DESERT OASIS HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2015 - 2016

Student Name: ______________________________________________________

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PRINCIPAL

Russell Kovalenko

COUNSELOR

Ruth Alvarado

ADDRESS

825 East Ash St

Othello, Washington 99344

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Main Office - 488-4534

Office Manager – 488-4534, Ext. 1801

Food Service/Menu – 488-3351, Ext. 2030

Othello School District Transportation & Maintenance Office – 488-3741

School Closure/Delay – 488-4862

OHS Activity Information – 488-4868

Activity Bus Arrival Times – 488-4861

Othello School District Office – 488-2659


SCHOOL CALENDAR 2015-2016

August 27        First Day of School

September 7                       Labor Day – No School

November 5          Fall Conferences – No School

November 6         2 Hour Late Start - Conferences

November 11        Veteran’s Day– No School

November 25-27        Thanksgiving Vacation – No School

December 21 – January 1        Winter Vacation – No School

January 18        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

February 12-16        Presidents’ Day/Mid-Winter Break – No School

March 31        Winter Conferences – No School

April 1        2 Hour Late Start - Conferences

April 4 - April 8        Spring Break – No School

May 27 - 30        Snow Day/Memorial Day – No School

June 3        OHS Graduation

June 7        Desert Oasis Graduation

June 9        Last Day of School

COLLABORATION DAYS – 1.5 -HOUR EARLY RELEASE DATES

Every Wednesday except for dates that state testing is required.  This schedule is subject to change when/if the state adjusts testing windows or testing schedules.

TITLE IX/CHAPTER 28A.85 RCW

Othello School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs, activities, and employment; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination for Title IX, Section 504/ADA, Compliance of 28A.640 & 28A.642 RCW:

Assistant Superintendent, Compliance Officer

1025 S. 1st Avenue

Othello WA 99344

509-488-2659

Assistant Superintendent, Compliance Officer

El Distrito Escolar de Othello no discrimina por motivo, de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, estado civil, rango militar o veterano exonerado con honores, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, la presencia de cualquier problema sensorial, mental o discapacidad física; o el uso de un perro guía o algún animal de servicio por una persona con alguna discapacidad, en sus programas, actividades y empleo.

El siguiente empleado ha sido asignado para tramitar preguntas y quejas de presunta discriminación por el Título IX, Sección 504/ADA, de Conformidad con 28A.640 y 28A.642 RCW:

Sub-Inspector Escolar, Oficial de Cumplimiento

1025 S. 1st Avenue

Othello WA 99344

509-488-2659

BELL SCHEDULES

(Warning Bell rings at 8:15 each Morning)

Teacher Contract Day: 7:50-3:20

29 Minutes of teacher time before and 25 minutes after school with 4 minutes of passing time between each period

REGULAR

2 HOUR DELAY

2 HOUR EARLY RELEASE

Period 1

8:19-9:29

Period 1

10:19-11:04

Period 1

8:19-9:05

Period 2

9:33-10:43

Period 2

11:09-11:54

Period 2

9:09-9:55

Period 3

10:47-11:57

LUNCH

11:54-12:24

Period 3

9:59-10:45

LUNCH

11:57-12:27

Period 3

12:29-1:14

Period 4

10:49-11:35

Period 4

12:31-1:41

Period 4

1:18-2:03

LUNCH

11:35-12:05

Period 5

1:45-2:55

Period 5

2:07-2:55

Period 5

12:09-12:55

1 HOUR ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

1.5 HR COLLABORATION

Period 1

8:19-9:16

Period 1

8:19-9:11

Period 2

9:20-10:17

Period 2

9:15-10:07

Period 3

10:21-11:18

Period 3

10:11-11:03

Activity

11:22-12:22

LUNCH

11:03-11:33

LUNCH

12:22-12:52

Period 4

11:37-12:29

Period 4

12:56-1:53

Period 5

12:33-1:25


CITIZENSHIP

It is each student’s responsibility to display qualities of good citizenship.  Your best conduct is expected in the halls, in the cafeteria, in the classroom, or if leaving school grounds.  Othello High School teachers want students to become good citizens.  Expect teachers to remind you of your mistakes.   They will give special emphasis to honesty, morality, and courtesy.  Obedience to law, respect to your country’s flag, appreciation of the Constitution of the United States, respect for parents and home, and recognition for the dignity and necessity of honest labor are characteristics desired and expected of all students.

Owners of property adjacent to the school and adjoining streets have a right to expect no trespassing on their property.  Homeowners are encouraged to report any action of students that is harmful to their property.  Respect other people’s property, as you would wish all to respect your property.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES, RIGHTS, LIMITATIONS

