Isna Wica Owayawa
Student /Parent Handbook
Isna Wica Owayawa (Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School)
PO Box 50
Oglala, South Dakota 57764
PHONE: (605) 867-6875
FAX: (605) 867-5109 or (605) 867-1363
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School is a fully accredited K - 8 school by the state of South Dakota and AdvancEd.
When registering at Isna Wica Owayawa/Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School, the parent/guardian and student becomes a member of a team who agree to follow the codes of conduct set forth in this handbook.
RIGHT TO AMEND
The Administration of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time during the school year. If there is any conflict between this handbook and the Isna Wica Owayawa Policies and Procedures, then the Policies and Procedures Manual will supersede this Handbook.
This handbook was revised and approved by the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Board on ___26 July, 2016____ and the School appointed attorney on____1 August, 2016_____.
Table of Contents
5.1 Zero Tolerance Policy
5.2 School Rules
5.3 Security Guards Major School Rules
5.4 Minor and Major Infractions Immediate Expulsion
5.5 Immediate Expulsion
5.6 Recommendation for Expulsion
5.7 Damage to School Property
5.8 Sexual Harassment
5.9 No Bullying Policy
5.10 School Bus Rules
5.11 Additional Rules
5.12 Telephone Use
5.13 When It Is Not Written In The Rules
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School does not attempt to address every possible incident or issue that may arise during the academic year. This handbook is a useful guide to assist, students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators in making well informed choices and decisions for the most positive educational experience for all students at Loneman School.
A. MISSION STATEMENT
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School, in partnership with the Lakota Nation, will build, strengthen and preserve cultural values while empowering each individual to achieve a passion for education and lifelong learning in a changing global society.
B. VISION STATEMENT
It is the desire of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School to provide students with the most effective and supportive learning experience possible. As we look to the future and live out our mission, we envision:
C. BELIEF STATEMENTS
To help Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School remain focused on the Mission and Vision, we commit to the following belief statements:
About Students and Learning, we believe . . . .
About Teachers and Teaching, we believe . . . .
About Schools and School District, we believe . . . .
D. EDUCATION GOALS
National Education Goals
Goal 1: All children will start school ready to learn.
Goal 2: School completion.
Goal 3: Student Achievement and Citizenship.
Goal 4: Teacher Education and Professional Development.
Goal 5: Mathematics and Science.
Goal 6: Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning.
Goal 7: Safe, Disciplined, and Alcohol and Drug Free Schools.
Goal 8: Parental Participation.
BIA Funded School Goals
Goal 1: All students will read independently by the Third grade.
Goal 2: Seventy (70) percent of students will be proficient/advanced in Reading and Math.
Goal 3: Individual student attendance rates will be ninety (90) percent or better.
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge of their language and culture.
Goal 5: There will be increased enrollment, retention, placement, and graduation rates for post-secondary education.
E. GRADING/EVALUATION STANDARDS
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School shall seek, in its instructional programs, to make achievement in both recognizable and measurable outcomes, possible for all students. It will emphasize achievement in its processes of evaluating student performance. Grades are determined by class work, homework, test results, class participation, independent projects and portfolio collection. Grading will be done on a quarterly basis. Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students will be graded on a different report card that stresses the skills the students need to master in their grade level.
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F. HONOR ROLL
Students will receive recognition for academic achievement. Each quarter the honor roll will be tabulated and students will receive certificates for honor roll status. The following ways are in which students may achieve the honor roll:
*Grade points are figured by giving 4 points for an A, 3 points for a B, 2 points for a C, and 1 point for a D, and then averaged according to the number of subjects.
G. PROGRESS REPORTS
Teachers will send out weekly progress reports on the student’s academic and behavior status. Parents/guardians may schedule a meeting with their child’s teacher to discuss these progress reports. Teachers are generally available immediately after school or by appointment, which can be arranged by contacting the school office. (School phone numbers are listed on the back page of this handbook)
Formal grade reports will be given at the end of each quarter.
H. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Mid-Quarter Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled each quarter. The date and time of each conference will be announced one week prior to the event. Parents/guardians are welcome to meet with the teacher any time during the school year, not just during conferences.. Parents/guardians can call the school to schedule a time to meet with teachers.
L. STUDENT-PARENT-SCHOOL COMPACT
All students at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School are required to have a signed Student-Parent-School Compact on file each academic year.
Isna Wica Owayawa
(Required for ALL students)
The law requires all schools to implement a Parent/School Compact to insure a collaborative effort between the parent and school is being encouraged to promote and improve high student academic achievement.
As a student . . .
I promise to . . . I need . . .
**Attend school regularly **teachers and school staff who care about me
**work hard to do my best in class and schoolwork **people who believe I can learn and not give up on
**help to keep my school safe and clean me
**ask for help when I need it **schools that are safe
**be drug-free and alcohol-free **respect for my culture and me as an individual
**respect myself, teachers and staff **time with caring adults
This is my personal promise to my family and teachers. _______________________________________
Student Signature Grade
As a parent/guardian . . .
I promise to . . . I need . . .
**have high expectations for my child **teachers and support staff who respect my role as a
**help my child remain drug and alcohol free parent and caring adult
**help my child attend school and be on time **clear and frequent communication from the school
**find a quiet place for school work and make **respect for my culture, for me, and for my child as
sure work is done an individual
**help my child learn to resolve conflicts in **a community that supports families
positive ways **counseling for families
**respect school staff and the cultural differences **parenting activities that promote family learning
of others **classes to show me how to help my child become
**promise to be there for my child a high achiever
**attend at least one parent activity per month
This is my promise to my child and Isna Wica Owayawa. ______________________________________
Mother/Guardian Signature Date
Father/Guardian Signature Date
As a staff person . . . (Teacher, Support Staff, Administrator)
I promise to . . . I need . . .
**show that I care about all students **students who are ready and willing to learn
**have high expectations for myself, students, and **respect and support from students, families, other
other staff members staff and administration
**communicate and work with primary caregivers **assistance from staff and administration in removing
to support student learning barriers which prevent me from doing my best for
**provide a safe environment for learning students
**respect the cultural differences of students and families **respect and support from the community
**abide by the school drug and alcohol free policy
This is my personal promise to my students, their families, the ______________________________________
Community, and Isna Wica Owayawa. Staff Signature Date
Administrator Signature Date
At the end of each month, a calendar for the upcoming month will be sent home with the
students. The calendar will also be published in the monthly newsletter.
Supervision and the supervised school day begin at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. (unless activities are planned). Parents/guardians are asked to bring students to school only when supervision is available.
School Cancellations and Changes in the School Schedule
School cancellations and changes in the daily school schedule, due to severe weather, mechanical breakdown, or other serious reasons that cannot be anticipated, will be announced as soon as possible. Students and their parents/guardians are urged to listen to the following radio and TV stations for notification of school cancellation:
KILI (90.1 FM) Porcupine
KOTA (Channels 3, 4, 11) Rapid City
KEVN (Channels 5,7) Rapid City
KSDZ - The Twister (95.5 FM) Gordon
KCSR (97.5 FM) Chadron
KQSK (610 AM) Chadron
Isna Wica Owayawa/Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Facebook page
Remind 101 text notifications
Poor road conditions may necessitate that school starts one or two hours later than usual. The
same radio and television stations listed above will broadcast notifications of late starts in the
Early Dismissal of School
In the event that school must be dismissed early, due to changing weather conditions that pose
a serious threat, mechanical breakdown, or other serious reason, the school will make an
announcement on KILI radio. If parents/guardians will not be home for early dismissals, they
are urged to discuss and make prior alternative plans with their student(s) and to contact the
school with any changes.
School administrators will monitor classroom temperatures and school may be dismissed
early due to prolonged excessive heat. In this event, the school will make an announcement
on KILI radio.
1. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
1.1 Student Goals and Objectives
The Board will provide the educational and support services necessary for student learning
options and experiences that allow for maximum physical, mental, social, emotional, cultural,
spiritual, and professional growth and development.
1.2 Equal Educational Opportunities
Every student will have equal opportunities and access to all school activities, opportunities,
and support services regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, or
Daily attendance of all students is in accordance with State Accreditation Rules and
Federal Regulations. “Tardy” means coming to school late for the start of the school day; it
does not mean being late for every class or classroom throughout the remainder of the day.
“Lateness” means for a particular class or classroom other than at the start of the school day
which must be addressed by each respective teacher in each respective class or classroom.
To receive credit in a course or be promoted to the next grade level, in addition to complying
with minimum academic requirements, a student must be in attendance a minimum of
ninety-five percent (95%) of school within any quarter. Once a student has seven (7)
absences per quarter, the student’s attendance record will be reviewed by the School Board.
At the Board’s discretion, the student could be dropped from the school. If a student is
dropped due to attendance, it is the decision of the Principal to allow re-enrollment.
The school will notify parents when their student has accumulated 3 and 6 days of absences in one quarter. More specifically:
It is the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) responsibility to be at school on time; however, there are times when a student may need to be gone. Excused absences will be given for illness/injury/and medical appointments that are justified by a doctor’s statement. If a death in the immediate family occurs, that student will be given five (5) excused absences for the wake and funeral.
Absences that do not have proper documentation will be unexcused. A Tardy is defined as, “a student who arrives after 9:00 A.M. on a regularly scheduled school day. Lateness is defined as a student who arrives at school after 8:30 A.M but before 9:00 A.M. on a regularly scheduled school day. This does not include late starts or school cancellations. Students, parents/guardians are held responsible for being on time and ready to be a positive participant in education. Simply having a parent or guardian call the school does not justify an excused absence.
Any unauthorized absence from class(es) during the school day by a student, who was in attendance at school during any other class during that day, is considered skipping and that student will be in violation of a minor offense.
Students are required to have a pass when that student leaves and returns to each and every destination. Any student found off the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School campus, during school hours, shall be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action.
A student is truant if he/she is absent from the school during the school day without the knowledge or permission of his/her parent(s), guardian(s), teacher or respective principal. Disciplinary action will follow the procedures as outlined for minor offense, and law enforcement notified when required.
The parent(s) of each student admitted to school shall present certification from a licensed physician or authorized representative of the Indian Health Service that the student has been immunized against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, rubella, rubella, mumps, and tetanus, unless the parent or guardian is willing to certify that the student adheres to a religious doctrine whose teachings are opposed to such test and immunization. The school shall follow the requirements of the accrediting authority with regard to inoculating.
Note: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students must have their immunizations updated before the can start school. They will be sent home if their record file is not complete.
No student having a contagious or infectious disease or living in a house where such disease exists may attend school until permitted to do so by the attending physician. Examples of communicable diseases are scabies, impetigo, pink eye, and head lice*.
*If a student is found to have head lice, the parent is given three (3) days to clean the student’s head. If the student returns not cleaned, then the student will be sent home and the Department of Social Services will be contacted.
Students will not take medications, prescriptions or other drugs while at school unless such medicine is dispensed by a school official acting under specific written request of the parent(s) and under the written directive of the student’s personal physician.
The ultimate responsibility for dress and appearance of the student body rests with the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). The student’s dress should meet standards of health and safety, not be obscene, indecent or disrupt the educational process, nor wear clothing that promotes illegal substances and/or alcohol or gang activity. Caps, hats, hoods, bandanas, and scarves are not permitted during school hours or at school sponsored activities. “Rainbow” bracelets are not permitted.
Students will not smoke (this includes e-cigarette, vapor cigarettes, cigars, etc.) or use tobacco in any form or at any time during school or at school related functions.
Teachers will notify the respective counselor or principal of any students demonstrating dropout tendencies so resources can become immediately available to the student. Every student will be counseled as soon as he/she is detected to be a potential dropout and every effort made to improve the holding potential of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School.
Every staff member is responsible for assisting students in their problem-solving efforts, will serve as a resource for students and such matters will be approached with equity and consistency.
3. ADMITTANCE AND CLASS ASSIGNMENT
3.1 Entrance Age
Kindergarten students must be five years old by September 1st. The Kindergarten program utilizes the Brigance Assessment Tool for screening and placement purposes.
Parents or guardians may enroll their student(s) at the appropriate educational level during the school term under the following conditions:
In order to assure proper assignment in the class level best suited toward a student’s abilities, placement will be at the discretion of the Principal, working in cooperation with school counselors, teachers, and the parents or guardians.
Students may transfer to another school at the request and authorization of his/her parent or guardian. Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School is an educational institution and to transfer to a different school, for reasons of a personal nature, disrupts the educational integrity of the other students at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School.
Students may request to transfer to Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School at the beginning of a quarter. The cut-off point for accepting transfer students will be the 1st week of the first and second quarters. A transfer of credit, grades, attendance and/or special services will be required before a transfer student is formally accepted, along with a conference from the previous school.
The Principal has the authority to accept or deny the transfer request after reviewing the student’s records from the previous school. All required documents must accompany the transfer request.
New students will be on a probationary period for 30 school days in regards to appropriate behavior and/or passing grades.
4. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
4.1 Student Rights and Responsibilities
In order to maintain the integrity and values of the community and to promote the high ideals
of education, students are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct. By
enrolling at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School, students and parents/guardians agree to
abide by the rules and regulations that govern this institution.
Students are given the right:
12) To due process.
13) To file a grievance.
Students and/or Parents/Guardians are responsible to:
A student may be interviewed and/or searched and their possessions searched, if a reasonable suspicion is given that a student is in possession of a weapon or contraband, including but not limited to drugs and alcohol.
School administrators, security officers, and teachers have the right to question a student regarding their conduct and/or the conduct of others. Law enforcement and/or social service officers, without notifying parents, may interview students. Law enforcement may, at the request of the administration, conduct a canine search at any time.
A student has the right to privacy and security of person against invasion of personal property by school officials. However, if at any time, reasonable suspicion is given to possession of a weapon or contraband, including but not limited to drugs and alcohol, students may be searched. When a search is conducted on female students, a female employee shall be present. The ultimate purpose is to produce a safe and conducive environment for learning.
The Board believes each student will be given a chance to help develop the procedures, rules, and regulations, which affect students at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School. Student participation in decision-making is part of the educational process. Students, parents and guardians are welcome at Board meetings and will be granted the same privilege of speaking extended to the general public.
The school administration reserves the right to immediately suspend any student when, in its judgment, a student knowingly and deliberately exhibits behavior that endangers the life, health, and safety of that student or others, or that causes serious damage to school or others’ personal property.
4.5 Restraint of Students
Staff and teachers will be allowed to physically restrain students in extreme situations for the safety of that student and others.
Teacher(s) or any school official can require students to attend detention for educational and disciplinary reasons. Reasons may include but are not limited to negative classroom behavior toward the teacher and fellow classmates, unfinished assignments, tutoring, counseling services, truancy, destruction of school property, destruction of personal property, fighting, etc.
A student may be expelled immediately if there is any immediate threat to the health and safety of that student or others.
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School administration reserves the right to act immediately on what is determined to be the overall benefit of the student body and the staff.
Students are not allowed to drive to school or to school related activities. Students are not allowed to use any wheeled transportation during school hours or school related activities (bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller shoes, skate boards, go-karts, four wheelers, motorcycles, cars, trucks, pickups, etc.).
Law enforcement will be notified if students drive any of the above described vehicles to school.
5. SCHOOL RULES
5.1 Zero Tolerance Policy
The School Board and the Administration at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School support a proactive educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Behaviors that interfere with any student opportunity to learn, staff opportunity to complete assigned job duties, and/or any faculty opportunity to educate, will not be tolerated. Therefore, all faculty and staff are required to document negative student behaviors, on NASIS.
This policy is implemented with the desire to eliminate habitual negative behaviors that impede the educational goals set forth by Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School officials. Although this policy may not be specific to each behavioral incident that could occur, the following list will serve as a guide for implementing behavioral consequences.
Zero tolerance policy imposes automatic punishment for the following infractions and/or any infractions that are not sanctioned by the school officials:
1. Physical Fighting
2. Skipping Class
3. Failure to provide a hall pass when absent from the classroom
4. Sleeping in school
5. Violation of bus/school transportation rules
6. Violation of school rules during field trips
7. Wearing jewelry and/or clothing that promotes profanity, alcohol, and/or drugs
8. Failure to remove hats, hoods, caps, scarves, and/or headbands in the school building.
9. Use of any personal electronic device in the school building, including but not limited to; cell phones, tablets, iPads, iPods, radios, etc.
10. Possession and/or use of laser lights
11. Internet use in the computer lab that is NOT assigned by faculty
12. Offensive public displays of affection
13. “Sexting”, cyber bullying, and or bullying
14. Willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules, regulations, and/or direction from any school employee
15. Profanity and/or verbal abuse
16. Disruption of any school or classroom activity
17. Possession of any weapon, firearm, imitation firearm, lighter, matches, and/or any flammable substances
18. Smoking, possession of smokeless tobacco, vapor cigarettes, e-cigarettes
19. Use and/or sale of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia
20. Possession, sale, and/or being under the influence of any controlled substance, legal or illegal.
21. Robbery, stealing, and/or extortion
22. Willful damage to school and/or another person’s property
23. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, threats, terrorists threats, intimidation, hazing, hate violence
24. Obscene acts and/or gestures, vulgarity, gang signs, etc.
25. Violation of local, county, state, and/or federal law while enrolled at Loneman School
The Zero Tolerance Policy will be implemented as follows:
1. Students will be allowed 2 (two) documented warnings for any, or any combination, of negative behavior(s).
2. The third documented warning for any, or any combination, of negative behavior(s) will result in an immediate suspension.
3. The student will be suspended for 1 to 3 scheduled school days at the discretion of the Principal and/or Dean of Students.
4. Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom.
5. Any or any combination of three (3) documented warnings for negative behaviors after the first suspension will result in a second suspension for 3 to 5 scheduled school days.
6. Parent/Guardians will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will complete the appropriate documents requiring the student to utilize the services of the Counselor and Behavior Therapist, provided by the school, and for no less than 1 hour per week. Parent will also be required to accompany student in their classroom for TWO (2) days AND attend school offered ‘Parenting Session’.
7. Any or any combination of three (3) documented warnings for negative behaviors after the second suspension will result in expulsion. The student will be expelled for one academic year. As an example, students expelled in April will not be allowed to return until the following April.
8. Following an expulsion but prior to admitting the student back into a classroom, the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, Behavior Therapist, and the student at least 7 to 10 days before the first scheduled school day of their allowed returning month. The Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and the student will be required to present a personal behavior plan to the panel of school officials previously listed. It is the responsibility of the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) to schedule this meeting. Failure to schedule this meeting will result in final expulsion.
5.2 School Rules
A student is expected to adhere to reasonable standards of behavior and conduct in an acceptable manner while at school or school related activities. Any deviation from unacceptable behavior by the student may result in immediate disciplinary action by the Dean of Students and/or the Principal. Students are responsible for learning the following rules that govern the activities of the school environment.
5.3 Security Guards
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School has the right to use security guards for the purpose of major disruptions and to help maintain an environment conducive to learning. The security guards have the right to use physical force when deemed necessary. The security guards have the right to request assistance from any law enforcement agency.
5.4 Major/Minor School Infraction Definition
(Misbehaviors managed ‘on the spot’. Interventions implemented to address/correct minor offenses may be documented individually by staff)
(Are violations of school code which require the immediate attention of administrative staff. Interventions implemented to address correct major infractions are documented in NASIS)
Staying on task
Continued willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules and regulations, defiance
Getting teachers attention
Habitual profanity – verbal abuse
Accepting feedback &/or criticism
Disruption of school activity
Accepting ‘no’ for an answer
Controlled substance – under influence
Controlled substance – sale
Waiting your turn
Proper disposal of trash
Respecting each other’s personal space
Staying in designated areas
Following hall/classroom procedures
Using appropriate voice tone
Harass/threaten/imitate individual, groups, staff
Aid/abet physical injury
Damage to property
Drug paraphernalia – sale
Receive stolen property
5.5 Immediate Expulsion
Behavior, which may result in suspension and expulsion from school, include, but is not limited to:
Bodily injury, making threats of bodily injury, inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily injury through the use of a weapon or object that could cause serious bodily injury to any other student or staff member at the school, or serious sexual harassment.
5.6 Recommendation for Expulsion
The Principal will:
5.7 Damage to School Property
A student and their parent and/or guardian will be responsible for payment to the school for damage, whether negligent or intentionally, inflicted on school property by the student. This also applies to any school material not returned, or returned damaged. (textbooks, workbooks, library books, etc.) A means of payment may be an agreement to perform a certain amount of community service hours in lieu of money. This agreement must be made by the student, parent and/or guardian,, and the Principal.
5.8 Sexual Harassment
Harassment of any kind is not and will not be permitted at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School. Anything that continually disrupts the educational process for another student is harassment. Sexual harassment is a major offense and will be dealt with accordingly. All students have a right to a safe and secure learning environment. Consequences for sexual harassment will be immediate and a referral for counseling services by the Student Advocacy Program will be made.
Sexual harassment is unsolicited, nonreciprocal behavior by an employee or student which causes a student to submit to unwelcome sexual words, conduct, behavior, or activity of any kind, and fear that he/she would be punished for refusal to submit.
The school will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner.
5.9 No Bullying Policy
Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School has a non-tolerance for bullying. Bullying includes, but is not limited to:
1) Spitting at/on
2) Eye rolling
4) Starting rumors
6) Writing graffiti
8) Name calling
Students engaging in these activities will be counseled concerning appropriate behavior. Repeated infractions may result in other disciplinary actions.
5.10 School Bus Rules
To insure the safety of all students on the bus, the following rules will be implemented:
Students must observe instructions from the bus driver when leaving the bus.
Failure to follow these bus rules will result in loss of bus privileges. Failure to abide by these rules may result in loss of bus privileges for an extended period of time and it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to provide transportation to and from school for their student(s).
5.11 Additional Rules and Processes
These are some additional rules to help guide students. In general this applies to all grades.
Teachers and staff will regulate the consequences of failure to abide by the rules.
Students who continually fail to abide by these rules may be referred to the Dean of Students,
and/or the Principal.
The school phone is used primarily for school business. Teachers and students will be called to the phone only in emergencies. Phone messages will be given to respective parties. Student cell phones are strictly prohibited.
Sometimes an event may occur at school that is not specifically written in the rules. Even so, any behavior that is disturbing to that student and/or another student’s right to a free and appropriate education can be found to be a minor or major infraction based on the rule guidelines. Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School administration in congruence with the classroom teachers reserve the right to act upon any behavior that goes against a positive and conducive environment to learn, for all students.
6. CLASSROOM QUICK RESPONSE GUIDE
6.1 Severe Winter Weather
Teachers are responsible to prepare students to board buses when the announcement is made.
Teachers will assist students as they board their appropriate bus.
6.2 Lock Down Procedures
Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom. Once
safely inside the room, close and lock all windows and doors. Pull down the shades or close
the blinds. Direct students to stay away from doors and windows, use furniture for protection,
stay low, and remain quiet. Do not open the door for anyone until directed to do so by school
or emergency personnel after an announcement is made over the intercom.
6.3 Demonstrations/Civil Unrest
Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom. Close
shades if windows face the area of the demonstration.
6.4 Neighborhood Threat
Keep students calm. Be alert. Be prepared to shelter, dismiss or evacuate.
6.5 Power Failure
Transfer class to lighted room, if directed. Reassure students.
6.6 Bus Loading Procedures for Evacuation
Teachers are responsible for loading their students onto the buses as directed by the team
member in charge of loading. You may not be riding with your classroom group. Make a
list of all students on the bus with you. Supervise the students on the bus.
6.7 Pick Up Area Procedures
Teachers must work with team members to locate students as parents arrive. Supervise
students on the bus with you. Be alert to any medical needs of the students you are
6.8 Violence or Assault with Weapons
If the weapon is not in the room: Get all students in the classroom. Follow the lockdown
procedures. Instruct students to move away from door and windows. Use furniture for
cover. Lie flat and cover head, remain quiet. Calm the students.
If weapon is in the room: Get students out of the room, if possible. If students can’t leave,
order them to use furniture for cover. Make no attempt to disarm perpetrator unless he/she
willingly gives up weapon. Talk in a calm manner to the gunman. The adult needs to keep
the gunman’s attention on the adult. “Buy” time until law enforcement arrives. Do as the
6.9 Hostage Situation
Teachers will get all students into the classroom and follow the” Lockdown” Procedures. Follow the Evacuation Procedures if directed to evacuate. Take class list. Account for all students. Stay with students until they are picked up by parents or loaded on the buses to go home. Reassure students. Assist students to cope with fear and grief.
6.10 Bomb Threat
Inspect classroom area for unusual objects. If room is clear, report this to the office. If there
is a suspicious object in the room, DON’T TOUCH IT. Report the object to the office,
describing it and giving its exact location. Evacuate the room or building. Take student
roster. Lock the classroom door. Upon reaching a safe area, take roll.
Account for all students. Keep track of all students until they are signed out or loaded on the
buses to be transported home.
Prepare to teach in interim location without usual materials, texts, and equipment. Assist
students to cope with disruption and fears.
6.11 Death at School
Keep students calm. Discourage speculation and rumors. Refer grieving students to the
Counseling department. Assist students to cope with loss. Return classroom to normal
Have students duck and cover until explosions cease. Evacuate when and as instructed by the
principal or team. Take student roster. Close classroom door. Upon reaching safe area, take
Account for all students. Keep track of all students until they are sign out by the parents or
are loaded on the bus to be transported home.
Follow Evacuation Procedures. Do not exit toward smoke. Take student roster. Close all
classroom doors. Upon reaching safe area, take roll. Account for all students. Keep track of
all students until they are signed out or loaded on buses to be transported home. Help student
cope with loss and change.
6.14 Intruder or Disruptive Student
If Lockdown is ordered, lock door, keep students away from door and windows. Pull
shades. Reassure students that they are safe. Return classroom to normal operation.
6.15 Violence or Assault, No Weapons
Get all uninvolved students in classrooms and follow Lockdown Procedures. Give
students the opportunity to talk about the incident. Send strongly affected students to
counselors. Bring classes back to normal operation. Watch and listen for revenge activities
6.16 Evacuation Procedures
When directed to evacuate to safe area:
Teachers will tell students where to go before anyone leaves the classroom, take class list or
grade book, follow assigned evacuation path or evacuate as directed, upon arriving at the
safe area, take roll, notify school emergency team members of any missing student(s) that
were out of the classroom when you left, and notify team members if you have students with
disabilities that need extra help during the evacuation.
When school can be re-entered:
Teachers will return to room with students, take roll, report any missing students to team
member or the office, and report any extra student(s) to team members, so they can be
escorted to the correct classroom.
7. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students are encouraged to be involved in school related activities. In order for a student to
participate in any activity at the school, that student must meet the eligibility criteria as set
forth by the School Board.
Extra-curricular activities include, but are not limited to:
Eligibility for their respective class.
7.2 Incentive Trips
At times through the school year, incentive trips can be given to reward students for hard work. However, certain guidelines must be met during the specified time frame for a particular trip:
7.3 Student Clubs & Fundraisers
The Board encourages establishment of school clubs, which shall be organized with the approval of the respective principal.
All funds raised by organizations or clubs will be deposited into individual custodial accounts through the Business Office with the expenditures authorized by the sponsor. However, in all cases, the money raised shall remain in the ultimate control of the School and shall be expended for the benefit of the students, and may not be returned to the donors / fundraisers/individuals. No gambling or bingo activities shall be allowed to raise funds.
7.4 Student Volunteers
To promote the concept and value of Generosity, students will participate in the design and implementation of community service activities in the school and community to demonstrate their competency and commitment to assisting their community. The Board encourages the use of student volunteers in the educational program and in useful community services. Student volunteers should be able to carry the additional workload without interfering with their academic achievement.
Solicitations for donations and contributions from students are restricted to drives sponsored by student organizations. Organizations wishing to distribute materials in connection with fund drives may do so with the written approval of the Principal and are to remove any handbills or flyers from the school buildings and grounds in a timely manner.
The Board encourages the involvement of students and community members in activities that provide a positive image of students to community members. Students should perceive themselves as a valuable member of the community in which they reside, and should exhibit behavior reflective of the Lakota values.
8. STUDENT/PARENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES
8.1 Complaints and Grievances
There will be times when a student or a parent/guardian will have grievance about the Loneman School. Such grievances are separate from student discipline procedures. The purpose of this grievance procedure is to resolve complaints from a student and their parent or guardian informally within the framework of the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School and to ensure fairness and justice to all. If a student and their parent or guardian feel they have been discriminated against, believe their rights have been violated, or have any other grievances concerning school affairs or administrative decisions, a student may report this grievance in the following manner:
The respective principal is responsible for providing a hearing for any student and their parent or legal guardian who request a hearing. A hearing shall be held within ten (10) school days of the date of the incident unless the school shows good cause for scheduling the hearing at a later time. If need be that a hearing shall take place, it is the student’s and their parents or legal guardian’s responsibility to obtain a copy of the steps of a hearing procedure from the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School office. Copies of the Procedure process are available from the secretary in each respective building.
9. STUDENT RECORDS
9.1 Student Records
The Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School shall maintain complete permanent records on all students who are currently enrolled. These records shall be confidential except to authorized school administration and staff.
Student records may contain, but are not limited to, identifying data, academic work
completed, attendance data, standardized achievement test scores, health data, level of
academic achievement, scores of standardized intelligence aptitude, grades, psychological
testing, inventory results, and family background information. These records shall be housed
in an effort to prevent them from fire and theft.
A student and their parents or legal guardians have access to the student’s files and may also
request a change in the records if they feel the data is wrong. You may obtain a copy of this
process in the Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School office.
10. SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
10.1 Student Advocacy Program
Guidance and counseling services will be provided pursuant to the plan adopted by the
school. Counseling services will be provided by the appropriate school, community,
and tribal counselors to fulfill the requirements of tribal, federal and state law. Guidance
counseling records may not be released to parents, without consent of the student.
Certified personnel will administer tests designed to yield information on student’s achievement and ability. The school will administer standardized test to students, which are required by federal and state regulations. Parents/guardians will be notified in a timely manner of the results of the testing.
All instructional material including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary instructional material, which will be used in connection with any research or experimentation program or project shall be available for inspection by the parents or guardians of the children engaged in such program or project.
No student shall be required to submit without prior consent to psychiatric examination, testing, or treatment, in which the primary purpose is to reveal information concerning one or more of the following:
Library services will meet or exceed all applicable federal and state requirements. Library services will be provided pursuant to the schools adopted plan.
All students will be provided free of charge a daily breakfast and lunch meal pursuant to the adopted food services plan.
Within the requirements of federal law, students will be provided free transportation on the established bus route to and from school daily. The school shall not be required to provide transportation, which exceeds the requirements set forth by federal law. Students will be transported home during an emergency or early closing of the school. If a parent or guardian does not want their student transported home in either of these situations, the parent must make alternative arrangement and notify the school and the school shall notify the student’s teacher.
11. GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES
11.1 Change in Times
School cancellations due to weather, heat, maintenance, etc. will be aired on local radio
Stations, posted on the school's Facebook page, a Remind 101 text will be sent out and notes
will also be sent home. You may also visit our website at:
The school phone is used mainly for school business. Students should not need to use the phone except in an emergency. Parents will be notified in case of emergencies and other messages will be distributed as possible. The school phone number is 605-867-6875.
11.2 School Assemblies
All students will attend school assemblies, unless they are not age appropriate, or the student is absent. This includes our Monday and Friday morning prayer.
ISNA WICA OWAYAWA
STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK AGREEMENT
I am the parent/guardian of the following Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School students:
I have received the 2016- 2017 Isna Wica Owayawa Student/Parent Handbook. I understand that it is my responsibility to read and become familiar with the policies affecting my student(s). By the act of registering at Isna Wica Owayawa/Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School, a student and his/her parents/guardians agree to pursue the educational objectives and practices as stated in this handbook and to observe the disciplinary code of the school. Further, I understand that all norms and policies remain in effect for all students until and including graduation.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Isna Wica Owayawa Staff Signature Date