For Parents

ROUNDUP CENTRAL SCHOOL

  Welcome to Roundup Central School.  We hope each of you will have many happy and exciting experiences that will make your school years at Central memorable.

  This handbook has been prepared to tell you about your school.  In it you will find the rules and regulations that we follow here at Central.  Read this handbook carefully!  Have your parents read it also.  If you have any questions, see your teachers, or principal.  They will be happy to answer your questions.

  Roundup Central School will be whatever we make of it!  Be proud of it!  Take good care of it!  Remember, all of our actions throughout the year reflect on Central, whether those actions are here at school or in the community.  Throughout this year let us all dedicate ourselves to projecting a positive image of Central and to making our school the best that it can be.

 

HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!

INTRODUCTION

 

  The curriculum of the elementary school shall have major emphasis on the basic subjects as outlined by the Standards of Accreditation of Montana Schools.  Additional enrichment opportunities will be considered as time and facilities permit.

  Each student is different in mental ability, motor coordination, social skills, emotional maturity and purpose.  A child needs to develop and mature in each of these areas in order to be successful in school and work.  All children need to develop a sense of belonging and personal worth.  The ways in which these needs are expressed are many, and the opportunity for gratifying these are different.  Learning takes place when the student is motivated, when readiness is consistent with maturity, and when there is a need and motivation within the student.  Therefore, we must look at each student as an individual in order to best meet his/her needs.

  During the school day at Central, there will be opportunities for the student to be involved with group work, individual lessons and areas of interest and needs.  This handbook is prepared to acquaint parents and students with some of the school procedures and information.

 

  The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with Board policy. Please be aware that this document is updated annually, while policy adoption and revision is an ongoing process. Therefore, any changes in policy that affect student handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters and other communications. These changes will generally supersede provisions found in this handbook that have been made obsolete by newly adopted policy.

  Please note that references to policy code are included to help parents confirm current policy. A copy of the District's policy Manual is available in the school office. In case of conflict between Board policy or any provisions of student handbooks, the provisions of Board policy is to be followed.

 

  The Roundup Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

 

MISSION STATEMENT AND SCHOOL MOTTO

 

  Roundup Schools Mission Statement

  The mission of the Roundup Public Schools is to challenge and empower each student to maximize individual potential and become a competent, productive, responsible and caring citizen.

 

  Central School Mission Statement

  The mission of the Central School Community is to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning that maximizes individual potential in a respectful, nurturing environment.

 

  School Motto

  Learning starts today and lasts a lifetime.

 

The Central School Community is comprised of teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students and community members. The mission statement is based on the following  beliefs;

 

•· Our children need to feel a sense of belonging in our community, state, nation and world.

•· Students learn in an environment that recognizes and respects both academic and personal individuality.

•· Students will share responsibility for their success in education to reach maximum potential  and become lifelong learners.

•· Students will serve as positive academic and social role models.

•· The Central School Community will foster self-reliant, independent learners who possess   positive self-images and the desire to learn.

•· The teaching staff is accountable to the educational community it serves.

•· Central School has a responsibility to create a positive, safe educational environment where all students are respected and challenged.

•· The school and parents have a responsibility to communicate clearly concerning attainable goals and commitments to students' individual needs.

•· Parents are the first and most important teachers of children.

•· Cooperation and communication are essential between the school and the community.

•· Parents, schools, and community must work together as active participants to promote education and to provide a safe environment in which to learn.

•· Central School with respect for diversity will create a sound foundation in basic skills upon   which children can build for the future. As time change, education must change technologically, vocationally and academically.

FIRST DAY

 

It is not necessary for you to accompany your child on the first day of school, but it would probably make your child more comfortable.  Walk to school or to the bus route so that your child knows the way.  Be sure they know the bus number and have directions when they return home.  Your child should know and be able to tell his/her first and last name, street address, parent's name and phone number.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  Student activities will be provided to meet the individual interests of students.

