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Bell Schedules        4

Legal Notice        6

Personnel        7

Special Observance Days        11

Graduation Requirements        12

Student Promotion and Retention        13

Middle School  Promotion Policy        14

Registration Information        15

  A. Scheduling        15

  B. Options        15

  C.  Second Grade Only Option        15

  D. Course Pre-requisites        15


Online/Correspondence Courses        16

Grading        17                        

  A. Grading System/Scale        17

  B. Progress Reports        17

  C. Honor Roll        17

Weighted Grades Policy        18

Student Attendance Policy        19

  School Attendance Officer        19

  Student Absences and Excuses        19

  Excused Absences        20

  Unexcused Absences        21

  Infinite Campus Codes        21

  Tardiness        21

  Responsibilities for Attendance        22

  School Punishment for Truancy        22

  Legal Referral        23

  Leaving School Grounds        23

  Illness During School        23

  Visitors        24

  Student Withdrawal Permission        24


  A.  Parking and Traffic        25

  B.  Student Arrival and Departure        25

  C.  Bicycles        26

  D.  Bus Rider Rules        26

  E.  Hall Traffic Regulations        27

  F.  Hall Passes        27

  G.  School Telephones        27

  H.  Field Trips        27

  I.   Fire Drill Instructions        27

  J.  Tornado        27


  A.  Lockers        28

  B.  Money Making Projects        28

  C.  School Lunch        28

  D.  Textbook Policies        29

  E.  Pupil Extra-Curricular Travel Expenses        30

Conduct        30

A.  General        30

B.  Dress Code        30

C.  Locker Rooms        31

D. Specific Rules        31

E.  Modifications        31

F.  Failure To Comply        32

G.  Dismissal (Suspension) From Class        32

H.  Dangerous Weapons Policy        32


Plagiarism/Cheating Policy        33

Study Hall Policy        34

General        35         

   A.  Cancellation of a School Day        35

   B.  Social Events        35

Directory Information        36

Activities        37

  A.  Extra-Curricular Activities        37

  B.  Awards and Honors        38

National Honor Society        39

Student of the Month/Year        40

Underclassmen Honors Program        40

Local Scholarships        41

Technical Excellence Scholarship        42


Extra-Curricular Activities Policy        43

Hillsboro High School Athletic Code        45

Internet Use Policy        48

Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy        55

Communicable Diseases Policy        60

Aids Policy        61

Testing Out Policy        62

Early Graduation Policy        62

Youth Options Policy        63

Grades 7-12 Writing Skills Policy        63

Electronic Devices Policy        64

Bullying Policy        65

                                           2015 – 2016   BELL SCHEDULE                             


                                              MONDAY - THURSDAY

FIRST BELL        8:00

HOMEROOM        8:04 - 8:14

PERIOD  1        8:17 – 9:00

PERIOD  2        9:04 – 9:47

PERIOD  3        9:51 - 10:34

Tiger Time        10:34 – 11:04

PERIOD  4        11:08 - 11:51

                                                     High School Lunch        11:51 – 12:21        

PERIOD  5 – High School        12:24 – 1:07

PERIOD  5 – Middle School        11:55 – 12:37


                                                    Middle School Lunch        12:37 -  1:07

PERIOD  6        1:11 –  1:54

PERIOD  7        1:58 – 2:41

PERIOD  8        2:45 – 3:28

          FRIDAY – “Early Out” Bell Schedule  (No Tiger Time)

FIRST BELL        8:00

HOMEROOM        8:04 - 8:14

PERIOD  1        8:18 – 8:55

PERIOD  2        8:59 – 9:36

PERIOD  3        9:40 – 10:17

PERIOD  4        10:21 – 10:58

                               High School Lunch        10:58 – 11:30

PERIOD  5 – High School        11:34 – 12:11

PERIOD  5 – Middle School        11:02 – 11:39

                             Middle School  Lunch        11:39 -  12:11

PERIOD  6        12:15 – 12:52

PERIOD  7        12:56 – 1:33

PERIOD  8        1:37 –   2:15

PLC Time for Teachers        2:15 – 3:30


                    2015 - 2016  TWO HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE 

                              No Tiger Time     No Homeroom

Period  1        10:00 - 10:33

Period  2        10:37 - 11:10

Period  3        11:14 - 11:47

                                High School Lunch        11:47 - 12:24

Period 4 - High School        12:27 - 12:59

Period 4 - Middle School        11:51 - 12:24

                                Middle School Lunch        12:24 - 12:59

Period  5        1:03 - 1:34

Period  6        1:38 - 2:11

Period  7        2:15 - 2:48

Period  8        2:52 - 3:26

                                                SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBORO


The School District of Hillsboro, in accordance with federal law, hereby declares that it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in it's educational and employment policies and practices.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 in the school district may be referred to Mr. Curt Bisarek, Superintendent of Schools, Hillsboro Public Schools, Hillsboro, WI.

Telephone (608) 489-2221.


Any student or employee who has a complaint of sex discrimination prohibited by Federal law contained in Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 shall attempt promptly to resolve the complaint by discussion with his/her principal, in case of a student or his/her supervisor, in the case of an employee.  The complaint should be in writing and described in as much detail as possible the facts of the situation.  The principal or supervisor shall keep a written record of the discussion and provide a copy to the student or employee involved.

If the complaint is not resolved in Step One, the complainant may file the complaint in writing with superintendent of schools by certified mail, return receipt requested and mail a copy to the principal or supervisor involved.  The Superintendent shall arrange a meeting to discuss the complaint and subsequent meetings may be scheduled as agreed by both parties.  The Superintendent shall give a written answer to the complainant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within ten (10) calendar days after the final meeting regarding the complaint.

If the complaint is not resolved in Step two, the complainant may file the complaint in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Clerk of the Board of Education within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the Superintendent's answer.  The Board shall consider the complaint at the soonest appropriate meeting at which time the complainant shall have the right to present his/her position to the Board.  The Board shall within thirty (30) days after the meeting advise the complainant in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested or the action taken with regard to the complaint.


It is the policy of the Hillsboro School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity, or in employment.

All vocational education programs follow the district's policies of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap.  In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation.

Any questions concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, or section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to:  


Curt Bisarek, District Administrator

Hillsboro High School    P.O. Box 526   777 School Road     Hillsboro, WI   54634






Jenny Hynek        President

Brian Hora        Vice-President

Jan Levy        Clerk

Jenni Schrock        Treasurer

Jason Oetzman        Member

Mike Jirschele        Member

Denise Huntley        Member


Curt Bisarek        Superintendent

Greg Zimmerman        Middle School/High School Principal

        7-12 Curricula

        AP Coordinator

Cara Wood        Elementary Principal

        ESEA Title Coordinator

Mindy Boldon        Business Manager


James Moe        Activities Director

Daniel Thompson        Technology Coordinator

Jenny Barreau        Technology Integration Specialist



Eric Auel        K-12 School Psychologist

        Standardized Testing

        Head Football, Track

        10th Grade Class Advisor

Bob Bothe        Alt Education/GEDO 2

        High School Social Studies


Shannon Chute        Spanish

        Spanish Club Advisor

        Yearbook Advisor

        10th Grade Class Advisor

Sonia Clarson        English, Forensics

        12th Grade Class Advisor


Mollie Collins        Agriculture, FFA Advisor

Terri Fanta        Jr. High Math, Reading Specialist

        K-12 Curriculum Coordinator

        8th Grade Class Advisor

Deb Freitag        Science, Math

Dan Green        6th Grade

        Jr. High Track

Curt Hildreth        Physical Education

        11th Grade Class Advisor

        Varsity Boys Basketball

Erin Hora        English, Forensics

        10th Grade Class Advisor

Jessica Hubbard        Business Education

        Yearbook Advisor, F.B.L.A. Advisor

Erin Jirschele        6th Grade


Julie Johnson        Art K-12

Mark Kocyan        HS Special Education


Chris Koopman        MS Language Arts

        J.V Boys Basketball

        7th Grade Class Advisor


Teresa Krajco        Library Media Specialist


Melinda McCann         Jr. High Science

        8th Grade Class Advisor

John McMullen        MS Special Education

Barbara Olson        Social Studies, Grades 8-12


Paula Parker        Vocal Music K-12


Elliott Rittenberry        Band

Todd Salisbury        Math, Math Team

        Assistant Football, Jr. High Track


Tom Schraufnagel         Technology Education

Kelli Sullivan        School Counselor, Student Council

        Gifted & Talented, AP Coordinator

        National Honor Society Advisor

        12th Grade Class Advisor

Kirby Wong        Science, Driver’s Ed., H-Club Advisor                


Linda Bisarek        Plus One Grant Coordinator

Jessica Brown        First Grade

Bruce Borchardt        Title I

        Assistant Football

Coleen Burns        Third Grade

Lori Cherf         Title I

Cathy Clark        Kindergarten

Lynn Cunningham        Second Grade

Jon Paul (J.P.) Da Prato        Third Grade

        MS Football

Scott Egan        Fourth Grade

        Varsity Girls Basketball

Becky Farra        Physical Education

LeAnn Fisher        Fifth Grade

Dawn Folland        Title I Reading

Karla Frederick        Fifth Grade

Jamie Gates        Special Education

        Elementary Gifted & Talented

Jennifer Grainger        4K

Melissa Hagi        Speech Therapist

Deb Hart        Title I Math

Greg Johnson        Fourth Grade

Marie Kraska        Kindergarten

Tom Lambries        Music – ½ timr - 2nd Semester

Kelly Ravenscroft        4K

Rhonda Rott        Kindergarten

Tammie Skrabel        District Nurse

Diane Stockwell        Second Grade

Beth Thayer        Kindergarten


Danah Tornga        School Counselor


District Teacher Aides

Shelly Astle        4K

Katie Baldwin        Title I


Lisa Buchanan        Special Education    


Denise Fitzgerald        Title  l

Mary Helgerson        Title I

Tom Lambries        Special Education

Yanula Nusse        Special Education

Jan Prenkert        Early Childhood/4-K

Bobee Thompson        Title I/Special Education

Monica Verbsky        Library


Velma Hora        Elementary Secretary

Karen Theis        High School Secretary

Mary Stanek        Administrative Office Assistant

        Attendance Officer   Library Aide

Food Service

Cheryl Bruce        Food Service Cook

Jewel Huffman        Food Service Cook

Carolyn Kannenberg        Food Service Manager

Donna Munson        Food Service Cook

Bridget Stowell        Food Service Cook

Frankie Stowell        Food Service Cook


Randall Darcy         Head Custodian

Marc Johnson        Custodian

Jason Kuester        Custodian

John Rick        Custodian

Leonard Thompson        Custodian

                                                                Bus Contractors        Dean Stenerson, Bill Stenerson



September 16        Mildred Fish Harnack Day

September 16        Wisconsin Day

September 17        U.S. Constitution Day

September 18        POW-MIA Recognition Day

September 23        Bullying Awareness Day

September 28        Francis Willard Day

October 9        Leif Ericson Day

October 12        Columbus Day

November 11        Veterans Day

January 15        Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 12        Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

February 15        Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday

February 22        George Washington’s Birthday

March 4        Casimir Pulaski Day

March 17        “The Great Hunger” in Ireland

April 9        Prisoners of War Remembrance Day

April 13        American’s Creed Day

April 19        Patriots’ Day

April 22         Environmental Awareness Day

April 29        Arbor Day

June 14        Robert LaFollette Sr. Day

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                     Policy #424

Hillsboro High School requires 26 credits for graduation.  If a student has 21 or more credits, they may earn up to 4 credits through the technical college system and still receive a regular high school diploma.  These credits must in the academic subjects (English, Math, Science or Social Studies).  Signed permission from the high school counselor and/or the high school principal is needed for this course of action.

All students must acquire 26 credits prior to the high school graduation ceremony in order to participate.


   Minimum Class Load Requirement:

   Freshmen:     7 credits (6 Academics plus P.E. and Health)

   Sophomore:  7 credits

      Juniors:         7 credits

      Seniors:        7 credits (English, Real Life Economics and Civics plus electives)

REQUIRED COURSES – Grades 9-12 (High school classes taken at the 8th grade level do not fulfill these                                requirements)

Social Studies: 3.5 credits United States History I, United States History II, Global Studies and Civics

English:  4 credits

Math:  3 credits Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and/or Advanced Algebra

Science:  3 credits                                                                                                                                              

Physical Education: 1.5 credits 1 semester each (Grades 9-11)

Real Life Economics: .5 credit   (Grade 12)

Civics: .5 credit (Grade 12)

Health:  1/2 credit


Upon successful completion of the credit requirements, students are scheduled to graduate from Hillsboro High School. Before receiving a high school diploma and participating in the graduation ceremony, it is the duty of the student to fulfill all financial obligations (i.e. pay any outstanding fees or fines or return textbooks and library books). It is also the duty of the student to fulfill disciplinary obligations of the school (i.e. serve remaining detentions) at school and under the supervision of a school district staff member appointed by the administration. All obligations must be fulfilled at least one week prior to the graduation date.

In the graduation ceremony, students will wear appropriate attire. For females, a dress or dress slacks or skirts with appropriate blouse or shirt & dress shoes. For males, dress slacks with appropriate shirt and dress shoes (dress shoes do not include sneakers and/or tennis/athletic shoes). Mortarboards and robes will remain on during the graduation exercises.

If there is inappropriate behavior by one or more students during the graduation exercises, the student(s) will be asked to leave. If the group acts inappropriately, the graduation exercises will be terminated at that point and the students may pick up their diplomas at the District Office. Those students who do not comply with these regulations will not be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises.

School personnel shall edit the graduation speeches of students.

Approved:  August 1989, May 2000,  1st Revised Reading – August 8, 2005, 

2nd Reading and Approval – August 22, 2005, 1st Revised Reading – December 14, 2009, Amended 7-2014

                                                          Policy 345.4


Elementary School

Because the Hillsboro Elementary School is dedicated to the total and continuous development of each student enrolled, the professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially and emotionally.

All students will be expected to complete basic academic requirements of the grade level in which enrolled. Promotion to the next higher grade level shall be based on satisfactory completion of these requirements as they pertain to the individual student.

Students having difficulty meeting grade level performance standards shall be identified for possible retention.

Junior High School

A student will earn promotion to grade 8 when he/she has successfully completed eight of ten semesters of academic subjects in grade 7 (civics, language arts, mathematics, reading and science). A student who fails to successfully complete eight of the ten semesters will be retained in grade 7 for all subjects.

