Clara Mohammed School STL Student Handbook

(4) Student Policies

(4.1) Admission of Students

The school operated by the Board of Directors organization is a private school and complies with all applicable requirements of state law. As such, we admit all students based on our discriminatory policy and space availability

(4.1.1) Student Selection Procedures

Applicants will be selected based on completed application forms. Applicants will be offered admission until all seats have been filled. The remaining students’ names will be placed on an ordered waiting list in which their name was selected.

(4.1.1.1) Enrollment Deadlines

The Principal/Board shall develop an enrollment schedule each year to establish the enrollment deadlines. The initial student selection will be conducted in the spring prior to the opening of the school year. The initial enrollment window must be at last 90 days and be advertised on the school’s website and through other methods allowed for within the CMS Budget.
After the initial enrollment period, the principal shall establish a regular schedule for the selection of applications, and post this along with the enrollment schedule. The deadlines and process shall be clearly explained on the school’s website.

(4.1.1.2) Non-Discrimination

Consistent with Policy 1.5, state and federal statutes, the school will not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, disability or handicap, or any other legally protected class. All students who are eligible to apply shall be included in the student selection, and have an equal chance of being selected.
Publication of the enrollment process will include a non-discrimination statement.

(4.1.1.3) Student Preferences

The following students will be given a priority in the admission process under State law:
Students who were enrolled with the organization the year before.
Students whose parents are staff members with the organization.
Students whose parents are on the Governing Board of the organization.
Students who have siblings enrolled with the organization.

(4.1.1.4) Selection Process

The selection process will be conducted by the principal, office manager and board of directors, on the dates specified within the enrollment schedule. The school shall abide by the following selection process:

(4.1.1.4.1) All applicants will be placed into the selection process

All completed applications received within the enrollment period up until the enrollment deadline will be included in the selection process.

(4.1.1.4.2) Determine Openings

The principal in accordance with direction from the Governing Board will determine the number of openings to be filled within the selection process. The number of openings will be determined based on the contractual limits of the Contract, facility limits, and enrollment limits.

(4.1.1.4.3) Determine Students with Allowed Preferences

Students who will be granted preference in the selection process, as described above, shall be identified, including a clear indication of why each student is being offered preference.

(4.1.1.4.4) Select Students by Grade Level

The school shall use a standard system of selection by grade level.
First, students who are allowed preference will be selected and rank ordered, followed by the remaining students at that grade level, who will be added to the rank ordered list. The top number of students on the rank ordered list equal to the number of openings will be offered a position at the school. All remaining students will be added to the waiting list in the order selected.
This process will be repeated for each grade level until all students have been ordered.

(4.1.1.4.5) Parent Notification

After the selection has been conducted the Office Manager shall ensure that the parents of the students who are being offered positions are properly notified. In addition, those students who are placed on the waiting list will be so notified.

(4.1.1.5) Parent Acceptance

Parents will receive notification that they are being offered a position at the school following the student selection process. Parents will be given a deadline of at least two (2) weeks to respond to the school to confirm or decline the position at the school.

(4.1.1.6) Maintenance of the Waiting List

In the event that more students apply to the school than openings are available, the remaining students will be added to the waiting list in the rank order selected in the selection process.
The school shall maintain the waiting list, and any time an opening becomes available, the school shall contact the next student on the waiting list to offer a position at the school to the family.

(4.1.2) Late Entries

Students who enroll into the school after the start of a term will need to work with each teacher to determine what back work, if any, needs to be completed. Some assignments or testing which are essential to the completion of the required State Standards may be required. Teachers will give students until the end of the current term to complete assignments, with help from the teacher.

(4.1.3) Withdrawals

Students who choose to leave the school will be assisted in their transition to their new school by having the School create a report indicating the student’s performance and current grade in each class. The school reserves the right to follow up with the student’s future placement to ensure compliance with compulsory attendance laws.

(4.2) Attendance

Missouri Statutes mandates that all students are required to attend school, and sets forth specific requirements for the school. Parents and students can be held legally accountable for truancy.

(4.2.1) Parental Reporting

Within 48 hours of a student’s absence, the parent will send a note or call the school explaining the absence. If that contact does not occur, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. In the case that an unexcused absence is recorded, the school will attempt to contact the student’s parent or legal guardian regarding the absence to prevent a pattern of nonattendance. Under some circumstances, more than parental notification may be required by the Office Manager.

(4.2.2) Excused Absences

The following absences will be considered excused:
Student is ill. (If illness persists for three or more consecutive days, or requires numerous nonconsecutive absences, a doctor’s note may be required, as requested by the Office Manager.
Major illness in the family. (If illness persists for three or more consecutive days, or requires numerous nonconsecutive absences, a doctor’s note may be required, as requested by the Office Manager.
Death in the immediate family of the student. A student’s immediate family includes biological parents, grandparents, siblings, or adults and siblings from an immediate extended family unit, at the Principal discretion.
Religious holiday of the student’s faith. This requires a parent’s note seventy-two (72) hours prior to the absence.
Religious institutes, conferences, or workshops (only two days allowed if the request is signed by a parent and given to the school at least forty-eight (48) hours before the absence).
Subpoena or forced absence by any law enforcement agency. A copy of the subpoena or summons will be given to the school’s Office Manager (or designee). This includes detention at a juvenile center in which the student continues his/her education.
Mental health counseling for the student. A note on Office Manager
A major disaster, as decided by the administration.
Any absence, including those for field trips or other parental requests as judged appropriate by the school’s Principal, provided that the request is submitted to the Office Manager forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the absence. The Office Manager may waive the requirement for advance notice if extenuating circumstances exist.

(4.2.3) Tardiness

The school believes it is extremely important that students arrive at school on time and ready to learn. Students are allowed to enter the building 15 minutes prior to the start of school. We recommend students arrive a minimum of 5 minutes prior to the start of school to ensure ample time to reach their classroom before the start of class. We have created strict guidelines in regards to students who are tardy to school in the morning:

Students who are not in class at the time class beings will be considered tardy.
For the legal purposes of truancy, numerous tardies can be equated to absences. If a student is excessively tardy (defined as an hour or more late to school), three (3) such events will equate a single absence. Six (6) occurrences of tardiness less than one hour will equate to a single absence. The Office Manager can disallow individual instances of being tardy from this rule if a written explanation is provided to the school upon the return of the student.

(4.2.4) Early Removal / Dismissal

Students are expected to attend the entire day of school. The early release of students causes disruption to academic performance of all students and may create safety and security concerns. Students who are removed early from school are missing valuable instruction time, and this will be treated in the same manner as tardiness. A student who is removed an hour or more early from school three (3) times will be equated to one (1) absence. Six (6) occurrences of being removed from school less than an hour will equate to a single absence.

(4.2.5) Make Up Work

Students who miss school for any reason (excused or not) will be expected to make up all work missed during their absence, tardiness, early removal from school, or suspensions. Parents may contact the school to request work, but should provide at least a 24-hour turn around to prepare such materials. Students whose absences are excused will not receive an academic penalty for made up work unless the work is not made up within the time limits explained within the Homework Policy.

(4.2.6) Truancy Consequences

If a student has at least five (5) unexcused absences within a calendar month, or ten (10) days out of ninety (90), the student’s homeroom (grade level) teacher shall report to the Office Manager/Principal that there may be a pattern of absence existing. After this referral, the Principal will consider referring the student to the School Based Leadership Team (SBLT). The SBLT is a “child study team” for the purposes of satisfying the requirements of Missouri Statutes. If the SBLT finds a pattern of nonattendance, the team will meet with the parent to identify potential remedies; the Office Manager must notify the principal of the identified pattern of nonattendance. If the initial meeting with the parent does not resolve the problem, the SBLT shall implement the following:
Frequent attempts at communication between the teacher and the family.
Evaluation for alternative education programs.
Attendance contracts.
The SBLT may also, but is not required to, implement other interventions that include referral to other agencies for family services or changes to the learning environment. Additionally, legal authorities will be notified if the problem is not corrected.
If the parent refuses to participate in the remedial strategies because he or she believes those strategies are unnecessary or inappropriate, the parent may appeal to the Office Manager/Principal.

(4.3) Behavioral

(4.3.1) Code of Student Conduct

Unless otherwise spelled out within these school policies, the school will adhere to the School Code of Student Conduct. Copies of the school policies and the School Code of Student Conduct will be made available to all parents and students.

(4.3.2) Foundation

The school believes that children learn in a variety of ways, and that our teachers provide an environment that meets the needs of our students. Utilizing our approach to education we believe that through student engagement we reduce the number of behavioral concerns within the classroom. However, we realize that when dealing with children, issues may arise which may require the school to address student behavior. In doing so, the school believes behavioral correction should be a learning opportunity, where students are given the opportunity to learn and demonstrate appropriate behavior, and cooperatively accept responsibility and be accountable for their actions. The school believes we have a unique partnership with like-minded parents who share this philosophy of behavioral management and positive parental role modeling.

(4.3.3) Removal of Students from Class

On occasion, a student’s behavior may require that he or she be removed from a class to ensure either the academic growth of other students or the safety of everyone involved. Due to the nature of our school, teachers do not have the option of requesting permanent removal from class. Should a situation arise that a student requires removal from class, the student may be issued a 10-15 minute cooling-off period to reflect and regroup. The student will be placed in the office until they regain both self-control and a cooperative attitude before returning to class. If necessary, the student may meet with the principal (or designee) to discuss the concern and ways of remedying the situation. If necessary, the principal (or designee) may meet with other involved or uninvolved students and/or the teacher(s) to identify ways to rectify the situation, towards allowing the student to return to class. Parents will receive notification by either a telephone call and/or in writing (e.g. email) if a child is removed from class for serious or repetitive behavioral concerns. All removals from class will be documented.

(4.3.4) Behavioral Expectations

Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner while under the responsibility of school staff (this includes during the school hours, after school activities, or any activity in which school staff members are responsible for the students). The principal shall ensure that a document explaining student expectations and sample misbehaviors are developed which clearly describe behavioral expectations and consequences for misbehavior. This document shall be shared with families at the start of each school year and as often as needed thereafter. Each year, the school staff shall review the document and may make appropriate revisions.

(4.3.5) Behavioral Consequences

The following is a list of possible consequences that may be given to students for inappropriate behavior. In certain instances, other consequences that appropriately match the misbehavior may also be used.

(4.3.5.1) Verbal Warning

If a student is exhibiting a relatively minor behavioral infraction, the staff at their professional discretion, should give the child verbal warnings that their behavior is inappropriate, and the warning may be documented by that staff member for future reference.

(4.3.5.2) Written Warning

If the behavior was a minor infraction and/or was the first or second occurrence, the student may receive a written warning to let the student know that if similar inappropriate behavior continues there will be similar and more significant consequences in the future. This written notice will be sent home through either written or email form for the parents to make them aware of the issue.

(4.3.5.3) Referral To Permanent File

A referral to a permanent file will be a paper that is completed by the classroom teacher (or designee) after an internal investigation, including the student’s comments regarding the misbehavior. This hard copy must be taken home, signed by the parent, and returned to school the next school day. Indication of the incident will be recorded within the student’s permanent school records, and appropriate sanctions levied according to existing behavioral expectation guidelines. If the student does not return the referral with a parent signature, they may receive additional consequences, and the parent will be called.

(4.3.5.4) Detention (if applicable)

A detention is an extension of the school day where the students will be expected to stay after school. The student must report immediately after school and stay until the time designated by the principal. If the student does not report immediately on the assigned school day, or is absent for any reason (except having an official doctor’s note on physician stationery), that detention will be rescheduled and an additional penalty detention added.

(4.3.5.5) In School Suspension

An in school suspension is a consequence which secludes a student from his or her peers and allows the student time to reflect on his or her misbehavior. Students will be removed from class and located in an area outside the common areas where students are typically present. While suspended, students are not allowed to participate in any school related activities, including common lunch room. In school suspensions shall not be considered an absence from school. However, students are required to complete, on their own time, all make up work from the time missed. Computers may not be used by students in ISS, unless a teacher gives specific permission. When returning to normal class schedules, the student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities or non-educational field trips for a determined number of days following the suspension.

(4.3.5.6) Out of School Suspension

An out-of-school suspension will be time away from school to consider and reflect their misbehavior. When suspended, a student is not allowed on school property, and if seen on school property, will be considered trespassing. While suspended, students are not allowed to participate in any school related activities. Out-of-school suspensions will be considered unexcused absences, and the student will be required to make up on their own time all work from time missed. When returning, students will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities or non-educational field trips for a determined number of days following the suspension.

(4.3.5.7) Recommend Reassignment

Under rare, serious circumstances, the school may consider recommending the student be reassigned to another school by the Board of Directors/Principal. Should this become necessary the principal shall work with District personnel to ensure proper District protocol and expectations are adhered to.

(4.3.5.8) Discipline of Students with Disabilities

The obligation and the responsibility to attend school regularly and to comply with the school’s discipline policies apply to all students. When appropriate, the school may discipline a student with a disability who has not complied with the discipline policies. Special education services will be provided to a disabled student if the student has been removed from school for more than ten (10) school days. If a student with a disability is removed for less than ten (10) cumulative days, educational services will be provided only if such services are provided to students without disabilities who have been similarly removed.

(4.3.6) Appeal Process

(4.3.6.1) Foundation

Every effort is taken to ensure students are treated equitably and fairly when investigating a behavioral concern and issuing referrals. However, should a parent/guardian feel that such issuance is unwarranted; they may use the following procedure to appeal the referral.

(4.3.6.2) Requesting an Appeal

If a parent/guardian wishes to request an appeal to a referral, the parent/guardian must submit such a request in writing to the office manager within four (4) calendar days of the issuance of the referral. Failure to make a written appeal will forfeit the parent/guardians right to any further appeal hearing. Upon receipt of the request, the principal shall decide if the request is warranted. If the principal decides to overturn the referral he or she may do so. If not, the appeal will be referred to the staff behavior team.

(4.3.6.3) Student Consequences

During the appeal process, the consequences the student was issued will stand and must be met by the student while any final decision is pending. If the student was suspended, he or she must also honor the terms of the suspension including accompanying consequences until the behavior team makes its decision. If the referral is appealed successfully all record of the consequence will be expunged and the students will be excused from any missed work during that time.

(4.3.6.4) Behavior Team Meeting

After receiving a request and deciding not to overturn the referral personally, the principal will coordinate a behavior team meeting, making an effort to schedule the meeting at a time that is convenient for all involved, including the parent/guardian who requested the appeal. The meeting shall be scheduled within four (4) school days of receiving the request. At the meeting the parent/guardian will be allowed the opportunity to present their case as to why the referral is being contested. The principal or designee) shall provide information regarding the investigation and justifications for why the referral was earned by the student. The behavior team can ask questions of either the parent or principal in clarifying the issue. At the appeal meeting the principal will serve as non-voting members of the team, and the principal will leave with the parents during the committee’s deliberation of the appeal and decision-making process. After gathering information, the team’s deliberation shall be limited to the following:
Deciding whether the student’s behavior or act was in clear violation of the school’s policies, the behavioral expectations outlined by the school, the School’s Code of Student Conduct, and/or the mission of the school;
Deciding whether the student(s) is/are known to have committed the violation;
Deciding whether to uphold the initial findings and decision, or whether an appropriate alternate sanction should be issued based on established parameters of the Behavior Program for the school.

(4.3.6.5) Reporting of Decision

Under most circumstances, the behavior team will make a decision at the initial meeting, however, the team reserves the right to meet within four (4) school days to review and make a final decision. The final decision will be determined by a simple majority vote and will be presented to the principal. The decision of the committee will be documented and a copy of the decision will be mailed to the parent/guardian within four (4) business days of the completion of the appeal committee’s hearing. The decision of the behavior team is considered a final decision. In all cases, members’ individual votes remain confidential.

(4.3.6.6) Further Appeals

Should a parent/guardian be dissatisfied with the decision of the behavior team, they may further appeal the decision only on the grounds that the school violated a procedural safeguard. The parent/guardian may submit a written request to the principal requesting an appeal to the Governing Board. The Governing Board will only consider whether procedures were followed, and will not address questions or concerns regarding the appropriateness of a consequence. Parents are advised to consider that all meetings of the Governing Board are considered public meetings, and as such any information shared with the Board is a matter of public record.

(4.3.7) Student Conduct on Buses

The safety of students during their transportation to and from school as well as while on field trips is a responsibility which they and their parents/guardians share with the drivers and school officials. Therefore, the rules of student conduct will be issued to all students at the beginning of the school year, and to new students upon enrollment.
Students are subject to all school rules and potential consequences while utilizing school transportation. Additionally, suspension of transportation privileges is another possible consequence for misbehavior during transportation.

(4.3.9) Policy Against Bullying And Harassment

(4.3.9.1) Statement prohibiting bullying and harassment

It is the policy of the organization that all of its students, employees, and volunteers learn and work in an environment that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The organization will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.

(4.3.9.2) Definition of bullying and definition of harassment

Bullying means intentionally and repetitively inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees and may involve but is not limited to:

  • Teasing
  • Social Exclusion
  • Threat
  • Intimidation
  • Stalking, including cyber stalking as defined herein
  • Physical violence
  • Theft
  • Sexual, religious, racial or gender orientation harassment
  • Public humiliation
  • Destruction of property

Harassment means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or employee that:

  • Places a student or employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying and harassment also encompasses:
Retaliation against a student or employee by another student or employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation.

Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying or harassment by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student or school employee by:

  • Incitement or coercion
  • Accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the school
  • Acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of bullying or harassment
  • Cyber stalking, which is defined as engaging in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.
(4.3.9.3) Expected Behavior

The organization expects students to conduct themselves as appropriate for their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment.
The organization believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the students, parents/legal guardians, staff, and community members producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for school and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members. Since students learn by example, school administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers will demonstrate appropriate behavior, treat others with civility and respect, and refuse to tolerate harassment or bullying. The organization upholds that bullying of any student or employee is prohibited:
During any education program or activity conducted by the school;
During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity;
On a school bus; or
Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the district school system.

(4.3.9.4) Consequences for an act of bullying or harassment

Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances. The physical location or time of access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or reassignment, as outlined in school’s policies. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for an employee found to have committed an act of bullying or harassment may be disciplined in accordance with school policies, procedures, and agreements. Additionally, egregious acts of harassment by certified educators may result in a sanction against an educator’s state issued certificate. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a visitor or volunteer, found to have committed an act of bullying or harassment shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials. Accusations made in good faith, even though subsequently determined to be false, shall not be subject to discipline consequences or remedial action as called for by this section.

(4.3.9.5) Consequences for intentional misreporting

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or reassignment, as outlined in school’s policies. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for an employee found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment may be disciplined in accordance with school policies, procedures, and agreements. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a visitor or volunteer, found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.

(4.3.9.6) Reporting an act of bullying or harassment

The principal or designee, are responsible for receiving complaints alleging violations of this policy. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and visitors are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy anonymously or in-person to the principal or designee. In order to report incidents of bullying, individuals may meet with either the principal or designee to make the report. Any report in person should be followed within one day with a written report or a written explanation to the school’s office. Should the principal wish, other forms of reporting may be created. The methods of reporting bullying will be prominently publicized to students, staff, volunteers, and parents/legal guardians, as well as how the report will be acted upon. The victim of bullying, anyone who witnessed the bullying, and anyone who has credible information that an act of bullying has taken place may file a report of bullying. An employee, school volunteer, student, parent/legal guardian or other persons who promptly reports in good faith an act of bullying or harassment to the appropriate official and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures set forth in the school policy is immune from a cause of action for damages arising out of the reporting itself or any failure to remedy the reported incident. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying or harassment will not affect the complainant or reporter’s future employment, grades, learning or working environment, or work assignments. Written and oral reports shall be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

(4.3.9.7) Investigation of whether a reported act is within the scope of the school

A principal (or designee) will investigative procedures to initiate an investigation of whether an act of bullying or harassment is within the scope of the school. The trained designee(s) will provide a report on results of investigation with recommendations for the principal to make a determination if an act of bullying or harassment falls within the scope of the district and will act according the following protocols:
If it is within the scope of the school, further investigation will commence in accordance with subsection (8.9.8) herein;
If it is outside scope of the school, and determined a criminal act, refer to appropriate law enforcement.
If it is outside scope of the school, and determined not a criminal act, inform parents/legal guardians of all students involved.

(4.3.9.8) Prompt investigation of a report of bullying or harassment

The investigation of a reported act of bullying or harassment is deemed to be a school-related activity and begins with a report of such an act.
The Procedures for Investigating Bullying and/or Harassment include:
a. The principal (or designee employed by the school) will be assigned to initiate the investigation. The designee(s) may not be the accused perpetrator (harasser or bully) or victim.
b. Each individual (victim, alleged perpetrator, and witnesses) will be interviewed separately.
c. The investigator shall collect and evaluate the facts including, but not limited to:
Description of incident including nature of the behavior; context in which the alleged incident occurred, etc.;
How often the conduct occurred;
Whether there were past incidents or past continuing patterns of behavior;
The relationship between the parties involved;
The characteristics of parties involved (i.e., grade, age, etc.);
The identity of the perpetrator, including whether the perpetrator was in a position of power over the student allegedly subjected to bullying or harassment;
The number of alleged bullies/harassers;
The age(s) of the alleged bullies/harassers;
Where the bullying and/or harassment occurred; and
Whether the conduct adversely affected the student’s education or educational environment.
Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances and includes:
recommended remedial steps necessary to stop the bullying and/or harassing behavior
A written final report to the principal
Where the victim is a student, according to the severity of the infraction, the principal (or designee) shall promptly notify the parent/legal guardian of the victim via telephone or personal conference of any actions being taken to protect the victim. The frequency of notification will depend on the severity of the bullying incident. The maximum of 10 school days shall be the limit for the initial filing of incidents and completion of the investigative procedural steps.

(4.3.9.9) Determination of consequences and due processes for a perpetrator:

Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances, followed by the determination of disciplinary sanctions appropriate to the perpetrator’s position within the school.
Consequences and appropriate interventions for students who commit acts of bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to, but not limited to suspension, or reassignment as outlined in the organization’s policies and school Code of Conduct.
Consequences and appropriate interventions for an employee found to have committed an act of bullying will be instituted in accordance with school policy. Additionally, egregious acts of bullying by certified educators may result in a sanction against an educator’s state issued certificate.
Consequences and appropriate intervention for a visitor or volunteer, found to have committed an act of bullying shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.
These same actions will apply to persons, whether they are students, school employees, or visitors/volunteers/independent contractors, who are found to have made wrongful and intentional accusations of another as a means of bullying.
If a complaint of bullying or harassment is made by the alleged victim during or after the commencement of an investigation into employee or student misconduct, it shall not be a defense to the allegations of employee or student misconduct but may be considered as a mitigating factor under school policy, if appropriate.

(4.3.9.10) Providing immediate notification to the parents/legal guardians of a student victim:

The principal or designee, shall by telephone and in writing, report the occurrence of any incident of bullying as defined by this policy to the parent or legal guardian of all students involved on the same day an investigation determines than an act of bullying has occurred. Notification must be consistent with the student privacy rights under the applicable provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
If the bullying incident results in the perpetrator being charged with a crime, the principal, or designee, shall by telephone or in writing by first class mail, inform parents/legal guardian of the victim(s) involved in the bullying incident about the Unsafe School Choice Option (No Child Left Behind, Title IX, Part E, Subpart 2, Section 9532) that states “A student attending a persistently dangerous elementary school or secondary school, as determined by the State in consultation with a representative sample of local educational agencies, or a student who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense, as determined by State law, while in or on the grounds of a elementary school or secondary school that the student attends, be allowed to attend a safe public elementary school or secondary school within the local educational agency, including a public charter school.”
Once the investigation has been completed, appropriate local law enforcement agencies will be notified by telephone and/or in writing to determine whether to pursue criminal charges.

(4.3.9.11) Referral of victims and perpetrators of bullying or harassment for counseling

After an investigation has determined that an act of bullying has occurred, as defined herein, the school shall discuss with both the victim’s and perpetrator’s parents/legal guardians options available for counseling. This may include referrals to community agencies or partner agencies the school has relationships with. Parents/legal guardians will be notified that the school does not have a counselor or mental health specialists on staff.
The principal (or designee) shall also refer the perpetrator to the school’s Student Success Team in an attempt to develop strategies to be used within school to prevent the bullying behavior from continuing. The principal (or designee) shall decide if a similar recommendation would be prudent for the victim.

(4.3.9.12) Providing instruction regarding bullying and/or harassment

The organizational seeks to ensure that schools sustain healthy, positive, and safe learning environments for all students. It is important to change the social climate of the school and the social norms with regards to bullying. This requires the efforts of everyone in the school environment including all school staff, parents/legal guardians, students and school volunteers.
Students, parents/legal guardians, all school staff and, and school volunteers shall be offered instruction at a minimum on an annual basis on the school’s Policy and Regulations against bullying and harassment. The instruction shall include evidence-based methods of preventing bullying and harassment, as well as how to effectively identify and respond to bullying in schools.

(4.3.9.13) Regularly reporting of actions taken to protect the victim

The principal (or designee) shall by telephone and/or in writing report the occurrence of any incident of bullying as defined by this policy to the parent or legal guardian of all students involved on the same day an investigation of the incident has determined an act of bullying has occurred. According to the level of infraction, parents/legal guardians will be notified by telephone and/or writing of actions being taken to protect the child; the frequency of notification will depend on the seriousness of the bullying or harassment incident. Notification must be consistent with the student privacy rights under the applicable provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

(4.3.9.14) Publication of the policy

At the beginning of each school year, the principal shall, in writing, inform school staff, parents/legal guardians, or other persons responsible for the welfare of a student of this policy. The principal shall also make all contractors working with students aware of this policy.
The principal shall ensure the development an annual process for discussing the policy on bullying and harassment with students in a student assembly or other reasonable format.

(4.3.10) Student Participation in Secret Organizations and Gangs

The school prohibits membership in secret fraternities or sororities, or in other clubs or gangs not sponsored by established agencies or organizations recognized by the school . The school feels that the presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school and school activities. A “gang” as defined in this policy is any group of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts. By this policy, the school acts to prohibit existence of gangs and gang activities as follows:
No student on or about school property or at any school activity:
Shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
Shall commit any act or omission or use any speech either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
Shall use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including but not limited to:
Soliciting others for membership in any gangs.
Requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person.
Committing any other illegal act or other violation of the school’s policies.
Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

(4.4) Academic

(4.4.1) Grading Policy

There are multiple purposes for the assignment of grades, including but not limited to the documentation of student and teacher achievement; providing teacher feedback on student progress to students, parents and fellow teachers; monitoring for continuous student growth and concept mastery; and informing instructional practices and small-group instruction in the classroom.

(4.4.1.1) Traditional Grading System

The following grade scale will be used by the organization:
A (90% – 100%) Superior
B (80% – 89%) Above Average
C (70% – 79%) Average
D (60% – 69%) Below Average
F (0% – 59%) Unsatisfactory
I – Incomplete

(4.4.1.2) Standards Based Grading System

Standards based assessment provides an accurate snapshot of student abilities based on the standards which they are accountable for at their individual grade level. As such, the following scale is utilized to identify a student’s progress towards a standard:
4 – Has demonstrated advanced, in-depth understanding of the standard
(I know it even better than my teacher taught it)
3 – Has demonstrated a complete understanding of the target learning goal
(I know it just the way my teacher taught it)
2 – Has demonstrated a simple understanding of the target learning goal
(I know some of the simpler stuff but can’t do the harder parts)
1 – Is able to partially demonstrate understanding with assistance
(With some help, I can do it)
0 – Is not successful with the learning goal, even with assistance
(Even with help, I can’t do it).
In order to report grades to the school and for traditional transcript purposes, a student’s scores for each standard shall be averaged together to determine a term grade for the course based on the following scale.
A 3.00 – 4.00
B 2.50 – 2.99
C 2.00 – 2.49
D 1.50 – 1.99
F Below 1.50

(4.4.2) Honor Roll/Principal’s List

Any student who receives all A’s and/or B’s on their report card will be considered to be on the Honor Roll. Any student who receives all A’s will be added to the “Principal’s List.”

(4.4.3) Graduation and Promotion Requirements

(4.4.3.1) Adoption of School Progression Plan

The school will follow the state Student Progress plan to determine promotional requirements.

(4.4.3.4) Grade Level Retention

The purpose of promotions and retentions is to provide maximum consideration for the long-range welfare of the student and to provide an opportunity for each student to progress through school according to his/her own needs and abilities.
It is expected that most students will be promoted annually from one grade level to another upon completion of satisfactory work, however, a student may be retained when his/her standards of achievement or social, emotional, mental, or physical development would not allow satisfactory progress in the next higher grade. Retention normally occurs before the student leaves the primary grades.
Parents/guardians who wish to appeal the decision for retention must first contact the principal. If parents/guardians do not accept the decision of the principal an appeal may be made in writing to the Board. All appeals must be requested within two (2) weeks after the close of school.

(4.4.4) Homework Policy

The school believes that homework reinforces the learning happening in the classroom as well as gives students the opportunity to learn important lessons in responsibility and accountability. Therefore, homework is assigned to reinforce or serve as a precursory activity for learning that has taken or will take place in the classroom. Homework is an integral part of the students’ education.

(4.4.4.1) Approximate Time Guidelines

In general, the school attempts to assign approximately ten minutes of homework per grade level to students and twenty minutes of reading per grade level to student in grades 1-5. While we strive to use these guidelines, we like to make clear that it is impossible to gauge perfectly how long an assignment will take a given child, as some students take longer to complete tasks than others.

(4.4.4.2) Late Homework

One of the responsibilities of homework is to teach students responsibility and accountability. In order to accomplish this, and to ensure students do not fall behind on their school work, it is essential that students complete their work on time. If homework is turned in late the grade the student receives shall be reduced by one letter grade (10%). Students who have an excused absence will have the number of days equal to the number of days absent to make up class and homework without penalty up to 7 days.

(4.4.4.3) Posting of Homework

All students will be required to use a daily agenda book (daily planner) to write their homework in, reinforcing the idea of teaching our students responsibility.

(4.4.5) Dual Enrollment

The school understands that the services of one school may not be able to completely address the needs of every student, and recognizes the value of Dual Enrollment. Given the academic structure of our school and the scheduling concerns, we do not permit students to be enrolled with the school part-time as the result of a dual enrollment agreement.

(4.5) Extra-Curricular Activities

(4.5.1) Attendance Required for Extracurricular Participation

Students participating in any school sponsored event must have been in attendance at school the day of the event, otherwise they will be disallowed from participating in the event. Additionally, students who are considered truant based on this policy manual may be disallowed from participating in any extracurricular activities sponsored by the school.

(4.5.2) Extra Curricular Activates

Participation in interscholastic and extracurricular activities is a privilege and not a right. Interscholastic competition and participation in extracurricular activities may be withheld from any student as a condition of discipline. Furthermore, all policies that apply to the regular school day apply also to interscholastic competition and extracurricular activities. Coaches and sponsors may establish policies for their groups in addition to those set out by athletic associations.

(4.5.2.1) Clubs

The school supports the use of school-sanctioned clubs to allow students extracurricular experience at school. When clubs are available, they will be advertised amongst the students and parents. All students participating in a school club are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA, have no behavioral concerns, and meet the expectation of the club. A copy of the club expectations will be provided to students joining an individual club. Clubs must be sponsored and supervised by a school staff member.

(4.5.2.2) Hazing

Student hazing is inconsistent with the educational goals of the school and poses a significant risk to the physical and mental welfare of students. Hazing of students, on or off School property, is prohibited and may result in suspension from school and from activity/athletic participation.

(4.5.3) Field Trips, Off Campus Events

Field trips are school-related events for which school staff arranges transportation and ensures an appropriate number of chaperones. All trips shall be subject to prudent safety precautions and conducted according to the rules established by the school. Every effort will be made to schedule field trips without interrupting other school functions.

(4.5.3.1) Approval

All trips off campus must be approved by the principal at least two weeks prior to the event occurring. Field trips should have an educational purpose to be approved. All trips must be conducted under the supervision of a certified School employee, and additional chaperones may be necessary dependent upon the activity. The request for approval must include all locations the students will visit while on the trip, the details of transportation, and any other logistical issues the principal requests. Students will follow the specific itinerary provided to the administration on the field trip request.

(4.5.3.2) Behavioral Exclusion

Field trips can be a valuable learning opportunity for students; however, behavioral expectations are even more important when students are taken off campus. As a result, if a child has demonstrated an inability to control their behavior in school, extra steps may need to be taken to ensure the student has a successful experience.
The school reserves the right to require parents or guardians of some students to attend the field trip to provide supervision for their child. In such cases, if a parent is unable to attend, the student will be required to remain at school.
If a student has received a referral, or has demonstrated unsafe behavior, the student’s parent or guardian may be required to attend as a chaperone.
End of the year class field trips are reserved for students who show responsibility during the school year and meet school expectations. Students who have been issued a suspension during the year may will be disallowed from attending the end of the year field trip.

(4.5.3.3) Financial Limitations

Students cannot be excluded from a field trip based on the inability to pay the accompanying fee. If a family is facing financial difficulties and unable to pay the accompanying fee, the student’s parent or guardian must contact the principal (or designee) prior to the date the field trip permission slip is due back to school to make alternative arrangements.

(4.5.3.4) Student Supervision

While attending field trips, students will be closely monitored and supervised. Each student shall be directly assigned to a staff person or chaperone for the duration of the trip.

(4.5.3.5) Chaperones

Chaperones for field trips must follow the volunteer guidelines found within the policies of the school. Chaperones must be registered with the school prior to attending the field trip. All chaperones must be provided with a detailed list of the students they are responsible for, emergency contact information to reach the teacher in charge, as well as students’ parents if the need arises.

(4.5.3.6) Teacher Check-In

While attending field trips where groups are separated from one another, the teacher in charge of the trip will coordinate times and locations where all staff and chaperones shall rendezvous periodically throughout the day. All teachers will have a list of cell phone number of all teachers and chaperones attending the field trip.

(4.5.3.7) Student Counts

Before transporting students to or from any field trip the teacher and at least one other adult will do a complete a roll call of all students to ensure all students are accounted for. At any given time each staff member and chaperone should know the number of students they are currently responsible for. Teachers and chaperones will take a physical count of students assigned to them periodically and before leaving the school and before leaving the location of the field trip.

(4.6) Medical Policies

(4.6.1) Inoculations of Students

All students accepted by the school are required to be in compliance with state programs mandating immunization against specific diseases. Failure to comply with the state requirements will result in the students being unable to attend classes, and receiving unexcused absences, until proof of compliance is provided. Medical and religious exceptions to immunization must be on file in the main office.
The Office Manager shall institute procedures for the maintenance of health records, which are to show the immunization status of every student enrolled, and for the completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by the Missouri Department of Health.

(4.6.2) Medication Administration at School

This policy is designed to ensure safe and accurate administration of routine medications to students in the school. Every attempt must be made by the student’s parent and healthcare provider to have medications administered during non-school hours. However, in the event that it is not possible for medications to be administered at home this Medication Administration at School Policy shall be followed.

(4.6.2.1) Staff and Training

The principal shall designate appropriate personnel as being responsible for medication administration.
All designated individuals must obtain appropriate medication administration training prior to dispensing, accepting or answering any questions regarding medication administration at the school.

(4.6.2.2) Submission and Required Documentation

All medications must be personally brought into the school by the student’s parent/guardian accompanied by the appropriate required paperwork.
All prescription medications require written Authorization for Medication Administration, with original signature by the parent and health care provider before the school shall accept the medication.
Medication may not be disbursed until the written Authorization for Medication Administration form contains the date of the current prescription, the expiration date of the prescription and the frequency by the medication is to be administered.
Prescription Medication/Treatment must be received in a pharmacy labeled container with the student’s name, healthcare provider’s name, name of pharmacy and phone number, name of medication, directions for dosage and date of prescription.
School personnel shall not administer medication if there is a change in type, dosage or frequency unless a new written Authorization for Medication Administration with original signature by the parent and health care provider is presented to the school official.
When medication is delivered to the school, the designated employees shall count the exact quantity of the medication being delivered and log the medication into the Medication Administration Log.
Students who require the use of an MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler) may be given permission to carry the medication with them only if a completed Authorization to Carry and Self Administer MDI form is submitted to the school with both the parent/guardian and physician signature.
All medications kept at the school must be kept in a locked cabinet or refrigerator stored away from general population areas where students will not independently have access to the storage.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medication must be received in the original container and labeled with the student’s name and accompanied by an Authorization for Medication Administration. OTC medications do not require the signature of a health care provider.

(4.6.2.3) Administration

All employees shall adhere to the universal medication safety precaution of “The Six Rights of Medication Administration”. Specifically, each time medication is administered the employee should verify:
The right patient / student
The right drug
The right dose
The right route (method of administration)
The right time
The right documentation
All designees shall wash hands before and after administering the medication.
All designees shall direct any questions and concerns regarding the medication to the parent/guardian or health service provider whose signature is on the Authorization for Medication Administration.
Each and every time medication is administered, the proper notation must be made on the Medication Administration Log.
If a student is receiving more than one medication at school, separate student medication records must be maintained for each medication.
The school designee must maintain a Medication Administration Log in alphabetical order.
The Missouri Records Retention Schedule require that the Medication Administration Logs are maintained for seven years.

(4.6.2.4) Medication Errors

In the event that medication is delivered contrary to the “Six Rights of Medication Administration,” the employee must take the following steps:
Immediately notify the school’s Office Manager/Principal
Call the poison control non-emergency number (1-800-282-3171) for toxicity or expected side effects, if the error involved the wrong student, medication, dosage, time, or route
Notify the parent
Complete and file the appropriate documentation / incident report
In the event of medication errors, the principal should presume this as the need to provide additional training to the employee and should take necessary steps to ensure the error does not occur again in the future.

(4.6.2.5) Miscellaneous

Narcotic medications are not to be administered by school staff.
Absolutely no OTC medications will be administered by school staff without appropriate document, and unless provided by the parents.
Medications including, but not limited to, inhalers for bronchial disorder, are not to be transported on a school bus unless the student is accompanied by a trained official or is authorize to self- medicate. A written self-medication authorization must be signed by the parent/guardian or health care provider and presented to the school.
In the event of expired medication or the end of the school year, the school’s employees will contact parents to ask them to pick up medications. Medications may not be given to students for transport home. If medications are not picked up by parents, they should be properly disposed of according to location requirements. Medication disposal should be witnessed by a second person and documented by both people involved.

(4.6.3) Students With Communicable Diseases

A student shall not attend classes or other school-sponsored activities, if the student (1) has, or has been exposed to, an acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration) contagious or infectious disease, and (2) is liable to transmit the contagious or infectious disease, unless the principal or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence, that the student:
No longer has the disease (written documentation required).
Is not in the contagious or infectious stage of an acute disease.
Has a chronic infectious disease that poses little risk of transmission in the school environment with reasonable precautions.
School officials may require any child suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease to be examined by a physician and may exclude the child from school, in accordance with the procedures authorized by this policy, so long as there is a substantial risk of transmission of the disease in the school environment.
A student who has a chronic infectious disease, and who is permitted to attend school, may be required to do so under specified conditions. Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in the student being excluded from school. A student who has a chronic infectious disease and who is not permitted to attend school or participate in school activities will be provided instruction in an alternative educational setting in accordance with the organization’s policy.
Students with acute or chronic contagious or infectious diseases and their families have a right to privacy and confidentiality. Only staff members who have a medical reason to know the identity and condition of such students will be informed. Willful or negligent disclosure of confidential information about a student’s medical condition by staff members will be cause for disciplinary action.
The school will implement reporting and disease outbreak control measures as necessary if a communicable disease seems to be spreading amongst the student body.

(4.6.4) Student Physical Examination

The school may require any student to be examined by a physician for the purpose of determining whether the student is afflicted with a contagious or infectious disease or have the liability of transmitting the disease.
The school may also require certification from a physician indicating a student’s fitness to participate in specific educational programs or extra-class activities.
Refusal on the part of parent/guardian to obtain the required examination and to submit the certification indicating freedom from contagious or infectious disease may result in student exclusion from school.
Students may be excused from engaging in required educational activities upon proper certification from a physician advising of student disability.
All costs of physical or other examinations shall be at the expense of students unless state or federal law specifically mandates the examination to be the responsibility of the school.

(4.7) General

(4.7.1) Releasing a Student from School

The school is concerned about the safety of our students. Students will only be released to people who are their parents or legal guardians, unless we have received written/signed permission to release the student to another adult. In the case of divorce or separation of the parents, both parents shall have full rights until legal notification is provided to the school limiting the rights of either parent.

(4.7.2) Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities

It is the school’s policy to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in promoting the welfare of students, staff and the community.

(4.7.2.1) Child Abuse, Molestation, Neglect

The school considers the welfare of students to be of paramount concern in its responsibilities. Therefore, all school employees and volunteers are directed to take whatever action may be necessary as required by all statutes and laws of the State of Missouri as regards to all instances of suspected child abuse, molestation and child neglect.
Any employee of the organization or volunteer who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse shall immediately make an oral report to the Department of Children and Families Abuse and Neglect Hotline. A person who is required to report known or suspected child abuse, abandonment, or neglect and who knowingly and willfully fails to do so, or who knowingly and willfully prevents another person from doing so, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Further, a person who does make a report of suspected abuse in good faith has immunity from civil and criminal liability pursuant. The person making the call (if other than the principal) shall notify the building principal immediately. Any person who reports should keep a record of the date and time they made the report, who they spoke to and the general information they provided to the Abuse Hotline. The principal should maintain records of the report but these should not be placed in a student folder.
The report shall be made under the following circumstances: When there is reasonable cause to suspect that child abuse or maltreatment has been inflicted through willful or negligent acts which result in neglect, malnutrition, sexual abuse, physical injury, or mental injury. Neglect is a failure to provide sustenance, clothing, shelter or medical condition. Abuse of maltreatment may also include aiding, abetting, counseling, hiring or procuring a child to perform or participate in any photographic motion picture, exhibition show, representation or other presentation which, in whole or in part, depicts sexual conduct, sexual excitement or masochistic abuse involving a child as defined by law.

(4.7.2.2) Interviews, Interrogations and Removal from School by Law Enforcement

Interview or Interrogation – The School has legal jurisdiction over students during the school day and hours of approved extracurricular activities. The school administration is responsible for making an effort to protect each student’s rights with respect to interrogations by law enforcement officials. When law enforcement officials find it necessary to question students during the school day or periods of extracurricular activities, the principal or designee will be present and the interview will be conducted in private with the consent of the parent.
The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and request an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school. The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the student’s parents/guardians.
Removal of Students From School – Before a student at school is arrested or taken into custody by law enforcement or other legally authorized person, the principal will verify the official’s authority to take custody of the student. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parent/guardian that the student is being removed from school.

(4.7.2.3) Reporting Violent Behavior

The school requires school administrators to report acts of school violence to teachers and other employees who are directly responsible for the student’s education or who interact with the student in the performance of the employee’s duties. School administrators will also disclose to appropriate staff member portions of any student’s individualized education program that is related to past or potentially future violent behavior. Violent behavior and the phrase acts of school violence are defined as the use of physical force by a student with the intent to do serious physical injury to another person while on school property, including a school bus, or while involved in school activities.
In addition the principal will report to law enforcement officials, as soon as is reasonably practicable, the commission of any of the acts or related juvenile offenses which are committed on school property, including school buses, or while involved in school activities.

(4.7.3) School Calendar

The school shall follow the school calendar of the authorizing school events. The principal will, however, approve the start and stop times for the school event.

(4.7.4) Dress Code

The Board expects student dress and grooming to be neat, clean and in keeping with community standards, so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the School. This expectation includes the school day and school sponsored extracurricular activities.
Students shall observe modes of dress and standards of personal grooming that are in conformity with the educational environment and necessary to maintain an orderly and safe atmosphere for all students. Apparel is expected to conform to reasonable student standards of modesty, and as such, no excessive or inappropriate areas of skin or undergarments may be exposed. No apparel or grooming which presents a safety concern is permitted. No apparel displaying messages that are gang-related, sexually explicit, vulgar, violent, or advocating illegal activities is permitted. Further, no clothing or personal grooming that disrupts, or can be forecasted to disrupt, the educational environment is permitted. The principal shall ensure that strict dress code expectations are made available to students and parents at the start of each school year which will include examples of acceptable anunacceptable attire.

(4.7.5) Cell Phone Policy

Students are not allowed to receive or place telephone calls during the school unless there is a legitimate emergency. When a student has a legitimate need to make a call during the school day, they may use a school telephone, provided they obtain permission from a staff member prior to use. Parents who need to contact their children during the school day for valid emergencies should contact the school office to relay a message, and that message will be relayed to your child in a timely fashion.

(4.7.6) Games and Electronic Devices

Toys, games, playing cards, electronic devices and other non-academic items or games are only allowed with specific permission from a staff member (for example, clubs or special events). All usage of these items should be educationally focused and directed by a staff member. Any items found without permission will be confiscated and made available to parents for direct pick up. Items not picked up within five (5) school days may be discarded or given to charity. The school cannot be held liable for any lost or stolen items.

(4.7.7) Textbook Policy

Students will be issued books in some of their classes, which remain the property of the school. Textbooks include either the physical copy of the book itself, or the digital version. Any lost, stolen, or damaged books are the sole responsibility of the student whom the book has been checked out to. If something occurs to this property, the incident must be reported immediately. Students not returning books or returning severely damaged books or digital media will be required to make payment for the replacement or repair costs to the school.

(4.7.8) Computers and Internet Acceptable Use Policy

By virtue of using a school computer, network or online tool the students and parents of the school agree to abide by the school’s acceptable use policy. This policy will be sent home annually. If a parent wishes to opt out of accepting this policy, they should notify the school in writing, and access to all school electronic resources will be denied for the individual student.

(4.7.8.1) Acceptable Use Policy

The school offers Internet access for student and staff use at school and various online tools for staff, student and parent use. This policy is the Acceptable Use Policy for your use of our online tools and Internet use at school. The Internet system and online tools have been established for a limited educational purpose to include classroom activities, career development, and limited high quality, self-discovery activities as well as research. It has not been established as a public access or public forum and the school has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post, the training you need to have before you are allowed to use the system, and enforce all rules set forth in the school code. Further, you may not use this system for commercial purposes to offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the system or use the system for political lobbying. Access to the Internet is available through this school only with permission of the Office Manager/Principal or his or her designee and your parents. This policy applies to the use on school equipment at school, or the use of services established or maintained by the school which may also be used off property.
The following uses of the school’s Internet are acknowledged:

(4.7.8.1.1) Personal Safety

You will not post contact information (e.g., address, phone number) about yourself or any other person.
You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without approval of your parents. Any contact of this nature or the receipt of any message you feel is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable should be reported to school authorities immediately.

(4.7.8.1.2) Illegal Activities

You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to this or any other computer system or go beyond your authorized access by entering another person’s account number or accessing another person’s files.
You will not deliberately attempt to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.
You will not use our system to engage in any other disruptive or illegal act, such as cyberbullying, arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of a person, etc.

(4.7.8.1.3) System security

You are responsible for your individual accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your accounts. Under no condition should you give your password to another person.
You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not look for security problems; this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the school’s virus protection procedures when downloading software.

(4.7.8.1.4) Inappropriate Language

On any and all uses of the Internet, whether in application to public or private messages or material posted on the Web pages, you will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. You will not post information that could cause danger or disruption or engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks. You will not harass another person by a persistent action that distresses or annoys another person and you must stop if asked to do so.

(4.7.8.1.5) Respect for Privacy

You will not repost a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.
You will not post private information about yourself or another person.

(4.7.8.1.6) Respecting Resource Limits

You will use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited, high quality, self-discovery activities.
You will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming” (that is, sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people).

(4.7.8.1.7) Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

You will not plagiarize materials that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.
You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner. Direct any questions regarding copyright to a teacher.

(4.7.8.1.8) Inappropriate Access to Material

You will not use the school’s computer system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography) or that advocates illegal acts of violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature). A special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of the access is to conduct research with both teacher and parental approval.
If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher or another staff member. This will protect you against a claim of intentional violation of this policy.
Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material they think would be inappropriate for you to access. The school fully expects that you will follow your parents’ instruction in this matter.

(4.7.8.1.9) Your Rights

Free Speech. Your right to free speech, as set forth in the school disciplinary code, applies also to your communication on the Internet. The Internet is considered a limited forum, similar to the school newspaper, and therefore the school may restrict your right to free speech for valid educational reasons. The school will not restrict your right to free speech on the basis of its disagreement with the opinions you express.
Search and Seizure. You should expect no privacy of the contents of your personal files on the school system. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the system may lead to discovery that you have violated this policy, the school code, or the law. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this acceptable use policy, the school disciplinary code, or the law.
Due Process. The school will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities conducted through the school’s Internet system. In the event of a claim that you have violated this policy, the school disciplinary code, or the law in your use of our system, you will be given written notice of suspected violations and an opportunity to present an explanation according to school code and/or state and federal law. Additional restrictions may be placed on your use of your Internet account.

(4.7.8.1.10) Other Acknowledgements

The Clara Mohammed School makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the system will be error free or without defect. The school will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer including, but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising from unauthorized use of the system.
Anyone caught breaking these rules will be subjected to disciplinary procedures depending upon the severity of the infraction. Additionally, any student caught intentionally damaging or vandalizing a school computer may be disallowed from utilizing computer resources. Any such act may result in partial or full restitution being required by the student and/or family.

(4.7.9) Dances

The school may periodically sponsors dances for students. Attendance is limited to those students who are enrolled with the school (with some exceptions), are achieving academically, and following the rules of conduct set forth by the school. Dances may be held separately for different age levels. Students are required to follow the rules and regulations of the school while attending any dance. All Dress Code restrictions and intent for modest and acceptable fashion wear would apply. Parents are encouraged to attend as chaperones.

(4.7.10) Movies in the Classroom

The school emphasizes the use of engaging the multiple intelligences of students, and as such will use various media to educate students. Teachers are welcome to occasionally use videos in the classroom and at school sponsored events, providing that the following policies are adhered to:

(4.7.10.1) Copyright

Teachers are required to follow the legal copyright requirements of videos and media within the classroom

(4.7.10.2) Elementary Students

Elementary students may be shown “G” rated movies without parental permission. Movies which are “PG” require that the teacher notify parents at least one week in advance using the school’s online communication system, giving parents the option to opt- their students out of watching the video.

(4.7.10.3) Middle School Students

Students in grades six through eight may be shown “G” or “PG” rated movies without parental permission. Movies with are rated “PG-13” require that the teacher notify parents at least one week in advance using the school’s online communication system, giving parents the option to opt- their students out of watching the video.

(4.7.10.4) “R” Rated Movies:

No “R” rated movies may be shown to students during school events.

(4.7.11) Searches by School Personnel

In accordance with the state and federal law, should a school staff member have reasonable suspicion that a crime or violation of school rules has occurred; the school staff member has the authority to conduct an appropriate search.
Reasonable suspicion is defined to mean that the person initiating the search has a well-founded suspicion — based on objective facts that can be articulated — of either criminal activity or a violation of school rules. Reasonable suspicion is more than a mere hunch or supposition.
If reasonable suspicion exists, and if the school staff can justify the search at its inception a reasonable search to can be conducted prove or disapprove the stated suspicion prior to starting the search.
Student lockers and desks may be searched by school administrators or staff who have a reasonable suspicion that the lockers or desks contain drugs, alcohol, material that violate school rules, stolen properties, weapons, items posing a danger to the health or safety of students and school employees, or evidence of a violation of school policy. In addition, the Board authorizes the use of trained dogs to sniff lockers or other school property to assist in the detection of the presence of drugs, explosives, and other contraband. The Board does not need reasonable suspicion to utilize drug sniffing dogs.
Students or student property may be searched based on reasonable suspicion of a violation of School rules, policy or state law. The privacy and dignity of students shall be respected. Searches shall be carried out in the presence of adult witnesses, preferably both the individual conducting the search and the witness will be of the same gender as the student. Students may be asked to empty pockets, remove jackets, coats, shoes and other articles of exterior clothing for examination if reasonable under the circumstances. No employee shall perform a strip search of any student
Law enforcement officials shall be contacted if the search produces a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, weapons, stolen goods or evidence of a crime, in any case involving a violation of law when a student refuses to allow a search, or where the search cannot safely be conducted. Parents may also be contacted.

(4.7.12) Student Publications

The school encourages student production and distribution of publications which can provide opportunities for practical journalistic experience and for the written expression of differing opinions. The school recognizes that freedom of speech and press brings corresponding responsibilities. The principal through appointment of a faculty advisor shall provide guidance to students in appropriate methods for preparing and producing publications. The principal or designee may delay or stop distribution of any materials proposed for printing or that have been printed which may be reasonably forecast to cause substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school.