VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Welcome to a new school year! We are sure you will learn
many new things this year. This is your guidebook to all the school rules and
procedures. With mom or dad, review the rules.
parents, teachers and community cooperation, we will strive in a safe
supportive environment to create successful, respectful and responsible
citizens by challenging, inspiring and empowering all learners through rigorous
and meaningful curriculum using effective instructional strategies and
Regular attendance is
important for every student. Each school
day will be filled with many educational experiences.
TYPES OF ABSENCES
The Ohio Department of Education has a policy regarding
absences from school (3321.04 ORC). In brief, the policy is as follows:
Absences from school for any reason other than those listed below and
recommended by the State Department of Education are not acceptable and will
carry disadvantages to the student. Those reasons acceptable to the State of
Ohio and Upper Scioto Valley Elementary School are:
EXCUSED: AUTHORIZED (A)
Board considers the following factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed
personal illness (a written physician’s statement verifying the illness may be
B. illness in the family necessitating the presence of the
C. quarantine of the home
D. death in the family
E. necessary work at home due to absence or incapacity of
F. observation or celebration of a bona fide religious
G. out-of-state travel (up to a maximum of four (4) days per twenty-four (24)
hours per school year that the student’s school is open for instruction school
year) to participate in a District-approved enrichment or extracurricular
H. such good cause as may be acceptable to the
I. medically necessary leave for a pregnant student in
accordance with Policy 5751
J. service as a precinct officer at a primary, special or
general election in accordance with the program set forth in Policy 5725
need not always be within the school facilities, but a student will be
considered to be in attendance if present at any place where school is in
session by authority of the Board.
Board shall consider each student assigned to a program of other guided
learning experiences to be in regular attendance for the program provided that
s/he reports to such staff member s/he is assigned for guidance at the place in
which s/he is conducting study, and regularly demonstrates progress toward the
objectives of the course of study.
Superintendent may excuse a student over fourteen (14) years of age from
attendance at school for a future limited period for the purpose of performing
essential work directly or exclusively for his/her parents or guardians.
Such excuse should not exceed five (5) days and may at the discretion of
the Superintendent be renewed for five (5) additional days. At no time, however, shall such excuse cause
a student to be absent from school for a period of more than ten (10)
discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, a student may be excused
for a longer period of time than ten (10) days if a child's parent or guardian
has recently died or become totally or partially incapacitated and there is no
older brother or sister living in the home who is out of school. (The
Superintendent may request a certificate of a physician attesting to the
physical condition of the parent or guardian.)
Attendance shall be taken at the beginning
of every block/period in buildings with block/period-based scheduling. Absences
from a class block/period shall be accounted for to the nearest full hour.
Attendance shall be taken at the
commencement of the school day in buildings with non-period-based schedules.
Attendance for students arriving late or leaving early must be tracked
and recorded to the nearest full hour.
When a student of compulsory
school age is absent from school with or without legitimate excuse for thirty-eight
(38) or more hours in one school month, or sixty-five (65) or more hours in a
school year, the attendance officer shall notify the child's parent or guardian
of the child's absences, in writing, within seven (7) school days after the
date of the absence that triggered the notice requirement. At the same
time written notice is given, any appropriate intervention action listed herein
may be taken.
student will be considered habitually truant if the student is absent without a
legitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, for forty-two (42) or more
hours in one (1) school month, or for seventy-two (72) or more hours in one (1)
excuses for the absence of a student who is otherwise habitually or chronically
truant include but are not limited to:
A. the student was enrolled in
another school district;
B. the student was excused
from attendance in accordance with R.C 3321.04; or
C. the student has received an
age and schooling certificate.
Absence Intervention Team
To the extent required by law as determined on an annual basis, within ten (10)
days of a student becoming habitually truant, the Principal shall assign the
student to an absence intervention team.
Within fourteen (14) school days after the assignment of a
student to an absence intervention team, the team shall develop an intervention
plan for that student in an effort to reduce or eliminate further absences.
