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Marlin Elementary

 

 

Student/Parent

Handbook

 

 

MCCSC

2016-2017

School Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Table of Contents

2

School Calendar

4

Foreword

5

Mission Statement of the School

5

Equal Education Opportunity

5

School Day

6

Student Rights and Responsibilities

6

Student Well-Being

6

Keep Our Schools Safe Hotline

6

Injury and Illness

7

 

 

Section I-General Information

 

Enrollment in the School

11

Scheduling and Assignment

11

Early Dismissal

11

Transfer Out of School Corporation

12

Immunizations

12

Use of Medications

13

Self-Administered Medications

14

Control of Casual Contact Communicable Diseases and Pests

14

Control of Non-Casual Contact Communicable Diseases

15

Special Education

15

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

15

Supports for Students with Disabilities

16

Homeless Students

16

Student Records (Protection and Privacy)

16

Meal Service

17

Fire, Tornado, and Safety Drills

18

Emergency Closings and Delays

18

Safety and Security

18

Visitors Policy 9150

19

Visitor Guidelines

20

Use of Cellular Telephones and Wireless Electronic Communication Devices

21

Student Learning Devices and Agreements

21

Directory Information

24

Parent’s Right to Know

25

 

 

Section II-Academics

 

Field Trips

29

Report Cards

29

Student Assessment

29

Promotion, Placement, and Retention

29

Testing

30

 

 

Section III-Student Activities

 

Non-School Sponsored Clubs and Activities Use of School facilities Policy 7510

33

 

 

Section IV-Student Conduct

 

Attendance-Reporting Absences

37

MCCSC Attendance Policy

38

Student Behavior Standards

40

Discipline – Student Conduct

41

Restraint/Seclusion

43

Due Process Rights

43

Consequences for Violations of Student Code of Conduct

44

Anti-Harassment

44

Student Hazing

49

Bullying

49

Weapons

52

Use of Seclusion and Restraint with Students

53

Search and Seizure

53

Student Conduct

54

Student Rights of Expression

54

Criminal Gangs and Criminal Gang Activity in Schools

55

 

 

Section V - Transportation

 

Transportation to School

59

Penalties for Infractions

59

 

 

Section VI-Other Items

 

Marlin School Pledge

63

General Expectations

63

Arrival Procedures

63

Dismissal Procedures

64

Restroom Procedures

65

Hallway Procedures

65

Cafeteria Procedures

65

Playground Procedures

65

Playground Expectations

65

Consequences

66

Inside Recess Procedures

66

Homework Policy

66

Telephone Usage

67

Photographing and Videotaping Students

67

Parent – Teacher Organization

68

Family Access

68

Things Not to Bring to School

68

Bicycle Policy

69

Marlin Staff

69

MCCSC Board of School Trustees

70

Note: This Student/Parent Handbook is based in significant part on policies adopted by the Board of School Trustees and Administrative Guidelines developed by the Superintendent. Those Board Policies and Administrative Guidelines are incorporated by reference into the provisions of this handbook. The Policies and Administrative Guidelines are periodically updated in response to changes in the law and other circumstances. Therefore, there may have been changes to the documents reviewed in this handbook since it was printed in (year). If you have questions or would like more information about a specific issue or document, contact your school principal or (designee), or access the document on the MCCSC website: www.mccsc.edu by clicking on (tab) and finding the specific policy or Administrative Guideline in the Table of contents for that section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREWORD

 

Welcome to Marlin Elementary! The staff at Marlin is committed to providing your child with a nurturing learning environment that provides opportunities for each child to reach his/her fullest potential. We feel that parents are an integral part of this process and welcome and encourage your participation at Marlin.

 

This handbook was designed to provide you with school policies and procedures. Please read through the information and refer to it throughout the school year.

 

We welcome and encourage parental involvement. Please do not hesitate to call or stop by with questions or concerns.  I am looking forward to a great school year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Tim Dowling

Principal

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Marlin Elementary faculty and staff are committed to ensuring the best possible learning environment for all students. We believe that authentic learning experiences are possible through home-school partnerships, use of student centered instructional methods and strategies, and a caring, positive school environment. We recognize the individual academic and social needs of each student and are committed to ensuring all students learn at high levels. We are dedicated to developing the learning skills necessary for life-long success in an ever-changing world.

 

 

EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

 

No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on such basis under any educational function or student activity. Education services, programs, instruction and facilities will not be denied to anyone in Monroe County Community School Corporation as a result of race, color, religion, national origin, creed or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

 

Discrimination based on disability:

 

Dr. Kathleen Hugo

 Director of Special Education

315 E. North Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401

812-349-4756

All other types of discrimination:

 

Mrs. Peggy Chambers

Assistant Superintendent

315 E. North Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401

812-330-7700

 

 

SCHOOL DAY

 

School Day Schedule Monday through Friday

School will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:45 p.m.

The school doors will open 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the school day

 

 

 

 

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The rules and procedures of the school are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly, and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights will be protected and that they will be treated with fairness and respect. Likewise, students will be expected to respect the rights of their fellow students and the staff. Students will be expected to follow staff members’ directions and obey all school rules. Disciplinary procedures are designed to ensure due process (notice and a fair hearing) before a student is disciplined because of his/her behavior.

 

Parents have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed when concerns arise. Many times it will be the responsibility of the student to deliver that information. If necessary, the U. S. mail or hand delivery may be used to ensure contact. Parents are encouraged to establish constructive communication channels with their child’s teachers and support staff and to inform the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educational goals.

 

The staff expects students to arrive at school prepared to learn. It is the student’s responsibility to arrive on time and be prepared to participate in the educational program. If for some reason this is not possible the student should seek help from the building principal.

 

STUDENT WELL-BEING

 

Student safety is a responsibility of the students and the staff. All staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as evacuation procedures, fire drills, tornado drills, safety drills in the event of a terrorist or other violent attack, and accident reporting procedures. Should a student be aware of any dangerous situation or accident, he/she must notify any staff person immediately.

 

All students must have an emergency medical card completed, signed by a parent or guardian and filed in the school office.

 

Students with specific health care needs should submit his/her needs in writing and with the proper documentation by a physician to the school office.

 

Help Keep Our Schools Safe

Confidential

Call the SAFE SCHOOL

HOTLINE 330-2494

 

A confidential means of reporting unsafe conditions that could harm students, staff or the school.

 

Your Name is Never Asked

 

INJURY AND ILLNESS

 

All injuries must be reported to a teacher or the school office. If minor, the student will be treated and may return to his/her class. If medical attention is required, the office will follow the school’s emergency procedures and attempt to make contact with the student’s parents/guardians.

 

A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission from the teacher to go to the school office. It will be determined by school staff whether the student should remain at school or released to go home. No student will be released from school without proper parental permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION I

 

General Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENROLLMENT IN THE SCHOOL

 

Students are expected to enroll in the attendance area in which they have legal residency, unless other arrangements have been approved. Students who are new to the school are required to enroll with their parents/legal guardians. When enrolling the parents/guardians will need to provide the following information:

·         Certified or Legal Birth Certificate or Passport

·         Current Immunization Record

·         Two Proofs of Residency

·         If custody is an issue, court documentation

 

In some cases, a temporary enrollment may be permitted. In such cases parents will be notified about documentation required to establish permanent enrollment.

 

Students enrolling from another accredited school must have an official transcript from the sending school in order to receive credit from that school. Marlin will assist in obtaining the transcript, if not presented at the time of enrollment.

 

Homeless students who meet the federal definition of homeless may enroll and will be under the direction of the corporation liaison for homeless children with regard to enrollment procedures.

 

Non-resident students should refer to the MCCSC Policy 5111 for eligibility requirements to enroll.

 

Foreign students and foreign exchange students (from recognized and approved student programs) are eligible for admission on the same basis as other non-resident students.

 

SCHEDULING AND ASSIGNMENT

 

The Principal will assign each student to the appropriate classroom and the program in which the student will be participating. Any questions or concerns about the assignment should be discussed with the Principal.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL

 

No student may leave school prior to dismissal time without either:

a.)    a written request signed by the parent/guardian or a person who has been designated on the current enrollment card

b.)    the parent coming to the school office to personally request the release

 

 

No student will be released to a person other than a custodial parent/guardian without a permission note signed by the custodial parent or other legal authorization.

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFER OUT OF MCCSC

 

If a student plans to transfer from Marlin Elementary, the parent must notify the Principal. Parents are encouraged to contact the school office for specific details.  Per MCCSC Policy 5131

 

 

IMMUNIZATIONS

 

The School Board requires that all students be properly immunized against

whooping cough, poliomyelitis, measles, diphtheria, rubella (German measles), tetanus, and mumps. Every child who enters kindergarten or grade 1 shall be immunized against hepatitis B, and chicken pox. Every child who enters grades 9 and 12 shall be immunized against hepatitis B. From time to time other communicable diseases may be designated by the State Board of Health.

 

The Superintendent shall require parents to furnish to their child’s school, no later than the first day of school after enrollment, a written statement of the child’s immunization accompanied by a

physician’s certificate or other documentation. Students whose parents do not provide the required documentation by the opening day of school may be admitted to school provided the documentation is received within twenty (20) days and is in accord with the Superintendent’s administrative guidelines on immunization. If the student remains un-immunized at the close of the twenty (20) day period, the Superintendent shall commence exclusion proceedings, unless the parents have filed a religious objection or submitted a physician’s statement that the needed immunizations are contra-indicated.

 

Information concerning meningococcal disease (meningitis) and its vaccine shall be provided to students and parents at the beginning of the school year by the Superintendent. The information must include information concerning the causes, symptoms and spread of

meningococcal diseases and places where parents may obtain additional information and

vaccinations for their children. The Superintendent shall consult with the State Department of Education and the State Board of Health to develop necessary information and needed

materials.

 

Exemptions to the immunization requirements shall be granted, in accordance with State law, only for medical, religious, or other reasons allowed by the State.

 

The parent of each female student who is entering grade six (6) shall be provided with

information prescribed by the State Department of Health concerning cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and that an immunization against the HPV infections is available. Within twenty (20) days after the first day of school, the parent shall provide a written statement as prescribed by the State Department of Health regarding the HPV information.

I.C. 20-30-5-18; 20-34-4-2; 20-34-4-3

 

 

 

 

 

USE OF MEDICATIONS

 

The Corporation Health Services Staff shall not be responsible for the diagnosis of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours, or the child requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.

 

For purposes of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a

physician and any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies that are FDA

approved. “Treatment” refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care

procedures which require special training, such as catheterization or injections.

 

Before any medication or treatment may be administered by school personnel to any student during school hours or during school related activities, the MCCSC Corporation Health Services staff shall: require the written prescription form the child’s physician for all prescription drugs accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. In the case of FDA approved non-prescription drugs, preparations, or remedies, a written authorization from the parent must be on file prior to administration of the treatment. These documents shall be kept on file in the school’s health office of the child’s school and made available to the persons authorized to administer medication or treatment. The prescription must be in its original container, labeled with the student's name and the exact dosage. At no time is the school to administer a dosage other than that authorized by the physician's prescription. The labeled bottle must match the prescription. Both written authorization from the parent and written prescription from the child's physician shall be required to authorize any self-medication by the student. In addition physician's statement authorizing self-medication must include the information set forth in Policy 5330.01 - Self-Administered Medication. All controlled substances should be stored within the health office and kept secure via locking mechanism.

