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The administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to your school. The information in this handbook has been compiled to help students succeed and keep families and parents informed about your child's education at this school. The entire staff is here to assist students and parents/guardians with the students education. Come and share in our mission to inspire a community of achievement. There are some policies set up by the Marion City Board of Education established to uphold the pride of MCS. Please take time to read and discuss this information. Parents/guardians, please take some time to help interpret the information to your student. Teachers will also go over the information in this manual, but it is important that all concerned persons be aware what is in this handbook. This work is subject to change as prudent and necessary.

Mission and Vision

The Marion City School District includes six elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Our mission is to inspire a community of achievement. We intend to do that by:

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

School Location, Contact Numbers and Hours

School Location, Contact Number and Hours

Benjamin Harrison



. 625 Brightwood Drive Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4999

Principal Leah Filiater

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

950 Chatfield Road

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4600

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

1000 Robinson Ave.

Marion, OH43302

Phone: 740-223-4500

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

George Washington



400 Pennsylvania Ave.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-3883

Principal Scott Curtis

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

750 Silver St.

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4950

Principal Rick Glenn

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

1170 Brookside Drive

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-223-4444

Principal Marianne Bailey

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



420 Presidential Dr.

Phone: 740-223-4900

Principal Kirk Ballinger

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

1500 Harding Hwy. East

Phone: 740-223-4700

Principal Jen Musbach

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

Parent/Guardian Contract

Marion City Schools' School-Parent/Guardian Contract:

The purpose of the School-Parent/Guardian Contract 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 improved student achievement will be shared by parents/guardian, the child, and teachers.

School Responsibilities:

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

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

Parent/guardian Responsibilities:

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

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


The school colors are red and black, and the nickname used in athletics is the "President's."


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

School Spirit may be divided into three categories:

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

Prexie Participation


Leader in Me (7 Habits)

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

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 and not a right, and students may be prohibited from all or part of their participation in such activities by authorized school personnel without further notice, hearing and/or appeal rights in accordance with Board Policy


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, mashing 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 the respective school and their guests are pennitted to attend school dances. Students must be in good standing in order to participate in this privilege. All guests are subject to approval by c;idministration. Guests of students will be asked to complete a participation fonn before the event.

Students are required to carry their school l.D. card to these functions so as to identify themselves as a student. Middle school students are not pennitted to attend Harding High School dances, High School students are not pennitted to attend Middle School dances. Guests of Harding High School students must be under the age of 21 to attend Harding High School dances We regretfully infonn parents that they are not invited to the Harding Dances.Students may be denied participation in a school dance by an administrator due to discipline consequences acquired throughout the school year.


This event is for Harding High School students who have the rank of Junior or Senior. Freshmen and sophomores are allowed if they are invited as a date by a Junior or Senior. All guests will abide by the rules and regulations of the Marion Board of Education. Anyone in violation will be asked to leave the Prom. We regretfully infonn parents that they are not invited to the Jurnor/Sernor Prom or Senior Breakfast. Students must be in good standing in order to participate in this privilege. Please review the section entitled "Dances" for more guidelines concerning this event.


The Marion City School District believes that athletics are an integral part of our educational system aimed toward the development of the total personality 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 activity, 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 drugs (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 is 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.

High School Eligibility

To be academically eligible to participate on a Harding High School athletic team a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 1.5 in no fewer than five one-credit courses or the equivalent per nine

week grading period. No participant may receive more than one failing grade per period. A grade of i.ncomplete will be considered as a failing grade in computing the GPA until all work is completed.

Presidential Policies


Equal Education Opportunity

To be academically eligible to participate on a Harding High School athletic team a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 1.5 in no fewer than five one-credit courses or the equivalent per nine

week grading period. No participant may receive more than one failing grade per period. A grade of i.ncomplete will be considered as a failing grade in computing the GPA until all work is completed.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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.

Harding High School's PBIS Statement: Be Responsible.

Be Respectful.

Be Proud!