Each intervention plan shall vary based on the individual needs of the
student, but the plan shall state that the attendance officer shall file a
complaint not later than sixty-one (61) days after the date the plan was
implemented, if the child has refused to participate in, or failed to make
satisfactory progress on, the intervention plan. Within seven (7) school
days after the development of the plan, reasonable efforts shall be made to
provide the student's parent/guardian/custodian, with written notice of the
Each absence intervention team may vary based on the needs of each individual
student but shall include a representative from the child's building, another
representative from the child's building who knows the child, and the child's
parent or parent's designee, or the child's guardian, custodian, guardian ad
litem, or temporary custodian. The team also may include a school
psychologist, counselor, social worker, or representative of a public or
nonprofit agency designed to assist students and their families in reducing
The members of the absence intervention team shall be
selected within seven (7) school days of the student meeting the habitually
truant threshold. Within the same period of seven (7) school days, the
Principal shall make at least three meaningful, good faith attempts to secure
the participation of the student's parent/guardian/custodian, guardian ad
litem, or temporary custodian on that team. A good faith attempt to
secure the participation of the parent shall include, but not be limited to,
contacting (or attempting to contact) the parent by telephone, email, or
regular mail. If the student's parent
responds to any of those attempts, but is unable to participate for any reason,
the Principal shall inform the parent of the parent's right to appear by designee.
If seven (7) school days elapse and the student's
parent/guardian/custodian, guardian ad litem, or temporary custodian fails to
respond to the attempts to secure participation, the attendance officer shall
investigate whether the failure to respond triggers mandatory abuse or neglect
reporting to the public children services agency. At the same time, the absence intervention
team shall continue to develop an intervention plan for the child
notwithstanding the absence of the child's parent/guardian/custodian, guardian
ad litem, or temporary custodian.
If a student who is habitually truant violates the
order of a Juvenile Court regarding the student’s prior adjudication as an
unruly child for being a habitual truant, s/he may further be adjudicated as a
In order to address the attendance
practices of a student who is habitually truant, the intervention team
may take any of the following intervention actions:
A. notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles of the student’s
B. take appropriate legal action
In the event that a student becomes habitually truant within
twenty-one (21) school days prior to the last day of instruction of a school
year, the Principal may, in his/her discretion, assign a school official to
work with the child's parent/guardian/custodian, guardian ad litem, or
temporary custodian to develop an absence intervention plan during the summer. The
absence intervention process shall commence upon the first day of instruction
of the next school year.
The attendance officer shall file a complaint in the juvenile court against a
student on the sixty-first (61st) day after the implementation of an absence
intervention plan or other intervention strategies, provided that all of the
A. The student is habitually truant.
B. The school district or school has made meaningful attempts to
re-engage the student through the absence intervention plan, other intervention
strategies, and any offered alternatives to adjudication, if applicable.
C. The student has refused to participate in or failed to make
satisfactory progress on the plan, as determined by the absence intervention
team, or any offered intervention strategies or alternative to adjudication.
If the student, at any time during the implementation phase of the absence
intervention plan or other intervention strategies, is absent without
legitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours or forty-two (42)
or more hours in one school month, the attendance officer shall file a
complaint in juvenile court against that student, unless the absence
intervention team has determined that the student has made substantial progress
on the absence intervention plan.
In the event that the sixty-first (61st) day after the implementation of the
absence intervention plan or other intervention strategies falls on a day
during the summer months, the attendance officer may extend the implementation
of the plan and delay the filing of the complaint for an additional thirty (30)
days from the first day of instruction of the next school year.
Superintendent is authorized to establish an educational program for parents of
truant students which is designed to encourage parents to ensure that their
children attend school regularly. Any parent who does not complete the
program is to be reported to law enforcement authorities for parental education
neglect, a fourth class misdemeanor if found guilty.
any student of compulsory school age has sixty (60) consecutive hours in a
single month or a total of ninety hours of unexcused absence from school during
the school year, s/he will be considered habitually absent. The Board
authorizes the Superintendent to inform the student and his/her parents,
guardian, or custodian of the record of absences as well as the
District's intent to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, if appropriate,
and the Judge of the Juvenile Court of the student's unexcused absence.
If a student who is habitually truant violates the order of
a juvenile court regarding the student’s prior adjudication as an unruly child
for being a habitual truant, s/he may further be adjudicated as a delinquent
The District shall report to the Ohio Department of Education, as soon as
practicable, and in a format and manner determined by the Department, any of
the following occurrences:
A. when a notice that a
student has been absent with or without legitimate excuse for thirty-eight (38)
or more hours in one (1) school month, or sixty-five (65) or more hours in a
school year is submitted to a parent/guardian/or custodian;
B. when a child of compulsory
school age has been absent without legitimate excuse from the public school the
child is supposed to attend for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours,
forty-two (42) or more hours in one school month, or seventy-two (72) or more
hours in a school year;
C. when a child of compulsory
school age who has been adjudicated an unruly child for being an habitual
truant violates the court order regarding that adjudication;
D. when an absence
intervention plan has been implemented for a child under this policy.
