Jennings County School Corporation Elementary Handbook
Our mission is to inspire and empower our students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners and productive members of a global community.
Our Core Values
We believe that ...
- An open and positive environment promotes respect, honesty and trust;
- Lifelong learning encourages creativity, responsibility and productivity;
The partnership among schools, families and the community is essential to the complete educational experience;
- Each person is unique and has value;
- When each person contributes, the individual and community thrive;
- Understanding diversity enhances our lives and community;
- Goal setting and high expectations lead to success; and
- Everyone can learn.
JENNINGS COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS' HANDBOOK OF
DISCIPLINE RULES, REGULATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS 2016-2017
Jennings County Elementary Schools provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be successful during their educational career. Each elementary school will support and encourage the development of self-disciplined and responsible lifelong learners.
Be responsible for their actions.
Treat people and property with respect. Behave in a kind and courteous manner.
Follow all directions of teachers, principals, and staff.
SCHOOL HOUSE EXPECTATIONS
Regular school attendance will aid greatly in promoting the success of students. The educational process requires a continuous sequence of instruction. When broken by a period of absence, this instruction can never be fully regained by extra work. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in learning activities under the supervision of a qualified teacher will assist each student in attaining his/her maximum potential. The primary purpose of this attendance policy is to develop a sense of responsibility, to promote punctuality, to develop traits of good citizenship, and to enhance academic success. It is with these purposes in mind that this attendance policy and the implementation procedures described are approved.
GUIDELINES FOR EXCUSING AN ABSENCE
In order for an absence to be excused, the parent/guardian must phone the school, send a note from home, or provide a medical excuse. The parent/guardian must make prior arrangements for absences due to special events or personal business.
Absences will be classified as excused, unexcused, or truant depending on the reason for the absence.
1. EXCUSED - A student will be excused for the following reasons:
a. Personal illness.
b. Personal, medical or dental appointments. (Medical certificate is required within one week of absence. Also, the medical certificate should specify the amount of time that the student should be absent from school. )
c. Serious illness or death in the immediate family.
d. Students may be excused for other reasons if the parent makes a request in writing in a timely fashion PRIOR to the requested absence. The school may approve an absence without prior notice if circumstances reasonably prevented the student from having obtained prior permission. Approval will be contingent upon attendance history and academic standing.
e. If a school bus is unable to reach a bus pick-up due to poor road conditions, flooding, or other issues and cannot pick-up a child and the child has no other means where by he/she maybe transported to school; that child's absence will be consider a weather omission day.
2. UNEXCUSED - All other absences from school will be considered unexcused. A student with an unexcused absence will receive no make-up work, receive a zero for all missed work, and a zero for classroom participation for the day.
3. TRUANT - A student will be considered as truant if he or she is absent from school all or part of a day if:
a. The absence is without the prior knowledge and consent of either the parent or school.
b. A "fictitious" phone call is received by the school excusing the absence.
c. A forged note is received excusing an absence.
A student who commits an act of truancy will receive no make-up work, and will receive a zero on all missed work.
STEP 1 SEVENTH EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Principal sends parent/guardian a letter indicating that the student has missed seven days.
STEP 2 (TENTH EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE OR THIRD UNEXCUSED ABSENCE)
The Principal sends parent/guardian a certified letter/certificate of mailing that requires him/her to attend a conference with school officials at which time an attendance contract must be signed. The parent and student may need to meet with a school counselor. Parent/Guardian must contact the principal within three days of receipt of this letter to arrange a date and time for the meeting.
If the parent/guardian fails to arrange and attend a meeting, the student will be placed on attendance probation.
STEP 3 (ELEVENTH ABSENCE OR FOURTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE)
Parent must provide principal with medical statement for every absence verifying they were seen by a physician and cannot be backdated. Also, the parent may bring the child to school and may be excused by the school nurse.
Principal may grant excused absence for valid reason at the principal's discretion.
ACTIONS THAT MAY BE TAKEN:
Request that the Division of Family and Children consider possible reduction of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits.
Request that a police officer investigate and possibly issue written warning, sending a copy to the parent/guardian, Probation Department, superintendent, principal, and Department of Family and Children.
STEP 4 (NEXT UNEXCUSED ABSENCE AND AFTER WRITTEN WARNING)
School sends a certified letter to parent/guardian requiring him/her to schedule a conference with the principal.
ACITON THAT MAY BE TAKEN:
Request that the Division of Family and Children consider possible reduction of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits.
The Probation Department may file a juvenile delinquency petition alleging truancy or completes an informal adjustment with family at the request of the
Request or file an affidavit against the parent/guardian for educational neglect. Recommend the student for retention in current grade.
Recommend the student for expulsion.
Request that the Prosecuting attorney initiate legal action against parent and/or child; court hears case.
It is very important that you understand that it is your responsibility, as a parent or guardian, to ensure that your child regularly attends school as required by law. When a student accumulates more than ten unexcused absences, the student will be deemed "habitually truant". This is defined in Indiana State Statute 20-33-2-
A letter will be delivered in conjunction with and will be part of a criminal investigation that will list you as a “involved person”. In the event that your child is absent from school and does not meet the requirement for an excused absence, the case will be formally prepared for prosecution in the Superior Court of Jennings County.
This letter will serve as your only notice that any further unexcused absences during the current school year could result in your arrest and subsequent
prosecution for violation of Indiana Code 20-33-2-28. If convicted, you could receive up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1000.00.
GENERAL INFORMATION MEDICATION
It is school board policy that neither prescription medications nor over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and cough syrup, may be dispensed by school personnel. Under special circumstances, school personnel may administer medication if the following guidelines are met.
1. Written permission of parents or guardian is given.
2. All medication is kept in the school office or in the office of the nurse.
3. Medication is in original container and labeled with: a) student's name, b) name of medicine, c) dosage, and d) doctor's name. Forms for giving medicine at school may be obtained from the school office. Telephone calls to parents confirming statements will be made when necessary.
4. A student with an acute or chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication that must be administered on an emergency basis while the student is on school grounds or off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event if the student's parent files an annual authorization that includes a written statement from the student's physician for the student to self-administer the medication.
5. Medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school hours or at school functions for student in grades Pre K-12 may be released only to the student’s parent or to an individual who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and who has been designated, in writing, by the student’s parent to receive the medication, unless a doctor’s note or Form 5330 F2 is completed granting permission to transport medicine to and from school.
Students must have signed written permission slips on file before being allowed to go on any field trips. It is the parent's responsibility to provide required medication or supplies needed to treat medical conditions. If this is not provided, students will not be able to participate in school-sponsored events away from school. If a student has an unexcused absence the day prior to an event, the student may be prohibited from participating in the event. Parents may not ride on a school bus to/from a field trip unless it is a paid private carrier. Only teachers and aides of the class may ride the bus. Chaperones and volunteers must travel in private vehicles.
