Student Handbook

2018 - 2019

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Gray-New Gloucester High School

10 Libby Hill Road

Gray, Maine 04039

 

 Main Office - 657-3323

Athletic Office - 657-9311

 

www.msad15.org

 

Administration

Ted Finn, Principal

Sadie Grealish, Assistant Principal

Scott Walker, Athletic Director

 

Pride in our Students, Staff, and Communities

Gray-New Gloucester High School Mission Statement

 

The caring community of Gray-New Gloucester High School delivers challenging educational programs that inspire a passion for lifelong learning and promote personal success and responsibility in a rapidly changing world.

 

Academic Expectations:  All students at Gray-New Gloucester High School will:

 

1.         Comprehend and evaluate information

2.         Communicate effectively

3.         Think critically and independently to solve problems

4.         Reflect on their work and revise accordingly

5.         Gain knowledge of diverse cultural perspectives

6.         Understand concepts of a healthy lifestyle

7.         Express thoughts and ideas creatively

8.         Utilize appropriate technology to promote their learning

 

MSAD #15 Vision Statement

 

We, the community, students and staff, aspire to form an educational partnership that will provide a safe, caring and challenging academic environment where all learn, succeed, grow, mature and meet high standards.

 

We recognize the need for adaptability in the face of continuing social and technological changes, and are committed to the development of compassionate, critical and creative thinkers. We honor the individual and promote personal leadership by fostering intellectual, cultural, civic, social, and personal growth.

 

We are a community devoted to wellness and committed to the principles of a healthy lifestyle, collegiality, community/school spirit, and fun.

 

High School Shared Vision

 

The student-centered, performance-based learning community of Gray New-Gloucester High School is a safe, clean, positive, flexible, and effective educational environment in which all stakeholders have a voice in:

 

* Developing relevant curriculum and assessment;

* Designing and assigning meaningful homework;

* Using student-centered instruction practices and support;

* Offering a variety of academic schedules and co-curricular options;

* Promoting a collaborative, creative, and respectful climate and culture;

* Engaging students and encouraging educational responsibility;

* Clearly promoting and displaying school pride; and

* Using technology as a tool to address 21st century skills for real-world application.

Table of Contents

Academic Probation for Co-Curricular Participants

9

Academic Progress

10

Adult Responsibilities for School Attendance

7

Advertising

10

After School

9

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

27

Allergies and Special Needs

10

Alternatives to Attendance in Public School

8

Appendix

(Bomb Threats; Harassment; Bullying; FERPA; Staff Conduct with Students; etc.)

29, 50

Arrival & Dismissal

7

Arson

25

Assault & Battery

25

Assembly and Athletic Spectator Expectations

10

Attendance

7

Attendance Issues

9

Attendance Violations

19

Burglary; Robbery; Extortion

24

Bus Discipline Administrative Procedures

28

Clothing

10, 20

Co-Curricular Activities/Eligibility

10-11

Co-Curricular Conduct

27

Communication Between Home and School

11

Compulsory Attendance Ages

7

Computer/iPad/Internet Use

29

Conduct on School Buses

27

Corridor Passes

11

Dances & Prom

11

Diploma Requirements

11

Discipline Procedures

19

Disrespect; insubordination

22

Disruption

21

Drug & Alcohol Use

27

Exceptions to the Compulsory Attendance Requirements

7

False Alarm

25

FERPA

11

Fire Drills/Safety Plans

11

Food & Drink

12

Fundraising

12

Gambling

23

General School Information

9

Gifted & Talented

12

Grade Status Requirements

12

Graduation Events Participation

12

Guidance Services

12

High School Staff

6

Initiating a Riot

24

iPad Expectations & Consequences

13

Library/Media Services

14

Lockers

14

Lost & Found

14

Lunch & Related Food Program

14

Medication

26

Misrepresentation

21

MSAD #15 Directory

5

Network & Student Computer Use

14

Parent/Teacher Conferences

14

Parking - Vehicles

14

Personal Items

15

Personal Property

20

Physicals

15

Planners

15

Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS)

15

Privileges (Junior and Senior)

Profanity/Obscenity

15

22

Public Displays of Affection

15

Reckless Vehicle Use

23

Referral

16

School Cancellations

9

School Related Absences/Procedures

8

Serious or Repeated Violations

29

Sexual Offenses

24

Skateboards

15

Special Education

15

Student Code of Conduct

17

Student Dress

20

Student Guests

17

Student Health

16

Student Use of Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

21

  Teacher Academic Support

16

Textbooks & Computers

17

Theft

24

Threatening; Fighting

23

Trespassing

23

Unexcused Absence/Tardy

8

Vandalism

23

Visitors

17

Volunteers

17

Weapons; Firearms

26

Wellness

17

GNGHS Faculty and Staff

2018-2019

 

Administrative Office

Ted Finn, Principal                                                Sadie Grealish, Asst. Principal

Cloie Smith, Lead Secretary                                        Cindy Hotham, Receptionist

Arenda Chamberlain, Attendance Secretary                        Deputy Cole Chandler, SRO

Alternative Education (ExCEL)

Janet Clemons                                                        

Gail Myshrall

Athletic Department

Scott Walker, Athletic Director                                

Cheryl Piper, Athletic Director’s Secretary

 

Custodial Services

Steve Brann                                                        Lenny Daniel                                 Michelle May                                                        Ray Topar

Brett Wing, Head Custodian                                        Jason Peters

Megan May

         

English

Shelly Landry                                                        Dan Murphy                                Brittany Sutherland                                                Linda Stiffler                                Anne Walker (Teacher Leader)                                Mark Cutter

Debra Tenenbaum

Visual & Performing Arts

Jennifer Chaloult                                                Carol Clark

Sarah Gould (Teacher Leader)                                Mary Pennington

Food Services

Wendy Ordway (Manager)                                        Jennifer Kimball

Mia Henry (Supervisor)                                        Wanda Morrison

Foreign Language

Jeanna Allen - French                                                Jennifer Simons - Spanish

Kevin O’Beirne - Latin                                                Jennifer Vargas - Spanish

Kathryn Larson - American Sign Language

 

Guidance

Jen Osburn                                                        Louise Chaplin (Secretary)

Jill Piker                                                        Michelle Murley (Social Worker)        Kate Genovese (Guidance Coordinator)

 

Library/Media Services

Jen Lewis, Library-Media Specialist

Brittany Sutherland, Library-Media Support Staff

Cinda-Lee Bragdon (MLTI Tech)

 

Mathematics

Rebecca Eugley (Teacher Leader)                                Christine Knudson

Stephanie Virgilio                                                Tim Steimlosk

Eric Walker                                                        Adam Zukowski

Joseph Heathco

 

Nurse’s Office

Ms. Cristie Barone, R.N.                                        

Shelly Blake, Nurse Assistant

Health/Phys. Ed/Outdoor Educator

Rachele Burns, P.E.                                                

Michael Dehetre, P.E.

John McCullagh , Health                                        

Science

Michael Griffin                                                        John Haley

Doug Kerr                                                        Karen Licht

Peter Reaman                                                        Steve Nystrom                                

Andrea Harvey (Teacher Leader)

Social Studies

Michelle Adler                                                        Michelle Strattard

Mike Andreasen                                                Corinne McNeill                        Andrew Whelan                                                Amy Stanley

Bobbie Thibodeau (Teacher Leader/IB Coordinator)

Special Education

Marcy Francoeur                                                Lisa Durkin

Kathryn Larson                                                Andy Higgins (Teacher Leader)

Tyler Oren                                                        Jeff Duquette (Social Worker)                Kristopher Parkin                                                

Ed Tech II/III

Clarice Hinkley                                                        Janet Bourque

Carl Gibson                                                        Tammy Grondin                        

Rachel Spinney                                                        Elizabeth Dobson

Fleda Pelletier                                                        Sarah Francis

                        

Arrival Time and Dismissal:  School is open for student arrival at 7:00 A.M.  The morning bell rings at 7:25 A.M.  School begins at 7:30 A.M.  The dismissal bell rings at 1:50 P.M.

 

Attendance:  It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 to promote student achievement through regular attendance at school.  Compulsory education is essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people and the continued prosperity of our nation.  Maintaining regular student attendance is necessary to achieve the goal of an educated citizenry.

 

Compulsory Attendance Ages:  Under state law, full-time attendance at school is required of all children between the ages of 7 and 17.  See complete policy at www.msad15.org NEPN/NSBA Code: JEA Excusable Absences from School.  Absence from school is excused when the absence is for one of the following reasons:

A.           Personal illness;

B.           An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day;

C.           Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day;

D.           A family emergency; or

E.           A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose, which has been approved by an administrator.

 

Adult Responsibility for School Attendance:  Parents or other adults having control of a person of compulsory attendance age are responsible for ensuring that a student attends school as required by law. The Board expects school administrators and staff to work with families in an effort to ensure compliance. For the purpose of this policy, “parent” is defined as parent, legal guardian, or other adults having control of the student.

 

Alternatives to Attendance in Public School:  A person shall be excused from attending a public day school if he/she obtains equivalent instruction as allowed by law.   Equivalent instruction alternatives are as follows:

A.           A private school approved for attendance purposes pursuant to state law and regulations;

B.           A private school recognized by the Department of Education as providing equivalent instruction;

C.           A home instruction program that complies with state law and regulations; or

D.        Any other manner arranged by the Board and approved by the Commissioner of Education.

A student shall be credited with attendance at a private school under Paragraphs A or B only if the legally required certificate from the private school is filed with the student’s school unit.

 

Unexcused Absences/Tardy: Students who are absent or tardy from school without an excusable reason will be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action.  School administrators reserve the right to verify student appointments. (Excusable reasons include medical appointments, driver’s ed/license exam; pre-approved college visits; religious service and/or a funeral service; other circumstances approved by the administration.  Non-excusable reasons include car trouble; traffic delays; woke up late, etc.)

 

School-Related Absences:  Field trips, athletic events, student government, co-curricular trips, and other functions sanctioned by the school are normal school activities and students are considered to be present when attending these events.

