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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

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Academic Classes/Class Changes ...................................................................................................................................................... 3
Accidents and Illness............................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Activities ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Activity Bus ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Announcements .................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy ...................................................................................................................................................3,4
Asbestos ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Assemblies............................................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Assignment/Test Make-Up................................................................................................................................................................. 5
Assignment Notebooks........................................................................................................................................................................ 5
Athletic Participation ........................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Attendance and Absences ................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Basic Skill Testing ................................................................................................................................................................................. 5
Bus Expectations and Safety..............................................................................................................................................................5,6
Book/Duffel Bags ................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Breakfast/Lunch Program................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Care of School Property ....................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Cheating................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Citizenship............................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Communicable Diseases ...................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Complaints and Grievances ................................................................................................................................................................ 6
Conferences ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Discipline Policy ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Dress Code ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Education Records ................................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Equal Educational Opportunity........................................................................................................................................................7,8
Emergency Forms ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8
Entrance to the Building ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Field Trips/Special Activities ............................................................................................................................................................. 8
Fines-Fees-Charges ............................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Fire Procedures ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Foreword ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Freedom of Expression ........................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Good Conduct Eligibility ..................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Grading System .................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Guideline for Success – “Pillars of Character” .................................................................................................................................. 9
Illness and Injury .................................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Immunizations ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Inclement Weather ............................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Interrogation by Outside Agency ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
Laptop computer policies ............................................................................................................................................................. 13-23
Library/Media Center ....................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Locker................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Lunchroom Guidelines ...................................................................................................................................................................... 10
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.................................................................................................................. 10
Medication ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Miscellaneous Expectations............................................................................................................................................................... 11
Mission................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Moving ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Multicultural and Gender.................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Notice of Nondiscrimination............................................................................................................................................................. 11
Open Enrollment ................................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Principal’s Message .............................................................................................................................................................................. 2
Progress Reports ................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Physical Education ............................................................................................................................................................................. 11
School & Community Service ........................................................................................................................................................... 11
School Goals ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 22
School Song ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Search and Seizure.............................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Student Assistance.............................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Student Insurance ............................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Student Suspension and Expulsion .................................................................................................................................................. 12
Tardiness ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Telephone ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 12
Textbooks............................................................................................................................................................................................. 12


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Title IX Statement ............................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs ................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Tornado Procedures ........................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Use of Bicycles..................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Use of School Facilities....................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Vision ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Visitors ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 13
Weapons .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 13




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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

         Education at the South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. As
educators we recognize the unique developmental and academic needs of our students. We accept the responsibility to challenge and
prepare students to be productive members of our global society.

          It is our belief that you are a unique and special individual who can learn. Our role as facilitators is to provide an
environment for you to reach your maximum potential. We are committed to providing opportunities that will assist you in making
self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions when solving problems.

          We are proud of our school and are excited to have you as a student. Let’s work toward a successful and productive year at
South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School. We encourage you to be active learners and participants in all that we do. I hope you
will strive to be the best student and person you can be. I wish you an exciting, enriching and enjoyable school year!

        Communication is vital between home and school. Please do not                                      hesitate to call or email us with
any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,



Barb Schwamman
PK-8 Principal
South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School



FOREWORD
          The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint you with the expectation for your school life and activities. This handbook is an
extension of board policy and is a reflection of its goals and objectives. The board, administration, and employees expect students to
conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others.
Students are expected to treat teachers, other employees, students, visitors and guests with respect and courtesy. Students may not use
abusive language, profanity or obscene gestures or language.
          The South Winneshiek Community School district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on
the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability. Students are educated in programs that foster
knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as
men and women, to society. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the building
principal.




                                                                VISION
                                   The Vision of the South Winneshiek Community School District,
                                     with shared responsibility of school, home, and community,
                                      is to provide the best teaching and learning environment
                                      while developing skills needed to foster life-long learners.




                                                             MISSION
                                         The South Winneshiek Community School District
                                               will guide and instruct each individual in character and
                              individual development, To include Core Literacy and 21 st Century Skills:
                                                          • Civic Literacy
                                                       • Employability Skills
                                                        • Financial Literacy
                                                         • Health Literacy
                                                       • Technology Literacy




                                                                   3                            Board Approved –June 14, 2010
ACADEMIC CLASSES/CLASS CHANGES
          All students will take the following required classes during the year: reading, mathematics, science, language arts, social
studies, art, physical education, and exploratory classes. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in chorus and band.
An exploratory class will run for nine-week intervals. Courses offered will consist of health, speech and drama, computer and
vocational studies, and
consumer guidance family skills, and music. Students will follow the schedule they receive at the beginning of the year unless
otherwise arranged. In the case of chorus or band, students will remain in the course for an entire semester.

ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESS
In case of illness or injury of a student, the parent will be notified. No child, sick or injured will be sent home unless accompanied by
an adult.
If parents or the emergency contact cannot be reached and medical care is urgent, the school will assume responsibility for safe
transport to a doctor’s office or hospital.
If you child has a fever over 100 degrees you child is not to return to school for 24 hours without medication.
If your child has vomited, your child needs to be home for 24 hours and have kept down a meal before returning to school.
If your child has been to a doctor and given antibiotics your child needs to be on the antibiotics for 24 hrs before returning to school.

ACTIVITIES
         In order to establish a uniform and consistent administration of activities as to student eligibility to participate, the Good
Conduct/Eligibility Rules will be followed. These are handed out to all students at the beginning of each school year and must be
signed by parent and student and returned prior to the first practice.
         School Attendance Prior to Activity/Practice: To be eligible to participate in an extra-curricular activity or performance on the
evening of a school day, a student must have attended both the morning and afternoon sessions. The students must attend the p.m.
session in order to attend a practice session. The principal and coach will review exceptions to this expectation. The parent must inform
the principal, in order to obtain an exception to this rule.

ACTIVITY BUS
          An after-school activity bus will be available following athletic and other school related practices. Tickets must be purchased
at the office. The activity bus runs between Calmar, Spillville, Festina, and Ossian. The activity bus will not run after an athletic game
or meet. Riding on the activity bus is a privilege that can be taken away.
          Students are required to ride the bus to an extra-curricular event or contest. Students ride home on the bus, unless prior
arrangements have been made with the principal, or the student’s parents personally appear to the coach and request to transport their
child home. The policy will be shared with students/parents at the times extra curricular schedules are given out.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
        Announcements for middle school students are made at the beginning of the day, at lunch and at the end of the day when
necessary.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY

Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the Board. The
Board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community
are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the Board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce
and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying
and harassment of students by students, school employees, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated
in the school or school district.
           Harassment and bullying by the staff, students, and volunteers which is based on actual or perceived age, color, creed,
national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or
disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status and which creates an objectively
hostile school environment.
          This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the Board; while in school-
owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if
the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district. If, after an
investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and
including, suspension and expulsion. If, after an investigation, a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the


                                                                     4                              Board Approved –June 14, 2010
employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, termination. If, after an investigation, a school volunteer
is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures up to, and including, exclusion from
school grounds. "Volunteer" means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.
         Harassment and bullying means any electronic, written, verbal or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on
any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one
or more of the following conditions:
• Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
• Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or
privileges provided by a school.

