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AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK 2013-2014 Welcome Students! Whether you are a new student or a returning student, welcome to Augusta High School! We are happy you are here and look forward to a good school year with you. Entering a new school can be a challenging and exciting time. We have produced this handbook so you can become familiar with the various rules and expectations of our students. Augusta High School provides many opportunities for students to grow not only academically, but also socially. Students are encouraged to participate in the many activities and student organizations throughout the school year. Belonging to these organizations will assist you in developing leadership abilities and also provide opportunities for you to develop new friendships and truly feel a part of the AHS family. Many people are available to help you become familiar with Augusta High School. Teachers, counselors, staff, and administrators all want you to have a successful and pleasant school year. If you have questions, just ask! We hope you have set your goals high and are committed to make this year the best ever. Once again, welcome to Augusta High School and have a great year! Donna Zerr, Principal

USD 402 MISSION Student Achievement is #1!

AHS MISSION To provide academic, social, and cultural opportunities to encourage knowledgeable, responsible, and successful citizens.

AHS VISION The faculty/staff of Augusta High School, to ensure both academic and workplace success, are committed to the development of students/graduates that demonstrate: • Integrity and work ethic • Personal and social responsibility • Communication skills • Critical thinking and problem solving skills • Health and wellness • Pride in our school and the community • Involvement in academics, arts, athletics, and activities • Appropriate use of technology and resources • Ability to collaborate with others • Character including cultural awareness • A commitment and appreciation for life-long learning

PRIDE, SPIRIT, HEART . . . ORIOLES WE ARE!!!


“ALMA MATER” We hail thee, Alma Mater, To thee, our praises ring. The glory of our AHS. Bids memory’s tongue to sing, Thy hallowed halls of learning Imparts a vision clear, We pledge to thee our loyalty, Our Alma Mater dear.

ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY, AND STAFF Board of Education Mrs. Kim Braungardt Mr. Robert McCalla Mr. Jim Brown Mr. Bill Rinkenbaugh Mr. Charles Garcia Mr. Andy Hall Administrative Dr. John Black .................................................................................................................. Superintendent Holly Francis .................................................................................................... Assistant Superintendent Donna Zerr .................................................................................................................................. Principal Ryan L. Muhlig ............................................................................................................ Assistant Principal Doug Law ................................................................................................................Director of Athletics Instructional Staff Aaron Craig…………………………………………………………………………………..Academic Support Lynda Kerstetter……………………………………………………………………………..Academic Support Charles Bishop ..................................................................................................................................... Art Audra Shelite........................................................................................................................................ Art Karen Hasting ............................................................................................................................ Business Kellee Roberts............................................................................................................................ Business Clint Robinson ............................................................................................................................ Business Elizabeth Hamblin .....................................................................................................Counselor (10 & 12) Tracy Anderson ...........................................................................................................Counselor (9 & 11) Kathy Newcom ............................................................................................ Family & Consumer Science Jennifer Webster ......................................................................................... Family & Consumer Science Jaci Kepler ........................................................................................................................Health Science Chris Husselman .....................................................................................................Industrial Technology Steve Pazzie ...........................................................................................................Industrial Technology Julie Barker ....................................................................................................................... Language Arts Nicole Cisneroz ................................................................................................................. Language Arts Meriel Hartling ................................................................................................................... Language Arts Tim Laner .......................................................................................................................... Language Arts Cindy Nickel ...................................................................................................................... Language Arts Rebecca Timberlake ......................................................................................................... Language Arts


Kaye Ward ........................................................................................................................ Language Arts Megan Kohlman ..................................................................................................Library Media Specialist A.J. Bodyk ............................................................................................................................ Mathematics Laurie Bruce ......................................................................................................................... Mathematics Keith Conrady ...................................................................................................................... Mathematics Roger Robben ...................................................................................................................... Mathematics Jayson Schwinn ................................................................................................................... Mathematics Todd Hollis…………………………………………………………………………….......Music (Instrumental) Rachel Simmons ................................................................................................................. Music (Vocal) Matt Ingrim ................................................................................................................. Physical Education Cynthia Phillips........................................................................................................... Physical Education Brandon Terry ........................................................................................................... Physical Education Joe Conner................................................................................................................................... Science Joanna Ellsworth .......................................................................................................................... Science Brian Hallmark.............................................................................................................................. Science J.D. Hand ..................................................................................................................................... Science Erika Richardson .......................................................................................................................... Science Nathan Stevens............................................................................................................................ Science Rick Hess .......................................................................................................................... Social Science Doug Jefferson .................................................................................................................. Social Science Jeff Regier ......................................................................................................................... Social Science Joan Reichardt .................................................................................................................. Social Science David Stephenson ............................................................................................................. Social Science Frank Espinoza ............................................................................................................................ Spanish Mandy Walker .............................................................................................................................. Spanish Steve Reichardt............................................................................................................ Special Education Carrie Spear ................................................................................................................. Special Education Steve Stoffregen .......................................................................................................... Special Education Deana Walls ................................................................................................................. Special Education

SUPPORT STAFF Kelly Groom ........................................................................................................Administrative Assistant Jane Mapes .........................................................................................................Administrative Assistant Dianne Reichard .................................................................................................Administrative Assistant Marcie Terrones ......................................................................................................................... Registrar Danny Strobbe ............................................................................................................... Resource Officer Traci Payne ..................................................................................................................................... Nurse


DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE AHS operates on a rotating A/B schedule. A & B classes meet every other day. Lunches 1st Hour 8:00am - 9:25am 1st 10:50am-11:15am nd nd 2 Hour 9:30am – 10:50am 2 11:20am-11:45am 3rd Hour 10:55am -12:45pm 3rd 11:50am-12:15pm 4th Hour 12:50pm – 2:10pm 4th 12:20pm – 12:45pm ACE 2:15pm – 3:00 pm

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS The minimum requirements for an Augusta High School diploma are as follows: • Class of 2014 25 credit units. • Class of 2015 26 credit units. • Class of 2016 26 credit units. • Class of 2017 and beyond 28 credit units. The requirements for graduation are set by the USD 402 Board of Education according to district philosophy and state mandates. Credit Awarded (Units) A unit of credit may be earned for the satisfactory completion of any approved subject in which a student has been enrolled for two semesters. One-half unit of credit may be earned for approved subjects in whom a student has been enrolled for one semester. The following is a list of required courses for graduation. English Language Arts - 4 units English I or Honors English I English II or Honors English II English III or Honors English III English IV or Honors English IV Social Sciences - 3 units World Geography (1/2 unit) required of all freshmen Modern World History (1 unit) required of all sophomores American History (1 unit) required for all juniors American Government (1/2 unit) required for all seniors Science - 3 units Physical Science (1 unit) required of all freshmen Science Electives (2 units) Mathematics - 3 units Algebra I Math Electives (2 units) Physical Education - 1 unit PE (1/2 unit) required for all freshmen Health (1/2 unit) required for all freshmen Fine Arts - 1 unit


Electives – 10 units All students are expected to enroll in 8 classes each semester. Juniors and seniors may be eligible to enroll in college courses through Butler Community College. Second semester seniors will enroll in a minimum of 5 classes. Exceptions to this may be approved by the principal for students who are on track to fulfill graduation requirements. Part-time students may enroll with the BOE/Administration permission if they complete all paperwork and are in attendance no later than September 20. Part-time students may be admitted only to the extent that staff, facilities, equipment, and supplies are available. Part-time students must meet KSHSAA requirements to participate in athletics/activities. Kansas Scholars Curriculum Students who complete the following curriculum and meet the requirements for graduation while maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA will be noted as completing the Kansas Scholars Curriculum: • 4 units of English; one unit must be taken each year. • 3 units of Natural Science to include biology, chemistry and physics. • 3 units of Social Science to include one unit of American History and 1/2 unit of American Government. • 4 units of Mathematics to include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (completion of any of these courses prior to entering high school satisfies this requirement) and one unit of advanced math higher than algebra II. Algebra I in 8th grade is accepted. • 2 units of one foreign language. College Admissions Requirements Students who meet one of the following requirements are guaranteed admission to any of the six Kansas Regents universities (Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, and Washburn University): Graduates Before the 2014-2015 School Year To qualify for admission, you must meet one of the following requirements: • The applicant has completed the qualified admissions curriculum prescribed by the board of regents with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or has been recognized by the board of regents as having attained a functionally equivalent level of education. or • The applicant has a composite American College Testing program (ACT) score of 21 or higher or • The applicant ranks in the top 1/3 of their high school class upon completion of 7 or 8 semesters. Graduates Beginning with the Academic Year 2014-2015 To qualify for admission: • The applicant has completed the qualified admissions curriculum prescribed by the board of regents with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or has been recognized by the board of regents as having attained a functionally equivalent level of education. and achieve one of the following: • The applicant has a composite American College Testing Program (ACT score of 21 or higher. or • The applicant ranks in the top 1/3 of their high school class upon completion of 7 or 8 semesters. or • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit Qualified Admissions Precollege Curriculum:


Graduates Before the 2014-2015 School Year • English, 4 units; one unit must be taken each year. Mathematics, 3 units: Algebra1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 or any course with Algebra 2 as a prerequisite. • Science, 3 units: Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, or Physics. At least one unit must be in chemistry or physics. • Social Studies, 3 units: ½ unit of World Geography, 1 unit of World History, 1 unit of American History, and ½ unit of American Government. • Courses completed in middle school do not count toward that requirement. Qualified Admissions Precollege Curriculum: Graduates Beginning with the Academic Year 2014-2015 • English, 4 units; one unit must be taken each year. • Mathematics, 3 units; Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and a Math ACT Score of 22 or 4 approved Math units with one taken in the graduating year. (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and/or any course with a prerequisite of Algebra 2.) • Science, 3 units; Physical Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, or Physics. At least one unit must be in chemistry or physics. • Social Studies, 3 units; ½ unit of World Geography, one unit of World History, one unit of American History, and ½ unit of American Government.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES Students must have successfully completed the requirements for graduation as established by the Board of Education in order to participate in commencement exercises. (see BOE policy JFC)

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN The Valedictorian and Salutatorian award are presented to graduating seniors who have completed the requirements for the Kansas Scholars Curriculum with the highest and second highest cumulative grade point average respectively. The grade point average will be computed at the conclusion of the eighth semester and will be based on a 4.0 scale. Semester grades will be used to compute grade point averages. In the event of a tie for valedictorian, there will not be a student or students named as salutatorian.

STUDENT RECORDS GRADE REPORTS Grade reports will be mailed home at the end of each semester. Progress reports are issued at the end of each 6-week grading term. Parents are encouraged to view their child’s progress on PowerSchool through the districts website (www.usd402.com). The following grade scale will be used in all classes: A 100% - 90% Superior 4.0 grade points B 89% - 80% Above Average 3.0 grade points C 79% - 70% Average 2.0 grade points D 69% - 60% Below Average 1.0 grade points F 59% - below Failing 0 grade points

HONOR ROLLS The honor rolls are compiled and published at the end of each semester citing students for academic achievement. Pass/Fail courses will not be considered in computing the Honor Roll. The requirements for various honor rolls are as follows:


Principal’s Honors High Honors Honors

4.0 grade point average 3.5 - 3.99 grade point average with no F’s 3.0 - 3.49 grade point average with no F’s

ACADEMIC LETTER AWARDS Academic letter awards, Academic Oriole, will be given to any student receiving a 4.0 GPA (all A’s) at the semester grading period. The student will be recognized at an awards assembly and the award will be given at that time to those students receiving the 4.0 GPA for the preceding school year’s spring semester and/or the current school year’s fall semester.

GRADE CLASSIFICATION • • •

Senior classification requires 17 credits earned by August of the senior year Junior classification requires 11 credits earned by August of the senior year Sophomore classification requires 5 credits earned by August of the senior year

RECORDS Students transferring from or leaving AHS must have an exit form signed by the student’s teachers, librarian, counselor, financial secretary, and the principal. Student records and transcripts will be held until all obligations are met. If parents and students move to another school district, the student’s records will be sent to the appropriate school at the request of that school.

STUDENT SERVICES GUIDANCE SERVICES Academic guidance and counseling services are available to assist students with educational, personal, and career issues. Students and parents are encouraged to call the counselor with questions or concerns that fall within the realm of guidance and counseling. Schedule Changes/Drop-add Schedule changes may be completed through the counselor’s office. A drop/add slip must be signed by a parent, the student and approved by the counselor or the principal. All schedule changes will be completed by the end of the first week of the semester except for those approved by the administration. College Visits Counselors will assist students in planning for future occupations and professional employment. Students may take college visits with approval of parents, principal and counselor. A college visit form is available in the counselors’ office and should be completed and returned for the absence to be excused. Testing The guidance office coordinates all testing for AHS including the MAP, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, and ASVAB. Students should contact the counselors if interested in taking any evaluation.

STUDENT POLICIES ATTENDANCE Our attendance policy is not intended to penalize students who have an occasional illness or miss infrequently for approved reasons. It does, however, emphasize that students are accountable for their attendance. (see BOE policy JB) Attendance Procedure When a student is absent, parents are to call the school (775-5461) between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to report the absence. Parents who do not contact the school by phone need to send a written excuse with the student upon student’s return to school. Documentation of medical or legal


appointments should be presented as the absences occur. Any student’s absence not excused by a phone call from the custodial parent or guardian on the day of the absence or by a note written by the custodial parent or guardian on the day the student returns to school, will render the absence classification as unexcused until the parent has made contact. Late Arrivals/Tardiness Students who arrive at school after the tardy bell must report to the office for a pass to class. Students more than ten (10) minutes late to first period will be considered absent to first period. Any student receiving their second tardy, and each subsequent tardy, will receive disciplinary action. Tardy two and three will receive 1 hour of detention, tardy four and all thereafter will receive two hours of detention. Students will be considered tardy when the final bell rings if they are not in class according to classroom procedure. If a student is detained in class, the detaining teacher is obligated to give that student a pass for admittance to the next class. Excused/Unexcused Absences The principal or his designated representative shall be responsible for determining if an absence is excused or unexcused. It is important for all students and parents to know that an absence that is excused at home does not mean it will be excused at school. The following criteria will be considered in making this determination: • Excused Absences Personal illness, death in the family, medical or legal appointments, prearranged absence requested by parent and approved by the administration, severe weather conditions, college/career visits • Non-Absences School activities and field trips • Unexcused Absences Students who are considered unexcused to a class will receive one hour of detention; a maximum of five hours of detention will be assigned for an entire day of school missed that is deemed unexcused. Leaving Campus Students cannot leave campus during school hours without receiving permission of the custodial parent and an administrator. When permission is granted the student must sign out through the office. Makeup Policy Students will be allowed to make up missed assignments if the absence is excused. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to complete assignments with teachers. Student’s who miss school due to vacations or family business known in advance, should get their assignments prior to the absence. The students will be granted a minimum of two school days for each day missed to complete their assignment. However, it may be impossible to earn daily participation grades during an absence. Class work missed due to suspension will be allowed to be made up for credit. Class work missed due to unexcused absences cannot be made up for credit.


Zero Policy • At the end of each week, either Thursday or Friday teachers will notify any student with missing/late work with an assignment notification card. • Students will have until Monday at 3:00 pm to complete and turn the assignment in to their teacher with the notification card attached and signed. • For those students who choose not to complete their assigned work they will be assigned Academic Support either Tuesday or Wednesday morning at 7:00 am. o If a student does not show for Academic Support they will be assigned detention after school. o If a student receives their third Academic Support referral a mandatory parent meeting will be held at the high school. Excessive Absences Any student who is absent from school more than eight (8) days in any semester will be considered excessively absent. For the purpose of counting, each class will count as one fifth of the school day. Parents will be notified by letter when their student has missed five (5) days or twenty (25) classes during a semester. The absence count for second semester seniors and other part time students will be prorated based on the number of courses in which the student is enrolled. Any student, who is excessively absent as defined in this policy, will have all subsequent absences deemed unexcused. Parents will be notified by mail of their student’s attendance status if the eight (8) day limit is reached. Consequences for unexcused absences include detention being assigned and state statutes on truancy being enforced. • Students who are considered unexcused to a class will receive one hour of detention; a maximum of five hours of detention will be assigned for an entire day of school missed that is deemed unexcused. Truancy Under the Kansas Compulsory Attendance Statues (KSA 72-1113), regular school attendance is required of all students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools. A student is considered to be truant if (1) he/she is under 16 years of age and is not enrolled in a public or private school or (2) he/she is inexcusably absent for three consecutive days, five school days in a semester, or seven school days in a school year whichever occurs first.

