Middle School Handbook

PARKWAY LOCAL SCHOOLS MISSION STATEMENT

 

Parkway Local School District, in partnership with its parents and communities, provides our students with a variety of exceptional learning opportunities in a safe and caring environment so all Parkway students achieve academic excellence, integrity, and leadership to become successful life-long learners in a global society.

 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT

 

Preparing for Excellence, Integrity, Success

 

 

 

DAILY SCHEDULES

 

            REGULAR SCHEDULE               5th and 6th               7th and 8th

Buses Arrive  7:45                      

Homeroom    8:00-8:08         ANNOUNCEMENTS    ANNOUNCEMENTS

Period 1       8:11-8:51              CORE 1                   SPECIAL

Period 2       8:54-9:34              CORE 1                    SPECIAL

Period 3        9:37-10:17            SPECIAL                   CORE 1

Period 4        10:20-11:00           SPECIAL                    CORE 1

Period 5       11:00-11:40       PANTHER TIME                X

Period 5       11:00-11:30             X                           LUNCH

Period 6        11:40-12:10          LUNCH                       X

Period 6        11:30-12:10             X                      PANTHER TIME

Period 7        12:13-12:53           CORE 2                   CORE 2

Period 8        12:56-1:36              CORE 2                    CORE 2

Period 9       1:39-2:19              CORE 3                   CORE 3

Period 10     2:22-3:02               CORE 3                  CORE 3

Homeroom    3:02-3:09       ANNOUNCEMENTS      ANNOUNCEMENTS

         

 

ONE-HOUR DELAY                 5th and 6th              7th and 8th

Homeroom    9:00-9:10      ANNOUNCEMENTS    ANNOUNCEMENTS

Period 1        9:13-9:55             CORE 1                SPECIAL

Period 2        9:58-10:34           CORE 1                  SPECIAL

Period 3        10:37-11:13         SPECIAL                CORE 1

Period 4        11:16-11:52         SPECIAL                  CORE 1

Period 5        11:55-12:25         CORE 2                            LUNCH

Period 6        12:28-1:04           LUNCH                  CORE 2

Period 7        1:07-1:43             CORE 2                   CORE 2

Period 8        1:46-2:22             CORE 3                CORE 3

Period 9        2:25-3:09             CORE 3                   CORE 3

 

 

TWO-HOUR DELAY                  5th and 6th               7th and 8th

Homeroom    10:00-10:10       ANNOUNCEMENTS  ANNOUNCEMENTS

Period 1        10:13-10:45          CORE 1                 SPECIAL

Period 2        10:48-11:18          CORE 1                  SPECIAL

Period 3        11:21-11:51         SPECIAL                  CORE 1

Period 5        11:54-12:24        PANTHER TIME                  LUNCH

Period 6        12:27-12:57          LUNCH                   CORE 1

Period 7        1:00-1:30             CORE 2                   CORE 2

Period 8        1:33-2:03             CORE 2                   CORE 2

Period 9        2:06-2:36            CORE 3                  CORE 3

Period 10       2:39-3:09             CORE 3                   CORE 3

 

*On two-hour delays, 5th and 6th grade students will miss one special. This special will alternate every other delay.

 

       

 

        2016-17 SCHOOL CALENDAR – 1st SEMESTER

 

         August 23 - First Day of Classes

         September 5 - No School - Labor Day

         September 8-19 – Cookie Dough Sale

         September 16 – Fall Pictures

         September 23 – Interim Reports Issued

         October 10 – First 8th Grade Washington DC Meeting (7:00 pm in Aud.)

         October 20 – End of the First 9 Weeks

         October 21 –No School - Teacher Work Day

 

         October 27, November 10, 21, 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

         October 28 – Grade Cards Issued

         November 18 - Interim Reports Issued

         November 23 - November 28 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

         December 21 – End of the Second 9 Weeks

         December 22 -January 2 - No School - Christmas Break

 

 

        2016-17 SCHOOL CALENDAR –2nd SEMESTER

 

         January 3– School Resumes

         January 6 – Grade Cards Issued

         January 12-24 – Magazine Sale

         January 16 – No School – MLK Jr. Day - Teacher Work Day

         February 10 – Interims Issued

         February 17 – No School (Possible Make-Up Day)

         February 20 - No School - President’s Day

         March 13 – Final Washington D.C. Meetings in Auditorium

          (Chaperones at 6:00, All students and parents at 7:15)

         March 17 – End of the Third 9 Weeks

 

         March 24 – Grade Cards Issued

         March 29 – Spring Pictures

         April 11-15 – 8th Grade to Washington DC

         April13-17 – No School - Easter Break

         April 13th – (Possible Make-Up Day)

         April 18 – No School – Teacher Work Day

         April 21 – Interims Issued

         May TBA – 5th Grade TAG students to Chicago

         May TBA – 5th and 6th Grade to Camp Willson

         May 24 – Last Day of Classes, Grade Cards Issued

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL HOURS

 

                                Office Hours       7:45 a.m.‑3:40 p.m.

                                Class Times        8:00 a.m.‑3:09 p.m.

 

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

 

Students arriving at school or picked up from school should use the front doors of the Middle School entrance. Students being picked up or dropped off between the hours of 8:15 and 2:45 may use the parking lot in front of the middle school entrance.  Students being dropped off or picked up during other hours should use the high school parking lot so there is no interference with bus traffic.

 

VISITOR PROCEDURES

 

The safety of students and staff is a top priority at Parkway Local Schools. To help maintain safety, all outside entrances are locked throughout the day. When arriving at school, you will need to push the button outside of the middle school entrance (on right-hand side). At this time, a school employee will respond. You will need to identify yourself and your purpose for being at the school. If the employee does not know you, you will be required to show your driver’s license. The license needs to be held approximately 1” from the camera. Once you have been properly identified, you will be buzzed into the school office. Parents and visitors are not to go to classrooms unless granted permission by school staff. We appreciate your cooperation!

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

The State of Ohio (Ohio Revised Code 3321.01) states that all persons between the ages of six and eighteen must attend school.  Since school attendance is vital to the academic success of each pupil, we believe that 100% attendance should be the goal of each student and his/her parents and/or guardians. 

The Missing Child Act requires that parents notify the school if their child will not be in attendance, and requires schools to notify parents if the child is not in school. Parents and Legal Guardians are required to notify the school office before 8:10 a.m. on the day the student is absent from school. The attendance line is on 24 hours a day for parents to report the absence.

Please call 419-363-3045 and you will be directed to the middle school office to report the name of the student, the specific reason for the absence and the name of the individual who is calling the student in.  A student may also call him/herself in if the parent/legal guardian is not available, however, a note from the parent/legal guardian stating the reason for the student’s absence is required upon the student’s return to school.   If the absence is not phoned in by 8:10, the school will contact the parent/guardian for verification of the absence.

A written parent/legal guardian excuse or original doctor’s medical verification will be honored for up to (3) school days after the student’s absence.  Failure to submit a note within the (3) days may result in the absence being considered as unexcused or truancy.  All notes must be written by the parent or legal guardian.  

 

 

ABSENCES

 

The determination as to whether an absence is excused or unexcused rests with the building administration.

 

Students are permitted to miss no more than eight days per semester. Any absence beyond the eight allowable per semester will require a doctor’s excuse to be counted as an excused absence. Any absence beyond the eight without a doctor’s note will be considered unexcused. Three unexcused absences may result in truancy charges being filed.

 

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES THAT WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD THE EIGHT DAYS ALLOWED PER SEMESTER

1.  A student is in the hospital.

2.  A student is confined at home by doctor’s orders for an

     extended illness.  A doctor’s medical note is required.

     (Medical notes will only be accepted when the student

     was seen at the doctor’s office or hospital)

4.  Religious Holidays

5.  Funeral of a Family Member or Close Relative

6.  Medical Appointments (verified by Doctor’s Excuse)

7.  School Related Absences

 

A student is considered absent for the morning if he/she arrives after 10:00 a.m. and absent for the afternoon if he/she leaves before 1:30 p.m. If a student leaves school for an appointment and returns, but is gone for more than two hours, it will be considered a half-day absence.

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

 

Students who are unexcused will receive 0% in all tests, quizzes, and assignments that are graded. Truancy charges may be filed when a student reaches three unexcused absences.

 

 

VACATION DAYS DURING SCHOOL YEAR

 

Up to five days of vacation may be excused only when the student travels with his/her parent/legal guardian or has parental permission to travel with another student’s parent/legal guardian.  These vacation days will count against the eight allowable absences per semester. Permission must be obtained from the school administration by the parent/legal guardian no later than three school days prior to the start of the vacation.

 

If you are unsure of the exact days you will take vacation due to work or weather conditions, please notify the school in advance, indicating a certain time period when you may take your vacation. Family vacations are not to occur during state testing.  The student is responsible for making up all work missed while on vacation. Students who are absent for vacation days are not eligible to participate in after school activities.

 

*Any parent request to have the student out of school for three to five days will be considered a vacation.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  When determining eligibility for vacation, consideration will be given to student attendance and academic marks.  If a student has had poor attendance and/or is failing one or more courses, vacation days may not be excused.

 

VAN WERT COUNTY FAIR

 

Students will be excused for the Van Wert County Fair only if all of the

following criteria are met:

 

1.  A note signed by the parent or legal guardian and a list of projects’

     being exhibited at the fair is given to the principal three school days prior

     to the anticipated absence.

2. Students must be exhibiting a Junior Fair project and belong to a Van Wert

    County 4-H club.

3. Fair absences will count against the eight allowable absences per

    semester.

 

 

TARDINESS

 

Prompt arrival at school and to all classes is expected of students. Late arrival disrupts class and causes loss of instruction time. Students arriving after 8:05, but before 10:00 will be considered tardy. Students arriving after 10:00 will be considered absent for a half day.

 

Students who are tardy to school three times within a nine weeks period will be assigned a Friday School. Missing the bus, over-sleeping, and car problems are not acceptable excuses for being tardy.

 

Once the school day has begun, students are expected to change classes quickly. Students who are late to class will receive a negative DoJo mark.

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION

 

A student who is absent, comes to school after 10:00 AM, or is sent home due to illness during the day will not be eligible to take part in any type of after-school activity.  Exceptions would be a student leaving school for a doctor’s appointment, funeral, or other justifiable absence other than illness that has been pre-approved by school administration.

 

 

STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL

 

If a parent/guardian wishes to have their child leave school grounds during

school hours, a written request or phone call is to be submitted to the

school office prior to 8:10 a.m. on the day to be dismissed.

 

 

 

MAKE-UP WORK

 

Students who are absent may call school to receive their assignments. Homework requests are due by 8:10 a.m. and assignments will be ready to be picked up by 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAYS

 

If it is necessary to close or delay school because of inclement weather or an equipment failure, this information will be called in to the following radio stations: WCSM 96.7 FM (Celina), WERT 1220 AM (Van Wert), WKKI 94.3 FM (Celina), WIMA 1150 AM (Lima), WIMT 102.1 FM (Lima). Also channel 21 (WPTA Ft. Wayne) and Channel 35 (WLIO Lima) will carry the information. Please listen to these stations for school closing information. You may also call the school at 419-363-3045 Option 7, check our website, www.parkwayschools.org, or sign up for Ohio Alerts on the Parkway Local School homepage to receive emails or text messages.

 

 

 

GRADING

 

With the use of Formative Instructional Practices (FIP), the way students are graded is changing and will continue to change over time. The challenge for our staff is to accurately measure and evaluate student learning. We want our grading policies to reflect actual learning with less emphasis on “completion grades.” The bulk of a student’s final grade will come from summative assessments (tests, quizzes, reports, and/or projects).

 

 

 

PROGRESS BOOK

Grade cards are issued at the end of each 9-week grading period.  All previous year fees and current year fees will need to be paid before a student receives their grade card for the current quarter.

Parent access to Progress book can be requested on www.parkwayschools.org web site under the parent link.  For parents to be able to access their student(s) grades, the student’s book fees must be kept current.  All past fees must be paid and the current year must be prepaid at minimum preceding the quarter in which access is requested.

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING SCALE

 

Percentage   Grade    GPA Points           Percentage   Grade    GPA Points

100‑99           A+          4.0                       82‑80          C+         2.34

98‑95             A            3.92                     79‑76          C               2.0

94‑93             A‑           3.67                  75‑73          C­-                1.67

92‑90             B+          3.34                  72‑70          D+         1.34

89‑86             B            3.0                       69‑66          D              1.0

85‑83             B‑           2.67                  65‑63          D-          0.67

                                                                 62-0           F               0

 

HONOR ROLLS

 

Parkway Middle School believes in honoring our students who have outstanding academic achievement. The Honor Roll will be posted at the end of each nine-week grading period.  Honor Roll is based on the student’s grade point average. There are three classifications listed below. Students should check for accuracy and notify the office before it is sent to the newspapers and web sites.

 

          Highest Honors:                4.0  Grade Point Average

          High Honors:                    3.50-3.99 GPA

          Honor Roll:                       3.00-3.49 GPA

 

 

CHEATING

Cheating is a serious compromise of a student's integrity and will not be tolerated. If cheating is discovered, the student's work will be confiscated. A failing grade will automatically be recorded for the work, and the teacher will notify parents.

 

HOMEWORK

 

Homework is a vital extension of the school day. Homework is assigned to reinforce material presented in the classroom and to help students master individual skills. Students should expect to have up to one hour and fifteen minutes of homework per night: 15 minutes of math, 15 minutes of English Language Arts, 15 minutes of Science/Social Studies, and 30 minutes of AR Reading.

 

Parents can help assure their child’s success in school by allocating this time in the child’s evening schedule. If the student “has no homework,” the student should spend the allocated time on AR reading. Student-athletes need to be organized and disciplined in order to balance after-school athletic events and academic expectations.

 

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

 

Students will be promoted upon satisfactory completion of the work in their present grade level, upon maintaining adequate social and emotional maturity and possessing the ability for advancement.  Students may be retained at their present grade level based upon one or more of the following criteria:

  1. The pupil is failing in at least two major subjects. Major subjects for grades four through eight are defined as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies/History.
  2. The pupil is failing in at least one major subject and two required elective subjects.Required elective subjects are defined as Health, Family Consumer Science, Computer Science, Choir, Band, Art, and Physical Education, or other classes that may be offered as electives for middle school students.
  3. The pupil is reading two years below his/her grade level.
  4. The pupil is unable to achieve at the assigned grade level, based upon student performance.

 

Requests by parents for retention of a child based upon the above criteria will also be considered. The principal will mail official notification of potential retention to the parent or guardian at some time between January 1 and April 1. The notification will include the opportunity for a conference with the parents or guardian, teacher, and the building principal.

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

 

Parkway Middle School is committed to the mission of preparing all students for college or work in the 21st century. In order to achieve this goal, expectations of student behavior will be high. Students are expected to come to school each day and work together for a common goal. Horseplay and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

 

OUT–OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

 

Out-of-school suspension days will count towards the total number of days absent from school. Students will not be given credit for all grades taken during out-of-school suspension.

 

IN-SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT

 

In-school Assignment days will not count as days absent from school. 

         Credit will be given for all school assignments and tests completed during In-school Assignment.

 

 

 

PEER CONFLICTS

 

Parkway Middle School strives to create a positive, non-threatening learning environment for all students. Despite our best efforts, there will be times of conflict amongst peers. Students who are having difficulties with other students are encouraged to see their homeroom teacher or the guidance counselor. The teacher or counselor will help the student work through the issues. If the issue cannot be resolved through the teacher or counselor, the principal will become involved

 

 

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Every middle school student is required to follow all rules and regulations set forth by the Parkway Board of Education and Administration. Violations on the part of the student of any one or more of the following rules and regulations may result in disciplinary action, including: Friday School, In-School Assignments, Out-of-School Suspension, Emergency Removal, and/or Expulsion.

 

  1. A student shall not damage or steal school property: including building, grounds, equipment, or materials.

     

  2. A student shall not disrupt or interfere with curricular or Extra-curricular activities.

     

  3. A student shall not damage or steal private property on school premises, or at any school activity, function, or event held off the school premises.

     

  4. A student shall not possess, handle, transmit, or conceal any object considered a dangerous weapon or instrument of violence.

     

  5. A student shall not cause physical injury or behave in such a way which could threaten to cause physical injury to school staff, students or other persons on the school premises while in the custody and control of the school, or in the course of a school related activity.

     

  6. A student shall not possess, use, transmit, conceal, or be under the influence of tobacco, drugs, narcotics, or alcoholic beverages while in the custody and control of the school, or in attendance at school activities, or on school property.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  7. A student shall not disregard any reasonable direction or command by school personnel; including teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teachers' aides, bus drivers, administrators, or other authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel in any school‑related situation.

     

  8. A student shall not use obscene language, either written or verbal, in communication with any person. Included in this prohibition would be the use of obscene gestures, signs, pictures, or publications.

     

  9. A student shall not chew gum in the school building or bus.

     

  10. A student will use with care an assigned locker, which is the property of Parkway Local Schools. Administrators have the right to search a locker if they deem it necessary.

     

  11. All students are required to keep their hands to themselves.Holding hands, hugging, and showing of affection of any kind is not permissible.

     

  12. Chains, gang colors, handkerchief hats, and any clothing that may disrupt the educational process will not be worn during the school day.

     

  13. A student shall not physically, verbally, or in writing threaten, harass, or bully another student, teacher, school employee, or any person associated with or at school or at a school sponsored function.Any activities associated or deemed to be associated with or as gang activity will not be permitted.

     

  14. Cell phones are to be turned off at all times during the school day and kept in the student’s locker during school hours.

     

  15. A student shall not display any improper conduct similar to the aforementioned although not specified in the school rules and regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

  1. Clothing and personal appearance for all students should be neat, clean, and in good taste for school learning situations.

     

  2. Shoes shall be worn at all times.

     

  3. Hair shall be neat and clean.

     

  4. No hats, hoods, bare midriffs, bare backs, halter tops, tank tops, or shirts with the side cut out shall be worn at school.Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times including when arms are raised.

     

  5. Baggy or saggy pants are not permitted.

     

  6. Students may wear shorts or skirts that clearly extend past the bottom of finger tips (approximately 2-3” beyond finger tips) when arms are down to the side.

     

  7. Clothing with obscene, satanic, or suggestive writing or that promotes alcohol or tobacco will not be permitted.

     

  8. Any type of hanging chains, spiked dog collars, and/or inappropriate materials that could be deemed a safety hazard to students or others are not permitted.

     

  9. Undergarments are not to be exposed or visible through clothing.

     

  10. No kind of roller blade shoes are permitted.

     

  11. No holes in clothing above the knees.

     

  12. If a finger can go through any frayed fabric that is above the knee, it is not permitted.

     

  13. “Skin-tight” pants such as tights, yoga pants, or sweat pants are not to be worn unless covered by a skirt, shorts, or a long shirt. The overlying item must clearly extend beyond the finger tips when the arms are extended to the sides.

     

  14. The Principal will make the final determination if there is a question of clothing conforming to the above guidelines.

 

*Students who do not meet the dress code will be sent home to change or will be given another outfit to wear. Students who repeatedly violate the dress code policy may be assigned a Friday School.

 

 

Parkway Middle School

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Plan and Class DoJo

 

To monitor students’ behavior and effort, Parkway Middle School uses the web-based tool, “Class DoJo.” Class DoJo allows teachers, students, and parents to have daily interactions and access behavior data.

 

The Class DoJo system is part of Parkway Middle School’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Plan (PBIS). The PBIS is designed to set clear expectations for student behavior and provides support for struggling students. Class DoJo helps us identify specific areas of concern and to create a specific plan to help students be more successful.

With the Class DoJo system, students should be striving to receive a positive “STAR Student” mark each class session. The “STAR Student” mark indicates that the student met the expectations of being a STAR Student:

S – Show Kindness

T – Take Responsibility

A – Actively Learn

R – Respect Everyone

 

Students who are a “STAR Student” for the entire class period, and go above and beyond normal expectations, may receive an additional bonus mark for being a “Super Star.”

 

Students who do not meet the expectations of “STAR Student” will not receive a positive mark and may receive a negative mark(s) for that class. Negative marks will be assigned to one of the following categories.

 

 

Negative DoJo Marks

 

  1. Disrespect toward Staff
    1. Attitude – talking back, arguing, etc.
    2. Insubordination

       

  2. Disrespect toward other Students
    1. Teasing/Taunting/Making Fun of/Name Calling
    2. Touching Others – Pushing/Shoving/tripping/etc.
    3. Touching/Messing with others’ property

       

       

  3. Violation of School/Classroom Rules
    1. Abuse/misuse of property
    2. Violation of school rules/procedures (dress code, hats, etc.)
    3. Classroom specific rules

                            

  4. Disruption of the Learning Process
    1. Disruption of class
    2. Lack of Work/Effort/Off-Task

       

  5. Not prepared for Class - Shows up with no pen, pencil, paper, books, etc.

     

  6. Missing Work – Assigned work not turned in.

     

  7. Problem for Sub – Counts as three negatives.

     

  8. Study Table Assignment – Reserved for behaviors that need more than a negative mark, but less than a Friday School. Counts as three negatives.

     

  9. Administrative Discipline – (Friday School, In-School Assignment, Out-of-School Suspension) – Counts as five negatives.

 

*Other negatives marks may be added as needed throughout the year.

 

Notes about Negative Marks

 

*Negative and positive marks may also be assigned by Mr. Woods or other staff members for hallway, restroom, lunch, and/or recess behaviors.

 

*All teachers will be slightly different in their assignment of negative marks, especially in category #4 (Disruption of the Learning Process).

 

*Teachers do not need to have 100% proof of a rules infraction to assign a negative mark.

 

*There will be no arguing negative marks. Arguing a mark will result in another mark. If a student is unhappy with a teacher’s decision to assign a negative mark, he/she should respectfully discuss with the teacher after class.

 

*Three negatives within a double-period block, or two negatives within a single period class, will result in removal for the remainder of the class.

 

 

Detention - It is our hope that our students take their learning seriously and strive to be star students. To maintain an appropriate school environment, there needs to be consequences for repeated problems. Students who earn too many negatives in one week will be assigned to detention. Detentions are held from 3:15-4:30 each Thursday.

 

Detention assignments will be based on the number of negative DoJo marks the student receives the previous week. As students progress through middle school, they are expected to assume more responsibility and to behave in a more mature manner. The number of acceptable negative marks will decrease with each grade level. Students receiving the following number of negative marks within a week will be assigned to detention:

 

5th Grade: 6 negatives       6th Grade: 5 negatives     

7th grade: 4 negatives       8th Grade: 3 negatives

 

*The number of negatives needed for detention may drop as we progress into the school year and students become more familiar with the DoJo system. Students and parents will be notified when/if this change occurs.

 

Major Discipline Issues

 

We would hope that student behavior issues are fairly minor and can be resolved through the DoJo system. However, some offenses are more severe and require discipline beyond a negative DoJo mark. The following offenses will result in an automatic office referral with no warnings:

 

  1. Blatant disrespect/defiance toward the teacher.
  2. Physical contact with another student that causes or could cause injury – grabbing, pushing, tripping, punching.
  3. Major disruptions of class – yelling, swearing, etc.
  4. Gum
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Fighting/Assault
  7. Harassment/Bullying

 

*These offenses may result in the assignment of a Friday School, in-school assignment, or out-of-school suspension.

 

 

PBIS Details and Class DoJo Data - After using the Class DoJo system for two years, we are very pleased with the data is has given us. Over the last two years, 76% of Parkway Middle School students had a positive DoJo score of 90% or higher and 95% of our students scored 80% or higher.

 

90%+ = On-Target - While we always challenge students to improve, we are happy with scores that are at 90% or higher. These students are doing what is expected of them in order to be successful. Students who score 90% are rewarded periodically with special events such as; movies, dodgeball tournaments, donuts, game days, or prize raffles.

 

80-89% = On-Watch - Students who score between 80-89% are considered to be “on-watch,” meaning, they are not performing to the level we strive for, but they are not too far off. These students will not be rewarded for outstanding behavior, but they will be permitted to participate in school-wide activities such as, but not limited to: AR reward activities, fundraising reward activities, Relay for Life, Field Day, Field Trips such as Camp Wilson, Washington DC, etc.

 

70-79% = Small Group Interventions – Students scoring under 80% are not behaving and/or working in the manner required to show growth in their learning and/or they are being disruptive to the learning of others. These students may not be permitted to participate in activities or privileges such as, but not limited to: AR rewards, fundraising reward activities, Relay for Life, Field Day, Field Trips such as Camp Wilson, Washington DC, etc. To help these students be more successful, they will work with the guidance counselor in small group settings.

 

Less than 70% = Individual Success Plan - Students scoring less than 70% are performing well below expectations. In addition to continuing with small group interventions, students scoring below 70% will be placed an Individualized Success Plan to address specific needs.

 

 

 

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS

 

Surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the building, the surrounding areas of the school and are currently used on school busses. The images from these cameras are confidential and can be viewed by school officials only. A parent or guardian may view the images, with an administrator, only if their son or daughter is the only student on the images. If other students are on the images, their privacy rights must be protected. In the event of criminal prosecution, the images may become evidence at the trial and therefore will probably end up becoming public. Under such circumstances, the images are under the control of the courts, not the school.

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

Use of any electronic equipment by students shall be prohibited during school hours and on busses.  Cell phones are permitted to be used before and after school when deemed appropriate for safety and transportation related issues.  During school hours, cell phones and other electronic devices are to be kept in the student’s locker.  Students are prohibited from having cell phones and other electronic devices on their person during school hours.  When students have a cell phone on their person or out of lockers during school hours, the cell phone will be held in the principal’s office until parents pick it up and a Friday school will be assigned. This rule also includes Laser Pointers.

 

 

LOCKERS

 

A locker is assigned to each student at the beginning of the school year.  Students are expected to keep their lockers clean and not to abuse them in any way. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected by school officials if deemed necessary. Students should be aware that the law enforcement sniff dogs might be used if the situation deems necessary. Students are not to change lockers assigned to them.  Students are not to use tape or other adhesives on lockers.  Pictures and other items may be posted only on the inside of the locker with the use of magnets. 

 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

 

A substitute teacher is an important visitor whose impression of our school will be carried into the community.  Let us be certain that these are good impressions by being polite, helpful, and considerate, just as you would be to your regular teacher. Students who do not cooperate for substitute teachers may face more severe consequences for inappropriate behavior.

 

DAMAGED OR LOST TEXTBOOKS

 

The following fees will be charged to the student for lost or damaged books. It is the responsibility of each student to take reasonable care of textbooks issued to them.

1st year, 1st semester………100% of cost

1st year, 2nd semester …..…80% of cost

2nd year ………………..…………..70% of cost

3rd year……………………………….60% of cost

4th year……………………………….50% of cost

5th year……………………………….40% of cost

After 5th year ……………………..$2.50

 

 

 

BOOK FEES-LIBRARY FINES-LUNCH CHARGES

 

Textbook and lab fees are sent to students at the beginning of each school year.  Fees are expected to be paid in full at the beginning of the year.  To receive grade cards at the end of each nine weeks, all library fines and lunch charges must be paid.  If book fees are unpaid at the end of a nine-week period, grade cards may be received by paying 25% of the fee each nine weeks with 100% being paid by the end of the year.

 

 

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS

 

Driving the bus and delivering children safely to and from school is the most important job of a bus driver.  In order to help with discipline issues, Parkway Local Schools have started installing security systems in our school buses.

 

BE EXTRA ALERT WHEN NEAR A SCHOOL BUS

1.  Be courteous at all times.

2.  Sit properly in seat (standing in seat or sitting on knees,

     leaning over back of seat is prohibited).

3.  Pupils will not move about while the bus is in motion.

4.  Keep hands to yourself.  No student shall strike, push or

     otherwise abuse another pupil while riding on the bus.

5.  Excessive noise will not be permitted on the bus.

6.  Abusive language will not be permitted on the bus.

7.  Pupils will not put head, arms or other objects outside the

     windows.

8.   The students will not cause distractions that interfere

      with the driver’s ability to control the bus.

9.   Do not eat or drink on the bus; help to keep the bus

      clean.

10.  Students are to wait in an orderly fashion at all bus

       stops.

11.  Students are not to push while loading or leaving the

       bus.  Students must be no closer than 10 feet in front of

       the bus when crossing the road.

12.  Students must be quiet at railroad crossings.

13.  There will be no improper use of emergency exits.

14.  There will be no destruction of bus property.

15.  Pupils shall not refuse to follow the instructions of the

       drivers.

16.  Students should be at the place of pickup prior to the

       arrival of the bus.

17.  Students should not leave the designated “Point of

       Safety” until instructed by the driver.

18.  No electronics are permitted on the school bus.

 

*Any willful disobedience of the safety regulations will be reported as follows:

 

Step 1.  Verbal warning from bus driver to student

Step 2.  Parent contact from bus driver to parent/guardian

Step 3.  Appropriate action taken by the Principal

 

*Excessive misbehavior on the bus may be cause for immediate suspension or expulsion from the bus.

 

ANTI‑HAZING POLICY

 

It is the policy of the Parkway Local School Board of Education and School District that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times. No administrator, faculty member, or other employee of the school district shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate any hazing activities. No student, including leaders of organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in any hazing.

 

Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another, including the victims, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organizations that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.

Administrators, faculty members, and all other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, involved students shall be informed by the discovering school employee of the prohibition contained on this policy and shall be required to end all hazing activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the superintendent.

 

Administrators, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with Ohio Law.

 

LOOK‑ALIKE DRUG/COUNTERFEIT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE POLICY

 

  1. No person shall knowingly possess any counterfeit substance.
  1. No person shall knowingly make, sell, offer to sell, or deliver any substance the he/she knows is a counterfeit controlled substance.
  2. No person shall make, possess, sell, offer to sell, or deliver any punch, dye, plate, stone, or other device knowing or having reason to know that it will be used to print or reproduce a trademark, trade names, or other identifying mark upon a counterfeit controlled substance.
  3. No person shall sell, offer to sell, give, or deliver any counterfeit controlled substance to a person under the age of 18.
  1. No person shall directly or indirectly represent a controlled substance by describing its effects as the physical or psychological effects associated with use of a controlled substance.
  2. No person shall directly or indirectly falsely represent or advise a counterfeit controlled substance as a controlled substance.

     

    DEFINITION "LOOK‑ALIKE/ COUNTERFEIT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE”

     

  3. Any drug that bears, or whose counterfeit or label bears a trademark, trade name, or any other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner of rights to such trademark, trade name or identifying marks.
  4. Any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance manufactured, processed, packaged, or distributing it.
  5. Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance or is a different controlled substance.
  6. Any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, and color, or its markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

 

 

 

IMMUNIZATIONS

 

State law requires all students to have proper immunization against poliomyelitis, rubella, rubeola, dipheria, pertussis, tetanus, smallpox, and mumps. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, all seventh graders must have 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis) or Td as a booster dose.  The original series must be completed prior to the booster dose.  These shots are required before they will be allowed entering the seventh grade. This is a State of Ohio vaccination requirement.

 

 

MEDICATION

 

All medication that students must take is to be taken to the office.  Medication should be in the original prescription container with name and directions for administering.  Over the counter medication is also to be kept in the office with student’s name and directions for administering.  Students will not be given aspirin or other medication unless their parent or guardian has given written permission to the school nurse.

 

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE

 

It is important that every student maintains an up‑to date address and telephone number with the school office. Notify the office immediately for a change of address or telephone number during the school year.

 

 

MAGAZINE SALES

 

The middle school holds a fund raising campaign each year for magazines.  The annual magazine sale will is held in January.  Profits from the sale are used to provide school assemblies, field trips, and student incentives. 

 

 

COOKIE DOUGH SALES

 

The middle school holds a cookie dough sale each year in the fall.  A school account will hold all students money according to their personal amount of sales each year from grades 5 through 8.  All profit from a student’s 5th through 8th grade years will be applied toward the individual student fee for the Washington DC trip as an 8th grade student. The money raised by a student who moves or choses to not go on the trip will be applied to the Washington D.C. general fund.

 

 

TELEPHONE

 

There is a telephone in the middle school office for student's use.  It may be used by students to call home due to illness or other reasons.  Permission to use the phone must be granted by a staff member.

 

 

AGENDA BOOKS

 

Students will be given an agenda book and are expected to carry it at all times. The primary function of the book is to record daily assignments in every class. Additional functions may include recording special events, recording grades, and recording special projects.  Students are encouraged to take the agenda book home as a means of communication with parents.

Also, the agenda books are valid hall passes when signed by a teacher.  Students are required to have the signed agenda book any time he or she is out of class.  If the agenda book is lost or destroyed, students are required to purchase another one from the office.

 

 

 

RESEARCH CENTER/COMPUTER LAB

 

The high school library and computer lab is open on a regularly scheduled basis. The collection is constantly updated and expanded, and materials are chosen for either their educational or recreational value.  Students are allowed to use the research center to read, check out books, return books, do reference work, or work on special projects. Each student may check out one or two books for a period of up to two weeks. Lost or damaged books must be paid for.  Students who wish to use the library or computer lab during their study hall must have prior approval noted in their agenda book from their classroom teacher.

 

 

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

 

Parent‑Teacher conferences are very valuable to the overall education program. Some parents are hesitant about participating in conferences, but our teachers can do a much better job with students if they share their understanding of the student directly with the parent. It is not necessary to wait for regular conference time if a parent has a special concern. Parent conferences are encouraged and can be arranged at any time during the school year.

 

 

ASSEMBLIES

 

Assemblies are offered periodically as special events on the school calendar. Some typical assembly themes include academic enhancement, cultural presentations, and professional speakers. There is often a significant investment in time and money in the preparation for an assembly program. Student attendance is a requirement, not an option. Special attention to etiquette and good citizenship is expected of all students.

 

 

 

DANCES AND FUN NIGHTS

 

The principal must approve any dance or fun night which is held in school facilities. All dances will be chaperoned by a combination of parents and teachers and must be scheduled to end by 10:00 p.m. Dances will be open to students of Parkway Middle School only.

 

 

SCHOOL LUNCH

Closed lunch – all students remain in the building during the lunch period.

All students eat in the commons area.

Do not cut in the lunch line. Wait with the rest of your classmates.

After eating, return your tray and utensils to the tray return window.

Discard all trash properly.

Recycle all plastic and cans in proper recycle bins.

Clean up your area and push chairs in when leaving the commons area.

No food or drink is to be taken out of the commons area without permission.

All meal money is be put on accounts before the start of the school day in the cafeteria.

Money will not be accepted in the lunch line. Change will not be given.

You can only charge up to the value of four meals. After these charges, only a Peanut Butter and Jelly meal will be offered.

There is no charging for a’ la carte items.

 

Parkway offers an online service called LunchPrePay. This service allows you to add funds by credit card to your students meal account. There is a $1.95 fee per credit card transaction. You may use the free basic package to make payments or you may purchase the premium package for a onetime fee of $10.00 per family unit. You will be able to view account balances, receive automatic low balance emails, and check food purchases. You can access this website at www. LunchPrePay.com.

Breakfast and lunch are available to all students. Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. (9:45 on delay days) and ends by the first bell. Breakfast is $1.40 and reduced is $.30. Lunch is TBA, reduced is $.40. Milk is $.50 if purchased as an extra with a meal or separately.

We operate under the National School Lunch Program. There are 5 components on the tray which include: protein, grain/bread, fruit, vegetable, and milk.  We use the offer vs. serve program which means students may choose three, four, or all five items offered to qualify as a meal.  One item chosen must be a fruit or vegetable. This is especially important for students that qualify for free or reduced priced meals. If you do not take the required components that make a meal you will be charged a’ la carte prices. To help reduce food waste, only take the food items you will eat.

If you feel you may qualify for free or reduced meals a new application must be filled out at the start of each new school year. You can apply for free or reduced priced meals anytime during the school year if your income or household size changes.

 

LUNCH RECESS

 

Middle School students are permitted to go the gym for approximately 15 minutes of the lunch period to participate in various recess activities. Participation in recess is optional and is also a privilege. Students are expected to behave in a safe, respectful manner at all times. Students who do not behave will face the following consequences:

 

                              1st Offense: 1-Day Removal from recess

                              2nd Offense: 3-Day Removal

                              3rd Offense: 5-Day Removal

                              4th Offense: 10-Day Removal

                              5th Offense: Permanent Removal

 

*Flagrant or deliberate actions, such as fighting, may result in discipline beyond removal from recess.

 

 

TORNADO DRILLS

 

Signal: At the sound of the tone or announcement, students are to go to their designated areas.  Directions are posted in each room for the procedure for leaving the room.

Behavior: No talking is permitted while going to designated areas. Students are to walk, not run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE DRILLS

 

Signal: Fire drills are signaled by the sound of the fire bell and strobe lights.  Directions are posted in each room for the procedure for leaving the room.

 

Behavior: No talking is permitted in the fire drill lines when leaving the building. In the event of a real fire, talking might prevent you from hearing instructions. Students are to walk, not run.

 

 

LOCKDOWN/DISASTER DRILLS

 

In the event of a lockdown or disaster drill, students will be notified over the PA system.  Students are to follow their teacher’s directions and remain quiet throughout the drill.  Students who are in the restroom or hallways are to go directly to the nearest school office.  Students who are in the commons area will proceed to the auditorium.

 

 

WELLNESS PROGRAM

 

The Board of Education recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the district’s students.  Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well-being and his/her ability to learn.  In accordance to this policy, pop, candy, and gum are not permitted in Parkway Local Schools. Students who are found to have pop, gum, or candy will be assigned a Friday School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARKWAY ALMA MATER

 

We sing our praise to thee our high school never to forget thy name.  To the world we’ll raise thy glory and ever strive to bring thee fame.  Your black and gold we shall always see over ocean, land or where we may be.  Alma Mater praises be, our dear Parkway High.

 

 

 

PARKWAY SCHOOL SONG

 

The gold and the black is our cry,

We’re fighting for our Parkway High,

Now join in the song, as the black cats go on

Rising to victory‑              

Now Panthers go on and attack,

We're here with our gold and our black

We'll fight with our might, for the Panthers tonight,

As we go on to victory.

Now charge on down and score the T.D.

We'll be proud as ever can be,

Rebound, dribble, pass off that ball,

Then pivot around, and shoot it and score.

Everyone let's cheer for our team,

Watch them go they're right on the beam:

Panthers fight and win tonight and

March right on to victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       ANNUAL NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS REGARDING

STUDENT RECORD AND SPECIFIC EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

On June 10, 2003, the Board of Education adopted a policy regarding the disclosure of educational records and the rights of parents and students to access educational records.  Copies of this policy and related guidelines are located in all school buildings and individual copies are available from the District’s Records Office (“DRO”).  The DRO is responsible for the supervision of student records in the school and his office is located at 400 Buckeye Street, Rockford, OH or he can be reached by calling 419-363-3045.

 

Each student’s records will be kept in a confidential file located at the student’s school office.  The information in a student’s record file will be available for review only by parents or legal guardian of a student, adult student (eighteen (18) years of age or older), and those authorized by State and Federal law and Board policy/guidelines.  State and Federal law permits access by school officials who have a legitimate educational purpose.  School officials for purpose of the Board’s policy include Board members, those in administrative or supervisory positions, teachers and those under contract as instructions, substitutes, and those employed by the Board under contract to perform certain special tasks.  An individual will have a “legitimate educational purpose” if inspection of the record is necessary in order for the school official/employee to perform an administrative, supervisory, or instructional task or to perform a service or benefit for the student or the student’s family.

 

A parent or adult student has the right to:

A.       Inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five (45) days after receipt of the request.  The school has a form which can be used to submit a request.  The Custodian of Records (“COR”), building principal will notify the parent or adult student of the time and place where the records can be inspected.  Parents and adult students are not permitted to inspect and review the educational records of other students.  If there is a valid reason why a parent or student cannot personally inspect and review a student’s educational records, or if the parent or student specifically requests copies of educational records, the COR may arrange for copies of the requested records to be delivered to the parent or student directly.  The Board may charge a reasonable fee for the copying of

                    records.

B.       Request amendments if the parent or adult student believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  Parents or adult

students who believe that a change is necessary should immediately ask the COR to

correct the record.  If the record is not changed to the parent’s or student’s satisfaction or

if the COR informs the parent or student that the record does not appear to be misleading,

inaccurate, or in violation of any privacy right, the parent or student will be asked to

submit a written statement indicating the basis for his/her request for a change.  This

                    written statement will initiate the review

                   process.

C.       Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s

educational records, except to those disclosures allowed by the law.  The school’s AG

8330 describes those exceptions and is available upon request.

D.       Challenge the Board’s noncompliance with a parent’s request to amend the records

through a hearing.  If the Custodian of Records decides not to amend the record, the

parent or adult student will be so notified and provided the opportunity for a hearing. 

Additional information concerning the hearing will be provided when the individual is notified of the opportunity for a hearing.

E.       Obtain a copy of the District’s policy and administrative guideline on student records

                    (Policy 8330 and AG 8330).

 

The District has designated the following information about each student as “directory information”.

(REFER TO POLICY 8330 FOR THE INFORMATION THE DISTRICT HAS DEFINED AS DIRECTORY INFORMATION.)

 

Each year the District will provide public notice to students and their parents of its intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as “directory information”.  The Board designates as student “directory information”:  a student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; honor rolls; scholarships.

 

The Board will make the above information available upon a legitimate request unless a parent, guardian, or adult student notifies the School in writing within five (5) days (refer to Policy 8330) from the date of this notification that s/he will not permit distribution of any or all such information.  Directory information will not be provided to any organization for any profit-making purpose.

 

Any parent or student who believes that the School District has failed to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (RRRA), may file a complaint directly with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.   20202-4605.

 

Parents have the right to inspect upon request any instructional material used as a part of the educational curriculum for their student.  See Board Policy 2416 for the procedures for making such a request.

 

OHIO PARENTAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTER (Ohio PIRC).

 

Ohio PIRC provides a wide range of services to parents and families, parent organization, school personnel, and other social services agencies to increase parental involvement with their child’s educational issue.  Ohio PIRC also works to strengthen partnerships between parents and professionals to help meet the educational needs of their children.  There is a strong emphasis on encouraging supportive working relationships between home, schools and any significant other involved with the child.  To that end, Ohio PIRC provides opportunities for parents to learn more about child development, increase their confidence in child-rearing skills, and become leaders in their communities.

 

Ohio PIRC provides a wide range of training and supportive services such as:

 

          1.       Parenting Information

          2.       Parenting Support Groups

          3.       Parent Leadership Training

          4.       Referral Services

          5.       Family Literacy Services

          6.       Educational Issue Training

 

If you would like more information on the Ohio Parental Information and Resource Center, you may contact Greg Puthoff at 419-363-3045 or you can access the Ohio Department of Education’s web sit at http://www.ode.state.oh.us and search for “Ohio Parental Information and Resource Center”.

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS

 

As a parent of a student at Parkway Local Schools, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it.  Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

 

  • Whether the Ohio Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and

subjects he or she teaches?

 

  • Whether the Ohio Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom

without being licensed or qualified under state  

regulations because of special circumstances?

 

  • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

 

  • Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications?

 

If you would like to receive any of this information, please call the superintendent at 419-363-3045.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Local School District

Bylaws & Policies


7540.03 - STUDENT EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY

Technology has fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in society. As a result, educators are continually adapting their means and methods of instruction, and the way they approach student learning, to incorporate the vast, diverse, and unique resources available through the Internet. The Board provides Education Technology so that students can acquire the skills and knowledge to learn effectively and live productively in a digital world. The Board of Education provides students with access to the Internet for limited educational purposes only and utilizes online educational services to enhance the instruction delivered to its students. The District’s Internet system does not serve as a public access service or a public forum, and the Board imposes reasonable restrictions on its use consistent with its limited educational purpose.

This policy and its related administrative guidelines and the Student Code of Conduct govern students’ use of the District’s personal communication devices (that is, according to Policy 5136, computers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cellular/mobile telephones, smartphones, and any other web-enabled device), network, and Internet connection and online educational services ("Education Technology" or "Ed-Tech").

This policy and its related administrative guidelines and the Student Code of Conduct also govern students’ use of the their personal communication devices (that is, according to Policy 5136, computers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cellular/mobile telephones, smartphones, and any other web-enabled device), when connected to the District’s network, the District’s Internet connection, and online educational services ("Education Technology" or "Ed-Tech").

The due process rights of all users will be respected in the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the Education Technology. Users have no right or expectation to privacy when using the Ed-Tech (including, but not limited to, privacy in the content of their personal files, e-mails, and records of their online activity while on the network and Internet).

First, and foremost, the Board may not be able to technologically limit access, through its Education Technology, to only those services and resources that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study and research related to the curriculum. Unlike in the past when educators and community members had the opportunity to review and screen materials to assess their appropriateness for supporting and enriching the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable selection criteria (taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students who would be exposed to them), access to the Internet, because it serves as a gateway to any publicly available file server in the world, opens classrooms and students to electronic information resources that may not have been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

Pursuant to Federal law, the Board has implemented technology protection measures, which protect against (e.g., filter or block) access to visual displays/depictions/materials that are obscene, constitute child pornography, and/or are harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act. At the discretion of the Board or the Superintendent, the technology protection measures may be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access. The Board also utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. The technology protection measures may not be disabled at any time that students may be using the Education Technology, if such disabling will cease to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Any student who attempts to disable the technology protection measures will be subject to discipline.

The Superintendent or Technology Coordinator may temporarily or permanently unblock access to websites or online educational services containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been inappropriately blocked by the technology protection measures. The determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate shall be based on the content of the material and the intended use of the material, not on the protection actions of the technology protection measures.

Parents are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services and/or resources on the Internet that the Board has not authorized for educational purposes. In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the Internet.

Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:

 

A.

safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of direct electronic communications

 

 

 

B.

the dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information

 

 

 

C.

the consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking", "harvesting", "digital piracy", etc.), cyberbullying and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online, and

 

 

 

D.

unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors

Staff members shall provide instruction for their students regarding the appropriate use of technology and online safety and security as specified above. Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online activities of students while at school.

Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server, and computer logs.

Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Education Technology. Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education concerning appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.

Students will be assigned a school email account that they are required to utilize for all school-related electronic communications, including those to staff members and individuals and/or organizations outside the District with whom they are communicating for school-related projects and assignments. Further, as directed and authorized by their teachers, they shall use their school-assigned email account when signing-up/registering for access to various online educational services, including mobile applications/apps that will be utilized by the student for educational purposes.

Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Board's computers/network and the Internet just as they are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events. Communications on the Internet are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communication apply. The Board does not sanction any use of the Education Technology that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying guidelines.

Students shall not access social media for personal use from the District’s network, but shall be permitted to access social media for educational use in accordance with their teacher’s approved plan for such use.

Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying guidelines may have their use privileges suspended or revoked, and disciplinary action taken against them. Users of the Board's Education Technology are personally responsible and liable, both civilly and criminally, for uses of the Ed-Tech not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying guidelines.

The Board designates the Superintendent and Technology Coordinator as the administrators responsible for initiating, implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to students’ use of the District’s Education Technology.

P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)
76 F.R. 56295, 56303

Revised 1/10/06
Revised 10/19/10
Revised 4/19/11
Revised 5/15/12
Revised 12/16/14

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