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    Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School District

    Jimmie Eggers- Superintendent/Principal

     

    STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

    2016-2017

     
       

     

     

     

    Marcum-Illinois Board of Trustees

    Alan Menigoz                    Board President

    Jennifer Taylor                   Board Clerk

    Tyson Earhart                   Board Member

    Raquel Stevenson             Board Member

    Kimberly Born                  Board Member

    Mission Statement

    It is the belief of this school that all children can learn. The mission of Marcum-Illinois School is to improve the basic skills of all children attending this school and to create a school climate conducive to learning by encouraging good citizenship, good attendance and high academic standards. It is our intent to provide an environment, which fosters in children the ability to recognize and accept responsibility to the end that they may participate productively in a democratic society.

    Marcum-Illinois Union Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees is responsible for adopting a vision for the district and setting district policies. Meeting locations are announced in the school newsletter and the most current agenda is posted at the school office. Agendas and minutes from prior meetings can also be found in the district office and on our school website. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend Board meetings.

    School Website: www.marcum-illinois.org

    School Colors: Blue and Gold                                               

    School Mascot: Wildcat

    Daily Schedule

    Transitional Kindergarten-8th Grade:    8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Individual class schedules are available from your child’s classroom teacher upon request.

    Minimum Days                                                                                           

    Minimum days are scheduled periodically during the school year. These are all scheduled in advance and noted on the school calendar.   Students are dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on these days.

    Student Support Services

    Interventions are in place to promote academic achievement of at risk students as follows:

    General Education

    ·         Students receive differentiated instruction throughout the day from their       general education teacher

     

    ·          Pre-teaching and re-teaching of standards to at risk students

     

    Special Academic Instruction

    ·         Staff provides small group and/or individual instruction to groups of at risk students, who have not been identified as students with disabilities, to accelerate achievement and prevent them from falling farther behind.

    ·         Students with identified special needs may be eligible to receive services in the learning center as specified in the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).  

    Speech and Language Therapy Program

    ·         Students with concerns regarding speech and language development may be referred for screening by our Speech and Language Specialist.

     

    Gifted and Talented (GATE)

    The Gifted and Talented Education program will be offered after school.  In their daily class work, identified students will be offered opportunities for enrichment and extension of the curriculum.  Marcum-Illinois’ after-school GATE program will be taught by selected instructors who will provide enriching activities, i.e. computer instruction, music, science, etc.  Students must be signed into the DEN and provide their own transportation home.

    SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Assemblies

    During the year, a variety of assemblies are provided. These vary from year to year. Parents’ Club has been a major contributor to our assembly funding. Assemblies will focus on supporting classroom curriculum and/or building a positive learning environment. Please watch the Marcum Matters for assembly dates and times as parents are always welcome to attend.

    Back to School Night

    Back to School Night will be held Thursday, August 18, 2016.

    The evening is designed to orient parents with the school and its programs by providing an overview of the upcoming school year. Parents are encouraged to visit each of their children’s classrooms during this event for information about specific classroom policies, procedures, and curriculum.

    Field Trips

    Throughout the school year, teachers may schedule a field trip. Permission slips must be signed and returned to school at least 24 hours prior to the trip. All school and transportation rules will be observed and enforced by school personnel. Lunches will be available to students who choose to pre-purchase a lunch prior to the trip. Parents’ Club has been a major contributor to our classroom field trips.

    Library

    Students will be scheduled to visit the library regularly throughout the school year and are permitted to check out a book for a one-week loan period. Students are accountable for the books they check out of the library and will need to pay for, or replace, any books they lose throughout the year before they may check out a new book.

    Open House

    Each year, we like to open our school for parent visitation. Our annual Open House will be held towards the end of May.  This night is to allow students and teachers to "show off" their work and allow parents time to visit the campus. This is an event for the whole family. Due to the nature of this special night, teachers are not available for conferences during this time.

    Parents’ Club

    The Marcum-Illinois Parents’ Club supports and supplements school programs each year. Parents’ Club needs all parents to participate in fundraisers and educational projects held throughout the year. By creating an informal working relationship, both during and after school hours, the Parents’ Club identifies and responds to the needs of the community. Where appropriate, funds are provided for special school projects and activities that may not be otherwise possible, such as: field trips, assemblies and classroom supplies.

    Reading Incentives

    Research indicates that exposing children to books and providing them time to read increases their reading ability significantly. Teachers include a period of pleasure reading in your child's homework assignment. Please encourage and support your child to make valuable use of this time by taking him/her to the library or obtaining books that your child enjoys reading.  Family reading time also supports reading achievement!

    This extra reading also helps your child reach his/her reading goal set by the classroom teacher. At the end of each trimester, the students who have met their goal will earn a special treat. At the end of the year, all students who have met their goal will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle.  Please encourage your child to read as much as possible.

    School Site Council

    The School Site Council (SSC) assists in the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The SSC is comprised of parents and staff members who make up the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) which provides input for LCFF funding as well as federal funding.  Each year, the Parent Advisory Committee reviews school data and identifies ways to maintain or improve the quality of the instructional program.

    PARENT INFORMATION & POLICIES

    Academic Assessment

    Improving student achievement is our main goal at Marcum-Illinois Elementary School. To monitor student learning, students are given classroom, district and state assessments. Assessments are used to recommend student placement in various school programs and to plan how to increase student achievement at the school and across the district. Please see the district Curriculum and Intervention Specialist, Mrs. Irby, for more information on 3rd-8th grade interim assessments.

    Classroom Assessments

    On a daily basis, teachers check for student understanding of grade level standards using classroom assessments. Each trimester, teachers complete a series of assessments to report student progress on the standards-based report card.

     

    State Assessments

    In the spring, all students in 3rd-8th grades take the state’s CAASPP test. The test is given over a one to two week period. Please see the CDE website for more information on this assessment.

    Appointments

    We urge you to schedule medical and dental appointments so they do not conflict with class time. If it is necessary for your student to leave campus before the regular dismissal time, please send a written note to the teacher, or call the office indicating your intentions. Students are not released to anyone other than their parents or guardians without authorization from parents, and must be signed out of the office. If they are able to return to school the same day, students need to check back into the office before returning to class.

    Arrival and Departure Times

    Student arrival time is 8:15 a.m. If students arrive before 8:15 a.m. they will need to be signed into Wildcat Care in the DEN (Room 23).  Students who arrive before 8:15 a.m. will be charged. Please refer to the Before/After School packet for fees.

    Students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. must report to the office for a Tardy Slip. Students will be dropped off and picked up by bus in the front of the school. If you are picking up your child, you will need to park in a SPACE or along the street, do not block bus lanes.

    Students not picked up by 3:10 p.m. will be sent to the Wildcat Care program and the parent will be charged.  Please make sure that you are on time in picking up your child.

