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[expand title=”Philosophy” tag=”h4″]Every student who enters the school is important.  We know that students have different physical and intellectual abilities, levels of maturity, and coping skills.  Regardless of these differences, each student should have the opportunity to develop his or her own skills and talents.  At Rigby Middle School we work together to provide a safe learning environment where students can develop the critical thinking skills and knowledge base needed to become productive members of society.[/expand]
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1. Meet different academic needs of students.
2. Enhance student learning.
3. Incorporate technology into classrooms.
4. Increase use of achievement test scores for student productivity.
5. Recognize student achievement.
6. Develop activities for decision-making skills.
7. Increase student awareness and development of career skills and opportunities.
8. Increase communication among school, students and community.
9. Achieve continuity in the scope and sequence of school curriculum.
10. Enhance social development through cooperative learning, varied curriculum, and extracurricular activities.[/expand]
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[expand title=”School Dress Code” tag=”h4″]The District believes that there is a close relationship between student dress and behavior. The dress code below encourages students to “dress for success” and come to school properly prepared to participate.  “Disruption” is any behavior that interferes with teaching and learning.  Administrators may make exceptions to the dress code for special occasions.

Disruptive Clothing/Accessories/Hair Styles/Tattoos
Clothing, accessories, hair styles, or tattoos that are disruptive, depict, promote or are associated with drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence, discrimination, hate, or pornography, are not permitted. Clothing that is sheer, ripped, or see-though is prohibited unless another layer of clothing that meets the dress code is underneath.

Head Coverings/Sunglasses
Caps, hats, scarves, curlers, bandanas, sweatbands, or other similar head coverings shall not be worn to class or inside the school buildings.  Exceptions may be made if head coverings are prescribed by a physician, previously approved by the school’s administration for religious reasons, or approved by the school’s administration for a special school activity.  Sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) shall not be worn to class or within school buildings.

Tops
The cut of tops must not expose undergarments.  Strapless tops are prohibited. At a minimum, tops must have a sleeve and a hem and be of sufficient length to cover the end of the shoulder and the beginning of the arm. Clothing that is sheer, ripped, or see-though is prohibited unless another layer of clothing that meets the dress code is underneath.

Pants/Skirts
Underwear shall not be visible.  Pants and shorts shall be worn at the waist. The wearing of tights, leggings, spandex, or bike shorts as stand-alone outer wear is not permitted.  Bathing/swimming wear, sleep wear (including pajamas), etc., worn as outer wear is not permitted.  Shorts and skirts must be of modes length defined as maximum of 3” above the knee.  Clothing that is sheer, ripped, or see-though is prohibited unless another layer of clothing that meets the dress code is underneath.

Footwear/Accessories
Students shall wear appropriate footwear for protection and hygienic reasons while on school grounds, participating in school activities, or on school transportation. Jewelry/accessories that disrupt the educational environment or pose a safety concern for the student or others are prohibited.[/expand]

[expand title=”Attendance Policy” tag=”h4″]Students are permitted five (7) days of absence per trimester. Any absences beyond five (7) days (regardless of reason) must be made up for the student to receive credit in the course.  Absences can be made up during Lunch Detention, After School Detention, and Saturday School and must be made up within two weeks of the absence.  Additionally, the final trimester test will count for 60% of the student’s grade in every class that a student has missed more than five days, even if the days have been made up.  Parents with students who have serious medical issues should contact the administration.  Truancies and sluffs cannot be made up.
Computer-generated letters are automatically sent to parents/students at the 4th absence, with a letter going out on the 6th, notifying the parent and student about the loss of credit. If a student receives NO CREDIT (NC) due to absences, it does not adversely affect the GPA; only an earned F affects the GPA. Loss of credit is based solely on a student not following school attendance policies.

Verified Absences:
Parents must contact the attendance office within three (3) days to verify absences. A student’s first day back is day 1. After the third day, the absence is considered a sluff/truancy.

Sluffs/Truancy:
A sluff/truancy is defined as a student missing class without verification after three (3) school days. Sluffs are considered truancy. Students who sluff receive appropriate consequences as defined in the discipline section below, including, but not limited to lunch detention, in-school suspension or community service.

Un-Verified Absences:
Students with excessive un-verified absences may be .referred for alternative placement, to Health and Welfare or the prosecuting attorney to investigate possible child neglect or habitual truancy under the provisions of Section 33-205 of the Idaho Code.[/expand]

[expand title=”Make-up Work” tag=”h4″]
Students are allowed to make up work for illness and school excused absences. Students have the number of days missed plus one additional day to turn in work.  Students who know they will be absent should request homework in advance of absences from their teachers.[/expand]

[expand title=”Closed Campus” tag=”h4″]A student may leave campus if:

  • signed out and accompanied by his/her parent/guardian; or
  • signed out and accompanied by a person listed in the computer as an emergency contact; or
  • the student has a court excuse.

Any student not signed out in the office will be considered truant.  We reserve the right to ask for identification before signing any student out.[/expand]
[expand title=”Check-In/Check-Out” tag=”h4″]
Students who arrive at school after the starting time will be expected to check in at the office.  Failure of the student to do so may result in the student receiving a truancy for the period(s) missed. 1st period tardies are unexcused except for verified medical or dental appointments.  Documentation from the doctor or the dentist must be provided.

Once students board a bus to come to school or after 8:00 a.m. when students arrive on campus, they are considered “on campus” and may not leave unless they are signed out. When checking out your student please allow ten minutes for our office staff to send for your student.[/expand]
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STUDENT SUPERVISION
The regular hours for the school building to be open on a school day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students who have reason to be in the building before or after this time must have a faculty member present with them for supervision. [/expand]

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Truancies/sluffs may result from:

1. Not clearing up absences within 3 days

2. Leaving campus without checking out

3. Leaving class without permission

4. Not being in your assigned place

Truant students or those that sluff will meet with the assistant principal with the following consequences:

  • 1st Truancy:   Notify parents by phone and/or letter.  Student will be assigned detention at least equal to time missed.
  • 2ndTruancy: Notify parents by phone and/or letter.  Student will be assigned In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension and informed of the consequences of a 3rd truancy.
  • 3rd Truancy:  Notify parents by phone and/or letter. Student will be assigned community service.  A meeting will be held with the parent/guardian to inform them and the student that a 4th truancy will result in a referral to the prosecuting attorney for habitual truancy.
  • 4th Truancy:  Notify parents by phone and/or letter.  Student will be assigned community service.  Student will be referred to the prosecuting attorney for habitual truancy.
  • 5h Truancy:  Student will be suspended until a meeting can be held with school administration to consider transfer to Jefferson Alternative School.

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[expand title=”Tardies” tag=”h4″]

Students are considered tardy if they are not in the appropriate class following the teacher’s classroom procedures when the bell rings. For every 2 tardies a student will be assigned 1 lunch detention. Upon the 4th tardy in one class or the 10th tardy in total, and for every subsequent tardy, the student will receive a day of In School Suspension or additional consequences as determined by administration. Students who are more than 15 minutes late to class will be marked absent.
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[expand title=”Detention and Absence Make-Up Time” tag=”h4″]
The following rules will apply:

  1. Students who create a problem will be excused from the session with no credit given for time spent.
  2. No visiting.  Students shall study quietly.
  3. No food or drink is allowed except with teacher approval.
  4. Transportation is the student’s responsibility but students can ride district transportation if available.  Request a pass from a detention supervisor.

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[expand title=”No-Shows to Assigned Detentions” tag=”h4″]

  1. First offense for an unexcused “No-Show” results in a meeting with administrator to schedule 2 detention sessions to be completed as soon as possible (Students may state a preference for specific date).
  2. Second offense for an unexcused “No-Show” results in being scheduled for one day of In School Suspension, to be served as soon as possible.
  3. Subsequent offenses result in days of Community Service.

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[expand title=”Community Service” tag=”h4″]

Community Service is assigned for infractions, including discipline and attendance.  When doing Community Service, students are expected to follow rules handed out at time of assigned service.  Community Service will be held at Rigby Middle School.

  1. Students report to the RMS office for Community Service.
  2. Students provide their own lunches to full day Community Service.
  3. Students may provide their own transportation or ride the bus.
  4. Follow all rules as stated in this handbook.
  5. No electronic devices are allowed during Community Service.
  6. “No-Show” to Community Service will be treated in the same manner as a failure to attend school.  Students will be marked truant and consequences will be given.
  7. A second “No-Show” to Community Service will result in suspension from school until a pre-expulsion meeting is held with the student, parent and administrator.

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715.0   STUDENT DISCIPLINE
715.1   Behavior and discipline

Maintenance of Orderly Conduct

The district, through its agents, officers and employees, is responsible for maintaining a safe, orderly environment for the process of education.  Students should conduct themselves in an orderly manner and comply with reasonable requests of school Personnel.  School personnel should, in turn, extend to students the same respect and courtesy which they as employees have the right to expect.  All school personnel are equally obligated to correct student misconduct in a consistent manner when students are under school jurisdiction.

A student whose misconduct interferes with the rights of other students or adults, or brings discredit upon themselves or the school district, will be disciplined in accordance with school district, local, and state rules and regulations as set forth.  The building administrator(s) are responsible for the application of consequences for student misconduct.

Student conduct that violates state or federal law will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Idaho Code provides for the power and duties of teachers and we, as a district, extend that responsibility to all district employees.

Powers and Duties of Teachers

“In the absence of any statute or rule or regulation of the Board, any teacher employed by the District shall have the right to direct how and when each pupil shall attend to his appropriate duties, and the manner in which a pupil shall demean himself while in attendance at the school.  It is the duty of a teacher to carry out the rules and regulations of the Board in controlling and maintaining discipline, and a teacher shall have the power to adopt any reasonable rule or regulation to control and maintain discipline in, and otherwise govern the classroom, not inconsistent with any statute or rule or regulation of the board.”
(Idaho Code)

Referral for Discipline

Class 1 offenses should be dealt with at the time and place of occurrence.  Referral to a school administrator or his/her designee should occur only if the misconduct persists after appropriate intervention of the teacher or other personnel, including the following:

  1. Regular notification, posting or discussion with students of expectations for appropriate behavior.
  2. Proper warning of the student about the misconduct.

Class 2 offenses will be dealt with at the time and place of occurrence.  Depending upon circumstances, the teacher or other personnel may involve the school administrator for help with disciplinary actions.

Class 3, 4, and 5 offenses will be immediately referred to a school administrator or his/her designee after appropriate action has been taken at the level of occurrence to rectify conditions if such action is necessary.

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[expand title=”STOP, WALK, and TALK” tag=”h4″]
Students who think they are being harassed or bullied should follow the school’s STOP, WALK and TALK procedure:
1. Tell the person who is harassing/bullying you to STOP.
2. WALK away from the person who is harassing you.
3. TALK to a teacher, a principal, staff member, or your parents about the problem.[/expand]

[expand title=”Discipline Levels and Consquences” tag=”h4″]
Incidents of student misconduct are grouped into five classes as set forth below:

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Class of Behavior Consquences
Class 1: Disruptive behavior in
classrooms, hallways, lunchrooms,
playground, bus, field tripsExamples:
*Running in the building
*Dress Code violations as contained in
district and school policy (including
Issues of offensive tattoos, …)*Devices/objects not allowed on school
property
*Loitering
*Littering
*Inappropriate/disruptive volume
(yelling, loud voice)
Verbal Warning/Reset Required
Optional consequences administered
at the discretion of school personnel:Written warning/ticket
Conference with the student and
parent notification
Natural consequences – whatever is
wrong, fix it (i.e.: littering violations
result in student picking up litter;
student brings inappropriate object
results in confiscation of object)

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Class of Behavior Consquences
Class 2: More serious disruptive
behaviorsExamples:
*Repeated Class 1 behaviors
*Profanity/Inappropriate language
*Deliberate non-compliance
*Disrespect for students and staff
*Disrespect for others’ property or
school property
*Cheating
*Defiance/Insubordination
*Lying/deceit
*Ridicule or name calling
*Public displays of affection
* Clothing Violation-Gang Symbolism
Ticket, incident report, or written
statement issued to student required
and parent notification is required
Administrator or teacher will make a
parent contact by phone, conference,
or mail
Optional consequences administered at
the discretion of the teacher and
administrator
Behavioral education or behavior
contracts
School counselor or school social
worker will confer with the student
and parents
In-house suspension, detention, after
school detention, or service hours

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Class Behavior Consequences
Class 3: Misconduct that could result
in personal injury or property damageExamples:
*Repeated Class 2 behaviors
*Obscene gestures
*Throwing objects
*Pushing/shoving (body contact)
*Kicking, hitting, spitting
*Stealing under $25
*Vandalism under $25
*Verbal threats to harm
*Fighting (first incident)
*Possessing or using matches/lighters
* Gang related drawings, writing or clothing
* Hazing, Harassment, Intimidation,
Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Menacing
Administrator will direct the following:School will report the misconduct to the
School Resource Officer or law
enforcement agency required when the
misconduct is a criminal offense
Administrator, school counselor or school
social worker, or designee will confer
with the student and parentsRepayment/restitution for damage causedIn-school suspension or detention
Optional consequences administered at
the discretion of the administrator:
*Out-of-School suspension
*Alternative education placements
*Behavioral contracts

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Class Behavior Consequences
Class 4: Severe misconduct, illegal
activitiesExamples:
*Repeated Class 3 behaviors
*Tobacco/smoking, chewing, alcohol
(selling, possessing, under the
influence)
*Inappropriate, unwanted touching
(“swirlie,” “de-pantsing,” sexual
contact, . . .)
Sexual harassment*Pulling the fire alarm inappropriately
*Fireworks
*Fights resulting in injury
*Vandalism (greater than $25)
*Stealing (greater than $25)
*Extortion
*Pornographic material including
computer accessed pornography
Administrator and Superintendent will
direct the following:Meet with student and parentIt is required that the school report the
misconduct to the School Resource
Officer or law enforcement agencyRepayment/restitution for damage causedSuspension with possible expulsionOptional consequences administered at
the discretion of the Superintendent and
AdministratorAlternative education placementsAppeal procedures for expulsions are
Outlined in Idaho Code.
See Drug Free Policy 717.2

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Class Behavior Consequences
Class 5: Illegal/Criminal BehaviorsExamples:
*Repeated Class 4 behaviors
*Threats with intent (the means) or
written threats
* Bomb threats
*Explosive devices
*Drugs or drug paraphernalia (selling
possessing, using)
*Weapons at school, look-alike weapons
*Rape/attempted rape
*Use of the internet for bomb instructions
School will report the misconduct to
the School Resource Officer or law
enforcement agencyAll misconduct in class 5 will be
Reported to the Superintendent of
Schools and reviewed by the School
Board.Immediate consequences may include
in-school or out of school suspension
with limitations imposed by Idaho
Code and School Board Policy.Administrators will make a
recommendation to the School Board
regarding expulsion.Appeal Procedures for expulsion are
Outlined in Idaho Code.
See Drug Free Policy 717.2

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When formal disciplinary action occurs, a student will be notified of the charges, allowed to respond to the charges, and when possible be informed in writing of formal disciplinary action, school officials will make contact with the parent or guardian in a timely manner.

Appeal Process

Students are encouraged to go to the faculty or administration to discuss problems or misunderstandings about a discipline issue.  To make a formal appeal regarding a discipline issue, the student should follow the procedure listed below:

For a class 1 issue: 

  1. Write down what happened and the reason for the appeal.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the person who assigned the consequence and the building administrator to discuss and review the issue.

For a class 2 issue:

  1. Write down what happened and the reason for the appeal.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the person who assigned the consequence and the building administrator to discuss and review the issue.

For a class 3 issue:

1.     Write down what happened and the reason for the appeal.
2.       Schedule an appointment with the building administrator to discuss and review the issue.
3.       To carry the appeal to the next higher level, schedule an appointment with the Superintendent.  The building administrator will also be invited to attend this meeting.

For a class 4 issue:

1.     Write down what happened and the reason for the appeal
2.      Schedule an appointment with the building administrator and the Superintendent to discuss and review the issue.  If law enforcement was involved at the time of the misconduct, the law enforcement officer will be invited to attend the meeting to report facts of the case.

For a class 5 issue:

1.     Appeal procedures for expulsions are outlined in Idaho Code.

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A student in special education is subject to the same disciplinary procedures as any student for behavioral consequences and short-term suspensions, approximately 10 days in a school year, unless noted differently in the student’s Individualized Education Plan.  Students with disabilities are guaranteed a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by federal laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  For students in special education, disciplinary measures must always take into account the student’s right to FAPE.  A student in special education may be suspended for extended lengths of time, beyond the 10 school days, or expelled if the misconduct is not related to education as defined in the student’s Individualized Education Plan and with access to the general curriculum.  The district will follow procedures for students with identified disabilities as defined by federal laws and the Idaho Implementation Manual for Special Education.  These procedures may involve:

  • Assessment of the student’s behavior (Functional Behavioral Assessment).
  • Design and implementation of a behavior plan that may alter usual consequences for misconduct, as well as, describe procedures to attempt to alleviate the behavior.
  • Manifestation determination to determine the relationship between the student’s misconduct and the student’s disability, when needed.
  • Placement in Alternative Educational Settings for weapons and drug violations.
  • Removal from school through a court injunction for behavior that is dangerous to the student or others.

When a student in special education breaks the law, the district will report the misconduct to appropriate law enforcement agencies.  Subsequent court actions may unilaterally remove the student from placement within the district.  When discipline of a student in

Special education results in removal from school for 20 or more days, the principal will notify the director of special education.

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[expand title=”Uniformity” tag=”h4″]
Each school in Jefferson School District #251 will comply with the provisions of this disciplinary policy, with due consideration to the age, maturity of the student, and circumstances that exist at the level of occurrence. The school principal will keep appropriate records on student misconduct and disciplinary actions taken.
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[expand title=”Goals of Rigby Middle School Violence Prevention and Intervention Program” tag=”h4″]

  1. To ensure the safety and well-being of both students and educators.
  2. To reduce the severity and frequency of and eventually eliminate all incidents of violence from the school setting.
  3. To eliminate the two persuasive attitudes that directly spawn and support violence in schools:  Entitlement and Intolerance.
  4. To create a safe, supportive, nurturing atmosphere highly conducive to learning.

Our goal at Rigby Middle School is to create an atmosphere which will encourage students and faculty to respect and protect each other.  The basis for our approach to discipline is a system of consequences when students make poor decisions and recognition when positive decisions are made. Gangs, hate-groups, and organizations or groups which advocate hatred or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin or handicap are not tolerated at Rigby Middle School.  The activities of such groups and their members are prohibited.

Such prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:  the congregation of members, the solicitation or recruitment of members, the possession of group paraphernalia and materials, the intimidation of others, the advocacy of discrimination, and any other behavior, such as wearing of gang colors or insignia and the use of language, codes, gestures that intimidate, provoke violence or seek to promote the purpose and objectives of such groups.  Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion.

Hazing, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Menacing

This occurs whenever anyone inflicts or threatens to inflict physical or emotional injury or discomfort upon another person’s body, feelings or possessions.  Incidents of violence or harassment, physical and/or sexual harassment or any unwelcome comment, foul language or gesture with regard to another person, their appearance, gender or race should be reported to the administration and or counselor.

 Idaho Code Sec. 18-3302D.  Carrying concealed firearms on school property.

It shall be unlawful and is a misdemeanor for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) to carry a firearm, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger, metal knuckles or other deadly or dangerous weapon concealed on or about his person while on the property of a public or private elementary or secondary school or in those portions of any building, stadium or other structure on school grounds which were, at the time of the violation, being used for an activity sponsored by or through such a school in this State or while riding school provided transportation…Persons who are found guilty of violating the provisions of this section may be sentenced to a jail term of not more than one (1) year, or if a minor, not in excess of one hundred-twenty (120 ) days in a juvenile detention facility, or fined an amount not in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or both.  Additionally, the board of trustees of a school district may expel any person violating the provisions of this section if the violator is a student.

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[expand title=”Expulsion” tag=”h4″]The Board of Trustees may deny attendance at any of the schools in the district to any pupil who is a habitual truant, or who is incorrigible, or whose conduct, in the judgment of the board, is such as to be continuously disruptive of school discipline, or of the instructional effectiveness of the school, or whose presence in a public school is detrimental to the health and safety of other pupils.[/expand]

[expand title=”Counselors” tag=”h4″]Students wishing to see a counselor are encouraged to stop by the office or see one of the Counselors in Room 20 across from the gym.  Students involved in an emergency should seek assistance in the office.[/expand]

[expand title=”Change of Teacher Request” tag=”h4″]

Our class sizes are extremely large and all classes have been evened out as much as possible before school starts.  As a school we recognize that at times a teacher change is a necessity.  If you desire a change, please follow the following steps.

  1. Write a detailed explanation as to why your child needs to have a teacher change.
  2. Turn the letter into the main office.
  3. The office staff will set up an appointment for you with the principal so that you can discuss your concerns as well as meet with the teacher you are concerned about.  At the meeting a decision with be made as to whether or not a schedule change can be made.  [/expand]

[expand title=”Change of Elective Class” tag=”h4″]

When placing your students into an elective class, we look at the choices that your student has picked.  Students receive their electives according to what they have chosen.   The majority of electives that we offer are filled when school starts, thus making it difficult for schedule changes.  If a student desires an elective change the following steps will be followed.

  1.  The student/guardian must fill out a change of elective form (available from counselor) and deliver it to the counselor’s office
  2. If the request can be granted the counselor will call in your student and give him/her a new schedule.  Please understand that classes are extremely full.[/expand]

[expand title=”Parent-Teacher Communication” tag=”h4″]

Parents should never be in doubt about their child’s progress.  Parents can check the student’s progress anytime on PowerSchool, weekly emails from PowerSchool and report cards. Weekly computer generated phone calls will be made to parents whose students currently have a D or F grade in one or more of their classes.  If parents still have questions or feel that there has been a misunderstanding, they may call the school for an appointment with the teacher, counselor, or administrator.  Students who wish to talk with a teacher about any problem should request a conference with the teacher at a time convenient to both parties.  Please talk to an administrator if you need additional help communicating with a teacher.  [/expand]

[expand title=”Requesting Homework” tag=”h4″]

Homework requests must be called in at the beginning of the day in order for teachers to be able to put homework together to be picked up by the end of the day.

Homework requests can be made when the student is absent 2 or more days.[/expand]

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Messages will be delivered to students until 3:10 only in case of an emergency that is explained to the secretary.[/expand]

[expand title=”Extra Curricular Activities” tag=”h4″]

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and students who participate are held to high academic and behavioral expectations.

  1. Students must meet State and District academic guidelines to remain eligible.
  2. Students required to serve suspension or community service will become ineligible for a period of time.  One class period/after school detention/hour of community service means a student will sit out one quarter (one game or match for sports without quarters).  One day of detention/community service means the student will sit out one game.  If a student is assigned more than one consecutive day of detention/community service, a meeting will be held to determine if the student will remain on the team.[/expand]

[expand title=”Spirit” tag=”h4″]

School spirit means loyalty to all functions of the school.  A loyal student supports the school and does his or her utmost to keep scholastic and activity standards at the highest possible level.  Courtesy toward fellow students, teachers, and visitors in our school shows class and maturity.  The ability to win and lose gracefully shows true sportsmanship.

  1. Appreciate the visiting team and treat their fans as guests.
  2. Accept the official’s decision as final.
  3. Support the cheerleaders with enthusiasm.  Cheer for our team and not against the visiting team.
  4. Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

Participation and involvement in school activities is a privilege.  Any student who exhibits poor sportsmanship at a school function will be required to leave the activity, and may be prohibited from further attendance [/expand]

[expand title=”Rigby Middle School Renaissance Program” tag=”h4″]

Rigby Middle School faculty and staff believe students who are making good decisions should receive positive rewards for their achievements.

The Renaissance Program recognizes students for “academic achievement” and for “appropriate student behavior”.  Individual students qualifying themselves for the following “category of achievement” earn the privileges offered through Renaissance.  The requirements are as follows:

 1.               Honor GPA (3.400 to 3.749) for the trimester
2.               High Honor GPA (3.750 to 4.000) for the trimester.[/expand]

[expand title=”Cellular Phones & Other Electronics” tag=”h4″]

Cell phones and other electronic devices have proven to be a significant disruption to classroom teaching.  Cell phones seen, heard or used during school hours (from 8:40 am to 3:40 pm) will be confiscated and returned only to parents.

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[expand title=”Lost Items and Personal Property” tag=”h4″]

Students and parents are hereby notified that Rigby MIddle School and Jefferson County School District #251 are not responsible for personal property of students.  Students are encouraged to take steps to secure their property and to use locks to safeguard their property.

Lost articles turned in to the office may be claimed upon proper identification.  We suggest that students place their names on items that they bring to the school.[/expand]

[expand title=”Medications” tag=”h4″]

“Over-the-counter” medications can be kept in a student’s locker for personal use only.

 Prescription medications must be signed in at the office by a parent.  The office will keep the medication and dispense it to the student.

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[expand title=”Lunchroom Policy” tag=”h4″]

A nutritious lunch is served in the cafeteria each full day at an affordable price.  Students who bring lunches from home may eat in the Commons Area.  Food and drinks will not be allowed in the halls or classrooms.  Clear water in a clear container is allowed.[/expand]

[expand title=”NIT Policy” tag=”h4″]

  • Parents will be notified.
  • Student will be isolated from other students.
  • Student will not be allowed to ride home on district school bus.
  • Before returning to school, parent will need to show receipt of commercial product and portion of container that the product came in.
  • There will need to be a home visit by health and/or school district officials to insure that the problem has been taken care of.[/expand]

[expand title=”Emergency Drills” tag=”h4″]

Emergency drills are an important safety precaution.  It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone obey orders promptly, clearing the building by the prescribed route.  The teacher in each classroom will give students necessary instructions for leaving the building or in the case of lockdowns, preparing the room.  We will practice periodic fire drills, intruder drills and lock downs throughout the year.[/expand]

[expand title=”Visitors” tag=”h4″]

All visitors to the school must check in at the office upon arrival.  After checking in, parents/guardians are welcome to visit classes and/or view the buildingOnly students registered at Rigby Middle School may be on campus during school time.[/expand]

[expand title=”Hall Passes” tag=”h4″]

Students in the halls during class time must have a hall pass with them.

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[expand title=”Accidents” tag=”h4″]

There is a possibility that a student may be injured during the school day.  In case of an accident, the following procedures will be followed:

1.     All accidents should be reported to the teacher in charge, or to the office.
2.     An accident report provided by the Principal’s office should be filled out on the day of the accident.

If medical attention is required, parents/guardians will immediately be notified and the correct procedure for the injury will be followed.
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[expand title=”Library” tag=”h4″]

The library shall remain a study area, and as such, must be quiet.  Students are encouraged to use the library for checking out books, magazines, resource materials, and for study.  Material checked out should be returned on time to allow others access to the same material.[/expand]

[expand title=”Locker Assignments” tag=”h4″]

Lockers are provided for the students as a service to help keep books, papers, and coats organized.  Students will be assigned lockers and must keep the assigned locker for the entire year.

The student’s locker assignment/agreement form must be visible on the inside locker door at all times.  Using lockers is a privilege and may be revoked by the administration for students who misuse this service.  Rigby Middle School reserves the right to open and inspect any of the school lockers at any time.

 Students may rent locks from the school to protect their personal items kept in school lockers.  They may also provide their own locks; however, the office must be given a key or the combination.   

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[expand title=”Skateboards” tag=”h4″]

Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles or similar objects may not be ridden on campus or on the sidewalks surrounding the school campus during the school building hours.  After building hours, use will be determined by the building administrators.

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[expand title=”Students with Disabilities Rights” tag=”h4″]

Students with disabilities and their parents have a number of rights and protections.  Questions or requests for assistance or information about services for students with diagnosed or suspected disabilities should be directed to the student’s school principal or Deborah Lund, the 504 coordinator, at 745-6693, 201 Idaho Ave., Rigby, Idaho 83442.[/expand]

[expand title=”Section 504/Title II Grievance Procedure” tag=”h4″]

Jefferson Joint School District has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II).  Both Section 504 and Title II prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

Complaints should be addressed to Don Bingham, Section 504 Coordinator, 745-6693, who has been designated to coordinate Section 504/Title II Compliance efforts.[/expand]

[expand title=”ANNUAL NOTICE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORD PRIVACY (FERPA)” tag=”h4″]

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

FERPA GIVES PARENTS CERTAIN RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION RECORDS.  These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.  Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students”.

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school.  Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records.  Schools may charge a fee for copies

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

  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.  However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:
  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Directory Information

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, participation in school activities, photograph, weight and height of athletic team members and dates of attendance.  The information is routinely disclosed for the purposes of graduation programs, newspaper articles, and other program related activities.  If you do not wish to have this information disclosed, please talk with your student’s principal and request in writing that the information not be disclosed to third parties.

If you wish to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of education concerning alleged failures of the district to comply with this policy, contact:

Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-5901[/expand]

[expand title=”ANNUAL NOTICE OF RIGHTS TO REQUEST TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS” tag=”h4″]

Our school receives federal funds that are part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  Due to this, you have the right to request information regarding your child’s classroom teacher’s professional qualifications.  If you request information, the district or school will provide the following information as soon as possible:

  • If the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subject they are teaching.
  • If state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher temporarily.
  • The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate.
  • If your child is receiving services in a federal program from a paraprofessional and, if so there qualifications.

If you would like to make such a request, please contact your child’s school.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.[/expand]

[expand title=”ANNUAL NOTICE TO PARENTS ON PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)” tag=”h4″]

Student and Family Privacy Rights

Surveys – General

All surveys requestingpersonal information from students as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students must advance or relate to the District’s educational objectives as identified in Board Policy.  This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.

 Surveys Created by a Third Party

Before the District administers or distributes a survey created by a third party to a student, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect the survey upon request and within a reasonable time of their request.

This section applies to every survey:  (1) that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the questions.

Surveys Requesting Personal Information

School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes ANY survey containing one (1) or more of the following items:

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
  3. Behavior or attitudes about sex;
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with who students have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian;
  8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may:

  1. Inspect the survey within a reasonable time of the request, and/or
  2. Refuse to allow their child to participate in any survey requesting personal information.  The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercise this option.

Instructional Material

A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may, within a reasonable time of the request, inspect any instructional material used as part of their child’s educational curriculum.

The term “instructional material,” for purposes of this policy, means instructional content that is provided  to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet).  The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Collection of Personal Information from Students for Marketing Prohibited

The term “personal information,” for purposes of this section only, means individually identifiable information including:  (1) a student’s or parent’s first and last

name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (4) telephone number, or (5) a Social Security; identification number. The District will not collect, disclose, or use student personal information for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose.

The District, however, is not prohibited from collecting, disclosing, or using personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions such as the following:

  1. College or other post-secondary education recruitment or military recruitment;
  2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;
  3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools;
  4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments;
  5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education related activities;
  6. Student recognition programs.

Notification of Rights and Procedures

The Superintendent or designee shall notify students; parents/guardians of:

  1. This policy as well as its availability from the administration office upon request;
  2. How to opt their child out of participation in activities as provided in this policy;
  3. The approximate dates during the school ;year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled;
  4. How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.

This notification shall be given parents/guardians at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy.

The rights provided to parents/guardians in this policy transfer to the student, when the student turns 18 years of age or is an emancipated minor.

If you wish to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of education concerning alleged failures of the district to comply with this policy, contact:

Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-5901[/expand]

[expand title=”Parent Involvement Policy 2421″ tag=”h4″]

In order to achieve the level of parent involvement desired by district policy, the following requirements and guidelines have been put in place. Each school shall development an annual parent involvement plan, in conjunction with parents and teachers, designed to foster a cooperative effort among parents, school, and community at the onset of each new school year. Each plan will outline activities in the areas outline under Guidelines in this policy and include an end of year report documenting the effectiveness of the school parental involvement policy.

Guidelines

Parent involvement activities developed at each school will include opportunities for:

  • Volunteering;
  • Parent education;
  • Home support for the child’s education;
  • Parent participation in school decision making.

The district and school will provide opportunities for professional development and resources for staff and parents/community regarding effective parent involvement practices.

Roles and Responsibilities

Parents

It is the responsibility of the parent to:

  • Actively communicate with school staff;
  • Be aware of rules and regulations of school;
  • Take an active role in the child’s education by reinforcing at home the skills and knowledge
  • the student has learned in school;
  • Utilize opportunities for participation in school activities.

Staff

It is the responsibility of staff to:

  • Develop and implement a school plan for parent involvement;
  • Promote and encourage parent involvement activities;
  • Effectively and actively communicate with all parents about skills, knowledge, and attributes students are learning in school and suggestions for reinforcement;
  • Send information to parents of Title I children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

Community

Community members who volunteer in the schools have the responsibility to:

  • Be aware of rules and regulations of the school;
  • Utilize opportunities for participation in school activities.

Administration

It is the responsibility of the administration to:

  • Facilitate and implement the Parent Involvement Policy and School Plan;
  • Provide training and space for parent involvement activities;
  • Provide resources to support successful parent involvement practices;
  • Provide in-service education to staff regarding the value and use of contributions of parents and how to communicate and work with parents as equal partners;
  • Send information to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

Cross Reference: Policy 2390 – Limited English Proficient Students

Policy 2391 – Migrant Education
Policy 2420 – Title I
Policy 3060 – Education of Homeless Students
Policy 3570 – Student Records
Policy 2422 – No Child Left Behind Parent Notification [/expand]

[expand title=”No Child Left Behind Parent Notification Policy 2422″ tag=”h4″]

No Child Left Behind requires that parents be informed about the school and district where their children attend. The policy outlines the required notifications to be distributed through student handbooks, written notification either electronic or paper, and websites. To the extent practicable the district and schools will make the information available in languages that will serve the parents’ needs.

Student Achievement

Before the start of each new school year, the district must provide parents information regarding the following academic areas:

A school report card outlining:

  • The adequate yearly progress status of their child’s school
    • Academic performance of the school using standardized assessments and other academic
    • indicators
    • The percentage of highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals

Right to know a Teacher’s or Paraprofessional’s Qualifications

At the beginning of each school year the district shall notify the parents, through a either the student handbook or written notification, of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of a student’s classroom teacher(s). Upon a parental request, the district will provide the parents with the following information at a minimum:

a. Whether the teacher has met the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

b. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status.

c. The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and any other graduate certifications or degrees.

d. Whether paraprofessionals provide services to the student and, if so, their qualifications.

The district must provide parents timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified and the options available to the parents.

The District must provide parents information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments.

School Improvement

The District shall promptly provide information and notification to parents who have students enrolled in an elementary or secondary school identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. The notification and information will include, as a minimum, the following:

a. The reasons for the identification;

b. An explanation of what the identification means and how the school compares in terms of academic achievement to other schools in the district and the state;

c. An explanation of what the school identified for school improvement is doing to address the problem;

d. An explanation of what the district or state educational agency is doing to help the school address the achievement problem;

e. An explanation of how the parents can become involved in addressing the academic issues that caused the school to be identified for school improvement; and

f. An explanation of the parents’ option to transfer their child to another public school with transportation provided by the district when required or to obtain supplemental educational services for the child if required.

Whenever the school fails to make adequate yearly progress and/or is restructured, the district shall provide the teachers and parents with an adequate opportunity to comment and participate in developing any plan related to the school improvement or restructuring.

For schools that are in needs of improvement, corrective action, or restructuring the district shall provide annual notice to parents with students attending those school of:

a. The availability of supplemental education services;

b. The identity of approved providers of those services within the district or whose services are reasonably available in neighboring districts; and

c. A brief description of those services, qualifications, and the demonstrated effectiveness of each such provider.

Parental Involvement

Parents shall be notified of the district’s parental involvement policy, in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

Federal Program

The individual directors supervising each federal program and the district federal program director will comply with all written notifications outlined by each federal program found in other sections of policy.

Student Records

See Policy 3570 – Student Records

Persistently Dangerous Schools

If the district is identified as a persistently dangerous school, the district must, in a timely manner:

1. Notify parents of students attending the school that the state has identified the school as persistently dangerous.

2. Offer all students the opportunity to transfer to a safe public school within the district. If there is not another school in the district, the district is encouraged, but not required, to explore other options such as an agreement with a neighboring district to accept transfer students.

Cross Reference: Policy 2390 – Limited English Proficient Students
Policy 2391 – Migrant Education
Policy 2420 – Title I
Policy 2421 – Parent Involvement
Policy 3060 – Education of Homeless Students
Policy 3570 – Student Records

Legal Reference: Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C.
§§ 6301-6514, as implemented by 34 CFR parts 200, 201, 203, 205, and 212
Improving America’s Schools Act,
P.L. 103-382, § 1112 Local Education Agency Plans
P.L. 107-110, “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,” Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, § 1118[/expand]

[expand title=”Uniform Grievance Procedure Policy 3210″ tag=”h4″]

All individuals should use this grievance procedure if they believe that the Board, its employees or agents have violated their rights guaranteed by the State or federal constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy.

The District will endeavor to respond to and resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure and, if a complaint is filed, to address the complaint promptly and equitably. The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies, and use of this grievance procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to the pursuit of other remedies.

Level 1: Informal

An individual with a complaint is encouraged to first discuss it with the teacher, counselor, or building administrator involved, with the objective of resolving the matter promptly and informally. An exception is that complaints of sexual harassment should be discussed with the first line administrator that is not involved in the alleged harassment.

Level 2: Principal

If the complaint is not resolved at Level 1, the grievant may file a written grievance stating: 1) the nature of the grievance and 2) the remedy requested. It must be signed and dated by the grievant. The Level 2 written grievance must be filed with the principal within sixty (60) days of the event or incident, or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.

If the complaint alleges a violation of Board policy or procedure, the principal shall investigate and attempt to resolve the complaint. If either party is not satisfied with the principal’s decision, the grievance may be advanced to Level 3 by requesting in writing that the Superintendent review the principal’s decision. This request must be submitted to the Superintendent within fifteen (15) days of the principal’s decision.

If the complaint alleges a violation of Title IX, Title II, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or sexual harassment, the principal shall turn the complaint over to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator who shall investigate the complaint. The District has appointed Nondiscrimination Coordinators to assist in the handling of discrimination complaints. The Coordinator will complete the investigation and file the report with the Superintendent within thirty (30) days after receipt of the written grievance. The Coordinator may hire an outside investigator if necessary. If the Superintendent agrees with the recommendation of the Coordinator, the recommendation will be implemented. If the Superintendent rejects the recommendation of the Coordinator, and/or either party is not satisfied with the recommendations from Level 2, either party may make a written appeal within fifteen (15) days of receiving the report of the Coordinator to the Board for a hearing.

Level 3: Superintendent

Upon receipt of the request for review, the Superintendent shall schedule a meeting between the parties and the principal. The parties shall be afforded the opportunity to either dispute or concur with the principal’s report. The Superintendent shall decide the matter within ten (10) days of the meeting and shall notify the parties in writing of the decision. If the Superintendent agrees with the recommendation of the principal, the recommendation will be implemented. If the Superintendent rejects the recommendation of the principal, the matter may either be referred to an outside investigator for further review or resolved by the Superintendent.

If either party is not satisfied with the decision of the Superintendent, the Board is the next avenue for appeal. A written appeal must be submitted to the Board within fifteen (15) days of receiving the Superintendent’s decision. The Board is the policy-making body of the school, however, and appeals to that level must be based solely on whether or not policy has been followed. Any individual appealing a decision of the Superintendent to the Board bears the burden of proving a failure to follow Board policy.

Level 4: The Board

Upon receipt of a written appeal of the decision of the Superintendent, and assuming the appeal alleges a failure to follow Board policy, the matter shall be placed on the agenda of the Board for consideration not later than their next regularly scheduled meeting. A decision shall be made and reported in writing to all parties within thirty (30) days of that meeting. The decision of the Board will be final.

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[expand title=”Education of Homeless Children Policy 3060″ tag=”h4″]

Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless child has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other students. The trustees must assign and admit a child who is homeless to a school in the District regardless of residence and irrespective of whether the homeless child is able to produce records normally required for enrollment. The trustees may not require an out-of-District attendance agreement and tuition for a homeless child. The Superintendent or designee shall review and revise rules or procedures that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless children and youths. In reviewing and revising such procedures, consideration shall be given to issues concerning transportation, immunization, residence, birth certificates, school records, and other documentation.

Homeless students shall have access to services comparable to services offered to other students, including but not limited to:

1. Transportation services;
2. Educational services for which the student meets eligibility criteria (e.g., Title I);
3. Educational programs for children with disabilities and limited English proficiency;
4. Programs in vocational and technical education, as well as programs for gifted an talented students; and
5. School nutrition program.

The Superintendent or designee shall give special attention to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless children and youths not currently attending school. The Superintendent or designee shall appoint a liaison for homeless children.  A “homeless child” is defined as provided in the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. A complaint regarding the placement or education of a homeless child shall first be presented orally and informally to the District’s homeless liaison/coordinator. Thereafter a written complaint must be filed in accordance with the District’s Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Cross Reference: 3210 Uniform Grievance Procedure
Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. § 11431, et seq. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act
I.C. § 33-1404 Districts to Receive Pupils

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[expand title=”CREDIT POLICY” tag=”h4″]

The purpose of the credit system is to create a process through which students earn promotion to the next grade level, giving the students more accountability and responsibility for their education.  It is important to remember that progressing to the next grade level is not automatic; students must earn the right through successful completion of Rigby Middle School’s credit requirements.

Possible Credits (All Grades)

Mathematics 1 credit per trimester
Language Arts 1 credit per trimester
Science 1 credit per trimester
Social Studies 1 credit per trimester
Electives 2 credits per trimester
Advisory 1 credit per year

Requirements
Students will be required to earn 85% of the possible credits each school year, which is equivalent to earning 16 out of the possible 19 credits.  Students will not be allowed to lose credit for more than one trimester in each core area.  Final grades/percentages earned in a course must equate to a C- or 70% in order for a student to earn credit.

Loss of Credit Due to Absences and Tardies
Students must clear all absences with parent notes or phone calls.  Students are limited to five (5) absences in any given trimester.  Upon the 6th regular excused absence, the student loses credit.  Tardies occur when the student is not following teacher classroom procedures when class starts.  Students are limited to seven (7) tardies per class in any given trimester.  Upon the 8th tardy, the student loses credit.  A tardy may be erased by completing an after school detention or Saturday School.

Recovery Options
Summer school or other approved and accredited options.  See the school counselor for details.

Retention
In the event that a student does not successfully meet the requirements of the credit system by the beginning of the next school year, the student will not be promoted to the next grade level until the requirements are met.[/expand]

[expand title=”School/Parent/Student Compact” tag=”h4″]
Under the No Child Left Behind Act 2001 schools that receive Federal Title 1 funds must establish a School Compact outlining the roles and responsibilities of students, parents, and teachers.  Your child’s school participates in the Federal Title 1 program.  Please carefully read and sign this document and return it to the school.

School Responsibilities

In order to see that each student is successful, the school agrees to:

  1. Develop and review the School/Parent/Student Compact jointly with parents and teachers annually.
  2. Provide a safe and supportive environment to learn and succeed.
  3. Provide a high-quality curriculum that is aligned to Common Core State Standards.
  4. Provide communication through progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, and other means of communication.

Principal Signature: ________________________________   Date:_______________________________

Teacher Responsibilities

As a professional educator, I believe all students need an environment that is conducive to learning.  In order to provide this environment, I will:

  1. Be prepared to teach, listen, and help each child grow to his or her fullest potential.
  2. Provide meaningful and appropriate lessons correlated with the Common Core State Standards.
  3. Teach and train students to meet my classroom rules and expectations.
  4. Enforce my classroom and school rules fairly and consistently.
  5. Maintain open lines of communications with students and their parents.
  6. Provide frequent reports to parents on students’ academic progress and assessment.

Teacher signature:_________________________________  Date:________________________________

Student Responsibilities

In order to be successful in school, I agree to:

  1. Be on time to school.
  2. Have all my supplies ready to use every day.
  3. Have my homework finished.
  4. Obey all school and classroom rules.
  5. Show respect for myself, my school, and other people.
  6. Accept responsibility for my own behavior.
  7. Participate in class activities and learning.

Student Signature: _________________________________  Date:________________________________

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

In order to support my child’s success in school, I will help him/her by doing the following:

  1. Make every attempt to have my child arrive on time and attend school regularly.
  2. Support the school discipline policy.
  3. Set aside a time and place for homework and review my child’s work with him/her.
  4. Communicate with teachers regularly.
  5. Participate in the school by volunteering and support my student’s classroom and school.
  6. Send my child to school ready to learn by providing:
    • consistent and age appropriate bedtime
    • nutritious breakfast
    • appropriate clothing for weather conditions
    • necessary school supplies

Parent Signature: __________________________________  Date:________________________________

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[expand title=”RECEIPT OF HANDBOOK” tag=”h4″]

I have received or downloaded a copy of the Rigby Middle School Student/Parent Handbook for the 2013-14 school year.

I understand that the handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the school year.

I understand that all students will be held accountable      for their behavior and will be subject to disciplinary consequences outlined in the handbook.

Student Grade________________________________

Student Name (Printed)______________________________

Student Signature____________________________

Parent Signature_____________________________

Date__________________________________________

I have received or downloaded a(n):

(    ) electronic copy of the Rigby Middle School Student/Parent Handbook for the 2013-14 school year.

(    ) hard copy of the Rigby Middle School Student/Parent Handbook for the 2013-14 school year

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