FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN THRU GRADE 6
Lunch periods vary from building to building. Times will be given in individual building newsletters.
NOTE: Griffith Elementary Schools are closed campuses during the lunch hour. (No visitors will be allowed in the cafeteria during this time period.)
Griffith Public Schools value the importance of the successful development of each individual student and are committed to providing an educational program that will include the student's feeling of self-worth, the mastery of music skills and the growth of individual citizenship for our role in local, state and national affairs.
The elementary schools offer an outstanding instructional program. Teachers feel the student should come to the learning situation with a good feeling about him/herself as an important person and have a positive attitude toward learning.
Our reading and language program helps develop many necessary literacy skills. Mathematical operations and applications are stressed. Science covers basic beginning concepts in biological and physical sciences while social studies emphasize local, national and global history, geography and economic concepts. Citizenship, responsibility, fire safety and good health habits are also taught in the elementary school. Art, music, and physical education instruction also begins in the elementary school.
There are many services to help with the special needs of children. A federally funded program, Title I, strengthens oral language and beginning reading skills in kindergarten and first grade. Reading resource teachers assist individuals and groups of children with reading problems. A full-time nurse visits all buildings and speech clinicians offer assistance to many pupils. Other special education classes provide service to children with learning, as well as, physical and emotional handicaps. Teachers and students use a variety of library and audiovisual material to make learning more meaningful. Computer instruction is also included in the elementary school curriculum at all levels.
As parents and teachers work together on behalf of children, the elementary student will continue to make a strong beginning in their life long learning process. This handbook was prepared so each pupil and parent could know what school rules and regulations are necessary to bring about a successful school life for the students. This handbook is not exhaustive in nature. Rather it contains basic information to assist the student with his/her school experience.
It is recommended that this handbook be kept throughout the school year in a place where it can be readily located. Often a question you have can be answered by referring to the handbook. Should you have a question, which is not answered by the handbook, or should you have a suggestion to improve your school please consult your school principal. We hope you and your child have a successful and rewarding school year.
POLICY STATEMENT -- The Griffith Board of School Trustees recognizes that a written document cannot provide for all contingencies that could or might occur during the course of a school year anymore than it can anticipate every eventuality that might arise in any of the areas covered in this handbook. Therefore, the Griffith Board of School Trustees authorizes the school administration to take the appropriate action when dealing with items, issues and situations, etc. not outlined in this handbook, and in doing so, apply any reasonable and appropriate disciplinary measures when needed.
CIVIL RIGHTS ASSURANCE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT – Griffith Public Schools is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, handicapping conditions, or national origin including limited English proficiency, in any employment opportunity. No person is excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on such basis under any educational program or student activity.
If you have experienced discrimination in such educational programs or activities, written inquiries about procedures that are available and for consideration of complaints alleging such discrimination should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent, P.O. Box #749, Griffith, IN 46319, 219-924-4250.
Any other information concerning the above policies may be obtained by contacting Dr. Peter Morikis, Superintendent, P.O. Box #749, Griffith, IN 46319, 219-924-4250.
Grievance Procedures for Nondiscrimination:
If any person believes that the Griffith Public Schools or any of the Corporation’s staff has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of (1) Title II, Title VI, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (4) the Age Act, and/or (5) The Americans with Disabilities Act, s/he may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the Corporation’s Civil Rights Coordinator:
Office of the Superintendent
Griffith Public Schools
P.O. Box #749
Griffith, IN 46319
The person who believes s/he has a valid basis for grievance shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the Corporation’s Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complainant. S/He may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:
Step 1: A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the Corporation’s Civil Rights Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The Coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.
Step 2: If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the Corporation’s Civil Rights Coordinator, s/he may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator’s response. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
Step 3: If the complainant remains unsatisfied, s/he may appeal through a signed written statement to the School Board within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s response in step two. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the School Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of the meeting.
Step 4: If at this point the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 401 South State, Room 700, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1202.
Inquiries concerning the nondiscriminatory policy may be directed to Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201.
The Corporation’s Coordinator, on request, will provide a copy of the Corporation’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. EXPECTATIONS................................................................. pages 5-6
Dress and Grooming
Care of School Property
II. OPERATING PROCEDURES........................................... pages 6-9
Individuals with Disability Policy
Pre-registration for Kdgn/Gr. 1
Parties in Elementary Schools
Problems and Complaints
Leaving School Grounds
Lost and Found
School Breakfasts and Lunches
Pick-Up and Drop Off
III. COMMUNICATION............................................................ pages 10-12
Conferring with a Teacher
Conferring with the Principal
Change of Address, Telephone, Other Information
Severe Weather, School Closing
Use of Telephone
Getting Message to Child
Promotion and Retention
Home Bound Instruction
IV. STUDENT RULES AND POLICIES.................................. pages 12-14
Transportation and Safety
Walking to and from School
Rules of Conduct for Students Who Ride Busses
V. HEALTH SERVICES........................................................... pages 14-15
Health Service Policies
Medication Taken at School
Exclusion from School
VI. ATTENDANCE POLICY..................................................... pages 16-17
VII. STUDENT BEHAVIOR ....................................................... pages 17-20
Indiana Law Regarding Suspension/Expulsion
Specific Rules and Behavior
Activities Not Permitted
VIII. STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICY GRADES K-6:
INDIANA CODE.....................................................................pages 20-23
Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion
Suspension Procedures - Suspension from School
Expulsion from School
Other Grounds for Suspension/Expulsion
IX. DISCIPLINE POLICY FOR STUDENTS WITH
DISABILITIES......................................................................... pages 23-24
Expulsion for Possession of Firearm
X. LOCKER USAGE.................................................................... page 24
Statement of Policy
XI. GPS POLICY ON DISTRICT-PROVIDED ACCESS
TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION.................................... pages 25-26
XII. HOMEWORK POLICY........................................................... page 26
XIII. PARENT PARTICIPATION POLICY..................................... page 27
XIV. HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION........................................... page 27
XV. CIVILITY POLICY……………………………………………….. page 27
I. EXPECTATIONS AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
1. accept responsibility for his/her actions;
2. demonstrate respect and dignity both for self and others;
3. make every effort to attend school on a regular basis and be punctual at all times;
4. maintain habits of personal cleanliness;
5. always make an effort to do their best work;
a. recognize that while in school the teacher assumes the role of a parent;
b. obey school regulations and rules that are made by the school authorities and by the student governing body.
