Middle School Handbook

2019-20 Parkway Middle School Student Handbook

Parkway Middle School

Where ALL Students Are Successful!


Welcome to a new year at Parkway Middle School! Parkway Middle School strives to provide an outstanding education for all students that aligns with mission and vision statements of Parkway Local Schools. We believe that an outstanding middle school education includes each of the items below. We strive for continuous improvement in each of these areas:


  1. Clear expectations of student behavior and academic performance.
  2. A safe school environment.
  3. The opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities.
  4. A hard-working and caring staff.
  5. Parental involvement.
  6. The social and emotional growth of students.
  7. Teamwork.
  8. Respect for others.
  9. An environment of continuous improvement for all ability levels.
  10.  The development of a passion for life-long learning.


We hope that you have a great year at Parkway Middle School. If we can help you in any way, feel free to contact us.


Brian D. Woods


Brian Woods 

Parkway Middle School Principal






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.





Preparing for Excellence, Integrity, Success





                                              REGULAR SCHEDULE              

Buses Arrive                     7:45                      

Homeroom                        8:00-8:08        

Period 1                           8:11-8:51               

Period 2                           8:54-9:34               

Period 3                           9:37-10:17            

Period 4                           10:20-11:00          

Period 5 (Class)                  11:00-11:40       

Period 5 (Lunch)                 11:00-11:30               

Period 6 (Class)                  11:30-12:10          

Period 6 (Lunch)                 11:40-12:10                

Period 7                           12:13-12:53           

Period 8                           12:56-1:36             

Period 9                           1:39-2:19               

Period 10                          2:22-3:02              

Academic Assist                 3:02-3:09       


TWO-HOUR DELAY                  

Buses Arrive                      9:45

Homeroom                        10:00-10:06      

Period 1 (24 min)               10:09-10:33         

Period 2 (24 min)               10:36-11:00         

Period 3 (24 min)               11:03-11:27

Period 4 (24 min)               11:30-11:54        

Period 5 (30 min)               11:54-12:24       

Period 6 (30 min)               12:27-12:57          

Period 7 (29 min)               1:00-1:29            

Period 8 (29 min)               1:32-2:01            

Period 9 (29 min)               2:04-2:33             

Period 10 (29 min)              2:36-3:05 

Afternoon Announcements   3:05-3:09



Buses Arrive                      10:45

Homeroom                        11:00-11:06      

Period 1 (19 min)               11:09-11:28         

Period 2 (19 min)               11:31-11:50         

Period 3 (19 min)               11:53-12:12

Period 4 (19 min)               12:15-12:34        

Period 5 (30 min)               12:34-1:04       

Period 6 (30 min)               1:07-1:37         

Period 7 (19 min)               1:40-1:59            

Period 8 (19 min)               2:02-2:21            

Period 9 (19 min)               2:24-2:43            

Period 10 (19 min)             2:46-3:05 

Afternoon Announcements   3:05-3:09



        2019-20 SCHOOL CALENDAR – 1st SEMESTER


        August 19 - First Day of Classes

        September 2 - No School - Labor Day

        September 5-16– Cookie Dough Sale (Washington DC Fundraiser)

        September 13 – Fall Pictures

        September 30-October 1 – 5th Grade Camp Cotubic Trip

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

        October 14 –No School - Teacher In-Service

        October 18 – End of the first quarter

        October 25 – Grade Cards Issued

        November 1 – No School – Teacher In-Service

        November 27 - December 2 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

        December 20 – End of the second quarter

        December 23 -January 3 - No School - Christmas Break



        2019-20 SCHOOL CALENDAR –2nd SEMESTER


        January 6– School Resumes

        January 10 – Grade Cards Issued

        January – Middle School Fundraiser

        January 20 – No School – MLK Jr. Day - Teacher In-Service

        February 17 - No School - President’s Day

        February 26 – Final Washington D.C. Meetings in Auditorium

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

        March 4 – Spring Pictures

        March 13 – End of the third quarter

        March 20 – Grade Cards Issued

        March 30-April 3 – 8th Grade to Washington DC

        April 9-13 – No School – Easter Break

        April 30-May 1- 6th Grade Camp Cotubic Trip

May 18 – Academic Awards (9:30 a.m.)

        May 20 – End of the fourth quarter, Grade Cards Issued


        Possible Make-Up Days: Feb. 17, April 9, 13, May 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29.








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

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





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 8:00 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.


Students are expected to remain on the sidewalks when entering and leaving the building. Students are not to cut through the grass.




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!





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 9:00 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 9:00, 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.  

Parents who have not contacted the school will be notified of the child’s absence either by phone or mail.




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


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


*Pending changes to state attendance laws may supersede our school policy. If changes are made that require changes to this policy, parents will be notified of the changes, and the updated policy will be added to the district website.



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

8. Approved Family Vacations


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.






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.  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.





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 five allowable absences per






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 8:00, 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, oversleeping, 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 Needs Work DoJo mark.





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.





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 9:00 a.m. on the day to be dismissed.






Students who are absent may call school to receive their assignments. Homework requests are due by 9:00 a.m. and assignments will be ready to be picked up by 2:30 p.m.










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.






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).





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.










Percentage   Grade    GPA Points          Percentage   Grade    GPA Points

100‑99           A+          4.0                   82‑80          C+          2.4

98‑95             A            4.0                   79‑76          C            2.0

94‑93             A‑           3.6                   75‑73          C­-          1.6

92‑90             B+          3.4                   72‑70          D+         1.4

89‑86             B            3.0                   69‑66          D            1.0

85‑83             B‑           2.6                   65‑63          D-          0.6

                                                             62-0           F             0




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 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 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.




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.




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 days will count towards the total number of days absent from school. Students will be permitted to make up work missed and will be given credit for all grades taken during out-of-school suspension. All work must be made up within two school days of completion of the suspension with quizzes/tests worked out with the teacher.  




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.






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.






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 or show evidence of consumption of any illegal or counterfeit substances including, tobacco or any nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes, Juuls, patches, or gum, marijuana, CBD oil, prescription or non-prescription drugs, narcotics, or alcoholic beverages while in the custody and control of the school, or in attendance at school activities, or on school property.


    Possession of drug paraphernalia is not permitted at school or at any school function including, but not limited to matches, lighters, nicotine delivery devices, look-a-likes, or other devices.


  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. Students are not to possess or use spray colognes, deodorants, perfumes, or body sprays in the classroom, hallway, locker rooms (including during after school athletic events), or on the bus.


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




  1. Clothing and personal appearance for all students should be neat, clean, and in good taste for school learning situations. Students are not to write or draw on their bodies.


  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 (mid-thigh) 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 fingertip height (mid-thigh).


  12. If a finger can go through any frayed fabric that is above fingertip height (mid-thigh), it is not permitted.


  13. Clothing shall not be see-through or revealing.


  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 to 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.

Students are expected to display Parkway Panther PRIDE throughout the day, across all school settings.

P – Positive

R – Respectful

I –  Integrity

D – Determination

E -  Excellence


Students who display Panther Pride for the entire class period will receive a positive mark in Class DoJo. Students who go above and beyond normal expectations, may receive an additional bonus mark.


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



“Needs Work” Marks


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


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



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


    1. Disruption of the Learning Process - Disruption of the classroom.


    2. Missing Class Materials - Shows up with no pen, pencil, paper, books, etc.


    3. Homework Not Complete


    4. Lack of Effort/Off-Task – Not causing problems, but not working.


    5. Problem for Sub – Counts as three negatives. Three “Problem for Sub” marks within the year will result in additional discipline measures.


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

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

Additional Notes About “Needs Work” Marks


*Needs Work 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 Needs Work 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 Needs Work mark.


*Students who arguing a teacher’s decision to assign a Needs Work mark will result in another mark. If a student is unhappy with a teacher’s decision to assign a Needs Work mark, he/she should respectfully discuss with the teacher after class.


*Two Needs Work marks within a class, will result in removal for the remainder of the class.


