SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

AND JR. HIGH SCHOOL   

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2019-2020

Table Of Contents

Section 1: Calendar……………………………………….…………………………………………………..2

Section 2: Forward/Mission/Vision………………………………………………………………………….3

        Vision statements, mission statements, Equal Opportunity Act, formal complaint process

        

Section 3: Attendance…………………………….………………………………………………………....4-6

School day, loitering, call off procedures, excused/unexcused absences, tardy consequences,  HB-410, skipping class , Early Dismissal, vacation forms, make up tests

Section 4: General Information………….………………………………………………...……………...6-9

Attendance, bus transportation, closings/delays, fines, charges, fee waivers, lockers, parking, visitors, valuables, withdraw, student records, lunch program, outside food

Section 5: Code of Conduct…………………....…………………………………………………...……...9-23

Expected behaviors, informal/formal discipline, criminal acts, dress code policy, personal property policy, consequences, discipline codes, explanation of discipline codes, social probation, hall passes, search/seizure, food/beverage, Due Process, students w/disabilities

Section 6: Safety…………………………………….………………………………………………..…...23-25

        Bullying/Harassment, emergency closings/delays, calamity days, fire drills, tornado drills, lockdown

Section 7: Medical…………………….…………….…………………………………………………....25-26

        Well being, specific health needs, injury/illness, medications, immunizations, elevator pass

Section 8: Laws/Codes………………………...………………………………………………………....26-28

        Americans with Disabilities Act, HB-410, Rights/Responsibilities, search/seizure

Section 9: Academics………………………....……………………………………………….………...28-32

Academic point system, how to calculate GPA, academic privilege, promotion, grad requirements, early graduation, homework, assessments, College Credit Plus, study tables, Progress Book Login

Section 10: Activities....…………………………..…………………………………………….………...32-35

Athletics, social clubs, arrival/pick up, field trips, Non-school sponsored clubs/activities, dances, Opt Out Form

SCHOOL CALENDAR:

SECTION 2:  VISION/MISSION

 

FOREWORD

This student handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly asked questions that your parents and you may have during the school year.  Because the handbook contains information about student rights and responsibilities, each student is responsible for knowing its contents.  Please take time to become familiar with the following information and keep the handbook available if you have any questions about School policies.  This handbook is a valuable resource during the school year and a means to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.  Should you have any questions that are not addressed in this handbook, contact your school  counselor or an administrator.  This student handbook supersedes all prior handbooks.

  Students will be held responsible for all information contained in this handbook.

 

DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT:  Springfield Local Schools, in collaboration with our families and community, will inspire students to realize their full potential as critical thinkers and ethical leaders in today’s global society, while ensuring a safe and respectful culture.

DISTRICT VISION STATEMENT:  Springfield Local Schools will recognize and promote the uniqueness  of each individual as we increase his/her capacity to become an innovative, life-long learner.

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT:  We will engage all students in appropriate, productive activities that ensure academic achievement and promote lifelong learning.

SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT: Our community will work together to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for learning.

EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY:  It is the policy of this District to provide an equal education opportunity for all students. Any person who believes that the School, or any staff person, has discriminated against a student on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, place of residence within the boundaries of the district, or social or economic background, has the right to file a complaint.  

A formal complaint can be made in writing to:

School District Compliance Officer, Mr. Charles Sincere, Superintendent of Schools.

 

The complaint will be investigated and a response, in writing, will be given to the concerned person within 10 working days.  The Compliance Officer can provide additional information concerning access to equal education opportunity.  Under no circumstances will the district threaten or retaliate against anyone who raises or files a complaint. 

SECTION 3:  ATTENDANCE 

Attendance:  Attending school is both necessary and the law.  State law requires school attendance until the age of eighteen (18). Students who do not maintain good attendance may fail, lose certain privileges, and/or have their parents taken to court (HB 410).  Springfield High School & Junior High has an attendance policy to avoid these negative consequences.  Unless a parent calls a student off by 8:30 A.M., the School will send an absence/tardy call home as a notification that the student is not at school or in class. Adult students (age 18 or older) who do not attend school may be withdrawn.  

School Day:  The school day begins at 7:30 A.M. school dismisses at 2:30 P.M.  Students arriving prior to 7:10 A.M. must wait in the cafeteria.  Students who ride the bus to school or are dropped off on campus may not leave the school grounds or wander the halls prior to school beginning.  Students will be issued a consequence for not being in the assigned location.

Loitering in or around the building is not permitted.  Students will be issued a consequence for not being in the assigned location. Students not involved in a school-sponsored, after-school activity must be out of the building by 2:45 p.m.  If it is necessary to wait for transportation, students must wait outside. All parent pick up will be from outside DOOR L.  All bus pick up will be at DOOR A & R, at the front of the building. ONCE A STUDENT ARRIVES TO SCHOOL, THEY MAY NOT LEAVE THE PROPERTY.

CALL OFF PROCEDURES:

Notification of Absence: If a student is going to be absent, the parents must contact the School and provide an explanation.  The attendance hotline for grades 7-12 is 330-798-1012. A voicemail may be left at this number 24 hours a day. Adult students (age 18 or older) still require a guardian’s permission in order to sign out, obtain an early dismissal or call off of school for any reason.

 

Excusable Approved Absences : Legitimate reasons for a student not being in school are: personal illness, illness in the family, death of a relative, quarantine of the home, observance of a religious holiday or professional appointments during the school day. Parents are encouraged to schedule their child’s appointments with doctors and dentists during non-school hours if possible.

Unexcused Absences:  When no excuse is provided, the absence will be unexcused.  All absences will be treated as unexcused and subsequently changed to excused upon receipt of a parent phone call verifying a legitimate reason for not being in school.  If the absence of a student appears to be questionable or excessive, the student’s name will be given to the Attendance Intervention Team to help improve the child's attendance.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain missing assignments.  It is possible that certain kinds of schoolwork, such as labs, presentations or skill-practice sessions, cannot be made up and, as a result, may negatively impact a student's grade.

Tardiness to Class:  Each student is expected to be in his/her assigned location throughout the school day.  During the school day, individual classroom teachers will monitor and manage student punctuality.  Students who fail to arrive to class on time (5 or more minutes late) may be treated as skipping class.  However, any students who are noted as having been in the building on time and are intentionally tardy to school will be issued a progressive consequence for each offense.

Morning Tardy Consequences Per Semester: 

Offenses 1-5:    Warning

Offenses 6-10:  Friday School

Offenses 11+:   ISS and suspension, and placed on social probation

 

House Bill 410:  If a child reaches 30 consecutive unexcused hours, 42 unexcused hours with a month or 72 unexcused hours in a school year we may file an Unruly by Truancy complaint with the Juvenile Court against your child and/or failure to send complaint against the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child.

Skipping Class is Defined As:

1. The reporting teacher (the class the student is supposed to be in) is unaware of your location.  This location includes being at assigned lunch during the assigned time period. Students more than 5 minutes late (beyond the allotted 4 minutes of passing to class time) to class are considered to be skipping class.

2. Being in the restroom without reporting to a teacher.  Any extended amount of time in the restroom must be made known to the teacher. Students need to ask for a pass/or report directly to the nurse for extended time in the restroom due to illness.

3. Having a person other than assigned teacher on the student’s schedule, signing a pass.

4. When a student leaves the School premises, after having been dropped off by the bus or car, it is considered skipping class/skipping school.  This would include leaving school in the morning to go to Get Go or other local establishments or locations.

 

1st offense:  Friday School detention

2nd offense: One day ISS

3rd offense:  Three days ISS

4th offense:  Five days OSS

5th offense:  Ten days OSS; referral to the superintendent for a pre-expulsion hearing.

 No credit shall be given for school work not completed as a result of skipping class.

Early Dismissal (ED) During the School Day:  Students requesting to leave school early must complete an Early Dismissal (ED) application; have the parent sign it or have a note attached and turn it into the office prior to 7:25 A.M. on the day the student needs to leave early.  An administrator will review the application and will grant or deny the requested application based on the reasons given for the request.  Students are NOT allowed to stay on campus if ED is granted or the ED will be revoked and classes will be assigned.  Parents may be contacted to discuss the student's request.

 

Upon approval, the ED form will be placed on file for the student to pick up when leaving the building.  If the request is denied the student will be notified.  Unless the office has an emergency medical form and office card on file for the current school year, students will not be granted an early dismissal.

