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 ST UDENT HAN D BO O K
       Brian P. Naasz
        PRINCIPAL

       325 S. Monroe
        Winner, SD
           57580

        605-842-8150
                              WINNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
The WMS staff and administration hope your school year is filled with fun and learning.
The purpose of this handbook is to help you learn the rules, policies, and procedures that
are part of everyday life at Winner Middle School. Take time to read this handbook with
your parents/guardians so they can become aware of how things are done at the middle
school.

This handbook will be the “key” to the classroom, hallway, and restroom. Students will
need to carry the handbook all day long. The first handbook will be given to the student
and it will last the entire school year. If you lose the handbook, it will cost you $5 for a
new one.

                          APPEARANCE AND DRESS CODE
Dress Code: The dress code shall apply to all school activities during the school day.
Exceptions for legitimate reasons, such as genuine medical conditions or sincerely-held
religious beliefs and practices, as well as for specialized classes or activities, will be
considered and may be granted by the building principal on a case-by-case basis.

The school administration reserves the discretionary authority to approve or disapprove
any items not specifically addressed in this Policy. Decisions to approve or disapprove
items will be based on the goal of providing a safe and orderly environment for the
education of all students.

Cleanliness: Students are generally expected to be clean and to wear clothing that is
reasonably clean and free of offensive odors and substances. If a student’s lack of
cleanliness is detrimental to his or her health or safety, or is so offensive as to be
disruptive of class or learning activities, the building principal may require the student
and the student’s parents or guardians to take appropriate action to remedy this situation.

Head Coverings: Headwear of any kind may not be worn in the school building. The
following are some examples of headwear students cannot wear:
     Hats and sweatbands
     Head coverings of any kind, including bandanas, “doo-rags”, and visors.
     Sunglasses
     Combs, picks, curlers or rakes worn in the hair

Clothing: Shirts, sweaters and tops must be worn in such a manner so as to:
    Cover the entire back and shoulders;
    Cover the entire stomach area and navel;
    Not be sheer, see-through, provocative or revealing of what it covers;
    Fit modestly and non-provocatively so that cleavage area is covered;
    Cover undergarments completely.

For purposes of this policy, halter tops, bare stomach tops, spaghetti strap tops, tank tops
with straps less than 1.5 inches in width, strapless shirts, tube tops, muscle shirts, boxer
shorts and similar attire are considered to be undergarments. Acceptable clothing worn
over them must cover undergarments, including underwear and brassieres.

Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be worn in such a manner as to cover the mid-thigh when
sitting down, or be at least long enough to meet the tip of the student’s longest finger
when the student is standing with arms hanging down at the sides, and they must not be
worn so tight as to be overly-suggestive or provocative. Cut-up shorts or pants with slits,
rips or holes, and bathing suits, are not permitted.

Pants must be worn in such a manner as to cover undergarments at all times, not be
excessively long so as to drag on the floor, must not be excessively baggy so as to impair
the student’s ability to move safely. Pants must not be worn in such a manner that they
will fall down or droop below the intended waistline. Pants worn with a belt are
preferred. Stretch lycra, spandex or nylon tights, leotards and biker pants are not
permitted as outwear.

Shoes or other appropriate footwear must be worn at all times, and must fit securely
enough to the foot in order to allow safe movement. Bare feet, flip-flops, and shower
shoes are not permitted.

Outerwear such as coats, long coats, trench coats, dusters, sweat jackets or similar items
traditionally worn as outwear are not to be worn in the classrooms or hallways during the
school day and should be stored appropriately in the student’s locker.

Exceptions: Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes.
Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extra curricular or sports
activities (such as cheerleading uniforms and the like) may be worn to school by the
participants on a day when the activity is to occur.

Jewelry and Accessories: Any jewelry or accessory that can be used as or is perceived
to be a weapon is prohibited, such as (but not limited to) two- or three-finger rings that
are joined. Jewelry items with spikes or other pointed or sharp objects are inappropriate
and will not be permitted. Chains that are heavier than typical necklace or bracelet
jewelry chains, and that are large or heavy enough to cause injury or damage, may not be
worn. Jewelry or accessories attached to the nose, tongue, cheek or eyebrow will not be
permitted.

Language, Symbols, and Messages: Student appearance and apparel must not show any
graphic representation of, reference to or inference of, any of the following:
    Words or symbols that are profane, lewd, vulgar or indecent
    Words or symbols that are legally libelous or defamatory
    Drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
    Violence
    Pictures or graphics of nudity
    Suggestive, sexual messages
      Language or symbols that offend, demean, or promote hatred toward an
       identifiable person or group
      Symbols, styles or attire that are associated with gangs, intimidation, violence or
       violent groups
      Words or symbols deemed to be inappropriate for the school setting, such as rude,
       disrespectful, or discourteous expressions which are inconsistent with civil
       discourse and behavior, or which may substantially disrupt or materially interfere
       with the educational setting.
      Language or symbols that tend to promote any activity prohibited by the student
       codes of conduct

Consequences for violation of the dress code: At any time that a student’s lack of
cleanliness is in violation of this Policy, the student will be referred to the office and
parents/guardians will be called to provide corrective measures. If parents cannot be
reached, the student will be placed in alternative setting. Students that are in violation of
the dress code will be sent to the principals’ office to receive “ugly clothes” the principal
has in the office. Students will not be allowed to call home for the correct clothes.
Parents have enough to do they do not have time to run around and take care of your
dress code problems. We also don’t want students missing out on learning time. Time
missed from classes will be considered an unexcused absence. Students shall not be
permitted to attend classes when dressed in violation of this Policy.

For violation of this Policy, the following consequences will be imposed in addition to
any corrective measures identified above:
    First Offense – A written warning will be issued, and a discussion of the
       violation(s) and review of student handbook will take place with the student. The
       student will acknowledge in writing the discussion and review of the dress code
       policy. The student will be required to adjust or change clothes to be in
       compliance with this Policy. It is expected that the warning and first offense
       conference will prevent any further infractions.

      Subsequent Offenses – Discipline procedures will follow the Discipline Matrix.

                            ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
School attendance is important. Missing school will get you behind in work, a missed
lesson cannot be redone as effectively as it was presented the first time, and missing a lot
of school gets you in a habit that is hard to break as you get older. You should treat
school like a job. Will you get paid? How much will you get paid (grades)? Will you
get fired?

Any student who will be absent for all or a part of a day should have a parent or guardian
phone the middle school office (842-8150) as soon as the student knows they will be
gone. This will help the school in keeping your attendance record. A written excuse
from the parents or guardian will be required whenever the parents cannot reach a phone.
If you know ahead of time when you will be gone for a doctor or dental appointment,
weddings, funerals, etc… we would like the school notified so the student can have work
made up prior to being gone (white slip). Students who are absent without permission of
the principal on the day of a school activity will not participate in that activity.

Blue slips will be used when students are to miss school due to participation in a school
activity. All schoolwork must be completed and the signed blue slip returned to the
office or the student will not be allowed to miss school to go to the activity.

           ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY POLICY FOR GRADES K-8
Goal: Improve daily attendance & therefore improve student achievement

For Grades K-8 these absences are considered for entire school year and not by semester
as in grades 9-12. Step one is recommended as “best practice”.

3-5 Absences - Classroom or homeroom teacher may make a courtesy call by phone or
by note, stating that the student has been missed, and asking that if there is anything the
school can do, that parents/guardians contact the school.

6-10 Absences - A letter indicating this fact will be sent to parents. The letter will stress
the importance of attendance to student achievement. Classroom instruction/interaction
can’t be made up, even though assignments can. Also a personal contact may be made by
either the principal or his/her representative. In cases of prolonged absence because of
illness or after 5 separate absences due to illness, a doctor’s statement will be required.

11-15 Absences - A conference with parent, teacher, counselor and/or principal, and the
student (when deemed appropriate) will be requested. There will be discussion of the
attendance policy and the consequences for further absences from school. A TAT
(Teacher Assistance Team) may meet with parents and complete a truancy assessment. A
plan of action will be drawn up to include interventions for a plan of success.
Parents/guardians may be notified at this time of possible referral of additional absences
to the States Attorney’s office.

16-20 Absences - Possible referral to the States Attorney.

