Franklin County Community Foundation Since 1998, the Franklin County Community Foundation has played an important role in improving Franklin County. Through grant and scholarship programs, the FCCF has reinvested more than $4.1 million in the county. The Foundation has awarded 29 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for a total of more than $2 million. It has selected 307 individual FCCF scholarship recipients, granting more than $172,000 from scholarship endowments created and funded by the community. Funding from FCCF grants has supported county-wide projects focusing on education, community centers, fire departments, historical projects, canal trails and libraries. Grants have also been made for blue-bird boxes, recycling bins, playground equipment, youth basketball uniforms, high school band uniforms and cemetery maintenance. The list goes on and on. Nearly every citizen in Franklin County has been touched or will be touched in the future by the Franklin County Community Foundation. **The Franklin County Community School Corporation would like to thank the Franklin County Community Foundation for funding the Student Agenda Handook.
Franklin County High School 1 Wildcat Lane Brookville, Indiana 47012 (765) 647-4101 â€˘ (800) 647-3247 FAX (765)647-2732 Mr. Kent Grider, Principal Mrs. Beth Foster, Director of Athletics Mrs. Nicole Christen, Mr. Lyndsay Jackson, Mrs. Renee Watkins, Guidance Counselors
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2011-12 STUDENT HANDBOOK FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT It is the mission of Franklin County High School, in partnership with students, parents, and the community, to educate and encourage all students to reach their full potential.
FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT It is the vision of Franklin County High School that all of its graduates will have been provided a foundation to become a lifelong learner and a productive member of a society.
FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BELIEF’S STATEMENT All students, parents (guardians), school staff, and community must share responsibility and be engaged in the learning process for academic success. Positive parental attitudes and involvement improve student success and increase student interest, motivation, and achievement. Everyone associated with Franklin County High School and its programs shall be treated with respect. All students shall be provided a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment. All Franklin County High School students can learn and achieve.
NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Franklin County Community School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or individuals with disabilities, including limited English proficiency, in its education programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C.22-9.1) Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973). Questions regarding compliance with this policy shall be directed to the office of the Superintendent of Schools, 1010 Franklin Ave., Brookville, Indiana 47012. (765) 647-4128. WELCOME Dear Parents and Students: Franklin County High School is your school. Your school experience will be as good as the cooperation and effort you give to meet the many new challenges and experiences we have to offer. We hope and expect that your school will be a source of pride for you, your parents, and your community. Your years at Franklin County High school will be a time to be academically challenged, to grow, explore, and enrich your lives with friends and new classes. During these experiences, you need to believe in yourself as a learner and as a person. The best way to have a good time learning is to follow school rules and respect others. Our positive approach will help you meet these achievable goals: • Set high standards for yourself. • Be willing to accept responsibility for your actions and decisions. • Conduct yourself as a young adult. • Treat others as you would like to be treated by them. By enrolling in Franklin County High School, each parent (guardian) acknowledges that they and their student has read and understands the handbook and discipline policy at FCHS. SCHOOL HISTORY Franklin County High School, a consolidation of Brookville High School and Laurel High School, enters its Twenty-third year in the 2011-2012. SCHOOL SONG In order to promote both a school spirit and a school identity, a school song for FCHS was developed. Students selected “Across the Field”, the Ohio State University fight song, as the tune for the FCHS school song. Following are the lyrics to the Franklin County High School song: We’re the Franklin County Wildcats Here forever more. Set the crowds to celebrating with our mighty scores. Go! Cats! Go! Blue and silver will conquer all. FCHS never to fall. Cheer! Cheer! The ‘Cats are here! Franklin County we’re true to you.
ACADEMICS * For a complete description and explanation of Franklin County High School’s academic programs, please refer to the Franklin County High School academic handbook. ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OR RIGHTS UNDER FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records\within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students shall submit to the school building administrator a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make the arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend a record shall write the building administrator, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the records requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 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 as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (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. A school official has a legitimate education interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. 4. Directory information is “personally identifiable information” schools are permitted to disclose without the consent of the parent or eligible student. Directory information is defined as information in an education record “which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency institution attended.” Eligible students and parents have the right to refuse the release of any or all of the information described above. Notice of student or parent refusal shall be given to the school corporation within two (2) weeks of the student’s enrollment, or the beginning of the school year, whichever is later. The notice must specify which types of information are not to be released by the school corporation. 5. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school corporation in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. 6. When requested, the high school is required to release student directory information to military recruiters unless the eligible student or parent has opted out of providing such information by signing a written request or the Denial of Permission form by the end of the student’s sophomore year in high school. 7. School will notify parents of students who are scheduled to participate in surveys or other activities that would request protected information of students. Parents have the right to opt his/her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey upon written notification within a reasonable time to the Building Administrator. 8. Anyone who wishes to challenge instructional material shall contact the Building Administrator where the instructional material is being used and he/she will inform the individual of the procedure for challenging instructional material. 9. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office; U. S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20202-5920. AUDITING CLASSES Occasionally students may find it necessary to re-take a class or a portion of a class for which they have already received credit. For example, if a student fails the second semester of geometry, he/she shall take the first semester again the following year in order not to be lost when re-taking the second semester for credit. This practice, called auditing, is permissible, but credit can only be granted once. The grade received when the course is taken the second time shall replace the grade from the initial semester provided that the student's initial semester grade was a “D” or an “'F". Students shall maintain a passing grade while auditing, or they will not be permitted to continue the class during the second semester. Auditing is not permitted without permission from the Building Principal and the Guidance Department. Such permission will be granted only when absolutely necessary. CLASS CHANGES Course changes made after schedules are entered in the computer interfere with your educational progress as well as that of others in the classes. A careful examination of the degree of need for the change will be made prior to adjusting schedules. All students should discuss their schedule with their parents and teachers. You will have to “live with” the schedule you submit in the spring for the following year. Students will not be permitted to make class changes after the first school day on each semester without the Building Administrator’s /Teacher’s recommendation. Schedule changes should be addressed during registration or during Finals week of the first semester for second semester changes. Class changes will be made only with strong valid academic reasons initiated by parents. CLASS RANK Grades from non-accredited non-public schools shall not be included in determining class rankings. The class valedictorian and salutatorian are determined as students with the two highest Grade point averages they have completed during eight semesters of high school. These semesters shall contain a full day schedule of at least six (6) out of seven (7) course opportunities. Also, these eight semesters shall be completed consecutively. Summer school coursework completed at Franklin County High School, beginning with the summer immediately prior to the freshman year, shall be included in the student’s course history. In the event of a tie with the grade point average to three decimal places, multiple recipients shall be recognized for each position. Students who are guests of Franklin County High School as foreign exchange students shall not be considered in the determination of class rank. COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES A total of 40 credits is required for graduation, and the student must pass the ISTEP + (GQE) from the State of Indiana. In order for a student to participate in commencement, the credits shall be earned and recorded in the office prior to the commencement ceremony. The class valedictorian and salutatorian are determined as the students with the two highest grade point averages after they have completed eight semesters of work respectively. Commencement is a formal occasion and seniors are to dress and act appropriately. In order to have a well-organized and efficient commencement, practice for the ceremony is conducted. Seniors who plan to participate in the commencement exercises shall attend and participate in commencement practice as scheduled by the principal. Seniors dressed inappropriately at commencement will not be permitted to participate. Graduates seen disrupting the ceremony will not receive their diplomas or certificates. Specific instructions for dress, behavior, and other commencement details will be shared with seniors during a class meeting. In order for students to receive their diplomas or certificates, all financial and other obligations to the school shall be met.
CORRESPONDENCE COURSES The Indiana Department of Education stipulates that a total of only eight credits toward graduation may be earned by correspondence classes. Franklin County High School Administration will accept correspondence credit only from approved institutions, and only then when the class is arranged through the guidance department and approved by the administration. Most students who elect to take a class by correspondence elect to do so only when it appears they may be short of regular credit for graduation. Correspondence credit is acceptable only when a student has failed that particular class at FCHS. Special circumstances for the acceptance of correspondence credit shall be considered b the building administrator and/or guidance counselor. CREDIT TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM NON-ACCREDITED, NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS Franklin County High School has both the right and responsibility to assess the academic status of the students who are transferring from non-accredited/non-public schools and who are initially entering or reentering Franklin County High School. This is done in order to make a determination of the student’s placement in the school’s program, which can most likely assure the proper continuation of his/her educational growth. The following are the guidelines for determining the recognition of credits of students previously enrolled in non-accredited, non-public schools: 1. Parents shall submit any and all pertinent materials requested by Franklin County High School including but not limited to test results, attendance records, and curriculum used by the school/parent. 2. Students shall be tested using tests selected by Franklin County High School, such as Franklin County High School final examinations, to help determine acceptance of credit. 3. A committee consisting of one administrator, the student’s guidance counselor, and the chairs of the departments in which the transfer courses are involved shall make the final determination of the recognition of credit. Only credit or noncredit will be determined, not grades. 4. Any credits granted shall be designated on the student’s permanent records as having been transferred from a non-accredited/nonpublic school.
CREDIT RECOVERY OPTIONS There are several different credit recovery options available for students who have failed one or more courses. Credit recovery courses are offered online or in print version throughout the year and students may register at anytime. The following list contains the most frequently used resources students in Franklin County High School use. Counselors may be contacted at 765-647-4101 or 1-800-647-3247 during school hours with questions or concerns regarding these options. NOTE: Students may be offered PLATO throughout high school to regain or recover credit 1. PLATO Lab is an online credit recovery program through Franklin County High School. Contact your child’s school counselor for enrollment forms and information. 2. Brigham Young University – http://ce.byu.edu/is/site (1-800-914-8931) 3. Indiana University High School – http://scs.indiana.edu/ (1-800-334-1011) 4. Indiana Virtual Academy – www.indva.org (1-812-689-0400) 5. Indiana Online Academy – http://www.indianaonlineacademy.org/ 6. Keystone High School – www.creditmakeup.com (1-800-255-4937) 7. The American Academy – http://TheAmericanAcademy.com (1-866-689-1932) 8. Penn Foster High School – http://pennfosterhighschool.com (1-800-230-7206) NOTE: There are other online programs. Check with counselors to verify whether a program other than those listed above is accredited and that Franklin County High School accepts credits from that program. EMANCIPATION DECLARATION An emancipated student is an 18-year old individual who lives on his/her own without financial support from a parent or guardian or other adult. Students may be declared emancipated in one of the following ways: 1. The student’s parent or guardian with legal custody presents a written, notarized affidavit declaring the student emancipated. 2. The student presents a bona fide court document, which declares the student emancipated. 3. The student presents a copy of a marriage license. No student will be regarded as emancipated until the proper documentation has been filed in his/her permanent record. The proper forms are available in the office. Because emancipated students are responsible for themselves, certain special requirements are in effect when parental permission or verification is normally required. 1. When an emancipated student is absent, the student must call the attendance office on the day of the absence. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence being assigned. 2. When written parent permission is necessary, such as for a field trip, the emancipated student shall sign for him or herself. 3. When an emancipated student is suspended or expelled, parent notification is not required, although parents may be informed if an address is available. FCHS ACADEMIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS To promote academic excellence the Franklin County Community School Corporation recognizes seniors who have attained a 3.6 and above grade point average after their seventh semester of high school. A program is held to honor these students and a medallion is presented to each of the recipients. FCHS STUDENTS AS FOREIGH EXCHANGE STUDENTS Students from Franklin County High School planning to study as foreign exchange students shall receive approval from the principal of Franklin County High School prior to enrolling in a foreign exchange program if any credits are to be recognized by Franklin County High School. Recognition of credit will be based on the titles of the courses studied, a detailed description of the curriculum studied, the length of the course of study, and any other pertinent information as requested by the Building Administrator. FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS Franklin County High School Administration/staff recognizes the value of foreign exchange programs and welcomes Foreign Exchange/International Students (FE/IS). The most common concern of the School Corporation, teachers, and administrators regarding foreign students in their school is the student’s qualifications. In order for the foreign exchange student(s) (FES) to be enrolled in FCHS, these guidelines shall be followed: 1.. All FES shall be represented by a USIA designated exchange visitor program and accepted for listing with the Council of Standards for International Educational Travel. No exceptions shall be allowed. 2. FES shall meet strict criteria for English language proficiency test (high intermediate proficiency). Results of the test and explanation of the scores shall accompany each application. In the absence of a proficiency test, the student shall have the minimum grades of 80% or equivalent in all of his/her formal English classes. FES is placed in the grade that corresponds to the number of years of school already completed. 3. FES shall be between 15 to 18 years old and be academically strong based on his/her transcripts and GPA (minimum 80%). His/her file shall also include exchange student shall be notified immediately to correct the problem or he/she will be ineligible to continue studies in FCHS. 4. If scheduling allows, no two foreign exchange students should be placed in the same class. However, if they speak the same language, they shall definitely not be placed in the same class. 5. Foreign exchange/International students shall be encouraged to communicate in English. 6. FES who has graduated high school in their country is allowed to join the FCHS commencement and be given an honorary diploma. However, if a FES has not yet graduated high school but is enrolled as a senior at FCHS, he/she is eligible to participate in the FCHS commencement exercises and receive an honorary diploma upon successful completion and passing the required and elective classes: U.S. History, U.S. Government, American Literature, geography, creative writing, and electives. 7. In order to take advantage of the opportunity to attend a U.S. high school, each participant shall take each course seriously with a passing grade although he/she is taking classes on a non-credit basis. Any F grade is subject to notification of his/her organization. If no improvement is made on the part of the participant, he/she is ineligible to continue further studies at FCHS. 8. If a major disciplinary problem arises, all FCHS rules apply and the organization representing the exchange student shall be notified immediately to correct the problem or he/she will be ineligible to continue studies in FCHS. 9. Each organization shall have its own guidelines, rules and name of the local representative on file with the principal and counselors. 10. The foreign exchange student may serve as a resource person in a classroom or the school community as a whole depending on his/her schedule. 11. If possible, acceptance of international students shall be limited to one student speaking a particular language.
12. A maximum of five (5) foreign exchange students in one school year/semester may be accepted with a maximum of three (3) from the same foreign exchange organization. Area local representatives who need to place FES in FCHS shall contact the Building Administrator. Foreign exchange students attending FCHS shall not be listed as a part of the class ranking for any FCHS class. FEES A general student fee of $8.00 is charged each student for the student handbook, a folder, identification card costs, and similar items. FINAL EXAMINATIONS Students who are absent with an excused absence during final examinations shall make up their examinations within two weeks, ten (10) school days, following the end of the semester. If an examination is not completed during the two week period, a grade of zero (0) for the examination shall be used in determining the course average. FRESHMAN ACADEMY The Freshman Academy presents a safe, supportive, and structured learning environment for students that will serve them both academically and socially as they transition from small junior high schools to a larger high school setting. The four core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies make up the foundation for the Freshman Academy. These core subject teacher teams will be assigned to freshmen students. These teams will meet on a regular basis to monitor and discuss student progress, interventions, and instructional strategies. GRADE POINT AVERAGES To more accurately reflect the scholastic achievement of our students, the formula for determining grade point averages will distinguish the value placed on A’s and A+’s. In the past A’s and A+’s were calculated at a value of 4.0. Beginning in 1995-1996, A+’s shall be valued at 4.33 and A’s at 4.0. In determining grade point averages for weighted courses, grades will be calculated using the value of one (1) point higher than the regular formula. Additionally, as a result of a mathematical disadvantage, effective for the class of 2007 and after, students who successfully complete seven out of seven classes per semester shall be awarded one (1) GPA point to their course history per semester. GRADING SYSTEM Franklin County High School operates on a nine-week grading period system. Grade reports will be issued during the week following the end of each grading period, when possible. Semester grades will be computed by assigning a value of forty-five (45) percent to each nine week grade and ten (10) percent for the final exam. Semester examinations or projects are given in all academic subjects. Transfer students' grades are converted to the FCHS system at face value regardless of values placed by the sending school. Franklin County High School operates on a 4.33-point grading systems. Grade Point Averages (GPA) are determined according to the following values: A+ = 4.33 A = 4.00 A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33 B = 3.00 B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33 C = 2.00 C- = 1.67
D+ = 1.33 D = 1.00 D- = 0.67
SCHOOL-WIDE GRADING SCALE A+ = 98-100 C+ = 77-79 A = 93-97 C = 73-76 A- = 90-92 C- = 70-72 B+ = 87-89 D+ = 67-69 B = 83-86 D = 63-66 B- = 80-82 D- = 60-62 F = 59 and below WDF = Withdraw/Fail I = Incomplete WX = Expelled GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT Our high school is fortunate to enjoy the services of three (3) guidance counselors. Each counselor is automatically assigned about one-third of the students according to student last names. Counselors jobs include advising students regarding academic matters (schedules, enrollment choices, etc.), helping students who suffer with personal problems, and helping students make career choices. Anytime students want to talk with a counselor, they can stop by the guidance office. The guidance secretary will arrange for students to see the counselor of choice. HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION In the event of an extended illness or hospital care, please notify the school. We then can investigate the possible need for homebound instruction for your child
HOME SCHOOL POLICY The Franklin County Community School Corporation Administration and Board of School Trustees regard home-based educational units as non-accredited unless done through an accredited institution. Upon enrollment at FCHS from an accredited home schooling program, the student's transcript shall be evaluated as to the number of credits earned. When a student enters or reenters FCHS from a non-accredited home schooling program, an evaluation will be made by the Guidance Department and Administration as to the number of credits, if any, the student may possess. We reserve the right to require testing, or any other means we deem appropriate to determine grade level placement of any student entering Franklin County High School from a non-accredited home-based educational program. Such testing is best done at the end of a semester, and grade level placement may or may not correspond with the level achieved by the student in the non-accredited home-based educational unit. Classes taught at any educational institution are most beneficial to the student when taken in their entirety; therefore. the administration and staff of FCHS strongly recommend that a student who is home schooling enter or re-enter the school corporation at the beginning of a semester. To graduate from Franklin County High School, a student shall enroll at Franklin County High School and attend at least the final semester of his/her senior year. If extraordinary circumstances arise, a waiver, concerning this enrollment policy, may be granted in writing by the Building Principal. HOMEWORK POLICY Homework may be defined as out of class preparation in a given subject area which is either, assigned, suggested, or approved by the student’s teacher. The Franklin County Community School Corporation policy as well as individual teacher’s homework policy shall be distributed and/or discussed with students and parents at the beginning of each semester and shall be reviewed as the need arises throughout the year. Homework shall be viewed as reinforcing teacher instruction, not a substitute for teacher instruction. The following is a list of suggestions and guidelines for homework implementation. 1. Homework assignments shall be specific and students shall know what is expected of them.