DRESS AND GROOMING
Dress plays an important part in developing attitudes for respect and neatness. The school, with the cooperation of the home, is teaching good citizenship and pride in being a boy or girl. The type of clothing worn to school has a definite effect upon the attitude, conduct, and work habits of the student. We believe in a dress code based upon matters of appropriateness, suitability for the occasion, health and safety, damage to property, morals and the proper functioning of classes. Certain classes require special dress or shoes. Some examples might be: art aprons or shirts, gym shoes for physical education, etc. The administration reserves the right to modify the school’s dress code at any time. Please be advised that the decision regarding whether or not violations occur in this section rests solely with the school administration and their decision will be final.
Any clothing that draws unusual attention to the child is inappropriate. Students departing from acceptable standards may be subjected to actions ranging from a conference to expulsion. The following general guidelines should be considered in dress and grooming:
1. Clothing or book covers/notebooks bearing words or pictures of an obscene or suggestive nature are not allowed.
2. Clothing and the body should be clean and free of offensive odors. Hair must be clean and combed.
3. Clothing, jewelry or book covers/notebooks, which promote, advertise, or alludes to or contains references to weapons, profanity, ethnic or racial slurs, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, the occult, inappropriate writing or artwork, are not permitted.
4. Clothing, which because of its fit, texture, or design, is openly provocative or suggestive and which exceeds acceptable standards of decency, should not be worn. Beach-wear and obvious play clothes are not permitted for regular class activities. Undergarments must not be visible, shoulders and midriff must be covered at all times, shirts must have sleeves and excessively tattered, torn, revealing or provocative clothing is not permitted. Shorts and skirts must reach mid thigh. Decent coverage of the body is expected at all times. Appropriate footwear shall be worn at all times. Shoes should fit securely so as not to cause potential injury during activity or in case of emergency evacuation.
5. A student may, at the discretion of the school, be required to furnish and wear appropriate safety devices such as a hair net, bathing cap, protective glasses, hat, gloves, and aprons. For the safety of the individual student, earrings that dangle are not acceptable for PE, recess, and other activities of this type.
6. A student should wear no item which impedes or restricts his or her required work or work of others. Pants should not be so long as to drag on the floor, or so baggy as to not rest on the hips; belts may be requested to be worn to insure proper fit.
7. A student should wear no item, which may cause damage to school property or create maintenance problems. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, cleats on shoes, shoes that mark or scratch floors, and clothing with substances that scratch furniture. Chains other than small necklaces are not permitted.
8. A student’s attire should be appropriate for seasonal weather conditions and for the temperature levels in the school. Coats are to be worn in the classroom only with teacher/administrative permission.
9. Students in the classrooms, halls and cafeteria or gym may not wear hats or certain types of headwear. During cold weather, however, students may have their winter hats on when in line or to leave the building. The principal may make exceptions for medical purposes. This policy includes extra-curricular activities.
10. Hats, bandanas, sunglasses, beachwear, pajamas, sweatbands, book bags, backpacks, and outerwear must be placed in the student’s locker/ designated space. Students MAY wear hooded sweatshirts, but the hood MUST remain down at all times while on school property
The administration reserves the right to modify the school’s dress code at any time. Please be advised that the decision regarding whether or not violations occur in the Dress Code rest solely with school administration.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies and furniture supplied by the school. Parents of students, who disfigure property, break windows or do other damage to school property or equipment may be required to pay for the damage done or replace the item. Student discipline procedures will also apply.
Substitute teachers are treated as staff members in buildings. They have the same authority as any staff member and should be given utmost courtesy.
II. OPERATING PROCEDURES
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY POLICY
It is the policy of the Griffith Public School Corporation that no person with a qualified disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by this school corporation. Parent/Student rights, identification, evaluation and placement procedures may be obtained from the building principal.
Indiana law requires that a student turn five (5) years old on or before August 1st prior to the start of kindergarten. A student who will be enrolling into first grade must have turned six (6) years old on or before August 1st prior to the start of first grade.
If a child moves to Griffith during the second semester and has been attending a full-time, recognized Kindergarten according to the established regulations of the former school community, has in no way attempted to bypass the regulations of the Griffith Public Schools, and has experienced a reasonable degree of success in the former Kindergarten class, he/she may enter the Griffith Kindergarten program even though he/she does not meet the age requirement of our system.
If a child moves to Griffith who has had one full year experience in a recognized Kindergarten program and has been promoted to First Grade under the rules of the school system in which he/she formerly lived, and the family in no way tried to bypass the Kindergarten regulations of the Griffith Public Schools, he/she may enter our First Grade even though he/she does not meet our age requirement.
Only residents of the Griffith Public School District may enroll, unless enrolled through Griffith Public Schools open enrollment policy. The parents or guardians are requested to present proof of residence and a Board of Health Certificate. In some cases, proof of legal custody may be required.
A student transferring from another school system should present a report card or transfer from the last school attended, and the parent or guardian must sign a form authorizing forwarding of the student’s records from the school previously attended. Students entering Griffith, but not transferring from an accredited school, may be subject to testing to determine appropriate placement.
Indiana law requires an up-to-date record of immunizations (see Immunizations) prior to entrance into Kindergarten or Grade One. A student may be excluded from school until these requirements are met.
PREREGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE ONE
Children who will be in Kindergarten in the next school year are pre-registered in early April each year. Registration dates are announced in school bulletins, on the Griffith Public Schools’ website, and in local newspapers.
Pre-registration enables the school to plan in advance for a specific number of students, to provide essential information to parents, and in general to work with parents for a successful beginning school experience. Pre-registration for Grade One is required only for students who have attended private Kindergartens and will be in Grade One in the next school year. An orientation for incoming Kindergarten pupils is usually scheduled after registration and prior to the beginning of the school year.
Book rental fees are kept as low as possible, and cover only textbooks and related consumable materials. Fees should be paid by the year, and are due at the beginning of each school year. Students will be charged for replacement of books they lose, and fines will be assessed for damage of books beyond normal wear and tear. For those unable to meet the financial obligation, forms for state assistance are available in the principal’s office. State assistance may or may not cover the entire rental fee. A nominal fee will be charged for consumable textbooks. Payments can be made by charge, debit, check or cash.
The school does not provide personal insurance for students. Student accident insurance, at group rates, is offered at the beginning of each school year. Purchase of this insurance is recommended for any student not fully covered by other insurance.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
There are times when a school releases information regarding its students.
Information, which may be provided, includes a student’s:
1. name, address, telephone number
2. date and place of birth
3. participation in school activities
4. dates of school attendance
5. honors and awards
6. other similar information; e.g. honor roll members
The above information may be released in accord with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 unless parents notify the school of their objection. When a student enrolls in another school and that school requests educational records for that child, they are provided.
Students who arrive late to school must stop in the office and report in. Students who leave school before the end of the day must be checked out in the school office by the parent or guardian.
If it becomes necessary for your child to leave school before dismissal for a doctor’s appointment, etc., please send a note to school with the child. Please come to the office to pick up your child. We feel this procedure is the safest and best for our children.
If a child is to be withdrawn from school because of moving, a note must be sent before the last day the student will be attending, so records may be updated. The final day of attendance should be stated. All text and library books must be returned and outstanding charges paid before the student leaves. A transfer card will be issued and records forwarded to the new school upon request.
REQUESTING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS FOR ABSENT STUDENTS
There is no way a student can entirely make up that which is missed when absent. The missing of presentations, discussions, examples and the interaction between child and teacher just cannot be made up. However, assignments involving such things as reading, problems, and work sheets can be done at home assuming that a student understands the directions.
In that a teacher has the responsibility to carry on with the instructional program for those students who are present, it should not be expected that, on a moments notice, assignments be readied for an absent student.
In many cases, it is not necessary to pick up homework for a student if he/she has been absent only one or two days. The teacher is usually able to help the student “catch up” rather quickly upon their return. However, if your child will be absent for more than two days please follow the procedure below when requesting assignments. We believe this procedure will interfere least with our ongoing educational program.
1. When possible, notify the school or appropriate teacher at least 24 hours in advance of when you want assignments ready to be picked up.
2. Indicate the texts and materials you wish sent home.
3. The parent is responsible for seeing that arrangements are made for the assignments, texts, and materials to be picked up in the elementary office. The best time for making these arrangements is when the parent calls the child off in the morning.
4. A special effort is made by the teachers to supply assignments, etc. It is expected the absent student will complete the work.
Parents are encouraged to visit school. Generally speaking parents are asked not to visit Kindergarten and first grade classes until after the first nine weeks. Visitors are often a distraction to the younger students. Therefore, parents are expected to make arrangements at least 24 hours in advance with the principal and teacher prior to such visits. Students from other schools may not visit while school is in session without permission from the office.
To minimize disruption to the educational environment parents are asked not to bring preschoolers with them when they are visiting the classrooms or participating in classroom activities.
Whenever coming to school, whether to visit a class or otherwise, parents are asked to first report to the office upon arriving. Parents, and anyone designated to pick-up students, are expected to drive carefully. We try to emphasize safety procedures with our students but please be cautious.
Parties will be scheduled on the date of the observance or the last day of school before the observance. For each party, the parents may donate store bought and wrapped refreshments and/or a reasonable fee may be assessed.
Kindergarten, First, Second & Third Grades:
Halloween or Valentine and Christmas
Children may wear costumes for the Halloween party.
Valentines may be exchanged at the Valentine party.
Exchange of gifts will be determined by the teacher.
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Grades
Christmas party –Exchange of gifts will be determined by the teacher.
No Valentine’s party, but Valentines may be exchanged.
PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS
Parents are encouraged to visit or call the school to discuss concerns. In most cases, by asking a few questions, problems can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. Principals cannot address parent concerns if they are not aware of them.
Questions or complaints should be directed first to the building principal if they concern the entire school. If they deal with a class or classroom activity or instruction, they should first be directed to the teacher then to the principal if the matter is not resolved. Calling the superintendent’s office first simply slows down the resolution of the problem because the superintendent’s office will refer the matter back to the principal.
No child is to leave the school grounds without knowledge and permission from the principal’s office. Should a child leave the school grounds without permission, he/she is subject to punishment.
LOST AND FOUND
A lost and found area is maintained. This includes a variety of belongings including clothing. It is not uncommon at the end of the school year for many caps, gloves, sweaters, etc. to go unclaimed. When an article has been lost, a student should check the lost and found box. When visiting school, parents are also encouraged to check if articles have been missing.
SCHOOL BREAKFASTS AND LUNCHES
The Griffith Public Schools serve Type A lunches, which comply with all Federal and State Regulations. Unless a child goes home for lunch, it is the responsibility of the parent to provide a lunch or money for a school lunch. Free or reduced lunches and breakfasts are available for qualified families. Forms are available in the principal’s office.
Parents are able to deposit money into their child’s account. Initial deposits can be made at registration in August. When the funds get below $5.00, a letter will be sent home letting you know that your child ‘s account is low on funds. We ask that deposits be made by check, if possible, so you have a receipt of your deposit, as no receipt will be given if depositing cash.
Food Service Charge Policy
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to keep a positive meal balance in their student(s) account or to pack a lunch from home. The Food Service Department is self-supporting – no monies from the general fund help to operate the Food Service Department. Payments must be made promptly to ensure that the department can continue to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.
We strongly discourage meal charges, but we understand that an occasional emergency sometimes make it necessary. We care for the well-being of our students therefore no student will be denied a meal. We just ask that elementary students do not incur more than $10.00 in negative meal charges and $5.00 for secondary students. This allows a parent/guardian adequate time to settle their student(s) meal account. A la carte items are not allowed to be charged or purchased if a student has a negative balance beyond the charge limit.
If a student has a negative balance greater than $10 (elementary) or $5 (secondary) they will be offered an alternative meal if a meal from home or cash in hand to pay outstanding balance. The alternative lunch is a complete meal consisting of a cheese sandwich along with all the side choices of fruit, vegetable and milk and will be charged at full price to the student’s meal account and added to their owed balance. There is not an alternative meal for breakfast.
Cashiers make every effort to regularly notify students and the parent/guardian through gentle verbal reminders at the point of sale, negative account balance letters, emails and phone calls in an attempt to notify the parent/guardian of their student(s) balance. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to monitor their student(s) meal account balance. This can be done through the schools’ online payment program; mymealtime.com. Notifications can be turned on to alert the parent/guardian when their student(s) account is nearing a minimum limit and needs to be replenished.
On May 1st of each school year all charging will be stopped. ALL negative balances must be paid in full by the end of the school year. If a student has not been provided with a meal from home and continues to have a negative balance on the cutoff date an alternative lunch of a cheese sandwich along with all the side choices of fruit, vegetable and milk will be given to student. The alternative lunch is a complete meal and will be charged at full price to the student’s meal account and added to their owed balance.
If your financial situation has changed you may qualify for free or reduced lunch assistance. Meal assistance applications can be found on the Griffith Public Schools web site or at your students’ school office. Quick and convenient On-Line Applications are available as well. In the event parent/guardian(s) continue to maintain negative balances and the outstanding balance is not paid, the Food Service Department may choose to use other means to collect this debt.