 

Before any non-prescribed medication or treatment may be administered, the Corporation Health

Services staff shall require the prior written consent of the parent (see 5330 F1a and Form 5330 F1b). These documents shall be kept in the school health office.

 

Except in the case of authorized self-medication, all forms of medication shall be administered by

the Corporation in accordance with the Superintendent's guidelines.

 

No student is allowed to provide or sell any type of prescribed or non-prescribed (over-the-counter)

medication to another student.

 

Violations of this rule will be considered violations of Policy 5530 - Drug Prevention and of the Student Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Code.

 

Students who may require administration of an emergency medication may have such medication, stored in the school’s health office and administered in accord with this policy. However, if authorization (Form 5330 F3) for self-medication has been provided by the parent and physician which complies with the requirements of Policy 5330.01 - Self-Administered Medication, then the student may retain possession of the self-administered medications.

 

Medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school hours or at school functions, for students in grades K-8 may be released only to the student's parent or to an individual who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and who has been designated, in writing, by the student's parent to receive the medication.

 

A school may send home medication that is possessed by the school for administration during school

hours or at school functions with a student in grades 9-12, if the student’s parent provides written permission for the student to receive the medication

 

The Corporation Health Services staff shall permit the administration by staff of any procedure

and/or treatment after being properly trained by a school nurse.

 

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure the proper implementation of this policy

I.C. 20-33-8-12; I.C. 20-34-3-18; I.C. 20-34-5; I.C. 34-30-12; 511 IAC 7-36-9

 

 

SELF-ADMINISTERED MEDICATION

 

A student may possess and self-administer medication for chronic diseases or medical conditions

provided the student's parent files a written authorization with the principal. The written authorization must be filed annually. A physician's written statement must be included with the parent's authorization.

 

The physician's statement filed annually to include the following information:

 

A. An acute or chronic disease or medical condition exists for which the medication is

prescribed.

B. The student has been given instruction as to how to self-administer the medication.

C. The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the

medication.

 

The Corporation, School or School Board is not liable for civil damages as a result of a student's self-administration of medication for an acute or chronic disease or medical condition except for an act or omission amounting to gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

 

 

CONTROL OF CASUAL CONTACT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PESTS

 

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 has the authority to remove or isolate a student who has been ill or has been exposed to a communicable disease or highly-transient pest such as lice.

 

Specific diseases include; diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep infections, whooping cough, mumps, measles, rubella, and other conditions indicated by the local and state health departments.

 

Any removal will be limited to the contagious period as specified in MCCSC Administrative Guidelines.

 

 

 

 

CONTROL OF NON-CASUAL CONTACT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PESTS

 

MCCSC has an obligation to protect staff and students from non-casual contact communicable diseases. When a non-casual contact communicable disease is suspected, the staff or 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, ARD-AIDS Related Complex, HIV, 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 has bled at school and students or staff members have been exposed to the blood. Any testing is subject to the laws protecting confidentiality.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

Students are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the “least restrictive environment”. MCCSC provides a variety of special education programs for students identified as having a disability as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

A student can access special education services only through the proper evaluation and placement procedure. Parent involvement in this procedure is required. More importantly, MCCSC encourages the parent to be an active participant. To inquire about the procedure please contact Tim Dowling, Marlin principal.

 

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for special education may be served within the regular education program with a Section 504 accommodation plan developed through an interactive dialogue between Marlin Elementary, the student, and the student’s parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians who believe their child may have a disability that interferes substantially with the student’s ability to function properly in school should contact Tim Dowling, Marlin principal.

 

 

 

 

 

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (IDEA)

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

 

Section 504

 

The American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibit discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. This protection applies not just to students but all individuals who have access to MCCSC’s programs and facilities.

 

The law defines person with a disability as anyone who:

a.       Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities

b.      Has a record of such an impairment

c.       Is regarded as having such an impairment

 

MCCSC has specific responsibilities under this law, which include identifying, reviewing, and if the child is determined to be eligible, affording access to appropriate educational accommodations.

 

SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

In compliance with state and federal law, MCCSC will provide to each protected student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities.

 

In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the student must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.

 

These services and protections for “protected students with disabilities” are distinct from those applicable to eligible students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs. See school board policy 2260.01 for additional details and procedures. For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected students with disabilities, contact:   Jessica Williams, Inclusion Teacher.

 

 

HOMELESS STUDENTS

 

Homeless students will be provided with a free and appropriate public education in the same manner as other students served by MCCSC. Homeless students are eligible to receive transportation services, participate in education programs for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, participate in high ability programs, and receive meals under MCCSC’s nutrition programs. Homeless students will not be denied enrollment based on lack or proof of residency. For additional information please contact Becky Rose at the Administration Building (812-330-7700).

 

 

 

 

STUDENT RECORDS (PROTECTION & PRIVACY)

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

 

1.      The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal or appropriate school official, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2.      The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the   parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parent or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the school principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.      The right to privacy of personally identifiable information in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school’s school board; a person or company with whom the school has outsourced services or functions it would otherwise use its own employees to perform (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

4.      To file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-8520

 

MEAL SERVICE

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

MCCSC participates
in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs as well as the Federal Summer Feeding Program. These programs strive to ensure that all children regardless of economic status, cultural diversity or special needs have access to healthy meals to promote learning readiness. In addition our priorities include:

·         Providing healthy choices

·         Complying with federal program regulations

·         Ensuring that quality products are purchased per specifications

·         Operating under fiscally sound principles

·         Offering reasonable prices

·         Meeting or exceeding food safety standards

To be consistent with the school wellness policy, MCCSC requests parent support and encourages healthy sack lunches. Please do not send pop (carbonated sodas) with sack lunches and further encourages the avoidance of high sodium prepackaged meals.   

MEAL PRICES

Breakfast    K-6              $1.50 – Full Price     $.30 – Reduced Price

Lunch         K -6             $2.65 – Full Price     $.40 – Reduced Price

Meal payments are accepted by credit card 24/7 via our online meal payment portal.   Payments by cash or check are accepted at all schools and the food service administration office. Please include the student’s name(s) and ID number(s) on the check; and if splitting among multiple students, the amount to post to each account. 

Parents are notified by school messenger when meal account balances fall below $10.00. 

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify.   Applications are available at the school office, the food service administration office and on the food service web page. 

 

FIRE, TORNADO, AND SAFETY DRILLS

 

MCCSC complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire drills in accordance with state law. Specific instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students by their teachers who will be responsible for safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the building.

 

Tornado drills will be conducted during the tornado season using the procedures prescribed by the state. The alarm system for tornadoes is different from the alarm system for fires and consists of a school-wide signal or announcement.

Safety drills will be conducted once per school year. Teachers will provide specific instruction on the appropriate procedure to follow in situations where students must be secured in their building rather than evacuated. These situations can include a terrorist threat, a person in possession of a deadly weapon on school property or other acts of violence.

 

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

 

If MCCSC must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, MCCSC will notify the following radio and television stations:

Local Radio Stations

WTTS 92.3

WGCL 1370

WVNI-FM Spirit 95

WHCC 105.1

WCLS 97.7

WFIU 103.7

Local Television Stations

WBWB –WTTV Channel 4

WRTV Channel 6

WISH Channel 8

WTHR Channel 13

WXIN-FOX 59

WAVE

 

Information can also be found on the MCCSC Website www.mccsc.edu

 

 

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

1.      All visitors must report to the office when they arrive at school.

2.      All visitors are given and required to wear a building pass while they are in the school building.

3.      Staff is expected to question people in the building whom they do not recognize and who are not wearing a building pass and to question people who are “hanging around” the building after hours.

4.      Students and staff are expected to immediately report to a teacher or administrator any suspicious behavior or situation that makes them uncomfortable.

5.      As many unneeded outside doors as possible are locked during the school day.

6.      Portions of the building that will not be needed after the regular school days are closed off.

7.      If a person wishes to confer with a member of the staff he/she should call for an appointment prior to coming to the school in order to prevent any inconvenience.

8.      Students may not bring visitors to school without first obtaining written permission from the building principal.

9.      All MCCSC employees are to wear identification badges while in MCCSC schools, offices, or on MCCSC property.

10. MCCSC shall utilize video surveillance and electronic monitoring in order to protect MCCSC property, promote security, and protect the health, welfare and safety of students, parents and visitors.

 

 

VISITORS

POLICY

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES RELATIONS

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION                          9150

 

SCHOOL VISITORS

The School Board welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult residents of the

community, and interested educators. But in order for the educational program to continue undisturbed when visitors are present and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons into the schools, it is necessary to invoke visitor controls.

 

The Superintendent or building principal has the authority to prohibit the entry of any person to a school of this Corporation or to expel any person who possesses a firearm or when there is reason to believe the

presence of such person would be detrimental to the good order of the school. If such an individual refuses to leave the school grounds or creates a disturbance, the principal is authorized to request from the local law enforcement agency whatever assistance is required to remove the individual.

 

The Superintendent shall promulgate such administrative guidelines as are necessary for the protection of

students and employees of the Corporation from disruption to the educational program or the efficient conduct of their assigned tasks.

 

Rules regarding entry of persons other than students, staff, and faculty upon school grounds or premises shall be posted conspicuously at or near the entrance to such grounds or premises if there are no formal entrances, and at the main entrance to each school building.

 

Individual Board members who are interested in visiting schools or classrooms shall make the appropriate

arrangements with the Superintendent.

 

If, during a visit to a school or program, a Board member observes a situation or condition which causes

concern, s/he should discuss the situation first with the Superintendent as soon as convenient or appropriate. Such a report or discussion shall not be considered an official one from the Board.

 

REF: I.C. 20-26-5-4; 20 USC 3351

Approved by the Board 7/15/91

Revised 12/16/94 [to include reference to ‘who possesses a firearm’]

Revised 2/2/06 [to update I.C. reference]

 

Guidelines

 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT RELATIONS

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION                                    9150

 

SCHOOL VISITORS

1. The building principal is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. The following

applies to visitors to the school:

 

a.       Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be termed a “visitor.”

 

b. Visitors to school buildings or school campuses will report to the school office immediately upon

            their arrival.

 

b.      Teachers, students and other staff are not expected to take instructional time to discuss  

individual matters with visitors.

 

2. The building principal or office staff will welcome visitors and provide any necessary assistance. The

principal will establish sign-in procedures for visitors. Visitors will be required to register and to wear

name tags.

 

3. Rules and regulations concerning visitors will be clearly posted throughout the building and will be at

all entrances and the main office. The principal has the authority to develop additional regulations for

specific buildings based on these guidelines:

 

      a. Invited Guests – Teachers planning to invite guests to the classroom will make necessary

         arrangements and inform the principal and office staff.

 

      b. Parents and Legal Guardians – Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit for class exhibits,

         lunch, celebrations, and to participate in volunteer opportunities.

 

      c. School Board – Individual School Board members who are interested in visiting schools will

        make appropriate arrangements through the Superintendent and principal. Such visits shall be for

        the purpose of becoming acquainted with school programs, personnel, operation and facilities.