This policy was developed after consultation with the judge of the juvenile
court of Hardin County/Counties, with the parents, guardians, or other persons
having care of the students attending school in the district, and with
appropriate State and local agencies.
The following procedures may be used in relation to
unexcused absences to school as a means to provide structured time to complete
missed class work. This will be for each semester.
18 Hours of Unexcused Absences…………………..administrative
21 Hours of Unexcused Absences ………...………..detention
24 Hours of Unexcused Absences ………………….detention
27 Hours of Unexcused Absences ………………….detention
Saturday Schools assigned for each additional 3
Hours of Unexcused Absence.
CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS AND VISITATIONS
We welcome and encourage parents to visit
the school. However, to limit
distractions we are asking parents, who would like to observe their child’s
classroom, to call the office to make the appropriate arrangements ahead of
time. Student visitors are not permitted
except under very special circumstances.
We do not permit the visitation of little brothers or sisters.
All visitors must report to the office upon entering the
building. Visitors must sign in at the office.
Each visitor will be given a visitor badge which must be displayed at
SIGN IN/ SIGN OUT
Children are occasionally late in arriving to school. An
adult must sign the student in and provide required information on the
form. Students cannot leave the school
building/grounds during the day without an adult signing them out and obtaining
permission from the personnel adult in the office that is allowing him/her the
right to leave the school building/grounds.
Occasionally, parents/guardians may find it necessary to
have their child dismissed from school early. Please follow the following
instructions for early dismissal. A note from the parent/guardian must be sent
to school which includes the following: 1. Student's name, 2. Date, 3. Date and
time for early release, 4. Reason for early release, and 5. Signature of the
parent/guardian. This note should be given to the classroom teacher first thing
in the morning. Classroom teachers will forward the early release notes to the
Reminder: When you pick up your child
from school early, you must report to the office and sign your child out of the
If you arrive late to school, you must first report to the office to "sign in". You will
be counted "tardy" if you sign in during the first hour of school. We
realize that emergencies may happen from time to time. However, we believe that it is important to
Any student who accumulates five (5) or
more unexcused tardies in a semester will be considered insubordinate and may be
assigned disciplinary action.
Anyone staying after school for any reason shall bring a
note from home, signed by the parents, stating the reason, and giving
consent. No one is to stay after school
except under the direct supervision of a teacher or other authorized person. If
any one activity occurs regularly throughout the school year, one note for the
entire year's activity will be acceptable. (Ex: Joy Smith has my permission to
attend all Girl Scout meetings every Tuesday after school in the cafeteria for
the school year 2014-15. Signed, Mrs.
Students walking home from school who live in town are to
go directly home after school.
The assignment of homework can be expected. Student grades
will reflect the completion of all work, including outside assignments.
Homework is also part of the student’s preparation for the classroom and state
assessments. When absent, making up assignments is the student's
responsibility. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher to make up
assignments. You may request homework through the office for your absent
student by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.
When a parent requests homework for an absent student, the completed
work should be returned to the teacher in a timely manner. Otherwise, students
will receive their assignments when they return to school.
The arrival of winter may bring severe weather conditions
and possibly, school delays or cancellations. When conditions warrant delays or
closing school, stations carrying the announcements include:
Station Call No.
WIMT 102.1 FM Lima
WLIO TV Channel 35 Lima
WBNS TV Channel
WKTN 95.1 FM
92.1 FM Lima
Federal law requires that parents/guardians of any school
age child notify the school any time their child is absent. Parents are asked to notify the school by
9:00 a.m. each day.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE CODE POLICY
Education cannot proceed without discipline. Good discipline allows students, teachers,
and administrators to work towards positive goals. The Student Conduct Code is
to be followed by all students during school hours, extra-curricular
activities, and school-sponsored activities and any connected activities or
incidents. Students may be disciplined for behavior that is directed at a
school official or employee or his/her property, regardless of where the
STUDENT BEHAVIOR / DISCIPLINE
Every Upper Scioto Valley Schools’ student has
the right to be educated in a safe, respectful and welcoming environment. Every
educator has the right to teach in an atmosphere free from disruption and
obstacles that impede learning. The school environment should be characterized
by positive interpersonal relationships among students and between students and
that end, the district has adopted and implemented a school wide Positive
Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. PBIS is based on research
that indicates that the most effective discipline systems use proactive
strategies designed to prevent discipline problems. Before consequences are
given, students must first be supported in learning the skills necessary to
enhance a positive school climate and avoid negative behavior. This research
also shows that there is a strong link between a positive school climate and
academic success for all students when students clearly understand behavioral
Elementary will develop and annually revise a PBIS Plan that will include:
teaching positive school rules; implementing a social emotional skills
development and enhancement program; positively reinforcing appropriate student
behavior; using effective classroom management; providing early intervention
and support strategies for misconduct; and appropriate use of logical and
meaningful consequences including the use of restorative practices.
violation of any of the following rules may result in disciplinary action,
including detention, suspension, expulsion, or removal from class or
extracurricular activities on the premises.
Harassment: A student shall not by the use of violence,
force, noise, threat, or
form of intimidation cause the disruption of any function of the school.
Damage to Property: A student shall not cause or
attempt to cause damage or
of school property including building, grounds, equipment, materials, or
private property on school grounds, or at any school activity on or off school
Assault/Fighting: A student shall not act or behave in
such a way as could cause
injury to another person or persons.
Weapon Look-Alike: A student shall not possess, handle,
transmit or conceal any object that
could reasonably be considered a weapon (knives, guns, look- alike weapons,
Drug Use/Possession: A student shall not possess, use,
transmit, conceal, or be
the influence of any alcoholic beverage, dangerous drugs, narcotics, or mind-altering
substances. Students shall not have drug paraphernalia in their possession.
Drug Look-Alike: It is a criminal offense to possess,
sell, distribute, advertise,
offer to sell any counterfeit controlled substance. This means that such things
as selling a homemade tobacco cigarette as a marijuana cigarette would be
Tobacco Use/Possession: A student shall not smoke or
use any form of tobacco
the school building or on the school grounds during school hours or at school
functions. Students shall not have smoking paraphernalia or any form of tobacco
in their possession, including electronic cigarettes/vaporizers.
Criminal Act: A student shall not violate any law or
ordinance of the Village of McGuffey when the student is properly under the
authority of any school personnel.
Insubordination/Disrespect: A student shall comply with
the directions given
teachers or any other school personnel when the student is properly under the
authority of the school personnel, which includes guest teachers.
Misconduct: A student shall comply with established conduct and safety
regulations as posted on each school bus.
A student shall not use profanity or obscene language, either verbal or
written, in communication with any school personnel, visitor, or student. This
includes the use of obscene gestures, signs, pictures, or publications.
Information/Cheating: A student shall not copy or attempt to copy daily work,
hand-in work, or work on tests and quizzes.
Device Violation: A student shall not bring into the building or on school
grounds: mp3 players, CD players, laser pointers, or other similar electronic
equipment. If a student brings a cell phone to school, it must remain in their
book bag and be turned off. If a student has any of these electronic devices
out during school hours, they will be confiscated.
Usage Violation: A student shall not use technology equipment (cell phone,
computer, etc.) in violation of the Upper Scioto Valley Schools Technology
The failure of a student to comply with
any school rule at any school sponsored activity or
who fails to obey a school employee
(including guest teachers) exercising his/her assigned
duties shall be considered insubordinate. Faculty and staff will be respected at all
Insubordination and/or disrespect will
subject the student to disciplinary consequences.
Students who repeatedly violate the
student code of conduct may face escalated
Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed and that students
should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the
consequences of their actions. The Board, the administration, teachers and
staff will not tolerate violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior by our
students. Consequences for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct may
include, but are not limited to: Verbal Apology, Written Assignment, Loss of
Privileges, Parent/Guardian Conference, Detention, Emergency Removal from
Class, In School Suspension, Alternative Learning Environment, Out of School
Suspension, or Expulsions.
One of the goals of any
educational institution should be to prepare students to be responsible adults.
We recognize the need to emphasize to students the realities of the adult world
concerning punctuality, habits and behavior. The following educational tool is
designed to provide students with consequences for their actions similar to
those of the adult world. This policy is designed to strengthen our position on
requiring students to be on time to class and on student classroom behavior.
USV Schools use detention as a
disciplinary consequence for tardiness and a variety of behavior related school
disruptions. Students given an after-school administrative detention will be
given at least a 24- hour notice prior to serving and is expected to work out
any transportation problems. The detention period will be between 3:10 p.m.
until 4:10 p.m. and may be for either an hour or a half an hour, as
appropriate. A student should come to this period with materials to study. Students
are required to provide their own transportation home. Failure to report to assigned detention
period may result in discipline taken to the next level (Saturday School, In
School Suspension, Out of School Suspension, or notification to Juvenile
A teacher can also assign their own
detention that will be served with the assigning teacher on the assigned date
no sooner than 24-hours from when it was issued. Teachers are to directly notify the
parent/guardian of the student of the detention prior to the assigned
date. A teacher assigned detention will
follow the same guidelines of an administrative detention unless modifications
are set-up by the teacher and parent in advance of the date of the
RULES FOR DETENTION:
1. Be on time.
You cannot leave until the detention is over and the Detention
Supervisor has dismissed you.
2. An administrator or the Detention Supervisor
may assign you writing projects to complete before beginning your homework.
Bring school assignments and materials for study.
3. Bring paper, pencils, and other necessary
4. Stay busy with school assignments the entire
time. Students may not sit idly or sleep in detention. Students who do not
bring homework will be assigned work by the detention supervisor.
5. Do not talk or cause any distractions or
Students who do not attend detention
will be assigned additional disciplinary action. The only permissible excuses
are personal illness or death in the family. If a student is at school and does
not attend detention, a doctor excuse must be provided or the student will face
further disciplinary action. Transportation problems are not reasons to
miss detention. Students are required to adjust extracurricular schedules to
accommodate assigned detentions.
3319.41 of the Ohio Revised Code specifies that: A person employed or engaged
as a staff member, teacher, principal or administrator in a school, whether
public or private, may, within the scope of their employment, use and apply
such amount of force and restraint as is reasonable and necessary to quell a
disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of
weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of the
pupil for the purpose of self-defense, or for the protection of persons or
property. USV administration and staff have been trained in the CPI physical
are expected to cooperate with reasonable instructions and directions from
staff members. Failure to do so will be considered an act of insubordination
and may result in suspension or expulsion. If the student’s presence poses a
continuing danger to persons or property or an on-going threat of disrupting
the academic process, the student may be removed from class or school.
Students who receive a Saturday School will have at least
one day to notify their parents. A copy
of the Saturday School referral will be mailed home. Saturday Schools are held on Saturday
mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Students are required to provide their
own transportation from Saturday School.
Students who do not serve an assigned Saturday School will be subject to
RULES FOR SATURDAY SCHOOL:
1. Be on time. You cannot leave until the Saturday School is
over and the Saturday School Supervisor has dismissed you.
2. An administrator or the
Saturday School Supervisor may assign you writing projects to complete before
beginning your homework. Bring plenty of work.
You will need schoolwork to last the entire three-hour time period.
Students who do not bring work will be assigned work by the supervisor. Failure
to complete that assignment will result in removal from Saturday School and
suspension from school.
3. Bring school materials
including paper, pencils, books, and other necessary items. Do not bring candy, beverages, radios, cards,
magazines, or any other food or recreational items.
4. Be ready to work. You will not be allowed to put your head down
on the desk and/or sleep.
5. Wear clothes that follow the
school dress code.
6. Follow all rules, behave, and
cooperate with the teacher in charge; Failure to do so can result in removal
from Saturday School.
7. Students who do not attend Saturday School
will face additional disciplinary action. The only permissible excuses are
personal illness or death in the family.
Transportation problems are not
reasons to miss a Saturday School. Students are required to adjust
extracurricular schedules to accommodate assigned Saturday Schools.
is a disciplinary action which results when a student’s behavior warrants the
student to be excluded from the everyday school environment yet still remain in
school. This method of discipline is on
the progression of discipline. During
In-School Suspension, a student is able to complete the assigned school work
and receives credit for the completed school work. The time a student spends within In-School Suspension does not affect a
student’s attendance. During this time
the student will be excluded from recess and will have limited lunchroom and
restroom privileges. The In-School Supervisor, teachers
and/or principal may assign additional seatwork if necessary.
Suspension from school means that the student shall not be
on school property and shall not attend classes or activities during the
inclusive time of the suspension. All
suspensions are out of school and the days missed are considered unexcused
absences. Students may make up any work
missed during this time. Days missed for
suspension will also count toward the student's maximum days allowable per
Any student who brings a firearm, as defined under Federal
Law, to school shall be expelled for at least one year, unless the
Superintendent reduces the punishment for reasons justified by the particular
circumstances of the incident.
In accordance with the law, the Board of Education may seek
to permanently exclude a student who has been convicted of or adjudicated
delinquent for the reason of the following offenses:
A) carrying a
concealed weapon, or conveying or processing a deadly weapon or dangerous
ordinance on property owned or controlled by a board of education or at an activity
under the auspices of this Board.
selling, or offering to sell controlled substances on property owned or
controlled by a board of education or at an activity under the auspices of this
C) complicity to
commit any of the above offenses, regardless of where the complicity occurred.
D). Due process laws will be followed.
Common cleanliness, modesty and
neatness will prevail over the student attire. At no time
should dress and grooming be such that it distracts from the teaching and
learning process or insults or demeans other people. The following
specifics were approved by the Board of Education:
1. No halter or
2. No clothing with
offensive language or designs promoting alcohol, drugs or tobacco products.
3. Shorts may be worn, but they must be fingertip in
4. No low-cut, tight-fitting or revealing clothing. Tops worn must cover the shoulders and not be
cut low under the arms. Also, they must
be long enough to tuck in the pants and stay tucked in.
5. Hair and clothing must be neat and clean.
6. Dresses and skirts must be fingertip in length.
7. No tank tops, undershirts, or halter shirts are to be
worn as outer garments.
8. No hats or sunglasses are to be worn.
9. Shoes must be worn.
No shoes with wheels in them are allowed.
*This list is not considered to be an all-inclusive list.
Principal/Assistant Principal will decide if parents should be called to bring
clothes or clothes may be issued to the student. Any time out of the classroom for dress code
violations will be counted as unexcused and the student will be unable to
receive credit for missed assignments.
FEES AND FINES
The Upper Scioto Valley Board of Education furnishes
textbooks for each pupil, but the student must pay for consumable items such as
notebooks, paper, pencils, and workbooks.
Each grade will have fees which should be paid as soon as possible.
Grade cards will be withheld at the end of each quarter if the student owes
fees or fines. Parents wishing to set up
payment plans can avoid the withholding of grade cards. Call the school
secretary to establish a payment plan. The librarian and classroom teachers
will charge a nominal fine for overdue, damaged or lost books. Fees must be paid before a student's grades
or records can be released.
Report cards will be issued every nine weeks. Every student
will receive an interim report during the first quarter. For quarters two,
three, and four, interim reports will be issued for those students who are not
working up to their capacity. Some teachers prefer to send interim reports to
all students. Interims will be sent in
the fourth or fifth week of the grading period.
Parents are urged to contact the school when a problem or question
Pupils participating in the student health insurance
program may elect to sign up through the school office at the beginning of the
school year. After this date, students
and parents will have to communicate directly with the Insurance Agency.
Merit Honor Roll - Student receives A;s in all academic subjects.
Honor Roll - Student receives all A's and B's (no C's, D's, F's or
If a student is found to have head lice, she/he must be
excluded from school until treated with a lice shampoo, and all nits are
removed from the hair. It is expected
that this will be done in a timely manner.
In most cases, the student should return to school the following day.
LOST AND FOUND
The school's lost and found, such as clothing articles,
notebooks, etc., will be kept in the lost and found area. Found items should be deposited in this area.
If you lose something, first check in the lost and found. You should also ask teachers, of the various
rooms, where you have attended class.
Always check more than once. Mark
all jackets, coats, sweaters and sweatshirts with your student's name.
The school cafeteria provides wholesome meals at moderate
prices. Students are expected to be
cooperative and orderly. Each student is
expected to assume the responsibility of keeping the cafeteria area clean. After eating, plates, silverware, and paper
should be returned to the kitchen and placed in the proper containers.
Occasionally school activity groups will have lunch brought
in from outside the school cafeteria. Provided the advisor supervises, this
action will be accepted with prior approval. All other lunches are handled in
one of two ways:
Bought in the
Brown-bagged in the
morning – Occasionally, a parent may bring his/her child’s lunch to the student at lunchtime. This
would be considered brown-bagging, and we ask that this arrangement be made
prior to the start of the day to avoid disruption.
Students are not permitted to have electronic devices or
any other electronic toy or device turned on during school hours. These items can cause disruptions in the
classrooms and are a violation of the student code of conduct.
If you are injured coming to school or while at school, you
should report to the duty teacher or to the office immediately to see if first
aid treatment is necessary. If the
nurse, principal, secretary or teachers cannot treat the injury, parents will
be called. A pupil will not be sent to
the doctor or hospital without parent's consent or authorization except under
emergency circumstances. The rescue
squad will be called on all serious injuries.