Jennings County School Corporation is required by law to require immunizations of ALL students, preschool through twelfth grade. The law states that when a student enrolls for the first time in a school district, the parents or guardian must furnish a written statement of the child's immunization, with physician or health department certification. The state law requires that a child be excluded from school if his/her parents do not supply this record.
Electronic surveillance may occur on any school property or on any transportation vehicle. A notice placed at the main entrance to each building shall notify patrons.
The use of visual surveillance shall not be used in areas where the expectation of privacy exists, such as classrooms, locker rooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, etc. However, audio surveillance may be utilized in these areas. In addition, a staff member may request that surveillance be installed in his/her classroom for good cause. This request is to be made to the building principal.
The Transportation/Safety Director shall supervise the use of electronic surveillance equipment on transportation vehicles. The use of electronic surveillance equipment on school grounds and on other School Corporation property shall be supervised by the superintendent or designee.
Electronic surveillance shall be used to aid in monitoring the order, safety, and security of students, staff, patrons, and property.
Retention schedules for transportation surveillance recordings shall be no less than 48 hours and for building/property surveillance shall be no less than 7 days (where possible). If it is known that an incident occurred, then the assigned supervising administrator or his/her designee may retain the surveillance recording containing such incident.
Access to these devices and their records will be by approved personnel only and may be shared with law enforcement personnel or officers of the court as evidence.
The use of electronic recordings from surveillance equipment shall be subject to the policies of the District as they relate to confidentiality of student and personnel records.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
All schools in Jennings County will be open on all regularly scheduled days unless closed by an emergency. When the schools are confronted with an emergency - such as extreme conditions of snow, ice, fog, or mechanical failure - which necessitates the closing, early dismissal, or delaying of schools, an announcement will be sent using our notification system “School Messenger” and through local radio and area television stations. The decision will be made prior to 6:00 a.m. and the notice will be sent via “School Messenger” and the television/radio/stations listed below as soon as the decision has been made. The radio and television stations will report the closing/delay/early dismissal at intervals throughout the morning. If no report is heard from any of these sources for Jennings County School Corporation, it can be assumed that school is in session on the normal schedule. Please do not call the school or Central Administration Office! Telephone lines need to be kept open for emergencies. In the event of other types of emergency, the Jennings County School Corporation's Crisis Response Plan will be invoked. As you know, state law mandates that we hold school a certain number of days each year. Any days missed must be made up on "make-up" days built into the calendar or following the scheduled end of the school year. The school corporation may have to make other adjustments to the calendar in the event an exceptional number of weather related closing occurs.
Television Stations that will be notified:
Louisville-WDRB 41, WAVE 3, WHAS11, WLKY 32, FOX 41
Indianapolis-WISH 8, WXIN 59, WTHR 13, WRTV 6, FOX 4/49
WNVI 1460 AM
WCSI 1010 AM
WWWY 106.1 FM
WINN 104.9 FM
Throughout the school year, students will have some assignments that require them to work at home. The responsibility for the assignment rests with the student. Students should be certain the assignment is understood and that they have the necessary books or materials before leaving school.
Parents/Guardians are to request their child's or children's homework prior to 10:00 a.m. of the day they want to pick up their child's or children's homework. Requesting homework by 10:00 a.m. allows time for the teacher to compile the student's homework and minimizes class interruption.
For useful tips to help your child be successful in school, visit www.ED.gov.
ELEMENTARY GRADING SCALE
Satisfactory S Needs Improvement N
The School Board, in compliance with law and rules of the State Board of Education, shall implement the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress - Plus (ISTEP+) to assess student achievement and needs in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other designated subjects in order to determine the progress of students and to assist them in attaining Corporation and State Department goals.
Additionally, the Board shall administer any end of course exams as may be required by the State Board of Education in grades 9 through 12. The end of course examinations for algebra one and English 10 comprise the graduation examination.
The Board shall comply with the requirements of the State Board of Education in administering the Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) Assessment to students enrolled in grade 3.
The Board has determined that students who opt out of statewide assessments can/may be retained up to two times per grade level in grades 3-8.
We request that parents try not to send notes for students to stay in during recess unless the note is a doctor's statement. Usually, if a child is well enough to attend school, he/she is well enough to participate in recess. Students typically perform better in the classroom after a recess due to the break and healthy physical activity. Students do not go outside in inclement weather or if the temperature/wind-chill combination is below 30 degrees.
VISITOR PROCEDURE GUIDELINES
Although we wish for our schools to be open and friendly to our parents and patrons, our first priority is to the safety of our students and staff. Access to our schools during the school day shall be limited to visits necessary to conduct the business of operating a school and shall include:
1. Deliveries: All delivery personnel must check in at the building's main office and access to other parts of the building by means other than through the main office shall be attended by school personnel. All access points shall be attended during the duration of the delivery. Doors shall not be propped open by any means.
Anticipated deliveries shall include:
f. Others upon request
2. Visitors: Visits shall be limited to invited participants for a school related program such as:
b.Convocations or Special Programs
c. Textbook and recreational book sales
d. Software demonstrations
e. Service Technicians
3. Parents and Relatives: Parents and other relatives may attend special luncheons or other events by school invitation only. The practice of "stopping by" for lunch is not allowed. Classroom visits by parents and other outside entities shall not occur except as part of a program by invitation.
4. Volunteers: Approved volunteers who assist in the classroom, library cafeteria, etc..will be allowed into the building following all appropriate background checks. Volunteers and other visitors shall wear visitor badges with name, photograph, and location where they are to be within the facility (based upon the purchase of software services).
5. School Corporation employees are not to open the building or otherwise provide access for non-professional activities for friends, relatives, or other visitors for any reason. Using the facilities for purposes unrelated to school business shall in most cases be restricted to times other than business hours as per the building use policy. Use of facilities for these purposes requires application in writing through the building principal at least ten days prior to the event. A rental/utility charge and certificate of insurance may also be required. If school personnel are not present at the event to supervise and provide security, school personnel may be required to be present for cleaning, supervising, and/or securing the building before, during, and following the event and this may require additional charges to the renting group or person.
6. Persons or groups that are disruptive or otherwise do not follow the procedures and guidelines approved and provided by the school in verbal or written form during any visit to school property may be asked to leave the premises. If a person or group of persons refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement personnel may be contacted for assistance. If a person or group disrupts the safe, normal operation of the school in any manner, a letter may be written prohibiting them from accessing any school property.
7. No person shall open exterior doors to allow access to the building for anyone. After the start of the school day access to the building, other than by authorized personnel with keys, shall be through the main entrance(s) of the building.
8. No person shall enter an extra-curricular event without obtaining a ticket (with the exception of school personnel assigned to the event or working in an associated capacity) and entering through the designated entrance. Persons entering the building or an event without following procedures may be asked to leave the event and may be banned from future events.
9. Students or school personnel allowing access to the building by opening exterior gates and doors may be subject to disciplinary measures.
10. Students or other persons that allow others access to events through unapproved means may be required to leave the event and may be banned from future events.
FOOD ITEMS SUPPLIED FOR CLASSROOM CELEBRATION
Food items supplied for classroom celebrations must follow Indiana Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24-142 Food Sources, Section 142 (b) "Food prepared in a private home may not be used or offered for human consumption in a retail food establishment." Food items sent to school to be shared with other students must be purchased from a commercial operation. Food treats prepared at home are not allowed to be sent to school and shared with other students.
The elementary schools do not permit the selling of any items at school, regardless of whether it is for personal profit or to be donated to a nonprofit organization. The school corporation will designate approved fund raisers each year.
Telephones are for school business. Students will not be allowed to make unnecessary calls. Students will be called to the telephone only if determined an emergency by school personnel. Only messages of an urgent nature will be delivered to students. Students may not use cell phones or similar devices for any reason at school/or on the bus.
TEXTBOOKS AND EQUIPMENT
Each student is responsible for all books or equipment issued to him/her. Students will be responsible for books if damaged, lost, or stolen.
The Jennings County School Corporation is utilizing the following procedures concerning child custody. Any questions concerning documents need to be directed to the office of the principal.
1. In case one parent asks that the children not be allowed to leave the school with the other parent, a custody paper, restraining order, or some other legal document must be in the child's folder at school.
2. Legal opinion states that either parent has equal rights to the child unless one of the above mentioned legal documents has been issued.
3. The parent must provide the school with any documents regarding custody of a student.
Each year, as do most school systems, we suffer one or more outbreaks of head lice. The school takes many precautions to avoid head lice being brought by unsuspecting carriers. To assist parents/guardians and the school, we would like to offer the following information:
1. Head lice do not discriminate. They can happen to anyone, clean or not.
2. Head lice are a result of direct contact with others who are infested or infested clothing, combs, brushes, carpet, bedding, or furniture. Lice crawl, not jump, from one person to another.
3. The school policy is to check all possible connections to the identified cases of head lice (classrooms, siblings, and friends); those students having lice are sent home for treatment. They are rechecked upon returning. Oral and written instructions are sent home for treatment and prevention of continued infestation in the home. We always attempt to avoid embarrassment to the child or family.
The Jennings County School Corporation has a duty and obligation to make certain that each student has a safe experience while in our care. In order to exercise that care, students that come to school must be free from parasites while attending school. In the event it is determined that a student is infested with parasites, the student will be checked by qualified personnel for a period of ten days. Parents must transport the child to school to avoid casual contact with other students on the bus during this time frame.
CHANGE OF ROUTINE/LEAVING SCHOOL PREMISES
All students will be sent home from school according to their established routine unless we receive a note from the parent or guardian requesting a change. Phone calls are not accepted for a change of routine; the change must be in writing, except in the case of an emergency, which may be approved by the principal at his/her discretion.
Students leaving school with someone other than their parent or guardian must have written parental permission or be listed the student’s on emergency card. All students must sign out in the office. Permission can be granted from the legal guardian/custodial parent only.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Jennings County School Corporation provides instruction and programs, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the needs of students who have been determined eligible for special education services. A student may be referred for an initial educational evaluation by a parent or school personnel. The referring party may make a verbal or written request for an educational evaluation. To make a referral, a parent may contact the office of the Director of Special Education or the principal of the school at which the child is attending or will attend. A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights in Special Education is available in the office of the Director of Special Education, in each school building, and on the Jennings County School Corporation website. Jennings County School Corporation follows the Special Education Rules Title
511 Article 7, Rules 32-47. Article 7 complies with all federal regulations. Any student identified to need special education services, and who is between the ages of 3 and 22, will be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Eligibility categories include: Autism spectrum disorder, Blind or low vision, Cognitive disability, Deaf or hard of hearing, Deaf-blind, Developmental delay (early childhood), Emotional disability, Language or speech impairment, Multiple disabilities, Other health impairment, Orthopedic impairment, Specific learning disability and Traumatic brain injury.
To gain a better understanding of procedures relating to the provision of educational services to Indiana's student with disabilities contact:
Indiana Department of Education Division of Exceptional Learners 115 West Washington Street South Tower, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204 www.doe.in.us/exceptional or:
Office of the Director of Special Education Jennings County Schools
34 Main Street
North Vernon, IN 47265
TO AND FROM SCHOOL
(Schools that allow bicycles) WALKERS
Students living in close proximity to a school may be required to walk to and from school. Consideration will be given to students based on age and the route required to access the school. Generally, elementary students would walk if they reside within ½ mile radius of a school building. Middle school and high school students will walk if they reside within a 1 mile (+ or -) radius of a school. All decisions regarding walking to school or bus eligibility as well as designated pick-up points will be made by the superintendent or the Transportation/Safety Director and their decision is final.
Bicycle riders are expected to park their bicycles in the designated area. Recreational riding is not permitted at any time -- this includes skateboards, in-line skates, mopeds, scooters, four-wheelers, go-karts, etc. Bicycles should be locked to the rack. The school is not responsible for the security of bicycles.
School rules and policies will be in effect for all students en route to and from school and at bus stops.
The school bus driver is responsible for discipline on the bus. Upon the recommendation of the bus driver, school authorities may deny the privilege of riding on the school bus to any student who refuses to conduct himself/herself in a safe appropriate manner. A notification will be sent to parents in the form of a school bus discipline report for any misbehavior which distracts the driver. Driving a school bus is a serious profession, and we are concerned for the safety of everyone. For minor infractions, the driver will deal with the student and his/her parent/guardian prior to issuing a disciplinary report. Always follow the directions of the bus driver.
Before the Bus Arrives:
1. Arrive at the designated point pick-up five minutes before the bus arrives.
2. Walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
3. Leave home on time each day.
4. Wait off the roadway, not in the street.
5. Stay off people's lawns and private property.
Boarding the Bus:
1. Wait for the bus to come to a full stop.
2. Be polite and take your time getting on the bus.
3. Use the handrails.
4. Take a seat immediately.
Leaving the Bus:
1. Do not leave your seat until the bus comes to a full stop.
2. Take your turn; do not crowd in front of others.
3. Use handrails and watch your step.
4. Look both ways and check for turning cars before you cross the street. Cross at marked crossings or stop lights in town.
5. Go directly to your residence from the bus; do not go to the mailbox or a neighbor's home.
In Case of an Emergency or When the Driver Leaves the Bus:
1. Stay seated.
2. Do not touch emergency equipment.
3. Depend on the driver's training to take care of the situation.
4. Rely on a responsible, older student who will be acquainted with emergency procedures.
CONDUCT ON THE BUS:
1. Follow the directions of the bus driver and/or aide at all times. Disruptive or unsafe behavior of any type is prohibited.
2. Walk immediately to the assigned seat and remain there- absolutely no standing or moving around while the bus is in motion.
3. Do not talk to the driver unless it is an emergency.
4. Talk quietly so that the driver can hear traffic sounds.
5. Keep arms, feet, school books, backpacks, and musical instruments out of the aisles. Large musical instruments, large personal items, and large class materials are prohibited.
6. Do not open or close windows without permission from the driver and/or aide.
7. Keep hands and head inside the bus. Do not stick or throw anything out of the bus windows.
8. Do not talk loudly, use profane language, yell, or make inappropriate gestures.
9. Do not bring items such as skateboards, bats, balls, or other nuisance items on the bus.
10. Do not deface, litter, or vandalize the bus.
11. Do not tamper with any safety device or any other equipment.
12. Do not possess knives or any weapon-like objects on the bus.
13. Do not smoke or use tobacco products of any kind at the bus stop or on the school bus or en-route to school. All associated paraphernalia is forbidden.
14. Do not use cell phone/laptop/tablet, or video game with uot permission of bus driver or aide.
BUS CONDUCT DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE
Under certain circumstances, due to the severity of an infraction, steps may be skipped to address the seriousness of the incident. In addition, any school rule, which is violated while riding the bus, may also carry additional consequences such as detention, after-school detention, restitution, out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion from school.
IMMINENT RISK OF INJURY OT HIM/HERSELF OR OTHERS
As a part of the emergency procedures in place in our schools, no student will be restrained and/or placed in seclusion by school staff unless the student’s behavior poses an imminent risk of injury to him/herself or others. However, significant violations of the law including assaults on students and staff will be reported to the police. As soon as possible after any such use of restraint and/or seclusion, the parents or guardian will be informed when any of these actions have occurred and will be provided with a detailed
account of the incident including the circumstances that led to the use of restraint and/or seclusion.
These would include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Gum chewing, candy, pop, or food on the bus.
2. Littering on or off of the bus.
3. Feet, arms, books, etc., in the aisle, turned sideways or backward in the seat.
4. Name calling.
5. Talking loudly or yelling on the bus.
6. Yelling out of the window.
7. Opening windows without permission.
8. Switching seats without permission, leaving seated position while the bus is in motion.
9. Arriving late to bus stop repeatedly.
10. Use of cell phone for texting, home calls or photography without driver’s/assistant’s permission
Depending on the infraction, any of the following could be employed.
- Verbal warning by the driver.
- Driver may contact parents.
- Disciplinary report resulting in bus probation.
- Disciplinary report resulting in a bus suspension one to three days.
- Disciplinary report resulting in a bus suspension three to five days
- Disciplinary report resulting in a five to ten day suspension from the bus.
- Removal from the bus for the remainder of the semester or the year.
These would include, but are not limited to, the following:
4. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco-possession, sale, use, being under the influence of, transportation, or distribution of these items. This includes prescription and nonprescription medication or other material that is represented to be another substance or which is in the possession of a student without the school's knowledge or permission.
5. Weapons of any kind (guns, knives, lighters, razors, razor blades, box cutters, etc.). Any item which may be used as a weapon or is used as a weapon or weapon- like object.
6. Insubordination - refusing to follow the directions of the driver. Arguing or talking back to the driver when given directions.
7. Vandalism - causing damage to the bus inside or outside or the property of others at the bus stop or on the bus.
8. Any safety violation on the bus or at the bus stop.
9. Throwing objects on the bus, out of the bus window, or at the bus stop.
10. Rude, discourteous, harassing, intimidating, threatening, or sexual behavior.
Depending on the infraction, any of the following could be employed.
- Disciplinary report resulting in a one to three day bus suspension.
- Disciplinary report resulting in a three to five day bus suspension.
- Disciplinary report resulting in a five to ten day suspension from the bus.
- Removal from the bus for the remainder of the semester or the year.
Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. Jennings County School Corporation will revoke the student's riding privileges should it be determined that the student poses an interference to the safe and normal operation of the bus.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
This Code of Conduct has been prepared to better acquaint you with the rules and policies of Jennings County School Corporation. Your knowledge of the rules and your practice of responsible conduct will ensure your good standing with the Jennings County School Corporation.
All rules and punishments are founded upon the fundamental principle of fairness. This Code of Conduct is dedicated to the basic philosophy that an excellent school encourages responsible conduct and practices fairness to all.
The entire foundation and success of public school education depend on the basic concept of self-discipline. True self-discipline allows all individuals to exist in a world of change. Each individual's rights are afforded them by our Federal and State Constitutions and policies adopted by the school board.
It is, therefore, our purpose at the Jennings County School Corporation to establish a climate for learning where all students will be motivated. An element in that climate for learning must be an orderly setting which promotes the health and safety of all individuals. In schools of our size, we must establish rules which encourage order. We must also find a way to enforce these rules so that all individuals affected will receive fair and consistent treatment.
The Board of School Trustees of Jennings County has the legal responsibility for the schools of the county. The board, in turn, has set policies and has appointed administrative personnel to carry them out.
SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
School personnel, including members of the administrative staff, teachers, or other school staff members who have students under their care, may take disciplinary action in addition to suspension and expulsion that is necessary to ensure a safe, orderly, and effective educational environment. Disciplinary action may include the following:
1. Counseling with a student or group of students.
2. Conferences with a parent or group of parents.
3. Assigning additional relevant work.
4. Rearranging class schedules.
5. Requiring a student to remain in school after regular school hours for detention, work detail, or counseling.
6. Restrictingextracurricular activities.
7. Removal of a student from classes if the student is assigned regular or additional schoolwork to complete in another school setting.
8. Removal of a student from school-sponsored transportation.
9. Referral to the juvenile court having jurisdiction over the student.
10 .Assignment by the principal to:
a. a special course of study;
b. an alternative educational program; or
c. an alternative school;
IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION: In-School Suspension serves as a short-term alternative to Out-of-School Suspension. Students will be allowed to receive credit for work missed while assigned to ISS.
AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION: Students may be assigned to After-School Detention for misconduct. Students are required to bring study materials and work during the duration of the detention. Failure to attend After-School Detention will result in further disciplinary action.
