CODE OF CONDUCT “Life of a Logger”

Parent and Participant Disclosure Form

Program Approved Dec. 9,  2013, Revised Spring 2018

Program Philosophy

Students who become involved in clubs and activities generally get better grades and are less likely to drop out.  We encourage everyone to take part in life at Libby Middle High School. These activities are considered an extension of the school day, so all school rules are in effect and will be enforced. We are very proud of our school and the fine record and the accomplishments of our students.  Our participants will be helping us build on these fine traditions, so welcome to Logger Territory.  Students who choose to participate in activities will have greater expectations placed on them than the average student who attends LMHS.

Our school’s programs exist to provide activities through which students may develop mentally, physically, and socially in a competitive climate.  Unselfish participation and team effort is stressed to promote individual growth in attitude, confidence and self-discipline.  A winning attitude is essential for a successful program, but the reward for superior effort is of greater importance than winning itself.  Negative attitude, exemplified in apathy, poor sportsmanship, and blame finding, have no place in the school’s activities program. By adherence to these standards, we believe that the activities program can be a unifying force in the school and the community.  The following rules and regulations have been developed in conjunction with existing school disciplinary rules and procedures.  Participants must realize that they may be subject to both extracurricular activity discipline and, when applicable, school district rules.

Code of Conduct for Participants involved in all Activities

Because illegal activity is illegal on any date of the year and because poor conduct by participants should not occur any time during the year, Libby Schools can not condone or appear to be indifferent towards these behaviors at any time.  But the fact of the matter is that we are only able to govern such behaviors during the school year, when students are under our supervisory care. All of the rules that are outlined in this policy will be strictly enforced (for all participants in or out of season) from the first day of practice in August until the last day of school.  A “participant” is defined as any athlete who is actually involved in playing a given sport.  Being a member of the team, but not participating (managers, filmers, statisticians, ect.) are bound by the same Code of Conduct Rules, but consequences for their infractions will be dealt with on an individual basis that is different than the actual participants.  The following headings are considered unacceptable behavior for anyone participating in all activities and are to be enforced by the coaches/sponsors, local law enforcement and the administration.  These rules are enforced for the duration of the school year and are cumulative for the participant’s high school career.  Appeals are to be made to the appropriate administrator who will designate an appeal board made up of coaches from other sports, a school board representative and administration.

 

I. Cyber Imaging/Electronic Devices Guidelines

Any identifiable image, photo, or video that implies a participant has been in the possession or presence of, or portrays the actual use of alcohol or drugs, or out-of-character behavior/crime, shall be considered confirmation of a violation of the code of conduct.  If there is no way to establish a time frame when or where an image was taken, it shall be the responsibility of the participant to provide proof of time and place when called upon to do so.

Furthermore, any Libby participant who  uses an electronic device to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, or offend another person or who uses obscene, lewd, or profane language; suggests a lewd or lascivious act, or threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to a person or the property of a person will have violated the code of conduct.  These actions are a violation of Montana Code Annotated 45-8-213 and will be turned over to the school administration.

In addition to the possible penalties served by law enforcement, the participant will serve, as a minimum, a level two consequence.  Depending on the severity of the infraction a participant may also be rendered a level three consequence as determined by LMHS administration.

 II.  Alcohol, Tobacco, or Illegal Substances Use or Possession

Note: The policy recognizes specific doctors prescribe medications based upon an individual’s needs.

If a participant uses or is in the presence of alcoholic beverages OR illegal substances, he/she is in violation of the Logger Code of Conduct.  Participants cannot remain at a gathering where illegal drugs or alcohol are present. If a participant shows up to a party and discovers these activities occurring, he/she is expected to leave immediately. If he/she remains at the gathering, the consequences will be enforced.  The use of chewing tobacco and smoking is illegal for most participants and will be treated as such for all students in this policy (even if you are 18 years old).  It is not a healthy choice and does not represent the Life of a Logger.  Though being in the presence of  those using tobacco or smoking is not advised, it does not carry the same penalties as being at a party.  These are level three offenses (see consequence table).

III. Other Behavior Not Specified

Any conduct not specified in this disclosure form as determined by a consensus of sponsors/coaches and administrators will warrant consequences.  Consequences for these infractions will vary depending on the severity of  the act, (minor, major, or severe).  See the consequence table.  

