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Presidential Pride



The administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Grant Middle School. The information in this handbook has been compiled to help students succeed and keep families informed about their child’s education. The entire staff is here to assist students and parents/guardians with their student’s education. We welcome you to share in our mission to inspire a community of achievement. In this handbook you will find established policies set up by the Marion City Board of Education designed to uphold the pride of MCS. Please take time to read and discuss this information. Staff will review the information in this manual, but it is important that all concerned persons be aware what is in this handbook. The established policies are 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 Number and Hours

Benjamin Harrison



625 Brightwood Drive

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4999

Principal: Mrs. Leah Filliater

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

950 Chatfield Road

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4600

Principal: Mr. Matt Holsinger

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

1000 Robinson Ave.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4500

Principal: Mr. Adam Mowery

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

George Washington



400 Pennsylvania Ave.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-3883

Principal: Mr. Scott Curtis

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

750 Silver St.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4950

Principal: Mr. Rick Glenn

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

1170 Brookside Drive

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4444

Principal: Mrs. Marianne Bailey

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



420 Presidential Dr.

Phone: 740-223-4900

Principal: Mr. Kirk Ballinger

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

1500 Harding Hwy. East

Phone: 740-223-4700

Principal: Ms. Jen Musbach

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

Parent/Guardian Pact

Marion City Schools' School-Parent/Guardian Pact:

The purpose of the School-Parent/Guardian Pact is to build and foster the development of a school-parent/guardian partnership to help all children achieve the state's high standards. Responsibility for improving student achievement will be shared by parents/guardians, the child, and MCS staff.

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 meet Highly Qualified Teaching Standards.

• Hold Parent-Teacher conferences during which this pact 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 School Wide 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.

Spirit and Pride


The school colors are red and black, and the nickname used in athletics is the “Presidents” or “Prexies”.


A loyal student supports their school and does his or her utmost to keep their scholastic and activity standards at the highest possible level.

School Spirit may be divided into three categories:

  • Courtesy – toward teachers, fellow students, and the officials.
  • Pride – in everything our school endeavors to accomplish and has accomplished.
  • Sportsmanship – the ability to win and lose gracefully. School spirit means loyalty to all functions of the school.

School calendar

Bell schedule

Grant Middle School Bell Schedule










7:52 - 8:02


7:52 - 8:02


7:52 - 8:02


8:02 - 8:37

1st Intervention

8:02 - 8:37

1st Intervention

8:02 - 8:37

1st Intervention

8:41 - 9:21

2nd Period

8:41 - 9:21

2nd Period

8:41 - 9:21

2nd Period

9:25 - 10:05

3rd Period

9:25 - 10:05

3rd Period

9:25 - 10:05

3rd Period

10:09 - 10:49

4th Period

10:09 - 10:49

4th Period

10:09 - 10:49

4th Period

10:49 - 11:19

5th Lunch

10:53 - 11:33

5th Period

10:53 - 11:33

5th Period

11:23 - 12:03

6th Period

11:33 - 12:03

6th Lunch

11:37 - 12:17

6th Period

12:07 - 12:47

7th Period

12:07 - 12:47

7th Period

12:17 - 12:47

7th Lunch

12:51 - 1:31

8th Period

12:51 - 1:31

8th Period

12:51 - 1:31

8th Period

1:35 - 2:15

9th Period

1:35 - 2:15

9th Period

1:35 - 2:15

9th Period

2:19 - 3:00

10th Period

2:19 - 3:00

10th Period

2:19 - 3:00

10th Period

Prexie Participation


Leader in Me

Leader in Me is a whole-school transformational model based on Steven Covey’s 7 habits of highly effective people. This model guides students through multiple strategies to learn leadership characteristics and become a more active leader in their school and community. Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy.

Activities and Clubs

School-Sponsored Clubs and Activities

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, 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 of rights in accordance with Board Policy.


School dances should promote a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience for all students. All school rules will be enforced during dances. The parking lot is off-limits unless students are entering or leaving the dance. Loitering will not be permitted. There are no re-entries. Once the student leaves the dance, he/she may not return. Students will be required to demonstrate good character, maintain high community standards, and be courteous to all students and chaperones. Sexually explicit or dangerous dancing, such as, moshing or grinding, will not be permitted at any time. Any deviation from these rules may lead to removal from the dance and/or appropriate school consequences

Only students from Grant Middle School and their guests are permitted to attend school dances. All guests are subject to approval by administration. Students are encouraged to carry their school I.D. card to these functions to identify themselves as a student. Middle school students are not permitted to attend Harding High School dances, inversely High School students are not permitted to attend Middle School dances.


