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Student Policies

2000 PERSONNEL

Nondiscrimination and Student Rights
Equal Educational Opportunity
Students of Legal Age
Harassment
Marital, Parental Status of Students
Searches by School Personnel
Interviews, Interrogations and Removal From School
Distribution of Noncurricular Publications by Students
Nondiscrimination and Student Rights
Admission and Withdrawal
Entrance Age
Compulsory Attendance Ages
Admission of Resident Students
Admission and Tuition - Nonresident Students
Transfer Students
Admission of Exchange Students
Homeless Students
Migrant Students
Kindergarten Enrollment Requirements
Admission of Home Schooled Students
Student Withdrawal From School
Student Attendance
Part-Time Attendance
Student Early Dismissal Procedures
Truancy and Educational Neglect
Student Educational Records
Health Information Records
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Address
Student Academic Achievement-Promotion and Retention
Constitution and American Civics Tests
Student Academic Achievement-Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements – Students with Disabilities
Early Graduation
Discipline
Behavioral Expectations
Firearms and Weapons in School
Closed Campus
Student Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs
Drug– Free Schools
Student Vehicle Use
Student Dress
Student Conduct on Buses
Student Participation in Secret Organizations and Gangs
Student Use and Care of School Property
Bullying
Student Cell Phone Usage
Detention
In-School Suspension
Suspension
Expulsion
Enrollment or Return Following Suspension and/or Expulsion
Corporal Punishment: Authorized
Student Discipline Hearings
Discipline of Students with Disabilities
Reporting of Violent Behavior
Reporting Student Abuse
Employment of Students
Supervision of Students
Student Safety
Foster Care Bill of Rights
Student Wellness
Cardiopulmonary/Heimlich Training
Guidance and Counseling Services
Assessment and Referrals to Outside Services
Psychological Testing of Students
Health Services
Student Accident Insurance
Inoculations of Students
Students with Communicable Diseases
Administering Medicines To Students
Student Physical Examination
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
Activities and Athletics– Student Publications
Interscholastic Activities and Athletics
Concussions - Brain Injury
Student Group Use of School Facilities

Policy 2100
Nondiscrimination and Student Rights

The Board  Education reaffirms its belief that every student regardless of race, creed, color, sex, cultural or socioeconomic status or disabling condition be given equal opportunity for educational development.

The Board recognizes the importance of providing each student with a school environment conducive to intellectual, emotional and social growth through participation in a full range of educational programs and activities. Board and staff commitments insure equal educational opportunities in course offerings, guidance and counseling, test procedures, extracurricular activities, discipline procedures and student support services.
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Policy 2110
(Regulation 2110)
Equal Educational Opportunity

It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are those who, because of certain atypical characteristics, have been identified by professionally qualified personnel as requiring special educational planning and services. Students with disabilities will be identified on the basis of physical, health, sensory, and/or emotional handicaps, behavioral problems or observable exceptionalities in mental ability. It is possible that a student may have more than one type of disability.

The District's programs and services available to meet the needs of these students will be in accordance with The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, The Education for All Handicapped Students Act of 1975, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and § 162.670 - .995 R.S.Mo., Missouri Special Education Services. In addition, the identification of students with disabilities and the services provided by the District will be in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Current Plan for Part B of The Education of the Handicapped Act, as amended. (See Policy and Regulation 6250 - Instruction for Students with Disabilities.)
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Policy 2120
Students of Legal Age

Upon attainment of the age of eighteen (18), students will be deemed to be adults for purposes of educational records, placement and reporting.
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Policy 2130
(Regulation 2130)
(Form 2130)
Harassment

It is the policy of the District to maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment because of an individual's race, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation. The School District prohibits any and all forms of unlawful harassment and discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation.

It shall be a violation of District policy for any student, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of this District to harass or unlawfully discriminate against a student through conduct of a sexual nature, or regarding race, color, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation as defined by this Policy.

It shall also be a violation of District policy for any teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of this District to tolerate sexual harassment or harassment because of a student's race, color, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation, as defined by this Policy, by a student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel, or by any third parties who are participating in, observing, or otherwise engaged in activities, including sporting events and other extracurricular activities, under the auspices of the School District.

For purposes of this Policy, the term "school personnel" includes school board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or persons subject to the supervision and control of the District.

The school system will act to promptly investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of unlawful harassment or unlawful discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation; to promptly take appropriate action to protect individuals from further harassment or discrimination; and, if it determines that unlawful harassment or discrimination occurred, to promptly and appropriately discipline any student, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who is found to have violated this Policy, and/or to take other appropriate action reasonably calculated to end the harassment/discrimination.

Amended August 21, 2008
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Policy 2140
Marital, Parental Status of Students

Students who are married, pregnant or who have given birth will be treated in a like manner as other students with respect to academic matters, student activities and other educational benefits provided by the District.
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Policy 2150
(Form 2150)
Searches by School Personnel

School lockers and desks are the property of the Board of Education and are provided for the convenience of students, and as such, are subject to periodic inspection without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The lockers and desks may be searched by school administrators or staff who have a reasonable suspicion that the lockers or desks contain drugs, alcohol, material of a disruptive nature, stolen properties, weapons, items posing a danger to the health or safety of students and school employees, or evidence of a violation of school policy. In addition, the Board of Education authorizes the use of trained dogs to sniff lockers or other school property to assist in the detection of the presence of drugs, explosives, and other contraband.

Students or student property may be searched based on reasonable suspicion of a violation of District rules, policy or state law. Reasonable suspicion must be based on facts known to the administration, credible information provided or reasonable inference drawn from such facts or information. The privacy and dignity of students shall be respected. Searches shall be carried out in the presence of adult witnesses, if such witnesses are available. Students may be asked to empty pockets, remove jackets, coats, shoes and other articles of exterior clothing for examination if reasonable under the circumstances.

No employee shall perform a strip search of any student. The exception to this would be if a school administrator reasonably believes that a student possesses a weapon, explosive, or substance that poses an imminent threat of physical harm to himself or herself or another person, and if a commissioned law enforcement officer is not immediately available. Strip searches may be conducted by, or under the authority of, a commissioned law enforcement officer.

Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. The school retains the authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots. The interior of a student's automobile on school premises may be searched if a school administrator has reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items, or evidence of a violation of school policy is contained inside the vehicle.

Law enforcement officials shall be contacted if the search produces a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, weapons, stolen goods or evidence of a crime, in any case involving a violation of law when a student refuses to allow a search, or where the search cannot safely be conducted. Parents may also be contacted. A student who refuses to submit to a search may be appropriately disciplined by school officials.

Amended September 15, 2005
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Policy 2160
Interviews, Interrogations and Removal From School

Interview or Interrogation
The School District has legal jurisdiction over students during the school day and hours of approved extracurricular activities. The school administration is responsible for making an effort to protect each student's rights with respect to interrogations by law enforcement officials. When law enforcement officials find it necessary to question students during the school day or periods of extracurricular activities, the school principal or designee will be present and the interview will be conducted in private.

The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and request an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school. The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the student's parents/guardians.

Removal of Students From School
Before a student at school is arrested or taken into custody by a law enforcement or other legally authorized person, the principal will verify the official's authority to take custody of the student. The school principal will attempt to notify the student's parent/guardian that the student is being removed from school.
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Policy 2170
(Regulation 2170)
Distribution of Noncurricular Publications by Students

The District recognizes that student expression regarding a variety of topics may be beneficial to the District's educational mission. Discussion and debate regarding serious issues can engender tolerance for diverse viewpoints. The District, however, has the obligation to ensure that student expression is consistent with the District's educational mission. Accordingly, the District has adopted guidelines to regulate student expression in a manner consistent with the District's educational goals.
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Policy 2180
Nondiscrimination and Student Rights
Pledge of Allegiance

Schools shall ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited at least once per school day.  No student shall be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Amended October 25, 2016
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Policy 2200
Admission and Withdrawal

The admission of all students shall be under the direction of the Superintendent, subject to the approval of the Board of Education. All persons seeking admission to the District and its instructional programs must satisfactorily meet all residency, academic, age, immunization, health and other eligibility prerequisites as established by Board policies, rules and regulations, and by state law. Students entering the School District will be required to present a birth certificate or some other acceptable proof of age.

