JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2009-2010 JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2072 W. ST. RD. 67 PORTLAND, IN 47371 PHONE Jay County High School ...................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-9306 To report absences ............................................................................................................................................................. 260-726-6600 ........................................................................................................................................................................................or 260-726-6223 Fax for Doctors notes ........................................................................................................................................................ 260-726-9760 Long distance ...................................................................................................................................................................... 800-488-7001 NUMBERS FOR HELP Jay County High School ...................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-9306 AIDS Hotline ........................................................................................................................................................................ 800-848-2437 National Drug and Alcohol Abuse ....................................................................................................................................... 800-203-3602 National Runaway .............................................................................................................................................................. 800-621-4000 National Teen Suicide ......................................................................................................................................................... 888-999-0794 Youth Service Bureau ......................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-8520 Comp. Mental Health .......................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-9348 C.M.H.S. Emergencies ........................................................................................................................................................ 800-333-2647 Planned Parenthood ........................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-4822 Child Abuse Hotline ............................................................................................................................. 800-843-5678 TDD 800-826-7653 Pregnancy Care Center ...................................................................................................................................................... 260-726-8636 Crime Stoppers ................................................................................................................................................................... 800-797-8189 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS HANDBOOK, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR BUILDING PRINCIPAL. JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION MISSION STATEMENT “In partnership with our families and the community, the mission of the Jay School Corporation is to provide a quality educational program, which causes each student to think, reason, and communicate and make positive contributions to our community.” JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MISSION The mission of Jay County High School is to empower students to develop their individual potential by acquiring the knowledge skills, and values needed to contribute to a healthy, productive, diverse, global community. WELCOME TO JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL It is our pleasure to welcome you to Jay County High School. You are about to begin a new and exciting year. Your success and the success of our academic and activity programs depend upon your active participation. We personally expect each and every one of you to have a great year, and we are looking forward to knowing you and working with you. This student handbook has been prepared to acquaint you with your school. Please read over the rules and policies. Each rule has been given careful thought, and we feel that these rules and policies are essential for the welfare of all concerned. All staff members have the authority to enforce these rules and policies and to give direction to students when necessary. We trust that you are looking forward to a great year. Take pride in yourself and your school. This school year can and will be the best ever for you if we all work together to achieve that goal. CIVIL RIGHTS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION ASSURANCE STATEMENT Jay School Corporation will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicapping condition, including limited English proficiency, in its educational programs or employment policies as required by state and federal laws. For further information, contact- DISTRICT COORDINATOR FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES TITLE VI & IX COORDINATOR Section 504 Homeless and ESL students Mr. Dave Chastain DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION 1976 W Tyson Road Portland, Indiana 47371 (260) 726-2511 ANTI-HARASSMENT COMPLAINT COORDINATOR JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION Dr. Tim Long Superintendent 1976 W Tyson Road Portland, IN 47371 (260) 726-9341 DAILY SCHEDULES You may enter the building beyond the front doors at 8:00 a.m. Students not engaged in supervised activity are expected to leave the building by 3:20 p.m. 2 Hour Delay Schedule Modified Block 4 Schedule SSR/Block 1 Class 10:10 – 10:25 Block 1 10:25 – 11:15 BLOCK ACTIVITY TIME Block 3 A Lunch 11:15 – 11:45 (Lunch) 11:50 – 12:30 (Class) SSR 8:10 – 8:25 B Lunch 1 11:20 – 12:00 (Class) 12:00 – 12:30 (Lunch) Block 2 12:35 - 1:25 Class 8:25 – 9:40 Block 4 1:30 - 2:20 Block 5 2:25 - 3:15 2 Class 9:45 – 11:00 3 Hour Delay Schedule SSR/Block 1 11:10 – 11:25 Block 3 3 A Lunch A Lunch Class 11:25 - 11:55 (Lunch) 12:00 – 12:30 (Class) Jay today will 11:00-11:30 11:35 – 12:35 B Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 (Class) 12:00 – 12:30 (Lunch) be shown the Block 1 12:35 - 1:10 last 10 minutes Block 2 1:15 - 1:50 of each lunch Class B Lunch Block 4 1:55 - 2:30 mod in the Block 5 2:35 - 3:15 11:05 – 12:05 12:05-12:35 commons. Staff Development Day Schedule SSR/Block 1 Class 8:10 - 8:25 4 Class 12:40 - 1:55 Block 1 8:25 - 9:10 Block 2 9:15 - 10:00 Block 4 10:05 – 10:45 5 Class 2:00 – 3:15 Block 3 A Lunch 10:45 – 11:15 (Lunch) 11:20 – 11:55 (Class) 1 Hour Delay Schedule B Lunch SSR/Block 1 Class 9:10 – 9:25 10:50 – 11:25 (Class) 11:25 – 11:55 (Lunch) Block 1 9:25 – 10:25 Block 5 12:00 – 12:45 Block 2 10:30 – 11:30 JCHS Students dismissed at 12:45. Block 3 A Lunch Activity Period Schedule 11:30 – 12:00 (Lunch) 12:05 – 1:05 (Class) Block 1 8:10 – 8:15 B Lunch Activity Period 8:15 – 8:45 11:35 – 12:35 (Class) 12:35 - 1:05 (Lunch) SSR/Block 1 Class 8:50 – 9:05 Block 4 1:10 - 2:10 Block 1 9:05 – 10:10 Block 5 2:15 - 3:15 Block 2 10:15 – 11:20 Block 3 A Lunch 11:20 – 11:50 (Lunch) 11:55 – 12:55 (Class) B Lunch 11:25 – 12:25 (Class) 12:25 – 12:55 (Lunch) Block 4 1:00 - 2:05 Block 5 2:10 - 3:15 SCHOOL SONG Cheer, Cheer, for Jay County High Show us your spirit, show us your pride. Write our name in history By backing our team to victory. Patriots come and rise to the call. Red, White, and Blue means pride to us all. Lift your loyal banners high And fight for Jay County High. SCHOOL COLORS Red, White, and Blue MASCOT Patriot The Jay County High School Crest The Jay County High School Crest was designed in 1975 to reflect the consolidation of the five remaining high schools in Jay County at that time. Those schools were Bryant High School, Dunkirk High School, Redkey High School, Pennville High School and Portland High School. Prior to 1976 there had been three other high schools, Gray High School, Madison Township High School and Poling High School, that had already been consolidated with the last remaining five schools. The Jay County High School Crest is designed with a shield in the center surrounded by fleur-de-lis, the Jay County High School name at the bottom in a banner and an American patriot at the top. A shield has long been a symbol of a warrior’s power and was always designed with things of importance to him. The American patriot looking down from the top of the crest is the mascot of the school. This was an appropriate choice in that the first students to graduate from Jay County High School were members of the Class of 1976. This year marked the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the United State of America. The 76 in the patriot’s hat denotes the founding year of our school. The shield is divided into four parts with each having the following meaning: Top-left: The five hands are pictured as one flower and stand for the five high schools that were consolidated to form Jay County High School. Bottom-left: The Book-of-Knowledge lays open and is embossed with the initials J C, standing for Jay County. It is our hope that Jay County High School provides as much knowledge as possible in order to start our students down the path to their futures. Top-right: A pioneer cabin serves as a symbol to the early pioneers that settled in Jay County. Bottom-right: The bottom-right section contains the picture of patriot John Jay. John Jay was the first chief-justice of the United States Supreme Court. Our county is named for this founding father. ADMINISTRATION Mr. Phil Ford .................................................................................... Principal Mr. Ted Habegger ............................... Assistant Principal / Athletic Director Mr. Chad Dodd ................................. Assistant Principal / Dean of Students These are your administrators; introduce yourself to them. Feel free to come in and ask questions, or talk with them about concerns, ideas, etc. that you may have. COUNSELORS J.C.H.S. has three counselors who are most willing to assist you with any problems you may have. See them before the problems become major. Counselors are assigned according to last names for scheduling only. You may see another counselor for personal problems. Mrs. Vickie Reitz ........................................................... Director of Guidance Mrs. Julie Szymczak ............................................................................. A-GE Mrs. Kristin Millspaugh ............................................................................GI-N Mr. Tom Ferguson ................................................................................... O-Z 2009-2010 Student Council and Class Officers 2009-2010 Student Council Officers President ………………………………….…………Jake Omstead Vice President ………………………………………Patrick Grady Secretary ……………………………………………Megan Taylor Treasurer …………………………………………….Brady Yoder Sergeant at Arms……………………………………Matt Shrack Class of 2010 President ……………………………………………Colton Prescott Vice President ………………………………………Kyla Baldwin Secretary………………………………………….…Kari Hemmelgarn Treasurer…………………………………………….Harley Boyce Class of 2011 President…………………………………………….Austin Mann Vice President ………………………………………Erin Hunt Secretary………………………………………….…Elaine Hemmelgarn Treasurer .…………………………………………...James Schubert Class of 2012 President……………………………………………. Lyndee Evans Vice President ……………………………………...Jessi Chittum Secretary………………………………………….…Morgan Link Treasurer ……………………………………………Kassi Hemmelgarn CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES ACADEMIC COMPETITION - These “teams” compete in Academic Super Bowl. Membership is open to student’s grades 9 - 12. There are no dues. Practices and competitions are scheduled throughout the year. BAND - Band is open to student’s grades 9 - 12. J.C.H.S. participates in many local, state, and national events, including playing at ballgames, marching contests, and concerts. Previous membership in band is required. CAMPUS LIFE – Campus Life is an organization that helps you deal with the everyday grind we call “life”. We talk about everything from relationships to what makes you the happiest. You might have heard of some of the events like: Rambo Night, Egg N’ Beg, Bigger and Better, and Fear Factor! We meet every Monday at 7:17. DRAMA CLUB - This club is for students interested in performing and/or producing stage performances. Club activities include seasonal parties. EARTH WATCH CLUB - The purpose of this club is to promote awareness and concern for the environment by doing a lot of volunteer work at the high school and throughout the community. Meetings are mandatory, and are held weekly in the fall and spring, and monthly throughout the rest of the school year. Some Saturday work may be involved. Activities include: Earth Week festivities, Earth Day presentations, fund raisers to support the outdoor classroom, planting of trees, the recycling program, and presenting environmental issues to the elementary schools on Earth Day. Membership is open to all students who are willing to devote their time and energy to Mother Earth. Dues are $2.00. Awards will be given to students who participate in 70% of the functions. FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES - Meetings are during activity periods or in the mornings before school. Other activities include summer camps, retreats, and various other activities in the evenings throughout the school year. No membership dues. FFA - Members must be AG-Education students and pay $10.00 dues, refundable if at least 70% of the meetings are attended. Meetings are monthly and are held during extended homerooms and in the evening. FFA members participate in many local, state, and national activities and competitions including judging teams, leadership activities, field trips, summer camps, Jay County Fair activities, and a parent-member banquet. FRENCH CONNECTION - This club meets once a month and is open to students currently enrolled in French or those who have completed at least two years of French. Members participate in several French-related activities including various seasonal parties as well as dining in a French restaurant. Dues are $2.00. FRIENDSHIP COMPANY SWING CHOIR - This is a musical performance group that performs at several community functions as well as a major performance trip every other year. Activities include singing, dancing, and acting. Membership is by tryout, which is held each spring. A costume fee is required. GERMAN CLUB - This club meets once a month and is open to students currently enrolled in German or those who have completed at least two years of German. Members participate in several German-related activities including various seasonal parties as well as dining in a German restaurant. Dues are $2.00. INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY - This is a Theater-Arts honorary society. Membership is for the serious drama student and is by invitation only. Points toward membership are earned by participating in school drama productions. Dining out, as well as participating in school plays are the activities. International membership dues of $17.00 are required. INTRAMURALS - Intramurals are open to student’s grades 9 - 12 and include such activities as organized bowling, basketball, and volleyball. Sign-up periods for the various sports are announced 2 - 3 weeks before leagues start. Cost is free except for bowling which is $4.00 per night. JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE (JCL) - The purpose of this club is to promote the study of Latin as well as the study of Roman civilization. Meetings are at various times during the year. The members participate in several local, state, and national competitions and activities. JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS - The role of the Junior Class officers is to organize the class to put on the prom. They meet about once a month during homeroom and frequently after school as prom-time nears in the spring. Officers are elected in the spring prior to their junior year and must meet guidelines established for elected class officers by the Student Council. KEY CLUB - Key Club is a service organization that is sponsored by the Portland Kiwanis Club. Key Clubbers work together in a team effort to help fulfill the needs of their school and community through volunteer effort. The overall goal of the Key Club at JCHS is to have fun, develop life skills, and make the community a better place in which to live. NATIONAL FORENSIC LEAGUE - NFL is an honorary organization for speech students who have earned 25 points in speech competition and who are in the top 2/3 of class rank. Membership into NFL is $10.00. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - NHS is more than just an honor roll. The Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built. Membership is by invitation and requirements are a 3.25 G.P.A. by the 2nd semester of their sophomore year. An application must be completed demonstrating the student’s character, leadership and service qualities. There is a $5.00 due to help pay for certificates and graduation cords. PATRIOT GUARD - Membership in Patriot Guard is by audition only, which is held in the spring. Practice is during class time as well as outside of class and credit is earned. Any girl is eligible to audition at any grade level. The guard participates with the Marching Band at contests and may also participate in guard contests. PEER CARE TEAM - The JCHS Peer Care Team is made up of sophomore, junior, and senior students who have been chosen through an application and interview process in the Spring of the previous school year. Their mission is to educate and promote abstinence from all risk behaviors. They encourage all individuals to make healthy choices for themselves. They advocate for all people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. STUDENT PUBLICATIONS – This club is responsible for production of the school newspaper and yearbook. You may join the staff once you have successfully completed the Journalism I course. This club requires time after school as well as coving sporting events, plays, etc. SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS - Class officers are elected in the spring prior to the senior year, and candidates must meet criteria established by student council. The responsibilities of the class officers are to organize activities of the senior class. Senior T-shirt sales and the sponsoring of dances are included in regular activities. SPANISH CLUB - Membership is open to students currently enrolled in Spanish, or those who have successfully completed 2 years of Spanish. Dues are $2.00 and activities include Mexican meals, caroling, breaking piñatas, bowling, skating, swimming, carry-ins, and a King’s Island trip. Spanish culture is also studied as a part of the club activities. SPEECH - Membership is open to all interested students and there are no dues. Members participate in 5 speech meets and the state tournament each year. If eligible, students can also compete in the Hoosier Central NFL district. Meetings are on Saturday. STUDENT COUNCIL – Membership in Student Council is gained by being democratically elected to the council from homerooms at the beginning of the school year. Each homeroom may elect two representatives. Students who lose elections in homerooms may earn a seat on the council by meeting the requirements of the work – on program, which is administered by the Sergeant at Arms and the advisor. Officers of the council are elected in the spring for the following year. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays before school or as called by the president and the advisor. Student Council’s purpose is to provide a student voice to facilitate school improvement, develop student leadership, promote student activities, encourage school spirit, and engage in student based community service projects. Activities of the council include student elections, lounge sales, homecoming, food bank, blood drives, club fair, freshman orientation, Riley Hospital week, and much more. STUDENT EXCHANGE CLUB - Student Exchange Club’s purpose is to welcome, spend time with, and get to know foreign exchange students. Students are asked to pay $1.00 dues and are encouraged to invite exchange students into their homes and to socialize with them. Activities vary from year to year. Seasonal parties, roller skating, and a trip to Conner Prairie in Fishers have been included in the past. VOICE – Students Working Against Tobacco – This club Is open to all students. Purpose is to provide a means for JCHS students to develop and coordinate a unified assault on Big Tobacco’s deceitful sales pitch in their community. No membership dues. Meetings are 1-2 times a month. Y-TEENS - Membership is open to all students and dues are $1.00 per year. This organization is dedicated to school and community service. Bingo parties with County Home residents, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets, and to help needy individuals are included in this club’s projects. Other activities include an annual King’s Island trip, popcorn sales at home basketball games, Christmas caroling, and care packages. JAY COUNTY YOUTH OPTIMIST – Community-minded teens have an opportunity to become involved in community service through joining this organized youth group. The Portland Evening Optimist Club has sponsored this club. You will meet adults in your community who care about kids and want to make the world a better place. They live by the motto “Friend of Youth”. The Youth Club performs community service projects. Our mission is “Kids Helping Kids”. Through your involvement with the Youth Optimist, you will develop leadership skills, citizenship, teamwork, communication and organization. ATHLETIC TICKETS 2008-2009 ATHLETIC TICKET PRICES SUPER TICKET – ADULT $65.00 SUPER TICKET – SENIOR CITIZEN (65 & OLDER) $40.00 SUPER TICKET – STUDENT (GRADES 1-12) $30.00 SUPER TICKET FAMILY PLAN - $170.00 (INCLUDES BOTH PARENTS AND ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-12 LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD) SEASON FOOTBALL TICKET (VARSITY ONLY) $20.00 SEASON BASKETBALL TICKET (BOY’S VARSITY/JV ONLY) $40.00 SINGLE GATE ADMISSION – VARSITY/JV BASKETBALL (BOYS & GIRLS) $ 5.00 VARSITY FOOTBALL $ 5.00 VARSITY VOLLEYBALL $ 5.00 VARSITY WRESTLING $ 5.00 VARSITY/JV GYMNASTICS $5.00 VARSITY/JV SWIMMING (BOYS & GIRLS) $5.00 VARSITY BASEBALL $4.00 VARSITY SOCCER (BOYS & GIRLS) $4.00 VARSITY SOFTBALL $4.00 VARSITY TRACK (BOYS & GIRLS) $4.00 J.C.H.S. will again compete in 20 varsity sports. For an athlete to participate, they must meet all I.H.S.A.A. eligibility requirements. [One of these requirements is that you must be carrying three subjects and be passing at least three subjects your last grading period.] Before you are allowed to practice, you must have your IHSAA physical and parental consent form signed by your parents and doctor. Student athletes are responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with Patriot Athletic Code. FALL SPORTS Football Cross Country (Boys) Tennis (Boys) Golf (Girls) Volleyball Cross Country (Girls) Soccer (Boys) Soccer (Girls) WINTER SPORTS Basketball (Boys) Basketball (Girls) Gymnastics Wrestling Swimming (Boys) Swimming (Girls) SPRING SPORTS Baseball Golf (Boys) Track (Boys) Track (Girls) Tennis (Girls) Softball (Girls) DANCE REGULATIONS 1. Tickets must be purchased prior to the start of the dance. 2. Anyone who is not a student at Jay County High School must be signed in by a student. Jay County High School students may sign-in only one guest per dance. NO JR. HIGH STUDENTS. 3. There are NO passouts. Once you leave you may not return. 4. All school policies and guidelines established for the regular school day are in effect. (Exception: Students may wear caps; however, jackets and coats may not be worn.) 5. No one will be admitted to the dance one (1) hour after the dance begins. PROM 1. Guest passes must be approved by the JCHS Dean of Students prior to purchase of Prom or After Prom tickets. 2. Guest must be no younger than a high school junior. 3. Guest passes must be turned in at prom and guest must show a picture ID at admittance. 4. Guest will be expected to observe all JCHS school rules. LOST AND FOUND A lost and found is located in the front office. VALUABLES Items of great value and large amounts of money are not to be brought to school. If for some reason it is necessary, then the item/money should be brought to the office for safe keeping until such time as it is needed. Each student is advised to leave valuables at home and not bring them to school. Do not store them in your vehicle or in your locker. Jay County High School is not responsible for lost or stolen valuables, articles, etc. TORNADO DRILLS/FIRE DRILLS Tornado and fire drills are routinely staged. Directions will be given by each classroom teacher as well as by Jay Today and the intercom. It is important that students pay attention and move quickly, without running, and quietly to their designated areas. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE As per Indiana law, each student will be provided a daily opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and participate in a Moment of Silence in the classroom or on school grounds. Students must remain silent during the Moment of Silence and not interfere with other students’ participation in the Moment of Silence. REPORTING ABSENCES Reporting Absence: Parents are expected to call the school on the morning of a student’s absence to the attendance office. To report an absence you must use 726-6223, 726-6600, or when calling long distance 1-800-488-7001. Be sure to leave the student’s name, the name of the person calling and their relationship to the student, and a brief reason for the student’s absence. You may have doctors notes faxed to us at 260-726-9760. JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES These Guidelines are pursuant to Policy 5200 of the Jay School Corporation, and Policy 5200 is hereby made a part of these Guidelines. Education is an ongoing process and attendance is an integral part of that process. Regardless of the merit of the reason for an absence, it will not replace the experience missed in the classroom that day. The development of good attendance habits is essential in developing life skills and to participate in the work force. While parents or legal guardians are responsible for ensuring their student to be in school daily, the student must accept the equal responsibility for attending school and classes. This School Board approved Guideline is meant to encourage and motivate all students to attend school regularly. 1. Parents must call or contact the school by 8:30 a.m. on the day of student’s absence. If the parent does not call in, school personnel will make reasonable attempts to contact the parent/guardian at home or at work. The parent of each student (or an adult student) who has been absent for ANY REASON, shall, on the day of return from absence, submit a written statement to the principal or designee of the student’s building, stating the cause for the student’s absence. When a student visits a doctor, the student must bring a note explaining the absence on the day the student returns to school. Students are encouraged to have routine or medical appointments after school or on a non-school day. If a student is absent from school due to a medical/dental appointment and that appointment is validated by a written physicians’ statement, the missed days will be allowed in addition to the nine (9) days permitted for absence if the physician’s statement is provided to the principal or designee on the first day that the student returns following the appointment. 2. Students and or parents/guardians who feel that there have been extenuating circumstances which have caused the student to be absent beyond the allotted number of student days may request an appeal to the building level Attendance Review Committee. This request of reconsideration and appeal must be made in writing to the building principal. The building principal will chair the Attendance Review Committee with three other appointees from the following school employee positions: Attendance Officer, teacher, assistant principal, dean, guidance counselor, nurse, or health clerk. The principal and each of the three appointees will each have one vote on the Committee. The Attendance Review Committee will review the written request and may recommend an exception be granted to the Attendance Guidelines for the individual student. This recommendation will be submitted in writing to the building principal who shall have the final building level decision in the matter. The principal will send a certified mailed letter to the parent and student informing them of the decision. If a parent or student desires to appeal the principal’s decision, a written request for appeal to reconsider the extenuating circumstance must be filed with the Superintendent of the Jay School Corporation within five days of receipt of the written notice from the principal. The Superintendent will request Attendance Review Committee documents, student attendance documents, and any other written documents from the student and /or parent as the situation is reviewed. Following the review of documents submitted, the Superintendent will render a decision which will be final with no further appeal available. The written decision will be sent to the student, parent/guardian, and principal. 3. Prior to notifying parents/guardians of a student’s absentee problems, the student’s extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Principal or the designee. Vacations are not considered extenuating circumstances. 4. Special health problems, which might impact a student’s attendance record should be discussed with the Principal or the principal’s designee at the beginning of the school year or at the onset of the health condition or acute injury or illness. If a student has chronic health needs, that information should be directed to the school nurse for the development of a possible individualized health plan, 504 determination, special education referral, or homebound for the medical fragile student. 5. Truancy is any absence that occurs without the knowledge of the parent or the school, including but not limited to absent from school without permission and leaving or not attending class without permission. Students are expected to be in school every day. A maximum of nine (9) days per year may be granted. Skipping a single class period will result in a half-day unexcused absence. Half days count toward the number of total absences recorded. Students shall not be counted absent or penalized for missing school for reasons authorized by state statute which includes being a page or an honoree of the Indiana General Assembly, serving on the precinct election board or as a helper to a political candidate or to a political party on the date of elections, appearing in court as a witness pursuant to a subpoena, or serving in active duty in the National Guard. The student shall notify the building principal or designee in advance and shall provide written verification of the excuse as provided in the state law. Other reasonable excuses for student absences per Policy include illness, recovery from accident, required court attendance, professional appointments, death in the immediate family, observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday, and/or such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent or permitted by law. Any other circumstances must have prior approval by the building principal or designee. If a student is suspended from school, the days of suspension will not be counted toward the nine (9) days. 6. Any frequent or unexplained absence will be reported to the attendance officer by the building principal or designee. The attendance officer or the building principal or designee will make a reasonable attempt to make a direct contact or home visit with the parent or guardian at home or at work when the student is absent for (a) two days without parent/guardian notification to the school and/or (b) four consecutive school days. 7. When a student accumulates eight (8) absences per school year, the Jay School Corporation Attendance Officer will establish parent/guardian contact through a certified mailed letter. Included in the certified mailed letter will be a copy of the attendance guidelines, student attendance profile, and statements of potential legal consequences if the student does not attend school. Receipt of this certified mailed letter would be kept on file as documentation of parental notification. 8. If/when the student accumulates nine (9) absences per school year, the attendance officer will make another contact via certified mailed letter and will issue a One Day Attendance Notice to the parents/guardians and student. At this point for any further student absences, the parent/guardian must submit a physician’s note OR the student absence must have prior approval of the building’s principal or designee. 9. If/when the student accumulates ten (10) absences per school, the building principal or designee will notify the Attendance Officer who will (1) send the parent/guardian a Notice of Violation of the One Day Notice and (2) submit to the County Prosecutor an “Affidavit of Probable Cause” and accompanying documents. Following legal prosecution of this matter, the student, the parent/guardian, and school personnel may meet to create a plan for making up assignments and class work. 10. If/when the student continues further absences then the student may be subject to the expulsion process. 11. Students arriving after 8:10 must sign in at the Attendance Office and will be counted tardy. Students who are tardy to school or to class three (3) or more times will have consequences as designated by the building principal or designee. If a student is assigned detentions as a consequence, failure to attend detention may result in further disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion. In order to participate in extra-curricular activities, students must be present for Blocks 1,2, and 3 or Blocks 3,4, and 5. Missing one or two Blocks will result in a half day absence. Missing three or more Blocks will result in a full day absence. 12. It will be the responsibility of the student/parent to make arrangements with the student’s teachers to complete missed class work, as deemed appropriate by the teacher(s). Teachers will determine the class work that would be made up and due dates for the missed class work. 13. The school will make reasonable efforts to counsel the student regarding excessive absenteeism, but ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to be aware of the student’s attendance patterns and records. JOB SHADOWING AND COLLEGE VISITS-SOPHOMORES, JUNIOR & SENIORS The Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students will be allowed to make college visitations and job shadowing that will be considered as educational field trips, provided the following standards are met: a) students going to a college or university or job shadowing must have written permission from their parents. (Form to be picked up in attendance office) b) students and parents must complete the college visitation/job shadowing request form and submit the completed form to their guidance counselor at least two school day prior to the visitation. Their guidance counselor will submit the form to the principal or his designee for final approval. c) the student must provide the attendance office proof of attending the college visitation/job shadowing within three school days of visitation. Proof is a note on college/business letterhead stating the day of visitation/shadowing and student name and signed by an official. A photocopied walk-in visit form is not acceptable. d) all rules and policies of Jay County High School are in effect during the time the student is visiting the college or job shadowing. e) all college visitation/job shadowing must be made prior to May 1. f) only one (1) visitation OR job shadowing is allowed during a nine-week cycle. g) a student may be denied participation to a college visitation or job shadowing by school officials due to excessive absences from school, special school programs planned for the requested day, or grades. WORK PERMIT GUIDELINES Students must pass all classes. Students that do not pass all classes or receive an “F” grade after the work permit has been issued will be issued a warning letter and placed on probation for the next grading period. If the student does not pass all classes or receives an “F” during the probation period, the school will revoke the work permit for the next grading period. The work permit may be revoked for failure to meet the attendance policy or repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct. ARRIVING LATE (TARDY) Students who are late to school must go to the attendance office and sign in. A student is marked tardy until five minutes after class begins. After that time the student is marked as absent for the class. Tardiness to any class will be handled in the following manner: 1st tardy – warning 2nd tardy – warning 3rd tardy – after school detention 4th tardy – Saturday school 5th tardy – Temporary Alternative Placement (TAP) – Revoking of driving privileges to school for the nine weeks 6th tardy – Alternative Placement Center (Boy’s Club) – Revoking of driving privileges to school for the semester 7th tardy – suspension SCHOOL DRESS CODE Students at Jay County High School are to wear clothing that does not disrupt the learning process and is in good taste. Throughout life, many social responsibilities dictate appropriate attire and appearance. In keeping with this concept, JCHS faculty expects each student’s appearance at school to reflect neatness, cleanliness, and appropriateness. In addition, students should consider the temperature controlled environment of the building and the current weather conditions in choosing appropriate dress that will not only comply with the dress code regulations but will also make provisions for the students’ health and comfort. Violators of the dress code will be sent to the attendance office. Students will be asked to change clothes if they have appropriate clothing at school, or asked to wear clothing the school has available. Repeated violators of the dress code will be subject to further disciplinary action. A. Health and safety 1. Unsafe clothing or accessories should not be worn during the school day or at school activities. 2. Shoes must be worn. 3. Outdoor jackets/coats/ponchos are not to be worn to class. B. Inappropriate Dress 1. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing or apparel depicting or expressing obscenities or satanic references. 2. The possession or wearing of chains and spiked jewelry is forbidden at Jay County High School. This is not in reference to traditional chains worn with pocket watches and traditional necklaces, bracelets and anklets worn as jewelry. Objectionable chains and spiked jewelry will be confiscated. 3. Halter tops, tank tops, bare midriff design, ‘spaghetti-strap’ blouses, biker shorts, jeans or shirts with extreme rips or tears, bandanas, wrist bands or any type of head gear are not to be worn at JCHS. Pants and tops should be worn in a manner that does not cause undergarments or midriff skin to show or otherwise display an immodest exposure of skin. Skirts and shorts must be of a finger-tip length. Extreme rips and tears in pants, skirts or shorts is defined as any hole, rip, or tear that exposes skin or undergarments especially in an area of the body where shorts of a fingertip length would otherwise cover. 4. Sagging pants are not acceptable school dress. 5. Hats are not to be worn in JCHS. 6. Students will not be permitted to wear or possess clothing or other objects which (whether stated or implied) state profanity or are lewd, vulgar, or indecent. It is also forbidden to wear or possess clothing or objects which refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sex or illegal activities are not acceptable school dress. 7. No visible adornment of any type of body piercing shall be permitted with the exception of ear rings. FACULTY / STAFF ROOM NO STUDENT SHALL BE PERMITTED IN THE FACULTY ROOM AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON. BOOK BAGS Students are not allowed to carry bags, back packs, athletic bags, or any other look-alike bags to classes at JCHS. Students may use book bags, back packs, etc. to carry books to and from school; however, all bags must be stored in the students’ locker during the school day. PLANNED ABSENCE REQUEST Please refrain from planning vacations or family recreation trips during times that school is in session. A planned absence allows students to make up work before the absence occurs. The days of a planned absence do count toward the total of nine (9) days per year. In each case of planned absence, parents and students must assume full responsibility for the work that will be missed. MAKE-UP WORK 1. Following an unexpected absence, it is the sole responsibility of the student to get assignments from teachers and arrange for make-up work. The time given by the teacher will depend upon the length of time missed and the type of work to be made up. The amount of time given should be the same as the number of days missed. 2. If a student will be absent from school for two or more school days, a parent should call and make arrangements to pick up assignments for the student. 3. Make-up work will not be permitted for the time during which a student is truant. Truancy is any absence that occurs without the knowledge of the parent or the school, including but not limited to absent from school without permission and leaving or not attending class without permission. 4. The student is expected to make up all work missed during the days of a suspension. The completed work is to be turned in the first day back to school. 5. Class work and tests are allowed to be made up during temporary alternative placement (T.A.P.), however, any work missed during T.A.P. must be made up during the T.A.P. days. Arrangements for T.A.P. days must be made by the student with their teachers prior to the start of first block. LEAVING EARLY Students are not permitted to leave the school building at anytime during the school day without permission from the attendance office. This permission will be granted upon parent’s written request or when a parent picks up a student. If you must leave because of illness or any other emergency, you must sign out in the attendance office with permission from the attendance office. Failure to follow the proper procedure will be considered truant and may result in detention and/or suspension. ILLNESS AT SCHOOL If a student becomes ill in school the student should report to the attendance office. The nurse or the attendance secretary will decide, after talking with the student, what should be done. Students must not leave the building because of illness without authorization nor may they spend a class hour in the restroom. ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION AT SCHOOL No medication shall be administered to a student without the written and dated consent of the student’s parent. The consent of the parent shall be valid only for the period specified on the consent form and in no case longer than the current school or program year. All nonprescription medicine to be administered to a student must be accompanied by a statement describing the medicine, the dosage, and the time for it to be administered to the student and in the medicines original bottle or container. All prescription medicine, including injectable medicine, and all blood glucose tests by finger prick to be administered to a student must be accompanied by a physician’s prescription, a copy of the original prescription, or the pharmacy label. If the medication is to be terminated prior to the date on the prescription, the written and dated consent or withdrawal of consent of the parent is required. The written consent of the parent and the written order of the physician shall be kept on file. Except as provided hereafter, no student shall be allowed to keep medicine on their person and any medicine to be administered to a student shall be brought to either the principal’s office or a school nurse’s office where it will be kept in a secure place. Medication shall be administered in accordance with the parent’s statement (in the case of nonprescription medicine) or the physician’s order (in the case of prescription medicine) only by a school nurse, health aide, or other employee(s) designated in writing by the school principal except as provided hereafter. All administration of medicine shall be documented in writing. Any designated employee who is responsible for administering injectable insulin or a blood glucose test by finger prick shall receive training from a physician, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse and such training shall be documented in writing. A student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication for such conditions under the following requirements: 1. The student’s parent must file annually with the student’s principal an authorization for the student to possess and self- administer the medication, and the statement from the physician described in paragraph 2 hereof must be attached to the authorization. 2. The student’s physician must state in writing that: a. The student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication: b. The student has been instructed in how to self-administer the medication; and c. The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication. Medication which is possessed by the school for a student (does not include self-administered medication) may only be released to be sent home under the following conditions: 1. For students in grades kindergarten through grade 8, medication may only be released to be sent home to: a. The student’s parent; or b. An individual who is at least 18 years old and designated in writing by the student’s parent. 2. For students in grades 9 through 12, medication may only be released to be sent home to: a. The student, if written permission is provided by the parent; or b. If no written permission, then only as provided in 1. above Medication which is not picked up within five (5) days after the last student day of the regular school year will be destroyed. The student’s parent may, upon request, obtain a copy of this policy. OFFICE PHONES Emergency calls must be made from the attendance office - not the front office phones. Cell phones must remain in the locker during the school day to off position. ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE AT SCHOOL Students may not possess electronic devices on school property unless the student and parent have signed and returned the Jay County High School Electronic Device Usage Agreement Form (available in the attendance office and at registration). Students who bring electronic devices on campus without signing this form are subject to disciplinary action described in the handbook. Electronic devices can include, but are not necessarily limited to cell phones, PDA’s, iPods, mp3 players, laptops, digital cameras, and camcorders. Students who choose to bring electronic devices to school must acknowledge the following points: 1. I acknowledge that having an electronic device on school property is a privilege and not a right. I further understand that students must store their electronic devices in their lockers during the school day and the electronic devices must be switched off. Exceptions can be made by teachers for classroom use only and must be cleared by administration. 2. I agree that my electronic device or any electronic device I possess will not be used to transmit or store photographs, voice or text messages or other communications that constitute a violation of school rules. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, lewd, vulgar, indecent or profane images, audio messages, or text. 3. I acknowledge that taking or displaying pictures of any student or staff utilizing my electronic devices without the consent of the student or staff member or in a situation not related to a school purpose or educational function is forbidden and could lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from school. 4. I agree that any electronic devices I bring on school property will not be used for the purposes of harassment or the facilitation or furtherance of any violation of rules established in the student handbook or state or federal law. 5. I understand and give school officials consent to search my electronic devices at any time when the electronic devices have been used in contradiction to school policy on school property or at a school sponsored event. 6. I understand that my electronic devices may be seized by school officials in the event my electronic devices are used to violate a criminal law or school rule or provides evidence of a criminal law or school rule violation. 7. I understand that if I violate the terms of this agreement my electronic devices can be retained by the school until such time as I complete my detention as prescribed in my student handbook or until my parent can conference with the school principal or his designee. Repeated violations of this agreement may result in the revocation of this privilege and disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from school. SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAY In case of severe weather-snow, ice, low temperatures, fog, etc., the official announcement for school closings and delays may be heard over the following radio/television stations: WPGW-100.9 FM/1440 AM, WOWO- 1190AM, WMDH-102.5 FM, WAJI-95.1 FM, WLDE-101.7 FM, WLBC0104.1, K105-105.1, IPR-91.7, TV Channels 13, 15, 21, 33, 55 SCHOOL INSURANCE Jay County High School offers an optional Student Accident Insurance policy for all students at a small fee. It is important to remember that Jay County High School does not cover all students automatically. You must purchase the optional plan to be covered. Forms are available in front office. ACCIDENTS Each and every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any event sponsored by the school at home or away must be reported immediately to school personnel sponsoring the activity. Accident reports are to be filled out on all accidents and turned in to the main office the same day. VISITORS Parents and guardians are always welcome. They are encouraged to visit classes, the teachers, counselors and administrators. Appointments for lengthy conferences are recommended. They must report to the office first, before visiting any part of the building. Graduates who have an acceptable reason for visiting are also welcome. It is required that they report the purpose of their visit to the office before visiting any portion of the building. Students of the Jay School Corporation shall not bring non-enrolled student visitors to school during school hours. Visitors must wear a visitors pass while they are visiting. LOCKER AND DESK INSPECTION POLICY AND RULES All lockers and desks made available for student use on the school premises, including but not limited to lockers and desks, if any, located in the hallways, physical education and athletic dressing rooms, industrial and agricultural education classrooms and the art classrooms, are the property of the school corporation. These lockers and desks are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school, but the lockers and desks are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules. Students are required to keep the locker they have been assigned by the Guidance Office or a classroom teacher (i.e. P.E., Building Trades, etc.). Only the student assigned to a locker may use that locker. Sharing lockers will result in disciplinary action. Students are expected to keep their lockers in a clean, orderly fashion. The student’s use of the locker or desk does not diminish the school corporation’s ownership or control of the locker or desk. The school corporation retains the right to inspect the locker or desk and its contents to insure that the locker or desk is being used in accordance with its intended purpose, and to eliminate fire or other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen materials, and to prevent use of the locker or desk to store prohibited or dangerous materials such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol. In order to implement the school corporation’s policy concerning student lockers, the school board adopts the following rules and regulations: (The word “locker” will be used to indicate student lockers, desks or any other school owned equipment used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for school use.) 1. Locks - The school corporation will retain access to student lockers by keeping a master list of combinations or retaining a master key. Students may not use their own locks to prevent access to lockers by school officials and any unauthorized locks may be removed without notice and destroyed. 2. Uses of Lockers - Lockers are to be used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. Lockers shall not be used to store “contraband” which are items that cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules, such as drugs (including prescription and non-prescription medications), drug paraphernalia, beverage containing alcohol, weapon, any volatile substance, bomb or explosive device, any acid or pungent or nauseous chemical, any library book not properly checked out or overdue, unreturned gym or athletic equipment, any wet or mildewing article, or any stolen items. Students will be expected to keep their lockers in a clean and orderly manner. 3. Authority to Inspect - The school corporation retains the right to inspect lockers to insure they are being maintained in accordance with the conditions of Rule No. 2. All inspections of student lockers shall be conducted by the principal or a member of the administrative staff designated in writing (hereinafter referred to as “designee”) by the principal. The principal may give the following staff members authority to inspect lockers: central office administrators, assistant principals, deans, guidance counselors and athletic directors. 4. Inspection of Individual Student’s Lockers A. The inspection of a particular student’s locker will not be conducted unless the principal or designee has a reasonable suspicion to believe that the locker to be inspected contains illegal or contraband items including items which may tend to prove violation of school rules or the law. B. Before a particular student’s locker is inspected, the student (or students if more than one have been assigned to a locker) if present on the school premises, shall, where possible, be contacted and given the opportunity to be present during the conduct of the inspection unless circumstances require that the inspection be conducted without delay in order to protect the health and safety of others present on school premises. 5. Inspection of all Lockers A. An inspection of all lockers in the school, or all lockers in a particular area of the school, may be conducted if the principal, superintendent, or assistant superintendent reasonably believes that such an inspection is necessary to prevent, impede or substantially reduce the risk of (1) an interference with school purposes or an educational function, (2) a physical injury or illness to any person, (3) damage to personal or school property, or (4) a violation of state law or school rules. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: 1. When the school corporation receives a bomb threat; 2. When evidence of student drug or alcohol use creates a reasonable belief of a high level of student use; 3. At end of grading periods, and before or during school holidays to check for missing library books, or lab chemicals or school equipment; or 4. Where student violence or threats of violence create a reasonable belief that weapons are stored in the lockers. B. If a general inspection of a number of lockers is necessary, then all lockers in the defined inspection area will be examined. Students will not necessarily be given the opportunity to be present while a general inspection is being conducted. 6. Involvement of Law Enforcement Officials A. The principal, assistant principal, superintendent or assistant superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to assist the school administrators in inspecting lockers or their contents for purposes of enforcing school policies only if such assistance is required: 1. To identify substances which may be found in the lockers; or 2. To protect the health and safety of persons or property, such as to aid in the discovery and disarming of bombs that may be located in the lockers. 3. If a law enforcement official requests to inspect a student’s locker or its contents, the principal shall require the production of a search warrant before allowing the inspection. 4. If a law enforcement official requests the principal to make an inspection of a locker or its contents on behalf or in the place of such officials, school officials may secure the locker and its contents for a reasonable period of time in order to permit the law enforcement official an opportunity to obtain a search warrant. 7. Locker Maintenance - Nothing in these rules shall affect members of the custodial or other staff who repair defective lockers or clean out or supervise the cleaning out of (a) lockers from time to time in accordance with a posted general housekeeping schedule, (b) the locker of a student no longer enrolled in the school, or (c) a locker during any vacation period which is reasonably believed to contain rotting items such as food, wet clothes, etc. 8. Disposal of Items - Items found in the course of an inspection, which tend to prove violations of school rules or the law may be used in disciplinary proceedings against the student or turned over to appropriate authorities for use in criminal or juvenile proceedings. The school may also turn over the item to the student’s parent or guardian either at the time of the search, the conclusion of any school disciplinary proceedings, or at the end of the semester or school year. Items can be destroyed if they have no significant value or if their existence presents an immediate danger or physical harm to any person. 9. Publication of Rules - A copy of these rules shall be provided to each student and the student’s parent or guardian upon adoption by the school board and thereafter at the start of each school year or as soon as practicable after the student’s enrollment in the school. LEGAL REFERENCE: IC 20-33-8-32 DRUG TESTING POLICY Jay County High School has a strong commitment to the health, safety and welfare of its students. Our commitment to maintaining the extracurricular activities in the Jay County High School as a safe and secure educational environment requires a clear policy and supportive programs relating to detection, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse by students involved in extracurricular activities. It is MANDATORY that each student who participates in extracurricular activities or drives to, from or during school sign and return the “consent form” prior to participation in any extracurricular activity or driving. Failure to comply will result in non-participation in extra-curricular and/or loss of the privilege to drive to, from and during school. At the beginning of each selection date, school year or sport season, as determined by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, or when a student moves into the District and joins an activity, all students wishing to participate in that season’s sports may be subject to urine testing for illicit or banned substances. Up to 10% of eligible students will be randomly tested on a weekly basis anytime during the school year. A student who refuses to submit to urine drug testing will not be allowed to practice or participate in designated extracurricular Jay County High School activities or drive. The “consent form” and random drug testing policy manual are available in the athletic office of Jay County High School and provided to parents and students each school year at registration. SEARCH AND SEIZURE The School Board recognizes its obligation to balance the privacy rights of its students with its responsibility to provide student, faculty, and authorized visitors with a safe, hygienic, and alcohol/drug-free learning environment. The administration shall have the authority to search and seize pursuant to the following: A. Scope This policy shall apply: 1. On school grounds immediately before or during school hours, or immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; 2. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or 3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event. B. School Property School facilities such as lockers and desks are school property provided for student use subject to the right of the Superintendent and his/her designee to enter the facility as needed and inspect all items in the facility searched. Students shall not have an expectation of privacy in any facility provided by the school and shall not be permitted to deny entry to a Corporation administrator by the use of a lock or other device. C. Vehicles Permission for a student to bring a vehicle on school property shall be conditioned upon consent of the search of the vehicle and all containers inside the vehicle by a school administrator with reasonable suspicion to believe the search will produce evidence of a violation of law, a school rule, or a condition that endangers the safety or health of the student driver or others. The student shall have no expectation of privacy in any vehicle or in the contents of any vehicle operated or parked on school property. D. Student Person and Possession Prior to a search of a student's person and personal items in the student's immediate possession, consent of the student shall be sought by an administrator. If the student does not consent, such a search shall be permitted based only upon the administrator's individualized reasonable suspicion to believe that the search will produce evidence of a violation of a law, school rule, or a condition that endangers the safety or health of the student or others. Searches of the person of a student shall be conducted and witnessed by a person of the same gender as the student and shall be conducted in a private place. The student shall be given the option of selecting the witness from the faculty members on the school premises at the time of the search. A searched student's parent or guardian shall be notified of the search within twenty-four (24) hours if possible. E. Required Testing The administration shall have the authority to require any student to submit to a chemical test of the student’s breath and/or urine if the administration has “reasonable suspicion” (as defined below) that the student is using or is under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any controlled substance (as defined by Indiana law) pursuant to the following: 1. Reasonable suspicion may arise from factors which include, but are not limited, to the following: a. A student’s behavior, in conjunction with physical appearance and/or odor indicates the possible use of alcohol, marijuana or any controlled substance. b. The student possesses drug paraphernalia, alcohol, marijuana or any controlled substance. c. Information communicated to an administrator by a teacher, parent, other adult or a student indicating a student is using, possessing or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any controlled substance. Any such report will be investigated by the administration and will be substantiated by other indicators, if deemed necessary. 2. A chemical test of the student’s breath and/or urine will be conducted in accordance with the testing procedures set forth in Policy 5530.01 or by the use of alcohol testing instruments. The test will be paid for by the Corporation. 