 

In all cases, when someone signs out a student, they should be prepared to show a photo ID.  In case of an emergency, a parent may call the office to request an ED (if the student is a driver) or come to the office to sign out the student.  Please allow adequate time for the student to be located and called to the office. To better ensure that students attend and participate fully in all classes, requests for early dismissals should be kept to a minimum. No student may participate in or attend an after-school activity on a day that the student is not in school.

 

Vacation Approval:  Parents are encouraged to not take their child out of school for vacations.  When a family vacation must be scheduled during the school year, the student must complete a Vacation Slip and have it approved by the principal PRIOR to vacation in order for an absence to be excused. Excused absences for vacation are limited to 5 school days. Vacation slips may not be submitted after the fact.

Make-up of Tests and Other School Work:  Students who have excused absences from school shall be given the opportunity to make up work that has been missed. The student should contact his/her teachers upon return to obtain assignments.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete all make-up work within the given time period.  Students will be given the number of days of excused absence within which to make up work. Work that is able to be made up should be available in the office if a student has been suspended.  A family member may pick it up. If a student misses a teacher's test due to excused absence, s/he may make arrangements with the teacher to take the test.  If s/he misses a standardized test, the student should consult with the school counselors’ offices to arrange for the taking of the test.

SECTION 4: GENERAL INFORMATION 

Attendance/School Day:  The school day begins at 7:30 A.M. school dismisses at 2:30 P.M.  Students arriving prior to 7:10 A.M. must wait in the cafeteria.  Students who ride the bus to school or are dropped off on campus, may not leave the school grounds or wander the halls prior to school beginning.  Students will be issued a consequence for not being in the assigned location. ONCE A STUDENT ARRIVES TO SCHOOL, THEY MAY NOT LEAVE THE PROPERTY.

Bus Transportation to School: The Board of Education provides contracted bus transportation for all students who live farther than two (2) miles from school.  The bus schedule/route is available by contacting the bus garage.  Students will ride only assigned school buses and will board and depart from the bus at assigned bus stops.  Students will not be permitted to ride or be discharged from unassigned buses or bus stops for any reason other than an emergency, except as approved by an administrator when space allows.  A change in a student's regular assigned bus stop may be granted for a special need, if a note from a parent is submitted to an administrator stating the reason for the request and the duration of the change and the administrator approves.

Any student who wishes to ride a bus home with another student needs to have two signed notes from each parent/guardian.  These notes need to be turned into the office before 7:30 A.M. AND both students will be required to have an emergency card on file or the request will be denied.

 

Closings and Delays: If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the school will notify the media.  Springfield School closings will be announced by the School phone system as well as posted on the School website.  Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.

Fees, Fines and Charges: Springfield High School & Junior High charges specific fees for various activities and courses.  Such fees or charges are determined by the cost of materials, freight/handling fees, and add-on fees for loss or damage to school property.  The school and staff do not make a profit.  Class fees are to be paid in the office. Students in grades 7 and 8 will be required to pay a $30.00 consumable fee each year.  For high school courses, specific course fees may be found in the registration and curriculum guide available from the School Counselor’s office. A student that owes fees may be denied Academic Privilege.

 

Fee Waiver: When a free or reduced application is approved, a student will qualify for a fee waiver.  There is no need to complete an additional form for the fee waiver.  A fee waiver covers instructional fees related to their classes. The fee waiver does not cover costs related to extracurricular activities or senior class dues.  Students who qualify for the school meals program may also qualify for the Healthy Families program offering free health coverage for the entire family.  Healthy Families information is available in the main office.

 

Fines/Charges/Damaging: Students using school property and equipment can be fined for excessive wear.    The fine is used to pay for the damage, not to make a profit.  Late fines can be avoided when students return borrowed materials promptly. Failure to pay fines, fees, or charges may result in the withholding of certain records, participation in specific classroom activities, school events, prom and graduation ceremony. Damage to facilities or loss/damage of school property wastes taxpayers’ money and interferes with the school program.  The student or his/her parents will be required to pay for replacement or damage of school property.  If the damage or loss was intentional, the student will also be subject to discipline according to the Student Discipline Code.

Locker Policy:  Springfield High School & Junior High will issue a locker to each student.  Students will operate the lockers with a combination lock, and school personnel will have a key to open locks for students in cases when combinations are forgotten or parents come to school to pick up work for a student. Coats and non-mesh book bags are to be kept in the student’s locker.  Lockers are the property of the Springfield Local School District and may be accessed by personnel.

Parking and Driving Policies: Driving to school is a privilege which can be revoked at any time. Springfield High School and the Springfield Local Board of Education assume no responsibility for privately owned vehicles and their contents.  Students driving to and from school do so at their own risk.

The following rules shall apply for students driving to school:

●  students shall complete the Student Vehicle form 5515 F1 and provide their driver's license;

●  parking lot speed is ten (10) miles per hour;

●  the student must obtain a parking permit from the office, paying a fee of $5.00 for the entire school year;  

●  if a student's parking permit is revoked/suspended, no fees will be refunded.

●  Student Parking will only be in the Athletic/Fieldhouse Lot. The South Lot will be staff only.

 

Failure to comply with these rules will result in loss of privileges and/or disciplinary actions for the student

●  students are not to be in their car or in the parking lot during the time classes are in session, unless the student has prior approval for an early dismissal.

●  when the school provides transportation, students shall not drive to school-sponsored activities.            

●  students who are habitually tardy to school or chronically skip class may have their parking permit and driving privileges revoked.  

 

Parking permits will be issued on a first come basis. The parking permit issued must be displayed at all times the vehicle is on school property, while school is in session. Failure to obtain or display a parking permit may result in the car being impounded, the cost of which will be paid by the student or parent/guardian.

Parking is provided as a convenience and privilege; the administration retains the right to examine the contents and/or search a car parked on school property with reasonable suspicion.  If a student driving to school is habitually tardy or chronically skips class, he/she will be subject to the school’s tardy policy for drivers.

Valuables:  Students are encouraged not to bring items of value to school.  Items such as jewelry, expensive clothing, cell phones, shoes, electronic equipment, large sums of money, and the like, are tempting targets for theft and extortion.  The School cannot be responsible for their safekeeping and will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.  Valuables are not to be left unsecured in the gym locker room.  Students are encouraged to bring personal locks to use on physical education lockers.  

Visitors:  In order to properly monitor the safety of students and staff, and not disrupt the school day, visitors are not permitted in the building while classes are in session.  Any visitor found in the building shall be reported to the office.  If a person wishes to meet with a member of the staff, s/he should call for an appointment in order to prevent any inconvenience. Visitors are required to sign in at the main office and wear an identification badge if they are moving about the building.  Students may not bring visitors to school, including babies and preschool children.

Withdraw From School:  No student under the age of 18 will be allowed to withdraw from school without the written consent of his/her parents or legal guardian.  

RECORDS OF STUDENTS:  Many student records are kept by the teachers, counselors and administrative staff. There are two basic kinds of records: directory information and confidential records.

 

Directory Information can be given to any person or organization, for non-profit making purposes, when requested; unless the parents of the student request in writing, to the principal, that the information be withheld.  (Complete and return the Opt Out Form found in the back of the  handbook.) Directory information includes: a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight, member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, date of graduation and awards received.

 

Confidential Records: contain educational and behavioral information that has restricted access based on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Ohio Law. This information can only be released with the written consent of the parents, the adult student, or a surrogate. The only exception to this is in order to comply with State and Federal laws that may require release without consent. Included in the confidential records may be test scores, psychological reports, behavioral data, disciplinary actions and communications with the family and outside service providers.  The school must have a parent’s written consent to obtain records from an outside professional or agency.  Confidential information that is in a student's record that originates from an outside professional or agency may be released to the parent through the originator and parents should keep copies of such records for their home file.

Parents may also provide the school with copies of records made by non-school professional agencies or individuals. Information on former students also falls into directory and confidential information categories and will be made available on the same basis as enrolled students. Students and parents have the right to review all educational records generated by the school district, request amendment to these records, insert addendum to records, and obtain copies of such records.  Copying costs may be charged to the requestor.  If a review of records is desired, please contact a principal, in writing, stating the records desired.  The records will be collected and an appointment will be made with the appropriate persons present to answer any questions.