 

      d. Student Guests – Student visitations are not allowed except under certain situations for which the

        principal must grant approval, such as a specific school program or activity.

 

      e. Volunteers – Volunteers may help in classrooms, with programs, and with extracurricular

        activities. Criminal history checks are required and confidentiality agreements may be required as

        appropriate to a classroom or school.

 

4. Visits to classrooms may be allowed at the discretion of the principal and must be arranged in advance. Factors to be considered include but are not limited to the following: instructional viability or connection, disruption of classroom activity; time of the school year; nature of the class, and class size. Under no circumstances are classroom visits to be used for the purpose of teacher or program evaluation.

 

5. The building principal has the authority to prohibit the entry of any person to school, to expel any person who possesses a firearm, and to exclude anyone where there is reason to believe the presence of said person would be detrimental to the good order and operation of the school. The principal is authorized to request whatever assistance is required from local law enforcement if such an individual

refuses to leave the school grounds or causes a disturbance.

 

Approved by the Superintendent 7/25/85

Revised: 11/8/07 (reviewed by the Board 11/20/07)

 

USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES

 

A "wireless communication device" is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.

 

Elementary and Middle School students may use wireless communication devices (WCDs) before and after school, during after school activities (e.g. extracurricular activities), at school-related functions, and any additional time approved by the building administrator. Use of WCDs, except those approved, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off and stored

out of sight. WCD's may be used as an instructional device only when prior approval is given by the classroom teacher or building administrator.

 

Students are prohibited from using WCDs to capture, record or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or while attending a school-related activity, without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording or transmission of such words or images. Using a WCD to take or

transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without his/her consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted, unless authorized by the building principal. Students who violate this provision and/or use a WCD to violate the privacy rights of another person may have their WCD confiscated and held until the end of the school year.

 

Possession of a WCD by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege. Per MCCSC Policy 5136

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING DEVICES AND AGREEMENTS

 

The Corporation is pleased to offer students the opportunity to

access and utilize the vast range of applications available through the use of the Corporation-issued Learning device or Apple iPad, henceforth to be called learning device. To maintain the utmost responsible use of this equipment, all students must abide by the following guidelines set by the Corporation and must sign and return this form to their school before being issued a learning device. The learning device and carrying case issued to you are the property of the

Corporation. This learning device is on loan to the student, and

must be used in accordance with the following Policies and Procedures, the Corporation’s Responsible Use Policy and any applicable laws. Use of this learning device, as well as access to the learning device network, the Internet and email are a privilege and not a right. These learning devices are provided for educational purposes only, and are intended to support the learning objectives of the Corporation.

 

Responsible use of the learning device at School:

• Students should not deface the learning device in any way. This includes but is not limited to

marking, painting, drawing, or marring any surface of the learning device. Students must use the provided sticker for identification of their learning device.

• Each learning device is assigned to an individual student. Students should never “swap” or “share” their learning device with another student.

• Always keep the learning device secure as you are walking in the building or at your home.

• The technology coordinator will assign your Internet password to you at the beginning of the

year. Students may never share their password with another student. Passwords should always be kept confidential. Each student’s classroom teacher will have access to a confidential record of student passwords if needed.

• Students who take their learning device home are responsible for bringing their learning

device, fully charged, to school each day. If a student fails to bring their fully charged learning device to school each day, they may not be able to participate in certain curricular activities, similar to leaving their textbook at home.

• If a student forgets a learning device at home, and it is needed for curricular activities, a

parent/guardian will be called to bring the learning device to school.

• Students are responsible for saving or backing up their documents.

• Learning devices are to be used in the classroom for school related activities only.

• Classroom teachers will establish standards for learning device use in their respective

classrooms.

• Students are not allowed to download or install any unapproved software or other materials

without permission.

• Learning devices may not be used to play music (audio CDs, online music sources, etc.) during

the school day unless approved by a teacher and under a teacher’s supervision.

• Interactive online games and iTunes radio reduce network bandwidth, and are not allowed

unless approved by a teacher and under a teacher’s supervision.

• Any malfunctions of the hardware or software should be reported to the technology staff or

building coordinator.

• When a learning device has to be rebuilt, the learning device will be returned to the student

with the operating system and the original software only.

 

Using the Learning device at Home:

Students must have the written permission of their parent or guardian before they will be allowed to take their learning device home.

• Parents/guardians will be given the child’s login name and password, so that they can supervise

the student’s use of the learning device at home.

• When at home, the learning device should always be used under adult supervision in a

common family location (i.e., kitchen, living room, dining room).

• Do not leave learning device unattended in vehicles. Avoid leaving learning device in

extreme hot or cold temperatures, such as in a car.

• Students are responsible for recharging the learning device at home on a daily basis.

 

General Learning device Policies and Procedures:

Do protect the learning device LCD screen from damage from pointing, poking, or other abrasions. Do not touch the screen. Do not place any foreign objects on the keyboard (such as a pencil, pen, etc.) that could be smashed into the monitor screen when the top is closed. LCD screens can be cleaned with a static-free soft cloth. Do not spray window cleaner on the screen.

• If the learning device is lost or stolen, parents/guardians should immediately report the

loss or theft to the Monroe County Community

School Corporation.

• If the learning device is damaged or not working properly, it must be turned in to the classroom

teacher who will contact the Information Services Department for repair or replacement. Parents/guardians are not authorized to attempt repairs themselves, or contract with any other individual or business for the repair of the learning device.

 

 Using the Learning device for Internet and Email:

• Students and parents/guardians understand that the Monroe County Community School

Corporation does not have control over information found on the Internet. While every attempt is made to block access from inappropriate material the best protection is parental/guardian supervision the information that a student is accessing from the Internet while at home.

• Students should never share personal information about themselves or others while

using the Internet or l. This includes a student’s name, age, address, phone number or school name.

• Parents/guardians and students are required to read and agree to the Corporation’s Responsible

Use Policy prior to receiving Internet and email access.

• Students should be aware that Internet access and email, and other media that are accessed,

created or stored on their learning devices are the sole property of the Monroe County Community School Corporation. The Monroe County Community School Corporation has the right to review these items for appropriateness, and to limit or revoke a student’s access to them at any time, for any reason.

 

General Use and Care of the Learning device:

When transporting their learning device to and from school, students should always be sure it is placed in the carrying case, and the case is fully closed. Learning device bags can then be placed inside the student’s book bag or backpack.

 

• Students are expected to treat their learning device with care and respect. The learning

device and case are the property of the Monroe County Community School Corporation, and should be kept clean and free of marks at all times. Placing stickers, writing or drawing on, engraving or otherwise defacing the learning device or carrying case are not allowed and will result in loss of privileges.

• Students are encouraged to help each other in learning to operate their learning device.

However, such help should be provided with voices and not hands. Students should operate their own learning device at all times.

• Any inappropriate or careless use of a learning device should be reported to a teacher or other

staff member immediately.

• Students should not use their learning device while walking, on the bus, or otherwise being

transported. Learning devices should only be used while they are on a flat, stable surface such as a table. Learning devices can be fragile, and

if they are dropped they may break.

• Students should protect their learning device from extreme heat or cold. Learning devices

should never be left in a car, even if the car is locked.

• Learning devices should be protected from the weather, water or other liquid, food, and pets.

Students should never eat or drink while using their learning device, or use their learning device near others who are eating and drinking.

• Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of your learning device. This includes

books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.

 

Consequences of Inappropriate Use:

The use of any Corporation technology is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to use their learning device in accordance with these Policies and Procedures, and Corporation Responsible Use Policy and any applicable laws. Failure to use this learning device in an appropriate manner will result in the following consequences, as determined by the staff and administration of the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Consequences include, but are not limited to:

• Limitation or cancellation of student use or access privileges, including the privilege of taking the   

 learning device home.

• Suspension from school.

• Expulsion from school.

• Civil or criminal liability under applicable laws.

 

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION STUDENT LEARNING DEVICE LOAN AGREEMENT (POLICY 2521.02A)

 

Providing learning devices for instructional use by students is

an exciting venture. Certain guidelines are necessary to protect the learning device and the school network and ensure that this technology serves as an effective instructional tool. Students and their parents/guardians must agree to the following:

 

1. The student agrees to follow all Corporation regulations and policies governing the use of the learning device as well as all applicable State and Federal laws including copyright and intellectual property law pertaining to software and information.

2. The learning device is the property of Corporation. If a student withdraws from the school prior to the end of the loan period, the learning device learning device is to be returned to school officials by the student prior to withdrawal.

3. The student shall not remove or alter any Corporation identification labels attached to or displayed on the learning device, nor shall the student change identification within the learning device, such as the learning device name.

4. The student agrees to handle the learning device carefully and protect it from potential sources of damage.

5. The student agrees to take care to keep the learning device secure and safe. The student will assume the risk of loss by theft, destruction, or damage.

6. The student must report theft (or suspected theft) of the learning device, loss of the learning device, damage to the learning device, or malfunctioning of the learning device to school personnel immediately.

7. Upon request, the student agrees to deliver the learning device to Corporation staff for technical inspection or to verify inventory or other information; this may include random screening.

8. Learning devices may be checked out for the school year. Learning devices will be collected from students at the end of the school year. After a learning device has been initially assigned to a student, it will remain designated to that student for the remainder of the student’s school education for a period not exceeding four years. Learning devices must be checked out at the beginning of each school year; the student, at the end of the school year, will return the learning device.

9. Monroe County Community School Corporation is not liable for lost data or time spent on data.

 

 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

MCCSC designates as student "directory information" that may be disclosed without consent of a parent or eligible student: a student's name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; photograph; 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 listing on an honor roll; scholarships. Directory information shall not be provided to any organization for profit-making purposes. Parents and eligible students may refuse to allow MCCSC to disclose such "directory information" upon written notification to MCCSC within 20 days after receipt of this handbook.

 

 

PARENT’S RIGHT TO KNOW

 

Upon a parent’s request, MCCSC will provide information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers, including whether the student’s teacher (a) has met Indiana’s qualification and licensing criteria for the teacher’s grade levels and subject areas, (b) is teaching under emergency or other provisional qualification/licensing status, or (c) has been subject to discipline of the teacher’s license, and whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION II

 

 

ACADEMICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FIELD TRIPS

 

Educational field trips are seen as an integral part of the school’s instructional program, supplementing and providing enrichment for the learning activities which take place in the regular classroom. Parents do not need to sign a special permission form for students to participate in educational field trips that occur during school hours within the county. The teacher or sponsor will notify parents of the details of the trip and provide the principal with a list of students and adults who will be participating. To participate in a school event, the staff in charge of the event must take the Emergency Medical Authorization form for those students. This includes, but is not limited to, students involved in music trips, athletic trips, field trips, and academic contests. This does not include student spectators at events. Parents who do not wish for their child to participate in one of these field trips should notify the building principal in writing in advance of the scheduled trip.

 

REPORT CARDS

 

Report cards are sent home with children the week following the end of the 9th, 18th, and 27th weeks of school. The final report card will be mailed home or sent home the last day of school. Please maintain close contact with your child’s teacher throughout the school year.

 

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

To measure student progress, students will be tested in accordance with state standards and MCCSC policy.

