HANDBOOK

STUDENT HANDBOOK
SCHOOL HOURS, ARRIVAL, AND DISMISSAL

SCHOOL HOURS

School hours for the 2018-2019 school year are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Doors open to students at 7:00. Students arriving prior to 7:20 a.m. go directly to the gym upon arrival and sit in designated areas. Students may also go to the library to read or study or to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students who choose to go to the library or gym must remain there until 7:20. All students are expected to be in their homebase when the tardy bell rings at 7:30 a.m. Buses load and unload in front of the middle school entrance. Students arriving by car may not be dropped off in this area. In the morning, bus students will enter through the main entrance of the middle school and proceed directly to the main gym, cafeteria, or library. In the afternoon, bus students will exit the main entrance of the middle school and go directly to their bus.

ARRIVAL

Cars load and unload in front of the elementary school entrance. In the morning, car riders will enter through the main entrance of the elementary school and proceed directly to the main gym, cafeteria, or library. In the afternoon, car riders will exit through the main entrance of the elementary school and proceed to the waiting area until their name is called to load. Car riders are not allowed to load/unload in the middle school bus lane.

DISMISSAL

The dismissal procedure starts at 2:25 p.m. with the “get ready” bell. Unless otherwise directed: car riders are dismissed first at 2:30, then buses, and finally walkers. All students that participate in after school activities will be dismissed with walkers. All students must be picked up by 2:40 p.m. unless supervised activities necessitate a change in pick up times. Supervision is not available after 2:40 p.m. In the interest of your child’s safety, please do not leave your child unsupervised. If a parent is unable to pick his/her child up by 2:40 p.m. and the child is not under the direct supervision of a teacher, we recommend that the child be enrolled in the FSSD MAC program. Inquire at the middle school front office if you need this service.

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

PHILOSOPHY ON ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR

 

Poplar Grove Middle School is dedicated to developing partnerships with the families it serves. Together we will work to recognize, appreciate, and value the strengths of each and every middle school student. Together we will work on developing skills with students that focus on managing their behavior, relating positively to others individually and in groups, and developing empathy and respect for each other. The purpose of this partnership is to model and develop skills for our students that relate to success in all human endeavors and are essential to academic, career, civic, and life advancement.

 

 

 

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

 

The purpose of the Code of Student Conduct at Poplar Grove Middle School is to clearly and deliberately communicate to all Middle School students our rules and expectations and to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.

In keeping with the guidelines set forth by the Franklin Special School District Board of

Education (FSSD Board Policy 6.313), consequences are detailed in the Consequence Chart.

 

 

It shall be the policy of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education that school authorities adopt rules and regulations regarding student conduct consistent with the concept of assertive discipline in order to maintain discipline and an atmosphere conducive to learning in the school. It is expected that all staff members adhere to the discipline policy and procedures adopted by each local school. All students are to respect and obey such school rules and regulations while under the supervision of principals, assistant principals, teachers, substitute teachers and teacher assistants. These rules and regulations shall be fairly enforced on all school property, on any school-provided transportation, and at all school-sponsored activities. Failure to comply will necessarily result in appropriate disciplinary action.

 

 

FSSD’s code of conduct as provided herein separates serious from trivial misbehavior by dividing offenses into four levels of misconduct, each with a different discipline procedure.

 

 

MISBEHAVIORS: Level I

Minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom, school, playground, or hall procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school, but which can usually be handled by an individual staff member (teacher assistants, substitute teachers, student teachers).

 

 

Examples (not an exclusive listing):

-tardiness (unexcused/habitual)

-unacceptable language

-classroom disruptions

-lack of classroom materials

-cheating

 

 

Possible Consequences: parent conference detention

special assignment

 

MISBEHAVIORS: Level II

Misbehavior that is frequent or serious enough to disrupt the learning climate of the school, endanger the well-being of others, or damage school property. Their consequences are serious enough to require corrective action by the principal or another building administrator.

 

 

Examples (not an exclusive listing):

-chronic Level One misbehaviors

-disrespect or insubordination

-fighting

-theft

-truancy

-profanity

-leaving school without permission

-use of tobacco products in any form during the regular school day while on school campus or on school- provided transportation (includes all student participants in all educational and/or extracurricular functions)

-forged notes, admit slips, and corridor passes

-obscenity

-sexual misconduct

-vandalism

-intimidation

-committing any act of civil wrong or crime

-other acts of misconduct that are seriously disruptive or create a safety hazard

 

 

 

Possible Consequences:

In-school suspension

parent conference/notification suspension

notify law enforcement agency and/or file legal charges

 

 

MISBEHAVIORS: Level III

Misbehaviors for serious that they always require administrative action and result in removing the student (at least temporarily) from the classroom. Level Three misbehaviors are clear violations of the law (local, state, federal) which may involve the intervention of law enforcement authorities and/or action by the school board.

 

 

Examples (not an exclusive listing):

-chronic Level Two misbehaviors

-extortion

-assaulting or deliberately causing physical injury to another student, a school employee, or anyone who is lawfully on school property

-possessing or using weapons to cause bodily harm

 

-arson

-bomb threat or false fire alarm

-possessing or using controlled substances or drug paraphernalia on school property or at any school related function, unless the substance was obtained as the result of a valid prescription or doctor’s order and being used as prescribed by the individual for whom prescribed

-possessing, using or being under the influence of alcohol

-breaking and entering

-committing any act involving a serious civil wrong or crime

-other acts that are seriously disruptive or that create a safety hazard to students, staff members or school property

 

Possible Consequences:

suspension or expulsion (not to be considered for in-school suspension)

parent conference/notification

notify law enforcement agency and/or file legal charges

 

 

The Poplar Grove Middle School administration reserves the right to adjust consequences when deemed necessary or appropriate.

 

 

ZERO-TOLERANCE BEHAVIOR

 

In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, alcohol, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to suspension for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Zero-Tolerance acts are as follows (FSSD Board Policy 6.316):

 

  1. Students who bring or unlawfully possess a drug (including marijuana and alcohol) or a dangerous weapon onto a school bus, onto property, or to any school event or activity.

 

  1. Any student who, while on a school bus, on school property, or while attending any school event or activity:

(a) unlawfully possesses a drug (including marijuana or alcohol, but not limited to) or dangerous weapon;

(b) commits battery on a teacher or other employee of the school.

 

 

GANG ACTIVITY OR ASSOCIATION

Gangs, which initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the safety or well being of persons or property on school grounds or which disrupt the school environment are harmful to the educational process. Incidents involving initiations, hazing, intimidations, and/or related activities of such group affiliations which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students are prohibited. Any student wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia, or exhibiting behavior or

 

gestures which symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or practicing in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY HEARING AUTHORITY

The Franklin Special School District in accordance with the state law has established a Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA) to conduct hearings for students who have been suspended for more than ten (10) school days. Copies of the policy including the appeals process and appropriate forms are available in the principal’s office.

 

 

DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINARY TERMS

 

The meaning of the word discipline is “to teach.” It is our philosophy at Poplar Grove that consequences for violations of the Code of Student Conduct align with the meaning of discipline. Encouraging students to dialogue, examine, plan and ultimately change inappropriate behavior is one of the most valuable interventions that students, teachers, administrators, and parents can accomplish collaboratively.

Office Referrals: Office referrals are sent using Jupiter.

Lunch Detention: A detention that requires a student to be isolated from his/her peers during the lunch period. Students must go directly to the ISS room to serve their detention. Students who are assigned a lunch detention may bring their own lunch from home or a sack lunch will be charged to their account from the cafeteria. Sack lunches include a sandwich (ex; tuna or

peanut butter and jelly), fruit, and milk or juice. Sack lunches will be brought to the ISS room once a student’s account has been charged.

 

 

After-School Detention: A one-hour or three-hour detention assigned by a teacher or an administrator held in the designated detention room.

A teacher or administrator may assign after-school detention for missed work or behavior. The detention must be served on the following Tuesday or Thursday.

  • After school detention will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:40.
  • Any student not picked up by 3:55 will be sent to MAC.
  • Failure to serve after-school detention will result in an office referral and a three-hour detention.
  • Failure to attend a three-hour detention will result in a day of ISS.
  • During ASD, students will first write a statement as to why they are assigned ASD and tell how they can change their behavior in the future to avoid being placed in ASD. After completing the writing assignment, the student is expected to work independently on homework or read a book. Talking and inappropriate behavior during ASD will result in the student serving another detention or being assigned to ISS.

 

In-School Detention: A detention that requires a student to be removed from the classroom for a designated period of time during an instructional school day.   Teachers will send classroom work for the student to complete for the period of time the student was out of the classroom.

 

 

In-School Suspension: ISS is designed to provide a disciplinary alternative to out-of-school suspension. The student is removed from the classroom for a designated number of days. During that time, classroom work is provided for the student.

 

 

  • Students must bring their own textbooks, writing materials, workbooks, and other material necessary to work on/complete course assignments. The ISS teacher will give assignments generated by a teacher to the student. Students are not permitted to go to lockers or be in the hallway (except for afternoon dismissal) during the school day.
  • Students may bring lunch from home or a sack lunch will be purchased for them from the cafeteria. Sack lunches include a sandwich (ex; tuna or peanut butter and jelly), fruit,

and milk or juice. Students will eat their lunch in the ISS room. No drinks other than water and juice are allowed to be brought from home and consumed during lunch.

  • Classroom disruption, talking, or moving about the classroom will not be tolerated.
  • Students are expected to use this time for constructive school-related work and reading.

Tapping pens and pencils, talking, drawing, and sleeping are prohibited. Getting up from assigned desks is prohibited. Students must sit forward, feet facing in, with head and shoulders facing the cubby.

  • A student must complete his/her assigned number of days. An absence during an ISS assignment will be treated as any other absence. The ISS assignment will be continued until the original number of assigned days are completed.
  • A student’s assigned ISS time will not be counted as complete unless the student conforms each day to the classroom requirements.

 

 

Extended Alternative Classroom: Extended Alternative Classroom is designed to provide a disciplinary alternative to out-of-school suspension and to the placement at the Alternative Learning Center. This program does not completely eliminate the use of these disciplinary tools, but it does offer another opportunity for behavior modification within the home-school setting before such measures are taken. The EAC enables a student to receive all of his/her educational services, but it separates him/her from the general student population. The program is therapeutic in nature, in that various strategies will be employed in an attempt to determine the underlying causes of the misbehavior. Based on the information acquired, suitable interventions will be explored. EAC is located at Freedom Middle School.

 

 

Alternative Learning Center: A restricted classroom serving students throughout the county who have demonstrated chronic discipline problems. Placement to ALC may be made through Juvenile Court or school administration.

 

Suspended/ISS students are not allowed to participate in or be present at school related extracurricular activities during the term of their suspension.

 

 

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT:

FIELD TRIPS

 

 

Poplar Grove Middle School provides field trip opportunities that are specifically designed to provide real life experiences that support concepts aligned with grade level curriculum. It is imperative that all students who participate in field trips conduct themselves in a respectful way that brings pride to Poplar Grove Middle School. The following behavioral expectations will guide each and every student’s opportunity to participate in field trips at Poplar Grove Middle School.

  • Students who receive an office referral will immediately be placed on “Field Trip Probation.” Upon receiving a second office referral, students will be excluded from the field trip and will receive parent notification.
  • Any student who commits a zero tolerance offense will immediately be put on Field Trip Suspension and no longer has the opportunity to participate in field trips for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Any student who is suspended from the opportunity to participate in field trips for the academic year is not eligible for financial reimbursement for money paid to participate in the field trip.
  • Any student who is in ISS or absent on the day of the field trip will not be reimbursed.

 

 

BUS CONDUCT

Riding the bus is considered an extension of a school activity. Students are to ride only on assigned buses and under no circumstance have friends not assigned to that bus ride with them. The Code of Student Conduct applies to all students who ride the bus (See FSSD Board Policy #6.308 for rules and regulations).

In order to maintain conditions and atmosphere suitable for learning, no person shall enter onto a school bus except students assigned to that bus. Parents of students or persons with lawful and valid business on the bus must have prior approval by the supervisor of transportation and/or the director of schools.

 

 

Since the school bus is an extension of school activity, bus students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the established safety standards and classroom conduct.

Bus students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus. Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vehicles transporting

students to and from school or extracurricular activities. Video surveillance shall be used only to

promote the order safety and security of students, staff and property.

 

Students shall ride only on assigned buses and under no circumstance shall friends not assigned to that bus ride with them.

 

 

To ensure a safe and orderly means of transport, the following guiding principles are established for riders:

 

 

—Be at the bus stop prior to the arrival of the bus.

—Wait on the sidewalk, away from the curb, until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver opens the door.

—Go directly to an available seat and be seated.

—Keep aisles and exits clear.

—Keep noise at classroom level.

—Keep head, hands, and objects inside the bus.

—Respect the rights and property of others.

—Obey the driver promptly and respectfully.

—Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and use the emergency door only in an emergency.

—No profanity, chewing gum, eating or drinking on the bus.

—No drugs, weapons, hazardous materials, or animals shall be allowed on the bus.

—No throwing or passing objects shall be allowed on, from, or onto the bus.

—No objects on board that cannot be held on lap.

 

 

Failure to adhere to these and other established rules and regulations will subject the student to discipline measures which may vary from a verbal reprimand to expulsion from the bus as determined by prior record, the severity of the offense, the age of the child, and frequency of the occurrence.

 

 

Bus service, like all other school activities, is the responsibility of the building principal. Therefore, all communications involve the principal or his/her designee.

 

The parent/legal guardian is held legally responsible for any damage to the bus and/or bus equipment by his/her child.