*Multiple removals from class may result in additional discipline measures such as In-School Assignment.



PBIS Details and Class DoJo Data - After using the Class DoJo system for several years, we are very pleased with the data is has given us. Over the years, approximately 75% of Parkway Middle School students have had a positive DoJo score of 90% or higher and 95% of our students scored 80% or higher. The total of all students’ scores is approximately 95%.


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 at 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, Kings Island, Washington DC, etc.


Less than 80% = Unsatisfactory – 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 Willson, Kings Island, Washington DC, etc. To help these students be more successful, they will work with the school guidance counselors.


Study Table - 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 lack of effort and repeated behavior issues. DoJo scores are checked every Monday and students who are below 80% will be assigned to Study Table. Students on the Study Table list will spend their lunch and recess time in a classroom working on classwork while they eat.


Friday School - Students scoring below 75% for the nine weeks will be assigned to Friday School every two weeks until the score rises above 75%.







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.




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.







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.





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. 




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.




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






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.







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.



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


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


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


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


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.






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.




  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.






  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. 10.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.






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.





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.












If your child is infested with head lice, the following steps need to be taken before he/she can return to school:


1. Be treated with a medicated shampoo such as RID or 

    Kwell or similar lice treatment.

2. Have all nits removed from the child’s scalp by combing and picking

    out the nits.

3. Once treated and picked at home, students will need to be checked

    by the school nurse.

4. Students with walking head lice will be sent home.





It is important that every student maintains an up‑to date address and phone number with the school office. Parents need to update any change of address or telephone number during the school year in One View.





The middle school holds a fundraising campaign each January.  Profits from the sale are used to provide school assemblies, field trips, and student incentives.  Student participation is encouraged, but not required.





The middle school holds a cookie dough sale each September.  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.




There is a telephone in the middle school office for student's use. Permission to use the phone must be granted by a staff member.






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.





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 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 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.




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.


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.

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



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.





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.





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.





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.





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.













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.








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















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


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


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”.



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 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”.







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


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:



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





the dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information





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





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

© Neola 2014










*This is an edited version of the Parkway Athletic Handbook. Parts of the handbook that only pertain to high school students have been omitted.


Athletic Philosophy

The purpose of athletics in the Parkway Local School District is to provide the opportunity for our student athletes to learn favorable values and gain positive experiences, which will enhance physical, social and emotional development.  All athletic extracurricular activities shall be an extension of the overall educational philosophy.  Participation in athletics will help our students to become more self-confident, self-disciplined, and teach them that working hard and striving for excellence is an essential quality for success in any of life's endeavors.


Student Athletic Conduct:

Section I:  Rights and Responsibilities

Participation in athletics is a privilege offered by Parkway Local Schools.  Students attend Parkway Local Schools under the direction of state law and receive the full benefits of constitutional protection for their rights as citizens.  They, therefore, can speak, act, or behave as young citizens within a large scope of options.  This code, published in conformity with ORC3313.66 specifies the school's expectations.  Pupils have a right to reasonable treatment from the coaches and advisors.  The school, in turn, has, as a right, to expect reasonable behavior from student athletes.  Because participants in extra-curricular activities are both students and athletes, they are bound to the rules and regulations as well as the consequences spelled out both by their own student handbook and the athletic handbook concurrently.  The regulations and consequences written herein are also applicable to ALL students/athletes participating in athletics in the Parkway Local School District with the term student and/or athlete used in this manual meaning athletes, managers, cheerleaders, statisticians, and trainers of the sports' programs here in the district.  Middle School and High School athletes will be held to all regulations written within this handbook throughout the year with special addenda written, when applicable, to strictly high school or, separately, middle school students.


Section II:  Standards

Standard 1:  Disruption:  An athlete shall not cause any disruption of the educational process in school by use of violence, force, coercion, or threat. Athletes shall not post or contribute any content to any social networking or other internet site that reflects negatively on Parkway Local Schools.  Any such act may bring about a denial of participation.


Standard 2:  Ethics, Integrity, & Sportsmanship:  An athlete shall not behave in such an unsportsmanlike manner that could cause physical injury or damage to other athletes, other students, school personnel, or school property.  Any such act may bring about a denial of participation.


Standard 2 (Subsection 1):  Hazing – In reference to Section II – Standard II, as per Section 2903.31 in Ohio’s Revised Code, 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 a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person.  No person shall recklessly participate in the hazing of another.  No administrator, employee, or faculty member of any primary or secondary school shall recklessly permit the hazing of any person.  Whoever violates this section is guilty of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  Any athlete found in violation of this code will be denied participation in athletics. 


Standard 3:  Criminal Act:  An athlete under investigation by a law enforcement agency for committing a criminal act or found guilty of committing a criminal act, may be denied participation with the possibility of permanent denial.


Standard 4:  Insubordination:  An athlete shall not fail to comply with directions of the coaches, advisor, or administration during the sport’s season.  This includes missing practice, attitude problems, appearance, curfew violations, theft, etc.  Any such act may bring about denial of participation.


Standard 5:  Transportation:  All athletes will ride the bus to and from athletic events unless otherwise specified procedures have been set up by the coach/advisor and approved by the building Principal or Assistant Principal.  An athlete failing to comply with this rule will be subject to denial of participation.


Standard 6:  All athletes must have fully completed the following forms and have them in the Athletic Office prior to participating in practice:

(1)  Emergency Medical form.

(2)  Insurance Waiver.

(3)  Parent Guardian Release Form.

(4)  Athletic Handbook Signature Form.

(5)  Athletic Physical signed by the doctor, parent, and student.

~ Until these forms are in, the individual student athlete can NOT participate.



Standard 7:  Steroids:  A student who uses anabolic steroids or other performance enhancing drugs is ineligible for interscholastic competition until such time as medical evidence can be presented that the student’s system is free of the before-mentioned drugs.


Standard 8:  Tobacco Products:  An athlete shall NOT use any tobacco product.


Standard 9:  Drugs:  An athlete shall not possess, handle, transmit, conceal, or use any illegal drugs. An athlete shall not take an abnormal amount of prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, which may cause harm to their health.


Standard 10:  Alcoholic Beverages:  An athlete shall NOT drink any alcoholic beverages.


Section III:  Violations of Standards #2 (Subsection #1), #3, #7, #8, #9, or #10

When a Parkway student (whether attending Parkway Middle or High School), shows the intent of becoming an athlete (Ex:  getting a physical, coming to an organizational meeting, etc.), he/she shall not possess, use, transmit, conceal, or be under the influence of tobacco, drugs, narcotics, alcoholic beverages, or counterfeit controlled substances at any time until his/her athletic career ends at Parkway Local Schools.  School officials will investigate all reported violations, and any athlete found breaking a rule will be given the following disciplinary action:




A.  Typical 1st Offense Consequence For Student Athletes Grades 7-12.

The athlete will be suspended from participating in the equivalent of 20% of the scheduled regular season’s games or meets in which the athlete participates or in the next sport in which he/she will participate.  The season is defined as practices beginning with the opening day as allowed by the OHSAA, and ending with the last tournament game played by the team for that season.  This means that any or all post-season tournament games will be included, if applicable, to the suspension being served.  The season in which the athlete is suspended will dictate how many games will be missed.  If the season in which the infraction occurs ends without the full consequence being served, the remainder of the games will continue into the next sports season in which the athlete participates.  The games not approved by the Athletic Department/Athletic Director shall not count as the total number of games missed due to the suspension.  In addition, while under suspension, the athlete will NOT be allowed to dress for contests but may be with the team.  Practicing during the suspension is up to the discretion of the coach, but should remain consistent throughout the coach’s tenure. After serving a suspension, the athlete must satisfactorily complete the season or the suspension will be upheld and the athlete will have to serve the suspension in the next sports season.

Special Addition/Consideration for Middle School Athletes:

*** Practicing during the suspension is up to the discretion of the coach at that level in each sport from which the middle school athlete was suspended, but the decision on practicing should remain either consistent with the policies set up by the Head High School Coach for his/her program or if there is no high school program policy for that sport regarding practicing during a suspension then the decision to practice or not to practice should remain consistent with the middle school coach throughout his/her tenure as a middle school coach.


B.  Typical 2nd Offense Consequence For Student Athletes Grades 7-12. 

If an athlete violates any of these rules a second time while attending Parkway Local Schools, he/she will be suspended for the equivalent of one full sport’s season.  Since this consequence is the equivalent of a sport’s season, the suspension may transcend past the season in which the athlete was suspended if the offense occurred after games in the season in which the athlete was suspended had already begun. If the suspension does go into another sport’s season, the remaining percentage of the suspended games will be based on the number of games/meets in the next sport’s season in which the athlete participates. Also the athlete will not participate in any scrimmages or tournament games during the suspension; in addition these scrimmages and tournament games will not count toward the games used in calculating the consequence of this second offense.  Further, during the suspension from athletics, the student will undergo counseling sessions.  The parent or legal guardian of the suspended athlete must make a formal request for the arrangement of these counseling sessions in writing to the Athletic Director or Principal of the school, from which school the student attends.  In turn the Athletic Director or Principal will make arrangements for the suspended athlete with a local Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center with the cost of the treatment being billed to the parent or legal guardians of the suspended athlete.  If a counseling session is not arranged through said Athletic Director and/or Principal, the session will not count toward the counseling that must be completed before the athlete can return to sports.  Upon verification of completion of the approved counseling session to the Athletic Director and/or Principal, and upon the completion of suspension, the athlete may return to playing sports at Parkway Local Schools.  Playing sports at Parkway cannot be resumed if the counseling has not occurred before the full season’s suspension is complete.  Following the end of the approved counseling session either the Athletic Director and/or Principal of the building that the student would currently attend following the conclusion of the season-equivalent suspension shall conduct a follow-up session with the athlete and/or parents of the athlete when, and if, the counseling is completed during the school year.  It is the hope of the Athletic Department that the combination of consequence and counseling will help in the rehabilitation of the athlete and will also assist the athlete in breaking any dependence that has developed regarding the said substances covered in these codes. 

Special Considerations with the 2nd Offense Consequence…

A. During the suspension, athletes will NOT be able to dress in uniform for any contests, but may be with the team.


B. Practicing during the suspension is up to the coach’s discretion.  It is the hope of the Athletic Department that if a coach had not allowed practicing in this situation to occur in the past, that he/she would do the same for all athletes.


C. Some possible scenarios (not limited to the sports mentioned) in calculating the full sport’s season…


1. An athlete is suspended after completing half of a Cross Country season (she completed 8 meets in a season with 16 meets scheduled).  She would be suspended for the remaining 8 meets which puts her at missing 50% of a sport’s season (she will miss the district tournament but it will not count toward the suspension).  She still has 50% to miss in her next sport season, which for example may be basketball.  Basketball has 20 scheduled games of which she is suspended for 50%.  She would sit out 10 games during the basketball season.

2. A one sport athlete misses the final 4 games of football (again he can not participate in the playoffs because of the suspension, and these tournament playoff games will not count toward the suspension).  Since football has 10 regular season games he will have only served 40% of his suspension.  Next football season he will need to sit out 60% of the games (6 games).  Practicing during the suspension is determined by the coach, and the player will not dress in uniform for any games or scrimmages during the time he is suspended.

3. A multi-sport athlete in one season (Ex. football cheerleader & volleyball player) is suspended.  The athlete will be suspended for the remainder of both sport seasons.  As a cheerleader the girl is suspended after 2 football games, and she has 8 games left to cheer for.  Her carryover for suspension in the next season is only 20%.  In volleyball she is suspended after participating in 8 games of the 22 regular scheduled contests.  For volleyball her carryover suspension is 36.4%.  The athlete in this instance will carry over the higher of the two percentages in her next sport season.  If the next season is track, she is suspended for 36% of the track meets or regular season contests.




C.  Typical 3rd Offense Consequence For Student Athletes Grades 7-12.

On any third offense the athlete will serve a one year (365 day) suspension (from the date of the violation) from athletics at Parkway Local Schools.  During the term of this suspension, no athlete will be allowed to join any sport’s team.  If this third offense occurs while the athlete is still serving his/her 2nd suspension, he/she will NOT begin the third offense suspension until the date he/she has completed all requirements of the second offense suspension.


D.  Typical 4th Offense Consequence For Student Athletes Grades 7-12.

Any athlete committing a fourth offense violation will be suspended for the remainder of his/her career at Parkway Local Schools.


** Final Notes:

Parkway Middle & High School’s Athletic Departments and Parkway Local Schools do NOT recognize any cut between the transition of middle school to high school; therefore, all violations and consequences that may have occurred in the middle school or in the summer prior to an athlete’s freshman year do and will carryover into high school. 


Section IV:  Steps Taken in the Suspension of any Athlete Grades 7-12

A.  Step 1 - Notice of the intention to suspend and the reason(s) why will be provided to the athlete either in writing or verbally within one to three school days upon the completion of the investigation of the infraction by the building Principal or Athletic Director.


B.  Step 2 - Following the athlete's notification of suspension, the athlete and/or parents, guardians, or custodians of the athlete will have the opportunity to appear at an informal hearing set up through the building's Athletic Director under whose jurisdiction the student falls with said Athletic Director having the option of requesting the presence of any of the following for this meeting:  the other building Athletic Director, a head coach not related to the sport, or the head coach of the sport in which the athlete was involved during the time of the suspension (either the varsity coach or the head coach of the grade in which the athlete plays).  At this informal hearing, the parent, guardian, or custodian of the athlete has the right to question the reason(s) for the intended suspension or explain the athlete's actions.  The parents' and/or athlete's initiating of the informal hearing with the building Athletic Director must take place within two school days of the athlete's notification of the suspension.  From this informal hearing, an opinion or recommendation will be made to the building principal concerning the suspension of the athlete.


C.  Step 3 - Upon completion of the informal hearing, the parents, guardians, or custodians of the athlete will be notified of the suspension in writing post-marked no later than two school days after the informal hearing.  If the informal hearing is bypassed, the notification to suspend in writing will be post-marked no later than two school days following the given two days in which the informal hearing could have taken place.  Copies of the notice will be given to all of the following:  Members of the Administrative Quorum (Members spelled out in #3 below), the treasurer of schools, the superintendent of schools, and to the coaches in whose program(s) the suspension will be served.  This notice will include the following:

1. The reason for the suspension

2. The consequences of the infraction

3. The right to appeal to an Administrative Quorum made up of building administrators and a coaching representative including, but not limited to some or all of the following:   The High School Principal, High School Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Middle School Principal, Middle School Athletic Director, and a neutral coach who is not involved with the athlete during any sports season and who wasn't used in the informal hearing.


D.  Step 4 - Following the informal hearing and the sending of official notification of the intent to suspend, the parents, guardians or custodians of the athlete have the right to appeal, then, to members of an Administrative Quorum (outlined in #3 above).  The appellate meeting must be initiated within four school days of the sending of the official notification to suspend the athlete, and an appointment must be made through the building secretary (where the student attends).  The decision of the Administrative Quorum will be the final decision at the district level, and its decision on the appeal will be sent to the parents, guardians, or custodians of the athlete within two school days of the appellate hearing.


Section V:  Grievances

A. Grievance Process can be held concurrently with the appeals process.  These two processes; however, are separate entities from one another.

B. Any grievances athletes or parents have, not necessarily limited to suspensions, must be channeled through the following people in the following order:

1.  Head Coach of the team on which the athlete participates or the Head Coach of the program.

2.  Athletic Director of the building under whose jurisdiction the athlete falls.

** In the cases of suspension, these two positions will hear the grievance as part of the informal hearing.

3.  Athletic Council

4.  Superintendent

5.  Board of Education




Section VII:  Eligibility - Middle School Athletes


A. Academic Eligibility  

1. Athletic Eligibility is dependent on academic success.  Students must pass five of the courses taken in the previous grading period (OHSAA Regulations).  In addition, Parkway Middle School requires that students receive no more than one "F" during the previous grading period to remain eligible for athletics.  Students are NOT permitted to practice with the team if they are ineligible due to grades.


2. A student enrolling in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for the first grading period regardless of previous academic achievement.  Thereafter, in order to be eligible, a student in grade 7 or 8 must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding grading period and received passing grades during the grading period in 75% of those subjects carried the preceding grading period in which the student was enrolled.


B. Scholarship

1. Students should not change a course without first consulting the school principal or athletic administrator to determine whether it will affect eligibility.

2. Eligibility for each grading period is determined by grades received the preceding grading period.  Semester and yearly grades have no effect on eligibility.

3. For eligibility purposes, summer school grades may not be used to substitute for failing grades received in the final grading period of the regular school year or for lack of enough courses taken the preceding grading period.


C.  Age Limitations

1. If a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 attains the age of 15 before August 1, the student shall be ineligible to participate in 7th-8th grade interscholastic athletics for the school year commencing in that calendar year (OHSAA Regulations).

A student in grade 7 or 8 who attains the age of 15 before August 1 shall be eligible only at the high school level for a period not to exceed eight semesters taken in order of attendance, whether the student participates or not (OHSAA Regulations).


Section VIII:  Attendance

A. Our school attendance policy requires that student athletes be in school by 10:00 a.m. and remain in school the rest of the day to be eligible to play in a game or practice that day.  The principal will deal with medical appointments or other excuses.  If the student leaves school during the day because of illness, he/she will not be eligible that night.

B. An athlete who misses a game or practice because of reasons other than illness or an emergency must make up time missed before participating in a game.  These arrangements must be worked out with the coach in charge.  To maintain eligibility, regular attendance is required.




Section IX:  Doctors and Medical Attention

A. A doctor and paramedics will be in attendance at all home varsity football games.

B. Any injuries occurring during a game or practice should receive the immediate attention of the coach or trainer.  Any severe injury should be referred to a doctor immediately.

C. All athletes must have a physical examination prior to attending the first practice.  Each Head Coach is responsible for turning in all paperwork including physical forms to the Athletic Director before the first practice.  These cards are valid for one year.


Section XI:  Practice Schedules

A.  The head coach should prepare a practice schedule noting any practices on weekends, holidays, and during vacation.  A master copy of the schedule should be filed in the athletic director's office.

B.  Practice must never start unless a coach is there.  Coaches should never leave school until all his/her team members have cleared the building.  Practice sessions should not exceed two hours.

C.  The coach of each respective sport will be the last person to leave the building on the night of practice.


Section XII:  Dark Night (Wednesday Evening)

There are to be NO athletic practices held on Wednesday nights after 6:30 pm during the school year.

When it can be arranged, there will be no athletic contests to be held on Wednesday nights during the school year.


Section XIII:  General Athletic Policies

A. Open gym activities in any sport may be held one season prior to that sport’s actual competitive season only.  Summer is not defined as an athletic season.

B.  Any athlete who quits a sport or who is dismissed for violation of team rules is not permitted to   participate in any other open gym or conditioning program until the sport season he/she quit is completed.  If a student quits a sport and joins another sport that athlete must have permission from both coaches involved, the Athletic Director, and the Principal.

C. There shall be no Sunday athletic practices (mandatory or voluntary) permitted unless a team has a scheduled tournament contest on Monday.

D. There shall be two weeks of moratorium each year, which includes the use of the weight room.  The first week will be during final exams and the second week will be over the July 4th holiday (exception--Any team in tournament). 

E. All athletes are expected to ride the bus to and from each game. All exceptions need to be approved by either the Athletic Director or the Principal.



Section XX:  Release of Records

We authorize the release of information from the Mercer County Juvenile Court to the School Principal during the time period these training rules are in effect.