The Marion City School District believes that athletics are an integral part of our educational system aimed toward the total development of each individual participant. To achieve this goal, we feel that our student athletes must be made aware of their responsibilities as athletes and commit themselves to a set of rules and regulations. Participation in athletics, as well as any other extracurricular activities, is a privilege and must be realized as such.

No student athlete shall use, consume, purchase or possess any mood altering chemicals or drugs. The possession of drug paraphernalia is also strictly prohibited. Mood altering chemicals include, but are not limited to narcotics, depressants, stimulants, anabolic steroids, counterfeit drugs, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug (unless authorized by a prescription from a licensed physician and kept in the original container with the athlete’s name and directions for proper usage). Violation of this rule may result in dismissal from any or all athletic teams for a period of time ranging from a portion of a sport season to the remainder of the academic career. At any time, a student athlete can be denied participation from a team for a code of conduct violation, a chemical assessment will be required for reinstatement on an athletic team. The complete text of the Code of Conduct is printed in the Student Athlete Handbook.

Middle School Eligibility

Grant Middle School is a member of The Ohio High School Athletic Association. The OHSAA establishes academic eligibility requirements for all member schools. The OHSAA policy for middle school athletic eligibility states that a student enrolling in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for the first grading period regardless of previous academic achievement. Thereafter, in order to be eligible, a student in grade 7 or 8 must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding grading period and received passing grades during that grading period in a minimum of five of those subjects in which the student received grades. In addition to OHSAA policy, Marion City Schools policy states that student athletes must have a 1.5 GPA and cannot have 2 or more F’s in their classes (Note: nine week grades determine eligibility not exams or semester averages). A grade of incomplete will be considered as a failing grade in computing the GPA until all work is completed. Summer school grades may not be used to substitute for failing grades received the preceding year. A student assigned to in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension will not be permitted to participate in athletic events (practice or games) for the duration of the suspension. Additionally, OSS students are not permitted to be on school grounds for the duration of the suspension. Academic eligibility will be explained to all interested participants prior to enrolling in the sport or activity. Each participant and parent/guardian will sign a document stating they have read and understand eligibility requirements.

Presidential Policies


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 ALICE school safety model. Students, staff and families may also use Safer Schools 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.

Injury 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 you 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.

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 Assistant Principal’s 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. 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.

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."


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:

* DPT – 4-5 doses required (depending on age of 4th dose) (Grades K - 12)

* Meningococcal vaccine- 1 dose must be administered prior to entry into 7th grade.

* Tdap – 1 dose required before entry into 7th grade

* Polio – 3-4 doses required (depending on age of 3rd dose) (Grades K - 12)

* Measles/Mumps/Rubella - 2 doses required, both after child’s 1st birthday & 28 days apart (K - 12)

* Hepatitis B Vaccine - 3 doses (Grades K - 12)

* Varicella- 2 doses required, both after child’s 1st birthday & 28 days apart (Grades K-3)

* Varicella- 1 dose, after child’s 1st birthday (Grades 4-7)

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.


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.


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.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 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.

Home School and Non-Public School

Educated & Non-Public School Student Eligibility (New Legislation as of July 2013)

Overview of Legislation

On July 1, 2013, Governor Kasich signed into law the biennium budget bill which, among other things, legislates some additional “exceptions” too previous OHSAA bylaws. Although technically the law does not become effective until 90 days after the Governor signed the bill, the Commissioner’s Office of the OHSAA is treating this matter as though the bill became effective upon the signing of the same by the Governor.

There are two (2) aspects of the Budget Bill that affect a student’s “opportunities to participate” in all extracurricular activities (Note: this bill is not limited to just interscholastic athletic teams or sports). Those aspects are students who are excused from compulsory education or home educated students and students enrolled at nonpublic (chartered and non-chartered) schools. They will be discussed in that order. The Budget Bill sections that address home-educated students are actually split into two sections: students whose p/g’s reside in your district and who may wish to participate on your school-sponsored teams and students whose parent/guardian’s reside “outside” your district but who may still wish to participate on your school-sponsored sport teams.