Students who are entering kindergarten or first grade are encouraged to pre-register in the spring prior to the fall semester in which they are to begin attendance.
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Policy 2210
Admission and Withdrawal
Entrance Age


Entrance Age for Pre-Kindergarten Programs

If the District choses to maintain a pre-kindergarten program, the sudents must have reached the age of three(3) before August 1 of the school year beginning that calendar year to be eligible for admission.

Entrance Age for Kindergarten
To be admitted to kindergarten or to summer school prior to the student's regular term, a student must be five (5) years old before August 1st preceding entrance.

Entrance Age for First Grade
To be admitted to first grade a student must be six (6) years old before August 1st preceding entrance. However, students who have completed an accredited kindergarten program will be considered for enrollment in the first grade regardless of the August 1st cut-off date.

A birth certificate will be required as proof of age.

Military Dependants

Military dependants who have completed an accredited pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program in another state may enter kindergarten or first grade regardless of age.  The District will facilitate the timely enrollment of children of military families and will ensure that they are not placed at a disadvantage due  to difficulty in their transfer of education records from the previous school district(s) or variations in entrance legal requirements.


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Policy 2220
Admission and Withdrawal

The admission and denial of admission of all students shall be under the direction of the Superintendent/Designee, subject ot the approval of the Board of Edcucation.  All persons seeding admission to the District and its instructional programs must satisfactorily meet all residency, academic, age, immunization, health, safety and other eligibility prerequisites as established by Board policies, rules and regulations, and by law.  Studetns entering the District will be required to present a birth certificate or some other acceptable proof of age along with proof of residency in the District, or a request for a waiver of the residency requirements unless the student is exempt from the residency requirements as set forth in District policies, rules and regulations and /or law.

Upon a request to enroll any student in the District, the Superintendent/Designee will request the student's previous school records along with any other relevant records as set forth in Regulation 2200 and state law.  Any enrollment of a student prior to receipt of the student's previous discipline records will remain conditional  until receipt of such records.  A student will be allowed to attend school during conditional enrollment so long as the student does not violate the District's code of conduct or pose a threat of harm to students or employess of the District.  (See Regulation 2200, Policy 2290, and Policy and Regulation 2664).

Students who are entering kindergarten or first grade are encouraged to pre-register in the spring prior to the fall semester in which they are to begin attendance.

Amended August 21, 2014
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Policy 2230
(Regulation 2230)
(Form 2230)
Admission and Withdrawal

Admission of Non-Tuition Students

Resident Students

Resident students of the District, five to twenty-one (5-21) years of age, who have not graduated from high school or received any document evidencing completion of the equivalent of a secondary curriculum (G.E.D.), and are not barred from enrollment by provisions of the Safe Schools Act (See Policy and Regulation 2664) may attend District schools tuition free.  Resident students must provide proof of residency in the District at the time of enrollment. To be a resident of the District, a student must both physically reside and be domiciled within District boundaries.  The domicile of a minor child is the domicile of a parent, military guardian pursuant to a military issued guardianship, or court-appointed legal guardian.  Where due to military stationing or deployment out-of-state of one or both of a child’s parent(s), the child, a resident of Missouri, relocates to live with other family members that live in the District or lives in a military support community located in the District, the child may attend District schools.  If the parents’ active duty orders expire during the school year, the student will be permitted to finish the current school year at the District.

In addition, the District will provide tuition-free special education services to resident students who qualify for special education services between the ages of 3 and 21 as required by law.

Students Entitled to Enroll Without Proof of Residensy

 

The residency provisions of this policy are not applicable to homeless students, inter-District court-ordered desegregation students, wards of the state placed in residential care facilities, students placed in a residential care facility due to a mental illness or developmental disability, students placed in a residential facility by a juvenile court, students with a disability identified under state eligibility criteria if the student is in the district for reasons other than accessing the district’s educational program, students attending regional or cooperative alternative education programs, students attending an alternative education program on a contractual basis, or students attending a school pursuant to R.S.Mo.§ 167.151(2) or (4).  The exemptions to the residency requirement are expressly established by state law and entitle such students to tuition-free school attendance.  Additionally, a student may be partially exempt from the payment of tuition as set forth in Policy and Regulation 2240 and state law.  For purposes of IDEA special education evaluation and provision of special education services a student attending a private school located within the District will be evaluated as a resident student. 

Request for Waiver of Proof of Residency Requirements

 

Those students who are unable to satisfy the proof of residency requirements and who are not entitled to enroll as provided in the previous section of this Policy and state law may request a waiver of the proof of residency requirements.  Upon filing a Request for Waiver of Proof of Residency (Form 2230.1) and satisfaction of all other enrollment requirements, the student will be conditionally enrolled and allowed to attend school pending a Board of Education hearing on the student’s request unless there is reason to suspect that the admission of the pupil will create an immediate danger to the safety of other students or employees of the District.  If there is reason to suspect that the student poses an immediate danger, the Superintendent/Designee may convene a hearing within five working days of the request to register and determine whether or not the pupil may register. (See Policy and Regulation 2200, Regulation 2230 and Policy and Regulation 2664).

Students of Nonresident Teachers and Regular Employees
Nonresident students of District teachers or regular District employees may be permitted to attend school without payment of tuition. Such students will be considered to be "resident" students for purposes of state aid.

Amended: October 27, 2015
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Policy 2240
(Regulation 2240)
Admission and Tuition - Nonresident Students

Nonresident students may be permitted to attend the District schools upon payment of tuition provided the student is not barred from enrollment by provisions of the Safe Schools Act. (See Policy 2664.) Tuition rates will be determined annually by the Board of Education on the basis of the per-pupil cost for the preceding year including operation, maintenance, and debt service of the schools.

Within two (2) business days of enrollment in the District by state officials of a nonresident student pursuant to state statute, the Superintendent/designee will request the student's transfer and discipline records from all schools or facilities previously attended and from other state agencies and entities involved in the placement of the student within the twenty-four (24) month period preceding enrollment. The Superintendent/designee is authorized to share relevant portions of such student's transfer and discipline records with District employees who, based upon their duties, have a need to know such information. Such records will be maintained in confidence for purposes of maintaining discipline and for assistance to the student. The student's transfer and discipline records will not be a part of the student's permanent record nor used as the sole basis for denying educational services to a pupil.
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Policy 2245
Transfer Students

All students entering the District from other educational settings are required to submit evidence of their achievement in the last grade attended. Grade placement of a student may be adjusted on the basis of examination of the student's previous record, achievement tests administered, or other factors that the principal and staff believe are appropriate under the circumstances. A transcript of all entering secondary school students is required before enrollment can be completed. However, a student may be permitted to enroll temporarily until a full transcript is obtained.

Transfers from Unaccredited Schools
Parents/guardians should be advised that if they choose to transfer their student to the public school from an unaccredited school, the student will not be guaranteed comparable placement in the public schools. Students transferring will be assigned an appropriate grade level and class assignment based on their educational and developmental level as determined by the principal through assessment of student's age, educational experience, achievement tests and consultation with parent/guardian and personnel from the student's former school.

