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KETCHUM PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

MIDDLE SCHOOL HANDBOOK 



ADMINISTRATION

Pete Hiseley  – Superintendent


MIDDLE SCHOOL PERSONNEL

Principal:    Jennifer Turner

Admin. Assistant: Jessica Knoten  

Counselor: Elizabeth Gann


MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE

Phone:  782-3242   

Fax: 782-3016




ABSENCES

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 parent stating the cause and date of the absence.  When a student reaches 9 absences in any one class, they will be ineligible in that class until an attendance meeting can be scheduled with the parent or guardian.  CHECK ATTENDANCE POLICY.

 


ATTENDANCE

Oklahoma State Law provides that all eligible children must attend school.  Students are allowed a total of eight (8) absences per semester.  ALL absences are counted against students who are not in school, regardless of whether or not they have a doctor’s note or note from parent, unless they are representing the school in an activity.  Students, who are sick, have doctor’s appointments, have head lice, etc., are considered absent since they are not in school.  Parents should send a note of explanation for the absence with the child when he/she returns to school so the office can document it.  However, students under a doctor’s care or who have an extended illness will be considered on an individual basis by the building principal.  All assignments missed during an absence, must be made up.  Notification of absences will be sent home in a timely manner when students are approaching the violation of the attendance policy.  When the student exceeds 8 absences in any class or all classes without documentation of medical appointments, the student will receive an F in the classes affected and 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 student’s teachers after eight (8) absences.  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 days prior to the meeting.  Any absence, with the exception of absences due to participation in a school activity will count towards the 8 days.  WHEN A STUDENT REACHES THEIR (9TH) ABSENCE IN ANY CLASS, THEY WILL BECOME INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY, NO PROBATION PERIODS, UNTIL AN ATTENDANCE MEETING IS HELD WITH THE STUDENT’S PARENT AND THE BUILDING PRINCIPAL.


 

CANCELLATION OF CLASSES

School closing due to inclement weather or other reasons will be announced over the following T.V. stations and the school’s “One Call Now” system will be activated to deliver your automated phone message.

 

KJRH - Channel 2            KOTV - Channel 6           KTUL - Channel 8            Fox 23

 

Parents are urged to work out a standard procedure for their child to follow if school closes early and to make sure they thoroughly understand the plan.  Parents are asked to give the school emergency instructions and phone numbers for this type of situation.

 


CELL PHONES AND OTHER WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Teachers will have a wireless device (cell phone) holding devices in each classroom and the teacher will require the students to use the wireless device (cell phone) holding device during his or her class. 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 spend 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 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 electronic devices during students specific lunch hour (in the commons area, NOT in the hallway) and the buses provided student can follow cell phone usage rules. Privileges may be revoked at any time for inappropriate use. If students post, text, etc. anything inappropriate, 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. 



CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism will be 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 attain academic success.  Cheating may include, but is not limited to the following:  copying tests; 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, project, etc.) and discipline shall be administered at the Principal's discretion. 



CLOSED CAMPUS

Ketchum Middle School is a closed campus.  Students are prohibited from leaving during the school day.  Checking out to eat lunch, run errands or 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 students need to be checked out during lunchtime, a parent must come in and check the student out.  No notes or phone calls will be accepted.  Once a student has arrived at school, they are not permitted to leave unless checked out through the office.

 


COMMUNICABLE & CONTAGIOUS DISEASES/PARASITES

Students should not attend school and will be sent home from school if they are vomiting, have diarrhea, or have a temperature of 100.0.  In the event a student becomes ill while at school, parents will be contacted by the school office and are responsible for having their child picked up from school.  The student should be symptom free for a 24-hour period before returning to school.  If a teacher or an administrator becomes aware of a contagious health problem such as head lice, scabies, ringworms, strep throat, smallpox, chicken pox, hepatitis A, meningococcal meningitis, etc., the parents or legal guardian of the student shall be notified and a conference with the parents be scheduled.  If efforts to resolve the problem through consultation with the parents are not successful, the administrator shall consider referring the matter to DHS.  A child with a contagious health problem will not be allowed to attend school OR other school sponsored activities until a health official has determined that the child is no longer contagious.  Any child who is determined to be afflicted with head lice or ring worms shall be prohibited from attending school.  If the student is sent to the office with lice, the student will be removed from the classroom and parent will be called to pick the student up.  After the student has been effectively treated, the parent must bring the student to the office with a release or proof that contamination does not still exist.  If the student is free and clear of lice and nits, he or she may return to class.  ALL NITS MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE STUDENT CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL.




 CONDUCT AT SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students are not allowed to attend football, basketball, baseball, or softball games without adult supervision.  Students who are dropped off at the front gate or doors will not be allowed to enter unattended.  Students should remain seated in the gym and will not be allowed in the commons area unless they are in line at the concessions stand or using the restroom.

 



CONDUCT OFF SCHOOL PREMISES

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 pupils for out-of-school conduct having a direct and immediate effect on the discipline or welfare of the school.

 


DAILY SCHEDULE

Buses begin arriving at school at 8:05.  The school day will begin at 8:10, end at 3:20 and doors will be locked at 4:00 p.m.  The school day will consist of seven periods, with a five-minute passing period between classes.  Classes are scheduled as follows:

 

                                                Bell Schedule

                          

Breakfast at Elementary 8:00-8:25

1st hour 8:30-9:15

2nd hour 9:20-10:05

3rd hour 10:10-10:55

Lunch at High School 11:00-11:30

4th hour 11:35-12:15

5th hour 12:20-1:05

Flex Hour (6th hour) 1:05-1:40

7th hour 1:45-2:30

8th hour 2:35-3:20

All Bus riders will be released at 3:15


 DANCES

Only students enrolled in Ketchum Middle School may attend dances.  Any student listed on the failing list may not attend.  Dress codes may be altered for dances, but must meet policy regulations.  There will be at least 3 sponsors present during each dance. 

 



DANGEROUS WEAPONS AND DISTRACTING ITEMS

No dangerous weapons will be permitted on school grounds or any school sponsored function.  This includes guns, knives, brass knuckles, razor blades, laser lights, 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.  For example: water guns, firecrackers, zappers, cap pistols, pagers, rubber bands, etc.  Any student who uses or possess 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 from school for not less than one full calendar year.  Ketchum Schools will define firearms according to the laws of Oklahoma.

 



DISCIPLINE

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 will document the incident and choose a consequence from the following list:

 

*Conference with student                                        *Noon, 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

*Loss of school activity such as assemblies, dances, games, or field trips

 


DISRESPECT TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS

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


 

DRESS CODE

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, ink tattoos or writing, and visible body piercing or spacers 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 students who participate in a particular activity.  Students who violate provisions of the dress code and who refuse to correct the violation may be disciplined by removal or exclusion from extracurricular activities.  In extreme cases, students may be suspended until the violation is corrected.  The following are specifically prohibited:

  • Chains, cutoffs, pajama bottoms, racer back, tank or halter-tops, muscle shirt or spaghetti straps.  (Shirts must be 2 ½” wide at top of shoulder)

  • Hats, headbands, bandanas, sun visors or sunglasses inside the building

  • Pants or skirts with holes, tears, or rips above the knee that expose skin

  • Autographed clothing, track shorts or compression shorts

  • Shoes with cleats or skates are not allowed in the building

  • Pants, shorts, and skirts must fit up around the waist

  • Skirts must be at least a dollar bills width above the knee when standing

  • Shorts must have a minimum of a five (5) inch inseam

  • Shirts that do not overlap their skirts/pants when arms are extended above the head

  • Revealing or sexually provocative clothing, and clothing of extreme style

  • Writing, pictures, or patches on clothing that suggest unpatriotic themes, obscenity, vulgarity, advertise or advocate alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal or activities, inappropriate products or messages having double meanings relating to the above

  • Sleeveless shirts are permissible as long as the shirt extends to the point where the arm joins the shoulder and not more than 1/2 inch below the armpit

  • When wearing leggings/jeggings, your top must be 6 inches above the knee or LONGER (While standing up straight and NOT while top is being pulled on)

If a student's dress or grooming is objectionable under the above provisions, the principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections.  A parent or legal guardian may be required to bring other clothing for the student.  If the student is checked out to go home to change, it will be an unexcused absence.  If the student declines, the principal shall notify the student's parents or legal guardian and request that person make the necessary correction.  If both the student and parent or legal guardians refuse, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action.


 

DRUG, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, ALCOHOL POLICY

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 defined in 63 O.S., 2-191, paragraph 32, is unlawful to use, possess, or distribute.

 

VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING CONSEQUENCES:

1.         Whenever possible, parent/guardian will be notified.

2.         The Superintendent of Schools will be contacted.

3.    Law enforcement agencies will be notified of any criminal activity & have full cooperation from school officials.

4.         Suspension 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 pupils.  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).




DEFINITIONS


  • 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, 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.

 


EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION

Our eighth grade promotion ceremony held at the end of the school year for our out-going eighth graders is a privilege, not a right.  Therefore, some rules have been established regarding the eligibility for the promotion ceremony:

  • All monies owed to the school (lunch/lost textbooks or library books) for your student must be paid in full before the ceremony.

  • Your student must meet attendance requirements of no more than 8 absences per semester.

  • Your student must academically earn the right to participate in the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony.  If any student fails a class, but is socially promoted, they have not earned the privilege of participating in the promotion ceremony.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility begins the fourth week of each semester.  Students who are failing a class one week are on probation and have one week to bring the grade to passing.  Students who fail any class(es) two weeks in a row are ineligible and cannot participate in any activities (field trips, dances, assemblies, ballgames, etc.) during that week.  A student will remain ineligible until all grades in all classes are passing.  Eligibility begins on Sunday and ends the following Saturday.  Once a student is on the failing list, the student remains on the list for the week.  ATTENDANCE WILL AFFECT ELIGIBILITY WHEN A STUDENT VIOLATES THE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY.  WHEN A STUDENT MISSES THE 9TH DAY IN ANY ONE CLASS DURING A SEMESTER, THEY WILL BECOME INELIGIBLE IMMEDIATELY, NO PROBATION WEEK FOR ATTENDANCE ISSUES.

 


EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Fire, storm and tornado drills will be conducted each semester in accordance with state law.

 


EXTRA CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION

Students serve as a role model in the community and represent Ketchum Schools at extra-curricular activities.  With this in mind, students are expected to abide by all policies as set forth in this handbook and the rules and policies set forth in the Ketchum Extra Curricular Policy that will be distributed by the sponsor of the extra-curricular activity that the student wishes to participate.  No student shall be eligible to represent Ketchum School in any activity or athletic event if he/she is too ill to attend school the day of the activity or event or has been suspended out of school for that school year.  Students must attend all four (4) periods on the day of the activity, field trip or event, subject to the principal’s discretion.  Extra curricular activities/organizations include: Athletics-football-basketball-baseball-softball, Honor Society, Student Council, Cheerleading, Academic Team, and academic field trips.  Students who fail two core classes for a semester will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities the following semester for six weeks, regardless of their new semester grades.

 


EXEMPTION FROM SEMESTER TESTS

Students may be exempt from semester tests if they have:

  • A’s in ALL classes with no more than 4 absences in ANY class.

  • B’s (or above) in ALL classes with no more than 3 absences in ANY class

  • C’s (or above) in ALL classes with no more than 2 absences in ANY class

  • Earned 40 AR points for semester (suggested guideline is 20 points per 9 weeks)

The lowest grade in the student’s classes will determine the absence limit.  For Example – if a student has 3 A’s, 2 B’s, and 2 C’s then the student would be exempt if he/she had not missed any class more than 2 times.  If the student has any D’s or F’s they would not be exempt.  Also, if the student has more than 4 absences (excluding school activity absences) they would not be exempt.  Students who have not been here the entire semester do not qualify for exemptions.  Students who are exempt but come to school on those days will lose their exemption status and have to take all semester tests.



FIELD TRIPS OR OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS

Field trips are a reward as well as a learning experience, therefore; students may lose the privilege of attending such trips if they have received multiple discipline notices, have incomplete work, have been suspended at anytime during the school year, have in excess of 8 absences during a semester or any other record of irresponsibility.  To participate in an activity during or after school hours, a student must be present in classes the day of the event.  Students at school sponsored off-campus events shall be governed by school district rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of school district officials.  If a student leaves an event early, the child will be considered checked out of school.  School aged siblings will receive an unexcused absence from their own class(es) if they attend other grade level field trips. Field trips are considered to be a privilege.

 



FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

Any financial obligations incurred during the school year must be satisfied before 9 weeks or semester tests are administered or before school records will be forwarded to another district.  These would include:  lunch charges, overdue library fines, lost or damaged textbook or library book, or a lost or damaged school uniform or school equipment that has been checked out to students.

 


GRADES & GRADEBOOK

Grades shall be recorded as follows:  A, B, C, D, F, S, U, and I.  Semester Tests will count for 1/5 of the semester grade.  All incomplete work must be completed within 2 weeks after the close of the semester or the grade becomes an “F”.

 

“A” is excellent                                 90% - 100%                            “S” indicates Satisfactory work

“B” is superior                                  80% - 89%                              “U” indicates Unsatisfactory work

“C” is average                                  70% - 79%                              “I” indicates Incomplete work

“D” is below average                       60% - 69%                              “M” indicates Modified work

“F” is failing                                      0% - 59%


If you would like your student’s User ID and Password for our Grade-book login, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (918) 782-5091.  This allows parents to check student grades by going to www.ketchumwarriors.com and clicking on the grade-book tab.

 


HALL RULES AND HALL PASSES

At 8:10 a.m., students may go to their locker, the bathroom, office, library, cafeteria, or to a classroom for help.  If a student goes into a classroom for help, he/she must obtain permission from the teacher on hall duty before entering the classroom or library.  The same rules apply during the noon period.


 

HONOR ROLL

Students having straight A’s on their grade card for each semester period will be on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll.  Students with A’s and B’s on their report card for each semester period will be on the Principal’s Honor Roll.  Students cannot receive a C in any class and be on the honor roll.


 

IMMUNIZATIONS

Immunizations must be up-to-date prior to school entry.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that each child that enters school has the proper vaccinations.  All students entering the 7th grade are required to have one dose of Adult Tetanus.  This is a new requirement as of 2011.

 


LOCKERS

Each student will be assigned a hallway locker for the keeping of books, school supplies, and clothing.  Lockers are to be kept neat at all times.  Students may use locks, but an extra key or combination must be turned into the office or the lock could be cut.  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 other object that may be potentially dangerous.  Oklahoma State Law permits inspection of student lockers, at the discretion of local school officials.  Students should not expect privacy of the contents of their lockers, desks, or other school property.

 


LOCKER SEARCHES

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 enforcement officers may be warranted and proper warrants obtained.


MAKE-UP WORK

Make up work is expected for all absences.  The student is also responsible for the daily work and the deadlines that coincide with the make-up work.  If a student is absent, it is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to check with each teacher upon his/her return regarding work missed.  


MEDIA CENTER

The librarian posts the library regulations.

 


MEDICATIONS

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

All medications must remain in original container.

 


MISCELLANEOUS

No physical contact will be allowed between students.  This includes pushing, fighting, or public displays of affection.  No student visitors from other schools will be permitted.  No gum or suckers are allowed at school.  Vending machines can only be used during the hours posted.  E- readers are not allowed at school.  Headphones and earbuds cannot to be worn at school.  Electronic devices such as IPODS or MP3 players will not be allowed at school.  These devices may be allowed on field trips WITH permission from the supervising teacher.  While on free-time, ball games will be allowed if there is no tackling or physical contact.  If this rule cannot be followed, students will lose this privilege.  If balls end up on the roof, students are not allowed to retrieve them.  Consider them lost.

 


JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

An advisory committee of teachers and the sponsor will be established at the beginning of each school year.  Any questions should be directed to the Advisory Committee.

 


PARENTS/VISITORS

All parents and/or visitors are required to report to the office when coming into school for any purpose.  If, for any reason, you must pick up your student before scheduled dismissal time, you must check the student out in the school office.  Parents should report immediately any changes in home telephone numbers, home addresses, and names and telephone numbers of persons to be contacted if a student is ill or hurt.

 


PHYSICAL THREATS, EXTORTION, OR VIOLENCE TO PERSONS IN SCHOOL OR AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

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 severe verbal intimidation are not acceptable at school or at school sponsored functions.  Students who interfere with, intimidate, harass, or injure an employee or student of the Ketchum Public School 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 administrator when the student asks for readmission to school.  At this time, the administration will make the decision as to whether the student will be re-admitted.

 


PREPLANNED DISRUPTIVE ACTS

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 (if any) of the current school year.  The offending student shall not be admitted to school for the succeeding semester until such time as the principal and the parents have conferred and resolved the issue regarding the student's unacceptable behavior.


 

REPORT CARDS

Progress Reports are issued midway through each nine-week period & after the 1st & 3rd nine-week period.  Report cards are issued following the end of each semester.  The cumulative semester grade is recorded on the permanent record.  Parents should not hesitate to phone or visit the school in case of unsatisfactory work on the part of any student

 


RETENTION

Students MUST pass a minimum of 3 core classes in order to move up a grade level.


SEARCH AND SEIZURE OF STUDENTS-QUESTIONING AND SEARCHES

A school administrator may, search student’s personal belongings, such as gym bags and etc, when there is reasonable cause.

 

The student's due process is to be strictly protected by:

  1. Informing him/her of the reason for the search.

  1. Informing him/her of the evidence against him/her.

  1. Allowing him/her 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.  Search by a Policeman requires "probable cause" and a warrant, except in unusual circumstances, by a magistrate.  When seizure of a student by a police officer is necessary, the schools will cooperate with the local and state law enforcement agencies.  The principal or his designee will make available for questioning and/or arrest any student relative to an incident.

 

When a student is to be questioned by a police officer, the school will:

  1. Notify the parent/guardian of the student.

  2. Provide certified witness to all questioning.

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

 


SECURITY

All doors except the front entrances should be locked at 3:35 p.m. daily.  No students should be in the buildings after 3:45 p.m. except under the direct supervision of a teacher or other school employee.  This includes gymnasium and other out buildings.  In addition, the Middle School building has several cameras installed inside and outside the building.

 


STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Each month one student from each grade level will be chosen by the teachers to represent the school as Student of the Month.  They will be taken to lunch by a faculty member and recognized at the end of the year awards assembly.


STEALING, ARSON, DESTROYING, OR DEFACING SCHOOL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY AT SCHOOL

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 police and/or juvenile authoritiesANY 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 JUVENILE AUTHORITIES.  Reimbursement for materials stolen or damaged will have to be made.  No person may deliberately set fire to public or private property or any other material with the intent to destroy property or lives.  Persons guilty of arson may be suspended for up to two (2) semesters and reported to the proper authorities.

 


STUDENT SUSPENSIONS

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 quest a review by contacting the Superintendent of the school.  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.  The student may not participate in or attend any school activities while the suspension is pending and awaiting a decision by the SRC.  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.

 


STUDENTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF OR POSSESSING NON-INTOXICATING BEVERAGES, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, OR CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES

It shall be the policy of the Ketchum I-006 Board of Education that any teacher who has reasonable cause to suspect a student may be under the influence of or said student has in his/her possession:

  • Non-intoxicating beverage(s)

  • Alcoholic beverage(s)

  • Controlled dangerous substance(s)

 As state law now defines the above, staff members shall immediately notify the principal of such suspicions.  The principal shall immediately notify the superintendent of schools and a parent/guardian of said student concerning this matter.  Any suspension and/or search of said student regarding such suspicion shall be subject to any existing and applicable school policy, state law, or student handbook regulation.

Any school administrator, teacher, or counselor having reasonable cause to suspect that a student is under the influence of non-intoxicating beverages as defined in Section 508 of title 37, alcoholic beverages as defined in Section 508 of title 37 or a controlled dangerous substance as defined in Section 2-101 of title 83 or has in the student's possession non-intoxicating beverages or alcoholic beverages of a controlled substance, who reports such information to the appropriate school official, court personnel, community substance abuse prevention and treatment personnel or any law enforcement agency, pursuant to the school's policy shall have immunity from any civil liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as a result of the making of such report.



SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

The Middle School encourages use of the Accelerated Reader and Think Through Math Programs to strengthen reading and math skills.  AR (Accelerated Reader) points will be left up to student’s reading teacher, BUT cannot be counted as anymore than 10% of a student’s grade.


 

TARDINESS/EARLY DISMISSAL

A student must attend class for no less than 30 minutes in order to be counted present.  Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. must first report to the office to check in before going to class.  When a student is late to class that student will be sent to the office for a tardy slip.  The teacher will keep track of tardies or early checkouts.  THREE TARDIES OR EARLY CHECKOUTS WILL MAKE ONE ABSENCE in that class, which will count as one of the 8 days according to attendance policy.  Any student who is frequently late to class can also be disciplined at the discretion of the principal.  Students on buses arriving late will not be counted tardy.

 


TOBACCO AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS

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.

 


TRANSPORTATION AND BUS SAFETY

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.  Disciplinary action for misconduct on the school bus will be taken.  Unfortunately, because of the high number of routine riders on our buses, additional riders will not be allowed.

 


TRUANCY

A student is considered truant when he/she leaves school without permission from the office or if he/she remains away from school without knowledge and consent of his/her parents or guardian.  This is considered an unexcused absence.  The law enforcement agency may be called for support.

 


TUTORING

After school tutoring will be offered Monday through Thursday of each week from 3:20 until 4:20.  Parents will be responsible for transportation if their student stays for tutoring.  If tutoring is not offered on a specific day in question, students will be allowed to phone home and make other arrangements for transportation.

 


USE OF TELEPHONE

The telephone in the office is not to be used by students.  Students will not be released from any class to receive or place telephone calls except for administratively confirmed emergencies.  In-coming telephone calls for students will be taken in the office and messages delivered to the student.  PLEASE CALL BEFORE 2:15 P.M. TO HAVE A MESSAGE SENT TO YOUR CHILD.

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  They are as follows:

 The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.

 Parent or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

 The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

 Parents or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record they believe is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

 If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

 A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.  (NOTE:  FERPA requires a school district to state in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request).

 

The right to file a complaint with United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:  Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.  20202-4605


BUS AND TRANSPORTATION RULES

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

  2. Parents are not allowed on the bus.

  3. Students should be on time at their designated bus stop.

  4. Classroom conduct must be observed while on the bus.

  5. Board the bus in an orderly manner.

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

  7. Remain seated at all times.

  8. Cell phone use is not permitted on the bus.

  9. Keep hands, feet, & all objects to self.

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

  11. No eating, drinking, smoking, or littering on the bus.

  12. No pushing, tripping or fighting on the bus.

  13. Do not destroy any part of the school bus.

  14. Do not throw anything inside the bus or out of the bus windows.

  15. Do not block the bus aisle.

  16. Do not curse or use provocative words or gestures.

  17. Do not shout or make loud noises.

  18. 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….


 BUS DISCIPLINE STEPS

 

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.