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					Oyler High School




Home of the Hatmakers!
  Student Handbook
“Discipline yourself so others won't have to.”
               - John Wooden




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                                  Table of Contents

OYLER HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK
OYLER HIGH SCHOOL CONTRACT                               3
       MISSION STATEMENT                                 4
       HISTORY OF OYLER HIGH SCHOOL                      4
       TEAM BASED SCHOOL
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS                                5
       CLASSROOM BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS                  5
       HOMEWORK BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS                   6
       CAMPUS BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS                     6
       IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION BEHAVIORAL                    6
DISCIPLINE                                                7
       DISCIPLINE LADDER                                  7
       SATURDAY SCHOOL                                    8
       IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)                         8
       ATTENDANCE POLICY                                  8
              TARDY TO SCHOOL                             8
              TARDY TO CLASS                              8
              ABSENT FROM SCHOOL                          8
              EARLY DISMISSAL                             9
              CONSEQUENCES FOR ATTENDANCE VIOLATIONS      9
       ADULT STUDENTS AT OYLER                           10
       DRESS CODE                                        10
MEDICAL SUPPORT                                          10
       EMERGENCY MEDICAL FORMS                           11
       DISPENSING MEDICATION                             11
       IMMUNIZATIONS                                     11
COUNSELING AND SUPPORT                                   11
SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY                               11
       BEFORE SCHOOL                                     11
       VISITORS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY                    12
       STUDENT MESSAGES                                  12
       DISMISSAL                                         12
       BUILDING CLEANLINESS                              12
       STUDENT LOCKERS                                   12
       LOCKERS AND LOCKER TIMES                          12
STUDENT FEES                                             13
FIELD TRIPS AND ASSEMBLIES                               13
FOOD                                                     13
HALL PASSES                                              13
PHONE USE                                                13
CELL PHONES, MP3 PLAYERS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES   13
GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES                                  14
PUPIL TRANSPORTATION POLICY                              15
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT                                        15
HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING                         15
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                                  15
OHIO GRADUATION TEST                                     15
TESTING DAYS                                             15
INTERVENTION ASSISTANCE TEAM                             15
SAMPLE ISS REFERRAL AND REFLECTION FORM                  17



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                                 OYLER HIGH SCHOOL CONTRACT

I confirm that I have read and understand the rules and expectations in the Oyler High School
handbook. I further understand that students at Oyler are also subject to all the rules
expectations that Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati holds for students. If I
have a disagreement regarding these rules, I will discuss my concern peacefully with the
appropriate school authority.

School Staff Will:
1. Understand the mission of the school and remind their students to work toward the mission
2. Provide an orderly and safe environment for students to learn and develop good habits
3. Report student progress to parents through conferences, mid-term reports, report cards, achievement test results,
    performance test results
4. Provide opportunities for parents to learn how to help students
5. Provide instructional services to students in need of further assistance
6. Provide a supportive environment for the development of the basic skills in all subject areas
7. Provide instructional activities which may include before and after school tutoring
8. Communicate with parents regarding behavioral concerns, academic concerns, ISS referrals, or other issues that may
    impact the student’s performance
9. Solve problems peacefully
10. Respect the school, students, staff, and family

Parents Will:
1. Understand the mission of the school and remind their children to work toward the mission
2. Provide a quiet time and place for homework, monitor assignments, and set limits
3. Ensure that their children attend school every day and arrive on time and inform the school if children will be absent
4. Ensure that their children get adequate sleep, regular medical and dental attention, and proper nutrition
5. Be supportive of the school through attendance at Parent-Teacher conferences and school functions and updating phone
    and address information as needed
6. Notify the school of any special concerns or circumstances such as extended absence, student pregnancy, counseling
    concerns, and other situations that may impact a student’s academic life
7. Communicate the importance of education and learning to their children
8. Solve problems peacefully
9. Respect the school, students, staff, and family

Students Will:
1. Understand the work towards the mission of the school
2. Take pride in their work
3. Make education a high priority by working to achieve and exceed potential
4. Take responsibility for their learning, behavior, and success
5. Demonstrate the ability to make mature, independent, productive choices and accept responsibility for those choices
6. Come to school on time and ready for learning
7. Come to every class with necessary materials, assignments, and homework
8. Actively participate in class and ask appropriate questions
9. Spend some time outside of the school day preparing for class
10. Know and follow school and class rules
11. Communicate regularly with their parents and teachers about school experiences so they can be helped to succeed in
    school
12. Solve problems peacefully
13. Respect the school, students, staff, and family



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Student Signature

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Parent Signature

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School Staff Signature

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Mission Statement
It is the mission of Oyler High School to support and uplift Lower Price Hill by preparing students
for meaningful employment and personal success. We are lifelong learners and we emphasize
the academic skills, personal habits, and human compassion successful people must have to
graduate in order to make a better life for themselves and for the next generation.