MEAL SERVICE:

Lunch Program/Policies: Student lunches are available at the cost of $3.00 with a la carte items for an additional cost. Students may also bring their own lunch to school to be eaten in the cafeteria. The National School Lunch Program applications for the free and reduced-price meal program are distributed to all students. Please contact the office if you need a form. Parents may call the school to place a daily cost restriction on student spending.  You may check the status of your paperwork through the Board Office: 330-798-1111 Ext. 545017.  If the form is NOT completed, a full cost lunch is assigned until the forms are completed. The parent/guardian is responsible for cost incurred until the form is submitted. 

No Outside Food:  No student shall be allowed to leave the school premises or make arrangements for prepared meals to be delivered to the school.

Lunch forms need to be filled out and renewed EVERY school year. 

SECTION 5:  STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT**

Code of Conduct: The educational program at Springfield High School & Junior High is to prepare students to become responsible workers and citizens by learning how to conduct themselves properly and in accordance with established standards. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code 3313.661 and its provisions as adopted by the Springfield Local Board of Education, a violation of any of the established rules may result in any one of the following actions: These rules apply to all Springfield Local Schools functions.

 Expected Behaviors:

●      abide by national, state, and local laws as well as the rules of the school

●      respect the civil rights of others

●      act courteously to adults and fellow students

●      be prompt to school and attentive in class

●      work cooperatively with others when involved in accomplishing a common goal regardless of the other's

 ability, gender, race, or ethnic background

●      complete assigned tasks on time and as directed

●      help maintain a school environment that is safe, friendly, and productive

●      act at all times in a manner that reflects pride in self, family, and in the school

 

Discipline:  It is important to remember that the school rules apply going to and from school, at school, on school property, at school sponsored events and on transportation provided by the school.  In some cases, a student can be suspended from transportation provided by the school for infractions of school bus rules.

 

Ultimately, it is the principal's’ responsibility to keep things orderly.  In all cases, the school shall attempt to make discipline prompt and equitable and have the punishment match the severity of the incident.

 

Informal Discipline: Informal discipline takes place within the school.  It may include writing assignments, change of seating or location or denied privileges, such as  the “No Pass/Social Probation List.” 

 

Detention:  A student may be detained before school or after school by a teacher or an administrator, after giving the student, and his/her parents, one day’s notice.  The student or his/her parents are responsible for transportation.  If a student is not present for a detention (other than for absence) a Friday (after school) Detention, is assigned.

 

Friday School Detention: is in session from 2:35 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Students who are assigned Friday, After School, Detentions are expected to serve the detention. Failure to serve a Friday Detention will result in the following:

                1st offense     1 day ISS              

                2nd offense    2 days ISS

                3rd offense    3 days ISS

Students are expected to come to Friday School with work to do and the ability to sit quietly without using technology.  Any student unable to follow the rules will be asked to leave, arrange for early pick-up and an ISS will be issued for a later date.  Transportation to and from Friday School shall be the responsibility of the student.

In-School Suspension (ISS):  The purpose of ISS is for students to serve a consequence while still continuing to receive school work from his/her teachers.  Students placed in In-School Suspension (ISS) are NOT allowed any electronics.  Students who use electronics, sleep, are disruptive or insubordinate in ISS will be removed and given 3 days Out of School Suspension (OSS). The number of days a student may serve ISS is limited to six per semester.  Once a student has reached six days of ISS, violations of the student code of conduct that warrants ISS will automatically transfer into OSS for the remainder of the semester.

Formal Discipline:  Formal discipline removes the student from the school.  It includes emergency removal for up to seventy-two (72) hours, out of school suspension up to ten (10) school days, expulsion up to eighty (80) school days and permanent exclusion.  Removal for less than one school day without the possibility of suspension or expulsion may not be appealed.  Out of school suspension, expulsion, and permanent exclusion may be appealed.  Suspension from co-curricular and extracurricular activities may not be appealed.

 

Students being considered for suspension, expulsion, or permanent exclusion are entitled to an informal hearing with the building administrator prior to removal at which time the student will be notified of the charges and given an opportunity to provide a defense.

Out of School Suspension (OSS):   While suspended students are not allowed on any Springfield Local School District property or at any school sponsored event.  An OSS consequence can be up to 10 days.  Seniors who are suspended more than two times during the school year may be excluded from senior activities, prom and participation in graduation ceremonies. Students involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities such as band and athletics can lose their eligibility for violation of the school rules.  This is especially true for infractions involving drugs, alcohol, tobacco use, hazing or harassment. Open Enrolled students who have 10 or more days of suspension will be denied open enrollment.

Expulsion from School:  When a student is being considered for expulsion, the student will receive a formal letter of notification addressed to the parents. A formal hearing is scheduled with the Superintendent of Schools, during which the student may be represented by his/her parents, legal counsel and/or by a person of his/her choice.  Within ten (10) days after the Superintendent notifies the parents of the expulsion, the expulsion can be appealed, in writing, to the Board of Education.  Again, the right to representation is available. All opportunity to earn grades or credit ends when a student is expelled.  Expulsion for certain violations may result in revocation of a student's driver's license.

 

Permanent Exclusion: When a student, 16 years of age or older, is being considered for permanent exclusion, it is possible that she/he may never be permitted to return to school anywhere in the state of Ohio.  A permanent exclusion may be considered if the student is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing one or more of the following crimes while on the property of any Ohio school:

The process is formal and will usually follow an expulsion and the proper notification of the parents.  Springfield High School and Junior High makes a sincere effort to have disciplinary actions take place that will allow the student to remain in school.  If a disciplinary action does not result in removal from school, it may not be appealed.  Should a student or parent have questions regarding the propriety of an in-school disciplinary action, they should contact the Principal.

Criminal Acts:  Any criminal acts taken at or related to the school will be reported to law enforcement officials as well as disciplined by the school.  It is not considered double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime) when school rules and the law are violated.  Certain criminal acts may result in permanent exclusion.

DRESS CODE POLICY

Springfield High School and Junior High expects students to voluntarily comply with the dress code.  Failure to comply with the dress code guidelines is considered insubordination and will be treated as such.  The school administration shall enforce these guidelines and reserves the right to make the final decisions regarding the dress code.

General Guidelines:  dress code applies to both the school day and all school events including awards programs, sporting events and performances.  Clothing must be worn as designed.

1. A garment that is sheer, “see through” or shows skin, another item of clothing must be used to provide coverage. Yoga pants/Workout pants and Leggings that have sheer “see through” panels must be below the knee or they are not permitted to be worn to school.

2. Tank tops, narrow strapped tops or dresses must have a covering – the body area from the neck to shoulder must be covered.  Tube tops, halters or bare midriffs are not permitted.

3.  Muscle T’s, or low-cut (armhole) openings in shirts (i.e. NBA shirts) may not be worn without a school approved shirt underneath.  Students are permitted to wear sleeveless shirts/tops but may NOT wear low-cut arm holes.  Shirts that have been altered by cutting or tearing may not be worn.

4.  Clothing/Items on property may not have obscene, sexual undertones or inappropriate messages (i.e. “double meaning” messages or shirts with Confederate Flags, Playboy logos,  F.R.B.R (For Rednecks By Rednecks) with Confederate Flag Logo, Hooters and many of the current Nike shirts with sayings, etc., drug/tobacco/alcohol products.

5. Skirt/Shorts length:  skirts/dresses and shorts must be worn at the natural waist and come within a 12 oz. regular size pop can height. The length must meet this requirement all the way around the bottom of the garment if you have a bare leg.  

Test:  kneel down next to a pop can and the skirts/dresses or shorts must touch the top of the can or the clothing item is too short.  If an item is in question, this test will be used to determine school appropriate shorts or skirts.  *Skirts/dresses and shorts can be worn to fingertip length if leggings are worn underneath.

6.  Pants – are to be secured with a belt.  Underwear must be covered even when seated.  Oversized clothing that compromises the safety of students is not permitted.

7.  Pajama bottoms or flannel material pants are not permitted.  

8.  Pants with holes MUST have leggings (NOT PANTY HOSE) under them. NO EXPOSED SKIN.

9.  Tops/blouses – must naturally fall below the waistline of pants, skirts, or shorts even when hands are raised above the head.  The top must be long enough to tuck inside the waistband even when seated.  It should not be necessary to pull, stretch, or tug at a top to make it cover the waistband when sitting or standing.

10. No cleavage may be visible at any time.  If in doubt, wear a collared shirt or a top within two inches of the collarbone.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY POLICY

1.  Purses that are oversized purses are not permitted.  To determine appropriate size, if the purse is large enough to carry a textbook it is considered a book bag and must be mesh or see-through.

2. Foot apparel must be designed for street wear and must be worn at all times.  Items such as slippers and cleats are not permitted.

3. Jewelry/Studded Accessories/Chains- such as those attached to wallets or chokers are not permitted; for example:  rings or jewelry with sharp points or surfaces.  Jewelry - belts, necklaces, bracelets, and rings that could produce injury if they come in contact with another student may not be worn (i.e. sharp metal such as studs, chains, etc.)

4. Head Coverings/Sunglasses – such as hats/head coverings  (unless for religious/medical reasons) and/or bandannas , sunglasses are not permitted to be worn inside the school unless approved by the principal, a physician, and/or the school nurse.  These items are to be removed when entering the school and placed in lockers.  They are not to be carried around all day.

5. Outdoor coats, jackets and gloves are not be worn in the building.  These must be stored in the student’s locker.  Students who believe the building is too cold should wear sweaters/sweatshirts.  The following items are not permitted in the classroom and must be stored in the student’s locker: Coats, backpacks, tote/computer bags, briefcases, or storage devices.

7. Backpacks and String Bags:  Students will be permitted to carry/wear a see-through/mesh bag throughout the school day for items such as pens, pencils, calculators.  Backpacks may only be used to and from school and must be stored in students’ lockers. **Non-Mesh book bags may NOT be carried throughout the school day.  This policy will be strictly enforced.

8. NO BLANKETS ARE TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE BUILDING. (They will be confiscated and returned at the end of the year to a parent.

Consequences for Dress Code & Personal Property Policies:  A referral slip will be sent to the office and students will be required to change clothes/correct offense or remain in ISS for the day:

 

Students who are representing Springfield High School and Junior High at an official function or public event may be required to follow specific dress requirements.  Usually, this applies but is not limited to athletic teams, cheerleaders, band, Marketing/DECA and other such groups.

DISCIPLINE CODES

The Board of Education has adopted the following Student Discipline Code.  The Code includes the types of misconduct that will subject a student to disciplinary action. All student discipline is progressive.

 

It is the school staff's responsibility to provide a safe and orderly learning environment.  History has shown that certain student actions are not compatible with the words "safe" and "orderly."  Discipline is within the sound discretion of the School's staff and administration.  Due process ensures that disciplinary action is imposed only after review of the facts and/or special circumstances of the situation.

The following chart provides a list of major areas that could result in disciplinary action.  An explanation of each behavior and possible consequences follows the chart.  The absence of a behavior or any specific action from the list does not mean that such conduct does not violate the discipline code or cannot be punished.

BEHAVIOR

DISCRETIONARY

RESTRICT

SUSPEND

EXPEL

1. (a) Drugs: use, possession, or distribution

X

1 (b) Drugs: Sale of...

X

2. Tobacco/Vaping (use,possession)

X

3. Disorder/demonstration

X

4. Possession of a weapon, mace, pepper spray, taser

X

5. Use of an object as a weapon

X

6. Purposely setting a fire

X

7.(a) Physical Assault of a staff or district personnel

X

7. (b ) Physical Assault of a student

X

8. (a) Verbal assault of a staff or district personnel.

Further offenses will result in increased suspension days.

X

8. (b) Verbal assault of a Student

X

9. Extortion

X

10. Gambling

X

11. Academic Dishonesty/Falsification of schoolwork, ID, and/or forgery

X

12. Setting false alarms/false report

X

13. Explosives

X

14. Trespassing

X

15. Theft

X

16. Insubordination/ Disrespect

X

17. Damaging school property

X

18. Not Progressing Towards Graduation

X

19. Unauthorized use of school or private property/destruction of school property

X

20. Aiding and abetting violation of school rules

X

21. Engaging in displays of affection

X

22. Student sales

X

23. Violation of individual school or classroom rules

X

24. Disruption of the educational process

X

25. Harassment/Aggressive Behavior

X

26. Bullying/Cyberbullying

X

27. Hazing

X

28. Language profane, indecent, obscene, inappropriate (Progressive consequences when directed at staff.)

X

29. Technology/Social Media Violation

X

30. Skipping Class

X

31. Cell Phone Violation

X

32. Bus Incident

X

33. Dress Code Violation

X

34. Parking Violation

X

** ANY criminal violations will be referred to the police department

and students will be subject to arrest.

EXPLANATION OF TERMS APPLYING TO STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE:  Organized by Rule Number.  Time spent outside of the classroom to deal with discipline code issues is unexcused time.

1. Use of Drugs: The School has a "Drug Free" zone that extends 1000 feet beyond the School boundaries as well as to any School activity and transportation.  This means that any activity:  possession, sale, use, or distribution involving drugs, or paraphernalia, alcohol, fake drugs, steroids, inhalants dab/wax pen or look-alike drugs is prohibited.  This includes non-alcoholic beers and wines, steroids, and the like.  Any such activity will be reported to the local law enforcement officials.  Many drug abuse offenses are also felonies.

Reasonable Certainty:  The following actions will be taken when the appropriate administrator or other authorized person finds that there is reasonable certainty to believe that a student has been using or has been in possession of drugs/alcohol (a finding of reasonable certainty will be reached upon the consideration of all of the circumstances and evidence of the incident):

 

First Offense

A. the student will be suspended and immediately removed from the premises

B. the parents will be notified

C. 10-day suspension:  An option for a reduced 5 day suspension if the student chooses an outside drug prevention/education class. 

Second Offense

A. the student will be removed from the premises

B. a 10-day suspension

C. a parent call will be made

D. possible recommendation for expulsion.

The use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

2. Use of tobacco/Vape/Juul (Use or possession):  The school prohibits the use, possession, sale, or distribution of any form of tobacco on school property during school time or at any school activity after school.  This prohibition also applies to students while riding school buses.  An Ohio law requires that the police be notified of any tobacco violations by minors (under 18 years old).  Students who are found possessing or using tobacco (smoking, chewing, electronic cigarette, and/or snuff) on school grounds will be given the following consequences:

1st offense:   3 days OSS

2nd Offense:  5 days OSS

3rd Offense:  10 days with an expulsion hearing with the Superintendent.

In addition, the item(s) will be confiscated and not returned until the end of the school year; to a parent, by appointment only.

3. Student disorder/demonstration: Students will not be denied their right to freedom of expression.  However, the disruption of any school activity will not be allowed.  The expression may not infringe on the rights of others.  If a student or students feel there is a need to organize some form of demonstration, they are encouraged to contact an administrator to discuss the proper way to plan such an activity.

 

4. Possession of a weapon:  A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, club type implements, tasers, pepper spray, mace or explosives.   It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon or an object converted from its original use to an object used to threaten or injure another.  This includes, but is not limited to, chairs, padlocks, pens, pencils, jewelry (including chains), etc.  Criminal charges may be filed for this violation.  Possession of a weapon may subject a student to expulsion and possible permanent exclusion. Federal law requires that any student who brings a firearm on school property is to be expelled from school for a period of one year.  A firearm, under the Federal law, is defined as:

 

5. Use of an object as a weapon: Any object that is used to threaten or harm another may be considered a weapon.  Intentional injury to another can be a felony and/or a cause for civil action.  This violation may subject a student to expulsion and possible permanent exclusion.

 

6. Purposely setting a fire: Anything, such as fire, that endangers school property and its occupants will not be tolerated.  Such action will subject the student to a recommendation for expulsion.

 

7. Physically assaulting a staff member/student/district personnel: associated with the District which may or may not cause injury, will not be tolerated.  Assault on a staff member may result in charges being filed and may subject the student to expulsion.  This shall include inciting and/or encouraging others to fight or hit.  Fighting will not be tolerated.

 

8. Verbally threatening a staff member/student/district personnel:  Any verbal or written statement, drawing or non-contact action and/or gesture that a staff member, student, or other person associated with the District feels to be a threat will be considered a verbal assault as will profanity directed toward a staff member.  This will result in suspension.  Each additional verbal assault will result in additional days of OSS.

 

9. Extortion: is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take, or receive something from someone else.  Extortion is against the law.

 

10. Gambling:  includes casual betting, betting pools, organized-sports betting and any other form of wagering.  Students who bet on an activity in which they are involved may also be banned from that activity.

 

11. Academic Dishonesty/Falsification of schoolwork, ID, and/or forgery: Cheating/Academic Dishonesty, Forgery of hall/bus passes and excuses as well as misuse of IDs are forms of lying and are not acceptable.   Presenting someone else’s work as one’s own in order to obtain a grade or credit is considered to be cheating; this includes, but is not limited to, copying others’ assignments, quiz or test answers, and plagiarism.  Students who violate this policy will receive zero credit for assignments or work involved.  Subsequent cheating offenses could lead to loss of credit for the course.  Discipline consequences may be assigned.  STUDENTS WILL LOSE ACADEMIC PRIVILEGE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND A SECOND OFFENSE WILL MAKE THEM BECOME INELIGIBLE FOR ACADEMIC AWARDS. 

 

12. False Alarms and False Reports: Under O.R.C. 2909.07, no person may move, deface, damage, destroy, or otherwise improperly tamper with any safety device or its covering.  Safety device is defined as fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hose, fire axe, any fire escape, emergency exit, or any other device, apparatus, or equipment intended for protecting or preventing the safety of persons or property.  A false emergency alarm or report endangers the safety forces that are responding, the citizens of the community and the persons in the building.  What may seem like a prank is a dangerous stunt that is against the law.  Violations will be reported to the Police. False Reports from students which result in an investigation will have a consequence.

 

13. Explosives, fireworks, and chemical-reaction objects: such as smoke bombs, small firecrackers, and poppers are forbidden and dangerous. Violations will be reported to the police and may result in a recommendation for expulsion.

 

14. Trespassing: Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property.  When a student has been removed, suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded, the student is not allowed on any school property without authorization of the principal.

 

15. Theft:  Students caught stealing will be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials.  Students are encouraged not to bring anything of value that is not needed for learning to school.  The School is not responsible for personal property.

 

16. Disobedience/Insubordination/Disrespect School Staff:   is acting "in loco parentis," which means they are allowed, by law, to direct a student as a parent would.  This applies to all staff in a position of authority, not just teachers assigned to a student.  If given reasonable direction by a staff member, the student is expected to comply.

 

17. Damaging property, vandalism and disregard for school property: will not be tolerated.  Students damaging school property will be financially responsible for repair/replacement of the property.

 

18. Not progressing towards graduation: Students not consistently working towards gaining the necessary credits to graduate high school will be subject to disciplinary actions.

 

19. Unauthorized use of school or private property: Students are expected to obtain permission to use any school property or any private property located on school premises.  Any unauthorized use shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

20. Aiding or abetting violation of school rules: If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, s/he may be disciplined.  Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior.

 

21. Public Displays of affection: Students demonstrating affection between each other is personal and not meant for public display and is not acceptable school behavior.  Violations will result in disciplinary measures.

 

22. Student Sales:  No student is permitted to sell any item or service in school. 

 

23. Violation of individual school/classroom rules: Each learning environment has different rules for students.  Individual rules are for the safe and orderly operation of that environment.  Students will be oriented to specific rules, all of which will be consistent with the policy of the school.

 

24. Disruption of the educational process: Any manner of dress or actions (yelling, screaming, arguing) that interfere with school activities, disrupt the educational process and are unacceptable.  Such disruptions also include delay or prevention of lessons, assemblies, field trips, athletic and performing arts events.

 

25. Harassment/Aggressive Behavior: It is the priority of Springfield Schools to provide every student and employee in the school system with a safe and orderly learning and working environment.  To this end, the district specifically prohibits harassing or aggressive behavior at all levels: between students, between employees and students, between peers or coworkers, between supervisors and subordinates, or between non-employees/volunteers and employees and/or students. Students are expected to comply with the behavior standards established by Board Policy and the Student Code of Conduct.  Employees are expected to comply with Board Policy and school system regulations.  Volunteers and visitors on school property also are expected to comply with Board Policy and established school rules and procedures.

 

26. Bullying/Cyberbullying:  Springfield High School & High School prohibits intimidation, bullying or “cyberbullying” of any student on school property, including all school buses/school transportation; and at school sponsored events.  Harassment, intimidation, or bullying are defined as any intentional REPEATED written, verbal or physical act directed towards another student that:  Causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating threatening, or abusive educational environment for another student.  Discipline for any substantiated incidents of bullying, harassment, or intimidation will be prescribed in accordance with the appropriate section of the Student Discipline Code.  “Cyberbullying’ involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal websites, Facebook or other social media accounts, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. To the extent permitted by the First Amendment, instances of cyber-bullying off school grounds that disrupt the school environment or interfere with the learning process will be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and appropriate consequences will be issued by the Administration. Springfield Local Schools considers bullying of any sort to be a very serious concern, and those who report falsely will be issued consequences.   Students should report incidents of bullying, harassment, or intimidation to the principal, assistant principal, teachers, and/or counselors. Students have the opportunity to report incidents anonymously.  All information reported will be confidential.

Students may report incidents anonymously to the Safe School Helpline

Web: www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Phone: 800-418-6423 ext. 359

Text: 66746, type TIPS

Please refer to www.neola.com/springfieldsum-oh/ sections 5517 and 5517.01 for additional clarification on the school’s policies.  

 

27. Hazing: Performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, team, or organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm will not be tolerated.  Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

 

28. Profane, Indecent, Inappropriate or Obscene Language:  The use of written or verbal profanities, or indecent, inappropriate or obscene language will not be tolerated.  This shall include the use of obscene gestures, pictures, signs, or clothing.  Continued profanity directed at staff has progressive consequences.

 

29.Technology Usage/Social Media: Use of computers is a privilege which requires responsible student actions.  Damage to or misuse of computers will not be tolerated.  Any student found using the computer, e-mail, the Internet, Social Media, et.al ., to transmit/receive profane, obscene, threatening messages, hacking into students accounts, cheating/stealing test material, falsifying records, etc., will lose all computer privileges and, depending on the severity of the offense, may be suspended/recommended for expulsion with notification of the action submitted to proper authorities.  (Additional guidelines developed by the district and posted in the school will be followed.) Students may use their personal technology devices (i.e. cell phones, tablets, iPods, etc.) before school, at lunch (in the cafeteria), and in the hallways during class change.  Students are not permitted to receive incoming calls or make outgoing phone calls from their cell phones.  Any student who takes pictures or videos of another individual without his or her consent is subject to suspension and confiscation of their personal device.  Devices should be stored upon entering the classroom unless otherwise directed by the teacher. A building policy allows teachers to incorporate the educational use of cell phones and electronic devices into their classroom instructional plan. Teachers will inform students when/if they will be using devices in class.  Students are to conform to that teacher’s rules for technology.   Never leave valuables unattended or in an unsecured location.  The school assumes no liability for theft, loss or damage to personal property or electronic devices. School administration will not look for lost devices on the camera system.  Calculators used as a classroom tool should be identified clearly on the outside with the student’s name.  Any electronic device that is improperly used during the school day without authorization will be taken away and placed in the office.

IMPORTANT:  We understand the importance and convenience of students being able to have cell phones for use before entering and after leaving school.  Unfortunately, there have been recent trends to indicate the intentional misuse of electronic devices, and such actions have driven the need to enforce a more strict level of compliance.  Regarding all electronic devices:  There is NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY regarding data or information stored on electronic devices as it has been shown that such items have been used to compromise test security, take or transmit images which are not allowed in school, or have the potential to infringe upon the rights of others.  If the school administration has strong, reasonable suspicion, he/she may exercise the right to inspect the device and may investigate or discipline students if such devices contain objectionable material, or that which is believed to be in violation of school rules.  This includes text messages, stored images, or any other information deemed inappropriate.  Severe violations will be referred to the police department and students will be subject to arrest.

