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Union 9th Grade Center Student Handbook 2015-2016


Union Public Schools

STUDENT - PARENT HANDBOOK All students are to be familiar with the information within this handbook and are subject to all the rules and regulations set forth by the Union Board of Education, State Department of Education, and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The information contained within this handbook is to further the link of communication among the school, the students, the teachers, and the parents or guardians. We ask each student and parent or guardian to read the handbook to become more familiar with the educational process and the required conduct of the student while at Union Ninth Grade Center. If there are any questions concerning the information within this handbook, please feel free to call Union Ninth Grade Center at 918-357-4324

A viso a los Padres Hispanos Si usted debe tener necesidad de hablar a alguien en español sobre su estudiante, o tiene las preguntas acerca de la política escolar, por favor siéntase libre para llamar a Anita Rice por el teléfono a 918357-7759 o usted pueden entrar para visitarla en su oficina. Nosotros esperamos que esto le ayudará comunicar con la escuela si usted debe tener cualquier pregunta que involucra a su hijo o hija. Si nosotros podemos ser de ayuda en cualquier otra materia, por favor permítanos saber.

Union Ninth Grade Center 7616 S. Garnett Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012-8705 Revised August 2015

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SCHOOL CALENDAR 2015-2016 Professional Days Aug. 17, 18 & 19 First Day of School Aug. 20 Labor Day Sept. 7 Parent/Teacher Conf. Oct. 14 End of First Quarter Oct. 14 Fall Vacation Oct. 15-16 Oct. 30 Professional Day Thanksgiving Vacation Nov. 25-27 End of First Semester Dec. 18 Winter Vacation Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Start of Second Semester Jan. 4 Professional Day Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Day Jan. 18 Parent/Teacher Conf. Feb. 15 End of Third Quarter Mar. 11 Spring Break Mar. 14-18 Commencement May 11 Memorial Day May 30 End of Fourth Quarter June 1* Last Day of Classes June 1* * calendar includes 6 snow days

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Introduction Union Schools Yesterday - Today................................ 4 Mission Statement/Philosophy/Objectives................ 4 Daily Class Schedules................................................. 5 Calendar for Grade Reports....................................... 5 Rights - Legal Custody, Records, FERPA...................... 6

IV. Student Information (Cont.) School Activities....................................................... 19 School Organizations........................................... 19-20 Student Holds........................................................... 20 Student Messages.................................................... 20 Telephone Use.......................................................... 20 Textbooks and School-Owned Materials.................. 21 Visitors/Guests......................................................... 21

II. Attendance Policies and Procedures Absence Procedure................................................. 8-9 Change of Address..................................................... 9 Emergency School Closing.......................................... 9 Homebound Program................................................. 9 Truancy....................................................................... 9

V. Student Code of Conduct - Welfare and Safety Preamble.................................................................. 23 Behavior Expectations of Students.......................... 23 Bullying..................................................................... 24 Campus Conduct and Cleanliness............................ 24 Cellular and Electronic Devices................................ 24 Cheating................................................................... 24 Commons Area/Cafeteria Behaviors........................ 24 Dangerous Explosives............................................... 25 Detention Hall.......................................................... 25 Disruption of the Educational Process..................... 25 Dress Code............................................................... 25 Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia and Alcohol................... 26 Fighting and/or Provoking between Students.......... 26 Physical Assaults...................................................... 26 Gambling.................................................................. 26 Gang-Related Involvement Policy............................ 27 Money, Valuables, and Other Expensive Items........ 27 Possession of Dangerous Weapons in Schools......... 27 Profane Language, Gestures, Possession of Pornographic Material......... 27 Public Display of Affection........................................ 27 Theft......................................................................... 27 Threats of Severe Violence/ Abuse of Safety Equipment........................ 28 Tobacco Products & Paraphernalia.......................... 28 Vandalism, Defacing, and/or Destruction of School Property.................. 28 Video Recording....................................................... 28 Maps................................................................... 29-32

III. Academics, Curriculum, and Grading Alternative Education............................................... 11 Counselors............................................................... 11 Credits...................................................................... 11 Enrollment............................................................... 11 Field Trips................................................................. 11 Grade Checks...................................................... 11-12 Grade Point Average................................................ 12 Grading..................................................................... 12 Graduation Requirements........................................ 12 Homework........................................................... 12-13 Redskin Academic Overtime (RAO).......................... 13 Internet-Based Instruction....................................... 13 Makeup Work........................................................... 13 Makeup Work for Extended Absences..................... 13 Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP).................................. 13 Progress Reports/Report Cards................................ 14 Schedule Changes.................................................... 14 Semester Examinations............................................ 14 Tulsa Achieves.......................................................... 14 UCAP........................................................................ 14 Withdrawals or Transfers......................................... 14 IV. Student Information Accidents/Injuries.................................................... 16 Announcements....................................................... 16 Arrivals and Departures........................................... 16 Deliveries................................................................. 16 Emergency Drills and Procedures............................. 16 Food, Drinks, and Gum............................................. 16 Hall Courtesy Congregating and Loitering................ 16 Hall Passes................................................................ 17 Health Services......................................................... 17 Identification Cards.................................................. 17 Lockers..................................................................... 18 Lost and Found......................................................... 18 Lunch........................................................................ 18 Media Center........................................................... 18 Restroom Use........................................................... 19 Safety Sweeps.......................................................... 19

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Transportation Motor Vehicles......................................................... 34 Parent Drop-off and Pick-up..................................... 34 Skateboards/Roller Blades....................................... 34 Transportation and Bus Rules............................. 34-35

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Board Policies.................................................. 37-60

VIII. Appendix GPA Scale.................................................................. 61 Progress Report Worksheet..................................... 62 Week Calendar......................................................... 63 Notes........................................................................ 64


UNION NINTH GRADE CENTER UNION SCHOOLS: YESTERDAY

Mission Statement

Union came into being in 1919 when four small rural communities (Boles, McCollough, Mayo, and Alsuma) combined to form what was then the largest consolidated school district in the state. There were four in the first graduating class in 1922, and the faculty was composed of two teachers. In 1947, Union became an independent district, and because at that time the district was ninth in size in Tulsa County, the designation given was Independent School District No. 9. The original boundaries extended to Yale and 21st Street South, but that area was lost in the 1950s through a series of annexations by Tulsa Public Schools. Until the 1970-1971 school year, grades K-12 were housed in one building.

Our mission is to graduate 100% of our students, college and career ready.

UNION SCHOOLS: TODAY

Administrators, counselors, and teachers share a relationship of cooperation with a sharing of experiences, knowledge, and enthusiasm in a professional atmosphere.

Philosophy The Union Ninth Grade Center believes that free public education is an inherent right, a privilege, and a duty of the individual. The school is concerned with the social and physical development of each individual. Group interaction and utilization of community resources will further encourage each student’s social and physical maturity.

Today, Union is part of Metropolitan Tulsa and the four original communities have faded with the advancement of new housing divisions. All elementary and secondary schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The teacher is to provide the structured environment and inspiration which are conducive to student growth. He or she also shares in the efforts of the school to plan, structure, and implement activities which contribute positively to various phases of moral, intellectual, social, and physical growth.

Art, music, and physical education are offered in the elementary schools in addition to the traditional curriculum. Specialists in remedial reading, speech therapy, learning disabilities, and special education are assigned to each elementary school along with media specialists. Also, programs for gifted students are offered at all levels.

Students will be learning new concepts and continuing the practice of basic skills; at the same time they will be involved in the process of learning how to learn. Emphasis will be placed on communication and math-science skills. The students will also be given opportunities to explore new areas of knowledge and interests in all curricula.

The comprehensive secondary curriculum serves both college-bound and non-college-bound students. Classes of varying levels of difficulty are offered to meet individual student needs. The rich extracurricular program embraces athletics, journalism, speech, drama, skills development, driver education, instrumental music, chorus, clubs, leadership, and student government functions. Students interested in vocational/technological programs are bused to the appropriate Tulsa Technology Center for the curriculum they desire.

All students will be encouraged to explore, to discover, and to appreciate their world and their own ability to change or contribute to it. Academic content and the well-being of the child are of equal importance. The school works in close cooperation with home, community, and civic organizations to complement the activities of each for the complete development of the student.

The 28-square-mile Union District takes in much of southeast Tulsa and extends to the northwest corner of suburban Broken Arrow. Boundaries extend from 31st Street South at the northern edge to 106th Street South at the southern end. The eastern edge runs primarily along 145th East Avenue, and the western boundary varies from Mingo at the narrowest point to Yale at the widest point.

Objectives

Say the word Redskin and you picture a group pulling together to create an everlasting bond. This group comes from all directions in the academic, athletic, extracurricular activity, and scholastic disciplines.

1. To develop skills in four areas of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Say the word Redskin and you picture a never-say-die warrior who was the first in all our history; a brave and sturdy chief who looks after what he has and is eager to take on and conquer what is in the future.

3. To learn how to examine and use information.

2. To develop a desire for learning. 4. To understand and to practice democratic ideals. 5. To learn about and try to understand the changes that take place in the world. 6. To appreciate culture and beauty in the world.

UNION HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER

7. To understand and to practice the skills of family living.

UNION HIGH FIGHT SONG

Union High stands proud forever!

Union Redskins, hats off to thee

Loyalty rides high.

To our colors true will ever be,

Memories, forget them never

Firm and strong united are we.

As the years go by.

Rah, rah, rah, rah

Friends, we make from year to year,

Rah, rah, rah, rah

Watch as goals are reached.

Loyal to Union High.

8. To teach the pillars of Character Counts: Caring, Respect, Fairness, Citizenship, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. 9. To develop a feeling of self-worth and pride. 10. To develop good character and self-respect. 11. To learn how to be a good manager of personal resources. 12. To gain a good general education.

YOU ARE A REDSKIN!

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UNION NINTH GRADE CENTER

CALENDAR FOR GRADE REPORTS 2015-2016

Daily Bell Schedule Monday-Thursday

FIRST SEMESTER

8:25 - 9:23.........................First Hour 9:27 - 10:25.......................Second Hour 10:29 - 11:27.....................Third Hour 11:31 - 11:36.....................Announcements (in fourth hour) 11:31 - 1:06.......................Fourth Hour

August 20 - December 18, 2015

Progress Reports............September 18, 2015*

Lunch will be with the student’s fourth hour teacher. First Lunch:.......................11:36 - 12:06 Class 12:06 - 1:06 (English, History, Business, Ceramics, PE/Carrera, Drama) Second Lunch:.................. Class 11:36 - 12:36 Lunch 12:36 - 1:06 (Math, Biology, FCS, Drawing, World Languages, Orchestra)

Progress Reports..................October 23, 2015

1:10-2:08...........................Fifth Hour 2:12-3:10...........................Sixth Hour

Progress Reports.................February 5, 2016

Progress Reports..............November 20, 2015 Grade Cards............................January 8, 2016

SECOND SEMESTER January 4 - June 1, 2016

Progress Reports.....................March 25, 2016

Daily Bell Schedule Friday

Progress Reports........................April 22, 2016 Grade Cards................................June 1, 2016*

8:50 - 9:44.........................First Hour 9:48 - 10:42.......................Second Hour 10:46 - 11:40.....................Third Hour 11:44 - 11:47.....................Announcements (in fourth hour) First Lunch:........................Lunch 11:47-12:17 Class 12:17-1:14 Second Lunch:...................Class 11:47-12:44 Lunch 12:44-1:14 1:18 - 2:12.........................Fifth Hour 2:16 - 3:10.........................Sixth Hour

* Mailed to the home. All other reports given to student at school.

Parents can now access Grades Online to monitor their child’s grades and attendance. For details go to www. unionps.org and click on the “Parents” link.

Block/Semester Testing Schedule 1st or 2nd Hour...........................8:25-10:27 (122 minutes) 3rd or 5th Hour..........................10:31-1:04 (123 minutes) Bell Commons Class Starts 1st Lunch 11:30-12:00 11:34 12:02 12:04 2nd Lunch 12:30-1:00 12:34 1:02 1:04 Students will eat lunch during the teacher’s regular lunchtime. 6th Hour .......................1:08-3:10 (122 minutes) (Subject to change!)

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RIGHTS LEGAL CUSTODY A parent or guardian who has legal custody of a child and does not wish the other parent, parents, or persons to have access to the child should present the proper legal documents to the principal to establish custody rights. A parent or guardian who has gained custody of the student must present to the school legal documents before the student is permitted to enroll.

FERPA STATEMENT OF RIGHTS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“elitgible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are 1.

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

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The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

Parents or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district 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.

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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 district 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 district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.)

The following student directory information may be published or transmitted by Internet without prior parent consent: * Student’s name, address, telephone, date and place of birth; * Student’s participation in officially recognized activities, sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams; * Student’s date of attendance, name of school, degrees and awards received;

Parents may request in writing that the above directory information not be published or transmitted by the school district.

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The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the 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 20202-5901. The office of the Superintendent of Schools shall maintain the official FERPA policy.

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Attendance Polices and Procedures

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ABSENCE PROCEDURE Parents/legal guardians are asked to call the attendance office whenever their child is absent to verify the absence. If a call is impossible, a note should be sent with the student upon his/her return to school and given to the attendance secretary upon the student’s arrival on campus. All calls and notes will be recorded. A-K 918-357-7619 L-Z 918-357-7792 If a call is not completed or a note is not received by the time the student returns to school, the absence will be considered truant. Parents will receive an automated phone call from ConnectEd when their student is marked absent. Calls go out twice a day. Please contact your child’s attendance office if you have questions after receiving this call. If we do not receive contact, the school will attempt to verify each student’s absence by contacting parents/legal guardians at home or work when student returns to school. For this reason, parents are encouraged to provide the attendance office with at least two current telephone numbers where they can be reached during the day. Fourth Absence: Upon the fourth absence from any class in a semester, the parents will be notified in writing by the attendance office. Seventh Absence: Upon the seventh absence from any class in a semester, the parents will be notified in writing by the attendance office. Tenth Absence: When a student reaches the tenth absence in the semester, a letter will be sent to the home informing the parent/legal guardian of the situation and the ensuing consequences for continued absence. The student will be confronted and the consequences for exceeding the ten-day limit will be discussed.

The Tulsa County District Attorney will be notified in cases of excessive unexcused absences.

Specific classes or programs may have additional attendance requirements for which students who choose to participate will be responsible. Examples of such classes are band, choir, orchestra, etc. UNION NINTH GRADE CENTER IS A CLOSED CAMPUS. Students may not leave the school campus during regularly scheduled classes without permission from parents/legal guardians and written verification from the attendance office. Violators will be referred to the assistant principal for disciplinary action. Clearing Student Absences If a student is absent, please call before 10:00 a.m. Please contact school any time student will not be in attendance. If you plan on an extended trip/vacation, notify the attendance office several days in advance. Early Dismissal Whenever possible, parents are requested to contact the appropriate attendance office in advance to request an early dismissal. Students should come by the appropriate attendance office before school, between classes, or during lunch to obtain their early dismissal slip. If the student is unaware of the dismissal request, the office will deliver the dismissal slip to the student. The dismissal slip will allow the student to leave class at the time requested. Before leaving the building, the student must sign out through the appropriate attendance office. Failure to sign out will result in referral for disciplinary action. Late Arrivals A student arriving to school after 8:35 a.m. is to report to the appropriate attendance office to verify his/her tardy, sign in, and receive a tardy slip to class. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate attendance office to verify a student’s tardiness. Tardies Being late to class deprives students of information important to their academic success and disrupts the teaching and learning process of others. Students are to be in their assigned classroom or location when the tardy bell rings. Teachers may require students to be in their assigned seats. Teachers will inform students when they are tardy. On the fourth and each successive tardy, the teacher will refer the student to the assistant principal’s office for disciplinary action. A student is considered absent when he/she has missed ten (10) minutes of a class period. Guidelines for Discipline for Tardies Students are counted tardy if they are NOT in the classroom or location when the tardy bell rings. Students detained in the office or by a teacher need a tardy slip from the person who detained them before they proceed to the next class. Tardies accumulate in any one class each semester.

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ABSENCE PROCEDURE (Cont.)

First Tardy

Parent Contact - Written warning by teacher and signed by the student.

Second Tardy

Parent Contact - One P.M. detention or four lunch detentions.

Third Tardy

Parent Contact - Two P.M. Detentions.

Fourth Tardy

Referral to the office of assistant principal.

Hall Sweeps In an effort to encourage responsible time management and curb the number of tardies during the school year, periodic hall sweeps may be utilized. Students will receive four (4) days lunch detention each time they are stopped during a hall sweep.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS In-District: Notify the school of any address and/or telephone changes so we may notify parents in the event of any emergency. Changes in work telephone numbers for parents or guardians should also be brought to the attention of the school. Out-of-District: Notification of the school is necessary so the student can be withdrawn from the roll, and his/her transcript can be forwarded to the new school (refer to “Rights to Records”). Should a student move out of the district, he/she may remain at Union Ninth Grade Center to complete the current school year if the parents supply transportation.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING The Superintendent will make the decision if schools are to be closed due to severe weather. In case of bad weather, the official announcement will be heard over local radio and TV stations (particularly KRMG/AM 740/FM 102.3). Since the decision to close school is not made at the building level, it is not necessary to call your child’s individual school for this information. Listen to the ConnectEd message, the radio or TV for the announcement that Union Public Schools or Tulsa Union will be closed, or check the district website at www.unionps.org.

HOMEBOUND PROGRAM Union Public Schools offers a homebound program through the Special Services Department. The criteria are as follows: 1.

A student must be physically or emotionally unable to attend regular classes for a minimum period of two weeks, and this must be verified by a doctor’s statement.

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The Director of Special Services must approve the request.

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The State Department of Education must approve the request. (Homebound service will only begin after the proper forms have been successfully completed and placed on file at the Special Services Office.)

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Parents must contact their child’s school counselor to begin this process.

TRUANCY A student is considered “truant” when the student is absent and neither the parents nor the school officials know of his whereabouts and/or the absence of a student is not condoned by the parents nor the school officials. Examples of truancy: - Leaving campus, after once arriving, without the consent of the parent in advance of leaving. - Leaving class without permission. - Erroneous phone calls to have the student dismissed from class. - Other fraudulent attempts to be absent from school not covered in this definition. - “Walk outs” and/or “skip days.” Attendance is taken, recorded, and reported in each class, each hour. Students who arrive after 8:35 a.m. or leave before 3:10 p.m. must sign in or out of the attendance office. 9


Academics and Grading

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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION The Union Alternative Education Program was created to meet the needs of Union students who have not been successful in their regular education programs. Students from ninth through twelfth grades may be enrolled in the program which is located at the Union Extended Education Building, 5656 S. 129th E. Ave. This is NOT a punishment program; instead, it is intended to lead students back into success in the mainstream of education through the use of innovative teaching techniques, greater access to counseling services, more individualized courses of study, flexible scheduling, lower student/teacher ratios of no more than 15:1, and a supportive classroom atmosphere. The goals of the program include a reduced drop-out rate, an increase in the number of academic credits earned, a decrease in the number of classes failed, a reduction in the number of absences, an increase in grade point averages, an improvement in criterion referenced test scores, a reduction in behavioral problems, and the approval of the program by parents, students, school administrators, and employers. The teachers who have been employed for this program are all highly experienced alternative educators who truly care about their students, are flexible and open-minded, and know how to lead all willing students toward academic success. Classes are designed to challenge each student’s abilities while remaining accessible to all. Everyone in the program works together to maintain a friendly, constructive atmosphere based on mutual respect. Courses are offered in language arts, math, social studies, science and life skills, and all teachers are fully certified. The intake process for the program is intended to be both thorough and simple. Since a maximum of 200 students can be enrolled, it is important that the students who are taken into alternative education are truly in need of these services and are likely to benefit from the program. Applicants may be referred by any school professional, by the parents, or by themselves. Once the application is received, the student’s records are reviewed, and interviews are conducted with the student, his parents or guardians, school personnel, and other sources. The results of these interviews are discussed among the program’s teachers who subsequently enroll those students deemed most appropriate for the program. Before a student is accepted into the program, he must be willing to sign a contract which states his/her willingness to comply with the school’s rules and to be successful in the program. Students who fail to comply with this contract may be involuntarily returned to regular education classes or sent to the Intervention Program. Block scheduling is a major component of the alternative program. All students attend a single class from first through fourth hours daily for four weeks. At the end of this four weeks, the students rotate into another class for the next four-week cycle. This schedule allows the program to enroll new students every four weeks if space is available. This type of scheduling encourages teaching creativity, gives far greater flexibility, allows more opportunity for individualization of assignments toward each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and--most importantly--fosters the creation of a more supportive classroom atmosphere.

COUNSELORS Union Ninth Grade Center has a staff of highly qualified guidance counselors. Each guidance counselor assists students by strengthening their academic goals, creating positive social relationships, and building solid aspirations for the future. All ninth grade students are encouraged to utilize their counselors. Students needing to see their counselor should “sign-up” in their attendance office before school, at lunch, or between classes. . . NOT DURING CLASS TIME. The counselors will send for students who have signed up for assistance. Even though the guidance counselors do not function as private therapists, they are available to counsel students in crisis situations. If a parent believes his child is in need of special services on an ongoing basis, he may contact the counselor for information regarding services in the community. Schedules are developed by the student’s appropriate counselor. All students will be enrolled in six credit hours.

CREDITS To promote to the Union High School campus 3 credits are required, at least 2 of which must come from core classes.

ENROLLMENT Each school year, during the month of February, students are enrolled for the next school year. After receiving the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS booklet, parents take an active part in helping their child make the best schedule for the next school year with assigned Union UCAP adviser.

FIELD TRIPS Field trips are a means of extending the school’s curriculum beyond the classroom setting. In order to participate in a field trip, a student must have written permission from his/her parent/legal guardian. Students who do not present written permission to the teacher will not be permitted to attend. The absence for a field trip will be “school related” and not charged against the student with regard to the attendance policy. Each student will be responsible for work missed in all classes on the day of the trip. All school rules and regulations governing students at school apply on all trips.

GRADE CHECKS Parents can now access Grades Online to monitor their child’s grades and attendance. For details go to www.unionps.org and click on the “Parents” link. 11


GRADE CHECKS(Cont.) If access to Grades Online is unavailable, please contact your student’s teacher or counselor. Teachers’ contact information can be found on www.unionps.org and click on the “Ninth Grade Center” link. Students are highly encouraged to keep track of their grades and to keep parents informed of impending grades. Folders or portfolios of work with the student’s assignments and/or tests are highly recommended and advised to be kept by students.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE The standard “four-point” grading system (A-4, B-3, C-2, D-l, F-0) will be used calculating the GPA on all student transcripts. All courses taken in grade 9 through grade 12 will be included when calculating the GPA. A weighted grade point system (i.e., AP and Pre-AP) will be used for class ranking and the distinguished graduate program.

GRADING The letter grades A, B, C, D, F, and I shall be used to indicate the achievement of ninth grade students in all instructional areas. The letter grades used shall indicate the following degree of achievement:

A / 90-100.............................................Superior quality of work B / 80-89...............................................Above quality of work expected C / 70-79...............................................Satisfactory quality of work or satisfactory progress in terms of ability D / 60-69...............................................Below quality of work expected F / 59-Below..........................................Unsatisfactory work (failing)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Union Minimum Graduation Requirements: • Language Arts/English: 4 units which include Grammar and Composition, American Literature, World Literature and English Literature or their equivalent • Math: 3 units including Algebra I (three units in mathematics must be completed in the ninth through twelfth grades) • Science: 3 units including Biology I • History: 3 units including 1/2 (unit or competency) OK History, 1/2 US Government, US History and World History • Arts Competencies: 2 competencies which will be met through satisfactory completion of World History • Electives: 9 units Total........................................24 units and/or sets of competencies Sample Schedules: 9th Grade English, Math, Science, American Government/ OK History, and 2 Electives Total 6 Credits 10th Grade English, Math, Science, U.S. History and 2 Electives Total 6 Credits 11th Grade English, Math, World History, Science, and 2 Electives Total 6 Credits 12th Grade English and 5 Electives Total 6 Credits

HOMEWORK Homework is an integral part of the total Ninth Grade Center educational experience. It is designed to reinforce and enrich classroom activities, develop self-discipline and a sense of responsibility within the student. It is an indispensable learning activity which increases in complexity with the course of study. Definition: All class-related work which must be completed within a time frame determined by the classroom teacher. Homework includes daily independent practice, as well as preparation for tests, quizzes, and class discussions. Homework enables the student and teacher to realize whether or not the material is being mastered and helps to determine areas which may require additional instruction/practice. Both students and faculty need immediate feedback about their progress toward attaining the course outcomes. 12


HOMEWORK (Cont.) It is very important that assignments be completed on time! Failure to complete assignments within the time frame established by the teacher may result in a lower grade and/or other disciplinary action. The amount of homework a student will have may vary according to the courses taken. Students enrolled in Pre-AP and/or Advanced Placement courses will have more homework than students enrolled in regular courses of study. All homework will be corrected and/or acknowledged by the course instructor. On the ninth grade level, the assignment of homework serves the dual purpose of reinforcing classroom activity and preparing the student for the extra classroom commitment required by more demanding academic work in senior high.

REDSKIN ACADEMIC OVERTIME (RAO) Every day except Friday students will have a built-in intervention period in their schedule. This is a thirty-minute period that will be used for enhancing essential skills, completing homework, and enrichment activities. This period will allow teachers to intervene on behalf of struggling students in a timely and appropriate manner. Students must remain in their assigned RAO classroom unless given specific directions by their teacher.

INTERNET-BASED INSTRUCTION - Union School Board Policy #5508 See Board Policy #5508 on page 57.

MAKEUP WORK Obtaining missed assignments and/or makeup work, as well as returning it to the teacher within specified time limits, is the student’s responsibility. Students are encouraged to make up any work missed due to an absence. The faculty of the Union Ninth Grade Center wants students to acquire as many course outcomes as possible and avoid any gaps in the learning process. In general, students will be granted one school day for each school day missed. For example, a student who is absent four days will have homework due on the fourth day the student is back in class. More time may be allowed at the discretion of the teacher depending on the nature of the assignment(s) and length of the absence. Students are responsible for acquiring, completing, and turning in to the teacher, within the determined time period, any work missed. Projects, Reports, and Tests Projects, reports, and tests which are known prior to a verified absence are expected to be turned in and/or taken upon the student’s return to school. Exceptions may be granted due to the extent and/or nature of the absence or the specific classwork missed. Students are encouraged to talk with their teacher. Pre-Approved Absences Absences for vacations, college visitations, school activities, or other administratively approved reasons require that as much of the work as possible be completed and turned in prior to the absence. If a teacher deems appropriate, arrangements can be made to make up the work missed upon the student’s return to school.

MAKEUP WORK FOR EXTENDED ABSENCES If students anticipate their absence will go beyond three school days, they may request missed work through the attendance office. Homework should not be requested unless the student is capable of doing it. If homework is requested prior to a planned absence, all work is due the day the student returns. Requests for work will be sent to each of the student’s teachers, and every effort will be made to obtain the work within 24 hours of the request.

OKLAHOMA’S PROMISE (OHLAP) With Oklahoma’s Promise, formerly known as OHLAP (Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program), students who meet certain criteria can earn free college tuition. Oklahoma’s promise will help pay your tuition at an Oklahoma public two-year college or four-year university. It also will cover a portion of tuition at an accredited private college or university or for courses offered at a public technology center that qualifies for credit from a public two-year college. To enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, you must: l Be an Oklahoma resident. l Apply during your 8th, 9th, or 10th grade year l Be the child of parents who earn $50,000 or less per year. For more information contact your counselor or visit www.okpromise.org. 13


PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS - Union School Board Policy #5035 Based on the performance of each student, grades shall be calculated cumulatively during each semester. Students shall be provided the opportunity to see their grades during the grading period in order to monitor progress. Grade reports are issued every 4 1/2 weeks. The first and last reports are mailed home. All others are given to the student at school. We encourage parents to contact the teacher regarding any grade problem and urge parents to maintain contact with the school concerning any problems a student may be experiencing at school. If you would like a conference with your student’s teacher please, contact the counselor’s office to schedule an appointment.

SCHEDULE CHANGES In order to obtain a schedule change, a student must first obtain a Schedule Change Request Form from the Counseling Office. This form should be filled out completely and returned to the counseling office promptly. All requests for schedule changes will be considered; however, schedules may not be changed during the first three days of school (or any semester). Schedules will not be changed for any of the following: 1. To have another teacher or a different hour to have class with a friend. 2. To have lunch with a friend and/or to have a different lunch time. 3. There will be no course changes after the first ten school days due to credits. 4. Schedules will be changed only if the change can be made without affecting too many classes. 5. A change will not be made if the change overloads another class.

SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS A comprehensive final examination will be given in all classes at the end of each semester. All students are required to take the semester examination as part of course requirements. The semester examination will count not less than ten percent nor more than 20 percent of the semester grade. Students who must leave before the first semester ends will be required to take first semester examinations when they return. Students who must leave before the second semester ends must complete appropriate documentation found in their attendance office. Requests for taking semester finals early will be granted at the teacher and administrator’s discretion. Should the request not be granted, students will be required to make up the examinations as soon as possible during the summer. Semester exams will be given the last two days of each semester.

