PROCEEDINGS OF THE ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

RESERVE, LA - Meeting of June 20, 2012

 

ITEM 1:  The Chair called the meeting to order and read the following call:

 

HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD

Parish of St. John the Baptist

 

Dear Board Member:

 

Upon call of the President, the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board will meet in special session at Godchaux Grammar Cafeteria, Reserve, Louisiana, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.

 

An agenda for the meeting is attached.

 

Sincerely, s/Courtney P. Millet, Ph.D.

Superintendent/Secretary

 

The Chair called for a moment of silent meditation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  

 

ITEM 2.  ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS:

 

PRESENT: Messrs. Burl, Keller, DeFrancesch, Johnson, Wise, Bacas, Nicholas, Triche, Sanders.

 

ABSENT:  Jack, Jones.

 

There were 9 members present, 2 absent.

 

ITEM 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:Meetings of June 7, 2012 and June 14, 2012. 

 

A motion was made by Dr. Keller, seconded by Mr. Triche, to accept the minutes of the June 7, 2012 and June 14, 2012 meetings  as printed and published. There were no objections.

 

The motion carried.

 

9 Yeas – Burl, Keller, DeFrancesch, Johnson, Wise, Bacas, Nicholas, Triche, Sanders.

2 Absent - Jack, Jones.

 

ITEM 4. CSRS, Inc. – Request Board approval to award contract to apparent responsible low bidder for the Backflow Preventers at Various Sites Project contingent upon low bidder meeting all LA Public Bid Law and Contract Document Requirements.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Burl, seconded by Mr. Bacas, to approve the award of the contract for the Backflow Preventers at Various Sites Project to ARC Mechanical Contractors, Inc.for a total cost of $134,600 (Base + Alternate 1).  There were no objections.

 

The motion carried.

 

9 Yeas – Burl, Keller, DeFrancesch, Johnson, Wise, Bacas, Nicholas, Triche, Sanders.

2 Absent - Jack, Jones.

 

ITEM 5.  Mr. Bob Bourgeois/Mrs. Bonnie Dinvaut-Irving – Request Board approval of Student Internet Policy.

 

A motion was made by Dr. Keller, seconded by Rev. Nicholas, to approve the Student Internet Policy as presented.  There were no objections.

 

The motion carried.

 

9 Yeas – Burl, Keller, DeFrancesch, Johnson, Wise, Bacas, Nicholas, Triche, Sanders.

2 Absent - Jack, Jones.

 

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS USE FOR STUDENTS

St.John the Baptist Parish Public Schools

Student Technology Acceptable Use Procedures

 

  I.    DEFINITION

A.    In general, the district’s technology includes hardware, software, video and subscription services.  Specifically, the district’s technology includes, but is not limited to: computers (and related equipment/attachments), monitors, printers, scanners, network devices, network access, portable computers, digital cameras, flex cameras, video cameras, electronic microscopes, probes, global positioning systems, phones, PDAs, scan converters, projectors, amplifiers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, uninterruptible power supplies, surge protectors, operating systems, applications, streaming video, DVD videos and services (local/subscription services).

B.    Consumables include, but not limited to: ink cartridges, mouse pads, paper, transparencies, cleaning supplies, pen drives, zip disks, blank CDs, and blank DVDs.

C.    Personal devices are defined as privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld devices that include, but is not limited to, smart technologies, portable internet devices, PDAs, etc.

 

II.    PURPOSE

A.    The purpose of these procedures is to provide guidelines for acceptable and safe access to technology.

B.    In keeping with the district’s mission, to provide premium technology and support to aid in the student learning process in order to increase student achievement and produce life-long learners who are able to succeed in an information society.

C.    Providing access to technology is limited to educational use for classroom activities which are consistent with the guiding documents of the district.

 

III.    USE OF SYSTEM

A.    The use of technology is a privilege-not a right.  Ensuring its proper use is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees.

B.    Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of technology systems may result in one or more of the following consequences:

1. temporary or permanent loss of privileges,

2. temporary confiscation of personal device,

3. payments for damages and repairs,

4. discipline as outlined in the district policy manual and Code of Conduct,

5. civil/criminal liability under other applicable laws.

 

IV.    ACCEPTABLE USES

A.    Acceptable uses are those which support teaching and learning and are consistent with the guiding documents of St. John the Baptist Parish Schools by:

1. communicating with others using respectful language,

2. respecting the privacy and property of other users,

3. treating technology with care

4. utilizing the district provided network during the school day as authorized by administration,

5. using technology as directed by the teacher,

6. protecting your password in order to insure personal security and that of the district’s technology.

 

V.    UNACCEPTABLE USE

A.    The following uses of technology or accounts are considered unacceptable:

1. accessing, by any means (i.e. internet, email any device) displaying or sending messages and materials that use language or images that are inappropriate (e.g. obscene, threatening, disrespectful) in the educational setting or disruptive to the educational process;

2. chat rooms, social networking sites or other electronic communication is prohibited unless facilitated by teacher/administrator for instructional purposes only;

3. unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture (cyber-bullying);

4. copying or distributing copyrighted materials which is protected by federal copyright laws on to school/district systems;

5. violating copyright laws by copying information from the district’s technology systems and handing it in to my teachers as my own work;

6. placing unlawful information on the district’s technology systems;

7. tampering with, damaging, or modifying computers, computer software, hardware, or wiring;

8. taking any action to jeopardize or violate the school district’s technology systems security;

9. disregarding established safeguards of technology in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Louisiana R.S.17:100.6;

10.  using the school district system or personal devices in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system by others;

11.  violating privacy rights by providing home address, telephone number or other personal information about myself, my family, or others;

12.  wasting consumables and/or resources (e.g. paper, ink, storage devices, bandwidth);

13.  spreading computer viruses;

14.  installing or running a program which damages or places an excessive load on the districts technology (i.e. copying music or video files not associated with an instructional assignment);

15.  using another’s password or sharing passwords with others;

16.  using the district’s technology systems for commercial purposes;

17.  using technology to gain unauthorized access to information resources or accessing, changing, deleting, or damaging another person’s materials, information or files;

18.  using technology illegally or in any ways that violate district policy, local, state, or federal laws and statutes.

19.  The use of a personal network (i.e. internet access/cellular data plan) is prohibited during school hours.

 

VI.    FILTERING

A.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as stated in Louisiana R.S.17:100.6, will use its best efforts to prevent access to “harmful material the character of which is such that it is reasonably believed to be obscene or child pornography, conducive to the creation of a hostile or dangerous school environment, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing in the school environment all as defined by any applicable state or federal laws.”

B.    The district will use its best efforts to restrict usage of the Internet to areas of educational value.

C.    It should be understood that no matter how much supervision and monitoring St. John the Baptist Parish Schools provides, there will always be the possibility of a user coming into contact with inappropriate material.

 

VII.    TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

A.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interaction with other individuals on social networking websites, in chat rooms and cyber bulling awareness and response.

 

VIII.    PRIVACY

A.    The district’s technology systems and networks are the property of the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools.

B.    With respect to the district’s technology, the activities of all users are subject to monitoring.

 

IX.    LIMITATION ON SCHOOL DISTRICT LIABILITY

A.    The system is provided on an “as is, as available” basis.

B.    St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Public Schools will not be responsible for any loss, damage, or unavailability of data stored on school district storage devices, or for delays, changes, or interruptions of email or Internet services, regardless of the cause.

C.    The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through inappropriate use of the district’s technology.

D.    The school district is NOT responsible for damages to, loss of, or theft of personal devices.

E.    St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Schools will NOT provide technical support for personal devices.

 

Mr. Jones arrived at 10:08 a.m. and was recorded as present.

 

ITEM 6.  Mr. Bob Bourgeois/Mrs. Bonnie Dinvaut-Irving – Introduction of Employee Internet Policy.

 

This item was for introduction only.

 

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS USE FOR ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, AND OTHER EMPLOYEES

St.John the Baptist Parish Public Schools

Technology Acceptable Use Procedures

 

X.    DEFINITION

D.    In general, the district’s technology includes hardware, software, video and subscription services.  Specifically, the district’s technology includes, but is not limited to: computers (and related equipment/attachments), monitors, printers, scanners, network devices, network access, portable computers, digital cameras, flex cameras, video cameras, electronic microscopes, probes, global positioning systems, phones, PDAs, scan converters, projectors, amplifiers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, uninterruptible power supplies, surge protectors, operating systems, applications, streaming video, DVD videos and services (local/subscription services).

E.    Consumables include, but not limited to: ink cartridges, mouse pads, paper, transparencies, cleaning supplies, pen drives, zip disks, blank CDs, and blank DVDs.

F.    Personal devices are defined as privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld devices that include, but is not limited to, smart technologies, portable internet devices, PDAs, etc.

 

XI.  PURPOSE

D.    The purpose of these procedures is to provide guidelines for acceptable and safe access to technology.

E.    In keeping with the district’s mission, to provide premium technology and support to aid in the student learning process in order to increase student achievement and produce life-long learners who are able to succeed in an information society.

F.    Providing access to technology must be in support of education and research which is consistent with the educational objectives of the St. John the Baptist Parish School District.

 

XII.  USE OF SYSTEM

C.    The use of technology is a privilege-not a right.  Ensuring its proper use is the joint responsibility of teachers, students, parents, and employees.

D.    It is imperative that users conduct themselves in a responsible ethical and polite manner while using the network.

E.    FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE NETWORK RULES WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR REVOCATIN OF THE USER’S ACCOUNT BY THE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR.  IN ADDITION, DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN THAT COULD RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR POSSIBLE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.  INFORMATION ABOUT ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WILL BE REPORTED TO THE APPROPRITATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

 

XIII.    ACCEPTABLE USES

B.    Acceptable uses are those which support teaching, learning and job performance are consistent with the guiding documents of St. John the Baptist Parish Schools by:

1. protecting your password in order to insure personal security and that of the district’s technology

2. communicating with others using respectful language,

3. respecting the privacy and property of other users,

4. treating technology with care

5. utilizing the district provided network during the school work day as authorized by administration,

6. using technology as directed by the St. John the Baptist Parish School District,

 

XIV.    UNACCEPTABLE USE

B.    The following uses of technology or accounts are considered unacceptable:

1. revealing your ID and password to others (i.e. students/coworkers) or sharing access to another person’s ID and password;

2. accessing, by any means (i.e. internet, email any device) displaying or sending messages and materials that use language or images that are inappropriate (e.g. obscene, threatening, disrespectful) in the educational setting or disruptive to the educational process;

3. accessing or processing pornographic material, and inappropriate files via any electronic means;

4. chat rooms, social networking sites or other electronic communication is prohibited unless facilitated by teacher/administrator for instructional purposes only;

5. unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture (cyber-bullying);

6. reposting personal communications without the author’s prior consent;

7. copying or distributing copyrighted materials which is protected by federal copyright laws on to school/district systems;

8. downloading and uploading of pirated or illegal software in violation of copyright law or discussion of such item;

9. placing unlawful information on the district’s technology systems;

10.  tampering with, damaging, or modifying computers, computer software, hardware, or wiring;

11.  taking any action to jeopardize or violate the school district’s technology systems security;

12.  using the network for financial gain or illegal activity;

13.  using the network for personal and private business;

14.  using the network for product advertisement or political lobbying;

15.  disregarding established safeguards of technology in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Louisiana R.S.17:100.6;

16.  using the school district system or personal devices in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system by others;

17.  violating privacy rights by providing home address, telephone number or other personal information about students or other employees;

18.  wasting consumables and/or resources (e.g. paper, ink, storage devices, bandwidth);

19.  spreading computer viruses;

20.  installing or running a program which damages or places an excessive load on the districts technology (i.e. copying music or video files not associated with an instructional assignment/job performance);

21.  using fake names or pseudonyms;

22.  using technology to gain unauthorized access to information resources or accessing, changing, deleting, or damaging another person’s materials, information or files;

23.  using technology illegally or in any ways that violate district policy, local, state, or federal laws and statutes.

 

XV.    FILTERING

D.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as stated in Louisiana R.S.17:100.6, will use its best efforts to prevent access to “harmful material the character of which is such that it is reasonably believed to be obscene or child pornography, conducive to the creation of a hostile or dangerous school environment, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing in the school environment all as defined by any applicable state or federal laws.”

E.    The district will use its best efforts to restrict usage of the Internet to areas of educational value.

F.    It should be understood that no matter how much supervision and monitoring St. John the Baptist Parish Schools provides, there will always be the possibility of a user coming into contact with inappropriate material.

 

XVI.    TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

 

B.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interaction with other individuals on social networking websites, in chat rooms and cyber bulling awareness and response.

 

XVII.    PRIVACY

C.    The district’s technology systems and networks are the property of the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools.

D.    Users have no explicit or implicit expectation of privacy. St. John the Baptist Parish School Board retains the right to monitor the content of all activities on SJBPS systems and networks and access any computer files without prior knowledge or consent of users, senders or recipients. St. John the Baptist Parish School Board may retain copies of any network traffic, computer files or messages indefinitely without prior knowledge or consent.

E.    The school district will cooperate fully with local, state and federal authorities in any investigation concerning or related to any illegal activities or activities not in compliance with school district policies conducted through the school district system.

 

XVIII.    LIMITATION ON SCHOOL DISTRICT LIABILITY

F.    The system is provided on an “as is, as available” basis.

G.    St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Public Schools will not be responsible for any loss, damage, or unavailability of data stored on school district storage devices, or for delays, changes, or interruptions of email or Internet services, regardless of the cause.

H.    The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through inappropriate use of the district’s technology.

I.      The school district is NOT responsible for damages to, loss of, or theft of personal devices.

J.     St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Schools will NOT provide technical support for personal devices.

 

XIX.      CANCELLATION

 

The use of St. John the Baptist Parish Schools Network is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancelation of the privilege.  The Technology Coordinator will deem what is inappropriate use; as in accordance with acceptable procedures.  The Technology Coordinator may close any account that is not used for an extended period of time or an account whose owner is no longer a teacher or administrator in a St. John the Baptist Parish Public School.

 

ADDENDUM ITEM  9.  Mr. Elton Oubre, Director of CWA/Hearing Officer – Introduction of 2012-2013 Student Code of Conduct and Attendance Handbook.

 

Mr. Oubre stated that this item was for introductory purposes only, and would ask for approval at the July 17, 2012 meeting.

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

 

POLICY NOTIFICATION

It is the policy of St. John the Baptist Parish School Board to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, handicapping condition, or veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, educational services, financial aid, and employment. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to: Dr. Leigh Ann Beard, Director of Title IX and Human Rights Coordinator.

 

EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board that each student, regardless of his or her race, color, national origin or disability shall receive an equal educational opportunity and an equal opportunity to seek participation in education programs and student and extracurricular activities.

Pursuant to Board policy, incidents of sexual harassment and/or intimidation and harassment and/or intimidation because of a student's race, color, national origin, or disability are prohibited and procedures are provided for reporting and investigating such incidents and for the disposition thereof.  

Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to: Dr. Leigh Ann Beard, Director of Title IX and Human Rights Coordinator.

 

NOTIFICATION DE POLIZA

En esta poliza de St. John the Baptist Parish School Board es proveer igual oportunidades sin rechazo de raza color, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, condicones de incapacitado o veterano en este programa educacional y de actividades. Esto incluye, pero no son limitadas, las admisiones, servicios educacionales, ayuda financiera y empleos. Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de esta poliza de aplicacion puede referirse a: Dr. Leigh Ann Beard, Directora del Titulo IX y la coordinadora de los deredos humanos. 

 

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

All policies, regulations and procedures pertaining to substance abuse shall be in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act (DFWA) of 1988.

 

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS and PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

·        Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. 

Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

·         Parents or eligible students have the right to request that schools correct records, which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

·         Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.  However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

 

o    School officials with legitimate educational interest;

o    Other schools to which a student is transferring;

o    Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

o    Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

o    Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

o    Accrediting organizations;

o    Compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

o    Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

o    State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law.

 

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.  However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA.  The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

 

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or contact the following:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue

SW Washington, D.C.  20202-4605

 

RIGHTS OF NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS IN THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL

RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out requirements designed to protect the privacy of parents and students. In brief, the law requires a school district to: 1) provide a parent access to the records that are directly related to the student; 2) provide a parent an opportunity to seek correction of the record he or she believes to be inaccurate or misleading; and 3) with some exceptions, obtain the written permission of a parent before disclosing information contained in the student’s education record. The definition of parent is found in the FERPA implementing regulation under 34 CFR 99.3. “Parent” means a parent of a student and includes a natural parent, a guardian, or an individual acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or a guardian. Section 99.4 gives an example of the rights of parents.

 

An educational agency or institution shall give full rights under the act to either parent, unless the agency or institution has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, state statute, or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody, that specifically revokes these rights.

 

This means that, in the case of divorce or separation, a school district must provide access to both natural parents, custodial and non-custodial, unless there is a legally binding document that specifically removes that parent’s FERPA rights. In this context, a legally binding document is a court order or other legal paper that prohibits access to education record or removes that parent’s right to have knowledge about his or her child’s education. Custody or other residential arrangements for a child do not, by themselves, affect the FERPA rights of the child’s parents. One can best understand the FERPA position on parents’ rights by separating the concept of custody from the concept of rights that FERPA gives parents. Custody, as a legal concept, establishes where a child will live, and often, the duties of the person(s) with whom the child lives. The FERPA, on the other hand, simply establishes the parents’ right of access to and control of education record related to the child. The Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education developed the pamphlet.

 

Here are the answers to questions frequently asked about the rights of non-custodial parents.

 

1. Does the FERPA require a school to keep a parent informed of the child’s progress even though the parent is divorced and living some distance from the child?

No. The FERPA does not require schools to inform parents of student progress whether the parents are divorced or not.

 

2. Does the FERPA require a school to provide a parent copy of the record?

Generally, a school is not required to provide parents copies of the record. However, if the distance is great enough to make it impractical for the parent to visit the school to review the record, the school must make copies of the record and send them to the parent when that parent requests access to the record.

 

3. May a school charge for copies of records?

Yes. A school may charge a reasonable fee for copying.

 

4. Does the non-custodial parent have the right to be informed of and to attend teacher conferences?

The FERPA does not address conferences for the purpose of discussing student performance. Thus, a school has no obligation under this law to arrange a conference to accommodate the non-custodial parent. However, if records of conferences are maintained, the non-custodial parent has the right to see those records.

 

5. Must the school notify the non-custodial parent of his/her FERPA rights?

No. The school would be considered in compliance with the law if it notifies only the parent who has custody of the child.

 

6. Must the school provide the non-custodial parent the same general notices it provides the custodial parent?

No. General notices, lunch menus, PTA information, announcement of teacher conferences, school pictures, and other similar information, are not “education recordsas defined by the FERPA. Therefore, schools are not legally required to provide them.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

The Board believes regular attendance in the school accompanied by the responsibility to study and participate in school activities is essential to the learning process. Once a pupil arrives at school, he/she is expected to remain and attend each class through the day.  Exceptions can be made only in the event of extended personal illness as verified by a physician and/or other extenuating circumstances as approved by the parish Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, after consultation with the Principal and Superintendent. 

 

Elementary Students

Elementary pupils must be present a minimum of one hundred sixty-six (166) days per year to be eligible to receive credit for the courses taken.

 

*Elementary students (K-8) students can miss no more than eleven (11) days per year and still be eligible to receive credit for courses taken.

 

High School Students

To receive Carnegie credit for a course, students must be present ninety-four (94) percent of the required time.  High school students (because of 4x4 block design) must be present a minimum of eighty-five (85) days per semester to be eligible to receive 1 credit in each course for one semester or forty-two days (42) for a ½ semester course.

 

*High School students can miss no more than five (5) days per semester, three (3) days per ½ semester and still be eligible to receive credit for courses taken.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD ELIGIBILITY

In order for a student to be considered for a perfect attendance certificate or award, the student must be in attendance every day, all day.  The student may not sign in late or leave school early.

 

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW

Students who have attained the age of seven years shall attend a public or private day school or participate in an approved home study program until they reach the age of 18 years.  Any child below the age of seven who legally enrolls in school shall also be subject to compulsory attendance.

 

Present law requires every parent (or certain other persons) having control or charge of any child from that child’s seventh birthday until his 18th birthday to send the child to a public or private day school unless the child graduates from high school prior  to his 18th birthday.  (HB 648-ACT 927 of the 2010 Regular Session).

 

Whoever violates the provisions of this policy is subject to be fined not more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days, or both as provided by law. The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, with the approval of the parish Superintendent of schools, shall file proceedings in court to enforce the provisions of this policy.

 

AGE REQUIREMENTS

The age which a child may enter kindergarten of any public school at  the beginning of the public school session shall be five years on or before September 30 of the calendar year in which the school year begins.

 

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES, ATTENDANCE, TARDY

The Board recognizes the student’s fundamental right to attend the public schools and places upon students the accompanying responsibility to be faithful in attendance. Regular attendance can be assumed to be essential for a student’s successful progress in the instructional program.

 

 Any student who is a juvenile and who is habitually absent from school or is habitually tardy shall be reported by the Child Welfare and Attendance office to the family or juvenile court of the parish or city as a truant child.

 

Attendance

 

All schools shall keep daily records of attendance, verified by the teacher keeping such records, which shall be open to inspection by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or a duly authorized representative. All schools shall immediately report to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, any unexplained, unexcused or illegal absence, or habitual tardiness.

 

WHOLE DAY ATTENDANCE A student is considered to be in attendance for a whole day when he/she is physically present at a school site or is participating in an authorized school activity and is under the supervision of authorized personnel for more than 50% (51%-100%) of student’s instructional day.  All absences whether excused or unexcused shall be counted as an absence for attendance reporting purposes.

 

HALF-DAY ATTENDANCE – A student is considered to be in attendance for one-half day when he/she is physically present at a school site or is participating in an authorized school activity and is under the supervision of authorized personnel for more than 25% but not more than half (26%-50%) of the student’s instructional day.

 

Tardy

 

Tardy shall include, but not be limited to, leaving or checking out of school unexcused prior to the regularly scheduled dismissal time at the end of the school day or arriving late to school after the school officially begins, but shall not include reporting late to class when transferring from one class to another during the school day.

 

(Late to school or early check out)

 

St. John Parish School Board, in an attempt to reduce the number of tardies to school, will implement a tardy policy.  This policy is in line with the truancy intervention policy.  Parents are required to cooperate with the teachers, counselors, and truancy officers throughout the school year.  Truancy panel may be held at the school site or at the Child Welfare office.  Truancy court will be under the 40th Judicial District Court jurisdiction.

 

1st tardy – acknowledgement

 6th tardy – referral to Truant Officer

2nd tardy – acknowledgement

 7th tardy – parent conference with Truant Officer 

3rd tardy – parent conference (phone)

 8th tardy – referral to Truancy Panel

4th tardy – parent conference (counselor)

 9th tardy – signed truancy agreement

5th tardy – parent conference (principal)

10th tardy – referral to Truancy Court

 

 

TYPES OF ABSENCES

The days absent for elementary and secondary school students shall include non-exempted excused absences, exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions

 

A. Non-exempted excused absences - are absences incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family (documented by acceptable excuses, including a parental note) which are not considered for purposes of truancy, but which are considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.

 

B. Exempted excused absences - are absences which are not considered for purposes of truancy and which are not considered when whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and test receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/pre-school year completed

 

C. Unexcused absences - are any absences not meeting the requirements set forth in the excused absences and extenuating circumstances definitions, including but not limited to absences due to any job (including agriculture and domestic services, even in the student's own home or for their own parents or tutors) unless it is a part of an approved instructional program. Students shall be given failing grades for those days missed and shall not be given an opportunity to make up work.

 

D. Suspensions - are non-exempted absences for which a student is allowed to make up his/her work and is eligible for consideration for credit provided it is completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner. The absence shall be considered when determining whether or not a student may or may not be promoted, but shall not be considered for purposes of truancy. Students absent from school as a result of any suspension shall be counted as absent.

 

A student under suspension or expulsion is not allowed on any school campus without permission of the principal nor can he/she attend or participate in any school sponsored activity/ function, including graduation, or extracurricular activity on or off the school campus.           

 

Extenuating Circumstances

The only exception to the attendance regulation shall be enumerated extenuating circumstances that are verified by the school and the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.  These exempted absences do not apply in determining whether a student meets the minimum minutes of instruction required to receive credit.

 

1.     Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in the state

2.     Extended hospital stay in which a student is absent as verified by a physician or dentist

3.     Extended recuperation from an accident in which a student  as verified by a physician, dentist, or nurse practitioner licensed in the state

4.     Extended contagious disease within a family in which a student is absent  as verified by a physician or dentist licensed in the state

5.     Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith

6.     Visitation with a parent who is a member of the United Military States Armed Forces or the National Guard and such parent has been called to duty for or is on leave from over-sea deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting. Excused absences in this situation shall not exceed five (5) school days per year.

7.     Absences verified and approved by school principal or designee as stated below:

a)   prior school system approved travel for education

b)  death in the family (not to exceed one week)

c)   natural catastrophe and or disaster

For any other extenuating circumstances, the student’s parents or legal guardian must make a formal appeal in accordance with the due process procedures.

 

Written Excuses- For a student to be eligible to receive credit and make up work following an absence, the student shall be required in each instance to submit parental confirmation of the reasons for the absence. If a student is tardy or absent, the parent or guardian must submit a written excuse, (signed and dated) upon the student's return to classes stating the reason for the student's absence from school. Except for written excuses that are extenuating circumstances exempted from the compulsory attendance law, all other written excuses turned in after five (5) school days of the student's return shall continue to be unexcused with no makeup work allowed.

 

Appeal of Absences  - When a student exceeds the maximum number of absences allowed,  the parents or student may make a formal appeal to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance by presenting required written documentation for any of the absences he/she feels are because of extenuating circumstances. The appeal decision of the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance is final and no further appeals shall be allowed. No appeals and/or documentation shall be accepted for any absences in excess of the minimum attendance requirements after ten (10) school days at the end of the first semester for a semester course or after ten (10) working days at the end of the school year for a two semester course.

 

Students in danger of failing due to excessive absences may be allowed to make up missed time in class session held outside the regular class time session. High school students in danger of failing due to excessive absence may be allowed to make up missed time in class sessions held outside the regular class time in an attendance recovery program. The make-up sessions must be completed before the end of the current semester and all other applicable policies must be met.

 

No extenuating circumstances will be granted after 10 days from the semester grading period or from the last day of school.  An extenuating circumstance form may be obtained by the principal or from the Child Welfare office. 

 

DROPOUT RECOVERY ACT 742

(Repealed by HB 648)

 

Policy Revision (Section 1103)

 

HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION

A student who is enrolled in regular or special education and who, as a result of health care treatment, physical illness, accident, or the treatment thereof, is temporarily unable to attend school (10 consecutive days), shall be provided instruction services in the home or hospital environment. 

 

STUDENT TRANSFER POLICY

No student who has been expelled from any public or non-public school within or outside the state of Louisiana for possession of a firearm, knife, or dangerous weapon or instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon, or for possession or possession with the intent to distribute, sell, give, or loan any controlled dangerous substance governed by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Law shall be admitted to the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools until the student produces written documentation that he/she has enrolled and participated in an appropriate rehabilitation or counseling program related to the reason(s) for the expulsion.  The counseling or rehabilitation required in this section must comply with requirements set forth in Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416.B at no additional cost to the school system.

 

NOTE:  No student who has been expelled shall be admitted to any public school in any other parish or city system in the state except upon the review and approval of the school board of the school system to which he seeks admittance.

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

 

In keeping with the provisions of the Education/Juvenile Justice Partnership Act (Subpart C-1 of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act), St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools are committed to the utilization of positive behavioral supports to address student discipline. Good behavior and discipline of students are essential prerequisites to academic learning, development of student character, and general and educational socialization of children.  A positive behavior support (PBS) process utilizes an assessment based approach that emphasizes proactive, educative, and reinforcement-based strategies to build meaningful and lasting behavior.

 

The goal of PBS is academic and social success.  This goal is accomplished through the development of universal expectations for all students, support plans for at risk students, and individualized programs for students with significant behavior challenges.  The principle practices include, but are not limited to:

 

 

STUDENT OFFENSES AND DISCIPLINE

 

Students shall be required to assume their share of responsibility in maintaining an atmosphere conducive to effective teaching/learning situations in all classes and activities in which they participate under the sponsorship of the school.

 

Every student is strictly held to orderly conduct in school, on the playground, and on the school bus, going to or returning from school. Additionally, every student shall adhere to this Code of Conduct during any school-sponsored activity whether conducted on or off of the school campus except when specifically excused by the principal or designee. The range of consequences shall be determined by the principal depending on the severity of the offense.  School principals may suspend any pupil for violation of school board policy in accordance with the following guidelines. In order to ensure fair and consistent discipline practices, the following discipline guidelines shall be used in St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools:

• Consequences adhere to discipline standards as prescribed by Louisiana State Law Revised Statute: 17:416 (Discipline of pupils; suspension, expulsion). Only suspensions and expulsions can be appealed.

 

DEFINITIONS

                          

Assault  

An attempt to commit an unprovoked physical attack on one person by another or intentionally placing another person under the reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery through a verbal attack. (Words alone may not be sufficient to constitute an assault.)

 

 

Assault on a School Employee

An attempt to commit a battery on a school employee, the intentional placing of an employee in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery or making statements threatening physical harm toa school employee. Assault on an employee is an assault committed when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is acting in the performance of his duties. Whoever commits the crime of assault on a school employee shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days, or both. (R.S. 14:38.2)

 

 

Battery of School Employee

Battery committed without the consent of the victim when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is a school employee acting in the performance of employment duties – No student found guilty of committing a battery on a school employee shall be assigned to attend or shall attend the school to which the school employee battered by the pupil is assigned. A school system shall not be required to provide transportation.

 

 

Battery

Any intentional act which results in harm to another person either by bodily injury or offensive touching.

 

 

Bodily Harm

Any injury in which medical attention was necessary (school nurse, EMT, etc.).

 

 

bullying

Any intentional gesture, or written, verbal, or physical act that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.   

 

 

Cyber Bullying

Tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, or otherwise targeting another using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.

 

 

Conflict Resolution

The act of determining the outcome of differences between two or more parties through mediation by a mediator.

 

 

Contraband

Any property which is unlawful to produce or possess.

 

 

Corporal Punishment

Any discipline involving a physical act (paddling, slapping, kneeling, etc.).

 

 

Driving Is a Privilege Law

The “Driving is a Privilege” Law, Act 736, authorizes suspension of drivers’ licenses of certain students. The principal shall notify the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of Motor Vehicles, of any student between the ages of 14 and 18 who has been subjected to a disciplinary action of expulsion or suspension or assignment to an alternative educational setting from school for ten or more consecutive school days in accordance with policy for infractions involving the sale or possession of drugs, alcohol, or any other illegal substance, the possession of a firearm, or an infraction involving assault or battery of any public elementary or secondary school faculty or staff. Upon receipt of written notification from the principal of any of the above-referenced disciplinary actions, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall take the following action with respect to the student: (a) if the student has a driver’s license, the department shall suspend the driver’s license for a period of one year or (b) if the student has not obtained a driver’s license or if he applies for a different driver’s license, the license obtained during the period of one year shall immediately be suspended for the duration of the one-year period.

 

 

Drugs  

Illegal narcotic, drug, or other controlled substance, including prescription medication, non-prescription medications such as aspirin, cough syrup, Tylenol, etc.

 

 

Extortion

The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force,  violence, or fear.

 

 

Fighting

Two or more students involved in an exchange of blows – Note: Since the school has responsible adults on duty whenever students are under the supervision of the school, St. John Parish Public Schools believes that fighting is unnecessary and inappropriate as a means of solving problems and will be handled as a serious offense.  Using self-defense as a reason for engaging in fighting must be done so within this constraint.

 

 

Forgery

The altering of any writing of another without his/her authority so that it purports to be the act of another.

 

 

Gambling

The dealing, operating, carrying on, conducting, maintaining or exposing for pay, any game; making a bet.

 

 

Gestures

Movement of the body or limbs intended to express an idea or feeling.

 

 

Group Fight

Instances of 3 or more students fighting.

 

 

Hateful Act

Any derogatory gesture or act pertaining to religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or social status offensive to another.

 

 

Hazing

Any knowing behavior, whether by commission or omission, of any student to encourage, direct, order, or participate in any activity which subjects another student to potential physical, mental, or psychological harm for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, continued membership in, or acceptance by existing members of any organization or extracurricular activity at a public elementary or secondary school, whether such behavior is planned or occurs on or off school property, including any school bus and school bus stop.

 

 

Indecent Behavior

Behavior, which is offensive to common property; lewd or obscene behavior.

 

 

Intimidation

Putting in fear, extorting; unlawful coercion; threatening.

 

 

Molesting

To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.  To subject to unwanted or improper sexual activity.

 

 

Parental Conference

A meeting for consultation or discussion.  Documented phone conference; Documented face-to-face conference.

 

 

Retaliation

To do injury in return for injury; revenge.

 

 

Riot

A public disturbance involving an act of violence by one or more persons, part of an assemblage of three or more persons, which constitutes a clear and present danger of, or shall result in damage or   injury to property or property of another person.

 

 

Self-defense

The right of an individual to protect oneself by using force upon another when it can be reasonably concluded that the use of force more probably than not was committed solely for the purpose of preventing forcible offense against oneself.  A person who is the aggressor or who brings on difficulty cannot claim the right of self-defense. A student cannot claim the right of self-defense whenever help or flight is available. Responding to a verbal confrontation by using physical force is not acceptable and cannot be claimed as self-defense.

 

 

Sexually Explicit

Clearly sexual in nature.

 

 

Terrorizing

Communication of information causing any person to be in fear of great bodily harm for his or another person’s safety or causing serious disruption to the orderly function of the school (e.g. bomb threat, etc.) R. S. 14:40.1.

 

A.    Communication of false information of a bomb threat on school property, at a school-sponsored function, or in a firearm-free zone whether or not such threat involves fake explosive devices is intentional impartation or conveyance, or causing the impartation or conveyance by the use of the mail, computer, telephone, telegraph, word of mouth, or other means of communication (including but not limited to drawing, symbols, signs) or any such threat or false information knowing the same to be false.

 

B.    Whoever commits the crime of communication of false information of planned bombing on school property, at a school sponsored function, or in a firearm-free zone as defined in R.S.14.95.6 shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 20 years. Upon commitment to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections after conviction for a crime committed on school property, at a school sponsored function or in a firearm-free zone, the department shall have the offender evaluated through appropriate examinations or tests conducted under the supervision of the department. Such evaluation shall be made within 30 days of the order of commitment.

 

 

Threatening

Verbal or written language that threatens to harm another – Such language will be treated literally, whether or not there is intent to harm.

 

 

Weapons other than firearms or knives

Weapons other than statutory knives and firearms will be viewed under the standard of “dangerous instrumentality in manner used causes or may cause grave bodily harm.” (Not limited to:  BB, paintball and pellet guns, etc.)

 

 

Zero Tolerance

To ensure the physical and psychological safety of all students and adults, the violence prevention program is in place in all high and middle schools. Detailed information on the Violence Prevention Program is sent home to parents each year.

 

INFRACTIONS

 

Student Offenses

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-12

 Habitually Tardy (to class)

(19)

Parental conference

 1st Offense – Student conference

2nd Offense – Parental conference

3rd Offense – Alternative to suspension

1st Offense – Student conference

2nd Offense – Parental conference

3rd – 6th Offense – Alternative to suspension

7th Offense – In School Suspension

*Battery

(06)

Alternative to suspension to Suspension with Recommendation for expulsion

Arrest (12 & older)

Alternative to suspension to 4 days Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Arrest (12 & older)

Alternative to suspension to 5 days Suspension to  Recommendation for expulsion

*Battery of an employee

(21)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Arrest (12 & older)

Suspension with a Recommendation of expulsion and immediate removal from campus by arrest.

Employee must file charges with the Justice of the Peace. If charges are not filed, the charges will be dropped.

Arrest (12&older)

Suspension with a Recommendation of expulsion and immediate removal from campus by arrest. Employee must file charges with the Justice of the Peace. If charges are not filed the charges will be dropped.

*Battery with bodily injury

(21)

Recommendation for expulsion

Arrest (12 & older)

Recommendation for expulsion

Arrest (12 & older)

Recommendation for expulsion

*Bullying/Cyber bullying

(05)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

1.  Student-student(s) – From Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2.  Student-employee -  threatening any School Board employee – nine (9) days suspension with Recommendation for expulsion

1.  Student-student(s) – From Alternative to Suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2. Student-employee -  threatening any School Board employee – nine (9) days suspension with Recommendation for expulsion

Classroom/Campus Disruption

(10a)

Student conference to Suspension

From Student conference to Recommendation for expulsion

From Student conference to Recommendation for expulsion

Conduct injurious to others

(06)

Parental conference to Suspension

Parental conference to Suspension

Parental conference to Suspension

Disrespect for Authority

(02)

Student Conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity.

From Student conference to Recommendation for expulsion depending on severity.

From Student conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity.

Dress Code Violation 

Pages 14 - 16

(10b)

Parental conference to Suspension

1st Offense – Student conference, change and comply

2nd Offense – Alternative to suspension

3rd Offense – Suspension

1st Offense – Student conference, change and comply

2nd Offense – Alternative to suspension

3rd Offense – Suspension

Explicit music/printed material.

(12)

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

From Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

From Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

False Charge Against Authority

(03)

1st Offense – Parental conference

2nd Offense – Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.

1st Offense – Parental conference

2nd Offense – Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.

1st Offense – Parental conference

2nd Offense - Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.

*Fighting

Page 18

(16)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion depending on severity

1st Offense – 3 days Suspension

2nd  Offense – 4 days Suspension

3rd  Offense –  Recommendation for expulsion

 1st Offense – 4 days Suspension

2nd Offense – 5 days Suspension

3rd  Offense –  Recommendation for expulsion

Fire Alarm/Safety devices (surveillance system)

(17a)

1st Offense – Alternative to suspension

2nd Offense – 3 days suspension

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Fireworks/Stink Bombs/Tear Gas/Pepper Spray/Fire extinguisher/combustible items or comparable items (possession or use)

(17a)

1st Offense – Alternative to suspension

2nd  Offense – 3 days suspension Recommend Counseling

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

*Forgery or Cheating

(03)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

*Gambling

(21)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Guilty of Stealing

(20)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity.

Alternative to suspension or Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.  Student must make reimbursement

From Alternative to Suspension or Suspension with Recommendation for expulsion.  Student must make reimbursement

*Hateful act/gesture pertaining to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or social status

(04)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Alternative to suspension to Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Alternative to suspension to suspension to Suspension with Recommendation of Expulsion depending on severity

*Hazing

(21)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

1. Student(s) – From Alternative to Suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2. Student threatening any School Board employee – Recommendation for expulsion

1. Student(s) – From Alternative to Suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2. Student threatening any School Board employee – Recommendation for expulsion

*Indecent Behavior/Molesting

(21)

Recommend Counseling with a 3 days Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.

Recommend Counseling with a 4 days Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion.

(follow sexual harassment policy)

Recommend Counseling with a 5 days Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

(follow sexual harassment policy)

Instigating a Fight

(16)

Parental conference to Suspension

1st Offense – 3 days Suspension

2nd  Offense – 4 days Suspension

3rd  Offense – Recommendation for expulsion

1st Offense – 4 days Suspension

2nd Offense – 5 days Suspension

3rd  Offense – Recommendation for expulsion

Leaving campus w/o permission

(18)

Parental conference to 3 days suspension, depending upon severity

1st Offense – 3 days Suspension

2nd Offense – 4 days Suspension

1st Offense – 4 days Suspension

2nd Offense – 5 days suspension

 

Cuts class or Leaves class w/o permission

(18)

Parental conference to 3 days suspension, depending on severity

 1st Offense – Parental conference and/or

Alternative to suspension

2nd Offense – Alternative to suspension

3rd Offense – 3 days Suspension

1st Offense – Parental conference and/or

Alternative to suspension

2nd Offense – Alternative to suspension

3rd Offense – 3 days suspension

*Lewd or Sexually explicit Behavior

(04,21)

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Possess Weapon(s) Federal Law

LA RS 17:416 Subsection C -2

(13)

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Possesses Weapon(s)

(14)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion 

Possession/Use of Laser Pen

(17b)

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion. Pen will be confiscated.

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion. Pen will be confiscated.

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion. Pen will be confiscated.

Repeated Violation of School Rules

(02)

Parental conference to Recommendation  for expulsion, depending on severity

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

*Riot – Inciting or participating in a riot

(17b)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Sexual Harassment

(05)

Recommend Counseling, Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Recommend Counseling, Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Recommend Counseling, Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

*Threatening/Intimidating

(21)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

1. Student-student(s) – Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2. Student-employee – threatening any School Board employee Recommendation for expulsion

1. Student-student(s) – Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for  expulsion

2. Student-employee – threatening any School Board employee Recommendation for expulsion

Throws Missiles

(15)

Parental Conference to Suspension

Parental Conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Unauthorized Items

Usage and/or possession of cellular phones, DVD, iPods’, MP3, PS2, cameras, walkie talkies, radios, CD players, tape players, CDs, electronic games, photographic equipment, earphones, and any other recording equipment, etc. Are Prohibited on school campus, property, busses and school related areas.

(01)

K-8

1st Offense – Devices will be confiscated and turned over to the school principal to be returned only to parent/guardian no earlier than the end of the school day.

Repeated Offense – Same as above with Alternative to Suspension

 

K-8

1st Offense – Devices will be confiscated and turned over to the school principal to be returned only to parent/guardian no earlier than the end of the school day.

Repeated Offense – Same as above with Alternative to Suspension to Suspension

 

High School

1st Offense – Documented Student Conference and a One Day In-School Suspension.

2nd Offense – Parental Conference and a One Day In-School Suspension.

3rd Offense – One (1) Day In-School-Suspension. 

4th Offense –Loss of Phone Privileges. From an Out-of-School Suspension to a possible recommendation for expulsion.

Unauthorized Possession/Use of Test

(03)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Unauthorized trading/selling of goods at school

(01)

Parental conference to Alternative to suspension.  Goods and money will be confiscated.

Parental conference to Suspension. Goods and money will be confiscated.

Parental conference to Suspension. Goods and money will be confiscated.

Use of Profane/Obscene Language or Gestures – Communicated to a school board employee/adult or about that employee/adult where it can be heard or seen by any employee       (04)

Recommend Counseling.  Alternative to suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Recommend Counseling.  Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Recommend Counseling.  Suspension to Recommendation for expulsion

Use of Profane/Obscene Language or Gestures – Student to another student/general use

(04)

Recommend Counseling.  Parental conference to Suspension, depending on severity

Recommend Counseling.  Parental conference to Suspension, depending on severity

Recommend Counseling.  Parental conference to Suspension, depending on severity

Use/Possess Alcohol – Page 12

(09)

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Use/Possess Controlled Substances – Page 12 (07)

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Recommendation for expulsion

Use/Possess Tobacco – (lighters, matches, rolling paper, roach clips or tobacco products, tobacco paraphernalia – Page 12    (08)

Parental conference to Suspension

1st Offense – Parent Conference

2nd Offense – Alternative to Suspension

3rd Offense – 3 days Suspension

1st Offense – Parent Conference

2nd Offense – Alternative to Suspension

3rd Offense – 3 days Suspension

Vandalism/Arson

(11)

Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity

Recommendation for expulsion, (not less than one school semester and may carryover to the next school year) Restitution of damages

Recommendation for expulsion, (not less than one school semester and may carryover to the next school year) Restitution of damages

Violates Traffic/Safety Regulations

(17b)

1st Offense – Alternative to Suspension to 3 days Suspension

2nd Offense – Recommendation for expulsion

1st Offense – Alternative to Suspension to 3 days Suspension

2nd Offense – Recommendation for expulsion

1st Offense – Alternative to Suspension to

3 days Suspension

2nd Offense – Recommendation for expulsion

Violation of School Bag Policy – Page 16

(02)

1st  Offense – Confiscated/Parental Conference

2nd  Offense – Detention (Confiscated)

3rd Offense – Alternative to Suspension or Suspension

1st  Offense – Confiscated/Parental Conference

2nd  Offense – Detention (Confiscated)

3rd Offense – Alternative to Suspension or Suspension

1st  Offense – Confiscated/Parental Conference

2nd  Offense – Detention (Confiscated)

3rd Offense – Alternative to Suspension or Suspension

Willful Disobedience

(01)

1st Offense – Student conference

2nd Offense – Parental conference

3rd Offense – Alternative to suspension to Suspension

1st Offense – Student conference

2nd Offense – Parental conference

3rd Offense – Alternative to suspension to Suspension

1st Offense – Student conference

2nd Offense – Parental conference

3rd Offense – Alternative to suspension to Suspension

Writes/Draws Obscenities

(12)

 

Recommend counseling,

Parental conference to Suspension

Recommend counseling, Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion

Recommend counseling, Parental conference to Recommendation for expulsion

• An (*) prior to offense indicates a definition is included in definitions below.

• K-3 shall range from parent conference to suspension or expulsion for repeated and/or serious offenses unless otherwise specified.

 

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROGRAMS AT SCHOOLS

 

As an alternative to suspension, students in grades K-12 may be assigned to the school’s In- School Suspension Program (ISSP). NOTE: If a student is recommended for expulsion, the principal may assign the student to the ISSP depending on the severity of the offense.  Infractions, including but not limited to, fighting resulting in an arrest, assault and battery, threatening an employee, profanity toward an employee, possession of a weapon or dangerous instrumentality, or possession and/or intent to distribute alcohol, or drugs will not be assigned to ISSP; these offenses will result in an out­-of-school suspension and/or a recommendation for expulsion.

 

Each school will designate the time of the ISSP.  Students assigned to the ISSP will be required to complete behavior packets which address the behavior(s) that led to the student’s placement, in addition to class assignments and counseling sessions.  An individual tracking sheet will be kept each time the student is assigned to the ISSP program.  Upon notification of assignment of an In-School Suspension, a student shall not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored activity (during or after school hours, including athletics).

 

Students must attend every day assigned to the ISSP unless they have been granted extenuating circumstances, which must be approved by the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor.  The days that the child did not report will be considered as an Out of School suspension, the child will be marked absent, and he/she will not be eligible to make up any work or test(s) missed.

 

If a parent/guardian refuses ISSP assignment, the suspension shall be recorded as an Out-of- School Suspension.

 

Any student serving an In-School Suspension (ISS) found anywhere on campus other than within the ISS Center is subject to further disciplinary action and possible arrest.

 

In-School Suspension  An administratively (principal or designee) imposed assignment of a student to the school’s In-School Suspension Program for a period of time not to exceed nine (9) consecutive days unless authorized by Superintendent or his/her designee.  Upon notification of assignment of an In-School Suspension, a student shall not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored activity (during or after school hours, including athletics).

 

Out-of-School Suspension - An administratively (principal or designee) imposed assignment of a student to a non-school (home) location for a period of time not to exceed nine (9) days.   Upon notification of assignment of an Out-School Suspension, a student shall not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored activity (during or after school hours, including athletics).

 

 

Alternatives to Suspension - In an effort to implement Positive Behavior Support and reduce the loss of instructional time due to out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, the following alternatives to suspension may be utilized by principals.

 

*parent contact or parental conference

*behavioral contracts

*check-in/check-out system

*home/school communication system

*loss of privilege

*schedule adjustments

*referral to the school counselor

*referral to FINS

*after school detention

*in-school detention

*bus suspension

*supervised community service (for vandalism)

*Saturday detention

 

SUSPENSION

 

The school principal, or his/her designee, has the right to enforce this disciplinary policy and to apply disciplinary action, including suspension for the commission of any discipline offense.  The principal shall investigate all allegations of misconduct.

 

Prior to any suspension, the school principal/designee shall advise the student of the particular misconduct of which the student is accused and the specific reasons for such accusation.  The student shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain the student’s version of the incident or facts the school principal/designee.

 

If the principal/designee suspends the student, a reasonable effort must be made to contact the student’s parent or guardian by telephone to notify them of the suspension, that the student will be or has been removed from class, and that the student will be kept under supervision until the close of the school day or the arrival of the parent or guardian.  This responsibility shall not be delegated to a student. 

 

The principal shall send a written notice of the suspension to the parent/guardian providing notice of the offense and the term of the suspension.

 

In the event the student disrupts the orderly operations of the school, the student may be immediately removed from the school premises and placed in the custody of the parents, next of kin, or law enforcement.

 

If the parent/guardian of the suspended student wishes to appeal the suspension decision, the parent/guardian shall within (3) three school days after the receipt of written notification of the suspension, submit a written request to the Superintendent to review the matter.

 

A student under suspension or expulsion is not allowed on any school campus without permission of the principal nor can he/she attend or participate in any school sponsored activity/ function, including graduation, or extracurricular activity on or off the school campus.

 

EXPULSION

 

The removal of a student from all regular school settings/activities for a determined period up to 24 calendar months (depending on the offense committed) after a due process hearing. As per Revised Statute 17:416 (Act 556), if the expellable infraction is at the end of the school year, the term of the expulsion may carry over to the next school year. A principal may recommend a student, at any time, for expulsion if the offense is of such a serious nature as to deny other students their safety and/or the school’s ability to conduct business in an orderly fashion.

 

DUE PROCESS FOR EXPULSION

 

1.     A recommendation for expulsion is made by the principal. For IDEA and 504 eligible students, a manifestation determination or worksheet must be completed prior to administrative recommendations. This form along with the expulsion documents are forwarded to the Child Welfare and Attendance Department.

2.     A hearing date, time and place will be set.

3.     Notification of student’s right to counsel will be given.

4.     Notification to parent/guardian by mail will occur.

5.     A hearing is conducted by the superintendent/designee.

6.     A determination of whether to expel the student is made by the superintendent/designee.

7.     The principal/designee shall be present at the expulsion hearing to present the case.

8.     Until the hearing takes place, the student shall remain suspended out of school or placed in ISSP program.

9.     The parent or guardian of the student may request in writing to the Superintendent that the school board review the findings of the Superintendent or his designee within five (5) working days after the decision to expel and the consequence determination has been made. Day 1 will start the next work day after the parent has been notified of the decision.  Otherwise, the decision of the Superintendent’s designee shall be final.

10.  The board, in reviewing the case, may affirm, modify, or reverse the action previously taken.

11.  If the board upholds the decision of the Superintendent, the parent or guardian of the student may within 10 days, appeal to the district court for the parish in which the student’s school is located.

 

A student under suspension or expulsion is not allowed on any school campus without permission of the principal nor can he/she attend or participate in any school sponsored activity/ function, including graduation, or extracurricular activity on or off the school campus. 

 

SUSPENSION WITH RECOMMENDATION FOR EXPULSION

 

The following will be cause for a nine (9) day suspension with a recommendation to the Superintendent for expulsion. Unless contrary to the State Statutes, or otherwise directed by the Superintendent, the period of expulsion shall not be less than 90 school days and may carry over into the next school year.  The following include, but are not limited to, actions which warrant a nine (9) day suspension with recommendation for expulsion.

 

a.     Intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or stealing or attempting to steal school property of any value. (A pupil suspended for damages to any property belonging to the school system or to property contracted to the school system shall not be readmitted until payment in full has been made for such damage or until directed by the Superintendent of schools. If the property damaged is a school bus, a pupil suspended for such damage shall not be permitted to enter or ride any school bus until payment in full has been made for such damage or until directed by the Superintendent of schools).

b.    Intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to private property or any fence pole, sidewalk, or building on the way to or from school, or stealing or attempting to steal private property on any public school premises.

c.     Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury to another person except in self-defense.

d.    Carrying or possessing a firearm, a knife (the blade of which equals or exceeds two inches in length) or any other dangerous instrumentality; or possessing, distributing, selling, giving or loaning any controlled dangerous substance governed by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, in any form.  The Principal shall immediately recommend the student for expulsion in accordance with Subsection C of RS 17:416.

 

Criteria for determination

 

   Any student, sixteen years (16) of age or older, found guilty of being in possession of a firearm on school property, on a school bus, or in actual possession at a school-sponsored event shall be expelled from school for a minimum period of four (4) complete school semesters and shall be referred to the District Attorney for appropriate action.

   Any student who is under sixteen years (16) of age and in grades six through twelve (6-12) found guilty of being in possession of a firearm on school property, on a bus, or in actual possession at a school-sponsored event, shall be expelled from school for a minimum period of four (4) complete school semesters and shall be referred to the District Attorney for appropriate action.

   Any student in kindergarten through grade five (K-5) found guilty of possession of a firearm on school property, on a bus, or in actual possession at a school-sponsored event, shall be expelled from school for a minimum period of two (2) complete school semesters and shall be referred to the District Attorney for appropriate action.

   Any student sixteen years (16) of age or older, found guilty of possession of, or knowledge of and intentional distribution of or possession with intent to distribute any illegal narcotic drug, or other controlled substance on school property, on a school bus, or at a school event, shall be expelled from school for a minimum of four (4) complete school semesters.

   Any student who is under sixteen years (16) of age and in grades six through twelve (6-12) found guilty of possession of, or knowledge of and intentional distribution of or possession with intent to distribute any illegal narcotic drug, or other substance on school property, on a school bus, or at a school event, shall be expelled from school for a minimum period of two complete school semesters.

   Any case involving a student in kindergarten through grade five (5) found guilty of being in possession of a firearm on school property, on a school bus, or in actual possession at a school sponsored event, shall be expelled from school for a minimum period of twelve calendar months and shall be referred to the District Attorney for appropriate action.

   Any case involving a student in kindergarten through grade five (5) found guilty of possession of or knowledge of an intentional distribution of or possession with intent to distribute any illegal narcotic, drug, or other controlled substance on school property, on a school bus, or at a school event, shall be recommended for action from the Superintendent.

   When a student in kindergarten through grade five (5) is found carrying or possessing a knife as described in this section, the principal may, but shall not be required to recommend the student for expulsion. 

   If a student handles or transmits controlled substances, or any object that can be reasonably considered to be used as a weapon, that student shall be disciplined in the same manner as if they owned the item.

   If a student allows another student to put drugs/alcohol/firearms/knife/dangerous instruments in his/her locker and/or personal effects, that student shall be disciplined in the same manner as the student who owns the items.

   Within nine (9) days after a student is arrested for possession of, or intentional distribution of, or possession with intent to distribute any illegal narcotic, drug, or other controlled substances on school property, he/she shall be referred by the school principal or designee, for testing or screening by a qualified medical professional for evidence of abuse of alcohol, illegal narcotics drugs, or other controlled dangerous substances.

 

Driving Privileges Act 732 of the 2003 Legislative Session provides for the suspension of driving privileges of a student who is expelled or suspended from school for ten or more consecutive school days for committing certain infractions or who withdraws from school in violation of state law.  The infractions are as follows:  the sale or possession of drugs, alcohol, or any other illegal substance, the possession of a firearm, or an infraction involving assault or battery on a member of the school faculty or staff.

 

SEARCHES – STUDENTS AND SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

The parish school systems of the state are the exclusive owners of all public school buildings, desks, lockers and other areas of public school buildings or grounds set aside specifically for the personal use of the students. The principal and/or his/her designees may search any building, desk, locker, area, or grounds for any items which violate school board policy or other school regulations either randomly or specifically when he/she has a reasonable belief that the items sought will be found. School principals and/or designees may use metal detectors to search the person, handbag, briefcase, purse, school bag, or other object in the possession of any person on school property either randomly or specifically when he/she has reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will reveal evidence that the student has violated the law, a school rule, or a school board policy.  Such a search shall be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to the purpose of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age or sex of the student and the nature of the suspected offense. 

 

QUESTIONING BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL

 

In order to provide a safe and secure environment for its students, faculty, and staff - while at the same time affording the administration the freedom necessary to effectively operate the school - the faculty, staff, and administration reserve the right to question  students regarding activities on campus that they may have knowledge of and/or involvement. Students found to be involved shall be afforded all due process rights, including the right to explain both verbally and in writing, if practicable, before any disciplinary action is taken.

 

INTERROGATIONS (POLICE INVOLVEMENT)

 

Any time questioning of a student by law enforcement authority occurs, the parent or guardian of the student must be present.

 

If drugs are possessed, transferred, or sold on school property, immediate action will be taken to cooperate with law officials in the apprehension of the individual(s) responsible and in confiscation of the drugs. The student’s school activities shall not be interrupted for police interrogation when the issue concerns activities unrelated to school time, school property, or official school-sponsored functions.

 

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

 

St. John the Baptist Parish School Board prohibits corporal punishment to students.

St. John the Baptist Parish School Board prohibits any non-employee (including parents/guardian, relative) to engage in corporal punishment while on school property.  Appropriate officials will be notified immediately.

 

CHILD ABUSE

 

Any school employee having reasonable cause to believe that a student has been mentally, physically, or sexually abused shall report these facts to the appropriate authorities.

 

MEDICATION AND IMMUNIZATION

 

Medication

Medication shall not be administered to any student without a written order from a Louisiana, or adjacent state, licensed physician or dentist, and it shall include the following information:

 

a.     student’s name

b.    name and signature of the physician or dentist

c.     physician/dentist’s business address, office phone number, and emergency phone numbers

d.    frequency and time of the medication

e.     route and dosage of the medication

f.     written statement of the desired effects and the child specific potential of adverse effects

 

Containers must meet acceptable pharmaceutical standards and have original labels and information of the medication to be administered.

 

Immunization

Each person entering any school within the state for the first time, at the time of registration or entry, shall present satisfactory evidence of immunity to or immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases according to a schedule approved by the office of public health, or shall present evidence of an immunization program in progress.  School nurses may exclude any student that fails to comply with the state’s immunization policies.

 

DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS – Disciplinary sanctions consistent with local, state, and federal law shall be imposed on students who violate these standards of conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.

 

   Possession of prescribed or over-the-counter medication:  Parental conference to Suspension with a Recommendation of Expulsion.

   Possession of unauthorized, prescribed substance: Suspension to Suspension with a Recommendation of Expulsion

   Possession of someone else’s prescribed medication: Suspension with Recommendation of Expulsion

   Possession with intent to distribute over-the-counter, or prescribed, or controlled substances: Suspension with Recommendation of Expulsion

 

DRUGS

 

If a student allows another student to put drugs/alcohol in his/her locker and/or personal effects, that student shall be disciplined in the same manner as the student who owns the items.

 

When a principal/designee has probable cause to suspect a student of being in possession of alcohol, controlled dangerous substances, or any mood-altering chemicals, or is under the influence of alcohol, the principal shall make an immediate attempt (with documentation) to contact the parents or guardian, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, law enforcement agency, and the Director of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  Upon such violation, the student shall be recommended for expulsion.

 

Manufacture, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute alcoholic beverages, controlled dangerous substances, and/or any mood-altering chemicals: 

 

When a principal/designee has probable cause to suspect that a student has manufactured, distributed, or possessed with intent to distribute alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances, or any mood-altering chemicals, the principal/designee shall immediately contact the parents or guardian, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, law enforcement agency, and the Director of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  The student shall be recommended to the Superintendent for expulsion from school.

 

Possession of drug paraphernalia (e.g., rolling papers, roach clips, tones, bongs, etc.):

 

When a student is found to be in possession of materials used as drug paraphernalia, the principal/ designee shall confiscate all paraphernalia. The student is to be referred for counseling and further evaluation by a certified Drug Counseling Agency.

 

DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL RELATED PROBLEM

 

When a principal/designee has probable cause to suspect a student of having a drug and/or alcohol-related problem, the principal shall contact the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, the Director of Safe and Drug Free Schools/Hearing Officer, and parents or guardian.  The parent/guardian shall be presented with the information giving rise to the suspicion and encouraged to seek an alcohol/drug abuse assessment and/or counseling for the student (at no cost to the school system). The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or Hearing Officer shall be responsible for notifying the parents of the location of a qualifying program. In order to be considered for early re-admittance, the student must successfully complete the state approved 12 week program.

 

If the student is found by the professional to be in need of treatment, and if the student agrees to cooperate in the recommended treatment as certified in writing by the medical professional, such documentation may be used to initiate reopening the student’s case. The school board shall take into consideration the student’s agreement to have successfully completed treatment as a positive factor in the final decision relative to any request for early re-entry.  The rehabilitation or counseling required shall be provided by existing or new programs approved by the juvenile or family court having jurisdiction, if applicable, or by the school system, and shall be at no additional cost to the school system. As stated earlier, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or the Director of Safe and Drug Free Schools will assist with the enrollment of the student in the approved program. 

 

STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

 

Students have both the right and the responsibility to express school related concerns and grievances to the administration.

 

Student government forums are appropriate methods by which students may voice group concerns. Individual grievances shall be conducted in accordance with policy.  For the discussion and consideration of a grievance, any student or group of students, after working through the student government forum, may request a meeting time and place with the school principal. One faculty member of the student’s choice may be present at such meetings.  Such time and place will be designated as soon as possible after the request.

 

Elementary/Middle School DRESS CODE POLICY

(LOGO Optional – A parent may choose to not purchase logos for his/her child’s uniform)

 

Student Dress Code

 

Any apparel should be worn as designed. All students must conform to the official dress code guidelines below:

 

• Shirt - collared white or designated school color shirt or school spirit shirt.

• Pants/Shorts – navy or khaki. Shorts- no shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap. (Girls may also wear skirts, skorts, and jumpers).  As a guide, pants/shorts cannot be worn lower than 2” below the navel.

 

All schools have Mandatory School Uniforms. The principal will be the final word in interpreting the dress code.

 

Students shall adhere to the dress code as stipulated by the individual schools.

 

Absolutely no alterations intended to change school uniforms from their original design is allowed.

 

All students are required to wear uniforms. The administration may set rules and regulations concerning dress code for any and all special events during and after school hours.

 

GUIDELINES TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS

 

   If pants have belt loops, a belt must be worn.

   Shirts must remain appropriately buttoned as determined by the administrator. Middle/high school students must wear shirts tucked in pants.

   Reasonably sized logos/labels which are not distracting are permitted.

   Pants, skirts, shorts, jumpers and skorts must be hemmed. Side slits above the knee are not permitted.

   Outerwear that does not open the length of the front by snapping, buttoning or zipping is not allowed. No head coverings are allowed inside the school building. Caps, bandannas, scarves, wave caps, sweat bands, etc. are prohibited. No curlers, combs, or picks will be worn in the hair.  No glasses, other than prescription glasses, shall be worn. Items will be confiscated and returned only to a parent/guardian on request.

   White or school designated colored turtlenecks may be worn under a uniform shirt or jumper.

   Any prohibitive item, including clothing not meeting dress code, will be taken by school officials and returned to the parent or guardian.

   Transfer students will be given a reasonable time, not to exceed 1 week, to conform to dress code guidelines.

   Further rules and regulations concerning dress may be specified for special events, activities or field trips.

   Footwear must have soles and restraints for the entire foot. Backless shoes are not allowed.

   Special requirements will be placed on students in specific situations or classes for health and safety.

   Clothing and conduct that distract from and/or disrupt school operations and decorum are prohibited on the person and/or his/her belongings. This includes, but is not limited to:

 

Visible underwear, tank tops, halter tops

Bandannas, caps, hats, gloves, waist pouches, or hoods

See-through shorts/blouses

Slogans or advertising of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs

Bare shoulders, midriffs, sides and backs

Satanic cult or gang-related symbols or paraphernalia

Clothing with holes in them and frayed clothing

Profane, obscene, or sexually-oriented language

Jeans, wind pants, parachute pants, sweat pants, cargo pants/shorts and overalls

Ornate or cumbersome jewelry

Baggy, sagging or oversized clothes

Trench coats

Garments that are immodestly too small

Graffiti on school apparel, including, but not limited to school bags, purses, etc.

Clothing that is shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap

Sunglasses

Leggings/biker shorts

 

 

1.     Oversize pants are not allowed. Pants must be worn at the waist (No sagging). Underwear shall not be visible. If a student’s underwear is visible, the student will be placed in the in-school suspension center.  The parent will be called for a parental conference.

2.     No cell phone pockets are allowed on pants, shorts or skorts. (Including pockets that are sewn)

3.     Personal hygiene and cleanliness of dress are required of all students.

4.     Hair shall be neat, clean, well groomed and not a distraction.

5.     Proper undergarments should be worn at all times and may not be visible. 

6.     Oversize/undersize shirts are not allowed. Shirts and blouses are to be buttoned except for the top button and must be tucked in pants.

7.     Skirts, skorts and dresses should be of reasonable length. The length must be past the finger tips.

8.     During non-uniform activity times, articles of clothing and/or accessories depicting alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, weapons, or discrimination of any type (race, sex, age, etc.) shall not be worn. No articles of clothing and/or accessories shall be worn that contain obscene, profane, sex-related or gang-related words or pictures that are determined to be offensive.  The administrator will make the determination of words or pictures. Clothing should be so constructed and worn in such a manner that it is not unduly revealing. Sleeveless shirts, halter-tops, tank tops, see-through garments, cut-off tops, midriff tops, slit skirts; pants with slits, sundresses, and other garments of this nature are not acceptable.

9.     ID cards may be required at certain schools.

10.  Visible tattoos which are lewd, gang-related, or cause a disruption or safety concern are prohibited.  Tattoos are discouraged and can result in serious, life-long health problems and or limit future career options.

 

Belt Buckles

 

Belt buckles must be plain: no name, design, symbol, jeweled, blinking, spinners, or large in size is not allowed.

 

Footwear

 

Shoes that provide sanitary protection and safety for the feet must be worn at all times.

 

       Preferably Black, White or Combination Black/White shoes to be worn.

       No sandals, slip on shoes, or slippers of any form will be accepted; feet must be totally enclosed/shoes with backs.  Boots and ballerina slippers are not allowed. 

       PreferablySolid Black or Solid White socks are to be worn.

       Shoes must be fastened and/or tied at all times.

 

All regulations in the dress code listed will be enforced:

 

1.     On the school grounds during, before, or after school hours, including school busses and designated bus stops.

2.     On the school grounds at any other time when any school group is using school, on busses, and at designated bus stops.

3.     Off the school grounds at any school sanctioned activity, function, or event, including busses and designated bus stops.

 

The principal or his/her designee may authorize exceptions to the above when warranted for special activities.

 

Headgear

Head coverings are not allowed in school buildings. Caps, bandannas, scarves, wave caps, sweat bands, etc. are prohibited. No curlers, combs, picks will be worn in the hair.  No glasses, other than prescription glasses, shall be worn. Items will be confiscated and returned only to a parent/guardian on request.

Jewelry

Students are cautioned against wearing large excessive or expensive jewelry.  If jewelry causes a distraction, disruption, or a safety concern, it may be confiscated.

Money

Carrying large sums of money is discouraged and the school system will not assume responsibility for loss.

Purse

Oversize purses (as large as a school bag) are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated by an administrator and returned at the end of the day.  The final determination on any purse will be made by the school principal.

1st offense – may be confiscated/see page 11

2nd offense – may be confiscated/see page 11

3rd offense – alternative to suspension

 

High School DRESS CODE POLICY

(LOGO Optional – A parent may choose to not purchase logos for his/her child’s uniform)

 

STUDENT ID CARDS

 

PANTS

 

SHORTS

 

SKIRT

 

SHIRTS

 

UNDERSHIRTS

 

SHOES

 

SCHOOL BAGS/ PURSES

 

JACKETS/SWEATSHIRTS (ONLY IN COLD WEATHER)

 

P.E. UNIFORMS

 

JEWELRY

 

HEAD COVERINGS

 

CELL PHONES  

 

SCHOOL COLORS

West St. John High - Navy & White- uniform colors

East St. John High – Khaki, Gold & Black – uniform colors

 

TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE GUIDELINES

K-8

 

Cell phones or any other electronic communication devices are not allowed on campus.

1st Offense – Devices will be confiscated and turned over to the principal to be returned only to parent/guardian no earlier than the end of the school day.

 

Repeated Offense – Same as above with Alternative to Suspension.

 

High School

 

No student, unless authorized by the school principal or his/her designee, shall use or operate any electronic telecommunication device, including any facsimile system, radio paging system, mobile telephone system, intercom, or electronic mechanical paging device in any elementary, middle, or secondary school building or on the grounds during the instructional day or in any school bus used to transport public school students.  A violation of these provisions shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

Cell phones and all other electronic telecommunication devices must be turned off, completely stowed away out of sight and not used during the instructional day or while riding a school bus, regardless whether authorized early releases from school, GEE remediation, tutoring, twilight school, etc.  For the purpose of this policy, the instructional day is defined as the time students arrive on campus in the morning until the time they are officially dismissed in the afternoon.  On field trips, electronic telecommunication devices may be possessed/used at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee. 

Stowing of Phones is defined as being placed in the student’s locker, in his/her school bag, in a purse, or in a pants pocket. It is not allowed for phones to be left hanging on the outside of a pocket on a clip or cell phone holster.

 

·         Refusal to relinquish the phone/device will be viewed as a blatant disrespect for authority and may result in a recommendation for expulsion.  The phone/device must be relinquished according to district procedure prior to student’s reinstatement to school.

 

·         All confiscated electronic telecommunication devices shall be returned to the student/parent/guardian following a conference with a school administrator.  The parent/guardian must sign a release form provided by the school.

 

·         Students are not to use and operate cell phones during scheduled school events (fire drills, assemblies, or other school evacuations) or during times of testing and other student evaluations.

 

·         The school and its employees are in no way responsible for any theft or damage of electronic telecommunication devices while on school grounds.  The school is not obligated to investigate the loss or damage of any cellular phone.

 

SCHOOL BAG POLICY

 

Clear school bags shall be required for all students in all grades who attend public schools or ride public school busses in St. John the Baptist Parish. All school bags must be clear plastic or “see­ through” mesh. The final determination on any mesh bags will be made by the school principal. Illegal bags are to be confiscated and parents will be notified.

 

1st Offense – Confiscated/Parental Conference

2nd Offense – Detentions (Confiscated)

3rd Offense – Alternative to Suspension or Suspension

 

Purses, school bags, lunch boxes, pencil cases, enclosed binders, etc. are subject to search during random searches and during searches with probable cause. Purses are not to be used as book bags. No gang-related graffiti/words or pictures are allowed on purses, school bags, lunch boxes, pencil cases, and enclosed binders.

 

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS

 

Behavior while riding the school bus is part of the overall learning process and student’s and drivers’ safety is of utmost importance.  All East St. John High and West St. John High students must wear school IDs when riding the school bus.

 

A bus is considered an extension of the school; all disciplinary codes will apply.

 

Students must:

1.     Enter and leave the bus in an orderly fashion and in accordance with instructions.

2.     Remain quiet enough not to distract the driver.

3.     Be seated and remain seated while the bus is in motion.

4.     Obey and respect the orders of the regular or substitute bus driver.

5.     Be on time; the bus cannot wait for those who are not on time.

6.     Depart the bus and pass in front of the bus while the bus remains parked and not behind it. The driver shall see that the way is clear before the student is permitted to cross the road.

7.     Not throw objects in the bus or out of windows.

8.     Not extend arms or other parts of the body out of the windows.

9.     Not be permitted to eat or drink while aboard a bus, unless permission is given.

10.  Be required to have written permission from their parents to get off at a different stop.  The written permission must be given to the principal for approval.

 

STUDENTS SHALL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:

1.     Be at their assigned loading zone on time.

2.     Exercise extreme caution in getting to and from their assigned bus stop.

3.     Look in both directions before stepping from their assigned bus stop.

4.     Look in both directions before crossing any highway or street.

5.     Do not play on or near the street while waiting for the bus to arrive.

6.     Stay well off the roadway until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver indicates that it is safe to board the bus.

7.     Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to load or unload.

8.     Use the handrail while getting on or off the bus.

9.     Do not bring unauthorized articles on the bus.

10.  No spitting on the floor of the bus.

11.  Do not throw waste paper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus.

12.  Do not mark or otherwise deface the bus.

13.  Avoid unnecessary conversation with the driver.

14.  Refrain from the use of profane language and/or obscene gestures.

15.  Talk in normal tone.  Do not shout.

16.  Keep arms, head and legs inside the bus at all times.

17.  Do not horseplay or fight on the bus.

18.  Do not leave the bus without the driver’s consent, except at home or at school and through the front door, except in an emergency.

19.  Report any damages to the bus driver at once.

20.  Be courteous to and follow the instructions of the bus driver.

 

Should any student violate any of these regulations, it shall be the duty of the bus driver to notify the principal. Violation of bus regulations may also result in in-school suspension or regular suspension from school. Written notice of the action of the principal shall be furnished to the parent and the transportation supervisor.

 

Violations of bus policy shall result in any of the following depending on the severity of the offense:

 

1.      Parental Conference with loss of bus privileges.

2.      Parental Conference with In-School-Suspension or Suspension and loss of bus privileges.

3.      Regular suspension from school and loss of bus privileges.

4.      In-School-Suspension with a recommendation of expulsion and loss of bus privileges.

5.      Out-of-School Suspension with a recommendation of expulsion.

 

Should someone other than the bus driver, such as school employees or other appointed persons, be responsible for students on the bus, the above rules will still be enforced and must be obeyed.

 

Any students fighting while the school bus is in route, who when refusing to stop upon the bus drivers directive, causes the driver to pull off the road and make a 911 call, will be arrested at the scene. The bus driver will provide the students with a written due process opportunity.  This should be done only in extreme cases and as a last resort to protect the safety of other students.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF AND BY STUDENTS

 

The St. John Parish School Board prohibits sexual harassment of or by any student. This policy applies to conduct during and relating to school and school sponsored activities. Sexual harassment is inappropriate and offensive. Harassment on the basis of sex is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

 

  1. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of any student’s academic status or progress.

  2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student.

  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic or work performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment for a student or school district employee.

  4. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the student is used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits, services, honors, programs or activities available at or through the school.

 

It is recognized that instances occur within the school system involving students and personalities and these matters are handled informally. However, if a student believes such instance requires a remedy or that there is a basis for a complaint, the student shall immediately report this information to the principal or file a report with the assistant principal in charge of school discipline.  Procedures would then be followed and appropriate action taken, if necessary.

 

BULLYING POLICY

 

Students are prohibited from conduct of bullying which has the purpose of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment.  Incidents of students suspected of bullying will be fully investigated.  Any student found to have committed a bullying act shall be subject to disciplinary action according to the Code of Student Conduct after the following steps have been completed.

 

  1. Any student or student’s parent who has a complaint of bullying against another student shall immediately report the incident to any teacher, counselor, or administrator at the school site.

  2. Any teacher, counselor, or administrator who has received a report, either verbally or in writing, from any student or employee, must forward the complaint to the principal or designee.

  3. A principal or designee must interview all involved persons within 2 school days of the complaint or within a reasonable extension of time for good cause.

  4. A principal or designee must notify the complainant’s family and the family of the accused student of recommendations, resolutions, and outcomes of the investigation, in writing, within 3 school days of the investigation procedures. 

  5. No disciplinary action can occur until both families have attended this mandatory meeting. 

  6. If the complainant or accused is in disagreement with the decision, a formal complaint must be initiated within 5 school days of the administrator’s written decision.

 

HOUSE BILL 1259 - CYBER-BULLYING

 

Transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment, or intimidate a person.

 

For purposes of this Section, “electronic textual, visual, written, or oral  communication" means any communication of any kind made through the use of a computer online service, Internet service, or any other means of electronic communication, including but not limited to a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, electronic mail, or online messaging service.

 

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY UNDER THE NEW SCHOOL DISCIPLINE LAW

 

A law (R.S. 17:416 – Senate Bill No. 76 of the Third Extraordinary Session, 1994) relating to School Discipline was passed during the 1994 special session of the Louisiana Legislature. Parents have specific responsibilities in accordance with this new law:

 

 

 

Any parent or legal guardian who willfully refuses to attend a conference which is scheduled because of his or her child’s misbehavior must be reported to the appropriate court exercising juvenile jurisdiction. The courts may then decide what action is appropriate for the student and the parent or guardian.

 

When a student is placed on parental conference or suspended from school, he/she cannot receive credit for school work missed. Parents or guardians must make every effort to correct student behavior before it becomes serious enough to require a parent conference or suspension.

 

School principals may give parents/guardians the option of alternatives to suspension in some cases. Such alternatives include school detentions and the In-School Suspension Program. Parents should consider these alternatives because if suspensions are avoided, the student can continue to receive credit for his/her work and is not recorded as absent.

 

Parents are to review the Code of Student Discipline with their child and be sure that they are aware of what is expected of them. A parent who loses, misplaces or does not receive a Code of Student Discipline Handbook should contact the child’s teacher or the principal and request a copy of this most important booklet.

 

Parents and teachers are encouraged to work together as a team to solve problems and to ensure that each child gets the most out of school. Everyone concerned will benefit from a productive, safe, school environment.

 

FIGHTING and ARREST POLICY

 

Part A. Fighting According to School Board policy, principals/designees have the discretion on a case-by-case basis to contact the St. John Sheriff’s office and press charges for disturbing the peace by fighting in public whenever students are involved in a fight causing battery or attempting to cause a battery with a dangerous instrument as a weapon. In all cases, students twelve and older who fight and cause bodily injury, participate in a group/gang fight, or refuse to stop and all students 18 years and older may be arrested. Moreover, all students 12 years and older who fight a second time shall be arrested, provided the procedures set forth below apply.

 

Procedures for arrest under the “Arrest Policy” for fighting on campus:

 

1.    A teacher, administrator, or other school board employee must witness the fight.

2.    The teacher, administrator, or other school board employee must give a written statement to the principal of the school that he/she witnessed the fight and identifies the student or students.

3.    The principal shall afford students their due process.

4.    The principal shall call the Sheriff’s Office to have the student(s) detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office.

5.    The principal, teacher or other school board employee shall file charges against the student(s) for disturbing the peace and inform the Sheriff’s Office that they intend to file charges.

6.    The principal shall contact the parent to inform them that their son/daughter has been involved in a fight and that he/she is in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.

7.    Students arrested will be released to their parents after being charged with disturbing the peace by fighting in public. This is in addition to any other disciplinary action imposed by the school administration.

 

Part B. Fighting in general - If in the judgment of the school administration, arrest is not necessary, parents of students who fight are required to pick up their child within one hour of the altercation. This is a legal requirement that must be met. Otherwise, the child shall be arrested, removed from the campus, and the parent shall be required to pick up the child at the Sheriff’s Office, provided steps 1-7, Part A are followed. Additionally, parents that fail to comply may be subject to arrest, if found negligent, with criminal charges being filed pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 92.1, 17:416, and the Children’s Code 730.  A Family In Need of Services (FINS) referral will be filed with the 40th Judicial District Court as well.

 

Part C. Fighting on the school bus - Any students fighting while the school bus is in route, who when refusing to stop upon the bus drivers directive, causes the driver to pull off the road and make a 911 call, will be arrested at the scene. The bus driver will provide the students with a written due process opportunity.

 

School administrators will make every effort to determine cases of self-defense before any student is arrested.  Students reasonably concluded to be acting in self-defense may not be disciplined. When a student causes a battery against another person who does not retaliate, the student causing the battery will be arrested under this policy provided that the seven procedures are followed. Instances of no retaliation/self defense will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. School administrators will make every effort to determine cases of self-defense before any student is arrested.  Students concluded to be reasonably acting in self-defense may not be disciplined. The parents of students involved in a fight will be notified in all cases.

 

DEFERRAL PROGRAM

 

Under School Board policy, every student who is arrested for fighting the first time only may be eligible for the Deferral Program. In a cooperative spirit, the school administration, the District Attorney’s Office and the Juvenile Judges have developed a Deferral Program for some first time offenders.  A student arrested for a fight will be required to attend a Conflict Resolution class/Anger Management or CHARM classes, if female, with at least one parent, and the student must pay either $50.00 for the class, or perform at least ten (10) hours of community service at his/her school within 30 days from the date of the fight. Failure to comply with these requirements shall result in the student and/or his/her parent being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Students who successfully complete the Deferral Program will AVOID PROSECUTION.

 

Bodily harm is defined as any injury in which medical attention was necessary (school nurse, EMT, etc.).  All battery arrests will also result in mandated conflict resolution/Anger Management or CHARM classes, but the Deferral Program will not be offered. All students who fight, whether arrested or not, must complete a conflict resolution session. Students who fight shall participate in a formal, documented mediation session with a school counselor to have their conflict resolved prior to return to class.  The parent shall bring the child to school after the suspension for fighting is completed. If arrested, students must also attend a Conflict Resolution/Anger Management or CHARM classes with their parents, as well as complete the (10) ten hours of community service.

 

CAMPUS/STUDENT SAFETY

 

Principals at all schools may use their discretion to call the St. John Sheriff’s Office whenever the security or safety of their campus or students is endangered.

 

Any violations of criminal laws, state or federal, committed on school property shall be prosecuted as provided by law.  Principals shall notify the proper law enforcement agency and shall cooperate with the prosecuting attorney’s office in the prosecution of charges.  Principals are to detain students and confiscate drugs or weapons.

 

GUN FREE SCHOOL ACT

 

Each state receiving Federal funds shall have in effect a state law requiring local educational agencies to expel from school for a period of not less than one year a student who is determined to have brought a weapon to a school under the jurisdiction of local educational agencies in the state, except that such state law shall allow the chief administering officer of such local educational agency to modify such expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis.

 

PRO-CHILD ACT

 

The Pro Child Act requires that smoking not be permitted in any indoor facility, or in some cases a portion of a facility, used routinely or regularly for the provision of certain types of “children’s services” to persons under the age of 18, if the services are funded by specified Federal programs either directly or through state or local governments.

 

Act 815 requires schools in Louisiana with grades Pre-K through 12th must prohibit smoking on school property, including buildings, grounds, (outdoors and off campus school activities) and buses.  Policies of this sort are generally referred to as 100% smoke-free policies.

 

RESPECT ORDINANCE (R. S. 17:416.12)

 

Students in St. John the Baptist Parish Schools are required to show respect at all times.  Courtesy in addressing adults and peers is taught, encouraged, and expected at all times.

 

When any St. John Parish public school student is speaking with any public school system employee while on school property or at a school sponsored event, such student shall address and respond to such public school system employee by using the respectful terms “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Ma’am” or “Yes, Sir” and “No, Sir” as appropriate or “Yes, Miss, Mrs., or Ms. (Surname)” and “No, Miss, Mrs., or Ms. (Surname)” or “Yes, Mr. (Surname)” and “No, Mr. (Surname)” as appropriate.  Each such title is to be followed by the surname.

 

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS USE FOR STUDENTS

St.John the Baptist Parish Public Schools

Student Technology Acceptable Use Procedures

 

XX.    DEFINITION

G.    In general, the district’s technology includes hardware, software, video and subscription services.  Specifically, the district’s technology includes, but is not limited to: computers (and related equipment/attachments), monitors, printers, scanners, network devices, network access, portable computers, digital cameras, flex cameras, video cameras, electronic microscopes, probes, global positioning systems, phones, PDAs, scan converters, projectors, amplifiers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, uninterruptible power supplies, surge protectors, operating systems, applications, streaming video, DVD videos and services (local/subscription services).

H.    Consumables include, but not limited to: ink cartridges, mouse pads, paper, transparencies, cleaning supplies, pen drives, zip disks, blank CDs, and blank DVDs.

I.      Personal devices are defined as privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld devices that include, but is not limited to, smart technologies, portable internet devices, PDAs, etc.

 

XXI.    PURPOSE

G.    The purpose of these procedures is to provide guidelines for acceptable and safe access to technology.

H.    In keeping with the district’s mission, to provide premium technology and support to aid in the student learning process in order to increase student achievement and produce life-long learners who are able to succeed in an information society.

I.      Providing access to technology is limited to educational use for classroom activities which are consistent with the guiding documents of the district.

 

XXII.    USE OF SYSTEM

F.    The use of technology is a privilege-not a right.  Ensuring its proper use is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees.

G.    Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of technology systems may result in one or more of the following consequences:

1. temporary or permanent loss of privileges,

2. temporary confiscation of personal device,

3. payments for damages and repairs,

4. discipline as outlined in the district policy manual and Code of Conduct,

5. civil/criminal liability under other applicable laws.

 

XXIII.    ACCEPTABLE USES

C.    Acceptable uses are those which support teaching and learning and are consistent with the guiding documents of St. John the Baptist Parish Schools by:

 

1. communicating with others using respectful language,

2. respecting the privacy and property of other users,

3. treating technology with care

4. utilizing the district provided network during the school day as authorized by administration,

5. using technology as directed by the teacher,

6. protecting your password in order to insure personal security and that of the district’s technology.

 

XXIV.    UNACCEPTABLE USE

C.    The following uses of technology or accounts are considered unacceptable:

 

1. accessing, by any means (i.e. internet, email any device) displaying or sending messages and materials that use language or images that are inappropriate (e.g. obscene, threatening, disrespectful) in the educational setting or disruptive to the educational process;

2. chat rooms, social networking sites or other electronic communication is prohibited unless facilitated by teacher/administrator for instructional purposes only;

3. unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture (cyber-bullying);

4. copying or distributing copyrighted materials which is protected by federal copyright laws on to school/district systems;

5. violating copyright laws by copying information from the district’s technology systems and handing it in to my teachers as my own work;

6. placing unlawful information on the district’s technology systems;

7. tampering with, damaging, or modifying computers, computer software, hardware, or wiring;

8. taking any action to jeopardize or violate the school district’s technology systems security;

9. disregarding established safeguards of technology in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Louisiana R.S.17:100.6;

10.  using the school district system or personal devices in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system by others;

11.  violating privacy rights by providing home address, telephone number or other personal information about myself, my family, or others;

12.  wasting consumables and/or resources (e.g. paper, ink, storage devices, bandwidth);

13.  spreading computer viruses;

14.  installing or running a program which damages or places an excessive load on the districts technology (i.e. copying music or video files not associated with an instructional assignment);

15.  using another’s password or sharing passwords with others;

16.  using the district’s technology systems for commercial purposes;

17.  using technology to gain unauthorized access to information resources or accessing, changing, deleting, or damaging another person’s materials, information or files;

18.  using technology illegally or in any ways that violate district policy, local, state, or federal laws and statutes.

19.  The use of a personal network (i.e. internet access/cellular data plan) is prohibited during school hours.

 

XXV.    FILTERING

G.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as stated in Louisiana R.S.17:100.6, will use its best efforts to prevent access to “harmful material the character of which is such that it is reasonably believed to be obscene or child pornography, conducive to the creation of a hostile or dangerous school environment, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing in the school environment all as defined by any applicable state or federal laws.”

H.    The district will use its best efforts to restrict usage of the Internet to areas of educational value.

I.      It should be understood that no matter how much supervision and monitoring St. John the Baptist Parish Schools provides, there will always be the possibility of a user coming into contact with inappropriate material.

 

XXVI.    TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

C.    St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interaction with other individuals on social networking websites, in chat rooms and cyber bulling awareness and response.

 

XXVII.    PRIVACY

F.    The district’s technology systems and networks are the property of the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools.

G.    With respect to the district’s technology, the activities of all users are subject to monitoring.

 

XXVIII.    LIMITATION ON SCHOOL DISTRICT LIABILITY

K.    The system is provided on an “as is, as available” basis.

L.     St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Public Schools will not be responsible for any loss, damage, or unavailability of data stored on school district storage devices, or for delays, changes, or interruptions of email or Internet services, regardless of the cause.

M.   The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through inappropriate use of the district’s technology.

N.    The school district is NOT responsible for damages to, loss of, or theft of personal devices.

O.    St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Schools will NOT provide technical support for personal devices.

 

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS POLICY

 

The Electronic Communications Between Employees and Students Policy, (Rev. Stat. Ann. Ξ14:40.3, 17:81, 17:239) adopted by our school board on October 15, 2009, was generated in response to a state law that requires schools to keep a written log of contacts with students at their school when using electronic means such as cell phones, text messaging or other electronic media.  Please note that the legislation is intended to promote appropriate interactions between students and school employees.  This law specifically states that any electronic communication between employees and students must pertain to school-related information and/or educational purposes.

 

Any electronic communication between employees and students must be:

 

This policy is not intended to limit the use of technology as an effective teaching tool.  St. John the Baptist Parish School Board shall continue to use:

 

Electronic Communications include:

 

At the beginning of each year, each employee, student, and parent must be notified of this policy.  Parents have a right to request that his/her child not be contacted through electronic communication unless the purpose of the communication is directly related to the child’s educational services.

 

Any violation of this policy shall be:

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM

 

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board supports the involvement of parents and community in the education of their children. Developing strong parental and community partnerships with teachers, principals, and staff is the Board’s goal.  The School Board is committed to providing quality education for every child in the district. The child benefits when the school and home partners promote high expectations for children. Since parents are first teachers, it is important that they remain as teachers through support roles for the duration of their child’s education.

 

Through a district-wide Parent and Community Advisory Council consisting of community members and parents of students at all levels from preschool (Head Start) through high school, activities will be developed collaboratively along with school system personnel. Activities will address, but not be limited to, academics, homework, at home family discussions, school functions, television programming, and parents in the schools. The activities/programs will be researched and implemented based upon data of involved strategies.

 

To foster and build parental involvement, St. John Schools will hold annual meetings, in both the Fall and the Spring, to convey information and afford parents the opportunity to be involved in any and all aspects of that program. Parents and the community will be notified of these meetings through fliers, community events, newspaper notices, and public service announcements. At these meetings, parents will be informed of the National Educational Goals, state and local assessments, and the local pupil progression plan. Also, they will be able to make recommendations on applications and plans at both the central office and school level.

 

In an effort to match programs and activities with the needs of community, parents, and children, the St. John School System shall distribute surveys and questionnaires yearly.  Surveys will ask parents to identify the issues preventing them from participating in district-sponsored activities/events. After identified, these barriers to participation will be addressed to foster better parent involvement. From the information gathered through the needs of the assessments, workshops, training sessions, and other programs and activities shall be developed to match the expressed needs.

 

At the end of every workshop activity, as well as the end of the year, an evaluation of the content and effectiveness will be conducted.  This evaluation shall include an assessment of how much parental involvement increased at the district and school levels, and identify barriers to parental involvement that exist. The purpose for parental and community involvement is to achieve and promote student success.

 

Ref: Improving America’s School Act of 1994, board minutes, 04-19-01.

 

SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM GUIDELINES

 

Applications for Free and Reduced Price Meals

 

Free and Reduced Applications are given to students the first day of school and/or at school registration. Applications are to be completed ONE PER HOUSEHOLD and returned to school by the oldest school age child in the household. In order to insure that each student in the household receives the correct meal benefits, each student must be listed on the household application. The application must be correctly completed and signed by the adult household member. Failure to return a correctly completed application can result in the denial of free or reduced price meals to the student. Students are only allowed to eat on the previous years’ approval status up to the first thirty days of the new school year. If a new application is not submitted and approved, the student will pay full price for school meals. As a reminder, Free and Reduced Applications may be submitted anytime during the year when the household experiences a change in size and/or income.

 

School Meal Payment Policies ALL SCHOOL MEALS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE—NO CHARGING IS ALLOWED. This policy is for everyone—students, teachers, staff and visitors. No charging will be allowed. Prepayment for meals by the day, week, month or year is required. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide money for meals at school, a bag lunch or to seek free or reduced price benefits. Parents seeking free or reduced price meals are responsible for all meal payments until the application is approved. If a student has no money in their meal account, a reimbursable meal will not be served to the student. The cafeteria manager may be contacted regarding the student’s account balance.

 

NSF Checks

If one (1) non-sufficient fund check is received for one household, only cash or money order will be accepted for payment of meals thereafter. To insure that all checks for meal payments clear the bank prior to the end of school, no checks will be accepted after Friday of the first week in May.

 

Refunds

The computer software used by school food service at each school tracks meal payments and meal purchases. Cash payments and check amounts and numbers are recorded. At the end of the school year, account balances will automatically carry forward to the next school year. If a student is moving out of the school system or a refund is desired at the end of the school year, a written request including name and correct mailing address must be given to the manager. A refund check will be mailed within 30 days.

 

Special Diet Requests

The school nurse will need to be contacted to receive a DIET PRESCRIPTION REQUEST for MEALS at SCHOOL form. When the form is returned correctly completed by the physician, the diet request will be forwarded to the Child Nutrition Department for evaluation. A determination will be made as to whether or not substitutions will be made. Until such determination is made, parents may be required to send their child’s meals to school. Diet prescription requests must be made each school year.   

  

NCLB REQUIREMENTS

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom.

 

According to the No Child Left Behind Act, you have the right to request and receive information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s).  Specifically you may request:

 

   Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects taught;

   Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which the  State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;

   The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of certification or degree; and

   Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

 

In addition, the law requires that all schools that receive Title I funds must provide notification to every parent in the school whose child is being taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not “Highly Qualified.”

 

PARENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

Students must know what conduct is appropriate and what is forbidden. Therefore, this code and any additional rules governing student discipline shall be distributed to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Student(s) and parent(s)/guardian(s) shall sign this code in the places provided herein and return the signed sheet to the Principal as testimony that they have read, understood, and are willing to abide by its content. Failure to return the signed form will result in a parental/guardian conference and/or referral to Families In Need of Services (FINS).

 

A motion was made by Rev. Nicholas, seconded by Mr. Johnson, to waive policy to discuss revisions to the Head Start Budget.  Mr. Wise objected. The motion to waive policy failed and there was no discussion.

 

ITEM 7.  Executive Session – Superintendent’s Contract/Evaluation.

 

A motion as made by Rev. Nicholas, seconded by Mrs. DeFrancesch, to convene in Executive Session.  There were no objections and the Board convened in Executive Session at 10:18 a.m.

 

A motion as made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Dr. Keller, to reconvene in Regular Session.  There were no objections and the Board reconvened in Regular Session at 10:28 a.m.

 

Mr. Sanders stated that the Executive Committee would get together to discuss a date for the Board’s July Retreat.

 

ITEM 12. ADJOURNMENT:The agenda having been completed, and there being no further business, Mr. Jones offered a motion for adjournment, seconded by Mr. Bacas. There were no objections. The meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

 

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Courtney P. Millet, Secretary                                                      Patrick H. Sanders, President