  1. Criminal Acts – Any act occurring on school premises or at school-sponsored events which is contrary to the laws of the State of Washington, the ordinances of the City of Othello, or the County of Adams is prohibited by these regulations. Some specific criminal acts are defined:
  1. A person shall not cause physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.
  2. Drugs (Controlled Substances) – A student shall not possess, use, transmit, be under the influence of, or show evidence of having used any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage intoxicant, or any other controlled substance. Use of a drug authorized by medical prescription by a registered physician will not be a violation of the rule.
  3. Damage or Theft – A student shall not intentionally or negligently cause or attempt to cause damage to school or private property while under the school’s jurisdiction. Restitution may be required.
  4. Extortion, Blackmail, or Coercion – A student shall not obtain money, property, or procure any wrongful act by extortion, blackmail, or coercion, (to force someone to do something against his/her will by force, threat of force, or intimidation), etc.
  5. A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon.
  1. Tobacco – The use and/or possession of tobacco is not permitted on school property, including modes of transportation, at any time before, during, and after school, and/or weekend school activities.
  2. Disruptive Conduct – A student shall not use violence, defiance, disobedience, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct, which causes the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school; neither shall he/she urge or enable other students to engage in such conduct.
  3. Cooperation with School Personnel  Refusal to comply with such written rules and regulations or to follow such reasonable directions of school authorities shall constitute case for discipline, suspension, or expulsion.
  4. Refusal to Identify Self – All students must, upon request, identify themselves to school employees in the school building, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored events.
  5. Speech and Assembly – Students are entitled to verbally express their personal opinions in such a manner and at such times as it does not disrupt or interfere with the educational process or with the freedom of others to express themselves. All student meetings on school district property may function only as scheduled and may be regulated by school authorities as to time, place, and manner.
  6. Withholding Records – School districts may withhold the responsible student’s grades, diploma, and transcripts until the student or parent/guardian pays for fines or damages.

DOHS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

ACADEMIC POLICY

Desert Oasis High School requires students to pursue their required course of studies(RCW 28A.600.040). Students achieve this by passing 3 of 5 classes per academic trimester during our daytime school day (8am to 3pm). Students who fail to meet our minimum academic standards will be identified for our DOHS online school/intervention program. They will then be withdrawn from the daytime school and placed/enrolled in our evening school online program. Our evening school operates from 5pm to 8pm. Students enrolled in DOHS online can work on their classes from anywhere with internet access 24 hrs a day. As well, students can work here on site with a teacher from 5pm to 8pm. Students academic progress toward their required course of studies, will be regularly monitored to determine for appropriate student placement within the OSD to earn their high school diploma.

RCW 28A.600.040

Pupils to comply with rules and regulations.

All pupils who attend the common schools shall comply with the rules and regulations established in pursuance of the law for the government of the schools, shall pursue the required course of studies, and shall submit to the authority of the teachers of such schools, subject to such disciplinary or other action as the local school officials shall determine.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

If a student misses more than 10 days in any class, he/she will fail that class.  School related absences (including suspensions) will not be counted in the 10.  Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for attendance. School personnel will do all they can to encourage and assist in this area. The teacher will notify the student and parent/guardian with a deficiency notice and/or a telephone call as a warning before the student reaches the limit. Students with extenuating circumstances (such as a car accident, pneumonia, etc.) may appeal to the attendance board with a written/typed request to the building principal within 3 school days after the end of the semester, which may decide to 1) grant credit; 2) require the student to make up missed time; 3) deny credit; 4) other. The attendance board will consist of the department heads and one representative each from the administration and counseling staff. Students have the right to appeal the attendance board ruling to the other building administrator within 3 school days of the attendance board’s ruling and notification, then to the district office. The student’s right to appeal applies in this situation.

DOHS online evening school attendance policy: Requires at a minimum 25 work hours per week, that are tracked by the students respective online program. Students are also required to have a minimum of 1 contact per week with their online teacher via contact in person, email, phone, or online messaging system.

SIGN IN/OUT PROCEDURES

Students must sign in and out of school if they are arriving after school has started and before school has finished.  Parent contact either prior to signing out or at the time of signing in is required.  If the student cannot get a parent/guarding on the phone, we will not allow him/her to leave.  Running Start students must sign in and be ready to present their OHS ID badge.  Our sign in/out policy is: a) limit “personal” excuse to 1 per semester; b) “personal” excuses must be prearranged one day in advance; c) any emergency “personal” absences will require parent contact; d) students living with parent/guardian will require parent contact prior to signing out of school unless prearranged; e) students who do not live with a parent/guardian will need to contact the principal to establish check-out procedures.  Failure to sign in/out will result in application of truancy policy.

TRUANCY

Students whose parents/guardians do not clear or approve of their absences are considered truant.  Excused absences are illness, medical appointment, funeral, and family emergency.  Note that students who are on campus but not in their assigned classroom without teacher permission are also truant. Student will have two days upon their return to have their absence cleared at which time becomes truancy. Truancy may also be determined by the building Principal

Truancies will follow these steps:

        First Truancy:                Detention

        Second Truancy:                One Day Saturday School (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

        Third Truancy:                1-5 day(s) Evening School

        Fourth Truancy:                1-5 day(s) Evening School

Fifth Truancy:                Short term out-of-school suspension

        Sixth Truancy:                Recommended Long-term out of school suspension

TARDY POLICY

If a student enters class after the bell rings and before the first 10 minutes of each period, the student will be considered tardy. Tardiness creates a disruption to the educational process in the classroom. DOHS Teachers will close and lock their doors after each tardy bell. If on campus and you fail to report to class after the first 10 minutes of any class period, policy states it will be reported as unexcused absence or truancy. All tardies are unexcused unless a note, which excuses the student by the counseling or main office accompanies the student. Students are to be in school from 8:19 to 2:55 on regular school days. Students who enter class after 10 minutes will be counted absent and will need to have their parents/guardians excuse them according to the attendance policy guidelines.

  1. Step 1: 1st tardy per semester. Warning from office staff or school administrator.  
  2. Step 2- 4: Tardy #2 – #4 per semester. The student will receive detention for each tardy 2 through 4.
  3. Step 5: 5th tardy and beyond per semester. The student will be subject to the building discipline matrix.

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION BADGES

Students are to have their student identification badges on their person from while on district property. Students not in possession of their identification badges will not be able to get lunch, check out books/school materials, pay fines, etc. Students found to not be in possession of their DOHS student identification badge or refusal to identify themselves to school district personnel will be subject to school discipline depending on severity ranging from warning/lunch detention to out of school suspension.  Students can purchase a replacement card for $5.00. Replacement ID’s must be purchased in the Office from the Secretary and the receipt taken to the designated area for replacement ID’s.  If students do not have the $5.00, they will be put on the fine list until they pay. The ID Badge is the property of the school. Students who vandalize their badges will be required to replace the badge for $5.00. Chewing on, bending, coloring, or defacing in any way is considered vandalizing. Any badges that cannot be scanned by the food service or library will need to be replaced at student expense.  Abuse of the student ID policy will be dealt with at the discretion of the administration. 

CHEATING AND STUDENT ETHICS

Students are expected to do their own work and to show high ethical standards, which help them to learn more.  Students who copy or allow others to copy their work are academically dishonest.  The consequence for academic dishonesty will be at a minimum, a failing grade on the work/assignment/activity/exam and one Saturday School as determined by building administration. Teachers at DOHS are required to follow these consequences for academic dishonesty and student will be placed on the discipline matrix. Parent/legal guardian/teacher communication will be required after all instances of academic dishonesty.

PARKING LOT

Students should always lock their vehicles and not leave valuables in them. The school is not responsible for vandalism or lost or stolen items from the parking lot. Students are not allowed to park in faculty parking lots or the bus loop at any time during the school day. Any student found parked in the faculty lots or bus loop will be fined $10.00.  Parking in the gravel lot on Juniper Street lot is to be in a single row next to the softball fields.  Illegally parked vehicles may be towed at any time at the owner’s expense.

BACKPACKS & BOOK BAGS

Students may use or carry backpacks or book bags into classrooms.  Backpacks and book bags in classrooms may only be placed under student desks, not to be used or placed on student desks or tables.  The use of a school locker is encouraged but not required.  Any violation of the policy will be subject to disciplinary action according to the DOHS Discipline Procedures for Building Discipline Steps.  The Othello School District will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged backpacks or book bags.  

LOCKERS

Lockers are assigned in the main office and are not to be traded or exchanged unless authorized by the head secretary. Students are strictly responsible for their own lockers. Immediately notify the main office of damage to your locker. Do not bring valuables to school. If you must bring valuables, you may check them into the office for safe-keeping.  If stickers are placed in or on lockers, they must be removed. If not, there will be a $3.00 fine assessed. Padlocks are available in the office for added security.  Lockers are the property of DOHS and are subject to search at any time with or without prior notice.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Students should use common sense when interacting with boyfriends/girlfriends.  Guidelines prohibit embracing or kissing.  The first referral/offense, students will be placed on the building discipline matrix.  

FIGHTING

Fighting on school grounds and/or at school activities is unacceptable.  On the first instance a student will be recommended for short-term suspension.  On the second instance a student will be recommended for long-term suspension.  Please seek a counselor or an administrator to talk to before a situation turns into a fight.

LOITERING POLICY

There will be no loitering at any time during the school day in the student parking lot, halls, or school grounds.  During an open period or time off from Running Start, students must be supervised by staff or they cannot be in the building.  Any student abusing the loitering policy may be subject to disciplinary action under the Building Discipline Steps.

CHANGING CLASS SCHEDULES

Once a student’s class schedule has been finalized for the school term, it will only be changed following a parent, student, counselor, and teacher conference, which justify the change.  The principal must approve the change.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

In order to maintain a quality educational environment in school and to protect students from loss and damage to their property, students are strongly discouraged from bringing cell phones and other personal electronic devices to school. Students’ cell phone use is strictly limited to before and after school, during lunch, and passing periods. They must be turned off and kept out of sight in any classroom setting. Hand held electronic devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight in any classroom setting UNLESS an individual teacher authorizes their use for a specific pre-approved period of time in their classroom FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  Students found to be violating this policy will be asked to immediately relinquish their cell phone, MP3 player or other electronic device, at the request of any Othello School District staff member and may be subject to search, if confiscated. Students that refuse this request will subject to further school discipline, along confiscation of the device.  Laptops and cameras may be used at any time only with permission of any adult in charge.  Any violation of the policy will be subject to disciplinary action according to the DOHS Discipline Procedures for Electronic Devices.  The Othello School District will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices.  Discipline Steps for Electronic Device Violations are as follows:

First Electronic Violation:                   Confiscation of device and student to retrieve the device from the main office after school.

Second Electronic Violation:                     Confiscation of device and Parent/guardian retrieves the device from the main office after school.

Third Electronic Violation:                 Confiscation of device and Parent/guardian retrieves the device from the main office after school.

Fourth Electronic Violation        Saturday School, confiscation of device and Parent/guardian retrieves the device from the main office after school.

Fifth Electronic Violation:        Short term out-of-school suspension, confiscation of device and Parent/guardian retrieves the device from the main office after school.

Sixth Electronic Violation:                               Recommended Long-term out of school suspension, confiscation of device and Parent/guardian retrieves the device from the main office after school.

DESERT OASIS HIGH SCHOOL DRESS CODE POLICY

The Othello School District expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s appearance promotes a positive, safe, and healthy atmosphere within the school.  Students and parents/guardians have the responsibility to be aware of this dress code and its requirement to prevent any disruption of the educational process.    

  1. Shirts, tops and shoes must be worn at all times.  Shorts, dresses, skirts may be worn, but must be to mid-thigh or longer. All clothing worn must cover to the mid-thigh, midriff, and undergarments in all positions (sitting, standing, bending, and reaching) while attending school.
  2. Hair Headbands will be allowed (not sports or athletic head/sweatbands). Beanies and stocking caps may be worn during inclement weather only and must be removed upon entering a building.
  3. As a matter of common courtesy and respect, the following items may not be worn or brought to OHS:
  1. Clothing showing bare midriff or underwear, clothing showing cleavage, spandex, tank tops with shoulder straps less than three inches, or halter tops.
  2. Sleepwear or slippers.
  3. Clothing which may be considered gang-related or which displays advertising for drugs, alcohol, tobacco or insinuating sexual or discriminatory messages.  No personalized messages or inappropriate nicknames on clothing and no “In memory of . . . “or “Smile now, cry later” logos are permitted.
  4. “Baggies, saggies, slouchies” or oversized clothing. Any clothing (jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, shorts etc.) with holes, patches, frays, rips, tears, etc. are not allowed on campus.  No hats, hoods, bandannas, or hairnets.
  5. Sunglasses, spiked apparel, hanging belts, gloves and chains.
  6. Facial/Body piercing will be allowed as long as they do not distract from the education environment or create a classroom disruption which is up to the discretion of the teacher and/or administrators.
  7. Laser pointers, lighters or matches.
  8. Gang-related tattoos must be covered.
  1. No groups of students – three or more – may wear the same colors or clothing, unless they are associated with school or principal approved activities.  Because of the changing nature of gang attire, it is the administrator’s prerogative to determine changes as needed.
  2. Electronic devices will be allowed at extra-curricular activities and buses only with permission of the adult in charge.  Not only do these devices interrupt the orderly & safe operation of the school but also are often lost, stolen, or damaged.

Students found to be violating this policy will be asked to immediately conform and will be subject to disciplinary action according to the Othello School District policy.

 

Heads: Students must remove all headwear (including sunglasses) while in the buildings.

Torso: Clothing must cover stomachs, backs, shoulders, chest and undergarments. No tank tops, shirts with oversize arm holes, halter-tops, tube tops, bare midriff shirts, or other attire which leaves the shoulders bare and/or exposes cleavage.

Legs: Shorts, skirts, dresses must be at least mid-thigh in length.  Undergarments must be covered.

Other Guidelines

Students found to be violating this policy will be asked to conform immediately and will be subject to disciplinary action according to DOHS Discipline Matrix.

VANDALISM/LITTER

Those students vandalizing or defacing school property (which includes littering). Or the property of any staff member or student may be subject to short term out-of-school suspension, may be required to make restitution, and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND CLASS STANDING

Seniors must have met the graduation credit requirements in order to participate in the commencement exercises.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY REGULATIONS

The following requirements apply to members of boys’ and girls’ athletic teams, cheerleaders, and other groups who adopt them. In order to participate in interscholastic athletics, a student shall:

  1. Meet eligibility requirements of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).
  2. Have on file with the ASB secretary an athletic registration form along with athletic code signed by student and parent/guardian; physician’s approval; ASB card purchased; financial responsibility (proof of insurance); Social media policy  signed by student and their parent/guardian; all fines paid; and authorization to consent of treatment of minor before a clearance slip is issued.
  3. Meet DOHS eligibility requirements of academic scholarship, responsibility of equipment, transportation, changing sports, and athletic season.
  4. Attend at least 5 out  of 5 classes to participate in a practice, unless excused by the athletic director or school administrators.
  5. Absences on the day of a competition from any class or classes must be excused by the athletic director or school administrators. 
  6. It is the responsibility of students and parents/guardians to have read  and understand the athletic code which can be found on the school website and was provided at the parent meetings held by the athletic director

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB) CARDS

Any student enrolled in DOHS who purchases an ASB card shall receive reductions to ASB activities.  All students participating in OHS sports, cheerleading, band, drill team, student council, choir, and any club must have an ASB card.  ASB cards are good for admission to all regular season home sporting events.  The ASB card may also be used for identification, reduced prices to out of town events, and reduced admission to OHS mixers.

GANG ACTIVITY

Criminal gang intimidation is a class C felony and is defined as: the person threatens another person with bodily injury because the other person refuses to join or has attempted to withdraw from a gang, as defined in RCW 28A.600.455, if the person who threatens the victim or the victim attends or is registered in a public or alternative school.  Other examples of gang activity or promotion of gang activity includes gang attire (to be determined by a building administrator and/or school resource officer), gang related drawings or symbols and/or gang related hand signs or gestures.  A student may be suspended or expelled if the student is a member of a gang and knowingly engages in gang activity on school grounds.  (RCW 28A.600)

LUNCHROOM BEHAVIOR

Students who throw food, consistently leave trash/trays, or otherwise disrupt the cafeteria will be subject to the following penalties:

        First Offense:        Warning of future consequences, detention, and parent contact.

        Second Offense:        Two weeks loss of lunchroom privileges; and parent contact.

