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2022-2023 Student and Family Comprehensive Handbook
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 STUDENT AND FAMILY COMPREHENSIVE HANDBOOK

2022-2023

Our Mission The Oklahoma School for the Deaf provides a language-rich environment where everyone is empowered, encouraged and able to grow.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

AND CONTACTS

Admissions, Enrollment, and Social Services (580) 622-4931

Athletics (580) 622-4955

Business Office (580) 622-4902

Director of Student Life (918) 991-8659 (text)

Equipment Distribution Program (580) 622-4913

Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf (OTOD) (580) 622-4942

School Secretary (580) 622-4929

Security (580) 618-0694

Student Health Center (580) 622-4941

Student Life Department (580) 622-4924

Student Life Supervisor (580) 618-1314

Student Records (580) 622-4929

Superintendent Secretary (580) 622-4909

Transportation (580) 619-1316 cell

To view our staff phone list, click here.

To view the Handbook section on our OSD website, click here.

To view the 2022-2023 School Calendar, click here.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Information

History

Sign Communication Philosophy

Nondiscrimination Policy

Switchboard

Armed Security

Visitors

Safety

Cars on Campus

Religious Services

Student Check Out and Sign In

Parent Communication

Interpreting Services (On Campus Only)

Special Education Department

Abuse, Neglect, and Inappropriate

Body Contact

Student Rights

Student Advocate

Grievance with Staff

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Student Finance

Senior Expenses

Search and Seizure

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

Emergencies

Smoke Free and Tobacco Free Campus

Network and Instructional Technology

Policies and Procedures

Electronic Communication and Data

Management  

Wireless Telecommunications

(Ex.Cell Phones)

Inappropriate/Illegal use of

Electronic Devices

Blogs/Websites/E-Mails/Instant

Messages/Video/

Text Messages/Social Media Sites

Personal Electronic Devices

OSD Issues iPad Policy for Students

Movie/Media/Games/Streaming Guidelines

Admissions

Admissions Policy

Dormitory

Child Find

Procedures to Establish Residency

Changes in Information (Address or

Phone Number)

Student Life Information

Dormitory Placement

Dormitory Life

Dormitory Rooms

Dorm Areas to be Checked

Cell Phone Policy in Dorms

Honor Dorm Rules and Privileges

Removal from the Honor Dorm

IDS (In-Dorm Suspension)

Waking Up

Laundry

Allowance

Weekend Stay on Campus

Off Campus Privileges

Off Campus Visitation with Staff

Members

Day Students

After School Activities for Day

Students

Dorm Rules for Day Students

Academic Information

Attendance

Family Early Childhood Services Department

Zoom Policy (Due to COVID-19)

Inclement Weather

Passes

OSS (Out-of-School Suspension)

Student Restrictions

Grades

Graduation Requirements

Concurrent Enrollment

Dual Credit Enrollment with NTID

IEP’s

Guidance/Counseling Program

Reading Sufficiency Act Policy

Library

Textbooks

Fund Raising

Extended School Year (ESY)

Schedule Changes

Student Records

Extracurricular Activities

Eligibility for Extracurricular

Activities

Extracurricular Activities Policy

School Clubs and Organizations

Athletics

Drugs and Alcohol

Student Conduct and

Behavior

Dining Room Guidelines

Student Behavior on School Buses

Dating/Public Displays of Affection

Discipline

Definitions

Student Dress Code

School Safety and Bullying Prevention

Hazing

Harassment of Students

Violence/Weapons Policy

Student Support Team

Consequences for Severe

Infractions

Consequences for Major Infractions

Health Services Information

On-Campus Services

Medication Policy

Labeling Medication

Sick Child Policy

Major Illness and Communicable Disease

Medical Authorization

Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants

Insurance

Earrings/Piercings/Tattoos/Scarring

Body Markings

Counselor Process for Responding

to Suicide Ideation

Transportation Information

Student Conduct on School Buses

Outreach

Additional Information

GENERAL INFORMATION 

HISTORY 

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf (OSD) was first established as part of a private school for blind children of the Five Civilized Tribes at Fort Gibson in 1897. In 1898, the Territorial School for the Deaf was founded at Guthrie. A five-year contract from the territorial authorities was made to care for deaf children under boarding school regulations. In 1907, the state school was established and moved to Sulphur. In 1908, the first classes were conducted in Sulphur.

A concurrent resolution passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in March 1982 designated the Oklahoma School for the Deaf as a statewide resource center for the needs of deaf children and school districts across the state and that “such resources shall include the testing, evaluation, academic, vocational, counseling, training, health, and communication services for all persons and school districts which may benefit.” This Senate Bill SB850 became law July 1, 2000.

SIGN COMMUNICATION PHILOSOPHY 

The faculty, staff and administration of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf affirm the following statement as their philosophy of communication.

We believe that language is a fundamental student right, and as such, we will provide an academically and culturally enriched learning environment for all students so that they may develop a sense of identity within Deaf and Hearing communities.

We believe that all students have the right to a bilingual school environment. This means the earliest possible access to American Sign Language (ASL), the primary language of Deaf culture, and access to the English language via reading, writing, audition/listening, speech-reading and speech. It also means an opportunity to gain knowledge about both Deaf and Hearing cultures and equal respect for these two cultures and their primary languages, ASL and English. Within this environment, students have the opportunity to develop a foundation for language competency and effective functioning in both Deaf and Hearing communities.

We recognize that students come to school possessing a broad range of language and communication skills, potential for these skills, and preferences. We are committed to supporting our students and believe in the benefit of both ASL and English instruction by using diverse approaches to teaching and learning.

In order to support the above, we are committed to providing professional development that will enable our staff to function as a collaborative team that possesses the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to implement a bilingual, multicultural enrichment program for OSD.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf not to discriminate in its programs of education, employment, and all other activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age or handicap. Any complaints of discrimination should be directed to the Superintendent of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

SWITCHBOARD

The switchboard at OSD is open for incoming and outgoing calls anytime students are on campus. Main Switchboard numbers are: (580) 622-4900 (V/TTY) or (888) 685-3323 (V/TTY) (toll free). Parents are encouraged to call students during after-school hours except in cases of emergency.

ARMED SECURITY

An armed security guard may be on campus to deter and address threats to the safety of the school. Please refer to Cleet policy.

VISITORS 

Parents and community members are welcome to visit the school. It is the policy of OSD that all visitors to any school facility register at the Visitor Center and obtain a visitor’s pass at the gate. Permanent copies of the visitors’ logs will be maintained by the Security Supervisor.

They will receive a parking permit and should park in designated areas only. The attendant will notify the department when their appointment has arrived. Visitors, siblings, or friends are not allowed to visit students in the classroom. All visitors need to check in when visiting the campus and are encouraged to make an appointment in advance. Visitors are not permitted to linger or wander around campus after their appointment has finished. Campus security will be notified of any unauthorized persons on the grounds.

 

VISITING DURING DORMITORY HOURS - Anyone visiting the campus during dormitory hours must get permission from the Superintendent, Director of Student Life, and/or the Dorm Coordinator as well as sign in at the building they visit. Neglecting to do so may result in visitation being denied. Personal visits to staff from family and friends are subject to the same rules as any other visitor.

EVENTS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS - OSD students who attend events after school (or when they are officially not in school attendance) must be under the supervision of their parents or guardians at all times. This includes children of staff members as well. Parents/Guardians will be held responsible for the actions of their children and/or liable for any damages.

CHECKED OUT STUDENTS - OSD students who are checked out of school, whether after school or for vacation are considered “checked out” of school. They may not return to OSD activities (whether on or off of campus) without being under the supervision of a parent/guardian.

SAFETY

GATE POLICY: 

All who enter campus are required to follow the procedures introduced in the policy provided in the link attached. It is recommended that staff and parents/guardians become familiar with the policy.

To view the Gate Policy and post orders, click here.

RAVE APP: 

The Rave Panic Button is an interactive, live, up to the minute communication tool used in case of an emergency on campus. Staff are encouraged to download the app on their mobile smart phone so that they receive live updates during an emergency event. All staff members will have access and will be put into the Rave Panic Button database. For more information on the app please visit: https://www.ravemobilesafety.com/rave-panic-button

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN:

The plan is put in place to protect students, staff and visitors while on campus. In case of an emergency this plan will be activated and followed. It is highly recommended that each staff member become familiar with this plan.

To view the Emergency Preparedness Plan, click here.

BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR NON-PARENT VOLUNTEERS AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

Non-parent volunteers on campus will be required to obtain a background check. A form for background checks can be obtained from OSD’s HR Specialist. Background checks will need to be paid for by the volunteer with cash, cashier’s check/money order or a credit card.  A university program’s background check will suffice for interns, practicum students, and student teachers.  If it is not required by the university program, they will be required to obtain a background check before their practicum, internship, etc. begins on campus.  

CARS ON CAMPUS 

STUDENT VEHICLES

Day and dorm students may drive cars to and from school with written permission from both their parents and the Security Supervisor. To get permission to drive cars to OSD, students will:

● Complete the Student Parking Permit Agreement & Application for School Parking Lot Access.

● Bring written permission from parents to drive the car to and from school.

● Bring proof of insurance as required by the State of Oklahoma.

● Have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.

● Have good behavior in school and dormitory.

● Agree to follow OSD rules for driving and use of cars.

The Security Supervisor must have:

● A copy of the driver’s license

● Name of insurance company and insurance number

● The license tag number

● A description of the vehicle

The student MUST have special written permission from his/her parents/guardians and the Director of Student Life to use the car for any reason other than driving to and from school and have a copy of the written permission on file in the Director of Instruction and Director of Student Life’s offices. Students who want to leave campus must get approval from an administrator. OSD is a closed campus during school hours and as such, students are not permitted to leave campus unsupervised. Any exception to leave campus during school hours requires permission from the Director of Instruction.

Having a car on campus is both a privilege and a responsibility. If the freedom is abused by not following the OSD rules, or by breaking city or state traffic/vehicle codes (laws), this privilege will be taken away. Student vehicles must be parked in the northeast parking lot only. Students who live off campus must follow all campus rules concerning vehicles.

VISITORS’ VEHICLES 

Visitors who park on the OSD campus must also park in the designated parking areas. Failure to do so may result in vehicles being towed at owners’ expense and/or further action by local authorities, also at the owners' expense. Any car that is not parked in designated areas may be towed at the discretion of OSD. Any such towing will be at the expense of the owner of the vehicle.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES 

All students may attend evening religious services. They may go to the group that their parents choose. Students may attend other religious services as visitors, if they have written permission from their parents.

The individual religious group will be responsible for taking the students to and from their location. Parents must give written permission for their child to ride in religious or private vehicles. Children attending or transported to such events will not be supervised by OSD staff.

STUDENT CHECK OUT AND SIGN OUT

Only a student’s parents or legal guardians may pick up students or check a student out of school once he/she has arrived at school. Parents must come into school to sign out a student at the Director of Instruction’s office during the school day or sign out with the dorm supervisor if it is during the evening. Students will not be allowed to bring a note and wait outside. When students arrive late or come back from a doctor or dental appointment, the parent must bring the student to the office to check in.

Only a student’s parents or legal guardians may sign their student off the bus at the designated drop off/pick up locations. In general, OSD does not allow students to ride other bus routes that are not their regular routes. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis with written permission from both sets of parents/guardians and approval from the Operations Manager and Director of Student Life. It is OSD’s policy to not give approval for any requests for “sweethearts” (people who are dating) to go home on any OSD vehicles or be picked up together at school for a school function. Additionally, students who are under 18 years old will not be allowed to go home with students over 18.

In an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, a parent or guardian can authorize his/her designee as listed on the authorized “pick up” list or sign out or pick up a student. This requires prior authorization from a school administrator. Any exceptions made to these policies will be with approval of the Operations Manager and Director of Student Life.

CHECK OUT DURING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - Extracurricular activities are a privilege for a student. Students will be allowed on campus for a scheduled athletic event. It is our desire that all students who request to stay on campus for the weekend remain on campus, at all times, unless accompanied by their parent/guardian. If students are checked out during an extracurricular activity, parents must also sign them out from the staff sponsor or coach. Once a student is signed out to their parent or designee, he or she should not remain on the campus. Students are also not allowed to leave campus with staff members unless they are part of formal school sponsored activities or with approval from the superintendent. Any requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Superintendent. Such requests must be made both by the parents of the student and the staff member in writing. A separate request must be made for each trip individually. While students are at school or events, students should not be transported in personal vehicles of staff members.

If a parent takes the child from campus for a short-term outing with the intention of bringing them back prior to the next school day, the parent must return the child to campus. Please never allow another student to bring your child back to campus.

On weekends, if a student leaves campus with another student (with parental written permission), that student should not return to campus until the normal 6:00 PM Sunday evening for dorm students, or the beginning of a new school week for day students.

PARENT COMMUNICATION 

OSD encourages open communication between the school and home. Parent conferences are scheduled within the school calendar and parents are invited to schedule conferences on these days. Parents are also invited to schedule conferences throughout the year, but we ask that you contact the office you wish to visit in order to schedule an appointment time.

Staff members who have children enrolled as students must follow the same procedures for conferences as any other parent. Any conferences with teachers should be scheduled outside of the staff member’s regular work schedule. Any exception must be approved by the staff member’s supervisor.

Access to student records or personal information will follow state and federal guidelines. Please see the section related to records for additional information on records and confidentiality.

Video Phones are located in the dorm for student use. Parents are encouraged to call their children in the evenings.

INTERPRETING SERVICES (ON CAMPUS ONLY)

An Interpreter Request form for interpreting services on-campus can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Coordinator at 580-622-4918.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 

The primary goal of the Special Education Department at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf is to ensure that our students are in a safe environment and that their needs are being adequately met at both home and school. The department works with the student, family, as well as staff to guarantee these goals are achieved. They also work closely with several different state and federal agencies, as well as other resource agencies to help obtain services and assistance for families. Services also offered at OSD include access to the OSD clothes closet, food pantry, backpack program, student sponsorship, and student mediation.

The Special Education Department is also the initial contact point for parents who are seeking admission for their child at OSD. If you have any questions, please contact us at (580)622-4931.

ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND INAPPROPRIATE BODY CONTACT

OSD has a policy about child abuse, neglect, and inappropriate body contact. OSD staff members have the right to report any suspected abuse to DHS using the hotline. However, any suspected abuse, neglect, or inappropriate physical contact must also be reported to the employee’s immediate Supervisor then reported to the Special Education Director. To see a complete copy of the policy, contact the Special Educator Director at (580) 622-4964.

STUDENT RIGHTS 

Students have the right of due process. Due process will include appropriate hearings and reviews and, in all cases, the rights of individuals will be ensured and protected (it will not be talked about outside OSD). As a student, you have the following rights:

The right to ask questions about OSD, its rules and the right to ask questions about what happens if a rule is broken.

● The right to say what you think is right.

● The right to meet with OSD administrators (bosses), other staff members, and parents for discussion about school rules or problems.

● The right to appeal (ask questions about) a disciplinary action to be sure that the decision is fair.

STUDENT ADVOCATE 

If a student thinks he/she is not being treated fairly by a staff member, he/she may talk to the School Counselor who acts as the Student Advocate about the problem. A Student Advocate shall be present at all Student Support Team meetings to make sure the student understands what is being said and that the student’s rights are protected. Students may contact the Student Support Services department for more information.

GRIEVANCE WITH STAFF 

Sometimes students have complaints. A plan for solving these complaints or problems is in place. The plan is set up to see that children receiving services from the Department of Rehabilitation Services are treated fairly and have their problems addressed quickly.

Who may file a grievance? Any child getting services from DRS can file a complaint.

What kind of grievance? The complaint can be about any rule, action, or decision made by DRS, DRS employee (worker), or any other person paid to care for a child or children getting services at OSD. When to file a grievance? The complaint must be filed within five (5) days of the action.

How to file a grievance? Request a Student Grievance form from the Grievance Coordinator. Write your complaint on the form and indicate how the complaint can be solved. Sign the form and give it to the Social Worker. You can ask an OSD worker or other person to help you write the complaint.

After the grievance has been filed, OSD will try, with your help, to solve your complaint/problem. You have a right:

● To file a grievance

● To get a written response.

● To appeal if you are not satisfied with your answer.

If you feel that you did not receive these rights, contact the Superintendent.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

OSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, handicap/disability, or age as to treatment of students in the educational programs or activities which it provides. Persons having inquiries concerning compliance with Title VI, Title XI, Sec on 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act may contact OSD’s School Counselor.

STUDENT FINANCE

A personal account is set up for each student in the Student Finance office. Students are able to deposit and withdraw money when needed from their account managed by OSD’s Student Finance personnel located in the  Business Office. Students’ accounts are used by students to pay for miscellaneous expenses such as extracurricular activities, field trips, personal items, and weekly spending allowances. Students call it “the bank.” A receipt (proof of deposit) will be sent to the parents or sender of the money when it is deposited into the student’s account. A monthly account statement will be sent to the parent and to high school students. Any purchases for students, such as letter jackets, class rings, tuxedos, medication, etc. are made between the parents and the businesses. If for any reason, money is owed for medicines and/or services it may be deducted from student accounts at the end of the year, or collected at enrollment. Outstanding balances may delay enrollment or withdrawing from OSD.

Donations for students (for example – sorority) will not be reported on the monthly statement. These funds are managed by the school under the guidelines as specified by the donors.

OSD cannot be responsible for money that students have in their possession. However, the school can safeguard money that comes into the Student Finance office.

SENIOR EXPENSES 

Senior expenses include senior pictures, announcements, and cap/gown, and are the responsibility of the student’s family. Tuxedos and prom dresses for the Junior-Senior Banquet are not mandatory. However, most juniors & seniors do wish to dress in formal attire for this event. Attire for such special events are the responsibility (including financial) of the student’s family. Any purchases for students, such as letter jackets, class rings, tuxedos, medication, etc. are made between the parents and the businesses. Senior trip funds are raised by the senior class. Each student is responsible for earning sufficient funds to participate in the senior trip. Students, who do not raise sufficient funds, may result in having to finance the balance of their trip themselves or with the assistance of their family.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE 

A student is responsible for personal belongings brought to school and kept in the dorm. Anything of value should be given to the Student Life Staff to be kept in a locked area. Although the room, dresser, and bed are for student use, the school may at any time enter the room for inspection purposes (fire hazards, library books, general housekeeping, or contraband).

OSD has the right to search bags, lockers, vehicles, rooms, electronic devices, or other personal property on school grounds or while attending OSD sponsored events.

The following shall apply to the search of school property assigned to a student and the seizure of items in their possession:

● Before a search is authorized; there shall be reasonable cause for school authorities to believe that a student is in the possession of items or materials, the possession of which is unauthorized by written school rules or statutes of governmental bodies. A Student Life Staff should contact the Student Life Supervisor who should then contact the Director of Student Life.

● Illegal items or other possessions reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of others may be seized by school authorities.

● Items which are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process such as pagers and laser lights, etc. may be temporarily removed from student possession.

● For health or sanitation reasons, detrimental items may be seized by school authorities.

A record of searches and seizures shall be kept. The following should be part of the record:

● Room numbers or school property numbers, persons conducting the search, and names of witnesses.

● All confiscated items will be recorded and tagged. Information will be sent to the student’s parents or guardian relating to the search and a listing of items seized.

ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT 

In 1988, The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was signed into law by President Reagan. Since the enactment of AHERA, all schools nationwide are required to take comprehensive action relative to asbestos in their buildings. These actions include inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accredited inspectors, the assessment of condition, potential exposure of asbestos materials, and the posting of warning labels.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf has taken an aggressive step toward the protection of human health in the implementation of its AHERA Compliance Program. The program, designed by an in-house inspection and management team of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, exceeds the requirements of AHERA.

An Asbestos Inspection and Management Plan has been designed to identify any presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and to provide a program to control those materials and prevent any risk to building occupants. ACM were found to be present in OSD buildings and facilities. The inspection results, Management Plan, and abatement (removal) schedules are on file for public review and may be examined by contacting the Designated Responsible Party, OSD’s Business Manager at (580) 622-4900 or by visiting the Business Office at Oklahoma School for the Deaf, 1100 East Oklahoma Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma, 73086. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call. By our actions to comply with the AHERA Rule, we have taken every measure to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, and patrons.

EMERGENCIES 

OSD follows all state and federal guidelines for emergency drills and has written emergency plans. OSD has a safety committee that meets regularly to review our campus safety.

FIRE/DISASTER/CRISIS PLAN & POLICY - A Fire/Disaster/Crisis Plan is posted in each classroom, on each floor in all dormitories, the coach’s office and all other buildings on campus. This plan is reviewed regularly.

SEVERE WEATHER/TORNADO/EARTHQUAKE - Each building on campus has a designated tornado shelter spot. Once everyone is at their designated area, no one will be allowed to exit or enter until we are notified that it is safe to do so.

EARTHQUAKE 

INDOORS 

● Take COVER under a desk or table.

● When the earthquake stops, EVACUATE the building.

● Wait for the ALL CLEAR to reenter the building.

OUTDOORS 

● Move AWAY from buildings, utility poles and electrical wires.

● Stay in a GROUP and SIT on the ground.

● When the earthquake stops, MOVE to the evacuation area.

● Wait for the ALL CLEAR to enter the building.

SMOKE FREE AND TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS 

On February 6, 2012, Governor Fallin issued an Executive Order requiring all state owned, leased or contracted properties to be tobacco free and implemented no later than August 6, 2012. While OSD previously practiced a 24/7 Tobacco Free campus, we implemented an integrated approach that links people, policy and programs. This approach provides a consistent message of health and is delivered in different ways and from different resources. The clear mission of this regulation is to promote healthy choices among students and employees through the following:

● Preventing Youth from starting to use tobacco.

● Encouraging People to stop using tobacco.

● Protecting OSD, students, staff, volunteers, parents and other visitors to our campus from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

 

In order to achieve success, the following has occurred:

● OSD provided complete education on the expectations of this policy for staff, students and other community stakeholders. Information regarding expectations was dispersed by letters, newsletters, email, and other forms of communication. Information regarding the passage of the governor’s Executive Order requiring all state owned, leased or contracted prop- erties to be tobacco free was provided.

● Staff were trained to understand their part as role models for the students.

● Staff members were made aware of benefits, if any, provided by the Wellness program established by Health Choice, the insurance carrier in our area for DRS employees, outside agency information is provided in insurance packets given to each employee yearly.

● Information was provided regarding support programs in the area that can help people stop using tobacco along with other would‐be quitters. People were encouraged to check with their local health department for programs in their area, or call 1‐800‐QUITNOW, the national tobacco helpline. In addition, information regarding the American Lung Association's free online smoking cessation program was provided.

We ask you to help us continue following the state of Oklahoma’s policy by remembering the following:

Tobacco use including smoking, chewing, electronic cigarettes, vapors and/or tobacco simulation products, by staff, students, vendors, volunteers and members of the public, is prohibited on, in or upon any school property. The use of tobacco (or products) in private vehicles while on OSD school property is prohibited. It is the intent of this policy to prohibit tobacco use of any kind within 25 feet of school property including the gym and football field. OSD requests that any tobacco (or product) used, not be visible. This regulation is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year.

1. "School property" is defined as all property owned, leased, rented or otherwise used by any school in this district

including but not limited to the following:

a. All interior portions of any building or other structure used for instruction, administration, support services,

maintenance, or storage.

b. All school grounds over which the school exercises control including areas surrounding any building, playgrounds, athletic fields, recreation areas, and parking areas.

c. All vehicles used by the district for transporting students, staff, visitors, or other persons.

d. All OSD school sponsored events, whether on or off campus.

2. "Tobacco" is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vapors and all other kinds and forms of tobacco prepared in such a manner to be suitable for chewing, smoking or both, and includes cloves or any other product packaged for smoking.

3. "Use" is defined as lighting, chewing, inhaling, or smoking any tobacco as defined within this policy. Smoking simulation devices/products are also included.

4. “Staff” includes, but is not limited to, full-time, part-time, and contract employees. This policy also pertains to staff that are not OSD employees, but are responsible for the transportation and care of OSD students in any way.

Signs are posted in prominent places on school property to notify the public that smoking or other use of tobacco products is prohibited 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year.

Students are also prohibited from possessing tobacco (as defined above) on, in, or upon any school property. This also includes all school sponsored events, whether on or off campus. If students are found to be carrying cigarettes or other tobacco products, the tobacco product will be confiscated. Employees are warned that violation of this policy may lead to disciplinary action including dismissal. Patrons who violate this policy will be asked to leave the school premises. Students violating this policy will be disciplined according to procedures outlined in the OSD Student Handbook.

The designated smoking area for OSD staff and guests is located outside of the Northeast gate. The use of tobacco on or around other areas of campus is prohibited.

Benefits of a 24/7 Tobacco-Free School

1. Provides positive role modeling by adult employees and visitors.

2. Reduces children’s observation of tobacco use and takes a firm stand against it.

3. Supports prevention messages delivered in classrooms by sending clear, consistent non-use messages.

4. Protects children from a dangerous drug (nicotine). Tobacco use is not just a “bad habit.” It is a powerful addiction.

5. Prepares students for the reality of smoke-free workplaces.

6. Provides a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors by reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

7. Proactively protects schools from unnecessary risk of future liability by protecting smoking on school premises.

8. Reduces the risk of fires due to “smoking materials”. Schools create powerful environments for promoting non-tobacco norms.

The OSD administration welcomes any questions or comments regarding this policy.

 

NETWORK AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

To view OSD’s Network and Instructional Technology Policies and Procedures, click here.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT 

Oklahoma School for the Deaf is embracing the age of technology. It is imperative that students follow school guidelines both in use and care of equipment. To this end we need parental support so our students may receive maximum benefit from the classes/equipment provided for them. Students must agree and sign the computer use agreement. (See OSD Net Tech Handbook Section) 

ANNUAL REVIEW: The Management Team will annually review the technology policy and the utilization of related administrative regulations.

USE OF COMPUTERS AND NETWORKS: The following provisions regarding the acceptable use of computers and networks, including the Internet, shall apply to all administrators, faculty, staff, and students. All technology equipment shall be used with the approval of the site supervisor.

● Users shall not erase, rename, or make unusable anyone else’s computer files, programs, or storage devices.

● Users shall not let other persons (other than authorized staff members) use their name, sign-on, password, or files for any reason.

● Users shall not use or try to discover another user’s password.

● Users shall not use the school’s computers or networks for any non-instructional or non-administrative purposes (e.g., games or activities for personal profit).

● Users shall not use a computer for unlawful purposes, such as the illegal copying or installation of software.

● Users shall not copy, change or transfer any software or documentation provided by the School, teachers, or other students without permission from the campus teacher technologist.

● Users shall not write, produce, generate copies, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self- replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s memory, file system, or software. Such software is often called a spyware, virus, worm, Trojan Horse, or similar names.

● Users shall not deliberately use the computer to annoy or harass others with language, images, or threats.

● Users shall not deliberately access or create any obscene or objectionable information, language, or images.

● Users shall not intentionally damage the system, damage information belonging to others, misuse system resources, or allow others to misuse system resources.

● Users shall not tamper with computers, networks, printers, or other associated equipment except as directed by the teacher or teacher technologist.

● Users shall not take home technology equipment (hardware or software) without written permission of the Director of Instruction or Superintendent.

● Visitors to the OSD campus will not be granted Wi-Fi access without specific permission from the Superintendent.

Additional rules and regulations that must be adhered to are located in the OSD Network & Instructional Technology Policies and Procedures section of the Handbook.

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS (Example: Cell Phones)

Students are not to have in their possession a cell phone during school hours 7:45am - 4:30pm.

The main reason for this decision was for the safety and well being for all of our OSD students.

We understand the importance of needing to have contact with your student. Parents are free to call the office during the day anytime to speak with their child or have us deliver a message to them.

HS Students will have access to their cell phone after 4:30 until 30 min before bed time. They then turn in their phone to the SLS and will not get out back until the following day at 4:30.

Day students will turn in their cell phones to the office upon arrival to campus. Their cell phone will be returned at the end of the school day.

The switch board in the evenings will now be answered by the Student Health Center (SHC) - this will also ensure parents the ability to connect if needed to their student.

OSD students will NOT be allowed to possess their cell phone during the school day (7:45am – 4:30pm). Students will be allowed to access their phones after 4:30pm.  If the student resides in the dorms, they will be required to forfeit their phones to dorm staff before bedtime and be able to have it returned to them after 4:30pm. If the student is a day student they will be required to forfeit their phone to the office before school starts at 8:00am and pick it up at 4:30pm at the end of the school day.