History of Oyler High School
Oyler High School began in the fall of 2006 in response to a significant problem in our
neighborhood. At that time, many students who completed our elementary program went to
other area high schools and soon dropped out. The community feared this significant drop out
rate would make it difficult for young people to find employment and make a better life for
themselves. The Lower Price Hill community demanded a high school in the neighborhood so
that families and school personnel could continue to work closely with high school age students
help them meet their goal of graduating from high school. Parents, community leaders, and
local businesses banded together to provide a program that is sensitive to the needs of our
students. The Lower Price Hill community demanded a small high school tailored to the needs
of neighborhood students so that families and school personnel could continue to work closely
with high school students and help them meet their goal of graduating from high school.

Thus, the goal of our school has always been to ensure that all students graduate from high
school. Oyler High School is interested in preparing students to get their diploma, prepare for a
career, and get a job.

Team Based School
Oyler High School is a team-based school. Teachers work together to plan educational activities
that help students meet their goals. Teachers also meet to discuss enrichment opportunities,
behavioral concerns, and planning for student success in the workplace and in higher education.
Teachers encourage students to build habits that will help them in the future. If you would like to
make an appointment with your child’s teachers, contact the main office (363-4100) and ask to
speak to your child’s team leader.

Parents are also a vital part of the team. Parents are always welcome at Oyler High School. We
encourage you to visit your students’ classrooms, get acquainted with teachers, see your child’s
work, and to understand the many exciting changes taking place. For the safety of our students,
we ask that ALL school visitors report to the office before entering a classroom. For the
convenience of all persons visiting schools, we ask that you contact the office (363-4100) prior to
any visit so that an appointment can be made with the team. All school visitors/volunteers must
report to the office to sign in and pick up a guest pass before entering a classroom. To assure
safety at Oyler, we have trained our school personnel to stop and ask unfamiliar faces for proper
visitor identification. If this happens to you, please don't be offended. It is for the safety of our
students, your children.

School Staff Will:
1. Understand the mission of the school and remind their students to work toward the mission
2. Provide an orderly and safe environment for students to learn and develop good habits
3. Report student progress to parents through conferences, mid-term reports, report cards,
   achievement test results, performance test results
4. Provide opportunities for parents to learn how to help students
5. Provide instructional services to students in need of further assistance
6. Provide a supportive environment for the development of the basic skills in all subject areas
7. Provide instructional activities which may include before and after school tutoring

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8. Communicate with parents regarding behavioral concerns, academic concerns, ISS referrals,
    or other issues that may impact the student’s performance
9. Solve problems peacefully
10. Respect the school, students, staff, and family

Parents Will:
1. Understand the mission of the school and remind their children to work toward the mission
2. Provide a quiet time and place for homework, monitor assignments, and set limits
3. Ensure that their children attend school every day and arrive on time and inform the school if
   children will be absent
4. Ensure that their children get adequate sleep, regular medical and dental attention, and
   proper nutrition
5. Be supportive of the school through attendance at Parent-Teacher conferences and school
   functions and updating phone and address information as needed
6. Notify the school of any special concerns or circumstances such as extended absence,
   student pregnancy, counseling concerns, and other situations that may impact a student’s
   academic life
7. Communicate the importance of education and learning to their children
8. Solve problems peacefully
9. Respect the school, students, staff, and family

Students Will:
1. Understand and work towards the mission of the school
2. Take pride in their work
3. Make education a high priority by working to achieve and exceed potential
4. Take responsibility for their learning, behavior, and success
5. Demonstrate the ability to make mature, independent, productive choices and accept
    responsibility for those choices
6. Come to school on time and ready for learning
7. Come to every class with necessary materials, assignments, and homework
8. Actively participate in class and ask appropriate questions
9. Spend some time outside of the school day preparing for class
10. Know and follow school and class rules
11. Communicate regularly with their parents and teachers about school experiences so they can
    be helped to succeed in school
12. Solve problems peacefully
13. Respect the school, students, staff, and family

Positive Behavior Supports
Oyler High School encourages students to prepare themselves for life after high school by
exhibiting behavior that would be appropriate for the workplace or in higher education. Our
unique setting in a K-12 school requires that our high school student model their best behavior,
especially in front of our younger students. The habits students form today are the best
predictor of success in the future.

