COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PARENT and STUDENT
TABLE OF CONTENTS (with HYPERLINKS)
HEALTH AND SAFETY 10-12
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 25-26
TITLE 1 INFORMATION 43-47
This Student/Parent Handbook is based in significant part on policies adopted by the Board of Education and Administrative Guidelines developed by the Superintendent. Those Board Policies and Administrative Guidelines are incorporated into the Elementary Student/Parent Handbook. The Policies and Administrative Guidelines are periodically updated in response to changes in the law and other circumstances.
Therefore, there may have been changes to the documents reviewed in this Handbook since it was printed in August, 2015. If you have any questions or would like more information about a specific issue or document on the District’s website: www.mvcsd.us.
The mission of the Mount Vernon City School district is to provide, in cooperation with the larger community, a quality education for all students by upholding a standard of excellence in curriculum, staff facilities, achievement and conduct, and to graduate individuals empowered to be self-motivated, lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
November 19, 1992
WE BELIEVE THAT…..
…individuals are unique and worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.
…education should be positive and student focused.
…student effort and achievement are equally important and should be recognized.
…motivation is the key to learning.
…all students must attend school ready to learn.
…local control of our school is an imperative.
…the community is responsible for providing adequate resources to accomplish the mission of the district.
…we must address the specific needs of individual students.
…schools should reflect the most generally accepted highest standards of the community.
…people are our greatest resource.
…we must relentlessly pursue excellence.
…educators, in general, are worthy of the support of the community.
…education is worthwhile and improves and enriches an individual’s life.
…there is a basic body of knowledge which all students must master.
…the family is the student’s first and most important teacher.
Dr. Margie Bennett, President
Mrs. Jody Goetzman, Vice President
Mrs. Cheryl Feasel
Mr. Steve Thompson
Mrs. Mary Rugola-Dye
Mrs. Judy Forney, Treasurer
School Board Meetings – 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library
The 2016-2017 School Board meetings are posted on the MVCSD website.
Bill Seder, Superintendent
Pam Rose, Director of Student Services
Bonny Buffington, Director of Elementary Curriculum
Kathy Kasler, Director of Secondary Curriculum
Todd Conant, Director of Transportation
Rick Shaffer, Director of Maintenance
Nancy Bevan, Director of Food Services
Columbia Elementary School
Matthew J. Dill, Ed. D, Principal
Dan Emmett Elementary School
Margy Arck, Principal
East Elementary School
Eric Brown, Principal
Pleasant Street Elementary School
Karen Boylan, Principal
Twin Oak Elementary School
Suzanne Miller, Principal
Wiggin Street Elementary School
Deanna Lowers Principal
Mount Vernon Middle School
Gary Hankins, Principal
Sheryl Miglin, Assistant Principal
Rob Gross, Dean of Students
Mount Vernon Senior High School
Scott Will, Principal
Tony Ashbrook, Assistant Principal
Cory Caughlan, Assistant Principal
Justin Sanford, Athletic/Activities Director
State law requires students to enroll in the school district in which their parent or legal guardian reside unless enrolling under the District’s open enrollment policy or unless enrolling and paying tuition. New students under the age of 18 must be enrolled by their parent or legal guardian.
When enrolling, parents must provide copies of the following:
*The Ohio Missing Children’s Act of 1985 requires us to have proof of parent custody on file in the school office, when parents are divorced. If you are a divorced parent, and you have not submitted a copy of your custody papers to us, please do so as soon as possible. If you do not have access to a copy machine, we will be happy to make a copy of your original papers for our files.
If a family moves during the school year, parents must immediately notify the MVCSD Central Office by going to 300 Newark Road to report the move. Two proofs of the new address must be brought when reporting this change. If your residence changes out of the school attendance area, an open enrollment request must be filed in order for your child to continue at the same school through the end of the school year (your request may be denied due to class sizes at the time of your request). No transportation will be provided if the open enrollment request is approved.
Parents must go to the school office to complete a withdrawal form to transfer his/her child to another school. School records, including disciplinary records of suspension and expulsion, will be transferred to the new school within 14 days of enrollment at the new school. All school fees, library and textbooks, and other school materials must be returned to the original school of attendance prior to withdrawal from school.
A complete Emergency Medical Authorization Form must be on file in the school office in order for a student to participate in any activity off school grounds, including field trips. The Emergency Form is provided at the time of enrollment and at the beginning of each school year. If a student’s address, phone number, or contact information changes during the school year, the parent must advise the office of the change as soon as possible and go to the Board Office at 300 Newark Road to register the change of address.
Each student should have the immunizations required by the Ohio Department of Health or have an authorized waiver. If a student does not have the necessary shots or waiver, the Principal may remove the student or require compliance deadline. This is for the safety of all students and is in accordance with State Law. Immunizations can be obtained from your child’s doctor or at the Knox County Health Department. Any questions about immunizations or waivers should be directed to the MVCSD nurse.
