PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGN-OFF SHEET

 

My name is _____________________________________________ and I am the

 

parent/guardian of __________________________________________.   I have

 

read the South Dale Middle School student/parent handbook.

 

 

I am aware of the following policies:

 

Code of Conduct…..p. 1                                Dress Code Policy…p. 22-24

Medication Policy…p. 13-15                          Cell Phone Policy….p. 25

Attendance Policy…p. 16-17                         Discipline Policy…..p. 26-32

Meal Charge Policy…p. 17-18                       Internet Policy………...p. 33

Textbook Policy…p. 20                                  Photo Consent Policy…p. 34                

School Bus Policy…p. 21-22                         

                                                                       

**All Other Contents of Student Handbook

 

 

Please sign this form and return to your child’s homeroom teacher by August 17, 2018.

 

Student signature _______________________________________

 

Parent signature   ________________________________________

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

The Dale County Board of Education will periodically and sometimes randomly administer Vision, Hearing and Scoliosis Screenings for students attending the Dale County Schools. If you are opposed to this screening and would like to exercise your option to deny this service, please sign below and return to school.

 

I do not wish to have my child participate in the Vision, Hearing and Scoliosis Screening conducted by the Dale County Schools.

 

Student’s Name _________________________________________________________

Student’s Grade ________________

Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________________________


 

 


 

South Dale Middle School

 

309 Randolph St.

Pinckard, AL 36371

983-3077 or 983-5109

983-5882 (fax)

 

Bucky Sconyers                                         Kenna Head

Principal                                                      Assistant Principal

 

Sally Sutley                                                Audra Reeves

School Counselor                                       Secretary

         

Ben Baker

Superintendent Dale County Schools

 

Chuck Walker

Associate Superintendent

 

Dale County Board of Education

Braxton Bell       Larry Ezell       Shannon Deloney       Dale Sutton       Priscilla McKnight

 

South Dale Middle School does use corporal punishment whenever it is deemed necessary and appropriate according to the Dale County Board of Education Policy Manual.

 

Alabama State Law requires parents to be held liable for their children’s attendance and behavior. An excessive number of absences could cause a student to fail to meet the requirements for promotion to the appropriate grade. An excessive number of office referrals /demerits could cause a student more serious disciplinary consequences such as suspensions, referral to Juvenile Court, and / or recommendation for expulsion from Dale County Schools.

 

Please read and become familiar with the rules and regulations of this handbook. Together we can make this year successful.

 

This planner belongs to:

 

NAME ____________________________ ADDRESS___________________________

 

 

LOCKER COMB.______________        I-NOW PASSWORD____________________

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

            Welcome to a new year at South Dale Middle School. As the principal, I am very excited about this upcoming year and what it holds for our students. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your family and to educate your child(ren). It is the goal of all of us at South Dale Middle School to make sure this is the best year yet for our students. In order to accomplish this goal, both home and school must work as partners. This handbook is written to inform our families of the policies and procedures intended to ensure a positive, safe, and productive school year. We hope to see you at our many school events. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need support. Please remember that South Dale Middle is your school. Working together we can insure student success. We look forward to a terrific school year with your family.

 

Sincerely,

Bucky Sconyers - bsconyers@dalecountyboe.org

 

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Welcome to the Dale County Schools family! The seven schools that make up the Dale County Schools system have a rich history of academic, athletic, and extra-curricular excellance. I encourage you to support your child’s school and communicate with your school on a regular basis. I encourage parents to be actively involved in the education process. Together, as partners, our students will flourish under the direction of the dedicated employees of Dale County Schools. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have about child’s education.

 

Sincerely,

Ben Baker - bbaker@dalecountyboe.org

 

 

 

DALE COUNTY DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Dale County Schools is to develop life-long learners who have personal, economic, technological and social skills needed to be members of a global society.

DALE COUNTY DISTRICT VISION STATEMENT

     DESTINATION: EXCELLENCE

DALE COUNTY SCHOOL GOALS

  1. We will provide a safe and supportive environment for learning opportunities.
  2. We will develop college and/or career ready students through multiple approaches.
  3. We will demonstrate and promote being responsible, respectful, and resourceful citizens.
  4. We will provide opportunities to build relationships with parents, students, teachers, and community stakeholders.

 

 

     SDMS MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of South Dale Middle School is to facilitate the development of a self-disciplined, self-motivated, life-time learner. The aim of the faculty, staff, and community is to provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students acquire skills leading to appropriate life and career decisions. We are committed to continuous academic improvement in our academic endeavors and facilities.

 

OUR STAFF BELIEVES

The faculty and staff of South Dale Middle School believe in making a positive difference in the lives of children.

We believe that parents and community must share responsibility to ensure the realization of these goals throughout the students’ educational endeavors. We believe that in addition to the mastery of the basic academic skills, students need to develop positive attitudes toward life-long learning.

 

 

 

WEBSITE

http://sdms.dalecountyboe.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL SCHEDULE

7:10   Bus release/car riders release

7:20     Breakfast begins

7:40     Breakfast ends

7:45     Tardy Bell

7:45     School begins

7:50     Morning announcements

10:55 – 12:39  Lunch periods

2:47     Bus riders load buses

2:55     Car riders dismiss

3:00     Walkers dismiss

 

THERE ARE NO EARLY CHECKOUTS AFTER 2:30 P.M.


 

IMPORTANT DATES

2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

 

First day of school (students)                                                             Aug. 10, 2018

Labor Day Holiday                                                                             Sept. 3, 2018

Columbus Day                                                                                    Oct. 8, 2018

Veteran’s Day                                                                                     Nov. 12, 2018

Thanksgiving                                                                                       Nov. 19-23, 2018

Christmas Holidays                                                                             Dec. 21-Jan.4, 2018   

King/Lee Holiday                                                                               Jan. 21, 2019

President’s Day                                                                                   Feb. 21, 2019

Good Friday                                                                                       April 19, 2019

Spring Break                                                                                       Mar 25-29, 2019

Last Day for (Students)                                                                      May 23, 2019

Memorial Day                                                                                     May 27, 2019

 

Progress Reports                                                                               Report Cards

September 7, 2018                                                                              October 12, 2018

November 8, 2018                                                                              January 9, 2019

February 1, 2019                                                                                 March 20, 2019

April 18, 2019                                                                                    May 24, 2019 

           

Annual Meeting of Title I Parents – South Dale Middle School is a Title I school supported with funding from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. An annual meeting for the purpose of informing parents of their school’s participation in Title I, the requirements of the law, and Title I parents’ right to be involved will be held September 10, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

 

 

STI HOME POLICY

Grades should be up to date and accurate in I-NOW. Parents have access through STI HOME to view grades of students. Parents can receive log-in information from the guidance office and are encouraged to use this progress monitoring method. I-NOW user names and passwords will not be given to students.

 

 

TOBACCO POLICY

All Dale County School campuses and all Dale County School sponsored events are tobacco free. This includes electronic cigarettes, vape pens, hookah pens, e-hookahs, vape pipes and any similar type of device designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals via inhalation or simulated smoking.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Kindergarten through twelfth grade students will receive a report card at the end of each nine weeks grading period. This report card should be signed by a parent or guardian for students in K-6 and returned to the teacher except for the last reporting period. During the middle of each nine weeks a progress report will be sent home with all students and should be signed and returned by students in K-6. Kindergarten uses a separate report card and grading system: S=Satisfactory; N=Needs Improvement; U=Unsatisfactory.

 

GRADE POLICY

 

            “A” is defined as 90-100

            “B” is defined as 80-89

            “C” is defined as 70-79

            “D” is defined as 60-69

            “F” is defined as 0-59

 

GRADE REPORTS

 

About mid-point of each grading period, all students will receive a progress report. The teacher will have the students sign to verify that the progress report was received. The grading period ends after a nine week period. Report cards are sent by the students to the parents after the completion of the nine weeks. The fourth nine weeks report card must be picked up or mailed (student must provide a stamped envelope). Students are charged with the responsibility of showing their progress reports and report cards to their parents. Please be aware of these and other report dates so that you may know when to expect grade reports. Progress Reports and Report Cards are to be signed and returned for students in grades K-6.

 

 

HONOR ROLL/AWARDS DAY

 

South Dale Middle School will have an awards day at the end of the school year. The following awards will be presented:

 

“A” Honor Roll: This will be awarded to students who have achieved all “A’s” for the entire year..

 

“A/B” Honor Roll: This will be awarded to students who have achieved all “A’s and B’s” for the for the entire year.

 

Perfect Attendance: This will be awarded to students who have no absences, no check-outs, and no tardies for the year. * Check-outs or absences for school sponsored functions may not count against the student; however, it must be approved by an administrator prior to the absence or check-out.

 

Student of the Month: This is awarded to students who have displayed outstanding behavior, positive attitude, good citizenship, as well as demonstrates responsibility, is respectful to teachers and peers, and follows all school rules.

 

Highest Honors: This will be awarded to students who have the highest grade in each subject at the end of the year.

 

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence: This is awarded to eighth grade students who have achieved a yearly average of all “A’s” their entire middle school career (5th- 8th grades)

 

FINAL EXAM POLICY

 

All students in grades 7-12 will take a comprehensive final exam except for enrichment/intervention classes that will count 15% of the grade each semester.

                            

ARRIVAL

Students should not arrive before 7:00 a.m. As students arrive, they should enter through the front doors at the main entrance and report to the school lobby. School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. each day. Please make sure your child is on time for school each day.

 

TARDY POLICY

Students who are tardy are disruptive to the classroom learning environment. Tardies have an adverse effect on a child’s educational progress. Students who are late for school should report to the office.

3 Tardies:       Note home to parent

5 Tardies:        one day ISS/Note home to parent

7Tardies:         Parent Prevention Project Referral

10Tardies:       Saturday School

EARLY DISMISSALS

Students need to remain in school for the entire school day. Only in extreme cases of emergency should a parent request an early dismissal. When students are called on the intercom, instruction for the entire class stops. Parents are requested to schedule appointments after school so that class time may be used effectively. If an emergency does arise, students must be signed out and called from the office. No students will be released to anyone at the classroom door. Any student who has an early dismissal during a quarter is not eligible for perfect attendance. There are no early dismissals after 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

SEVERE WEATHER MODE

THE SIGNAL FOR A SEVERE WEATHER DRILL WILL BE THREE (3) LONG RINGS OF THE BELL. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WILL FOLLOW THE PLAN POSTED FOR THIS DRILL.

 

FIRE DRILL MODE

The signal for a fire drill will be a rapid ringing of the bell students and teachers are to follow the plans and rules posted for this drill.

 

FIRE DRILL RULES

1.      A fire drill signal shall be a short rapid ringing of the bell or the drill may be carried by word of mouth to the teacher.

2.      All teachers are to appoint a responsible student to see that windows and door are close once the drill has been activated.

3.      Once the drill has been sounded each teacher will step to the door to ascertain directional safety for the class. The teacher will then direct the class by leading them to the proper place.

4.      Each class is to proceed to its assigned place in a signal column, walking quickly and quietly.

5.      Teachers are to see that students are gathered about 200 feet from the building. Grade books should be taken and roll called.

6.      The end of the fire drill will be one long ring of the bell. Students should return to their rooms as orderly and quietly as they came from the building.

 

SEVERE WEATHER DISMISSAL

South Dale will use the Severe Weather Dismissal Plan on days when the school system determines it is necessary. On these days, parents are required to come into the building and sign students out in the main office.

 

SCHOOLCAST

From time to time parents will receive a call from our School Cast. These taped calls inform parents of upcoming events, activities, field trips, fund raising activities, and parent meetings. You will also be notified by School Cast if there is an emergency at school. Please take time to listen to the School Cast when you are called.

 

NOTIFY ME

Parents can sign up to receive NotifyMe messages from the school about upcoming events, school closing or emergencies. These messages can be received by text message and email. Parents can sign up for NotifyMe by visiting South Dale Middle Schools website and clicking the NotifyMe link.

SCHOOL NURSE

Our school nurse is located in the main office. Parents can help us by adhering to the following:

 

1.      When completing your child’s Health Card and Emergency Card, include a telephone number that can be called in case of emergency. Notify the school if any telephone numbers change.

2.      Keep children home if they are running a fever, vomiting, and/or having diarrhea.

3.      Only medication prescribed by a doctor may be given at school. The prescribed medication must be in a bottle labeled by a pharmacist with the doctor’s name and directions for administration. A signed permission form must be on file in the office in order for prescribed medication to be administered. Medication that is prescribed for two times or three times a day should be given at home. It should be given before the child comes to school and when the child gets home.

4.      Please make us aware of any health concerns that your child may have.

5.      No over the counter medication will be given at school unless a doctor prescribes it. Example: Tylenol, cough drops, medicated creams, etc. If a doctor prescribes, please pick up a medication prescriber/parent authorization form at your child’s school. This must be on file before medicine can be given at school. Parents should bring the medication to school, not the child.

Parents should make sure all emergency numbers in the office are current.

 

MEDICATION POLICY

Any student required to take medication during regular school hours must follow procedure regarding compliance with the medication policy. The regulation includes the following:

 

A.    Obtain a Medication Authorization Form from the school office and complete information needed from parent and physician.

B.     The parent or guardian should provide a written request that the school district comply with the physician’s order.

C.     Medication should be brought to school by the parent or guardian in a container labeled by the pharmacist or physician.

D.    The administration of medication shall be recorded on the student’s medication chart.

E.     The administration of medication shall be administered according to required policy.

F.      Medicine prescribed 2 times a day or 3 times a day should be given at home and not during school hours.

Medical Screenings

The Dale County Board of Education will periodically and sometimes randomly administer vision and hearing screenings for students attending Dale County Schools. If you are opposed to these screenings and like to exercise your option to deny this service, please do so in writing addressed to the Principal.

The Dale County Board of Education school nurse will perform scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-9 that attend Dale County Schools. This Procedure is a State Department of Education requirement. If you are opposed to this screening and would like to exercise your option to deny this service, please do so in writing addressed to the Principal.

 

 

EPA ASBESTOS NOTICE

 

All Dale County Board of Education buildings are in EPA compliance regarding asbestos codes. All Dale County Schools have been inspected by an EPA approved asbestos inspector and maintain a management file in the school office as required under the AHERA regulations. The file is available to any parent to view. The majority of our asbestos materials is non-friable and is in the form of floor tiles. Although we do have some friable (able to crumble with hand pressure) asbestos in our facilities, these materials are well maintained and are not accessible to the students. The law requires that we make this notice to all employees, students, and staff annually. We are glad to provide a healthy atmosphere for students and staff.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

 

Any child with a communicable or contagious disease or infestation may be suspended from school for as long as the disease/infestation exists. The principal will not allow any student diagnosed as having or suspected of having a communicable disease (other than mild respiratory disease) to attend school except as provided herein. The principal will report all cases of confirmed or suspected communicable diseases to the school nurse. A student diagnosed with a communicable disease must be cleared by a physician or the school nurse, with a written statement of clearance presented to the school.

 

HEAD LICE POLICY

 

Children found to have head lice will be sent home with instructions for treatment. Once the child is treated, he/she may return to school. It is not necessary to remove all nits. If a few live lice are still found after investigation of the hair, the following process will occur:

 

     The child will be asked if he/she has been treated.

     If treated, they will be asked to comb dead and remaining sluggish lice from the hair.

     If treated and no dead lice are found and lice seem as active as before, the child will be sent home and the parent will be asked to see their health care provider for a different medication. The parent will be encouraged to follow the treatment directions.

 

After the child is treated and has returned to school, he/she will be re-checked in 7-10 days for live lice and nits ¼ away from scalp.

 

Classroom students and any siblings in school will be checked for evidence of head lice.

 

Excessive absences due to head lice will be unexcused.

 

OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES

 

     FEVER: Children should remain at home until he/she has been fever free for 24 hours.

     VOMITING: A child should not attend school if he/she has had excessive vomiting in the last 12 hours.

     PINK EYE: A child should not return to school until he/she has been treated for this inflammation

     STREP THROAT: A child should not return to school until he/she is fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours. If he/she is fever free and still does not feel well, keep him/her at home.

     UNDIAGNOSED RASH: Children should not return to school until the rash has been diagnosed and treated. It could be measles, chicken pox, scabies, or some other contagious disease.

     CHICKEN POX: A child should be fever free for 24 hours and the pox must be dried up. Children who have chicken pox should stay home for seven days after the first lesion has appeared.

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION

 

All students must have in their school records a certificate showing that all required inoculations have been received to enter school.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

 

State regulations require that the school have on file a copy of a social security cards for all students.

 

STUDENT INSURANCE

 

Information about school insurance will be sent home during the beginning of the school year.

 

ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

Upon registration the parent or legal guardian must sign an affidavit certifying that the student being enrolled lives within the limits of Dale County School System at the 911 physical address given. Two items must be provided to verify the residence. The following documents are the only acceptable proofs of residence:

 

1.      Property tax records that indicate the location of the homestead.

2.      Mortgage documents or a property deed.

3.      Apartment or home lease, or rent receipt indicating the current 911 address and the person who made and received the rent payment. If a rent receipt is submitted, the next month’s rent receipt, including the required information, must be submitted within thirty

(30) days.

4.      Current utility bill showing residence address.

5.      Voter precinct identification indicating the current 911 address.

6.      Driver’s license.

 

*Two different utility bills or utility deposit receipts may be used as the needed proofs

of residence. EXAMPLE: Water and electric bills are acceptable but not two electric  

bills.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

By Semester:

-          3 unexcused absences/parent notes - letter from school will be sent home

-          5 unexcused absences/parent notes- Early Warning Court (will be held every 3rd Tuesday at the Dale County Courthouse at 4pm.)

-          After 7 unexcused absences/parent notes-Truancy filed in Dale County Juvenile Court on student.

**Each student is limited to 5 parent notes per semester, all other absences should be documented by a healthcare provider, after each student reaches the 5th parent note limit, all other parent notes are coded unexcused.

 

Compulsory School Attendance Laws

Code of Alabama Section 16-28-12

Each parent/guardian, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who fails to send the child to school, or have him or her instructed by a private tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public school, private school, church school, denominational school, or parochial school, or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in any public school in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education pursuant to the is section and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 90 days. The absence of a child without the consent of the principal teacher of the public school he or she attends or should attend, or of the tutor who instructs or should instruct the child, shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.

 

Prevention Project

The Prevention Project sponsored by Dale County Juvenile Court and the Dale County Board of Education will be held to address the needs of at-risk students.

 

Definition of Truancy

Alabama Department of Education

Prevention and Support Services-(May 2004)

 

A parent/guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every absence of the child no later than three (3) days following return to school. A failure to furnish such explanation shall be evidence of the child being truant each day he is absent.

Code of Alabama, Amendment 16-28-16

An amendment of 16-28-16 of the Code of Alabama specifies that each child who enrolls in a public school, regardless of age, is subject to the School Attendance and Truancy Laws of the state.

A student may have five parent excuses per semester. After the fifth parent excuse all other written notes are unexcused. If a child has a doctor’s excuse it will be accepted. However, if there is an excessive amount of doctor’s excuses, the student will be required to have a written note, from the doctor, stating the student has a serious medical condition that requires them to frequently be absent from school. This note must be brought to the school nurse and be filed in the student’s medical records. If a child has a doctor’s excuse or a parent excuse it must be brought in within three days. After three days the absences will be counted as unexcused. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET EXCUSES IN TO THEIR HOMEROOM TEACHER WITHIN THE THREE DAY TIME SPAN.   If your child has five or more unexcused absences within a semester this could result in lack of credit and grade retention, as well as a truancy complaint filed with the court system.

CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

The National School Lunch Act of 1946 established the National School Lunch Program to safeguard the health and well-being of our Nation’s children. The program is designed by Congress as a means of:

 

      Providing nutritious, reasonably priced, reduced, or free lunches to eligible school children

      Contributing to a better understanding of good nutrition

      Fostering good food habits

      Providing approximately one third of the Recommended Daily Allowance for nutrients in each lunch

In 1966 Congress established the School Breakfast Program to provide breakfast for students who do not eat breakfast at home.

The health benefits of consuming needed nutrients in school meals and the opportunity to learn to eat a variety of foods contribute to the development of lifelong, good nutrition practices.

 

SCHOOL CAFETERIA

 

We have a Self-Service/Offer vs. Serve Lunch Program. Students serve themselves. Students are offered selections from the following five categories: milk, bread, meats, vegetables, and fruits. We encourage prepayments for meals by the week, month, or even year. Students are issued a 4-digit PIN number that will go with them through all school years at Dale County schools. When students enter the PIN number, their account is reduced by meals purchased and any ala carte purchased. Account information is available from the lunchroom manager to parents at any time. Any balance remaining at the end of the year will transfer with the student to the next grade level or school within the Dale County School System. It is the intent of Dale County Schools to provide an opportunity for each student to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day. It is necessary for all meals to be paid for before or at the time of service. Students are encouraged to make regular deposits into their school meal account.

 

Meal Prices

 

                Daily                      Weekly

Lunch                    Full Price                $2.25                     Full Price                $11.25

                Reduced                   .40                     Reduced                $2.00

                Staff                      $3.00                     Staff                      $15.00

                Visitor                    $4.00

Breakfast              Full Price                $ 1.50                     Full Price                $7.50                    

                Reduced                    .30                 Reduced                   $1.50

                Staff                      $2.00                     Staff                      $10.00

                Visitor                    $2.50

Breakfast &          Full Price                $3.75                     Full Price                $18.75

Lunch                    Reduced                   .70                     Reduced                $3.50

 

The price of ala carte is determined by the amount and type of food selected. Online Payment System: An option of online lunchroom payment through My School Bucks System is available at Ariton School. Parents can set up an account atwww.MySchoolBucks.com, or access this website through a link on our district website,www.dalecountyboe.org. Free/Reduced Meal Application Online: Parents can complete and submit a free and reduced meal application online through a link on our website, www.dalecountyboe.org.

 

MEAL CHARGE POLICY

It is the intent of the Dale County Public School System to provide an opportunity for each child to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day. It is also the policy of the Dale County Public School System to comply with all federal program regulations pertaining to the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs. Program regulations do not allow for meal charges; therefore, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to pay for the meals a child purchases in advance or on a daily basis.

No student or adult will be allowed to charge a meal.

We encourage all parents to prepay for student meals. Charging of any meal is discouraged. The maximum allowed charge is $5.00 per student.

*All visitors who want to eat lunch must have prior approval from the principal.

 

TELEPHONE

The telephone in the office is for school business and may be used only in case of emergency. You should make arrangements for your children before they leave home as to transportation, after school plans, etc. In extreme cases we will deliver messages to students, but we do not allow students to use the phone. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

PTO

Parents, teachers, and community leaders are encouraged to join the PTO. There is no cost for PTO membership.

 

FUNDRAISING

The school will sponsor several approved fund raising activities during the year. Every parent is encouraged to help with these projects because the money raised is spent for up keep of the building (such as painting), books, materials, supplies, and equipment that will benefit all of the students.

FIELD TRIP PROCEDURES

Field trips must be educational purposes only and have the advanced approval of the principal and superintendent. Field trip forms must be completed and turned in to the teacher by the specified deadline. All students must ride the bus to and from each field trip. Parents are not allowed to ride school buses to or from field trips. The Dale County Schools and local school Code of Conduct applies while a student is attending a school-related or school-sponsored activity on or off campus.

IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATE

Alabama law requires that all students enrolled in an Alabama school have a Certificate of Immunization. This form may be secured by taking your child’s shot records to the Health Department or to your family doctor.

VISITORS

All visitors must come directly to the office when they enter the building. At this time, a visitor pass will be issued after the visitor has signed in. The visitor pass must be worn or carried while the visitor is in the building. In no instance can a visitor (including parents) be in the hall or classroom without signing in and obtaining a pass. This procedure is also enforced before school. We welcome visitors at the appropriate times; however we will not disrupt class. Parents are encouraged to observe in the classroom; however, there cannot be any interaction with the teacher or students during instruction. Parents cannot take small children to the classroom. Generally the office personnel can take care of forgotten money, snacks, books, and homework. This procedure helps ensure the safety of our children. We do not interrupt the instructional day for parent conferences.

CONFERENCES

All teachers will schedule parent conferences throughout the year to discuss school progress. Parents should feel free to schedule conferences at any time. Conferences may be scheduled by emailing the teacher, calling the school secretary, or by sending a note to the teacher. We do not interrupt the instructional day for parent/teacher conferences. Please schedule conferences at mutually convenient times. The principal and assistant principal are always available for conferences. An “open door” policy is in place at South Dale Middle School.

WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS

If you are withdrawing your child from South Dale Middle School, please call or come by the school a few days prior to the withdrawal date. This will allow ample time to complete the necessary paperwork, saving you and the office time. Students must have all library books, textbooks, and lunch debt cleared before withdrawal. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

HOMEWORK

Parents should set aside a specific time to have their children complete homework. Parents are expected to keep up with their child’s progress by reviewing the work samples, progress reports, and homework assignments sent home.

 

RENAISSANCE LEARNING

Children have the opportunity to check out books from the South Dale Middle School media center. After reading the books, students take Accelerated Reading (AR) tests on the books. Students who work consistently with the AR program dramatically increase their reading scores. Students’ progress is measured three times each year on the STAR Reading test.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS

Students are expected to take care of library books. If library books are lost or damaged, it is the responsibility of the parent to pay for them. When a book is lost or damaged, parents will receive a notice with the amount the parent is expected to pay.

 

TEXTBOOKS

The Dale County Board of Education is eager for the pupils in this system to secure the greatest possible benefit from the textbooks furnished at state expense. A student will be permitted to use State-owned textbooks, if the parent or guardian has signed an agreement to be responsible for the textbooks, which are checked out to this pupil.

 

Excerpt from State Textbook Law

“The parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child to whom textbooks are issued shall be held liable for any loss, abuse, or damage in excess of that which would result from normal use of such textbooks. In computing the loss or damage of a textbook that has been in use for a year or more, the basis of computation shall be a variable of fifty or seventy-five percent of the original cost of the book to the state. If such parent, guardian, or person having custody of such child to whom the textbook was issued fails to pay such assessed damages within 30 days after notification such student shall not be entitled to further use of such textbooks until remittance of the amount loss or damage shall be made.”

 

Note: Rules under which textbooks are issued to students of Dale County Schools.

I. Textbooks must not be damaged. Some of the damages are as follows:

A.    One or more of the content pages missing.

B.     Water-soaked, causing backs and pages to be swollen or molded.

C.     Physically marked with any kind of pencil, pen, or crayon, etc. on

outside of backs, inside of backs, on end, or on any of the pages.

D.    Defaced or marred, such as broken, cut or smeared backs or pages.

II. Penalty for the lost or damaged Textbooks:

      A. The student will pay as follows

1.      Full price, if new when issued.

2.      Seventy-five percent if one year old when issued

3.      Fifty percent if book two years old or older when issued.

B. No textbooks will be issued to any student while the payment for lost or damaged textbooks is outstanding.

III. The student when promoted or transferred must return all books to the teacher. If you are willing to take this responsibility to allow your child the use of the State textbooks, please sign in the appropriate space in this handbook.

 

 

Students are allowed to borrow state textbooks. These books must be properly cared for. Books in all subject areas are assigned by number to the students. If a book is lost or damaged, it must be paid for before an additional book is issued. Each school receives one book per student enrolled at each grade level.

 

SCHOOL BUS POLICIES

Objective: To maintain a uniform set of rules so as to insure a safe environment for the daily         transportation of all of Dale County Schools bus passengers.

Students will be permitted to load or unload from the bus at only two locations:

1. Their assigned neighborhood bus stop.  

2. Their assigned school.

 

Bus drivers will not stop for students to load/unload at any other locations.

Any changes to this procedure will require a written parental request, approved by school           administration, before the student will be allowed to ride an unassigned bus.

The bus schedule will be as consistent as possible. There should be very few times when the bus is not on time to pick up or drop off students. All students should be waiting at the assigned stop prior to the buses arrival. The bus cannot and will not wait for students that are not at the assigned stop due to the time and safety factors involved. Students should stand a minimum of 10 feet away from the road in an orderly fashion. During rainy days the students should be watching for the arrival of the bus and move as quickly as is safely possible to the assigned stop as the bus arrives.

           

Rules of Conduct:

1.      Always follow driver instructions.

2.      Remain seated in assigned seat, Face front, Must keep aisle clear.

3.      Nothing out window, No objects thrown, Vandalism prohibited.

4.      Maintain library type conduct, so as not to distract driver. Absolute silence at all railroad crossings.

5.      No food, drink, gum, profanity, tobacco or electronics devices (including cell phones).

6.      Maintain dress code.

7.      All school rules apply while on school bus.

 

  Your child’s bus driver is charged with the responsibility of maintaining bus discipline in order to provide the safest possible means of transportation.

 

Actions for Violation of Rules:

Level 1– Minor rule violations.

Verbal reminders of expected conduct, driver may reassign seat, quiet rides, parent notes/calls.

 

Level 2– Referred by driver as not responsive to Level 1 discipline and/or Serious Safety Violations.

When normal efforts of maintaining appropriate behavior are not effective your child’s principal will be involved for assistance to correct behavior (short term bus suspension, corporal punishment).

 

Level 3 –Student not responsive to Level 2 discipline and/or Major Offenses.

At the recommendation of the principal the student will have bus privileges suspended for the remainder of the school year. The principal may refer the student to the Superintendent for administrative action. The Superintendent will then decide if the matter will go before The Dale County Board of Education for possible disciplinary action.

 

Please remember:

It is a privilege to ride a bus, not a right.

                                                           

County-Wide Dress Policy

Student Dress

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a learning environment and a school setting. Health, safety, decency, and the prevention of distractions were the primary concerns in the development of the dress code for the Dale County Schools. Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in penalties ranging from warning to suspension. In addition, the student will be required to come into compliance before being allowed to attend class or classes.

 

No code can be all-inclusive. There may be a situation that arises, which is not covered in this code. In these situations, the principal or his/her designee will deal with these on an individual basis.

Students will not be allowed to wear the following clothing articles or styles to school or engage in certain dress practices:

Pants:       (Boys and Girls)

1.                  All pants (including shorts and skirts) will be worn appropriately.

2.                  If pants have belt loops, belts will be worn. There will be NO sagging.

3.                  No sweat pants, wind suits are permissible.

4.                  Pajama style pants are not allowed.

5.                  Pants with tears or holes are not allowed.

6.                  Pants with writing on the seat are not permissible.

 

Shorts/Skirts/Skorts:

1.        Shorts/Skirts/Skorts will be allowed in grades K-12 under the following guidelines:

a.       While standing in a relaxed position with waistline in proper position,

shorts/skirts/skorts must be touching the kneecap.

b.      No gym shorts except during PE

c.       Rules #1-6 above will apply to shorts/skirts/skorts.

d.      Administrative ruling will stand on any questionable shorts/skirts/skorts.

e.       Discipline for shorts/skirts/skorts violation will be addressed in the same manner as any other dress code violation.

Shirts/Tops/Sweaters:

For safety reasons, pants, shorts, and skirt pockets must be visible. Shirt tails must be tucked into pants, shorts, or skirts.

The following types of shirts or tops are not allowed:

            1. Shirts or tops that expose the midriff when arms are fully extended

above the student’s head.

            2. Sleeveless shirts or tops for male students.

            3. Shirts, tops, or sweaters worn by female students that expose

undergarments or are immodest.                      

4. Strapless tops, mesh tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, immodestly                  

tight or revealing tops.  

 

Symbols/Pictures/Wording/Tattoos:

Clothing, tattoos, or jewelry which contains profane or immoral words or drawings, references to drugs, alcohol, gangs, tobacco products, or any type of distracting or disruptive comments or symbols, are not allowed.

Jewelry/ Accessories:

1. Facial or tongue jewelry is not allowed.

2. Earrings or studs are not allowed to be worn by male students.

      3.   Dog collars, chains, bracelets with studs or spikes, long and / or heavy                               necklaces are not allowed.

            4. Jewelry in the mouth or on the teeth, unless prescribed by a physician or                             dentist, is not allowed.

5.      Excessive ear jewelry is not to be worn by females.

 

Other clothing related guidelines:

            1. Bandana or gang related clothing, etc… are not allowed.

                 No article of clothing may be worn in a gang related manner (i.e. cocked caps,                  towels, rags, strings, etc…).

            2. Caps, hats, sweatbands, scarves, or other similar headwear are not allowed to                     be worn inside the building unless prescribed by a physician. (Caps may be                              worn outside with bill forward).

            3. Sunglasses are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless prescribed by                   a physician.

4.      Combs, hair picks, hair socks or other curlers are not allowed to be worn.

5.      Hairstyles or hair color that cause distractions to the learning environment are not allowed.

6.      Suspender straps must be worn on the shoulder as designed.

7.      Belts must be fastened and positioned completely within the belt loops with no excess belt hanging down.

8.      Trench coats/Long coats are not allowed.

 

 

Footwear:

            1. Shoes must be worn at all times.

            2. Bedroom shoes/house slippers or flip- flops are not allowed.

            3. Shoes must be velcroed or tied at all times.

Discipline for Dress Code Violations

Dress Violation

Consequences

* 1st Offense

Warning

2nd Offense

Corporal pun., detention, or ISS/parent con.

3rd Offense

Saturday School

4th Offense

OSS – 1 day

Additional Offenses

OSS – up to 3 days

 

* Students will be sent home when corrections cannot be made at school.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

 

Students are encouraged NOT to bring valuables to school. To avoid theft, it is the responsibility of each student NOT to leave money or valuables unattended. DO NOT leave money or valuables in locker rooms or school lockers.

RETENTION

Elementary (K-6)

Retention of a student is considered to be a serious step to be undertaken only when it is clearly the best interests of the student’s future progress in school. Retention should not be considered unless parents have been informed throughout the school year of their youngster’s failure to achieve satisfactory progress. The decision to retain a student in a grade, which shall be the decision of the principal and teacher, shall not be made without a request for a conference with child’s parents.

                                                     

 

7th and 8th Grades

For a student to be promoted from grade seven to grade eight, or from grade eight to grade nine, the student must have failed no more than one core academic subject (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies). In case of extenuating circumstances, the principal may waive these requirements after receiving appropriate input from the teacher and written approval of the Superintendent.

 

 

For a student to be promoted from any grade level to the next grade level, the student must satisfy attendance requirements, as established by the Dale County Board of Education: A student who is absent from any class more than five times per semester, except for absences documented by a health care provider or PRIOR permission of the principal, may not receive credit for that class

 

CELL PHONE/COMMUNICATION DEVICE POLICY

Electronic Device Usage Policy and Procedures

 

The Dale County Board of Education has adopted a policy that allows the use of personal electronic devices for Educational Purposes only. Unauthorized use of cellular phones and all other electronic devices are not allowed (see board policy 5.83). Violations are as follows with additional penalties to be imposed based on the severity** of the violations.

 

Violations

Penalties

1st offense

Device confiscated with office referral; Conference with student; Parental contact; Phone returned to student at end of school day.

2nd offense

Device confiscated with office referral; Conference with student and parent; Phone returned only to the parent

3rd offense

Device confiscated with office referral; Student placed in ISS (1 Full Day); Phone returned only to the parent

4th offense

Device confiscated with office referral; Mandated 1 Day of OSS; Loss of electronic privileges for remainder of semester: Phone returned at Parent Conference

5th offense

Device confiscated with office referral and turned over to Superintendent; Loss of privileges for the remainder of school year; Administrative hearing with Superintendent

 

* Refusal to turn over a device to school personnel will result in automatic OSS and the number of days will be at administrator’s discretion.

 

** Severity of violations will be at the sole discretion of the school principal or his/her designee.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

SYSTEM-WIDE DISCIPLINARY POLICY

 

The Dale County Board of Education Student Code of Conduct represents system-wide disciplinary policy as required by Alabama law and Federal Court Decree. The maintenance of order in the school is a necessity. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all school employees to assist in the maintaining of discipline, so students may be educated in an orderly manner. Students are expected to conduct themselves properly at all times. The school has the prerogative to determine if conduct interferes with the educational process and the means by which the conduct may be corrected. Students may be referred to the principal's office or the assistant principal's office. Disciplinary interventions may include, but are not limited to, conference with school authorities, referral to the Department of Youth Services, parental conferences, break detention, after school detention, before school detention, corporal punishment (paddling), out of school suspension, alternative school and/or expulsion. All students and parents/guardians are responsible for being thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct included in this handbook. Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself/herself as a pupil in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local Board of Education and documented by the appropriate school official which action may result in a suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by the principals to the Superintendent of Education of the school system in which the suspected violation occurred. The Superintendent of Education or designee shall report suspected violations to the district attorney within ten days. (Alabama Code 16-28-12)

 

DEMERIT SYSTEM

 

Disciplinary violations are grouped into four categories. Demerits are assigned to each category as shown below:

            Class I:                       1 demerit per referral

            Class II:                       3 demerits per referral

            Class III:                    6 demerits per referral

            Class IV:                    12 demerits per referral

 

Accumulation of Demerits: When a student receives a disciplinary referral, the school administrator or designee reviews the student's disciplinary record. The school official then calculates the total demerits accumulated by the student during the current eighteen-week term. Disciplinary action is then determined by the total demerits received by the student during the current eighteen-week term. There are several concepts to keep in mind concerning the demerit system and disciplinary action assigned.

  1. Demerits are cumulative throughout each eighteen-week term.
  2. Disciplinary actions are assigned based on the total demerits accumulated during each eighteen-week term (not on the individual violation).
  3. The severity of disciplinary actions increases as the student accumulates

            demerits.

  1. Demerits are removed from consideration at the beginning of each eighteen-week term (generally in August and January).
  2. Only those demerits accumulated during the current eighteen-week term are

            considered in assigning disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Actions Based on Accumulated Demerits: When a student is determined by a school official to be guilty of a disciplinary violation, a school official assigns disciplinary action(s) based on the total demerits accumulated by the student during the school term in which the violation occurred. The table below shows possible disciplinary action that school official may assign as a result of accumulated demerits.

 

1-4 demerits: Conference with the student, parental contact, parental conference, before school detention, break detention, afterschool detention written assignments, apology to appropriate persons, corporal punishment, in-school-suspension, and/or other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal or designee

 

5-8 demerits: Parental contact, parental conference, in-school suspension for up to three days, out-of-school-suspension of up to five days, corporal punishment, complaint filed with the Department of Youth Services, referral to the school counselor, Saturday school, Alternative School, other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal of design           

 

9-11 demerits: Parental conference (required), in-school suspension for up to five school days, out-of-school-suspension for up to five school days, corporal punishment, Saturday school for up to three days, Alternative School, complaint filed with the Department of Youth Services (required), other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee, other legal action as deemed appropriate by the principal with possible consultation with legal and/or court officials.

 

12 or more: Removal from campus by legal authorities, out-of-school-suspension for up to ten school days, Alternative School, referral to appropriate court system, and/or referral to the Dale County Board of Education for possible expulsion, and/or other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

 

16-28-A-1 Legislative Findings  

“Teachers in each classroom are expected to maintain order and discipline. Teachers                     are hereby given authority and responsibility to use appropriate means of discipline up to and including corporal punishment as may be prescribed by the local board of education. So long as teachers follow approved policy in the exercise of their responsibility to maintain discipline in their classrooms, such teacher shall be immune from civil or criminal liability.”

 

CLASS I VIOLATIONS                                                                  1 demerit per violation

1.      Classroom disruption-Any behavior that is disruptive to the orderly educational process.

2.      Refusal to complete class assignments and /or not having assigned materials/books.

3.      Quarreling- Verbal conflicts such as name calling, inflammatory language, etc.

4.      Non-conformity to the school adopted dress code. (See County-Wide Dress Code Policy). The principal is the final authority as to what constitutes a violation of the dress code.

5.      Hallway misconduct-running, yelling, tripping others, etc.

6.      Inappropriate public display of affection.

7.      Eating, drinking, or gum chewing in an unauthorized area.

8.      Misuse, abuse, or littering of school property.

9.      Possession of inappropriate or disruptive items-cards, dice, inappropriate magazines, toys, etc.

10.  Tardiness to school or class. (Refer to p. 6-7 section on tardies).

11.  Presence in unauthorized area-includes, but not limited to sitting in vehicles after arriving on campus.

12.  Minor bus conduct.

13.  Misuse of lunch tickets.

14.  Possession of electronic communication devices-Cell phones, pagers, beepers, etc. (See County Cell Phone Policy).

15.  Any other violation deemed as a Class I violation by the principal or designee.

 

Class I Disciplinary Actions                                                                  

One or more of the following may be used as discipline options:

1. Conference with the student

2. Parental contact and/or parental conference

3. Apology to appropriate persons

4. Corporal punishment

5. Break/lunch detention

6. Morning/afternoon detention

7. In-School Suspension (ISS)

8. Other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

 

CLASS II VIOLATIONS                                                                      3 demerits per violation

1.      Unauthorized meetings, gatherings, or organizations-Use of any part of the school day or facilities for activities, that are not school sponsored or approved by the principal.

2.      Gambling- any participation in games of chance for money or things of value.

3.      Possession, sale, use, or distribution of tobacco products.

4.      Defiance- any verbal or non-verbal refusal to comply in a timely manner with legal directions or instructions from school personnel.

5.      Vandalism-deliberate action resulting in damages of less than $50 to public or private property

6.      Petty theft- the deliberate taking of property valued at less than $25 belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

7.      Possession of stolen property.

8.      Profane or obscene language (not towards school personnel).

9.      Possession of electronic devices-Game boys, CD players, radios, laser pointers, etc.

10.  Possession of objects or substances capable of causing bodily harm or injury-matches, lighter etc.

11.  Obscene gestures or illustrations toward another person.

12.  Obscene or profane materials

13.  Truancy-unauthorized absence from school or class

14.  Intimidation

15.  Disrespectful/rude language addressed to or about school personnel (not including profanity directed to or about school personnel).

16.  Providing false information to school personnel-including, but not limited to, forging a parent’s signature, giving false accounts of incidences, intentionally failing to give truthful information when requested by school personnel.

17.  Leaving school grounds without permission from school officials.

18.  Any other violation deemed as a Class II violation by the principal.

 

Class II Disciplinary Actions

One or more of the following may be used as discipline options:

1. Conference with the student

2. Parental contact and/or parental conference

3. Apology to appropriate persons

4. Corporal punishment

5. Break/lunch detention

6. Morning/afternoon detention

7. Saturday School

8. In-School Suspension (ISS)

9. Other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

 

CLASS III VIOLATIONS                                                                     6 demerits per violation

1.      Motor vehicle violation-unsafe or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

2.      Extortion-any communication threatening injury to the person, property or reputation of another in order to extort money or other item

3.      Fighting-Physical altercation involving hostile or aggressive contact or attempted contact.

4.      Threats-intentional demonstration of the intent or ability to carry out a malicious act creating a well-founded fear in the person being threatened.

5.      Possession and/or igniting fireworks.

6.      Harassment

7.      Inappropriate touching in a sexual or suggestive way.

8.      Vandalism-deliberate actions resulting in more than $50 damage to public or personal property.

9.      Profanity or obscene language to or about school board personnel

10.  Student disorders- inciting, participating, encouraging, or otherwise promoting unauthorized student activities, disruption to an orderly environment or impeding the educational process.

11.  Computer misuse-unacceptable use of data or computers

12.  Any other violation deemed as a Class III by principal or designee.

 

Class III Disciplinary Actions

     One or more of the following may be used as discipline options:

1. Parental contact and/or parental conference (required)

2. In-School Suspension for up to five school days.

3. Out of school suspension for up to five school days.

4. Corporal punishment

5. Saturday School for up to three days

6. Other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

7. Other legal action as deemed appropriate by the principal in consultation with legal and/or court officials.

8. Removal from campus by legal authorities.

 

CLASS IV VIOLATIONS                                                   12 demerits per violation

1.      Threatening school board personnel. (Any verbal or non-verbal communication).

2.      Drug violation- Possession, transfer, use, or sale of illegal or unauthorized drugs (including “over the counter” and prescription medications).

3.      Alcohol violation- Possession, transfer, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages.

4.      Grand theft- the taking of property valued at $25 or more belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

5.      Assault upon school personnel- Hitting, pushing, kicking, grabbing, or any other hostile or aggressive contact or action toward school personnel.

6.      Firearms violation- any firearm (including, but not limited to, starter gun, BB gun, pellet gun, stun gun, etc.).

7.      Weapons violation- Including, but not limited to, metallic knuckles, tear gas, knives of any kind or size, box cutters, chemical weapons of any kind, or any device or substance converted or intended for use as a weapon.

8.      Explosives Violation- Possession, igniting, preparing to ignite any explosive substance on school property or a school related event.

9.      Bomb Threat-Any such communication intended to imply the presence of explosives.

10.  Arson- The skillful and malicious burning or attempting to burn public or private property.

11.  Sexual Offense- Acts and /or contact of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, sexual battery, attempted intercourse, rape, and attempted rape.

12.  Aggravated Battery- Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or disfigurement, by the use of a weapon.

13.  Sexual harassment- Sexual comments, propositions, insinuations, or suggestions.

14.  Robbery- Taking of money or property from another by force, violence, or intimidation.

15.  Burglary- Entering or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense when premises are closed to the public.

16.  Criminal Mischief-Willful and malicious injury or damages of $50 or more to public or private property.

17.  Indecent Exposure- The inappropriate display or showing of the body. The principal or his designee is the final authority as per what constitutes indecent exposure.

18.  Any other violation deemed as a Class IV violation by the principal or designee.

 

Class IV violations represent severe violations of the student’s legal obligation to conduct himself as a student. As a result of a student found to have committed or participated in a Class IV violation, the school principal or the designee shall contact the appropriate legal authorities. The principal shall sign the appropriate complaints, petitions, or warrants in the appropriate legal and/ or judicial systems. The student shall be immediately suspended from regular classes and a hearing conducted at the earliest possible date. The student may be referred to the Dale County Board of Education for expulsion from the Dale County Schools.

 

Class IV Disciplinary Actions

Out of School Suspension - Referral to appropriate court system and the Dale County Board of Education for possible expulsion for administrative hearing. Other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee. Alternative School

 

 

 

                                             PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGES

     Any student charged with violating a local, state, and/or federal law which constitutes a felony offense, or which involves any violent crime, uses of any type of weapon or illegal drug shall not be allowed to return to a regular classroom setting until all legal proceedings are completely resolved and no such charges are pending. In the event that such criminal charges are dismissed, nolprossed, or the student is found “not guilty” by a court of law, the charged student will be allowed to re-enter a regular classroom setting and allowed to make up work missed according to school policy. Any other disposition of such criminal charges will be considered on a case by case basis to determine whether and on what conditions the student will be allowed to return to the regular class setting. In all cases, the student or parent shall present the Superintendent with all court orders and other documentation showing that the criminal charges have been completely resolved before being allowed to return to the regular classroom.

     IDEA students who violate this policy shall be dealt with in accordance to the discipline methods outlined in the IDEA and Alabama Administrative Code.

 

   ZERO TOLERANCE

Students found to have committed the following offenses on school property, school-sponsored transportation or during a school-sponsored activity shall be brought before the Board for expulsion or alternative placement:

             homicide (murder, manslaughter);

             sexual battery;

             armed robbery;

             aggravated battery;

             battery, aggravated battery or threats to a teacher or other school personnel;

             kidnapping or abduction;

             arson;

             possession, use or sale of any firearm or weapon;

             possession, use or sale of any explosive device;

             possession, use or sale of controlled substances;

             threat or false report to do harm related to bombs or explosive devices.

 

     The expulsion limit is a minimum mandatory one (1) full year. (See subsection 2 in reference to procedures for Students with Disabilities.)

     Prior to taking such action against any student, the School Board shall ensure that appropriate due process procedures are followed. If a student committing one of the offenses outlined in subsection (1) of this rule is identified as disabled and participating in a program for exceptional students, then the system shall follow procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct pursuant to applicable law and Board policy. This provision shall not be construed to remove a School Board’s discretion in cases where mitigating circumstances may affect decisions on disciplinary action.

     Local law enforcement authorities shall be notified immediately when one of the offenses listed above is committed on school property, on school-sponsored transportation, or during a school-sponsored activity. Additionally, if the offense involves a victim, school officials shall notify the victim and the victim’s parents/legal guardian if the victim is a minor, of the offense and of the victim’s rights to press charges against the offender. School personnel shall cooperate in any investigation or other proceedings leading to the victim’s exercise of rights as provided by law.

Upon notification by juvenile authorities that a no contact order has been issued by the court for the purpose of a juvenile offender not attending the same school or riding the same bus as the victim of a crime committed or as the siblings of the victim, the Superintendent or his/her designee will determine the appropriate setting for delivery of educational services to the offender. If the delivery of educational services requires transportation which is beyond the existing transportation and which would incur additional costs to the school system, then the offender or the parents/legal guardians of the juvenile offender shall be responsible for arranging and paying for transportation.

If it is determined that it is not possible to deliver educational services to the offender at a different school site from the victim or the siblings of the victim, then the school system and the principal will take steps such as the use of in-school suspension of the offender and the scheduling of classes, lunch, or other school activities of the victim and the offender to keep the offender separated from the victim.

     The school principal shall monitor the administration of discipline of students to ensure that discipline is administered equitably without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, linguistic preference, marital status, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or social and family background. Annually, the principal shall review school discipline data with the school advisory council in developing school improvement plans to maintain a safe and healthy school environment that protects the civil rights of all students.

 

SUSPENSION/EXPULSION

Suspension is the temporary removal of a student from school due to a violation of school rules or regulations. All suspensions shall be for a specified period of time.

Expulsion is the removal of a student from school for violation of school rules or regulations. When in the judgment of the principal, the expulsion of a student from school is warranted, the principal shall make a written recommendation to the superintendent stating in detail the reasons for the recommendation upon approval of the superintendent. The Board of Education shall be informed and appropriate steps taken and set a hearing for the student with the board. The authority to permanently expel a student is retained by the Dale County Board of Education.

 

 

ACCEPTABLE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

Dale County School System recognizes the need to protect its students’ privacy and Internet Safety. The federal government also has acts in place for this purpose. As such, the District forces all Internet traffic to pass through filters. All Dale County Schools meet the requirement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act by filtering all Internet access through the Alabama Super Computer Authority. Content filtering is designed to restrict minor’s access to materials “harmful to minors,” as that term is defined in Section 1721 of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000.

 

Dale County Schools’ technology is intended for use by staff and students. The Dale County School System encourages and promotes the educational use of technology in our schools. To ensure students and staff take full advantage of the technologies available: all uses of technology in the school district must have proper authorization and adhere to district policies. All use of technology is a privilege, not a right, and must be in support of and consistent with the purposes and stated goals of the school district. There are not inherent warranties for technological resources that Dale County School System is providing. The Dale County School System reserves the right to monitor network activity.

 

Guidelines:

       Students will use technology as authorized by appropriate school personnel.

       Only software legally owned and/or authorized by the District may be put on district

computers.

       All network activities will be legal and appropriate use will be enforced.

 

Technology users will:

       Comply with district policies, rules and regulations

       Use networks and technology in support of Dale County Schools’ educational goals

       Obey all district, state and national copyright laws

       Use district equipment responsibly; respect individual work, files, programs and

security.

       Sign the handbook acknowledgement form that confirms the parent and student understand the "Acceptable Use of Technology Policy"

Technology users will not:

       Access inappropriate matter on the Internet or communicate with individuals for non­

instructional purposes. This includes e-mail, chat, messenger services, or similar

      resources.

       Access, vandalize, or modify data or computer setup.

       Use the network or Internet for personal or commercial purposes.

       Disclose or post personal or confidential information of self or others over the

Internet.

 

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy: Failure to abide by Board policy and administrative regulations governing use of the district's technology resources may result in the suspension and/or revocation of system access. Additionally, student violations may result in discipline or legal actions as stated in the Dale County Schools Code of Conduct. Fees or other charges may be imposed.

Parents that choose for their student to abstain from computers, Internet use, and other technology must notify the school in writing.

 

 

PHOTO CONSENT

Pictures of students will be used by student organizations, the school, and the school system on paper and electronic publications. If you do not want your child’s picture, likeness, or information published, please contact the school principal in writing.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Dale County Schools System not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, handicap, age, veteran status, or any other prescribed category in its educational programs, or activities, or employment policies as required by local, state, and federal policies and laws. Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with applicable laws or this policy may be directed to the principal of your school.

 

GUIDELINES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Referral for 504 Eligibility must be submitted to the School 504 coordinator at your child’s school. A referral meeting will be scheduled to review your child’s eligibility for 504 services. To determine eligibility, your child must be evaluated by a team of individuals who are familiar with your child. The results will then be shared at a team meeting, in which you are involved. Questions concerning 504 Eligibility or services should be directed to Beverly Lampkin, 504 Coordinator, at 334-774-2355, ext23229.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION / EQUAL ACCESS

The Dale County School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

 

Name:                                     Beverly Lampkin

Title:                                        Special Education Coordinator

Address:                                 202 S. Hwy. 123 Suite E

Telephone Number:                334-774-2355

Email Address:                       blampkin@dalecountyboe.org

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP

No otherwise qualified handicapped person shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. For purpose of this policy, a qualified handicapped person shall be one who satisfied the definition set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementation regulations. The Dale County Board of Education will identify, evaluate and provide a free and appropriate public education to qualified handicapped students within its district boundaries.   Questions concerning 504 Eligibility or services should be directed to Beverly Lampkin, 504 Coordinator, at 334-774-2355, ext. 23229.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. The board shall investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and take appropriate actions against anyone who engages in sexual harassment. Sanctions against those in violation of this policy may include verbal warning, transfer, suspension or termination. Anyone who believes he or she has been or is being subjected to any form of sexual harassment shall report the matter to his/her immediate supervisor, principal or superintendent.

 

No student shall engaged in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have been identified by the Dale County Board of Education in this policy. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Definitions: The term “harassment” as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an individual who has a particular characteristic, if the characteristic falls into one of the characteristics set forth in Section III B below. To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the following:

       Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.

       Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.

       Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.

       Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function.

       Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

The term “violence” as used in this policy means the infliction of physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of another student.

The term “threat of violence” as used in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.

The term “intimidation” as used in this policy means a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any school program, benefit, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would be eligible.

The term “student” as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Dale County School System.

Description of Behavior Expected of Students: Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required (1) to comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student; and (3) to refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristic of the student that is identified in this policy.

Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:

       The student’s race;

       The student’s sex;

       The student’s religion;

       The student’s national origin; or

       The student’s disability.

A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined in the Code of Student Conduct or any rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy.

Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures: Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board-approved complaint forms available at the principal’s and or counselor’s office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal’s designee will, in his/her sole discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this policy. If the principal or the principal’s designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint. A reasonably prompt time period, taking into account the circumstances of the complaint, will be allowed. If the investigation establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending student(s). Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or the school system. Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials under the Code of Student Conduct. A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is reported, the principal or the principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent or guardian of the report.

This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including publication on the Dale County School System web site.

The Student Harassment Complaint Form can be found in the Elementary and High School Counselors offices.

 

DALE COUNTY GIFTED EDUCATION

Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated to potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all population, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

 

Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

 

For each student referred, information is gathered in areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

To make a referral, contact Beverly Lampkin at 774-2355, ext. 23229.

 

TITLE IX POLICY

It is the policy of the Dale County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of gender in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. Inquiries or complaints regarding compliances with applicable law or this policy may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Dale County Schools, 202 S. Hwy. 123 Suite E, Ozark, Alabama 36360. The coordinator may be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at 334-774-2355.

 

SEARCH FOR ESL/504/IDEA CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN DALE COUNTY

The Special Education Coordinator of Dale County Schools is in the process of identifying all children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age that are not presently receiving special education services. Dale County Schools are committed to the identification and proper servicing of all students with English language challenges. Upon determination of enrollment in the EL Program, and EL Committee will convene to facilitate placement, services and assessment of the English Learner student. Upon scoring 4.8 (composite score) on ACCESS, English Leaners will be exited from EL services and placed on monitoring status for two (2) academic years. If you know of any disabled child or youth that is not being served in an ESL/504/IDEA school program, please contact the Special Education Coordinator at Dale County Board of Education at 334-774-2355, Ext 23229. To make a referral, contact your child’s school.

 

USE OF VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT

To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and authorized visitors, the Dale County Board of Education may use surveillance equipment on properties owned and/or maintained by the school system. Properties included building and grounds, as well as, vehicles owned and/or operated by the Dale County School System.

 

Any information obtained through the use of surveillance equipment shall be used only for school safety, disciplinary matter, law enforcement, or other lawful purposes.

 

GRIEVANCE POLICY

Whenever a Dale County School System student believes that he/she has a complaint, every effort will be made to arrive at a satisfactory resolution of the problem on an informal basis. When this cannot be done, students can resort to the more formal procedures as provided as per Dale County Board of Education Policy 5.33.2. A copy of the Board Policy Manual and complaint form can be obtained through the school OFFICE or the Dale County Board of Education.

 

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT

Section 16-28-12, Code of Alabama, which is known as the Parental Responsibility Act provides

that parents and/or guardians have a legal duty to compel their child to properly conduct him or

herself in school in accordance with the school’s written Code of Conduct. That statutory

provision authorizes the District Attorney to file an action against the parent or guardian of a

disobedient student for failing to require his or her child to properly conduct themselves. If found

guilty, the parent or guardian may be fined up to $100.00 and sentenced up to 90 days in the

Dale County Jail.

 

Section 16-28-3, Code of Alabama requires that all children enrolled in school must attend on a

regular and consistent basis. If the student fails to regularly attend school the child may be

adjudicated a “Child in Need of Supervision” and appropriate sanctions can be imposed on the

child. The law of this state further allows the parent or guardian to be fined and/or sentenced to a

period of incarceration for failing to require their child to attend school.

 

ACTIVITY COSTS

All club, extra-curricular, and/or class money shall be administered through the principal's office and will be subject to annual audit.

 

Sending Money to School/Checks

Checks are made payable to the school and your phone number must be on the check. Dale County Schools uses Nexcheck to collect returned checks and a charge will be added, and future checks will not be accepted. Do NOT leave money or valuables in unattended purses or book bags. School personnel are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

The principal shall assign faculty advisors for student organizations. No club or organization function may be conducted without the presence of a faculty member. No new club or organization may be formed without the knowledge and permission of the principal. All revenues and expenditures associated with club activities will be administered through the principal's office. No separate accounts or holding of funds is permitted.

 

TEST SECURITY

Each employee is required to sign a Test Security Policy statement at least once each school year. A copy is retained in the Principal’s office and Superintendents office.

 

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Guidelines under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 entitle parents of all students enrolled in Title I participating schools to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher. These guidelines may be found under the “Parents Right to Know”, Title I, part A, Section 1111 (h) (6) of the Act. The Dale County Board of Education strives to provide a certified teacher in every teaching position in the school system.

 

DUE PROCESS

A student must know what conduct is appropriate and what is forbidden. Therefore, the rules and regulations of the Board of Education governing student conduct shall be distributed to the students and parents. Essentially, procedural due process of law means fairness. Therefore, all students are entitled to be treated fairly under every circumstance.

 

Before being punished for violation of Board policies or school regulations, a student shall have the right of the following minimum due process procedures:

1. The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges against him/her.

2. The evidence against the student shall be explained to him/her.

3. The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her own version of the facts concerning the charges.

 

When a student is facing possible expulsion, the Board shall afford the student the following:

1. The right to counsel,

2. The opportunity for cross examination of witnesses,

3. A written record of the hearing,

4. A written record of the decision.

 

PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS

Procedural due process as mandated by the 14th Amendment, federal law, and state law.

1. Notice of charges

2. Prompt, fair hearing

3. Impartial tribunal

4. Right to present defense, evidence, and rebuttal

5. Right to counsel

6. Right to records of the proceeding

7. Right to appeal

 

FERPA

All policies and practices governing the collection, maintenance, review, and release of student education records are based on the principles of confidentiality and the student’s right to privacy, consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and to establish the right of students to inspect, review, amend and restrict access to their education records. Schools may disclose, without consent, directory information such as students name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, parents and eligible students may request the school not disclose directory information about them.

 

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL (ACT 94-817)

No persons shall knowingly with intent to do bodily harm carry or possess a deadly weapon on the premises of a public school. Possession of a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm on the premises of a public school or school bus is a Class C felony.

In compliance with the Federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 and with Alabama law, it is the policy of the Dale County Board of Education that any student determined to have brought a weapon/firearm as herein defined, to school shall be expelled from the regular school program. Expulsion is defined at a minimum as knowledge of a student possessing a weapon or firearm must follow disciplinary actions outlined. However, the expulsion requirement may be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis by the Board. Also, discipline of students with disabilities who violate this policy shall be determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the requirements of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

In conformance with State Board of Education Resolution 1-2-g of Alabama State Board of Education Administrative Regulation 290-010-020-01, and the Code of Alabama 16-424.1 (1975), law enforcement agencies shall be allowed to make periodic unannounced visits to any local public school for the purpose of detecting the presence of drugs. Such visits may include the use of drug-sniffing dogs. Searches may be conducted in the school facilities, classrooms, or parking lots.

School officials may conduct searches or use other detection devices within the facilities, on the school grounds, or at any school function any time that it is believed that alcohol or other drugs, weapons, or any other object or substance considered harmful to the school environment may be present. Students are subject to search by school officials with reasonable cause.

 

HOMELESS, MIGRANT, AND ENGLISH LEARNERS

Any student deemed to be homeless will be afforded a free and appropriate public education. There are no policies, practices, or regulations that act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, all homeless, migrant and EL children must have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to other children and youth. Such children will be provided the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held without being stigmatized or isolated.

The enrollment of homeless, migrant, and English Learner children and youth shall not be denied, prohibited, or delayed from school attendance due to any of the following barriers:

 

1. Lack of birth certificate                              5. Lack of proof of residency

2. Lack of school records or transcripts          6. Lack of transportation

3. Lack of immunization or health records     7. Guardianship or custody

4. Lack of Social Security Card

 

School administrators, with the assistance of local government agencies, shall take necessary steps to assist families obtain documentation necessary for school admission.

No student will be excluded from, any federally assisted education program on the basis of a surname or language-minority status. [No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title III-Language instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, Part C, Section 3302(f)]

 

ALABAMA DRUG FREE POLICY

It is the intent of the legislature that our schools remain safe and drug-free for all students. The principal shall notify appropriate law enforcement officials when any person violates state policies concerning drugs and classes. The student may not be readmitted to the public schools of this state until:

1. Criminal charges or offenses arising from the conduct have been disposed of by appropriate authorities,

2. The student has satisfied all other requirements imposed by the local board of education for readmission.

CODE of ALABAMA 16-1-24.1 (1994)

 

 

STUDENT HARASSMENT

I.                   No student shall engage in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have been identified by the Dale County Board of Education in this policy. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions.

II.                Definitions

A.            The term “harassment” as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an individual who has a particular characteristic, if the characteristic falls into one of the characteristics set forth in Section III B below. To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the following:

     Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.

     Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.

     Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.

     Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function.

     Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

B.         The term “violence” as used in this policy means the infliction of physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of another student.

C.         The term “threat of violence” as used in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.

D.        The term “intimidation” as used in this policy means a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any school program, benefit, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would be eligible.

E.        The term “student” as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Dale County School System.

III.             Description of Behavior Expected of Students

A.       Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required (1) to comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student; and (3) to refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristic of the student that is identified in this policy.

B.         Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:

     The student’s race;

     The student’s sex;

     The student’s religion;

     The student’s national origin; or

     The student’s disability.

IV.             A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined in the Code of Student Conduct or any rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy.

V.                Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures

A.        Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board-approved complaint forms available at the principal’s and or counselor’s office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally.

B.         Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal’s designee will, in his/her sole discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this policy. If the principal or the principal’s designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint. The reasonably prompt time period taking into account the circumstances of the complaint. If the investigation establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending student(s). Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or the school system.

C.         Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials under the Code of Student Conduct. A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

D.        The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is reported, the principal or the principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent or guardian of the report.

VI.             This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including publication on the Dale County School System web site.

VII.      The Student Harassment Complaint Form can be obtained from the school office.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are NOT to bring valuables to school. To avoid theft, it is the responsibility of each student NOT to leave money or valuables unattended. Do NOT leave money or valuables in locker rooms or school lockers. Do NOT leave money or valuables in unattended purses or book bags.