                          “Discipline yourself so others won't have to.”
                                         - John Wooden

CLASSROOM BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
1. Attend all of your classes every day.
2. Arrive on time to all classes.

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3. Keep a daily written record of all assignments and due dates in your planner.
4. Be prepared! Bring all materials to class each day, including: binder, paper, books, pens,
    pencils, and assignments. Going back to your locker after the bell rings is not acceptable
    behavior.
5. Take notes in all classes.
6. Complete all assignments in a diligent, responsible, timely manner.
7. Do your own work. It is unacceptable to plagiarize from another student or source, including
    the internet, or to give or receive information during a test or assignment.
8. If you have questions regarding any class, or need more help on an assignment, ask a
    teacher for assistance.
9. Participate in class. You will learn more and class will be more interesting to you if you are an
    active participant.
10. Be positive. Disruptive behavior in the classroom may result in a student being asked to
    leave the classroom. If this happens, report IMMEDIATELY, without argument, to the ISS
    room. You will always have an opportunity to explain your position, but you do not have the
    right to disrupt class.

HOMEWORK BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
1. Treat homework as a priority in your daily schedule. Complete your assigned homework
   every day.
2. Use the many resources that Oyler students have to improve their grades. The Teen Center,
   Boys and Girls Club, College Resource Center, the guidance counselor, as well as your
   teachers, offer tutoring and academic enrichment opportunities. Take advantage of them.
3. Complete and review your notes every night. Summarize daily lessons; read daily; look up
   information on your own.
4. Have a quiet, well-lit place at home to study.
5. Share what you're learning with your family. Encourage friends and younger siblings to study.
6. Exhibit a positive attitude about school and homework. Support students who are dedicated
   to their schooling. Never distract someone from their academic and vocational pursuits.

CAMPUS BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
1. Respect and courtesy must be shown to everyone at Oyler: high school students, middle
   school students, elementary students, faculty, parents, guests, safety officers, and
   administrators.
2. Avoid using profanity and racial, ethnic, or sexual slurs at any time but especially in the
   presence of our elementary and middle school students.
3. Refrain from all forms of harassment and intimidation.
4. Appreciate the Oyler High School facilities. Do not tolerate vandalism or damage to
   classrooms, restrooms, or other school property.
5. Maintain quiet in the hallways. When classes are dismissed, leave classrooms quietly.
   Refrain from yelling and shouting, especially when traveling to the first and second floor.
   Students should be prepared to show a hall pass to any staff member who asks for one.
   Students who cannot produce a hall pass will be escorted to ISS.
6. Solve problems peacefully. See an adult on our campus if you need assistance.
7. Oyler is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted on our campus.

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
1. Be positive. Disruptive behavior in the classroom may result in a student being asked to
   leave the classroom. If this happens, the student must report QUIETLY AND IMMEDIATELY,
   without argument, to the ISS room. You will always have an opportunity to explain your
   position, but you do not have the right to disrupt class.

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2. Students sent to ISS must take the referral from the sending teacher and deliver it to the ISS
   monitor. Students who destroy their referral are likely to have further consequences.
3. Upon arriving in ISS, students will fill out the reflection form on the back of the referral.
   Refusing to do the reflection will result in further consequences.
4. Teachers, security, administration, and the ISS monitor are trained not to discuss the incident
   until a student has filled out the reflection form.
5. ISS is a place to reflect on behavior and calm down so that a child can return to the
   classroom. It is a time out but not the only consequence that disruptive behaviors warrant.
   Upon a student’s return to class after an ISS referral, the teacher and student will discuss the
   reasons a student was sent to ISS, choices that would have been better to make, and how to
   behave in the future. Consequences will be assigned at that time.
6. Teachers are advised to contact parents any time that a student is sent to ISS.
7. Students in ISS are expected to remain seated, quiet, and working for the duration of their
   time in ISS. Students who do not meet these expectations will be subject to further
   disciplinary consequences.
8. Students are responsible to make up the classwork they miss when they are in ISS.

Discipline:

Many of our Oyler High School students were at one time Oyler Elementary students. Please
note that the high school and the elementary have two different disciplinary systems. The
expectations for behavior are higher for a high school student than they are for an elementary
student. Because of this, the consequences for disruptive or negative behavior are greater for
the high school student. The high school team and the principal will employ the methods
described below for behaviors that disrupt learning. Methods that are rarely used in elementary
school—72-hour removal, referrals to the Alternative to Suspension Center—are commonly
used with high school students because we expect older students to know how they should
behave.