    Closed Campus

    To ensure student safety and supervision, the Board of Trustees has established a closed campus policy. Once a student arrives on the school grounds, they must remain on campus until the end of the school day, unless there is a note from the parent or guardian and permission from school office staff. If a student leaves school grounds without this permission, a student is considered truant and is subject to disciplinary action.

    {Reference: Board Policy 5112.5 and Education Code 44808.5}

    **Reminder--- Students must check in at the office when late for school or when returning from an appointment. This will enable the attendance clerk to keep accurate records.

    Conferences

    Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled for all students at the end of the first trimester, and as needed for 2nd trimester. The Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School District schedules minimum days for conference so that teachers may have sufficient time to confer with parents and students. The average length of a conference is 15-20 minutes.  You will receive your conference date and time prior to these days so that it can be rescheduled if necessary. Conferences are used for reporting progress and charting goals for students. General descriptions of the curriculum and classroom procedures are presented at Back-to-School Night in August. Parents and teachers are encouraged to set up additional conferences as the need arises throughout the school year.

    Grading and Report Cards/Progress Reports

    The primary purpose of grades and report cards is to clearly communicate a student’s areas of strength and areas needing improvement based on the district’s grade level standards. To provide students and parents with specific information on student achievement, students receive standards-based report cards at the end of each trimester. The goal is for students to meet each grade level standard by the end of the school year.

    At grades Transitional Kindergarten–5th, report cards include a number score 1-4 and at grades 6th-8th, report cards include letter grades. In grades 6th-8th, students may be eligible for the school honor roll and other academic awards based on their grades. To qualify for the honor roll a student must earn at least a 3.0 GPA.

    Progress reports will be prepared and sent home approximately six weeks prior to end of each trimester.

    Health Services

    The district will verify that students have complied with legal requirements for health examinations and immunizations before enrolling a student in school. The district administers vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings as required by law.

    {Reference: Board Policy 5141.3 and Administrative Regulations 5141.3 (a-b) and 5141.3 .1}

    Health/Medication

    The district recognizes that students may have special medical needs. The Education Code (49407) outlines conditions for administering medications at school during the time the student is under the supervision of school personnel. Medications can only be given if there are written instructions from a health care provider and permission from the parent/guardian. Written instruction must be renewed at the start of each school year.

    Medication must be labeled and in the pharmacy container. Specific guidelines must be followed for students to use over the counter and prescription medication at school.

    {Reference: Administrative Regulations 5141.21(a)}

    Medication

    State law prohibits school personnel from administering any medication to a student without written notice from a medical doctor and parent. This includes aspirin, decongestants, or any over-the-counter medications. A form is available from the school office. Specific guidelines must be observed in order for any student to use medication, including aspirin, vitamins, decongestants, and over-the-counter medications, during the school day.

    Please contact the school office immediately in the event that your child requires medication and the proper medical form will be made available to you. Signatures of both the parent and health care provider are necessary before school personnel can administer the medications. All medications must be kept in the office in the original container. Parents may wish to personally visit the school to administer medication in order to forgo these procedures.

    Students who are unable to participate in Physical Education for 3 days of longer must have a written release from a medical doctor.

    Illness or Accidents

    If a child becomes ill or is injured on campus, his/her parents, or another adult authorized by the parents on the child's Enrollment/Emergency Card, will be notified and, in most cases, will be sent home with the responding adult.  Therefore, it is imperative that you keep information on the Emergency Card current. Please notify the office immediately if any changes occur. Phone numbers are especially important for your child's safety and well-being.

    Immunizations

    In accordance with state law, all students must show proof of immunizations in order to register and stay enrolled in school. The required doses are as follows and as per SB 277, as of January 1, 2016, Personal Belief Exemptions will no longer be accepted. More information can be found at www.shotsforschool.org.

    Polio- 4 doses

    DTP(Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) -5 doses

    MMR- 2 doses

    Hepatitis B- 3 doses

    Varicella (Chicken Pox)- 1 dose

    *7th Grade Tdap (or DTP/DTaP given on or after the 7th birthday)

    Students who do not meet minimum immunization requirements will be excluded from school until immunizations are updated and current. Verification of immunizations must be by written medical records. Exemptions are only allowed under the following condition: A signed doctor statement verifying that the child is to be exempted from immunization for medical reasons. This statement must contain a statement identifying the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition.

    Messages and Deliveries

    Due to the volume of requests and multiple classroom interruptions, the office staff is unable to deliver personal messages to children except in case of an emergency. Parents who need to deliver lunches to students may deliver them to the office prior to lunchtime. Parents should try to make arrangements for students to get home before the child leaves for school in the morning. Messages can be left for students in cases of emergency and every attempt is made to deliver emergency messages, but it is not always possible to contact a child before the end of the day, especially on short notice. We cannot guarantee that students will receive messages unless the message is received by 2:30pm.

    Physical Examinations

    All pupils are to have completed a health screening examination before entering first grade. This examination must have occurred within 18 months of entering first grade. This examination can be obtained from your family physician or through services provided by the county health department. You will need to provide verification of this exam in writing. Forms can be obtained from the school office.

    Promotion/Retention Policy

    Students progress from grade to grade by meeting the district’s standards for promotion. If a student is at risk of retention due to academic achievement, the parent or guardian will be notified early in the school year and school staff will meet with the parent to develop and implement an intervention plan to help the student meet the standards for promotion. It is the district’s intent to identify struggling students early in the school year so that interventions can be provided during the school year that will enable the student to meet the promotion criteria by the end of the school year. Intervention opportunities will be provided for students who are at risk of retention. The district has a clear process and schedule for informing parents about their child’s progress toward meeting promotion criteria. The intervention process includes written notices and multiple meetings between the parents and teacher(s). It is the district’s intent to work collaboratively with parents/guardians to help a student gain the skills needed for promotion to the next grade level. Ultimately, state law (Education Code 48070.5) identifies that school professionals have the authority to retain a child. {Reference: Board Policy 5123(a-c) and Administrative Regulations 5123 (a-d)}

    Signing In and Out

    If, for any reason, it is necessary for parents/guardians to take a child out of class early, he/she must sign their student(s) out of school in the office. Students can be released ONLY to those persons designated on the emergency card unless prior arrangements have been made between the office and the parent. Students who return to school after being signed out must sign in before returning to class.

    SCHOOL POLICIES & GENERAL INFORMATION

    Accidents

    If a serious injury occurs on the school grounds or on the bus, parents will be notified and asked to pick up the child for their own observation or examination by their family physician. Parents will be promptly notified of all injuries not considered minor. In the event that the parents cannot be reached, the student may be released to the person named on the emergency card. It is critical that the emergency card be filled out and updated throughout the year as necessary. If the accident or injury is serious, the school will call 911 and notify the parents immediately.

    Attendance

    The State of California and the Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School District expect children to be in school everyday unless they are ill. A child who is in school will benefit from all aspects of learning. Students who are late disrupt the learning of the entire class, as well as themselves. Students who are excessively tardy or absent will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board. This may result in a home visit by law enforcement or Child Protective Services.