Truancy
   1. South Dakota law (13-27-11) states that: “Any person having control of a child of
      compulsory school age, who fails to have the child attend school as required by
      the provisions of this title, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor for the first offense.
      For each subsequent offense, a violator of this section is guilty of a Class 1
      misdemeanor.”
   2. Truancy is defined as any absence not approved by the school or a pattern of
      irregular attendance. Skipping a class and/or leaving school grounds without
      permission is considered truancy.
   3. School procedures/consequences for truancy may include making up missed time
      through detention, summer school, parent notification, parent conference,
       suspension, and/or loss of credit. Repeated truancy instances will result in a
       referral to legal authorities.

Under normal circumstances, absences will be counted except as listed below:
       1. Participation in school sponsored or school-approved activities. – No Count
       2. If the weather is such that a parent determines the child is endangered by
          attendance the student will not be counted absent if school official(s) is/are
          notified. No Count
       3. Special needs, abilities, or circumstances will be given necessary consideration
          and attention as determined by administration. Long term absences may also
          receive special consideration.

            CELL PHONE/CAMERA PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Students are prohibited from using cell phones during the school day. They are to be
kept in a student’s assigned locker (power off) and are not to be used during instructional
hours of the school day; 8:00 am to 3:05 pm. This includes lunch periods and passing
periods, as well as on school sponsored trips and driver education classes.

Pagers, beepers, and other electronic communications devices are prohibited. These items
should not be brought to school.

Cell phones and/or other electronic devices may not be used in any manner that will
cause disruption to the educational environment. The only exception to this would be for
medical reasons/emergency only. This exception requires a report from the child’s
medical doctor explaining the need for the exception.

Use of cell phones on school grounds will be allowed after the instructional day; 8:00 am
to 3:05 pm. Students participating in extra curricular activities and athletics must contact
their coach or sponsor for his/her rules involving cell phone use after school hours or on
after-school bus trips. Coaches and sponsors will set their rules and award consequences
involving the use and or misuse of these devices.

The school district will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any electronic
device brought to school. Keep your locker combinations private. The best thing to do is
keep the cell phones at home.

                                         CONDUCT
Morning drop off is at the west door of the gym. Students are to enter the gym and
immediately sit in their assigned area or if they would like they can eat breakfast. Once
dismissed to their classes, the students will proceed to their lockers and then to classes
quietly and without any horseplay. When you get into your class, be seated. No
horseplay or loud behavior will be tolerated in the building.
                                   FLIERS & POSTERS
The principal must approve any fliers or posters brought to the school by non-school
personnel for non-school related services. Approved fliers and posters must have the
principals’ stamp. If there is not a stamp, the fliers and posters will not be displayed.

                           GANG RELATED ACTIVITIES
The Board of Education of Winner School District 59-2 recognizes the need to maintain a
safe and orderly learning environment. Disruptive influences must be identified and
controlled through sound policy and directives in order to minimize the effects of
negative behaviors within the school's environment.

The Board of Education finds that street gang behavior and activity is disruptive to the
safe and orderly operation of the educational environment, poses a threat to students, staff
members and the community, and seriously infringes on the legitimate rights of other
students and District employees.
The Board of Education thus adopts this policy and will strictly adhere to the following
definitions:
A.      STREET GANG. Any formal or informal ongoing organization, association or
group of three or more persons who have a common name or common identifying signs,
colors or symbols and have members or associates who, individually or collectively,
engage in or have engaged in a pattern of street gang activity.

B.      STREET GANG MEMBER. A person who engages in a pattern of street gang
activity and who meets two (2) or more of the following criteria:
1       Self-proclamation -- Admits to or boasts of gang membership;
2       Is identified as a gang member by any one or more of the following:
                a. A documented reliable witness;
                b. An official report or statement;
                c. By written or electronic correspondence from or to the subject
                   person;
                d. Photographs or other identifying paraphernalia;
                e. One or more tattoos displayed by the subject person;
                f. Clothing or colors worn by the subject person that reflect
                   membership in a street gang; or
                g. Other recognized or verifiable indicia of street gang
                   membership;
3       Resides in or frequents a particular gang's area and adopts its style of dress, its use
        of hand signs or its tattoos and associates with known gang members;
4       Is identified as a gang member by an informant of previously untested reliability
        if such identification is corroborated by independent information;
5       Has been arrested more than once in the company of identified gang members for
        offenses which are consistent with usual gang activity; or
6       Has been stopped in the company of known gang members four (4) or more
        times.
C.      PATTERN OF STREET GANG ACTIVITY. The commission, attempted
commission or solicitation by any member or members of a street gang of two or more
felony or violent misdemeanor offenses on separate occasions within a three-year period
for the purpose of furthering gang activity.