 

Procedures:

1.     Parent(s) or guardian may request pre-approval for absences by filing a request in advance

        with the principal or designee. Such requests will be signed by the principal or designee and    

        filed for reference. Except in unusual circumstances, absences that have been approved in  

        advance should be limited to five (5) days per student during the school year.   Failure to seek

        approval for planned absences may result in the absences being counted as unexcused.

2.     Teachers shall assign and schedule appropriate make-up work to be completed within five (5) school days following the student's return from absences. Make-up work assigned, but not completed within the established time period, shall be recorded as a failing grade for the assignment.  NOTE:  Parent(s)/guardian and students must understand that certain subject matter cannot be assigned as make-up work to be completed out of class, especially if the student is absent when certain concepts are taught.

3.      The school will attempt to contact the home on each day of a student's absence from school.

 

Attendance Issues:  Gray-New Gloucester High School's attendance is governed by Board Policy.  See complete policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JEA.

 

- Co-curricular:                         Students who are absent from school, tardy unexcused after 7:30 AM, or dismissed early from school due to illness are not allowed to participate in any after school activities on the day of the absence, unexcused tardy, or dismissal.

- Reporting Absences:     Parents are encouraged to call the school between 7:00 and 8:30 AM to  

                                               report students who will not be present in school.  Additionally, a note from the parent/guardian must be turned in to the Main Office upon the student’s return to school.

 

School Cancellations:  In the event of an unexpected early dismissal from school, parents should have a pre-arranged plan with the student.  In the event of an unexpected early dismissal from school, a message will be generated via the district’s electronic information system.

 

After-School:  MSAD#15 offers a late bus on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  The bus leaves the high school at 4:30.  Students are permitted to stay after-school to participate in or watch school activities or events or to get help from teachers. Students who are disruptive after school will be subject to disciplinary action and may lose after-school privileges.  Students MUST be supervised by a teacher, coach, advisor, or an authorized school employee.

                                                                             

GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

Academic Probation for Co-Curricular Participants:  Academic probation is outlined in the Athletic Handbook.

 

Academic Progress:  Students grades can be accessed through our web based grading program known as PowerSchool. Access is obtained through the use of an ID and password.

 

Advertising:  All posters for clubs, events, dances, fundraising, etc. must have prior approval of the club advisor and Principal before they can be displayed on the assigned bulletin board.  Only information about school or district organizations will be placed on the morning announcements and daily updates.

Advisory:  All students are required to attend Advisory which will run each day from 10:05 - 10:45.  On Mondays and Wednesdays, students will be required to complete specific grade level tasks during the Advisory block.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will have the opportunity to either use the advisory time as a silent study or to seek-out academic support.  Note: Students are required to have a pass IN ADVANCE from the teacher they need academic support from.  On Fridays, students will be allowed to participate in pre-approved class meetings, club meetings, or school-wide assemblies.  PATHS students will be dismissed from Advisory each day at 10:20 to get their lunch and to head to PATHS.

 

Allergies and Special Needs:  Students need to be aware that there are students in our school population who have allergies, special needs and strong health concerns.  It is important that all students heed warnings and other health announcements that concern the well-being of our school population.

 

Assembly and Athletic Spectator Expectations:  Students are expected to represent their school positively and conduct themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner at all school assemblies and athletic contests.  Student misbehavior will be handled in the same way it would be during the regular school day.

 

Clothing:  A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health, and acceptable standards of social conduct. The wearing of clothing that has graphic illustrations or printed statements that are of a suggestive nature, or which in the opinion of the school administration disrupts the educational mission of the school or substantially interferes with the rights of others, shall be prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: tank tops, cut-off shirts, tube tops, clothing that has tobacco, alcohol or drug messages and advertising, or messages of a crude or sexual connotation. Administrators have the discretion to deem apparel as inappropriate if they feel the apparel is hindering or causing a distraction to the educational environment of the school.

 

Co-Curricular & Athletics Activities:  Listed below are the organizations and athletic teams currently available for GNGHS student participation:

 

Band                                                                Civil Rights Team

Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance                                Chorus

Class Officers                                                        Community Service Club

Drama                                                                Model UN                                Green Tree Society                                                National Honor Society                        Newspaper                                                        Pi-Cone Math Team            

Student Council                                                Yearbook                                Robotics                                                        Heartwood Arts/Literary Club

Baseball/Softball                                                Basketball

Cheerleading                                                        Cross Country

Field Hockey                                                        Football

Golf                                                                Ice Hockey

Indoor Track                                                        Outdoor Track and Field

Skiing (Alpine and Nordic)                                        Lacrosse                                              Soccer

 Co-Curricular activities include sports and student activities. The Athletic Director supervises all sport related activities at the middle and high school. The high school Principal supervises all other co-curricular activities at the high school. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities subject to the eligibility requirements listed. These activities emphasize both participation and quality of performance.          

 

Co-Curricular Eligibility:  Students passing all of their classes are considered eligible. In order to participate in co-curricular activities a student must be enrolled in at least five classes.

 

Corridor/Hall Pass: Students may leave a classroom only with permission from the teacher (with a pass) and are expected to report to the location identified on the corridor/hall pass.  

 

Communication between home and school:  Parents are considered part of the high school team.  When parents, teachers, and students work together everyone will experience success.  This partnership among parents, school, and community is strengthened through regular communication through phone calls, emails, face-to-face meetings, PowerSchool, and our weekly edition of the Patriot Express.

                

Dances & Prom:  Gray-New Gloucester High School dances and prom are open only to GNGHS high school students and their approved (by the administration) high school-aged guests (not to exceed age 20). A completed Dance Guest Request Form must be turned in three days prior to the day of the dance in the Main Office. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Dance admission will be revoked immediately if the guest is a problem. Any student who exits the building during a dance will not be readmitted and no student may enter the dance after 8:00 P.M. Money raised at high school dances goes into the student activity fund for the sponsoring group. Dances are from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM; the prom is from 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (or the agreed upon time between the high school and prom venue, not to exceed 12:00 AM).

Diploma Requirements:  See the Gray-New Gloucester High School Program of Studies for a detailed explanation of the requirements for earning a diploma.

 

FERPA:  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides certain rights to parents and eligible students (18 years of age or older) with respect to the student’s education records. Please see complete policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JRA

 

Fire Drills/Safety Plans:  The district has worked closely with police and fire departments to develop crisis plans in the event of an emergency.  Each school has a Crisis Team ready to respond when needed.  Each room in the school has a written evacuation sheet placed in a conspicuous place within the room.  In the event of an evacuation, these directions should be followed:

1.          Upon leaving the classroom, windows and doors must be closed.

2.          Evacuation will be orderly, quiet, and well disciplined.

3.          Attendance will be taken outside.  Students are to remain together as a class outside the

              building as directed by the teacher.                 

 

Food and Drink:  Food/drink should be consumed in designated areas.

 

Fundraising:  All fundraising activities must go through the Student Council and be approved in advance by the building Principal. Please see complete policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JJE.

 

Gifted and Talented:  Gray-New Gloucester High School services identified gifted and talented students. Please see policy NEPN/NSBA Code: IHBB-R.

 

Guidance Services:  Guidance counselors are committed to helping students achieve their full potential. They work with students in a one-to-one basis, in small groups and in larger informational settings to help students develop educational and career goals as well as pathways to those goals. Problem solving, decision-making, self-assessment, utilization of available resources and taking responsibility are areas of concentration.  Students, parents and staff are encouraged to access guidance services by signing up or calling for an appointment. Guidance Office telephone number is 657-9320.

 

Grade Status Requirements:  For the Class of 2019, to be considered a Sophomore, 5 credits by the end of grade 9; to be considered a Junior, 10 credits by the end of grade 10; and to be considered a  Senior, 15 credits by the end of grade 11.  Beginning with the Class of 2020, to be considered a Sophomore, 6 credits;  Junior, 12 credits; Senior, 18 credits; and to earn a high school diploma: 22 credits (44 experiences) plus meet proficiency on all graduation standards.

 

Graduation Events Participation:

1.   Meet the requirements listed in Program of Studies.

2.   Carry a minimum of five credits each semester (six beginning with the Class of 2020), unless the

       Principal grants an exception.

3.   Complete all coursework by the last scheduled academic day for Seniors (the Friday prior to the

       start of marching practice).

4.   Pay all debts and return all school property by the last scheduled day for Seniors (or will receive

      a bill in place of a diploma and a hold placed on the student’s academic records until the bill is

       paid in full.

6.   Fulfill all disciplinary requirements.

 

Laptop Expectations & Consequences:

If a laptop is damaged and that damaged is considered accidental, the student will be responsible for up to a $100 deductible, and the district will cover the remaining balance owed.  If the damage is considered intentional, the student will be responsible for paying the total cost for replacement as well as serving the appropriate consequence for the destruction of school property.  If a student is missing their charger or carrying case (or there is damage to either item), they will be responsible for the total cost of each (approximately $50 for the charger and $20 for the carrying case).

 

1.   Students will be prepared with a charged laptop every day for school. Students will not loan their laptop to other individuals. Students will know where their laptop is at all times.

2.  Students are expected to use the laptop appropriately for educational purposes only. Laptops cannot be used for gaming, social media, taking pictures / videos, or any non-academic use at any time during class, study hall, or advisory, unless given teacher permission.  

3.  Student laptops are subject to inspection at any time and remain the property of MSAD #15. Any teacher can ask to review any device at any time. When a teacher asks you to put it away, the student will comply immediately and without question. Laptops will be in plain view of teachers.

4.  Students will protect their laptops by carrying them in a protective case. Students will not carry their laptops loose in their backpacks.

5.  Students will treat their laptops in a respectful and professional manner.

Consequences

Level 1:  Verbal Warning.

Teacher contacts parent and administrator. Teachers will keep track of infractions using the PLP tab, the Laptop Consequences Form.

Level 2: Loss of privilege to take the laptop home for two weeks.

“Check in/Check Out.” Student will drop off laptop in the Main Office at the end of the school day and pick it up at the beginning of the school day.

 

Level 3:  Restricted Access during the school day.  Laptop stored in Main Office. Classroom use only as needed with an email from a teacher to an administrator.

 

 

Library/Media Services:  The Media Center is open daily from 7:15 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. To use the Media Center during the school day students must obtain a pass from the Media Center before school begins.  Individual student access may be restricted if a class has been scheduled for the Media Center for instruction and research.

 

Lockers:  Lockers are assigned to students on the first day of school.  Students must purchase locks for their lockers if it is to be used by them. Valuable items should not be left in a locker without a lock.  The school is not responsible for items left in lockers.  Lockers are the property of the school and as such can be searched by administration at their discretion.  Students are responsible for keeping lockers clean and secured.  Students are responsible for what goes into/comes out of their assigned locker.

 

Lost and Found:  During the school year, misplaced student clothing and other articles that are left behind accumulate.  Items that are found are held for 2 weeks.  Please contact the main office about lost items.

 

Lunch and Related Food Program:  It is expected that students will  help ensure a good lunch atmosphere the following rules are to be observed:

1. Be orderly and patient while waiting in line.

2. Follow school behavior expectations.

3. Remain in the café/courtyard during lunch block - A student will not eat in unauthorized or  

     posted areas of the school.

4. Students eligible for free or reduced meals should submit an application form.

5.  Keep the table and floor clean in your area. Please clean up spills.

Network and Student Computer Use:  These rules implement Board policy NEPN/NSBA Code IJNDB/R - Computer and Internet Use.  The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses, but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users.  Failure to comply with this policy and these rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.

 

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences:  Conferences are scheduled for the fall and spring.  Parents desiring conferences at other times need only to call, email or write a note to the teacher and the teacher will schedule one for you. Report cards are issued (mailed home) at the end of each quarter.

 

Parking/Vehicles:

  1. All student vehicles driven on school grounds must be registered with the School Resource Officer.  
  2. Parking stickers will be given to Seniors first.  Other students will be given permits only if there is space available.
  3. Once a vehicle is driven on school grounds, students must park in the designated student parking area; leave the vehicle; and lock it until leaving school for the day.
  4. Students must obey all rules in the Student Handbook.
  5. Students must observe the appropriate speed limit while on school property (15 miles per hour).
  6. Violations to the above will result in a revocation of driving privileges and may result in disciplinary action and/or involvement of law enforcement.
  7. Students who need to go to vehicle during school must get a pass from the main office.
  8. Violations can result in Disciplinary Actions 1-3.

 

Personal Items:  A student will not disrupt or distract from the educational purpose of teaching and learning by the unauthorized possession or use of personal property objects. Unauthorized possession or use will be determined by the administration.  The following are examples of those objects: toys, games, video recording device, PSP, cell-phones, athletic equipment, laser pointers, etc.

 

Physicals:  Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JLC requires that all students have a complete physical examination by their health care provider upon entering kindergarten and competitive sports programs every two years in grades 6 thru 12.  The physical exam must be on-file at school prior to participation. This includes team tryouts and practices.

 

Portland Arts Technology High School:  Students who select PATHS as their academic program are expected to maintain good academic standing at both GNG and PATHS. It is expected that students will meet the behavioral expectations outlined in the student handbooks. If a student is suspended from PATHS or GNG they are also suspended at the other school, unless otherwise decided by an administrator. It is expected that ALL students will ride the bus to and from PATHS. An administrator must decide any exception.  If a student is given permission to drive their own vehicle to PATHS, they may only drive themselves.  Students are NOT allowed to transport other students to/from PATHS.  Violation of this rule will result in the suspension of driving privileges to/from PATHS (length of time TBD by the building administration).

 

Privileges for Juniors and Seniors:  Any Junior or Senior who has returned a signed privilege form (with parent/guardian signature) will be given these privileges.  Students must have at least a 80% in each class they are enrolled in at the time of grade checks.  Grade verification checks will be done at the approximate halfway mark of each quarter and then at the end of each quarter.  Any student arriving or leaving school (while school is in session) is expected to sign in/out on the privilege sheets located in the Maine Office area.

 

Public Display of Affection:  Students are not to have physical contact of a romantic or sexual nature on school grounds.

 

Skateboards:  Skateboarding is not allowed on high school grounds due to health, safety, and storage concerns.

Special Education:  The MSAD 15 Board of Directors shall comply with and implement federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to the education of children identified as having a disability.  The Special Services Director is responsible for all special education programs and services, and for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. The school unit has adopted policies and procedures for determining when a student shall be referred for special services. Refer to the following policies: IHBAA Referral/pre referral policy & IHBAC Child Find Policy.
Referral:  The school unit has adopted policies and procedures for determining when a student shall be referred for special services.  See complete policies at: www.msad15.org; NEPN/NSBA Code: IHBAA – Referral/Pre-Referral Policy; NEPN/NSBA Code: IHBAC – Child Find Policy

 

Student Guests:  Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit our school at any time. Please check-in in the Main Office.  Students will not be permitted as guests of GNGHS students during the school day, unless the GNGHS student has completed the visitor permission form.  Visitors must be approved by an administrator in advance.

 

Student Health:  A nurse or nurse assistant is available for students during the school day.  Students who have a pass and need to see the nurse or the nurse assistant should go directly to the health office.  If no one is available, the student should report to the Main Office for assistance.   Students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school.  If a student requires medication at school, the parent /guardian must bring the medication to school and, if needed, take the medication from school to home.  Clear instructions as to dosage and time for medication must be given with the medication.  Medication forms are available in the main or health office.  Physicians must certify in writing that it is necessary for students to take medication at school.  Please contact the school nurse to make arrangements for medications or to answer any questions.  Under no other circumstances should pills be at school.  See complete policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JLC.

 

Teacher Academic Support:  Students and parents are encouraged to request after school support if a student is having short-term difficulty with assigned work.  Students need to talk to teachers and schedule support sessions in advance.  Teachers have certain days they dedicate for after school student support.  Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Study Center offered to all students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:30.  The location of this service is announced with the morning announcements on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

 Textbooks and Computers:  Textbooks and computers are loaned to students for use during the school year.  Both are expected to be returned in good condition at the end of the school year or if a student transfers from GNGHS to another school.  Parents will be billed for lost or damaged items.

Visitors:  Visitors are welcome at the high school; however, all visitors must make an appointment with a teacher or other staff prior to the visit.  All visitors must sign in at the main office upon arrival.  If a visitor does not have a pass, he/she will be asked by staff to return to the office to register.   Parents who wish to visit their son/daughter’s classes are asked to notify the teachers in advance so that comfortable accommodations can be provided.

 

Volunteers:  The High School understands the importance of parents and community in the education of our students.  Please consider volunteering in our school.  Volunteers are needed in the classroom, on field trips, in the library, or in the office. There is a job for your interests. Please contact the Main Office if you would like to help in this important work. See policy NEPN/NSBA Code: IJOC

 

Wellness:  It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 to recognize that student wellness and good nutrition are related to students’ physical and psychological well being and their readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that supports student wellness, healthy food choices, nutrition education, and regular physical activity. The Board believes that students who learn and practice healthy lifestyles in their formative years may be more likely to be conscious of the importance of good nutrition and exercise as adults, practice healthy habits, and reduce their risk of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. See policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JL.

 

 

SYSTEM-WIDE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 that ethical and responsible student behavior is an essential part of the educational mission of our schools.   To that end, the Board has developed this System-Wide Code of Conduct with input from school staff, students, parents and the community.  The Code defines our expectations for student behavior and provides the framework for a safe, orderly and respectful learning environment.

 

Article 1 - Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior:  The Code of Conduct is intended to support and encourage students to meet the following statewide standards for ethical and responsible behavior:

Courage:                is demonstrated when a person stands up for what is right in the right way.

Tolerance:              is demonstrated when a person accepts and respects others

Compassion:          is demonstrated when a person shows empathy and care for others.

Respect:                 is demonstrated when a person treats others the way he or she wishes to be treated with dignity and fairness.

Integrity:                is demonstrated when a person is trustworthy in words and deeds.

Responsibility:   is demonstrated when a person takes action for what needs to be done right in the right way.

 

Article 2 - Code of Conduct:  All students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct and all related Board policies and school rules.  The Code applies to students:

·     On school property;

·     While in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity; or

·     At any time or place that such conduct directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.

 

Article 3 - General Behavior Expectations and Discipline Policies:  The following expectations for student behavior are fundamental to a safe, orderly and respectful environment in our schools.  Each student should:

01.        Be courteous to fellow students, staff and visitors.

02.        Respect the rights and privileges of other students and school staff.

03.        Obey all Board policies and school rules governing student conduct.

04.        Follow directions from school staff.

05.          Cooperate with staff in maintaining school safety, order and discipline.

06.          Attend school regularly.

07.        Meet school standards for grooming and dress.

08.        Respect the property of others, including school property and facilities.

09.        Refrain from cheating or plagiarizing the work of others.

10.           Refrain from vulgarity, profanity, obscenity, lewdness, and indecency.

 

Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.  Disciplinary consequences depend upon the seriousness of the violation and the student’s prior disciplinary record.

 

Consequences will range from a verbal warning for minor misconduct up to and including expulsion for the most serious offenses.  Behavior that also violates the law may be referred to law enforcement authorities.  See policies:  NEPN/NSBA Code: JK   – Student Discipline; NEPN/NSBA Code: JKD – Suspension of Students; NEPN/NSBA Code: JKE – Expulsion of Students

 

HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

 

Discipline Actions:  Students who break rules are subject to disciplinary action by teachers, administrators or other school personnel. There are seven levels of disciplinary actions.  Some infractions may result in disciplinary actions from more than one level.

 Level 1 – Conference:  Staff members may conduct a conference among any combination of the following:

·         Teacher/Student, Teacher/Parent

·         Teacher/Counselor, Teacher/Student/Administrator

·         Teacher/Student/Counselor/Parent

·         Administrator/Student, Administrator/Parent

·         (Telephone), Administrator/Parent

·         (Telephone), Teacher/Parent

·         Other parties deemed necessary

Level 2 – Intervention:

·  Office Detention - Detaining a student for disciplinary reasons before or after school hours.  (Skipped detention will result in additional disciplinary action.)

·  Restricted Activity - The denial of participation in school activities and extracurricular events or the use of common areas or other parts of the school, including student parking lot.

·  In-School Detention- In school suspension will be from 7:30am to 1:50 pm. Students will be expected to complete schoolwork and follow behavioral expectations.

Level 3 Suspension (1 -5 days):  Under administrative discretion, students who receive a level three     suspension may be assigned an in school suspension.

Level 4 Suspension (6-10 days).

Level 5 Suspension of 10 days (with re-entry contract).

 

Level 6 Long-Term Suspension:  The denial of a student's right to attend school or school-sponsored activities for a period not less than 11 days nor more than 175 days with re-entry contract.

Level 7 Expulsion:  The denial of a student’s right to attend school or school-sponsored activities.

 

 

Attendance Violations:  A student is to attend school (including all classes) each day of the school year.  In addition, a student is to report to school and all classes on time.  A student of compulsory school age who does not attend school is in violation of the law and the student and his/her parents)/guardians are subject to its penalties.  A student tardy to school or classes will be treated in the same manner as a truant.  Efforts will be made to communicate with parents of absent and truant students.  Students tardy to school will meet with administration.

A.        Tardiness- Failure to be in a place of instruction at the assigned time without a valid excuse  

(Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

B.         Leaving without permission/class skipping:

1. Leaving the place of instruction or assigned area without obtaining approval of the

teacher and/or administrator but remaining on school grounds.  (Disciplinary Action 2)

2. Leaving the school property without obtaining approval of the teacher and/or

administrator (walking or driving off campus).  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

C.        School Skipping/Truancy – Failure to report to school without prior permission,       knowledge,

or excuse by the school or the parent violates Truancy Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JHB.

(Disciplinary Action 2 In-school suspension).

*Any excessive tardiness or truancy – excused or unexcused – may be subject to further administrative intervention.

 

Student Dress:  A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health, and acceptable standards of social conduct. The wearing of clothing that has graphic illustrations or printed statements that are of a suggestive nature, or which in the opinion of the school administration disrupts the educational mission of the school or substantially interferes with the rights of others, shall be prohibited. This includes clothing that has tobacco, alcohol or drug messages and advertising or messages of a crude or has sexual connotations. Staff members have the discretion to deem apparel as inappropriate if they fell the apparel is hindering or causing a distraction to the educational environment of the school. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

 

For example, but not limited to:

1.          Thin or spaghetti straps, low-cut tops, bare midriffs, bare shoulders, backless or virtually backless shirts, or excessive exposure of skin is not permitted and applies to both genders. Sunglasses, dangling belts or chains, are not permitted at any time for either gender within the building. Headwear such as hats, bandanas, do-rags and scarves (other than for cultural/religious reasons) are not permitted.

2.          Shorts, dresses, shirts or other similar clothing shorter than fingertip of the middle finger when the arm is at the side of the body is not permitted.

3.          Sagging or “see-thru” clothing that exposes any undergarments, or traditionally private areas of the body when the student is standing or sitting will not be allowed. This includes the exposure of bra-straps and underwear.

(Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

Student Use Of Cellular Telephones And Other Electronic Devices; NBA CODE: JFCK-R)

MSAD #15 recognizes that many students possess cellular telephones and other electronic devices. These devices may not be used in any manner that disrupts the educational process or violates Board policies or school rules. The District is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of such devices. The Superintendent is authorized to develop, with input from administrators, any school rules necessary to implement this policy.

Students are prohibited from using privately-owned electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones,, Blackberries, handheld computers, MP3 players and electronic games during classes and school activities, including study halls and field trips. The use of cameras, including camera phones, is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms, office spaces, hallways, classrooms, and the cafeteria. In all other school locations, students are required to obtain permission before photographing or recording  any individual. Any use of cellular telephones and other electronic devices that violates any Board policy, administrative procedure or school rule is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, violations of the student code of conduct, harassment policy and cheating. Additionally, such devices may be subject to search by the administration if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is violating Board policies, procedures or school rules, or engaging in any other misconduct. During classes and school activities, all such devices must be turned off. The only exception to this rule is when a staff member specifically authorizes students to use such a personal electronic device for a specific purpose (such as entering an assignment or completing an in-class task). If this rule is violated, the staff member will request that the student put the device away.  If the student fails to comply, the staff member will direct the student to report to the Main Office for further disciplinary action.

Misrepresentation:  A student will not lie or cheat. For example:

A.           Altering Report Cards or Notes – Tampering with report cards, official passes and notes in any manner, including changing grades, forging names to passes, or forging signatures to notes or grade reports. (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

B.           False Information – Making false statements, written or oral, to any one in authority.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

C.           Cheating – Violating rules of honesty, such as copying another student's test, assignment, etc.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

D.           Plagiarism – Intentionally passing another person’s work off as your own original work will result in loss of credit for the assignment. (Disciplinary Actions 1-2)

 

Disrespect:  A student will behave in a respectful manner. Examples of disrespectful behavior are:

A.          Walking Away – Leaving while a staff member is talking to you.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

B.          Talking Back – Responding orally in a rude manner to staff member (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

 

Insubordination:  A student will obey the lawful direction of any authorized staff member during the time the student is on school grounds or participating in a school activity.  Examples of insubordination are:

A.       Failure to comply with proper and authorized direction or instruction of a staff member – Failure to follow any reasonable direction given by a staff member  (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

B.       Refusal to work in class – Failing to do assigned work in class. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

C.       Refusal of Detention – Failure to report to after school detention as directed by a staff member  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

D.       Refusal to participate in In-School Alternatives – Failure to report to in-school alternatives as directed by a staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-4)

E.       Refusal to report to office – Failure to report to the administrative office as directed by a staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

F.       Refusal to identify self – Failure to provide accurate information regarding personal identity to a staff member. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

 

Profanity/Obscenity:  A student will not use profane or obscene language or make obscene gestures. For example:

 

A.       Swearing – Saying anything that conveys an offensive, racial, obscene, or sexually suggestive message.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

B.       Obscene/Offensive Gestures – Making any sign that conveys an offensive, racial, obscene or sexually suggestive message.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

C.       Derogatory Written Materials – Having or displaying any written material or pictures that convey an offensive, racial, obscene or sexually suggestive message.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

D.       Directed at Staff Member – Writing, saying, or making gesture that conveys an offensive, racial, obscene, or sexually suggestive message toward a staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

 

Disruption:  No student may disrupt the class, school, or bus activity. For example:

A.       Chronic Talking – Repeated talking in an instructional setting without permission. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

B.       Throwing Objects – Throwing any object inappropriately in any part of the school, bus, or school grounds.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

C.       Asking to Leave the Classroom – Getting out of seat or moving seat without permission of staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

D.       Rude Noises – Making any unnecessary noise.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

E.       Public Displays of Affection – Excessive physical contact or displays of affection. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

F.       Horseplay – Rough or noisy play or pranks. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

G.       Harassing/Teasing – Pestering or tormenting.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

H.       Chronic Lack of Supplies – Repeatedly reporting to an instructional setting lacking necessary material such as books, class supplies, etc. (Disciplinary Actions 1-3)

I.         Shoving and/or Kicking – Willfully pushing and/or kicking anyone with the intent to harass.  (Disciplinary Actions 2-5)

J.        Throwing Objects at Someone – Willfully throwing anything to harass. (Disciplinary Actions 2-5)

K.       Hitting, Biting, Spitting, which causes harassment to another student or adult – Hitting, biting, or spitting at a student or adult for the purpose of harassment.  (Disciplinary Actions 2-5)

L.       Other – Any other action that disrupts or interferes with educational activities or the school environment. (Disciplinary Actions 1-5)

 

Trespassing:  A student will not enter any school property or school facility without proper authority (includes entering any school during a period of suspension or expulsion).  (Disciplinary Actions 1-4)

 

Reckless Vehicle Use:  A student who operates any motorized or self-propelled vehicle on school grounds will do so in a manner that is not a threat to health, safety, or a disruption to the educational process.  (Disciplinary Actions 2-4)

 

 Vandalism:  A student will not willfully or maliciously damage or destroy property belonging to another including school or private property. A student or parent/guardian will be held financially responsible for willful or malicious destruction of property. For example:

A.          Writing on walls, mirrors or desks.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-7)

B.          Damaging another's property.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-7)

C.          Graffiti – Willful or malicious defacing of public or private property.

             (Disciplinary Actions 2-7)

 

Gambling:  A student will not play games of skill or chance for money or property.

(Disciplinary Actions 1-7)

 

Threatening:  A student will not threaten another student or staff member. For example, the following actions are prohibited:

A.          Against a Staff Member – Threatening to strike, attack or harm any staff member. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

B.          Against a Student – Threatening to strike, attack or harm any student or other person.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

C.          Using any electronic device to communicate threatening actions.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

 

Fighting:  Mutual physical contact between students by pushing, shoving, spitting or hitting with or without injury is prohibited. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

Theft:  A student will not steal or possess stolen property.

A.        School Property – Unlawfully taking and/or carrying away property belonging to MSAD #15. (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

B.        Staff Property – Unlawfully taking and/or carrying away property belonging to a staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

C.       Student Property – Unlawfully taking and/or carrying away property belonging to another  student.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

D.       Student Locker – Removing any property from a locker other than the one assigned.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

E.       Possession of Stolen Property – Having in one's possession property obtained without the permission of the owner.  (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

 

Sexual Offenses:  A student will not engage in sexual behavior.  For example:

A.       Offensive Touching – Inappropriate fondling; placing of hands on another person's private parts. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

B.       Sexual Harassment – Verbal or physical abuse of a sexual nature. (Disciplinary Actions 2-7)

C.       Consensual Sex – Sexual activity involving willing participants. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

D.       Indecent Exposure – Intentional exposure of private parts of one's body (including "mooning"). (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

E.       Rape or Attempted Rape – Unlawful sexual intercourse or attempted sexual intercourse by force, threat, or fear. (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

 

Initiating a Riot:  A student will neither create nor attempt to create a public disturbance.

A.          Attempted – Attempting to create a public disturbance involving violence, confusion, or disorder in the school or on school grounds. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

B.          Actual – Creating a public disturbance involving violence, confusion, or disorder in the school or on school grounds.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

 

Burglary:  A student will not break into school board property. For example:

A.          Attempted Unlawfully attempting entry into a school. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

B.          Actual Unlawful entry into a school with the intent of committing a felony, or to steal, and/or take and carry away the property of another. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

Robbery:  A student will not take another person's property by force, threat or violence.  For example:

A.          Attempted – Attempting to take property from a person by force, threat or violence.  (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

B.          Actual – Taking property from a person by force, threat, or violence.  (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

Extortion:  A student will not take or threaten to take the property of others through intimidation. For example:

A.          Attempted – Use of threats or intimidation in an attempt to obtain money or property from another.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

B.          Actual – Use of threats or intimidation to obtain money or property from another.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

 

False Alarm:  Calling 911, or signaling or setting off an automatic signal, falsely indicating the presence of a fire or an emergency, is prohibited. This includes making statements or phone calls which claim such an emergency exists in the school.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

 

Arson:  A student will neither set fire nor attempt to set fire to school property.  (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

Assault and Battery:  A student will not assault and/or batter another person (student, staff member, or any other person). For example:

A.          Against Student – Unlawful threatening or beating; any physical force or violence against another student; to include but not limited to tearing clothes, threatening to seize or strike another student.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

B.          Against Staff – Unlawful threatening or beating, any physical force or violence against a staff member; to include but not limited to tearing clothes, threatening to seize or strike a staff member.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

C.          Other – Unlawful threatening or beating; any physical force or violence, including but not limited to hate crimes, against any other person while under the jurisdiction of school authority; to include tearing clothes, threatening to seize or strike.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

 

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments/Objects:  Students shall not possess or use weapons of any kind (examples include but are not limited to firearms, explosives and knives).  Students also shall not use any object, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce or harass another person (examples include but are not limited to bats, lighters, tools and toy weapons).

 

Firearms violations will result in expulsion in accordance with state and federal statutes; other weapons violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

A.        *Bomb/Bomb Threats – Any device brought to school that contains combustible material or

making statements that such a device exists in school. Refer to Bomb Threats Policy.  

(Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

B.          *Explosive – Any device containing combustible material and a fuse (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

C.          *Knife – Possession of any size or shape of knife including blades, or other sharp devices. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

D.          *Toy Knife – Possession of any size or shape toy knife.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

E.          *Razor Blade/Box Cutter – Possession of a razor blade, box cutter or similar device for cutting. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

F.          *Ammunition – Possession of any bullets or shells or any objects that could be considered to be ammunition or resemble ammunition.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

G.          *Fireworks, Small Explosives – Possession of firecrackers or any small explosive device including cap, and snapper pops.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

H.          *Antipersonnel spray – Possession or use of chemical (such as Mace) or pepper sprays.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

I.           *Other – Possession of any object or substance that could cause injury or could be used to intimidate including (but not limited to) slingshots, ice picks, chains, multi-fingered rings, metal knuckles, nunchucks, clubs, stun guns, cigarette lighters; the use of any object or any substance that will potentially cause harm, irritation, or bodily injury to students or any other persons.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

*All items will be confiscated and will not be returned to students.

 

Firearms:  A student will not possess, handle, or transport any pistol, revolver, firearm, or any other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind.

A.          *Possession of a pistol, revolver, or any other firearm (loaded or unloaded).  (Disciplinary Actions 7)

B.          *Possession of any other weapon or device other than Item A above. Examples may include but not be limited to starter pistol, BB gun, flare gun.  (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

C.          *Possession of an instrument or device that resembles or looks like a pistol, revolver or any type of weapon not capable of propelling a missile. May include but not be limited to a cap pistol, water pistol or any look-alike gun (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

*All items will be confiscated and will not be returned to students.

 

Drug and Alcohol Use:  Students shall not distribute, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, drug, or look-alike substance as described in Board policy. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school.

 

Medication:  Students are not to transport prescription or non-prescription medication to or from school or have medication in their possession at any time. This rule will not be interpreted to prevent a student from taking medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) in the nurse’s office. Exceptions to this rule will be made in accordance with School Board policy.  (Disciplinary Actions 1-4)

 

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs:  See policy NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICH in appendix.   Except permitted under Rule 3, (medications), students will not use, purchase, distribute, be under the influence or possess any kind of alcoholic beverage or any kind of controlled substance as defined by state law.  This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, anabolic steroids, substances that look like drugs, imitation controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. For example:

A.           Use/Under the Influence – Drinking any alcoholic beverage or use of any drug, in school, on school grounds, to and from school, on school bus, or at any school function, or coming to school or school activities after consumption. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

B.           Possession – Possessing any alcoholic beverages in school, on school grounds, to and from school, on school bus, or at any school function. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

C.           Sale/Distribution – Distributing or attempting to distribute any alcoholic beverage while under the jurisdiction of school authority. (Disciplinary Actions 6-7)

D.           Use/Under the Influence – Using any tobacco, narcotic, illegal or controlled drug, anabolic steroid or any illegal substance, on school grounds, to and from school, on school bus, or at any school function, or coming to school or school activities after consumption (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

E.           Possession/Attempt – Possessing, or attempting to possess, any illegal or controlled substance or any action that contributes to the possession of any illegal or controlled substance. (Disciplinary Actions 3-7)

F.           Paraphernalia – Possessing, distributing or using any drug related paraphernalia.  (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

G.           Inhalants – Possessing distributing or inhaling any substance/product (off-the-shelf, controlled, or illegal) for mind-altering effects. (Disciplinary Actions 4-7)

H.           Sale/Distribution/Purchase/Attempt – Distributing, selling or purchasing any illegal or controlled substance; attempting to sell, distribute, or purchase any illegal or controlled substance; or any action that contributes to the possession of any illegal or controlled substance. (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

Tobacco Use:  Students shall not smoke, use, possess, sell, or distribute any tobacco products. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.

 

Student Conduct on School Buses:  It is the policy of School Administrative District #15 to provide safe transportation to and from school as well as school-sponsored extracurricular activities. The State of Maine law does not relieve parents of students from the responsibility of supervision before the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day.  For purposes of this policy, buses shall mean any district provided transportation.  Once the child boards the bus – and only at that time – does he/she become the responsibility of the District. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to a regular bus stop at the close of the school day.

 

All Board policies and school rules are in effect on school buses. In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom, the Board requires children to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.

 

In cases when a child does not conduct him/herself properly on a bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the transportation manager or building Principal by the bus driver. The transportation manager or building Principal will inform the parents immediately of the misconduct and request their cooperation in checking the child’s behavior.

 

Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended by the Principal, in addition to being disciplined for any further infraction of Board policies and school rules. In such cases, the parents of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their children get to and from school safely.

 

In the event that a special education student is removed from the bus for more than ten school days, the district shall convene an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meeting to address the disciplinary issues leading to the removal.

 

Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 5401; Maine Special Education Regulation 14

 

 

Bus Discipline Administrative Procedures; For NEPN/NSBA Code: JICC Student Conduct on School Buses Policy; Adopted: Aug. 16, 2006.  As the person responsible

for the safety of all students in a school vehicle, the driver must address all inappropriate student behavior when it occurs. Whenever possible, the matter should be taken care of between the driver and student.  If a student’s behavior warrants administrative response, the driver will take the following steps:

1. Verbal warning:  For the first and minor offenses, as determined by the driver, the driver gives a verbal warning and keeps a log.

2. First written notice:  The driver completes a bus discipline form (#175), gives the white copy to the student to take home to his/her parents/guardians and gives designated copies to the school principal and the transportation manager.  The transportation manager will call the parents/guardian to discuss the incident and verify that they received the student copy.

3. Second written notice:  The driver completes a bus discipline form and gives it to the school principal.  The principal takes action, which will include contact with student and parent/guardian and could include suspension of the student’s riding privileges for up to five (5) days.  The principal will return the completed yellow copy to the driver and the pink copy to the transportation manager.  In the case of suspension the principal will notify the transportation department within 24 hours.

4. Third written notice:  The driver completes a bus discipline form and gives it to the school principal.  The principal takes action, which will include contact with student and parent/guardian and suspension of the student’s riding privileges for up to the remainder of the school year.  The length of this suspension is at the discretion of the principal after consideration of the severity of the infraction and/or other relevant factors.  The principal will return the completed yellow copy of the bus discipline form to the driver and the pink copy to the transportation manager within 24 hours.  The principal will immediately notify the transportation office regarding the length of the suspension.

5. In the event a special education student has special transportation in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP), removal from the bus is subject to Special Education Regulations.  In the event that a special education student, without special transportation in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP), is suspended from the bus for more than ten days, the district will convene a Pupil Evaluation Team (PET) to address the disciplinary issues leading to the removal.

In extreme cases, the principal may bypass any of the above notifications to arrive at an appropriate disciplinary response.

 

Computer/Internet Use: Students may use school computers, networks and Internet services only for educational purposes.  Students shall comply with all policies and rules governing acceptable use.   Unacceptable use may result in suspension or cancellation of computer privileges as well as additional disciplinary and/or legal action.

 

Co-Curricular Conduct:  Students must follow all Board policies and school rules while participating in athletics and co-curricular activities.  In addition, a separate policy

has been developed governing the behavior of students participating in these activities.  Students who violate the co-curricular policies may be subject to suspension or removal

from the team/activity as well as additional disciplinary action under applicable Board policies and/or school rules.

 

Serious or Repeated Violations:  Serious or repeated violations of one or more rules require a need for strong parent-administrator communication, coordination, consideration of outside assistance and will result in suspension, and/or possible expulsion.  (Disciplinary Actions 5-7)

 

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NONDISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: AC; Adopted 2/16/201.  Discrimination against and harassment of school employees because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability or genetic information is prohibited.  Discrimination against and harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability are prohibited.

 

The Board directs the school administration to implement a continuing program designed to prevent discrimination against all applicants, employees, students and individuals with disabilities having access rights to school premises and activities. MSAD #15 Affirmative Action Plan will include designation of an Affirmative Action Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and state requirements relating to nondiscrimination. The Affirmative Action Officer will be a person with direct access to the Superintendent.

 

The Board directs the administration to provide notice of compliance with federal and state civil rights laws to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents, and other interested persons, as appropriate.