Home Educated Students

A. The home educated student who resides in your district Section 3313.5312(A) provides, in pertinent part, that “a student who is receiving home education in accordance with division (A)(2) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code shall be afforded, by the Superintendent of the school district in which the student is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code, the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activity offered at the district school to which the student otherwise would be assigned during that school year…” This law differs significantly from Exception 6 to Bylaw 4-3-1 in that it removes the option available under exception 6 of requiring a student to enroll at your school and/or to take at least one course at your school. Any student who is receiving home education pursuant to statute and who resides in your district or is otherwise entitled to attend your schools, shall have the same opportunities to participate on your school sponsored teams (and all extra-curricular activities for that matter) as any and all other students in your district. The statute does go on to state that the home-educated student must meet all other eligibility requirements, e.g. transfer, scholarship, age, semesters, etc., and pay the same fees (e.g. pay-to-play) as any other student. Note: A student who leaves a member school for home education during the school year in order to avoid the consequence of failing grades shall be ineligible for one grading period upon return to the member school’s athletic programs.

B. The home educated student who does not reside in your district Section 3313.5312(B) addresses the student who receives home education under division (A)(2) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code and who is not entitled to attend school in the district under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code. In that situation, the Budget Bill states that “the superintendent . . . may afford [the student] . . . the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activity offered by a school of the district if the district to which the student is entitled to attend does not offer that extracurricular activity.” While the language of this section of the bill is confusing and fraught with practical difficulties for schools (financial accounting and otherwise), for purposes of interscholastic athletic competition, two things must be kept in mind: (1) that it remains the “option” of the superintendent as to whether s/he would permit this participation and (2) that “option” only exists if the school to which the student is entitled to attend does not offer the sport in question. In other words, if Jane Doe is a resident of District A and is receiving home education under division (A)(2) of 3321.04, Jane Doe is not eligible at District B for volleyball if District A sponsor’s volleyball even if District B’s superintendent would have otherwise “permitted” Jane’s participation at District B’s school. NOTE: The Budget Bill does address the “student who commences home education after the beginning of the school year” and who is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities at the time s/he commences home education by declaring “no student under this section shall be eligible to participate in the same semester in which the student was determined ineligible.” While there exists some ambiguity to this provision, it is the position of the Commissioner’s Office that the legislative intent with this language is that no student shall be permitted to circumvent the academic standards for participation in extracurricular activities by receiving home education. Therefore, the position of the OHSAA is that the scholarship bylaw applies to all students and that a student who was failing to meet

the academic standards of the bylaws and/or the member school Final at the time s/he becomes “home educated” shall be ineligible for the remainder of that grading period as well as the following grading period.

Non-Public Schools: Chartered & Non-Chartered Students

Section 3313.5311(B) of the Code provides that “if the nonpublic school in which the student is enrolled does not offer the extracurricular activity, a student enrolled in a chartered or non-chartered nonpublic school shall be afforded, by the superintendent of the district in which the student is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code, the opportunity to participate in that extracurricular activity at the district school to which the student otherwise would be assigned . . . “ Section 3313.5311(C) also addresses the non-resident student (not otherwise entitled to attend school under 3313.64 or 3313.65) who is enrolled in a nonpublic school but goes on to declare interscholastic athletics and interscholastic contests as excluded from the extracurricular activities covered under that section. Please note that the word “chartered” in this provision of the law refers to a nonpublic school which is chartered by the State Department of Education. Chartered in this context should not be confused with a charter or community school, which by definition, is an independent public school that is part of the state’s educational system created pursuant to ORC Section 3314.01. Charter or community schools are not addressed in this legislation, and thus students who attend those charter or community schools that are not OHSAA member schools, or are not sponsored by a school district’s Board of Education (see Bylaw 4-3-1, exception three) would not have a participation option.

Expectations & Jurisdiction

It is the expectation of the building administration that any home educated and/or nonpublic school student who is afforded the opportunity to participate in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities within the district will follow the same guidelines, rules, and/or policies established by the school, district, and/or the organization in which the student is involved. In addition, the school administration reserves the right to issue consequences to such students consistent with organization, school, and/or district policies

(ex: specific organization/team rules, athletic code of conduct)

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.


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.


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. During the lunch period, a student is expected to be in the lunchroom even if he or she is not eating. This period assignment is the same as a class assignment. Continued violation will result in disciplinary consequences. 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 the public in the following manner:

One Call Notifications: Direct call to your home telephone number.