PBIS Reward Schedule 2017-2018

*Prexie Proud Nominees every Friday

September 1:

September 29:

October 19:

October 27:

November 3:

November 16:

January 4:

January 5:

January 12:

January 19:

March 9:

March 16:

March 23:

May 18: May:

Class of 2021 Check Up during lunches, Cafe Lounge 12th Grade Immunization Reward Raffle

The Positive Prexie: Video Contest

Quarter 1 Perfect Attendance Breakfast during Advisory, Community Room Quarter 1 Honor & Merit Roll Reward during lunches, Cafe Lounge

The Positive Prexie: Deck out your Door Contest

Quarter 2 Perfect Attendance Breakfast during Advisory, Community Room Semester 2 Perfect Attendance Lunch, Cafe Lounge

Quarter 2 Honor & Merit Roll Reward during lunches, Cafe Lounge Perfect Behavior Reward (TBD)

Quarter 3 Perfect Attendance Exam Exemption

Quarter 3 Perfect Attendance Breakfast during Advisory, Community Room Quarter 3 Honor & Merit Roll Reward during lunches, Cafe Lounge

11th Grade Immunization Reward Raffle Golden Prexie Awards (TBD)

Student Wellbeing

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 vailable 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 m the office. Med1cat1on will be dispensed by school personnel.

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 Authorization

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 Bloodborne Pathogens

  1. The implementation of the Bloodbome 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 chool 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). Parent permission forms are available from your school nurse in the event that you cannot accompany your child to a vaccination clinic.

*Tdap - 1 dose required before entry into yth grade AND 12th grade

*Meningococcal Vaccination, 2nd dose required prior to grade 12 or at the age of 16

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

*Measles/Mumps/Rubella - 2 doses required, both after child's 1s1 birthday & 28 days apart (Grades K- 12)

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

*Varicella- 2 doses required, both after child's 1s1 birthday & 28 days apart (Grades K-3)

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

*Hib- 3-4 doses (Preschool)

Safety Procedures

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


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.

McKenney Vento

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."

Withdrawal/Transfer from School

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.

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"

Employment of Students (HS Only)

Full time work permit

A full time working permit (FTWP) is defined as a permit to a minor (under age of 18) whose intent is to withdraw from school. The student must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per calendar week.

Secure the proper documents from the guidance department at Harding High School.

The School does not encourage students to take jobs outside of school that could interfere with their success in school. If a student believes that he/she must maintain a job in addition to going to school, he/she must first contact the Guidance Office to discuss any legal requirements and to obtain any required documents.


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."

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, behavioral 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 revocation of walking privileges at the Graduation Ceremony, parking privileges, or other privileges as determined by Administration. 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 Closings and Delays

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

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


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. Visitors are not permitted to eat lunch with students. Returning students as visitors are not permitted in the the classrooms during the school's hours of operation.

Community Postings-Advertising Outside Acbv1fles

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 (3re extremely disruptive to a student's educational process. Additionally, such interrogations may impact student and/or parental rights. Therefore, a detennination 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. A blanket field trip permission form will be sent home at the beginning of the school year and may be used for all MCS field trips within the State of Ohio which involve MCS transportation.


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 fonns: (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 I Plagiarism policy:

1.Any plagiarized paper may receive a 0% and teacher contact to parent/guardian and may include a referral to the office..

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

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

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


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/Guardians 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 detennining a grade and will so infonn the students at the beginning of the course. If a student is not sure how his/her grade will be

detennined, 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


Responsible Use Policy

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

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

Social Media and Digital Representation

Building a positive digital footprint


techniques to document personal work

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


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

Audio, Video, Pictures

Using rich media to complement a presentation

Prezi, Slideshows, PowerPoint, Web page

Personal Security

Keeping your accounts private and secured

Multiple secure passwords usingcapital letters, numbers,


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

Personal Devices

Using devices to enhance classroom learning

Cell phones, Tablets, Laptops, iPods,

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


Maintaining usable equipment for all to have access

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

Permissionsand Privileges

Reading andunderstanding the DistrictPolicies

Handbooks, RUP, Permission forms,


Use withinthe confines of intended, appropriate usesof technology in education

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


Contacting support personnel when issues arisewith technology

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

Code of Conduct

The purpose and intent of the code of conduct is to maintain the educational climate of the building. This code of conduct is in effect while students are under the authority of school personnel or involved in any school supervised activity. This includes but is not limited to school buses and property under the control of school authorities, and while at interscholastic competitions, extracurricular activities, or other school activities and programs. In addition this Code of Conduct includes:

