Moun t a i n
Pi n e
St ud e nt /Pa r e nt
Ha n d b o o k
201 8 - 2019
MOUNTAIN PINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mr. Bobby Applegate, Superintendent
Tammy Youngblood, Human Resources
(501) 767-1540 Ext. 1
Lisa Engebretson, Elementary Principal
Brenda Gobel, Administrative Assistant
(501) 767-2421 Ext. 3
Toby Crosby, High School Principal
Alicia Sorrels, Administrative Assistant
(501) 767-2421 Ext. 2
Toby Crosby (Principal), James Galarza (Dean of Students)
Brittanny Lea (Counselor), (School Nurse)
Tracy Hogan, Destiny Reichardt (Teachers),
Leslie Smith (Parent)
Olivia Smith (Student)
Mountain Pine Elementary School
PO Box 1
690 Blakely Dam Rd.
Mountain Pine, Arkansas
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
Mountain Pine Elementary School is designed specifically with the needs, interests, and learning styles of the elementary student at heart.
The purpose of this handbook is to inform you about applicable policies and procedures that will make Mountain Pine Elementary School function as a high achieving elementary school.
In this handbook, you will find discipline policies, computer use policies, the school calendar, activity calendar and much needed information regarding the daily operation of the school.
We have worked hard to make this handbook informational and yet not be burdensome. The handbook will not answer all questions that may arise. It will be a valuable resource for parents and students. Parents are encouraged to maintain possession of this book for future reference.
At Mountain Pine Elementary School, serving your child’s educational needs is our only business. This mission is taken very seriously and the full support of the family will be solicited in order to reach the success that is desired.
Please take time to thoroughly review this handbook. Please contact the office of the principal if questions arise.
We look forward to the opportunity of working with your child. It is our belief that this will be a great year!
Mountain Pine Elementary School
PO Box 1
690 Blakely Dam Rd.
Mountain Pine, AR 71956
Phone 501 767-2421 Ext. 3
Fax 501 767-1549
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AND
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
It is the policy of this educational institution to provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, qualified disability or veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This includes – but is not limited to – admissions, educational services, financial aid and employment.
This educational institution will disseminate nondiscriminatory policies to students, parents, employees and the general public prior to the beginning of each school year.
Committees will be selected in a fair and equitable manner and will reflect the diversity of the district in terms of sex, race, socio-economic level, disability, national origin and other populations.
EQUITY – Superintendent, 734 Blakely Dam Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956, Telephone (501)
Inquiries regarding SPECIAL EDUCATION issues should be directed to: Special Ed. Supervisor, 734 Blakely Dam Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956, Telephone (501) 767-1540.
Inquiries regarding ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE issues should be directed to: LEA Supervisor, 734 Blakely Dam Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956, Telephone (501) 767-1540.
Inquiries regarding TITLE VI AND TITLE IX issues should be directed to: Federal Programs,
734 Blakely Dam Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956, Telephone (501) 767-1540.
Inquiries regarding SECTION 504 issues should be directed to: Special Ed. Supervisor, 734
Blakely Dam Rd., Mountain Pine, AR 71956, Telephone (501) 767-1540.
Parents of students at MPES, a Title 1 eligible school, may request of the school to be given information regarding the professional qualification of their child`s teachers and paraprofessionals..
MPES neither receives nor expends any funds derived from the sale of product or contracts with the soft drink and snack food industry.
ARKids First Program/Wellness for All Children
ARKids First is health care insurance for children. There are two types. Type A is Medicaid for children and Type B is for families who do not qualify for regular Medicaid but have no health insurance for children. Information on ARKids First information can be obtained from the county Department of Health and Human Services, or by calling 501-321-2583.
The Board authorizes the use of video surveillance cameras in the buildings, district property, and busses. Signs are posted in each building to notify staff, patrons and visitors that cameras may be in use. Students will be held responsible for rule violations caught by the cameras.
Addressing a Concern/Parent Involvement Plan
This year we anticipate a good experience. Periodically, however, it may be that parents or students have a concern or problem that needs to be addressed. If this situation presents itself, follow these simple steps:
First, define the problem in the best way possible and determine exactly who can provide the information and direction needed to resolve the concern.
Arrange a meeting with the individual(s) that can aid in the solution of the specific issue in question. Start with the person that will be most likely to provide help. This is usually the person closest to the problem. This may be a teacher, transportation director, principal or counselor, to name a few.
At the meeting, acknowledge the concern and attack problems and not people. There should be no winner or loser, just a solution. Please ask direct questions and provide accurate information concerning the conflict. When the problem is defined, a constructive proposal to solve the problem is now in order. Try to maintain a demeanor that will aid in finding a solution rather than escalate the concern. Agree at the start to work toward a solution since all parties involved have similar needs to resolve the conflict and maintain respectful relationships.
If the initial meeting does not successfully resolve the problem, please contact the principal. If the problem still persists, ask the principal to schedule a conference with a third party that may be able to help that has decision making authority in the area in doubt.
Please remember to start the process by calling ahead and establishing a time to meet. Per school policy, always report to the office of the principal on any visit to the school.
MPES has a Parental Involvement Plan that is revised yearly. The plan is available on the Web and in the main office at MPES.
HANDBOOK REVISION COMMITTEE
2018-2019 School Year
This handbook was reviewed by elementary principal, dean of students, counselor, school nurse, teachers, parent and student in March of 2017, with approval by the Mountain Pine Board of Education.
It shall be the policy of the Mountain Pine School District that the most recently adopted version of the Student Handbook be incorporated by reference into the policies of the District. In the event that there is a conflict between the student handbook and a general board policy or policies, and the student handbook is more recently adopted than the general board policy, the student handbook will be considered binding and controlling on the matter.
• Mountain Pine Elementary School is an educational community that provides opportunities to become life-long leaners and leaders.
E-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AND FACULTY
Lisa Engebretson- Principal email@example.com
Brenda Gobel - Admin. Asst. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Lea- Counselor email@example.com
- Nurse @mpsdrd.com
Melissa Wilson - GT Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryce Applegate - Para email@example.com
Mindy Auduong - Kindergarten firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Austin - Para email@example.com
Allison Simmons - PE/Comp. Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Evans - Resource email@example.com
Michele Franklin - Resource firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon Gobel - Technology email@example.com
Karen Goff - 4-6th Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaitlyn Hill - 1st Grade email@example.com
Jerlyn Hoffpauir - Kindergarten firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Wilburn - 4-6th Literacy email@example.com
Christopher Johns - K-12 Music firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandi Kling - 2nd Grade email@example.com
Nichole Lawrence - 2nd Grade firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Magness - 3rd Grade Math email@example.com .
Kendra Franklin - Art firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Nobles - 1st Grade email@example.com
Susan Wilkins - 4-6th Grade Math firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Wendell - K-12 Media Specialist email@example.com
Lanette Shirley - 4-6th Grade Social Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
E-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR SUPERINTENDENT AND OFFICE FACULTY
Bobby Applegate-Superintendent email@example.com
Donna Stricklin-Bookkeeper firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Youngblood-Human Resources email@example.com
Dana Janush – Federal Programs/Curriculum firstname.lastname@example.org
MOUNTAIN PINE HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER
Mountain Pine High we love you.
Our hearts are ever true.
To thee, our Alma Mater We will cheer victory.
With courage and love and honor We will fight, fight, fight, or die. Loyalty we pledge to thee Mountain Pine High.
The Mountain Pine School colors are red and white. These colors are used in all uniforms worn by athletic teams.
The mascot is a Red Devil. This name applies to all athletic teams and may be used on all class rings.
Mountain Pine Elementary School is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance will be done at the beginning of each school day followed by a
moment of silence.
Mountain Pine School District is fully aware of the importance of the individual, and the
individual’s responsibility to society. We dedicate ourselves to helping each student to live independently, yet constructively, in an “age of transition.” The educational program is geared to reflect the best of all formal accomplishments, to stress ethnic compatibility, and to provide a comprehensive education that will motivate individuals to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and enable the individual to achieve those goals and purposes meaningful and important to our society.
Ours is a shared responsibility with the home, church, civic organizations, welfare agencies and all other community institutions to educate children physically and spiritually, as well as mentally. It is our philosophy, therefore, that total education by individuals is impossible; we are all part of a team that has but one objective - an education that will give “all the children of all the people” adequate training to allow themselves to find their social scheme and to settle for no less than total use of all their God given abilities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.70-Supplies and Textbooks
1.80-Breakfast and Lunch
1.90-Afternoon Feeding Program
2.00-Visits and Conferences
2.20-Appointments and Early Checkout
2.30-Lost and Found
3.70-Students Leaving Campus
4.30-Privacy of Records
4.80-Distribution of Literature
4.90-Contact with Students during class time
5.00-Search and Seizure
5.40-Conduct To and From School
5.50-Disruption of School
5.80-Use of Tobacco/Gum
6.20- Cell Phones (Inappropriate Use)
6.30-Suspension from School
6.40-Expulsion from School
6.50-Discipline for Disabled
6.70-Computer Use Policy
6.80-Student Participation in Surveys
6.90-Marketing of Personal Information
7.00-ABC Preschool Program Check In/Out
7.10-Receipt Verification (Sign and Return)
7.20-Computer Use Agreement (Sign and
7.30- Objection to Directory Information
(Return if needed)
7.40- Chromebook/Netbook/IPAD Use
Policy (Sign and Return)
7.50- Permission/Photo (Sign and Return)
7.60- Mckinney-vento students in transition
(Sign and Return)
7.70- Parent/Teacher Compact (Sign and
7.80- School Calendar (Keep at Home)
7.90- Activity Calendar (Keep at Home)
Parent and Student
1.00 RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS Definitions:
“Reside” means to be physically present and to maintain a permanent place of abode for an average of no fewer than four (4) calendar days and nights per week for a primary purpose other than school attendance.
“Resident” means a student whose parent, legal guardian, person having legal, lawful control of
the student under order of a court, or persons standing in loco parentis reside in the school district.
“Residential address” means the physical location where the student’s parents, legal guardians, persons having legal, lawful control of the student under order of a court, or persons standing in
loco parentis reside. A student may use the residential address of a legal guardian, person having legal, lawful control of the student under order of a court, or person standing in loco parentis
only if the student resides at the same residential address and if the guardianship or other legal authority is not granted solely for educational needs or school attendance purposes.
The schools of the District shall be open and free through the completion of the secondary program to all persons between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) years whose parents,
legal guardians, or other persons having lawful control of the person under an order of a court reside within the District’s and to all persons between those ages who have been legally
transferred to the District for educational purposes.
In order for a person under the age of eighteen (18) years to establish a residence for the purpose
of attending the District’s schools separate and apart from his or her parents, guardians, or other persons having lawful control of him or her under an order of a court, the person must actually reside in the District for a primary purpose other than that of school attendance. However, a student previously enrolled in the district who is placed under the legal guardianship of a noncustodial parent living outside the district by a custodial parent on active military duty may continue to attend district schools.
A child or ward of an employee of the district or of the education co-op to which the district belongs may enroll in the district even though the employee and child may reside outside the district.
1.10 ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
To enroll in a school in the District, the child must be a resident of the District as defined in District policies. The district shall make no attempt to ascertain the immigration status of any student.
Students who move into the District from an accredited school shall be assigned to the same grade as they were attending in their previous school or as they would have been assigned in their previous school. Home-schooled students shall be evaluated by the District to determine their appropriate grade placement.
Prior to the child’s admission to Mountain Pine Elementary School:
1. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall furnish the child’s Social Security number, or upon request, the District will assign the child a nine (9)digit number. The Social Security Number is not a requirement.
2. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall provide the District with one (1) of
the following documents indicating the child’s age:
a. A birth certificate;
b. A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s date of birth;
c. An attested baptismal certificate;
d. A passport;
e. An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent or guardian;
1. Previous school records;
2. Military records;
3. Foster children will be enrolled immediately regardless of required records documentation.
4. A child enrolling in a district school and living in the household of a person on active military duty shall have 30 days to receive the initial required immunizations and 12
months to be current on the required immunizations for the age of the child.
3. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall indicate on school registration forms
whether the child has been expelled from school in any other school district or is a party to an expulsion proceeding. The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another school district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.
4. The child shall be age appropriately immunized from poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, red (rubeola) measles, rubella, and other diseases as designated by the State Board of Health, or have an exemption issued by the Arkansas State Department of Health. Proof of immunization shall be by a certificate of a licensed physician or a public health department acknowledging the immunization.
5. Arkansas Code requires that a student be dropped from attendance if the student is absent for
ten consecutive days and is unaccounted for by school officials. Students will not be dropped if absent for illness and will be returning to class.
6. Foster children residing within the district, who have a change of residence to outside the district may stay enrolled unless the presiding judge rules otherwise.
7. The District will consider transfers on an individual basis and the transportation of transfer students unless otherwise required by law will be the responsibility of the student or parents.
School choice will be considered on applications postmarked no later than July 1.
8. Parents of multiple birth siblings may request that siblings be placed in the same classroom
or separate classrooms.
9. The District will follow entrance requirements for eligible children of uniformed services
members in accordance with BOEP 5.102.