 

Unless exempted, each student will be expected to pass the ISTEP test as well as IREAD 3 for third grade students. Make-up dates are scheduled, but unnecessary absences should be avoided.

 

Additional group and individual tests are given to students to monitor progress and determine educational mastery levels. These tests are used to help the staff determine instructional needs.

 

PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION

 

The School Board recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of their growth.

 

It shall be the policy of the School Board that each student is moved forward in a continuous pattern of

achievement and growth that is in harmony with his/her own development. Such pattern should coincide with the system of grade levels established by this School Board and the instructional objectives established for each.

 

A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level under any of the following conditions:

            A. completed the course requirements at the presently assigned grade;

B. in the opinion of the professional staff, achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade;

C. demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him/her to move ahead in the educational program of the next grade;

D. demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade;

 

A student enrolled in special education shall be promoted or retained based on the opinion of the Case

Conference and the student’s I.E.P.

 

No student who has successfully completed a grade shall be retained or allowed to repeat a grade in order to improve his/her ability or lengthen his/her eligibility to participate in extracurricular athletic programs.

 

Following sound principles of child guidance, the School Board discourages the skipping of grades.

 

The School Board will comply with the requirements of the Indiana Department of Education

regarding the consequences for students in grade three who fail to pass the Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination Assessment (IREAD-3). Accordingly, a student who does not pass the IREAD-3 assessment either during the assessment period in the school year or during the summer assessment window, in the following school year, will continue to receive instruction in grade three reading for a period of time, will be officially reported as a third grader, and will fully participate in the grade three ISTEP+ assessment.

 

Good cause exemptions that may be considered are:

 

A. a student who has been previously retained two times prior to the fourth grade;

B. a student with disabilities whose case conference committee has determined that promotion is appropriate;

C. an English learner student whose Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Committee has determined that promotion is inappropriate;

 

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for promotion, placement, and retention of

students which:

 

A. require the recommendation of the professional staff for any promotion, placement, or retention;

B. require that parents are informed in advance of the possibility of retention of a student at a grade level;

C. assure that reasonable efforts be made to remediate the student’s difficulties before s/he is retained;

D. assign to the building principal the final responsibility for determining the promotion, placement, or retention of each student.

 

 

TESTING

Upon request, parents will be provided with information regarding student participation in assessments mandated by state and federal law, or by MCCSC. More information about Indiana’s testing requirements is available at: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION III

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-SCHOOL SPONSORED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

 

USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES                                                                           Policy 7510

 

The School Board believes that the school facilities of this Corporation should be made available for community purposes, provided that such use does not infringe on the original and necessary purpose of the property, or interfere with the educational program of the schools, and is harmonious with the purposes of this Corporation.

 

The Board will permit the use of school facilities when such permission has been requested in writing by a responsible organization or a group of citizens and has been approved by the principal.

 

Corporation facilities shall be available for the below-listed uses. When there are competing interests for such uses, approval will be given according to the following priorities:

 

A.         uses directly related to the schools and the operations of the schools

B.         uses by not-for-profit or for-profit organizations providing childcare programs which meet the State requirements and additional conditions established by Board policies and the Superintendent’s guidelines

C.         uses and groups indirectly related to the schools

D.         meetings of employee associations

E.         uses for voter registration and elections

F.          departments or agencies of the municipal government

G.         other governmental agencies

H.        community organizations formed for charitable, civic, social, educational, political, or religious purposes

I.          commercial or profit-making organizations but not for profit-making purposes

 

The use of school facilities shall not be granted for any purpose which is prohibited by law.

 

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for the granting of permission to use Corporation facilities including a schedule of fees. Such guidelines are to include the following:

 

A.         Each user shall present evidence of the purchase of organizational liability insurance to the limit prescribed by the Board.

B.         Use of school equipment in conjunction with the use of Corporation facilities must be requested specifically in writing, and may be granted by the procedure by which permission to use facilities is granted. The users of school equipment must accept liability for any damage or loss to such equipment that occurs while it is in their use. Where guidelines so specify, no item of equipment may be used except by a qualified operator.

C.         Users shall be liable financially for damage to the facilities and for proper chaperonage.

 

Should all or any part of the Corporation’s community be struck by a disaster, the Board shall make Corporation grounds and/or facilities available, at no charge, for the housing, feeding, and care of victims or potential victims when requested by local, State, or Federal authorities. The Superintendent should meet with the appropriate local

 

 

 

 

authority to establish a disaster preparedness plan in order to ensure that proper procedures are established to minimize confusion, inefficiency, and disruption of the educational program.

 

No liability shall attach to this Corporation, any employee, officer, or members of this Corporation specifically as a consequence of permitting access to these facilities.

 

I.C. 20-26-5-1, 20-26-5-4, 20-26-8-1 et seq.

Approved 7/15/91

Revised 8/9/93

{Code citations updated 6/18/07}

 


 

 

 

SECTION IV

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

 

 

 

 


 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

Reporting Absences:

 

  • Absences must be reported to the school office by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. Parents should call the school office, 825-3009, to report the absence or send a note to the office. 

 

  • If you would like to report the absence when the office is closed, you may call the school and leave a message.

 

  • If your child is going to be absent more than one day, you only need to call once if you inform the office of the dates of the absences.

 

  • An attempt will be made to contact parents of children absent from school with no notification from the parent. This is to ensure the safety of all students.

 

  • If your child will be absent or tardy due to a doctor/dentist appointment, it is very important to bring in a doctor’s statement to the office.

 

Tardy and Partial-Day Absences:

 

In an attempt to increase student instructional time, MCCSC schools record these losses using the following process throughout the district:

 

  • Students who are 15 minutes late or less to school or to the classroom due to their own actions will continue to be marked tardy. (i.e.: stopping to chat with friends, in the restroom)

 

  • Students who are late to class due to a school issue beyond their or their parents’ control will not be marked as tardy. (i.e.: late bus)

 

  • All other reasons students are not in school for a portion of the day will be marked as a “partial day absence” on student report cards.   (i.e.: late arrival more than 15 minutes, mid-day absence, early dismissal)

 

Releasing Students During the School Day:

 

      · In the morning, parents should send a note to the classroom teacher to inform her/him that the child  

          will be leaving during the day. If your child is leaving and not returning, please indicate this in

          your note.

 

     · Parents should check in at the office and office personnel will contact the child via the intercom. 

         Parents should not go directly to the classroom in an effort to avoid disruptions to instruction.

 

      · A child will not be released to anyone other than the parent unless the parent has made prior

          arrangements. 

 

     · Children should never leave the school without permission from the teacher and the main office.

 

     · If a child is leaving for the purpose of a dentist or doctor appointment, please submit to the office a

         medical excuse from the physician or dentist.

 

     · Please try to avoid taking your child from school during the school day if at all possible. 

 

It is imperative parents taking students to lunch adhere to their child’s lunch schedule. Please do not take children out of class early and be sure to return on time. If you have more than one child with two different lunch schedules, please do not take one child out of class in order to go to lunch with a sibling. It is important for children to be in class. 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

(Per MCCSC Policy 5200)

 

The School Board, as an agency of the State, is required to enforce regular attendance of students. The School Board recognizes that presence in the classroom enables the student to participate in instruction, class discussions, and other related activities. As such, regular attendance and classroom participation are integral to instilling incentives for the student to excel.

 

Attendance shall mean to be physically present in a school or at another location where the school's educational program is being conducted during regular school hours on a day in which the educational program in which the student is enrolled is being offered.

 

Attendance shall be required of all Corporation students, except those exempted under policy 5223, items A to O listed under excused absences, or by other provisions of State law, during the days and hours that the school is in session or during the attendance sessions to which s/he has been assigned. Attendance need not always be within the school facilities, but a student will be considered to be in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Board.

 

A student may not be required to attend school and/or may not be allowed to attend school if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Principal that the mental condition of the student is such that s/he cannot benefit from instruction, or that the physical condition of the student is such as to prevent attendance at school or that s/he is receiving instruction equivalent to that provided in public schools.

 

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for the attendance of students which:

 

A. Ensure a school session which is in conformance with the requirements of the law;

 

B. Ensure that students with any number of excused absences (excluding out of school suspensions), or other absences up to the equivalent of ten (10) days per 180 school days, regardless of the school year, have the opportunity to make up work they missed.

 

C. Ensure that appropriate steps are taken to promote good attendance

 

D. Govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with the rules of the State Board;

 

E. Ensure that, when appropriate, any student who has excessive absences due to a medically documented physical or mental impairment may be referred for evaluation for eligibility either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

The Principal or designee shall require, from the parent of each student or from an adult student who has been absent for any reason, notification of the cause for such absence. The Principal or designee reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence. Repeated infractions of the School Board's policy on attendance may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion of a student.

 

The School Board and Indiana Statute consider certain factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed from school. Any student absences from school will be categorized as follows:

 

1. Exempt absences for the student, which do not count against the Corporation’s attendance rates include:

 

A. serving as a page or honoree of the General Assembly (IC 20-33-2-14);

B. serving on the precinct election board or as a helper to a political candidate or party on

the day of a municipal, primary or general election (IC 20-33-2-15);

C. when subpoenaed to testify in court (IC 20-33-2-16);

D. serving with the National Guard for no more than 10 days (IC 20-33-2-17);

E. serving with the Civil Air Patrol for up to 5 days (IC 20-33-2-17.2);

F. any educationally related non-classroom activity if the activity is consistent with and

promotes the educational philosophy and goals of the Corporation;

G. facilitates the attainment of specific educational objectives; is part of the goals and

objectives of an approved course or curriculum; represents a unique educational

opportunity; cannot reasonably occur without interrupting the school day and is

approved in writing by the school principal.

 

In each of these circumstances, the student is excused from school and is not to be recorded as absent, and is not to be penalized in any way by the school.

 

    Excused Absences which do count against the school’s attendance rates include:

 

A. Illness

B. Recovery from accident

C. Death in the immediate family

D. Professional appointments

E. College visit for a junior or senior

F. Participation in or observance of a bona fide religious holiday

G. Out of school suspensions

H. Related to Article 7 or Section 504

I. Military-connected students whose parents or legal guardian are experiencing a

deployment

            J. Such other good cause acceptable to the Principal and permitted by law

 

2. Unexcused absences.

 

An unexcused absence is an absence from school not authorized by state law or Corporation

policy.

 

The Superintendent will develop administrative guidelines which define and address each category.

 

The Superintendent is authorized to establish an educational program for parents of truant students, which is designed to encourage parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly.

 

The Superintendent shall ensure that the administrative guidelines on attendance

properly address the matter of truancy by including a process which:

 

A. identifies the habitual truant, that is, a student who is chronically absent by having unexcused absences from school for more than ten (10) school days in one (1) school year;

B. investigates the cause(s) of his/her truant behavior;

C. considers, when appropriate, modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs which may be causing the truancy;

D. ensures that truant students are disciplined in accordance with the Corporation's policies and administrative guidelines on student discipline;

E. provides for the reporting to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles those students who have been suspended for the second time during a school year, expelled, or excluded for misconduct.

