Mission Statement of the North Elementary School

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					                           John Bassett Moore
                           Intermediate School

                         Main Office Phone 302-659-6297
                          Nurse’s Office 302-659-6280
                             Fax Number 659-6299

                           ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

                  Principal…………………..…………Mr. Elyse Baerga
                  Assistant Principal…………………..Mrs. Deborah Judy
                  Senior Secretary……………….…….Mrs. Jane Simonsen
                  Secretary……….………..……..……Ms. Leah Hamilton
                  School Nurse……………..………….Mrs. Kertrina Green-Hite
                  Guidance Counselor………....………Ms. Linda Weeks

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JBM Intermediate School Student Agenda

Greetings Message                                        3
Vision and Mission Statements                            4
Board of Education and District Administration Members   4
Map of School                                            5
Smyrna School District Calendar                          6
Enrollment and Release of Students                       7
Correspondence with Guardians                            7
Grade Reporting Dates                                    7
JBM Daily Time Schedule                                  8
Emergency School Closing Information                     8
Early Dismissal Information                              8
Academic Standards                                       9
Grading Policy                                           9
Honor Roll                                               9
Promotion, Retention & Acceleration Policy               9/10
Attendance Policies                                      10
Dress Code Policy                                        13
Field Trip Policy                                        15
JBM Facilities and Programs                              15
Rules, Regulations, and Procedures                       16
School Discipline Program: Definitions and Procedures    19
Anti-Bullying Policy                                     22
Smyrna School District Drug and Alcohol Policy           24
Technology Use Policy                                    27
District Nondiscrimination Policy                        29
DEMA Alert                                               30
Tear-out Signature Page                                  31

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At John Bassett Moore Intermediate School each member of our staff is
committed to providing all children with a rewarding educational
experience. Utilizing the various resources and facilities available to our
students, we’ll make unlimited attempts to serve the individual needs of
each child at JBM. Ultimately, as our Vision Statement attests, we will
strive to provide a safe, friendly, well-structured learning environment
where students are aware of the purpose and value of an education.

Our daily instruction is enhanced and strengthened with recognition of the
Smyrna School District’s Community Core Values. The core values are
respect, responsibility, perseverance, integrity and compassion. These values and appropriate moral
behavior are constantly reinforced through our established Positive Behavior Support program and daily
teachings. Thus, in addition to providing traditional academic experiences, we routinely strive to teach
our students how to live ethical, principle-based lives at JBM.

At John Bassett Moore Intermediate School we recognize our parents’ value and their impact upon the
learning process. With this belief we highly encourage your active participation in your child’s schooling
experience. Daily communication with your child and supervision of homework is highly recommended in
an effort to maximize your child’s education. Another avenue of involvement is our Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO). Our PTO will meet on the second Monday of each month this upcoming school year.
Our meetings will begin at 5:00 pm in our historic library.

This handbook is provided to each student at John Bassett Moore to serve as a proactive measure of
communication. The following pages will identify some of our expectations, policies and procedures for
you and your child to reference during your stay at our school.

In closing, it’s an honor to serve your family. We look forward to a very productive and memorable school
year with the anticipation that your child’s experience will be filled with joy and an abundance of

We wish you a very rewarding 2012-2013 school year.


Mrs. Elyse Baerga                                               Mrs. Deborah Judy
Principal, JBM                                                  Assistant Principal, JBM

  The Smyrna School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate or deny services on the basis of
race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability and/or age. Allegations of non-compliance with Title V or Title IX are
   to be directed in writing to the Superintendent of the Smyrna School District, 82 Monrovia Ave., Smyrna, DE 19977 or
                                                    telephone (302) 653-8585.

Policy changes or additions to this handbook may be made as circumstances demand. New procedures may be developed or
  existing rules changed based on a need as identified by teachers, administrators, the superintendent and/or the Board of

Vision Statement of JBM Intermediate School
The vision of JBM Intermediate School is to provide a safe, friendly, well-structured learning
environment where students are aware of the purpose and value of an education. This will result
from the efforts and collaboration of students, parents, community members and educators
striving to ensure the academic achievement of all children.

Mission Statement of JBM Intermediate School
The mission of JBM Intermediate School is to provide a safe and resourceful learning
environment that will ensure the academic achievement of all children.

Smyrna School District Board of Education
      Mrs.   Vetra Evans-Gunter          President
      Mrs.   Lynne Newlin                Vice President
      Mr.    Ronald Eby                  Member
      Mrs.   Christine Malec             Member
      Mr.    Jeff Clark                  Member

District Administrators           (Phone: 653-8585)

      Mrs.   Deborah D. Wicks     Superintendent
      Mr.    Patrik Williams      Assistant Superintendent
      Mr.    Jerry Gallagher      Business Manager
      Dr.    Alexander Shalk      Director of Curriculum
      Mrs.   June Wicks           Supervision of Reading and Instruction
      Dr.    Rachael Rudinoff     Supervisor of Special Education
      Mrs.   Melissa Sayers       Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program
      Mrs.   Sharon Almondo       Supervisor of Transportation
      Mr.    Scott Holmes         Supervisor of Facilities
      Mr.    George Wicks         Supervisor of Facilities
      Mr.    David Brown          Supervisor of Technology
      Mr.    Todd Seelhorst       Supervisor of Human Resources

                                              SMYRNA SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                    2012/13 SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                                                                                          Teacher Days      Pupil Days    Pupil Hours
AUGUST                                                                                                          9                 4         26.00
  August 20-24         (Monday-Friday)              Full day Inservice (All)
  August 27            (Monday)                     School Open for Students
  August 31            (Friday)                     School Closed
SEPTEMBER                                                                                                       19               19        123.50
  September 3          (Monday)                     Labor Day – School Closed
  September 27         (Thursday)                   Mid-marking Point
OCTOBER                                                                                                         23               22        143.00
  October 5            (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (All)
  October 8            (Monday)                     Progress Reports Issued
  October 31           (Wednesday)                  End of Marking Period
NOVEMBER                                                                                                        17               16        101.00    (K-8)
                                                                                                                                 17        110.50    (9-12)
  November 6           (Tuesday)                    Election Day – School Closed
  November 8           (Thursday)                   Report Cards Issued
  November 8           (Thursday)                   1/2 day Inservice (K-8) Parent Conferences
  November 9           (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (K-8) Parent Conferences
  November 12          (Monday)                     Veterans' Day – School Closed
  November 21-23       (Wednesday-Friday)           Thanksgiving – School Closed
DECEMBER                                                                                                        15               15         97.50
  December 7           (Friday)                     Mid-marking Point
  December 19          (Wednesday)                  Progress Reports Issued
  Dec. 24-Jan. 1       (Monday-Tuesday)             Winter Vacation – School Closed
JANUARY                                                                                                         21               20        130.00    (K-8)
                                                                                                                                           121.00    (9-12)
  January 2            (Wednesday)                  School Reopens
  January 15-17        (Tuesday-Thursday)           1/2 day Inservice (Grades 9-12) Exams
  January 17           (Thursday)                   End of Marking Period
  January 18           (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (All)
  January 21           (Monday)                     Martin Luther King Day – School Closed
  January 28           (Monday)                     Report Cards Issued
FEBRUARY                                                                                                        19               18        117.00
  February 18          (Monday)                     Presidents' Day – School Closed
  February 20          (Wednesday)                  Mid-marking Point
  February 22          (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (All)
MARCH                                                                                                           20               20        130.00
  March 4              (Monday)                     Progress Reports Issued
  March 22             (Friday)                     End of Marking Period
  March 29-April 5     (Friday-Friday)              Spring Break – School Closed
APRIL                                                                                                           17               17        110.50
  April 8              (Monday)                     School Reopens
  April 10             (Wednesday)                  Report Cards Issued
MAY                                                                                                             22               21        136.50
  May 2                (Thursday)                   Mid-marking Point
  May 3                (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (All)
  May 13               (Monday)                     Progress Reports Issued
  May 27               (Monday)                     Memorial Day – School Closed
JUNE                                                                                                             6                4         17.00
  June 3-5             (Monday-Wednesday)           1/2 day Inservice (All)
  June 6               (Thursday)                   Last Pupil Day
  June 7               (Friday)                     Full day Inservice (All)
  June 10              (Monday)                     Last Teacher Day
Totals                                                                                                         188              176       1132.00    (K-8)
                                                                                                                                177       1132.50    (9-12)

The calendar is based on legislation requiring students to attend school 440 hours (kindergarten), 1060 hours (grades 1-11), and 1032 hours (grade
12) - with no minimum number of days. The extra hours for students can be banked for inclement weather; however, teachers will have to make
up inclement weather days in order to reach the 188 teacher days required by law. Any inclement weather days will be made up by staff
immediately following the last teacher day.

Approved by Board of Education, April 18, 2012.

Enrollment and Release of Students and Student Information
In the interest of the safety of students in the Smyrna School District, we will adhere to the following guidelines
for enrollment, releasing of students, and correspondence.
Enrollment: A parent or guardian must enroll a child. To be designated a guardian; an adult must have legal
documentation such as guardianship papers from the Family Court of Delaware. A ten-day grace period for
procurement of the documents will be granted.
Parents or guardians must reside in the Smyrna School District, and the residence declared must be the home in
which the child resides most of the time. In cases where residence is split between two parents/guardians, bus
transportation will only be allowed for one of the established residences. Once a child is assigned to a bus route,
he/she will remain on that bus route for the year unless his/her residence changes. If a child’s means of
transportation to school or from school changes please notify the front office with the updated information.
Please also notify the school with any address change or revised contact information.
Releasing Students: A child may be picked up from the school office by one of two means: a note signed by the
parent/guardian; or, in the person of a parent/guardian. People designated to pick-up a student from school are
required to report to the office in person and identify themselves to pick up a child; this right will not be denied a
parent unless there is a legal document on non-visitation within the child’s folder. A written request of denial
from one parent against another will not be honored. In cases where the principal has sound reason to believe
that the child may be placed in some imminent danger or that such a release may not be in the child’s best
interest, he/she may deny the release until the matter is resolved. Children will not be released by either a
phone call nor will changes of buses be made unless the principal deems it an emergency. Students will
only be called to the office for dismissal once the parent/guardian arrives to sign them out. Calling students early
from classes causes a loss of valuable educational time.
Transfers: If you are going to move please notify the school office. Records cannot be sent without parental
consent and by following school check-out procedures (returning all textbooks, library books, etc.).
Correspondence Between Guardians and the School
Report cards, test scores and other correspondence regarding the child or the school will be sent to the custodial
parent(s)/guardian with whom the child primarily resides. Either parent has the right to set up an appointment to
come into the school for the purpose of reviewing the child’s permanent record unless there is a court order in the
child’s folder that is contradictory to this practice.
Also, in the formal documentation, the child will be referred to by the name indicated on the birth certificate.
Name changes will only be granted with appropriate court documentation.
Parent Conferences: If you, as the legal guardian, wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher(s) and/or
principal please call the school or send in a note and we will arrange a convenient time for the conference.
School Visitations:
    o For the protection of our students, all non-students are to report to the office upon entering the
         building. At this time they will be given a badge to wear to identify them as a visitor to our building.
         Please do not go directly to the classroom. If you need to give your child a message, medication,
         homework, lunch money, supplies, etc., please go to the office. Interrupting class hampers valuable
         instructional time and may be disruptive to the learning environment.
    o Parents are encouraged to visit school frequently and actively participate in the education of their child.
         We request that parents avoid conferences with the teacher during such visits, but rather schedule a
         conference for a mutually acceptable time.
    o What should I do if I have a problem concerning my child?
         Step 1: Make an appointment to see the teacher.
         Step 2: If the parent and the teacher cannot solve the problem, make an appointment to see the principal
         and a conference will be arranged.
Grade Reporting Dates:
        Interim Reports Issued:                            Report Cards Issued:
        October 8, 2012                                    November 8, 2012
        December 19, 2012                                  January 28, 2013
        March 4, 2013                                      April 10, 2013
        May 13, 2013                                       June 6, 2013
                                           JBM Intermediate School

                                              DAILY SCHEDULE
             8:15                                  Breakfast Service Begins
          8:20-8:35                           Students Enter Building/Homeroom
             8:35                                Late Bell and Announcements
             3:27                               Walkers/Car Riders Dismissed
             3:29                                   5th Grade Bus Dismissal
             3:31                                   6th Grade Bus Dismissal
             3:35                                         Buses depart

                                            HALF-DAY SCHEDULE
             8:15                                  Breakfast Service Begins
          8:20-8:35                           Students Enter Building/Homeroom
             8:35                                Late Bell and Announcements
            12:27                               Walkers/Car Riders Dismissed
            12:29                                   5th Grade Bus Dismissal
            12:31                                   6th Grade Bus Dismissal
            12:35                                         Buses depart

                                         ONE HOUR LATE OPENING
          9:20-9:35                          Students Enter Building/Homeroom
             9:35                               Late Bell and Announcements
          9:35-3:35                              Resume Regular Schedule

                                         TWO HOUR LATE OPENING
         10:20-10:35                        Students Enter Building/Homeroom
            10:35                              Late Bell and Announcements
          10:35-3:35                            Resume Regular Schedule

Emergency School Closing Information
The district will notify parents via the Alert Now automated phone system. It’s very important to keep our front
office updated with current contact information so you may receive these phone calls for delays, cancellations,
and essential notifications.
If the weather is questionable school may be delayed either one hour, two hours, or closed all day for the safety
of the children. Parents may refer to a local television and/or radio station for updates. Also feel free to access
the district website at http://www.smyrna.k12.de.us/

Early Dismissal
All early dismissals will require a written request from the parent/guardian. Requests will not be granted over the
telephone. In an emergency, persons having legal custody of the student may present themselves at the student’s
school office to sign an early dismissal.
Students will only be called to the office for dismissal once the parent/guardian arrives to sign them out.
Calling them early from class causes a loss of valuable educational time.

Academic Standards from the Delaware Department of Education for Grades 5 & 6:


District Grading Policy (Definition)
Grading is a process by which individual students are assessed to determine the extent to which each has
achieved the instructional objectives (i.e., predetermined student learning outcomes) of a course or area of study.

                    Grade Value
                    A          93-100                          Excellent work
                    B          85-92                           Above average
                    C          76-84                           Average
                    D          70-75                           Poor
                    F          Below 70                        Failing

     Students will receive O (Outstanding), S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), U (Unsatisfactory), or
                                  NA (Not Assessed) in all related arts classes.

   The intent of the reporting system is to communicate academic achievement, effort, and behavior on a regular
    basis to students and parents/guardians.
   Each teacher shall communicate their grading system to students and parents at the beginning of each year or
    semester as appropriate. Principals shall ensure that each grading system so distributed is consistent with the
    district’s grading policy and regulations, sound educational practices, and the teachers in the same grade or
    department who are teaching the same subject or course.
   Mid-marking period progress reports will be issued to all students. This guideline does not discourage a
    teacher from sending progress reports home with the student on a more frequent or as needed basis.
   Parent conferences relating to student progress shall be scheduled as needed. The approved school calendar
    shall provide for parent conferences on or about the end of the first quarter. Whenever possible, such
    conferences are to be arranged in order to accommodate parents’ schedules.
   Attitudes and work habits will be noted, when deficient, in a separate area of the report card.
   Negative or positive classroom behavior should not be a factor in determining a student’s grades.

Honor Roll
The Honor Roll has been established to recognize outstanding student achievement during each nine-week
period. All courses with the exception of related arts (art, music, physical education, library, technology, band,
chorus) will receive numerical grades.

High Honor Roll        All subjects must be an A, a grade of 93 or
Honor Roll             All subjects must be either a combination of
                       A’s & B’s or all B’s.
Honorable Mention      One C is permitted with all other subjects being
                       either A’s or B’s

Promotion Policy
Students are expected to meet performance and achievement standards before promotion to the next higher grade
level. For promotion, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 70% and meet all state-
mandated promotion criteria. Students must pass four major subject areas, three of which must be Reading,
Grammar/Language Arts, and Mathematics. The fourth major subject must be Science or Social Studies.
This promotion policy is in accordance with the accepted district policy.

Summer Learning Academy may be offered for students who do not pass. To be eligible for Summer Learning
Academy a student must have at least a 60% average for the year in a failed subject; and, the student cannot
enroll in more than two subjects for the Summer Learning Academy.

Retention, Grades 5& 6:
A student will be considered for retention if it can be clearly demonstrated that the student is not academically
ready for the comprehensive curriculum at the next higher level when he/she has not reached satisfactory levels
of performance as defined below:
              Students are expected to meet performance and achievement standards before promotion to the
                next higher grade.
              Fifth and Sixth grade students must pass four of the five major subjects, three of which
                must be Reading, Grammar/Language Arts, and Mathematics. The fourth major subject
                must be Science or Social Studies.
              For students in grade 5 & 6 who fail a major subject, with a score of 60% - 69% are required to
                go to the Summer Learning Academy.

Acceleration, Grades 5& 6
Acceleration is the placement of students in a grade level that is more academically appropriate.
A student will be considered for acceleration based upon the following factors:
    1. Acceleration will be beneficial to the student socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
    2. Written evaluations, observation scales and charts, and teacher judgment indicate that the student's skills
       and performance are substantially above grade level.
    3. Physical and social development must be sufficiently accelerated to allow the student to function
       comfortably at the grade level considered.
       The final decision regarding acceleration will be made by the Case Study Team consisting of appropriate
       staff and parents.
        Revision approved by the Board of Education, 8/20/03


According to 14 Delaware C, 2729 and 2730, “Truancy” or “Truant” shall refer to a pupil enrolled in
grades K through 12 inclusive who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for more than three
(3) days or the equivalent thereof, without a valid excuse during a given school year.

1. Each school in the district will establish a “Student Attendance Review Board”.
   The purpose of the Attendance Review Board will be to determine the cause of the student’s excessive absence
   and evaluate possible alternative educational services. The Review Board will consist of a minimum of three
   (3) persons: one building administrator, one guidance counselor (if available), one staff person, and the school
   nurse. Other staff may be added at the discretion of the Review Board. This board may meet when deemed
2. Each school shall implement a positive program encouraging regular school attendance. An age appropriate
   system of reward and merit should be a major component of such a program.
3. The designated staff person will retain all notes from parent/guardian(s) for student absences for the current
   school year.

4. Students’ attendance will be recorded daily in compliance with state regulations. *(It is highly recommended
  that notes from the doctor be submitted when applicable to accurately document absences.)
         a. Upon accumulation of eight (8), twelve (12), sixteen (16), twenty (20), and twenty-four (24)
              absences (excused or unexcused), a letter from the school will be sent home to the
              parents/guardians. The school’s contact with the parents will determine the cause of the student’s
              excessive absence and possible evaluation of auxiliary educational services.
         b. Following the 8th absence the student’s parents/guardians will be notified of the attendance problem
              and its imminent consequences. Students in grades K-12 will be retained or receive no credit in
              their courses/subjects (24 days per one year course, 12 days per semester course).
         c. A student who is receiving homebound instruction in accordance with district procedures will be
              regarded as present and will not be penalized under any provision of this policy.
         d. A student who is absent during regular school hours because of school-directed or district-approved
              activities (class trips, field trips, early dismissals for athletic participation, etc.) shall be marked as
              present for attendance purposes.
         e. Exceptions to the Smyrna School District Attendance Policy may be made in cases of severe family
              hardship or student illness by an appeal to the Attendance Review Board in each school within 10
              days of written notice.

     1. For the purpose of this policy, the state guidelines governing excusable absences will be used. The
         following conditions are recognized by the Smyrna School Board as being legal and necessary absences:
         1. Illness of the child, attested to by a physician, if necessary.
         2. The presence of contagious disease at the child’s home subject to regulations of the Department of
         Health and Social Services.
         3. Death in the immediate family or in the home of grandparents. Excused time will not exceed one
         week. Excused time allowed for funeral of other relatives will not exceed one day. Additional time may
         be allowed when services are held at long distances from the student’s home.
         4. Legal business
         5. Suspensions or expulsion from school for misconduct
         6. Remedial health treatment (includes student pregnancy)
         7. Prearranged Administrative Excuses with documented parental knowledge:
                   College visit
                   Participation in other educational experience
                   Family activities/ trips
                   Absences of one day for personal reasons
         8. Emergency situations as determined by the school principal
         9. Religious holidays
         *Note: No absence will be allowed during DCAS testing or semester exams unless approved in
         advance by the school principal.
A student must attend school a minimum of five (5) hours to be credited for a full day of attendance. A student
must attend a minimum of two and one-half hours to be credited for one-half of a day. Two half days will equal a
whole. A student is marked unexcused until they bring in a note explaining the reason for their absence.
Early Dismissal:
All early dismissals will require a written request from the parent or guardian. Requests will not be granted over
the telephone. In an emergency, persons having legal custody of the student may present themselves at the
student’s school office to sign an early dismissal.
Excused Absence:
An excused absence is an absence covered under the nine (9) necessary and legal absences. A signed note from
the parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date will be required. The note must be
submitted to the school office no later than two days following the student’s return to the school or the
absence will stay unexcused. Students who are eighteen years of age or older and who are legally independent
may sign their own notes. Parents, guardians and students must understand that writing a note does not excuse a
student for an absence unless it can be classified as a necessary and legal absence. Buildings may establish a
limit to the number of acceptable parent notes that will be allowed.
JBM will honor ten (10) parent notes over the course of the school year. Parent notes that exceed this limit
may be deemed unexcused.
Instruction furnished by the school district at the student’s place of residence. Such instruction is normally
furnished when a student’s medical condition prevents her/him from attending regularly or for an extended period
of time, as deemed necessary by a physician in writing.
Make-Up Work:
Any student who has an excused absence from school can make up class work and assignments missed, if the
request is made within a reasonable length of time of the student’s return but not to exceed three (3) days. The
time allowed to complete make-up work will equal the time missed and will begin the day of the student’s
request. It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of this opportunity. If the student does not make-up
missed work his/her grade should reflect a failure to comply.
School Suspension:
In-school suspension (ISS) is considered excused, but work must be completed in ISS that day.
Out-of-school suspension is considered an excused absence. Students are responsible to make up any work or
tests that they miss while they are suspended. Tests missed during suspensions should be made up within two
days after the suspension is fulfilled. Arrangements to complete any make-up tests or work are the responsibility
of the student.
A late arrival after school’s official starting time.
Any unexcused absence will be regarded as an incident of truancy.
Unexcused Absence:
An absence for a reason other than the nine (9) valid reasons listed above, or an absence with no note.
Unexcused absences result in no credit awarded for the missed schoolwork. Three (3) such unexcused absences
could result in truancy charges being placed against parent/guardian(s) as provided for in the Delaware Code.


1. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW According to 14 Delaware C, 2729 and 2730, “Truancy” or “Truant” shall
  refer to a pupil enrolled in grades K through 12 inclusive who has been absent from school without a valid
  excuse for more than three (3) days or the equivalent thereof, without a valid excuse during a given school
         a. When a student accumulates three (3) UNEXCUSED absences, he/she is considered in violation of
             the district policy and Delaware state law on attendance. The school will notify the visiting teacher
             and a truancy letter will be sent. Upon continued truancy, the following actions will be taken by the
             visiting teacher:
                   Certified letter sent home
                   Possible home visit
                   Charges filed in truancy court
                   The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) will be
         b. Parents of students deemed truant will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Parents found
             guilty of violating Delaware’s compulsory attendance requirements will be subject to fines and/or
         c. Upon accumulation of twelve (12) instances of tardiness per year, the visiting teacher will be notified
             and a truancy notice will be sent home to the parents or guardian, if applicable. The Attendance

               Review Boards’ contact with the parents will determine the cause of the student’s excessive tardiness
               and possibly offer solutions to the problem.
               The school may impose disciplinary action as a consequence for repeated tardiness to school.

Student Health
We are always concerned with the health of our students. For the protection of everyone, basic immunizations are required
prior to school entry. A policy has also been established requiring a physical examination and a Tuberculosis risk assessment
or a Tuberculosis skin test. Children will be excluded from school if these requirements are incomplete.
Attendance is the key to success but there are times a student should stay home from school. These include, but are not
limited to, a student with flu symptoms and a fever of 100 degrees or greater, any contagious disease, vomiting and diarrhea,
and undiagnosed rashes. Students should not return to school until they are fever free > 24 hours
If your child has an extended illness, please contact the school nurse.
In case of an illness or emergency in school a parent or guardian will be notified by telephone. If the parent/guardian cannot
be reached, we will call the next person you listed on the emergency card or registration. Please complete and return the
emergency card immediately. Please complete the medical information regarding allergies, medications taken at school or at
home, and chronic medical conditions.
Students are not permitted to bring medication to school. If a student needs medication during the school day, an adult
must bring it to school. A parent/guardian must provide written instructions regarding the administration of the medication or
complete the Medication Permission form provided by the school nurse. Instructions must include the name of the student,
name of the drug, dosage, and time the medication should be administered. Prescription medications should be in the original
bottle labeled with the student’s name, date (within one year), and name of the medication, dosage, and frequency. Over-the -
counter medicine to be used on an as needed basis may be brought to the nurse in an original bottle with written instructions.
Permission to give Medication at school forms for both prescription and over-the –counter medications can be found
on the Smyrna School District web site.
Approved by Board of Education, 8/15/90
Revision approved by Board of Education, 11/16/05

Extended School Absence Request
Parents may request, in writing, permission for their child to be excused from school for a family trip. Excuses
are granted only to students who are in good standing academically and behaviorally. This letter is requested
at least one week prior to the departure. The letter should state the purpose and the date of the absence and
must also be signed by the parent/guardian. Upon approval of the principal, a copy of the request letter will be
attached to an administrative excuse form that must be signed by the principal. A copy of this form will be sent
to the parent. It becomes the student’s responsibility to obtain all assignments before he/she leaves and to
complete the assignments prior to their return to school.

Smyrna School District Dress Code Policy
Studies have shown a positive relationship between students concern for their appearance and their concern for
their education. The same is true in regard to good appearance and manners. Therefore, it is imperative that a
student be clean, appropriately and modestly dressed, and not cause attention to be centered on his/her
appearance. In June 1995, Delaware Governor Carper signed House Bill 76 that allows school districts to
enforce dress codes. Our general philosophy is as follows:
    1. Clothing that is inappropriate or revealing is not permitted.
     2. Clothing shall completely conceal private body parts (including the midriff) and undergarments.
        Undergarments, such as boxer shorts, bras, etc. must not be visible.
     3. Muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, backless tops, shirts with cutoff sleeves, and shirts that leave either
        shoulder bare are not permitted.

Disregard of the Smyrna School District dress policy will result in the following disciplinary actions, in order:
1st Offense       Warning and required to change clothes.* Parents will be notified by phone.
2 Offense         After-school detention (one hour).* Parents will be notified by phone.
3rd Offense       One-half day in-school suspension.* Parents will be notified by phone.
4th Offense       One day in-school suspension.* Parents will be notified by phone.
5th Offense       One day out-of-school suspension.* Parent phone call and written notification.

                  *A student may call home for a change of clothes, or a student will be loaned a clean, useable
                  shirt from the nurse’s office, or turn the shirt inside out where applicable.

The following clothing attire is unacceptable:

                1. Shorts or skirts above the mid-thigh or fingertip length (whichever is longer)
                This length may not be surpassed by holes or slits that occur above the acceptable measurement.
                Mid-thigh is defined as the point halfway between the top of the inseam and the top of the knee.

                2. Cheerleading skirts worn during school hours without leggings or shorts under them.

                3. Pants not worn at the waist so that underwear is exposed.

                4. Sagging or dragging pants.

                5. Versions of clothing such as see-through pants and “loungewear” such as pajamas, flannel
                   sleepwear or slippers.

                6. Clothing attire or accessories displaying profane, vulgar messages, pictures with double
                   meanings, and/or promoting sex, drugs, and alcohol.

                7. Shirts or tops, where the stomach shows or back is exposed when raising the arms or
                   walking, or sitting.

                8. Shirts with exaggerated necklines and arm openings.

                9. Tops with straps less than 2” wide.

                10. See-through or versions of mesh shirts/tops.

                11. Tops such as loungewear, pajamas, and flannel sleepwear.

Hats and Headgear
Headgear, such as hats, bandanas, scarves, and sweatbands are not to be worn in school with the exception of
documented religious reasons. Hoods attached to tops may not be worn on one’s head.
Coats and Outer Wear
Coats, jackets, windbreakers, and any garment designed for outside use will be kept in the student’s locker during
school hours.
Hair must be of a natural hair color only and must not be a distraction to the educational process, as determined
by School Administration. Visual body piercing of any kind, except for earrings on ears, is prohibited.
Long, dangling/loop earrings, spiked jewelry, and chains are discouraged for safety reasons.
(Groups of students who bully or intimidate others)
Students are prohibited from wearing logos, emblems or other items that identify them as a part of a gang.

 All decisions regarding the Smyrna School District Dress Code Policy will be determined by the Building

Approved by the Board of Education, March 17, 2004

School Field Trip Policy
The Smyrna School District considers field trips to be a privilege for students to extend their knowledge beyond
the classroom. Students who abuse rules and policies may be denied the right to participate in these events. All
school rules apply when students are on field trips. There will be times when parents and community volunteers
are needed as chaperones. No student will be permitted to go on any trip outside of the district without the
written permission of his/her parent/guardian.

JBM Intermediate School Facilities and Programs
There are many facilities and programs at JBM Intermediate School that will enhance your child’s growth and
development. We encourage all students to take advantage of these wonderful offerings:
*Guidance Counselor                     Band/Chorus                            Grammar/ELA
*School Nurse                           Library                                Reading
*Physical Education                     Art                                    Science
*Cafeteria Services                     Music                                  Social Studies
                                        Technology                             Mathematics

*Guidance Counselor: The Guidance Counselor is here to help support the social and emotional well being of our students.
Individual, group and classroom guidance will be offered, as well as referrals to outside agencies. If you are having problems
at home or school and you need someone to talk to, your Guidance Counselor is available. Parents with questions should
contact the Guidance Office at 659-6297.

*School Nurse: The School Nurse provides health care to the school community by offering health services, screenings, and
promoting a healthy school environment. The nurse will help to develop good habits for physical, mental, and social
wellbeing. Students must have a pass from the teacher to visit the nurse. Emergency cards will be given to all students for
their parents/guardians to complete at the beginning of school. It is essential that this card be completed, signed, and
returned to the nurse within 2-3 days so the school has emergency information to protect your child. The school
should also be notified immediately of any change in the information.
       Students with medication:
       All medication is to be delivered in the original container to the school nurse by an adult authorized by a
       parent/guardian. Students are not allowed to bring their medication to school due to safety. Parents are reminded that
       student preparedness for school is an important part of the potential for success. Taking medications as prescribed is
       an integral part of preparedness, often preventing deteriorating behaviors that interfere with the instructional process
       for your child and other students. The school nurse will assist in the administration and management of your child’s
       medication regimen. It is the parent /guardian’s responsibility to provide the medication and appropriate information
       to the school.
Orthopedic screenings are required for all fifth and sixth grade students in Delaware.
For safety purposes it is recommended that students wear closed toe shoes to school.

*Physical Education
Every student will participate in Physical Education unless a written excuse is obtained from a medical doctor.
Students must wear flat-soled sneakers during physical education classes. No platform or high-heeled sneakers
are allowed because of safety reasons. Points will be taken from the student when he/she is not prepared.
Students refusing to take physical education will be deemed defiant and will receive appropriate disciplinary

*Cafeteria Services
All students must eat in the cafeteria. Breakfast and Lunch schedules will be issued the first day of school.
Students will be assigned areas to eat their lunch. Students are expected to take responsibility for the cleanliness
of the cafeteria. Five minutes prior to the end of the lunch period students will make sure their table and the floor
area are clean. Students are not allowed to take food or drink out of the cafeteria. Sodas are permitted only when
the student brings a complete lunch from home. Breakable bottles are not permitted in school.

Cafeteria Credit
In grades K-6 students may charge up to 3 lunches if the student forgets/misplaces his/her money. Once a student
reaches this limit they will be served a cheese sandwich with white milk, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
with white milk until the debt is paid. The lunch a student receives after going over the charge limit will still be
charged to the student’s account. Returned checks on student accounts will be assessed a minimum fee of $10.00
plus the check amount. The parent(s) or guardian will not be permitted to pay by check for the remainder of the
school year. There will be no charging permitted and no checks accepted after May 15 th. Please refer to the
Smyrna School District Child Nutrition Program Policy for further information and procedures.

Cafeteria Financial Assistance
Free and reduced priced meals are available to those families that qualify. Applications should be made through
the district food service office and are subject to verification. Families must apply and provide verification each
year. All approved applications for meal benefit forms from the previous school year are carried over until the
applications expire on September 30th. Students must complete a new application for the current year.

Cafeteria Rules
   1. Students are to be escorted to the cafeteria by their assigned teacher.
   2. Students must remain in their assigned line to purchase lunch.
   3. Students are to get in a line – no cutting or allowing others to cut into the line by saving a place for them.
   4. Students are to remain seated with legs & feet under the table except to take up trays.
   5. Students must remain in the cafeteria during their lunch period. They must obtain permission from adult
        monitors to go elsewhere, including the restroom.
   6. Quiet conversation is expected with no foul or unacceptable language and with no calling from table to
        table or across the room. Continued unacceptable levels of sound will cause students to lose social
        privileges during lunch. Additional consequences for inappropriate behavior may be assigned to students
        by cafeteria monitors.
   7. Students may not tamper with, ask for, or take without permission food or money from others.
   8. Proper respect and courtesy towards one another and mutual respect with the cafeteria monitors is
        expected. Students are reminded that the cafeteria monitors are in charge of the cafeteria and should be
        listened to at all times.
   9. When leaving the cafeteria, students are reminded to keep their hands to themselves and to walk quietly.
        Failure to abide by cafeteria rules will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Students may receive
        warnings, be assigned to specific seats, lose cafeteria privileges for a specified number of days or be
        referred to the office.

Extra-Curricular Activities/Offerings: (Availability based upon funding and/or sponsorship)
Drama Club                        Art Club
Student Council                   Library Club
Hall Monitors                     Breakfast Club
Band                              Newspaper Club
Chorus                            Go Green Club
It is expected that students who elect to participate in certain extra-curricular activities remain in good academic
standing in the classroom. When a student is failing any of his/her core courses (math, language arts, reading,
science or social studies), it may be necessary to drop the student from the extra-curricular activity. Should this
occur, a contact with the parent will be made by the school to discuss continuation.

Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
Busing, Car Riders, Walkers
Students are not to enter the building before 8:20 a.m. During inclement weather a decision will be made by
school authorities for walkers and car riders to stand in the auditorium lobby area. Students that ride the bus will
remain seated on their bus until 8:20 a.m. Students should be in their homerooms by 8:35 a.m. For the public
safety, all doors to the school will be locked during the school day except the main office entrance door. Visitors
must use the Main Office Entrance and secure a visitor’s pass prior to entering the main building.
No student should be on school property before 8:05 a.m. Chronic disregard of this policy may result in
disciplinary action.
 If students are involved in after-school activities they will be dismissed with the last group of students at the
    end of the day.
 Students may not use skateboards, roller blades or scooters as a means of transportation to and from school.
 Students are to go directly home after school unless they are involved in school-supervised after-school
    activities. Students may not loiter in or around the school. All car riders must be picked up by 3:40 p.m.
    Students cannot loiter unsupervised after this time.
 Walkers are to make use of the sidewalks and walk in a safe manner, staying in the white lines when crossing
 Bike riders are to obey the rules of the road to and from school. When you get to school, park your bike in
    the racks provided. It is suggested that you buy a lock and chain to secure your bike to the rack. By
    Delaware law, students must wear helmets when riding a bike. All bike riders will walk their bikes while on
    school property. Disregard or refusal of bike riders to follow these policies will result in the loss of the bike
    riding privilege.
 Bus students are expected to ride in a safe, orderly manner. The bus driver is responsible for your safety;
    therefore, you are expected to follow his/her rules. Failure to do so may endanger the students and result in
    the guilty person being denied permission to ride the bus.
 Students who ride a bus to school must ride that bus home unless approval is granted from the district’s
    transportation supervisor. The transportation department may deny such requests.

Cell Phone and Telephone Use
Personal cell phones are not to be used or accessed in any manner during school hours or on the school
bus. Cell phones are to remain concealed and turned off while on school property and on the school bus.
Students caught using cell phones during school hours will be subjected to disciplinary action.
Telephones located in the main office, nurse’s office, and in the counselor’s office may be used for emergency
purposes. Students should know their daily schedules to avoid calling home for band instruments and class work.
Students who have made repeated requests to use the telephone for non-emergency situations may receive polite

Personal Items
The school is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged at school or while traveling on
the bus. This includes band instruments, articles of clothing, jewelry, tape recorders, CD players, MP3 players,
Nintendo games, cell phones, toys, etc. We suggest pupils leave such items at home. Any personal item
brought to school not related to the educational experience and/or instruction is to remain concealed and
not used during school hours. Also avoid bringing large sums of money to school - bring only what is needed.

Lost and Found
Anyone finding a lost item should bring it to the office. It will then be put in the LOST & FOUND department,
which is located in the nurse’s room. Pupils who have lost items should check in the same location. Check with
the main office for valuable items such as glasses, jewelry, and money.

Students are not to bring items for sale to school
No outside fundraising items may be sold during the school day without permission of an administrator. Students
may not to sell any goods or merchandise, including candy and sodas. The exchange or trading of goods or
merchandise is also prohibited.

School Passes
All students must receive a standardized pass from a staff member before leaving their assigned areas. Any
student found in an area without proper authorization will receive appropriate disciplinary action.
Replacement Charges for Lost or Damaged Books - Board Policy 5135
All textbooks, school equipment, and library materials are provided by the Smyrna School District and students
are expected to give them reasonable care, including the use of textbook covers. Textbooks are to be covered at
all times and cared for properly.
Teachers will be responsible for assessing the condition of all books and other school equipment that is loaned or
made available to students for their use during the school year. This assessment shall be made prior to the items
being loaned to the students. Textbooks, school equipment, and library materials that are lost or damaged beyond
continued usability must be replaced; consequently, students will be charged the replacement costs of those
items. Payments for damaged but still usable books, equipment, and materials will be determined based upon the
extent of those damages and will not exceed 50% of the replacement costs. All funds received as a result of fines
and assessments shall be forwarded to the Smyrna School District Central Office for deposit. In addition,
appropriate disciplinary actions may occur when disciplinary codes have been broken.
All student obligations` must be met before report cards are issued.

Fire Drills
 We are required by law to have one fire drill per month.
 A fire drill is serious business. Students will move as quickly and quietly as possible. There will be no
    unnecessary talking. Walk….do not run.
 Windows and doors are to be closed.
 Students from each room will move in single line and follow a designated route.
 Each room will have the fire drill procedure posted.
 When the all-clear signal sounds, students are to return quickly and quietly to their respective classrooms -
    single file - using the same route as was used for the fire drill exit.

Intruder Alert Drill/Non-Fire Emergency Drill
Intruder Alert drills and Non-Fire Emergency drills may be conducted during the school year.

Chewing Gum, Candy, Soda
Chewing gum is not permitted during school hours at JBM Intermediate School.
Candy, sodas, and other food items not permitted as per the district’s nutrition policy, can only be brought to
school as part of a student’s lunch. The eating and drinking of food and beverage items is not allowed on school
property except in the cafeteria or designated classrooms of approved teacher-sponsored activities.

Lockers will be assigned to each student. Some students may share a locker in order to accommodate all JBM
students with this resource. Lockers must be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis by each student. Lockers
are property of the district and may be searched at any time.

Recess is an earned privilege and rules have been established to govern recess behaviors. Failure to abide by
these rules, or the display of unacceptable behavior during school, can result in denial of recess.

Yearbooks are made available to all students at a reasonable cost each year. Students often ask friends and
teachers/principals to write messages and signatures in their yearbooks. Students must refrain from writing
profanity, vulgarity, or other unkind remarks in another student’s yearbook.

Students are not to linger in the hallways. Students are to go directly to their destination. Students are not to
loiter in the bathrooms. They should use the facilities and return to class as quickly as possible. Students must,
upon entering the building in the morning, report to homerooms to receive permission from their teacher before
using the restroom.

Leaving School Property
Students may leave school only in the company of a parent/guardian or other authorized individuals. Students
who leave school property without authorization will receive appropriate disciplinary action.


This program has been created to maintain a safe educational environment for your child. We are confident that
this clearly stated and thorough school-wide program and plan will teach children to be responsible for their
actions and make this school year a positive and motivating experience.

One of the most important lessons a well-devised educational plan should include is discipline. Self-discipline is
the key to acceptable conduct and proper consideration of other people. It is this training that develops
confidence, self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. Proper discipline is maintained by recognizing
and praising appropriate behavior and taking corrective action when necessary. It is the shared responsibility of
the home and the school to accomplish this goal.

Students are expected to put forth their best effort and to conduct themselves in a manner that will promote a
safe, orderly learning environment. School and classroom rules and expected behavior is explained to all
students. Any behavior that infringes upon the educational rights of others will not be tolerated and will be
subjected to corrective measures. On the other hand, appropriate behaviors will be rewarded with positive
measures established by the classroom teacher.

Discipline is not a means of punishing children or controlling children, it truly means:
        1. Teaching children to live and work with others.
        2. Teaching children self-controlled, responsible behavior.
        3. Teaching children to become confident, independent, and well-adjusted young adults.

Respect is our guiding principle of behavior at JBM . All students are taught to RESPECT:
                    1. Their own unique abilities
                    2. All peers
                    3. All adults
                    4. The building and the associated rules governing the school.

Major School Infractions
        Any student caught bringing weapons to school or having them in his/her possession will be subject to
        parent contact, suspension, police notification, and possible expulsion. Weapons include any dangerous
        instrument that is used or attempted to be used to cause death or serious physical injury. This includes,
        but is not limited to, firearms, BB guns, bombs, knives of any sort, bludgeons, a blackjack, metal
        knuckles, slingshots, razors, or ice picks. The possession of a deadly weapon, as defined by the Gun
        Free School Act, will result in a mandatory expulsion from school.
        Any student in possession of a dangerous instrument will be subject to parent contact, suspension,
        police notification, and possible expulsion. A dangerous instrument is defined as any instrument, article
        or substance that under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be
        used, is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.
        Fighting and offensive touching by students will not be tolerated for any reason and will result in out-of-
        school suspension from one to five days. Parent conferences will be held when deemed appropriate.
        Any student involved in three incidents of fighting and/or offensive touching will be required to
        attend a hearing with the superintendent/designee, at which time an alternative placement may be
Use and/or Possession of Alcohol, Illegal Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia

        The JBM Intermediate School will follow the disciplinary actions as set forth in the Smyrna School
        District’s “Student Drug and Alcohol Policy”, #5145, approved March 20, 1991, by the Board of
        Education. A part of that policy indicates that a student found guilty of use or possession can be
        suspended for a maximum of 10 days, can be referred to the police, and can be recommended for
        expulsion from school on the first offense. (See page 26 for “Student Drug and Alcohol Policy”)
Sexual Harassment
        Sexual harassment is defined as inappropriate language or touching directed at a member of the
        opposite/same sex intended in such a way as to belittle, demean, label, or seek favor from that person.
        Such behavior will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
Defiance and Disrespect to Staff Members
        Being defiant to any faculty or staff member will not be tolerated for any reason and may result in out-of-
        school suspension.
Chronic Name-Calling and Bullying
        Chronic name-calling and bullying is a form of harassment and will not be tolerated. Students must treat
        fellow students with respect. Instances of this nature will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
Repeat Offenders Policy
        Any student having attained ten (10) office referrals is subject to removal from school and placement in
        an alternative setting. This pattern of behavior evidences lack of improvement and the need to explore an
        alternative setting. A recommendation for removal from school may be recommended prior to ten
        referrals depending upon the severity of the offenses and the administration’s judgment.
Further Major School Infractions
        The following is a list of additional major infractions: Assault, stealing, vandalism, offensive touching,
        skipping school, smoking or possession of tobacco products, possession of matches or lighters on school
        grounds, extortion, harassment, terroristic threatening, possession of drug look-alike substances, and
        possession of weapon look-alike instruments. Disciplinary actions for major infractions will be
        determined in each case by the JBM school administration; however, suspensions will normally be
        assigned for these infractions.

Classroom Management Plans
       Plans are used by teachers to enhance, maintain, and reward students for proper behavior. The Positive
       Behavior Support system is practiced and reinforced at JBM . Positive behavior is rewarded with a
       token system and by allowing students the privilege of participating in designated activities within the
       classroom and the school. Negative behavior can cause students to lose such privileges.

Discipline Consequences:
        Time Out
        Students may be sent to the In School Suspension/Alternative Classroom for a short period of time when
        their behavior becomes disruptive to the educational process. Repeated instances of time out will result
        in the formal assignment of a detention.
        Teacher Detention
        This should serve as a warning that the student’s behavior has become undesirable in the classroom.
        Teachers will involve parents at this time to prevent more serious problems. If the student will not stay
        on the date detention is assigned, he/she will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action.
        Students absent on the day of detention will have detention on the day of return or as directed by the
        teacher. Teacher detention will be 30 minutes in length at the end of the regular school day. All
        discussions concerning teacher detentions should be directed to the classroom teacher involved.
        Office Detention
        This should serve as a definite indication that a student’s behavior has reached an unacceptable level.
        Therefore, a referral resulting in office detention is considered serious by the school personnel.
        Detentions will be (3:40 – 4:30pm) following the regularly scheduled student day. Following the
        detention, students must report to the front office for end-of-the-day check-out. Clearly defined plans for
        pick-up must be arranged before the day of the detention. It is not the responsibility of the teachers or the
        administration to provide transportation.
        In-School Suspension
        This should serve as an indication that a student’s behavior has reached a crisis level. Parents are
        informed and a conference may be held. Students report to the alternative classroom immediately after
        homeroom with their books and remain until dismissal at the end of the day. Students are responsible for
        completing assignments while in ISS. Students not having assignments will be given assignments by the
        ISS monitor. Students who do not do assignments or are disruptive will be given an Out-of-School
        Suspension and may not be allowed to return to school until a parent conference is held with the
        Principal or Assistant Principal. Late arrivals may result in an additional day of assignment in ISS. If a
        student is absent on the day he/she is assigned an ISS, the ISS will be served as early as the first day the
        student returns to school.
        Out-of-School Suspension
        This means that a student’s behavior is intolerable. When a student has been suspended by the Principal
        or Assistant Principal, the parent will receive a referral and/or phone call stating the dates and reasons for
        the suspension. While on suspension, the pupil is not to be on school property and may not participate in
        any school related functions such as practices, athletics, dances, rehearsals, concerts, etc. The pupil may
        not be able to return to school until a conference has been held with parents, teachers, or administrators
        where deemed appropriate.
        State regulations define expulsion as “…The exclusion of a pupil from school on a permanent basis or
        for an indefinite period of time”. This is the most serious disciplinary measure that can be applied as it
        deprives a student of his/her educational opportunities. The principal, following an investigation of the
        violation, will recommend expulsion of the student to the superintendent, if appropriate. The
        superintendent, if supportive, will schedule a hearing before the school board. A decision on expulsion
        or alternative educational placement will be made at the hearing.
        Mandatory Reports to Police and Superintendent
        The Principal by law, via the passage of House Bill No. 85 and House Bill No. 322, must report to the
        local police and the District’s Superintendent “any instance where a pupil or parent or guardian of any
        pupil is found to have committed an assault or an extortion against a pupil or found to have committed
        an assault, offensive touching, terroristic threatening or an extortion against a school employee…”and
        “any instance where a pupil is found to have on his person, or concealed among his possessions, or
        placed elsewhere on the school premises, any controlled substance (unlawful drugs) or any dangerous
        instrument or deadly weapon.” The law also states that the student shall be suspended and that a parent
        conference will be held. The subsequent passage of House Bill No. 322 directs the principal to report to
        the local police a situation where a student or school volunteer or school employee has been the victim of
        a violent felony or an unlawful sexual contact III. Again the law states that the student will be suspended
        and a parent conference will be held to review the student’s educational placement. The parent
        conference could take the form of an expulsion hearing.

Scope of the Code of Conduct
The Code in force
    On school property prior to, during and following regular school hours.
    While students are on a school bus for any purpose.
    At all school-sponsored events and other activities at which school administrators or staff have
       jurisdiction over students.

The Code of Conduct shall also apply to out-of-school conduct by a student if the District believes that the nature
of such conduct indicates that the student presents a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of other students and
staff. Such out-of-school conduct shall include, but not limited to
      Acts of violence, which are punishable by law.
      Sexual offenses, which are punishable by law.
      The sale, transfer or possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia that would constitute an offense
        punishable by law.
      Felony charges.

Anti-Bullying Policy
The Smyrna School District (hereinafter referred to as “The District”) recognizes that safe learning
environments are necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. The District
strives to provide safe learning environments for all students and all employees.

Prohibition of Bullying
To further these goals and as required by 14 Del. C. §4112D, the District hereby prohibits the bullying of
any person on school property or at school functions or by use of data or computer software that is
accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a
school district from grades kindergarten through twelve. The District further prohibits reprisal,
retaliation, or false accusation against a target, witness, or one with reliable information about an act
of bullying.
     "School function" includes any field trip or any officially sponsored public school event.
     "School property" means any building, structure, athletic field, sports stadium, or real property
        that is owned, operated, leased, or rented by any public school district including, but not limited
        to, any kindergarten, elementary, secondary, or vocational-technical school, or any motor vehicle
        owned, operated, leased, rented, or subcontracted by any public school.

Definition of Bullying
As used in this policy, bullying means any intentional written, electronic, verbal, or physical act or
actions against a student, school volunteer, or school employee that a reasonable person, under the
circumstances, should know will have the effect of:
       1. Placing a student, school volunteer, or school employee in reasonable fear of substantial
       harm to his or her emotional or physical well-being or substantial damage to his or her
       2. Creating a hostile, threatening, humiliating, or abusive educational environment due to the
       pervasiveness or persistence of actions or due to a power differential between the bully and the
       target; or
       3. Interfering with a student having a safe school environment that is necessary to facilitate
       educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or
       4. Perpetuating bullying by inciting, soliciting, or coercing an individual or group to demean,
       dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional, psychological, or physical harm to another student,
       school volunteer, or school employee.

Explanation: Bullying is usually defined as involving repeated acts of aggression that aim to dominate
another person by causing pain, fear, or embarrassment. However, one act alone may constitute bullying
if the requisite intent and effect set forth in the definition are met. Bullying may be perpetuated by an
individual or a group. It may be direct or indirect. Although a person may be repeatedly bullied, a
different person might be doing the bullying each time, which may make it difficult to recognize that
bullying is occurring. An act is intentional if it is the person's conscious objective to engage in conduct
of that nature. The actions listed below are some examples of intentional actions that may become
bullying depending on their reasonably foreseeable effect:
* The administrator should be aware that some acts of bullying might also be crimes which, under the
School Crime Reporting Law (14 Del. C. 4112), are required to be reported to the police and/or the
Department of Education.

Physical bullying: Pushing, shoving, kicking, destroying of property, tripping, punching, tearing clothes,
pushing books from someone’s hands, shooting/throwing objects at someone, gesturing, etc.
Verbal bullying: Name calling, insulting, making offensive comments, using offensive language,
mimicking, imitating, teasing, laughing at someone’s mistakes, using unwelcome nicknames,
Relational Bullying: Isolation of an individual from his or her peer group, spreading rumors.
Cyber-bullying: Bullying by using information and communication technologies. Cyber-bullying may
include but is not limited to:
1. Denigration: spreading information or pictures to embarrass.
2. Flaming: heated unequal argument online that includes making rude, insulting, or vulgar remarks.
3. Exclusion: isolating an individual from his or her peer group.
4. Impersonation: Using someone else’s screen name and pretending to be them.
5. Outing or Trickery: forwarding information or pictures meant to be private.
Sexual Bullying: Unwanted touch of a sexual nature, unwanted talking about private parts, unwanted
comments about target’s sexuality or sexual activities.
This list should be used by way of example only and is by no means exhaustive. These actions become
bullying if they meet the definition with regard to intent and reasonably foreseeable effect.
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided
that the expression does not substantially disrupt the education environment. Similar behaviors that do
not rise to the level bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom, or
program rules.

Reporting Procedures
The procedures for a student and parent, guardian or relative caregiver pursuant to § 202(f) of this title,
or legal guardian to provide information on bullying activity will be as follows:
1. If a child complains of bullying while it is happening, the staff member will respond quickly and
firmly to intervene. If the situation appears to the staff member to be physical bullying or fighting, the
staff member should intervene if safety permits.
2. If a child expresses a desire to discuss a personal incidence of bullying with a staff member, the staff
member will make an effort to provide the child with a practical, safe, private, and age-appropriate
method of doing so.
3. Written complaints shall be reasonably specific as to actions giving rise to the complaint and should
include information as to:
         a. Conduct involved.
         b. Persons involved, designated bully, target, and bystanders’ roles.
         c. Time and place of the conduct alleged and number of incidents.
         d. Names of potential student or staff witnesses.
         e. Any actions taken in response.
4. Short, easy-to-use complaint forms can be obtained from the guidance counselor, principal, or district
5. Each principal will designate a person or persons responsible for responding to bullying complaints.
6. Every identified complainant who files a written complaint with a staff member will receive a written
explanation of results to the extent that it is legally allowed and be given an opportunity to inform the
designated person as to whether or not the outcome was satisfactory.
7. Every confirmed bullying incident will be recorded in the School Register of Bullying incidents,
which will be a central record for designated staff to read. This will give an indication of patterns that
may emerge of both bullies and victims.

Consequences for Bullying
Consequences for bullying will be as described in the district Student Codes of Conduct.

Smyrna School District Drug and Alcohol Policy
The Smyrna School District is interested in helping those students who may have a drug and/or alcohol problem.
The end result of this program is not to expel students but, also, not to allow this problem to destroy the schools.
It is deemed necessary by the School Board, for the protection of all, to support the staff in the implementation of
this Drug and Alcohol Policy.
The Smyrna Board of Education believes that the school environment should promote learning, physical and
emotional growth, socialization, and individual development. It also believes that alcohol and/or drugs adversely
affect such objectives. Therefore, possession, use and/or distribution of alcohol and/or unauthorized drugs, drug
paraphernalia or look-alike substances shall be prohibited within the school environment.
Regulations, procedures, and programs will be developed:
1. To prevent drug and alcohol use in the Smyrna school environment.
2. To encourage students with drug and alcohol use problems to seek voluntary assistance, counseling, and
3. To meet problems of alcohol and drug use in the Smyrna school environment in a forthright and positive
     manner through progressive and corrective disciplinary actions.
4. To provide the school staff with the necessary training so that they can effectively administer and enforce this
The Board believes that the above programs will also have a significant and positive impact on student drug and
alcohol use in the non-school environment. However, the Board also believes that drug and alcohol use is
society’s problem and, therefore, it cannot be responsible for student’s actions in the non-school environment.
Student Drug Abuse
In accordance with the Smyrna School District policy on drug use by students, the principal of each school (or
his/her designee) shall comply with the intent of the policy through the following:
A. Definitions - The following definitions shall apply to this policy and will be used in all district policies:
     Alcohol shall mean alcohol or any alcoholic liquor capable of being consumed by a human being, as
     defined in Section 101 of Title 4 of the Delaware Code, including alcohol, spirits, wine and beer.
     Drug shall mean any controlled substance or counterfeit substance as defined in Chapter 47 or Title 16 of the
     Delaware Code, including, for example, narcotic drugs such as heroin or cocaine, amphetamines, anabolic
     steroids, and marijuana, and shall include any prescription substance which has been given to or prescribed
     for a person other than the student in whose possession it is found.
     Drug Paraphernalia shall mean all equipment, products and materials as defined in Section 4701 of Title 16
     of the Delaware Code, including, for example, roach clips, miniature cocaine spoons and containers for
     packaging drugs.
     Prescription Drugs shall mean any substance obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or
     order of a practitioner, as defined in 16 Delaware Code, section 4701 (24), while acting in the course of his
     or her professional practice, and which is specifically intended for the student in whose possession it is
     Drug-Like Substance shall mean any non-controlled and/or nonprescription substance capable of producing
     a change in behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling, including, for example, some over-the -counter
     cough medicines, certain types of glue, and caffeine pills.
     Nonprescription Medication shall mean any over-the-counter medication; some of these medications may
     be a “drug-like substance”.
     Look-Alike Substance shall mean any non-controlled substance, which is packaged so as to appear to be, or
     about which a student makes an express or implied representation that the substance is, a drug or a
     non-controlled substance capable of producing a change in behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling.
     See 16 Delaware Code, Section 4752A.
     Possess, Possessing, Possession shall mean that a student has on the student’s person, in the student’s
     belongings, or under the student’s reasonable control by placement of knowledge of the whereabouts of,
     alcohol, a drug, a look-alike substance, drug-like substance or drug paraphernalia.
     Use shall mean that a student is reasonably known to have ingested, smoked or otherwise assimilated
     alcohol, a drug or a drug-like substance, or is reasonably found to be under the influence of such a
     Distribute, Distributing or Distribution shall mean the transfer or attempted transfer of alcohol, a drug,
     a look-alike substance, a drug-like substance, or drug paraphernalia to any other person with or without
     the exchange of money or other valuable consideration.
     School Environment shall mean within or on school property, and/or at school sanctioned or supervised
     activities, including, for example, on school grounds, on school buses, at functions held on school
     grounds, at extracurricular activities held on and off school ground, on field trips and at functions held at
     the school in the evening.
     Expulsion state regulations define expulsion as “…the exclusion of a pupil from school on a permanent
     basis or for an indefinite period of time."
     Communications Devices such as, but not limited to, mobile phones, electronic beepers, IPods,
     electronic readers, etc. ordinarily have no place in the school environment. The unauthorized possession
     of such communication devices is prohibited.
     Zero Tolerance means it is against the law for anyone to possess illegal substances. All cases must be
     reported to the police.
B.   Prevention
     Programs and curriculum in each school shall address the issue of drug abuse through established
     instruction, counseling resources, printed materials, community resources, police services, etc. Included
     in the curriculum should be opportunities for students to clarify their values, cope with their feelings,
     make sound deJBM ions, and develop a positive self-image.
C.   Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs
      All prescription and non-prescription drugs must be stored in the nurse’s office and will be dispensed
          by a state licensed nurse.
      All medication must be kept in its original container (Chapter 47, Uniform Controlled Substances
          Act, Subchapter 4, Section)
      All medication must be accompanied by a written note from the parents or guardian.
      Any medication not stored in the nurse’s office may be considered an illegal substance unless prior
          permission is given.
      Medications considered controlled substances (such as Ritalin) should be brought to school by a
          responsible adult.
D.   System of Notification of Each Student and Parent
     Each student and parent at the beginning of each school year, and when a student enters or re-enters the
     school during the school year, will be given copies of the State and the Smyrna School District policies
     and procedures on drug and alcohol use, possession and distribution.
E.   Handicapped Students
     It is anticipated that the State and the Smyrna School district’s policies shall apply to all students, except
     with respect to handicapped students. The federal law will be followed and a determination as to
     whether the violation of the alcohol and drug policy was due to the student’s handicap will be made prior
     to any disciplinary action or a change of placement in connection with the policy.
F.   Procedure for Storage and Documentation of Evidence
     State policy will be followed: “All alcohol, drugs, drug-like substances, look-alike substances and/or
     drug paraphernalia found in a student’s possession shall be turned over to the principal or designee, and
     be made available, in the case of a medical emergency, for identification. All substances covered by 16
     Delaware Code, Chapter 46, shall be turned over to police as potential evidence. A request for analysis
     shall be made where appropriate. All unauthorized communication devices shall be confiscated and
     turned over to the principal or designee who will bag, seal and document the device as potential evidence
     for the police. If the police do not want to keep it as evidence, the principal shall either donate the device

        to the State or local police or destroy the device within 45 days. In rare instances, donation or
        destruction may not be warranted; in such cases, the Superintendent of the district shall notify the State
        Board of Education in writing of the circumstances of the disposition of the device.” (Passed by the
        State Board of Education on July 19, 1990)
G.      Procedure for Search and Seizure
        State policy will be followed: “Student lockers are the property of the school and may be subjected to
        search with or without reasonable suspicion of a student’s use, possession or distribution of alcohol, a
        drug, a drug-like substance, a look-alike substance or drug paraphernalia. A student’s possession of an
        unauthorized [electronic device] or other mechanism of communication in the school environment may
        result in the student’s locker being opened to look for such items.” (Passed by the State Board of
        Education on July 19, 1990)
H.      Intervention and Assistance for Students and Parents
        1. Each school shall have at least one designated person to whom staff can refer students to receive
             initial counseling and to obtain information on counseling/treatment services available to the student,
             on student rights, if any, to those services, and on the confidentiality which the student can expect.
        2. A resource list of what is available in the school district and the community for counseling and for
             drug and/or alcohol treatment will be distributed to the students and their parents.
        3. Drug and alcohol counseling cost will be at the student’s and parents’ expense. The school district
             will try to obtain free counseling services for students from approved Child Mental Health Services
             counseling agencies.
I.      Students of Majority Age (18 or Older)
        Not applicable to JBM students.
J.      Procedures for Reporting Incidents
        Each principal shall designate the person to whom suspected students will be referred for observation or
        school action and shall insure that such a referral procedure does not openly incriminate the student and
        is effected with the greatest discretion and confidentiality possible.
        If a student is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, but evidence is not sufficient to warrant
        disciplinary action, the student shall immediately be remanded to his/her parent or guardian for
        observation and counseling. If reasonable suspicion exists, the administrator (or designee) shall take
        disciplinary action.
K.      Discipline
        Disciplinary actions are listed below:
Grades K-5
Possession and/or use of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, a drug-like substance and/or a look-alike substance.
        First Offense:
         Reprimand and/or suspension from three to five school days
         Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
         Parent conference required
         Referral to Social Services and/or police
         Mandatory student conference with guidance counselor. Additional counseling may be provided by
             referral to other public agencies offering such services at the parent/legal guardian’s expense
        Second Offense:
         Suspension from five to ten school days
         Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
         Referral to police and/or court
         Parent conference with Superintendent required before returning to school. Also, before the student
             is readmitted to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling
             program or service and is drug free. Failure to show evidence will result in notification of
             appropriate agencies and/or recommendation for expulsion.

        Third Offense:
         Recommendation for expulsion
         Suspension pending expulsion hearing
         Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
         Referral to police and/or court
         Parent conference with School Board required before returning to school. Evidence must be shown
            that the student is attending an approved counseling program or service and is drug free

Grades 6-12
Possession and/or use of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, a drug-like substance and/or a look-alike substance.
        First Offense:
         Suspension from five to ten school days and/or possible recommendation for expulsion
         Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
         Parent conference with Superintendent required before returning to school
         Referral to police and/or court
         Mandatory participation in a counseling program - either a school program or one from a public
            agency offering such services (at the parent/guardian’s expense)
        Subsequent Offenses:
         Recommendation for expulsion
         Suspension pending expulsion hearing
         Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
         Referral to police and or court
         Parent conference with School Board required before returning to school. Also, before the student is
            readmitted to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling
            program or service and is drug free.

Distribution or Sale of Drugs
Each Offense:
        Recommendation for expulsion
        Suspension pending expulsion hearing
        Written notification sent to parent/guardian by mail
        Referral to police and/or court
        Parent conference with School Board required before returning to school. Also, before the student is
           readmitted to school, evidence must be shown that the student is attending an approved counseling
           program or service and is drug free

Technology Use Policy

Unlawful and Inappropriate Use
Students should use computers in a manner that they:
     Never damage or alter equipment.
     Always have permission and a teacher’s supervision.
     Never logon using someone else’s password.
     Never are disruptive, or hurt somebody’s feelings.
     Never bully or create a hostile school environment.
     (Student groups or organizations) seek principal’s approval to send announcements, otherwise post
        electronic messages.

Protection and Integrity of Data
Students must:
     Only create files for educational purposes.
     Only create, edit, change, delete or hand-in their own computer work or quizzes.
     Never fiddle around with the computer settings or network.
     Never share personal Information with anyone on-line.

Personal Use
School computers are only to be used for schoolwork, personal use is only allowed when supervised by your
teacher and it does not:
     Interfere with your schoolwork or other’s learning.
     Involve buying things on-line.
     Violate any of the rules contained in the student code of conduct or other State of Delaware Laws.
     Use streaming services such as listening to music or watching video, and downloading of music and
        video files or printing non-educational documents.
Virus Protection
Smyrna School District and the Delaware Center for Educational Technology has purchased anti-virus software
for all schools. All electronic media, such as software, diskettes, flash drives, CD-ROMs and files are
automatically checked for viruses when accessed.
Students should NEVER download or install software on any school machine.
If students find a virus, they must not use the computer until it is fixed. They should report the matter to their
teacher right away. Teachers should immediately post a TechFix request.
Properly Licensed Software
Students will only use software that is installed on district systems. They will not bring in programs/games from
outside, nor will they ever install software.
State of Delaware Monitoring
State communications and computers may be monitored by the State to ensure the integrity of the technology,
protect against fraud and abuse, detect unauthorized access or use, and other purposes. Although the State does
not randomly monitor message or network transactions, it may without notification or approval, monitor, access
and review any and all communications originating from the State of Delaware or delivered to the State of
Delaware – students should have no expectation of privacy.
Use of Email and the Internet
Inappropriate use of e-mail can cause many problems. Here are some tips:
     You are responsible for what you send in your messages.
     Alert your teacher if you find inappropriate pictures or words in a message; and never send a message
        with this type of content.
     Ignore all chain letters.
     Email for fundraising must have principal approval.
     Honor copyright laws when sending attachments via Email.
     Ask your teacher for permission when sending emails with attachments.
     Do not sell anything on-line.
     Do not send an Email to a large list of addresses. Mass e-mailing should only be performed by teachers.
 Inappropriate use of the Internet includes, but is not limited to, accessing, sending or forwarding information
about, or downloading (from):
     Inappropriate pictures or words on a web site.
     A web page that is offensive or insensitive, or that bullies or hurts others’ feelings.
     All student use of chat sites should be under direct supervision of a teacher.
     Games, software, audio, video or other on-line activities are for instruction only.
     The same rules of good behavior in school apply to email and the Internet.

TITLE VII, TITLE IX, and Section 504 Compliance Notification
The Smyrna School District does not discriminate in employment or educational programs, services or activities
based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability in accordance with state and federal laws, as
required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and the
Federal Occupational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries should be directed to the Smyrna School District
Superintendent, Administrative Office, 22 South Main Street, Smyrna, DE 19977. Phone: (302) 653-8585.
El distrito escolar Smyrna no discrimina en empleo o programas educacionales, servicios o actividades, basados
en raza, color, religion, nacionalidad, sexo, edad o disabilidad en conformidad con las leyes estatales y federales.
It is also the policy of this District to ensure that curriculum content and instructional materials used by our
schools reflect the cultural and racial diversity found in our country, and to create an awareness of the rights,
duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of the multi cultural, nonsexist society.
Inquiries about compliance with Title IX, Title VI, or VII may be directed to the compliance coordinators
appointed in the district.
The following individuals have been appointed to serve as the District’s compliance coordinators. These
coordinators can be contacted at the following locations.
(Nondiscrimination in employment practices)
(Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, educational programs)
Compliance Coordinator
Patrik Williams, Assistant Superintendent
82 Monrovia Ave.
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-8585
Compliance Coordinator
Dr. Rachael Rudinoff, Supervisor of Special Services
22 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-3135
Compliance Coordinator
George Wicks, Supervisor of Facilities
Thomas D. Clayton School
80 Monrovia Avenue
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-3132

(Compliance Violation Grievance Procedure)
Any student or employee of the Smyrna School District shall have the right to file a formal complaint alleging
noncompliance with regulations outlined in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 or in Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1974.
Level One – Principal or immediate supervisor (informal)
A student with a complaint of sex discrimination shall discuss it with the teacher, counselor, or principal.
Level Two – Title IX Compliance Officer
If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the student wishes to pursue the grievance, the student may
formalize the grievance by filing a complaint in writing on a Compliance Violation Form, which can be obtained
from the Title IX compliance officer. The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance and the remedy
requested. The filing of the formal written complaint at Level Two must be within 21 days from the date of the

event giving rise to the grievance, or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such
occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting about the complaint be held with the Title IX compliance
officer. A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian. The Title IX compliance
officer shall investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it. A written report from the compliance officer
about action taken will be sent to the grievant with 21 days after receipt of the complaint.
Level Three – Superintendent
If the complaint is not resolved at Level Two, the grievant may proceed to Level Three by presenting a written
appeal to the Superintendent within 15 days after the grievant received the report from the compliance officer. A
decision will be rendered and conveyed to the grievant by the Superintendent or his/her designee within 15 days
after receipt of written appeal.
Level Four – Other agencies
The grievant may file formal complaints with the Delaware Civil Rights Commission or other agencies available
for mediation or rectification of affirmative action grievances, or may seek private counsel for complaints
alleging discrimination.
Note: The District appoints compliance coordinators for Title IX, Title VII and for Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as required by law. These compliance coordinators serve as grievance officers and
are responsible for the District’s efforts to comply with nondiscrimination requirements under Title IX, Title VII,
and Section 504.

DEMA ALERT - JBM Intermediate School

To the parents of students who attend JBM, please be aware that a portion of the county where you reside may be
affected in the event of an emergency at the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station. While it’s highly
unlikely that a plant condition would warrant protective actions, it’s wise that our residents be trained and

The state, county and your municipality have combined resources to prepare a detailed plan for a nuclear
emergency. All families and students who reside within a designated
10 mile zone of the nuclear plant live in the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). These identified families and
students will be subjected to the following precautionary measures in the event of a declared emergency:
              JBM will notify the identified guardians who reside in the emergency zone.
              Students who live in the emergency zone will not be permitted to board a bus and enter the
                 emergency zone.
              Identified children will be retained at school until released to a guardian.
              Children may remain at school until the zone is considered safe.

  Policy changes or additions to this handbook may be made as circumstances demand. New procedures
 may be developed or existing rules changed based on a need as identified by teachers, administrators, the
                              superintendent and/or the Board of Education.

Tear-Out Page

Dear Parent/Guardian(s):

Once you and your child have read and reviewed our student
handbook please sign and have your child return this page to his/her
homeroom teacher. Thank you in advance for your support.

Date:                                __________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________________

Student Signature:                   __________________________________

Address:______________________ Phone:________________________

           ____________________ Cell:______________________


Emergency Contact (other than parent):

Name:_______________________                        Phone:_______________________

Name:_______________________                        Phone:_______________________

Policy changes or additions to this handbook may be made as circumstances demand. New procedures
may be developed or existing rules changed based on a need as identified by teachers, administrators, the
Superintendent and/or the Board of Education.


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