2. Homework shall be an integral part of the classroom activities. It shall never be “busy work” or construed as punishment, and it shall not be assigned for disciplinary reasons. 3. Teachers in a departmentalized situation shall be aware of their colleagues’ assignment practices so that students are not overburdened with homework. 4. Care and good judgment shall be exercised by the teacher to instill a positive attitude toward all homework. 5. The teacher shall notify parents if a student consistently fails to do homework assignments. 6. The assignments shall be reasonable, taking into consideration students’ home conditions and participation in extra-curricular activities. Adequate time shall be available to ensure students their rights to leisure and social development. 7. Since all homework shall be evaluated and the results shared with the students, the teacher shall develop a clearly understood procedure for evaluating assignments. 8. Cooperation by parents is a necessary factor in meaningful homework experiences. Parents may encourage their children by showing interest and exhibiting helpful attitudes toward homework. 9. The students, with guidance from teachers and parents, have the responsibility to develop good work and study habits. HOMEWORK Homework refers to an assignment to be completed during a period of supervised study in class, outside of class, or at home. Homework is one of the criteria used for student assessment. It is the student's responsibility to return all work completed to the teacher by the date requested. Students are expected to make up work missed during an absence. If there is a concern regarding homework, please communicate this concern to your child’s teachers. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with his/her teachers to make up any missed work. Students with an unexcused absence are not permitted to make up missed work. Any changes to the homework policy will be distributed to the students at a later date. HONOR ROLL To provide students with the proper recognition for their academic achievements, FCHS administrative personnel will publish the honor roll at the end of each grading period. The honor roll will be published according to grade point averages. All GPAs higher than 3.00 will be published with the following exceptions: Students will not be placed on the honor roll who receive an Incomplete (I) except for documented health reasons in physical education; those who receive an unsatisfactory (U) in conduct; or those who receive an “F” on a six-weeks or semester test grade. INCOMPLETE WORK Students who have not completed the necessary work by the end of each semester shall be issued an “I” for an incomplete grade. After ten (10) school days including summer school, if the student has not completed the work, a semester grade will be determined by averaging “0”s for all incomplete work in order to arrive at a final semester grade. (Incompletes in physical education class due to medical reasons will be exempt from this provision.) Students who have had extended absences due to medical circumstances may be subject to a waiver of this provision with appropriate medical documentation and permission from the administration. ISTAR In 1984, Building Administrators from nine area high schools initiated the Indiana Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition program to honor outstanding students and teachers. Students from the top ten percent of their senior class are chosen from each school. These students choose three educators who have been influential in their lives. These educators are also honored at the ISTAR program. The program has grown in stature and continues today. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Students who achieve a 3.6 (between a B+ and an A- ) grade point average in their first two (2) years of high school are considered for induction into the National Honor Society. A list of these students is provided to a faculty selection committee who further judge the candidates on leadership, character, and service in addition to scholarship. Students who GPAs are just at or just above the 3.6 level may have their induction delayed until they have completed three (3) years of high school. Induction into the N.H.S. is a privilege, not a right. Students who achieve a 3.6 G.P.A. are not automatically guaranteed membership. The faculty committee’s decision is final. Neither the N.H.S. sponsor nor the school administration has a vote in the selection process. POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT AND HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT The Franklin County Community School Corporation is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to participate in supplemental post-secondary programs. A junior or senior student attending Franklin County High School may enroll in post-secondary credit classes if the following criteria are met under 511IAC6-10. 1. The institution shall be an accredited public or private college or university located in Indiana that grants a Bachelor or Associate Degree. 2. Each student who wishes to enroll in an eligible institution under the program shall secure prior approval from the guidance department and the Building Administrator. 3. Students shall meet the prerequisite of each course taken at the eligible institution. Course content will determine eligibility for the post-secondary credit. 4. The student and his/her parents shall be responsible for providing his/her own transportation and for paying the costs of the post-secondary credit course. 5. A student is ineligible to participate in the program if participation would delay the student’s progress toward high school graduation. 6. A student is ineligible to participate in the program if the request is for enrollment in a course offered by Franklin County High School and/or participation would result in cancellation of the course due to low enrollment. 7. Students who wish to receive high school credit for courses taken for post-secondary credit shall receive prior approval from the guidance department at Franklin County High School, the Building Administrator, and the post-secondary institution. The student’s grades will be recorded on the high school cumulative record from a transcript of the post-secondary institution. 8. Post-secondary credit will be equivalent to high school credit according to the following scale: ½ high school credit for 1 or 2 college (Semester. Hour) credits, 1 high school credit for 3 or 4 college (Semester. Hour) credits, 2 high school credits for 5 college (Semester. Hour) credits. The guidance counselors shall make recommendations to the Building Administrator regarding participation in post-secondary classes. The Building Administrator shall make a determination and notify the student, parent and/or legal guardian, and the Superintendent of School in writing. POST SECONDARY ENROLLMENT PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER Students who are scheduled to complete the requirements for graduation either during the first or second semester and who are enrolled in post-secondary educational programs that are scheduled to begin prior to the ending of the semester according to the Franklin County Community School Corporation calendar shall request permission in writing for excused absences for the days missed from Franklin County High School including the completion of final examinations shall be determined on an individual basis by the FCHS administration. REPORT CARDS The school year is divided into four, nine-week grading periods. Report cards are issued about one (1) week after the end of each grading period. Report cards are sent home with the student with the exception of the final report card, which is mailed. At the end of the school year, report cards will be mailed. Final dates for each grading period are as follows: End of First Nine Weeks Grading Period October 14 End of Second Nine Weeks Grading Period December 22
End of First Semester December 22 End of Third Nine Weeks Grading Period March 9 End of Fourth Nine Weeks Grading Period May 25 End of Second Semester May 25* *Final day of school if no snow make-up days required. Mid Term Reports Mid Term reports are sent home by teachers with students in jeopardy of failing. These reports are sent home during the 5rd week of each 9 week grading period. SEVEN SEMESTER GRADUATION Seniors who have completed all graduation requirements at the end of their seventh semester are qualified to graduate. Those seniors graduating after seven semesters may participate in prom and commencement. Participation in extra-curricular activities such as sports requires full time enrollment. STANDARDIZED TESTING Several tests are available for students on a voluntary basis. Many students elect to take the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The purpose of this test is to help students determine which career or vocation (including military) test suits their abilities. Juniors who are contemplating college attendance may wish to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test - National Merit Scholarships Qualifying Test (PSAT-NMSQT). This test prepares students for the SAT, and is also used to determine National Merit Scholarship Recipients. Students contemplating college may also elect to take the PLAN, the preliminary test for another college entrance exam, the ACT. SUMMER SCHOOL FCHS may offer programs for students needing or wanting to gain credit outside the regular school year. Regular credit classes normally meet four hours per day for four weeks (eighty hours). Classes offered depend on number of students interested. Usually there is a make-up English class and Math class. Information regarding enrollment in summer school is distributed during spring. Even though the atmosphere during summer school is somewhat more casual than that of the regular school year, those students attending summer school shall abide by the regular school rules. Students who are absent from summer school class two (2) times or who are tardy to class two (2) times may be withdrawn from summer school. TRANSCRIPTS In order to assure the sending of accurate transcripts for colleges and employment, students are to submit, in writing, a request of transcripts to the office. The request shall include the student’s name, and the name and address of the school or employer in need of the transcript. WHITEWATER TECHNICAL CAREER CENTER (FORMERLY CAVS) Since the FCCSC is assessed a fee according to the number of students enrolled in the area vocational school programs on the “average daily membership” day, students who enroll in the area vocational school program and remain in the program on or after the “ADM” count day shall remain in the program for the entire year. This includes both semesters of the student’s senior year. Students who have fulfilled all requirements for graduating their senior year at the end of the first semester can continue to attend the Career Center to complete his/her vocational certification. Permission shall be granted from the Career Center administration and FCHS administration. WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS Students who choose to withdraw from a course after the start of each semester may receive a withdrawal “F” on their transcript. If a student chooses to re-take the course at a later time the FCHS Auditing Policy will be applied. Students who choose to withdrawal from a course must receive both administrator and teacher recommendation. WITHDRAWALS FROM SCHOOL/ EXIT INTERVIEW Students who withdraw from school are required to have an exit conference with the Building Administrator. Students who withdraw from classes after the first two (2) weeks of a semester will receive an “F” for that semester unless they immediately enroll in another school. This section applies to an individual who: A. Attends or last attended a public school. B. Is at least sixteen (16) years of age but less than eighteen (18) years of age. C. Has not completed the requirements for graduation D. Wishes to withdraw from school before graduation E. Fails to return at the beginning of a semester F. Who has no record of transfer from another school. An individual to whom this section applies may withdraw from school only if all of the following conditions are met: 1. An exit interview is conducted. 2. The individual’s parent consents to the withdrawal. 3. The school principal approves the withdrawal. 4. The withdrawal is due to: A. Financial hardship and the individual must be employed to support the individual’s family or a dependent. (a tax return from the previous year on which the former student was claimed as a dependent or similar documentation acceptable to the Building Administrator, a letter from an employer indicating that the former student will be employed by the stated employer, and a letter from the parents indicating the provisions that have been made for the former student to be transported to and from work. B. Illness C. An order by the court that has jurisdiction over the child. In order to substantiate a bona fide “financial hardship,” the former student shall provide the following documentation to the principal: During the exit interview: a copy of statistics compiled by the department of education concerning the likely consequences of life without a high school diploma. The school principal shall advise the student and the student’s parent the school principal shall provide to the student and the student’s parent that the student’s withdrawal from school may prevent the student from receiving or result in the revocation of the student’s employment certificate and driver’s license or learner’s permit. For the purpose of withdrawal, the following must be in written form: 1. An individual’s request to withdrawal from school. 2. A parent’s consent to withdrawal. 3. A principal’s consent to withdrawal. The current guidelines for free lunch and textbook assistance shall be used as the criteria upon which to base financial need. The total family income shall be considered. If the student who is withdrawing has a work permit, the work permit shall be revoked. While a former student is less than eighteen (18) years old and remains out of school, he/she shall not be issued a work permit or retain a work permit unless he/she registers with the Department of Education as a student receiving schooling at home and produces the documentation listed for “financial hardship” cases involving drivers’ licenses. If a student decides to withdraw during the second semester or be a mid-term graduate, that window of opportunity is only available during the first two (2) weeks of that semester. If that student then decides to withdraw, he/she will not be able to participate in any extra-curricular function nor to any graduation exercises.
SECTION 504 Provisions of the Americans with Disability Act Franklin County Community School Corporation Assurance of Compliance As a matter of commitment, policy, and compliance with Federal and State non-discrimination laws, Franklin County Community School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, national origin (including a person’s limited English proficiency), ancestry, handicap, sex, (including sexual harassment), marital status, religion, or age, in any program or activity conducted by Franklin County Community School Corporation. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act shall be directed to Compliance Officer, Administration Office, Franklin County Community School Corporation, 225 E 10th Street, Brookville, Indiana 47012 WHAT IS SECTION 504? Section 504 is a federal civil rights which protects persons with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.S. 794 (a) provides in relevant part, that: No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Subpart D of the Section 504 regulations requires public schools to provide qualified students with disabilities an education comparable to the education provided to students without disabilities. HOW DOES SECTION 504 DEFINE “DISABILITY”? Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who: Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities(such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working); Has a record of such an impairment; or Is regarded as having an impairment WHAT IS THE SCHOOL’S RESPONSIBILITY? Subpart D of Section 504 (34 C.F.R. 104.35 (a) requires schools to establish eligibility of students who are believed to be disabled. When the student is determined to be qualified student with a disability, a group of persons knowledgeable about the student will develop a Section 504 accommodation plan based on the evaluation. The plan will indicate the placement and reasonable accommodation to be made to ensure that the qualified student with a disability receives an education which is comparable to that received by a student without a disability. Schools shall make reasonable accommodation to the disability of the qualified student within the regular education program, unless the school can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program. The reasonable accommodation shall be individualized to meet the needs of the qualified students with a disability. Some examples of reasonable accommodations within the regular education are: seating in the front row of the classroom, modifying homework requirements, changing the way tests are given, using tape recorders or other audio-visual equipment, adjusting class schedules, selecting modified textbooks or workbooks, using behavioral management techniques, and providing a structured learning environment.. A parent, guardian, or department representative who disagrees with the identification, evaluation, or placement of the student who is disabled or who is believed to be disabled within the meaning of Subpart D or section 504, may examine relevant records, request in writing, an impartial hearing decision. The hearing will be conducted within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the written request for the hearing. A copy of the Hearing Corporation Officer’s disposition of the Appeal shall be sent to the concerned party within fifteen (15) business days of the hearing. PARENT/STUDENT RIGHTS Please keep this explanation for future reference (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) The following is a description of the rights granted by Federal Law to students with handicaps. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions. You have the right to: 1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination because of his/her handicapping conditions; 2. Have the school corporation personnel advise you of your rights under federal law; 3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child; 4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-handicapped students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school corporation make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school related activities; 5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided non-handicapped students: 6. Have your child receive special education and related services if he/she is found to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL 101-476) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 7. Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by persons who know the students, the evaluation data, and placement options; 8. Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the corporation. 9. Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extra-curricular activities offered by the corporation; 10. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement; 11. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records; 12. A response from the school corporation to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child’s records: 13. Request amendment to your child’s educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school corporation refuses this request for amendment, they shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you on the right to a hearing: 14. Request mediation or impartial due process hearing related decisions or actions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program or placement. You and the student may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. 15. File a grievance. In the event that the parent/guardian has a question or concern regarding Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 they should contact the following building Section 504 Coordinators: Brookville Elementary- Mr. Mike Biltz 647-3503 Laurel School- Mrs. Jill Brack 698-3851 Mt. Carmel School- Mrs. Laura Blessing 647-4191 Brookville Middle School-Dr. Gary Frost 647-6040 Franklin Co High Sch. -Mr. Kent Grider 647-4101
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES A number of special education services are available for students who are identified in need of services. Special services are provided through East Central Indiana Special Services. For more information, parents and/or guardians may contact the cooperative at 888-219-0004
ATHLETICS/EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES AT FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL A variety of after-hour school activities are held at FCHS for students. Extra-curricular activities help to broaden the students' experiences. FCHS has found that students involved in school activities tend to perform better in school and develop a sense of loyalty to their school and classmates. FCHS wants to encourage students to become involved citizens. FCHS conducts an extensive inter-scholastic athletic program. Participation on an athletic team is a privilege. Participation is encouraged for all students. Sports participation develops student skills in teamwork and goal setting, and also assists in physical development and personal discipline. The spirit of competition and sportsmanship add immeasurably to the personal development of student athletes. Teams on which students may participate are as follows: Fall
Volleyball Golf Cross Country Cheerleading Soccer Academic Team Dance Catz
Track & Field Softball Tennis
Cheerleading Academic Team Dance Catz
Track & Field Baseball Golf
BOYS: Football Cross Country Tennis Soccer Academic Team
Students may also be involved in athletics by becoming a manager or trainer for any of the above teams. ATHLETIC/EXTRACURRICULAR EXPECTATIONS All FCHS rules, regulations, policies, and general information will apply during school, at all school or extracurricular activities, on the buses, on or off of school grounds. At no time will students be allowed to participate, practice, or congregate, in preparation for an event without the school sponsor being physically present to supervise. If a student’s activity/practice is not immediately after school, then the student must leave the building with bus riders or walkers and return for the activity/practice. To participate or attend a school-related activity the student MUST have been in attendance at school the day of the event, unless prior arrangements with school administration have been made. Failure to follow school rules or specific instructions may result in a student being asked to leave, possibly losing the privilege to attend future events and/or additional school consequences. ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Franklin County High School is a member of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference (EIAC) which was organized in Brookville on December 15, 1955. Other member schools include: South Dearborn, Batesville, East Central, Greensburg, and Lawrenceburg. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate interest in a wellrounded athletic program, promote sportsmanship and a friendly understanding among member schools, and to affirm our belief in the principles and policies of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. ATHLETIC COUNCIL The leadership and direction for the athletic programs is provided by the athletic director. On special issues or concerns the athletic director or principal may convene the athletic council which consists of the following: Principal, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and all Coaches. ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY Before a student is eligible to participate in an athletic practice he/she must have the following on file in the athletic director’s office: 1. Certificate of physician and parents. The official IHSAA form shall be used. 2. Evidence of adequate insurance coverage. 3. Waiver signed by parents giving permission for travel to and from athletic events. 4. Athletic Code Agreement signed by parent and athlete. To be eligible scholastically, students must have received passing grades at the end of their last grading period in school in at least seventy (70) percent of the maximum number of full credit subjects that a student can take and must be currently enrolled in at least seventy (70) percent of the maximum number of full credit subjects that a student can take. Semester grades take precedence. A student who becomes ineligible because of grades may regain eligibility as soon as he/she is passing seventy (70) percent of a maximum number of full credit subjects. ATHLETIC DISCIPLINE POLICY Participation in the FCHS athletic program is a privilege extended to qualified students. To be eligible to enjoy this privilege, students participating in our athletic program shall adhere to the rules established by the Athletic Council, the Board of School Trustees, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association. As a condition of eligibility, athletes shall be a positive influence by setting a positive example in the school and community. An athlete shall jeopardize his/her eligibility by violating any of the athletic policies. GUIDELINES FOR CONSEQUENCES Consequences for any violation of the following policy shall be the same no matter when the violation occurs, “in season” or “out of season.” ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE A student-athlete who is participating in a sport during the current season and who is determined by school officials to have been using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, and/or drugs of abuse including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine in any form, steroids, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, counterfeit drugs or “look-alikes” shall be suspended from participating in athletic contests for one hundred percent (100%) for that season. The suspension following a first violation may be reduced by fifty percent (50%) upon proof that the student-athlete has undergone an evaluation by a licensed substance abuse treatment facility approved by the school administration. If treatment or education is indicated by the evaluation, such treatment or education shall be complete prior to the ending of the suspension. Evaluation and any treatment/education programs shall be at the expense of the student-athlete and/or his family.