1.20 HOMELESS STUDENTS
The Mountain Pine School District will afford the same services and educational opportunities to homeless children as are afforded to non-homeless children. Mckinney-vento information is located in 7.30 of this handbook.
1.30 STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conducive to student achievement. Certain behavioral expectations are required to achieve a successful learning environment. Expected behaviors include, but shall not be limited to the following:
1. Enter and exit the auditorium quietly.
2. Find a place and stay in your seat.
3. Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
4. Settle down quickly and pay attention to the presentation.
5. Food, drinks, candy and gum are not allowed in the auditorium.
1. No running to or from the bus.
2. Use a quiet voice and listen to the driver’s instructions.
3. Stay in your own seat and face forward.
4. Keep the aisle clear.
5. Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
6. No open food, drinks, candy, or gum on the bus.
7. If you must cross the road, cross at least 15 feet in front of the bus. *IF YOU CAN’T
SEE THE BUS DRIVER’S EYES, HE/SHE CAN’T SEE YOU!
1. Walk to and from the cafeteria.
2. Come in quietly and stay in your place in the line.
3. Sit at your designated table and do not get up without permission.
4. Talk quietly and respectfully to everyone.
5. Use food, utensils and trays properly.
6. Raise your hand to speak with a teacher.
7. Face the front of the line and the table.
8. Stay in your seat until your table has been dismissed.
9. Clean up your mess or trash around you.
10. No food, drinks or candy may be taken out of the cafeteria.
COMPUTER LAB EXPECTATIONS:
1. Listen and follow all directions.
2. Wait patiently for help.
3. Use all technology appropriately.
4. Stay in your space.
5. Clean your space before leaving.
6. Food, drinks, candy and gum are not allowed in the computer lab.
FIELD TRIP EXPECTATIONS:
1. Listen to adults and use good manners.
2. Stay with your group.
3. Hold onto your belongings.
4. Pay attention and ask appropriate questions.
5. Follow all BUS expectations.
FIRE/TORNADO DRILL EXPECTATIONS:
1. Move quietly to hear further instructions.
2. Follow all HALLWAY expectations.
3. Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
4. Know what to do ahead of time.
1. Walk on the right side of the hallway.
2. Stay in your space and keep up the pace.
3. Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
4. Be quiet and respectful of other students.
5. Face forward, watch where your are going.
1. Use all equipment properly.
2. Leave all toys, cards and balls at home.
3. Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
4. Use only positive language (pick-ups not put downs).
5. Food, drinks, candy and gum are prohibited on the playground.
6. Ask permission from duty teacher before leaving the playground.
Use a quiet voice.
Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself. Flush the toilet when finished.
Wash hands properly and place paper towels in the trash can. Climbing or writing on the stalls is prohibited.
Playing in the restroom is unacceptable. Return to class quickly.
Sign bathroom log when going to and from the bathroom in the classroom. Give time leaving and returning.
1.40 COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
Every parent, guardian, or other person having custody or care of any child age five (5) through seventeen (17) years on or before August 1 of that year and resides, as defined by policy, within the District shall enroll and send the child to a District school with the following exceptions:
1) The child is enrolled in a private or parochial school.
2) The child is being home-schooled and the conditions of the homeschool policy have been
Also, public school enrollment is available through age 21.
1.50 DAILY SCHEDULE
Classes at Mountain Pine Elementary School start at 7:45 AM each day. Classes begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence in compliance with Arkansas law each morning. Mountain Pine Elementary School dismisses car riders at 3:15 PM each day.
Students are asked not to arrive at Mountain Pine Elementary School prior to 7:25 in the
Breakfast is served starting at 7:25 AM each day. Lunch is served K-3 at 11:15 AM and grades
4-6 at 12:15 PM.
Early checkouts by parents should be restricted to the extent possible due the disruptive
nature of the event.
The administration will limit, to the extent possible, any extra-curricular interruptions to the
school day. Absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities will be monitored and shall not be excessive. There are no pre-requisite obligations to participating in extra-curricular activities at MPES. Student participation in extracurricular activities is subject to the rules and regulations as outlined under the “Student Discipline” section of this handbook. A student may lose eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities when, in the opinion of the school administration, that student participation in such activity may adversely affect academic achievement. Students may also be denied permission to participate in extracurricular activities as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the administration for inappropriate behavior.
Students are subject to the same rules of conduct while traveling to and from school as they are while on school grounds and disciplinary response will the responsibility of the Director of Transportation and/or the principal. Appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken against commuting students who violate the code of conduct rules. Students will be instructed in safe riding practices.
Boundary lines have been determined for all pupils who are eligible to ride school buses. Consult the transportation supervisor (Terry Blees) at 767-1540 for information regarding routes or pick-up and drop-off times.
Students who ride motorized bikes or scooters to school will file with the school resource officer
all evidence of proper licensure and insurance as requested. This practice is discouraged due to high traffic and other safety concerns.
Periodically, bad weather will force the District to provide transportation on Snow Routes only. Snow Routes are defined as paved roads. School Reach will be used for weather related
information. Local radio and TV stations also carry school information related to schedule changes or closings due to inclement weather.
Rules of Conduct for Bus Transportation
Students are under the supervision of the driver and must obey the driver at all times.
• Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled time of pick-up.
• Students should stand back at least 10 feet from the bus stop and wait until the door is opened before attempting to board the bus.
• Students should not play on or near the highway or road while waiting for the school bus. Should a student miss the bus, no attempt to walk or hitchhike to or from school should be initiated. Parents must supervise the delivery to or from school in these instances.
• Students must board the bus quietly and orderly and be seated quickly. Students must remain seated until the bus arrives at school or at the approved stop.
• Students will keep hands, feet, books, etc. to themselves. (No hitting, slapping, kicking, or throwing things)
• Students are not permitted to yell or talk loud, use vulgar language, tease other students, use rude gestures, or put down others while riding the school bus.
• Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner that will not distract the attention of the driver or disturb other riders on the bus.
• Students are not to tamper with any of the safety devices such as door latches, fire extinguishers, etc. Students are not permitted to put their hands, arms, or head out of the window.
• Students are not to deface the school bus by writing on the bus or damaging the seats. Students are not allowed to eat, drink, chew gum or use tobacco while riding the bus. Aisles should be kept clear of books, lunches, coats, feet, etc. Students are encouraged to keep the bus clean.
• In the interest of safety, glass containers, inflated balloons, flowers/vases, or any items which block the vision of the driver will not be allowed on the bus.
• Students are not allowed to bring knives, sharp objects, skateboards, fireworks, or firearms on the bus. Pets or other live animals are not permitted on the bus.
• Students are only allowed to get off the bus at school and at their designated bus stop.
• Students who must cross the road or highway to enter the bus must wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver has signaled to cross in front of the bus
• Students who must cross the road after leaving the bus must go to a point on the shoulder of the road ten feet in front of the bus and cross the road only after the driver has signaled them to cross.
• Students cannot ride any bus except their assigned bus unless they present the driver with a note signed by a parent/guardian and endorsed by a school official. The notes should be approved in the morning for afternoon trips.
Consequences for Failure to follow rules of Conduct on the School Bus
Violations of any of these rules or safety guidelines will result in disciplinary action. Names of offenders will be submitted to the director of transportation or principal’s office and be dealt with according to the severity of the incident. The building principal or Director of Transportation will be responsible for the discipline of the student.
Name taken and/or verbal warning given by the driver.
1st offense: Offense written up and copy mailed to and/or phone call to parent/guardian
2nd offense: Offense written up and copy mailed to parent/guardian, at which time the parent/guardian has the option of requesting a meeting with the principal, bus driver, and/or transportation supervisor.
3rd offense: Offense described in writing and a copy mailed to parent/guardian notifying parent/guardian that the student is being suspended from riding the bus for three (3) days.
• After the 3rd offense, the discipline will be administered on a case-by-case basis by the building principal or transportation director.
• A severe offense such as, but not limited to, fighting, threatening others, or cursing the bus driver may result in the immediate loss of bus riding privileges given by the driver or principal. The transportation supervisor or principal will attempt to notify the parent/guardian on the day the severe offense occurs.
• A student is not permitted to ride another bus while suspended from his/her bus and parents are responsible for transporting students to and from school during any period of bus suspension.
• Discipline forms will be completed by the bus driver and distributed to the transportation supervisor, principal, and parent/guardian at the earliest date and time possible.
• The transportation department or the bus driver must be notified when there will be no morning riders on side roads with a single stop more than one-fourth mile from the main route. Notification must be made before the driver leaves on the morning route. Following the failure of notification on three consecutive mornings, the driver will no longer make the morning stop until notification that students will be riding the bus. The bus director may be contacted at 767-1540.
• Students are not permitted on busses with glass vases or large balloons that are often gifts on St.
Valentine’s Day. Mountain Pine Elementary School requests that such deliveries be made to the home. This allows for fewer opportunities for conflict with bus regulations and prevents classroom disruptions.
Special note: The unauthorized entry of a school bus is a violation of state law. Persons with concerns regarding transportation should contact the transportation supervisor or the principal.
1.70 SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS
Each student will be provided his/her individual school supplies. Students will provide their own backpack for school. Parents/guardians should check with the child periodically to see if additional supplies are needed.
Textbooks and library books are provided for student use free of charge. Students are responsible
for lost or damaged books and will be expected to pay for replacements.
1.80 BREAKFAST, LUNCH and FEEDING PROGRAM
Mountain Pine Elementary School serves three meals per day. All students are encouraged to eat in the cafeteria. Breakfast is served starting at 7:25 AM and concluding at 7:43 AM. Lunch is served between 11:15 AM and 11:45 AM for K-3 and 12:15 PM and 12:45 PM for 4-6 each day. Credit is not offered for purchases in the school cafeterias.
A free feeding program is available for all students under the age of 18 each day from 2:55-3:15.
Information regarding the federal lunch program will be sent to parents on the first day of school or first day of enrollment. It is encouraged that these forms be completed and returned to school to determine immediate eligibility. Application for the federal lunch program may be made at anytime during the year if income situations change.
Parents may elect to send lunches with their child if they so choose. Students should not share items brought from home that have limited nutritional value such as candy, soda, and water ices. Parents will be notified each year of the correct breakfast and lunch prices. Mountain Pine Elementary School uses a computerized “declining balance” system that helps students move quickly through the lunch line. This simply means that a deposit to an individual account is carried forward and the balance declines with usage. Parents can deposit as much or as little into an account as desired. Students are encouraged to make weekly deposits to avoid repetitive trips to the cashier with money for lunches.
The district will only provide substitute meal menus to accommodate students with handicapping conditions meeting the definition of a disability as defined in USDA regulations. Parents desiring accommodations need to submit a Certification of Disability for Special Dietary Needs Form completed by a licensed physician to the district Director of Child nutrition. Meals will not be prepared to accommodate religious or personal beliefs.
1.90 AFTERNOON FEEDING PROGRAM
Any child 18 years or younger is eligible to eat. The meal is FREE and will be provided to the students during the last 20 minutes of the school day. Elementary students will eat in the
cafeteria and be dismissed from the cafeteria. Teachers will take students to the bus and car rider lines.
2.00 VISITS AND CONFERENCES
ALL VISITORS TO MPES MUST REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL.
Parents wishing to visit their child during the school day shall register first with the office. If there is any question concerning the legal custody of the student, the parent shall present
documentation to the principal or his/her designee establishing the parent’s custody of the student or legal right of visitation. It shall be the responsibility of the custodial parent to make
any visitation restrictions regarding the non-custodial parent known to the principal by presenting a copy of a file-marked court order. Estranged parents may visit their child during
school hours with the consent of the custodial parent.
Questioning of students by non-school personnel shall be granted only with a court order
directing such questioning, with permission of the parents of the student, or in response to a subpoena or arrest warrant. State law, however, requires that Department of Human services employees, local law enforcement, or agents of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police, may interview students without a court order for the purpose of investigating suspected child abuse. If the District makes a report to any law enforcement agency concerning student misconduct or if access to a student is granted to a law enforcement agency due to a court order, the principal or the principal’s designee shall make a good faith effort to contact the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis on student enrollment forms.
Principals must release a student to either a police officer who presents a subpoena for the
student, or a warrant for arrest, or to an agent of the social services with a court order signed by a judge. Upon release of the student, the principal or designee shall give the student’s parent, legal
guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis notice that the student has been taken into custody by law enforcement personnel or a social services agency. If the principal or designee is unable to reach the parent, he or she shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to get a message to the parent to call the principal or designee, and leave both a day and after hours telephone number.
2.10 SCHOOL TELEPHONE
The telephone is a business phone. Students are not to use it for making social arrangements or unnecessary calls. Messages will be delivered to students in case of emergencies. Students will not be taken out of class to talk on the phone unless it is an emergency. Parents are encouraged to always make prior arrangements with students as to car rider, walker, or bus rider status before the student leaves for school in the morning. This pre-planning helps prevent disruption of the instructional day.
2.20 APPOINTMENTS AND EARLY CHECK-OUT
Parents are encouraged to make health-related appointments for students after school hours. It is increasingly important that the student remain at school. Standards and expectations are high at Mountain Pine Elementary School and good attendance is a must. Parents should avoid early checkouts when made only for convenience. Early checkouts disrupt class and instructional time is missed. Parents should also make prior arrangements as to walker, bus rider, or car rider status. Calls to school to establish such arrangements are disruptive and unnecessary.