     

    Campus Supervision

    Teachers and campus supervisors share the responsibility for monitoring the behavior and safety of our students while on the campus. Students are expected to respond quickly, courteously, and obediently to any adult supervisor. Students who fail to do this may be referred to the office and may lose campus privileges. All staff members enforce the school-wide discipline plan.

    Classroom Parties

    Each class may schedule parties after lunch during the school year. These parties are arranged between the teacher and the parents. This is an excellent opportunity to help by providing refreshments and assisting the teacher. Classroom teachers will notify parents of parties well in advance. To spare hurt feelings, please do not pass out birthday invitations on the school campus unless all students in the class are invited to your child’s party.

    Classroom Visitations

    Parents/guardians and interested members of the community are encouraged to visit the school and observe the educational program. Visits during school hours should be arranged in advance with the teacher or principal. If a conference with the teacher is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-instructional time. When school is in session, all visitors must go directly to the school office to register (Penal Code 627.6) before going into instructional areas.

    {Reference Board Policy 1250 and Administrative Regulations 1250(a,b)}

    Technology Acceptable Use Policy

    Marcum-Illinois believes all students should have access to technology when they act in a responsible, efficient, courteous, and legal manner.  Internet access and other online services available to students offer a multitude of global resources.  Our goal in providing these services is to enhance the educational development of our students.  The following are our agreements about the use of technology at Marcum-Illinois.

     

    1.       I will use all computer equipment carefully.

    2.       I will use the computer and internet for school work only.

    3.       I will use only my assigned equipment.

    4.       I will only use the programs and websites my teacher has approved.

    5.       I will not share my usernames and/or passwords, nor will I use anotherperson’s password.

    6.       I will not damage or tamper with any hardware or software.

    7.       I will obey all copyright laws.

    8.       I will tell my teacher if I read or see something on the computer that isinappropriate.

    9.       I will not view, send, or display inappropriate pictures or messages.

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    Dress Code

    1. Shoes will be worn at all times. A substantial sole is required and enclosed toe and heel footwear is highly encouraged. No flip flops or slides.

    2. Extremely brief garments that are a distraction to the educational environment are not appropriate. Clothing shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.  Tank top straps must be at least 2-fingers wide.  Shorts must extend to fingertip length.  No holes in pants/jeans or shorts.

    3. Clothing or accessories shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, violent, obscene or sexually suggestive or which advocate racial, ethnic, religious, or other prejudice or the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol.

    4. Earrings, jewelry, or accessories, which present a safety hazard to the wearer or others, are not suitable for school wear.

    5. Only prescription sunglasses may be worn in class. Other types of sunglasses may be worn on campus outside of class.

    6. Identified gang attire such as bandanas, haircuts or hair rollers, or any gang paraphernalia are prohibited.

    7. Students are allowed to wear sun protective clothing, including hats, while outdoors during the school day.

    Please refer to the School Dress Code flyer for more information.

    Emergency Procedures

    The school has a well-developed and complete emergency response plan that is coordinated with local agencies. The emergency plan clearly identifies the specific actions for any emergency situation. Students and staff practice emergency procedures such as fire drills and classroom evacuations during the school year and are familiar with how to respond in an emergency situation. Information on possible school closures due to inclement weather or other situations will be announced on Radio Station KFBK 1530 AM and Television Station KCRA Channel 3. A notice may also be posted in front of the school. During an emergency situation, the Superintendent will only dismiss children to go home if there is time for children to safely return to their homes and a parent/guardian have been notified. If a student’s parent cannot be contacted and/or the parent is unable to pick up their child, the school will maintain responsibility for the child until the parent or an authorized individual can pick up the child. The safety of individual students is our highest priority. Students will not be excused except to the care of a parent or another adult designated on the emergency card.

    If evacuation of the school is necessary, students will be transported to a predetermined location where their parent or another designated adult can pick them up. Information on this location will be announced on the Radio Station KFBK 1530 AM, Television Station KCRA Channel 3 and posted near the school. The school will not be evacuated unless absolutely necessary.

     

    Homework

    Homework should be an extension or practice of what was learned in school. Students are expected to complete and hand-in homework. Students who miss school because of an excused absence will be given the opportunity to complete comparable homework assignments and get full-credit, if work is completed satisfactorily and within a reasonable amount of time. Students who miss schoolwork because of unexcused absences may be given the opportunity to complete comparable homework assignments for either partial or full-credit. {Reference: Board Policy and Administrative Regulations 6154 (a-b)}

    Student work should be requested only when a student is ill or absent for three or more days. It is the experience of the school staff that school work may be easily made up on the student's return to school when less than three days are missed. If your child will be out for three or more days, you may request homework through the office. Please allow 24 hours from the time of the request so that teachers may prepare a complete packet. If your child is out for less than three days, please use a homework buddy. A homework buddy is a classmate who can write down the assignments and collect the necessary materials to bring home for your child. Please encourage your child to find a homework buddy!

    Independent Study Contracts

    Students who are going to be out of school for five or more days for reasons other than illness or injury may be eligible for independent study. Independent Study Contracts length is not to exceed ten (10) school days. There is a specific set of district criteria for independent study. The criteria for approval include an acceptable reason for requesting the independent study and evidence that the student will work independently to complete assignments. This program requires a contract signed by the parent, student and teacher. The contract specifies the amount of work to be completed, the amount of time to be spent each day, when the work will be turned in to the teacher and how the work will be evaluated. An independent study contract should be requested at least 2 weeks prior to a planned absence so that teachers can prepare materials for the student. The contract must be completed BEFORE the student is out of school. Independent Study Contract forms are available in the school office. Independent Study contracts may be used for students who are habitually absent. {Reference: Administrative Regulation 6158 (a)}

    Lost and Found

    Many articles become lost or unclaimed each year at school. Please mark all of your child's personal belongings; including clothing, (especially sweaters and jackets), backpacks, book bags, lunch boxes and rain gear with a permanent marker. All items found on the campus are kept in the DEN until the end of each trimester. Left over items are donated to a local charity at the end of each trimester. Parents are encouraged to check the Lost and Found for your child's missing articles.

    Steps for Addressing Concerns

    The district has adopted a clear set of procedures to address concerns and complaints. Please use the following steps when you have a concern.

    1. Concerns should first be brought to the attention of your child’s teacher. Please call the teacher to explain your concern. Small concerns may be addressed through a phone call or email; larger concerns are better addressed in a conference.

    2. If the classroom concern is not satisfactorily addressed with the teacher or the concern is a school level concern, then please call the school administrator. Small concerns may be addressed through a phone call or email; larger concerns are better addressed in a conference.

    3. If the concern is not satisfactorily addressed with the school administrator, then you may use the UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE  (See Annual Notification of Parent Rights).