3. If a student refuses to submit to, or to cooperate in the administration of, the chemical test, it will be deemed that the test results would have been positive. 4. If any student tests (or is deemed to test) positive, disciplinary action may be taken as outlined by the school’s disciplinary procedures, up to and including expulsion. F. Use of Dogs The Board authorizes the use of specially-trained dogs to detect the presence of drugs or devices such as bombs on school property as authorized by the administration. G. Seizure of Evidence Anything found in the course of a search pursuant to this policy which constitutes evidence of a violation of a law or a school rule or which endangers the safety or health of any person shall be seized and utilized as evidence if appropriate. Seized items of value shall be returned to the owner if the items may be lawfully possessed by the owner. Seized items of no value and seized items that may not lawfully be possessed by the owner shall be destroyed. H. Law Enforcement Assistance The Superintendent may request the assistance of a law enforcement agency in implementing any aspect of this policy. Where law enforcement officers participate in a search on school property or at a school activity pursuant to a request from the Superintendent, the search shall be conducted by the law enforcement officers in accordance with the legal standards applicable to law enforcement officers. CORPORATION HOMEWORK POLICY The Board of School Trustees and staff members of The Jay School Corporation are committed to an educational program of the highest quality and recognize that an essential ingredient in positive student progress is the appropriate use of homework. Homework will be considered as any assignment, which contributes to the total educational process. It is not necessarily limited to paper and pencil activities but may be a continuation of an assignment actually started at school. The type, frequency and quantity of homework should be best determined by the teacher but generally will increase from grade to grade. Homework can be a very important and effective vehicle for communication between school and home, but in order to optimize it, it must be two-way. Homework should fulfill the following: 1. Enhance and enrich, not merely increase, the time students spend in learning. 2. Review, reinforce and extend classroom learning. 3. Reflect individual ages, needs and abilities of the students. Each TEACHER has the responsibility to: 1. Establish homework procedures and share them with students at the beginning of the school year or other appropriate times. (Semester) 2. Make assignments that reinforce educational goals. 3. Make certain all students understand the concept of the homework assignment and what is expected. 4. Help students develop effective study skills. 5. Evaluate homework and share that evaluation with students. 6. Guard against large amounts of homework on an irregular basis; lesser amounts on a regular basis are probably more effective. 7. Notify parents if student consistently fails to complete assignments. Each STUDENT has the responsibility to: 1. Clarify, with the teacher before leaving class, any questions about the assignment. 2. Complete all assignments on time and in the manner requested. 3. Make up all work missed due to an excused absence. This work is to be completed in a reasonable amount of time. LEGAL REFERENCE: 511 I.A. C. 6-2-1 (c)(9) HONOR ROLL The honor roll is now figured automatically by the computer. It is based upon the following information: 1. A 3.0 average is necessary to be on the honor roll. This is an average, so that a C grade does not eliminate a student from the honor roll. However, a D+, D, D- ,F or I (incomplete) grade will automatically eliminate the student from the honor roll. 2. Points are determined in the following manner: A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1. 3. Half credit courses where grades are given will be figured on a half-point course basis; thus, if any student in the 11 th or 12th grade for the 2008-2009 school year receives an A in Physical Education, they will receive only 2 points. THE ONLY ½ CREDIT COURSE FOR THE 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR IS PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR 11TH AND 12TH GRADES. Look at the following example: English A Chemistry C U.S. History B Bus Law C The total points would be 11, the total courses would be 4.0 so, 11 divided by 4.0 = 2.75.The student did not make the honor roll. 4. It is important that all teachers understand this and transmit this understanding on to the students. The office will gladly answer all the questions regarding this matter. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS A. REGULAR DIPLOMA Each high school student enrolled in the Jay School Corporation (beginning with the freshman class of 1996) shall be required to present evidence of 46 credits of school work as well as comply with all other requirements established by the State of Indiana and the local school district for graduation. Any student who may transfer into this school district as a or senior shall obtain the number of credits required from their previous high school for graduation or the student may elect to meet the regular requirements of Jay County High School. B. ACADEMIC HONORS DIPLOMA Refer to the Course Description Guide. C. CORE 40 Refer to the Course Description Guide D. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION The board will award a certificate of completion to those students who meet the course requirements for graduation, but who do not meet the state Graduation Qualifying Examination Requirements. E. GRADUATION CEREMONY PARTICIPATION It shall be the policy of the school board to acknowledge each student’s successful completion of the instructional program appropriate to the achievement of corporation goals and objectives as well as personal proficiency by the awarding of a diploma or a certificate of completion at appropriate ceremonies. Except as provided in the following paragraph, commencement exercises will include only those students who will be receiving a diploma or certificate of completion. Any student who fails to meet graduation requirements by no more than three credits may participate in commencement ceremonies provided the student and his/her parent (s) have a conference with a school representative and agree, in writing, that the student will make every effort to meet graduation requirements during the ensuing summer. With the approval of the high school principal, exchange students may participate in the graduation ceremony and will receive an honorary diploma. The Jay School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees believes that behavior and appearances of participants should reflect the dignity of the graduation exercise. The Board of School Trustees expects the administration to establish and enforce behavior and appearance guidelines for this occasion. No student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall be denied a diploma or certificate of completion as a disciplinary measure, but a student may be denied participation in the ceremony when personal conduct or disciplinary measures so warrant. JCHS REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION See Jay County Course Description booklet for graduation requirements for the class of 2009, 2010 and class of 2011 and beyond. The booklets are in the Jay County High School guidance department, IMC and on-line at http://www.jayschools.k12.in.us/jchs/ OPT OUT DIPLOMA An opt-out diploma is available for those students who cannot meet the Core 40 requirements. A formal opt-out process must be completed to obtain this diploma type. See you high school counselor for details. CHANGE OF SCHEDULE Students may make schedule changes during registration or up till August 13th if room is available in the class. Changes after this time may not be granted due to lack of flexibility in the master schedule. TO RECEIVE A GQE/ISTEP WAIVER Meeting the GQE requirement 2008-2009 GQE Wavier Requirements Four Ways to Meet the GQE Requirement Because reading, writing and math are fundamental to everything you’ll do in your life, you must meet the GQE to demonstrate basic understanding of English/language arts and math before you graduate. The GQE requirement can be met in four ways: 1. Pass the GQE. 2. Fulfill the requirements of the GQE Core 40 waiver: Complete a Core 40 diploma. Have a grade of "C" or higher in all required and directed elective courses. Have the recommendation of the principal. 3. Fulfill the requirements of the GQE Evidence-based waiver: Take the GQE at least one time your sophomore, junior, and senior years. Complete any extra help sessions offered each year by your school to prepare for the GQE retests. Maintain a school attendance rate of 95 percent or better over the course of your high school experience (excused absences are not counted against your attendance rate). Have a "C" average, over the course of your high school career, in the courses required for graduation. Satisfy any other state and local graduation requirements. Get a written recommendation from the teacher(s) in the subject area(s) not passed, as well as one from the school principal, and show proof that the academic standards have been met, whether through other tests or classroom work. 4. Fulfill the requirements of the GQE Work-readiness waiver: Take the GQE at least one time your sophomore, junior, and senior years. Complete any extra help sessions offered each year by your school to prepare for the GQE retests. Maintain a school attendance rate of 95 percent or better over the course of your high school experience (excused absences are not counted against your attendance rate). Have a "C" average in the courses required for graduation. Satisfy any other state and local graduation requirements. Complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma, including the career academic sequence; a workforce readiness assessment; and at least one career exploration internship, cooperative education, or a workforce credential recommended by your school. CHANGE OF SCHEDULE Changes during the school year will be permitted only if one of the following conditions exists; 1. Physical condition 2. Emergency situation / extenuating circumstances If your child has any of the above conditions, see the Director of Guidance – Mrs. Vickie Reitz, for these late changes. WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES 1. A student who is withdrawn from a class because of disciplinary or attendance problems will receive an “F” grade and no credit. 2. No withdrawals will be permitted unless one of the above situations in “Change of Schedule” is met. SPECIAL PROGRAMS Students in the SPECIAL NEEDS programs need the approval of their teacher of record in the selection of all classes. NO EARLY DISMISSAL WITHOUT EXTRAORDINARY OR EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES! Students requesting “Early Dismissal” must submit an early dismissal form for consideration by an appeals board. Initial sign-up will be for a full student schedule. SEVEN SEMESTER GRADUATION: Mid-year graduation is available to senior students who have met all of their graduation credit requirements and the ISTEP+ graduation standards STUDENT VOLUNTEERS Teachers are to request student volunteers prior to each 9 week grading cycle. RE-ENROLLING A student who wishes to enroll at Jay County High School and has a prior pattern of not completing the semester is subject to an administrative decision for enrollment. Factors to be considered will include the number of previous times enrolled in high school, reasons for prior enrollment not being continued, age of the student, and the number of credits needed to obtain a diploma from Jay County High School. The parent and student will receive a written determination of the administrative decision and the reasons for said decision. Any parent and student who wish to appeal the administrative decision may do so in accordance with the provisions set out in Indiana Code 20-8.1-5-14. AHERA ANNUAL NOTICE This information is being published to comply with the requirements of 40 CFR 763 Subpart E asbestos containing materials in schools. This regulation, commonly known as the “AHERA” rule, requires local education agencies, such as this one, to perform certain tasks in regards to the presence and control of asbestos containing materials in the buildings under the jurisdiction of the local education agency. These include but are not limited to: 1. Developing an asbestos management plan which is designed to outline procedures and guidelines for the inspection, re- inspection and periodic surveillance of asbestos containing materials that are present in the buildings. 2. Provide awareness training and additional training to selected school employees. 3. Periodically notify all workers and occupants, or their local guardians, parent-teacher organizations, and collective bargaining organizations of the availability of asbestos management plans, the location of same and the times that the plans may be reviewed. This notification is to advise all patrons, occupants or their legal guardians, collective bargaining organizations, and parent-teachers organizations, that the asbestos management plans required under this act are available for review upon request. A copy of the plans for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency are available in the Administration Building, which is located at 404 East Arch Street, Portland, Indiana 47371; telephone number 726-9341. Plans for individual schools and other buildings are located in the administration office of each building. The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours of the particular school. Interested parties wishing to inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available should call the above number or the individual school. At this time, the management plans can provide information regarding inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress. Inquiries regarding any facet of the regulation or the management plans should be directed to Mr. Ron Krieg at 726-9320 during regular business hours. Listed is a brief description of asbestos work that has been completed in our schools this year. Detailed reports have become part of each school’s asbestos management plan and may be reviewed in the school office. Jay County High School - Bloomfield Elementary School - Redkey Elementary School - Pennville Elementary School - East and West Jay Middle School - General Shanks Elementary School - Judge Haynes Elementary School - East Elementary School - Westlawn Elementary School - Administration Building - Bus Garage The required six month periodic surveillance was performed in August 2004. The required six month periodic surveillance was performed in February 2005. The next scheduled activity is a required six month periodic surveillance in August 2005. February 2007 SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY AND STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Principals and teachers are expected to maintain order and discipline. Observance of the laws of good citizenship shall be required of all students. This includes being civil to all persons, which generally means being courteous, well mannered, and polite. Corporal punishment, when administered, shall be done in the presence of the administrator or the administrator’s designee. This may be administered only as a last resort. The entire foundation and success of public school education depends on the basic concept of self-discipline, a self-discipline which will allow all individuals to exist in a world of change and with the individual rights afforded them by our Federal and State Constitutions. Certain standards of student conduct are necessary to assure that students seeking to express their own individual rights do not at the same time infringe upon the rights of others. The responsibility for the development and maintenance of self- discipline falls to the cooperative efforts of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community. The responsibility for the development and enforcement of additional rules and regulations to implement this Student Discipline Policy (if necessary), is delegated to the Superintendent and the building principals. In the absence of self-discipline, the superintendent, principal, any administrative personnel, teachers, or other school personnel of the Jay School Corporation are authorized to take certain actions necessary to help any student, to further school purposes, to prevent an interference with the educational function, and to stop student misconduct and substantial disobedience. Some behavior is much more serious than other behavior and requires different approaches and clearly defined actions. Reprimand, corporal punishment, probation, in-school/out-of-school suspension, referral to special personnel in the schools (counselors, assistant principal, principal) parent conferences, detention, referral to special central office personnel (i.e. home school advisor, district attendance officer, psychologist) and expulsion are among the actions available to respond to school discipline problems. Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation, school officials may find it necessary to remove a student from the school. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of IC 20-33-8, the Board of School Trustees authorizes administrators and staff members to take the following actions: 1. REMOVAL FROM CLASS OR ACTIVITY-TEACHER: a. A middle school or high school teacher will have the right to remove a student from his/her class or activity for a period of up to one (1) school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting. b. An elementary teacher will have the right to remove a student from his/her classroom or activity for a period of up to one (1) school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting. 2. SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL-PRINCIPAL: A school principal (or designee) may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to ten (10) school days. The student may be suspended for more than ten (10) school days only while pending expulsion if the student’s continued suspension will prevent or substantially reduce the risk of-: a. Interference with an educational function or school purposes; or b. A physical injury to the student, other students, school employees, or visitors to the school. 3. EXPULSION: In accordance with the due process procedures defined in this policy, a student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester, with the exception of a violation of rules 6 and 16 which provide for greater penalties, listed under the Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion in the policy. GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION Grounds which could result in suspension or expulsion are student misconduct or substantial disobedience that occurs at school or any extra-curricular activity. The following include examples of student misconduct or substantial disobedience but are not limited to: 1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this subdivision: a. Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use. b. Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor or room. c. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property. d. Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or educational function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property. e. Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the ability of any teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the educational function under their supervision. f. Threats (whether specific or general in nature) of damage or injury to persons or property, regardless of whether there is a present ability to commit the act. g. Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions or plans. h. Failing to completely and truthfully respond to questions from a staff member regarding school-related matters including potential violations of the student conduct rules or state or federal law. i. Engaging in violence and/or threat of violence against any student, staff member, and/or other persons. Prohibited violent or threatening conduct includes threatening, planning, or conspiring with others to engage in a violent activity. 2. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or stealing or attempting to steal school property. 3. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property or stealing or attempting to steal private property. 4. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Self-defense or reasonable action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person does not, however, constitute a violation of this provision. 5. Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of obtaining money or anything of value from the student. 6. Bringing a deadly weapon to school or on school property or possessing a deadly weapon on school property. Deadly weapon is fully defined in IC 35-41-1-8 and generally is a weapon, device, equipment, chemical substance or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury. Deadly weapon as used in this rule does not include a firearm because firearms are controlled by Rule 16 herein. Knifes, BB guns, or pellet guns are among the items which may be considered as deadly weapons. Violation of this Rule 6 may result in suspension and expulsion for a period of one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the property where the school is located when a student is expelled under this rule. (IC 20-33-8-16) 7. Possession, handling, or transmitting any item that can reasonably be considered to be a weapon, other than a deadly weapon as defined in rule 6 herein. 8. No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor or unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid or any other controlled substance, as defined in schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15, before, during or after school hours at school or in any other school district location as defined below. “School district location” means in any school building or on any school premises; in any school-owned vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activity; off school property at any school- sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district. 9. Engaging in the unlawful selling of a controlled substance or engaging in a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 10. Failing to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 11. Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 12. Violating or repeatedly violating any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function and are validly adopted in accordance with Indiana law, including, but not limited to: a. sexual harassment of students or staff or engaging in sexual behavior on school property; b. disobedience of administrative authority, which includes failure to identify yourself when requested to do so by authorized school personnel; c. willful absence or tardiness of students; d. possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug substance, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind; e. possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of caffeine-based substances, substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), or stimulants of any kind, be they available with or without a prescription; f. possession or use of tobacco products of any kind or in any form; including but not limited to lighters, matches etc. g. engaging in speech or conduct which is a profanity or is lewd, vulgar, indecent, or illegal; h. wearing or possessing clothing or other objects which (whether stated or implied) have a profanity or are lewd, vulgar, or indecent or which refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sex, illegal activities or is plainly offensive to school purposes; i. wearing hats or any other headgear (i.e. – bandanas), coats or jackets; j. setting off false fire alarms; k. possessing radios, video games, digital audio devices (MP3, IPOD, etc) during the school day. These items must remain in the student’s locker during the school day. The use of Personal Data Assistants (Palm Pilots, Personal PC, etc) will be regulated by the rules of each classroom teacher. Any such device capable of text messaging, or cellular communication must remain in the locker during the school day. l. possessing or consuming pop or other beverages in any area other than the cafeteria or other areas as may be identified by the administration. Open containers of pop or other beverages are forbidden in student lockers m. possession or the distribution of any medicine (prescription or non-prescription) in violation of school board policy governing administration of medication at school. n. possession or use of a laser pointer while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored activity on or off school property unless under the supervision of a staff member and in the context of instruction. o. related to Possession or use of skateboards, roller blades or skate shoes. p. Falsely accusing any person of sexual harassment, or of violating a school rule, and/or a state or federal law. q. Taking or displaying pictures (digital or otherwise) without the consent of the student or staff member in a situation not a school purpose or educational function. r. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores. s. Sending, sharing, viewing or possessing pictures, text messages, email or other material of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form, including the contents of a cell phone or other electronic device. 13. Using an electronic device in violation of the Electronic Device Usage at School section of this handbook. 14. Aiding, assisting, or conspiring with another person(s) to violate these student conduct rules or state/federal laws. 15. Possession or distribution of ammunition. 16. POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR A BOMB a. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm, destructive device or bomb on school property. b. The following devices are considered to be a firearm as defined under this rule: • any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive • the frame or receiver of any weapon described above • any firearm muffler or firearm silencer • any destructive device which is an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any similar device. • any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter. • any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. • an antique firearm • a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes c. The penalty for possession of a firearm or a bomb is up to ten (10) days suspension and expulsion from school for one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first semester after the one-period. The length of the expulsion may be reduced by the superintendent if the circumstances warrant such reduction. d. The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee shall immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the property where the school is located when a student is expelled under this rule. (Legal Reference: I.C. 20-33-8-16) 17. GANG ACTIVITY Engaging in any type of gang* activity including but not limited to: a. Promoting Gang Activity Any act or pattern of acts, in which an individual promotes as gang activity, including any act or acts which identify an individual as a member of a gang. b. Engaging in any act in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity such as: 1) soliciting membership 2) soliciting any person to pay for protection 3) vandalism, including the inscribing of gang related graffiti, messages, symbols or signs on school property 4) soliciting any person to engage in physical violence against any other person. *A gang is defined as any two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of: 1) an illegal act or acts, and/or; 2) acts in violation of the disciplinary rules and regulations of the Jay School Corporation. 18. Violation of the Internet Policy, a copy of which is available in the office. 19. Engaging in bullying. Bullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted; physical act committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student (Legal Reference I.C.20-33-8-13.5) 20. Engaging in any hazing type of conduct which is defined as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to haring shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy. 21. In addition to the grounds listed above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer periods when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed above apply when a student is: a. On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group. b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function or event; c. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function or event. d. Using property or equipment provided by the school. 22. I.C. 20-33-8-8 (a) Student supervision and the desirable behavior of students in carrying out school purposes is the responsibility of the school corporation and the students of the school corporation INFRACTIONS CHART An infraction chart is presented. These infractions and penalties are general guidelines. They are not meant to be all inclusive and the administration reserves the right to deviate based on the unique circumstances of an incident. Any violation of state statute will result in filing appropriate forms with the proper authorities. (ISS-In school suspension; OSS-Out of School Suspension) (* additional discipline, depending on violation, may result) VIOLATION: 1st 2nd 3rd (*) 1. Excessive 3-OSS 5-OSS OSS and/or rude/unacceptable Expulsion language to school personnel 2.Possession of tobacco 1-OSS 2-OSS Fine/court / due process 3.Alcohol use, possession or under influence (Due process) 4.Drug use, possession or (Expulsion) under influence 5.Possession of drug (Expulsion) paraphernalia 6.Use/threat with weapon or (Expulsion) firearm possession 7.Fighting 1-5-OSS 6-10-OSS (Expulsion) 8.Threats / Harassment to (Saturday School up to due students process) 9. Failure to serve after Saturday School Saturday (due process) school detention School / Loss of driving privilege 9 weeks 10.Failure to serve 2- ISS 2-OSS / Loss of (due process) Saturday School/ Friday driving privilege Night School 9 weeks 11.Leaving class with out (after school detention up to permission / out of area due process) 12.Insubordination Saturday School ISS (due process) 13.Driving or parking (Verbal warning & up to one violation semester of loss of privileges) 14.Forged Notes Saturday School 1-3 OSS (due process) 15.Theft (Restitution and up to due process) 16.Vandalism (Restitution and up to due process) 17.Cheating Saturday School Saturday (F) for the nine School weeks 18.Violation of Dress Code Change clothing / verbal Saturday (due process) 19.Possession of Fire (5-OSS and/or due process) works 20. Skipping class / year Saturday School 2-ISS (due process) 21. Profanity / year Saturday School 1-ISS (due process) 22. Internet rules (loss of internet rules up to due process) 23. Public display of Saturday School Saturday ISS affection PDA (kissing) School 24. Pop in school lockers After school Saturday Saturday School School 25. Removal from class / TAP Saturday class disruption School 26. Altered / Forged Dr. 1-3 OSS (due process) note 27. Absent without Saturday / School Detention permission / Truancy up to due process 28. Using any object as a Saturday School (due process) projectile 29. Cell phone violation After School Detention Saturday OSS (1-3) School TOBACCO AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS Students’ use of tobacco violates several sound principles that the Jay School Corporation supports. The use of tobacco is contrary to health and safety practices taught in the classroom. Smoking in school buildings violates state and local fire ordinances, and possession of tobacco is against school district policies and if you are under eighteen years of age, it is against the law. In addition, to being a violation that could result in suspension and/or expulsion from school for any student, a student under the age of eighteen years of age who is found in possession of tobacco products may be cited to Court. Please be aware that the penalties imposed as a result of this violation could result in a fine not to exceed $500.00 plus court costs as imposed by the Court. SUSPENSION AND ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT PROCEDURES When a principal (or designee) determines that a student should be suspended, the following procedures will be followed: 1. A meeting will be held prior to the suspension of any student. At this meeting the student will be entitled to: a. a written or oral statement of the charges; b. if the student denies the charges, a summary of the evidence against the student will be presented; and, c. the student will be provided an opportunity to explain his or her conduct. 2. The meeting shall precede suspension of the student except where the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such situations the meeting will follow the suspension as soon as reasonably possible following the date of the suspension. 3. Following the suspension, the parents or guardians of suspended students will be notified in writing. The notification will include the dates of the suspension describe the student’s misconduct, and the action taken by the principal. EXPULSION PROCEDURES When a principal (or designee) recommends to the superintendent (or designee) that a student be expelled from school, the following procedures will be followed: 1. The superintendent (or designee) may conduct an expulsion meeting, or may appoint one of the following persons to conduct the expulsion meeting: a. legal counsel b. a member of the administrative staff who did not expel the student and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion. 2. An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student’s parent are asked to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the superintendent or the person designated above. Failure by a student or a student’s parent to appear at this meeting will be deemed a waiver of rights administratively to contest the expulsion or to appeal it to the school board. 3. Notice of the right to an expulsion meeting will be in writing, sent by certified mail or by personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the procedure for requesting the meeting. 4. At the expulsion meeting, the principal (or designee) will present evidence to support the charges against the student. The student or parent will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student, and to present evidence to support the student’s position. 5. If an expulsion meeting is held, the person conducting the expulsion meeting will make a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting, take any action found to be appropriate, and give notice of the action taken to the student and the student’s parent. The student or parent has the right to appeal the decision of the person conducting the expulsion meeting to the school board within 10 days of the receipt of notice of the action taken. The student or parent appeal to the school must be in writing. If an appeal is properly made, the board must consider the appeal unless the board votes not to hear the appeal. If the board hears the appeal, it will consider the written summary of the expulsion meeting and the arguments of the student and/or the student’s parent, and the principal. The board will then take any action deemed appropriate. LEGAL REFERENCE: 20 U.S.C. 8001 20 U.S.C. 8002 I.C. 20-33-8-1 et. seq. TEMPERARY ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT (T.A.P.) The detention room is maintained as a quiet study-work area. It is used as a means of punishment to students who disobey school rules, ignore school policy, or have problems maintaining self-discipline. Repeated abuse of detention room rules will lead to further disciplinary action which may include an out of school suspension or expulsion. A detailed list of rules will be given to the student when an assignment is made. THURSDAY NIGHT SCHOOL (T.N.S.) After school detention is much like in-school detention. It is another means of punishment for those students who have chosen to disobey or ignore school policy and rules. A detailed list of the rules will be given to the student when an assignment is made. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. FRIDAY NIGHT SCHOOL (F.N.S.) Friday night school will be held from 3:20 P.M. till 6:00 P.M. A detailed list of rules will be given to the student when an assignment it made. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. SATURDAY SCHOOL (S.S.) In an effort to reduce the amount of time students miss class due to out of school suspension, we will be using Saturday school as an alternative form of discipline when it is appropriate. Saturday school meets each Saturday morning from 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. during the school year. A detailed list of the rules will be given to the student when an assignment is made. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT CENTER (A.P.C.) In some instances, Saturday School may prove to be inappropriate or in effective. In such cases the Alternative Placement Center (APC) will be utilized. The Alternative Placement Center is housed at the Jay County Community Center – Boys’ / Girls’ Club and is monitored Jay School Corporation Personnel. Students are to be delivered and picked up from the Alternative Placement Centered by their guardian or their adult designee. Students will be responsible to take all of their school materials with them to the site. COURT ORDERED ALTERNATIVE TO SUSPENSION (C.O.A.T.S.) Violation of any school rules may lead to referral to the C.O.A.T.S. Program. The COATS Program is a cooperative endeavor between the Jay School Corporation, Jay Circuit Court, and the Youth Service Bureau of Jay County Inc. The services provided are an extension of the Youth Service Bureau of Jay County Inc.’s Keeping At-risk Students in School Program, KARSS). MISSION STATEMENT Ensuring that children attend school, remain safe, and receive a sound education has become a challenging task for parents, school and society in general. The increase in disruptive behaviors has been accompanied by a proportionate increase in suspensions, expulsions and daytime crime. The costs of these problems, both for children and parents and for society, are prohibitively high. In addition to harming their chances of future success, juveniles who are not attending school pose significant problems for school administrators, police officers, juvenile court judges, probation officers, and the community. Clearly, communities have a vested interest in addressing at-risk juveniles across the entire spectrum, from prevention to reintegration to aftercare. While suspension students have been referred to the Alternative Placement Center where they have participated in the KARSS Program, many have been referred and have never attended. Those students along with students assigned to out-of-school suspension miss out on services integral in their returning to school and being successful there. While at the same time giving them the opportunity to continue the behaviors at home or in the community and causing them to fall even further behind in school and decreasing their chances of every graduating. The COATS placement is designed to help the student and parent to understand the severity of the situation at hand and to realize that they will need to make significant changes to prevent any future involvement with the juvenile justice system. Participants will spend most of their school day in a small classroom setting where they will have the opportunity to complete their assignments for full credit. For approximately 90 minutes daily, participants will complete community service activities designed to develop feelings of competency, usefulness, belonging, and empowerment. It is also during this time that the KARSS Coordinator will address the student’s behaviors associated with their referral to the program. Our goals are not only to develop a program that will teach students the importance of continuing their education and giving back to the community, but also to reduce the number of students being suspended and the number of students involved in the juvenile justice system. SUSPENSION & EXPULSION In some instances Saturday School is not appropriate. In other situations Saturday School may prove to be ineffective. Suspension from school is used at these times. The suspension may be either in school or out-of-school. In either case when school is not in session, the student is not permitted at school activities during the suspension period. Expulsion from school is reserved for the most serious offenses, and is for a period of time longer than 10 days. HARASSMENT “It is the policy of the School Board to maintain an education and work environment which is free from all forms of unlawful harassment including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School Corporation operations, programs, and activities. All student, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other unlawful basis, and encourages those within the School Corporation to seek assistance to rectify the problems. No student may engage in any harassing behavior. Students or parents of students who feel the student has been unlawfully harassed should file a formal written complaint with the principal of the school building. If an administrator is involved, the complaint should be filed with the Superintendent of the Jay School Corporation who is the Anti-Harassment Complaint Coordinator for the Jay School Corporation.” BULLYING Engaging in bullying—Bullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted; physical act committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other students. Parents or students who suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place should report the matter to the school principal or designee. School personnel will investigate all reports of bullying. Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the violation. Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents, and students concerning the identification, prevention, and intervention in bullying. OPERATOR’S LICENSE/PERMIT RESTRICTION RULES The Jay School Corporation adopts the following regarding the restriction of operator’s licenses and permits for students in The Jay School Corporation: Section I. Habitual Truancy A. Any person, while of the ages of 13 and 14, who is determined to be a habitual truant, cannot be issued an operator’s license or learner’s permit until at least the age of 18. B. The term “habitual truant” is hereby defined as: 1. A student absent from school without any advance knowledge and permission from parent(s), guardian(s), or a school official in any one of the following circumstances: a. Truant for 2 days in any semester b. Truant for 3 days in or during any school year c. Skipping 2 classes in a school year is equal to one day truant. d. Any student who is adjudicated as truant by juvenile authorities. 2. Any student who is chronically absent, by having unexcused absences from school for more than ten (10) days of school in one (1) school year. (Ref SECTION 18. IC 20-33-2-11) C. The procedures for enforcement of Section I as applied to a student who is 13 or 14 years old, are as follows: 1. The principal or principal’s designee shall: a. Designate any student as a habitual truant if the student’s attendance records indicate a violation of Section I.B. b. Give written notice by certified mail to the student and the student’s parent or custodian or such designation c. Notify the State Bureau Motor Vehicles. D. For any student age 13 through 17 who has been determined or designated a habitual truant under this rule, the following review procedures apply: 1. The principal shall review the student’s attendance record no less than one time each school year to determine if the prohibition against receipt of an operator’s license or learner’s permit shall continue. The principal shall be guided by the following factor a. At least 60 school days must have elapsed from the prior determination in order to have a significant sampling upon which to make a determination of improved attendance. b. The number of absences since the initial determination or designation and the reasons for each shall be reviewed. One absence based on truancy (willful and in defiance of parental authority) shall cause the principal to recommend that the aforementioned prohibition shall continue. 2. The principal shall recommend to the school superintendent whether the prohibition should continue or should be terminated. 3. The superintendent shall then notify the principal of his decision and if the prohibition is to be terminated, the principal shall notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the student and the parent or guardian. If the prohibition is to continue, no further actions shall be taken, except to note the review and the recommendation. E. A student described in Section I is entitled to a hearing upon proper request. Section II. Expulsion, Suspension, and Exclusion A. Issuance of License or permit 1. Indiana Law provides: A driver’s license or a learner’s permit may not be issued to an individual less than eighteen (18) years of ago who meets any of the following conditions: a) Is a habitual truant b) Is under at least a second suspension from school for the school year and expulsion from school c) Is under an expulsion from school d) Has withdrawn from school, for a reason other than financial hardship and the withdrawal was reported before graduation. 2. The principal shall not sign any eligibility form designed to accompany an individual application for the issuance of a license/permit for any student described in 1 above until the end of the semester in which the student is reinstated. B. Invalidation of License or Permit 1. Indiana law provides: If a person is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a habitual truant, is under a suspension or an expulsion or has withdrawn from school (all as described in IC 9-24-2-1), the bureau shall, upon notification by the person’s principal, invalidate the person’s license or permit until the earliest of the following: a) the person becomes eighteen (18) years of age b) one hundred twenty (120) days after the person is suspended or the end of a semester during which the person returns to school, whichever is longer c) the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion is reversed after the person has had a hearing under I.C. 20-33-8 2. For purposes of the invalidation of a license/permit, the principal shall notify the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the following circumstances, with each notice indicating the last day of the semester in which the student is expected to be reinstated: a. The circumstances described in Section II, A., 1. above 3. Should any such second suspension, expulsion, or exclusion be reversed, the principal shall notify the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles directly in writing. 4. At least five (5) days before holding an exit interview for a withdrawing student, the principal shall give notice by certified mail or personal delivery to the student, the student’s parent or the student’s guardian of the following: a. That the exit interview will include a hearing to determine if the reason for the withdrawal is financial hardship b. If the principal determines that the reason for withdrawal is not financial hardship: i. The student and parent or guardian will receive a copy of the determination; and ii. The student’s name will be submitted to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Should the principal have reason to believe that a 17 year old student, or a 16 year old student with the written consent of the student’s parents/custodians, is quitting school in order to avoid a second suspension in a school year, an expulsion or exclusion described in II, A., 1. above, the principal is given the discretion to consider such as an offer to quit, to reject the offer, to continue with the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion proceeding, and to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of the outcome of such proceedings. Section III. Driver’s Training The term “permit” used in this policy includes driver’s training permits as well as regular learner’s permits. If a license or permit of a student taking driver’s training is invalidated, (or not issued), the student shall not be allowed to drive and instructor shall not sign the waiver. Section IV. New Students For the purposes of this rule, the principal of a newly enrolled student shall oversee the development of procedure to obtain and review the attendance and discipline records from the student’s previous school(s), and shall treat such records as if the conduct of the student recorded therein had occurred within this school system. Similarly, the principal shall recognize a previous school’s designation or determination of truancy and habitual truancy, as well as any suspension, expulsion, or exclusion for misconduct. Section V. Non-Public School Students The principal shall be deemed to have no authority or duty to sign an eligibility form to accompany the application for a license/permit of a person not enrolled in this public school system. Section VI. Privilege The school administration is responsible to sign for students to receive their license/permit. We feel that driving an automobile is a privilege (and not a right) that must be taken seriously and this policy will be strictly enforced. LEGAL REFERENCE: IC 20-8.1-3-17.2 IC 9-24-2-4 IC 9-24-2-1 CAFETERIA PROCEDURES 1. The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of Jay County High School. To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price. 2. The lunch room management and your fellow students will appreciate your cooperation in: A. Depositing all lunch litter in wastebaskets. B. Returning all trays and utensils to the dishwashing areas. C. Leaving the table and floor around your place in a clean condition for others. No food may be taken from the cafeteria. D. Push your chair under the table upon finishing your meal. E. Throwing food, paper, or other items in the cafeteria is forbidden. F. Moving ahead of other students in the lunch line is unacceptable behavior. G. No food shall leave the cafeteria area (ex. Faculty sponsored lunch activities) 3. Students are not permitted to leave the school campus during lunch periods. They may remain in the cafeteria or other designated areas. IMC (LIBRARY) The Instructional Materials Center is available for students to use from 8:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Students have access to computer programs, research materials, project items and recreational reading selections. Passes are required from ALL students and students MUST sign in, in the sign-in register unless a faculty or staff member accompanies them. Students may only visit the IMC during the lunch mods IF they present a pass. IMC Rules are posted at strategic places and are enforced at all times. NO FOOD, CANDY, OR DRINKS SHOULD BE AROUND THE COMPUTERS AT ANY TIME!!!! Check-out Policy 1. Students are limited to checking out 3 items. An exception will be made for students that are conducting research and require additional materials. 2. Students are responsible for checking the back of their books for the due date. If a student has an overdue item, they will not be able to check out additional materials. 3. Books may be renewed as many times as is necessary for a student to finish the book. However, books can only be renewed if the student has the book in hand. 4. Students MUST present their SSR folder to check out materials DURING the SSR time. It is appreciated if students present their student ID to check out materials throughout the remainder of the school day. Computer Lab Rules 1. Games, music or music videos, instant messaging and e-mail are not allowed on school owned computers. International Exchange Students may use e-mail to contact family members in their home country before and after school and during the lunch mods IF they have received a permission pass from the Media Specialist. This pass must be presented each time to the computer lab supervisor. 2. Students should save all work on the F drive. Students may also save on a jump/flash drive or a CD-RW. 3. Students may use the computer labs before or after school for school assignments, looking up college or technical school information, or for scholarships research. School computers are not to be used for e-mail, visiting chat rooms, or non-school related items. 4. A pass is required for students to come into the lab during the lunch mods or during the school day unless accompanied by a faculty or staff member. Students MUST sign in, in the IMC sign-in book. IMC Bookstore The IMC Bookstore is open daily from 8:00 am to 3:20pm. Students may purchase folders, pens, pencils—both mechanical and regular, erasers, CD-RW’, jump/flash drives and index cards at reasonable prices. BUS REGULATIONS Bus transportation is provided for all students. All school rules apply to students while waiting for the bus, while aboard the bus and immediately after leaving the bus. While on the bus, students are to conduct themselves properly at all times. Any student who becomes a discipline problem or jeopardizes the safety of others may be assigned a permanent seat by the driver, sent to the assistant principal for discipline or have the bus riding privilege withdrawn by the administration. Each bus driver may have his or her own specific rules but here are general guidelines for bus conduct: 1. Upon entering the bus, proceed to a seat and be seated. Remain seated during the bus route. 2. Loud, boisterous, or obscene language shall not be tolerated. 3. No windows or doors should be opened or closed except by permission of the driver. 4. Teasing, scuffling, tripping, holding, or any other type of disruptive behavior shall not be tolerated. STUDENT VEHICLE REGISTRATION, DRIVING, AND PARKING RULES Driving to school and parking at Jay County High School are privileges granted by the Jay School Corporation. 1. A student driver must have a valid Indiana Drivers License. 2. A student driver must display a valid Jay County High School Parking Tag in the front window. 3. Speeding, spinning tires, or careless driving in the parking lot or streets, roads, and highways around the school will not be tolerated. 4. Student drivers must always yield the right of way to buses. 5. Students are to park their cars immediately upon entering the parking lot. All cars are to be parked appropriately in the marked spaces. Loitering in the parking lot is not permitted. 6. Student parking is permitted only in the North parking lot. 7. Students who drive to school agree to allow their cars to be searched if deemed necessary by school officials. 8. The student driver assumes complete responsibility for being in class on time. Tardiness to school because of car or traffic problems is not excused. (This also applies to riders.) 9. Excessive tardiness or absences to school may result in loss of driving privileges. 10. Any driving behavior deemed inappropriate by school officials may result in loss of driving privileges. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS AND RETURNED CHECK POLICY The Parent/Guardian is responsible for fees/charges incurred by their student, including, but not limited to, textbook, rental fees, class fees, food service charges, etc. The Parent/Guardian is responsible to reimburse the Jay School Corporation for any cost incurred in an effort to collect on accounts due, including, but not limited to, collection fees, court costs, and a reasonable attorney fee. The banks’ assessed fee will be assessed to the issuer of any check returned to the school and/or to the Jay School Corporation. FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) AVAILABILITY OF STUDENT RECORDS PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS It is the intent of the Jay School Corporation, in keeping with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, to make student records available for review in all instances as provided by the law and to provide pupil protection of pupil rights. Whenever a student has attained the age of eighteen (18) or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the permission or consent required of and the rights accorded to the parents shall thereafter only be required of and accorded to the student. 1. The parent has a right to examine any student record until the student is 18 years of age; thereafter, only the student himself has such a right. The parents and students have the right to inspect and review the student’s record within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. 2. The parent or the student has a right to have a record corrected if it is inaccurate, misleading, or is “otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student”. 3. A record must be kept with each student record showing who examined it, the date on which it was examined, and the purpose of the examination. 4. Certain persons may examine a student’s records without parental consent; these include school officials, including teachers who have “legitimate educational interests,” officials of other school systems where transfer is made; and certain other representatives of the federal government with various limitations. 5. Any person may examine or receive the records if the parents specify the records to be released, the reason for such release, and to whom they are to be released. A copy must be sent to the parents if such is requested. The parent may also request and receive a copy of the record forwarded to another system along with an official transfer. 6. A copy may also be furnished pursuant to a court order or subpoena, but only if the parent is given advance notice. 7. The parent of the student over the age of 18 has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Jay School Corporation to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605 The following guidelines will be followed in keeping with this intent: 1. A “student’s records” consist of all official records, files, and data directly related to a student and maintained by the school, intended for school use or to be available to parties outside of the school. Such records include all the material in the student’s cumulative folder and includes, but is not limited to, general identifying data; records of attendance and of academic work completed; records of achievement in the school curriculum and in standardized achievement tests, results of other evaluative tests such as intelligence, aptitude, psychological, and interest inventory tests; health data; teacher and counselor ratings and observations; and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior. Student’s records are the property of the school. Access to, correction, and disposition of them shall be governed by this policy. A “student’s records” shall not include the following: A. Data which relates to a student but by which he cannot be identified, as for example, by social security number; name, address, or names of relatives. Such records generally are referred to as unidentifiable student records. B. Personal files maintained by persons who are licensed school employees or consultants, engaged directly in educating, testing or counseling any student for use in this connection and not maintained for general school use. Such records include grade books, notes on student work, transcripts of interviews, notes relating to clinical diagnosis and other memory aids. Records such as these are the property of the person who makes them. The privilege of making and keeping such records shall be conditional upon their not being shown, turned over to, or used by any other person; provided, however, the subject matter of the records may be discussed with other school certificated employees or consultants in connection with the education of any student. C. Examples of student projects such as art projects, vocational projects, and written work. 2. Student’s records will generally be kept in the cumulative record folders either in the school corporation administrative office or in the school in which the student is currently enrolled. With the consent of the Superintendent of Schools or his designee, a portion of student records may be kept in other places for reasons of effective school administration, such as data collected and maintained n vocational or special education centers. Student’s records shall be under the control of a certificated person appointed by the Superintendent to administer this policy. Each individual student cumulative folder and each student record maintained separately from the folder, shall contain a written form upon which any person examining such records shall indicate the following: a. The identity of the examiner b. The specific record examined c. Purpose of the examination d. The date on which, or in case the examiner is a school employee whose functions require repeated examinations, the period of time over which such examinations were made. 3. A parent of a student who (a) is under the age of eighteen (18) and (b) is currently enrolled in the school corporation, or (c) the records of whom are otherwise maintained by the school corporation, has a right to inspect and review such student’s records or any part of those records. In order to inspect a student’s records, the inspector shall present a written request to the Office of the Superintendent or his designee. The request shall state the specific records which the parents wish to inspect. In the event the school cannot determine the exact records as described, the designated school employee shall immediately contact the parents by letter or otherwise, to determine the desired scope of records to be inspected. When records requested include information concerning more than one student, the parents shall examine only that part of the record pertaining to their child or, where this cannot reasonably be done, be informed of the contents of that part of their record pertaining to their child. 4. The school records of any student shall be available to the following persons, or in the following situations without the consent of parents: A. Local school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the education of the student. Such persons shall include the Superintendent, Principal, counselor, and other certificated staff as designated by the superintendent. Such examinations may be made for research or studies within the school corporation or other legitimate educational purposes, but in no event shall any data include information which would allow personal identification of any student or his/her parents. B. Officials of other school systems in which the student intends to enroll, upon the condition that the student’s parents be notified of the transfer, and, if the student’s records are to be transferred, to receive a copy of the records and an opportunity before the transfer for a hearing to correct such record if necessary. C. Authorized representatives of the Controller General of the United States of the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, or any other federal agency, and authorized employees of the Department of Education of the State of Indiana; provided however, that except where collection of personally identifiable data is specifically authorized by federal law, any data or copies collected by such officials with respect to individual students shall not include information that would permit the personal identification of any students or their parents. D. Where such information is furnished in compliance with either a judicial order or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena, upon the condition that parents are notified of all such orders as soon as reasonably possible after they are received and in any event no less than twenty-four (24) hours in advance of compliance with the order by the school E. Judicially established guardians. The contents of a student’s record may be furnished to any other person with the written consent of the student’s parents specifying the records to be released, the reasons the records are to be released, and to whom, with a copy of the record to be released sent to the student’s parents if they so request. Whenever possible, the school corporation shall release information to persons as herein described solely on the condition that confidentiality of the information will be maintained and information will not be revealed or disseminated to other persons. 