Intradistrict Transfers
The Superintendent may authorize the transfer of a student from one District school to another. Reasons for the transfer may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Welfare of the student
  2. Disciplinary concerns
  3. Curriculum offerings
  4. Special education placement
  5. Parent/guardian custody
  6. Relocation of residence
  7. Student of a District employee
  8. Transportation

The request for transfer may be initiated by the building principal and/or the parent/guardian. The request shall outline the reasons for the transfer, the positive and negative impact upon the student, and any differences of opinion about the transfer. A request for a student transfer will be submitted to the Superintendent.
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Policy 2250
(Regulation 2250)
Admission of Exchange Students

Resident foreign exchange students under the auspices of an organization or association accredited by the state and/or federal governments for that purpose may enroll in the School District, and shall have all the rights and privileges of a resident student during the period of enrollment. Those sponsoring agencies which comply with the standards for foreign student exchange programs as established by the U.S. Department of State are those which will be recognized by the District.
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Policy 2260
(Regulation 2260)
Homeless Students

The Board of Education is committed to providing equal access for all eligible homeless students to a free, appropriate education in the same manner as is provided to other District students. In carrying out this commitment, the District will identify and assess the needs of the District's homeless students; provide for the placement of its homeless students in the school of best interest; provide access to the District's programs; and appoint a homeless coordinator. The Superintendent will review all District policies to determine whether they act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless students. Special attention will be given to policies regarding transportation, immunization, residency, birth certificates, school records and guardianship. (See also Policy and Regulation 6273 – Instruction for Homeless Students.)
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Policy 2270
(Regulation 2270)
Migrant Students

The Board of Education is committed to the identification, needs assessment and enrollment of migrant students living within the District. The District's Coordinator of Programs for Homeless Students is also responsible for implementation and maintenance of the District's program for migrant students. (See also Policy 6274 – Instruction for Migrant Students.)
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Regulation 2271
Admission and Withdrawal
Kindergarten Enrollment Requirements

Before entering kindergarten, the student must:

  • be five years of age by August 1
  • have a copy of social security number
  • have a copy of birth certificate
  • have all shots updated and approved by the school nurse
  • have proof of residency
  • have eyes tested and hearing checked by a doctor within six months of entering kindergarten
  • have a physical within six months of entering kindergarten

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Policy 2280
Admission of Home Schooled Students

Students who enroll in the District from a home-schooled status must meet residency requirements as stipulated in Policy 2230.

Grade placement will be determined by an administrative evaluation of records from the home-school setting and assessment of student's age, total educational experience, achievement tests administered at the time of District registration, and consultation with parents/guardians.
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Policy 2290
Student Withdrawal From School

Students who withdraw from school for any reason are required to notify the building principal and provide a specific reason for withdrawal.

Each building principal will submit a monthly report to the Superintendent concerning the identity and reason of each student withdrawing from school.

Building principals will respond within five (5) business days to requests by other schools for the records of students transferring from District schools. Records transferred pursuant to such requests will include the written notification of criminal charges/adjudications by law enforcement officials for criminal acts listed in Regulation 2673.
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Policy 2310
(Regulation 2310)
Student Attendance

The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is essential to achieving success in school. Education is a total process based upon continual communication and shared responsibilities among parents, students, teachers and school. As students mature and progress through the educational system, they should increasingly assume responsibility for regular attendance. However, parents have a legal and moral responsibility to require regular attendance at school.

Student Attendance and Payment for Tuition to Vocational Technical Colleges
Hurley R-I School will pay the tuition of college credit taken at Ozark Technical College for juniors and seniors enrolled at Hurley for a minimum of four (4) classes per year.  If a student fails to earn a "C" or better, the school will require reimbursement to cover the cost of tuition.  OTC courses shall not exceed two (2) courses per semester of the student’s junior and senior years while enrolled at Hurley High School.

The school will pay for attendance at Gibson Vocational Technical Center for approved students. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” or has excessive absences the student will be responsible for reimbursing Hurley R-I Schools the $750.00 (or applicable amount for the current school year) per semester fee.

Amended 05/14/2015
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Policy 2320
(Regulation 2320)
Part-Time Attendance

Students may attend District schools on a part-time basis as provided by state law and regulations of the Board of Education.
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Policy 2330
(Regulation 2330)
Student Early Dismissal Procedures

Students are to be released from school during school hours only with permission of the building principal/designee.

Early dismissal of a student may be approved only by the principal/designee. Normally requests for early dismissal must be in writing, signed and dated by a parent/guardian.
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Policy 2340
(Regulation 2340)
Truancy and Educational Neglect

The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is important to academic success. Therefore, the Board directs that problems with attendance on the part of any student be investigated and acted upon promptly.

Truancy is defined as deliberate absence from school on the part of the pupil with or without the knowledge of the parent/guardian and for which no justifiable excuse is given. When a pattern of truancy becomes evident, the principal will investigate and take such action as circumstances dictate.

Section 210.115 R.S.Mo mandates reporting to the Division of Family Services when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a student’s non-attendance is due to the educational neglect of the parent/guardians.

Any school official or employee who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is being subjected to home conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in truancy will immediately report or cause a report to be made to the building principal, or his/her designee, who will then become responsible for making a report via the Student Abuse Hotline (1-800-392-3738) to the Missouri Division of Family Service (DFS). The building principal shall inform the Superintendent/designee that a report has been made, and keep the Superintendent apprised of the status of the case.

All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit maximally from the instructional program. After accumulating more than five (5) absences per semester from any class in a semester, the student will not receive credit for the course. These five (5) days per semester are to take care of absences resulting from personal illness, professional appointments, personal or family problems, and other unforeseen circumstances. After five (5) absences, the student must appear before the attendance committee to determine if an extension will be granted. The committee shall consist of the principal, counselor, and a teacher that will be designated by the principal.

Amended July 19, 2007
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Policy 2400
(Regulation 2400)
Student Educational Records (Form 2400)

A cumulative educational record shall be maintained for each student from his/her entrance into school through the last date of attendance or through graduation, whichever occurs first.

Each student's educational record will include information required by state and federal statutes, regulations or agencies and shall include other information considered necessary by school officials.

The District will comply with the mandates of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Safe Schools Act regarding confidentiality of student records and disclosure of personally identifiable information.

The parents/guardians of students who are attending or have attended the District's schools have the right to inspect and review the educational records of their students and to request amendment of their students’ educational records. The District has adopted procedures for the granting of parental requests for access to the educational records of their students within a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than forty-five (45) days after the request is made.

All information contained in a student's educational record, except information designated as directory information by the District, shall be confidential and shall be directly accessible only to school officials who demonstrate a legitimate educational interest in the student's records and to parents/guardians or eligible students.

Upon request by military recruiters or an institution of higher learning, the District will provide students' names, addresses and telephone listings. Parents will be notified annually of their right to individually request that such information not be released without prior parental consent. Military recruiters will be provided the same access to students as is given to institutions of higher learning.
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Policy 2410
(Regulation 2410)
Health Information Records

Except as otherwise required to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), records containing student health information will be stored separately from other student records in a locked file cabinet or in a secure computer file.

Policy 2515
Student Academic Achievement
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection

The criteria for selection of Valedictorian and Salutatorian are as follows:

Valedictorian:
Grade point averages for the four high school years (9-12) will be computed to three decimal points for all graduating seniors. All grades, including off campus credits will be used for calculations. All grades must be turned into the guidance department seven (7) days prior to graduation. If two or more students have grade point averages the same to three (3) decimal points, joint honors will be awarded.

Salutatorian
The salutatorian will be graduating senior(s) who has the next highest grade point average after the valedictorian(s) are selected. If two or more have grade point average identical to three (3) decimal places, joint honors will be awarded.