 

The District will require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws pertaining to contract compliance.

 

Legal Reference: Equal Employment Opportunities Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261) amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000 (e) et seq.); Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352); Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.); Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. § 206); Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) (29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.), as amended; Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), as amended; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.); Maine Human Rights Act of 1972 (5 MRSA § 4571), as amended.   Cross Reference: MSAD #15 Affirmative Action Plan; ACAA - Harassment

and Sexual Harassment of Students; ACAB - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees.

 

BOMB THREATS; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: EBCC; Approved 2/16/11.  Bomb threats are a significant concern to the District. Whether carried out or intended as a prank or other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff, frightens people, and disrupts the educational program. Bomb threats also place significant demands on the District’s financial resources and public safety services. These effects occur even when such threats prove to be false.  Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The Board directs the Superintendent and school administrators to respond promptly to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action.

 

A.   Conduct Prohibited.  No person shall:

•         Make or plan a bomb threat involving school premises.

•         Encourage, cause, aid or assist another student or other person in making or planning a bomb  

              threat.

•         Fail to report information or knowledge of a violation of this policy.

B.   Definitions.

· A “bomb” means an explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, mine, “Molotov cocktail” or other destructive device; and also includes any toxic or hazardous substance or material, including biomedical materials or organisms that, when placed as threatened, could be harmful to humans. It also includes any apparatus or object that looks like a bomb or is represented as a bomb.

· A “bomb threat” is the communication, by any means, whether verbal or non-verbal, that a bomb or look-alike bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises. A bomb threat also includes possession or placement of a bomb on school premises, whether or not any communication is made concerning the bomb.

· “School premises” means any school property, including school vehicles, or any location where school activities may take place.

C.   Reporting of Bomb Threats.  A student who learns of a bomb threat, a plan to make a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises must immediately report such information to the building principal, teacher, or other employee.  An employee of the District who learns of a bomb threat, a plan to make a bomb threat or a bomb placed on school premises shall immediately inform the building administrator.   The building administrator or designee shall immediately take appropriate steps to protect the safety of students and staff in accordance with the school unit’s established bomb threat procedure and inform the Superintendent of the threat.  All bomb threats shall be reported immediately to local law enforcement authorities.  The Superintendent shall be responsible for reporting any bomb threat to the Department of Education in the format required by the Department.

D.   Student Disciplinary Consequences.  Any student suspected of making, planning or participating in a bomb threat in any way shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for investigation and possible prosecution. In addition, the school will discipline any student who violates this policy.  The administration may suspend

and/or recommend for expulsion any student who violates this policy. Such violation will be considered deliberately disobedient and deliberately disorderly within the meaning of 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001(9) and will be grounds for expulsion if found necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school.  In addition, a student who is found after hearing by the Board to have brought a bomb, defined as a firearm under federal law, to school shall be expelled from school for a least one year in accordance with 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001(9-A), except that the Superintendent may modify the requirement for expulsion based on individual circumstances.  A student who has been identified through the process as having a disability and whose conduct in violation of this policy is related to the disability shall be disciplined as provided in District policies.

E.   Staff Disciplinary Consequences.  A District employee who violates this policy will

be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

F.   Lost Instructional Time.  Instructional time lost as a result of a bomb threat will be rescheduled at the earliest appropriate opportunity, as determined by the Superintendent.  Time lost may be rescheduled on a weekend or vacation day, or after what would normally be the last day of the school year, except on days when schools must be closed as required by law.

G.   Development of Bomb Threat Procedures.  The Superintendent shall be responsible for developing and implementing bomb threat procedures as part of the District’s Crisis Response Plan.  The initial bomb threat procedures will be submitted to the Board for its review. The Superintendent will be responsible for reviewing bomb threat procedures periodically and each time the procedures are used.

H. Notification Through Student Handbook.  All student handbooks shall address the District’s policy and procedures and explain the educational consequences of bomb threats. In addition, student handbooks shall notify students and parents that bomb threats violate Board policy and civil and criminal law.

 

Legal References: 18 U.S.C. §§ 921, 8921; 17-A M.R.S.A. § 210; 20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 263, 1001(9), 1001(9-A), 1001(17), 1001(18); Commissioner’s Informational Letter #3, July 3, 2002.  Cross References: EBCA – Crisis Response Plan; JKD – Suspension of Students; JKE – Expulsion of Students; JKF – Suspension/Expulsion of Students with Disabilities; JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety; JFC - Student Code of Conduct.

 

HAZING; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: ACAD; Adopted 10/20/2004.  It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District No. 15 to prohibit injurious hazing of any type, by any student, staff member, group or organization affiliated with this school district, while engaged in school related activities, either on or off school property.  Maine statute defines injurious hazing as any action or situation, including harassing behavior, that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of any school personnel or a student enrolled in a public school.  No administrator, faculty member, or other employee of the school unit shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate injurious hazing activities. No student, including leaders of student organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in injurious hazing activities.  Persons not associated with this school unit who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to ejection from school property and/or other measures as may be available under the law.

 

Administrators, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy; may be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures. Any employee who engages in hazing will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. In the case of an organization affiliated with this school unit, which authorizes hazing, penalties may include rescission of permission for that organization to operate on school property or to receive any other benefit of affiliation with the school unit.

 

These penalties shall be in addition to any civil or criminal penalties to which the violator or organization may be subject.

 

The Superintendent shall assume responsibility for administering this policy. In the event that an individual or organization disagrees with an action - or lack of action - on the part of the Superintendent as he/she carries out the provisions of this policy, that individual or organization may appeal to the Board. The ruling of the Board, with respect to the provisions of this policy, shall be final.  A copy of this policy shall be included in all school, parent, and employee handbooks or otherwise distributed to all school employees and students.

 

Legal Reference:  20-MRSA §6553.  Cross Reference:  1.15R - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Employees; 1.15RP- Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Employees Procedures; 1.16R - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students; 1.16RP- Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students Procedures; 2.08R - Weapons, Violence and School Safety.

 

HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: ACAA; Adopted 10/20/2004; Reviewed 12/15/2010:  It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District 15 to prohibit harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. Such conduct is a violation of Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.

Harassment: Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal abuse based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. Harassment that rises to the level of physical assault, battery and/or abuse is also addressed in Board policy JICIA Weapons,

Violence and School Safety.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or pressure to engage in sexual activity, physical contact of a sexual nature, gestures, comments, or other physical, written or verbal conduct that is gender-based that interferes with a student’s education. School employees, fellow students, volunteers and visitors to the school and other persons with whom students may interact in order to pursue school activities are required to refrain from such conduct.

Harassment/sexual harassment of students by school employees is considered grounds for

disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Harassment/sexual harassment of students by

other students is considered grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. The

Superintendent will determine appropriate sanctions for harassment of students by persons other

than school employees and students.

The Superintendent or Affirmative Action Coordinator will investigate complaints of harassment

in accordance with the ACAA-R Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure.

School employees, students, and parents shall be informed of this policy/procedure through

handbooks and/or other means selected by the school administration.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC § 1681, et seq.) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000(d))

5 MRSA §§4602;4681 et seq.

20-A MRSA § 6553

ACAA-R Student Harassment Complaint Procedure

AC Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ACAD Hazing

JICIA Weapons, Violence and School Safety

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: ACAA-R; Adopted 10/20/2004; Revised 12/15/2010.  This procedure has been adopted by the Board in order to provide a method of prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints of discrimination or discriminatory harassment as described in policies AC Non-discrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and ACAA Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students.

A complaint is defined as an allegation that a student has been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability.

Discrimination or harassment means discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability.

Any student who believes he/she has been discriminated against or harassed should report the concern promptly to the building principal or guidance counselor. The complaint should be recorded on the grievance form. (The principal or counselor should help the student with the grievance form if needed.) Students who are unsure whether discrimination or harassment has occurred are encouraged to discuss the situation with the building principal and/or guidance counselor.

School staff are expected to report possible incidents of discrimination or harassment of students. Parents and other adults are also encouraged to report any concerns about possible discrimination or harassment of students. Students and others will not be retaliated against for making a complaint. Any retaliation by students or school staff will result in disciplinary measures, up to and including expulsion or dismissal.

Students are encouraged to utilize MSAD #15’s Complaint Procedure. However,students are hereby notified that they also have the right to report complaints to the Maine Human Rights Commission, State House Station 51, Augusta, ME 04333 (telephone: 207-624-6290) and/or to the federal Office for Civil Rights, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-4557, Boston, MA 02109-4557 (telephone: 617-289-0111).

The Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal shall promptly inform the Superintendent and the person(s) who is the subject of the complaint that a complaint has been received.

The Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal may pursue an informal resolution of the complaint with the agreement of the parties involved. The informal resolution is subject to the approval of the Superintendent, who shall consider whether the informal resolution is in the best interest of the school unit in light of the particular circumstances and applicable policies and laws.

The complaint will be investigated by the Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal unless the Superintendent chooses to investigate the complaint or designates another person to investigate it on his/her behalf. Any complaint about an employee who holds a supervisory position shall be investigated by a person who is not subject to that supervisor’s authority.

Any complaint about the Superintendent should be submitted to the Chairperson of the Board, who should consult with legal counsel concerning the handling and investigation of the complaint.

The person who is the subject of the complaint will be provided with an opportunity to be heard as part of the investigation. If the complaint is against an employee of the school unit, any applicable individual or collective bargaining contract provisions shall be followed.

Privacy rights of all parties to the complaint shall be maintained in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

The Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal shall keep a written record of the investigation process.

The Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal may take interim remedial measures to reduce the risk of further discrimination or harassment while the investigation is pending.

The Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal shall consult with the Superintendent concerning the investigation, conclusions, and any remedial and/or disciplinary actions.

The investigation shall be completed within 21 (business) days of receiving the complaint, if practicable.

If the Affirmative Action Officer, and/or building principal determines that discrimination or harassment occurred, he/she shall, in consultation with the Superintendent:

  1. Determine what remedial action is required, if any;
  2. Determine what disciplinary action should be taken against the person(s) who engaged in discrimination or harassment, if any; and
  3. Inform the student who made the complaint in writing of the results of the investigation and its resolution (in accordance with applicable state and federal privacy laws).

If the student’s parents/legal guardians are dissatisfied with the resolution, an appeal maybe made in writing to the Superintendent within 14 business days after receiving notice of the resolution. The Superintendent shall review the investigation report and may conduct further investigation if deemed appropriate. The Superintendent’s decision shall be final.

Legal Reference:

Americans with Disabilities Act (28 CFR § 35.07) as amended Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act (34 CFR § 104.7) as amended

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et

seq.)

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) 20 USC § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99

5 MRSA §§ 4571; 4602; 4681 et seq.

20-A MRSA §§ 6001 et seq.

AC Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ACAA Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students

STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION; Policy NEPN/NSBA Code: JRA; Policy Adopted 09/02/09.  It is the Policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act "FERPA") and all other federal and state laws and regulations concerning confidentiality and maintenance of student records and information.

 

Directory Information:  MSAD #15 designates the following student information as directory information: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, and honors and awards received, and photographs and videos relating to school attendance and participation in school activities (except photographs and videos on the internet). MSAD #15 may disclose directory information if it has provided notice to parents (and eligible students over 18) and has not received timely written notice refusing permission to designate such information as directory information.

 

Military Recruiters/Higher Education Access to Information:  Under federal law, military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and MSAD #15 must comply with any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent.

 

Information on the Internet:  Under Maine law, MSAD #15 shall not publish on the Internet any information that identifies a student, including but not limited to the student’s full name, photograph, personal biography, e-mail address, home address, date of birth, social security number and parents’ names, without written parental consent.

 

Transfer of Student Records:  As required by Maine law, MSAD #15 sends student education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records (except for confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).

 

Administrative Procedures and Notices:  The Superintendent is responsible for developing and implementing any administrative procedures and parent notices necessary to comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning student education records and information. Notices shall be distributed annually to parents and eligible students concerning their rights under these laws and regulations. A copy of this policy shall be posted in each school.

 

Legal Reference:  20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99; 20 U.S.C. § 7908; 20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 6001, 6001-B; Maine Department of Education Rules, Chapters 101 and 125.  Cross Reference: JRA-E – Annual Notice of Student Education Records and Information Rights; JRA-R – Education Records and Information Administrative Procedure; ILD – Student Surveys and Marketing Information.

 

ANNUAL NOTICE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION RIGHTS; NEPN/NSBA Code: JRA-E; Adopted 6/1/05.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides certain rights to parents and eligible students (18 years of age or older) with respect to the student’s education records.

 

A.  Inspection of Records:  Parents/eligible students may inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 calendar days of making a request. Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in writing and must identify the record(s) to be inspected. The Superintendent or building administrator will notify the parent/eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected. Parents/eligible students may obtain copies of education records at a cost of 10 cents ($0.10) per page.

B.  Amendment of Records:  Parents/eligible students may ask MSAD #15 to amend education records they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy. Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in writing, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the Superintendent or building administrator decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent/eligible student will be notified of the decision, their right to request a hearing, and information about the hearing procedure.

C.  Disclosure of Records:  MSAD #15 must obtain a parent/eligible student’s written consent prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records except in circumstances as permitted by law or regulations as summarized below.

1. Directory Information – MSAD #15 designates the following student information as directory information that may be made public at its discretion: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, and honors and awards received and photographs and videos relating to school attendance and participation in school activities (except photographs and videos on the internet). MSAD #15 may disclose directory information if it has provided notice to parents (and eligible students over 18) and has not received timely written notice refusing permission to designate such information as directory information. Parents/eligible students who do not want MSAD #15 to disclose directory information must notify the Superintendent or designee in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) calendar days of enrollment, whichever is later. This opt-out request will remain in effect unless and until it is rescinded.

2. Military Recruiters/Institutions of Higher Education – Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and MSAD #15 must comply with any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent. Parents/eligible students who do not want MSAD #15 to disclose this information must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) calendar days of enrollment, whichever is later.

3. School Officials with Legitimate Educational Interests – Education records may be disclosed to school officials with a “legitimate educational interest.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. School officials include persons employed by MSAD #15 as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); members of the School Board; persons or companies with whom MSAD #15 has contracted to provide specific services (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, evaluators, or therapists); and volunteers who are under the direct control of the District with regard to education records.

4. Health or Safety Emergencies – In accordance with federal regulations, the District may disclose education records in a health or safety emergency to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals without prior written consent.

5. Other School Units – As required by Maine law, MSAD #15 sends student education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records (except for confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).

6. Other Entities/Individuals – Education records may be disclosed to other entities and individuals as specifically permitted by law. Parents/eligible students may obtain information about other exceptions to the written consent requirement by request to the Superintendent or building administrator.

 

D.   Complaints Regarding School Department Compliance with FERPA:  Parents/eligible students who believe that the School Department has not complied with the requirements of FERPA have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The office that administers FERPA is:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.

 

QUESTIONING AND SEARCHES OF STUDENTS; NEPN/NSBA Code: JIH Adopted 11/17/04; Reviewed 12/15/210.  It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District 15 to maintain a safe and orderly environment in the schools. School administrators may question and/or search students in accordance with this policy and accompanying administrative procedure.  Students, their personal property, and their vehicles may be searched upon reasonable suspicion that they possess any items or substances which are prohibited by law, Board policies and/or school rules, or which interfere with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.  When special circumstances exist, including but not limited to a suspected ongoing violation of the Board’s drug/alcohol or weapons policies, or when a potential threat to safety is identified, school administrators may search groups of students or the entire student body without individualized suspicion.

 

Student use of all school storage facilities, including but not limited to lockers, desks, and parking lots, is a privilege granted by the school. All storage facilities are school property and remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school. Students have no expectation of privacy in school storage facilities or for any items placed in such storage facilities. School administrators have the authority to inspect and search storage facilities and their contents on a random basis, with or without reasonable suspicion, and without notice or consent. Canine patrols may be used.

 

If a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating the law, Board policies and/or school rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school administrators and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken. Evidence may be forwarded to law enforcement authorities as required by law or as deemed appropriate by school administrators.

 

A student who refuses to comply with a search directive may be subject to disciplinary action, including the disciplinary consequences for the suspected violation.

 

The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement, with input from legal counsel, administrators, and/or other appropriate persons, any administrative procedures necessary to carry out this policy.  This policy and the accompanying procedure will be included in student/parent handbooks.

 

Cross Reference:  JIH-R - Questioning and Searches of Students; JICH - Drug and Alcohol Use by Students; JICIA - Weapons, Violence, and School Safety; JK - Student Discipline

 

 

STUDENT SURVEYS AND MARKETING INFORMATION; NEPN/NSBA Code: ILD; Adopted 05/25/05.  It is the Policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 that from time to time schools may administer surveys to students in the course of developing and evaluating programs and services. MSAD #15 will comply with the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Act and applicable regulations concerning the administration of surveys and the use of personal information about students for marketing purposes as outlined in this policy.

 

Parental Consent to Surveys:  No student shall be required to participate in a survey receiving funding under U.S. Department of Education programs that reveals the following information without prior notice to and the written consent of parents/guardians:

*        Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;

*        Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

*        Sex behavior or attitudes;

*        Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

*        Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family

relationships;

*        Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians,

and ministers

*        Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; or

*        Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program

or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

In the case of surveys not funded under U.S. Department of Education programs, parents/guardians will receive prior notice of the survey and their right to opt-out. Parents/guardians may request that their child not participate in a particular survey by submitting a written request to the High School main office within ten calendar days of receiving the notice.

 

Notice to Parents Regarding Surveys:  Parents/guardians will be provided with a copy of this policy at the beginning of each school year, and within a reasonable time if substantive changes are made to the policy by the Board. If actual or expected dates of surveys have been scheduled when the policy is distributed, parents/guardians of affected students will be notified at that time. If surveys are scheduled after the start of the school year, parents/guardians will be provided with reasonable notice before the survey is administered.

 

Procedure for Inspection of Surveys/Instructional Materials:  The Superintendent or designee will review all surveys and give permission for the use of any survey administered to staff or students. Parents/guardians have the right to inspect any survey created by a third party before it is distributed or administered to students. Parents may also inspect any instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material that will be used in connection with any survey.

 

Parents/guardians may request to inspect surveys or related instructional materials by submitting a request in writing to the Superintendent within ten calendar days of receiving notice that a survey is to be administered. The Superintendent shall make arrangements for

the parent/guardian to inspect the survey and/or materials within a reasonable time prior to the scheduled date for the survey.

 

Use of Student Personal Information for Marketing Purposes:  MSAD #15 does not collect, use or disseminate personal information about students for marketing or commercial purposes.

 

This policy does not prevent the collection, use or dissemination of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for or to students or educational institutions (including but not limited to tests and assessments, sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related purposes, student recognition programs and book clubs or magazines).

 

Protection of Student Privacy:  The Superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring that appropriate measures are taken to ensure that student privacy is protected when surveys are administered or personal information about student is collected, disclosed or used for marketing purposes.

 

Students Over 18/Emancipated Students:  In the case of emancipated students or students over the age of 18, the parent/guardian rights described in this policy transfer to the student.

 

Complaints:  The United States Department of Education maintains an office that handles complaints about alleged violations of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment by local school units. Complaints regarding violations may be submitted in writing to:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

 

Legal References:  20 U.S.C. § 6361 (No Child Left Behind Act); 20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 C.F.R. Part 98 (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment; 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).  Cross References:  JRA – Student Education Records and Information.

 

 BULLYING PREVENTION POLICY; NEPN/NSBA Code: JICK; Adopted 8/16/2006; Revised 01/02/13.

It is the policy of Maine School Administrative District #15 to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn. To that end, the Board has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly and respectful school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

The Board believes that bullying, including cyberbullying, is detrimental to student well-being and to student learning and achievement. It interferes with the mission of the schools to educate their students and disrupts the operations of the schools. Bullying affects not only students who are targets but also those who participate in and witness such behavior.

The Board also believes that promoting ethical and responsible behavior is an essential part of the District’s educational purpose. Ethics, responsible behavior and character are important if a student is to leave school as a “responsible and involved citizen” as described in the Guiding Principles of Maine’s system of Learning Results. Bullying interferes with the accomplishment of this goal.

Finally, the Board recognizes the well-publicized incidents of violence and threatened violence that have occurred nationally and the research that suggests a link between bullying and school violence. The Board seeks to avoid such incidents and instead take a systematic approach to bullying prevention and intervention.

During the first week of school, time will be provided for homeroom advisors to review the SAD 15 policy on Bullying & Cyberbullying which will include defining both; explaining the application of the policy; and explaining the consequences for the violation of this policy.  Students will be directed to the full JICK Bullying Prevention policy which can be found on the School Board webpage (msad15.org) under the policies link.

Legal Reference:  20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001(15)(H); P.L. 2005, ch. 307 § 4-5.  Cross Reference:  AC - Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity; JK - Student Discipline

ACAA - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students; JKD - Suspension of Students

ACAD – Hazing; JKE - Expulsion of Students; ADF - School District Commitment to Learning Results; JIC - Student Code of Conduct; JICC - Student Conduct on Buses;

JICIA - Weapons, Violence and School Safety.

 

STUDENT DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO USE POLICY; NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICH; Adopted 05/02/2018.  In order to promote the highest possible standards of learning, as well as the physical, social and emotional well-being of students, this policy is designed to: aid students in abstaining from the unlawful use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs; provide for early intervention when use is detected;

and, provide disciplinary action when necessary. Compliance with this policy is mandatory.

Any school staff member who has reason to suspect that a student has violated this policy is

expected to report the incident to an appropriate administrator immediately.

Prevention: MSAD 15 will provide students with information and activities focused on abstaining from the use of alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco. Such information and activities will address the legal, social and health consequences of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and will provide information

about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco. MSAD 15 will work in partnership with students, parents and local law enforcement to eliminate these risks for all students.

Intervention: MSAD 15 assists students in addressing their harmful involvement with chemicals and in continuing their educational program. Information will be provided, as appropriate, about drug,

alcohol or tobacco counseling and treatment, and programs that are available to students.

Rules and Sanctions: Students are prohibited from consuming, possessing, furnishing, selling, receiving, buying, manufacturing or being under the influence of prohibited substances before, during and after school hours, at school, in any school building, on any school premises, in any school-owned

vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or

school activities, off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event

or function (such as a field trip or athletic event) where students are under the jurisdiction of the

school unit, or at any time or place if the conduct directly interferes with the operation, discipline

or welfare of the schools.

Students are also prohibited, while at school or during school activities, from offering or accepting to furnish, sell, receive or buy prohibited substances at a location off school premises. The term “prohibited substance” shall include, but not be limited to:

1.        Alcohol;

2.         Scheduled drugs (as defined in 17-A MRS § 1101);

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4.         Tobacco products of any kind, which for the purpose of Board policy includes

electronic smoking devices (devices used to deliver nicotine or any other substance to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including but not limited to devices manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pens).

(including but not limited to aerosols, paints, solvents and glue);

list of banned performance enhancing substances;

8.         Paraphernalia – implements used for distribution or consumption of a prohibited

substance; or

Prohibited substance defined in this section.

Any violation of the terms of this policy shall constitute sufficient grounds for student discipline,

including suspension or expulsion from school, at the appropriate discretion of the administration

and the Board. The School Resource Officer or other appropriate law enforcement authority shall also be notified of violations of this policy Students who participate in co-curricular activities are subject to additional rules and sanctions (see Board Policy JICI).

This policy shall be disseminated to students and parents/guardians through means selected by

the administration.

Students Participating in Co-Curricular Activities.  Student participation in co-curricular activities is a privilege and not a right. Participants in such activities represent the schools to the public and serve as role models to other students. Therefore, students who participate in co curricular activities are subject to additional rules and sanctions, including removal from co curricular activities. Students involved in co-curricular activities are required to remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free from the beginning of the activity or pre-season through the last scheduled event of the activity or sport.

Voluntary Referrals: Any school staff member who has a concern or is approached by a student about a substance abuse or tobacco problem shall refer the student(s) to the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator.

Parents/guardians or students who have a concern about a student’s possible substance abuse or tobacco problem are encouraged to notify the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator of their concern. However, such referrals can not be used to avoid disciplinary action after a known violation of the policy.

A student concerned about his or her own substance abuse or tobacco problems may seek the assistance of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator. Self-referral will not result in any disciplinary action. However, a student may not use self-referral to avoid disciplinary action after a known violation of the policy.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator will meet with the student and his/her parents/guardians (if appropriate), perform a non-clinical chemical health assessment and develop an action plan to meet the student’s particular needs.

Confidentiality of student information concerning substance abuse issues will be maintained in accordance with state and federal laws.

Discipline: The following progressive intervention and disciplinary procedures are intended as guidelines only. The administration reserves the discretion to impose consequences up to and including a recommendation for expulsion for any violation of the Board’s drug, alcohol and tobacco policy. In determining the level of discipline, the administration may consider any relevant facts and circumstances, including but not limited to the nature of the violation, the student’s grade level, the student’s behavior accompanying the violation, the student’s willingness to cooperate with the investigation and any action plan developed with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, and the student’s prior disciplinary record.


Disciplinary Action – Alcohol and Drug Violations

  1. Consuming, possessing, receiving or being under the influence of a prohibited substance.

FIRST OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the prohibited substance and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student;
  3. Notify and meet with parents/guardians;
  4. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer; and
  5. Suspend the student from school for five days.

The student must participate in a non-clinical chemical health assessment with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator.

SECOND OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the prohibited substance and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student, parents/guardians and Substance Abuse Prevention
  3. Coordinator to develop a follow-up plan;
  4. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  5. Suspend the student from school for seven days.

If the student fails to comply with the follow-up plan developed with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, this may result in further disciplinary action.

THIRD OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the prohibited substance and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student and parents/guardians;
  3. Recommend to parents/guardians that student be referred for a clinical
  4. chemical health evaluation;
  5. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  6. Suspend the student from school for ten days and recommend expulsion.

B. Furnishing, selling, buying or manufacturing a prohibited substance.

FIRST OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the prohibited substance and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student and parents/guardians;
  3. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  4. Suspend the student for ten days and recommend expulsion.

Disciplinary Action – All Tobacco Violations (including vaping devices)

FIRST OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the tobacco product and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student;
  3. Notify parents/guardians;
  4. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  5. One day in-school suspension.

The student must meet with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator.

SECOND OFFENSE - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the tobacco product and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student and parents/guardians;
  3. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  4. Three day in-school suspension.

The student must meet with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator to develop a follow-up plan. If the student fails to comply with the plan, this may result in further disciplinary action.

THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES - The administrator will:

  1. Confiscate the tobacco product and verify offense;
  2. Meet with the student and parents/guardians;
  3. Notify the Superintendent and School Resource Officer;
  4. Five day in-school suspension.

If there is a medical emergency, standard school procedures shall be followed:

  1. The student shall be removed from the function and/or returned to school.

       2.        The student should not be left unsupervised.

       3.        Call the parents/guardians (or emergency card contact) to pick up the

student. Notify the building administrator (and Superintendent if appropriate).

       4.        Notify the School Resource Officer.

       5.        The administrator will follow the disciplinary procedure outlined in this

Policy. (JICH – Student Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use JICI – Extracurricular

Code of Conduct)

STAFF CONDUCT WITH STUDENTS; NEPN/NSBA CODE: GBEB; Adopted 6/16/10.  The Board expects all staff members, including teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, volunteers and others, to maintain the highest professional, moral and ethical standards in their conduct with students. All district employees, especially teachers, should have a sincere interest in students as individuals.  However, partiality must be avoided and relationships must be on a staff-pupil basis.        For the purposes of this policy, staff members also include school volunteers.  The intent of this policy is to ensure that the interactions and relationships between staff members and students are based upon mutual respect and trust; that staff members understand the importance of maintaining appropriate professional boundaries between adults and students in an educational setting; and that staff members conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational mission of the schools.

 

A.        Prohibited Conduct.  Examples of unacceptable conduct by staff members that are expressly

prohibited include but are not limited to the following:

·        Any type of sexual or inappropriate physical contact with students or any other conduct that might be considered harassment under the Board’s policy on Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students;

·        Singling out a particular student or students for personal attention and friendship beyond the normal teacher-student relationship;

·    For non-guidance/counseling staff, encouraging students to confide their personal or family problems and/or relationships.  If a student initiates such discussions, staff members are expected to be supportive but to refer the student to appropriate guidance/counseling staff for assistance.

·        Sexual banter, allusions, jokes or innuendos with students;

·        Disclosing personal, sexual, family, employment concerns, or other private matters to one or more students;

·        “Friending” students using social media (outside of any school-approved activity); and

·        Communicating with students on non-school matters via computer, text message, phone calls, letters, notes or any other means.

Before engaging in the following activities, staff members are expected to review the activity with their building principal or supervisor, as appropriate:

·        Being alone with individual students out of public view;

·        Driving students home or to other locations;

·        Cultivating or initiating personal relationships with students outside of school.

·        Exchanging personal gifts (beyond the customary student-teacher gifts); and/or

·        Socializing or spending time with students (including but not limited to activities such as going out for meals or movies, shopping, traveling, and recreational activities) outside of school-sponsored events or organized family/community activities.

Staff members are expected to be sensitive to the appearance of impropriety in their conduct with students. For example addressing students in an overly familiar manner or permitting students to address you in an overly familiar manner.  Staff members are encouraged to discuss issues with their building administrator or supervisor whenever they are unsure whether particular conduct may constitute a violation of this policy.

B.   Reporting Violations.  Students and/or their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to notify the Principal if they believe a teacher or other staff member may be engaging in conduct that violates this policy.  Staff members are required to promptly notify the Principal or Superintendent if they become aware of a situation that may constitute a violation of this policy.

C.   Disciplinary Action.  Staff violations of this policy shall result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.  Violations involving sexual or other abuse will also result in referral to the Department of Health and Human Services, the District Attorney and/or law enforcement.

 

Cross Reference: ACAA-Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students; JLF-Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.