Lockland Elementary Mission
We are committed to educate students to be active learners in a supportive
community that develops pride, achievement, wisdom and success.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome, District Vision, and Mission Statement 3
Students, Staff, Parent and Home District Responsibilities 4
Guidelines for Success, CHAMPS Behavior Expectations, the school day 5-6
Attendance, arriving at school 7-8
After school, monitoring student Progress, District Failure Policy 9
Emergency Closings, Drills, Visitors 10
Cell Phones, Sickness/Medication, Use of the Internet 11-12
Zero Tolerance for Aggressive Behavior Policy 12
Dress Code 13
Lockland School District Code of Conduct 14-18
Infraction Levels for School Rules & Consequences 17-18
District Bullying Policy & Information gathering forms 19-27
Dear Students and members of the Lockland family:
Welcome to Lockland Elementary School! Lockland Elementary serves about 300 students Kindergarten
through grade 5. We have over 20 staff members, making our student to staff ratio 15:1.
Lockland serves students from diverse backgrounds, taking each child from where they enter Lockland
Elementary, to be the best, most successful student possible. We utilize an academic enhancement period each
school day to focus on providing individual and small group interventions, acceleration, and character education.
We believe that families and the school need to work together to meet the educational needs of students,
and ensure the students have the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. To get involved in your child’s
education, you can attend open house, conferences, email or call your child’s teacher, or help at school.
On the front cover and below you will find the mission statement for Lockland Elementary! We created it,
and believe it!
Please help us live the mission!
Lockland Elementary Principal
Lockland School District Vision
Rich in tradition, the Lockland School District is a district of choice. Lockland Schools will provide a
challenging learning experience ensuring that ALL students will be provided every opportunity to
achieve academic and personal success.
Lockland Elementary Mission
We are committed to educate students to be active learners in a supportive community that
develops pride, achievement, wisdom and success.
LOCKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work to excel socially, emotionally, and academically.
Be at school every day, on time, and prepared for classes.
Understand and obey school and classroom rules and follow the Lockland Code of Conduct.
Complete all assignments on time.
Respect the rights and property of students and staff.
Behave in a safe and responsible manner.
Be respectful to others; Profanity, insults, threats, and harassment are prohibited.
Follow the school uniform policy and use proper hygiene.
Ask for help with problems from teachers or school staff.
Practice good citizenship by being helpful and honest at all times.
Seek, promote and practice peer mediation procedures when resolving problems.
Maintain student data portfolio.
Set high expectations for students’ social, emotional, and academic goals.
Develop an engaging classroom environment using research based best practices.
Use fair and consistent discipline to teach students responsible behavior.
Keep accurate records of progress, grades, attendance, and behavior.
Make class work and homework appropriate with clear directions.
Create a classroom environment where students can ask for help and feel safe and respected.
Communicate regularly with parents/guardians about progress and/or problems with attendance, behavior,
Help students understand classroom and school rules
Seek training and education that lead to a safe and successful school.
Be a role model of self-control and responsible citizenship.
Assist the parents/guardian in accessing resources relevant to individual student growth and development.
Stress the importance of an education with your child (set high expectations).
Support the school’s discipline measures and assist the school with discipline when needed by attending re-
Keep the school up-to-date on telephone numbers and address changes, medical problems, family or social
problems that may affect school performance.
Report absences to the office by 8:00 a.m. Inform staff early and in writing if your child must arrive late or
be dismissed early for the day. In order for your child to be dismissed early, parents must sign their child
out with the main office. Send your child to school on time everyday
Expect your child to complete assignments and study daily.
Monitor student progress and voice concerns through Progress Book, attending conferences, student agenda
books, and contact with teachers.
Expect your child to dress appropriately, follow the school’s dress code, and practice good hygiene.
Expect your child to be responsible, respectful, and behave appropriately in school.
Make sure your child has current immunizations and required medical exams.
Guidelines for Success
Do your best
Cooperate with others
Treat everyone with respect
The guidelines for Success will be taught to all students throughout the year. These
guidelines will give students the skills needed to be successful in school. Emphasis will be put on
the idea that if students follow guidelines they will make good choices about their behavior and
Each day teachers submit names of students demonstrating CHAMP behavior and following
the guidelines for success. During the morning announcements, 3 students’ names are selected
and recognized for their CHAMP behavior. These students’ photos are displayed on the bulletin
board outside the elementary office. The students also receive an award certificate and get to pick
from the office treasure chest.
At the end of each month students’ who were nominated by staff are invited to participate in
a special CHAMP party.
Lockland Elementary CHAMP’s Behavior Expectations
School environment has a great impact on student behavior. Therefore, the staff has
structured common school areas and their classrooms in ways that will promote responsible
Teachers will teach expected behavior and the Guidelines for Success to all Students. All
students will know how to behave responsibly in every situation.
Below you will find student behavior expectations for common areas in school. All behavior
expectations can be met by following the Guidelines for Success.