IV. Season Length/Athletic Career

A particular activity season begins with the first practice as defined by MHSA guidelines. The season does not end until all equipment is returned and the participant’s other obligations are fulfilled. A participant must complete the season in good standing in order to be eligible for honors and awards given for that activity. A student’s athletic career starts the first day he/she chooses to go out for a sport.  The Life of a Logger rules will be strictly enforced from that day forward.  Any previous code of conduct violations prior to participating will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis administratively.  The administration has the right to create a probationary behavioral contract for any participant that might have exhibited conduct unbecoming during their high school years while not participating in sports. This may also apply to a transfer student who has experienced the same conditions.

Off Season “Opt In” pledge (Summer Program): The summer months must be supervised by the student participant’s guardians.  For the Life of a Logger to be effective, all parties must commit to helping keep our participants on the right path, which means living a clean and positive lifestyle.  Since the school policy does not cover the summertime, the students may choose to “opt in” to the Life of a Logger by pledging to abstain from any illegal activities outlined in the code of conduct during the summer and to commit to working to improve their skills by actively participating in the GREAT Sweat Out conditioning program and/or attending summer camps.   Their guardians would be responsible for helping to monitor the participant’s activities and for being willing to turn him/her over to the school’s administration if any violation occurs.

V. Family Night 

The school district is committed to minimizing conflicts with family activities.  Wednesday night is acknowledged as Family Night.  Libby High School will make every effort to restrict school contests, activity competition, band concerts, etc., on this evening.  Currently athletic practices are scheduled on a rotating basis on Wednesday night due to limited gym space and to minimize any conflict with family night activities.  Coaches are most willing to cooperate with participants in meeting their individual obligations.  You are encouraged to discuss personal practice conflicts with your coach, with the understanding that missing practice for family obligations on Wednesday nights will not be held against players by the coaches.

VI.  Attendance Issues

Participants must attend school the entire day of any activity or practice in which they plan to participate. If a participant is too sick to be in school, they should not attend practice that day! If a parent/guardian needs to take a student out of school on a practice day, they should excuse the absence through the front office.  The participant should then tell his/her coach about missing school and give the reason why.  If a student comes to school late due to illness and wishes to practice, he/she must clear it with administration as soon as they get to school before they will be allowed to practice.  If a student misses class on the day of an event or the day the team is leaving for an event they will not participate that day.  If a student must miss school on game day, the parents/guardian must call the administration PRIOR to the absence to get it excused.  Please contact Mr. Germany at 293-1913 if last minute situations arise.  

VII.  Travel

At no time will participants be released to travel with anyone other than parent/guardian or another parent of a participant as designated without written permission.  All requests by must be approved by the coach/sponsor, and in some cases administration, prior to the departure. No student vehicles and/or student drivers will be allowed on school-sponsored activities.

VIII.  Academic Eligibility

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the likelihood of a high school student going on to participate in college or professionally is minutely remote (only 2 % go on to college athletics).  It is much more likely that student-athletes will have a career outside of athletics.  Therefore, it is expected that Libby student-athletes excel in the classroom first before excelling on the field, court, or performance arena.  A student athlete is expected to pass all classes every semester, but semester eligibility is guided by the MHSA rules concerning eligibility of students. MHSA rules are available at LMHS (or online at mhsa.org), but in simple terms it states that all student athletes must pass 20 hours of instructional studies (pass 4 of 7 classes) to be eligible for activities for the next semester.

Students who commit to being a participant in the activities offered by Libby Middle High School will also be required to maintain a 2.0 WEEKLY GPA

Procedure for monitoring grades:

1- Teachers will enter their weekly grades by the end of the day on Fridays and grades will be checked every two weeks.

2- On Mondays, those students whose GPA is below a 2.0  will be notified that they are starting their two-week  academic probationary period.  While on probation, they will be responsible for turning in an updated grade sheet to the office to show that they are making progress with their grades.

5- After the two-week probationary period, students will be ineligible on a week-to-week basis. The week starts on Monday, which means that they they will be eligible (or ineligible) the following Monday.

Please Note: Although it is the student participant’s responsibility to improve his/her grade to a satisfactory level, interventions may be implemented for those students who continue to struggle to maintain a 2.0 GPA due to academic deficiencies.  They MAY be placed on an individual academic plan such as an “Effort Grade Contract” for their classes that will outline specific expectations to adhere to, which will allow him/her to remain eligible. Coaches and sponsors may also develop additional rules governing participants that are sport specific.


CONSEQUENCES/ Penalty Points

Level 1 Violations: (1 point per violation)

Minor degree of conduct unbecoming a Logger.  Some examples of these offenses are numerous refocuses, Red Cards, office referrals, low degree bullying/harassment, minor insubordination or defiance, and/or inappropriate comments/actions, etc.  Most of these issues are outlined in the school’s handbook and will be tracked through our school’s disciplinary systetroym.

Consequences for these infractions will vary from sport to sport and will be handled by the coaches.

Level 2 Violations: (3 points per violation)  

Major degree of conduct unbecoming a Logger.  Participants will move to a Level 2 by accumulating three or more Level 1 points or by engaging in actions that are considered major offenses.  Some examples of these offenses are high degree bullying/harassment, assault or mutual fighting, major insubordination or defiance, etc.

Consequences for Level 2 violations could include not starting a game or sitting out a minimum of half of a game or one match but may vary depending upon the sport and the severity of the offense(s).

Level 3 Violations: (7 points per violation)  

Severe degree of conduct unbecoming a Logger. Participants will move to a Level 3 by accumulating seven or more points under the other levels or by engaging in any illegal activities (drinking/drugs, smoking, theft, etc.).  Any extreme conduct that endangers a participant or his/her peers OR is deemed to be excessive by the administration may result in an immediate termination of an athlete’s career.  

Consequences for Level 3 violations will start with a suspension from that activity for a minimum of five calendar days up to period of 15 calendar days, with a minimum of one competition or performance.  This is excluding summer vacation (summer vacation ends with the beginning practices for fall activities). The days suspended will be sport specific due to varying lengths of season and number of total competitions.  The days of suspension will carry over from season to season if necessary.  This suspension will begin the day the participant reports the infraction to his/her coach or the administration.  It will include competition and travel with activities, but they will be allowed to practice with the team or group while suspended.

Second Violation (or 14 accumulated points):

Suspension from all activities for a minimum of 30 calendar days up to period of 45 calendar days excluding summer vacation (summer vacation ends with the beginning practices for all activities).  This suspension will include competition and travel with activities.  The student may be allowed to practice with the team or group depending on length of season remaining. The suspension days will carry over from season to season if necessary.  If the violation is alcohol or drug related, they must enroll and successfully complete an approved drug/alcohol education program.  A favorable recommendation from the program coordinator is necessary before the student is allowed to return to participate in the activities programs.  The cost of enrollment in this program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Third Violation (or 21 accumulated points):

Expulsion from from all activities at LMHS for the remainder of their middle/high school career.

Restorative Justice

It is important to remember that all Logger activity participants are human and make mistakes.  Our goal is to help guide the participants involved in Logger activities through the mistakes they may make during their high school years by allowing them to turn the negative decisions they make in life into positive life-long learning experiences. Restorative Justice is a procedure whereby participants can erase the “Penalty Points” that they have incurred due to code of conduct violations. With the participant's head coach’s approval they will write a formal proposal that outlines the manner in which they will choose to restore their name and present it to the Life of a Logger appeal board made up of coaches of other activities, administration, and a school board representative. All Level 1 and 2 penalty points may be reduced or erased through Restorative Justice, but Level 3 (severe) infractions cannot be erased from a student's record for the duration of their high school career. For example, if an athlete gets an MIP their Freshman year and then again their Junior year, it would constitute a second “severe” violation and result in a 30-to-45 day suspension from activities.  

The proposal should outline the lesson learned from his/her experience and what actions he/she will complete to restore his/her name.   The review board will determine if a reduction in suspension is warranted and/or how many points will be subtracted from the participant’s record.  After verification that his/her commitments have been met, he/she will lose any points he/she has accumulated. The Logger Review Board’s decision will be enforced by the LMHS administration.  The only appeal of their decision is to the Superintendent and eventually to the Board of Trustees.  

  Here is an outline of possible ways participants can earn back points: