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The school day will consist of eight periods, with a five-minute passing period between classes.  School will begin at 8:30 and will be dismissed at 3:20.  Classes are scheduled as follows:

Class Schedule

1st Period 8:30-9:15

2nd Period 9:20-10:05

3rd Period 10:10-10:55                           

4th Period 11:00-11:45

LUNCH   11:45-12:20

5th Period 12:20-1:05

6th Period 1:05-1:40 (Flex Time)

7th Period 1:45-2:30

8th Period 2:35-3:20



All students must enroll in seven (7) classes each semester.

Parents/guardians are responsible to furnish the following at enrollment:

  • Official Birth Certificate

  • Current Immunization Records

  • Withdrawal grades from previous school

  • Transfer papers if applicable

  • Legal guardianship papers if applicable.

  • Social security number

  • Tribal citizenship card


To be eligible for graduation, a student must have completed a total of 24 units in grades 9-12.

The 24 required units should include the following:

4 units English

3 units Math (one unit must be Alg. 1, other units must be above or equal to Alg. II)

3 units Science (one unit must be Biology I)

2 units Fine Arts (with the exception of students who are attending Vo-tech their junior and senior year).

3 units Social Studies (one unit U.S. History, one unit World History, ½ unit Oklahoma History and

  ½ unit of American Government

2 units of Computer Science


2 units of the same Foreign Language


1 additional unit from the Core Units listed above

0-6 Electives to complete the 24 credits

The Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act of 2005 as Revised in 2005 mandates that schools offer remediation for students who do not at least score “Proficient” on any EOI test.

All students who enroll in Ketchum High School will automatically be enrolled in the college prep curriculum.  Students may choose a non-college preparatory curriculum upon approval of a legal guardian, meeting with a school official, and signing a Bill 982 Option Form.

General Curriculum Guidelines:

Freshmen will enroll in the following:  Eng. I; Earth/Phy Science; Ok. Hist/Gov; Pre Alg, Geom or Alg I.

Sophomores will enroll in the following: Eng. II; Geometry/Alg I; Biology I; and World History

Juniors will enroll in the following:  Eng. III; Geometry/Algebra II; Chemistry; and U.S. History

Seniors will enroll in the following:  Eng. IV. Pre-Calc


Students are classified as follows:

Freshmen-until 6 credits are earned

Sophomores-until 12 credits are earned

Juniors-until 18 credits are earned

Seniors-after 18 credits are earned

Math and Reading Proficiency

Students who have not successfully completed the Reading and Math portion of the 8th grade Oklahoma Criterion Reference test will be required to participate in reading and/or math remediation.


As Oklahoma Law requires, all concurrent courses will be recorded on student transcripts.

Seniors have an option to earn college credit while in high school. For seniors to concurrently enroll in a college class, the student must meet the college entrance requirements, be on course to graduate, have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0, and have permission from the counselor and principal.  The student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in those courses to remain in the program.

Juniors will have the same requirements for admission to concurrent enrollment, but must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Juniors and Seniors must have a 19 subject area score to enroll in a college course in the corresponding subject area.

Concurrent courses may be counted as elective courses in meeting graduation requirements.  Concurrent courses may be used to satisfy required courses at the high school level (SB 290).

Students who drop the college courses or fail to maintain the required 2.0 GPA must enroll in classes at the high school.

Concurrent Courses will be weighted as follows:  

“A” = 4.0        “C” = 3.0       “F” = 0

“B” = 4.0        “D” = 2.0


Grades will be recorded as follows: A, B, C, D, F, S, U and I.

“A” excellent 90%-100% “S” Satisfactory Work

“B” superior 80%-89% “U” Unsatisfactory Work

“C” average 70%-79% “ I “ Incomplete Work

“D” below average 60%-69%

“F” failing                               0-59%

(All incomplete work must be completed within 2 weeks after the close of the semester or the grade will become an “F”)


First semester class change request MUST be made during the FIRST 3 DAYS of the semester.

Second semester class change request MUST be completed in December before the semester break.

Students failing to meet these deadlines must wait until the end of the current semester to request changes in their schedule.

Students will not be permitted to enroll in a new subject or class after the first week of the semester.


An Honor Roll will be published at the end of each semester.

  • Superintendent’s Honor Roll-Students with a 4.0 GPA

  • Principal’s Honor Roll-Students with a 3.0 GPA with no grade below a “C”.

The Oklahoma High School Honor Society is made up of students earning the highest ten percent of grades during the last semester of the previous year and the first semester of the current year.  

Honors classes include the following: All Concurrent  Courses and the following High School courses. Chemistry, Physics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Math Analysis, AP Calculus AB, Pre-AP English I, Pre-AP English II, AP English III, AP English IV, AP Government and Politics, Honors Biology I, Microbiology, Anatomy/Physiology.


Graduation is a very special event that should portray admiration, reverence, honor and tradition.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Ketchum High School administration to organize and set up graduation ceremonies accordingly.  


Scholastic ratings will be based upon 3 ½ years of high school work; the final semester of the senior year will not be counted.  Students must take a minimum of 6 honors courses to be considered for the title of valedictorian or salutatorian.  Only students enrolled for a minimum of six periods, which includes classes taken at the Vo-Tech and concurrent enrollment, will be considered for the title of Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

The student(s) with the highest GPA will be Valedictorian. The student(s) with the next highest GPA will be Salutatorian. To be eligible the students must have taken 4 English, 4 math, 4 science, and 4 history classes.  Complete 1 unit each of Art and Music and Computer technology.

Complete 2 units of the same foreign language (Starting freshman 2014-15).

  • Valedictorian-signified by wearing a gold cord.

  • Salutatorian-signified by wearing a royal cord.

  • Academic Scholar-signified by wearing a light blue cord.

  • National Honor Society-signified by wearing the NHS collar.

  • Diploma of Honor-signified by wearing a gold tassel.




Students may earn a Diploma of Honor by meeting the following requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum of 24 units/credits required for graduation

  • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

  • Complete 4 units of English, Math, Science and Social Studies (8th grade Alg. I will count)

  • Complete 1 unit each of Art and Music and Computer technology.

  • Complete 2 units of the same foreign language (Starting freshman 2014-15).



Students are notified each year if they qualify for the National Honor Society and must complete the application process to be officially admitted.  An advisory committee of teachers and the sponsor will interview and determine if the student is eligible to become a member.  Questions concerning eligibility should be directed to the sponsor.


Students may be exempt from semester tests if they meet the following requirements:

  • A’s in all classes with no more than 4 absences

  • B’s or better in all classes and no more than 3 absences

  • C’s or better in all classes and no more than 2 absences

Each individual instructor will determine exemptions.  In order to be exempt, students must meet the grade and attendance requirements in all classes.  If a student is required to take one test, then he/she must take all tests.  Any student may take semester tests in order to improve the grade for that class.


The State of Oklahoma has mandated that students have the opportunity to be promoted or receive credit for classes through taking and passing proficiency tests.  A student must score a 90% or above to receive credit.  Individual tests will be given upon a request of a student or parent.  Proficiency tests will only be taken once per semester.  Please contact the school for any questions regarding proficiency testing.


The Ketchum High School Code (371-970) often referred to as the C.E.E.B.  code is the same used for the ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement Tests.  To register for any of these tests, the student should contact the counselor to obtain an application packet or register online at ACT.org.  It is the student’s responsibility to mail the completed application packet before the close of registration.


The PSAT is a measure of verbal and mathematical abilities that are important for college.  It is also used to predict performance on the SAT test that some colleges require for admission purposes.  By taking the test, juniors are automatically entered into scholarship competition through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


The SAT II tests are required by highly selective colleges and are usually taken after the student has completed the highest-level course in a subject area or in the fall semester of the senior year.


The ACT and SAT measure academic ability and achievement and are required by colleges for admission purposes.  Oklahoma colleges and the majority of those in the Midwest require the ACT.  Colleges on the East and West coasts generally require the SAT. Students are responsible for bringing their test ticket, identification, calculator and pencils to the test site.

ACT Test Date Information

Registration Deadline (Tentative) Test Date

August 5, 2016 September 10, 2016

September 16, 2016 October 22, 2016

November 4, 2016 December 10, 2016

January 06, 2017 February 11, 2017

March 03, 2017 April 08, 2017

May 5, 2017 June 10, 2017

Juniors: PSAT: Oct 19th.   All Juniors will be offered a free PSAT test.

FREE Junior ACT: Mar 21st. 2017


Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism is defined as using another person’s work as your own.  This will include but not be limited to downloading material from the Internet, computer hard drives, using another person’s previously completed work to be turned in for a grade, etc.  Cheating is defined as using unacceptable means to achieve academic success.  Cheating may include, but is not limited to the following: the use of cellphones, tablets, copying tests, individual in-class assignments, or homework, obtaining verbal assistance or looking on another’s work during a test, or using unauthorized test material.  The consequences for cheating and plagiarism will include loss of credit on the academic project (term paper, research paper, etc.) and discipline will be administered at the discretion of the Principal.


Eligibility begins the 4th week of each semester.  Ineligibility begins on Sunday and ends on the following Saturday.  Students who are failing a class will be placed on probation and will have one week to bring the failing grade up to passing.  Students failing any class(es) two weeks in succession are ineligible and cannot participate in any activity (field trips, dances, assemblies, athletic events, etc.) during the week that they are ineligible.  Students will remain ineligible until passing grades are achieved in all classes.


Notices are mailed each week beginning with the 4th week of the semester to the parents/guardians of those students who are failing a class or classes.


Report cards are issued following the end of each nine-week grading period.  Semester grades are the only grades recorded on the permanent record of each student.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school if their students work is unsatisfactory.


Tutoring is offered at no cost to students that need extra help to maintain eligibility.  Contact the school for more information and the tutoring schedule.


Seniors have an opportunity to visit a college campus once each semester during the school day.  Students wishing to use a college day must have an ACT score on file with the school, cannot be on the ineligible list, cannot have excessive absences, obtain a permission form with the parent/guardian’s signature, have permission form turned in to office the day before the planned visit, and bring back proof of visit verified by the college.  College day visits that follow the proper procedure will not count toward the 8-day absence policy.




1) Acceptable Use - The purpose of NSFNET, which is the backbone network to the Internet, is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. School use must be in support of education and research and consistent with educational objectives. Use of other organizations network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable.


2) Privileges - The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student who receives access will participate in a discussion with an LEA faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network. The system administrators and teachers will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. The district may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user access.


3) Netiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following:

a) Be polite. Your messages should not be abusive to others.

b) Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

c) Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or the addresses and/or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

d) Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

e) Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

f) Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

g) All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.


4) Ketchum Public Schools and the Oklahoma State Department of Education make no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Ketchum Public Schools and the Oklahoma State Department of Education will not be responsible for any damages suffered. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence, errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Ketchum Public Schools or the Oklahoma State Department of Education is at the user’s own risk. Ketchum Public Schools is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained.


5) Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a teacher who will in turn notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate any problems to other users. Do not use another individual's account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to access Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.


6) Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, data of another user, Internet, or any agencies or other networks that are connected to the NSFNET Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.


Any violation of the regulations is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should any violation occur, access privileges may be revoked; school disciplinary and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

    Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.


Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.


Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

       School officials with legitimate educational interest;

       Other schools to which a student is transferring;

       Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

       Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

       Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

       Accrediting organizations;

       To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

       Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

       State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

The District has designated the following information as “directory information,” and it will disclose that information without prior written consent:

1. The student’s name;

2. The names of the student’s parents;

3. The student’s address;

4. The student’s telephone listing;

5. The student’s electronic mail address;

6. The student’s date and place of birth;

7. The student’s dates of attendance;

8. The student’s grade level (i.e., first grade, tenth grade, etc.);

9. The student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports;

10. The student’s degrees, honors and awards received;

11. The student’s weight and height, if a member of an athletic team;

12. The student’s photograph; and

13. The most recent educational agency or institution attended.


The Ketchum High School Library Media Center is available for any student to utilize during his/her studies at Ketchum High School.  The media center provides a selection of fiction and nonfiction materials that the student may check out of the library for personal use.  Items must be checked out before leaving the media center. If items are not returned in a reasonable amount of time or by the end of the semester, they will be deemed ‘lost’ and student must pay the replacement cost of the item. Reference books and audio/visual items may not be checked out of the library unless prior arrangements are made with the student, a teacher, and the library media specialist.  In these cases, the items may be checked out overnight.

Standard replacement costs:

Replacement costs will be based on prices through the best source for ordering media center items.

Items declared as “lost” by the student require immediate payment of the replacement cost.

Students visiting the library during class times must have a signed note from their classroom instructor to remain in the library.  The note should include what assignment(s) the student should be working on.  “Free” time should be spent reading.  The library should remain a relatively quiet location for independent or group study or reading.  As such, students who are talking, and not working, will be sent back to their classroom.

School computer usage is a privilege, not a right.  Students are not to alter any computer settings without the permission of the Library Media Specialist.  Computers are for school work only and are not to be used for movies or games.  Students violating their Internet agreement or utilizing school computers for non-school activities may be restricted from using school computers for a period of up to one school year, depending on the activities involved, as determined by the library media specialist.


The Ketchum High School attendance policy applies to all students in school.  The attendance policy is intended to encourage students to be regular in their attendance.  It is the responsibility of parents to insure that their student attend school.  The school program cannot reach students who are not present.  Thus compulsory school attendance is necessary and the school district requires regular attendance in compliance with state laws.

  • In order for a student to receive a passing grade in a class he/she must be in attendance for 90% of the semester.   ALL absences will be counted in calculating the 90% rule.

  • Attendance letters will be sent home on the 3rd, 5th and 8th absence.  These letters will list all days that the student has been absent.

  • When a student exceeds 8 absences in any class or all classes, the student will receive an F in the classes affected, and the parents or guardians will be notified.  

  • Parents may ask for individual consideration of excessive absences by contacting the principal.  The principal will schedule an attendance meeting with the student, parent(s) and a committee of teachers.   The principal will notify the participants of the committee decision.  The student or parent may appeal the decision of the Principal to the Board of Education at its next regular meeting by asking for such hearing to be placed on the agenda five (5) days prior to the meeting.

  • Absences due to participation in school activities will not count towards the 8 days.  According to OSSAA rules, a student may only miss 10 school days (except for participation in state sponsored activities) during the school year.

  • Once a student has been placed on an attendance contract or he/she has gone over on attendance they cannot attend any extracurricular activities during school hours unless it is a state sponsored function.

  • Students who receive an out of school suspension will be counted absent the days they are out of school.  These days will count towards the number of days absent during the semester.

  • On the day following an absence, the student must report to the office for an admit slip.  The office must receive a note or phone call from the parent or guardian stating the cause and date of the absence.  If there is no contact with parent or guardian, the absence will be considered unexcused. A student will not be allowed to make up assignments missed if the absence is labeled unexcused.

  • Students who are absent for 10 consecutive days without contact from parent or guardian will be dropped from the roll, and , if under the age of 18 will be turned in to the District Attorney.


When a student is late to class that student will be sent to the office for a tardy slip.  A student who is more than fifteen (15) minutes late for class will be recorded as being absent from that class.  Teachers will record and keep track of tardies. Car trouble will not count as an excused tardy and may be excused at the discretion of the principal. Three tardies will equal one absence and will count as one of the eight days of absence in accordance to the attendance policy.   Students who are late to school or class will be assigned to after school detention on the day of the tardy. If student fails to do detention, the tardy will be considered an absence.  Excessive tardies could also result in being assigned to Saturday School.


A student is considered to be truant when he/she leaves school without permission from the office or remains away from school with the knowledge or consent of his/her parent/guardian.  This is considered to be an unexcused absence and the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency may be called for support.


Students who drive automobiles, motorbikes or any other vehicle to school or on school property will be required to follow all traffic laws.  Students are required to park all vehicles when they arrive at school and leave them parked until all buses have left in the afternoon.  After vehicles are parked students are NOT TO leave parking lot.  Loitering in vehicles and parking lot is not permitted.  Students may not return to any vehicle during the day without permission from the office.  Students who drive in an unsafe manner may not be allowed to drive on school property.