Teachers and other supervising adult staff will have the authority to enforce this policy by collecting any phone possessed by a student during the school day between the hours of 8am to 4:30pm. 

If a student’s conduct does not align with these expectations, the principal or other administrator(s) will be informed to determine an appropriate course of action.  Issues pertaining to phones will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and administrative determinations may include a complete revocation of phone privileges for specific students. The following possible consequences may be applied but are not limited to:

CONSEQUENCES:

NOTE: OSD is not responsible for the theft or loss of student’s wireless telecommunication devices or any electronic equipment brought to school by students and is not responsible for any data usage and/or content of privately owned devices. 

The decision to not allow cell phones during school hours or non designated times on campus was a collective decision made by administration.

INAPPROPRIATE/ILLEGAL USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES 

The use of cell phones for cheating or the taking and displaying of inappropriate photos will not be tolerated. Possession of and/or the use of any device for any inappropriate or illegal activity is prohibited by both state and federal law as well as OSD policy. Students who use a device for cheating, taking/displaying inappropriate photos or any inappropriate or illegal activity will result in the most restrictive, stringent consequences as well as the notification of the legal authorities. At any time, any threats, unacceptable pictures, inappropriate language, or bullying perpetrated using one of these devices will result in immediate suspension of the student with an ensuing Student Support Team meeting.

Theft, condition or loss of any electronic device is the sole responsibility of the owner and is not the responsibility of the school site or school district, unless the cell phone has been confiscated for improper usage and is in the possession of the school.

Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary actions that could include:

● Short-term confiscation of the device

● Long-term confiscation of the device

● Parental conference

● Loss of privilege to possess and/or use

● Detention

● Short-term suspension

● Long-term suspension

● Return to home district

● Other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the school Director of Instruction or Student Support Team.

BLOGS/ WEBSITES/ E-MAILS/ INSTANT MESSAGES/ VIDEO/TEXT MESSAGES/SOCIAL MEDIA SITES 

Inappropriate usage of the internet or social media may result in loss of privileges or disciplinary actions.

Messages, blogs, electronic messaging which imply student intent at school, or slanderous and inappropriate activity during the school day will fall under the school district behavior policy and/or be turned over to the School Student Support Team for prosecution through the Oklahoma District Attorney.

Messages which happen after school hours can be acted upon at the discretion of school administration, if school administration feels the school environment is threatened, made unsafe, or if a disruption of the educational process during the school day is taking place based on bullying or slanderous messages.

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES 

Personal electronic devices, including, but not limited to iPods/MP3s/CD Players/Cell Phones/game systems and tablets brought to the OSD campus (or OSD sponsored trips/events) are the sole responsibility of the owner. Students who choose to bring any type of personal items to the campus or event/trip assume the risk of it being lost, damaged or stolen. The school assumes no responsibility for these items. OSD will not be responsible for content downloaded through the privately paid cellular plans established by parents or unauthorized access to Wi-Fi. Inappropriate content or use may also be subject to disciplinary action as well.  

iPods, MP3/CD/DVD players, cell phones, game systems, tablets, laptops, etc. may not be used in the classroom without permission from teachers. Students may not bring toys to school unless requested to do so by a teacher for a school activity.

OSD ISSUED IPAD POLICY FOR STUDENTS

All OSD students will be issued an Apple iPad. The iPads are educational tools and serve the purpose of improving student learning and classroom communication. Students shall respect the school environment at all times when using their iPads. Students will be expected to obey all directives given to them by any school staff member in any situation involving their use of the iPad. Failure to comply with the terms of this policy may result in restriction from the iPad with access permitted only in the case of necessary classroom use.

DATA PROTECTION AND SECURITY:

● All iPads must be enrolled in the schools ‘Mobile Device Management system. Do not attempt to remove MDM from iPad.

● All students are provided with a managed Apple ID. Do not use your personal Apple ID.

● The password can be reset through the school's device management system if forgotten.

● Do not attempt to jailbreak your iPad.

USER RESPONSIBILITY:

● iPads must be in the issued protective case at all times.

● Handle your iPad with respect and care.

● Make sure the iPad battery is charged and ready for school use every morning.

● All activity involving the iPads will be respectful and legal.

● Students shall follow all staff directives regarding the use of the iPad.

● Students are responsible for their own iPad. Do not leave them in the care of another student.

● Students shall give possession of their iPad to any OSD staff at any time for inspection or restriction when asked to do so.

LOST, DAMAGED, OR STOLEN DEVICES:

● If your iPad is lost, stolen or damaged, report it to Jana Collins or Scharla Becker.

● Do not attempt to do any repairs on any school-owned iPads.

ACCESS AFTER SCHOOL HOURS:

Due to COVID-19 exceptions have been made. For any questions contact Jana Collins (580) 622-4929.

● 7th-12th grade dorm students will be allowed to take their iPads to the dorms after school.

● All 7th-12th grade day students will leave and charge their iPads in the HS office overnight.

● PK-6th grade student iPads will remain at school after hours.

● All student iPads are required to remain on the OSD campus. This includes school-related trips, weekends, and holiday breaks.

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN THE DORM 

Students who choose to bring any type of personal items to school assume the risk of it being lost, damaged or stolen. The school assumes no responsibility for these items. Refer to the Consequences for Severe Infractions section of the handbook for information.

● Students may listen to (appropriate) music after school until bedtime and are expected to be considerate of other people.

● No CD/DVDs, digital downloads, games, etc. will be allowed which contain foul language, gang-related topics, violence or inappropriate material.

● Access to fee-based streaming sites on students’ personal devices are at the discretion of the parents. This includes the level and type of content. However, students still must adhere to all of OSD’s policies and guidelines. OSD is not responsible for any fees or charges (such as overage or subscription fees). OSD reserves the right to review the content and refuse any content that is deemed inappropriate. Inappropriate content will also be subject to disciplinary action as well.

CAMERAS

Cameras are only allowed under strict staff supervision. Inappropriate use of cameras (or cameras on phones) at any time, such as taking pictures in the restrooms and locker rooms, will result in disciplinary action.

MOVIE/MEDIA/GAMES/STREAMING GUIDELINES

The following guidelines shall be followed relative to movies/media/games shown:

● Only “G” - “PG” rated movies or “E” for everyone will be allowed for students under the age of 13.

● Any films rated over PG will only be allowed to be shown with administrator approval and parental permission.

ADMISSIONS 

ADMISSIONS POLICY 

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is a state residential school whose legal purpose is to provide educational services to deaf and hard of hearing children residing in the State of Oklahoma. Proof of residency is required.

All students must apply and be accepted for admissions prior to enrollment. Part of the admissions process is the review of prior records and a tour of the campus.

Admissions records requested may include, but are not limited to, residency, special education, cumulative, attendance, testing, discipline, medical, and/or legal records. This includes records from the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) or other legal entities. All students requesting admissions at OSD must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for enrollment and required meetings.

DORMITORY

Students that are not day students are required to live on campus, regardless of age, unless:

● They are living with their parents or legal guardians.

● They are living in a foster home.

● They are married and living with their spouse.

***Emancipated students must live in the dorms during the week and must have an emergency contact and/or representative that can assist as needed (i.e illnesses, transportation, etc.).

For more information, please go to our Dormitory Placement section of the handbook.

CHILD FIND 

OSD supports and participates in “Child Find.” “Child Find” is a requirement of both Federal and State law. It mandates that each school district will locate, identify and evaluate, at no cost to the family, all students, ages 3-21, who may be suspected of having a disability. Typically, the “Child Find” process is completed in the child’s home district by calling the local district’s special services office, but OSD can also identify students with hearing loss as eligible for special education services. OSD may work collaboratively with local school districts (also known as the LEAs) throughout the eligibility process as a member of the team, or may complete the process independently, as appropriate. Once you have referred your child, an evaluation will be conducted to assist in determining eligibility. Eligibility for special services is based on specific criteria established by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Parents/Guardians who need assistance can call the IEP department at 580-622- 4900.

The school accepts referrals from local education agencies (LEAs), educational cooperatives, and parents residing within the State of Oklahoma. The LEAs are advised of all referrals. Admission to the school is accomplished through application directly from parents or guardians. A regulation passed in 2012 requires that information regarding services available from OSD and OSB be provided at every IEP meeting for students that have hearing loss and/ or visual impairments. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is committed to ensuring that the provisions of IDEA (94-142) - Public Law 101 -476 are met and; towards this end, cooperates with the LEA’s.

When OSD accepts a child, it begins collaboration with the LEA who is ultimately responsible for the services needed for the student. Placement is reviewed at least annually to ensure that OSD is the optimal placement to meet a student’s needs. Should placement at OSD not be successful, the student will be referred back to the home district. OSD will be available to assist in the transition back to public school.

PROCEDURES TO ESTABLISH RESIDENCY 

1. Legal residents of Oklahoma must provide proof of residency that is current within the past 30-45 days. We will only accept gas, water, or electric bills. A lease will be accepted only if all bills are paid. Any family who is not able to provide a lease or utility bill can provide an affidavit of residency.

2. All parties are reminded that an affidavit is temporary and that we may send a school representative to the home to verify that both the legal guardian and the child(ren) reside at the address.

3. All parties are reminded that if any information is falsified, the enrollment can be immediately terminated and referred back to their home district.

4. All affidavits of residency must be renewed annually. The Social Worker will mail letters of residency to all those on affidavits in the spring. This letter is sent to the address in residence and includes a form to be returned indicating any changes in residential status. Proof of residency must be established yearly by submitting the residency affidavit or utility bill. Those returned as undeliverable or not updated will be considered out of residence and may not enroll at OSD until residency is established.

5. Those who do not show proof of residency will not be allowed to start school.

6. The main form must be notarized. For your convenience, OSD has public notaries on staff, but to notarize the affidavit, the notary must witness the legal resident actually sign the form. Or, please feel free to obtain your own notary public to sign/stamp the affidavit. In addition, many local school districts have staff members who are notaries. 

CHANGES IN INFORMATION, SUCH AS ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBERS. 

All parties are reminded that the Social Worker must be notified immediately if any changes in residency information, address, phone number, etc. occur. The Social Services Specialist can be reached at 580-622-4933. If OSD is unable to reach a parent/guardian in a timely manner, DHS and/or appropriate authorities will be notified.

STUDENT LIFE INFORMATION 

DORMITORY PLACEMENT 

Placement in the dorm is reviewed on a case by case basis to determine the appropriateness of the placement. Students are usually placed in the dorms according to their age. Sometimes other circumstances can be reasons for placement: (1) physical and social maturity, (2) class placement, (3) level of responsibility, and/or (4) need for special care and supervision. Compatibility and group harmony (getting along with each other) are necessary for a pleasant living environment. Final decision for dorm placement is the responsibility of the Director of Student Life or Superintendent.

Once a student is accepted for admission, OSD begins the process to determine the present levels of the students through various means, such as evaluations, teacher observations, previous data and/or family input. Information generated from this process helps establish baseline data to confirm eligibility.

Students that are not day students are required to live on campus, regardless of age, unless:

● They are living with their parents or legal guardians.

● They are living in a foster home.

● They are married and living with their spouse.

***Emancipated students must live in the dorms during the week and must have an emergency contact and/or representative that can assist as needed (i.e illnesses, transportation, etc.).

DORMITORY LIFE 

Dorm students are expected to demonstrate respect for others and their environment. They are expected to show respect and follow the specific directions of all staff members at all times. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE RULES OF THE DORMITORIES AND TO FOLLOW THOSE RULES. Failure to follow dorm rules or acts of insubordination may warrant disciplinary action and/or referrals to the Student Support Team.

All visitors will be greeted at the gate and will receive an ID badge. Staff will be notified of all visitors that enter to visit the dorms. Visitors to the dorm, including OSD day students, off-duty OSD staff, former students, etc., need to have approval.

Students are allowed in their own dorms at all times after school hours. The dorms will be locked between 8:00 AM and 4:15 PM on school days. The dorms will also be locked at 11:00 PM and remain locked until the next morning at 6:30 AM.

All dorm students are required to be in the dorm by 9:00 PM other than during OSD sponsored activities. This includes Sunday evening when the dorm opens for the school week. The only exception is with a written request from the parent/guardian submitted at least 1 week in advance and is subject to approval by the Director of Student Life.

DORMITORY ROOMS 

● Students who are under 17 years old will not be allowed to room with students over 18.

● The student is expected to keep his/her room clean and to take care of the furniture. Cleaning rooms is a daily activity. General cleaning of the dormitory will take place as needed or as directed by the Student Life Staff (SLS).

● Students are encouraged to have locks on their lockers. The student is to open the lock for inspection any time when asked to by a Student Life Staff, Student Life Supervisor, Director of Student Life or the Superintendent.

● Students may put appropriate pictures and posters on the walls in their dorm rooms if this can be done without damage to the walls.

● No student is allowed to go into a different student’s room. All socialization will be conducted in the living room areas.

DORM AREAS TO BE CHECKED

● Trash emptied

● Floors cleaned

● Restroom clean

● Furniture in good shape

● Overall appearance

● Stairways

● Sleeping Areas

- Bed neat and clean

- Clothes neat

- Room clean

- Appropriate decorations

CELL PHONE POLICY IN DORMS

Follow school phone policy.  There will be no cell phones in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Students under 6th grade will be given opportunities to call home and parents can call anytime but they will not have their cell phones with them.

7th grade and up will receive their phones after school and must turn in before bedtime, a time that is set by student life staff.  .

Seniors will earn their phone privileges of having a cell phone with them all the time after the first quarter of school. They will be able to have their phone on them anytime with no restrictions. If they fail to follow rules see consequences on wireless communications.

HONOR DORM RULES AND PRIVILEGES 

The Honor Dorm Program (when available) is designed as a program for the seniors to experience more independence as a transition to their post school life. A student in the honor dorm will be granted extra privileges and responsibilities. It is hoped that they will gain skills in day-to-day living which can be used in the world outside of OSD.

To qualify for the Honor dorm, students are expected to demonstrate the following:

● Clean and appropriate personal appearance

● Cleanliness of room and living areas

● Attitude/Respect

● Completion of assigned tasks and responsibilities without reminders (wake-up time)

● Cooperation with staff

● Grades

● Homework

● Interaction with peers

● Leadership ability and involvement

● Manners

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Older students that are a full time dorm student, with acceptable behavior and grades are eligible for Honor Dorm privileges. The following procedures must be followed for approval:

1. The student must obtain a signed permission slip to participate in the Honor Dorm from his/her legal guardian.

2. The student must maintain acceptable grades.

3. The student must show good behavior and responsibility.

4. Any student who is referred to the Student Support Team may be removed from the Honor Dorm.

5. Priority is given to seniors, then juniors and so on.

Honor dorm students shall be allowed the following privileges:

● Limited supervision – (There will be an adult on duty at all times in the building, although constant direct supervision will not be provided as with other students). Students must always sign in and out to let the SLS know where he/she is at all times.

● Students will be responsible for personal studies (no supervised study hall).

● Students may decide their own time to wake up in the morning.

● Students may use their car during the week with permission from parents and the Director of Student Life or the Superintendent. Students will not be allowed to drive their car anywhere outside of the Sulphur city limits. Students will have to contact their parents for permission for each outing, who will then notify the Director of Student Life. OSD administration reserves the right to make the final decision as to whether a student has permission to drive their car off of OSD campus.

● Students have the following daily responsibilities:

- Keep their area clean and neat

- Keep passing grades

- Model good behavior and responsibility in all situations

- Carry out scheduled dorm duties

REMOVAL FROM THE HONOR DORM

1. If an honor dorm student receives failing grades, he or she may be removed from the honor dorm.

2. Major infractions of dorm rules may constitute immediate removal from the Honor dorm that include, but are not limited to:

- Stealing

- Fighting

- Smoking

- Use of alcohol

- Use of drugs

- Physical or mental abuse of peers or staff

- Habitual tardiness (3 times).

- Habitual behavior incident reports (3 times).

- Direct refusal to obey a request (3 times).

- Failure to carry out responsibilities associated and required in the honor dorm (3 times).

3. Students removed from the Honor dorm must request for re-admittance.

IDS (IN-DORM SUSPENSION) 

Students who live in the dorm may receive IDS for disciplinary reasons. 

WAKING UP

All students in grades 7th-12th will be expected to awaken themselves in the morning. They will be allowed ample time to bathe, get dressed and get to breakfast on time.

Students in grades Preschool-6th will be awakened by the SLS on his/her floor at a time determined by the SLS.

RECOMMENDED BEDTIMES: 

Blattner and Stewart Hall:

● Students ages 16 and up lights out at 10:00-10:30 PM  

● Students ages 13-15 lights out at 9:30-10:00 PM

● Students ages 10-12 lights out at 9:00-9:30 PM

Honor Dorm:

LAUNDRY 

EACH PIECE OF CLOTHING SHOULD BE MARKED BY PARENTS WITH THE STUDENT’S NAME IN PERMANENT INK. 

Borrowing clothing or personal items is strongly discouraged. Each family is responsible to see that the student has enough of the appropriate clothing for each school week. Care and cleaning of personal clothing is also the responsibility of the student’s family. Older students are required to do their own laundry.

ALLOWANCE

A weekly allowance is very important to help students gain confidence and provide independence. All money should be given to the bus chaperone or directly to the Student Finance office. All OSD staff will immediately turn any money into the Student Finance office to be deposited into the student accounts. OSD staff is not responsible for money held by a student directly.  Any money deposited by the parents will be returned at the end of the year after all financial obligations are met, i.e. library dues, medical expenses, etc. Borrowing money from other students or staff is not allowed. Any financial needs should be reported to the social worker.

WEEKEND STAY ON CAMPUS

Extracurricular activities are a privilege for students. Staying over the weekend for volleyball, football, basketball games, or other activities gives each student the opportunity to grow socially. It is our desire that students are able to experience this opportunity, while at the same time experience a safe environment.

It is our highest priority to know where each student is located when on campus. Therefore, we require that parents always inform their child’s supervisor before taking them off campus. If a parent takes the child from campus, the parent must return the child to campus. Please do not have another student bring your child back to campus. All students who request to stay on campus for the weekend must remain on campus at all times unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

OFF CAMPUS PRIVILEGES

● OSD is a “Closed Campus” during the school day. This means that students may not leave the campus during the school day outside of approved absences under the Absence policies. This includes leaving the campus for lunch or special events.

● Dorm students must have parent/guardian and OSD administration permission for any off campus permission. All permission must be in writing to the Director of Student Life at least 24 hours in advance.

● All students leaving campus must sign out, giving their destination (where they are going) and what time they plan to come back. Students must have permission from the Director of Student Life to leave campus and all dorm policies must be followed. All students must be on campus during the evening meal hours.

● Students must obtain permission from the superintendent or Director of Student Life to leave town for any reason.

● Students are not permitted to leave campus with or stay with staff (including staff members who are parents of OSD students). At no time will a student ride in the personal vehicle of a staff member. Any exceptions must be made in writing to the Superintendent. Such requests must be made both by the parents of the student and the staff member. A separate request must be made for each trip individually.

OFF CAMPUS VISITATION WITH STAFF MEMBERS 

It is the responsibility of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to provide a positive and nurturing environment for the students who attend school and reside on the OSD campus. The school recognizes that positive relationships between staff and students are critical for successful communication, instruction and mentoring. The school also recognizes that all students and their families have certain guaranteed rights to privacy and that unique relationships between students and OSD staff exists only because the student has been placed at OSD under an IEP. In the absence of that placement, no faculty or staff would have access to a student. The school also recognizes that all students must be provided equal access to social and recreational activities by OSD’s programs, faculty and staff. Under these unique conditions the school may choose to exercise control over the interaction of faculty and staff with students both inside and outside of their assigned work schedule.

● All staff members are prohibited from taking students to, or supervising students at, any home or residence which is not controlled by a parent or guardian, or where a parent or guardian is not present.

● All staff members must receive prior approval from the administration before asking a parent for permission to invite a student to join them in off-campus activities, outside of their scheduled work hours and before inviting the student to do so.

● Parents or guardians must authorize all contact between off-duty faculty or staff and students.

The administration may deny parent authorized contact between faculty/staff and students, in off - campus activities outside of their scheduled work hours when that contact may be disruptive to the residential or education programs or when the administration believes that such contact may not be in the best interest of any student.

DAY STUDENTS

● Students not living on campus shall be classified as day students.

● Day students should arrive as close to 7:30 AM as possible for breakfast, and must immediately report to the cafeteria. They will sign in with the Morning SLS..

● Day students should leave campus at 4:20 PM unless they are staying for an extracurricular. Students who remain after school for extracurricular activities may eat dinner in the cafeteria prior to recreation. Students must sign in with DCS staff until recreation is finished. Students are not allowed to loiter unattended on campus. In the event of an extracurricular activity, special arrangements can be made. Day students will not enter the dorms without permission from a dorm supervisor or Director of Student Life.

● While on campus, day students must follow all rules for dorm and classroom activities.

● Day Students may spend the night in the dorm with permission from legal guardians and the Director of Student Life. A request to stay in the dorm must be processed at least one week in advance. Request forms are available at the Director of Instruction and Director of Student Life’s Offices. The Director of Student Life will consider special circumstances on an individual basis.

 

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR DAY STUDENTS

● Day Students are invited to participate in scheduled and posted recreation events on campus.

- Pre-K thru 6th grade students participating in scheduled recreation activities must have parents sign them in with the recreation supervisor.

- 7th -12th grade students may participate in school recreation activities, but must sign in with the recreation supervisor. Parents must provide transportation home immediately after activity is finished.

● Day students may participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

- Pre-K- 4th grade students must be accompanied by parents.

- 5th-12th grade students may participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities without a parent or guardian present, but must sign in with the activity sponsor. Parents must provide transportation home immediately after activity is finished.

- 5th-12th grade students who are approved to be on campus by the Director of Student Life between the conclusion of classes and the school sponsored extracurricular activity, must sign in to the appropriate dormitory.

● Failure to comply with these policies may result in loss of extracurricular privileges.

DORM RULES FOR DAY STUDENTS 

● Provide a parental request at least one (1) week prior to a student staying in the dorm.

● Parents must have approved and sent a signed permission slip to the Director of Student Life before any student may stay.

● If a student has significant or habitual discipline problems, he/she may lose the right to stay in dorm

● All the above is superseded by bed availability and supervision coverage.

● Any exceptions must be authorized by the Director of Student Life or the Superintendent.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Student attendance in class is an integral part of the learning process. Being a part of regular instruction and participating in class discussions are invaluable ingredients of education. OSD will comply with Oklahoma laws and the State Department of Education Accreditation Standards pertaining to compulsory school attendance.

It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school when a student is absent and to be aware of the number of absences the student has. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher and Director of Instruction to make every reasonable effort to notify the parent before failure caused by excessive absenteeism is enacted.

If an illness will keep your child out of school for three (3) or more days, you must call the Director of Instruction’s office by 9:00am and request homework assignments. They will be available in the office by 3:00pm. No student who is absent more than three hours a day of a scheduled school activity will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. The following are examples of Excused Absences:

● Illness or injury to student

● Doctor or dental appointment

● Bereavement

● Serious illness or emergency in immediate family;

● State Senator or Representative Page (as provided in State Statutes and not to be counted in the total 10 excused absences)

● Recognized religious holidays and associated travel (for example, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – are not to be counted in the total absences).

All other absences are unexcused. Students will not be counted absent for approved school activities. Long term projects or assignments with two (2) or more weeks’ notice may be assigned a definite due date. Students shall turn in assignments even if not in attendance on that day. Long-term illness or extreme circumstances may be appealed to the Director of Instruction. Work missed due to absences may be made up and credit given for such work within the quarter.

In order to participate in any OSSAA event, a student cannot be absent more than three (3) hours on the school day of the event. Exceptions may be made by the Director of Instruction due to illness, injury, death in the immediate family, or valid reasons for late enrollment.

TARDINESS- It is important that all students get to school and class on time. When students are late to school or class they will receive a tardy and may be subject to disciplinary action. Three (3) tardies will equal one (1) unexcused absence for the class in which they are tardy.

TRUANCY- Truancy is defined as being absent from school or an assigned area with or without the permission of the school or the knowledge of the parents. When students are truant, parents/guardians will be notified and students may be subject to disciplinary actions. When students have excessive absences, OSD must notify DHS, the home District Attorney’s office and the home school district.

FAMILY EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT - BIRTH TO Five

The Family and Early Childhood Services Department at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf offers a variety of services across the state for children ages birth to five and their families.

FEELS PROGRAM (FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AND EARLY LANGUAGE SUPPORTS):

The FEELS Program (Family Engagement and Early Language Supports) is a state-wide, family-centered early intervention program for children ages birth to five. Services are available at no charge to families. The FEELS program optimizes access to language acquisition through ASL and spoken language, parent-child bonding, and family education in the natural environment. Families will partner with an Early Development Specialist or Parent Advisor to learn strategies and techniques to support their child’s language, cognitive, and literacy development. Services may take place in the home, virtually, or through Family Connection Events. The FEELS team is able to partner with other service providers and offer consultation, in-services, and workshops on issues related to serving the deaf/hard of hearing population.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTERS (ECEC):

The ECEC’s provide an accessible ASL/English Bilingual Education to deaf and hard of hearing students, beginning at 3 years of age. Preschool and pre-kindergarten learning takes place in child-centered, play-based classrooms that incorporate hands-on developmental experiences while building early language, early literacy, physical, and social-emotional skills. Our regional site in Chickasha also serves students up through third grade as needed and directed by IEP goals and in coordination with the child’s home school district. As students age out of a regional  program, they have the opportunity to transition into our educational programs at the home campus in Sulphur or to their home school district.

DEAF MENTOR PROGRAM:

The roles of the Deaf Mentor are to interact with the family and their child using ASL while providing fun and educational language modeling, guide family members in understanding and appreciating Deaf Culture, and serve as a connection for families to participate in the Deaf Community.

ZOOM POLICY (DUE TO COVID-19)

OSD reserves the right to record any zoom class or meeting for future reference to be shared with other students who missed the class or meeting. The sharing of zoom will only be for private use and shared with class members or other staff/teachers as needed.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Within their official school calendar, each school is required to plan a number of inclement weather days should a closure occur. These days should be considered as potential school days and families and staff should not consider these as vacation days. Any time that OSD is closed, that determination will be made by the Superintendent. If OSD is open, students and staff are expected to be in attendance. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis by the Superintendent or designee.

Families will be notified through school messenger services, TV stations and Facebook. Please make sure to contact the Instructional Department at 580-622-4929 with any updates to family contact information.

PASSES 

Students are to be in class during all class times. Students need a pass to be outside the class during class time. A student should not be in the school building, vocational building, Student Health Center, etc., after hours without a pass from his/her SLS or teacher.

Inner School Travel Slips are to be given to the student as a pass.

If a student becomes ill and needs to go to the Student Health Center, he/she will need an Infirmary Pass. The student can get an Infirmary Pass in the Director of Instruction’s office or from the Student Life Staff.

Only in emergency cases may a student go to the dorm during school hours. The student can get a Dorm Pass in the Director of Instruction’s office. All students must have a pass from the residential office during after school hours and are to sign in and out with their location.

OSS (OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION)

Students may be sent home by the Director of Instruction or Director of Student Life for Out-of-School Suspension for disciplinary reasons. For more information, please see the sections on Student Conduct and Behavior.

STUDENT RESTRICTIONS 

Students on restrictions for behavior or failing grades may be restricted from extracurricular activities. They are allowed to practice with their teams, but not participate in or attend any other activity. At the conclusion of the authorized activity, day students are expected to leave the campus immediately.

GRADES 

The OSD school year is divided into two (2) grading periods, or semesters. A semester is 1⁄2 the school year. Progress reports will be sent home after each quarter, with the official grade reports sent home at the end of each semester. Students who get failing grades for the semester will not be given credit for that class. Progress reports will be available anytime online through the Wengage parent portal. Each teacher may have his/her own individual way of grading the students. If a student begins to fail (has a D or F grade point average), parents will be notified.

The following scale is used for reporting grades:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 69-60

F = 59 and below

I = Incomplete

Students can fail classes for

1. Lack of attendance and/or

2. Refusal to work or failure to complete work.

Students that receive “I’s” on report cards typically do so because work is outstanding for an approved reason. However, all work should be completed in a specified timeframe. “Incomplete” or “outstanding” work that is not submitted within the specified time frame will result in lower grades and may result in failing grades.