A student taking medication during school hours must bring
the medication and the physician's request form for administration of
medication to the office when arriving at school. Parents must fill out
paperwork requesting the administration of their child's medication at school.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF
Public displays of affection are unacceptable. Unacceptable public displays of affection are
defined as those physical actions which are contrary to good judgment and
public decency in that they create feelings of inappropriateness and
embarrassment among other students and staff.
Students who engage in such unacceptable public displays of affection
will be subject to the intervention of the staff and disciplinary action deemed
Weather permitting; students are to plan on going outside
during recess. No students will be
allowed to loiter in the restrooms or hallways. Recess is a privilege,
especially in the older grades, and may be taken away for a variety of reasons.
visitors are not allowed on the playground!
A student shall not use school property to store items
considered to be dangerous, prohibited by law or by school rules. If there is reason to believe that such items
are being stored on school property or at school activities, then search and
seizure will result. If a school official believes that a student has on his
person a weapon or substance dangerous to persons or property, then the
official has the right and duty to conduct an immediate search and seizure.
The Upper Scioto Valley School District is committed to
eliminating and preventing sexual harassment from all schools and
facilities. Sexual harassment is
improper, immoral, illegal, and will not be tolerated within the district. This policy is implemented to inform both
students and personnel as to what sexual harassment is and what procedures are
to be followed in dealing with sexual harassment within the district.
I. Definition of Sexual Harassment
Ohio and Federal laws define sexual harassment as unwanted
sexual advances, or unwanted visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual
nature. Such offensive behavior
includes, but is not limited to the following:
1. Unwanted sexual advances, including propositioning,
repeatedly asking someone out for a date after it is clear that the person is
2. Explicitly or implicitly offering employment benefits in
exchange for sexual favors.
3. Making or threatening reprisals after a negative
response to sexual advances.
4. Non-verbal conduct: leering, making sexual gestures,
displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters.
5. Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments,
epithets, slurs, or jokes, making sexually- based remarks about another
person's or one's own body.
6. Verbal abuse of sexual nature, graphic verbal
commentaries about an individual's
body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or
obscene letters, notes or invitations.
7. Physical conduct: touching assault, impeding or blocking
This sexual harassment policy is intended to protect
against sexual harassment before it becomes actionable sexual harassment. The term "sexual harassment" is
intended to mean sexual harassment in the broadest meaning of that term in
current popular as well as legal usage.
When students are withdrawn from school, we ask that
parents notify the office prior to moving out of the district. Parents must sign a record release form that
authorizes us to transfer records to the new school. In addition, should any fees or fines be
owed, those must be paid before grades and transcripts will be released to
another school system.
Computer use is encouraged and made available to students
for educational purposes. The use of school equipment and access to the
Internet (or e-mail) is a privilege, not a right. The school retains the
ownership of all hardware and software. Users have no expectation to privacy
regarding the use of any school district equipment at any time. Use of the Internet will be controlled based
upon content and is monitored using a Google management system and the
Go Guardian program. The school reserves the right to
inspect, copy and/or delete files and records created or stored on school-owned
computers. Students must understand that “delete” does not equal “destroyed”.
Students will be given an Acceptable Use Policy and are required to sign
an agreement before being assigned a network password.
BEHAVIOR TOWARD STUDENTS
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe,
positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its
students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal
relations between members of the school community. Aggressive behavior toward a
student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited
and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal and
psychological abuse. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments,
threats or actions, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal
degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including
activities on school property and those occurring off school property if the
student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or
school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events
where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged
in school business.
Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct
that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s
educational, physical or emotional well being. This type of behavior is a form
of harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected
characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status or
disability. It would include, but not be
limited to, such behaviors as stalking, bullying, intimidating, menacing,
coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats and hazing.
Any student that believes s/he has been or is the victim of
aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the building
principal or assistant principal, or the superintendent. The student may also
report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying
the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the
building principal should be filed with the superintendent. Complaints against
the superintendent should be filed with the board president.
Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is
required, to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior
directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.
All complaints about aggressive behavior that may violate
this policy shall be promptly investigated.
If the investigation finds an instance of aggressive
behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial
action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for
employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and
removal from any officer position and/or request to resign for Board members.
Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.
The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the
investigation, and as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken.
Retaliation against any person, who reports, is thought to
have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation
or inquiry concerning allegations of aggressive behavior is prohibited and will
not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of
Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected
retaliation should be reported in the same manner as aggressive behavior.
Making intentionally false reports about aggressive behavior for the purpose of
getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action
as indicated above.
The following definition is provided for guidance only. If
a student or other individual believes there has been aggressive behavior,
regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it
and allow the administrator to determine the appropriate courses of action.
“Bullying” is defined
as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another
with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or
psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or
group). Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of
all three. Some examples of bullying are:
Physical – hitting,
kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings
or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical
Verbal – taunting,
malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats
spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in
social exclusion/ shunning, extortion, or intimidation.
but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to
unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature
on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or
disability (sexual orientation, physical characteristic, cultural background,
socioeconomic status or geographic location).
includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper,
substantially damage or interfere with another’s property, cause substantial
inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact or inflict serious
physical injury on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or
but is not limited to, any act intended to place a school employee, student, or
third party in fear of imminent serious physical injury.
“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a
student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, that takes place
on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity,
on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, and that
has the effect of:
physically harming a
student or damaging a student’s property;
knowingly placing a
student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the
student’s property; or
creating a hostile
be given school consequences and discipline if bullying, harassment or
intimidation takes place outside of school and materially or substantially
disrupts the educational environment and discipline of the school.
“Staff” includes all
school employees and board members.
include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents, school
visitors, service contractors, vendors, or others engaged in District business,
and others not directly subject to school control at inter-district or
intra-district athletic competitions or other school events.
For a definition of and instances that could possibly be
construed as hazing, consult Policy 5516.
the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be
maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation
will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.
Notification: Notice of this policy will be annually
circulated to and posted inconspicuous locations in all school buildings and
departments within the District and discussed with students, as well as
incorporated into the student handbook. State and Federal rights posters on
discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new
hires will be required to review and sign off on this policy and the related
The superintendent is directed to develop administrative
guidelines to implement this policy. Guidelines shall include reporting and
investigative procedures, as needed. The complaint procedure established by the
superintendent shall be followed.
The bus drivers will give the students a copy of bus rules
for behavior when riding the bus.
Failure to obey these safety rules may result in temporary or permanent
suspension from riding your assigned bus.
Students are permitted to ride only the bus they have been
assigned. School bus transportation is
a privilege and not a right; and the bus driver is the sole authority on the
bus while students are being transported. (A.C. 3301-83-08) Parents are
responsible for: (A.G. 8600)
safety of their child while going to or from the bus stop and while
waiting for the school bus, including waiting for a school bus at their
designated place of safety;
child being at the bus stop prior to scheduled pick-up time;
by their child to school buses, personal property, or public property.
In order to provide children riding the
bus the safe transportation they deserve, the district has adopted the
following rules, believing all students can behave appropriately and safely
while riding on a school bus.
Misbehavior will not be tolerated.
At times during the year your child may be videotaped on the bus.
The Student Conduct Code as stated in the student handbook
must be followed.
All students are assigned a permanent pick-up and
drop-off point, when riding the bus students will only be permitted on or off
at that point.
that cross in front of the bus must stop at their designated place of
safety and wait on the driver’s
hand signal before crossing. All
students upon exiting the bus must go directly to their designated safe spot and stay there
until the bus has safely cleared the area.
Students needing to go to the mailbox should do so after the bus is
out of sight.
in assigned seat while the bus is moving.
hands, feet and personal objects to yourself and inside the bus.
- Do not
distract the driver through misbehavior.
smoking, bad language, rude gestures, teasing, or bullying on the bus.
- No eating
or drinking on the bus.
firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives, or other dangerous materials or
objects are prohibited on buses.
must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus.
phones are not to be used on the school bus.
student that will be picked up instead of riding the bus home; the parent
must contact the school no later than 3:00. Once a student is on the bus,
he/she must ride the bus to their designated bus stop.
If a student chooses to break a rule, the following
consequences will apply:
1st Incident: Driver
2nd Incident: Reassign
seat and conference with driver
3rd Incident: Discipline
slip sent to principal
Severe, illegal, or continuous misbehavior: Student will lose bus privileges
First offense – Bus suspension for one (1) day
Second offense – Bus suspension for three (3) days
Third offense – Bus suspension for five (5) days
Fourth offense – Bus suspension for ten (10) days
Fifth offense – Bus suspension for the remainder of the school
The transportation policy has already been discussed with
your child. Please discuss it with him
or her to be sure it is understood.
Thank you in advance for your support of the district’s program. If you have any questions or comments, please
contact the school administration at 419-757-3231.