"Electronic" means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or
other similar means. "Electronic" includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications,
pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging, or similar technologies.
          Harassment and bullying may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:
• Verbal, nonverbal, physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of
causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
• Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the
victim;
• Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury,
discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
• Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or
suffering to the victim; and/or
• Unreasonable interference with a student's performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature when:
• Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;
• Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a school employee is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or
• The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive education environment.
• Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of
the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or requiring submission to or rejection of such
conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.
          Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a
school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any
administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report. Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to
appropriate disciplinary action.
          Retaliation against any person because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a
harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any
person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is
found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy
should be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion. Any school employee found to have retaliated in
violation of this policy should be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment. Any school volunteer found to
have retaliated in violation of this policy should be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds.
          The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The building
principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment. The superintendent
or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.
          It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures
regarding this policy. The superintendent also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty,
staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in
case a student is harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will also develop
a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the district. The superintendent shall
report to the Board on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment in the district. The Board will annually publish this policy.
The policy may be publicized by the following means:
          • Inclusion in the student handbook,
          • Inclusion in the employee handbook
          • Inclusion in the registration materials
          • Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site,
          • A copy shall be made to any person requesting the policy.
                     Individuals may request a copy by contacting the district office at 563.562.3269.



                                                                    5                             Board Approved –June 14, 2010
ASBEST0S
Asbestos has been an issue of concern for many years. The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) was designed
to determine the extent of asbestos concerns in the schools and to act as a guide in formulating asbestos management policies for the
schools. The school district facilities have been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector as required by AHERA. The inspector
located, sampled, and determined the condition and hazard potential of all material in the school facilities suspected of containing
asbestos. The inspection and laboratory analysis records form the basis of the asbestos management plan. A copy of the management
plan is available for inspection in the superintendent’s office.

ASSEMBLIES
          Throughout the year the school district sponsors school assemblies. Attendance at these assemblies is a privilege. Students
must act in an orderly fashion and remain quiet on their way to an assembly, during an assembly and on their way back to the
classroom after an assembly. Students attend assemblies unless, for disciplinary reasons, the privilege is taken away. Students who
are not attending assemblies shall report to the principal’s office.




ASSIGNMENT/TEST MAKE-UP
         It is the student’s responsibility to get a list of the assignments that are missed because of an absence from school. Copies of
the assignment sheet are available from your teachers. You can email your teacher or call school. Students will be given two days for
every day they have missed to complete their assignments.

ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOKS
        These are provided to the students for them to write down their daily assignments. Students are required to bring them and a
reading book to all of their classes on a daily basis.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION
          The following sports activities are available for 7th & 8th grade students: cross country, football, volleyball, boys’ basketball,
girls’ basketball, wrestling, boys’ track, girls’ track, girls’ softball, and boys’ baseball. All students need to have a completed and turned
in the office: physical, insurance form, and student good conduct form a prior to participation in the sport.

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES
          Students are expected to be in class and to make attendance a top priority. Only through attendance and class participation do
students achieve the benefits of the education provided. Participating in class discussion, developing an appreciation for the views
and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate class objectives. Learning lost due to an
absence can never be replaced. Regular attendance and being well prepared for class helps students in school as well as prepares
students for adulthood and the world of work.
          Students who know they will be absent must notify the office prior to the absence. If advance notification is not possible,
parents (guardians) must notify the office (E/M 532 - 9365) on the day of the absence prior to 8:30 A.M. Answering machines are also
available. Parents are welcome and encouraged to use them to notify the school of their child’s absence. If notification is not received,
the office will contact the parents at their emergency number.
          A student shall be considered unexcused if the parent (guardian) does not notify the principal’s office prior to the absence or
prior to 8:30 A.M. on the date of the absence.
          Students who need to leave the school during the school day must receive permission from the office and have a note signed
by the student’s parents (guardians), have their parents (guardian) telephone the office, or have their parents (guardians) pick them up.
Students are not released to anyone other than their parents (guardians) during the school day unless the office has a note signed by the
student’s parents (guardians).
          Students participating in school activities must be in school for a full day on the day of any event in order to participate in a
school activity. To participate in a practice a student must be in attendance by 12:00 noon.
          Students are responsible for arranging to make up schoolwork and are required to make up the work within the time allowed.
Students have two days for each day absent to make up schoolwork upon returning from the absence. Students who know they are
going to be absent prior to an absence should make arrangements with teachers in advance to make up schoolwork. Teachers, at their
discretion, may expect some work completed prior to the scheduled absence and may require some work (for example, tests) to be
completed after returning from the absence.

BASIC SKILL TESTING
          Basic skill testing will be held for grades 3-8 in January of each school year. A schedule will be prepared prior to the time of
the testing.



                                                                      6                             Board Approved –June 14, 2010
BUS EXPECTATIONS AND SAFETY
         The safety of all students is very important and it requires everyone’s cooperation. The driver must pay attention to his/her
driving responsibilities at all times. Anything that distracts the driver from the road endangers the safety of all riders. There are four
basic expectations of all students who ride the bus.
They are:
          1. Sit down and remain seated.
          2. Keep feet and hands to yourself
          3. Use a quiet voice.
          4. No throwing items in bus or out window.

In addition students should observe all additional rules listed below.
          1. Students are under the total authority of the bus driver.
          2. All school rules/regulations/policies apply on the bus.
          3. Be on time.
          4. If students must cross the roadway, pass in front of the bus no closer than 10 feet, look both directions, and proceed only on
signal from driver.
          5. Go directly to your seat and remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
          6. Refrain from talking to the driver while the bus is in motion-no noise when the bus crosses railroad tracks.
          7. Don’t extend hands, arms, or head through bus windows and no opening/closing windows without permission of the bus
driver.
          8. No pushing, shoving, or fighting.
          9. No swearing, using rude gestures, teasing others, or talking loud.
          10. No throwing objects in or out of the bus.
          11. No damaging bus and please help keep the bus clean

State law mandates:
         -No books or other property in aisles.
         -School buses cannot “sit” on highway waiting for students.
Those students who do not behave may be subject to being written up and suspended from the bus if necessary. Parents will be
notified when bus write ups occur.


BOOK/DUFFEL BAGS
      Students will not be able to carry book bags or duffel bags during the school day.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM
          A balanced Type-A breakfast and lunch is served in school everyday. Money to be deposited in accounts should be brought
to the office window as soon as you arrive in the morning. Please note that whatever amount is brought in must be deposited in
account - no change is given. You may also use the JMC login to check your student accounts. If you bring cold lunch from home and
would like to drink milk with it, you may purchase a carton and have it deducted from your meal account. Every student has his or
her own account. You may not use your brother/sister’s account number if your account runs out of money.

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY (502.2)
          Students shall treat school district property with the care and the respect they would treat their own property. Students found
to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school district property may be required to reimburse the school district. They may be subject
to discipline under board policy and the school district rules and regulations. They may also be referred to local law enforcement
authorities.
          It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding
this policy.

CHEATING
         Students are expected to do their own schoolwork. Cheating by looking at another student’s schoolwork, copying others’
work, copying from other sources or similar cheating is not tolerated. Discipline may include loss of credit. Plagiarism is another form
of cheating and it will not be tolerated.