TULSA ACHIEVES The Tulsa Achieves scholarship program through Tulsa Community College will pay up to 100% of tuition and fees for up to 60 college credit hours for students living in Tulsa County and graduating from a public or private high school. For more information, contact your school counselor.

UNION CAREER ACTION PLAN (UCAP) At the spring parent conference time, each teacher/advisor will meet with the student and his/her parents to review the student’s progress, check on credits for graduation, and sign off on the following year’s class schedule.

WITHDRAWALS OR TRANSFERS Any student wishing to withdraw or transfer from Union Ninth Grade Center must take the following steps. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Make an initial request to withdraw or transfer through the registrar’s office. This request should be made at least one day before the intended date of withdrawal. The signature of a parent/legal guardian of a minor student must be obtained in order for a student to withdraw. If circumstances prohibit the parent/legal guardian from coming to the school, a signed letter from the parent/legal guardian requesting withdrawal will be accepted. The withdrawal procedure will not be completed until a signature is obtained. Only verification is needed for non-minor students. Student should report to the registrar’s office before classes begin on last day of attendance to pick up withdrawal form. Students will submit the form and books or materials issued to them to teachers of each of their classes. Each teacher will assign a cumulative letter grade to date and will indicate whether or not books or materials have been turned in and if any fees have not been paid. Students must be in attendance a minimum of two weeks in order to receive a withdrawal grade. Student will be required to obtain signed clearance from each of the following: library (media center), nurse’s office (verifying that they have received a photocopy of their health record), attendance office, student’s counselor, and appropriate assistant principal. Upon completion of all parts of withdrawal slip, the student must return the slip to the registrar’s office for final approval. Approval for withdrawal will not be granted until all requirements above are met. Student records will not be released until all fees owed are paid. 14


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ACCIDENTS/INJURIES All accidents and injuries must be reported to the classroom teacher or school nurse immediately. Reports of accidents or injuries will be documented by the teacher or nurse and turned in to the main office. This procedure will assist with the processing of any medical claims which may result from the accident or injury.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Announcements are broadcast once daily before lunch. Items that are to appear in the announcements must be given to the front office no later than noon on the day before they are to be read or posted. All announcements must be signed by a faculty member or group sponsor.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES School Day - All students are restricted to the school campus from time of arrival in the morning until time of departure in the afternoon. No student is to leave the campus during the school day unless checked out through the attendance office by parent/guardian or school nurse. Students are NOT to leave school after once arriving on campus by bus or own transportation without the permission of the principal or assistant principal. Leaving campus will be considered a truancy. Students should make arrangements to exit the building by 3:30 p.m. unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher and/or sponsor. Parents must check out students through the attendance office before the student may leave school for any reason.

DELIVERIES FOR STUDENTS Deliveries of gifts, flowers, balloons, etc., for students is strongly discouraged. All deliveries will be held at the front office for students to pick up after school. Students are not allowed to take deliveries from class to class and many are not allowed on the bus.

EMERGENCY DRILLS AND PROCEDURES Emergency/disaster drills are conducted on a regular basis to assure that everyone is familiar with emergency procedures should a true emergency arise. For that reason: - Directions and maps are posted in the classrooms and throughout the building. - Students and staff should familiarize themselves with the procedures in each room in which they have classes. - Each student is expected to participate and cooperate during emergency procedures. Additionally, Union Public Schools has emergency procedure guidelines that are approved by the Board of Education. The Emergency Procedures Manual outlines school procedures to be followed during emergency situations.

FOOD, DRINKS, AND GUM Use of gum, food, and drinks in the classroom will be up to the discretion of each student’s individual teacher. THE SELLING OF ANY ITEMS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE PRINCIPAL IS PROHIBITED. The selling of these items (or any item) without permission from the principal constitutes a violation of school policy, and disciplinary action will be taken. All items will be confiscated and not returned.

HALL COURTESY - CONGREGATING AND LOITERING 1.

Walk to the RIGHT of the halls and do not block traffic by standing in groups.

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Discard trash in the containers provided.

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DO NOT RUN IN THE HALLS!

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Do not congregate in the halls, locker areas, lobbies or commons area between classes. This time should be used for passing from one class to

another. Continued disregard of accepted hallway courtesy could result in disciplinary action.

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Do not yell or scream in the hallways.

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Utilize all stairwells located throughout the building.

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HALL PASSES A hall pass should be open and visible to any teacher who may ask to see the hall pass in the hallways. Hall passes must be presented and returned to the appropriate teachers. All passes should include name, date, and time.

HEALTH SERVICES Nurse A nurse will be on duty during the school day. Except for an emergency, a pass from a teacher will be required to go to the nurse. In all cases, the student must be cleared by the nurse and by the attendance office to leave the school premises. Parents must be notified before the student leaves school because of illness, and arrangements must be made with the parent and/or guardian to take the student home since the school does not have facilities to care for sick students for an extended period of time (greater than one hour). Location - Union Ninth Grade Center Office Area Normally, the nurse will not treat an injury or illness except for first aid. If the nurse is not in her office, go to the main office for assistance. DO NOT GO TO THE RESTROOM OR STAY IN A RESTROOM IF YOU ARE ILL. Medications ALL MEDICATIONS, NON-PRESCRIPTION OR PRESCRIPTION, MUST BE TAKEN TO THE NURSE UPON ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL. Prescriptions: The prescription medication must have the pharmacy label attached with the name and address of the pharmacy of origin, date of filling, name of student, name of prescriber, directions for administration, and prescription number. Non-Prescriptions: All over-the-counter medications must be in their original containers with the directions for administering. No medication, even ASPIRIN, will be given to a student without a written directive signed by a parent or guardian. Any medication requiring administration longer than a two-week period must have a physician’s written request. Immunizations A certified immunization record indicating date and type of immunization received is a prerequisite to enrollment of all new students. All immunizations must be kept up to date in accordance with Oklahoma State Law for all students. Please contact the school nurse if specific information is needed. Chronic Illnesses or Special Health Problems If a student has a chronic illness or any special health problem which requires special attention or care by the school nurse, the parent needs to have the child’s medical history and/or a doctor’s statement on file with the school nurse.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS For the security of our students and staff, everyone attending Union Ninth Grade Center must have an identification card in their possession at all times. Failure to display an identification card may result in disciplinary action.

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ID cards will be provided for each student at the beginning of the school year at no charge. Students may purchase an activity ID for a charge which will allow the student to attend Union activities at any regularly scheduled home event.

2. Students must wear and display IDs at all times. IDs will be required to gain entrance to school-sponsored activities, including football games. 3.

If an ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged, it is the student’s responsibility to replace the card immediately. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for a replacement card.

Failure to have an ID card will result in the student’s detention until positive identification can be established.

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5. Repeated violations of this requirement will result in a referral to the assistant principal.

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LOCKERS Individual lockers are provided for all students. Locker assignments are made by mass assignment on computer and will be given on student’s schedule. Students who enroll in school after the initial locker assignment may be assigned a locker by their assistant principal’s office. Students should not share lockers and/or lock combinations. Students should be extremely careful that the locker combination does NOT become known by any other student. In the event that items are stolen from the student’s locker, the student should report immediately to the main office. The combinations are kept on file in the main office if emergency access is needed to the locker by the student, his/her parent, or the administration. Students are responsible for all items placed in their lockers at any given time.

REMEMBER DO NOT SHARE LOCKERS -- DO NOT SHARE LOCK COMBINATIONS Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who is found guilty of tampering with another student’s locker. A “jammed locker” IS NOT an excuse for being tardy to class. Report to your class and teacher to get permission to go to the custodian’s office for locker assistance. These tardies count on semester tardies. Student Locker Search Policy - Union School Board Policy #5051 - See page 57.

LOST AND FOUND The lost and found articles should be reported to the appropriate attendance office. Also when reporting a lost article, please give the report in writing with all the appropriate information about the lost article.

LUNCH Union Ninth Grade Center is a closed campus. Students leaving campus at lunch without permission are considered truant. All students are expected to conduct themselves in mannerly and orderly fashion while in the cafeteria and/or the commons area. Students are responsible for throwing away their trash after lunch. Lunch periods are 30 minutes in length. For the safety of our students, parents are required to check students out in the front office for lunch. Notes, e-mails, and phone calls are not acceptable. No student is to be in any classroom during the lunch period unless that teacher is in the room to supervise. No one is permitted in the halls without a pass during lunch. Students should get materials they need during the passing periods. Second lunch students should go to their lockers to put away books and materials before entering the lunch lines. Books, backpacks, and bags should not be carried through the lunch line. PRICE OF LUNCHES Regular School Lunch - $2.30 Reduced - $.40 Extra Milk - $.40 Fast Foods – cost varies Al La Carte Items – cost varies Lunches are subject to price changes during the school year when need arises.

FOOD MAY NOT be ordered from outside vendors and/or delivered to the school without prior permission from the principal.

MEDIA CENTER The library media center is open from 7:55 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. during the school year. Students who use the Media Center must sign in and out. During class hours students will need a pass from their teacher. Photocopies of material can be obtained at the circulation desk for ten cents (10¢) per page if a student library aide is on duty. Books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for a two-week period unless a hold has been placed on that title. Reference materials may be checked out for overnight or weekend use only, and they are required to be returned no later than 8:15 a.m. the morning of the following school day. Penalties for overdue books are as follows:

Library Books.......................................................... Five cents (5¢) per school day Faculty Reserved Materials......................................Ten cents (10¢) per hour Lost Books................................................................Replacement cost Periodicals................................................................Ten cents (10¢) per hour 18

Vertical file and periodical materials are restricted to use in the library.


RESTROOM USE Restrooms are to be used before and after school, between classes, and during the lunch period. Students are expected to help keep restrooms clean. Please do not litter, smoke, write on the walls, or damage the school’s facilities in any way. If out of a classroom to use the restroom, use the closest, appropriate (boys’ or girls’) restroom.

SAFETY SWEEPS To assist in creating a safe and drug-free learning environment for Union students, staff, and patrons, a canine contraband detection service will be utilized to conduct safety sweeps. • • •

Upon arrival, random sweeps will occur in parking lots, locker banks, common areas (i.e., restrooms), and/or in classrooms. Parking Lots: the dogs do not enter or touch any vehicles. If an alert is made, site administrators will step in to investigate in accordance with Board policy. Locker banks, common areas, and classrooms: Students are not present and are not swept. If an alert is made, site administrators will step in to investigate in accordance with Board policy. --SAFE SCHOOL NOTICE--UNION PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS A GUN-FREE, DRUG-FREE, ALCOHOL-FREE, AND TOBACCO-FREE ZONE. All vehicles entering this property are subject to search. Thank you for keeping our schools safe!

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Various school dances, athletic events, and other school activities will be provided during the school year. These activities provide students with an opportunity for entertainment and social gatherings after school hours. These activities will be well supervised and parents are always welcome to attend. School activities are considered an extension of the school day. All rules, regulations, and policies will be enforced. Students choosing to leave a school activity before the conclusion of the dance will not be permitted to return.

SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS Student activities and organizations are divided into two major categories - school-sponsored and non-school-sponsored. In order to meet on school property and/or have the privilege of publicizing meetings and events, the following guidelines must be followed. The following guidelines apply to all organizations: A. All organizations must have a faculty sponsor or faculty monitor authorized by the principal. B. All organizations must annually complete a required application for organizations which requires written by-laws or a constitution as well as a summary description of the purpose and anticipated actions of the organization. C. All organizations must have approval from the administration for designated meeting place(s) on school property. Any organization using school facilities outside of the regular school hours must submit the proper facility usage form for approval (first through the principal, then to the UMAC Management Office) and pay any required rental fees. There may be rental fees for using the UMAC, UPAC, and Union Tuttle Stadium. D. All publicity pertaining to clubs and organizations must be signed by the sponsor/monitor and approved through the principal’s office. The school may prohibit publicity items that are defamatory, violent, obscene, or disruptive to the educational environment and will regulate locations, times, and types of publicity. E. Use of district logos is regulated by the Union Board of Education policies and all organizations must have administrative permission in order to use a Union logo. School-sponsored Organizations School-sponsored organizations are those groups which have been initiated by the school district to promote and enrich the school curriculum and include those competitive sports and activities under the auspices of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA). The following list includes, but is not limited to, the organizations sponsored by Union Public Schools. Athletics Spirit Baseball Cheer Basketball Drill Football Pom Golf Soccer Fine Arts Softball Band Swimming Chorus Tennis Colorguard Track & Field Drama Wrestling Jazz Choir Non-School-sponsored Organizations

Academic Nationall Honor Society Student Council Yearbook Academic Team Drug-Free Youth Business Professionals of America Family, Career, Community Leaders of America Speech/Debate

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SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS (Cont.) In order to meet on school property or advertise meetings, these organizations must be open to all interested students and obtain a faculty monitor who attends all meetings and activities on school grounds. These clubs and organizations include, but are not limited to, the following: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Teenage Republicans, Teenage Democrats, Share/Care Support Groups, Rugby, Hockey, & Bowling. Non-school-sponsored groups are allowed limited privileges such as monitored meeting space and posting of events but should not expect the same recognition as school-sponsored organizations. These groups will not be included in the school yearbook, will not be permitted to use district activities funds, and will not be recognized during spirit assemblies or in school publications. Additionally, they cannot use the school name, mascot, or logos without permission. National Junior Honor Society The National Junior Honor Society promotes character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Students must have a 3.6 grade average to be eligible for the honor society; this grade average must be maintained, and grades are only one of the five requirements for membership. Teacher recommendations in character, service, leadership, and citizenship are very highly regarded to become a member of this distinguished society. The initiation ceremony is held in the fall of the school year. A suspension from school during a school year will make a student ineligible for consideration for NJHS nomination that year. The student’s eligibility for nomination for NJHS membership will be reinstated the next school year provided the student meets the academic/citizenship requirements. Cheerleaders, Drill Team, Pom Squad Promoting school spirit at the Ninth Grade Center is the primary duty of all spirit squads. Cheerleaders organize the year’s spirit activities for sports, lead pep assemblies, practice during the summer and after school. They will attend a summer camp and may attend out-of-state competitions. The Drill Team and Pom Squad highlight school spirit at the ninth grade level by performing at pep assemblies and athletic events, and they enter many competitions in the four-state area. The Drill Team and the Pom Squad practice in the summer and attend camps. Drill Team practice during the school year begins at 6:15 a.m. and continues through first hour. Pom Squad practice during the school year begins sixth hour and continues after school.

STUDENT HOLDS All fines, fees, and school-related debts must be cleared each semester. Students who fail to make arrangements with the registrar for eliminating the debts will not: - Be allowed to register to obtain a schedule of classes for the next semester. - Receive report cards, transcripts, diplomas, or other school records. - Be able to participate in school-related activities Including graduation or other class activities.

STUDENT MESSAGES Students who are given messages will be called to the office only for emergencies and notes of instructions from parents or guardians. Please make calls before 1:45 p.m. so students may be contacted before school dismisses at 3:10 p.m. PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION, PERMISSION FOR ACTIVITIES, ETC., BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL SO THE NEED FOR LASTMINUTE PHONE CALLS IS MINIMAL.

TELEPHONE USE Students are not allowed to use the classroom or office telephones without the teacher’s permission. Also, students are not allowed to use the office telephones without prior permission as the telephones are for school business use. Students are encouraged to make necessary arrangements for transportation, parental permission for activities, etc., so the need for last-minute phone calls is minimal.

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TEXTBOOKS & SCHOOL-OWNED MATERIALS - Union School Board Policy #5022 Textbooks, school-owned musical instruments, and similar class-related materials provided by the school become the responsibility of the student to whom they are issued. While reasonable wear is expected, books and other materials must be returned in good/usable condition. Repair and/or replacement costs will be assessed to the student for damaged, lost, or stolen materials.

VISITORS/GUESTS While parents are always welcome at Union, we do ask that you make an appointment to see a teacher, principal, or to visit classes. This assures that we will be available to you and that the educational process will not be disrupted. For security reasons, all visitors are asked to report to the main office upon entering the building and sign the guest register. Guests will be issued a visitor’s pass which must be worn while on campus. All visitors will be asked to present state-issued identification and to state the purpose for being in the building. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain the safety of our students and staff.

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Student Code of Conduct Welfare & Safety

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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Preamble A primary responsibility of schools in Oklahoma and their professional staffs is the development of an understanding and appreciation of our representative form of government, the rights and responsibilities of the individual, and the legal processes whereby necessary changes are brought about. The school is a community. Rules and regulations of a school are the laws of that community. All those enjoying the rights of citizenship in the school community must also accept the responsibilities of that citizenship. A basic responsibility of those who enjoy the rights of citizenship is to respect and live within the laws of the community. The Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff of the Union School District recognize that the parents of Union students share a major responsibility in the well-being of the students of the school. Cooperative supervision of the students by the school faculty and parents is the key factor in determining the level of success achieved by the student. Parents should be aware of school policies such as seeing that the child is in school regularly and on time, going through the proper channels when the child is absent, and in general, aiding the school in every way possible. School policies and procedures are formulated for the purpose of benefiting the child. Parents must realize the value of cooperative effort and that honesty is the best policy. If it is honestly felt that a policy is unfair or that a student has been treated unjustly, we request that parents contact the school and try to resolve the problem through discussion with all of those involved. Students also have a definite responsibility to the school, to their parents, and to themselves. There are several concepts which young people should acquire through their relationships with teachers and other authority figures. They must learn to be sensitive to the needs of others and be willing to accept responsibility for both social and household duties. Teenagers should be developing mature, sensitive ways of dealing with people. With the proper guidance from the school and the home collectively, it is the responsibility of students to see that these mature concepts are developed. The Union School District has the responsibility to assist each individual in developing their capabilities so that students may become effective and productive citizens. Students can expect to be treated fairly and equally by school personnel. Students can expect a safe and productive environment that fosters learning. More importantly, students and parents alike can expect courteous and accountable behavior in their association with the Union School District. Assuming the responsibility granted to it by laws, the Union Board of Education has established the following categories of misconduct as those which may result in temporary separation, suspension, or exclusion from the Union Public School District. Age of Majority The guidelines and regulations are written for and apply to all students of Union Ninth Grade Center, regardless of age, during school hours, and at school events. They are designated to establish and maintain a safe, secure, and positive learning environment.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS In an effort to give the students a general idea of what behaviors are expected of them, we offer these guidelines: Students should -

ATTEND school regularly.

BE PREPARED for each class.

UNDERSTAND and FOLLOW school policies.

RESPECT the worth and dignity of each individual.

RESPECT the rights and responsibilities of faculty members as they perform their duties.

RESPECT the rights of fellow students.

RESPECT the rights and responsibilities of other school personnel, such as custodians, clerical staff, food service and transportation employees.

BE PROMPT in arriving at their assigned places.

OBSERVE a code of conduct for all citizens by the use of proper language, etiquette, and appearance.

INVOLVE themselves in the total school program.

AVAIL themselves of all the school has to offer in the way of curriculum.

DEVOTE all of their energies toward realizing their potential

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BULLYING - Union School Board Policy #5056 / Anti-Violence Policy #5054 Bullying - See Board Policy #5056 on pages 49-50. Anti-Violence - See Board Policy #5054 on pages 47-48. Bullying, harassment, intimidation, threats, and/or threatening behavior, on or off school property will not be tolerated. “Harassment, intimidation, and bullying” means any gesture, written or verbal expression, graphic, or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts, i.e., Internet, telephone, cell phone, or computer) that is reasonably perceived as hurtful to another individual. Off-site threats include, but are not limited to, threats made via the telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail, or any other communication medium. If you are the subject of bullying please notify a teacher, counselor, or administrator and the incident will be investigated. If a student is found in violation of this policy (pending the outcome of the investigation), appropriate consequences will be issued.

CAMPUS CONDUCT AND CLEANLINESS Conduct of students and the appearance of the school campus give lasting impressions to visitors as to the quality of the school program and the character of the students. Litter and disruptive behavior create health and safety hazards for all who attend or visit Union Ninth Grade Center. Therefore, it is important that all students refrain from disruptive behavior and littering the hallways and grounds. To this end: 1. Glass containers are not to be brought onto the premises. 2. Food and/or beverages are allowed in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. 3. Trash is to be disposed of in the waste containers provided for that purpose. Students who violate this regulation may be referred to the assistant principal’s office for disciplinary action. *Special Note: Vending machines are available on campus as a service/privilege for the student body. These machines may be shut down for a specified period of time and/or permanently removed from the campus if students choose to be irresponsible with regard to their use and the proper disposal of trash.

We encourage all students to show Redskin pride in our school campus.

CELLULAR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES Union Ninth Grade Center promotes an environment for instruction and learning that is safe and secure. Therefore, the district establishes the following Board Policy #5052 regarding the use of electronic paging devices/cell phones/wireless telecommunication devices. l Electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during the instructional time. l The Union Ninth Grade Center prohibits the use of headphones and/or earbuds during the school day. l Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action according to Board Policy #5050.

CHEATING Cheating on examinations, tests, quizzes, etc., at Union Ninth Grade Center is considered an act or intent to gain or give information/knowledge for or during an assignment, test, quiz, examination, etc. Offenses will result in additional consequences.

COMMONS AREA/CAFETERIA BEHAVIORS Please abide by the following rules during lunch time so that everyone’s lunch will be pleasant, comfortable, relaxing, and expedient:

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Students are NOT to throw food, catsup, salt, etc. Students are to remain seated until lunch dismissal bell. Students are not to cut the lunch line, save places in the line, or enter the serving areas through the pay out stations. Students are to buy and select their own lunch. Please do not take books, book bags, and/or notebooks (etc.) through the lunch lines and/or into the serving areas. Food and/or drink are NOT to be taken from the commons area into the hallways and/or classrooms. Do not enter hallways until the lunch period is over. Use the restrooms adjacent to the commons area. Please keep food items on the cafeteria trays. Students are NOT to buy candy and/or pop from the vending machines during lunch. Panhandling (begging/asking) for money from others is NOT permitted. No more than 8 students are allowed at a table. Students should remain seated at their table until dismissed by administrators. 24


DANGEROUS EXPLOSIVES Explosives (as defined below) are NOT to be brought to school. If a student violates this policy, his parents and/or the police will be notified. The possession and/or use of items related to this category are a disruption and may be life threatening to the members of our school community. Therefore, maximum penalties will be enforced if these items are brought onto any Union School District property. “Explosive” will be defined as any device that will explode, pop, and/or anything that will create a disturbance. All explosives (examples include but are not limited to: bullets, fire crackers, snappers, smoke bombs, stink bombs, ammunition, etc.) will be confiscated and not returned. The student will be suspended which may result in a suspension of the current semester and succeeding semester.

DETENTION HALL Detention is an isolated, supervised study time, meeting each day for one hour after regular class hours. Students must be on task at all times during the one-hour period. If not on task, students may be asked to leave, and that day will not count toward the total days of detention assigned and may result in further disciplinary action. Detention Hall Rules

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Times: After School........3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (M-Th) Students will NOT be admitted after the designated starting time. Bring enough homework and supplies for the detention time. No talking or disruptive behavior. Any student being dismissed from the room for any reason shall make up the remaining time plus a penalty of one additional day. Excused absences from detention will be made up. Unexcused absences shall be made up with a penalty of one additional day. The second unexcused absence will revert to suspension. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN FURTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION. Students will receive four (4) days of lunch detention for each day of afternoon detention.

Lunch Detention Lunch detention is offered as an alternative consequence for minor infractions of school rules. This detention is assigned at the discretion of the principal or staff members.

DISRUPTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS Any student involved in or attempting to generate, conspire, incite, encourage, or prompt a disturbance which interferes with or disrupts the normal educational process, either on campus during school hours or at school-sponsored events, will be subject to disciplinary action within the guidelines of Board Policy #5050.

DRESS CODE/HATS--HOODS--CAPS--SUNGLASSES--BELTS--LEGGINGSUnion School Board Policy #5060 See Board Policy #5060 on pages 50-51. Hats, caps, bandanas, other related head coverings, and non-prescription sunglasses not associated with a school-recognized program are NOT to be worn on school grounds. Hoods are NOT to be worn in the school building. The practice of sagging is NOT permitted at the Ninth Grade Center. Belts must be in the loops and pants should be worn above the hips. Shorts, dresses, or skirts must be longer than two inches (2”) beyond the tip of the longest finger with arms fully extended against the leg. No tears, cuts, or holes in garments above the point are acceptable. Leggings do not excuse shorts, dresses, skirts, tears, cuts, or holes above this point. Students not adhering to these rules will be required to change. If the violation is not correctable, the student will be placed in In-School Detention for the remainder of the school day. Hats are prohibited at the Ninth Grade Center. 25


DRUGS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND ALCOHOL - Union School Board Policy #5039 Possession or Under Influence Students in possession or under the influence of illegal/controlled substances will receive the following consequences: confiscation of substance, parental notification, local police department notification, and immediate suspension. Students will also be subject to the following disciplinary guidelines.

Suspension Reduction All first-time drug related suspensions may be reduced if the following criteria are met: (1) Student and parent/guardian attend a free drug and alcohol assessment at a district-approved provider. (10-day reduction)

1st Violation: Suspension for up to 45 days with the first three days at home and the remaining 42 days in the Intervention Program (IP).

(2) Student and parent/guardian attend the Parent/Student Involvement Substance Abuse Program provided by the district. (15-day reduction)

Subsequent: Suspension for up to 90 days with the first 10 days at home and the remaining 80 days in IP. Student will be required to have a drug and alcohol reassessment completed at parent/guardian expense.

Substance Abuse Resources - See Board Policy #5039 Agency Telephone Creoks......................................................................918-592-1622 Palmer Drug Abuse Program...................................918-832-7763

Distribution/Sale The sale and/or distribution of illegal substances is a serious offense which endangers the health and well-being of others. Students involved in the sale/distribution of illegal/controlled substances will receive the following consequences: confiscation of substance, parental notification, local police department notification, and immediate suspension.

See Board Policy, pages 43-44.

1st Violation: Suspension for up to 90 days with the first 10 days at home and the remaining 80 days in the Intervention Program (IP). Subsequent: Suspension up to a calendar year to the home.

FIGHTING AND/OR PROVOKING BETWEEN STUDENTS - Union School Board Policy #5054 The faculty and staff of Union Ninth Grade Center do not tolerate physical and/or verbal abuse including provoking, threats, extortion, profanity, obscene gestures, and/or derogatory language directed toward another student. If a student is found in violation of this policy (pending the outcome of an investigation), the student will be suspended with the following consequences:

First Violation:

Second Violation:

Up to 25 days suspension. Up to 45 days suspension.

PHYSICAL ASSAULTS Any act of physical violence directed at the administration, teacher, staff member, bus driver, and/or student will result in the following consequences: Adults:

May result in suspension to the home for a calendar year.

Student: May result in suspension to the home for 90 days. Recommendation for permanent exclusion, police involvement, and recommendation for prosecution under the terms of the law may also be included. Upon return to school, the student will be placed on a behavior contract which will set forth the terms and conditions for continued attendance.

GAMBLING Gambling is not allowed at school or at school-sponsored activities at any time. Gambling includes matching coins, throwing dice, playing cards, etc. Disciplinary action may result if a student is in violation of this policy. 26


GANG-RELATED INVOLVEMENT POLICY - Union School Board Policy #5041 See Board Policy #5041 on page 44. Gang-related activities and/or involvement will not be tolerated. First Violation: Up to 45 days Second Violation: Up to 90 days to the home

MONEY, VALUABLES, AND OTHER EXPENSIVE ITEMS Large quantities of money or objects of substantial value should not be brought to school. Specific items being referred to are: electronic devices, expensive famous-label purses, jewelry (rings, watches, family heirlooms), jackets, expensive gym shoes, etc. THE SCHOOL ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY TO INVESTIGATE, RECOVER, REPLACE, OR PAY FOR ANY ITEM LOST OR STOLEN.

POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS IN SCHOOLS - Union School Board Policy #5055 See Board Policy #5055 on pages 48.

PROFANE LANGUAGE, GESTURES, POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL Students are expected to present themselves in a way that will create a positive impression as to their character. Profanity/obscene gestures/ derogatory language are not permitted at Union Ninth Grade Center at any time. Any use of profane language, gestures, and/or possession of pornographic materials may result in a referral to the assistant principal’s office for disciplinary action. Any spoken or written language directed toward an adult supervisor, teacher, administrator, staff member, or bus driver may result in a suspension of up to 45 school days.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION There is a proper time and place for expressing affection. The school campus is not considered a proper place. Students are asked to avoid embarrassment to themselves and others by avoiding displays of affection during the school day and at school events. Students involved in PDA will be counseled. If the PDA is of a serious nature or becomes a repeated problem, the students will be referred to the assistant principal’s office for disciplinary action and may include up to 45 days suspension.

THEFT The theft of any item will not be tolerated. First Violation:

Suspension to the home for up to ten days and up to 35 days in IP. Parent conference, full restitution for damages, police involvement, and prosecution if appropriate.

Second Violation:

Suspension to the home for up to 90 days, assignment to IP for a specified period of time, parent conference, full restitution for damages, police involvement, and prosecution if appropriate. Upon return to school, the student will be placed on a behavior contract which will set forth the terms and conditions for continued attendance.

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THREATS OF SEVERE VIOLENCE/ABUSE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT Students are responsible for notifying their principal(s) or counselor(s) or the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources of any threats or violence they have witnessed or that have been made or perpetrated against them or others on district property or while at district-sponsored events. Violation of:

State/federal laws, local ordinances, abuse of fire alarms/safety equipment, arson, or bomb threats.

First Violation: Up to ninety (90) days suspension, parent conference, complaint filed with police, and recovery of damages sought through a court of competent jurisdiction. Second Violation: Student will be suspended for the remainder of the current semester and the succeeding semester. In addition, parent conference, complaint filed with police, and recovery of damages sought through a court of competent jurisdiction. Upon return to school, the student will be placed on a behavior contract which sets forth the terms and conditions of continued attendance. Conviction by a Court of Law:

A student who is found guilty of a gross misdemeanor or commission of a criminal act by a court of competent jurisdiction or pleads “nolo contendere� will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension to the home for the remainder of the current semester and succeeding semester or the maximum allowable penalty under Oklahoma School Law.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND PARAPHERNALIA Tobacco and/or vapor products in any form may not be used or possessed by students while on school grounds or at school activities. All smoking devices are prohibited including electronic vapor inhalers.

First Violation: Suspension is for 5 days in IP. Subsequent Violations: Suspension is for 10 days in IP.

VANDALISM, DEFACING, DESTRUCTION, OF SCHOOL PROPERTY All school property belongs to the patrons of the Union School District and is to be used by and for the benefit of all the students. When students intentionally or carelessly destroy or damage school property by irresponsible actions, they are personally liable and will be disciplined and/or required to pay any costs which could include labor.

VIDEO RECORDING - Union School Board Policy #5050 (R) Any student found video recording an activity that violates school and/or district policy will receive disciplinary action. See Inappropriate Use of Technology on page 45.

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MOTOR VEHICLES Students driving to campus must purchase a parking permit in the main office for $25. Students must provide a copy of their driver’s license and proof of insurance. Parking for students is limited to the south lot only.

PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP Parents who are dropping off or picking up their students should do so in the south parking lot at the gymnasium entrance. Cars are prohibited from entering the bus loop during school hours.

SKATEBOARDS/ROLLER BLADES Skateboards and/or roller blades are not permitted at school.

TRANSPORTATION AND BUS RULES Safety is the overriding concern in all transportation policies and procedures. The information outlined in this section is intended only as guidelines, and may be amended or altered as needed to assure the safety of all students riding Union Public Schools buses.

DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES The same rules of conduct expected at school apply to students on the school bus. Every student’s behavior directly impacts the safety of all other passengers. Behavior on the bus is expected to be above reproach. Misbehavior on the bus which may distract the driver’s attention could result in a catastrophe. All offenses on the school bus will be dealt with very seriously. Generally, the bus driver will take the following approach in handling most bus discipline problems: First Offense Verbal warning by driver Second Offense Assigned seat for at least three days (driver has the authority to assign seats to any or all students at any time, for any reason.) Third Offense Parent contacted by phone (or mail if parent cannot be reached). Fourth Offense An Unsafe Conduct Report will be submitted to the administrator in charge of bus discipline. The first report submitted usually results in a loss of bus-riding privileges for a minimum of three days or more. The second report usually results in a bus suspension for 10 days or more. The third report, 45 days or more! Subsequent offenses will be dealt with more severely and may result in permanent loss of riding privileges.

Severe Violations - Students who severely misbehave, directly jeopardize the safe operation of the school bus, or directly challenge the authority of the driver or other school official will lose their riding privileges without receiving warnings. Vandalism, fighting, failure to cooperate with the driver, abusive language or gestures directed toward school personnel, possession or use of drugs, alcohol or weapons, or any other violations that affect safety will be dealt with as severe violations.

ELIGIBILITY TO RIDE A SCHOOL BUS

1. Students who reside within the boundaries of the Union Public School District and live more than one and one-half miles from the school are eligible for bus service.

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Students who reside outside the district and attend Union Public Schools on an authorized transfer are eligible for district transportation as space is available which includes service from existing stops within the district.

3. STUDENTS SHOULD RIDE THE SAME BUS EVERY DAY and should get on and off at the bus stop closest to their home.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Emergencies - In the event of any emergency, students must always fully cooperate with the driver. Students should remain calm and quiet so they can hear the driver’s instructions.

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Snow and Weather Conditions/Emergencies - Inclement weather may hinder transportation services. Even rain may cause delays in bus schedules. Be ready for such delays. Dress appropriately.

3. Bus Stops - All bus stops within the Union District are generally placed in locations which would not require a student to walk more than four blocks (4/10ths of a mile). The student’s behavior at the bus stop prior to the arrival of the bus is the responsibility of the parent. Destruction of property and/or vandalism at a bus stop is a civil matter and will be handled by the police. Continued destruction or harassment of property owners at any bus stop may result in the elimination of the stop.

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL BUSES Students are not permitted to bring large items onto the bus that cannot be safely held in the student’s lap or stored under the student’s bus seat. Any exception must be approved by the transportation department.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Students should: 1. Arrive at bus stop five minutes before the bus is due. Dress appropriately for the weather.

2. Wait in a safe place 10 feet back from the roadway, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop.

3. Form a single line, enter in an orderly manner, always use the handrail, find a seat quickly.

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Apply all classroom rules to the bus.

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Always be courteous and cooperate with the driver and other school officials.

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Remain seated facing forward, feet out of the aisle, DO NOT CHANGE SEATS.

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Assume sole responsibility for their own behavior.

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Refrain from destruction, vandalism, harmful items (i.e., drugs, weapons), throwing of objects, etc.

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Help keep the bus clean. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED.

10. Always cross the street IN FRONT OF THE BUS. Never cross behind the bus.

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BOARD POLICIES - SECTION FIVE: STUDENTS Non-discrimination.......................................................................................... 5000 Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment............................................................ 5002 School Age...................................................................................................... 5005 Wellness.......................................................................................................... 5007 Medications..................................................................................................... 5008 Sports-Related Concussion Management....................................................... 5009 Immunizations................................................................................................. 5010 AIDS/HIV and Other Communicable Diseases................................................. 5013 Contagious Conditions/Head Lice................................................................... 5015 Department of Human Services, Law Enforcement, or Mental Health Provider Interviews on School Premises........................................... 5016 Dismissal of Students...................................................................................... 5020 Lost/Damaged Textbooks, Library Materials, and Computers/Electronic Devices.................................................................... 5022 Attendance...................................................................................................... 5025 Promotion, Placement and Retention of Students............................................ 5030 Graduation Requirements................................................................................ 5031 Weighted Grade and Class Ranking Procedures.............................................. 5032 Grading Policy for ELL Students...................................................................... 5033 Progress Reports/Report Cards....................................................................... 5035 Including Students with Disabilities in State and Districtwide Assessments.................................................................... 5037 Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia and Alcohol........................................................... 5039 Gang Involvement............................................................................................ 5041 Tobacco/Tobacco Products Use...................................................................... 5045 Discrimination/Harassment.............................................................................. 5046 Formal Grievance Procedure for Filing, Processing and Resolving Alleged Discrimination Complaints.............................................. 5047 Student Behavior............................................................................................. 5050 Student Locker Search.................................................................................... 5051 Electronic Paging Devices/Cellular Phones/Wireless Telecommunications Devices...................................................................... 5052 Student Search and Seizure............................................................................ 5053 Anti-Violence................................................................................................... 5054 Possession of Dangerous Weapons................................................................ 5055 Student Bullying Prevention and Intervention................................................... 5056 Student Dress and Performing Groups ........................................................... 5060 Sexual Harassment......................................................................................... 5065 Discipline Procedures for Students with Disabilities.......................................... 5070 Eligibility for Participation in Activities/Athletics................................................. 5200 Field Trips........................................................................................................ 5250 Class Parties................................................................................................... 5300 Parking and Driving Regulations...................................................................... 5400 Student Residency.......................................................................................... 5450 Student Transfer.............................................................................................. 5500 Students Entering From Another School District.............................................. 5501 Distribution of Flyers, Brochures, Posters/Signs, and Promotional Materials by Secondary Students............................................ 5502 Gifted/Talented Education................................................................................ 5503 Extended School Year/Special Education Services.......................................... 5504 Credit by Exam (CBE) and Proficiency-Based Promotion................................. 5505 Admission of Part-time Students..................................................................... 5506 Credit/Placement for Non-Accredited Programs.............................................. 5507 Internet-Based Instruction............................................................................... 5508 Title I Parent Involvement................................................................................. 5509 Foreign Exchange Students............................................................................. 5510 Suicide/Crisis Intervention Plan........................................................................ 5520 Materials Selection.......................................................................................... 5550 Internet Acceptable Use.................................................................................. 1601

PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT....................................... 5002 For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply: A. Instructional material - Instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments. B. Invasive physical examination - Any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision or scoliosis screening. C. Parent - Includes a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the welfare of the child). All rights provided to parents under this policy transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old or is an emancipated minor at any age. D. Personal information - Individually identifiable information including (a) a student or parent’s first and last name; (b) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town); (c) a telephone number; or (d) a Social Security identification number. E. Survey includes an evaluation. INSPECTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS All instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary instructional material that will be used in connection with any survey, analysis or evaluation as part of any applicable program shall be available for inspection by the parents of students in the school district. However, teacher lesson plans and tests are confidential records under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. After request by a parent, review of instructional materials shall be at a time mutually convenient to the teacher involved and the parent. Any complaint by a parent regarding the parent’s inability to inspect any instructional material shall initially be addressed to the principal of the school where the parent’s child attends. If the parent is dissatisfied with the principal’s decision, then the parent may request review by the Superintendent or designee who shall have final authority over the matter. Establishing a curriculum and determining to include or remove particular materials within the curriculum are the legal responsibilities of the Board of Education subject to statutory and state board of education guidelines. Nothing in this policy is intended to grant or require prior parental approval or control of materials or parental control, approval or review of teaching techniques or methods. SURVEYS No student shall be required to submit to a survey, analysis written examination or evaluation that reveals information concerning: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Parents may inspect, upon request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed to students. Review of such surveys shall be at a time mutually convenient to the principal involved and the parent. Any complaint by a parent regarding the parent’s inability to inspect any such survey shall be addressed to the Superintendent or designee who shall have final authority over the matter.

NON-DISCRIMINATION................................................................................ 5000 It is the policy of the Union Public School District to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, qualified disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its educational programs and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals with disabilities, or in any aspect of their operations. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, educational services, financial aid, and employment.

The district will take appropriate steps in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect student privacy in the event of the administration or distribution of a student survey containing one or more of the items mentioned above.

This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding the ADA, Section 504, Title VII/Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and/or Title IX may be forwarded to the designated ADA, Section 504, Title VII/ADEA and/or Title IX compliance coordinators, the site principal or other district administrator. Students and parents may also bring complaints to the assistant principal, counselor, nurse, or a teacher. The administrator or staff member notified shall immediately report the complaint to the site principal. The site principal shall notify the appropriate coordinator listed below: ADA/GINA Coordinator Assoc. Dir. of Human Resources Union Educ. Service Ctr. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS Without the prior written consent of the parent or guardian, no student who is an unemancipated minor shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment. NOTIFICATION The school district will notify parents annually of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when the following activities are scheduled or expected to be scheduled: A. Activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or providing that information to others for that purpose. These activities do not include information for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for or to students or educational institutions, such as: 1. College or other postsecondary education recruitment and/or military recruitment; 2. Book clubs, magazines and programs providing access to low-cost literary products; 3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools;

Section 504 Coordinator Director of Special Services Union Educ. Service Ctr. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Title VII/ADEA Coordinator Title IX Coordinator Sr. Exec. Dir. of Human Resources Director of Athletics Union Educ. Service Ctr. 6836 S. Mingo Rd. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. This notice is available in large print, on audio tape, and in Braille upon request. Revised 12/9/13

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s family; Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; Sexual behavior or attitudes; Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family; Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship; Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers; and Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program) without the parent’s prior consent.

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PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (Cont.).......................... 5002 4. Tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic clinical, aptitude or achievement information about students and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments; 5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for schoolrelated or education-related activities; and 6. Student recognition programs. B. The administration of any survey containing one or more items described above in the Surveys section of this policy; and C. Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is (a) required as a condition of attendance; (b) administered by and scheduled by the school in advance; and (c) not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or other students. This provision does not apply to any physical examination or screening that is permitted or required by state law, including physical examinations or screening that is permitted without parental notification.

WELLNESS (Cont.)....................................................................................... 5007 • Promote marketing that emphasizes healthy food choices; • Support the health and well-being of every employee along with programs and agencies that promote healthy lifestyles; • Provide nutrition education to families and the community through parental communication, educational workshops, screening services, and healthrelated exhibitions/fairs. Child Nutrition will offer hands-on nutrition education classes and activities for K-12 students. SCHOOL MEAL SERVICE THROUGH THE USDA NATIONAL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAM The district Child Nutrition Program will serve reimbursable meals that meet the USDA’s (United States Department of Agriculture) current meal pattern requirements as well as follow the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meal programs include lunch, breakfast, fresh fruits and vegetables grants, summer food program, breakfast in the classroom (in Title I schools) and after-school snack programs. All meals will: • •

INSPECTION OF DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENTS The district will take appropriate steps in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to protect student privacy in the event of such collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or providing that information to others for that purpose. Parents and eligible students may inspect, upon request, any instrument used in the collection of such information before the instrument is administered or distributed to students. Review of such instruments shall be at a time mutually convenient to the principal involved and the parent. Any complaint by a parent regarding the parent’s inability to inspect any such survey shall be addressed to the Superintendent or designee who shall have final authority over the matter.

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SCHOOL AGE................................................................................................ 5005 All children who reside within the district boundaries and are between the ages of five years on or before September 1 and 21 years on or before September 1, shall be entitled to attend school free of charge in the Union Public School District.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION The district recognizes the importance of physical activity and physical education in promoting health and academic achievement and student engagement. Physical activity is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program that will positively impact lifelong health and well-being. The district supports quality physical activity throughout the school day.

Children who have reached the age of four years on or before September 1 of the school year may be admitted to the district’s pre-kindergarten program as space is available and the program is offered. Children who have reached the age of five years on or before September 1 of the school year may be admitted to kindergarten classes. Except as otherwise provided by law, children shall not be enrolled in the first grade unless they will have reached the age of six years on or before September 1 of the school year. Children who are under five years of age will not be admitted to any Union kindergarten unless said child previously attended a kindergarten class as an underage child in a school approved/accredited by a State Board of Education or a Department of Defense School for military dependents.

Students who are handicapped may receive special education services as determined by their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Revised 11/8/10

WELLNESS.................................................................................................... 5007 Union Public Schools recognizes the relationship between academic achievement and student health and wellness. Union Public Schools is committed to providing a school environment that encourages nutritious eating habits, wellness, and appropriate physical activity as a means of promoting academic success, engaging students, and encouraging lifelong health.

Time spent participating in physical activities, per state law, will meet the requirements for accreditation by the Oklahoma State Board of Education. Students in all grades will be offered a range of physical activity choices, which may include competitive and non-competitive options. In addition, teachers and other school personnel at all grade levels may provide other opportunities to students by integrating physical activity into the academic curriculum; Students participating in physical education will be moderately to vigorously active for the majority of class time; The district provides proper and safe equipment and facilities to support physical education classes and other school-sponsored physical activities; Schools may choose to have a walk- or bike-to-school initiative, when appropriate. Parents will be encouraged to organize adult-supervised groups to facilitate safe walking and biking. Training for teachers on integrating physical activity into the curriculum may be provided as part of the professional development opportunities in the district.

MONITORING, POLICY REVIEW, AND EVALUATION An assessment of the district’s Wellness Policy will be completed annually to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas of improvement. As part of that review, the district Wellness Policy Council, which includes teachers, administrators, students, parents, Child Nutrition personnel, and community members (such as medical professionals), will review nutrition and physical activity policies; review nutrition and physical education policies and program elements; and review environmental provisions that support healthy eating and physical activity. The School Physical Activity and Nutrition Policy and Environmental Assessment (PEA) will be a tool to assess the level of implementation of the policy and program elements. Results from this tool, as well as input from stakeholders, will be utilized to plan for future improvements. Results and information about the Wellness Policy and its implementation will be posted on the district web page to inform the public, and will also be communicated using other venues such as PTA meetings, Board of Education meetings, and Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee meetings.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION EDUCATION The aim of Union Public Schools’ pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade health and wellness education is to empower students to develop healthy behaviors, skills, and attitudes by providing a variety of fitness and health awareness opportunities, while establishing school and community partnerships that encourage healthy lifelong choices. The health and wellness educational environment will include the following components: Health Education; Physical Education; Health Services; Nutrition Services; Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services; Healthy and Safe School Environment; Health Promotion for Staff; and Family and Community Involvement. SCHOOL PRACTICES Nutrition education occurs in the classroom, as well as in the larger school community. The district utilizes multiple channels (e.g., classroom, cafeteria, and parental communication) to promote healthy nutritional and physical behaviors. In support of the aim of the Union Public Schools’ wellness curriculum, the following guidelines, or recommendations, will be considered by the district: • Allow students adequate time to consume meals; • Utilize district personnel to provide training and support to staff to meet nutrition standards for preparing healthy meals, engaging staff in wellness activities, creating partnerships in providing excellent food to our students; and utilizing smarter lunch room tools and strategies to increase intake of healthy food choices, decrease waste, and improve participation; • Only permit fundraisers during the school day (midnight to 30 minutes after the end of the school day) on school campuses (all areas of property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students) which are health-promoting. Such fundraisers include non-food items, physical activity-related options, or healthy foods and beverage options which follow USDA Nutrition Standards (see Regulation-Nutritional Guidelines, Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools), unless exempted under state guidelines.

Offer whole grains, fruits, and vegetables per USDA standards; Be accessible to all students, encouraging students to start each day with a healthy breakfast; Be appealing and attractive to students and staff of various ages and diverse backgrounds; Be served in clean and pleasant settings; Be designed to feature fresh fruits and vegetables from local sources to the greatest extent possible, and to pursue partnerships with local/regional farms to facilitate a Farm-to-School program; Include the provision of safe, unflavored, cool drinking water throughout the school day at no cost to students and only allow low-fat or non-fat varieties of milk and 100% juice with no added caloric sweeteners; and Include foods high in whole grains with ample fruits and vegetables, as well as foods that are free of added trans-fat, low in added fats, sugars, and sodium, have age-appropriate caloric levels, and are served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards.

Oversight for the district Wellness Policy will be maintained by the Director of Child Nutrition and the District Wellness Policy Council. HEALTHY AND FIT SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Each school shall establish a Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee to be composed of at least six members. The Advisory Committee may be composed of teachers, administrators, parents of students, health care professionals and business community representatives. The Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee may be combined with the Safe School Committee as determined by the site principal. Revised 3/9/15

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The following policy outlines the procedures necessary for an exception to Board Policy #5008: A. A “School Asthma Management Plan” or an “Allergy Action Plan” will be completed by the legal custodian and remain on file in the nurse’s office for the school year an exception is desired. B. A copy of the Asthma Management Plan or Allergy Action Plan will be given to the student’s teacher and other appropriate school personnel. The legal custodian assumes responsibility for updating medical and emergency contact information on the plan. C. All medication brought to school must have the pharmacy label attached with the name and address of the pharmacy of origin, date of filling, name of student, name of physician, name of prescribed medication, directions for administration and prescription number. D. An authorization form must be signed by the prescribing physician, the student’s legal custodian and the student. Signing of the authorization indicates the student has been trained in proper use of the medication and is responsible for keeping the medication in a safe and responsible manner. E. In the absence of either physician/legal custodian authorization form or a medication properly labeled from a pharmacy, the student will not be allowed to retain his medication or to self-medicate. F. A properly labeled inhaler or epinephrine injector will also be stored in the nurse’s office to ensure medication is available. G. The student will go to the nurse after each self-administered dose of medication for evaluation and documentation.

MEDICATIONS.............................................................................................. 5008 Under Oklahoma law, a school nurse, an administrator or a designated school employee may administer prescription and nonprescription medications to students. For purposes of the policy, “medicine” or “medications” includes prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines such as, but not limited to, aspirin, cough syrup and medicated ointments. The term “legal custodian” means a parent, a court-appointed guardian or a person having legal custody. Except as provided below, students may not retain possession of or self-administer any medicine. Violation of this rule will be reported to the student’s parents and may result in discipline including suspension. Medicine shall not be administered to students by teachers or administrators except pursuant to the provisions of this policy. Only designated employees who have successfully completed specific training in the administration of nonprescription and prescription medications may administer such medications. As further set out below, the district retains the discretion to reject requests for the administration of medication and to discontinue the administration of medication. A student who has a legitimate health need for a medicine shall deliver the medicine to the school nurse or school administrator in its original container with the written authorization of the student’s parent or guardian for administration of the medicine. The parent’s authorization must identify the student, the medicine, and include or refer to the label for instructions on administration of the medicine. The medicine will be administered to the student only by the school nurse, an administrator or a designated employee pursuant to the parent’s instructions and the directions for use on the label or in the physician’s prescription. A new authorization form must be completed for each change of medication. Any medication requiring administration longer than two weeks must be accompanied by a physician’s written request. If there are no changes, the authorization must be renewed yearly. If a student brings medications to school without a properly completed authorization form, the school will inform the student’s legal custodian of district policy and the inability to give the medication. The student’s legal custodian may, however, come to the school and dispense the medication to the student. When medication is completed and/or at the end of the school year, the authorization form will be kept in the nurse’s office for a period of three (3) years. Forms for medication administration are available in the nurse’s office.

Students will not be allowed to self-administer: A. narcotics B. prescription pain killers C. controlled drugs D. other medication hereafter designated in writing by the district. Students may administer injectables only in the school office in the presence of authorized school personnel. The district strongly recommends that students who must self-medicate should wear Medic Alert bracelets or necklaces. Nonprescription medication will only be administered by school staff with written authorization of the legal custodian. The nonprescription medication will be administered according to label directions or written instructions from the student’s physician. The medication must be in the original container that indicates: A. Student name (affixed to the container) B. Ingredients C. Expiration date D. Dosage and frequency E. Administration route, i.e., oral, drops, etc. F. Other directions as appropriate.

The school nurse shall keep a record of the students to whom medicine is administered, the date of administration, the person who administered the medicine, and the name or type of medicine administered. Medications must be stored in a separate locked cabinet and not readily accessible to persons other than the persons who will administer the medication. Medications requiring refrigeration will be refrigerated in a secure area.

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) and products containing salicylic acid will only be administered with written instructions of the student’s physician. It is the responsibility of the legal custodian to maintain the supply.

Any person administering medicine to a student will be trained annually by October 1 of each year by a school nurse to administer medication. Only those successfully completing the training will be authorized to give medication. A current list of those authorized to give medication will be kept at each school and by the school nurse. Training will include: A. Review of state statutes and school regulations (including this policy) regarding administration of medication by school personnel. B. Procedures for administration, documentation, handling and storage of medication. C. Medication needs of specific students, desired effects, potential side effects, adverse reactions and other observations.

Prescription medication will only be administered by school staff with written authorization and instructions. Prescription medication must be in the original container that indicates: A. Student name B. Name and strength of medication and expiration date C. Dosage and directions for administration D. Name of the licensed physician or dentist E. Date, name, address and phone number of the pharmacy. It is the responsibility of the legal custodian to maintain the supply.

Students who are able to self-administer specific medications (inhalers) may do so provided such medication and special equipment are transported and maintained under the students’ control within all of the following guidelines: A. A licensed physician or dentist provides a written order that the student has a particular medical condition (asthma, etc.), is capable of and has been instructed in the proper method of self-administration of medication. It is the student’s legal custodian’s responsibility to contact the physician and have the physician complete and sign the required order. B. There is a written legal custodian authorization for self-administration of medication. C. Parents and guardians who elect to have the student self-medicate are accepting that the district, its agents and employees shall incur no liability for any adverse reaction or injury suffered by the student as a result of the selfadministration of medication and/or using the specialized equipment. D. The written authorization will terminate at the end of the school year and must be renewed annually. E. If the legal custodian and physician authorize self-medication, the district is not responsible for safeguarding the student’s medications or specialized equipment such as asthma inhalers. F. Students who self-medicate are prohibited from sharing or playing with their medication, special equipment, i.e., inhalers, etc. If a student engages in these activities, the legal custodian will be contacted and a conference will be scheduled with the legal custodian, student, nurse and other appropriate persons.

Any medication that is not reclaimed by the legal custodian by the last official day of the school year or reclaimed within seven days of being discontinued by the prescribing physician will be destroyed by the designated employee or the school nurse in the presence of a witness according to the following procedures: A. Medication will be destroyed in a non-recoverable fashion 1. pour liquid medication into a sealable plastic bag. Add kitty litter, seal the bag, and put it in the trash. 2. pills or tablets should be crushed and placed in a sealable plastic bag. Add kitty litter, seal the bag, and put it in the trash. B. The following information will be charted on the student’s medication log and signed by the school nurse and a witness. This form will be maintained in the nurse’s office for a period of three (3) years: 1. date of destruction 2. time of destruction 3. name and quantity of medication destroyed 4. manner of destruction of medication Any and all controlled substances will be destroyed according to state law.

MEDICATION POLICY EXCEPTION Union Public Schools allows for an exception to the medication policy when a physician deems it essential and appropriate for a student with asthma to carry an inhaler or a student with a severe allergic reaction to carry an epinephrine injector with them at all times and self-administer the medication as prescribed. 39

The school nurse will advise the principal if discontinuance of medication is appropriate and assist in informing the legal custodian before mailing a discontinuance letter. Legitimate reasons for discontinuing administration of medication would include, but not be limited to: A. A legitimate lack of space or facility to adequately store specific medication; B. Lack of cooperation by the student, parent or guardian and/or prescribing doctor and the district; C. An unexpected and/or adverse medical reaction to the medication at school, i.e., mood change, allergic reaction, etc., considered to be deleterious to the health and well-being of the student; D. Any apparent change in the medication’s appearance, odor or other characteristics that question the quality of the medication; and


The principal is to establish a separate file on that student to which only he/she and those identified employees are to have access. No entry regarding the HIV or AIDS condition is to be made on the student’s cumulative record, health card, the computerized student database, or any other record.

MEDICATIONS (Cont.).................................................................................. 5008 E. The medication expiration date has passed. Revised 12/12/11

SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT.................................. 5009 In accordance with Oklahoma Statutes, Union Public Schools has a Concussion Management Policy that is maintained and administered by the Union Athletic Department, Athletic Trainer, and Team Physician.

Revised 12/9/13

CONTAGIOUS CONDITIONS/HEAD LICE................................................... 5015 The following policy has been set forth to safeguard students and school personnel from contagious diseases or from an outbreak of pediculosis (head lice).

Revised 11/8/10

CONTAGIOUS CONDITIONS Any student with a contagious condition may be excluded from school.

IMMUNIZATIONS.......................................................................................... 5010 In order to comply with the Oklahoma School Immunization Law, no student may attend Union Public Schools unless the parent/guardian presents to the appropriate school authorities certification from a licensed physician, or the appropriate public health authorities that such student has received or is in the process of receiving the immunizations required by the Oklahoma State Health Department. The immunizations required and the frequency of their administration will be prescribed by the State Board of Health.

Before returning to school, the student may be required to present a certificate from a health professional or an authorized representative of the Oklahoma State Health Department verifying that the student is no longer contagious. After readmittance, the school nurse may periodically check the student. Should a reinfection occur, the student may again be excluded from school. PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE) Any student with head lice will be excluded from school.

Exemptions from the immunization requirements are authorized in the law for medical, religious, and personal reasons.

Before returning to school, the student must be treated and all lice must be removed from the hair. The student will only be readmitted to the classroom after the school nurse determines there are no live lice present in the student’s hair.

Medical: A parent/guardian may submit to the health authority a certificate signed by a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the student is such that the immunization would endanger the life or health of the student and thus be exempted from the immunization requirements.

After readmittance, the school nurse may periodically check the student for head lice. Should a reinfestation occur, the student will again be excluded from school.

Religious: The parent/guardian must present a signed written statement briefly summarizing his/her objections.

Students missing more than two (2) consecutive days of school for head lice may be considered truant.

Personal: The parent/guardian must present a Certificate of Exemption complete with a brief statement summarizing his/her objections to immunizations on philosophical grounds. Lost or unobtainable immunization records are not grounds for personal exemptions.

Revised 11/8/10

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER INTERVIEWS ON SCHOOL PREMISES.................... 5016 In accordance with Oklahoma law, teachers and other district employees are required to report to the Department of Human Services suspected cases of physical abuse or neglect involving students. The Board of Education fully supports that requirement and has established this policy to facilitate such reporting.

Unimmunized students attending school on the basis of an exemption due to medical contraindications, religious, or personal objections to immunizations are at high risk for disease infection if exposed. For their protection and for the protection of the community, these students may be excluded from school for the duration of any outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease. Students may be given credit for make-up work.

The following reporting procedures are to be implemented by all Union Public School personnel:

Revised 12/8/97

Notification to the Department of Human Services of child abuse should be made by telephone, in writing, or in person. The following provisions are stipulated: A. Any report must be made in good faith. B. No privilege or contract shall relieve any person from the requirement of reporting. C. No employer, supervisor, or administrator shall impede or inhibit the reporting obligations. D. No employer, supervisor, or administrator shall retaliate against a person who, in good faith, provides child abuse reports or information, or who testifies in a proceeding regarding child abuse.