A student will earn promotion to grade 9 when he/she has successfully completed eight of ten semesters of academic subjects in grade 8 (geography, language arts, mathematics, reading and science). A student who fails to successfully complete eight of the ten semesters will be retained in grade 8 for all subjects.

Legal Reference:        Sections         118.13   Wisconsin Statutes




Cross Reference:        345.1                Grading Systems

345.2                Student Progress Reporting

345.6                Graduation Requirements

346                Student Assessment Programs

Approved:                June 30, 1982

Revised:                May 13, 1985

February 27, 1995

January 8, 2001

January 20, 2014

 MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION POLICY              Policy #345.3    

                                                                             Revised July 14, 2008

Grade 7

A student will earn promotion to grade 8 when he/she has successfully completed:

At the start of the second semester, a grade advancement committee (members listed in the Grade Advancement Policy, see subsection C) Committee Recommendation) will meet in order to investigate concerns from teachers regarding possible retentions.  Parents will be invited to attend. The committee will consider the information above and other information (standardized test results, work samples, attendance, previous remediation, etc.).  The committee will determine promotion or retention based upon their assessment of the factors above.  

Grade 8

A student will earn promotion to grade 9 when he/she has successfully completed:

At the start of the second semester, a grade advancement committee will meet in order to investigate concerns from teachers regarding possible retentions.  Parents will be invited to attend. The committee will follow the guidelines above as well as the following criteria taken from the Grade Advancement Policy (School Board Policy 345.3) in order to determine promotion or retention:

A.) Student Score on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam (WKCE)

          Receives a score of Basic or above on three or more of the five subtests and

          a score of two or higher on the writing subtest that comprise the WKCE.


B.) Student’s Academic Performance

          By achieving a grade point average of 1.5 or above in English (Language Arts),

          Mathematics, History (Social Studies), Science, and Reading.


C.) Committee Recommendation

          Securing a consensus recommendation from the grade advancement committee.

          The grade advancement committee will consist of teachers from whom the

          student has taken core academic courses and can attest to the student’s

          knowledge and skill level, along with the School Assessment Coordinator,

  Curriculum Coordinator, Building Counselor, Principal, and Special Education

          Instructor if needed.



A.  Scheduling the daily program will be done in the spring for all students in grade 7-11. We will ask each student to finalize his or her program for the following year at that time.  Please consult with the teachers, the guidance counselor, the principal and your parents when selecting your courses for next year.

Programs should not be changed except by permission from parents, the drop and add teachers, the guidance counselor and the principal.  Changes in the fall may result in a shortage of textbooks and other supplies.  

Since all student schedules for 1st and 2nd semester were made and approved in August, very few class changes for second semester are anticipated.  However, the following policy is used for any changes.


Students are given two days at the beginning of a new semester to drop or add classes.  A low class grade average or the possibility of a low quarter or semester grade is not a valid reason for changing during a semester.  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors must carry a 7 credit class load.

B.  Options Available:   The maximum load a student may carry is 7 credits during a semester.  We encourage all students to have at least one study period each day. Special arrangements may be made with the guidance counselor or principal.

C.  Second Grade Only Option

      Students who receive less than a "C" in a class may retake that class once and replace the first grade with the second grade.  It is the responsibility of the student to see that the grade is changed on their permanent record.  Note: Universities do not accept any grade lower than a “C”.

      D.  Course Pre-requisites:

           1. Refer to course description book for a list of pre-requisites and course descriptions.  The course  

              description books are handed to each 9-12 grade student.

2.  In the Science, Math, and English classes, standardized test scores, past grades, and teacher recommendations will be used to determine the best placement of students.


                                                 ONLINE/CORRESPONDENCE COURSES

1.  Students may take courses if:

        A.  Credit is needed for graduation

        B.  The course cannot replace the required four academic classes that students must take each


            C.  Specific course is needed:

                1.  for entrance to a post-secondary institution.

                2.  for an occupation the student wishes to enter after graduation.

                3.  Hillsboro High School does not offer that course or a related course.

                4.  It is approved by the Guidance Counselor and Principal.

2.   Hillsboro School District will reimburse for the cost of the online course and books if:        


                          A.  The conditions are met as stated above.

                          B.  The student completes and passes the course, however:

1.  The student will be responsible for paying course fees and book fees. Upon proof of successful completion of the course (attaining a grade of “B” or better for the course) furnished by the student, the school district will reimburse the student cost of the course and books required for the course.

2.  The student will be responsible for paying course fees and book fees without reimbursement in the case of taking a course to make up for a failure or a course withdrawal.

 C. Any approved university course will be accepted for credit per the guidelines in the Youth   Options Policy by state law and school board policy.

 D. A student will not be able to take more than two high school credits of courses per academic year unless otherwise approved by the administration.

Adopted by the Board of Education on September 25, 1986.    Approved revisions:  June 11, 2007.



Grades A, B,C, D, and P are passing.  A indicates exceptionally fine work; B indicates better than average work; C indicates average work; D indicates poor work; E indicates sufficient effort for possessed ability.  A grade of F indicates failure.  Grades are issued at the end of each quarter.  The grade given at the end of the semester is a cumulative grade for that semester and is the one which is recorded on the permanent record card and on the student's transcript.  An F grade indicates unsatisfactory work and receives no credit.  An I stands for “incomplete.”  It is essential that work be made up following an absence as promptly as possible.  After two weeks from the end of the grading period, an incomplete becomes an F.

GRADING SCALE — Grades 7-12

(Implemented 2005-2006)

A        100-95%                C         79-77%

A-         94-92%                C-         76-74%

B+         91-89%                D+         73-71%

B         88-86                        D         70-68%

B-         85-83                        D-         67-65%

C+         82-80                        F         65% and below


Parents may monitor their child’s progress at any time using the school’s website ( and accessing the school’s student management system (Infinite Campus).  At the start of the school year parents will receive their child’s username and password in order to access grades.  If parents are not able to access the online grades, they can call the school office and ask for a hard copy of the reports.  Better understanding and mutual help are often obtained if parents consult the teacher or the advisor first.  Teachers may send out additional progress reports if they feel that this is necessary. Parents may call the school to check on their student progress at anytime.


The honor roll will be determined at the end of the first nine weeks, first semester, third nine weeks and second semester.  Students eligible for the honor roll must obtain a "B" or a 3.000 average in all classes taken.  To determine the grade point average, a grade system of A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point and E = 0 points will be used.  An F grade disqualifies a student from honor roll consideration.  To determine a student's grade point average, multiply the grade point value that corresponds to the letter grade times the course credit.  Divide the total grade points by the total credits taken to determine the grade point average.


        English                B                   .5                3 =        1.5

        Math        A        .5        4        =        2.0

        W.History        B        .5        3        =        1.5

        Con.Econ.        B        .5        3 =        1.5

        Chorus        A        .5        4        =        2.0

        Band        A        .5        4        =        2.0

        Phy. Ed.        A        .25        4        =        1.0

                        3.25                        11.5

Total Grade Point        11.5 = 3.54 Grade Point Average

Total Credits                3.25

This Honor Roll criteria became effective on October 21, 1977

A = 4.0        C = 2.0

A- = 3.677        C- = 1.677

B+ = 3.333        D+ = 1.333        

B = 3.0        D =   1.0

B- = 2.677        D- =   .677

C+ = 2.333                                  F   =   0.0                                


                                                                                                                     Policy  345.11         



High School students will receive weighted grades for Advanced Placement courses as outlined below:

  1. All students enrolled in Hillsboro High School who complete an advanced placement (AP) course taught by a Hillsboro teacher or taught as an accredited AP class through another institution, will receive weight for the course grade(s) according to the following weighted grade scale:

Letter Grade _        A      A-     B+     B      B-      C+      C      C-     D+      D      D-      F


Grade Point     4.33   4     3.66   3.33    3    2.66    2.33      2    1.66   1.33      1     0        


Grade Point         4     3.66   3.33    3    2.66    2.33      2    1.66   1.33      1     .66      0

  1. Transfer Students – Students who transfer to Hillsboro High School with non-AP weighted courses on their records will be given normal credit for those courses on their transcript. For example, no weighted grade points will be awarded for an Honors English credit from a non-AP class. Students transferring to Hillsboro High School with AP course credits from another high school will receive weighted grade points for such courses.
  2. Weighted grades and grade points received by students under the conditions outlined above will be incorporated into the student’s accumulative grade point average and used in determining class rankings in the high school.

**For the 2013-14 School Year, College Prep courses are also weighted.

Approved:                 August 12, 2010

Revised:                 January 20, 2014


School Attendance Officer

  1. The district administrator, or designee, will serve as the school attendance officer for the district and deal with all matters relating to school attendance and truancy.
  2. Each school shall determine daily which students enrolled in the school are absent from school and whether that absence is excused in accordance with Board policy.
  3. The school attendance officer, or designee, shall notify the parent(s) or guardian of a child who has been truant of the child’s truancy and direct the parent(s) or guardian to return the child to school no later than the next day on which school is in session or to provide an excuse. The notice under this paragraph must be given before the end of the second school day after receiving a report of an unexcused absence and may be made by personal service, mail or telephone call on which a written record is kept. According to Wisconsin Statutes. 118.16(1) (c)., “Truancy” is defined as any absence on part or all of one or more days from school during which the school attendance officer, principal, or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent pupil, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of the state’s compulsory attendance law.
  4. The district administrator, in cooperation with each school attendance officer, will visit any place of employment in the school district to ascertain whether any minors are employed there contrary to State law. The district administrator will provide the State Superintendent of Public Instruction information regarding the attendance of any child between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years who is a resident of the school district or who claims or is claimed to be in attendance at a private school or home-based private program located in the district.
  5. The school attendance officer may contact home-based private educational programs to attempt to discover whether such programs meet the program criteria established by law. All such contracts shall be documented.
  6. The school attendance officer shall furnish student attendance information to the county welfare agency as requested for implementation of Wisconsin’s Learner Program. Student attendance information shall only be released if appropriate “Release of Confidentiality” forms have been filed with the district in accordance with provisions of state law and the district’s student records policy.

Student Absences and Excuses

Excused Absences

All excused absences require parent(s)/guardian legal custodian’s written verification. Students should submit this to the principal or attendance officer in advance (pre-excused) or upon return to school. If submitted in advance, the reason for absence must come from the list of excused absences listed below (note: “personal business” or “personal reasons” is not an excusable absence). It is important that the students bring their notes from an absence to Mrs. Stanek, the attendance officer, upon return from an absence. All or a part of a day is considered to be an absence (Wisconsin State Statutes).

The district administrator, building principal or attendance officer is empowered to approve a legal excuse to any student for the following reasons:

Parent-excused Absences

  1. Personal illness - This is defined as a student who is at home ill or under a doctor’s care. A parent/guardian may only excuse his/her child up to five (5) days per semester (not to be carried over into the next semester). If a student is absent for three or more days due to illness, a note from a licensed physician is required. Students who are absent for part or all of a day due to illness (not a pre-excused appointment) cannot participate in a practice or extra-curricular event that same day (refer to Extra-curricular Policy).
  2. Family trips that can be taken only during the normal school term. The intent of this statement is to provide opportunity for students to accompany their parent(s)/guardian on a vacation that cannot be scheduled when school is not in session. A parent(s)/guardian shall be required to notify the principal or designee prior to leaving on vacation of the pending absence for the purpose of reviewing the student’s attendance record and overall performance record. Student vacations or trips without parent(s)/guardian accompaniment are not excused absences A parent may pre-excuse his/her child up to ten (10) days per school year for family trips or vacations per Wisconsin state statutes.. 

Special circumstances (approved by the principal or designee)

  1. Serious illness in the immediate family.
  2. Religious holidays.
  3. Emergency work at home of student.
  4. Suspensions - either in or out of school

Appointments (requiring documentation from the provider)

Illness (requiring out of school recovery verified by a physician) and professional appointments (listed below) require written verification. This note needs to state the number of days the student is to be out of school and it needs to be turned in no later than two days after the absence. A communicable disease (in which state law prohibits school attendance) and school-sponsored activities are also excused from the attendance policy requirement.

  1. Chiropractic, dental, mental health, optometric, physician, orthodontic or driver’s license test.
  2. A court appearance of other legal procedure which requires the attendance of the student.
  3. Quarantine as imposed by a public health officer.
  4. Death in the immediate family and/or a funeral for an immediate family member (other consideration may be made with prior approval).

School events

  1. Attendance at special events or educational value as approved by the principal or designee, (one college visitation, one military absence for testing, physical, etc.). An exception could be made with prior approval.
  2. Approved school activities during class time.

All students with excused absences will be given the opportunity to make up work missed in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher(s) to make arrangements for making up work missed during an absence from school.
  2. Students who miss classes for reasons that are determined to be excused will be given the opportunity, whenever possible, to make up work missed when they return to school.
  3. Teachers will be asked to grant the number of days absent plus one (1) for make-up time. This provision applies to all work assigned during absence(s).
  4. Examinations missed during an excused absence will be permitted to be taken at a time mutually agreed upon by the student and the teacher.

Any days beyond these aforementioned excused days must fall under the reasons listed above (items a - h) in order to be excused. All other absences will be unexcused and fall under the Truancy Section of this policy.

Unexcused Absences

Children who are absent from school with the consent of their parent(s) or guardian, but whose absence does not fall under the reasons listed above shall be considered unexcused. In such cases, the student shall be required to make-up class work missed. The student, on his/her return to school will be expected to submit a written statement signed by his/her parent(s) or guardian explaining the reason for the absence. On the basis of this statement, the principal or designee will determine whether credit for the make-up work will be granted.

A student who is absent from school for no particular reason or is truant will also be considered unexcused. However, credit will not be given for class work missed during an absence. Students have the obligation to understand and retain for future reference and use all materials presented during their unexcused absence.

All students with an unexcused absence will be permitted to make up an examination, chapter, unit, 9 weeks or semester tests missed during an absence for full credit.

Any absences that exceed the limit for absences (i.e. 5 days per semester or 10 pre-excused absences per year) are considered unexcused.

Below are the codes used in Infinite Campus (our student records software):

AP        all appointments – parents/guardians must also submit a note with the doctor’s or court note

CV        college visit – a pre-excused note from parents/guardians, not counted against the five-day limit

EA        excused absence – five per semester (parent-excused)

ET        excused tardiness – a parent note is required for it to be excused

HO        health office – a student was with the nurse in the office (does not count against attendance)

PE        pre-excused absence – a note was present prior to an appointment or vacation (10 days per year)

SA        school activity – absence due to a school-sponsored activity

UA        unexcused absence – an absence without the proper documentation

UT        unexcused tardiness – late to class without the proper documentation


A pattern of tardiness on the part of any child will first be brought to the attention of the student and then to the parent/s or guardian/s of the student. If it appears that the child is negligent, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. After the 3rd tardy in the same class, a 1/2 hour detention will be held, and one detention for each tardy thereafter within the same class. Habitual tardiness (i.e. 25 or more tardies per semester) will be referred to the police for a truancy citation. In the event that the student accumulates numerous tardies at the very end of the semester causing him/her to exceed 25 tardies without a chance for administration to notify parents in a timely manner, a truancy citation may still occur.

Responsibilities for Attendance

Parent(s)/Guardian Responsibility

  1. The responsibility for regular school attendance of a child rests upon the child’s parent(s) or guardian.
  2. When a student is absent, his/her parent(s) or guardian shall contact the school during the day by 8:10 A.M. at school. Failure to contact the school may result in a telephone call to the home or work place of the parent(s) or guardian, and an unexcused absence.
  3. Parent(s) or guardians are required to provide a written explanation of absences at the time the student returns to school, or in the case of anticipated absences, prior to the absence. Anticipated absences shall receive prior approval of the principal or designee.

Student Responsibility

  1. Students are required to attend all of their scheduled classes and study halls unless they have obtained parental permission and a pass approved by the principal or designee.
  2. A student, who has been absent or is anticipating being absent, shall be expected to provide a written explanation of the absence signed by his/her parent(s) or guardian.

Teacher Responsibility

  1. Teachers are required to emphasize the importance and necessity of good attendance. Classroom procedures and grading requirements will be developed which reflect the importance of daily assignments, classroom discussions and examinations in grading students.
  2. Teachers are required by law to take daily attendance (period by period) in their classes and maintain a record of absences.

Principal Responsibility

  1. The principal shall request from each teacher, the procedures used for grading students. All grading systems throughout the school district should reflect the importance of daily assignments and classroom discussions in grading students.
  2. The principal (or the designee) shall maintain office records for all excused absences and unexcused absences that occur in their school building.

District Administrator Responsibility

The district administrator shall present as often as deemed necessary, a list of persons requesting to be excused from school attendance under State Law (16 yrs. of age or older) for Board action.

School Punishment for Truancy

1st Offense

1. A conference will be held between the student and principal.

2. Parent(s)/guardian will be contacted concerning the incident.

3. Time missed will be made up by detentions for unexcused absences.

4. A record of the incident will be kept in the office of the principal and school counselor.

2nd Offense

1. A conference will be held between the student, parent(s)/guardian, administration

and school counselor. The student and parent(s)/guardian will be informed that the next violation will result in referral to the appropriate County’s Human Services or Corporation Counsel.

2. Time missed will be made up by detentions for unexcused absences.

3. The school counselor will meet with the student and parent(s)/guardian to see if a change in the curriculum would resolve the student’s truancy problem.

4. A record of the incident will be kept in the office of the principal and school counselor.

3rd Offense

1. Refer to the appropriate County’s Human Service office or Corporation Counsel.

2. Time missed will be made up by detentions for unexcused absences.

Legal Referral

A legal referral may be initiated if a poor attendance pattern has continued and if the principal or his/her designee has completed the following:

  1. Met with the student’s parent(s) or guardian to discuss the student’s truancy, or has attempted to meet with the student’s parent(s) or guardian and has been refused.
  2. Provided an opportunity for educational counseling to the student to determine whether a change in the student’s curriculum would resolve the student’s truancy and has considered curriculum modification.
  3. Evaluated the student to determine whether learning problems may be a cause of the student’s truancy and if so, has taken appropriate action or made appropriate referrals.
  4. Conducted an evaluation to determine whether social problems may be cause of the student’s truancy and if so, has taken appropriate action or made appropriate referrals.

The following actions that the Vernon County Court may take against a student found to be truant include:

  1. Suspension of the person’s operating privilege for not less than 30 days or more than one year.
  2. An order for the person to participate in counseling or a supervised work program or other community service work as described in s. 938.34(5g).
  3. An order for the person to remain at home except during hours in which the person is attending religious worship or a school program.
  4. An order for the person to attend an educational program as described in s. 938.34(7d).
  5. An order for the department of workforce development to revoke, under s. 103.72, a permit under s.103.70 authorizing the employment of the person.
  6. An order for the person to attend school.
  7. A forfeiture of not more than $500 plus costs.
  8. Any other reasonable conditions, including a curfew, restrictions as to going to or remaining on specific premises and restrictions on associating with other children or adults.

(Ordinance No. 99-1, County Board of Supervisors, Vernon County, Wisconsin and referenced in Section 11 -5-7 of the Ordinances for the City of Hillsboro, Wisconsin)

Leaving School Grounds

A student must not leave the school grounds before his regular dismissal time without obtaining permission from the office. Students must be in a class or study hall every period of every day. Passes to leave the building will be issued for professional appointments only. With good planning you should arrange appointments during your study hall periods. Any request for leaving must be accompanied by a written notice from a parent and submitted to the attendance officer. Any student who leaves the building for any reason needs to sign out of the main office before leaving.

Illness during School

A student must obtain permission from the teacher in charge or from the principal to miss a class or study period to use the sick room. In the event of serious illness, arrangements will be made for parents to pick up the student or the student will be transported home. Do not remain in the restrooms for long periods of time if you are sick. Report your illness to the office personnel and they will see you get proper care.


Parents and alumni are encouraged to visit Hillsboro Schools. It is necessary to report to the office upon arrival to secure a visitors pass. The following regulations pertain to the issuance of a Visitor’s Pass:

Student Withdrawal Permission

Students are required to attend school regularly during the full period and hours that school is in session until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the student becomes 18 years of age. Students may withdraw from school prior to that time under the following condition:

  1. Any child who is 16 YEARS OF AGE may be excused from regular school attendance by the school board upon the child’s request and with the written approval of the child’s parent(s) or guardian if the child and his/her parent(s) or guardian agree, in writing, that the child will participate in a program or curriculum modification leading to the child’s high school graduation. Program of curriculum modifications for purposes of this requirement include the following:

  1. Any child who is 18 years of age or over may be excused from regular school attendance by the school board upon the child’s request with the written approval of the student’s parent(s)/ guardian if the child and his/her parent(s) or guardian agree, in writing, that the child will participate in a program or curriculum modification leading to the child’s high school graduation or leading to a high school equivalency diploma. (Program or curriculum modifications include those outlined above).

  1. A written agreement is required between the child, his/her parent(s) or guardian, the school board and a representative of the high school equivalency program or program leading to the child’s high school graduation prior to a child’s admission to such program(s). The agreement must state the services to be provided, the time period needed to complete the high school equivalency program or program leading to high school graduation and how the performance of the student will be monitored. The school board is responsible for monitoring the written agreement on a regular basis. In no case, however, can the agreement be monitored less frequently than once per semester. If the school board determines that a child is not complying with the agreement, the school board is expected to notify the child, his/her parent(s) or guardian and the high school equivalency program or program leading to high school graduation that the agreement may be modified or suspended in thirty (30) days.

TRAFFIC –   Amended 7- 2014

  1. Parking and Traffic

     Student use of the parking lot is a privilege. Students who drive to school are expected to use their vehicles on school grounds in a manner that is safe and within the expectations of laws governing motor vehicles. Exhibition driving—operating a motor vehicle in a manner that demonstrates excessive speed and/or causes unnecessary engine noise or backfire, squealing tires, skidding, sliding, swaying, throwing of sand or gravel or in a manner that creates a dangerous situation—is prohibited.  This type of driving may result in a suspension or loss of school parking privileges, other disciplinary action and/or referral to law enforcement.

     Students who drive to school must use the parking lot to park their vehicles during the school day. Students can park temporarily in other locations during the school day only with prior approval from teachers and/or administration. Students may not be in the parking lot during schools hours without permission from a teacher or the office.  Students may not sit in their vehicles or congregate in the parking lot during lunch/open campus. Littering in the parking lot is not allowed.

     We suggest that students lock their vehicles and do not leave any items of value in the vehicle. The building principal or his/her designee may conduct searches of vehicles on district property based on reasonable suspicion of alcohol, drugs, stolen property, weapons or other items which pose a danger to health and/or safety, or which violate school rules and regulations. Searches may involve the use of drug-sniffing dogs. Such searches may be conducted without notice, without student consent, and without search warrant.  From time to time, the principal or designee may request police assistance in searching the parking lot during school hours or school activities if there is a reasonable suspicion of alcohol, drugs, stolen property, weapons, or other items which pose a danger to health and/or safety, or which violate school rules and regulations. The school district will not be liable for stolen items.  


    Student's cars should be parked in the south parking lot in a proper arrangement.  The highway 33 entrance should be used immediately after school and whenever possible.  Caution must be taken when entering and leaving this exit.  All vehicles must observe the 15 MPH speed limit while on school property and where posted on city streets.  Cycles are to be parked in the cycle parking area on the North end of the parking lot.  The east parking lot in front of the school is reserved for visitors.

     Students who park on school premises while parking privileges are suspended or who do not follow parking procedures even after receiving fair warning may have their vehicle towed at their or their parents’ expense.

B.  Student Arrival and Departure

     Students are expected to arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and to be out of the building no later than 3:30 p.m. unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or coach. Parents should drop off students at the south (student parking lot) lower entrance to the building before school because the buses drop off students at the upper (east) entrances to the building.

C.  Bicycles

     The bicycle rack is located in the parking area in front of the Middle School.

     Bicycles should remain parked in the racks during the school day.

D.  Bus Rider Rules

Everyone riding a bus is expected to be on time to keep the bus on schedule, to behave and be safe while boarding, riding or disembarking from the bus.  

Students must ride the bus designated to them.  Students are to follow the instructions of the bus driver.      Students not complying with the rules will not be permitted to ride the school bus.  Some suggestions and specific regulations are:

1.  Previous to loading (on the road and at school)

a)  Be on time at the designated school bus stops.

b)  Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.  Bus riders conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting.

c)  Do not move towards the bus at the school loading zone until the buses have been brought to a complete stop.

2.  While on the bus:

a)  Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus.

b)  Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.

c)  Remember the loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver's attention and may result in a serious accident

d)  Treat the bus equipment as you would your valuable furniture in your home. Damage to seats, etc. must be paid by the offender.

e)  Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.

f)  Don't leave books, lunches or other articles on the bus.

g)  Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisles.

h)  Remain in the bus in case of a road emergency, unless directed by the driver to do otherwise.

I)  Do not throw anything out of the bus at any time.

j)  Remain in your seats while the bus is in motion.

k)  Be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver.

l)  Keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.

m)  Help look after the comfort and safety of small children.

3.  After leaving the bus:

a)  Cross the road when necessary after getting off the bus (at least 10 feet in front of the bus) but only after looking to be sure no traffic is approaching from either direction and only when motioned to cross by driver.

b)  Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.

c)  Be alert to the danger signal from the driver.

d)  Do not leave the bus at other places than the regular bus stop unless proper authorization has been given in advance by parent and school officials.        

4.  Extra-curricular Trips

 a)  The above rules and regulations and all school regulations in regard to student conduct and behavior   would apply to any trip under school sponsorship.

 b)  Pupils shall respect and comply with the orders of a competent chaperon appointed by the school.


E.  Hall Traffic Regulations

When numerous students surge through the halls between bells, serious traffic tie-ups and even accidents will occur if students do not comply with a few simple rules designed to permit everyone to reach his/her destination safely and conveniently in the allotted time.

1.  In order to keep traffic flowing freely, it is essential that students do not congregate on the stairs or in the    halls.

2.  No running in the halls is permitted at any time.

3.  Keep locker doors closed.

4.  Minimum noise in the halls will show respect to classes in session.    

6.  Senior High students are to stay out of the middle school classrooms and hallways.  The two restrooms across from the A-V room are designated for the middle school students and are not to be used by the high school students.

7.  Middle school students are to stay in the middle school classrooms or hallways, except when passing to their scheduled P.E., Band, Chorus, Art, or Foreign Language classes or when they have a pass to come to the office or library.

F.  Hall Passes

A student is permitted in the halls during class periods only if he/she has a pass signed by the teacher requesting his/her presence in the teacher's room.  All passes must originate with the teacher requesting his/her presence.  These passes must be obtained prior to the time of release.  Such students will remain the responsibility of the teacher issuing the pass.

G.   School Telephones

       Use of school phones is at the discretion of the school staff.  

H.  Field Trips and all School Sponsored Trips

All student trips will be planned by the teacher, coach or faculty sponsor and a student committee, with the approval of the principal, three weeks in advance of the trip.  The vehicles of the district bus contractors of Hillsboro Public Schools will be used.  A trip planning form must be filled out and given to the principal.  An extra-curricular bus trip form must be signed by the principal and given to the bus driver.  All school rules that apply in school will be given to the bus driver.  All school rules that apply in school will also apply to students while they are on a school sponsored trip.

I.  Fire Drill Instructions

Carelessness is the cause of most accidents and injuries; be careful and follow directions.  When the fire alarm sounds, remain calm, stand and remain standing until the teacher gives the command to pass.  You are to leave all property including books in the building.  You are to remain in single file at all times and to pass rapidly as possible without running.  Walk---Do Not Run!!!  The first person in line leaving the building is to go far enough out of the building to permit all students to get out and stay in single file.  Remember when the fire alarm sounds, there may be a fire!!!

J.  Tornado (Violent Windstorm)

A tornado is a violent windstorm.  To save lives and lesson the possibility of injuries, everyone must know what to do if a tornado occurs while they are in school.

All students are to stay indoors or move indoors.  Do not remain out of doors as wind driven objects become a great danger to those people outside the building.

The school alert to put this plan of action into effect will be given over the school public address system.  In case the P.A. is inoperative, office personnel will be sent through the halls.  They will notify people in each room that "a tornado warning is in effect and all persons should move to the predetermined shelter areas."  

All students and staff will remain quiet and will walk in an orderly fashion to the locker rooms for shelter.

After school dismissal some of these areas may be locked and inaccessible.  The best safety areas then would be the boy's and girl's restrooms on the lower floor, the janitor's room, the gym storage room or the ticket office.


K.  Lockdown Procedures  

      In the event of a lockdown, students are to remain in their classrooms.  Students in the hallway at the time of a lockdown should report immediately to a nearby classroom or find shelter.                 


A.  Lockers

       Lockers are the property of the Hillsboro High School. The locker assigned to the student is not the student’s private property or under his/her possession.  The building principal or his/her designee may conduct locker searches of both an individual locker and/or groups of lockers as determined necessary or appropriate without the consent of the student, without notifying the student, and without obtaining a search warrant. From time to time, the principal or designee may request police assistance (which may include drug-sniffing dogs) if there is a reasonable suspicion of alcohol, drugs, stolen property, weapons, or other items which pose a danger to health and/or safety, or which violate school rules and regulations. Students should not put anything in their locker or carry anything in their possession that they would not want the police to know about.  Discovery of illegal items may result in suspension or expulsion and referral to appropriate authorities.  


       Each student will be assigned a locker the first day of school. Locker assignments may not be changed. Students are assigned lockers for storage of books, supplies and clothing. Students should be careful to put away books and other possessions in their lockers when not in use and to keep their lockers orderly.

     Students are held responsible for the care of school property, including the locker itself, as well as their own personal possessions.  Any excessive damage should immediately be reported to the office so any needed repairs can be made.  If damage is not reported, the student to whom the locker was assigned will be held accountable.  Items attached to the outside of the locker must pertain only to school sports and activities and only masking tape is to be used.  Items found inside lockers must not be offensive to others.  Any questionable items shall be brought to the attention of the principal for final determination.

   Hall lockers require school-provided padlocks and will be provided at no cost to the student. Padlocks that are lost and/or intentionally damaged will be replaced at a cost to the student. The school district is not responsible for stolen items from unlocked lockers.  Valuables will be locked in the vault upon request.

B.  Money Making Projects

No individual may use the school premises for personal profit.  Projects undertaken must benefit the class of organization as a whole.  All projects undertaken must be approved in writing, in advance, by the class advisor or organization advisor. If planning food sales, please follow the School Nutrition Policy (Policy 454.5) which may be found in the school office. Adequate supervision and work plans are necessary.  Final project must be approved by the Student Council to regulate type and timing of sales.  The Student Council will notify the principal.

C.  School Lunch

      The school district uses a computerized lunch program.  Students in the 6th grade will be given their lunch ID number the first day of school by their homeroom teacher.  All returning students will have the same ID number as last year.

     Applications for free and reduced meals will be sent home to all families prior to the beginning of the school year.  If you do not receive an application, please contact the high school office and one will be sent to you.  Return the completed application to the high school office as soon as possible.

                                                                                                                                Policy 761.2


  1. The District uses an automated lunch accounting system to record food service payments and to monitor food purchase transactions. The system functions as a debit system. Parents/guardians are expected to maintain their lunch account in a positive status.

  1. Parents/guardians who claim that their families’ financial status is such that they cannot afford to pay for their children’s meals are invited to submit an application for free or reduced meals in accordance with federal regulations.

Balances incurred prior to application approval remain the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

  1. School personnel will contact the family to notify them of the low balance via telephone, email or letter once the account balance is at or below $5.00.

  1. Families with delinquent accounts and who refuse to pay or work out a payment plan will be processed through small claims court, if three or more efforts to collect have been unsuccessful.
  1. If extenuating circumstances exist, arrangements for an extension can be made by calling the bookkeeper at the high school.

  1. For accounts that are abandoned (all students that have withdrawn or graduated and do not return by September 15 of the next school year), the district will take the following actions:
  1. If balance is negative and under $10.00: balance will be zeroed out.
  2. If balance is positive and under $10.00: balance will be zeroed out to help balance other negative accounts.
  3. If balance is positive and over $10.00: balance will be sent to student’s parent/guardian by check.
  4. If balance is negative and over $10.00: balance will be billed to student’s parent/guardian with payment expected within thirty days.

Approved:           August 22, 1994

Revised:           December 11, 1995; March 13, 2000;         August 22, 2005;    Nov. 12, 2012

D.  Textbook/Materials/Equipment Policy

The district furnishes textbooks and equipment to students, students are expected to cover their textbooks in order to better maintain quality.  Any textbook, materials, or equipment damaged beyond ordinary wear will be charged to the student who checked out the materials.  Such charges will be assessed according to the replacement value. All textbooks and equipment will be checked out to students as deemed necessary by the teacher; this student will be responsible for checking them in when requested by the teacher.

E.  Pupil Extra-Curricular Travel Expenses

Pupils participating or competing in a school sponsored activity are to provide for their own meals.  Whenever the activity is out of the district, the pupil should bring food along.  The chaperone, coach or advisor may plan to stop at a restaurant.  The cost of the meal will be paid by the pupil.

The school district will pay for necessary room and meal costs whenever the pupil will be gone overnight and competing in a school sponsored activity.  Arrangements for such over-night expenses and reservations will be handled by the chaperone, coach or advisor.

The school district will pay for necessary admission fees and entry fees for competing pupils.  Any pupils who are spectators must pay for their own admissions and expenses.

School district owned, contracted or approved vehicles must be used by pupils for school sponsored activities.


Student Conduct Code Philosophy and Principles

The Hillsboro School District is committed to maintaining a favorable learning environment.  Working together, we can all create a positive learning climate.  The district believes:

  1. All students should develop and demonstrate the following:  An understanding that they must make choices involving value judgments, standards of conduct and courses of action.
  2. An appreciation of themselves as unique individuals, worthy or respect by others, as well as self-respect accepting their liabilities.
  3. Learn to recognize relationships between their behavior and consequences.
  4. The ability to assume the responsibility and the consequences for their actions, striving to achieve self-discipline and self-control.
  5. Recognize they are active participants in developing the structure and control needed to promote a positive learning experience and lifestyle.

General considerations        

Students are expected to:

Do all assigned work to the best of their ability.  Quality work is the goal.

Be respectful to all parents, teachers, other students and all members of society.

Behave in such a way to bring positive credit to themselves and to the school.

Protect the school property and equipment and treat it with respect.

Contribute to your own self-development and share your talents with the rest of the school.

Be friendly and loyal members of the school community.

B.   Dress Code:

       Responsibility for the personal appearance of students shall normally rest with the students and their parents/guardians.  The school also has a responsibility to establish dress standards that promote a positive and appropriate learning environment.  Student dress or grooming should not (1) affect the health or safety of individuals on school property or (2) and/or disrupt the learning process within the classroom or school.

     Students should wear clothing which is appropriate for an educational environment.  Clothing deemed inappropriate by staff and administration shall be prohibited during regular school hours.  Standards for attire in the Hillsboro School District include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1.  Footwear shall be worn during school hours and at school activities.
  2. Clothing, jewelry, or accessories that contain pictures and/or writing referring to profanity, violence, sexual references, illegal drugs, or the promotion of alcoholic beverages (and bars) and/or tobacco products are not permitted in the school building during regular school hours.  
  3. Coats or headgear (caps, hats, bandanna) shall not be worn in the school building between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. unless it is for religious or medical reasons.
  4. Backpacks / book bags are to remain in the student’s locker or on the school shelves during the school day.  Hall floors must be kept free of items according to fire codes.

Students wearing clothing that is perceived by staff to be inappropriate will be told to change.  Students who do not comply will be removed from classes for the day. If there is a disagreement between students and/or parents and the staff regarding the appropriateness of clothing, the principal will use his/her discretion to make the decision.  Repeated violations of this dress code will result in further disciplinary action.

C.  Locker Rooms:

Coaches, teachers, students and team personnel are allowed to use the locker rooms during school hours and events.  No recording devices (including cell phones) are permitted in the locker room under any circumstances.  This policy reflects the privacy interests of these individuals who use the locker room.  According to Wisconsin Act 118 (2007) no person may use a cell phone to capture, record, or transfer a representation of a nude or partially nude person in the locker room.

D.  Specific rules:

             1.   No use or possession of tobacco is allowed on school property or school sponsored events as well.  

       Such conduct is subject to city fines.

  1. No consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages.  No student shall be under the influence of alcoholic beverages during the school day or at school sponsored events.  Such conduct is subject to city fines.
  2. No use or possession of illegal substances - drugs.  Official authorities will be notified of any suspected violations.
  3. No swearing, cursing or use of foul language.
  4. No stealing.
  5. No plagiarism or cheating of any kind, including plagiarism, will be tolerated on any assignments – including but not limited to homework, papers, and tests. See Plagiarism/Cheating Policy.
  6. Harassment will not be tolerated.  Name calling, bullying, note writing, intimidating, stalking/following, hanging around, or blocking a person’s path, etc. are all considered harassment, and disciplinary action will take place.
  7. No fighting.
  8. No vandalism.
  9. No disobedience, disrespect, threats or attacks directed at members of the school staff; and damage or theft of property belonging to school staff members.
  10. Students are allowed to carry water in clear containers upstairs.  This use is a privilege and subject to responsible use by the students.  Teachers have the discretion to deny water bottles in their classroom.
  11. No coats are allowed to be worn in the classroom (exceptions may be allowed at teacher discretion).
  12. No book bags are allowed in the classroom (exceptions may be allowed at teacher discretion).
  13. No wallet chains shall be worn.
  14. Public Display of Affection - School is a place to learn.  Walking arm in arm, hugging, and/or kissing are not permitted.  The DAYLIGHT RULE applies - there must be daylight between you and your significant other!        

E.  These statements of conduct may be modified, added to or deleted as deemed necessary during the school year for the good operation of the school.  The daily announcements will be used to help clarify any changes in rules.

F.  Failure to comply with these school rules listed above, school board rules or conduct by the pupil while at school or under the supervision of a school authority which endangers the property, health or safety of others may result in suspension of the pupil for up to five (5) days and/or lead to a recommendation for expulsion.  A student suspended from school shall not be denied the opportunity to make up class work and/or tests/exams given during the time missed.

G.  Dismissal (suspension) from class

  1. Any student who is a chronic source of class disruption or who displays severe disruptive behavior - violence, swearing, endangering safety - will be brought to the Principal's office.  The student will not return during the same class period but will return the next time the class meets after the problem has been solved.

  1. If this student is brought to the Principal's office from the same class for a second time for causing trouble the student will be held out of that class until a conference is held and the student, the classroom teacher, the parents/guardians, and the principal can meet to resolve the problem.  When the problem is thus resolved, the student will return to class. This second referral may result in suspension.

  1. If the student is brought to the office by the teacher a third time for causing trouble, he will be removed from that class for the remainder of the semester.  Semester credit for that class will be lost and an "F" will be assigned to that student for the semester.

  1. Any students who are referred to the office by a substitute teacher and have office-managed consequences will be subject to twice the penalty for their misbehavior.

  1. Beginning September, 2008 per school board Policy #443.02  -

      Disruptive or Non-Compliant Student(s)

Students who are sent out of class or who are suspended for one or more days will be subject to the following: A total of days suspended plus the number of times a student is sent to the office will not total more than ten (10).  When the total exceeds ten (10), the student will be placed in the alternative and/or virtual program with no on campus classes offered to the student for the rest of the current school year. These students who exceed ten (10) days will not be allowed on school grounds for any school activity.

H.  Dangerous Weapons Policy

1. Weapons Policy

 No one shall possess a weapon on school property, school buses or at any school-related event.  A weapon is defined as any object that by its design and/or use can cause bodily injury or property damage.


     Students violating the policy on possession of weapons will be subject to disciplinary action and possible suspension and/or expulsion.  Law enforcement officials and parents will be notified.


     Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel are permitted. The principal(s) may authorize persons to display weapons that are registered and handled in a legal manner for the purpose of education.

2.  Other Criminal Offenses Policy

     Other criminal offenses include:  assault, extortion, theft, possession or use or sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, arson, sexual assault, igniting of firecrackers(s) and other criminal offenses as defined and/or designated by law.


     Students violating the policy concerning Other Criminal Offenses will be subject to disciplinary action and possible suspension and/or expulsion.  Parents will be notified and law enforcement personnel may be notified.


(Beginning 2007 - 2008)

Plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated. Plagiarism and cheating occur when a student uses another person’s or student’s ideas, words and/or work (as their own) without giving credit to that person. As a student, you are responsible for understanding and avoiding all forms of plagiarism and cheating. The following describes the forms and levels of plagiarism and cheating with consequences.

Hillsboro Middle/High School—Grades 7-12

Forms of Plagiarism/Cheating                                Consequences

Blatant plagiarism -copying of another        1. 0% credit given for assignment

student’s homework, paper, or tests or        2. Conference involving student, teacher, and administrator

involvement in cheating (i.e. providing answers)        3. **Parent/Guardian contact—both in oral and written form.

Plagiarizing material        1. Opportunity to re-do the assignment for

(or using an original idea of someone         50% credit

else without crediting the source)        2. Conference—student, teacher and administrator

        3. **Parent/Guardian contact—both in oral and written form

Inadvertent Plagiarism        1. Student and teacher conference

(sloppy research or writing technique)        2. Re-do assignment avoiding plagiarism


A.  Roll Call and Sign-out

      Roll call should be taken at the start of study hall.

Uniform study hall sign-out sheets must be used by each study hall teacher to keep a record of students who wish to leave and return to the study hall.  Students who have a white student pass properly filled out and signed by a teacher and then check out of the study hall should sign out on the sign out sheet.   Students who wish to go to the office to see the guidance counselor or the principal must get a pass from the study hall teacher.  The student is responsible for listing his/her full name, date, room destination and departure time and return time---if he/she will return that same hour.

C.  Hall Passes

Students who are going to leave study hall and work in a teacher's room must obtain a pass (on proper form) in advance of the study hall period.  If a teacher wants a student to come to his/her room or do some special assignment, he/she must issue the pass and thus are in charge of the student after he/she signs out of the study hall.

D.  Library Check Out

After students report to study hall they may check out to the library if they have a pass from a teacher and are not on the restricted study hall list.  This pass should be from a teacher for whom they have work to complete.  Any student who is not reading, using the computer lab for school related projects, or working on their work will be returned to study hall and not allowed to return to the library for one (1) week.  Students who have a pass to check out to the library should come directly to the library.

* *Teachers please do not give students a pass to come to the library if they do not need to complete work for your class.

   E.  Restroom

Limited to one student at a time.   High school students are to use the high school designated restrooms and middle school students are to use their designated restrooms.   Three minutes should be the maximum time allowed for this.