*Any charges incurred before the approval of meal assistance must be paid in full by the parent/guardian as applications cannot be applied retroactively.
Parents are encouraged to keep their child’s account current. Students with a negative balance are permitted to charge up to three meals. After three meals, students are given an alternative meal of cheese sandwich and milk, until a negative balance is brought up to date. Middle/High School students with negative balances may not charge a la carte items. There are no negative balance charges at any level after May 1st of each school year.
Breakfast will be served each day from 7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Students have the choice of a hot or cold breakfast.
Students have the following options during our lunch periods. They may buy a hot lunch in the cafeteria, or bring their own lunch. Parents bringing in lunch for their child must drop it off at the school office. Children will be contacted to pick up their lunch. A main entrée or an alternate lunch is offered daily. Menus are posted on the Griffith school website and are sent home with the students each month.
There is no fee for breakfast or lunch for those students who qualify for “free lunch”. However, there is a nominal fee for students who qualify for “reduced lunch”.
The cafeteria serves meals that meet nutritional guidelines. Fast foods and soft drinks brought in at mealtimes are strongly discouraged.
Because of the recent need for heightened security measures, we have opted to have a closed campus during lunch. (No visitors will be allowed in the cafeteria during lunch hours.)
For the safety and well being of our students, students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. unless a staff member has approved early arrival or they are eating breakfast. Children should be picked up within a few moments of dismissal time unless other arrangements have been made
Parents are requested to call each morning between 7:30 and 9:00 to report their child’s absence. This is to protect the child. If the school has not been called by 9:00 a.m., you can expect to be called.
Complete and accurate information on this card is vital. It is most important that someone (who has a telephone), in addition to the parent, be identified to contact in the event that the school is unable to contact the parent during an emergency. We will attempt to contact the parent first. If information changes, please contact the office.
The importance of parent-teacher conferences cannot be overemphasized.
Parent/Teacher Conferences may be held as needed in all grades. Teachers or parents may request a conference.
CONFERRING WITH A TEACHER
There are certain times before, after and during the school day when teachers are available to confer privately with parents regarding their child. When possible at least 24 hours advance notice should be given prior to the conference being held. This will allow the teacher to adequately prepare for the conference. Arrangements for such a conference can be arranged by contacting the appropriate teacher.
CONFERRING WITH THE PRINCIPAL
It is not uncommon that the principal is out of his/her office taking care of responsibilities. Thus, to avoid inconveniences on your part it is preferable to arrange in advance for a conference. This can be arranged by contacting the office.
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week period. The report card is intended to be one means of informing you of your child’s progress in educational, social, physical and emotional development.
Children show natural differences in the ways they develop skills and abilities in school, much as they show natural differences in height and weight. There are differences within children as well as among children, and it is not unusual for a child to show more strength or faster growth in one area than in another. Since these differences among children are natural and normal, instruction and expectations need to be different for different children. This necessary flexibility in instruction makes evaluation and grading difficult, and each report card mark needs to be understood in reference to what is reasonable achievement and progress for a particular pupil.
Skills and abilities develop gradually and in order. Success at one stage of skill development is a necessary basis for success at the next level. The primary concern of both school and home should be for steady progress at the child’s own best rate.
In grades K-6 report cards are issued each nine weeks. The importance that the Griffith Public Schools attaches to the work habits and attitudes of its students is partly shown by the fact that the markings for these are placed first on the report card.
Students’ grades in grades 4-6 are stored in Power School. Parents can access these grades by obtaining a password. Parents may contact their home school for more information. Students in Grades 3-6 will receive mid-term reports in all four grading periods.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS, OR OTHER INFORMATION
Parents are asked to notify the school of any change of address or telephone number including home or emergency. Other pertinent information regarding health or family status should be given to the principal.
SEVERE WEATHER - SCHOOL CLOSING
Whenever it becomes necessary to close school because of severe weather conditions, Hammond radio station WJOB (1230 on the dial) and Lowell Z107 will carry this information. Griffith Public Schools also has a link (Emergency School Closing Info) on their Web page. The Web address is: http://www.griffith.k12.in.us/. Also, the Griffith Public Schools use the OneCallNow system to notify parents of school closing and delay information as well as for other informational purposes. If weather conditions are threatening at dismissal time, consideration will be given to retaining students at school until the threatening period is over. If you so choose, you may pick up your child. Teachers have been instructed to release students to parents or guardians upon request. Otherwise, no pupil will be dismissed unless our Central Office makes the decision to close school. Should threatening conditions prevail, we will do our best to provide a safe place for your child until the emergency situation is over.
In the event that the school should be delayed in opening or closed during the day without notice, parents who work or are away for the day frequently, should make arrangements with neighbors or relatives to house their children for the day. It is not always possible for the school to give warning of an emergency. Please make these arrangements now and instruct your children where to go in case of an emergency.
USE OF TELEPHONE
School telephones are used for essential school business, and students should expect to use the office phone only in real necessity, and with permission of the teacher and office personnel.
GETTING A MESSAGE TO YOUR CHILD
The school’s primary mission is to educate the child. To help accomplish this it is important that the classroom be interrupted as little as possible. It is for this reason that your cooperation is asked regarding making sure that when your child comes to school in the morning he/she is already aware of any special procedures that are to be followed upon being dismissed from school that afternoon. Thus, unless an emergency exists, we ask that you not call the school to ask that your child be given a message.
- First Offense -- Notification of parents and conference with principal and/or one day in-school suspension.
- Second Offense – Parental notification and conference and the student will be given an in-school suspension with loss of learning up to two days.
- Third Offense – Same as second offense and the number of in-school suspension days (2 or 3) will be left to the discretion of the principal. The attendance Officer will be notified.
- Fourth Offense – Parental notification and the student will be given 3 to 5 in-school suspension days with loss of learning. Juvenile authorities (Juvenile Court) may also be notified.
Tardiness is the reporting to class after the designated starting time. Parent awareness is important. Tardiness has become a problem in the elementary buildings. Children need to be punctual just as people in the work force need to be punctual. Failure to be punctual can have negative consequences for both parent and child.
Excessive Tardiness (per semester)
- On the fourth tardy – student conference and parent contact by telephone or letter.
- Upon the fifth tardy – parent notification stating present and future action. Student – may lose from 1
to 3 recesses/non periods and/or after school detention.
- With the sixth tardy – parent contact. Student may receive a one day in-school suspension. If this
does not alleviate the problem, then the juvenile authorities (Juvenile Court) may be notified.