AIDS/HIV AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES............................... 5013 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of a number of communicable diseases which require special precautions to prevent transmission in the school environment. Because there is no cure for AIDS and because it is a life-threatening disease, it is imperative that specialized procedures be followed in the management of a student who is diagnosed as a carrier of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This policy addresses admission and management of students with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). NATURE OF THE VIRUS AIDS is a disease which disables the body from fighting infection. The cause of the disease is infection by HIV. Two categories of outcomes result from infection by HIV. AIDS is the more severe form of the infection. The second, and most common, form of infection by HIV causes the affected person to be an Asymptomatic Carrier, having no symptoms but still believed capable of transmitting the virus to others. Based upon the medical evidence presently available, it appears that both of the two levels or stages of HIV infection are contagious under certain conditions.

Requirements: A. DHS may conduct an interview and examination of the child at any reasonable time and at any place including, but not limited to, the child’s school. School personnel will obtain documentation of the name and identification of DHS personnel conducting the interview. If requested by a DHS representative, an administrator may be present during an interview. B. Any DHS records must be kept in a confidential file in the principal’s office and transmitted in the same manner as special education records and are subject to FERPA policy. C. Access to such records may be made available by the principal to a person designated to assist in the treatment of, or with services provided to, the child. D. These records must be destroyed when the child reaches eighteen years of age. E. Whenever a child transfers from one school district to another, the building principal must forward to the receiving school all reports of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse received from DHS. F. The building principal must also notify DHS of the child’s new school and address, if known.

TRANSMISSION OF HIV HIV (unlike many other communicable diseases) is not believed by most medical authorities to be transmissible through casual contact in the normal school environment. Present medical knowledge indicates that HIV is transmitted by the introduction of the virus into the blood stream through sexual contact, sharing of hypodermic needles among intravenous drug users, receiving blood transfusions from infected individuals, or at birth. Pending further research, however, any spill of body fluid (blood, tears, semen, saliva, vomitus, urine, or excrement) by an HIVinfected individual should be considered as a possible source of infection. CLEANUP OF BODY FLUIDS Since it is not always known whether a student is infected with HIV, the district will follow the requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan in all situations requiring the cleanup of body fluids.

State statutes on child abuse reporting require all of the following to report promptly to the county office of the Department of Human Services in the county in which the suspected injury occurred: A. Physician or surgeon, including doctors of medicine and dentistry, licensed osteopathic physician, residents and interns, examining, attending, or treating a child under the age of eighteen; B. Registered nurse examining, attending, or treating such a child in absence of a physician or surgeon; C. Teacher of any child under the age of eighteen; D. Other person having reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen years has had physical injury or injuries inflicted upon him/her by other than accidental means where the injury appears to have been caused as a result of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.

REFERRAL OF STUDENTS DIAGNOSED WITH HIV/AIDS When school administrators learn that a student may have HIV or AIDS, the Superintendent may refer the matter to the Oklahoma State Health Department and request that it convene a multi-disciplinary team for evaluation and recommendation to the school for placement of the student. The student’s parents or legal guardian, legal representative or legal custodian, the student’s physician, a representative of the Superintendent, a representative of the Oklahoma State Health Department, and a representative of the State Department of Education may be included in the multi-disciplinary team. If the case is verified by medical authorities as HIV or AIDS and if there is a possibility that other students or employees might become infected from the student, the Superintendent is authorized to arrange a safe, temporary placement for the student until permanent arrangements can be made. If an alternative educational program is required, the program will be established in the least restrictive environment possible. 40

It is a misdemeanor for any person to knowingly and willfully fail to promptly report any incident of suspected abuse. The person who has direct information about the abuse, or the person in whom the child has confided, is responsible for filing the report within 48 hours. The report must contain the following information: A. Child’s name, birth date, school, grade. B. List of sibling(s).


CATEGORIES OF ABSENCES Excused Absence: A. An absence, as defined by Oklahoma Statute, is classified as excused only if one of the following conditions exists. 1. The student is excused from attending school by reason of mental or physical disability as determined by the district upon receipt of written recommendation by a duly licensed and practicing physician. 2. The student is excused from attendance at school during observance of a religious holiday. 3. The student is excused from attendance at school if the absence is deemed by the principal and parent/guardian to be an emergency. 4. A student who has attained his/her 16th birthday is excused from attending school by written, joint agreement between (a) the school administrator of the district where the student attends school, and (b) the parent/guardian. It must be determined that such action is in the best interest of the student and/or the community and the student will be under the supervision of the parent/guardian until the student has reached the age of 18 years. B. An excused absence as outlined above will not count against the number of allowable absences. C. A student is excused from attendance if the parent/legal guardian has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting and may be granted excused absences at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER INTERVIEWS ON SCHOOL PREMISES (Cont.)........ 5016 C. Name of adult(s) with whom child resides. D. Parent/guardian’s name, address, phone number, place of employment, and work phone number. E. Nature and extent of child’s injury, including any evidence of previous injuries. F. Description of circumstances. G. Documentation of the school nurse’s examination of the injuries. H. Documentation of the name of the DHS personnel contacted, date, and time of contact. I. Documentation of the name and badge number of the police officer, if the child requires transportation to shelter or a physician. J. Signatures of school personnel filing report. K. All Child Abuse Reporting forms will be kept in a confidential file by the school nurse, building principal, and counselor. The Child Abuse Reporting form is available at each site. Any person participating in good faith and exercising due care in the making of a report, or any person allowing access to a child by a person authorized to investigate a report concerning the child, shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed. Any such participant shall have the same immunity with respect to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from such report. Any person who knowingly and willfully makes a false report, or makes a report that the person knows lacks factual foundation, may be reported by the Department of Human Services to local law enforcement for criminal investigation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Unexcused Absence: A. When a student misses one or more classes during a school day with or without the knowledge or permission of a parent/guardian and school authorities provided the absence does not qualify as an excused absence. B. Unexcused absences are limited to ten per semester for each class. Students who exceed ten absences in a semester may receive an “F” grade for that class. C. If a student exceeds ten unexcused absences, a doctor’s statement that confirms the dates of the illness may be turned in to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school resulting in the absence(s) being changed to an excused absence(s). D. Students who fail based only on their attendance exceeding the ten-day limit may submit an appeal to a site committee composed of an administrator, the school nurse, a teacher and a counselor.

LAW ENFORCEMENT Should it become necessary for a properly identified member of a law enforcement agency to talk to a student and/or school personnel during the school day, the following procedures should be observed to assist law enforcement officers and to protect the rights of pupils and parents: A. B. C.

All properly identified law enforcement personnel will coordinate all business through the principal’s office. If requested by a law enforcement officer an administrator or designee may be present during an interview. School personnel will obtain documentation of the name and badge number of law enforcement officers at the time of the interview.

ATTENDANCE PROVISIONS A. If a student is absent, a parent or guardian must notify the school office, give reason for the absence, and approximate date of return. B. Students who are unaccounted for and/or truant may receive additional disciplinary action in accordance with Board Policy #5050. C. Students must be in attendance at least two of the first three hours or two of the last three hours to be recorded present one-half day, each for the morning and afternoon. D. Students are encouraged to make up any work missed due to an absence. In order to receive credit, the student is responsible for obtaining, completing and returning to the teacher the assignments missed during the absence. In general, students will be granted one school day for each school day missed due to an absence. More time may be allowed at the discretion of the teacher, depending on the nature of the assignment(s) and length of the absence. E. It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, custodian, or other persons having control of a child who is over the age of five years and under the age of 18 years, and who has not finished four years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private, or other school, unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session; and it shall be unlawful for any child who is over the age of 12 years and under the age of 18 years, and who has not finished four years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private, or other school, or receive an education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are in session. F. If a child is absent without valid excuse four or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, the principal or designee shall notify the parent, guardian or custodian of the child with an attendance warning letter. If within five (5) days after the warning letter is received, the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child does not comply with the compulsory attendance laws and additional days are recorded, the principal or designee shall immediately report such absences to the district residency/truancy officer in the Enrollment Center. The residency/truancy officer will then report to the Tulsa County District Attorney pursuant to Okla. Stat. Tit. 70, Article X, Section 232. G. All students attending Union schools, unless they are legally emancipated or meet the requirements to qualify for “self-support,” shall be required to have absences excused by their parent/guardian. Students who are legally emancipated or meet the requirements of “self-support” may assume responsibility for all absences. H. The maximum number of absences for activities, whether sponsored by the school or outside agency/ organization, which removes any student from the classroom shall be ten (10) for any one class period of each school year. Excluded from this number are state and national levels of school-sponsored contests. State and national contests are those for which a student must earn the right to compete. The criteria for earning the right to represent the school in any activity or contest must be submitted in writing by local school sponsors and approved by the Board of Education. I. The Internal Activities Review Committee includes the Executive Director

MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS A. Except with prior permission of the Superintendent, third party mental health providers may not conduct student interviews or provide therapy to a student during school hours or on school property unless specified on a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) program. Revised 12/9/13

DISMISSAL OF STUDENTS.......................................................................... 5020 Teachers shall not dismiss pupils before the regular dismissal bell or permit them to leave the building or school grounds during school hours without permission of the building principal or designee. It is recommended that parents not check out students during the last 30 minutes of the school day. If it becomes necessary that a pupil be sent from a room because of behavioral problems, it is the teacher’s responsibility to see that the pupil goes directly to the principal and that the principal or designee is notified of the offense immediately. Teachers should never leave their classes unattended. No teacher may permanently dismiss or suspend a student from a class or school. Revised 1/18/10

LOST/DAMAGED TEXTBOOKS, LIBRARY MATERIALS, AND COMPUTERS/ ELECTRONIC DEVICES............................................................................... 5022 Students who are issued or checked out a textbook or computer/electronic device or who check out a library book and subsequently fail to return that same item shall reimburse the district for full replacement cost. Textbooks are expected to last six years, computers/electronic devices are expected to last five years, and students are expected to assume responsibility for their care. Charges for damaged, nonreissuable books and items can be imposed by the building principal. Books/items damaged to the point that they cannot be reissued are treated as lost books/items with full replacement cost being assessed. Parents or students will be given a refund if the book/item is found and returned in reissuable condition before June 30. Revised 12/8/14

ATTENDANCE............................................................................................... 5025 Educational programs are built on the foundation of continuity of instruction and participation in the classroom setting. Consistent classroom attendance can lead to the development of strong work habits, responsibility, and self-discipline. Because attendance also has a definite correlation to academic performance, the quality of a student’s education suffers when he/she is absent from class. Students are encouraged to maintain regular attendance and to schedule non-academic activities during times which will not conflict with classroom instruction. Students will be recorded as “absent” when they are late to their assigned class or do not attend in accordance with each building’s administrative regulations. This will apply to both the regular schedule and to a modified schedule. 41


THIRD GRADE RETENTION/MID-YEAR PROMOTION FOR THIRD GRADE STUDENTS Oklahoma State law requires schools to retain third graders not reading at grade level. Advancing to fourth grade will be determined by the third grade Oklahoma state reading test administered in the spring. Students scoring unsatisfactory on this test will be retained. There are few exemptions to this law: A. English Language Learners are exempt for the first two years of U.S. attendance; B. Certain students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may qualify for an exemption; C. Students reading on grade level who score unsatisfactory may be considered for fourth grade based on a state-approved reading portfolio. D. For the 2014-2015 school year, a third grade student who scores unsatisfactory on the Oklahoma state reading test administered in the spring may receive a probationary promotion to fourth grade if the Student Reading Proficiency Team unanimously recommends promotion.

ATTENDANCE (Cont.)................................................................................... 5025 of Secondary E ducation, Director of Fine Arts, Director of Athletics, and Activity Coordinator. This committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending any deviation of the activities policy to the Board of Education. Any deviation from the ten days absence rule shall not exceed five days. J. College visitations may be counted as a school activity and will not count as an absence provided the following criteria are met: a. limited to two per year, b. parent notifies attendance office, c. documentation confirming the visit is provided by the college or university and turned in to the attendance office upon return to school. Semester exam exemption (High School and 9th Grade Center): To encourage students to attend class regularly, the following incentive is available: A. Students who have no more than three absences in the semester may, with parent approval, waive one semester exam in a course in which they have an “A” average. B. Students who have no more than two absences for the semester may, with parent approval, waive one semester exam in a course in which they have a “B” or better average. C. Students who have no more than one absence for the semester may, with parent approval, waive one semester exam in a course in which they have a “C” or better average. D. Seniors who meet the above criteria may, with parent approval, exempt all semester exams during the spring semester.

In accordance with Oklahoma law, to be eligible for a mid-year promotion prior to November 1, a student must demonstrate mastery of reading skills consistent with the month of promotion to fourth grade as presented in the scope and sequence of the district’s core reading program. Evidence of demonstrated mastery is as follows: - Successful completion of portfolio elements that meet state criteria or - Satisfactory performance on a locally selected standardized reading assessment.

Revised 12/8/14

Portfolio To promote a student mid-year using a student portfolio, there must be evidence of the student’s mastery of third-grade Oklahoma State Standard Benchmarks for Language Arts and beginning mastery of the benchmarks for fourth grade. The student portfolio must meet the following requirements:

PROMOTION, PLACEMENT AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS................ 5030 Promotion is the expected culmination of a school year and affects the teacher, pupil, and parents. Therefore, serious consideration should be given to the following factors: A. Number of years retained. B. Chronological age. C. Scholastic achievement. D. Cognitive ability. E. Developmental and social maturity.

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Whenever a teacher or teachers recommend that a student be retained at the present grade level or not be passed in a course, the parent/ guardian of elementary students should be notified of the recommendation by the end of the third quarter. If dissatisfied with the recommendation, the parent/guardian may appeal the decision by complying with the district’s appeal process. The decision of the Board of Education shall be final. The parent/guardian may prepare a written statement to be placed in the file and become a part of the permanent record of the student stating the reason(s) for disagreeing with the decision of the Board of Education.

Because enrollment in the primary multiage program may be for two or three years, parents/guardians and teachers are encouraged to communicate regularly about the child’s progress. The district reserves the right to determine placement for students in any class/program exclusive of the provisions of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). APPEALS PROCEDURE FOR RETENTION OF STUDENTS (with the exception of third grade) A. An appeal may be requested by letter to the principal. This request should be made within ten calendar days after the parent/guardian is aware of the student’s grade or promotion status. B. The principal or designee shall hold a conference with the teacher and the parent/guardian as soon as possible after receipt of the appeal. The conference will be held during regular school hours, Monday through Friday, with consideration given to the hours of working parents whenever possible. C. At the conference, the principal will read Board Policy #5030 and ask the teacher to explain the rationale for the teacher’s decision. The parent/ guardian will be given the opportunity to respond and present evidence that supports the parent/guardian position. D. At the conclusion of the conference, the principal will state, in writing, whether he/she will uphold, rescind, or modify the teacher’s decision. In all cases, the parent/guardian will be advised of the right to have the decision reviewed by the Superintendent or designee. E. If the parent/guardian desires a further appeal, he/she should request in writing an additional appeal to the Superintendent or designee within five calendar days. F. The Superintendent or designee shall hold a conference with the principal and the parent/guardian as soon as possible after receipt of the appeal. The conference will be held during regular school hours, Monday through Friday, with consideration given to the hours of working parents whenever possible. G. At the conference, the Superintendent or designee will read Board Policy #5030 and ask the principal/designee to explain the rationale for the principal/ designee’s decision. The parent/guardian will be given the opportunity to respond and present evidence that supports the parent/guardian position. H. At the conclusion of the conference, the Superintendent or designee will state in writing whether he/she will uphold, rescind, or modify the principal’s decision. In all cases, the parent/guardian will be advised of the right to have the decision reviewed by the Board of Education. I. The parent/guardian must notify the Board of Education in writing if further appeal is desired. The parent/guardian should specify whether they desire an open or closed hearing with the Board of Education. J. The Board of Education will conduct a hearing with all relevant parties present. The Board of Education will advise in writing the parent/guardian, Superintendent, principal, and teacher of its decision. The decision of the Board of Education is final.

Be selected by the student’s reading teacher; Be an accurate picture of the student’s ability and include only student work that has been independently produced in the classroom; Include evidence of mastery of the benchmarks assessed by the third-grade Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) Reading assessment; Include evidence of beginning mastery of fourth-grade benchmarks that are assessed by the fourth-grade Reading OCCT; Include multiple choice items and passages that are approximately 50 percent literary text and 50 percent expository text, and that are between 200-600 words with an average of 350 words. Such evidence could include chapter or unit tests from the district’s adopted core reading curriculum that are aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards or teacher-prepared assessments. For each benchmark, there must be three examples of mastery as demonstrated by a grade of 70 percent or better; and Be signed by the reading teacher and the principal as an accurate assessment of the required reading skills.

Standardized Reading Assessment To promote a student mid-year using one of the State Board of Education-approved standardized assessments, there must be evidence that the student scored at or above grade level in reading comprehension, as demonstrated by standard scores or percentiles, consistent with the month of promotion to fourth grade. Additional district requirements for any mid-year promotion criteria must be specified in the district’s Academic Progress Plan. Revised 12/8/14

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS................................................................. 5031 All courses taken for high school credit will be included on the student transcript. Courses taken in grades 9-12 will be considered when calculating the grade point average (GPA). Courses taken for high school credit in grades 7-8 will be listed on the student transcript as a letter grade but will not be considered when calculating the grade point average (GPA). Students must also meet all graduation testing requirements as defined by Oklahoma State Law and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Union Minimum Graduation Requirements: • Language Arts/English: 4 units which include Grammar and Composition, American Literature, World Literature and English Literature or their equivalent • Math: 3 units including Algebra I (three units in mathematics must be completed in the ninth through twelfth grades) • Science: 3 units including Biology I • History: 3 4 units including 1/2 (unit or competency) OK History, 1/2 US Government, US History and World History • Arts Competencies: 2 competencies • Financial Literacy • Electives: 9 units Total 24 units and/or sets of competencies Revised 12/12/11

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WEIGHTED GRADE AND CLASS RANKING PROCEDURES.................... 5032 It is the philosophy of the Union Public School District, and the policy of the Board of Education to encourage students to enroll in those courses that challenge even the most academically able student. Students who enroll in these challenging courses are to be compensated by awarding grades that are weighted more than the grades awarded in less academically demanding courses. The basic purpose of the “weighted grade” is to provide an incentive for students to enroll in a program of advanced studies.


Grades are to be calculated cumulatively during each semester. The teacher shall notify parents whenever there is evidence of the student’s possible failure or significant decline in performance, and an appointment with the parent may be scheduled.

WEIGHTED GRADE AND CLASS RANKING PROCEDURES (Cont.)........ 5032 A. All courses taken for high school credit will be included on the student transcript. Courses taken in grades 9-12 will be considered when calculating the grade point average (GPA). B. For purposes of determining class rank, the following weight systems will be used: Weight Grades A B C D F AP courses: 2.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 0 Pre-AP 1.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 0 All others: 0 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0 C. Students may receive an AP-weighted grade for certain college courses taken by concurrent enrollment. In order for this to occur: • The student must exhaust all AP-level courses offered in a subject area and must pass the AP exam(s) with a score (or scores) sufficient to earn college credit for all AP courses taken in the subject area. • The course taken concurrently at a higher education institution must be a course that exceeds the rigor of the AP courses that the student has already received AP credit for in that subject area. D. The following designations and/or programs exist to recognize outstanding achievement in the district: • Students who rank in the top ten percent of the class ranking will be known as “Honor Graduates.” • “Union Distinguished Graduates” and “Honor Graduates” will have special seals affixed to their diplomas and the special status will be designated on the transcript.

Revised 12/8/14

INCLUDING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN STATE AND DISTRICTWIDE ASSESSMENTS........................................ 5037 The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to include students with disabilities in state and districtwide assessments with appropriate accommodations where necessary (34CFR 300.18). This would include all state and district criterion-referenced (CRT) and norm-referenced (NRT) tests. When students with disabilities cannot participate in the state and districtwide assessments even with appropriate accommodations, these students will participate in alternate assessments as defined by the state or district. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) team will be responsible for identifying the extent of participation in the assessment process and in specifying the testing accommodations. These determinations will be documented in the IEP. All students with disabilities who actively participate in the general education curriculum will be expected to participate in the state and districtwide assessment program with or without appropriate accommodations. Options for participation include: A. Participation without accommodations; B. Participation in all subtests (content areas) or specific subtests of the assessment instrument with appropriate accommodations, as needed; C, Participation in specific subtests of the CRT/NRT with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessment for the remaining content area; D. Participation in the alternate assessment for all content areas as allowed by state law.

The designation of “Union Distinguished Graduate” will be made for the students who meet the following requirements: • No grade lower than a “C” • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Minimum of 12 units of Pre-AP, and/or AP classes. Three of the 12 units must be AP classes • 100 hours of school or community service • Formal application in first semester of senior year • Specific course requirements as listed: • math through Pre-Calculus with Trig or AP Statistics, Algebra II and Geometry; • four years of English; • four years of social studies; • four years of science; and • two years of foreign language or computer science/technology. • a total of two credits from any of the following areas: fine arts, athletics, business, computer science, leadership

The district’s alternate assessment procedures will include, but not be limited by, the utilization of standardized developmental checklists, off-grade standardized testing in specific content areas, and the Union Public School Adaptive/Functional Curriculum Checklist. The State Department of Education’s alternate assessment, the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP), is an out-of-level standardized test or portfolio format. Students with disabilities who do not participate in the general education curriculum are assessed by an alternate assessment as documented in the student’s IEP. The assessment is designed to measure progress toward IEP goals at the student’s instructional level in the same academic areas as students in the general education curriculum. When the IEP team determines that a student with disabilities will not participate in the state and districtwide assessment process, it will document why participation is not appropriate and identify the alternate assessment procedure and instrument that will be utilized to measure student progress. The only appropriate justification for a student to not participate in the state and districtwide assessment program is when the IEP team determines that, even with accommodations, the student would be unable to demonstrate at least some of the knowledge and skills tested through the state and districtwide assessment.

The valedictorians will be determined by selecting those students who rank in the upper 1% of the class as determined by their weighted grade point average. The salutatorians will be determined by selecting those students who rank in the upper 2% of the class as determined by their weighted grade point average. Two students from the valedictorians will give the commencement address. The two students will be chosen by a graduation program committee appointed by the administration.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS Testing accommodations are changes in the way a test is administered. Testing accommodations are intended to offset distortions in test scores caused by a disability without invalidating or changing what the test measures. The IEP team will determine the appropriate testing accommodations for each student with a disability. Testing accommodations are not permitted unless specified on the student’s IEP and allowable by state law. Only accommodations that do not invalidate the test results may be utilized. Appropriate testing accommodations should not change or replace the skills that the test targets or is designed to measure. Classroom accommodations that have been identified on the IEP will be permissible as testing accommodations as long as these accommodations do not invalidate the testing instrument.

Revised 1/18/10

GRADING POLICY FOR ESL STUDENTS................................................... 5033 Students who qualify for an English Language Learner (ELL) program may be graded on a P/F (Pass/Fail) basis for all subjects unless they perform well enough in a particular subject to receive a regular grade - C or above. This includes students who are being served within the regular classroom or those attending ELL classes. The ELL instructor or related specialist will communicate with the regular classroom teacher regarding the implementation of this policy for specific students. Revised 11/8/10

Types of testing accommodations which are acceptable include: A. Presentation format (large print or Braille; read or sign questions for subtests not measuring reading; use of magnifier or hearing aides; translation of directions and test into native language; bilingual version of test; templates to reduce visual field; key words highlighted in directions); B. Response format (use of scribe, computer, communication board or tape recorder to record responses; pencil grip; slant board; dark, heavy or raised lines; mark responses in booklet); C. Timing/scheduling (shorter, multiple sessions; more time for test completion; flexible schedule; time of day); D. Setting (small group or individual sessions, different location, special lighting, adaptive furniture).

PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS................................................... 5035 The teacher shall notify parents whenever the student is failing, and an appointment with the parent may be scheduled. No student shall receive a failing grade for any grading period unless the progress report procedure has been followed. All parents are encouraged to use the district’s online gradebook access as a way to monitor their child’s progress on a continuing basis. Students shall be provided the opportunity to see their grades in order to monitor progress. ELEMENTARY (grades pre-kindergarten through five) After the end of the first quarter, progress reports are to be issued every 4 1/2 weeks for students in grades K-5. A progress report will also be issued whenever there is evidence of the student’s possible failure or significant decline in performance.

Invalidation of a test score means that changes in the test presentation, content or response format have resulted in changes in what the test measures. Therefore, the inference made from a given test score is inaccurate. Accommodations that have the potential to invalidate a test score include: A. Reading a reading test to the student; B. Using a calculator on a mathematics test that is designed to measure mental computation; C. Using spelling tools on writing or language arts tests that score the correctness of spelling; D. Paraphrasing that changes the meaning of the text or consistently make the material easier to read or comprehend. E. Requesting additional time to test beyond the timelines specified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

The signature of the parent/guardian is required on the progress report. The progress report will be distributed to the student. Students will have three days to return properly signed progress reports. If the progress report is not returned within three days, the teacher will contact the parent/guardian. Based on the performance of each student, mastery levels/grades shall be averaged at the close of each nine-week period. SECONDARY (grades six-twelve) Progress reports will be issued every 4 1/2 weeks. The first progress report of the school year and the final report card of the school year will be mailed.

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DRUGS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND ALCOHOL................................... 5039 ILLEGAL AND ILLICIT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL A. Unlawful possession and use of illicit drugs and/or alcohol is wrong and harmful. B. Students are prohibited from using, being under the influence of, possessing, furnishing, distributing, selling, conspiring to sell or possess, or being in the chain of sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, low-point beer, illegal or illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, or other mood-altering substances while at school, on school vehicles, or at any school-sponsored event. C. Illicit drugs include steroids, prescription, and over-the-counter medications being used for an abusive purpose (e.g., when they are not used in compliance with the prescription or directions for use and are not being used to treat a current health condition of the student). Mood-altering substances include paint, glue, aerosol sprays, and similar substances. D. Violation of this rule will result in imposition of disciplinary measures which may include suspension for the remainder of the current semester and the following semester. E. Student violation of this rule, which also constitutes illegal conduct, may be reported to law enforcement authorities. F. Anyone who reasonably suspects that a student is under the influence of, or has in his/her possession, low-point beer, alcoholic beverages, or a controlled dangerous substance, should report such information to an administrator.

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NECESSARY MEDICATIONS A. Students may not retain possession of nor self-administer any medication at school without the authorization of a school health official. B. Students who have a legitimate health need for over-the-counter or prescription medication at school shall deliver such medications to the school nurse or principal with a parental authorization, in compliance with Oklahoma law and district policy and procedures regarding administering medicine to students. C. Violations of this rule will be reported to the student’s parents by the principal and may result in discipline which can include suspension.

DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT .............................................................. 5046 Discrimination and harassment based on race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status are prohibited. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, derogatory remarks and acts, including slurs, epithets and other verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct of a hostile, intimidating, abusive, degrading, threatening or violent nature. This prohibition shall include harassment perpetrated by or against a student, employee, patron, vendor or any other person on district property or at district-sponsored functions.

Revised 6/10/96

TOBACCO/TOBACCO PRODUCTS USE.................................................... 5045 The Board of Education understands the concern expressed by parents, educators, students, and other community members regarding the adverse effects of tobacco, tobacco products, vapor products, and electronic cigarettes on the individual. Further, the Board is aware of Oklahoma law that prohibits the possession of tobacco by minors. Therefore, the Board of Education establishes the following policy: In accordance with Oklahoma law and the wishes of parents, educators, and students, tobacco and/or tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and vapor products (as defined in Board Policy #1500), in any form may not be used or possessed by students while on school premises, at school-related events outside school premises, or while in transit to or from school or a school-related event in school-authorized vehicles. Revised 12/8/14

REPORTING PROCEDURE A student or the student’s parent may report a complaint for any of these forms of discrimination or harassment to the principal at the school site where the student attends or to the applicable coordinator referenced in Board Policy #5000. The student or the student’s parent may also report a complaint to the assistant principal, counselor, nurse or a teacher. The coordinator, assistant principal or other staff member shall immediately notify the principal of the complaint.

DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION A. Information for students and their parents about drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs in the geographic area is available from the principal (counselor) at each student’s school. B. Copies of these rules shall be provided to all students and their parents at the beginning of each school year.

If the complaint involves an employee, the principal must immediately report the complaint to the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources. Where complaints involve an employee, the principal and the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources shall investigate the complaint and shall, at the end of the investigation, recommend disciplinary action against the harasser if the complaint is substantiated. Both parties shall be notified of the results of the investigation.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE AND ALCOHOLFREE SCHOOLS The Board of Education of the Union Public School District adopts the following requirements addressing drug and alcohol use by students and employees in order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. A.

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Committing an illegal act or violation of district policies. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon another person. Engaging in concert with others in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to assault others.

If the complaint does not involve an employee, the principal shall investigate the complaint and shall, at the end of the investigation, recommend disciplinary action against the harasser if the complaint is substantiated. Both parties shall be notified of the outcome of the investigation.

The district shall maintain as part of its curriculum, age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs which address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol for all students in all grades offered by the district. The drug and alcohol education and prevention programs shall clearly convey to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful. The district has adopted and shall maintain, as part of its student conduct and discipline policies, mandatory standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions applicable to all students regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. The standards and sanctions shall be included in the student handbook which is distributed to all students, and copies of these provisions shall be provided to students’ parents at the beginning of each school year. Information for students about drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs available to them in the geographical area shall be maintained in each school within the district. Administrators in each school shall develop age-appropriate measures for making students and/or their parents aware of the availability of the information and for making it easily and freely accessible to them. At least every two years, the administration shall conduct a review and evaluation of all the programs and practices implementing these requirements and recommend any needed changes.

Any formal grievance investigated under this policy shall be handled pursuant to Board Policy #5047. ACTION TO BE TAKEN Students found in violation of this policy may be subjected to any and all disciplinary action that may be imposed by the district’s policy regarding student behavior (Board Policy #5050). The Senior Executive Director of Human Resources may recommend disciplinary action to be taken against the employee harasser up to and including suspension, demotion, non-reemployment or dismissal, subject to applicable procedural and due process requirements. If the source of prohibited harassment is a member of the public, the district response may include barring the person(s) from district property and/or termination of business relationships with the individual(s). RETALIATION Retaliation shall not be permitted against an individual who complains of these forms of harassment, nor against anyone who testifies on behalf of the complainant, nor anyone who assists or participates in an investigation or proceeding under this policy.

Revised 12/10/07

Revised 1/16/06

GANG INVOLVEMENT.................................................................................. 5041 To enhance a safe, secure learning environment and to help foster an attitude of respect for the rights of others, Union Public Schools prohibits any gang-related involvement and activities at school-related functions or on any district property.

FORMAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR FILING, PROCESSING, AND RESOLVING ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS......................... 5047 A. DEFINITIONS 1. Discrimination Grievance - A formal written complaint alleging any policy, procedure or practice which discriminates on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender (including sexual harassment) or qualified disability. Grievance forms are available from the office of the district’s Title I, Title IX, ADA, Title VII/ADEA and 504 coordinators and will be available in the district Human Resource office. 2. Grievant - A student of the district who submits a grievance alleging discrimination based on race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender (including sexual harassment) or qualified disability. A parent’s grievance shall be treated in the same manner as a student’s grievance. 3. Title I, Title IX, ADA, Title VII/ADEA and 504 Coordinator(s) - The person(s) designated to coordinate efforts to comply with and carry out responsibilities under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights

The district identifies gang activity and/or involvement as: A. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other items that are evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang or other secret society. B. Committing any act or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, stares, etc.), showing membership in or affiliation with a gang or other secret society. C. Using speech or committing an act which furthers interest of any kind in any gang activity, including, but not limited to: 1. Soliciting and/or initiating others for membership in a gang or other secret society. 2. Requesting a person pay for protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening a person.

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FORMAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR FILING, PROCESSING, AND RESoLVING ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS (Cont.)............. 5047 Act of 1964, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and any other state and federal laws addressing equal educational opportunity. The coordinator under Title I, Title IX, ADA, Title VII/ADEA and 504 may be included in procedures and hearings conducted pursuant to this policy. The coordinator of each statutory scheme may be the same person or different persons. 4. Respondent - The person alleged to be responsible for the violation contained in the grievance. The term may be used to designate persons with responsibility for a particular action or those persons with supervisory responsibility for procedures and policies in those areas covered in the grievance. 5. Day - A working day when the district’s main administrative offices are open. The calculation of days in complaint processing shall exclude Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. B. RESOLUTION PRIOR TO FILING FORMAL GRIEVANCE Prior to the filing of a formal grievance, the student is encouraged to visit with the building principal or the district’s Title I, Title IX, ADA, Title VII/ ADEA or 504 coordinator, as applicable, and reasonable effort should be made to resolve the problem or complaint. The student may also visit with the assistant principal, counselor, nurse or a teacher about the problem or complaint pursuant to Board Policies #5046 and #5065. The assistant principal or other staff member will immediately contact the principal, and reasonable effort will be made to resolve the problem or complaint pursuant to Board Policies #5046 and #5065. C. FILING AND PROCESSING FORMAL DISCRIMINATION GRIEVANCES 1. Grievant: Submits grievance to the principal, coordinator, assistant principal, counselor, nurse or teacher stating name, nature and date of alleged violation; names of persons responsible (where known) and requested action. Whenever possible, it is encouraged that grievances be filed within 30 days of alleged violation. Grievance forms are available from the office of the district’s Title I, Title IX, ADA, Title VII/ ADEA and 504 coordinator(s) and in the district’s Human Resources office. A coordinator, assistant principal, counselor, nurse or teacher receiving a complaint under this policy shall immediately notify the building principal. The principal may designate a coordinator to coordinate procedures outlined in this policy except that grievance procedures involving an employee must be coordinated with the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources. Any coordinator or principal who is notified of a grievance under this policy that involves an employee will immediately notify the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources. In cases of employee involvement, the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources shall be included in all procedures, notifications and hearings outlined in #6 through #13 below and shall issue the written decision pursuant to #6 where employee misconduct is alleged. 2. Principal: Notifies respondent within ten days and asks respondent to: a. Confirm or deny facts; b. Indicate acceptance or rejection of grievant’s requested action; or c. Outline alternatives. 3. Respondent: Submits written answer within ten days to the principal. 4. Principal: Within ten days after receiving respondent’s answer, principal notifies the grievant and respondent of the date of a hearing with the grievant, the respondent and the principal. 5. Principal, grievant, and respondent: Hearing is conducted. Testimony of grievant and respondent may be scheduled separately, if deemed appropriate by the principal. 6. Principal: Issues a written decision to the student or employee and respondent within ten days after the hearing. 7. Grievant or respondent: If the grievant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, he/she must notify the principal within ten days and request, in writing, a hearing with the Superintendent. 8. Principal: Schedules a hearing with the grievant, respondent and Superintendent and notifies the grievant and respondent of the date of the hearing within ten days of the receipt of the request for the hearing. 9. Superintendent, grievant, respondent and principal: Hearing is conducted. 10. Superintendent: Issues a written decision within ten days following the hearing. 11. Grievant: If the grievant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, he/she must notify the principal, in writing, within ten days and request a hearing with the Board of Education. 12. Principal: Notifies Board of Education, in writing, within ten days after receiving request. Principal schedules hearing with the Board of Education. Hearing is to be conducted within 30 days from the date of notification to the Board of Education. 13. Hearing held by the Board of Education, grievant, respondent and principal and the Board of Education issues a final decision at the hearing regarding the validity of the grievance and any action to be taken. D. GENERAL PROVISIONS 1. Extension of time: Any time limits set by these procedures may be extended by mutual consent of the parties involved. The total number of days from date that complaint is filed until complaint is resolved shall be no more than 180 days. 2. Access to Regulations: Upon request, the district shall provide copies of any district regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, qualified handicap or veteran status.

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Confidentiality during investigation: Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible, but during the course of the investigation, interviewing of witnesses and the explanation of allegations to respondent, some information regarding the grievance may necessarily be disclosed. Confidentiality of Documents: Complaint documents will remain confidential, to the extent allowed by law, unless permission is given by the parties involved to release such information. All complaint documents will be kept separate from any other records of the district. No complaint document shall be entered in any personnel file unless adverse employment action is taken against an employee. Complaint documents shall be maintained on file for three years after complaint resolution.

Revised 12/8/14

STUDENT BEHAVIOR................................................................................... 5050 The Board of Education recognizes that students do not surrender any rights of citizenship while in attendance at Union schools. The school is a community with rules and regulations. Those who enjoy the rights and privileges provided must also accept the responsibilities that membership demands, including respect for and obedience to school rules.

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VIOLATION OF SCHOOL RULES The following behaviors while in school, at school bus stops, in school vehicles, on school grounds, going to or from school, off campus during lunch, attending school events or while attending school-sponsored events whether at Union Public Schools or elsewhere will result in disciplinary action which may include in-school placement options or out-of-school suspension. This list includes, but is not limited to: A. Conduct which jeopardizes the safety of others including, but not limited to: 1. Possession, threat or use of dangerous weapons. 2. Possession of ammunition, explosives or flammable material. 3. Arson, abuse of fire alarms or safety equipment, or bomb threats. 4. Fighting. 5. Membership or involvement in gangs or gang-related activities, in secret clubs, fraternities, sororities or other secret organizations. 6. Hazing 7. Harassment a. racial b. sexual c. student to student d. student to staff e. threat to students or staff f. any other harassment based on national origin, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. B. Possession, use, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, lowpoint beer, inhalants or any drug or medication not administered by the school nurse with parental authorization. C. Use or possession of tobacco, tobacco products, vapor products, or other smoking paraphernalia. D. Theft. E. Vandalism F. Possession/distribution of pornographic material (written, audio, technological or visual). G. Extortion. H. Willful disobedience of a request of any school official. I. Use of profanity or vulgar/profane gestures. J. Cheating. K. Violation of the dress code. L. Forgery. M. Gambling. N. Failure to attend assigned Detention Halls/discipline programs. O. Inappropriate public behavior. P. Truancy. Q. Immorality. R. Inappropriate use of technology. S. Unauthorized use of an electronic paging device, cellular phone, wireless telecommunications device and/or potentially harmful laser pointer. T. Failure to comply with state immunization requirements. U. Any behavior that disrupts the education process. V. Violation of school rules and regulations. W. Conduct occurring outside of the normal school day or off school property that has a direct and immediate negative effect on the discipline, educational process or effectiveness of the school. X. Bullying: “Harassment, intimidation and bullying” means any gesture, written or verbal expression, graphic, or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts; i.e., internet, telephone, cell phone, computer, personal digital assistant (PDA) or wireless handheld device) that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; or a mental, physical or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic. It includes behavior that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage to the student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s education mission or the education of any students. Such behavior is considered bullying whether it takes place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function or in a school vehicle.


Transportation of the student while under bus suspension will be the sole responsibility of the parent. Students may be disciplined and removed from the normal class setting for offenses of a serious or continuous nature or any of the behaviors set forth above.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR (Cont.)....................................................................... 5050 Bullying constitutes unethical and unacceptable conduct that will not be tolerated at any level. All persons are strictly prohibited from engaging in any form of bullying of any student. Anyone engaging in any form of bullying is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with district policy.

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When allegations of bullying are filed, a thorough investigation will be conducted by the Superintendent or designee. The investigation will include interviews with relevant persons including, but not limited to, the complainant, the accused, student(s) and other potential witnesses.

Students will not be permitted to come to school for classes or activities, nor will they be permitted to participate in any extracurricular activities associated with the district while involved in other disciplinary or corrective actions.

Students found in violation of this policy may be subject to any and all disciplinary action that may be imposed by Board Policy #5050.

Students may be suspended for a specific number of days, not to exceed a calendar year.

Prevention and education about bullying behavior will be provided at all schools as a part of the overall discipline and behavior program. The district will establish a procedure whereby a school may recommend that available community mental health care options be provided to the student, if appropriate, and whereby a school may request the disclosure of any information concerning students who have received mental health care that indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel. Any disclosure of student information shall not violate any applicable federal or state privacy law.

In accordance with state statutes regarding suspension, students suspended out-of-school shall be provided with a home-based work assignment plan, and/or the opportunity to complete ongoing assignments at home, and the opportunity to make up assignments missed as a result of their suspension. INTERVENTION PROGRAM (IP) Intervention Program (in-school placement) is a disciplinary/correctional measure that may be used by the school when deemed appropriate. It involves assignment to a school site and a specific Intervention Program designated by the school for a prescribed course of education as determined by the school. Before a principal recommends out-of-school suspension, the principal shall consider alternative in-school placements, including but not limited to, placement in the Intervention Program, reassignment to another classroom, placement in detention, or other available disciplinary or correctional options. Intervention Program placement, detention, and similar disciplinary options or correctional measures are not out-of-school suspensions. ADULT LEARNERS Adult Basic Education students who are enrolled in the Adult Basic Education Learning Center must follow the behavior contract approved by the State Department of Education for adult learners.

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The following behaviors, while riding on a Union school bus, will result in disciplinary action which may include discipline, school suspension or restriction of bus riding privileges: A. Throwing any objects. B. Placing any part of the body outside of the window (bus moving or stationary). C. Eating, drinking, and/or possession of food or drink while on a bus. Lunches taken to school are excluded, provided they are packed in a container and the container is not opened on the bus. D. Failure to remain seated (feet on floor, facing front). E. Disrespectful words, comments, or actions toward the driver. F. Blocking aisle. G. Pushing while loading/unloading or while bus is approaching. H. Transporting unauthorized items. I. Harassment, including sexual harassment. J. Excessive noise. K. Improper street crossing during loading or unloading. FORMS OF DISCIPLINE Union Public Schools believes parental involvement is necessary in successful discipline. These disciplines or a combination thereof are intended to alter and improve student behavior. Discipline shall be consistent with the nature and severity of the offense, and shall take into account whether it is a first or repeat offense and the student’s general disciplinary record. Discipline shall also be consistent from student to student under similar circumstances considering the exceptions dictated by federal law. Discipline of students with disabilities will be administered pursuant to federal and state laws. A. Detention: Detention shall be an isolated supervised study time, meeting each day before or after regular class hours. Types of detention that might be provided: 1. Before school. 2. Recess. 3. Lunch. 4. After school. B. Service: Providing a service for the improvement of the community and school campus under proper supervision. Examples of service: 1. Cleaning cafeteria area (wiping tables or picking up litter). 2. Grounds beautification. 3. Other services considered appropriate by the building principal. C. Dismissal from individual class: A student may be dismissed from an individual class to an area designated by a principal for disruptive behavior in that class. It is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed in a timely fashion. Failure to make up work will result in loss of credit for work missed. Repeated discipline from the same class may result in other disciplinary action. D. Guidance and counseling: This service may be made available during any stage of a disciplinary action. Confidentiality of the counseling/health service shall preclude any disciplinary action if deemed appropriate for the benefit of the student. E. Other disciplinary actions: 1. Conferences: a. Individual student. b. Parent/student/teacher. c. Parent/student/teacher/principal. d. Student/teacher. e. Parent/student/bus driver/principal. f. Parent/student/bus driver/transportation director. 2. Parental shadowing allows the parent to attend classes with the student. Parental shadowing also allows the parent to ride the bus with the student with special permission of the Director of Transportation. 3. Written assignments. 4. Development of a behavior modification plan. 5. Fines (library, lost books, vandalism, etc.). 6. Bus suspension: Misconduct on a school bus may result in loss of the bus riding privilege. Actions by the student that directly threaten the safety of a student(s), and/or cumulative minor offenses will result in removal of the bus riding privilege. Any form of discipline which applies to classroom conduct may be applied to misconduct on a bus.

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DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE STEPS: Student Discipline Conference A. When a student violates Board of Education policy, a school rule, or regulation, the principal or assistant principal will conduct an informal conference with the student. B. At the conference with the student, the principal or assistant principal will read the policy, rule or regulation which the student is charged with violating and will discuss the conduct of the student which violated the policy, rule or regulation. C. The student will be asked whether he/she understands the policy, rule or regulation and be given a full opportunity to explain and discuss his/her conduct. D. If it is concluded that an out-of-school suspension and/or Intervention Program placement is appropriate, the student will be advised of the length of the discipline. E. The principal or assistant principal will immediately notify the parent/guardian by phone and in writing that the student is being suspended out of school or placed in the Intervention Program and other available options have been considered and rejected. Students will not be dismissed before the end of the school day without advance notice to the parent/guardian. Immediate Suspension Without a Student Discipline Conference A. A student may be suspended without the above student discipline conference with the student only in situations where the conduct of the student reasonably indicates to the principal that the continued presence of the student in the building will constitute a danger to the health or safety of other students, to school property, or a continued substantial disruption of the educational process. B. In such cases, a student discipline conference with the student and the parent/guardian will be scheduled as soon as possible after the student has been removed from the building. STUDENT PRIVILEGES WHILE UNDER EITHER OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION OR INTERVENTION PROGRAM PLACEMENT Participation in the extracurricular activities of the school is a privilege and not a right. Accordingly, when a student’s behavior results in an out-of-school suspension and/or Intervention Program placement, the student immediately, regardless of filing of any appeal, forfeits the privilege of participating in all extracurricular activities of the school throughout the disciplinary period. In the sole judgment of the principal, students may be allowed to practice and go through tryouts, but may not in any way represent the school in performances. “Extracurricular activities” include, but are not limited to, all school-sponsored teams, clubs, organizations, events, ceremonies, student government, band, athletics and all other school-sponsored activities and organizations. APPEAL PROCEDURES The judicial extension of the 14th Amendment, Protection to Students in the Public School, emphasizes the need for school administrators to protect the procedural due process rights of students in discipline cases. The policy of the district must be consistent with the due process rights of students and must provide proper machinery for fair and consistent treatment of students.

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FIRST LEVEL OF APPEAL: Principal Conference: A. A parent/guardian may initiate an appeal to the principal by requesting it within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). The conference will be held during the regular school hours, Monday through Friday, with consideration given to the hours of working parents whenever possible. B. At the conference, the principal will read the policy, rule, or regulation which


STUDENT BEHAVIOR (Cont.)....................................................................... 5050 the student is charged with violating and will briefly outline the conduct on the part of the student. The parent/guardian will be asked by the principal if he/ she understands the rule and the charges against the student. C. The principal will inform the parent/guardian whether he/she will uphold, modify or rescind the out-of-school suspension and/or Intervention Program placement. The Principal’s decision will be final and non-appealable for all appeals pertaining to out-of-school suspensions of 10 days or less and all Intervention Program placements. The parent/guardian will be advised of the opportunity to have out-of-school suspensions of 11 days or more reviewed by the Building-Level Review Committee.

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SECOND LEVEL OF APPEAL: Building-Level Review Committee A. A parent/guardian may initiate a hearing by the Building-Level Review Committee by requesting that the building principal schedule such a hearing. B. The Building-Level Review Committee will meet with the parent/guardian and student to review the discipline after the conference is held with the building principal. C. The request must come within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after the principal conference. The hearing shall be held within 48 hours (excluding holidays and weekends) of the time the request is made, if at all possible. D. The committee will be composed of the following members: 1. An administrator not involved in the discipline will conduct the hearing. 2. A teacher of the student’s choice. 3. A teacher appointed by the principal. E. The appeals hearing is based on these questions: 1. Is the student guilty of the infraction? 2. Has the policy been applied in accordance with the student handbook? F. The committee will decide one of the following: 1. To uphold the suspension. 2. To rescind the suspension. 3. To modify the suspension. G. The committee will inform the parent/guardian of its decision and advise the parent/guardian of the opportunity to have the discipline reviewed by the Superintendent or designee.

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reach a decision which will be recorded by vote in open session. 5. The parent/student may ask any questions about the procedure. Following the presentation of A and B, all administration witnesses and documents should be presented, subject to cross-examination. Parent/student may call witnesses and present documents subject to crossexamination. After each witness is presented, Board of Education members may ask the witness questions. Administration’s closing statement. Closing statement by parent/student. Deliberate in private (if the hearing is not in executive session, the Board of Education may deliberate in executive session only with permission of the parent/student). Return to open session and vote. After adopting a motion and making certain findings of facts, the Board of Education must make a motion to: (1) uphold discipline, (2) modify discipline (increase or decrease severity of discipline), or (3) rescind discipline.

ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL PENDING APPEAL HEARING Pending the outcome of the appeal process for an out-of-school suspension, the student will have the right to attend school in the Intervention Program under such restrictions as the principal deems necessary and proper, except that at the discretion of the principal, the student may be prohibited from attending school pending the appeal hearing if in the judgment of the principal: A. B.

The conduct for which the student was suspended reasonably indicates that continued attendance by the student, pending the appeal hearing, would be dangerous to other students or school property. The conduct for which the student was suspended reasonably indicates that the continued attendance of the student at the school, pending the appeal hearing, would substantially interfere with the educational process at the school. Pending the outcome of the appeal process, the student will attend the Intervention Program rather than the regular classroom.

RECORDS AND REPORTS The principal will keep written records for two years containing the date of the conference, the names of the persons present, and the time duration of each discipline assigned.

THIRD LEVEL OF APPEAL: Appeal to the Superintendent A. An appeal may be requested by letter to the Superintendent. B. If no appeal is received within 24 hours after the Building-Level Review Committee’s decision is received by the parent or student, the committee’s decision will be final. C. The Superintendent or designee will hold a conference with the student and the parent/guardian as quickly as possible after receipt of an appeal. The conference will be held during regular school hours, Monday through Friday, with consideration given to the hours of working parents whenever possible. D. At the conference, the Superintendent or designee will read the policy, rule, or regulation which the student is charged with violating and will briefly outline the conduct on the part of the student. The parent/guardian should be asked if the rule and the charges against the student are understood. E. The Superintendent or designee will inform the parent/guardian whether he/ she will uphold, rescind, or modify the suspension. The student and the parent/guardian will be advised of the opportunity to appeal the ruling to have out-of-school suspensions of 11 or more school days reviewed by the Board.

Revised 12/8/14

STUDENT LOCKER SEARCH...................................................................... 5051 Students will have no privacy in school lockers, desks, or other school property from school administrators, teachers, or security personnel. Student lockers will be assigned subject to this policy. Student lockers may be inspected and/or searched at any time without reasonable suspicion of a violation of a school rule, prior notice, the student’s presence, or the student’s consent to such a search. By acceptance of the assignment or use of a school locker or gym locker, students consent to any and all inspections and searches and acknowledge that they have no privacy in such locker. Students should use only the locker specifically assigned to them. The use of a locker not assigned to a student may result in disciplinary action against both the student to whom the locker is assigned and the student who is not authorized to use that locker. However, the student to whom the locker is assigned shall be presumed to be the owner of the items in the assigned locker.

FOURTH LEVEL OF APPEAL: Appeal to the Board Of Education A. An appeal for out-of-school suspensions of 11 or more school days may be requested by letter to the Superintendent or to the clerk of the Board of Education. The Board of Education’s decision is final and non-appealable. B. If no appeal is received within 24 hours after the Superintendent’s or designee’s decision is received by the parent/guardian or student, the decision will be final. C. The Board of Education will hear the appeal as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the work schedule of parents and members of the Board of Education. D. The parent/guardian and student will be notified in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing and will be provided a copy of this policy. E. The parent/guardian and student will have the right to an open or closed hearing, at their option.

Students who feel for any reason that they cannot abide by this policy should decline to accept assignment of a school locker. Revised 6/10/96

ELECTRONIC PAGING DEVICES/CELLULAR PHONES/ WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES.............................................................. 5052 Allowances and restrictions for the use of electronic paging devices, cellular phones and/or wireless telecommunications devices by students while in school buildings during school hours or while the student is in transit to or from school on a school vehicle will be determined by school site. Unless otherwise noted in the student handbook or through written communication to the parents from the principal, the use of such devices is prohibited except with the prior written consent of both the parent/guardian of the student and the school principal. To obtain the administration’s consent, the parent/guardian must present a written request that the student be allowed to use a pager, cellular phone and/or wireless telecommunications device due to safety or medical necessity. A medical necessity must be verified by a practicing physician. The written consent for use of an electronic paging device, cellular phone and/or wireless telecommunications device shall be maintained in the student’s file. Teachers shall be notified of those students who are authorized to use an electronic paging device, cellular phone and/or wireless telecommunications device.

BOARD APPEAL PROCEDURE A. The Board of Education president should: 1. Announce that the next agenda item is an out-of-school suspension and/or Intervention Program placement review hearing for the student, stating his/her name. 2. Ask whether the parent/student wish the hearing to be open to the public or in executive session. The offer of an open hearing and their response are to be made a part of the minutes of the meeting. If the parent/student requests a closed hearing, a motion to go into executive session, per their request, should be made and voted on. B. The Board of Education president should advise the parent/student: 1. That they are entitled to legal counsel, if they desire it. 2. That the administration will present witnesses first and that after each witness, the parents or their legal counsel will be given an opportunity to cross-examine. 3. That the parent/student will be given an opportunity to call any witnesses and present evidence, subject to cross-examination by an appropriate administrator or legal counsel. 4. The Board of Education will consider the evidence and documents and

A student found to be in violation of this policy may be disciplined according to Board Policy #5050. Revised 1/18/10

STUDENT SEARCH AND SEIZURE............................................................. 5053 The building principal or designee is authorized to detain and search any student, any vehicle, and any property in the student’s possession while on school premises, at school activities, or in transit under authority of the school, for any item possession of which by the student is illegal or prohibited by school rules, or for property believed to have been stolen from another student, an employee, or the school. The search shall be conducted according to the following guidelines: 47


STUDENT SEARCH AND SEIZURE (Cont.)................................................. 5053 A. Reasonableness: 1. The decision to search must be based upon a reasonable suspicion that: a. A violation of the law or school rules has occurred or is occurring. b. The student to be searched has committed the violation. c. Particular evidence of the violation will be discovered in the search. 2. In deciding whether a suspicion is reasonable, all the circumstances surrounding the case will be considered, including: a. The student’s age, history, and record in school. b. The prevalence and seriousness of the suspected violation. c. The school official’s prior experience in detecting the problem or recognizing suspicious behavior. d. The need to make a search without delay and further investigation. e. The specificity and source of the information used as justification for the search. f. The particular teacher or school official’s experience with the student. B. Scope: 1. The scope and extent of the search shall be reasonably related to the kind of objects being searched for and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age, gender, or the nature of the suspected violation. 2. A search commenced to discover a particular kind of item may be expanded or continued for additional items if circumstances warrant. C. Conducting a search of the student’s person: 1. The search shall be conducted by a person of the same gender as the person being searched. 2. Another authorized person of the same gender will be present as a witness, if practicable. 3. No student’s clothing, except cold-weather outerwear, may be removed prior to or during the search. Students may be required to empty their pockets. Strip searches are prohibited. D. Discovered items: 1. Illegal items or possessions or substances reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of others may be seized by school authorities. Principals may turn seized items over to law enforcement officials for disposition. 2. Items which are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be temporarily removed from a student’s possession. E. Refusal to submit to search: A student who refuses to peaceably submit to a search based on reasonable suspicion, or who refuses to turn over items discovered as a result of a search, may be suspended for such refusals. F. Reports: The person conducting the search shall prepare a report to be maintained by the principal for one year which includes the date, time, place, names of witnesses, purpose, basis, and result of the search.

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ANTI-VIOLENCE........................................................................................... 5054 The Union Public School District considers the safety and security of its employees, students, patrons and other third-party visitors of the district to be a priority. Therefore, threats, threatening behavior, acts of violence and any related conduct including, but not limited to, physical violence, verbal or written threats or intimidation, intimidating gestures or actions, and violence against property will not be tolerated.

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Any person who makes threats, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent acts on district property may be removed from the premises pending the outcome of an investigation. Threats, threatening behaviors, or other acts of violence executed off district property but directed at students, employees or other persons on district property or during district-sponsored activities are also in violation of this policy. Off-site threats include, but are not limited to, threats made via the telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail, or any other communication medium.

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Students found in violation of this policy may be subjected to any and all disciplinary action that may be imposed by the district’s policy regarding student behavior (Board Policy #5050). If the source of such inappropriate behavior is a member of the public, the response may include barring the person(s) from district property, termination of business relationships with individual(s) and/or prosecution of the person(s).

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Students are responsible for notifying their principal(s) or counselor(s) or the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources of any threats or violence they have witnessed or that have been made or perpetrated against them or others on district property or while at district-sponsored events.

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Adopted 12/13/04

POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS............................................... 5055 A. In order to provide a safe environment for the students and staff of the Union Public School District, the Board of Education adopts this policy prohibiting the possession of dangerous weapons, replicas or facsimiles of dangerous weapons and items or instrumentalities which are used to threaten harm or are used to harm any person. B. Dangerous weapons including, but not limited to, firearms are a threat to the safety of the students and staff of the district. In addition, possession of dangerous weapons, or replicas or facsimiles of dangerous weapons,

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disrupts the educational process and interferes with the normal operation of the district. For the foregoing reasons and except as specifically provided in paragraphs F and P below, possession of a dangerous weapon (concealed or not concealed), as defined in this policy, or a replica or facsimile thereof, by any student, employee, patron, activity sponsor, or other third-party visitor on district property, at a district-sponsored activity, or on a school bus or vehicle is prohibited, except that individuals with a valid handgun license pursuant to the Oklahoma Self Defense Act may possess a handgun in the school parking lot, but that weapon must be stored and hidden from view in a locked motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is left unattended on school property. Further, use of any item or instrumentality by a student, employee, patron, activity sponsor or other third-party visitor to threaten harm to any person or which is used to harm any person, while on district property, at a district-sponsored activity, or on a school bus or vehicle is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, “possession of a dangerous weapon” includes, but is not limited to, any person having a dangerous weapon: 1. On his/her person. 2. In his/her locker, desk, file drawer, briefcase, purse, luggage, backpack, bag or other container owned by or used by the individual. 3. In his/her vehicle. 4. Held by another person for his/her benefit. 5. At any place on district property, a school bus or vehicle, or at a districtsponsored activity with such person’s knowledge of the weapon’s location. A dangerous weapon includes, but is not limited to, a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun or spring gun, B-B gun, stun gun, hand grenade, fireworks, slingshot, bludgeon, blackjack, brass knuckles or artificial knuckles of any kind, nun-chucks, dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, butterfly knife, any knife the blade of which can be opened by a flick of a button or pressure on the handle, any pocketknife with a blade of more than 2 1/2 inches in length, pen knife, “credit card” knife, razor, dart, ice pick, explosive smoke bomb, any other explosive device, incendiary device, sword cane, hand chains, firearm shells or bullets, garrotes, choking devices, mace, pepper spray, and any item whose principal purpose is for use as a weapon, whether offensive or defensive, and any replica or facsimiles of any of the foregoing items, or any item or instrumentality which is used to threaten harm or is used to harm any person or any chemical, material or substance which can cause an irritation to or reacts with human tissue, or any chemical material or substance used, given, applied to or administered to another person without that person’s consent. THE FOREGOING LIST OF “DANGEROUS WEAPONS” IS DESCRIPTIVE AND BY WAY OF EXAMPLE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED AN EXCLUSIVE OR LIMITING LIST OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS. IT WILL NOT BE A DEFENSE TO ANY DISCIPLINARY ACTION UNDER THIS POLICY THAT THE STUDENT OR EMPLOYEE POSSESSING THE DANGEROUS WEAPON DID NOT KNOW THAT IT IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON, BUT SUCH CLAIM OF A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE MAY BE CONSIDERED IN MITIGATION OF ANY DISCIPLINARY PENALTY. This policy does not apply to employees who are authorized security guards or to law enforcement authorities who may be on district property or at district-sponsored functions in official capacity as a law enforcement agent for the city, county, state or federal government. Any student in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, in violation of this policy, or who uses any item or instrumentality to threaten harm to any person or is used to harm any person may be placed under emergency suspension from school pending an investigation of the incident by the appropriate school or legal authorities. Students who violate this policy may be suspended from school and all activities for any period of time up to the maximum period authorized by law. Additionally, school administrative staff members may seek to file criminal charges against the student. If the person in possession of the dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, is a member of the public, the district response may include barring the person(s) from district property, termination of business relationships with the individual(s) and/or prosecution of the person(s). If a teacher or other district employee has a reasonable suspicion to believe that a student is in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, the teacher or employee shall immediately investigate the matter, shall confiscate any such weapon found if this can be accomplished without placing any students or staff in jeopardy, and shall immediately notify the principal or designee. If the teacher or employee does not believe the weapon can be confiscated safely, the teacher or employee shall immediately notify the principal or designee of the situation. If a teacher or other district employee has a reasonable suspicion to believe that any employee or other person is in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, in violation of this policy, he/ she shall immediately report the matter to his/her immediate supervisor. If a student or other person has a reasonable suspicion to believe that any employee, student or other person is in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, in violation of this policy, he/ she shall immediately report the matter to the principal or designee. If an administrator or designee learns that a student, or employee or any other person is believed to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, the administrator or designee shall: 1. Immediately investigate the matter and contact the police, if appropriate. 2. If not already confiscated by an employee of the district and if it can be accomplished without the risk of injury, the administrator should take possession of the dangerous weapon, replica or facsimile. 3. Notify the Superintendent or designee.


POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS (Cont.).................................. 5055 4. In the case of a student, notify the parents. 5. Cooperate fully with the police. 6. Transfer confiscated weapon to the police department. M. Except as may be required by law for students with disabilities, any student in possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, shall not be eligible for placement in any alternative education or intervention program or be eligible to transfer to another district school site in lieu of suspension, except on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Superintendent. N. A student’s inadvertent or unintentional possession of a dangerous weapon or replica or facsimile thereof on district property, a school bus or vehicle, or at a district-sponsored activity is no defense or excuse to compliance with this policy, but may be considered in determining the length or severity of any punishment for violation of this policy. O. A student who has been suspended from another school district because of the possession of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon, shall not be accepted as a transfer student into the district until the period of suspension has passed. P. An exception to this policy may be granted for students, employees or other persons participating in an authorized curricular or extracurricular activity or team involving the use or demonstration of a dangerous weapon, or replica or facsimile of a dangerous weapon. For this exception, written prior approval by the administrator, in consultation with the Superintendent, is required. Students who participate in JROTC and veterans may also be granted an exception to bring an inoperable weapon onto campus for the limited purpose of participating in a school program. The principal must approve this exception in advance, the weapon must remain inoperable at all times while on campus, and the weapon must not be used in a manner which is inconsistent with the permission granted. Q. Any firearms found on the premises shall be reported to law enforcement and will immediately be turned over to local law enforcement as per state law requirements. R. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions, right of due process for all students and rights of disabled students must be observed in accordance with applicable law and Board of Education policies.

GUN-FREE SCHOOLS STUDENT SUSPENSION It is the policy of the Union Public School District that any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to a school under the jurisdiction of the district shall be suspended from school for a period of not less than one calendar year. Any suspension imposed under this policy may be modified for any student on a case-by-case basis by the chief administering officer of the district. For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall control: A. The term “weapon” means a firearm as such term is defined in Section 921 of Title 18 of the United States Code. B. The term “chief administering officer” means the Superintendent or the Board of Education of the district. C. The term “determined to have brought a weapon to a school under the jurisdiction of the district” means any student being in possession or control of a weapon on property owned, leased, or rented by the district including, but not limited to, school buildings, parking lots, and motor vehicles; and any student who is in possession or control of a weapon at any district-sponsored function regardless of whether such function is conducted on district property. Enforcement of this policy shall be consistent with state and federal laws dealing with discipline of students with disabilities.

Students who violate this policy will be referred to the appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. Any firearm seized from a student by any school employee shall immediately be delivered to a law enforcement authority for disposition pursuant to applicable law.

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Any suspension initiated pursuant to this policy shall be subject to the procedural safeguards set forth in the district’s policy for the suspension of students. Revised 3/9/15

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STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION....................... 5056 DEFINITIONS A. “Bullying” means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s education mission or the education of any student.

According to experts in the field, bullying in general is the exploitation of a less powerful person by an individual taking unfair advantage of that person, which is repeated over time, and which inflicts a negative effect on the victim. The seriousness of a bullying act depends on the harm inflicted upon the victim and the frequency of the offensive acts. Power may be, but is not limited to, physical strength, social skill, verbal ability, or other characteristics. Bullying acts by students have been described in several different categories: 1. “Physical Bullying” may include a pattern of behavior that could harm or threaten harm to another’s body or property, including but not limited to what would reasonably be foreseen as a serious expression of intent to inflict physical harm or property damage through verbal or written speech or gestures directed at the student-victim, when considering the factual circumstances in which the threat was made and the reaction

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of the intended victim. Common acts include tripping, hitting, pushing, pinching, pulling hair, kicking, biting, starting fights, daring others to fight, stealing or destroying property, extortion, assaults with a weapon, other violent acts, and homicide. 2. “Emotional bullying” may include a pattern of behavior that could intentionally inflict harm to another’s self-esteem, including but not limited to insulting or profane remarks, insulting or profane gestures, or harassing and frightening statements, when such events are considered in light of the surrounding facts, the history of the students involved, and age, maturity, and special characteristics of the students. Individual occurrences of these behaviors may be a discipline offense, but may not be defined as bullying. 3. “Social bullying” may include a pattern of behavior that could harm another’s group acceptance, including but not limited to harm resulting from intentionally gossiping about another student or intentionally spreading negative rumors about another student that results in the victim being excluded from a school activity or student group; the intentional planning and/or implementation of acts or statements that inflict public humiliation upon a student; the intentional undermining of current relationships of the victim-student through the spreading of untrue gossip or rumors designed to humiliate or embarrass the student; the use of gossip, rumors, or humiliating acts designed to deprive the student of awards, recognition, or involvement in school activities; the false or malicious spreading of an untrue statement or statements about another student that exposes the victim to contempt or ridicule or deprives the victim of the confidence and respect of student peers; or the making of false statements to others that the student has committed a crime, or has an infectious, contagious, or loathsome disease, or similar egregious representations. Individual occurrences of these behaviors may be a discipline offense, but may not be defined as bullying. 4. “Sexual bullying” may include a pattern of behavior that could harm another resulting from, but not limited to making unwelcome sexual comments about the student; making vulgar, profane, or lewd comments or drawings or graffiti about the victim; directing vulgar, profane, or lewd gestures toward the victim; committing physical acts of a sexual nature at school, including the fondling or touching of private parts of the victim’s body; participation in gossiping or the spreading of false rumors about the student’s sexual life; written or verbal statements directed at the victim that would reasonably be interpreted as a serious threat to force the victim to commit sexual acts or to sexually assault the victim when considering the factual circumstances in which the threat was made and the reaction of the intended victim; off-campus dating violence by a student that adversely affects the victim’s school performance or behavior, attendance, participation in school functions or extracurricular activities, or makes the victim fearful at school of the assaulting bully; or the commission of sexual assault, rape, or homicide. Such conduct may also constitute sexual harassment — also prohibited by the district. Individual occurrences of these behaviors may be a discipline offense, but may not be defined as bullying. 5. “Cyberbullying” or “Electronic communication” means the communication of any written, verbal, pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication device, or a computer. This definition also includes any bullying as defined above, including emotional, social, and/or sexual bullying via an electronic device. Electronic communications include, but are not limited to communications made through weblogs and social media forums. Bullying by electronic communication is prohibited whether or not such communication originated at school, or with school equipment, if the communication is specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns bullying at school. “Threatening behavior” means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property. Individual occurrences of these behaviors may be a discipline offense, but may not be defined as bullying. The term “at school” means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at schoolsponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events. In determining what a “reasonable person” should recognize as bullying, staff will consider the point of view of the intended target, including any characteristics unique to the intended target. Staff may also consider the disciplinary history and physical characteristics of the alleged bully. “Good faith” is a state of mind consisting of honesty in belief or purpose or faithfulness to one’s duty or obligation. The term “discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying” is defined by the district pursuant to Board Policy #5046 as harassment, intimidation, and bullying targeted toward an individual because of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

PURPOSE To address student bullying behavior effectively through a multi-faceted approach that includes education and the promotion of a positive school atmosphere. The Board of Education expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior by students at school as well as active or passive support for acts of bullying. In addition, the Board prohibits bullying behavior by students outside of the regular school day if it causes a substantial and material disruption at school or an interference with rights of students and personnel to be secure. This includes, but is not limited to, bullying through electronic communication, whether or not such communication originated


The school may request the disclosure of information concerning students who have received substance abuse or mental health care (pursuant to the previous paragraph) if that information indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel, provided the disclosure of the information does not violate the requirements and provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, OKLA. STAT. tit. 12 § 1376, OKLA. STAT. tit. 59 §1376 of the Oklahoma Statues, or any other state or federal laws regarding the disclosure of confidential information. The school may request the disclosure of information when it is believed that the student may have posed a danger to him/herself and having such information will allow school officials to determine if it is safe for the student to return to the regular classroom or if alternative education arrangements are needed.

STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (Cont.).......... 5056 at school or with school equipment, if the communication is specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns bullying at school. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, up to and including suspension out of school in accordance with the policies, rules and regulations of the district’s Board of Education. Student and Staff Education and Training The district is committed to providing appropriate and relevant training annually to students and staff regarding preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying. A full copy of this policy will be posted on the district’s website and included in all district handbooks. Parents, guardians, community members, and volunteers will be notified of the availability of this policy through the district’s annual written notice of the availability of the district’s anti-bullying policy. Written notice of the policy will also be posted at various places in all district school sites.

Parental Notification The assigned investigator will notify the parents of a target within two (2) school days that a bullying report has been received. Within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will provide the parents of a target with the results of the investigation and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation.

Students and staff will be periodically reminded throughout the year of the availability of this policy, the district’s commitment to preventing bullying, and help available for those affected by bullying. Anti-bullying programs will be incorporated into the district’s other violence-prevention efforts.

If the report of bullying is substantiated, within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will contact the parents of the bully to discuss disciplinary action and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation.

All staff will receive annual training regarding preventing, identifying, reporting, and managing bullying. The district’s bullying coordinator and individuals designated as school site investigators will receive additional training regarding appropriate consequences and remedial action for bullies, helping targets of bullies, and the district’s strategy for counseling and referral for those affected by bullying.

Parental Responsibilities All parents/guardians will be informed in writing of the district’s program to stop bullying and will be given a copy of this policy upon request. An administrative response to a reported act of bullying may involve certain actions to be taken by parents. Parents will be informed of the program and the means for students to report bullying acts toward them or other students. They will also be told that to help prevent bullying at school they should encourage their children to:

Students will receive annual education regarding behavioral expectations, understanding bullying and its negative effects, disciplinary consequences for infractions, reporting methods, and consequences for those who knowingly make false reports. Any person who knowingly makes false accusations against another person will be appropriately disciplined pursuant to district policy. Any accusations confirmed to be false will be removed from the falsely-accused student’s file. Parents and guardians may participate in a parent-education component.

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Student Reporting Students are encouraged to inform school personnel if they are the target of or a witness to bullying. To make a report, students should notify a teacher, counselor, or principal. The student will complete an official student report form. Reports can also be made by any student, parent, or patron through the district’s SafeSchools Alert found on the district’s website or by telephone at 918-505-9802.

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Report bullying when it occurs; Take advantage of opportunities to talk to their children about bullying; Inform the school immediately if they think their child is being bullied or is bullying other students; Watch for symptoms that their child may be a target of bullying and report those symptoms; and Cooperate fully with school personnel in identifying and resolving incidents.

Monitoring and Compliance In order to assist the State Department of Education with compliance efforts pursuant to the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, 70 OKLA. STAT. § 24-100.2 et seq., the Director of Student Life will serve as the district contact responsible for providing information to the State Board of Education. The Director of Student Life shall maintain updated contact information on file with the State Department of Education and the district will notify the State Department of Education within fifteen (15) days of the appointment of a new Director of Student Life.

Students may make an anonymous report of bullying, and such report will be investigated as thoroughly as possible. However, it is often difficult to fully investigate claims which are made anonymously, and disciplinary action cannot be taken against an alleged bully solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Staff Reporting Staff members will encourage students to report bullying. All employees are required to report acts of bullying to the principal or designee on an official report form. Any staff member who witnesses, hears about, or has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect that a student is a target of bullying is required to submit a report.

A copy of this policy will be submitted to the State Department of Education by December 10th of each school year as part of the district’s Annual Performance Report. The Administration recognizes that there are many motivations behind the act of bullying, one of which may be for a discriminatory purpose. If the bullying behavior constitutes discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying (i.e., it is targeted toward an individual because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or genetic information), the misconduct is prohibited pursuant to Board Policy #5046 regarding Discriminatory Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and is subject to the procedure and protections specified in Policy #5046 in addition to this policy. Retaliation is expressly prohibited against any person who participates in reporting, investigating, or addressing any incident of bullying behavior.

Bullying Investigators The principal and/or designee(s) at each school site will investigate bullying reports. These individuals will be identified in the site’s student and staff handbooks, on the district’s website, and in the bullying prevention education provided annually to students and staff. The district’s anti-bullying program is coordinated at the district level by the district’s Director of Student Life. The investigator or designee will determine the severity of the bullying incident and, in accordance with Board Policy #5050, will determine student consequences. Investigating Bullying Reports For any alleged incidents of bullying reported to school officials, the designated school official will investigate the alleged incident(s) and determine (i) whether the bullying conduct occurred, (ii) the severity of the incident(s), and (iii) the potential for future violence.

STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION In furtherance of the Board of Education’s policy regarding student bullying prevention and intervention, the district shall require Prevention and Intervention Strategies, as described below, based on building data, for school staff to address bullying behaviors. These interventions will be on a continuum, ranging from those aimed at prevention to those interventions that address more serious bullying behavior on a case-by-case basis.

In conducting an investigation, the designated official shall interview relevant students and staff and review any documentation of the alleged incident(s). School officials may also work with outside professionals, such as local law enforcement, as deemed appropriate by the investigating official. In the event the investigator believes a criminal act may have been committed or there is a likelihood of violence, the investigator will immediately call local law enforcement and the Superintendent or designee.

The district’s “Prevention and Intervention Strategies” referenced above include, but are not limited to: A.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the designated employee will document the steps taken to review the matter, the conclusions reached, and any additional action taken, if applicable. Further, the investigator will notify the Director of Student Life and Executive Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education that an investigation has occurred and the results of the investigation.

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Upon completion of an investigation, the school may recommend that available community mental health care or substance abuse options be provided to a student, if appropriate. The school may provide a student with information about the types of support services available to the student bully, the target, and any other students affected by the prohibited behavior. These resources will be provided to any individual who requests such assistance or will be provided if a school official believes the resource might be of assistance to the student/family. No school employee is expected to evaluate the appropriateness or the quality of the resource provided, nor is any employee required to provide an exhaustive list of resources available. All school employees will act in good faith. 50

Including prohibitions and guidance concerning bullying in the district’s Behavior Response Plan; Implementation of a behavioral intervention and support process or another evidence-based model approach for safe school climate or for the prevention of bullying, including any such programs identified by the State Department of Education; Establishment of a Safe & Healthy Schools Committee for each school site (PreK-12) as mandated by the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act. The Safe & Healthy Schools Committee will consist of at least ten (10) members and shall be composed of teachers, parents of enrolled students, students, and a school official who participates in the investigation of reports of bullying. Each Safe & Healthy Schools Committee has the responsibility of studying and making recommendations regarding unsafe conditions, strategies for students to avoid harm at school, student victimization, crime prevention, school violence, and other issues which interfere with and adversely affect school safety. With respect to student bullying, each Committee shall assist the Board of Education in promoting a positive school climate. The Committee will study the district’s policy and currently


PERFORMING GROUP UNIFORM GUIDELINES Uniforms used by parent- or school-sponsored groups will be selected by the sponsor with approval by the principal or director responsible, after consultation with the Superintendent or designee. Uniforms should be tasteful and appropriate for the activity. Some approved uniforms may be appropriate for performances or competitions, but not for school attire. Uniforms worn on campus during the school day must meet the dress code guidelines.

STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (Cont.).......... 5056 accepted bullying prevention programs (available on the State Department of Education website) to make recommendations regarding bullying. These recommendations must be submitted to the principal and cover: (i) needed staff development, including how to recognize and avoid bullying; (ii) increasing student and community involvement in addressing bullying; (iii) improving individual student-staff communication; (iv) implementing problemsolving teams which include counselors and/or school psychologists; and (v) utilizing behavioral health resources; D. The development, posting, and enforcement of rules at each school site that prohibit bullying and establish appropriate consequences for those who engage in such acts, as defined by Board Policy #5050; E. The consistent provision of adult supervision at each school site of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom, and other specific areas where bullying is likely to occur; F. Inclusion of grade-appropriate, research-based bullying prevention curricula in pre-kindergarten through high school grades, as compiled by the State Department of Education and which is reported annually using a fidelity checklist to submit to Safe & Healthy Schools Committee members; G. Training school personnel to be sensitive to the interpersonal dynamics of bullying behavior so that they recognize the need to protect all students from reprisal, retaliation, and false accusations; H. The participation of all employees directly involved with student services in annual bullying awareness/intervention training and suicide prevention training; I. Individual interventions for students who engaged in confirmed bullying behavior and against whom bullying behavior has been confirmed, the parents or guardians of those students, and involved school staff members; J. Schoolwide training related to the provision of a safe school climate; K. The promotion of parent involvement in bullying prevention through individual or team participation in meetings, trainings, and individual interventions which may include discussion panels, Safe & Healthy Schools Committee, PTA/ PTSA, parent involvement facilitators and the like.

Revised 2/12/07

SEXUAL HARASSMENT............................................................................... 5065 Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates the law. The Board of Education believes that each student and employee should be able to attend school and work in an environment which provides for fair and equitable treatment and is free of discriminatory intimidation based on sex and unwelcome sexual advances. A.

Definition: Sexual Harassment - Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal, physical or other sexually offensive conduct made by anyone on district property or during any district-sponsored event when: 1. Submission to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment; 2. Submission to or the rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for educational or employment decisions affecting that individual; and/or 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.

Examples of acts of sexual harassment which shall not be tolerated include, but are not limited to: 1. Written: Sexually suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, graffiti. 2. Verbal: Sexually derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, degrading jokes, “teasing,” “kidding,” double meanings, demeaning comments about a person of a particular sex, solicitation of sexual favors or attention. 3. Physical: Unwelcome touching of an individual, such as pinching, hugging, patting, repeated brushing against an individual’s body, pulling at clothing, blocking one’s passage. 4. Visual: Sexually oriented gestures, displaying sexually suggestive or derogatory objects, pictures, magazines, cartoons, or posters. 5. Any other action which emphasizes the vulnerability of the victim specifically because of gender. B. Prohibition: Sexual harassment will not be permitted or tolerated. This policy is applicable to all students, employees, non-employees, and volunteers on district property or serving as trip sponsors. C. Action to be taken: Students who sexually harass shall be subject to any and all disciplinary action that may be imposed by the district’s policy regarding student behavior (Board Policy #5050).

Adopted 3/10/14

STUDENT DRESS AND PERFORMING GROUPS ..................................... 5060 While the mission of Union Public Schools is to educate its students, it is important that dress contribute to the atmosphere of a good educational environment. It is hoped that a minimum amount of time and effort is spent on enforcement; however, it is the responsibility of the student and the parent to adhere to these guidelines. Exceptions to this policy are at the discretion of the building principal. There may be clothing, hairstyles, and/or accessories not specifically addressed herein that might be so disruptive to the educational process that the building principal may need to take immediate corrective action. In those cases requiring such action, the building principal may act immediately. General Guidelines: A. Modesty will be the dominant feature in all clothing. B. Clothing must be clean and safe. C. Clothing, hairstyles and/or accessories must not be revealing, disruptive, or distract from the educational process in any way. D. Clothing must not be derogatory to any individual, group, or institution, including hate-group messages. E. All students are required to wear clothing including shoes which are safe and appropriate for school activities. F. Hair is to be well-groomed and clean. G. Coats and/or outerwear may not be worn during the school day except at the discretion of the classroom teacher (dependent on classroom conditions) or the administration. Coats should be kept in lockers except when arriving to or exiting from the building. H. One-piece swimsuits must be worn while using the pool. I. Shorts, dresses or skirts must be longer than two inches beyond the tip of the longest finger with arms fully extended against the leg (no tears, cuts or holes in garments above this point are acceptable). J. Tattoos which violate Board policy must be covered so they are not visible.

If a member of the public is in violation of this policy, the response may include barring the person(s) from district property, termination of business relationships with individual(s) and/or prosecution of the person(s). D.

Unacceptable Clothing and Accessories: A. Dresses, shirts or blouses that only partially cover the shoulders (no tank tops and no halter tops). B. Low-cut shirts or blouses; shirts which expose the midriff or full back; and pants, skirts or other clothing which expose the midriff. C. Any clothing which reveals undergarments. D. Slacks, pants or shorts worn below the hip. E. Caps, hats, hoods or other head covering in the building. F. Clothing and or accessories which carry messages either written or suggesting the promotion of illegal substances including, but not limited to, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products; vulgar language, sex, violence, gangrelated affiliation or other symbols that detract from the learning environment. G. Gang-related attire (colors, bandannas, shoelaces, symbols, belts/buckles, jewelry, etc.) H. Bedroom attire (pajamas, lounge pants, slippers, etc.) I. Jewelry with spikes, electronic jewelry, or items worn as jewelry which are not intended to be worn as jewelry. J. Collars intended for use on animals. K. Chains, including wallet chains or collars. L. Excessive or distinctive makeup. M. Sheer shirts covering unacceptable clothing. N. Cleated or steel-toed shoes or boots. O. Sunglasses

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Procedures: 1. A student who feels comfortable doing so should directly inform the harasser that such conduct is unwelcome and must stop. 2. A student or parent of the student may bring a complaint to the principal of the student’s school or a coordinator designated in Board Policy #5000. A student or the parent of the student may also bring a complaint to the assistant principal, counselor, nurse or a teacher. The coordinator, assistant principal or other staff member shall immediately notify the principal of the complaint. 3. The principal will be responsible for notifying the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources of the complaint if the complaint involves an employee. 4. If the complaint involves an employee, the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources and principal shall immediately investigate the complaint and shall, at the end of the investigation, recommend disciplinary action against the harasser if the complaint is substantiated. Both parties shall be notified of the results of the investigation. 5. If the complaint does not involve an employee, the principal shall immediately investigate the complaint and, at the end of the investigation, recommend disciplinary action to be taken against the harasser if the complaint is substantiated. Both parties shall be notified of the results of the investigation. 6. Any formal grievance investigated under this policy shall be handled pursuant to Board Policy #5047. Retaliation: Retaliation shall not be permitted against an individual who complains of sexual harassment, anyone who testifies on behalf of the complainant, or anyone who assists or participates in an investigation or proceeding conducted under this policy.

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DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES......... 5070 This policy applies to the suspension or other disciplinary removal of a student with a disability from a current educational program. Disciplinary removal refers to reassignment of a student with a disability to an interim alternative education setting


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Manifest Determination: If school personnel wish to apply disciplinary procedures which are applicable to all students, the IEP team of a student with a disability must first determine whether the misconduct was a manifestation of the disability. In making a Manifestation Determination decision, an IEP team must review information in the student’s file, relevant information supplied by the parents, observations of the student and the student’s IEP and placement. The team should analyze the student’s behavior as demonstrated across all settings and all time when determining whether the conduct in question is a direct result of the disability. The team must determine: • Whether the conduct in question was caused by, or had a direct and substantial relationship to, the student’s disability; or • Was the behavior the direct result of the district’s failure to implement the IEP. 1. If the team determines a direct and substantial relationship between a student’s behavior and the disability and/or the school’s failure to provide or implement an IEP or placement, it must conclude that the behavior was a manifestation of the student’s disability. The IEP team must meet the following requirements: a. conduct a functional behavior assessment and implement a behavior intervention plan for the student, unless the district conducted one prior to the manifestation determination; b. if the IEP team had previously developed a behavior intervention plan, it must review and modify the plan as necessary to address the behavior; and c. return the student to the previous educational placement, unless the parent and the district agree to a change of placement or the 45-day rule exception applies (i.e., the three automatic 45-day removal violations). Parents shall receive prior written notice of proposed disciplinary action and a copy of all procedural safeguards accorded under the law. If the school initiates disciplinary procedures, the team shall ensure that the special education and disciplinary records of the student are transmitted for consideration by the person making the final determination regarding the disciplinary action. 2. If the team finds that the behavior is not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the school may discipline the student using the relevant disciplinary procedures applicable to all students in the same manner and for the same duration, but must ensure that FAPE services are provided. D. Procedural Safeguards and Stay-put Rules: Parents may challenge a Manifestation Determination or any decision regarding placement with a right to have an expedited due process hearing. Expedited hearing shall occur within twenty days of the hearing request, and the hearing officer must make a determination within ten school days after the hearing.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (Cont.).......................................................................... 5070 not specified in the student’s IEP or IAP. A student with a disability is defined as any student who has been determined disabled under IDEA or Section 504, Rehabilitation Act and has a current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP). These procedural safeguards also apply to a student if the district ‘has knowledge’ that the student may have a disability. For these protections to apply, the district must have knowledge of the suspected disability before the behavior that precipitates the disciplinary action occurs. The district is determined to have knowledge if: •

A parent has expressed concern in writing to an administrative personnel or the student’s teacher that the student is in need of special education and/or related services; • A parent has requested an evaluation for their child; • The student’s teacher has expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior directly to the Director of Special Education or school administrator. The district is not deemed to have knowledge if: • A parent has not allowed an evaluation of the student; • A parent has refused to give consent to provide services to the student; • A student has been evaluated and determined ineligible for Part B services. A. Disciplinary Removal for Less Than Ten Days: School personnel may unilaterally remove a student with a disability from the current educational placement for not more than ten school days within a school year without providing educational services for any conduct that would warrant disciplinary removal of a student without disabilities. The principal may remove a student for up to ten consecutive school days per offense, as long as the additional removals do not constitute a change in placement. The district will follow its policy and procedures for the suspension/ disciplinary removal of students without disabilities. Change in placement occurs if a series of removals constitute a pattern. A pattern is determined by the length of each removal, the total amount of time the student is removed, the proximity of the removals to one another, and the nature of the offense. B. Disciplinary Removal for More Than Ten School Days: Prior to any change in placement resulting in a school removal of more than ten consecutive days per offense or ten cumulative days that constitute a change in placement, the student’s IEP team, including the parents, must meet to determine if the misbehavior is a manifestation of the disability. The following procedural safeguards shall be implemented not later than the tenth day after taking disciplinary action involving suspension or placement in an interim alternative education setting: 1. The principal will notify the student’s parent/guardian in writing of the proposed disciplinary action and all procedural safeguards accorded under the law; 2. An IEP Review and Manifestation Determination meeting, to include the student’s parents/guardians, shall be scheduled within ten school days after the date on which the decision to take disciplinary action was made; 3. The IEP team must either: a. Develop a plan to conduct a functional behavior assessment and develop a behavior intervention plan or; b. Review and modify an existing behavior intervention plan to address the misbehavior.

If parents request a hearing regarding disciplinary action or to challenge the interim alternative education setting (IAES) of the Manifestation Determination, the student shall remain in the interim alternative education setting pending the decision of the hearing officer or until the expiration of the time period set of the disciplinary action, whichever occurs first, unless the parent and district agree otherwise.

The district may request a hearing to change a student’s placement if the district believes that maintaining the student’s current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or others. The hearing officer may order a change in placement to an interim alternative educational setting for a period of up to 45 days, if the hearing officer concurs with the district’s assessment of the student. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): FAPE means that the student must have the opportunity to make appropriate progress in the same curriculum as that offered to nondisabled students and make appropriate advancement toward the goals identified in the student’s IEP. The student must receive FAPE during any periods of removal over ten school days in a school year, regardless of the relationship of the misbehavior to the disability. The district will provide appropriate educational and related services for students identified as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act only if it has been determined that the misconduct was related to the disability. Otherwise, educational services during removals shall be governed by district and state policy and procedures for suspension of nondisabled students. Suspension From Transportation: Suspension from transportation for more than ten school days within a school year is considered a change of placement if the bus suspension prevents the student from attending school, only if transportation is identified as a related service on the IEP. Such a transportation suspension will trigger an IEP Review and a Manifestation Determination meeting to consider whether the misconduct is related to the disability and to review or design a Behavior Intervention Plan to address the misconduct. The IEP team may consider a more restricted means of transportation by utilizing special transportation or the need to reimburse the student’s parent for the reasonable cost of transporting the student to and from school at the district’s rate for the duration of the suspension. Referral to Law Enforcement/Judicial Authorities: Nothing in IDEA prohibits a school from reporting a crime committed by a student with a disability to appropriate authorities or prevents state law enforcement and judicial authorities from exercising their responsibilities under federal or state law. The school district reporting the crime committed by a student with a disability shall ensure that copies of the special education and disciplinary records of the student are transmitted for consideration by the appropriate authorities subject to FERPA guidelines.

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For removals of more than ten school days cumulative in a school year that do not constitute a change in placement, the principal must consult with the student’s special education teacher to determine what services are required to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) during the school removal. For removals of more than ten school days cumulative in a school year that do constitute a change in placement, the student’s IEP team must determine what services are required to provide FAPE. The alternative educational setting shall be determined by the IEP team and must be selected to:

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Enable the student to continue to participate in the general curriculum, although in another setting; and 2. Enable the student to progress toward meeting the goals set out in the IEP. School personnel may order a change in placement of a student with a disability to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for 45 calendar days, even if a student’s conduct is determined to be a manifestation of the student’s disability, if:

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The student carries a weapon to school or to a school function under the jurisdiction of the district (a device, instrument, materials or substance - animate or inanimate - that is used for or is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, except that such term does not include a pocket knife with a blade of less than 2 1/2 inches in length; The student knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or at a school function under the jurisdiction of the district (controlled substance as defined in the Controlled Substances Act and that the level of intent is “knowing”). The student has inflicted serious bodily injury on another person (a cut, abrasion, bruise, burn or disfigurement, physical pain, illness, impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty, or any other injury, no matter how temporary).

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ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS................ 5200

STUDENT RESIDENCY ............................................................................... 5450 The Union Public School District is established for the purpose of serving the educational interests of resident students.

SCHOLARSHIP Activity participants in grades 7-12 must have maintained, up to the end of the preceding week in which the activity occurs, a passing grade in all subjects.

DEFINITIONS A. Residency: As used in this policy, the terms “residence,” “residency,” and “legal residence” shall mean the student’s present place of abode, provided that it is a place where important family activities (such as sleeping, eating, working, relaxing and playing) take place during a significant part of each day. Mere presence alone is not sufficient to establish residency. Documentary evidence that may be submitted to establish residency is identified in paragraphs A and C under Procedure for Resolving Residency Disputes (below). B. Person having legal custody: As used in this policy, the phrase “person having legal custody” means a person who is legally responsible for the care of the child pursuant to the order of a court, governmental agency, or state law responsible for making custody determinations and/or placements. C. The address established as primary residence will be the only address used in the student management system. D. Homeless children and youth. As used in this policy, the phrase “homeless children and youth” means students who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes: 1. Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement; 2. Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; 3. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings, and 4. Migratory children (as such term is defined in Section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses 1 through 4.

If students fail to meet the minimum scholastic standard at the end of the week, they will be placed on probation for the next one-week period. During probation, students may continue to participate in activities. If students are failing to meet the minimum scholastic standard at the end of a probationary one-week period, they will be ineligible to participate during the next one-week period. The ineligibility period will begin on Monday and end on Sunday. Students who have lost eligibility under this provision must achieve minimum scholastic standards in order to regain eligibility. Students regain eligibility with the first class of a new one-week period. ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS AFFECTED BY POLICY The student eligibility policy will affect all student activities which are competitive in nature, involving two or more schools, and where recognition, ratings, or awards are given and winners determined. EXCEPTIONS Individual organizations may adopt higher standards for participation at the discretion of the instructor, with approval from the principal and director. These standards will be communicated in advance to the students and their parents. Documentation of this communication will be retained by the individual instructor. DOCUMENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE POLICY The principal or designee will develop a weekly grade check procedure in accordance with OSSAA regulations. The principal or designee will be responsible for collecting the data and informing the Director of Athletics, Director of Fine Arts, instructors, students, and parents/guardians affected by this policy. Students who participate in extracurricular activities must also maintain their eligibility in accordance with OSSAA regulations and the Department of Education of the State of Oklahoma. Revised 12/10/07

FIELD TRIPS.................................................................................................. 5250 The Union Public School District recognizes that there are occasions when it would be greatly beneficial to the students to make a trip outside their home school. In view of the large number of classes throughout the district, it is also recognized that it would be a major expense for each of them to take field trips during the school year. Therefore, budget permitting, the following guidelines will apply: A. B. C. D. E. F.

POLICY STATEMENT A. State law provides that a child’s residence for school purposes is the school district in which the (1) parents, (2) guardian, or (3) person having legal custody holds legal residence. Therefore, an adult may not enroll a child unless, or until, legal guardianship or legal custody is established. The district will not accept custody affidavits, guardianship affidavits, powers of attorney, or other such documents that are not court-ordered placement. B. State law also grants school districts the discretion to permit a child to establish residency by residing with an adult who is a legal resident of the school district and does not fit into any of the categories listed above if such adult has assumed permanent care and custody of the child. C. The Board of Education of the Union Public School District has determined that it is in the best interest of the district not to allow a child to establish residency in the district by residing with an adult who is a legal resident of the district and has assumed permanent care and custody of the child but does not fit into any of the categories listed in section A (parent, guardian or person having legal custody). Custody affidavit forms, notarized affidavits obtained from the custodial parent giving care and custody to another individual, or power of attorney documents will not be accepted. Students may attend school temporarily (30 days) with proof that guardians are completing the legal guardianship/custody process. The residency officer must be notified when legal status is obtained. If a divorce has been granted, the decree will state which parent has legal custody. If the decree awards joint custody, then the residence in which the child resides on a regular basis determines the legal residency of the child for school attendance. D. The Residency Officer will determine whether a student is a homeless child or youth for purposes of establishing residency and promptly advise the parent, guardian or person having legal custody of the child of the decision, both orally and in writing, if possible. If there is no such person, the Residency Officer will advise the student. The district will enroll each homeless student and permit his or her full participation in all school programs, whether or not the student is accompanied by a parent, guardian or person having custody of the child, and without proof of residence, current immunizations and traditional enrollment documentation, such as school records and medical/immunization records. The district’s homeless liaison may assist the student and school in obtaining those items. A parent, guardian or person having legal custody of the child who disagrees with the Residency Officer’s determination may appeal the decision to the Superintendent or designee under the procedure identified in paragraph D, item 4, under Procedure for Resolving Residency Disputes (below). If there is no parent, guardian or person having legal custody of the child available, the student may appeal the decision. E. Per SB 1951, children of military families will be afforded a timely enrollment process ensuring they are not placed at a disadvantage due to the deployment of a military parent. This removes barriers imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves.

All trips must be approved and arranged through building principals and the Transportation Department subject to bus availability and an adequate funding source. District-sponsored trips are intended to be extensions of the classroom and enhancements to the curriculum. Since funding is limited, field trips may be limited No trip will be approved by the principal which is not directly related to career education or the specific classroom subject. Trips should be limited to the time frame of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on school days. All trips are subject to the availability of funding, buses and drivers. Students may not leave the school without a permission slip signed by their parent/guardian. Non-district-funded trips by a chartered bus are not affected by budget constraints and bus availability. However, transportation arrangements must be approved by the principal or director.

Revised 11/8/10

CLASS PARTIES............................................................................................ 5300 All parties are scheduled and sponsored by the administration, teachers or parent group. Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade may have two parties each year: Winter and Valentine’s Day. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten have the option of two additional parties, those being Fall Fun and Spring Fun. Birthday parties are not allowed. School parties grades 6-12 must be held after school hours and approved in advance by the building principal. Revised 1/18/10

PARKING AND DRIVING REGULATIONS.................................................... 5400 A student who drives a vehicle to school must have it registered in the school office and purchase a school parking permit to display in a designated area on the vehicle. Parking permits can be obtained in the principal’s office. Each vehicle a student drives to school must have a parking permit unless temporary arrangements are made with the principal ahead of time to park the vehicle on the lot. Each student must have a valid driver’s license and evidence of insurance before a parking permit will be issued. Parking is a privilege, and any unsafe operation or violations may result in revocation of parking privileges. Revised 12/12/11

AFFIDAVIT OF PLACE OF RESIDENCE Parents who cannot provide the necessary information to verify their address because they are residing with a friend or relative on a temporary or permanent basis must complete an Affidavit of Place of Residence document. The affidavit 53


involvement, and otherwise keeping all communications involving the dispute intact. E. The Residency Officer of the district is the Senior Executive Director of Federal Programs. F. The Board of Education understands that there may be some instances where residency may be established on a date other than the date the student was enrolled in the district. For any period during which a student is enrolled in the district but is not a resident of the district, the district may charge tuition if it is established that the student’s parent/guardian or person having the care and legal custody of the child knew or should have known that the child or children who are the subject of the residency dispute were not residents of the district. The tuition shall be based on the per capita cost of educating a student in the district during the preceding year. This issue may be raised along with other issues related to the residency dispute and shall be heard in the same manner. G. The district shall provide for educational services for homeless children to the extent required by Public Law 100-77, Title VII, Subsection B. H. The district reserves the right to require reverification of student residency at any time. I. A copy of this policy shall be given to the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child as soon as possible following the inception of any residency dispute. J. Legal residents who move from the district during a school year shall be entitled to continue for the remainder of that school year only but will be responsible for their own transportation; no district transportation will be provided. The student must withdraw from Union Public Schools and enroll in a new district of residence for the next school year if legal residency in Union is not reestablished. K. False information regarding residency, falsification of documents, omission of reporting a move outside of the district, false statements regarding guardianship or custody, will result in immediate cancellation of enrollment in the district. L. In order to document permanent residency in the district, the district can require evidence that the previous address is completely vacated and all furniture, appliances, clothing, food, vehicles, etc., are moved from a previous address to the address within the district. M. It is the parent’s/guardian’s or person having legal custody’s responsibility to immediately inform the district enrollment center if the child’s legal address changes from the school’s district’s attendance area. N. A child will not be enrolled until all necessary documentation has been provided and verified. O. Parents who cannot provide the necessary information to verify their address because they are residing with a friend or relative on a temporary basis will be required to complete an affidavit of residence which must be notarized by personnel in the district’s enrollment center. The affidavit of residence, once verified by school officials, will allow the student to attend school for thirty (30) calendar days at which time the parent/legal guardian must provide additional verifiable documentation that a permanent residence has been established. Both the resident homeowner and the parent of the student are to present themselves in person to complete the affidavit. Each must provide a valid driver’s license or picture ID. The resident homeowner must provide two proofs of residence as required for all new students. The student’s parent will be expected to provide a final utility statement from their previous residence and documentation that the residence as been sold or that the lease has expired.

STUDENT RESIDENCY (Cont.).................................................................... 5450 is available from, and can be notarized at, the Enrollment Center. Both the homeowner/resident and the adult seeking to enroll the student must be present, and each must provide a valid driver’s license or photo ID. The homeowner/ resident must provide proof of residence acceptable to the Residency Officer. PROCEDURE FOR RESOLVING RESIDENCY DISPUTE A. The Union Public School District recognizes that there may be occasions when there is a dispute regarding residency. Upon enrollment in the school system, the district will verify that the student is a resident of the district or is otherwise entitled to attend school in the district for any reason authorized by law. As a part of this verification process, the district will obtain an address from each student or the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child. In providing an address to the district that is within the district’s boundaries, the student and the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child represent that this address is the student’s residence. The district may also require, in order to verify residency, certified copies of court orders, guardianship documents, written agreements, and affidavits relating to the care, custody and control of the student, and any other information deemed relevant by the district. B. If at any time an administrator of the district has a reasonable belief that the reported residence may not be the residence of the child for purposes of school attendance, the administrator will complete an investigation form. The Residency Officer shall notify the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child that there is a question regarding the legal residency of the student. The student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child shall be given an opportunity to submit information regarding the student’s residency to the district’s Residency Officer. All notices required by this policy shall be in writing. Additionally, reasonable alternative arrangements for documenting communications will be made for those persons who are visually impaired or otherwise unable to communicate in writing. C. Information or documentation to prove student residency in the district shall include, but not be limited to, proof of provisions of utilities (telephone and cable bills are not acceptable) in the name of the care provider for the address, payments of ad valorem taxes, local agreements or contracts for purchasing/leasing housing, income tax returns, notes, mortgages, contracts and any other source of proof which is not in conflict with statutory provisions relating to the residence of students. Two verifiable proofs of residency will be required at enrollment or at any time verification of residence is requested. D.

Address changes reported to schools must be sent immediately to the enrollment center for validation and official change in the student management system with two proofs of address as listed in section C. Any question or dispute as to the residence of a student shall be determined by the Residency Officer, and the Board of Education, pursuant to the following procedures: 1. The student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child must notify the Residency Officer in writing or by email of the review request within three (3) school days from the date of written denial of admittance or from the date of written notification that the student is considered not to be a resident of the district. Upon receipt of a request for review, the Residency Officer shall allow the parent/ guardian or person having legal custody to provide additional pertinent information in accordance with the district’s criteria and the statutory provisions regarding residency. This information must be submitted with the request for review. 2. The Residency Officer must render a decision and notify the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child of the decision and reasoning thereof in writing within five (5) school days of the receipt of the request for review. 3. In the event the student’s parent/guardian or person having legal custody of the child disagrees with the Residency Officer’s decision, such person shall notify the Residency Officer in writing within three (3) school days of his/her receipt of the Residency Officer’s decision. The Residency Officer will submit his/her findings and all documents reviewed to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee will review the decision and the documents submitted on behalf of the district and the student and will render a decision. If the parent disagrees with the Superintendent or designee’s decision, the findings will be submitted to the Board of Education at the next Board meeting. The decision of the Board of Education will be final. 4. In an effort to place students in school as quickly as possible, timelines shall be followed unless, due to emergency circumstances, both parties agree to an extension of timelines.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS A. Hearings involving more than one student where students are related or residing in the same household may, at the discretion of the Residency Officer and the Superintendent or designee, be consolidated. B. In the event the residency dispute involves an 18-year-old student, all notices will be delivered to the student because, at 18, the student ceases to be a minor. C. If already enrolled and attending school in the district, a student or students involved in a dispute related to the student’s residency may remain in school until available appeals are exhausted when the student or the student’s parent/guardian or person having the care and legal custody of the child has filed an appeal in the manner and within the time permitted by this policy. D. The Residency Officer shall be in charge of maintaining the files related to a residency dispute, ensuring that the principals or others directly involved in such a dispute forward their records of the dispute following their

Revised 12/8/14

STUDENT TRANSFER.................................................................................. 5500 A request for a transfer into the Union Public School District initiated by or on behalf of a nonresident student will be approved or refused in accordance with this policy. Criteria For Approval Or Denial Of Open Transfers: The fact that the district has adopted an open transfer policy does not mean that every transfer application will be accepted. A transfer will be denied if the administration determines the transfer would detract from the educational experience of currently enrolled students or place additional financial or space burdens upon the district. A transfer application will NOT be approved if this district does not: A. B.

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Provide the courses/educational program(s) in which the applicant desires to enroll or in which this district deems the student is required to enroll in order to comply with state and federal laws and regulations; Have adequate facilities to provide the courses/educational program(s) in which the applicant desires to enroll or in which this district deems the student is required to enroll in order to comply with state and federal laws and regulations; Have adequate space for the student in the courses/educational program(s) in which the applicant desires to enroll or in which the district deems the student is required to enroll in order to comply with state and federal laws and regulations. The administration may reserve preferred space for resident students or new resident students reasonably anticipated to move into the district during the school year. Thus, the district may deny a transfer if approval would result in: 1. Placing a financial or education burden on district facilities or staff in the courses/educational programs the student would attend; 2. Exceeding class size limitations set by state law or district guidelines in such courses; or, 3. Exceeding a percentage of such class size limitations as set by the Superintendent or designee. The administration may determine that a percentage of class size mandates should be reserved for later resident


aptitude, or athletic ability. Failure to meet the criteria in this policy for approval will not be deemed to be rejection for a discriminatory reason.

STUDENT TRANSFER (Cont.)...................................................................... 5500 enrollment to prevent the exceeding of class size limits later in the school year due to additional enrollment of reasonably anticipated new resident students. D. Have current personnel needed to provide the grade/ courses/ programs in which the applicant desires to enroll.

Students With Disabilities: If a student with a disability applies for a transfer, the student must supply all documentation of the resident district relating to the student’s previous and current IEPs so that this district may:

A transfer will NOT be approved if the student: E. Has a disciplinary record which provides a reasonable basis to determine the applicant would present a discipline problem if enrolled. Such a reasonable basis will exist if school discipline or court records of the student, from any public or private school within or without the State of Oklahoma or any court within or without the State of Oklahoma, show the student at any time: 1. Has violated school regulations; 2. Has committed an act commonly regarded as being immoral; 3. Has been adjudicated as a delinquent for an offense that is not a violent offense under relevant Oklahoma law; 4. Has been adjudicated as a delinquent for an offense that is a violent offense under relevant Oklahoma law; 5. Has been convicted as an adult for an offense defined in relevant Oklahoma law as an exception to a nonviolent offense; 6. Has been convicted as an adult for an offense defined in relevant Oklahoma law as a violent offense; 7. Has committed on school property, in school transportation, or at a school event a violent act or an act showing deliberate or reckless disregard for the health or safety of faculty or others; 8. Has possessed on school property, in school transportation, or at a school event an alcoholic beverage, low-point beer as defined by relevant Oklahoma law, a wireless telecommunication device, or missing or stolen property found to have been taken from a student, school employee, or the school during school activities; or, 9. Has possessed on school property, while in school transportation, or at a school event a dangerous weapon or a controlled dangerous substance as defined by relevant Oklahoma law.

A. B.

C.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this policy, students with disabilities may be educated in this district pursuant to special education cooperative agreements between this district and other school districts. Such transfers will not be deemed to be parent- or student-initiated transfer applications governed by this policy. Students of Deployed Parents: A student may apply for a transfer if he/she is the dependent child of a member of the active uniformed military services of the United States on full-time active duty status and for whom Oklahoma is the home of record, and students who are the dependent children of a member of the military reserve on active duty orders and for whom Oklahoma is the home of record. A. B.

A transfer will NOT be approved if the applicant: F. Fails to complete the Application Form, provide the district with sufficient educational records, or inform the district in detail of the grades/courses/ programs in which the student desires to enroll or participate if the application is accepted so that the criteria above can be applied within the time deadlines set by law for the approval or rejection of a transfer. All such records must be supplied to the district in time for district personnel to make a reasonable review of such records in applying the approval/denial criteria set by this policy. This is particularly important for students with disabilities because all documentation of the resident district will need to be reviewed to make a preliminary determination as to whether the district has the appropriate programs, staff, and services to provide the applicant with the education and services set forth in the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and, if a preliminary approval determination is made, to prepare for and conduct a joint IEP conference with the resident district prior to any final approval or rejection of the transfer application. All applicants must consent in writing to the release of educational records from previous schools attended, and applicants for students with disabilities must consent in writing to forward to this district whatever confidential records this district deems is necessary to review in applying the approval/denial criteria of this policy. The Superintendent or designee has authority to amend the Application Form by regulation to include additional information needed to review an application request. G. Fails to timely submit a completed application; or, H. Provides incorrect information on the application request.

C.

At least one parent has a Department of Defense-issued identification card. At least one parent can provide evidence that he/she will be on active duty status or active duty orders, meaning the parent will be temporarily transferred in compliance with official orders to another location in support of combat, contingency operation, or a natural disaster requiring the use of orders for more than thirty (30) consecutive days. The student will be residing with a relative of the student who lives in the receiving school district or who will be living in the receiving school district within six (6) months of the filing of the application for transfer.

Time Deadlines For Open Transfers: An application for an open transfer must be submitted on a form approved by the State Board of Education, completed by the parent or person having custody of the student, and filed with the Superintendent or designee not later than the first Monday in June of the school year preceding the school year in which the transfer is requested. On or before the first Monday in June of the school year preceding the school year in which the transfer is requested, the district will notify all resident school districts that an application for the transfer has been filed by a student enrolled in the resident school district. The district shall approve or deny the application not later than June 1 of the same year in which the application is submitted, and by June 1 shall notify the parent(s) of the decision. By August 1 of the same year, the parent of the student shall notify the receiving school district that the student will be enrolling. Failure of parent to notify the receiving district as required may result in loss of the student’s right to enroll in the district for that year. On or before August 1, it shall be the duty of the Superintendent or designee of the receiving school district to file with the State Board of Education and each resident district, a “Statement of Open Transfers” showing the name(s) of the student(s) granted a transfer to their school district, the student’s resident district and their respective grade levels. The receiving school district of a student transferred pursuant to the provisions of this act shall notify the resident school district and parents of the student of a cancellation of the transfer. Such notice shall be made by June 1 prior to the school year for which the cancellation is applicable.

Students who reside outside the district and attend Union Public Schools on an authorized transfer are eligible for district transportation as space is available which includes service from existing stops within the district.

Athletic And Other Competition: A transfer student, other than a student granted an emergency transfer, will not be eligible to participate in school-related interscholastic competition governed by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (“Association”) for a period of one year from the first day of attendance at this district, unless the transfer is from a school district not offering the grade the student is entitled to pursue. Whether a student granted a transfer will be eligible to participate in school-related interscholastic competition shall be determined by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) and school residency determined by the district Residency Officer.

Union Public Schools will not accept tuition fees for the purpose of attending school other than those required by law, special tuition-based programs, and cooperative programs for exceptional children. Delegation Of Approval Authority To Superintendent Or Designee: The Board of Education delegates to the Superintendent or designee the authority to approve or deny a transfer application pursuant to the criteria listed in this policy or to cancel a transfer during the school year for violation of any items listed in E. Priority for transfers first will be given to applications for the enrollment of nonresident students who are children of full-time district employees or Union Schools Education Foundation employees. Students who reside in the subdivision Cedar Ridge East, also known as The Trails at Cedar Ridge, or Berwick and whose home resides on land claimed by Union Public Schools and another district may be granted a transfer into Union Public Schools.

Emergency Transfers: Students may be granted a transfer on an emergency basis. The parent or person with custody must submit a completed application on a form approved by the State Board of Education. On an adequate showing of an emergency, the Superintendent or designee may approve a transfer, subject to approval of the State Board of Education. An emergency shall include proof provided by the parent of:

Time Of Receipt Of Applications Determines Order Of Review: Transfer requests will be numbered, dated, and time-stamped as received, and the district shall consider requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Any currently enrolled district student for whom an open transfer has been approved in the past and any sibling of such student will be given priority if an application is filed before April 1, and the first-come, first-served list will be compiled only after such current students and their siblings have been placed on the list. Nondiscrimination: The district shall not accept or deny an open transfer application based upon the student’s ethnicity, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, income level, disabling condition, proficiency in the English language, measure of achievement,

Determine whether the district currently has appropriate programs, staff, services and placement needed to fulfill the current or anticipated IEP of the student; and, If a preliminary determination is made that the district has the appropriate programs, staff, services and placement needed to fulfill the current IEP of the student if the transfer application is approved, conduct the statutorily-required joint IEP conference with the district of residence before a final determination of approval or denial is made. If an IEP student has been accepted into the district on a transfer of any kind for three consecutive years, the transfer will be automatically renewed each year.

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The inability of the resident district to provide an education to the transfer applicant due to the destruction or partial destruction of a school building attended by the student; The inability of the resident district to offer the subject the pupil desires to pursue, provided the pupil became a legal resident of the school district after February 1 of the school year immediately prior to the school year for which the pupil is seeking the transfer; A catastrophic medical problem of the student, which means an acute or chronic serious illness, disease, disorder or injury which has a permanent


48 hours of the student’s notice of the decision. Student appeal requests to the Superintendent or designee must be made in writing. Failure to appeal a decision imposing a prohibition term in a timely manner waives all rights to further challenge such decision.

STUDENT TRANSFER (Cont.)...................................................................... 5500 detrimental effect on the body’s system or makes the risk of harm unusually hazardous, such that removal from the resident district is medically needed; D. The total failure of the resident district to provide transportation to and from school; or, E. The concurrence of both the resident school district and this receiving district, and the signature of the sending (resident) school district Superintendent or designee is required.

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I.

If upon receipt of official records from the sending school, the Union Public School District discovers the student has been suspended and has failed to report this information when he/she enrolled, the district may require the student to complete the terms of the suspension that occurred at the sending school.

With the concurrence of the resident school, a student classified as a junior or senior may receive a transfer provided said student was legally enrolled as a sophomore or junior by September 15 in the Union Public Schools and has not broken tenure with the district during that school year. A senior is defined as a student who has attained a minimum of 16 units of credit by the beginning of the school year, and a junior is defined as a student who has attained a minimum of 10 units of credit or six core credits and is enrolled in a course of study which would complete requirements for graduation. The unavailability of a specialized deaf education program for a student who is deaf or hearing impaired. Special needs student services not offered. Unavailability of remote on-site or Internet-based instruction by course title in the district of residence for a student identified as in need of dropout recovery or alternative education services, provided such student was enrolled at any time in a public school in this state during the previous three (3) years When a student has been the victim of harassment, intimidation, and bullying as defined by law, upon verification by the receiving school district that the student has been the victim of harassment, intimidation, or bullying and the sending school district was notified of the incident or incidents prior to the filing of the application for transfer.

On appeal, the Superintendent or designee will consider: A. Whether the student is under suspension from another school district or reassigned to alternative placement from another school district. B. The reason for the suspension. C. Whether the length of the suspension and any conditions imposed pursuant to the suspension are consistent with the Union Public School District’s suspension policy for the same or similar offenses.

A student will be eligible to attend classes and participate in school activities following the expiration of the prohibition term. Revised 1/18/10

Applications for approval of a transfer will not be considered unless the parent has signed the Consent to Cancellation of Transfer Form which will cancel the transfer if the conditions stated in the form occur. This district shall have complete discretion as to whether to approve or not to approve an emergency transfer which is based upon prior approval of the resident district.

DISTRIBUTION OF FLYERS, BROCHURES, POSTERS/SIGNS, AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS BY SECONDARY STUDENTS..................... 5502 Judicial decisions hold that secondary students have a constitutional right to distribute materials in school facilities, subject to reasonable regulation by school authorities of the time, place, and manner of distribution and subject to certain restrictions concerning the content of the material.

Approval Of A Transfer Requires Agreement For Cancellation Of Transfer: Approval by this district of any transfer is contingent upon the applicant agreeing in writing to cancellation of this transfer by the district during the school year if the student does not comply with the rules and regulations of this district for student behavior. The Board of Education hereby delegates to the Superintendent or designee the authority to cancel any transfer previously granted by the Board of Education upon a determination that cancellation is appropriate.

The purpose of this policy is to provide for the exercise of this right by Union students in grades 6-12, and at the same time to inform them of the conditions which the Board of Education deems essential to prevent interference with the mission of the district to provide educational services for all district students. A.

Students Seeking A Transfer From A Non-Accredited School Or A Home School Only Will Be Granted Provisional Approval Pending Review Of Test Results And Application Of Policy Criteria To The Placement Deemed Appropriate: Students currently enrolled in a private school not accredited by a state agency or in a home school are not guaranteed enrollment in the grade/programs/courses in which the applicant desires to enroll. Students desiring to transfer from private schools not accredited by a state agency or from a home school will be required to take all placement tests required of resident students enrolling in the district after attendance in private schools not accredited by a state agency or home schools, and the administration will decide the appropriate placement primarily upon placement test results as per district policy. Accordingly, students applying for a transfer from such schools will be granted a provisional transfer until: (a.) test results are reviewed to determine the appropriate grade/courses/programs for the applicant and (b.) the criteria of this policy is then applied to determine if the applicant is eligible for transfer approval.

B.

C.

Acceptance Of Assignment Required; Subsequent Change Needs Administrative Approval: Because approval of transfers is based upon criteria of sufficient programs, staffing, and space needs for the particular applicant, a transfer student must accept the school site, courses, and programs to which the student is assigned by the administration. A TRANSFER STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT THE TIME OF, OR AFTER, ENROLLMENT TO CHANGE THE GRADE/COURSES/ PROGRAMS IN WHICH THE STUDENT STATED HE OR SHE DESIRED TO ENROLL ON THE TRANSFER APPLICATION WITHOUT SPECIFIC WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OR DESIGNEE. It will be the responsibility of the transfer student or parent to inform the school official from whom approval for a new assignment is requested that the student is a transfer student, and failure to do so will result in cancellation of the transfer unless excused by the Superintendent or designee.