 

ADDITIONAL DEVICE RESTRICTIONS:

  1. The possession and use of laser pointers is prohibited at school.  Students must comply with any request to turn over a laser pointer.  Laser pointers will not be returned to students.
  2. The use of speakers or music that is audible by any other person other than the user, will not be permitted.  This will be considered a disruption of the school environment.
  3. Only earbuds are permitted in school.  Students may not use headphones that cover the ears. 
  4. Students who text or call a parent for a dismissal without going through proper office procedure will fall under improper cell phone use. Students must gain permission of the teacher/office to call home.
  1. 1st offense: Failure to follow the personal technology device guidelines will result in a written warning and confiscation of the device. A student is expected to hand the device to the staff member, refusal to do so will result in a separate insubordination offense. Electronic devices will be returned to students at the end of the school day and parents will be notified of the violation.
  2. 2nd offense: Insubordination/Cell Phone (Code of Conduct #16/#31) resulting in a two day in-school suspension. Further offenses will result in increased suspension days.

 

30. Skipping Class is defined as the following:

1. The reporting teacher (the class the student is supposed to be in) is unaware of your location.  This location includes being at assigned lunch during the assigned time period. Students more than 5 minutes late (past the already 4 minutes of passing to class time) to class are considered to be skipping class. *Students on the no pass list are to be in class on time and do not qualify for this extra time.  

2. Being in the restroom without reporting to a teacher.  Any extended amount of time in the restroom must be made known to the teacher.  Students need to ask for a pass/or report directly to the nurse for extended time in the restroom due to illness.

3. Having a person other than assigned teacher on the student’s schedule, signing a pass.

4. When a student leaves the school premises, after having been dropped off by the bus or car, it is considered skipping class/skipping school.  This would include, leaving school in the morning to go to Get Go or other local establishments or locations.

5. Any student that walks out of the building during the school day without permission or an early dismissal will automatically receive 2 days out of school suspension.

31. Cell Phone Violation: Cell phone use is based on the rules of the classroom. Students are to comply with each individual classroom’s rules accordingly.

32. Bus Incidents: 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. Students who are riding to and from school on contracted transportation provided by the Board of Education are required to follow some basic safety rules.

The driver is responsible for student safety and may assign seating or direct the student in any reasonable manner to maintain that safety.

33. Consequences for Dress Code & Personal Property Policies:  A referral slip will be sent to the office and students will be required to change clothes/correct offense or remain in ISS for the day:

34. Parking Violation: Students will be given an assigned parking place. Students are allowed to park in student designated parking lots only and must display a valid parking permit. Any student that violates parking rules will be issued a $5.00 parking ticket. This fine must be paid in full or the student will be restricted from attending all extra activities. This includes but is not limited to sporting events, dances, field trips, etc.

SOCIAL PROBATION:  Springfield High School and Junior High enforces Social Probation for students that violate the student code of conduct. Students may be placed on Social Probation due to chronic rule violations at the discretion of Springfield High School & Junior High administrators. When a student is placed on Social Probation, he or she may not attend any extracurricular activities across the Springfield School District outside of normal school day hours unless he or she is a direct participant in the activity. Activities include athletic contests, as well as school dances, or any other during or after school functions.  Parents and students will be notified of Social Probation through disciplinary documentation. Failure to abide by Social Probation may result in further consequences for the student, including, but not limited to out-of-school suspension and the possibility of trespassing charges being filed on students who come to restricted functions outside of the normal school day.  

HALL PASSES:   In order to be in the hallway a student must have a written pass. Students may be put on a no-pass list if passes are misused or overused. No Pass List: An administrator may place a student on the No Pass List for violating the Student Code of Conduct.  Students assigned to the No Pass List will not be permitted to leave class on a pass.  An office escort will be used for emergency purposes. All tobacco/vaping/drug/alcohol offenders will be placed on the no pass list.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE:  Search of a student and his/her possessions, including vehicles, may be conducted at any time the student is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, if there is a reasonable suspicion that the student is in violation of law or school rules. A search may also be conducted to protect the safety of others.  All searches may be conducted with or without a student's consent.

 

Students are provided lockers, desks and other equipment in which to store materials.  It should be clearly understood that this equipment is the property of the school and may be searched at any time if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated the law or school rules.  Locks are to prevent theft, not to prevent searches.  Anything that is found in the course of a search that may be evidence of a violation of school rules or the law may be taken and held or turned over to the police. Contraband that violates school rules and/or the law WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Students are not to take food and beverages past or beyond the cafeteria nor have any in the halls.  Food and beverages may be permitted in an individual classroom only when done so as part of a planned classroom activity.  Only clear, unflavored, bottled water is acceptable past or beyond the cafeteria. There is to be no food or beverages in the Extended Learning Area (ELA) for any reason.  

No beverage cups or open containers purchased outside of school or from home may be brought into the building.  Students will be required to throw away any opened drink containers they bring into the school.

DUE PROCESS RIGHTS: Before a student may be suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded from school, there are specific procedures that must be followed.

 

Suspension from School: When a student is being considered for a suspension, the administrator in charge will notify the student of the reason.  The student will then be given an opportunity to explain his/her side.  After that informal hearing, the Principal will make a decision whether or not to suspend.  If a student is suspended, s/he and his/her parents will be notified, in writing, of the reason for and the length of the suspension.  The suspension may be appealed, within ten (10) days after receipt of the suspension notice, to the Superintendent of Schools.  The request for an appeal must be in writing.  Students assigned OSS (Out of School Suspension) have an opportunity to make up missed assignments.

 

A student suspended from school is not to be on any property belonging to the Springfield Local School District during the term of the suspension.  In addition, during the time of suspension the student is not permitted to attend any school sponsored activities.  Failure to comply will result in additional days of suspension.

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Students with disabilities will be entitled to the rights and procedures afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

SECTION 6: SAFETY IN THE SCHOOL 

Bullying /Harassment:  After having multiple conversations and listening to our students and parents, it became clear that bullying is on the hearts and minds of many parents and members of our community. As the administrators in the buildings, we want you to know that we will not tolerate bullying of any type (physical, written, verbal and electronic).  We have a plan for how to work together to deal with bullying.  The key to stopping bullying from taking place or continuing is the immediate reporting of any incident to staff and principals. We take this very seriously and will investigate every bullying report. Every, single, one. If we do not know about the bullying, there is nothing we can do. We encourage students to let us know immediately, and if parents know they need to call us as well.

Please understand that every investigation does not result in discipline based on bullying policy. Many times each individual involved committed an infraction. This would be considered a peer dispute and handled appropriately. If it is found that there, in fact, is bullying taking place (frequent, one sided harassment), it will be dealt with based on the regularly  reviewed Springfield Code of Student Conduct and Discipline.

Springfield is a great community and we promote a safe welcoming family atmosphere in the schools for everyone. We encourage our students to be respectful to each other and to lookout for each other. Parents we need your help. Please continue to encourage your children to treat everyone with respect and to report any bullying to us immediately. The safety of children is vital to their ability to learn, which is why it’s our top priority.

 

If you have questions about our student conduct policy, I’d like to hear them. Please call (330-798-1002) or email anytime. - Mr. Morgan  

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Bullying vs. Harassment are often used interchangeably when talking about hurtful or harmful behavior. They are very similar, but in terms of definition, there is an important difference.

Bullying and harassment are similar as they are both about:

Harassment It is unwanted, hurtful actions and/or unwelcome conduct such as verbal abuse, graphic or written statements, threats, physical assault, or other conduct that is threatening or humiliating and is based on:

Bullying:  includes one-sided, repeated actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Emergency Closings and Delays: If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the school will notify the media.  Springfield school closings will be announced by the school phone system as well as posted on the school website.  Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.

Calamity Days (i.e. weather-related closing): When school is closed due to the weather or for other unforeseen reasons, all activities are cancelled.  Suspension days will be forwarded and must be served after school reopens.

Fire Drills:The school complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire drills in accordance with State law.  Specific instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students.  Teachers will be responsible for safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the building.

Tornado Drills:  Tornado drills will be conducted during the tornado season following State procedures.  The alarm system for tornados is different from the alarm system for fires and consists of the tornado sounding in the building.

Lock Down:  is a precautionary measure in response to an outside  threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community. Soft Lock Down:  is when teachers pull students into a classroom, lock the doors, keep halls clear and continue teaching. This can be released via P.A. from any administrator.

SECTION 7:  MEDICAL 

Well-being of Students:  Student safety is the responsibility of the staff.  All staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as fire and tornado drills and accident reporting procedures.  Should a student be aware of any dangerous situation or accident, s/he must notify any staff person immediately.

 

Specific Health Needs:  Students with specific health care needs should submit those needs, in writing and with proper documentation by a physician, to the School office/nurse.  All medications, prescribed and non-prescribed, are to be delivered to the office and taken only with adult supervision. Students needing to carry asthma medicine with them may do so if the physician documentation form is on file in the nurse’s office.  The administration is available to discuss the procedure for medications and treatments.  No medications or medical treatments are to take place in school without the proper form on file in the nurse’s office.

 

**Students will be given the opportunity during the school year to have vision screening, at any point if a parent wants to refuse this service, they may let the office know in writing.

 

Injury and Illness:  All injuries must be reported to a teacher or to the office.  If medical attention is needed, the office will follow the school's emergency procedures.  A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission from the classroom teacher to go to the nurse’s office.  The nurse will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go home.  No student will be released from school without proper parental permission.  There is a strict no cell phone policy in the nurse’s office.  By state law, public schools are not permitted to pay hospital or medical costs for students injured at school.

Medications:  In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:

 

*Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured.  Medication should be brought to school directly by the parent; a two to four (2-4) week supply of medication is recommended.  Medication should not be sent to school or brought to school by a student.  The only exception to this involves those students who must carry an asthma inhaler with them.  These students must file a physician documentation in the office in order to carry the inhaler on his/her person.  Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by school personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.  The parents shall have sole responsibility to instruct their child to take the medication at the scheduled time.

A log for each prescribed medication shall be maintained which will note the personnel giving the medication, the date, and the time of day.  This log will be maintained along with the physician's written request and the parent's written release. No staff member will be permitted to dispense non-prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medication to any student.

Immunizations: Currently your child is required to get a Tdap shot (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) to begin their 7th grade year. In addition, your child will need a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis). A second dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be needed before their 12th grade school year.  In section 3313.671, part (3): A pupil who presents a written statement of his parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian objects to the immunization for good cause, including religious convictions, is not required to be immunized. Information and “Opt Out” Forms are available at the following website.

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/health-rules-laws-and-forms

Elevator Pass: Elevator use is for staff only. Students with medical needs may use the elevator if they provide medical documentation from their doctor. Elevator passes are obtained in the medical clinic from the nurse.

SECTION 8:  LAWS/CODES 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide that no individual will be discriminated against on the basis of a disability.  This protection applies not just to the student, but all individuals who have access to the District's programs and facilities.

 

The Springfield Local 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 the proper evaluation and placement procedure.  Parent involvement in this procedure is required.  More importantly, the School wants the parent to be an active participant.  To inquire about the procedure or programs, a parent should contact the Director of Special Services. Parents who believe their child may have a disability that substantially limits major life activities of their child should contact the Director of Special Services or the high school principal.

HOUSE BILL 410:

If a child reaches 30 consecutive unexcused hours, 42 unexcused hours within a month, or 72 unexcused hours in a school year we may file an Unruly by Truancy complaint with the Juvenile Court against your child and/or Failure to Send complaint against the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

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 directions and obey all school rules.  Disciplinary procedures are designed to insure due process (a fair hearing) before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.

 

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 insure contact. Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their student's teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educational goals.  Non-custodial parents should provide the School Counselor’s Office with contact information and request that report cards, interim reports, etc. be mailed to them unless there is a court order barring this action. The staff expects students to arrive at school prepared to learn. It is the student's responsibility to arrive on time and be prepared to participate in the educational program. If, for some reason, this is not possible, the student should seek help from an administrator.

 

Adult students (age 18 or older) are expected to follow all school rules. If residing at home, adult students should include their parents in their educational program.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE: 

Search of a student and his/her possessions, including vehicles, may be conducted at any time the student is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, if there is a reasonable suspicion that the student is in violation of law or school rules.  A search may also be conducted to protect the safety of others.  All searches may be conducted with or without a student's consent. Students are provided lockers, desks and other equipment in which to store materials.  It should be clearly understood that this equipment is the property of the school and may be searched at any time if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated the law or school rules.  Locks are to prevent theft, not to prevent searches.  Anything that is found in the course of a search that may be evidence of a violation of school rules or the law may be taken and held or turned over to the police. Contraband that violates school rules and/or the law will not be returned.

SECTION 9:  ACADEMICS 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION:  GRADES, GPA, CREDITS,  ASSESSMENTS

For high school credit semester grade is calculated by assigning each of two (2) grading periods as 40% of the semester grade and the exam as 20% of the semester grade.  A student must earn a passing grade in two of the three to receive credit for the semester.

Students shall receive a report card at the end of each 9-week period indicating their grades for each course of study for that portion of the academic term.  Interim reports are provided during each of the 9 week grading periods.

 

When a student appears to be at risk of failure, notification will be provided to the parents so they can talk with the teacher about what actions can be taken to improve poor grades.

 

ACADEMIC POINT SYSTEM (WEIGHTED)

It is recognized that the AP courses are a more rigorous curriculum.  Students enrolled in these courses are asked to do more demanding work.  It is not the school's intent to penalize students who are taking a more challenging schedule, but to encourage them by using the following weighted system.  Weighted grades would be used to determine class ranking as well as eligibility for honor and merit rolls.

 

The AP weighted scale will be published along with grade and grade point average policy at the beginning of the school year.  See chart below:

Letter Grade

Percentage Range

Standard Points

Advanced Points

AP Points

A+

98-100

4.33

4.83

5.33

A

93-97

4.00

4.50

5.00

A-

90-92

3.67

4.17

4.67

B+

87-89

3.33

3.83

4.33

B

83-86

3.00

3.50

4.00

B-

80-82

2.67

3.17

3.67

C+

77-79

2.33

2.83

3.33

C

73-76

2.00

2.50

3.00

C-

70-72

1.67

2.17

2.67

D+

67-69

1.33

1.83

2.33

D

63-66

1.00

1.50

2.00

D-

60-62

.67

1.17

1.67

F

59 & BELOW

0

0

0

In order to create consistency, when calculating percent, the following rounding rules are recommended:

Any average of .5 or higher will be rounded up to the nearest whole number. Any average of .4 or lower will be rounded down to the nearest whole number. This scale will allow our AP classes to remain on the weighted scale and will also slightly weigh the advanced classes (Advanced English 9, Advanced English 10, Advanced Chemistry, Pre-Calc, French 4, Spanish 4, dual credit classes, post fourth semester specialized art classes) we offer.  This may help motivate our high-level students to continue to enroll in the advanced classes.  We will continue with a semester average being calculated based on each grading period weighing 40% and the semester exam 20%.  We will also look to expand the use of the 80/20 policy, with 80% of the grade based on academic achievement and 20% of the grade on academic practice, currently used by some departments.  This 80/20 policy will be studied for future building implementation.

 

Courses using the Weighted Grading Scale include: AP U.S. History, AP Calculus, AP English, CCP Government, CCP English, College Algebra & Trig.

 

How to Calculate GPA: The students who take courses that have weighted grade points will have their class ranking determined using the following formula to calculate GPA:

 

                 # of credits            GPA for              quality points

GPA = at grade level  X  unweighted grades + for weighted courses

               # of credits to be                               # of credits for

                 at grade level            +              weighted courses

ACADEMIC PRIVILEGE  (AP)

Academic Privilege is a special right granted to a student who exhibits academic responsibility (a C+ 77% or higher in ALL classes) and good school citizenship and ability to follow school rules. A student’s absences can be no more than 10%  (unless there is a medical reason, with a note from doctor) of the year at the time of the reporting period to qualify for AP.

Academic Privilege can be earned at midterm and at the end of every grading period.  All students are expected to show proof of AP hall pass (take a photo and have it on your phone) and have all office forms on file.  High School students are expected to sign in with their Academic Privilege teacher at the beginning of class, show proof of AP hall pass and note on sign in sheet where they can be located.  

 

 

Loss of Privilege

 

PROMOTION, PLACEMENT AND RETENTION

Completing required coursework and earning the necessary credits will determine a student’s progress toward graduation and receiving a diploma.  A student is only promoted when the necessary credits are met.  It is the student's responsibility to keep in contact with his/her counselor and teachers to ensure that all requirements are being met.  Information about credit and course requirements is available in the School Counselor’s office.

 

Credit Requirements for grade placement:

Grade 9:   Promotion or assignment from 8th

Grade 10:  5.25 high school credits earned

Grade 11: 10.50 high school credits earned

Grade 12:  15.75 high school credits earned

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS & HONORS DIPLOMA

For graduation and Honors Diploma criteria refer to the curriculum guide in the Student Services Office or online.  It is the student's responsibility to maintain contact with his/her counselor to insure that his/her graduation requirements are being met.

EARLY GRADUATION

Students who intend to graduate in three years, or at the end of their 11th grade year, must satisfy specific requirements. These requirements are detailed in the Curriculum Guide and are available in the School Counselor’s office.

HOMEWORK

The assignment of homework can be expected. Student grades will reflect the completion of all work, including outside assignments. Homework is also part of the student's preparation for state tests and graduation.  Individual classroom teachers will establish homework policies.  

ASSESSMENT DATES

To measure student progress, students will be tested in accordance with State standards and District policy.

 

End of  Course Exams for the Fall are:  December 4 - January 8

English Testing Window:  April 1-April 23

Math, Science, Social Studies:  April  20- May 8

 

Classroom tests will be used to assess student progress and assign grades.  These are selected or prepared by teachers to assess how well the students have achieved specific objectives. Vocational and interest surveys may be given to identify particular areas of student interest or talent.  These are often given by the school counselor staff.

 

If necessary, intelligence tests, speech and language evaluations, individually administered achievement tests, and other special testing services are available to students needing those services.

 

Depending on the type of testing, specific information and/or parent consent may need to be obtained.  Springfield High School & Junior High  will not violate the rights of consent and privacy of a student participating in any form of evaluation.

 

ACT Testing Dates can be located at the following site:  https://www.studypoint.com/ed/act-test-dates/

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS ENROLLMENT

Any student in grades 7-12 may enroll in a College Credit Plus program providing s/he meets the requirements established by law and by the District. Any interested student should contact the school counselor’s office to obtain the necessary information.

 

College entrance test information may be obtained from the School Counselor’s Office.  The PSAT will be given at Springfield High School & Junior High during the school day. This happens in October.  Please contact your counselor for the exact date.  This is the only time during the school year that this test is given at our site.

 

The fee for the 2019-20 PSAT/NMSQT is $16.00. The College Board makes fee waivers available to schools for juniors from low-income families who cannot afford the test fee.  See your counselor for more information about fee waivers.

STUDY TABLES AND PEER TUTORING

As part of our continuing effort to improve the quality of instruction and services available to our students, we are pleased to offer Study Table.

Study Table is an after-school program that will ensure that our students are provided with extra time to complete missing assignments and an opportunity to receive extra help from qualified teachers and National Honor Society peer tutors. The SHSJH faculty will continue to raise expectations for all of our students, and we strongly believe that student achievement will improve through the implementation of this research-based, extra help program.

Study Table will be offered daily 2:30 - 3:30 pm and will be monitored by an SHSJH teacher. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or the student.

Classroom and building expectations are for each student to actively use the extra help being provided at their discretion.  Students, parents and/or teachers can recommend that students use study table to improve their academic standing.

We sincerely appreciate your continued support of our Study Table. We are determined to continue to support student achievement and success.

STUDENT PROGRESS BOOK ACCESS DIRECTIONS:

There is a link to the Progress Book login page from our Students and Parents page: www.springfieldspartans.org/students

 

Helpful step-by-step instruction sheets and guides can be found on the left hand side bar.

 

Here is your Registration Key, which you will need to create your Student Access account.

 

Student name (not your username)                             Registration Key

                 

You must click “Create account” the first time you visit the site.  You will then make up a username and password, only entering the Registration Key under Student Information when prompted.

 

If you experience any problems or have questions, please contact the Technology Office:

Email: sp_boswell@springfieldspartans.org

SECTION 10: ACTIVITIES 

School Sponsored Clubs and Activities:  Springfield High School & Junior High School provides students the opportunity to broaden their learning through curricular-related activities.  A curricular-related activity may be for credit, required for a particular course, and/or contain school subject matter.  The school has many student authorized groups.  It is the District's policy that the only authorized groups are those approved by the Board of Education and sponsored by a staff member.  A full list of these activities can be found on the website. Students with excessive absent attendance hours (more than 10%) will be excluded from after school, special school activities and/or  field trips. 

Extra-curricular activities do not reflect the school curriculum, but are made available to students to allow them to pursue additional, worthwhile activities.  A full list of these activities can be found on the website.

Athletics:  The following are some of the athletics available for student participation

Baseball (JV & Varsity)

Basketball (7-12)

Bowling (JV & Varsity)

Cheerleading (7-12)

Cross-Country (7-12)

Football (7-12)

Golf (7-12)

Indoor Track (7-12)

Soccer (7-12)

Softball (JV & Varsity)

Track (7-12)

Volleyball (7-12)

Wrestling (7-12)

For more information about Springfield High School and Junior High athletics can be found on :

 https://springfieldspartansathletics.com/

Social Clubs:  The following are some of the social clubs available for student participation

Bridge Building

Theatre-High School/Jr. High                            

Yearbook-High School/ Jr. High

Student Council-High School

Class Council-High School

Student Government-Jr. High

Haromano-High School

Robotics Club-High School/Jr. High

The school permits student fundraising in school or on school property or at any school-sponsored event only when the profit is to be used for school purposes or for an activity connected with the schools.

Arrival and Pick up For After School Activities: If a school activity happens in the evening, students may not loiter in the building. They may arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the activity. Students not involved in a school-sponsored, after-school activity must be out of the building by 2:45 P.M.  Loitering in or around the building is not permitted.  If it is necessary to wait for transportation, students must wait outside. Any students not picked up within a half an hour at the end of the activity may be removed from participation. All parent pick up will be from outside DOORS L. All bus pick up will be at DOOR A & R, at the front of the building. The school cannot be held responsible for students who loiter and the local police may be called.

All students are permitted to participate in the activities of their choosing as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

Field trips: Students who would like to attend field trips  must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct at ALL times.

1. Students who have 2 or more F’s on their grade report will not be allowed to attend after school activities and events.

2. Students who have multiple discipline referrals will not be allowed to attend until they have improved behavior and permission from administration.

 

NON SCHOOL SPONSORED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES:  Non school-sponsored student groups organized for religious, political, or philosophical reasons may meet during non-instructional hours.  The application for permission can be obtained from the principal.  The application must verify that the activity is being initiated by students; attendance is voluntary, that no school staff person is actively involved in the event, but supervision is provided, that the event will not interfere with school activities and that non-school persons do not play a regular role in the event.  School rules will still apply regarding behavior and equal opportunity to participate.

 

Membership in any fraternity, sorority, or any other secret society as prescribed by law is not permitted.  All groups must comply with school rules and must provide equal opportunity to participate.  Non-district sponsored organization may not use the name of the school or school mascot.

Dances: Homecoming, Sweetheart and Prom are high school dances only. Junior high students (Grades 7-8) are not allowed to attend the dances. Springfield High School students may bring guests, under the age of twenty-one, that do not attend Springfield High School. Students must fill out a guest form that can be obtained in the office. The guest form must be turned in one week prior to the dance to be approved by an administrator. Students can not buy dance tickets until the guest form is approved.

Students must have ALL lunch fines paid or they will not be permitted to attend school dances.

OPT OUT FORM

REGARDING THE RELEASE OF NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER

Sign only if you do not want your information released

 

                                                         Springfield High School & Junior High                    

 

 

Date:________________________________________________Grade______________________                                                                     

 

Student Name_____________________________________Date of Birth___________________               

 

As a student you have the right to request that your directory information is not released to military recruiters and others.  If you wish to exercise this right please complete this Opt-Out form and give it to the School Counselor’s Office.

 

              I request that this student’s name, address and telephone number not be released to Armed Forces and Military Recruiters or Military schools.

 

              I request that this student’s name, address and telephone number not be released for any purpose including colleges, student achievement surveys, photography studios as well as the military recruiters.

 

Signature of parent guardian                                                            Date:  _________________________                             

(for students under 18 years old)

 

Signature student_______________________________________Date__________________________                 (for students 18 or older)

 

Federal public laws 107-110, section 9528 of the ESEA, “No Child Left Behind Act” requires school districts to release student names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters upon their request.  The law also requires the School District to notify you of your rights to Opt-Out from this by requesting that the district not release your information to military recruiters.  The completion and return of this form serves as your request to withhold your directory information.