All injuries must be reported to a teacher or the office. If the injuries are minor, the student will be treated and may return to class. If medical attention is required, the office will follow the Mount Vernon City School District’s emergency procedures and attempt to make contact with the student’s parents.
A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission to go to the office. An appropriate adult in the office will determine whether the student should remain in school or go home. We will make every attempt to contact you by telephone. In the event that we can’t reach you, we will contact one of the people whom you have listed on your child’s Medical Emergency Authorization card.
If the illness is serious, we will contact the Emergency Squad. If your child should have to be transported to the hospital, a member of the staff will accompany your child. The staff member will take the Medical Emergency Authorization card, which you completed, to the hospital, so that the hospital will have your written permission to treat your child.
Weather permitting, your child will be expected to go outside for recess every day. If your child needs to stay inside during recess for a day or two following an illness or an injury, resulting in an absence from school, please advise your child’s classroom teacher in writing or contact the school office.
If your child needs to stay inside during recess for longer than three days, a note from your child’s physician is required, explaining why your child may attend school, but may not go outside for recess.
Students, who must take prescribed medication during the school day, must comply with the following guidelines:
Students with specific health care needs should deliver written notice about such needs, along with physician documentation, to the school office.
Parents are responsible for informing the school of their child’s allergies especially life threatening allergies to bee stings, tree nuts, or other foods.
In the case of ALLERGIES, the PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE for providing the school with the allergy medication and a doctor’s statement about how the medication is to be administered.
In the case of allergies requiring an EPI-PEN or Antihistamine, the PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE for providing the school with the medication and doctor’s orders for administering the medication.
The Board directs the Superintendent to assign to building principals and school nurses the responsibility for the control of communicable diseases. Communicable diseases may include chicken pox, conjunctivitis, diphtheria, fifth’s disease, encephalitis, hepatitis, herpes, impetigo, jaundice, measles, pertussis, ringworm, rubella, scabies, tetanus, tuberculosis, and other conditions indicated by the Local /State Health Departments.
The Board also directs the Superintendent to assign to building principals and school nurse responsibility for the inspection and abatement of nuisances dangerous to public health or comfort. These nuisances may include head lice.
When a child is suspected of having head lice or has symptoms of head lice or nits, he/she shall be examined by the teacher, school nurse, administrator, or person designated by the administrator. If head lice or nits are identified, the classmates, playmates, and siblings of the infected child may also be examined for head lice. The parents of the infested children shall be notified so that treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Control of communicable diseases and nuisances may include exclusion of students and/or adults, and disinfection of the school buildings. During an epidemic or threatened epidemic, or when a dangerous communicable disease is unusually prevalent, schools may be closed for such time as necessary
Information regarding any disease found as a result of any school medical examination shall be communicated only to the parent of the child.
The Mount Vernon City School District seeks to provide a safe educational environment for students and take appropriate measures to protect those students who may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens in the school environment and/or during their participation in school-related activities. While the risks of students being exposed to blood-borne pathogens may be low, students must assume that all body fluids are potentially infectious and must take precaution to follow universal procedures in order to reduce such risks and minimize and/or prevent the potential for accidental infection.
Students may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens in situations, including, but not limited to the following:
Whenever a student has contact with blood or other potentially infectious material, s/he must immediately notify his/her teacher, who will contact the Office and assist the student in completing the requisite documents. The parents of a student who is exposed will be contacted immediately regarding the exposure and encouraged to have the student’s blood tested for Hepatitis B and HIV either by his/her physician or the Know Health Department.
The parents of the student who caused the exposure will also be contacted immediately and advised to have the student’s blood tested for Hepatitis B or HIV virus either in cooperation with his/her physician or the Knox County Health Department.
The Mount Vernon City School District is concerned for the safety of students and attempts to comply with all Federal and State Laws and Regulations to protect students from hazards that may result from industrial accidents beyond the control of school officials. A copy of the Mount Vernon City School’s Preparedness for Toxic Hazard and Asbestos Hazard Policy and asbestos plan is available for inspection at the Board offices upon request.
Student safety is the responsibility of both students and staff. Staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as evacuation procedures, fire and tornado drills, safety drills in the event of a terrorist or other violent attack, and accident reporting procedures. If a student is aware of any dangerous situation or accident, s/he must notify a staff person immediately.
In order to properly monitor the safety of students and staff, all doors will be locked except the front main entry door which is monitored. Visitors, particularly parents and family members are welcome at the school, but you must report to the main office and sign in. All visitors will be asked to wear a visitor badge. When leaving the school, visitors must sign out in the office. Any visitor found in the building without signing in or wearing a pass shall be reported to the school office.
If a parent wishes to confer with a member of the staff, he/she must call for an appointment. Classroom visitations require 24-hour notice and should be arranged through the school office.
Students may not bring visitors to the school without first obtaining permission from the principal.
Video camera surveillance is on the premises.
In agreement with the Knox County emergency Management Agency and all Knox County School Districts: During an Emergency Procedure (i.e. Lock Down, or Severe Weather Related such as a tornado warning) students will not be released to anyone and individuals will not be permitted to enter our building for the safety and well-being of all parties involved.
Regular attendance is essential to maintain satisfactory progress in school. Absences/tardies shall be construed to mean any time a student is not physically present in the building other than school business. The Ohio State Board of Education has adopted regulations governing excuses from past and future school attendance and within the framework of Section 3321.04 of the Ohio Revised Code. These rules and regulations are binding upon the authorities empowered to issue excuses from attendance.
The following, taken from the Ohio Revised Code, indicates the regulations governing excuses for absences from school:
The elementary school principal (or designee) shall be charged with the responsibility of notifying students and parents of the student’s attendance. The principal shall hear any appeal from the policy and make recommendations in fairness to the student and the policy.
It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illness while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations of the School Nursing Services.
Chicken Pox: A skin rash consisting of small blisters that leave scabs. A slight fever may or may not be present. There may blisters and scabs all present at the same time. Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over which is usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters.
Common Cold: Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chilliness and general body discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, or discharge becomes yellow to green.
Fever: If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, he/she should remain home until he/she has been without a fever for a full 24 hours. Remember, fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
Flu: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat, and cough are common. Your child should remain home from school until symptoms are gone and the child is without a fever for 24 hours.
Head Lice: Management of head Lice issues should not disrupt a student’s education. Head lice are NOT an infection and DO NOT cause disease. In-school transmission of head lice is considered to be rare. Any student found to have nits will remain in the classroom and go home at the end of the school day to be treated. The parent/guardian will be notified by telephone and/or letter.
Impetigo: Blister-like lesions that later develop into crusted pus-like sores. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 48 hours of antibiotic therapy and sores are no longer draining.
Pain: If your child complains, or behavior indicates, that he/she is experiencing persistent pain, he/she should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school.
Pinkeye: Redness and swelling of the membranes of the eye with burning or itching, matter coming from one or both eyes, or crusts on the eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and discharge from the eyes has stopped. The spread of infection can be minimized by keeping the hands away from the face, good hand washing practices, using individual washcloths and towels and NOT touching any part of the eyes with the tip of the medication applicator while administering the antibiotic ointment.
Skin Rashes: Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by a physician before your child goes to school.
Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever: Strep throat begins with fever, sore and red throat, pus spots on the back of the throat, tender swollen glands of the neck. With scarlet fever, there are all the symptoms of strep as well as strawberry appearance to the tongue and rash of the skin. High fever, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until they are without fever or vomiting for 24 hours. Most physicians will advise rest at home 1-2 days after a strep infection. Antibiotics ordered for strep infections are to be taken for 10 days or until all medication is gone. Only when these directions are followed is the strep germ completely eliminated from the body, no matter how well the child feels after the first few days of receiving medication.
Vomiting and Diarrhea (Intestinal Viral Infections): Stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain home until they are without vomiting, diarrhea or fever for a full 24 hours. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night, he/she should not be sent to school the following day.
*CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR THE MOST ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS
Parents have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed, when concerns arise. Many times it will be the responsibility of the student to deliver that information. If necessary, the mail or hand delivery may be used to ensure contact. Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their child’s teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educational goals. Parents may access their student’s grades (grades 2-5) through Progress Book. Directions and personal passwords are sent home at the beginning of every school year, but this information can also be obtained from the Office.
The Mount Vernon City School District has a standard grading procedure. Grades indicate the extent to which the student has acquired and demonstrated the necessary learning. In general, students are assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects, and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas when determining a grade and will so inform the students. Students begin receiving letter grades at the second grade level. Parents of students in grades 2-5 can access their child’s grades at any time through Progress Book online.
The school applies the following grading system in grades 2-5:
A+ = 100-100.99 C+ = 77-79.99 F = 0-59.99
A = 93-99.99 C = 73-76.99
B+ = 87-89.99 D+ = 67-69.99
B = 83-86.99 D = 63-66.99
When a student appears to be at risk of failure, reasonable efforts will be made to notify the parents so they can talk to the teacher about what actions can be taken to improve poor grades.
Parent-teacher conference days are scheduled at the end of the first grading period. If you feel that there is a need for a conference with your child’s teacher at other times during the school year, do not hesitate to contact the teacher at school to schedule a conference time that is convenient for both of you.