   F.  Lockers

Students are to plan, in advance, the work they will do in study hall and bring the books and materials to study hall at the bell time beginning the study hall period.  The teacher in charge of the study hall may permit a student to go to his/her hall locker if unusual circumstances require the trip. Students are responsible for bringing enough work and/or appropriate reading material to utilize the entire study hall period.


G. Noise Control - Speaking Privileges

Noise must be kept to a minimum.  Speaking privileges may be granted by the study hall teacher. Students must obtain permission to work with and/or speak with a peer.  Students may request this verbal okay by raising their hand and obtaining a verbal okay from the study hall teacher.

     H. Operation

A business-like atmosphere shall prevail in the study hall.  Sleeping is not permitted in the study hall.  Walkmans or other headsets are not permitted in study hall. Students are expected to use the study hall to their best advantage in pursuing educational activities and completing assigned classroom work.  All students are to be assigned a seat.

I.  Cleanliness     Students are responsible for the condition and upkeep of tables, chairs and wall  GENERAL

A.  Cancellation of a School Day

A school day may be cancelled or shortened if weather conditions are deemed dangerous to travel.  Wind chill and extreme hot temperatures may be cause for a shortened or cancelled day.

Wind Chill Factor

Minus 35 degrees wind chill factor or a minus 35 degrees Fahrenheit will be the criteria used by the district to delay or close school.

Hot Weather Policy

Should be temperature within the high school and/or elementary school rise above 96 degrees Fahrenheit, school shall be dismissed as soon as feasible.  Notice will be given over the regular radio stations.

School may be cancelled, early dismissal may take place or a 2-hour delay may be used depending on the weather conditions.

If school is cancelled or dismissed early, it will be announced on the radio stations listed below.  If the 2-hour delay plan is announced, it may be necessary to cancel school because roads had not improved as expected.

If the delay plan is used, please be certain to listen to the radio to be certain that the plan has not been changed to a cancellation.  If school is to be canceled, this information will be given to the radio station by 8:30 a.m.

If the delay plan is to be used, students will be picked up 2 hours later than normal.


LACROSSE     93.3 FM        WIZM                LACROSSE....................WKBT   8

MAUSTON     92.1 FM        WRJC                 LACROSSE...................WXOW 19

REEDSBURG     104.9 FM          WRDB                MADISON.......................WMTV 15

RICHLAND CENTER     100.9 FM        WRCO                MADISON        ……………WKOW 27

SPARTA    97.1 FM        WCOW                        MADISON………………..WISC 3

VIROQUA     102.3 FM        WVRQ

Students and parents can also refer to the Hillsboro School District Facebook page for cancellations.

B.  Social Events

All social events requiring use of school facilities must be approved by the principal and placed on the yearly calendar.  All social events must have a sponsoring class or organization.  Any money-making social event will follow the guidelines of the Money Making Projects Policy.



The Hillsboro School District designates the following personally identifiable information contained in a student's education record as "Directory Information;" and may disclose that information without prior written consent.

        1.        The student's name.

            2.          The student's address.

            3.          The student's telephone listing.

            4.          The student's date and place of birth.

            5.          The student's major field of study.

            6.          The student's participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

            7.          The student's weight and height if a member of an athletic team.

            8.          The student's date of attendance.

            9.          The student's photograph.

           10.          The student's degrees and awards.

           11.          The name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.

After the parents or eligible students have been notified, they will have two weeks to advise the school district in writing (a letter to the district administrator's office) of any or all items they refuse to permit the district to designate as directory information about that student.

At the end of the two-week period, each student's records will be appropriately marked by the records custodians to indicate the items the district will designate as directory information about the student.  This designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of the student's parent or the eligible student.

LEGAL REFERENCE:  Section 118.125 (1)(d) Wisconsin Statutes

                                        118.125 (2)(j)

APPROVED:  6/14/82


At Hillsboro High School you will find an extensive varied program of student extra-curricular activities, one in which every student can have a place.  On the following pages you will find what organizations or activities may be open and beneficial to you.  Each has its own special rules for membership participation.  While you don't want to get so involved in activities that your school work suffers, neither do you want to miss all the fun, friendliness and valuable training to be derived from a well-balance student involvement in the life of the school.

A.  Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics – Students may participate in more than one sport per season.  However, the student must indicate in writing to the Athletic Director of his/her preferred sport at the beginning of the sport season.  Any date, in which the two sporting events fall on the same day, the student must participate in his/her preferred sport.

 Varsity letter criteria - Adopted by the Board of Education-8/15/72.

Football - Participation in 3/8 of all quarters played during the season and complete the season in good standing, or merit a coach's recommendation.

Basketball - Participation in 3/8 of all quarters played during the season and complete the season in good standing or merit a coach's recommendation.

Baseball - Participation in 3/8 of all innings played during the season and complete the season in good standing or merit a coach's recommendation.

Track - Successfully complete the season, scoring 20 points

Wrestling - 30 points are needed or a coach's recommendation and complete the season in good standings. Points earned are as follows:

6 pts. for a pin

5 pts. for a decision by 10 or more

4 pts. for a decision by 9 or less

3 pts. for a tie

2 pts. for a loss by 9 or less

1 pt. for a loss by 10 or more

4 pts. for a win by default or for a forfeit

Cross Country - The criteria for earning a major letter in cross country are as follows:

        1.  The athlete must compete as one of the top seven runners for 75% of the season.

        2.  The athlete must meet the following minimum course times:  19:00 minutes for boys, and 14:00 minutes for girls.

        3.  The coach's decision regarding attitude, effort, attendance, etc., will be taken into consideration.

Volleyball - Participation in 3/8 of the games played during the season and complete the season in good standing or merit a coach's recommendation.


 Softball - Participation in 3.8 of all innings during the season and complete the season in good standing or merit a coach's recommendation.

Minor Letter - Anyone who completes the regular season in good standing gets a minor letter.

No varsity competition is required.

The school athletic letter and the right to wear the "H" is given to students because they have represented Hillsboro in athletics and have shown good citizenship.  It is Hillsboro's highest athletic award and one of which every "H" Club student is justly proud.  Only one monogram may be awarded to a student with an identifying insignia attached when the monogram is awarded.  A service bar for each additional award earned in each sport is given after a monogram presentation.

Cheerleading - It shall be the purpose of cheerleading to promote and uphold school spirit and loyalty, to develop a sense of good sportsmanship and to better the relationship between our school and the schools with which we compete.  Cheerleaders shall abide by the athletic code.

Varsity letter criteria -Cheerleading

Basketball Cheerleaders

As of the 1993-94 school year, basketball cheerleading is no longer divided into a J.V. and varsity squad.  All girls are considered varsity cheerleaders.  The girls will cheer for all home games, both boys and girls. In the event that one team continues in tournament play, then of course the cheering cannot remain exactly equal for both sports.  If the boys and girls tournament games are not on the same night, both squads may cheer.  If all cheer for boys tournament games, all must then also cheer for girls tournament games to keep the cheering equal.  Because WIAA allows free admission to only eight (8) cheerleaders in tournament play, the squad originally designated to cheer will be admitted free and the other squad will have to pay admission.  A cheerleader from one squad will not be allowed to cross over to the other squad.  If someone is absent from the squad for a game, the squad will have to make do with a lesser number.  In the event that a game is cancelled, the cheering for each rescheduled game will be dealt with individually--preferably keeping the same squad as originally scheduled.

B.  Awards and Honors

The Hillsboro High School recognizes genuine student achievement by giving several traditional awards, including special honors for general scholastic excellence, for top performance in a particular field of work and for outstanding service to the school.

Activity Award (2) - The activity award is given to honor the senior boy and girl who have participated and excelled in the greatest number of extra-curricular activities excluding music and athletic activities.

Athletic Award (2) - The athletic award gives recognition to the senior boy and girl who have participated and excelled in the greatest number of athletic activities sponsored by the school.

Music Award (2) - The music award gives recognition to the senior boy and girl who have participated and excelled in the greatest number of music activities sponsored by the school.


     The Hillsboro Chapter of the National Honor Society was established in October of 1962.  To be a member of this national organization the following criteria has been established.

  1. Eligibility and Qualifications

     SCHOLARSHIP   Must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.300. This is based on semester grades.  Students are                    eligible after completing two semesters at HHS.

      SERVICE Willingness to render any service to school, in the classroom, in the community.  (Example:    serving as a student librarian, working as a statistician for athletics, etc...)

        LEADERSHIP:  Demonstrates such in classroom discussion, in conduct, or in initiative in the classroom   or in organizations.  Promotes school activities. Successfully holds offices or positions of responsibility.

        CHARACTER:  Meets pledge and responsibility of school promptly.  Cooperates with school regulations.

Demonstrates concern for others. Sets good example of conduct in school. Displays courtesy towards

administration, faculty, and fellow students. Displays respect for school property and cooperates in maintaining order in halls, cafeteria, study hall, library, and gymnasium.


2.  The N.H.S. Advisor provides eligible candidates with an application form. Students who submit the completed form are then evaluated by the N.H.S. Educational Excellence Committee. The committee reviews their application forms and their character references. Notification is then passed on to the NHS Advisor.


The Student of the Month Program at Hillsboro Middle School/High School is a program that recognizes student achievement.  The following criteria have been established to help in the selection of these students.

1.  Criteria for being student of the month:

     A.  Attitude towards school, self, others, etc...

     B.  Improvement or maintaining.

     C.  Other positive attributes.

2.  Nominations are made by any teacher in the MS/HS School.  Voting for Student of the Month is by ballot at faculty meetings or through an online survey.

3.  Two male and two female students from the high school will be chosen each month. A student may not receive Student of the Month honors more than once per school year.

4.  Rewards:

     A.  Each selected student will receive a certificate.

     B.  Each selected student will receive a T-shirt.

     C.  End of year party for middle school students and something special for the High School students depending on if funds are available.


     The Student of the Year Program was established to acknowledge students who have excelled during the school year.  The following criteria have been established to aid in the selection of the students.

     1.  Students who have been selected as the Student of the Month will make up the pool from which the Student of the Year is selected.  One male and one female student will be selected as Student of the Year (from the high school).

     2.  Each teacher in the junior/senior high school will evaluate each student that they have had contact with during the year.

     3.  The following criteria will be used to evaluate each student.

        A.  Attitude toward education.

        B.  Work ethic.

        C.  Willingness to go above and beyond other students.

        D.  Extra-curricular participation.

        E.  Community participation.

        F.  Working above and beyond.

        G.  Any other outstanding characteristics.


Local Scholarships

     A description booklet of local scholarships and the application requirements is available to students in February.  Students are to check the booklet and turn in the scholarship and requirements that they qualify for.  Special notation is listed with the scholarship availability list for any scholarships which need to be submitted in March/April each year. Students may pick up applications and requirements in the guidance office if it is noted in the description booklet. Students may receive more than one scholarship.  Most scholarships are based on stated requirements set forth by those providing the scholarship money.

Roots For Success – 5 - $2,000 ($10,000 total)

Hillsboro Women’s Civic Club – GPA 2.5 or higher, 2-4 year school, $500

American Legion – GPA 2.0 or higher, 1-2 year school, $500

St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary – Entering health field, $500.

Gross-Wood Education – Prefer UW-La Crosse Elem. Ed., $300

Masonic - Based on class rank, essay, $1,000

METCO– 2-4 yr. school (Environmental education desirable) $500

Hassler – Attendance, positive attitude, 2-4 year school, $1,000

Joan Stahlkopf Memorial – Business field preferred, $100

Farmers State Bank – Based on GPA, leadership, one agriculture field, amount varies

Farmers State Bank Memorial - Amount varies – student has experienced death of friend or family member

                                                    during the past year      

William C. Kasdorf - $100 award    

Byron & Ellen Shear – University of Wisconsin System preference, financial need, not necessarily valedictorian or

                                     salutatorian, $1,500  ($7,500)

Hillsboro Education Association – GPA 2.5or higher, prefer education field amount varies

H-Club – GPA, athletic participation, 2 - $500

National Honor Society – Joyce Schroeder Memorial – NHS member, essay, $300

Ocooch Dairy – Agriculture career, $500

Lions Club – child of member preference, 2 - $500

Paul Francis Hynek & Jacqueline Hynek-Schmidt – Natural resources or forestry – music or business, amount

                                                                                  depends on interest rate

Marie Kouba Verbsky Educational Memorial – Elementary education, $500

Todd Kuester/Firemen – Fire, police, or EMT field, child of a firemen preference, $500

Lawrence Kouba Memorial – GPA 2.0 or higher, natural resources field, good character, financial need,

                                                attendance, $500

Robert & Ruth Hofmeister – Academics, character, no legal involvement, one male & one female,

                                              based on interest rates

Dr. Keith McDonald – preference given to those going to Ripon College, majoring in education, or participating in college level football. $250 award

FBLA Chapter – Amount varies

Star Spangled Celebration - $500

WALLEYE North America - $500

Hillsboro Community Foundation Scholarship – amount varies, additional essay

Scott Fanta Memorial Scholarship - $300

Leita and Arland Marshall Scholarship – amount varies, education or agriculture preferred

Gordon & Margaret McCoy Memorial - $500, technical college

Glenn F. Jensen Memorial - $500, diesel mechanics, competes with Royall and Wonewoc

Leaders Promoting Agriculture – amount varies

Music, Athletic & Activity Awards – Six students – Money split equally for a male & female in each area

**Other scholarships may become available during the school year.

** Other local, regional, district, state and national scholarships will be posted throughout the year near the guidance office.

Technical Excellence Scholarship (462.1)

Starting with the Class of 2015, the Technical Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to one (1) Hillsboro High School senior who has demonstrated the highest level of proficiency in technical education subjects. The scholarship can only be used at a Wisconsin Technical College with the Wisconsin Technical College System located with the State of Wisconsin. The State of Wisconsin funds half of the scholarship and the institution matches the other half.

The value of the Technical Education Scholarship is $2,250 per year to be applied toward tuition. This scholarship does not exceed six (6) semesters or a total of three (3) years. Semesters are defined as fall and spring, not summer sessions or other shorter sessions.

Wisconsin Act 60 requires that the same student cannot receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Technical Excellence Scholarship. It also requires the school district to designate scholars for the program by February 25th of each year. For the first year of the program, the school district has until March 23, 2015 to submit the designee to the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB).