    {Reference: Board Policy 1312.3(a) and Administrative Regulations 1312.3(a)}

    Student Absences

    Daily school attendance is critical for a student’s success. By law, parents are obligated to send their child to school daily. Parents are strongly encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours. Absence from school will be excused for illness, medical/dental appointments, attendance at funeral services for an immediate family member, appearance in court or observation of a religious holiday or ceremony. All other absences are considered unexcused. Whenever possible, a student who is absent for a reason other than illness should attend at least the minimum school day.

    When a student who has been absent returns to school, the parent needs to provide a written note or contact the school office, within 3 days, to verify the reason for the absence. School absences are monitored carefully throughout the year. If a student has more than fourteen absences in a year for illness, a physician may verify further absences for illness. Excessive excused absences may also require notification to the School Attendance Review Board

    (SARB)

    A student absent from school without a valid excuse or tardy in excess of thirty minutes (30) or more on three (3) or more days in one (1) school year is considered truant. Parents will receive written notification in the event their child is truant. This is a requirement of the California Education Code.

    {Reference: Board Policy and Administrative Regulations 5113} {Education Code: 48200}

    Student Records

    The Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School District maintains cumulative records for each student as required by law. The school will also keep records that document helpful ways of providing maximum educational opportunity for our students. These records are available for parent review. If you would like to review your child's records, please call the school office to set up an appointment with a school administrator. Cumulative files must be viewed in the company of a school administrator.

     

     

    Tardiness

    If you transport your child to school, please make every effort to deliver him/her to school on time each morning. Students who arrive at school after classes have begun are considered tardy. Students with three tardies in one trimester may be subject to disciplinary action.

    If a child arrives after 8:30 am, he/she must report to the office to receive a TARDY SLIP. If a child is habitually tardy, he/she may be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).

    Telephone Use and Messages

    The office will always try to relay important telephone messages to your child in case of emergency. To prevent continually interrupting teachers while they are instructing their classes, we request that telephone messages be in case of emergency only. We cannot guarantee that messages called in after 2:30 p.m. will reach your child.

    In the event that a parent wants to get a message to a student, the parent may have to identify himself by giving the office the information that is on the emergency card. This is for the protection of the child. Students are not permitted to use the office phone to call home at any time except in case of an emergency.

    Cell Phones

    Students may bring cell phones to school, but cell phones must remain OFF and kept in the student's’ backpack during the school day. Cell phones that are found out of the backpack or in the on position during the school day will be confiscated and placed in the school office.

    Volunteer Confidentiality

    We value the contributions that parents make in our schools. We welcome volunteers in our classrooms and on our campus. There are times when a volunteer may see or hear something in a classroom or on the campus regarding a student’s academic progress, a discipline issue or other matters that must be kept confidential. Therefore, we ask volunteers to be aware that individual students’ information should not be discussed with anyone other than the appropriate school officials.

    DISCIPLINE & BEHAVIOR POLICIES

    Discipline Policy

    The safety and welfare of your child is the primary consideration in implementing and enforcing the Marcum-Illinois Union School Wide Discipline Plan. Our primary mission is to develop a structure of consistency in discipline using a proactive, preventative approach where students develop respect for others, themselves, and learning. An important element of this policy is in how well the students understand the rules and consequences. All students and parents are asked to review these rules together at the beginning of the year and throughout the year to ensure clear understanding of our expectations.

     

    Behavior Expectations


     

    Rules and Consequences

    The Marcum-Illinois School Rules are:

    1.             Be Respectful

    2.             Be Organized

    3.             Be Accepting of self/others

    4.             Be Responsible

    If a student chooses to break a rule, the following consequences may be applied at the discretion of the teacher:

    1.             Warning

    2.             Appropriate “time out” (to another classroom or the school office)

    3.             Parents contacted by phone or note

    4.             Conference between parent, teacher and/or principal, and possibly the student

     

     

    Discipline Procedure

     

    Marcum-Illinois Union School District is dedicated to ensuring that our campus is safe for everyone.  Therefore, students may be recommended for a referral, detention, suspension, or expulsion based on the severity of the infraction.

    REFERRALS:

    Classroom Referrals: Teachers may refer a student to the principal for classroom behavior that is impacting the student or others learning. Outdoor Referrals: Yard Duty Supervisors will refer students to the principal for outside behavior.

    A student may be referred to the office immediately for any behavior that should result in a home suspension or expulsion. These behaviors include:

    1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person

    2. Caught stealing or trying to steal.

    3. Caught damaging or attempting to damage school or another's personal property.

    4. Committing an obscene act or habitual profanity.

    5. Willfully and habitually defying school authority.

    6. In possession of a gun, knife, explosive, drugs, paraphernalia, or replicas of any of the listed items.

    7. Sexual harassment

    Administrative Consequences

    When a student is referred to the office, parents will be notified via a phone call or a copy of referral will be sent home with the student. Parents are asked to sign and return school correspondence related to a discipline issue including time out forms, office referrals, and suspension reports. Students who do not return this form on the following school day will be asked to call home and may not be permitted back into the classroom until the note has been returned or parent contact has been made. Consequences for office referrals include detention, loss of school privileges, suspension from school, parent conference, or other administrative action as deemed appropriate. Habitual misbehavior from any student may result in suspension and/or the implementation of a behavior contract between school and home.

    Loss of Privileges/Loss of Recess/Time Outs

    While serving a loss of recess, time out, or loss of privilege, students are expected to follow all directions from the supervising adult, sit quietly during the period or recess and complete any assignments without any assistance from others. Students who arrive late or are uncooperative will be asked to serve additional time as well as the remainder of the original assigned time.

    A student may receive a "Time Out" in another classroom. The purpose of "Time Out" is to allow the student the opportunity to think about their behavior, and to think about ways to improve behavior before returning to the classroom.

    Suspension and Expulsion

    The Education Code clearly identifies the student actions that are grounds for suspension and expulsion. Students may be suspended or expelled from school depending upon the behavior. Grounds for suspension and expulsion include but are not limited to:

    • Attempts, threats or actions that causes physical injury to another.

    • Unauthorized possession of a dangerous object (or imitation) or substance (i.e., knife, firearm, explosive material).

    • Use, sale or possession of a prohibited substance (i.e., alcohol, drug or nicotine product).

    • Commits or attempts to commit robbery or extortion or knowingly receives stolen property.

    • Cause or attempts to cause damage to school or private property.

    • Commits an obscene act or habitual vulgarity or profanity.

    • Disrupts school activity or willfully defies school personnel.

    • Committed or attempted sexual assault/sexual battery

    • Harassment of other students.

    • Terrorist or hate threats against school officials or school property.

    Students who are referred for suspension or expulsion are reported to the principal. In non-emergency situations, an informal conference will be held to clarify the reason for the disciplinary action and to clarify the events or evidence. At the time of the suspension, a staff member will contact the student’s parent/guardian regarding the suspension and notify the parent/guardian of the suspension in writing. The school may request to meet with the parent/guardian about the suspension. Under state law (Education Code 48914) the parent is then obligated to meet with school staff without delay.  Suspensions are effective immediately. Suspended students are not allowed to be on school property, participate in school activities, or attend Marcum Daycare during the period of the suspension. Suspended students are responsible for contacting their teacher to make up missed assignments.