F. provides for corrective action, such as by juvenile probation or the Department of Child Services, as appropriate.

 

I.C. 9-24-2-1, 9-24-2-4, 20-33-2-8 et seq,

511 IAC 1-3-1 

 

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR STANDARDS

 

Marlin Elementary students have the right to a safe, positive learning environment. These rights must not be violated by anyone, including other students. Bullying by a student or group of students against another student is prohibited.   Lewd, vulgar, offensive or abusive conduct, speech, and/or dress are not acceptable. Students must not disrupt the order of the school. In order to create and maintain a positive learning environment, we expect children to observe school-wide expectations and classroom expectations. 

 

Generally, most students follow school-wide expectations.   However, two general grounds for suspension and/or expulsion are student misconduct and substantial disobedience. Examples of student misconduct and substantial disobedience include, but are not limited to behavior that disrupts the school environment, bullying, aggressive behavior, attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in a manner that could result in physical harm. This applies on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, or immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity; or traveling to or from school or a school activity. Please see MCCSC Policy 5200 for specific grounds for suspension and expulsion. 

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board believes that students should have certain expectations regarding their rights, and learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions. To that end, students have certain rights relative to their education and treatment, and they have certain responsibilities along those same lines. Such rights and responsibilities would include:

A.     The right to an education, but also the responsibility to take advantage of that opportunity and the responsibility to not interfere with the rights of other students to get an education;

B.     The right to expect to be treated with reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior, but also the responsibility to conform to reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior;

C.     The right to have your person and property treated with respect, but also the responsibility to

D.     treat others and their property with respect;

E.      The right to have your personal rights respected, but also the responsibility to respect the rights of others;

F.      The right to expect that those faculty and staff who have authority over you will exercise that authority appropriately, but also the responsibility to obey the constituted authority and to respond appropriately to those who hold that authority.

 

It is also acknowledged that an essential element of appropriate student behavior involves communication and cooperation between the school and the home environment. To that end, school administrators and staff are encouraged to contact parents/guardians as quickly as possible when discipline issues arise. Likewise, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s school whenever issues arise that could impact the behavior and/or discipline related to their child. Specifics related to student expectations are included in the following Code of Conduct.

 

II. Student Code of Conduct (policy 5600)

1.      The Monroe County Community School Corporation shall hold the students of this corporation to the following Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with said codes may be considered student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience which are grounds for suspension and/or expulsion. This Code of Conduct will include, but is not limited to the following examples and/or rules related to the  responsibilities and behavior of its students;

2.      No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm or destructive device on school property.

3.      No student shall possess, handle or transmit any deadly weapon on school property. The following devices are considered to be deadly weapons defined in I.C. 35-41-1-8:

a.       A weapon, laser or electronic stun weapon, equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury.

b.      an animal readily capable of causing serious bodily injury and used in the commission or attempted commission of a crime.

4.      No student shall engage in the unlawful selling or transmission of a controlled substance, illegal drug, alcohol, prescription drugs, or anything purported to be or that is represented as a look-alike, or engaging in a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other students or constituents an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

5.      No student shall knowingly possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol or any alcoholic beverage.

6.      No student shall knowingly possess, use, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, illegally obtained/used prescription drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, caffeine-based stimulants, substances containing *phenylpropanolamine (PPA), stimulants or intoxicants of any kind, or any paraphernalia used in connection with the listed substances.

7.      No student shall knowingly possess or use any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind.

8.      No student shall threaten (whether specific or general in nature) damage or injury to persons or property, regardless of whether there is a present ability to commit the act.

9.      No student shall threaten or intimidate any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of obtaining money or anything of value from the student.

10. No student shall engage in violence and/or threat of violence against any student, staff member, and/or other persons. Prohibited violent or threatening conduct includes threatening, planning, or conspiring with others to engage in a violent activity.

11. No student shall use violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urge other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this subdivision.

a.       Occupying any school building, school grounds, or parts thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.

b.      Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room.

c.       Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property.

d.      Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.

e.       Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the ability of any teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the education function under their supervision.

12. No student or group of students shall engage in the bullying of another student(s) or any behavior with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, harm, or engage in repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted, and/or physical acts committed, or any other similar behavior.

13. No student shall engage in any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another person or urging of other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct includes coercion, harassment, bullying, hazing, or other comparable conduct.

14. No student shall intentionally cause or attempt to cause physical injury or intentionally behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.

15. No student shall knowingly possess, handle, or transmit a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon.

16. No student shall be willfully absent from school or tardy to school.

17. No student shall engage in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

18. No student shall fail to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions.

19. No student shall violate or repeatedly violate any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function and are validly adopted in accordance with Indiana law, including, but not limited to:

a.       engaging in sexual behavior on school property;

b.      disobedience of administrative authority.

20. No student shall cause or attempt to cause damage to school property, or steal or attempt to steal school property.

21. No student shall cause or attempt to cause damage to private property, or steal or attempt to steal private property.

22. No student shall fail in a substantial number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

23. No student shall use an electronic paging device or a handheld portable telephone on school grounds during school hours.

24. In addition to the behaviors listed above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student's removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions.

 

III. Consequences for Violations of the Student Code of

Conduct

School officials will implement practices of progressive discipline when students do not adhere to the Code of Conduct in order to maintain an appropriate safe and orderly school environment. Progressive discipline means beginning with the least severe or restrictive discipline appropriate to the offense, and utilizing more severe sanctions when a student’s behavior warrants. Actions may include, but are not limited to, office referral, conferencing, mediation, detention, removal from class or activity, in-school suspension, alternative to suspension program, suspension, alternative to expulsion, and expulsion. Actions may not include the use of physical activity or the withholding of food as a form of discipline. The School Board recognizes that removal from the educational program of the Corporation, whether by suspension or expulsion, is the most severe sanction that can be imposed on a student in this Corporation and one that cannot be imposed without due process since removal deprives a non-disabled student of the right to an education. In all cases, except when legally defined, alternatives to suspension will be considered as a first option to suspension, and alternatives to expulsion will be considered as

a first option to expulsion.

 

RESTRAINT/SECLUSION

 

As a part of the emergency procedures in place in our schools, any student who poses an imminent risk of injury to him/herself or to others may be physically restrained and/or placed in seclusion by school staff in accord with School Board policies. These could occur along with other emergency actions such as calling the police. Significant violations of the law including assaults on students and staff will be reported to the police. As soon as possible after any such incident the parents or guardian will be informed when any of these actions have occurred.

 

DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

 

The School Board recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student’s constitutional rights, particularly when subject to the Corporation’s disciplinary procedures.

 

The Superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines to ensure that all members of the staff follow due process procedures when dealing with students, In addition, a statement of due process rights is to be placed in all student handbooks in a manner that will facilitate understanding by students and their parents.

Adopted by the Board 7/15/91

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS OF STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

School officials will implement practices of progressive discipline when students do not adhere to the Code of Conduct in order to maintain an appropriate safe and orderly school environment. Progressive discipline means beginning with the least severe or restrictive discipline appropriate to the offense, and

utilizing more severe sanctions when a student’s behavior warrants. Actions may include, but are not

limited to, office referral, conferencing, mediation, detention, removal from class or activity, in-school

suspension, alternative to suspension program, suspension, alternative to expulsion, and expulsion.

Actions may not include the use of physical activity or the withholding of food as a form of discipline.

The School Board recognizes that removal from the educational program of the Corporation, whether by

suspension or expulsion, is the most severe sanction that can be imposed on a student in this Corporation

and one that cannot be imposed without due process since removal deprives a non-disabled student of the

right to an education. In all cases, except when legally defined, alternatives to suspension will be

considered as a first option to suspension, and alternatives to expulsion will be considered as a first option

to expulsion.

 

ANTI-HARASSMENT

General Policy Statement

It is the policy of the School Board to maintain an education and work environment which is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all Corporation operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful  harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at  another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other unlawful basis, and encourages those within the Corporation community as well as third parties who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify the problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated, the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. For purposes of this policy, "Corporation community" means students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel, including Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board. For purposes of this policy, "third parties" include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on Corporation property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, parents), vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with, the Board, and other individuals who come in contact with members of the Corporation community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off Corporation property).

Other Violations of the Anti-Harassment Policy

The Board will also take immediate steps to impose disciplinary action on individuals engaging in any of the following prohibited acts:

A.     Retaliating against a person who has made a report or filed a complaint alleging harassment, or who has participated as a witness in a harassment investigation.

B.     Filing a malicious or knowingly false report or complaint of harassment.

C.     Disregarding, failing to investigate adequately, or delaying investigation of allegations of harassment, when responsibility for reporting and/or investigating harassment charges comprises part of one's supervisory duties.

 

 

 

 

Definitions Sexual Harassment

Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, "sexual harassment" is defined as: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:

A.     Submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual's status in a class, educational program, or activity

B.     Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting such individual;

C.     Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity.

 

Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the same or opposite gender. Prohibited acts that constitute sexual harassment may take a variety of forms. Examples of the kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

A.     Unwelcome sexual propositions,         invitations, solicitations, and flirtations.

B.     Physical assault.

C.     Threats or insinuations that a person's academic grade, promotion, classroom work or assignments, academic status, participation in athletics or extra-curricular programs or events, or other conditions of education may be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances.

D.     Unwelcome verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic sexual commentaries about a person's body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; the unwelcome use of sexually degrading language, jokes or innuendoes; unwelcome suggestive or insulting sounds or whistles; obscene telephone calls. Sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, audio recordings or literature, placed in the educational environment, which may embarrass or offend individuals.

E.      Sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, audio   recordings   or   literature,   placed   in   the educational environment, which may embarrass or offend individuals.

F.      Unwelcome and inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching; obscene gestures.

G.     A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort and/or humiliation to another

H.     Remarks   speculating   about   a   person's   sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one's own sexual activities or sexual history.

I.        Inappropriate boundary invasions by a Corporation employee or other adult member of the Corporation community into a student's personal space and personal life.

 

Not all behavior with sexual connotations constitutes unlawful sexual harassment. Conduct must be sufficiently severe, pervasive, and persistent such that it adversely affects an individual's education, or such that it creates a hostile or abusive educational environment.

NOTE: Sexual conduct/relationships with students by Corporation employee or any other adult member of the Corporation community is prohibited, and any teacher, administrator, coach or other school authority, or staff member who engages in certain sexual conduct with a student may be disciplined up to and including termination and may also be guilty of the criminal charge of "sexual battery" as set forth in Indiana Code 35-42-4-8. In the case of a child under fourteen (14) years of age, the person may also be guilty of "child molesting" under Indiana Code 35-42-4-3. In the case of a child between the ages of fourteen (14) and sixteen (16), the person may also be guilty of "sexual misconduct with a minor" under Indiana Code 35-42-4-9. The issue of consent is irrelevant in regard to the latter two (2) criminal charges. Any employee accused of sexual relations with a student may be placed on leave with pay until school administrative proceedings are completed. Proven sexual relationships with a student regardless of the age of the student will initiate the termination process for the employee.

 

Race/Color Harassment

Prohibited racial harassment occurs when unwelcome physical,

verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's race or color and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity. Such harassment may occur where conduct is directed at the characteristics of a person's race or color, such as racial slurs, nicknames implying stereotypes, epithets, and/or negative references relative to racial customs.