Eligible students for the Technical Excellence Scholarship must be:


A high school senior must meet the following criteria:

  1. A student must exhibit interest in and planning for a technical career:
  1. Prior to September 1, 2017, the school counselor and/or principal must affirm that the student has post-secondary plans related to a career in technical education.
  2. Beginning on September 1, 2017, a student must have an academic and career plan leading to a career in technical education.
  1. In addition, a student must also have completed the following criteria:
  1. Complete at least three (3) high school career and technical education (CTE) courses in program area(s) leading to a diploma in the student’s post-secondary education plan. A student may be enrolled in the third course at the time of their nomination for the Technical Education Scholarship.
  2. The definition of a “CTE course” is to be that definition approved by the board of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, P.L. 190-270 “Perkins IV”, which is:  a secondary-level course through the DPI-recognized program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Family and Consumer Science Education, Health Science Education, Marketing Education, or Technology and Engineering Education; such courses must be taught by a CTE instructor licensed for that specific discipline, except that courses in Health Science Education may also be taught by a health education instructor and/or a science licensed instructor.
  1. A student must be enrolled on a full-time basis at a participating Wisconsin Technical College by September 30th of the academic year following the academic year he/she was designated as the scholar to receive the Technical Education Scholarship.

Ranking of Eligible Candidates

The school district will make the nomination of the Technical Excellence Scholarship for the student who has the highest proficiency in technical education subjects. A ranking (1,2,3,4, etc….) will be calculated by the High School Counselor and High School Principal by February 10th of the senior year of the students who qualify for the Technical Excellence Scholarship. The ranking system will consist of a point system reflective of the course work and technical education experiences. The student with the highest number of points will be considered to be the student with the highest proficiency in technical education subjects and will be awarded the Technical Excellence Scholarship. The point system is as follows:

Tie-Breaking System

In case of a tie among two or more students, the following criteria will be used to break it:

  1. The highest grade point average of the student’s CTE courses. (If a tie still exists, go to #2)
  2. Total number of student’s credit hours through seven (7) semesters plus the number of total credit hours in process during the eighth (8th) semester. (If a tie still exists, go to #3)
  3. The highest COMPASS test score.

Legal Reference:        2013 Wisconsin Act 60

                        Wisconsin Statute 36.27

                        Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59)

                        Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (Modifications – June 9, 2003 and July 14, 2014)

February 10, 1992

The extra-curricular activities policy applies only to involvement in extra-curricular activities.  All policies stated in the student handbook will continue to be in effect.

The intent of this policy is to insure the best possible representation of the student body in all phases of extra-curricular activities within the school.  The opportunity to participate in the extra-curricular activity program is extended to all students who are willing to assume certain responsibilities.

To participate in the extra-curricular phase of school activities - class officers, organization officers, Homecoming and Prom court, plays, forensics beyond the local level, newspaper staff, annual staff, swing choir, F.F.A. & F.B.L.A. extra-curricular activities, quiz bowl, H-Club, National Honor Society, math teams and student council - the following will apply:

I.  Academic Requirements

A.  All students must carry a full academic class load.  A student must do passing work in a minimum of "20 hours of work".  "Twenty hours of work" shall be interpreted to mean any combination of credits adding up to a total of four full credits for a school year.

B. 1) A student receiving 2 F's will be suspended from practice and participation in extra-curricular activities for a nine-week period.

     2)  A student receiving 1 F will be placed on probation in accordance with W.I.A.A. rules.  The student may practice, but not participate in extra-curricular activities during the probation period.  If the student is not passing all subjects at the end of the probation period, the student will be suspended from all extra-curricular activities for the nine-week grading period.

     3)  In-completes are considered the same as an "F".

II.   Student Transportation and Riding Home with Parents

Students must ride school sponsored transportation to all school events.  Special circumstances must have school administrative approval. Students who ride a school sponsored bus or van can ride home from school events with parents only!  The parent must write a note of permission and must notify the coach or supervisor in person after the event.  Students are not allowed to ride home with other students or other students' parents.

III. Behavioral Code Requirement

  1. Disciplinary action will be taken for:
  1. use of tobacco
  2. use of e-cigarettes
  3. drinking
  4. illegal use of drugs
  5. stealing
  6. malicious destruction of property
  7. fighting
  8. harassment of other students or school personnel
  9. insubordination
  10. removed from class
  11. leaving the building without proper pass
  12. truancy
  13. cheating on schoolwork

Disciplinary action for Items 1-6:

  1. 1st Offense – A parental conference plus the student must give up the right to participate in ALL of their extra-curricular activities for a nine-week period OR do ten (10) hours of service commitment that one of more advisors (from activities where the student is involved will oversee.
  2. 2nd Offense – A parental conference plus the student must give up the right to participate in ALL of their extra-curricular for an eighteen week period OR do ten (10) hours of service commitment that one or more advisors (from activities where the student is involved will oversee).
  3. 3rd Offense – The student will be suspended for one (1) calendar year from the date of the third offense.

C.  Disciplinary action for any combination of Items 7-12:

  1. 1st Offense – If this is deemed a minor incident, the student will receive a warning from administration. If this is deemed a major incident, refer to the 1st offense in B above.
  2. 2nd Offense – A parental conference with the student, advisor, and administration. If this is deemed a major incident, refer to the 2nd offense in B above.
  3. 3rd Offense – The same consequences as listed under the 1st Offense under B above. If this is deemed a major incident, refer to the 3rd offense in B above.

IV.     Practice and Game Participation

If because of illness, you are unable to be at school for the entire day, you are not allowed to attend              practice or the contest that day or attend activities that day or evening (whether home or away). For any excused absence, other than illness, a student is required to be in attendance at school for at least 4 periods of the school day in order to participate in activities on that day. This includes pre-excused absences.*

* Exceptions may be granted by the Hillsboro District Administrator, High School Principal and/or Athletic Director.



January 27, 1992        Amended 7-2014

The following athletic code has been developed by a designated committee composed of Hillsboro School Board members, coaches, administrators, parents and students.  One purpose of athletics is to cultivate high ideals of good citizenship and good sportsmanship.  Therefore, the following code has been developed as a guide for all students.  This code covers the athletics involved in inter-scholastic athletics in the Hillsboro Public Schools for the full calendar year. All students connected to a team in any capacity are held accountable to the athletic code (this includes players, cheerleaders, managers, video people, statisticians, etc.)  Elementary school students participating on junior high school teams are subject to the academic and training rules portion of the athletic code.

I.  Any athlete found guilty of stealing, cheating, possession or use of tobacco or e-cigarettes, possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drug or whose conduct is contrary to that of the law or unbecoming of an athlete will be dealt with according to the athletic code.  

II. Terms

A. In Season:  This refers to the actual sports' season in which the athlete is participating.  A sports' season starts with the first practice and ends with the last scheduled game or when the team or individual has been eliminated from further competition.

B. Out of Season:  This refers to any other time during the year when the athlete is not actively engaged in a sport.

C.  Fall Sports' Season:  Football and Volleyball and Cross Country.

D.  Winter Sports' Season:  Boys' and Girls' Basketball and Wrestling.

E.  Spring Sports' Season:  Boys' and Girls' Track, Softball and Baseball.

III. Penalty for Violations

A.  In Season

1. First Offense:  20% of the scheduled contests, but may practice.  When the violation occurs near the end of the season, the suspension will carry over  into the next sports' season, in which the athlete participates. Only 10% of the scheduled contests if the student admits to using alcohol, drugs, or tobacco without being questioned. The athlete must finish the season in good standing.

2. Second Offense:  Suspended from participating for the remainder of the season or 30 practice and game days, whichever is greater, with carryover into the next sports season in which the athlete participates.  The athlete must finish the season in good standing.

3. Third Offense:  One calendar year with carry over into future years.  If the athlete will seek and successfully complete drug counseling program offered by professionals in the area, the third offense will be reduced by one-half.

B.  Out of Season

1.  First Offense:  A one game suspension in the athlete's first sports' season.

2.  Second Offense:  Will be the same as a first offense of the in season penalty.

3.  Third Offense:  Will be the same as a second offense of the in season penalty.

4.  Fourth Offense:  Will be the same as a third offense of the in season penalty.

IV.  Academic Requirements

A.  All athletes must carry a full academic class load.  An athlete must do passing work in a minimum of 20 hours of work. "Twenty hours of work" shall be interpreted to mean any combination of credits adding up to a total of four full credits for a school year.        


1.  An athlete receiving 2 F's will be suspended from athletic contests and practices for a nine-week grading period.

2.  An athlete receiving 1 F will be placed on athletic probation in accordance with W.I.A.A rules.  The athlete may practice but may not compete in contests.  If the athlete is passing all subjects at the end of the probation period, he/she will again be eligible.  If an athlete has not passed all subjects after the probationary period he/she may not practice or play in contests.

3. Incompletes are considered the same as an "'F" until completed.


V. Practice and Games

      A.  All athletes are expected to be present at each practice and game.     

If because of illness, you are unable to be at school for the entire day, you are not allowed to attend              practice or the contest that day or attend activities that day or evening (whether home or away). For any excused absence, other than illness, a student is required to be in attendance at school for at least 4 periods of the school day in order to participate in activities on that day. This includes pre-excused absences.*

* Exceptions may be granted by the Hillsboro District Administrator, High School Principal and/or Athletic Director.

VII. Personal Appearance

All athletes must conform to W.I.A.A. sports rules and regulations.

VIII. Student Transportation and Riding Home with Parents

Students must ride school sponsored transportation to all school events.  Special circumstances must have school administrative approval. Students who ride a school sponsored bus or van can ride home from school events with parents only!  The parent must write a note of permission and must notify the coach or supervisor in person after the event.  Students are not allowed to ride home with other students or other students' parents.

IX. Suspension Notification and Due Process Procedures

A.  The Superintendent will be informed of any suspensions.

B.  Due process procedures are available to a suspended athlete in the event they feel a wrong decision has been made.  Copies of the due process procedures have been adopted by the Hillsboro Board of Education and are available from the Athletic Director.

X.  Effect of Training Violations on Awards

Violation of the training will also have an effect on post-season, all conference and senior sports awards:

     1.  Any athlete suspended during a season will be ineligible for any school postseason honors for that season,  

          (i.e. Most Valuable Player).

     2.  Any athlete suspended in season will not be eligible for all-conference nomination for that season.  Should

          the infraction occur after nominations have been submitted, the nomination will be withdrawn.

     3.  An athlete suspended for training rules during their senior year will be ineligible for the senior athletic      award.


    Revised and Approved February 8, 2010

School District of Hillsboro

Children’s Internet Protection Act

Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy

Bylaws and Policies

The School District of Hillsboro provides a data and communications network to facilitate communication within the school community and between that community and the global community.

Ready access to information resources inside and outside the school provides academic support and promotes innovation. Access to these resources is a privilege, not a right. Resource sharing and communication both within the school and also with other educational institutions broadens and enriches the learning environment for students and staff.

This policy is established to delineate use of network resources for District administrative and educational purposes. “Educational Purposes” include the use of the computer network system for classroom and professional development activities.

The District encourages staff and students to utilize the Internet in order to promote educational excellence in our schools by providing them with the opportunity to develop the resource sharing, innovation, and communication skills and tools which will be essential to live and work in the 21st century.

All users (i.e. teachers, administrators, staff, students and other authorized personnel) and parents/guardians need to understand that even though we have taken precautions to filter Internet content and are providing adult supervision by teachers and/or support staff, there is still the potential for students to access inappropriate material. Our Internet filtering cannot be disabled by students or staff.  The benefits to students accessing the Internet far outweigh disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying standards that their children should follow when using media and information resources. To that end, the School District of Hillsboro supports and respects each family’s decision to apply for, deny, suspend, or terminate their child’s access. Access, if issued, shall remain in effect through the school year, unless suspended or terminated by the school, parent or guardian.

All Internet and network users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.

The District designates all administrators as responsible for overseeing the implementation and enforcement of this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to the use of the network and the Internet for instructional purposes.

The School District of Hillsboro complies with CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) and NCIPA (Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act).

Computer Network and Internet Use

The Board of Education supports student and staff use of Hillsboro’s Computer Network and the Internet to participate in distance learning activities, to communicate with experts, to communicate with other students and staff and to locate material to meet their educational and informational needs. The District’s goal in providing this computer network system is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, communication, and instruction to meet the expectations of Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards and District standards and benchmarks.

Information available via the Internet is changing, and it is impossible to predict with certainty what information might be located there. Just as the purchase, availability, and use of media materials does not indicate endorsement of their content by school officials, neither does making electronic information available to students and staff imply endorsement of that content.

School administrators will develop procedures which facilitate use of the Internet.

        Guidelines for Using Hillsboro’s Computer Network and the Internet

Hillsboro’s computer network and Internet access are provided for the benefit of students and staff for academic purposes. Users are responsible for their behavior and communications while using District technology. A Computer Use Acceptance screen acknowledging adherence of this policy appears on all computers prior to logging on. The following guidelines have been established so that they can be used freely, safely, and efficiently:

a. Priority should be given to school assignments; and arrangements for sharing time on equipment should be negotiated fairly.

b. Use respect for others.

c. Use shared resources wisely. Diligent effort must be made to conserve system resources. (i.e. frequently delete emails and unused files and turn off unused equipment).

d. Use language that is appropriate in the school community.

e. Purchase of products or services online is prohibited unless they are for educational purposes and prior approval is received.

f. Use of the network for commercial activity, product advertisement, political lobbying, or harassment of students, staff or others is strictly prohibited.

School computers interact with Hillsboro’s computer network in invisible but carefully designed ways.  Therefore:

g. No alterations should be made to the hard drives of any school computers or servers: don’t change settings, add or delete programs, change operating systems; and don’t run programs from media (e.g., disks, CD/DVD’s, USB drives,) without permission of the network system administrators.

h. The use of noneducational sites, including but not limited to, games, Internet chats, blogs, wikis, and unmoderated forums is an inappropriate use of computer resources and is not allowed.

i. It is improper and illegal to copy programs, tamper with hardware, alter files, or enter certain areas of Hillsboro’s computer network without authorization.

j. Any and all software or Internet subscriptions must be approved for compatibility with the Hillsboro’s computer network before purchasing.

k. Do not disrupt the use of the network (e.g. downloading or uploading files of any type including, but not limited to, streaming music, video, or applications).

l. No unauthorized access, including socalled ‘hacking’ and other unlawful activities.

m. No unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification regarding minors.

n. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to, access to material deemed “obscene”, “child pornography”, or “harmful to minors”.

o. The Hillsboro’s school website is available to the public. The website is modified by selected school personnel and by students under the supervision of a Business Education teacher in a web class. No unauthorized modifications are allowed.