Students and/or their parents shall also sign the appropriate release forms at the treatment facility in order that the school may be informed if appropriate measures have been taken to correct the problem. A student athlete who is determined by school officials to have been using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, and/or drugs of abuse for a second time shall be suspended from participating in athletic contests for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of determination. A third conviction of this policy will result in permanent suspension from athletics. Violations of the alcohol/drugs of abuse policy occurring in a time other than “during the current sports season” shall result in the application of the suspension beginning with the next sport’s season during which the athlete participates. THEFT, VANDALISM, OR CONVICTION OF A CRIME Student athletes who are involved in theft, vandalism, or the conviction of a criminal act face suspension from athletic participation ranging from suspension from practice to a one hundred percent (100%) suspension from the team. The consequences shall be determined by the athletic director in conjunction with advice from the coach and other members of the FCHS administration. THE PROMOTION OF HONESTY We believe that personal honesty, responsibility, and integrity are characteristics of good citizenship. To promote these characteristics when an athlete has erred, an athlete who upon their first violation of the athletic policies regarding theft, vandalism, the conviction of a crime, tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs of abuse voluntarily, freely admits the violation to the athletic director, the assistant principal, or the principal in a timely manner shall have the consequences for the violation reduced. If an athlete is asked by the athletic director, assistant principal, or principal if he/she has committed a violation of the athletic policies regarding tobacco, alcohol/drugs of abuse and the athlete upon this question denies that he/she has violated the policy, any subsequent admission will not serve to effect this reduction in penalty. Coaches of individual sports may set additional requirements for eligibility in their respective sports. These may include training rules, guidelines for appearance, or attendance at practices and contests. All such additional rules shall be presented to prospective athletes at the beginning of the season. Students unable to abide by these rules shall not be allowed to participate in that sport. CARRY OVER SUSPENSION If a violation of the athletic code occurs in the last part of a sport and the violator cannot fulfill the terms of his/her violation in that sport, the suspension shall carry over until the suspension is fulfilled and said penalty is not to exceed fifty (50) percent of the next sport. This includes their next sport or the same sport next year, i.e. If the suspension is for two football games with only one remaining, the athlete shall also miss his/her first basketball game or wrestling match or baseball game until the suspension has been served. If typically one sport athlete elects to participate in a new sport in order to serve a suspension, he/she shall be require to complete the new sport in good standing. ATHLETE/SPORTS SEASON DEFINED A student is determined to become an athlete once he/she participates in a practice. The student will be declared an athlete for one (1) calendar year. If a student does not participate on an athletic team for one (1) calendar year they will no longer be considered an athlete until they participate on another athletic team. The season for a sport begins with the first practice and ends with the last game, including tournaments. Penalties are based on the number of SCHEDULED GAMES in a regular season. ATHLETIC AWARDS The Athletic Department at Franklin County High School gives varsity letters to those athletes who participate in enough varsity games or matches. Following are the participation guidelines for the awarding of letters: Volleyball – one half of games Football – one half of quarters Cross Country – place in one-half of meets or participate in IHSAA sectional Tennis – one half of matches (singles or doubles) Golf – one half of matches played Cheerleading – participation on varsity squad either fall or winter Dance Catz – participation on Varsity squad either fall or winter Basketball – one half of games Wrestling – six varsity matches and qualify for IHSAA sectional Soccer – one half of halves Track & Field – average two points per meet. Conference Championship meet points count double. IHSAA sectional qualifiers automatically earn a letter. Baseball – one half of games Manager or Trainer – Dependable service for entire season The actual awarding of a letter is up to the discretion of the varsity coach. The above serve only as general guidelines and may be altered by the coach involved. Letters won may be worn only on official FCHS letter jackets which students may purchase at cost through the athletic department. Only one letter will be awarded. Letters won in other sports or in later years will be designated by a letter bar that may be affixed to the letter jacket. ATHLETIC LETTER WINNERS 1. First letter won – letter certificate and graduation chenille year award will be given. 2. Second letter or any other letter won – a certificate and eligible to purchase an official FCHS letter jacket. 3. Letter bars (with individual sport symbol) will be awarded for each letter won after letter jacket purchase. 4. Four year letter winners in a particular sport will receive a framed letter plaque for that sport. 5. Composite of ten letters won – individual will receive an FCHS blanket award. 6. Every senior student/athlete will receive a senior athlete composite certificate. 7. A team that wins the conference sectional, regional, semi-state or state may choose one patch only. This is to avoid excessive cost to the Athletic Department. The Athletic Department will only pay for one patch a year. Patches bought will be picked from only the following : Conference Champions, All Conference, Sectional Winners, Regional Winners, Semi-State Winners, and State Champions. The coach will pick which patch the Athletic Department will purchase for his/her team. The patches must stay within a reasonable purchase price, with $6.00 being the maximum price per patch. Additional patches may be purchased through the Athletic Department; however they will be paid for out of the players pocket, out of the coaches pocket, fund raiser proceeds, or by some other means or purchase arrangement
DUAL SPORT PARTICIPATION Dual sport participation may be allowed if the following criteria are met: 1. Primary and secondary sport declared 2. A required meeting with the athletic director, coaches involved, Student / athlete and parent discussing the guidelines for each individual sport must occur. 3. An acceptable agreement between both coaches must be reached or dual sport participation will not be allowed. SPORT JUMPING A student that drops a particular sport will not be eligible to participate in a second sport, either through practice or actual competition, until the season of the dropped sport is completed. An exception to this regulation can be made only through written permission of the athletic director. All requests for deviation must be made in written form and include the signature of the student athlete and parent or legal guardian. The athletic director will confer with the affected coaches prior to his decision. Decisions regarding the student eligibility under this policy will strive to maximize the best interest of the student and program affected. In general, the longer the particular sport has been in a season, the harder it will be to obtain a release until the end of the season. TEAM CUTS It is the intention of Franklin County High School for all students who wish to participate in a sport to have the opportunity to do so. However, the nature of some sports limits the number of students who may effectively participate. When it is necessary for a coach to make a cut in the number of participants in a sport, he or she will to the affected players personally. A student cut from a team may try out for another sport. EXTRA CURRICULAR ORGANIZATIONS In addition to developing students academically, Franklin County High School works to develop the student athletically and socially. Several organizations have been established to promote the development of students socially. Students are encouraged to participate in as many organizations as is possible and practical. Student organizations currently functioning at Franklin County High School include: Archery Club Key Club Book Club National Honor Society Chess Team Fellowship of Christian Athletes Spanish Club Environmental Club Student Council Flag Corps Wrestlerettes Fraconian (yearbook) French Club Future Business Leaders Future Farmers of America Family Career Community Consumer Science Leaders of America Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) Drama Club Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council MCATZ Bleacher Bums Principal’s Student Advisory Council DANCES AND PARTIES Dances and other types of parties may be scheduled by FCHS classes, clubs, or groups on a first-come, first-served basis through the Assistant Principal. Requests shall be made at least one week in advance. These events are open only to Franklin County High School students unless specific permission is obtained in advance. When permission is granted for “invited guest dates”, the guest dates may not be junior high school students or junior high school age. To be admitted to dances students are to be present within the first thirty minutes after the event begins. Exceptions for those needing to arrive late may be made in advance by the Building Administrator, Assistant Principal, or sponsor in advance. Student ID’s will be required for those students not recognized by the sponsor at the door. During the course of the dance/party, students are to stay in the area where the activity is being held. When students leave the building, they will not be permitted to return. Sponsoring groups are responsible for returning items used during the event and general clean up of the area. All money collected for dances/parties shall be turned in to the Building Administrator’s office for accounting and deposit. PROM As a culminating social activity, the Franklin County High School Prom is held during the spring. The Junior class sponsors the Prom. It is open to Franklin County High School juniors and seniors and their dates. Guest dates shall be at least in the ninth grade. Individuals who are not enrolled at FCHS immediately prior to the prom because they have withdrawn from FCHS or have been expelled from FCHS during the current year shall not be eligible to attend the prom. All school rules apply at the prom including the following: 1. After arrival at the prom, students may not leave the building unless leaving for good. 2. Students are responsible for their guests. Penalties will be assessed against students, whose dates violate the rules, including those against the use of tobacco or alcohol. 3. All students shall register their dates at the time of ticket purchase. Students: Less than 21 years of age. Permission and verification slip if from another school. Out of school- student will be reviewed by administration. SPORTSMANSHIP FCHS students are expected to exhibit qualities of good sportsmanship. Competition is an opportunity to develop athletic abilities, and participants, as well as spectators, should conduct themselves in a manner that will show everyone the high standard of sportsmanship at FCHS. The following suggestions will serve as guides to demonstrate good sportsmanship. Students are encouraged to: 1. Consider opponents and officials as guests, and respect the rights of students from other schools. 2. Respect school property and the authority of school officials. 3. Cheer an injured player who has to be removed from the contest. 4. Show self-control during and after every game. 5. Accept all official decisions. At all athletic events students are to remain in their seats during the playing of the games. Students should not be running or playing in the hallways or sidelines during events at FCHS. NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION In order to qualify to participate in college level athletic programs during the freshman year, the NCAA has established certain guidelines for entering student athletes. To actually play in a program in your first year at a Division I college or university you shall meet these basic requirements: 1. You shall be a high school graduate.
2. You shall make a minimum established score on either the SAT or the ACT. Students shall take at least one of these tests at the end of their junior year in high school. 3. A student shall have an acceptable grade point average in thirteen (13) high school college prep courses meeting the NCAA standards. NCAA Division II colleges have slightly different standards. All high school students who want to be considered by colleges shall register with the NCAA Clearing House and file a student release form with the NCAA before they can even be considered by any member NCAA college. This shall be done early in the student’s senior year in high school. These forms and the current standards information are available in the FCHS guidance office. Parents and students shall check with the student’s counselor for further information. VIDEOTAPE RECORDINGS Videotapes of athletic contests made by the athletic department are the property of the Franklin County High School athletic department. Distribution of athletic department tape recordings shall be at the discretion of the athletic director. Video tape recordings shall be sent to college coaches by the athletic department for recruiting purposes upon written request by the athlete and/or his/her parents.
ATTENDANCE ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular school attendance is important to allow consistent class participation; to instill a consistent work ethic; to establish the concept of responsibility in meeting an individual’s work assignments; and to promote the development of a positive attitude and the concept of community involvement within each student. Patterns of attendance developed in school carry on into the world of work. Employers often contact the school to check on a student’s attendance rate when deciding whether or not to hire him or her. Successful students rarely miss a day. They realize that academic progress require that they be in class. All FCHS students are expected to be in school every day. When illness or other legitimate reasons keep a student at home, there shall be contact between the parent or guardian and the school in order for the absence to be excused. Failure to verify an absence will result in an unexcused absence being assigned. COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ICIC20-33-2-6 Students/Children required to attend A student / child is bound by the requirements of this law from beginning of the fall school term for the school year in which the student becomes seven (7) years of age until the date on which the student: (1) graduates; (2) becomes eighteen (18) years of age; or (3) is less than eighteen (18) years of age and the requirements concerning an exit interview are met enabling the student to withdraw from school before graduation; whichever occurs first. Any adult who has met the compulsory attendance requirement age of eighteen (18), and is requesting re-enrollment, may be offered an alternative education program. ABSENCES – PROCEDURES When a student is absent from school, a medical documentation, parent/guardian call, or note is to be filed with the attendance secretary within 24 hours of the absence. All absences and notes will be verified by the attendance office personnel. Any student who needs to leave early or arrives late shall sign in/out with the attendance office personnel. Students need both parent and administrative permission to leave school early. After any unexcused absence students are to report to the attendance office prior to the start of school to submit any slip to the attendance secretary. Each student is allowed a maximum of five (5) days (5 days per class) of absences from school per semester. The five (5) days of absence each semester will include both excused and unexcused absences. All Absences after five (5) days will be considered unexcused unless proper documentation (Doctors note, Administrative approval) is received. The days for which a doctor’s excuse is on file will not be considered a part of the allotted five (5) days. Any unexcused absence is considered excessive and the following will occur per semester. 1st Unexcused absences per semester – Student notified by attendance officer or school official. 2nd Unexcused absences per semester - Parent notified by letter to reiterate and explain the consequences for further absences. 3rd Unexcused absence per semester – Certified letter is sent from Superintendent of Schools. 4th Unexcused absence per semester – Recommended for Expulsion due to excessive absences. ABSENCES – CONSEQUENCES FOR EXCESSIVE – DENIAL OF CREDIT If a student is absent from a course more than eight (8) days per semester, the absence shall be considered excessive. Therefore any student whose excused and unexcused absences during a semester exceed eight (8) in one (1) or more classes may be considered ineligible for credit for the remainder of the semester in those classes for which the absences occurred. The ineligible student may be recommended for placement in a credit recovery program, course removal, suspension, and/or expulsion. Students who become ineligible for further credit in three (3) or more classes may be recommended for expulsion for excessive absences. This provision includes study hall as one of the classes. Such students shall be considered to be habitual truants and, therefore, may result in a referral to the following: Bureau of Motor Vehicles for license suspension, County Prosecuting Attorney, Division of Family and Children, Juvenile Probation Officer. EXCUSED ABSENCES – These will count toward five (5) day limit. 1. Parent/guardian calls the attendance office personnel within twenty-four (24) hours of the last day of absence. 2. Parent/guardian sends a note to the school within twenty-four (24) hours of the last day of absence. EXEMPT ABSENCES– These will not count toward a student’s five (5) day limit. Exempt absences are absences with proper documentation; or by extenuating circumstances. Indiana State Law (IC 20-8.1-3-18 and subsequent sections) permits school officials to excuse absences for the following reasons: 1. Student serves as a page at the state legislature. 2. Medical Documentation / Extenuating Circumstances 3. Student works for a candidate or political party at a general election 4. Student has a court appointment 5. Student is called to active duty for the National Guard
6. Death in the immediate family. Immediate family is defined as father, mother, brother, sister, and grandparent(s), and is limited to a three (3) day 7. Mandated absences – Suspension, expulsion, or exclusion under Indiana code. 8. College visitation day – Juniors and Seniors - two (2) per year. (College note is required.)
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES – These do not meet the Excused or Exempt absence definition or when a student is over the five (5) day Excused Absence limit. The definition of an unexcused absence is: 1. When a student has reached the five (5) day limit of the Excused absence 2. No excuse was given within 24 hours of the absence 3. Absences due to oversleeping, missing the bus, car trouble, etc. 4. Truancy - Truancy is defined as – being willfully absent or truant from school without the knowledge or consent of the parent/legal guardian or school, or absent from school when there is an attempt to evade the school attendance policy. This provision includes truancy from individual classes throughout the school day, as well. A student who has been found to be truant will be required to serve the following consequences: 1) Truant to an individual class – ½ Day In-School Suspension 2) Truant to school – 1 Day In-School Suspension 3) A student who has been found to be truant for the forth (4th) time in a semester is considered a “habitual truant”. HOMEWORK REQUEST On days a student is absent, a parent/guardian shall request a student’s homework. To have the homework available by the end of the day, a parent/guardian shall call 647-4101 no later than 9:00 a.m. The homework may be picked up from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. or a parent/guardian may indicate another student to pick up the homework in the office area at the end of the day. Any request after 9:00 a.m. shall be ready the following day MAKE UP WORK When a student’s absence is Excused or Exempt, he/she is permitted to make up all work missed. All daily work missed due to an Unexcused absence may be made up with no credit given. Daily classroom work due on the day of the unexcused absence may be turned in to the classroom teacher and may not receive credit. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for make up work. To encourage timely make up of missed work, students have a time period of two (2) days per each day of class to hand in missed assignments or tests. EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES The only exception to the attendance regulation shall be Extenuating circumstances that are verified by FCHS administration and the attendance officer. Documented evidence must be presented indicating circumstances such as chronic illness, hospitalization, or similar extenuating circumstances or a medical excuse from a licensed medical person such as physician, dentist, optometrist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL / DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL EARLY Students are to enter the building immediately after arriving on school grounds. No student will be permitted to leave unless he/she has made arrangements from administrative personnel prior to departing. A bona fide appointment card, a telephone call from a parent/guardian, or a note from home will be acceptable. No student will be permitted to leave unless contact with the home has been made. Under some circumstances, direct contact with parents may be required before students will be permitted to leave. Immediately before leaving the building, the student shall sign out at the attendance desk giving the time of departure. All students shall attend school all day. Under no circumstances may a student be routinely released from school early for work or other out of school responsibilities. The consequence for leaving school grounds without permission the first time shall be an assignment to an In-School Suspension. Students who leave school grounds without permission more than one time shall face consequences that include Suspension and/or Expulsion. ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL LATE (TARDY) Report to the Attendance Office and sign the roster indicating the time and reason for your being tardy. Any student that arrives to 1st period between 8:25 and 8:30 a.m. will be considered TARDY to CLASS. Any student that arrives to school after 8:30 a.m., or is not in his/her 1st period by 8:30 a.m., is considered TARDY to SCHOOL. The following steps will occur for students that are tardy to school. Per semester: 1st - Warning 2nd – Warning 3rd – Lunch Detention 4th – Alternative Placement ½ day In-School suspension 5th - Driving privileges revoke If tardies continue after all of the above procedures, progressive disciplinary action shall be taken. NOTE: In order to eliminate class disruptions, any student that arrives to school ten (10) minutes after the beginning of a 1st period (8:35) will be sent to the Prep Center until the end of the period. ARRIVAL TO CLASS LATE Students have five (5) minutes to leave one class and report to their next class. To prevent tardiness between classes, students are to report to the teacher of their next class on time and then receive permission to take care of any needs such as: health room, special passes, telephone, guidance, restroom etc. Any student that arrives to class more than 5 minutes after the bell without a pass shall be considered absent from class and placed in ISS room until the next period. When students are late to class it will be handled by the individual classroom teacher. PERFECT ATTENDANCE An award will be given at the conclusion of the school year to all students who have Perfect Attendance according to this definition; Students shall be in attendance a full day every day that school is in session, have no unexcused tardies to school, and shall not have left school before the end of the school day. SCHOOL CLOSING The Superintendent of Schools and or designee shall make the final decision on the closing of school due to weather, bad roads, and other conditions. This decision is made after consultations with bus drivers, board members, highway department officials, and law enforcement officials. Students who drive to school and who are uncomfortable driving when roads may be slick shall ride the bus. Students are not excused from school when bad weather occurs unless the school bus is not able to pick them up. Every effort will be made to notify all school patrons as soon as possible when school is canceled. Announcement of closing will be o Cincinnati,
Connersville, and Batesville radio stations by 6:00 a.m. of the day of closing. The caption under which our schools will be announced is FRANKLIN COUNTY, INDIANA. If only one or two of the schools of the corporation are to be closed, the name of the school(s) will be announced. VACATION OR EXTENDED ABSENCES Education is the primary business of our students, and therefore Parents / guardians and students shall make it their first priority. Regular school attendance is basic to a good education. Any absence means that a student has missed being a part of the educational environment that day. Absences of students caused by family travel are discouraged. Please notify the attendance office personnel as soon as you know of the vacation. The days missed due to vacation will count toward the five (5) day limit.