A district-wide grade card is used throughout the Mount Vernon City School District. There is a separate report card for Kindergarten, one for grades 1 and 2, and a common report card for grades 3, 4, and 5.
Group tests as well as individual tests are given to students to monitor progress and determine educational mastery levels. These tests help the staff determine instructional needs.
The State of Ohio mandates that all public schools administer a state assessment in grades 3-5 in Reading and Mathematics. In grade 4, a state assessment is administered in Social Studies and in grade 5 a state assessment is administered in Science. These assessments have specific guidelines that must be followed when administering. Student scores are reported to parents several months after the tests are administered.
The State of Ohio requires that Districts and schools must complete a reading diagnostic by September 30 of each school year for students in kindergarten through grade 3. This reading diagnostic must be state approved and is used to determine if students are ‘on track’ or ‘not on track’. If a student is determined to be ‘not on track’, a reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) will be developed and parents will be contacted to attend a meeting. Reading interventions will begin immediately once a student is determined as ‘not on track’ as stated by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Students not attaining the appropriate level of reading competency by the end of grade 3 will be retained.
Classroom tests are given to assess student progress and assign grades. These are selected or prepared by teachers to assess student achievement on specific objectives.
If at any time, you have a concern, please follow the following procedures:
Homework may be assigned as a supplement to the instruction given by teachers in their classes. Homework shall reinforce and enrich a student’s activities beyond the school day and teachers are expected to avail themselves of the opportunity to further stimulate the learning of students by such assignments. The type, frequency, and quantity, will be determined by the nature of the subject and the needs of students. Homework shall be seen as one of the many activities in the total life of the student. It should be shared with responsibilities for family living, participation in extracurricular activities, pursuit of cultural interest, and exploration of personal interests.
In accordance with this belief, homework assignments will be graded or reviewed. Assignments shall be returned to the student in the time appropriate for the nature of the assignment. Parents may view their child’s progress on Progress Book at any time. Daily homework shall be returned within five (5) school days so that students receive immediate feedback. Projects or term papers shall be returned within one (1) week of the due date.
The purpose of the Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) is to collaboratively discuss ways to help individual children who may have problems academically, behaviorally, or emotionally. Data is collected and used to develop high quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs. The IAT may include the student, parents/guardians, general education teachers, principal, school psychologist, and other stakeholders. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your child’s teacher or the building principal.
Any student who is experiencing learning difficulties may be referred to the school psychologist for evaluation. A referral may be made by a teacher, a principal, or at a parent’s request. Parent permission is required for an evaluation by a school psychologist. The school psychologist shares the results of the evaluation with the teacher and the parents during a conference. At that time, a plan is developed to meet the needs of the student. This plan may or may not include a special education placement.
Children between the ages of 0 and 22 may be referred for evaluation to determine whether they have a disability and are in need of special education. Programs for students with disabilities are supported in part by Title VI-B and Preschool Federal Grants. You may make a referral or discuss the Title VI-B and Preschool grants by contacting your school principal or the Director of Student Services at 397-7422.
Each elementary building has the services of a speech therapist. A student experiencing difficulty in one or more of the following areas may qualify for speech therapy: Articulation, Hearing, Voice, Stuttering, and Language Development. Selection for participation in the Speech Therapy program is based on maturity, severity of the problem, hearing acuity, and prognosis for improvement. Parent permission is required, before a student may be tested for and/or enrolled in the program.
The American’s with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide that no individual will be discriminated against on basis of a disability. This protection applies not just to the student, but all individual who have access to the District’s programs and facilities.
The Mount Vernon City School District provides a variety of Special Education programs and services for students identified as having a disability defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
A student can access special education services through proper evaluation and placement procedure. Parent involvement in this procedure is required. More importantly, the school wants the parents to be an active participant. To inquire about the procedure or programs, a parent should contact the district’s compliance office at 397-7422 extension 6022.
Pupil records are subject to the privacy rights under Federal and State law, and parents may request to see their children’s records by contacting the principal and making the request in writing.
Field trips are academic activities that are held off school grounds. No minor student may participate in any school-sponsored trip without parental permission and a current emergency medical form on file in the office. Medications normally administered at school will be administered while on field trips. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all field trips. Attendance rules apply to all field trips. If a school bus transports students to the field trip, the student must ride the bus back to school.
While the Mount Vernon City School District encourages students to participate in field trips, alternative assignments will be provided for any student whose parent does not give permission for the student to attend. Students who violate school rules may lose the privilege to go on field trips. Parents are asked to complete a Field Trip Permission form at the beginning of the school year.
The students make good use of all the books in our library. New books are added several times during the year. Because of the importance of good reading throughout a child’s life, it is hoped that you will encourage your child to take advantage of the school library. All children enjoy sharing the books they borrow with their parents. The desire to read is not born in a child. It is planted by teachers and parents.
Each student has a regularly scheduled library period weekly when his/her class comes to the library. In addition, individuals and small groups are encouraged to make unscheduled visits to the library for research work.
The large volume of books circulating from our library makes it necessary to have certain rules and responsibilities for the students and their parents.
Student fees help to underwrite a part of the cost of some of the consumable items that your child uses at school. The student fee for Grades K-5 is $30.00.
You may pay your child’s student fee in cash, check or money order. All checks and money orders should be made payable to the Mount Vernon City Schools. If you have more than one child attending school, you need not send individual checks or money orders for each child. You may write one check. Please be sure to include your child’s/children’s name(s) on the Memo section of the check. Fees are due at the start of school in August.
If you feel you qualify to have your child’s fees waived, please contact the school office. Not paying fees could result in grade cards being held at the end of the school year. Fees (including fees from elementary school) must be paid before a student will graduate from high school.
If school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather, WMVO radio station (AM 1300/FM 93.7) and television stations will periodically announce this information, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and earlier.
The Mount Vernon City School District may call a 2-Hour Delay which is a good way to ensure your child’s safety. Buses will pick up children approximately 2 hours later than the normal pick up time. School will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast will not be served when a 2-Hour Delay is called unexpectedly or on a scheduled 2-Hour Delay. Check the school or district calendar for 2-Hour Delays that are scheduled monthly during the 2016-2017 school year.
Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays. Severe weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, may make it necessary for school to be dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time. This happens rarely, but because of this possibility, we are requesting that you discuss with your child what he/she is to do if school closes early. Parents are able to get text alerts about school closings, delays or other important information by signing up at Knox Alerts. Knox Alerts is a text and/or email only alerting system. You can sign up at:
Students are responsible for the care of their own property. The school is not responsible for personal property. Valuables such as jewelry or irreplaceable items should not be brought to school.
Damage to or loss of school equipment and facilities wastes taxpayers’ money and undermines the school program. Therefore, if a student damages or loses school property, the student/parents will be required to pay for the replacement or repair. If the damage was intentional, the student will be subject to discipline according to the Code of Conduct.
Mount Vernon City School District participates in the National School Lunch Program and makes lunches available to students for the regular price of $2.50 and the reduced price of $.40. Milk is available for $.40. Students may also bring their own lunch to school to be eaten in the school cafeteria. Breakfast is served each day and is free for students who qualify for the lunch program. Carbonated beverages (pop) and candy are discouraged in the cafeteria. No student shall be allowed to leave school premises during the lunch period without the written permission from the parent. Students leaving during the lunch period must be signed out in the Office and signed back in by the parent or adult when they return to school.
Applications for the school’s Free and Reduced-Priced meal program are distributed to all students. If a student does not receive one, and believes that he/she is eligible, contact the principal’s office for the form.
Your child may not accumulate a large number of charges at any given time during the school year. A cafeteria charge should be paid on the school day following the charge. If charges continue to accrue, a notice will be sent home asking for payment. If payment is not paid, an alternate lunch may be provided for your child on a temporary basis until arrangements are made.
At no time will a cook deny a child a lunch, but the lunch may vary from the expected school lunch. At the end of the school year accumulated charges will be carried over to the following school year.
Birthdays may be observed and treats may be brought to school to share. We encourage parents to schedule these treats in advance with the classroom teacher so as to be aware of food allergies and provide any materials necessary for the serving and eating of those treats. Teachers also need to be consulted regarding times that will work for this special occasion. We also encourage parents to provide healthy snacks for their child’s birthday treats. Families are asked not to send balloons, flowers, and /or gifts to school for children’s birthday celebrations. Large items cannot be sent home on the school bus.
Invitations to birthday parties or other outings may be handed out at school only when each child in the class is invited to participate. If everyone in the class is not invited, please mail the invitations to the children’s homes.
If a student’s values or beliefs do not permit these types of celebrations, parents should contact the teacher and the principal and arrangements will be made for that student.
The Student Code of Conduct conforms to the philosophy that good order and discipline within the school setting provides the most favorable atmosphere for learning to occur. All students are encouraged to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves, to respect the rights and property of others, to observe school procedures that are designed for the students’ protection and safety, and to strive always for self-control and self-discipline.
A student violation of any of the following offenses may result in disciplinary action including a verbal warning, detention, a student conference, Behavior School, a telephone call to parents, a written communication to parents, a parent conference, the assignment of additional work, in- school suspension, out of school suspension, removal or expulsion. Furthermore, any criminal acts committed at or related to School will be reported to law enforcement officials as well as disciplined at school. Certain criminal acts may result in permanent exclusion from school.