2.30 LOST AND FOUND
The school cannot assume responsibility for the loss of personal items. However, if it is reported immediately, every effort will be made to help locate the lost item. ALL PERSONAL ITEMS SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED FOR IDENTIFICATION WITH THE CHILD`S NAME. ITEMS NOT NEEDED FOR SCHOOL SHOULD BE LEFT AT HOME. Please be sure to mark your child’s coat each winter. The coat and lunch box are the most frequently lost items.
2.40 SCHOOL PROPERTY
As good citizens, students are obligated to respect and protect all school property and help keep the building, furniture and school equipment as attractive as possible. Intentional damage to school property can result in disciplinary action and restitution.
The Mountain Pine School District does not provide accident or medical insurance for its students. Student insurance is available, however, to all students through the school and the cost of insurance coverage varies from year to year. In-School insurance protection is required of all
students participating in athletic programs. It is offered strictly as a service to the students and the patrons of the school district.
2.60 EMERGENCY DRILLS
All schools in the District conduct fire drills at least monthly. Tornado drills shall also be conducted in the months of September, October, January, and February. Other types of emergency drills may also be conducted. These may include, but are not limited to:
2) Act of terrorism or active
3) Chemical spill;
4) School bus evacuation
The District shall annually conduct an active shooter drill and school safety assessment may be conducted for all District schools in collaboration, when possible, with local law enforcement and emergency management personnel. Students will be included in the drills to the extent that is developmentally appropriate to the age of both the students’ configuration of the school and grade.
2.70 PERMANENT RECORDS
Permanent school records, as required by the Arkansas Department of Education, shall be maintained for each student enrolled in the District until the student receives a high school diploma or its equivalent or is beyond the age of compulsory school attendance. A copy of the student’s permanent record shall be provided to the receiving school district upon the transfer of the student to another district within 10 days after the date of the request. A student must use his/her legal birth name for all official documents. Name changes will only be accepted upon receipt of a court order.
2.80 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PARASITES
Students with communicable diseases or with human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment shall demonstrate respect for other students by not attending school while they are capable of transmitting their condition to others. Students whom the school nurse determines are unwell or unfit for school attendance or who are believed to have a communicable disease or condition will be required to be picked up by their parent or guardian. Specific examples include, but are not limited to: chicken pox, measles, scabies, conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), impetigo/MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), streptococcal and staphylococcal infections, ringworm, mononucleosis, Hepatitis B or C, mumps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (100.0 F when taken orally). A student who has been sent home by the school nurse will be subsequently readmitted, at the discretion of the school nurse, when the student is no longer a transmission risk. In some instances, a letter from a health care provider may be required prior to the student being readmitted to the school.
To help control the possible spread of communicable diseases, school personnel shall follow the District's exposure control plan when dealing with any blood borne, foodborne, and airborne pathogens exposures. Standard precautions shall be followed relating to the handling, disposal, and cleanup of blood and other potentially infectious materials such as all body fluids, secretions and excretions (except sweat).
The District shall maintain a copy of each student's immunization record and a list of individuals with exemptions from immunization, which shall be education records as defined in policy 4.13. That policy provides that an education record may be disclosed to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
A student enrolled in the District who has an immunization exemption may be removed from school at
the discretion of the Arkansas Department of Health during an outbreak of the disease for which the student is not vaccinated. The student may not return to the school until the outbreak has been resolved and the student's return to school is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.
The parents or legal guardians of students found to have live human host parasites that are transmittable in
a school environment, will be asked to pick their child up. The parents or legal guardians will be given information concerning the eradication and control of human host parasites. A student may be readmitted after, the school nurse or designee has determined the student no longer has live human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment.
Each school may conduct screenings of students for human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment as needed. The screenings shall be conducted in a manner that respects the privacy and confidentiality of each student.
2.90 STUDENT MEDICATIONS
• Prior to the administration of any medication to any student under the age of eighteen (18), written parental consent is required. The consent form shall include authorization to administer the medication and relieve the Board and its employees of civil liability for damages or injuries resulting from the administration of medication to students in accordance with this policy. All signed medication consent forms are to be maintained by the school nurse.
• Unless authorized to self-administer, students are not allowed to carry any medications, including over-the-counter medications or any perceived health remedy not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, while at school. THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN SHALL PROVIDE THE STUDENT’S MEDICATION INCLUDING ANY OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS, TO THE SCHOOL NURSE. When medications are brought to the school nurse, the nurse shall document, in the presence of the parent, the quantity and type of medication(s). If the medications are brought by the student, the school nurse shall ask another school employee to verify, in the presence of the student the quantity of the medication(s). Each person present shall sign a form verifying the quantity and type of medication(s).
• Medications, including those for self-medication, must be in the original container and be properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering health care provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, its possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings. Schedule II medications that are permitted by this policy to be brought to school shall be stored in a double locked cabinet.
• Students with an individualized health plan (IHP) may be given over-the-counter medications to the extent giving such medications are included in the student's IHP.
• Schedule II medications that shall be allowed to be brought to the school are methylphenidate
(Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexidrine), and amphetamine sulfate (Adderall). To help ensure
their safe-keeping, any such medications brought to the school nurse shall be stored in a double locked cabinet.
• For the student's safety, no student will be allowed to attend school if the student is currently taking any other Schedule II medication than permitted by this policy. Students who are taking Schedule II medications, which are not allowed to be brought to school shall be eligible for homebound instruction if provided for in their IEP and 504 plans.
• The district's supervising registered nurse shall be responsible for creating both on campus and off campus procedures for administering medications.
• Only students who have written permission from their parent or guardian and a licensed health care provider to self-administer either an asthma inhaler or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both and who have a current consent form on file shall be allowed to carry and self-administer such medication while in school, at an on-site school sponsored activity, while traveling to or from school, or at an off-site school sponsored activity. Students are prohibited from sharing, transferring, or in any way diverting his/her medications to any other person. The fact that a student with a completed consent form on file is allowed to carry an asthma inhaler or auto- injectable epinephrine, or both does not require him/her to have such on his/her person. The parent or guardian of a student who chooses to not carry an asthma inhaler or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both on his/her person shall provide the school with the appropriate medication which shall be immediately available to the student in an emergency.
• Students may be administered Glucagon in emergency situations by the school nurse or, in the absence of the school nurse, a trained volunteer school employee designated as a care provider, provided the student has:
o an IHP developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which provides for the administration of Glucagon in emergency situations; and
o a current, valid consent form on file from their parent or guardian.
• The school shall not keep outdated medications or any medications past the end of the school year. By this policy, parents are notified that ten (10) days after the last day of school, all medications will be disposed of that are left at the school. Medications not picked up by the parents or legal guardians within the ten (10) day period shall be disposed of by the school nurse in accordance with current law and regulations.
Emergency Administration of Epinephrine
• The school nurse or other school employees designated by the school nurse as a care provider who have been trained and certified by a licensed physician may administer an epinephrine auto- injector in emergency situations to students who have an IHP developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which provides for the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector in emergency situations.
• The parent of a student who has an authorizing IHP, or the student if over the age of eighteen (18), shall annually complete and sign a written consent form provided by the student’s school nurse authorizing the nurse or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine to the student when the employee believes the student is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.
• Students with an order from a licensed health care provider to self-administer auto-injectable epinephrine and who have written permission from their parent or guardian shall provide the school nurse an epinephrine auto-injector. This epinephrine will be used in the event the school
nurse, or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine, in good faith professionally believes the student is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction and the student is either not self-carrying his/her epinephrine auto-injector or the nurse is unable to locate it.
• The school nurse for each District school shall keep epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that are suitable for students the school serves. The school nurse or other school employees designated by the school nurse as a care provider, who has been trained and certified by a licensed physician, may administer auto-injector epinephrine to those students who the school nurse or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine in good faith professionally believes is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.
• The school shall not keep outdated medications or any medications past the end of the school year. By this policy, parents are notified that ten (10) days after the last day of school, all medications will be disposed of that are left at the school. Medications not picked up by the parents or legal guardians within the ten (10) day period shall be disposed of by the school nurse in accordance with current law and regulations.
3.00 STUDENT ILLNESS/ACCIDENT/HOMEBOUND
• If a student becomes too ill to remain in class and/or could be contagious to other students, the principal or designee will attempt to notify the student’s parent or legal guardian. The student will remain in the school’s health room or a place where he/she can be supervised until the parent/legal guardian can check the student out of school.
• If a student becomes seriously ill or is injured while at school and the parent/legal guardian cannot be contacted, the failure to make such contact shall not unreasonably delay the school’s expeditious transport of the student to an appropriate medical care facility. The school assumes no responsibility for treatment of the student. When available, current, and applicable, the student’s emergency contact numbers and medical information will be utilized. Parents are strongly encouraged to keep this information up to date.
Mountain Pine School District will provide homebound instruction to eligible students under the following guidelines:
1. The student has a medical condition/injury, which prevents him/her from participating in core academic instruction for a period longer than two consecutive weeks within
the school year, which is documented by the student’s physician.
2. The student has an educational disability, which prevents him/her from participating
in core academic instruction for a period longer than two consecutive weeks within the school year, which is documented by the student’s IEP committee.
• To initiate homebound services for a medical condition/injury, the student or student’s parent/guardian contacts the student’s school counselor to obtain a Physician Recommendation for Homebound Services form to be completed by the student’s physician.
• To initiate homebound services for a student with an educational disability, the student or student’s parent/guardian contacts the student’s special education teacher to convene an IEP committee meeting.
• The final decision to approve homebound instruction lies with the MPSD administrative staff, including one or more of the following: the School Principal, Special Services Supervisor, and Superintendent.
3.10 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS OR SCREENINGS
• The Mountain Pine School District may provide from time to time for the administration of physical exams or screenings of its students. The intent of the exams or screenings shall be to detect contagious or infectious diseases or defects in hearing, vision, or other elements of health that would adversely affect the student’s ability to achieve to their full potential.
• The district shall notify parents, at least annually, through the school website, announcements, or notes sent home of the specific or approximate dates of any non- emergency, non-invasive physical examination or screening.
• Except in instances where a student is suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease, parents shall have the right to opt their student out of the exams or screenings by written notification to the school or by providing certification from a physician that he/she has recently examined the student.
• A student may be required to pass a physical exam before being allowed to participate in certain extracurricular activities to help ensure they are physically capable of withstanding the rigors of the activity. It is understood that students who refuse to take such an exam will not be allowed to participate in the desired activity.
• Homework is considered to be part of the educational program of the District.
Assignments shall be an extension of the teaching/learning experience that promotes the student’s educational development. As an extension of the classroom, homework must
be planned and organized and should be viewed by the students as purposeful.
• Teachers are aware of the potential problem students may have completing assignments from multiple teachers and vary the amount of homework they give from day to day.
• The district recommends a reasonable amount of homework comparable with a student’s ability for reinforcing the concepts taught in class and/or lesson preparations.
o Kindergarten 15 minutes per day o First and Second 30 minutes per day o Third and Fourth 45 minutes per day o Fifth and Sixth 1 hour per day
Parents or guardians shall be kept informed concerning the progress of their student. Parent- teacher conferences are encouraged and may be requested by parents, guardians, or teachers. If the progress of a student is unsatisfactory in a subject, the teachers shall attempt to schedule a
parent-teacher conference. In the conference, a remediation plan will be developed to enhance the probability of student success. The school shall also send timely progress reports and issue grades for each nine-week grading period to keep parents/guardians informed of their student’s progress.
Parents will be able to request a password from the e-school director during our Open-House and after the start of school that allows home access to their student’s grades.
The evaluation of each student’s performance on a regular basis serves to give the parents/guardians, students, and the school necessary information to help effect academic
improvement. Students’ grades shall reflect only the extent to which a student has achieved the expressed educational objectives of the course as is consistent with laws and regulations.
The grading scale for all schools in the district shall be as follows: A=100-90
Music, physical education, art and computer application will be graded as S or U indicating
Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory performance.
MPES has an Honor Roll designed to recognize academic excellence. Any parent or student who does not want to have the student identified as an honor student shall submit a written request to the principal stating that the student not be identified. This request needs to be submitted one week prior to the end of the grading period.
3.40 REPORTS/SMART CORE/PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN
• Report cards will go home at the end of each grading period. Progress reports will be sent home at the mid-point in each grading period.
• Non-custodial parents may request current scholastic records.
• MPES also houses a Parent Center with various print and visual media of interest to parents. This center is accessible each day. A complete listing of checkout items may be obtained from the office of the principal.
• MPES will conduct regularly scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences each semester. The dates of these conferences will be included in the school calendar attached to this handbook.
• MPES teachers will communicate more frequently with parents when there is a decline in student performance. The objective of the communication is to improve student performance and involve parents in the decision-making process to help their child.
