LETTER TO PARENTS by wuzhenguang

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									                                                           Contents
Section I:                 Mission Statement/Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

Section II:                Student Services
                           P. 3, Mission, Parent conferences, Attendance Policy
                           P. 4, Care Team, 504’s, Guidance counseling, FERPA
                           P. 5, Weather closings, Parent notification system, Student records,
                           Release of student information, Project child Fund
                           P. 6, Policy information

Section III:               Student Procedures/Responsibilities
                           P. 6, Pledge of Allegiance/moment of quiet reflection, punctuality of students
                           P. 7, Student admits, Bus/car traffic, Student sign-in and outs
                           P. 8, School insurance, Office phone use, Lunch prices/procedures
                           P. 9, Immunizations, Custody issues, Medication at school
                           P. 10, Illness/injury, Progress reports, State testing/remediation
                           P. 11, Child Abuse reporting, Communicable disease

Section IV:                Student Discipline
                           P. 11, Student conduct codes
                           P. 12, Progressive discipline process, Due process
                           P. 13, Codes of conduct
                           P. 16, System weapons policy
                           P. 17, North Carolina reportable offenses
                           P. 18, Student’s right to a fair hearing, Types of discipline used
                           P. 20, Dress code
                           P. 21, Alcohol/drug policy
                           P. 22, No fighting policy
                           P.24, Tobacco-Free policy, Gang related activity, Off campus behavior
                           P. 25, Interrogations/searches, Student complaints and grievances
                           P. 26, Definition of discipline terms, Bus rules

Section V:                 School policies/procedures that Can Seriously Impact Students
                           P. 28, Tardiness, Tobacco use, Drug use, Cell phone use
                           P. 31, Drug testing policy
                           P. 32, Internet use policy, Athletic eligibility

Section VI:                Extra-Curricular Activities
                           P. 32, Student-athlete insurance
                           P. 33, Extra-curricular activities/events, Title IX

Section VII:               Student-Parent Signature Page
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               Transylvania County Schools does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability,
                     religion, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, and/or other characteristics protected by law.
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                      ROSMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
                               The next generation of TIGER PRIDE

                                   2770 Old Rosman Highway
                                      Rosman, NC 28772
                                         828-862-4286
                                        FAX: 885-5573

                                      Our Mission Statement
RMS expects:
        Cooperation between students, staff, and community
        Academic growth
        Respect for ourselves and others
        Excellence in everything we do
        Success for all students
                                                On the web at:
                     http://www.transylvania.k12.nc.us/schools/rms/rms/homepage.htm


                                              2009-2010 School Calendar

August 25……….................................…................……….. First Day of School
September 7…………………................................................Labor Day
October 29…………………………………………………..Student Holiday, Teacher Work Day
October 30 …………………………..................................…Student Holiday, Teacher Work Day
November 11 ………………….............................................Veterans’ Day, Student Holiday
November 25-27…………………………………………….Thanksgiving Holidays
December 23-January 1……………….................................Winter Holiday
January 18-19……………………………………………….,Midterm Break
February 15……..……..……………………......................... Teacher Work Day
March 25-26 …………………........................................…..End of Grading Period
April 19-23........…..............................................................…..Spring Break
May 31……………………………………………………… Student Holiday, Teacher Work Day
June 9..…………………………………………......................Last Day of School

          * Students do NOT attend school on Leave Days, Holidays, or Teacher Workdays.
                   DATES COULD CHANGE IF SCHOOL DAYS ARE LOST DUE TO BAD WEATHER




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This agenda belongs to:        _______________________________________________________

Homeroom:                      _______________________________________________________
                                     WELCOME TO ROSMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

The faculty and staff of Rosman Middle School wish to welcome you to our school. We are
proud of our school. We want you to be a part of all of the activities that we have planned this
year. We are excited about this year. Hopefully, you have had a pleasant summer and are
ready for a great school year. This handbook is designed to help you make an easy
adjustment to our school. Please share this handbook with your parents/guardians. The
teachers and staff at RMS feel that it is very important that parents/guardians be well
informed about our school. We will do our best to keep you informed about our procedures
and other expectations we have for our students. This way confusion will be greatly reduced
and great strides can be made for you and the school. Reading this handbook will provide
most of the information you will need to know.
Special Note: After reading this handbook, parents should refer to the Parent Signature

child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
                                                         Student Services

Mission Statement
Rosman Middle School will use the mission statement to drive our work to develop student
potential for excellence, develop high moral character, and utilize their talents in order to
contribute to society.

Parent Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences have proven very helpful in motivating students to do their best
work. Teachers are available for conferences during their planning periods and at the end of
daily classes. Some teachers may want to set up an appointment with individual parents due
to academic progress or behavior of a certain student. These meetings will be arranged
through letters, phone calls, or grade reports.

Attendance Policy
Our school will make attendance a priority. Our conversations with you will be focused on
student attendance in relation to your child’s performance as a priority. This is an issue to be
taken seriously. Missed school will result in poor grades. A parent that allows their child to
accumulate unexcused absences may be referred to the local court system. At that time, the
local judge will make a ruling as to the consequences to be imposed on the student.
Absences from school are coded only as lawful or unlawful. When a student is absent,
he/she must bring a written note from a parent or guardian indicating the reason for the
absence. Some cases of absences may require a doctor’s note verifying the illness.




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Absences coded lawful are illness, court, or death in the immediate family. After 3, 6 and 10
days, letters are mailed to notify parents of excessive absences.

CARE Team
Student support is offered to help a student with anything that would hinder performance as a
student or an individual. Students also need to be aware that the guidance counselor and
other school employees at RMS have been trained to help students deal with many serious
problems that teens may face such as: drug and alcohol dependency, child abuse, and many
others. The members are here and can be called upon whenever needed. A student wishing
to seek help from this group needs only to contact a teacher, the guidance counselor or the
principal. Should it become obvious that a student is in need of CARE assistance, the team
will go into action. We are here for students!
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides,
 “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual…shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be
excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination
under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The Section
504 contact for Transylvania County Schools is Lisa Anderson. She may be contacted for
further information at 225 Rosenwald Lane, Brevard, NC 28712. Office telephone 828.884-
6173. Email landers@transylvania.k12.nc.us

Guidance/Counseling
Guidance and advisement services are also offered to help you with problems. Teachers may
assist with problems such as: attendance, behavior, and course selection, situations of a
personal nature, grades or anything that is hindering your performance as a student or an
individual. Teachers have allotted time for one-on-one discussions with you any time you may
need it. Your advisor may call you up for a private discussion during these times, or you may
request to speak with an advisor at any time. Students also need to be aware that the
guidance counselor and other school employees at RMS have been trained to help students
deal with many serious problems that teens may face, including such issues as abuse,
drug/alcohol concerns, etc. A student wishing to seek CONFIDENTIAL help needs only to
contact the guidance counselor or the principal by notifying someone in the front office of a
need. An appointment will be set up for you, or you may be seen immediately, depending
upon the situation.
FERPA—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s
educational records:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s records within a reasonable amount of time.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or
   eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained within




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   the student’s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
   consent.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged
   failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

                             Complaints may be addressed to:
          Family Policy Compliance Office
          U.S. Department of Education
          400 Maryland Avenue, SW
          Washington, D.C 20201-4605

Weather Closings
If schools are closed, notification will be made on local TV and radio, available on the school
system web site (http://www.tcsnc.org/) and telephone hot line (884-4157), and made through the
telephone call system for parents who have activated their accounts.

Alert Notifications
Transylvania County Schools subscribes to an Instant Alert notification system (telephone
call system) to provide instant notification for parents in cases of school closings/delays or
other emergency situations. Instructions on accessing the web site, updating your
information, etc. will be provided at the beginning of the year. If there are changes in your
information, please notify the school as quickly as possible. Additionally, parents may us
the system to check for information that they might have missed. Parents may access the
site: http://www.tcsnc.org/ and then go to the following links in order; “Parents”, “Instant Alert”,
and then follow the directions on the page.

Student Records
Only authorized persons, including parents or guardians and students eighteen years of age
and older, have access to student records.

Release of Student Information
From time to time the Transylvania County School System publicizes information about
school activities or students’ achievement through local newspapers and/or other media, on
the school web site, in yearbooks, or in printed programs for public events such as athletic
competitions, school plays, and graduation exercises. Published information about students
can include name and/or photograph, school, grade level, participation in officially recognized
activities and sports (height, weight for members of athletic teams), degrees, honors, awards,
names of student’s parents/guardians and community in which they reside.
Parents may request that no information be released in any form that will be distributed to the
public. To do so, please request from your child’s school guidance office a form refusing




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release of public information. Sign it and return it to the guidance office within the first 20
days of school/the student’s enrollment.

Project Child Find
The Division of Exceptional Children’s Services is looking for all children and youth ages 3-21
with special needs. Many physically, emotionally, or mentally handicapped children may
need help which they are not receiving. The first step in helping these children is to find
them. Contact Transylvania County Schools at 884-3113.


Policy Information
Complete information regarding the following policies can be accessed online at
http://www.tcsnc.org/New_Home/BOE.htmclick on Board Link: Board Policy Manual; this information is
also available by asking your school’s principal for printed copies.

Topic                                   Policy Code Letters
Initial Entry and Immunizations         JEC,
web site http://www.tcsnc.org/New_Home/InitialEntryRequirements.htm
Communicable Disease                    JHCC
Diabetes Care Plan                      JHCE and JHCE-R
Dual Enrollment                         LEC
Excessive Absences                      IKEA and JE
Sudden Illness or Injury                JHCAA
Course Credit and Promotion                      IK and IKE
Homework                                         IKB
High School Graduation Requirements IKF
Access to Student Records                        JO
Student Rights of Privacy                        JFJ
Wireless Communication                           JI
Student Conduct on School Buses                  JFCC and JFCC-R
Student Drug Testing                             JHB, JHB-R, and JHB-E

                                                 Student Procedures

Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Quiet Reflection
Students will begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of quiet reflection, and
the morning announcements. Students may use this moment as a personal time to mentally
prepare themselves for the day. The teacher will provide this opportunity daily for each
student.




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ENFORCING STUDENT PUNCTUALITY
Rosman Middle will ask our students to model punctuality. We will insist that students start
class instruction on time. Three tardies will be the equivalent of an absence for that class.
When a student is tardy to class, the following procedures will be followed:
    1st tardy -       Verbal warning/optional written assignment
    2nd tardy - Make a written assignment (failure to do the written work should result in
       a zero grade for the assignment. If the student accepts and receives a zero, inform a
       parent/guardian).
    Tardy 3-4 - Assign writing and then warn the student that two more tardies will result
       in office referral.
    5th tardy - Send a discipline report to the office with dates of the tardies on it.
       Disciplinary action will be assigned.
    Additional Tardiness ---if student commits another unexcused tardy (after front office
       punishment has been assigned), then issue that student another warning to be on time
       and make it clear that the next unexcused tardy he/she has to your class will force you
       to send in another discipline report.
*Note: This tardy discipline procedure will continue until the end of the 9 weeks period at
which time all tardy counts would start again at zero

Admits to Class
Students must have an admit to enter class if absent or tardy. This includes early dismissals
from the previous day. Admits will be coded: R1(Parent/Medical Note); R2 (No
Note/unexcused); and R3 (Suspension).

Bus and Car Traffic
Car riders should be delivered and picked up in front of the middle school. Parents are asked
to follow the established route. FOR SAFETY REASONS, PLEASE DO NOT DROP A
STUDENT OFF ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD---Additionally, Do not pick up
your student on the other side of Old Rosman Highway. Dismissal time for car riders is 3:00
PM. Buses only will use the rear parking lot behind the gymnasium for delivery and pick-up
of students. Buses will leave campus at 3:10 PM.

Students Signing In and Out
Any student coming to school after 8:00 am will be considered late and must sign in at the
front office. WHEN YOU ENTER THE SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE MORNING YOU ARE
OFFICIALLY AT SCHOOL. YOU MAY NOT LEAVE WITHOUT PERMISSION.
Also, parents will not be allowed to sign out a student from school unless they pick the child
up at the school in person. Only the following will be allowed to pick up a student: parents,
guardian, or designated persons. Older brothers and sisters still attending high school may
not sign out a younger sibling. In order to designate someone to pick up a child, the parent or




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guardian must come by the school and sign a request form that is to be updated yearly. A
limit of five (5) names may be placed on this sheet. You cannot designate someone by the
telephone. The principal or his designee must approve any exceptions. Parents are asked to
please refrain from signing a student out of school early unless absolutely necessary. Try to
make appointments for after school, if at all possible. It is important for your child and this
community that we respect and protect the sanctity of instructional time in the school. There
will be no afternoon messages given for students concerning his/her riding arrangements.
These arrangements for after school should be decided before the student comes to school.
The school secretary does not have time to provide this service for parents or students.

School Insurance
Group accident insurance is available to all students and staff members. The cost is subject
to change from year to year. This group policy provides limited coverage for accidents taking
place on campus, at school-sponsored events away from the campus, or en route to and
from school. You may also obtain twenty-four hours of coverage. The school receives no
compensation for its services related to the accident insurance. We allow the company to
offer you this insurance through the school in order to help you get the coverage at a reduced
rate because of the size of the group.
Office Telephone Use
Teachers are not to allow students to miss class time to make a phone call, except in
emergency situations. Students may not use the phone in the office. If a true emergency
exists, a request to use the phone should be made to the principal. A student will not be
allowed to call home for forgotten books/assignments, other items, or to ask whom they may
go home with.
Cafeteria Program
Breakfast is free for all students at every school, and is served in each classroom at 8:05 am.

Lunch fees:
    Lunch         $2.50
    Reduced lunch . .40
    Milk            .50

Students may bring food from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Students may not
leave campus during lunch shifts. Parents may not bring food from restaurants for students
to eat on campus. Students may charge only one lunch on their account. Additional
charges will not be accepted. Debts are paid in the cafeteria. Theft from the cafeteria will
result in disciplinary action.

Free and Reduced Lunch forms will be distributed to all students during the first week of
school. Completed forms should be returned to the main office. After the first week of




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school, forms can be picked up in the main office or in the cafeteria. Applications can also be
submitted via the Internet, http://www.transylvania.k12.nc.us./Click on, (1) Departments, (2) Child
Nutrition, then Free/Reduced. All information remains confidential.

In the operation of child nutrition free and reduced food programs, no student will be
discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. If you
believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Transylvania Schools Food
Services Director, then if not resolved, write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil
Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-
3272.

Lunchroom Rules
      Sit at a table and stay seated- DO NOT MOVE FROM SEAT TO SEAT.
      Keep the noise down.
      If you spill something, clean it up.
      Obey lunchroom staff
      Be sure to take your tray to the dish return window at the end of your lunch—do not
       take trays for others.
      DO NOT PAN HANDLE--(GET OTHERS TO GIVE YOU FOOD OR MONEY).
      FAILURE TO ABIDE BY LUNCHROOM RULES WILL CALL FOR DISCIPLINARY
       ACTION AS CALLED FOR BY THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE.

Home Made Foods
Due to the significant increase in food allergies and food-borne illness, only commercially
prepared items with a list of ingredients shall be used for classroom or school based
celebrations during the school day. (Policy JHCA: Student Wellness)

Initial Entry and Immunizations
Birth certificate and medical requirements for initial entry must be met within the first thirty
days a student is enrolled. Details of documentation are available on the school district web
site (www.tcsnc.org/New_Home/InitialEntryRequirements.htm) or at the student’s school.

Legal Custody
If a parent has a custody agreement or a current restraining order against a person, it is
imperative that the school has copies of these orders immediately. According to North
Carolina law, both parents have legal custody of minor children unless a court has decreed
otherwise, and either can pickup the child or remove the child from school.




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Medication
School staff may administer medication to students at school only if a doctor or parent/
guardian/health care provider deems it necessary for the medication (prescription or non-
prescription) to be given during school hours. The parent/guardian must make a request in
writing on form JHCD-E1. Form JHCD-E1 can be downloaded from the Board of Education
Policy web site http://www.tcsnc.org/New_Home/BOE.htmunder Board Links, click on Board Policy
Manual) or obtained from the school. Medications shall be administered in accordance with
the instructions on form JHCD-E1. A medication log will be maintained for each student
receiving medication administered by school personnel. School personnel and the Board of
Education assume no liability for complications or side effects of medication when
administered in accordance with the instructions provided by the parent/guardian/health care
provider or doctor.
     Prescription medication must be in a container with pharmacist’s label.
     Non-prescription medication must be in the original container.
     The parent/guardian must deliver medication to a school staff member. No medication
       will be transported on the school bus (except in an emergency).
     Medications must be removed from the school premises when medication
       administration has been completed. The school will dispose of medications left more
       than two weeks after the completion date.

Illness or Injury
If a student suddenly becomes seriously ill or is injured the parent/guardian or emergency
contact person will be contacted to come for the student or to meet the student at a medical
facility. Please keep phone numbers for parents/guardians/emergency contacts up to date.
Also be sure emergency medical information (allergies, special conditions) is current.

If parent/guardian or emergency contact person cannot be reached and the student needs to
be taken to a medical facility, the family will be responsible for the cost of services, including
EMS transportation if deemed necessary. No student will be taken home or sent home (in an
emergency situation) unless a parent/guardian or someone designated by the
parent/guardian is at home to accept the responsibility for the student.

Student Progress
Teachers at every school will strive to keep parents and students informed about each
student’s progress throughout the year. Schools will have an intervention program to help
students during the school year.


State Test Results and Promotion/Course Credit
Students who pass the teacher standard, but fail to meet the state proficiency standard must
receive five hours of remediation prior to a retest.* Within two (2) working days of the




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teacher's receipt of test results, when possible, the teacher shall discuss (on the phone or in
person) with the parent/guardian the following remedial options:




                                                                                                                                                                                                          120 documented hours of seat time in each subject failed prior to 3rd retest
                                                                                                Summer school ( 20 hours remediation) retest
                    Retest with remediation ( 5 hours)*
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      Grades 9-12                                         Retest with remediation ( 5 hours)*                                                  After-school/summer school (remediation 20 hours) retest                                                                                  120 hours




                                                                         of documented seat time for each subject failed prior to 3 rd
       A request to waive the five hours of remediation automatically puts a student in
       summer school.


Child Abuse
Rosman Middle School follows the North Carolina state law requiring school staff to report
every case of suspected child abuse/neglect to the local Department of Social Services. At
Rosman Middle, suspected cases of child abuse are directed to the school counselor.

Communicable Disease (JHCC)
A student diagnosed as having a communicable disease or a related condition shall not be
denied access to public schools unless it is determined that the student is too ill to attend
school, presents a health risk to others, or otherwise is denied admission by North Carolina
General Statutes. In all cases of severe contagious disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS, HBV, HCV),
strict adherence to control regulations as defined by general statute and/or the North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Resources, shall be required. All decisions regarding the
educational status of a student with a severe contagious disease shall follow the steps




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outlined in the procedures adopted by the superintendent. Legal Ref.: G.S. 115C-36; G.S. 130A-
136, -142 and -143; 10 NCAC 7A.0209(d)(3); 10 NCAC 7A.0211

                                       Student Discipline
Student Conduct Code
Effective instruction requires good order and discipline, which may be described as the
absence of distractions, frictions, and disturbances that interfere with the effective functioning
of the student, class, and school. It is also the presence of a friendly, yet business like
atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually
recognized and accepted goals. Rosman Middle School has a code of conduct which
requires students to properly conduct themselves at all times in order to facilitate a learning
environment for themselves and other students. Parents are encouraged to visit the school
regularly and are expected to be actively involved in the behavior support processes
designed to promote positive choices and behavior. Parents who wish to provide input
into our schools Code of Conduct may do so by contacting the principal or an
assistant principal. School officials will welcome input regarding concerns about
student behaviors that distract from the teaching and learning environment.

The Progressive Discipline Process
This Code of Conduct provides for a systematic process of behavioral correction in which
inappropriate behaviors are followed by consequences. Disciplinary actions are designed to
teach students self-discipline and to help students substitute inappropriate behaviors with
those that are consistent with proper character traits.

Student Due Process
When it is necessary to impose discipline, school administrators and teachers will follow a
progressive discipline process. The degree of discipline to be imposed by each school official
will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of the particular student and will take into
account a student’s disciplinary history, the age of the student, and other relevant factors.
The maximum punishments for an offense include long-term suspension or expulsion,
including permanent expulsion. Parents or students may elect not to contest whether a
student has violated the Code of Conduct or the appropriate discipline, and in such cases, an
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to a hearing. Such an agreement and waiver must be approved by the principal or alternative
school director in accordance with the Transylvania County Board of Education policy. Before
a student is suspended for ten days or less, the principal or designee will inform the student
of the offense for which the student is charged and allow the student to explain his or her
behavior. If the student is to be suspended, the parents will be notified. The Transylvania
County School Board will not be responsible for assigning punitive action to a student. The
school administrators will assign disciplinary action. School officials may involve law
enforcement officials when evidence surrounding a situation necessitates their involvement or




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when there is legal requirement that an incident be reported. RMS will not enroll any student
that has been suspended from another school system during the term of that suspension.
Transylvania County Schools will not tolerate inappropriate behavior or language which
results in harassment, bullying, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, pregnancy,
political affiliation or belief, age, gender, national origin, physical or handicapping condition,
marital or parental status, participation in classes, sports, or other activities.

Any student who believes he has been the victim of such behavior should report it to the
principal who will investigate and determine further appropriate action. The procedures for
dealing with this are described in detail in Policy ACB-R.

All matters involving interpersonal human relations complaints shall remain confidential.
Acts of retaliation against a student for filing a report under the provisions of this
policy will not be tolerated.

Due Process Rights of Students
Before disciplinary action is taken, a student has the right to a conference with the principal or
his designee where the following takes place:
      The charges against the student are explained to him/her.
      If the student denies his guilt, the evidence against the student is outlined for him.
      The student is given the opportunity to tell his side of the story (an exception to this
       step would be a situation that the student had been involved in that was so shocking to
       the school setting that the hearing would be delayed to a reasonable time).
      If the Principal moves to expel the student, a hearing will be held. Written charges will
       be provided to the student and the parents and further procedures outlined.

Codes of Conduct
The following is a listing of school rule violations recognized to be disruptions to the school
setting. These are behaviors, when exhibited by students that produce distractions in the
school environment. The Code of Conduct is listed by lesser to greater severity, Level I
through Level III. The disciplinary actions also follow a progressive process.
The code of conduct is effective during the following times and places:
          At school or on school property any time;
          Off school grounds at any school activity, function or event and while traveling to
           and from such events;
          On vehicles provided for student transportation by the school system, and
          At bus loading zones and drop off points.




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Level I Discipline Codes
100   Minor class disruption: behavior disruptive to the orderly educational process.
101   Unprepared for class: attending class without needed materials.
102   Tardy-reporting late: reporting late, unexcused to class or school.
103   Unauthorized absence from school/class: absent without permission.
104   Possession/consumption of food in class: without permission.
105   Cheating: first offense, on exams, assignments, homework, etc.
106   Misuse of a hall pass: no written permission to be in a particular area.

Disciplinary Actions for Level I Violations
First offense: Student-teacher conference, in-School conference, and parental contact when
warranted. Many of the offenses may warrant disciplinary action as outlined under
subsequent offenses.
Subsequent offenses: In-school disciplinary action such as probation, extra academic
assignments, work assignments before or after school or during non-instructional time, in-
school suspension, Saturday school, detention or out of school suspension at the discretion
of the principal or assistant principal. Bus offenses may warrant referring the student to a
hearing. The hearing will determine guilt or innocence. Should guilt be established, the school
administrator will determine what punishment will be applied. This action may include long-
term suspension or expulsion.

Level II Discipline Codes
207   Willful and persistent defiance of the student code of conduct: any verbal or nonverbal
      refusal to obey a reasonable request, directive, or order of a school employee.
208   Disrespect to school employees: statements about, or actions directed toward a school
      employee or any other adult designed to antagonize, intimidate, or show disrespect to
      that individual.
209   Provoking a school employee: physical or psychological attempts to produce undue
      stress.
210   Profane/obscene language: any inappropriate language.
211   Uses of fighting words: intent to incite violent actions.
212   Calling other students names, inciting an altercation.
213   Public displays of affection: touching, fondling, hand holding, kissing, etc.
214   Dress code nonconformity: shorts/dresses too short, “sagging pants holes in clothing,




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       see-through, tank tops/spaghetti straps, etc.
215    Horseplay/roughhousing.
216    Minor school bus disturbance.
217    In an unauthorized area: without permission.
218    Leaving school grounds: without permission.
219    Being in the parking lot: without permission.
220    Possession of radio, a tape player, pagers, phone: any electronic communication
       devices. *(Students found with a cell phone will result in confiscation and automatic in
       school or out of school suspension)
221    Possession of stolen property.
222    Possession of fireworks: any potentially explosive device.
223    Possession of lighter/matches.
224    Possession of pornographic materials: cyber or hard copy.
225    Exposing of body parts.
226    Assisting/encouraging others to break rules.
227    Entering the restroom of opposite sex.
228    Intentionally giving false statements or providing false information.
229    Activating a fire alarm-this crime may be prosecuted by law.
230    Forgery or failure to provide an authentic signature on school papers.
231    Violation of a discipline probation plan.
232    Not reporting to ISS.
233    Illegal organization or affiliation with a “gang activity.
234    Gambling or games of chance.
239    Destruction of public property
249    Cheating-repeat offenses

Disciplinary Actions for Level II Violations
These actions may include in-school suspension, Saturday school, long-term suspension or
expulsion. The progressive discipline process requires that actions for subsequent Level II
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Level III Discipline Codes
341   Alcohol: possession of, or ingestion of any controlled substance (Refer to
      Alcohol/Drug Policy).
342   Arson: burning of any part of a building, its contents or part of a campus.
343   Fighting: Assault of a mutual nature, intent to cause bodily harm or disfigurement
344   Breaking and entering/burglary: entering or remaining in a school structure during the
      hours the premises are closed to the public.
345   Computer trespass: entry into any school computer or network system without direct
      instruction.
346   Disorderly conduct: willful misconduct with the intent to cause disruption to the
      classroom or educational process.
347   Drugs except alcohol: exchange, ingestion, association with any drug besides alcohol
      (PRESCRIPTION, OR OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINE MUST BE STORED IN
      OFFICE, WITH PARENT SIGNATURE).
348   Battery: the actual intentional touching or striking of a school system employee against
      his or her will.
349   Homicide: crime against another person resulting in a death.
350   Kidnapping: the taking of another person against his or her will.
351   Larceny/theft: the intentional taking and/or carrying away of property of another
      valued at $100 or more.
352   Motor vehicle theft: taking of another’s vehicle without permission.
353   Robbery: the taking of money or other property from another person or custody of
      another.
354   Sexual battery: assault of a sexual nature, including, but not limited to battery,
      intercourse, attempted rape, or rape.
355   Sexual harassment: any intent to invade another’s space including, but not limited to
      touching, comments, sexual insinuations, etc.
356   Sex offenses: the actual commitment of offensive sexual touching, comments, etc.
357   Bullying/Threat/intimidation: verbal, written communication to harm someone; extortion
      to achieve power/position over another.
358   Tobacco: possessions of tobacco, with intent to hold, sell, or use.
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      activity hours.
360   Destruction of public property-repeated offenses, intentional and deliberate action
      resulting in the injury or damages to public property, or the property of another.
361   Weapon possession/firearm: any firearm, including a starter pistol, or any “look-alike”
      weapon which will create the fear of an actual weapon; or anything else designed to,
      or may readily converted to, or expel a projectile by the action of some propellant
      (FEDERAL LAW HAS DECLARED THAT A STUDENT FOUND IN POSSESSION OF
      A FIREARM TO BE SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL OF
      NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR. THIS PERSON WILL ALSO BE REFERRED FOR
      PROSECUTION: THIS INCLUDES WEAPONS FOUND AT SCHOOL OR ANY
       OTHER SCHOOL FUNCTION.
Special Notice for System Weapons Policy
Weapons—knives, guns (which include a toy or look-alike), and other such weapons are
prohibited. Anyone found with these items is subject to SUSPENSION AND/OR
EXPULSION; in addition to having the weapon(s) confiscated. Any confiscated weapons will
not be returned. The possession or shooting of fireworks is strictly prohibited.

362   Weapon possession/knife: any knife, metallic knuckles, or any other similar device.
363   Weapon possession/other: any other device that would be described as a tool for
      causing harm to another.
364   Other: any other act, device or scheme to intentionally cause harm to another human
      being.
365   Bus fighting: mutual assault between two persons on a bus that is intended to cause
      harm and disruption to a safe driving setting.
366   Bus defiance: refusal to obey reasonable directions from the bus driver or disrupting a
      safe driving setting.
367   Bus property destruction: intentional and deliberate damage to a bus resulting in
      damages.
368   Bus weapons: possession of any device with potential to cause harm to another
      person.
369   Outside school hours: school-sponsored activity: violation of a rule at a ball game, club
      meeting, an athletic event, etc.
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       school

North Carolina Reportable Offenses
According to NC G.S. 115C-12(21), the principal is required to report the following seventeen
incidents of crime and violence to law enforcement and to the State Board of Education:
 1.   Assault Resulting in Serious Injury
 2.   Assault Involving Use of a Weapon
 3.   Assault on School Personnel
 4.   Bomb Threat
 5.   Burning of or Attempting to Burn a School Building
 6.   Death by Other Than Natural Causes
 7.   Kidnapping
 8.   Possession of Alcoholic Beverages
 9.   Possession of a Controlled Substance in Violation of the Law
10.   Possession of a Firearm or Powerful Explosive
11.   Possession of a Weapon
12.   Rape
13.   Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (Armed Robbery)
14.   Robbery Without a Dangerous Weapon
15.   Sexual Assault(Not Involving Rape or Sexual Offense)
16.   Sexual Offense
17.   Taking Indecent Liberties with a Minor
18.   Communicating threats
19.   Extortion
20.   Fighting
21.   Affray
22.   Property damage
23.   Possession of tobacco
24.   Use of tobacco
25.   Violent assault not resulting in serious Injury
26.   Gang activity

Note: In addition, a new act type has been added for serious assaults in
which the victim suffers injuries less severe than those specified in
the reportable act “Assault Resulting in Serious Injury.” As with the
offenses listed above, this new act must be reported regardless of
disciplinary consequences. The new act, “Violent Assault Not
Resulting in Serious Injury” is defined as “an intentional physical
attack resulting in pain and/or fear of severe harm for the victim but
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Assault Resulting in Serious Injury.” Minor assaults not considered “violent” are not required
for federal reporting. Related investigations and accusations will be handled by law
enforcement, not by the school.

Disciplinary Actions for Level III Violations
If a student commits any of the above action(s), the student will be subject to immediate
suspension and/or expulsion from Rosman Middle School. Please be aware that students
that commit major (level III) offenses of the student conduct code can lead to our school
being named an unsafe school.


Student’s right to a fair hearing
An informal hearing may be scheduled within reasonable time limits. If the matter is
unresolved at the conference, the principal will continue the suspension (up to 10 days) and
recommend that a disciplinary hearing be held. The progressive discipline process requires
that the disciplinary action for a subsequent Level III offense be more severe than the
disciplinary action for the first violation of a Level III offense.

Various Forms of Disciplinary Actions: The following disciplinary actions may be imposed for
certain violations of the Student Code of Conduct. These actions are listed in no particular
order:

001    Saturday school (8:00-11:30, monthly)
002    Suspension (out of school)
003    Alternative school (Davidson River School)
004    Other alternative school
005    Expulsion (removed from school entirely)
006    In School Suspension Program
007    Court or juvenile justice system referral
008    Other
009    School sponsored activity/off campus

021    An administrative conference (warning)

022    Break Detention and/or work in cafeteria

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024   Written Assignment
026   A parent/teacher conference
027   A student/teacher conference
028   Parent contact
029   Isolation
030   Restitution
031   Privileges denied
032   Work detention
033   Alternative school (tribunal-fair hearing for accused student)
035   C-STOP-short term alternative school placement in place of out of school suspension

235   A student-team conference: part of PEP process.
236   A parent-team conference: part of PEP process.
237   A general conference: routine check on student for discipline maintenance usually
      performed by counselor, assistant principal, or principal.
238   Disciplinary hearing: fair hearing for purposes of disciplinary placement.
241   Other
Dress Code
Because dress is so important and sometime students need assistance making decisions
regarding their dress the following dress code was developed by committee, which consisted
of parents, students, and school officials with community input. The dress code was
developed with attention being given to:
    a. The learning environment,
    b. School safety and security, and
    c. Student awareness of dress and the impact of how one dresses has on the individuals.
Every type of dress cannot be covered in this manual. You are expected to come to school
dressed in a neat and respectable manner. Any student clothing that is deemed by the
administration to draw too much individual attention, and/or that begins to cause a disruption,
will be prohibited. The following are some rules that have been developed as a determined
effort to maintain decency in our school.
Caps, Hats and Hair
   Boys and girls are not to wear hats, caps, visors, combs, hair picks, bandanas,
      stocking caps, panty hose, etc. in the buildings.




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Shirts and Tops
    Blouses and shirts must extend to the waistband of the pants or tucked in if they do
       not.
    Strapless tops and top with spaghetti straps are not to be worn, unless an acceptable
       shirt/blouse is worn underneath. Students should not wear see-through or mesh see-
       through garments.
    All tops must modestly conceal the upper chest area-no cleavage visible at any time.
    Students are expected to wear appropriate undergarments and the undergarments
       should not be visible.
 Pants, Shorts, Skirts, and Dresses
    The wearing of shorts is permissible. However, pants, shorts, and dresses must be
       knee length. Holes, slits, or tears in garments are acceptable at/below knee length.
    Clothing length as a general rule must reflect decency. Clothes cannot be worn inside
       out.
    No bicycle shorts of any kind.
    All overalls are to be worn fastened. All pants, shorts, and jeans must be worn with the
       waistband around the waist.
    “SAGGING” pants or shorts will not be tolerated-wear them as designed or face
       disciplinary action!
    No “pajamas” or pajama like clothing.
Shoes (shoes must be worn at all times as they are intended to be worn).
    No bedroom shoes will be allowed.
General Issues About Dress and Grooming
    Students are not to groom in the classroom.
    The principal may ban any item of clothing or jewelry, if it is determined by the
       principal to be a distraction in the school. Sunglasses are not to be worn inside the
       building.
    Students are not to dress so that any undergarments are exposed.

Special Note: Anyone wishing to wear anything for any reason other than a medical
need, must seek approval from the principal. The principal must be advised in advance
of any medical requests for exceptions to a rule.
A THIRD (3) VIOLATION OF THE DRESS CODE CAN RESULT IN AUTOMATIC IN-
SCHOOL-SUSPENSION PLACEMENT AND/OR DENIAL OF THE RIGHT TO WEAR A
CERTAIN TYPE OF CLOTHING.

Alcohol and Drug Policy
A student will not possess, sell, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug,
hallucinogenic drug, methamphetamine, barbiturate, cocaine, marijuana, controlled
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1. At school or on school property at any time;
2. Off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity;
3. En route to and from school.
A student will not attend school or any school event after having consumed any quantity of
alcohol or illegal substance. Drug use may be detected by observation, odor or other means.
Compliance with these requirements is mandatory. Use of a drug authorized by a medical
prescription from a registered physician in the amount prescribed by the physician will not be
considered a violation of this regulation. All prescription drugs will be kept in the original
containers in the office. Appropriate paper work must first be completed for the office to
house medicine.

Procedure of Handling a Suspected Drug Incident
Initially, a need for any medical care for the student involved will be addressed. Secondly,
procedure for handling an incident in the school involving the possession, sale and/or use of
drugs, alcohol or any other behavior affecting substances will be as follows:

1. The principal will be responsible for carrying out the policy and it’s supporting procedures
within his or her school.
        The principal will serve as the clearing point for records, reports and inquiries
           relating to his school.
        Staff members will report any violation of this policy to any of the school’s
           administrative staff. Administrative staff members are the principal and the
           assistant principal.
2. The parent/guardian of any involved student will be contacted as soon as possible.
3. Disciplinary Action will be specific.
        A student known to be in violation of this policy will be suspended by the
           administration from school. Students found guilty of selling drugs at school will be
           suspended. The principal will make a referral to the Board, criminal charges, and/or
           disciplinary hearing for further action.
        A student known to be under the influence of such substances at school will be
           suspended.
        A student suspension may be reduced at the discretion of the administration, if the
           individual seeks and obtains treatment from an approved intervention or treatment
           program. The principal or his designee will furnish information to the student or the
           student’s parent or guardian regarding approved intervention and treatment
           programs.
4. The school will cooperate with the police department by reporting the source of supply, if
       known to the school.
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      abuse education, by cooperating with the city or county health department and
      individual physicians in appropriate health education and health care, and by other
      appropriate means.
6. Consider this handbook a copy of this policy, as it is being provided to all parents and
   students.
7. There will be a yearly review of this program to:
       Determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program
       Ensure that the disciplinary sanctions imposed by this policy are consistently
          enforced.

No Fighting Policy (From conduct code rule 343)
If conflict cannot be resolved reasonably, then the school must take issue if violence is
initiated. Violence is not a good solution to any problem. RMS does not tolerate fighting at
school, on school property, or at any school-sponsored events. Fighting can cause serious
injury. It always creates serious harm to the educational environment of a school. The fear of
violence doesn’t allow students or teachers to concentrate on the task of learning. It never
solves anything! Should a student experience another student talking about him or her or
members of his or her family in a negative or derogatory manner or expressing other “fighting
words”, he or she SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN FIGHTING but, should report the problem to a
teacher, asst. principal or the principal. These people will help solve that student conflict in a
civilized manner. Additionally, be aware that criminal charges may be brought against the
student if the circumstances warrant this.

Punishment for Fighting
      1st Offense - subject to 3 days of out of school suspension to be determined by the
       principal or asst. principal.
       (Explanation: a fight situation involving shoving or tussling and with no serious injury
       and a willingness to get along may result in an in-school suspension as punishment. A
       first fight situation where the violence is extreme, serious injury results, or the school
       environment would be negatively affected by keeping the combatants at school would
       call for out of school suspension. Special circumstances after meeting with parents
       could call for a combination of out of school suspension and in-school suspension).

      2nd Offense: subject to 5 days of out of school suspension, depending on the severity
       of the fight and its effect on the school’s educational environment.
      3rd Offense: subject to 10 days of out of school suspension, depending on the severity
       of the fight and the attitude of the combatants.
      Additional Offenses: subject to long-term suspension. Circumstances of a fight could
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      student to be suspended from school for the remainder of the school year.
Note: An exception to the disciplinary actions for fighting could be found in the
instance where a student only tries to defend him/her self. In a case such as this, it
would have to be a proven fact that the student fighting in self-defense did everything
he or she could have done to avoid the fight and only fought in the end to protect
himself/herself. In a situation as described the student would not be assigned
punishment. The principal has final judgment on such an issue.
Administrative Procedures for Investigating a Reported Fight:
1.    Each student will be checked for injury and if necessary first aid applied.
2.    An administrator will have each combatant give his/her uninterrupted account of what
      happened. The account will be documented.
3.    If necessary, the administrator will talk to teachers and students that witnessed the
      fight events for additional information. This information will be documented.
4.    Once the administrator has all the available facts, a decision will be made. Each
      student will be informed, if he/she has violated any school rules. If a student has
      violated a school rule, the student will be told what the punishment is going to be.
      Should a student be assigned to an out of school suspension or to in-school
      suspension, a parent/guardian will be notified.
Tobacco-Free School Policy
The Transylvania County Board of Education prohibits the use of tobacco products by any
student, staff member, or school visitor on school grounds/property or at any on-campus or
off-campus school-sponsored event. The consequences for student use or possession are
the following:
        1st Offense: The parent/guardian will be notified. The student will be placed at C-
        STOP for 1day. The student will also be assigned to a tobacco cessation program.
        2nd Offense: The parent/guardian will be notified. The student will be suspended
        one day.
        3rd Offense: The student will be suspended two days and required to perform 10
        hours of community service.
        4th Offense: The student will be suspended three days and required to perform 20
        hours of community service.
Visitors will be asked to comply with the policy or leave the premises. A visitor can be
charged with trespassing for failure to comply with the request(s). Multiple violations can
result in a visitor being banned from attending school functions.
Tobacco Use By Student-Athletes
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TOBACCO FREE ENVIRONMENT (POLICY GBK/KGC)
No tobacco use is allowed in buildings, on campus, in school vehicles (or vehicles used for
school related transportation), or at school sponsored events. No student may possess
tobacco products, matches, or lighters.
Gang Related Activity
“Gang” related activity will not be tolerated at Rosman Middle School. For definition purposes,
a gang member is a person who is a part of an association of three or more people allied for
a common purpose that engages, individually or collectively, in illegal or inappropriate
behavior. Gang-related activity includes, but is not limited to, communication of gang
                                                                     n way or color scheme,
jewelry, tattoos, gang symbols or graffiti on personal items, destruction/defacement of public
or private property and acts of intimidation, threats, fighting or other forms of violence.
Disciplinary actions will include warning/counseling, parent contact, detention, in-school
suspension, out of school suspension, Saturday school, referral to disciplinary hearing, and
referral to law enforcement officials. Any student found guilty of gang activity will become part
of the law enforcement database.

Off-Campus Behavior
Also, students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which is felonious or which may
pose a threat to the schools learning environment or the safety of students or employees.
Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the code of conduct and to be supportive of
it in their daily communication with their children and others in the community.
NOTICE, OFF-CAMPUS CONDUCT MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION/EXPULSION FROM
SCHOOL IF THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINES IT OR OTHER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
THAT A POTENTIAL THREAT EXISTS TO THE SAFETY OR WELL BEING OF A STUDENT
OR THE STUDENT BODY.
Interrogations of Students
The Transylvania County Board of Education will not prohibit law enforcement agents from
attempting to question students at school if any of the following conditions exist:
    1. Parental consent
    2. A court order involving the student(s)
    3. A warrant involving the student(s)
Any of the three stated conditions provide sufficient justification for law enforcement agents to
escort students to other locations for questioning. Should a law enforcement agent present a
court order or warrant for a student, reasonable efforts will be made to contact the parents if
they have not been previously notified.

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The Transylvania County Board of Education feels that students should be free from
unreasonable search and seizure by school officials. However, school officials may search a
student when a reasonable suspicion exists that the student has violated a school rule or
broken a law. Since student lockers are school property, they may be inspected at any time.
Law enforcement involvement:: When law enforcement authorities have initiated the
search, or are directly involved in the search, the search will be conducted under criminal law
standards rather than under the provisions of this policy.

Student Complaints and Grievances
The school administrators realize that there may be conditions in the school system that
needs improvement. Students should have some means to effectively express concerns that
will be considered and handled fairly. Student complaints and grievances will be resolved
through orderly processes and at the lowest possible level. However, the board will provide
channels for eventual hearing, should circumstances dictate.
Complaints and grievances will be approached in the following manner:
1.    The opportunity will be provided any student or his parents to discuss with his teacher
      a decision or situation that he/she considers unjust or unfair.
2.    If the matter remains unresolved, the student or his parents, or the teacher, may bring
      the matter to the principal’s attention for his consideration.
3.    If the matter remains unresolved, it may be brought to the superintendent or a
      designee for his consideration.
4.    Complaints that remain unresolved following any action of the superintendent may be
      referred in writing to the school board. The board’s decision will be final.

 Definition of Some Disciplinary Terms
       Bullying-Any act used to intimidate or harass another. Be aware that a student can
          be assigned ISS, OSS, expulsion, or to the alternative school for this offense.
       Bus Suspension-Suspension or denial of the privilege of riding on the school bus
          may become inevitable. This denial is based on misconduct occurring while the
          student is being transported to or from school or a school related activity.
       In School Suspension-In-school suspension is an educationally sound
          disciplinary strategy. A trained school employee will supervise students assigned to
          ISS. The student will be given regular classroom assignments to complete. The
          student will receive full credit for their work and are counted present in their
          classes. The only real punishment is that they do not get to be with their friends
          during the day and that they are closely supervised all day. Even though class
          assignments will be mirrored in ISS as much as possible, this is still not a regular
          classroom. The ISS program has rules for student behavior. Should a student in
          ISS insist on violating ISS rules, he or she will be sent home. When that student
          returns to school, he or she will go back to ISS to finish their original assignment
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         Out of School Suspensions -Philosophy-an out of school suspension assignment
          is punishment in itself. It is an embarrassment to the student and a message to
          others. Rosman Middle School does not wish for a student to become unmotivated
          to do school work because of receiving zeros for grades during an out of school
          suspension assignment. It will be very important for students to avoid an OSS
          assignment
         Work Assignment-A work assignment will be a supervised activity that is related
          to the upkeep and maintenance of the school, such as, wiping lunchroom tables,
          and picking up trash around campus. Work assignments are not to interfere with
          academic classes.
         Saturday School-Saturday school will be used primarily to allow students to make
          up lost time in school (absences). Additionally, students referred for discipline may
          be assigned Saturday school. This assignment will be made in place of an out of
          school suspension.
         Peer Mediation-A conflict resolution session, where both parties sit and talk out

          through the guidance and/or principal’s office.

Bus Rules and Regulations
The Transylvania County Board of Education recognizes the importance of safety on school
buses as related to student welfare and an efficient transportation system. Misbehavior in
any form on a bus is a safety hazard and is not tolerated. Minor offenses will merit a warning,
and repeated minor offenses or serious misbehavior will result in parent notification,
punishment, and suspension from the bus. Misbehavior on the school bus includes pushing
or shoving; putting hands, arms, or legs out the window; getting off at an unauthorized stop;
indecent language; not keeping assigned seats; use of tobacco; boisterous and/or distracting
behavior; and eating or drinking on the bus.

Serious misbehavior on the bus includes fighting on the bus or at the bus stop, throwing
objects, tampering with the emergency door or other bus parts, and any other inappropriate
behavior that creates an immediate dangerous situation. This misbehavior receives a three-
day first offense suspension and the parents are notified. A re-occurrence receives a ten-
day suspension. A third offense will result in a suspension for the remainder of the
year from the bus. A copy of the behavior policy is available from the office, at the Morris
Education Center, and online at http://www.transylvania.k12.nc.us/.
Video cameras have been installed in the county’s yellow buses. Infractions occurring on the
school bus may result in suspension from the bus as well as school based discipline as
outlined in the discipline section of this handbook.

Students who bring notes to ride the bus home with another student must get this approved
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Offenses
 1. Pushing or shoving
 2. Hands, arms, legs out window
 3. Getting off at an unauthorized stop
 4. Indecent language
 5. Not keeping assigned seats
 6. Use of tobacco on bus
 7. Boisterous and/or distracting behavior
 8. Eating and/or drinking on bus
 9. Other inappropriate or dangerous behavior that would create a safety hazard
10. Fighting at bus stop or on bus
11. Throwing objects out of window
12. Tampering with any part of the bus, including the emergency door
13. Refusal to adhere to a reasonable request of a bus driver
14. Other inappropriate behavior that creates an immediate dangerous situation
15. Spitting on the bus and/or out of the window
16. Using cigarette lighters and/or matches on the bus
17. Providing a substitute driver with false information
18. Using indecent physical expressions and/or indecent exposure
19. Using an electronic communication device while on a bus

Consequences
Principal/designee may invoke school disciplinary procedures as well as bus disciplinary
procedures depending upon the circumstances. A long-term bus suspension may be
imposed on the occurrence of any offense depending on the nature of the offense. Parents
will be notified concerning inappropriate behavior and disciplinary action taken.

Consequences for Middle School
First Offense- Warning and/or other appropriate action, including three or more day
suspension from the bus for first offenses deemed extreme and/or dangerous.
Severe first offences may result in bus suspensions longer than three days.
Second Offense -Three-day suspension from the bus or other appropriate action.
Third Offense- Five-day suspension from bus, or other appropriate action.
Fourth Offense- Ten-day suspension from the bus, or other appropriate action.
Fifth Offense- Suspension from the bus for the remainder of academic school year.

A student could lose bus-riding privileges immediately for a serious misbehavior. A student
who damages or defaces a bus must pay for the damage in addition to receiving appropriate
disciplinary action.
            School Policies/Procedures That Can Seriously Impact Students




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Tardiness to School
Being tardy to class three times will result in an absence for that class. School begins at 8:00
A.M. sharp. All students should be in class by this time. Anyone not in class on time will be
considered tardy. After three (3) tardies, the student will be given a written assignment to
copy as a reminder of the importance of being on time. The written assignment will be issued
by the teacher. Refusal by a student to do this assignment will be considered defiance.
Defiance will be handled more seriously. Any student that is late to school/class 5 times in a
nine weeks period will be referred to the principal for discipline. The student will be given a
work assignment. After a student has been late for school/class in excess of five (5) times
during the grading period, he or she will be assigned to one day of Saturday school or In
School Suspension (ISS). After five additional tardies each grading period, the student will be
assigned progressive additional days of Saturday school or ISS. A student’s tardy slate will
be wiped clean each nine weeks.
1st Tardy = Verbal warning
2nd Tardy =Lunch detention
3rd Tardy = Writing assignment given by the teacher
4th Tardy = Writing assignment (and after school detention at teacher’s
discretion). Also, this writing assignment needs to be signed by a parent with a note
explaining the reason for the assignment and encouraging the student to be on time in the
future.
5th Tardy = Office referral-assigned Saturday school, ISS, etc.
Note: Continue this tardy procedure until the end of the 9 weeks period at which time all
tardy counts would start again at zero.

Tobacco Free Environment (Policy GBK/KGC)
No tobacco use is allowed in buildings, on campus, in school vehicles (or vehicles used for
school related transportation), or at school sponsored events. No student may possess
tobacco products, matches, or lighters.

Drug Paraphernalia
A student possessing drug paraphernalia is in violation of the Transylvania County Board of
Education Substance Abuse Policy. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken by the
school’s administration.

Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy
The Board of Education regards the possession of a wireless communication and/or
electronic device as a privilege. The use of these devices can also be a disruption to the
instructional process and create a safety hazard.

Students and parents assume the risk of loss when an electronic device is brought onto
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or damage to any wireless communication and/or electronic device, including any such
device confiscated by school personnel. Nothing in this policy shall prevent a principal from
immediately banning from school the possession of any item or device when used in the
violation of a specific provision of the code of student conduct for which a more stringent
punishment is warranted.

No elementary or middle school student shall have in their possession on school property any
wireless communication and/or electronic device, including but not limited to cell phones,
laser pointers, paging devices, two-way radios, iPods, any device possessing photographic
capabilities, CD/MP3 players, electronic games, PDA, Bluetooth device, or other
communication and/or electronic devices not specified capable of the same or similar
functions.

Except as provided below, no high school student shall use, have in view, or have on their
person or in their personal belongings during the instructional day (8:00 a.m. through 3:01
p.m.) any wireless communication and/or electronic device, including but not limited to cell
phones, laser pointers, paging devices, two-way radios, iPods, any device possessing
photographic capabilities, CD/MP3 players, electronic games, PDA, Bluetooth device, or
other communication and/or electronic devices not specified capable of the same or similar
functions. All such devices must be stored in locked cars or locked lockers during the
instructional day. Devices in lockers must be in the “off” position and shall be stored in such
a manner as to make them inaccessible during the instructional day.

High school students with permission from their principal may have wireless communication
and/or electronic devices in their possession on yellow school buses. However, all such
devices must be in the “off” position and shall be stored in such a manner as to make them
inaccessible during the bus ride. The use of such devices on white activity buses is at the
discretion of the sponsor/coach in charge of the white activity bus.

School administrators have the right to conduct searches of students upon reasonable
suspicion to ensure the enforcement of this Policy. Any school staff member witnessing a
violation of this Policy at his/her school shall report it to a school administrator immediately.

Any violation of this Policy shall be a violation of the Student Conduct/Discipline Code and/or
Student Conduct on School Buses Code.

An “offense” shall occur each time this Policy is violated regardless of the specific device or
devices involved. However, the possession of multiple devices at one time shall be regarded
as one offense. The consequences for violation of this Policy are as follow:




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   A.      First offense – The device will be confiscated and a parent conference with the
           principal or designee will be held. A contract must be signed by the parent/legal
           guardian, student and principal/designee.

   B.      Second offense – The device will be confiscated and a parent conference with the
           principal or designee will be held. At the discretion of the principal, the student will
           receive either a three-day in-school or out-of-school suspension. The device will
           be returned to the parent after 45 calendar days.

   C.      Third offense – The device will be confiscated and a parent conference with the
           principal or designee will be held. At the principal’s discretion, the student will
           receive either a five-day in-school or out-of-school suspension. The device will be
           returned to the parent after 90 calendar days.

   D.      Possession of a wireless communication and/or electronic device during a
           test or quiz--In addition to the above consequences, a grade of zero will be
           assigned for the test or quiz. Any student who has a visible cell phone or one that
           rings during a test will be considered cheating on that test. In addition, any student
           who has a visible cell phone or one that rings during a test will go to the second
           offense outlined in this section, even if the student has no prior history of being
           caught with a cell phone.

Any student not following the directives of a school employee during the confiscation of any
device is subject to a minimum three-day out-of-school suspension.


The use of a wireless communication/electronic device in a criminal act will result in
prosecution.
Drug Testing (Policy JGDB—Reasonable Suspicion)
When a school administrator has a reasonable basis to believe that a student is using or is
under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance at school or a school activity, the
school administrator may offer the student, with the student’s parent(s)’ written permission,
the opportunity to take a drug test, at Board expense. The purpose of this test is to
determine whether the administrator’s suspicion is justified. If the results are positive for the
presence of drugs, the results shall be considered relevant corroborative evidence of a
violation of this policy. If the test result(s) is negative for the presence of alcohol and/or illegal
drug(s), the student shall be found innocent of the allegations of misconduct. A decision by
the student or the student’s parents not to be tested shall not be used against the student. In
such an event, the school administrator shall base his/her disciplinary decision solely on the
information obtained during the investigation of the alleged misconduct.




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Random Drug Testing (Policy JHB)
All students participating in a competitive extra-curricular activity at the middle schools and
high schools and/or parking on campus at the high schools will be subject to random and
suspicionless drug testing. Students participating in extra curricular activities will be subject to
random drug testing during the season in which they participate in the activity. Students
parking on campus will be subject to random drug testing throughout the school year. The
test will detect illegal drugs and other controlled substances that are unlawful for a student to
possess or consume. Students will be allowed to indicate the prescription drugs that they are
taking under the care of a physician. A student will not be suspended from the competitive
extra-curricular activity nor have parking privileges suspended for taking a drug prescribed by
a medical doctor. Details of testing procedures are described in athletic handbooks and in
policy JHB, JHB_R, JHB_E.

Student Responsibility in Random Drug Testing
Before participating in a competitive extra-curricular activity or receiving a permit to park on
campus, a student and the parent of that student must acknowledge they have received a
copy of this policy by signing the release form for random selection for drug testing.

Pesticide Notice
Students' parents/guardians as well as school staff are entitled to notification and, to the
extent possible, will be notified of the schedule of pesticide use on school property at least 72
hours in advance. This notification may be Instant Alert telephone notice
Organizations and Discipline
Should a student’s violation of the student conduct code have a negative impact on our
school, club, or organization, the student could be removed from any extra-curricular
activities.

Acceptable Use of Computer Resources and Internet
Students at RMS have access to a wide variety of computer resources that include research
and publishing software, design and presentation software, resources for guidance and
career development, curriculum support tools, and Internet access. Transylvania County
Schools offer access and availability to the Internet and electronic mail for students at all
sights. These resources are for educational and research purposes, consistent with the
goals of the school system. Students will not be allowed to use the Internet for personal
services such as Hotmail or any other electronic mail service not provided by Transylvania
County Schools. The Board of Education has outlined its expectations for students’ use of
these resources in an Acceptable Use Policy that is provided as a handout to all students.
Those expectations relate to the use of school computers to access only educationally
appropriate material, to the need to safeguard personal information, to rules of etiquette, to
privacy concerns, and to other issues. In order to access Internet resources at the school,
both the student and parent must provide written consent to the terms of the Acceptable Use




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Policy (AUP) and agree to abide by the terms of use it outlines. AUP’s are distributed to all
incoming students, and may also be picked up in the main office. Once signed and returned,
a student’s computer network account will be updated to activate Internet access. Failure to
comply with the terms of this agreement will result in loss of Internet privileges. Students who
log in to a pornographic site will be dealt with severely. Use of school computers for services
such as Instant Messenger, chat rooms, on-line games, and non-educational web-sites is a
violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and may result in the loss of computer access and
suspension from school.
                                   Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletic Eligibility and Information
To be eligible during fall semester, a student must have met promotion requirements from
their previous grade level. To be eligible during either semester, a student must pass at least
3 out of 4 courses academic classes (5 out of 6 total classes) during the previous semester.
Student athletes must also have a physical examination and the appropriate insurance
information on file. According to Policy JHB, all students participating on an athletic team
must sign a waiver to participate in random drug testing. Any student athlete who is absent
or suspended, in (ISS) or out (OSS) of school, is not eligible to participate in practice or in an
athletic event on that day. Any athlete ejected from an athletic contest is ineligible to
participate for one or more contests, depending on the sport. A junior or senior, who aspires
to play a sport at the college level, must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Forms are
available with the coaches of the sport.

Student Athletic Insurance (Policy JHA)
The Board recognizes that inherent to participation in athletics is the potential for accidental
injury. The Board encourages all student athletes in Transylvania County Schools to be
covered by some form of medical insurance.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Events
Students participating in school-sponsored activities, field trips, clubs, dances, etc. must meet
certain criteria in order to be eligible to participate. Eligibility is maintained by passing five of
six subjects each six weeks. Good attendance is also essential to participate in extra
activities. A student must have good attendance to be eligible for any extra-curricular activity.
If a student has been suspended from school (OSS), then that student is not eligible to
participate in any subsequent extra-curricular events. In the event of a field trip each student
will be required to have a written field trip permission slip on file prior to the trip. Permission
cannot be granted over the phone. Trips outside the US shall not be sponsored or approved
by the school. Chaperones going on any field trip must be approved by the principal and be
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The student must also be present the day of the event. An absence may be excused by the
coach or sponsor for extenuating circumstances. Students associated with a team must abide
by these requirements also. Any student or parent with questions about eligibility should
direct them to the coach or sponsor of the group. If there are still questions involving athletics,
please contact the athletic director. If the problem is still unresolved, please contact the
principal. The principal will then bring the issue before the school Leadership Team. The
Leadership Team will hear the circumstances of the conflict and render a decision.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 provides,
 “No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the
benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity
receiving federal financial assistance.” The Title IX contact for Transylvania County Schools
is John Tinsley. He may be contacted for further information at 225 Rosenwald Lane,
Brevard, NC 28712. Office telephone 828.884-6173. Email: jtinsley@transylvania.k12.nc.us




                                       ROSMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
                                    2009-2010 STUDENT HAND BOOK
                                      PARENT SIGNATURE FORM




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Your signature of this page will indicate that you are familiar with the student code of conduct
in this handbook. Specifically, your signature will confirm three things:

      You have read our school’s general operating procedures,
      read the student conduct codes, and
      understand all procedures for extra-curricular activities, field trips, etc.


Please sign below indicating that you have read this handbook and the student code of
conduct. Please send the signed form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. If you have
any questions, please talk to the principal or assistant principal.

We thank you in advance for allowing us the honor of serving your child. Your cooperation in
supporting and providing continual input for this document will assure that quality
communication will take place.


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