CAFETERIA LUNCH Hot lunches are served daily by the school cafeteria. Students may elect to purchase a meal ticket in the cafeteria, which is good for one week of lunches. Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches shall pick up their tickets on each Monday. Besides the basic tray lunch, many ala carte items are available at extra cost, including salads, fruit, sandwiches, French fries, pizza, and ice cream. It is recommended that students purchase the tray lunch. It is cheaper, and provides a balanced meal. Every student has a minimum of thirty (30) minutes for lunch, though it may take 10-15 minutes to get to the front of the lunch line. Students shall clean their tables after they are finished eating by taking their trays to the dish room window, sorting paper waste from dishes and silverware, and placing each into the proper receptacle. No food or drink may be taken out of the cafeteria. FCHS does not have a charge policy.
COMMUNICATION ASSISTANCE DIRECTORY The list below indicates the most frequent problems encountered by students and the places where help may be obtained. The school secretary will receive all incoming calls. The school number is 647-4101 or 1-800-647-3247. TELEPHONES Students may be called to the telephone only in cases of emergency. Students will only be permitted to use the office telephone in the case of an emergency. Permission must be obtained from the office/teacher. VOICE MAIL Staff members check their voice mail daily. Messages may be left 24 hours a day at 647- 4101 plus the extension number. (There is a directory of names and numbers on the message.) WEB SITE Franklin County High School web site is www.fchs.k12.in.us. YEARBOOK The FCHS school yearbook is published and distributed in the spring of each school year. Yearbook orders are taken in midwinter. If any extra yearbooks are available, they are sold individually during the time of distribution.
GENERAL INFORMATION ASSEMBLIES These programs are designed to give students an opportunity to enjoy additional educational experience outside the classroom. Assemblies are held during the school day and are considered a part of the total school program. Unless specified, all students will attend all assemblies. Any student who is removed from an assembly for inappropriate behavior may be prohibited from attending future assemblies and may receive additional school consequences. BOOK BILLS Payment of book/fee bills is due at the time of registration. Those who believe they qualify for textbook assistance shall complete a â€œFree lunch/textbook: form and return it to FCHS. A payment plan contract is also available with the following schedule: 25% is due at registration, 25% due on the second Friday in September, 25% due on the second Friday in October, and 25% due on the second Friday in November. Those book/fee bills not paid by the second Friday in November shall be submitted to the Connersville Credit Bureau for collection. The Connersville Credit Bureau charges an additional 40$ collection fee. Book/fee bills for students whose schedules change significantly for the second semester and result in an additional amount due shall be paid by February 1 of the following year, or they face submission to the Connersville Credit Bureau. BOOK REFUNDS The following chart shall be used to determine refunds of textbook rental/workbook purchases/class fees when students withdraw from school or transfer to another school: Until September 15 55% Until October 13 40% Until November 17 25% Until December 15 10% After December 15 no refund BOOKSTORE Franklin County High School operates a bookstore which is open daily before school. Students may purchase school supplies, including paper, pens, pencils, folders, poster board, and FCHS Wildcat wear. CHANGE OF ADDRESS It is important for the office to have your correct home address on record. If you move, please inform one of the school secretaries in the Main Office of your new address.
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT POLICY (IC 51-6-11-3) In the event it is necessary to report a suspected violation of the Child Abuse Law, school employees shall notify the Building Administrator who will in turn notify the Franklin County Department of Public Welfare. Reports of abuse shall be made whenever a staff member: a.) has reason to believe a student is a victim of abuse or neglect, b.) receives a report of student abuse or neglect, or c.) sees physical evidence or behavior that appears to be the result of abuse or neglect. Under law, certain agencies have the authority to question children directly. However, in the absence of a court order, all agencies are to coordinate any desired contact with the students at school through the Building Administrator and the County Welfare Office. EMERGENCY DRILLS Instructions providing for safe exit from the classrooms and building during emergency situations are located in each room. Students are to be aware of the exiting procedure for fire and tornado emergencies. Fire drills are held monthly as required by State law. Tornado drills are required two (2) times each year. During both fire and tornado drills it is essential that order and quiet be maintained. TORNADO: In every classroom there is a chart of directions as to where to seek shelter. Students and teachers are to go quickly and quietly to their designated areas when the tornado warning is sounded. Students should be sitting / kneeling (tucked into a ball) facing the wall with hands covering their heads. If there is no time to move to a protective shelter area, students and teachers should try to protect themselves by getting under a table or chair and covering their heads. These drills will be held four (4) times a school year. The tornado drill warning will be announced over the intercom. FCHS reserves the right to not dismiss students during a time of emergency. FIRE: During the school year, a fire drill is held once each month. In every classroom there is a chart of directions for leaving the building. Students and teachers should move quickly and quietly to the designated exit. Students and teachers will remain outside the building until the signal for return is given. The fire warning is a continuous sound. EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE From time to time it is necessary for the Emergency Medical Services to be called to provide aid to a student. Discretion will be used in determining the necessity for such calls. It is the responsibility of the parents and/or student to provide for the financial aspects of such calls. FIELD TRIPS Transportation is arranged through the corporation for all field trips. Occasionally special consideration will be given for other transportation arrangements. Consideration will be given only for adult transportation that involves the permission of the parent and the permission of the sponsor, coach and administration. Students participating in field trips shall have the appropriate field trip permission slip on file with an FCHS administrator at least one (1) day prior to leaving for the field trip. Regular school rules apply on all field trips. Students who engage in acts of misconduct during field trips face consequences that range from detention to expulsion and the loss of the privilege to participate in further field trips. In cases when money is collected for field trips, expenses for transportation and similar expenses will be deducted prior to any refunds. Students who have excessive absences from a class or classes without extenuating circumstances may remain at school during field trips. They are to attend their regularly scheduled classes and, they are to report to study hall during the class participating in the field trip. A MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) FIELD TRIPS PER SEMESTER PER TEACHER IS ALLOWED. HALL PASSES - PASSPORT When classes are in session, students are to be in their assigned classes or study hall. When it is necessary for students to be in the hallway during class time, they shall have written permission from the teacher to whom they are assigned. A hall pass/passport shall be carried by the student. If a student has business to be conducted in the office during a passing period, he/she is to report to the teacher for the class following the passing period to obtain a written pass/passport before coming to the office. If a student uses excessive passes his/her pass privileges may be revoked. Students who loose a passport may purchase a revised version in the office for a $5.00 fee. LOCKERS Students may decorate the inside of their lockers if desired. Only ECA related posters held by magnets may be placed on the outside of the lockers. Administrative permission is required. Students are to re-lock their lockers after closing the doors by turning the knob on the lock. Lockers will be checked periodically to ensure compliance with locker rules. When a student is expelled from school, it is the responsibility of the student’s parents and/or legal guardians to gather their son’s/daughter’s contents. The custodians shall inspect the lockers to determine when the locker is in satisfactory condition. All other students shall clean their lockers prior to leaving school at the end of second semester. Sharing lockers is neither necessary nor permitted. Using paper or other objects to defeat the lock mechanism is prohibited. Lockers are school property and are subject to inspection by administrators if there is a reasonable suspicion that a locker contains an illegal substance or object. Lockers may also be opened by custodians if the locker contains spoiled food or other noxious material. State statute IC 20-8.1-5.1-5 details the circumstances under which administrators may conduct locker searches. NON ACADEMIC ITEMS Large non academic items brought to school (musical instruments, skateboards, etc.) must be stored and may not be carried throughout the school day. LOCKER POLICY All lockers made available for student use on the school premises are the property of the School Corporation. These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school, but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules. The student’s use of the locker does not dissolve the school corporation’s ownership or control of the locker. The School Corporation Administration retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to insure that the locker is being used in accordance with its intended purpose, and to eliminate fire or other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen materials and to prevent use of the locker to store prohibited or dangerous materials such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol. LOCKER RULES In order to implement the School Corporation’s policy concerning student lockers, the Board of School Trustees adopts the following rules and regulations: 1. Locks. The School Corporation will retain access to student lockers by retaining a master key. Students may not use their own locks to prevent access to lockers by school officials and any unauthorized locks may be removed without notice and destroyed. 2. Use of Lockers. Lockers are to be used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. Lockers shall not be used to store “contraband” which are items that cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by the state law or school rules, such as drugs (other than medicine for which a student has a current prescription or common
cold or headache medicine sold over-the-counter), drug paraphernalia, beverage containing alcohol, weapon, any volatile substance, bomb, or explosive device, any acid or pungent or nauseous chemical, any library book not properly checked out, any wet or mildewing articles or any stolen items. Students will be expected to keep their lockers in a clean and orderly manner. 3. Authority to Inspect: The school corporation Administration retains the right to inspect lockers to insure they are being maintained in accordance with the conditions in Rule 2. All inspections of student lockers shall be conducted by the Building Administrator or member of the administrative staff designated in writing (hereinafter referred to as “designee”) by the Building Administrator (The Building Administrator may give the following staff members authority to inspect lockers: central office administrators, vice principals, deans, guidance counselors, athletic directors, etc.) 4. Inspection of Individual Student’s Lockers A. The inspection of a particular student’s locker will not be conducted unless the Building Administrator or his/her designee has a reasonable suspicion to believe that the locker inspected contains contraband. B. Before a particular student’s locker is inspected, the student, if present on school premises, shall, whenever possible, be contacted and given the opportunity to be present during the conduct of the inspection unless circumstances require that the inspection be conducted without delay in order to protect the health and safety of others present on school premises. Whenever an individual student’s locker has been inspected under this rule without the student’s presence, the Building Administrator or his designee shall notify the student of such inspection as soon as practicable thereafter. 5. Inspection of all lockers: A. An inspection of all lockers in the school or all lockers in a particular area of the school may be conducted if the Building Administrator, Superintendent of Schools, or Assistant Superintendent of Schools reasonably believes that such an inspection is necessary to prevent, impede, or substantially reduce the risk of 1) an interference with school purposes or an educational function, 2) a physical injury or illness to any person, 3) damage to personal or school property, or 4) a violation of state law or school rules. Examples of circumstances justifying a general inspection of a number of lockers are: 1. When the school corporation receives a bomb threat; 2. When evidence of student drug or alcohol use creates a reasonable belief of a high level of student use; 3. At the end of a grading period, and before or during school holidays to check for missing library books, or laboratory chemicals or school equipment; 4. Where student violence or threats of violence create a reasonable belief that weapons are stored in the lockers. B. If a general inspection of a number of lockers is necessary, then all lockers in the defined inspection area will be examined. Students will not necessarily be given the opportunity to be present while a general inspection is being conducted. 6. Involvement of Law Enforcement Officials A. The Building Administrator, Superintendent of Schools, or Assistant Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to assist the school administrators in inspecting lockers or their contents for purposes of enforcing school policies only if such assistance is required: 1) to identify substances which may be found in the lockers: or 2) to protect the health and safety of persons or property, such as to aid in the discovery and disarming of bombs which may be located in lockers. B. If a law enforcement official requests to inspect a student’s locker or its contents, the Building Administrator shall require the production of a search warrant before allowing the inspection. C. If a law enforcement official requests the Building Administrator to make an inspection of a locker or its contents on behalf or in the place of such official, the request shall be denied. However, upon request of law enforcement officials, school administration may secure the locker and its contents for a reasonable period of time in order to permit the law enforcement official an opportunity to obtain a search warrant. 7. Locker maintenance Nothing in these rules shall affect members of the custodial or other staff who repair defective lockers or clean out or supervise the cleaning out of a) lockers from time to time in accordance with posted housekeeping schedule, b) the locker of a student no longer enrolled in the school, or c) a locker of a student during any vacation period which is reasonably believed to contain rotting items such as food, wet clothing, etc. 8. Publication of Rules A copy of these rules shall be provided to each student and his parents or guardian at the start of each year or as soon as practicable after the student’s enrollment in the schools. Physical Education Lockers Lockers are provided for the storage of clothing during P.E. classes. It is the student's responsibility to see that the lockers are properly taken care of and properly used. Items of value should not be kept in any P.E. locker. Lockers are loaned to students and remain the property of the school. P.E. uniforms can be purchased in the bookstore. Student names should be placed on the clothing immediately after purchase. Athletic locks are available from athletic sponsors. LOST AND FOUND Books, school materials, and other student items that are found are to be turned into the office. Any student who loses an item should inquire at the office to see if it has been found. Items remaining in the lost and found will be discarded or donated to charities at the end of the school year. MEDIA CENTER The media center is available to students from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students may come to the media center before and after school as well as during lunch without a pass. Because seating is limited, study hall students may not always have access to the media center on a daily basis. Students shall plan accordingly. Materials may be borrowed for a month. Borrowers assume financial responsibility for lost or damaged items. A charge of five (5) cents per item per day will be assessed on overdue items. Report cards and diplomas shall be held until financial obligations are met. Students unable to abide by these expectations shall have their computer or library privileges limited or suspended. NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS Records, Grades, Teacher Meetings, School Events- Non-custodial parents have equal access unless the custodial parent produces a court order that limits the noncustodial parent's right to access records and participate in school activities or terminates the parental rights of the non-custodial parent. Access to the child at school: Non-custodial parents do not have a right of access to the child at school unless they produce a court order specifically allowing for visitation at school. This presumption would cover having lunch with the child, visiting the child's class, and taking the child from school. NON-RESIDENT CASH TRANSFER TUITION STUDENT POLICY A student whose legal residence is outside the corporation boundaries of the Franklin County Community School Corporation shall pay cash tuition or present a legal transfer, in order to attend Franklin County Community School Corporation. RECOMMENDATIONS Many times students request recommendations from school personnel for various types of applications. Franklin County High School students are encouraged to seek scholarships and jobs that require such recommendations. In order to obtain an accurate recommendation, students shall ask only those school officials who have the personal knowledge needed to complete a recommendation. Before students list school personnel as references they shall ask the school personnel for permission to use their names.
RELEASE OF NAMES Student names and addresses will be released to Armed Services representatives upon request. Any student who does not wish his/her name released shall submit a written request to refuse the release of his/her name. RINGS Freshmen will have an opportunity to order class rings at school during the second semester. STUDENTS ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO ORDER A CLASS RING NOR ARE THEY OBLIGATED TO PURCHASE A CLASS RING FROM THE COMPANY TAKING ORDERS AT FCHS.