Students are expected to follow the district’s code of conduct. If a child is not following the
district’s code of conduct, consequences will be handed out. It is important to understand how
these consequences will be given, but the general rule is that the consequences will be harsher
the more a student receives them. A good rule to follow is to discipline yourself so a
teacher/administrator doesn’t have to!

Discipline ladder:
Keep in mind that each teacher is different, so the frequency and type of discipline may vary
from teacher to teacher. Generally for minor offenses, teachers may give:

      Verbal warnings
      Writing Assignments
      Work Details/Detentions
      Student/Teacher Conferences
      Team Conferences
      Loss of Privileges (hallway passes, early lunch dismissal, special programs)
      Bells/Days in ISS

Generally, each one of the consequences will also involve a phone call home. If the
consequences do not bring about better behavior, then a student will enter the discipline ladder
as follows:


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       Saturday School
       72-hour Emergency Removal with a mandatory parent/teacher/student conference
       Out-of-school Suspension with Instruction (OSI) for 5 days
       Referral to Alternative to Suspension Center (A2S)
       Referral and recommendation for Alternative to Expulsion (A2E) for expulsion

Of course some major violations of the rules, such as drug or alcohol, require mandatory A2S or
A2E consequences. In these instances the district-wide code of conduct policies will be followed.

Saturday School:
Teachers may assign Saturday Schools as a consequence. Saturday School will run from 9 am
to 12 pm. Students are expected to be working in Saturday School on schoolwork. It is NOT
nap time. Students not following the rules of Saturday School will be removed from Saturday
School, and the student will NOT receive credit for serving it. Failure to serve or receive credit
for serving Saturday school will result in an automatic 3 day removal and parent conference.

In School Suspension (ISS):
ISS is usually NOT a consequence. If a student is placed in ISS, it usually means that a teacher
does not have time right then to hand out a consequence. A consequence will come later, after
teacher and student have had time to reflect on the situation. When a student is assigned to
ISS, the assigning teacher will call home that day. Upon arrival to ISS, students will fill out a
reflection form as to why they have been placed in ISS. The student’s responses are considered
when the teacher decides what consequences would be appropriate. Students must fill out the
form in ISS or they will receive further consequences.

Once this form is thoroughly completed, the student must be working on school work. Napping,
talking with other students, listening to music is forbidden in ISS. Failure to follow these rules
will result in a student being put out of ISS on an automatic 3 day removal with a mandatory
parent conference.

Attendance Policy:
Tardy to School
Just like all employees are expected to arrive at work on time, all students are expected to come
to school everyday on time. The school day for high school students is from 7:45-2:15. If a
student comes to school between 7:45 and the end of first bell, they must report to room 303 for
a tardy slip. Students will then be sent to their first bell class. If a student reports after the
beginning of second bell, students will be held in the tardy center until an appropriate break in
the school schedule to be sent to class.

Students must have a written note explaining their tardiness to school. If a student unexcused
has an unexcused tardy, the student will be required to stay in the tardy center until 2:15 instead
of being released for lunch. If a student is frequently tardy, a referral will be made to the School
Social Worker and the parent and student will be cited to court and possibly fined.

Tardy to Class
Students who are tardy to class will be referred to the tardy center instead of lunch. They will be
dismissed from the tardy center at 2:15.

Absent from School
Students are discouraged from missing any school. When high school students graduate and
get jobs, absences severely impact the paycheck. Oyler is trying to help students develop good

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habits that will make them successful in their future. Attendance at school is one of the best
predictors of this. The academic calendar is arranged with regular breaks and holidays.
Students get out of school early enough in the day to take care of most business appointments.
Families are encouraged to make appointments at times that students will not be at school.

If a student is going to be out for an extended period of time, such as for a vacation or
pregnancy, the student must make arrangements with their teachers prior to being out.

If a student will be absent, please notify our Attendance Hotline at 363-4187 the day of the
absence. Upon return from an absence, the student should provide a note from a
parent/guardian/doctor explaining his/her absence, or have the parent/guardian/doctor call to do
the same. The note/phone call should be specific as to
     the nature of the absence,
     parent signature and
     a daytime phone number where the parent can be reached to verify the absence.
This note/phone call will also enable the student to receive any work they may have missed
while absent. In the case of an unexcused absence, it is up to the individual teacher whether or
not to allow make-up work.

Early Dismissal
The Oyler High School day begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:15. It is vital that all students are at
school for the whole day. Absence or early dismissal cheats students of instruction. When a
rare emergency arises and a student must leave early, please follow these procedures.