        Third Offense:        Lunchroom privileges denied for remainder of school year; and parent contact.

Note:  Particularly severe incidents near the end of the school year may be dealt with at the second or third level, or with short-term suspension.  Students who disrupt classes in session will be subject to Building Discipline Steps.  Student may not sit down in senior hall (500 wing) during lunches. Students may leave campus during lunch times but may not loiter in restricted areas after the lunch tardy bell has rung. If students abuse the open campus policy by returning tardy or being truant they may lose that privilege.

WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE, DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT, PROFANITY, AND DISRESPECT

The student will be referred to the administration with parent contact and possible contract to remain in class or denial to attend class.  Administration alternatives:

  1. Building Discipline Steps

FIREWORKS

Any student igniting and/or in possession of fireworks on school property may be subject to disciplinary action up to expulsion depending on severity or damages.

LOST AND FOUND

Articles that are found should be taken to the main office.  Library books should be taken to the librarian.

CONDUCT AT SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES

All school regulations apply at all school-sponsored events, regardless of location, date, and/or time.  This includes all away sporting events.  Outside food or drinks are not allowed at home athletic contests.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES REGARDING DISCIPLINE

Detention, Saturday school, or suspension may be imposed on any student for any school violation depending on the severity and the frequency.

DOHS DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

Due Process: No pupil shall be deprived of educational opportunity by a school district without due process of law.

Policy/Violation

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Truancy Policy

Detention

Saturday School

1-5 day(s) Evening School

1-5 day(s) Evening School

S.T.O.S.S.

L.T.O.S.S.*

Did Not Sign Out

Step on Truancy Policy

Tardy Policy

Warning

Detention

Detention

Detention

Step 5 and beyond are subject to BDS

Building Discipline

Steps for Referrals (includes Public Display of Affection and Inappropriate Dress, etc.)

BDS #1 = 2 LD

BDS #2 = Saturday School

BDS #3 = 1-5 day(s) Evening School

BDS #4 = 1-5 day(s) Evening School

BDS #5

S.T.O.S.S.

BDS #6

L.T.O.S.S.*

Inappropriate Use of Technology (Subject to Building Discipline Steps and may also result in loss of privileges depending on severity).

BDS #1 = 2 LD

BDS#2 = Saturday School

BDS #3 = 1-5 day(s) Evening School

BDS #4 = 1-5 day(s) Evening School

BDS# 5 = S.T.O.S.S

BDS # 6 = L.T.O.S.S.*

Electronic Devices (Subject to Building Discipline Steps)

Confiscation

Confiscation

PP

Confiscation

PP

1-5 day(s) Evening School

S.T.O.S.S.

L.T.O.S.S.*

Fighting

S.T.O.S.S.

L.T.O.S.S.*

Tobacco (Paraphernalia, Use, Possession, Drawings)

S.T.O.S.S.

Counseling steps required.

L.T.O.S.S.*Counseling steps required for re-enrollment.

Drug/Alcohol

(Paraphernalia, Under the Influence, Possession, Drawings)

S.T.O.S.S.

Counseling steps required.

L.T.O.S.S.*Counseling steps required for re-enrollment.

Defiance/Disruption

Noncooperation

Speech/Assembly

Aiding & Abetting, Accessory to Criminal Act

Depending on Severity

Lunchroom Behavior

Warning

May Include Detention

2 Week Loss of

Lunchroom Privileges

Hazing/Harassment

S.T.O.S.S.

L.T.O.S.S.

Criminal Action

Student will make restitution; police, juvenile, and parents may be notified; discipline up to L.T.O.S.S. may be imposed with a re-Entry meeting upon student re-enrollment.

Guns/ Weapons

Expulsion for one calendar year mandatory for possession of firearms, Zero tolerance for firearms.

Detention = 25 minutes after school with teacher/If principal assigned it will be 25 minutes at Evening School

BDS = Building Discipline Steps

Saturday School = 8:00 a.m. to noon on designated Saturdays

Evening School = 5pm to 8pm at DOHS computer lab

S.T.O.S.S. = Short Term Out-of-School Suspension (1 – 10 days)

L.T.O.S.S.  = Long Term Out-of-School Suspension (11 days up to rest of term and loss of credit)

EXPULSION = Denial of attendance for an indefinite amount of time

* A re-entry conference is required upon student re-enrollment in the Othello School District

SEVERITY OF VIOLATION

Detention, Saturday school, Academic Enrichment, short term, or long term suspension may be imposed on any student for any school violation depending on severity and frequency.

CRIMINAL ACTS

Parents and juvenile authorities may be notified of all criminal acts. The student may be required to make restitution. Interim suspension and/or formal hearing are possible. The student may face up to a semester suspension. Parents have the option to withdraw their student or their student may face suspension from school pending results of the formal hearing. THE USE OF, THE SALE OF, THE DISTRIBUTION OF, THE POSSESSION OF, AND/OR BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS, DANGEROUS DRUGS OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON THE SCHOOL CAMPUS OR AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS IS PROHIBITED.  Violation of this policy constitutes cause for discipline, suspension, or expulsion of the pupil. Referral to Adams County Counseling may be in lieu of suspension.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

The Othello School District and the Police Department of the City of Othello agree to coordinate and cooperate in preventing student drug and alcohol use.  The school will notify parents/guardians and police, when appropriate, of drug/alcohol use at school, school functions, or on school grounds/transportation.  The school realizes its role in helping to reduce and eliminate drug/alcohol use by high school students and will continue to work with law enforcement personnel and parents/guardians to achieve this end.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Student lockers and desks are the property of the Othello School District and are made available for student use.  Student lockers and desks will be subject to inspection for the purpose of school safety and cleanliness.  Individual student lockers or students may be searched at any time a building administrator determines that a reasonable cause exists.

WEAPONS

Weapons are defined as, “Any instrument or object possessed or used to inflict harm on another person or to intimidate any person.  Examples include firearms of any kind (operable or inoperable, loaded or unloaded); all types of knives, chains, pipes, razor blades or similar instruments with sharp cutting edges, ice picks, dirks, other pointed instruments (including pencils, pens); nun-cha-ka sticks, brass knuckles; Chinese stars; billy clubs, tear gas guns; electrical weapons or devices (stun guns); BB or pellet guns; explosives or propellants.  Use and/or possession of a weapon on school property will result in suspension or expulsion.  As required by state and federal law, incidents involving firearms will result in the mandatory expulsion for one calendar year.  The expulsion may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools.  Only the chief school district officer or designee may modify this expulsion.  All incidents involving weapons will result in mandatory notification of parents/guardians and will also be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

THREATS

Threats of criminal acts will be taken seriously and may result in emergency expulsion.

BUILDING DISCIPLINE STEPS (BDS)

The first time a student has a disciplinary problem in a classroom, the teacher will fill out a “Teacher Discipline Referral Form” through the Skyward Computer System. Parent/guardian contact will be made by the assigning teacher by telephone or in person.  Once a referral has been issued the student will be placed on the discipline matrix. Any subsequent referral on the student will result in further Building Discipline Steps and will be administered by the assistant principal. Referrals to the assistant principal by different teachers are accumulative for the entire school year.  In the event the student fails to complete detention or Saturday school, he/she will be moved to the building discipline step.

        First Referral:                Detention; parent contact.

        Second Referral:                One-day Saturday school (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.); parent contact.

        Third Referral:                1-5 day(s) evening school; parent contact.

Fourth Referral:                1-5 day(s) evening school; parent contact.

Fifth Referral:                Short-term out-of-school suspension; parent contact/conference.

        Sixth Referral:                Recommended for long-term out-of-school suspension for remainder of term.

NOTE:  Short-term suspension can be up to 10 days.  Long-term suspension can be from 11 days to the end of the term with loss of credits for that term.

Evening School

Evening School will be available during 5-8pm for students who have reached this step in the discipline matrix. Evening School is a part of the progressive discipline steps for DOHS. Teachers will provide work for students that have been assigned evening school by 3:00 p.m. to the evening school supervisor. NO CELL PHONES, IPODS, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE ALLOWED in the room. Students must complete work from teacher(s) in order for the day to count. If work is not completed, the student will serve another day. If the student(s) chooses not to follow the directions of the supervisor, they will forfeit this step in the DOHS discipline matrix and will be moved to short term out of school suspension (S.T.O.S.S.).

SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS AND DISCIPLINE

DOHS has a comprehensive discipline policy, but there are special cases where state regulations require that adaptations be made in order to serve a child on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Consequently, discipline for these students may be individualized and unique.  The following procedures will take place if a student on an IEP is referred for a long-term suspension (more than 10 days) or has a series of suspensions creating a pattern of exclusion:

MEDICATION

The Board of Directors of Othello School District has adopted a policy covering the dispensing of medications by school employees.  A copy of this policy is available upon request.  All medications must be dispensed through the office upon instructions provided by a physician.

VISITORS

Any person not currently enrolled as a DOHS student or staff member is a visitor and must report to the main office.  Visitors will not be permitted to loiter on the school campus or in buildings.  Parents are to schedule conferences in advance at times convenient for both teachers and parents. Students are not permitted to have visitors during the school day.  Students enrolled in OHS are permitted on DOHS grounds before and after school, not from 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless they signing in through the office.

FIRE DRILLS

In case of a fire emergency, the signal to evacuate the building will be continuous sounding of the emergency alarm or bell.  There will be an evacuation plan posted in each classroom.  Each teacher will give instructions regarding specific procedures.

TELEPHONE

Students are not allowed to use phones in classrooms.  The telephone may not be used during class time without permission.  The phone located at the attendance window may be used between classes, before and after school, and at lunch.  Please keep your calls short if someone is waiting to use the phone. Students found to be misusing the phone will be subject to school discipline.

SCHOOL DANCES (MIXERS)

Dances are held by the OHS ASB and are for high school students only.  ASB card or ID cards are required for admittance to all mixers.  Admission prices are $3.00 with an ASB card and $5.00 without.  All school rules for behavior are in effect.  You will be admitted to “after-game” dances up until 30 minutes after the end of the athletic contest.  Students who leave a dance will not be allowed to return.  The school is not responsible for valuables brought to dances.  No outside food or drinks are allowed into any OHS dance.  Students attending dances must read, agree to, and sign the dance contract form provided when tickets are purchased.

GUEST PASSES

If you wish to bring a high school aged guest to an OHS dance, you must have a guest pass for that person.  Sign up for a guest pass in the main office by the Wednesday preceding the dance.  No non-DOHS OR non-DOHS students will be admitted without a guest pass.  No exceptions.