Regulation of absences:
A. In the case of an elementary student who has excessive absences, ten (10) or more school days, the parent of such student shall be notified of the situation and of the requirement that all future absences be an excused absence. Juvenile authorities may be notified when further unexcused absences are recorded.
B. In all cases of a student illness, the illness must be verified in writing by the student’s parent, guardian, or custodian.
1. Exceeding six (6) consecutive school days.
2. Exceeding ten (10) school days in a semester.
3. Involving suspected abuse of illness policy.
A verification by a physician may be required. If verification is not provided, the giving of zeros for make-up work may apply.
VII. STUDENT BEHAVIOR
We believe an attitude of respect and personal responsibility must form the cornerstones for behavior in our school. Actions that are disrespectful or reflect an unwillingness to accept reasonable levels of responsibility, severely detract from the educational process, and will not be tolerated. In addition, it is the responsibility of school administration and staff to maintain an orderly environment wherein all students and staff feel safe. In light of these standards, there are times when it is necessary for school officials to make a decision concerning the acceptability of a student’s behavior in school or at a school–sponsored activity. Their decision must be based on the welfare of the total school community as well as the individual student. Communication and cooperation between staff members, parents, and students is encouraged in all matters regarding student discipline.
INDIANA LAW REGARDING SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION
Indiana Code 20-33-8, as well as local school board policy, provides all school personnel with the authority to carry out this duty. Any disciplinary problems that arise which are not specifically cited herein will be handled by Griffith administration.
The following excerpts are quoted from Indiana Code 20-33-8.
20-8.1-5.1-8 Grounds for Suspension of Expulsion
(a) The following are grounds for student suspension or expulsion, subject to the procedural requirements of this chapter and as stated by school corporation rules:
(1) Student misconduct
(2) Substantial disobedience
(b) The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed in subsection (a) when a student is:
(1) on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, or immediately after school hours, or at any time when the school is being used by a school group;
(2) off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or
(3) traveling to or from school or school activity function, or event.
20-33-8-15 Unlawful Conduct
In addition to the grounds specified in IC 20-33-8-14, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if:
(1) the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an education function; or
(2) the student’s removal is necessary to restore order to protect persons on school property; including an unlawful activity during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions.
(c) A student who is:
(1) identified as bringing a firearm to school or on school property; or
(2) in possession of a firearm on school property must be expelled for a period of at least one (1) calendar year, with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first semester after end of the one (1) year period.
20-33-18 Due Process
Students will be afforded the basic rights of due process. That is, in any suspension or expulsion proceeding the charges against the student will be stated, a summary of the evidence against the student will be provided, and an opportunity for the student to explain his/her conduct will be granted.
Listed below are some more rules dealing with conduct in the elementary schools. Violations of these rules may result in action ranging from a conference to expulsion depending upon the severity and/or frequency of the violation. This list is not all-inclusive, rather a review of more frequently asked questions or situations.
All rules apply to students:
: On school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours, or any
other time when the school is being used as a school group;
: Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event;
: Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event, or
: Using property or equipment provided by the school
A. Unacceptable Language, Acts and Gestures, or Harassment -- The use or possession of profane or obscene materials, acts, gestures, or language which could or do create a nuisance is strictly prohibited. Any violation of the sexual harassment policy and/or a false accusation of such are strictly prohibited and subject to suspension and/or expulsion. Physical or verbal harassment of other students is also not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Threat and intimidation of another student for any reason will not be permitted. Students are encouraged to seek help from their teachers or principal to resolve conflicts. Violators may be suspended. Repeat violators will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion.
B. Dishonesty -- Cheating on tests, assignments or any other form of dishonesty is considered a serious offense. This includes, but is not limited to, lying and theft.
C. Fighting -- Fighting in the school building, on the school grounds, enroute to and from school and at school sponsored activities is prohibited. Individuals who promote and instigate fights are subject to the same corrective actions as the participants.
D. Bullying – Griffith Public Schools prohibits bullying in any form. Bullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including:
: verbal or written communications transmitted,
: cyberbullying (taking place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school- sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, through the use of the district Internet system while on or off campus, through the use of a personal digital device on campus or off-campus activities that cause or threaten to cause a substantial disruption at school),
: physical acts committed or;
: any other behaviors committed; or any other behaviors committed by student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student (IC 20-8.1-5.1-0.2)
E. Cigarettes, Tobacco Products and Smoking -- Staff members will be asked to confiscate student cigarettes or any tobacco products that are obvious to their view. If prohibited articles such as cigarettes or any tobacco products are brought to school, the administration has the authority to search the student and his or her belongings and seize the cigarettes or prohibited items. Confiscated cigarettes or any tobacco products shall be turned in to the administration for disposal and a record shall be kept of the student violator. The student shall be warned on the first offense. On second offense, the student possessing the cigarettes or prohibited items shall be suspended for one day. Smoking or use of any tobacco products is prohibited in the school building, at school extracurricular activities, or on the way to or from school. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a one-day suspension on the first offense. On the second offense, a three-day suspension will be issued. A third offense, in the course of a semester, will result in a recommendation for expulsion.
F. Drinking - When a student comes to school or school activities under the influence of alcohol or with alcohol in their possession, their parents will be notified and a five-day suspension will be issued. A second offense during the course of a school year will result in a recommendation for expulsion.
G. Drugs - It is a violation of the disciplinary code of the Griffith Public Schools to possess, provide to another person, or be under the influence of any substance which is or contains amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, a stimulant, an intoxicant, a narcotic, a depressant, or a hallucinogen whether prescription or sold over the counter or any substance represented by the provider to be any of the listed substances. The inhaling of substances such as but not limited to; model glue, white out, or other inhalants, may result in punishment under this section.
H. Nuisance or dangerous articles -- Articles that may be a nuisance or dangerous are not permitted in the building or on school grounds unless an exception is granted by the principal. Examples are, but not restricted to the following: toys, cap guns, water guns, knives, skateboards, rollerblades or skates, noisemakers, bows & arrows, electronic equipment, laser pointers, radios, walkie-talkies, tape recorders, matches, lighters, or fireworks. Some of these objects may fall under guidelines for suspension/expulsion.
I. Anti-Gang Policy - The Board of School Trustees finds that the presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of the learning process and acceptable school activities. Therefore, the Board acts to prevent disruption and to prohibit gang activities by restricting the following actions: No student on or about school property or at any school activity shall:
1. Wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, or other such items identified and associated with gang membership or affiliation.
2. Use hand signals, graffiti, gestures or other written communications showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
3. Use any speech or commit any act in promoting of gang interests or activities including but not limited to:
a. soliciting others for membership in any gang
b. threatening or intimidating others
c. inciting others to commit physical violence
J. Cell Phones:
1. Students are allowed to bring cell phones to school.
2. Cell phones must be turned off upon entering school grounds or the school.
3. Cell phones may be turned on and used at the end of the school day.
4. Cell phones that are visible, ring, beep, or vibrate, during the school day, will be taken by the teacher or school employee.
5. Cell phones must be kept in backpacks/lockers/area designated by classroom teacher (not coats that will be worn at recess).
6. Camera phones may not be used for picture taking on school grounds at any time.
7. A cell phone brought to school is at the risk of the owner.
8. During the school day, students must come to the office to make a phone call.
FIRST VIOLATION –in the academic year: The student’s cell phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other district personnel and taken to the principal’s office. The student may pick up the cell phone at the end of the school day.
SECOND VIOLATION – in the academic year: The student’s cell phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other district personnel and taken to the principal’s office. The student’s parent/guardian must pick up the cell phone from the office.
K. Cameras – Students are not allowed to carry cameras on them. Any use of a camera, including cell phone, tablet or other electronic devices must be approved by the teacher or principal.
The school district will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any electronic device brought to school.
Students who violate the provisions of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action, which could include suspension or expulsion from school in accordance with statutory due process procedures and referral to local police authorities.
ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED (including, but not limited to):
-Running in the school building
-Fighting, wrestling, pushing or striking with hand or closed first
-Running or interference into an area where a group has organized a game
- Profane or obscene language in any form
- Rollerblading, skateboarding
- Chewing gum in the building or on school grounds, unless permission has been granted by the
teacher/principal for a specific occasion
- Violation of any rules and regulations contained in the Student Behavior Policy as approved and adopted
by the Griffith Board of School Trustees
-Any toys that can be construed as weapons
We encourage parents to closely monitor articles brought to school by children. Toys, cards, stuffed animals, and electronic devices and games often interfere with class time and must be pre-approved by the teacher.
VIII. STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICY FOR GRADES K-6: INDIANA CODE
The success of the Griffith Public Schools is dependent to a considerable degree upon the maintenance of an environment which is conducive to an orderly teaching - learning process. The quality of that environment is largely dependent upon discipline, a joint responsibility of student, parents, teachers, administrators, and community.
However, in those instances where student self-discipline is absent or substandard, the superintendent, principal, any administrative personnel, or any teacher of the school corporation is authorized to take certain actions reasonably desirable or necessary to help any student, to further school purposes, or to prevent undue interference with the educational process.
Full details of the rules, regulations and procedures of the Griffith Public Schools and a copy of the statute are available to any parent, guardian or student in the principal’s office in each school within the system or at the Superintendent’s office, P.O. Box #749, Griffith. The information, which follows, summarizes the policy for handy reference.
Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation, school officials may find it necessary to remove a student from the school. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of IC 20-8.1-5.1, the Board of School Trustees authorizes administrators and staff members to take the following actions:
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
Grounds for suspension or expulsion are student misconduct or substantial disobedience. The following include examples of student misconduct or substantial disobedience, but are not limited to:
1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation; fear, passive resistance, or other
comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to
engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type
of conduct prohibited by this subdivision:
a. Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.
b. Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room.
c. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property.
d. Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.
e. Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the ability of any teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the education function under this supervision.
2. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property; stealing or attempting to steal school
3. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private
4. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury or intentionally behaving in such a
way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Self-defense or reasonable action
undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person does not,
however, constitute a violation of this provision.
5. Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of, obtaining money
or anything of value from the student.
6. Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be
considered a weapon. Makes possessing a knife on school property or on a school bus a Class B
misdemeanor. Makes the offense a Class A misdemeanor if the offender has a previous unrelated
conviction and a Class D felony if the offense results in bodily injury or serious bodily injury to
another person. Adds battery against, and the harassment of, a school employee to the list of
offenses that must be reported to a local law enforcement agency.
7. Knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug,
hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any
kind. Use of drug authorized by a medical prescription from a physician is not a violation of this
8. Engaging in the unlawful selling of a controlled substance or engaging in a criminal law violation
that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an
9. Failing in a substantial number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school
personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where
the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
10. Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with
school purposes or an educational function.
11. Violating or repeatedly violating any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school
purposes or an educational function and are validly adopted in accordance with Indiana law,
including, but not limited to:
a. engaging in sexual behavior on school property;
b. disobedience of administrative authority;
c. willful absence or tardiness of students;
d. knowingly possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or
looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana,
alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind;
e. possessing using, transmitting, or being under the influence of caffeine-based substances,
substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), or stimulants of any kind, be they
available with or without a prescription.
12. POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
a. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm on school property.
b. The following devises are considered to be a firearm as under this rule:
- any weapon that will, or is designed to or, may readily be converted to expel a projectile
by the action of an explosive
- the frame or receiver of any weapon described above
- any firearm muffler or firearm silencer
- any destructive devise which is an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade,
rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive
or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any similar device
- any weapon that will, or that may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action
of an explosive or other propellant, and that has any barrel with a bore of more than one
half inch diameter.
- any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into
any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and
from which a destructive device may be readily assembled
- an antique firearm
- a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural
c. The penalty for possession of a firearm: suspension up to 10 days and expulsion from
school for at least one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning
of the first semester after the one year period. The superintendent may reduce the length
of the expulsion if the circumstances warrant such reduction.
d. The superintendent shall notify the county prosecuting attorney’s office when a student is
expelled under this rule.
13. MISUSE OF TECHNOLOGY
a. No student shall use electronic devices for any purposes other than those designated as essential to the academic process (unless previously arranged with the building principal).
b. No student shall use school or personal electronic devices to access obscene, pornographic, objectionable or materials meant to disparage an individual’s race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed above (#1-13) apply when a student is:
1. On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when a school group is using the school;
2. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event
3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event.
In addition to the grounds listed above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions.
A school principal (or designee) may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to 10 school days.
When a principal (or designee) determines that a student should be suspended, the following procedures will be followed:
1. A meeting will be held prior to the suspension of any student. At this meeting the student will be entitled to:
a. a written or oral statement of the charges;
b. if the student denies the charges, a summary of the evidence against the student will be presented; and,
c. the student will be provided an opportunity to explain his or her conduct.
2. The meeting shall precede suspension of the student except where the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such situations, the meeting will follow the suspension as soon as reasonably possible following the date of the suspension.
3. Following the suspension, the parents or guardians of suspended students will be notified in writing. The notification will include the dates of the suspension, describe the student’s misconduct, and the action taken by the principal.
EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL
In accordance with the due process procedures defined in this policy, a student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester.
When a principal (or designee) recommends to the superintendent (or designee) that a student is expelled from school, the following procedures will be followed:
1. The superintendent (or designee) may conduct an expulsion meeting, or may appoint one of the following persons to conduct the expulsion meeting:
a. legal counsel
b. a member of the administrative staff who does not expel the student and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion.
2. An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student’s parent are asked to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the superintendent or the person designated above. Failure by a student or a student’s parent to appear at this meeting will be deemed a waiver of rights administratively to contest the expulsion or to appeal it to the school board.
3. The request to appear at the expulsion meeting will be in writing, delivered by certified mail or by personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting.
4. At the expulsion meeting, the principal (or designee), will present evidence to support the charges against the student. The student or parent will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student, and to present evidence to support the student’s position.
5. If an expulsion meeting is held, the person conducting the expulsion meeting will make a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting, take any action found to be appropriate, and give notice of the action taken to the student arid the student’s parent.
The student or parent has the right to appeal the decision of the person conducting the expulsion meeting to the school board within 10 days of the receipt of notice of the action taken. The student or parent appeal to the school board must be in writing. If an appeal is properly made, the board must consider the appeal unless the board votes not to hear the appeal. If the board hears the appeal, it will consider the written summary of the expulsion meeting and the arguments of the school administration and the student and/or the student’s parent. The board will then take any action deemed appropriate.
LEGAL REFERENCE: 20 U.S.C. 8001, 20 U.S.C. 8002, I.C. 20-8.1-5.1-1 et seq.
OTHER GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION INCLUDE
Repeated failure to comply with directions of teachers and administrators during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where such failure constitutes an interference with school purposes.
- Engaging in an activity forbidden by the laws of the State of Indiana, which constitutes an interference with school purposes.
- Willfully absent or truant from school without the knowledge or consent of the parent or school, or absent from school when there is an attempt to evade the School Attendance Law.
- Failure to comply with established rules of conduct for students riding Griffith Public School busses.
– Failure to comply with any school rules or regulations established by the Principal of that school.
IX. DISCIPLINE POLICY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES*
Students with disabilities are subject to the discipline rules adopted by the board of school trustees and, therefore, may be suspended or expelled for any violation(s) of such rules. In accordance with I.C. 20-8.1-5.1 and 511 IAC 7-15, administrators may take the following discipline actions:
A suspension is defined as a unilateral, temporary cessation of educational or related services. A short-term removal of a student pursuant to the student’s individualized education program is not a suspension. Students with disabilities may be suspended up to ten (10) consecutive school days, but no more than ten (10) cumulative school days in a school year.
Before a student with disabilities can be suspended, the student must be afforded a meeting with the principal, wherein the student is entitled to: (1) a written or oral statement of the charges against the student; (2) if the student denies the charge, a summary of the evidence against the student; and (3) an opportunity to explain the student’s conduct.
This meeting shall precede the suspension of the student unless the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal of the student.
An expulsion is defined as separation from school attendance or a related service for more than ten (10) consecutive school days.
Before a student with disabilities can be expelled from school, the student and the student’s parent must be afforded the opportunity to attend an expulsion meeting before an appointed expulsion examiner. However, prior to any expulsion meeting, the case conference committee must meet to review the student’s behavior and determine whether the behavior is caused by, or is a manifestation of, the student’s disability. If the committee determines there is such a causal relationship between the student’s behavior and the student’s disability, the student may not be expelled. If, however, the committee determines there is no causal relationship between the student’s behavior and the student’s disability, the parent may: (1) request the appointment of an independent hearing officer to contest the committee’s determination; (2) request an expulsion meeting; or (3) waive the right to an expulsion meeting.
In the event of the expulsion of a student with disabilities, educational and related services may not cease. The case conference committee shall determine the educational services that will be provided during the expulsion period and where the services will be provided.
*This policy is limited to the discipline of students with disabilities as identified under 511 IAC 7-S
EXPULSION FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
If a student with disabilities is in possession of a firearm on school property, the principal may suspend the student in accordance with the above provision on suspension or exercise in-school discipline measures or any other discipline actions set forth in the student’s individualized education program.
A case conference committee meeting shall be convened as soon as possible to determine an appropriate alternative educational setting for the student. The student may be placed in the alternative educational setting for no more than 45 calendar days. The parent of the student has the right to initiate a due process hearing regarding the committee’s determination, but during the pendency of any such hearing, the student shall remain in the alternative setting.
The case conference committee shall also determine whether a causal relationship exists between the student’s behavior and the student’s disability. If there is a causal relationship, the student cannot be expelled. If the case conference committee determines there is no causal relationship, the student must be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year, subject to modification only by the superintendent. During the expulsion period, the student shall continue to receive educational services as determined by the case conference committee.
X. LOCKER USAGE
STATEMENT OF POLICY
All lockers made available for students use on the school premises are the property of the school corporation. These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules.
The student’s use of the locker does not diminish the school corporation’s ownership or control of the locker. The school corporation retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to insure that the locker is being used in accordance with its intended purpose, and to eliminate fire or other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen material and to prevent use of the locker to store prohibited or dangerous materials such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol.
XI. GRIFFITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
POLICY ON DISTRICT–PROVIDED
ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION, SERVICES, AND NETWORKS
In making decisions regarding student access to the Internet, the Griffith Public Schools considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The District expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in its use. As much as possible, access from school to Internet resources should be structured in ways which point students to those which have been evaluated prior to use. While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others that have not been previewed by staff, they shall be provided with guidelines, rules and lists of resources particularly suited to learning objectives.
Outside of school, families bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies, and other possibly offensive media. Families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, its is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student’s parent or guardian would be liable.
Students utilizing District-provided Internet access must first have the permission of and must be supervised by the Griffith Public School’s professional staff. Students utilizing school-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom or other areas of the school. The same general rules for behavior and communications apply.
The purpose of District-provided Internet access is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, students’ use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the Griffith Public Schools. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.
Users should not expect that files stored on school-based computers will always be private. Electronic messages and files stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers. Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are acting responsibly.
The following uses of school-provided Internet and network access are not permitted:
a. to access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material;
b. to transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;
c. to violate any local, state, or federal statute, or commit a personal injury
d. to vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;
e. to access another individual’s material, information, or files without permission; and,
f. to violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.
The Griffith Public Schools makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including-but not limited to-loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. The District will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on District or personal diskettes, hard drives, or server; nor for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through District-provided Internet access. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from District-provided access to the Internet.
While the District’s intent is to make Internet access available in order to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. Even should the District institute technical methods or systems to regulate students’ Internet access, those methods do not guarantee compliance with the District’s acceptable use policy. That notwithstanding, the District believes that the benefits to students of access to the Internet exceed any disadvantages. However, the Griffith Public Schools makes these Internet policy and procedures available on request for review by all parents, guardians, and other members of the community; and provides parents and guardians the option of requesting for their minor children alternative activities not requiring Internet use.
Any violation of District policy and rules may result in loss of District-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action including sanctions shall be determined at the building level in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
With technology becoming such an important and expensive factor in the education of our students, it is necessary that actions be taken to safeguard district owned computers and other technological tools from various kinds of abuse. Physically damaging technological equipment, tampering with essential command files, creating computer viruses, and other behaviors which constitute attempts to destroy, abuse, distort, or misuse technological equipment may result in suspension or expulsion from school. Restitution will be made by the parent/guardian.
Any parent or guardians wishing to decline access to District provided Internet for their child shall notify the school principal in writing annually.
Your child’s schoolwork and/or photo may be published on the District’s web site for educational and display purposes only. Published work or photos will not include student’s full name, phone number, or other personal information. It may include a first name and the teacher’s name.
Any parent or guardians who does not wish to have their child’s school work and/or photograph published shall notify the school principal in writing annually.
NOTICE: This policy and all its provisions are subordinate to local, state, and federal statutes.
XII. HOMEWORK POLICY
In Griffith Public Schools we believe in homework and have adopted the following policy:
Homework is an out of school activity that contributes to and benefits the intellectual growth of a student. Acceptable homework is the honest effort of an individual student.
II. OBJECTIVES OF HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
A. Extend classroom learning (not replace it).
B. Reinforce the development of responsibility.
C. Provide enrichment and/or remediation activities.
D. Foster the development of effective study skills.
III. TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Carefully plan and implement homework assignments.
B. Make professional decisions in regard to the amount of, type of and to whom homework will be assigned, considering homework given by other teachers of the student.
C. Communicate individual teacher’s homework policy to students and/or parents early in the school year.
D. Develop a method of evaluating homework and when appropriate communicate that method of evaluation to parents.
E. Communicate with parents when homework is consistently incomplete.
IV. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Communicate homework policy to staff, students, parents and community.
B. Monitor appropriate implementation of policy.
V. PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Provide an environment conducive to study.
B. Encourage questions and offers assistance when appropriate, remembering that the ultimate responsibility is with the student.
C. Communicate student’s difficulty with homework to the teacher.
VI. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Take home materials necessary to complete assignments.
B. Communicate difficulties with homework to teacher.
C. Complete assignments on time.
D. Work to highest level of ability.
E. Assume responsibility to make up work missed during illness or absence.
XIII. PARENT PARTICIPATION POLICY
A parent (including a guardian and custodian) of a dependent student shall be required to participate in any disciplinary action authorized under the Student Due Process Code, I.C. 20-8.105.1, as well as the student discipline handbook of this school corporation, at the discretion of and upon proper notice by a school official.
Parent participation includes, but is not limited to, meetings, conferences, hearings, supervising after-school-home-study time, reviewing homework, and assuring regular school attendance and attendance after school if necessary.
When a school official deems it necessary to require parent participation to resolve behavioral problems of a student, the parent shall be notified in one of the following ways
(1) Telephone contact by a school official at least three (3) days in advance of the meeting, conference or hearing, followed by a letter of confirmation by regular or certified mail; or
(2) Personal delivery of written notice of the required attendance at the meeting, conference or hearing by a school official at least three (3) days beforehand.
The superintendent, principal, or other administrative official shall be authorized upon receipt of parental consent to require the student to participate in behavioral testing, counseling, or drug or alcohol abuse evaluation by a licensed agency if such testing, counseling, or evaluation is reasonably necessary to help any student, to further school purposes, or to prevent an interference with school purposes. The cost of these services shall be the responsibility of the parent.
Upon receipt of proper notice, any parent, guardian, or custodian who fails to comply with the requirements of a school official to participate in the resolution of behavioral problems of a student whose conduct is repeatedly disruptive to the student’s own educational progress or to the progress of others may be referred to the Child Protective Services Division of Public Welfare and the child may be considered to be a “child in need of services” in accordance with I.C.31-6-4-3(a)(7).
LEGAL REFERENCE: I.C.20-8.1-5.1-19
Physical/verbal/sexual/written and/or any similar harassment of other students and/or staff member and/or anyone else is not permitted as well as threat and intimidation in any form of another student and/or staff member and/or anyone for any reason. Examples include, but are not limited to: threatening to strike, attack, or harm a staff member, student or other person, coercing a staff member, student or other person, threatening notes, comments, innuendoes, or rumors, bulling and hazing. Examples of sexual harassment may include but is not limited to the following: verbal harassment or abuse, repeated remarks to a person with a sexual or demeaning implications, unwelcome touching, pressure for sexual activity, suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats.
XV. CIVILITY POLICY
Any person who disrupts or threatens to disrupt normal school and/or office operations; threatens the health and safety of anyone through harassment; willfully causes property damage; uses offensive language; acts in a rude or disrespectful manner; or who otherwise establishes a continued pattern of unauthorized entry on school property, will be dealt with either according to student disciplinary procedures, or if an adult, will be asked to cease such behavior or be directed to leave school property. If any person uses obscenities or speaks in an abusive manner, the administrator or employee to whom the remarks are directed will politely request that person to communicate in a courteous manner. If the person does not take corrective action, the employee will verbally notify him/her that the meeting, conference or telephone conversation is terminated and will refer the person to the building principal or designee. For students, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken according to the school handbook. For persons other than corporation students, the Superintendent or designee will inform the person that s/he will not be allowed on school property for an amount of time determined by the administration.
GRIFFITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK
2017-2018 STUDENT/PARENT AGREEMENT
I/We have received, read, understand, and agree to abide by and follow the 2017/2018 Elementary School handbook. I/We understand that violations of any of the school’s policies/rules or state laws will result in action as prescribed. I/We accept the responsibilities requested of a me/us and the penalties rendered if any of the policies, rules, laws or regulations are violated.
Signature of student ____________________________________ Grade _________________
Signature of parent _____________________________________
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☐ I give permission for my child to use and access the Internet at school.
Date signed _____________Date Turned into Office __________