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SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT CODE

1st incident: Verbal warning by driver.

2nd incident: Verbal warning by driver and change of seat.

3rd incident: Behavior slip issued. Driver informs student the slip will be issued. Principal discusses

slip with student and contacts parents by phone or mail. Student loses bus privileges for three (3) days.

4th incident: Behavior slip issued. Student referred to the office. Parents notified by principal. Consequences to be determined by the principal, depending on severity of student offenses. Student loses bus privileges for five (5) days.

Students can and will be suspended from bus riding privileges at any time, depending on the severity of the misbehaviors. The length of the suspension can be up to one calendar year.


No jam boxes will be allowed on regular routes. Electronic devices may be used on the bus with bus driver permission. Loss/damage is the student’s responsibility.

FIELD TRIP PARTICIPATION


Field trips are defined as "Trips sponsored by school staff member(s) for purposes of extending the classroom learning experience."
Trips such as community functions, college visitations, paging, etc. are not considered field trips. Students wishing to participate in these trips will be permitted to use an excused absence if attendance guidelines have been met. (Each situation will be judged individually.)
Parental release for (or phone call), allowing the student to be absent from school for a field trip, must be signed by the parent before the student is allowed to go on a field trip. Parental release forms are not necessary for co-curricular competitive events.

FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS

Fire and tornado drills will be conducted periodically as specified by Kansas law. Students should check the drill plan in each room to see where they are to go during drills.


CAFETERIA AND LUNCH


USD 307 Ell-Saline Schools has a closed lunch policy. Students are asked to bring, or eat the lunch provided by the school in the designated area provided. Soda pop and candy are discouraged. Parents may request that their son/daughter go home for lunch. In such cases, the parent must file a written confirmation with the office. Students will remain in the cafeteria until the lunch period is over unless given permission to leave by the supervisor.
Families will be unable to charge no more than 5 days of meals per student. After that limit has been reached the student will no longer be allowed to charge school meals until payment has been made to the family account.

MEDICINES


Students are to keep all medicines, both prescription and non-prescription, in the office. This medicine will be dispensed to the student only if we have a written statement on file from the parent (for non prescriptions) and from doctor or pharmacist for prescription medicine. Note: The office will not keep on hand Tylenol and aspirin products for student use.

LOST AND FOUND


  1. Remember to put your name on everything you bring to school.

  2. Take found items to the office.

  3. If you lose an item, please report it to the office immediately.

  4. Report any lost textbooks to your classroom teacher.

  5. Do not bring large amounts of money or valuable items to school. Lost or stolen cash or valuables are seldom recovered.



STUDENT USE OF TELEPHONES

Students are to use the pay phone located in the cafeteria unless school personnel are needed to speak to the parent. Students are not to get out of class to use the phone. Students are to use the phone between classes. The phone in the office storage room will not be available to the students.


GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING


The guidance counselor is here to help you with any of your concerns or problems. If you find your school work too hard, your grades are too low, or you want to just talk about your educational goals, or for any personal problem (home or school), make an appointment to visit with the counselor.
Parents are urged to call the counselor for any guidance or counseling concerns.

LIBRARY POLICIES


The library is open from 8:10 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. on school days. You may check out or return books, use the reference materials and computers before or after school, or whenever your classroom teachers give you a library pass.
You must have a pass signed by a classroom teacher to use the library during the school day. You may check out two (2) books for two (2) weeks at a time. Some reference materials may be checked out overnight, but must be returned before the first hour the next day.
The student will be expected to reimburse the library for any books or materials they have lost or damaged. Students who lose materials or books lose check-out privileges until the last items are paid for.

STUDENT INSURANCE

Students, be advised that the school district does not carry any type of medical insurance (except catastrophic insurance required by the KSHSAA). Especially those students who plan to participate in sports and whose parents do not have medical insurance are urged to subscribe to a medical policy that would defray some costs due to an injury. Brochures explaining different types of student medical insurance can be picked up in the office.


MS/HS DANCE RULES


The following rules apply to BOTH Middle School and High School:

  • All those attending a dance will be admitted to the dance within ½ hour of the start time of the dance.

  • Once a student leaves the dance, they will not be re-admitted. (If you are in, you are in, and if you are out, you are out)

  • Appropriate school dress will be worn.

  • No group may sponsor an activity on deficit spending.

  • Dances must have at least two (2) chaperones.

  • If school is cancelled for any reason, all school-sponsored events/practices will be cancelled.

  • High school student dances are for high school students. Middle school dances are for middle school students.

  • Public display of affection is not acceptable at school or school activities.


The following rules apply to Middle School ONLY:

  • Each dance involving any segment of the student body must be approved by and/or coordinated in advance by the administration.

  • No outside guests will be permitted.


The following rules apply to High School only:

  • Each dance involving any segment of the student body must be approved by and/or coordinated in advance by the student council. Student Council will obtain necessary administrative approval.

  • All guests must be signed in at least 2 days prior to the dance.

      • Example: Friday dance - signed in by Wednesday

Saturday dance - signed in by Thursday

      • This gives faculty a chance to look over the guest list.

  • Anyone with an outside guest is responsible for that guest. (Meaning if your guest violates school rules you will be disciplined the same as if you broke the rule) for his or her conduct.


  • Prom guests must be signed in as per above.


KANSAS LAW

Kansas law has recently been strengthened in an effort to protect our children. Kansas statutes dealing with drug trafficking, K.S.A. 65-4127b, have been amended to make it a class B felony with a penalty up to life imprisonment for trafficking offenses by persons 18 years of age and older and on or within 1,000 feet of any school property utilized for instructions, attendance or extracurricular activities of students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.


Further, the unlawful possession of a firearm statute, K.S.A. 21-4204, has been amended to make it a criminal violation to possess a firearm in or on any school property or grounds used by either public or non-public schools for student instruction or attendance, grades kindergarten through 12, unless the possession falls within certain designated exceptions, e.g. law enforcement officers.
FEDERAL LAW

Federal laws have also been passed providing for gun-free school zones. This law makes it unlawful for anyone to possess a firearm at a place they know or have reasonable cause to believe is a school zone. A school zone includes those areas in or on the grounds of a public, parochial or private school, or within 1,000 feet of such schools.

The statute, 18 USC Section 922, also prohibits anyone from knowingly or with reckless disregard for the safety of others to discharge or attempt to discharge firearms in a school zone. Each of these provisions contain exceptions, e.g. law enforcement officers.

If you have questions or need further clarification on either the laws or the signs, please contact the Anti-Crime Unit of the KBI.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The primary goal of American public education is to prepare its young citizens for the full exercise of citizenship rights and responsibilities. If students are to develop the attitudes and behavior identified with effective citizenship, the school itself by precept and example should create a democratic atmosphere gradually expanding the opportunities for student participation in school decision-making as students demonstrate their capacity for accepting greater responsibility. It shall be the policy of the board to foster and encourage the development of procedures through which students may be effectively involved in establishing goals and objectives for their lives, insofar as these goals may properly be developed in the school setting.


In order for this to be possible, schools must operate in a fashion that allows all students and employees to function free from discrimination. Court decisions have clarified what sexual harassment is and the problems that it creates in the workplace and school. The board recognizes that sexual harassment of students or employees creates a stressful situation that makes working or learning extremely difficult.

The board prohibits any and all forms of sexual harassment against any student or employee. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are sexual harassment when:

A. submission to such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment;

B. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions; or


C. the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Should a person wish to file a sexual harassment complaint against an individual or group, that person would need to notify the building principal or superintendent in writing of the charges. All charges will be investigated and handled as discretely as possible. A written report will be prepared for the offended party. No retaliatory measures will be permitted nor tolerated against the person filing the complaint. Persons found to be in violation of the policy will have disciplinary measures applied, which may include suspension or dismissal from employment with the district.




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