                             PROHIBITED CONDUCT
No person may, while at school, on school property, at any school activity, or at any
school-sponsored event, do any of the following:

       1   Proclaim membership, affiliation or allegiance to any street gang;
       2   Engage in any pattern of street gang activity;
       3   Wear clothing that is a street gang's style of dress;
       4   Engage in the use of a street gang's hand signals, or act out indicia of
           membership in a street gang;
       5   Associate with known members of any street gang;
       6   Display, or permit to be visible, any tattoo that indicates, suggests or endorses
           any street gang or membership therein;

                          CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATION
For any student that violates this policy, the following penalties are in effect:

1.     FIRST OFFENSE: Meet with the principal and receive a verbal warning.
2.     SECOND OFFENSE IN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD: Two days of in
       school suspension.
3.     THIRD OFFENSE IN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD: Five days of out of
       school suspension.
4.     FOURTH OFFENSE IN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD: Long Term (90 day)
       Suspension or Expulsion. The superintendent or his/her designated school
       principal may recommend to the Board of Education the appropriate length of the
       expulsion, up to but not exceeding twelve (12) consecutive months, but the final
       determination will be up to the Board.

Any person on school property or at a school activity or a school-sponsored event, who
violates this policy, may be required to leave the premises.
In addition, any information regarding street gang activity and/or any violation of this
policy is subject to being reported to law enforcement.

                        GUM-CANDY-SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Eating candy and chewing gum is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. The
eating of sunflower seeds will never be permitted in the building.
                                     HONOR ROLLS
Academic honor rolls will be published each quarter. A 3.80 grade point average
qualifies you for the honor roll. A 3.00 grade point average qualifies you for the merit
roll.

                  K-12 INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Middle school students will follow the school district’s Internet use policy (7.29) outlined
in board policy. The policy can be found at the school website, www.winner.k12.sd.us.

                                 LEAVING SCHOOL
When school is dismissed at the end of the day, students will leave the building
immediately, unless under the direct supervision of a teacher. No students should leave
school during the school day without notifying the principal’s office.

                                        LOCKERS
Lockers are school property and the students are allowed to use them for the school year.
Keep your lockers clean because lockers may be searched at any time. Police and/or
school officials can search a locker without search warrant.

                     MEDICATION POLICY & IMMUNIZATION
Parents are encouraged to give their children their medications before and after school
hours or to come to the school and administer the medication to their own child.
However, if this is not possible, staff that has completed the required training class will
give the student the medication. Medications will not be allowed in student lockers,
desks, or book bags.
Our school district requires that the following forms must be on file in your child’s health
record before any medication is allowed at school.
    1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give medication
    2. Signed medication record
    3. Signed release of responsibility

The parents/guardians need to deliver medications to the school in a pharmacy or
manufacturer-labeled container. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for
school and home. No more than a 30-day supply of the medicine should be delivered to
the school. All students in grades K-12 must be immunized according to state law and
the school must have the records on file.

                                       MESSAGES
Request for assignments need to be made early in the school day. The office will deliver
messages from parents to students in a timely fashion. We will restrict the use of the
school phone if we feel students are abusing the privilege. Please allow your
son/daughter to grow up without being dependent on mom and dad to bring their
forgotten items to school.
                        POLICY NOTIFICATION STATEMENT
The Winner 59-2 School District does not discriminate in its employment policies and
practices, or in its educational programs on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex,
handicap, national origin, or ancestry. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI,
Title IX or Section 504 may be referred to the Superintendent, Business Manager, or
Assistant Business Manager at 325 South Monroe, Winner, South Dakota 57580,
telephone number 605-842-0626 or the office for Civil Rights, Midwestern Division,
Kansas City Office, 10220 North Executive Hill Boulevard, 8th Floor, Kansas City,
Missouri 64153-1367.

                  POLICY ON PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS
I. Surveys
The Winner School District recognizes that applicable federal laws, including the
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the No Child Left Behind Act of
2001 (NCLB), as well as certain state laws, require that before some surveys of students
may be administered by or for the school, certain notifications to students/parents must be
given. In keeping with such requirements, the Board of Education of the Winner School
District hereby establishes procedures and requirements to be followed before any survey
is administered to students regarding any topic set forth below.