SALES CAMPAIGNS / FUNDRAISING FCHS sponsors fund raisers each year. It will be voluntary participation for the individual students. FCHS does not condone door-to-door sales. Students who participate in sales campaigns must use proper forms and accept the financial responsibility involved in the sales campaign. Any sales campaign/fundraiser must be given administrative approval. Non-approved or personal items are not permitted to be sold on school property/busses. Non- approved items will be confiscated and sent to the office. SCHOOL PICTURES In September of each school year, all underclassmen are photographed for the yearbook. Students may elect to purchase prints of their school portraits by paying the photographer in advance. SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE FCHS property is equipped with video surveillance devices. The resulting images may be used in disciplinary action at school. The images may also be used in prosecution. School buses are also equipped with cameras. The resulting images may be used in disciplinary action and in prosecution. Please contact the school office with question regarding video surveillance devices. SIGNS AND POSTERS School clubs and booster organizations are encouraged to make signs to promote or support their activities. These may be placed above lockers, on the block walls, or on the brick walls as long as the material used to stick on the signs does not damage the surface. DO NOT use the gum-like adhesive because it will not come off the brick surfaces. Groups putting up signs are responsible for their removal. Decorations or signs mounted on the ceiling shall be affixed to the metal grid, not the ceiling tiles themselves. Tape marks shall be removed. STUDENT ASSISTANTS Students are encouraged to provide service to individual teachers and to the school as a whole. Students may volunteer to be “student assistants.” Student assistants are responsible to maintain passing grades in all of their subjects, to remain out of the halls when not required to be there, and to maintain a high degree of acceptable student conduct. Any student assistant, who receives failing grades, an excessive number of alternative placement ½ day in-school suspensions, an in-school suspension, or an out-of-school suspension shall not be eligible to be a student assistant for the remainder of the school year. Students selected as assistants may not have a history of attendance or discipline problems. To become a student assistant, the interested students shall obtain an application from the office personnel, complete it, and get the signatures of the teacher whom he/she will be helping, the study hall monitor, and either the Building Administration or designee. Only after submitting the completed application to the office personnel may a student begin working as an assistant. A limit of two (2) student assistants per teacher/staff, per period will be enforced. SUICIDAL THREATS Written or verbal threats of suicide will be reported to the Building Administrator. The Building Administrator or member of the administrative staff shall notify the parent/guardian. At that time a referral to an outside agency will be provided. In-school counseling services will also provide support. VISITORS All visitors shall report to the main office upon entering the building. In order to maintain an optimal educational environment, visitors to Franklin County High School will be limited to adults. School-aged individuals may visit FCHS during the school day. Food brought from outside sources during lunch hours, with the exception of food students bring in the morning from home, will not be allowed at FCHS. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns regarding this policy. Class visitations must be approved by the administration. Lunch visitations are not part of FCHS policy unless pre-approved by the FCHS administration. WITHDRAWAL OR TRANSFER FROM FCHS Any student who is moving into another school district must notify the Guidance Office of this intent in advance. On your last day at FCHS the proper withdrawal forms will be provided. If you owe the school any debts, these must be paid before ANY records will be forwarded to your new school. WORK PERMITS Students age seventeen and under are required by Indiana State Law to obtain a work permit before beginning any type of employment. Students wishing to obtain a permit must pick up an “Intention to Employ/A-1” form from the high school office. This form needs to be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and by the employer. After the form has been filled out, individuals wanting permits need to bring the form back to the office with a certified birth certificate (not a hospital recording of birth). The secretary shall then issue the actual permit. The law is very specific about the hours students may work and the types of jobs they may obtain. The school is authorized to invalidate a permit if grades or attendance suffers because of employment after school hours. A work permit may be revoked if a student earns three (3) or more failing marks or becomes ineligible for further credit in three (3) or more classes in a grading period. The most recent grading period marks shall be used. When both semester and nine-weeks grades are issued, the semester grades shall be used. A student who gets his/her work permit revoked because of grades or ineligibility, may get his/her work permit reissued as soon as he/she is not failing three (3) or more classes or not ineligible in three (3) or more classes at the end of the six-week grading period. Both the student and the employer may be liable for penalties if the laws concerning child labor are not followed. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the issuing officer to reissue a work permit. A student may appeal the revocation of a work permit or the refusal to reissue a work permit to the work permit committee. In circumstances when a student receives three (3) failing grades for the second semester, he/she may have his/her work permit reissued after the successful completion of at least one summer school course. Students who intend to work in Ohio shall obtain an Ohio Work Permit Packet from an accredited Ohio High School.
HEALTH INFORMATION MEDICATIONS The practice of parents sending medication to school is discouraged. No student shall be allowed to keep medicine at school. Any medication to be administered to a student shall be brought to the office/clinic where it will be kept in a secure place. It is the student’s responsibility to report to the office/clinic when the medication is needed. When medication changes occur, the school shall have written notification. Medication will only be sent home with a student with written permission from the parent. All medication left at the end of the school year will be destroyed. A school employee shall only administer medication with the written permission of the student’s parent/guardian. Medication shall be administered in accordance with the parent’s statement (in the case of nonprescription medicine) or the physician’s order (in the case of prescription medicine) only by a school nurse or other employee(s) designated in writing by the Building Administrator. NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION If non-prescription medication shall be administered at school, we require that it be in the original commercial packaging accompanied by a note from the student’s parent/guardian stating the following: student’s name, name and purpose of the medication, dosage, time for administration, termination date and parent/guardian signature. The consent of the Parent/guardian shall be valid only for the period specified on the consent form and in no case longer than the current year. The school does have available some generic over the counter medications which may be dispensed if the form “Permission for Medication” is completed and signed. A new form shall be completed every year. The forms are available from the office or clinic. To give herbal medication on a daily basis, we shall have written permission from the student’s physician. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION If prescription medication shall be (oral, inhaler, injectable, blood glucose testing) administered at school we require the medication be sent to school in the original prescription container stating the following: student’s name, medication name, dosage, and time of administration shall be specified on the pharmacy label. All prescription medicines shall be accompanied by a physician’s prescription, a copy of the original prescription, or the pharmacy label. Medication shall be dispensed according to the bottle specifications. A second bottle for school usage may be requested from the pharmacy when filing the prescription. When possible, please send only the amount of medication that will be needed during school. If the medication is to be terminated prior to the date on the prescription, the written and dated consent or withdrawal of consent of the parent is required. A completed “Authorization to Give Medication” form SIGNED by a PARENT/GUARDIAN and the STUDENT’S PHYSICIAN shall be completed before any prescription medication can be given. SELF-ADMINISTER OF MEDICATION A student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication if the following conditions are met: 1. The student’s parents have filed an authorization with the Building Administrator/nurse for the student to possess and self-administer the medication. (Authorization to Carry form is available in the office/clinic) The authorization shall include a written notice from the physician that states: A. the student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication B. the student has been instructed how to self-administer the medication C. the nature of the disease or medical condition requires daily or emergency self-administration of the medication. 2. The physician’s authorization and statement shall be completed yearly and filed with the Building Administrator/nurse. (Form for Authorization to Carry) 3. Examples of these medications are: inhalers, epi-pens, insulin TRANSPORTING MEDICATION The school corporation personnel may send home medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school or school functions with a student in grades 9 through 12 if the student’s parent/guardian has given written permission for the student to receive the medication. This does not apply to medication possessed by a student with authorization to self-administer or self-carry. SCHOOL IMMUNZATIONS Indiana state law requires the parent/guardian of a student who has enrolled in the school to furnish not later than the first day of school a written statement of the student’s immunization. A student may not be permitted to attend school beyond the first day of school without furnishing the written statement, unless: 1. The school gives the parent of the student a wavier 2. The local health department or a physician determines that the student’s immunization schedule has been delayed due to extreme circumstances. A wavier may be granted for a 20 day period. 3. The student has religious or medical exemptions (this shall be filed yearly) The school will notify the parent of a student who enrolls in the school of the requirement that the student shall be immunized and the immunizations are required for the student’s continued enrollment, attendance, or residence at the school. Indiana state law requires children entering kindergarten or the first grade (if they have not attended Kindergarten) to have the following immunizations: 5 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis 4 doses of polio vaccine 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine Hepatitis B series (this is a 3- shot series that takes 8 months to complete) 1-varcella or a written signed statement that the student has indicated a history of chicken pox “Head Lice” Policy FCCSC “Head Lice” policy: An infestation of head lice is, generally a minor and temporary annoyance to the student. Head lice are not caused by, or associated with, poor hygiene or parental neglect. Head lice are rarely a medical problem, and they do not pose a public health threat. They are not known to spread any disease agents. Head lice cling to hair. They cannot jump from one person to another. Head lice are most readily transmitted by direct head to head contact. Schools are not a common source of the spread of head lice. Studies demonstrate that screening for head lice in schools does not decrease the incidence of head lice and is not cost effective. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and the Harvard School of Public Health have all recommended that students with nits and/or head lice infestations need not be excluded from school. The school and parents are encouraged to focus on the education and treatment of their children should an incident of head lice arise. The following procedures apply: 1. 2. 3.
School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse. The school nurse shall examine the student. An infestation shall be determined by looking closely through the hair and scalp for viable nits or live lice. If nits are found but there are no live (crawling) lice identified on the hair the school nurse shall re-inspect within 7-10 school days. If live (crawling) lice are found on the hair, nursing judgment will be used in determining the degree of infestation and if exclusion is warranted. The parent/guardian shall be notified by the end of the day via phone, email, and/or a note sent home with the student if the child was not sent home. The parent/guardian shall be provided information on methods to eliminate the infestation. The nurse will educate the parents or guardians on what to look for through
hand-outs, verbal and pictorial education. Educational hand-outs will be available at registration and extra copies kept in the nurses’ office. Parents will also be encouraged to examine house hold contacts for lice and nits. Parents/guardians will be encouraged to verify treatment as soon as possible after notification. Students treated for an infestation may return to school the next day. Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.
FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION PEST CONTROL POLICY The school corporation is committed to providing students a safe environment. It seeks to prevent children from being exposed to pests and pesticides. While pesticides protect children from pests that may be found in the school and its surrounding grounds, under some circumstances they may pose a hazard to children. Therefore, pest control practices may involve a variety of chemical and non-chemical methods that are designed to control pests effectively while minimizing potential pesticide exposure to children. The policy does not apply to the use of the following pesticides: 1)When used in normal cleaning activities: germ killers, disinfectants, sanitizing agents, and water purifiers; 2) personal insect repellents when self-applied; and 3) gel baits or manufactured enclosed insecticides when used where students and staff members do not have access to the insecticides. Pesticides will be applied by certified pesticide applicators and when students and staff members are not present, such as during non-instructional time or school vacation periods. The corporation will: 1. Inform annually parents and staff members of the corporation’s pest control policy at the beginning of the school year by a provision in the student handbook. 2. Provide the name and phone number of the person to contact for information regarding pest control. 3. Establish a registry of parents and staff members who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use and provide such notice. 4. Provide notice of planned pesticide applications to parents and employees who have requested advance notice. 5. Provide notice of all pesticide applications to school nurses. 6. Maintain written record for at least ninety (90) days of any pesticide applications. The corporation will provide notice at least 48 hours prior to the date and time the pesticide application is to occur. The notice will include the date and time of the pesticide application, the general area where the pesticide is to be applied and the telephone number to contact the school for more information. In case of emergency pesticide applications because of immediate threat to the public health, school personnel shall give written notice as soon as possible. The corporation may provide for training of school employees to become certified pesticide applicators. Financial support for such training may be provided by the corporation subject to budgetary constraints of the corporation. The Superintendent of Schools shall prepare and disseminate regulations for the implementation of this policy. WELLNESS POLICY The Franklin County Community School Board and Administration are committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, wellbeing, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Franklin County Community School Corporation that: The school corporation shall engage parents, teachers, school administrators, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing corporation-wide nutrition and physical activity policies. All students in grades K-12 shall have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. Foods and beverages sold or served at school shall meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Qualified child nutrition professionals shall provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; and shall provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat. To the maximum extent practicable, all schools in our corporation shall participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and the Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program (FCHS only). Schools shall provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. School Wellness Committee The Franklin County Community School Corporation Administrators shall create a school wellness committee to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise the local wellness policy. Committee members shall also serve as resources for implementing those policies. (The school wellness committee consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community, and shall include parents, representatives of the school food and nutrition services, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.) School Meals Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs shall: • be appealing and attractive to children; • be served in clean and pleasant settings; • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations; • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables; • serve a variety of low-fat milk; and • provide a variety of whole grain items. The Director of Food Services may engage students, through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods sold through the school meal programs in order to identify new, healthful, and appealing food choices. Breakfast: To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn: • Schools shall, to the extent possible, operate the School Breakfast Program. • Schools shall, to the extent possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation • Schools that serve breakfast to students shall notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program. • Schools shall encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means. Free and Reduced-priced Meals: Schools shall make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Toward this end, schools shall utilize electronic identification and payment systems. Meal Times and Scheduling: Schools: • shall provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch; • shall schedule meal periods at appropriate times; • shall not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities; and • shall provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks. Qualifications of School Food Service Staff: Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the school district's responsibility to operate a food service program, the school corporation will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in
schools. Staff development programs shall include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility. Foods and Beverages Sold Individually During the School Day to Students (i.e., foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals, such as through vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, etc.) High Schools (9-12): In middle/junior high and high schools, all foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs (including those sold through a la carte lines, vending machines, etc.) during the school day shall meet the following nutrition standards: Beverages Allowed: water, flavored water, or sparkling water without added caloric sweeteners; sports drinks containing less than 5gms of sugar; decaffeinated ice tea; fruit and vegetable juices and fruit-based drinks that contain at least 50% fruit juice; and low-fat milk. Not allowed: soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners; sports drinks with more than 5 grams of sugar; iced teas containing caffeine; all energy drinks;fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50% real fruit juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners; beverages containing caffeine, excluding low-fat chocolate milk (which contain trivial amounts of caffeine). Foods: A food item sold individually: will have no more than 40% of its calories from fat (excluding nuts, seeds, peanut butter, and other nut butters); Formula for determining percent of calories from fat: calories from fat ÷ calories × 100 = % of calories from fat will have no more than 35% of its weight from added sugars; Formula for determining percent of weight from added sugars: grams of sugar ÷ gram weight of the product × 100= % of weight from added sugar will contain no more than 600 mg of sodium per serving. Vending Machines After School Hours. After school hours the following guidelines apply to student vending machines: Beverages Allowed: water, flavored water, or sparkling water; fruit and vegetable juices and fruit-based drinks; decaffeinated iced tea; sports drinks; caffeine free soft drinks; and low-fat milk.; Not allowed: soft drinks containing caffeine; energy drinks; and iced teas containing caffeine Foods Same guidelines apply to student vending machines for afterschool hours. Fundraising Activities: To support children's health and school nutrition-education efforts, school fundraising activities shall not involve food or shall use only foods that meet the above nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually. Snacks: Snacks served during the school day or in after-school enrichment or remediation programs shall make a positive contribution to children's diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Schools shall assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, children's nutritional needs, children's ages, and other considerations. The school shall disseminate a list of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel, and parents. Rewards: Schools shall not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment. Celebrations: Schools shall limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one party per class per month. The school shall disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers. Birthdays: Birthday treats brought to school shall meet healthy food criteria. The school shall disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents. Nutrition Education and Promotion: The Franklin County Community School Board and Administration aim to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools shall provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health; is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects; includes enjoyable, developmentallyappropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities; promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices; emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise); teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and includes training for teachers and other staff. Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting: For students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end: classroom health education shall complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television; opportunities for physical activity shall be incorporated into other subject lessons; and classroom teachers shall provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate. Communications with Parents: The school officials shall support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. Schools shall encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. The school shall provide parents a list of foods that meet the district's snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities. The school shall provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, Edline, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework. Physical Education (P.E.) K-12: All students in grades 1-6, shall participate in a weekly physical education class. Students who have a documented medical condition may be exempted from participating in a weekly physical education class. All physical education shall be taught by a certified physical education teacher. Full-day kindergarten students will participate in a weekly physical education class contingent on the availability of certified staff. Half-day kindergarten students are also exempted from this physical education requirement. All students in grades 7-8, including students with disabilities, shall receive daily instruction in physical education and/or health. Students who have a documented medical condition may be exempted from participating in daily physical education instruction. All physical education shall be taught by a certified physical education teacher. All students in grade 9, including students with disabilities, shall receive daily instruction in physical education. All physical education shall be taught by a certified physical education teacher. Elective physical education classes shall be made available to all students in grades 10-12. Physical Activity Opportunities After School: All elementary, middle, and high schools shall offer a variety of extracurricular physical activity programs. Programs shall be both school and community sponsored. Physical Activity and Punishment: Teachers and other school personnel shall avoid withholding participation in physical education class as a punishment. Teachers and other school personnel shall seek alternatives to “taking away recess” as a punishment. If recess is withheld from a student, a reasonable attempt shall be made to provide the student with some type of physical activity. Monitoring: The Superintendent of Schools or designee shall ensure compliance with established local wellness policy. In each school, the Building Administrator or designee shall ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and shall report on the school's compliance to the Superintendent of Schools or designee. The Director of Food Services shall ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food and nutrition services areas and shall report on this matter to the Superintendent of Schools or designee. The Superintendent of Schools or designee shall develop a summary report annually on corporation-wide compliance with the local wellness policy, based on input from schools within the corporation. That report shall be presented to members of the Board of School Trustees, and distributed to members of the school wellness committee, Building Administrators, and school health services personnel in the corporation. Policy Review: Every year the school wellness committee shall review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school corporation shall review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The corporation, and individual schools within the corporation, shall, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AUTHORITY OF ADULT SCHOOL EMPLOYEES All of the adult employees of FCHS have certain responsibilities to the school; and in order to carry out these responsibilities, they have certain authority to correct students when the need arises. If any adult employee, whether the employee is faculty, office staff, cafeteria staff, custodial or bus driver corrects any student, the student is expected to accept such correction. l. Each teacher and any of the other school personnel shall, when pupils are under his/her charge, have the right to take any action, which is then reasonably necessary to carry out, or to prevent an interference with, the educational function of which he/she is then in charge. 2. Each principal may take any action concerning his/her school or any school activity within his jurisdiction, which is reasonable necessary to carry out or prevent interference with an educational function or school purposes. Such action may include establishing written rules and standards to govern student conduct. Similarly, the superintendent or his/her administrative staff with his approval may take any action with respect to all schools within the superintendent's jurisdiction, which is reasonably necessary to carry out or prevent interference with an educational function or school purposes. PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE POLICY Franklin County High School uses a progressive system of discipline. The system is based on the idea that as a student commits more violations of school policy, the penalties become more severe. The overall goal is to discourage misbehavior, thereby enhancing the learning environment and helping to insure a safe educational setting. The Progressive Discipline System consists of the following penalties listed from less punitive to most punitive: LD = Lunch Detention • CS = Class Suspension • ½ day In School Suspension A.M. (periods 1-3) or P.M. (periods 5-7) • ISS = In School Suspension • OSS = Out of School Suspension from 1 to 10 days • EXP = Expulsion from School BEHAVIORIAL EXPECTATIONS Listed below are some examples of expected behaviors of our students. 1. Students must treat others with respect and consideration. 2. Students must behave in a socially responsible manner in the building. Public display of affection is not allowed. 3. Students must follow all directions given by school personnel. 4. Students must be on time and at their scheduled place throughout the day until dismissal. 5. Students must come with and supplies to every class. 6. Depending on the situation involving the items listed above the student could face additional consequences. 7. Be considerate of others in the halls and classrooms. a. Keep halls open to traffic by walking on the right half of the halls. b. Do not block traffic by standing in groups. c. Pass through the halls quietly because of other classes in progress. d. Discard trash and paper in the containers provided. Help keep the school clean and neat by picking up paper and materials from the floors and hallways. BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM In some circumstances, disciplinary actions by the school officials may not be deterring continuous, unacceptable behavior. In these incidences, the administration, staff, or parent/guardian may request a behavior intervention meeting. The behavioral intervention team shall consist of teacher(s), parents/guardians, administrator, counselor, and significant others. The purpose of the team is to assist students who are having difficulties following behavior expectations within the school setting. The intervention meeting involves a brainstorming process in which there is input from all participants. Documentation of the team recommendation is given to the student, parent, Building Administrator, and all of the student’s teachers. Teachers should refer to these recommendations when issuing disciplinary action on students who have been before the behavioral intervention team. This is considered as a contract between the students, parent/guardian, and team members, as well as all teachers who participate in the student’s education. All parties shall sign an agreement to the plan. BUILDING / CLASSROOM RULES AND REGULATIONS The classroom teachers and Instructional Assistants are expected to handle most of the classroom discipline. Parents will be contacted to solicit their help and support when classroom behaviors become a problem. A meeting with the student, parents and teachers may be scheduled to communicate problems and determine possible solutions. Minor disruptive behaviors will be dealt with by appropriate discipline interventions by the individual teachers or instructional assistants. A classroom teacher may assign a lunch detention or an office referral in an attempt to change unwanted behaviors. Teachers and administrators may also use reasonable physical force or restraint in the following instances: 1. Self-defense (but only the force necessary to extricate themselves from the danger). 2. Stopping a student from harming himself. 3. Preventing one student from harming another. 4. Forcibly removing a student from a situation where the student is causing a serious disruption and refuses to leave. CHEATING POLICY Unless specifically exempted, all assignments, quizzes, tests, and other graded work are to be the product of the individual student being evaluated. If, in the judgment of the instructor, a student uses another person’s work (i.e. copying) and presents it as his or her own, the student has committed plagiarism. Similarly, a student who allows another student to copy their work for purposes of the deception outlined above will be held accountable for cheating as well. The students involved in cheating will be given a zero for that specific assignment and the possibility of a “U” for conduct for that grading period. DUE PROCESS The FCHS discipline policy provides a procedure for establishing a positive environment in which students can learn. It is the responsibility of the staff and administration to enforce the discipline policy. FCHS students are afforded the due process rights in discipline proceedings as follows: an oral statement of charges, a summary of evidence, and an opportunity to explain his/her behavior. Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation, school officials may find it necessary to discipline a student. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of Indiana Code, Title 20, Article 8.l, Chapter 5, which covers Due Process and Pupil Discipline as enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, administrators and staff members may take the following actions. 1. A teacher has the right to remove a student from his/her class or activity for a period up to one class period if the student is assigned regular or additional work. 2. A school administrator may deny a student the right to attend or take part in any school function for a period up to ten (l0) days.
3. A student may be expelled from school for a period of no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester and summer school, with the exception of possession of a firearm or a deadly weapon listed under the Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion. PARENT PARTICIPATION IN DISCIPLINE A parent, guardian, or custodian of a student less than 18 years old shall be required to participate in any disciplinary action authorized under the Student Due Process Code I.C. 20-8.1-5.1, as well as the student discipline handbook of this school corporation, at the request of a school official. Parent participation includes, but is not limited to, meetings, conferences, hearings, supervising home-study-time, and assuring regular school attendance. Upon receipt of proper notice, any parent, guardian or custodian who refuses to comply with a request from a school official to participate in the resolution of behavioral problems of a student whose conduct is repeatedly disruptive to the student’s own educational progress or to the progress of others may be referred to the Child Protective Services Division of Public Welfare. STUDENT DISCIPLINE PLAN Any student who receives a substantial number of misconducts in an accumulative period of time years will face progressive disciplinary action. The student may also be placed on a discipline plan / probationary agreement. Circumstances that warrant consideration of a probationary agreement include the student’s discipline, attendance, and graduation track history. This plan has severe consequences, which may lead to suspension or expulsion. Any student that has been placed on a Discipline Plan will not be permitted to participate in or attend any athletic or extra curricular event for the remainder of the school year. STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the School Corporation, school officials may find it necessary to remove a student from the school. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of IC 20-8.1-5.1, the Board of School Trustees authorizes administrators and staff members to take the following actions: 1. REMOVAL FROM CLASS OR ACTIVITY - TEACHER 1) A middle school, junior high, or high school teacher will have the right to remove a student from his/her class or activity for a period of up to one (1) school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting. 2. SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL – PRINCIPAL A Building Administrator (or designee) may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to ten (10) school days. 3. EXPULSION In accordance with the due process procedures defined in this policy, a student may be expelled from school for a period of no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester, with the exception of a violation of Rule 13 listed under grounds for suspension and expulsion in this policy. In addition to the grounds specified above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if (1) the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or (2) the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property, including any unlawful activity during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. LUNCH DETENTIONS Lunch detentions are established to deal with minor acts of misbehavior. Those students assigned to lunch detentions are to report to the appropriate detention room for the first fifteen (15) minutes of their lunch period. Students will have 1 week (5 school days) from the date they receive their detention to serve their detention. It is the student’s responsibility to serve the detention within the 1 week (5 school days) time period. Failure to report to detention when assigned shall result in a half day InSchool suspension assignment. While in lunch detention, students are to quietly remain in their assigned seats. Sleeping during lunch detention time is not permitted. Lunch Detentions are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. EXCESSIVE LUNCH DETENTIONS The number of Lunch Detentions is considered excessive when a student exceeds five (5) within a nine weeks grading period. If a student exceeds five (5) lunch detentions within a nine weeks grading period, progressive disciplinary action may be taken such as alternative placement – ½ day in-school suspensions, In-School suspension, out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. SUSPENSION PROCEDURES When a Building Administrator (or designee) determines that a student shall be suspended, the following procedures will be followed: 1. A meeting will be held prior to the suspension of any student. At this meeting the student will be entitled to: A. a written or oral statement of the charges; B. if the student denies the charges, a summary of the evidence Against the student will be presented; and, C. the student will be provided an opportunity to explain his or her conduct. 2. The meeting shall precede suspension of the student except where the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such situations, the meeting will follow the suspension as soon as reasonably possible following the date of the suspension. 3.. Following the suspension, the parents or guardians of suspended students will be notified in writing. The notification will include the dates of the suspension, describe the student’s misconduct, and the action taken by the Building Administrator. ½ DAY IN-SCHOOL SUSPENION (AM and PM) The purpose of the program is to provide an alternative to Out-of-School Suspension. The ½ day In-School suspensions are periods 1-3 (ISS AM) or periods 5-7 (ISS PM). Students with multiple ½ day In-School Suspensions will be alternated between AM and PM. Students assigned to ½ day In-School Suspensions shall come to school as usual on the day(s) they are assigned except they shall immediately report to the main office with all classroom materials. During a ½ day In-School Suspension, students are to do school work assigned to them by their classroom teacher or work related to schoolwork. Talking, sleeping, or other disruptions are not permitted. Students who fail to attend a ½ day In-School Suspension, violate In-School Suspension regulations, or fail to cooperate with the ISS supervisor may be reassigned ½ day ISS or shall be assigned a full day ISS. Students who do not come to school on a day they are assigned to a ½ day In-School suspension will have their half day ISS reassigned. Credit is to be given for work that is assigned for days of ½ day In-School Suspension if it is completed during the time in ISS AM or PM. ½ Day In-School Suspensions are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. EXCESSIVE ½ DAY IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS The number of half day In-School suspensions is considered excessive when a student exceeds five (5) within a school year. If a student exceeds five (5) half day InSchool suspensions within a school year, progressive disciplinary action may be taken such as In-School suspension, out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION The purpose of the program is to provide an alternative to Out-of-School Suspension. The full day In-School Suspension hours are from 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Students assigned to In-School Suspension shall come to school as usual on the day(s) they are assigned except they shall immediately report to the main office with all classroom materials. During an In-School Suspension, students are to do school work assigned to them by their classroom teacher or work related to schoolwork.
Talking, sleeping, or other disruptions are not permitted. Students who fail to attend In-School Suspension, violate In-School Suspension regulations, or fail to cooperate with the ISS supervisor may be suspended Out of School. Students who do not come to school on a day they are assigned to In-School Suspension will have their ISS reassigned. Credit is to be given for work that is assigned for days of In-School Suspension if it is completed during the time in ISS. In-School Suspensions are held on Tuesday and Thursday. EXCESSIVE IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS The number of In-School suspensions is considered excessive when a student exceeds five (5) within a school year. If a student exceeds five (5) In-School suspensions within a school year, progressive disciplinary action may be taken such as, out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION: (OSS) Out-of-school suspension occurs when a student is denied the privilege of attending school. No credit will be given for academic work during OSS. OSS could range from one day to ten days depending on circumstances. Any student who is serving OSS will be prohibited from participating in or attending any Extracurricular events on the day or days of the suspension. EXCESSIVE OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS The number of Out of School suspensions is considered excessive when a student exceeds fifteen (15) days of Out of School suspension within a school year. If a student exceeds fifteen (15) days of Out of School suspensions within a school year, progressive disciplinary action may be taken such as a recommendation for expulsion, or a probationary agreement with the administration. GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed in section A. below apply when a student is: a. On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group. b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event. c. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event. d. During summer school. A. Student Misconduct and/or Substantial Disobedience Grounds for suspension or expulsion are student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience. Examples of student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience for which a student may be suspended or expelled include, but are not limited to: 1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this rule: a. Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use. b. Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room. c. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property. d. Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property. e. Intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with the ability of any teacher or any other person to conduct or participate in an education function. 2. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property, stealing or attempting to steal school property. 3. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private property. 4. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Self-defense or reasonable action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person does not constitute a violation of this rule. 5. Threatening or intimidating any person for any purpose, including obtaining money or anything of value from the student. 6. Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions or plans. 7. Possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon, is represented to be a weapon, or looks like a weapon. 8. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by any controlled substance, prescription drug, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant or depressant of any kind, or any paraphernalia used in connection with the listed substances. Also prohibited is the consumption of any of the stated substances immediately before attending school or a school function or event. A. Exception to Rule 8: a student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer prescribed medication for the disease or condition if the studentâ€™s parent has filed a written authorization with the building principal. The written authorization must be filed annually. The written authorization must be done by a physician and must include the following information: 1. That the student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician had prescribed medication. 2. The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the prescribed medication. 3. The student has been instructed in how to self-administer the prescribed medication. 4. The student is authorized to possess and self-administer the prescribed medication. 9. Possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind. 10. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by caffeine based substances, substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), or stimulants of any kind, be they available with or without a prescription. 11. Engaging in the selling of a controlled substance or engaging in a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other persons or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 12. Failing in a number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 13. Falsely accusing any person of sexual harassment, or of violating a school rule, and/or a state or federal law. 14. Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 15. Aiding, assisting, or conspiring with another person to violate these student conduct rules or state or federal law. 16. Violating any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function, including, but not limited to: a. engaging in sexual behavior on school property; b. disobedience of administrative authority; c. willful absence or tardiness of students; d. engaging in speech or conduct, including clothing, jewelry or hair style, which is profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, or offensive to school purposes; e. failing to tell the truth about any matter under investigation by school personnel. f. possessing or using a laser pointer or similar device. 17. Possessing or using on school grounds during school hours an electronic paging device or a handheld portable telephone in a situation not related to a school purpose or educational function.
B. Possessing a Firearm or a Destructive Device 1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm or a destructive device on school property. 2. The following devises are considered to be a firearm under this rule: - any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive - the frame or receiver of any weapon described above - any firearm muffler or firearm silencer - any destructive device which is an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any similar device - any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one half inch in diameter - any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled - an antique firearm - a rifle or a shotgun that the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes 3. For purposes of this rule, a destructive device is - an explosive, incendiary, or overpressure device that is configured as a bomb, a grenade, a rocket with a propellant charge of more than four ounces, - a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, a mine, a Molotov cocktail or a device that is substantially similar to an item described above, - a type of weapon that may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant through a barrel that has a bore diameter of more than one-half inch, or - a combination of parts designed or intended for use in the conversation of a device into a destructive device. A destructive device is NOT a device that although originally designed for use as a weapon, is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device. 4. The penalty for possession of a firearm or a destructive device: suspension up to 10 days and expulsion from school for at least one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first semester after the one year period. The superintendent may reduce the length of the expulsion if the circumstances warrant such reduction. 5. Making a false “Bomb Threat” is a federal offense punishable under U.S. Code 18-844e, with a penalty of up to ten (10) years in prison, $250,000 fine, or both and grounds for suspension and/or expulsion. This penalty also applies to juvenile offenders. 6. The superintendent shall immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student is expelled under this rule. C. Possessing A Deadly Weapon 1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any deadly weapon on school property. 2. The following devices are considered to be deadly weapons as defined in I.C. 35-41-1-8: - a weapon, taser or electronic stun weapon, equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury. - an animal readily capable of causing serious bodily injury and used in the commission or attempted commission of a crime. 3. The penalty for possession of a deadly weapon: up to 10 days suspension and expulsion from school for a period of up to one calendar year. 4. The superintendent shall immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student is expelled under this rule. D. Unlawful Activity A student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria that takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. E. Legal Settlement A student may be expelled if it is determined that the student’s legal settlement is not in the attendance area of the school where the student is enrolled. LEGAL REFERENCE: I.C. 20-33-8-1 et seq. I.C. 35-47.5-2-4 I.C. 35-41-1-8 I.C. 35-47-1-5 EXPULSION PROCEDURES When a Building Administrator (or designee) recommends to the student (or designee) that a student be expelled from school, the following procedures will be followed: 1. The Superintendent of Schools (or designee) may conduct an expulsion meeting, or may appoint one of the following persons to conduct the expulsion meeting: a. legal counsel b. member of the administrative staff who did not expel the student and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion. 2. An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student’s parent are asked to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the Superintendent of Schools or the person designated above. The student and his/her parents shall be given notice of the date, time, and place of the expulsion meeting not less than five (5) days prior to the meeting. The student and his/her parents shall notify the Building Administrator not less than two (2) working days prior to the meeting if they intend to attend. If no notice to attend is given, the superintendent or the person designated may continue the meeting date should the student or his/her parents appear at the date anyway. Failure by the student or a student’s parent to appear at this meeting will be deemed a waiver of rights administratively to contest the expulsion. 3. The request to appear at the expulsion meeting will be in writing, delivered by certified mail or by personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting. 4. At the expulsion meeting, the Building Administrator (or designee), will present evidence to support the charges against the student. The student or parent will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student, and to present evidence to support the student’s position. 5. If an expulsion meeting is held, the person conducting the expulsion meeting will make a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting, make a recommendation of appropriate action to the Superintendent of Schools, and give notice of recommendation to the student and the student’s parent. The Superintendent of Schools shall notify the student and the parent of the action to be taken. The student or parent has the right to request to appeal the decision regarding the expulsion to the Board of School Trustees within ten (10) days of the receipt of notice of the action taken. The student or parent appeal to the Board of School Trustees shall be in writing. If an appeal is properly made, the Board of School Trustees shall consider the appeal unless the Board of School Trustees votes not to hear the appeal. If the Board of School Trustees hears the appeal, it will consider the written summary of the expulsion meeting and the arguments of both the Building Administrator and the student and/or the student’s parent. The Board of School Trustees shall then take any action deemed appropriate. LEGAL REFERENCE: 20 U.S.C. 8001 20 U.S.C. 8002 I.C. 20-8.1-5.1-1 et seq.