Marion City Schools Website and Social Media


WMRN – 1490 AM

WTVN – 610 AM Columbus

WNCI 97.9 FM Columbus

WCOL 92.3 FM Columbus


Channel 4-WCMH Columbus

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All visitors must 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 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.


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 teacher with whatever proof is required.

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


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 online 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.

Digital Citizenship: The norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.


Responsible Use


Social Media and Digital Representation

Building a positive digital footprint

Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Texting, Wiki, Chat, Blogs,

Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Plagiarism

Using appropriate research techniques to document personal work

Citation, Permission from creator, Fair use policy, images labeled for open 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 using capital letters, numbers, symbols.

ex. @cc0unT! or X&and&7, logging out 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.


Responsible Use



Maintaining usable equipment for all to have access

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

Permissions and Privileges

Reading and understanding the District Policies

Handbooks, RUP, Permission forms,


Use within the confines of intended, appropriate uses of technology in education

Requesting legitimate sites to be open for educational use, logging out of computer.

Technology Support

Contacting support personnel when issues arise with technology

Wi-Fi / Internet Access, File and Data Storage, Password Management

Electronic Devices at GMS

Students are encouraged to learn and use 21st century skills to improve their educational experience and access to information. At Grant Middle School, students may use personal electronic devices in our green cell phone zone areas such as the cafeteria and before and after school. Students may also be permitted to use personal electronic devices in the classroom if the teacher grants permission through displaying the green “active learning” sign in the classroom for such use as it pertains to the educational experience and instruction of the classroom. Electronic devices are not permitted in the red “no phone zones” such as the hallways and classrooms when the red no phone zone poster is displayed. Students who abuse or use personal electronic devices when not permitted may have their device confiscated and turned into the office for student or parent pick up. Students who chronically abuse their privileges may be subject to further disciplinary action. In order to maintain a safe learning environment, students are expected to keep electronic devices and headphones turned off and out of sight during class transitions in the hallways.

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 from 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 another 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.

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

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


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.

Methods of Discipline

Grant Middle School utilizes varied disciplinary steps and/or options when assigning consequences to students for infractions of the student code of conduct. Possible disciplinary assignments include, but are not limited to the following:

Non-Removal from School Options:

A. Verbal Warning: A warning to a student that his/her conduct is in violation of school rules. It

may be issued by any authorized school official including teaching or non-teaching personnel.

B. In-Class Intervention (ICI): Student loses class privileges such as, eating lunch in the cafeteria,

traveling the building without an escort, and/or other classroom privileges as determined by the

classroom teacher and building administration will be suspended while serving this

assignment. Failure to serve this assignment will result in a higher level consequence.

C. After School Detention: Office Detentions will be served for 30 minutes after school from 3:10

to 3:40pm on Tuesday. Failure to serve this assignment will result in a higher level

Consequence (Ex: Thursday School)

D. Thursday School: Thursday School will be served for 60 minutes after school from 3:10 to

4:10pm. Failure to serve this assignment will result in a higher level consequence (Ex: Friday


E. Friday School: Friday School will be served for 2 hours after school from 3:10 to 5:10pm in the

on designated Friday afternoons. Failure to serve this assignment will result in a higher level

consequence (Ex: HABIT, Saturday Service, ALC)

F. HABIT: HABIT is a 2-hour intensive physical exercise session run by the school resource

officer and a representative from juvenile court. These sessions are conducted on designated

Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Failure to serve this assignment will result in a higher

level consequence, and possible unruly charges.

G. Alternative Learning Center: ALC is a teacher supervised areas which provides social

separation from the remainder of the school population. Students assigned here are permitted

to complete work for credit from their teachers. ALC assignments can range from a class

period, to several days.

Removal from School Options: 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. A student may suffer suspension or expulsion for his insulting language or behavior towards the teacher or in the presence of other pupils, continued absence without satisfactory excuse; refusal to obey proper orders; refusal to give the name of a pupil who has been guilty of a breach of rules when he knows who it is; using profane or obscene language, disrespect towards school authorities in or out of school; drinking, smoking, or conduct whether on or off the school premises. The right of expulsion exists without regard to the pupil’s conduct where acts of parents/guardians interfere with school discipline or where parents/guardians refuse to submit themselves to Board rules.

A. Out of school suspension: A student may be suspended from one to ten days by an

administrator because of a serious offense or repeated misbehavior. The home is to be

notified of a student’s suspension by telephone immediately if possible and in writing within

24 to 48 hours. Out of school suspension results in the loss of the privilege to participate in

school, extracurricular and co-curricular activities during the time of the suspension. While on

suspension the student’s daily work can be made up for credit.

In summary: The principal/assistant principal/dean of students may suspend. Each suspension will not

exceed ten school days. Due process shall consist of the administrator who will give written notice of the intention to suspend the student. The notice will have the reason for the action. Parent/Guardians will be contacted by phone whenever possible. The student will have an opportunity to appear at an informal hearing before the principal/assistant principal to explain the situation. The hearing will take place immediately in most cases. Due process is guaranteed to the student. The student and/or his parent/guardian’s may appeal a suspension to the hearing officer of the Marion City Schools.

B. Expulsions: The Superintendent of Schools may expel a student for a maximum of 90 days. This may extend into another semester or school year. This may extend into another semester or school year.

Emergency Removal

If a student's presence and behavior poses a danger to persons or property, or is an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, authorized school personnel may remove the student from the school premises for curricular and/or extra‐curricular activities.


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.


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) 223-4398.

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.


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

"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.

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 on-

line/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.

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

Complaint Procedures

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."


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 School Wide 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.


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, elementary 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."

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.

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Schedules may be provided to each student at the end of the previous school year and again at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment. Schedules are based on the student’s needs and available class space. Any changes in a student’s schedule should be handled through the Guidance Office. Students may be denied course enrollment due to lack of available space or deficiencies in prerequisite courses. Students are expected to follow their schedules. Any variation should be approved with a pass or schedule change.

Schedules are the result of careful planning on the part of the student, parents, and counselors and required courses cannot be changed. Elective courses were chosen by the student and approved by the parents. Staffing is often dictated by your decisions and textbooks were purchased based on those decisions.

Promotion, Acceleration, Retention

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

Graduation Requirement

Normally, a student will complete graduation requirements in four (4) years. In order to receive a diploma and graduate, a student must pass all assessment tests, meet the school requirements for basic course-work, and earn the total number of minimum credits. For students enrolled in special education, the criteria for graduation and the extent of participation in the State-mandated assessment tests will be determined by their IEP team.

Graduation Requirements (Class of 2018 and beyond)

Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, students must complete the following requirements in order to receive a diploma:

English (4 credits) Science; 1 Life, 1 Physical Science (3 credits)

Health & P.E. (1/2 credit each) Social Studies; 1 Gov’t, 1 American History (3 credits)

Math; including Algebra 2 (4 credits)

In addition to the above credit requirements, students must take end of course exams in the following courses: Algebra 1, Geometry; Physical Science; American History & American Government; English 1 & English 2.

Finally, students must complete satisfy one of the following components:

Earn a cumulative passing score on the seven end of course exams listed above

Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam, such as ACT or SAT

Earn a State Board of Education-approved, industry recognized credential or a state-issued license for practice in a career and achieve a score that demonstrates workforce readiness & employability on a job skills assessment.


Freshman – First year of high school.

Sophomore – Second year of high school with a minimum of 4 credits.

Junior – Third year student who has met sophomore requirements.

Senior – Fourth year of high school with a minimum of 13 credits or able to graduate in the corresponding school year.

A complete list of course offerings can be picked up in the Guidance office.

Academic Awards

Grant Middle School--Students who display significant achievements during the course of the year are recognized for their accomplishments. Areas that may merit recognition include, but are not limited to, academics, athletics, performing arts, citizenship, and volunteerism. Those students who achieve at an exceptional level are given special recognition at Grant Middle School. Honor Roll with Distinction is for those students receiving all A's (4.0). The Merit Honor Roll is for those students receiving no grade lower than a B (3.0 - 3.999) in any of their subjects.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian-High School Only

The Valedictorian/Salutatorian will be determined at the end of the 3rd nine weeks. The 3rd nine weeks’ grades will be considered the final mark and will be used as the semester final mark in calculating the GPA and class rank for Valedictorian / Salutatorian and the next 15 honored at Awards night.

Educational Options

Harding High School provides alternative means by which a student can achieve the goals of the District, as well as his/her personal educational goals. A list of the approved Educational Options is available in the Guidance Office. There are provisions for acceleration, concurrent enrollment, and early graduation in Board of Education policy. Please see the Principal for Instruction as to petition procedures and Board of Education policy

College Credit Plus

This is an opportunity for students to take college classes at The Ohio State University at Marion, Marion Technical College or other colleges and universities while still in middle or high school.
Students must talk to their guidance counselor if they are interested in participating in College Credit Plus. Please have them download and fill out the intent to enroll form and take it with them to their guidance office.

Ohio’s new College Credit Plus lets your child earn college and high school credits at the same time. Students may take college courses from colleges and/or universities while still in grades 7th through 12th.
This program is meant to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to give college-ready students a wide variety of options. Taking a College Credit Plus course from a public college or university is free, meaning you don’t pay for tuition, books, or fees. Taking classes at a private college or university may result in limited costs. The designated points of contact are your counselors at Harding High School and Grant Middle Schools.


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.


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 nonparticipation in the two conflicting events. When considering the impact of participation, such factors as the level of competition, makeup 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 p/g’s, 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.

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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 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.


Forgery of a medical excuse may result in suspension and possible revocation of prior excuses.

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

1. The student must fill out vacation form.

2. Take form around to teachers for signature.

3. 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.


Excessive Tardiness is defined as the student being tardy 4 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.

Tardy to Class

Excessive Tardiness to class is defined as a student being tardy 4 or more times per quarter without a pass from the office, another teacher or the nurse. The administration will follow the attendance actions steps and assign consequences as appropriate.

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 wait outside the building where their child is dismissed. Parents or persons picking up students should make arrangements, in advance, to meet the child at one of the designated pickup 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.

Attendance & Tardies Action Steps

Tardy to Class and School Action Steps (Quarterly)

  • §4-6 Tardies – In this range, a 30 minute after school office detention (Tuesday School) will be assigned by the administration.
  • §7-9 Tardies – In this range, a 60 minute after school office detention (Thursday School) will be assigned by the administration.
  • §10-12 Tardies – In this range, a 120 minute after school office detention (Friday School) will be assigned by the administration.
  • §13-15 Tardies – In this range, a 2-hour after school extended detention (HABIT) will be assigned by the administration. Administrator, guidance counselor, social worker, and/or district attendance officer will set-up a meeting with parents to discuss the student’s attendance record. At this level, the school has the option to file charges with juvenile court. After a meeting with the student’s parent/guardian, charges may be put in abeyance provided no additional tardies are recorded for the school year.
  • §15+ Tardies – In this range, the student will be assigned either: HABIT or ALC (In-school Suspension). In addition, charges may be filed with juvenile court. In addition, the administration will review all previous steps, documentation, and the status of the student’s court filing. The administration and district truancy officer will consider other steps and/or the involvement of other agencies.

Absence from School Action Steps

  • §5 Unexcused Absences– At this level, a warning letter is generated and sent home
  • §6-7 Unexcused Absences – In this range, a 30 minute after school office detention (Tuesday School) may be assigned by the administration.
  • §8-11 Unexcused Absences – In this range, a 60 minute after school office detention (Thursday or Friday) may be assigned by the administration. A call home will be initiated by the guidance or administration to update parents.
  • §12-14 Unexcused Absences – In this range, a 2-hour after school extended detention (Friday School) may be assigned by the administration. In addition, an Administrator, guidance counselor, social worker, and/or district attendance officer will set-up a meeting with parents to discuss the student’s attendance record. At this level, the school has the option to file charges with juvenile court. After a meeting with the student’s parent/guardian, charges may be put in abeyance provided no additional violations are recorded for the school year.
  • §15-19 Unexcused Absences – In this range, a 2-hour intensive physical exercise program known as HABIT may be assigned. In addition, charges will be filed with juvenile court.
  • §20-24 Unexcused Absences – At this level and beyond, the student may be assigned either: HABIT, or ALC (In-school Suspension). In addition, the administration will review all previous steps, documentation, and the status of the student’s court filing. The administration and district truancy officer will consider other steps and/or the involvement of other agencies.

School-Sponsored Student Publications and Productions

In general, the objectives of school-sponsored student publications and productions are to:

  • Communicate to those who are actively interested in the school – i.e., students, teachers, parents, administration, alumni, and other members of the school community;
  • Provide vehicles for the expression of student thought and action and to act as catalysts for helping students realize goals and objectives;
  • Create a wholesome school spirit and to support the best traditions of the school;
  • Promote and encourage school-sponsored activities;
  • Provide training in useful and purposeful writing, speaking, artwork, photography, and layout;
  • Create a desire for the best forms of journalism or theatrical production, both in and out of school;
  • Record in permanent form the history of the school;
  • Promote cooperation among taxpayers, parents, the school, and its students.