  Centralaires :

  A music group of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students which have an enriched program, and a

  limited number of public performances.

  Christmas Program :

  Has been under the direction of the music and band teachers.

  School Band :

  Students from the fifth and sixth grade classes have the opportunity to work in the music area.

  There will be a limited number of public performances.

  Play Day :

  One of the favorite end of the year activities where students participate and compete in

  various out-door games  Parents are encouraged to attend.  When all morning events are

  completed, students may go to lunch early with parents after reporting to classroom teacher.

  State and National Contests :

  Students from grades five and six compete to represent Central Elementary School in the County

  Spelling Bee.  Qualifying students have the opportunity to compete at state and national

  levels.  The Community is urged to attend.

  Additional Activities :

  Student activities vary and are always open to the public. 

 

ENTRANCE AGE (Reference MCA 20-5-101)

 

A child must have reached his/her fifth (5) birthday on or before September 10 of the year he/she is to enter kindergarten.  Proof of the birth date must be established with a copy of his/her birth certificate.

 

HEALTH/IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS (References MCA 20-5-403;  School Board Policy Number  3413)

Every child must have a cumulative health record the first day of school.  The Board policy reads "all children at the time they are enrolled in the kindergarten of the Roundup Public Schools, must

present evidence that they have been successfully immunized against those communicable diseases as

recommended by the State Department of Health and Environmental Sciences. "  Requirements include the DT (Tetanus and Diphtheria), polio and MMR (measles and rubella).  State statute requires that all children entering public schools must show proof of immunization.

ADMINISTERING MEDICATION (Reference School Board Policy Number 3416)

The Board of Trustees will permit the administration of medication to students in school in its jurisdiction. Pursuant to the written authorization of a physician or dentist, as well as the written authorization of parent or guardian, the school nurse (who successfully completed specific training in administration of medication) may administer medication to any student or may delegate this task pursuant to Montana law.

OFF CAMPUS POLICY

 

The school has the responsibility of supervising the students.  It will be necessary for the students to bring a permission note from home in order to leave the grounds.  Daily notes are needed.  The student must then have a pass from the school.  Passes are issued before school or during morning recesses.

 

LUNCH PROGRAM

 

Students may make payment to their lunch accounts at the school office. Students are to eat lunch only during their assigned lunch times.  The cost of lunch is $1.70 per meal.  Our district participates in the free and reduced lunch program.  Please make application at the principal's office. Students will not be allowed to charge more than $20.00 on their lunch account and may be denied the privilege of eating at the cafeteria until the bill is paid.

 

VISITORS

Parents and others are welcome to visit District schools. For the safety of those within the school, all visitors must first report to the principal's office. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the principal and teacher and so long as their duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment.

Student Visitors

Due to the crowded conditions and difficulty in teacher preparations, students visiting in Roundup or younger brothers and sisters will not be able to visit regular classes.

Student Phone Usage

Use of the phone is limited to emergency usage. Calls can be made from the classroom at the teachers discrestion.

EMERGENCY CONTACT/TREATMENT (References ARM 37.111.825;  School Board Policy Number 3431)

 

Parents must give the office the name and number of a relative or friend to contact in the event there is an emergency.  Parents must fill out an emergency medical release form so that proper medical attention can be obtained in case of a medical emergency. When a parent or legal guardian cannot be reached and when in the judgment of the principal or other person in charge that immediate medical attention is required, an injured student may be taken directly to a hospital and treated by a physician on call. Once located, a parent or guardian is responsible for continuing treatment or for making other arrangements.

 

PERMANENT RECORDS (Reference School Board Policy Number 3600)

 

Grades earned each semester are entered on the student's permanent record and remain in the school files permanently. These transcripts are often used for college, employment references, and general recommendations. Since this is the school record of your accomplishments while in school, we urge students to make a desirable record for  their sake. Parents have a right to examine them. The school has the responsibility to protect and interpret these records to parents. It is very important that the student's  name on the transcript is the same as his or her given name (name on birth certificate).

 

STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION (Reference School Board Policy Number 3600)

We are required by law to release certain directory information. Directory information ordinarily includes the students' name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photographs, dates of attendance, awards received in school, and most recent previous school attended. You may exercise your right to limit release of this information. Please contact the office for further information.

CHURCH/FAMILY NIGHT

 

Wednesday night is set aside for church/family activities. School activities will not be scheduled after 6:00 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION/BUS SAFETY (Reference  School Board Policy Number 8124)

 

Students are expected to assist District staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding school buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook.  Parents can help by teaching the children these basic rules:

•· Arrive at the bus stop on time, but not too early

•· Wait, without horseplay, in a safe area off the roadway

•· Enter the bus and take a seat in an orderly manner and remain quiet

•· Remember the driver is in charge, and follow his/her instructions

•· Remain seated whenever the bus is moving

•· Keep head and arms inside the bus at all times

•· Be courteous to everyone

•· Help keep the bus clean and in good condition

•· Wait for the driver's signal upon leaving the bus and before crossing in front of the bus

•· Watch for traffic from any direction when leaving the bus

•· Learn and follow emergency drill procedures

•· Do not take weapons or any items that could cause harm to another or create a disturbance  (Guns, knives, pets, animals, specimens, etc.)

•· Misconduct will be punished and bus-riding privileges may be suspended.

 

Due to concerns about the safety of our children, buses will not run their regular routes if the temperature is 30 degrees below or lower. Bus drivers will call all of their riders to let them know of this status.  Bus drivers also have the authority to make the decision to run or not to run if drifting snow, ice or blizzard conditions exist. The driver's responsibility is the safety of all concerned. To the best of our ability, all people affected will be notified.

 

SCHOOL TIMES

 

  Although teachers will be asked to be at school at an earlier time, the doors will be open for students at 8:05 a.m. when the temperature is below zero or the wind-chill factor and weather conditions are such that the principal and playground supervisor determine it is not appropriate to be outside.  There will be playground supervision at 8:05 a.m.  The school cannot take responsibility for the student's supervision prior to that time.

  The warning bell for the beginning of school for grades 4-6 will be at 8:10 a.m. and the tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m.

  The warning bell for the beginning of school for grades K-3 will be at 8:25 a.m. and the tardy bell will ring at 8:30 a.m.

  You may arrange for the transportation of your child through the Superintendent's office.  Buses will leave the school at 3:30 p.m.  Students who ride the buses should be on the buses unless prior arrangements have been made by the parents.  All safety and precautionary measures should be taken for the students as they board or leave the buses.  Students who do not ride must leave the grounds immediately.  Bus passes are needed if a student is not a a regular passenger, or if their destination is changed.

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION

 

The educational program may involve some team teaching, where the teachers work together to provide large group or small group activities, individualized instruction to meet the individual academic needs of students, or classroom groups for class discussions.  

SCHOOL SERVICES

 

  Roundup Central School provides numerous services for children.  Visual tests will help to determine which children may have a visual impairment.  Students grades K, 2, 4 and all new students are screened by the school every fall.  Audio metric tests will be conducted with those students who give evidence of hearing loss. All preschool children will be checked for vision and hearing each spring. 

  Remedial instructional help is also available for those students who are having difficulties in some academic areas.  Roundup has been fortunate to have successful Title I and Special Education Services.  Through these state and federal programs, the school is able to provide smaller group instruction to those students who have specific needs.  Achievement tests are given during the year to help determine which academic areas need to be strengthened, and to improve specific curriculum needs.  In addition to these, such specialties as music, physical education and library are a part of the program.

  Students enrolled in the Roundup Schools are automatically covered under the School District's Student Accident Insurance Policy.  Information pertaining to this limited coverage will be explained and made available to the students at the beginning of the school year.

COMMUNICATION

 

  The school feels that communication between students, parents and teachers is very important.  In addition to the individual contact the teacher will have with students in the classroom, the school will provide time for group or individual parent-teacher conferences.

  Letters of information will be sent to describe various activities throughout the year.  The office will send home a monthly information letter with the students.  This letter deals with general school information and events.  Communication will be given to the local papers.

  Any parents who would like to visit the school are welcome.  PARENTS AND VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE BEFORE GOING TO A CLASSROOM OR TAKING A STUDENT FROM SCHOOL.  Arrangements to take a student home early may be made by calling the office or by sending a note of explanation.

 

PROGRESS REPORTING PROCEDURES

 

  Progress reports are sent at the end of each five weeks if there is an identification of a specific problem or if the student is in danger of failing a subject area.

 

  Central's report card grades are as follows:

 

  Grades 1-2   Grades 3-6

  E - ExcellentA - Excellent

  S - Satisfactory   B - Above Average

  N - Needs Improvement   C - Average

  I - Improvement shown   D - Below Average

  U - Unsatisfactory   F - Failing  

 

  Kindergarten will send home a quarterly progress report.

 

PROMOTION AND RETENTION (Reference School Board Policy Number 2421)

 

  The Board of Trustees recognizes that students of the same age may be at various intellectual and developmental levels and that these variables are a normal part of human development. Nevertheless, the Board directs administrators and teaching staffs to make every effort to develop curricula and programs that will meet the individual and unique needs of all students, allowing them to remain with their age group.

  It is the philosophy of the District that students thrive best when placed in or promoted to grade levels with other students of compatible age, social, and emotional status. District philosophy is to promote students who demonstrate effort within those compatibilities. At the same time, District philosophy and practice are to retain students who do not make a reasonable effort to meet grade-level expectations, so long as those expectations are commensurate with the individual student's ability and rate of learning.

  If a parent insists that a student be retained or promoted, and the District acquiesces, the student's file will note that the retention or promotion was a parental decision and not recommended by the school.

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE

Attendance (Reference Board Policy Number 3122A):

  Attending school is required by State Law. Roundup Public Schools believes that a student's primary occupation is schooling, in preparation to be an effective productive and responsible citizen in our society.  Attending class, being on time, completing the assigned work, and contributing to the class are indispensable to success in school.  Only when a student is in the classroom can he/she take full advantage of fellow classmates' ideas, the teacher's knowledge, expertise, guidance and presentations of material that enrich the class.  Any parent, guardian or other person who is responsible, shall cause the child to attend the  school in which he/she is enrolled for the school term and each school day therein prescribed by the trustees of the District.

  When students enter school they signify that it is their intention to attend regularly.  To assure such attendance, students are not to be absent from a class period more than ten (10) times per semester.  Should a student miss more than ten (10) class periods and/or days for any reason other than a school sponsored activity in which the student is a participant, or if inclement weather should prohibit the buses from operating, the student will receive no credit for the semester in the classes missed.

  After the tenth day, all absences will be considered individually  by the building administrator.  It may be requested of the student to provide a note from a medical doctor to verify lengthy illness causing absence from school.  Should any student or parent not agree with the decision of the principal, he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the District Superintendent and then to the Board of Trustees for a hearing.

  At the elementary level, grades K-6, after ten (10) days of absence in a semester, the possibility of retention will be considered by the administration in conjunction with teacher(s) and parent/guardian.

 

Definitions of Absences :

Excused Absence:   Excused absence will be granted for death in the family, medical or dental appointments validated by written notice from said doctor and dentist.  The necessity for such absence must be verified by parent or guardian prior to the absence.  Parents are asked, if possible, to notify the school prior to 8:30 AM if their son/daughter is going to miss school and to request homework to be collected, if that is appropriate.  In these cases, the work missed may be made up.  Except in extreme cases, one day for make up will be allowed per day of absence.

 

Unexcused Absence:   An unexcused absence is an absence without knowledge and approval or for reasons that are not acceptable to the school officials.  Self-employment for wages, shopping or errands are examples of unexcused absences.  Students have the responsibility to bring written verification within twenty-four hours of their return or the absence will become unexcused.  Students will make up all work missed but will receive no credit for this work.

Permit To Leave Building:   If a student must leave the building during school hours, he/she must obtain a Permit to Leave the Building from the office or the absence will not be excused.

 

Work Make Up Slip:   Any time students know more than one day ahead that they will be missing a day or more, they must obtain a Work Make Up Slip from the office and have it signed by their teachers and parents so that homework assignments can be given.  Parents must contact the Building Principal at least one week ahead of time to get authorization for absences of three (3) days or more.  Failure to do this will result in the absence being unexcused.

Tardy:   Excessive tardiness will result in Saturday school.

 

Building Pass:   Whenever a student is in the hallway during class time, he/she must have a pass from his or her teacher.  The reason for being in the hall way is to be indicated on the pass and the student is not to be loitering or doing other errands.

PLAYGROUND RULES

 

  1.  No playing in off limits areas.

  2.  Use playground equipment appropriately

  3.  No tag on any playground equipment.

  4.  Rocks, sticks, snow or other objects may not be thrown on school grounds.

  5.  Bikes must be walked on the playground.

  6.  Students must stay off ice at all times.

  7.  Tackle football is not allowed on school grounds.

  8.  When the bell rings, students line up quickly  and quietly.

 

  General Guidelines:

  1.  No drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.

  2.  No fighting, threats of a violent nature, verbal harassment, inappropriate touching, profanity or possession of sexually explicit materials/pictures.

  3.  No sharing of clothing, cosmetics, brushes, etc.

  4.  No graffiti on buildings or equipment.

  5.  Students are discouraged from bringing toys, radios, cassette players, etc. to school.

 

  Behavior Consequences:

  1.  Loss of recess

  2.  In-school suspension

  3.  After school detention 

  4.  Saturday school

  5.  Out of school suspension

  6.  Expulsion

 

  Cautions:

•· Know where to go for evacuation drills and go quickly and quietly.

•· Sliding on ice is dangerous and not allowed.

•· Do not leave without checking in at the office.

•· Never leave with strangers.

 

SCHOOL DRESS CODE (Reference School Board Policy Number 3224-3224A)

 

The District's goal is to provide a school climate in which there is minimal disruption to the learning process while maintaining a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for all students.

All students will be provided with a quality education in a safe, secure, and peaceful environment.  The presence of certain types of clothing and attire can cause substantial disruption of, or material interference with, instructional activities and other school events.

 

Appearance:

  General:

•· Students shall be fully clothed and look decent at all times.

•· Careful attention shall be given to personal hygiene and cleanliness.

•· Clothing shall be clean and in good repair.

•· An individual teacher or coach shall be allowed to regulate dress or hair if it interferes with education, health and/or safety of the student in that teacher or coach's specific area.

•· Hair, beards and mustaches may be worn full but must be clean and neatly trimmed at all times.

•· Hair must be trimmed out of the eyes.

  Attire:

•· Clothing and accessories that promote alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs or contain profanity or vulgarity shall not be allowed.

•· No "tank tops" with shoulder straps less than 2" or "muscle shirts"  or sleeveless shirts with enlarged drooping armholes shall be allowed.

•· Shirts or tops that allow the midriff to be seen shall not be worn.

•· No see-through blouses, tops or shirts which reveal undergarments shall be allowed.

•· Appropriate undergarments will be worn.

•· Apparel will be at least fingertip length, such as skirts and shorts.

•· Shoes shall be worn at all times for health and safety reasons. Shoes that deface tile floors or carpeting will not be allowed.

•· Coats shall not be allowed in the classroom unless the room temperature warrants such and then only at the teacher's discretion.

•· Hats or caps shall not be worn in the building.

•· Sagging, baggy pants, hanging belts and reasonable hanging chains unless used to hold a wallet are inappropriate.  Pants must fit around the waist appropriately (no more than one size larger than the actual waist size) and stay up without the aide of a belt, rope or suspenders.

  A students' appearance may not detract from nor interfere with the learning atmosphere or process.  Any clothing which has a disruptive influence is inappropriate.  The discretion of the school authority will prevail.

 

CENTRAL SCHOOL'S PROCEDURES

 

Our school has established a set of procedures to make our school environment more conducive to learning. They include the following:

 

  Hallways

  Expected hallway behaviors:

•· Double or single file line with students facing forward with adult leading.

•· Students control their hands, feet and belongings.

•· Zero noise (hands and feet quiet, no talking).

•· Students have a forearms length between them ("Measure up").

•· Students walk an arm length away from the walls.

  Lunch Line

  Expected hallway behaviors:

•· Stand quietly in the lunch line.

•· Form a line calmly and courteously with personal space between you and the next person   in line.

•· Put equipment in designated box.

•· Walk an arm's length away from the wall.

•· Listen for instructions from lunch staff.

•· Use a 6" whisper to visit if no instructions are being given.

•· Politely give your number to the lunch clerk.

•· Get a bathroom pass from the cooks.

  K-3 use bathrooms in new addition, pass through Mrs. Burch's classroom.

  4-6 use the basement bathrooms.

 

  Lunchroom

  Expected lunchroom behaviors:

•· Slide and pick  up tray and milk/juice with both hands.

•· When stopping at the salad bar, make choices quickly.

•· Walk directly to classroom or table and move down to closest seat available.

•· Visit quietly while eating (12 inch voice).

•· Keep hands and food to yourself.

•· Walk quietly with tray to the serving counter to get seconds.

•· All opened beverages remain in lunchroom.

•· Before standing up and leaving lunchroom make sure all food, beverages and garbage are cleaned off of table/floor.

•· Put all garbage in proper garbage cans and exit building.

•· Ask for bathroom pass from cooks.

•· Courtesy and respect are to be displayed regarding food, space, and people.

 

  Computer Labs

  Expected computer lab behaviors:

•· Walk directly to the computer center.

•· Keep hands and feet to self and stay at your own computer.

•· If speaking is necessary, use a respectful, quiet voice.

•· Do only the work assigned.  Work quietly.

•· If you have a problem and need help, quietly raise your hand and wait for help. Do not try to fix a problem yourself.

•· When computer time is over, walk directly back to your seat.

•· Food and drinks not allowed on or near computers.

•· Computers should be used only with staff permission.

•· Print only with staff permission.

 

  Independent Student Transition

  Expected independent student transition behaviors:

•· Have a hall pass.

•· Walk on right hand side of walkways. Do not slide or jump off/on ramps or stairs.

•· When exiting a room use the right hand side of stairs, ramps, and hallways.

•· Be aware of Panther Paws - they are your reminders of which direction you should be moving.

•· Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself always ( no pushing, shouting, kicking, grabbing, touching).

•· Go directly to your destination in a quiet manner and return promptly.

 

  Assemblies

  Expected behavior:

•· Arrive at assembly before set time and be ready for presentation to begin

•· Sit quietly and wait for principal to start or introduce the program

•· Look at and listen to speaker (no talking)

•· Clap only after the presentation or when prompted by speaker

•· Wait to be excused in an orderly fashion by principal. Dismissed by class.

•· Walk quietly back to class

 

 

STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (Reference School Board Policy Number 3225)

 

It is the policy of the Roundup Public Schools to prohibit sexual harassment of all students.  Students who believe they are being subjected to sexual harassment by anyone connected with their education are encouraged to report the matter promptly as provided herein.

•· Sexual harassment means any unsolicited comments, gestures or physical contact of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment.

•· Students who believe they have been the subject of sexual harassment must bring the alleged act to the attention of the building principal, or to the District's Title IX compliance officer. Resolution of the complaint may take place at any of these levels.

•· An investigation will be made and a written response to the complaint provided within 30 calendar days of the notification.

•· When building principals or the District's Title IX compliance officer are notified of the complaint, they shall prepare a report and non-binding recommendation to the Superintendent.

•· The Superintendent shall make the determination of the proposed action to be taken.  The determination will be made known to the student (also, parent/guardian if a minor) making the complaint, to the building principal and to the District's Title IX compliance officer.  The report and decision shall be handled with respect to rules of confidentiality.

•· Substantiated violations of the policy, by the District or by the student, will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

•· Any decision here rendered is appealable.

  Aside from being a part of the student handbook in each building, building administrators   shall post the complaint procedure in each facility of Roundup Public Schools.

 

USE OF WEAPONS OR DANGEROUS OBJECTS BY STUDENTS (Reference School Board Policy Number 3310)

 

  It is the policy of School Districts 55 and 55H that all persons who are present in or on any property owned or controlled by the districts, and all persons subject to the authority of school personnel, be free from harm, fear, or intimidation as the result of the display, possession, or use of any objects which are designed specifically as or can reasonably be used as weapons.

  A.  Any student who knowingly and willfully possesses, displays, or uses any weapon or object with the intent or result that another person is injured, frightened, intimidated, or harmed in any way shall be expelled from school by the Board of Trustees for a period not less than one (1) calendar year unless such expulsion is modified by the Board of Trustees of School Districts 55 or 55H.

  1.  This policy shall apply to all students:

  a. in or on any school property, or in or on any property under control of school     personnel, before, during or after school hours.

  b.  in any bus or other vehicle in which the student or other students are being   transported as part of any school activity.

  c.  at any bus stop, or while enroute to or from school or any bus stop.

  d.  during any school function, activity, or event.

  e.  while subject to the direction, care, custody, control or authority of school     personnel.

  B.  Any student who knowingly or willfully causes, encourages, or assists another student to violate this policy shall be deemed an accessory to the violation and shall be subject to the same penalty.  (For complete policy, please refer to School Board Policy  3310)

SEARCH AND SEIZURE POLICY (Reference School Board Policy Number 3231-3231P)

 

  School officials of School Districts 55 and 55H while in performance of their school duties, may exercise the right to search student's school lockers and personal property when there is reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of school rules or evidence of unlawful activity will be revealed by such a search.

  Should such evidence be found in the search, the school officials have the right to seize such evidence.  If the evidence reveals a violation of law, the evidence will be presented to the proper authorities.

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES (Reference School Board Policy Number 3310)

 

Students who fail to comply with school policies and the instructions of school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel may result in a suspension from school.  After consultation and counseling with the student in question, a variety of disciplinary measures are authorized for the breach of prohibited activities and the failure to comply with school rules and regulations.  Such rules and regulations are referred to in School Laws in Montana, 20-5-201, 1985.  The disciplinary measures to be employed shall be determined by the principal, classroom teacher or other appropriate educational staff members.  Minor infractions will not justify the imposition of severe disciplinary measures.

When advisable parents shall be contacted regarding disciplinary measures taken in order to promote understanding and support.  When the disciplinary action taken results in a suspension, the following limitations and options shall be open to school authorities.

•· SUSPENSION I :  A student is suspended from a class and sent to the Principal's office.  The amount of time the student is out of class will result in a loss of his/her recess time equivalent to the time spent out of class.  The student shall be permitted to resume attendance after the Principal, teacher and student have had a conference to take appropriate steps to avoid a recurrence of the objectionable conduct or on the succeeding school days whichever occurs first.

•· SUSPENSION II : A student is suspended from the school classes pending a conference with the parent or guardian.  This suspension may be either out of school or in school.  The student may resume attendance following the conference.  Out of school days count toward the accumulation of ten days allowed absent per semester.

•· SUSPENSION III :  The principal may give a student an indefinite suspension until the matter can be acted upon by the Board of Trustees.  The Board may take action to grant an expulsion for the remainder of the school term.  All school work missed during the suspension shall result in a zero grade and the days will count toward the ten day limitation.

•· EXPULSION :   The power lies only with the Board of Trustees. The principal or teacher in charge may suspend a student out-of-school pending the calling of a special meeting of the next regularly scheduled meeting where the situation will be presented to the Board of Trustees. it is the Board's intent that students and parents be informed of the regulations regarding disciplinary and other procedures affecting students within the school. To this end, teachers, parents and students shall attempt resolutions of problems affecting students and the educational process by informal means. Any student or parent, however, who feels that the conditions of the school or a decision made by its staff is not fair or reasonable shall be afforded a meeting with administration to discuss the matter. If a student and/or parent is not satisfied, they shall be afforded the opportunity to confer with the district's superintendent regarding the matter. From there, the family may appeal to the Board of Trustees if not satisfied with the disposition of the matter.

  It is the Board's intent that students and parents be informed of the regulations regarding disciplinary and other procedures affecting students within the school.  To this end, teachers, parents and students shall attempt resolutions of problems affecting students and the educational process by informal means.  Any student or parent, however, who feels that the conditions of the school or a

decision made by its staff is not fair or reasonable shall be afforded a meeting with administration to discuss the matter.  If the student and or parent is not satisfied, they shall be afforded the opportunity to confer with the district's superintendent regarding the matter.  From there the family may appeal to the Board of Trustees if not satisfied with the disposition of the matter.

 

GRIEVANCE POLICY (Reference School Board Policy Number 3215 for outline of procedure)

 

The District asks all individuals to use this grievance procedure when they believe that the Board or its employees or agents have violated their rights as guaranteed under state or federal constitutions, state or federal statute, or Board policy. The District will endeavor to respond to and resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure and, when a complaint is filed, to address a complaint promptly and equitably.

ACCESS TO DISTRICT'S ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES (Reference School Board Policy Number 3612)

 

Roundup Public Schools is pleased to offer access to the District's electronic information resources such as computer networks for electronic mail and the Internet.  Board policy defines access to the District's electronic information resources as a privilege and outlines the rights and responsibilities as well as consequences for abuse or inappropriate behavior.  It is the intent of the Board of Trustees of the Roundup Public Schools to adhere to all state and Federal laws pertaining to the acceptable use of

District Electronic Information Resources.  To gain access to the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and MUST SIGN AND RETURN the Student User Agreement and Parental Permission Form to the student's school building.  All other users must sign and return the User Agreement Form to the building administrator's office where you desire access.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (Reference School Board Policy Number 3630)

Students may use cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional day. At no time will any student operate a cell phone or other electronic device with video capabilities in a locker room, bathroom, or other location where such operation may violate the privacy right of another person.

 

SCHOOL DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

Any  student enrolled in the Roundup Schools who uses or is present while someone else is using any controlled substance or alcohol during school hours or on school property or during any school activity, whether on or off school property shall be referred to the County Sheriff's Department. Possession or use of chemicals will result in a referral and the stated consequences.

 

Student Handbook Acknowledgment

I have received a copy of the Central Elementary School Student Handbook for 2007-2008. I understand that the handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the school year. I understand that it is my responsibility to know and follow the policies and regulations contained therein.

 

Signature of Student:  __________________________________

 

Signature of Parent:  ___________________________________

 

Date:  _____________________________________________







Electronic Information Resource Policy

 

As a parent or legal guardian of a student signing above, I have read the district's Electronic Information Resources Policy (included in this handbook) and grant permission for my son/daughter to access materials available through the Roundup Public School's electronic information resources such as the Internet. I understand that access is being provided to the students for educational purposes only. I understand that some materials on the Internet may be objectionable but I accept the responsibility for guidance of Internet use setting and conveying standards for my son/daughter to follow when using electronic information resources. I understand that individuals and families may be held liable for violations.

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________

 

Date____________________________________________________