of our ability. Before students will be readmitted to school, a parent/guardian must accompany the student to school for a recheck after treatment.

    Bullying

    Definitions of Terms: "Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying" means any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

    A. Causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

    B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

    "Harassment, Intimidating, or Bullying" also means electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless hand-held device that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

    A. Causes mental or physical harm to the other student/school personnel; and

    B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

    "Harassment, Intimidating, or Bullying" also includes violence within a dating relationship.

    In evaluating whether conduct constitutes harassment, intimidation, or bullying, special attention should be paid to the words chosen or the actions taken, whether such conduct occurred in front of others or was communicated to others, how the perpetrator interacted with the victim, and the motivation, either admitted or appropriately inferred.

    A school-sponsored activity shall mean any activity conducted on or off school property (including school buses and other school-related vehicles) that is sponsored, recognized, or authorized by the Board of Education.

    Types of Conduct Harassment, intimidation, or bullying can include many different behaviors including overt intent to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate another student. Examples of conduct that could constitute prohibited behaviors include:

    A. physical violence and/or attacks;

    B. threats, taunts, and intimidation through words and/or gestures;

    C. extortion, damage, or stealing of money and/or possessions;

    D. exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;

    E. Repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known as “cyber-bullying”), such as the following:

    1. Posting slurs on websites where students congregate or on web logs (personal online journals or diaries;

    2. Sending abusive or threatening instant messages;

    3. Using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs of students and posting them on­line/or otherwise distributing them;

    4. Using web sites to circulate gossip and rumors to other students; and,

    5. Excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to Internet Service Providers.

    F. Violence within a dating relationship.

    Complaint Procedures The following procedures shall be used for reporting, investigating, and resolving complaints of aggressive behavior and/or bullying.

    · Building principals, assistant principals, and the Superintendent have the responsibility for conducting investigations concerning claims of aggressive behavior and/or bullying. The investigator(s) shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented.

    · Any student, employee or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of Policy 5517.01 or feels s/he has been a victim of aggressive behavior and/or bullying in violation of Policy 5517.01 is encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns.

    · Teachers and other school staff, who witness acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, as defined above, shall promptly notify the building principal and/or his/her designee of the event observed, and shall promptly file a written incident report concerning the events witnessed. Teachers and other school staff who receive student or parent reports of suspected harassment, intimidation, and bullying shall promptly notify the building principal and/or his/her designee of such report(s). If the report is a formal, written complaint, such complaint shall be forwarded promptly (no later than the next school day) to the building principal or his/her designee. If the report is an informal complaint by a student that is received by a teacher or other professional employee, s/he shall prepare a written report of the informal complaint which shall be promptly forwarded (no later than the next school day) to the building principal or his/her designee.

    · In addition to addressing both informal and formal complaints, school personnel are encouraged to address the issue of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in other interactions with students. School personnel may find opportunities to educate students about harassment, intimidation, and bullying and help eliminate such prohibited behaviors through class discussions, counseling, and reinforcement of socially appropriate behavior. School personnel should intervene promptly whenever they observe student conduct that has the purpose or effect of ridiculing, humiliating, or intimidating another student even if such conduct does not meet the formal definition of "harassment, intimidation, or bullying."

    Testing

    Marion City Schools participates in ODE requirements for testing in Public Schools. For any questions please contact your school’s administrator(s).

    Title I

    Title I Reading and Math Services are reading and math intervention services provided to students in need of additional support and instruction. Title I Services are supported by Federal funding and are designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain high-quality reading and math instruction and become successful students. Marion City Schools provides school wide Title I services, which allows all students in the school to be served.

    Marion City Schools is designated as Schoolwide Title I. The instructional programs in our school buildings enable all children to reach Ohio's Academic Content Standards for reading language arts and mathematics.

    School-wide programs provide an enriched and accelerated learning experience necessary for all children, rather than just identified eligible students. Our schools receive federal money to provide supplemental programs to students.

    It is the school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective environment that enables students to meet Ohio's academic content standards. It is our hope that each parent is responsible for supporting his or her child's learning. Together let's inspire a community of achievement at Marion City Schools.

    Teachers and parents working together to support our students' academic and personal growth:

  • Keep open communication with teachers via email, phone, in person appointments.
  • Read and discuss progress reports.
  • Participate in parent-teacher conferences.
  • Establish a time and place for homework.
  • Monitor attendance and tardiness.
  • Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline.
  • Respect all school staff and the cultural differences of others.
  • Requests for teacher and paraprofessional qualifications As part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, you may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teacher(s). Your inquiry may include if the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects they are teaching; if the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status; the teacher's college degree major graduation certification; and their educational field of discipline. If your child is receiving Title I services from a paraprofessional, you may inquire about the paraprofessional's qualifications.

    If you wish to request this information, please contact your school's office.

    Marion City Schools' Parent Involvement Policy The Marion City Schools believes that parent involvement is important to student achievement and provides services and support of parents through its efforts with parent organizations and partnerships.

    "Parental involvement" means the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other activities, including:

  • Playing an integral role in assisting in their child's learning;
  • Being actively involved in their child's education;
  • Becoming full partners in decision-making and on advisory committees.
  • Commitments

    The Marion City School District will:

  • Put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools (with Title 1, Part A programs).
  • Encourage parents to be a part of the decision making process.
  • Incorporate this parental involvement policy into its educational plan.
  • Provide opportunities for the participation of all parents (including those with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and parents of migratory children).
  • Provide opportunities to involve parents in decisions about how funds reserved for parental involvement activities are spent.
  • Provide parents with information or training on the following:

  • State's academic content standards (guidelines on what should be taught in every classroom at different grades).
  • State and local academic assessments.
  • Requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (January, 2001).
  • How to monitor their child's progress, their school's adequate yearly progress (AYP), and how to work with educators.
  • Information on parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community.
  • Provide staff development on how to reach out, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.

  • Take actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities are sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format.
  • Provide materials, training, and programs to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement and success.
  • Sex Offender Policy

    On July 1, 1997, a new law went into effect concerning Sex Offender Registration and Notification. Under that law, convicted sex offenders must register for a period of time with their local county sheriff. Sex offenders are classified as 1) sexually oriented offenders, 2) habitual sex offenders, and 3) sexual predators. The Sheriff is required to notify the superintendent of each board of education, principal, or licensed preschool program when a sexual predator or a habitual sex offender moves into a specific geographic location. Under the law, the Sheriff can provide us with the offender’s name, address, physical description, photograph, and the offense for which that person was convicted. Our staff will be told all this information. If they see the offender nearby without any apparent legitimate purpose, or if the offender otherwise creates concern for the safety of children or students, we will report to law enforcement. We hope that we will not need to activate these steps, but we want to keep you informed. We will not be authorized to give the public details that we receive from the Sheriff about the offender. However, under the law, certain information about the offender is public record. It would be open to your inspection by contacting the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    School Sponsored Publications and Products

    The Board of Education sponsors student publications and productions as means by which students learn, under adult direction/supervision, the rights and responsibilities inherent when engaging in the public expression of ideas and information in our democratic society. For purposes of this policy, "school-sponsored student media" shall include both student publications and productions. "Student publications" shall include any written materials, (including, but not limited to, banners, flyers, posters, pamphlets, notices, newspapers, playbills, yearbooks, literary journals, books, and t-shirts and other school-sponsored clothing), as well as material in electronic or on-line form (including, but not limited to, websites, web logs ("blogs"), video or audio clips, and newsletters or announcements transmitted by e-mail, wireless broadcast or other similar distribution/dissemination). "Student productions" shall include vocal and theatrical performances, impromptu dramatic presentations, or any electronic media (including, but not limited to, radio and television programs, podcasts, and other video or audio productions that are recorded for re-broadcast or broadcast in real time using any available broadcast technology). Further, the term "publication" shall include distribution and dissemination of a student publication; and the term "performance" shall include presentation and broadcast of a student production. The following speech is unprotected and prohibited in all school-sponsored student publications and productions: speech that is defamatory, libelous, obscene or harmful to juveniles; speech that is reasonably likely to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities or the educational process; speech that infringes upon the privacy or rights of others; speech that violates copyright law; speech that promotes activities, products or services that are unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by State or Federal law; and speech that otherwise violates school policy and/or State or Federal law. The Board authorized the administration to engage in prior review and restraint of school-sponsored publications and productions to prevent the publication or performance of unprotected speech. All school-sponsored student publications and productions are nonpublic forums. While students may address matters of interest or concern to their readers/viewers, as nonpublic forums, the style and content of the student publications and productions can be regulated for legitimate pedagogical, school-related reasons. School officials shall routinely and systematically review and, if necessary, restrict the style and/or content of all school-sponsored student publications and productions prior to publication/performance in a reasonable manner that is neutral as to the viewpoint of the speaker. Legitimate pedagogical concerns are not confined to academic issues, but include the teaching by example of the shared values of a civilized social order, which consists of not only independence of thought and frankness of expression but also discipline, courtesy/civility, and respect for authority. School officials may further prohibit speech that is ungrammatical, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudice, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences. School-sponsored student media may not be published/performed outside the school community (i.e. publication/performance is limited to students, staff and parents/family members) except with prior written approval of the building principal and/or Superintendent. Advertising is permitted in all school-sponsored student publications/productions. Advertisements submitted for publication or inclusion in a production shall be reviewed by the class/activity advisor, the building principal, and/or the Superintendent for a determination that they are appropriate for juveniles. The Superintendent retains the final authority to determine whether an advertisement is appropriate and will be included in a publication/production. Advertisements may be rejected for legitimate pedagogical school-related reasons unrelated to the viewpoint of the advertiser (e.g., the advertisement encourages action that would endanger the health and safety of students).

    General Prohibitions: Regardless of their status as non-public or limited-purpose public forums, the Board prohibits publications, productions and advertisements that:

    A. promote, favor, or oppose any candidate for election or the adoption of any bond issue, proposal, or question submitted at any election;

    B. fail to identify the student or organization responsible for the publication/performance;

    C. solicit funds for nonschool organizations or institutions when such solicitations have not been approved by the Board.

    Prexie Practices

    Sections

    Promotion, Acceleration, Retention

    Please see the Guidance Department Handbook or Building Administrator(s).

    Homework

    The assignment of homework can be expected. Student grades will reflect the completion of all work, including outside assignments. Homework is also part of the student’s preparation for assessments and understanding of the content.

    Assessments

    Classroom tests are given to assess student progress and assign grades. These are selected or prepared by teachers to assess student achievement on specific objectives. Additional tests are given to students to monitor progress and determine educational mastery levels.

    Make up Work

    Students who are absent from school for an excused absence are permitted to make up all schoolwork. Students will have an equal number of days in attendance to days absent for completion of homework, in-class assignments, tests, etc. Upon returning to school from any type of absence, the student must take the initiative to make up the work missed. Arrangements must be made between the student and the teacher following the absence. Students will have an equal number of days in attendance to days absent for completion of homework, in-class assignments, tests, etc.

    Activity Conflicts

    When a student's dual participation in athletics and other school activities results in a conflict, the following policy will apply:

    1. A "performance", athletic contest, or musical concert will have priority over normal practices or rehearsals. In the event a practice or rehearsal is scheduled at the same time as an athletic contest in which the student is scheduled to participate, the athletic contest has priority and the student is to be excused without penalty from the practice or rehearsal. Conversely, in the event a music or other activity performance conflicts with an athlete’s practice, the performance has priority and the athlete is excused from the athletic practice without penalty.

    2. Practices and rehearsals should be scheduled so as to avoid conflict with the "standard practice" times of other ongoing activities. Knowing that this is not always possible, there will inevitably be conflicts. When conflicts do occur, the supervising adults are to be the first line of resolve. If compromise or agreement cannot be reached with these two parties, then a building administrator will arbitrate the conflict. Normally, the administrator will suggest that the student choose the activity in which he/she will participate. When such a decision is reached, the student shall participate in the chosen activity and be excused from the other without penalty.

    3. In the event a music or other activity performance conflicts with an athletic contest scheduled at the same time, the student is again permitted a choice without penalty. In conflicts of this nature, the administrator may act as an arbitrator, taking into consideration the impact of the student's participation or non-participation in the two conflicting events. When considering the impact of participation, such factors as the level of competition, make-up of the squad or activity, travel arrangements and other factors will be considered. Participation typically ranges from normal practices/rehearsals to state-level competition, and will be prioritized accordingly. If a student, or his/her parents/guardians, choose to attend a practice or performance contrary to these guidelines, the offended activity advisor/coach may apply an appropriate consequence to the student. Exceptions to the norm may be made by the school's administration.

    Recess Guidelines

    Each principal is to establish the criteria (weather conditions) for determining, on a day-by-day basis, when recess will be held. The decision may vary from grade to grade.

    Conditions that should be considered are:

    A. temperature;

    B. wind chill;

    C. age;

    D. length of time outdoors;

    E. adequacy of clothing of the children;

    F. condition of the playground.

    Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five (5) minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning.

    All staff members who have recess duty need to be familiar with the recess guidelines.

    IMPORTANT -Children with special health conditions, in particular, asthmatic children, may need special accommodation of their needs during cold weather or periods of high pollen or inversion. The parents of these children are to be consulted in creating a workable system for determining when other arrangements are necessary and for the child's supervision.

    Hot Weather Guidelines:

    A. Provide for frequent water breaks or have plastic water bottles easily accessible.

    B. Watch carefully for possible heat exhaustion or over-exertion.

    C. Plan for less vigorous physical activity after mid-day.

    Cold Weather Guidelines:

    If the temperature or wind chill is 25 degrees or lower, we will not go outside for recess.

    Prexie Priorities

    Sections

    Attendance

    Truancy is a major offense and is in violation of the Ohio attendance laws. Ohio law requires all children of compulsory school age to attend school. A student will be considered habitual truant if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for five (5) or more consecutive school days, for seven (7) or more school days in one (1) month, or twelve (12) or more school days in one (1) school year as defined in ORC 2151.011. Absence from school may result in a complaint being filed against the child in Marion County Family Court. If the Court determines that the child has been habitually or chronically truant from school, the Court is authorized to impose any of the following orders:

    A. Place the child under probation supervision;

    B. Require the child to attend an alternative school;

    C. Require the child to participate in any academic or community service program.

    D. Require the child to participate in substance abuse counseling or medical/psychological treatment.

    A child’s violation of any of these orders may result in additional sanctions; including placement in a juvenile detention facility. Ohio law also requires that a parent/guardian of a child causes the child to attend school. Failure to cause a child to attend school may result in a complaint being filed against the parent/custodian in Marion County Family Court. If the Court determines that the parent/custodian has failed to cause the child to attend school, the Court is authorized to impose any and all of the following orders.

    A. Require the parent/custodian to post a bond up to $500.00, subject to forfeiture if school truancy continues.

    B. Require the parent/custodian to perform up to 70 hours of community service;

    C. Require the parent/custodian to participate in a truancy prevention mediation program. A parent’s violation of any of these orders may result in additional sanctions, including incarceration. When a student is absent from school, class, study hall or other assignments without previous knowledge or permission of his/her parents and the school they are considered to be truant. Violations will result in suspension, expulsion or court proceedings.

    Excused Absences

    Excused Absences are as follows: – full make-up work will be permitted in the event of

    1. Personal illness

    2. Illness in the family requiring the student to be at home.

    3. Death in the family.

    4. Funeral and court appearances are remitted absences

    5. A medical excuse is a written excuse signed by a doctor with the date of absence noted. This will always be considered as a remitted absence. When there is a question of the doctor’s excuse, further verification may be necessary. EXCUSES MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL WITHIN 10 SCHOOL DAYS. Forgery of a medical excuse will result in suspension and possible revocation of prior excuses.

    6. Four (4) vacation days are permitted per year. The following must be done PRIOR to taking the vacation.

  • The student must fill out vacation form.
  • Take form around to teachers for signature.
  • Have the vacation days pre-approved by principal.

  • Vacations during the school are discouraged.

    Reporting Absences

    Amended Substitute Bill 321 “The Missing Child Act” says: “The Board of Education of each school district shall adopt a written policy with respect to the notification of a student’s parents, custodial parent, guardian, legal custodian or other person responsible for him when the student is absent from school.”

    1. Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school on the day that a student is absent.

    2. For those students whose parents do not report the absence of a student, a person is designated to notify the parent/guardian of the absence.

    3. The notification will be by telephone on the day of absence.

    4. Parents/Guardians will provide current home, work, and emergency telephone numbers to the school.

    5. Students should bring a written excuse from parents or guardians the day after an absence and submit the note to the Assistant Principal’s office BEFORE reporting to homeroom.

    6. Forgery of any excuses may result in disciplinary action.

    Leaving the Building

    Students are expected to be in their classes or assigned areas at all times. Students are not permitted to leave the building for any reason without authorization from a building administrator.

    Tardy

    Excessive Tardiness is defined as the student being tardy 5 days per semester without a legal excuse, such as a doctor’s appointment, legal appointment, religious reasons, or other emergencies or circumstances that constitute good and sufficient cause as determined by the school administration. If a student is not in school for the majority of the school day, the student will be charged a full day of absence. Chronic Early Pickup may result in disciplinary action.

    Dismissal procedure

    Students who walk home are expected to go directly to their destination. Adults who come to pick up their child are asked to follow building dismissal procedures. Parents or persons picking up students should make arrangements, in advance, to meet the child at one of the designated pick-up points. Do not pick up students before dismissal time or pick up students from their classroom. Adults picking up students early are to report to the office. The school does not provide supervision of any student beyond the end of the school day unless enrolled in a predetermined after school program. Students leaving MUST be signed out by the adult picking them up. Children will be released only to the custodial parent, or guardian, or to an adult designated by custodial parent or guardian. We cannot release your child to anyone you have not designated on your authorization release form. The office staff will call the student to the office. No student will be released to an adult at the classroom.

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