CONDUCT AND COURTESY

Courtesy and good manners should be the key to a student’s conduct at school.  A good attitude toward teachers and fellow students will make school enjoyable for all.  Students are expected to have respect for school property and to take good care of books, desks, and other furniture and equipment.

PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING

The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons; free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted, a verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or

Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or

Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, gender identity and marital status. Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s). This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.

This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful and inclusive learning community and is to be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers, including the education of students in partnership with families and the community. This policy is to be implemented in conjunction with the Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan that includes prevention, intervention, crisis response, recovery and annual review. Employees, in particular, are expected to support the dignity and safety of all members of the school community.

Depending upon the frequency and severity of the conduct, intervention, counseling, correction, discipline and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to remediate the impact on the victim and the climate and change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention, restoration of a positive climate and support for victims and others impacted by the violation. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation and bullying also constitute violations of this policy.

The superintendent is authorized to direct the development and implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy, consistent with the complaint and investigation components of procedure 5011, Sexual Harassment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

This district is committed to a positive and productive education and working environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment.  The district prohibits sexual harassment of students, employees and others involved in school district activities.

Sexual harassment occurs when:

  1. Submitting to the harasser's sexual demands is a stated or implied condition of obtaining an education or work opportunity or other benefit;
  2. Submission to or rejection of sexual demands is a factor in an academic, work or other school-related decision affecting an individual; or
  3. Unwelcome sexual or gender-directed conduct or communication interferes with an individual's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment can occur adult to student, student to adult, student to student, adult to adult, male to female, female to male, male to male and female to female.

The district will take prompt, equitable and remedial action within its authority on reports, complaints and grievances alleging sexual harassment that come to the attention of the district, either formally or informally.  Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to law enforcement and suspected child abuse will be reported to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.  Persons found to have been subjected to sexual harassment will have appropriate school district services made reasonably available to them and adverse consequences of the harassment shall be reviewed and remedied, as appropriate.

Engaging in sexual harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against offending students, staff and contractors.  Anyone else who engages in sexual harassment on school property or at school activities will have their access to school property and activities restricted, as appropriate.

Retaliation against any person who makes or is a witness in a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline.  The district will take appropriate actions to protect involved persons from retaliation.

It is a violation of this policy to knowingly report false allegations of sexual harassment.  Persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

The superintendent will develop and implement formal and informal procedures for receiving, investigating and resolving complaints or reports of sexual harassment.  The procedures will include reasonable and prompt time lines and delineate staff responsibilities under this policy.  All staff are responsible for receiving informal complaints and reports of sexual harassment and informing appropriate district personnel of the complaint or report for investigation and resolution.  All staff are also responsible for directing complainants to the formal complaint process.

The superintendent will develop procedures to provide age-appropriate information and education to district staff, students, parents and volunteers regarding this policy and the recognition and prevention of sexual harassment.  At a minimum sexual harassment recognition and prevention and the elements of this policy will be included in staff, student and regular volunteer orientation.  This policy will be posted in each district building in a place available to staff, students, parents, volunteers and visitors.  The policy will be reproduced in each student, staff, volunteer and parent handbook.

The superintendent will make an annual report to the board reviewing the use and efficacy of this policy and related procedures.  Recommendations for changes to this policy, if applicable, will be included in the report.  The superintendent is encouraged to involve staff, students, and volunteers and parents in the review process.

INTERNET/COMPUTER USAGE

Access to the Internet is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner upon completing the Othello School District’s Acceptable User Permission (AUP) agreement. Parent or guardian permission is required. Students, employees, and parents are advised that the Internet contains inappropriate materials and items that are not conducive to the educational environment. Othello High School does not condone the use of such materials and does not permit usage of such materials in the school environment. Students who knowingly access such materials from the Internet will be subject to the Building Discipline Steps. Loss of Internet privileges is also possible. You must read appendix A at the end of the student handbook for the “Acceptable Use of Technology.”   Students using a compact disk or USB drive may be subject to search and seizure.  They are encouraged to save to their Google Drive. Any student attempting to circumvent programs for security measures will be subject to disciplinary action and privileges revoked.  The operating system is to be used appropriately or the privilege will be revoked. Accessing another student’s “U-Drive,” Google Drive, or other computer files will be considered as inappropriate computer use and be subject to the same consequence as abuse of Internet privileges.

Staff & Student Procedures for Acceptable Use of Technology

Electronic Resources

These procedures are written to support the Electronic Resources Policy of the board of directors and to promote positive and effective digital citizenship among students and staff. Digital citizenship represents more than technology literacy: successful, technologically fluent digital citizens live safely and civilly in an increasingly digital world. They recognize that the information posted on the Internet is public and permanent and can have a long-term impact on an individual’s life and career.  Expectations for student and staff behavior online are no different than face-to-face interactions.

Use of Personal Electronic Devices

In accordance with all District policies and procedures, students and staff may use personal electronic devices (e.g. laptops, mobile devices, and e-readers) to further the educational and research mission of the District. School staff will retain the final authority in deciding when and how students may use personal electronic devices on school grounds and during the school day (Please refer to your school handbook for approved devices).  The District is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices.

Network

The Othello School District network includes wired and wireless computers and peripheral equipment, files and storage, e-mail and Internet content (blogs, web sites, web mail, groups, wikis, etc.). The District reserves the right to prioritize the use of, and access to, the network.  Access to the network and Internet resources is to be recognized by all users as a privilege, not a right.  Users are responsible for the appropriateness and content of material they create, store, transmit, or publish on the network.

