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Principal’s Welcome

Welcome! As you begin the new school year, the faculty and staff wish you well! With your cooperation and involvement, the school year promises to be one filled with fun, friendship, and lots of learning experiences.
We look forward to working with you as you prepare for your future, and encourage each of you to commit yourself to excellence in your studies and activities.
Ell-Saline is fully committed to providing a safe, stimulating environment so that students can gain knowledge, skills, and values necessary for living, learning and working.
You have a Board of Education, staff, and administration that is concerned about your success in and out of the classroom. Please take advantage of your opportunities here at ESHS and challenge yourself to do your best!
Have a great year!

INTRODUCTION


The policies and procedures contained in this handbook are the results of a concerted effort on the part of the faculty, administration, and Student Council. Not all policies and procedures can be included in this handbook. Additional questions should be directed to the principal.

USD 307 Ell-Saline Schools advises students, parents and patrons that all educational opportunities are offered without regard to disability Section 504/ADA. Applications for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the Ell-Saline School District are hereby notified that this district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Ell-Saline School District's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact Mr. Jerry Minneman, Superintendent of Schools, 412 E. Anderson, Brookville, KS 67425, 785-225-6813, who has been designated by the Ell-Saline School District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.


START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT…ZERO TOLERANCE


1. No electronic devices such as cell phones, music devices, cameras, ear phones, pager, etc.

2. No beverage other than water or food in the building, except in the cafeteria, during school hours.

3. No ethnic/racial slurs, swearing, or gestures.

4. No students in the office during class time without a pass from a teacher.

5. No inappropriate clothing, including hats or any head coverings.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS


Students are expected to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner. Each teacher will explain behavioral expectations to the students. The following is not an attempt to list all possible rules, rather to provide general guidelines by which students are expected to conduct themselves.

Students are expected to abide by the following:

1. Respect and obey all high school rules and policies.

2. Attend school on a regular basis.

3. There will be no swearing or using obscene language or gestures.

4. Maintain and demonstrate respect toward teachers, employees, and other students.

5. Follow any reasonable request from a faculty or staff member (licensed or classified).

6. Demonstrate respect for school property by not engaging in vandalism or other destructive acts.

7. There will be no use or possession of any controlled or dangerous substance (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.) on school premises or at school-sponsored events.

8. Exhibit controlled and courteous behavior at all times.

9. There will be no engaging in affectionate behavior at school or at school activities.

10. Certain situations, such as defiance/disrespect shown toward staff, fighting, vandalism, theft (against other people or against the school), possession of tobacco, or other drug products, and fireworks of any kind may call for immediate suspension or expulsion from school.

11. In as much as possible, teachers will handle individual classroom student discipline situations. Teachers are encouraged to seek parental input in resolving behavioral situations. When necessary, teachers will file a disciplinary report that may require the involvement of the building principal. Continued instances of misbehavior may create the need for suspension or expulsion of the student.

12. To be on time and prepared for class.

13. To plan ahead – use restrooms, get a drink, visit locker during passing period.

14. To have good manners and demonstrate good behavior.

15. To complete all assignments on time.

16. To leave gym bags, book bags, briefcases, etc. in your locker – do not take them to class.

17. To leave your coats, jackets, etc. and hats in your lockers – they may not be worn in class.

Students who do not meet these expectations will be subject to administrative disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

COMMUNICATIONS


Oftentimes parental complaints or misunderstandings can be solved through a personal discussion between the parent and the professional employee. Administrators and members of the Board of Education shall attempt to bring about such conferences whenever possible.

ATTENDANCE


The faculty, administration, and the board of education believe that a direct correlation exists between regular school attendance and academic achievement. Attendance is clearly necessary for success in the classroom. Likewise, attendance is equated with job performance. Potential employers are consistently concerned with attendance and punctuality. High school graduates who fail in their jobs usually fail because of poor work habits, tardiness, and unreliability. We subscribe to the philosophy that good work habits should be learned in school – starting with attendance and punctuality.
Due to concern for student safety, a call will be placed to the parents or guardian of any student that is not excused from school by written permission or a documented phone call from the parent or guardian of the residence. A building secretary will place that call by approximately 9:00 a.m. Should conditions exist which prevent these calls from occurring in a timely fashion, help will be sought from the building administrator, school counselor, or district office personnel.

Calls will first be made to the home of the students absent without communication, then to the places of employment of the mother or father, whichever is indicated on the student information sheet. If parents cannot be called to the telephone for some reason, a message will be left. To assist in the success of this process, it is imperative that the building office is kept informed of changing telephone numbers at homes and at places of employment.

All absences will be placed in one of two categories: excused and unexcused absences. Absences may be excused for the following reasons:

1. personal illness

2. serious illness or death of a family member

3. emergencies calling for the student's services or presence at home

4. obligatory religious observances

5. professional appointments (arranged in advance with the school), and upon student's return documentation that the appointment was kept

6. participation in a district-approved or school-sponsored activity

7. when prior arrangements have been made with the principal and supported by a written request from the parent(s) prior to the absence.


When students are absent for reasons in Nos. 1-5 above, they will have the number of days absent plus one day to make up missed assignments. However, the principal may make exceptions as to length of time to turn in missed assignments.
Students who have absences approved in advance will obtain assignments before the absence and have their work completed and turned in at the beginning of each class on the day of return.
Each absence after the fifth excused absence must be verified by a doctor's statement explaining the reason for the absence. Absences after five in a semester will be unexcused; students will receive no credit for assignments missed, unless prior approval has been given by the building principal

Students who are absent for any reason will not be allowed to participate in co-curricular activities on the day of the absence unless arrangements have been made through the office in advance. Students must be in school from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (dr. appt. and funerals are exempt) in order to participate in that day’s activities including practices. The principal reserves the right to require additional documentation on any absence and to rule on extenuating circumstances.



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