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District Code of Conduct

The Alliance Board of Education recognizes the rights of students as individuals and therefore seeks to balance and protect those rights by establishing the rules and regulations necessary to create a suitable curricular climate as well as a suitable co-curricular climate.
Students in Alliance City Schools have the responsibility to act in such a way as to not interfere with the right of others to the same educational opportunity. By accepting the right to participate in school programs on or off school property, the students shall also accept the responsibility to conduct themselves accordingly to the rules, regulations, and provisions governing the operation of these programs.

Enforcement of the Code of Conduct
All school personnel are charged with the responsibility to enforce proper discipline. A variety of techniques and methods are employed to enforce the Student Code of Conduct. It is easy to punish, but more difficult to change behavior. Efforts are designed to change the negative behavior and to enable students to learn respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and a positive attitude for learning.
The building administrator has the discretionary authority to use or authorize other school personnel to use the following disciplinary measures. The order of this listing does not connote a procedural order or degrees of severity.

Some disciplinary measures which may be used are: student conferences, parent conferences, detentions, reduced schedule (shortened school day), behavior contracts, before or after school detentions, financial restitution, restricted lunch, exclusion from school programs or events, or special programs (before, during, and after school).
Some behaviors require removal from the classroom, such as In-School Suspension, as a means of limiting the disruption of school for other students. In other cases, behavior may be so severe and intolerable that out-of-school suspension, expulsion, and/or police referral may be necessary.

Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct describes the misconduct that will lead to disciplinary action and procedures to be employed in the removal, suspension, and expulsion of students. The code shall be made available to all students and posted in a central location within the school. Types of misconduct for which a student may be suspended, expelled, and/or removed from school or from school sponsored supervised activities are as follows:

1. Aiding or Abetting Violation of School Rules – If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, he/she will be disciplined. Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior. At no time should a student lie, mislead, or withhold information regarding any problem or other actions that are in violation of school rules.

2. Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs, or Other Look-Alike Substances – Possessing, using, selling, buying, transmitting, or secreting an alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug, marijuana, barbiturate, amphetamine, related drugs or look-alike substances, or related paraphernalia or intoxicant on school property, including Board of Education owned vehicles, or while in attendance at any Board of Education sponsored and supervised activities is not permitted. (Students will be referred for assessment and the police authorities may be notified.) Proper use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

3. Cheating – Plagiarism and cheating are forms of falsification and subject the student to academic penalties as well as disciplinary action. Cheating is prohibited and may result in a zero (no credit, no points) being recorded for the article of work involved. Additional penalty may also be given.

4. Criminal Acts – Any criminal acts taken at or related to the school will be reported to law enforcement officials as well as disciplined by the school. It is not considered double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime) when school rules and the law are violated.

5. Disrespect – Willful intimidation, insult, or other abuse, verbally or written, of any school personnel or other students are not conducive to learning and will not be permitted.

6. Disruption – Engaging in any conduct which causes or which creates a reasonable likelihood that it will cause a substantial disruption of any school function or activity is prohibited. This includes conduct that interferes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will interfere with the health, safety, or well being of the rights of the other students. Some examples include running, throwing an object, horseplay, littering, being persistently unprepared for classes, eating food in classes, note writing, failure to follow rules established in the classroom, and other disruptive actions as determined by the Principal.

7. False Alarms and/or Inducing Panic – The act of initiating a fire alarm or initiating a report warning of a fire or an impending bombing or other catastrophe without cause is a violation of state law and is subject to discipline by the school and possible contact of police authorities. (Ref.: Ohio Revised Code)

8. Fighting – Hostile contact toward a student or other person associated with the District that may or may not cause injury is inappropriate. The act of hostile bodily contact among two or more students in or on school property, including Board of Education owned vehicles, or while in attendance at any Board of Education sponsored activity which is likely to result in physical harm and/or a substantial disruption will not be tolerated for any reason. Any fight may result in police charges being filed. By far, most fights can be stopped if the students involved will simply inform a staff member of the pending problem. Rarely is a fight spontaneous. Usually, several students are aware of a situation that may lead to a fight before it occurs. These students are responsible for making the problem known to the school staff. Additionally, any students who instigate a fight will be disciplined accordingly.