    A student will not be suspended from school for more than five days unless the student is recommended for an expulsion. When the Board is considering a suspension or disciplinary action (except expulsion) a closed hearing will be held to avoid violating a student’s right to privacy (Education Code 49073-49079).

    Students who are suspended for more minor offenses may participate in an in-school suspension program, if that program is available. Major offenses are grounds for expulsion.

    Note: This is a brief summary of a long and detailed policy and process. For specific steps and processes, see the Board Policy and Administrative Regulations. These may be requested through the school.

    {References: Board Policy 5144.1 (a-e) and Administrative Regulations 5144.1 (a-u), 5144.2 (a-i)}

    PLAYGROUND RULES

     

     

    General

    Every student has the right to be and feel safe from physical and emotional harm. All individuals on campus will respect this right by acting in a safe manner and refraining from harmful or inappropriate physical contact, rough housing, calling other students names, teasing another student, or harassing other students. Play fighting and practicing karate are never permitted.

    Safety Procedures

    Students will walk to and from the blacktop and play field areas at the beginning and end of each recess. At the conclusion of recess, students will walk orderly and quietly to their classrooms and lineup. Students are not permitted outside the designated recess areas for any reason.

    TRANSPORTATION

    Students may only ride the bus to and from school from their designated bus stop on their assigned bus. This means that students may not change buses, get off at a different bus stop or ride a bus other than their assigned bus unless parents have notified the office before 2:30pm. ENHS is not a bus stop. (Do we want to add that if they get dropped at the high school a parent must meet the bus?)

    Bus Rules

    The following bus rules have been developed to ensure safe bus transportation. These rules are to be followed whenever a student rides on a bus. Parents are asked to review bus rules with their child and encourage their child to act safely by following the bus rules.

    1. Riders follow the bus driver’s instructions and directions at all times.

    2. Riders should arrive at the bus stop on time and stand in a safe place to wait quietly for the bus.

    3. Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.

    4. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion and shall not obstruct the aisle with their legs, feet or other objects. When reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus stops and only then enter the aisle and exit in an orderly manner.

    5. Riders should be courteous to the driver and fellow passengers.

    6. The following actions are prohibited on buses and may lead to suspension of riding privileges: loud talking, laughing, yelling, singing and whistling. Scuffling, throwing objects, smoking, eating, drinking, standing and changing seats are also prohibited.

    7. No part of the body (i.e., hands, arms or head) should be placed outside a bus window. Nothing shall be thrown from a bus window.

    8. Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.

    9. No animals shall be allowed on the bus without express permission from the principal or designee.

    10. No glass containers are permitted on the bus at any time.

    11. Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus.

    Riders who do not follow the bus rules will be reported to the school principal.

    The principal will determine the severity of the misconduct and take action accordingly. In all instances of misconduct, the rider and his/her parent shall be given notice and warning. In cases of a severe violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time that is determined by the principal.

    {Reference: Administrative Regulations 5131.1(a)}

     

     

     

     

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    2016-2017 ANNUAL PARENT NOTIFICATION

     

     

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    State law requires a school district to provide annual notice to a parent or guardian (hereinafter referred to as “parent”) of certain rights and responsibilities. The parent is required to acknowledge receipt of this notice by signing and returning this receipt and acknowledgment.

     

    CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

     

    Instructional Materials: All primary and supplemental instructional materials and assessments, including textbooks, teacher manuals, films, audio and video recordings, and software, will be compiled and stored by the classroom instructor and made available promptly for inspection by a parent in a reasonable time frame or in accordance with school district policies or procedures. Education Code §§ 49091.10(a); 51101.

     

    Observation: Upon written request, a parent has the right to observe instruction and other school activities that involve his or her child or for the purpose of selecting a school in accordance with board policies on inter-district and intra-district transfers. Any observation will be done in accordance with policies established to ensure the safety of pupils and school personnel and to prevent undue interference with instruction or harassment of school personnel.

    Education Code §§ 49091.10(b); 51101.

     

    Beliefs: A pupil may not be compelled to affirm or disavow any particular personally or privately held world view, religious doctrine, or political opinion. No pupil shall be relieved of any obligation to complete regular classroom assignments. Education Code § 49091.12(a).

     

    Curriculum: The curriculum, including titles, descriptions, and instructional aims of every course offered by a public school, shall be compiled at least once annually in a prospectus. The prospectus is available for review upon request and for copying at a reasonable charge. Education Code §§ 49091.14; 49063(k).

     

    Animal Dissection: A pupil, who has a moral objection to dissecting or otherwise harming or destroying animals as part of an instructional program, has a right to request an alternative educational project. Education Code § 32255-32255.6.

     

    Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction: The Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act (“Act”) authorizes a school district to provide comprehensive sexual health education to all pupils in kindergarten to grade 12 and requires the school district office to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12 receive HIV/AIDS prevention education.

    Education Code § 51933 et seq.

    • Written and audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education will be made available for your inspection. Education Code § 51938.

    • You will be notified whether the comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education will be taught by school district personnel or by outside consultants. Education Code § 51938.

    • You may request a copy of the Act from the school district office. Education Code § 51938.

    • You may request in writing that your child not receive comprehensive sexual health education and/or HIV/AIDS prevention education. (Fill out Part II of Form A to make a request.) Education Code § 51938.

     

    Tests, Questionnaires, Surveys, Examinations on Personal Beliefs or Practices: No pupil will be given any test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing questions about a pupil’s, or his/her parents’ beliefs or practices relating to sex, family life, morality, or religion, unless his/her parent provides prior written permission. Parents of all pupils in grades 7 to 12, will be given the opportunity to review any test, questionnaire, or survey about a pupil’s attitude concerning or practices relating to sex before it is administered and will be given the opportunity to request in writing that his/her pupil not participate. Education Code §§ 51513; 51938; 51939.

     

    Minimum Days and Staff Development: Attached to this notice is the calendar for the school year which includes the current schedule of any minimum days or pupil-free staff development days. Parents will be notified during the school year of any additional minimum days and pupil-free staff development days within one month before the scheduled minimum or pupil free day. Education Code § 48980(c).

     

    PUPIL BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE

     

    Sexual Harassment: A copy of the school district office’s written policy on sexual harassment, as it pertains to pupils, is attached to this notice. Education Code §§ 48980(g), 212.5.

     

    Evaluations: A pupil may not be tested for behavioral, mental, or emotional evaluation without the informed written consent of his or her parent. Education Code § 49091.12(c).

     

    Unexcused Absence: Parents will be notified in a timely manner if their child is absent from school without permission. Education Code § 51101(a)(4).

     

    Truancy: Upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, you will be notified of the following:

    (a) That the pupil is truant.

    (b) That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school.

    (c) That you may guilty of a criminal infraction if you fail to meet this obligation.

    (d) That alternative educational programs are available in the district.

    (e) That you have the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil's truancy.

    (f) That the pupil may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

    (g) That the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil's driving privilege.

    (h) That it may be recommended that you accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day. Education Code § 48260.5.

    Chronic Truancy: The parent or guardian of any pupil in grades 1 through 8 who is found to be a “chronic truant” may be found guilty of a misdemeanor. Education Code § 48263.6; Penal Code § 270.1.

     

    Pupil Discipline Rules: A copy of the school’s pupil discipline rules may be obtained by contacting the principal or his/her designee. The parent of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher may be required to attend a portion of a school day in his or her child’s class. Education Code §§ 35291; 48900.1.

     

     

    PUPIL HEALTH, SAFETY AND MEDICAL TREATMENT

     

    Fingerprint Policy: Information concerning the school district’s pupil fingerprint policy, if any, is provided at the time of enrollment. Education Code §§ 32390, 48980(f).

     

    Confidential Medical Services: Pupils enrolled in grades 7 through 12 may be excused from school by school authorities for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent. Education Code § 46010.1.

     

    Pupil Immunization: A school district may permit a licensed physician and surgeon, or other licensed health care practitioners to administer immunizing agents to prevent or control communicable disease to pupils whose parent or guardian has consented in writing to such immunization. A pupil may not be unconditionally admitted to school unless he/she has been fully immunized in the manner and with immunizing agents approved by the State Department of Public Health (“Department”), against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), and any other disease deemed appropriate by the Department. Proof of immunization is required upon admission. . Pertussis (whooping cough): Commencing July 1, 2011, a pupil may not be unconditionally admitted or advanced to the 7th

    through 12th grades unless the pupil has been fully immunized against pertussis (whooping cough), including all pertussis boosters appropriate for the pupil’s age. Commencing July 1, 2012, full immunization against pertussis shall be a condition for admission or advancement to 7th grade.

     

    This requirement does not apply to any person 18 years of age or older, or if a waiver form is signed stating that the immunization is contrary to the beliefs of the parent, or a letter or affidavit from a licensed physician is given stating that the physical condition of the pupil is such that immunization is not considered safe. If an outbreak of a communicable disease occurs at a school, the non-immunized student will be excluded for his/her own safety until such time as directed by health officials, the school district. Health and Safety Code § 120335; Education Code §§ 48216, 49403.

     

    Physical Examinations: A child may be excluded from physical examination whenever the parents file a written statement with the school that they will not consent to a physical examination of their child. Whenever there is good reason to believe the child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, the child will be excluded from school attendance. (School children are examined for vision, hearing, and curvature of the spine at selected grade levels.) Education Code §§ 49450 – 49455.

     

    State law requires that for each child enrolled in the first grade, the parent must present within 90 days after entrance, a certificate, signed by a physician, verifying that the child has received appropriate health screening and evaluation including a physical examination within the last 18 months. A parent may file with the school district a written objection or waiver stating the reasons why he or she was unable to obtain such services. Free health screening is available for low income children for up to 18 months prior to entry into 1st  grade. Parents are encouraged to obtain required health screenings simultaneously with required immunizations. Health and Safety Code §§ 124085, 124105.

     

    Psychological Testing: A parent has the right to receive information about psychological testing the school does involving their child and to deny permission to give the test. Education Code § 51101(a)(13).

     

    Pupil Medication: Any pupil who must take prescribed medication at school and who desires assistance of school personnel must submit a written statement of instruction from the physician and surgeon or physician assistant detailing the name of the medication, method, amount, and time schedules by which the mediation is to be taken, and a written statement from the pupil’s parent, foster parent, or guardian indicating their desire to have the school assist in administering the physician and surgeon, or physician assistant’s instructions. Any student who wishes to carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine and/or self-administered inhaled asthma medication must submit both a written statement of instruction from their physician and surgeon or physician assistant that includes a confirmation that the student is able to self-administer such medication, and a written statement from the pupil’s parent, foster parent, or guardian consenting to the self-administration, as well as applicable releases. Any pupil who uses auto-injectable epinephrine or inhaled asthma medication in a manner other than as prescribed is subject to discipline. Education Code §§ 49423, 49423.1.

     

    Continuing Medication: A parent of a pupil on a continuing medication regimen for a non episodic condition shall inform the school of the medication being taken, the current dosage, and the name of the supervising physician. With a parent’s consent, the school nurse or other designated employee may communicate with the physician with regard to the possible effects of the drug on the child’s physical, intellectual and social behavior, as well as possible behavioral signs and symptoms of adverse side effects, omission, or over dosage. Education Code § 49480.

     

    Pupil Insurance: The school district may provide or make available medical or hospital services, or both, for injuries to pupils arising from school programs or activities. No pupil will be compelled to accept such services. You may obtain further information regarding availability of pupil accident insurance by contacting the school principal. Education Code § 49472.

     

    Emergency Medical Care: All pupils must have an emergency information card filled out and signed by the parent at the beginning of the school year. If your child is ill or injured during regular school hours and, requires reasonable medical treatment, and if you cannot be reached, the school district, or the principal cannot be held liable for reasonable treatment of your ill or injured child without your prior consent, unless you have previously filed a written objection to any medical treatment other than first aid. Education Code §§ 49407; 49408.

     

    Pupil Safety: A parent has the right to have a safe and supportive learning environment for his/her child. Education Code § 51101(a)(7).

     

    Unsafe School Choice Option: Students who attend a persistently dangerous school and students who are victims of a violent criminal offense, while in or on the grounds of a public school must be allowed to attend a safe public school. 5 C.C.R. §§ 11992, 11993; 20 U.S.C. § 7912.

     

    Tobacco-Free Campus: Check with the school office for the policy, if any, regarding the prohibition against the use of tobacco products at any time on or in district office property, buildings, or vehicles. Health and Safety Code § 104420.

     

    Sun Protective Clothing: Any pupil may use articles of sun protective clothing, including hats, for outdoor use during the school day, subject to school district dress code policies. Any pupil may use sunscreen during the school day without a physician’s note or prescription but school personnel are not required to assist pupils in applying sunscreen. Education Code § 35183.5.

     

    Oral Health Assessment:

    Any pupil, while enrolled in kindergarten in a public school or while enrolled in first grade if the pupil was not previously enrolled in kindergarten, unless excused, must present proof no later than May 31 of the school year of having received an oral assessment by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. The assessment must be performed no earlier than 12 months prior to initial enrollment of the pupil. Parents or legal guardians of such pupils will be notified of this assessment requirement. Education Code § 49452.8.

     

    PUPIL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION

     

    Accountability Report Card: A copy of the school district’s accountability report card may be obtained from the school upon request. Education Code § 35256.

     

    Parent Meeting with Teacher and Principal: Upon reasonable notice, a parent has the right to meet with his/her child’s teacher(s) and principal. Education Code § 51101(a)(2).

     

    Parent Notification: A parent has the right to be notified concerning their child’s classroom and standardized test performances, when their child has been identified as a risk of retention, and to be informed about school rules, including disciplinary rules and procedures, attendance policies, retention and promotion policies, dress codes, school visiting procedures and the person to contact should problems arise with their child. Education Code §§ 48070.5, 51101(a)(5), (9), (12), (16).

     

    Academic Expectations: A parent has the right to be informed of the academic expectations of his/her child. Education Code § 51101(a)(11).

     

    PUPIL RECORDS

     

    Review of Pupil Records: Parents have the right to question, and receive an answer regarding items on their child’s record that appear inaccurate, misleading, or that invades the child’s privacy. Education Code § 51101.

     

    Notification of Privacy Rights of Pupils: Federal and state laws grant certain privacy rights and rights of access to pupil records to students and to their parents. Full access to all personally identifiable written records, maintained by the school district must be granted to: (1) Parents/guardians of a student age 17 or younger; and (2) Students age 18 or older, or a students who are attending an institution of postsecondary instruction (“adult student”). In addition, parents/guardians of a student age 18 or older who is dependent for tax purposes and students age 16 or older or who have completed the 10th grade (“eligible student”), must be permitted access to those particular records relevant to the legitimate educational interest of the requester. Parents/guardians, or an adult or eligible student, may review individual records by making a request to the principal. The principal will see that explanations and interpretations are provided if requested. A parent/guardian has the right to question and receive any information regarding items on his/her child’s record that appears inaccurate, misleading or that invades his/her child’s privacy. Information which is alleged to be inaccurate, inappropriate, or misleading may or may not be removed by the Superintendent or his/her designee. In addition, a parent, adult or eligible student may receive a copy of any information in the pupil’s records at a reasonable cost per page. School district policies and procedures relating to types of records, kinds of information retained, persons responsible for maintaining pupil records, directory information, access by other persons, review, and to the challenge to content of records is available through the principal or his/her designee. Parents may contact the school to review the log listing those who have requested or received information from a pupil’s file. Access to a pupil’s records will only be granted to those with a legitimate educational interest. When a student moves to a new school district, records will be forwarded upon request of the new district. At the time of transfer, the parent or an eligible student may challenge, review or receive a copy at reasonable fee of the requested records. Parents may contact the school district for any policy regarding the review and expungement of pupil records.

     

    If you believe the school district is not in compliance with federal regulations regarding privacy, you may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

     

    Disclosure of Student Information Pursuant to Court Order or Subpoena: Information concerning a student must be furnished in compliance with a court order or lawfully issued subpoena. Reasonable effort shall be made to notify the parent in advance of disclosing student information pursuant to a subpoena or court order. Education Code § 49077.

     

    ABSENTEES, TEMPORARY INSTRUCTION AND ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

     

    Specific School Request: Parents have the right to request a specific school and to receive a response. Such a request does not obligate the school to grant the request. Education Code § 51101(a)(6).

     

    Absence for Religious Exercises: Permissive absence may be granted for governing board approved religious exercises or instruction if a pupil has attended at least the minimum school day. Education Code §§ 46014; 48205.

     

    Excused Absences: No pupil will have his/her grade reduced or suffer a loss of academic credit on account of an excused absence when missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. An excused absence is defined in Education Code section 48205 as an absence:

    1. Due to his or her illness.

    2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.

    3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic service rendered.

    4. For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family as defined in the Education Code, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days of the services is conducted outside California.

    5. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.

    6. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.

    7. For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats which shall not exceed four (4) hours per semester, or attendance at an employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.

    8. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to § 12302 of the Elections Code.

     

    A pupil with an excused absence shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence than can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefore.

    The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence. Education Code §§ 45194, 48980; 48205; Elections Code § 12302.

     

    Home Instruction: Except for pupils receiving individual instruction provided pursuant to a school district or county office sponsored program, a pupil with a temporary disability which makes attendance in the regular day classes or alternative education program in which the pupil is enrolled impossible or inadvisable shall receive individual instruction provided by the school district in which the pupil is deemed to reside. Education Code § 48206.3.

     

    Residence When Hospitalized: Notwithstanding compulsory education requirements, a pupil with a temporary disability who is in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding a state hospital, which is located outside of the school district in which the pupil’s parent resides shall be deemed to have complied with the residency requirements for school attendance in the school district in which the hospital is located. It shall be the primary responsibility of the parent of a pupil with temporary disability to notify the school district in which the pupil is deemed to reside of the pupil’s presence in a qualifying hospital. Education Code §§ 48207; 48208.

     

    Residence Based on Parents Employment: Under certain conditions, a pupil may attend schools of the district within which one or more of the parents are employed. Contact the school district in which the parents are employed for further information. Education Code § 48204(b).

     

    Intra-district Enrollment: Residents of a school district may apply to enroll their child in other schools within the district to attend on a space available basis. Intra-district enrollment is not applicable to districts with only one school or with schools that do not serve any of the same grade levels. Education Code § 35160.5(b).

     

    Inter-district Attendance: A pupil may attend a school in a district other than the pupil’s district of residence pursuant to an inter-district agreement. Each school district has adopted a policy(s) for inter-district attendance. A copy of the application(s), the notice and appeals procedure is attached to this notice. Contact your school for further information. Education Code §§ 46600 et seq.

     

    MISCELLANEOUS

     

    Parent Involvement: A parent has the right to participate as a member of a school site council, a parental advisory council, or a site-based management leadership team in accordance with the rules governing parent membership of those organizations. A copy of the school district’s policy regarding Parent Involvement is attached to this notice. Education Code § 51101(a)(14).

     

    Volunteering Time and Resources: Parents may volunteer their time and resources for the improvement of school facilities and programs under the supervision of district employees. A school plan is available to parents which describes opportunities to participate in professional development. Education Code § 51101(a)(3).

    Open Campus: A school district that has decided to permit pupils enrolled in a high school to leave the school grounds during the lunch period is not liable for the conduct or safety of any pupil during such times as the pupil has left the school grounds during the lunch period. Education Code § 44808.5.

     

    Pupils with Exceptional Needs: Sutter County school districts are included in the Sutter County SELPA. Pupils with exceptional needs, as defined by Education Code § 56026, have a right to a free and appropriate public education. If you believe your child is in need of special education services, contact the Superintendent/Principal.

    Some pupils with special needs who do not qualify for special education may qualify for assistance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. The school district has policies and procedures to identify and evaluate any student who may need assistance in his/her educational program or to provide access into district programs. Pupils or parents or others who have questions or concerns regarding the Section 504 policy may contact the school district.

    Minimum Age for Admission to Kindergarten: Districts shall admit a pupil into kindergarten at the beginning of the school year or at a later time in the same school year, if the pupil will be 5 years of age on or before the following dates:

    • December 2 for the 2011-12 school year;

    • November 1 for the 2012-13 school year;

    • October 1 for the 2013-14 school year; and

    • September 1 for the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter.

    Education Code § 48000(a).

     

    Transitional Kindergarten: Commencing with the 2012-13 school year, all elementary and unified school districts must offer transitional kindergarten to eligible pupils. To be eligible for transitional kindergarten a pupil must have his or her 5th birthday between:

    • November 2nd and December 2nd for the 2012–13 school year; or

    • October 2nd and December 2nd for the 2013–14 school year; or

    • September 2nd and December 2nd for the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter. Education Code section 48900(c).

     

    Notice of Alternative Schools: California state law authorizes all school districts to provide for alternative schools. Section 58500 of the Education Code defines an alternative school as a school or separate class group within a school which is operated in a manner designed to:

    a. Maximize the opportunity for students to develop the positive values of self-reliance, initiative, kindness, spontaneity, resourcefulness, courage, creativity, responsibility and joy.

    b. Recognize that the best learning takes place when the student learns because of his desire to learn.

    c. Maintain a learning situation maximizing student self-motivation and encouraging the student in his own time to follow his own interests. These interests may result wholly or in part from a presentation by his teachers of choices of learning projects.

    d. Maximize the opportunity for teachers, parents, and students to cooperatively develop the learning process and its subject matter. This opportunity shall be a continuous, permanent process.

    e. Maximize the opportunity for the students, teachers, and parents to continuously react to the changing world, including but not limited to the community in which the school is located.

    In the event any parent, pupil, or teacher is interested in further information concerning alternative schools, the county superintendent of schools, the administrative office of this district, and the principal’s office in each attendance unit have copies of the law available for your information. This law particularly authorizes interested persons to request the governing board of the district to establish alternative school programs in each district. Contact the school for more information.

    Education Code §§ 58500; 58501.

     

    Free or Reduced Price Meals: Needy pupils are entitled to free or reduced price meals. Contact the school for eligibility information. Education Code § 49510, et seq.

     

    Personal Property: School districts  are not responsible for personal property. Pupils are discouraged from bringing non-instructional items to school. Education Code § 35213.

     

    Parent Responsibility: Parents are liable for all damages caused by the willful misconduct of their minor children which results in the death or injury to other students, school personnel, school volunteer or school property. Education Code § 48904; Civil Code § 1714.1.

     

    Asbestos Management Plan: The school district has a current management plan for asbestos containing materials for all district portables. The plan is available for inspection at the office of the superintendent during normal business hours. 40C.F.R. § 763.93(g)(4); Education Code § 49410 et seq.

     

    Use of Pesticide Products: For pesticide products expected to be applied at a school facility this year, please find a list attached to this notice. Recipients of this notice may register with the school if they wish to receive notification of individual pesticide applications at a school facility. Education Code §§ 17612; 48980.3.

     

    Uniform Complaint Procedure: The school district has adopted policies regarding the Uniform Complaint Procedure. Pursuant to a complaint filed pursuant to these policies, the school district  will investigate and seek to resolve complaints alleging: unlawful discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender (including sexual harassment) sexual orientation or physical and/or mental disability in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance; or failure to comply with state or federal law when addressing complaints regarding adult basic education, consolidated categorical aide programs, migrant education, vocational education, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs.

    Any individual, public agency, or organization alleging a violation of state or federal statutes, may file a written complaint with the Superintendent of the school district. Discrimination complaints must be filed no later than six (6) months from the occurrence or when the complainant first had knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. Prior to the initiation of a formal investigation, mediation may be discussed with the complainant as a possible means of resolution. Civil remedies may be available. Appeal and review procedures may be pursued through local, state, or federal agencies, offices, and/or courts. For more information regarding Uniform Complaint Procedures and/or to obtain a complaint form, a copy of the procedures, or assistance with the process, please contact the school district.

     

    Williams Uniform Complaint Procedure: The school district has adopted policies and procedures regarding complaints for deficiencies related to textbooks and instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of students or staff, teacher vacancy and misassignment, and where applicable, for deficiencies in providing intensive instructional services to assist pupils after grade 12 with passing the California High School Exit Exam. For more information regarding Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures and/or to obtain a complaint form or assistance with the process, please contact the school district.

     

    FEDERAL REGULATIONS & ACTS

     

    Individuals with Disabilities: In accordance with federal and state laws, the school district  will not discriminate against an individual with disabilities as far as involvement in programs and activities and in the use of facilities. If your child needs special accommodations, please contact the school district . 34 C.F.R. § 104.8.

     

    Nondiscrimination: The school district  have a policies of nondiscrimination on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived ethnicity, religion, sex, gender or gender identity, color, race, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, age or sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any of its policies, practices or procedures programs or activities. The school district’s  nondiscrimination policy comply with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and other related state and federal laws. Pupils or parents or any other individual having questions or concerns regarding these nondiscrimination and harassment policies or who may wish to file a complaint, should contact the school district. Education Code § 220 et seq., 5 C.C.R. § 4900 et seq.

     

    Sexual Harassment: The school district  prohibit sexual harassment of or by any pupil or by anyone employed by or otherwise working or volunteering for the school district.n Prohibited sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Any person who feels that he/she is being discriminated against or harassed should immediately contact their principal or designee so that he/she can address the situation. A written complaint may be filed in accordance

    with the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedures. Written complaint procedures are available at all school sites. 5 C.C.R. § 4917; Education Code §§ 231.5; 48980(h); 48985.

     

    No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): At the beginning of each school year, parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher including, at a minimum:

    • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level(s) and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction.

    • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

    • The baccalaureate degree major of the classroom teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certificate or degree.

    • Whether their child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

    NCLB also requires that military recruiters have access to all secondary pupils’ names, addresses and phone listings unless a parent requests that such information not be released without the prior written consent of the parent. 10 U.S.C. § 503, 20 U.S.C. §§ 6311 (h)(6), 7908, 34 C.F.R. § 200.61.

     

    Program Improvement Status Schools: Parents/guardians shall be notified when their child’s school is identified as a “program improvement” school under the NCLB and the opportunities for school choice and supplemental instruction. 20 U.S.C. § 6316; 34 CFR § 200.37

     

    Model Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA): PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.

    These include the right to:

     

    A. Consent before pupils are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following “protected areas” of information if the survey is funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education

     

    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the pupil or pupil's parent;

    2. Mental or psychological problems of the pupil or pupil's family;

    3. Sex behavior or attitudes;

    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

    5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

    6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the pupil or parents; or

    8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

     

    B. Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a pupil out of

     

    1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;

    2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a pupil, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and

    3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from pupils for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

     

    C. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use

     

    1. Protected information surveys of pupils;

    2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and

    3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum. These rights transfer from the parents to a pupil who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. Board policies regarding these rights may be obtained from the school district.

     

    Parents who believe their rights have been violated under this section may file a complaint with:

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20202-5901

    20 U.S.C. § 1232h.

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