Consequences of Misuse:  Any user in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include, but not be limited to restitution for any and all damages, loss of computer use privileges, suspension, expulsion, and referral to local authorities for further legal action. Any user denied access due to misuse will be responsible for finding alternatives for completing their tasks.

Passwords:  Respect the confidentiality of passwords. Do not attempt to log on as anyone else. Users will keep all passwords confidential and not accessible to others. Staff will change passwords regularly as required. Change your password or ask to have your password changed when you think someone else may know it, and notify a teacher or administrators if you suspect passwords are being abused.

Email/Text Messaging:  The same rules of civility for speaking or writing apply.  Before you send a message, read it over to be sure it communicates the content and tone you want the receiver to read. Don’t send unnecessary messages that wastes the receiver’s time, and don’t use up unnecessary paper printing out your messages unless you need them for a class.

Privacy:  Privacy is valued and respected in the Hillsboro community. However, Network and District administrators have the right to examine the contents of the file server, email server, and to track Internet usage with security software capable of recording any and all sites visited to maintain system integrity and ensure responsible use of the system. ALL email, internal and external, both sent and received, is recorded on a readonly server accessible for administrative purposes.

In order to foster independent thought, creativity, and intellectual development, the school will only examine files when there is reason to suspect any activity or material that violates the school’s code of conduct or the law. This includes criminal activity, material that is obscene, material that is violent or actively encourages violent behavior, plagiarism or violation of intellectual rights or copyright laws, activity that endangers, demeans, threatens, or libels a person or persons, and material that denigrates people based on gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual identity.


a. The unauthorized installation of software or files is prohibited.

1. Licensing agreements will be upheld for copyrighted software.

2. Privately owned software is prohibited.

b. All software selection, approval, and budgeting must follow established procedures. Reference chart ‘Schematic for Software Selection/Approval/Budgeting’.

Cyberbullying:  The District’s computer network and district owned equipment may not be used for the purpose of harassment. All forms of harassment are unacceptable and viewed as a violation of the District’s acceptable use policy and procedures.

Cyberbullying includes harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful email or text messages, digital pictures, or web site postings, including blogs, social networking sites, and any other web tools.

Students and community members, who believe they have been the victims of such misuses of technology, as described in this policy, should print out a copy of the offending material and bring to the attention of a staff member or principal.

Use of New Web Tools:  The use of social networking, blogs, wikis, podcasts or other web tools are considered an extension of your classroom. Therefore, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in any web tools.

Students using social networking, blogs, wikis, podcasts, or other web tools are expected to act safely by keeping ALL personal information out of their posts.

Students using such tools agree to not share their username or password with anyone besides their teachers and parents.

Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project and/or be subject to consequences appropriate to misuse.

Supervision and Monitoring:  It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Hillsboro School staff to supervise and monitor usage of the computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Procedures for modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Technology Department.

Safety:   Parents, students, staff, and administration should be aware that:

The School District of Hillsboro has no control over the content of the information residing on other computers connected with the Internet, or control over the identity of individuals having access to the Internet. Parents, students, and the adult community are therefore advised that connected computers may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, obscene, profane, inaccurate, abusive or threatening, racial or ethnically offensive, or inappropriate. The administration and staff of Hillsboro do not condone or permit the use or viewing of such material, and persons are prohibited from bringing such material into the school environment. The School District of Hillsboro will educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites, in chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response.


a. The school district cannot guarantee network functionality or accuracy of information.

b. The school district does not guarantee the effectiveness of Internet filtering.

Student and Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:  All students using the District’s computer network or accessing the Internet through the District’s network must indicate that they and their parent or guardian understand the responsibilities of exercising this access by signing a user agreement, and that failure to follow it may result in loss of their network privileges and possible further disciplinary action.

Volunteer/Substitute Teacher Responsibilities:  All persons using the District’s computer network or accessing the Internet through the District’s network must indicate that they understand the responsibilities of exercising this access by signing a user agreement, and that the failure to follow it may result in loss of their network privileges and possible further disciplinary action.

The Acceptable Use Permission and Release Agreement form for students must be:

1. Signed by the student and their parent or guardian

2. Signed when entering 6th grade

3. Returned to the school office

4. Updated in the Destiny Library Program

The Acceptable Use Permission and Release Agreement form for volunteers/substitutes must be:

1. Signed by all volunteers/substitutes

2. Kept on file at District Office

CIPA definitions of terms:

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE: The term “technology protection measure’ means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:



3. Harmful to minors.

HARMFUL TO MINORS: The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;

2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

3. Taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT: The terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.


Legal References: Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554)

Communications Act of 1934, as amended (47 U.S.C. 254[h],[l])

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C.

6801 et seq., Part F)

Revised and Approved  9-2012

                                               SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBORO


September 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Students of the School District of Hillsboro have access to a wide variety of information via the Internet through the use of computers at school. To gain access to this information, a student must first obtain the permission of his or her parent. Permission is granted by the school district when the Acceptable Use Permission and Release Agreement form is signed by the student and the Parent/Guardian and returned to the student’s principal.

Using the Internet, the computers allow access to libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other users, on a worldwide basis. You should be aware that some of the material (via the Internet) may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting and curricular standards and objectives. It is possible students may find access to information that may be inaccurate, defamatory, offensive, or illegal.

The school district requests parents/guardians to grant permission to the district to provide access to computer software and networks and, in addition, to release the school district from any liability arising from such access.

The school district feels student access to the information, resources, and other students around the world, far exceeds potential disadvantages to the use of computer technology. Parents, guardians, and students are responsible for supporting the proper ethical and legal standards all students must follow which are in accordance with School District of Hillsboro policies and school rules and procedures.

Please read the attached materials and review them with your son(s) and daughter(s).

The school district requires your signature on the permission and release form before your child will be given access to computer software and networks available through the School District of Hillsboro.

Please contact your principal if you have any questions concerning this matter.


Curt Bisarek





Please read and/or discuss the Acceptable Use Policy and Bring Your Own Technology Policy, published on the district website* (click on Policies, then Internet Use Policy), with your student. The use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right; inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. School officials may deny, revoke, or suspend access to the computer network to those who violate one or more of the terms and conditions. It is important that you understand her/his responsibilities as well. Your signature indicating that you have read and agreed to the guidelines is necessary before an account will be issued.

School:         ____ High School    ____ Middle School

Grade: ______

Users’ Full Name: (please print) ___________________________________________

I have read or have had read to me, and/or discussed the Acceptable Use Agreement with my parent/guardian and agree to use the network/Internet in an appropriate and responsible manner. If I violate any of these conditions, I understand that I may lose access to, and use of, the computers and/or networks, or even greater consequences such as suspension, expulsion, dismissal, or legal action as outlined in this agreement.

Student Signature: ______________________________________ Date: ______________

I have read and/or discussed the Acceptable Use Agreement with my student and give the school and the School District of Hillsboro permission to issue network/Internet access to my student.

Also I hereby waive any claims against the District, its officers, agents, and employees arising out of the accessing of material via computer by my student or other users while on the premises of, or under instruction of, the School District.

Parent /Guardian Signature: _________________________________ Date: ______________

* Please contact the school office of attendance if you prefer a paper copy, are unable to access the policy and guidelines on the internet, or have any questions or concerns regarding this form.

                        Hillsboro School District

Grades 7 - 12

Student Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy

The district retains the right to make changes as needed.

A parent and student must read, sign and then return the agreement BEFORE a Chromebook is issued to the student.

The Vision for Learning in the Hillsboro School District        

The 1:1 Chromebook initiative gives students the tools to have instant access to the world of information and to become producers rather than just consumers of information that is available through the use of technology. The goal of the initiative is to provide each student in grades 7 – 12 access to a Chromebook daily and more technology opportunities. Research shows that the 1:1 initiative “levels the playing field” for all students, regardless of their socio-economic situation.

The Hillsboro School District is taking assertive steps to transform student learning within the district. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative allows the following to occur for the benefit of student learning:

PART ONE:  Student Responsibilities

Charging of Chromebook

In grades 7-12, it is the student’s responsibility to have their Chromebook charged each day when they come to school. During a normal school day, a typical Chromebook, fully charged, can be used the entire day with no additional charging required.  If a student comes to class with a Chromebook that is not charged, the student may have access to a limited amount of chargers (see information below regarding “Hot Swaps”).

Each student should establish a routine at home for charging their Chromebook so that it can charge overnight. The charging time for a Chromebook is similar to that of a cell phone. Each student needs to take care of the charger – they or their parents are responsible for lost or damaged chargers. It is recommended that students NOT use the prongs on the charger to wrap the cord, as over time, this has proven to damage the cord.  

Bringing the Chromebook to School

It is imperative that the student bring their Chromebook to school each day.  Students are not allowed to use their own computers for classroom use.  Many lessons will be designed based on each student having access to their Chromebook.  A student must carry the Chromebook in the carrying bag, zipped, at all times when it is not in use. Students who leave their Chromebook at home and/or come to school without their Chromebook charged may have access to a limited amount of Chromebooks (see information below regarding “Hot Swaps”).

Like textbooks, Chromebooks are checked back in to the library media center at the end of the school year.

Hot Swap

“Hot Swaps” are additional Chromebooks or chargers that are available for use in the case a student has forgottten their Chromebook, not charged their Chromebook, or their Chromebook is being repaired. (If the repair will be longer than 5 days, see section on “Loaner”).  “Hot Swaps” are stored in the High School Library and designated classrooms.  The “Hot Swap” will be checked out to the student while they are using it.  A “Hot Swap” is good for the entire school day the student needs it, but the student cannot take a “Hot Swap” home.   There are a limited amount of “Hot Swaps” available for use. These will be handled on a first come, first served basis.  If all of the “Hot Swaps” have been checked out, students will not have the opportunity to use a “Hot Swap”.

All students will be issued a limited amount of “Hot Swap” tickets at the beginning of the school year that can be used to trade for a “Hot Swap”.  However, a student will only be allowed to implement these four times per semester.  When all of the student’s tickets have been used, the student will not have the opportunity to use a computer/charger for the day. A ticket is not necessary if a student is waiting for their Chromebook to be repaired. A student may charge their Chromebook during non-instructional time without implementing a “Hot Swap”.


“Loaners” are additional Chromebooks or chargers that are available to students who do not have a Chromebook or charger due to warranty issues or being damaged accidentally, and the repair time will be longer than 5 days. The student will be allowed to take the “Loaner” home upon receipt of a signed damage report.  “Loaner” Chromebooks must be returned upon completion of repair.  Loaners are subject to the same policy as the initially issued Chromebook.

Access & Monitoring

Ultimately, the Chromebook is the property of the school, and the school district has the right, at any time, to determine what is appropriate and to search the Chromebook, if necessary. The district’s filter allows the district to block websites which are inappropriate for students whether they are accessing the web via the district wireless network or if they are connected to the Internet at other locations. Chromebooks will pass through the district’s filter whether the Chromebook is used at school or at home.  Parents should still monitor their student’s time and activities on the Chromebook.

Students who access inappropriate sites during the school day or are accessing sites that are not related to the class they are in will face disciplinary action. If sites are accessed by accident, the student should move immediately to another site and then report the incident to the Technology Director as soon as possible.

Downloading Programs and Personalizing the Chromebook

Allowed apps and extensions will be determined by the Hillsboro Technology Committee.

A student may not place stickers and other markings on the Chromebook.

PART TWO:  Chromebook Care

Keep Your Chromebook in a Safe Place

For grades 7-12, students are provided a protective Chromebook bag. Keep your Chromebook in the Chromebook bag at all times and stored in a safe place when not being used. When transporting your Chromebook, zip the case completely until you reach your destination. Do not leave the Chromebook in a car or a place where it is exposed to extreme temperatures. Do not leave your Chromebook or charger on the floor or in an area where there are small children or pets. If on an athletic team, never leave the Chromebook in the gym, on a playing field, or in other areas where it could be damaged or stolen. A student should NEVER bring a Chromebook to a locker room.  

Parents are encouraged to purchase a lock for their child’s locker. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – including at school – will be the student’s responsibility.

Chromebooks left in bags in unattended classrooms or other areas are considered “unattended” and will be confiscated by school staff as a protection against theft. If confiscated, here is the procedure:

2nd time – the student may need a parent signature acknowledging the incident before getting the Chromebook back, along with other potential and appropriate consequences.

General Care

Here are general care instructions:

Treat this equipment with as much care as if it were your own property. Do not attempt to remove tags or change the physical structure of the Chromebook.

PART THREE:  Chromebook Conduct

In Classrooms

Students in grades 7-12 will be required to bring their Chromebook to school and to each core class every day.  When the Chromebook is not being used in class, it is to be closed.  Students will use the Chromebook for instructional purposes during instructional time only.

Many of the rules and guidelines that govern the use of Chromebooks and network resources are also found in the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy of the Hillsboro School District.

Student Misuse - Classroom and Otherwise

If a student mistreats his or her Chromebook, consequences will be enforced.  Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to:

Any student who violates the rules and expectations relative to the Acceptable Use and Student  Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy will be subject to disciplinary action.  One or more of the following consequences could occur but not necessarily in this order:

Chromebook Damage and Care

If a Chromebook is damaged, the Technology Director must be notified immediately. If any damage to the Chromebook is not reported in a timely fashion, your Chromebook privileges may be suspended or revoked.

If a student damages a Chromebook due to negligence, the student and his/her family is responsible for paying the repair costs or the cost of replacement (which includes the cost of the machine, the charger and/or the Chromebook bag) according to the “Cooperative Loss Program” listed below. A student who does not have a Chromebook due to a Chromebook being damaged intentionally or due to negligence will be not allowed to use a “Hot Swap” or “Loaner” Chromebook during the repair.  Consequences listed above may also be enforced.  

The Hillsboro School District reserves the right to charge the student and parent for the full cost of repair or replacement due to gross negligence. Examples of gross negligence include, but are not limited to:

  1. Leaving equipment unattended.
  2. Lending equipment to others beside one’s parents or guardians.
  3. Using equipment in an unsafe environment (e.g. in extreme heat or around liquids).
  4. Using the equipment in an unsafe manner (e.g. see student misuse).
  5. Allowing pets to chew or soil on equipment.