Failing grades may impact the overall promotion, class rank, honor roll or graduation for the student. Timelines for concurrent courses are subject to the university policies; however the resulting grade(s) will be entered onto the student’s high school transcripts.

Parents can access the student information system, Wengage, to view attendance and grades for their student. Click to access the Parent Portal, which is located on the schools main web page.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

For graduation requirements, refer to the State Department of Education website.

All students must have the necessary classes required by Oklahoma school law along with other classes of their choice. The choice classes are called electives. Students should have nine (9) class periods each semester, making a passing grade (above an F) in each class. Each passing grade at the end of the school year is called a credit. Students at OSD will take all state required tests, but their passage is no longer required to graduate. OSD is in compliance with the Oklahoma State Department of Education testing requirements.

Upon admission to OSD, a student’s academic record is reviewed. A course of study is determined based on a student’s need to meet the graduation requirements for the State of Oklahoma. A student’s course of study is closely aligned with his or her IEP. At times, a student that transfers from another school (or state) may not meet the state’s requirements and the IEP team will determine the most appropriate plan to assist a student in working towards his or her diploma and/or aging out. 

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN REQUIREMENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT GRADUATION

VALEDICTORIAN:

SALUTATORIAN: 

*If there is a tie with GPA, those students will be recognized as such

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT 

Eligible Juniors and Seniors who meet the state requirements to take college courses while enrolled in high school can be considered to be eligible to be concurrently enrolled. College/University courses require a level of responsibility and maturity that far exceeds the expectations of high school courses. Students in concurrent enrollment will be solely responsible for their academic success. College/University courses were designed for adults and the content may include topics relating to culture, religion, politics, and human sexuality that are controversial. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf does not assume responsibility for the content offered through concurrent enrollment. The student is expected to handle the content information in a mature manner.

The requirements for concurrent enrollment are set forth by Senate Bill 290 and includes that concurrent courses shall count on students’ high school transcripts as either academic or elective credit. Students shall receive academic credit if the concurrent course content and objectives align to the state curriculum requirements taught through the course provided by the school district. If the concurrent course does not align to curriculum requirements, students shall receive elective credit. This is determined by the State Department of Education and the State Board of Regents and is subject to change. Students who successfully complete a concurrent course will receive a .5 credit on their transcript and the final grade will be averaged into the student’s overall GPA.

Additional requirements are:

1. The student will be responsible for knowing and complying with the admission process (Parents must be available to enroll with their student(s) in person at the university), student behavior, and academic policies for both the college/university and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. Failure to comply with policies may affect the student’s grade and/or result in disciplinary actions.

2. The student is responsible for completing and returning all forms to the college/university which includes, but not limited to the following: applications for admissions, and forms for withdrawal.

3. Each student is responsible for requesting any accommodations (i.e. interpreters, notes, note takers, close captioned media, etc.) that he or she may need by contacting the university’s special services office. Students are also encouraged to contact their VR counselor for any additional needs they may have.

4. The student is responsible for knowing the grading system utilized by the college/university and understands that the grade received for the course will become a permanent record on the student’s college/university transcript.

5. Pursuant to 70 O.S. § 628.13; the student will receive high school academic credit for any concurrently enrolled higher education course; therefore, grades earned through concurrent enrollment may affect the student’s eligibility for extracurricular participation, class rank, and grade point average.

6. The student is responsible for ensuring computer and internet access for online concurrent classes. Success in an online course is dependent on the student having a computer and internet access. It is adamantly recommended that a student does not take an online course if they do not have online access at home.

7. The college/university will send the student’s high school a transcript and grade for the concurrent courses. It is highly recommended that the student signs a release through the college/university records department that allows parents and vocational rehabilitation counselors access to the transcript as well.

8. Pursuant to 70 O.S. § 11-103., the school district, Oklahoma School for the Deaf, shall not be responsible for any costs incurred for the concurrent course which includes but not limited to the following: transportation, technology, fees, tuition, and textbooks. Students are encouraged to contact their VR counselor to request any funding or equipment needs that they may have.

9. Juniors may not take in person courses at a college campus during the school day and will be eligible to take only online courses during the school day. Night and summer classes would be the sole responsibility of the student.

10. Seniors must be full time enrolled at OSD. Full time enrollment will be considered no less than 6 hours per semester. Two of the six hours may be college classes if the students’ high school requirements are sufficiently met to allow for two college classes per semester upon approval. Any concurrent student who drops their courses and is no longer concurrently enrolled must be enrolled in full time programming at OSD.

DUAL CREDIT ENROLLMENT WITH NTID

OSD has partnered with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and will offer a dual credit program, called Project Fast Forward, which allows Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students across the country to earn college credit in STEM-related courses while they are still in high school. The ultimate goal of the project is to help Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students transition from high school to college degrees and beyond in the STEM fields.

Participating OSD teachers and counselors attend training at NTID so that they may offer college credit courses in STEM fields using the NTID curriculum taught concurrently within the high school credit course. Students will receive high school credit towards graduation and simultaneously earn college credit through NTID. At this time, the college credits earned through Project Fast Forward are only valid at NTID and would not be transferable to another post-secondary institution.

IEPs 

All children with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate public education (Public Law 101-476 IDEA). An IEP is a written plan developed by OSD and a Local Education Agency (LEA) representative, teachers, and parents, which will give each individual student the proper education and placement for his/her special needs. The law does not require that teachers or other school personnel be held responsible if the student does not meet these goals. However, the IEP can be used to check and see if the student is progressing through the curriculum as agreed to by the parents and school. The IEP process can also identify and address any further assistance needed by the student. Staff at OSD feel that families are an important part of the success of each child and are invited to request IEP meetings at any time by contacting the Special Education Director at 580-622-4900, Ext. 4964

GUIDANCE/COUNSELING PROGRAM

The purpose of the guidance/counseling program is to help each individual student achieve his/her highest growth mentally, emotionally, and socially. We try to do this in several ways:

● Helping the new student feel at home in our school with new teachers and friends in a different setting

● Individual conferences whenever a student, teacher, parent, or the counselor deems it necessary

● A testing program designed to help identify the strengths and needs of each student

● Small group guidance programs

● The counselor welcomes the opportunity to talk things over with any student, parent, or teacher.

General support counseling services to students may be provided by the school counselor or school psychologist. More in-depth, on-going counseling needs should be addressed by the parents.

READING SUFFICIENCY ACT POLICY 

Purpose: To provide information concerning promotion and retention as it pertains to the Reading Sufficiency Act 70 O.S. SS 1210.508B (B).

USE OF READING SCREENERS FOR K-3RD GRADE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM OF READING INSTRUCTION TO ADDRESS RSA REQUIREMENTS:

Beginning in kindergarten, OSD will assess students at least three times a year (beginning, middle, and end). If a student is not achieving grade level targets on the Renaissance STAR assessment, parents will be informed and the student will be placed on an Individualized Program of Reading Instruction (IPRI). This IPRI, will continue until the student achieves grade level reading skills, is promoted to 4th grade, or the student is determined to be reading similar to deaf/hard of hearing peers. At any time a student in Kindergarten-3rd grade shows proficiency by meeting the end-of-year third grade target score of 392 on the Renaissance STAR Reading Assessment, the child will not be considered for retention in the 3rd grade, but is still required to take the 3rd grade OSTP assessment.  Parents will be notified of this fulfillment and informed that their child will not be considered for retention in the 3rd grade.

PROMOTION, PROBATIONARY PROMOTION, AND RETENTION:

LIBRARY

CLASS VISITS

Early childhood and elementary classes are scheduled to visit the library weekly to check out books, play with the Lego Wall, play games, do puzzles, write, draw, read, create and relax quietly with friends, Junior high and High school classes use the library as needed for special projects and research. Teachers are also able to sign up for a weekly library time. The new Teen Reading Lounge will also be available for weekly sign up time. Students are only allowed to enter the Teen Lounge with a staff member. Students must be supervised in the Teen Lounge at all times. Students and teachers may use the library on an individual basis to read magazines and books, use the computers, or check out books.

The loan period for books is two weeks. They can be renewed for another two weeks but the student, teacher, or staff member must bring the books to the library to do so. Magazines, newspapers, and school newsletters do not circulate. In a few instances, permission may be given for students to take magazines to the classroom for one class period only. If the student or teacher is searching for material that the library does not have, the librarian will try to find it in another library. The loan period for this interlibrary loan material will be based on the date given by the lender library.

COMPUTER LAB

Use of the library computers is on a first‐come, first‐served basis. Teachers and students must sign up for a time to use the computer. Times are available from 8:00 AM to 4:20 PM, Monday through Wednesday and from 8:00 AM to 3:35 PM on Thursday. Each person must abide by school and library policy for computer use.

OVERDUE/LOST BOOKS 

All materials, including books and magazines borrowed from another library through an interlibrary loan, become the responsibility of the person who checked them out. Overdue, lost, or mutilated items are his/her responsibility as well. At the beginning of each week, the librarian will send notices to students, teachers, or staff members who have books or other material that is overdue (late). Because of the Privacy Law of 1985, the individual notices will be sent folded and stapled. A list of those overdue books will be sent to the Director of Instruction/supervisors, teachers, dorm staff, and the superintendent. This list will only contain the borrowers’ names. A third notice for the same overdue book will result in a letter declaring the material to be lost and requesting payment for or return of the material. This letter will be sent to the child’s legal guardian or to the particular teacher or staff member involved. Letters will continue to be sent until the book is paid for or returned. If materials are not returned by the end of the school year, the student’s personal finance account may be used to pay for any unreturned items.

Students, teachers, or staff members who lose materials borrowed from another library will abide by that library’s overdue/lost book policy. This may involve the payment of a processing fee in addition to the cost of the book. Students will lose certain library privileges of checking out materials from the library.

CELL PHONES IN THE LIBRARY 

The Library is a cell phone free zone.

NOISE LEVEL 

Please be respectful of others and keep noise to a minimum. There is no room for yelling or disruptive behavior in the Library. If noise levels and behavior are disruptive, you will be asked to return to your classroom.

TEXTBOOKS 

Textbooks are issued (loaned) to students for their use at no cost. Students are expected to care for their books, and will be expected to pay for books that they have lost or damaged. Books are issued with a condition specified as new, good, fair, or poor. A change in one step is considered a normal year’s usage; loss or additional damage will result in a fine as follows:

LOST BOOKS:

The amount owed depends upon the condition of the book when it was issued to the student at the beginning of the year/semester.

DAMAGED BOOKS:

The amount owed depends upon the condition of the book when it was issued to the student at the beginning of the year/semester and the condition in which it was returned.

FUND RAISING

Students may be asked to work on fund raising or class projects. All fundraising must be approved by the Superintendent. These experiences help to develop student responsibility. Students are expected to assist with these activities unless they have good reason to ask to be excused. Parent support is appreciated. Fundraisers are an outside of class time activity. Class time will not be used to fundraise without specific permission from the Superintendent.

EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR (ESY)

ESY by definition are services provided beyond the normal school year, which is typically 180 days or 1080 hours in session. Because such services are outside of the normal school year, home districts are responsible for providing such programming. OSD will assist the home districts with the assessment data and the ESY process for any students they serve. While OSD does not provide ESY services, it does host summer camps available to students with hearing loss from all over Oklahoma.

SCHEDULE CHANGES 

Every effort is made to accommodate all pre-enrolled student class requests. The master schedule is built on these requests. After the school year has begun, schedule changes will only be made in exceptional cases and when class size limits will not be exceeded.

STUDENT RECORDS

OSD acknowledges and supports the privacy rights of a student regarding educational records. It is the intent of OSD to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and amendments. Parents, including OSD staff members, may not access student records that they are not legally entitled to view. More information about FERPA can be found here.

These rights include:

Parents/guardians reserve the right to report to the Student Advocate any problem you may have with a staff member or members, if it cannot be worked out by discussion or other ways written above. .

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) rules state that, in order to participate in any extracurricular activity the following eligibility requirements must be met:

During the year:

● A student must be passing all classes.

● A student must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Eligibility will be taken on Wednesday beginning the third complete week each semester and will continue every Wednesday thereafter. Ineligibility will be for the following week, Sunday through Saturday, with no exceptions. Parents will be notified of their child’s ineligibility. Students will be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities during the week of ineligibility including recreation, drama, sports activities, special trips, etc.

Any exceptions will be on a case by case basis.

● Students with two or more “D’s” or 1 “F” are considered ineligible.

● Students with one “D” may participate in organized extracurricular activities.

Students may practice with their team, but will not participate in any extracurricular activities (games, tournaments, dance, etc.) on that day. Students sent home for any reason, including, but not limited to, Out of School Suspension (OSS) may be considered ineligible and will not participate in any extracurricular activities that week.

The OSD administration at his/her discretion may determine that an activity’s educational merit outweighs any restrictions imposed. As soon as the student is again passing all classes and/or completed disciplinary consequences, he/she may be allowed to participate once again in extracurricular activities.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES POLICY

An extracurricular activity is any organized group, club, or association sponsored by the school. Students are encouraged to be involved in extracurricular activities such as Jr. NAD, Scouts, and Cheerleading. Students must follow the rules set by the group, club, or association. Groups, clubs, or associations must follow the rules of OSD. Parent permission is required.

If students’ grades or behaviors are not acceptable, they may be restricted from participation in extracurricular activities.

Athletics and extracurricular activities are privileges or opportunities – not rights – to be enjoyed by responsible students (see Athletics portion of this handbook).

SCHOOL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS 

OSD strives to offer a variety of opportunities in which our students may participate. The mission of these clubs and organizations is to provide a positive outlet so that our students can be connected to the larger school community. Below is a list of some of the clubs and organizations available to students.

ATHLETICS

Athletics is a privilege, and all athletes are expected to be model representatives of OSD. The goal of these rules and regulations is to encourage athletic & academic achievement and build student character.

We strive to provide excellence in Athletics programming for all interested eligible OSD students; to foster opportunities for students to develop sport skills, teamwork, self-discipline, and sportsmanship; to promote self-esteem and confidence through physical enjoyment. Participation in Athletics is a privilege, not a right.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: 

 

Failure to comply with expectations outlined in this section will result in reduced playing time, suspension, or dismissal from the team upon agreement of the coaching staff, Athletic Director, and school administrator(s).

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIRED FORMS:

Student athletes must have parent permission, proof of insurance and a physical examination before they may play on an organized athletic team. Parent permission, proof of insurance and a physical examination is also required before any athlete can participate in camps or practices, as well. Students must meet eligibility requirements (such as grades, attendance, discipline, etc.) as set by OSD and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA).

EARLY DEPARTURE FROM CLASS FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS:

CLOSED PRACTICE POLICY:

WEIGHT ROOM:

LOCKER ROOM AND FACILITIES:

COMMITMENT TO ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION:

TRANSPORTATION FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS:

OUT OF STATE TRIPS:

PRACTICE AND GAME ATTENDANCE:

EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS:

PERSONAL APPEARANCE:

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

DRUG TESTING:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County et al v. Earls et al, 536 U.S. 822 (2002) and other court decisions permit drug testing of students. OSD reserves the right to implement and conduct a program of drug testing of students (7th – 12th grades) participating in interscholastic competition or extracurricular activities.

Members of extracurricular activities will refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances (drugs) of any kind. Verification of alcohol/substance abuse will result in dismissal from the team. Student-athletes/team members will lose all rights and privileges, including any award or post-season recognition.

The Athletic Department and coaches do not support student-athletes/team members smoking. If any student-athletes/team members are found using tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, etc., disciplinary action will be taken. This includes suspension from suiting up for games or suspension/dismissal from the team. Repetitive smoking shall result in expulsion from the team for the remainder of the season and all rights and privileges, including any awards or post-season recognition, will be lost.

NOTICE OF DRUG DOG:

A registered, trained drug dog may be employed by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to deter the use and/or possession of prohibited drugs or alcohol on school property. The dog, while gentle, has been specifically trained to locate marijuana and other illegal or prohibited drugs. Periodic, unannounced visits to school, dormitory programs and/or school sponsored activities and locations will be made by the dog and its handler. Lockers, dorm rooms, automobiles and other areas of the buildings will be searched. Students, staff, and visitors will be held responsible for any prohibited items found in their room, lockers, automobile or belongings at school. Should prohibited items be found during the school check, the violators will be disciplined under OSD policies and may be prosecuted under local, state, or federal laws

STUDENT CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR 

EXPECTATIONS: 

Good student behavior and inter-relationships with peers and adults are expected at all times both on and off campus. This includes respect and obedience to local, state and federal laws as well as all classroom/dormitory rules which govern behavior. Students are to show care for the rights and property of others, including state property. Students are to show courtesy and respect to their peers and adult staff members as well as to the general public they may come in contact with on or off campus.

POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE: 

It is our goal to foster and maintain a positive, respectful, and encouraging culture at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. We believe it is important to reward or acknowledge good behavior and consistently corrected behavior choices.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 

All students at OSD are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct. Both school and dorm staff members review the handbook and code of conduct with all students throughout the year, but ultimately, it is the parents/guardians responsibility to review the handbook with their student(s). The handbook will be accessible through the OSD website under the Administration tab. Throughout the school year, other behaviors or issues may be addressed and forms may be signed. Parents will be notified as these occur. The handbook and any updates will be found on the OSD website.

As a student at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, I understand the following are violations of required school conduct:

Violations of any student code of conduct may warrant disciplinary action and/or referrals to the Student Support Team. The list above is not an exhaustive list and any issues that impede the learning or safety of any student may warrant further disciplinary action at the discretion of OSD. In addition, conduct occurring outside of the normal school day or off school property that has a direct and/or immediate effect on the discipline or educational process, and/or effectiveness of the school may also result in disciplinary action.

DINING ROOM GUIDELINES

STUDENT BEHAVIOR ON SCHOOL BUSES

Traveling to and from school (or other school sponsored events) is considered an extension of OSD. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with classroom behavior standards. For detailed information, please refer to the student code of conduct or the school buses policy section of the handbook. Inappropriate behavior on vehicles is a major safety issue for all of those on the vehicle. Students who do not follow appropriate behavior on school vehicles are subject to disciplinary action, which can include such consequences as restrictions, referrals to the Student Support Team with possibility of long term suspension, expulsion and/ or return to home district. Severe and/or repeated behavior issues may result in the suspension of bus riding privileges.

DATING/PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION (PDA)

Only students aged 7th grade and up shall be permitted to date with parental permission. Students are expected to display polite and respectful behaviors at OSD during school, residential, extracurricular activity time and off campus activities. Holding hands as well as a brief hug will be allowed. Prolonged hugs are not permitted at any time. The students are expected to refrain from excessive displays of affection.  

Any PDA or contact other than what is listed above will result in students being separated and warned. The third incident a student is warned all PDA privileges will be revoked.

DISCIPLINE 

At OSD, teachers are expected to establish their classroom rules, routines and consequences as approved by the OSD administration. They are responsible for maintaining a safe and orderly classroom optimized for student learning. The majority of concerns should be addressed by the classroom teacher and serious matters should be referred to the Director of Instruction. Some incidents will be referred to the Student Support Team who shall administer appropriate consequences. Some incidents may require IEP meetings to review services and/or placement decisions.

The Superintendent and Student Support Team reserve the right to amend any portion of the consequences, as deemed necessary by the nature of the infraction and can amend the “Student and Family Handbook” at any time during the year when deemed necessary. The ultimate responsibility for the education of students is their home district and services may be provided in partnership with OSD for deaf education. As such, at any time, the Student Support Team may determine that OSD is not the appropriate setting for a student’s needs and may refer the student back to their home district.

Any infraction that is also a violation of law will be immediately referred to the Student Support Team and appropriate authorities will be immediately notified. In situations where police become involved, OSD must follow the directions and timelines given to the school as any investigations progress. Any communication or information is at the discretion of the legal authorities and OSD staff may not be able to provide any information.

OSD reserves the right to adjust consequences based on the nature, frequency and/or severity of the incident(s).

DEFINITIONS

OSS (OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION)

Students may be sent home by the Director of Instruction or Director of Student Life for Out-of-School Suspension for disciplinary reasons.

IDS (IN-DORM SUSPENSION)

Students who live in the dorm may receive IDS for disciplinary reasons.

STUDENT RESTRICTIONS

Students on restrictions for behavior or failing grades may be restricted from extracurricular activities. They are allowed to practice with their teams, but not participate in or attend any other activity. At the conclusion of the authorized activity, day students are expected to leave the campus immediately.

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS ON IEP’S 

OSD aligns its policies to follow special education regulations as outlined in the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) Policy and Procedure Manual for students with disabilities.

DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Inappropriate physical contact, such as intimate touching and kissing at school, dorm or school sponsored activities is prohibited. Students in violation of this policy will be disciplined.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

OSD has reason for great pride in the appearance of its student body. It is in the best interest of all concerned that such pride should be maintained. It is hoped that parents and students will use mature judgment and good taste in complying with these minimal restrictions. Grooming is expected for any school related activity regardless of the location. This dress code is considered the minimum requirement and is not all inclusive. Some exceptions may be made in the dorm for the student residents. Any clothing or accessories that are distracting are prohibited. OSD reserves the right to take appropriate action for any dress and/or appearances that impedes the safety and/or learning of any students, or is considered offensive in any way.

● Apparel must be appropriate, i.e. clothes that are not too tight, too loose, too sheer, too short, or too revealing, including tops, miniskirts, short-shorts, shorts, skirts with slits, and low cut clothes, including attire that exposes the chest or breasts is prohibited.

● Tears, holes or rips in clothing above the knee must not show any skin, undergarments or be considered inappropriate by staff.

● Apparel that is considered unsafe, dangerous or a health hazard will not be worn on the campus.

● Apparel, tattoos, branding, scarring, body markings or accessories (either permanent or temporary) that contains or alludes to offensive/suggestive slogans, symbols or logos that pertain to immorality, vulgarity, obscenity, nudity, promotion of violence, or endorses or promotes violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or vandalism, and/or gang cult activity are prohibited. OSD is not responsible for the care of any body modifications, piercings or any injuries as a result of such modifications.

● Special event attire, such as formal wear for special events (proms, banquets, etc.), should follow the same rules regarding coverage and length (please refer to above). Failure to follow this policy may result in being asked to change clothes or leave the event.

● Revealing or sexually provocative clothing or clothing of extreme style may not be worn.

Administrators, in conjunction with sponsors, coaches, or other persons in charge of extracurricular activities, may regulate dress and grooming of students who participate in a particular activity if the administrator or person in charge reasonably believes the student's dress or grooming creates a hazard, may prevent, interfere with, or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or effort required for the activity to achieve its goals.

If a student's dress or grooming is objectionable under the above provisions, the parents or legal guardian may be notified and request that person to make the necessary correction. Repeated violations may result in disciplinary action.

If a bona fide religious belief or health need of a student conflicts with the school dress code, reasonable accommodation shall be provided. Any student desiring accommodation shall notify the school administration in writing of the requested accommodation and the factual basis for the request. The list above is not an exhaustive list and any issues that impede the learning or safety of any student may warrant further disciplinary action at the discretion of OSD

SCHOOL SAFETY AND BULLYING PREVENTION

I. Prohibition of Incidents of Bullying It is the policy of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to prohibit all bullying of any person at school. This policy shall extend to all schools in Oklahoma School for the Deaf. Prohibited conduct includes incidents of bullying instigated by use of electronic communication specifically directed at students or school personnel.

II. Definitions

The following words and terms used in this policy shall have the following meaning:

At School” means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events.

Bullying” means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal communication, or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group; and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.

Electronic communication” means the communication of any written, verbal, or pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication device, or a computer.

Threatening behavior” means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.

III. School Bullying Prevention and Intervention This school shall ensure compliance with the following strategies for bullying prevention and appropriate intervention when incidents of bullying occur at school.

A. Bullying Prevention Officer.

The school psychologist shall be the Bullying Prevention Officer (“BPO”) who shall be the primary point of contact to receive reports of incidents of bullying. The duties of the BPO shall be as follows:

1. To receive, review, and track reports of incidents of bullying;

2. To establish and maintain the confidentiality of reports of incidents of bullying;

3. To establish a method for receiving anonymous reports of incidents of bullying;

4. To publicize the procedures for reporting set forth in this policy to all stakeholders;

5. To educate the school and community about bullying prevention measures;

6. To review, monitor, and suggest strategies for improvement of the school climate in order to facilitate prevention and intervention of bullying incidents in the school and promote a school culture of intolerance of bullying behaviors;

7. To report the number of documented and verified incidents of bullying to the district and/or the SDE in accordance with the requirements of 70 O.S. &24-100.4(F) and accompanying regulations at 210:10-1-20:

8. To serve on the Safe School Committee and make recommendations for bullying prevention education,professional development, and/or policies and procedures pertaining to bullying prevention; and 1. Any other duties deemed necessary by school administrators and/or the Safe School Committee to facilitate bul- lying prevention at the school.

B. Training and education in school bullying prevention and intervention.

All school employees shall be required to complete annual professional development training in school bullying prevention, identification response, and reporting that meets the requirements of 70 O.S. par. 24-100.4(A) and 210:10-1-20. Selection of the required training shall be based on the recommendation of the Safe School Committee.

C. Safe School Committee.

The school shall establish a Safe School Committee that meets the requirements of 70 O.S. par. 24-100.5(A). The BPO shall serve as one of the members of the Safe School Committee. The duties of the committee shall be the duties set forth in 70O.S. par. 24-100.4(B).

D. Bullying Prevention Programs.

The school shall implement a research-based educational program designed and developed by the SDE for students and parents in preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying.

IV. Reporting Incidents of Bullying

The system of incident reporting in Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall ensure that students are encouraged to report incidents of known bullying and shall remove unnecessary obstacles that would serve as a deterrent to reporting (e.g., ensuring availability of reporting procedures during the school day, ensuring a student is not penalized for tardiness or absence from a class incurred as a result of reporting an incident). To facilitate prompt reporting and tracking of all incidents, the school shall, at a minimum follow procedures: Such procedures shall, at a minimum, address all of the following requirements:

A. District Bullying Report Form.

Students shall be informed of the process for reporting incidents of bullying and encouraged to report all incidents of bullying. Incidents of bullying shall be reported on the “District Bullying Report Form” which shall be made available to students at all times during regular school hours, including in the main/front office of the school, the school website, and any other locations recommended by the Safe School Committee. Students shall be advised that they may obtain assistance (e.g., students unable to write legibly due to age, disability, etc.). The District Bullying Report Form shall be designed to facilitate reporting of incidents by all ages, and shall, at a minimum, include all of the following items:

1. Date and approximate time of incident;

2. Location of incident;

3. Name(s) of all individuals at whom the incident was directed or who were affected by the bullying behavior;

4. Name(s) of all individuals who initiated or encouraged the bullying behavior;

5. Name(s) of all individuals who witnessed the incident or may have information pertaining to the incident;

6. Description of the incident, including;

(i) identification of all inappropriate behaviors;

(ii) Identification of any types of alleged harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability;

7. A description of the types of behaviors used to harass, intimidate, or threaten a student. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

(i) Gesture, written, or verbal expressions (e.g., written or verbal threats, obscene gestures directed toward a student);

(ii) Physical acts (e.g., physical fights, assault, or attack);

(iii) Electronic communication (e.g., cell phone, instant messaging, email, social networking, audio or video messages);

(iv) Damage of a student’s property (e.g., stealing, hiding, or damaging property);

(v) Threatening another student (i.e., communication leading to a reasonable fear of harm to the person or property of another individual or individual’s friends or family);

8. Description of interference with the school’s educational mission of the education of the student, including, but not limited to:

(i) Detrimental changes in school attendance (e.g., absences or tardies; missing all or part of a class or a school day);

(ii) Detrimental changes in student performance (e.g., student grades, assessments);

(iii) Detrimental changes in participation in school activities (e.g., student demonstrates fear or avoidance of interaction with other students during activities, lunch, recess, bus);

9. Identification of any physical evidence of the conduct (e.g., written notes, emails, property destruction, voicemail messages, audio or video recordings);

10. Any other information which could potentially assist school officials in investigation of the incident;

11. Name of individual reporting the incident and contact information at which the individual reporting the incident may be reached to seek additional information (unless the form is for the purpose of anonymous reporting);

12. Relationship of the individual reporting the incident to the individuals involved in the incident.

B. Individuals who may report incidents of bullying.

Incidents of bullying at Oklahoma School for the Deaf may be reported by any student, parent, school employee, or member of the public. Any school employee who has reliable information that would lead to a reasonable person to suspect that an individual at the school is currently or has been the target of one or more incidents of bullying shall be required to report the information to the school’s BPO. Failure by school employees to report incidents of bullying in accordance with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

C. Privacy and Confidentiality.

Reports of bullying shall be kept confidential to the extent necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Family Education and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA) and to protect students who report incidents of bullying from retaliation.

D. Anonymous reporting.

In order to ensure individuals may report incidents without fear of retribution or retaliation, Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall provide at least one method of anonymous reporting of incidents of school bullying that protects the identity of the individual reporting the incident. However, an anonymous report shall not be the sole basis for formal disciplinary action in response to an incident of bullying.

E. Tracking reports of incidents of bullying.

All reports of bullying shall be tracked using methods that will enable the BPO and administrators of the school to identify emerging patterns over extended periods of time.

V. Response to Reported Incidents of Bullying

Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall follow the following procedure in response to reported incidents of bullying. Upon receipt of a report of a bullying incident, the BPO shall take immediate steps to:

A. Separately interview with the individuals involved in the incident and witnesses to the incident to access and ensure the safety of all individuals involved in the incident pending investigation of the incident;

B. Locate and secure any records or physical evidence relating to the incident;

C. Promptly notify the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of all individual students involved in the incident and the steps taken by the school administration to ensure the safety of the students pending investigation of the incident; and

D. Contact law enforcement if an incident reported involves an immediate threat to school safety or immediate harm to the safety of an individual student.

E. Investigation, Determination, and Documentation of Reported Incidents of Bullying The Director of Instruction shall be the individual responsible for investigating incidents of bullying. The procedure for investigation of a reported bullying incident shall, at a minimum, meet all of the following requirements:

A. Initiation of Investigation.

Within three (3) school days of receipt of a report of an incident of bullying, the school Director of Instruction shall initiate an investigation of the reported incident. All interviews with individuals involved in the incidents, their parent(s)/legal guardian(s), and/or witnesses shall be documented. A student’s parent/legal guardian or attorney shall be permitted to be present at the interview of a student upon request of the student or the student’s parent/legal guardian.

B. Documentation of investigation. All investigations shall be documented on a form that includes, at a minimum, all of the following information:

1. The date the report of the incident was received by the BPO;

2. The date the investigation of the report was initiated;

3. The name and title of the individual(s) assigned to conduct the investigation;

4. Identification of all individuals involved in the incident;

5. Identification of all individuals who witnessed the incident;

6. A summary of the details of the alleged incident;

7. A list of the documentation available to investigate the incident; (e.g., written statement of student victim, written statement of student witnesses, medical information, incident forms, police reports);

8. A summary of action taken to investigate the incident (e.g., interviews with alleged victim, offender, perpetrator, and/or witnesses; review of incident reports; review of history of prior student behaviors; review of evidence);

9. A determination of whether sufficient evidence exists to verify occurrence of the alleged conduct;

10. Identification of follow up actions taken with the victim(s) and offender(s);

11. Identification of consequences implemented for the offender(s);

12. Identification of remediation implemented to address harm to the victim(s);

13. Date and method of notification of parents/legal guardians of victim(s) and offender(s) of completion and findings of investigation.

C. Findings and determination of alleged incident.

Upon completion of review of all facts alleged and available evidence, the school administrator shall:

1. Document all findings of facts;

2. Issue a determination as to whether the occurrence of the incident could be verified based on the available evidence as follows:

i. Occurrence of the incident was verified. (i) Occurrence of the incident was unverified due to lack of

proof (e.g., inability or unwillingness of victim to assist investigation or provide evidence in support of   the allegations): or

 ii. Evidence exists beyond reasonable doubt to support a conclusion that the incident was falsely reported by an individual as a means of bullying or retaliation or reprisal against a student for reporting an act of bullying.

D. Notification of results of investigation.

Upon completion of an investigation, the school administrator shall promptly notify the district, and the parents/legal guardians of the students involved regarding:

i. The findings of the investigation; and

ii. Any proposed consequences and remedial measures provided to the individual (s) affected by the incident.

E. Follow up referrals for the purpose of student support services.

Upon completion of an investigation, a school may recommend that available community mental health care, substance abuse, or other counseling options be provided to students involved in bullying incidents. A school may request the disclosure of any information concerning students wh0o have received mental health, substance abuse, or other care pursuant to paragraph 13 of this subsection that indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel, provided the disclosure of the information does not violate the requirements and provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Section 2503 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1376 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or any other state or federal laws regarding the disclosure of confidential information.

VII. Remediation and Consequences for Incidents of Bullying

A. Consequences for Individuals Who Commit Incidents of Bullying. Appropriate consequences shall be imposed for every individual who commits an act of bullying or an individual found to have falsely accused another student of bullying as a means of bullying or retaliation or reprisal for reporting an act of bullying. Consequences shall be determined, implemented, and enforced in a manner that is consistent with the due process requirements set forth in the district’s policies pertaining to student and employee discipline.

Examples of appropriate consequences may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Verbal or written warnings;

2. Conferences with the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of the students involved in an incident of bullying;

3. Detention;

4. Loss of school privileges;

5. Prohibition or suspension of participation in school activities;

6. In-school of out-of-school suspension in accordance with the provisions of 70 O.S. par. 24-101.3 and district policies and procedures pertaining to student discipline;

7. Restitution of a victim’s property that has been damaged as a result of the bullying incident;

8. Reassignment, suspension, and/or termination of school employment;

9. Referral to law enforcement.

B. Factors for Determination of Consequences for Incidents of Bullying Behavior. Every school administrator shall determine consequences for incidents of bullying behavior on a case-by-case basis in a manner that is appropriate to the severity of the conduct. Consequences for verified acts of bullying behavior shall be applied in such a manner as to ensure fair and impartial application of consequences (e.g.,a student's academic or athletic status shall not be considered as a factor for determination of appropriate consequences). In determining what consequences are appropriate for an individual determined to have perpetrated an incident of bullying, every school administrator shall include the following factors in the consideration:

1. If the individual who perpetrated the incident was a student:

i. The age of the student;

ii. The life skills of the student

iii. The grade level of the student

iv. The mental, physical and emotional development level of the student; and

v. Personal obstacles such as a history of abuse suffered by the student or negative family situation.

2. The existence of any previous bullying behavior or continuing or ongoing pattern(s) of behavior by the perpetrator;

3. The circumstances in which the incident occurred;

4. The nature and severity of the bullying behavior involved in the incident;

5. The nature and severity of harm to the victim of the incident, including;

i. Consideration of documented physical, mental, and emotional distress resulting from the incident; and

ii. The existence of and mental, physical, or health conditions of the victim exacerbated by the incident;

6. The relationship between the individuals involved; and

7.The potential for future violent conduct.

C. Factors for Determination of Consequences for False Accusations.

The school administrator shall determine consequences for incidents in which an individual intentionally and knowingly reports a falsified accusation of a bullying incident as a means of bullying or as a means of retaliation or reprisal against another student in response to a previously reported incident of bullying. Consequences shall be sufficient to deter false reports of conduct, but not so severe as to deter credible reports of bullying incidents. All of the following factors shall be considered in determining appropriate consequences for a falsified accusation:

1. The status of the individual (i.e., student, employee, volunteer, etc.)

2. If the individual who made the false accusation was a student:

vi. The age of the student;

vii. The life skills of the student;

viii. The grade level of the student;

ix. The mental, physical, and emotional development level of the student; and

x. Personal obstacles such as a history of abuse suffered by the student or negative family situation.

3. Whether the individual who falsely accused another student of bullying has been the perpetrator of previous bullying incidents;

4. The nature and severity of the bullying behavior involved in the incident; and

5. The circumstances in which the incident occurred.

D. Determination of Remediation Measures in Response to Incidents of Bullying Behavior.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall implement appropriate measures in response to incidents of bullying. Remediation measures shall include strategies for the protection of all persons involved in incidents of bullying, including targets and perpetrators of the bullying incident, and family members affected by the bullying incident. Such remediation measures shall be designed to prevent further incidents of bullying and to increase safety for the individuals involved in incidents of bullying as well as individuals at the school. Examples of appropriate remedial measures in response to incidents of bullying may include, but shall not be limited to, one or more of the following:

1. Referral of students involved in incidents of bullying to appropriate support services, including school or community counseling services, mental health treatment, or therapy services;

2. Academic intervention

3. Programs of age-appropriate instruction for students to support a student’s life skills (e.g., conflict resolution, problem solving skills, life skills, social skills, anger management).

4. Parental education programs;

5. Peer support groups;

6. Modifications of student schedules;

7. Modification of hallway traffic at the school site;

8. Increased supervision;

9. Increased use of monitors or monitoring equipment in school facilities, hallways, cafeterias, playgrounds, and/or busses.

VIII. Annual Notice of School Bullying Prevention Policy

Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall implement a strategy for publicizing and distribution of this policy and all accompa- nying forms and procedures for reporting and investigation of incidents of school bullying. Publication and distribution shall comply with the provisions of 70 O.S. par 24-100.4 and 210:10-1-20, and shall at a minimum meet all of the following requirements:

A. An annual written notice of the bullying policy shall be provided to parents, guardians, staff, volun- teers, and students at Oklahoma School for the Deaf. Notice of the policy shall be posted at various locations within the school site, including, but not limited to the school cafeteria, bulletin boards, and administrative office. The written notice provided to students shall be written in age-appropriate language to ensure comprehension by younger students and provided with accommodations as neces- sary to ensure accessibility to students with disabilities.

B. A copy of this policy shall be posted on the Oklahoma School for the Deaf website.

C. Oklahoma School for the Deaf shall include a copy of this policy in its student and employee handbooks.

Students should immediately report acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and threatening behavior to the school administration and fill out the Bullying/Harassment form on the Shared Drive.

HAZING

No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by OSD shall engage or participate in hazing. Any hazing activity upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization sanctioned or authorized (or unauthorized) by OSD administration shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity. OSD has the right to take appropriate action against any entity or person that bullies or hazes an OSD student or staff members.

HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf affirms that all students are to be treated fairly and equally, with dignity and respect by their peers and employees at the school. Harassment of students, sexually or otherwise, will not be condoned any time on campus or off campus during school-endorsed activities.

Students who feel they have been harassed have the right to go through the Grievance Procedure as established by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf/Department of Rehabilitation Services. A staff member, parent, or other concerned adult can also file a grievance on behalf of a student.

VIOLENCE/WEAPONS POLICY

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf wishes to provide a safe school environment and will not tolerate any harassment, threat or physical action of violence to any staff or student.

As precautionary measures:

● All visitors to the campus are required to register upon entering the campus.

● OSD has a Safety committee and plans for emergencies. Copies are available upon request.

● Students and parents are advised that lockers, bags, backpacks, cars, dorm rooms, etc. “and contents” may be searched at any time for reasons of health and safety.

● OSD bans all forms of intimidation. “Hard looks”, “stare downs,” gestures, racial slurs, coercion and stalking are actionable offenses to the student code of conduct. Threatening behaviors will not be tolerated.

As part of our Crisis Policy, the Oklahoma School for the Deaf has a policy on violence and threats of violence. All threats will be taken seriously. Absolutely nothing will be considered a joke.

There will be immediate action with possibility of suspension, expulsion and/or return to the home district of any student in possession of weapons (real or fake, including any item considered a toy), items that are intended to be used as weapons or explosives on school property, vehicles or school sponsored activities. Appropriate authorities will be contacted.

There will be immediate suspension pending “psychological evaluation and appropriate treatment” arranged and provided by the parent for any student expressing threats of violence against him/herself, teachers, classmates or school property.

There will be suspension and careful investigation, pending “psychological evaluation and appropriate treatment” arranged and provided by the parent in any case where a student is arrested for violent crime or possession of weapons or explosives away from school grounds.

There will be enforcement of appropriate dress codes “banning the wearing of clothing bearing slogans and symbols related to violence” on School property.

STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM

The Student Support Team is dedicated to identifying and supporting students who exhibit academic or behavioral problems. The team will provide preventative assistance to students and connect them with appropriate interventions and supports. The Student Support Team will advocate and protect the rights of the individual student.

This may include:

CONSEQUENCES FOR SEVERE INFRACTIONS 

In each situation, parents must be notified.

OSD reserves the right to adjust consequences based on the nature, frequency and/or severity of the incident(s).

CARELESS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

*Students must pay for or repair damage in all cases.

CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES MISCONDUCT:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction to include confiscating the device.

2nd Offense: May result in a loss of phone privileges and/or behavior restrictions including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

At any time, threats, unacceptable pictures, off-color language, or bullying perpetrated using one of these devices will result in immediate suspension of the student with an ensuing Student Support Team meeting. Additional and/or more severe consequences may be determined.

WILLFUL DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

*Students must pay for or repair damage in all cases.

SEVERE DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT OR CONTINUED DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by

  the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

PROFANITY:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

STEALING:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

*Students must return or pay for stolen items.

USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

TARDINESS:

Habitual and/or Repeated Offenses: Counseled by Director of Instruction with possible disciplinary action.

CONSEQUENCES FOR MAJOR INFRACTIONS 

In each situation, parents must be notified. OSD reserves the right to adjust consequences based on the nature, frequency and/or severity of the incident(s).

ALCOHOL/DRUGS: 

1st Offense: Recommend for counseling, authorities notified, and refer to Student Support Team. According to the special education regulations, students may be suspended up to 45 days prior to a Student Support Team meeting for possession or use of drugs.

2nd Offense: Counseling, authorities notified, and referred to the Student Support Team.

3rd Offense: Authorities notified, possible Long term suspension, refer to Student Support Team with possible review of placement.

 

ARSON:

Authorities notified, possible long term suspension and possible review of placement.

ASSAULT (EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED):

Authorities notified, charges pressed and referred to the Student Support Team with recommendation of long term suspension with possible review of placement.

BULLYING/HARASSMENT/RACIAL SLURS – OSD WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION:

1st Offense: Restriction and possible referral to Student Support Team for further action.

2nd Offense: Refer to the Student Support Team and notify proper authorities.

3rd Offense: Refer to the Student Support Team with possibility of long term suspension, expulsion and/or return to home district. Appropriate authorities will be contacted.

EXTORTION (BLACKMAIL)/PERJURY (LYING)/FRAUD/THEFT:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction. May include referral to the Student Support Team.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities and referral to Student Support Team.

3rd Offense: Possible suspension and referral to Student Support Team.

INSUBORDINATION (HABITUAL OR REPEATED REFUSAL TO FOLLOW RULES OR DIRECTION FROM STAFF):

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS:

Any Offense: Notify proper authorities. Depending on the severity and circumstances, this may include referral to counseling, Student Support Team and/or legal authorities.

INDECENT EXPOSURE:

Refer to the Student Support Team.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING/SEXUAL THEMED MATERIALS (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC MEDIA):

Notify proper authorities. Depending on the severity and circumstances, this may include referral to counseling, Student Support Team and/or legal authorities.

POSSESSION OF WEAPON (OR ITEMS INTENDED TO BE USED AS WEAPONS)/EXPLOSIVES:

Confiscate weapons, refer to the Student Support Team with possibility of long term suspension, expulsion and/or return to the home district of any student. Appropriate authorities will be contacted. According to the special education regulations, students may be suspended up to 45 days prior to a Student Support Team meeting. Under state school safety regulations, items such as pens, pencils, rulers, etc. are considered “other weapons.”

THREAT OF BODILY HARM, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED:

Notify proper authorities, refer to the Student Support Team pending possible “psychological evaluation and appropriate treatment” arranged and provided by the parent, and possible long term suspension with possible review of placement. According to the special education regulations, students may be suspended up to 45 days prior to a Student Support Team meeting for “Serious Bodily Harm.”

TRUANCY (ABSENT FROM SCHOOL OR AN ASSIGNED AREA WITHOUT PERMISSION):

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Possible referral to Student Support Team.

HEALTH SERVICES INFORMATION 

ON-CAMPUS SERVICES 

Nurses work every weekday from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM and a nurse is on call from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM for emergency situations. During special weekend events on campus in which OSD students participate, nurses will be on duty. During these events, the Student Health Center (SHC) hours will be the same as weekday hours.

A doctor visits the SHC weekly to see sick students, and is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day.

The SHC gives care for minor illnesses and minor emergencies. The nurse will provide first aid and if necessary, take the student to the hospital emergency room. The parents will be contacted about the emergency and plans will be made for special medical care if needed. OSD is not responsible for the payment of any medical treatment or services a student receives.

For off campus trips, the OSD Student Health Center is not responsible for student care. In case of an emergency, injury or illness, parents/guardians are responsible for their student. All correspondence or concerns about the Student Health Center should be addressed to the Student Health Center supervisor. 

MEDICATION POLICY

Students are not to have any medications on their person, in bags, in school or in the dorms and must go to the Student Health Center to take any medicine they need. Any exception must be approved by the Superintendent.

The following is a policy regarding medication that has been implemented at OSD:

If a doctor is in the process of beginning or changing a medication and/or dosage of a medication for a student’s emotional, behavioral, or mental well-being, they should be monitored by a parent or guardian for an appropriate amount of time depending on medical management needs. Parents must advise the Student Health Center of any change in medication immediately. If needed, the Student Health Center may advise the appropriate OSD staff of the change. This may include the student’s Director of Instruction, dorm director, school counselor, etc. If, according to medical documentation, the student is absent more than allowed in the student handbook, the IEP team will convene to assist in the provision of educational services to the student.

Parents are responsible for payment of any medical health care not given in the OSD SHC. Parents are responsible for payment of any medicines and/or repairs to glasses bought for the child. OSD cannot pick up any medications that are not already paid for by the parent or guardian. If for any reason, money is owed for medicines and/or services it may be deducted from student accounts at the end of the year or collected at enrollment. Monies owed to OSD may cause delays in enrollment.

LABELING MEDICATION

Any medicine, prescription or over-the-counter, brought or sent to school for the child must be labeled with the following information:

● Name of doctor who prescribed the medicine.

● Name (kind) of medicine.

● Dosage (how much and when to give medicine).

● Date medicine ordered.

● Child’s name.

The SHC inventory all medications brought to campus and verify all medications prescribed for each student.

Discrepancies may be subject to “mandated reporting” guidelines and could be reported to authorities.

Medications sent to school without the above label, will not be given and will be sent home.

ALL medications are stored and distributed by the Student Health Center.

STUDENTS ARE NOT TO HAVE ANY MEDICATION (PRESCRIPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS) on their person on the OSD campus or any OSD sponsored event.

Supplements, herbals and/or vitamins for energy, weight loss, bodybuilding, etc. are not allowed without specific written order from the doctor and will be kept in the SHC.

IF THE STUDENT HAS ANY MEDICINE TO BRING TO SCHOOL, THE PARENT SHOULD GIVE IT TO THE DRIVER OR ADULT SUPERVISOR TO CHECK IN AT THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER.

DO NOT PACK MEDICINES WITH THE STUDENT’S OTHER THINGS. MEDICATION CANNOT BE KEPT IN THE DORMITORIES, CLASSROOMS, BACKPACK, PURSE, LOCKERS OR ON THE STUDENT’S PERSON.

SICK CHILD POLICY

The following illness policies will be strictly enforced for the health, well being and safety of all concerned.

SICK CHILD POLICY: 

SYMPTOMS:

We are continuing to follow the Covid19 safety guidelines and recommendations from the CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools | CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID- Flow Chart SchoolGuidance.pdf  In the event that your child comes in close contact with someone with Covid, is having symptoms of Covid, or has tested positive for Covid we will REQUIRE that your child isolate for the required duration. It is imperative that you notify the staff in the Student Health Center with any types of Covid related reports, questions or concerns.

Students cannot come back to school after a serious illness or surgery without their doctor’s permission and information about any restrictions. Some students, because of the kind of illness, are restricted from certain activities by the physician (doctor).

The Student Health Center staff will call the parents in case of an emergency. Any other contact with parents about their child’s health will be by written letter. It is imperative that families maintain updated contact information.

MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION

Because of the number of field trips and home goings, the Student Health Center is required to keep a signed medical authorization on file. This is done in case of an emergency.

If for any reason OSD deems it necessary for a student to be picked up from school, parents/guardians are responsible for picking up their child or for arranging transportation. This includes illness, accidents, disciplines, etc.

If parents/guardians cannot be reached and/or if parents/guardians refuse to pick up their child, authorities may be contacted. Failure to do so may result in a review of continued placement.

HEARING AIDS AND COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

All OSD students are encouraged to wear their amplification equipment. The final decision will be made by the parents and/or secondary students themselves as to wearing the devices. Students will be expected to take care of their devices as age appropriate. Although cochlear implants are considered a medical device and their care and upkeep is the responsibility of the parent, OSD staff are happy to assist with the daily use of the devices.

INSURANCE

The school does not pay a student’s medical bills. The school encourages parents to carry family medical insurance or to purchase special insurance that the school may provide information for at enrollment each year or upon request.

Parents are responsible for payment of any medical health care not given in the OSD SHC. Parents are responsible for payment of any medicines and/or repairs to glasses bought for the child. OSD cannot pick up any medications that are not already paid for by the parent or guardian. If for any reason, money is owed for medicines and/or services it may be deducted from student accounts at the end of the year or collected at enrollment. Monies owed to OSD may cause delays in enrollment.

EARRINGS/PIERCINGS/TATTOOS/SCARRING/BODY MARKINGS

Students getting piercings or tattoos, should have these procedures done at home under their parents’/guardians’ supervision while on school vacations and not during the school year. They may require daily attention for weeks after their completion to avoid infection. This daily care must be given at home.

Branding, marking (even if by pens or pencils), scarring, etc., regardless of whether it's temporary or permanent, can be thought of as “self-harm” and will NOT be permitted at OSD. Students who have been found to have body markings, branding and/or scarring may be immediately sent home, referred to the Student Support Team and/or proper authorities for possible further action.

COUNSELOR PROCESS FOR RESPONDING TO SUICIDE IDEATION

  1. Awareness
  1. Meeting
  1. Contact
  1. Emergency Packet
  1. Before Returning to School
  1. Release to Return to School
  1. Re-entry Meeting
  1. Student Safety Plan

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

An OSD vehicle sticker is required for all staff. It is to be located on the bottom-left (driver-side) of your windshield. The sticker needs to be visible for security to see clearly. If it is placed anywhere other than the specified area, you will need to either relocate the sticker or request a new one from the security supervisor. If you have not picked your sticker up from the security supervisor, you will need to do that before the first day of school to avoid any inconvenience. If you drive more than one vehicle, please make sure that you give that information to the security supervisor.

OSD provides transportation to and from regional locations in Oklahoma only. Parents are required to make their own arrangements to transport their child(ren) to the OSD pick up/drop off point.

On home going day, OSD vehicles will take students to scheduled places to be met by parents. No child will be allowed to leave the bus until their parent/guardian or a pre-approved person has signed for their release at the door of the bus.

Whenever there is a question about the person picking up the child, picture identification may be required along with the signature. The students will be picked up at the same place by the school vehicle on the following Sunday. Only OSD staff and current students are allowed on the vehicle.

A school calendar, showing holidays and teachers’ meeting days, is given to the parents on enrollment/registration day. The school schedule is also located on the school website. Parents will also receive the scheduled meeting places and times for meeting and picking up students.

Parents failing to pick up their child in a timely manner and/or are habitually late may forfeit transportation privileges for their child. Additionally, authorities will be contacted if parents/guardians fail to pick up their child or children. It is very important that the transportation office have the addresses and telephone numbers to be used in an emergency situation. If OSD is unable to reach a parent/guardian in a timely manner, DHS and/or appropriate authorities will be notified.  

In general, OSD does not allow students to ride other bus routes that are not their regular routes. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis with written permission from both sets of parents/guardians and approval from the Operations Manager and  Director of Student Life. It is OSD’s policy to not give approval for any requests for “sweethearts” (people who are dating) to go home on any OSD vehicles. Additionally, students who are under 18 years old will not be allowed to go home with students over 18. Any exceptions made will be with approval of the Operations Manager and Student Life Director.

If a student has money to bring to school, parents/guardians should give it to the driver or adult supervisor to be checked in at the Student Accounts office. Money will be sealed in an envelope and a receipt will be issued to the parent/guardian.

Students who consistently show inappropriate behavior or refusal to follow OSD’s policies & procedures may be removed from the bus and will need to provide their own transportation until permission is again granted by the Operations Manager and Student Life Director.

If someone needs to contact Transportation outside of school hours, please call the transportation cell phone, (580) 618- 1316 voice/text. 

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

A school bus is an extension of the classroom. The school requires children to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior and as specified in this policy.

When a child does not conduct himself or herself properly on the school bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the transportation supervisor or school Director of Instruction by the bus driver or bus chaperone for appropriate disciplinary action. Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended by the Operations Manager and Director of Student Life. In such cases, the parents of children involved may become responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR BUS RIDERS:

Students are expected to know and follow the rules listed below:

A. Prior to Loading (on the road and at school)

● Be on time at the designated school bus stops.

● Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.

● Do not move toward the bus at the school-loading zone until the bus comes to a complete stop.

● Respect people and property while waiting for the bus.

● Receive proper school official authorization to be discharged at places other than the regular bus stop.

B. While on the Bus

● Obey the instructions of the driver and chaperones (DCS).

● Bus Riders must be seated (Your Seat must be in the bus seat) correctly and are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.

● Keep all parts of the body inside the bus.

● Assist in keeping the bus safe and clean.

● Refrain from use or possession of any form of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.

● No loud talking, laughing or unnecessary commotion as it diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident

● No vandalizing or destruction of bus equipment.

● Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.

● Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.

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

● Help look after the safety and comfort of small children. Remember, you are a role model to the younger students.

● Do not throw anything in or out of the bus. Horseplay and fighting are not permitted around or on the school bus.

● Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow pupils, the bus driver, and the patrol officers or driver’s assistants.

● Keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad-crossing stop.

● Food and/or beverages are allowed only with the permission of the bus driver.

● In case of road emergency, children are to remain in seats on the bus except when it may be hazardous to their safety.

● Use emergency exits properly.

● Remain on the bus until parents (or designated person) arrive and sign for your departure.

C. After Leaving the Bus

● The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop, except by proper authorization from the parent or school official.

PENALTIES FOR STUDENT MISCONDUCT:

The driver of a bus, whether on a regular route or on an extracurricular trip, will report all instances of student misconduct to the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction as soon as possible.

Consequences:

1st Offense: Warning to the student and parents/guardians and potential other action as deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Life or Director of Instruction.

2nd Offense: May result in behavior restrictions, including ineligibility for extracurricular activities.

3rd Offense: Referral to Student Support Team.

SEVERE INCIDENTS:

Students who become involved in a serious disciplinary problem including, but not limited to bullying, harassment, intimidation, assault, fighting, verbal assault, possession/sale/use of alcohol/drugs, and any action that includes the safety of the school bus as a first or second offense may have their riding privileges suspended by the Director of Instruction, Director of Student Life, Operations Manager, or Superintendent.

Staff involved in transporting students will be required to attend a quarterly Transportation Department meeting.

The driver of the vehicle must report all vehicle accidents to the Transportation Supervisor and to the Operations Manager. The accident should be documented with a completed accident report and photos and will be turned in to OSD Human Resources.

When a staff member does not conduct himself or herself properly on the school bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the Transportation Supervisor or the Operations Manager by the bus driver or bus chaperone for appropriate disciplinary action. 

OUTREACH

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT SERVICES:

Educational consultants provide school districts with guidance, information, and resources specific to the unique communication and language needs of deaf or hard of hearing students. Teams are supported in developing programming to address the academic and socio-emotional needs of individual students, which in turn, can lead to increased engagement and learning both in and out of the classroom. Educational Consultants attend IEP meetings and assist IEP team members with the development of goals that guides effective programming for the student. School-based student observations are also available to provide specific support and suggestions for making accommodations that give greater access to learning.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONS, OR AMENDMENTS TO HANDBOOK

We reserve the right to take any appropriate action on events which may not directly appear within the guidelines of the handbook in order to provide a safe and secure environment for OSD. All efforts have been made in order to provide a comprehensive guide of our school rules and policies, but unforeseen circumstances will be dealt with in accordance with administrative interpretation. These policies can be amended by the OSD administration at any time.