School closings due to inclement weather will be posted to the school website, through Remind, and announced over the following radio and television stations:

Radio:  KITO (Vinita) KGNC  (Ketchum) KGVE (Grove)

T.V.     Channel 2 (Tulsa) Channel 6 (Tulsa) Channel 8 (Tulsa)

  • CELL PHONES AND OTHER WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES Any student having a wireless telecommunication device must keep the device turned “off” and not visible during the time the student arrives on campus until the student leaves campus.  Teachers will have a wireless device (cell phone) holding device in each classroom, and the teacher will require the students to use the wireless device (cell phone) holding device during his/ her classes, unless deemed a device needed in class by the teacher. If school staff observes such a device in class, it may be confiscated until redeemed by a parent or guardian. Students who do not follow the policy will be subject to the following: (1) On the first offense, the cell phone will be confiscated for a minimum of one day, and the student will serve a 45 minute detention before the cell phone is returned  (2) On the second offense, the cell phone will be confiscated for a minimum of seven (7) days, one week, and will be returned only to the parent and the student will serve  two (2) 45 minute detentions (3) On the third offense, the cell phone will be confiscated for fourteen (14) days, two weeks, and will be returned only to the parent.  Teachers have the authority to allow wireless devices in class if used for academic purposes. Students will be permitted to use their electronic devices during students specific lunch hour (in the commons area, NOT in the hallway) and on the buses, provided students can follow cell phone usage rules. Privileges may be revoked at any time for inappropriate use. If a student posts, texts, etc. anything inappropriate, the student will be automatically suspended for three (3) days. (i.e. Fights, inappropriate videos or photo of students, etc) NOTE: Schools are not responsible for the theft or loss of any student’s wireless communication device.


Ketchum High School is a closed campus.  Students are prohibited from leaving during the school day.   Checking out to eat lunch, run errands or for other similar reasons are not permitted.  All students are expected to eat food provided by the school or to bring their lunch from home.  No outside vendors are permitted to sell hot food products on campus.  No student will be allowed to order out and have his or her lunch delivered.  If a student needs to be checked out during lunchtime, a parent must come and check the student out of school.  No notes or phone calls will be accepted.  Once a student has arrived at school, he/she is not permitted to leave, unless checked through the office.


An attack on the person, family, animals or property of school officials has a substantial direct and immediate negative effect on the discipline and effectiveness of a school.   Students should be aware that they could be disciplined for disruptive or violent acts committed on campus or at school- sponsored activities.  School authorities may discipline pupil for out-of-school conduct having a direct and immediate effect on the discipline and welfare of the school.


In the event a student should become ill while at school, he/she will be referred to the office.  If the child needs to go home, parents will be contacted by the principal’s office and are responsible for having their child picked up from school. Students should not attend school, and shall be sent home, when one or more of the following conditions exist:

Head Lice - No-Nit Policy: Students who have head lice/nits will be sent home. They are not to return to school until a Health Official has seen them with proof of receiving treatment and nit removal or by the HCC at Ketchum School. All new students that enroll will go through head lice screening the day of enrollment or before entering school. Head Lice is considered a communicable disease. The HCC will work closely with parent/guardian to give appropriate instruction on care of head lice. The Department of Health recommends each school district establish a “no-nit” policy. We reserve the right to contact Family Services after the 3rd occurrence, due to lack of parental compliance with this illness/communicable disease.

Scabies - Students will be sent home. They may not return until proof of treatment.

Chicken Pox - Students may return to school 7-10 days after the onset of the rash and when lesions are crusted.

Temperature - Students with a temperature of 100.0 will be sent home for at LEAST 24 hours or until free of temperature.

Strep Throat - Students having strep throat should be home on medication 24 hours before returning to school (must be fever free for 24 hours also)

Pink Eye - Students with symptoms of pinkeye will be sent home. They may return to school when they have been on medication for 24 hours, or redness and drainage is gone,

or have a doctor’s note.

Diarrhea/Vomiting- Student will be sent home if deemed a possible communicable disease issue, or if the child cannot function in the classroom. Students should be kept home 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea or vomiting before returning to school.

Communicable Diseases - Students:

A student shall not be permitted to attend classes or other school or other school-sponsored activities if the student is known to be afflicted with or liable to transmit any contagious or infectious disease unless the administration or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence that

1. The student is no longer infected or liable to transmit disease.

2. The student is afflicted with a chronic infectious disease, which poses little risk of    

    transmission in the school environment with reasonable precautions.

Any student permitted to attend school with a chronic infectious disease must do so under specified conditions. Each case shall be handled in an individual manner. Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in the student being excluded from school. Any student determined as having a chronic infectious disease and who is not permitted to attend school will be provided instruction in an alternative educational setting in accordance with district policy.

The School District has developed specific policies and procedures in section 3HCC of the District Policy Manual. These policies adhere strictly to State status and Department of Education guidelines.


If a teacher or an administrator becomes aware of a health problem involving a student, the parents or guardians of the student will be notified and a conference will be scheduled.  If efforts to resolve the problem through consultation with the parents are not successful, the administrator shall consider referring the matter to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Any child who is determined to be afflicted with head lice, ring worms, or meningococcal meningitis shall be prohibited from attending school.   If the student is sent to the office with head lice, the student will be removed from the classroom and the parents will be called to come to the school to pick the student up.  After the student has been effectively treated, the parent must bring the student to the office to be readmitted to school.  No student will be allowed to ride the school bus or be readmitted to school until the student is free of lice and nits.  ALL NITS MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE A STUDENT CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL.


http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/documents/files/2014_OSDE_Law_Book.pdf p. 879


No dangerous weapons will be permitted on school grounds or at any school-sponsored function.  This includes guns, knives, or other lethal instruments or any item that might be used as a lethal weapon.  No one may use any article as a weapon to threaten or injure another person.  Students are instructed to bring to school only those articles that they need to use in school.  Pupils are not to bring articles to school, however innocuous, that might distract them or others from their schoolwork.  Examples are laser lights, water guns, fireworks, zappers, cap pistols, pagers, etc.  Any student who uses or possesses a firearm at school, at any school-sponsored event, or in or upon school property including school transportation or school-sponsored transportation will be removed for not less than one full calendar year.  Ketchum Schools will define firearms according to the laws of Oklahoma.


The school’s primary goal is to educate, not discipline.  However, when the behavior of an individual comes in conflict with the rights of others, corrective actions are necessary for the benefit of the individual and of the school.  In considering alternatives for disciplinary action, the faculty and administration of Ketchum Public School may use but are not limited to the following:

*Conference with student                   *Before and/or after school detention

*Parental conference/advise parents *In-school suspension

*Out-of-school suspension *Expulsion

*Temporarily remove from class or group *Corporal punishment (swats)

*Permanently remove from class or group *Financial restitution

*Involvement of law enforcement *Referral to other social agencies


Profanity and obscene or vulgar language will not be tolerated in the classrooms, on the school premises, school bus, or on school-sponsored events.  Open defiance of school personnel will not be permitted or tolerated in the classroom, on the school premises, school bus, or school-sponsored events.  Insulting and abusive language will not be tolerated or permitted by the student toward either staff or other students.  A student will not interfere with the teaching-learning process of the classroom.


Appropriate dress and personal grooming by each student for all school activities should reflect the high standards of the school and community.  Clothing, hair color, hairstyles and visible body piercing that are determined to be a distraction and disruption to the educational process are not permitted.  Dress or grooming which is in any way disruptive to the operation of the school will not be permitted.  Principals, in conjunction with sponsors, coaches or other persons in charge of extracurricular activities may regulate dress and grooming of student who participate in a particular activity.

The following are specifically prohibited:

  • Cutoffs, tank tops, muscle shirts, or athletic-style undershirts (A-Shirts) except in gym and times designated by the school district. Shirts split down the side are not permissible at any time.

  • Shirts or blouses that do not overlap their skirts or trousers when arms are extended upward over the head.

  • Writing or pictures on shirts or patches that suggest obscenity, vulgarity, advertise or advocate alcohol, drugs, tobacco or other illegal or inappropriate products or activities that have double meanings related to the above.

  • Skirts, dresses must touch the top of the knees when standing.  Shorts must have a minimum of a five (5) inch inseam.

  • Hats, headbands, bandanas, sun visors or sunglasses are unacceptable apparel in the school building.  The administrator reserves the right to remove and take any of these items when necessary.

  • Chains of any length will not be allowed at school.

  • Revealing or sexually provocative clothing and clothing of extreme style may not be worn.

  • When wearing leggings/jeggings, your top must be no less than 6 inches above the knee or longer (While standing up straight and NOT while top is being pulled on)

  • House shoes will not be permitted at school. This also includes “driving shoes” and “slippers.”

  • Shorts may be worn but must conform to the above regulations.

  • Sleeveless shirts are permissible as long as the shirt extends to the point where the arm joins the shoulder and not more than ½ inch below the armpit.

  • Clothing with rips, tears or holes is unacceptable dress.  Students wearing such clothing will be sent home to change and time missed from class must be made up after school.

  • If a student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under the above provisions, the principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections.  If the student declines, the principal shall notify the student’s parents or legal guardian and request that the necessary corrections are made.  If both the student and parent or legal guardians refuse, the principal shall take the appropriate disciplinary action.

  • Lip rings, Gauges and Spacers  are not allowed.

  • Nose rings will not be allowed. Clear studs may be acceptable. (At Principal’s discretion)



The sale, distribution, use or possession of non-intoxicating or alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, illegal drugs, marijuana or other materials expressly prohibited by federal, state or local laws is not permitted by students in school buildings, on school property or at school functions.  The sale, distribution, or abusive use of prescription, patent or imitation drugs is not permitted.  Further, “drug paraphernalia’s” defined in 63 O.S., 2-191, paragraph 32, is unlawful to use, possess, or distribute.


  • Whenever possible, parent/guardian will be notified.

  • Law enforcement agency will be notified of any criminal activity and school officials will cooperate fully.

  • The Superintendent of Schools will be contacted.

  • Suspension of up to two (2) semesters

These consequences will be imposed independently of court action.  However, the consequences may be lessened or waived if information provided by the student leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons illegally dealing in drugs.  In the event a student is suspended from school for chemical problems, the administration may require evidence that he/she has completed or is currently undergoing acceptable rehabilitation treatment before allowing the student to return to school.  Pupils shall not have any reasonable expectations of privacy toward school administrators or teachers in the contents of a school locker, desk, or other school property.  School administrators may search a student’s personal belongings, such as purses, gym bags and etc. when there is reasonable cause.  School personnel shall have access to school lockers, desks and other school property in order to properly supervise the welfare of students.  School lockers, desks and other areas of school facilities may be opened and examined by school officials at any time, and no reason shall be necessary for such search.  (Section 1, Amendatory 70 O.S.1981, Section 24-102)


  • DRUG—A drug is any chemical that in sufficient amounts will alter a person’s function normally on a mental or physical task.  Drugs include, but are not limited to alcohol, controlled substances, hallucinatory drugs, marijuana, glue, paint, white out or materials expressly prohibited by federal, state or local law.

  • POSSESSION—Possession includes having the drug on the person or among the personal possessions (locker, car, purse and etc.) of the individual.

  • ABUSIVE USE—The taking of more or less of a drug than what is prescribed so as to alter the person’s ability to function normally on a mental or physical task.


Ketchum Public Schools is committed to creating a healthy, safe, learning, environment for all students that enhances personal safety and encourages respect, dignity, and equality among students.  Ketchum Public Schools is committed to creating and maintaining a learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment. Bullying may include name calling, racial slurs, pushing, crowding, hitting, pinching, making

fun of a person’s body, telling mean jokes about someone, threatening to hurt someone, shooting the finger at someone, hitting someone, or taking someone else’s things without permission. Bullying will not be tolerated anywhere. This includes school facilities, premises and non-school property if the student is at any school- sponsored event, function, or activity.  Students who are found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions.


Fire, Intruder and Tornado drills will be conducted each semester in accordance with state law.


Students serve as a role model in the community and represent Ketchum High School at extracurricular activities.  With this in mind, students are expected to abide by all policies as set forth in this handbook and the rules and policies as set forth in the Ketchum Extracurricular Policy that will be distributed by the sponsor of the extracurricular activity in which the student wishes to participate.  No student shall be eligible to represent Ketchum High School in any activity or athletic event if he/she is too ill to attend school the day of the activity or event.  Students must attend all seven (7) periods on the day of the activity, field trip or event, subject to the principal’s discretion.  Extra-curricular activities/organizations include FCCLA, Vocal Music, Academic team, STUCO, Science Club, FCA, Cheerleaders, NHS, Robotics, and Athletics.  Students who fail two (2) core classes for a semester will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities the following six weeks, regardless of their new semester grades.


  • Cheer Team is in charge of pep assembly and the coronation.

  • Student Council will be in charge of homecoming activities (i.e.- Spirit Week).  

  • Voting for the queen and queen’s court will be done via chromebooks, by the entire student body, with the ballots counted by an appointed committee consisting of the cheer team sponsor(s) and two high school teachers.

  • The Kindergarten teacher will select the crown bearer and flower girl.  One boy and one girl will be selected.

  • The Yearbook sponsor is in charge of pictures.

SENIOR NIGHT—seniors recognized during the football game shall include those who have competed in the following activities:  Football and Cheerleading

Seniors recognized during the basketball game shall include those who have competed in the following activities: Basketball

All other seniors may be honored during their individual sports at the coach’s discretion.


  • All girls are eligible for homecoming attendant. (To be selected by class vote)

  • Two (2) attendants will be selected from each grade 9-11. Four (4) candidates will be selected from the 12th grade. The queen will be voted out of the attendant candidates.

  • Escorts will be selected from the football team by the football team.

  • All participants must be eligible at the time of selection and coronation.

  • Attendants will also be responsible for helping cheer team with coronation.

  • Attendants and escorts must pass a drug test.


  • If a student goes into a classroom for help before school or lunch, he/she must obtain permission from the teacher on hall duty before entering the classroom or library.

  • The same rules apply during the lunch period.

When a student is allowed to leave a classroom, he/she must have a hall pass.  Any student in the hall without a pass will be escorted to his/her classroom.


Immunizations must be up-to-date prior to school entry.   It is the responsibility of the parent and /or guardian to ensure that each child that enters school has the proper vaccinations.  Parents must provide documentation to the school in order for their child to be exempt from immunizations.


Each student will be assigned a hallway locker for the keeping of books, school supplies and clothing.  Lockers are to be kept neat and clean at all times.  School officials may make inspections.  No item considered dangerous by the administration may be kept in the lockers and will be removed if found there.  This includes glass or any object that may be potentially dangerous.  Oklahoma State Law permits inspection of student lockers at the discretion of local school officials.  Students attending Ketchum Public Schools should not expect privacy of the contents of their lockers, desks or other school property.


School officials may inspect and search students’ lockers as the need arises, with or without “reasonable suspicion.”  Blanket searches of all lockers are permitted to insure the proper safety to the student body.  When contraband, drugs or dangerous weapons are found, they are to be seized by the school official conducting the locker search in the presence of a witness.  Notification of law enforcement officers may be warranted and proper warrants obtained.


Students will be required to pay for damage or loss of textbooks, library books, or articles of equipment checked out to them.  Any financial obligations incurred during the school year must be satisfied before 9 weeks or semester tests are administered.


  • Student I.D. cards will be available at the first of school.  A student may not go through the lunch line without an I.D. card.  Additional lunch cards are available in the office for $2.00.

  • Misconduct will immediately be taken care of by a teacher or the principal.  If cases are severe, a teacher or the principal may decide that the student should not return to the lunch area.

  • If there is a problem with a student, he/she will be turned into the office for disciplinary action.

  • Examples of reasons for being turned into the office are refusing to pick up own trash, disrespect, foul language and roughhousing (throwing objects, moving tables and putting them back, etc.).


The librarian will post the Library regulations and rules.


All medications, whether prescription or over the counter, must be brought to the office on arrival at school.


  • No physical contact will be allowed between students.  This includes pushing, fighting or public displays of affection.

  • Students are not to bring CD’s, CD players, MP3 players or other Digital Audio players to school.  

  • No student visitors from other schools will be permitted.


There is a basic right to attend school without being subjected to threat of injury or being intimidated in any fashion.  Incidents of assault, battery, extortion, or verbal intimidation are not acceptable at school or at school functions.  Students who interfere with, intimidate, harass, or injure an employee or student of the Ketchum Public Schools, may be expelled from the school for the remainder of the semester (and possibly the following semester).  A conference will be held with the employee, student, parents and administration when the student requests to be readmitted to school.  At this time, the administration will make the decision as to whether or not the student will be readmitted to school.


Students directly involved in any organized pre planned activity that may create problems to the school, such as attendance, destruction or disruption may be suspended for as long as one semester.  Any student who engages in disruptive behavior in violations of these policies on or near the last day of the school year, with the obvious intent of avoiding disciplinary actions, shall at the discretion of the principal, be suspended for the remainder of the current school year.  The offending student shall not be admitted to school for the next semester until such time as the principal and the parents have conferred and resolved the issue regarding the student’s unacceptable behavior.


The Board of Education of Ketchum Schools believes that the Junior-Senior Prom is an important, optional part of a student’s educational process.  The Prom provides students with an opportunity to experience a formal event with their peers.   Because Prom is such an important event, the following guidelines and regulations have been established:

  • All seniors will be invited to the Prom.

  • All juniors who meet the criteria established by the Junior Class and the Junior Sponsor will be eligible to attend the Prom.

  • The Prom is a formal event and only students and their dates wearing formal attire will be admitted.  Formal attire is defined as follows:  MALE—Suit or pants with jacket, dress shirt, dress shoes and socks.  This is further defined as being able to include black denim jeans with a dress shirt and hat, if appropriate.  FEMALE—after five dresses.  This shall be further defined as a dress with less than 3 inches of midsection showing, or any dress deemed appropriate by the Junior Class Sponsor or High School Administration.

  • Seniors and eligible juniors may bring dates.  The dates must

  1. Be at least a freshman in high school.

  2. Be less than 21 years of age.  (An exception will be made for the spouse of a student).

  3. Abide by the rules and regulations of the Ketchum High School Student Handbook.

  4. Dates not attending Ketchum must be approved by the school principal in advance.

  • Upon entering the Prom site students and/or dates may not leave.  If they do leave, they must sign out and will not be permitted to re-enter the Prom.

  • Any student who is suspended from school when the Prom is held will not be eligible to attend the Prom.   Likewise, any student who has been suspended from school three or more times during the school year, or has been expelled from school during the school year will not be eligible to attend the Prom.


A school administrator may search a student’s personal belongings, such as gym bags, when there is reasonable cause.  The student’s due process is to be strictly protected by:

  • Informing the student of the reason for the search.

  • Informing the student of the evidence against them.

  • Allowing the student to present his/her side of the story.

General searches of the student body are permitted to insure the protection and welfare of all students.  General searches may be limited to particular classrooms or the entire school.

A search by a Law Enforcement Officer requires “probable cause” and a warrant, except in unusual circumstances, signed by a magistrate.  When seizure of a student by a Law Enforcement Officer is necessary, the schools will cooperate with the local and state Law Enforcement agencies.  The Principal or his designee will make for questioning and/or arrest any student relative to the incident.  When a student is to be questioned by a Law Enforcement Officer, the school will

  • Notify the parent/guardian of the student.

  • Provide certified witness to all questioning.

  • Document all procedures, including the names of the arresting officers.


All doors except the front entrances should be locked at the end of seventh period classes after students have been dismissed.  No students should be in the building after school lets out except those under direct supervision of a teacher or other school employee.  This includes the gymnasium and other out buildings.  


Each month a student in each grade 9-12 will be chosen by the faculty to represent the school as the Student of the Month. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The students must have no unexcused absences and no disciplinary referrals for the current school year. They must also meet all the eligibility requirements for participation in the activities as stated in the Student Handbook. They also may not receive the honor more than once during the current school year.


No person should steal, deface or destroy another person’s property or public property.  Any student, who steals, defaces or destroys another person’s property or public property shall be punished.  Incidents may be reported to the police and/or juvenile authorities.  Any student who is guilty of breaking and entering when school is not in session could be suspended for the remainder of the semester and the incident will be reported to the police and/or juvenile authorities.  Reimbursement for materials stolen or damaged must be made.  

No person may deliberately set fire to public or private property or any other material with the intent to destroy property or endanger lives.  Persons guilty of arson may be suspended for up to two (2) semesters and be reported to the proper authorities.


A student who receives an out-of-school suspension of 10 days or less shall have the right to appeal the Principal’s suspension action.  The parent/guardian or student of legal age may request a review by contacting the Superintendent of Schools.  A suspension review committee (SRC) will review the suspension action.  The hearing must be held within two days of the request for appeal.  The student will be allowed to attend school while the suspension is pending; however, the Principal may decide to place the student in “In-School-Suspension” until the appeal is heard and a decision is made.  While the suspension is pending and awaiting a decision by the SRC, the student may not participate in or attend any school activities.

Students who are suspended may do their work and receive credit when completed and turned in to the teacher.  All assignments must be completed and turned in when the student returns to school at the conclusion of the suspension.  Students who are suspended will be counted as absent on the days for which they are suspended.


Smoking and the use of tobacco products by students on school property are prohibited.  Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, lighters and papers are not to be brought to school.


Riding a school bus is a privilege and the privilege may be revoked for not abiding by the bus rider rules.  This also includes riding the bus to lunch.  (The bus rider rules are a part of the student enrollment packet).  Disciplinary action for misconduct on the school bus will be given. The bus rules are as follows: 

1) Board the bus in an orderly manner.

2) Remain seated at all times.

3) Keep arms, hands, head, and all other body parts inside the bus.

4) Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.

5) Do not throw anything inside the bus.

6) Do not block the bus aisle.

7) Do not curse or use provocative words or gestures.

8) Do not shout or make loud noises.

9) Do not bring objects that are prohibited at school onto the bus. Items include aerosol cans, umbrellas, balloons, lighters, lasers, cameras, cell phones, knives, guns….

10) Keep hands, feet, & all objects to self.

11) No pushing, tripping or fighting on the bus.

12) No eating, drinking, smoking, or littering on the bus.

13) If the driver uses assigned seating, students must occupy that seat.

14) Students should be on time at their designated bus stop.

15) Classroom conduct must be observed while on the bus.

16) Cell phone use is not permitted on the bus.

17) Do not destroy any part of the school bus.

18) Remember the driver is the authority on the bus; he/she should be obeyed at all times.

19) Notify the bus driver of any additional friends riding the bus on a given day.

20) A note from the office must be presented by the student to the bus driver anytime additional friends ride the bus or any time a student is to be dropped off at a site different from his or her assigned stop.


1st Step:   Bus driver handles the problem. (warning)

2nd Step:  Discipline form to the office to be sent home for parent signature.

3rd Step:   Student will be removed from the bus for 1 week.

4th Step:   Student will be removed from the bus for 1 month.

5th Step:  Student will be removed from the bus for remainder of year.


Ketchum High School students attending Northeast Oklahoma Area Vocational-Technical School during the regular school day will be required to ride to and from the vocational-technical school on the bus provided.  Students may make a formal request to the high school principal for an exception to the above.  The following must be completed before permission is granted.

  • A release to drive must be signed by parent/guardian and student.

  • Photocopy of student’s valid driver’s license and current insurance verification on file.

  • Students are prohibited from transporting other students or riding with other students.

  • Students who violate this policy will have their driving privileges revoked.


Students will not be released from any class to receive or place telephone call except for administratively confirmed emergencies.  In-coming telephone calls for students will be taken in the office and messages delivered to the student between classes.   NO student will be called from class to receive a telephone call except for an emergency.  The telephones in the offices are not to be used by students.


Ketchum School District Student Participant Alcohol and Illegal or Performance Enhancing Drugs Contract

Statement of Purpose and Intent:

Participation in driver’s education and in school-sponsored extracurricular activities at the Ketchum School District is a privilege and not a right.  Such privilege is governed by the attached Ketchum School District Policy on Testing for Alcohol and Illegal or Performance Enhancing Drugs (the “Policy”).  Alcohol and illegal or performance enhancing drug use of any kind is incompatible with participation in driver’s education and in extracurricular activities on behalf of the Ketchum School District.  Students who participate in activities are respected by the student body and are expected to hold themselves as good examples of conduct, sportsmanship and training.  Accordingly, student participants carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, their parents and their school to set the highest possible examples of conduct, which includes avoiding the use or possession of alcohol or illegal or performance enhancing drugs.

Participation in Driver’s Education and/or Extracurricular Activities:

For the safety, health and well-being of the students of the Ketchum School District, the Ketchum School District has adopted the attached Policy and this Student Participant Alcohol and Illegal or Performance Enhancing Drugs Contract (the “Contract”) which shall be read, signed and dated by the student, parent or custodial guardian and sponsor or coach before such student shall be eligible to practice or participate in driver’s education and/or in any extracurricular activity.  No student shall be allowed to practice or participate in driver’s education and/or in any extracurricular activity unless the student has returned the properly signed Contract.


Student's Last Name          First Name          Middle Initial Student ID Number

I understand after having read the Policy and this Contract that, out of care for my safety and health, the Ketchum School District enforces the rules applying to the consumption or possession of alcohol and illegal or performance enhancing drugs.  As a student participant, I realize that the personal decision that I make daily in regard to the consumption or possession of alcohol and illegal or performance-enhancing drugs may affect my health and well being as well as the possible endangerment of those around me and reflect upon any organization with which I am associated.  If I choose to violate the Policy regarding the use or possession of alcohol and illegal or performance enhancing drugs any time during the school year, I understand upon determination of that violation I will be subject to the restrictions of my participation as outlined in the Policy.


Signature of Student Date

We have read and understand the Policy and this Contract.  We desire that the student named above participate in driver’s education and/or the extracurricular activities of the Ketchum School District and we hereby agree to abide by all provisions of the Ketchum School District's Policy.  We accept and consent to the method of obtaining urine samples, testing and analyses of such specimens, and all other aspects of the program.  We agree to cooperate in furnishing urine specimens that may be required from time to time.  We further agree and consent to the disclosure of the sampling, testing and results as provided for in this program.  This consent is given pursuant to all State and Federal Privacy Statutes and is a waiver of rights to non-disclosure of such test records and results only to the extent of the disclosures authorized in the program.


Signature of Parent or Custodial Guardian Date

[If the student athlete is 18 years or older, he/she must also sign at this line in addition to the line above.]


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Signature of Sponsor/Coach/instructor Activity Date