Yearly Chromebook Protection Plan

Students in grades 7-12 have the option to purchase a $15.00 yearly protection plan for their Chromebook.  Under the plan, the District will cover a one time repair of the Chromebook.  Replacement is at the discretion of the Technology Director.  A student will be responsible for the full cost of replacement if it is determined that damage has been caused by intentional abuse or misuse.  If a Chromebook and/or charger is stolen, the student must file a police report.  

Parents are encouraged to enroll their child’s Chromebook into a yearly protection plan since the cost of replacement parts can range between $20 - $70. Here is a list of various replacement items with their related cost: Charger = $20 - $25, Screen = $40 - $50, Keyboard = $60 - $70.

Cooperative Loss Program

In the event of damage to the Chromebook within the student’s control, the student and parent will be billed a fee according to the following schedule:


Protection Plan

No Protection Plan


Covered by Plan

up to full cost of replacement


up to full cost of replacement *

up to full cost of replacement

* Parents have the option to renew their child’s protection plan after their first incident has been reported and repaired. Parents will only be allowed to renew a protection plan twice each year. The protection plan fee will increase an additional $10.00 for each time it is renewed. (i.e. - initial plan fee = $15, renewal fee after 1st incident = $25, renewal fee after 2nd incident = $35).

Failure to pay for damages that are not covered by a protection plan will result in the loss of privilege to take a Chromebook home and/or the loss of the use of a Chromebook entirely (i.e. - student will need to complete assignments in the school computer lab or via paper and pencil).

The administration has the authority to waive the first incident deductible charge if the cause of damage is judged to be beyond the student’s control.

Legal Issues and Jurisdiction

Because the Hillsboro School District owns and operates the equipment and software that compose our network resources, the school is obligated to take steps to insure that all facilities are used legally. School administration monitors our network and may find it necessary to investigate electronic incidents even if they happen after hours and outside of school. As the owners of our network resources, including the email system, the school administration reserves the right, at its discretion, to access, open, examine, and/or delete electronic files that violate this Chromebook Conduct Policy.



Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy Release Agreement

Please read and/or discuss the Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy with your student. The use of the Chromebook and/or network is a privilege, not a right; inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. School officials may deny, revoke, or suspend access to the Chromebook and/or network to those who violate one or more of the terms and conditions. The School District of Hillsboro reserves the right to charge the student/parent the full cost for repair or replacement when damage occurs due to gross negligence of the Chromebook. It is important that you understand her/his responsibilities as well. Parents and students must read, sign and then return the agreement BEFORE a Chromebook is issued to the student.


____ High School ____ Middle School

Grade: ______

Users’ Full Name: (please print) ___________________________________________

I have read or have had read to me, and/or discussed the Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy Agreement with my parent/guardian and agree to use the Chromebook and/or network in an appropriate and responsible manner. If I violate any of these conditions, I understand that I may lose access to, and use of, the Chromebooks and/or networks, or even greater consequences such as suspension, expulsion, dismissal, or legal action as outlined in this agreement.

Student Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ______________

I have read and/or discussed the Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy Agreement with my student and give the school and the School District of Hillsboro permission to issue network/Internet access to my student.

Also, I hereby waive any claims against the District, its officers, agents, and employees arising out of the accessing of material via Chromebook by my student or other users while on the premises of, or under instruction of, the School District.

Parent /Guardian Signature: _____________________________ Date: ______________



The School District of Hillsboro assists other state and county agencies in the setting of appropriate health standards, in promoting the good health of students and their families and in educating students and staff in disease prevention and good health practices.  The Board recognizes its responsibility to inform appropriate staff and to outline responsibilities of various professionals when dealing with communicable diseases.

School District personnel are responsible for reporting communicable diseases to the school nurse.  Pupils or employees who are suspected of having those communicable diseases such as, but not limited to , those listed in the guidelines may be sent home by the school administration.  The parents will be notified as soon as practicable of any student who is suspected of having a communicable disease.

Employees and students are subject to temporary exclusion from the school environment if they are diagnosed as or suspected of having a communicable disease, such as, but not limited to, those listed in the guidelines.

Records and information collected on students and staff with suspected or confirmed communicable diseases are confidential and handled in accordance with state law and board policy on student and staff records.

Administrative guidelines will include an appeal process for handling and implementation of this policy.

Reference:  Wisconsin Statutes 103.15; 143.02; 143.03; 143.12; 118.13

"Information and Recommendations on Preventing the Transmission of HTLV-III in the School Setting", State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.



Students with AIDS or evidence of HTLV-III infection will be allowed to attend school in their classroom with the approval of the child's physician.  The student will be eligible for all rights, privileges and services provided by law and the School District of Hillsboro.

It is the parent's responsibility to inform the principal and the school nurse about their child's diagnosis of HTLV-III infection and health status of their child.

If a student with an HTLV-III infection lacks toilet training or has open sores that cannot be covered, or demonstrates behaviors such as biting which might pose a risk of transmission to others, the student shall be removed from the classroom.  Decisions regarding the type of educational setting will then be made cooperatively by the parents, the child's physician, the school medical advisor, the school principal and the school nurse.

A student with HTLV-III is immune deficient and may need to be removed from the classroom for his/her own protection when cases of measles or chicken pox are occurring in the school.  The school nurse shall notify the infected child's parents when this occurs.

The parents should be advised that the child can not attend school when he/she is acutely ill and/or has a fever, respiratory illness or diarrhea.  If a child is present at school with these symptoms, he/she will be temporarily removed from the school setting.

Each removal of a child with HTLV-III infection from normal school attendance will be reviewed monthly by the school personnel involved along with the child's physician to determine whether the condition precipitating removal has changed.

School personnel involved in the care and education of HTLV-III infected children shall respect the child's right to privacy.  Knowledge of a student with AIDS will be confined to those persons with a direct need to know (e.g. principal, school nurse or child's teacher).  Those persons will be provided with appropriate information concerning such precautions as may be necessary and should be aware of confidentiality requirements.

Records regarding the HTLV-III infections will be kept separate from the remainder of the pupil's record.

                                                       TESTING OUT        Policy 346.1

A student may test out of a required class. A required class is one which is necessary for graduation and/or a prerequisite for a higher-level course.

Departments will develop the assessment tool upon request. Departments will determine the proficiency standard.


Testing out may be requested by a student, a teacher, a parent, a guidance counselor, a G-T coordinator, or a principal. Request approval requires a majority vote from that group.

Credit will be awarded for testing out of a course. No letter grade will be given.

APPROVAL DATE:   May 13, 1996; February 28, 2000

EARLY GRADUATION                        Policy  345.61

Hillsboro High School students may graduate in fewer than eight (8) semesters.

Any request for early graduation will be approved by the school board providing:

Students who graduate at mid-term are allowed to return and participate in the commencement exercises at the end of the school year.

Students who do graduate early must attend high school for seven (7) semesters to be eligible candidates for valedictorian and salutatorian. These students are also eligible to receive any scholarships or awards unless otherwise indicated by the grantor of the scholarship or award.

Legal Reference:  Sections 118.33      Wisconsin Statutes 121.02(1)(p) PI 18, Wisconsin Administrative Code; Cross Reference: 345.6 Graduation Requirements 460 Student Scholarships and Awards

Approved: January 9, 1995; February 28, 2000; Revised: January 20, 2014


Policy #343.42  

  Revised 2-24-2003


The School District of Hillsboro has approved a Youth Options Policy and is available in the high school office.

                                 GRADES 7-12   WRITING SKILLS POLICY              Policy  341.15

Standard English must be used.

Sentences must be complete (contain a subject and predicate).

Writing must be legible.

Paragraphs must include proof (support statements that explain or persuade).

1st Reading - November 9, 2009

2nd Reading and Approval – December 14, 2009



 POLICY    443.5  



Students are permitted to possess an electronic communication device such as a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant or other personal electronic device with communications functions or photographic/video imaging capabilities during the school day and during school activities, provided that the device is turned off. Students may use an electronic communication device only as permitted under this policy.

Building principals are authorized to establish school rules and acceptable use guidelines for limited, non-disruptive use of electronic devices during the school day in the school building or during school activities for safety, medical, vocational or other legitimate reasons.


Students are permitted to use electronic communication devices on school premises and at school-sponsored activities under the following conditions:



Electronic communication devices shall never be used:

Nothing within this policy shall be construed to limit a student’s ability to use an electronic device in a manner that functions as assistive technology necessary for a student’s education and that is required under an individualized education plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan, or that is

approved in accordance with Board policy to address special needs of other students.

Possession of an electronic communication device by a student is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

Students engaging in the inappropriate use of electronic communication devices while on school premises or participating in school activities are subject to disciplinary action. The inappropriate use of such devices by students while off campus and not engaging in school activities may also be subject to disciplinary action if such conduct endangers the health, safety or property of others at school or under the supervision of school authorities and/or causes a material and substantial disruption to the school environment or school activities.

Students and staff shall be informed of this policy annually through student and staff handbooks.

Legal References:        Sections         118.258      Wisconsin Statutes




Cross References:        322, School Day

                363.2, Internet Safety and Acceptable Use

                363.3, Technology for Students with Special Needs

                411.1, Student Harassment and Bullying

                443, Student Conduct and Discipline

                443.4, Student Alcohol and Other Drug Use

                447.3, Student Suspensions and Expulsions

                731.2, Privacy in Locker Rooms

Approved:         November 5, 2014




                                                                                                                                                                Policy 411.1


The School District of Hillsboro strives to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for all students. Harassment and bullying have harmful social, physical, psychological and academic impacts on offenders, victims and bystanders. Therefore, the District consistently and vigorously addresses harassment and bullying to prevent disruption to the learning environment and learning process. Harassment or bullying of a student is strictly prohibited in any form by students, employees and other adults.

For purposes of this policy, harassment and bullying are defined as any conscious, willful, or deliberate acts, or attempted acts, through the use of gestures, words, images or physical actions that are intended to cause physical injury, emotional distress, property damage, or learning environment disruption. Harassment and bullying include behaviors motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic including sex, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, color, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap. Acts may also be motivated by any other distinguishing factor such as gender identity or expression, physical attributes, and social, economic or family status.

Harassment and bullying behaviors can be physical, verbal and/or indirect. Examples of acts of harassment and bullying include physical intimidation, force or assault, humiliation, unwelcomed sexual advances, subtle or express pressure for sexual activity, sexual or racist remarks, extortion, verbal or written threats, taunting, put downs, name calling, threatening or menacing looks or gestures, spreading cruel rumors, and social exclusion. This includes acts of cyber-bullying that involve sending or posting inappropriate, insulting or threatening messages or images through electronic communication systems such as the Internet, cell phones or other personal electronic devices. Harassment and bullying include any behavior that substantially interferes with a student’s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment.  

Harassment and bullying are prohibited on school premises, including school buildings, school grounds and vehicles owned, leased or used by the District. This includes public transportation regularly used by students to go to and from school. Harassment and bullying are also prohibited in all educational environments including, but not limited to, activities under school supervision. Acts of harassment and bullying that originate off school premises and outside of school’s control may be subject to the provisions of this policy and related procedures if the conduct is determined to be substantially disruptive to the educational process and the day-to-day operations of a school.

All school staff members and school officials who observe or become aware of acts of student harassment or bullying are required to report these acts to the building principal or designee. Students who are victims or witnesses of such acts, and any other concerned persons are encouraged to report the conduct to the building principal or designee. If a student is not comfortable reporting concerns to the principal, the complaint may be made to any other adult

employee. The employee will then report the complaint to the appropriate principal. If there is a complaint against the principal, it shall be reported to the District Administrator. Complaints against the District Administrator shall be filed with the Board President.  

All complaints of student harassment or bullying shall be handled in accordance with established student discrimination complaint procedures. Reports of harassment and bullying may be made verbally or in writing. All reports shall be taken seriously, treated fairly and thoroughly investigated. Parents/guardians of each student involved in the harassment or bullying shall be notified prior to the conclusion of the investigation. The District will respect the privacy of a complainant, alleged offender, and witnesses in a manner consistent with the Board’s legal obligations to investigate, take appropriate action, and conform to discovery or disclosure requirements. Disclosure of information related to the complaint shall be made only to those with a legitimate need to know. All records generated as a result of the compliant and appeal processes shall be maintained as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

If the investigation finds an act of student harassment or bullying has occurred, prompt and appropriate remedial, disciplinary and/or legal action shall be taken. Consequences and remedial actions for a student who commits an act of harassment or bullying against another student may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement officials for possible legal action as appropriate. Consequences shall be unique to the nature of the behavior, the developmental level of the student, and the history of problem behaviors. Remedial measures shall be designed to correct the problem behavior, prevent other occurrences, and protect the victim. Identified victims of harassment or bullying shall be provided support by pupil services staff.  

When the act of harassment or bullying originated off school premises and/or outside of a school-sponsored activity, any disciplinary action shall be based upon whether the conduct is determined to be severely disruptive of the educational process and the day-to-day operations of the school.

Consequences and remedial actions for an adult who commits an act of harassment or bullying toward a student may include suspension or termination for an employee. Consequences may include exclusion for third parties who are not directly under school control at school-sponsored activities including parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors. All persons who commit acts of harassment or bullying may be referred to law enforcement for legal action when violations are criminal offenses.

Retaliation is prohibited against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of harassment or bullying. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and shall be addressed independently of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation shall be reported in the same manner as incidents of harassment or bullying. Intentionally making false reports about harassment or bullying is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentional false reporting may result in disciplinary and/or legal action as indicated above.

Notice of this policy and related complaint procedures shall be annually distributed to all students enrolled in the District, parents/guardians and employees. The policy shall also be distributed to community organizations that have cooperative agreements with the District, and to any person upon request.

Records shall be maintained on the number and types of reports made, and sanctions imposed for violations of this policy. An annual summary report completed at the end of each school year shall be available upon request.

In support of this policy, the Board promotes preventive educational measures to create awareness harassment and bullying. The District shall provide staff with the necessary information and training to be able to intervene promptly and effectively against acts of harassment or bullying.

Legal References:        Sections         111.32(13)              Wisconsin Statutes                








                PI 9                 Wisconsin Administrative Code

                Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

                Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964

                Children’s Internet Protection Act (as amended)

Cross References:         411- Rule, Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

                363.2, Internet Safety and Acceptable Technology Use

                411, Equal Educational Opportunities

                443, Student Conduct and Discipline

        443.2, Student Conduct on School Buses

        443.5, Student Use and Possession of Electronic Communication Devices

        454, Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect


Approved:        January 27, 2003 (harassment) & August 9, 2010 (bullying)

Revised:         November 5, 2014