BULLYING/HARASSMENT The BOE is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. Bullying, harassment, intimidation, menacing by students, staff or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the district. Students who feel they are being bullied/harassed should report the incident(s) to their counselor and/or the administration. (see BOE policyJDDC) Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or board. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

DRESS CODE The administration shall be responsible for determining the appropriateness of a student’s attire relative to this policy. (see BOE policy JCDB) The following is a list of specifics which can be helpful when faced with questions of appropriate school dress: • Shoes must be worn. • Clothing with offensive slogans or pictures, or explicit /implied meanings is unacceptable. • Clothing promoting or advertising drugs, alcohol, gang affiliations, and/or tobacco is unac-


ceptable. • Shorts, dresses, and skirts need to be mid-thigh length. Tops which expose the stomach, chest, or bare backs are not permitted. Sagging pants are unacceptable. • Hats, head coverings/bandanas, chains, spiked jewelry, and excessive make-up, and sunglasses are unacceptable. Students will be given an opportunity to correct inappropriate dress. Students who are sent home to change clothes will be given an unexcused absence for the class period in which they miss.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES Students may use electronic devices (cell phones and music players) before and after school and during their designated lunch times in the lunchroom. Teachers may allow students to use electronic devices in the classroom for instructional purposes as they deems appropriate. Electronic devices are not to be used in the hallways during lunch or passing periods. Violation of policy will result in: 1st time – written warning and device can be picked up in office after 3:00pm. 2nd time – one hour detention and device must be picked up by parent/guardian. 3rd time and thereafter – one day suspension and device must be picked up by parent/guardian.

FIGHTING Fighting and acts of physical aggression or intimidation will not be tolerated. Teachers, counselors, and administrators will assist students who report such situations to help avoid issues. Students who engage in fighting will be subject to a minimum of 3 days suspension.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR The BOE of USD 402 has established certain discipline policies affecting students to which reference should be made for complete detail, and such policies are available in the principal’s office and are otherwise made available in the school buildings to the students. All students are expected to comply with the regulations for student behavior. (see BOE policy JCDA) Policy Statement • Students shall respect constituted authority. This shall include conformity to school rules and regulations and those provisions of law which apply to the conduct of juveniles or minors. • Student conduct shall reflect consideration for the rights and privileges of others and demonstrate cooperation with all members of the school community. • High personal standards of courtesy, dress, decency, morality, clean language, honesty, integrity, and wholesome relationships with others shall be maintained. Respect for real and personal property, pride in one’s work, and achievement within one’s ability shall be expected of all students. • Every student who gives evidence of a sincere desire to remain in school, to be diligent in studies, and to profit by the educational experiences provided will be given every opportunity to do so and will be assisted in every way possible to achieve scholastic success. The following examples of undesirable conduct may lead to disciplinary action and could cause a student to be assigned detention, suspended or expelled. A. Student Behavior: (Relationship to other students) (see BOE policy JGF& Kansas School Safety Security Act) • Fighting on or near the school grounds. • Fighting at school activities, both home and away. • Hazing of other students. • Intimidation or threats to another student. • Public displays of affection.


B. Student Behavior (Relationship to teachers and employees) • Failure to comply with a reasonable request (willful disobedience). • Open defiance of a teacher or school employee. • Intimidation or threats to a teacher or school employee. C. Student Behavior (Relationship to school and society) • Cheating / plagiarism. • Destruction, defacing, or vandalism of school buildings or property. • Unruly behavior in class, in the buildings or on school grounds. • Dress code violations. • Theft of school property. • Theft of property belonging to other students. • Theft of property belonging to teachers or school employees. • Possession of stolen property. • Use of obscene or foul language -- spoken or written. • The printing, distribution or possession of obscene or pornographic literature, drawings, paper, etc. D. Student Behavior (Attendance) • Excessive absences, unexcused absences, or tardies as outlined in the attendance policy. • Leaving the school grounds during school hours without signing out in the office. E. Student Behavior (Use/possession of tobacco products) • Students are prohibited from carrying and/or using tobacco products on school grounds, or in school buildings. (see BOE policy JCDAA) • Students should remember that tobacco includes Skoal and/or other chewing substances of a like nature. F. Student Behavior (Use/possession of alcohol, drugs/drug paraphernalia) • Possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages on school property or at school activities both at home and away. (see BOE policy JCDAB) • Possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs/controlled substances or drug related paraphernalia on school property or at school activities both at home and away. This policy shall include substances being used as, or represented as, an illegal drug/controlled substance. (see BOE policy JDDA) • Possession (unless authorized by the school nurse or policies JGFGBA on Student Self-Administration of Medications or JGFGB on the Supervision of Medications), or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter drugs (non-Rx) on school district property, in a school vehicle, or at any school-sponsored activity or event. • Coming to school having consumed alcohol, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. IF AT ANY TIME A STUDENT IS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTING, SELLING, OR GIVING AWAY ANY TYPE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, DEFINED BY LAW AS BEING A DRUG, HE/SHE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY. IN ADDITION, AN EXPULSION RECOMMENDATION WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE USD 402 HEARING COMMITTEE. THIS POLICY IS IN EFFECT ON ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY AND AT ANY DISTRICT SPONSORED ACTIVITIES. POLICE WILL ALSO BE NOTIFIED. G. Student Behavior (Use/possession of weapons, look-alike weapons) • Students shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transport any object that • can be considered a weapon on the school grounds or off school grounds at a school ac-


tivity, function, or event without advance written notice to and permission from the building principal. This policy shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile (look-alike) of a weapon. (see BOE policy JCDBB)

POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR OTHER WEAPON OR FACSIMILE OF A WEAPON SHALL RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL FOR A PERIOD OF ONE CALENDAR YEAR (186 SCHOOL DAYS), EXCEPT THE SUPERINTENDENT MAY RECOMMEND THIS EXPULSION REQUIREMENT BE MODIFIED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

STUDENT CONSEQUENCES Teacher Detention Detentions are required time obligations assigned by teachers and are to be served with the teacher. If the student fails to serve as assigned, parents will be contacted and the detention will be doubled. Failure to serve teacher detention will result in an office referral. Office Detention Students will be referred to the office when the teacher has expended all avenues of teacher-student discipline. Office detentions are assigned in one hour increments after school from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Failure to serve the detention will result in increased detention time, or suspension. Suspension and Expulsion The USD 402 BOE has policies for suspending by short term suspension (not to exceed 10 days) or long term suspension/expulsion (more than 10 days). Suspension may be imposed for: • Willful violation of public regulations or policies for student conduct adopted or approved by the BOE; • Conduct which substantially disrupts, impedes, or interferes with the operation of the school; • Conduct which results in conviction of the student for a criminal offense; • Conduct which constitutes disobedience of and order of a teacher, peace officer, school security officer, or other school authority, when such disobedience can reasonably be anticipated to result in disorder, disruption or interference with operation of the public school or constitute substantial and material impingement upon or invasion of the rights of others. The policies provide for procedural due process and for hearings. (see BOE policy JDD)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS Student activities are important in the overall development of a well-rounded educational program. Students are encouraged to become involved in activities outside of the academic classroom. Augusta High School offers a wide variety of activities including: Cheerleading .................................................................................. Rebecca Timberlake/Ashley Weaver Dance Team....................................................................................................................... Kristie Haskell Vocal Music ....................................................................................................................Rachel Simmons Instrumental Music .................................................................................................................. Todd Hollis Scholars’ Bowl................................................................................................................ Steve Stoffregen Forensics................................................................................................................................... Tim Laner Debate ....................................................................................................................................... Tim Laner Yearbook ................................................................................................................................ Julie Barker Newspaper ............................................................................................................................. Julie Barker


National Honor Society ................................................................................................. Erika Richardson Student Council ................................................................................................ Traci Payne/Deana Walls Spanish Club .................................................................................................................... Frank Espinoza Renaissance ............................................................................................................................Jeff Regier Drama Club ............................................................................................................................... Tim Laner Freshman Class ................................................................................................................................. TBD Sophomore Class............................................................................................................................... TBD Junior Class ......................................................................................................................... Kelly Groom Senior Class .......................................................................................................................... Ryan Muhlig SADD ................................................................................................................................ Danny Strobbe Color Guard........................................................................................................................ Rene Bergren FCCLA ..............................................................................................................................Kathy Newcom Art Club ............................................................................................................................... Audra Shelite Skills-USA ..................................................................................................................... Chris Husselman FEA ................................................................................................................................Jennifer Webster

ACTIVITY/ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION Students must be in attendance a minimum of two (2) class blocks on the day of an extracurricular activity in order to participate in that activity. The administration may waive this requirement if special circumstances are involved.

ACTIVITY MONEY Any activity which involves the expenditure of district funds shall be subject to prior approval by the activity sponsor and the building principal. All money collected by students for an activity or organization shall be turned into the activity sponsor or the office accounting secretary. Fees or admissions for special student activities not included in the general student fee structure, such as dances or plays, may be established by a cooperative effort between students in the organization, sponsors, and administration. Students (and parents) are forbidden from charging any type of purchase to the school district. Requests for all fund raising projects must be in writing and approved by the principal before beginning a fund raising project.

ATHLETICS Augusta High School is a member in good standing with the KSHSAA and The Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League. Interscholastic activities include: Band, Debate, Forensics, Scholars Bowl, and Vocal Music. Interscholastic Varsity Athletic competitions include: Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Wrestling, Soccer, Softball, and Baseball. The Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League is separated into four divisions based on school population and geographical location. Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division 1 Derby, Campus, Hutchinson, Maize, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division 2 Andover, Andover Central, Ark City, Goddard, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize South, Valley Center Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division 3 Buhler, El Dorado, McPherson, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Winfield Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division 4 Andale, Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Maize South, Wellington, Wichita Collegiate

KSHSAA SPORTSMANSHIP/CITIZENSHIP RULE 52 The effective American secondary school must support both an academic program and an activities


program. We believe that these programs must do more than merely coexist; they must be integrated and support each other in “different” arenas. The concept of “sportsmanship” must be taught, modeled, expected and reinforced in the classroom and in all competitive activities. Therefore, all Kansas State High School Activities Association members stand together in support of the following sportsmanship policy. Activities are an important aspect of the total education process in the American schools. They provide an arena for participants to grow, to excel, to understand and to value the concepts of SPORTSMANSHIP and teamwork. They are an opportunity for coaches and school staff to teach and model SPORTSMANSHIP, to build school pride, and to increase student/community involvement; this ultimately translates into improved academic performance. Activities are also an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its support for the participants and the school, and to model the concepts of SPORTSMANSHIP for our youth as respected representatives of society. Sportsmanship is good citizenship in action!