5. Parents shall have an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of their child’s records to insure that they are not inaccurate or misleading or in other ways in violation of the rights and privacy or other constitutional rights of the child. In the event the parents are of the opinion that such records shall be corrected, they shall advise the superintendent or his designated representative, and an attempt to make any necessary changes shall be made by the parents and the designated representative through an informal conference or comparable means. In the event no agreement is reached, the parents shall have an opportunity for a hearing by filing a statement of the relief they request, and a hearing shall be held in the same manner as a charge brought under due process except that there shall be no appeal to the board from the hearing examiner’s findings, which upon approval by the Superintendent shall be final; provided however, nothing shall prevent an appeal to a court of law to correct the record. 6. The Superintendent shall, from time to time, designate a committee of certificated employees of the school corporation who shall make recommendations concerning periodic review of student’s records for their deposition or destruction. 7. The Superintendent shall cause to be made and shall maintain proper official forms necessary for the administration of this policy. PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA) PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection, and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to: - - Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education. 1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent 2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family 3. Sex behavior or attitudes 4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior 5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships 6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers 7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents 8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility - - Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of – 1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding 2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law 3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others - - Inspect, upon request and before administration or use 1. Protected information surveys of students 2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes 3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. The Jay School Corporation has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangement to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. Parents and students 18 years old who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint first with the Superintendent of the Jay School Corporation, 404 East Arch Street, Portland, IN 47371 and also with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-5901. DIRECTORY INFORMATION The Board designates as student directory information: a student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; listing on an honor roll; or scholarships. Directory information shall not be provided to any organization for profit-making purposes. The Superintendent may allow access to a school campus or give students’ directory information to organizations that make students aware of educational or occupational options. The Superintendent is required to give recruiting representatives of the U.S. Armed Services and the Indiana Air, Army National Guard and the service academies of the armed forces of the Untied States or an institution of higher education access to the high school campus a student directory information (student’ name, address, and listed or published telephone number when requested to do so). A secondary school student or parent of the student may request that the student’s name, address and telephone listing not be released without prior parental consent. The parent or student must make the request in writing at the end of the student’s sophomore year in high school. This is a one-time opt-out opportunity. If the student opts-out in his/her sophomore year and later changes his/her mind a revocation may be made. Parents and adult students may effuse to allow the Corporation to disclose any or all of such directory information upon written notification to Superintendent within ten (10) school days after receipt of the Superintendent’s annual public notice in this student/parent handbook. THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION TECHNOLOGY MISSION STATEMENT The Jay School Corporation is committed to the excellence and equity for all of its students. Our students will graduate with a positive self-image, responsible social and moral values, an awareness of cultural differences, effective problem-solving abilities, and diverse communication skills which will prepare them to be responsible, productive citizens of the 21st century. • We believe student needs must guide the integration of technology into all facets of curriculum and instruction. • We also believe technology will improve student achievement and teacher performance as it • encourages problem-solving, exploration, and learning in the classroom; • promotes self-paced, student-centered learning; • enhances and restructures the learning climate; • implements a comprehensive system of information; • fosters improved communication; • compliments of current key teaching methodology. • We believe that all students, teachers, staff, and administrators must have fair and equal access to technology. To that end, the Jay School Corporation will strive to ensure that all faculty and staff members have adequate and ongoing technology training and a well-managed, flexible system of current hardware and software acquisitions and educational applications. The purpose of technology in The Jay School Corporation is: 1. to enhance learning 2. to improve communications 3. to improve productivity. THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION TECHNOLOGY USE GUIDELINES Students authorized to operate a computer on either a building level or district-wide computer network and related terminals shall be assigned a username and password. Each user’s password shall be changed periodically by the user for security purposes. A building representative from each school within the district will have rights to edit password configuration. • No student is to use any computer and/or related equipment without completing the appropriate user access agreement and submitting it to the main office of your school. • Students will obtain a username and password upon returning a signed User Access Agreement. JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION GUIDELINES ON CORPORATION-PROVIDED ACCESS TO CELECTRONIC INFORMATION, SERVICES AND NETWORKS The Jay School Corporation is pleased to offer its student’s access to the Internet. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting hundreds of thousands of computers and millions of individual users all over the world. Computer technology will help propel our school through the communication and information age, allowing students and staff to access and use resources from distant computers; communicate and collaborate with other individuals and groups around the world; and significantly expand their available information base. The Internet is a tool for lifelong learning. Families and network community members should understand that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which the student’s parent or guardian would be liable. While the corporation’s intent is to make Internet access available in order to fulfill its educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. The Jay School Corporation has installed technical methods and blocking and filtering systems that regulate Internet access; however, those methods do not guarantee compliance with the Corporation’s acceptable use policy. The Jay School Corporation believes that many benefits exist for students to have access to the Internet. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Jay School Corporation makes the complete Internet policy and procedures available for review to parents, guardians, and community patrons. The Jay School Corporation provides parents and guardians the opportunity to exclude their child from using the Internet. The Jay School Corporation also provides parents and guardians the option of requesting for their minor child alternative activities not requiring Internet use. NOTICE: This guideline and all its provisions are subordinate to local, state, and federal statutes. JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK (JSCTN) TERMS AND CONDITIONS • Acceptable Use— The purpose of the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Jay School Corporation. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. It is not acceptable to access another person’s materials, information, or files without the implied or direct permission of that person, nor is it acceptable to use another person’s intellectual property without their prior approval or proper citation. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. That includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening material, obscene and sexually explicit material, materials which are harmful to and/or inappropriate for minors, and child pornography. • Privileges— The use of Jay School Corporation Telecommunications Network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Based upon the acceptable use guidelines as outlined in this document, the superintendent and/or his designee will deem what is appropriate use; and the decision is final. Also, the superintendent and/or his designee may close the account at any time as deemed necessary. Following an investigation, the superintendent/building principal may deny, revoke, or suspend user accounts. • Netiquette— You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following: • Be polite. Do not write or send abusive messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language. Do not distribute pornography, obscene or sexually explicit materials. • Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers or that of other students or colleagues unless appropriate. • Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users (e.g. downloading large files or mass emailing). • All communications and information accessible via the network are the property of the Jay School Corporation and may be viewed and copied by the administration at any time. • All communications should be succinct. Please word your messages carefully. • Unsolicited Contact— Students will not respond to unsolicited online contact. • Security— Security on any computer system is a high priority especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the JSCTN or on any Internet access, you should immediately notify the teacher who will then notify the building administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual’s account. Do not give your password to any other individual unless directed to do so by the teacher or building administrator. Attempts to log onto the network at the administrator’s level or change network parameters may result in disciplinary action. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer networks may be denied access to JSCTN. • Vandalism— Deliberate vandalism will result in disciplinary action and cancellation of all privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to tamper with or destroy data of another user, JSCTN, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the Access Indiana backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. • Online Purchasing— It is possible for students to purchase goods and services via the Internet. Such purchases could potentially result in unwanted financial obligations. This activity will be prohibited by students if accessing through the JSCTN. In case this activity occurs, it is understood the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be responsible for any and all financial obligations incurred by their student(s) in using the Internet in this manner. • Subscriptions— Students will not be allowed to subscribe to list serves or newsgroups unless specific permission is provided by the parent/guardian in writing and permission of the teacher is secured. • User Information—JSCTN may occasionally require new registration and account information from you to continue the service. You must notify the Center For Technology & Learning of any changes in your account information (username, password, etc.). • Alternatives— All parent(s)/guardian(s) have the right to request alternative activities. • Liability— The Jay School Corporation will not be held liable for: • information stored on school corporation diskettes, hard drives or servers. • information retrieved through the school corporation computers, networks, or online resources. • personal property used to access school corporation computers, networks, or online resources. • unauthorized financial obligations resulting from use of school corporation resources and accounts to access the Internet. Any Jay School Corporation student or employee may apply for a JSCTN account. To do so you must complete the attached contract and application. Students should return the contract to the person from whom they originally received the contract. LETTER TO PARENT OR GUARDIAN REGARDING THE INTERNET PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION The Jay School Corporation is pleased to offer its student’s access to the Internet. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting hundreds of thousands of computers and millions of individual users all over the world. Computer technology will help propel our school through the communication age allowing students and staff to access and use resources from distant computers; communicate and collaborate with other individuals and groups around the world; and significantly expand their information base. The Internet is a tool for lifelong learning. Families should understand that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which the student’s parents or guardian would be liable. While the corporation’s intent is to make Internet access available in order to fulfill its educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. If the corporation decides to install technical methods or systems to regulate Internet access, those methods could guarantee compliance with the Jay School Corporation’s acceptable use policy. The Jay School Corporation believes the benefits to students having access to the Internet, exceeds the disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Jay School Corporation makes complete Internet policy and procedures available for review to parents, guardians, and community patrons. The Jay School Corporation provides parents and guardians the opportunity to exclude their child from using the Internet. The Jay School Corporation also provides parents and guardians the option of requesting their minor child be provided alternative activities not requiring Internet use. NOTICE: This agreement and all its provisions are subordinate to local, state, and federal statutes. THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION INTERNET ACCESS AGREEMENT This is an access agreement for anyone using Internet connections from the facilities of, or associated, with the Jay School Corporation. This is a basic agreement that simply states: 1. I have read and understand the Jay School Corporation Policy on Corporation-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. 2. Any modem or outside communication from this facility must be under direct supervision of a staff member of the Jay School Corporation. 3. Any Internet connection (Direct or Indirect) must be under the supervision of a staff member of the Jay School Corporation. 4. The Jay School Corporation does not authorize use of any communication device for any reasons other than educational purposes. At no time should any Jay School Corporation technology be used for illegal, indecent, or immoral reasons. 5. The Jay School Corporation is not liable for any inappropriate or illegal action on any communication devices used in its schools. STUDENT-ATHLETE HANDBOOK The purpose of the Jay County High School Student Athletic Handbook is to communicate expectations for our student-athletes. Our belief is that clear expectations will lead to a better understanding between students, parents, staff, and community. We believe that this will encourage our student-athletes to be the best citizens, students, and athletes that they can be 365 days a year. This is what we refer to as, “Patriot Pride 365.” MISSION Our mission is to develop a lifelong commitment to be the best we can be through interscholastic athletics. Our young men and women will become better citizens, students, and athletes. They will develop the passion, skills, and fighting determination for athletics by working hard, being coachable, becoming team players and builders, and being centered on practicing with purpose and enthusiasm. GOALS Our coaches will develop fundamentally sound athletes who have a passion to compete, will respond to instruction, and develop a fighting determination to be the best. At every level we will work to develop team play, leadership, loyalty, cooperation, good health, dedication, sportsmanship, competitive desire, discipline, and clean living. We will develop winning attitudes, habits, strength, speed, stamina, and skill. We will prepare our student-athletes to enjoy both high school and lifelong success. We will develop and maintain a winning tradition in a manner which people will respect, appreciate, admire, and emulate. We will develop outstanding young Americans who will become the best citizens-students-athletes-and leaders they can be. Our student – athletes will be full achievers. PHILOSOPHY The Jay County Athletic Department is committed to excellence. Our desire is to provide the best opportunities and leadership necessary to help our student-athletes fulfill their full potential. Patriot student-athletes will be given the opportunity to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, selflessness, moral character and a strong work ethic. The purpose is to provide each participant with experiences that will be positive, memorable and that help the athlete develop the capacity for commitment to a cause, acceptance of responsibility and loyalty toward any chosen endeavor. Our student-athletes will be given the opportunity to develop winning attitudes and habits that will enable them to become successful now and in life. MEMBERSHIP Jay High School is a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, which has determined the overall pattern for inter- scholastic athletics in Indiana since 1904. The control of the IHSAA rests with the high school principals who elect the legislative body to represent five IHSAA districts and three classes of schools based on enrollment. The IHSAA recognizes the principal as the administrative head of inter-school athletic activities at a member school. IHSAA Individual Eligibility: A summary of applicable rules follows: TO BE ELIGIBLE: A student athlete must be properly enrolled in grades 9 to 12 and living with his parents or guardian in the school district. YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE IF: A. A parent and physician’s certificate is not on file with your principal prior to any practice. B. You are 20 years of age prior to or on the scheduled date of the IHSAA State Finals tournament in a sport. C. You did not pass three regular high school subjects your previous cycle. D. You have transferred from another high school and do not have an IHSAA athletic transfer on file in the Athletic Office. E. You have violated your amateur standing in any way by: 1. Playing under an assumed name. 2. Accepting money or merchandise directly or indirectly from athletic participation. 3. Signing a professional contract in that sport. F. You are absent five or more consecutive school days due to illness or injury and do not present to your Athletic Director written verification from a licensed physician stating that you may participate again. G. Any person uses undue influence to retain or secure you as a student or to retain your parents as residents in the district. H. Because of bad habits or improper conduct you cannot represent your school in a becoming manner. I. You have been enrolled in more than eight consecutive terms/semesters beginning with grade 9. J. You accept commercial awards, which advertise any business firms or individuals, or if you accept awards, gifts, trips or honors from colleges or their alumni you are ineligible in relation to your sport. K. If you are not currently enrolled in three out of the four blocks. This is only a summary of the rules. Contact your school officials for further information before participating outside of your school. ATHLETIC COUNCIL: The Athletic Council consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Assistant Principal/Dean, and Head Varsity Coaches. The Athletic Director chairs the council, with meetings established or called as needed. The athletic council has three basic purposes: 1. To give all head coaches a better understanding of our total program and establish a shared vision for Patriot Athletics. 2. To help communicate with our coaches what our mission, objectives, and expectations are concerning Jay County Athletics. 3. To encourage all of our coaches to continue to review, revise, and build upon his or her knowledge of our shared coaching philosophy, and add valuable input to our athletic program. Together, we will build the best possible athletic program. The council will act as an advisory board, and will recommend new policies. The Principal is the final authority for all High School decisions. CANCELING OR POSTPONING SCHEDULED GAMES: In the event it becomes necessary to cancel a game, all participants will be notified as soon as possible. For inclement weather conditions: When school is canceled in the morning for the entire day or during the day, athletic events below the varsity-junior varsity level will be canceled for the day. Athletic events at the varsity and junior varsity level may proceed at the discretion of the school administration of the two schools involved. CANCELING SCHEDULED PRACTICES: In the event it becomes necessary to cancel a practice session, the respective coaches for those sports involved will notify all participants as soon as possible. INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS: When school is canceled in the morning for the entire day, practices may be held later in the day if possible and/or convenient, with the approval of the administration. NO MANDATORY ATTENDANCE MAY BE REQUIRED. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible scholastically, a student must have received passing grades at the end of the student’s last grading period in at least three full credit subjects or equivalent. An incomplete is the same as a failing grade until it is made up. An athlete may practice and accompany the team but cannot participate in any contest. Eligibility is determined on the dates certified to the IHSAA as to when grades are issued. A student must be currently enrolled in three full credit subjects. Our student-athletes will be challenged to become the best possible students they can be. In the Freshman Academy, a student must accumulate seven out of nine points during the previous cycle and be currently enrolled in seven (7) classes to be eligible. A student passing in a solid subject (75 minute class) receives two (2) points. A student passing a Freshman Academy class receives one (1) point. An “in progress” grade is equivalent to failing and receives zero (0) points. ATHLETIC AWARDS POLICY: Awards will not be over-emphasized, but will be symbolic of or symbols to show appreciation for jobs well done. We look to celebrate our teams’ successes. Certificates, trophies, plaques, medals, letters, numerals, or other insignias of the school are examples of awards that honor outstanding achievements. In order for an athlete to qualify for an athletic award, he/she is required to complete the entire season as directed by his/her coach. The athlete must have all athletic equipment returned and pay for any missing equipment and outstanding debits before the athlete will receive an award. The sports season is completed at the end of the awards program. Only awards approved by the Athletic Department will be given at any awards program. Student-athletes and parents are encouraged to attend the awards program. The varsity coach will give each athlete in his/her sport the requirements to earn a Varsity Letter Award. The coach shall consider the award fulfillment on the following criteria: 1. Attendance and punctuality at practice. 2. Observance of training rules as formulated under the coach’s guide. 3. Cooperation in upholding group regulations. 4. Attitude in and out of the group. 5. Good citizenship. 6. Conduct. 7. Character. 8. Performance of the athlete during the season. CHANGING SPORTS: Vision, planning, teamwork, commitment, and communication are expectations of our coaching staff and athletes. If an athlete is cut from a team, he/she may join another team or program in that sport season. An athlete cannot quit one sport to join another sport unless upon mutual agreement of both coaches, and the Athletic Director. An athlete who quits a sport cannot participate in another sport and/ or off-season conditioning until the coach releases him/her or until after the awards program which signifies the official end to that season. An athlete may change from one sport to another during a sport season with the permission of both coaches involved, the parents, and the Athletic Director. Jay County High School will comply with the guidelines established by the IHSAA for all off-season conditioning and summer participation regulations. PARTICIPATION IN 2 IHSAA SPORTS DURING THE SAME SEASON. While athletic and extra curricular participation is considered an asset to the educational experience, we feel that it is important to maintain the correct perspective. Athletic participation requires a significant amount of commitment of both time and energy. To participate in two sports during the same season, fulfill the requirements comparable to their teammates on each team (i.e., attendance at all practices and events), and maintain acceptable grades, is very difficult if even at all possible. If however, an athlete insists on pursuing this route, a meeting must be held with the athlete, his/her parents, the head coaches of both sports and the athletic director. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the feasibility of comparable practice times, event conflicts and time commitments of both the athlete and respective coaching staffs. The overall welfare of the athlete, and the equitable treatment of other student athletes will be the determining factors. The athletic director will have the final say in the resolution of these matters. SCHOOL SUSPENSION A student suspended from school (whether regular suspension or “in-school” suspension) is not eligible to participate in or practice for any school activity. Regular suspension begins at the time the student is notified will end on the last calendar day of the suspension. The athlete may compete the following calendar day. In-school suspension begins at the time the student is so assigned and ends at the end of the regular school day, on the last day of the in-school suspension. ATHLETIC INSURANCE: Since insurance needs are personal, all athletes should make sure they have the type of insurance that meets their needs in case of accident or injury while practicing or participating in athletics. Jay County DOES NOT CARRY ANY TYPE OF INSURANCE ON ATHLETES. Insurance coverage is available through the school; see the front office for the information. MANAGERS, STATISTICIANS, STUDENT TRAINERS: Managers, statisticians, and student trainers are expected to follow the same rules and regulations as set forth for all athletes. Any penalty imposed will follow the Jay County Student Handbook and Athletic Handbook guidelines. EJECTION FROM AN ATHLETIC CONTEST: Our athletes will conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. Any contestant ejected from a contest for an unsportsmanlike act shall be suspended from the next interschool contest at that level of competition and all other interschool contests at any level in the interim, in addition to any other penalties assessed. TRANSPORTATION: All athletes (including cheerleaders) are required to ride their team bus to the event and back to JCHS. An exception to this rule would require a signed, school - approved parental permission form to ride with parent or guardian only. The parent will personally deliver the permission slip to the head coach. ATHLETIC DISCIPLINE CODE: The coaching staff and administration believe that when a student participates in sports at Jay County High School, the student/athlete exercises a privilege that carries with it considerable responsibility. That responsibility is to represent himself/herself, his/her school, family and community in the finest possible manner. Our athletes are expected to set positive examples of leadership, attitude, cooperation, sportsmanship, and conduct throughout the school and community. Our athletes reflect not only a personal image, but also an image of our teams, our school, and our community. A student becomes an athlete whenever he/she starts practicing for a Jay County High School athletic team. The athlete status remains in effect until the conclusion of the spring sports season of that athlete’s senior year. A sport’s season is not considered completed until the conclusion of the awards program for that sport. The Jay County Athletic Discipline Code is enforced 365 days per year. By participating in sports, the athlete consents to Jay County High School receiving information from any law enforcement agency concerning violations of the law. The athlete shall be subject to discipline, whether during the school year or otherwise and whether in school or out of school, if the athlete violates any of the Jay County High School Handbook rules, violates the Athletic Code, violations of laws (other than minor traffic violations) and/or other acts which bring discredit to Jay County High School. Coaches have the authority to set higher standards in writing at the start of the sports season. We believe developing these disciplines, attitudes and habits will enable our student-athletes to enjoy more fully their high school careers. DISCIPLINARY ACTION: A. If greater penalties for violation of the rules set forth hereafter are imposed by Jay County High School rules or by the coach’s rules, then the greater penalty shall be imposed. B. If the violation of the rules set forth hereafter is between seasons, the penalties shall apply to the next sports’ season. C. The rules set forth hereafter shall apply whether the athlete is on or off the School Corporation property and at any time during the student athlete’s high school career, whether during school or athletic events or season and/or at all other times during the year, regardless of whether school is in session. D. For the violation of the rules set forth in this paragraph, the minimum penalties shall be as set forth in paragraph E: 1. Knowingly possessing, using, transmitting or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, tobacco, alcoholic beverages or intoxicant of any kind. Provided, that the use or possession of a drug authorized by medical prescription from a physician for the athlete possessing or using said drug is not a violation of this rule. 2. Theft or stealing. 3. Abuse of over-the-counter drugs. 4. A positive test resulting from the corporation random drug testing policy. E. The penalties for committing the acts set forth in paragraph D above are as follows: 1. First Offense: The athlete will be suspended from interscholastic competition for 25% of the current season. The principal/designee will meet with the student and his/her parent(s) at a school corporation facility. The student and parent (guardian) will be given the names of counseling and assistance agencies that the family may want to contact for help. A student must provide written evidence that he/she has completed a drug assessment, counseling or education program (or tobacco cessation program if the violation was a tobacco violation.) prior to becoming eligible to participate in any interscholastic competition. A list of drug education/counseling providers will be maintained by the JCHS Athletic Director. The athlete must complete all steps set forth in this paragraph before being eligible to participate in interscholastic competition, but may participate in practices so long as the athlete is satisfactorily attending the counseling. 2. Second Offense: The athlete will be suspended from interscholastic competition for 50% of the current season and the athlete shall also set up an evaluation appointment and satisfactorily attend counseling by an approved organization at the athlete’s cost before the athlete can return to practice and/or interscholastic competition. The athlete must complete all steps listed in this paragraph before being eligible to practice or participate in interscholastic competition. 3. Third Offense: The athlete will be suspended from practice and interscholastic competition for one (1) year and the athlete will set up an evaluation appointment and satisfactorily attend counseling by an approved organization at the athlete’s cost before the athlete can return to practice and/or interscholastic competition. The athlete must complete all steps listed in this paragraph before being eligible to practice and/or participate. 4. After the first offense, upon reasonable suspicion of school personnel, the athlete may be tested for any illegal drug, alcohol or tobacco until the end of the athlete’s athletic career. Refusal to take any such test shall suspend the athlete from practice and interscholastic competition until the end of the athlete’s athletic career. F. For violations of rules other than those set forth in paragraph D above, the penalty may be either temporary or permanent suspension from athletics. The head coach, Athletic Director and/or Principal shall render the decision with the Principal making the final decision. ACCOUNTABILITY OF VIOLATIONS: Coaches have an obligation to report an observed violation to their colleagues who currently have jurisdiction over the athlete’s participation. School administrators and teachers also have a responsibility to Jay County High School to report violations. Testimony from a patron who is willing to provide evidence as to an athlete being in violation of the Jay County Discipline Code will be considered. We will work together to uphold the standards for excellence that all Patriots of Jay County High School are expected to follow. C. All discipline will be administered fairly and uniformly. PROCEDURES FOR ADMINISTRATION OF PENALTIES: 1. The Head Coach and Athletic Director will meet with the athlete to discuss and explain the situation. 2. The Coach and Athletic Director will prepare a written statement giving all the details of the violations and the penalty. 3. The Coach and Athletic Director will contact the parents as soon as possible to explain the situation and set up a conference. A conference with the Athletic Director, the Coach, the athlete, and the parents will be held. This is when all the facts will be fully communicated and questions asked. The goal is to help the athlete prevent the problem from repeating. This will be the final step of the student-athlete suspension process. EXTRA CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY In order to participate in extra curricular activities including student productions, special events, student sponsored activities, etc; students must meet the following requirements: 1. Must pass three (3) classes during the previous cycle and be currently enrolled in three (3) classes. (Block 3 will only count at the end of each semester). 2. In the Freshman Academy, a student must accumulate seven out of nine points during the previous cycle and be currently enrolled in seven (7) classes to be eligible.. A student passing in a solid subject (75 minute class) receives two (2) points. A student passing a Freshman Academy class receives one (1) point. An “in progress” grade is equivalent to failing and receives zero (0) points. 3. Must follow the student behavior code as outlined in the student handbook and the athletic disciple code. 4. May not exceed the maximum number of absences for that cycle. 5. Must complete an athletic transfer if newly enrolled at JCHS (does not apply to incoming freshmen and applies to IHSAA sports only, not other activities.) Must be present at least ½ day to participate in an event or practice. (Exceptions must be cleared thru the athletic office and/or attendance office.) 1/2 day = periods 1, 2, and 3, or 3, 4, and 5. Military Recruitment and Access to student information Section 9528 of the ESEA, 20 U.S.C § 7908, as amended by the NCLB, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by § 544 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub.L. No. 107-107), require LEAs to: Give military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as provided to postsecondary institutions or to prospective employers; and Provide students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings to military recruiters, when requested, unless a parent has opted out of providing such information. (Military Recruiter Guidance is on FPCO Web site.) To opt out of providing military recruiters access to JCHS student directory information, parents will be required to complete the following information: Student Name _______________________________________________________ School _______________________________________________________ Parent Address _________________________________________________________ I DO NOT give permission for my child’s student directory information to be released to military recruiters. JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT RELEASE FORM (to be completed either by the parents/legal guardians of minor students of JCHS, or any students who are more than 18 years of age that attend JCHS) Dear Parent/Guardian: Certified staff/student teachers at Jay County High School may be involved in certification activities that require an assessment for certification in teaching. The primary purposes of this assessment are to enhance student learning and encourage excellence in teaching. One of the requirements for completion may include short videotapes or still pictures of lessons taught in your child’s class by the teacher. Although the videotapes/pictures involve both the teacher and various students, the primary focus is on the teacher’s instruction, not on the students in the class. In the course of taping/photography, your child may appear on the videotape/picture. Also, at times during the year, teachers may be asked to submit samples of student work as evidence of teaching practice, and that work may include some of your child’s work. No student’s name will appear on any materials that are submitted. The certifying educational institution, at its sole discretion, may use and distribute the videotape(s)/photos, comments and classroom materials for assessment, professional development and research purposes. The form below will be used to document your permission for these activities. PERMISSION SLIP Student Name: ________________________________ School/Teacher: ________________________________ Your Address: _____________________________________________________________________ I am the parent/legal guardian of the child named above. I have received and read your letter regarding a teacher assessment being conducted and agree to the following: (Please check the appropriate box below) I DO give permission to you to include my child’s image on videotape/ or picture as he or she participates in a class conducted at Jay County High School and/or to reproduce materials (i.e. homework) that my child may produce as part of classroom activities. No names will appear on any materials submitted by the teacher. I DO NOT give permission to videotape/photograph my child or to reproduce materials that my child may produce as part of classroom activities. Signature of Parent or Guardian: ___________________________________________________ Date: __________________ I am the student named above and am more than 18 years of age. I have read and understand the project description given above. I understand that my performance is not being evaluated by this project and that my name will not appear on any materials that may be submitted. I DO give permission to you to include my image on videotape/photograph as I participate in this class and/or to reproduce materials (i.e. homework) that I may produce as part of classroom activities. I DO NOT give permission to videotape/photograph me or to reproduce materials that I may produce as part of classroom activities. Signature of student: ___________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________ Date of Birth ____/____/____ MM DD YY THE JAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK FOR THE 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN PRESENTED AND APPROVED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION AND THE BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES FOR JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION. THE INCLUDED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN VALIDLY ADOPTED BY THE JAY SCHOOL CORPORATION BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES ON (TO BE ANNOUNCED see minutes).
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