In implementing Board of Education Policy the following guidelines are applicable:

Under those circumstances when the school-sponsored student media is subject to prior review and restraint

In implementing Board of Education Policy 5722, the following guidelines are applicable:

Under those circumstances when the school-sponsored student media is subject to prior review and restraint, the following school officials are designated to conduct the prior review/restraint:

  • Class/Activity Advisor
  • Building principal
  • Superintendent

The staff of the student publication/production shall submit the content of the publication/production to the advisor/principal at least 5 school days prior to its scheduled publication/performance. The advisor/principal shall read/review the publication/production to verify its style and content are consistent with Board Policy 5722 and community standards.

The reviewing school official may regulate the style and/or restrict the content of the student publication/production for legitimate pedagogical, school-related reasons. Any such prior review and restraint shall be conducted in a reasonable manner that is neutral as to the viewpoint of the speaker.

Students who work on school-sponsored student publications/productions shall:

  1. Endeavor to produce media based upon professional standards of accuracy, objectivity and fairness;
  2. Review and edit material to improve sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation;
  3. Check and verify all facts and verify the accuracy of all quotations;
  4. Comply with all State and Federal laws;

Determine the content of the student publication/production (if the publication/production has been identified as a limited-purpose public forum);

If the student publication/production has been identified as a limited-purpose public forum, in the case of editorials or letters to the editor concerning controversial issues, determine the need for rebuttal comments and opinions and provide space for such comments and opinions;

Perform with intelligence, objectivity, accuracy and fairness as set forth in the Code of Ethics adopted by the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.

  • Excellence in writing and/or speaking will be sought and the ethics of responsible journalism and/or literary merit will determine what will be published/performed. Presentation of facts or ideas is to be based on careful research.
  • Students shall have the right to express their views and attitudes on all issues provided the speech is not: 1) defamatory, libelous, obscene or harmful to juveniles; 2) reasonably likely to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities or the educational process; 3) an infringement upon the privacy or rights of others; 4) a violation of copyright law; 5) a promotion of activities, products or services unlawful (illegal) as the minors as defined by State or Federal law; or 6) otherwise a violation of school policy and/or State or Federal law.
  • Language, pictures, music, or symbols that are obscene, libelous or protected by copyright and/or trademark are prohibited.
  • Constructive criticism of the school, the District, other institutions, and/or social groups or practices is permitted.
  • A by-line shall accompany every printed article, publication, or production.
  • School publications/productions shall not promote, favor, or oppose any candidate for election or the adoption of any bond issue, proposal, or questions submitted at any election.
  • Advertisements shall reflect the spirit of these guidelines. Advertisements shall not be accepted that encourage or advocate violence or disregard of the law, promote the sale of any substance the use of which is prohibited by law (such as drugs and alcohol or of any paraphernalia associated with sex or drugs), any item that would be offensive to a significant population of the school community, or items not in keeping with school purposes or that violate State or Federal law.
  • All school-sponsored student publications and productions are subject to prior review by the class/activity advisor(s) and/or building principal. Those who are denied approval for inclusion of materials in school-sponsored student media may appeal to the building principal Superintendent Board whose decision will be final.

The following types of student expression are not protected (i.e. such expression is subject to prior review and restraint, and/or disciplinary action subsequent to its publication/performance):

1. Expression that is obscene, harmful to juveniles and/or considered a sex offense under State or Federal law. "Harmful to juveniles" is defined as material or performance describing or representing nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse in any form to which all of the following apply:

  1. The material or performance, when considered as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of juveniles in sex;
  2. The material or performance is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for juveniles; and
  3. The material or performance, when considered as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, and scientific value for juveniles.
  4. Expression that is defamatory (i.e., speech that is libelous or slanderous). Libelous statements are provably false and unprivileged statements of fact that demonstrate injury to an individual's or business's reputation in the community. If the allegedly false statement involves a "public figure" or a "public official" the statement must be published "with actual malice" to constitute libel (i.e., the speaker knew the statement was false or the speaker published it with reckless disregard of the truth and/or without trying to verify the truthfulness of the statement). If the allegedly false statement involves an individual who is not a public figure or public official, libel occurs if the speaker published the statement willfully or negligently (i.e., the speaker failed to exercise reasonably prudent care when publishing the statement).
  5. Expression that will cause or is reasonably likely to cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities or the educational process, and/or an infringement upon the privacy and/or rights of others. For student media to be considered disruptive, specific facts must exist upon which one could reasonably forecast that a likelihood of immediate, substantial material disruption to normal school activity or the educational process would occur if the publication or production is published/performed or has occurred as a result of the publication's or production's publication/performance. Mere undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough; school administrators must be able affirmatively to show specific facts that reasonably support a forecast of likely disruption. In determining whether student media is disruptive, consideration should be given to the context of the publication/performance as well as the content of the material. In this regard, consideration should be given to past experience in the school with similar material, in dealing with and supervising the students in the school, current events influencing student attitudes and behavior, and whether there have been any instances of actual or threatened disruption prior to or contemporaneously with the publication/performance of the student media in question.

The duties of the faculty advisor and assistant advisors shall be to:

  • Serve in a liaison capacity between the publication/production’s staff and the faculty and administration;
  • Establish criteria and standards by which students can assess the quality of their publication/production and their techniques;
  • Instruct members of the publication/production’s staff in proper journalistic, literary, theatrical and/or broadcast techniques;
  • Advise, suggest, and edit syntax and punctuation when necessary;
  • Advise, counsel and supervise the editing process;
  • Interpret the foregoing guidelines subject to final interpretation by the building principal, Superintendent, Board of Education.

These guidelines will be included in the Student Handbook and circulated to all students.

Students' Rights of Expression

In accordance with Board of Education Policy 5722 and Policy 9700, students have the right, protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, to exercise freedom of speech. This includes the right to distribute or display, at reasonable times and places, written material, petitions, buttons, badges, or other insignia except expression that:

  • A.Is defamatory, libelous, obscene or harmful to juveniles;
  • B.Is pervasively indecent or vulgar;
  • C.Promotes activities, products or services that are unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by State or Federal law;
  • D.Constitutes insulting or “fighting words”, the very expression of which insures or harasses other people (e.g., threats of violence, defamation of character, or statements that violates the Board’s policies regarding bullying, harassment and/or discrimination as set forth in Policy 2260, Policy 2260.01, Policy 5517 and Policy 5517.01.;
  • E.Infringes upon the privacy or rights of others;
  • F.Violates copyright law;
  • G.Is reasonably likely to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities or the educational process.

Distribution or display of material in any of the above categories is prohibited on school premises or at any school-related event. In addition, if the principal has a legitimate questions concerning the age-appropriateness of the material, the administrator may prohibit or reasonably restrict its distribution or display.


Any student wishing to distribute or display non-school material must first submit for approval a copy of the material to the principal twenty-four (24) hours in advance of desired distribution/display time, together with the following information:

  • Name of the student or organization
  • Date(s) and time(s) of day of intended display or distribution
  • Location where material will be displayed or distributed
  • The grade(s) of students to whom the display or distribution is intended

The principal should either approve the material or indicate how it violates the guidelines listed above or the time, place, and manner restrictions listed below. If permission to distribute or display the material is denied, the student shall have the opportunity to make necessary revision and/or deletions.

Permission to distribute or display material does not imply approval of its contents by either the School, the Administration of the School, or the Board.

The student submitting the request shall have the right to appear and present the reasons, supported by relevant witnesses and material, as to why distribution/display of the written material is appropriate.

Time, Place and Manner of Distribution or Display

The Distribution or display of written material shall be limited to a reasonable time, place and manner as follows:

No material may be distributed or displayed during the time or at the pace of a school activity if it is likely to cause a substantial disruption of that activity

No material may be distributed or displayed if it blocks the safe flow of traffic within corridors and entrance ways of the school


The following definitions shall apply:

“Obscene to minors” is defined as:

The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the written material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interests of minors;

The material depicts or describes conduct that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community concerning how such conduct should be presented to minors

The material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors

“Minor” means any person under eighteen (18) years of age

Disciplinary Action

Distribution or display by any student of non-school-sponsored material prohibited by these guidelines will be halted and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the procedures contained in AG 5600A and/or AG 5610.

Any other party violating this guideline will be requested to leave the school property immediately and, if necessary, the police will be called.

A version of this administrative guideline is to be published in student handbooks at the secondary level.