Misconduct by a student that occurs off school district property but is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on school district property; and misconduct by a student that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a district official or employee or the property of an official or employee. As a general rule, a pupil may be properly expelled or suspended for an infraction of, or a refusal to comply with a reasonable rule or regulation of the school authorities. In addition, a student may be expelled or suspended for persistent disobedience, insubordination, or other misconduct for which no formal rule is prescribed and government of the school authority to determine what constitutes disobedience or misconduct justifying expulsion, or suspension, within the limitations that it shall have an injurious effect upon the discipline and government of the school. The right of expulsion exists without regard lo tile pupil's conduct wller e 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 Physical Contact-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 jurisdicti on of the school will not be tolerated. Students are expected to refrain of physical touching, fighting, acts of aggression, or physical contact.

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

5.Harassment I Bullying I Intimidation I 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 Marton 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 studenU 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 weartng 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- Marton City Schools establishes a safe, respectful, and cartng 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, incendiary devices, fireworks, smoke bombs, etc. Included would be the plans and/or instructions on how to build or use such items, or making plans to target specific students, teachers, or other school staff. (ex: Making a hit list). In addition, the use of any object that is used to threaten, harm, or harass another may be considered a weapon.

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

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

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

11.Truancy-Students should be on time and engaged in the learning environment. Students are considered truant if they are willfully absent or truant from school I 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 including vapors and electronic cigarettes 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-"Counteffeit controlled substance" 1s 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, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

The following penalties relate to the making, selling, and possession of counterfeit drug (ORC 22929.01,2925.37). Possession of counterfeit controlled substance - misdemeanor of the first degree: if second offense, a felony of the fourth degree.

1.Making, selling, offering to sell, or delivering any known counterfeit substance; making, possessing, selling, offering to sell or delivering any device that is known to be used to print or reproduce a trademark upon a counterfeit drug (trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances) a felony of the fourth degree for a first offense, a felony of the third degree for subsequent offenses.

2.Selling, offering to sell, giving or delivering any counterfeit controlled substance to a person under eighteen (aggravated trafficking) a felony of the third degree and felony of the second degree for subsequent offenses.

3.Representing a counterfeit controlled substance as a controlled substance by describing its effects as if it were a controlled substance (promoting and encouraging drug abuse) a felony of the fourth degree, and a felony of the third degree for subsequent offenses.

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

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

17.Zero tolerance Gang Policy-The Marion City Schools recognizes that a school must create a safe environment in which learning can take place. The presence of gangs within a school disrupts that environment by threatening the safety of the school building and causing disruption to the academic process.

A gang is any identifiable group or club which exists without the sponsorship of the school or sponsorship of any recognized adult community or civic organization and which has no acceptable social goals.

As a result of these beliefs, the Marion City Schools hereby forbids all gangs and gang activities from school buildings and school property at all times. A student shall not: participate in

gang-related activities; appear with or wear gang identifications such as attire, colors or clothing; designate boundary or turf; participate in hazing, initiation, or recruiting activities; or deface property with gang graffiti.

18.Student Dress and Groomi ng-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.

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

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

•Undergarments will be worn at all times.

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

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

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

•No pajama bottoms, tops or slippers are permitted.

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

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

•Attempts by students to call undue attention to themselves and/or disrupt the teaching-learning process shall not be permitted. This would include but not limited to distracting body piercing; or gang related dress (including bandannas); gang related

jewelry; or clothing that advertises or displays tobacco, drugs or gang colors and insignias or references in any form.

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

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

20.Violation of the MCS Responsible Use Policy-Students are expected to follow the Marion City School's Responsible Use Policy for technology.

Student issues that begin outside of school via texting or social media, but present themselves within the school setting may be handled through the appropriate discipline procedures. Instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Inappropriate use of social media is unacceptable."

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

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

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

Methods of Discipline

•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.

•Parent Notification- Direct contact by telephone or letter with a parent or legal guardian of a student to inform them that their student's conduct was in direct violation of school rules.

•Detention- The assignment of a student to spend time in addition to regular school time for violation of school rules. Failure to serve detention will result in additional consequences.

•Tuesday/Thursday School- The assignment of a student to spend time in addition to regular school day for violation of school rules, attendance concerns, or to make up school assignments. The extended school day will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday. Students assigned to extended day are ineligible for extracurricular events scheduled during that time frame. Failure to serve Tuesday/Thursday School will result in additional consequences.

•Alternative Leaming Center (ALC)- Philosophy - Student discipline should be designed as much as possible to create a positive change in the student's behavior. The Alternative Leaming Center provides the social separation and intensified academics needed for a positive approach. Students that are serving in ALC are allowed to participate extracurricular activities.

•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.

•Out of School Suspension (OSS)- 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 by mail 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 cannot be made up for credit. Make-up of major projects and tests will be determined at the discretion of the teachers. In summary:

o The principal/assistant principal may suspend. Each suspension will not exceed ten school days.

oDue process shall consist of:

•The administrator will give written notice of the intention to suspend the student. The notice will have the reason for the action. Parents 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 parents may appeal a suspension to the hearing officer of the Marion City Schools. Appeals may be made for failure to comply with due process.

oThe Superintendent of Schools may expel a student for a maximum of 80 days. This may extend into another semester or school year.

oThe Superintendent may expel a student for a period of one (1) year for bringing or possessing a firearm or knife to a school building or onto any other property owned, controlled or operated by the Board, to an interscholastic competition, an extracurricular event, or to any other school program or activity that is not located in a school or on property that is owned or controlled by the board. This may extend into another semester or school year.

•Exclusion-The Superintendent of Schools may permanently exclude a student from attendance in a school district. This action may be taken in cases of felony weapons charges. Sec. 2923.122 makes it a felony for any person to knowingly convey, attempt to convey, or possess any deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance into or on any property owrred by or corrtrolled by 01 to any activity held under the auspices of a school.

•Other Methods of discipline may be assigned such as community service or reparations.


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) 2234398. All students must complete permission forms that will be distributed by the driver, approved or disapproved by the transportation supervisor. Students and parents wishing to appeal decisions must contact the Supervisor of Transportation.

Students who are riding to and from school or special field trips on transportation provided by the School are required to follow all basic safety rules. This applies to school-owned buses as well as any contracted transportation.

Students are expected to follow student code of conduct while riding on the bus. Additionally, students should also:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9.Students are to be quiet at all railroad crossings.

Any student misbehaving may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. The principal may take additional disciplinary action. The above rules and regulations are part of the Ohio School Bus Operation.

Driving and Parking Regulations

Students are responsible for all contents and markings on any vehicle that they park on school grounds.

Any contraband visible in plain sight or discovered during an authorized search will be subject to

disciplinary and/or legal action. Any bumper stickers, signs, flags, etc. deemed obscene or inappropriate, or in violation to any other section of this handbook may be subject to disciplinary action. Drivers are advised that the school accepts no responsibility for property lost from vehicles or theft or damage to vehicles while on school property. Students are to park in the designated student lot which is northeast of the high school and all students who transport themselves in a personal vehicle must secure a parking pemiit from the Assistant Principal's Office at the beginning of the school year at a cost of $5.00. Students are not pemiitted to park in staff lots or designated drop off areas. Cars shall be parked within the marked spaces provided. Failure to adhere to parking regulations may result in ALC, OSS, loss of driving privileges to school, or vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

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.


Oefinitions of Temis: "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 hami 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, Intimidation, or Bullying" also means electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless handheld 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, Intimidation, 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:

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

b.Sending abusive or threatening instant messages;

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

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

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

School-wide programs provide an enriched and accelerated learning experience necessary for all children, rather than just identified eligible st11dents 01 ir 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, dec1s1on 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. We will notify you immediately when the Sheriff gives us such information. 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 (nspection 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. Student lockers are provided and students are responsible for securing their items with a lock at all times.

Prexie Practices



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. In depth information regarding scheduling is provided in the approved course of study.

Schedule Change Guidelines

1.No schedule change out of class will be made for any student who has passed the semester m that class.

2.A student must have 5 classes, unless otherwise determined by the administration.

3.Changes for Seniors necessary to meet graduation requirements at the end of the year (or end of the summer) will be made even though it may violate the guidelines.

4.Changes for underclassmen necessary to meet Tri-Rivers Career Center enrollment requirements will be made if possible.

5.Core courses will not be moved to accommodate elective courses, study halls, late arrival, early release, or early arrivals.

Dates for Adding and Dropping Classes

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

Withdrawal: 1st semester

August 16, 2017 - August 30, 2017

*Notation of the course will be expunged from transcript.

August 31, 2017 - End of semester

.*WF will be on transcript. This is calculated as a failure in the student's GPA.

Withdrawal: 2nd semester (semester courses only)

January 2 - January 16, 2018

*Notation of the course will be expunged from transcript.

Promotion, Acceleration, Retention

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

Graduation Requirements

The following is the list of minimum graduation requirements that have been mandated by the State of Ohio Department of Education and /or the Marion City Schools Board of Education. These standards are firm and cannot be compromised in any way.

21 total credits are required for graduation and must be earned in the following areas:

English/Language Arts - 4 credits Health - % credit

Mathematics - 4 credits

Recommended: Algebra I, Geometry Required: Algebra fl, Fourth Math elective

Physical Education - % credit

Students who complete two full seasons of athletics, band, colorguard or cheerfeading, or four semesters of JROTC are exempt from the physical education requirement.

Science - 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of physical science, 1 unit of life science, 1 unit of advanced science elective

Social Studies - 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of American History, 1 unit American Government (that includes

instruction in Financial Uteracy), 1 unit of Social Studies elective. Beginning with the class of 2021, unit of World History will be required as part of the 3 total credits.

Fine Arts - 2 Semesters

Fine Arts may include any visual or performing art such as Art, Ceramics, Digital Art, Band, Orchestra or Choir and may be earned anytime in grades 7-12. Students who complete one year of a Career Technical pathway may be exempted from the Fine Arts requirement.

Electives - 6 credits (including Fine Arts requirement)

Elective credits include any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English/language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. College-bound students are recommended to take 3 credits of the same foreign language or 2 credits of 2 different languages.

All students are required to take a minimum of five courses each semester.

Students must meet both testing requirements and curriculum requirements in order to earn a diploma and participate in graduation activities.

Testing Requirements and Graduation Pathways for Classes of 2018 and Beyond

All students will be required to take end-of-course (EOC) exams for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English (ELA) I and English (ELA) II.

Students must meet one of the following pathways to graduation:

1.Ohio's State Tests: Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven

end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English, and six points across science and social studies. Students studying AP American Government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in Biology, American History, or American Government.

2.Industry credential and workforce readiness: Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.

3.College admission test: Students earn a "remediation-free" score in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam such as an ACT or SAT.

Graduation Commencement

In order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony (i.e. walk at graduation), students will be required to meet the prescribed credit requirements as approved by the Marion City Schools Board of Education, and meet the graduation requirements mandated by the state of Ohio. Those who do not meet the prescribed requirements will not participate (i.e. walk) at the Graduation Ceremony. All school fees and fines must be paid to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Academic Awards

High School-Students who receive all /l!.s and B's in a quarter will be recognized on the respected Honor Roll. Academic excellence is awarded annually at the Awards Night for those students who qualify for the Presidential Honor Roll. Students must have received all f:>.!.s and B's and there must be more /l!.s than B's in all courses that determine the Grade Point Average (GPA). Three times on the semester PHR - Numerals, Four semesters - Lamp of Knowledge, Five semesters - Varsity Letter, Six semesters - Gold Pin, and Seven semesters - Plaque.Students who qualify may also be inducted into the local chapter of the National Honor Society.Other awards given annually for those seniors that qualify include: Honors Diploma, Award of Merit, and the President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian-High School Only

The Valedictorian/Salutatorian will be determined at the end of the 1st semester of the senior year. The 1st Semester 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 I Salutatorian and the next 15 honored at Awards night.

Class Rank

Harding High School recognizes the importance of class ranking and that a rank should not only reflect student performance but also the type of academic program taken. To accomplish this, a weighted system of class ranking has been implemented. Values are designated as follows:







AP/CCP (2.0)






HONORS (1.5)






SD (1.0)






A formula using the preceding scale of points and the grades received in academic courses divided by the number of grades received is used to determine grade point average (GPA). The GPA is then used to rank students, highest to lowest, in each grade (9-12). Class rank is calculated after each semester.

The weighted system was developed so that students would be justifiably rewarded for taking more challenging courses and conversely, be discouraged from taking less rigorous courses in order to protect the GPA and class rank. Each course description contains a weight classification.

Educational Opportunities

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.

$tudents 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 ?1h 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 l_irnited 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. Other tests could include the following:

•The Ohio State Test (OST) is composed of seven tests. All students will be required to take end-of-course (EOC) exams for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English (ELA) I and English (ELA) II, unless exempted, to meet one of the

requirements for a high school diploma: Writing, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Citizenship. The test is given at least twice each year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

•ACT - The American College Test is given during the month of October, November, February, April, and June each year to juniors and seniors who are planning to attend college. The ACT test is part of the application process required by many colleges.

•PSAT - The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test is given during October each year to juniors who are thinking about attending college. The test is a preliminary to the SAT and is also a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

•SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test scores give college admissions officers an idea of how students have developed academically. The scores also provide a standard measure from which comparisons can be made with students from across the nation. The SAT is given during the months of November, December, January, March, May, and June.


All students are required to take all exams. Exceptions:

A.Seniors who have passed the third and fourth nine weeks without dropping more than one letter grade during that time will not be required to take second semester exams (example: A to B is exempt; A to C is not exempt),

B.Students that have earned an exemption on specific exam(s).

Seniors whose third nine-weeks grade is one higher than the fourth grading period will receive the lower grade for their semester average:



Semester Average







Seniors whose third nine-weeks grade is one lower than fourth grading period will receive the higher grade for their semester average:



Semester Average







Seniors may take the final exam to improve their semester average.

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 "perfonnance", athletic contest, or musical concert will have priority over nonnal 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 perfonnance conflicts with an athlete's practice, the perfonnance 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. Nonnally, the administrator will suggest that the student choose the activity in which he/she will participate. When such a decision is reached, the student shall participate in the chosen activity and be excused from the other without penalty.

3.In the event a music or other activity performance conflicts with an athletic contest scheduled at the same time, the student is again permitted a choice without penalty. In conflicts of this nature, the administrator may act as an arbitrator, taking into consideration the impact of the student's participation or non-participation in the two conflicting events. When considering the impact of participation, such factors as the level of competition, 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 parent/guardian'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.

Prexie Priorities



Truancy is defined as an absence from school or class without legitimate and legal reason for the absence. 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 30 or more consecutive school hours, for 42 or more school hours in one (1) month, or 72 or more school hours in one (1) school year, or 38 or more school hours in one school month, or 65 or more school hours in one school year as defined in ORC 2151.011 and HB410. 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 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 parenUcustodian 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 may result in detention, 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.Quarantine of the home as determined by proper health officials

4.Death in the family, limited to three days unless reasonable causes are shown.

5.Funeral and court appearances are remitted absences

6.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.

7.Observance of religious holidays

8.College Visitation with proper paperwork approved and submitted three days prior.

9.Excuses should be turned into the school within ten days. Forgery of a medical excuse may result in suspension and possible revocation of prior excuses.

10.Four (4) vacation days are pe1111itted per year. The following must be done PRIOR to taking the vacation.

a.The student must fill out vacation form.

b.Take fo1111 around to teachers for signature.

c.Pre-approved by principal. Vacations during the school year are discouraged.

Reporting 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.Quarantine of the home as determined by proper health officials

4.Death in the family, limited to three days unless reasonable causes are shown.

5.Funeral and court appearances are remitted absences

6.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.

7.Observance of religious holidays

8.College Visitation with proper paperwork approved and submitted three days prior.

9.Excuses should be turned into the school within ten days. Forgery of a medical excuse may result in suspension and possible revocation of prior excuses.

10.Four (4) vacation days are pe1111itted per year. The following must be done PRIOR to taking the vacation.

a.The student must fill out vacation form.

b.Take fo1111 around to teachers for signature.

c.Pre-approved by principal. Vacations during the school year are discouraged.

Out of Assigned Area/Leaving the Building

This offense will be considered truancy. Students are expected to be in their classes or assigned areas at all times. Students are not permitted to leave the building or be absent from a class for any reason without authorization from a building administrator and parent/guardian request through written permission or phone.


Excessive Tardiness is defined as the student being tardy 5 days per semester without a legal excuse, such as a doctor's appointment, legal appointment, religious reasons, or other emergencies or circumstances that constitute good and sufficient cause as dete1111ined 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.

Attendance & Action Steps 2017-2018

Tardy To School & Action Steps (Quarterly)

3 Tardies - At this level, a warning is given to students.

5-7 Tardies - In this range, a 60 minute after school office detention will be assigned by the administration.

9-11 Tardies - In this range, a 2 hour after school office detention will be assigned by the administration. In addition, a call home will be initiated to update parents.

11-15 Tardies - In this range, a period of time in the Alternative Leaming Center will be assigned by the administration. Administrator, guidance counselor, social worker, and/or district attendance officer will set-up a meeting 'v'lith 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.

16-29 Tardies - In this range, the student will be assigned ALC (In-school Suspension). In addition, charges may be filed with juvenile court.

30+ Tardies - At this level and beyond, the student will be assigned 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.

Absence From School & Action Steps (annually)

30 or more consecutive hours of absence or § Unexcused Absences- At this level, a warning letter is generated and sent home

42 or more consecutive hours of absence or 6-7 Unexcused Absences - In this range, a 60 minute after school office detention may be assigned by the administration. A call home will be initiated by the guidance, ESP, or administration to update parents and a plan for behavior improvement will be started.

8-9 Unexcused Absences - In this range, a 2 hour after school office detention may be assigned by the administration. A call home will be initiated by the guidance or administration to update parents and plan will be monitored.

72 or more consecutive hours of absence or 10-12 Unexcused Absences - In this range, a period of time in the Alternative Leaming Center 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 court 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.

13-19 Unexcused Absences - In this range, a period of time in the Alternative Leaming Center may be assigned by the administration. In addition, charges will be filed with juveni le court.

20-24 Unexcused Absences - In this range, a period of time in the Alternative Leaming Center may be assigned by the administration. 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.

Dismissal procedures

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 pick-up points. Do not pick up students before dismissal time or pick up students from their classroom. Adults picking up students early are to report to the office. The school does not provide supervision of any student beyond the end of the school day unless enrolled in a predetermined after school program.

Students leaving MUST be signed out by the adult picking them up. Children will be released only to the custodial parent, or guardian, or to an adult designated by custodial parent or guardian. We cannot release your child to anyone you have not designated on your authorization release form. The office staff will call the student to the office. No student will be released to an adult at the classroom.