Returning to school following Expulsion Under Indiana law, a principal may require any student who is sixteen (16) years of age or older and seeks to enroll in school following and expulsion to enroll in an alternative school, an alternative educational program, or evening school. ABUSE OF A STAFF MEMBER Engaging in conduct that constitutes; a substantial step toward touching a staff member or another adult in a rude, insolent or angry manner, using threatening, offensive, rude or obscene language or gestures to any adult staff member. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. BULLYING / HARRASMENT Bullying is not tolerated. FCHS identifies bullying as intentional, aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength and is repeated over a period of time. If a student chooses to engage in any form of bullying, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action in relation to the seriousness of the offense. Bullying appears in many forms, including: physical, verbal, relational, emotional, and / or written/cyber. Examples include, but are not limited to: hitting, pushing, fighting, teasing, name calling, intimidation, social exclusion, and writing or sending insulting or intimidating messages. If a student is bullied, or witnesses a bullying incident, he or she should report the incident(s) to a teacher, school counselor, or administrator so that the situation can be rectified. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. CELL PHONE/ELELECTRONIC DEVICES Cell phones/electronic devices may be used in the cafeteria/gym area while a student is at lunch. Cell phones/electronic devices may not be used during any other part of the school day. If at any time, other than the designated areas during lunch, a student is using a cell phone/electronic device the building administrator, teacher, or other school official has the right to confiscate the student’s cell phone/electronic device. Cell phones/electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes during class time with teacher permission. In case of an emergency a student shall be granted permission to use a school phone. The school district will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any cell phone brought to school.. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Lunch Detention, Half day In-School Suspension, InSchool Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. (IC 35-42-4-4.) Child Exploitation; possession of child pornography; violation classification; exemption; definitions Sec. 4. (a) as used in this section: “Disseminate” means to transfer possession for free or for a consideration. “Matter” has the same meaning as in IC 35-49-1-3. “Performance” has the same meaning as in IC 35-49-1-7. “Sexual conduct” means sexual intercourse, deviate sexual conduct, exhibition of the uncovered genitals intended to satisfy or arouse the sexual desires of any person, sadomasochistic abuse, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with an animal, or any fondling or touching of a child by another person or of another person by a child intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the other person. (b)Child exploitation: A person who knowingly or intentionally: 1. manages, produces, sponsors, presents, exhibits, photographs, films, videotapes, or creates a digitized image of any performance or incident that includes sexual conduct by a child under eighteen (18) years of age; 2. disseminates, exhibits to another person, offers to disseminate or exhibit to another person, or sends or brings into Indiana for dissemination or exhibition matter that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child under eighteen (18) years or age; or 3. makes available to another person a computer, knowing that the computer’s fixed drive or peripheral device contains matter that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child less than eighteen (18) years of age; (c) [Child Pornography] A person who knowingly or intentionally possesses: 1. a picture; 2. a drawing; 3. a photograph; 4. a negative image; 5. undeveloped film; 6. a motion picture; 7. a videotape; 8. a digitized image; or 9. any pictorial representation; that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knows is less than sixteen (16) years of age or who appears to be less than sixteen (16) years of age, and that lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value commits possession of child pornography, a Class D felony. CLASS DISRUPTION/STUDENT MISCONDUCT Any act that is a distraction to the educational process within the classroom will not be tolerated. This may include, but not limited to sleeping, not being prepared, not following class rules, running, shucking, hallway misconduct, etc. Disciplinary action including, but not loss of computer privileges, limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. COMPUTER MISUSE Misuse of computers can range from the inappropriate sending of messages from one computer to another computer (including threats) or the command to print materials at an inappropriate printer to the introduction of unauthorized programs on the computer system or the changing of information in the school’s computer network. Students are not to use e-mail to or from school computers unless directed to do so as a class assignment by a staff member. Disciplinary action including, but not loss of computer privileges, limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. DEFIANCE / FAILURE TO COMPLY 1. Failure in a substantial number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. 2. Failure to stop fighting when asked to stop by school personnel 3. Failure to consent to a search when asked to do so by a school administrator. 4. Refusing to identify himself/herself or giving false identification to any staff member or any Board employee and/or failing to justify his/her presence in a disclosed location. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action.
DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION Since displays of affection are generally considered to be private, physical contact, other than the holding of hands will be considered inappropriate in school. The simple holding of hands is the only permissible display under this provision. Any other contact is strictly forbidden. Progressive discipline shall be taken. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. DRESS AND GROOMING OF STUDENTS The responsibility for a student’s dress, grooming and appearance rests in the first instance with the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s). The school will not interfere unless a student’s personal choices create a disruptive, distractive influence on the school’s educational mission, affect the health or safety of the student or others or are destructive to school property. Through its dress and grooming guidelines, the school intends to promote community standards of decency, cleanliness, etiquette, decorum and good citizenship as part of its educational mission. If a student chooses to violate the guidelines below, the school principal or a designated administrator will confer with both the student and his or her parents or guardians in order to effect a change that satisfies the guidelines. The principal or designee may request that the clothing be changed. If necessary, the student may call home to rectify the situation. If this contact is not possible, the student will be required to work in the ISS room for the remainder of the day. Repeated occurrences will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Student Dress codes shall apply at ALL FCHS related activities regardless of the location of the activity. Girls Use common sense in your dress. Wear the proper foundation garments and don’t wear see-through materials such as mesh, fish net, etc… Shirts and tops must cover the bra straps and must not expose the trunk. Tube tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Skirts must be in good taste and appropriately modest. Bottoms of skirts should be no shorter than finger tips extended, and not so short or tight that one cannot sit in a modest fashion. Students wearing: Leggings / Tights / Stirrup Pants / Spandex – the items must fit properly and be in good taste. Boys Common sense is also the key to boy’s dress. Shirts and tops must have sleeves and must cover the trunk. Sleeveless shirts or tank tops that are cut are not acceptable. If you wear a mesh type shirt, you need a shirt underneath and please keep your shirts buttoned. Boys should not be without a shirt in the building or on school grounds without the permission of a coach or other school personnel. Other Points: 1. Shorts for boys and girls being worn during school hours must be below finger tips extended and be worn above the hips. Any other exceptions will be made by administration. 2. No tops are allowed to be worn that expose the abdominal area. . 3. No article of clothing will be allowed that has profanity (including communication with double meanings), racial slurs, satanic references, sexual connotations (e.g. Big Johnson, Co-Ed Naked, Hooter’s, Nookie Patrol, Confederate flag etc…), or apparel that promotes or advertises alcohol, drugs or tobacco products. In addition, any apparel that promotes or portrays graphic violence, extremes in anti-social behavior, or may be a detriment to promoting the orderly function of the school is not allowed. 4. Do not wear caps, hats, bandannas, head bands, hoods or sunglasses inside the building. These items shall be kept in locker. 5. Pants, slacks, shirts, tops, jeans, or trousers with holes, slits or rips in them above finger tips extended are not permitted to be worn. A hole above finger tips extended must have a patch sewn in. 6. No bare feet are allowed. Students must wear protective footwear that covers the soles of the feet. 7. Coats or gloves are not to be worn during the school day. They should be left in lockers. Sweat shirts or unlined wind breakers are permitted. 8. Pants cannot sag below the hips or to the point where under garments are visible or not visible if covered with a shirt. 9. No spikes or chains (including wallet chains) can be worn as part of one’s attire or as bracelets/necklaces, etc… on one’s person. 10. Casual/Sleep wear (e.g. pajamas, house slippers, etc…) is not considered normal everyday school clothing and should not be worn to school. 11. No Face paint or temporary hair color which is distractive and/or disruptive to the educational process will be permitted. 12. School personnel reserve the right to request the removal of any piercing which is considered a safety concern or is disruptive to the educational process. 13. Students shall follow dress code guidelines at all extra curricular events including shirts. Addressing these items is an attempt to improve the overall decorum of the school climate. Generally speaking, the school is a workplace for the students. As a workplace, these items and fashion statements are not appropriate and potentially disruptive. The school may establish special dress requirements for students participating in physical education extracurricular activities and events, including those that occur off the school’s premises. The school shall have authority to develop, administer and enforce requirements necessary to implement these guidelines. Violation of dress code shall result in the removal of unacceptable items or a student may be asked to change into more appropriate clothing. DRUG/ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY The use of alcohol or other drugs of abuse is not tolerated at Franklin County High School during the school day or at any school activity. Administrators will recommend expulsion according to the guidelines set forth in the appendix of this handbook if a student is found: A. to be in possession of, under the influence of, or is selling alcoholic beverages, marijuana, cocaine in any form, steroids, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, or any other drug of abuse. B. .to be in possession of, under the influence of, or is selling “look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including over-the-counter medications such as “Mini-thins.” C. to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. A Probationary Agreement may be pursued if circumstances of an individual case (discipline history, graduation track, and attendance) warrant it. A student under the influence or in possession of any of the above items may be re-admitted to school after a ten (10) day out of school suspension upon proof that he/she has undergone an evaluation by a licensed substance abuse treatment facility approved by the school. “This student may be re-admitted to school upon proof that he/she has undergone an evaluation for substance abuse including alcohol by a substance abuse specialist licensed by the State of Indiana and/or State of Ohio and approved by the school principal. If the evaluation results in any recommendation for any follow-up including treatment(s), arrangements for satisfying the recommendation shall be made by the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) prior to re-admission and approved by the Building Administrator.” FALSE ALARMS OR 911 CALLS Indiana Code 43-44-2-2 states that false alarms or the pulling of an alarm, as a prank is a criminal act. Charges against the student can be made to local authorities. Students who falsely activate the school fire alarm system or who make false reports to the 911 emergency system from a school phone shall be suspended outof-school for ten (10) days. A second offense shall result in a recommendation for expulsion. The exception to this is the making of a bomb threat, which shall be grounds for expulsion on the first offense. Students may be held responsible for payment if any fire apparatus is sent to the school.
FIGHTING/COMBATIVE ACTS Fighting and/or unnecessary roughness on the part of any student shall not be tolerated during school and/or at any school activity. Hostile physical acts, such as pushing, hitting, grabbing, kicking, biting, and scratching will be considered as acts of fighting. Students involved in such acts will be removed from the general student body immediately. The name of individuals involved in fights will be submitted to the Franklin County Probation Office. 1ST Offense – five (5) day out of school suspension 2ND Offense – ten (10) day out of school suspension 3RD Offense – expulsion Severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. FOOD, DRINKS, CANDY, GUM, ETCETERA The vending machines are OFF LIMITS for students each day during school hours (8:15 am – 3:20 pm). Food and drinks of any type is to be confined to the cafeteria. Candy, suckers, etc. should remain in cafeteria and are not to be consumed in the halls. Due to state requirements only the juice machine may be used during the time when lunch is served. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Lunch Detention, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. FORGERY OF NOTES Students shall not forge or present forged notes or bogus phone calls to school officials. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. HALL PASSES - PASSPORT Students who abuse, alter or forge passé/passports may receive: Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Loss of Passport Privileges, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. PERSONAL LAPTOPS/HAND HELD COMPUTERS Personal laptops or hand held computers may be used during class time for note taking with classroom teacher approval. Students may not use personal laptops / hand held computers for purposes other than education. Students who abuse this policy will not be allowed to use these devices. The school district will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any cell phone brought to school. PROFANITIES/VULGARITIES.VERBAL ABUSE Any gestures or actions, physical, written, or spoken, that can be considered offensive, obscene, or derogatory. Students may not use profanity at any time. Students are not to use profanity or, vulgarities at Franklin County High School nor at school activities. Consequences for profanity and/or vulgarities shall be dependent upon the severity and frequency of such activities. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class Suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. In addition, students shall be subject to one to three days of out-of-school suspension and/or expulsion depending on the intent of the comment or action for vulgarities and/or profanity directed at a teacher(s), administrator(s), or other school official(s). SKIPPING CLASSES/SCHOOL There are two types of skipping during the school day – skipping classes and skipping school. If a student is skipping classes or partial class, the student shall receive a Half day In-School Suspension for skipping class. If a student is skipping a day or partial day of school the student shall receive an in-school suspension. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. STEALING/THEFT The stealing/theft or possession of stolen property belonging to the school or to another person. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Half day InSchool Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Plus total reimbursement of costs of objects stolen. Also, the state law of Expulsion may be enforced when deemed necessary. THREATS Threats of a physical nature made by a student against another student, teacher, or other school personnel. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion . Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. Threats determined to be of a serious nature may be grounds for expulsion. In some instances, a counseling program may be required to be in place before a student can return to school. Local law enforcement authorities will be notified in cases of a threat against another person. TOBACCO /NICOTINE PRODUCTS The use of tobacco products is contrary to the good health habits stressed in several curriculum areas. It is also a violation of school corporation policy for any student to possess or use tobacco on school property regardless of age. 1st Offense – 3 Days Out of School Suspension 2nd Offense – 5 Days Out of School Suspension 3rd Offense – Recommend Expulsion VANDALISM/THEFT Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property. If damage results from the misuse of school property, the student will be charged for the damage or destruction. School property includes books, supplies, equipment or the school building. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. WATER DEVICES Students are not permitted to possess or use squirt guns, water balloons or similar items at school, on school buses, or at school activities. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Expulsion . . Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action. WITHHOLDING INFORMATION/DISHONESTY Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions or plans. Providing false information to a school staff member. Forging another persons’ signature or name. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to; Class suspension, Half day In-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, Out-ofSchool Suspension, and Expulsion. Frequency or severity of the violation will also be considered in the disciplinary action.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE A. As used in this section, “reasonable cause for a search” means circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the search of a particular person, place, or thing will lead to the discovery of: 1. Evidence of a violation of the student conduct standards contained in the Student Handbook. 2. Anything which because of its presence presents an immediate danger of physical harm or illness to any person. The Building Administrator, a member of the administrative staff, or a teacher may search a desk or any other storage area on school premises other than a locker when the person conducting the search has reasonable cause for a search. B. The Building Administrator, or a member of the administrative staff designated in writing by the Building Administrator and acting at the direction of the Building Administrator and acting at the direction of the Building Administrator may, during a school activity, search the pockets of the student or any object in the possession of a student such as shoes, purse, briefcase, or backpack if the principal has reasonable cause for a search of that student. C. The privilege of bringing a student-operated motor vehicle onto school premises is hereby conditioned on written consent by the student driver, the owner of the motor vehicle and the parent or guardian of the student to allow access to a motor vehicle, shall be cause of termination without further hearing of the privilege of bringing a motor vehicle onto school premises. The Building Administrator or a member of the administrative staff designated in writing by the Building Administrator may request a law enforcement officer to search a motor vehicle on school premises, subject to sub-section G of this section. D. Anything found in the course of a search conducted in accordance with this section which is evidence of a violation of the student conduct standards contained in the Student handbook may be: 1. Seized and admitted as evidence in any suspension or expulsion proceeding if it is tagged for identification at the time it is seized and kept in a secure place by the Building Administrator or his/her designee until it is presented at the hearing. 2. Returned to the parent or guardian of the student from whom it is seized. 3. Destroyed if it has no significant value, or 4. Turned over to any law enforcement officer in accordance with sub-section F. E. Anything found in the course of a search conducted in accordance with this section which by its presence presents an immediate danger or physical harm or illness to any person may be seized. This may include nauseous chemicals. Overdue library books may also be considered under this proposal. These may be returned to the parent/guardian, destroyed, or turned over to law enforcement officials. The Building Administrator or member of the administrative staff designated in writing by the Building Administrator may request the assistance of a law enforcement officer to: 1. Search any area of the school premises, any student, or any motor vehicle on school premises. 2. Identify or dispose of anything found in the course of a search conducted in accordance with this section. Where law enforcement officers respond to such a request, no school employee shall assist or otherwise participate in any search conducted.
TECHNOLOGY COMPUTER USE To maximize familiarity of the uses of computers, FCHS facility is equipped with three computer laboratories. Even though these labs are normally designed for class use, personal use of computers may be arranged through the appropriate teachers. BES, BMS, LES and MCS are equipped with state of the art computer labs. Computer terminals are also available for student use in the library. Computer diskettes may be purchased in the bookstore. COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND NETWORKS ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES The Board of School Trustees is committed to the effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of corporation operations. The Board also recognizes that safeguards have to be established to ensure that the Corporation’s investment in both hardware and software is achieving the benefits of technology and inhibiting negative side effects. The Superintendent of Schools is directed to establish administrative guidelines not only for the proper acquisition of technology but also to ensure that staff and students are making appropriate and ethical use of the computers and other equipment as well as any networks that may be established. The responsibility for the educational value of Internet access is to be the joint responsibility of schools staff, the students with access to the Internet, and their parents. Guidelines for Internet access and use shall also ensure that parents are provided the option to request alternative activities not requiring Internet access. The Superintendent of Schools shall also ensure that both staff and students are adequately informed about disciplinary actions that will be taken if Franklin County Community School Corporation’s technology and/or networks are abused in any way or used in an illegal or unethical manner. The policy and the guidelines and agreements established by the Superintendent of Schools and approved by the Board of School Trustees are to be made available for review by parents, guardians, staff, and members of the community. The provisions of this policy and associated guidelines and agreements are subordinate to local, State, and Federal Laws. FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION POLICY ON CORPORATION-PROVIDED ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES AND NETWORKS The Franklin County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees shall consider its state educational mission, goals, and objectives when making decisions regarding all access to the Internet. The Board believes that information gathering and decision making is fundamental in the preparation of all students in the process of becoming productive citizens. The Board shall provide Internet access within the following guidelines: 1. Internet is an electronic highway that connects computers in a worldwide network. It is a complex association of government agencies, regional networks, and state networks. Access is provided to electronic mail communication, information and news from all over the world, software and shareware, discussion groups, libraries at all levels, and a continually growing number of other services. 2. Because Internet is a global network, every effort will be made to properly restrict access to inappropriate materials. The Board believes that the positive educational opportunities available to Internet users far outweigh the possibility that users may access resources that are not appropriate to the corporation’s education objectives. Users will be made aware of and required to adhere to the following guidelines in order to use the network resources in an efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Misuse of the computer in regards to the Internet may result in in-school suspension or expulsion. Network users are prohibited: A. To access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material B. To transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language C. To violate any State or Federal statute D. To vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another person or organization E. To access another person’s materials, information, or files without direct permission of that person F. To violate copyright, or otherwise use another person’s storage medium without prior approval or permission G. To respond to unsolicited on-line contact H. To use or publish personal information such as name, address, telephone number, etc. I. To use the Internet for any commercial purpose including the distribution of material to multiple addresses which is commonly called “Spamming.” 3. Parents will be made aware of their student’s use of the school corporation’s resources to access the Internet and will be provided the option to request alternative activities that will not require Internet access.