Approved: July 2001
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Policy 2516
Student Academic Achievement
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Address

The valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s) will submit within two (2) calendar days of the award announcements a written copy of the addresses to be given at graduation. These will be submitted to the administration of the school and the administration will approve or suggest changes as appropriate. Failure to submit the addresses to the administration will result in the addresses being canceled.
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Policy 2520
(Regulation 2520)
Student Academic Achievement

Promotion and Retention
The purpose of promotions and retentions is to provide maximum consideration for the long-range welfare of the student and to provide an opportunity for each student to progress through school according to his/her own needs and abilities.

It is expected that most students in the schools will be promoted annually from one grade level to another upon completion of satisfactory work, however, a student may be retained when his/her standards of achievement or social, emotional, mental, or physical development would not allow satisfactory progress in the next higher grade. Retention normally occurs before the student leaves the primary grades.

Parents/guardians who wish to appeal the decision for retention must first contact the building principal. If parents/guardians do not accept the decision at the building level, an appeal may be made in writing to the Superintendent. All appeals must be requested within two (2) weeks after the close of school.

The process for reading assessments and remediation, and retention guidelines for students who fail to meet the District's objectives for reading, are contained in Regulation 2520 - Promotion and Retention.
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Policy 2525
Student Academic Achievement
Graduation Requirements

The graduations requirements set out in this policy will apply to the Class of 2010. Students who will be in the ninth (9th) grade for the 2006-07 must adjust their schedules for each school year beginning 2006-07 to satisfy the minimum requirements for high school graduation in 2010. The increased physical education requirement will apply to the graduating class of 2012.

The minimum graduation requirements effective for the Class of 2010 are as follows:

Communication Arts

4 units

Social Studies

3 units

Mathematics

3 units

Science

3 units

Fine Arts

1 unit

Practical Arts

1 unit

Physical Education

2 unit

Health Education

1/2 unit

Personal Finance

1/2 unit

Electives

6 units

Total

24 units


The district will accept courses offered through Missouri's K-12 Virtual Instructional Program (MoVIP) as units of credit meeting state and local graduation requirements beginning with the 2007-08 school year provided however the quantity and quality of completed student works meets standards applicable to the District's traditional program. (See Policy Virtual Instruction Program).

Amended April 14, 2008
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Policy 2526

Student Academic Achievement
Constitution and American Civics Tests

As a condition of graduation, student must satisfactorily pass an examination on the principles and provisions of the United States and Missouri Constitutions, American History, American Institutions and American Civics.  This requirement may be waived for any student transferring from a school outside the state if the student furnishes acceptable documentation of the student’s successful completion of a course over comparable material. 

The Civics examination will consist of one hundred questions similar to the one hundred question examination used by the United States for applicants for citizenship. 

All students entering 9th grade after July 1, 2017 must pass an American Civics Test similar to the civics portion of the United States Naturalization Test, produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The American Civics Test may be administered in conjunction with testing on the provisions and principles of the United States and Missouri Constitutions, American History and American Institutions. 

Adopted October 25, 2016

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Policy 2530
Student Academic Achievement
Graduation Requirements – Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must meet graduation requirements outlined in District Policy subject to Individual Education Program (IEP) modifications.  Students with disabilities who have completed four years of high school will be permitted to participate in graduation and any related activities.
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Policy 2540
Student Academic Achievement
Early Graduation

Graduation, with all attendant privileges, will be allowed any time after six (6) semesters of attendance beginning with grade nine and attainment of all requirements as set by the state and local School Boards. Early graduation should be part of a cooperative plan arrived at by students, their parent/guardian, and the school.

The above requirements may be modified in exceptional cases with approval of the Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Superintendent.
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Policy 2600
Discipline

The District has the authority to control student conduct which is prejudicial to good order and discipline in the schools as provided by state law. School officials are authorized to hold students accountable for misconduct in school, on school property, during school-sponsored activities and for conduct away from school or in nonschool activities which affect school discipline.

Students forfeit their right to a public school education by engaging in conduct prohibited in Regulation 2610 and related provisions. Disciplinary consequences include, but are not limited to, withdrawal of school privileges (athletics, intramurals, student clubs and activities and school social events); the reassignment of the student to another school; removal for up to ten (10) school days by school principals; extension of suspensions for a total of 180 days by the Superintendent; and longer term suspension and expulsion from school by the Board of Education.

The District will provide annual inservice training to all employees concerning the District's discipline regulations and their implementation. Annual training will also include, but will not be limited to, approved methods of dealing with school violence, discipline of students with disabilities, and the requirements of student confidentiality.
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Policy 2610
(Regulation 2610)
Behavioral Expectations

All students attending school in District schools will be expected to accept the obligation and responsibility to attend school on a regular basis and to comply with the District's discipline code set forth in Regulation 2610. Those students who choose not to fulfill their responsibilities at school will be held accountable for their conduct. Consequences for individual acts of misconduct are calculated to discipline the student, to deter future misconduct, and to provide a safe and positive environment in which students can maximize their learning potential. Students who engage in significant acts of misconduct off campus which materially and adversely impact the education of district students will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.

Amended January 19, 2006
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Policy 2620
(Regulation 2620)
Firearms and Weapons in School

The District recognizes firearm and weapon possession as a potential threat to the health, safety and security of students, employees, and other persons. The District will not tolerate the presence of firearms or weapons on the premises of our schools. This prohibition includes possession of firearms and weapons on school playgrounds, school parking lots, school buses, and at school activities, whether on or off school property. The District complies with the provisions of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other applicable federal and state law.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the District from permitting a Civil War re-enactor to bring a Civil War era weapon to school for educational purposes so long as the weapon is not loaded.

Students who violate this policy will be suspended for no less than one (1) year and are subject to permanent expulsion. However, the Superintendent may recommend to the Board a modification of the suspension on a case-by-case basis.

This policy will be annually submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education together with a report of disciplinary action taken for possession of a "firearm" or "weapon" as defined in Regulation 2620.
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Policy 2630
Closed Campus

With the safety and welfare of the students in mind, the Board of Education has closed all campuses during the school day. Permission to leave school will be granted only for valid reasons, and only with a written request signed by a parent/guardian. In emergency situations, a telephone call from a parent/guardian may suffice, with approval of the building principal.
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Policy 2640
Student Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs

Smoking
The Board of Education believes that smoking; the use of any tobacco products; and substances apperaring to be tobacco products are detrimental to the health and well-being of staff and students. Therefore the Board prohibits the use, sale, transfer and possession of tobacco products and substances appearing to be tobacco porducts, i.e e-cigarettes, at school and at school activities.

Alcohol and Drug Use
The improper use of controlled substances, alcohol and substances represented to be such is detrimental to the health and welfare of students and is detrimental to discipline in school. Such conduct as well as the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action as set forth in Regulation 2610.

Pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 705(20)(c)(iv), a student with a 504/ADA disability who is currently engaging in the illegal use of alcohol or drugs is not considered a student  with a disability under those laws and the District, may take disciplinary action - to the same extent that disciplinary action is taken against nondisabled students - in relation to that use or possession of alcohol or drugs.  In such cases, the due process procedures contained in the Section 504 regulations will not apply to protect those students.  This provision does not apply to students who are identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  However, school personnel may remove an IDEA disabled student to an interim alternative educational setting for not more than 45 school days without regard to whether that student's behavior is a manifestation of his/her disability where that student knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs, or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance, while at school, on school premises, or at a school function under the District's jurisdiction.  "Illegal drug," as it pertains to the discipline of IDEA students, means a controlled substance but does not include a controlled substance that is legally possessed or used under the supervision of a licensed health-care professional or under any other authority. 

The determination of whether or not a student is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is based upon a variety of information including but not limited to, physical appearances, speech patterns, and witnesses statements.  While not required, District administrators may request a student suspected of alcohol use to submit to a Breathalyzer.  Conduct that includes possession of or use of alcohol or controlled substances as well as the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action as set forth in Regulation 2610.

Amended August 21, 2014
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Policy 2641
Drug-Free Schools

Pursuant to requirements of the 1989 amendments of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and to the requirements of the Safe Schools Act, and for the purpose of preventing the use of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, the District shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs to all students from early childhood level through grade twelve (12). (See also Policy 6130 - Drug Education.) Such programs will address the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use, and provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol.

The District shall provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs that are available to students. Students may be required to participate in such programs in order to avoid suspension or expulsion if they are found to be in violation of this policy. All parents/guardians and students shall annually be provided with a copy of this policy.

The District certifies that it has adopted and implemented the drug prevention program described in this policy in the form required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or the United States Department of Education. The District conducts a biennial review of such program to determine its effectiveness, to implement necessary changes and to ensure that the disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.
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Policy 2650
(Form 2650)
Student Vehicle Use

Building principals have the authority to regulate student use of automobiles at school. Use of school property for student parking purposes is a privilege that may be denied due to violation of District regulations and school policies. Student vehicles parked on District property are subject to search by school officials where there is reason to believe a vehicle contains materials prohibited by District regulations.
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Policy 2651
Student Dress

The Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to be neat, clean and in keeping with community standards, so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the School District. This expectation includes the school day and school sponsored extracurricular activities. The Board may require students to wear a school uniform.

Students shall observe modes of dress and standards of personal grooming that are in conformity with the educational environment and necessary to maintain an orderly and safe atmosphere for all students. Apparel is expected to conform to reasonable student standards of modesty, and as such, no excessive or inappropriate areas of skin or undergarments may be exposed. No apparel or grooming which presents a safety concern is permitted. No apparel displaying messages that are gang-related, sexually explicit, vulgar, violent, or advocating illegal activities is permitted. Further, no clothing or personal grooming that disrupts, or can be forecasted to disrupt, the educational environment is permitted.

Amended September 16, 2010
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Policy 2652
Student Conduct on Buses

The safety of students during their transportation to and from school is a responsibility which they and their parents/guardians share with the bus drivers and school officials. Therefore, the rules of student conduct will be issued to all students at the beginning of the school year, and to new students upon enrollment.
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Policy 2653
(Regulation 2653)
Student Participation in Secret Organizations and Gangs

The Board of Education prohibits membership in secret fraternities or sororities, or in other clubs or gangs not sponsored by established agencies or organizations recognized by the School District.

The Board of Education feels that the presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school and school activities. A "gang" as defined in this policy is any group of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts. By this policy, the Board of Education acts to prohibit existence of gangs and gang activities as follows:

No student on or about school property or at any school activity:

  1. Shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
  2. Shall commit any act or omission or use any speech either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
  3. Shall use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including but not limited to:
    1. Soliciting others for membership in any gangs.
    2. Requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person.
    3. Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school District policies.
    4. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

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Policy 2654
Student Use and Care of School Property

The Board of Education recognizes that acts of destruction, defacing, trespassing, burglary and theft of District property are contrary to the interests of students, staff and tax payers. The District officials will cooperate fully with all law enforcement agencies in the prevention of crimes against District property as well as in the prosecution of persons involved in such conduct.

The District will seek restitution from students and other persons who have damaged or destroyed District property. As permitted by law, the District will also seek restitution from the parent/guardian of children involved in such misconduct.
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Policy 2655
Discipline: Bullying

The District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of any form of bullying or intimidation.  Bullying is strictly prohibited on school grounds, or school time, at a school sponsored activity or in a school related context.  Bullying is the intentional action by an individual or group of individuals to inflict intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student without exception; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting acts of bullying.    

Cyberbullying means bullying as defined above through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. The District may prohibit and discipline for cyberbullying that originates on any District campus or at a District activity if the electronic communication was made using the school's technological resources, if there is a sufficient nexus to the educational environment, or if the electronic communication was made on the District’s campus or at a District activity using the student's own personal technological resources. Further, students who engage in significant acts of misconduct off campus which materially and adversely impact the education of District students will be subject to discipline.

Bullying, as defined in this policy, is strictly prohibited.  Students are encouraged to report any incident of bullying which they have witnessed or incurred, by contacting their building principal. District employees are required to report any instance of bullying of which the employee has witnessed within two (2) school days of the occurrence. Employees shall report the occurrence to the building principal, who is the person the District designates to receive reports of incidents of bullying.  A principal who receives a report of an incident of bullying shall initiate an investigation into the allegations within two (2) school days of receipt of the report.  The principal may assign other employees to assist in the investigation, or request that the superintendent assign an outside investigator. The investigation shall be completed within ten school days from the date of the written report of bullying unless good cause exists to extend the investigation. No employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to reprisal or retaliation for making such a report. Any person who engages in reprisal or retaliation against an employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Students who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to consequences depending on factors such as: age of student(s), degree of harm, severity of behavior, number of incidences, etc.  Possible consequences to a student for a violation of this policy include: loss of privileges, classroom detention, conference with teacher, parents contacted, conference with principal, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion and law enforcement contacted.

The District shall give annual notice of the policy to students, parents or guardians, and staff.  This policy shall be included in all student handbooks.  This policy shall also be posted on the District’s web page (as a Board policy) and a copy shall be placed in the District Administrative Office. 

The District shall provide information and appropriate training to District staff who have significant contact with students regarding the policy. All staff with significant student contact shall be trained on the requirements of this policy on an annual basis.  

The District shall provide education and information to students regarding bullying, including information regarding this policy prohibiting bullying, the harmful effects of bullying, and  other applicable initiatives to address bullying, including student peer-to-peer initiatives to provide accountability and policy enforcement for those found to have engaged in bullying, reprisal, or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying. The District shall instruct its school counselors, school social workers, licensed social workers, mental health professionals, and school psychologists to educate students who are victims of bullying on techniques for students to overcome bullying's negative effects. Such techniques include but are not limited to, cultivating the student's self-worth and self-esteem; teaching the student to defend himself or herself assertively and effectively; helping the student develop social skills or encouraging the student to develop an internal locus of control.  District administrators will implement programs and other initiatives to address bullying, to respond to such conduct in a manner that does not stigmatize the victim, and to make resources or referrals available to victims of bullying.  

Amended: October 25, 2016
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Policy 2656
Discipline: Student Cell Phone Usage

 

Students are prohibited from using or having his/her personal cell phone turned on during class time or in classrooms, except at the specific request of the teacher for educational purposes. Cell phones may be used in the hallways during passing time and in the cafeteria during lunch. The intent of this policy is to allow the use of cell phones during non-instructional times and in non-instructional areas. 

Amended December  18, 2014
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Policy 2660
(Regulation 2660)
Detention

The provisions of a detention program for student violations of policies, rules and regulations shall provide principals with an additional alternative for dealing with disciplinary problems that occur in the schools. Detention is an assigned before-school and/or after-school period, during which student activity is closely monitored and severely restricted. Students are expected to be quiet during the entire detention period and to work exclusively on assigned tasks.
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Policy 2661
In-School Suspension

In-school suspension is a structured disciplinary action in which a student is isolated or removed from regular classroom activities, but is not dismissed from the school setting. The principal/ designee may assign students to the in-school suspension program for a reasonable and specified period of time.
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Policy 2662
(Regulation 2662)
(Form 2662)
Suspension

Suspension refers to an exclusion from school for a specific period of time short of permanent exclusion. Building principals are authorized to suspend students for periods of time not to exceed ten (10) school days for violation of District regulations. Building principals may also recommend extensions of suspension for periods of time up to 180 school days by the Superintendent. The Superintendent of schools may suspend students for periods up to 180 school days and recommend longer suspensions and expulsions to the Board of Education. Only the Board may impose suspensions in excess of 180 school days.
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Policy 2663
(Regulation 2663)
(Form 2663)
Expulsion

The term "expulsion" refers to permanent exclusion from school.

If a student consistently or egregiously refuses to conform to school policies, rules and/or regulations, the Principal and Superintendent may recommend to the Board of Education that the student be expelled from school. The Board will review such recommendations and decide whether to proceed with an expulsion hearing.
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Policy 2664
(Regulation 2664)
Enrollment or Return Following Suspension and/or Expulsion

No student shall be readmitted, or permitted to enroll or otherwise attend school (except as may otherwise be required by law), following a suspension or expulsion from this or any other school until the District has conducted a conference to review the conduct that resulted in the expulsion or suspension, and any remedial actions needed to prevent any future occurrences of such or related conduct.
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Policy 2670
Corporal Punishment: Authorized

Corporal punishment should be used only after other methods have failed and when there is reason to believe it will be helpful in maintaining discipline or in the development of the student's character and power of self-control.

All instances of corporal punishment shall be witnessed by at least one other adult member of the school staff and will only be administered by a principal or other District administrator.
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Policy 2671
(Regulation 2671)
(Form 2671)
Student Discipline Hearings

Parents/guardians of students suspended for more than ten (10) school days may make a written request for a hearing before the Board of Education. This request will be addressed to the Superintendent who will review all matters concerning the suspension and refer the request for a Board hearing.

In conducting a discipline hearing the Board will carefully consider the information presented by the administration and by the parent/guardian. In making its decision concerning guilt and innocence as well as punishment, the Board will be mindful of Board discipline policies in place, the effect of its decision upon the individual student, and the safety and welfare of District students and staff.
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Policy 2672
(Regulation 2672)
Discipline of Students with Disabilities

The obligation and the responsibility to attend school regularly and to comply with the District's discipline policies applies to all students. When appropriate, the District may discipline a student with a disability who has not complied with the District's discipline policies in a manner that is consistent with the District's policies and applicable law. Special education services will be provided to a disabled student if the student has been removed from school for more than ten (10) school days. If a student with a disability is removed for less than ten (10) cumulative days, educational services will be provided only if such services are provided to students without disabilities who have been similarly removed.
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Policy 2673
(Regulation 2673)
(Form 2673)
Reporting of Violent Behavior

The District requires school administrators to report acts of school violence to all teachers at the attendance area and other District employees who are directly responsible for the student's education or who interact with the student in the performance of the employee's duties, and who have a need to know. School administrators will also disclose to appropriate staff members portions of any student's individualized education program that is related to past or potentially future violent behavior. Violent behavior and the phrase acts of school violence are defined as the use of physical force by a student with the intent to do serious physical injury to another person while on school property, including a school bus, or while involved in school activities.

In addition the Superintendent/designee will report to law enforcement officials, as soon as is reasonably practicable, the commission of any of the acts or related juvenile offenses listed in Regulation 2673, which are committed on school property, including school buses, or while involved in school activities.

Amended September 16, 2010
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Policy 2710
(Regulation 2710)
Reporting Student Abuse

The Board of Education believes that school staff members are in a unique position to assist children, families, and the community in dealing with the issue of child abuse and neglect.  Child abuse is defined as any physical injury, sexual abuse or emotional abuse inflicted on a child other than by accidental means.  Neglect is defined as the failure to provide the proper or necessary support, education, nutrition or medical, surgical or other care necessary for the child's well being.  Employees making reports of allegations of sexual abuse of a student will be provided immediate unrestricted use of communication technology and will be temporarily released from their work duties to make an immediate report.

If a school employee has a reasonable belief including a report of abuse to believe that a student has been or maybe subjected to abuse or neglect, such employee and the Superintendent shall report the information immediately upon receiving the information to the Children’s Division.  Thereafter, the Superintendent will investigate the allegation for the purpose of making decisions about the accused person’s employment.  Depending upon the specific facts, the District may place the alleged abuser on paid leave of absence; place the employee in a non-student contact position; initiate dismissal proceedings, or continue the employee in their present position pending outcome of the investigation.

Any school district employee, acting in good faith, who reports alleged sexual misconduct on the part of a school employee will not be disciplined or discriminated against because of such reporting.

The District will annually provide employee training, which will include but not be limited to current information concerning identification of the signs of sexual abuse in children as well as the identification of the danger signals of potentially abusive relationships between children and adults.  This training will emphasize the importance of mandatory child abuse reporting, including the obligation to report suspected abuse by other mandated reporters.  Employees will receive training on the need for and methods to create an atmosphere of trust so that students believe their school and school employees are available to discuss matters concerning abusive behavior.

The District will post in each student restroom and in a clearly visible location in each school office, the toll free child abuse and neglect hotline number established by the Children’s Division.  These signs will be published in both English and Spanish.  Such child abuse and neglect hotline numbers shall be depicted in large print on posters 11 inches by 17 inches and will be placed at eye level for easy viewing.  The hotline number will be shown in bold print.  The signs shall also contain instructions to call 911 for emergencies and contain directions for accessing the Children’s Division’s website for more information on reporting abuse and neglect.


Amended October 27, 2015
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Policy 2720
Employment of Students

The Superintendent of Schools will make provision for the issuance of work permits to students between the ages of fourteen (14) and sixteen (16).
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Policy 2730
Supervision of Students

Students are to be under supervision of the professional staff at all times during school hours and at school sponsored activities.

It is the responsibility of principals to arrange for adequate supervision. It is the duty of teachers to perform assigned supervision. Students are not to be left unsupervised during the school day whether in instructional areas or on the playground.
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Policy 2740
(Regulation 2740)
Student Safety

The District places a high priority on the safety of its students and employees. When a student or employee is the victim of a violent criminal offense, severe disciplinary consequences will be imposed. (See also Regulation 2610 - Behavioral Expectations.) In addition and pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, student victims of a violent criminal offense that was committed on school premises will be offered transfer to another District school. To insure awareness of this policy, the parents of student victims will be notified in writing of their right to a school transfer.

For purposes of this policy, a victim is a student who has suffered personal injury or injuries to his or her property as a direct result of a violent criminal offense. This definition does not include bystanders or witnesses to the act unless they suffered personal or property injury as a direct result of a violent criminal offense while on school premises.

The District will notify the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) of all violent criminal offenses committed on school premises when the victim is a student or employee. Reportable offenses are set out in Regulation 2740.
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Policy 2750
Student Welfare: Wellness

The District promotes healthy schools, by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. Schools contribute to the basic health status of children by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Improved health optimizes student performance potential. The goals of the District's wellness policy are as follows:

  1. Provide a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.
    • The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school goals to positively influence a student's understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. A healthy school environment should not be sacrificed because of a dependence on revenue from high added fat, high added sugar, and low nutrient foods to support school programs.
  2. Support and promote proper dietary habits contributing to student's health status and academic performance.
    • All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the district nutrition standards. Emphasis should be placed on foods that are nutrient dense per calorie. To ensure high quality, nutritious meals, foods should be served with consideration toward variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging.
  3. Provide more opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.
    • A quality physical education program is an essential component for all students to learn about and participate in physical activity. Physical activity should be included in a school's daily education program from grades K through 12. Physical activity should include regular instructional physical education, co-curricular activities, and recess.
  4. The District is committed to improve academic performance.
    • Educators, administrators, parents, health practitioners, and communities should consider the critical role student health plays in academic stamina and performance and adapt the school environment to ensure students' basic nourishment and activity needs are met. To ensure widespread understanding of the benefits to school environments where nutritious foods are provided and where students have an opportunity for physical activity, a public awareness campaign that highlights research demonstrating the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and capacity of students to develop and learn should be conducted.
  5. Establish and maintain a district-wide Nutrition & Physical Activity Advisory Council with the purposes of:
    • Developing guidance to this policy
    • Monitoring the implementation of this policy
    • Evaluating policy progress
    • Serving as a resource to school sites
    • Revising policy as necessary

Adopted September 15, 2005
Amended January 19, 2006
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Policy 2755

Student Welfare: Cardiopulmonary/Heimlich Training

Beginning no later than the 2017-18 school year, students will receive thirty (30) minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction and training in the performance of the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid for choking.  Students will receive this training at least once during the student’s four years of high school.  Instruction will be included in the District’s existing health or physical education curriculum.  Students with disabilities may participate to the extent appropriate as determined by the student’s IEP or §504 Plan.

Adopted October 25, 2016

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Policy 2760
Student Welfare: Foster Care Bill of Rights

The District is committed to ensuring and facilitating the proper educational placement, enrollment in school and checkout from school for foster children.

In order to facilitate this process and to serve as the educational liaison for District foster children, the District will designate the Guidance Counselor to oversee and assess the District's foster care program.

A foster care child whose home placement is changed may remain enrolled and attend their school of origin, or to return to a previously attended school in an adjacent district.  The District will accept for credit full or partial course work satisfactorily completed by a foster child while attending a public school, nonpublic school or non-sectarian school in compliance with District policies, regulations and practices.

If a child in foster care is absent from school due to a decision to change the placement of a pupil made by a court or child placing agency, or due to a verified court appearance or related court-ordered activity, the grades and credits of the pupil will be calculated as of the day the pupil left school and no reduction in grades will occur as a result of the pupil's absence under these circumstances.

Students in foster care who have completed the graduation requirements of the District while under juvenile court jurisdiction will receive a diploma in the same manner as other District students.

Adopted December 14, 2009
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Policy 2810
Guidance and Counseling Services

The District is committed fully to implement a guidance and counseling program that supports the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students, leading District students to successful transitions into post-secondary education and into the workforce.  The District's guidance and counseling program is implemented with the service of fully certified school counselors supported  by teachers, administrators, parents and students.  The District guidance and counseling program is designed and implemented in a manner to be consistent with the standards of the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program.

The content of the District's program, consistent with the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program, is divided into three broad areas as follows:

Academic Development (ACAD)

1.  Students will apply skills needed for achievement in school, both cognitive and affective.

2.  Students will utilize skills necessary to successfully transition between education levels.

3.  Individual student learning plans will be developed and monitored throughout the students' District learning experience.

Career Development

1.  Students will achieve life career goals through the consistent application of career exploration and planning skills.

2.  Students will identify and locate information relevant to the "World of Work" and post-secondary training/education.

3.  Students will achieve on-the-job success through the application of employment readiness skills.

Personal/Social Development

1.  Students will achieve an understanding of themselves as individuals and as members of diverse local and global communities.

2.  Students will interact with others in ways that manifest respect for individual and group differences.

3.  Students will learn to apply personal safety skills and coping strategies.

Amended September 18, 2012.
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Policy 2815
Assessment and Referrals to Outside Services

The counseling staff, in consultation with other staff members, is responsible for the initial assessment of students' academic progress as well as personal/social concerns. Where necessary, the District will make available responsive services including individual and small group counseling, crisis counseling, referral to other agencies or professional resources, and vocational and educational placement. The District will cooperate and assist other agencies with the diagnosis and treatment of students referred for responsive services. Student information will not be provided to outside agencies until the student's parents/guardians have signed a release of information form. Except as required by law, the cost of diagnostic and treatment services provided outside the District is the sole responsibility of individual parents/guardians. (Refer to Regulation 6250 - Instruction for Students with Disabilities, pages 4 and 5, regarding standards for minimum qualifications of evaluators and cost indicators for assessments.)
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Policy 2820
Psychological Testing of Students

Psychological tests administered to students by qualified District personnel or appropriate diagnostic agencies will ensure quality psychological services in the District, and will protect the educational rights, dignity and privacy of students and parents/guardians.

Psychological evaluations will be made only after informed and written consent of the student's parent/guardian is obtained. A conference will be held with the parent/guardian to review all test results and the student's specific educational needs in the educational program. Psychological data are only partial criteria for determining any change in a student's educational program. Psychological data older than three years shall not be used as the basis for prescriptive teaching or placement.

All psychological services provided by the District or agencies contracted by the District will be in accordance with state and federal statutes and regulations concerning the privacy of student records and use of psychological services. (See also Policy 2815 - Assessments and Referrals to Outside Services.)
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Policy 2830
Health Services

The Board of Education believes that in order to provide for the safety and well being of its students, it is necessary to implement and maintain a District-wide student health services program. The health service staff will be responsible to their building principal and may also be responsible to a designated District administrator.

The District will be responsible for providing first aid or emergency treatment for students in cases of sudden illness or injury. Where necessary, and with notice to the parent/guardian, emergency health services will be secured. The parent/guardian is responsible for their child's medical treatment.
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Policy 2840
Student Accident Insurance

The Board of Education will provide the opportunity for parents/guardians, students and others to purchase student accident insurance on an annual basis. Each year the Administration will choose a provider offering group rates and will make the information available to District families.

Participation in any group plan is optional and arrangements for participation are the responsibility of the parents/guardians or students. However, all students are required to have insurance coverage before they are allowed to practice or compete in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, pompon squads and similar groups.
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Policy 2850
(Regulation 2850)
(Form 2850)
Inoculations of Students

All students attending District schools are required to be in compliance with state programs mandating immunization against specific diseases. Failure to comply with District immunization requirements will result in exclusion from school until proof of compliance is provided. Homeless children will be granted a temporary twenty-four (24) hour grace period within which to submit proof of compliance.

The Superintendent shall institute procedures for the maintenance of health records, which are to show the immunization status of every student enrolled or attending in the District, and for the completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by the Department of Social Services-Missouri Division of Health.

Upon written request, the District will notify the parents/guardians of pre-kindergarten students whether other pre-kindergarten students are attending school with an immunization exception.  The identity of students for whom an immunization exception has been filed is confidential and will not be released except as required by law.

Amended October 27, 2015

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Policy 2860
(Regulation 2860)
Students with Communicable Diseases

A student shall not attend classes or other school-sponsored activities, if the student (1) has, or has been exposed to, an acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration) contagious or infectious disease, and (2) is liable to transmit the contagious or infectious disease, unless the Board of Education or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence, that the student:

  1. No longer has the disease.
  2. Is not in the contagious or infectious stage of an acute disease.
  3. Has a chronic infectious disease that poses little risk of transmission in the school environment with reasonable precautions.

School officials may require any child suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease to be examined by a physician and may exclude the child from school, in accordance with the procedures authorized by this policy, so long as there is a substantial risk of transmission of the disease in the school environment.

A student who has a chronic infectious disease, and who is permitted to attend school, may be required to do so under specified conditions. Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in the student being excluded from school. A student who has a chronic infectious disease and who is not permitted to attend school or participate in school activities will be provided instruction in an alternative educational setting in accordance with District policy.

Students with acute or chronic contagious or infectious diseases and their families have a right to privacy and confidentiality. Only staff members who have a medical reason to know the identity and condition of such students will be informed. Willful or negligent disclosure of confidential information about a student's medical condition by staff members will be cause for disciplinary action.

The District will implement reporting and disease outbreak control measures in accordance with the provisions of Missouri Department of Health publication PACH-16, "Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases: A Guide for School Administrators, Nurses, Teachers and Day Care Operators," a copy of which shall be on file in the office of the Supervisor of Health Services and in the office of each school nurse.
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Policy 2870
(Regulation 2870)
(Form 2870)
Administering Medicines To Students

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education that the giving of medicine to students during school hours be discouraged and restricted to medication that cannot be given on an alternative schedule. The Board of Education recognizes that some students may require medication for chronic or short-term illness/injury during the school day to enable them to remain in school and participate in their education. Employees providing routine first aid according to District procedures will be immune from liability or disciplinary action.  Similarly, trained employees will be immune from civil liability for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving methods in good faith and according to standard medical practices.

Amended September 16, 2010
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Policy 2880
Student Physical Examination

The Board of Education may require any student to be examined by a physician for the purpose of determining whether the student is afflicted with a contagious or infectious disease or have the liability of transmitting the disease.

The Board may also require certification from a physician indicating a student's fitness to participate in specific educational programs or extra-class activities.

Refusal on the part of parent/guardian to obtain the required examination and to submit the certification indicating freedom from contagious or infectious disease may result in student exclusion from school.

Students may be excused from engaging in required educational activities upon proper certification from a physician advising of student disability.

All costs of physical or other examinations shall be at the expense of students unless state or federal law specifically mandates the examination to be the responsibility of the school.

Vision Examinations
Beginning July 1, 2008, students enrolling in kindergarten or first grade will be required to receive a vision examination from a state licensed optometrist or physician.

Beginning on July 1, 2008 and continuing through the 2011-12 school year, a trained District nurse or other qualified District employee will conduct eye screening exams for every student prior to the completion of first grade and will again screen before the completion of third grade. If a student fails an eye screening, the District will notify the parent/guardian of the results of the eye screening and will require the student to receive a complete eye exam from an optometrist or physician. Students will be excused from the eye screening examination if a student’s parent/guardian submit a written objection to the exam addressed to the student’s principal.

Amended October 18, 2007
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Policy 2890
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

The School District recognizes that some students have progressive medical conditions that may result in the students' death while present at school or school activities. The District appreciates the difficult medical and emotional decisions that must be made when families choose to limit resuscitative efforts for these students. Accordingly, the administration shall develop procedures for evaluating requests by a parent or guardian that the District honor a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order from a licensed physician.

At a minimum, the procedures will require an individualized evaluation of each request. The procedures will comply with federal and state law. A health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plan shall be developed for each request and shall include a determination regarding what if any resuscitation efforts are appropriate. Health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plans will be developed by a multidisciplinary team that shall include the student's parents or guardians and physician; appropriate school personnel (including but not limited to, the principal, counselor, and school nurse) and their consultants; and when appropriate, the student. This team will consider the best interests of the student.

The team will also address and plan for the effect of a student's sudden death on other students and staff in each school setting in which the student participates. Health care and resuscitation/non-resuscitation plans shall be reviewed regularly and have a specific limited duration. Such plans will be communicated to all school personnel who have a need to know in order to implement these plans. The administration shall coordinate with local emergency medical services to implement the plans.
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Policy 2910
(Regulation 2910)
Activities and Athletics

Student Publications
The Board of Education encourages student production and distribution of publications which can provide opportunities for practical journalistic experience and for the written expression of differing opinions. The Board of Education recognizes that freedom of speech and press bring corresponding responsibilities, therefore, in its inherent authority based on Missouri Public School Law, it designates the school principal as the Board's representative. The principal, through appointment of a faculty advisor, shall provide guidance to students in appropriate methods for preparing and producing publications.

The building principal/designee may delay or stop distribution of any materials proposed for printing or that have been printed which may be reasonably forecast to cause substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school.
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Policy 2920
(Regulation 2920)
(Form 2920)
Interscholastic Activities and Athletics

The District provides opportunities for individual students to grow physically, socially, and intellectually through their experience in self-discipline and their contribution to team effort that is made possible through competitive interscholastic athletics. The purpose of secondary school athletics is both educational and recreational. The athletic programs should encourage participation by as many boys and girls as possible and should be carried on with the best interests of the participants as the primary consideration.

The athletic program is expected to be well organized and well conducted and to have a positive influence on the moral of the high school student body. Emphasis shall be upon the development of good attitudes among students and the public toward losing situations as well as winning situations, with a focus on how well the team or individual played the game with respect to skills and sportsmanship.

Interscholastic athletic competition for secondary school students is to be provided in a variety of sports. Students are allowed to attain the privilege of representing their school in interscholastic athletics by meeting the standards of eligibility as set forth by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. These standards include academic requirements, citizenship, age maximums, passing medical examinations and many more items that are posted in the school and discussed by the coaches with their athletes as well as mailed home to the parents/guardians of all athletes.

While extra-curricular activities do offer educational experiences, they are a privilege. As such, extra-curricular activities may be withheld from any student as a condition of discipline. Furthermore, all policies that apply to the regular school day apply also to extra-curricular activities. In addition, coaches and sponsors may establish policies for their groups in addition to those stated herein.

In regards to attendance, a student must be in attendance for at least four (4) of the seven (7) class periods on days of extra-curricular participation. Failure to do so will eliminate the student from participation that night. Exceptions may be granted in special cases.

The following schedule for determination of eligibility and imposition of suspension will be implemented:

  1. Students will meet the eligibility requirements set out by MSHSAA.
  2. Any student failing a class may be required to attend study sessions after school.
  3. Any student receiving an incomplete grade because of failure to promptly complete work will be placed on the ineligibility list. Incomplete grades resulting from illness or other special circumstances during the last week or two of a grade period may be exempted.
  4. Students displaying unacceptable citizenship behaviors may be suspended from participation in extra-curricular activities.
  5. Each coach and sponsor shall establish written guidelines for their groups. These guidelines shall be presented orally and in written format. A copy of such guidelines shall be on file with the principal.
  6. The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility for extra curricular activities:
    1. a. Minimum GPA of 2.0 and no F(s) in any class.
    2. b. Eligibility will be determined at the end of each 3-week grade check as well as the end of the quarter

Amended 7/19/11

Hazing
Student hazing is inconsistent with the educational goals of the District and poses a significant risk to the physical and mental welfare of District students. Hazing of students, on or off District property, is prohibited and may result in suspension from school and from activity/athletic participation.
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Policy 2930
(Form 2930)
(Form 2930.1)
(Form 2930.2)
Concussions - Brain Injury

Any District athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain must be removed from practice and competition immediately and may not participate in contact athletic practice or competition for at least twenty-four (24) hours.  Athletes suspected of sustaining concussion or brain injury will not be permitted to return to contact practice or competition until being evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and receiving a written clearance form the provider to return to competition.  (See Form 2930 - MSHSAA Concussion Return to Play Form).  Information about concussions obtained from MSHSAA (Form 2930.2) or similar materials will be made available to all student athletes and to their parents/guardians.
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Policy 2940
(Regulation 2940)
Student Group Use of School Facilities

Pursuant to the Equal Access Act, District secondary schools will provide an opportunity for student-initiated noncurricular groups to conduct meetings on school premises, during noninstructional time, and will not discriminate against students on the basis of the religious, political or philosophical content of the speech at such meetings.

An activity is to be considered curricular if the subject matter is or will be taught in a regularly offered class; if the subject matter concerns the body of courses as a whole; if participation in the group is a requirement for a course; or if academic credit is available for participation. Extracurricular activities include activities organized and supervised under the auspices of the school. Extracurricular activities primarily involve students in activities occurring outside academic class time, for which no units of credit are awarded. Any activity which does not meet the definition of a curricular or extracurricular activity will be considered noncurricular.
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