9. Fire – The unauthorized use of any fire while in attendance at any Board of Education sponsored activity or on Board of Education property or Board of Education owned vehicles is not permitted. Anything, such as fire, that endangers school property and its occupants will not be tolerated.

10. Forgery – Forgery is the act of falsely using, in writing, the name of another person, or falsifying times, dates, grades, addresses or other data on school forms, or correspondence directed to the school. Using another student’s planner would be a violation of this rule. Forgery of hall/bus passes and excuses as well as false I.D.’s are not acceptable.

11. Gambling – The act of illegal gambling for money or valuables on school premises or at school events is prohibited. Gambling includes casual betting, betting pools, organized sports betting, any other form of wagering, or activities/items that promote gambling. Students who bet on an activity in which they are involved will be disciplined and may also be banned from that activity.

12. Grooming and Attire/Violation of Dress Code – Dress or appearance that constitutes a threat to the student’s health or safety, disrupts the educational process, damages school property, or is blatant exhibitionism shall be prohibited. (See District Dress Code for further explanation.)

13. Harassment – Every individual deserves to be able to come to school without fear of demeaning remarks or actions. The harassment of other students or members of staff, or any other individuals is not permitted. Harassment is any speech or action that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive learning environment. Physical, verbal, or sexual harassment on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and/or disability will not be tolerated.

14. Hazing – No student, including, but not limited to, leaders of student organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in the hazing of any person. As used in this policy, “hazing” means doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates substantial risk of causing mental or physical. harm to any person.

15. Inciting Others to Violence or Disruption – Students will be disciplined if they by words, acts, or deeds directly incite others to commit violence or disruption to the atmosphere of order and discipline necessary for effective learning.

16. Insubordination – Insubordination is the noncompliance of directions of reasonable requests made by any school authority, including intentional interference with a teacher’s conducting of the class or failure to identify oneself to school personnel when requested.

17. Loitering and Trespassing – Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property. When a student has been removed, suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded, the student is not allowed on school property without authorization of the Principal. Willful presence in a school building or a restricted area of a school building at unauthorized times will also be considered trespassing and subject to discipline.

18. Misuse of the Internet – Students are expected to comply with board policy regarding use of technology and Internet services. Using technology to access, view, possess, or transmit offensive or slanderous materials is not acceptable.

19. Offensive Materials/Actions – Possessing, using, selling, buying, transmitting, doing, and secreting any of the following is not permitted:
• Materials or actions which appeal predominately to base or other prurient sexual interests, which are potently offensive to prevailing standards in the community, and which are without redeeming social value.
• Materials or actions which contain language potently offensive to
prevailing community standards.
• Materials which are lies or slanderous to any person or institute, or which are intended to hold any student, teacher, or other employee, race, ethnic group, or religion, as such, up to scorn, ridicule, or contempt.

20. Persistent and/or Expanded Misbehavior – Students who repeatedly violate school rules are showing a blatant disregard for the right of other students to receive a quality education. This will result in the acceleration of the typical system of disciplinary consequences. The student could be suspended or expelled for repeated violations of regulations governing student conduct.

21. Physical Attack and/or Threat Thereof – The act of physically assaulting or threatening to assault any person on school property, including Board of Education owned vehicles or while in attendance at any Board of Education sponsored activity is prohibited. A student shall not by words, acts, or deeds threaten to commit, or have committed, acts of violence against persons or property. Statements of threat are considered acts of violence with intent to affect the welfare and safety of others. Threats are taken seriously and will not be condoned.

22. Possession of Electronic Devices and Communication Devices – No students shall possess or use electronic communication devices such as pagers, beepers, or cell phones on school property or off school property at school functions. Devices that are confiscated may not be returned until the end of the school year. Police may also be notified.

23. Possession of Fireworks or Explosives – Explosives, fireworks, and chemical-reaction objects such as smoke bombs, small firecrackers, and poppers are forbidden and dangerous. The act of unauthorized possession, use, or threatened use of any fireworks, explosives, or other such instruments capable of inflicting bodily injury will not be tolerated.

24. Possession or Use of Weapons – The act of transporting, possessing, using, or threatening to use a weapon will not be tolerated. A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, or club-type implements. It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon. Students who violate this rule will be suspended and may be recommended for expulsion. Criminal charges will be filed for this violation.

25. Profanity – Use of profane/obscene language/gestures is not acceptable.

26. Public Display of Affection (PDA) – Public display of affection is not permitted. Students demonstrating affection between each other is personal and not meant for public display. This includes touching, petting, or any other contact that may be considered sexual in nature.

27. Refusing to Accept Discipline – The school may use informal discipline to prevent the student from being removed from school. When a student refuses to accept the usual discipline for an infraction, the refusal can result in a sterner action. This includes refusing to take a detention slip from a staff member or throwing the detention slip away.

28. Sale of Articles – Students may not sell or offer for sale within the school or on school grounds any articles or services to fellow students or employees, or solicit contribution of such persons. This is not to be interpreted as a restriction of approved school fund-raising activities.

29 . Shakedown and/or Strong Arm - Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take, or receive something from someone else and it is against the law. Students who engage in the act of extortion or borrowing or attempting to borrow any money or thing of value from a person in the school, upon Board of Education owned vehicles, or while in attendance at a Board of Education sponsored activity, unless both parties enter into the agreement freely and without the presence of either implied or expressed threat, will be disciplined and authorities may be contacted.

30. Theft – Theft is the act of taking or acquiring the property of others without their consent including personal or school belongings, testing/evaluation materials and school forms (building passes, etc.). When a student is caught stealing school or someone’s property, he/she will be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials. Students are encouraged not to bring anything of value, which is not needed for learning, to school without prior authorization from the Principal. The school is not responsible for personal property.

31. Tobacco – The use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products on school premises or at school sponsored functions, including Board of Education owned vehicles is prohibited.

32. Truancy and/or Persistent Tardiness – Ohio attendance laws require students to be in school all day or have a legitimate excuse for absence. Excessive tardiness to school, excessive tardiness to class, truancy from school, truancy from class, and truancy from detention are considered violations of this rule and subject to discipline.

33. Use of an Object as a Weapon – Any object that is used to threaten or harm another may be considered a weapon. This includes, but is not limited to, padlocks, pens, pencils, chairs, jewelry, and so on or an object converted from its original use to an object used to threaten or injure another. Students who violate this rule will be suspended and may be recommended for expulsion. Police charges may be filed for this violation.

34. Vandalism and/or Destruction of Property – The act or attempted act or willful destruction or defacement of school or private property either on school grounds, or during a school activity, function, or event off school will be cause for discipline by the school and possible contact of police authorities.

35. Violation of Bus Rules – Students are expected to comply with bus rules. Rules for the bus include the following: no throwing any object inside or outside of the bus; no body parts hanging outside a window or door; no consumption of food or beverages; riders must remain seated until the driver gives permission to leave; using the emergency exit door without permission; and leaving or boarding a bus at locations other than the assigned stop unless parental and administrative authorization has been given. Students may be denied bus privileges for not following the bus rules.



NOTE: If a student is told to report to or go to, the office by any staff person or school personnel, including teachers, secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers, or administrators, the student should do so immediately without discussion or argument. Explanations can be given after the student reports to the office at the appropriate time. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver all communications concerning discipline and other school business to the parent.

Counterfeit - Look-Alike Law
The Ohio State Legislature amended Section 2929.01 and enacted Section 2925 Ohio Revised Code to prohibit making, selling and possessing counterfeit drugs and related tools.

“Counterfeit controlled substance” is defined in the following ways:
1.) any drug container or label that bears a trademark, trade name or other identifying mark without the owner of the rights to such trademark’s authorization;
2.) any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance that is manufactured, processed, packed or distributed by a person other than the person with legal rights to manufacture, process, pack or distribute it;
3.) any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance or is a different substance.

The following penalties relate to the making, selling, and possession of counterfeit drugs:
(1) Possession of a counterfeit controlled substance - misdemeanor of the first degree, if second offense a felony of the fourth degree.
(2) Making, selling, offering to sell or delivering any known counterfeit con- trolled substance; making, possessing, selling, offering to sell or delivering any device that is known to be used to print or reproduce a trademark upon a counterfeit drug (trafficking in counterfeit substances) - a felony of the fourth degree for a first offense and a felony of the third degree for subsequent offenses.
(3) Selling, offering to sell, giving or delivering any counterfeit controlled
substance to a person under eighteen (aggravated trafficking) - a felony of the third degree, and a felony of the second degree for subsequent offenses.
(4) Representing a counterfeit controlled substance as a controlled substance by describing its effects, as if it were a controlled substance (promoting and encouraging drug abuse) - a felony of the third degree, and a felony of the second degree for subsequent offenses.
(5) Falsely representing or advertising a counterfeit controlled substance as a controlled substance (fraudulent drug advertising) - a felony of the fourth degree, and a felony of the third degree for subsequent offenses. A controlled substance is defined as a drug, compound, mixture compound or substance included in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V (Ohio Administrative Code 4729.00). Included in these schedules are narcotics such as amphetamines, depres- sants and hallucinogens, as well as many other types of drugs.

Grades and Report Card Information
Progress reports will be issued four times during the school year. The reports will be issued following each nine-week grading period.
Parents will be notified if a student’s progress is deficient. Other contacts will be made with parents, as circumstances require.
Reporting dates for school conferences will be set by staff members at your child’s school. These are pre-established dates, but conferences are welcome at any time during the year. Parents who would like a conference with their child’s teacher should call office personnel at their child’s building.The district offers online access to student grades and attendance for grades two through twelve, including email reports, through the Pinnacle Parent Internet Viewer. Information is available from the school office.

Grade Reporting Periods 2008-2009 School Year
Report Cards
The school year is divided into four grading periods. Report cards are distributed at the end of each grading period.
First Grading Period Ends October 24, 2008
Second Grading Period Ends January 16,2009
Third Grading Period Ends March 20, 2009
Fourth Grading Period Ends May 29, 2009
Report cards will be issued to students approximately one week after the end of each grading period. It is the responsibility of the student to take them to their parent/guardian. Any fines or fees owed by the student will be noted on the report card. Questions regarding amounts owed may be addressed to the school office.

Interim Progress Reports
At the midpoint (approximately the fifth week of each grading period) an Interim Progress Report will either be given to each student or mailed home. The parent/guardian of students receiving failing grades during each grading period should contact their student’s teacher and/or guidance counselor to determine and discuss the reasons for the student’s failure. In addition, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the teachers and/or guidance counselor with questions and/or concerns regarding student’s performance and grade reporting at any time. The district offers online access to student grades and attendance for grades two through twelve, including email reports, through the Pinnacle Parent Internet Viewer. Information available from the school office.


Due Process - Suspension/Expulsion
Student Discipline Referrals
Students exhibiting misconduct during school hours and/or at school sponsored activities will be referred to the administration by staff or school officials. Students receiving a referral to the Principal’s Office will be dealt with according to the policies/procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and/or on the Student Referral Form
In all cases of normal disciplinary procedures where a student is removed from a curricular or co-curricular activity for less than twenty-four (24) hours and is not subject to further suspension or expulsion at that time, due process requirements, outlined in this policy, do not apply.
If a student ‘s presence and behavior poses a continuing danger to persons or property, the student may be removed from curricular or co-curricular activities under staff supervision with the following conditions:
1. Students are not to be removed from the school premises. They are to be sent to the office of the Principal or to the primary advisor in the case of co-curricular activities on non-school time. (If the student refuses to comply, a principal should be summoned immediately.)
2. A student’s removal from the activity shall be limited to no more than one school day for any single incident.
3. The specific reasons for removal by the teacher must be submitted to the administrator in writing immediately or when practicable.
4. The administrator will give written notification of the disposition to the teacher. A conference between the Principal, teacher, parent/guardian, and student will follow any emergency removal within 48 hours of the incident.

Removal by Administrator
If a student’s presence and behavior poses a continuing danger to persons or property or is an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, then the Superintendent, Principal, or Assistant Principal may remove the student from the school premises, curricular, or co-curricular activity.
If it is intended that the student be removed from a curricular or co-curricular activity for more than twenty-four (24) hours, a due process hearing must be held.
1. Written notice of the hearing and the reason for the removal and any intended disciplinary action must be given to the student as soon as practicable.
2. The person who ordered or requested the removal must be at the hearing.
3. If suspension or expulsion is intended, the due process requirements of the law must be adhered to.

Procedures for Expulsion
A pupil may be expelled by the superintendent of schools in accordance with procedures outlined by the Ohio Statutes.
In most instances such expulsion shall be made after efforts have been made to involve the parents and student in an attempt to change the behavior pattern. An expulsion shall not extend beyond 80 school days unless the violation includes a weapon, then expulsion may be up to one year.
Due process shall be afforded the student by the building administrator before such administrator recommends expulsion to the superintendent. Prior to the intended expulsion, the superintendent must enact the following procedures.

1. Give the pupil and the parent/guardian/custodian written notice of the intention to expel. That notice must advise the pupil and the parent/guard- ian/custodian or other representative of their right to appear in person before the superintendent or his designee to challenge the reasons and time of the hearing which must take place no earlier than three (3) days and no later than five (5) days after the notice is sent.

2. Conduct a hearing when practicable under appropriate guidelines of hear- ing procedures within the above stated period. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the expulsion, the superintendent must notify parent/guardian/ custodian and clerk of the Board of the action to expel the pupil. The notice must include the reasons for the expulsion to the Board of Educa- tion or its designee; and the right to be represented at the appeal pro- ceedings and the right to request the hearing be held in executive session.

3. If a pupil is expelled for more than twenty (20) days or if any period of the expulsion extends into the following semester or school year, the su- perintendent is required with the notice of expulsion to provide the pupil and his parent/guardian/custodian with information about services offered by public or private agencies that work toward improving those aspects of the pupil's attitudes and behavior that contributed to the incident that gave rise to the expulsion. This information must include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the appropriate public and private
agencies.

Procedures for Suspension
In the case of a student's intended removal from school for purposes of suspension, the following procedure shall be enacted:
1. The pupil shall be informed, in writing, of the intended suspension and reasons for the proposed action.

2. The pupil shall be provided an opportunity for an informal hearing to
challenge the reason for the intended suspension and/or otherwise
explain his/her actions.

3. A letter shall be sent to the parent, guardian, or custodian within
twenty-four (24) hours, stating the specific reasons for the suspension and including notice of their right to appeal such action to the superinten- dent, to be represented in appeal proceedings, to be granted a hearing before the superintendent or his designee and to request such hearing to be held in closed session. The student will remain suspended from school during the appeal procedures. If the suspension is overturned through the appeals process, the suspension will be expunged from the student's file and all classwork can be made up and credited.

4. Simultaneous written notice of the suspension shall be sent to:
a. Superintendent
b. Treasurer of the Board of Education
c. Pupil's school record
Suspensions may not be longer than ten (10) school days beginning with the first day of the removal from school. Only the principal, assistant principal and/or the superintendent may initiate suspension proceedings. If there are fewer than ten (10) days remaining in the school year, the superintendent may apply part or all to the following school year.

Enrolling in School
A child must be five years of age on or before August 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten. Special tests for early entrance may enable a child who will be 5 between August 2 and October 31 to enroll in Kindergarten. For more information on the early entrance program, please call the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at 330-821-2105. Students are expected to enroll in the attendance district in which they live.
If open enrollment is an option or other arrangements need to be made to attend a school outside of the student’s home district, it should be done through the home school.
Students who are new to Alliance City Schools are required to enroll with their parents or legal guardian at their designated school of attendance. When enrolling, the parents will need to bring:
• a legal birth certificate (not the hospital certificate)
• custody or court papers allocating parental rights and responsibilities (if appropriate)
• social security number
• proof of residency
• proof of immunizations
• most current report card or transcript from previous school (if applicable) - Students enrolling from another accredited school must have an official transcript from the sending school in order to receive credit from that school. The school secretary will assist in obtaining the transcript, if not presented at the time of enrollment.
In some cases, a temporary enrollment may be permitted. If that is done, the parents will be told what records are needed to make the enrollment complete.

Student Dress Code
Cleanliness and appropriateness are the two most important aspects of personal appearance. While the standard of cleanliness is rather obvious, the standard of appropriateness raises some questions. What is appropriate for a formal occasion would not be worn at a picnic. Thus, appropriateness is relative to what the activity is and the activity’s purpose. In Alliance City Schools, our activity is education and our purpose is learning. In order to minimize misunderstanding in terms of what is appropriate for Alliance City Schools, the following guidelines are given:

The following regulations will assist parents, students, faculty, and administrators in determining appropriate student standards for dress while at school or school-sponsored activities:
1. Parents and students maintain responsibility for their dress and personal appearance.
2. When any dress or grooming interferes with the cleanliness, health, welfare, or safety of students, or when any dress or grooming disrupts the educational process by being distracting, indecent or inappropriate to the educational process, it is prohibited.
3. Sponsors and teachers of elective programs (such as vocational classes) or elective activities (such as sports and music) may require more strict standards regarding dress and appearance for participants in their program or activity.
4. The principal, with the assistance of the faculty, has the responsibility of uniformly administering the dress code. The decision of the
principal is final.
5. As new trends in fashion or dress are accepted or become out of date, the District reviews the changing standards of the community served.

Students shall observe general guidelines for dress and appearance including:
1. No shorts or miniskirts that end above mid-thigh.
2. No shirts and blouses that expose the midriff (they must be able to be tucked in).
3. No tank tops, muscle shirts, halters or excessively low cut shirts.
4. Hats, coats, bandannas, and sunglasses are not to be carried to, or worn in, class.
5. No dress that promotes hate, violence, profanity, vulgar, or negative
messages; anything advertising or related to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, or anything sexually explicit is not permitted.
6. No transparent garments, open mesh garments, or garments with large open sides may be worn without an underliner.
7. Shoes or sandals must be worn and must not present a safety hazard; no flip-flops.
8. No biking pants, spandex, or tights worn as pants.
9. Hair must be clean, worn out of the eyes, and groomed at all times; no picks, rollers, combs, and other such articles.
10. Lower garments are to be worn at waist level; if a belt is worn, it must be of proper length; undergarments are not to be exposed or worn as outer wear.
11. No “dog collars”, spiked bracelets, or chains that could be dangerous to persons or destructive to school property.
12. No gang or cult-related items of any kind.
13. No cut off clothing, tattered clothing, or clothing with holes.

Violation of the dress code can result in removal from class (until the violation can be resolved) and/or disciplinary action.

Use of Medications
Before any medication or medical procedure may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child’s physician and the written authorization of the parent. The dispensing of prescription and nonprescription medication or the administration of other medical procedures may be done by school personnel during school hours only if the following requirements are met:
1. The Alliance City Schools’ Physician’s Request Form is completed, signed by the physician and on file at the school.
2. The Parent Authorization Form is completed, signed by the parent, and on file at the school.
3. The physician and parents must fill out the proper forms prior to the child taking any medication in school. Forms may be obtained from the school office.
4. The building principal has signed and approved the school section of the Parent Authorization Form.
5. All medication will be administered through the office. In certain situations, parents or students authorized in writing by a physician may administer medication or treatment but only in the presence of another adult.
6. An adult must bring all medication to the school.
7. Only medication in its original container, labeled with the date, the student’s name, and exact dosage will be administered.

Note: In all instances children on extended vacations will be marked as absent.

Co-curricular Activities
Students must be in attendance by the beginning of 4th period on the day of an athletic event, practice, dance, club meeting or any student activity after school to be eligible to participate. Students must stay in school the remainder of that day in order to remain eligible for that day’s activity/event. (Extenuating circumstances will be considered and ruled upon by the building principal. e.g. funerals.)

Make-up Work ( Non Vacation )
When a student will be absent for more than three (3) days, the parent/guardian may call the office and request assignments. Upon returning to school from any excused absence, the student will be given the same number of days that he/she was absent to make up any work including tests or quizzes. A maximum number of 10 school days will be applied to this make-up policy. Students placed on home instruction will come under separate guidelines.
When a student has an Unexcused Absence or Out-of-School Suspension, classwork may be made up or accepted for credit upon the discretion of the instructor.

Immunizations
Ohio law requires all children to be immunized prior to enrollment in school. Written documentation must be on file at the school. Additional MMR immunizations are required for students in grade seven.

Detentions
Teachers, administrators and/or the Attendance Officer may assign a student detentions. They are assigned for minor behavior problems and tardiness. These detentions are to be served before or after school as assigned by the building administrator or teacher.

Saturday Flight Training
Saturday Flight Training is an alternative to an Out-of-School Suspension for middle school and high school students. Flight Training is assigned for truancies and disciplinary cases. The students are assigned to this program by the principal or his designees and will be making up lost instruction as a result of truancy or lack of classroom participation. Students will be required to attend the Saturday session at Alliance High School from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Students are to bring needed materials for school work.

In-School Suspension Program
Students who have attendance and/or behavior problems may be assigned to an In-school Suspension, usually for one to three days. Students will be given credit in their regular classes for all the work they complete while in the In-school Suspension program. If a student is absent while in the program, that time must be made up before the student is returned to regular classes. Students who have discipline problems in the In-school Suspension program will be suspended from school pending a parent conference.

Withdrawal from School
If a student must withdraw from school because of moving to another district, that student should obtain a withdrawal form from the office the day before the last day in our school. This form should be taken to each teacher, the librarian, the attendance secretary, the school secretary and the student’s counselor. After completing the form, it should be returned to the office for final authorization. Failure to follow this policy may cause delay in transferring records.

Bus Transportation
Alliance City Schools provides bus transportation for students in grades K through 12 who reside with their legal guardian and live one mile or further from their assigned school of attendance.
Riding a school bus is a privilege and it is the student’s duty and obligation to obey all bus rules for safety reasons. Your child will receive a Student and Parent Responsibility notification the first week of school from the bus driver. Any questions or concerns about bus transportation should be directed to the Transportation Supervisor at 330-829-0348.

Transportation Guidelines
1. Students will ride their assigned bus both to and from school unless a written request asking permission to be let off at some other stop is presented to the bus driver and signed by the parent/guardian. Parents will assume the responsibility of the child when such a request is made and granted. Students will not be permitted to ride a bus other than their regular bus unless the Principal approves a request from the parent/guardian for the change.
2. Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety of students while going to and from pickup points and for meeting the bus on schedule.
3. Buses operate on a time schedule as outlined by the Transportation Supervisor.
4. Parents/guardians will be responsible for any vandalism or damage to a bus by their children.
5. Smoking, drinking, drugs, eating, gum chewing, and littering are not permitted on the buses by students, adults, chaperones, etc.
6. Noise on a bus shall be kept to a minimum at all times to assure safety of operation.
7. Absolute quiet must be maintained at railroad crossings/other danger areas.
8. Nothing shall be thrown out of the bus nor anything held so it extends out of the window.
9. All parts of student’s bodies shall be kept inside the school bus at all times.
10. Students shall be waiting at the curbside of the street to board the bus when it stops in the morning.
11. Students shall sit three to a seat and no standing will be allowed as long as seats are available. Seats may be assigned by the driver to maintain order and for evacuation purposes.
12. While students are riding on the bus, animals, firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other dangerous materials or objects that may interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle shall not be transported.
13. Students shall display appropriate, safe actions toward the driver and other riders.
14. No unauthorized passengers shall be transported on a school bus.
The driver has the authority to enforce the above regulations. The students shall conduct themselves on the school bus as they would in a classroom except that reasonable conversation is permissible. Continued disorderly conduct or refusal to follow the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for refusing transportation service to any student. When it becomes necessary to refuse transportation due to misconduct, the school administration shall provide due process to the student and notify the parents in writing of the disciplinary action.

Types of Bus Conduct for Which a Student May be Disciplined
Note: The first and second violation of a behavior in this category will result in school based discipline, as determined by the building administrator. School based discipline action may include a verbal warning, written warning, detention, expanded detention, in-school suspension, or a parent/student/driver/administrator conference. A third violation of a behavior in this category will result in a three-ten (3-10) day suspension from riding the school bus.
1. Use of chewing tobacco or snuff
2. Expectoration (spitting)
3. Consumption of food or beverages
4. Use of obscene language or visual forms of vulgarity
5. Refusing to remain seated until the driver gives permission to leave
6. Refusing to obey the instructions of the driver
7. Any misconduct, visually acknowledged and in the judgment of the bus driver, which may threaten the safety and well-being of persons or property on the bus or at a bus stop
8. Leaving or boarding a bus at locations other that the assigned stop unless parental and administrative authorization has been given
9. Body parts hanging outside window or door
10. Throwing objects inside or outside of the bus
11. Verbal harassment of another student

Types of Bus Conduct for Which a Student Will be Suspended and/or Expelled from Riding the Bus
Note:
A violation of a behavior in this category will result in a three-ten (3-10) day suspension from riding the school bus and/or a recommendation for expulsion from riding the school bus.
1. Unauthorized use of the emergency exit door
2. Fighting or physical abuse of another student
3. Physical or verbal abuse of the driver
4. Possession and/or use of weapons or explosives, including fireworks
5. Possession, use. or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
6. Intentional destruction of the bus, bus equipment, or possessions of the driver or another student
Related violations of any of the behaviors listed under “School Conduct” may result in suspension or expulsion from riding the bus.

Directory Information
Ohio Revised Code 3319.321 permits school districts to release Directory Information without the permission of the parents as long as it is not to any person or group for use in a profit making plan or activity. It also states that parents have the right to object, in writing, to the release of Directory Information. If you do not want your child’s Directory Information released to groups approved by the Alliance City Schools you should notify the Building Principal in writing each year.
Directory Information is listed as the student’s name, address and telephone number provided it is not unlisted, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, date of graduation, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and height and weight of athletic teams.

Lockers
Lockers remain the property of the school and are assigned to students for their convenience. Lockers will be searched, without the necessity of student consent, during the school year. Random locker searches will be carried out during the school year. Students may be disciplined for any item that is found in their locker that is prohibited by the student Code of Conduct.
Keep your combination confidential! If you tell your friend, don’t be surprised if other persons can get into your locker also. Sharing of lockers is not permissible.
Students are responsible for the appearance of and any items found in their locker. Use of tape or glue inside the locker is prohibited.

Visitors
The Board of Education welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult residents of the community and interested educators. But in order for the educational program to continue undisturbed when visitors are present and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons into the schools, it is necessary to invoke visitor guidelines. Rules regarding entry of persons other than students, staff, and faculty upon school grounds or premises shall be posted conspicuously at or near the entrance to such grounds or premises if there are no formal entrances, and at the main entrance to each school building. In addition, the rules shall be posted in a central location in each school and made available to students, upon request. Upon entry, all visitors must sign in at the school office and receive a Visitor’s Pass. This is a security measure and is strictly enforced with the support of Ohio law.
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