This policy applies to the administration to students of a survey, analysis, or evaluation
that concerns one or more “protected area” as defined herein.

The Winner School District shall annually give written public notice to students and
parents of their rights under this policy and the applicable laws.

In the event that the Winner School District will administer any survey of students which
contains one or more questions about a “protected area”, if the survey is funded in whole
or in part by U.S. Department of Education funds, the District shall first obtain prior
written consent from the parent of any student who is to be surveyed. If any parent
declines to give written consent, the student shall not be included in the survey.

For any survey of a “protected area” which is not funded in whole or in part by U.S.
Department of Education funds, the Winner School District shall notify parents, at least
annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during
the school year when the District will administer any such survey, and shall provide an
opportunity for the parent to opt his/her child out of participating. If such survey was not
anticipated at the beginning of the year, public notice thereof shall be given sufficiently
in advance to provide a meaningful opportunity for parents to opt his/her child out.

The Winner School District shall also notify parents that they have the right to review,
upon request, any survey that concerns one or more “protected area”, any instructional
materials used in connection with any such survey and any instructional material thereon
which is used as part of the educational curriculum for the student. These rights also
apply to the surveying of students, the collection of information from students for
marketing purposes, and certain non-emergency medical examinations.
The following specific provisions apply to this policy:
   1. Parents have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey created by a third party
       before the survey is administered or distributed by the Winner School District to
       students.
   2. The administration shall develop and implement appropriate arrangements to
       protect student privacy in the event any survey contains one or more questions
       into or about a “protected area”, and shall make appropriate arrangements for any
       parent to inspect, upon request, any such survey.
   3. Parents shall have the right to inspect, upon request, any instructional material
       used as part of the educational curriculum for students. Upon such request being
       made, the administration shall notify the requesting parent within a reasonable
       time that the requested material may be inspected; together with the time and
       place such inspection may be conducted.
   4. Personal information will not be collected from students for the purpose of
       marketing or selling, or otherwise providing such information to others for that
       purpose, without prior public notice sufficiently in advance so that a parent may
       opt-out of such disclosure. However, under federal and state law, general
       directory information as defined in the annual FERPA notification is normally
       subject to release for any lawful purpose, unless a parent has requested that
       general directory information not be released for his/her student.
   5. Prior to collection of personal information for any marketing or similar purpose as
       described in the preceding paragraph, the Winner School District shall permit a
       parent, upon request, to inspect any instrument used in the collection of such
       personal information before the instrument is administered or distributed to a
       student. Upon such request being made, the administration shall notify the
       requesting parent within a reasonable time that the instrument may be inspected;
       together with the time and place such inspection may be conducted.

The requirements concerning activities involving the collection and disclosure of
personal information from students for marketing purposes do not apply to the collection,
disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive
purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for or to
students or educational institutions. Examples may include, but shall not be limited to:
    1. College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.
    2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary
       products.
    3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools.
    4. Tests and assessments used by elementary and secondary schools to provide
       cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information
       about students.
    5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or
       education-related activities.
    6. Student recognition programs.
II. Medical Examinations or Screenings
In the event that any medical examination or screening shall be required of students, prior
notice thereof shall be given to parents, to include the nature and purpose of the
examination or screening, whether it is required by law, and any opt-out provisions that
may be allowed by law. The applicable provisions of federal and state law shall control
whether a parent may opt-out a student from any examination or screening. Under
federal law, a parent may opt-out his/her student from participating in any non-
emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is: 1) required as a condition
of attendance; 2) administered by the District and scheduled in advance; and 3) not
necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or of other students.
If a parent opts-out his/her student from such examination or screening, the District may
require the parent to provide documentation of such examination or screening by the
physician of the parent’s choice, at the parent’s expense, and the results thereof.
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, any physical examination or screening that is permitted or
required by South Dakota law, including physical examinations or screenings permitted
without parental notification, shall not be subject to this provision.

III. Definitions
For purposes of this Policy, the following definitions apply:
      “Instructional Material” means instructional material that is provided to a student,
       regardless of format, including printed or representational materials, audio-visual
       materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials
       accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests,
       academic assessments or achievement tests.
      “Invasive Physical Examination” means any medical examination that involves
       the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that
       includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a
       hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.
      “Personal Information” means individually identifiable information, including (1)
       a student’s or parent’s first and last name; (2) a home or other physical address,
       including street address and city; (3) a home telephone number; or (4) a social
       security number.
      “Protected Area” means any one of the following:
            1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
            2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
            3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
            4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
            5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom the survey respondents
               have close family relationships;
            6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of
               lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
            7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s
               parent; or
            8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for
               participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such
               program).
                                        PROBLEMS
Constructive criticism of the school is welcomed when it is motivated by a sincere desire
to improve the quality of education and is solution oriented. Complaints will be handled
as close to their origin as possible. The complaint procedure will proceed through the
following steps: the teacher, the principal, the superintendent, and finally to the board of
education. This chain of command will not be broken.

                           RACIAL/ETHNIC HARASSMENT
The Winner School District is committed to providing a school environment that is free
of all forms of harassment. In keeping with this commitment, the District maintains a
strict policy prohibiting any type of racial/ethnic harassment from any individual,
including, but not limited to, any student or staff in all school buildings, on or about
school grounds, at all school activities or activities involving Winner School District
students or staff or in any vehicle when that vehicle is used to transport students or staff
for the School District. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

Any individual who reports racial/ethnic harassment will not be retaliated against for
making such report. Complaints will be handled as quickly, confidentially, and as fairly
as possible.

DEFINITIONS: As used in this policy:
  A. Racial and ethnic harassment is conduct of a racial and/or ethnic nature, which
     has the effort of creating in a reasonable person, an intimidating, hostile, or
     offensive educational or work environment and may take, but is not limited too,
     the following forms: Racial and/or Ethnic Comments, Racial and/or Ethnic
     Written Material, Racial and/or Ethnic Visual Displays, Defacing of Damaging
     Personal Property and/or School Property, and Physical Threats associated with a
     person’s race/ethnicity.
  B. Students shall mean each and every student (child or adult) enrolled in any of the
     school district’s programs.
  C. Staff shall mean each and every classified or certified employee of the district.

VIOLATION OF THE RACIAL/ETHNIC HARASSMENT POLICY:
It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or staff of the Winner School District
to harass any individual, or group of individuals, including another student or any
member of the Winner School District staff, through conduct which reduces the dignity
of that individual with respect to race or national origin, all school buildings, on or about
school grounds, at all school activities or activities involving Winner School District
students, or in any vehicle when that vehicle is used to transport students for the school
district. Clubs, student associations, and other school-related organizations, and their
members are required to abide by this policy in the conduct of the organization’s school-
related programs and activities.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THE RACIAL/ETHNIC
HARRASSMENT POLICY:
Every staff member is responsible for promoting understanding and acceptance of and
assuring compliance with Federal & State laws and Board Policy governing harassment
within the District.

ACTION TO BE TAKEN FOR VIOLATION(S) OF THE RACIAL/ETHNIC
HARASSMENT POLICY:
Incidents of racial/ethnic harassment by students will be subject to the disciplinary
procedures outlined in the Winner School District’s discipline policies. Disposition of all
students’ cases will be finalized after a careful review of all information obtained during
the investigative process and may include the imposition of disciplinary actions up to and
including expulsion.

REPORTING PROCEDURES:
Any student who believes he or she has been or is being harassed in any manner, as set
forth in the racial/ethnic harassment policy, shall report such conduct to the building
principal or his/her designee, or may report such conduct directly to the district’s Title VI
Compliance Coordinator. Therefore, the complaint/ grievance shall be investigated and
processed in a manner consistent with the district’s Title VI grievance procedure.

NOTICE OF RACIAL/ETHNIC HARASSMENT POLICY:
All students, staff, and others associated with the district will receive notice of this policy
in a manner consistent with the district’s Title VI Dissemination Plan. All staff members
and agents of the Winner School District are to abide by this policy and are expected to
enforce this policy. The Winner School District strives to create a safe and healthy
learning and working environment for all persons. The Winner School District does not
condone, and will not tolerate any act(s) of racial or ethnic harassment of staff, students,
volunteers, or other persons associated with the school or school activities, as set forth in
this policy.

Complaint forms are available in the middle school office.

                RESPECT THE BUILDINGS AND ALL FACILITIES
Each student is expected to assume responsibility for the care of all school property. The
buildings belong to you, your parents, and the taxpayers of the community. We want to
make it as clean and as nice as possible for everyone. Please respect all items in the
building and treat them as if it were your own. Take pride in your school.
                                    SCHOOL LUNCH
Lunch accounts are available for purchase at the start of the school day. Students are
welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Winner Middle School District is a closed campus;
arrangements must be made in the office if the student is eating at home with a parent,
grandparent, or guardian. Students who leave the campus will receive disciplinary action.
They will be treated truant.
                                         SPORTS
Sports will be offered at the middle school by quarters (7th & 8th Grade).
            1st Quarter: Cross Country, Boys Golf, Football, and Volleyball
            2nd Quarter: Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, and Wrestling (6thgrade included)
            3rd Quarter: Boys Basketball and Gymnastics
            4th Quarter: Girls Golf and Track

                                     SUMMER SCHOOL
If funding is available there will be summer school for the middle school. We will look
at different areas in placing a student in summer school; classroom grades, the Dakota
Step test results, STAR math and reading scores, attendance, and effort or a lack of effort.
Once a student has been assigned to summer school, they must attend; failure to attend
will result in the possibility of the student repeating the grade.

                 SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION (Board Policy 7.12)
Students who are guilty of continual willful disobedience of school rules and its purpose
may be given a long-term suspension or expulsion from school. We will not allow
students to interfere with the opportunity of other students to carry on their learning
activities.

                                       TELEPHONE
The telephone in the office can be used in case of an emergency. (ex: calling home to see
if you can go to a friends house is not an emergency) We have the right to deny use of
the telephone if the privilege is being abused.

                          TEXTBOOKS AND EQUIPMENT
Any textbook, library book, musical instrument, equipment, etc… that are checked out to
a student must be returned when the teacher asks for them. If a student has lost any
schoolbooks or equipment, the student must pay the replacement cost.

                              TORNADO AND FIRE DRILL
Each teacher will instruct you on how to exit the building if a fire bell rings during class
time. The fire bell is a loud continuous horn. Every person must leave the building in a
quiet and orderly manner. In case of tornadoes, students will be instructed by teachers to
follow the tornado drill procedure.


                         DISCIPLINE MATRIX/FLOW CHART
This matrix/flow chart will not cover all possible events that will occur during the school
year. If something happens that is not specifically covered by this flow chart, the
administration will act fairly and quickly to resolve the situation. In reaching a solution
the interest of the student, parents, school district, and community will be taken into
consideration. Every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians via the telephone
and if parents/guardians cannot be reached; a letter will be sent to the mailing address of
record.
Infraction               1st offense            2nd offense              3rd offense
Tardies--Will be handled by the classroom teacher; failure to follow the teacher’s
directive will result in the student being referred to the office for insubordination.

Truancy                ISS hour for hour       ISS double time         ISS triple time

Pulling Fire           2 Days OSS              5 Days OSS             10 Days OSS
Alarm/False                                                       Liason Officer Notified

Insubordination or 1 Day ISS                   2 Days ISS              2 Days OSS
Disruptive Behavior

Gross
Insubordination        2 Days of OSS          5 Days of OSS            10 Days of OSS
(Profanity/threat to staff member)

Cell Phone               Warning             Parent Pick Up          Start @ 1st Offense
                                                                       Insubordination

Tobacco School         1 Day ISS               2 Days ISS              2 Days OSS
Grounds

Student             Warning                1 Days ISS                   2 Days ISS
Harassment (student on student: racial or sexual)

Weapon                 Board Policy 7.13

Vandalism           1 Day ISS             2 Days ISS                   1 Days OSS
(School & Personal) *Pay for property at each level              Liaison Officer Notified

Fighting-Verbal        1 Day ISS               2 Days ISS           2 Days OSS
Fighting-Pushing       2 Days ISS              2 Days OSS           5 Days OSS
Fighting-Swinging      2 Days OSS              5 Days OSS           10 Days OSS
                                                             Liaison Officer Notified
Every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians via the telephone
Profanity &            1 Day ISS             2 Days ISS             5 Days ISS
Vulgarity

Dress Code             Warning             1 Day ISS              2 Days ISS
Violation

Stealing            1 Day ISS              1 Day OSS                     2 Days OSS
                                                                 Liaison Officer Notified
Alcohol/Drugs on School Grounds—Board Policy 7.18

				
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