• The Mountain Pine School District recognizes the importance of involving parents in promoting higher student achievement. Therefore, the district will strive to develop and maintain meaningful and productive partnerships within the community. To achieve such ends the district shall work to:
o Support schools in planning and implementing parent/guardian activities;
o Have a coordinated involvement program to encompass other strategies such as
Head Start, Hippy, Parents as Partners, and Parents as Teachers;
o Explain to parents and community the State standards, assessments, curriculum alignment and the parental role in addressing these integral parts of the school experience.
o Provide parents with information, training and materials to help them assist their children in the learning process;
o Provide parental involvement training for all school staff and strive to eliminate barriers that work to keep parents/guardians from active involvement in their children`s educational programs;
o Constantly seek to find and modify successful parent/guardian and community involvement in the educational process.
SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SMART CORE
Smart Core is Arkansas’s college-and career-ready curriculum for high school students.
College-and career-readiness in Arkansas means that students are prepared for success in entry-
level, credit-bearing courses at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, in technical postsecondary training, and in well-paid jobs that support families and have pathways to advancement. To be college-and career ready, students need to be adept problem solvers and critical thinkers who can contribute and apply their knowledge in novel contexts and unforeseen situations. Smart Core is the foundation for college- and career-readiness. All students should supplement with additional rigorous coursework within their career focus.
Successful completion of the Smart Core curriculum is one of the eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Failure to complete the Smart Core curriculum for graduation may result in negative consequences such as conditional admission to college and ineligibility for scholarship programs.
Parents or guardians may waive the right for a student to participate in Smart Core and to instead participate in the Core curriculum. The parent must sign the separate Smart Core Waiver Form
to do so.
SMART CORE CURRICULUM
English – 4 units
English 9th grade English 10th grade English 11th grade English 12th grade
Mathematics – 4 Units
Algebra I or Algebra A & B (Grades 7-8 or 8-9) Geometry or Geometry A & B (Grades 8-9 or 9-10) Algebra II
Fourth Math – Choice of: Advanced Topics and Modeling in Mathematics, Algebra III, Calculus,
Linear Systems and Statistics, Mathematical Applications and Algorithms, Pre-Calculus, or an
Advanced Placement mathematics
Natural Science – 3 units with lab experience chosen from:
Biology - 1 unit
Physical Science - 2 units
Chemistry - 2 units
Physical or Principal of Technology I and II or PIC Physics - 2 units
Social Studies – 3 units
Civics – ½ unit
World History – 1 unit
U.S. History – 1 unit
Oral Communication – ½ unit Physical Education – ½ unit Health and Safety – ½ unit
Economics – ½ unit (may be counted toward Social Studies or Career Focus)
Fine Arts – ½ unit
Career Focus – 6 units
ACT 977 1997
“AN ACT AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE ANNOTATED TO PROVIDE THAT THERE SHALL BE ONE CORE CURRICULUM IN ARKANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS”
(The General Assembly hereby recognizes and acknowledges that students who complete the core curriculum with a satisfactory grade point average should receive recognition for both perseverance and a job well done. It is the purpose of this legislation, to both further that recognition and to increase the confidence of Arkansans in the value of diplomas awarded by the state’s public schools.
The Mountain Pine school district shall attach a seal, stamp, or other symbol to transcripts and
diplomas awarded to high school students who have completed the core curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
SECTION 2: HONOR GRADUATES, VALEDICTORIAN, AND SALUTATORIAN
Beginning with the class of 2007, in order to be a high school honor graduate, a student must
complete the required honor courses listed below. All honor graduates must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the seven semesters.
SECTION 3: REQUIREMENTS
Beginning with the 1997-98 academic year, any student who graduates from a high school after May 1, 1997 must have successfully completed the core curriculum, recommended by the State Board, with a grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, to be eligible for unconditional admission to an associate of arts or a bachelor’s degree program in a public four-year institution of higher education.
To be an honor graduate in addition to completing the Smart Core Curriculum, students must
complete two years of the same foreign language, complete a fourth year of science chosen from
Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, or any AP science or advanced science class. To be an honor
graduate, the senior must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. In addition, beginning with the class of
2014, honor graduates must have taken and passed at least two AP classes, or Concurrent
College classes or combination of AP/ Concurrent College classes."
The honor student with the highest GPA and who has been enrolled in public school in grades 9
through 12 and in Mountain Pine High School continuously from the beginning of their sophomore year for a total of five (5) semesters shall serve as the valedictorian.
The honor student with the second highest GPA and who has been enrolled in public school in grades 9 through 12 and in Mountain Pine High School continuously from the beginning of their
sophomore year for a total of five (5) semesters shall serve as the salutatorian.
Parents will be informed when there is a possibility that the continuation of current academic achievement levels may result in student retention at grade level. The parents will then work with school staff to develop an Academic Support Plan to prevent retention and promote success. The final decision regarding promotion/retention will take into consideration multiple factors, which include grades, standardized test data, IEP goal attainment if appropriate, RTI data, staff and parental input. The principal has the final decision regarding promotion/retention. If retention is recommended, notice and the reason for the retention will be promptly communicated to parents in a personal conference.
Students in grades one through six that are identified for an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) by past performance on the most recent standardized test who refuses to participate in the remediation program will be retained at grade level in accordance with state statute. Any student that has an Academic Improvement Plan and fails to accept remediation, but scores Proficient on the State approved standardized test shall not be retained in accordance with state law.
Students at Mountain Pine Elementary School are administered standardized tests in accordance with Arkansas law and the Mountain Pine School District. These tests measure student competencies and allow for better planning in addressing individual needs within the curriculum. Students not meeting the Proficient level on the previous spring test shall participate in an academic improvement plan that includes a remediation period during the school day. MPES will notify parents of their role and responsibility and the consequences for failure of the student to participate in the plan. Students in grades 1 thru 6 identified for an academic improvement plan who do not participate in the program shall be retained at grade level in accordance with state law and rules established by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Information on the purposes and results of these tests will go home with all students prior to and upon completion of the tests.
3.70 STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Mountain Pine Elementary School is a closed campus. Parents/guardians must provide written permission before a student will be permitted to leave the school grounds with someone other than the parent/ guardian. School trips will be supervised by a teacher, coach, school official,
approved parent or adult sponsor. Parents will be informed prior to fieldtrips as to departure and return times and asked to return written approval on trips requiring bus transportation.
3.80 TRUANCY AND TARDINESS
• Truancy is unexcused and defined as a student that is not present at school without the prior consent of parents and/or without permission from the office of the principal.
• Checking a student into school after the 1st bell or out of school before the last bell will be counted as a tardy. Tardiness is disruptive and repeated tardiness cannot be tolerated. Students arriving to school after 7:45 AM, must have a parent or guardian come
into the main office and sign them in or call 767-2421 ext. 3, to inform the school of the late arrival. As a student’s tardies start to add up, the following actions will occur:
o First unexcused tardy Warning
o Second unexcused tardy Warning
o Third unexcused tardy Phone call from classroom teacher or counselor
o Fourth unexcused tardy Will count for one day unexcused absence
• This policy will be in effect for each nine-week grading period and will start over at the beginning of each grading period. Parents may appeal decision to school or district administration in writing before reaching the maximum number of days.
3.90 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS/EQUAL ACCESS
Non-curriculum-related secondary school student organizations wishing to conduct meetings on school premises during non-instructional time shall not be denied equal access on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings. Such meetings must meet the following criteria.
1) The meeting is to be voluntary and student initiated;
2) There is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or
3) The meeting must occur during non-instructional time;
4) Employees or agents of the school are present at religious meetings only in a non- participatory capacity,
5) The meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school; and
6) Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups.
All meetings held on school premises must be scheduled and approved by the principal. The school, its agents, and employees retain the authority to maintain order and discipline, to protect
the well-being of students and faculty, and to assure that attendance of students at meetings is voluntary. Fraternities, sororities, and secret societies are forbidden in the District’s schools.
Membership to student organizations shall not be by a vote of the organization’s members, nor be restricted by the student’s race, religion, sex, national origin, or other arbitrary criteria.
Hazing as defined by law is forbidden in connection with the introduction or affiliation with any student organization, extracurricular activity or sports program.
4.00 STUDENT TRANSFERS
• The Mountain Pine School District shall review and accept or reject requests for transfers, both into and out of the district, on a case-by-case basis pursuant to State law.
• Any student transferring from a school accredited by the Department of Education to a school in this district shall be placed into the same grade the student would have been in had the student remained at the former school.
• Any student transferring from a home school or a school that is not accredited by the Department of Education, to a District school, shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s appropriate grade placement.
• The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.
• The responsibility for transportation of any non-resident student admitted to a school in this District shall be the responsibility of the student or the student’s parents. The District and the resident district may enter into a written agreement with the student or student’s parents to provide transportation to or from the District, or both.
4.10 SCHOOL CHOICE
The Mountain Pine School District follows all Arkansas Law and Arkansas Department of
Education guidelines with respect to School Choice and Student Transfer requests.
4.20 HOME SCHOOLING
Parents or legal guardians desiring to provide a home school for their children must give written notice to the Superintendent of their intent to do so and sign a waiver acknowledging that the State of Arkansas is not liable for the education of their children during the time the parents choose to home school. Notice shall be given:
1. At the beginning of each school year, but no later than August 15;
2. By December 15th, for parents who decide to start home schooling at the beginning of the spring semester, or
3. Fourteen (14) calendar days prior to withdrawing the child (provided the student is not currently under disciplinary action for violation of any written school policy, including, but
not limited to excessive absences) and at the beginning of each school year thereafter.
The parents or legal guardians shall deliver written notice in person to the Superintendent the
first time such notice is given and the notice must include:
1. The name, date of birth, grade level, and the name and address of the school last attended, if
2. The location of the home school;
3. The basic core curriculum to be offered;
4. The proposed schedule of instruction; and
5. The qualifications of the parent-teacher.
To aid the District in providing a free and appropriate public education to students in need of special education services, the parents or legal guardians home-schooling their children shall provide information, which might indicate the need for special education services.
4.30 PRIVACY OF STUDENTS’ RECORDS/DIRECTORY INFORMATION
• Except when a court order regarding a student has been presented to the district to the contrary, all students’ education records are available for inspection and copying by the parents of his/her student who is under the age of eighteen (18). At the age of eighteen (18), the right to inspect and copy a student’s records transfers to the student. A student’s parent or the student, if over the age of 18, requesting to review the student’s education records will be allowed to do so within no more than forty-five (45) days of the request. The district forwards education records, including disciplinary records, to schools that have requested them and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.
• The district shall receive written permission before releasing education records to any agency or individual not authorized by law to receive and/or view the education records without prior parental permission. The District shall maintain a record of requests by such agencies or individuals for access to, and each disclosure of, personally identifiable information hereinafter “PII”) from the education records of each student. Disclosure of education records is authorized by law to school officials with legitimate educational interests of the student. A personal record kept by a school staff member is not considered an education record if it meets the following tests.
o it is in the sole possession of the individual who made it;
o it is used only as a personal memory aid; and
o information contained in it has never been revealed or made available to any other
person, except the maker’s temporary substitute
For the purposes of this policy a school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
For the purposes of this policy, a school official has a legitimate educational interest, if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility, contracted duty, or
duty of elected office.
The District discloses PII from an education record to appropriate parties, including parents, in connection
with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. The superintendent or designee shall determine who will have access to and the responsibility for disclosing information in emergency situations.
When deciding whether to release PII in a health or safety emergency, the District may take into account
the totality of the circumstances pertaining to a threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals. If the District determines that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or
safety of a student or other individuals, it may disclose information from education records to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
For purposes of this policy, the Mountain Pine School District does not distinguish between a custodial
and noncustodial parent, or a non-parent such as a person acting in loco parentis or a foster parent with respect to gaining access to a student’s records. Unless a court order restricting such access has been presented to the district to the contrary, the act of a person’s status as parent or guardian, alone, enables that parent or guardian to review and copy his/her child’s records.
If there exists a court order, which directs that a parent not have access to a student or his/her records, the parent, guardian, person acting in loco parentis, or an agent of the Department of Human Services must present a file-marked copy of such order to the building principal and the Superintendent. The school will make good-faith efforts to act in accordance with such court order, but the failure to do so does not impose legal liability upon the school. The actual responsibility for enforcement of such court orders rests with the parents or guardians, their attorneys and the court which issued the order.
A parent or guardian does not have the right to remove any material from a student’s records, but such parent or guardian may challenge the accuracy of a record. The right to challenge the accuracy of a record does not include the right to dispute a grade, which must be done only through the appropriate teacher and/or administrator, the decision of whom is final. A challenge to the accuracy of material contained in a student’s file must be initiated with the building principal, with an appeal available to the Superintendent or his designee. The challenge shall clearly identify the part of the student’s record the parent wants changed and specify why he/she believes it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school determines not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the requesting parent or student of the decision and inform them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amending the record. The parent or eligible student will be provided information regarding the hearing procedure when notified of the right to a hearing.
Unless the parent or guardian of a student (or student, if above the age of eighteen ) objects, directory
information about a student may be made available to the public, military recruiters, post secondary educational institutions, prospective employers of those students, as well as school publications such as annual yearbooks and graduation announcements. “Directory information” includes, but is not limited to, a student’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, his/her placement on the honor role (or the receipt of other types of honors), as well as his/her participation in school clubs and extracurricular activities, among others. If the student participates in inherently public activities (for example, basketball, football, or other interscholastic activities), the publication of such information will be beyond the control of the District. "Directory information" also includes a student identification (ID) number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by a student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems and a student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student's ID badge, provided the ID cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.
A student’s name and photograph will only be displayed on the district or school’s web page(s) after
receiving the written permission from the student’s parent or student if over the age of 18.
The form for objecting to making directory information available is located in the back of the student
handbook and must be completed and signed by the parent or age-eligible student and filed with the building principal’s office no later than ten (10) school days after the beginning of each school year or the
grant of permission. The district is required to continue to honor any signed-opt out form for any student no longer in attendance at the district.
The right to opt out of the disclosure of directory information under FERPA does not prevent the District from disclosing or requiring a student to disclose the student's name, identifier, or institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled.
• Education is more than the grades students receive in their courses. Important as that is, students’ regular attendance at school is essential to their social and cultural development and helps prepare them to accept responsibilities they will face as an adult. Interactions with other students and participation in the instruction within the classroom enrich the learning environment and promote a continuity of instruction, which results in higher student achievement. In recognition of the need for students to regularly attend school, the district’s policy governing student absences is as follows:
• If any student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy, the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.
• In recognition of the need for students to regularly attend school, the district’s policy governing student absences is as follows:
• Students shall not have more than 6 unexcused absences in a semester. When a student has 3 unexcused absences, his/her parent, guardian or person in loco parentis shall be notified that the student has missed half of the allowable days for the semester.
• On the 7th unexcused absence in a semester, the district shall notify the Garland County
Juvenile Court. Excessive unexcused absences could also result in a student being
retained in their current grade level. In addition, attendance patterns set by students in school tend to follow them through life!
• Attendance and achievement go hand in hand. Students should be in school unless illness or extenuating circumstance justifies an absence. The purpose of this policy is to define excused, unexcused, and excessive absences. The policy also explains procedures the school may use to address attendance problems.
Excused absences are those where the student was on official school business or when the absence was due to one of the following reasons and the student brings a written statement by a doctor to the principal or designee upon his/her return to school stating such reason. A written statement presented for an absence having occurred more than five (5) school days prior to its presentation will not be accepted.
• The student’s illness or when attendance could jeopardize the health of other students. A
maximum of six (6) such days are allowed unless the condition(s) causing such absences
• Head lice infestation is excused for ONE day per occurrence.
o Students will be allowed back in class with a “NO live parasites or hosts” head check by school nurse or administrator
• Death or illness in the immediate family
• Attendance at an appointment with a government agency (note provided to school);
• Attendance at a medical appointment (note provided to school);
• Exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal.
• Absences granted to allow a student to visit his/her parent or legal guardian who is a member of the military and been called to active duty, is on leave from active duty, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting. The number of additional excused absences shall be at the discretion of the superintendent or designee.
It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive absences be given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Excessive absences may, however, be the basis for the denial of course credit, promotion or graduation.
• Absences not defined above or not having an accompanying note from the parent or legal guardian, presented in the timeline required by this policy, shall be considered as unexcused absences. Students with 8 unexcused absences in a course in a semester shall not receive credit for that course. At the discretion of the principal after consultation with persons having knowledge of the circumstances of the unexcused absences, the student may be denied promotion or graduation. Excessive absences shall not be a reason for expulsion or dismissal of a student.
• When a student has 3 unexcused absences, his/her parents, guardians, or persons in loco parentis shall be notified. Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address sent no later than the following school day.
• Whenever a student exceeds 6 unexcused absences in a semester, the District shall notify the Garland County Juvenile Court and the parent, guardian or persons in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law.
• At any time prior to when a student exceeds the number of unexcused absences permitted by this policy, the student, or his/her parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis may petition the school or district’s administration for special arrangements to address the student’s unexcused absences. If formal arrangements are granted, they shall be formalized into a written agreement, which will include the conditions of the agreement and the consequences for failing to fulfill the agreement’s requirements. The agreement shall be signed by the student, student’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis, and the school or district administrator or designee.
• Students who attend in-school suspension shall not be counted absent for those days.
• Days missed due to out-of-school suspension shall be excused absences. Days missed due to expulsion shall be unexcused absences.
• The Mountain Pine School District Board of Education believes in providing opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities that can help enrich the student’s educational experience. At the same time, the Board believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities cannot come at the expense of his/her
classroom academic achievement. Interruptions of instructional time in the classroom are
to be minimal and absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities shall be kept at a minimum per extracurricular activity1 (tournaments or other similar events excepted with approval of the principal.) All students are eligible for extracurricular activities unless specifically denied eligibility on the basis of criteria outlined in this
• A student may lose his/her eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities when, in the opinion of the school’s administration, the student’s participation in such an activity may adversely jeopardize his/her academic achievement. Students may also be denied permission to participate in extracurricular activities as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the administration for inappropriate behavior.
• Any student who refuses to sit for a State assessment or attempts to boycott a State assessment by failing to put forth a good faith effort on the assessment as determined by the assessment administrator/proctor, or whose parents do not send their student to school on the dates the assessments are administered or scheduled as make-up days shall not be permitted to participate in any non-curriculum related extracurricular activity. The
student shall remain ineligible to participate until the student takes the same or a
following state mandated assessment, as applicable, or completes the required remediation for the assessment the student failed to put forth a good faith effort on. The principal or designee may wave this paragraph's provisions when the student’s failure was due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances. Students falling under the provisions of this paragraph shall be permitted to attend curriculum related field trips occurring during the school day.
4.50 MAKE-UP WORK
Students who miss school shall be allowed to make up the work they missed during their absence. The student and teacher will arrange for all make-up work. Students are allowed one- day make-up time for each day of absence.
4.60 STUDENT DRESS AND GROOMING
• The Mountain Pine Board of Education recognizes that dress can be a matter of personal taste and preference. At the same time, the District has a responsibility to promote an environment conducive to student learning. This requires limitations to student dress and grooming that could be disruptive to the educational process because they are immodest, disruptive, unsanitary, unsafe, could cause property damage, or are offensive to common standards of decency.
• Students are prohibited from wearing, while on the school grounds during the school day and at school-sponsored events, clothing that exposes underwear, buttocks, or the breast of a female. This prohibition does not apply, however to a costume or uniform worn by a student while participating in a school-sponsored activity or event, provided the costume or uniform has been approved by the administration.
• Students are encouraged to maintain a neat appearance while on campus. It is the belief of the school that a neat, clean and appropriately dressed student will be better behaved, more alert and more positive about the school and him/herself. Therefore, students will be encouraged to look their best at all times by being asked to:
• Wear clothes that adequately cover the body. (i.e. 3 finger rule on tops and finger tip rule on shorts).
• Wear appropriate shoes for the season.
• Shorts and pants shall have no holes above the knee.
• No hat and caps are allowed at school. (Unless worn outdoors)
• Given the well-publicized and often identified social problems and health risks identified with substance abuse, the wearing of emblems, ads, etc… that advertise or promote the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco will not be allowed. The Board of Education has the responsibility to maintain an appropriate atmosphere conducive to learning. Therefore, any student-worn article of clothing or manner of hair style or make-up determined by teachers and principals to be disruptive of the learning environment or hazardous to the health and safety of the child and/or teacher shall not be allowed.
• The primary guide in determining what is not appropriate is to the extent to which such dress or grooming attract unneeded attention in the classroom or schools.
• If the principal determines that the student’s dress or grooming is unacceptable, adequate time shall be allowed the student in order to make proper adjustments. However, when a student continues to ignore the required changes, he/she shall be sent home or put into school suspension until the required changes are made.
• The administration at Mountain Pine Elementary School will address issues of improper or indecent clothing with the parent in an effort to resolve any perceived conflict of school rules or disruption of the educational process. The Mountain Pine Elementary School administration reserves authority to make decisions and take actions that promote an orderly educational climate as allowed by Board policy.
4.70 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
All publications that are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, or are produced in conjunction with a class shall be considered school-sponsored publications. School publications do not provide a forum for public expression. Such publications, as well as the content of student expression in school-sponsored activities, shall be subject to the editorial control of the District’s administration whose actions shall be reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns and adhere to the following limitations:
1. Advertising may be accepted for publications that does not condone or promote products
that are inappropriate for the age and maturity of the audience or that endorse such things as tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
2. Publications may be regulated to prohibit writings, which are, in the opinion of the
researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences.
3. Publications may be regulated to refuse to publish material which might reasonably be
perceived to advocate drug or alcohol use, irresponsible sex, or conduct otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized social order, or to associate the school with any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy.
4. Prohibited publications include:
a. Those that are obscene as to minors;
b. Those that are libelous or slanderous, including material containing defamatory falsehoods about public figures or governmental officials, which are made with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard of the truth;
c. Those that constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy as defined by state law,
d. Publications that suggest or urge the commission of unlawful acts on the school premises;
e. Publications which suggest or urge the violation of lawful school regulations;
f. Hate literature that scurrilously attacks ethnic, religious, or racial groups.
Student Publications on School Web Pages
Student publications that are displayed on school web pages shall follow the same guidelines as listed above plus they shall not contain any non-educational advertisements.
Additionally, student web publications shall;
1. Adhere to the restrictions regarding use of Directory Information as prescribed by policy, including not using a student`s photograph when associated with the student`s name unless written permission has been received from the student`s parents or the student if over 18.
2. State that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the School Board or the
employees of the district.
School authorities shall review non-school publications prior to their distribution and will bar from distribution those materials that are obscene, libelous, pervasively indecent, or advertise unlawful products or services. Material may also be barred from distribution if there is evidence that reasonably supports a forecast that disruption will likely result from the distribution.
4.80 DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE
A student or group of students who distribute 10 or fewer copies of the same non-school literature, publication or material, shall do so in a time, place and manner that does not cause a substantial disruption to the school environment. Student wishing to distribute more than 10 copies of non-school materials shall have the superintendent, or his designee review the materials at least three days in advance of the distribution. The superintendent/designee will review the materials and bar from distribution those materials that are obscene, libelous, indecent, or advertise illegal products or services. Material may be barred which reasonably supports a forecast that a substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school will likely result.
whose decision shall be final.
The school principal or designee shall establish reasonable regulations governing the time, place,
and manner of student distribution of literature. The regulations shall:
1. Be narrowly drawn to promote orderly administration of school activities by preventing disruption and may not be designed to stifle expression;
2. Be uniformly applied to all forms of materials;
3. Allow no interference with classes or school activities;
4. Specify times, places, and manner where distribution may and may not occur, and;
5. Not inhibit a person’s right to accept or reject any literature distributed in accordance with
6. Provide that students who distribute materials shall be responsible for picking up any
materials thrown on school grounds.
The Superintendent, along with the student publication advisor, shall develop administrative
regulations for the implementation of this policy. The regulations shall include definitions of terms and timelines for the review of materials.
4.90 CONTACT WITH STUDENTS WHILE AT SCHOOL
Parents wishing to visit their children during the school day shall register first with the office. If there is any question concerning the legal custody of the student, the parent shall present documentation to the principal or his/her designee establishing the parent’s custody of the student or legal right of visitation. It shall be the responsibility of the custodial parent to make any visitation restrictions regarding the non-custodial parent known to the principal by presenting a copy of a file-marked court order. Estranged parents may visit their child during school hours with the consent of the custodial parent.
Questioning of students by non-school personnel shall be granted only with a court order directing such questioning, with permission of the parents of a student (or the student if above eighteen (18) years of age), or in response to a subpoena or arrest warrant. If the District makes a report to any law enforcement agency concerning student misconduct or if access to a student is granted to a law enforcement agency due to a court order, the principal or the principal’s designee shall make a good faith effort to contact the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis on student enrollment forms.
Principals must release a student to either a police officer who presents a subpoena for the student, or a warrant for arrest, or to an agent of the social services with a court order signed by a judge. Upon release of the student, the principal or designee shall give the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis notice that the student has been taken into custody by law enforcement personnel or a social services agency. If the principal or designee is unable to reach the parent, he or she shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to get a message to the parent to call the principal or designee, and leave both a day and after hours telephone number.
5.00 SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND INTERROGATIONS
• The District respects the rights of its students against arbitrary intrusion of their person and property. At the same time, it is the responsibility of school officials to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all students enrolled in the District in order to promote an environment conducive to student learning. The Superintendent, principals, and their designees have the right to inspect and search school property and equipment. They may also search students and their personal property in which the student has a reasonable expectation of privacy, when there is reasonable suspicion to believe such student or property contains illegal items or other items in violation of Board policy or dangerous to the school community. School authorities may seize evidence found in the search and disciplinary action may be taken. Evidence found which appears to be in violation of the law shall be reported to the appropriate authority.
• School property shall include, but not be limited to, lockers, desks, and parking lots, as well as personal effects left there by students. When possible, prior notice will be given and the student will be allowed to be present along with an adult witness, however, searches may be done at any time with or without notice or the student’s consent. A personal search must not be excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.
• The Superintendent, principals, and their designees may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to help conduct searches. Such searches may include the use of specially trained dogs.
• A school official of the same sex shall conduct personal searches with an adult witness of the same sex present.
• State Law requires that Department of Human Services employees, local law enforcement, or agents of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police, may interview students without a court order for the purpose of investigating suspected child abuse. In instances where the interviewers deem it necessary, they may exercise a “72 –hour hold” without first obtaining a court order.
• In instances other than those related to cases of suspected child abuse, principals must release a student to either a police officer who presents a subpoena for the student, or a warrant for arrest, or to an agent of state social services or an agent of the court with a court order signed by a judge. Upon release of the student, the principal or designee shall make a good faith effort to notify the parent or guardian that the student has been taken into custody.
• If the District makes a report to any law enforcement agency concerning student misconduct or if student access is granted to a law enforcement agency due to a court order, the principal or designee will make a good faith effort to contact parents or guardians listed on school enrollment cards. The principal or the principal`s designee shall not attempt to make such contact if presented documentation by the investigator that such notification is prohibited because the parent/guardian is named as an alleged offender of child maltreatment.
5.10 STUDENT DISCIPLINE
1. The Mountain Pine Board of Education has a responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the District’s students and employees. To help maintain a safe environment conducive to high Student achievement, the Board establishes policies necessary to regulate student behavior to promote an orderly school environment that is respectful of the rights of others and ensures the uniform enforcement of student discipline. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs at any time on the school grounds, off school grounds at a school-sponsored function, activity, or event, going to and from school or a school activity.
2. The District’s administrators may also take disciplinary action against a student for off- campus conduct occurring at any time that would have a detrimental impact on school discipline, the educational environment, or the welfare of the students and/or staff. A student who has committed a criminal act while off campus and whose presence on campus could cause a substantial disruption to school or endanger the welfare of other students or staff is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Such acts could include, but are not limited to a felony or an act that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult, as assault or battery, drug law violations, or sexual misconduct of a serious nature. Any disciplinary action pursued by the District shall be in accordance with the student’s appropriate due process rights.
3. The District’s licensed personnel policy committee shall review the student discipline policies annually and may recommend changes in the policies to the Mountain Pine School Board. The Board has the responsibility of determining whether to approve any recommended changes to student discipline policies.
4. The District’s student discipline policies shall be distributed to each student during the first week of school each year and to new students upon their enrollment. Each student’s parent or legal guardian shall sign and return to the school an acknowledgement form documenting that they have received the policies.
5. It is required by law that the principal, or the person in charge, report to the police any incidents the person has personal knowledge of or has received information leading to a reasonable belief that a person has committed or threatened to commit an act of violence or any crime involving a deadly weapon on school property or while under school supervision. If the person making the report is not the superintendent, that person shall inform the superintendent of the incident. Additionally, the principal shall inform any school employee who initially reported the incident that a report has been made to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The superintendent or designee shall inform the Board of Directors of any such report to law enforcement.
6. The minimum penalty for student misconduct will be a verbal warning and the maximum
penalty will be expulsion by the board or legal action dependent upon the severity and frequency of the misconduct.
7. Video surveillance cameras will be in use at MPES, school grounds and busses.
Students will be held responsible for disciplinary issues captured on camera.
Exterior doors at MPES will be locked during the school day. Visitors will be identified by visual contact at the front doors, before being admitted to the office area to conduct business or receive a visitor badge as needed.
5.20 PROHIBITED CONDUCT
Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conducive to high student achievement. Certain student behaviors are unacceptable in such an environment and are hereby prohibited by the Board. Prohibited behaviors include, but shall not be limited to the following:
1. Disrespect for school employees and failing to comply with reasonable directions or otherwise demonstrating insubordination;
2. Disruptive behavior that interferes with orderly school operations;
3. Willfully and intentionally assaulting or threatening to assault or physically abusing any
student or school employee;
4. Possession of any weapon that can reasonably be considered capable of causing bodily
harm to another individual;
5. Possession or use of tobacco in any form on any property owned or leased by any public
6. Willfully or intentionally damaging, destroying, or theft of personal or school property;
7. Possession of electronic communication devices on the school campus will be subject to restrictions outlined in 5.90 in this handbook.
8. Possession, selling, distributing, or being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any
illegal drug, unauthorized inhalants, analogs, or the inappropriate use or sharing of prescription or over the counter drugs, or other intoxicants, or anything represented to be a drug;
9. Inappropriate public displays of affection;
10. Cheating, copying, or claiming another person’s work to be his/her own;
12. Inappropriate student dress;
13. Use of vulgar, profane, or obscene language or gestures;
15. Excessive tardiness;
16. Engaging in behavior designed to taunt, degrade, or ridicule another person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or disability;
17. Hazing or aiding in the hazing of another student;
18. Gangs or gang-related activities, including belonging to secret societies of any kind, are
forbidden on school property. Gang insignias, clothing, “throwing signs” or other gestures associated with gangs are prohibited;
19. Will not possess, view, distribute, or electronically transmit sexually
explicit images in electronic or hard copy format, or sexually harass in any manner.
20. Possession of any type of firearms;
a. Students should not bring pepper spray, mace, breath spray, or any aerosol or non-aerosol
spray bottles to school, or share, divert, or transfer items such as needles, lancets, or in any way misuse medical supplies in their possession;
21. Students should not wear or bring skate shoes or skateboards to school;
5.30 CYBER BULLYING/BULLYING POLICY
Bullying is any pattern of behavior by a student, or a group of students, that is intended to harass, intimidate, ridicule, humiliate, or instill fear in another student or a group of students. Cyber bullying is a pattern of behavior that harasses, intimidates, ridicules, humiliates or instills fear in another student or group of students through the use of Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google Chat, Text Messages, etc…) Cyber bullying and/or Bullying behavior can be a threat of physical harm, actual physical harm, or it can be verbal abuse. Cyber bullying and/or Bullying is a series of recurring actions committed over a period of time directed toward a student or successive, separate actions directed against multiple students. Cyber bullying and/or Bullying will not be tolerated in school, on school property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, at school sponsored activities, or at school sanctioned events. A school employee who has witnessed or has reliable information that a pupil has been a victim of bullying shall report the incident to the principal. Cyber bullying that happens off campus may also be subject to the same consequences as if it happened on campus and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The person or persons who file a complaint will not be subject to retaliation in any form. Cyber bullying of students or school employees is expressly prohibited and includes, but is not limited to:
• Building a fake profile or website;
• Posting or encouraging others to post on the Internet private, personal, or sexual information;
• Posting an original or edited inappropriate image on the Internet;
• Accessing, altering, or erasing any computer network, computer data program, or computer software, including breaking into a password-protected account or stealing or otherwise accessing passwords; making repeated, continuing, or sustained electronic communications, including electronic mail or transmission;
• Making, or causing to be made, and disseminating an unauthorized copy of data in any form, including without limitation the printed or electronic form of computer data, computer programs, or computer software residing in, communicated by, or produced by a computer or computer network;
• Signing up for a pornographic Internet site; or
• Without authorization of a school employee, signing up a school employee for electronic mailing lists or to receive junk electronic messages and instant messages.
• Examples of bullying include but are not limited to: sarcastic remarks, intent to embarrass, mocking, taunting, non-verbal threats and intimidation, demeaning humor, blackmail, refusing access, deliberate physical contact, stealing or hiding belongings, and threats.
• The school District reserves the authority to punish behaviors that are not conducive to good order and discipline in the schools even though such behavior is not specified in the preceding rules. The school will also provide prevention, intervention, and conflict resolution as a means to prevent disciplinary issues from becoming reality. These provisions may come through, but are not limited to the resource officer, counselor, parental contact, School Based Mental Health, teachers, and the principal.
• All infractions of prohibited behaviors listed above and others not conducive to good order will be assessed as to level of disruption to the educational process and subjected to minimum and maximum punishments as described for each level of disruption.
• Level 2 and 3 could have stiffer forms of discipline including but not limited to: Conference with Principal, Detention, In-school and Out-of School suspension, corporal punishment, or expulsion.
Level 1--Routine classroom or school disruption
Minimum Punishment is a Verbal Warning and Maximum Punishment is In-School Suspension. Level 2--Disruptions, which are excessive in nature, consistent over time, incompatible with the educational process, or demeaning and threatening in nature
Minimum Punishment is a Lunch Detention and Maximum Punishment is Out of School
Level 3--Extreme violation(s) of prohibitive behaviors include, but are not limited to, all of the
above and/or excessive disruption of the educational process, fighting, alcohol, harassment, tobacco, vandalism, pornography, weapons or drug violations, and any behaviors not conducive to good order in the school.
The minimum penalty for student misconduct will be in-school suspension and the maximum
penalty will be expulsion by the board or legal action dependent upon the severity and frequency of the misconduct.
Levels will be determined by school officials using all available information in a systematic and orderly manner to determine the severity and significance of the offense in question. Factors to be considered in level determination include but are not limited to the following: frequency and severity of the violations, amount of disruption to the educational process, potential dangers to students or staff, legal issues, nature and intent of the event and school safety issues.
5.40 CONDUCT TO AND FROM SCHOOL
Students are subject to the same rules of conduct while traveling to and from school as they are while on school grounds. Appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken against commuting students who violate student code of conduct expectations.
The preceding paragraph also applies to student conduct while on school buses. The driver of a
school bus shall not operate the school bus until every passenger is seated. Disciplinary measures for problems related to bus behavior shall include suspension or expulsion from school, or suspending or terminating the student’s transportation privileges. Transporting students to and from school who have lost their transportation privileges shall become the responsibility of the student’s parent or legal guardian.
5.50 DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL
• No student shall by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, bullying, or any other conduct, intentionally cause the disruption of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school, or engage in any such conduct for the purpose of causing disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function. No student shall encourage any other student to engage in such activities.
• Disorderly activities by any student or group of students that adversely affect the school’s orderly educational environment shall not be tolerated at any time on school grounds. Teachers may remove from class and send to the principal or principal’s designee’s office a student whose behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes
with the teacher’s ability to teach the students, the class, or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn. Students who refuse to leave voluntarily will be escorted from the classroom by the school administration.
5.60 STUDENT ASSAULT OR BATTERY
• A student shall not threaten, physically abuse, or attempt to physically abuse, or behave in such a way as to be perceived to threaten bodily harm to any other person (student, school employee, or school visitor). Any gestures, vulgar, abusive or insulting language, taunting, threatening, harassing, or intimidating remarks by a student toward another person that threatens their well-being is strictly forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to, fighting, racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual slurs.
• Furthermore, it is unlawful, during regular school hours, and in a place where a public school employee is required to be in the course of his or her duties, for any person to address a public school employee using language which, in its common understanding, is calculated to: a) cause a breach of the peace; b) materially and substantially interfere with the operation of the school; c) arouse the person to whom it is addressed to anger, to the extent likely to cause imminent retaliation. Students guilty of such an offense may be subject to legal proceedings in addition to student disciplinary measures.
5.70 WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS
• No student shall possess a weapon, display what appears to be a weapon, or threaten to use a weapon while in school, on or about school property, before or after school, in attendance at school or any school sponsored activity, en route to or from school or any school sponsored activity, off the school grounds at any school bus stop, or at any school sponsored activity or event.
• A weapon is defined as any knife, gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, BB gun, rifle, pellet gun, razor, ice pick, dirk, box cutter, num-chucks, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive, or any other instrument or substance capable of causing bodily harm.
• Possession means having a weapon, as defined in this policy, on the student’s body or in an area under his/her control. If, prior to any questioning or search by any school personnel, a student discovers that he/she has accidentally brought a weapon to school including a weapon that is in a vehicle on school grounds, other than firearms, and the student informs the principal or a staff person immediately, the student will not be considered to be in possession of a weapon. The weapon shall be confiscated and held in the office until such time as the student's parent/legal guardian shall pick up the weapon from the school’s office. Repeated offenses are unacceptable and shall be grounds for disciplinary action against the student as otherwise provided for in this policy.
• Students found to be in possession on the school campus of a weapon shall be recommended for expulsion for a period of not less than one year. The superintendent shall have the discretion to modify such expulsion recommendation for a student on a case-by-case basis. Parents or legal guardians of students expelled under this policy shall
be given a copy of the current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a weapon on school property. Parents/legal guardians shall sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand said laws prior to readmitting the student. Parents or legal guardians of student enrolling from another school after the expiration of an expulsion period for a weapons policy violation shall also be given a copy of the current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a weapon on school property. The parents/legal guardians shall sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand said laws prior to the student being enrolled in school.
5.80 TOBACCO/TOBACCO PRODUCTS
• Smoking or use of tobacco or products containing tobacco in any form (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) in or on any property owned or leased by a District school, including school buses, is prohibited. Students who violate this policy may be subject to legal proceedings and student disciplinary measures. The Coordinated School Health Program offers tobacco prevention education and cessation resources to parents interested in quitting tobacco. The exhibiting of tobacco related gear is prohibited.
• With the exception of recognized tobacco cessation products, this policy’s prohibition includes any tobacco or nicotine delivery system or product. Specifically, the prohibition includes any product that is manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, or under any other name or descriptor.
5.90 DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
o An orderly and safe school environment that is conducive to promoting student achievement requires a student population free from the effects of alcohol and drugs. Their use is illegal, disruptive to the educational environment, and diminishes the capacity of students to learn and function properly in our schools.
o Therefore, no student in the Mountain Pine School District shall buy, attempt to buy, possess, attempt to possess, consume, use, distribute, sell, attempt to sell, give to any person, or be under the influence of any substance as defined in this policy, or what the student represents or believes to be any substance as defined in this policy. This policy applies to any student who is on or about school property, is in attendance at school or any school sponsored activity; has left the school campus for any reason and returns to the campus, is en route to or from school or any school sponsored activity.
o Prohibited substances shall include, but are not limited to, alcohol, or any alcoholic beverage, inhalants or any ingestible matter that alter a student’s ability to act, think, or respond, LSD, or any other hallucinogen, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other narcotic drug, PCP, amphetamines, steroids, “designer drugs”, look-alike drugs, analogs or any controlled substance.
o Selling, distributing, or attempting to sell or distribute, or using over-the-counter or prescription drugs not in accordance with the recommended dosage is prohibited. Students found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
6.00 GANGS AND GANG ACTIVITIES
The Board is committed to ensuring a safe school environment conducive to promoting a learning environment where students and staff can excel. An orderly environment cannot exist where unlawful acts cause fear, intimidation, or physical harm to students or school staff. Gangs and their activities and symbols create such an atmosphere and shall not be allowed on school grounds or at school functions.
The following actions, are prohibited by students on school property or at school functions:
1. Wearing or possessing any clothing, bandanas, jewelry, symbol, or other sign
associated with membership in, or representative of, any gang;
2. Engaging in any verbal or nonverbal act such as throwing signs, gestures, or
handshakes representative of membership in any gang;
3. Recruiting, soliciting, or encouraging any person through duress or intimidation to
become or remain a member of any gang; and/or
4. Extorting payment from any individual in return for protection from harm from
Students found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and
Students arrested for gang related activities occurring off school grounds shall be subject
to the same disciplinary actions as if they had occurred on school grounds.
6.10 STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
o The Mountain Pine School District is committed to having an academic environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. Student achievement is best attained in an atmosphere of equal educational opportunity that is free of discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that undermines the integrity of the educational environment and will not be tolerated.
o Believing that prevention is the best policy, the District will periodically inform students and employees about the nature of sexual harassment, the procedures for registering a complaint, and the possible redress that is available. The information will stress that the District does not tolerate sexual harassment and that students can report inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature without fear of adverse consequences. The information will take into account and be appropriate to the age of the students.
o It shall be a violation of this policy for any student to be subjected to, or to subject another person to, sexual harassment as defined in this policy. Any student found, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion.
o Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other personally offensive verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone under any of the following conditions:
o Submission to the conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or
condition of an individual’s education;
o Submission to, rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that individual; and/or
o Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creates an intimidating hostile, or offensive academic environment.
o The terms “intimidating,” “hostile,” and “offensive” include conduct of a sexual nature which has the effect of humiliation or embarrassment and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it limits the student’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, an educational program or activity.
o Actionable sexual harassment is generally established when an individual is exposed to a pattern of objectionable behaviors or when a single, serious act is committed. What is, or is not, sexual harassment will depend upon all of the surrounding circumstances. Depending upon such circumstances, examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: unwelcome touching; crude jokes or pictures; discussions of sexual experiences; pressure for sexual activity; intimidation by words, actions, insults, or name calling; teasing related to sexual characteristics; and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities.
o Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment, or parents of a student who believes their child has been subjected to sexual harassment are encouraged to file a complaint by contacting the counselor, teacher, Title IX coordinator, or administrator who will assist them in the complaint process. Under no circumstances shall a student be required to first report allegations of sexual harassment to a school contact person if that person is the individual who is accused of harassment.
o To the extent possible, complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Limited disclosure may be necessary in order to complete a thorough investigation. Students who file a complaint of sexual harassment will not be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any form.
o Students who knowingly fabricate allegations of sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
o Individuals withholding information, purposely providing inaccurate facts, or otherwise attempting to hinder an investigation of sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
6.20 CELL PHONE USE
The use /possession of ALL electronic devices is prohibited from the start of the regular school day until the conclusion of the day. Electronic devices shall include, but are not limited to: cell phones, beepers, tablets, pagers, MP3 players, iPod, etc. The district will not assume responsibility for any device brought on the premises.
1st Offense: Device will be taken to office and may be picked up at the end of the day
2nd Offense: Device will be taken to office and may be picked up by parent the next day. Parent will be notified.
3rd Offense: Device will be taken to office and may be picked up by parent and/or
assignment to ISS (In School Suspension)
6.30 SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL
Student’s not present at school cannot benefit from the educational opportunities the school environment affords. Administrators, therefore, shall strive to find ways to keep students in school as participants in the educational process. There are instances, however, when the needs of the other students or the interests of the orderly learning environment require the removal of a student from school. The Board authorizes school principals or their designees to suspend students for disciplinary reasons for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) school days, including the day upon which the suspension is imposed. The suspension may be in school or out of school. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs: at any time on the school grounds; off school grounds at a school-sponsored function, activity, or event; going to and from school or a school activity. A student may be suspended for behavior including, but not limited to that which:
1. Is in violation of school policies, expectations, or regulations;
2. Substantially interferes with the safe and orderly educational environment;
3. School administrators believe will result in the interference of a safe and orderly educational
4. Is insubordinate, incorrigible, violent, or involves moral turpitude.
The school principal or designee shall proceed as follows in deciding whether or not to suspend a student.
• The student shall be given written notice or advised orally of the charges against him/her;
• If the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and be allowed to present his/her version of the facts;
• If the principal finds the student guilty of the misconduct, he/she may be suspended.
When possible, notice of the suspension, its duration, and any stipulations for the student’s re-admittance to class will be given to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age 18 or older prior to the
suspension. Such notice shall be handed to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age 18 or older or mailed to the last address reflected in the records of the school district.
Generally, notice and hearing should precede the student's removal from school, but if prior notice and hearing are not feasible, as where the student's presence endangers persons or
property or threatens disruption of the academic process, thus justifying immediate removal from school, the necessary notice and hearing should follow as soon as practicable.
It is the parents’ or legal guardians’ responsibility to provide current contact information to the district which the school shall use to immediately notify the parent or legal guardian upon the
suspension of a student. The notification shall be by one of the following means, listed in order of priority:
1. A primary call number
2. The contact may be by voice, voice mail, or text message
3. An email address
4. A regular first class letter to the last known mailing address
The district shall keep a log of contacts attempted and made to the parent or legal guardian. During the period of their suspension, students serving out-of-school suspensions shall not be permitted on campus except to attend a student/parent/administrator conference.
During the period of their suspension, students serving in-school suspension shall not attend any
school-sponsored activities during the imposed suspension nor shall the student participate in any school-sponsored activities.
Suspensions initiated by the principal or his/her designee may be appealed to the Superintendent, but not to the Board.
Suspensions initiated by the Superintendent may be appealed to the Board.
o The Board of Education may expel a student for a period longer than ten (10) school days for violation of the District’s written discipline policies. The Superintendent may make a recommendation of expulsion to the Board of Education for student conduct deemed to be of such gravity that suspension would be inappropriate, or where the student’s continued attendance at school would disrupt the orderly learning environment or would pose an unreasonable danger to the welfare of other students or staff.
o The Superintendent or his/her designee shall give written notice to the parents or legal guardians (mailed to the address reflected on the District’s records) that he/she will recommend to the Board of Education that the student be expelled for the specified length of time and state the reasons for the recommendation to expel. The notice shall give the date, hour, and place where the Board of Education will consider and dispose of the recommendation.
o The hearing shall be conducted not earlier than ten (10) school days following the date of the notice, except that representatives of the Board and student may agree in writing to a date not conforming to this limitation.
o The President of the Board, Board attorney, or other designated Board member shall preside at the hearing. The student may choose to be represented by legal counsel. Both the district administration and School Board may be represented by legal counsel. The hearing shall be conducted in open session of the Board unless the parent, or student if age 18 or older, requests that the hearing be conducted in executive session. Any action taken by the Board will be in open session.
o During the hearing, the Superintendent, or designee, or representative will present evidence, including the calling of witnesses that gave rise to the recommendation of expulsion. The student, or his/her representative, may then present evidence including statements from persons with personal knowledge of the events or circumstances relevant to the charges against the student. Formal cross-examination will not be permitted. However, any member of the Board, the Superintendent, or designee, the student, or his/her representative may question anyone making a statement and/or the student. The presiding officer shall decide questions concerning the appropriateness or relevance of any questions asked during the hearing.
o The Superintendent shall recommend the expulsion of any student for a period of not less than one (1) year for possession of any firearms or other weapon prohibited on school campus by law. The Superintendent shall, however, have the discretion to modify the expulsion recommendation for a student on a case-by-case basis. Parents or legal guardians of a student enrolling from another school after the expiration of an expulsion period for a weapons policy violation shall be given a copy of the current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a weapon on school property. The parents or legal guardians shall sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand said laws prior to the student being enrolled in school.
o The Superintendent and the Board of Education shall complete the expulsion process of any student that was initiated because the student possessed a firearm or other prohibited weapon on school property regardless of the enrollment status of the student.
6.50 DISCIPLINE FOR DISABLED
o Disabled students who engage in misbehavior are subject to normal school disciplinary rules and procedures so long as such treatment does not abridge the right to free appropriate public education.
o The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team for a disabled student should consider whether particular discipline procedures should be adopted for that student and included in the IEP.
o Disabled students may be excluded from school only in emergencies and only for the duration of the emergency. In no case should a disabled student be excluded for more than ten days in a school year.
o After an emergency suspension is imposed on a disabled student, an immediate meeting of the student's IEP team should be held to determine the cause and effect of the suspension with a view toward assessing the effectiveness and appropriateness of the student's placement.
o The suspended student should be offered alternate educational programming for the duration of the exclusion should the exclusion exceed ten days.
6.60 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
o The Mountain Pine School Board authorizes the use of corporal punishment to be administered in accordance with this policy by the Superintendent or his/her designated staff members who are required to have state-issued licenses as a condition of their employment.
o Prior to the administration of corporal punishment, the student receiving the corporal punishment shall be given an explanation of the reasons for the punishment and be given an opportunity to refute the charges.
o All corporal punishment shall be administered privately, i.e. out of the sight and hearing of other students, and shall be administered in the presence of another certified staff member as a witness, shall not be excessive, or administered with malice.
6.70 MOUNTAIN PINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
CELL PHONE, INTERNET SAFETY, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE POLICY
Definition: For the purposes of the policy “electronic device” means anything that can be used to transmit or capture images, sound, or data.
The Mountain Pine School District makes electronic devices and/or Internet access available to
students, to permit students to perform research and to allow students to learn how to use electronic device technology. Use of district devices is for educational and/or instructional purposes only. The district reserves the right to restrict or terminate access at any time and for any prudent reason. The opportunity to use the District’s technology to access the Internet is a privilege and not a right.
Technology Protection Measures
The District is dedicated to protecting students from materials on the Internet or world wide web
that are inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise harmful to minors; therefore it is the policy of the district to protect each electronic device with internet filtering software that is designed to prevent students from accessing such materials. For the purposes of this policy “harmful to minors is defined as any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that--(a) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to the prurient interest in nudity, sex or
excretion; (b) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is
suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals,; and (c) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Student use of devices shall only be as directed or assigned by staff or teachers; students are
advised that they enjoy no expectation of privacy in any aspect of their electronic device usage, including email, and that monitoring of student electronic device use is continuous. All monitoring information shall be and will remain the property of the School District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials under Arkansas law. Both email and device use records maintained by the district are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Students who misuse electronic devices or Internet access in any way will face disciplinary action, as specified in the student handbook and/or Internet safety and electronic device use agreement. Misuse of the Internet includes:
• The disabling or bypassing of security procedures, compromising, attempting to Compromise, or defeating the district’s technology network security or Internet filtering software;
• The altering of data without authorization;
• Disclosing, using, or dissemination passwords, whether the passwords are the student’s own or those of another student/faculty/community member, to other students;
Divulging personally identifying information about himself/herself or anyone else either
on the Internet or in an email unless it is a necessary and integral part of the student’s academic endeavor. Personally identifying information includes full names, addresses, and phone numbers;
Using electronic devices for any illegal activity, including electronic device hacking and
copyright or intellectual property law violations;
Using electronic devices to access or create sexually explicit or pornographic text or
Using electronic devices to violate any other policy or is contrary to the Internet safety
and electronic device use agreement.
Internet Use and Safety
The District is dedicated to ensuring that students are capable of using the Internet in a safe and
responsible manner. The District uses technology protection measures to aid in student safety and shall also educate students on appropriate online behavior and Internet use including, but not limited to:
1. Interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms;
2. Cyberbullying awareness; and
3. Cyberbullying response
A user who violates this Policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the device
network, email, and Internet terminated, which the School District may refuse to reinstate for the
remainder of the student’ s enrollment in the School District depending on infraction. A user violates this Policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. The School District Administrator can take disciplinary action in addition to these measures:
1. Suspension or revocation of Internet, or Email Access
2. Suspension or revocation of access to all computers at school
3. Suspension or expulsion from school
4. Legal action and prosecution by authorities
5. Monetary responsibility for damages incurred
The building administrator in consultation with the Superintendent and District Technology
Coordinator will take discipline actions.
o The Mountain Pine School District makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this Policy. It shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parent or guardian arising out of the user’s use of its device networks or the Internet under this Policy. By signing this Policy, users are taking full responsibility for their use. The user who is 18 or older or, in the case of a user under
18, the parent or guardian are agreeing to indemnify and hold the School, the School District, the Data Acquisition Site that provides the computer and Internet access opportunity to the School District and all of their administrators, teachers, and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages resulting from the user’s access to its device network, email, and the Internet, whether that use is on a School device or on another device outside the School District’s network.
o Students and their cosigners shall be liable for any and all costs incurred through the student’s use of the devices or the Internet including penalties for copyright violations.
o The District will make good faith efforts to protect children from improper or harmful matter, which may be on the Internet. At the same time, the parent and student recognize that the District makes no guarantees about preventing improper access to such materials on the part of the Student. (Note: the District holds no responsibility for student access or usage of the Internet or Email outside of the District Network.)
o No students will be granted internet access until and unless an Internet and electronic device use agreement, signed by both the student and the parent or legal guardian (if the student is under the age of eighteen (18) is on file. The current version of the Internet
and electronic device use agreement is incorporated by reference into board policy and is considered part of the student handbook.
6.80 STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN SURVEYS
No student shall be required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation which is administered or distributed by a school, and is funded in whole or in part by any program administered by the U.S. Department of Education without the prior written consent of the parent/guardian that reveals information concerning the following:
1. political affiliations;
2. mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his
3. sex behavior and attitudes;
4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;
5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family
6. legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers,
physicians, and ministers;
7. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
8. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
o No surveys shall be administered without the prior approval of the school principal. Any survey created by a third party, or funded, in whole or in part, as part of any U.S. Department of Education administered program, containing one or more of the eight categories listed above shall be available to be inspected by the student’s parent/guardian before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to a student. Parents/guardians shall have the right to deny permission for their child to participate in the taking of the survey. The school shall not penalize students whose parents/guardians exercise this option. The school shall take reasonable precautions to protect students’ privacy during their participation in the administration of any survey, analysis, or evaluation containing one or more of the eight categories listed above.
o Parents or guardians wishing to inspect a survey, analysis, or evaluation shall be able to do so in the administrative office of the administering school where the surveys shall be available for inspection for a period of ten (10) days (regular school days when school is in session) after the notice of intent to administer the survey is sent.
o The requirements of this policy do not apply to a survey administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
6.90 MARKETING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Mountain Pine School District shall not collect, disclose, or use personal information for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or to otherwise provide that information to others for that purpose.
Personal information is defined, for the purposes of this policy only, as individually identifiable information including:
1. a student or parent’s first and last name;
2. a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city
3. telephone number; and
4. social security identification number.
The District may collect, disclose, or use personal information that is collected from students for
the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutional such as the following:
5. college or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;
6. book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low cost literary
7. curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary
8. tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to
provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments;
9. the sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school related or education related activities; and
10. student recognition programs.
7.00 ABC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM CHECK IN/OUT PROCEDURES ABC Preschool Program Check In/Out Procedures
1. Students will be dropped off at the back door of the Pre-K classroom no earlier than 7:45 a.m. Parents/Guardians will come in one at a time and sign their child in, writing the time they are being dropped off, name of the person dropping the child off and a working phone number to be used in case of an emergency.
2. If you bring your child in later than 8:30 a.m. or want to pick your child up early, you will have to enter the building through the elementary office.
3. Children need to be picked up between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., so that vehicles can be clear and out of the way of the school busses.
4. Those picking up children have to be on the list given by parents/guardians of approved pick up. If someone comes to pick up a child that is not on this
approved list they will not be allowed to take the child. If a change needs to be made to the list, a parent will need to notify the teacher in advance.
7.10 MOUNTAIN PINE SCHOOL DISTRICT Mountain Pine, Arkansas
PARENT/GUARDIAN RECEIPT VERIFICATION
I have received a copy of the Mountain Pine Elementary School Handbook for students and parents. This handbook contains disciplinary policies, bus transportation policies, information
on the parent involvement plan, the school calendar, the District’s non-discrimination policy, the
Smart Core policy for students in grades 7-12, and computer use and internet safety guidelines.
The non-discrimination policy is available to persons with limited English language skills, the visually impaired, and the hearing impaired by calling 767-2421.
Signature of Parent/Guardian
Signature of Student
Grade Teacher Date
(Please detach and return to your child’s teacher immediately.)
7.20 STUDENT INTERNET USE AGREEMENT
Student’s Name (Please Print) _______________________________________Grade Level__________ School______________________________________________________________ Date____________
The Mountain Pine School District agrees to allow the student identified above (“Student”) to use the district’s technology to access the Internet under the following terms and conditions, which apply whether the access is through a District or student owned technology device:
1. Conditional Privilege: The Student’s use of the district’s access to the Internet is a privilege conditioned on the Student’s abiding to this agreement. No student may use the district’s access to the Internet whether through a District or student owned technology device unless the Student and his/her parent or guardian have read and signed this agreement.
2. Acceptable Use: The Student agrees that he/she will use the District’s Internet access for educational purposes only. In using the Internet, the Student agrees to obey all federal and state laws and regulations. The Student also agrees to abide by any Internet use rules instituted at the Student’s school or class, whether those rules are written or oral.
3. Penalties for Improper Use: If the Student violates this agreement and misuses the Internet, the Student shall be subject to disciplinary action.
4. “Misuse of the District’s access to the Internet” includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. using the Internet for any activities deemed lewd, obscene, vulgar, or pornographic as defined by prevailing community standards;
b. using abusive or profane language in private messages on the system; or using the system to harass, insult, or verbally attack others;
c. posting anonymous messages on the system;
d. using encryption software;
e. wasteful use of limited resources provided by the school including paper;
f. causing disruptions of the network through lengthy downloads of files;
g. vandalizing data of another user;
h. obtaining or sending information which could be used to make destructive devices, such as guns, weapons, bombs, explosives, or fireworks;
i. gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to resources or files;
j. identifying oneself with another person’s name or password or using an account or password of another user without proper authorization;
k. using the network for financial or commercial gain;
l. theft or vandalism of data, equipment, or intellectual property;
m. invading the privacy of individuals;
n. using the Internet for any illegal activity, including computer hacking and copyright or intellectual property law violations;
o. introducing a virus to, or otherwise improperly tampering with, the system;
p. degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance;
q. creating a web page or associating a web page with the school or school district without proper authorization;
r. attempting to gain access or gaining access to student records, grades, or files of students not under their jurisdiction;
s. providing access to the District’s Internet Access to unauthorized individuals; or
t. taking part in any activity related to Internet use which creates a clear and present danger of the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the district or any of its schools;
u. making unauthorized copies of computer software;
v. personal use of computers and/or mobile devices during instructional time;
w. failing to obey school or classroom Internet use rules or BOEP 5.351, Acceptable
Computer Use and Internet Safety Policy.
5. Liability for debts: Students and their cosigners shall be liable for any and all costs (debts) incurred through the student’s misuse of the computers or access to the Internet including penalties for copyright violations.
6. No Expectation of Privacy: The Student and parent/guardian signing below agree that if the Student uses the Internet through the District’s access, that the Student waives any right to privacy the Student may have for such use. The Student and the parent/guardian agree that the district may monitor the Student’s use of the District’s Internet Access and may also examine all system activities the Student participates in, including but not limited to e-mail, voice, and video transmissions, to ensure proper use of the system. The District may share such transmissions with the Student’s parents/guardians.
7. No Guarantees: The District will make good faith efforts to protect children from improper or harmful matter which may be on the Internet. At the same time, in signing this agreement, the parent and Student recognize that the District makes no guarantees about preventing improper access to such materials on the part of the Student.
8. Signatures: We, the persons who have signed below, have read this agreement and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Student’s Signature: ____________________________________________Date _____________ Parent/Legal Guardian Signature: _______________Date_____________
7.30 MOUNTAIN PINE SCHOOL DISTRICT PARENT & STUDENT CONTRACT FOR CHROMEBOOK AND NETBOOK USE
Mountain Pine School District retains sole right of possession of the Chromebook and related equipment. The Chromebook will be issued to students according to the guidelines set forth in this document. The classroom teacher, school administration, or district employee retains the right to collect and/or inspect the Chromebook at any time and to alter, add, or delete installed software or hardware. Each classroom will have a set of Chromebooks for student use. The Chromebook will not leave the classroom without specific teacher permission. It will NOT be allowed to go home. No other programs will be allowed to be downloaded that has not been approved by the administration or technology team.
Usage is a privilege and not a right.
SUBSTITUTION OF EQUIPMENT
In the event that the Chromebook is inoperable, Mountain Pine School District has a limited number of spares for use while their Chromebook is repaired or replaced. This agreement remains in effect for the substitute.
STANDARDS FOR PERSONAL CHROMEBOOK CARE
0 Keep the Chromebook with you or within your sight at all times.
0 Do not let anyone use the Chromebook other than yourself.
0 Adhere to Mountain Pine School District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at all times. Report any problems, damage or theft immediately to your teacher. GENERAL CARE
0 Do not do anything to the Chromebook that will permanently alter it in any way.
0 Do not remove any serial numbers or identification placed on the Chromebook.
0 Keep the equipment clean. For example, do not eat or drink while using the Chromebook. PERSONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
0 Do not provide your personal information to anyone over the internet.
0 Do not share your passwords with anyone.
STUDENT-PARENT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT
The Chromebook and maintenance are provided to the student through state, district, and federal funds at no cost to the student. Even though these Chromebooks are being stored and charged at school, damage can still occur. We are telling parents/guardians that they will be responsible for at least 50% of the repair cost caused by negligence. If there is deliberate damage to the Chromebook, the full cost of the repair or replacement will be the parent/guardian’s responsibility.
Students who violate one or more of the conditions below may, at the principal or district’s discretion, be placed on restricted use until the student’s principal determines that the student has satisfied the
conditions for non-restrictive use as specified by the principal. Reasons for placing a student on restrictive use include the following:
• 0 Excessive damage
• 0 Non-acceptance of user agreements
• 0 Excessive interruptions in service due to repair of local modifications
• 0 Inappropriate, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, or illegal material found on the Chromebook. Parent/Guardian:
Print Sign Date:
Student Signature: _____________________________________
7.40 OBJECTION TO PUBLICATION OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION (Not to be filed if the parent/student has no objection)
I, the undersigned, being a parent of a student, or a student eighteen (18) years of age or older, hereby note my objection to disclosure or publication by the Mountain Pine School District of directory information, as defined in Policy No. 4.10 (Privacy of Students' Records), concerning the student named below.
I understand that the participation by the below-named student in any interscholastic activity, including athletics and school clubs, may make the publication of some directory information unavoidable, and the publication of such information in other forms, such as telephone directories, church directories, etc., is not within the control of the District.
I understand that this form must be filed with the office of the appropriate building principal within ten (10) school days from the beginning of the current school year or the date of enrollment in order for the District to be bound by this objection. Failure to file this form within that time is a specific grant of permission to publish such information.
I object and wish to deny the disclosure or publication of directory information to:
Institutions of postsecondary education
Deny disclosure to all public and school sources
Selecting this option will prohibit the release of directory information to the three categories listed above along with all other public sources (such as newspapers). AND result in the student’s directory information not being included in the school’s yearbook and other school publications.
Deny disclosure to all public sources
Selecting this option will prohibit the release of directory information to the first three categories listed above along with all other public sources (such as newspapers), but permit the student’s directory information to be included in the school’s yearbook and other school publications.
Name of student (printed)
Signature of parent
7.50 PERMISSION TO DISPLAY PHOTO OF STUDENT
I hereby grant permission to the Mountain Pine School District to display the photograph or video clip of me/my student (if student is under the age of eighteen (18)) on the District’s web site or newspaper/magazine articles. I grant the Mountain Pine School District the right to edit the photograph or video clip at its discretion.
The student’s name may be used in conjunction with the photograph or video clip. It is understood, however, that once the photograph or video clip is displayed on a web site, the District has no control over how the photograph or video clip is used or misused by persons with computers accessing the District’s web site.
Name of student (printed) (Date)
Signature of parent (required if student is not 18) (Date)
I Grant Permission for my student’s name or image to be used as described in the above
Mountain Pine School District’s Policy.
I Do Not Grant Permission for my student’s name or image to be used as described in the above Mountain Pine School District’s Policy.
7.60 MCKINNEY-VENTO STUDENTS IN TRANSITION
The Mountain Pine School District is required to identify homeless children and youth in the district. The U.S. Department of education defines homeless as individuals who are living in “doubled-up” accommodations, sharing housing with families or other individuals because of loss of housing due to spousal abuse, loss of income, eviction, or some other similar situation. The district also recognizes unaccompanied youth who are not in the care of a parent or legal guardian.
Please check all situations that describe your children’s living situation.
Sharing housing with relatives or others because we can’t find affordable housing
In a shelter or transitional living program
In a motel, hotel, park or campground due to lack of adequate housing
In a car or RV or in a public place such as a bus station
In sub-standard housing such as an abandoned building or a home with no running water or electricity
With an adult that is not a parent or legal guardian, or alone without an adult
Awaiting foster care placement
Parents are migrant workers
In other situations that are not fixed, regular or not adequate for nighttime residence
None of the above