D.

Revised 12/8/14

STUDENTS ENTERING FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT................ 5501 The Board of Education of the Union Public School District, in the interest of maintaining a suitable educational environment, student discipline and the safety and well-being of all students and employees, adopts the following policy prohibiting the attendance of or the approval of a transfer of any student who has been moved to an alternative placement due to attendance or discipline issues.

The Union Public School District may prohibit any student who is under suspension from another school district (public or private) at the time he/she enrolls in the Union Public School District from attending classes or participating in school activities (hereafter the “prohibition term”) within the district. This prohibition includes students who establish or attempt to establish a bona fide residency within the district either before or after their suspension from another school district. Any student subjected to a prohibition term pursuant to this policy may appeal that decision to the Superintendent or designee by requesting such an appeal within

If the answers to A and C are in the affirmative, the prohibition term will be upheld. If the student is found not to be under suspension or reassigned to alternative placement from another school district, the student will be immediately eligible to attend classes and to participate in school activities. If the suspension or reassignment to alternative placement imposed upon the student is found to be inconsistent with the district’s student suspension policy or practices for similar offenses, then the Superintendent or designee may consider modifications to the prohibition term in order to make the prohibition term consistent with the district’s suspension policy or practices.

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Time and place of distribution: Students may distribute materials at any entrance or exit to a school building for a period not to exceed 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the earliest class and not to exceed 30 minutes after the end of the last instructional class. Students may distribute materials at an entrance or exit to a school cafeteria when lunch is being served in the cafeteria. Students may distribute materials before and after regular school hours at the entrances and exits to school gymnasiums, school stadiums, school auditoriums, or other school facilities when those facilities are being used. Students will not distribute materials in schools or on school grounds or facilities except as stated above. Manner of distribution: Students shall not distribute materials in a manner which disrupts a school activity or which impedes the flow of traffic within hallways or entranceways to the school. No person will be compelled to accept any material. A person who declines to accept material must not be threatened, treated with disrespect (verbally or by gesture), or impeded in any manner. Clean-up: Students who distribute materials will be responsible for removing discarded and leftover materials from the school facility and grounds before they leave the school premises. Content: The distribution of material shall not be restricted or denied solely because of the political, religious, or philosophical content of the material. However, students must realize that rights go hand-in-hand with responsibilities and that students have a responsibility to refrain from the distribution of material which is: 1. Obscene to minors, e.g., material which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors and, which an average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find appeals to an obsessive interest in sex by minors to whom distribution is directed. 2. Libelous, e.g., material which is a false and unprivileged statement about a specific individual and tends to be harmful to the individual’s reputation. 3. Vulgar, lewd, or indecent, e.g., material which an average person would deem improper for presentation to minors because of sexual connotations or profane language. 4. A display or promotion of unlawful products or services, e.g., material which advertises or advocates the use of products or services prohibited by law to minors. 5. Group defamation, e.g., material which disparages a group or a member of a group on the basis of race, religious affiliation, ethnic or national origin, gender identity or preference, or handicapping condition. This includes racial and religious epithets, “slurs,” insults, and abuse. 6. Disruptive of school operations, e.g., material which, on the basis of past experience or based on specific instances of actual or threatened disruptions, is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of school activities or school discipline.


or services may request mediation, as defined in Parents Rights in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards.

DISTRIBUTION OF FLYERS, BROCHURES, POSTERS/SIGNS, AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS BY SECONDARY STUDENTS (Cont.)......... 5502 Students are asked to submit materials to the building principal in advance of distribution. If the building principal concludes that the submitted material falls within one or more of the categories of prohibited materials described above, the principal shall notify the students, in writing, within 24 hours (excluding non-school days). Students may elect to distribute material disapproved by the principal, but students should understand that such distribution may subject them to disciplinary action as provided herein, and that the principal may elect to take action to halt distribution of the material. Principals should consult with the Senior Executive Director of Communications and/or their immediate supervisor. E. Violation of policy: Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension. Rights to future distribution may be denied. F. Definitions as used in this policy: 1. Distribution: The circulation of material by distributing copies, selling or offering copies for sale, and accepting donations for copies. 2. Material: Includes but is not limited to leaflets, magazines, books, brochures, flyers, petitions, newspapers, buttons, badges, or other insignia. 3. Minors: Persons under the age of 18. G. If a student is suspended for violation of this policy or if distribution of the material is halted by a principal, the student may appeal the decision in accordance with district student suspension procedures. H. Miscellaneous: This policy does not apply to official school publications such as yearbooks or student newspapers published as a part of the school curricula. All schools within the district shall provide a notice to students and parents stating that by permitting the on-campus distribution of materials by students under this policy, the school, the district, and the Board of Education are not approving any material distributed by students or endorsing, supporting, or advocating the content of the material.

Revised 1/13/03

CREDIT BY EXAM (CBE) AND PROFICIENCY-BASED PROMOTION...... 5505 Credit by Exam (CBE), and Proficiency-Based Promotion (PBP), provides the opportunity for students to move forward in their educational endeavors by subject, course, and/or grade level based upon mastery of the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), not upon time spent in classes, completion of assignments, or prerequisites. Parental involvement is integral in the CBE process as is consideration of the student’s social, emotional, and intellectual needs. CBE is intended to serve those unique students enrolled in Union Public Schools whose needs cannot be met by following a traditional timetable and sequence but who require promotion beyond current placement. Students who request CBE will complete an application process and take a criterion-referenced test to measure the skills and knowledge relevant to each core course or subject. Applicants may also be required to complete a performance component. Upon successful completion of all components, and after appropriate consultation with parents, students may be promoted and will receive appropriate credit. Credit earned in high-school-level courses will count toward meeting graduation requirements and a grade of ‘A’ will be assigned. However, the grade will not be included in calculating the student’s GPA. No record of unsuccessful attempts will be maintained in the student’s permanent school records. Options for accommodating student needs for advancement after having demonstrated proficiency may include, but are not limited to, the following: individualized instruction, correspondence courses, independent study, concurrent enrollment, cross-grade grouping, or grade/course advancement. The district does not assume financial responsibility for these options. As with other promotion/retention issues, a parent may request a promotion against the recommendation of the school. At this point, school personnel may promote the child or re-affirm their position. The parent has the right of appeal to the Board of Education, whose decision is final.

Revised 1/18/10

In accordance with state statutes, Credit by Exam assessments are offered twice per year, prior to the beginning of the school year to affect upcoming grade placement and at the end of the school year to affect the following year’s grade placement. Dates for CBE assessments are published in the district’s Communicator. Students requesting CBE assessments must complete the application process and take the criterion-referenced test(s) within one of the two assessment periods per year designated by the district.

GIFTED/TALENTED EDUCATION................................................................ 5503 In accordance with requirements of state statutes, the Union Public School District provides a qualitatively differentiated program with an emphasis on individual learning styles and special abilities. The program features activities designed to advance the understanding of district curriculum, creative expression and critical thinking and to enhance the lifelong learning process. The district’s comprehensive plan for gifted/talented education is described in the Union Public Schools District Plan for Gifted/Talented Education, which is approved by the Board of Education and is on file at the Education Service Center and posted on the district’s website.

Revised 12/9/13

ADMISSION OF PART-TIME STUDENTS.................................................... 5506 It is the policy of the Union Public School District that all students enrolling in the district must do so on a full-time basis. Full-time basis is defined as attending classes each day of the week for the full instructional day within the public school system or in conjunction with another state-accredited institution such as a vocational-technical school or concurrently enrolled in a college or university. The only exceptions to this policy shall be students who meet the requirements of homebound or homebased education or students with disabilities whose Individual Education Plans require alternative class schedules.

Revised 1/16/06

EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR/ SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES............................................................... 5504 Extended School Year (ESY) services may be defined as special education and/or related services which are provided to eligible children (aged 3-21) with disabilities beyond the traditional school year, as necessary for a free appropriate public education (FAPE), in accordance with state standards and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended by Public Law 105-17.

Revised 1/8/01

GUIDELINES: A. ESY shall be developed and documented through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. B. Students qualifying for ESY services shall be provided an appropriate program at no cost to the parents. C. Eligibility for ESY shall be made on an individual basis, not a student’s categorical label. D. All special education students are eligible for consideration for ESY.

CREDIT/PLACEMENT FOR NON-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS................. 5507 Secondary students enrolling in Union Public Schools from a non-accredited program will be required to perform satisfactorily on criterion-referenced test(s) as set by the district to enroll in a grade or to receive credit for courses. Elementary students enrolling in Union Public Schools from home school will be required to perform satisfactorily on an assessment as set by the district to determine appropriate grade placement.

ELIGIBILITY FACTORS: A. Degree of disability; B. Degree of regression suffered; C. Recovery time from this regression; D. Ability of parents to provide educational structure at home; E. Child’s rate of progress; F. Child’s behavioral problems; G. Child’s physical problems; H. Availability of alternative resources; I. Ability of the child to interact with non-disabled children; J. Area(s) in curriculum which need continuous attention; K. Child’s vocational needs; L. Whether the requested service is extraordinary for the child’s disability, as opposed to an integral part of a program for those with the child’s disability; M. Other relevant factors as determined by the IEP team.

Students entering Union Public Schools who previously attended a school not accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and who desire credit and/or placement in the district will need to be tested and meet district requirements. Adopted 12/13/99

INTERNET-BASED INSTRUCTION.............................................................. 5508 Internet-based instructional courses provide flexibility not available with traditional classroom methods. Students may benefit from being able to proceed through course work at an individual pace and by having access to information and course materials at convenient times and places. Consistent with sound educational principles, it is the intention of the Board of Education to make full use of the Internet for the delivery of educational materials. Internet-based instructional courses approved by the Board of Education for use in the district are not viewed as a substitute for direct, face-to-face student and teacher interactions, but as a means of expanding course offerings, access to instructional resources, and the ability of the district to bring the world of knowledge to its students.

PROCEDURES; A. When the IEP team undertakes a determination of eligibility for ESY services, it shall collect and analyze all pertinent data regarding the student’s physical and/or mental impairment, educational history and present educational functioning. B. Eligibility for ESY services shall be determined on an individual basis by the IEP team. C. When an IEP team determines that a special education student qualifies for ESY services in order to receive FAPE, the IEP team shall specify the instructional goals and services to be provided through ESY services. Parents shall receive prior written notice of ESY eligibility and services. D. Parents of a special education student who disagree with ESY eligibility and/

GUIDELINES A. Only students who are enrolled full-time in Union Public Schools shall be allowed to enroll in an Internet-based course for credit. Course fees and equipment may be the responsibility of the student/parent. B. Students must make application to enroll in Internet-based courses through their school counselor or by applying through Union’s Virtual Learning Academy. Students will be provided with an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) to ensure they stay on pace with the course in which they are enrolled. C. The principal or designee shall evaluate and approve/disapprove all students’ 57


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INTERNET-BASED INSTRUCTION (Cont.).................................................. 5508 requests to enroll in courses delivered by means of Internet-based instruction. Only those pre-approved enrollments shall be eligible for credit granted by the district. D. Students earning credit by means of Internet-based instruction shall participate in all assessments required by the Oklahoma School Testing Program. No student shall be allowed to participate in these assessments at a place other than the school site at which the student is enrolled. E. Exams relevant to the Internet-based course must be proctored by the certified staff member assigned as the contact person. F. Students will receive a maximum of a 4.0 grade point for Advanced Courses, including Advanced Placement Courses. No weighted grades can be earned. Only students classified as grades 9-12 are eligible and may only take two Internet-based courses at a time unless there is a scheduling conflict or permission has been granted by the principal. G. Courses offered for credit by means of Internet-based instruction shall be aligned with the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS). H. To qualify for credit, Internet-based courses must be accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI) or the Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation (CITA). I. Instructors of Internet-based courses must be: (a) certified in Oklahoma, or (b) if the course originates out of state, must be certified in the state of origin to teach in the content area of the course offered, or (c) must be a faculty member at an accredited institution of higher education, possessing the specific content expertise necessary to teach the course. Instructors of two-way interactive video and web-based courses shall be provided inservice training pertaining to the methodology of instructional delivery and the technical aspects of distance learning.

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Adopted 12/10/07

SUICIDE/CRISIS INTERVENTION PLAN..................................................... 5520 Oklahoma Mental Health Laws require school personnel to notify parents/guardians of incidences of suicidal intent of a child. Union Public Schools supports this legislation and has identified the following reporting procedures to ensure the safety of children and to maintain compliance. These procedures are supplemental to the district’s Emergency Procedures Manual and specify the required documentation. Each school site will identify a Crisis Intervention Team. A.

Revised 8/8/11

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TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT................................................................. 5509 The Board of Education believes that positive parental involvement is essential to student achievement, and thus encourages such involvement in school educational planning and operations.

Union Public Schools agrees to implement the following statutory requirements: A. The district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with Section 118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children. B. Consistent with Section 118, the district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of Section 118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with Section 1118(d) of the ESEA. C. The district will incorporate this districtwide parental involvement policy into its Local Education Agency (LEA) plan developed under Section 112 of the ESEA. D. In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the district and its sites will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand. E. If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the district submits the plan to the State Department of Education. F. The district will involve the parents of children serviced in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the one percent (1%) of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement are spent and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools. G. The district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition and other activities described in Section 1118 of the ESEA.

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MATERIALS SELECTION ............................................................................ 5550 Materials selected for the Union Public School District will implement, enrich, and support the educational program of the school. This policy will govern the selection criteria and procedures for textbooks and resource materials. RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION The Board of Education is legally responsible for the selection of materials. The authority to select is delegated to the professional personnel in the district. A. Textbooks: 1. The Superintendent shall appoint an official local textbook committee consisting of not fewer than three, nor more than nine, members. Each committee shall have at least one lay member, with the remainder of the members being teachers employed in the district, a majority of whom shall be classroom teachers. The Superintendent or designee, who shall be a principal or curriculum specialist, shall serve as chairman of such local textbook committee. 2. Those texts used uniformly throughout the district are referred to as system-adopted texts and are selected for the subject areas by consensus of the teachers of those subjects. The majority are selected from the list approved by the State Board of Education. B. Resource materials: 1. Materials for the library resource centers are selected by the library media specialists with the cooperation of faculty, administration, parents, and students. 2. Such selections are subject to approval by the building principal and the appropriate administrative officials prior to order and placement in the library media centers. 3. Other resources will be selected by the instructional staff in accordance with curriculum objectives.

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring: 1. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning. 2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school. 3. That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS.............................................................. 5510 Foreign exchange programs are a source of enrichment for local families, the participating students and Union Public Schools. Union High School welcomes these participants every year and desires for them to have a successful and meaningful year of learning the culture and language. The following admission policies apply to all foreign exchange students seeking to enroll in Union Public Schools: No more than (8) eight students from foreign exchange programs will be enrolled in Union Public Schools during a school year.

Any school personnel who has reason to believe, by direct or indirect knowledge, that a student is at-risk for suicide must immediately refer the student to the school counselor for intervention. The counselor may elicit assistance from another member of the building crisis intervention team to complete the suicide assessment scale. After the team has conferred and made their judgment on the lethality of the situation, the counselor must notify the parent/guardian. 1. If the situation is judged to be of moderate or high lethality, the student may not leave the school grounds until a conference is held with the parent/guardian. 2. The parents will be apprised of the seriousness of the situation and be referred for a free assessment to a mental health provider. 3. The parents will be requested to sign a statement that they have been notified of the situation and of the school’s recommendations. In serious cases, if the parent refuses to seek an emergency evaluation, the school shall contact the police to escort the student to the Youth Shelter for an emergency assessment and notify the Department of Human Services of parent neglect. If the parent seeks an emergency assessment from one of the mental health providers, the agency will return to the school a document confirming their assessment and recommendations. When necessary, the school counselor and crisis team will provide followup monitoring by assigning a Student Support Team and have the student complete the No Suicide Contract.

Revised 12/8/03

Revised 12/12/11

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No Union High School diplomas will be awarded to foreign exchange program students since state requirements encompass a four-year educational program. Student must be in excellent academic standings and be classified as a senior, or completing his/her last year of high school. Student must have adequate English skills to handle all academic work at the high school level without special assistance. Only those students who have J-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (J) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, which hold the sponsoring organization responsible will be considered for enrollment. In addition, all health, academic and discipline records must be valid, up to date and in good standing. The application to request enrollment into Union Public Schools as a foreign exchange student must be completed by June 1 and submitted to the Union High School principal. Applications are available on the district website.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION A. Principles of selection are: 1. To provide materials which are of interest and have learning value. 2. To provide materials which realistically represent our pluralistic society and reflect the contributions made to our American heritage by these groups. 3. To provide instructional resource materials for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all students the school serves. Various points of view on current and historical issues should be included in district 58


resources will enhance students’ research capabilities, increase faculty and staff productivity and result in better communication between the district and its patrons.

MATERIALS SELECTION ............................................................................ 5550 collections without regard to the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. 4. Personal opinion and bias will not enter into the selection process. B. Factors considered in selection are: 1. Appropriateness for the maturity level of the student. 2. Accordance with system curriculum goals. 3. Appearance of the title in standard review tools and the state textbook list. 4. Overall purpose of the materials. 5. Reputation of the author or publisher. 6. Accuracy of material. 7. Readability and reader appeal. 8. Quality of writing and illustrations. 9. Fairness of ethnic and gender role representation. 10. Format and price. C. Procedures in specific areas: 1. Gifts: Gift materials may be accepted with the understanding that these materials must meet the same selection criteria as materials purchased with district funds and that the school will use the gift materials in accordance with the decisions of the appropriate personnel. Gift materials, once accepted, become the property of Union Public Schools. 2. Periodicals: Periodicals are purchased because of their overall reputation and are not rejected because of an occasional article which may be offensive. Subscriptions are reviewed annually and are subject to the selection process each year. 3. Non-print: All non-print materials (e.g., films, filmstrips, recordings, compact discs, computer programs, graphics, and video tapes) will be subject to the same criteria as print material prior to purchase or use.

The Internet has often been described as the information super-highway. It consists of a network of servers connecting thousands of computers worldwide, permitting access and communication with millions of individual users. Through the Internet, the district has the ability to provide students, faculty and staff access to: A. Electronic mail (e-mail) providing communication with people throughout the world. B. Information and news, including the opportunity to correspond with scientists at research institutions in the public and private sector. C. News groups, or discussion groups, covering a wide range of topics appropriate to the educational purposes of the district. D. Access to university libraries, the Library of Congress and other repositories of information. E. World Wide Web access to information containing text, graphics and photographs, as well as sound, on literally millions of topics. With access to such vast storehouses of information and instant communication with millions of people from all over the world, material will be available that may not be considered to be of educational value by the district or which is inappropriate for distribution to children. The district will take available precautions to restrict access to inappropriate material. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious user may obtain access to inappropriate information or material. The district firmly believes that the value of the information and interaction available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that students and employees may procure material which is not consistent with our educational goals. Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, regional and state networks. The smooth operation of these networks relies upon the proper conduct of the end users and the users’ adherence to generally accepted guidelines. The guidelines provided in this policy are designed to promote the efficient, ethical and legal utilization of network resources. If a district user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could be denied. Students’ use of the district’s system will also be governed by a student code of conduct.

RECONSIDERATION PROCEDURES A. Students or parents have the right to object to the use of materials which seem incompatible with their values and beliefs. The person requesting the review may register the objection in writing on a Request for Reconsideration form. This form may be obtained from any Union Public School office. B. No administrator, library media specialist, or teacher may withdraw an item without referring it to the Review Committee which determines whether the material should be withdrawn from any or all schools. C. The reconsideration procedures shall be as follows: 1. The Request for Reconsideration form will be submitted to the principal, who will review the request and schedule a conference to discuss the matter with the student or parent. The principal may choose to invite a teacher or the library media specialist to contribute to this discussion. 2. If the complaint is not resolved during the conference, the matter will be referred to a district-level Review Committee, which shall be appointed by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent shall also appoint a chairperson who will be responsible for all procedures. The committee shall be composed of the following: a. Two parents or patrons of the district. b. Two appropriate-level library media specialists. c. Two appropriate-level teachers. d. An administrator from the Teaching and Learning Department. e. Two appropriate-level students (if secondary: 6-12 grades). f. Complainant (who shall be non-voting). The committee shall be persons not involved in the earlier conference. 3. The Review Committee will take the following steps as preparation for the review meeting. a. Read, view, or listen to the material in its entirety. b. Check general acceptance of the material by reading reviews and consulting recommended lists. c. Determine the extent to which the material supports the curriculum, obtaining documentation from the teacher or library media specialist who selected the materials in question. d. Complete the appropriate Checklist for School Media Advisory Committee’s Reconsideration of Instructional Material, judging the material for its strengths and value as a whole and not in part. 4. During the meeting, the complainant will have the opportunity to present views or may present views in writing. a. The committee will discuss concerns as a group and vote by secret ballot. The decision will be reached by simple majority. b. The complainant will receive notification of the committee’s decision in writing. 5. The decision of the committee will be given to the appropriate director who will see that the implementation of the decision takes place. Documentation associated with this meeting will be on file at the Education Service Center. 6. A written appeal of the decision of the committee may be made within ten working days to the Board of Education through the Superintendent. The final decision rests with the Board of Education. 7. Material which has undergone a challenge may not be rechallenged for the same objection until one calendar year after the recommendation of the Review Committee has been made. Revised 12/8/14

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE.................................................................... 1601 Union Public Schools provides its students and employees with access to the district’s computer network system, including Internet access, in an effort to expand the informational and communication resources in furtherance of the district’s goal of promoting educational excellence. It is hoped that the expanded use of these

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INTERNET ACCESS - TERMS AND CONDITION A. Acceptable Use - The use of the district system, whether by students, faculty or staff, must be in support of education and consistent with the educational objectives of the district. The use of any other organizations’ network or computing resources must comply with the rules and regulations appropriate for that network. The transmission or receipt of any material in violation of any United States or state law or regulation and the transmission or receipt of any material inconsistent with the education objectives of the district is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material; threatening, indecent, lewd or obscene material; or material protected by trade secret. Use of the district system for personal commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. B. Privilege of Use - The district system and its Internet access is a privilege afforded to students, staff and employees of the district. Use of these resources is not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Inappropriate use is any use prohibited by the terms of this policy or use determined by the district’s system administrators to be inappropriate under particular facts and circumstances. C. Internet Filtering 1. The district implements various technologies that block and filter Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors. The district defines “harmful to minors” as any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that appeals to a prurient interest in nudity or sex or, taken as a whole, lacks serious literacy, artistic, political or scientific value as to minors. 2. As no Internet filter can ensure all inappropriate sites are blocked, the district implements various technologies to block websites categorized as adult, pornographic, promoting illegal activities, hate, gambling, weapons, violence, and other categories determined to negatively impact the classroom. 3. All Internet activity may be tracked, monitored, and recorded by the unique individual user name. D. Inappropriate Use - Each system user is expected to comply with all district policies governing Internet access and to abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These general rules include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Appropriate language - Do not use abusive language in messages to others. Be polite. Do not use obscene, indecent, lewd or profane language, vulgarities, rude or disrespectful language. Do not engage in personal attacks or activities intended to harass or threaten another user. 2. Safety - Do not reveal personal contact information about yourself or any other person. This information includes telephone numbers and addresses. Users will promptly disclose to the teacher or district administrator any message they consider to be inappropriate or which makes them feel uncomfortable. 3. Electronic mail - Users should be aware that electronic mail (e-mail) may not be assumed to be a private communication. The district and system administrators do have access to e-mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities. System users should not post any message which is intended to be private. 4. Network resources - System users should not use the network in a way that will disrupt the use of the network by other users. The network


INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE (Cont.)........................................................ 1601 should be used for educational, professional and career development activities only. System users should refrain from downloading large files, unless absolutely necessary to conduct district business. 5. Intellectual property - Do not plagiarize works obtained from the Internet. Users must respect the rights of copyright owners and comply with all limitations imposed upon use of copyrighted material. 6. Unique Login credentials - Do not share login information with anyone. E. Limitation of Liability - The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the services provided and will not be responsible for any damages which users may suffer through use of the district system or the Internet, including, but not limited to, the loss of information or files or the interruption of service. The district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through use of the district system or the Internet. The district is not responsible for any personal financial obligations which may be incurred through use of the district system. F. Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves multiple users. Users are responsible for their individual account and should take precautions to prevent others from accessing that account. Under no conditions should a user provide his/her personal password to another person. If you identify a potential security problem on the district system or the Internet, you must notify the system administrator immediately. You should not demonstrate the problem to others, nor should you intentionally attempt to identify potential security problems. In either instance, your actions may be misinterpreted as an illegal attempt to gain unauthorized access. Any attempt to log on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of abusive problems with the district system or any other computer system may be denied further access. G. Vandalism - Vandalism of district hardware, software or the system itself will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the property or data of the district, of another user or of any other network connected to the Internet or all or any portion of the district’s computer network system or any other network or system connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or any actions that disrupt, “crash” or “bomb” all or any portion of the district’s computer system. All system users shall avoid the accidental spread of computer viruses by strict adherence to district policies governing the downloading of software. No system user may use the system to “hack” or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other computer system, network or site or any unauthorized portion of the district’s system.

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Inappropriate Material - Access to information shall not be restricted or denied solely because of the political, religious or philosophical content of the material. However, system users must realize that rights go hand-in-hand with responsibilities and agree not to use the district system to access information or to distribute information or material which is: 1. Obscene, meaning (a) material which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value and, (b) when an average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the written material, taken as a whole, appeals to an obsessive interest in sex. 2. Libelous, meaning a false and unprivileged statement about a specific individual which tends to harm the individual’s reputation. 3. Vulgar, lewd or indecent, meaning material which, taken as a whole, an average person would deem improper for access by or distribution to minors because of sexual connotations or profane language. 4. Display or promotion of unlawful products or services, meaning material which advertises or advocates the use of products or services prohibited by law from being sold or provided to minors. 5. Group defamation or hate literature, meaning material which disparages a group or a member of a group on the basis of race, religious affiliation, ethnic or national origin, gender identity or preference, or handicapped condition or which advocates illegal conduct or violence or discrimination toward any particular group of people. This includes racial and religious epithets, slurs, insults and abuse. 6. Disruptive to school operations, meaning material which, on the basis of past experience or based upon specific instances of actual or threatened disruptions relating to the information or material in question, is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of school activities or school discipline. CIPA Compliance - As Internet safety is of utmost importance for all students, the district provides annual education to minors to demonstrate appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms as well as cyberbullying awareness and response.

HOME PAGE AND WEBSITES The Communications Department is responsible for the style, content and presentation of the district’s Internet home pages and websites. All teachers and media specialists are required to have and maintain district teacher web pages. Individual sites, staff, and departments may have their own home pages/ web pages. All must adhere to this policy and the guidelines set out by Teaching and Learning and the Communications Department which have the authority to review and edit content. (Board Policy #1102). Revised 12/8/14

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Union Ninth Grade Center GPA Scale On Level

Pre- Advanced Placement (9th Gr.)

 

Advanced Placement

A-4

A-5

A-6

B-3 C-2

B-4

B-5

C-3

C-4

D-1

D-1

D-1

F-0

F-0

F-0

Keeping it above "C" Level

From August to December it is important to work on keeping grades at 70% {C) or above. In January you will have earned your first grade point average of High School. Each of you will receive a transcript, which is a record of grades earned, attendance, community service, and clubs of High School years. The transcript is also what university and colleges use to decide if you are a good candidate for their school. When you apply for jobs, your employer will ask about your grades and attendance. When you receive your first progress report, it would be a good idea to calculate your GPA as it is and as it could be one letter grade higher. For example: On Level Classes Grade as is English 9 A=4 Biology B =3 Algebra B =3 US Gov't D =1 Elective one B =3 Elective two B =3 Total 17 divided by 6 = 2.8 GPA

Grade as it could be one letter grade higher A=4 A=4 A=4 C =2 A=4 A=4 Total 22 divided by 6 = 3.6

When you strive to get the next grade up, it is very beneficial to your GPA. If you keep your grades above "C" level you will not have to worry about:

Eligibility (sports and fine arts)

Earning enough credits to move up to 10th grade w/o credit recovery

Having a GPA that allows you to have the many opportunities you would like.

If you find your grade slipping below a 70%, ask your teacher what needs to be done to get your grade back to 70% or above.

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4 1/2 Week Progress Report Worksheet Classes

Grade as is

Total Divided by 6=

Grade as it could be one letter grade higher

Total

Divided by 6=

9 Week Progress Report Classes

Grade as is

Total Divided by 6=

Grade as it could be one letter grade higher

Total

Divided by 6=

14 1/2 Week Progress Report Classes

Grade as is

Total Divided by 6=

Grade as it could be one letter grade higher

Total

Divided by 6=

You are five weeks from the end of the semester. At which point your GPA will be calculated to be placed permanently on your transcript. Be proactive in providing yourself all the opportunities available to you. 62


Time

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

12a 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a 7a 8a 9a 10a 11a 12a 1p 2p 3p 4p 5p 6p 7p 8p 9p 10p 11p 63

Thursday

Friday

Saturday


Notes

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Union 9th Grade Handbook