 

Religious (Creed) Harassment

Prohibited religious harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's religion or creed and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program   or   activity.    Such   harassment   may   occur   where conduct is directed at the characteristics of a person's religious tradition, clothing, or surnames, and/or involves religious slurs. National Origin

 

Harassment

Prohibited national origin harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal,  or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's national origin and when the conduct has the purpose of or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program   or   activity.    Such   harassment   may   occur   where conduct is directed at the characteristics of a person's national origin, such as negative comments regarding customs, manner of speaking, language, surnames, or ethnic slurs.

 

Disability Harassment

Prohibited   disability   harassment   occurs   when   unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's disability and when the conduct has the purpose or effect    of    interfering    with    the    individual's    educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity.   Such harassment may occur where conduct is directed at the characteristics of a person's disabling condition, such as negative comments about speech patterns, movement, physical impairments or defects/appearances, or the like.

 

Reports and Complaints of Harassing Conduct

Members of the Corporation community and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of harassing conduct to an administrator, supervisor or other Corporation official so that the Board may address the conduct before it becomes severe, pervasive, or persistent.

 

Members of the Corporation community or third parties who believe   they   have   been   unlawfully   harassed   by   another member of the Corporation community or a third party are entitled to utilize the Board's informal and/or formal investigation and complaint process. Initiating a complaint, whether formally or informally, will not adversely affect the complaining individual's participation in educational or extra- curricular programs. Individuals should make every effort to file a complaint as soon as possible after the conduct occurs while   the   facts   are   known   and   potential   witnesses   are available.

 

The names and titles of the Anti-Harassment Complaint Coordinators with whom complaints of unlawful harassment should be filed are set forth in the administrative guidelines that supplement this policy. The names and titles of these individuals will be published annually in the parent and staff handbooks and on the School Corporation's web site.

 

The Superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines describing both a formal and an informal process for making a charge of harassment, a process for investigating claims of harassment, and a process for rendering a decision regarding whether the claim of harassment was substantiated.   This policy and the administrative guidelines will be readily available to all members of the School Corporation community and posted in appropriate places throughout the School Corporation.

 

Any Board employee who directly observes unlawful harassment of a student is obligated, in accordance with this policy, to report such observations to one of the Complaint Coordinators. Thereafter, the Complaint Coordinator must contact the student if age eighteen (18) or older, or the student's parents if under the age eighteen (18), to advise s/he/them of the Board's intent to investigate the alleged misconduct, including the obligation of the Complaint Coordinator or designee to conduct an investigation following all the procedures outlined for a formal complaint.

 

Privacy/Confidentiality

The Corporation will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the School Board’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform with any discovery or disclosure obligations.   All records generated under the terms of this policy   and   its   related   administrative   guidelines   shall   be maintained as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

 

Informal Process for Addressing Complaints of Harassment

The    administrative    guidelines    will    include    an    informal complaint process to provide members of the Corporation community or third parties who believe they are being unlawfully harassed with a range of options designed to bring about a resolution of their concerns. Members of the Corporation community or third parties who believe that they have been unlawfully harassed may initiate their complaint through this informal complaint process, but are not required to do so. The administrative guidelines will include as a requirement the prerequisite that the informal process is only available tin those circumstances where the parties (alleged target of harassment and alleged harasser(s)) agree to participate in the informal process. Those members of the Corporation community or third parties who believe that they have been unlawfully harassed may proceed immediately to the formal complaint process and individuals who seek resolution through the informal procedure may request that the informal process be terminated at any time to move to the formal complaint process. However, all complaints of harassment involving a Corporation employee or any other adult member of the Corporation community against a student will be formally investigated.

 

Formal Process for Addressing Complaints of Harassment

The administrative guidelines will also include a formal complaint process. While the formal complaint process may serve as the first step to resolution of a charge of unlawful harassment, it is also available in those circumstances when the informal complaint process fails to satisfactorily resolve a concern. Because of the need for flexibility, no specific time lines are established for initiating the formal complaint process; however, once the formal complaint process is begun, the investigation will be completed in a timely manner (ordinarily, within thirty-one (31) calendar days of the complaint being received).

 

Members of the Corporation community or third parties who feel they have been unlawfully harassed should file a formal written complaint with the principal of their school building or with one (1) of the Complaint Coordinators identified in the administrative guidelines. Oral complaints of harassment will be reduced to writing by the individual receiving the complaint and the Complainant will be asked to verify the accuracy of the reported charge by signing the document. Complaints received by a school building principal will be immediately reported to the appropriate Complaint Coordinator identified in the administrative guidelines.

 

After a complaint is filed, the Complaint Coordinator or designee shall conduct a prompt and timely investigation. The investigation may include interviews of the complainant, the individual accused of engaging in harassing behavior, and any other witness who may reasonably be expected to have information relevant to the situation. All interviewed parties and witnesses will be provided an opportunity to present any evidence that they reasonably believe to be relevant to the situation.

 

At the conclusion of the investigation the Complaint Coordinator or designee will prepare and deliver to the Superintendent a written report summarizing the evidence gathered during the investigation and providing his/her recommendations regarding whether or not the complaint of unlawful harassment has been substantiated. The written report must be based on the totality of the circumstances involved in the complaint, the nature of the alleged conduct, the context in which the alleged conduct occurred, and the ages and maturity of the individuals involved.

 

A copy of the written report will also be delivered to the member of the Corporation community or third party making the complaint and the individual accused of the harassing conduct.

 

Upon review of the written report the Superintendent will either issue a final decision regarding whether or not the complaint   of   unlawful   harassment   was   substantiated,   or request that further investigation be conducted. A copy of Superintendent’s action will be delivered to both the Complainant and the individual accused of the harassing conduct. The decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

 

The Complaint process set forth in the policy and in the administrative guidelines is not intended to interfere with the rights of a member of the Corporation community or a third party to pursue a complaint of unlawful harassment with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

Sanctions and Monitoring

The Board shall vigorously enforce its prohibitions against unlawful harassment. While observing the principles of due process, a violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including the suspension/expulsion of a student. All disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable State law. When imposing discipline, the Superintendent shall consider the totality of the circumstances involved in the matter, including the ages and maturity levels of those involved. In those cases where unlawful harassment is not substantiated, the Board may consider whether the alleged conduct nevertheless warrants discipline in accordance with other Board policies.

 

Where the Board becomes aware that a prior remedial action has been taken against a member of the Corporation community, all subsequent sanctions imposed by the Board and/or Superintendent shall be reasonably calculated to eliminate such conduct in the future.

Education and Training

In support of this Anti-Harassment Policy, the Board promotes preventative    educational    measures    to    create    greater awareness of unlawful discriminatory practices. The Superintendent or designee shall provide appropriate training to all members of the Corporation community related to the implementation of this policy and its accompanying administrative guidelines. All training regarding the Board's policy and administrative guidelines and harassment in general will be age and content appropriate.

 

 

 

STUDENT HAZING

 

The School Board believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and at any Corporation-sponsored event.

 

Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

 

Administrators, faculty members, and other employees of the Corporation shall be alert particularly to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent. Students, administrators, faculty members, and other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be held personally liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with law.

 

The Superintendent shall distribute this to all students and Corporation employees, and shall incorporate it into building, staff, and student handbooks. It shall also be the subject of discussion at employee staff meetings or in-service programs.

 

BULLYING

 

The School Board is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The School Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Bullying behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse as provided herein.

 

Bullying as defined by Indiana law means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile student environment that:

1.         places the targeted student in reasonable fear of

             harm to the targeted student’s person or property;

2.         has a substantially detrimental effect on the

             targeted student’s physical or mental health;

3.         has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or

4.         has the effect of substantially interfering with the target student’s ability to participate in or

benefit from the services, activities, and

privileges provided by the school.

This type of behavior is a form of harassment and would include, but is not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing.

 

Bullying does not include:

•           participating in a religious event;

•           acting in an emergency involving the protection

of a person or property from an imminent threat

of serious bodily injury or substantial danger;

•           participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student’s freedom of speech rights;

•           participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides

             recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults;

•           participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student’s parent; or

This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever:

1.         the individual committing the bullying behavior and

any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within a school corporation; and

2.         disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment.

 

The Corporation prohibits bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system or computer network.

 

Monroe County Community Schools shall provide training to the school corporation’s employees and volunteers who have direct, ongoing contact with students concerning bullying behavior.

 

Monroe County Community Schools will provide training and/or instruction on anti-bullying prevention and policy to students in grades 1 through 12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.

The Superintendent designee will be responsible for administrative guidelines to enforce this policy.

 

 

Bullying Guidelines (policy 5517.01)

 

Bullying committed by students toward other students is strictly prohibited. Engaging in bullying conduct described in this rule by use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, any computer system, or any computer network is also prohibited.

1.         For purposes of this rule, bullying is defined as

overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner including electronically or digitally, physical acts committed, aggression, or any other similar behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student

with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:

•           places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s

person or property;

•           has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental

health;

•           has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic

performance; or

•           has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to

participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.

2.         This rule may be applied regardless of the physical

location of the bullying behavior when a student committing bullying behavior and the targeted student attend a school within the school corporation and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of other students to a safe and peaceful learning environment.

3.         Any student or parent who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this rule or any student who feels he/she has been bullied in violation of this rule

should immediately report the conduct to the [school

administrator] who has responsibility for all investigations of student misconduct including bullying. A student or parent may also report the conduct to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the [school administrator]. This report may be made anonymously.

4.         The [school administrator] shall investigate immediately all reports of bullying made pursuant to the provisions of this rule. Such investigation must include any action or appropriate responses that may be taken immediately to address the bullying conduct wherever it takes place. The parents of the bully and the targeted student(s) shall be notified on a regular, periodic basis of the progress and the findings of the investigation and of any remedial action that has

been taken.

5.         If the investigation finds an instance of bullying behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate disciplinary action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for

employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

6.         The [school administrator] will be responsible for working with the school counselors and other community resources to provide information and/or follow-up services to support the targeted student and to educate the student engaging in bullying behavior on the effects of bullying and the prevention of bullying. In addition, the school administrator and school counselors will be responsible for determining if the bullying behavior is a violation of law required to be reported to law enforcement under Indiana law based upon their reasonable belief. Such determination should be

made as soon as possible and once this determination is made, the report should be made immediately to law enforcement.

7.         False reporting of bullying conduct as defined in this rule by a student shall be considered a violation of this rule and will result in any appropriate disciplinary action or sanctions if the investigation of the report finds it to be false.

8.         Retaliation against any person who reports, is

thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is

substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying.

9.         Failure by a school employee who has a responsibility to report bullying or investigate bullying or any other duty under this rule to carry out

such responsibility or duty will be subject to

appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment with the school corporation.

10.   Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the bullying.

11.   Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents, and students concerning the identification, prevention, and intervention in bullying.

12.   All schools in the corporation are encouraged to engage students, staff and parents in meaningful discussions about the negative aspects of bullying.

The parent involvement may be through parent

organizations already in place in each school.

13.   The superintendent or designee will be responsible for developing detailed administrative procedures consistent with the Indiana Department of Education guidelines for the implementation of the provisions of this rule.

 

 

WEAPONS

 

The School Board prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the Corporation for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the Corporation including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the Corporation, a school-sponsored event, or in a Corporation vehicle.

 

The possession of a firearm in or on school property, in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function, or on a school bus is a felony (I.C. 35-47-9-2) and is prohibited by School Board policy. Possession includes storing the firearm in a personal vehicle while on school property. This prohibition applies to all students including those who have a personal protection permit to carry a handgun.

 

The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, intended to be used, or represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and or safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, Tasers, handguns, stun guns, guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, chemical weapons, metallic

knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives, destructive devices (bombs, incendiary, grenade, Molotov cocktail, rocket with a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces, etc.). A "knife" is defined as "an instrument that: 1) consists of a sharp edge or sharp pointed blade capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds; and 2) is intended to be used as a weapon." I.C. 35-47-5-2.5(a)

               

This policy shall also encompass such actions as possession of look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.

 

The Superintendent is authorized to establish administrative guidelines on weapons which require students to immediately report knowledge of weapons and threats of violence by students and staff to the building principal. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to immediate suspension and potential expulsion from school.

 

The Superintendent will report any student who violates this policy to the student's parents or guardians and to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the property where the offense occurs. The student also may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

 

Items pre-approved by the building principal as part of a class or individual presentation or a theatrical prop used under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved, would be an exception to this policy. (Working firearms and any ammunition will never be approved as part of a presentation.)

I.C. 20-33-8-16

I.C. 20-33-9-1 et seq.

I.C. 35-41-1-8 I.C.

35-47-5-2.5 I.C. 35-

47-9 I.C. 35-41-1-4.3

20 U.S.C. 7151

MCCSC Policy 5772

 

 

 

 

USE OF SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT WITH STUDENTS

As a part of the emergency procedures in place in our schools, any student who poses an imminent risk of injury to him/herself or to others may be physically restrained and/or placed in seclusion by school staff in accord with School Board policies. These could occur along with other emergency actions such as calling the police. Significant violations of the law including assaults on students and staff will be reported to the police. As soon as possible after any such incident the parents or guardian will be informed when any of these actions have occurred. MCCSC Policy 5630.01

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

 

The School Board recognizes its obligation to balance the privacy rights of its students with its responsibility to provide student, faculty, and authorized visitors with a safe, hygienic, and alcohol/drug-free learning environment.

 

In balancing these competing interests, the School Board directs the Superintendent to utilize the following principles.

 

School Property

School facilities such as lockers and desks are school property provided for student use subject to the right of the Superintendent and his/her designee to enter the facility as needed and inspect all items in the facility searched.   Students shall not have an expectation of privacy in any facility provided by the school and shall not be permitted to deny entry to a Corporation administrator by the use of a lock or other device. The School Board directs   the   school   principals   to   conduct   a  regular inspection of all such storage places.

 

Student Person and Possession

Prior to a search of a student's person and personal items in the student's immediate possession, consent of the student shall be sought by an administrator. If the student does not consent, such a search shall be permitted based only upon the administrator's individualized reasonable suspicion to believe that the search will produce evidence of a violation of a law, school rule, or a condition that endangers the safety or health of the student or others. Searches of the person of a student shall be conducted and witnessed by a person of the same gender as the student and shall be conducted in a private place. The student shall be given the option of selecting the witness from the faculty members on the school premises at the time of the search. A searched student's parent or guardian shall be notified of the search within twenty-four (24) hours if possible.

 

Searches, pursuant to this policy, shall also be permitted in all situations in which the student is under the jurisdiction of the School Board as defined by I.C. 20-33-8-14

 

Permission for a student to bring a vehicle on school property shall be conditioned upon consent of the search of the vehicle and all containers inside the vehicle by a school administrator with reasonable suspicion to believe the search will produce evidence of a violation of law, a school rule, or a condition that endangers the safety or health of the student driver or others. The student shall have no expectation of privacy in any vehicle or in the contents of any vehicle operated or parked on school property.

 

The Superintendent may request the assistance of a law enforcement agency in implementing any aspect of this policy. Where law enforcement officers participate in a search on school property or at a school activity pursuant to a request from the Superintendent, the search shall be conducted by the law enforcement officers in accordance with the legal standards applicable to law enforcement

officers.

 

Non-Invasive Test Instruments

Administrators are authorized to arrange for the use of breath-test instruments for the purpose of determining if a student has consumed an alcoholic beverage. It is not necessary for the test to determine blood-alcohol level, since the School Board has established a zero tolerance for alcohol use.

 

Use of Dogs

The School Board authorizes the use of specially-trained dogs to detect the presence of drugs or devices such as bombs on school property under the conditions established    in    the    Superintendent's    administrative guidelines.

 

Anything found in the course of a search pursuant to this policy which constitutes evidence of a violation of a law or a school rule or which endangers the safety or health of any person shall be seized and utilized as evidence if appropriate. Seized items of value shall be returned to the owner if the items may be lawfully possessed by the owner. Seized items of no value and seized items that may not lawfully be possessed by the owner shall be destroyed.

 

The Superintendent shall promptly record in writing the following information for each search pursuant to this policy:

                 A.    the information upon which the search was based

                 B.    the   time,   date,   location,   students,   or   places searched, and persons present

                 C.    a description of any item seized and its disposition

                 D.   the time and date of notice to the parent or guardian in the case of the search of the person

                        of a student

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

 

Respect for law and for those persons in authority shall be expected of all students. This includes conformity to school rules   as   well   as   general   provisions   of   law   regarding minors. Respect for the rights of others, consideration of their privileges, and cooperative citizenship shall also be expected of all members of the school community.

 

Respect for real and personal property; pride in one's work; achievement within the range of one's ability; and exemplary personal standards of courtesy, decency, and honesty shall be maintained in the schools of this Corporation. It is the responsibility of students, teachers and administrators to maintain a classroom environment that:

A.     allows teachers to communicate effectively with all students in the class;

B.     allows all students in the class the opportunity to learn;

C.     has consequences that are fair, and developmentally appropriate;

D.     considers the student and the circumstances of the situation; and enforces the Student Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Code accordingly. (Policy 5500)

 

STUDENT RIGHTS OF EXPRESSION

 

MCCSC recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it appropriately. Students may distribute or display, at appropriate times, non-sponsored, noncommercial written material, buttons, badges, or other insignia; and the like. All items must meet school guidelines.

A.     A material cannot be displayed or distributed if it:

·         is obscene to minors, libelous, indecent, or vulgar,

·         advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law,

·         intends to be insulting or harassing,

·         intends to incite fighting,

·         or presents a clear and present likelihood that, either because of its content or manner of distribution or display, it will cause or is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of school or school activities, a violation of school regulations, or the commission of an unlawful act.

Students who are unsure whether or not materials they wish to display meet school guidelines may present them to the principal twenty-four (24) hours prior to display.

B.     Materials may not be displayed or distributed during passing times between classes. Permission may be granted for display or distribution during lunch periods and/or before or after school in designated locations, as long as exits are not blocked and there is proper access and egress to the building.

 

Criminal Gangs and Criminal Gang Activity in Schools

 

The Board of School Trustees of the Monroe County Community School Corporation prohibits gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior on school property, on school buses, and/or at school-sponsored functions and prohibits reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or other people with reliable information about an act of gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior.

 

Per state law, a school employee shall report any incidence of suspected criminal gang activity, criminal gang intimidation, or criminal gang recruitment to the principal and the school safety specialist. The principal and the school safety specialist may take appropriate action to maintain a safe and secure school environment, including providing appropriate intervention services. Appropriate consequences and remedial actions are those that take into consideration the severity of the offenses and consider both the developmental ages of the student offenders and the students' histories of inappropriate behaviors per the code of conduct.

 

The principal or designee shall conduct a thorough and complete investigation for each report of suspected gang activity.

 

The principal shall take any appropriate disciplinary actions based upon the findings of the investigation, in accordance with the code of conduct. Consequences for a student who engages in gang activity may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

 

The principal shall provide the parents of the students who were investigated with information about the investigation. The information to be provided to parents includes the nature of the investigation, whether the corporation found evidence of criminal gang activity, and whether consequences were imposed or services provided to address the activity.

 

(Above excerpted from Board Policy 5840)

LEGAL REFERENCE: IC 20-26-18, IC 20-33-9-10.5, IC 35-45-9-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION V

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUS TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL

 

The Monroe County Schools provides students the privilege of bus transportation for students who live within school attendance area. Children are expected to follow these rules while riding the bus.

· Be on time at the bus stop.

· Be careful to protect the private property at the bus stop. Do not trespass.

· Bus drivers have the same disciplinary authority as a classroom teacher. Follow

    the driver’s instructions the first time given.

· Stay in your seat. The driver may assign seats.

· Keep head, hands, arms, and feet inside the bus.

· Profanity, smoking, eating, and/or drinking is not allowed on the bus.

· Always cross in front of the bus when boarding or after exiting.

Safety checklist:

Getting to the bus stop:

1.   Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.

2.      Running across the road to catch the bus isn’t smart.

3.      If you have to walk on roads where there are no sidewalks, always walk against traffic. Try to stay off the road as much as possible.

4.      When crossing the street to get to the bus, always look left, then look right, then look left again. If there are parked cars blocking your view, go to the nearest corner cross walk.

While you’re riding the bus:

1.       When the bus is moving, always stay in your seat. Let the bus driver concentrate on the road. Remember, the bus driver’s job is to get you to and from school safely.

Getting off the bus

1.   When you leave the bus, use the handrail.

2.   Make sure there is nothing sticking out on you (your clothes, the hood of your coat, key chains, backpack, etc.) that could get caught in the handrail on the bus or the bus door.

 

Riding a school bus is a privilege, which can be denied at any time for disruptive or unsafe behavior. If students remain seated, talk quietly, keep hands and feet and objects to themselves, and cooperate with the driver, the ride will be more pleasant and safer for all.

 

Children must have a change of transportation form signed by their parent if they are to ride a bus other than their regularly assigned bus, or get off at a different stop.

 

Bus Transportation Questions:

Please go to the MCCSC website (www.mccsc.edu) with questions regarding:

  • which bus your child will ride.
  • where the bus stop is located.
  • what are the pick-up/drop-off times.
  • or call the transportation department at 330-7719.

 

 

PENALTIES FOR INFRACTIONS

 

A student who becomes a behavior problem on the school bus shall be disciplined in accordance with the Student discipline code and may be deprived of the privilege of riding the school bus.

 

 


 

 

 

SECTION VI

 

OTHER ITEMS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARLIN SCHOOL PLEDGE

 

·         The Marlin School Pledge was developed with input from the entire Marlin Elementary School community. The Marlin School Pledge reflects the students’ mission and sets high expectations for each student and staff member.

 

·         The school pledge is recited within each classroom after The Pledge of Allegiance during the morning announcements.

 

·         A system of school-wide expectations has been established through our Positive Behavior Supports initiative. Our staff has identified student and adult school-wide expectations for each area of our building. The school-wide expectations are as follows:

 

 

I will be responsible and positive.

I will be respectful and engaged.

I will show empathy for others.

 

Definitions:

·         Responsibility- Doing your personal best to take care of your school, yourself, and others.

·         Positive- Being encouraging and supportive to yourself and others.

·         Respectful- Being friendly and caring to yourself and others.

·         Engaged- Motivated and thoughtful learners who are participating and contributing in all settings.

·         Empathy- Connecting to others by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and accepting differences. 

 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

·         Come to school ready to learn.

·         Follow the Marlin School-Wide Expectations.

·         Know and follow your teacher’s expectations.

·         Demonstrate respect for the school environment by taking care of the school, personal, and others’ property.

 

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

·         Students being dropped off by parents will enter the front of the building by the office.

·         Parents needing to enter the building should park in the parking lot. Do not leave your car unattended in the drop off area.

·         Students arriving on the bus will be dropped off by the Kindergarten doors.

·         Upon entering the building, walk to your classroom or cafeteria for breakfast.

·         After you eat breakfast, walk to your classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Parent Pick-Up

  • Students will walk to the front doors and wait for staff members to release them to their parents.
  • Parents will make two lines of vehicles in the driveway in front of the school.
    • Parents needing to enter the building should park in the parking lot. Do not leave your car unattended in the drop off area.
  • Staff members will dismiss one lane of traffic at a time. After the first lane exits the area the second lane will exit. Remaining cars will pull forward and once all vehicles are stopped the students will be released to the cars.

 

At the beginning and ending of the school day, please park in the circle and stay in your car if dropping off or picking up your child. A staff member will be outside to monitor the students.

 

Enter school here and please Sign in at the Office.

 
                     

 

 

Extended Day

  • Walk to the gym.

 

Bus Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed over the intercom when the buses arrive.
  • Remain in line and exit through the Kindergarten doors.

 

 

 

 

 

RESTROOM PROCEDURES

  • Walk into the restroom.
  • Use the facilities and flush.
  • Wash hands.
  • Throw away trash.
  • Walk out of the restroom.

 

HALLWAY PROCEDURES

  • Face forward when line is moving.
  • Pay attention to the movement of the line.
  • Follow adult directions.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Use voice level 1.

 

CAFETERIA PROCEDURES

  • Walk through the door to the right.
  • Wait patiently in line or walk directly to table.
  • Say “please” and “thank you” to show manners.
  • Use voice level 2.
  • Sit in correct location.
  • Raise your hand if you need assistance.
  • Wait for adults to dismiss your table. Clean your area.
  • Walk to return trays and lunch boxes.
  • Walk to recess.

 

PLAYGROUND PROCEDURES

We have outdoor recess, weather permitting, throughout the school year. Children will be expected to participate in the outdoor recesses. Outdoor recess provides an opportunity for physical exercise, socialization, and a mental break from academic tasks. Students MUST dress appropriately for the weather. This would include hats, coats, gloves, and/or boots as needed to protect children from the elements. If any of these mentioned items are unavailable to your family, please contact the school office. In extremely cold weather or during rain or snow, recesses will be conducted indoors. In the event of serious illness, when a physician advises the child against outdoor play, you should send a note of explanation from the physician, along with the anticipated time your child should stay inside.

 

PLAYGROUND EXPECTATIONS

·         Follow the guidelines of the Marlin School Pledge.

·         Remain within the playground boundaries (the fence to the north; the baseball diamond before the tree line to the east; and the soccer goals to the south).

·         Avoid all inappropriate physical contact (including “play-fighting.)

·         All electronic devices, scooters, in-line skates, skateboards, wheelie shoes, and any other device with wheels must remain at home for the safety of all students.

·         Playground activities must be safe and demonstrate common sense.

·         Students are not allowed to stand upon the highest point of the playground equipment.

·         If football is a chosen activity at recess, only “two-hand tag” football is permitted.

·         Students are expected to follow the safety instructions of the playground supervisors. Supervisors have the same disciplinary authority as a classroom teacher.

·         Students may return to the building with the permission of the playground supervisor by obtaining a school pass.

 

CONSEQUENCES

·         Students may be given a warning or have a problem solving conference with one of the supervisors.

·         Students may be asked to take a time-out from the chosen activity or take a break and walk with the supervisor.

·         Students may be referred to the Peer Mediators to help resolve a conflict.

·         Students may be referred to the classroom teacher and/or the principal for further disciplinary action.

·         If a student is referred to the principal for further disciplinary action, the following procedure will be followed:

·         A student conference will be held with all involved parties. Students will be guided through a problem solving process. (Defining the problem, identifying what could have been done differently, developing a future plan with indicators of success that the plan is working, apologies if necessary, and the acceptance of the consequence(s).)

·         Parents will be notified by telephone if the behavior was severe and for on-going behavioral issues. A conference will be required to develop a plan for success if student behavioral issues continue.

·      If inappropriate physical contact (i.e. fighting) occurs, both parties will lose recess time, no matter who started the fight. Repeated incidents of fighting may result in suspension and/or expulsion.

·      Students may receive In-School Detention, Out-of School Suspension, or Expulsion for on-going behavior issues, serious misconduct, and/or substantial disobedience.

 

 

INSIDE RECESS PROCEDURES

  • Remember when to walk.
  • Choose your activity and your spot. 
  • Agree on game rules before you start to play.
  • Remember Voice Level 2.
  • Share with each other.
  • Think of ways to include everyone.
  • Quickly work out disagreements.
  • Clean up your activity and area. Help each other to get the room back in order.
  • Return to your seat.

 

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

Parent/Guardian’s Role

 

 

Cooperation by parents/guardians is a necessary factor in meaningful homework experiences. Parents/Guardians can encourage their children by showing interest in and exhibiting helpful attitudes toward homework. They should:

·         Provide a quiet, well-lighted place for study.

·         Establish a regular “homework time” in the home. Help the student set aside adequate time for homework completion.

·         Encourage and support the student’s efforts. Be available for questions, but remember that homework is the child’s, not the parent’s responsibility.

·         Encourage the child to seek help and ask questions of the teacher when in doubt about an assignment.

·         Communicate with the teacher whenever the child has consistent difficulty with homework assignments.

 

Student’s Role

 

In the early grades, the effectiveness of homework assignments depends largely on the concern each student’s parents and teachers show for his/her welfare. As the student matures, however, his/her success with homework becomes progressively more dependent on individual efforts. The student, with guidance from teachers and parents, should continue to develop responsibility for communication between home and school. Each student has the responsibility to develop good work and study habits. The student should:

·         Clarify with the teacher any questions pertaining to homework instructions before leaving class or at other times when the teacher is available.

·         Take home any materials and information needed to complete the assignment.

·         Learn to budget his/her time. When study time is provided during the day, the student should take advantage of this time. Long term assignments should be planned so they do not have to be completed all at once.

·         With the aid of their parents,

·         Set aside a special time in which to do the assignment.

·         Find a place free from excessive noise and other distractions in which to work.

·         Organize activities and work so assignments can be completed in a reasonable length of time.

·         Check the completed assignments carefully.

·         Return all work completed to the teacher by the date requested.

·         Accept the responsibility to determine assignments and make up work missed during an illness or excused absence.

·         Plan for anticipated leisure, extra-curricular and social activities so that school assignments will not suffer.

 

TELEPHONE USAGE

The telephones in school are for school business only. Students will not use the telephones except in a case of emergency or with permission. Students will not be allowed to receive telephone calls except in cases of emergency. No calls will be allowed to see if students can go to someone’s house to play, etc.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHING AND VIDEOTAPING STUDENTS

Occasionally, students will be videotaped or photographed for an educational purpose. Photographs or videotapes may appear in newspapers or on television. If you object to your child being photographed or videotaped, please notify the school in writing.

 

 

 

 

PARENT - TEACHER ORGANIZATION

We greatly appreciate the support provided by parents in our learning community. The Marlin PTO efforts and involvement are essential to the success of our school. Parents’ positive attitudes are reflected in their children. Your support does make a significant difference. Both home and school are working together for the welfare of the children. With the cooperation of parents and teachers, school will be an interesting, worthwhile and happy place for each child.

 

The Marlin PTO sponsors many activities and raises funds for various projects throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in the PTO, please contact one of the PTO officers.

 

FAMILY ACCESS

 

This service allows you to view your child’s attendance, grades (where available), food service balance and payments, immunization record, address, phone number and other demographic information.

 

To use this service you will need to obtain a User ID and password. Please come to the school office to complete the paperwork.

 

THINGS NOT TO BRING TO SCHOOL

 

            These items are not allowed at school. Please leave them at home.

 

Chewing Gum - Chewing gum is not permitted at school. Teachers will inform students about snack policies. We strongly encourage students NOT to bring candy to school. Food is not permitted on the playground or in the hallways.

 

Electronic equipment – iPods, radios, tape recorders, CD players, electronic games, toys, virtual pets, etc.

 

Skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, or roller runners

 

Weapons (real or toy), knives, glass containers for food and drink, or other dangerous objects

 

Real or counterfeit drug, alcohol, or tobacco products or paraphernalia, etc. Other items that may be hazardous

 

            Money other than daily lunch money and any other items of value

 

            Trading cards

 

Soft drinks and candy - Please send nutritional drinks and food for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

BICYCLE POLICY – HELMETS MUST BE WORN

 

A bicycle rack is provided on the school grounds for children who ride bikes to school. Bicycles must remain parked during school hours. Children riding bicycles to school must walk the bikes on sidewalks through pedestrians. It is a city ordinance that helmets must be worn when riding bicycles. A child may be denied bike privileges for failure to observe safety rules. Use of skateboards, roller skates, or roller blades on school property is prohibited.

 

 

 

 

 

MARLIN STAFF  

                                                                   

Eileen Allen

Secretary

 

Christina Ison

Preventionist

Emily Anderson

Literacy Coach

 

Jennifer Lewis

Kindergarten Teacher

Samantha Ayers

Secretary

 

Rachel Melnick

6th Grade Teacher

Julie Barrow

1st Grade Teacher

 

Helen Melwid

3rd Grade Teacher

Karen Bennett

Music Teacher

 

Kelly Modglin

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

Michelle Blacconiere

4th Grade Teacher

 

Amber Moore

Special Education Aide

Nancy Bradley

Social Worker

 

Shari Sanders

Librarian

Stacy Calderon

Art Teacher

 

Theresa Shipley

Preventionist

Tommy Carroll

Custodian

 

David Smith

5th Grade Teacher

Pam Cobb

Cafeteria Supervisor

 

Cindy Sturgeon

Extended Day

Tim Dowling

Principal

 

Jessica Williams

Special Education Teacher

Ruth Doyle

Kitchen Manager

 

Kariana Wolfe

Digital Literacy Coach

Juli Fisher

1st Grade Teacher

 

 

 

Lesa Gabbard

Health Aide

 

 

 

Zack Gabbard

Assistant Kitchen Manager

 

 

 

Jill Hammersley

4th/5th Grade Teacher

 

 

 

Megan Handel

Kindergarten Teacher

 

 

 

Angela Harding

2nd Grade Teacher

 

 

 

Bonnie Houshour

Custodian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MCCSC Board of School Trustees

 

 

 

District 1          Mr. W. Kelly Smith

 

District 2          Ms. Sue Wanzer

 

District 3          Mrs. Martha Street

 

District 4          Mr. David Sabbagh

 

District 5          Mr. Keith Klein           

 

District 6          Dr. Lois Sabo-Skelton             

 

District 7          Dr. D. Jeannine Butler            

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

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