If a parent knows that a student will be leaving school early, the parent should write a note that
explains:
     reason for early dismissal
     parent signature
     phone number where the parent can be reached to verify the note

The student must bring this note to Ms. Applegate, our tardy center coordinator, PRIOR TO
7:45. This allows Ms. Applegate time to verify the note and creates the least disruption to the
student’s school day.

In the case of an emergency, please call Ms. Applegate directly and inform her when the parent
will arrive to pick up the student. Students are not allowed to have cell phones in class. Calling
the student’s cell phone in these situations causes more disruption to the school day.

Exam days are full school days and students will be in academic activities for the full school day.
Students are not excused from school after their tests. They are expected to be in class for the
entire school day.

Consequences for Attendance Violations
Students will also be cited to court if they are deemed to be “habitually truant” or “chronically
truant”. Habitually truant means a student is absent without a legitimate excuse for five or more
consecutive days, seven or more school days in a month, or twelve or more school days in a
year. Chronically truant means a student is absent without a legitimate excuse for seven or
more days consecutively, ten or more days in a month, or fifteen or more school days in a year.
After eight unexcused absences in a quarter, the teacher has the right to assign an X (failing due
to attendance) grade for the student.

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Examples of acceptable reasons for                 Examples of unacceptable reasons for
tardiness/absences                                 tardiness/absences

court proceedings                                  oversleeping
serious illness (with a doctor’s note)             missing the bus
death in the family                                having a headache
changing residences                                avoiding classwork

Consequences can be given for excessive tardiness to class or school. Consequences can also
be given for unexcused absences.

Adult Students at Oyler
Once a student turns 18, he/she is considered an adult. We expect a more mature student at
that point. By coming to school, adult students agree to follow all the rules of the school. Adult
students who do not follow our rules may be asked to leave this program for another one.

Dress Code
In the same way that an employee must dress appropriately for work, students must dress
appropriately for school. Students cannot wear items expose their bodies or have pictures or
slogans that are inappropriate. Inappropriate clothing may include (but are not limited to):

      clothing with inappropriate                         bandanas
       wording or pictures                                 gang-affiliated clothing or symbols
      tank tops                                           jackets
      spaghetti straps                                    winter coats
      revealing clothing                                  pajamas
      undergarments as outerwear                          house slippers
      hats                                                other clothing our principal deems
      “do-rags”                                             inappropriate for school
If students are dressed inappropriately they will be offered a different clothing to wear that
they must return to school. School personnel may hold a piece of collateral to insure that the
clothing is returned at the end of the day.

If inappropriately dressed students refuse to wear the clothing the school offers, they will be
sent to ISS. The parent will be called to bring more suitable clothing and the student will be
assigned a Saturday school.

Medical Support

The School Based Health Center is staffed by a full time school nurse and a full time nurse
practitioner. The Health Center can provide a wide range of services including the following:
 Evaluation and treatment of illness/injury
 Physicals for sports and work
 Immunizations
 Hearing screenings
 Referrals for dental services and eye exams
 Prescription medications (in conjunction with the Price Hill Clinic)
 Annual physicals can be scheduled with the nurse practitioner


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In order to take advantage of these services, students must have a Fast Track form on file in
the Health Center. Forms will be passed out at the start of the school year and will be available
at the Health Center throughout the year.

The Health Center will not accept walk-ins or students with passes. If a student needs to see
the nurse, his/her teacher must call the Health Center before sending the student. Students
may not go to the Health Center until their teacher has spoken to the school nurse. If a
student has an appointment with the nurse practitioner, someone from the Health Center will call
or come to the classroom.

Parents, please do not send your child to school if they are sick with fever, vomiting, nausea,
ringworm, head lice, etc. If an ill student comes to school and the nurse recommends sending
the child home, the parent is responsible for arranging transportation for the student. If your
child is absent due to an illness, please send a written note with the student when he/she
returns.

Emergency Medical Forms
Emergency medical authorization forms must be completed and returned to school. The school
must have a completed emergency medical authorization form on file before any emergency
medical treatment can be provided by emergency personnel. These forms will be sent home the
first day of school and must be returned as soon as possible. Students may not attend any field
trips without an emergency medical form on file.

Dispensing Medication
A medical form must be on file in the nurse's office in order for any medications can be
dispensed at school. This form must be completed and signed by your family physician. (This
applies to both prescription and nonprescription medication.)

Immunizations
It is mandatory that all student shot records are up to date. Failure to comply requires
removal from school.

Counseling and Support
Oyler has many services available to students who are experiencing problems or need
guidance. The school counselor has many resources available for students and parents.
Please contact the school counselor or another trusted school staff member for help with
problems like:
 depression                                        grief counseling
 suicidal thoughts                                 stress
 cutting                                           financial problems
 relationship problems                             homelessness
 pregnancy                                         career counseling
 fighting/bullying                                 drugs/alcohol
 repeated arguments with friends                   boyfriend/girlfriend problems
 failing grades                                    college counseling
 family problems                                   or anything else that concerns you
 neighborhood concerns

School Safety and Security
Oyler must maintain a safe and orderly environment in order to encourage study habits.
Security guards are on hand during the school day and at school-sponsored activities. There
are 33 surveillance cameras in and outside the building to help ensure the safety of students
and staff. Please adhere to the following school policies to help us ensure that your child is
safe at school.

Before School
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Students enter the building at the Online door, at the corner of Staebler and Peggy Lane.
Students are escorted to their lockers and must be in their classrooms at 7:45 a.m.




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Visitors During the School Day
 No visitors during the school day other than parents/guardians.
 Any visitors to Oyler School must enter through the playground door near Burns St. Press
   the buzzer. Wait to be acknowledged, enter the building and report to the office for a
   visitor pass. If a visitor is seen in the hallways or classroom without a pass, he/she will be
   asked to return to the office to receive one.
 If you would like to speak to a teacher or request a conference, this request needs to be
   arranged with the teacher before or after school, not during valuable instructional time.
   Please call the teacher directly or call 363-4100 to arrange a meeting with the team.
 If you are coming to pick your child up early from school, the child will be called from the
   classroom once you arrive, and the parent must sign the child out with the office.
   Advanced notification to the classroom teacher and the office is greatly appreciated. Only
   those persons listed on the emergency medical card will be allowed to pick up the student
   from school.

Student Messages
At Oyler School, we take education very seriously. Our students are held to high
expectations and instructional time is very valuable. We do not interrupt class time unless it
is an emergency. Emergency messages will be delivered only if the caller is an authorized
contact on emergency forms and the nature of the emergency is clearly stated. If it is an
emergency, the message will be forwarded to the student. Please make sure that
arrangements for after school care/transportation are arranged with the student prior to
leaving home. This is for the safety of our students.

Dismissal
High school dismissal begins at 2:15. Students must leave school grounds promptly at
dismissal unless they are staying for an after school club or activity. In this case, students
should meet the advisor in the designated area. Otherwise students will not be allowed to re-
enter the building. If a high school student is serving a detention and has younger siblings to
care for, parents must make other arrangements for those children. The younger child may
not wait for them unsupervised on school grounds.

Building Cleanliness
We have a full time custodial staff that works hard to keep our building clean and in great
shape. Any student found defacing or destroying school property will be given a
consequence that may result in assignment to ISS, Alternative to suspension, or a fine to
cover the cost of damages. Twenty-four hour camera surveillance monitors building activity.

Student Lockers (board policy 5144.3)
Lockers belong to Cincinnati Public Schools; however students are provided use of the
lockers with limited purposes. Administration, security, CPS Response Team, as well as any
other district representatives has the right to search student lockers and the contents of the
lockers when considered appropriate. Lockers may be inspected for the following (but not
limited to) reasons:
         1. To encourage cleanliness and a healthy environment
         2. To prevent waste accumulation
         3. To promote safety, health, welfare, and fire prevention
         4. To search for or recover stolen or missing property
         5. To prevent storage of unauthorized, illegal, or dangerous items such
            as weapons, drugs, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol.
Random searches will be conducted by the principal or his designees. Reasonable suspicion
is not needed to conduct random locker searches. Any item(s) confiscated that is
unauthorized, illegal or dangerous, will cause the entire locker contents to be inventoried,
inspected, documented, and may result in disciplinary action.

Lockers and Locker Times
Locks and lockers will be assigned by a member of your teaching team at the beginning of
the school year. It is your responsibility to maintain the same combination lock and locker
throughout the school year. Do not trade locks or lockers without the issuing teacher’s
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approval. Locks and lockers will be returned to the issuing teacher at the end of the school
year.

Students are permitted in their locker three times a day. Those times are:
 before first bell
 after third bell
 and after the last class of the day.

Student Fees
Students are expected to pay student fees every year. Fees are assessed to help with
instructional costs throughout the school year. The fee is based on family income and the
number of children attending school. Please fill out the student fee form at the beginning of
the year to determine the amount your family owes and pay fees promptly. Students who do
not pay this fee will be assessed the full amount at the end of the school year without
adjustments for income and number of children being made. These fees accumulate and
must be paid in full before a student can receive their high school diploma.

Field Trips and Assemblies
Field Trips are scheduled periodically throughout the school year. These activities are
extensions of the educational program and are academically focused. Therefore, field trips
and assemblies are considered part of the regular academic program and all students are
expected to attend.

Before a student goes on any field trips, there must be a completed permission slip signed by
the parent giving the child permission to attend the field trip. The teacher must have a current
emergency medical authorization form on file.

The student must be in compliance with all classroom rules regarding behavior and
completion of school work set forth by the teacher before being allowed to attend the field
trip. If a student has not been in compliance with all classroom rules then that student may
be excluded from attending a field trip or assembly. In some situations, a team of teachers
may decide that a student can attend a field trip only if they are accompanied by a parent
chaperone.

Food
Students are encouraged to eat during their breakfast and lunch times. Each individual
teacher makes rules about food in their classroom. Students should not eat in classrooms
without the permission of the teacher.

Hall Passes
A hall pass will be granted only in the last seven minutes of class. No more than one student
may be permitted a hall pass at any time. Each teacher has a hall pass with their name on it
that they will give to students at the teacher’s discretion.

If a student has a medical situation that requires them to go to the restroom more frequently
or at other times, the family must send a doctor’s note to the team leader who will make other
teachers aware of the situation.

Phone Use
Families are encouraged to remember that phone calls and text messaging are highly
disruptive to classes and should be kept to a minimum. Communication regarding school
pick-up, travel plans, and appointments should be made before or after the school day. In
emergencies, families who need to get messages to their child should call 363-4187. Please
do not call a child’s cell phone during the school day, as this will disrupt class. Please do not
advise a student to call the family during the school day from a cell phone as this may get the
student in trouble unnecessarily.

Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Other Electronic Devices
Cell phones are a convenience for students, teachers, and parents. However, cell phone,
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MP3 players, and other electronic devices can disrupt the academic program at Oyler. There
are appropriate times to use a cell phone. Students must keep cell phones turned off and
put away during school hours. Do not keep a cell phone on silent or vibrate during the
school day as this also distracts students from their lessons.

If a teacher or staff person sees a cell phone, he/she will confiscate it. The phone will be
turned over to security. The phone will be held a minimum of 24 hours and students may pick
up the phone on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. We cannot accommodate requests for cell
phone pick up at other times.

Students who refuse to relinquish their phones to adults at school will be assigned a
Saturday School and cannot pick up their phone until after the Saturday School is served.
Please advise students to use their cell phones only at appropriate times.

Gang-Related Activities
Students should associate with peers and adults who engage in safe, respectful and responsible
behavior. Students must not participate in gang activity. Gangs are defined as groups of two or
more students and/or adults who organize for the purpose of engaging in activities that threaten
the safety of the general public, compromise the general community order, and/or interfere with
the school district’s educational mission.

Gang activities include:
 Wearing or displaying any clothing, jewelry, colors or insignia that intentionally identifies the
  student as a member of a gang or otherwise symbolizes support of a gang.
 Using any word, phrase, written symbol or gesture that intentionally identifies a student as a
  member of a gang or otherwise symbolizes support of a gang. A student may not display
  gang affiliation on his or her school notebooks, textbooks or personal items.
 Engaging in activity or discussion promoting gangs by two or more persons.
 Recruiting students for gangs or anti-social behavior.

Pupil Transportation Policy
Students who live more than 3/4 mile from school are provided a Queen City Metro Pass.
Students are expected to pay a small fee when using their bus pass during designated
hours.

Students are expected to be respectful while waiting for and riding the bus. Inappropriate
behavior at the bus stop can result in disciplinary action: a Metro pass can be revoked or
students can be referred to Alternative to Suspension. Parents will be notified in writing of
denial of the Metro pass and explain the reasons why the bus pass was revoked.

Once students leave home for school, the school is responsible for them. Students should
not make any stops between the bus stop and school. Students should not smoke to and
from the bus stop. Violations may result in disciplinary action.

Lost or stolen Metro passes can be replaced for $5.00. Bus tokens are only available in
emergencies. Tokens will not be provided for forgotten bus cards, after school activities, or
appointments.

Parents are responsible for their child's behavior while riding the bus to and from school. If a
student cannot follow the rules enforced by the bus driver, students will receive a
consequence that could result in suspension from the bus. Students who fail to comply put
themselves and others in danger. Parents will be notified in writing when a student fails to
comply with the bus rules.

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Sexual Misconduct
Students must respect themselves and the privacy of others. Students must not act or
behave in an unacceptable way by touching or making reference to, verbally or in writing,
their private body parts or those of another person. Included in sexual misconduct are
actions involving touching of a sexual nature, with or without consent of the other party.

Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying
All communication in the school is to be conducted with respect. Harassment, intimidation,
or bullying means any repeated written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or
group of students exhibit toward another particular student or students, or school personnel
and the behavior both:
 Causes mental or physical harm to the other student/school personnel including placing
    an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of personal property,
    and
 Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening,
    or abusive educational environment for the student/school personnel.
Students must not use words (written, verbal, electronic), gestures, photographic images,
drawings or any form of communication to intimidate, harass, bully, or threaten harm to
another person based on but not limited to race, gender, religious beliefs, nationality,
disability or sexual orientation. Appropriate discussions of these issues, in the classroom or
other school settings, are encouraged.

Graduation Requirements
Students must complete the following before graduating:
 4 credits in English
 3 credits in Math (Includes Algebra I)
 3 credits in Science (must include Biology and Chemistry)
 3 credits in Social Studies (1-World History, 1-American History, 1/2-US Government, 1/2
  Economics)
 1 credit Fine Arts (Music, Art, Dance or Drama)
 1/2 credit Physical Education
 1/2 credit Health
 6 credits in electives

The student must complete 21 total credits in order to graduate.
The student must pass all five parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to receive their
diploma.

Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
All students in the state of Ohio must satisfy their obligation to pass the OGT test. Oyler
teachers and partners offer many opportunities for tutoring and support designed to help
students meet this requirement. Students who have not yet passed all sections of the test
are expected to take advantage of these opportunities. Students should see their teacher for
referrals or assistance.

Testing Days
Oyler schedules several days for exams and other sorts of standardized testing. These are
regular school days. Students may not leave early after taking their tests as they are
expected to attend the rest of the academic day.

Intervention Assistance Team (IAT)
Students who are experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties may be referred to the
Intervention Assistance Team which is comprised of teachers, administrators, and the school
psychologist. The IAT will meet with the student and parents to determine the best course of
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action to meet the student’s needs. Teachers, students, or parents may make referrals. Please
contact the school psychologist to obtain an IAT referral form.




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                              ISS Referral and Reflection Form
The questions on this form are designed to help you think about what happened and what can
be done so it doesn’t happen again. Please answer the questions honestly and with as much
detail as possible. Sarcastic responses will not be accepted. You must complete this form
before going back to class.
My name is _________________________________________________________________________

Date __________________________              Right now the time is ______________________________
When you finish this response, you give it to Ms. Applegate. You’ll have to make up work you miss from
the class you left. You must also meet with the sending teacher to review this form.
1. What did I do that got me sent to ISS?
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________
2. What did I want to happen? (Check all the answers that fit.)
        a. _____ I wanted to be in charge of what was happening.
        b. _____ I wanted to challenge the teacher’s authority.
        c. _____ I wanted to avoid doing my work.
        d. _____ I wanted to be sent home.
        e. _____ I wanted to be noticed by the teacher.
        f. _____ I wanted to be entertain the other students.
        g. _____ I wanted to get out of work I didn’t think I could do correctly.
        h. _____ I wanted to get even with someone.
        i. _____ I wanted
           __________________________________________________________________________
           __________________________________________________________________________
3. Could I have gotten what I wanted in any other way?
       a. Yes, I could have ____________________________________________________________
       b. No, because ________________________________________________________________
4. What could I do so this won’t happen again?
       a. I could _____________________________________________________________________
       b. I could _____________________________________________________________________
       c. I could _____________________________________________________________________
5. What are you willing to do so this won’t happen again?
       a. I will
           __________________________________________________________________________
           __________________________________________________________________________
           __________________________________________________________________________
6. What help do you need to complete the plan you made? Who will you need help from in order to
   complete this plan?
      a. I need help from _____________________________________________________________
7. How can the teacher help you fulfill this plan?
       a. __________________________________________________________________________
           __________________________________________________________________________

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                         ISS Referral and Reflection Form


Name ___________________________________________________________________


Date _____________________________________________________________________


Time assigned to ISS __________________   Time arrived at ISS ____________________

 Sending Teacher Comments:




 ISS Teacher Comments:




 Parent contacted by sending     Resolution with student:
 teacher (Time, Date, Name)




                                 Any further consequences due?:




 Copy to: Student ____         Team _____        ISS _____         Parent _____
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