Cheating is a serious offense. Parents will be notified immediately by the teacher of any occurrence of cheating. The student may be given zero credit for any test, assignment, or any body of work on which the student cheated and may receive additional discipline. Two times cheating in the same subject will result in a zero for the nine weeks.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
Students' dress bears a direct relationship to the educational process in a school and should not be distracting to that process. Therefore, students are expected to dress within the bounds of decency, cleanliness, and safety. Students will not be permitted to dress in a manner that is lewd, vulgar, indecent, offensive, or distracting to the educational process. Dress that implies lewd, vulgar, and indecent messages is not acceptable. Examples of inappropriate and unacceptable dress include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. No tank tops or shirts with spaghetti straps will be worn.
2. Tops exposing a bare midriff or are low cut.
3. Apparel or accessories advertising drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products or establishments that depict these products.
4. Spandex biking/running shorts or other skin tight apparel.
5. Apparel displaying vulgar or obscene language or suggestive content.
6. Shorts or skirts less than mid-thigh in length.
7. Head gear or hats not specifically required by the instructor of a lab class.
8. Coats worn to class without teacher permission.
9. Students may not wear or carry chains that are made from heavy gauge steel or of such length as may be used as a weapon.
10. Students will not be permitted to wear any clothing which endorses violation of school policy, immoral or illegal action, or which may suggest or demonstrate any association with gangs, gang recruiting, or other gang-related activity.
11. Any clothing which may expose undergarments.
12. Body piercing must be limited to the ears. No jewelry should be worn in the eyebrow, nose, mouth, tongue, or other visible places. Any other piercing should be covered by clothing. No jewelry or other items will be worn when the wearing of the jewelry becomes a safety concern for the wearer and/or other students as determined at the discretion of school authority.
13. "Hair Styling/Coloring": Styles that are beyond that of typical styles/colors and may cause distractions in the educational setting.
All pupils are expected to be appropriately dressed for each school day and in a manner which does not cause an interference with schoolwork or which creates a classroom or school disruption. The principal or his/her designee shall determine the appropriateness of the dress.
Students are not to bring unnecessary personal items to school. Be sure your child's name is on necessary items such as coats, lunchboxes, and backpacks. The school will not be responsible for any loss or damage to personal items.
Electronic pagers, cell phones, or other similar communication devices must be turned off and concealed, in such things as backpacks, purses, lockers, etc. during the school day and while riding the bus.
Misconduct that disrupts the normal operation of a teacher's class is categorized as follows:
1. Being rude or discourteous.
2. Annoying other classmates, teachers, or staff.
4. Excessive talking without permission.
5. Reporting to class without appropriate materials (books, paper, writing instruments, etc.).
6. Throwing objects in class.
7. Defacing school property.
8. Violation of other classroom rules established by the teacher.
The teacher, depending upon the severity of the infraction, may take the following steps:
1. Teacher/Student Conference - The teacher will explain the consequences for repetition of the act.
2. Parent/Guardian Contact - The teacher will notify the parent/guardian by phone or written notice regarding the student's misconduct.
3. Disciplinary Report - If the above outlined steps do not correct the student's misconduct, a disciplinary report will be sent to the main office for further action by guidance personnel or an administrator.
The following violations are considered misconduct:
1. Causing a disruption in hallways.
2. Throwing objects and/or the use of water guns, bottles, balloons, or other nuisance activities.
3. Public displays of affection.
4. Wearing a hat in the building.
5. Violation of the dress code.
6. Littering the hallways or school grounds.
7. Failure to clean up in the cafeteria following lunch.
8. Chewing gum.
9. The usage of electronic pagers, cell phones or other similar devices during school hours. These devices must be turned off and concealed in such things as backpacks, purses, etc. during the school day.
10. Excessive tardiness
11. The use of vpn, proxy servers, or hotspots to circumvent the school’s firewall and content filters.
12. Gaining unauthorized access to the school network, an individual computer (through remote access), or any other electronic device.
13. Purposefully damaging school computers and electronic devices or damaging personal devices that belong to any other individual.
14. Installing unauthorized software or web extensions.
15. Downloading or sharing of copyrighted electronic media.
All of the above offenses apply to students on school grounds before, during, and immediately after school hours, on the school grounds at any time the school is in use by a school group, off the school grounds at a school function, or travel to and from school. This includes, but is not limited to a school-sponsored bus, an athletic event, or a field trip. Students who violate misconduct rules may be subject to disciplinary action.
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. The Board of School Trustees authorizes administrators and staff members to take the following actions:
1.SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL - PRINCIPAL: 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 ten school days.
2.EXPULSION: 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 with the exception of a violation of rule 12 listed under the grounds for suspension and expulsion in this policy. The following items are considered as severe misconduct:
a. Possessing, using, or transmitting any object that can be considered to constitute a weapon.
b. Damaging school property or the property of other students, teachers, or other staff members. This may include damage to restrooms , fixtures, plumbing, dispensers, and any other fixed or moveable equipment.
c. Fighting or provoking a fight.
d. Theft and/or possession of stolen goods.
e. Being verbally abusive to, using obscene language or gestures to, any student, teacher, or other school employee.
f. Forgery or alteration of school forms, notes from parents, or fictitious phone calls.
g. Acts of truancy.
h. Insubordination - refusal to follow a directive or reasonable request by an administrator, teacher, teacher assistant, or other staff member.
i. Smoking, usage, and/or possession of any tobacco products anywhere on the school grounds, school building, or at bus stops. This includes “E-Cigarettes” or any other object that produces a vapor to be inhaled. Violations of this tobacco policy will result in the following punishment:
First Offense - One-day suspension from school and all school activities. Second Offense - Three-day suspension from school and all school activities.
Third Offense - Recommendation for expulsion from school pending due process.
j. Behavior which may be considered as sexual, racial, or religious harassment.
k. Wearing any clothing or behaving in any manner which may suggest or demonstrate any association with gangs, gang recruiting, or other gang-related activities.
l. Repeated violations of student dress code regulations.
m. Repeated violations of student misconduct rules.
n. Student hazing or initiation or any act that could be considered bullying.
o. Use of body fluid and waste contamination toward student or building facilities.
p. Possession or distribution of over-the-counter medication.
q. Failing to submit any medication, either prescription or nonprescription, to the school office.
r. Possession of a lighter, matches, or other paraphernalia.
s. Possessing CD's, DVD's, MP3's, videos, or other publications which express lewd, vulgar, indecent, or offensive photographs or pictures. Literature that implies lewd, vulgar, and indecent messages is not acceptable.
u. Taking, possessing or transmitting inappropriate pictures or video. This includes but is not limited to nude images, drug related images and exceptionally violent images.
v. Removing a school owned device from school grounds without permission. This action could also subject a student to criminal prosecution.
Students violating these rules may receive up to 120 hours of assigned community service, out-of-school suspension for one to ten days, and/or a recommendation for expulsion pending due process.
JCSC HARASSMENT/BULLYING POLICY
It is the policy of Jennings County School Corporation to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and/or bullying.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee or student of Jennings County School Corporation to harass another employee or student through unwelcome conduct or communications relative to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or sexual preference. This policy also applies to non- employee volunteers who work subject to the control of school authorities.
This rule applies when a student is on school grounds immediately before, during, or after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; traveling to or from school for a school activity, function, or event; or using property or equipment provided by the school (example: use of school-owned computer to bully/harass someone via email or the Internet). Bullying is considered to be severe misconduct and will be dealt with accordingly. Principals will take appropriate disciplinary actions for bullying up to and including expulsion from school.
STUDENT GANG ACTIVITY (Policy 5841)
I. It is the policy of the Jennings County School Corporation to prohibit gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior on school property or school buses or at school sponsored functions.
II.I t is the policy of the Jennings County School Corporation to prohibit reprisal or retaliation against individuals that report gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behaviors or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information about an act of gang activity and similar group destructive behavior on school property.
III. Definition of “criminal gang” and “criminal gang activity”
"Criminal gang" defined (per IC 35-45-9-1)- "criminal gang" means a group with at least three (3) members that specifically:
1. promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or
2. participates in; or
3. requires as a condition of membership or continued membership;
the commission of a felony, or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery (IC 35-42-2-1).
B. “Gang Activity”- a student who knowingly or intentionally actively participates in a
criminal gang, or a student who knowingly or intentionally solicits, recruits, entices, or intimidates another individual to join a criminal gang.
IV. The Jennings County School Corporation will report all known gang activity Per IC 20-33-9-10.5. A school employee shall report any incidence of suspected criminal gang activity, criminal gang intimidation, or criminal gang recruitment to the principal, the dean of students and/or the school safety specialist. The principal may take appropriate action to maintain a safe and secure school environment, including providing appropriate intervention services. Appropriate consequences and remedial actions are those that are graded according to the severity of the offenses and consider both the developmental ages of the student offenders and students’ histories of inappropriate behaviors, per the code of student conduct. Any corporation and school employee who promptly reports an incident of suspected gang activity and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures of this policy, is immune from a cause of action for damages arising from any failure to remedy the reported incident.
A.The principal or designee shall conduct a thorough and complete investigation for each report of suspected gang activity. The investigation shall be initiated by the principal or the principal’s designee within one school day of the report of the incident. The principal may appoint additional personnel and request the assistance of law enforcement to assist in the investigation for the administrator’s safety. The investigation shall be completed and the written findings submitted to the principal as soon as possible, but not later than five school days from the date of the report of the alleged incident of criminal gang activity.
B. The principal shall submit the report to the superintendent of the school corporation within ten (10) school days of the completion of the investigation. The superintendent or his/her designee shall report the results of each investigation to the board of education on a quarterly basis during regularly scheduled board meetings.
C. Each school within the school corporation shall record the number of investigations disposed of internally and the number of cases referred to local law enforcement, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, age, and gender. Each school shall report this information to the school corporation superintendent who shall submit a written report to the Indiana Department of Education by June 2 of each year.
D. The principal shall provide the parents of the students who are parties to any investigation with information about the investigation, in accordance with Federal and State law and regulation. The information to be provided to parents includes the nature of the investigation, whether the corporation found evidence of criminal gang activity, and whether consequences were imposed or services provided to address the activity. This information is to be provided in an expedited manner.
E. The superintendent of the school corporation is authorized to define the range of ways in which school staff and the principal or the principal’s designee shall respond once an incident of criminal gang activity is confirmed, according to the parameters described in the corporation’s code of student conduct. The school board recognizes that some acts of gang activity may be isolated incidents requiring that the school officials respond appropriately to the
individuals committing the acts. Other acts may be so serious that they require a response either at the school corporation level or by local law enforcement officials. Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student who engages in gang activity may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.
F. The principal shall proceed in accordance with the code of student conduct, as appropriate, based on the investigation findings. As appropriate to the investigation findings, the principal shall ensure the code of student conduct has been implemented, and provide intervention and/or relevant support services (i.e., refer to counseling, establish training programs to reduce gang activity and enhance school climate, enlist parent corporation and involvement or take other appropriate action).
G. The principal shall inform the parents of all students involved in alleged incidents, and, as appropriate, may discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services.
H. The superintendent of the school corporation shall annually disseminate this policy to all parents who have children enrolled in a school within the school corporation. The superintendent shall ensure that notice of the corporation’s policy appears in the student handbooks and all other publications of the school corporation that set forth the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards for schools within the school corporation.
V. The Jennings County School Corporation shall provide information about the services available for students who are ‘at risk’ for and/or suspected of participating in gang activity and their families. Information about other available supports and services, should be consistent with the policies and procedures of the local board of education.
ANTI-HARASSMENT COMPLIANCE OFFICERS
The following individuals serve as “Anti-Harassment Compliance Officers” for the Corporation. They are hereinafter referred to as the “Compliance Officers”.
Administrative Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Jeanie Koelmel,
Administrative Assistant for Special Programs, Mr. Roger Williams
34 W Main Street North Vernon, IN 47265
Cyberbullying or online bullying is a term used to refer to bullying over electronic media, usually through instant messaging and e-mail. Other terms for cyberbullying are electronic bullying, electronic harassment, e-bullying, mobile bullying, online bullying, digital bullying, or internet bullying.
JCSC considers cyberbullying to be the use of any electronic communications device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that is lewd, vulgar, defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated, hostile or unwanted manner under a person's false or true identity. In addition, any communication of this form which disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational or working environment may also be considered cyberbullying.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
Grounds for suspension or expulsion include serious student misconduct or substantial disobedience. The following includes examples of student misconduct or substantial disobedience, but is 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, corridor, or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, 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, educational 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 educational function under this supervision.
- 2.Causing or attempting to steal private property or school property.
- 3.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 the provision.
- 4.Harassing, threatening, or intimidating another person, "Harassing" behavior is behavior directed toward another person for non-school purposes after that person has clearly indicated the behavior is unwelcome.
- 5.Possessing a knife, firearm, or dangerous device. "Dangerous devices" include fireworks, a handgun, rifle, shotgun, stun gun, knife, mace, taser, pepper gas, ammunition, and all other weapons and personal protection devices capable of causing injury or discomfort to a person.
- 6.Possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind or any substance represented to be any of the above. Use of drugs authorized by a medical prescription from a physician is not a violation of this subdivision.
- 7.Possessing, using, dispensing, or transmitting any mood altering or mind altering substance which is represented to be or look like or act in the same or similar fashion to any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind. This would include "herbal" substances as well as any synthetically designed chemicals that would in any way mimic any illegal controlled substance or other substance that would lead to an "altered state". This would include but not be limited to "White Lightning", "K-2", or "Salvia". This would also include substances sold that are represented to be any of these items which may in fact be innocuous or inert.
- 8.Possessing, using, transmitting, or providing any instrument, device, or other object which might be used for:
- a.Introducing into the human body of any of the prohibited substances that are listed above in 6.
- b.Testing the strength, effectiveness, quantity, or quality of a prohibited substance listed above in 6.
- c.Enhancing the effect of a prohibited substance listed above in 6.
- 9.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 educational function.
- 10.Failing in a substantial number of instances to comply with the directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under this supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- 11.Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- 12.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.
- 13.Possessing, handling, or transmitting any firearm, explosive, or weapon on school property.
- a.The penalty for possession of a firearm or other deadly weapon is a ten-day suspension and expulsion from school for one calendar year. The length of the expulsion may be reduced by the superintendent if the circumstances warrant such reduction.
- b.The superintendent shall notify the county prosecuting attorney's office when a student is expelled under this rule. The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed above apply when a student is:
- 1.On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group at any school sponsored event.
- 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.
- 14.Failure to comply with Indiana Compulsory Attendance Law.
If a student has serious disciplinary issues, a series of minor issues, or commits an expellable offense, the principal of the building has the following options:
- a.Recommend the student for expulsion from school, suspend the student, file the paper work requesting the expulsion and request that the student's suspension be continued/not continued (usually for attendance) until the hearing.
- b.Provide the parent/student with the option of signing a "Waiver of Due Process Rights" and either returning to school following a period of suspension (usually 10 days) or placement in the alternative program RESTART.
GROUNDS FOR EXCLUSION
Any student may be excluded from school in the following circumstances, subject to the procedural provisions of Indiana law:
- 1.If the student has a dangerous communicable disease or parasite transmissible through normal school contact that poses a substantial threat to the health or safety of the schoolcommunity.
- 2.If the students' immediate removal is necessary to restore order or to protect persons on school corporation property. This shall include conduct off school property where on account thereof the student's presence in school would constitute an interference with an educational function or school purposes.
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 describe the action taken by the principal.
When a principal or designee recommends to the superintendent or designee that a student be 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 did not expel the student and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion.
- 2.An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student's parent/guardian are given notice of their right to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the superintendent or the person designated above.
- 3.The request to appear at the expulsion meeting will be in writing, delivered by certified mail/certificate of mailing, or by personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the procedure for requesting 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/guardian will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student and to present evidence to support the student's position. Under no circumstances, will an Attorney be allowed to participate in the hearing. An Attorney may be present in a waiting area outside of the hearing and may be consulted periodically by the parent/guardian at the discretion of the hearing officer during a recess. Only parents and/or guardians may participate in the hearing. Other family and friends must be called as witnesses.
- 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 and the student's parent.
DUE PROCESS (Placement change)
Due process is guaranteed to individuals by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. Due process in education implies that rules and regulations of schools are published and distributed; that students know and understand these rules and regulations; that when a student is believed to have violated a rule or regulation, he or she is confronted with this belief and given the opportunity to respond to these accusations; that when rules or regulations are violated, certain consequences may occur; and that, if expulsion or exclusion from school is a recommended consequence, and if the student or his/her parent wishes, a hearing must be held by a hearing examiner. Appeals to the civil courts may follow.
Student Due Process procedures for expulsion may be instituted for violation or repeated violations of student conduct rules involving fighting, usage of tobacco products, failure to comply with reasonable request, and attendance/truancy regulations as well as serious offenses.
Any student dealing, buying, selling, dispersing, or using alcohol or any type of drugs or involved in acts of violence at school, on school grounds, or at a school-sponsored activity will be expelled from attendance at Jennings County School Corporation for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two semesters, in accordance with validly adopted school policy and Indiana Code. Expelled students may be readmitted to an alternative program during the second semester of an expulsion after successfully completing community service/counseling and with approval of the hearing officer.
Students who are in possession of a weapon on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event will be expelled from school for a period of one calendar year in accordance with adopted school policy and Indiana Code.
In accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Section 1111(h)(6) PARENTS' RIGHT-TO-KNOW, this is a notification from Jennings County School Corporation to every parent of a student in a Title I school has a right to request and receive information in a timely manner, regarding the professional qualifications of his/her student's classroom teacher which shall include the following:
- If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject area taught;
- If the Teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which Indiana qualifications and licensing are waived;
- The teacher's baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline, and
- Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
If at any time a Title I student has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified the parent is to be notified by the school of this information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Title I Director, at 346-4483.
What’s a PIRC?
The Indiana Partnerships Center
A Parent Information & Resource Center
- A Parent Information and Resource Enter, PIRCs are part of the No child Left Behind Act.
- PIRCS are school-based or school-linked resource centers that serve parents, schools, and community organizations.
- PIRCs provide parent-related information, tools, and training focused on improving student academic achievement, understanding school choice, parent rights and responsibilities, and opportunities for students to receive extra academic assistance (supplemental services).
Who do PIRCs serve?
- A culturally and economically diverse population, with focus on low-income and limited English proficient families, and families of students enrolled in schools that are not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Why focus on Parent Engagement?
- Parent engagement has been identified as one of the four pillars of education.
- Research shows that parent involvement is critical to the academic success of children. How do PIRCs support the goals of No child Left Behind (NCLB)?
- NCLB gives schools the increased responsibility of effectively involving parents in their children’s education. PIRCs assist schools by:
- oProviding parents with timely, accurate information so that they may understand state accountability systems and the options that NCLB provides them.
- oPIRCs identify and coordinate federal, state, and local parent services, and make them more accessible to children and their families.
- oPIRCs are the ONLY mechanism that exists for supporting NCLB with the SOLE PURPOSE OF INCREASING EFFECTIVE PARENTAL EDUCATION AND INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS!
How do PIRCs get parents involved?
- PIRCS are family-friendly and operate from community-based not-for-profit organizations. They help families to full understand and participate in the school system.
- PRIC services include parent training, workshops, and information dissemination (through a variety of languages). PIRCS are the front-line communicators with parents.
- PIRCs work to engage parents in their children’s education in the early years as a way of encouraging continuing involvement as the child grows.
- Parents are involved in PIRC governance through board membership and advisory board committees. Does Indiana have PIRCs?
- Yes, Indiana has one such organization. The Indiana Partnerships Center, in Indianapolis, is the state’s PIRC. It has been in existence for 10 years and began as a program of the Indiana Parent Information Network.
What Audience Does The Indiana Partnerships Center Serve?
- Last year, The Indiana Partnerships Center served more than 200,00 parents and nearly 26,000 educators and worked with approximately 2,000 schools (both directly and indirectly). The Center serves all of Indiana, concentrating on high poverty/low performing schools, minority and special needs families, and families with limited English proficiency.
How Does The Indiana Partnerships Center Work?
- The Indiana Partnerships Center offers professional development and print materials and resources in English and Spanish. These resources are on topics such as effective communication. Understanding school accountability, and supporting learning at home. The Center also offers professional development for school personnel and utilizes a parent-focused leadership training initiative called The Indiana Academy for Parent Leadership.
Want to Know More?
- Call The Indiana Partnership Center at 1-866-391-1039 (toll free) or (317) 205-2595 within Indianapolis.
- See us on the Web at www.fscp.org
- Visit our Parent Resource Library at 931 E. 86th Street, Suite 108, Indianapolis, Indiana 26240.
Food Service Department Information
Jennings County School Corporation
Jennings County Schools Food Service Department participates in the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Each school offers a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily. At each school, a pre-pay/debit computerized meal system is used in order in to process student purchases in an efficient, confidential manner. The system operates on a pre-pay basis, so money should be deposited into the student’s account in advance. Each student will have a Meal Account Number. It is important that students memorize their Meal Account Number, as it will be needed in the cafeteria for each meal. These numbers are confidential and should not be told to other students.
The cost for breakfast is $1.25 each day, and the cost for lunch is $2.25 at all schools. The cost for one week of breakfast is $6.25, and for one week of lunch is $11.25 at all schools. The cost for one week of both breakfast and lunch is $17.50 at all schools. Extra milk costs $.40 per carton at all schools.
At mealtime, the student will enter their Meal Account Number on a keypad. The computer system will determine if there is enough money in the account to pay for the meal, and the transaction will be processed. The following charge policy applies:
At elementary schools only, if there is not enough money in the account, lunch will be served and the account will go into a negative balance. At the high school, middle school, charges for lunch are not allowed. Charges for breakfast, extra milk, and ala carte items are not allowed at any school.
If an elementary school student charges a lunch, payment for that lunch and at least the next day’s meals must be brought to school the next day.
Parents are encouraged to prepay for a number of meals at one time. Cash and checks made out to your school are accepted for deposit. To deposit money into their account, the student will complete a deposit slip provided by the cafeteria. Your student will be provided with a copy of the deposit slip upon turning in
the payment and deposit slip at their school. This is your proof of deposit. Parents can also pay online using a debit or credit card by logging on to their student’s Harmony account, and selecting “Pay On-Line” from the menu. Online payments will be available for your student’s use the day after the online deposit is made.
Middle School and High School students may pay cash each day at the cash register, however, prepayments are highly encouraged at these schools also.
Households with more than one child at the school may pay with one check, but must designate how much money is to go into each child’s account. Different children in the same family may not share an account. A detailed report of your child’s transactions is available upon request from your school’s office.
Students eligible for free meals will be served a complete meal at no charge. Students eligible for reduced price meals will be provided breakfast for $.30 and lunch for $.40. The computer system does not allow identification of the free and reduced students. In order to purchase ala carte items and/or extra milk, money must be in the student’s account. At the high school and middle school, these items may be paid for at the cash register. Applications for free and reduced price meals are available in your school’s office, or at the Superintendent’s office. An application must be completed each school year. All students in your household must be listed on the same application, therefore please fill out only one application per family.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the full payment of meals until your application has been processed and you receive a determination letter from the Food Service Department office indicating that your child has been approved for free or reduced price meals.
Full Nondiscrimination Statement
All publications and handouts mentioning USDA Child Nutrition Programs must contain the following full nondiscrimination statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Jennings County School Corporation Food Service Department
Why do I have to pay for my child’s meals eaten at school?
Meals purchased at school must be paid for, the same as when meals are purchased away from home
at a restaurant. All income for the Food Service Department is received from student and adult meals, and the Federal USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. All Food Service Department expenses must be paid from this income, including food and nonfood purchases, equipment, payroll, and personnel related expenses. Paying for school meals is the responsibility of each student’s parent/guardian.
How do I pay for my child’s meals?
Cash and checks made out to your child’s school are accepted for payment. All meals, extra milk, and ala carte items must be paid for in advance. Lunch money will be accepted on any school day, however we encourage you to send in payment on Monday. Your child will complete a deposit slip at school, and will be provided a yellow copy of the deposit slip to bring home as proof of deposit. Parents can also pay online using a debit or credit card by logging on to their student’s Harmony account, and selecting “Pay On-Line” from the menu. Online payments will be available for your student’s use the day after the online deposit is made.
We highly encourage parents to prepay for meals at all schools.
How do I apply for free or reduced price meals if I cannot pay for my child’s meals?
Applications for free and reduced price meals are available in each school office, and at the Superintendent’s office. All of the students in your household must be listed on the same application. Turn the application in at the school office after you have completed it. Please remember to sign the application where required. It cannot be processed without the required signatures and information. A notification letter will be sent to you when the application has been processed. Parents/Guardians are responsible for thefull payment of meals until you receive a letter from the Food Service Department Office indicating that your child has been approved for free or reduced price meals.
Can my child bring lunch from home and purchase milk?
Yes, your child may bring lunch from home and purchase milk, although there must be money in their meal
How will I know what my child’s meal account balance is?
At the elementary schools, your child’s balance will be sent home weekly. At the middle school and high school, the cashier will inform your child when their balance gets low. Parents may call the school to request your child’s meal account balance. Parents can also log on to the Skyward program and look up their student’s meal account activity and current balance.
What happens to the money left in my child’s account at the end of the year?
The money left in the account will be available to for your child to use during the next school year.
What happens to the money left in my child’s account if they transfer to another school in the school district, or move out of the school district?
If your student transfers to a school within our school district, the money left in their account will be available at their new school within a week of the transfer. If your student withdraws from our school district, a refund will be issued upon receipt of a written request to the school office. Refunds larger than ten dollars will be issued by a check mailed to your home.
Can I bring in fast food for my child’s lunch?
Jennings County School Corporation’s Wellness Policy states: Food from fast food type restaurants and carbonated beverages will not be permitted to be brought into the school by a parent or student for their student’s or their own breakfast or lunch that will be eaten in the cafeteria.
The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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