It is important to remember that the school’s rules apply going to and from school, at school, on school property, at school-sponsored events, on school transportation, and on property not owned or controlled by the Board but that is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on property owned or controlled by the Board. Furthermore, students may be disciplined for conduct that, regardless of where or when it occurs, is directed at a Board official or employee, or the property of such official or employee. In such cases, a student can be suspended from school transportation for infractions of school bus rules.
We are committed to providing prompt, reasonable discipline consistent with the severity of the incident. The consequences for misbehavior are designed to be fair, firm and consistent for all students in the School. Because it is not possible to list all misbehavior that occurs, misbehaviors not listed above will be responded to as necessary by the school staff.
If a student breaks a school rule, then the student may serve detention. In most cases the detention will be served during the next recess period for either 15 or 30 minutes depending on the severity of the offense. Usually the detention will be served in the office or classroom. Parents will be notified through the agenda book or phone calls if the same problems persist.
Some offenses such as fighting in school will be referred to the office immediately and will involve more severe consequences such as loss of playground and/ or other privileges or after school detention. In some cases, students may be suspended from school. Parents will be asked to come to school for a meeting to discuss the incident.
The rules and procedures of the school are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly, and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights to freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and the staff. Students will be expected to follow teacher and staff directions and obey all school rules. Students must arrive at school, on time, prepared to learn, and participate.
While fashions may change, the reason for being in school does not. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Students should dress for their comfort, safety, and the weather. Students should also follow this dress code when attending out-of-school events such as field trips or performing at special events such as the holiday program.
Before a student is suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded from school, there are specific procedures that must be followed. As long as the in-school discipline is served entirely in the school setting, it will not require any notice or meeting, or be subject to appeal.
Administrators may search a student or his/her property with or without the student’s consent, whenever they reasonably suspect that a search will lead to the discovery of evidence of a violation of law or school rules. The extent of the search will be governed by the seriousness of the alleged infraction and the student’s age. Student lockers are the property of the Mount Vernon City School District and students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their contents or in the contents of any other District property including desks or other containers.
Additionally, students have NO reasonable expectation of privacy in their actions in public areas including, but not limited to, common areas, hallways, cafeterias, classrooms, and gymnasium. The Mount Vernon City School District may use video cameras in such areas and on all school vehicles transporting to and from regular and extracurricular activities. Anything that is found in the course of a search may be used as evidence of a violation of school rules or the law, and may be taken, held, or turned over to the police.
The Mount Vernon City School District is committed to protecting students from harm that may be connected with the school environment and also recognizes its responsibility to cooperate with law enforcement and public child welfare agencies. While we believe these agencies should conduct their investigations off school property if possible, investigations can take place at school in emergency situations or if the violation being investigated occurred on school property.
Before students are questioned as witnesses or suspects in an alleged criminal violation, the building administrator will attempt to contact a parent prior to questioning and shall remain in the room during questioning.
If a student is questioned as the subject of alleged child abuse or neglect, the building administrator will attempt to contact a parent prior to questioning, and s/he will remain in the room during questioning. If the agency investigating the alleged child abuse or neglect suspects the parent is the perpetrator, neither parent will be contacted prior to questioning, but the building administrator will remain in the room during questioning. If law enforcement or children’s services agency removes a student from school, the building administrator will notify a parent.
Only buses are permitted in the bus lane by the school between 8:30 AM and 9:10 AM in the morning and between 3:00 PM and 3:50 PM in the afternoon. Each school has several different buses. Usually, the buses are on time. Occasionally a bus may be late due to a breakdown or a new substitute who is not familiar with the route. During bad weather, we ask that you be patient because bus runs take longer in bad weather and the safety of your child is always the number one consideration.
Students may only ride assigned buses and must board and depart from the bus at assigned bus stops. Students will not be permitted to ride unassigned buses for any reason other than an emergency, except as approved by the building administrator. The principal and the Transportation Department may approve a change in a student’s regular assigned bus stop to address a special need. Parents should send a note to the principal stating the reason for the request and the duration of the requested change. If you have questions regarding busing, you may contact the Transportation Department at 393-5995.
Students who are riding to and from school on District-provided transportation must follow all basic safety rules. This applies to school-owned buses as well as any contracted transportation. The driver may assign seating or direct students in any reasonable manner to maintain transportation safety. Students must comply with the following basic safety rules:
Prior to loading (on the road and at school), students:
While on the bus, students:
Exiting the school bus, students:
A student who misbehaves on the bus shall be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and may lose the privilege of riding on the bus.
When a student is being considered for suspension of bus riding/transportation privileges, the administrator in charge will notify the student of the reason. The student will be given an opportunity to address the basis for the proposed suspension at an informal hearing. After the informal hearing, the principal or the administrator will decide whether or not to suspend his/her bus riding transportation privileges for all or part of the school year.