All use of the network must support education and research and be consistent with the mission of the District.

All computer and telecommunications equipment comprising of the network and all information created, sent, or received via this equipment is property of the District (excluding individual copyrighted curriculum material).  They are to be used to support District purposes in education and research and be consistent with the mission of the District.

Any use of the system must be in conformity with state and federal laws, provider policies and licenses, CIPA Compliant (Children’s Internet Protection Act) and District policies.  Use of the system for commercial solicitation, financial gain, or any illegal activity is strictly prohibited.  Use of the system for charitable purposes must be approved in advance by the superintendent or designee.

The system constitutes public facilities and may not be used to support or oppose political candidates, ballot measures, or religious issues.

Acceptable network use by District students and staff includes:

Unacceptable network use by District students and staff includes but not limited to:

WARNING:  Violation can be prosecuted under RCW9A.52.110, 9A.52.12, 9A.52.130 and RCW 9A.48.100.  Violations constitute a Class C Felony and can result in incarceration (jail time) of up to 90 days and/or a $1,000.00fine.

The District will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, on-deliveries, miss-deliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or any other errors or omissions. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from the use of, or access to, the District’s computer network or the Internet.

Internet Safety: Personal Information and Inappropriate Content

Network Security and Privacy

Passwords are the first level of security for a user account. System logins and accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account, for authorized District purposes. Students and staff are responsible for all activity on their account and must not share their account password.

Network user account safeguard

Student Data is Strictly Confidential

District staff must maintain the confidentiality of student data in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

No Expectation of Privacy

The District provides the network system, e-mail and Internet access as a tool for education and research in support of the District’s mission. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store, without prior notice, information about the content and usage of.

Filtering and Monitoring

Filtering software is used to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene and all child pornography in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Other objectionable material could be filtered. The determination of what constitutes “other objectionable” material is a local decision.

 All students and staff will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response.

Copyrighted Materials

Downloading, copying, duplicating and distributing software, music, sound files, movies, images or other copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is generally prohibited. However, the duplication and distribution of materials for educational purposes are permitted when such duplication and distribution fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC) and content is cited appropriately.

General Use

Diligent effort must be made to conserve system resources.  For example, users should frequently delete unneeded email and unused files.  The network is set up to “auto-archive” your emails every 30 days.  “Auto archive” means that any email that is over 30 days old will automatically be removed from your "In" box and saved as designated by the Technology Department.

Users will carefully review all e-mail prior to sending it to ensure that the meaning is clear and not subject to misinterpretation.  Humor and sarcasm can be easily misinterpreted in an email and should be avoided whenever possible.  Use of building and District distribution lists such as OSD staff, OHS staff, etc. must have prior approval from the appropriate administrator.

All computers will have anti-virus software installed.  Also, a filtering system will be used on the network.  Attempts to circumvent these systems are prohibited.  Users should follow District recommendations with regard to the safe keeping of data and e-mail attachments to reduce the risk of spreading viruses (worms, viruses, Trojan horses, etc.), and infecting computers and the network.

Personal use of District systems is authorized within reasonable limits as long as it does not interfere with work duties or conflict with District use.  Employees are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding reasonable personal use.  In case of doubt, consult your immediate supervisor.

Staff is responsible for granting permission for and supervision of student technology use and enforcement of the "Student Policy for Acceptable Use of Technology".

A signed OSD Staff Email & Network System User Agreement (see next page) must be filed with the District for all employees before use of technology resources will be granted.

From time-to-time, the District will make a determination of whether specific uses of the system are consistent with the regulations stated above.  For security and administrative purposes, the District reserves the right for authorized personnel to review system use and file content.  The District reserves the right to remove a user account on the system to prevent further unauthorized activity.

Litigation

In the event of litigation, all computer users are on notice that federal and state civil rules of procedure may allow discovery of all computer hardware and software. This includes but is not limited to computers, laptops, home computers, printers, cell phones, and other electronic equipment that is used to conduct school business.

 Modification or Repair of Personally owned Technology Devices or Electronic Property

Othello School District employees are not authorized to perform any repair, configuration or maintenance personally owned technology resources, that are brought to school property or present during school sponsored activities including both software and hardware resources. Schools and departments are prohibited from designating, sponsoring or assigning students to perform any kind of maintenance, repair, configuration or installation services to support personally owned technology devices that are brought to school property or present during school sponsored activities.

 Additional Requirements for Students/Staff/Visitors Requesting a Waiver for Personal Electronic Property

Students, staff and visitors requesting to operate their personal electronic devices within the District must obtain written approval by the Building Administrator and Technology Director and abide by the following additional requirements:

Student users must adhere to the following additional guidelines;

Archive and Backup

Backup is made of all District e-mail correspondence for purposes of public disclosure and disaster recovery. Barring power outage or intermittent technical issues, staff and student files are backed up on District servers nightly – Monday through Friday. Refer to the District retention policy for specific records retention requirements.

Disciplinary Action

All users of the District’s electronic resources are required to comply with the District’s policy and procedures. Violation of any of the conditions of use explained in the Electronic Resources Policy or in these procedures could be cause for disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from school and suspension or revocation of network and computer access privileges.  

Additionally some violations of this policy may result in formal reporting to OSPI and PESB.

Violations of any of these policies may subject employees to disciplinary action up to and including termination.