CITIZENSHIP
          Being a citizen of the United States, of Iowa, and of the school district community entitles students to special privileges and
protections as well as requiring the students to assume civic, economic and social responsibilities and to participate in their country,
state and school district community in a manner that entitles them to keep these rights and privileges.
          As part of the education program, students have an opportunity to learn about their rights, privileges and responsibilities as
citizens of this country, state and school district community. As part of this learning opportunity, students are instructed in the
elements of good citizenship and the role, quality citizens play in their country, state and school district community


                                                                     7                             Board Approved –June 14, 2010
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (507.3)
           Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial
risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees. The term “communicable disease” shall mean an infection or contagious
disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.
           Prevention and control of communicable diseases shall be included in the school district’s blood borne pathogens exposure
control plan. The procedures shall include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal
precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees and record keeping. This plan
shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent and school nurse.
           Their personal physician shall determine the health risk to immuno-depressed students. The health risk to others in the school
district environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the
student’s personal physician, a physician chosen by the school district or public health officials.
           A student shall notify the superintendent or the school nurse when the student learns the student has a communicable disease.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent when the superintendent or school nurse, upon investigation, has knowledge that a
reportable communicable disease is present, to notify the Iowa Department of Public Health. Health data of a student is confidential
and it shall not be disclosed to third parties.
           It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop administrative regulations
stating the procedures for dealing with students with a communicable disease.
           NOTE: This policy is consistent with current health practices regarding communicable diseases. The blood borne pathogen
language in the second paragraph and accompanying regulation is in compliance with federal law on control of blood borne pathogen.
           Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school as long as they are physically able to do so and so long
as their presence does not create a substantial risk that others will catch the disease. Once the administration, in conjunction with the
school nurse, decides that the student’s condition poses a health threat to other students, the student will be excluded from school for
the duration of the period of contagion. In order to prevent the spread of communicable disease, parents should use their good
judgment in keeping sick children home from school. When the administration has knowledge of the presence of a communicable
disease, the State Department of Health will be notified.


COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES
         It is the goal of the district to resolve students’ complaints and grievances at the lowest level. Students are encouraged to
address problems to the student’s teacher or other licensed employees, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint. If
the teacher cannot resolve the complaint, the student may discuss this matter with the principal within 10 days. If the principal cannot
resolve the matter, the student may discuss it with the superintendent within 10 days after speaking with the principal.



CONFERENCES
         Conferences are held twice a year for the purpose of reporting to parents about their child’s progress. Conferences are
scheduled at the end of the first and third quarter of the school year. If additional conferences are desired, the student, the parent, or
the teacher may initiate such a conference. Frequent communications are vital to ensure student success.



DISCIPLINE POLICY
         To help provide the best learning environment for you, the middle school student, our
         school student, our school will be following these basic expectations:
         Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship
         If students are not able to follow these expectations they may have consequences such as a detention.
           The student will be serving a forty-five minute detention from 3:15 to 4:00 P.M. All detentions will be supervised by a
teacher and are scheduled on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Students should bring schoolwork to complete during the detention period.
Transportation arrangements following a detention are the students’ responsibility. Parents will be notified by phone or mail and
students will be expected to serve detentions on the next Tuesday or Thursday. Failure to serve a detention will result in two
detentions.
Students who receive more than three detentions in a nine-week period will be subject to parent/student meeting with the teachers and
the principal.

Students will automatically be in school suspended for the following:
         *Possession of tobacco or drugs in school
         *Smoking on school grounds or in sight of the school




                                                                     8                              Board Approved –June 14, 2010
Our Good Conduct Policy will address student behaviors/conduct. In addition to the Good Conduct Policy, the principal has the
latitude to use his discretionary judgment in dealing with inappropriate/unacceptable behaviors. Suspensions, both in school and out-
of-school, may be used in dealing with inappropriate /unacceptable behaviors and conduct.


DRESS CODE (502.1)                                                                                              There is research that
supports a connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance
may cause disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on
school grounds.
          Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level, display modesty, and not disrupt the school or
education environment.
          Students’ dress should be such that no midriff skin or underwear (including boxers) is exposed at any time. Tops should have
a neckline that is modest. Skirts and shorts should be long enough that when the student is standing they come to the fingertips.
Cutoffs, short shorts, sling tops, halter tops and tops with spaghetti straps are not considered appropriate for school wear. Shorts may
be worn to school year around. Shorts that are worn in PE classes should not be ragged or torn. In PE classes and sports
practices/activities, participants will not wear a top that exposes their bra/sport bra. Students will not go shirtless.
          Students are prohibited from wearing clothing advertising or promoting items illegal for use by minors including, but not
limited to, alcohol or tobacco; from wearing shoes with cleats except for outdoor athletic practices; and from wearing clothing
displaying obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racial or sexual remarks, anything having an inappropriate double meaning, anything
making reference to prohibited conduct or similar displays. Students may wear caps and sunglasses when entering or leaving the
building. While in the building, students are to place all caps and sunglasses in their lockers. Students attending school activities and
events will be expected to take off their hat/sunglasses while in attendance.
          Students may not wear bandannas, headbands or scarves on their head. Under certain circumstances or during certain classes
or activities, a stricter dress code may be appropriate, and students must comply with the stricter requirement.
          The principal makes the final determination of the appropriateness of the student’s appearance. Students inappropriately
dressed will be required to change their clothing and/or may be required to serve a detention.

EDUCATIONAL RECORDS (506.1)
          Student records containing personally identifiable information, except for directory information, are confidential. Only
persons, including employees, who have a legitimate education interest, are allowed to access a student’s records without the parent’s
permission. Parents may access, request amendments to and copy their child’s records during regular office hours. Parents may also
file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if they feel their rights regarding their child’s records have been
violated. For a complete copy of the school district’s policy on student records or the procedure for filing a complaint, contact the
board secretary, in the central administration office.
          Student directory information is released without parental permission unless the parent asks the school district not to release
it. Parents must notify the school district at the beginning of the school year if they do not want the school district to release directory
information. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study,
participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees and awards received, most recent education institution attended,
year in school, dates of attendance, and heights and weights of athletes. (Board policy No. 505.1-R).

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The board will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of: race, color, national origin, gender (sex), sexual orientation,
gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, or creed.
The board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing
services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to
contract compliance and equal opportunity.
The board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from educational activities on the basis of
race, color, national origin, gender (sex), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic stats, disability, religion, or
creed. Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation,
discrimination, physical harm and harassment.
Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to equal educational opportunities includes comments, name-
calling, physical conduct or other expressive behavior directed at an individual or group that intentionally demeans the race, color,
religion, national origin, sex, or disability of the individual or individuals or creates an intimidating, hostile or demeaning
environment for education.
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SECTION 504 NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
It is the policy of the South Winneshiek Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, language, gender, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, physical and mental ability, disability,
age, religion, creed, physical attributes, ancestry, socioeconomic status, political party preference, or political beliefs in its educational
programs or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination by students,




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employees, parents, and community members. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Mr. Chris
Hoover, Equity Coordinator, South Winneshiek Community School District, P.O. Box 430, Calmar, Iowa 52132, 563.562.3269,
choover@swinn.k12.ia.us. Iowa C


EMERGENCY FORMS
         At the beginning of each school year, parents must file an emergency form with the office providing the emergency telephone
numbers of the parents as well as alternate persons to contact in the event the school is unable to locate the parents. The emergency
form also includes a statement that gives the school district permission to release the student to the alternate person or emergency care
personnel in the event the parents cannot be reached. Parents must notify the office when the information on the emergency form
changes during the school year.

ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING
          Everyone should enter the building through the North doors after 9:00 A.M. Students entering or leaving the building should
use the sidewalk. We would appreciate your cooperation in keeping our school and grounds clean and attractive. Please do not litter
or walk on others lawns when coming or leaving school. Students should leave the building by 3:20 P.M. Exceptions will be made for
those involved in extra-curricular activities or who have requested permission from the office.


FIELD TRIPS/SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
          There are opportunities during the school year when students may go on a school-sponsored field trip. During that time you
are representing your school. All school expectations will be in effect. Our expectations are that you will represent your school in a
positive manner. Parent permission forms should be signed at the beginning of the school year. These will be kept on file for the year
in the office.

FINES - FEES - CHARGES (503.51)
         Students may be assessed registration fees, fines, charges, or additional fees for materials needed in a course, for overdue
school materials, for participating in activities, or for misuse of school property. Students have the option of purchasing an activity
ticket, which will allow them to attend high school athletic events.

FIRE PROCEDURES
The fire alarm will be intermittent blasts over the intercom system. Fire drills are held several times during the school year. Students
should be aware of the procedures to follow in case of a fire evacuation. All students are to follow the basic rules: No talking, listen
carefully to directions, stay together, meet at an assigned area during the fire drill.




FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION (502.3)
          Students expression, other than student expression in student-produced official school publications, made on the school
district premises or under the jurisdiction of the school district or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the school
district: therefore, student expression must be responsible. Student expression must be appropriate to assure that the students learn
and meet the goals of the school activity and that the potential audience is not exposed to materials that may be harmful or
inappropriate for their level of maturity.
          Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible. The expression
shall not, in the judgment of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons, be obscene or indecent,
or cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational program. The administration, when making this judgment, shall
consider whether the activity in which the expression was made is school-sponsored and whether the activity in which the expression
was made is school-sponsored and whether review or prohibition of the students’ speech furthers an educational purpose. Further, the
expression must be done in a reasonable time, place, and manner that are not disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation of the
school district.
          Students who violate this policy may be subject to discipline measures. Employees shall be responsible for insuring the
students’ expression is in keeping with this policy. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative
regulations regarding this policy.


GOOD CONDUCT ELIGIBILITY (Extracurricular Activities Guidelines)
          Any activities or events which do not take place during the school day and in which students make a choice to participate or
attend shall be considered extracurricular. When students enter 7th grade for the first time they are automatically eligible to participate
in athletic activities. Sixth grade students are not allowed to participate in athletic activities however; they may be a manager for any of
the sports. Middle school students must receive passing grades in the core academic subjects: Language Arts; Math; Reading; Science



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and Social Studies to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Students who receive a failing grade will be declared
ineligible. They may be required to miss practices/games until they obtain a passing grade. Teachers will turn grades of any students
who are failing into the principal’s office. The principal shall notify the students and send a letter home to parents notifying them of
their son/daughters ineligibility. Students will be removed from the ineligible list when they have obtained a passing grade(s).
          The policy will be sent home for parents/students to sign and must be on file before participation can begin.


GRADING SYSTEM
      All middle school teachers will use the following uniform system of marking.
      A 93 - 100                 B- 80 - 82                  D+ 67 - 69
      A- 90 - 92                 C+ 77 - 79                  D   63 - 66
      B+ 87 - 89                 C 73 - 76                   D- 60 - 62
      B 83 - 86                  C- 70 - 72                  F   59 and below

         Students receiving a grade below C- will not be considered for the honor roll.
         A student receiving special honors will have attained a 4.0 average.
         A - Honor Roll (3.7 - 3.99),         B Honor Roll (3.00 - 3.69).
         Subject: Grading notation for students with an identified disability who receive major accommodations in mainstream class.
         Policy: For students identified as having a learning disability and who are in a mainstream class with major accommodations,
grades will be noted with the letter grade earned followed by an asterisk (*). The asterisk notation will be “Major accommodations
provided in method, materials or curriculum.”
         Rational: This approach assures that the student with the disability is in the least restrictive environment (LRE) with
classmates. The student can earn a full spectrum of grades in the properly accommodated setting depending upon their effort. In order
to assure that parents, future teachers or employers understand that accommodations were made, the asterisk (*) is used.

GUIDELINE FOR SUCCESS - “Pillars of Character”
          This is an integral part of our school improvement plan. It helps mobilize kids, families, schools and communities to enhance
the social, emotional, behavioral and intellectual development of children and youth. We have developed Common Area Expectations
for the following areas: bathrooms, buses, computer lab, concerts, hallways, and lunchroom and recess area. These expectations will
be reviewed and taught each year: respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and citizenship.



ILLNESS AND INJURY
          If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the student’s parents will be notified as soon as possible. Emergency or minor
first aid will be administered if a person competent to do so is available. In any event, ill or injured students will be turned over to the
care of the students’ parents, designated emergency contact, or qualified medical personnel as quickly as possible. Every year parents
will be asked to complete or update an emergency medical form providing necessary information to be used in the case of an illness or
injury. Injuries shall be reported to the office and an “Accident Report” will be filed in the nurse’s office.

IMMUNIZATIONS
         Prior to starting school or when transferring into the school district, students must present an approved Iowa Department of
Public Health immunization certificate signed by a health care provider stating that the student has received the immunizations
required by law. Students without the proper certificate are not allowed to attend school until they receive the immunizations or the
student makes arrangements with the principal. Only for specific medical or religious purposes are students exempted from the
immunization requirements. Parents who have questions should contact the school nurse or public health nurses offices.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
         When school is canceled because of inclement weather prior to the start of the school day, students and parents are notified
over KOEL, KDEC, KVIK radio and KWWL television station or websites for each or the earlier mentioned stations. You may also sign
up to receive a text message or our school will email you also. The missed school day will have to be made up at a later date.

INTERROGATION BY OUTSIDE AGENCY
         As a general rule, individuals from outside of the school district may not interrogate students. If an individual, such as a law
enforcement officer wishes to interrogate a student, the request must come through the administrative office. Such a request will be
granted only when, in the discretion of the administration, such action is in the best interest of the student’s welfare, when a child
abuse investigator makes the request, or when such interrogation request is supported by a court order. Prior to allowing the
interrogation, the administrator shall attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child and inform them of the request and ask if
they wish to be present.

LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER



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         Our school has a library/media center stocked with a variety of interesting books for our students. An overdue book results
in a student not being able to check out a book until the overdue book is returned. Lost or books damaged beyond repair are to be paid
for by the student according to replacement value.

 LOCKERS (502.5)
          Student lockers are the property of the school district. Students shall use the lockers assigned to them by the school district for
storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance. It shall be the responsibility of students to keep their
assigned lockers clean and undamaged. No food or drink items should be in lockers.
          To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned lockers, the principal may periodically inspect all or a random
selection of lockers. Either students or another individual will be present during the inspection of their lockers. Student lockers may
also be searched, at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with board policy regulating search and seizure.

LUNCHROOM GUIDELINES
     •Students must walk to lunch in an orderly manner. There is no cutting or budging in the lunch line.
     •Students who bring their lunches should not bring pop with their meal.
     •Students should use appropriate table manners at all times.
     •After students have eaten; they are to return their trays to the designated area. They are responsible for putting paper items
     in the trash and silverware in the proper container.
     •Upon dismissal students will walk to their locker and report to their next scheduled class. If going outside - students will go
     to the playground area, unless the supervisor gives special instructions.


MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDCATION ASSISTANCE ACT
Definition of homeless: If your family live in any of the following situations: in a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground; on the street;
in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations; or doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot
find or afford housing.

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situation have the right to:
    -Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
    -Attend either the local school or the school of origin, it this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child
attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled
    -Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
    -Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment such as birth certificate,
proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records
   -Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students including transportation and supplemental
educational services
   -Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is prohibited.

PARENTS: When you move, you should do the following:
   -Contact the school district’s local liaison for homeless education for help in enrolling your child in a new school or arranging for
your child to continue in his or her former school.
   -Contact the school and provide any information you think will assist the teachers in helping your child adjust to new
circumstances.
   -Ask the local liaison for homeless education, the shelter provider, or a social worker for assistance with clothing and supplies, if
needed.
LOCAL AREA CONTACT: SUPERINTENDENT: CHRIS HOOVER, (563) 562-3269


MEDICATION (507.2)

         Students may need to take prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours. Students may bring prescription
medication to the nurse’s office. The school must be notified of the medications a student is taking in the event the student has a
reaction or illness. Parents must provide written instructions for administration of the medication as well as parental authorization to
administer the medication.
         When a student is to receive medication, the following policy must be followed:
         A. Parent’s written instructions, the name of the medication, duration and frequency of the               medication must be
available before the medication is given.
         B. Under no circumstances will medication be furnished by the school.
         C. Should a physician request a medication be left in charge of a nurse or school
              official, to be given to a student at a prescribed time, the medication must be




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            labeled with the name of the student, name of the medication, time of the day that it is to                     be given, and
the name of the physician. A form is available in the nurse’s office.
        D. Students should bring their own cough drops throat lozenges or non-aspirin.
        E. No medications will be administered unless all of the above information is complete.



MISCELLANEOUS EXPECTATIONS
          •Cell phones/camera phones are not to be used during class time or in locker rooms. The                        only reason for
students to have any kind of a cell phone in school is to be used in             the event of an emergency.
          •IPods and MP3 players are not to be used in study hall or classrooms during the school                        day. Also, no
laser lights are to be used by students.
          •During noon hour all food and beverages are to be consumed in the lunchroom. For                              students who
bring their lunch, pop cannot be a brought with your lunch.


MOVING
          If you plan to leave the South Winneshiek School District after the start of the year, please have your parent or guardian notify
the office two weeks in advance of the date that you plan to move. This allows time to get all permanent records ready prior to the day
that you leave.



MULTICULTURAL AND GENDER
         Enrolled students have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination, regardless of their race,
creed, sex, marital status, national origin, ability or disability. The educational program is free of such discrimination and provides
equal opportunity for the participants. The educational program fosters knowledge of and respect and appreciation for, the historical
and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society. It also reflects the wide variety of
roles open to both men and women and provides equal opportunity to both sexes. Any complaints or grievances shall be addressed to
the building principal.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION (Section 504)
         It is the policy of the South Winneshiek Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age, or marital status in its educational programs or employment practices. There is a
grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination by students, employees, parents, and community members. If you
have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Mr. Chris Hoover, Equity Coordinator, South Winneshiek
Community School District, PO Box 430, Calmar, IA 52132, phone (563) 562-3226 or email choover@swinn.k12.ia.us (Iowa Code 280.3).

OPEN ENROLLMENT (501.14)
         Iowa’s open enrollment law allows students residing in one school district to request transfer to another school district upon
the parents’ request. Parents who wish to open enroll their child to another school district must apply by March 1, of the current year
and for kindergarten students September 1, of the current year. Parents interested in open enrolling their child out of the school district
must contact the Superintendent’s Office.
         Parents or guardians who are requesting open enrollment for the first time have until the first day of school to rescind the
request. Notifying both districts in writing can do this. No board action is necessary. A student attending a school under open
enrollment may return to his/her district or residence at any time by notifying both districts in writing prior to the change. Again, no
board action is necessary.


OPEN NIGHT
       In cooperation with area churches, the South Winneshiek Community School refrains from scheduling school activities on
Wednesday evenings. In addition, no school activities will take place in our school buildings until after 1 PM on Sunday afternoons.

PROGRESS REPORTS (505.1)
         Progress slips will be sent out at the middle of each 9 weeks or as the need arises for those students who are not keeping up
with their work or those who are getting a D+ or lower. They may also be sent home to notify parents of students who are missing
assignments or who are not producing work up to their potential.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION
         Public law requires that all students take physical education. The only acceptable excuse is a statement from the family
physician stating the student’s physical limitation. This physician’s note will be filed in the nurse’s office.


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         If a student receives an injury that is temporary, he/she will still report to the gym along with his/her regular class, even
though participation may not be possible. Excuses written at home for such things as colds, sore throats, etc. will no longer be
acceptable.

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY SERVICE
         There are many opportunities for students to get involved in service to the school and the community. Library and classroom
helpers are needed to help our school run smoothly.
Contact the media director, a teacher, or the principal.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE (502.8)
         School authorities may, without a search warrant, search a student, student lockers, desks, work areas, or student automobiles
based on a reasonable suspicion under the circumstances and in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the
schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel. School authorities
may also seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include but are not
limited to non-prescription controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for the
administration of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property. Possession of
such items will be grounds for disciplinary action and may be grounds for reporting to local law enforcement authorities.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE
          You can experience a number of personal, behavioral, or medical problems that can have an effect on your behavior, conduct
or academic performance. If you need help, contact the teacher, the principal, or the counselor. Students can make a referral for a
friend in need. Referrals can be made through teachers and the guidance counselor.

STUDENT INSURANCE
          Student Health and accident insurance is available to students at the beginning of the school year. Parents may purchase
insurance for their children at their discretion. Parents who would like more information about student health and accident insurance
should contact the office.
         Student athletes must have health and accident insurance in order to participate in intramural or extracurricular athletics.
Students must provide written proof of insurance prior to the start of the athletic activity. A letter from the parents stating that the
student is covered is adequate proof of insurance. Student athletes, who do not have and cannot afford insurance, should contact their
coach.

STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION
         The principal and persons in charge of the attendance center in the school district have the authority to suspend students
temporarily. Upon recommendations of the Superintendent, the Board of Directors, by a majority vote, may suspend a student for a
period of time not to exceed the end of the current year. Due process shall be observed. (Policy 502.2)

TARDINESS
        Students are expected to be to all classes on time. Teachers will record tardiness. A student receiving three tardies per
semester will be required to serve a detention after school.

TELEPHONE
         Students will not be called from class to answer a telephone call. If it is necessary, you may return a call during your lunch
hour or study hall. Students may use the office phone for school business and emergencies by asking permission. Cell phones/camera
phones are not permitted in the classrooms/locker rooms.

TEXTBOOKS
          Students are to bring their textbooks to class every day unless the teacher asks for some other arrangement. The student will
pay for lost or damaged textbooks. You are responsible for the textbooks that are issued to you or for library books that are checked
out to you.


TITLE IX STATEMENT
          The South Winneshiek Middle School does not willfully or knowingly discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational
program or activities that it operates. Students have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination,
regardless of their race, creed, sex, national origin, ability or disability. The educational program is free of such discrimination and
provides equal opportunity for the participants. The education program fosters knowledge of and respect and appreciation for the
historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as we as men and women, to society. It also reflects the wide
variety of roles open to both men and women and provides equal opportunity to both sexes. The school district is required by Title IX
of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the regulations there under not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirements not to
discriminate in educational programs and activities extends to employment therein and admission thereto.



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TOBACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUGS (502.7)
         The use or possession of tobacco, and the use or possession or being under the influence of alcohol, other controlled
substances, or “look alike” substances that appear to be tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances by individuals under the age of
eighteen and all students regardless of age on school property or at any activities sponsored by the school is strictly forbidden.
Violation of this rule will result in disciplinary action that which may ultimately include expulsion. Such violation may also be
reported to local law enforcement authorities. (See Student Good Conduct Rule: Policy 503.9/503.9R)


TORNADO PROCEDURES
If threatening weather exists, outdoor classes will plan to remain indoors. The alarm will be one long blast over the intercom system.
At least two tornado drills will occur each school year to familiarize the students with the safe areas in the school. All students are to
follow the basic rules: no talking, listen carefully to directions stay together, and meet at an assigned area during the tornado drill.

USE OF BICYCLES
          Riding a bicycle to and from school is a privilege. Students who fail to follow the guidelines set will lose the privilege of
riding their bike to school, and may be subject to additional discipline. Students should place their bikes in the bike rack on the east
side of school. If the bike rack is full, please place your bike on the grassy area next to the bike rack.



USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES
        School district facilities are available during non-school hours to school-sponsored and non-school-sponsored student
organizations for the purpose of meetings or activities. Students wishing to use the school district facilities should contact their
sponsor or the principal to reserve a room. School district policies, rules and regulations are in effect during these meetings. (Board
Policy No. 1004.3R).

VISITORS
         All students must have permission from the principal before bringing visitors to school. This permission should be received at
least one day before a visitor is scheduled to arrive. A classroom visitor should be the same age as you in order for the visit to be a
pleasant experience for you and your friend.

WEAPONS (502.6)
          Gun Free Schools - The Iowa law is very specific about guns in schools and states that school districts must expel students for
a minimum of one year for bringing a weapon to school or for possessing a weapon at school. Therefore, if students are expelled in
Oct. 2008 the student cannot return until November 2009. “Weapon” is defined as a firearm, which includes guns and bombs. A knife
or other dangerous object is not considered a weapon for which the mandatory expulsion applies
          If a student has been expelled or suspended from school and has not met the conditions of the expulsion or suspension and if
the student or the parent or guardian of the student changes districts or residence, the student shall not be enrolled in the new district
of residence until the board of directors of the new district of residence approves by a majority vote, the enrollment of the student.
           The board believes weapons and other dangerous objects in school district facilities cause material and substantial disruption
to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the school district premises
or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.
          School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons or dangerous objects. Weapons and other dangerous objects
shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the
school district or from students who are within the control of the school district.
          Parents of students found to possess a weapon or dangerous objects on school property shall be notified of the incident.
Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects shall be reported to the law enforcement officials, and the student will be subject to
disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
          Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. The superintendent shall have the
authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis. For purposes of this portion of
this policy, the term “firearm” includes any weapon which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or
receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.
          Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials shall be exempt from this policy. The principal may allow authorized
persons to display weapons or other dangerous objects for educational purposes. Such a display shall also be exempt from this policy.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding
this policy.


South Winneshiek Community Schools

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LAPTOP COMPUTER USE AGREEMENT
Please read this entire section carefully.

This agreement is made effective upon receipt of computer, between the South Winneshiek Community School
District (SWCSD), the student receiving a laptop (―Student‖), and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian (―Parent‖). The
Student and Parent(s), in consideration of being provided with a laptop computer, software, and related materials
(the ―Computer‖) for use while a student is at South Winneshiek Community School District, hereby agree as
follows:

1. Equipment
   1.1. Ownership: SWCSD retains sole right of possession of the Computer and grants permission to the Student
        to use the Computer according to the guidelines set forth in this document. Moreover, South Winneshiek
        administrative staff retains the right to collect and/or inspect the Computer at any time, including via
        electronic remote access; and to alter, add or delete installed software or hardware.
   1.2. Equipment Provided: Efforts are made to keep all laptops configurations the same. All Computers include a
        DVD/CD‐ RW, ample RAM and hard‐ disk space, a protective laptop case, software, and other miscellaneous
        items. SWCSD will retain records of the serial numbers of provided equipment.
   1.3. Substitution of Equipment: In the event the Computer is inoperable, SWCSD has a limited number of spare
        laptops for use while the Computer is repaired or replaced. However, it cannot guarantee a loaner will be
        available at all times. This agreement remains in effect for such a substitute. The Student may NOT opt to
        keep a broken Computer or to avoid using the Computer due to loss or damage. Please note that if the
        Student forgets to bring the Computer or power adapter to school, a substitute will not be provided.
   1.4. Responsibility for Electronic Data: The Student is solely responsible for any non‐ SWCSD installed
        software and for any data stored on the Computer. It is the sole responsibility of the Student to backup such
        data as necessary. SWCSD provides a means for backup along with directions but SWCSD does not accept
        responsibility for any such software.

2. Damage or Loss of Equipment/Software
   2.1. Insurance and deductible: SWCSD has insurance that provides the broadest perils of loss regularly
        available. This insurance coverage is subject to school district deductible per loss.

   2.2. Responsibility for Damage: The Student is responsible for maintaining a 100% working Computer at all
        times. The Student shall use reasonable care to ensure that the Computer is not damaged. Refer to the
        Standards for Proper Care document for a description of expected care. In the event of damage not covered by
        the warranty, the Student and Parent will be billed a fee according to the following schedule:

              First incident – up to $100
              Second incident – up to $200
              Third incident – up to full cost of repair or replacement

           2.2..1. SWCSD reserves the right to charge the Student and Parent the full cost for repair or replacement
                   when damage occurs due to gross negligence as determined by administration.




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           2.2..2. Examples of gross negligence include, but are not limited to:

                      Leaving equipment unattended and unlocked. This includes damage or loss resulting from an
                        unattended and unlocked laptop while at school. (See the Standards for Proper Care
                        document for definitions of ―attended,‖ ―unattended,‖ and ―locked.‖)
                      Lending equipment to others other than one’s parents/guardians.
                      Using equipment in an unsafe environment.
                      Using the equipment in an unsafe manner. (See the Standards for Proper Care document for
                        guidelines of proper use)

   2.3. Responsibility for Loss: In the event the Computer is lost or stolen, the Student and Parent may be billed
        the full cost of replacement.

   2.4. Actions Required in the Event of Damage or Loss: Report the problem immediately to the Director of
        Technology. If the Computer is stolen or vandalized while not at South Winneshiek or at a South
        Winneshiek sponsored event, the Parent shall file a police report.

   2.5. Technical Support and Repair: SWCSD does not guarantee that the Computer will be operable, but will
        make technical support, maintenance and repair available during school hours.

           The school is NOT responsible for Off-site internet connections nor Technical Support related to
            Off-site internet connections

3. Legal and Ethical Use Policies
   3.1. Monitoring: SWCSD will monitor computer use using a variety of methods – including electronic remote
        access – to assure compliance with SWCSD’s Legal and Ethical Use Policies.

   3.2. Legal and Ethical Use: All aspects of SWCSD Computer Use Policy remain in effect, except as mentioned
        in this section.

   3.3. File-sharing and File-sharing Programs: File‐ sharing and File‐ sharing Programs: The installation and/or
        use of any Internet‐ based file‐ sharing tools is explicitly prohibited. File‐ sharing programs and protocols
        like BitTorrent, Limewire, Kazaa, Acquisition and others may not be used to facilitate the illegal sharing of
        copyrighted material (music, video and images). Individuals with legitimate, school‐ related needs to use
        these tools may seek prior approval from the Director of Technology.

   3.4. Allowable Customizations

           The Student is permitted to alter or add files to customize the assigned Computer to their own working
            styles (i.e., background screens, default fonts, and other system enhancements).
           The Student is permitted to download music to iTunes, but cannot download or install any other
            software without permission from the SWCSD Technology Director.
           The




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STANDARDS FOR PROPER COMPUTER CARE
This document is an important addendum to the Student Laptop Program Acknowledgement Form. Read
it carefully prior to signing. You are expected to follow all the specific guidelines listed in this document and take
any additional common sense precautions to protect your assigned Computer. Loss or damage resulting in
failure to abide by the details below may result in full financial responsibility.

Read the electronic manual that comes with the laptop. Following Apple’s advice and the standards below will lead
to a Computer that will run smoothly and serve as a reliable, useful and enjoyable tool.

Your Responsibilities:
      Treat this equipment with as much care as if it were your own property.
      Bring the Computer and charging unit to SWCSD during every school day. (If you forget them, substitutes
       will NOT be provided.)
      Keep the Computer either secured (i.e., home or other secure place where others do not have access) or
       attended (with you or within your sight) at all times. Keep the Computer stored in a secure place (i.e.,
       locked in the locker room or other suitable place) when you cannot directly monitor it. For example, during
       athletic events, games, practices and trips, store the Computer in a secure place assigned by your
       coach/sponsor and arrange to return to school to retrieve it after the activity. Laptops left in bags and
       backpacks, or in unattended classrooms are considered ―unattended‖ and may be confiscated by
       school personnel as a protection against theft. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – even at
       school – will be your full financial responsibility.
      Do not let anyone use the Computer other than your parents or guardians. Loss or damage that occurs
       when anyone else is using your assigned Computer will be your full responsibility.
      Adhere to SWCSD School’s Computer Use Policy at all times and in all locations. When in doubt about
       acceptable use, ask the District Teacher Librarian, Director of Technology or Secondary Principal..
      Back up your data. Never consider any electronic information safe when stored on only one device.
      Read and follow general maintenance alerts from school technology personnel.

How to Handle Problems
      Promptly report any problems to the Laptop Facilitator or Director of Technology.
      Don’t force anything (e.g., connections, popped‐ off keys, DVD/CDs). Seek help instead.
      When in doubt, ask for help.

General Care
      Do not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the Computer, including the keys, screen
       cover or plastic casing. Doing so will void the warranty, and families will be responsible for 100 percent of
       the repair or replacement cost.
      Do not remove or interfere with the serial number or any identification placed on the computer.
      Do not do anything to the Computer that will permanently alter it in any way. (You can apply stickers so
       long as they are completely removable.)
      Keep the equipment clean. For example, don’t eat or drink while using the Computer.




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Carrying the Computer
      Always completely close the lid and wait for the Computer to enter Sleep mode
       before moving it, even for short distances. Movement while the Computer is on can
       result in permanent damage to the hard‐ drive and therefore the loss of all data.
       Sleep mode is sufficient – there is little reason to actually shut‐ down the laptop
       other than on an airplane or during extended days of inactivity.
      Always store the Computer in the laptop bag provided or in another certified
       laptop case. Note: do not store anything (e.g., cords, papers or disks) in the area
       within the laptop case designed for the Computer other than the Computer itself
       as this may damage the screen.
      We recommend that you carry the laptop bag inside your normal school pack. The
       ―vertical sleeve‖ style laptop case was chosen expressly for this purpose. Simply
       slide the Computer in and out while leaving the case within the school pack. Do not
       overstuff your pack – extreme pressure on the laptop can cause permanent damage
       to the screen and other components.
      Do not grab and squeeze the Computer, as this can damage the screen and
       other components
      Never move the Computer while a CD or DVD is actively being used.

Screen Care
   The Computer screen can be easily damaged if proper care is not taken. Broken screens
   are NOT covered by warranty and can cost over $800 to replace. Screens are particularly
   sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.
    Do not touch the Computer screen with anything (e.g., your finger, pen, pencil,
       etc.) other than approved Computer screen cleaners.
    Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti‐ static cloth or with a screen cleaner
       designed specifically for LCD type screens.
    Never leave any object on the keyboard. Pens or pencils left on the keyboard are
       guaranteed to crack the screen when the lid is closed, thus resulting in a charge of
       over $800 to the family

DVD/CD-RW (Optical Drive)
      Never force a disc into the slot. This can cause permanent damage and voids
       the warranty.
      Keep discs clean and store them in a cover to prevent dust from entering the
       Computer.
      Always remove CDs and DVDs when they are not in use – this preserves battery life.
      Avoid using CDs or DVDs unless the Computer is connected to a power source with
       the charging unit – CD/DVD use dramatically lowers battery life.

Battery Life and Charging
    Arrive to school each day with a fully charged battery. Establish a routine at home
       whereby each evening you leave your Computer charging overnight.
      Avoid using the charger in any situation where you or another is likely to trip over the
       cord. Don’t let the battery completely drain. Immediately shutdown if you are unable
       to connect to the charger.
      Close the lid of the Computer when it is not in use, in order to save battery life
       and protect the screen.


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Personal Health and Safety
      Avoid extended use of the Computer resting directly on your lap. The bottom of
       the laptop can generate significant heat and therefore cause temporary or
       permanent injury. Use a barrier—such as a book or devices made specifically for
       this purpose— when working on your lap. Also, avoid lap‐ based computing while
       connected to the power adapter, as this will significantly increase heat
       production.
      Avoid lengthy use involving repetitive tasks (such as typing and use of the
       track‐ pad). Take frequent breaks as well as alter your physical position (typing
       while standing, sitting, leaning, etc.) to minimize discomfort. If possible, set up a
       workstation at home with an external keyboard and mouse that allows you to situate
       the screen at eye‐ level and keyboard at lap‐ level.
      Read the safety warnings included in the Apple user guide.
EQUIPMENT LENDING INFORMATION
   This additional agreement allows students to check out a variety of peripheral
   equipment such as still cameras, video cameras, microphones, drawing tablets and
   other audio visual devices for multimedia school projects. The signed agreement is part
   of the Student Laptop Program Acknowledgement Form.

The SWCSD grants the user permission to borrow technology equipment for school and
home use based on mutual agreement of the following:
Agreements
  1. I will return the equipment at the established due dates and times and understand
      that I will be billed for replacement costs if equipment is not returned promptly.
      Approximate replacement costs include: laptops $1,000, digital cameras $500, video
      cameras $600, and assorted peripheral items $25‐ $500.
  2. I will treat this equipment with the same care as if it were my own property.
  3. I will maintain the equipment in clean condition.
  4. I will avoid use in situations that are conducive to loss or damage.
  5. I will heed general maintenance alerts and advice from school technology
      personnel.
  6. I will promptly report any malfunction, loss, damage or theft to the Director of
      Technology.
  7. I will always transport the equipment within the case provided whenever leaving the
      school building.
  8. I will adhere to SWCSD School’s Acceptable Use Policy when using this equipment
      at all times and locations.

Damage or Loss
   I am responsible for any costs incurred due to loss or damage of equipment as
     determined by the school.
   I understand that if I violate the above, I may not be permitted to checkout
     school equipment in the future and may be billed for any costs incurred by
     the school.




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COMPUTER USE AND CONDUCT POLICY
   The primary goal of SWCSD’s available technology is to enrich the learning that takes
   place in and out of classrooms. In particular, technology offers opportunities for
   exploration and analysis of academic subjects in ways that traditional instruction cannot
   replicate. However, certain legal and ethical restrictions apply. Also, the limited supply
   of both hardware and software requires us to set priorities for use. Academic work for
   courses always takes priority over any other use of the computer equipment. Library
   and Media Lab equipment are reserved exclusively for academic use. The following is a
   list of rules and guidelines which govern the use of SWCSD computers and network
   resources.

Network Resources refers to all aspects of SWCSD’s owned or leased equipment,
including computers, printers, scanners and other peripherals, as well as email, Internet
services, servers, network files and folders, and all other technology‐ related equipment and
services. These rules apply to any use of SWCSD’s network resources whether this access
occurs while on or off campus.

Students may not use network resources:
    to create, send, access or download material which is abusive, hateful, harassing or
      sexually explicit;
    to download, stream or listen to Internet‐ based music, video and large image files not
      required for school work, as this slows the performance of the network for all users.
      The school will monitor the network for violations.
    to send file attachments through the school’s email system that are greater than 5MB
      in size (the transfer process can hinder network speed and access to others ‐ if you
      need to transfer large files, please contact the Director of Technology to make special
      arrangements);
    to alter, add or delete any files that affect the configuration of a school computer
      other than the laptop assigned for personal use;
    to conduct any commercial business;
    to conduct any illegal activity (this includes adhering to copyright laws);
    to access the data or account of another user (altering files of another user is
      considered vandalism);
    to install any software onto SWCSD computers; to copy SWCSD school software
      (copying school-owned software programs is considered theft).

In addition, students may not:
     give out their home address or phone number to anyone on the Internet (this
       protects users from becoming potential victims of those with criminal intent);
     give password(s) to anyone;
     post anonymous messages;
     forward email commonly known as ―SPAM,‖ Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE),
       or ―junk email.‖




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Responsibility for Property
   Students are responsible for maintaining a 100 percent working laptop at all times.
   The student shall use reasonable care to be sure that the computer is not lost, stolen
   or damaged. Such care includes:

      Not leaving equipment in an unlocked car or unlocked home.
      Not leaving equipment unattended or unlocked while at school or
       elsewhere. - Not lending equipment to anyone except one’s parents.
      Not using equipment in an unsafe environment.
      Ensuring the equipment is locked in one’s locker during sports practices & games

   Students must keep the computer locked (i.e. locked in your school locker, home or
   secure place where others do not have access) or attended (with you or within your
   sight) at all times. Laptops left in bags or backpacks or in unattended classrooms are
   considered ―unattended‖ and may be confiscated by faculty or staff as a protection
   against theft. If confiscated, the student will receive a warning before getting the laptop
   back. If the laptop is confiscated a second time, the student may be required to get a
   parent signature acknowledging financial responsibility before getting the laptop back.
   Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – even at school – will be the student’s
   responsibility.

File Sharing and File Sharing Programs
    The installation and/or use of any Internet‐ based file‐ sharing tools is explicitly
    prohibited. File‐ sharing programs and protocols like BitTorrent, Limewire, Kazaa,
    Acquisition and others may not be used to facilitate the illegal sharing of copyrighted
    material (music, video, and images). Individuals with legitimate, school‐ related needs
    to use these tools may seek prior approval from the Director of Technology.

Discipline
   Any student who violates these rules will be subject to disciplinary action. The
   minimum consequence will be a letter home. Students who violate the File Sharing
   rules will also have their hard drives restored to the original settings. Serious or
   repeated violations will result in the students use of technology restrict and or
   revoked.

Legal Issues and Jurisdiction
   Because The SWCSD owns and operates the equipment and software that compose our
   network resources, the school is obligated to take steps to insure that all facilities are
   used legally. Hence any illegal use of network resources is prohibited. All content created,
   sent, accessed or downloaded using any part of SWCSD’s network resources is subject to
   the rules stated in this policy. School administration monitors our network and may find
   it necessary to investigate electronic incidents even if they happen after hours and
   outside of school. As the owners of our network resources, including email system, the
   school administration reserves the right, if needed, and at its discretion, remotely access,
   to open, examine and/or delete electronic files that violate this Computer Use Policy.




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Disclaimer:
    The SWCSD does not have control of the information on the Internet or incoming email,
    nor does it provide any technical barriers to account holders accessing the full range of
    information available. Sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is
    defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening,
    racially offensive, illegal or otherwise inconsistent with the mission of the South
    Winneshiek Community School District. While our intent is to make Internet access
    available for educational goals and objectives, account holders will have the ability to
    access other materials as well. At SWCSD, we expect students to obey the Computer Use
    Policy when using the Internet. Students found in violation of the policy will be
    disciplined.

   In addition, SWCSD account holders take full responsibility for their access to
   SWCSD’s network resources and the Internet. Specifically, SWCSD makes no
   warranties with respect to school network resources nor does it take responsibility
   for:
        1. The content of any advice or information received by an account holder;
        2. The costs, liability or damages incurred as a result of access to school network
           resources or the Internet; any consequences of service interruptions.




Thank you for reading this handbook. Please feel free to visit with Mrs. Schwamman
with any concerns about the expectations and guidelines given in this handbook.



                                        SCHOOL SONG
                          The word is fight, fight, fight for South High
                                  Let every loyal Warrior sing.
                          The word is fight, fight, fight, for South High
                                 Until the walls and rafters ring.
                                            Rah! Rah!
                           The word is cheer, cheer, cheer South High
                         We’re going to cheer until we hear the final gun.
                          The word is fight, fight, fight for South High
                                     Until the game is won.




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SCHOOL GOALS:
Strive to achieve!
Work Cooperatively!
Communicate effectively!
Secure academic Skills!
Develop character!




MY GOALS:



  1. School-



  2. Home-



  3. Personal-


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