RULE 52 SECTION 1 - GENERAL REGULATIONS (APPLY TO GRADES 7-12) Art. 1: SPORTSMANSHIP is a general way of thinking and behaving. The following sportsmanship policy items are listed below for clarification: a. Be courteous to all (participants, coaches, officials, staff and fans). b. Know the rules, abide by and respect the official’s decisions. c. Win with character and lose with dignity. d. Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team. e. Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, team and school. f. Permit only positive sportsmanlike behavior to reflect on your school or its activities. Art. 2: ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE: a. It is encouraged and recommended by the Kansas State High School Activities Association that local boards of education adopt these regulations and reinforce them as indicated herein. b. The Executive Board of the Kansas State High School Activities Association shall be responsible for the interpretation of these regulations, including: desirable and unacceptable behavior and shall publish them in the Association’s Citizenship and Sportsmanship Manual.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY •

The student shall have passed at least five new subjects of unit weight the previous semester of attendance and be enrolled in and attending a minimum of five new subjects during the present semester. This is in accordance with the Kansas State High School Activities Association KSHSAA of which we are a member. Students must attain at least a 1.70 grade point average with no more than one failed course in the most recent grading period in order to participate in interscholastic activity competition during the following grading period.

ATHLETIC GUIDELINES This policy is in effect from the first day of fall athletic practice each school year until the conclusion of spring sports. Student athletes will be held accountable to the guidelines during and outside of their season of competition. If at any time a student is found to be using, in possession of, or distributing (selling or giving away), any type of controlled substance (excluding alcohol and tobacco) they will be denied the privilege of participation in the athletic program for the remainder of the school year. Students must not use or have possession of alcohol or tobacco products. Any student involved with these substances on school grounds, at a school activity, or while in any way representing Augusta schools will be withheld from athletic competition as outlined in the USD 402 Athletic Policy. The student will be placed on probation for all athletic activities for the remainder of the school year.


If a student is involved with these substances away from school grounds or activities and it can be substantiated by a reliable source, such as the police, a faculty member, or an administrator, he/she will face the same penalties as outlined above. • Probation means that if any further involvement with alcohol or tobacco products becomes evident, the student will be immediately removed from their athletic activity and denied the privilege of participation in the athletic program for the remainder of the school year. Students, not in good standing, based on administrative decision may be denied the privilege of participation in the athletic programs for the remainder of the school year. Cross Country ................................................................................................................. Steve Reichardt Football ............................................................................................................................. Roger Robben Golf (Girls) .......................................................................................................................... Keith Conrady Soccer (Boys)................................................................................................................... Monty Rowland Soccer (Girls) ..................................................................................................................................... TBD Tennis (Girls)................................................................................................................... Nathan Stevens Volleyball ................................................................................................................................ Rich Bishop Basketball (Boys) ........................................................................................................ David Stephenson Basketball (Girls) ........................................................................................................... Tracy Anderson Bowling.............................................................................................................................. Kellee Roberts Wrestling ............................................................................................................................ Brandon Terry Baseball ........................................................................................................................... Doug Jefferson Golf (Boys) ......................................................................................................................... Keith Conrady Tennis (Boys) .................................................................................................................... Brian Hallmark Track ............................................................................................................................... Steve Reichardt Softball ......................................................................................................................... Shane Steinkamp

DANCES/FUNCTIONS All students in good standing at AHS may attend the dances. The following guidelines are employed to ensure the safety of all students. • Students need to have office detentions served and be in attendance at school the day of the dance. • Students will not be readmitted upon leaving the dance/function. • Individuals who do not attend AHS may attend Homecoming and Prom with a dance permission form turned into the office by noon on the Wednesday prior to the event. A photo ID will also be required to show they are at least a high school freshman and not older than 21 years of age. • Administration reserves the right to approve music, appropriate style of dance and dress. Violators will be dismissed from the dance.

SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS AHS students are expected to exhibit proper behavior (school rules/policies) at all school-sponsored activities both on and off campus. Students will not be unsupervised in activities or athletics, on or off campus.

STUDENT COUNCIL Student Council is an organization of elected Student Council officers, Class Presidents, Class Representatives, Club Presidents, and Members-at-Large. Student Council exists to promote worthy school activities, create and maintain standards of good citizenship and to aid in the formation of policies for the betterment of the school.


STUDENT GENERAL INFORMATION BUS TRANSPORTATION Qualifying students will be provided bus transportation by USD 402 without charge. Riding a bus is a privilege. Students are responsible for their behavior on the bus, and will be disciplined for misconduct. Bus route information may be obtained by calling the Transportation Office at 775-1171.

CITIZENSHIP A Each spring the Citizenship A Award will be given to one boy and one girl in each class. The selections are made by an honest peer evaluation of qualities such as consideration for others, respect, positive leadership, self-control, etc. Nominations will be determined by a confidential vote of the staff per the guidelines of the Citizenship A balloting process. A student can only receive this award once during a high school career; however, student may be nominated more than once.

COMPUTER/E-MAIL/INTERNET Computer systems are for educational and professional use only. All information created by students shall be considered district property and shall be subject to unannounced monitoring by district administrators. The district retains the right to discipline any student, up to and including expulsion for violations of this policy. (See BOE policy II BG)

DAILY BULLETIN The daily bulletin is produced each morning and announced over the intercom system. The daily bulletin will be posted in the building as well as being read each day. The daily bulletin will also be posted on PowerSchool daily and parents can get notifications of the daily bulletin. All announcements for the daily bulletin must be written out and approved by the sponsor, office staff, or administration.

DELIVERIES Flowers, balloons, bouquets, food, gifts, etc. for a student are to be delivered to the office. To limit distractions, the student will be notified and will be able to pick up the delivery at the end of the school day.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Fire Drills Kansas state law requires schools to conduct fire drills monthly while school is in session. To ensure the safety of all persons, everyone, including students, teachers, custodians, secretaries, and visitors, is expected to leave the building at the nearest exit. Once outside, move away from the building at least fifty feet. Tornado Drills Kansas state law requires schools to conduct three tornado drills per year while school is in session. To ensure the safety of all persons, everyone, including students, teachers, custodians, secretaries, and visitors, is expected to evacuate to the FEMA shelter located in the science rooms 107, 108, 109, 110.

FEES Fees are assessed for students during enrollment and payment is expected at that time. Students moving during the school year will be given a refund prorated on the amount of time enrolled. (see BOE policy JS)

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS USD 402 School District recognizes the cultural benefits of foreign exchange student programs. The Board of Education authorizes district schools to accept foreign exchange students as participating members of the school. Foreign Exchange students are admitted to the district on a tuition free basis. The schools may accept a maximum of three (3) students from district-approved exchange programs unless approved by administration. Exchange students will receive a certificate of attendance at the


end of the school year. No diploma will be granted, although exchange students at the senior grade level may participate in baccalaureate and commencement exercises. (see BOE policy JQKA-R)

ILLNESS/INJURY Students who become ill or are injured during the school day must report to the nurse’s office. The nurse may authorize them to go home. It is important for all students and parents to know that an absence that is excused at home does not mean it will be excused at school.

IMMUNIZATIONS The Kansas Legislature requires students to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. Parents will be informed, by the close of the previous school year, of the immunizations needing to be updated so that they may be obtained over the summer break. Documentation of the immunization is due at the time of enrollment in August. New students to the district will be given thirty (30) days to bring immunizations up to date. Students failing to meet these requirements will be excluded from school unless a documented medical exception from a physician is provided.

INSURANCE The responsibility for insurance for all students shall be the obligation of the parent or guardian. The school district will make available school-time and full-time insurance to all students who desire the coverage. This plan pays in addition to other family insurance but has certain limitations and exclusions. Further information and applications may be picked up in the office during enrollment at the beginning of the school year.

LAW ENFORCEMENT A cooperative effort will be maintained between the school administration and law enforcement agencies. The School Resource Officer(s) and/or law enforcement officials may be summoned in order to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal conduct on the school premises or during school-sponsored events and activities.

LOCKERS All lockers are the property of the school district, and the district allows students the use of the lockers. Students have assigned lockers and locks with covers to secure property within lockers. All locks must be returned at the end of the school year. Students will be billed $5.00 for locks not returned and $1.00 for lock covers. The school will not be responsible for items lost or stolen from lockers. School administrators may search a locker without notice to the student.

LOST AND FOUND All lost articles are to be reported to the office and found articles should be taken to the office where they may be claimed by the owner. Articles not claimed at the end of each school year are donated to a charitable organization.

LUNCH SERVICES Augusta High School has a closed lunch hour which requires all students to remain in school during lunch. Free and Reduced Lunch Program Free and reduced price lunches are provided for students who qualify under district, state and federal guidelines governing the program. Registration forms may be picked up in the main office.

MEDICATIONS School nurses may provide students with over-the-counter medications which are listed on the student medication information sheet. Physician-prescribed medication may be taken in the nurse’s office with a physician’s order. (see BOE policy JGFGB) Students must check in all medications with the school nurse. Medications will be kept in a locked container and administered as needed. Students are not allowed to be in possession of any medication.


NURSE The school nurse will advise and assist the administration and teachers in planning and carrying out a school health program. The school nurse will attempt to interpret the conditions and not diagnose. They will follow up with the advice and consent of parent. The nurses act as a liaison between the school, the home, the physician and other professional organizations.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS Students involved in athletics, cheerleading and dance team must submit a properly completed physical form annually to the office before participating in any practice. The physical forms are valid only when signed by the parent and physician. Physical forms may be obtained from the high school office.

POSTERS AND SIGNS All posters and signs displayed must be approved by a faculty sponsor and the administration before being displayed. If the poster is not sponsored by a school club or other school group, it must have the approval of an administrator. Signs need to be removed after they have served their purpose.

SCHOOL CLOSING School closings will be announced to students and their parents by telephone through the district’s School Messenger system. Local radio and television stations will also be notified.

SCHOOL PROPERTY Any student who willfully or maliciously damages school property will be charged for repairs and replacement and disciplined appropriately.

SEARCHES In order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of students under school jurisdiction, building principals are authorized to search students, lockers and vehicles (while on school property or at any school activity regardless of location) when a “reasonable suspicion” of improper activity exists or randomly, as part of a general inspection. Such searches may be made without notice to the student. (see BOE policy JCAB, JCAB-R, JCABB)

STOLEN PROPERTY Any student who has property stolen should report the loss immediately to the office. Students found guilty of theft will be disciplined and law enforcement may be involved. Students are checked out locks for both hall lockers and PE lockers, and are strongly encouraged to use locks at all times.

STUDENT PARKING LOT Traffic regulations of the city of Augusta are enforced on the property (ord. 1601, sec 3). Driving and parking on school grounds will be in accordance with these codes. Students reported to be driving recklessly by school employees on school property will be given a verbal warning. The second offense will result in notification of police and possible loss of parking privileges. Any further violations will result in disciplinary action by the school and loss of parking privileges. All students are to park in the south parking lot. Students are to park in such a way as not to take up more than one parking space. Parking in any marked fire lane is prohibited. Students are not to be in the parking lot during school hours. If it is necessary to go to your car during the school day, permission must be secured from the office.

VENDING MACHINES Vending machines are open for student use before and after school. Students are responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of cans and trash.

VISITORS TO OUR SCHOOL Persons wishing to visit the school during school hours should come to the office to receive permission. All visitors must conform to school standards of dress, conduct, etc. Students may not bring visitors to attend classes.


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION Augusta, USD 402 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, handicap/disability, or age in its programs or activities. Any questions regarding the District’s compliance with title VI, Title IX, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act may be directed to the Compliance Coordinator who can be reached at 775-5484. Any incident of discriminatory conduct or behavior in any form shall be promptly reported to the school’s officials. Any student who engages in discriminatory conduct/behavior may be reprimanded and counseled to refrain from such conduct. Any student who continues to engage in discriminatory conduct/behavior shall be disciplined in a manner deemed appropriate by the administration, up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.

FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT All student records shall be treated as confidential and primarily for local school use unless otherwise stipulated. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents of students and eligible students (i.e.; those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records, which are kept and maintained by the school. The rights afforded by FERPA may be obtained by contacting the district office.


Board of Education Policy GAAF, GAAF-2, GAAF-3, GAAF-4 ADDENDUM TO SCHOOL HANDBOOKS 8-12-2013 GAAF

Emergency Safety Interventions (See JRB, JQ, JQA, and KN)

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The board of education is committed to limiting the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (“ESI”), such as seclusion and restraint, with all students.

The board of education encourages all

employees to utilize other behavioral management tools, including prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavioral intervention strategies. This policy shall be made available on the district website with links to the policy available on any individual school pages. In addition, this policy shall be included in at least one of the following: each school’s code of conduct, school safety plan, or student handbook. Definitions (See K.A.R. 91-42-1) “Emergency Safety Intervention” is the use of seclusion or physical restraint when a student presents an immediate danger to self or others. Violent action that is destructive of property may necessitate the use of an emergency safety intervention. “Seclusion” requires all three of the following conditions to be met: (1) the student is placed in an enclosed area by school personnel; (2) the student is purposefully isolated from adults and peers; and (3) the student is prevented from leaving, or reasonably believes that the student will be prevented from leaving, the enclosed area. “Chemical Restraint” means the use of medication to control a student’s violent physical behavior or restrict a student’s freedom of movement. “Mechanical Restraint” means any device or object used to limit a student’s movement. “Physical Restraint” means bodily force used to substantially limit a student’s movement. “Physical Escort” means the temporary touching or holding the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, or back of a student who is acting out for the purpose of inducing the student to walk to a safe location.


“Time-out” means a behavioral intervention in which a student is temporarily removed from a learning activity without being confined. GAAF

Emergency Safety Interventions

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Prohibited Types of Restraint All staff members are prohibited from engaging in the following actions with all students: •

Using face-down (prone) physical restraint;

Using face-up (supine) physical restraint;

Using physical restraint that obstructs the student’s airway;

Using physical restraint that impacts a student’s primary mode of communication;

Using chemical restraint, except as prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional for treatment of a medical or psychiatric condition; and

Use of mechanical restraint, except: o

Protective or stabilizing devices required by law or used in accordance with an order from a licensed healthcare professional;

o

Any device used by law enforcement officers to carry out law enforcement duties; or

o

Seatbelts and other safety equipment used to secure students during transportation.

Training All staff members shall be trained regarding the use of positive behavioral intervention strategies, de-escalation techniques, and prevention techniques. Such training shall be consistent with nationally recognized training programs on the use of emergency safety interventions. The intensity of the training provided will depend upon the employee’s position. Administrators, licensed staff members, and other staff deemed most likely to need to restrain a student will be provided more intense training than classified staff who do not work directly with students in the classroom.

District and building

administration shall make the determination of the intensity of training required by each position.


Each school building shall maintain documentation regarding the training that was provided and a list of participants.

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Documentation The principal or designee shall provide written notification to the student’s parents any time that ESI is used with a student. Such notification must be provided within two (2) school days. In addition, each building shall maintain documentation any time ESI is used with a student. Such documentation must include all of the following: •

Date and time of the intervention,

Type of intervention,

Length of time the intervention was used, and

School personnel who participated in or supervised the intervention.

All such documentation shall be provided to the building principal, who shall be responsible for providing copies of such documentation to the superintendent on at least a biannual basis. At least once per school year, each building principal or designee shall review the documentation of ESI incidents with appropriate staff members to consider the appropriateness of the use of ESI in those instances. Reporting Data District administration shall report ESI data to the state department of education as required. Local Dispute Resolution Process The board of education encourages parents to attempt to resolve issues relating to the use of ESI informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent before filing a formal complaint with the board. In the event that the complaint is resolved informally, the administrator must provide a written report of the informal resolution to the superintendent and the parents and retain a copy of the report at


the school. The superintendent will share the informal resolution with the board of education and provide a copy to the state department of education.

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If the issues are not resolved informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent, the parents may submit a formal written complaint to the board of education by providing a copy of the complaint to the clerk of the board and the superintendent. Upon receipt of a formal written complaint, the board president shall assign an investigator to review the complaint and report findings to the board as a whole. Such investigator may be a board member, a school administrator selected by the board, or a board attorney. Such investigator shall be informed of the obligation to maintain confidentiality of student records and shall report the findings and recommended action to the board in executive session. Any such investigation must be completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the formal written complaint by the board clerk and superintendent. On or before the 30th day after receipt of the written complaint, the board shall adopt a report containing written findings of fact and, if necessary, appropriate corrective action. A copy of the report adopted by the board shall be provided to the parents, the school, and the state board of education.

Approved: August 12, 2013


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