4. Internet users will be provided a user account and privileges in keeping with the network security system. Even though the Corporation personnel will use technical means to limit students Internet access, these limits do not provide a guaranteed means for enforcing the provisions of the Corporation’s acceptable use policies. Students will be permitted to access Internet resources ONLY with permission and supervision of the Corporation staff. 5. The educational value of student Internet access shall be the joint responsibility of students, parents, and school staff. Every effort will be made to provide appropriate curriculum integration in all subject areas where Internet resources will enhance the educational process. 6. Franklin County Community School Corporation Liability: A. The Corporation makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing. B. The Corporation will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. C. The Corporation will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature or quality of Internet information stored on school diskettes, hard drives, or servers; nor for the accuracy, nature, or quality of Internet information stored on school diskettes, hard drives, or servers; nor for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through school provided Internet access. D. The Corporation will not be responsible for personal property used to access school computers or networks for school provided Internet access. E. The Corporation will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from school provided access to the Internet. All users by their use, consent to indemnify the Corporation from any financial loss or cost their use causes the Corporation. 7. The Corporation’s policy on Corporation-provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks will be available for review by all parents, guardians, staff, and members of the community. 8. The Corporation staff members will be provided with a user account for the purposes of accessing educational resources using the Internet. 9. Designated staff members will be responsible for supervision and management of the Internet accounts, and the supervisors reserve the right to close or deny the use of any user account. 10. Students and parents/guardians will be required to read and sign the INTERNET AGREEMENT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION. (The following is that agreement.) As a student user of the Internet resources, I agree to comply with the following guidelines: 1. I will be polite and considerate of other users and not be abusive in my messages to others. I will not use profanity, vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language. 2. I understand that illegal activities are strictly forbidden. 3. I will not respond to any unsolicited on-line contact or reveal my full name, personal address, or telephone number, or name, social security number, address, or telephone number of any other person or entity. 4. I understand that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. The system supervisors who operate the network will have access to all mail. All infractions of the “Acceptable Use Policy” will be reported to the appropriate Building Administrators. 5. I will use all equipment, software; facilities with appropriate care and will not disrupt the use of such by other users. 6. I understand that technology use is a privilege and not a right, and if my use of the equipment, software, facilities, or network resource is deemed to be inappropriate by the supervisor, my network privileges may be suspended or denied. 7. I will not attempt to download, upload, or distribute, or in any way access pornographic, my network privileges may be suspended or denied. obscene or sexually explicit materials or language. 8. I will not violate any local, State, or Federal statutes. 9. I will not attempt to access another person’s materials, information or files without permission of that person. 10. I will not violate copyright laws by copying software or materials. 11. I will indemnify the corporation for the cost or losses incurred by the corporation due to my violation of this agreement. I understand and will comply by the above Internet Use Agreement. I further understand that any violation of the above guidelines may result in the loss of my computer and access privileges; school disciplinary or appropriate legal action may be taken. The Franklin County Community School Board and Administration has taken precautions to eliminate controversial materials. However, I also recognize that it is impossible for the Corporation to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold them responsible for materials acquired on the network. I hereby give permission to issue an account for my student and agree to indemnify the corporation for all costs and losses incurred by the corporation due to my child’s/ward/s violation of the foregoing agreement.
TRANSPORTATION TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY Students living with the geographical area of the Franklin County Community School Corporation have the privilege of riding from home to school and from school to home on a school bus, provided that the student’s behavior is acceptable according to school standards. SCHOOL BUS RULES To promote safety involving school buses and other traffic, certain rules have been established that include: 1. At the bus stop, students shall remain out of the roadways and avoid pushing, shoving and damaging property. Each student shall be at the bus stop when the school bus arrives or be visible to the school bus driver as the student is moving toward the bus. Students shall cross the highway in front and never behind the school bus. 2. Each student shall enter and leave the bus only after the bus has come to a complete stop and the door has been opened by the driver. NEVER run after a school bus or try to retrieve dropped items near the bus. Students involved in a transfer shall transfer directly from one bus to another in an orderly, timely fashion. 3. Each student shall be seated immediately upon entering the bus in the seat assigned by the school bus driver and shall remain in his/her seat throughout the entire trip unless given permission by the school bus driver to move to another seat. Movement on the bus is permitted only when the bus has come to a complete stop. Face forward at all times. 4. Keep the bus clean. Eating, drinking, or chewing gum on the bus is not permitted. 5. Possession of tobacco, tobacco products, matches, lighters, weapons, and laser pointers is prohibited. 6. Loud, boisterous or profane language or indecent conduct is prohibited. 7. Students shall not tease, scuffle, trip, hold, hit, use their hands, feet, or body in any objectionable manner. Violence is prohibited. 8. No student shall open or close windows or doors on the bus without the permission of the bus driver. Windows shall not be lowered further than is recommended by the manufacturer, and in no case shall a window be lowered more than half-way. Each student shall keep his or her entire body inside the bus unless properly entering or exiting. 9. When approaching a railroad crossing, students will maintain silence until the bus has cleared the tracks. 10. Each student shall follow the student dress code while being transported on the school bus. 11. Use of cameras, video recorders, and such features on cell phones and similar devices by students on the school buses is prohibited. 12. Students suspended from one bus are prohibited from riding any other bus. 13. Any student determined to have caused property damage to the school bus shall be prohibited from riding the school bus if full restitution has not been made within 10 (ten) school days of parents being notified of the damage. 14. Punishment for violating school bus rules shall include detention, suspension, or expulsion from the school bus, and/or suspension or expulsion from school.
15. When a student violates school bus rules, the driver shall warn the student that his/her conduct might result in suspension from riding the school bus. If the student again violates school bus rules, the Building Administrator shall warn the student and shall also notify the parents of possible suspension from the bus if the student’s behavior does not improve. The principal may waive the warning and suspend the student on the first incident if, in his or her judgment, the incident warrants suspension or expulsion. 16. Additional incidents shall prompt the driver to recommend additional punishment for the student. The Building Administrator shall consider the bus driver’s recommendation and may suspend the student. The Building Administrator shall notify the parent of the suspension and inform them that any further disruption on the part of the child will be just reason for exclusion from bus transportation for the remainder of the school year. Drivers shall not put a student off the bus. DRIVER-PARENT COMMUNICATION School bus drivers are encouraged to maintain open communication with the parents/guardians of the students they are transporting. Parents and school bus drivers are expected to treat each other in a civil, polite manner. Any time disagreements between parents and the bus driver cannot be resolved between themselves, the Building Administrator(s) of the student(s) involved shall be contacted to intercede. Parents are not to board a school bus to confront a school bus driver. Such boarding will be considered trespassing and law enforcement may be notified. DELIVERY OF STUDENTS/BUS CHANGES For students up to and including grade 8, a parent/guardian wanting his/her child to ride another bus home at night rather than his/her assigned bus shall provide a note to the Building Administrator providing the exact street address where the child is requested to be dropped off, along with the name of a responsible adult at the location and a telephone number. Telephone calls should be used for this purpose ONLY in an emergency and school personnel may refuse such requests if made repeatedly. Parents whose children have alternating plans due to such things as custody arrangements and alternating work schedules are encouraged to provide written instructions for these children on a regular basis. High school students do not have to have a note for a change in bus plans. However, parents and students must keep in mind that balancing school bus loads is important and bus hopping will not be tolerated. In cases when the student load is at capacity, students other than those normally assigned to a route may be denied the privilege of riding. School transportation is not a taxi service and therefore parents cannot expect students to be delivered to alternate locations such as workplaces, dance lessons, student jobs, and the like. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY TRANSPORTATION If a student rides a bus to an extra-curricular activity, he/she shall return on the bus unless excused by the Building Administrator/Designee, Athletic Director, Coach, or Sponsor. The same rules apply on such bus trips as apply on school bus routes. Activity sponsors, including coaches and chaperones, shall be responsible for maintaining discipline on such trips. If only one adult is present on the bus, all students shall be seated in front of the adult. If more than one adult is present, the adults shall be seated at intervals throughout the bus. MEDICATIONS ON SCHOOL BUSES Prescription and over-the-counter medications are permitted on school buses only when authorized by parents in writing and the Building Administrator/designee. MEETING THE BUS ALONG THE ROUTE PROHIBITED Parents shall not drive a student to another location to “catch” the bus. Students whose parents attempt to do so will not be permitted to board the bus. Parents also may not intercept the school bus along the route to have their child taken off the bus. Students and parents are prohibited from meeting the buses at designated transfer sites to board or leave the school bus. In case of an emergency where the parent must retrieve a child from the bus, the parent must contact the school so that school personnel can make arrangements with the school bus driver. MISCONDUCT PROCEDURES FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION The bus driver will write up each offense on a Bus Conduct form and give all copies to the assistant principal. The Building Administrator shall contact the parent and notify them of the problem. The Building Administrator will inform the parent of any disciplinary action taken and communicate the possibility of terminating the student’s transportation on a Franklin County Community School Corporation Bus. A copy of the bus misconduct will be placed in the student’s discipline file. The Transportation Director or his/her designee may withdraw a student’s privilege of riding a school bus even if the student has not had previous misconducts. For minor and intermediate infractions, the Transportation Director or his/her designee may warn and suspend a student from his/her bus for a period up to five (5) days. The Transportation Director or his/her designee has the right to remove a student at any time from the bus without regard to the preceding steps, if he/she commits an offense for which immediate removal is specified as a penalty, or the student’s continued presence would be contrary to the well- being of the district or any of it’s staff or other student’s. Any severe violation will also be brought to the attention of the FCHS administration and can result in substantial school consequences and bus suspensions. Termination of the bus-riding privilege over five (5) days will be the responsibility of the Transportation Director, FCHS administration or their designee and the same legal proceeding will be used as expulsion from school. The laws of the State of Indiana places bus transportation as a privilege, not a right, which can be withdrawn by any school corporation whenever this privilege is misused. If a student is disruptive on the bus and is creating a safety hazard FCHS will take the necessary steps to prohibit that student from riding a FCCSC school bus. MISSING THE SCHOOL BUS TO GO HOME Parents need to have a contingency plan in the event their child misses the school bus home. Students may use the phone in the front office with permission. PRIVATE ROADS AND LANES At no time shall a school bus enter a private lane or road to load or unload students unless it is a turnaround point, or if doing so is authorized by the Superintendent/designee. STUDENTS LIVING ON IMPASSABLE ROADS The parent of any student living one-half mile or more from the bus route on a public road that is impassable by bus are eligible for consideration for payment for private transportation to a bus route, two trips a day at the mileage rate currently specified in the Corporation Administrative Handbook (currently $.50 per mile). Students living less than one-half mile off a public road will be expected to meet the bus at the intersection of such a public road. TRANSPORTING ILL, INJURED, OR INFECTED STUDENTS A student with a contagious disease or condition shall be isolated from other students until transportation can be arranged. These students shall not be transported on the school bus. It shall be the responsibility of the Building Principal to arrange or provide appropriate transportation for all ill, injured, or infected students. If a student has a condition which does not require immediate attention, but the student shouldn't remain in school, the principal shall contact a parent. If the student's parents cannot be contacted, the principal shall contact a person specified as an emergency contact. The principal shall request that person to arrange transportation to the student's home or to a medical facility, whichever is more appropriate for the condition affecting the student.
In the event that the parents of the student or the person(s) specified as emergency contacts cannot be reached or are unable to arrange transportation the principal or the principal's designee shall transport the student. The principal may allow any student who has walked or driven to school to return home by the same means, provided that the principal can obtain approval from one of the student's parents. TRANSPORTING LARGE ITEMS Book bags, backpacks, and similar items transported on the school bus shall be held in student’s lap or stowed safely underneath the student’s own seat. Only when space is available will students riding the bus be permitted to transport large items such as shop projects, athletic equipment, oversized musical instruments, etc. VIDEO RECORDINGS ON SCHOOL BUSES Digital recording devices are being deployed in school buses and students shall expect that their activities on the school bus are being recorded. Recordings are educational records and will not be shared with parents and members of the public. BUS TRANSPORTATION TO VOCATIONAL SCHOOL Franklin County Community School Corporation provides transportation to students who attend the Whitewater Career Center. Students are not permitted to drive. All normal bus rules listed above are in effect. In addition, vocational students shall also adhere to the following: 1. The buses leave for Connersville at 11:25 a.m. sharp. Students who wish to eat lunch shall finish prior to that time. Students who miss the bus will be placed in study hall. A second missed vocational bus will result in an in-school suspension being assigned. 2. Vocational students will be assigned a seat on the bus. 3. Violations of bus conduct rules reported to the administration will result in violators being assigned… a. After-school detention for minor violations. b. Saturday school for more serious violations or for repeated minor violations. c. Suspension of all bus privileges for one to three days for repeated violations or for extremely serious violations. Students suspended from the vocational bus will not be permitted to drive to vocational school. d. Loss of bus privileges may result if prior attempts to correct misbehavior are not effective. DRIVER’S PERMIT/LICENSE AND SUSPENSION/EXPULSION According to Indiana Code “A driver’s license or a learner’s permit may not be issued to an individual less than eighteen (18) years of age who meets any of the following conditions: 1) is a habitual truant under IC 20-8.1-3-17.2, 2) is under at least a second suspension from school for the school year, 3) is under an expulsion from school, 4) has withdrawn from school, for a reason other than documented financial hardship….before graduating. If a person is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a habitual truant, is under a second suspension or an expulsion or has withdrawn from school as described in section 1 of this chapter, the bureau shall, upon notification by the person’s principal, invalidate the person’s license or permit…” as detailed in Section 2, IC 9-24-2-4. DRIVING AND PARKING POLICY Properly licensed drivers may drive to school and park in the student parking lot. Students who wish to drive shall register their vehicles in the office. Upon payment of a small registration fee, which covers its cost, a parking pass valid for one year will be issued. By registering to drive, a student agrees to abide by all of the following regulations: 1. Upon arriving at school, students shall park and lock their vehicles immediately and go inside. Sitting in parked vehicles is not permitted at any time. 2. A student vehicle shall display a parking pass on inside mirror. Vehicles which do not display this pass on the inside mirror may be towed away at the owner’s expense. 3. The speed limit on school property is 20 mph. Speeding, unsafe starts, or other reckless driving is not permitted. 4. Under no circumstances may students transport others in pick-up beds or on the hood or trunk of any vehicle. 5. School buses have the right of way at all times on school property. At the end of the school day, student drivers who are not off the parking lot by the time buses begin to depart shall wait until all buses have cleared the school grounds before leaving. 6. The school is not responsible for damages resulting from vandalism of or theft from vehicles parked on school premises. 7. Students driving to school shall park in designated high school student parking lot. 8. A violation of parking or driving regulations will result in disciplinary action which may include detention, out-of-school suspension and/or expulsion. Disciplinary action may also include a student’s driving privileges being revoked on the FCHS campus. DRIVING TO VOCATIONAL SCHOOL Whitewater Valley Technical Career Center students shall ride the vocational buses to and fro Connersville. However, there are occasions when students shall drive. Permission to drive shall be secured from both the vocational school and from the FCHS administration. Permission will be granted only in one of the following circumstances: 1. The student is enrolled in cosmetology classes. 2. The student is participating in cooperative education and shall have transportation to the workplace. (Driving to a co-op job is not permitted until all papers are signed and on file in the student’s permanent record in the FCHS office.) 3. The student is working late at the vocational school. In this situation, permission shall be secured from the Career Center first. The student shall bring a signed permission slip from the Career Center signed by parent/guardian to the Building Administrator’s office before he/she receives permission to drive. 4. The student has an after-school job in the Connersville area. 5. Other legitimate reasons as determined by the Franklin County High School Administration. 6. Student’s parent/guardian shall sign the student out at the Career Center office if the student is to ride back to Franklin County with the parent/guardian 7. A violation of parking or driving regulations shall result in disciplinary action, which may include detention, after school detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion. Disciplinary action may also include a student’s driving privileges being revoked on the FCHS campus. NO PASSENGERS ARE PERMITTED WITHOUT EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE FCHS OFFICE PERSONNEL. In some cases when one student is transporting another student to the Career Center, the driver shall present written permission fro his/her parents verifying permission to both drive and transport specifically named student(s). The student(s) riding shall present to FCHS officials written verification from his/her parents indicating permission to ride. STUDENTS WHO DRIVE OR WHO RIDE WITH A STUDENT DRIVER TO AND FROM CONNERSVILLE WITHOUT PERMISSION SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO A ONE DAY OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE, A SECOND OFENSE SHALL RESULT IN A THREE DAY OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION AND THE LOSS OF THE PRIVILEGE TO DRIVE TO THE CAREER CENTER, AND A THIRD OFFENSE SHALL RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION SUCH AS A RECOMMENDATION FOR EXPULSION OR PROBATIONARY AGREEMENT WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. Returning from Whitewater Technical Career Center Students who return to school after attending vocational school shall remain in the main office hall for the remainder of the school day. Permission may be given by the administration to go to lockers if necessary.
FIRST SEMESTER AGENDA PASSPORT Your agenda passport gives you the opportunity to use pass privileges when you and your teacher agree it is necessary. Use your passes wisely because once you have used up this page, you must wait until second semester to start the second page. Your teacher has the final say for approval. Passports are required for ANY student initiated request for a pass. DATE
NOTE: IF THIS PAGE IS ALTERED IN ANY WAY (WHITED OUT AREAS, NAMES OR HEADINGS INKED OUT OR COVERED UP, FORGED NAMES, ETC…) THE PASSPORT WILL BE INVALID AND NOT USEABLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER.
SECOND SEMESTER AGENDA PASSPORT Your agenda passport gives you the opportunity to use pass privileges when you and your teacher agree it is necessary. Use your passes wisely because once you have used up this page, you must wait until second semester to start the second page. Your teacher has the final say for approval. Passports are required for ANY student initiated request for a pass. DATE
NOTE: IF THIS PAGE IS ALTERED IN ANY WAY (WHITED OUT AREAS, NAMES OR HEADINGS INKED OUT OR COVERED UP, FORGED NAMES, ETC…) THE PASSPORT WILL BE INVALID AND NOT USEABLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER.