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					Table of Contents
Table of Contents ......................................................................................................................................................................... 1
     Mission Statement .................................................................................................................................................................. 3
     Philosophy ............................................................................................................................................................................... 3
I.      Foreword ............................................................................................................................................................................. 4
II. Rules of Conduct ................................................................................................................................................................. 4
III.      Student Discipline Code .................................................................................................................................................. 4
     A. Objective: ........................................................................................................................................................................ 4
     B. Explanation of Problem Areas: ....................................................................................................................................... 4
     C. Disciplinary Actions (Listed in Order of Severity) ........................................................................................................... 7
     D. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROBLEM AREAS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION: ...................................................................... 7
     E. Due Process: ................................................................................................................................................................... 9
     F. Discipline Procedures for the Handicapped ................................................................................................................. 10
IV.       GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES ............................................................................................................................ 11
     A. Attendance Policy ......................................................................................................................................................... 11
     B. Tardy Policy................................................................................................................................................................... 12
     C. Bad Weather Closing: ................................................................................................................................................... 12
     D. Check In Procedure: ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
     E. Check Out Procedure: Permission to Leave Campus .................................................................................................... 12
     F. Couples: ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13
     G. Disaster Plan: Fire, Tornado and Earthquake Drills ...................................................................................................... 13
     H. Violence Prevention: .................................................................................................................................................... 13
     I.   Fundraising: .................................................................................................................................................................. 13
     J.   Gymnasium: .................................................................................................................................................................. 13
     K. Hall Fixtures: ................................................................................................................................................................. 13
     L.   Health Standards: ......................................................................................................................................................... 13
     M.      Medication Policy: .................................................................................................................................................... 14
     N. Communicable Diseases: .............................................................................................................................................. 14
     O. Inoculation of Students: ............................................................................................................................................... 15
     P. Length of School Day: ................................................................................................................................................... 16
     Q. Lockers .......................................................................................................................................................................... 16
     R. Bus Service: ................................................................................................................................................................... 16
     S. Tobacco Products: ........................................................................................................................................................ 16
     T. Gum and Candy: ........................................................................................................................................................... 16
     U. Telephone/Cellular Phones: ......................................................................................................................................... 16
     V. Lunch/Cafeteria Program: ............................................................................................................................................ 17
     W.      Parking...................................................................................................................................................................... 17
     X. Radios, “Jam Boxes”, Etc.: ............................................................................................................................................ 17
     Y. “Skip Day”: .................................................................................................................................................................... 17
     Z. Snacks: .......................................................................................................................................................................... 17
     AA.     Student Dress: .......................................................................................................................................................... 17
     BB.     Student Vehicles: ...................................................................................................................................................... 18
     CC.     Withdrawal from school: .......................................................................................................................................... 19
     DD.     Enrollment and Dropping Procedures: ..................................................................................................................... 19
     EE.     Homework: ............................................................................................................................................................... 19
     FF.     Internet User Policy: ................................................................................................................................................. 19
     GG.     Bell Schedule: ........................................................................................................................................................... 19
     HH.     Theft: ........................................................................................................................................................................ 19
V. Student Support Services: ................................................................................................................................................. 19
     A. Counseling Services: ..................................................................................................................................................... 19


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    B. Nursing Services:........................................................................................................................................................... 20
    C. Library Media Services: ................................................................................................................................................. 20
VI.    School Sponsored Trips: ............................................................................................................................................... 20
VII.   Extra-Curricular Activities: ............................................................................................................................................ 20
    A. Clubs and Organizations ............................................................................................................................................... 21
    B. Criteria for Eligibility and Participation in Interscholastic Athletic Activities ............................................................... 21
    C. School Dances ............................................................................................................................................................... 21
VIII.  Discrimination and Grievance Procedure: .................................................................................................................... 21
IX.    Grading Classification for Students, Grading Scale, Honor Criteria .............................................................................. 22
    A. Classification for High School Students ........................................................................................................................ 22
    B. Grading Scale ................................................................................................................................................................ 22
    C. Grade System – 4 Point Grade Scale............................................................................................................................. 22
    D. High School Graduation Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 23
    E. College Bound Curriculum ............................................................................................................................................ 23
    F. Honor Roll Policy........................................................................................................................................................... 23
    G. Senior Valedictorian Policy ........................................................................................................................................... 23
X. K-8 Promotion and Retention ........................................................................................................................................... 24
    A. Promotion of Students to the Next Higher Grade ........................................................................................................ 24
    B. Promotion ..................................................................................................................................................................... 24
    C. Grades One and Two .................................................................................................................................................... 24
    D. Grade Three through Six ............................................................................................................................................... 24
    E. Grades Seven through Eight ......................................................................................................................................... 25
    F. Retention ...................................................................................................................................................................... 25
    G. Failure of Parent to Attend Conference ....................................................................................................................... 25
    H. End of the Year Review ................................................................................................................................................. 25
    I. Appeals Process ............................................................................................................................................................ 26
    J. Communication with Parents ....................................................................................................................................... 26
XI.    Care of School Property: ............................................................................................................................................... 26
XII.   Sexual Harassment of Students: ................................................................................................................................... 26
XIII.  No Child Left Behind ..................................................................................................................................................... 26
    A. Standard Complaint Resolution Procedure for No Child Left Behind Programs .......................................................... 27
    B. Federal Programs – Parent Guardian Notification ....................................................................................................... 27
XIV.   Public Notice ................................................................................................................................................................. 28




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           Scott County Central School District Student Handbook
                                                     2011-2012

                                            General Office Information
                         Superintendent of Schools …………………Mr. Alvin McFerren
                                                                  (573) 471-2686
                         Senior High School &
                         Junior High Principal ………………………….Mr. Rich Thomas
                                                                 (573) 471-2001
                         Elementary Principal ………………………….Ms. Stacey Russell
                                                                 (573) 471-3511

Mission Statement
The Scott County Central School District assumes the responsibility to offer a quality education to all students.
Our Mission is to provide educational opportunities that enable learners to make a positive contribution to
society and achieve fulfillment in their personal lives.


Philosophy
A philosophy of education is the foundation on which a school district is built and upon which the product of the
school program is evaluated. The philosophy herein subscribed to by the Scott County Central Board of
Education shall be a guide in determining the policies, rules, and regulations of the school district.

Recognizing each student as a unique individual, we believe that education should provide an opportunity for
the maximum development of each individual within his or her own limitations. Through education it is possible
for the individual to discover and endeavor to achieve successes that they might otherwise be unaware of.

We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his worth as an individual and
should lead him toward becoming a productive member of society. Strong emphasis must be placed upon
democratic values, which are important for an effective and satisfying academic personal and social life.

We believe that the role of the teacher in the educational process is to provide opportunities for the individual
to achieve at their maximum level of success, to create a learning situation in which individual motivation for
learning is the stimulus for achievement and to promote, through teaching and example, the principles of the
democratic way of life.

We believe that the student must have responsibilities in the educational program of one’s own community.
Most important of these is attitude. The student is obliged to come equipped with all necessary materials, and
ready to fulfill the responsibilities in the learning process. The basic attitude should be that the school is an
institution of opportunity, staffed with trained personnel to help the student become a contributing member of
society.

It is, therefore, the responsibility to the Scott County Central School District to provide an educational
environment to children of the district, which will foster and accelerate their intellectual, physical, social, and
vocational development.




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I.     Foreword
       The faculty and administration of the Scott County Central School District extends to everyone a
       warm welcome and hopes that your school experiences will be pleasant and rewarding. It is the
       responsibility of all to be knowledgeable of school policies and regulations. Familiarize yourself with
       your student handbook. Upon everyone, both individually and jointly, falls the responsibility of
       making a school a pleasant place in which to live and mature both academically and socially.


II.    Rules of Conduct
       Self-discipline is the best discipline. It is a proven fact that those students who have learned self-
       discipline have fewer “problems” in school or out.

       All Students who attend Scott County Central are expected to use common sense while at school.
       Use of common sense results in constructive acts, which benefit others as well as oneself. Some
       examples of common sense expressed in the school setting are:
        Being in the proper place at the proper time.
        Acting in a responsible manner.
        Treating others with respect.
        Acting in a manner that creates an atmosphere for education.
        Following the instructions of teachers and other school personnel to the best of ones ability.


III.   Student Discipline Code
       A. Objective:
           Developing good citizenship characteristics among its pupils is one of the most important
           objectives of an educational system. The task of the individual pupil is to learn to live effectively
           and harmoniously with others as he/she works to develop his/her own skills and understanding
           needed to build the kind of character expected of a good citizen.

           To assist in accomplishing the institutional objective cited above, the principals and teachers in
           each building with the Scott County Central School District are charged with the responsibility
           for establishing and enforcing the rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of a
           discipline policy which is both effective and judicious. Through a cooperative effort of school
           personnel, parents, and pupils working to maintain good school discipline, an atmosphere can
           exist that fosters the development of good citizenship characteristics. School administrators
           have the discretion to discipline students for conduct that is disruptive or prejudicial to the
           educational environment and/or causes a safety concern. The following non-exhaustive list
           sets forth conduct that will be subject to discipline.

       B. Explanation of Problem Areas:
           1. ALCOHOL** - Possession of or presence under the influence of alcohol regardless of
              whether the student is on school premises.
           2. ARSON** - Intentional or negligent setting of a fire, explosion or burning of school property.
           3. ASSAULT**/*** - School Board Policy and Regulation 2673. Physical attack on another
              individual who does not wish to engage in the conflict. Use of physical force with the intent
              to do bodily harm.


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4. BULLYING – School Board Policy 2655. Intentional intimidation or infliction of physical,
    emotional, or mental harm.
5. BUS VIOLATION – Not following any bus rule.
6. CELL PHONE USAGE – School Board Policy 2656. Cell phones, digital cameras, and similar
    electronic devices are banned during the instructional day. Failure to adhere to this policy
    will result in a 3 day in-school suspension for the first offense, a 5 day in school suspension
    for the second offense, and a 10 day in school suspension for the third offense.
    Subsequent offenses will result in out of school suspensions with referral to the
    Superintendent of Schools for additional days.
7. CHEATING/ACADEMIC DISHONESTY – Any attempt to give or obtain assistance in a formal
    academic exercise without due acknowledgement.
8. DEFIANCE OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL’S AUTHORITY OR SCHOOL POLICY – Refusal to comply
    with reasonable requests of any school personnel or policy of the school.
9. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR – Conduct which has the effect of disturbing education or the safe
    transportation of a student.
10. DISRUPTIVE OR DEMEANING LANGUAGE/CONDUCT – The use of hate language, symbols or
    other expression to demean other persons due to race, gender, disability, natural origin, or
    religious beliefs. This includes conduct verbal, written, or symbolic speech that materially
    and substantially disrupts class, school activities, transportation, or school functions.
11. DRESS CODE VIOLATION – Student dress which is disruptive and/or inappropriate for the
    school setting. This includes, but is not limited to, clothing that is revealing, clothing that
    advertises illegal activity, clothing with bulgar or profane messages, and clothing that
    contains demeaning, discriminatory or disruptive language or symbols.
12. DRUGS/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE** - Possession or presence under the influence of a
    controlled substance or substance represented to be a controlled substance while at school,
    on the school playground, on the school parking lot, a school bus or at a school activity
    whether on or off school property. Sale of a controlled substance or substance represented
    to be a controlled substance while at school or at any of the locations described above.

        The Board of Education is committed to providing a school environment that is safe,
        free from substance use or abuse, and conductive to learning. Even though our school
        is comprised of rural communities, we are not immune to drug use. Therefore, we need
        to help our students deal with the peer pressure they face on a daily basis by giving
        them a reason to avoid drugs. Parents and school personnel must work together in
        order to attain a safe, orderly, and drug free school environment.

        Participation in school sponsored and/or co-sponsored MSHSAA activities and/or
        parking on campus, carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, their
        parents and their school to set the highest possible examples of conduct, which includes
        avoiding the use or possession of illegal drugs. School sponsored and/or co-sponsored
        MSHSAA activities include baseball, softball, basketball, track, and cheerleading
        (“covered activities”). Covered activities exclude all activities in which students receive
        an academic grade. Covered activities include parking on district property. Students
        who park on district property must be registered with the principal.

        Drug Testing Procedure



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        Each student participating in covered activities shall receive copies of the district “Drug
        Testing Policy” and “Drug Testing Consent” form which shall be read, signed, and dated
        by the student and legal guardian.

        Students in grades 7 through 12 must turn in the “Drug Testing Consent” form to the
        high school office by the deadline set for the school year before the student will be
        allowed to continue or begin practice or participation in any covered activities. If a
        student is 18 years of age and living with a parent/guardian, he/she still must have both
        student and parent/guardian signatures. If the student is 18 years of age and has
        established a residence on his/her own, the student’s signature is all that is required.
        Any student in grade 7-12 who does not turn in the required forms by the deadline will
        not be able to participate in any covered activities as defined in the district’s policy or
        obtain a student parking permit during the remainder of the school year.

13. EXTORTION** - Verbal threats or physical conduct designed to obtain money or other
    valuables.
14. FIGHTING*** - Physically striking another in a mutual contact as differentiated from an
    assault.
15. FIREARMS AND WEAPONS** - School Board Policy and Regulation 2620. The possession of
    a dangerous weapon, or the use of an object to inflict bodily injury to another person. Any
    object perceived to be a weapon (even fake) will fall under the guideline of weapons and
    discipline code.
16. HARASSMENT – School Board Policy 2130, as it relates to sexual harassment, racial/national
    origin/ethnic harassment, disability harassment, gender harassment, and sexual orientation
    harassment.
17. INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONDUCT – School Board Policy 2130. Physical touching of
    another student in the areas of the breasts, buttocks, or genitals. Use of sexually
    intimidating language, objects, pictures.
        Indecent Exposure – Includes display of breasts, buttocks, and genitals.
18. INTERNET PRIVILEGE ABUSE – Unauthorized use or misuse of the district’s internet
    equipment and/or access capabilities.
19. IMPROPER DISPLAY OF AFFECTION – Consensual kissing, fondling or embracing.
20. OBSCENE OR VULGAR LANGUAGE – Language that depicts sexual acts, human waste, and
    blasphemous language.
21. PLAGIARISM – To steal or pass off the words or ideas of others as one’s own.
22. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION** - Possession of a prescription medication without a valid
    prescription for such medication on school premises or on a school bus. Distribution of
    prescription medication to any individual, who does not have a valid prescription for such
    medication, on school premises or on a school bus.
23. THREATENING LANGUAGE – Use of verbal, physical or written threats to do bodily harm to
    a person or personal property.
24. THEFT**- Nonconsensual taking or attempt to take property of another. Failure to adhere
    to this policy will result in a 3 day out of school suspension for the first offense, a 5 day
    out of school suspension for the second offense, and a 10 day out of school suspension for
    the third offense. Subsequent offenses will be 10 day out of school suspensions with
    referral to the Superintendent of Schools for additional days to the 10 day out of school
    suspension.


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   25. TOBACCO – The use or possession of tobacco, of any kind, on or adjacent to school
       property.
   26. TRUANCY – An elective absence, which is not approved in advance by a parent/guardian,
       and/or school official.
   27. VANDALISM – Destroying or mutilating objects or materials belonging to the school, school
       personnel or policy of the school.
   28. GANGS – Gang related behavior will not be tolerated. Since these problems could include
       violation of law, school officials may also need to notify the appropriate law enforcement
       officials. Any action the law enforcement officials might take will be in addition to the
       action taken by the school.
   29. MISCELLANEOUS – Any items brought to school, which are detrimental to the education
       process, will be confiscated. Such items as water guns, peashooters, sling shots, etc.

C. Disciplinary Actions (Listed in Order of Severity)
   1. INFORMAL TALK – A school official (teacher, administrator, or counselor) will talk to the
       student and try to reach an agreement regarding how the student should behave.
   2. CONFERENCE – A formal conference is held between a student and school official(s). If
       necessary, the student’s parent(s) may also be included in an effort to make the parent(s)
       aware of the situation and/or make suggestions that will help alleviate the problem.
   3. GENERAL DICIPLINARY MEASURES – May include the following (1) Corporal Punishment (1-
       3 swats); (2)** Assignment to an in-school alternative setting (Alternative Learning
       Center/ALC); (3) loss of credit; (4) loss of extracurricular privileges.
   4. *SHORT TERM SUSPENSION (Up to 10 School Days) – The student is informed that he/she is
       subject to suspension. The student is afforded the opportunity to hear the reason(s) for
       his/her suspension and to respond. The building principal is the person charged with
       carrying out this procedure. Students are not allowed to make up work, while they are
       under and out of school suspension.
   5. *LONG TERM SUSPENSION (Up to 180 School Days) – The Board of Education authorizes
       the Superintendent to suspend a student for up to 180 school days. The student is informed
       that he/she is subject to suspension. The student is afforded the appropriate due process
       procedures. A suspension of more than 10 days may be appealed to the Board of Education
       through the Superintendent. Students are not allowed to make up work, while they are
       under an out of school suspension.
   6. *EXPULSION – The Board of Education authorizes the expulsion of students. The student is
       afforded the appropriate due process procedures. Following the procedure, if the
       Superintendent determines that the expulsion is appropriate, he will make that
       recommendation to the Board of Education with which the authority for expulsion rests.
       Students are not allowed to make up work, while they are under an expulsion.
   *Any student serving a suspension or an expulsion will not be allowed to participate in
   activities during the school day or attend extra-curricular activities on the day(s) of his/her
   discipline.

   ** Those serving in the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) will not be allowed to participate in
   activities during the school day or attend extra-curricular activities on the day(s) of his/her
   discipline, except on the last day when all requirements have been met.

D. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROBLEM AREAS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION:
                                                 ACTION TO BE TAKEN

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                                      FIRST             REPEATED
 PROBLEM AREA           RANGE
                                   OCCURRENCE          OCCURRENCES
                        Minimum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
     Alcohol**
                        Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
                        Minimum   General Discipline   Short Suspension
      Arson**
                        Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
                        Minimum   General Discipline   Long Suspension
      Bullying
                        Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
                        Minimum     Informal Talk      General Discipline
    Bus Violation
                        Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
Cheating/Academic       Minimum   General Discipline   General Discipline
   Dishonesty           Maximum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
                        Minimum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
  Cell Phone Usage
                        Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
                        Minimum     Informal Talk      General Discipline
Defiance of Authority
                        Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
                        Minimum   General Discipline   General Discipline
Disruptive Behavior
                        Maximum   Short Suspension        Expulsion
    Disruptive or       Minimum   General Discipline   General Discipline
    Demeaning
 Language/Conduct       Maximum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
                        Minimum     Informal Talk      General Discipline
Dress Code Violation
                        Maximum   General Discipline     Suspension
  Drugs/Controlled      Minimum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
    Substance**         Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
                        Minimum      Conference        Short Suspension
    Extortion**
                        Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
                        Minimum   General Discipline   Short Suspension
      Fighting
                        Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
    Firearms and        Minimum   General Discipline   Long Suspension
     Weapons**          Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
                        Minimum   General Discipline   Short Suspension
    Harassment
                        Maximum   Short Suspension        Expulsion
Inappropriate Sexual    Minimum   Short Suspension     Short Suspension
       Conduct          Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
  Internet Privilege    Minimum     Informal Talk      General Discipline
        Abuse           Maximum       Expulsion           Expulsion
 Improper Display of    Minimum      Conference        Short Suspension
      Affection         Maximum   General Discipline   Long Suspension
  Obscene or Vulgar     Minimum   General Discipline   General Discipline
      Language          Maximum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
                        Minimum   General Discipline   General Discipline
     Plagiarism
                        Maximum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
   Prescription         Minimum      Conference        Short Suspension
   Medication**         Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
   Threatening          Minimum      Conference        General Discipline
    Language            Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
                        Minimum   Short Suspension     Long Suspension
      Theft**
                        Maximum   Long Suspension         Expulsion
      Tobacco           Minimum   General Discipline   Short Suspension


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                                  Maximum        Short Suspension       Long Suspension
                                  Minimum        General Discipline    General Discipline
                 Truancy
                                  Maximum        Long Suspension        Long Suspension
                                  Minimum          Conference          General Discipline
                Vandalism
                                  Maximum           Expulsion              Expulsion
                                  Minimum        General Discipline     Long Suspension
              Gang Related
                                  Maximum           Expulsion              Expulsion



        This chart does not cover all problems, which exist within a school. Those areas not
        mentioned in this chart will be defined by school administrators who will use professional
        judgment in determining the appropriate disciplinary action and attempt to be as consistent
        as possible throughout the district.

        ** Since these problems could include violation of law, school officials may also need to notify
        the appropriate law enforcement officials. Any action the law enforcement officials might take
        will be in addition to the action taken by the school.
        *** Any student causing a significant disruption such as fighting, etc. could be subjected to a
        potential ten-day suspension. This includes fighting at extra-curricular activities, as well as
        during the school day.

    E. Due Process:
This means that there are certain procedures that school officials will follow prior to suspending or
expelling a student.
        1. Suspensions:
             Short Term Suspension – An informal meeting between the school administrator(s), and the
             student, and other appropriate persons will be conducted. The student will be given notice
             of the charge(s) against him/her and will be given an opportunity to present his/her version
             of the incident. If after the meeting the administrator decides that a short term suspension
             is necessary, it will become effective immediately. Reasonable attempts will be made to
             notify the parent(s) of the suspension. The superintendent has the right to revoke a
             suspension.

            Long Term Suspension – The student and his/her parent(s) will be notified of the principal’s
            recommendation to the Superintendent to suspend the student for up to 180 days. The
            student and his/her parents may ask for an appeal of the decision, to suspend, to the Board
            of Education through the Superintendent. If an appeal is requested, a hearing will be
            conducted at the office of the Board of Education, at a time set by the Board, and will take
            place within 8 days of the notification of appeal where possible. The student has the right
            to be represented by a lawyer or other person of the student’s choice. The superintendent
            shall transmit to the Board a full report in writing of the facts relating to the suspension, the
            action taken and the reasons therefore. The results of the Board’s decision shall be
            delivered to the student within 24 hours of the hearing.

            No Credit Policy – Although students are encouraged to keep up with course work during
            the time of suspension, no credit may be earned towards the determination of final grades.
            Credit that is lost during a suspension will be reflected in the suspended student’s final
            grade.

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    2. Expulsion:
       The student and his/her parent(s) will be notified within 24 hours of the recommendation to
       expel the student. The Board of Education, after notice to the parent(s), shall conduct a
       hearing at the office of the Board of Education, at a time set by the board, within 8 days to
       consider the evidence and statements that the parties present. The student, or his
       representatives, shall have right of access to copies of evidence, the right to be represented
       by a lawyer or other person of the student’s choice, the right to be present at the hearing,
       and the right to confront witnesses and ask questions. Only members of the board shall be
       present during deliberations. The results of the Board’s decision shall be delivered to the
       student within 24 hours of the hearing. The student and the parent(s) have the right to
       appeal the Board’s decision to the Circuit Court.

F. Discipline Procedures for the Handicapped
The following general principles apply to the discipline of handicapped students.
    1. Handicapped students shall follow the rules and regulations of the schools which they
        attend and shall be generally subject to standard disciplinary penalties, except to the extent
        that modifications of the school’s disciplinary actions are stated in the students IEP.
    2. A. Prior to imposing any short term suspension, long term suspension (10+ days), or
        expulsion; the district’s building principals shall notify the handicapped student’s IEP
        chairperson (normally the itinerant or resource teacher or teacher of the self-contained
        class.)
        B. The IEP case manager and principal shall maintain a discipline record for each
        handicapped student.
    3. A. The district’s building principals are authorized to impose short term suspensions with a
        cumulative total of 10 days or less in one year. A short term suspension does not constitute
        a change of special education placement or a complete cessation of services within the
        meaning of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) or a significant change in
        placement which would require a reevaluation under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
        B. For suspensions totaling less than 10 days in one school year, due process rights
        provided through Missouri laws including the right to oral or written notice of charges, the
        right to an explanation of charges, and the facts which form the basis of the proposed
        suspension, and the student’s right to present his/her version of the incident shall be
        implemented.
    4. Refer to Procedural Safeguards for Children and Parents as required by Public Law 105-17,
        the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997.
    5. Recent changes in Missouri law (RSMo 160.263) require all school districts in the state of
        Missouri to develop a policy on the use of seclusion and restraint, as well as other responses
        to emergency or crisis situations, in which student and/or educator safety is at risk. The
        Department of Education and Secondary Education was directed to develop a model policy.
        This policy is based on the premise that seclusion, isolation, and restraint are used only in
        response to emergency or crisis situations and should: (a) not be viewed as a behavior
        change or intervention strategy, (b) be implemented only under extreme situations and as a
        matter of last resort, and (c) be implemented only by trained personnel. This policy is not
        an endorsement of the use of seclusion and restraint. A school district may adopt a policy
        prohibiting the use of seclusion, isolation, or restraint. This policy applies to all students.



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IV.   GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES
      A. Attendance Policy
        Being on the job in the classroom and participating in the experiences that take place are vital
        parts of the educational process. Regular and punctual attendance is required of all students.
        With this in mind, the following high school attendance policy has been developed:

        The Scott County Central High School policy states that students shall not miss more than 10
        days each semester. Students cannot miss more than 5 days each semester for unexcused
        absences.

        (1) Six Absences Per Semester Will Result in a Failing Grade.
            A student will receive a failing grade of F in each class from which he or she is absent six
            days per semester. Exceptions to this policy occur when written third party documentation
            of unavoidable absence is presented. Parent/guardian documentation will not meet this
            standard.
        (2) Unexcused Absences
            a. Each student is allowed a total of five (5) non documented absences per class per
                semester.
            b. Make-up work is permitted for unexcused absences up to the 5th unexcused absence.
        (3) Excused Absences
            a. Third party documentation required (Doctor, Funeral, Dentist, etc.). – Admit slip
                required.
            b. Make-up work will be permitted for absences above the total of five (5) if the student
                provides third party documentation.
            c. Third party documentation will be valid from the beginning of each semester until the
                end of each semester.
            d. Each student has 5 days to provide third party documentation. Make-up work or credit
                will not be issued until documentation has been received.
        (4) Policy Administration and Determinations
            a. The building principal will administer this policy. He/she will maintain current and
                accurate records regarding individual student attendance and will ensure that the
                student is aware of his or her standing with regard to this policy.
            b. All determinations regarding the application of a failing grade will be made by the high
                school principal. His/her decisions may be appealed to the superintendent by the
                student’s parent/guardian. In the case that the appeal is denied, the student will have
                the opportunity to recover their grades, by attending summer school (if offered).
        (5) Exceptions
            a. Absences resulting from long-term illness or other unusual circumstances will receive
                consideration for a modified application of this policy.
            b. Students involved in recognized off-campus educational experiences will not be
                considered absent.
            c. Students participating in homebound programs have a recognized change in educational
                placement and are not considered absent.
        (6) Five Consecutive Absences Without Notification
                Five (5) consecutive absences without parent/guardian notification may result in the
                student being dropped from the school enrollment.


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B. Tardy Policy
  The fact that tardiness causes daily disruption to the instructional process makes it necessary to
  adopt the following policy to discourage late arrival in class:

  Students who arrive late for school must sign in the high school office and will be issued an
  admit slip marked tardy unless documented proof of an emergency is presented. Students
  will then be sent to class.

  For the remaining hours of the school day, a tardy will be assessed when a student is not in
  his/her seat when the second (tardy) bell rings. Four minutes will be provided as a pass time
  between classes so that students may go to their lockers and to the rest room as needed.
  Students must bring pencils, paper, books, absentee slips and other relevant items to class.
  Leaving the classroom for these items will be considered a tardy.

  In order for a student to be excused for being tardy he/she must present a legitimate excuse tot
  the office and get a Tardy Admit Slip, or in the case he/she was held after class by a teacher, a
  note from that teacher will excuse him/her of being tardy to the next class.

  Tardies Per Semester
  1 and 2 – Warning
  3 and 4 – Corporal Punishment/ALC
  5 and above – Corporal Punishment/Extended ALC


C. Bad Weather Closing:
  In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or
  starting time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. All
  announcements regarding school closing will be broadcast on radio stations KGMO-Cape
  Girardeau, KWKZ-Cape Girardeau, KSIM – Sikeston, KMPL – Sikeston, KZIM/KEZS/KGIR- Cape
  Girardeau. An announcement will also be made on KFVS-TV – Cape Girardeau. Reports in the
  morning begin around 7:00 a.m. If no report is heard it can be assumed that school will be in
  session.

D. Check In Procedure:
  Students who arrive late to school are to first come to the office to secure a tardy slip. Failure to
  report to the office following a late arrival will result in an unexcused absence.


E. Check Out Procedure: Permission to Leave Campus
  With the safety and welfare of the students in mind, the Board of Education, in Board Policy
  2630, has closed all campuses during the school day. Permission to leave school will be granted
  only for valid reasons.

  The Scott County Central School District is legally responsible for the safety of its students during
  the school day. In keeping with this responsibility, the following procedure will be followed:
      1. Have a note or phone call from the student’s parents or guardian to the appropriate
          office. This should be done before school, if possible.


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       2. Personally check out with either the principal or the secretary. No one may leave
            campus without the principal or secretary completing the final checkout procedure.
       3. The principal or secretary will require the student to sign out in their presence. No one
            will be allowed to sign the checkout list unless the principal or secretary is present.
   A violation to properly checking out will be considered “skipping” school and will result in the
   appropriate consequences.

F. Couples:
   Students will not be allowed to kiss or handle each other while on school property during the
   school day. Observance of this school rule is merely the bounds for simple good manners and
   taste.


G. Disaster Plan: Fire, Tornado and Earthquake Drills
   Fire, tornado and earthquake drills are held at irregular intervals twice throughout the school
   year. Remember these basic rules:
            1. Check the instructions in each classroom indicating how to leave the building in case
               of a disaster.
            2. Walk. NO talking. Move quickly and quietly to designed areas.

H. Violence Prevention:
   Faculty and students should immediately report to the office any person(s) who may potentially
   cause danger or threaten the faculty and students of Scott County Central. Prevention measure
   must be taken to ensure a safe school environment.


I. Fundraising:
   Before a student or student group takes on selling articles as a project it should be cleared with
   the administration. All purchases for school organizations, class activities, etc. must be
   approved by the administration, as well. Before purchases are made the administrative
   assistant must complete a purchase order. Unless proper procedure and authorization is used,
   the purchaser is personally responsible for the cost of the item purchased.


J. Gymnasium:
   (a)      The gym is to be used for the purposes of physical education and extracurricular
   activities; (b) Missouri State High School Activities Association rules of conduct are to be
   observed at all extracurricular events.

K. Hall Fixtures:
   Students are expected to sit in areas provided for that specific purpose (students are not to sit
   on air conditioning/heating units, water coolers, etc.)


L. Health Standards:
   No pupils shall attend school while afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease, or while
   liable to transmit such disease after having been exposed to it. The principal may require a pupil
   suspected of having a disease, or of being able to transmit the disease to be examined by a


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  physician and to provide a written statement of health before re-entering school. Any pupil not
  complying may be excluded from school.

M. Medication Policy:
  The student’s doctor must provide a written request that the student be given prescription
  medication or over-the-counter medication during school hours. The request shall state the
  name of the student, name of drug, dosage, frequency of administration, route of
  administration, and doctor’s name. The diagnosis/indication for use of the medication shall be
  provided.

  A parent/guardian must request in writing that the school district comply with the doctor’s
  request to gibe prescribed medication. (The district will not administer the initial dose of any
  new prescription except in an emergency.)

  A parent/guardian must also provide a written request that the school district comply with the
  doctor’s request to give over-the-counter medication.

  A parent/guardian or other responsible party designated by the parent/guardian will deliver all
  medication to be administered at school to the school nurse or designee. All medication,
  prescription or over-the-counter, must be in a pharmacy or manufacturer-label container. The
  District shall provide secure, locked storage for medication to prevent diversion, misuse, or
  ingestion by another individual.

  Students with asthma or any potentially life-threatening respiratory illness may carry with them
  self-administration metered-dose inhalers containing “rescue” medication. Possession and self-
  administration of these prescription medications must comply with the Missouri Safe School
  Act, 1996. The directives of this Act will be given to each parent/guardian who requests that
  his/her student be permitted to carry and self administer such medication. A permission form
  for self-administration is part of this Regulation. (See Regulation 2870-Permission Form).
  Parents must provide an inhaler to be kept in the nurse’s office for all students who have been
  prescribed an inhaler for Asthma. Students who have permission to self administer their inhaler
  must also provide a backup inhaler to be kept in the nurse’s office.

  In situations where the above requirements are not met, or any time the parent/guardian
  chooses, the parent/guardian may come to school to administer medicine to his/her student.

  It shall be the policy of this District that the District will not knowingly administer any
  medication to a student if the District’s registered professional school nurse believes, in his/her
  professional judgment, that such administration could cause harm to the student, other
  students or the District itself. Such cases may include, but not necessarily limited to, situations
  in which the District is being asked to administer medication in a dosage that exceeds the
  highest recommended dosage listed in the current annual volume of the Physician’s Desk
  Reference or other recognized medical or pharmaceutical text.

N. Communicable Diseases:
  A student shall not attend classes or other school sponsored activities, if the student (1) has, or
  has been exposed to, an acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration) contagious or
  infectious disease, and (2) is liable to transmit the contagious or infectious disease, unless the

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   Board of Education or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence, that the
   student:
   1. No longer has the disease.
   2. Is not in the contagious or infectious stage of an acute disease.
   3. Has a chronic infectious disease that poses little risk of transmission in the school
       environment with reasonable precautions.

   School officials may require any child suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease to
   be examined by a physician and may exclude the child from school, in accordance with the
   procedures authorized by this policy, so long as there is a substantial risk of transmission of the
   disease in the school environment. (See Regulation 2860 – Chronic Infectious Disease Section)

   Students with acute or chronic contagious or infectious diseases and their families have a right
   to privacy and confidentiality. Only staff members who have a medical reason to know the
   identity and condition of such students will be informed. Willful or negligent disclosure of
   confidential information about a student’s medical condition by staff members will be cause for
   disciplinary action. (See Regulation 2860 – Chronic Infectious Disease Section #5)

   The District will implement reporting and disease outbreak control measures in accordance with
   the provisions of Missouri Department of Health publication PACH-16, “Prevention and Control
   of Communicable Diseases: A Guide for School Administrators, Nurses, Teachers and Day Care
   Operators”, a copy of which shall be on file in the office of the Supervisor of Health Services and
   in the office of each school nurse.


O. Inoculation of Students:
   It shall be the policy of the Scott County Central School District that all students attending the
   district schools shall be in compliance with state law and regulations requiring immunization
   against poliomyelitis, rubella, rubeola, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, Hepatitis B, and
   HIB.

   The parents or guardians of each student entering the school district shall furnish satisfactory
   proof that the student has been adequately immunized, or that the immunization process has
   begun.

   It shall be unlawful for any student to attend school in the district unless the student has been
   satisfactorily immunized or unless the parents/guardians have signed and placed on file withteh
   school administrator a statement of exemption because of religious beliefs or medical
   contraindications. A physician’s statement will be provided if the reason for exemption is a
   medical contraindication. Failure to comply with this legal requirement will result in the
   student’s exclusion from school until proof of compliance has been presented to the district. If
   the student produces evidence of having begun the process of immunization, he or she may
   continue to attend school as long as the process is proceeding. Homeless children are the only
   exception and are allowed a 24-hour time period in which to provide proof of compliance.

   The superintendent shall institute procedures for the maintenance of health records, which are
   to show the immunization status of every child enrolled or attending in the district, and for the


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  completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by the Department
  of Social Services-Missouri Division of Health.


P. Length of School Day:
  1st hour will begin at 8:05 a.m.; 7th hour will conclude at 2:43 p.m.


Q. Lockers
  A locker will be assigned to each student grades 4 through 12. The student is responsible for the
  condition of the locker; no posters or pictures are to be taped to the outside of the locker. The
  principal or a designee will conduct periodic locker checks. In addition to locker checks, the
  Superintendent of Schools will have various random “Drug Dog” searches, through the Sheriff’s
  Department, as situations and circumstances may dictate.

R. Bus Service:
  The school transportation system is designed to transport students to and from school in a safe,
  economical, and punctual manner. This is a service and a privilege offered to students. Rules
  and regulations should be understood and followed for the benefit of all. When students abuse
  this privilege, it will be removed. Students who cannot abide by bus rules and regulations will
  not be permitted to ride the school bus.
  Bus Rules:         Remain seated facing the front
                     Keep hands and head to self and inside the bus
                     Do not write on seats, or damage the bus in any way.
                     Be courteous to the driver and other riders
                     No profanity
                     Do not eat or drink on the bus

S. Tobacco Products:
  Students are not permitted to have or use tobacco at any time in the school building, on the
  school grounds, or within the area surrounding the school grounds. This applies to ALL school-
  sponsored activities as well as the regular school day. Violations of this rule constitute a serious
  offense, and possible suspension from school.

T. Gum and Candy:
  Chewing gum by students is left to the discretion of the individual classroom teacher. No
  student is to chew gum in such a way as to cause a disruption or annoyance to other students or
  the teacher. Students who are chewing gum must dispose of wrappers properly. Candy is not
  allowed in class.

U. Telephone/Cellular Phones:
  The office telephone is a business phone and should be used by pupils for emergencies only.
  Messages and deliveries from home should be left in the office. Students will be called out of
  class in an emergency only.
  Use of cell phones in prohibited at school. Failure to follow this policy will result in a 3 day in
  school suspension for the first offense, a 5 day in school suspension for the second offense, and
  a 10 day in school suspension for the third offense. Subsequent offenses will result in out of
  school suspensions with referral to the Superintendent of Schools for additional days. If such


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   devices are brought to school the security of these devices is the sole responsibility of the
   student.

V. Lunch/Cafeteria Program:
   School board policy allows students to accumulate up to ten dollars in lunch charges. Upon
   accumulation of five dollars in lunch charges, students will be notified to pay their lunch bill.
   After ten dollars in lunch charges, students will not be allowed to make any more charges until
   their bill is paid. Students who are not allowed to make more charges will be issued a peanut
   butter sandwich with milk. Lunch money is collected and entered into the computer on Monday
   of each week. Elementary students will turn money into their classroom teacher. High school
   students will turn their money into the lunch cashier.

   With the safety and welfare of the students in mind, the Board of Education, in Board Policy
   2630, has closed all campuses during the school day. Permission to leave school will be granted
   only for valid reasons, and only with a written request signed by a parent/guardian. In
   emergency situations, a telephone call from a parent/guardian may suffice, with approval of the
   building principal.

   Breakfast: Full price - $0.60, Reduced - $0.20, Adult - $1.00
   Lunch: Full price - $1.25 (K-6) $1.50 (7-12), Reduced - $0.40, Adult - $2.00, Extra Milk - $0.30


W. Parking
   a) Student parking will be confined to the area traditionally used for this purpose. b) Students
   are to exit the parking area by way of the main entrances only. c) Students are to allow the
   buses the right of way at all times. d) Students are subject to losing their driving privileges if this
   “privilege” becomes abused or leads to unsafe conditions.

X. Radios, “Jam Boxes”, Etc.:
   Radios, record players, tape recorders, etc. are not to be brought to school unless specifically
   requested by a teacher for class purposes.

Y. “Skip Day”:
   A “skip day” is not sanctioned by school; therefore it will be treated as any other absence. All
   sections of school makeup work policy will be applied to those who choose to participate in any
   “skip day.”

Z. Snacks:
   High school students are allowed to purchase snacks during the following times: before school,
   during lunch, and after school. No snacks or sodas may be purchased in between classes. This
   food and drink is restricted to the high school lounge.
   Elementary students will be allowed to purchase sodas at the discretion of the classroom
   teacher. No sodas may be purchased before, during or after school hours.

AA.        Student Dress:
   Students are expected at all times to dress in a manner that is appropriate to the time, place,
   and purpose. Dress and grooming practices should meet basic expectations, of society in
   general, and that of the local community. Students of the Scott County Central School District


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  are expected to dress in a fashion that will not discredit the school or interfere with the learning
  process. Any dress which is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the educational
  environment will not be prohibited. The following is a non=exhaustive list of some examples of
  dress and/or items that are prohibited at school and/or school functions:
  1. No sunglasses may be worn in the building.
  2. No caps or other head covering may be worn in the building including bandannas of any size
      or color may be worn.
  3. Sleeveless shirts may be worn BUT only under the following conditions:
          a. Girls shirt straps have to be two inches wide and the bra straps cannot show.
               Armholes cannot show the bra.
          b. Boy’s armholes should be no more than two inches down from the armpit.
               Exceptions to this rule may be made for PE provide that the students do not leave
               the gymnasium.
  4. No backless shirts, halter tops, “open back” or “open front” shirts are to be worn by anyone.
  5. Shirts and blouses must be long enough to be tucked into the pant and must cover
      undergarments.
  6. No revealing or obscene shirts may be worn.
  7. Tube tops cannot be worn for any reason with or without a button down shirt or with
      overalls, etc.
  8. No short-shorts or mini-skirts with them measuring to mid thigh.
  9. No clothing or jewelry should be worn that could be considered gang-related.
  10. No chains (wallet chains, etc) should be worn to school.
  11. Combs and picks should not be worn in the hair.
  12. Sagging pants are not allowed at school or any school related activity.
  13. No pajamas are to be worn to school.
  14. No holes in pants larger than a credit card and above the thigh.

  Tattoos, body piercing, unusual hairstyles and inappropriate dress are examples of appearance
  that the administration could deem inappropriate and disruptive to the educational
  surroundings. NO FACIAL PIERCING IS ALLOWED. The only allowable visible piercing ware
  those of the ear: however, students should be aware that the administration could deem certain
  earlobe piercings (excessive number of piercing, large items hanging from the earlobe, etc.) as
  unsafe, inappropriate and disruptive. Hair is to be worn neat and clean. Outrageous hairstyles,
  hair coloring or haircuts that cause a distraction will not be permitted. Natural hair coloring only
  (blond, red, black, brown).

  Exceptions to the dress code will be made on special occasions (spirit week, etc.). If other
  problems with student dress should arise, the principal reserves the right to determine the
  appropriateness of student appearance.

  On the first dress code violation, the student will be asked to change or go home. The second
  dress code violation will result in one day of ALC or OSS.
  ** One day of ALC or OSS will be added for each infraction thereafter.

BB.       Student Vehicles:
  Students who drive to school must register their vehicle in the principal’s office and show proof
  of insurance. Parking will be allowed in designated spaces only. Students are not to park in
  front of the high school building or in such a way as to block other vehicles.

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     CC. Withdrawal from school:
           A student who withdraws from school must see the counselor and principal. The student must
           return his/her books, complete the checkout procedure, and clear all fees with the office. The
           administration advises that withdrawing students have parents or guardians telephone the
           principal or counselor or present a written note stating the time and reason for withdrawal.
           Transcripts will not be sent until all school debts are paid.

     DD.           Enrollment and Dropping Procedures:
           Request for drop/add transfers is disrupting both classes (the one entered and the one
           dropped). Every student should carefully consider the classes they include in their schedule. A)
           5 day grace period, at the beginning of a new semester, is available for dropping classes. Classes
           dropped after the grace period will require approval of the principal. Should students transfer
           classes, he/she will be responsible for making up all assignments missed in the added class.

     EE.           Homework:
           Students will be expected to complete homework assignments in a timely manner. If a student
           fails to complete an assignment the teacher may: 1) give the student a zero credit on the
           assignment and 2) administer some form of punishment to persuade the student to complete
           the assignment.

     FF. Internet User Policy:
           Each student must have a parent/student signed Internet Agreement form on file in the office.
           If a student does not have the signed agreement, access to the Internet will be denied.

     GG.           Bell Schedule:
           1st Bell Rings at 8:00
           1st Period ………………………8:05-8:55                     5th Period (Jr. High)………..12:05-12:55
           2nd Period………………………8:59-9:49                      5th Period (HS)……………….11:41-12:31
           3rd Period………………………9:53-10:43                     High School Lunch………….12:35-12:55
           4th Period………………………10:47-11:37                    6th Period……………………….12:59-1:49
           Elem. Lunch…………………..10:40-11:40                   7th Period……………………….1:53-2:43
           Jr. High Lunch………………. 11:41-12:01

     HH.           Theft:
           Anyone that takes or attempts to take property of another will be subject to a 3 day out of
           school suspension for the first offense, a 5 day out of school suspension for the second offense,
           and a 10 day out of school suspension for the third offense. Subsequent offenses will be 10 day
           out of school suspensions with referral to the Superintendent of Schools for additional days to
           the 10 day out of school suspension.


V.   Student Support Services:
     A. Counseling Services:
           Students may wish to consult with the counselor concerning educational, personal matters and
           problems. Counselors are available to assist students in these areas. The counseling staff also
           helps students: (a) make positive adjustments to high school; (b) to recognize their educational
           and career interests, aptitudes, and weaknesses; and (c) make arrangements for attending


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          college or other post-secondary institutions. Students must have a pass form a counselor to
          present to the teacher(s) prior to any conference.

      B. Nursing Services:
          Students wanting to see the nurse must have a pass from a teacher unless extreme emergency.
          The nurse does not write P.E. excuses. The nurse has educational literature available for
          student use on a variety of health related subjects.

      C. Library Media Services:
          The Library Media Center is the information hub of Scott County Central. Reflecting the
          philosophy of developing independent learning, the LMC staff emphasizes skills that allow
          students not only to obtain information from books and media that support their class work, but
          also to develop the lifelong skills needed for reading for enrichment and recreation. The goal of
          the LMC’s flexibly accessed program, which allows students and faculty the opportunity to
          explore a wide range of research materials, is to provide a quality learning experience.

          Faculty are encouraged to work with the Library Media Specialist to weave the LMC’s
          information resources into their lesson plans. The LMC staff provides assistance in learning to
          use the card catalog, multimedia encyclopedias, periodical databases, and internet research.


VI.   School Sponsored Trips:
      The school schedules all buses to games or field trips and each bus is under the direction of a faculty
      member. Students are not to leave sponsored groups outings, such as field trips, tours of industry,
      athletic trips, band trips, etc. unless they have previously presented in writing parental permission
      to do so, and do actually leave with their parents. All trips are to be approved by the building
      principal.


VII. Extra-Curricular Activities:
      The value of extra-curricular activities in the school programs is recognized and student participation
      is encouraged. Activities shall be opened to all students of SCC, except in cases where a student
      might be on disciplinary probation or under suspension. Students participating in any activity shall
      be expected to be in attendance during the school day on which the activity is scheduled. The only
      exception would be a doctor or dental appointment or some emergency situation that might arise in
      the family and would be approved with the administration in advance. PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA-
      CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT, AND A STUDENT MAY LOSE THIS PRIVILEGE IF
      CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT. Any students serving an out of school suspension or an expulsion
      will not be allowed to participate in activities during the school day or attend extra-curricular
      activities on the day(s) of his/her suspension/expulsion. They will become eligible to participate in
      school activities upon their first day in school after their suspension/expulsion period.

      Those serving in the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) will not be allowed to participate in
      activities during the day or attend extra-curricular activities on the day(s) of his/her discipline,
      except on the last day when all requirements have been met.




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        A. Clubs and Organizations
        Students are encouraged to become an active member in one of the 11 clubs and organizations.
        Current clubs/organizations available to SCC students include:
            1. Art Club
            2. Band
            3. Beta Club
            4. FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
            5. Future Business Leaders of America
            6. Junior Beta Club
            7. History Club
            8. Pep Club
            9. Student Council
            10. Yearbook
            11. Smokebusters

        B. Criteria for Eligibility and Participation in Interscholastic Athletic
           Activities
        In order to be eligible for interscholastic activities, a student must: (1) be presently enrolled in and
        regularly attending courses that offer a minimum of 3.00 units of credit; (2) must have passed 3.00
        units of credit during the previous semester; (3) must be making satisfactory progress towards
        graduation; and (4) must be judged by the high school principal to be a good school citizen.

        SCC participates in 6 interscholastic activities. Students are encouraged to take part in some form of
        interscholastic competition. SCC interscholastic activities include:
            1. Boys’ Basketball                                         4. Softball
            2. Girls’ Basketball                                        5. Cheerleading
            3. Baseball                                                 6. Track

        C. School Dances
        The following rules apply to all dances at Scott County Central:
        1. High school students will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys and boys invite girls.
            Exceptions approved by the principal only. Junior high students may attend dances but will not
            be allowed to invite a guest. No elementary students are allowed to attend high school dances.
        2. Once you leave a school dance, you do not return.
        3. NO alcohol or smoking will be permitted in the building or on the school grounds.
        4. All students who invite out-of-town guests to dances must sign up in the high school office.
        5. Students at Scott County Central School and their guests whose actions are not considered
            creditable will not be allowed to attend social functions later in the school year.
        6. No one 21 years of age or older will be allowed to attend high school dances (unless he/she is a
            student at Scott County Central School).


VIII. Discrimination and Grievance Procedure:
The policies and practices support equal opportunity in its educational program. The Scott County Central
School District does not intend to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or sex in employment of
faculty and staff or treatment of students.



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The Scott County Central School District will comply with the goals and objectives of Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1992.

No person shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any academic, extra-curricular, research, vocational training, or other
education program or activity operated by the Scott County Central School District.

Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to Mr. Alvin McFerren, Superintendent of Schools.

The following procedures will be observed in recognizing a grievance in an impartial and factual manner.
Employees and students may register their grievances with the school authorities in this manner:
        a. All grievances must be presented in writing. The statement must include specific information as
            to date, time, place, and person(s) involved.
        b. The statement must be signed and identification given which will allow a proper reply to be
            made.
        c. The statement may be hand delivered or mailed to the administrator in charge of the building
            where the person works or attends classes.
        d. The administrator will meet with the person who has the grievance within ten days.
        e. If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved at this level, an appeal may be made to the
            administrator in charge of the building. If a solution is not reached at this level, it will be the
            responsibility of the Title IX coordinator to become involved in the process, and he or she will
            hear the complaint and review the statement and make recommendations to the
            superintendent and the board of education.


IX.        Grading Classification for Students, Grading Scale, Honor Criteria
           A. Classification for High School Students
              A freshman is a student that has successfully completed the eighth grade. A sophomore is
              defined as a student that has completed six units of approved coursework before the beginning
              of their third semester. A junior is defined as a student that has completed twelve units of
              approved courses before beginning of their fifth semester. A senior is defined as a student who
              has attended at least six semesters of high school and can schedule, as part of the normal seven
              periods, the courses required to receive a high school diploma.

           B. Grading Scale
                                                      Grades 1 thru 12
   96-100             A                      80-82            B-                     67-69             D+
   90-95              A-                     77-79            C+                     63-66             D
   87-89              B+                     73-76            C                      60-62             D-
   83-86              B                      70-72            C-                     0-59              F

           C. Grade System – 4 Point Grade Scale
      A       =       4.00                    B-      =       2.67                    D+       =       1.33
      A-      =       3.67                    C+      =       2.33                    D        =       1.00
      B+      =       3.33                    C       =       2.00                    D-       =       0.67
      B       =       3.00                    C-      =       1.67                    F        =       0.00

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D. High School Graduation Requirements
  English                 4 units
  Math                    3 units
  Science                 3 units
  Social Studies          3 units (1)Am. Hist., (1) SS, (1) Am. Gov’t.
  Fine Arts               1 unit
  Practical Arts          1 unit
  Physical Education      2 units
  Health                  ½ unit
  Personal Finance        ½ unit
  Electives               6 units
  TOTAL                   24 units

  No student will go through the graduation ceremony unless all graduation requirements have
  been met, including the minimum 24 units of credit.

E. College Bound Curriculum
                                                Classes That Fulfill Requirements
  English                 4 units               English I, II, III, College Preparatory English IV
  Math                    3 units               Algebra I, II, Geometry, Adv.Math Pre-Calculus
  3 units                 Phys. Science, Chem., Anat./Phys., Biology I, Earth Science
  3 units                 Government, World History, American History, Geography
  Fine Arts               1 unit                Art I, II, III, IV, Band I, II, III, IV
  Practical Arts          1 unit                Spanish I, II
  Physical Education      2 units
  Health                  ½ unit
  Personal Finance        ½ unit
  Electives               6 units               Core Subjects or Foreign Language
  TOTAL                   24 units

F. Honor Roll Policy
  Honor roll recognition will be awarded to students grade 7-12 with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or
  higher with no F’s for the quarter.

  In order to receive the Missouri College Preparatory Studies Certificate upon graduation,
  students must maintain a “B” average in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and
  Social Studies and receive a score of 1020 on SAT, or 21 on ACT.

G. Senior Valedictorian Policy
  Valedictorian – The honor of senior class Valedictorian is granted to the senior/s with the
  highest grade point average. To be eligible for the Valedictorian, a senior must be enrolled in
  the college preparatory program of study and also must have attended Scott County Central for
  a minimum of four consecutive semesters, including the entire junior and senior years.
  Salutatorian – The student whose rank (based on a 4.0 grading scale) is directly below that of
  the valedictorian/s. To be eligible for the Salutatorian, a senior must be enrolled in the college
  preparatory program of study and also must have attended Scott County Central for a minimum
  of four consecutive semesters, including the entire junior and senior years.

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X.   K-8 Promotion and Retention
     A. Promotion of Students to the Next Higher Grade
     The goal of this policy is to establish and implement regulations for promotion and retention that
     will best meet the needs of the students of Scott County Central Elementary. The regulations
     described the standards students must meet in order to maintain academic excellence and to be
     considered for promotion from one grade to the next.

     The purposes of these regulations are to:
           Communicate the district’s standards and expectations for academic performance to the
              community.
           Provide reasonable guidelines for teachers, counselors, and administrators for determining
              the promotion or retention of a student.
           To stipulate the procedures to be followed for those students who have not met the
              promotion criteria.
     This policy will be applicable to all students who are in regular school program. Students functioning
     in special education programs will be governed by their Individual Educational Plans (IEP). The
     district will administer this policy fairly, equitably, and consistently in the schools.

     B. Promotion
         Kindergarten:
                 Kindergarten students who are not developmentally ready for first grade may be
         considered for retention. Children who will be six years old on or before September 1 will be
         assigned to first grade unless sound documentation exists indicating that retention in
         kindergarten is warranted and in the best interest of the student’s future academic success.
         Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis involving parent/guardian, teacher, principal, and
         support staff.

     C. Grades One and Two
         The School District of Scott County will promote students in grades one and two based on the
         following criterion:
          A student must demonstrate mastery on 80% of the grade level curriculum standards in
              reading/English, language arts, and mathematics. Mastery will be evidenced by test results,
              classroom performance, and/or portfolios of student work.
          Although the primary consideration for promotion is the student’s academic achievement,
              other factors will be considered before the final decision is made. Other factors that may be
              considered are report cards, interim reports, portfolios, attendance records, and
              intervention records. The final decision concerning promotion or retention rests with the
              teacher and the principal. If the student has two or more semester F’s for the school year,
              the student may be retained in their current grade under the agreement of the
              administrator, teacher, support staff and parent.

     D. Grade Three through Six
         Promotion/retention decisions for all students will be determined by the student’s ability to
         perform at the current grade level based on assessment results, the student’s class
         performance, and/or teacher judgment.



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  If the student has two or more semester F’s for the school year, the student may be retained in
  their current grade under the agreement of the administrator, teacher, support staff, and
  parent.

E. Grades Seven through Eight
  Promotion/retention decisions for all students will be determined by the student’s ability to
  perform at the current grade level based on assessment results, the student’s class
  performance, and/or teacher judgment.
  Students may be retained if they fail at least fifty percent of the core subjects where a grade is
  given during the current school year. The term “core subject” refers to Math, Science, Social
  Studies, and English.

F. Retention
  Parent Conferences
  Before the end of the first quarter, the school will notify each parent/legal guardian of a student
  in grades kindergarten through six performing below grade level of the need for a conference
  using the following procedure:
        A letter will be sent to the parent(s)/legal guardians inviting them for a conference.
        The notification will be made at least 10 days prior to the conference date.
  The school will identify performing below grade level based on one or more of the following
  criteria:
        Assessment results
        School work
        Teacher judgment
  At the conference, the student, parent/legal guardian and appropriate school personnel will
  discuss the necessary steps to ensure student success at the current grade level in order to be
  prepared for the next grade level. An academic assistance plan will be developed at the
  conference. If needed, the school will hold another conference for those students placed on
  academic probation at the end of summer school.

G. Failure of Parent to Attend Conference
  The school must make reasonable efforts to schedule the conference at a time convenient to
  the parent/legal guardian and only after those attempts have been made and documented
  should a mentor be assigned. If a parent fails to attend the conference, the school must appoint
  a school mentor (school official) to work with the student and advocate for services for the
  student. The mentor’s role should be to represent the academic interests of the student at the
  initial conference. The mentor will observe all district policies regarding confidentiality of
  information. A copy of the academic development plan with a school mentor must be sent to
  the parent(s)/legal guardian by certified mail.

H. End of the Year Review
  For grades K-6 appropriate school personnel, as determined by the school, will review the
  student’s progress at the end of the school year. If a student’s work is not at grade level, the
  district may retain the student at his/her present grade, and/or require the student to attend
  summer school in order to be promoted to the next higher grade. Students in grades 7-8 may
  be retained if they fail at least fifty percent of the core subjects, where a grade is given during
  the current school year. The term “core subject” refers to Math, Science, Social Studies, and
  English.

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       I. Appeals Process
           The parent/legal guardian may appeal the summer school or retention decision to the principal.
           Parents who choose to appeal must do so in writing within seven days after the last day of
           school year and must specify the reasons for disagreement with the recommendation. The
           principal will render a decision on the matter within ten (10) working days after receipt of the
           appeal. The decision and the reasons will be in writing and copies sent to the appellant and
           placed in the permanent record of the child.

       J. Communication with Parents
           The District will distribute the promotion/retention policy to every parent. The district will also
           make every effort to educate and inform parents and students through newsletters, student
           handbooks, and PTO meetings.

           As soon as school officials make a recommendation for retention, and/or summer school
           attendance, the principal or his/her designee will communicate this decision in writing to
           parent/legal guardian. This notification will be made no later than the last working day for
           teachers.


XI.    Care of School Property:
       All basic texts are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks are to be kept
       clean and handled carefully. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN in the book in case it is
       misplaced. Sorry, but we DO charge a fine based on the principal’s or teacher’s judgment for abuse,
       misuse, or lost books.
                  Books are not to be left in the hallway at any time. When not in use, books are to be
                  stored in one’s desk or locker.
                  Students who disfigure property or do other damage to school property will be subject to
                  disciplinary action and be required to pay for the damage.


XII.   Sexual Harassment of Students:
       The School District strictly prohibits sexual harassment of student by employees or other students.
       Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other
       verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
       a. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational
           performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
       b. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a
           student’s academic status or progress; or
       c. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for evaluating the
           student’s performance within a course of study or other school related activity.


XIII. No Child Left Behind
       The Scott County Central School District is required to inform you of certain information that you,
       according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know.

       Upon your request this district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following
       information:

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        Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels
         and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
     Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which
         state qualification or licensing has been waived.
     Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
     What Baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or
         degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.
In addition to the information that parents may request, this district must provide to each individual
parent the following:
     Information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic
         assessments as required under this part; and
     Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four more
         consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

A. Standard Complaint Resolution Procedure for No Child Left Behind
   Programs
    This complaint resolution applies to all programs administered by the Missouri Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

    A complaint is a formal allegation that a specific federal or state law or regulation has been
    violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by school district personnel or by Department of
    Education personnel.

    Any parent or guardian, surrogate parent, teacher, administrator, school board member or
    other person directly involved with any program, activity, or project operated under the general
    supervision of the Department may file a complaint. Such a complaint must be in writing and
    signed; it will provide specific details of the situation and indicate the law or regulation that is
    allegedly being violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted.

    The written, signed complaint must be filed and resolution pursued in accordance with local
    district policy: Any such complaints must be submitted to Mr. Alvin McFerren, Scott County
    Central Superintendent. If the issue cannot be resolved at the local level, the complainant may
    file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Education. If there is not evidence that the
    parties have attempted in good faith to resolve the complaint at the local level, the Department
    may require the parties to do so and may provide technical assistance to facilitate such
    resolution.

    Any persons directly affected by the actions of the Department may file a similarly written
    complaint if they believe state or federal laws or regulations have been violated, misapplied, or
    misinterpreted by the Department itself.

    Anyone wishing more information about this procedure or how complaints are resolved may
    contact local district or Department personnel.

B. Federal Programs – Parent Guardian Notification
    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires notification to parents/guardians when any of the
    following situations exist in a district receiving Federal funds.


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         1. Districts must annually disseminate Federal Programs Complaint Resolution Procedures to
            parents/guardians of students and appropriate private school officials representatives.
         2. At the beginning of each school year, a participating school district must notify the
            parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds that they
            may request, and the district will provide in a timely manner, information regarding the
            professional qualifications on their child’s classroom teachers and nay paraprofessionals
            providing services to their child.
         3. A building that receives Title I funds must provide all parents/guardians notice that their
            child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a
            teacher or person who is not properly certified.
         4. When a school is identified for School Improvement, the district must notify the
            parents/guardians of all children in the identified Title I building of its School Improvement
            status. Yearly updates are provided to parents with available options until the building is no
            longer identified for improvement.
         5. Within thirty days after the beginning of the school year, a district must inform
            parents/guardians that their limited English proficient (LEP) child has been identified for
            participation in a language instruction education program.
         6. Parents/guardians of students enrolled in a persistently dangerous school, or students who
            are victims of violent criminal offense while on school property, must be notified of their
            option to transfer their student to a school that is not designated persistently dangerous.
            (From the Missouri Consolidate Federal Programs Administrative Manual, January 2005)


XIV. Public Notice
     All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students,
     including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the child’s third birthday through
     age twenty (20), regardless of the child’s disability. Disabilities include: learning disabilities, mental
     retardation, behavior disorders, emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or
     articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health
     impaired, multi-handicapped, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education and traumatic
     brain injury.

                                              VISITORS
                       It is extremely important that classroom activities be
                       interrupted as seldom as possible.

                       Visitors MUST report to the principal’s office upon
                       arriving at school.

                       There will be no visitors during lunchtime.




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