NEGREET HIGH SCHOOL

 

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

            Our philosophy of education is simple.  We believe that all students regardless of race, socio-economic status or religious backgrounds are deserving of an education.   Our approach is to offer an education that will allow them to fully discover themselves, their strengths, and weaknesses and benefit from real life instruction.  Our approach would expose students to experiences that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to encounter (e.g PALS program).  We want our students to be thinkers and achievers.  We want to awaken that sleeping giant within themselves.  Moreover, our teachers will work toward helping our students recognize the potential of their grace gifts which will one day become a commercial value in our society.  Our philosophy includes a lot of love, patience, kindness, time and discipline for success.  These attributes named above must be consistent and have parent involvement and support.  We believe that our students must have maximized exposure to technologies, a diverse curriculum and teachers who are willing to sacrifice to ensure that lifetime achievement will continue. Last, but not least, we believe that health and wellness is a vital part of the curriculum.  If one could acquire all knowledge and all wealth in the world and loose his health from wrong health decisions it would be futile. Students should understand that words one speaks, thoughts one thinks, food and drink intake and the amount of physical activity that one engages in, can determine ones wellness for a lifetime. Bearing all these things in mind, this will lead to a successful school year.

 

Grading Policytc "Grading Policy"

The grading scale is: A, 90--100; B, 80-89; C, 70-79; D, 60-69; and F, 0-59

 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards will be issued every six weeks. If a debt is owed by a student at any time throughout the year, his/her report card may be held until the debt is paid.

 

MAKE-UP WORK AND TEST

When a student misses school work or tests due to authorized absence, he/she must make arrangements to complete the make-up work and/or test; however, when the arrangements are being made to do the make-up work, the teacher will set the time and date, and the make-up work must be completed within three days.

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE

Any parent wishing to see a teacher must make an appointment with the teacher. Phone 256-2349. When there are specific days throughout the year set aside for parent-teacher conferences, parents will be notified in advance.

 

DROPPING CLASSES

During the early part of the school year it may become necessary to change some classes due to extenuating circumstances to meet requirements for graduation, to correct scheduling errors, or to consider hardship circumstances. Beyond these necessities, class changes are discouraged. With legitimate conflict, the principal may authorize a student to drop a course within the first two weeks (ten school days) of a course without scholastic penalty.

After ten days, students who are authorized by the principal to drop a course will withdraw with a failing grade and that grade will be averaged into his/her final grade point average. Exceptions shall be upon the recommendation of the principal and with the approval of an administrative committee composed of the principal of the affected student's school, the parish supervisor of secondary education, and the parish superintendent, or his designee.

 

STUDENT FEES, FINES, AND CHARGES

The School Board may impose certain student fees or charges to help offset special costs incurred in the operation of specific classrooms or subjects. No student shall be deprived of proper instruction should the student not be able to pay student fees, however.

DAMAGE TO TEXTBOOKS/ INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The School Board may require parents and/or legal guardians to compensate the school district for lost, destroyed, or unnecessarily damaged books which are not returned to the proper schools at the end of each school year or upon withdrawal of their dependent child. Under no circumstances may a student of school age be held financially responsible for fees associated with textbook replacement.

Compensation by parents or guardians may be in the form of monetary fees or community/ school service activities, as determined by the School Board. In the case of monetary fees, fines shall be limited to no more than the replacement cost of the textbook or material, but may, at the discretion of the Board, be adjusted according to the physical condition of the lost or destroyed textbook. A school system may waive or reduce the payment required if the student is from a family of low income and may provide for a method of payment other than lump-sum payment.

In lieu of monetary payments, both school systems and parents and/or guardians may elect to have students perform school/community service activities, provided that such are arranged so as to not conflict with school instructional time, are properly supervised by the school staff, and are suitable to the age of the child.

School systems may withhold the grades of a student if a parent or guardian fails to adequately compensate the school or school system for lost, destroyed or damaged books (through monetary fees or community/school service activities). However, under no circumstances may a school or school district refuse the parent/guardian the right to inspect relevant grades or records pertaining to the child, nor may the school or school district refuse to properly transfer the records of any child withdrawing or transferring from the school, per requirements of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Transfer of records shall not exceed 45 days from the date of request. Under no circumstances may a school or school district deny a student promotional opportunities as a result of failure to compensate the school district for lost or damaged textbooks. Students shall not be denied continual enrollment each grading period nor re-entry in succeeding school years as a result of lost or damaged textbooks. Students shall not be denied the use of a textbook during school hours each day. The school system shall annually inform parents and/or legal guardians of the locally adopted procedures pursuant to state law and regulation, regarding reasonable and proper control of textbooks.

Revised: December 1998

 

DISCIPLINE

It is impossible for teaching or learning to take place in a classroom unless good order is maintained.

Students are reminded that they must adhere to a code of good behavior not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well.

Students who cannot adhere to school rules and regulations on school grounds and/or classroom will be referred to the administration by teachers or other school personnel and shall be disciplined according to the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Education in "Student Rights and Responsibilities."

The final interpretation of the rules and regulations described in this handbook will be made by the principal.

 

HOMEROOM

Each teacher assigned a homeroom will check attendance on the morning attendance sheet and submit the attendance sheet to the office.

If a student is missing from class, the teacher will check the morning sheet to see if the student was absent. This sheet will be used by teachers for the remainder of the day.

A student missing class will:

1. Be absent on the morning sheet,

2. Have checked out on the school sign-out list, or

3. Have skipped class.

If the student has skipped class (3) he/she shall be reported to the office at the beginning of class.

The office will locate the student through the morning sheet, sign-in or sign-out.

 

ATTENDANCE

All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to obtain maximum benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure. Students who have a good attendance record generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school, and are much more employable after leaving high school.

TYPES OF ABSENCES

The days absent for elementary and secondary school students includes temporarily excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions.

1. Students shall be considered temporarily excused from school for personal illness, serious illness in the family, death in the family (not to exceed one week), or for recognized religious holidays of the student's own faith and shall be given the opportunity for make-up work. All illnesses of three or more days duration must have a doctor's excuse, unless there is prior approval by the Principal. Excuses will be presented to classes missed within three school days after return or the absence will become unexcused. If children are ill, the parent should make an effort to get the students' work from school.

2. Students missing school as a result of any suspension shall be counted absent and shall be given failing grades in those subjects for the days missed with no make-up work allowed.

3. Students are responsible for completing all work missed during absences. It is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher to make arrangements to complete this work at a time designated by the teacher.

4. Any approved event will allow the student to make up his/her assignment missed on that day. A list of students approved to be out of class will be placed in the teacher's box the day prior.

The only exception to the attendance regulation shall be the delineated extenuating circumstances that are verified by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, which are as follows:

1.    Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or dentist.

2.    Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist.

3.    Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician or dentist.

4.    Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or dentist.

5.    Prior school system approved travel for education.

6.    Death in the family (not to exceed one week.)

7.    Natural catastrophe and/or disaster.

8.    For any other extenuating circumstances, parents must make a formal appeal in accordance with the due process procedures established by the school system.

 

       Students who are verified as meeting extenuating circumstances and therefore eligible to receive grades shall not receive those grades if they are unable to complete makeup work or pass the course.

 

       Students shall be expected to be in attendance every student activity day scheduled by the Sabine Parish School Board. A student is considered to be in attendance when he or she is physically present at a school site or is participating in an authorized school activity and under the supervision of authorized personnel. In order to be eligible to receive grades, high school students, grades 9-12, shall not miss more than 8 days the first semester and 7 days the second semester. In order to be eligible for promotion, elementary students will not be allowed to miss more than 15 days a school year. 

 

BUS CHANGES

In order for a student to ride a bus anywhere other than his/her home, he/she must bring a parent note to the office on arrival at school. No changes will be made by phone after 2:00 P.M.

 

DRIVING/MOTOR VEHICLES

Students who drive to school and their vehicles are to be in compliance with Louisiana motor vehicle laws. Passengers must have parent's and principal's permission to ride (exception--brothers and sisters).

Students who drive to school should park in designated parking spaces. Vehicles are to be locked and may not be visited at any time during the day without permission from the principal's office. Alcoholic beverages, weapons, illegal drugs and/or controlled and hazardous substances are not permitted in vehicles parked in the school parking area. Students will be required to purchase a parking permit from the office.  Students who purchase permits will be subject to random drug screening.

 

TARDY TO CLASS

Teachers will begin instruction with the ringing of the tardy bell. A student is tardy when they come to class after the tardy bell has rung.

A teacher keeping a student out of class must provide a written pass to allow the student to enter his/her next class. Students will not be out of class unless written permission is given by the teacher. A student out of class without a hall pass will be counted tardy in that class.

 

CHECK-OUT AND CHECK-IN

Any student entering or leaving the campus must sign out/sign in through the office.

1. To check out, the student must have parent or guardian permission. Only in those cases of emergencies will a student be allowed to leave school with telephone permission by a parent.

2. Any student signing in must either have a note from a parent, guardian, or faculty stating reason for tardiness.

 

CLOSED CAMPUS

Students must stay on school grounds from the time they arrive, even if first period has not yet started, until dismissal or until they are picked up by the bus.  Any student leaving the grounds must have permission from home, must check out through the office, and may not return to campus unless authorized be a faculty member for a school function.

 

FOOD OF DRINK

No food or drink is to be taken into the main school buildings or any other buildings on campus unless approved by the administration.  Students may bring their lunch in lieu of eating in the lunchroom but no outside food is to be brought on campus during the lunch period.

 

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

All students are encouraged to pay for their lunches by the week or month.

The students who eat free or on reduced price will be determined during the first two weeks of each school session. If students were on free or reduced price last year, a new application must be submitted. Lunches that are brought to school must be eaten in the cafeteria. Sealed envelopes with lunch money should be filled out by the parent and turned in to the lunchroom manager by the student. Lunches must be paid for in advance. Money will not be loaned from the office.

 

LOCKERS-HIGH SCHOOL

School lockers are school property, and the school administration retains control of them. Periodic locker inspections will be held, and unauthorized items will be removed. Search of lockers will be done if it is believed that dangerous or unlawful items are in the lockers.

 

HALL PASS

Teachers are not to allow students to leave their class except for matters of extreme importance. When a student is permitted to leave class he should be provided with a hall pass.

ANY TIME A STUDENT IS IN THE HALL HE MUST HAVE A HALL PASS OR HE WILL BE COUNTED TARDY.

Students will not be allowed to leave class to get pencils, textbooks, or any other class material after the tardy bell.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Students who are physically unable to participate in physical education activities must have a medical doctor's statement to the effect. The statement should be clear as to what exercises should be avoided and for what time frame. All students MUST DRESS for physical education daily unless they possess a doctor's excuse (7-12).

 

 

VISITORS AND CALLS TO STUDENTS

Visitors are welcome at our school. For security reasons, however, visitors must check in through the principal's office before entering the classroom areas, gym, lunchroom, or grounds. No infants, preschool children, family friends, or friends of students are allowed to visit or stay with students during school hours. Students who are parents shall not bring their infants or preschool children on campus during regular school hours, during club meetings, athletic practices, or field trips.

 

LOST AND FOUND

The lost and found department will be located in the school's office. It would be very helpful if students would mark all their belongings so that ownership can be easily established.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

9th Grade--any student who has earned less than 5 credits.

10th Grade--any student who has earned 5 or more credits.

11th Grade--any student who has 11 or more credits

12th Grade--any student who has 16 or more credits. Classification as a graduating senior is dependent upon the students' Graduate Exit Exam scores and completion of the required courses.

Students in individualized alternative education programs (resource) will be promoted according to the guidelines received from the Sabine Parish School Board and in conjunction with the recommendations of the local school building level committee.

Students desiring an alternative education diploma should declare this intention by the end of their freshman year. At graduation ceremonies no distinction between the regular and alternative diploma will be made.

 

TARDY TO SCHOOL

Students tardy for school must check in at the office. Excessive tardies will be dealt with as a discipline problem in accordance with state policies. (Students Rights and Responsibilities.)  Three (3) tardies during a six-week period will result in disciplinary action.  Students are warned on their 2nd tardy.

 

INTERNET USAGE

The Sabine Parish School Board provides access to the Internet for all students, faculty and staff.  Students must have permission from at least on of their parents or guardians and supervised by a teacher to access the Internet at school.  The use of the Internet is a privilege, as outlined in the Sabine Parish School Board Acceptable Use Policy, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges and/or disciplinary action by school officials.  A student’s use of the Internet , in school, must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Sabine Parish School Board.

 

TELEPHONES AND INTERCOMS

Students are not permitted to use the telephones during the school day. Only messages of extreme emergency nature will be given to students during the school day, and then only at the beginning or end of class.

Students are not permitted to use the intercom to relay messages or to get other students out of class.

Class announcements will be made during homeroom and again at the end of the day, as not to interrupt and take away from vital class learning.

 

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

A signed note from the doctor and parent must be presented to the office if it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school.

Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician and turned into the office.

 

DRESS AND GROOMING REGULATIONS

Negreet High School is concerned about dress and grooming primarily from the standpoint of the educational process. Students shall dress in a manner which is not disruptive to the educational process or impinges upon the general health, safety, and welfare of students or employees.  All clothing and grooming shall be appropriate for the classroom and conform to the ordinary norm of the business community for which the school is preparing them to enter.

Students' hair must be clean and well groomed. No disruptive hair style or color will be worn.  (Boy’s Hair:  The hair is to be kept clean, combed and uncovered.  It is to be styled so that the hair is above the eyes.  It shall be no longer than chin length in the back. No hairstyle may extend more than three inches above the scalp.   No designs in the hair will be accepted.  No beads in the hair or pony tails.) Tank shirts and undershirts as outer garments are not acceptable. Slacks and jeans are acceptable provided they are not cut-offs and have no holes in them. Skirt or dress lengths must be three inches or less from the floor while kneeling. Shirt lengths must be long enough so that midriffs do not show with arms raised. No bagging or sagging pants are permitted.  Flood pants will be permitted for boys and girls as long as they are loose fitting and mid-calf length. Pajama pants and house shoes are prohibited.  Students in grades 5-12 may wear shorts as long as they are knee length.  Boys in grades 7-12 who wear shorts must wear belted shorts, wear belts in all pants, and have their shirts tucked in. No chains of any kind are to be worn. No clothing permitted that causes distractions. Profane, obscene language, alcoholic beverage advertising, or provocative pictures on T-shirts or other articles of clothing are prohibited at all grade levels. Hats, caps, radios and sunglasses will not be allowed at school. If brought they will be taken up! Book bags and backpacks are allowed but no bat bags are allowed in the classroom. No body piercing allowed other than ear rings.  Hoods or hat are not to be worn inside the building.  Due to safety reasons, flip flops are not allowed.  Tattoos that are vulgar, obscene, gang-related or otherwise disruptive to the school environment are not permitted.

Violators will be treated as discipline problems.

 

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

1st offence     -     Sent home to change and documented on computer

2nd offence    -     Office referral

3rd offence    -      1 day suspension

4 or more     -      3 day suspension

 

FIGHTING

1st offence   -   3 day suspension

2nd offence -   5 day suspension

3rd offence  -   7day suspension

4th offence  -    Expelled from school

 

Students in grades 7-12 who fight will be suspended and turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

SCHOOL INSURANCE

School insurance is available to all students enrolled at Negreet High School. Insurance forms will be provided for students to take home during the first week of school. Students involved in extracurricular activities must have proof of insurance turned in to the activity sponsor.

 

SCHOOL RECORDS

Students will have three weeks in which to provide the school with health, immunization, and other required records. Students will be suspended at the end of the three weeks period if records are not up to date.

 

SCHOOL BUS DISCIPLINE

BUS SAFETY

RIGHT--Students have the right to expect that the school bus will be a safe means of transportation.

RESPONSIBILITY--In order to insure the safety of others, students must follow established school bus rules and regulations.

Discipline problems on the school bus will be dealt with by the principal of the school responsible for the student in accordance with State Laws and Parish Regulations. Principals will take action necessary to insure operational safety of the buses. For serious offense students will be suspended from the bus. Students receiving balloons at school need to make arrangements for them to be picked up at school.

 

RULES FOR SCHOOL BUS RIDERS

1.     Cooperate with the driver, your safety depends on it.

2.     Be on time; the bus will not wait.

3.     Cross the road cautiously under the direction of the driver when boarding and leaving the bus.

4.     Follow the driver’s instructions when loading and unloading.

5.     Remain quiet enough not to distract the driver.

6.     Have written permission and be authorized by the principal to get on or off at a stop other than the designated stop.

7.     Remain seated when a seat is available and the bus is in motion.

8.     Keep arms, head or other objects in side the bus at all times.

9.     Refrain from throwing objects in the bus or out of windows and doors.

10.  Use emergency exits only for emergencies, or when instructed to do so.

11.  Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.

12.  Avoid the use of or possession of tobacco, matches, cigarette lighters, obscene materials, weapons, drugs, or other prohibited items on the bus.

13.  No objects are allowed on the bus if prohibited by state or federal law or local school board policies.

14.  Band instruments, projects and other objects too large to be held by the passenger or stowed safely under the seat are not permitted on the bus.

15.  Refrain from damaging the bus in anyway.

16.  Be courteous, and safety conscious.  Protect personal riding privilege, and enjoy the ride.

 

 

DRUG-FREE SCHOOL PRACTICES

The following are not allowed at school, on school-sponsored transportation, or at school-sponsored activities: The possession of, the distribution of, the use of or being under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, illegal drugs, or chemical substances. Violations are subject to both school discipline and criminal penalties. The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited. Students are not allowed to smoke, to use smokeless tobacco, or to possess the same on the campus or in school-sponsored transportation.  Students found in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be recommended for expulsion. Students who are members of clubs or participate in co-curricula or extra curricula activities are subject to random drug screening.

 

 

ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL

The possession of guns, knives, or illegal drugs by students or anyone else on school property or within 1000 feet of the school is subject to both school and criminal penalties. Any object that can be classified as a dangerous weapon is prohibited.

Tobacco and tobacco products, alcohol, narcotics, illegal drugs, chemical substances, drug paraphernalia, prescribed drugs, or over-the-counter drugs are prohibited (see Medical Section). Lighters and matches are prohibited.

At no time and under no circumstances may students have the above listed items on their person, in their lockers, in vehicles, on school grounds, in the school building, or in their possession.

Problems sometimes arise because students bring non-educational articles or valuable articles to school. Such items include, but are not limited to, laser lights, electronic games, tape and CD players, radios, jam boxes, pager, etc. If they are brought to school, they will be taken away. On the first offense, the student may pick the item up after school has been dismissed for the day. On any additional violation, the student is subject to disciplinary action.

Violation of the above regulations will subject a student to disciplinary action including suspension and in severe cases, expulsion.

 

CELL PHONES

Cell Phones are allowed to be on campus; however they are to be turned off during the regular school day.  If a student is caught texting or if it goes off during class time, the phone will be taken to the office.  In the event this happens, students must pay a 15 dollar fine to have the phone returned.  If there is a second offense, students will have to pay thirty dollars.  If it happens a third time, the phone will remain in the office for the remainder of the school year.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

In order to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities a student must pass five (6) classes and maintain a 1.5 GPA. Athletes must also meet the state (LHSSA) requirements which call for a 1.5 GPA 

                                                                             

CLASS RANKINGS

1.         Each course grade shall be determined in strict accordance with the Sabine Parish grade averaging procedures for grades 5-12.  The final course grade, expressed as a letter grade, shall be used in ranking students.

2.         The grades in all courses in which students were enrolled for Carnegie Credit shall be used to determine class rankings.  In instances where courses were repeated, the higher grade shall be used.

Courses taken at college, university or vocational technical school levels or through correspondence will earn no more than 4.0 quality points for class ranking purposes.

3.         Quality points shall be determined by:

Course value X course credit = quality points

4.         Course value shall be determined as follows:

Regular Courses                        Advanced-level Courses             

A = 4                                         A = 5

B = 3                                        B = 4

C = 2                                        C = 3

D = 1                                        D = 2

F = 0                                         F = 0

5.         Advanced-level courses are listed as:

Chemistry

Physics

Biology II

Foreign Language

Survey of Arts

Advanced Math, including Calculus and Trigonometry

Advanced Placement courses with state approval

Any of the above-listed courses delivered by electronic means through telelearning or downlink to the high school for approved high school credit.

Any subsequent courses approved by the Sabine Parish School Board for advanced-level credit.

6.         A student's grade point average will be determined by dividing total quality points earned by credits earned.  The exception is when a student makes an F in a course and does not repeat the course for passing credit.

7.         Class rankings shall be determined by computing each student's grade point average, rounded to the hundredth's place.

8.         Ties in grade point average will exist whenever either of the following two circumstances are present:

A.         Two or more students have the same grade point average after rounding to the hundredth's place, or

B.         When all of the following criteria are evident after the grade point averages are rounded to the hundredth's place:

1.         two or more students have the same grade point average for the same number of advanced-level (5.0) courses, and

2.         the same students have identical grade point averages for all general-level (4.0) courses, regardless of the number of general-level courses completed, and

3.         if and only if any difference in the total, or overall, grade point averages of the aforementioned students is due to one student having completed a greater number of general-level courses than the other student(s) with whom he or she is otherwise tied.

The top-ranking students whose grade point averages are considered to be tied according to the above criteria will be named co-valedictorian and the next ranking student(s) will be named salutatorian.

In case there is a need to break a tie in grade point averages they will be resolved utilizing the following tie-breakers until an academic advantage is evident:

A.         Greatest number of advanced-level courses completed

B.         Highest composite numerical (percentage) grade average, rounded to the

hundredth's place as derived from the final grades of all courses completed - where numerical grades are not available, the following conversion of letter grades will be used:

A = 97

B = 90

C = 81

D = 72

F = 50

C.         Greatest number of courses completed

D.         Highest ACT composite scores

9.         To be eligible for consideration as valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must have been enrolled at that particular high school for the two (2) years immediately preceding graduation.

  Revised:  September, 2000

 

ATHLETICS

Students are encouraged to take part in the athletic program. At the present time Negreet sponsors boys' and girls' basketball and track and cross country teams, and baseball and softball teams, cheerleading  and golf teams.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in grades 7-12, must maintain a grade point average of at least 1.5, and must pass five subjects each semester.

If the student is selected to play on the team he/she should attend all practices and games. Students will be excused from practice on an individual basis to participate in other school activities or for family emergencies. Absence from practice or a game during the holiday seasons should be prearranged with the coach.

 

CURRICULUM

1. To graduate with a regular diploma from a Louisiana high school a student must earn a minimum of 23 units of high school credit and pass the Graduate Exit Exam (GEE).

2.    The units required for graduation with a regular diploma are: English, 4 units; Mathematics, 3 units; Science, 3 units, Biology required; Civics, 1/2 unit; Free Enterprise, 1/2 unit; American History, 1 unit; World Geography or World History, 1 unit; Physical Education, 1 1/2 units; Health 1/2 unit; and Elective Choice, 8 units.


 

2010 - 2011 School Calendar

 

Date

Staff Days

Instructional Days

 

Event

August 18 &19, 2010

    2

 

Staff Development

August 20, 2010

    

 

First Day for Students

September 23, 2010

  24

      24  

End of 1st Grading Period

September 27, 2010

 

 

First Day of 2nd Grading Period

October 1, 2010

    1

         

Parent/Teacher Conference

November 5, 2010

  29

      29

End of 2nd Grading Period

November 8, 2010

 

 

First Day of 3rd Grading Period

January 7, 2011

  30

      30

End of 3rd Grading Period

Days in 1st Semester

  86

      83

End of 1st Semester

January 10, 2011

 

 

First Day of 4th Grading Period

January 14, 2011

    1

 

Parent/Teacher Conference

February 18, 2011

  28

      28

End of 4th Grading Period

February 22, 2011

 

 

First Day of 5th Grading Period

April 8, 2011

  29

      29

End of 5th Grading Period

April 11, 2011

 

 

First Day of 6th Grading Period

May 20, 2011

  27

      27

End of 6th Grading Period

May 21, 2011

    1

 

Staff Development

Days in 2nd Semester

  86

      84

End of 2nd Semester

Total Days

172

    167

End of School Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Development

(Students Dismissed)

August 18 & 19, 2010

2

Staff Development

 

September 30, 2010

(School dismissed 2 periods early)

 

Staff Development

(After students are dismissed)

 

Parent/Teacher Conference

(3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

 

October 1, 2010

 

1

Parent/Teacher Conference

(8:00 a.m. -  11:00 a.m.)

 

January 13, 2011

(School dismissed 2 periods early)

 

Staff Development

(After students are dismissed)

 

Parent/Teacher Conference

(3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

 

January 14, 2011

 

1

Parent/Teacher Conference

(8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

May 21, 2011

1

Staff Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holidays

(Students and Staff Dismissed)

September 6, 2010

  1

Labor Day

September 24, 2010

  1

Fair Day

November 22-26, 2010

  5

Thanksgiving Break

December 20–31, 2010

10

Christmas Break

January 17, 2011

  1

MLK Jr. Day

February 21, 2011

  1

Presidents’ Day

March 7–11, 2011

  5

Spring Break

April 21 - 25, 2011

  3

Easter Break

 

 

FIRST DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION IS MAY 12, 2011.

 

Summary

·         State requires 63,720 minutes of instruction per year, based on 55 minutes per class x 7 = 385 minutes per day.

·         Sabine 2010-2011 School Calendar is based on 165 days at 385 minutes per day + 2 days x 275 minutes per day = 64,075 total instructional minutes.

·         64,075 instructional time included in calendar - 63,720 state required = 355 minutes over the state minimum. 

·         The superintendent reserves the right to make adjustments to the calendar as the need arises. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010-2011 NHS Basketball Schedule

 

November

 

2nd @Hornbeck                                    5pm

6th Homecoming vs. Pelican              TBA

9th @ Ebarb                                        5pm

11th-13th Ebarb Tourney                      TBA

16TH @ Pelican                                    5pm

18th-20th Florien Tourney                    TBA

23rd @Simpson                                    5pm

26th-27th Shriners                               TBA

30th Plainview                                    5pm

 

December

 

3rd-5th Converse Tourney                     TBA

7th @ Doyline                                                4pm

9th-11th Zwolle Tourney                       TBA

14th Hornbeck                                     5pm

16th-18th Hornbeck Tourney                 TBA   

20th Calvin                                         5pm

21st Ebarb                                          5pm

 

January

 

4th Weston                                         5pm

6th – 8th Negreet Tourney                            TBA   

11TH @ Florien                                    6pm

14th Converse                                    6pm

18th @ Stanley                                    6pm

21st @ Plainview                                  5pm

25th @ Zwolle                                               6pm
28th Florien                                       6pm

 

February

 

1st @ Converse                                    6pm
4th Stanley                                        6pm

10th Zwolle                                         6pm

14th @ Hicks (Boys)                                       5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupil Progression Plan

   The Pupil Progression Plan can be obtained at the school office or on the Sabine Parish School Board Web Site at www.sabine.k12.la.us.

 

SABINE PARISH DISTRICT POLICIES

 

Sabine Parish School Board Goal Statement

As reflected in our Motto, “Committed to Excellence”, the Sabine Parish School Board has established one (1) District Goal in the area of student achievement.  The purpose of having one (1) goal is to focus our attention toward academic excellence for all students.  The board, parents, and community expect school staff members to develop a plan for board approval which will ensure that students demonstrate subject matter competency, and every school will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they are prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our modern economy.  The Sabine Parish School Board Goal is:

By the end of school year 2007-2008, all campuses in Sabine Parish will advance two (2) accountability levels.

            To accomplish our goal, the District Improvement Plan should address the following objectives:

1.  All students will start school ready to learn.

Even Start, Head Start, and Four Year Old Programs will ensure student access to a high-quality and developmentally appropriate preschool program.  Each parent will have access to workshops and support that will enable them to become their child’s first teacher and devote time each day to helping their child learn. 

2.  High school graduation rate will increase and the dropout rate will decrease.

We will dramatically reduce the dropout rate, thus increasing the graduation rate.  The gap in graduation rates between minority and non-minority students will be eliminated. 

3.  All students will exit each grade level after demonstrating competency over challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. 

To demonstrate competency, we will develop an ever-changing and challenging curriculum that moves from the basic state standards and toward higher level thinking skills of the ACT.  Students will demonstrate the ability to reason, solve problems, apply knowledge, and write and communicate effectively.  Also, all students will be involved in activities that promote and demonstrate good citizenship, good health, community service, and personal responsibility.  Understanding our rich diverse cultural heritage must be an integral part of the curriculum.  Academic time will be protected and staff development provided to ensure proper curriculum implementation.  Specific programs to address includes:  academic disciplines, college entrance placement, remediation programs, guidance and counseling, Option III, Fine Arts, vocational and technical training, and Advanced Placement Performance. 

4.  Attract and retain quality staff

While monetary compensation is not the major reason teachers enter the profession, it is an important factor in attracting and retaining the highest quality educators.  In order to compete for top talent, we must offer competitive salaries to our staff, along with professional development.  New teachers will enter a mentoring program where master teachers will provide guidance and counseling.  Interdisciplinary or team teaching and common planning time will give teachers needed support.  A “Grow Your Own Teacher” program will be implemented.  Staff must be treated as professionals.  Once a teacher is hired, we will provide the needed support and resources needed for student success. 

 5.  Every adult will have the opportunity to complete a GED program.

Partnerships will be established between school organizations including Head Start, Even Start, and the Four Year Old Program.  Once a school partnership is established, the school partnership will extend to parents, community, and businesses.  In order to implement a comprehensive parent involvement program, we will offer more adult literacy, parent-training, and lifelong learning opportunities to improve ties between home and school and enhance parents’ and home lives.

6.  Every school will be free of drugs, violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.

Every school will implement a firm and fair policy on use, possession, and distribution of drugs and alcohol.  A firm and fair discipline policy will ensure that students and staff are provided a healthy environment at each school.  Policy will ensure that all schools are free of violence and presence of weapons.  Drug and alcohol curriculum will be taught as an integral part of sequential, comprehensive health education.  Sexual harassment will not be tolerated.  A community-based team will be organized to provide students and staff with needed support.

 

STUDENT FEES, FINES AND CHARGES

The Sabine Parish School Board may impose certain student fees or charges to help offset special costs incurred in the operation of specific classrooms or subjects.  No student shall be deprived of proper instruction should the student not be able to pay any student fees, however.

 

DAMAGE TO TEXTBOOKS/INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The School Board may require parents and/or legal guardians to compensate the school district for lost, destroyed, or unnecessarily damaged books and materials, and for any books which are not returned to the proper schools at the end of each school year or upon withdrawal of their dependent child.  Under no circumstances may a student of school age be held financially responsible for fees associated with textbook replacement.

Compensation by parents or guardians may be in the form of monetary fees or community/school service activities, as determined by the School Board.  In the case of monetary fees, fines shall be limited to no more than the replacement cost of the textbook or material, but may, at the discretion of the Board, be adjusted according to the physical condition of the lost or destroyed textbook.  A school system may waive or reduce the payment required if the student is from a family of low income and may provide for a method of payment other than lump-sum payment.

In lieu of monetary payments, both school systems and parents/guardians may elect to have students perform school/community service activities, provided that such are arranged so as not to conflict with school instructional time, are properly supervised by school staff, and are suitable to the age of the child.

Under no circumstances may a school or school district refuse the parent/guardian the

right to inspect relevant grades or records pertaining to the child nor may the school or school district refuse to promptly transfer the records of any child withdrawing or transferring from the school, per requirements of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Under no circumstances may a school or school district deny a student promotional opportunities, as a result of failure to compensate the school district for lost or damaged textbooks.  Students shall not be denied continual enrollment each grading period nor re-entry in succeeding school years as a result of lost or damaged books.

Students shall not be denied the use of a textbook during school hours each day.  The school system shall annually inform parents and/or legal guardians of the locally adopted procedures pursuant to state law and regulation, regarding reasonable and proper control of textbooks.

 

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE

The Sabine Parish School Board believes it is necessary for all persons to become aware of acceptable use of computers.  Any person using computers or other electronic information resources shall be required to use such equipment and resources in a responsible, legal manner.  The School Board retains the right to monitor all computer usage and files for compliance to all regulations and/or procedures.

            The School Board shall establish appropriate guidelines for exploring and using Internet resources within the school district to enhance learning and teaching activities.  The Board shall incorporate the use of computer-related technology or the use of Internet service provider technology designed to block access or exposure to any harmful materials or information, such as sites that contain obscene, pornographic, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing information or material.  Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited.  However, the School Board does not prohibit authorized employees or students from having unfiltered or unrestricted access to Internet or online services, including online services of newspapers with daily circulation of at least 1,000, for legitimate scientific or educational purposes approved by the Board.

It shall be the policy of the Sabine Parish School Board that any use of the Internet that adversely affects its operation in pursuit of teaching and learning or jeopardizes its use or performance for other community members is prohibited and may result in loss of Internet privileges, suspension of the student, or other appropriate disciplinary action.  The School Board does not condone the use of the Internet for any illegal or inappropriate activities and shall not be responsible for any such use by staff or students.  Parents shall be made aware that Internet usage is only partially controllable by supervision.

Students may use the Internet only if under the direct supervision of a teacher or other professional designated by the teacher.

 

USE OF INTERNET REGULATIONS

The School Board provides access to the Internet to students, teachers, staff and administrators.  The Board believes that there are appropriate regulations to maximize effective educational use of the Internet and minimize abuse of the opportunity being provided to our schools.  Ethical, efficient and legal use of any network is the key to a successful linkage with the Internet.  Accordingly, regulations for participation by anyone on the Internet shall include but not be limited to the following:

1.       Users must demonstrate honest, integrity, and respect for others at all times.  Appropriate manners and language shall be required.

2.       No individual student shall be permitted to have an e-mail account.  Only teachers and classes as a whole may be permitted to use e-mail.  E-mail is not guaranteed to be private on the Internet.  Therefore, only appropriate teacher or class messages shall be allowed.

3.       No photographs, personal addresses, personal phone numbers, or last names will be permitted in student use of the Internet, unless written consent of the parents is on file.

4.       Illegal activities, including copyright or contract violations shall not be permitted.  The Internet may not be used for financial or commercial gain, including fund raising projects.

5.       Threatening, profane, or abusive messages shall be forbidden.

6.       No activities shall be allowed which may damage or interrupt equipment or any networking system.

7.       Any attempt to alter, harm or destroy the data of another user of the Internet, or any network on the Internet shall be forbidden.

8.       No user is permitted to upload, or create, a computer virus on the Internet or any networking system.

9.       Resources offered by the Internet and paid for by the Board may not be willfully wasted.

10.     A user shall not attempt to access any Internet resources or entities not previously authorized by the teacher.

11.     Invading the privacy of another user, or using their account, shall not be tolerated.

12.     Posting personal messages without the author's consent shall be forbidden.

13.     Sending or posting anonymous messages shall be forbidden.

14.     Perusing or otherwise accessing obscene, vulgar, pornographic, racist, gang-related, hate or other inappropriate material, or using profanity in messages shall be forbidden.

15.     Perusing or otherwise accessing information on manufacturing bombs or other incendiary devices shall be forbidden.

16.     Product advertising, political lobbying, or sending messages involving illegal activities shall not be permitted.  Violations shall be reported to the teacher when evidence of such is encountered on the Internet.

17.     Any subscriptions to list servers, bulletin boards, or on-line services shall be approved by the Superintendent or his designee prior to any such usage.

18.     When a security problem is detected, it shall be reported immediately to the teacher.  The problem shall not be demonstrated to other users.

19.     A user who accesses, sends, receives, or configures electronically any profane or obscene language or pictures shall be subject to disciplinary action, depending on the severity of the offense, up to and including expulsion.

 No one shall be permitted to use the Internet unless a completed Internet Usage Contract has been submitted to the Superintendent or designee.

 

COMPUTER AND INTERNET SAFETY

Internet Protection Measure

A technology protection measure is hardware and/or software technology that restricts or filters access to specific areas or sites on the Internet.  It provides a measure of protection against access by minors or adults to Internet resources that are obscene, contain child pornography, contain material harmful to minors (with respect to Internet access by minors), or are otherwise inappropriate in an educational environment.  While the Internet filter is very effective in blocking inappropriate content, the Internet is a rapidly expanding resource and no filtering or blocking technology is 100% effective. The possibility exists that all inappropriate content may not be blocked or that a determined person may find a method to partially or completely circumvent the filtering or blocking method.

As a matter of policy, all Internet access from within Sabine Parish School District will be filtered.  There is no exception to this policy.  In the case of Internet access by minors, the filtering mechanism may not be disabled for any reason.  For access by adults, the filtering mechanism may be, but is not required to be, disabled only to enable bona fide research.

            If a person feels an Internet site has been blocked in error, a written request from the school or central office department head must be submitted to the Director of Technology who will review the site in question.  If it is deemed that the site is wrongly blocked, the site will be opened. If there is any question about the appropriateness of the site, the Director of Technology will make a recommendation to the Superintendent for a final decision.

Safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat or other direct communications

Due to the problems involved with providing adequate supervision of electronic communications, student e-mail accounts will not be issued by Sabine Parish School Board, with exception of special programs authorized by the Director of Technology.  Additionally, two-way, real-time electronic communication technologies such as Internet-based instant messaging and Internet chat will not be allowed within the District.  Furthermore, the participation by students in asynchronous electronic forums or bulletin boards that are not exclusively of educational nature

is prohibited.  The exception to this is pre-approved, temporary access to such technologies for a specific educational need.  Such usage must have prior written approval from the Director of Technology and will be granted on a temporary basis.  Written request for access to these technologies from the school principal or central office department head must be submitted to the Director of Technology for written approval.  If there is a question about the appropriateness of the access, the Director of Technology will make a recommendation to the Superintendent for a final decision.

Hacking, Vandalism, and Unauthorized Access

Malicious attempt to harm, deface, degrade, or destroy District equipment, software, or data or the data of another user or system to which the District network is connected is strictly prohibited.  Such action includes but is not limited to intentionally uploading or creating computer viruses, "hacking" of websites,  or  intentionally  degrading  or disrupting system performance.  Additionally, attempting to log on to the system by using another person’s password or attempting to access District resources, or those resources connected to the District network, for which the user does not have permissions or rights is prohibited.  These actions will be viewed as violations of District guidelines and policy and, possibly, as criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws.

Unauthorized disclosure of personal information

Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors are prohibited.  Requests for account usernames and password will never be requested via email and any such requests should be regarded as unauthorized and should be immediately reported to the school principal or department head.  Requests for personal information regarding students or staff should not be honored via email.  Such requests should  always occur by means of personal contact.  All Board policies, state, and federal laws should be followed when a request for personal information of any sort is made.

Measures Restricting Access by Minors to Inappropriate Materials

The safety and protection of students while using the Internet or District network resources is of primary importance.  Therefore, active measures will be taken to restrict, to the maximum extent reasonably possible, students' access to inappropriate material on the Internet and District network.  The first of these measures is the filtering of all Internet access in the District as described above.  As noted before, no filtering system is perfect and cannot substitute for staff supervision of student Internet use.  Therefore, students are allowed to use computers attached to the District network only when supervised or granted permission by a staff member responsible for their supervision.  To assist in the supervision process, computers attached to the network will, to the extent allowed  by the individual room, be placed to maximize staff supervision of students using the system. 

 

Email and General Technology Guidelines

   Email, web access, and other electronic communications should not be considered private.  Authorized staff shall have the authority to monitor or examine email, file folders, and communications to maintain system integrity, to insure users are using the system responsibly, or for any other reasonable purpose.

   District computers, software, networks, and Internet access are provided to support the administrative and instructional functions of Sabine Parish School District.  These resources are to be used primarily for school and district-related purposes.  Incidental personal use of district technology resources or equipment must not interfere with the employee’s job performance or student learning. Additionally, such use must not violate Board policy, must not damage the district’s hardware, software, or networks, or significantly degrade the quality of service of the District’s technology resources.

   Personal information on any staff member or student shall not be released by email.

   All users must follow existing copyright laws and restrictions regarding computer software and must not use District computer systems to violate any software license agreement, or any applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

   All web pages or electronic publications created by any organization, staff, student, or other person that are housed on the District’s computer systems shall be subject to treatment as district-sponsored publications.  Therefore, the district reserves the right to exercise editorial control over the content of these web pages or publications.  Only content that supports the administrative, instructional, or other legitimate mission of the school or department will be allowed on District web sites.  Content of all District web sites must conform to the Student Web Policy. Additionally, no web page that represents any school, department, organization, or person of the Sabine Parish School Board may be published on a web server that is outside of the District network without written permission of the Director of Technology. 

   District web pages or publications are not considered to be open, public forums.  No such public forum may be created on any district web site to receive input from the public on any issue, educational or otherwise.  District web sites shall be considered closed forums and shall be used only to transmit information to the public.  

   District sponsored web sites may contain links to web sites that are outside of the District site.  While district personnel will make every reasonable effort to research links for appropriateness, these third party sites are not under the control of the District and Sabine Parish School District is not responsible for the contents of any linked site, any link contained within the linked site, or any changes or update to the linked site that may change its appropriateness. These links are provided as a convenience to users and their inclusion does not imply endorsement of these sites by Sabine Parish School Board.

   Games and other software that is not of specific educational or administrative nature should not be placed on any District computer.  All software that is installed on District computers must be for a specific educational or administrative purpose.  Acceptable educational games must be primarily marketed for instructional purposes.  Educational software must address a benchmark, standard, or lesson plan.  Excluded from this are programs that are packaged with computer operating systems, utility programs such as anti-virus software, or utility software that enhances access to a computer’s resources such as multimedia utility software.  If there is a question about the appropriateness of particular software title, a request in writing should be made to the Director of Technology.

Violation of Policy

In the case of students, the violation of any policy provision or regulation may result in the cancellation of user privileges and/or disciplinary action including expulsion or suspension.  In the case of staff, the violation of any policy provision or regulation may result in the cancellation of user privileges and/or disciplinary action in accordance with tenure laws and due process provisions.  Such acts may also result in criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.  In the case where such actions result in the District incurring costs to restore the network system, hardware, software, or data, the Board will require restitution for restoration costs.

 

DISCIPLINE

The School Board recognizes the necessity for reasonable control and discipline over the conduct of pupils under its jurisdiction. Every teacher in the public school system shall endeavor to hold each pupil to a strict accountability for any disorderly conduct in school, or on the playgrounds of the school, on the street or while going to or returning from school, or during intermission or recess. To assist the teacher, the Board shall establish regulations for the use of disciplinary measures within the schools and continually monitor and appraise their usefulness.

Principals shall have both the authority and the duty to take disciplinary action whenever the behavior of any pupil(s) materially interferes with or substantially disrupts the maintenance of a proper atmosphere for learning within the classroom or other parts of the school. However, no pupil shall be disciplined in any manner by the School Board or school administrator, teacher, or other school employee for the use of force upon another person when it can be reasonably concluded that the use of such force more probably than not was committed solely for the purpose of preventing a forcible offense against the pupil or a forcible offense provided that the force used must be reasonable and apparently necessary to prevent such offense. A pupil who is the aggressor or who brings on a difficulty cannot claim the right stated above to defend himself.

Each teacher may take disciplinary action to correct a pupil who disrupts normal classroom activities, who is disrespectful to a teacher, who willfully disobeys a teacher, who uses abusive or foul language directed at a teacher or another pupil, who violates school rules, or who interferes with an orderly education process. The disciplinary action taken by the teacher shall be in accordance with such regulations and procedures established by the Board.

 

 

 

STUDENT REMOVAL FROM CLASSROOM

A pupil may be imn1ediately removed from a classroom by the teacher and placed in the custody of the principal or designee if the pupil's behavior prevents the orderly instruction of other pupils, poses an intermediate threat to the safety of pupils or the teacher, or when a pupil exhibits disrespectful or threatening behavior toward a teacher. If removed, the student shall not receive credit for school work missed.

A pupil removed from class in kindergarten through grade 6 shall not be permitted to return to class for at least thirty (30) minutes unless agreed to by the teacher. A pupil removed from class in grades 7 through 12 shall not be permitted to return to class during the same class period, unless agreed to by the teacher initiating the disciplinary action.

Upon the pupil being removed from class and sent to the principal's office, the principal r"-' or designee shall conduct a counseling session with the pupil to discuss the particular misconduct.

Once removed, the pupil shall not be readmitted to the classroom until the principal has implemented one of the following disciplinary measures:

In-school suspension . (Clean up and work assignments during the school day will be implemented.)

b. Detention – Saturday Detention

c. Suspension

d. Initiation of expulsion hearings

e. Assignment to an alternative school

f. Requiring the completion of all assigned school and homework which would have been assigned and completed by the pupil during the period of suspension.

g. Any other disciplinary measure authorized by the principal with the concurrence of the teacher or building level committee.

 

When a pupil has been removed from a classroom, the teacher may require the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the pupil to have a conference with the teacher in the presence of the principal or his or her designee before the pupil is readmitted. Upon the pupil's third removal from the same classroom, the teacher and principal shall discuss the pupil's disruptive behavior and contemplated disciplinary measures to be taken before the principal implements such measures. If appropriate, a referral of the matter may be made to the appropriate building level committee. In addition, a conference between the teacher or other appropriate school employee and the pupil's parent, tutor, or legal guardian shall be required prior to the pupil being readmitted. If the disruptive behavior persists, the teacher may request that the principal transfer the pupil into another setting.

Whenever a pupil is formally accused of battery of a school employee, the pupil, in addition to any other discipline given, shall be immediately suspended by the principal, with the necessary procedures to follow as soon as possible. If the pupil is subsequently found guilty of committing battery by a court of competent jurisdiction or after a school system suspension hearing, the pupil shall, in addition to any other disciplinary action taken, be assigned to a different school than the one where the school employee is employed.

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

In any case where a teacher, principal, or other school employee is authorized to require the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil to attend a conference or meeting regarding the pupil's behavior, and after notice, the parent, tutor, or legal guardian willfully refuses to attend, the principal, or his designee, shall file a complaint, in accordance with statutory provisions, with a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction. "Notice" of the conference, specifying the time and date of the conference, shall be given by contacting the parent, tutor, or legal guardian by telephone at the telephone number shown on the pupil's registration card or by sending a certified letter to the address shown on the pupil's registration card.

 

REPORTS TO PRINCIPAL

          Any teacher or other school employee may report to the principal any pupil who acts in a disorderly manner or is in violation of school rules, or any misconduct or violation of school rules by a pupil who mayor may not be known to the teacher or employee. Incidents of alleged discipline violations shall be reported on two (2) forms, one form to report only school transportation-related incidents and one form to report all other incidents. The forms shall be submitted in accordance with procedures outlined by the Board, the Superintendent, and school system personnel. The principal shall review and act upon such information submitted, to determine if suspension or other disciplinary action is necessary. Should the principal fail to act on any report of misconduct or school violation, he/she shall explain the reasons for doing so to the Superintendent or designee and to the teacher or school employee reporting the violation.

 

DELINQUENT STUDENTS

Pupils who regularly disrupt the normal school environment shall be considered as delinquent, and may be reported by appropriate school personnel to the juvenile court. Any pupil that exhibits disruptive behavior, an incorrigible attitude, or any other discipline problems in general may be recommended by the principal for expulsion, assignment to an appropriate alternative education program, or transfer to adult education if the pupil is:

1. Seventeen (17) years of age or older with less than five (5) units of credit toward graduation;

2. Eighteen (18) years of age or older with less than ten (10) units of credit toward graduation; or

3. Nineteen (19) years of age or older with less than fifteen (15) units of credit toward graduation.

 

DEFINITIONS

In-school suspension means removing a pupil from his/her normal classroom setting but maintaining him/her under supervision of the school. Pupils participating in in-school suspension may receive credit for work performed during the in-school suspension. Any pupil who fails to comply fully with the rules for in-school suspension shall be subject to immediate suspension.

      Detention means activities, assignments, or work held before the normal school day, after the normal school day, or on weekends. Failure or refusal by a pupil to participate in assigned detention shall subject the pupil to immediate suspension.

RECUSAL OF ADMINISTRATOR IN DISCIPLINE MATTERS

Any school administrator or administrator's designee who is required to make a recommendation, decide an issue, or take action in a matter involving the discipline of a student shall recuse themselves whenever a member of the immediate family of the administrator or administrator's designee is involved in any manner in the discipline matter. In case of recusal, the action to be taken shall be done so by the Superintendent or an impartial designee of the Superintendent.

 

Immediate family means the individual's children, brothers, sisters, parents, and spouse and the children, brothers, sisters, and parents of the spouse.

 

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Discipline of students with disabilities shall be in accordance with policy JDF, Discipline of Students With Disabilities.

 

ELECTRONIC TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES

 No person, unless authorized by the school principal or designee, shall use, possess, or operate any electronic telecommunication device including any facsimile system, radio paging service, mobile telephone service, intercom, or electro-mechanical paging system in any elementary or secondary school building, or on the grounds thereof or in any school bus. A violation of these provisions shall be grounds for disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension or referral of the pupil to the juvenile court of the parish. Appropriate law enforcement agencies shall be notified of any person, other than a pupil or school employee, who violates this policy while on school property without authority and such person(s) shall be dealt with under the criminal laws of the state.

 

SUSPENSION

             The Sabine Parish School Board recognizes its authority to maintain good order and discipline within the schools of the school district.  Therefore, the Board recognizes the principal's authority to suspend a pupil for a specified period of time in accordance with statutory provisions.  The term of suspension may carry over into the next school year, when necessary, unless otherwise provided for in state statutes.

            In each case of suspension, the school principal, or his or her designee, prior to any suspension, shall advise the student of the particular misconduct of which he/she is accused as well as the basis for such accusation, and the pupil shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain his/her version of the facts.  The principal/designee shall contact the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the pupil to notify them of the suspension, and establish a date and time for a conference with the principal or designee as a requirement for readmitting the pupil.  Notice shall be given by contacting the parent, tutor, or legal guardian by telephone at the telephone number shown on the pupil's registration card, or by sending a certified letter to the address shown on the pupil's registration card.  The principal shall promptly advise the Superintendent or designee of all such suspensions, stating the reasons for the suspensions.

            No suspended pupil shall be allowed to leave the school premises during the school day until the parent, guardian, or other proper authorities assume responsibility for him/her, unless immediate removal from school due to danger or threat of disruption to academic process is warranted. 

            If the parent, tutor, or legal guardian fails to attend the required conference within five (5) school days of notification, the truancy laws shall be effective.  On not more than one occasion each school year when the parent, tutor, or legal guardian refuses to respond to the notice, the principal may determine whether readmitting the pupil is in the best interest of the pupil.  On any subsequent occasions in the same school year, the pupil shall not be readmitted unless the parent, tutor, or legal guardian, court, or other appointed representative responds. 

            In any case where a teacher, principal, or other school employee is authorized to require the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil to attend a conference or meeting regarding the pupil's behavior and after notice, the parent, tutor, or legal guardian willfully refuses to attend, the principal or his/her designee shall file a complaint, in accordance with statutory provisions, with a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction.

            When a pupil is suspended for a second time within one school year, the principal may require a counseling session be held with the parent and pupil by the school counselor.  If no counselor is available, the conference may be held with all the pupil's teachers and the principal or other administrator.

            Any student, after being suspended on three (3) occasions for committing any suspendable offense during the same school year, shall on committing the fourth offense, be expelled from all the public schools of the system until the beginning of the next regular school year, and the pupil's reinstatement shall be subject to the review and approval of the Board.

The principal and other appropriate personnel shall be required to file written documentation of all suspensions.  Said documentation shall include the circumstances surrounding any suspension, the reason for suspension, and any other pertinent facts concerning the disciplinary action.  The principal shall file copies of his/her report with the Superintendent, other appropriate personnel and the parent or guardian and retain a copy for his/her records.

            Any parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil suspended shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee, who shall conduct a hearing on the merits.  If the parent or legal guardian is not present for the hearing after having been properly notified, the hearing may proceed and the results of the hearing shall be mailed to the parent or legal guardian within three (3) school days by certified mail, return receipt requested.  The decision of the Superintendent on the merits of the case, as well as the term of suspension, shall be final, reserving to the Superintendent the right to remit any portion of the time of suspension.

            Except for in-school suspensions, any pupil suspended shall receive no credit for school work missed while suspended.

            Upon the seizure by any teacher, principal, school security guard, or other school administrator of any firearm, knife, or other dangerous implement which could be used as a weapon or inflict injury, the principal or his or her designee shall be required to report the confiscation to appropriate law enforcement officials.

 

MANDATORY SUSPENSION

 The principal shall be required to suspend a pupil who

 

1.     is found carrying or possessing a firearm or a knife with a blade two (2) inches or longer, or another dangerous instrumentality, except as provided below under the section entitled Suspension Not Applicable; or

2.     possesses, distributes, sells, gives, or loans any controlled dangerous substance governed by state law, in any form. 

 

            Additionally, the principal shall immediately recommend the pupil's expulsion to the Superintendent, for the above offenses, except in the case of a student less than eleven (11) years of age in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 who is found carrying or possessing a knife with a blade two (2) inches or longer, the principal may, but shall not be required to recommend the student's expulsion.  A student found carrying or possessing a knife with a blade less than two (2) inches in length may be suspended by the school principal, but, in appropriate cases, at a minimum, shall be placed in in-school suspension.

            School officials, in accordance with statutory provisions, shall have total discretion and shall exercise such discretion in imposing on a pupil any disciplinary actions authorized by state law for possession by a pupil of a firearm or knife on school property when such firearm or knife is stored in a motor vehicle and there is no evidence of the pupil's intent to use the firearm or knife in a criminal manner.

            Whenever a pupil is formally accused of violating state law or school disciplinary regulations by committing battery on any school employee, the principal shall suspend the pupil from school immediately and the pupil shall be removed immediately from the school premises without the benefit of required procedures, provided, however, that such procedures shall follow as soon as practicable.

 

SUSPENSION NOT APPLICABLE

            Suspension of a student shall not apply to the following:

1.     A student carrying or possessing a firearm or knife for purposes of involvement in a school class, course, or school approved co-curricular or extracurricular activity or any other activity approved by appropriate school officials.

2.     A student possessing any controlled dangerous substance that has been obtained directly or due to a valid prescription or order from a licensed physician.  However, such student shall carry evidence of that prescription or physician's order on his/her person at all times when in possession of any controlled dangerous substance which shall be subject to verification.

 

RECUSAL OF ADMINISTRATOR IN DISCIPLINE MATTERS

            Any school administrator or administrator's designee who is required to make a recommendation, decide an issue, or take action in a matter involving the discipline of a student shall recuse himself/herself whenever a member of the immediate family of the administrator or administrator's designee is involved in any manner in the discipline matter.  In case of recusal, the action to be taken shall be done so by the Superintendent or an impartial designee of the Superintendent.

            Immediate family means the individual's children, brothers, sisters, parents, and spouse and the children, brothers, sisters, and parents of the spouse.

 

SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

            Suspension of students with disabilities shall be in accordance with applicable state or federal law and regulations. 

SUSPENSION REGULATIONS

 

INFRACTIONS FOR WHICH SUSPENSION MAY RESULT

Violations of school rules and regulations for which suspension may result shall include but not be limited to the following:

A.    Mandatory suspensions:

1.     Striking a teacher or other school personnel.

2.     Possession or use of narcotics or alcohol.

3.     Carrying or using instruments to do bodily harm.

4.     Unauthorized presence on any school campus of a student during suspensions.

5.     Involvement with fireworks or other explosives on the school campus or at school sponsored events.

6.     Committing immoral or vicious practices or of conduct or habits injurious to his/her associates.

7.     Stealing

8.     Threatening a teacher.

B.    Discretionary suspensions:

1.     Inappropriate clothing or appearance.

2.     Stealing.

3.     Forging or using forged notes or excuses.

4.     Committing acts of defiance, either in language or actions, in or out of the classroom.

5.     Refusing to comply with any reasonable request of a teacher in or out of the classroom.

6.     Willful defacing or destroying of school property. Pupil or parents are to be required to pay cost of repairs or replacement.

7.     Threatening a teacher or other school personnel.

8.     Initiating false fire alarms or any other false alarms.

9.     Willful disobedience.

10.  Treatment with intentional disrespect to a teacher, principal, superintendent, member or employee of the School Board.

11.  Making against any one of the above an unfounded charge.

12.  Using unchaste or profane language.

13.  Violation of any other school rule unique to the individual school.

14.  Use of tobacco on school grounds during the school day and on the bus to and from school.

15.  Participating in or instigating a fight. However, students reasonably concluded to be acting in self-defense may not be disciplined.

 

PROCEDURE FOR SUSPENDING A STUDENT

A.    Temporary Suspensions.

The principal or assistant principal in charge of administration, or a person designated, will notify the parents, the student, the attendance supervisor, and the Superintendent of the student's suspension. They will also acquaint the parents with the reason for the suspension, the number of days of the suspension, and the conditions under which he/she may be re-entered.

B.    Long-Term Suspensions.

The principal or assistant principal in charge of administration will notify the student, his/her parents, the attendance supervisor, and the Superintendent of the long-term suspension and the reason for the suspension. The parent is to be informed that he has the right to request that a hearing be held to examine the offense. The parent is to be notified that the final decision will be made by the Superintendent or a member of his staff.

 

BULLYING, INTIMIDATION, HARASSMENT, AND HAZING

            The Sabine Parish School Board is committed to maintaining a safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environment so that no student feels threatened while in school or participating in school-related activities.  Students and their parents/guardians shall be notified that the school, school bus, and all other school environments are to be safe and secure for all.  Therefore, all statements or actions of a bullying, intimidating, threatening, harassing, hazing, or any other violent nature made on campus, at school-sponsored activities, on school buses, at school bus stops, and en-route from home to the bus stop and from the bus stop home shall not be tolerated.  Even if made in a joking manner, these statements or actions threatening other students, school personnel, or school property shall be unacceptable.

            All students, teachers, and other school employees shall take responsible measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of this policy.

 

BULLYING, INTIMIDATION, HARASSMENT

            Bullying, intimidation, and harassment, shall mean any intentional gesture or written, verbal, or physical act that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of harming a student or damaging his/her property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her life or person or damage to his/her property and is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student

 

HAZING

            Hazing shall mean any knowing behavior, whether by commission or omission, of any student to encourage, direct, order, or participate in any activity which subjects another student to potential physical, mental, or psychological harm for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, continued membership in, or acceptance by existing members of any organization or extracurricular activity at a public elementary or secondary school, whether such behavior is planned or occurs on or off school property, including any school bus and school bus stop.  Hazing does not mean any adult-directed and school-sanctioned athletic program practice or event or military training program.

            Any solicitation to engage in hazing, and the aiding and abetting another person who engages in hazing shall be prohibited.  The consent, stated or implied, of the hazing victim shall not be a defense in determining disciplinary action.

 

REPORTING PROCEDURES

            Any student who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment or hazing by a student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel, or by any other person who is participating in, observing or otherwise engaged in activities including sporting events and other extracurricular activities, under the auspices of the school district or a school within the school system, is encouraged to immediately report the alleged acts to any appropriate school district official.

            Any teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who has or receives notice that a student has or may have been the victim of bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior,  harassment, or hazing at school or any school activity shall be required to immediately report the alleged acts to an appropriate school district official.

 

At the School Building Level

            The principal shall be the person responsible at the school level for receiving oral or written reports of bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment, or hazing of a student. Any other school administrator, teacher, or other school personnel who receives a report of bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment or hazing of a student shall immediately inform the principal, who shall notify the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

Other Sites

            Building administrators designated by the Superintendent at each administrative, support, or maintenance site shall be responsible for receiving oral or written reports of bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment, or hazing of a student.  Upon receipt of a report, the building administrator shall immediately notify the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS

            The Superintendent or his/her designee shall immediately investigate or authorize the investigation of all reports and complaints involving alleged bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment or hazing of students.  Investigations may consist of personal interviews with the complainants or the individual who is alleged to have been bullied, intimidated, threatened, harassed or hazed, the individual or individuals against whom the complaint is made, witnesses, and any other persons who may have knowledge of the alleged incident or incidents or circumstances leading to or giving rise to the complaint.  Other methods of investigation also may be used and pertinent documents may be examined by the investigator.

            During the pendency of an investigation, the school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, students, teachers, administrators or other school personnel pending completion of the investigation.

            Investigations shall be completed as soon as practicable.  A written report shall be prepared upon the completion of the investigation. If the complaint involves the Superintendent of Schools, the report shall be made and filed directly with the School Board.  The written report shall include determination of whether the allegations have been substantiated as factual and whether they appear to be violations of this policy.

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

            The school district shall take appropriate action in response to a report following an investigation of any alleged bullying, intimidation, threatening behavior, harassment, or hazing of a student.  When the report determines that the alleged act or conduct appears to be in violation of this policy, disciplinary action shall be taken as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  The principal/designee shall contact the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the pupil being disciplined for alleged misconduct to notify them of the disciplinary action.

            Whenever the act or conduct determined to be a violation of this policy may also constitute a violation of state or federal criminal statute, the appropriate law enforcement officer shall be promptly notified.

 

Appeal

            The parent of a student disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee no later than five (5) days after being notified of the disciplinary action.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review all documentation regarding the incident, and if determined to be necessary by the Superintendent or designee, conduct a hearing on the matter. The results of the review or hearing shall be sent to the parents or legal guardian within three (3) school days.  The decision of the Superintendent shall be final, except for a student expulsion, which may be appealed to the School Board in accordance with statutory provisions.

 

DISSEMINATION OF POLICY

            This policy shall be conspicuously posted in each school in a place or places accessible to all students, teachers and other personnel.

            The school district shall develop a method for discussing this policy with students which shall take into account their level of understanding based upon their grade level or other consideration generally applicable to students enrolled in the same class or grade. The school district also shall discuss this policy with administrators and teachers, and other school personnel whose employment duties bring them into contact with students.

 

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Due to a necessity to authorize methods of discipline other than suspension and/or expulsion, in administering discipline under certain circumstances, the Board has established the following guidelines on the use of corporal punishment by teachers and administrators in this school system in order to give the student and parents an alternative to punishment which would deprive him/her of attendance in school.

SECTION 1.

The only type of corporal punishment which may be administered to students by employees of this school system shall be as defined and described in Section 2 hereof and may be administered only by those persons designated in Section 3 hereof and only under the conditions set forth in Section 4 hereof.

SECTION 2.

(a)   Corporal punishment is defined as, and limited to, punishing or correcting a student by striking the student in the buttocks with a paddle a maximum of five (5) times. When such corporal punishment is administered to a student, it shall be administered in a reasonable manner taking into consideration the age, size, emotional condition and health of the student.

(b)   Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted as prohibiting an employee from using physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances, in defending himself against a physical attack by a student or from using physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances, to restrain a student from attacking another student or employee.

(c)    Corporal punishment should be used after other methods have failed.

(d)   Teachers and administrators are encouraged and urged to motivate students to or for learning and behavior by means other than corporal punishment.

SECTION 3.

Corporal punishment as defined herein, shall be administered only by a principal, assistant principal, or teacher after having obtained permission from the principal. Such corporal punishment shall be administered only in the presence of another member of the professional staff of the school.

SECTION 4.

(a)   Corporal punishment may be administered to a student in lieu of giving him a short term suspension for violation of any of the school regulations.

(b)   Prior to the administering of corporal punishment, as is the case with other disciplinary measures, the principal, assistant principal, or teacher, as the case may be, shall advise the student of the particular misconduct of which he is accused as well as the basis for such accusation and the pupil shall be given an opportunity to explain his or her version of the facts prior to imposition of such corporal punishment.

(c)    A record of each incident of corporal punishment shall be kept which shall include the name of the student and the time, date, details of the violation, form of discipline administered, the person administering such discipline and the witnesses thereto. Upon request of the parents, the principal or assistant principal shall notify the parents, or person having legal custody of the student, of such violation and punishment.

SECTION 5.

A copy of this resolution and policy on the use of corporal punishment shall be distributed to parents and students and shall become a part of the discipline policy handbook.

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION

            The Sabine Parish School Board recognizes that parental involvement must be a priority of the Board for children to learn and achieve academic success.  Parents and families provide the primary educational environment for children; consequently, parents are vital and necessary partners with the Board throughout their children's elementary and secondary school careers.  The term parent shall refer to any caregiver who assumes responsibility for nurturing and caring for children, and includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, stepparents, and others.  The concept of parental involvement shall include programs, services, and/or activities on the school site, as well as contributions of parents outside the normal school setting.

            It shall be the policy of the School Board and each public school in Sabine Parish, in collaboration with parents, teachers, students, administrators, and other educational resources, to establish, develop, and maintain strategies and programs that are intended to enhance the involvement of parents and other caregivers that reflect the needs of students, parents, and families served by the Board, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.  As part of the parental involvement program, it shall be the responsibility of every school to create a welcoming environment, conducive to learning and supportive for comprehensive family involvement programs that have been developed jointly with parents/families.

 

DISTRICT LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES

             At the district level, the School Board shall:

           

1.     Involve parents in the joint development and amendment of the school district's plan, which includes components of the district's parental involvement program, to be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education.  Such involvement shall involve, but not be limited to, the following:

a)     appointing to, and interacting with, each school's School Improvement Team, which is actively involved with assessing needs and addressing these needs in the school;

b)     conducting open public workshops on major issues;

c)     holding regular School Board meetings, with opportunities for the Board to receive public input and comments;

d)     requiring each school to conduct an annual open house meeting;

e)     encouraging school based parental organizations, such as PTA, PTO, TEAM, etc.

2.     Provide coordination of various programs which involve parents, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist every public school in Sabine Parish in planning and implementing effective parental involvement programs and strategies.

3.     Coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs with other programs that promote parental involvement.

4.     Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of components and strategies of the Board's parental involvement program and assess the components' and strategies' usefulness.  The evaluation shall attempt to identify ways of improving the academic quality of the schools served by the Board, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in educational and parental involvement activities; particular attention shall be directed to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The School Board and each school shall use findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies and procedures.

5.     Distribute to parents information about the Sabine Parish School District's parental involvement program, as well as provide proper notification to parents about specific services or special programs, as required by state or federal law.  Notification shall also include, at the start of school each year, the right of parents to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children's classroom teachers.

6.     Submit with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Consolidated Application plan to the Louisiana Department of Education comments of parents of participating children who are not satisfied with components of the parental involvement program.

7.     Inform and notify parents and organizations of the existence of a parental information and resource center established by the state to provide training, information, and support to parents and individuals who work with parents, School Boards, and schools.

 

SCHOOL LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES

            As part of the parental involvement program, the School Board shall encourage each public school and require those schools receiving federal Title I funds under the jurisdiction of the Sabine Parish School Board to:

1.     Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's educational programs and to explain components of the parental involvement program, and the right of the parents to be involved.

2.     Offer a flexible number of meetings, services, and/or activities, on or off school campuses, at various times of the day to maximize parental participation, and may provide transportation, child care, appropriate refreshments, and/or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement.

3.     Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of parental involvement programs, including the planning, development, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide parental involvement program plan.

4.     Provide parents, especially those of participating children in NCLB programs:

a)            timely information about educational and parental involvement programs;

b)            a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency level students are expected to meet;

c)            if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.

5.     If the school-wide parental involvement program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to school district level personnel.

 

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES

As part of the parental involvement program, to build a capacity for involvement, the School Board and each public school under the jurisdiction of the Sabine Parish School Board:

1.     Shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or Board, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state's academic content standards, state and local academic assessments, the components of the Board's parental involvement program, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.

2.     Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.

3.     Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.

4.     Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other outreach educational programs, such as Head Start, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

5.     Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

6.     May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.

7.     May provide necessary literacy training from federal and state funds received if the Board has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training.

8.     May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation, appropriate refreshments, and/or child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.

9.     May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

10.  May arrange school meetings, at a variety of times and places, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.

11.  May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.

12.  Shall recognize parental activities and/or contributions outside the normal school setting that enhance student academic achievement, such as tutoring, improving attendance, and contributing and preparing school/classroom support materials and services.

13.  May establish a district-wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs.

14.  May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parental involvement activities.

15.  Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

16.  Shall provide, to the extent practicable, full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing necessary information and school reports required in a format, and to the extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.

 

PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES

            The School Board realizes that a child's education begins at birth.  Parents and family members, as their child's primary teachers, play a vital role in the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of their children.  A child's development and success is dependent on the direct support a child receives at home.  In an effort to promote responsible and successful parenting skills, the Board expects parents to:

1.        Make sure children attend school regularly and arrive at school on time.

2.        Supervise completion of all homework assignments.

3.        Assure proper hygiene and daily cleanliness of their children.

4.        Make sure children are dressed properly, in accordance with the uniform or dress code.

5.        Make sure that children get adequate amounts of sleep nightly.

6.        Visit and discuss their child's academic progress regularly with teachers.

7.        Discuss academic progress and school events regularly with their child.

8.        Instill proper respect for parents, teachers, and other adults.

9.        Volunteer in child's classroom, school, or related activities to the extent feasible and appropriate.

10.     When feasible, attend school-sponsored programs in which their child may participate.

11.     When feasible, join and be active in parent/teacher organizations.

 

Statement of Compliance

            Each student in grades 4-12 and each parent or guardian of a student in grades 4-12, shall annually sign a Statement of Compliance, in accordance with state law.  For students, the Statement of Compliance shall state that the student agrees to attend school regularly, arrive at school on time, demonstrate significant effort toward completion of homework assignments, and follow school and classroom rules.  For parents, the Statement of Compliance shall state that the parent or legal guardian agrees to ensure his/her child's daily attendance at school, ensure his/her child's arrival at school on time each day, ensure his/her child completes all assigned homework, and attend all required parent/teacher/principal conferences. 

 

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

            Each school shall jointly develop with parents a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards.  Such compact shall:

1.     Describe the school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children to meet the state's student academic achievement standards, and the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children's learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child's classroom; contributing services outside the normal school setting; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and positive use of extracurricular time.

2.     Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum:

a)     parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child's achievement;

b)     frequent reports to parents on their children's progress;

c)     reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class, and scheduled observation of classroom activities; and

d)     parental activities and/or contributions away from the school site that enhance academic achievement.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

            In conjunction with the district services rendered under the Board's parental involvement program, the School Board shall maintain contact and communication with social service and health agencies, faith-based institutions, and community groups to support key family and community services and issues.  In particular, the Sabine Parish School Board has a strong relationship with and support from community and/or governmental organizations such as Families in Need of Services (FINS), Partners in Education, and District Parent/Teacher Association (PTA).  One of the primary goals of these groups is to support, supplement, and assist in improving involvement of parents of children in the Sabine Parish public schools.

 

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT 

            The Sabine Parish School Board recognizes that harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of state and federal law.  The Board, therefore, will not tolerate any sexual harassment on the part of any employee towards another employee or a student within the workplace.  Conduct in violation of this prohibition shall result in disciplinary measures, up to and including dismissal.

            Harassment on the basis of sex is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 

1.     Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment/education. 

2.     Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment/education decisions affecting the individual. 

3.     Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work/education or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working/educational environment.

            Incidents of sexual harassment may include verbal harassment such as derogatory comments, jokes, or slurs, or remarks or questions of a sexual nature; physical harassment such as unnecessary or offensive touching; and visual harassment such as derogatory or offensive posters, cards, cartoons, graffiti, drawings, looks, or gestures.  Harassment does not only depend upon the perpetrator's intention, but also upon how the person who is the target perceives the behavior or is affected by it.  Individuals who experience sexual harassment from co-workers or others should make it clear that such behavior is offensive to them.

            It is recognized that instances occur within the school system involving individuals and personalities and these matters are best handled informally.  In the event that an individual believes such instances require a remedy or that there is a basis for a complaint, the individual shall first discuss the issue with the individual's principal or immediate supervisor.  Should the complaint of sexual harassment be brought against the principal of the school, the complaint should be brought directly to the Superintendent.  Should no resolution occur to the satisfaction of the individual after five (5) days, a formal complaint may be filed.

            If the victim of the alleged sexual harassment is a minor student and if the alleged harassment falls within the definition of abuse as found in Board's policy JGCE, Child Abuse and Neglect, then all school employees with knowledge shall be considered mandatory reporters and the allegations must be reported to child protection or law enforcement as provided by state law and the Board policy on child abuse.  Such reporting must be made in addition to any procedures for handling sexual harassment complaints.

 

FORMAL PROCEDURE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS

STEP 1 - Employee: 

            If any employee has concerns or a complaint about the nature of any conduct or physical contact by another employee of the school district, the individual should file a formal written complaint with the Assistant Superintendent.  The receiving office shall be charged with investigating the complaint and attempt to remedy it to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved within five (5) working days of the date of receipt of the complaint.  The investigating office shall indicate its disposition of the complaint in writing and shall furnish copies to all concerned parties. 

STEP 1 - Student: 

            If a student has concerns or a complaint about the nature of any conduct or physical contact by an employee of the Sabine Parish School Board, the student should contact either the principal or the school counselor.  The principal shall report the alleged incident to the Assistant Superintendent.  The principal and the Assistant Superintendent shall be charged with investigating the complaint and attempt to remedy it to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved within five (5) working days of the date of receipt of the complaint.  The investigating office shall indicate its disposition of the complaint in writing and shall furnish copies to all concerned parties.

STEP 2 - Employee and/or Student: 

            In the event any of the concerned parties are not satisfied with the disposition of the complaint at Step One (1) or if no disposition has been made, then the concerned party may appeal to the Sexual Harassment Panel.  The Sexual Harassment Panel shall include a chairperson, three (3) males and three (3) females selected by the Superintendent. 

            The Sexual Harassment Panel has seven (7) working days to schedule a hearing.  If harassment is found, the panel may exercise one of the following options:

1.     The panel may require an appropriate remedy which seeks to redress the harassing action.  Non-compliance with the remedy shall result in disciplinary action. 

2.     The panel may recommend to the Superintendent that documentation be placed in one's evaluation folder, short or long term suspension with or without pay, or dismissal. 

            The Sexual Harassment Panel shall give written disposition of the complaint within five (5) days of such hearing and shall furnish copies to the appropriate parties and to the Superintendent. 

STEP 3 - Employee and/or Student: 

            In the event the parties concerned are not satisfied with the disposition of Step 2 or if no disposition has been made within five (5) working days of such meeting, the parties concerned may appeal to the Superintendent.  The appeal shall be in writing and set forth the same information as in Step Two (2).  The Superintendent, within thirty (30) days, shall meet with the appropriate parties.  Disposition shall be made no later than five (5) days after the meeting.  A copy of such disposition shall be furnished to the appropriate parties. 

STEP 4 - Employee and/or Student: 

            In the event the parties concerned are not satisfied with the disposition of the appeal at Step Three (3), or if no disposition has been made in Step Three (3), the concerned parties may appeal to the Sabine Parish School Board.  The appeal shall be in writing and shall request that the Superintendent place the concern on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.  Such written request must include copies of all decisions previously rendered in connection with the complaint. 

            Administrators and supervisors who become aware of any allegation of possible harassment shall report such

allegations to the Superintendent or designee.  All reports received shall be properly and adequately investigated.  Appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken when violations of this policy have been determined.  The Board shall prohibit retaliation against an employee or student for a complaint made or for participating in an investigation of alleged harassment.

            Nothing contained in this policy and/or procedure shall restrict or diminish the authority of the Superintendent to

suspend any employee in accordance with the policies of the Sabine Parish School Board, state law, and/or applicable statutes.

 

STUDENT ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

The Sabine Parish School Board directs that each student shall be specifically prohibited from being under the influence of, bringing on, consuming, or having in his possession on a school bus, on school premises, or at a school function away from the school, any alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, prescription medications, marijuana, nitrate based inhalants, imitation or counterfeit controlled substances, or other controlled substance as defined by state statutes, unless dispensed by a licensed physician as allowed by law. The Superintendent shall be responsible for maintaining appropriate procedures for the detection of alcohol, narcotic drugs, nitrate based inhalants, imitation or counterfeit controlled dangerous substances, or any other controlled substances. Such precautions convey to students that the possession and use of illicit drugs and the possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful.

Any violations of criminal laws, state or federal, committed on school property shall be prosecuted as provided by law. School officials, teachers and/or Board employees shall report all violators to the principal, who in turn, shall notify the proper law enforcement agency and shall cooperate with the prosecuting attorney's office in the prosecution of charges. Any student who distributes, sells or dispenses in any manner or form whatsoever a controlled dangerous substance as defined by state law to another student or anyone else while on the school premises shall be expelled pursuant to the provisions and guidelines as set forth in state law.

The principal shall immediately notify the parents or guardian, by telephone, of any student found in violation of this policy. If the parents or guardian cannot be reached by phone, the principal shall then notify them of the action by sending a letter within twenty-four (24) hours. Care shall be given to afford due process to all students.

In addition, any student suspended or expelled for being under the influence of, in possession of, or for use of drugs, including nitrate based inhalants and alcohol, shall be required to have an assessment at a substance abuse treatment center, either private or public, and will follow the recommended treatment plan. Before being admitted back into school, the student must present to the principal a complete report from the substance abuse treatment center to which the student was referred.

A student, who, on his/her own accord, admits to the use of mood altering chemicals (drugs, i.e., alcohol, marijuana, etc.) shall be referred to the substance abuse prevention education team, and along with parents, shall be offered advice and guidance. No disciplinary action shall be taken against a student under these circumstances.

Students who are observed to have behavior changes by an employee of the school system shall, through referral procedures, be referred to the SAT team and, along with the parents, will be offered advice and guidance. In these cases, no disciplinary action will be recommended. Any student arrested for intentional distribution of or possession with intent to distribute any illegal narcotic, drug, or other controlled substance on school property shall be referred by the school principal or designee, within five (5) days after such arrest for testing or screening by a qualified medical professional for evidence of abuse of alcohol, illegal narcotics, drugs or other controlled dangerous substances.

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION/EDUCATION

It is becoming increasingly apparent that young people using drugs are not making the intellectual gains they should and are not developing the coping skills they need.

While the school system is not responsible for the use and abuse of mood-altering chemicals by students, the Board recognizes and accepts responsibility to offer assistance to those in need. It is not the intent of the school system to punish students

who are harmfully involved with drugs, but rather to recognize it as an illness and to refer those students to proper treatment resources for rehabilitation.

The school system is committed to educating students, parents and the community about the reality of drug abuse and sources of assistance. Consequently, the Sabine Parish School Board certifies that it has adopted and implemented a drug prevention program for its students that includes:

·         age appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs (which address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and which provide effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol) for all students in all grades of the schools shall be operated or served by the Sabine Parish School Board, from early childhood level through grade 12.

·         prohibiting the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance (R.S. 40:961; et seq.) in or on School Board property which presents serious risks and problems for students with resulting negative impact on learning environment. This negative impact affects students, teachers and the public as a whole.

·         parents shall be notified and students shall be suspended if found to be under the influence or in the possession of illegal drugs or alcohol. This determination must be established by a fact finding hearing as soon as reasonably possible considering all the relevant circumstances. If a student is suspected of distribution or attempted distribution, law enforcement shall be notified.

·         a hearing shall be held before the student shall be readmitted to school and a program of appropriate counseling shall be set up. If any of the aforementioned conditions are not complied with, the matter shall be turned over to local law enforcement.

·         parents and students shall be given a copy of the standards of conduct, (which require mandatory compliance) and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required.

Drug prevention programs for students shall be reviewed biannually:

a.     to determine program effectiveness and implement changes to the program, if needed.

b.     to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

 

COPYRIGHT POLICY

It is the policy of the Sabine Parish School Board to abide by the provisions of the Copyright Law of the United States and the Congressional Guidelines that delineate it.

The School Board does not sanction illegal use or duplication of copyrighted materials in any form. Employees who willfully violate the copyright position of the School Board do so at their own risk and assume all liability and responsibility.

Copying that violates the Copyright Law may not be ordered by a higher authority.

The School Board directs that:

1.     Unlawful copies of copyrighted materials may not be produced on School Board- owned equipment or within School Board-owned facilities.

2.     Unlawful copies of copyrighted materials may not be used with School Board- owned equipment or within School Board-owned facilities or at School Board-sponsored functions.

3.     Information about copyright law and guidelines shall be made available to all employees.

The School Board delegates to the Superintendent or designee the responsibility for informing employees of the Copyright Policy of the School Board and of provisions of the updated United States Copyright Law.

 

SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

Each school bus driver shall distribute to each student at the beginning of the school year a form listing the school system's regulations pertaining to pupils riding school buses. This form shall be signed by the pupil and parent to indicate that they are familiar with regulations therein, and returned to the driver. The driver shall be responsible for keeping the forms on file.

The principal, with assistance from the bus driver, shall be responsible for discipline of pupils riding buses. Any disciplinary problems shall be reported by the driver to the principal of the school involved. It is the duty of the driver, in case of any infraction of rules by any student, to notify the principal of the school the student attends. If possible, this must be done in person. It is the responsibility of the principal to determine necessary punishment to students violating regulations.

If found necessary, the principal may suspend bus privileges. Any parent of a pupil suspended from riding a school bus shall have the right to appeal to the parish Superintendent, who shall conduct a hearing on the merits of the bus suspension.

A pupil damaging a school bus shall be subject to suspension from school. Any pupil suspended for damages to any school bus shall not be readmitted until payment in full has been made for such damage or until his readmittance is directed by the Superintendent.

At no time shall the bus operator assume authority for suspending bus privileges or taking such disciplinary action as requiring a pupil to kneel or inflicting corporal punishment. If the conduct of a pupil becomes such that his removal from the bus becomes essential, the driver shall discharge the pupil at the pupil's regular stop. A student riding a school bus shall never be unloaded along the highway except at his designated stop, unless he is endangering the lives of other children on the bus.

 

100% TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL BOARD POLICY

The Sabine Parish School Board shall provide a 100% smoke-free/tobacco-free environment.  Smoking, carrying a lighted cigar or cigarette, pipe, or any other form of smoking object or device, chewing, or otherwise consuming any tobacco product or tobacco products shall be prohibited in any school building, vehicle, or any Parish School Board building or facility or on the campus of any elementary or secondary school or any Parish School Board property.  School board property shall include any portable buildings, field houses, stadiums, equipment storage areas, vacant land, or any property owned, operated, or leased by the Board where any form of School business is or may be conducted.

 

Notice of this policy shall be posted at the entrances to the grounds of each school and school building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved Vending List for Schools

 

Senate Bill No. 146, Act No. 331 (http://www.pbrc.edu/Division_of_Education/pdf/SB_No146.pdf) was approved during the Louisiana Legislature's Regular Session 2005. This bill limits the sale of certain beverages and foods in public elementary and secondary schools during specified time periods.

The Approved Vending List for School (http://www.pbrc.edu/Division_of_Education/pdf/Approved_listing.pdf) is a work in progress and more foods which fit the criteria will be added to the list as they are available.


To submit a product for evaluation and possible acceptance into the approved listing, send appropriate descriptive and serving size information along with the Nutrition Facts label to Catherine Champagne, Ph.D., R.D. by one of the following:

 

E-mail:

catherine.champagne@pbrc.edu

 

Fax:

225-763-3045

Regular Mail:

Catherine Champagne, Ph.D., R.D.

6400 Perkins Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

POLICY NOTIFICATION

            It is the policy of the Sabine Parish School Board to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972) as it concerns educational programs for students at instituti9ons receiving federal financial assistance (Title IV).

            Inquiries concerning application of this policy may contact the Title IX coordinator, Sabine Parish School board, 695 Peterson Street Many, LA 71449, or call (318) 256-9228.

 

PARENTAL RIGHTS/STUDENT RIGHTS OF PRIVACY

            The Sabine Parish School Board recognizes the rights of parental access to certain information regarding their children and the importance of notifying parents of children enrolled in the district’s schools of these rights. 

            At least annually at the beginning of each school year, parents of each child enrolled in the public schools of Sabine Parish shall be notified of:

·                    Their right to view any instructional material used in the curriculum for the student

·                    Their right to view any 3rd party surveys (including evaluations) before they are administered to their child, and to opt out of participation for surveys that delve into sensitive subjects identified by the Protection of Children’s Rights of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)

·                    The collection or use of any personal information for the purpose of marketing the information (except for the development of educational products or services) and their right to opt their child out of participation

·                    The administration of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening otherwise not permitted or required by state law, including those without parental notification, and their right to opt their child out of participation

·                    Their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), including the right to refuse to allow the Board to designate any or all of the types of information about their child as directory information thus prohibiting its release to the public

            In addition, the School Board shall encourage each public school and require those schools receiving federal Title I funds under the jurisdiction of the Sabine Parish School Board to notify parents:

·             Annually, of their right to request from the school district information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including the following:

-           Whether their child’s teacher has met state licensing criteria for the grade level and subject taught

-           Whether their child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status whereby state licensing criteria have been waived

-           The undergraduate degree major of their child’s teacher and any graduation certification or degree and field of discipline

-           Qualifications of any paraprofessional providing services to their child

·                    Annually, of the availability of services for students in schools failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

·                    Whenever their child has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified as defined by the NCLB

·                    The achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments

·                    The identification of their child’s school as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring

·                    Contents of programs such as safe and drug-free schools funded by federal funds

The School Board shall also follow NCLB guidelines regarding rights of parents of homeless students and children identified as Limited English Proficiency.

 

 

 

 

TRUANCY

The Board recognizes truancy as absence from class or school for any portion of a period or day without permission from home or school. Students shall not be allowed to leave the campus without proper permission at any time during the school day, including before school begins, or after school while waiting for their bus. Students shall remain on the campus at all times unless granted permission to be off-campus, or be subject to disciplinary action. Violations of attendance laws and regulations may lead to suspension and/or expulsion from school.

School personnel shall be expected to make every reasonable effort to assist a child who is habitually absent or tardy from school. A student shall be considered habitually absent or habitually tardy when either condition continues to exist after all reasonable efforts by the principal and teacher have failed to correct the condition after the fifth (5th) unexcused absence or fifth (5th) unexcused occurrence of being tardy within any month or if a pattern of five (5) absences a month is established. The principal or designee, with the aid of the teachers, shall file a report of the school's efforts to effect regular attendance by the student with the supervisor of child welfare and attendance. Any student who is a juvenile and who is habitually absent from school or habitually tardy shall be reported by visiting teachers and supervisors of child welfare and attendance to the family or juvenile court of the parish or city as a truant child.

 

K-8 Grade Truancy Procedures

 

  1. 5th unexcused absence per year.

a.     Letter sent to Parent Explaining State Law/Parish Policy

 

  1. 8th unexcused absence per year.

a.     Phone call or certified notice to appear for meeting with Parent/Student and School Administrative Staff

b.     Attendance contract signed by student/parent

c.     Initial Referral to Office of Child Welfare and Attendance

 

  1. 10th unexcused absence per year.

a.     Phone call to parent/guardian

b.     Referral made to Truancy Court

c.     $50.00 fine

d.     Parent required to attend 4 hour parenting course

 

  1. Additional Unexcused absences or failure to appear at truancy court may result in, but not limited to the following:

a.     Immediate placement at Alternative School

b.     $100.00 Fine

c.     Referral to Juvenile Court

d.     Monitoring Device placed on the student

e.     Placement in Detention Facility

 

 

9-12 Grade Truancy Procedures

 

1.   3rd unexcused absence per semester.

a.   Letter sent to Parent Explaining State Law/Parish Policy

 

2.   4th unexcused absence per semester.

a.   Phone call or certified notice to parent/guardian to appear for Family conference sent to parent

b.   Attendance contract signed by student/parent

c.    Initial Referral to Office of Child Welfare and Attendance

 

3.   5th unexcused absence per semester.

a.   Student petitioned to Truancy Court

b.   $50.00 fine

c.    15 Hours Community Service to be completed within one month

 

4.   Additional Unexcused absences or failure to appear at truancy court may result in, but not limited to the

following:

a.   Immediate placement at Alternative School

b.   $100.00 Fine

c.    25 Hours community service to be completed within two months

d.   Driver’s license suspended for two months

e.    Monitoring device placed on the student

f.    Placement in Detention Facility

 

Parental Information and Resource Centers

Parental Information and Resource Centers, authorized by subpart 16 of Part D of Title V of the ESEA, are school-linked or school-based centers established by nonprofit organizations and consortia of nonprofit organizations and LEAs under competitive grants from ED.  These Parental Information and Resource Centers provide comprehensive training, information, and support to parents, individuals who work with parents, SEAs, LEAs, and other organizations that carry out parental education and family involvement programs.  In awarding grants under this program, the Department has given priority to centers that make parents aware of, and help them take advantage of, the public school choice and supplemental educational services provisions of Title I, Part A.  To contact a center see:  http://www.pirc-info.net.  [Section 5561 – 5566, ESEA.]

 

YWCA Family Resource Center

3180 Convention Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Office:  (225) 338-0028

 

Parent Training and Information Center for Louisiana (students with disabilities)

Project PROMPT

4323 Division St. Suite 110

Metairie, LA 70002

504-888-9111

800-766-7736

www.projectprompt.com

 

School/Home/Community Partnership Policy

   1. Statement of Purpose

A major goal of the Sabine Parish Title I program is to encourage greater involvement of parents in the education of their children in developing strong partnership with teachers, principals, other staff, the commu­nity and their school. Title I Guidelines for Parental Involvement, Section 1118 of Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, reads that a local educational agency (LEA) receives funds under this part only if such agency implements programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in programs assisted under this part. Such activities shall be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

Each LEA that receives funds under this part shall develop jointly with, agree upon, and distribute to par­ents of participating children a written School/Home/Community Partnership Policy establishing the expectations for parent involvement and describing how the LEA will involve parents in the joint development of the plan.

The Sabine Parish School system is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in this district. The child benefits if the school and home form a partnership promoting high expectations for our children. Parents are the children's first teachers. Parents' support for their children and for the school is critical to their children's success at every step along the way. The Sabine Parish School District intends to include parents in all aspects of the district's Title I Program. The goal is a strong school-home partnership that will help all students in the district succeed and build parents' capacity for involvement.

   2. Parental Involvement in Developing the Policy

A district-wide Parent Representative Committee, along with principals, teachers, Title I staff and supervi­sors will develop the district (LEA) School/Home/Community Partnership Policy. The Parent Representative Committee will be parents selected (or volunteers) in each Title I school attendance area. Special attention will be given to recruit parents of children in the Title I school wide or Targeted Assistance Program. The goal is to have one parent from each school whose child(ren) is participating in the Title I program (or has partici­pated in the past two (2) years) on the committee.

   3. Parent Meetings and Other Communications

An Annual Meeting will be held in September at the district level. Parents will be provided information about the Title I guidelines. Copies of the district's current School/Home/Community Partnership Policy will be distributed. Parents will be given an opportunity to become involved in all aspects of the partnership on the district and school level. At this meeting, parents may volunteer to serve on the district-wide committee if slots are still available.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held at the end of the first six weeks and any time parents request to discuss student performance. The conferences will be held at each school site.

Parents will be notified of meetings by letters, local newspaper and telephone contact. Parents will be apprised of the National Education Goals, state student performance standards, state and local assessments, pupil progression plan and ways to help their children.

Other communications with parents will include an annual school performance profile, a school calendar and individual student reports each six weeks. Pertinent information will be published in the local newspaper. Translations will be available, as necessary, for limited English proficient participants.

   4. School-Parent Compact

Each school must share responsibility with parents for high student performance by developing a school- parent compact jointly with parents of children participating in the program. These compacts will outline how parents, staff and students will share responsibility for promoting high student achievement. Parents will receive the compact from their child's school with a checklist of responsibilities that teachers, parents and students will have for helping students achieve the goals. The content of the compact will be discussed at the parent-teacher conference by the parent and child's teacher. When appropriate, parents should discuss the compact with their children and have them sign the compact.

   5. Types of School/Home/Community Partnership

There are many ways in which parents can become involved with their children's education. The Sabine Parish School district values both at-home contributions and those which take place at school and in the community. Reading to children at home, talking with them at family mealtime, providing an at-home study period, monitoring the TV programs, and making sure homework assignments are complete are as important as volunteering at school and serving on committees. Many types of parental involvement are needed in a school-home-community partnership that will help all our children to succeed. For additional ways parents can become involved, parents should check with the child's classroom teacher, building level principal, or the district Title I staff.

   6. Coordination. Technical Assistance and Other Support

The Central Office Staff, Title I School Improvement Coordinator, School Support Team and Parish Board will provide coordination, technical assistance and support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement. The Title I supervisory staff will coordinate parental involvement strategies with such programs as Head Start, Starting Points, Model Early Childhood Program, Health and Human Services programs and other literacy training.

   7. Evaluation

A district-wide Title I Representative Committee will be involved in the process of school review and im­provement. Parents of children in the Title I program will be a part of this group. The aim will be to evaluate the schools in this district, collecting information in a variety of ways, including visits to school and observa­tions of classes.

There will be an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the Title I School/Home/Community Partnership Program. The evaluation will include an assessment of how much parental involvement is in­creasing at the school and district level and what barriers to parental

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§341.      Homeless Children and Youth

 

A.      Each LEA shall establish a written policy to provide for the placement in school and for the education of any child temporarily residing within the jurisdiction of the board who has no permanent address, who has been abandoned by his parents, or who is in foster care pursuant to placement through the Department of Social Services. However, this does not require the enrollment of any child not permitted by another school system to attend school, either permanently or temporarily, as a result of disciplinary action(s).

 

B.    The term homeless child and youth mean the following:

 

1.     Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

 

2.     Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a private or public place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

 

3.     Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

 

4.     Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

 

C.   According to a child or youth's best interest, each district must either continue the child/youth's education in the school of origin, or enroll the child in school in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area where the child/youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

 

1.   School of origin is defined as the school the child or youth attended when permanently housed, or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.

 

2.   In determining best interest, the district must, to the extent feasible, keep children/youth in the school of origin unless it is against the wishes of the parent/guardian.

 

3.  A homeless child or youth's right to attend his/her school of origin extends for the duration of homelessness.

4.   If a child or youth becomes permanently housed during the academic year, he or she is entitled to stay in the school of origin for the remainder of the academic year. 

 

5.   Children and youth who become homeless in between academic years are entitled to attend their school of origin for the following academic year.

 

6.   If the district sends the child/youth to a school other than the school of origin or the school requested by the parent or guardian, the district must provide written explanation to the parent or guardian, including the right to appeal under the enrollment disputes provision. 

 

D.   In the case of an unaccompanied youth (i.e., a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian), the district's homeless liaison must assist in placement/enrollment decisions, consider the youth's wishes, and provide notice to the youth of the right to appeal under the enrollment disputes provisions. The choice regarding placement must be made regardless of whether the child or youth resides with the homeless parent or has been temporarily placed elsewhere.

 

E.   The school selected shall immediately enroll the child/youth in school, even if the child or youth lacks records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency or other documentation.

 

1.   The terms enroll and enrollment are defined to include attending classes and participating fully in school activities. The enrolling school must immediately contact the last school attended to obtain relevant academic and other records.

 

2.  If a child or youth lacks immunizations or immunization or medical records, the enrolling school must refer the parent/guardian to the liaison, who shall help obtain necessary immunizations or immunization or medical records.

 

3.   Districts may require parents or guardians to submit contact information.

 

F.   If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the child/youth must be immediately admitted to the school in which he/she is seeking enrollment, pending resolution of the dispute (five days).

 

1.   The parent or guardian must be provided with a written explanation of the school's decision on the dispute, including the right to appeal. 

 

2.   The parent/guardian/youth must be referred to the homeless liaison, who will carry out the state's grievance procedure as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute.

 

3.   In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute.

 

G.   Each LEA shall keep and have immediately available any records ordinarily kept by the school, including immunization records, academic records, birth certificates, guardianship records, and evaluations for special services or programs, of each homeless child or youth.

 

H.   Each LEA shall provide services comparable to services offered to other students in the school selected, including transportation services, educational services for which the child or youth meets the eligibility criteria (Title I, special education, limited English proficiency), programs in career and technical education, programs for the gifted and talented, and school nutrition programs.

 

1.   School districts are required to adopt policies and practices to ensure that transportation is provided, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison), to and from the school of origin.

 

2.   If the homeless child or youth continues to live in the area served by the LEA in which the school of origin is located, that LEA must provide or arrange for the child's or youth's transportation to or from the school of origin. 

 

3.   If the homeless child or youth continues his or her education in the school of origin but begins living in an area served by another LEA, the LEA of origin and the LEA in which the homeless child or youth is living must agree upon a method to apportion the responsibility and costs for providing the child with the transportation to and from the school of origin. If the LEAs cannot agree upon such a method, the responsibility and costs must be shared equally.

 

I.    Each LEA shall designate an appropriate staff person, who may also be a coordinator for other federal programs, to serve as a homeless advocate to coordinate services and ensure that there are no barriers to the enrollment, transportation, attendance, and success in school for homeless children and youth. Additionally, the homeless advocate will promptly solve disputes regarding educational placement.

 

J.   Each LEA shall ensure the prompt resolution (within five school days) of disputes regarding the educational placement of homeless children and youth following the procedures in the Louisiana State Plan for Educating Homeless Children and Youth.

 

K.   Each LEA that receives a homeless direct grant award from the SEA Office of Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) must coordinate the services provided and designate a homelessness liaison to carry out certain mandates.

 

L.   Each LEA shall review and revise any policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless children and youth. Further, LEAs must adopt policies and practices to ensure that homeless children and youth are not isolated or stigmatized.

 

AUTHORITY NOTE:   Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:238; 20 USCS 6311, 6312, 6313, and 6315.

HISTORICAL NOTE:   Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 31:1262 (June 2005).

 

 


 

 

 

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

TITLE X, PART C

MCKINNEY – VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

General Guidelines

 

Enrollment procedures in place to:

o    Identify homeless students

·         LA Residency Questionnaire

o    Code homeless students in district database by the following:

·         1 – Shelters

·         2 – Doubled-up (i.e. sharing housing with other persons, unaccompanied Youth)

·         3 – Unsheltered (i.e. cars, parks, campgrounds without running water/electricity, abandoned building, substandard housing FEMA trailers, FEMA rental assistance etc)

·         4 – Hotels/Motels

o    Inform parents of  services and rights under MV Homeless Act

o    Resolve disputes on homeless status, school selection or school of origin

·         Remain or enroll immediately in school pending resolution

·         Provide parent/guardian/youth with written explanation of decision including right to appeal and copy the local liaison

·         Refer parent/guardian/youth to local liaison for resolution

·         Refer parent/guardian/youth to state coordinator to appeal

o    Assess needs of homeless student

·         Title X Referral Form

o    Document process and progress

·         Policies and procedures of program

·         Homeless Plan

·         Funding/Budgets

o    Maintain individual student files

 


 

SABINE PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR HOMELESS/TRANSITIONAL STUDENTS

CONFIDENTIAL REFERRAL FORM

Date

 

 

Not In School

 

Student

 

(M/F)

Parent/Guardian

 

Race

 

School

 

Age

 

Grade

 

Sp Ed Y/N

D.O.B.

 

S.S.# or I.D.#

 

Phone Number

 

Temporary Address

 

City

 

Zip

 

                                             

 

*THIS FORM IS TO BE COMPLETED ON HOMELESS/TRANSITIONAL STUDENTS*

Referring Person

 

Position

 

 

Reason for Referral:  Problems listed below often prevent homeless children and youth from attending school.  Please check the areas of concern which apply to the student identified above.

 

 

Check all that apply:

 

Student lacks a permanent residence

lives with: other family

 

 

 

Student is unable to pay school fees

 

substandard housing

Text Box:

  

 

Immunizations are needed

 

mom

 

dad

 

A birth certificate is needed

 

other

 

self

 

Excessive absences are a problem

 

highly mobile

 

Lacks academic records and/or documentation

 

resides in a shelter

 

Academic problems indicate a need for tutoring

 

doubled-up

 

School supplies are needed

 

 

Transportation to school is a problem

 

Student/family needs assistance accessing community resources

 

Behavior indicates a need for mental health counseling

 

School clothes are needed:

 

Sizes:    Shirt

 

 

Pants

 

 

Shoes

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Free lunch form has not been returned

 

Health problems are indicated

 

Guardianship is a problem

                                     

 

COMMENTS:

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Other children in home: (Use back if needed)

 

 

NOTE:

Return this form to Debra S. Lee, Homeless Liaison for Sabine Parish Schools,

at P.O. Box 1079, Many, LA 71449 or send by FAX.

          PHONE:  (318) 256-9228      FAX:  (318) 256-0169

 

Signature:

 

 

 

 

Principal/Counselor/Teacher

 

Homeless Liaison’s Signature*

*LIAISON’S SIGNATURE INDICATES STUDENT(S) MEET MCKINNEY-VENTO REQUIREMENTS

 



 

   Louisiana Student Residency Questionnaire Form       

 

Louisiana School District _________________________School______________________________

Your child may be eligible for additional educational services through Title I Part A, Title I Part C-Migrant, and/or Title X, Part C, Federal McKinney-Vento Assistance Act.  Eligibility can be determined by completing this questionnaire.

 1.   Where are you and your family currently staying?  Check one box.

Section A

q Rent/own my own home.

STOP:  If you rent/own your own home, sign under item 5 and submit form to school personnel.

Section B

q Temporarily with another family because we cannot afford or find affordable housing.

q With an adult that is not a parent or legal guardian, or alone without an adult.

q In a hotel/motel.

q In a vehicle of any kind, trailer park or campground without running water/electricity, abandoned building or substandard housing.

q In an emergency/transitional shelter.

q Other

CONTINUE: If you checked a box in Section B, complete the remainder of this form.

For School Use Only:

q Doubled-Up

q Doubled-Up/

Unaccompanied Youth

q Hotel/Motel

q Unsheltered

q Sheltered

q Unknown

2.    Have you moved in the past 3 years to seek work as a paid laborer in any type of farming (sod, dairy, chicken, vegetable, citrus, or other) or fishing?   (Check One) rYes    rNo

3.    If you checked a box in Section B, your child/children may be eligible for additional educational services through Title I, Part A, Title I Part C-Migrant, or Title X, Part C- Federal McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. 

Student(s) Name

First                           Last

 

S.S.#

 

 M/F

 

D.O.B.

 

Grade

 

School Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.    Would you like to be contacted by a member of the school system’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program staff?   rYes    rNo

5.    The undersigned certifies that the information provided above is accurate.

 

Print Parent/Guardian Name/Adult Caring for Student                                                               Signature                                              Date

 

________________________________________________________________________________________

(Area Code) Phone number                                             Street Address                      City                                        State                        Zip

******************************************************************************************************************************

School Use Only

q Free or Reduced Price Meals Form submitted/signed 

q Referral Form completed/submitted

 

Print School Contact                             Title              Signature (required)                                    Date     (Revised 4/06)

 

Louisiana Student Residency Questionnaire Form



 

Migrant Education Search Form

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

If your family has moved into this parish within the last three years, your assistance in giving the following information will be of benefit to the Migrant Program.

 

Approximate date moved into this Parish:

 

 

Moved From:

 

 

 

 

 

(Parish)

 

(State)

 

           

 

Has any member of the immediate family ever worked or intend to work in jobs related to agriculture, food processing, fishing, timber production, timer harvest, or similar occupations?

Yes

 

 

No

 

 

PLEASE CHECK any of the following occupations you or your spouse have PURSUED or INTEND to pursue.

 

 

Farming

 

 

Dairying

 

 

Livestock

 

Planting Trees

 

 

Marking Trees

 

 

Cultivating Trees

 

Hauling Logs

 

 

Hauling Pulpwood

 

 

Hauling Livestock

 

Food Processing

 

 

Slaughter

 

 

Poultry

 

Egg Farming

 

 

Cutting Trees

 

 

Hauling Chickens

 

Please list below names of children in family:

Name

 

School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Guardian                                                                               Phone Number

 

Address                                                                            City                                 State

 

Father Present Occupation                                         Mother Present Occupation

 

Please return this form back to the school your child is attending or mail to Ms. Debra Lee, Director of Federal Programs, Sabine Parish School Board, PO Box 1079, Many, LA 71449

 

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Debra Lee at (318) 256-9228 ext. 237.



 

Sabine Parish School Board

 

DONNIE SISTRUNK

     PRESIDENT

 

 

DORMAN JACKSON

James W. House

Imon Jones

Jack H. Sanders

Harold Stewart

J. A. “Buddy” Veuleman

Roderick Davis

Denyse A. Williams

 

 SUPERINTENDENT

RANDY VEULEMAN

      VICE-PRESIDENT

695 PETERSON STREET - P. O. BOX 1079

MANY, LOUISIANA  71449

PHONE (318) 256-9228 - FAX (318) 256-0105

 

TITLE VII STUDENT ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION FORM

 

 

TITLE VII STUDENT ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION

 

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

 

Are you or your child, or his/her grandparent, an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe? If so, your child may be eligible to be enrolled in the Title VII Indian Education Program. The purpose of Indian Education is to support schools as they provide opportunities for Native students in meeting the state academic standards. In order to qualify for the grant, we have to know the Native students in our schools, their parents, and addresses.

 

You will find the TITLE VII STUDENT ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION FORM (506 form) following this introduction. If this applies to you, please fill in the form with the information that is requested. We need to know your child’s ancestry.  Completed 506 forms help generate funds so we can provide services to Native students. We cannot count your child/children unless you complete and sign this form for each child. This federal form certifies a student’s eligibility for the variety of services our program provides. Please take time to complete the form with your enrollment number and/or your Tribal verification form and return it to your child’s school office as soon as possible. If you do not have an enrollment number or a completed Tribal verification form, you will need to visit the Tribal office located at 35 Lonnie Road, Zwolle, LA 71449 or contact a representative at 645-2588 as soon as possible.

 

The information on the form is strictly confidential.

 

 

If you have any questions, please call our office at 256-9228

 

Thank you.

 

 

Sincerely,

Debra S. Lee

Director

Indian Education Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”



 

ED FORM 506                                                                                                                         OMB No. 1810/0031

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION

WASHINGTON, DC 20202

TITLE VII STUDENT ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION FORM

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title VII, Part A, Subpart 1

 

Parents:  Please return this completed form to your child’s school.  In order to apply for a formula grant under the Indian Education Program, your child’s school must determine the number of Indian children enrolled.  Any child who meets the following definition from the Act may be counted for this purpose.  You are not required to complete or submit this form to the school.  However, if you choose not to submit a form which contains at least the child’s name, the name of the tribe, band or group, and your signature, your child cannot be counted by the school for funding under the Act.  This form will become part of your child’s school record and will not need to be completed every year.  The information on this form will not be released without your written approval.

 

Definition:  Indian means any individual, who is (1) a member (as defined by the Indian tribe, or band), of an Indian tribe, or band including those Indian tribes, bands, or groups terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which they reside; or (2) a descendant in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or (4) an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or (5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

 

NAME OF CHILD______________________________________ Date of Birth_______/_______/______

(As shown on school enrollment records)

School Name____________________________________________________Grade________________

 

NAME OF TRIBE, BAND OR GROUP_____________________________________________________

 

Tribe, Band or Group is:  (check one)

Organized Indian

Federally Recognized,              State                                                      Group meeting

____ including Alaska Native    ____Recognized    ____Terminated    ____#4 of the definition above

 

Name of individual with tribal membership:________________________________________________

 

Individual named is (check one):     _____Child     _____Child’s parent     _____Child’s grandparent

 

Proof of membership, as defined by tribe, band, or group:

 

A.      Membership or enrollment number. (if readily available)___________________________(OR)

 

B.      Other (explain)________________________________________________________________

 

Name and address of organization maintaining membership data for the tribe, band or group:

 

 

I verify that the information provided above is accurate:

 

PARENT’S SIGNATURE_______________________________________DATE____________________

 

Mailing Address__________________________________________Telephone______________________

 



 

Policy and Student Internet Usage Contract

 

PLEASE TEAR THIS PAGE OUT AND RETURN TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER TOMORROW

My child and I have received a copy of the Student Handbook, which includes the listed policies as well as other pertinent information including suspension and expulsion, student records, Section 504, equal opportunity, school calendar, and the following

tc "My child and I have received a copy of the Many High School Student Handbook, which includes the listed policies as well as other pertinent information including suspension and expulsion, student records, Section 504, equal opportunity, school calendar, and the following "

SABINE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES:

JB                           Attendance                                                                           Student Fines, Fees, and Charges

JD                           Discipline                                                                               Corporal Punishment

GAEAA                 Sexual Harassment                                                             Parental Involvement in Education

IFGA                      Acceptable Use Policy (Internet Use)                              Student Alcohol and Drug Use

                                Sabine Parish Pupil Progression Plan                               School/Home/Community Partnership

                                Parental Rights                                                                     School Bus Conduct

 

We have read and discussed the policies, procedures, and other information included in this handbook.

 

___________________________________                                              ______________________________________      

                 Student Name                                                                                            Parent Signature

 

____________________________

      Date                                                                                                            

 

  


 

Student Internet Usage Contract

 

Student Name:_____________________________ Grade:_____ School:______________________

I have read the Sabine Parish School Board policies IFGA, Internet Usage and IFGA-R Use of Internet Regulations, and EF Copyright Policy. I agree to follow the rules contained in these policies. I understand that if I violate the rules my Internet privileges can be terminated and I will be subject to suspension and/or other disciplinary measures.

 

Date :___________________  Student Signature:___________________________________________

 

Parent or Guardian Section  I have read the Sabine Parish School Board policies IFGA, Internet Usage and

IFGA-R Use of Internet Regulations, and EF Copyright Policy. I hereby release the Sabine Parish School Board, its personnel, and any institutions with which it is affiliated, from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my child’s misuse, or inability to use, the Sabine Parish School Board’s system, including, but not limited to claims that may arise from the unauthorized use of the system to purchase products or services.

 

 Date: ___________________           Parent Signature: ____________________________________

 

 Home Phone:________________    Home Address:______________________________________

 

Dear Parents,

Our school is using the school Internet web page to post announcements and activities that may include pictures of students. Many of our teachers are in the process of designing classroom web pages for the Internet. Teachers would like to highlight the achievements of students by placing pictures of the students who are actively involved in their various classroom projects that may occur during the school year. We are requesting your written permission before the picture of your child and first name is placed in the school/classroom Internet web pages.

Only the first name will be used to identify your child’s picture. It is our belief that this will protect the identity of each student.

Please indicate if you do not wish to have your child’s picture and first name on the school Internet home page.

 

Check One:

___ Yes, I give my permission for my child’s picture and first name to be placed on our school’s web page.

___ No, I do not give my permission for my child’s picture and first name to be placed on our school’s web page.



 

 

 

Student/Parent/Teacher/School Compact

 

 

 

Teacher/School Agreement

            I will share the responsibility of this student’s achievement of high standards and work toward developing a home-school partnership. Therefore, I will do the following:

 

 

Date______________ Signature______________________________________

 

 

 

Parent/Guardian Agreement

                I will share the responsibility for this student’s achievement of high standards and work toward developing a home-school partnership. Therefore, I will support his/her learning by doing the following:

 

 

Date______________ Signature______________________________________

 

 

 

Student Agreement

            I will share the responsibility for my achievement of high standards. Therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

 

§  Arrive at school on time each day and attend school regularly.

§  Complete and return homework.

§  Limit my television watching (2 hours or less a day).

§  Be prepared for class with pens, pencils, paper or other appropriate materials.

§  Follow school and classroom rules.

 

Date_____________ Signature______________________________________


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Please complete this form and return it to the school.

 

 

PARENT CERTIFICATION OF DISCIPLINE POLICY

 

My signature below verifies that I have read and understand the School Discipline Code/Policy and the SAC rules for in-school suspension as previously outlined.

 

Parent Signature ____________________________________________________________________________

 

Student Signature ___________________________________________________________________________

 

Date __________________________________

 



 



 

 

 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.  IT’S THE LAW.

 

            Louisiana law commands that parents are personally and legally responsible for ensuring their children are enrolled in and are attending school.  Parents of children found truant (repeated or habitual unauthorized absence from school) by a court of law can be fined up to $250 or jailed up to 30 days, or both.  Other penalties include: an additional fine of up to $15 per day the child has been found unexcused from school, community service, and driver’s licenses of truant students can be suspended.   All parents of children summoned to Truancy Court will be charged court costs of $25.  Failure to appear when summoned to Truancy Court will result in the parent(s)’ warrant for arrest.

 

 

PARENT CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND TRUANCY ADVISORY

 

My signature below verifies that I have read and understand the Attendance requirements and Truancy advisory and my liability therefore as stated in the student handbook.

 

 

Parent Signature:       

 

___________________________________________

 

   

Student Signature:   

 

____________________________________________

 

 

Date: 

 

____________________________________________

 



 

Student Handbook

Corporal Punishment “Opt-out” Form

 

School employees, within the Sabine Parish School District, are responsible for maintaining an environment conducive to the learning process. One consequence used by our schools, when students do not meet behavioral expectations, is corporal punishment. The procedures for the administration of corporal punishment are outlined within the school handbooks and district policy manual.

 

While many parents support the use of corporal punishment on their children for certain infractions, other parents oppose the use of this method of consequence. Considering this, the Sabine Parish School District allows parents the opportunity to “opt-out” from the use of corporal punishment on their child(ren).

 

If you wish to “opt-out” for your child(ren), please list their names below, sign your name, and return this documentation to your child’s school.

 

Students who should NOT receive corporal punishment at school:

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

Parent Name:                                                             

 

Parent Signature:                                                                          

 

Date:                                      




 



 

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