A School District employee, student or volunteer shall be individually immune from liability in a civil action for damages arising from reporting an incident in accordance with this policy if the incident is reported promptly, in good faith and in compliance with the procedures as specified in this policy.
R.C. 3313.666, 3313.661, 3313.663, 3313,666, 3313.667
The Mount Vernon City School District is an equal Education Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity Institution, in compliance with the Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1064, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1976, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Mount Vernon Board of Education forbids hazing. The employees of the school district, students, or any other person must not encourage or condone hazing at any school activity, on or off school premises. Incidents of hazing shall be reported immediately to the superintendent.
In accordance with Federal Law, the Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school-approved vehicles, or any other school related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverages, anabolic steroid, dangerous or controlled substances as defined by State statute, or any substance that could be considered a “look-alike” controlled substance. Compliance with policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in District policy up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State Law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials.
The Mount Vernon Board of Education determines to be an equal education opportunity and an equal employment opportunity institution, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1976, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Board of Education directs the Superintendent to see that the above statement is disseminated to students, staff, parents, and the general public, and to appoint appropriate compliance officers.
The Mount Vernon Board of Education recognizes that, in the interest of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, procedures are necessary to assure prompt and equitable resolution of individual student complaints involving the application and/or interpretation of the aforementioned laws and their implementing regulations. The grievance procedure shall be available to all students in the Mount Vernon City Schools, and no reprisals of any kind shall be taken against any student initiating or participating in the grievance procedure. The lodging of any grievance shall be the exclusive right of the individual student.
The primary purpose of the grievance procedure shall be to obtain, at the lowest possible level and in the shortest period of time, solutions to grievances which may arise from time to time. The following grievance proceedings shall be handled in a confidential manner.
All grievances shall be lodged within thirty (30) calendar days following the condition which is the basis for the grievance. All grievances shall be appealed to the next step in the procedure within five (5) school days of the decision in the previous step, or such right of appeal shall be forfeited.
All grievances shall be acted upon within five (5) school days after the receipt of the grievance or after the grievance hearing, if a hearing is requested.
If the student requests a hearing at any step in the grievance procedure, the student shall have the right to be accompanied at the hearing by legal counsel. If the student desires to have other interested parties at the hearing, the school employee with whom the hearing is scheduled shall be notified in writing, twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the hearing, as to the names of the interested parties who will attend the hearing.
Step 1- The student shall first discuss the grievance with the building principal.
Step 2- If the grievance is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction at Step 1, the student may appeal the grievance, in writing, to the building principal.
Step 3- If the grievance is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction at Step 2, the student may appeal the grievance, in writing to the superintendent or his designee through the Title IX Compliance Officer or the Director of Instruction as appropriate.
Step 4- If the grievance is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction at Step 3, the student may appeal the grievance, in writing to the Board of Education.
Step 5- If the grievance is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction at step 4, the student may appeal the grievance, in writing, to the Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare - Cleveland, Ohio.
This grievance procedure shall be distributed to all students in the Mount Vernon City Schools at the beginning of each school year, and to new employees as they are hired. Copies of all written grievances, hearings, appeals and actions taken shall be sent to:
Pam Rose, Director of Student Services
Dr. Eric Brown, East Elementary School Principal
740-397-7422, ext. 6022
740-393-5985, ext. 6301
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community.
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes aggressive behavior, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, and violence within a dating relationship. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property or while en route to or from school, and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school's control, in a school vehicle, or where an employee is engaged in school business.
This policy has been developed in consultation with parents, District employees, volunteers, students, and community members as prescribed in R.C. 3313.666 and the State Board of Education's Model Policy.
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means:
any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s); or
violence within a dating relationship.
Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student's educational, physical, or emotional well being. This type of behavior is a form of intimidation and harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, or disability. It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, bullying/cyberbullying, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing.
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying also means electronically transmitted acts (i.e., internet, e-mail, cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device) that a student(s) or a group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental and physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).
Any student or student's parent/guardian who believes s/he has been or is the victim of aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the building principal or assistant principal, or the Superintendent. The student may also report concerns to teachers and other school staff who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board President.
Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.
All complaints about aggressive behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. The building principal or appropriate administrator shall prepare a written report of the investigation upon completion. Such report shall include findings of fact, a determination of whether acts of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying were verified, and, when prohibited acts are verified, a recommendation for intervention, including disciplinary action shall be included in the report. Where appropriate, written witness statements shall be attached to the report.
If the investigation finds an instance of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.
Retaliation against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of aggressive behavior is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as aggressive behavior. Making intentionally false reports about aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.
If a student or other individual believes there has been aggressive behavior, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it and allow the administration to determine the appropriate course of action.
This policy shall not be interpreted to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of students (i.e., to prohibit a reasoned and civil exchange of opinions, or debate, that is conducted at appropriate times and places during the school day and is protected by State or Federal law).
The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the investigation, and as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken. If after investigation, acts of bullying against a specific student are verified, the building principal or appropriate administrator shall notify the parent/guardian of the victim of such finding. In providing such notification care shall be taken to respect the statutory privacy rights of the perpetrator of such harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying.
If after investigation, acts of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying by a specific student are verified, the building principal or appropriate administrator shall notify in writing the parent/guardian of the perpetrator of that finding. If disciplinary consequences are imposed against such student, a description of such discipline shall be included in the notification.
Students and/or their parents/guardians may file reports regarding suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Such reports shall be reasonably specific including person(s) involved, number of times and places of the alleged conduct, the target of suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any school staff member or administrator, and they shall be promptly forwarded to the building principal for review, investigation, and action.
Students, parents/guardians, and school personnel may make informal complaints of conduct that they consider to be harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying by verbal report to a teacher, school administrator, or other school personnel. Such informal complaints shall be reasonably specific including person(s) involved, number of times and places of the alleged conduct, the target of suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. A school staff member or administrator who receives an informal complaint shall promptly document the complaint in writing, including the information provided. This written report shall be promptly forwarded by the school staff member and/or administrator to the building principal for review, investigation, and appropriate action.
Students who make informal complaints as provided above may request that their name be maintained in confidence by the school staff member(s) and administrator(s) who receive the complaint. Anonymous complaints shall be reviewed and reasonable action shall be taken to address the situation, to the extent such action may be taken that (1) does not disclose the source of the complaint, and (2) is consistent with the due process rights of the student(s) alleged to have committed acts of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying.
When a student making an informal complaint has requested anonymity, the investigation of such complaint shall be limited as is appropriate in view of the anonymity of the complaint. Such limitation of investigation may include restricting action to a simple review of the complaint subject to receipt of further information and/or the withdrawal by the complaining student of the condition that his/her report be anonymous.
The School District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the Board’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform with any discovery or disclosure obligations. All records generated under this policy and its related guidelines shall be maintained as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
At least semi-annually, the Superintendent shall provide to the President of the Board a written summary of all reported incidents and post the summary on the District web site (if one exists). The list shall be limited to the number of verified acts of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, whether in the classroom, on school property, to and from school, or at school-sponsored events.
Allegations of criminal misconduct and suspected child abuse will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or to Child Protective Services in accordance with statute. District personnel shall cooperate with investigations by such agencies.
A School District employee, student, or volunteer shall be individually immune from liability in a civil action for damages arising from reporting an incident in accordance with this policy and R.C. 3313.666 if that person reports an incident of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying promptly, in good faith, and in compliance with the procedures specified in this policy. Such immunity from liability shall not apply to an employee, student, or volunteer determined to have made an intentionally false report about harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying.
Notice of this policy will be annually circulated to and posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District and discussed with students, as well as incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks. State and Federal rights posters on discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new hires will be required to review and sign off on this policy and the related complaint procedure.
In support of this policy, the Board promotes preventative educational measures to create greater awareness of aggressive behavior, including bullying and violence within a dating relationship. The Superintendent or designee shall provide appropriate training to all members of the School District community related to the implementation of this policy and its accompanying administrative guidelines. All training regarding the Board’s policy and administrative guidelines and aggressive behavior and bullying in general, will be age and content appropriate.
To the extent that State or Federal funds are appropriated for these purposes, the District shall provide training, workshops, and/or courses on this policy for school employees and volunteers who have direct contact with students. Time spent by school staff in these training programs shall apply toward mandated continuing education requirements.
The Superintendent shall develop guidelines to implement this policy. Guidelines shall include reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. The complaint procedure established by the Superintendent shall be followed.
R.C. 3313.666, 3313.667
State Board of Education Model Policy (2007)
If your family lives in any of the following situations:
Then, your preschool-aged children have certain rights or protections under the
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
Your children have the right to:
When you move, you should do the following:
Local Area Contact: Pam Rose, Student Services Director
Mount Vernon City Schools,
(740) 393-5975 extension 6021
If you need further assistance, call the National Center for Homeless Education at the toll-free Help Line 1-800-308-2145
The principal’s responsibility is to do the following:
The teacher’s responsibility is to do the following:
The student’s responsibility is to do the following:
The parents agree to Title 1 services (reading and math intervention/assistance) for the child and are responsible for supporting the learning process in the following ways:
You have the right to know the teaching qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. The federal law, No Child Left Behind, requires that any local school district receiving federal Title 1, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, must notify parents of each student attending any school receiving Title 1 that they may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher, including the following: