Section I: parental rights and responsibilities 3 parental involvement 3




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REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES


Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are issued to parents at least once every 6 weeks.

At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be given a written progress report if their child’s performance in any course is near or below 70, or is below the expected level of performance. If the student receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or subject at the end of a grading period, the parent will be requested to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject. [See Working Together on page 3 for how to schedule a conference.]

Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been approved by the principal, pursuant to the board-adopted policy and are designed to reflect each student’s relative mastery of each assignment for the grading period, semester, or course. State law provides that a test or course grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed unless the Board determines that the grade was arbitrary or contains an error, or that the teacher did not follow the District’s grading policy. [See Policy EIA(LOCAL) and Grading Guidelines on page 33.]

Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the principal in accordance with FNG(LOCAL).

The report card or unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a student who receives a grade lower than 70 in a class or subject.

Report cards and unsatisfactory progress reports must be signed by the parent and returned to the school within 5 days.


RETALIATION


[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 25.]

SAFETY


Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority of the District. Although the District has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensuring school safety. A student should:

Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.

Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus drivers.

Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal any safety hazards, such as intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.

Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.

Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other District employees who are overseeing the welfare of students.


Accident Insurance


Soon after the school year begins, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident insurance that would help meet medical expenses in the event of injury to their child.

Drills: Fire, Tornado, and Other Emergencies


From time to time, students, teachers, and other District employees will participate in drills of emergency procedures. When the alarm is sounded, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner.

Fire Drill Bells


3 bells leave the building

1 bell halt; stand at attention

2 bells return to the classroom

Tornado Drill Bells


1 continuous bell move quietly but quickly to the designated locations

2 bells return to the classroom


Emergency Medical Treatment and Information


If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school may have to rely on previously provided written parental consent to obtain emergency medical treatment, and information about allergies to medications, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date (name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the school nurse to update any information that the nurse or the teacher needs to know.

Emergency School-Closing Information


Each year, parents are asked to complete an emergency release form to provide contact information in the event that school is dismissed early because of severe weather or another emergency.

SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS


See Standardized Testing on page 57.

SCHOOL FACILITIES

Use by Students Before and After School

Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take place.

At the high school and at the NGC the cafeteria is the area that is open to students. The high school is open at 6:30 a.m. and the NGC opens between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must leave campus immediately.

Conduct Before and After School


Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after-school activities on District premises and at school-sponsored events off District premises, such as play rehearsals, club meetings, athletic practices, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter standards of behavior established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants.

Use of Hallways during Class Time


Loitering or standing in the halls during class is not permitted. During class time, a student must have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Cafeteria Services


The District participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and offers students nutritionally balanced meals daily.  Free and reduced-price meals are available based on household financial need by Direct Certification of food stamp households or by completing a meal application form.  Meal applications are available in Back-to-School student packets, in school offices, and on the Cafeteria Menus website – both in English and Spanish.  Information is kept confidential. 

Meal prices for the 2012-2013 school year are as follows:        



Elementary Adults

Elementary Students

Breakfast $1.55 Lunch $3.00

Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $2.15







Secondary Adults

Secondary Students

Breakfast $1.55 Lunch $3.00

Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $2.65







Reduced Breakfast

Reduced Lunch

$.30

$.40

Milk, Fruit, Vegetables: $.60

The District follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimal nutritional value being served or sold on school premises during the school day.  [For more information, see Policy CO(LEGAL).]

Library


The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listening pleasure. The library is open for independent student use during the following times with a teacher permit from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., except on Friday when it closes at 4. Books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed one time for an additional two weeks.

A copier is available in the library for student use. Copies may be made of materials that must remain in the library. The cost per copy is determined by the library’s cost for copy machine maintenance and supplies.

Students who come to the library on a pass are under the supervision of the librarian and must remain in the library for the entire period. No food or drink will be allowed in the library.

Unless specifically asked to by a teacher, students should not operate audiovisual equipment. If a student misuses or damages projectors, films, etc., she/he will be held responsible for the cost of repairs.


Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups


Student-organized, student-led noncurriculum-related groups are permitted to meet during the hours designated by the principal before and after school. These groups must comply with the requirements of Policy FNAB(LOCAL).

A list of these groups is available in the principal’s office.


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