Admire work on walls with eyes only One step at a time
Pick up trash Always be a CHAMP
Walk facing forward Keep hands & feet in appropriate place
Always be a CHAMP One person per step
Keep hands in appropriate place Keep quiet feet on steps
Be in a straight line Be in a straight line
Be in line order Be in line order
Leave Personal Space Leave Personal Space
Go to the end if you get out of line Go to the end if you get out of line
Use whisper voices Use a friendly voice
Say Please, Thank you, & Excuse me Include others
Get what’s needed before sitting down Put equipment away
Raise your hand if you need something Line up when signaled
Try and eat all your food Participate in new activities
Clean up after yourself Remember good sportsmanship
Push in your chair Share
Allow others to eat in a pleasant environment Be helpful
Use whisper voices Listen to the speaker
Keep it clean Sit quietly and be still
Respect the privacy of others Demonstrate self-control
1 flush, 2 soap squirts, 3 paper towels Listen and follow all directions
Pencils/pens/ markers stay in the classroom Applaud at appropriate times
Be prompt and return to class right away Ask & Answer questions on topic
Wait your turn
The School Day
7:30 Breakfast available in the cafeteria
7:50 Students enter and go directly to classroom
8:00 School begins, tardy students must report to office
10:40 Recess (Gr. 3, 4, 5)
11:00 Lunch (Gr. 3, 4, 5)
11:40 Recess (Gr. K, 1, 2)
12:00 Lunch (Gr. K, 1, 2)
1:30 Dismissal (Each Wednesday!)
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES AND STUDENT ABSENCES/TARDIES
Under Section 3313.205 of the Ohio Reserve Code it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to
notify the school of the child’s absence by 8:00 each morning. If the student falls under the
“Excessive Absences Procedures,” the parent must notify the school and present valid documentation
concerning the absence.
Parent or guardian phone call will substantiate excused absences if made by 8:00 a.m. as
defined by Lockland Schools. Parents are responsible for calling the school for which each
Absence Lines: 513-563-5000, ext. 124
A student is satisfactorily excused under the following circumstances:
1. Personal illness
2. Illness in the family
3. Quarantine of home
4. Work at home due to absence of parents or guardians (maximum two days)
5. Death of a relative
6. Observance of a religious holiday
7. Emergency or set of circumstances which in the judgment of the principal or his/her designee
constitutes a good and sufficient cause to be absent from school.
College Visit – Must have documentation from the college
Court appearance – must have documentation
Medical – Dental appt. that cannot be scheduled outside school hours
Other reasons approved by the school administration
Students who are absent for the reasons listed above will be marked excused if the parent calls
by 8:00 a.m. the morning of the absence or bring in documentation the day they return after the
absence. If the school receives no call or no documentation is given the child will be marked
unexcused for the day. After the first 5 tardies, a student will be referred to the truancy officer.
A student will fall under the Excessive Absence Procedures when there have been more than five
parent calls or notes in one semester. Students under the Excessive Absence Procedures are marked
unexcused unless they have third party documentation.
Acceptable Third Party Documentation
1. Personal illness – documented by a licensed medical professional
2. Illness in the family - documented by a licensed medical professional
3. Quarantine of home – notification by the Board of Health
4. Death of a relative – obituary or memorial card from funeral
5. Observance of a religious holiday – knowledge by administrator of the existence of a holiday
6. Court appearance – must have documentation 8
7. Educational/psychological testing
8. Other reasons approved by the school administration
Consequences for excessive absences and tardiness:
1. Once a student has 2 unexcused days absent or tardy for 3 days, or a combination of absences and
tardies, a call will be made to the parent/guardian requesting and meeting with the principal or
truancy officer, student and parents to solve the absence problem. During this meeting a plan will be
developed to correct the problem. The student’s attendance will be closely monitored. Parents or
guardians that do not setup a meeting will be referred for truancy court.
2. If a student does not adhere to the plan they will be referred to Hamilton County Juvenile Court for
Truancy. A letter will be sent to the home informing the parent/guardian that they have been referred
to court. Students will also be referred when they have:
5 or more consecutive school days absent
7 or more absences in one month
12 or more absences in one school year
Parents and their child will then be required to appear in official court to work out the habitual truant
problem. A Lockland representative or the truancy officer will attend the court hearing.
Students are required to make up work when absent from school. If the absence is excused the work
may be done from home if the absence was unexcused the work must be made up at school at the end
of the day or other time arranged by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the
teacher for make-up work.
A note is required from a parent for any changes from the dismissal routine. This note should include
the requested dismissal time, the reason for the early dismissal, and if someone other than the parent
writing the note will pick up the student. The parent / guardian must sign the child out for all early
Students who attend school each day will be given a Perfect Attendance Award at the end of the
year awards assembly. (Student tardiness will be taken into account)
Students who miss 3 days or less will be given a Good Attendance Award at the end of the year
awards assembly. (Student tardiness will be taken into account)
Arriving at school
In the interests of safety, students are not to arrive on the school grounds before 7:30 am. A staff
member does not supervise the grounds until this time. Students may enter the cafeteria at 7:30 am to
receive breakfast until 7:50 am. For the safety of all of the children, please drop students off on Cross
Street, entering Cross Street from Forrer, and exiting on Cooper Avenue. Children should exit your
car on the school side of the street. Double parking is not allowed. Children should not be dropped
off at the front entrance of the elementary unless they are late to school and need to obtain a pass
from the office.
Students are dismissed each day at 3:00 pm. (1:30 on Wednesday’s) Students are to go home after
school. Loitering on the school grounds after school will not be permitted. Kindergarten students
will be signed out from the front of the elementary building. All other students will be dismissed on
Monitoring Student Progress
Lockland Elementary School distributes report cards at the end of each quarter. Parents can monitor
student progress on Progress Book. Log on to the Lockland Website, www.locklandschools.org and select
progress book. Enter the password to access the academic information about your child. Parents are
encouraged to contact their child’s teacher. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in November and
February. Please contact your child’s teacher by email ex. Michele.email@example.com
(firstname.lastname@example.org,) or phone when you have a question or concern. You
may get the contact information on the school website or by contacting the elementary office at 563-
LOCKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT-WIDE
NOTIFICATION OF FAILURE POLICY
In an effort to communicate more effectively with parents and to encourage becoming partners
with parents in increasing student success, this district notification of failure policy will be
effective beginning during the 2010-2011school year.
Teachers will notify the parents of any student receiving a “D” or an “F” at the interim by
phone, email or a mailed letter.
Teachers will notify the parents of any student receiving a “D” or an “F” two weeks before
the end of the quarter grade again by phone, email or a mailed letter.
Notification will be defined as a documented conference, a phone conversation, email or a
letter mailed home. Leaving a voice mail as a documented notification is not acceptable.
Teachers will keep a log of each documented notification. This log will be submitted with
quarter grades to the counselor and the building administrator.
Failure to notify parents within the above guidelines will result in the teacher giving no lower
than a “D” for a quarter grade.
Information concerning individual students is considered confidential and is shared with only those
school personnel who have reasonable need to know of it. No information will be shared with outside
agencies without the parent’s written consent.
Parental Access to Records and Child Custody
All natural parents, adoptive parents, and legal guardians have the right to review student records and
communicate with school personnel concerning their child’s progress. Any natural parents, adoptive
parents, and legal guardians will also be allowed to review records, visit the child’s classroom or pick
the child up from school unless we have a copy of the latest court order restricting visitation rights.
State law requires parents to provide the school with a copy of the most recent custody papers issued
by the court. There are procedures for challenging material found in the records if it is found to be
inaccurate and damaging to the student.
Emergency Closing of School
Various courses of action have been planned for the times during the winter when road conditions do
not permit the school to operate as regularly scheduled. The alternate plans will be used only when
road conditions are thought to be extremely hazardous. The safety of the students is our first
consideration. The announcement of an alternate plan will be made over several local radio stations
from approximately 6:00 AM. - 8:00 AM. Automated phone calls will go out to all families using the
phone number given for emergency contacts. Please listen for the radio or television announcements
to obtain the information. DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL so that the school telephones can be kept
clear for emergency calls.
This will allow road crews to clear the roads. Remember, when a one-hour delay is announced,
school does not begin until 9:00 A.M. Students will not be admitted in the building until 8:30 AM.
This will allow road crews to clear the roads. Remember, when a two-hour delay is announced,
school does not begin until 10:00 A.M. Students will not be admitted in the building until 9:30 AM.
School will be closed for the day.
Early Dismissal Due to Inclement Weather
In extreme situations, school may be dismissed early whenever it becomes apparent that road
conditions are becoming so severe that transportation of your child could be dangerous. To insure
that no students are left unsupervised at home because of early dismissal, please follow these steps:
A. Provide an alternate place for your child to go if you are normally not at home during the day.
B. On your child’s EMA (Emergency Medical Form), please state where your child should go and
provide a telephone number where this person can be reached.
C. Give instructions to your child explaining where he/she is to go or who to call.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit the school. All visitors must check in at the office. For
the safety of our students, visitors must go directly to the location of their visit. Visitors are asked not
bring in fast food lunches, but are welcome to pack a lunch, or purchase a lunch from our cafeteria.
Fire and Tornado Drills
Students must follow the evacuation plan in their classroom, remain silent during the drill, and walk
calmly to their assigned position on the school ground so that attendance can be taken quickly. The
principal will give the signal for all to re-enter the building.
Students are permitted to have cell phones, but they must be kept in their backpack. Students must
place their phones in their backpack prior to entering the building and may not touch it until exiting
the building at the end of the day. They are not permitted for any reason, to have them out or on
during the school day. Students may request to use the school phones in the presence of staff for
emergency situations during the school day. The main office phone is not to be used to make plans
that could have been worked out the night before.
Students found with a cell phone after entering the school or before exiting the building will have the
phone confiscated and it will be locked in the office. A parent must arrange a meeting with the
superintendent to sign a cell phone release form that warns the student and parent that the phone will
be kept for the remainder of the school year should their child break the rule again. This rule is in
place due to serious safety issues for students and staff.
Please do not give your child a cell phone if they cannot follow this rule and if they cannot
accept these consequences. This is an important rule put into place to keep everyone safe. The
school is not responsible for any cell phones lost at school.
When a student becomes ill, he/she is to report illness to their teacher. The teacher will
determine if the student needs to go to the nurse’s office. The school nurse will take the students
temperature. If the student has a temperature or is unable to return to class, parents will be called to
pick up the student. Students must be signed out by a parent/guardian to go home. Students will not
be allowed to leave school unless a parent has been contacted.
Students are not allowed to take medications unless the medication is distributed through the Nurse’s
office. Each student may obtain a School Medication Permit at the beginning of the year. Parents and
physician(s) must complete this form if medications are needed during the school day. This includes
all “over-the-counter” medications, such as mild pain relievers.
If your child needs pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol please make sure to get a form
filled out by your doctor and bring medication to the office in the original bottle marked with
your child’s name.
Student Use of the Internet
Students will use the Internet and computer for research and educational purposes. Each student must
have a Lockland School District Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on file. These forms will be handed
out within the first week of school. A parent/guardian and student signatures are required. Once these
forms are returned, students will receive training regarding appropriate use of the Internet while at
Students are not permitted to alter system software and settings, place harmful or unlawful
information of the computer, or access obscene, unlawful, pornographic, or abusive materials. Use of
the Internet is strictly for academic purposes: personal or commercial use is prohibited.
Students whom violate any of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action, which could
include removal of Internet and Computer privileges or removal from Lockland Elementary.
In the computer lab and classroom, it is the policy of Lockland Elementary that a student cannot
interfere with the operation of school business. Unauthorized access, unauthorized entry of or
alteration of school information, unauthorized entry or alteration of school programs, or unauthorized
reproduction (forgery) of school information is strictly prohibited.
Unauthorized use of school systems may be considered criminal activity and may be reported to law
enforcement officials. Students are not allowed to access another’s computer account. Entering
and/or reproducing any information that is not directly related to an instructional assignment is
Students are not to have food or drinks near the computers at any time!
Zero Tolerance for Aggressive Behavior
Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they respect and consider the
rights of others. Students of the District must conform to school regulations and accept
directions from authorized school personnel. The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent,
disruptive or inappropriate behavior by its students, as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request
made by school personnel on school property and/or at school-related events is subject to
approved student discipline regulations. The Superintendent/designee develops regulations,
which establish strategies ranging from prevention to intervention to address student
Students and parents annually receive, at the beginning of the school year or upon entering
during the year, written information on the rules and regulations to which they are subject
while in school or participating in any school-related activity or event. The information
includes the types of conduct which are subject to suspension or expulsion from school or other
forms of disciplinary action. The Board directs the administration to make all students aware
of the student Code of Conduct and the fact that any violations of the student Code of Conduct
If a student violates this policy or the Code of Conduct, school personnel, students or parents
should report the student to the appropriate principal. The administration cooperates in any
prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the State of Ohio and local ordinances.
The student Code of Conduct is made available to students and parents and is ported in a
central location within each building.
LOCKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
DISTRICT-WIDE UNIFORM DRESS CODE
Students need to be in uniform at all times during school hours.
Students need to remain in uniform during the entire school day as long as they are on campus.
At the beginning of the day, students out of uniform will be sent to the office.
In the office, students will be required to change clothes, if they can remedy the infraction they will be sent
back to class if not they may Receive Office Detention or be placed in office supplied clothing
Teachers will check student uniforms each bell and school detentions will be given to students out of
Office referrals may result in Wednesday/Saturday school assignments.
Students who become repeat offenders will receive a parent letter mailed home to communicate to
parents this failure to comply with the uniform code. (discipline paperwork mailed home)
This parent letter will be placed in the student’s discipline file.
It is expected that every school employee assist the administration in monitoring the uniform code and
administering school detentions and office referrals for infractions of the uniform code.
Descriptions of the appropriate uniform are below.
PANTS / SHORTS/SKIRTS SHIRTS (not to be altered in any fashion) SHOES
Black, navy or tan Solid colors only. Manufactures Logo may not exceed the size of a typical Closed toes,
Shorts colors as listed business card. 2 ½ x 3 athletic shoes
above. allowed (laced and
No Jeans. (Denim SHIRTS MAY NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY FASHION. tied) No flip flops,
material spandex or other house shoes,
forms of tight fitting Button up oxford dress shirts or polo shirts with tab & buttons (3 or 4) long or slippers, or athletic
material) short sleeves No V-necks. slip-on allowed due
Belt required (no to safety
oversized belt buckles). Turtlenecks & long sleeved tee shirts may be worn under polo shirts or requirements
Pants must be worn at oxford dress shirts
waist (top of hipbone).
Skirts and Shorts must Shirt tucked in at all times while on campus.
extend past fingertips at
all times. Sweaters, zip-up cardigans without hood; sweatshirts, without hood, solid
colors only Logo may not exceed the size of a typical business card. 2 ½ x
3 No Stripes
School produced Spirit shirts (t-shirts, pullovers, approved hoodies, etc….)
displaying a Lockland logo, purchased at spirit shop or given by school
office as a reward may be worn at any time. The clothing cannot be altered
in any fashion.
Photos of approved spirit wear will be posted in the office and on the web
Lockland School District Code of Conduct
This code of conduct was adopted by the Board of Education of Lockland City Schools pursuant to
sections 3313.661 and 3313.662, Ohio Revised Code. Any pupil engaging in the types of conduct
either specifically or generally like the kinds of conduct listed below is subject to disciplinary action
which could include any of the following, focus room, emergency removal, exclusion from curricular
or extracurricular activities, in-school suspension, suspension, expulsion.
CODE OF CONDUCT
We assume that students coming to Lockland Elementary School have learned basic manners and
appropriate behaviors at home. It is our intent to provide a cheerful and positive environment for
learning, but we realize that this can only occur when our students make an effort to work within
established guidelines for behavior. No student will be allowed to keep a teacher from teaching nor
keep other students from learning. All of the rules of conduct for students at Lockland Elementary
School are reasonable and are intended to promote a positive learning environment. Consequences
are designed to help change behavior and guide the student in making more appropriate decisions.
Of course, the parent’s role in disciplinary matters is vital. Without the support of parents in
relationship to discipline, we cannot provide a proper and safe learning environment for all students.
If you question the discipline procedures used with your student, please call school and talk to the
person involved in the discipline action. Together we can help all students learn how to behave in a
The types of conduct prohibited by this code of regulations are as follows:
1. Damage or destruction of school property on/off school premises.
2. Damage or destruction of private property on school premises, or in areas controlled by the school.
3. Assault on a school employee, student, or other person.
4. Possession or use of dangerous weapons or ordnance or objects which look like weapons or
ordnance, including, but not limited to, guns, firearms, ammunition, knives, grenades, sling shots,
bows, arrows, machetes, brass knuckles, chains, studs, etc.; or possession or use of objects which
may render physical harm to another if improperly used, including, but not limited to, axes, hatchets,
hammers, saws, ice picks, screwdrivers, knives, etc.
5. Fighting, contributing or instigating a fight.
6. Chronic misbehavior which disrupts or interferes with any school activity.
7. Disregard of reasonable directions or commands by school authorities including school
administrators and teachers.
8. Any disruption or interference with school activities.
9. Presence in areas during school hours or outside school hours where a student has no legitimate
10. Leaving school during school hours without permission.
11. Distribution of pamphlets, leaflets, buttons, insignia, etc. without permission from the proper
12. Demonstrations by individuals/groups causing disruption.
13. Disrespect to a teacher or other school authority.
14. Failure to serve School Detention, ISD, and/or Friday/Saturday School.
15. Refusing to take detention or other properly administered discipline.
16. Falsifying of information given to school authorities.
17. Buying, selling, transferring, using, possessing or being under the influence of any controlled
substance (drugs, narcotics, marijuana, etc.) or inhalants, or buying, selling, using, possessing or
being under the influence of any counterfeit controlled substance (any substance that is made to look
like a controlled substance), or is represented to be a controlled substance, or that is believed to be a
18. Buying, selling, transferring, using, possessing or being under the influence of any drug,
medication, inhalant or other controlled substance that can be taken internally where the students
involved cannot show a legitimate health or other reason for the use of such substances.
19. Buying, selling, transferring, using, or possessing any drug or alcoholic paraphernalia to include
instruments, objects, papers, pipes, containers, etc.
20. Buying, selling, transferring, using, possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic
beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
21. Possession or use of tobacco.
22. Turning in false fire, tornado, bomb or disaster alarms.
23. Placing of signs and slogans on school property without the permission of the proper authorities.
24. Extortion of a pupil or school personnel.
25. Forgery of school related documents.
28. Theft or possession of stolen items.
29. Cheating or plagiarizing.
30. Hazing (to persecute, harass or humiliate another student and/or employee).
33. Engaging in sexual acts, displaying excessive affection or other inappropriate behavior with a
person of the same or opposite sex.
34. Possession or publication of obscene, pornographic or libelous material.
35. Use of indecent or obscene language and/or gestures in oral or written form.
36. Indecent exposure.
37. Arson/unauthorized use of fire/possession of matches or lighters.
38. Failure to abide by reasonable dress and appearance codes set forth in student handbooks or
established by administration or the Board of Education. This includes the prohibition of all clothing,
jewelry, signs, etc. which at the discretion of the administration is reasonably related to or represents
gang or gang like activity.
39. Failure to abide by rules and regulations set forth by the administration for student parking and
40. Presence on school property with a communicable disease.
41. Willfully aiding another person to violate school regulations.
42. Any type of prohibited activity listed herein taking place on a school bus.
43. Commission by a pupil of any crime in violation of the Ohio Criminal Code, Ohio Traffic Code
or the Ohio Juvenile code.
44. Threats of physical violence.
45. Abuse of another. No student shall use or direct to, or about a school employee, or student,
words, phrases, or actions that are considered to be slanderous or degrading in nature, and/or words
or phrases which are obscene or profane as defined by the majority of our society. Name calling, any
remarks related to physical handicaps or defects, mental handicaps, race, national origin, appearance
will not be tolerated.
46. Sexual harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or
physical contacts of a sexual nature by students or staff members may be defined as sexual
harassment if it makes a student feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
47. It is generally considered sexual harassment when a person or group; calls out obscene names,
passes obscene notes or places them In a locker, calls someone at home and makes obscene
suggestions or noises, tells obscene stories to someone who doesn't want to hear them, purposely
bumps into someone, writes graffiti or start rumors about someone's sexual behavior or orientation,
or hugs, grabs, pinches or touches someone sexually.
48. illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, carrying a
concealed weapon, aggravated trafficking, trafficking in drugs, trafficking involving the possession
of a bulk amount substance and/or aggravated murder, murder, voluntary or Involuntary
manslaughter, felonious or aggravated assaults, rape, gross sexual imposition or felonious sexual
penetration. The Board may seek the permanent exclusion of a student 16 years of age or older who
is either convicted in criminal court or adjudicated delinquent by a Juvenile Court of these offenses.
In addition, complicity in any of these acts may be the basis for permanent exclusion.
49. Possession of cell phones, pagers, CD's, laser lights, tape players or head 'phones
50. Harassment of school personnel or other students during school and/or non-school hours.
51. Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where these
actions or plans of another person, 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.
52. Gross disobedience or misconduct, which the pupil knows or should know, would disrupt the
academic process or a curricular/extracurricular activity, or school-related event.
The student code of conduct confirms that students have a responsibility to use the facilities and
services of the personnel of the Lockland Local School District for education. In order for the schools
to operate safely and successfully, certain rules and regulations regarding student behavior must be
established and enforced. Therefore, the student code of conduct is an attempt to list the major rules,
however, other acts not listed could be disciplined if the act is disruptive to the educational process,
hinders other students’ learning, or is deemed inappropriate. It is the responsibility of all staff
members to consistently enforce these rules and policies throughout the building.
Student behavior problems will be categorized into two types:
A. Severe student behavior - fighting, profanity, threats, assault, drugs, tobacco, disrespectful
behavior, theft, cheating, etc. that requires immediate disciplinary action by an administrator.
B. Student misbehavior that can be controlled by using the school-wide intervention plan.
If school or classroom rules are violated, the following intervention actions may be taken depending
upon the severity and frequency of the violations. The list is not necessarily a sequential or
comprehensive listing of measures to be taken.
Warnings by teacher and/or administrator
Parent contact by phone, letter or referral
Detentions assigned by teacher, team or administration
Out-of school Suspension
Request by principal for expulsion of student if all intervening procedures fail
Any pupil engaging in the types of conduct either specifically or generally like the kinds of conduct
listed below is subject to expulsion, suspension, emergency suspension or removal from curricular
and extra- curricular activities pursuant to Ohio Revised Code. This Code of Regulations applies
while a student is in the custody or control of the school, on school grounds or closely proximate
thereto, while at a school-sponsored function or activity or on school-owned or provided
transportation vehicles. In addition, the Student Code of Conduct governs student activities at all
times, on or off school property, when such student conduct would reasonably related to the health,
safety, and welfare of student or such conduct would unreasonably interrupt the educational
processes of the Lockland Local School District. Pursuant to 3313.664 of the Ohio Revised Code,
students may be suspended by the Superintendent or his designee from participating in
extracurricular activities for a period of time not to exceed the end of the school year for any
violation of the Student Code of Conduct or violations of posted rules and regulations established by
individual coaches and sponsors.
Disclaimer to Parents/Guardians
The administration at Lockland has the ultimate responsibility to maintain a safe and orderly learning
environment at school. Parents that address school employees inappropriately (Verbal and/or
physically abusive language) will be charged with disturbing the peace, inducing panic, escorted off
the school campus, and/or have restraining orders filed.
Infraction Levels for School Rules and Consequences
Level 1- Infractions Level 1- Possible Consequences
Not following expectations Time out at recess
Out of assigned area Lunch Detention
Disruptive behavior After school detention
Tardy to school, Class, or detention (4th tardy)
Horseplay, rough play
1st Bullying occurrence
Level 2- Infractions Level 2- Possible Consequences
Disrespect toward any adult Wednesday School
Chronic habit of skipping detention In-School Detention
3rd office referral of a level 1 infraction After School Detention
Blatant use of inappropriate language or gesture Referral to Counselor
Instigating / Contributing to a fight
Threats of physical violence (1st offense)
Removal from school detention
Leaving school without permission
Chronic Tardiness (7th tardy)
2nd Bullying occurrence
Level 3- Infractions Level 3- Possible Consequences
2nd referral of a level 2 infraction In-School Detention
Assault Out of School Suspension
Indecent or obscene behavior Referral to Counselor (Follow up session)
Destroying school property
Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, controlled
substance, or paraphernalia
3rd Bullying occurrence
False Fire alarm
5 school detentions or IDS’s in one quarter
Skipping Wednesday School
Sexual harassment (1st Offense)
Any infraction of the Zero Tolerance Rule
Level 4- Infractions Level 4- Possible Consequences
2nd offense of destroying school property Out of school Suspension
2nd offense of sexual harassment Expulsion
Possession of a weapon or look alike weapon
Interrogations and Searches
The District has responsibility for the control and management of the students during the school day
and hours of approved extracurricular activities. While discharging its responsibility the school
administration is to make an effort to protect each student’s rights with respect to interrogations by
law enforcement officials. The administration has developed District regulations to be followed in
the case of searches and interrogations.
The right of inspection of students’ school lockers or articles carried upon their persons and the
interrogation of an individual student is inherent in the authority granted school boards.
Administrators will employ procedural safeguards to protect the well-being of those children. All
other searches will be conducted sparingly and only when such search is reasonably likely to produce
anticipated tangible results to aid in the educational process preserve discipline and good order or
promote the safety and security of persons and their property within the area of the school’s
Student lockers are property of the District, and since random searches have a positive impact on
reducing drugs and other criminal activity, it is the policy of the Board to permit the building
administrator to search any locker and its contents as the administrator believes necessary. This
policy will be posted in every building.
HAZING AND BULLYING
(Harassment, Intimidation and Dating Violence)
Hazing means doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into
any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or
physical harm to any person.
Throughout this policy the term bullying is used in place of harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Bullying, harassment and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student
has exhibited toward another particular student more than once. The intentional act also includes
violence within a dating relationship. The behavior causes both mental or physical harm to the other
student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or
abusive educational environment for the other student. This behavior is prohibited on school property
or at a school-sponsored activity.
Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing, bullying and/or
dating violence does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.
The District includes, within the health curriculum, age-appropriate instruction in dating violence
prevention education in grades 7 to 12. This instruction includes recognizing warning signs of dating
violence and the characteristics of healthy relationships.
Prohibited activities of any type, including those activities engaged in via computer and/or electronic
communications devices, are inconsistent with the educational process and are prohibited at all times.
No administrator, teacher or other employee of the District shall encourage, permit, condone or
tolerate any hazing and/or bullying activities. No students, including leaders of student organizations,
are permitted to plan, encourage or engage in any hazing and/or bullying.
Administrators, teachers and all other District employees are particularly alert to possible conditions,
circumstances or events that might include hazing, bullying and/or dating violence. If any of the
prohibited behaviors are planned or discovered, involved students are informed by the discovering
District employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and are required to end all such activities
immediately. All hazing, bullying and/or dating violence incidents are reported immediately to the
Superintendent/designee and appropriate discipline is administered.
The Superintendent/designee must provide the Board President with a semiannual written report of
all verified incidents of hazing and/or bullying and post the report on the District’s web site.
The administration provides training on the District's hazing and bullying policy to District
employees and volunteers who have direct contact with students. Additional training is provided to
elementary employees in violence and substance abuse prevention and positive youth development.
District employees, students and volunteers have qualified civil immunity for damages arising from
reporting an incident of hazing and/or bullying. Administrators, teachers, other employees and
students who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be liable for
civil and criminal penalties in compliance with State and Federal law.
No one is permitted to retaliate against an employee or student because he/she files a grievance or
assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing regarding the charge of hazing and/or
bullying of an individual.
[Adoption date: July 1, 2005]
[Re-adoption date: October 25, 2007]
[Re-adoption date: January 13, 2009]
[Re-adoption date: February 11, 2010]
LEGAL REFS.: ORC 117.53
CROSS REFS.: AC, Nondiscrimination
EDE, Computer/Online Services (Acceptable Use and Internet Safety)
IGAE, Health Education
IIBH, District Web Site Publishing
JFC, Student Conduct (Zero Tolerance)
JHG, Reporting Child Abuse
HAZING AND BULLYING
(Harassment, Intimidation and Dating Violence)
The prohibition against hazing, dating violence, harassment, intimidation or bullying is publicized in
student handbooks and in the publications that set the standard of conduct for schools and students in
the District. In addition, information regarding the policy is incorporated into employee handbooks
and training materials.
School Personnel Responsibilities and Complaint Procedures
Hazing, bullying behavior and/or dating violence by any student/school personnel in the District is
strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or
expulsion from school. Hazing bullying and/or dating violence means any intentional written, verbal,
graphic or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student
or group of students toward other students/school personnel with the intent to haze, harass,
intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately
adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity; in any District publication; through the
use of any District-owned or operated communication tools, including but not limited to District e-
mail accounts and/or computers; on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop.
Hazing, bullying and/or dating violence can include many different behaviors. Examples of conduct
that could constitute prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:
1. physical violence and/or attacks;
2. threats, taunts and intimidation through words and/or gestures;
3. extortion, damage or stealing of money and/or possessions;
4. exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;
5. repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of
information and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known
as “cyber bullying”), such as the following:
A. posting slurs on web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online
B. sending abusive or threatening e-mails, web site postings or comments and instant
C. using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs or videos of students
and/or distributing or posting the photos or videos online and
D. using web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals, e-mails
or instant messages to circulate gossip and rumors to other students.
6. excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language
to Internet service providers.
In evaluating whether conduct constitutes hazing or bullying, special attention is paid to the words
chosen or the actions taken, whether such conduct occurred in front of others or was communicated
to others, how the perpetrator interacted with the victim and the motivation, either admitted or
Teachers and Other School Staff
Teachers and other school staff who witness acts of hazing, bullying and/or dating violence as
defined above, promptly notify the building principal/designee of the event observed, and promptly
file a written incident report concerning the events witnessed.
Teachers and other school staff who receive student or parent reports of suspected hazing, bullying
and/or dating violence promptly notify the building principal/designee of such report(s). If the report
is a formal, written complaint, the complaint is forwarded to the building principal/designee no later
than the next school day. If the report is an informal complaint by a student that is received by a
teacher or other professional employee, he/she prepares a written report of the informal complaint
that is forwarded to the building principal/designee no later than the next school day.
1. Formal Complaints
Students and/or their parents or guardians may file reports regarding suspected hazing,
harassment, intimidation, bullying and/or dating violence. The reports should be written.
Such written reports must be reasonably specific including person(s) involved; number of
times and places of the alleged conduct; the target of suspected harassment, intimidation
and/or bullying and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. Such reports may
be filed with any school staff member or administrator. They are promptly forwarded to the
building principal/designee for review and action.
2. Informal Complaints
Students, parents or guardians and school personnel may make informal complaints of
conduct that they consider to be harassment, intimidation and/or bullying by verbal report to
a teacher, school administrator or other school personnel. Such informal complaints must be
reasonably specific as to the actions giving rise to the suspicion of hazing, harassment,
intimidation and/or bullying, including person(s) involved, number of times and places of the
alleged conduct, the target of the prohibited behavior(s) and the names of any potential
student or staff witness. The school staff member or administrator who receives the informal
complaint promptly documents the complaint in writing, including the above information.
This written report by the school staff member and/or administrator is promptly forwarded to
the building principal/designee for review and action.
3. Anonymous Complaints
Students who make informal complaints as set forth above may request that their name be
maintained in confidence by the school staff member(s) and administrator(s) who receive the
complaint. The anonymous complaint is reviewed and reasonable action is taken to address
the situation, to the extent such action (1) does not disclose the source of the complaint, and
(2) is consistent with the due process rights of the student(s) alleged to have committed acts
of hazing, bullying and/or dating violence.
1. Teachers and Other School Staff
In addition to addressing both informal and formal complaints, school personnel are
encouraged to address the issue of hazing, bullying and/or dating violence in other
interactions with students.
School personnel may find opportunities to educate students about harassment, hazing,
intimidation and bullying and help eliminate such prohibited behaviors through class
discussions, counseling and reinforcement of socially appropriate behavior. School personnel
should intervene promptly whenever they observe student conduct that has the purpose or
effect of ridiculing, humiliating or intimidating another student/school personnel, even if
such conduct does not meet the formal definition of harassment, hazing, intimidation or
2. Administrator Responsibilities
The principal/designee is notified of any formal or informal complaint of suspected harassment,
hazing, intimidation or bullying. Under the direction of the building principal/designee, all such
complaints are investigated promptly. A written report of the investigation is prepared when the
investigation is complete. The report includes findings of fact, a determination of whether acts of
hazing, bullying and/or dating violence were verified, and when prohibited acts are verified, a
recommendation for intervention, including disciplinary action, is included in the report. Where
appropriate, written witness statements are attached to the report.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, when a student making an informal complaint has requested
anonymity, the investigation of such complaint is limited as is appropriate in view of the anonymity
of the complaint. Such limitation of the investigation may include restricting action to a simple
review of the complaint (with or without discussing it with the alleged perpetrator), subject to receipt
of further information and/or the withdrawal by the complaining student of the condition that his/her
report be anonymous.
B. Nondisciplinary Interventions
When verified acts of hazing, bullying and/or dating violence are identified early and/or when such
verified acts do not reasonably require a disciplinary response, students may be counseled as to the
definition of the behavior, its prohibition and their duty to avoid any conduct that could be
considered harassing, hazing, intimidating and/or bullying.
If a complaint arises out of conflict between students or groups of students, peer mediation may be
considered. Special care, however, is warranted in referring some cases to peer mediation. A power
imbalance may make the process intimidating for the victim and therefore inappropriate. The
victim’s communication and assertiveness skills may be low and could be further eroded by fear
resulting from past intimidation and fear of future intimidation. In such cases, the victim should be
given additional support. Alternatively, peer mediation may be deemed inappropriate to address the
C. Disciplinary Interventions
When acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying are verified and a disciplinary response is
warranted, students are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences. Anonymous
complaints that are not otherwise verified, however, cannot provide the basis for disciplinary
In and out-of-school suspension may be imposed only after informing the accused perpetrator
of the reasons for the proposed suspension and giving him/her an opportunity to explain the
Expulsion may be imposed only after a hearing before the Board of Education, a committee
of the Board or an impartial hearing officer designated by the Board of Education in
accordance with Board policy. This consequence is reserved for serious incidents of
harassment, intimidation or bullying and/or when past interventions have not been successful
in eliminating prohibited behaviors.
Allegations of criminal misconduct are reported to law enforcement, and suspected child
abuse is reported to Child Protective Services, per required timelines.
Report to the Parent or Guardian of the Perpetrator
If, after investigation, acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying by a specific student are verified,
the building principal/designee notifies the parent or guardian of the perpetrator, in writing, of that
finding. If disciplinary consequences are imposed against such student, a description of such
discipline is included in such notification.
Strategies are developed and implemented to protect students from additional harassment,
intimidation or bullying, and from retaliation following reporting of incidents.
Reports to the Victim and His/Her Parent or Guardian
If, after investigation, acts of bullying or hazing against a specific student are verified, the building
principal/designee notifies the parent/guardian of the victim of the finding. In providing such
notification, care must be taken to respect the statutory privacy rights of the perpetrator.
Bullying matters, including the identity of both the charging party and the accused, are kept
confidential to the extent possible. Although discipline may be imposed against the accused upon a
finding of guilt, retaliation is prohibited.
School administrators shall notify both the parents of a student who commits acts of harassment,
intimidation, bullying and/or dating violence and the parents or guardians of students against whom
such acts were committed, and shall allow access to any written reports pertaining to the incident, to
the extent permitted by law.
Police and Child Protective Services
In addition to, or instead of, filing a complaint through this policy, a complainant may choose to
exercise other options including, but not limited to, filing a complaint with outside agencies or filing
a private lawsuit. Nothing prohibits a complainant from seeking redress under any other provision of
the Ohio Revised Code or common law that may apply.
The District must also investigate incidents of hazing, bullying and/or dating violence for the purpose
of determining whether there has been a violation of District policy or regulations, even if law
enforcement and/or the public children’s services are also investigating.
All District personnel must cooperate with investigations by outside agencies.
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BULLYING COMPLAINT FORM
Date: ____________, Time: _______________, Place:___________, Reporter: _____________
Victim(s): _________________, ______________________, ___________________________
Frequency: _________________, ______________________, ___________________________
Bully(ies): _________________, ______________________, ___________________________
Frequency: _________________, ______________________, ___________________________
Witness(es): _________________, ______________________, __________________________
Frequency: _________________, ______________________, ___________________________
Categorization of Bullying
(circle all that apply)
Direct Bullying Indirect Bullying
Physical: Hitting, Kicking Physical: Getting Someone to
Spitting, Shoving. Assault Someone.
Verbal: Taunting, Teasing, Verbal: Spreading Rumors.
Degrading Racial or
Non-Verbal: Threatening, Gestures. Non-Verbal: Deliberate Exclusion